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Author Interview with Jackson Paul Baer

A big thank you to Jackson Paul Baer for agreeing to be our Saturday Coffee with Authors guest today. His debut novel will be released later this month!

Tell us about yourself. When did you start writing and what made you start? 

I used to write poems as a kid and started writing books more times than I could remember. I never made it very far into a novel, but always had the desire to write. As a young adult, I began to write songs, and really began to find my passion. After studying at Oregon State, I found my calling as a writer. It was only about a year ago that I decided to write, and committed myself to doing so.

Tell us a little bit about your latest books. My first novel, “The Earth Bleeds Red,” will be out near the end of October (Pandamoon Publishing). It’s a literary suspense. It blends literary fiction, suspense, and a touch of mystery. Think Joyce Carol Oates meets Junot Diaz, while they were both reading Sherman Alexie. I’m very excited for its release as it feels like a part of me. I’m also writing a psychological thriller called, “The Lights Will Never Fade.” I plan on finishing that novel by the end of the year.

Where did you come up with this idea? The title came to me first and then the story just started to pour out. I wrote all night, every night. I stayed up till 3 or 4 in the morning nearly every night writing and editing, and then editing some more.

Who did the cover art for your book? The graphic designer at Pandamoon Publishing did the cover and they did an amazing job. I worked with the publisher for a while, passing ideas back and forth. They really captured the metaphorical image of this book.

Did you learn anything about yourself or your writing while working on this book? I believe I learned everything about myself. Every time I write, I learn something new. It allows me to create this world that otherwise wouldn’t exist. I can’t think of anything else in life that does that. I feel like I know the characters so well, and they feel like real people to me.

Who do you find to be a huge inspiration for your writing? And why is that? My wife, kids, and family inspire me the most. Many characters come from experiences in real life, though they aren’t based on any of them, if that makes sense. Also, the writers I mentioned before, plus: Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and Zora Neale Hurston have been huge influences on my writing.

Which one of your characters would be the best to meet in real life? Scott. He’s the main character and he’s struggling with his faith, and the loss of his only child. He’s real and says exactly what he thinks.

What are you reading right now? I’m reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, “Dracian Legacy” by Priya Kanaparti, and “Men of Kent” by Elizabeth Gibson.

Besides the genre you write, what genres do you like to read? I like historical fiction, literary fiction, and books set in a different, era (1600’s-1800’s).

What is the most embarrassing mistake you’ve made as a writer? It’s usually something small, but annoying. I’ll post something on social media like “thanks you” instead of “thank you,” or leave out a word. I can’t think of anything huge.

What is the one thing that seems to always get in the way of writing time? Don’t take this the wrong way, but family. They are more important to me and many times, I’m spending time with my wife and kids instead of writing. I am writing nearly full time now though, and have time during the day, which makes a huge difference.

When you are not writing, what are you doing? I’m spending time with my family, finishing my degree, and I buy/sell/trade as well. I stay busy!

What is one of your favorite places to write? In my recliner, in the living room. It’s simple, but effective.

What is one of your favorite places in the world?  My wife and I went to Ireland last year for our 10-year anniversary. We absolutely fell in love with the country, and if I could, I’d move there. At the very least, I’d like to go for a month and write a novel there. Dublin and Killarney were our two favorite towns.

What is one thing about you most people find interesting (or unusual etc.)? That I have four kids and have been married for almost 11 years, yet I just turned 30.

Are there any more projects you are currently working on? Do you know when we might get to see those? I mentioned the novel I’m currently writing above and I’ve also had two short stories published in “The Rust Nail” magazine this summer. I blog regularly too. Plus, we’re thinking about turning “The Earth Bleeds Red” into a series.

What is your favorite quote? “Love your enemies.” Jesus

What secrets would you share with aspiring authors? Write and write every day. Every little bit adds up.

Name one author you’d love to meet and tell us why. Joyce Carol Oates. Her novel, “Them,” changed me as a person, reader, and writer. Plus, she’s written like 70 books. That is crazy.

Now for some THIS OR THAT:

Hot/Cold                              Cold

Summer/Winter                  Winter

Coke/Pepsi                           Water

Cat/Dog                                Dog (Pug)

Water skiing/snow skiing    Snow

Beach/Mountains                Beach (barely)

Romance/Action                 Romance (I know)

Convertible/SUV                 Convertible

Flip Flops/Dress shoes         Flip flops

Historical/Futuristic            Historical

Hero/Villain                          Hero

Car/Plane                              Car

London/Paris                        London

Mexico/Canada                    Canada

Ice cream/Chips                   Chips

Hot dog/Hamburger           Hamburger

Beer/Wine                             Beer (just a little)

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Author interview with Jay Scott

Please welcome debut novelist Jay Scott to Saturday Coffee with Authors. Jay is currently working on book one of his gritty trilogy, 122 Rules, which will be with beta readers next month. Book two is already complete! (No grass growing under Jay’s feet!)

When did you start writing and what made you start?

I started writing two years ago. I had wanted to do it for a long time, but it was my coworker, who, unbeknownst to him, actually prompted me to get more serious about my dream. What spurred me on was when he told me about an article he read. In it the author reported the results of a survey done on a several thousand WWII veterans. The men came back from the war, got jobs, and eventually retired. Their mindset when they got home was to work and take care of their families. 50 years later when these men were asked what they would have done differently, an overwhelming percentage of them said they wished they had done something creative. Writing, drawing, painting, and acting where the most common. I realized that if I ever wanted to write, I was just going to have to make time for it, and since my first idea (see below), I have.

Tell us a little bit about your latest books.

Here is the latest version of my synopsis: College student Monica Sable records a conversation between the mob boss, Laven Michaels, and his number one henchman. She manages to slip away without them catching her, only to be nabbed by the FBI who force her into witness protection. With her testimony they have enough to shut down Laven’s operation and put the mobster away for life.

Sam Bradford, a man living outside of society, is an expert at finding people who do not want to be found. He’s the best The Agency has to offer and a master of the 122 Rules of Psychology. With these rules he can manipulate people into doing and telling him anything.

When Sam is hired to find Monica, he doesn’t know he is ultimately working for the mob. In spite of misgivings about the case he tracks her down, seduces her and reveals her true identity. Later he reads about an explosion in her house where she is thought to have been killed. Deeper investigation reveals the truth of the “accident,” and who wants her dead. He also learns that, incredibly, Monica is still alive.

Laven has also learned Monica survived and sent his henchman across the country deal with her. No mistakes this time.

Sam is caught, forced to either right a wrong he helped create or follow orders and stand down. For the first time in his life he ignores protocol and instead pursues both the henchman and the mobster who hired him. Sam’s only plan: get them before they get to Monica.

Where did you come up with this idea?

I was on my way to work one day, listening to music and not really thinking about much when this insanely vivid scene came to me of this girl asleep in her room. In my head I could see that her bed was covered with a huge pile of blankets. Across the room was a large open window overlooking the ocean. I was even able see the books on her dresser and the dust bunnies tumbling across the floor in the breeze. All the way to work I thought about it and when I got there I typed it up…on my phone. I sent myself an email of this first scene, then lost it. No idea what happened. Just gone. Poof. It’s still probably cruising the halls of cyberspace.

So that weekend I typed it up again…on my computer. Fool me once and all that. Didn’t really know why, but this time around a dog appeared in a basket on the floor. Black and white terrier. After I completed the chapter I kept writing and the next one came out, then the next, and so forth. It wasn’t like I came up with the idea for my book, it was more like the book found me and my job was to unearthed it.

Who did the cover art for your book?

I don’t have a cover for my book yet. I have an image in my head of a guy on a motorcycle, my antagonist whom I met during my writing journey, riding towards the reader. It’s nighttime, on a long, deserted country road, with mountains and a full moon in the background. Haven’t found the art yet. I suspect whomever actually designs my cover will probably have a much better idea.

Who do find to be a huge inspiration for your writing? And why is that?

My literary hero is Stephen King. No question about it. My blog, Jay On Writing, is named for his book On Writing, which if you have not read I highly recommend. Here is an excerpt from my blog about him:

Arguably there are authors who write with a larger vocabulary, create better, more vivid descriptions, have a higher Lexile reading level, blah blah blah, but there is no one that can tell a better story, and for me it’s all about story. Whether or not you like his genre is immaterial. The man can spin a yarn that hooks you from word one.

Which one of your characters would be the best to meet in real life?

One of my secondary characters: Angel. When I first learned about her I thought she was a throw away. Someone that would simply be used as childhood friend of one my main characters, helping to give her more depth. But Angel surprised me. In spite of her being a checker at a grocery store and having no real direction for her life, she turned out to be surprisingly resourceful and spunky. She saves my main character’s behind over and over with her mad ninja-like skills and take-no-crap attitude. She would terrific fun to hang out with.

What are you reading right now?

I just finished Mary Waibel’s, Charmed Memories—I was lucky enough to get a pre-release copy from her, before that was Hank Buchmann’s, Dead Woman Creek, before that was Dean Koontz’s, Deeply Odd. The entire time, I have also been reading George R.R. Martin’s, Game of Thrones. This last book is more a marathon, where I keep stopping at different intervals, 2 miles, 12 miles, 15, to read other books. I love his story, but I have ADD and keep getting distracted.

What is the one thing that seems to always get in the way of writing time?

Time! Ugh!!! I get as few hours of sleep as possible, always riding the ragged edge between bleary and prostrate, but between family, work, working out, commuting, and miscellaneous—don’t you just love that category?—I have only about an hour a day during the week. My primary time is on the weekends were I work from my hammock, weather permitting, or from the couch if it isn’t.

Are there any more projects you are currently working on? Do you know when we might get to see those?

I have a complete novella in the final edit stage. My first book, 122 Rules, was originally a 157,000 word tomb—I missed the debut-novels-need-to-be-80,000-words rule—so I broke it up into two books. Never thought it possible, but I worked the manuscript over, new ideas came, and am now almost done with the initial edits. What is coming out is better than the original. I expect to have it fully edited and ready for beta readers by mid-September. The good news is that the next book, 122 Rules – Redemption, is largely complete and edited. It required a lot less modification than the first half. In addition, I have 35,000 words of the third book in the trilogy. My goal is to be querying the first book by November.

You’re throwing a fiction character party.  What fictional characters would you like to invite (name and where they are from (book/TV/Movie/etc.) and why?

I would LOVE to hang out with Christopher Snow and friends from Dean Koontz’s, Fear Nothing. I wouldn’t want to invite them to a party though, I’d want to run with them in Moonlight Bay, the town where the story is based, and go on an epic adventure.

Christopher is, hands down, my favorite character. Ever. He has XP (xeroderma pigmentosum) a disease where a person’s DNA does not repair itself after being damaged. Because of his affliction he only goes out at night, thus protecting himself from the harmful rays of the sun. He also lives near this “abandoned” old military base–only it isn’t completely abandoned–and he and his friends have all these fantastic adventures there. Christopher is also a surfer and he and his girlfriend surf at night.

This sounds like the best time ever.

Feel free to add any of these this/that questions to the end of the interview:

Coke/Pepsi – I don’t drink soda, except occasionally. I like coffee, tea, water, wine and beer.

Cat/Dog – Ugh! None please! I’ve taken care of a dozen dogs over my life, not one of which was mine!

Vampires/Zombies – Vampires from TrueBlood are awesome!

Marvel/DC – Marvel

Thor/Loki – Thor kicks booty. I normally like the villains, but Loki annoys me. My favorite scene of Loki’s is during Avengers when Hulk smashes him into the floor. Loki’s potential realized!

Hero/Villain – I always seem to identify with the villain…except in the Thor/Loki debate.

Car/Plane – Depends on my mood. Sometimes a road trip sounds like just the ticket, other times I just want to get to my destination.

London/Paris – Yes, please! England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Greece, France

Ice cream/Chips – Occasionally. When that’s what you want there is nothing else that will satisfy the urge, but if I’m going to indulge, usually it’s in dark chocolate and/or beer.

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Author interview with Kathryn Starke

Help me welcome children’s book author and now debut novelist Kathryn Starke to Saturday Coffee with Authors! I’m so pleased Kathryn stopped by to tell us about breaking out of the her genre.

Tell us about yourself. 

I am an elementary school literacy specialist, author, and the founder/CEO of Creative Minds Publications, a global educational company.
When did you start writing and what made you start?

I started writing and published my first children’s book, Amy’s Travels in 2005. I wrote this book to teach the seven continents to my students and provide an engaging, educational book for teachers around the world.
Tell us a little bit about your latest books.

My latest book, Because of You, releases November 14th. I am excited to write for an adult audience with my first women’s fiction novel.  This “chick lit” title is definitely the type of book ladies want to read in book club or on the beach.
Where did you come up with this idea?

It actually started as a dream.

Did you learn anything about yourself or your writing while working on this book?

I learned that I love writing for individuals over the age of ten, and I definitely want to continue to do so.
Which one of your characters would be the best to meet in real life?

I want to meet and hang out with Lilly, the main character. I believe she would be a great friend of mine.
What are you reading right now?

I am reading Beth Harbison’s “Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger”
Besides the genre you write, what genres do you like to read?

I love reading children’s literature and biographies.
If you had to pick one trait that makes you a better writer, what would it be?

I would have to say my determination, which allows me to always finish a story I start and work hard to share it with readers around the world.
When you are not writing, what are you doing?

I am reading and always listening to music (often singing and dancing).
What is one of your favorite places to write?

my couch
What is one of your favorite places in the world?

Southern California
Are there any more projects you are currently working on? Do you know when we might get to see those?

Mark your calendars for November 14, 2013 for the Because of You debut!
What is your favorite quote?

“The most important thing you can give someone is a chance.”-Anonymous
What secrets would you share with aspiring authors?

Everyone has a story to tell; it’s just a matter of getting it into the right hands of your desired readers (and publishers/literary agents) along the way.
Name one author you’d love to meet and tell us why.

I’d love to meet Emily Giffin
You’re throwing a fiction character party.  What fictional characters would you like to invite (name and where they are from (book/TV/Movie/etc.) and why?

How fun! I’d invite Clarissa Alpert from the book Maneater, Carmen from the show Devious Maids, Dr. Zoe Hart from Hart of Dixie, and Tally Atwater from Up Close and Personal. All of these women are fun-loving, hard-working, and determined to land the job and man of their dreams, which they all deserve.
Now for some This or That:
Summer/Winter=summer
Beach/Mountains=beach
Convertible/SUV=convertible
London/Paris=London
Africa/Asia=Africa
Hot dog/Hamburger=Hamburger
Beer/Wine=Wine

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Kathryn Starke is a literacy specialist, author, and the founder/CEO of Creative Minds Publications. She was named one of the 50
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Author interview with Erin Albert

I’m so happy to welcome author Erin Albert to Saturday Coffee with Authors. Her debut novel comes out later this fall and it sounds really interesting. Plus, we both love Percy Jackson, so… there ya go!

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a bona fide dreamer at the core.  For my “job,” I am a fitness trainer for runners.  Before doing that, I worked as a recruiter in a staffing agency and as an eye doctor’s assistant.  I think I would have gotten a degree in nursing if I had my schooling to do over again.  My passion lies with running, acting, reading, and writing. 

When did you start writing and what made you start?

I wrote my first poem at the age of four. When my family freaked out over it, I realized the power of the written word.  I’ve been writing since then.  😉

Tell us a little bit about your latest books.

My debut novel, The Prophecy, comes out in November 2013.  It’s the story of a girl who is kidnapped by religious fanatics and proclaimed the fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy.  You can get a sneak peek of the characters and the world here.

Where did you come up with this idea?

I was literally watching a movie and the idea hit me out of nowhere.  I jotted down some notes, contacted my friends to see if the story sounded interesting, and started writing. 

Who did the cover art for your book?

No cover yet.  Eep!!

Who do find to be a huge inspiration for your writing? And why is that?

I am in awe of Rick Riordan, Richelle Mead, George R. R. Martin, and Cassandra Clare.  They build such vivid worlds and complex characters.  I’d consider myself a success if I turn out to be half that awesome.  😉

Which one of your characters would be the best to meet in real life?

I can’t tell you yet… LOL! 

What are you reading right now?

I am currently reading an ARC of Charmed Memories by Mary Waibel.

What is the one thing that seems to always get in the way of writing time?

Life!  LOL!  If I could just hole up in a cave, daydreaming and writing, that would be ideal.  But other responsibilities encroach…

Are there any more projects you are currently working on? Do you know when we might get to see those?

Oh yes, I am always working on something.  Right now, I am revising the sequel to The Prophecy (working title–The Outlanders).  I wrote the whole trilogy at once, but I made some changes to The Prophecy that now must be filtered down to the other two.  I’m also putting the finishing touches on a speculative fiction short story to enter into a contest.  And finally, I’m in the process of revising a futuristic thriller tentatively called Number 25598.  Like The Prophecy’s sequel, it’s already written, but I’m doing some major rewrites. 

You’re throwing a fiction character party.  What fictional characters would you like to invite (name and where they are from (book/TV/Movie/etc.) and why?

1) Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson and The Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus series.  He is HYSTERICAL.  He would bring life to the party. 

2) Adrian Ivashkov from the Vampires Academy series and Bloodlines series.  I adore him and would fangirl so hard over the opportunity to meet him.

3) Jem Carstairs and Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices series.  These boys live in the hearts of all my friends, so they would be a BIG hit at the party. 

4) Alcide from True Blood.  He’d be my own personal eye candy.  Seriously, he’s gorgeous.

5) I guess I should invite a girl, huh?  LOL!  No, I’d invite all my friends and fangirls, so there would be plenty of girls.  😉

Feel free to add any of these this/that questions to the end of the interview:

Coke/Pepsi – Coke for regular, Diet Pepsi for diet

Cat/Dog – Cat

Vampires/Zombies – Vampires

Marvel/DC – Marvel

Thor/Loki – Thor, the Chris Hemsworth variety, please

Hero/Villain – Either, depending on the character

Car/Plane – Car

London/Paris – Either!  Gosh, I’d happily go to either.  😉

Ice cream/Chips – Chips, specifically Doritos

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Erin Albert is an author and fitness trainer.  Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word.  She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.”  In her free time, Erin enjoys acting, running, kickboxing, and, of course, reading and writing. 

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Author Interview with Leeland Artra

I’m so excited to welcome fantasy author Leeland Artra to Saturday Coffee with Authors! We are in a marketing group together, use the same cover artist, and his debut novel, Thread Slivers, is one of my favorite indie reads ever. I can’t wait for Thread Strands!

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Tell us about yourself.  When did you start writing and what made you start?

I started writing in 1973 because the nuns said I had to. Then I learned to spell. After that I kinda lost interest mostly due to boring school assignments. But, that didn’t stop from doing weird things like waiting till all my over achieving classmates finished their assignments earlier, offering to proofread them, and proceed to use them as source material with full citations. My English teachers got a real kick out of that and I usually got higher scores than most.

Of course when I started roll playing in the early 1980s I found I enjoyed being the game master more than the player. I would build very complex puzzling scenarios with lots of background data. It never bothered me the players rarely discovered everything that was happening. I had fun with my stories and worlds. I was often told I should publish, but aside from making some custom stuff for friends I never did. But that didn’t stop me from continuing to expand my gaming world and writing deep complex histories.

In 2012 I decided it was time to try something new for fun. I started pulling my notes together and turning them into a real book. I had to pick something that could end, and there was one scenario that my players never succeeded in solving. I resolved to finally play that scenario out myself and thus was created my debut novel.

Tell us a little bit about your latest books.

Thread Slivers is my debut novel and the first of a trilogy, it was published in January 2013. What shocked me was that it jumped to bestseller status in only two weeks. It has remained a top selling book for six months now while I have been working hard on the second book in the trilogy Thread Strands.

Thread Strands is just about to come out (sometime around the middle of August 2013). Thread Strands picks up all the loose filaments and begins pulling them together revealing much of what is really going on. Of course knowing what is happening doesn’t mean the heroes know how to save the world.

What makes these books fun is that the real heroes are not what they seem. The bad guys are not your typical bad guys. Many readers have pointed out they actually like the bad guys. Essentially the world has differing groups who are just trying to grow and live. Yet, this is causing a massive conflict. Well there is one bad guy who, although not really bad to start with, has let grief take him too far.

This leaves the outcome a bit gray, as some of my readers are rooting for the “bad guys.”

Where did you come up with this idea?

I have often heard that there is nothing more dangerous than an intelligent good person who just decides to be bad. This is played out in many movies such as The Shawshank Redemption for one. In that movie (which I love) the main character says “I had to come to prison to be a crook.” I love that theme. So I built a scenario where if people failed everyone lost. Oddly enough many players tried, many times, some of the players even tried multiple times, yet no one solved it before it was too late. I thought that would be fun to finally play it out. I so I had one of the really powerful wizards in the world realize he had to come at the problem sideways instead of head on. So he secretly arranged for many possibly powerful people to be in key places early and then he lit the fuse, so to speak.

Many of the other ideas in my books come from other sources, like the learning the elven fighting and hunting styles in one night is loosely based on the Matrix where the heroes really are not fully prepared. Yes they have the potential but they need the skills too. So in the Matrix the solution was “direct tape download into the brain.” In my books the solution is “strange secret entity teaches the skills overnight in a very special way.”

Who did the cover art for your book?

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Streetlight Graphics, Glendon Haddix and Steve Dotty are my real life art heroes they are amazing! I love working with them. Steve took my imagined world and drew it sometimes better than I originally imagined it. Then Glendon made photo realistic images based on the sketches. WOW that is talent!

Did you learn anything about yourself or your writing while working on this book?

I learned I still love fiction. I find it hard to think about anything else other than possible new stories, better character profiles. I love foreshadowing and I find I do it almost like breathing.

Who do you find to be a huge inspiration for your writing? And why is that?

Babylon 5, Firefly, Dr. Who, anything by Roger Zelazny or Lois McMaster Bujold. The worlds, the characters, the story telling. I love it all. That the world moves and shifts even when not being observed is what I love about the stories there.

Which one of your characters would be the best to meet in real life?

Duke, I mean really who wouldn’t want to meet that old wolf?

What are you reading right now?

I just finished Decrypted by Lindsay Buroker and before that I read Fargoer by Petteri Hannila. I highly recommend both (although Decrypted is the second book, you should start with Encrypted).

Besides the genre you write, what genres do you like to read?

I read and write science-fiction and fantasy. I love the fantastic possibilities and nothing is better than a fun romp in someone else’s amazing world.

What is the most embarrassing mistake you’ve made as a writer?

I dare not say… Well OK, I misspelled a major country in my debut novel. I did a search and replace and got it backwards. It was published that way. I’m correcting it finally with the release of an updated version with some other typos fixed as part of the release for the second book in the series.

If you had to pick one trait that makes you a better writer, what would it be?

I’m a bit analytical (after all I’m a professional software engineer in my day job). I make sure all the parts fit and I double and triple check things like timelines, events, physics, and possibilities. I want my worlds to be totally possible.

What is the one thing that seems to always get in the way of writing time?

I get sucked into things like books and TV series. Netflix streaming is both my nemesis and dear friend. Nothing is worse than running into a series that is awesome where I can lose hours a night. The same goes for books. I have often stayed up to 4 A.M. reading a novel because I just didn’t want to put it down. This can really make me sleepy.

When you are not writing, what are you doing?

I wish I could say exercising. But, truth is I am almost always on the computer doing something if I’m not grudgingly doing some chore.

What is one of your favorite places to write?

I have taken over the dining room table and I kinda like it. I can watch my son play with his stuff and my wife can read her book across from me. It makes life very nice.

What is one of your favorite places in the world?

Hawaii, I never got there as a kid. I finally got there a few years back and have been there three times now. Not once have I regretted the trip or left there happy to be going home finally.

What is one thing about you most people find interesting (or unusual etc.)?

My sense of humor. I’m often cracking jokes and making stuff up. For example I’ll spin you a story about the origin of a particular dish in a restaurant that everyone loves until someone pulls out a phone and checks Google to see if made it up.

Are there any more projects you are currently working on? Do you know when we might get to see those?

Certainly, Thread Strands is only weeks from rolling out to the public. After that is Thread Skein book three and the conclusion to the series. After that I have already started a couple of backstory novels that will be one book only items. I might do anther trilogy after that.

What is your favorite quote?

I’m a professional writer. I tell lies to total strangers for money.

What secrets would you share with aspiring authors?

Write the books you want to read. There will be an audience out there, and you’ll be happier.

Name one author you’d love to meet and tell us why.

Oh that is hard. Um, I think I’d love to meet Lois McMaster Bujold and Timothy Zahn. Oh and Lindsay Buroker … wait you said one. Um, well I’m too much of a fan boy. I want to meet with Lois Bujold because dang I want to confirm some suspicions I have about the sharing knife series. Timothy Zahn is just cause his stories are so fun, I bet he is a lot of fun to chat with. And of course Lindsay Buroker because I love her writing style.

You’re throwing a fiction character party.  What fictional characters would you like to invite (name and where they are from (book/TV/Movie/etc.) and why?

Dr. Who, all of the main characters from Firefly, and I’d love to meet Miles & Ekaterin Vorkosigan from Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga. Naturally I’d invite Ticca, Lebuin, Ditani, Duke, Elades, Illa, Risy, Nigan, heck everyone from my own books. It would be a heck of a party!

Now for a little This or That:

Hot/Cold                               Cold

Summer/Winter                  Summer

Coke/Pepsi                           Soda bad – Make mine a Diet Dr. Pepper please

Cat/Dog                                Dog no Cat… a heck I like both and would love either

Water skiing/snow skiing         Snow skiing

Beach/Mountains                 Beach

Romance/Action                  Action with some romance is nice

Convertible/SUV                 Convertible 4×4

Flip Flops/Dress shoes         Sneakers

Vampires/Zombies               Neither I really don’t get into the monster genres

Historical/Futuristic             Fantasy any day, any time

Lara Croft/Jason Bourne       Oooo Dang… um… I haven’t got a chance with Lara so Jason

Marvel/DC                              DC

Thor/Loki                               Thor

Hero/Villain                            Villain (they get all the cool stuff and I think I make it work)

Car/Plane                                Plane

London/Paris                          London (I love pasties and shepherd’s pie)

Africa/Asia                              neither I prefer Hawaii

Mexico/Canada                       Canada

Ice cream/Chips                      Is it Nutty Coconut?

Hot dog/Hamburger               Hamburger with dill pickles and cheddar

Beer/Wine                                Amaretto, neat

Skittles/Hershey Bar               Skittles

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