Michael Lorde, Author of “Blind Veil”

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Author Michael Lorde was born and raised in upstate New York, has lived in the open country of Tennessee, near the beach in Virginia, in the mountains of West Virginia, and currently lives in Snowy Michigan. Michael has written books since the age of ten. Traveling, and the outdoors are both passions of this author who has been to 39 states, and to many U.S. National Parks.

After making a decision to publish Blind Veil, Michael has three additional books which are scheduled for release in 2012, including the sequel to this debut Psychological Thriller.

“I love the absurdities… the oddities in a book, no matter the genre. I don’t read books to find ‘normal’ or ‘usual’ or ‘boring’. I want to be taken somewhere I can’t otherwise go. That’s why I read… for those twists and turns and things that make me say ‘augh’. If an author can do that, they’ve got me.”

“My children and pets, Landscaping, the outdoors, painting and woodworking are some of what inspires me. Every day is a gift and I think it’s important to think in the joy of the moment as often as you can. I don’t want to be sitting in a porch chair at eighty, remembering a whole lot of regrets, so I work at appreciating my time while I’m here. I’m the type of person who needs to stay busy. Whether it’s writing words on a page, or making a fountain head for a pond, I like to create things.”

Today, Michael discusses Blind Veil.

What is the main premise of this book?

Blind Veil is a Psychological Thriller that will ‘mount the reader on the dashboard for the ride’. There is nothing backseat about diving into the mind of the main character, who is a New York City cop. Highly respected Officer Simms’ purchase of a new boat, carries him into a nightmare from nearly the moment it leaves the harbor on his first trip out. Once out on the water, everything in his life changes in an instant. After being drugged with an unknown substance by a so called ‘doctor’, he slowly begins to hallucinate; but are these visions real? When the medical community finds no evidence of chemicals in his bloodstream, and no signs of any other health condition, Simms must look for his own answers. He remembers the seemingly crazy deathbed rants of his uncle and begins to question his own sanity. Does mental illness run in the family, or does this ‘truth’ the doctor threatened to show him, actually exist. This is a conspiracy story and police procedural all wrapped into a tight little suspense thriller with science fiction elements to boot. You’ve never read a book like this. I classify it as a psychological thriller because you are living in the characters mind for much of this book, but it’s hard to classify the plot into a single genre. I’ve had readers tell me, “I’m so surprised. I almost didn’t buy it because it’s not the genre I normally read, but I loved it”. I’ve also heard, “This is really different than what shows on the Amazon teaser pages. If you could show the other pages, people would know what’s inside,” And they’re right, if you read the reviews, you’ll hear that same thing because the set up, is not the plot. If you like exciting stories give it a go. It’s 99 cents today, so what have you got to lose? In any case, I hope you read the reviews and decide for yourself. I’d love to have you along for the ride, and there’s plenty of room up front. I drive a truck.

Who’s your favorite character in it?

Definitely Simms. He thinks quite a bit like me. I’m pretty brutal in my characters situations, so I empathize with him, which of course makes me like him even more.

But… then again, Byron Chelvski is a really great choice too. I like him because he’s quirky as all get out, and I do enjoy quirky characters, no matter what actions they might take.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

I write at home sometimes, but mostly at my office. Its easier to do the actual ‘writing’ at the office, so I’m not distracted by my dogs, who think they’re my kids. But with editing it’s different. I can do that at home, since there’s not the same level of creativity involved. Also, it’s not my favorite thing to do, so I like distraction from it sometimes. As far as the writing itself, I write wherever I am, and with whatever means possible. I’ve been known to sit in my parked car waiting for my daughter while I peck away at my laptop, or write half a chapter in tiny illegible letters using a pencil that keeps ripping the paper napkin ( try deciphering that one when you get back home). It just doesn’t matter what you use to write with. When the words are screaming to come out, you will find a way to pen them down. I’m pretty sure that the shyest author in the world would think nothing of borrowing a pen from anyone, anywhere.

When reading, do you prefer eBook or paperback?

While eBooks are great, I will always prefer paperbacks… the feel, the smell, the crisp clean pages. There is nothing like holding a new book in my hand. When I open a paper book, it feels like I’ve just stepped through time and reading it keeps me there. EBooks captivate my attention too and I love reading in any format, but eBook reading just doesn’t affect me the same as a good old fashioned book ( do you think there’s a correlation between this, and that fact that as a kid I was read paperback books daily?)

What’s your favorite gadget?

I took my daughter to see the statue of liberty a couple of years ago and spent ten bucks on a pen. It writes really nice.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on the sequel to Blind Veil which is due out around Christmas. I have a fantasy YA which is in edits and a children’s book called Canon Balls for Girls, that’s due for release in June. This children’s book is an anti-bullying book and I’m pretty excited to have it coming out. I have four kids of my own; two sons and two daughters, and I know what goes on in the schools as early as elementary. Anyone over thirty doesn’t understand how much the digital age has changed the game of bullying. Winning a fist fight at school is not going to stop the kid anymore, and with the number of increasing teen suicides because of it, this project is really important to me. If I can change just one kid’s mindset, I’ll feel really good about it. Cannon Balls for girls is written for an elementary school level reader.

Who designed this cover?

A graphic designer and beta reader for Blind Veil. She stepped outside of her normal workload and agreed to design the cover for me. She is truly gifted. Thanks Christine Smith!

If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?

Budha, Jesus, and the Pope. Being a pretty spiritual person, I have A LOT of questions, and yes, a warped sense of humor as well.

So do you like to cook?

I love to cook, and love to pass the hot mitts to anyone else who does as well. Having been a single parent to four kids, I can easily sit back and let someone else handle the stove, but yes, I enjoy cooking alone, or beside someone, and can cook just about anything.

Do you have pets?

My daughter and I have two dogs you could almost fit in your pocket. One is a Shih tzu

Named Chi-chi who wholeheartedly believes she is human. If she is not the reincarnate of a person into an animal, then no such thing exists. Never in my life have I seen a dog with more attitude. She struts around the house like a teenager at the peak of hormonal imbalance, demands ‘people food’ at each meal (which she rarely gets), complains with a voice that almost sounds human, and barks out orders like a drill sergeant in boot camp. She fully believes she is the alpha male of the entire household, no matter how much I laugh at her and telling her she isn’t. She drives me absolutely nuts… and still I love her to pieces. Though it took me over a year to warm up to her ‘attitude’ when we got her years ago ( she was my eldest daughters dog), for some reason she picked me as ‘her person’, and listens to few others. We are now inseparable. She’s a trip, but a real sweetheart and she keeps me on my toes.

Our second dog is a miniature dachshund named Angel. She’s still a baby at almost two years old and has eyes that would melt the heart of a crocodile. She doesn’t have to ‘insist’, in order to get anything she wants from my ten year old daughter. She’s softhearted dog and precious until someone is around her people, and then she’s fierce (yeah, right).

Our dogs have barking contests with one another to prove who is the most loyal and best protector when someone comes to the door. They have actually gotten into arguments from time to time, and then the barking beast turn from the door to one another, and the challenge is on. They will continue barking for a deafening minute to each other. In the two years that we’ve had Angel, the two dogs have actually had a nipping brawl twice, when the loser of the barking contest gets too upset to hold it in and lashes out at the other. Thankfully they have not hurt one another, or I would have to make serious changes, but it’s ridiculous. Needless to say, our mailman does not knock on our door anymore and our friends call before pulling into the drive, to alert us that they will soon be at the door. And through it all, our puppies keep us laughing! We are dog lovers all the way.

What’s your bucket vacation?

If we could bring the dogs- a six month cruise to include stopping points in Australia, Japan, Thailand, and we’d dock the ship in India so I could stay in Goa for a month. They can pick us up the way back. That trip would be perfect.

If you were to attend a St. Patrick’s Day Party, which one thing would you never leave behind and why?

Luck –O the Irish. Everyone needs a little luck from time to time.

Where can your readers stalk you?

Amazon
Barnes and Nobles
Website
Smashwords
Twitter @BlindVeil
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/michaellordeauthor

 

Kenneth Hoss, Author of “Storm Rising”

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Kenneth Hoss was born at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas in 1957. Kenneth served a combined total of fourteen years on active duty from 1974 to 1987 in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He has lived in several States, including South Carolina and California.

What is the main premise of this book?

It’s the story of a female NYPD Detective, how she deals with the obstacles life throws in her path

How long did it take you to write it?

From start to finish, just over a year.

Who’s your favorite character in it?

Well, I am biased, so I have to say it’s Kelli.

When reading, do you prefer eBook or paperback?

I switch it up. I have a Kindle, but I still love the feel of a real book in my hands.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on the second book in the Kelli Storm series, Storm Warning.

What is something that surprised you about being an author?

Tough question. I guess I’d have to say it’s the sudden “fame”. Now when I go into my local pub, I have people I don’t know coming up to me and asking if I’m the ‘Author” everyone is talking about.

What one word describes how you feel when you write?

That’s easy, excellent!

Who designed this cover?

That would be George Arnold, the husband of fellow author Carolyn Arnold. I have to say, when I saw the cover, I fell in love with it.

Can you tell us about an early childhood memory ?

Well, that depends on how early. I can recall things from when I was three and four. I can remember riding on the train with my Mother, going to meet my Dad in San Antonio where he had gone to find work. I was maybe four at the time. I remember because my first sister hadn’t been born yet.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?

What are PJ’s???

What are your pet peeves?

People who drive too slow. (Like going 25 in a 35.)

What’s your favorite beverage?

I have two actually. One is Guinness and the other is Pepsi.

So do you like to cook?

Absolutely. I’m somewhat of a closet gourmet. My favorites are Italian and French.

What’s your favorite ice cream?

Butter Pecan.

Do you normally eat for breakfast, of do you skip it and get straight to work?

One or two cups of coffee and then off to work.

What is something you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?

My trusty USB thumb drive.

Do you sleep in or get up early?

Always early. Since my days in the military, I’m doing good to sleep past 7 a.m. on the weekends.

Which do you use most for writing on, laptop or desktop?

Laptop.

Do you have pets? Do you have a picture of them you can share?

No pets.

What’s your favorite gadget?

Gadget is such a broad term. I would have to say my “Smart Phone” would have to be my favorite gadget.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

At home and usually in the evening, though on weekends it’s pretty much any time.

What are your thoughts on receiving book reviews – the good and the bad ?

The good, it validates your work as an author. The bad, well, I don’t really see any bad side to it other than not getting any at all.

If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?

Well, John Grisham would be my top pick, though I wouldn’t wish anyone being stranded on a desert island. Next I would pick Stephen King, to tell us scary stories around the fire at night. Lastly, Jane Seymour because I met her once when I lived in California and was working on a television movie, and she is a really interesting person. (Good looking too.)

What’s your bucket vacation?

I would love to sail from Hawaii to Fiji, and then on to Sydney.

What’s your favorite quote?

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” E.L. Doctorow

List 3 books you’ve just recently read and would recommend?

I hate to admit it, but the most recent book I read was about 3 months ago.

If your book was made into a TV series or Movie, what actors would you like to see playing your characters?

Well, for Kelli I see Charlize Theron playing that part. For Kevin, I see Gerard Butler. For Lt. Franklin, Sasha Roiz. Still haven’t figured out who I would want to see play Bill Hayes. Even though he doesn’t actually appear in the book, I think Benicio Del Toro would make a great Miguel Garcia.

If you were to attend a St. Patrick’s Day Party, which one thing would you never leave behind and why?

A mug of green beer. It’s a sin to leave beer behind.

Where can your readers stalk you?

Readers can stalk me at the following links:

My blog: http://kenhoss.blogspot.com
Twitter: kennhoss@twitter
eBook: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Rising-Kelli-Novel-ebook/dp/B0053GAWYU/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/storm-rising-a-kelli-storm-novel-kenneth-hoss/1103391061
Paperback:

http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Rising-Kelli-Novel/dp/1467985430/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Dixon Bennett Rice, Author of “The Assassins Club”

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Dixon Bennett Rice is a novelist living in Kalispell, Montana, deep in the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. Besides eight years in Army Intelligence, he’s been a funeral director, investigator, office manager, payroll manager, shipping clerk, insurance agent, and retail salesman. He’s jumped out of perfectly good aircraft. He’s gone into jail as a literacy volunteer, and also not so voluntarily. Dixon’s been writing part-time for a number of years, and full-time since 2010.

His father was a Naval officer and Dixon was born on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. He has siblings who were born in Baltimore MD, Columbus OH, Norfolk VA and Fairfax VA. Like most military families, they moved around a lot. Dixon went to high school in Mercer Island, a Seattle suburb, and got a BA in Political Science at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma WA. At one time he had aspirations of going to law school, but decided to spare the planet one additional attorney.

He has always been a storyteller, and entertained his children by spinning bedtime tales. They encouraged him to write them down, and some were published in various local and regional magazines. Dixon also started writing reviews of children’s literature, and edited a literary magazine for the Authors of the Flathead in Kalispell. He’s past president of the Authors of the Flathead, and has served as chairman of the Annual Flathead River Writers Conference. He eventually switched from children’s lit to writing thrillers, which caused him to totally lose control of his writing addiction.

Dixon and his wife Mitzi, who teaches business subjects in high school, have raised four children, who are currently scattered from Seattle to Fargo to Kosovo. They are wonderful kids, but not writers. Dixon isn’t actively looking to trade his children for a more literary variety, but will consider all offers.

He’s been active in Toastmasters, soccer refereeing and coaching, Rotary’s international charities, world hunger charities, the American Cancer Society, and recently donated his 100th unit of blood for the local Red Cross. Dixon has won statewide speech competitions in both humorous and dramatic speaking.

What is the main premise of this book?

I wondered, “What if a young, likable guy ‘accidentally’ became a serial killer?” I set up a situation in THE ASSASSINS CLUB where Tyler Goode gets targeted by a redneck bully and his squad of younger, equally brutal brother in the Flathead Valley of Montana. (And don’t forget Dad.) Each time Ty kills in order to survive, he feels he’s performed a community service – and he gets one helluva rush. Before long, it’s become a habit he can’t shake.

How long did it take you to write it?

The main plot came to me, pretty much fully realized, during a 15-hour car drive after dropping off my son at college. Then it took two years to weave in some interesting subplots, flesh out the characters, and please my critique group.

Who’s your favorite character in it?

Heroes are easy to write, in my opinion – so easy that they often become cardboard cutout characters. I enjoy the unbalanced, unreliable characters. In THE ASSASSINS CLUB, there is a second serial killer who will collide with Ty in the final chapter, a 30ish man who thinks he is Jesus. His sections are written entirely in present tense, because that’s all he knows. The voices in his head raise such a ruckus that he can’t remember the past, nor can he look forward to the future. He’s walking up the West Coast, killing when the mood strikes him, going where his voices direct him. If Jesus tells you it’s Monday, you’d better check a calendar.

When reading, do you prefer eBook or paperback?

I love tree-books at home, but nothing beats my Kindle when I’m on the road.

What projects are you currently working on?

I have written another Montana thriller, and puttered away with it for a decade, trying to solve plot problems caused by modern police technology. I really enjoyed writing THE ASSASSINS CLUB in the 1970s, and realized that moving my work-in-progress back to that same era would make the plot problems vanish. So I’m on my final rewrite of MONTANA IS BURNING and hope to have it published this summer.

What is something that surprised you about being an author?

I am continually surprised by the unexpected actions of my characters. On my 15-hour car trip, Ty was already very real to me, but the minor characters around him were pretty vague. The book concept really caught fire when two deputy sheriffs approached the protagonist and said, “We know you’re killing people, Ty.” He thought, “Uh-oh, here come the handcuffs.” Instead, one of the deputies said, “We want to get in on it.” The addition of two law enforcement officers to Ty’s pastime creates interesting problems. In further books in this series, the ‘club’ will continue to expand, with continual new complications.

Who designed this cover?

I was fortunate to discover Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott and her business Unruly Guides. Suzanne and I talked about my story, and I gave her some general concepts. She did a marvelous job of turning my fuzzy ideas into a brilliant reality. She also formatted my novel. You can find Unruly Guides on FB at https://www.facebook.com/UnrulyGuides and Suzanne’s website is http://www.UnrulyGuides.com/ What

What are your pet peeves?

One of the things I love about the writing community is how helpful people are, even to clueless newbies. However, there is always a small number of folks in any endeavor who take job in dragging other people down. Some friends of mine have receive awful reviews from people who never even bothered to read the reviewed book.

So do you like to cook?

I never would have survived college if I hadn’t learned how to make spaghetti sauce and barbecue chicken. My wife and I have a deal – if one of us cooks, the other one cleans up. I try to cook whenever possible.

Do you sleep in or get up early?

We all have an internal critic in the back of our head, whispering that “this is worst crap that’s ever been written – let’s go for a jog instead.” I’ve learned that if I get up at 5 am and head down to a local coffee shop, I can get hours of work done before my critic wakes up. And if I’m on a good writing roll, I can just ignore his negative remarks.

If you were to attend a St. Patrick’s Day Party, which one thing would you never leave behind and why?

I’m about three-fourths Irish, and every Irishman knows that his most precious asset is the “Luck O’the Irish.” It’s amazing the Emerald Isle survived the Potato Famine, centuries of British mistreatment, and our own fondness for fermented and distilled beverages of every kind. There must be a reservoir of good luck to account for our very existence.

Where can your readers stalk you?

My daily blog on the writing life, Wredheaded Writer, can be found at http://wredhead.blogspot.com/ I plan a second blog aimed at fervent readers such as myself, but haven’t yet gotten it off the ground. The Kindle link for my e-book is http://tinyurl.com/7fav44l and you can find me on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/87hkkoz or search for plain old Dixon Rice.

Derek Graystone, Author of “Two Graves”

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Derek Graystone was born in Rivers, Manitoba, Canada. After a brief stay there and in Trenton, Ontario, Canada, Derek has spent the majority of his life in London, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelors Degree in English Literature in 1984.

Derek has had a varied career including jewelry store manager, warehouse manager for an ice cream distributor, manager of a gas station, and the finance and systems manager for a children’s charity. In 2002, Derek quit his day job and started his own office automation and Internet presence company and a relaxation massage business with his wife. Derek is also a Reiki Master as well as having a successful online Wiccan business.

Derek’s first book, The Schliemann Legacy, is a spy thriller involving Nazis, terrorists and the hunt for the treasures of Troy.

Derek followed up with Two Graves, a crime novel about a serial killer who is killing look-alikes of the people who bullied and terrorized him in his youth.

Derek lives with his wife Yvette in their home in London Ontario when they aren’t visiting their island getaway in Exuma, Bahamas. Derek is also the father of four girls and one boy and has five granddaughters (and another grandchild on the way, due in August).

What is the main premise of this book?

I, like so many others, was bullied when I was a kid. But I’m not one to write an intellectual treatise on the cause and effect of bullying on children and adults. I’m not out to change the world.

I just want to get even.

If you were ever bullied, imagine if you finally had enough and decided to get even.

That is what my killer does in Two Graves. Using computer aged photos of his high school tormentors, my killer sets out to get even with look-alikes, using the killings to reveal their past crimes. And he has had years to dream up some imaginative, and rather gruesome, methods for getting even.

Where did the title come from?

The title is from the Chinese proverb; “When you set out on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” This is a lesson that many of the characters in my novel have to learn.

When reading, do you prefer eBook or paperback?

I always thought I would be a paperback man – after all, I still do all my editing on paper, not the computer. I only bought my Kindle to make sure that my Indie published books converted well. And then I downloaded a novel to try it out and I have been hooked since. I love seeing my paperbacks sitting on a shelf but you can’t beat the convenience, clear image and ease of reading from the Kindle.

What projects are you currently working on?

Put it down to my own eclectic tastes, I can’t stick with a single genre. Currently, I am working on the first book in an urban fantasy series about witches, Spartan warriors, and old Gods called Witches of Aquarius. At the same time, because I get distracted easily, I am plotting out the sequel to Two Graves called Too Many Graves. What does it mean if you spend a large part of your day trying to decide if that really would be a good place to dispose of a body?

What one word describes how you feel when you write?

Seriously? You’re asking this writer to describe something with just one word? From someone who hasn’t met a short story that he couldn’t stretch into a novel, you want something in one word? OK, let’s go with…

Me.

More than at any other time, I feel like the “me” I want to be when I am writing.

Who designed this cover?

The cover was my design and, luckily, I happened across a beautiful naked body lying in the leaves. The knife was just an added bonus.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

In the sunshine, on the deck of the house in Exuma that I intend to buy when I become an obscenely successful author. In fact, during the Shamrocks and Sirens event, that is exactly where I am, working on my next novel but, unfortunately, just for a week this time. Luckily, it is a very private deck (see below).

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?

I would if I ever wore them.

What’s your favorite beverage?

Pepsi. But unlike Lt. Mann in Two Graves, I quit drinking it when I hit an average of 8 to 12 cans a day. I’ve been clean for almost 6 years.

So do you like to cook?

I suppose I am more of an eattie than a foodie but give me a BBQ and I can make anything.

What is something you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?

My good luck necklace that I have worn since I was in my 20s. It is a golden bunch of bananas that remind me of my dream of spending my days writing my novels on a tropical island.

Do you sleep in or get up early?

As the father of five and a registered insomniac, I can honestly say the last time I slept in was after my emergency appendectomy. And even then the damn nurses kept waking me up to see if I needed anything to help me sleep.

What is your favorite quote?-

Living well is the best revenge.

If you were to attend a St. Patrick’s Day Party, which one thing would you never leave behind and why?

A Shillelagh because you never know when you might need a good blunt object.

Where can your readers stalk you?

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/dagraystone
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dagraystone
Web Site: http://www.dagraystone.com
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5089051.D_A_Graystone
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/D.A.-Graystone/e/B005A3XTEG/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1330960625&sr=8-1

Carolyn Arnold, Author of “Eleven”

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Carolyn Arnold is the author of several novels in various genres. Her mystery novels ‘Ties That Bind’ and ‘Justified’ have reached best seller status on Amazon United States for Kindle. Her FBI thriller Eleven released November 2011 made it on The Miami Books Examiner’s ‘Top 12 Fiction Books of 2011’ list.

She was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada. She currently lives with her husband, and two beagles in a city near the well-known Canadian center Toronto.

Today, Carolyn discusses her book, ‘ELEVEN’.

What is the main premise of this book?

Eleven Rooms. Ten Bodies. One Empty Grave.

Brandon Fisher never expected this when he signed up as a Special Agent for the FBI. Working in the shadow of Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper of the Behavioral Analysis Unit his career seemed set. But when the team is called to a small rural town where the remains of ten victims are found in an underground bunker, buried in an unusual way, Brandon knows he’ll never return to his normal life.

With one empty grave, and the case touching close to home, he fears he’s become the target of a psychotic serial killer who wants to make him number eleven. Only thing is, everything Brandon thinks he knows is far from the truth.

Who’s your favorite character in Eleven?

It is hard to pick. Brandon is eager to please his new boss Special Agent Jack Harper. He’s strong but possesses vulnerabilities – he wants to prove himself valuable to his team, and stand out. He has fears, such as claustrophobia, which make him human. He has a wife he loves, but from whom the years and career decisions have torn him from.

Jack Harper can be gruff around the edges. He’s tough on his team, but it’s only because he wants to make them the best at their job. He knows what they’re capable of even if they don’t. And even though he can come across uncaring and stern at times, he would die for his team. He’s almost like your grumpy grandfather. You can be upset with him at times, but you can’t help but love him.

What projects are you currently working on?

Currently, I’m writing the fourth in the Madison Knight series and I’m about to start edit rounds on the third in the series to get ready to send to an editor.

What one word describes how you feel when you write?

Liberated.

Do you ever write in your PJs?

All the time! Is there another way?

Who designed this cover?

My husband did actually. He’s a graphic designer by trade. He took the concept of my book and made it visual. He also offers this service to other indie and self-published authors. For more information and how to contact him, click here.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

I prefer to do my writing in the morning before the day job, and on weekends. There’s no limitation on weekends and I just let the words flow, and the keys fly.

My office is a nightmare…it’s one of those rooms you toss stuff in and close the door LOL So I do most of my writing at the dining table. There are a lot of windows in the room so it’s nice and bright.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews – the good and the bad –

Oh, book reviews. I think the author has to remember reviews are the expressed opinion of one individual. A bad review doesn’t mean you’re a bad author just as a great review doesn’t mean you’re the next best thing.

I’ve found in life there’s always a balance – a good day, a bad day, a good review, a bad review.

Of course, I would be remiss not to say I love it when I hear from a reader who loved a book of mine! It makes my day. And on the flipside a review which isn’t as glowing, can bring me down. But an author has to stop focusing on the reviews and focus on what they love to do – write. Write for themselves and write for those who love their work.

Think of this way too: you don’t love every book you read so you can’t expect everyone will love yours. If you can accept this, you’ll have a realistic view on reviews.

What’s your bucket vacation?

Has to be Australia! I don’t know. I hate planes and this would be the furthest point for me!

And I don’t want to go to live it up in a resort either (although I definitely loved being pampered so go figure and hate camping). I want to be put to work on the outback, which is very ironic because I HATE spiders (they have HUGE ones there). I tell my husband this would be the only place I’d ever consider facing this fear in the face.

Your favorite quote –

Dream big, or don’t bother.

If you were to attend a St. Patrick’s Day Party, which one thing would you never leave behind and why?

A Leprechaun – he would bring me luck anywhere I went.

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