Featured Author Allison Bruning

Again an indie author joins me on my blog. And I’m very proud to announce today’s featured author is the talented Allison Bruning.

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Welcome Allison. I’m glad you took the time to do this interview here on my blog. Let’s not waste time and get this show on the road.

Can you give me your best Whoop? Unless you have another one which works better for you?

Write! Write! Write!

Okay, sounds like a winner that one, but does it work all the time, even those times when the muse has gone and done a runner on you? And when did you first start with it?

It usually works for me. I started using it a few years ago after my biggest fan has used it to encourage me. I was in a literary slump there for a while and she told me she couldn’t wait for my next book. Then she told me write! Write! Write!

Right, sounds like that fan set you on the right track there. Let’s do a few of the yada yada questions before we move on to the fun.

What is the title of the book you would like to talk about?

Reflections: Poems and essays

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Very fitting cover. Nicely done too.

Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

Not really. I wanted the theme of my book to be about reflecting upon the lessons learned in the past and how we can apply them to our lives.

If you would have to change the genre, what would it be then?

Inspirational

Just to confuse you we’ll take the alternative route now.

What don’t you like about writing, or whatever you need to do marketing wise?

I don’t like it when people try to take advantage of me.

Who does? But I think I know what you mean.

Tell me, when your muse is visiting and you’re on a roll, what would seriously drive her/him away?

Household chores, my husband’s snoring, TV, sometimes music. My muse likes my writing environment to be very quiet.

What does your muse look like?

She’s Native American. Her name is Ravenlore. She loves to tell stories, go on adventures and encourage women. She is a warrior whose weapon of choice is a sword.

Do you ever speak to your characters and do you get along all the time?

I do. I have some minor characters who think they need to steal the show. They hate it when I tell them they have to behave.

Can you name the food and drink that will surely get you started?

Chocolate! Anything chocolate. Drink wise – tea. The best kind is Green Teas with a hint of Mango.

Would you be able to come up with an excuse on why you haven’t written a whole day, and have me believe it too?

Probably not because writing is like a drug for me. I’m addicted.

And finally why would you ever want to live life behind a keyboard slaving over a manuscript?

It’s so much fun! I get to go places and do things with my characters that I wouldn’t have the chance to do if I didn’t write.

Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

Ok, true story. I am probably the only person you have ever met that can fall UP a mountain. It’s true. A few years ago I was on an archaeological dig in Kentucky. I was talking to someone, climbing up the mountain when my ankle got caught in grapevine. It wrapped around my entire ankle and I fell UP the mountain seriously spraining my knee and ankle. Weird I know, huh? My husband tells me all the time only I could fall up a mountain.

That was a nice little snippet of your life. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Allison and I do hope your book will reach massive sales. Now let’s hear something about the writer. No doubt that’s what the fans are after too.

Bestselling author, screenwriter, blogger and owner of the Mountain Springs House publishing company, Allison Bruning has had a passion for writing since childhood.

She originally hails from Marion, Ohio but lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and their Australian Cattle Dog, Lakota Sioux. Her father, Roland Irving Bruning, was the son of German immigrants who came to the United States at the turn of the 20th century. Her mother’s family had immigrated from Scotland, Ireland and England during the 17th century.

Allison is a member of the Daughters of American Revolution, tracing her linage to Private Rueben Messenger of Connecticut. She enjoys family stories, history and genealogy.

Her educational background includes a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in Anthropology and a Texas Elementary Teaching certificate. Both acquired at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. Allison received National Honor Society memberships in both Theatre Arts and Communication. She was also honored her sophomore year with admission into the All American Scholars register. She holds graduate hours in Cultural Anthropology and Education. In 2007, Allison was named Who’s Who Among America’s Educators. She is also the recipient of the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards. Allison is currently working towards a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Full Sail University with a 4.0 grade point average.

Allison interests include Ohio Valley history, anthropology, travel, culture, history, camping, hiking, backpacking, spending time with her family, and genealogy.

She can be found on Facebook

She is also on twitter @emeraldkell.

Her blog can be found at http://allisonbruning.blogspot.com.

Her author page on Goodreads

And finally Allison’s Amazon author page

Okay, now we know where to stalk you, of course I mean follow you and keep tabs on what you’re up to. Bur where can we find that great book of yours?

At the moment nowhere, because I have been busy setting up my own publishing house. When that’s fully functional my book will be available there. You fans will have to be patient for a little while longer.

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Hello people, once again The Next Big Thing blog hop makes a stop at my blog. Thanks to Ruby Kiddell, author of amongst others Normal an erotic  novel.

Oh, you have forgotten what this blog hop is about? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to two other authors you can explore!

In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our book or work-in–progress (giving you a sneak peek). We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the title of your book?

My latest addition to what I hope will be a long list of books is Bound.

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2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

It was a story that had been playing through my mind for a long time, but I never thought I was the right person to write erotica. As it turned out I am, because I enjoyed writing it very much and reading it back I have no regrets whatsoever.

3. What genre does your book come under?

Like I said, it’s erotica with a kink. As you can see on the cover it’s about bondage, but it’s also a romance. And there’s a happy ending. 🙂

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh, tough one. The female lead would have to be … (Eeeps! Can’t think of any suitable female celeb, nor a man I’d see playing the part of any of the male parts. Suggestions? Anyone?)

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

(William was friendly enough to point out how I missed answering this question)

Anyway, here goes nothing, because I absolutely suck at synopsis.

Young, successful woman who’s into BDSM crosses path with a man she’d like to play with, but where will there games end?

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

This one is, Like Red Gone Bad and Heaven’s Closed again self-published. I’m working with a very good editor who makes sure there’s no SPaG left and all is how it should be. Neat and tight.

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7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Not long at all. I think it took me no more than a month from first word to last period, or full stop.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Some might say Fifty Shades, but I like to think it’s better. If anything it’s way hotter! 🙂

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

That is a difficult question, since it wasn’t any one person, or occasion. Let’s just say life inspired it. Life and the way of the world as it is now. You know people openly talking about their kinks and whatnot.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blogging, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!

The talented Jo Robinson, author of Shadow People

And the equally great Patrick Jones, author of The Wolf’s Moon

Featured Author John Holt

It’s that day of the week again. Featured author of the day today is the great John Holt.

Hello John, the stage is yours. That is to say, after you’ve answered some of my questions. 🙂

Can you give me your best Whoop? Unless you have another one which works better for you?

Not quite sure what you mean with this.  If you mean what gives me a good feeling, then there are many things.  A nice review is one thing.  It’s good to see when someone actually enjoyed what you had written.  Successfully published something also gives me a good feeling.  Even though I’m self-published it still gives me a buzz to see it available on Amazon. I also get a good feeling by the support I get from other authors (many of whom I consider to be friends even though the chances of meeting with them is pretty remote).

Right, sounds like you are on the right track there. Let’s do a few of the yada yada questions before we move on to the fun.

What is the title of the book you would like to talk about?

Well it’s another of my private detective novels, entitled Epidemic.  It is due for issue on 12 March

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Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

This one was the easiest ever, because although it is a murder mystery it all happens whilst a viral Epidemic spreads relentlessly throughout the world.

If you would have to change the genre, what would it be then?

That’s difficult.  I don’t like Horror, I’m not into vampires and zombies, and I wouldn’t know where to start with fantasy.  I suppose it would be action and adventure.  My first book, “The Kammersee Affair” falls into that category.  I am about a third of the way through another in that genre, but I keep putting it to one side because I’m busy writing the crime novels.

Just to confuse you we’ll take the alternative route now.

What don’t you like about writing, or whatever you need to do marketing wise?

The biggest thing I hate about writing is people telling me my grammar is wrong, or there’s a problem with my sentences; or my dialogue isn’t correct. Or my characters smile too much, or shake their head, or shrug their shoulders.  In real life people don’t always speak 100% correctly, so why should they in a novel. In real life people do shake their heads, or nod, or smile; so why not in a novel. I also hate being told that what I’ve written couldn’t really happen.  It’s fiction for crying out loud, anything is possible in fiction.  It’s not possible that a guy wearing his underpants on the outside, and who has x-ray vision, could fly, but Superman has done pretty good for his creators.

You know John, I completely agree with you on that one, but unfortunately there are those grammarly folks (I mean, people who insist on proper language in the written word, and tighten things up. So, out with over description.) and us writers just have to comply or risk bad reviews.

But let’s not go there right now, okay? Tell me, when your muse is visiting and you’re on a roll, what would seriously drive her/him away?

I don’t actually have a muse, or a lucky charm, or any other similar inspirational item.  Like many others I suspect I struggle for hours trying to find some kind of inspiration. What should happen next? What should my characters do or say? When I get like that I just leave it to one side.  At present I have four novels in progress, all at different stages.  There is an adventure novel (mentioned above) about 30% done; another Tom Kendall (my private detective) approximately 50%; a second Kendall, barely started at about 10%; and a fictional novel about the assassination of Lincoln, also about 50% complete. So if I get stuck on one, maybe I’ll be able to progress one of the others.

Quite often I’ll wake in the middle of the night with a scene, or a whole chapter, buzzing around in my head.  I have to get up and write a quick note, otherwise I know that it will be gone by the morning.

Do you ever speak to your characters and do you get along all the time?

I have the odd conversation, try to put them on the right track, but sometimes they just take over and before you know it a chunk of novel has been created.

Can you name the food and drink that will surely get you started?

Food has to be chocolate.  Drink? Well I don’t drink alcohol, so I suppose it has to be coffee.  Pretty boring really.

What is it with chocolate? I haven’t spoken to any one single writer who doesn’t crave the brown/black stuff. Myself included.

Would you be able to come up with an excuse on why you haven’t written a whole day, and have me believe it too?

Apart from writing there are many mundane activities that take up my time – shopping for one; helping with the house work for number two; and things like that. Life goes on, and until I am a rich and famous author I’ll have to manage with household staff.  Another little factor at present is my daily visits to hospital for radiotherapy.  There is another six weeks to go on that one.  At least I’m handing out a lot of business cards giving details of my books, so it has benefits, apart from trying to cure me.  I’m also getting ideas for a possible Kendall novel featuring a murder, or murders, in a hospital.

I hope you’ll get well soon and get to write that next one soon.

And finally why would you ever want to live life behind a keyboard slaving over a manuscript?

Although I enjoy writing I don’t think I would ever want to become a slave to the keyboard.  In fact once Spielberg comes a knockin’ with a huge offer for the film rights of my novels I might consider retiring.

Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

Firstly let me thank you Lucy for featuring me on your blog.

You are very welcome. It has been a pleasure having you John!

I live in Essex with my wife, daughter and cat (sorry no cats or dogs – slip of the tongue). I was a Chartered Surveyor until my retirement a few years ago. I ran my own practice for a little over twenty years. Prior to that I was a Senior Project Manager with the Greater London Council, until it was closed down twenty six years ago.

I came late into writing.  I had always wanted to write a novel, as I’m sure did many others.  What do the say? Something about we all have a novel inside up struggling to get out.  I don’t know if that is true or not, but I certainly wanted to write.  Problem was I could never think of anything that was (a) original; (b) interesting; and (c) that I could make a story out of.

In 2005 we went to Austria, and stayed at Grundlsee, in the lake district. Grundlsee was the first of three lakes.  The second lake, Toplitz, was used by the German Navy to test rockets, and missiles, in the second world war.  As the war came to an end many items were hidden in the lake – weapons; jewellery; counterfeit money.  There were rumours that gold bullion was also placed in the lake.  Extensive searches were carried out after the war, but no gold was ever found.

However, in the first of my books “The Kammersee Affair”, gold was found, only in the third lake Kammersee.  I soon realised that the traditional publishers weren’t interested – I was a sports personality, or an A lister.  A number of publishers were interested though, the only problem was I had to pay for the privilege.  The first of these publishers, Dorrance, thought the story was great and they couldn’t wait to publish.  All I had to do was hand over $10000 (that’s right ten thousand). Needless to say that was a little out of my reach.  Other publishers wanted £2400 (Macauley), £700 (Authorhouse).

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Eventually the book was published by Raider Publishing International, in New York.  They went on to publish my subsequent books.  In all they published four novels.  A fifth novel “A Killing In The City” was published in 2012 by Night.  All four novels with Raider are now out of contract. I have also parted from Night.

In August 2012 I set up my own publishing banner “Phoenix”.

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Four of my books have been re-issued, and are doing pretty well on Amazon.com.  As I said the fifth book “Epidemic” will be issued on 12 March.

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Well, you’ve given us quite an insight in who you are and what drives you to write those great books. Now tell us where to find you and your books.

I am on Facebook and have an Amazon page.

Links to my books.

Amazon.com

A Killing In The City

The Marinski Affair

The Kammersee Affair

The Mackenzie Dossier

Amazon.co.uk

A Killing In The City

The Marinski Affair

The Kammersee Affair

The Mackenzie Dossier

Again, thank you very much John. I do hope this helps in getting more attention to your books and increases the sales. Good luck and see you around on the book of faces.

Featured Author Gerry McCullough

A bit on the late side today, but here she is my featurette for today. The great Gerry McCullough, and she will be telling us all about her book and what more she has to share with us.

So without further ado, let’s get this show on the road.

Hi Gerry! Glad to see you here on my humble blog. I’ll not waste your time and get on with the first question.

Can you give me your best Whoop? Unless you have another one which works better for you?

I went ‘Whoop!’ or words to that effect, when my first book Belfast Girls reached the overall top 100 paid on Amazon last Spring, and stayed there for some time!

Well done, Gerry! How you managed to get it there that fast is a question for another time. Now I’d like to say that it sounds like a winner that one, but does it work all the time, even those times when the muse has gone and done a runner on you? And when did you first start with it?

It always helps to think of the encouraging things that have happened with my writing. A few years ago, when I was still wondering if I should be writing at all, one of my short stories, Primroses, won the Cuirt Award (a prestigious Irish Literary competition) and that convinced me that I should keep on writing, at a time when I’d had only about a dozen short stories published, and mainstream publishers kept rejecting my novel. And not long after that, Belfast Girls was accepted by a publisher – a great moment!

Right, sounds like you are on the right track there. Let’s do a few of the yada yada questions before we move on to the fun.

What is the title of the book you would like to talk about?

People are still buying Belfast Girls. But I’d love to see my most recent romantic thriller, Angel in Flight, catch up with it. Angel in Flight is the first of a series about a Belfast girl called Angeline (or Angel) Murphy, a cross between Modesty Blaise, Lara Croft and James Bond, who tracks down killers and deals with them. Angel has come out of an abusive marriage and as a result has learned how to defend herself.

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Did you have difficulty coming up with the titles?

I originally wrote this book a good while ago, and called it Lady in the Labyrinth. Styles moved on, and the title sounded old fashioned. When I recently got the book out and rewrote it completely, taking advice on modern trends from my friend Sam Millar, a well known local crime writer, I needed a new title. I’m not sure how I came up with Angel in Flight – it just seemed appropriate. Angels fly, don’t they, and Angel spends part, though not all, of the book escaping from her enemies, until she finally turns round and bashes them!

If you would have to change the genre, what would it be then?

I’ve already written in several different genres. For instance, Lady Molly & The Snapper, my most recently published book, is a YA Time Travel adventure set in Ireland and on the High Seas, and aimed at young people, rather than a romantic thriller aimed at adults. Belfast Girls was first labeled ‘Literary’ by my publisher, and in fact sat at #1 in Women’s Literary Fiction for over six months – so in a way I’ve switched genres already with it!

Just to confuse you we’ll take the alternative route now.

What don’t you like about writing, or whatever you need to do marketing wise?

I love writing, but marketing is a real pain. It takes up valuable writing time. And I really don’t like pushing myself – I’m modest by nature, believe it or not! But marketing is essential if you want people to know your books are there. And if they don’t know that, how can they buy them?

Tell me, when your muse is visiting and you’re on a roll, what would seriously drive her/him away?

I suppose illness, or a serious family problem which needs my input.

What does your muse look like?

I don’t think of myself as having a muse. I believe all creativity comes from God – the ultimate creator – and my inspiration comes from Him.

Do you ever speak to your characters and do you get along all the time?

Not exactly. I think of them and make up conversations and events that they take part in, in my head, before writing it down. I write about people I like (apart from the baddies) so, yes, I get on with them. If I didn’t, I’d stop writing about them and move on to others!

Can you name the food and drink that will surely get you started?

A glass of red wine? Well, occasionally!

Would you be able to come up with an excuse on why you haven’t written a whole day, and have me believe it too?

I hope so! I didn’t write on my husband’s birthday (Jan 16) because I was up to my eyes organizing the party, and going out with him to buy things with his birthday present money. Å very good reason, I think!

And finally why would you ever want to live life behind a keyboard slaving over a manuscript?

This is a hard one. I can only say that I’ve always wanted to write, and whenever I’ve stopped – at various times in my life – I’ve always been dragged back and inspired to write again. I don’t think I’ll ever give it up.

Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

When I was in my teens, I was a vegetarian for six years, until I found being married with children, and having to cook for others as well as myself, made it too difficult. So I gave it up. Recently, with all my children grown up and away from home, I decided to give it another go. But, alas, after only five years this time (or nearly six, to be fair to me!) I’m going to give it up again – except when buying ready meals from supermarkets! (Or, indeed, when travelling in China – if that ever happens – where the meat might be anything, I’m told!).

There, Lucy, you heard it first here!

Thank you Gerry for sharing all this on my blog. But Let’s hear a little bit about the writer. I know us writers love our bios. So lets share yours.

Gerry McCullough, born and brought up in North Belfast, is an award winning short story writer, with a distinguished reputation. She has had around sixty short stories published, broadcast, or collected in anthologies. In 2005 her story Primroses won the Cuirt Award (Galway Arts Festival) and she has won, been short listed, and been commended in a number of other literary competitions since.

Gerry lives in Conlig just outside Bangor. She is married to singer-songwriter, writer and radio presenter Raymond McCullough, and has four children.

Gerry’s first novel, Belfast Girls, published by Precious Oil Publications, is a #1 bestseller on paid UK Kindle. Danger Danger, her second Irish romantic thriller, is fast catching up on Belfast Girls, as is her collection of 12 Irish short  stories, The Seanachie: Tales of Old Seamus. Her new book Angel in Flight, featuring Angel Murphy, the new Lara Croft, described as ‘a feisty wee Belfast girl’, was published in June 2012. Gerry’s plan is that this new book will be the first of a series about Angel, the strong-minded Belfast Girl.

Now Precious Oil Publications has published a new venture – a YA Time Travel adventure, Lady Molly & The Snapper. This is a very different field for Gerry, who hopes that a younger audience will enjoy her writing just as much.

And then finally, where can your fans find you and those wonderful books online?

Her blog

Site

On Facebook

Amazon page

Gerry! You’re all over the place, but where are your books at?

Belfast Girls

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Angel in Flight

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Featured Author Jo Robinson

Yay! Today I have my dear friend and talented author Jo Robinson as featured author to talk about her books and whatever more she wishes to disclose.

Hi Jo! Nice to have you pop over to answer some questions I have for you. So let’s not waste anymore time, which is precious as it is with all the promotional things we need to do to get our work under the eyes of the general public.

First some questions to get in the mood though and then we’ll move on to the serious stuff. Okay?

Can you give me your best Whoop? Unless you have another one which works better for you?

Whoop dee doooo!!!  Or in as my UK friends would say, Jolly Dee!

Okay, sounds like a winner that one, but does it work all the time, even those times when the muse has gone and done a runner on you? And when did you first start with this book you are here to talk about?

The book I have coming out on 8th February, I started in November last year for the NaNoWriMo event.  Because you have to keep up with the word count there, you have to write on through, even if your muse is away at the pub, drinking and carousing.  My muse often comes to work with a terrible hangover, and smelling of curative omelette breakfasts.  When I went back to edit and complete it, I found that my muse actually works very well under the influence.  It was a good draft.  My first book was over-edited as I wrote it, and will only come out after this one, even though it was started quite a while ago.  I only started writing about three years ago.  This is all very new to me.

Right, sounds like you are on the right track there. Let’s do a few of the yada yada questions before we move on to the fun.

What is the title of the book you would like to talk about?

Shadow People

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Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

No.  In fact, I started out with the title, and the book grew from there.  To begin with I had no idea what form these shadows would take.

If you would have to change the genre, what would it be then?

This book is a mix of science-fiction, fantasy, with bits of everything else thrown in.  If it had to be changed, it could be horror/fantasy.  There are some nasty demons in there, as well as beautiful alien dragon birds.  And a chicken.

Just to confuse you we’ll take the alternative route now.

What don’t you like about writing, or whatever you need to do marketing wise?

I haven’t actively marketed my short stories on Amazon, and am always amazed when someone buys them.  So far no horrible reviews though, and I’m happy that people are enjoying them.  I do plan on marketing the two upcoming novels as well as I can.  It is time consuming building your marketing base, but there’s fun along the way too, and satisfaction knowing that you put the hours in.  I love interacting with people anyway.  I don’t like editing so much.  Some research can also be tedious, but other than that, I love everything about writing.  There’s nothing better than watching your own stories come alive.

Tell me, when your muse is visiting and you’re on a roll, what would seriously drive her/him away?

Constant interruptions send my muse off to the bar.  Also, if I’m feeling ill, I can’t seem to write anything but wood.  Fortunately, I’m normally pretty healthy.

What does your muse look like?

My muse is a mini-me.  So, she’s gorgeous, even after a good night out.

Do you ever speak to your characters and do you get along all the time?

I often hear my characters speaking in my head.  African Me was a difficult book to write, because of the extreme highs and lows.  I had myself laughing and crying when I started the edit.  Which is probably a good thing.  Shadow People was pure pleasure, although my demonic Nefandus did give me a nightmare or two when I first created them.

Can you name the food and drink that will surely get you started?

Pink champagne, cheese, and chocolate can get me started on pretty much anything at all.  I generally forget to eat when I’m on a writing roll.  Only when those around me start complaining of severe neglect, do I generally feel a hunger pang.

Would you be able to come up with an excuse on why you haven’t written a whole day, and have me believe it too?

I was marketing.  Really.  You do have to chat all day, you know.  It’s not my fault, really….  Drank too much champagne the night before?  Fell down a manhole?  Got attacked by an angry crab?

Actually that last one sounds pretty credible, the others? Hahaha, I think you’re just kidding me, drank too much champagne? Really? (Rolls on the floor laughing her skinny behind off)

And finally why would you ever want to live life behind a keyboard slaving over a manuscript?

This is a question I asked a very dear friend just yesterday.  Having a bit of a fight with severe malaria, these last two weeks, considering the real possibility of death, and being the generally dramatic soul that I am, I asked, “Am I doing the right thing?  Should I be spending the hours allocated to me on this planet in front of a computer screen?”  She said that doing what you love to do can never be wrong, and the joy of holding your books in your hands, as the fruits of those many hours spent writing, or even marketing for that matter, is more than enough to let you know that living behind a keyboard, slaving over a manuscript, is exactly what you want to do.  So the answer is, because I’m doing what I love to do.

Which is always the best thing to do, Jo. So I would say, “Keep at it, because you do it well.”

Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

Well now.  If I told you my dirty secrets, you would be terribly shocked, and never speak to me again.  I laugh at silly things.  If I type tit instead of tip, I laugh until I cry.  I like to sprinkle my writing with laughter.  I also like to plumb the depths of human feelings, and write about the darker things in life.  So, that’s probably why there are two of me.  My science-fiction self Jo Cavell, who can be a bit gothic and dour, and then there’s me, who can be pretty much anything at all.  Except a singer apparently.  People have been quite rude about that.  Birds scatter from the trees when I sing along to GaGa, who I love, apart from the weird meat clothes.  What’s up with that, by the way?  I live in Zimbabwe, in the bush, and am pretty much used to getting plagues of bugs and things around.  Sometimes animals come in uninvited.   I once had a bush rat run across my keyboard, which made me scream, and fall flat on my bum.  I got chased by a hippopotamus while innocently peeing under a tree, and I’ve come face to face with a screeching baboon.  Oh yes, I can run.  Other than the occasional brush with death, visiting frogs strolling around the kitchen, or walking into walls in sudden power outages, life here is not too exciting.  Which is why it’s so lovely to write books.

Well ,Jo, it has been a pleasure having you over and I do hope you will stop by again. Now tell us, where can we buy your books?
All three are available at Amazon