1. If you had to describe 13 to Life using the words "out-of-this-world," "dull," and... "sandwich," what would you say?
5. In your biography, you mentioned that you started writing during hard times in your life. How did the life's obstacles influence your writing and, if given the choice, would you change anything?
I believe strongly that we are the product of our history and our choices. Would I change anything in my personal history? Yes. Simply: I'd want my mother back so my son could really get to know her. Would that change me? Probably. Would it change 13 to Life? Perhaps Jess's situation would be different. But perhaps not. It's one of those things we can never do more than hypothesize about.
6. Having almost finished the entire writing and publishing process, is there any unexpected lesson(s) you've learned?
Yes. That most authors are tremendously friendly and willing to share their thoughts and time (Kitty Keswick, Judith Graves, Shari Maurer, Jenn R. Hubbard, Jeri Smith-Ready and Ann Aguirre pop to mind first as being great examples of this--Class of 2k10 members specifically). I ran into a few folks that were absolutely the opposite last year and it shook my faith a little bit. But there are so many wonderful people in this business (at all levels of it) my faith's absolutely restored now.
7. As you said, publishing is a long process and, presumably, hard! If you could invent anything to help you along the way, what it do and what would you name it?
I could use a SpeederUpper (I know, I know--everyone's going to want to make something with *that* name ;-). All of the people I've met along my path to publication have been tremendous, so there's nothing more I could ask from them, but the time it takes to go from concept to paperback seems like forever most days. With the magic of a good SpeederUpper I could imagine the story and have it go straight from my brain into a Word document (without employing my fumbling fingers). That, at least, would trim a little time out of the process. I guess the reason I'd want stuff to move faster is that when I have the idea initially there's almost no competition for a book like I'm envisioning. But by the time it gets to market everyone and their brother has also had time to come up with something in a similar genre. This is where e-publishing can truly have an advantage by skipping the paper print process altogether.
8. How would you describe yourself as a...
- Song (song name or description)?
This is a tough one. I do playlists for all of my main characters and some of my scenes, but don't think of myself musically at all (if you ever hear me sing, you'll know why ;-). I'll describe my attitude with Bon Jovi's "It's My Life."
A fork. I can be prickly but very useful. ;-)
9. Are you working on other projects at the moment?
10. Is there anything else you'd like to say?
Just: Thank you so much for hosting me and I hope you and your followers read and love 13 to Life!
Thank you to Shannon (aka such a funny lady!) for stopping by! And now for the suspenseful excerpt...
13 to Life: Chapter 3, part O (used with the author’s permission)
He leaned across the table to meet me, his nose nearly touching mine. The strange and nearly minty crispness of pine made my nose tingle. He smelled like the northern woods in winter. Clean, sharp and full of mystery.
He stopped chewing, his eyes holding mine — and glittering dangerously. He swallowed. "Perhaps you should consider the motivation of people a little more honestly." He glanced again at something behind me.
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