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J C Wallace

Good morning, JC Wallace. Come in and have a seat. I’d offer coffee, but since I don’t drink it, I don’t have any.

It was nice working with you on Love Lane Books’ Christmas Delights. I enjoyed Waiting for the Snow.

JC: Thanks. Wasn’t that a great anthology that RJ put together?!

Am I allowed to ask what JC stands for or is it a secret?

JC: JC is an amalgam of both my and my younger sibling’s first initials. What those initials stand for is up to everyone’s imagination.

Your Facebook profile says you’ve been writing all of your life. Why M/M?

JC: I only started reading M/M a few years ago. I had been in school for so long that I hadn’t read any fiction for years. One Christmas my daughter gave me a Nook. I began exploring different genres and stumbled across M/M. I never knew it existed! I was thrilled since I am gay, so I started reading everything in that genre voraciously. I’ve written fiction on and off during my life, and once school was done, I picked it up again and naturally gravitated toward M/M.

Do you ever write in any other genre?

JC: I haven’t yet but that doesn’t mean that someday I won’t. I never say never!

Did you take Creative Writing in school?

JC: I started out in college with the intent of majoring in English literature and creative writing. I think that at the start I may have taken one writing class. I quickly gained an interest in psychology and from there changed my major. All of my degrees are psychology based. I would love an MFA in Creative Writing but am not ready to tackle school again.

I understand you had a book recently come out. Would you like to tell us about it?

JC: Curiosity Killed Shaney is now out from Rooster and Pig Publishing. Check out the blurb and excerpt at the end of this interview.

 

CuriosityKilledShaney cover

I see you live in northern N. Y. I love mountains, but have never been to that area. What’s it like there?

JC: It is one of the most beautiful and awesome places on earth with tons of interesting places to visit. There’s swimming, waterskiing, snow skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, fishing, rock climbing and hiking. There are 46 Adirondack peaks and if you climb them all you are in the elite club of the Adirondack 46ers (I haven’t even hiked one, lol). The area is also rich with history with several preserved forts from the 1700s and 1800s, one being Fort Ticonderoga. There is Lake Champlain and Lake George as well as hundreds of other lakes and ponds. Lake Placid is located here and was the site of two winter Olympics. So much to do, and even living here my entire life, I haven’t even scratched the surface.

If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?

JC: I would love to go to England. I can’t say why, but I have always wanted to meander through the small towns. I think England is charming.

If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, what would you like to be? And why?

JC: I would be a tiger. I love tigers and, for some reason, when I look into their eyes, I feel a sort of connection with them.

What are your favorite hobbies?

JC: Writing and that’s about it right now. I’ve had many hobbies over my life, woodworking as well as gardening, but writing is the one that has stuck.

I know that in Waiting for Snow, your characters fell for each other right away. Do you believe in love at first sight? Or do you believe it only happens in books?

JC: I don’t believe in love at first sight, but I do believe that there can be instant chemistry between two people – your eyes meet, you recognize something in that person and need to know more about them. I also think people can become comfortable with one another quickly and, yes, start to fall in love without much time passing. What happens after that may or may work out. It happened to me once. We met and it was instantaneous. I fell hard and fast but the timing was off and it didn’t work out. I think of him as the one that got away.

Are you a sports fan?

JC: No, I’m not. I would sit with someone and watch a football or hockey game if that’s what they were in to. If I was really bored, maybe baseball or golf, but I don’t watch sports or any TV for that matter. I’ve actually glanced at some NASCAR since my grandmother visits often and she loves to watch.

What type of movies do you like?

JC: I like action movies where there is high tension and a fast moving plot as well as paranormal. My favorite all time movie is Jaws. I also loved Transformers. Some of my favs are the Bourne movies, The Others, The House on Haunted Hill (original), The Shining, Disturbia, Eagle Eye, Constantine and Rear Window. (*coughs* yes, I think I may have a thing for Shia LaBeouf since he’s in four of those movies)

Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
JC: I currently write a weekly flash fiction serial novel called Diventando: Becoming. Each week a group of authors writes 500 to 1,000 words from prompts sent out by our leader Julie Lynn Hayes. Diventando is up to installment #26 and is a paranormal M/M about Owen who discovers that he’s possessed by an Incubus, and Turk, the demon hunter out to kill that demon. Click here to read Diventando: Becoming.
How can people reach you?

JC: At the end of this post, you will find all of the links to me. I love to hear from readers!

It’s been nice chatting with you. Please come back when you can stay longer.

JC: Thanks for having me. It’s been my pleasure.

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J C Wallace

Good morning, JC Wallace. Come in and have a seat. I’d offer coffee, but since I don’t drink it, I don’t have any.

It was nice working with you on Love Lane Books’ Christmas Delights. I enjoyed Waiting for the Snow.

JC: Thanks. Wasn’t that a great anthology that RJ put together?!

Am I allowed to ask what JC stands for or is it a secret?

JC: JC is an amalgam of both my and my younger sibling’s first initials. What those initials stand for is up to everyone’s imagination.

Your Facebook profile says you’ve been writing all of your life. Why M/M?

JC: I only started reading M/M a few years ago. I had been in school for so long that I hadn’t read any fiction for years. One Christmas my daughter gave me a Nook. I began exploring different genres and stumbled across M/M. I never knew it existed! I was thrilled since I am gay, so I started reading everything in that genre voraciously. I’ve written fiction on and off during my life, and once school was done, I picked it up again and naturally gravitated toward M/M.

Do you ever write in any other genre?

JC: I haven’t yet but that doesn’t mean that someday I won’t. I never say never!

Did you take Creative Writing in school?

JC: I started out in college with the intent of majoring in English literature and creative writing. I think that at the start I may have taken one writing class. I quickly gained an interest in psychology and from there changed my major. All of my degrees are psychology based. I would love an MFA in Creative Writing but am not ready to tackle school again.

I understand you had a book recently come out. Would you like to tell us about it?

JC: Curiosity Killed Shaney is now out from Rooster and Pig Publishing. Check out the blurb and excerpt at the end of this interview.

 

CuriosityKilledShaney cover

I see you live in northern N. Y. I love mountains, but have never been to that area. What’s it like there?

JC: It is one of the most beautiful and awesome places on earth with tons of interesting places to visit. There’s swimming, waterskiing, snow skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, fishing, rock climbing and hiking. There are 46 Adirondack peaks and if you climb them all you are in the elite club of the Adirondack 46ers (I haven’t even hiked one, lol). The area is also rich with history with several preserved forts from the 1700s and 1800s, one being Fort Ticonderoga. There is Lake Champlain and Lake George as well as hundreds of other lakes and ponds. Lake Placid is located here and was the site of two winter Olympics. So much to do, and even living here my entire life, I haven’t even scratched the surface.

If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?

JC: I would love to go to England. I can’t say why, but I have always wanted to meander through the small towns. I think England is charming.

If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, what would you like to be? And why?

JC: I would be a tiger. I love tigers and, for some reason, when I look into their eyes, I feel a sort of connection with them.

What are your favorite hobbies?

JC: Writing and that’s about it right now. I’ve had many hobbies over my life, woodworking as well as gardening, but writing is the one that has stuck.

I know that in Waiting for Snow, your characters fell for each other right away. Do you believe in love at first sight? Or do you believe it only happens in books?

JC: I don’t believe in love at first sight, but I do believe that there can be instant chemistry between two people – your eyes meet, you recognize something in that person and need to know more about them. I also think people can become comfortable with one another quickly and, yes, start to fall in love without much time passing. What happens after that may or may work out. It happened to me once. We met and it was instantaneous. I fell hard and fast but the timing was off and it didn’t work out. I think of him as the one that got away.

Are you a sports fan?

JC: No, I’m not. I would sit with someone and watch a football or hockey game if that’s what they were in to. If I was really bored, maybe baseball or golf, but I don’t watch sports or any TV for that matter. I’ve actually glanced at some NASCAR since my grandmother visits often and she loves to watch.

What type of movies do you like?

JC: I like action movies where there is high tension and a fast moving plot as well as paranormal. My favorite all time movie is Jaws. I also loved Transformers. Some of my favs are the Bourne movies, The Others, The House on Haunted Hill (original), The Shining, Disturbia, Eagle Eye, Constantine and Rear Window. (*coughs* yes, I think I may have a thing for Shia LaBeouf since he’s in four of those movies)

Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
JC: I currently write a weekly flash fiction serial novel called Diventando: Becoming. Each week a group of authors writes 500 to 1,000 words from prompts sent out by our leader Julie Lynn Hayes. Diventando is up to installment #26 and is a paranormal M/M about Owen who discovers that he’s possessed by an Incubus, and Turk, the demon hunter out to kill that demon. Click here to read Diventando: Becoming.
How can people reach you?

JC: At the end of this post, you will find all of the links to me. I love to hear from readers!

It’s been nice chatting with you. Please come back when you can stay longer.

JC: Thanks for having me. It’s been my pleasure.

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Interview with Theo Fenraven

I’m here this morning with Theo Fenraven, author of the Precog in Peril series among others.

 Good morning, Fen. I hope it’s okay to call you Fen?

 T. Everyone calls me Fen. J

 How’s Suki? Bet she doesn’t like the cold any more than you do.

 T. Suki despises the cold. For those of you who don’t know, Suki’s my 4.5 lb dog. She’s definitely a summer kind of girl.

 I have to tell you, the first one of your books I read, I was ready to shoot either you or my friend Fred. He lent me Three of Swords via Amazon’s program. When I got to the last page and saw “to be continued” I was ready to scream. I had to go on line right then and get the other two books.

 T. LOL Yeah, I got some flak for the first two books in the series ending on cliffhangers. But with the new release, you don’t have to stop and wait. You can keep on reading, instant gratification.

 So, tell us a little about yourself. Are you originally from Minnesota? I know that in addition to writing, you also take awesome pictures.

 T. I was born overseas, but grew up in Ohio. I spent eighteen months in Florida a decade ago. After that, New York, then Minnesota. I am now contemplating a return to Florida ‘cause Suki’s not the only one who doesn’t like the cold.

 Have you always wanted to write?

 T. Always. I remember scribbling stories at the kitchen table. One of the first Christmas presents I asked for was a typewriter. I was in heaven when desktop computers became standard.

 Where do you get your ideas?

 T. Everywhere. A news story will set my mind working or overhearing people talk in a shop. Yes, I eavesdrop. I’m a writer. J But most of my stories, and the plot twists that go with them, happen in that space of time between asleep and awake.

 What authors have influenced you most?

 T. None, actually. Good writers inspire me to do better, but none have influenced me other than proving it can be done.

 In Blue River, you write about time travel. If you could travel to any time and place in history, where would you go?

 T. The future. I want to see if humanity ever figures things out. J

 If you could be reincarnated as an animal, what would you be?

 T. Tough choice! I’ll choose wolf, because I’m working on a shifter story right now. With my luck, some angry rancher would shoot me. 😉

 Would you like to share what we can expect from you in the future?

 T. More stories! There are so many I need to write. I’ve already decided I can’t die for a long time because there’s so much left to do.

 Where can readers find your books?

 T. Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

 Would you like to give us an excerpt from one of your books?

 T. How about a sneak peak at the WIP? No one has seen this yet. You’ll be the first. Jon is an English teacher who recently purchased an old farm on a lake.

 I looked out the window over the sink while I rinsed romaine. The sun had set and the clouds had mostly cleared, revealing a full moon. Its light sparkled on the rough water of Heron Lake, a path of silver that shimmered and broke as the surface of the water was disturbed by the wind. I was glad of the fire in the living room and made a mental note to order more wood. Maybe Harrison knew someone who delivered.

 I ate in front of the fire, my plates on a small folding table, and thought about all the things I wanted to do during the next few months. Like strip the wallpaper from the guest room and paint the kitchen. The hardwood floors downstairs needed refinishing, but there was pretty good carpet upstairs. Both bathrooms needed updating, but that would have to wait until I’d stashed a bit; I’d blown my savings on the down payment for the house.

 Oh, and try to write something.

 My cell rang as I was throwing another log on the fire. Fumbling it out of my pocket, I answered. “Hello?”

 “Tired of the country yet?” my friend, Suzie Marsdon, a fellow teacher, asked. “Ready to come into the nasty, noisy city and party?”

 Smiling, I closed the hearth screen one-handed and sat on the couch. “You don’t know what you’re missing. I’m sitting in front of a roaring fire, the lake is beautiful in moonlight, and all I hear is the soft sigh of the wind through the drafty old windows I must one day replace. Why don’t you come out here?”

 “Thought you’d never ask.” I heard the rustle of paper. “Give me directions.”

 After we hung up, the muffled howl of a wolf made me freeze. I listened raptly, wondering if it was on the hunt and how big a pack it had, if any.

 I’d no idea there were wolves in the area.

 Fen, it’s been great having you here today. After that excerpt, I look forward to your next book.

 T. Thanks for having me. I enjoyed it.

Three of SwordsKnight of WandsLightning Struck Tower

Now all together in one volume – no more “To Be Continued”:

precog

http://www.amazon.com/Precog-Peril-The-Complete-Series-ebook/dp/B00I0EWOFC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392009981&sr=8-1&keywords=precog+in+peril

Interview with Dennis Young

Ardwellian Chronicles

Visiting me today is Dennis Young, author of The Ardwellian Chronicles. Good morning, Dennis.

 D. Good morning A. T. good to see you again.

 I see by your Amazon biography that you, like I, are a late bloomer when it comes to writing. Although you did start a little younger than I.

 D. Actually I’ve written all my life. I was the kid in school who, when the teacher assigned a five page short story to the class, would turn in thirteen pages and think it wasn’t enough.  I’ve written in business for over twenty years, dabbled in fanzines and other non-commercial publications. I started writing The Ardwellian Chronicles in 2005, but I’ve carried the stories with me for more than thirty years. 

 There are four books in the series so far. What next?

 D. Actually I have five books, the first four novels of the series and the first compendium.  The novels are Secret Fire, Dark Way of Anger, Secrets of the Second Sun, and Kaanan’s Way.  The compendium is about many of the swords in the novels, called Blades of Alliance: The Thirteen Swords of Power.  It’s a picture book and was a hoot to put together in 2012.  What’s next? I have two more novels in the series, Blood Secret (working title), and Chitthra’s Heart.  I’m also working on my second compendium about the “good guys” in the series, called Champions: The Heroes of Ardwel.  It’s another picture book but different in format than Blades of Alliance.  Beyond that, I still have five more “collections” to write, all of which are titled.  My fan page on Facebook is “Working on The Ardwellian Chronicles and Hope I Live Long Enough to Finish”.

 Any projected date of publication on number five?

 D. For Blood Secret, I hope to have it out by May 2015.  Champions should be available by Christmas 2014.  Beyond that, we’ll see.

 I would consider your work a mixture of science fiction and fantasy, kind of like a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Maybe I’m wrong.

 D. SF? Well, I’m not really sure about that. The Ardwellian Chronicles are high fantasy adventures, and the level of technology is very low.  Magic exists but plays only a supporting role in my stories. The adventures are more about people of ability, facing adversity in its many forms and the sacrifices necessary to keep evil at bay.  I played D&D in the late 70’s all the way through the mid 90’s and many of my story ideas come from my games.  I had a great group of players for many years; always kept me on my toes as a game-master, created great characters, and enjoyed the challenges I put before them. Not only the physical challenges their characters had to meet, but the mental, emotional, and spiritual challenges as well.  Yes, in a good campaign you can have those things.

 Where do you get your ideas?

 D. As I said, many come from the D&D games and the characters within those. Others are from experiences in life I’ve had, or friends have had, and I try to adapt real life circumstances to the stories.  The best stories in my opinion are about people, how they deal with adversity, how they rise above it, or in some cases, how they fail.  Failure is a great teacher, and the old adage “that which does not kill us makes us stronger” is a recurring theme in my books.

 Who do you consider to be your target audience?

 D. Anyone who likes a great story about amazing people fighting against the odds.  Adventure was once defined as “someone else a thousand miles away having a really tough time”.  Here, you’re right along side these folks, watching their struggles and sharing their heartaches.  Readers of adventure want to see the heroes have that tough time; too easy and it’s not interesting; too hard and after a while you just put the book down.  There’s a fine line in adventure that writers have to walk in order to keep the readers’ interest but not make it too easy for them to see what’s coming.

 So tell us a bit about yourself. What are your hobbies? I know you like to hit people with sticks.

 D. Hobbies??? Well, when I need to get away from all the characters screaming in my head for attention, I do yard work; things like hauling rock for my back yard, building brick flowerbeds, and laying sod.  Nothing like good physical activity for a real cleansing experience.  Hitting people with sticks; I’m assuming you mean in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism). Yes, I was active in the local barony for several years in various ways; armor making, calligraphy and illumination, service to the barony and kingdom, and of course, combat.  SCA fighting is about as close as you can get to real combat without getting killed.  We wear real armor, leather, heavy cloth, and metal, fight with weapons made of rattan and close-cell foam, and pull no punches on the Field.  Our combat is full contact, full speed, not choreographed.  Nothing like spending the day on the Field with three hundred of your best friends beating on each other.

 What is your favorite period in history?

 D. The present; I’d rather be here than anywhere else.  For study, probably the Norman-English period from the Conquest through the early 1300’s.

 If you could be an animal (real or imaginary), what would you choose and why?

 D. I think I’d pass.  Animals can’t type.  Or write.  So my stories would go unwritten and untold.

 I know you travel a lot. Where is the most interesting place you’ve been? Would you want to live there?

 D. I travel in business and I’ve been to the Middle East, India, Far East, Australia, Philippines, UK, and Ireland. I’d like to spend more time in Thailand because it’s a beautiful, friendly country, or Ireland, because of its history.  If I were to choose one place to live, it would probably be Ireland or the UK for the history.

 Would you care to share an excerpt from one of your books or your WIP?

 D. Sure.  This is from my third book, Secrets of the Second Sun; I love to write small, intimate scenes that set up what is to follow. 

       As told by Wolfe’ik, Greywald did not allow them in, and they met on windswept rocks below the outer curtain wall, half a league beyond the gleaming towers. She was as remembered, though it had been three years since his eyes beheld her form; slender, no taller, still, than he, armored as a male, what little skin was seen covered in inks and colors. Her hair, he came to notice, now was longer, full and nearly black, her eyes as points of steel, no welcome in her look.

      Wolfe’ik cared not for her appearance, plain as she was, yet knew he looked much the same to her, life having burned away all but his essence, and naught was left but heart and mind and spirit.

      Still they stood in the growing dawn, guards aside and horses nervous at the rear, capes and standards whipping in the wind. He grinned, thinking of a story once heard, a clandestine meeting, rulers met to seal the fate of the land, and horrors, then, that followed. He laid it all aside and spoke to break the silence.

 Dennis, it’s been great chatting with you. Where can people find your books and you?

 D. My books are available at local book stores or can be ordered there.  Also I’m on Amazon where you can get hard copies or Kindle format, and B&N online too.  My social media is:

Blog: http://www.theardwellianchronicles.blogspot.com

Website: www.ardwel.com

Twitter:    @ardwelwriter

FB:          Working On The Ardwellian Chronicles and Hope I Live Long Enough to Finish

Email:      ardwelwriter@yahoo.com

Amazon author page:    http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0034PJ6FS

Or just go online and query The Ardwellian Chronicles.

 

Thank you, A. T., for having me.  I’ve enjoyed your company.

Interview with Ken Clark

Visiting my blog today is Ken Clark, webmaster and cover designer.

Ken

Hello, Ken.

I understand you live in New Mexico. Great news about same-sex marriage in that state. I assume you’re excited.

Extremely. I was actually sitting in the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office this Summer when the Court decided to allow same-sex couples to marry in our county. It was a moving experience to a witness to history.

Would you like to tell us a bit about your life? Have you always lived in New Mexico? Do you have a family?

No I moved to New Mexico back in 2006. I lived most of my life in Virginia until I met a wonderful friend through one of my web sites. He (Scott) and I have been roommates and best friends for over ten years now. We’ve lived in 3 different states, 4 different homes in that period. It has been an amazing journey together. I would never trade it for anything. I do have family but they are all back home in Virginia.

I know a couple of the people for whom you do websites. How did you get started as a webmaster?

I designed my first web site back in the early 1990s. I was the President of the Board of Directors for a small museum in Virginia. The museum being small and over shadowed by larger museums in the area needed the additional exposure to remain viable. The site I designed did not only generate an increase in visitation for the museum but was a recognized resource for students all over the country.

Can you share some of your sites with us?

Many of the sites I’ve designed over the years have been replaced and updated since my time. The two that I am most proud of are the official site for author Mark A. Roeder (www.markroeder.com) and the official fan site for actor/producer/activist Chad Allen (www.chadallenonline.com). Both sites have undergone major redesigns over the years as technology has evolved.

I know you do my covers, can you tell us some others you do covers for, and where we can see samples?

In addition to your covers, I’ve also designed most of Mark A. Roeder’s covers and all of the covers for Stephen R. Moore. I also have designed a few covers for a new author who’s working on getting a new series of novels published. You can see many of my cover designs at my personal web site (www.kclark.net)

I also know you write some fan-fiction. Anything you’d like us to look up?

I have really only written one piece of fan-fiction. It was a spoiler-filled story based on Mark A. Roeder’s Gay Youth Chronicles series. It is meant to bring full circle the novel The Soccer Field Is Empty. It’s called The Soccer Field Is Full Again. It is only a couple chapters long but has received a good response from fans of Mark’s series. You can find it online at:

http://archiveofourown.org/works/915908

I do have floating around in my brain bits and pieces of some original stories but haven’t had time to pursue them. Funny one of them actually hit me in bed just last night. That one I keep picturing as a stage play so who knows.

If someone wants to hire you for web or cover design, how can they reach you?

I can always be reached at webmaster@markroeder.com! I look forward to hearing from you.