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Today, we’re sitting down with author Dominica Malcolm. She has a new novel coming out and an imagination sure to get you dreaming. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this unique interview.

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Tell us a little bit about your first novel, ADRIFT. Share a favorite line/passage with us and anything else we should know.

Adrift is about Jaclyn Rousseau, a woman in her 20’s who just happens to be a 17th century pirate. She crosses through time into 2011, after losing everything that meant anything to her, and has to navigate this strange new world to find herself. I set the story across both time periods (17thC and 21stC), as well as in several locations – New York, Washington DC, Barbados, Jamaica, and other parts of the Caribbean, London, and Edinburgh.

I’m still working on the release date. My editors/proofreaders should be going over my manuscript now so I’m hoping for some better news about a release come the end of July or early August.

Here is an excerpt from chapter one that I’m quite fond of (though it may still be changed if my editors tell me it should be):

[Dick] changes tack, and somewhat sarcastically asks, “Okay, so, what next? Are you going to expect me to take you back to New York with me?”

“New York?” Jaclyn asks. “Where is that?”

Dick says, “Let me think what you might be familiar with… it’s near New England.”

“And you travel to Barbados for business?” Jaclyn asks in disbelief. “For how long do you stay here? Months?”

Dick shakes his head, “No. Usually just anywhere between a couple of days to about a week.”

Jaclyn raises her eyebrows at Dick, her disbelief obviously increasing, and says, “I would never have imagined men travelling for weeks across the sea simply for a couple of days of business, unless they are a sailor. Yet you did not suggest you were a ship’s officer.”

A laugh accidentally escapes Dick’s lips when he opens his mouth to reply, but he quickly conceals it and says, “Actually, I fly.”

Jaclyn giggles to herself at the thought, then lies back in the sand and closes her eyes. Speaking to herself, but loud enough for Dick to hear her, she says, “Never in my life have I imagined people flying.”

[…]

Lying back in the sand next to Jaclyn, Dick looks up at the clear blue sky with her, and says, “Can I ask you something?”

“You may,” Jaclyn responds.

“What will you miss most about where you’re from, if you have to stay here?”

Her answer is immediate. “Nothing.”

“Nothing?”

“Nothing.”

“Care to elaborate?”

Silence falls between them as Jaclyn contemplates her answer. “I lost everything that meant anything to me.” She rolls onto her side to face him and changes the subject by asking, “So when are you going to fly me to this ‘New York’?” The confidence she exudes with the presumption means Dick can’t tell whether she’s asking because she genuinely believes he’ll take her there, or if she just wants to avoid explaining things further.

“I thought you only needed me for the day?”

“That was before you told me people fly now. Do you think I can discover how to do that on my own?”

“The thing is,” Dick says, “there’s a lot of security measures in place that you have to pass before you can fly. The most important of these is getting you a passport—passenger identification. It includes your picture, date of birth, place of birth… that sort of thing. I just don’t know how to organise that for you.”

“Why ever not? You must have a passport of your own.”

“Sure, I know how to get a legitimate one, but I don’t think we can go that route for you. They’re not going to accept a passport that says you were born in sixteen thirty one.”

“Please. Sixteen thirty four. Do not overestimate my year of birth. It causes me offence.”

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to live in a different country or grow up in another century, which scenario sounds more tempting?

I already live in a different country from the one I grew up in! Having said that, I think it would depend on the conditions – could I take the experience of growing up in another century and come back to now, and use it as first hand experience research for my writing? I’m guessing no, so I’d be more likely to choose another country.

If you could live in California or New York, which one would you choose?

Hands down New York. If I had a choice between the two and know I could live there without struggling. I’ve been to both, and I have more friends in California, but there’s a lot more that I love about New York. It’s easier to navigate NYC, the public transport is fantastic, it has Broadway, Central Park, and some of the best museums I’ve ever been to.

 I love both places as well 🙂

Okay, how about Brazil or Columbia?

I don’t know anything about Columbia, so I’d pick Brazil. I’ve only spent about a week there and didn’t get to see much, but I’d love to explore the Amazon one day.

What is your favorite book you read in high school (mine was a little know novel called MEN OF KENT)?

I think it’d have to be a toss up between Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies. I liked the way the authors explored the darker sides of humanity.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Aside from getting Adrift ready for publication, I’m mostly working on more mermaid short stories that are spin offs of the novel, and considering ideas for a sequel. Two of my mermaid stories have been published already, but I’d eventually like to collect a bunch together in a book I’ve called Losing Prudence.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

I guess I should probably say JK Rowling, considering I’ve read the majority of her books, and some more than once. I’d ask her, “How did you keep pushing yourself to keep trying when you kept getting rejections for the first Harry Potter book?” She’s probably answered that in interviews, but I don’t read author interviews much.

That will have to change!

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Ocean

Apples or oranges? Apples

Butterfinger or Reese’s? Wow, this is a really American question. I don’t even know what Butterfingers are, but I have had Reese’s, so I’ll go with that.

Happy or sad ending to a novel? It really depends on the novel. I guess I like open endings that leave room for the imagination, but with upbeat closure.

Beer or wine? Wine

Flying or driving? Depends where I’m going and how much time I have. You probably didn’t mean for me to give a long explanation, but I travel a lot, so I’m going to. For example, I’m going to be more likely to drive than fly when I travel within Peninsula Malaysia because it’ll actually take roughly the same amount of time to drive from KL to anywhere I could fly to, when you take into consideration how long it takes to get to the airport, how long you have to be at the airport for, and flying time. The only exception for that is when I went to Langkawi. I actually don’t mind long drives – I’ve even driven from one side of Australia to the other, which took five days there, four days back, and various drives in between. But I love flying to places I can’t drive to. It can sometimes be a hassle if you’re travelling with children, but I like the silence of flying on my own. No interruptions from the internet or anything else. I can just choose to do my own thing.

Mark Twain or James Joyce? Sadly I have not read either of them.

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take only two things with you and two people as well. What and who are you bringing?

That’s a tough one. I could say my family but I wouldn’t want them to suffer being there with me. Certainly not my kids for that reason. My husband, though, because I think I’d need his support. I guess my second choice would have to be my editor, Jeremiah. The things I’d bring? Pens and lots of paper. Then I could document my time, or simply just have the time to write more. My husband and Jeremiah have both really helped me out with Adrift, so it’d be worth having them there for that part of the process too.

 

You’re able to sit down with any world leader in history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house or at their royal place?

Well, considering the time period of Adrift, meeting Oliver Cromwell or Charles II would do a lot more for me than any research I could have done from reading books. Cromwell is sort of one of my villains, though he’s only mentioned by name rather than appearing as a character. I’d probably pick him, though, to find out more specific things about the state of the religious and political landscape during the period where he was Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland. If I had time, I’d probably also talk to him about the Civil War period prior to him ruling the country after Charles I was beheaded. And this might seem silly, but if I’ve already got his attention anyway, I may as well find out from a reliable, time-appropriate source how the word ‘ye’ (as in ‘you’) was used when he was alive. I’ve found a few contradictory thoughts about it that I ended up just having to make an executive decision about how I used it! At least my mother-in-law, who is a linguist, said it was fine for me to do that.

As for where we’d meet, I don’t think I could handle hosting him at my place.

Thank you Dominica for your candid answers and insight into your upcoming book!

Dominica Malcolm writes speculative fiction primarily about pirates and mermaids. You can read one of her completed short stories, which is a spin-off of Adrift, published in the first issue of Plunge Magazine here (Dominica in Plunge). When she’s not writing spec-fic, Dominica blogs at her web site, about subjects like diversity, creativity, travel, and more; dreams of being an improv performer; travels to other cities/countries; and occasionally dabbles in filmmaking. Though originally born and raised in Australia, to American parents, Dominica currently lives in Malaysia with her husband and two children.

Connect with Dominica:

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Dominica on Instagram 

You can also find her pirate character, Jaclyn Rousseau, on Facebook 

Dominica has had one of her mermaid stories, Siren, set in 1946 Hawaii, published in Fae Fatales: A Fantasy Noir Anthology. It’s available for purchase on Amazon in full colour and black and white due to the art that was commissioned out of the Indiegogo campaign

Today, we’re talking with the ambitious, Rebecca Lamoreaux. She’s bold, she’s driven, and she’s incredibly likable! Enjoy getting to know this accomplished author and connect with her at her various sites below.

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What is your favorite thing about writing?

I love creating stories and watching my characters grow and develop as they get through each situation. I love the way characters come to life with their own voices and their own personalities. And I love seeing people’s reactions when they read my books and realize that my stores are as good as I claim, and I actually am an author – I’m not just saying I am 🙂

If you could live in a foreign country, which one would you choose?
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England! Absolutely it would be England! I lived there for a semester doing a study abroad, and I visited there for a couple of weeks a few years before that. I love it! I absolutely love the environment, the life style, the beauty, and the calmness. It was inspiring to me and I would return or move there in a heartbeat if I could.

What’s your favorite movie from the 90’s (I love Dumb and Dumber and With Honors)?
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Sense and Sensibility is top of the list for me (and it’s one of the few movies that you can watch in Portuguese – which is my second language) But I also like: Independence Day, Mrs. Doubtfire, Groundhog Day, and of course the Toy Story Movies.

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What are you working on now?

My work in Progress is a Historical Romance. It’s about a young lady, Miriam, who loses her sister to a stray bullet. Then, losing her mother within the same week, and having a father so consumed in his grief to notice his remaining daughter, she turns her depression into a plan of revenge. The only thing standing between her and her determination to get even is the man who pulled her from the overturned carriage. But she doesn’t know who he is. She only has a memory of his face and the knowledge that he is the only person who knows the identity of her sister’s murderer.
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Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?
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I have a lot of favorite authors ….. But my favorite book is Beauty by Robin McKinley, so for the sake of argument, let’s suppose I got to ask her a questions: I would ask, “What is your favorite book and how did it inspire you?”
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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Both. I have no preference. I absolutely love the mountains, they are calming to me and I grew up surrounded by them so they remind me of home. Plus I love hiking. But I absolutely love the ocean also since I am a California Girl at heart and I miss being close enough to the ocean that I can see it from our balcony, and visit it on a whim.

Chicken or steak? Steak

Comedy or drama? Comedy

Beer or wine? Neither, but if I did drink alcohol, I am almost certain I would be a wine drinker.

Cruise or cabin getaway? Cruise

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take only three things with you. What are you bringing?

My husband, paper and pens/pencils (because for authors I believe these count as one item since we never have one without the other), and fresh water.
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You’re able to sit down with any president in United States history. Who would you choose and what would you talk about?

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George Washington – I would ask about his decision to be made President rather than King, even though the people wanted to make it so. And I would ask him what he imagined for this country that he helped found. What was it he hoped for in the next 200 years?
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Thank you so much Rebecca! Find out more about the talented author here:
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Rebecca Lamoreaux grew up reading every book she could get her hands on. Besides reading and writing, she enjoys dancing, singing, playing her viola, and riding her bike. After earning her BA in English – emphasis in Creative Writing, she traveled to and lived in several different countries, obtained many ideas for her writing, and studied literature in different cultures. She is a full time author and currently lives in Arizona with her husband.
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Today, we’re talking to the lovely J.D. Rivera. She’s a new author with her debut novel set to release in less than a week! Stand up, sit back down, and enjoy getting to know this up-and-coming star.

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Your first book, TRYING TO GET OVER YOU, will release on June 25th. Share a favorite line/passage with us that reflects the heart of the story.

“…I would do anything for the baby. Including, giving up the love of my life.”

You’ve got the chance to be a best-selling author or live forever, which scenario sounds more tempting?

Probably best-selling author unless all of my family and friends get to live forever with me.  If they can, I would definitely choose living forever.

If you could travel through every state in America or each country in Europe, which one would you choose?

Each country in Europe.  I’ve already travelled most of the U.S. so I’d give up what I haven’t seen to travel through Europe.

What is your favorite spoof movie (I like Scary Movie)?

Hot Shots!  Loved it!

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I’m working on Cooper’s story from Trying to Get Over You.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

I love way too many authors to have a favorite.  If I could ask any of them a question it would be: Is being an author everything you dreamed it would be?

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Ocean

Chicken or steak? Chicken

Skittles or M & M’s? M & M’s

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy

Beer or wine? Wine

Flying or driving? Driving –I LOVE road trips.  You get to see so many more things!

C.S. Lewis or Nathaniel Hawthorne? C.S. Lewis

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take only three things with you. What are you bringing?

My husband and two boys. If it has to be material things: my iPad (it has my e-reader), sunscreen, and a bottle of wine. 

You’re able to sit down with any president in United States history. Who would you choose and what would you talk about?

George Washington: I’d ask if the way our country is now is anything like he thought it would be.

More about her new book:

Choices in life are hard.

College student Emily Reynolds has been in a three year relationship with Cooper Thomason but one awful night has left their relationship shaken. She soon finds out she is pregnant and Cooper can’t give up his partying ways. Emily leaves Cooper and tries to find a life without him. She finds out a life without Cooper is harder than she thinks. Will Emily be able to move on from Cooper and find a relationship with another man or run back to him?

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J.D. Rivera lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two boys. Her life consists of school projects, homework, cartoon shows and little league sports.  She loves Diet Mt. Dew, the OKC Thunder, costume jewelry, the beach, and of course reading.

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Today, we’re sitting down with Lindy Spencer, author of THE BOOMERANG EFFECT. She’s smarty, funny, and driven- the perfect trifecta! Take off your slippers, pick up your cup of coffee, and enjoy getting to know this soon-to-be, familiar face.

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Tell us a little bit about your novel, THE BOOMERANG EFFECT. Share a favorite line/passage with us and anything else we should know.

I’m so excited to talk about my book!  It’s the perfect murder, several times over, and the best part is nobody knows!!  Well, except the person behind it all, but that’s a given, right?  My favorite quote is by Andrea Parker, one of my characters.  She said, “Karma is a well-thrown boomerang.”  I have to agree.  Karma will always come back and get you when you throw something out there that deserves retribution.  The Boomerang Effect has karma woven through and tucked in every corner.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to live in a different country or grow up in another century, which scenario sounds more tempting?

Hmmm… to live in a different country, I would have to say.  Ireland sounds like a fabulous place to live, though I’ve not been there personally so all I have is what I’ve read and the pictures I’ve seen, but I would love to live in a castle with the rolling hills that go on for miles.  I’m sure that sounds like a fantasy to anyone who has visited or lives there now, but it’s my fantasy so the castle is always at the perfect temperature, nothing breaks and nobody does anything remotely bad.  🙂

My wife and I went to Ireland last year for our 10-year anniversary; good choice!

If you could live in California or New York, which one would you choose?

California with its earthquakes and surfers or New York with its snow and fast pace.  Give me sunshine, give me California!

Okay, how about Spain or France?

Spain brings to mind Flamenco dancers and the running of the bulls while France creates a visual of wine and croissants.  They both sound intriguing.  I don’t speak Spanish or French… so can’t count on that to get me through.  Oh, who am I kidding, give me wine and croissants – I’ll take France!  Can I watch a show about Spain while I’m there?

What is your favorite book you read in high school (mine was a little known novel called MEN OF KENT)?

Wow, that’s a tough question!  In high school I devoured books by the hundreds.  Every one of them was my favorite while I was reading it; I tend to immerse myself in every book I read.  Having said that, one book still stands out though I’m not sure if I read it in high school or after; it’s ‘Butterfly’ by Kathryn Harvey.  I say that with one caveat: I wouldn’t recommend anyone under the age of 18 read this book; there are some topics covered that should be reserved for adults only.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Several projects are ongoing in my world right now.  I’ve got an anthology of short stories I’m writing for, a sequel to The Boomerang Effect, and a stand-alone book has a basic outline finished as well.  There was also one day over the weekend that had the neighbor breaking out his chain saw, and while I complained about his breaking my concentration it was suggested that I stop working on what I was trying to write and use the chain saw noise to inspire a different story.  That was a brilliant suggestion by one of my fans, and I whipped out a short story from it.  Still needs polishing and probably some fleshing out, but wow, what a great idea that was!  Kudos to Sarah for suggesting it!

 Clever 🙂

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

I’ve got two favorite authors, though for this question I’d pick J.D. Robb and I’d ask her what her method is for keeping all of her bazillion characters straight.

 Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Neither – cabin in the woods please

Apples or oranges?  Apples

Snickers or Skittles?  Snickers

Happy or sad ending to a novel?  Happy

Beer or wine?  Wine

Flying or driving?  Driving

Sherman Alexie or Junot Diaz?  Had to do a little research… Sherman Alexie, I like his quotes

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take only two things with you and two people as well. What and who are you bringing?

Wine, toilet paper, my husband, and MacGyver

You’re able to sit down with any world leader in history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house or at their place of royalty?

Abraham Lincoln.  We would talk about everything from how he abolished slavery to how he would attempt to fix the crises America is dealing with now.  We’d totally meet at his place, as it was then, so I could see for myself how things were during that time in history.

Thank you so much Lindy for your time and your amazing sense of humor. I’ll give you the last word (s) 🙂

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Thank you for interviewing me; this was fun!  I enjoyed your questions and some of the answers surprised even me!  (I just washed my hands, can’t do a thing with them…)

The timing for this interview is perfect; between June 15th and June 21st I’m hosting a giveaway to thank my fans for helping my Facebook page reach 1,000 likes; copies of my book are up for grabs as are many other books from fellow authors.  If you’d like to join in the fun, here’s a link to the giveaway:  Boomerang Effect Giveaway

The Boomerang Effect can be purchased at any of the following links:

Boomerang Effect on Amazon

Boomerang Effect on B & N

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A HUGE thank you to my new friend and fellow author, Morgan Jane. Her site is beautiful and her books have me wanting to adjust my to-read list. She interviewed me for her blog and you can check it out here: Morgan Jane’s Interview of Jackson Paul Baer

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Today, we have the privilege of hearing from a brand new author: Rori Shay. The synopsis for her debut novel has me hooked and I hope you enjoy meeting Rori as much as I did interviewing her.

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Your first book, ELECTED, is set to release in 2014. Share a favorite line/passage with us and anything else we should know.

People always say the first line of a book should be particularly telling, so I’ll share that one.  “One blonde curl is wrapped lusciously around my pointer finger.”  It’s one of my favorite lines because it signifies my main character’s longing for something she’s not allowed to have.  Aloy is a seventeen-year-old girl in the year 2185.  She’s forced to pretend to be a boy so she can take her country’s presidential role, but she desperately wishes she could show her true self.

Also, here’s a short synopsis of ELECTED:  In the year 2185 seventeen-year-old Aloy must masquerade as a boy to take her country’s presidential role and save her people from a deteriorating political and environmental crisis. 

Aloy is a girl, but no one can know that. If they did, she would be executed and East Country would fall into civil war. Her father is the Elected, the leader of the country as her grandfather and great-grandfather were before. The role should be going to her older brother but he disappeared eighteen years ago. With no one else to take his place, Aloy’s parents cut her hair and told her that she could never be a girl again.

Aloy has prepared all her life to become the Elected and uphold East Country’s laws as strictly as her father did. These laws, the Accords, are a strategy for survival created after an environmental crisis nearly destroyed the Earth. Countries must be isolated to prevent war. A woman’s primary job is childbirth, and they cannot rule.  Technology is absolutely not tolerated, in hopes that pollution would never reach catastrophic levels again.

In two weeks Aloy will be eighteen and take her father’s place as the Elected.  She hopes to rule as he did. But she is inheriting a different country than what her parents had. The long dormant Technology Faction is coming out of the shadows. For years they have called for bringing back the advanced technology of the past; now they incite riots in the country and attempt to assassinate Aloy. As turmoil grows within the East Country, cryptic threats come from beyond their borders: minerals disappear from mines and strange technological relics appear in the hills. After generations of isolation Aloy knows nothing about Mid Country, their only neighbor. And her country doesn’t have the resources to defend itself.

As she tries to sort out what is happening Aloy is forced to marry a woman, while struggling with feelings for the veterinarian’s son, Griffin. He knows her secret and claims to love her. He brings out the femininity in her that she has suppressed for so long. But she cannot shake the notion that he is somehow connected to the upheaval in East Country. Aloy knows that she is responsible to keep her people safe, but she’s not sure if she can. Or if she can even keep herself alive long enough to try.

I’d love to know what people think of the synopsis.  They can email me at rorishay@gmail.com or twitter me @RoriShayWrites.

You’ve got the chance to be a best-selling author or live forever, which scenario sounds more tempting?

I’m tempted to say live forever because then I’d have all the time in the world to do so many great things, but I think it would be immensely hard to live forever while watching all your loved ones die off.  So I’m going to pick best-selling author.

 Yeah, that is a tough one…

If you could live in California or New York, which one would you choose?

I was born in California but lived most of my life in a suburb of New York.  I love both, but I’m going to pick California because of the gorgeous weather. 

What, you mean you like sunshine and diversity? 🙂 Me too!

Okay, how about Ireland or England?

I’ve visited both—Ireland once and England three times.  I thought the people in Ireland were some of the nicest of all the European countries I’ve ever visited, but of the two countries I feel most at home in England.  Plus, England has the royals, who are fascinating!

My wife and I went to Ireland last year and fell in love with the country… and each other.

What is your favorite spoof movie (I like Scary Movie)?

I love the Scream movies.  In fact, it was the first horror movie I ever watched, if you can believe it.  Growing up, I was so afraid to watch Friday the 13th any real horror movie, so watching Scream was a good introduction.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Yes, I’m almost finished writing the second book in the Elected trilogy.  I think the second book is even better than the first.  My writing keeps getting better, and the second book is even more action-packed.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

My favorite author will always be Roald Dahl of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fame.  I’d ask him how he got his first book published because I always like asking famous authors how they started out.  It’s always different.

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Ocean definitely, although I got engaged on a mountain.

Apples or oranges? Oranges

Skittles or M & M’s? M & Ms hands-down!

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Definitely happy ending.  I don’t even really want to read a book with a sad ending unless at least the main character somehow grows in a beneficial way.

Beer or wine? Wine…from Linganore Winery!  Mmm…peach wine!

Flying or driving? Hmmm…I think flying.  No matter how many times I fly, I’m still enthralled looking out the window at the world below.

Hunger Games or Harry Potter? This is such a hard one.  I love both so much.  I suppose Hunger Games because it helped inspire me to write ELECTED.

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take only three things with you. What are you bringing?

I’d love to be nostalgic and say something like “my photo album” or “a writing tablet,” but I’m more realistic than that.  I’d want to get the heck off the island and back to my family, so I’d take:  flares, a two-way radio, and strong silk fabric to make a sail!

You only get one flare 🙂

You’re able to sit down with any president in United States history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house or meet him at the White House?

I’ll meet him at the White House.  I’d choose Nixon and get him to start investing in alternate energy cars way back then.  Think how the world would be different right now if that one thing was different. 

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Rori Shay lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband, daughters, black lab, and cat – just not quite in the same exciting circumstances as Elected’s main character, Aloy.  She enjoys running, gardening, reading, swimming, snow-shoeing, volunteering with the Dwelling Place non-profit, and right now…writing the second ELECTED novel!

Fellow writer Rebecca Lamoreaux interviewed me for her blog and you can check it out here: Rebecca’s interview of Jackson Paul Baer

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