Meet The Author, M.G. Schoombee

Enjoy getting to know, M.G. Schoombee:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.

Adventurous, Magical, Other-worldly.

The final book in your series, Arach, was released in June 2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

“You dance your life into being. It is your dance.” 

He sighed as the markings flew from the walls, tattooing her arms and body. 

“Why use her again?” he demanded from the wolf. A crow flew into the cave cawing.

“I am the mother,” she cried in labour.

“But you were human, Durril knows.”

“I was once, I wanted to experience the ecstasy of being human. Then I became who I am, again.”

The wolf struggled in pain, as an ancient being stepped out, electrifying the cave.

“She is the mother, I am the father. She births the new life” the man spoke. His long beard smooth and gray. His eyes flashed blue. His hand rested on the wolfs’ head. The crow settled on his shoulder.

The piper stumbled on the rough rocks, terrified of this wise powerful being. “But why, I thought it was over. I thought they now had a thousand years of peace.”

“A thousand years fly by in the wink of an eye” the god smiled sadly. “Tá sé in am,” he cried to the skies.

“It is time!” she breathed.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

I would rather write forever, living in a tiny house in the middle of the woods.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Small town and travel, my bucket list is a few pages long.

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

Neither, not fond of people 🙂

And how about Ireland or Germany?

Ireland, The Arach series is set in Ireland.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

So many to choose from, I will have to go with Guns and Roses.

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

Perhaps some of the rock bands like Radiohead and The Foo Fighters.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?

Again many to choose from, but I love the Big Bang Theory and more recent shows, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I am working on a spin-off series of short stories of the Arach books, concentrating on the dragon worlds.

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

JRR Tolkien. Show me the way to Middle Earth.

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Ocean

Yogurt or ice cream? Ice cream

Chocolate or Sour Candy? Chocolate

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Jimmy Fallon

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy

Beer or wine? Wine

Flying or driving? Driving

Hemingway or Twain? Twain

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

A notepad with pencil and sunscreen. My dog and a survivalist friend. He will keep us alive while I sit in the sun and write.

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

Nelson Mandela, on the verandah of my house, listening to the birds chirping away, I would ask him to teach me to be as forgiving and accepting as he was.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only (not world peace and no more wishes). What’s it gonna be?

May everybody have enough.

Bio:

I live in a tiny quiet suburb in beautiful sunny South Africa, with my amazingly supportive family, and our extended furry family consisting of five doggies, four special feral cats and all their friends from the neighborhood. Our house is surrounded by trees and filled with birds. I Love music, archery, reading and of course writing. Fantasy and music are my interests and the trilogy of ARACH, combining the two, has been floating through my heart and mind for years. It has been an amazing journey writing ARACH and it felt like it wrote itself at times. I live in a world filled with the wonder of everyday happenings and I dance among them searching for all the magical blessings bestowed on me.

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Meet The Author, Rob Queen

Enjoy getting to know, Rob Queen:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.

Rooted, expansive, human

Your book, “Escape from the Spotlight” is set to release in December 2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

With the black lights projecting out from the wall, he can see a cluster of thirty bats dangling upside down. They are staring at him, as they normally do whenever one comes into their enclosure. Knowing what they want, Doran slips the remains from his lunch out of his school bag: an orange.

When he has peeled it, he splits it up and spreads the fruit around on the walkway. The bats are not shy to come down and jostle for the fruit. Doran watches them and smells them in. He reaches out with every fiber of his being, to see what makes them them.

And then he is one.

The world becomes a busting explosion of sound. It is so precise that he can hear the heartbeats of the gators below him, slowed to a crawl in the cool weather despite the heaters keeping the enclosures warm. His eyes are far better than he was expecting, nearly as effective as his own human eyes, but everything takes on a wall-eyed curve due to how pronounced they are. His species-mates have shed some of the visible definitions that they had when he was human; now, they are scents and sounds combined with their physical appearance. Closing his eyes, the other senses become a rushing intake of scratching and chewing and leathery movement coupled with the pleasant tang of bat musk accented with the sweet scent of the orange.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

So this question is essentially asking if I want to sell out. Read between the lines, and you can usually find the speaker’s – or author’s – main point. I see what this is. As to the question, the only thing that would prevent me from writing more is death. If I happen to get rich while I’m writing, then so be it. That is only an occasional symptom of the affliction. What is the affliction? Compulsive creation.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

I’ve traveled to quite a number of places already. 7 years of my life was spent outside my home country, a number were spent on the road going up and down the East Coast, touring from horse show to horse show. Doing so is highly enjoyable. Would I miss it? Well, I retired from horses about a decade ago, and yes, I miss it, but it is one of those “better to have loved and lost than have never loved at all” deals. I would miss it, sure, but honestly, I kind of love my college campus. Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA. Trees all around me, a good library, ample places to write. Banishment here wouldn’t be so bad, though all my students do complain about the food. But that’s what students do. It’s part and parcel of the job.

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

Amusement parks are distracting. Airports are intense locations in which to engage in character studies. I’m a story-teller. There are far more variety of stories in airports than there are in amusement parks. Moreover, “The Terminal” starring Tom Hanks was a highly enjoyable film, one that actually could carry its own narrative. But can you think of any movies wholly set in an amusement park? No. I’m honestly asking because I can’t, for the life of me, come up with any. “Zombieland” ended in one, but that was only a part of the overall narrative.

And how about Australia or Scotland?

Yes. Thanks. I wasn’t aware you were giving free tickets there to both locations.  

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

Ha! Ha ha HA! Though Hootie gave a really fun show back in the 90’s. I will give them props for that. No, my favorite 90’s band is probably Linkin Park. I was utterly heartbroken to hear of Chester Bennington’s (one of the band’s lead vocalists) passing this year. Depression is powerful. Chris Cornell (another fantastic 90’s era musician), Robin Williams, Kurt Cobain, Jim Carrey (had he not found art)… all these great talents succumbed to their depression. This is an illness that is often overlooked or dismissed as being just a “First World Problem” but it’s not. It’s a genuine illness that claws at the brain and soul, eroding it slowly over time. And all it takes is one moment of weakness, where the positives just don’t counterbalance the negatives. Not anymore.

Wow. That kind of got a little dark there. On a more positive note, Dave Grohl has seemed to maintain his great sense of humor following Cobain’s death, and in doing so, has brought us consistently enjoyable music for the past 20 years or so! Yay, Dave!

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

That started now or are starting now? Yeah, a Burlington, Vermont band called Gneiss. Very talented. They’re going to blow up. Check them out.

As for bands that are still around, Phish. Honestly, how is it that people are talking about these guys more? This summer, they did a “Baker’s Dozen” concerts in Madison Square Garden. It was an actual residency in Madison Square Garden. 13 days. Sold Out. Over those 13 days, they did 2 full sets of music and did not repeat a single song. How the hell many bands could possibly say that they did or could do that? How are we not talking about how ridiculously amazing that is?

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?

“The Office”? Sorry, but I hated that show. Hated “Seinfeld” and “Punk’d,” too, for that matter. And probably for the same reasons. I see no reason to celebrate incompetence. Punk’d was just a show about someone being an ongoing dickhead to other people. I got no time for that – there’s enough evil in the world to enjoy it. “Jackass”? That’s ok, because it’s an insular group being stupid and upping the ante of personal entertainment at their own expense. It actually takes a certain degree of masochistic genius to come up with the torture they put one another through. The Office, however, is just one sad sap in charge of a bunch of people that might be better off without him. If I wanted to torture myself, I’d have myself waterboarded rather than be forced to suffer forced awkwardness that just makes me feel dirtier than a fifty cent hooker in a pig sty.

As for favorites… um… yeah… don’t watch too much TV. Does “Avatar: The Last Airbender” count? Aang, Sokka, and Tosh are pretty damn hilarious. If not, then probably “The Big Bang Theory.” I’m a nerd at heart, and I can appreciate the various aspects of the crew in that show. Even if it sometimes does come across as a non-nerd regurgitating nerdisms. But – and this is true for all cultural appropriation, I feel – sometimes (YES, Some – not all – but SOME) a culture (or subculture, and yes, the Phish Phan, Transformer nerd, animal lover, pseudo-my-gods-is-this-becoming-a-rant-of-whatever-else-I-am is part of the culture or subculture that BBT mocks) needs a good auteur to present the challenges and problems that that culture / subculture endures, even if there is a certain degree of stereotype to it. As long as the material is presented honestly, then it’s cool. “Big Bang Theory” does tend to present such things somewhat honestly, but honest within the confines of the peculiar characters, and the situations that they use such things for. Which, I guess, works.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Yup. As of writing this, I am putting the finishing touches on my novel “Escape from the Spotlight.” It is my first foray into the Young Adult scene, which is a genre that I have long enjoyed but that I honestly had no real intention of ever writing for. Funny how that works out. Anyway, Doran Titus is your average fifteen year-old whose family maintains and runs an animal sanctuary. As an aside, animals are wicked fascinating creatures that add so much to a story. Luckily I didn’t lose the story for the elephants taking up the room. Anyway, Doran learns that he has the actual ability to change into animals. But if the Trump Years of the USA have taught us anything, it’s that people hate. People hate big. So the big question for Doran is how does he learn to cope and master these amazing abilities while also being able to confide in the people around him. Who can he trust to share his secret with? How will he effect a school/work/sport/shape-changing balance? In the process, it puts him under the proverbial spotlight of society’s collective judgment. Not a great place for a 15-year-old kid to be, that’s for sure. Earlier, I mentioned Depression, and I know that for a lot of people coming to grips with their own sexuality, gender identity, or even – just simply: identity, suffer the massive weight of the big questions “Who am I?” “Why me?” “Can’t I just go back to the way things were?” Doran fits right into this group, only instead of the very real problems mentioned above, this inaugural book (of what will become a series of sorts) explores the sheer vicarious safety of fantasy.

“Escape” will be released via Amazon.com’s Createspace in December or so. An Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign is being held through October to help finance its publication.

Other things that I’m working on are a Fan-Fiction full-length novel starring DC Comics’ Vixen. The story is all done, and every Thursday, on Wattpad, I’m uploading a new chapter. As of the third week in October, there are 10 chapters up and available to all. Lots of fun. Good superhero action, with some pretty deep conflicts and consequences.

Finally, I’m working on a comic book with the talented artist, David Dace. Sadly, I can’t say much more about it than the simple premise: its principal protagonist is a reverse vampire. What is a reverse vampire, exactly? Well, guess we’ll just have to cross our fingers that one of the comic companies out there will bite, and then everyone can find out.

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

Neil Gaiman. No questions. He signed my copy of “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” and drew a Cthulu-like doodle in it. Beautiful work. Does that mean I have anything to ask him? Not really. If I shook his hand, I’d probably just thank him for all his wonderful words, and the brilliant syntax that he created with them all. I dunno. Maybe also, I’d ask if he wanted to change lives with me, so that I could live life through his bones, and see just how a mad genius like him could string words together so beautifully.

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Mountains

Yogurt or ice cream?  Ice Cream

M&M’s or Skittles?  Reese’s Pieces

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Fallon

Happy or sad ending to a novel? An Ending. What I want doesn’t matter. The story will go where the story goes.

Beer or wine?  Cranberry juice

Flying or driving?  With me in the driver’s seat? Computer / Word Processor.

Hemingway or Twain?  Poe

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

A Transformer with a relatively easy transformation. A Swiss Army Knife. The Wonder Twins – one can turn into any animal, the other can turn into any liquid. The pair are almost fully created with the concept of desert island survival in mind.

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

See, that’s the thing. I would never want to meet any leaders. I would have absolutely nothing to ask them. I mean, what do you say to Napoleon? “Watch out for Waterloo!” Doing so would change history. Does that mean that Napoleon isn’t fascinating? Not at all. I’d just have nothing to ask him. I enjoy him from a distance, and appreciate all that he did for people (yes, both good and bad. Everyone always needs a villain). If I sat down and talked to a leader from a different time, I’d be putting myself at risk of saying something that would get myself killed, or else I’d put them at risk of learning something that they shouldn’t know. Then the whole timeline would implode in a paradox. That said, I’ve heard that The Earl of Sandwich had some brilliant dining ideas ….

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be?

I’m copping out here. I’m going to say that I’d wish people had the wisdom to observe without judgment. But honestly, we do that all the time, and that’s a stupid thing to wish for. That was an ironic twist, wasn’t it? Aren’t I clever? No, honestly, I’d wish for people to not take themselves quite so seriously. While I wouldn’t say that life is Joker-level (Dark Knight version, RIP Heath Ledger) funny, it is pretty silly. I mean, have you ever seen a platypus? I’d wish people were more willing to laugh with each other rather than at each other. Maybe that would make people a little more tolerant of the amazing variety of life that we have on this planet.  

Bio:

With more than 15 years of writing experience, and hailing from the American Northeast, Rob Queen has always been an active storyteller. Throughout his travels, he’s found inspiration in Asia and Thailand. Experiencing cultures and their aesthetics has helped him develop an affinity for humanity and deepened his cultural knowledge.

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Meet The Author, Donise Sheppard

Enjoy getting to know, Donise Sheppard:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.

Articulate, clean, and pithy.

Your book, The Altered: Subsist, was released April 22, 2016. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

Then several things happen at once. Daren’s face turns from playful to horror and he yells my name as I feel strong arms grab me across the waist. I see Mr. Forest look up and aim his bow as Daren begins to climb the ladder. I’m pulled back, hard, and yanked to a door that probably leads to the store below us. I try kicking and hitting and biting to get away, but it’s too late. I’m being taken. I’m going to become an altered. Or worse.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Even though being a best-seller is on my bucket list, I would give it up if it meant never getting to write again. I’m not me when I’m not writing. I will continue to write for the rest of my life, even if I never sell more than a few copies.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Considering I already live in a small town, I’d have to be really unhappy to choose a college campus. Living in a small town isn’t so bad. We can go wherever and do whatever everyone else does, it just takes a little longer to get to the city.

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

I would probably choose an airport because they have a bar area where I can sit and write and enjoy the occasional drink.

And how about Ireland or Germany?

I would move to Ireland in an instant. From the country to the cities to the culture and the accent, everything in Ireland sounds completely amazing.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

I honestly don’t have a favorite 90’s band. I was born in ’91 and didn’t really get interested in music until I was around twelve, and then it was more solo artists than bands. Hootie and the Blowfish were pretty good, though.

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

I don’t know about everyone else, but I have several bands I’ll still love in fifty years: Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Skillet. Probably a ton more.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?

I have to pick just one? Friends is my all-time favorite, followed by Roseanne, then Will and Grace (which is back, btw). If I’m picking from current shows it would be Will and Grace, The Good Place, The Ranch, and Grace and Frankie. Yep. I can’t pick just one.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I have a very long work in progress list. I have a young adult, science fiction novel I’m working on, I’m editing three short stories, I have to edit two young chapter book, I’m writing a young chapter book, there is another short story about mermaids I’m working on, and a ton more story plots that I have written down.

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

I have two favorite authors: Jodi Picoult and J.M. Ames. I would ask Jodi why, with so many credentials, did she choose writing as a career. I would ask J.M. why he waiting so long to become a writer, instead of starting as a teen like most of us.

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Mountains

Yogurt or ice cream?  Ice Cream

Chocolate or Sour Candy?  Chocolate

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Jimmy Fallon

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Sad

Beer or wine?  Beer

Flying or driving?  Driving

Hemingway or Twain?  Hemingway

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

I would bring a tarp to catch water so we don’t dehydrate, and matches to start fires to cook food. I would also bring my husband so he can hunt and tell me which plants were edible, and my dad so he could build us a boat to get off the island.

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

I would meet up with John F. Kennedy, who could have been America’s best president if given the chance. I would love to shake his hand and personally ask him what plans he had to make our country better. I would definitely meet at their place because I think my house may be too small for his security team.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only (not world peace and no more wishes). What’s it gonna be?

I would wish for the unlimited opportunity to travel where I want, when I want, for the rest of my, all expenses paid.

Author Bio

Donise Sheppard is a fiction writer born in Ohio, but residing in Southern West Virginia with her husband and four children. She has five self-published novels on Amazon including The Altered series, a short story published in A Haunting of Words titled “Coal Run Road”, a short story published in Tuck Magazine titled “Walk Tall”, and a short story titled “Broken” in the anthology Relationship Add Vice. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, baking, or chasing her rambunctious children.

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Meet The Author, Patrick Adams

Enjoy getting to know, Patrick Adams:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.

Inspired By Travel.

Your book, “Lisa Goes to India” is set to release in January 2018. Please share a passage with us that you’d like for us to enjoy.

Jonathan and Ravi started running around with the monkeys. “Be careful, you guys,” shouted Daniel. It was too late. The boys and the monkeys were laughing and running, heading towards the Taj Mahal. To get away from Ravi and Jonathan, the monkeys climbed all the way up Taj Mahal to the top. “Whew,” said Bali, the monkey. Then, looking down, he realized it was easier climbing up than it was going back down. They were stuck!

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Write forever but never have a bestseller. I can live with #2 on the New York Times Best Seller List 😊.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Super easy choice! Live in a small town but be able to travel. Unless that college campus was in Tahiti or Fiji……

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

Amusement Park. Last time I checked, Airports don’t have Roller Coasters, Games, Shows, and Fireworks.

And how about Ireland or Germany?

This is a tough choice, but if I have to pick one, I’ll go with Ireland. I don’t tend to learn new languages easily, so I’d assimilate better into Ireland. Unless I’m in a part that only speaks Gaelic.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

Not many people may remember them, but my favorite 90’s band is Tripping Daisy. Their first album, Bill, is incredible. Some may remember their song “I Got a Girl” from their second album, I Am an Elastic Firecracker, as that was a fairly big hit on radio and MTV and got skewered by Beavis and Butthead. I’ve re-discovered them recently and their entire back catalog. Huge fan of their singer, Tim DeLaughter, who went on to front two other bands, Polyphonic Spree and Preteen Zenith. I was happy to learn Tripping Daisy had reunited this year.

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

I wish there were. I don’t see bands of today sporting 40+ years of longevity like the Rolling Stones and U2. Of course, I could be wrong and One Direction will still be HUGE in 2067.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?

The Big Bang Theory, hands down. I never get tired of watching it, and the characters are brilliantly written. In the 80’s and 90’s, it was Married With Children. You gotta love Al Bundy. We’ve all felt like him at one time or another.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I have multiple projects going on. My first novel, “The Vacationer”, is under developmental edit. Targeting a 2018 release. It is a harrowing story about a man experiencing a life crisis as he journeys across the globe on a path of self-destruction. Will he be saved? Can he be saved? Amazing Lisa children’s book series: The fourth installment, “Lisa Goes to India”, is currently being illustrated. Rhythm’s World children’s book series: The third book, and the start of a series of books themed around travel, called “Rhythm’s World Tour Vol 1: North America” is currently being illustrated.

Putting the final touches on a new blog series about travel called Diary of a Travelman. It’s based on another book I wrote, featuring humorous and poignant travel stories from my journeys around the world. Debuting November 2017.

Planning a Podcast that will spotlight up and coming authors and travel bloggers. Tentatively titled “Book It! with Patrick Adams”, I’m looking to give a voice and a spotlight to those with a creative vision. Targeting a debut in January 2018.

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

My favorite author is J.K. Rowling. My question would be: “Did you map out the entire Harry Potter series story before you wrote the first book?” I’m curious how much she planned that wonderful story out over seven books.

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Oceans. Less climbing involved.

Yogurt or ice cream? Ice Cream!

Chocolate or Sour Candy? Chocolate in a landslide.

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Jimmy Fallon. Loved him on SNL.

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy, always.

Beer or wine? Wine. Red.

Flying or driving? Flying. Gets me there faster with no traffic jams.

Hemingway or Twain? Twain. Not sure why.

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

Things: A spear for fishing and a flashlight.
People: My wife and daughter. Because I’ll surely get an earful if I don’t pick them.

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

I would choose Queen Elizabeth II of England. I would read her my book, “Lisa Goes to England”, because she stars in it in one scene. If I could get her seal of approval on my book, skies the limit! We would definitely meet at her place of royalty!

You can wish for one thing and one thing only (not world peace and no more wishes). What’s it gonna be?

Since you didn’t exclude money, I’d have to say a bank account with $1 Billion dollars in it. My family and kids would be set for generations and I could definitely be a full-time writer and traveler 😊

Bio:
Patrick Adams, founder of Patrick Adams Books, is the author of the Amazing Lisaand Rhythm’s World children’s book series. His journeys around the world inspired him to become a writer. As a book architect, Patrick is dedicated not only to publishing his own books but also helping other independent authors achieve their dream of seeing their children’s books come to life, and getting published. Through his blog, “Rhythm’s Miracles”, and the Rhythm’s World book series, Patrick is a strong supporter of families dealing with a rare form of Epilepsy called Infantile Spasms.

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Meet The Author, Warren Alexander

Enjoy getting to know, Warren Alexander:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.  

Funny, clever, nettlesome.

Your book, Cousin’s Club, was released in April 2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

“Look! Here’s an envelope from Flora,” my mother said, “but it’s empty.”

“What’s the postmark?”

“Los Alamos, New Mexico.”

“Isn’t that where Davy Crockett died?”

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

I write, so I can write some more. I would be shocked if any novel of mine became a best-seller. In any event, I would refuse any Faustian arrangement.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

If you chose either Princeton, NJ or Berkeley, CA then you could have both.

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

I found neither amusing nor comfortable.

And how about Ireland or Germany?

Very narrow and arbitrary choices. The Irish literary tradition is incalculable, especially when you consider their small population.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

I am an old guy and like the oxymoronic category Classic Rock. So, in the same vein, I would take REM.  

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

Is there a group called “I Haven’t A Clue.”

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?

This is a subject I could actually speak about for days and never bore myself. Others surely, myself, no. I like comedies with an edge, wit, and with a large dash of irreverence. Of today’s lot, I like Larry David and Veep with Julia-Louise Dreyfus.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I am working on a satiric novel about business. It is my revenge after 45 years of working. I am also working on a short story about a saxophone player and a changing neighborhood.

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

Laurence Sterne. This is no one magic question or answer. And if you think there is, you will miss the last 50 years of your life.

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  

If I am on skis, the mountains, in a boat well…..

Yogurt or ice cream?  

When you start to hear kids scream after a ball game, “We want yogurt,” it is time to move to a cave.

Chocolate or Sour Candy?  

When was the last time someone said that they could not live without sour candy? Can you imagine bringing giving sour candies on Valentine’s Day? Now, there’s a guy who will be lonely for a while.

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert?

Colbert, Fallon is Late Night Lite.

Happy or sad ending to a novel?

I hate happy endings but sad endings must make sense.

Beer or wine?  

Diet Coke.

Flying or driving?  

Don’t own a car or a plane.

Hemingway or Twain?  

Twain. Wit and insight. Hemingway always gets in his own way with his macho BS. As time passes Hemingway will become more of a historical curiosity than a literary lion.

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

Something better than a volleyball.  I would take my wife and someone who would know better than to recommend a diet of seaweed.

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

Nebuchadnezzar so I can ask him what his friends called him, but at his place because I doubt he would he would bring the right cookies. I would choose either Václav Havel or Nelson Mandela and ask the differences between being a dissident and the leader of the same nation.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only (not world peace and no more wishes). What’s it gonna be?

An appreciation of others.



Warren Alexander was born, raised, and still lives in New York City. He was identified as a cynic by his kindergarten teacher, and he honed this quality under the tutelage of Thomas Keneally, Peter Carey, and E. L. Doctorow at NYU, where he received his MA in creative writing. He recently came in second in Cutthroat’s fiction contest, judged by Michael Matrone. He is also a decorated photographer.

Meet The Author, Christina Weigand

Enjoy getting to know, Christina Weigand:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.

Inspired, adventurous, relationships.

Your books, Palace of the Twelve Pillars trilogy, e-formats were released in  2013/2014. The print format of Book One was released in November 2016, and the other two books will hopefully follow soon in print format, in the next few months.

Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

Twin princes Joachim and Brandan come of age and are thrust into adulthood as they enter a world torn apart by war, kidnapping and betrayal.

As the twins are crowned Kings of Mahorg and Crato, and wed to powerful women, each will deal with the loss of their parents in his own unique way. The choices each makes will set their world on a cataclysmic course that only loss and sacrifice can deter.

Is their love and faith strong enough to see Joachim and Brandan through the veil of evil blanketing the land, or will it fail and be left to their children to save?

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Write forever, but never have a bestseller.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Live in a small town, but be able to travel.

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

Airport.

And how about Australia or Scotland?

I’d love to do both, but since you are making me chose, I would have to say Scotland.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

Bon Jovi or U2.

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

Disturbed or Imagine Dragons.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?

Last Man Standing.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Finishing up a Middle grade series, Sequel to Palace of the Twelve Pillars trilogy.

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

There are so many to choose from. If I must narrow it down I would say JRR Tolkein. Where did all your wonderful characters and settings come from?

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Mountains

Yogurt or ice cream?  Ice Cream

M&M’s or Skittles?  M&M’s

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Stephen Colbert

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Sad

Beer or wine? Wine

Flying or driving? Flying  

Hemingway or Twain?  Twain

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

Bible and laptop (so I can write), My husband and Darlene Reilley (my best friend).

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

Jesus, I ask for answers to all the questions that plague humanity, like which way does the toilet paper come off the roll. I think I would like to meet at His house.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be?

I wish that my books would influence young adults in their life choices.

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Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of three grown children and a middle school daughter. She is also Nana to four granddaughters. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Pennsylvania after a short sabbatical in the lovely state of Washington. She has three published YA Christian Fantasy novels; Palace of the Twelve Pillars: Book One, Palace of the Three Crosses: Book Two and Sanctuary of Nine Dragons: Book Three. She also has a woman’s Bible study Women of the Bible: A Study published. Recently the first book in a MG Fantasy series was published, Sir E. Robert Smythe and the School Bully with the remaining five to be published over the next year and a half. Through her writing she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone.

When she’s not writing she’s active in her local Church as a lector, Bible Study, and helping children develop a love for reading and writing. Jesus fills her home with love as she shares Him through her writing.  

Meet The Author, Philip Caine

Enjoy getting to know, PHILIP CAINE:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.  

Fiction : Adventure : Thriller

You’ve written four books: 4 Novels in the JACK CASTLE series

1) PICNIC IN IRAQ

2) TO CATCH A FOX

3) BREAKFAST IN BEIRUT

4) THE HOLLOW PRESIDENT 

Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

THE PROLOGUE FROM THE HOLLOW PRESIDENT –

East of Kabul, the watery sunlight sparkled on the snow-covered peaks of the Paghman Mountains. At the controls of the C130 aircraft, Captain Mark Waterman spoke into the mic, ‘Hercules-901, Bagram control, request permission to take-off.’

    ‘Bagram control, Hercules-901, you are clear for take-off on Romeo-Two.’

    ‘Thank you, Bagram.’

    The four engines purred as the big cargo plane lumbered onto the end of the runway. Waterman pushed the throttles to maximum and felt the control column shudder as the huge turbines roared into life.  As the aircraft left the tarmac, the captain pulled hard back on the controls and banked to the south in a steady climb over the mountains that surrounded the ancient city.

The small fire had kept the man’s hands warm and fingers nimble. Through powerful binoculars he’d watched the plane move to the runway and climb into the clear morning sky. He’d prepared the weapon and checked it several times while waiting for the Hercules to leave the airbase. He lifted the cumbersome launcher to his shoulder and braced himself as the aircraft headed towards his position. His breath swirled around his head as he exhaled, then his finger gently squeezed the trigger.

    The rocket shot skyward, the vapour trail white in its wake, screaming towards the target.     

    ‘Incoming! Incoming!’ yelled Waterman.

    The co-pilot fired the counter measures but it was too late. The ground-to-air missile struck between the first and second engines and the wing, loaded with fuel, added to the explosion.

    The man eased the heavy launcher from his shoulder and watched as the huge fireball engulfed the doomed aircraft.   

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Write Forever

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Small Town

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

Amusement Park

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?      

The Rolling Stones

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

The Rolling Stones

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?

STEPTOE & SON

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

AMERICAN RONIN

An ex-CIA assassin is recruited by North Korea to release a weapon of mass destruction, but what is the target, Washington, London, or Mecca? Only the killer knows where and when the deadly virus will be released.

MI6 dispatch Jack Castle to track down the rogue agent and prevent the unthinkable from happening.  With thousands of lives at stake, will Jack stop the madman in time?  

A fast moving international thriller that begins in Panama and culminates in Istanbul.

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

ALISTAIR MACLEAN

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Mountains

Chocolate or Sour Candy?  Chocolate

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Jimmy Fallon

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Either

Beer or wine?  Neither

Flying or driving?  Driving

Hemingway or Twain?  Hemingway

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

Indiana Jones & Marilyn Monroe

Aladdin’s Lamp & HG Welles’s Time Machine

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

Winston Churchill

Redrawing the borders of the Middle East

His place

You can wish for one thing and one thing only (not world peace and no more wishes). What’s it gonna be?  

Real Happiness

PHILIP CAINE: Author of the JACK CASTLE series of adventure novels.

Born in 1950, in Barrow-in- Furness, Philip’s working life began in the hotel business.

His career developed in the oil industry and 30 years were spent in places such as the North Sea, Algeria, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and Russia.

From 2003, he spent 7 years in post war Baghdad, working with the American coalition, and a further 3 years running oil services companies in Dubai.

Philip  retired in 2015 and began writing fiction (inspired by his time in the Middle East)

He is also a PUBLIC SPEAKER who, since retiring, has spoken at over 100 venues.