Meet The Author, Robert Enders

Enjoy getting to know, Robert Enders:

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

Entertaining, fast paced.

Your book, A Long Way From Tipperary, was released in May, 2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

“Yesterday, on the twelfth day of the seventh month of Year 206 of the New Universal Calendar, Onyx Station was attacked and severely damaged by Azul space forces. I hereby call upon the Galactic Legislature to declare that a state of war exists between the New Magellanic Cloud and the Azul Starclan. We will fight in the intergalactic expanse, we shall fight in extrademensional space, we shall defend our home galaxy whatever the price might be, we shall fight in the nebulae, in the asteroid fields, and in the vast interstellar void.  We shall fight in orbit, in atmosphere, and on the surface of every world where the enemy can be found. I have been speaking directly with President Helgrane and Commissar DeRocha about forming a coalition to defeat the forces of tyranny and genocide.”

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?

The first option sounds like death, like I died and then suddenly people decided to buy my books. I want to continue writing for the rest of my life.

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 actively avoid college campuses. I actually live in a small town, and I am able to travel.

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

I have no use for amusement parks. All that waiting in line, overpriced crappy food, and the gross bathrooms. I′m too goddamn old to be excited by rollercoasters.

And how about Australia or Scotland?

I′ve never been to either place. Australia sounds more interesting.

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

10,000 Maniacs.  But that′s not actually what I listened to back then. I was more into Offspring and Green Day during the 90′s. I got into 10,000 Maniacs in 2004.

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

In 50 years, ″Katy Perry or Taylor Swift?″ and ″Adele or Meghan Trainor?″ will be common questions in author interviews. But if you are asking about bands and not solo acts, I think Imagine Dragons has the potential to be the band that college kids in 2067 will pretend to like. I only like a couple of their songs, but I think they will get better over time. There are other bands that I like better, but Imagine Dragons is what I think people will still talk about.

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

Family Guy. It′s not because I look like Seth MacFarlane. It′s the only show on network TV that can make me laugh. It very hard to make me laugh. People will try to tell me jokes and I will just stare at them.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

″Unauthorized Reading Material″ It′s a novel about private security.

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

John Scalzi. Ii I could ask him one question, I would ask ″Will you plug my book?″

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Mountains strike me as safer.

Yogurt or ice cream?  Ice cream. Yogurt is gross.

M&M’s or Skittles?  I usually favor chocolate. Sometimes I might get Skittles.

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert?  Stephen Colbert. I think you have to be drunk to find Fallon funny.

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy ending. If I′m going on a long journey, I want to go someplace nice.

Beer or wine?  I don′t drink.

Flying or driving?  I′ve been flying a couple times and I enjoyed it very much. The TSA has made it an unbearable hassle to fly now. Pre-9/11: flying. Post 9/11: driving.

Hemingway or Twain?  Neither. Stienbeck.

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?

Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, a mud wrestling ring, and a video camera.

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?

Cleopatra. We would talk about her turn-ons and turn-offs. She would come to my house when my girlfriend wasn′t home because I have AC.

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

Immortality. It means even more time to write.

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Meet The Author, Chassis Albuquerque

Enjoy getting to know, Chassis Albuquerque (like the body of a car, and the place in New Mexico):

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

Humorous speculative fiction

Your book, “The Sundial Salesman” was released in November 16, 2016 Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

The phone rang. It kept ringing but I didn’t pick up, picking up the phone so soon now would be like an atheist admitting God existed. And that’s the last thing you want to do, admit anything – more shrewd advice from my father, January Johnson, my father who liked everything to be precise but with a degree of flexibility varying from circumstance to circumstance depending on how guilty he may be.

“Just remember, all that maths and geographic stuff’s a bunch of shit, the shortest distance between any two points is always by dishonesty – always,” he’d tell me. Then he’d disappeared – where’d he gone that time? Jail. I’d just assumed that’s where all father’s went.

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?

Option 2 for me, my goals are very small and writing is such an important part of who I am: A very minor writing of very minor standing.

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.

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

Hmm, very interesting. Both have appeal, however, the airport is a way out, maybe see some other amusement parks?

And how about Australia or Scotland?

Scotland. Our families would not survive the trip to Australia to see there one and only grandchild.

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

Yeah! Counting Crows for sure, Nirvana, Pearl Jam – this is a long, long list, man…

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

Hmm, very tough question – I think because of budget constraints I’d say: Kings of Leon, James Bay, Stereophonics – oh, and The Black Keys, The White Stripes?

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

Easy: Seinfeld, The Office (British version please), Fawlty Towers, Extras

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Currently I’m about to finish my fourth book – a take on the Detective genre, Detective Wolffe Gunstormer’s called in for tough, unusual cases (preventing communists from taking over the world with a deadly wormhole machine but also: Being commissioned to find the President’s golf ball, providing evidence to the Church God exists for). Full of one-liners and popular with the ladies, his motto is: The best way to get to the bottom of anything is always by Force. Or bribery. Whichever’s easiest.

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

Knut Hamsun. He really made me aware for the first time about “voice” and his was very strong. Don’t forget, he was writing in the late 1880’s – 1950’s, very advanced, modern writing for back then. Unfortunately, he was – apparently – a Nazi sympathizer.

My question: “How could you, man?” because he was such a great writer who influenced people like Hunter S. Thompson, Charles Bukowski, the Beatnik guys and so on.

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Mountains

Yogurt or ice cream?  Ice cream

M&M’s or Skittles?  Neither

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Who???

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Both

Beer or wine?  Neither

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?

Laptop with solar power gear, and my very supportive wife, and our little baby girl.

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 – pompous sounding but he delivered.
Have to be our place.

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


I wish we were here:

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Apart from referring to himself in the 3rd person, Chassis Albuquerque suffered from a speech defect as a child – when he spoke, he continuously lied, and to counter this habit, was given a typewriter by his parents, and began to write. Often asked where his creative process comes from, well, as with most things these days, it’s China. Quite religious about writing, he always writes facing south, usually toward Spain…

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Meet The Author, M.A. Lorie

Hailing from the eclectic state of Pennsylvania, enjoy getting to know, M.A. Lorie:

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

Original, gripping, and fresh.

Your book, Reawakening: The Blood Bound Series Book One, was released on March 31, 2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

Stephen watched her walk away, the wall closest to her exploding, sending debris flying around her. He tugged at the handcuffs hoping to break the metal, or the pole, but it was no use, he was helpless to stop her. In a blast of smoke, bright purple light illuminated the area around her. The floor cracked, the ceiling crumbled, and debris fell around him as he shielded his face. The dust began to settle, and his gaze followed the path she was on, but Brooke was nowhere in sight. He went to call out for her, but couldn’t find his voice.

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’d write forever, but never have a bestseller. For me it’s not about being a best-selling author, it’s about bringing my world and the people in it to life. Creating something from nothing is all I need.

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 grew up in a small town and have also had the ability to travel whenever I could afford to, so the appeal of small towns is natural to me and I like having the ability to travel to bigger cities whenever I can without the commitment.

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

I think after a while both would become boring or monotonous. You can only do so much in both places before you’ve exhausted all your options. However, both seem to have their setbacks, crowded, loud, and expensive, but if I had to choose one, I’d probably choose an airport. The people watching alone would be great fodder for writing.

And how about Australia or Scotland?   

Australia. I’ve always wanted to go. Scotland has its appeal as well, so this was a really tough decision.

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

In the 90’s I was only a little girl so I wasn’t listening to bands, mostly boy bands. My favorite of the time were BBMak and LFO.

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

I hope in 50 years they’re still talking about bands like Seether, Chevelle, Our Last Night, and Silverstein. Those are the bands I’m into right now. They’re underrated and deserve way more recognition than what they receive.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?   Unfortunately, I’m not a huge comedy watcher. I prefer to stay in the Sci/Fi, Fantasy, or Cartoon range when I watch television. It helps get the juices flowing for when I’m working on a story for my next book.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?   

I’m currently working on getting a short story edited for a contest and also my next book which I want to release early next year.

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

I don’t have a favorite author but I’ve read a lot of Christopher Moore and Michael Crichton books. Both are brilliant authors, who write completely different things, which is why I love them. I guess what I would ask them both (if Michael Crichton were still alive) would be how do you handle it all? How do you come up with the motivation or the energy to sit and write consistently?

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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? Jimmy Fallon

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Either

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?   

Toilet paper and knitting supplies would be my two objects. Then I would take probably my sister and 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?  

Cleopatra. We’d talk about what it’s like being a woman with power in her generation and how she handles the pressure of such royalty. Plus, I’d inquire about her fashion sense. We’d definitely meet at her place; mine would be so minuscule compared to hers.

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

I’d wish to go back in time to my early teens with all the knowledge I have now, so I could live my life over again and make different decisions to see where I would end up. I’d have to be able to keep my ideas too, because I wouldn’t be able to part with my characters lol.

Bio

M.A. Lorie resides in a small town in Western Pennsylvania with her two cats Lenore and Tater. She enjoys watching the latest movies, Sci-Fi/Fantasy television, knitting in her free time, and reading. She attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia for Interior Design before leaving and focusing on her writing, spending most of her free time working on the next installment in her Blood Bound Series.

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Meet The Author, Rhonda Jarvis

Straight out of the great state of Texas, please welcome, Rhonda Jarvis:

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

Women, generational, love.

Your book, Antique Dreams, was released on January 30, 2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

I ran, well let’s face it, I can’t call it run; I jogged past green grass, palms trees, kids playing in their swim suits and other common things that normally helped me have a better perspective about my day.  Dr. Cohen had been out of the office for the day.  Though the office was only open until 1:00, the day had been full of little disturbances.  A five year old boy refused to let his teeth be cleaned while his mother sat back while playing on her phone instead of discouraging his biting, scratching, fighting and screaming.  A teenage girl threw up while I was cleaning her teeth, an elderly woman sneezed in my face, and the printer stopped working in the front office.  None of these things were earth shattering; but the combination of the happenings along with my mood left me feeling quite full of angst.

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, would love the money of best-selling but writing things down calms me.

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.  Optimum!

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

Airport, I love to people watch.

And how about Australia or Scotland?  

Scotland

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

Hootie & the Blowfish, or Bryan Adams, though he was also in the 80s.  

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

Not to my knowledge, though some modern music is fun.

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

Big Bang Theory

Is there anything you’re currently working on?  

Not specifically, only ideas.

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

CS Lewis.  How?  How did he explain beautiful things so well?

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Ocean

Yogurt or ice cream?  Ice cream

M&M’s or Skittles?  M&M’s

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert?  Jimmy

Happy or sad ending to a novel?  Happy

Beer or wine?  Beer

Flying or driving?  Driving

Hemingway or Twain?  Tough, 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?  

A water container, and a knife with my husband and my dad.

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?  

Eisenhower, I would like to meet him 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?  

People stop being so self-centered.

Bio

I am and have been an elementary teacher/stay at home mom/real estate agent/emerging writer. I taught third grade before our oldest was born. I was a domestic engineer as we moved from Oklahoma, to Maryland, to Puerto Rico. Upon moving to League City, Texas, we felt we were finally in a place where we would stay for a while. I began substituting and eventually taught first grade. We were wrong about staying for a while. After teaching one year in League City we moved to Abilene, Texas. I substituted and worked as a part time teacher but due to many things in my life, including the health of my parents in Oklahoma, I wanted something with a more flexible schedule so I became licensed to sell.  Real Estate was not as flexible as I had hoped and not my cup of tea. I stepped out of the sales position after five years and when I was half way through with this book. I’m proud to say I have completed a book, I look forward to more writing and challenging myself.

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Meet The Author, Abu Bilaal Yakub

All the way from Ontario, Canada, enjoy getting to know, Abu Bilaal Yakub:

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

Appealing, Beguilling and Captivating.

Your book, Amulets of Sihr, is set to release in early 2018. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

“Stare at the stars and allow your thoughts to disperse among them. Across any realm, beyond any horizon, in a complex paradox, limitless iterations of an infinite population strive to achieve the illusion that has been created for them and very few of them ever realize that they are nothing but pawns in a much larger game of chance.”

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. I may not be a bestseller but that does not mean my writing can never be and that is something I will always strive to achieve.

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. The world is bigger than a campus dorm. Everyone knows that!

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

That’s a tough one because I hate them both!

And how about Australia or Scotland?

Australia. I don’t fancy running into the Loch Ness.

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

Linkin Park

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

I doubt that. I doubt that very much.

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

Oooooo…. The Office! Michael Scott! Are you kidding me??

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Amulets of Sihr is the first part of a series and I’m currently working on its sequel.

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

Dan Brown. How did he concieve the idea of Da Vinci’s Code, Angels and Demons and Inferno…. Just HOW?

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Ocean

Yogurt or ice cream?  Ice Cream

M&M’s or Skittles?  M&M’s

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Jimmy Fallon

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Sad

Beer or wine?  Neither

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?

Ah, great. This question! Okay. A knife, another knife, and my brothers. Together, we can survive anything.

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?

Donald Trump. I would ask him how it felt to be the devil’s advocate, whether he was paid by the hour and if he had health benefits because he certainly does not seem to be representing humanity. Then I’d invite him for dinner! I’m not kidding.

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

Wish I had a magic lamp… that’d give me three wishes right?

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Meet The Author, Jay Crowley

All the way from the silver state, please welcome, Jay Crowley.

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

Crisp, interesting and suspenseful.

Your book, Opal,was released in December 2016. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

“Hi, Whiskers. How you doing since I saw you last?” As Opal got out of the cab and reached into the truck bed for his supplies and a package of clean clothes. Pickles also jumped out and was at her side.

“Same, nothing changed, mine is still killing me,” he grumbled. Whiskers walked up to the dog and scratched his ears. “How you doing? Pickles.” as the dog wagged his tail and gave the man a lick.

“Brought you some grub, two five-gallon containers of gasoline, and clean overalls. You want it in the same place. Opal asked.

“Yep. Did you bring me a couple bottles of whiskey?” Inquired Whiskers.

“Sure did,” as she walked into the shack. The smelling of rotting garbage, sweat, and urine from Whiskers pee pot was overwhelming. Whiskers was a slob. She looked around the cabin and hollered out to him, “What the heck happened in here?” as she noticed quite a few holes in the cabin roof.

“Darn flies were driving me crazy, so I shot them with the shotgun.” Replied the old man. “Didn’t get them all, though,” he laughs.

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?

Writing forever, don’t get me wrong I would love a best seller, but I enjoy writing.

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 live now in a small town.

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

That is a hard one, I am a people watcher, I guess the amusement park to see the faces when they get off rides.

And how about Australia or Scotland? 

I have family in Australia.

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

Whitney Houston

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

AC/DC

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

The Big Bang Theory

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Two novels; one about Indian schools and the other is a murder in Elko.

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

Hemingway.  Please teach me.

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Mountains

Yogurt or ice cream?  Chocolate Ice Cream

M&M’s or Skittles?  Neither, but I guess M&M’s

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert?  Neither

Happy or sad ending to a novel?  Depends on the story

Beer or wine?  Wine

Flying or driving?  Driving. I am a hot rodder.

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?

Food and friends

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? 

My hero is Joh Wayne. I would have a beer with him at a bar.

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

Cure for Cancer.

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Jay Crowley lives in Jacks Valley near the base of beautiful Lake Tahoe, Nevada. All of the stories originate in Nevada, which offers a interesting background, and provides lots of story opportunities. She has three dogs, three cats, and quite often uses a dog in her stories.

Outside The Addiction, by Sandra Shrewsbury

Check out the new novel from Sandra Shrewsbury:

Susan Green is a single mother raising three children. She has had it rough… But, always managed… Until now.

Susan’s daughter, Tina, has been acting strange. She has always been a very calm child, then one day she began acting out in anger. Her mother is worried it may be drugs.

In her attempt to find out what is going on with her daughter, Susan finds out more than she can bargain for.

Susan’s life changes and not for the better, she is faced with a demon that she can’t control. How can she fight for a life that’s not hers to fight for. Can Susan save her daughter?

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