Meet the Author: A.G. Billig

Today, we’re sitting down with the upcoming, international author: A.G. Billig. She’s cultured, well-traveled, and writes with profound passion. Enjoy getting to know A.G. as she is sure to become a household name in no time.

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You’re the author of FOUR DOORS & OTHER STORIES. Share a line/passage with us that you are most proud of.

“Nevertheless, with each glance, touch, and kiss, Margaret took a stronger hold on him. She would meet him halfway and go down below the steep, barren lakeside. They would hide under the long branches of a willow, the only tree left by the water. There, he would fill himself up with the taste of her lips, and the silk of her skin that smelled like grass and fire ashes. He would caress her soft curves, her flat belly, amazed by her little waist. In the evening, he would go back to his flat on the third floor, the very one he had chosen months ago for being spacious and light, only to feel like a drowned man into a sea of tiny objects and big pieces of furniture. His odorant had developed in a bizarre way so that the man was able to sense each and every little smell. The more he inhaled Mary’s expensive perfume, the odor of synthetic soap, woman’s body and face lotions, the more he longed for the scent of grass and fresh water, for Margaret’s sweet faint sweat.” Green Eyes

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 have this feeling that I have already lived in other centuries, just like the French teacher in the title story. I also believe that this new millennium is a great one to live in. Despite social turmoil, political upheaval, and natural catastrophes, I believe the human race has reached a peak in its evolution and that people have this huge opportunity to fully express their potential and inborn abilities, to create the lives they dream of, something that was not possible in the Middle Ages. So, to answer your question, I’d stay in this century and travel the world because this Earth is way too beautiful not to explore it. And have a house on a beach, by the ocean, where I return from time to time.

Great answer 🙂

If you could live in Florida without the humidity or Oregon without the rain, which one would you choose?

I’m in love with the beach and the ocean so I think I’d rather stay in Florida, humidity or not. But I would keep some rainy days in Oregon, just to go there and write. Rain inspires me. People of Oregon, please don’t be mad at me, I’m thinking just about a week of rain or so.

I live in Oregon now, we have the ocean too 🙂 But, I understand what you mean.

Okay, how about China or Brazil?

I’ve traveled to Brazil in 2010, to see with my own eyes the legendary John of God. I spent three amazing weeks, made friends from all over the world. It’s a great place to go find yourself, hear the voice of your heart. The atmosphere is so serene, the people, warm and friendly, the food, incredibly tasty and healthy. It you’re looking for a retreat where to work on your next novel, Abadiania, in Brazil, is a perfect place. As for China, never say never :).

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

“Men of Kent”?  Sounds interesting, I’ll look for it. I devoured Balzac and his “Human Comedy.” His characters are amazingly built, so true to life. My parents are fervent readers and I grew up surrounded with books.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

A novel, inspired by the trip to Brazil I mentioned before and a collection of flash-prose entitled “On My Way to Work”.

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

This is a tough one. It’s difficult to name only one. Pascal Brukner, Anais Nin, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Jim Morrison, for his poems and vision of world. I would probably ask him what would he do it he went go back in time: repeat the history or just stick to poetry?

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Mountains next to the ocean

Blueberries or cherries? Blueberries

Snickers or Skittles? Snickers

Happy or sad ending to a novel? It depends how you look at it. Right ending, the one that comes naturally.

Beer or wine? Wine

Flying or driving? Feeling like flying while driving

Edgar Allan Poe or Walt Whitman? Another tough one. Whitman!

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?

My soul mate and a biologist. A wide brim hat and my first published book, in paperback.

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?

I’d go back in time and pay a visit to Cleopatra, in Egypt. Talk about extraterrestrials, ancient wisdom, human nature, love, men, beauty, and seduction and feminine power.

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

Fulfill my mission. Being what I am supposed to be, doing what I am supposed to do, (from my soul’s perspective). Hope this comes along with that house on the beach, by the ocean.

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As the daughter of a French father and an Eastern European mother, A.G. is a natural born traveler, most of the time by imagination. She sees herself as a world citizen who crosses the imaginary frontiers between countries, wandering from place to place, admiring the beauty of the Earth, and feeling the warmth of the Sun, the caress of the waves, discovering the universal soul of mankind. She currently lives in Bucharest, Romania. The twelve stories included “Four Doors and Other Stories” portray love, in different forms and manifestations, as a self discovery path.

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Meet the Author: Lindy Spencer

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

Boomerang Effect on Smashwords

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Morgan Jane’s Interview of Jackson Paul Baer

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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