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, 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, 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, C. K. Phillips

Enjoy getting to know, C. K. Phillips:

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

Creative

Suspenseful

Believable

Your book, The Survival Initiative, was released in June, 2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

We stepped up our pace and were almost sprinting. We turned a corner and were stunned by the scene in front of us. Miami Police blocked the roads. Behind them, we could see heavy dark smoke and flames shooting into the sky. It was bedlam and people were running everywhere. The sounds of sirens mingled with the panicked screams of people scrambling away from devastation that just a short time ago had been a modern mall. Looking closer, we saw emergency personnel carrying stretchers to waiting ambulances, which, as soon as were filled, left the scene with sirens blazing. We heard the thump, thump, thump of numerous news helicopters circling overhead.

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?

Best selling author

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?

Amusement Park

And how about Australia or Scotland?

Australia

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

Hootie & the Blowfish

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

Dave Matthews Band

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?

Yes. Research for a 4th novel un-named as of now.

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

Clive Cussler: As an unknown indie author from a small town, what steps would you recommend I take in order to get reviews and increase recognition?

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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? Stephen Colbert

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?

Food & water; My wife Cindi and grandson Tyler.

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 like to sit down with Leonardo da Vinci to discuss all his scientific concepts that were so far ahead of his time. I would want to go to his place to view all his drawings/concepts.

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

That my wife would regain good health.

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K. Phillips is a (mostly) retired educator who is an avid reader. COMES THE AWAKENING was his first novel and introduced the series featuring Phil and Cyndi Kent along with retired special forces agent Bill Lander. Phillips’ second book in the Kents/Lander series was ECHOES OF SKELETONS PAST. He has now completed the third in the series: THE SURVIVAL INITIATIVE. Although he implies no comparison to them, he points to Cussler, Baldacci, Brown, and Grisham as some who have inspired him to write. He lives with his wife in Southeast Tennessee and welcomes your comments here, C. K. Phillips Email.


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Meet The Author, Cerynn McCain

All the way from the Pacific Northwest, please welcome, Cerynn McCain:

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

Um… Dark, Fantasy, Intricate.

Your book, Inhibited, was released on April 5th, 2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

“Living souls don’t belong to anyone.” He hissed at The General, and his fire burned the cabin around us. “She’s not yours to own.” “She’s been mine since birth.”
The General lunged at the flaming man, but he danced out of the way of the knife. Fire poured from his hands, and consumed The General. Fire wouldn’t kill him, but it slowed him down. The General’s eyes met mine as his sick laugh rose over the flames.
“You will be mine. I found you once. I’ll find you again.”

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?

Keep writing, I would go insane if I couldn’t write.

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. I already live in a small town, and I love it, so that wouldn’t
be hard.

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

Amusement park. I’m really not a fan of airports.

And how about Australia or Scotland?

Scotland! Oh I’d love to go to Scotland.

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

I’m not really a music person, so I don’t think I know any 90’s bands. I’ve probably
heard them, but I doubt I could name them.

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

Again, not really a music person, so I’m not sure.

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

Friends. I have the whole series memorized.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I’m working on the sequel to Inhibited.

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

It’s a tie between three. Frank Peretti. Karen Kingsbury, and George R.R. Martin. I
would ask what inspires their stories. They’re all complex and unique, and I just
want to understand!

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Mountains. Preferably with a view of water, but mountains all the way.

Yogurt or ice cream? Chips and Salsa. I don’t like yogurt or ice cream.

M & M’s or Skittles? Still Chips, I don’t like sweets.

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Jimmy Fallon.

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Sad Endings stick with you longer. If it breaks my soul, I love it.

Beer or wine? Coffee. But if I have to pick, I would say I don’t know, I haven’t really had either.

Flying or driving? Driving. But someone else driving so I can write.

Hemingway or Twain? Twain. I grew up with Twain and wasn’t intruduced to Hemingway until much later and have a hard time getting into his stuff. It’s all good, I just struggle.

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?

Survival Kit and a Knife, with my mom who’s a nurse, and my friend who’s a
Marine.

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?

Queen Victoria. Her place. We’d talk about queenly things. Research for my books.

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

To be who God wants me to be in the lives of others.

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Meet The Author, Jan Maher

Enjoy getting to know, Jan Maher:

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

The extraordinary ordinary.

Your book, Earth As It Is, was released in January of 2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

While Anne was asking Mrs. Hesher the secret to making a hearty, lump-free sauce so she could surprise Charlie with biscuits and gravy for supper that night, Charlie was sitting at Anne’s dressing table, reminiscing about his mother’s dress and fox fur. He couldn’t know that Mrs. Hesher was dabbing a big of cologne behind Anne’s ears, counseling her with a wink and a twinkle in her eye to woo her husband with the scent. He couldn’t know she was sending Anne on her way home at that very moment.

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, definitely.

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. I’ve already chosen!

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

I would go bonkers in either one. I’m an introvert and I need quiet and fresh air.

And how about Australia or Scotland?

Scotland.

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

You realize I’m 71, right? That said, Pearl Jam came out of Seattle, where I lived for decades, and their members did a lot of good in the community with their money, so I’ve always appreciated them for that. In our house, Weird Al was probably the one we most agreed on across the generations. I remember liking some of Rage Against the Machine.

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

I don’t know enough of the contemporary music scene to answer that, but I bet we’ll still be talking about the Beatles in another 50 years.

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

Colbert.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

A sequel to my first two novels, and a collection of short stories.

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

Toni Morrison. I would ask her what question she would most like to be asked.

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Ocean

Yogurt or ice cream?  Ice cream

M&M’s or Skittles?  No

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Colbert

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happyish

Beer or wine?  Wine

Flying or driving?  Train

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?

My spouse and my nephew (who is studying wilderness survival); a blank journal and a good knife.

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?

Vaclav Havel, my house, to talk about courage and creativity in times of repression and how he managed to become the world’s first playwright president.

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

Planetary health.

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Jan Maher’s novel Earth As It Is is published by Indiana University Break Away Books. Other writing credits include a novel, Heaven, Indiana; plays Ismene & Intruders,  and Most Dangerous Women: Bringing History to Life through Readers’ Theater. She holds a PhD from The Union Institute and University in Interdisciplinary Studies and is a senior scholar at the Institute for Ethics in Public Life, State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Her website address is http://www.janmaher.com. She is on Twitter and Facebook as well.