Meet the Author: Mindy Haig

Enjoy getting to know, Mindy Haig.

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

Makes you wonder!

Share your favorite passage from your book in one paragraph or less.

From Glory:

“He is what the Father made him, Kay.  He is Sammael, the last son of the Glory of God and the only divine Angel ever given a will of his own.  He is the Taker of Souls.  He is temptation.  He is Immortal.  He is my brother.”

Sammael looked up from where he knelt before the descendent of the first son of dirt.  The will of his father come to fruition after so many lifetimes of denial.

Nate inclined his head to him.  Then he turned and he walked out of that place whole with Kay in his arms.

Youve 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?

Well, I write because it keeps my brain active.  I enjoy doing the research and the whole creative process.  I guess if I had to chose I would continue to write.

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

That’s a hard choice.  If it was an actual town with a coffee shop, a diner, a grocery store, etc… and I could travel anywhere in the world, I would definitely choose that.  But I am a city slicker!  I like walking places.  I don’t like driving. I know I don’t have what it takes to live out in the rural country setting.  So if I have to drive 12 miles to the grocery store, that is a big no for me.

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

Airport.  I am a talker.  I talk to everyone.  And my one real talent in life is I am great at remembering names.  I can find someone I know everywhere!   Amusement park rides make me queasy, though I could probably live in Disney World for quite a while, especially if I could be one of the princesses!

And how about Australia or Scotland?

Probably Australia, but I haven’t been to either place so it’s hard to say!

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

I would say Pearl Jam.  Ten was the best album ever!  I like a huge variety of music, though.  I was a DJ in college, so there really is not much I won’t listen to.

Their new stuff is pretty good too 🙂

Is there any good band out there today that well talk about in 50 years?

Hmm.  Maybe Muse, they have a good sound and they are creative in their use of technology.

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

I don’t watch much television.  I would say my favorite comedy is The Big Bang Theory.

Honestly, I prefer cartoons to sitcoms!  Love cartoons! 

Is there anything youre currently working on?

I currently have six works in progress!  Two are sequels: The White Room is the sequel to The Wishing Place,  Forsaken is the sequel to Glory.  One is a YA novel called Undead 101, one is a thriller and the other two are more paranormal romance, which is what I write most frequently.

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

Douglas Adams was my favorite author of all time!

Christopher Moore is my favorite author who is still writing.  If I could ask him anything,

I would want to know which of his characters he sees as himself.  I think all authors put something of themselves into their character, whether it is something they would have liked to have been or done, or something they did and enjoyed.  Christopher Moore has had some really outrageous characters so I would want to know which one he is.

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Mountains (I am allergic to the ocean.  Weird, right?)

Yogurt or ice cream? Ice Cream, chocolate-peanut butter!

M & Ms or Skittles? M&M’s

The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? Neither

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy, always happy, but I am willing to take the long road to get to happy!

Beer or wine? Beer

Flying or driving? Flying

Hemingway or Twain? Poe.  Sorry, they just aren’t my style.

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 over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?

Well, right now my answer would be King Charles II of England. I am writing a flash back to his reign into Forsaken, leading up to the Great Fire of London in 1666 so I would love to be at the palace at Whitehall and experience the court.  I would ask him about his affairs and his many illegitimate children.  I would ask him about the posthumous decapitation of Oliver Cromwell.  He’s a very interesting character, there are many things I would like to ask!

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

Ok, this probably will seem off the wall, but if I could have one wish Round Rock, TX would have a Natatorium!  As the mom of 2 competitive swimmers, and a great lover of the sport, it has been my mission to try to make this happen!  I have said a number of times (and not even necessarily as a joke!) that if I could sell a million copies of my books, I would build it!  So there you have it.  I need to have a huge best seller so that the South Texas region of USA Swimming can have a Natatorium in Round Rock!  Swimming fans,Water Polo fans, Divers, pop right over to Amazon and buy my books

(Or I could hit the lotto.  We’d still get the Natatorium and the odds are probably similar!)

 

Mindy’s Bio

I am a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. I was born and raised in New Jersey so I am very much a city slicker. I moved to Florida to marry my sweetheart after college and marveled at how little there was to do and how much one had to drive to do it! But due to a job change and an abrupt move, we settled in Austin Texas where the mottos is ‘Keep Austin Weird’ and I try my best to uphold it!

I am the mother of 2 great kids and though writing has always been a pursuit I was interested in, being a Mommy got in the way for quite a few years. I decided I would give it a fair shake in 2009 and I haven’t been able to quit since.  I have a hard time stopping my ideas and when a seemingly great idea hits me – typically just as I am attempting to fall asleep – I am compelled to start an outline.

My 2 great talents are:

1. My remarkable ablilty to remember names – which has served me well.

2. My ability to remember lyrics from every song I ever heard in the 70’s and 80’s – which has not helped me in the slightest.

I have a quirky sense of humor and sometimes TV commercials crack me up.

I like the notion of things being ‘meant to be’ or somehow touched by the unexplainable, so that tends to be a theme in my writing. I also like the effect music has on one’s state of mind and the memories a song can recall.

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The photo is me with my lovely daughter, Delaney taken in August at the Roman Baths, Bath, England.  Delaney is an aspiring graphic artist! and she has done the cover art for The Messenger, Glory, Cybilla and Forsaken (coming in 2104)

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Meet the Author: Heather Jacobs

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to a fellow Pandamoon author. She’s bright, she’s inspired, and she’s ready to take the world by storm. Find a comfortable seat in the living room and enjoy getting to know, Heather Jacobs.

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You’re an author who is just now coming onto the scene. Tell us your favorite part about writing and your greatest struggle.

Time management. Like many others out there I have to maintain my full time gig. It’s sometimes hard to fit in the writing I have to do in order to finish a manuscript. I’m struggling with that right now on book two of my series. I’m so busy with the currently paying gig I can’t find the time to write.

My favorite part is easy. I love transporting myself into a whole different world and immersing myself in my characters’ lives. I love every character (even the villains) I’ve created. They are an extended family almost. I get to go places I never can/could outside of their worlds.

Share your favorite passage from your book in one paragraph or less.

One paragraph is hard, but this is one of my favorite parts. The entire scene is my favorite.

         “People say that your life flashes before your eyes before you die, but they’re wrong. It’s not your life that passes before you, it’s the regrets that do. It’s the regret you have for not telling that someone in your life just how important they are, and just how much you love them. It’s the regret that you didn’t live your life better. Or how you didn’t take that job.  It’s the regret that you weren’t a better person. Regrets. That’s all that flashed before my eyes as the line of rifles blasted off their rounds.” – Chapter 19

Youve 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?

Wow, you ask some really tough questions! LOL. I’d have to say never be a best-selling author and write forever. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and to be without it would be like losing a piece of my soul. I don’t need to sell thousands of books. I want to, but it’s not necessary to keep me writing.

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

Small town. I grew up in a small town and just knowing I can travel is enough for me. While I love learning and enjoyed college, I hated living on campus. So to be stuck on one would be horrible to me.

Okay, how about in a zoo or in a museum?

Simply because I fear being eaten by one of the animals because I accidentally fell into their enclosure I’m going to go with the museum. I also adore history so I’d never be bored.

And what about Alaska or Hawaii?

Alaska. But this was a very hard question. I want to visit both, but just knowing I handle cold better than heat, I went with Alaska. There’s also more available men.

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

Cowboy Mouth, but really only for their song “Jenny Says.” I used to sing that song all the freaking time. I also owned the Aqua CD. 🙂

Is there any good band out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

I’m really in love with Hugo (@HugoOfficial) right now. His song Bread and Butter was used in a Castle commercial and his version of 99 Problems is in the end credits of the new version of Fright Night (where I actually was first introduced to him). He’s active on social media and really responsive to fans. His album Old Tyme Religion is a must download. I enjoy all his songs. Apparently he’s working on finishing a second album right now.

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

Confession time for me: I’ve never seen The Office. That out of the way I’d have to say my favorite comedy is New Girl. I love the humor and I can totally relate to the characters as I’m in the same place in my life right now. Pushing 30, wondering what I want to do with the rest of my life.

Never seen The Office? 😦

Is there anything youre currently working on?

I’m currently working on the second book in the We the People series called Self-Evident Truths. I’m also working on a new story. Haven’t gotten very far into it, but I love the narrator Etta to pieces already.

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Mountains

Yogurt or ice cream? Ice Cream

Milky Way or Twix?  Can you really choose between chocolate like that? Ok. Twix.

The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? The Colbert Report

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Sad

Beer or wine?  Both. I drink wine more.

Flying or driving? Driving

Hemingway or Thoreau? 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?

Since my dog, Titan, acts like a person, he’ll be one, and my good friend Ashley would be the second. And I’d bring diet coke and a good book.

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 over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?

I’ve always wanted to meet Julius Caesar. In middle school and high school I was into Ancient History, particularly the Roman Empire, something fierce. Caesar was a military mastermind and I would just love to have a chat with him. Since I’ve also always wanted to go to Rome we’ll meet at his place. LOL.

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

This is a tough one. Not that I want more wishes or world peace (ok I do, but I wouldn’t wish for it. It’s something to be earned). Hmmm. Financial freedom. I don’t need to be wealthy just without bills is all. The freedom to travel and not worry about the expenses. 

 

Heather is a writer from Minnesota, USA with a penchant for penning political thrillers. Born and raised in the Midwest she has a deep appreciation for good television and good books to stave away the cold during those long Minnesota winter nights. Her debut l, We the People, will be out April 2014 from Pandamoon Publishing . She’s a fan of the television shows Grimm, Once Upon a Time, Bones, and Alias among others.

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Meet the Author: HMC

Today, we’re talking to an author who has grabbed my attention. She just released a book and is taking the social media world by storm. Her genre is similar to mine and as a reader and writer, I can’t wait to read her book. Sit back, lock your windows, and enjoy getting to know HMC.

 

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You’re the author of WHITE WALLS and the cover is brilliant! Share a line/passage with us that is particularly special to you.

Damon tried to stay calm in the face of Sam’s wrath.

 ‘That’s it! That’s all you’re going to tell me? That we’re going to be all right? What am I supposed to do? Just sit here and wait ’til something else happens? If you don’t tell me what this is about, right now, I’m going to tell Jade everything!’

Damon held his breath for a few seconds before speaking. ‘And who do you think they’re going to believe?’ He was good at being politely poisonous. ‘Yes, they may think both of us are crazy, but whose story sounds the craziest, Sam, yours or mine?’ He hated treating her this way, but it had to be done, and the guilt passed faster than he thought it would. It was for her own good. The more she knew, the deeper the trouble.

 ‘You bastard!’ Her eyes shone with angry tears.

George was sitting quietly in the corner and had obviously had about enough of this; he moved to leave. But before he could make good his escape, Sam caught him. ‘Where do you think you’re going?’

 ‘I’m going to make my presence known in the common room so that Anne doesn’t become too suspicious. Calm down before she hears us. You want to be the boss, fine – but stop being such a bitch, will you?’ Then he nodded at Damon and strode back to the safety of his guard chair.

Samantha Phillips surrendered. ‘Okay.’ She sat down on Damon’s bed.

‘I’m sorry,’ he said. ‘I’m sorry I can’t tell you what you want to know.’

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to live forever on minimum wage or till you’re fifty but extremely rich. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Oh no … now you’ve started something. We could be here all day!

Both of those options are terrible. Not because one is poor and because one dies, but because both options limit one’s opportunity to reach for more. The first option limits one’s ability to make money, and the second takes away one’s ability to use their talent, in order to make money.

Life is a game, money moves in and out of our lives, either with or without resistance, and abundance is something we all deserve. I believe in my own abundance, and that’s why I am where I am. To mess with fortune would take away a freedom that goes with the law of attraction, and in my opinion, the very nature of the universe. HA! Yep … hippy. I own it.

If I had to choose one, I’d wholeheartedly choose number two. I’ve been poor before, dirt poor, and it wasn’t so bad, but I can’t imagine living forever in the same body with the same life. I believe in reincarnation, and nothing is permanent. I’m not afraid of change … I’m more afraid of stagnation. 

That’s a better answer than the original question 🙂

If you could live on a college campus or in a small town, which one would you choose?

I’m an Australian. I’ve never experienced a college campus. We do have them here, but I have a choice of three universities (colleges) in a 30km radius of my house, so it’s often not necessary for us – unless, you come from overseas, or, live rurally.

So, I’d choose a college campus … just for the experience. 

Okay, how about Ireland or Spain?

Spain first! My family on my father’s side is Spanish. I have it down as one of my places to go. Ireland is on the list, too. I love the green, the countryside and the cold, so Ireland is a definite.

My wife and I went to Ireland last year. It was beautiful!

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

None of the above. Salt and Pepper and Boys to Men, all the way. I love metal, classical, rock, punk, RnB, Indie music – all of it. If you suck you suck, though.

And what about your favorite crime show (I love Law & Order: SVU & Criminal Minds)?

Right now it’s Breaking Bad, and Sons of Anarchy. They’re crime shows, right? Let’s say, ‘yes’.

I love Breaking Bad. I do need to catch up on this past season though 🙂

So, is there anything you’re currently working on?

Of course! Robert Mumpkin Myer and the Wish Makers is my childrens’ fantasy novel. It’s about to go to my editor. Also, I have two short stories on the go.

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

Bryce Courtenay. He was a brilliant Australian Author. He wrote the Power of One and many other successful books, my favourite being, ‘Jessica.’ I would ask him, ‘how did you write so well from the perspective of a woman?’  

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Mountains

Kiwi or oranges? Kiwi

Sweet or sour candy? Sweet

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy!

Beer or wine? Spirits

Flying or driving? Driving. (Insert cuss word here) flying.

Mark Twain or James Fenimore Cooper? We don’t study those authors in Australia, however I’d choose Mark Twain, because of ‘Tom Sawyer.’ Did you have to read learn about them in school? We study a lot of English authors, such as George Orwell. However, we did a big unit on F. Scott Fitzgerald, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Yes, though I didn’t study either of them until college. Most high schools, I believe, study Twain and possibly Cooper/Fitzgerald.

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

Two strangers and a machete. That way if I were desperate … I’d prefer my husband and daughter to be out looking for me.

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

I don’t know enough about your presidents to answer that one well. I’d probably say Obama, though. That guy is rad. At the White House, of course. Fly me to America, kids.

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

I wish I could remember that my happiness is my job – all the time. 

Thank you for your candid answers 🙂

 

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