Reader Interview Number Fourteen – Thaddeus White

Welcome to Thaddeus White

Where are you from? The United Kingdom (Yorkshire, more precisely)

On average how many books do you read in a month? It varies a bit, but two would probably be average. Recently I’ve not been reading as much. I was working on 2-3 projects at once, and when I got most of those done I really wanted to crack on with writing a book I’d postponed for a little while.

Why are books important to you and what does reading bring to your life? Well, I started reading at a very young age and can’t really imagine not doing so. Books bring a huge amount. It’s enjoyable escapism to read fiction, and history is fascinating stuff that happens to be educational. Reading stimulates the imagination more than any other medium, I think, because the author provides you with the skeleton of a story and your creativity has to add flesh to the bones.

What genres do you prefer and why? Most of the stuff I read is classical history or fantasy, but I do occasionally read science or science fiction. I find older history (Roman and Greek stuff) interesting, partly because it’s a whole different world and partly because if things had been a little different in the past the modern world would be wildly different (we might not be using the Latin alphabet, for example). Fantasy offers escapism, as well as being the genre which allows for the greatest degree of freedom and creativity. I love reading lore and how authors have put together their worlds.

Do you have a favourite book or author, why do you think you like this book/author so much? Picking a single author is tricky. Going for history, I’d probably say Theodore Ayrault Dodge is my favourite. His military biographies on Hannibal, Alexander and Caesar are fantastically detailed and festooned with useful maps, diagrams and illustrations. And, because he was a soldier in the American Civil War, he has a soldier’s mindset and I think that helps him interpret what happened and convey it to the reader.

What medium do you prefer – e-books, audiobooks or paper books? Would you care to expand on this? In a perfect world, paper books. I prefer the feel of a real book in my hand, but lack of space and lower cost/greater convenience means that most fiction I buy is electronic. For histories (partly because they often have maps/photos in and these don’t translate as well to an electronic format) I usually buy a physical copy.

How do you usually find the books you read? For example: recommendations from friends, promotion on social networks, your local library, following authors you already know? A mixture of ways. I often visit Amazon and find a book I really liked, then check what others who got it subsequently bought. Sometimes I’ll check the Kindle Store and see what’s recommended for me. For history I might want to find out more about a specific period or person and go searching for something to cover that particular subject. If I see free books advertised on Twitter I often download those.

Oh, and I also sometimes buy ones that are Book of the Month at the Indie Book Club on Goodreads. I’ve found a few good books that way.

When choosing a book what makes you stop and give it a second look?  What makes you turn away? Do you read reviews by others and if so do they influence the choice? I do check reviews and ratings, but the biggest advantage of e-books is that a sample can be downloaded. I do that quite a lot, because then I can see for myself, for free, what the book’s like and whether I like the writing style. If I simply don’t care what happens to the characters/story after that then I just don’t bother buying the full book.

What is the most important aspect in a book for you? Plot? Characterisation? Well written etc.? Characters. I’d rather read about an interesting and witty fellow doing his tax returns than the most boring man on Earth saving the world in a tedious way. Obviously the other stuff matters too, but that’s top of the list for me.

What aspects turn you off from a book? Are there things you avoid? Ahem, this may be a long answer. Deus ex machina really annoys me (this is when a bunch of loose ends are conveniently tied up by a contrived plot device that comes from nowhere). It renders the whole plot practically meaningless and is pretty hackneyed (even in classical history audiences loathed it, and it got its name because an actor playing a god would descend on the theatre and sort out an overly complicated plot in the last few minutes).

When authors try and ram their own brand of politics or morality into the reader’s face it’s irksome. This can sometimes happen in history when modern morality gets imposed on the ancient world.

I also like fiction that has a bit of humour. Not a laugh-a-minute (although I do read comedy sometimes) but just to show that the characters/world is credible. I can suspend disbelief for dragons and magic and elves, but not for a world where nobody takes the piss or makes sarcastic remarks.

Do you think bricks and mortar bookshops are in decline? Absolutely. It’s not hard to see why, and it’s more surprising to me that it isn’t happening more quickly. Books are perfect for an electronic format, and delivery is almost instantaneous. Plus, websites have enormous stock which can’t be matched by the confines of a physical store. I do think it’s a little sad, but there’s only one bookshop within walking distance of my house. It’s small, cramped and has a poor selection. The alternative is a bus into town, which takes (there and back) an hour or more, and a fiver. For that I could download at least two decent e-books in a few minutes.

Author interview and special guest Janet Morris

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Today I am delighted to welcome Janet Morris, author of some of the best heroic fantasy and historical fiction around. She is a very busy lady and the Library of Erana is honoured that she has found time to be interviewed.

‘Life to you and everlasting glory.’

Janet’s bio: Janet Morris began writing in 1976 and has since published more than 30 novels, many co-authored with her husband Chris Morris or others. Her debut novel, written as Janet E. Morris, was High Couch of Silistra, the first in a quartet of character-driven novels with a female protagonist. According to original publisher Bantam Books, the Silistra quartet had over four million copies in print when the fourth volume, The Carnelian Throne was published. Charles N. BrownLocus, is quoted on the Baen Books reissues of the series as saying, “Engrossing characters in a marvelous adventure.”

Morris has contributed short fiction to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves World, in which she created the Sacred Band of Stepsons, a mythical unit of ancient fighters modeled on the Sacred Band of Thebes.

She created, orchestrated, and edited the Bangsian fantasy series Heroes in Hell, writing stories for the series as well as co-writing the related novel, The Little Helliad, with Chris Morris. 

Most of her fiction work has been in the fantasy and science fiction genres, although she has also written historical and other novels. Her 1983 book “I, the Sun”, a detailed biographical novel about the Hittite King Suppiluliuma I was praised for its historical accuracy; O.M. Gurney, Hittite scholar and author of “The Hittites,”[2] commented that “the author is familiar with every aspect of Hittite culture.”[3]

Morris has written, contributed to, or edited several book-length works of non-fiction, as well as papers and articles on non-lethal weapons, developmental military technology and other defense and national security topics.

Here’s an excerpt from Chris’ Wikipeia bio: Chris Morris began writing music in 1966, fiction in 1984, and nonfiction in 1989. Much of his fiction and nonfiction literary work, including all of his book-length science fiction and fantasy, has been written in collaboration with his wife Janet Morris, with whom he has also written two novels under the joint pseudonym of Daniel Stryker and one novel under the pseudonym of Casey Prescott. He has contributed short fiction to the shared universe series Thieves’ WorldHeroes in Hell, and Merovingen Nights. He has also co-authored with Janet Morris four titles in The Sacred Band of Stepsons saga.

Chris Morris has also authored song lyrics and melodies. Notably, Chris served as chief songwriter, singer, and leader of the “Christopher Morris Band”, formed in 1976, whose first members were Chris Morris, Janet Morris, Leslie Kuipers and Vince Colaiuta. The first “Christoper Morris Band” album, produced by Al Kooper of Blood, Sweat and Tears fame and featuring the Tower of Power horn section, was titled the Christoper Morris Band (MCA 2282), and released by MCA Records in 1977. The album’s nine songs, all of which are sung by Morris, included eight songs written or co-written by him. TheChristopher Morris Band album was reviewed by Ken Tucker in Rolling Stone Magazine.[1] and in GIG Magazine.[2] The Christopher Morris Band album was also one of Billboard Magazine‘s “Top Album Picks” (7/16/77)[3] and listed by WBCN Boston as among WBCN’s “52 Heaviest Records for 1977.”[4] TheChristopher Morris Band album was also reviewed in Record World, July 23, 1977.[5] The Christopher Morris Band was reviewed after their first major live performance as a headliner in The Boston Globe by Tom Long.[6] Previous to that, Chris Morris was the band leader, and the original Christopher Morris Band was the core back-up band, for Al Kooper’s 1976-1977 “Act Like Nothing’s Wrong” national tour.

In the realm of nonfiction writing, Chris Morris has authored books and articles on military and defense matters in collaboration with Janet Morris and others. Chris Morris served as Research Director and Senior Fellow (1989–1994) at the United States Global Strategy Council, as well as Adjunct Fellow at theCenter for Strategic and International Studies (1993–1995). At USGSC, Morris co-authored the nonlethal weapons concept and the seminal paper,Nonlethality: A Global Strategy,[7] and co-led the USGSC’s Nonlethality Policy Review Group. Events surrounding Morris’s work in the nonlethal weapons area are chronicled in Chapter 15 of War and Anti-War, by Alvin Toffler and Heidi Toffler, (Little, Brown, 1993). In 1998-1999, Chris Morris was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Nonlethal Technologies and his views are reflected in the associated report, Nonlethal Technologies: Progress and Prospects, Council on Foreign Relations, 1999. He served in 2003-2004 as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Nonlethal Weapons,[8] which produced the report Nonlethal Weapons and Capabilities in 2004.

So enough of what wiki has to say, here is the interview 🙂

You have been in the business of writing for many years, where did this desire to write spring from? I have been writing as long as I can remember, juvenile poetry, stories.  I edited a school newspaper, for which I wrote a fiction serial, when I was in the sixth grade;  I wrote my first book when twenty-five, and that first draft became my first professional sale.

Where do you find your inspiration? Inspiration is everywhere, from life itself, and in why people and nature behave as they do.  Human life, animal life, behavior and the human condition fascinate me.  I especially like myth and fantasy because they allow me more freedom to say what I want without concern to transient political correctness.

Research is an important part of world-building, not to mention essential in historical fiction. Do you enjoy this aspect of creating a novel? Are there any sources you favour?  I love doing historical research and technical research for my books.  I have always been one to delve deeply into what interests me.  Research takes me much deeper into most subjects than my reader wants or needs to go, but makes my characters authoritative.  One should write what one knows about:  in fantasy or science fiction, and even myth or historical writing, incontrovertible knowledge can only be taken so far.  Since I write nonfiction as well, I know the difference.  For mythic and historical writing, I like the ancient sources.  I find the earliest sources I can find, and when the inevitable contradictions arise among previous works, I always choose the most ancient source:  the ancients weren’t trying to confuse us:  what they said was told-for-true.  Even with science, there is no static truth:  once there were nine planets in our solar system; everyone knew that; now there are eight.  Facts change.  As one of my characters said, “What’s true today may not be true tomorrow.”  For later reference materials, I think my two favorite source books for the ancient world are still Pritchard’s The Ancient Near East and the Cambridge Ancient History, followed closely by the Oxford Classical Dictionary.  As for science and technology, I’m still involved with s&t issues, so I keep current but for fiction, the speed of change in technology is not helpful or useful.  Good fantasy or good science fiction need to extrapolate from whatever base contains the subject of the story.

Of all your characters do you have a favourite? My favorite characters are, for heroic fiction, Tempus and Niko, one of his Sacred Band.  For science fiction, Det Cox from Outpassage, which we are just now republishing in an Author’ Cut edition, and for historical, Suppiluliumas of Hatti, whose annals I used in creating the biographical novel, I, the Sun.  I usually love or hate a character if I want to write that character’s story.  I’m working on Rhesos of Thrace, whose story will take me places I have long wanted to go:  into the depths of the Iliad, and farther realms; like my other choices, he has unique sensibilities.

What ground-breaking events have happened in your books? In our various books, we have written what Kaler in The Picara calls the first true prostitute in sf/fantasy, Estri.  In the Sacred Band of Stepsons we introduced the Sacred Band concept of male/male lovers, including a kiss between Tempus and a priest which may well have been the first erotic male/male kiss in fantasy.  In the 40-Minute War, written in the 1980s,  we postulated an attack on the US capitol by Islamic extremists using a commercial jetliner, predicting 9/11 but with worse repercussions; we predicted the unification of Germany in MEDUSA.  In the Kerion Consortium/Dream Dancer books we envisioned “spongespace” and now discussions of “spacetime foam” suggest that a similar structure exists at the micro level.  I think probably the Sacred Band of Stepsons, begun in Thieves’ World, and the Silistra series, were the most controversial, because of their sexual stances and views of male and female roles, incest, pansexuality, violence and passion in general.

Do you self-edit? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? My first book was bought as a first draft with a request by Fred Pohl for only one addition, and that book’s New York Times review praised everything but the addition I made at Fred’s request.  My second book had a UK and US editor, both of which wanted one change, which resulted in a prologue.  Beyond that, my editorial support throughout my career has been primarily copy-editing.  I have helped other writers with their editing, I enjoy editing.  I was offered my own imprint by a major NY publisher and didn’t take it.  As an acquisitions editor I have produced volumes that several yielded award nominees and an award winner.  When my own books are in process, or in my co-writes, Chris Morris is my live-in editor:  he reads every line aloud and we argue about changes as we go along, so that by the time the book is finished, all necessary editing has been done except continuity checks and copy-editing.

Would you like to say a little about the striking cover art on your books? I hated my science fantasy and science fiction covers, and even my historical and thriller covers.  My favorite cover was on a pseudonymous “novel” – a novel, in those days, was a book which transcended genre.  So, having had much art history in college, when we got cover control for the Perseid books, we chose to use classical art and ancient art.  We match the cover art we choose from the entire catalogue of human art now available as public domain, and use a book designer.  For the first time, for Outpassage, we commissioned new art, from Vincent DiFate, classic artist of so much great science fiction and movie art:  this book needed a classic sf cover, being a hard-rocking sf novel in the grand tradition, and Vincent gave us a cover we adore:  perfect for the story, which is part military sf, part visionary and metaphysical sf, but first and foremost a surprising and rollicking sf adventure.

Who are your influences? My influences are still what I first encountered in childhood, what my mother read to me because my parents had classical educations and didn’t believe in children’s books per se:  Shakespeare, Spenser, Marlowe, Bullfinch, Milton, Byron, Homer, Hesiod, Euripides, Dante.  Later I devoured all myth books in the libraries of three nearby towns; read C.S. Lewis. Mary Renault and Burroughs and Asimov and Verne.  My father took me to my first science fiction society meeting when I was thirteen.  I was and am a voracious reader.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? We hope we bring total immersion:  that you touch, hear, taste, smell our stories; that you encounter the innermost thoughts of those different from yourself, and learn why they feel the way they do.  We try to materialize the world we want to visit, write a door and walk through it, and bring you with us, into an adventure and exploration that no movie or video game can provide, where you experience life through other temperaments.

What is your opinion on authors commenting on reviews? Often I’d like to comment on today’s reviews, and sometimes I am certain others should, but since my initial experience with reviewers was with paid reviewers for major newspapers and periodicals, I make it a practice not to comment.  If they say something good, then great.  If they say something bad, that’s their opinion.  If they say something stupid, or review the same book two different ways for two different outlets (yes, it happens), then people will see that for themselves.  Like any other writer, I’m thrilled with a good review, hurt by less.  For many years, I refused to look at reviews at all, no matter how good, and told my publishers not to send them to me.  Now the world has changed, and reviews have a different importance.

Do you plan your stories or are you more of a ‘pantser’? I never start to write unless I’m already enthralled by character, story, idea and point to be made.  I spend lots of time getting ready, reading related nonfiction, staring at the ceiling.  I don’t outline, beyond perhaps chapter titles, if that.  I know exactly where the story will end, but I allow it to get there as it chooses, if that is possible.  In some mythic or legendary or historical fiction, events serve as guidespots, and there I must write to whatever eclipse or famine or war came when.

Do you have any advice to share with new writers? I tell new writers to write with passion, with clarity, with brevity, with immediacy.  Find a character and listen to that character; find a voice and let the voice take you onward.  There are only a few plots:  it is how you tell your story that makes it great.  I ask writers to give me a synopsis of their story, and to refrain from writing until the story MUST get out.  I tell writers to take chances, not be derivative if they can help it; read in their topic area until they feel in control of all their data, then put 10% of that data in the story:  what you need to know, as writer, is far more than what the reader needs to know.  But you DO need to know it.  All writers should strive for greatness, from their very first line.  Better to grasp for brilliance and fail, then to waste time writing less than your transcendent best.

Do you have any marketing tips you would like to share? I was very lucky with High Couch of Silistra, and marketing was thrust upon me, not something I did, but something that happened to me at a publisher’s behest.  Now, with Perseid Press, a publisher producing “books for experienced readers,” we continue our tradition of reaching high, taking chances, hoping for brilliance, not only from our own work, but from the work of others we publish.  So I’m not the one to ask how to break into a genre beyond suggesting that a great book will find its way, and live longer in the end than trash purposely written to be trash and chase a trashy market.  Write your best, put it out there, let people know it’s there, and keep writing more.

Most authors like to read, what books do you enjoy? I love ancient history, third to first millennium bce; ancient near east is my favorite.  I love books about the nature of the cosmos, nonfiction books; I love philosophical problems of space and time.  I love archaeology.  I love the heroic model, and pre-Socratic philosophy most of all.  SO mostly I read source materials, nonfiction, though I am still reading certain authors of fiction and plays, whose work is central to the Western Canon.

During your life what has been your favourite and your least favourite job and why? I think my least favorite job was mailing posters for a comic book company.  My favorite job was research director and senior fellow of the U.S. Global Strategy Council in Washington.

Do you think either of these gave you inspiration to write, or served you well in this profession? Sending out super-hero posters may have taught us something, but nowhere near what we learned in a long-term strategic planning think tank, which led Chris and me to international travel and exposure to governments and technology and minds at the highest levels humanity could then produce.  USGSC led to us write Nonlethality:  A Global Strategy; to becoming the architects of several nonlethal weapons programs and serving on the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Nonlethal Weapons, and becoming subject matter experts on foreign technologies. Although I still believe that our fiction is the most important work we do, there are people alive today who wouldn’t have survived if nonlethal weapons weren’t developed and disseminated, and for our part in that, we’re grateful.

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? I weigh less than my dog.

Any author profiles, websites etc. you want to add….

Our website is still in process.  We have several open FaceBook pages, most for different books, one for Janet Morris and Chris Morris.  We have a blog called sacredbander.com which we sometimes use.

Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Janet-Morris/e/B001HPJJB8

Book Links http://www.amazon.com/I-Sun-Janet-Morris-ebook/dp/B00CLH393U

http://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Band-Janet-Morris/dp/1937035034

http://www.amazon.com/Man-His-Sacred-Band-Stepsons-ebook/dp/B008MZ1T14

http://www.amazon.com/Rogues-Hell-Heroes-Janet-Morris-ebook/dp/B008JZCFMO

http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Sanctuary-Janet-Morris-ebook/dp/B00GU0FPDG

http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Wizardwall-Janet-Morris-ebook/dp/B00GU0FH6G

http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Veil-Janet-Morris-ebook/dp/B00GU0FIG0

Author Interview Number Eighteen – Pamela Boles Eglinski

Welcome to Pamela Boles Eglinski

Please tell us a little about yourself  I was born in San Francisco and raised on the Peninsula. When I was in first grade, my father purchased an acre of land in the foothills overlooking the bay, and built our home. It was a beautiful location and provided us with a “playground” of pastures and hills.

My mother was a huge influence on my writing. She wrote books for children but unfortunately none were published. I wish I had those manuscripts now. They would be such a wonderful keepsake.

I earned my academic degrees in education, history, and art history. I hold three masters degrees and use every bit of them each day. In particular, I’ve made use of my research skills and knowledge of Asia. My novels reflect my passion for the Orient.

I’ve been writing fiction for twelve years. Before that, I was a non-profit manager, fundraiser, and university teacher. I worked for Save the Children-US, for a number of years and that fueled my passion for global issues with a focus on women and girls.

I live in Lawrence, Kansas, home of the University of Kansas, about thirty-five miles from Kansas City, Missouri.

Please tell us a little about your writing. I’ve written two novels and two short anthologies. Each novel is in a different genre: romantic suspense, suspense, and time-travel/historical. Big publishing houses would not allow me that freedom. They prefer an author remain in the same genre and not mix the genres within a single book. Given my genre rich style, I believe e-publishing is ideal for me. It allows me to genre-switch and genre-blend.

All of my novels feature my female Indiana Jones, Catalina Syrah, and her partner Nicholas Bonhomme, agent with the French Directorate. The antagonist is Gul Mazeer, collaborator with the renewed ancient Assassin Cult. I’ve purposefully created a woman of strength, with a bit of the fantastic – just like Indy.

My first novel (in a series of at least three books), is Return of the French Blue. This book qualifies as romantic suspense and establishes my characters and their relationship. As a ninety-year old friend of mine recently said, after reading the novel, “Pam, I never imagined you were familiar with those body parts! The swimming pool sex … wow!”

A little background on the novel: Louis XIV initially purchased the French Blue diamond. It was ultimately sold to the Hope family. But (and here comes the fiction) there were “baby-blues” that were strung into a necklace of astonishing beauty. The necklace is the focus of the novel. Not wanting to spoil the story, I will stop here.

Novel number two, She Rides with Genghis Khan, features Catalina and Bonhomme in a quest to secure the ancient Buddha Jewel. Mazeer relentlessly pursues them across the ancient Silk Road. Oh, and yes, she does ride with Genghis Khan. The novel is filled with adventure and suspense, including a fantastic ending—a blend of genres not unlike Raiders of the Lost Ark.

To prepare for novel number three, When the Eunuchs Ruled, I traveled to China in March. This novel will again blend two genres: time-travel and historical fiction. I like shaking up the genres from novel to novel. It challenges my writing skills and keeps my characters fresh.

Where can readers find your book. My books are readily available at http://www.amazon.com They may be purchased in paperback or digital format. See: Pamela Boles Eglinski, on Amazon, and you’ll find all four of my books. If you don’t own a Kindle, and want to read a digital copy, just download the Kindle app to your computer, and read the book off your laptop, cell phone, iPad, or whatever.

Why did you choose the genres in which you write? Curiously, I think my characters chose the genres. Return of the French Blue takes place on the French Riviera – what better place for romance? She Rides with Genghis Khan covers a lot of territory … from Afghanistan to Mongolia. Suspense haunts the modern-day caravan across the ancient Silk Road. Mazeer stalks Catalina and Bonhomme throughout the novel, right up to the fantastic ending. And, my third novel When the Eunuchs Ruled, (which is yet to be published), gives me the opportunity to write historical fiction and time travel. Actually, you could say that all of my novels take not-so-well-known-fact and mold it into a gripping story that is purely fiction.

Can you name a positive experience from your writing and a negative one? Writing is an absolute joy and pleasure. I never suffer from writer’s block. There is always an exciting story churning in my head. Writing provides me with a world of my own making, where I direct the characters in life-threatening adventures.

Spelling is my nemesis.  Microsoft Word corrects some of my spelling errors, but not all. I get into a lot of trouble with my editor and proofreader. They can’t believe a writer can be so spelling and grammatically lame. It’s a heavy burden. 😉

With the rise of e-books, do you still publish in print as well? Is this medium important and why? We live in time of enormous change in the publishing world. Many say it is comparable to the age of Guttenberg and the advent of movable type. I believe them. In 2014, it’s forecast that digital books will outnumber those sold in print. The movement to digital books has occurred at warp-speed … in fact, so fast that it astounds us all. Many traditional publishing houses and big bookstores have not been able to keep pace, hence the merging of publishers (we are down to five big publishing houses in the US) and the demise of Borders and perhaps Barnes & Noble. Amazon was way ahead of the curve – powering up with the Kindle, Createspace (for print-on-demand books), and the resources for global distribution. They recently rounded out the ideal virtual bookstore by purchasing Goodreads – a forum of fifteen million readers and writers who are interested in like-minded people, book reviews, discussion groups, and easy and immediate purchasing.

I publish in both paperback and digital format. There will always be a desire, and a need, for hard-copy books. I hope we never lose our passion to hold a good book in our laps and thumb through the pages. There is something enduring about that scene. It’s a pleasure that I don’t want to lose.

Do you listen to music or watch TV whilst you write?

I’m distracted by music and TV, however I need some background noise so I leave the TV on during the day with the sound adjusted to a low rumble. That’s good for my psyche too, as writing is a solitary business, and I need to feel connected to the world even though it may be through a low roar. That said, I played Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes, and the sound track from the movie French Kiss, the entire time I wrote Return of the French Blue. Again, the volume was so low I couldn’t detect the words … just the quite tunes in the background.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie cannot? Books and movies are two very different forms of entertainment. When I read, my imagination goes wild. I conjure up the scenes. I cast the characters. I hear their voices. If I read a book first and then see the movie (based on the book), I am sure to be disappointed. However, if you turn that around … it’s not so bad. For example, I saw the Life of Pi, on a recent flight from Hong Kong to San Francisco. It was magic! When I got home, I read the book. The movie helped me envision the scenes better than I could have done on my own, and that is due to supreme cinematography and the incredible imagination of the director.

What advice would you give new writers? Practice your craft and engage in writers’ critique groups. This is how you learn to write well. If you love to write … keep at it!

Most authors also like to read, what books do you enjoy? I love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I always “clear the decks” when one of her 1000 page tomes is released. I love her characters, the historical wrap, the tension she creates between characters, and suspense. I also enjoy the suspense-packed novels of James Rollins. I loved Dan Brown’s novels until his last two. Oh, and let’s not forget Michael Crichton’s Timeline, Congo, and Jurassic Park. I recently read Lisa See’s Shanghai Girls, and have become a real fan of her writing. There are so many more, but I’ll stop there.

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself I learned my ABC’s before my older brother, and have never let him forget it.

New book release I will publish a second anthology in October. Watch for Father’s Fried Egg Sandwiches. It is a companion to Mother’s Red Fingernail Polish, which is currently available on Amazon.

Both books feature six delightful stories. Each one showcases humor and adventure in the world around us. You’ll discover lives well lived, challenges taken, a person remembered, and laughter earned. The reviews of Mother’s Red Fingernail Polish are glowing, and I believe Father’s Fried Egg Sandwiches will be reviewed just as well.

Please enjoy these delightful little books at the wonderful price of ninety-nine cents.

Looking for Pam? Look no further.

Website: http://www.pamelaboleseglinski.com

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