Don't Show, Don't Tell (Author Interview)




Don’t Show, Don’t Tell looks like a great collection of shorts.  Any plans to turn it into a series?    
All of the stories in Don’t Show, Don’t Tell are individual stories surrounding various conspiracy theories and imagined worlds. There are a couple of stories that are connected to one-another, but besides that, they are all separate stories with their own plotline. I do hope to write another collection of short stories in the same dystopian genre, but I do not plan on having them be a continuation of these existing stories. I am also currently working on a novel in the same genre that I hope to release later this year!

How did you come up with the stories in Don’t Show, Don’t Tell?  
I have always loved conspiracy theories and questioning everything that exists around us, and I was taught by a college professor that one way to start a story is to write a ‘What if’ question. This became my focal point in writing these stories because I would begin to think about the things that are told to us or the things that we see and ask myself, ‘what if…?’ From there, I began writing, and the stories turned into what they are today!

What will readers get out of your book?
Readers will get a new outlook on life, an awakening that will open their eyes and show them some truths that are hidden and disguised in our world. They will have the thrill of reading a short story with the added bonus of experiencing a different take on the way that we live every single day. From the way that we run our social media accounts to the way the news is portrayed to us, these stories cover it all.

What inspired you when writing Don’t Show, Don’t Tell?   
One of my biggest inspirations was Shane Dawson because, to be honest, I fell down a pit hole of his conspiracy theory videos on YouTube. I have always loved the dystopian genre such as 1984, and I truly believe that there are things that we ignore that are hidden just beyond the surface. Through all of this, I began to write down every question that I had about our world, and that is how these stories were made.

When writing Don’t Show, Don’t Tell did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
Before I learned the ‘what if’ method, I struggled with what most writers struggle with: writer’s block. I had so many ideas floating around in my head that I didn’t know where to start. Once I began writing down my questions, my ideas were able to be contained and flow out into the stories.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I am currently finishing my last semester of student teaching. Next year, I will be a middle school teacher because I love to help kids achieve their goals and see their full potential just as teachers did for me in school. Aside from that, I am an avid reader, a big fan of Stephen King, and an artist. While I don’t do art full-time, I do like to do it as a form of creative output and relaxation.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
Readers can find out more about my work through my Instagram (@abigail_lanee) where I post about my writing and life in general as well as my Facebook account (Abigail Lane). My collection is currently sold through Amazon in both Kindle and paperback version. It is free for those with Kindle Unlimited as well.





Steel Reign (Author Interview)




Steel Reign looks like a great science fiction book. Any plans to turn this into a series? 
Steel Reign represents a segue novel that will connect the two worlds of my Scifi Universe of THE RED GEMINI CHRONICLES. It takes place in a nearby galaxy called Proxima Centauri, where two twin Red Dwarf stars have gone Supernova and merged with one another. This happened in the previous series called THE STAR-CROSSED SAGA, which won multiple awards for science fiction, including Readers’ Favorite, CLS International Book Awards, and Literary Titan Book of the month. This was a trilogy that spanned both Proxima Centauri and our galaxy, The Milky Way. Once it was completed, the main characters of the story, William and Sydney, relocated back to Proxima Centauri on William’s homeworld of Fabricius. That's where William now reigns as the king and faces challenges from the neighboring five Houses and mercenary factions spread across ten Inner and Outer Colony planets. They would all love to conquer Fabricius since it has the most optimal living conditions and, therefore, prime resources. 
I was inspired to write Steel Reign’s story because once I finished with THE STAR-CROSSED SAGAS TRILOGY of books, PROTOSTAR, SUPERNOVA, and SOLSTICE, I wanted to build out this fabricated universe of mine and I needed to have a fulcrum on which to work from. Steel’s character was so impressive that I chose to build an exposition narrative through him to smoothly transition readers into the next phase of my storytelling. Steel Reign is a Bounty Hunter that was introduced in THE STAR-CROSSED SAGA and had a growing character story arc in book three SOLSTICE. The story, in particular, STEEL REIGN: FLIGHT OF THE STARSHIP CONCORD, builds on his character development and provide more history of Proxima Centauri and sets up the more extensive series that I am working on called THE RED GEMINI CHRONICLES, which I compare to a Game of Thrones in Space.  

What can you tell us about the main character, Steel Reign? 
Like the tagline of the book says, Steel Reign was a spy, turned thief, and then turned hero (a reluctant one at that), who helped to fight back the Dagmans Clan in THE STAR-CROSSED SAGA. He now finds himself in a race for his life as he attempts to free his long-lost sister Olia from the clutches of a Space Pirate while trying to save himself from a dangerous disease he contracted over the years that is threatening to take his life. In an attempt not to give much of the story away, Reign is a complex character who was an orphan early in life and never quite found his sense of purpose. That is, until being recruited by the Thieves and Spy guild, where he found sanctuary in a surrogate family of similar members. As he developed over the years, Reign came into his own and followed a tattered path, where he built a laundry list of regrets and pain from experiences through rogue missions that he participated in.   

Why did you decide to become a writer, and is there any crossover between your other books? 
I was called to be a writer back in 2010 during a Sunday service at church. I was in a bit of a rut, working my gig as a full-time physical therapist and the preacher said that God was talking to him and was telling him that He wanted to use someone to do something special, and use it as a testimony of what can be done when someone acts on faith. So I started praying and asking God what He wanted me to do, and I distinctly heard Him say, ‘write a book.’
Up to his point, I had never written anything in my life, and the idea of taking on such an arduous task was daunting, to say the least. But after sketching out a quick outline on the back of one of the pamphlets at church, I went home and did the diligence of researching what it all entailed. And before you know it, I was on my way. Three months later, I was looking at a 90 thousand word rough draft of PROTOSTAR. 

How did you come up with the story in Steel Reign? 
Who doesn’t love a bad guy, turned good, right? It’s the original prose of writing where you try to force the reader into believing the unthinkable and fall in love with either the character or the story. Reign gave me a chance to do both since I had already built out THE STAR-CROSSED SAGA and was looking to glue things together in a separate transition novel. Reign had been introduced as a badass character, hat you weren’t sure you could trust when he is introduced in SOLSTICE, but then you soon realize he’s the real deal and you quickly cling to him. A lot of readers of THE STAR-CROSSED SAGA expressed that they wanted to know more about him, so it seemed very obvious of the direction in which I would go to fuse more of the story of Proxima Centauri along. 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Steel Reign? 
The challenge in scripting Steel Reign’s story was finding the right amount of conflict to continually move the story along while trusting that the readers love both the Sci-Fi world I was building out and remaining attached to Reign and not getting lost in the details. But since I, fell in love with the world on my own, the transition began to develop with increased ease over time. The duality between Reign and the galaxy of Proxima Centauri – a complex world, ever-changing, while containing equal parts volatility and predictability – was quite remarkable in the end.  

What do you like to do when not writing? 
I’m an avid gamer – VR is where it’s at right now, and I’m a self-proclaimed movie buff for sure. 

Where can readers find out more about your work? 
You can find out more about me and more works, over 16 novels and novellas, along with multiple screenplays at www.braxtoncosby.com and my publishing company, run and owned by me and my wife Shontel Cosby at www.cosbymediaproductions.com. You can also follow me at the links below on social media:
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Born Slippy (Author Interview)




Born Slippy looks like a great book.  Love the cover.  Can you tell us a little about the story and about Frank Baltimore? 

Frank, 28, is somewhat of a loser when we meet him building a house in Connecticut, looking for his big break. Dmitry, 18, is over from England, before going to university, and works for him. Dmitry is a charming sociopath, it turns out, and he bedevils Frank’s life on again and off again for the next 15 years, leading to a (quite literal) explosion. When Frank fall in love with Dmitry’s wife, things go from bad to worse.

Any plans for a series?

Yes, I’ve already started Still Slippy. I’m not done with these folks yet—there are some scores to settle.

What inspired you when writing Born Slippy?   

I am never happier than when I’m deep in the flow of writing. Each decent page I manage is inspiration for the next one.

When did you decide to become a writer?

In high school. I had all the parts necessary—a good imagination, a lot of reading, a lot of varied life experience both high and low—I was just missing the sit-down-and-get-cracking part of it. That didn’t start in earnest until I was 35 or so.

When writing Born Slippy did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  

I wanted Frank to be someone who is our central intelligence, but who is a little slow on the uptake. Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade, Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley, Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins are all people who are smarter than the people around them and figure things out long before the reader does. Frank is a couple steps behind the reader. So the tricky part was not letting my reader think that I, the author, was as dense as Frank….

What do you like to do when not writing?

I run a daily magazine (The Los Angeles Review of Books) and its associated nonprofit and teach full-time at a university (UC Riverside), so I think of writing as the thing I like to do when I’m not working. I’m also a musician, so I steal some time for that, too.

Where can readers find out more about your work?



Eating the Forbidden Fruit



http://authorrolandpage.com

New Novel "Eating the Forbidden Fruit"/ A True Confession of a Convicted Cop

A Tale of Karma, Confession, and Redemption

Eating the Forbidden Fruit is a gritty fiction novel loosely based on true events in author Roland Sato Page life. The newcomer author delivers a personal journey into his rise and demise as a St. Louis City Police Officer. He takes the readers on a roller coaster ride of good old family memories to the nightmarish reality of being a police officer indicted on federal drug charges. During his trial, he wrote memoirs as a testimonial of redemption. Roland's case stems from the conflict of his childhood affiliation and his oath to uphold the law. What is certain one can't run from sin for karma is much faster.  The author actually wrote the novel years ago however after battling Lupus he lost his motivation to complete it. Promising his mother, Fumi Karasawa, who recently passed that he would finish what he started. Roland opened his computer to complete telling his story. He also would like to encourage others with determination they too can reestablish position as a productive citizen.
 Roland was a popular tattoo artist in the St. Louis area however once diagnosed with Lupus he lost his hand and eye coordination bringing the body art career to a halt. No other choice he had to reinvent himself transforming visual art into literary art. Writing is quite therapeutic for the newly ordained writer. The silver lining is his family support kept him going. "With tragedy comes blessings".
If you are anticipating the release of "Eating The Forbidden Fruit" then your wait won't belong. Be on the lookout for the fictional novel in mid-March 2020 on all major book outlets.

Pernicious: True Evil (Author Interview)




Pernicious: True Evil looks like a really scary book.  One of the few covers that actually gets me scared. Will this be turned into a series or do you only plan for the one book?
           
I am glad you think it looks like a scary book! That was exactly the vibe I was going for when it came to the cover. Pernious is part of a 3 book series. Book 2 will be released by the end of 2020.

What can you tell us about the character Astra?

Astra is a person with a good heart and a difficult past. She is a gifted girl who doesn’t realize just who she has the ability to become. She has a difficult time trusting strangers and tends to put up a wall. When she first arrives on the planet, she is understandably afraid and isn’t very good with her survival skills. Through the book you see her journey and growth to becoming not only a skilled survior, but quite a strong woman.

What inspired you when writing Pernicious: True Evil?   

My travels and listening to music helped inspire me when writing the book. It stimulated my imagination which helped me to escape into this world that I created.

Why did you decide to become a writer?

Writing for me is an escape. It is the ability to get out everything that I want to say and need to say in a way that also allows me to immurse myself in a fantasy world.

How did you come up with the story in Pernicious: True Evil?

As a child I was always fascinated with demons and fantasy creatures. I would get lost in my daydreams, which would lead me to getting in trouble a lot at school, since I wasn’t paying attention to the teachers. I began writing this book as an outlet to my imagination. Though I stopped writing it after 90 pages, I picked it back up as an adult and rewrote it to the creation that it is now.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Pernicious: True Evil?

What I found to be the most challenging would definently have to be when I was trying to explain the world the way I saw it in my head. I wanted to write something that made the reader feel as if they were Astra, experiencing this world the way she is.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love traveling all over the world and taking photographs of my travels.

Where can you find these photographs of your travels?
I post them on my social media sites like Instagram (Thetravelingfantasywriter) and facebook (authorangelikakoch).

Are you working on any other books right now?

Yes, currently I am working on 3 different book series, including Pernicious. As of right now, Pernicious is the only one that is available, but the others will be released in the next year or two.



I Am Rahab: A Novel (Trilogy Box Set) (Author Interview)



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I Am Rahab looks like a great coming of age trilogy.  Can you tell us a little about the main character Rahab?

Rahab Auguste is a sweet and innocent young girl from Louisiana who happens to be a part of a dysfunctional family hiding dark secrets. When Rahab loses her grandmother, she's abruptly removed from the comforts of home and embarks on a journey down a path she never saw coming, with a mother she never knew. Thrown into the heart of the ghetto and forced to carry her family's burdens, Rahab must learn how to hustle for a living. Her soul cries for freedom. Ultimately, she has to decide either to continue dancing with the devil she knows, or take a leap of faith into the unknown.
           

How long did it take you to write I Am Rahab?

Five years, I wrote it while caring for my mother.


What inspired you when writing I Am Rahab

The characters came to life while I was writing. They entertained me and kept me from focusing on the fact that my mother's life was slipping away. The thought of creating a world where I could hide from this one provoked me to write as long as I did. The characters kept me company up until the very end.  My mother passed away but left me with a series to share with the world.


Why did you decide to become a writer?

Writing chose me. I'm shy/quiet so I have a lot to say.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I bake cakes. I'm a baker by trade. Owning a bakery is definitely on my bucket list of things to do.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

All of my work is available on Amazon and via social media and my website www.authorjcmiller.com




Death Comes in through the Kitchen (Author Interview)



Teresa Dovalpage was born in Havana and now lives in New Mexico. She has published ten novels (six in Spanish and four in English) and three collections of short stories. Her first culinary mystery Death Comes in through the Kitchen (Soho Crime, 2018) is set in Havana and features Padrino, a santero-detective. Her second mystery, Queen of Bones, was also published by Soho Crime in November 2019 and includes elements of Santeria and the Chinese presence in Havana.
Death Comes in through the Kitchen looks like a great mystery and crime thriller How many books are planned for the series?
Soho Crime’s Havana Mystery series has four books—up to now. Death Comes in through the Kitchen was followed by Queen of Bones, which is fresh out the oven (November 2019). It has some of the same characters, like Lieutenant Marlene Martinez and Padrino, the santero-detective that solves the case in the first novel. The other two will be released in 2020. Death of a Telenovela Star (June 2020) features again Marlene Martinez—the story takes place mostly on a cruise ship, not in Havana, though. The fourth is Death under the Perseids, which happens both aboard a cruise ship and in Havana.
Is each book standalone or do they need to be read in order?
They all are standalone but if you read them in order, you’ll see how the characters evolve. For example, Marlene Martinez goes from a National Revolutionary Police lieutenant in Havana in the first two books to the owner of a bakery called La Bakeria Cubana in Miami in the third and fourth novels.
There are thousands of mystery novels released every year. What makes yours unique?
My books, besides being mysteries, are Cuba travelogues. Born and raised in the island (I lived there thirty years) I can offer my English-language readers an insider’s perspective, from accurate descriptions of paladares (private restaurants) to the way casas particulares (private accommodations similar to B&Bs) operate. You’ll get a good picture of contemporary Cuba after reading any of my novels. Let me be your guide!
Why did you decide to become a writer?
Both my parents were avid readers so books were part of my life since childhood. Since I was what you would call “a nerd” (rata de biblioteca, library rat in Spanish) the transition from reader to writer was smooth and almost inevitable. I don’t remember a particular moment when I decided to be a writer, but even as a teenager I was writing short stories and enjoying the process.
How did you come up with the story in Death Comes in through the Kitchen?
It all started when my mom, who still lives in Cuba, asked me to preserve my grandma’s recipes in a cookbook. I told her no way, I am not a good cook—you can ask my husband. At her insistence, I ended up including the recipes in a novel I was working on. It was about an American journalist who goes to Cuba to marry a younger woman, based on a real-life case. I then added a bit of death and drama and the result was “a culinary mystery,” a term I didn’t even know back then.
You mean readers can actually follow your recipes and cook Cuban dishes?
Absolutely! They will learn how to make arroz con pollo (rice and chicken with all the ingredients cooked together, paella-style), picadillo (ground beef with raisins), a kind of stew known as caldosa, desserts like tocinillo (like a flan, but yummier) and many more.
Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Death Comes in through the Kitchen?
I ate way too much in the process. I made all the recipes prior to their inclusion in the book and gained several pounds before it was over. But my husband was very happy! His favorite dish turned out to be the caldosa because it has different kinds of meat and lots of vegetables—un poquito de todo, a little bit of everything.
What do you like to do when not writing?
I have a fulltime job at New Mexico Junior College where I teach Spanish and ESL. My husband and I love to go on cruises, which inspired Death of a Telenovela Star and Death under the Perseids. The shenanigans that go on aboard a cruise ship can provide plenty of material for several books.
Where can readers find out more about your work?

Dictates of the Heart (Author Interview)




Dictates of the Heart looks like a great coming of age story.  How many books do you plan for the series?  
Currently, I am working on the second installment of the series. It should be available for release by February/March of 2020. There will be three books in the series.

How did you come up with the story in Dictates of the Heart?  
The story evolved as I developed the characters and the plot, but the idea came from my own experiences growing up in Nigeria in West Africa. I wanted the share with the world, the joys of growing up in that side of the world. I also wanted to dispel some of the misconceptions that usually accompany ideas about Africa and show people the glamorous side of Nigeria, while also exploring the lives of the common people in juxtaposition with the wealthy.

What will readers get out of your book?
I want my readers to be entertained while also gaining a deeper insight about what it is like to grow up in West Africa.

What inspired you when writing Dictates of the Heart?  
I was inspired by vibrance and the richness of the Nigerian culture and I based some of my characters and the plot from that aspect.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I have always wanted to write all my life, and I was always commended for my writing style by all of my teachers at various stages in my life.

When writing Dictates of the Heart did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
It was always challenging writing the book, especially since I had very limited time, but plenty of ideas. I often wrote through the night into the next day and would go work without any sleep and then come home for a repeat of the same. I also had a bit of a problem coming up with the title since I started writing the book without a title. But as the book took shape, the title also emerged.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I love to dance and take long walks to stay in shape. I also love singing in my church choir and to spend time with my family.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
My website will soon be available as well.

The Spookoholic (Mastho Vamsee)





The Spookoholic looks like a great scary thriller.  Any plans to turn it into a series?  
Answer:
Thank you. Yes, it’s surely a thrill ride of suspense with lots of ghosts and wacky, entertaining episodes at every turn. The feedback has been exceptional so far. And yes again, The Spookoholic is a series. Let me see if I could get you a feel of the Spookoholic here…
Surya, also known as the Spookoholic, is an Indian film director with a truckload of crazy traits to his character. He is fun loving, witty and has a habit of pulling off pranks on people around even in the midst of the deadliest of situations. What’s really special about him is, that apart from being a good hearted spiritual being, Surya is gifted with strange powers. For starters, he terrifies ghosts.
The Spookoholic has visited the mysterious ancient Indian city of Kanchi in 2017, in his first book. And he is back after 2 years, now in Mexico City. The Spookoholic: Demonic Whispers is the second installment in the series of The Spookoholic.
               
What will readers get out of your book?
An exalted inner feeling of Light, Love and positivity by the time the reader reaches the end. And a high dose of suspense, adrenaline rush, twists and scary ghosts that face their rudest nightmare called the Spookoholic. The book promises thorough entertainment in a super quick page-turner that would not leave you drained but instead bestow upon the reader, certain deep feelings of trust and tranquility, oddly, in a book filled with a battle of wits with horrific evil and myriad kinds of ghosts.

What inspired you when writing The Spookoholic?   
I am a meditator. Had been on the path since my childhood and I practice Kundalini Yoga, Mantra Yoga and as such.
I am also a kind of a misfit. I never think straight. My thinking has always been found to be wacky or weird.
And I had been into radio and visual media for long, churning out lots of creative humor all the time.
With this combination as a backdrop, one day I had a sudden flash of inspiration. We are all terrified of the ghosts. What if there is someone who terrifies them?
With that thought, and with some knowledge in spiritual practices and ancient most history, I came up with a nail biting thread of thought for The Spookoholic: Kanchi that was eventually released in 2017.
As for this one, the sequel, I honestly believe that I had been inspired by higher spiritual beings of the universe. There is a process called Mother Earth’s Ascension that’s now happening on this planet; a major, major change for humanity. And I guess, the idea and the unrelenting flow to write this book have come from higher Light sources that are fighting the dark entities. I am not kidding; I strongly feel the ongoing process.
And more so, I finished writing the novel in just 20 days, my own personal record. It wouldn’t have happened without the influence of the compassionate Gurus for a purpose, of course.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I wrote a screenplay a few years back, intending to sell it to Indian film producers. Marketing is not exactly my area of expertise and so the script began gathering dust. Inspired by my close friend one day, out of the blues, I felt I could write a novel out of that screenplay. I had only written short stories and published them in magazines at that time. Writing a novel was just unthinkable, but somehow, I was ready with it in less than a year, by December 2017. Once I published The Spookoholic: Kanchi, I understood that now no one could stop me, not even me J
Since 2.5 years, that’s June 2017 till end of 2019, I published 9 books and 6 of them are novels.  2 more novels are yet to be published and I am betting my life upon bringing one more to my readers, before the end of this year, 2019.

When writing The Spookoholic did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
Any day, writing a sequel is very challenging. Challenging because at every turn, you tend to compare it with the original.
And with The Spookoholic, the original is a classic as far as my work is concerned. It took me 2 years to break the block and figure out a screenplay for the sequel… 2 years of constant inner struggle and thousands of wasted thoughts and efforts on the computer.
Honestly, the very fact that I did come up with a concept, finished giving the plot a shape and ended up writing the novel with 90% satisfaction was nothing short of a miracle for me.
Actually, I had taken a vow for forty days last month, in November. I practiced certain austerities, performed rituals and stuff that were accompanied by a total inner cleansing with controlled diet. And this might surely have been the reason for me to become a channel for the work to flow through me. Gratitude.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I am into a lot of things. Actually, just too many things. My personality does not let me endure the routine or sticking to just one thing, I guess J
I act in YouTube fiction videos,
I host a LIVE show for Nuke Radio every evening,
I am slightly busy as a voiceover artist too, working in my personal studio,
I compose and sing for my Neo Kirtan albums,
I do Tarot readings for clients and
on occasion I do public training workshops.
My daily routine includes spiritual practices and meditation in the morning and evening.
And I catch up with almost every movie that’s released in town on weekends, with my family.
I watch very less television, just about 15 minutes a day, while I eat. No news channels for me, I watch English movies on HBO and others.
What I had not been doing for years now, is giving stage performances.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
My website has some interesting stuff. Be it free eBooks, sneak peaks into my work, updates of my upcoming novels, intriguing information about occult, and psychological aspects in my blog as also occasional contests… It’s all there on the site.


Also, please check out The Spookoholic: Demonic Whispers here:

Bit.ly/Spookoholic2

To Crown a King (Author Interview)




To Crown A King looks like a great story of Christina Bruce in Scotland, 1295.  The cover is rather stunning, is there anything you can tell us about it?
I have yet to meet someone who does not love this cover! My vision for it was simple: I wanted it to be regal and bright. I can say with absolute certainty that my designer knocked it out of the park!


How long did it take you to write To Crown A King?
I wrote the book in about ten months, but it took much longer to research and plot out the story. This period in Scottish history is intricate and complicated by lack of records and differing opinions. My aim with To Crown A King was to portray a familiar tale but through a different narrative – one not well known, but equally as important.


What inspired you when writing To Crown A King?   
As a lover of history, and especially of untold stories of women in history, I wanted to do Christina justice. While very few facts are known about her, it is believed that she played a major role in the societal and political landscape during the Wars of Scottish Independence. What inspired me – and what continues to motivate me as I write the sequel to To Crown A King – is to give her the account she deserves – one that portrays her as capable, clever and strong. It is the best way I can honour her memory.


Why did you decide to become a writer?
I tried hard not to be a writer. My employment history is as varied as it is long. But when the muse just won’t leave you alone and the story ideas just keep coming, eventually you give in. I wrote my first novel Las Hermanas to get it out of my head. The relief was short-lived though. Christina Bruce invaded before Las Hermanas was done.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing To Crown A King?
The people! I’m certain many historical fiction writers say this, but the biggest challenge to this story was the real-life characters. During this time, the majority of Scottish noblemen owned land in both Scotland and England. So when the Scots lost a battle against the English, to save their English lands, these lords would simply bend the knee to King Edward of England and promise not to rebel against him again. But as soon as they could manage it, they would return to the Scottish side to fight the English once more. As much as this might seem like a good strategy to saving one’s land, the constant switching back and forth of these noblemen made it quite challenging for me to depict who was on what side at any given time without drowning the reader in unimportant backstory and explanation.


What do you like to do when not writing?
I have two rambunctious dogs (Bentley the beagle and Abigail the black lab). A large part of my day is figuring out how to tire them as quickly as possible so I can get back to work! If I’m not hanging out with them, you can find me building something in my garage, kayaking on the lake, or drinking coffee on the deck!


Where can readers find out more about your work?
I hang out in all the usual spots: Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and am failing spectacularly at Twitter (2020 goals here I come!). But the best place to connect with me is through my website: www.rjmbooks.ca. Drop me a note, send me your questions, or simply say hello. I’d love to connect with you!