Success only flourishes in perseverance -- ceaseless, restless perseverance.
--Baron Manfred Von Richtofen

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

One Word Interview with Jaleta Clegg

Today's One Word Interviewee is science fiction author, Jaleta Clegg. I really enjoy her scifi adventures, The Fall of the Altairan Empire books, as well as her fun and often silly short stories. I'm so looking forward to reading her soon to be released Poisoned Pawn. Welcome to the Writing Chair, Jaleta.
Your house is on fire! What do you grab first?
 Extinguisher. If fire's too big, kids.
That's very practical.
What one trait do you have in common with your MC, Dace? (I love her, by the way.)
Oh, me too. Me too.
What historical figure would you most like to have lunch with?
 Leonardo da Vinci.
Very interesting. I bet he'd be a fascinating person to chat with.
You've been plunked down in the middle of your latest book. Weapon of choice?
 Giant blast cannon.

Excellent choice. I could use one of those myself.
We're holding a banquet in honor of your awesomeness. What should we serve for dessert?
 Chilled Monkey Brains.
Hmmm.... I might be a little afraid to try that! Thanks, Jaleta.

Jaleta Clegg loves to build worlds from words and then share them with people. She also enjoys burning things, making things blow up, or watching fires and explosions on tv. Her stories range from science fiction adventure to silly horror and pretty much everywhere in between. And please don't ever make her choose between her children and her laptop if her house catches fire. 

Poisoned Pawn: Dace and Jasyn have everything they ever wanted - their own trading ship and freedom. Except regulations require a second pilot and the only one available on Viya Station is a little too perfect for Dace's comfort. But his credentials check out and everything seems fine. Until Dace disappears and Jasyn learns the truth.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Looking for something to read?

Here's a bit of good news. My publisher has put the e-book version of Defenders of the Covenant on sale for $4.99! You can get it for your Kindle or your Nook. So, if you've been thinking about reading it, now is a good time to grab it for your e-reader. Walnut Springs also has lots of other great titles on sale right now. Check it out.

Also today is a special book bomb to help out Dave Wolverton (David Farland), who's son Ben was seriously injured in a long boarding accident last week. Dave was one of the authors who first got me into science fiction and fantasy. Check out the details here and buy the books for a great cause!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

One Word Interview with Bethany Wiggins

Today's One Word Interviewee is Bethany Wiggins, whose new book Stung was released just yesterday!

You've managed to survive the apocalypse. What civilized item do you miss the most?

Ah, yes, Wouldn't we all!

You're having your favorite author over for dinner. What are you serving?

Smart lady!

If you could become any animal, which one would you be?

How Wonderful! I think I would love that too.

You find yourself set down in your latest book. Which character do you find first?
Jonah Tarsis.

Intriguing. Can't wait to get to know him!

You're performing on Broadway! What show are you in?
Phantom of the Opera.

Good choice!

Bethany Wiggins has always been an avid reader, but not an avid writer. She failed ninth grade English because she read novels instead of doing her homework. In high school, she sat alone at lunch and read massive hardback fantasy novels (Tad Williams and Robert Jordan anyone?). It wasn't until the end of her senior year that the other students realized she was reading fiction--not the Bible.

Several years later, Bethany's sister dared her to start writing an hour a day until she completed a novel. Bethany wrote a seven-hundred page fantasy novel that she wisely let no one read--but it taught her how to write. The rest is history.

Fiona doesn't remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered-her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right wrist-a black oval with five marks on either side-that she doesn't remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. And she's right. When the honeybee population collapsed, a worldwide pandemic occurred and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. Only the solution was deadlier than the original problem-the vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts who were branded as a warning to un-vaccinated survivors. Key people needed to rebuild society are protected from disease and beasts inside a fortress-like wall. But Fiona has awakened branded, alone-and on the wrong side of the wall . . .