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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

One Word Interview with Susan Dayley

Today's One Word Interview is with author Susan Dayley, author of the new cutting-edge romantic suspense novel, Cold Pursuit. Welcome to the writing chair, Susan!

You've survived the apocalypse. What part of civilization do you miss the most?
Internet and chocolate!
 Internet (or chocolate)

 Mmmm. Chocolate.

The zombies are coming! What fictional character do you want by your side?
Dr. Who

 Excellent choice. Although, I guess this is the part where I have to admit I've never watched Dr. Who. (Now they'll revoke my geek card!)

You've been set down in your latest book. Which character do you seek out first?

From Cold Pursuit! Excellent. (You can learn more about Chelo here.)

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

Delicious! (Funny how most people I've interviewed would not actually cook for their favorite authors!)

What historical figure would you most like to have lunch with?
King Hezekiah  (I always answer this, but it still hasn't happened.)

Maybe someday, Susan. Or maybe you could accompany D.J. Butler on his time travel expedition.

Thanks so much for joining us in the writing chair today, Susan!

Susan Dayley is the author of Redemption, a couple of stories that have appeared in anthologies, and numerous articles. She tutors in the mornings, attends classes at the local university, and loves to write. In her house she has a wall of bright colored sticky-notes where she has listed some of her favorite things. Among the names of her children and grandchildren, can also be found “tree houses,”  “jazz music,” “waterfalls,” and “green drinks”.

 When Kennady first meets Atticus she is not impressed. The second time, she's offended. But before the week is over, they team up to find out who sabotaged the alternative-energy project in a basement lab on the university campus. You get to choose what happened in the break-in at the lab--was Dr. Takashida kidnapped or were his computer files stolen? As sinister forces try to stop Kennady and Atticus from solving the crime, each of the two story lines divide, offering a total of four possible endings. . . Full of mystery, suspense, and romance, Cold Pursuit takes your reading experience to the next level.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

One Word Interview with Rachelle Christensen

Today's One Word Interviewee is Rachelle J. Christensen, author of suspense novels, non-fiction, romance, and a new series about a wedding planner who solves mysteries. Doesn't that sound like fun? Welcome to the writing chair, Rachelle.

Stranded on a desert island. What's your must-have item? 
A backpack that's loaded with books, food, and water. :)

Very practical. Especially the books!

You have to solve a murder. Which fictional detective do you want by your side? 
Agatha Christie

She would be a good choice for a number of reasons.

What historical figure would you. Most like to have lunch with? 
Jesus Christ

Wouldn't that be something? I'm not sure I'd be able to eat!

You're performing on Broadway. What show are you in? 
My Fair Lady 

(I did play the part of Eliza when I was in high school and my kids love it when I talk "British"!)

That's one of my favorites! I'd love to hear you talk British too. :)

Which one of your main characters is the most like you? 
Hmm, I think Adrielle Pyper is most like me.

Ah. The main character from your new wedding planner mystery series. She must be delightful! (By the way, you can see Adri's creations at

Thanks so much for being here today, Rachelle!

Rachelle J. Christensen is a mom of four cute kids. She has an amazing husband, three cats, and five chickens. Her first novel, Wrong Number was awarded Outstanding Book of the Year from the League of Utah Writers and was also a 2010 Whitney Finalist. Her second suspense novel, Caller ID was released March 2012. She is also the author of a nonfiction book, Lost Children: Coping with Miscarriage for Latter Day Saints. Rachelle has a novella coming out in the fall with a Timeless Romance Anthology by Mirror Press.
Rachelle enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and of course reading. Visit to learn more about upcoming books.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

One Word Interview with Dave ("D.J.") Butler

Today's One Word Interview is with my friend and fantastic author, Dave ("D.J.") Butler, author of Whitney Award finalist, City of the Saints and the action packed Rock Band Fights Evil series. Welcome to the writing chair!

 You've even backed into a dark alley by a bad guy who wants to kill you. Which of your characters do you want by your side?
Eddie Marlowe.  He doesn't leave anyone behind.

From Rock Band Fights Evil. I love Eddie. I would seriously choose him too.

If you could travel back in time, what era would you visit?
Late 7th century B.C.  I'd like to see what was really going on in King Josiah's Jerusalem.

That would be really fascinating. And possibly dangerous.

We are holding a banquet in honor of your awesomeness. What are we serving for dessert?
Basilisk Etouffe'.

Okay. I think that beats Jaleta's chilled monkey brains for most interesting dessert!

You've been set down in the middle of your latest book. Weapon of choice?
Aagh!  If I'm set down in the middle of almost any book I've written, I pretty much die immediately.  In this case, in horrible ways.  But since I'm working on my Space Eldritch II story, at least I get a couple of shots off with a blaster before I go.

Um, that was a little more than one word, but I'll let it go this time. (Side note: You are right. It would be deadly to be set down in any of your books!)

What historical figure would you most like to have lunch with?
Ooh, I'm torn.  Benjamin of Tudela.  Or Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton.

They both sound like such interesting adventurers! How fun.

Thanks for being in the writing chair today, Dave! Check out Dave's Whitney Award finalist, Mormon steampunk novel, City of the Saints.


 Dave Butler is a lawyer by training, a corporate trainer by profession, and a novelist for the sheer thrill of it.  Dave studies obscure languages (Welsh and Middle Egyptian, anyone?) and plays guitars.  He grew up in Utah and has lived lots of places since.  He, his wife, and their three kids are currently in the process of moving to the New York City area.