INTERVIEW WITH TAMI L. TREVASKIS, AUTHOR OF RAISING JACOB

Tami Jacob bookcover

Hello, welcome to my blog. Today I am interviewing Tami L. Trevaskis, Author of “Raising Jacob”.  I have read her book and found it heartwrenching. It is about a fictional family, based on her own experiences, with a child diagnosed as being ADD/ADHD, how the school system turned her away and the direction his life took after they moved to a small town.

As a side note, there have been no sightings of Preston. But he is still around. Just yesterday, there was a message scribbled on the wall near this room that said “I’m still here”.

Okay, let’s begin.

Q. Welcome Tami. First, tell me a little about your background.

A. Okay, I was born and raised in Jackson, California.  Jackson is a small rural town in Northern California. I still live there today.  I married my husband, John at an early age and we have two sons, Brian and Aaron. We own and operate a small family dry cleaning and laundry business that has been in my husband’s family for three generations.

I have enjoyed writing since I was a young girl.  I took journalism classes during high school and was on our high school newspaper staff.  I have always kept a daily diary and my personal journal entries are what lead me to write, “Raising Jacob.”  This is my first published book. I hope to have many more to come.

Q.  To be honest, I am not a fan of memoirs, and certainly not real life events – no offense. But Raising Jacob was one of those stories that I got draw into and believe parents with troubled teens should read. I remember thinking I would read a chapter or two just to get an idea of what “Raising Jacob” was about and next thing I know, I’m reading the conclusion. I was blown away. So let’s start with Jacob’s childhood. When the doctor’s prescribed medication for the ADD/ADHD, what were your first thoughts?

A.  First, I am sorry to hear that you’re not a fan of memoirs or stories revolving around real life events but glad to hear you read the book. Thanks.  I, on the other hand, enjoy reading about people’s lives and their struggles and how they concur with difficult situations.  Although “Raising Jacob” was taken from my daily diary, it is a work of fiction.  Many things, including character names, the town’s name, our business, etc. were changed to make for a better story.

Second, when “Jacob” was first diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and prescribed medication I felt somewhat relieved.  There was now a logical explanation as to why he performed so poorly in school.  I no longer had to feel that it was my fault that his report cards were so dismal.  Although I did worry about possible negative side effects from the medication, I was hopeful that the daily pill would help “Jacob” stay calm and focused in the classroom and be able to learn and improve his grades.

Q.  Do you feel the school system should have had programs in place to help Jacob?

A.  Before we transferred “Jacob” to the Community High School, we had him tested for learning disabilities in the hopes that he would be granted an IEP and be placed in an extra help classroom at his current high school.  After the testing was complete we were called into a meeting in the principal’s office and informed that he didn’t qualify for either the IEP or the extra help class.  Yes, I feel that our public school system should have had more and/or better programs in place.  I was quite upset when it became perfectly clear that our school was not going to provide the necessary help to advance “Jacob” to graduation and that our only option was to transfer him to the Community High School. I’ll never understand how a student that is failing numerous classes does not qualify for extra help that they so desperately need.

Q.  I completely agree with your frustration. At what age did you stop giving Jacob medication for his ADD/ADHD? And why?

A.  “Jacob” took the ADD/ADHD medication for approximately five years.  At around age thirteen he developed migraine headaches, a condition that runs in my family. He started telling us that he no longer wanted to take his pill every day and that he was sure they were causing his headaches.  I informed him that his headaches were probably something he inherited and that the medicine was more than likely not to blame.

Our morning routine became a battle ground and he’d fight us every day over taking the pill.  Later we’d find pills in his clothes pockets when we sorted the laundry.  We found pills under the seat in our car and in his bedroom.  We were paying good money for this medication that was going to waste.  His report cards had never improved from the time that he started on the medicine in elementary school so after much thought and a discussion with our family doctor, we decided to give him a break from the medicine and we gave up the fight.

Q.  As a teen, were there any warning signs that his behavior was changing?

A.  “Jacob” was our first child so we really didn’t know what to expect.  During his younger years he was a member of our town’s Cub Scout Pack and seemed to do all the same things the other boys his age did.  Yes, he was more full of energy and wasn’t a bit shy, but overall he seemed to be a normal kid. His behavior seemed to change overnight after his sixteenth birthday.  Once he received his driver’s license he became defiant and out of control.  He no longer obeyed any rules and often skipped school.  Then when he changed to the Community High School he struggled to fit in and be recognized.  He soon found a new group of friends; the trouble makers.

Q.  Summer, the first love interest Jacob bonded with, seemed troubled also. What became of her?

A.  Summer was quite troubled.  After she and “Jacob” broke up we were no longer in contact with her. I don’t know what has become of her, but I’d venture to guess that she became a high school drop-out.

Q.  I personally have a niece who has been diagnosed bi-polar, and it is difficult to know how to handle situations that arise. If you were in this situation now, knowing what you know, how would you have approached “Jacob” regarding his behavioral problems?

A.  For a few years it seemed that all I did was fight with “Jacob.”  I yelled at him and grounded him over his grades, his poor choice in friends, his messy bedroom, everything! I was so angry with him all the time that all I could see was the negative and nothing positive.  I was embarrassed and ashamed of him and his behavior.  With the help of counseling I had to realize that he made his choices, not me. I had to choose to be happy in my own life and not be so miserable because of what he was doing with his. I had previously thought that his mistakes, his behavior, his poor decisions, even the way he dressed and his crazy hair, were all a reflection on me and made me appear as a bad mother.  I had to let that go.

If I could go back and change things, I would not fight with him so much. I now see that I was only adding fuel to his fire. I would also give up on trying to change the person that he is and be happy with any small achievements.

Q.  The stress and strain of your marriage was also reflected in the book, “Raising Jacob”. How were you and your husband able to keep it together?

A.  My husband and I had many arguments over “Jacob” and nearly separated.  I didn’t want to go home after work.  I didn’t want to face another day of my son’s uncontrollable bad behavior and bad moods.  I wanted to get away from the chaos.  I am not sure what made me stay, maybe just pure love.  My husband is a good man and a good father.  Deep down I knew that he was doing the best that he could with our son, just as I was.  I realized that divorcing him would not magically fix the problems we were having with our son.  We had to become a united front and not let our son play us against each other and not continue to allow him to control the atmosphere of our home.

Q.  After the incident with the Army, how did “Jacob” begin to turn his life around?

A.  “Jacob” came home from the Army scared and depressed.  He was pretty down on life and needed to make a fresh start.  I think his fear was that we would not accept him back into our home or allow him to be a part of our lives.  That we had written him off and wanted nothing more to do with him.  We explained that that was not the case.  We loved him and desperately wanted him to be a part of our family.  We laid down the law with him and told him that under no circumstances were we going to allow him to go back to treating us disrespectfully.  He was not going to be breaking the law and thinking that we were going to cover for him or bail him out.  It took some time but he eventually made some new friends that didn’t take advantage of him and he landed a job outdoors that he truly enjoyed.  I think that was the turning point.

Q.  After reading “Raising Jacob”, I couldn’t help but feel empathy for him. As a teen, I was transplanted from the east coast to the west and, to be honest, never fit in. Do you believe living in a small town could have been the catalyst for his “rebellion”?

A.  Yes.  Our town is quite small and everyone knows everyone’s business.  On top of that, we are surrounded by family.  We see various family members every day.  This can be both positive and negative. At family get togethers, you could feel the competition between siblings and cousins.  It was all about whose kids were doing better in school, which kids had the most friends, which ones were the best athletes, etc. I am sure that “Jacob” felt that he never quite measured up. “Jacob” has always had trouble fitting in.

Q.  In your opinion, how did Karly’s influence help speed along “Jacob’s” nature? Or had it begun to heal long before the two met?

A.  “Jacob” was what many call a late bloomer and needed time to grow up and mature.  “Jacob” had to find himself before he could find happiness and true love. He and only he could change his behavior and start making better life choices.

Q.  When you began writing this book, was it more of a healing for you or just a way for you to encourage parents with troubled teens that there is a light at the end of the tunnel?

A.  Both.  I wanted to reach out to other mothers that were going through similar situations with their teens and tell them that they are not alone.  I wanted to tell them that life does get better.  You just may have to make adjustments and maybe lower your expectations a bit.

Writing can be quite therapeutic and I felt telling my story and letting it all out helped me find forgiveness for the things my son did.  Writing this book was also a way for me to get it off my chest so to speak.

Since my book has been released I have had so many enlightening conversations with so many wonderful people, men and women. I had originally thought this was a story from one mother to another, now I’m happy to say that it has become a story for everyone.  I am blessed that it has touched so many people and that so many people can truly relate to it.

Q.  How is “Jacob” doing now?

A.  “Jacob” is doing well.  He is the type of person that will always walk to the beat of his own drum. He looks at life as one big adventure. He loves to be outdoors and is employed as a shuttle bus driver for a ski resort.  He is still a slob, still spends money as fast as he gets it, still drives an old clunker car that is always breaking down on him and still seeks to be the center of attention.  He is alive, healthy, and not it jail!  He is happy! So what more can I ask for?

Q.  How difficult was it to write this book?

A.  I nearly gave up writing this book more than once.  I often wrote through tears and sometimes had to put aside my story when it became too difficult to continue.  My mother, my husband, and my youngest son all encouraged me not to give up and finish what I had set out to do.

When I began writing this book it was written as a true memoir.  It was after I decided to change it up and write it as a fictional short story that the writing became easier.  Changing our names, our town’s name and our business made the story more enjoyable for me to write. I kept writing and revising my book until it became “Raising Jacob.”

Q.  If you knew someone who had a troubled teen, what advice would you give them?

A.  The advice that I’d give to other parent’s going through difficult times with their son or daughter is really just to hang in there.  When the turmoil is happening day in and day out you feel like you are in the middle of a burning fire and you can’t put out the flames.  I closed myself off from family and friends because I didn’t want others to know or even be a part of our fire.  I became depressed and felt alone.  Now I know that I could have reached out for help. My goal is to help other parents see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t give up hope.  Life isn’t perfect and neither are people.

L.M. David: I am grateful you hung in there with your son. From what I read, the moments were trying and no one would have blamed you for letting go. Personally, I am proud of the fact that you and your husband never quit on “Jacob”, that he never landed in jail and, while still a slob, at least he is still here with you and that that end of the tunnel had a happy ending. Thank you for sharing your story, Tami.

Author’s Bio:

Tami L. Trevaskis was born and raised in Jackson, California.  Jackson is a small rural town in Northern California where she still lives today.  She married her husband, John, at an early age and they have two sons, Brian and Aaron. The two own and operate a small family dry cleaning and laundry business that has been in her husband’s family for three generations.

Author Links:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16242784-raising-jacob

http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000006668515

http://www.amazon.com/Raising-Jacob-ebook/dp/B009KT2VO0

INTERVIEW WITH PEGGYLOU BEAZLEY, AUTHOR OF THE PRESENCE

Peggylou The Prescence book cover

Hello, L.M. David interviewing Peggylou Beazley, author of The Presence and Good Will. Another of her books, Justice for All, will be released soon through CreateSpace, a subsidiary of Amazon. For this interview, we will concentrate on her first published work, The Presence, which is a suspense thriller.

Welcome, Peggylou, to my little closet of a workspace. I’m glad to see that you managed to avoid our resident vampire. I don’t know how you did it but after the interview is over, maybe you would like to share your secret with me so I, too, can avoid the pushy so and so.

Okay, let’s start.

Q.  Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A.  I was raised in the beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch lands. My mother was a divorcee, and I eventually inherited a step-father. My real [genetic] father was a “lifer” in the Air Force and was a tail gunner over Plymouth, England during WWII. I had three brothers, but have only one as of now. I consider him to be my first son, since I was eighteen when he was born, and Mother died very young. I am a retired registered nurse with a BS, have three sons and three grandsons. Reading and writing are my passions.

Q.  Your book, The Presence, is a suspense novel. Do you like that genre and why?

A.  During my pre-teen years, I was raised in an environment of/with family members who believed in the paranormal, evidenced by their personal testimony and phenomena. It is this background of/with mystical believers that gave birth to The Presence, a paranormal/suspense novel. My uncle also worked for the FBI. Because of him, I developed an interest in suspense and crime resulting from many of his intriguing stories.

Q.  In The Presence, you created two young gangsters, Duke and Dutch. To me, they seem like Laurel and Hardy. How did you create these two?

A.  In my novel, Duke is a copy of someone from my youth, a neighborhood friend named Joey. He was actually mentally challenged and a huge fellow, but harmless. There is another fellow in the neighborhood that used Joey to perform a few naughty things and he’d make fun of Joey. This other fellow was small in stature and slick. So I more-or-less used these two as role models for my characters.

Q.  Beth Barton is a nurse marked for death. How would you describe her?

A.  Beth Barton is a naive young nurse who loved and appreciated her uncle, Dr. Robert Michaels, who is both a psychologist and parapsychologist. At aged ten, her mother, who was a receptionist for the doctor, died. Beth had been told her father had been killed when she was a baby and her only living relative at the time, her grandmother, was in a nursing home. Rob and his wife took her in and raised her as their own. Their loving care produced an innocent and trusting young woman.

Q.  Rob Michaels seems, to me at least, as someone who is deep into supernatural phenomenon. Am I correct?

A.  Yes. Robert aka “Rob” is sensitive to paranormal experiences/phenomena and he also has a degree in parapsychology. He also worked on several cases with a fellow practitioner, Dr. Lewis Freeland, a professor of psychology and the study of human behavior. More than once they utilized the technique of séances, a fact that is mentioned in the book.

Q.  Daniel Michaels seems like a complicated man. How would you describe his role in The Presence?

A.  Uncle Rob is a loving, protective, substitute parent for Beth. He was a widower for many years. He and his wife were not able to have children and they also took in and raised their nephew, Dan, whose parents were killed in a car crash when he was an infant.  Rob discovered early in life he was sensitive to paranormal experiences, what you call clairvoyant.  He followed his spiritual path and enhanced his senses. He also gained a lot of knowledge through experience along the way. Technically you could call him a psychic pertaining to mental forces, telepathy and extra sensory perception; a medium, contacting and being able to communicate with spirits of the dead; and clairvoyant, having the ability to see things beyond normal senses.

Being able to hide and control his gifts at times was stressful, but they became useful in The Presence.

Q.  How long did it take you to write The Presence?

A.  I would say the process of writing The Presence took a total of a year until it was finalized.

Q.  Do the characters Beth Barton or Daniel Michaels appear in other books you have written?

A.  This is the one and only book Doctor Michaels and Beth are in.

Q.  Which character in The Presence was your favorite and why?

A.  I think Uncle Rob is my favorite character. I probably created him out of my desire to have a father figure like him.

Q.  What inspired you to write The Presence?

A.  I was the nurse supervisor in my health clinic taking doctor’s orders off a chart when a gentleman walked up to me and said, “My goodness, what are you doing here?”

I looked up at the man and said, “Working. What are you doing here?” because I thought he was being cute. But then I noticed that he frowned and said, “Didn’t you like us down in Philly? Did you leave the Lankenau Medical Center?” I realized then that he had mistaken me for somebody else and told him so. He simply shook his head and said, “Then you have yourself a twin because you sure are the picture of her, and she is a nurse, also.” He stared at me for a short while and walked away shaking his head. It was this incident that first gave me the idea to write my story.

Q.  I know that you are being interviewed by another blogger about your latest book called Good Will. Is that a suspense novel? And can you give a brief synopsis?

A.  Goodwill is a suspense novel about the abduction of a wealthy executive, Annie Strong, and the hunt for her kidnappers. Detective Dave Bard is preparing for retirement until a plea to find Annie, who had been kidnapped.

“During his pursuit for the perpetrator, Dave unearths evidence that points to a sex crazed killer. However, Dave and his partner, Al Hurst, soon learn he is a decoy. The master-mind behind the kidnapping is Annie’s son-in-law, Ralph Boggs. He wants to fulfill a vendetta against Annie’s husband and orchestrates a plan with Roger Fletcher, Annie’s step-brother-in-law, to kill her after receiving the ransom money. At the same time, Roger attempts to satisfy a grudge he has against Dave and his family. A visit from Dave’s daughter, her six year old twin sons and their guard dog provide humor. The dog saves Dave’s life, finds Annie’s lost grandson and sniffs out the hidden ransom money.”

Q.  How did you become interested writing?

A.  Before my mother remarried, we lived with my grand-mama, aunts, and an uncle. During my high school years, I wrote for a newspaper and followed that up by having a lot of my non-fiction stories printed in the local newspapers. In my nursing management position, I was responsible for writing several hospital policies, procedures and teaching lessons for the staff.

Q.  You are a self-published author. Why did you decide it was the best choice for you?

A.  I have self-published because I wanted the pleasure of seeing one of my books in print. I’m elderly and going through the query process and waiting for acknowledgement from a well-known publisher just didn’t seem practical to me.

Q.  Do you have any advice for writers just starting out?

A.  Yes. I think it’s important to belong to a group of writers for the experience of seeing how others express themselves and how useful critiques can be. I would also remind a beginner to invest in a little book by Strunk and White, called The Elements of Style. And always keep a dictionary and Thesaurus handy, and read, read, read. Read anything you can get your hands on and after enjoying a story [if it is a novel], read it again only this time analyze the style and voice. If you ever get discouraged, don’t give up. Maybe take a short break or start all over again but don’t quit. Read the history of many of our famous writers and see how long it took them to get published and what they went through. And if you receive critiques for a certain thing you have written, but you like it, keep it. Most crits are simply personal opinions and not necessarily right. Save most of your works even if you think they are not worthy because you might be able to go back and use parts of it at another time in a different work in progress.

Author’s Bio:

Peggylou Beazley was raised in the beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch lands. Her mother was a divorcee and, eventually, Peggylou inherited a step-father. Her paternal father was a “lifer” in the Air Force and was a tail gunner over Plymouth, England during WWII. She had three brothers, but only one of her siblings is still with her. She considers him to be like a son, since she was eighteen when he was born since her mother died very young. Peggylou is a retired registered nurse with a BS, have three sons and three grandsons. Reading and writing are is her greatest passion.

Book Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Presence-Peggylou-Beazley/dp/1466237929/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361813740&sr=1-2&keywords=peggylou+beazley

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17248349-the-presence

Author’s Blog:

http://www.peggyloubeazley.blogspot.com

INTERVIEW WITH M.L. JOHN, AUTHOR OF LADY OF THE VEILS

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Okay, here’s the deal with this interview. Prior to the discovery of certain information, it was prepared and put in proper format for publication. After everything was complete and ready for posting on my blog, I received notification of some improper behavior on the part of Ms. John while inside this building. Apparently, Ms. John was unaware our security system had been repaired after Preston destroyed it following the Guardian Angels interview.  The cameras in the west wing caught her going into the janitor’s closet. The guard at the security station observed her, via the viewing monitors, and thought nothing of it until she emerged half an hour later, giggling and smiling. The guard was about to call his supervisor when, minutes after her departure, Preston emerged from the closet, licking his lips.

Had I known this type of behavior was going on I would have had her detained for questioning. So, you ask yourself, why am I going ahead with her interview? Because I have to be nice. You never know when I might need bait to catch that pesky vampyre …

Welcome to my little edge of a workspace, Ms. John. Let’s get started.

Q.  Give us a little background information about yourself.

A.  Thanks for talking with me today, L.M! I’m thrilled to be here. Let me see, background information. I live in Colorado with my husband and three children, I have so many pets I may as well be running a zoo, and I write because I love to read.  My house can double as a boarding house for wayward paperbacks.

Q. Okay, before we get into this I have to say I have read your book, Lady of the Veils, from Prose 3 writing critiques, through the query route and finally, publication through Gypsy Shadow Publishers.  This is an amazing book with strong characters that are incredible. It takes a reader into a fantasy world that is actually mind-blowing. What inspired you to write Lady of the Veils?

A.  I’m really glad you enjoyed the book! For me, inspiration is a strange thing: it happens in flashes. When I was in high school, I had this scene pop into my head where a girl was helping fairy refugees in a YMCA.  That became the basis for Lady of the Veils.  At that point in my life I had only ever written epic fantasy, so an idea for a modern fairy world was radically different for me. I felt as if the idea had shoved itself, whole, into my head.  I guess it was just a story that wanted to be written!

Q.  Your character Karen McGregor is a solid character with a kind heart. Where did you get the inspiration to create her?

A.  Karen is a conglomeration of many of the people I have known throughout my life.  Her gentleness was based on my mother, her courage was based on my best friend, and her smart mouth was all me. She’s basically the luckiest fictional character ever because she has the best traits of all the women I know.

Q.  Karen is adorable but my interest perks way up when Beri Quintinar shows up in a scene. I love the way you described him and wonder what, or who, inspired you when creating him?

A.  I once read a quote (who am I kidding? It was probably a Facebook meme) that said, “If a writer loves you, you will never die.”  Only if this writer loves you, you’ll die a bunch of times and come back from the grave just as often.  Like Karen, Beri is a mixture of the things I loved about different people I have known.  He gets his intelligence and his sense of humor from my husband, his passion from my son’s father, and his charm from my very first love. There’s even a little bit of the boy I loved in the third grade sprinkled in there.  Most of these people aren’t in my life anymore, but the way they made me feel will always live on with Beri Quintinar.

Q.  One of Karen’s talents is “parting the veils”. Can you give a little description of what that is?

A.  Karen is half-Fey and half-Human, which basically means her parents were born in two different worlds.  These two worlds are parted by a very thin metaphysical curtain called The Veil. Due to the unusual circumstances of her birth, Karen can step through it from one world to the other.

Q.  You have a term for Beri, who is a Meteomancer. What is that exactly?

A.  Meteomancer is the profession in which Beri was trained. Since he was the fourth of five children, he didn’t have much chance at the throne and knew he would, eventually, need to get a job.  The word ‘meteomancer’ basically means he went to school to learn how to control the weather.  It is a made-up word based on the Greek word parts meteor meaning ‘weather’ and mancer meaning ‘a person who performs divination.’ In my Faerie world, there are several different types of magic users with different specialties. For example, I also refer to Agromancy, which is the magic of making things grow, and Necromancy, the magic of controlling the dead. Necromancy has a really big part in the sequel, so it may be a good idea to remember this conversation.

Q. I like that word, maybe make a t-shirt out of it just to see who looks at it and who stops me to ask how to pronounce that word. Okay, the Land of Fae – what are the similarities between it and our world?

A. Earth and Faerie are mirror images of each other.  If I were to draw you a map, you would see that Beri’s Avalon is located exactly where Hawaii is in our world. As Avalon’s population grew, it became necessary for earth-working wizards to raise more land from the bottom of the ocean and combine the three islands into one large one. Other than that, the primary difference is that so much magic is used in Faerie that the land itself has become almost sentient.  The trees are bigger there because they can protect themselves.  The ocean is purer because it rejects waste.  The Fey call this consciousness The Mother and have developed a matriarchal, nature-worshipping society accordingly.

Q.  In your book, there is a place where everything is black and white, ruled by the Unseelie. What is that world like?

A.  It is called Underhill and it is a very cold, desolate land populated by creatures cruel and fierce enough to enjoy its harsh climate.  The dustbowls stretch on forever, the sun never comes up, and winter never ends. The barren trees whisper secrets among themselves and the only law is the law of cold. It’s not a very nice place. I would avoid it if I were you.

Q.  Thanks for the head’s up. And, I’m happy to say, your book has vampires, yay!! Are your vampires the written the same as other writers have depicted them? If not similar, what differences did you add or subtract?

A.  You are right, vampires abound.  They are similar to traditional vampires in that they sustain themselves on blood, dislike the daylight, and are possessed of superhuman physical power.  They’re different in that they’re fairies—they’re immortal instead of just hard to kill and they’re born, not changed.

Q.  What a concept, vampire Fae. As a vampire fan, I have to respect that. You are currently working on the sequel to Lady of the Veils. Is there a working title and can you give a brief synopsis of it?

A.  I admit, I am terrible at titles. The file it is under in my computer is ‘Three Days Later.’ Hopefully I will be able to come up with a better title when it gets closer to publication.  But here is a tiny description to whet your appetite:

As Avalon reels from attacks both without and within, Karen and Beri struggle to bring order to the new world they have created.  But their old world is not yet finished with them when an old friend comes back as a new enemy.”

Q.  I absolutely adore Karen and Beri as a couple. Can you tell us what is in the future for them in the sequel?

A.  I’d prefer to avoid spoilers, but I can tell you this: things will not go smoothly, and they will not go the way our lovebirds expect.

Q.  Will the saga of Karen and Beri be an ongoing series of books or do you plan to branch away into other characters, like her brother Julian and his squeeze Dahlia?

A.  To be honest, I hadn’t thought of branching off from the main story, but who knows? Anything can happen in the world of Faerie.

Q.  When you first started writing, what inspired you to travel down the path towards becoming a writer?

A.  I knew I wanted to write from the time I was a very little girl, and I started doing it as soon as I could string sentences together.  The earliest piece of my work I have ever come across was a rhyming poem about a woman who lost her children to the bubonic plague.  I must have been seven or eight years old when I wrote it.  I am grateful none of my children have exhibited such peculiar inclinations thus far.

Q.  If your book were being made into a movie, who would you get to play Karen and Beri?

A.  To be honest, the answer to that question changes all the time.  Right now I love Alessandra Torressini from Caprica for Karen, and for Beri I would request Ezra Miller from The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  He doesn’t look much like Beri in my head, but he is a fabulous young actor and I think he would be really great. Maybe I can convince him to wear a wig.

Q.  Good luck with that, lol. Okay one last question. What advice do you have for writers trying to make it into the publishing world?

A.  My advice is the same advice you’ve heard a million times: write things.  Finish things.  Then, keep sending out queries until you find someone who wants to buy your work.  Every time I have noticed a writer on the verge of breaking in, that writer has also been on the verge of giving up.  If they had stopped just a week earlier, a month earlier, their dream would have died. Don’t be that guy, kids.  If you write it and make sure it’s really great, you can publish.  So throw away those nasty rejection letters. They’re not as much a comment on you as you think they are.

Me: Okay, that concludes this interview.

M.L. John:  It’s been a blast! Thank you again for having me.

Author’s Bio:

The first novel M. L. John ever read was Frank L. Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, and she has had a love of fantasy ever since.  As soon as her handwriting was good enough to write full sentences, she began writing stories about beautiful princesses who spent their time rescuing princes and slaying dragons.  Very little has changed about her writing style since that time, with the possible exception of her handwriting.  She currently lives in Colorado with her true love, their three children, and a small menagerie of yippy little dogs.  These days, she spends most of her time explaining different mythologies to her kids until their little eyes glaze and roll back in their heads.

Blurb from Lady of the Veils:

In a suburban town twenty minutes from the border of Faerie lives a young woman named Karen MacGregor.   Though she is the daughter of an exiled Faerie princess, Karen leads an unremarkable life full of homework, punk rock and old science fiction movies. When bloody civil war breaks out in her mother’s homeland her life has to change.  Her brother is presumed dead after his fighter jet is shot down over the Enchanted Forest, and Faerie’s royal family, including her beloved godfather, has been executed.  Accompanied by a Fey Prince with whom she shares a forbidden love and armed with magic she never knew existed, Karen must lead a rebel force against an ancient and powerful enemy.

Book Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Lady-Veils-M-L-John/dp/1619500582/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361083578&sr=8-1&keywords=Lady+of+the+Veils

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lady-of-the-veils-m-l-john/1029272732?ean=9781619500587

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13616750-lady-of-the-veils

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