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ABOUT KICKING ASHE: With hearts and lives on the line, a kiss may be all they have time for… Time has dumped Ashe on a dying planet and she needs to figure out why before she ceases to exist. Or gets vivisected by some Keltinarian scientists. Or worse. Vidor Shan might help-since someone somewhere is trying to hose him, too-if she can convince him to trust her. Probably shouldn’t have told him that only someone he trusts can betray him. Also wouldn’t mind if he kissed her on the mouth. Vid would love to kiss the girl, but his brother is lost, he’s got hostile aliens on his tail, and the stench of betrayal all around him. Can he trust the woman who told him to trust no one? Then a time quake hurls them to a nasty somewhere and some when…
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What is your favorite scene in Kicking Ashe? There is a scene where Ashe and Shan are entering a dead building in a dead city, but Ashe feels like they are being watched. It was a hard scene to write, to keep the creep factor high without slowing the pace too much. But I finally got to put to good use my cockroach stories from 30 years in the South.
Hardest scene you’ve ever written: I had a hard time with all A Dangerous Dance but there is one scene, where she’s been kidnapped by this really nasty bad guy and he’s basically torturing her. I had a really hard time writing the scene.
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile? My TBR is mostly digital, so that means that the top book is Wheels by Lorijo Metz and Natalie Bergman, sci-fi YA adventure with mystery and romance and aliens and other fun stuff. I reward myself for good writing production with a chapter or so. It’s a nice, long book (besides the fun stuff), so it makes a good carrot.
Favorite book when you were a child: Anne of Green Gables is still a favorite. My grandmother gave me a copy one Christmas and I read it to shreds. I was a daydreamer like Anne and a big reader. Almost only time I got in trouble in school, it was for trying to read a novel behind my textbook. (Skipped once to go skiing, but that’s another interview.)
Your five favorite authors: I’m going to go back to my old favorites, because I don’t want to risk missing a current favorite (some of whom are also my friends!) and offending. So, in no particular order: Mary Stewart, Georgette Heyer, Elizabeth Cadell, Alastair Maclean, and Helen McInnes.
Book you’ve faked reading:
Red Badge of Courage. This teacher tried to pound into our skulls and I still get an eye twitch just thinking about it. Won’t even read The Cliff Notes for it. (*Suzanne, who loved that book, cries.*)
Book you’re an evangelist for: Gifts from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg (I blogged about it not long ago.)
Book you’ve bought for the cover:
Wow, this is a hard one. I have picked up books for the covers, but the only book I might have bought for the cover (but I won it in a contest) is Mary Jo Putney’s China Bride. Beautiful cover. A cover can only get me to pick up a book (or not). Can’t make me buy unless something inside intrigues me.
Book that changed your life:
Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande. It was the second writing how-to book I found in my local library. If I hadn’t found it, the first book would have killed my writing hopes before they got started.
Favorite line from a book: From Memoirs of an Invisible Man: One thing everyone insisted upon–and for some reason the assertion seemed to reassure the investigators and compilers of reports despite its rather tautological quality–was that no one had seen any invisible men.
Book you most want to read again for the first time: Lord of the Rings
Most horrifying moment while reading a book: Almost at the big finish of a book and having one of my brother grab and close it. Happened a lot when I was a kid. If I noticed them closing on me (sometimes I was so lost in the story I didn’t notice anything), I’d memorize the page number. Just in case. You’d think this would make me a twitchy reader, but no, still get lost in books.
Favorite book about books or writing: Playwriting: The Structure of Action by Sam Smiley, awesome book for playwrights and novelists.
What’s next? At present I’m working on an unnamed, steampunk novel, a romantic suspense novel (working title Past Imperfect) and mulling a science fiction romance, also in search of a title. I’ve never tried a three-pronged approach to my writing before, so we’ll see if this ups my creativity or explodes my head. Smart money is on the exploding noggin.
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