1. The list of events is amazing. What are you looking forward to the most?
I will be reading from one of my Boxer Falls episodes. Then again, after reading in NYC, this should be easy. Yeah, Easy. I am already sweating. I think I’m looking forward to my reading being over!
2. Where will you be traveling from and who will you be bringing with you?
I will be traveling from beautiful South New Jersey on my own. My partner’s teaching schedule prevents her from coming with me. Wait, I won’t be completely alone; my characters will accompany me. Yeah, I have an invisible posse. I’ll try not to talk to them.
3. If you could ask an attendee from last year one question to help prepare you for GRL what would it be?
I was worried over what to bring along for “swag”. Other authors had such wonderfully ambitious ideas. I ended up with magnets and sticky notes. Yes, I know, how mundane, but they are pretty!
4. This will be my first ever, public appearance and I’m nervous as hell. Is this your very first public appearance or have you attended other event? If you’ve attended other events, what were they like? Were you nervous the first time?
I ran a music magazine for ten years and attended events across the country, which led to plenty of interaction, like fighting with an artist who wondered why I never interviewed him. Ouch. My graphic design jobs involved traveling to Las Vegas and England for conferences. I hated giving presentations.
In regard to writing, I have attended was Authors After Dark and the aforementioned reading for the Rainbow Book Fair in NYC.
My main problem is I tend to fade in a crowd. I think I’m a little agoraphobic. Did I spell that correctly? Of course not.
5. I am very quiet when I meet new people (Oh shut up Joel I hear you snickering from here) Are you outgoing? More reserved?
I tend to listen instead of trying to be the star in the circle. Then again I have problems with people who, when they’re meeting you for the first time, make sweeping statements like “anyone who doesn’t like [fill in the blank] is dumb.” That’s a good way to turn me off in a flash.
6. I admit, I’m going to be like a crazy stalker fan of Rick R. Reed. Who are you looking forward most to meeting?
I’ve been lucky enough to meet other authors at a few previous events. It’s funny that you reference Rick. I read his horror novels way back when. I want to find one of his old horror novels so he can sign it.
If you have the chance to chat with Ethan Day, grab it. He is hilarious!
7. No way in hell could I stand up and do a reading? I’d be spitting, sputtering, and turning 50 shades of RED. Did you sign up to do an author reading?
Just for the Boxer Falls event. To be honest, I could not afford the extra money! Trust me, when I did the reading in NYC, my trembling fingers put sweaty dents in my printout. I strangled those poor pages. Worse yet the reading before mine was performed by two actors in costume. I was “are you kidding? I need to follow that performance? Arrrgh!”
8. What do you think readers and other authors will be most surprised by when they meet you?
That I’m not a tall, willowy red-headed male Elf. So many writers use their covers as icons and you start thinking of them in those terms. “Hey wait, you aren’t a tall blonde sex god?”
9. I hear the boys of our genre put on a hell of a party! Do you plan to attend the Cowboy party Thursday night?
Hell yeah. It’s free food and what I suspect will be damned hilarious entertainment.
10. Go ahead you can be honest with me. You want to know what is under Damon Suede’s Kilt don’t you?
Not really unless he’s hiding a few millions dollars under there and wants to share. I performed a line dance with Damon in NYC back when Dreamspinner hosted an author event. I’ll be honest; before I met him, I thought that I’d be rolling my eyes in “yeah right” attitude. He really is a great guy with oodles of charm, integrity, and way too much energy. I’m surprised that he doesn’t rattle apart!
Thanks for letting me chat!
And now for the BLATANT PROMO section of my post.
Cupid Knows Best… coming out from Dreamspinner on October 22.
When it comes to his professional life, photographer Carl Conrad is at the top of his game. He molds impressionable minds at university by day and jets off to Paris for gallery showings on long weekends. Unfortunately, he pays for it with his disastrous personal life: Carl kicked his boyfriend to the curb after one too many punches, so now it’s just him and his hamsters, one of which he suspects may be a space alien.
Then Cupid takes pity on Carl and hits him where it hurts. It takes Carl all of three seconds to fall head over heels in lust with set design student Marcelino Moya, despite the man’s questionable—okay, deplorable—fashion sense. Convincing Marcelino to give him a chance is the hard part, but Carl is up for the challenge, pun definitely intended.
Marcelino plays hard to get, but he isn’t immune to Carl’s charms. Carl talks him around to dinner, dating, and eventually moving in. There’s just one tiny word standing between Carl and perfect happiness. Why won’t Marcelino say it?