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7 Questions with PJ MacLayne   5 comments

Hey, PJ MacLayne, let’s have a mini-interview.

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Which marketing technique do you favor for your books?

I don’t believe I’ve conquered marketing. I’ve tried blog tours, posting on Facebook readers groups, spreading the word on other social media, and a variety of paid advertising channels. Out of all of them, I’ve had the best luck with Robin Reads. I know there are some bigger companies for advertising, but my budget isn’t there yet.

 

How do you find inspiration for your novels?

Most of my stories start from dreams. I don’t remember my dreams very often, but when I do, I dream some pretty crazy things. However, some of the minor characters that appeared in Wolves’ Pawn have been bugging me to write their stories. That’s where Wolves’ Knight came from. In the back of my mind, I’m working on a third book for the Free Wolves series. But it’s going to have to wait until I finish two other writing projects.

 

Self-publish or small publisher? Which one is best?

I won’t say what’s best. I decided to self-publish because I’m old and I don’t want to wait to have my book published. By self-publishing, I can move my projects along at (mostly) my own pace. Plus, I wanted to write stories my way and not based on what someone else wanted in a storyline. I can write what I want to.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m actively working on two different projects right now. The first is the third book in the Oak Grove Mysteries. It’s tentatively titled “The Baron’s Cufflinks.” Harmony Duprie is back and in trouble again. The other project is a short story for a group anthology of beach stories.

 

Which 3 songs would you take with you to a remote Alaskan cabin?

Only three? That’s going to be tough. We’ll start with an easy one—Elton John’s Love Lies Bleeding/Funeral for a Friend. Then I’ll go with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Final pick? Annie’s Other Song by John Denver.

 

Name one of your possessions that you cannot do without.

I had to think long and hard about this. I have a lot I can do without. But there are three things I’d hate to lose. The first is my wedding ring. I hope to still be wearing it when I die. Beyond that, I have two things to pick from. I have a flash drive where I backup all my writing projects, either in progress or completed. I want to hang onto that. The other is the proof copy of my first book. I remember the feeling when I held that for the first time. It can’t be replaced.

 

Do you believe in an afterlife?

Interesting question. Simple answer is yes. What that will look like, I haven’t got a clue. I don’t believe we’ll all be floating around on the clouds wearing sheets and playing harps. Wouldn’t that be boring? I don’t even know if we’ll have physical bodies. What I think is we will have a sense of happiness and love. Because isn’t that what we all hope for either in this life or the next? Isn’t that heaven?

 

Check out PJ MacLayne’s books. I’ve said this before — romance with adventure and danger is a great combination.

Posted February 1, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in #openbook

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Under Pressure   8 comments

Blog Hop Topic – How do you relieve stress?

First, I highly recommend that you check out PJ MacLayne’s website to see how she relieves stress and books for some great reads, which may be the ultimate answer to relieving stress.

Wow! Stress is a big topic. And this novelist relieves stress by … writing.

Okay, that was really easy. So easy that you might think I’ve not had a lot of stress in my life. You’d be wrong. I’ve earned my scar tissue. There are some people who would apply the label “tough cookie” to me and I’d wear that badge proudly, knowing that I had thoroughly earned it. I’ve been there, done that, and used the t-shirt as a tourniquet.

And, no, I’m not going to tell you about it. You can read my novels and decide when I’m being authentic.

The truth is there is nothing like creating a fictional world or setting and working out your stress there. I can blow up countries, punch bullies in the mouth, create solutions that actually work or … just go somewhere that is far away from my reality. Sometimes I work through forgiveness and redemption in my novels and other times I just kill the bastard … or torture him-her. Writing is also often where I am the closest to God, where I can hear His voice most clearly and follow His guidance most directly. I can also be my most human there, in that fictional world where I don’t have the face the consequences of my own impulses, but can let God correct me through my characters.

I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a stressful day of writing (formatting is NOT writing), but writers should live some life if we want something to write about, so I do take breaks. Hiking the Alaska wilderness isn’t exactly stress-free. There are dragons in those woods — well, okay, moose and bears — and even on a hot sunny June day, the weather can turn on a dime, drop 70 degrees and make you wish you’d never left home. We risk our lives heading into the wilderness, which might seem stressful to people who have never done it. When we return, we’re recharged and ready to face life again … or write a novel.
Listening to music and dancing to it, taking hot baths, sitting by the wood stove reading someone else’s novel while hearing the fire crackle, pop and sizzle, chopping firewood to feed that wood stove, watching series on Netflix, walking on the treadmill, singing gospel music at the top of my lungs where nobody else can hear me, throwing a stick for the Lab preferably in a fast moving body of water, washing walls …. Yeah, washing walls — anything mindless and physical is often one of the greatest ways to reduce and remove stress. It gives you something else to concentrate on while also allowing you to confront your thoughts. In some ways, it is an old-fashioned version of EMDR (you can google that). Try it sometime and see how it works for you. But if you’re a writer … you could just work it out in a story.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man, but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what you are able” (I Corinthians 10:13).

If I put myself in the right place to listen to God, He really takes care of my stress for me, even when my life circumstances are still in turmoil.

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