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Interview with Katy Huth Jones   10 comments

 

 

Katy Huth Jones author picToday’s interview is with Katy Huth Jones. Welcome to the blog. Tell us something about yourself.

I grew up an Army brat in a creative family, and being a painfully shy child, books were my best friends during our frequent moves. I dropped out of college and married my husband Keith 37 years ago, planning to finish “some day” but ended up being “self-taught” after homeschooling our two sons and hundreds of others for twenty-five years. Now we have three precious grandbabies, live in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, and I play piccolo and flute in a quality regional symphony.

 

You probably have a better education that 90% of the people coming out of college. At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Although I’d been writing stories since I was eight, I made a conscious decision to “be a writer” at age 28 when I had a four-year-old son, six-year-old foster daughter, and a foster infant on a heart monitor. I wanted to do something “grown up” and since my head was usually full of story ideas, I thought it would be a simple thing to write and sell science fiction stories to magazines. It took seven years and more than 600 rejection letters before I finally sold my first story—a fantasy.

 

Oh, my … 600!?  You’re way tougher than I would be. What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

My favorite genre to read and write is Christian fantasy.

 

Katy Books top row

 

What is something you cannot live without?

My Savior, and my Bible.

 

What sort of research do you do for your novels?

Research is one of my favorite parts about writing. I learned while writing magazine articles and my one nonfiction book how vitally important accurate details are, even to a work of fiction. A reader can’t “suspend disbelief” if he or she is jarred out of the story by an improbable detail or situation. I read books, but also look for as many hands-on opportunities as possible. To write scenes of jousting, I attended jousts at a Renaissance festival and Medieval Times in Dallas. I bought a replica of a 13th century sword to get a feel for its weight and maneuverability. I’ve made (and bought) historical costumes so I can understand how it feels to wear clothing that you can’t put on or take off without the help of a maid or squire. You feel trapped!

 

Katy and harp.jpgIf someone who hasn’t read any of your novels asked you to describe your writing, what would you say?

I only realized this a few months ago, but all of my fiction written since I’ve had cancer has a similar theme: Finding hope and light in dark places.

 

Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why?

Totally character-driven. My stories always begin with a character who is wandering around inside my head. If I start asking him or her questions, pretty soon I begin to understand who this person is, with dreams and fears. Then I ask, “What’s your story?” It took me many years to learn this, however. When I first started trying to write sci fi, it was plot-driven and never worked, because I was forcing 2-D cut-out characters into a plot instead of taking the time to get to know the characters and let the stories flow from who they were and the choices they would naturally make.

 

You’ve got them in your head too? Good to know. This is my Alaska question because I live here. I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

I’ll bring my camera, zoom lens, and tripod, because I’m sure there will be amazing birds and animals to capture. I’ll bring at least ten spiral notebooks to write in, because I prefer writing first drafts by hand. My brain is connected to the pen or pencil, not the keyboard. As for books, I’ll bring my Bible and possibly a field guide to Alaskan wildlife, but no fiction in which to immerse myself, because I’d rather fully experience the beauties of nature in a remote place like that!

 

Katy Butterfly ladyNice. Talk about your books individually.

Since my writing can be divided into B.C. (before cancer first struck in 2005) and A.C. (after cancer), I’ll just talk about what I’ve published A.C. That other writing life seems like it belongs to someone else!

I wrote a MG fantasy allegory of the cancer experience called Leandra’s Enchanted Flute, which was published by Cool Well Press in 2012. It’s the story of a 14 year old flute player with cancer who is taken to a fantasy world by a talking Carolina wren because he believes she has the courage necessary to save them from a growing world-wide “canker.” Although not specifically Christian, it still carries that theme of hope and light in dark places. CWP asked if I would write a sequel, which they published in 2013, Return to Finian Jahndra. Within a month, CWP went out of business. I got my rights back and re-issued them under Quinlan Creek Press (our homeschool was Quinlan Creek Academy) in 2014. This was my first experience with self-publishing.

Another story I tried to write in 1988-1989 was a fantasy novel about a reluctant warrior prince and a pacifist Healer. Even after two rewrites, it didn’t work, so I stuck it in a drawer and went on to actual money-making writing projects, such as children’s books and writing for magazines, both fiction and nonfiction.

Then in early 2011, my father was diagnosed with lung cancer, and to distract me in my grief while helping my Mom (he wanted to die at home, and it took him eleven months because he fought so ferociously), I pulled out the old fantasy manuscript, threw away everything but the opening battle scene, and as a “writing assignment” asked the characters to tell me their story. The words poured out, day by day. It was therapeutic, but also exhilarating. I actually came to know these people, and the story completely changed because it grew out of who they were, not an improbable plot I had thrust upon them.

Once I reached chapter 70-something, I realized this was going to be more than one book. Soon it became apparent it would take five books to tell the entire epic story. My critique group (all trad published authors) read the first one, Mercy’s Prince, and encouraged me to find an agent. I knew that Christian fantasy would be a hard sell, but to humor them I sent out queries, even though I had already paid a content editor and proofreader, planning to self-publish the first book in September 2015, once I was closer to finishing the series.

Then the first of June 2015, my cancer came back unexpectedly and with excruciating pain. My husband and I both expected to hear that it was stage 4 and nothing to be done. I wrote my obit, we went to visit our children (and I ended up in the ER in Kansas City because the pain spiked). I decided to move up the publication date for Mercy’s Prince, since all it needed was a cover, and it would be my “good-bye” for family and friends.  I managed to publish it the first of July 2015, just before chemo started. And since the lymphoma was “only” stage 3, chemo put it back in remission, praise God!

Unfortunately, due to chemo brain I couldn’t concentrate on writing. I had book 2, Mercy’s Gift, edited and proofed, with a lovely cover by Perry Elisabeth, and it was published in September 2015. I was about 80% finished with book 3, but I was scared I would lose the rest of the story.

I signed up for NaNoWriMo last November in order to bring my brain back online after chemo. I managed to finish book 3, Mercy’s Battle, and get a good start on book 4, Mercy’s King. These are long books, each between 125,000 and 139,000 words! Lord willing, and the cancer stays away for a while, I hope to finish the series in 2016.

 

What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?

I hope that anyone who reads my books realizes that trials and upheavals happen to everyone, even faithful children of God, but through faith there is always hope and light to be found in Him.

 

What influenced your decision to self-publish? If you have experience with both traditional and indie publishing, compare the two.

I never intended to self-publish, since I’d been traditionally published beginning in 1992. But being traditionally published is no guarantee of sales. In fact, the marketing director for my latest trad published book expects me to do what I’m doing for my self-pubbed books, only I have no control over prices, cover, and blurb. It’s a YA historical novel entitled Treachery and Truth, which tells the true story of “Good King Wenceslas.”

 

What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishing?

The greatest advantage is being in charge of all the details and having the ability to “think outside the box.” The worst advantage, for me, is being in charge of all the details. I just can’t think as well as I could before having chemo twice and it takes me a long time to learn technical things.

 

Conversely, what do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

Honestly, the only thing is that great satisfaction when, after pursuing the craft for years and collecting hundreds of rejections, you finally get an acceptance by a well-known magazine or publisher. It’s a validation of all your hard work.

 

Do you believe that self-published authors can produce books as high-quality as the traditional published? If so, how do you think we should go about that?

Definitely! It’s possible because we’ve invested our heart and soul in this “baby” and want it to be the best it can be. It’s much more difficult without hiring extra sets of eyes to edit and proofread your manuscript. A good editor is worth his/her weight in gold.

 

Do you write specifically for a Christian audience? Why or why not?

Yes, because it’s who I am as a child of God. I can’t separate that from my writing.

 

 What are some of the special challenges of being a Christian writer?

Making sure the story honors God. The temptation is always there to “add stuff” to make the book sell more copies.

 

 Christians are told to be “in the world, but not of it.” As a Christian writer, how do you write to conform to that scripture?

There are lines I will not cross, not in my Christian life, and not in my stories. No profanity, no immorality glorified or justified, and though there is violence in my stories (since I write about the Dark Ages and medieval times) I try to make sure it’s not there to “shock” but only what is necessary to tell the story. The Bible contains a lot of violence, but it’s not “in your face,” so I try to let that be my guide. Potential readers should be warned that they will find blood and battle injuries in my stories.

 

Do you feel that Christian writers are expected to conform to some standards that are perhaps not realistic to the world?

 

If you mean, are Christian writers held to a higher standard, then I agree. I hold myself to the high standard that Christ demonstrated for us.

 

Do you feel that Christian writers should focus on writing really great story or on presenting the gospel clearly in everything they write? Or is it possible to do both?

I personally don’t “preach the gospel” in my stories. I try to show the characters living it through their words and deeds. My goal is to reach those who aren’t Christians, those who are struggling with darkness in their own lives. I honestly don’t know how people get through traumas such as cancer without faith in God.

 

 If you write speculative fiction, do you find that the Christian reader community is accepting of that genre?

There is a small but fervent market for Christian speculative fiction. Many Christian readers won’t read anything that is considered fantasy or science fiction, which I learned long ago in my early homeschooling days. I just keep trying to find the few readers who are looking for Christian speculative fiction. I know they’re out there!

 

Where do readers find you?

Blog: www.katyhuthjones.blogspot.com

Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Katy-Huth-Jones/e/B00700A4DQ

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatyHuthJones

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Katy-Huth-Jones-Author-318819684805145/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2914315.Katy_Huth_Jones

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/piccolokate/

 

Simon Paul Wilson   Leave a comment

My fellow Breadwater Harbor Books author, Simon Paul Wilson, comes out with a new book on the 31st, so I thought I’d give him some boost.

Stay tuned for his author interview on Wednesday, but for now, check out one of his books.

http://www.amazon.com/Yuko-Somewhere-Else-Simon-Wilson-ebook/dp/B00OLYHCOS

Excerpt from The Anaerris Code by LK Kelley   3 comments

What do a book, a crystal, a group of people who are not who they appear, and a one young woman have in common? They are all part of a puzzle that has been escalating since the fall of the angels long ago. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you discovered that you were not totally human, but part Nephilim? Alien? A combination? And, worse? You were the key to preserving not only 4 races which included Earth…but, maybe, just everything else in every Universe?
 
Shocks and surprises are around every corner with Gemma Sinclair who finds that she is a one of a kind being – the only one in existence throughout time and space. But, the responsibility for the survival of everything is completely on her hands!
 
Gemma’s Journey toward who she is, and what she is, begins as she embarks on a learning experience that covers all of the myths, legends, and mysteries that have confused mankind since the beginning of time – the beginning of the Universe. Along with her friends, who have been charged with her protection, Gemma learns what she must do to alter the prediction that have been handed down by the angels.
 
When Gem discovers that the one book holding all the secrets of the world of Anaerris is the clue, and another finds that the crystal that harbors a power so great that it could destroy the Earth as well as the world of Anaerris, it launches her premature transformation into the heroine that she was meant to be – the Protector. When others find out who she is, they seek to destroy her, before she knows what is happening. With her companions protecting her, she begins to take steps that will be needed to stop the impending death of the Universes. But, can she stop it? The evil that seeks to destroy her is around every fork in the road.
 
 
EXCERPT FROM the ANAERRIS CODE – GEM BOOK 1
 
A tiny hole in the wall at floor level was glowing a brighter orange. In seconds, she saw something that made her scream, but with no sound. The terror and shock that consumed her was so strong, she backed up against the nearest wall regardless of the heat! Was this the way her life was going to end? If so, just the thought of how she was going to die made her gag, and she begin to throw up.
 
Dry heaving after emptying her stomach’s contents, she wiped her mouth, then her eyes fixed on the tiny, thickened rivulet that was flowing toward her. It was just a thin ribbon at the moment, but it was just a matter of time that the slow moving stream of orange would grow as it wore down the rock around the tiny hole.
 
“Why?” Gem breathed softly the one word you should never ask, because you usually never received an answer.
The rivulet of brilliant, glowing orange with tiny flames erupting now and then had Gem’s eyes growing large by the moment, especially when she realized what was lighting up the cave around her.

“Lava?” she whispered in shock. Louder, “I’m inside a volcano? I’m in a volcanic cave with iron bars? In a cave of lava? I’m in a prison! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!”

The cave reminded her of a dead, Jabba the Hut hollowed out fossil! It certainly looked wrinkled enough. That’s when reality grabbed hold of her as she continued to stare at the rivulet of orange. OK. So, she couldn’t ignore it any longer! Reality set into her brain, and she realized that the tiny rivulet was growing as it melted the rocks around her! It had already doubled in size, and was slowly headed for the iron bars! At the moment, she could keep out of its way, but she was certain that it wouldn’t stay this way for long! Her life had just been cut short by lava! In minutes, she knew that the entire back side of the cave would be eaten through by the monstrously hot lava, and fill the cave! Looking beyond the bars, she realized that the cave that she was in wasn’t actually a cave, but it must be part of even more tubes that had been carved by lava as it flowed through it in the past! Lava tubes were what they were! For the Creator’s sake! Gem’s heart pounded hard within her chest, and not only the roar of the lava behind her met her ears, but the roar of her blood vibrated within her body as well! Terrified of what would happen to her, she felt her “fight or flight” instinct arrive – only it would be flight! She sure couldn’t fight lava! What should she do? Only one answer.

“Oh, God! I have to get out of here!”

Posted October 23, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in book promotion

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Announcing The Anaerris Code (Book 1) by LK Kelley   4 comments

The Anaerris Code: Gem – Book 1

Hi, Lela! Well, here’s the scoop on my new book series as I promised.

LK Kelly Anaerris Code CoverAfter the success of my 5* Trilogy, the White Wolf Prophecy, I decided to write another series. The first question I’ve had is how did I come up with the name, and what does it mean? If you asked me how in the world I came up with the title, the answer is? I have no idea! I knew I wanted a new, and different, title. I opened my mouth, and there it was!

But, what is the Anaerris Code?  Anaerris is one of three moons in a distant galaxy surrounded by the golden  sun of Nerime. Three moons and the races that have been all but wiped out by a great War between the Fallen Angels on two of them, while the beings of the third planet are docile. The one to save all lives on a distant planet that can only be accessed by a special power belonging to the royal houses of the Anaerris.  But, the Anaerris world is betrayed by one of their own. And, they all begin the search for this special person.  Her name?

Gemma Sinclair (Gem), who has no idea that her entire life is about to change forever.

The first book in the series lets the reader follow her growth from human to her true nature. As the above photo says, she is part Human, Nephilim, and Alien – but she that is not enough, for her DNA must change, irrevocably, to fulfill a destiny unlike any other person, or being,  who has ever lived.

All new characters have been introduced into my new book series. Her best friend, Taylor and her mate and two children; Stan and his mate; and finally, a mysterious Professor who teaches history in her small town college, and spends a great deal of time at the local, but private, Library where Gem and Taylor work.  However, “The Library” is not just any library.  A secret resides within, and when Gem discovers it, the journey to her destiny begins, and will not end until the final pages of the series.

LK Kelley Anaerris Code CardPut these altogether with the three moons, a pug named “Lola” (yes, this is Lola, the Bookplug Pug and my PR Agent, in a role just made for her), The bad guys are so bad, their evil knows no bounds whatsoever. Be prepared for them, for their evil will increase throughout the series.

As for Lola?  She is a guard for a neutral race, and she is with Gem to protect her against the evil. All search for the secret found not only in a person, but a crystal, and a special book that have been lost for thousands of years.  All want the crystal and the book, and they want to kill Gem, so that they may obtain that power.

Shocks, betrayals, and surprises are around every corner. And, everyone will discover the truth about all the Earth’s myths and legends as well as the Great Flood, and how it happened! Angels, Nephilim, Aliens, and other surprise beings will keep the reader bouncing from adventure to adventure.

But, who is Gem, really? Not even her friends know the entire story! Follow Gem and her friends as they take on the most evil horde that has ever threatened the destruction of Earth – and all universes!

Do You Enjoy Techno Thrillers?   1 comment

Ted Cross announces a one-week-only 99 cent sale of The Immortality Game
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Ted Cross announces that starting today and for the one week only, The Immortality Game will be .99 on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iTunes, and GooglePlay!

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I Like Mine With Flash   5 comments

Welcome to the blog hop and the question “What’s my favorite decade so far and why?”

Now, there are two ways to answer that question because there are two ways to read it.

First, have you checked out Stevie Turner’s blog yet? You definitely want to read about her favorite decade.

What’s my personally favorite decade that I have lived?

Well, they all have had their good points and bad points. That decade when you’re a kid is pretty cool, except that you are a kid, and there were a couple of natural disasters in my community, so …. Mixed bag. Teens are cool. I was a teen, which is a very mixed bag of glorious and suckiness, so … my dad died, high school had lots of temptations to be stupid but that was also the decade I accepted Christ and survived being stupid. My 20s had some excellent times — college was a great experience, I met my husband and got married — and some sad times — my mom died and I discovered marriage and the Christian life can have some rocks. My 30s were when I had my kids, so glorious, but mixed in with what we term “the unfortunate years”, a very dark time in our lives when we learned that God uses everything for the good of the people He has called through Christ, but that it’s not always a walk in the park under nice street lights. My 40s were sort of cool. I had a great job and Brad and I both experienced a measure of economic success … and then we decided there’s more to life than making money — a decision that had some challenging consequences. We raised a wonderful and highly entertaining daughter and got our son to the cusp of being a teenager. My great job turned sucky, so …. Mixed bag.

My 50s are going well. I have a job comparable to that great one and I have published two novels. That’s all great but the world is bent, so I don’t expect perfection. The wonderful daughter has become a gypsy bluegrass musician, which is both exciting and terrifying in equal measures for a parent. The son is an amazing young man … so far ….

So best decade for me is … not definable. They all had good parts and bad parts and I couldn’t vote for one as “THE BEST”. If I believed in horoscopes, I’d blame it on being a Libra, but I’m just not that definitive.

But let me tell you what my favorite decade in recent history is. I wish I’d lived in the 1920s.

Why?

I like my decades with flash. The music was cool, the dancing was hot, the clothes swung to the beat, and the cars had style. I like that the government of the day thought they could control folks and tell them how to live their lives, but Prohibition actually brought about an irreverent “I did not consent, I will not comply” mood for the decade. The 20s was the decade that defined my life even though I wouldn’t be born for more than a quarter century because my father was a teenager in the 1920s.

The 1920s were a time of social change and wild financial speculation. It was also when science fiction as we know it came into its own. Fritz Lang’s science fiction epic, Metropolis, was in theaters. Czech writer Karel Capek invented the word “robot,” and a group of US amateur fiction writers founded the influential pulp magazine Weird Tales featuring dark, bizarre stories of undersea aliens by a young H.P. Lovecraft. In New York, the Harlem Renaissance was in full swing, bringing poetry, fiction and jazz from the African American community into the mainstream. Slavery was becoming something that only your grandparents could remember. Women had gotten the vote and were working as journalists.

The 1920s was the beginning of youth culture and college hijinks. Young people of the era discovered a stark generation gap with their parents. Kids who had grown up with technologies like telephones, movies, and electric lights were accustomed to a radically different world than people who grew up with horse-drawn carriages and gas lamps. Why not recreate culture since times were changing so fast that each new generation seemed to grow up on a different planet from their elders?

I see a lot of parallels to our own era — which might explain why the 1920s are so in vogue these days. Think Downtown Abbey. But mostly, I just like the whole mystique of it — all the flash and all that jazz.

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Interview with Alan Place   1 comment

Alan PlaceToday’s interview is with Alan Place, extremely prolific author from the United Kingdom.

Before I start, I would like to thank Lela for this opportunity to tell you about my work.
On viewing my various pages on book selling sites, you would get the impression that I’m prolific – I was. I was more prolific than it appears at first glance, many of my books are collections of stories; the award winning Chronicles of Mark Johnson is a good example. The first book in the series, is eight short stories combined. I haven’t done much recently. It is isn’t writer’s block – I never get that – I have lots of stories to write. My problem is more personal, depression.
Tell us about yourself, Alan.
I was born in North Yorkshire – the county has changed its name since – to me it will always be North Yorkshire. My mother’s family are fishermen in the North Sea. I dedicated my last novella – A Sailor’s Love – to the people who live/ work on the coasts, and in the fishing industry. One of my uncles was in the lifeboat service, and was involved in a big rescue of the mouth of the river Tees. I put a fictional account of this rescue in my book Lifeboat Heroes. The accident at the beginning happened to another of my late uncles.
After leaving college I joined the Royal Air Force, during my six-year term I was posted to Germany, and Ireland. I was in Ireland at the time of the Maze Prison hunger strikes. When I left the RAF, I got a job in the Bristol Museums service for 14 years, before I was laid off with depression after my father passed away; since then (20 years ago) I have been unemployed. Owing to an inherited illness I am now classed as legally disabled, and will soon be housebound as my illness progresses.
I’ve lived in the Bristol area since I was 7 – we moved when my father got a job down here – and I’ve lived in Bristol since I got married in 1985. Our family consists of me, my wife, Linda, our five children, and my stepson. We are a cat family, and have several rescued furry family members, as well as four dogs.
Before my injury, I used to be an avid gardener, and for many years grew Fuchsias. I do miss my gardening, but as I can’t stand for long, gardening is a thing of the past. I used to be a reasonable amateur photographer for many years, and rarely went anywhere with a camera close. Many of my friends will tell you that I don’t boast about my successes as a writer, which is true, I rarely sing my own praises. I think it is better to have someone else tell people who good you are  http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/bristols-award-winning-writer.html#.VUTPdhz3-iw
What was the first story you wrote and how old were you?
I had my first published story when I was in my teens, it was printed in a UK men’s magazine called Knave. The story was about a young couple making love on a bus on their way home. I’ve had many articles printed, in various types of magazine from motor sports to country music. Four years ago I had what was to become my most popular ghost story published on line –The Old Church ghosts – was published in a special Halloween edition of Vintage Script magazine.
When did you decide you wanted to be a published author?
I think I got my first thought of being a writer when I was about 6. The first book I read – The Silver Sword – made a huge impact on me. In the time in between life took over until my injury four years ago, when I became disabled with a torn tendon; it was then I started to rethink my approach to writing.
I couldn’t pin down a genre in your books. Do you have a preferred genre?
I gained a rep for writing ghost stories four years ago http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/why-did-i-do-it.html#.VUTMxhz3-iw. I prefer to think of my stories as spiritual stories, they are more about lost souls trying to come to peace, than scaring people. My big success is in the Sci-Fi genre, where the Forgestriker series is a huge hit on Barnes & Noble http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/forgestriker-collection.html#.VUTNyxz3-iw Nobody is more surprised than me, I hadn’t written Sci-Fi until last year.
I don’t have a preferred genre, I see myself as a writer, and I can change my style to suit what I feel like writing at the time. One of my current stories is a wartime romance/mystery spanning the 1930’s. I also wrote a series of PI stories which were praised by a former Queensland police sergeant, and my short Medieval story To Elfenmere was praised by a lady with a BA in medieval studies.
What are you passionate about?
I love nature in all its forms, when I thought I was going to die – Christmas 2013 – my view on life changed. Little things people take for granted, wind on your face, rain, and listening to birds talking came to mean a lot more to me. I am not against any religion, but I am against people who try to force their views on me. I am not racist, but I believe jobs should go to people who have lived, and worked in the area; not to any foreigner who can undercut the wage structure the unions fought for. I am an advocate for natural healing, and using herbs in cooking.
What is something you cannot live without?
Books come top of my list. I am an avid reader/ collector of signed copies. TV doesn’t bother me, I haven’t had a TV for over four years, and apart from a few series, I haven’t missed it.
So tell me about the books?
My hit series of seven books – Forgestriker – is about the struggles of a group of soldiers sent on what was to be an easy journey. The aim was to set up a radar station on a distant planet to track a rogue ship. Nobody told the men that the planet had became a fortress for their enemy – did the elite know/ care? The story starts in Sons of Baal with the men fighting a rear guard action, and boarding Forgestriker, to find out her controls have been so badly damaged in the fighting, they cannot be altered from a course set for dead space. As the men fight to gain control control of the ship, they are contacted by a deserted space station, who/ what is hailing them?
What’s been your best seller so far? (Tell us about it … or even the top 3).
The best seller by a long way is the second book in the series – Forgestriker (129) – probably because it bears the same name as the series. My second best seller is the opening book in the series – Sons of Baal with 69 sales, and the third best seller is the third book in the series Return of the Lost with 24 sales. All these are sales on Barnes & Noble, as a series, apart from the last in the series – Caldera Awakens – every book has out sold my Amazon best seller Holding Richmond (12 sales).
I’m going to drop you off at a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer, so you don’t need to worry about freezing to death. I’m providing the bug spray (a necessity in the north) and the food. All you have to do is enjoy the month. How do you spend it? What do you bring? If you bring books, what are they?
Top of the list is my Ipad, and camera, so I can record the wonders of nature. I would probably use the information gained for a story, as I did when I went to Canada to see a friend – who has since left this world – when I returned I wrote Nerja. I would spend the time walking in the woods, finding peace away from the pressure of the modern world. I found that solace helped my writing. I would take some history books with me, I am interested in the history of any area I visit, I would be interested to find out if there were any unsolved mysteries in the area; I often use these for development into stories.
What are your literary plans for the future?
I have a number of ideas I wish to expand over the coming months. From expanding the hit series to writing a new romance mystery, and I intend to write a third book in the award winning stories of Mark Johnson – hoping for a few sales. I recently joined Google books, and I hope this will entice a few sales, it has already produced sales for my PI stories of Pat Canella, something Amazon hasn’t done in four years.
Anything else you would like to say.
I would like to thank you, Lela, for having me on your site. I would also like to thank two special friends, my good friend/ editor Julia Petrakis, who puts up with my ups & downs, and never fails to be there for me; and my friend Ruth Slattery, who is my biggest fan, and a constant support.
Links — books, websites, author pic, cover images
  http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/      http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/alan-place
http://thebooktrap.weebly.com/book-directory.html   https://paper.li/f-1426008357
    https://play.google.com/books/publish/a/13582038264809529458#list                                         https://twitter.com/alanwplace
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