At BookSliced, it’s not just about the discounts. With Author Talks, we share the stories behind the stories and tell the tales of the writers, in their own words.
May 11th, 2013
Authors are often asked who would be their dream cast if a movie of their book was made. I'm in the enviable position that I don't have to make up a dream cast as my book The Kult really has been filmed. It may only be an independent production, and the actors will not be people you'll of heard of (yet), but I think it's still a major achievement having a film of ones work made. Lots of books are optioned, which basically means someone secures the rights for a period of time to make the film, but most never go beyond this stage to actual shooting, so I'd never expected mine to really progress, but then back in 2010, shooting began.
April 18th, 2013
There's a great line in Tom Wolfe's classic The Right Stuff, about the early days of the space program, where he talks about how test pilots who would fly high-performance jet aircraft on the heels of a mortal hangover. Wolfe quotes them as saying, "I don't advise it, you understand, but it can be done."
March 27th, 2013
Every author takes inspiration from different types of books, but I'd guess that my inspiration for Public Attraction is especially unusual: Fifty Shades of Grey, Bared to You, and Pride and Prejudice.
February 14th, 2013
What three books inspired me to start the Cue Ball Mysteries and write Playing With Poison? Finally, an easy question! Here's my answer: Sue Grafton's A is for Alibi, Joan Hess's Malice in Maggody, and Janet Evanovich's One for the Money.
January 16th, 2013
What happens when you find yourself dating again after divorce?
Lots of disappointing dinners, so many moments of laughing with your friends about dates gone bad, frustration beyond belief, and hopelessness, thinking the last of the good guys are taken. Until that heart stopping moment when you finally meet someone. He makes you weak in the knees, he brings warmth back into your jaded heart, and he makes you realize that regardless of what happens, you now know your post marriage life is going to be okay. In fact, it's going to be more than okay. It's going to be wonderful!
December 6th, 2012
The heroine, Katherine Lindsay would require a young, fearless actress who is able to effectively portray the character's emotional journey and evolution. At the end of the story, Katherine is barely recognizable from the timid girl in the first chapter. A daring, versatile actress like Emilia Clarke, who currently plays Daenerys on Game of Thrones, would be best. Another great choice would be Lyndsy Fonseca, who is demonstrating a lot of range on Nikita.
November 28th, 2012
From time to time, I'm asked which authors have influenced my writing. I invariably reply none have. I make no conscious decision to imitate for why would a reader buy a second rate copy, when he could get the real thing? However, there are writers who I enjoy reading, and I enjoy for two reasons. First, they were there; they served in intelligence agencies and therefore probably know the workings of the spy world and the human heart better than most. Secondly, because they were there, they're interested in conveying (my assumption, I admit) what that world's like. They're not crowd pleasers. They're not primarily businessmen, interested in making a buck. They seem to be interested in only one thing, the truth. And they're damn good at conveying that through atmosphere, dialogue, tension, the loneliness and fear. Nothing James Bondish about them.
November 19th, 2012
I have found over the years that I tend to write in layers. I have all of these action scenes in my head that drive the story, and I have to get to each one of them. So, I write action -- "she walks into the room, does this action thing that drives the story, and leaves the room."
November 14th, 2012
A few years ago, my mom and dad won the Irish lottery. After they bought a house and two cars, there wasn't much money left. Some members of my mother's family seemed to have difficulty realizing the money wasn't limitless. They weren't very kind.
November 8th, 2012
Sailing on the deep blue ocean had always been a dream of mine. I'd done a Barefoot Cruise on a four masted schooner when I was young and single and came to the conclusion that I was destined to be a sailor. Luckily, I married a man who liked to sail, and we bought a 27 ft. water ballasted sailboat for the San Francisco bay. There's a saying, that if you can successfully navigate the bay of San Francisco, you can sail anywhere. True, but it took me a couple of years before I could effectively scoot across the bay without hyperventilating. There were all those tides and currents, not to mention crossing the channel where international freighters hourly pressed for homeport.
November 6th, 2012
The last book I downloaded was To The Grave by Steve Robinson. This book appealed to me on several fronts: it was a mystery and it was about genealogy. I have always been fascinated with genealogy, and I'm even more interested because my daughter owns a genealogy business, Roots in the Boot, that does research for people of Italian heritage. I haven't started reading the book yet, but it's near the top of my TBR list, and I have to say I'm eager to get into it.
November 1st, 2012
I began writing The Dragondain eight years ago, which may seem like a strangely long time ago for a second book in series that debuted as an ebook last year. But I can explain. You see, I write the books in the Moon Realm series two at a time. After I get the barest framework into my mind, I write just a sentence or two for what will become each chapter on a piece of paper. I really like when the books are this small. It's very easy for me to hold it all in my little brain, and see how everything is connected. As soon as it feels like there's some solidity to it all, I expand the sentences to one or two paragraphs. I spend the most time here, playing with things: trying things on, throwing things out, adding characters, cutting characters. It's daunting, knowing that whatever I write during this time will shape everything that happens for the next two books, so I stay with it until I'm insanely happy. The instant I reach that state of happy madness, I expand those paragraphs into two-page chapter treatments (that all happens on my laptop).
October 30th, 2012
I used to have an apartment within a ten minute walk from my mom's house. At the end of her street was the local cemetery. Every time I walked past it, I would look in, and I started noticing little details about the place. In fact, every cemetery I've ever set foot in seems to follow a sort of universal layout -- so very much like a small city. And if you go in, you'll see it too. There's the section that is full of the mausoleums and statues that reminded me of downtown Anywhere, with its City Hall, municipal buildings, and the business setting. Then, you have the suburban areas and all of the headstones would be laid out that way. One area will be the affluent section of town, another will be the middle class section, and of course, one section will be the poorer section. And the roadways that run through each.