Hello, Zeke, Jake. May I have a Tom Collins, please? With two orange slices, thanks.
To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
My currents works are two more novels in the Three Moon series. Actually, they’re the first novel being re-released, and a second novel.
How would you describe yourself using only five words?
Shy…sensitive…talented…beautiful…unconceited (and laughing at those last two)
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
That universal Guilty Pleasure…chocolate…any kind in general, chocolate-covered raspberries, in particular. The pleasure part is the raspberry, the guilty part is the dark chocolate covering it.
If we asked your muse to describe you using five words, what do you think they would say?
Probably the same thing I’ve said, except she’d leave out the beautiful and unconceited part. She’d probably add lazy to the mix, too.
Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
Icy Snow Blackstone is a real name. It was my great-great-great-greatgrandmother’s name. She also had a niece named after her.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’d like a little island off the coast of Georgia…providing I could afford the hurricane insurance! Second choice, somewhere in Orange County, California. Of course, there, I’d have to take out earthquake insurance. Can someone name a safe but beautiful place with no natural disasters?
If someone hasn’t read any of your work, what book would you recommend that they start with and why?
That’s a difficult choice. I think it’d be Three Moon Station. It’s a love story but has some funny moments. It’s also sensual and with the setting, combines the traditions of a Western with those of a futuristic novel.
Is music a factor for you while you are writing? Do certain songs put you in the right frame of mind to write certain stories?
Not really. I like to have music going to keep away the silence but I don’t particularly have special pieces of types I play.
What is the strangest source of writing inspiration you’ve ever had?
The two movies that inspired Three Moon Station. One was called Murder on the Moon and was a 1989 movie of the week. People are probably getting tired of hearing about there two lines that caught me.
Why on Earth couldn’t we find him?”
“Because he wasn’t on Earth.”
Those two sentences made the wheels start spinning and I got to thinking, if someone witnessed a murder and no place on Earth was safe, where could you go? Answer: to another planet, just as in that movie, the murderer did.
The other was Quigley Down Under, in which Tom Selleck played a Montana sharpshooter hired by an Australian rancher to help solve the “aborigine” problem. Naturally once he discovered the real reason he was hired, Quigley and the rancher come to a deadly clash. It was very easy to envision Sarkin Trant as a Quigley-clone.
If your muse were to talk behind your back, what secrets would she tell?
Actually, if my muse knows what’s good for her, she won’t be spilling any secrets!
Are your characters able to love or do they need to be taught?
In Three Moon Station, Sar’s the one doing the teaching but Katy’s a very eager pupil. It’s an awkward situation for them at first because of the reasons they come together. She thinks she’s hired to be his housekeeper; he’s really paying for a wife. Sar’s been alone all his life except for the company of his son and he’s relatively shy around women but he has a definite sense of how they’re supposed to be treated. He’s also too honest for his own good—and Katy’s tells him that often—and is very earnest in making certain Katy doesn’t think he’s a womanizer.
Katy on the other hand is relatively ignorant of love or sex, but Sar’s gentleness and understanding, and the ways he courts her, make it easy for her to fall in love with him.
It’s more or less two people who’ve been waiting for each other all their lives actually meeting.
Do you have a book that was easiest to write or one that was the hardest?
All of them have been relatively easy because I have the entire stories mapped out before I began. Three Moon Station was very easy because it was such an enjoyable story to write. The difficult part was when I came back to it the second time to re-edit. There were several pieces deleted from the original and I chose to reinsert those. Then, there had to be some additional writing to make them fit in. Also, the climax of the story was lengthened and changed to make it more dramatic.
The other two novels in the series, The Finer Gentleman and In This Kingdom by the Sea were also easy and enjoyable to write.
Could you tell us a couple of favorite books that inspired you to write?
Out of all the books I’ve read, it’s difficult to pick specific ones. Two do come to mind, though, The Black Swan by Day Taylor, and Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Everyone’s probably familiar with the latter but I found the characters of The Black Swan—Adam and Dulcie—just as unforgettable, especially for me. I’ve always wished there had been a sequel to it.
What can readers expect next from you?
I’ve a couple of Westerns on the back burner, all set in Nebraska.
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