A Hollywood Experience: Lousy Tables, a Cool Cover, and Brenda's Latest Book Release - ‘Home Wrecker’
GMB: Hey Brenda Perlin! Fellow Master Koda Select Publishing author and SO-CAL Buddy. Welcome! How’s things in Southern California?
BP: "Hey" yourself. When you getting back to The Sun Mitch?
GMB: Not soon, enough … I miss San Diego, but for now, the Sun is going to have to wait. How about sharing a little for all to--?
BP” Born in Los Angeles, California in the Sixties I studied acting and photography after high school. My true passion ignited when I became interested in health and fitness and became a fitness instructor. I started writing ‘Home Wrecker’ when I was twenty-nine, during a time when I was getting married. I put the story down shortly after the wedding and did not pick it back up until she was forty-six and going through a divorce. I hang out in Orange County, California.
GMB: Gee Brenda … What we have to go through to write a book these days... *Smirks* So … ‘Home Wrecker’, your new Book … The Release is when ...? Is it Launching soon? Rumor has it Monday?
BP: Yes, Monday, but how about welcoming your Blogger fans out there?
GMB: Well sure … *Smiles* So "Hey and Welcome Bloggers Fans”. *Smiles* Now … getting back to--
BP: I'm thinking we should get out of this Barn and--
GMB: You want to go to the Route 66 Diner for a coffee?
BP: Naw ... I'm thinking of something a little more ... well you know...? 'More'.
GMB: Well okay ... Let's get to where there is 'More'... *grinning*
BP: Mitch, is there somewhere you prefer to be seated?
GMB: Oh Brenda you just think you are so KEWL!
BP: Oh look… *smirks* You just lost your window table. Now, I do not know whether to put you there, or way over there… or perhaps over … maybe under there…
GMB: Now wait a minute … How am I supposed to get you talking about your upcoming Book Release for ‘Home Wrecker’, if you are stuffing me in a back corner and under…?
BP: Oh, why ‘Yes’ … the Book Launch … I am hosting a Facebook Party, along with Kim Mutch Emerson of Master Koda Select Publishing and--
GMB: A Facebook Book Release Party right alongside your Publisher?
BP: Yes ... A team effort from start to finish...
GMB: And where will we find you … I mean the Book Release Party, You, Your Publisher, your Book and everything else that will be going on?
BP: Well I already know you are going, so you know where to find it, but your Blogger Fans can find us using this link https://www.facebook.com/events/447180968707670/?notif_t=plan_user_joined
GMB: And your Launch of ‘Home Wrecker’ is April 29, 2013 …
BP: Why ‘Yes’ … Monday April 29 … Thank you for reminding me … I almost forgot. Now follow me my darling … Is this table way over there ... Now is that going to be satisfactory?
GMB: Where? I can't see it yet.
BP: Oh, its there...
GMB: How about giving us a hint of what your new book ‘Home Wrecker’ is about, you know, while we're walking…
BP: Oh a Walk 'n Talk... I like that ... Well now, let's see... ‘Home Wrecker’ is the first book in a three part series that follows the main character, Brooklyn throughout her childhood, adult life and then what seems like an “endless” journey towards redemption for her and her new love interest, Bo.
GMB: A’right, sounds good and—?
BP: And Brooklyn and Bo, each unhappily married to someone else, have to decide whether to stay with their spouses or give up everything for each other.
GMB: Oh, now it is getting a bit dodgy-- I see … Is this the ‘Home Wrecker’ part?
BP: And then it is about what would Brooklyn's husband and Bo’s soon-to-be ex-wife do to break them up?
GMB: Wow … Sounds like Brook and Bo are getting after it, and then everyone is getting after Brook and Bo and—?
BP: I guess you could say that … (a barely detectable *smirk*).
GMB: You know Brenda I've had better tables... *winking*.
BP: You have?
GMB: Well sure, at least I'm pretty sure I guess... I still can't see much...
BP: Oh it is there...
GMB: So anyway ... You have this new book coming out ... ‘Home Wrecker’! Now, I also hear you are going to host a little Cover Reveal for ‘Home Wrecker’ sometime soon?
BP: Why ‘Yes’ … I am going to play around with the Cover this week … You want to peek?
GMB: Sure, and ‘Where is it exactly?’
BP: If I can ever decide on the final formatting it will be available here first …. Right now … Then on Amazon.com on April 29th.
GMB: No … nobody told me?
BP: No one can find you with the kind of tables you get ... You ever think of getting an Agent or something?
GMB: Shoot Brenda, they're the ones always saying they can't find me...
BP: So sorry Mitch... *flips hair* Well anyway, here is the Cover for my new book 'Home Wrecker' … *Grinning*... Would you like to see a menu?
GMB: Pass on the menu ... I'm more interested in your new Cover. Now this looks Great! I love the green eyes ... is she taunting?
BP: You tell me.
GMB Yes, well ... So tell us, ‘Where were you hiding this wonderful effort’?
BP: With a very bad publisher, but now things are looking up.
GMB: No, no that is not what I meant... Well, and of course we all know things are looking up. Now, where is it going to be?
BP: What? We still talking about the Cover?
GMB: Sure, if you want… (a detectable *smirk*).
BP: Okay, well the Cover will hopefully be on the Amazon bestseller list … Right?
GMB: And hopefully with your great story behind it … *grinning* You bet!
BP: And that is what we call a newly published book… Thank you so much for your support!
GMB: And Thank You for lousy tables that I can always count on... *wink wink* ... Hey, at least they know where to find me now...
BP: And everyone knows where to find my new book *Smiles* (and then gets serious again). Here's your table Mitch ... I hope you like it...
GMB: How can I not ... You going to sit and visit with me some more, about your new book?
BP: Nope, gotta' go... You see that guy at the table by the window way over there...?
GMB: Well yea...
BP: I think that's my Agent... but its too far ... Can't see for sure ... Anyhooo ... Gotta' run, catch you later ... *Kiss Kiss Chow*.
GMB: Yes and congratulations Brenda. I want to thank you for dropping by and we do truly wish you the best with your forthcoming Book Release and Launch for 'Home Wrecker'.
BP: You're welcome.
GMB: Well, and Thank You for the Hollywood Experience Brenda ... It was good to see you again ... Oh and thanks for the table, cover peek and letting us know a little about your new book ...
BP: Sure, anytime ... Later ... I ;'Kissed Kissed' you already ... Right?
GMB: Yes, *Sitting* *Sighing* *lamenting* And "Yes" my Blogger Friends, this was pretty much the latest version of the GMB Hollywood Experience ... You will find, and be able to follow Brenda Perlin (perhaps more closely than me) and, her new Book Release using the contact information below. Hope you enjoyed meeting Brenda (in the satiric role of Hollywood mover and shaker) and wish everyone a great read, good health and the best of wellness...
FACEBOOK: HOME WRECKER https://www.facebook.com/HomeWreckertheBook
FACEBOOK: HOME WRECKER: THE BROOKLYN AND BO CHRONICLES https://www.facebook.com/HomeWreckerTheBrooklynandBoChronicles
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE
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FORTHCOMING INTERVIEW for the Week of May 1, 2013:
G. Mitchell Baker Interviews DeEtte Anderton, Christian Values Author and Friend, Friend and indeed a Wonderful Friend.
The Rocket Launch from Finland: An Interview with Jennifer Loiske, Author and Friend Extranordinaire
GMB This week, I am welcoming Author and Friend Extraordinaire, Jennifer Loiske to the Barn. Born in Lebanon, Jennifer has lived in Finland almost all of her life. From my perspective, it all sounds like a wonderful life experience you can learn more about not only from this Interview, but from Jennifer’s beautiful website as well. Welcome Jennifer, how are you?
JL Greetings from Finland Mitch, it is nice to be here in The Barn. Is it safe?
GMB Oh it is a little tired, leans a little, but I think it will hold up long enough for you to share a little about yourself, the writer, and author. If not, then we can just head on to the Route 66 Diner and have a coffee as well. Tell us a little more about yourself.
JL I am an author of paranormal romance and paranormal stories. I live in Finland with my ever so patient family who let me fulfill my dream as a writer. I have written three different series, SHAPE SHIFTER series, IMMORTAL BLOOD series, and MCLEAN TWINS series, along with couple of stories for different anthologies. Four of my books are on Amazon worldwide. I also write articles to the magazines, keep a blog, and I am a part of the team that makes Epilepsy Finland magazine. I’m also very keen on charity work and a big part of my royalties go to the charity; mainly to help families with epileptic children but also to the epilepsy units in the hospitals. I have also just published a charity book (all profits go to charity), THE TALES OF AN OLD WIZARD with four other writers.
GMB Wow Jennifer, I only knew of some of you work. Tell us, where, how do you find your greatest inspiration?
JL In reverie. Just before, I wake up or fall asleep… However, not all of my inspiration comes in the quietest moments of the day. Sometimes all it takes is a half-heard word, something I see…a person, something from the nature, a movie…
GMB And the direction your inspiration tends to take you is the paranormal genre?
JL My love for all paranormal (Well, except for ghosts. They scare the crap out of me!). I love paranormal romance stories and my appetite for them is bottomless. So I guess it was only natural for me to start writing about them, too. Besides, all the choices are mine now, so I can create the kind of stories I’d like to read and only hope that someone else would like to read them, too.
GMB Nice, and I know of your keen interest in the paranormal because that is how we met … You were kind enough to review my latest paranormal effort. "Thank You". Now, is there any other genre you like to write? If there is, why do you like to write in the second genre?
JL Children’s literature. I wouldn’t be the person I am now without all those wonderful stories that I read when I was a kid. I actually have written a book for kids but it’s still in my bottom drawer…
GMB Well I’m thinking we are going to have to get it out of that drawer soon, tell us, which appears first, when you are contemplating a new project: a character, the plot or the title?
JL This is a tough question! Hmmm… It varies but mostly a character. Usually the title comes after the story is ready or along the way when I’m writing but it has happened once that the title was the first thing that popped into my mind and kept nagging so hard that I simply had to create a story around that title.
GMB I know what you mean … Sometimes the title comes fast for me too, then the expectations… Now, what is the hardest part of a novel for you to write, the beginning, middle, or the end?
JL Middle! Oh, how I hate those middle chapters! I always know how the story starts and the end is quite clear too but how to get there…that’s the tricky part.
GMB I’m curious … With so much life experience, has your own life influenced your novels?
JL Yes. I’ve put all my pain and frustration about my child’s illness into my SHAPE SHIFTER series. There are a lot of parts that are true, especially the facts about epilepsy and the descriptions of the seizures. I really want to spread some epilepsy awareness to my readers and hopefully open their eyes to see that a person with a disorder can be a hero too!
GMB And Thank You for sharing … Can you also share with us who is your favorite character, of those you have created?
JL Samantha Green from the book, CLUB NUMBER FIVE. She has a very curious mind that sometimes takes her into some difficult situations. She’s brave and even if her sudden becoming of vampire threw her into a strange world she won’t let anything to stop her from protecting her friends and family. She’s also very sassy and does not let steaming boys with hard abbs to control her. Not that she always has a choice…
GMB And I have read CLUB NUMBER FIVE and Loved it … It is a book I would hope my Teenage daughter would read because the Sam Green character in a teenage way chooses wisely even though the circumstances often twist in youthful struggles. Can you also tell us about your newest release?
JL My latest release is a paranormal story called BLACK DIAMOND for teen/YA readers. It tells about twelve-year-old Shannon McLean whose life has suddenly turned upside down. She has to move from Boston to England’s countryside and live with her father she does not know. Her father turns out to be some kind of a monster, not to mention his male servant. The house she’s supposed to live is not a castle but an old manor with hidden passages and stolen spirits. She also finds her other half and learns magical things about herself and her family she only dreamt about when she was a little.
GMB Now this gets me thinking, let us suppose I was a publisher, and my question to you is “Why were you chosen to write this latest story?” How would you respond to the inquisitive publisher?
JL It all started from a birthday party invitation to England’s countryside. The minute I Googled the party venue and saw the pictures, my fingers started to tickle and I had to start writing. Endless green fields, old dry-stone walls, mysterious woods, huge stone manors…Yes, I lost my heart to Burford long before I actually visited it and I knew the idea of young witches and demons would haunt me until I’d give in and put it on the paper. One might say I was obsessed with the story, which I probably was as I used months studying about the witches, spells, Wiccan religion and even visited some shops whilst writing the story.
GMB Ah ha … and as you write about the paranormal … Tell us, which do you prefer a great hero or a great villain? Why don’t you name one of each…
JL A great villain! No! A hero! Yaiks! I can’t decide but here they are… my hero: Aragorn (The Lord of The Rings) and a villain: Sylar (Heroes)
GMB Well okay Jennifer, now what is your favorite movie? What is NOT your favorite movie?
JL There are so many…but just to mention a few…well, The Lord of The Rings is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Meet Joe Black, Notting Hill, Matrix… and then one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen…Love Guru.
GMB Oh and Notting Hill has always been a movie I can watch as well … So … If you could be anyone in the world, space, and designated realm, who would it be?
JL I’ve always wanted to be Modesty Blaise. How cool would it be to be rich and beautiful, go to the secret missions and be able to survive out of anything. Oh, and have Willie Garvin as my best friend!
GMB Nice…very nice … Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
JL Going up like a rocket I hope! And, hopefully I’ve finished all my three series and have some new interesting writing projects going on…
GMB Well we are hoping the rocket is lifting off for you and that soon you will be looking down on this Anything But Tired Old Barn from about fifteen miles up. Jennifer, it was nice to work with your again and we l certainly wish you the best of everything for your writing, your charity work and especially your Family.
JL Thank You Mitch…
GMB And to just summarize a little, we have your principal genre(s) as follows: (1) Paranormal; Teen/YA: BLACK DIAMOND, (2) Paranormal Romance; YA: IMMINENCE, SEDUCTION, and (3) Paranormal Romance; New Adults (age 18-24), CLUB NUMBER FIVE.
JL Yes, and our readers can find my Website using the following Website Link: www.jenniferloiske.com
GMB Oh, and you've brought with you an excerpt from your latest release, BLACK DIAMOND?
JL Yes, may I read it?
GMB Please do Jennifer...
JL “She ran upstairs, scared to death. If she had turned and looked behind she would’ve seen the pain in her father’s eyes and how beaten he looked, but she didn’t. She ran for her life, and when she reached her room she slammed the door behind her, turned the key in the lock, and hid in her bed. She pulled the blanket over her head and sat under it shaking and crying. What kind of place was this? And what was her dad? Not who but what!
“This is just a dream,” she whispered to herself. “Just a dream.”
She tried to calm herself down. She remembered a horror movie she had once watched with her best friend. Mom hadn’t known, of course. This place and these people were just like it. Maybe worse. This was not a movie. This was real and she was trapped. She wondered why Connor had allowed her to come there. He obviously didn’t want her there and for some reason was stuck with her now. But one thing was sure. She was not safe and she needed to get away. If she stayed, something terrible would happen. She was sure of that. Something beyond her imagination, and she didn’t want to find out what it was.
She lowered the blanket a little. She was still alone. No one had followed her and her room looked as white as it had before. There was no threat in there and she felt stupid. Maybe it was just her mind playing tricks with her.
“Now you are being stupid,” she whispered. This was not a trick. This was true.
She got up and tried the doorknob. It was still locked. She sat on the bed and glanced at the clock. It was 2 p.m. What in the world was she supposed to do for the rest of the day? She let her hand slide over the pillars on her amazing canopy bed. The wood felt smooth under her hands. It was such a shame they had painted the old bed white. She was sure that it would’ve been stunning in its natural oak color. Her hand stopped. She had felt something. Some kind of mark or engraving. She looked closer, searching for the mark. There it was. An upward-pointing triangle. What did it mean? Was it some kind of ancient symbol, or had it been made by someone that had been held in this room as a prisoner? How exciting! She forgot her fears and searched the other pillars…"
GMB Thank You Jennifer. This excerpt conveys a moment of searching ... I always like the lead up to discovery ... Thank You for sharing a read with us Jennifer ... And, where can we find and continue to purchase your works?
JL Yes, Thank You, my Purchase Links are: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jennifer+loiske
GMB Wonderful and pretty cool too... Well Jennifer, I hear The Barn creaking a little and that tells us our time is running short. I want to thank you for visiting with us here today and do wish you the best in all your endeavors.
JL And thank you for opening up The Barn here and providing me the opportunity to share a little of who and what I am all about. The next time we'll have to make that trip to the Route 66 Diner.
GMB Jennifer you are very, very welcome. Please keep us posted on the progress of your Rocket Launch from Finland will you?
JL Yaiks … *laughing* … I sure will :-D
FORTHCOMING INTERVIEW for the Week of April 24, 2013:
G. Mitchell Baker Interviews Brenda Perlin, Author and Friend about her NEW BOOK RELEASE from Master Koda Select Publishing.
GMB: This week, I am welcoming Author and Friend, Native American Mystery Author, Joan Leslie Woodruff. Before we start, I have to share with Blogger Fans and Friends that Joan’s positive influence is in large part why I so enjoy writing novels today… I want to take this opportunity to thank Joan for all her encouragement and mentorship through many years of writing and publication. *Thank You Joan*.
JLW: No problem *Smiles* … You are welcome.
GMB: Tell us a little about yourself.
JLW: I am always changing, growing, and learning. My life’s had tragedies many could not recover from; but I look for the lessons. From suffering comes understanding. Understanding creates an arc in the learning curve. Rainbows are arcs, both joyous and spiritual.
GMB: Recently, I visited your Author Website and found this wonderful quote by you … Mind if I share it here?
JLW: Not at all…
GMB: I just have to share this… Your quote reads, "You are born, and you will die, and for all that knowledge, you try to make life count somewhere in the middle. No day is more important. No day is less important. Each moment is equal as long as you are in it, and that’s the secret. A friend once told me, the best day you will ever have is the one you show up for.”
GMB: Your quote is inspirational … The inspiration comes from a 'friend'… Please tell us more about where; perhaps how you continue to find your greatest inspiration?
JLW: My greatest inspiration came from the elders in my family, from my grandparents, aunts, and uncles, older cousins, and especially my parents and my brother.
GMB: So wonderful, Joan thanks for sharing … And from your inspiration, what has brought you to choose to write suspense mysteries?
JLW: Suspense mysteries are my favorite genre. I write them because that is the genre I read most often.
GMB: When inspired, which appears first when contemplating a new project: a character, the plot, or perhaps the title?
JLW: Characters begin showing up in my life. I develop stories around the ones they tell me. When I get off their story-line, I get stuck. When I return to the story-line they provided, it flows easy.
GMB: Indeed, I came across a review of your novel “Neighbors” (1993) ... it seems to speak to your approach for creating stories through your characters, and it shares so much more about your writing … I hope you don’t mind me sharing this review with our audience.
JLW: No, not at all Mitch…
GMB: This comment is about “Neighbors”, and seems to capture what is special about so much of Joan's writing in fiction… “The beauty of Woodruff’s novel is in the language. Rich metaphors decorate her descriptions, and conversations between characters twist interestingly with unusual, but believable, phrases and expressions. The tale is far from a comedy, but Woodruff imbues even ordinary scenes with a delightful wry humor.” Laura L. Klure, writer, Riverside, California.
JLW: In fact, you have found a review from my dear friend, Laura L. Klure…
GMB: Great! And perhaps you can share with us what may be the hardest part of a novel for you to write, the beginning, middle or end?
JLW: The ‘middle’ is the most difficult because it means I am halfway. I like adventures. I especially enjoy the beginning and the ending. The middle isn’t always easy.
GMB: Has your own life influenced your novels?
JLW: All my novels grew from my life.
GMB: Who is your favorite character in your stories, of the ones you have created?
JLW: Mule is my favorite character. He appears in three of my novels. He is a listener. He has the best role in the story. His presence brings tranquility and kindness to the scenes.
GMB: Tell us a little about your newest book release.
JLW: My newest release is not fiction. As a therapist who has a heavy background in the sciences, I have always been suspicious of theory-based counseling. Neuroscience advances every day in leaps and bounds, and it is finally catching up with what I have known since I was a student: Our brain and our mind is programmed by us.
GMB: If I was a publisher, I believe my first question would be, “Why were you chosen to write this story?” How would you respond to the inquisitive publisher?
JLW: My response to a publisher asking why I was chosen to write a story is: I don’t see that I was chosen to write it. I believe I was burdened to write it. My stories are multi-layered, they open doors and close doors for the readers. I believe people are better for having read them.
GMB: Which do you prefer, a great hero or a great villain? Why don’t you name one of each…
JLW: I prefer a great heroine. For instance, in ‘Ghost in the Rainbow’, the heroine is Myra, a woman with so many flaws, she doesn't even try to make excuses for herself. The villain is Beau Haggis, a serial killer.
GMB: If you could be anyone in the world, space, and designated realm, who would it be? And why?
JLW: I would be myself, because I am familiar with my path.
GMB: Thank-you Joan for this wonderful interview, your sharing so that we may get to know more of you, and your writing.
JLW: You are welcome Mitch!
GMB: And, for our Blogger Fans and Friends, please know Joan Leslie Woodruff writes in the genre of medical, suspense mystery; suspense thriller and historical literary. More about Joan and her writing can be found at her website, http://joanlesliewoodruff.com
Book title(s) by Joan Leslie Woodruff, MEd, OTR, Native American Mystery Author include: ‘Traditional Stories and Foods’ (1990); ‘Neighbors’ (1993); ‘The Shiloh Renewal’ (1998); ‘Ghost in the Rainbow’ (2002); ‘Wishes and Windmills’ (2003); ‘Polar Bears in the Kitchen’ (2009) and ‘Mind Games’ (2012).
To acquire the available works of Joan Leslie Woodruff, she suggests that all her books (those still in print) are purchasable through her Website where you can select the bookstore (of your choice) button.
FORTHCOMING INTERVIEW for the Week of April 17, 2013:
G. Mitchell Baker Interviews Jennifer Loiske, Young Adult Author and Friend from Finland.
GMB: For my inaugural interview I’d like to welcome intrepid Alberta writer - Linda Alberta to my blog.
LA: Thanks Mitch. Let’s offer a warm welcome to your blogger fans too.
GMB: First off, tell us about your writing career.
LA: I’ve interviewed Canadian authors for eight-years. Prior to that, I covered the music/entertainment scene for a number of memorable and cantankerous years.
GMB: We’re having a little fun here. Indeed, the book reviewer/music reviewer is being interviewed by me, the author. Why did you agree to be the one interviewed?
LA: I’m curious about everything. I’m curious about the process, the purpose and the limits of self-revelation. Because I’m curious, I need to know how it feels to be interviewed. I’m not one to leave digital footprints and I’m not a convert of social media cults. That’s why talking about myself for this interview will be interesting.
GMB: We hope this will be fun for you.
LA: Oh, it will be.
GMB: You’re having more coffee?
LA: It’s only my third espresso.
GMB: If you’re ready, here is a question. If you could interview anyone who would it be?
LA: I’d interview bold and fascinating, comic book iconoclast – Gerard Way, just because he resonates authenticity and because he is a coffee fanatic. I’d interview musician Jared Leto because he’s complicated. He is a genius of impression management. And, I’m recorded on YouTube, at his last Edmonton concert.
GMB: You’re on YouTube?
LA: I timed a vocal, “wahoo!” prior to “30 Seconds to Mars” playing a favourite song. This occurred when the room was silent for a few magical seconds. Somebody was recording and I go back to YouTube to listen to that moment.
GMB: But, was the room silent for …30 seconds? Next question: did you attend music school?
LA: I started out as a singer/songwriter who studied jazz guitar at Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan. I
love music. I read compulsively. I write from my gut.
GMB: When did you start work as a writer?
LA: In grade 10 I joined the school newspaper club and I interviewed everyone. After this, teachers were friendlier. But they were also kind of careful about what they said to me.
GMB: Did you date Billy Boyd (Pippin from Lord of the Rings)?
LA: That’s what people say. When I interviewed Boyd for the Edmonton International Film Festival, I didn’t bring a recorder and I understood every tenth word he said. He speaks Scottish.
In addition to being an unbelievably nice person who speaks very quickly, he shared that he worked as a book binder for seven-years. One of his jobs, was to assemble “Lord of the Rings” books. Carl Jung has this theory about meaningful coincidences.
GMB: Do you believe in synchronicity?
LA: Absolutely. That’s why we met and why we’re doing this interview.
GMB: Who was your strangest interview?
LA: Musician Kelly Simpson used to wear a black cloak, paint a third eye on his forehead and sing songs that would scare the Hades out of other scary people - while shaking a goat skull on a stick. I co-wrote a Halloween story about him. For this story, we (myself, co-writer and band) met at the Edmonton pyramids after midnight and proceeded to his drive-way, where I tried to start a large cranky hearse. Kelly was chanting and somebody said there were animal skulls buried in the backyard. I believed it!
GMB: What was your most fun story?
LA: One summer I created: The Linda Alberta Roll Pebble Roll Summer Limo Story with Junior Gone Wild. For this traveling photo shoot of a story, we took a limo the size of a Tyrannosaurus Rex through an Edmonton McDonald’s drive-through, to order one burger. Somebody made a sign that said “Don’t Look, We’re Not Famous,” my friend Lilly brought Mooky the stuffed snake and somebody tried to eat cake through a green monster mask. The cake said “Roll Pebble Roll” but we almost didn’t roll.
GMB: Why? What happened?
LA: There was a momentous travel bill for this five-hour excursion that I had to pay, if the story wasn’t published. Being published was part of an advertising agreement I made with the limo company. I kept asking the publisher when this story would be printed. It kept not being printed. When it all transmogrified into a cover story, I relaxed. It was good clean fun, except for the cake.
GMB: Why do you enjoy interviewing people?
LA: It’s an opportunity to interact with fascinating people and I love to hear their stories. I am relentlessly curious about people and life. That’s why I’m always processing information. I’m always learning something.
GMB: Has there been one interview that influenced your life?
LA: When people interact, it’s like introducing salt to a glass of water; the two substances can’t stay the same. Everyone is influenced by everyone. This is part of the joy of life and this is part of the complexity of life. And whether life is a tragedy or a comedy is anyone’s guess.
GMB: You’ve interviewed authors for years. When can we read one of your books?
LA: I’m working on a futuristic story collection dedicated to event probabilities. With one patron, I could finish this book.
GMB: Thank-you Linda, for this interview. One final question: What are your thoughts on being interviewed?
LA: It’s as much fun as three adjectives in one sentence. Thanks Mitch!
FORTHCOMING Week of April 10, 2013: G. Mitchell Baker Interviews Joan Leslie Woodruff, Native American Mystery Author
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