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Drive-Thru Interview with Author Sibel Hodge

1.)   Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

The Fashion Police, a comedy mystery novel. A missing fashion designer, crazy mobster stalkers, and a police officer on the warpath. Somehow it’s all linked to a decades-old secret. But can Amber Fox stay alive long enough to investigate?
 
2.)   Who is your favorite character and why?

I love Amber Fox. She’s feisty, larger-than-life, but with a sweet side. She gets to do things I would love to do in real life!

3.)   If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?

I’m pretty happy with the way it is. Of course I’d love everyone who read it to enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

4.)   Give us one interesting fun fact about your book or series:

I originally intended to write it as a film script, but the more I thought about it, the more it turned into a novel. I’m still working on the script, so one day…

5.)   How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

My novels are available in paperback and various ebook formats. For more info, please see my website: www.sibelhodge.com

6.)   What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m working on the second Amber Fox mystery. And hopefully a few film scripts in the pipeline.

7.)   And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

      ‘What was Fandango like when you saw him yesterday?’

      ‘Short, hairy, and wearing a smoking jacket, can you believe that? I didn’t think they–’

      ‘Did he seem nervous or worried about anything?’ He broke in.

      ‘Why?’

      ‘I’ve heard that Fandango is nowhere to be found, and there was blood all over his office.’

      ‘Curiouser and curiouser,’ I said.

      ‘There’s one other thing that I didn’t tell you before. Fandango may be connected to the Mob. I’m trying to get some more information from my informant, but he’s gone missing too.’

      My jaw dropped. ‘The Mob, Mob? Or another unrelated, totally nice kind of Mob?’

      ‘Right the first time.’

Drive-Thru Interview with Author T.L. Haddix

1.)   Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

Secrets In The Shadows, mystery.  Everyone has secrets.  Lauren Grant is finding out the hard way that they can kill.  Will she survive the attack of demons from her past or become its victim once again?

2.)   Who is your favorite character and why? 

Not really sure.  Mary Margaret was the most fun to write, simply because I could let out my inner witch.  The uglier she got, the better.

3.)   If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?

It would be the one thing that I did change, which was the order of the first 8 chapters.  SITS needed a hook, and switching those chapters around gave it that.  I still have about 30 copies of the paperback that haven’t been changed, but the e-books have all been updated.  The paperback available on Amazon is next. 

4.)   Give us one interesting fun fact about your book or series:

Although I researched very carefully, I wasn’t careful enough.  There really is a Leroy, Indiana.  Oops.  It’s a tiny little burg in the northern part of the state, whereas my town is situated on the banks of the Ohio River, bordering Kentucky.  I hope the townsfolk of Leroy don’t mind my borrowing the name.  I chose the name because of a very private and personal connection, so it’s one thing I don’t feel I can budge on.

5.)   How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I’m pretty easy to find.  My website is www.tlhaddix.com, blog is www.tlhaddix.com/content, and I also have a Facebook fan page, http:// www.facebook.com/tlhaddix.  The book is available at Amazon, BN.com and Smashwords.  Smashwords also has free short stories, some related to the Leroy’s Sins Series, some standalones.  

6.)   What can we expect from you in the future?

As of now, there are four books planned for the Leroy’s Sins Series.  Book two, Under the Moon’s Shadow, is due out somewhere around 08/01/2010, so very soon – and I can’t wait.  We’re looking at a spring 2011 release for the third book, and probably late summer 2011 for the fourth.  Additionally, I’m trying to put out at least one short story per month, and once I’ve compiled enough of those, I’ll probably offer them together in a collection. 

7.)   And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

As dawn reached its fingers out over the Midwest, the sun creating pink trails that stretched toward the rivers and fields, the woman’s sleep was disturbed by haunting images of quiet violence.  The dream started innocuously enough, as she was walking through a sunlit meadow, the warm summer breezes gently teasing her hair away from her face.  As she turned her face toward the sky, eyes closed against the glare of the sun, a sudden chill coursed across her skin, and a shadow fell across her face.  Opening her eyes, she was startled to see that ugly black clouds had covered the sky from horizon to horizon, roiling, churning things, filled with a malevolence she could sense in her core.

1.)   Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

Bite This! A Richard Dick Mystery: Private Investigator Richard Dick embarks on a screwball investigation of a werewolf thought to be haunting the vicinity of Wareville , Missouri .

2.)   Who is your favorite character and why?   

Probably Richard Dick himself.  Dick is a bit of a cross between Dashiell Hammett’s “Sam Spade,” and Leslie Nielson’s character in, “The Naked Gun.”

3.)   If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?

I would likely lengthen it a bit.  There is a wealth of unexplored material surrounding the storyline that is still lying there, waiting to be picked up.

4.)  Give us one interesting fun fact about your book or series:

“Bite This!” made the Best Seller List in the Humor category at OmniLit.com.  Kudos to Jay Hartman at Untreed Reads Publishing for making it possible. 

5.)   How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

If you’re into fantasy, please see “Vengeance of the Wolves” at Crow’s Nest Magazine, or if you prefer a dark mystery, try “The Gateway to Hell” at thedf_underground.

6.)   What can we expect from you in the future? 

Thank you for asking.  The humorous fantasy, “Flying Solo” will appear any day now at Untreed Reads Publishing and their many associates (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, OmniLit, etc.), and soon afterwards, they’ll bring out another story in the Richard Dick Mystery series.  Untreed Reads is also currently reviewing my recently completed, full-length thriller, “The Navigateur.”

 “Sardines for Breakfast: and Other Common Sense Notions” is coming out in the next issue (Issue V) of the Ampersand Review.  I truly enjoyed writing this humorous, true-to-life “logger’s tale.”

Last, but certainly not least, over at Pine Tree Mysteries, readers can watch for my soon to be released, dark mystery, “Moxotó.”

 

7.)   And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

 

            It was hot, a brutally hot July afternoon.  Through my third floor office window, the monotonous Chicago skyline was silhouetted against a yellow haze.  From the corner of my eye, I spotted a furtive movement.  I moved cautiously, avoiding any sudden motion as my hand crept towards the weapon on the edge of my desk.  Finally, I grasped the wire-handled flyswatter as my eyes concentrated upon my intended victim.  My hand swept forward, upward and then downward in a barely discernable blur and the deed was done.  Five.  Five kills.  It had been a spectacularly productive afternoon.

            A commotion in the hallway outside of my office caused me to look up towards my glass door.  “Richard Dick, Private Investigations” was printed on the glass.  I was reading it backwards from inside the room.  I couldn’t make out what it read. 

            The doorknob rattled, the door swung open, and SHE stood there, framed in the doorway.  A delectable fringe benefit associated with the careers of all private dicks is when beautiful, exotic women unexpectedly walk through the door.  This was not to be one of those cases.  In fact, “framed” doesn’t accurately illustrate HER presence in my doorway.  “Wedged” would be more precise.

            Her perfume preceded her entrance into my office, a distinctive fragrance, best described as “Eau de Manure Spreader.”  She oozed into the room, like “The Blob” on its mission to absorb another victim. 

            Her voice was like the sultry screech of a burned-out bearing, as she began, “Mr. Dick, I hate to simply barge into your office without knocking…”

            “That’s quite all right.  Take a seat, and please, call me Dick.”

1.)   Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:
 
    ”Clea’s Moon,” a mystery/thriller set in 1940s Los Angeles, just out as an ebook from Untreed Reads. John Ray Horn, a onetime B-movie cowboy actor now in disgrace after a prison term, sets out to find his missing stepdaughter and, in the process, to regain his own self-respect.        
2.)   Who is your favorite character and why?
 
    Joseph Mad Crow, John Ray’s former movie sidekick who now runs a semi-legal gambling casino and employs the ex-movie star as a debt collector. Mad Crow, who grew up on the reservation, is self-made, boisterous, and honorable. He’s the kind of friend everyone could use.
 
3.)   If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?
 
    The last name of one of the characters (never mind which one). It sounds stagy to me now. 
 
4.)  Give us one interesting fun fact about your book or series:
 
For readers who like old movies, the John Ray Horn series is full of references to the Hollywood that used to be. I may drop in the name of a recognizable star, studio, or director. At other times, I’ve taken real-life people and incidents (the Fatty Arbuckle scandal from the Twenties, for example) and given them a fictional treatment. Once I took the name of a Hollywood bookstore from a Raymond Chandler novel. Not many readers caught the reference, but it’s fun when some do, and I get a note that says, “Wasn’t Geiger’s bookstore from “the Big Sleep”?
5.)   How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
 
 
6.)   What can we expect from you in the future?
 
    My next print book is “From Blood,” in November, 2010. It’s the story of a young woman who discovers that her birth parents are two of America’s most notorious fugitives, anti-war radicals from the Sixties who went underground after a fatal bombing and never resurfaced. My next ebook will be “While I Disappear,” the second in the John Ray Horn series.
 
7.)   And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:
 
    This is from chapter 5, where John Ray encounters his ex-wife for the first time since he went into prison:
 
    He studied her. It was his first good look at in almost three years. She looked fine. No, better than that. Iris had never been a great beauty, but that had not hindered her. Men had always responded to a sense of urgency about her, a kind of hunger that translated into sexuality. It also drove her to fiercely protect and nurture her daughter. And those who knew her well could discern another hunger in Iris, the need for comfort and security — even wealth. Horn had seen hints of it during their marriage and knew he could never satisfy that side of her. Now, apparently, she had a man who could.
    Her pale brown hair under her tiny hat was a little longer now, gathered in two large waves at the side, then allowed to fall down the back, where it pillowed out softly on her shoulders. The same two nervous tendons stood out on her neck. He couldn’t quite make out the wide-set brown eyes behind her dark glasses, but the sharp cheekbones were the same, along with that full upper lip she shared with Clea. And she still wore Evening in Paris, a scent he’d always liked. He still hated her, of course. 
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