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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Meet a Blogger Monday... on Tuesday, and YES, I'm Still Alive!

It has been so long since I logged on here that I had to think pretty hard about what my password was... Yikes! Summer has been a whirlwind of craziness- camping, going out of town to visit family every other weekend, two kids playing baseball in different leagues, a Black Hawk birthday weekend, Brothers of the Sun Tour concert, and Cheyenne Frontier Days all equal out to be one amazingly fun summer, but holy cow am I exhausted! I am not going to lie... don't hate me, but I am pretty ready for school to begin and normalcy to return back to our schedules! As much as I love summer and all that it entails, it really wears me out, and at about this time I start longing for fall.

Anyways, long story short, I hope to return to my blogging on a more regular and consistent basis within the next month or two. I say that tentatively, because we also just put in an offer on what would be our very first home, and if all goes well, I may be busy yet again before things calm down. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

One of the few things I actually had scheduled for the blog was an interview with one of my dear friends, Pembroke Sinclair. Pembroke, or as most of us know her, Jessica, is an author, and she also has a blog where she discusses her work amongst other daily musings, so this made her a perfect candidate for my Meet a Blogger Monday series. We ended up deciding on Tuesday for simplicity sake, as I am also featured on her blog today (go visit here to read and check out her entertaining posts). I have personally read several pieces of Pembroke's works, to include both published and unpublished material, and I highly suggest you check out her books! If you enjoy sci-fi and the opportunity to escape to a different reality, then you will love her writing style.

Here is an interview with the author herself:

1. At what age did you know that you wanted to pursue writing as a career? Was there a certain event or occasion that triggered this realization?

I was probably around 27 when I decided. I had written when I was in high school, then went on hiatus when I went to college. It was only after I started working at an environmental consulting firm with my friend Tamara that I got back into writing. She encouraged me to submit some short stories, then I got a gig writing for Western Farmer-Stockman (thanks to my father-in-law), and it all came together after that. Right now, I’ve come to the realization that writing as a career isn’t an attainable dream. Unfortunately, bills have to be paid, so it’s only a hobby.

2. What has been the hardest part of your journey as a published author?

Patience. I’m not a very patient person at all. That and marketing. It’s so hard to find the time to push your work and let everyone know it’s out there for enjoyment.

3. You cater to a very specific audience in a very specific genre. What is it about that particular genre that lured you in?

The escapism. You don’t get much further from reality than a different planet or being hunted by zombies. It’s a nice way to get away from the mundane.

4. What is your favorite book and why? What is it about that book that makes it your favorite?

I have so many favorite books, I don’t think I could narrow it down to one, and they span several different genres. I think the things that really draw me into a book are great characters and wonderfully drawn worlds. No matter the genre, if the world feels real and I care what happens to the characters, that’s usually good enough for me.

5. Of your own written works, which is your favorite and why? Is it published yet? If not, are there plans in the works to have it published?

Again, I have a couple of favorites that I really like. One is a short story called “The Soul Collector,” which will be out on August 3 from Musa Publishing in a collection called “The Devil Made Me Do It.” I like this story because my lead character isn’t very nice and doesn’t have to be. I’m also really fond of “Life After the Undead,” my young adult zombie novel, which is available from eTreasures Publishing and Amazon. I really like my character Krista in this book. She’s snarky and condescending, but also tough and knows how to get the job done. Every time I read “Death to the Undead,” the sequel to “Life After,” I find myself chuckling because of Krista. That one is due out any time from eTreasures.

6. If you could meet any famous author and pick their brain over lunch, who would it be and what restaurant would you take him/her to and why?

Well, I have had contact with Piers Anthony, who is one of my favorites. He reviewed a book for me. I didn’t really pick his brain, but that was cool. Otherwise, I don’t really know who I’d like to sit down with. Christopher Pike had a huge influence on me, along with so many others. If I had to pick a restaurant, I’d pick the one they wanted to go to--just so I don’t offend anyone!

7. Do you have any advice to give to other aspiring writers out there? What do you feel has been the single factor that has contributed MOST to your overall success?

Be patient. Everyone always says that, but it’s true. And don’t get discouraged. The publishing world if full of “Nos,” so be ready to get bombarded with them. If you can’t handle rejection, writing is probably not where should be. Be tenacious and stubborn, it’s the only way you will make it. Being tenacious and stubborn has probably contributed most to my success. I refused to ever take no for an answer, even if it meant rewriting or resubmitting a story over and over again. I knew eventually someone would pick it up.

Thank you, Pembroke, it was great getting a little insight into the mind of a different kind of author than the ones normally featured here! Again, be sure to check out some of her books if you enjoy sci-fi/fantasy reading! You won't be disappointed.

Until next time...  :-)

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