Interview Roulette: F.E. Feeley, Jr.

Today’s player is F.E. Feeley, Jr.!

  1. What is your superpower? My superpower is being Don Quixote.
  2. Write a haiku poem about your favorite beverage. Nope. No Haiku. But I will give you a poem I wrote when I was drunk on Johnny Walker:

Memory

chase memory through the wildflowers

down by the stream and across the covered bridge

stand in the in-between place – between sun and the shadow

and remember the dragonflies alight on lily-pads

florescent blue upon emerald green

 

Remember the feel of the worn sun-bleached wood

as you slipped off your sandal to touch barefoot

and how you jerked it back up quickly with a hiss

but not before you felt the smoothness almost softness of the plank

 

Remember the smell of the water all around you

as stream fed the pond fed the lake that surrounds

and the smell of sun dried earth and freshly cut grass, drift

as a john deer moans across the path and down the hill a way

 

it’s a Thursday, and you’re playing hooky and its summertime

and your young but not in love and so your burdens are light

and your skin is so much tighter, and your smile is still quick to wrinkle your nose

and easy as the warm day resting now upon your shoulders

 

Twenty-one, maybe, no more than twenty-three to be sure

open to everything and everyone around you at this tender age

Not knowing that this moment will be recalled days and laugh lines and gray hairs later

as if you were a dusty camera plucked off a shelf in the hands of someone who needs a smile

 

And perhaps you’ll only revisit this memory once

then again perhaps you’ll come back again and again

when the smell of cut grass, or the sound of water rushing

reminds you of that in between place when a moment you so quickly barely witnessed yet can recall so vividly

so much so you can almost feel the burning of your foot

3. What is your worst habit? Your best one? My worst habit is needing to be right around the wrong people. And my best, is being right around the wrong people.

4. Pick a politician and give him or her one piece of really good advice. Dear Donald, Fire your staff. You’re going to go down in the history books as the worst president we ever had. You don’t have to quit. Just get better people around you.

5. Someone is writing your biography. What’s the title? And who plays you in the movie?The Title is : The Greater Fool. Actor: Some Unknown.

6. One of your characters is running for political office. Who is it and what’s the office? Sherriff Hale Davis from The Haunting of Timber Manor. He’s running for Mayor.

7. If you could choose anyone on the planet to narrate an audio version of your latest book, who would it be? Judy Dench.

8. You’ve been invited to a party being held by your boss. Which of your characters will you take with you as your guest? Adam from Still Waters, Christopher from The Haunting of Timber Manor, and the Demon from Objects in the Rearview Mirror. I don’t like my boss.

9. Aside from writing, in what ways are you creative? This is it. I’m a one trick pony.

10. Warm weather or cold? Warm. Cold hurts.

 

Book blurb: Promise, Michigan is very much like every other small town across the state. Built on the edge of a lake, the homes sit in neat little rows in cute little neighborhoods. During the summer Promise bustles with tourists who come to spend their vacation dollars and enjoy the lake’s refreshingly cold water. But Promise holds a terrible secret. In the center of the lake is an abandoned island where a curse is rumored to wait for victims, unabated and deadly. Most think it’s just a story, something used to keep kids out of trouble. Still, everyone gives it a wide berth. Everyone except Bret and Adam. They dare to venture out the night of Bret’s birthday. When they declared their love and promise to get married, they believe no one else heard their whispered words—but they are wrong.  Five years later Adam dies, and Bret returns to his family to heal. But someone is killing the people of Promise in random acts of violence. Bret, with the help of FBI agent Jeff McAllister, must discover the identity of a murderer with death on his mind and revenge in his heart.

 

Book buy links: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/still-waters-by-fe-feeley-jr-by-f-e-feeley-jr-2764-b

https://www.amazon.com/Still-Waters-Memoirs-Human-Wraiths-ebook/product-reviews/B00V5ORJTA/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_show_all_btm?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=avp_only_reviews&sortBy=recent

 

Author bio: First and foremost, I am a husband to my wonderful husband, John. I am a father of our five-year-old German Shephard, Kaiser. I am an avid reader of Mysteries, Horror, and Suspense, and biographies. I am a gamer. My favorite ones are Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Star Trek Online,Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed, Fallout, and Civilization Five. I love to cook and I love trying new recipes (hint hint). I am an avid music junkie from POPular music to Opera, to Showtunes, Gospel, Rock, Rap, and Hip Hop. I am also a Poet – a lot of which is offered on this web page for free. And I do some gay fiction writing from time to time.

I love connecting with people. As an ex- fundi, I grew up in a world where there was this invisible boundary set down between me and the world around me. I felt more like an observer than an actual participant in that world. Since I’ve left fundamentalism – it has been my constant endeavor to be a part of the world. To be a part of humanity. And when I write my poetry or my books, I draw from the experiences of being raised in that environment as well as the experiences of tasting the bouquet of humanity I’d been denied all those years ago.

It’s a way to entertain people, writing is a way to connect to them, as well as a way for me to recover from the world I’d lived in all those years ago. Thank you for coming on my journey with me.

Interview Roulette: J. Scott Coatsworth

Today’s player is J. Scott Coatsworth!

  1. If you could be granted instant virtuosity on a musical instrument you don’t now play, which one would it be, and why?

OK, so I used to play the flute (only because it was the smallest instrument that would get me into band. OK, yeah, I was a total band geek). But for this? What’s that big Australian horn thing that sounds like a foghorn? *runs to Google* Oh yeah, the Didgeridoo! Although I’m not sure it would fit into our current living room. But what a guy magnet. 😛

2. If you were to write fanfic (or maybe you already have!) which fandom(s) would it be?

Hmmm, no, never have. But hey, why not? I think I’d have to write Tick fan fic. There’s so much gay subtext between the Tick and Mothman. And hey, what we could do with those antennae!

Close second… Robotech. I always thought Rick Hunter would be great in the sack, and he’s a pilot! J

3. What is your spirit animal?

That one’s easy. The Mongoose. Me and Mongooses… Mongeese? Have a long history. I grew up on Rikki Tikki Tavi, and when Mark and I moved to Hawaii in 2000, we started our company, Mongoose on the Loose, in part because of a possible mongoose sighting on the Island of Kauai when we visited there in 1998.

More recently, when I joined Mischief Corner Books, they asked me what animal should represent me, and I choose the mongoose. Catherine Dair made me a great logo combining the mongoose and my rainbow tail, which I wear to all the cons.

To me, the mongoose represents strength, sly intelligence and the prankster in all of us.

4. What’s something you—or one of your characters—got in trouble for while in school?

Um, not really? I was such a straight arrow in school. I * did * sneak a sick friend out of high school and took her home, but even then, when I got caught, they said “don’t do it again” and let me go. A good reputation is like armor against consequences.

5. What is the oddest thing on your music playlist?

Hmmm… I have a wide and varied playlist… I like pop, folk music, new country, world music, and many other odds and ends.

Is it weird that I still have Milli Vanilli and Vanilla Ice on there? Ice Ice Baby!!!!

6. Flood waters are coming. You can grab only three things from your home before fleeing—what do you choose?

Damn. Can one of them be a boat? * grin *

Okay, let’s see. My laptop (it has all my photos and work), my teddy bear, and my full series collection of Robotech DVD’s. Oh, and my signed Piers Anthony galley of Tatham Mound. And my plants. And my Buddah Board. And…

7. Describe one of your weird or quirky habits.

OK, so on Thanksgiving, I need three things to make it a REAL turkey day. Turkey, corn and mashed potatoes. I am kinda manic about it. I insist on having all three and will then proceed to mix them together, with plenty of butter and a bit of salt, to make the perfect Thanksgiving meal. My grandma always had those things when we went to her house for the holiday. Oh, and cranberries should come in a can and have a uniform, gel texture.

These things are not negotiable.

8. Cats or dogs? Discuss.

Both. Neither. I grew up with both, and I love them dearly. Dogs are so unapologetically pro YOU, all the time. And cats… well, cats are just an aloof slice of the divine. But…

Mark is allergic to both. And both make messes in the house. So… neither.

But I love playing with other people’s pets.

9. What is your least favorite thing about California?

The high prices. Housing has gotten totally out of control, even out here in the Sacramento valley. It’s a wonderful, progressive place, but I do wonder if we’ll ever be able to afford to buy here again.

10. What is your worst phobia?

Probably black widow spiders. OMG, they creep me out. Strangely, so do daddy longlegs, though they are harmless. It’s the long spindly leg fast running thing that gets me.

I am also a bit phobic bout my own blood, and have been known to almost faint after giving blood, if I watch it being done. One time we left the medical offices, and I had to make Mark pull over so I could go retch on the lawn next to the sidewalk. A group of firemen and paramedics happened to be nearby, and they came over and started asking how I was. One guy wanted to take my blood to see if there was something wrong with me. LOL… then to top it off, one of the guys says “Kim wants to know if you’re okay.” I was like “What???”

Turns out a friend of ours was driving by when her son said “look, there’s Scott and Mark.”

* sigh *

So spiders. And my own blood. And public speaking. And heights. And..

Dwyn is a young man in the small, isolated town of Manicouga, son of the Minstor, who is betrothed to marry Kessa in a few weeks’ time.

Mael is shepherding the remains of his own village from the north, chased out by a terrible storm that destroyed Land’s End.

Both are trying to find their way in a post-apocalyptic world. When the two meet, their love and attraction may change the course of history.

Book buy links:.

Publisher: http://www.mischiefcornerbooks.com/store/p121/The_Great_North.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07172TL6H?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-great-north-j-scott-coatsworth/1126572845?ean=2940157258634

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-great-north

iBooks: https://itun.es/us/ec62jb.l

Inktera: http://www.inktera.com/store/title/45901bd6-c8c0-4bc9-b0c7-3644257137be

Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/348972774/The-Great-North-A-Legendary-Love-1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35182345-the-great-north

 

Author bio:

Scott spends his time between the here and now and the what could be. Enticed into fantasy and sci fi by his mom at the tender age of nine, he devoured her Science Fiction Book Club library. But as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were in the books he was reading.

He decided that it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at his local bookstore. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

His friends say Scott’s mind works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He loves to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.

He runs both Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction that reflects their own lives.

 

Author contacts:

Website: https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com

Facebook (personal): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworth

Facebook (author page): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworthauthor/

Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/jscoatsworth/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8392709.J_Scott_Coatsworth

QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/mbm-book-author/j-scott-coatsworth/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/J.-Scott-Coatsworth/e/B011AFO4OQ

Email: jscottc@me.com

Interview Roulette: Anne Barwell

Please welcome Anne Barwell!

  1. You’re on a ship with Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Catherine the Great, David Bowie, Billie Holiday, and Gengis Khan. But oh no! The ship is sinking and the lifeboat only holds four people. You get to decide—who gets on that lifeboat? You’re starting with the difficult questions. My first thought is that they’re all already dead so I’d save myself, but that doesn’t really answer the question. And, given that parameter, I only need to choose three people. Mark Twain as I’d love to chat to him about writing. David Bowie, and Billie Holiday because of their music.
  2. What is your worst phobia? I hate heights. Like most phobias there’s no reason for it, I just do to the point where if there’s someone else around to change a light bulb I’ll ask them to do it.
  3. If you could be any other living person for a single day, who would you be? I think I’d still be myself. With someone else I don’t know what I’d be getting into for the day. Even people who look as though they have it all often have something else going on that might not be obvious, whether it’s health problems or whatever. And choosing someone who might be able to change the world—a day isn’t much time, and frankly I wouldn’t want to be that person with that responsibility.
  4. What is your least favorite thing about California? I’ve never been to the US, or California but from what I’ve heard of it, I don’t think I’d enjoy the heat. One of the things I love about our climate here in NZ is that it’s mild, and even when hot, it’s still cooler than a lot of other places.
  5. What’s one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring author? Write little and often, and make time to do it. If you wait till you’ve got time, it will never happen. Thinking about finding time to write novel seems daunting, but it’s surprising how even 500 words here and there soon adds up.
  6. What is your most dreaded household chore? Your favorite? Not sure I have a favourite. I do get a sense of achievement seeing washing blowing on the line though. I hate vacuuming. I often get backache doing it, and the cleaner never quite manages to get up all the cat hair. And… after going to the effort of doing it, a few weeks later it looks like it’s never been done.

Book blurb:

Echoes Rising Book 3, sequel to Winter Duet

France, 1944

Sometimes the most desperate struggles take place far from the battlefield, and what happens in secret can change the course of history.

Victory is close at hand, but freedom remains frustratingly just beyond the grasp of German physicist Dr. Kristopher Lehrer, Resistance fighter Michel, and the remaining members of the team sent by the Allies—Captain Matt Bryant, Sergeant Ken Lowe, and Dr. Zhou Liang—as they fight to keep the atomic plans from the Nazis. The team reaches France and connects with members of Michel’s French Resistance cell in Normandy. Allied troops are poised to liberate France, and rescue is supposedly at hand. However, Kristopher is no longer sure the information he carries in his memory is safe with either side.

When Standartenführer Holm and his men finally catch up with their prey, the team is left with few options as they fight to keep atomic plans from the Nazis. With a traitor in their midst, who can they trust? Kristopher realizes he must become something he is not in order to save the man he loves. Death is biding his time, and sacrifices must be made for any of them to have the futures they want.

Book buy links:

DSP Publications:  https://www.dsppublications.com/books/comes-a-horseman-by-anne-barwell-399-b

 

Author bio:

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning. In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts other authors, reviews for the GLBTQ Historical Site “Our Story” and Top2Bottom Reviews, and writes monthly blog posts for Authors Speak and Love Bytes.

Anne’s books have received honorable mentions four times and reached the finals three times in the Rainbow Awards.  She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical.

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Interview Roulette: L.J. LaBarthe

Happy Fourth! Today we’re joined by L.J. LaBarthe.

  1. What is your worst habit? Your best one? Procrastination. I think I’m a master at it. If I can put off something I don’t want to do, I’ll find a reason to make that happen. As for best… hm. I’ve been told I’m too generous sometimes, so maybe that?
  2. What is the strangest food you like to eat? I love snails. My father was a French chef (born and raised in Paris, trained in Bordeaux), so I grew up with a lot of French delicacies served as regular food. His snails with garlic butter were amazing, as were the crumbed frog’s legs he did. I also love artichokes, which he used to steam and then we’d dip the soft parts into a vinaigrette and eat them, working our way into the center of the artichoke. Yum.
  3. What is the dumbest thing one of your characters has ever done? Tried to fight a mutated monster without enough back up. It was a group of them fighting and there were a lot of monsters. I did toy with killing one of the characters in the process but decided maiming them was much more interesting.
  4. Write a story—no more than 100 words–based on this prompt: When the levee failed…. When the levee failed, he ran. He wasn’t sure that he could outrun the water, but he was determined to try. The sound of it following him was a roar—an insidious thing that grew in volume and ferocity, sounding like an eternally hungry beast. He fled as fast as his legs could carry him, his heart pounding in his chest and terror firing through every synapse in his brain. The water would keep coming, he knew; there was no escape, it told him as it followed him. It had destroyed everything in its path and he would be next.
  5. If your home lost electricity for one week, what would you do to survive? Go to a pet-friendly hotel with wi-fi.
  6. If you could be any other living person for a single day, who would you be? I don’t think I’d swap with anyone else, to be honest. I’m pretty okay with who and what I am, obstacles and issues included.
  7. If you had to live in a movie, TV show, or book, which would you choose and why?Twin Peaks” and not just because I’m totally engrossed in the new season, but because I know my fictional life would be, as Agent Cooper said in the first two seasons, “both wondrous and strange.”
  8. If you had to spend a week snowed in at a mountain, which of your characters would send you screaming out into the blizzard before the week was up? Probably one of the Archdemons. They’d get really annoyed very quickly with human frailty and the fact I hate to be cold, I think.

Book blurb:

1131, The Silk Road.

Gallienus of Constantinople, a scarred soldier who used to work the city gates, enters a new phase of his life when he meets and falls in love with Misahuen of Gyeongju. But prejudice of same-sex relationships dominates Byzantine society, and both the Emperor and the Church denounce such love. Should Misahuen and Gallienus be discovered, the punishment is castration or death. Fearing he’ll lose Misahuen, Gallienus decides to go with Misahuen when he leaves the city forever.

A former farmer, Misahuen fled war-torn Korea and journeyed to Constantinople with a merchant caravan. He didn’t expect to take such an interest in a wounded soldier at journey’s end. But he understands the danger, so he and Gallienus join another caravan as guardsmen and begin a two-thousand-mile trip along the Silk Road. Now all they have to do is persevere to their final destination without the truth of their relationship being discovered and being killed because of it… or by the other dangers along the Road.

 

Book buy links:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/city-of-jade-by-lj-labarthe-4350-b

http://a.co/2pc3xwM

https://www.bookdepository.com/City-of-Jade-L-J-Labarthe/9781623808488

 

Author bio:

J. LaBarthe is an Australian, a writer, a reader, a daydreamer, a cat wrangler, a carer, a researcher, a dreamer, a music lover, a film buff and a traveler. Sometimes, all at once! Author of paranormals, historicals and contemporaries. L.J. LaBarthe is a French-Australian woman, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this auspicious beginning, she went on to write a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school yearbook, her university newspaper, and, from her early teens to her twenties, produced a fanzine about the local punk rock music scene. She loves music of all kinds and was once a classical pianist; she loves languages and speaks French and English and a teeny-tiny smattering of Mandarin Chinese, which she hopes to relearn properly very soon. She enjoys TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places, urbex, history, and researching. L.J. loves to read complicated plots and hopes to do complex plot lines justice in her own writing. She writes paranormal, historical, urban fantasy, and contemporary Australian stories, usually m/m romance and featuring m/m erotica. She has won a Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention and another award for Best Historical Gay Novel. L.J. lives in the city of Adelaide, and is owned by her cat.

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