My Interview with Eric Mutch

Eric is the author of the suspense novel Miranda (published by Thorstruck Press) and a resident of Provo, Utah.

EricI read Miranda last month and was caught up in this gripping story of intrigue. It’s hard to put it down because it feeds into our concerns that we don’t really have privacy; perhaps we don’t have nearly as much free will as we think and that there is some shadowy organization that’s got its clutches into just about everything important.

Jeff: Eric, could you tell us a bit about the process that brought this book to life, how long it took you to write it and where the inspiration came from?

Eric: The idea soaked in my brain for some 20 years before I ever started typing. I had a terrible run of luck for a while and lost a few opportunities to coincidental mishap. Mail mis-route in one case and a car breaking down in another. After a while it occurred to me just how easily these things could be made to happen deliberately. I imagined a shadowy figure running around tampering with lives.

Miranda as a concept formed in an abnormal Psych class in college. Identifying a dangerous personality, or a useful personality could be accomplished by a system of tests in the school system at a very early age. After the identification, its easy enough to create a system of coincidental happenings to nudge a person one direction or another. Those people running the system can be left largely unaware. Simply set up the right policy and procedure outline and have access to the records.
 There’s not much of a story there, just a world in which to tell the stories. Granted, it’s a pretty robust world. The idea of telling the story of the shadowy figure who *does know some of the behind the scenes facts and performs the distasteful tasks is a much more interesting way of giving the readers a glimpse into the inner circle of our secret society. The actual writing began after talking to a friend (whose name is Porter, not coincidentally) about my idea and he liked it so much he brought me a laptop the next day to write it on. How could I not start the story after that. It took me some 6 months to pound out the story, and some years to learn to write and revise it.

J: With motivation like that it would be tough not to proceed! In today’s society, with everything we see going on it’s easy for those thoughts to creep into our mind. We see real cover ups and wonder how many more are going on that we don’t hear about. Thoughts of paranoia can take hold without too much trouble and it seems easy to get caught up in reading stories about conspiracy theories. Could you speak to that?

E: I would love to. We tend to focus on the spectacular ideas – Aliens and the like. We see maliciousness around every corner and see that some wild paranoias exist. In truth the dangerous conspiracy is much more banal than that. We forget that everything is a conspiracy. If I make a grocery list with my wife, we have conspired to go to the store. Very powerful people, be they politician, businessman, scientist, or other, like to keep the power. They all have secret plans to squash the competition and control the market. Go to any board meeting or political office and tell me I am wrong. Remember, *you* are either the competition or the market. The goal is to manipulate your behavior through direct or indirect means.

The question becomes, at what point is this a conspiracy worth calling conspiracy? At what point are they powerful enough and good enough at the game to become an illuminate ranking group and is this even a bad thing? Sometimes I watch the disinformation spread around the internet, the lack of critical thinking in the mainstream, and I pray that there IS a group with enough sense to guide the outcome. Someone who wants to stay powerful and realizes that in order to do so, they need me to have the will and resources to support them. I know that a market has to be able to afford what I am selling. I think there are huge untapped resources available and it takes some very powerful people to develop them.
I often get asked if I feel any danger in publishing Miranda if I feel there really is a Miranda out there. I dont. The best thing they could do is allow me to publish. It discredits me. Then stir in a ton of disinformation and the story fades. We dismiss the people around us as potentially part of this because we separate ourselves, we think of our own religions, businesses and politicians as exempt simply because we know them. Which is of course what makes them able to manipulate us so easily.

J: It sounds like your journey to writing a novel was a bit different than some. Many writers seem to have an urge to write that takes place early in life, without any specific stories to write. It sounds like, for you, the passion for the idea ignited the urge to write?

E: Very true. I have something to say and I want to it do through fiction. It’s not about the conspiracy however. Its about human nature and how we are developing as a society and our maturity as a people. I try to put a context into the stories to make people think, which at first glance makes me sound a bit arrogant and I suppose I may be. Success to me is in making people question what they have assumed to be true. Miranda has part of that message. The rest will come as the story unfolds further.  

J: You live in Provo, Utah, a place where the LDS church has a lot of influence. Some would say that influence is very controlling. Did living in this sort of environment have any impact on the writing of Miranda?

E: I would be lying if I said no. The worst tyrant is one who wants to save you from yourself, one who thinks he is acting in your own best interest. Greedy people can be sated but a religious fanatic can never be. The LDS church is, as a whole, benevolent. However, they are as willing as any religion to play where they are not welcome, as they did with Prop 8. They aren’t a violent people, they actually have a brilliant social structure and preparedness. There is a lot to admire about them; they are smart, educated, frugal, and driven. Still, they will take your rights away to accomplish their goals. People who advocate for legislation of morality are moving us closer to a theocracy. In a theocracy only one religion gets to be state sanctioned. That is my worst fear.

J: I like your comment about disinformation on the internet. For me, the most important thing I learned in college was critical thinking. I see people jumping on every urban myth and wild news story and think about our desire to believe gossip, and outlandish rumors. So many people want to be that person, the one who heard it first and let all their friends and family know some shocking truth. I know a few people who do this and I finally gave up trying to steer them straight. It seems this rabid desire to get to the bottom of things is just clogging up the works even more. Your thoughts?

E: One might think its deliberate; a method of hiding the truth in this ridiculous disinformation. If I wanted to discredit an idea, I would surround it with lies and half truths. I would arrange to have a bunch of nutty comments surround it and twist it until it became laughable.

J: Your main character’s name is Porter, and you mentioned Porter Rockwell in the story as being the source for that name. Rockwell is a figure we find in early Mormon history, but few Mormons know anything about him. I think most people have never heard of him. Thoughts on that?

E: Porter Rockwell is one of my favorite historical characters. He is often thought of as a part of secret society and there is some grounds to support that. I snuck him in because his colorful life reflects the nature Miranda’s employees share. He was very possibly a mass murderer, but was without doubt influential in the direction the entire western development took. He did what he did (presumably) out of religious fervor. Or perhaps he was a sociopath…who knows. Either way he fits the Miranda profile.

J: Miranda makes us think. It makes us wonder. It worries us a little. What do you hope Miranda’s effect will be on people?

E: I hope they realize that we still have the power. I hope they realize that critical thought will save us. I hope they understand that nice and good are different, that hard and evil are different, and that a lack of accountability is why power corrupts.

J: And lastly: earlier you said “The rest will come as the story unfolds further.”   Is there a sequel to Miranda? If so, what can you tell us about it?

E: Yes there is. Its called ‘The Mark of Kale’. It takes the story deeper into Miranda’s inner circle and shows a little of their perspective.

J: Eric, thanks so much for letting us get to know you a bit better and sharing some thoughts about Miranda.

Miranda

Eric uses the pen name Ayrich Mutch.

Click on the image to go Miranda on Amazon.com

You can find Eric on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/eric.b.mutch?fref=ts

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An Interview with Author Annia Lekka

I have the privilege today of interviewing Author Annia Lekka, from Athens, Greece. A few years ago I read an excerpt from her book, Fishtail Mountain. What I remember most about it was the way it made me feel. I was captivated. Since then I’ve had the privilege of reading her novels ‘Lydia’s Letters and ‘The Perplexing Case of Seraphim Karalis.”annia-lekka

Jeff: Annia, what do you love about Greece and what would you tell people about it that don’t live there?

Annia: People seem to have an image of Greece being long sandy beaches, turquoise waters and heat. That is definitely a big part of this country, but it may surprise people to know that Greece is also a country with lots of contradictions and it varies in both climate and landscapes. Its geographic position makes is a true gateway to the east, the west, the north and south. Its history stretches back over the centuries and I honestly don’t believe there is one part of the land that doesn’t have something else buried underneath it! There are too many things to love about this country: the sun, the most incredible seas, the numerous islands (each one offering something unique and different), old traditions which can be both fascinating and entertaining, tasty fruit and vegetables, its oil, olives, ouzo, yoghurt, mastic, wines, saffron and other edible delicacies…and I can keep going on and on!  However, if I were to pick one thing I love most about my country, I’d say it’s this particular versatility that never ceases to amaze me. You could be warming up by the sea one minute, then the next, up in the mountains wrapped in a scarf and jacket, trying to fight the chill. I love this juxtaposition in sceneries and temperatures which, I must admit, is echoed in the people, too. There are many colourful characters in Greece and most people are warm and hospitable. It’s certainly not a boring humdrum life here!

J: I understand you have some exciting things happening with your writing. Could you share some of that with us?

A: I have just started a new novel all about colour. This is thrilling for me, for various reasons. Firstly, I finished my fourth novel in June of this year, so I didn’t expect to be starting a new novel so quickly, but the speed with which this one is being written in both excites and frightens me a little! Secondly, this particular story appeals to my innermost nature because I am a very visual person, and being able to research into the making and history of colour pigments is thrilling. Also, inspiration for this novel seems to be coming in complete ‘downloads’. By that I mean that I feel like chapters are coming to me whole and, sometimes, I even start panicking a little, worrying whether I can write everything down fast enough before the ideas leave me. For example, one night, my husband and I were coming home on the Vespa, and I started ‘seeing’ one of the chapters forming. I kept having to repeat the ideas in my head over and over again, so as I wouldn’t forget them, and when we got home, I wrote them down! That Vespa ride felt like it lasted a lifetime!

A few more exciting things…firstly my short memoir, Alice, will be published in the Go World Travel magazine Chance Encounters anthology in December, and secondly, I will be doing a small reading along with other new writers in a week’s time as part of an arts event. Feeling both a little nervous as well as happy!

J: When did you decide that you were a writer, and that you must write?

A: I am not too sure exactly when I made the conscious decision to become a writer, but I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Whenever I was upset, or happy, or wanted to express something I was feeling, I’d write it down. Writing (and painting) have an immediate effect on me, one of clarifying and releasing whatever I keep inside, as well as relaxing me. So, although when I was younger I wanted to be a ballet dancer, an actress, an opera singer, an artist, an archaeologist and a number of other professions under the sun…it feels that all these interests and pursuits were building up to me realising that what I wanted more than anything, was to write.

J: Greek is your first language and yet you write in English. Have you done any creative writing in Greek?

A: I started learning English when I was 7 years old and my family moved to London. Until then, I’d never spoken a word of English. But, school was in English, (as were my friends), and I was young, so it quickly replaced Greek for me. Whenever I wrote something creative, I never wrote in Greek. I have tried writing creatively in Greek, but it always feels stiff and unnatural. So, I stick to English.

J: I understand you’ve written four different novels thus far. Could you tell us a bit about them? Do they share any common characteristics?

A: My first three novels are not a trilogy but they are interrelated. They all take place on the largest of the Princes’ Islands, (in the Sea of Marmara), now called Büyükada, and Istanbul, during 1830-1912. Although the novels can be read separately, certain characters appear in two novels, and there are threads that can be picked out like connecting dots, a bit like the way Krzysztof Kieślowski includes certain characters that were in one film, in the background of another film in his trilogy, Trois Couleurs: Bleu, Blanc, Rouge. In the same way, these novels have different main characters and stories, but there are similarities, too. The first novel is about the owner of the Turkish baths on the island, the second is about one of the families who owned a hotel right by the pier, and the third one, is about the gravedigger of the island. And the way they connect? I’ll give you an example: the gravedigger, Seraphim, also appears in the second novel but as a very minor character, and his father is mentioned in the story with the Turkish baths owner.

My fourth novel has nothing to do with the previous three. It takes place both in Athens of 2014/15 and in Paris of 1896. There are two main characters and they come together in an unusual way. My Greek main character is a young architect called Simos, and my French narrator, is a woman artist called Madeleine. And somewhere in between the two, there’s the French composer, Erik Satie. This novel deals a fair amount with art and music, and has a lot to do with letting go and forgiveness.

J: What genre do you usually write in and why are you drawn to that genre?

A: I don’t think I can place my writing in only one genre. Being a very visual and observant person, my work is quite vivid and colourful. It can be quirky and unusual. Dreams are vitally important to me, and I often use images I’ve seen during sleep in my books. I am drawn to magical realism, but also love researching, so this means I enjoy writing historical fiction, too – but with a twist. My stories usually have a strong voice and narrative. Everything we do in life revolves around people, so understanding how a person thinks and feels is something that moves and intrigues me. So, put all these together….and I honestly can’t answer what genre my writing fits into.

J: Where do you get your inspiration from and how does a story come together for you?

A: Different stories come together in different ways. As I mentioned above, dreams offer a whole world of inspiration for me. Some dreams have become complete stories and others have helped with a scene, but I use them a great deal. Other times, I might see a person on a bus or the tube and be fascinated by their features or an action of theirs. This might spark the beginnings of a novel. And there are times when I’ll hear a story on the news or from someone, and this will ignite something…and a story emerges. So, I think, the safest thing to say is that I don’t only have one way of approaching a story.

Now, the way they come together also varies. With some books, I’ve written out a very rough outline of how the story will go. But, with others, they seem to write themselves. I’m comfortable with either approach. Each one is challenging in its own way, so I give them the time they need to percolate and allow them to show me how they want to be written!

J: What can you tell us about your current project?

A: My current project started as an idea when I went to the exhibition on Making Colour at the National Gallery in London this August. Colour is so important to us all – unless you have some form of colour blindness – and this exhibition although small, was truly inspiring. My main character is an Art Historian. This is exciting as I’m now researching into all aspects of colour, both in life, in symbolism and in art. It is different to my other novels in that there will be a book contained within the book. I don’t know how it will work out, but I’m enjoying it tremendously!

I’d like to thank you, Jeff, for your great questions and the chance to speak about myself and my writing. It’s been great sharing these things with you…over virtual tea and biscuits! It’s been a treat!

J: Thank you, Annia for letting us get to know you a bit more and for sharing your inspiration with us!

Bio

Annia Lekka was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, but grew up in London. She obtained a BA (Hons) in Theatre Design from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design, and was awarded a scholarship by Royal West of England Academy for research studies in Nepal. She has worked as a set and costume designer in Athens and London, and as a stage manager at the Athens Concert Hall. In 2008, she gained an MA in Creative Writing (with Merit) from Lancaster University. In 2009, her short story, Medicine Man, was published in the Year Zero anthology, Brief Objects of Beauty and Despair. In 2011, her short story, The Unfolding, came joint-second in the Ifanca Hélène James Short Story Competition. In 2012, her novella, Fishtail Mountain, was longlisted for the Cinnamon Press Novel/Novella Competition. In 2014, her short memoir, Alice, was chosen for the Go World Travel magazine Chance Encounters anthology, which will be published in December 2014. Annia lives with her husband and three children in Athens. She has completed four novels and is currently working on her fifth.

If you would like to read excerpts from her work, please visit her website: www.annialekka.com
or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annia-Lekka/82893230212?fref=ts as well as on
Twitter: https://twitter.com/annialekka

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An Interview with Author Suzanna Burke

I am so pleased to be able to interview Suzanna Burke, an author who I’ve gotten to know a bit over the past few years. Suzanna is from Sydney, Australia.

Jeff: In the last twenty years or so, we Americans seem to have rediscovered Australia. What’s one thing Australians roll their eyes at that we completely misunderstand? And, what’s something about Australia that you wish we knew?

Suzanna: I think the most common misunderstanding stems from the enormous size of Australia. I lost count of the numbers of folks that suggested that they might visit Sydney, and drive to ‘the outback on a day trip, returning the next day. We Aussies tend to stir the pot as well which doesn’t help matters at all, with the wags amongst us, and there are many, going along with the misconception and adding fuel to the problem by offering day trip suggestions, such as um … why don’t you popup to Cairns for the day, watch out for the crocodiles though they’re nasty bastards when they’re hungry.soooz2

The drive to the outback would take at a minimum eight days each way; on some of the roughest terrain in the country. And that time frame wouldn’t allow for staying at some of the most beautiful places we have to offer, during the road trip.

We don’t have superhighways connecting the big cities to our far flung inner heart, we certainly have them connecting city to city, with some in between old highways just to add to the experience. And as for Cairns by road … allow an absolute minimum 10 days, each way.  Depending on the season. The wet season is much more difficult as roads are often cut by floods.

As for something about Australia that I wish you knew, one of the funniest things is the use of the word pissed. I have actually had a conversation with a lovely American guy, he said he was pissed, and I replied ‘Wow, really? You sure don’t look pissed, you carry it well”. He scratched his head and asked what I meant. I responded with, “Well … you’re walking straight, and not slurring your words at all” It was then that he asked, “What do you Aussies mean when you say someone is pissed?”

I replied. “Pissed? Are you serious?” One look at the confusion on his face told me he was. “Um … pissed is being drunk as a skunk. Fall down, throw up, drunk. You know, let’s all party just ‘cause we can and wake up still pissed”

I gave him a look that said, what the hell else could it mean? He roared laughing and kindly explained that in The States if someone says they are pissed, the mean really ticked off, angry as hell etc. I laughed in turn … because here in Oz we say we are really pissed-off, if angry. So close and yet so far.

J: I know your first two books, Empty Chairs and Faint Echoes of Laughter were non-fiction and very personal, talking about the unbelievably horrible abuse you endured as a child. I’ve read that you took great solace in reading and learning. Could you talk a bit about that?empty chairs

S: I had started school at age eight, and left permanently aged almost eleven, so my reading skills were very limited, I only began to read once I hit the streets, aged eleven, as it was not permitted at home. So when I was out of there and free; I began going to the public library. It was air-conditioned which was the initial attraction for me, and then I discovered a whole world of books. Wonderful, glorious books. I would stay all day just looking at first, and then when I found I could read the books free of charge as long as they didn’t leave the library (I had no address so could not borrow) I became addicted to learning. My lack of reading skills caused confusion for quite a while, but the librarian was a wonderful lady and she happily answered my unending questions about pronunciation and all manner of things. I still smile at the fact that I write just about everything in American English. The books I was drawn to were predominantly by American authors. One of my earliest favorites was and remains ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee.

I had a thirst for knowledge that was and remains unquenchable. Looking at maps and even discovering a globe of the world which was my first experience of thinking of the planet as round. Things that most kids know very early I did not.

Then I discovered discarded newspapers. Wow what a minefield that opened up! Plus they were handy to sleep on when I had done reading them. I still hunger for more information.  My memory isn’t as sharp as I’d like it to be these days, but learning something new each day will hopefully stimulate it for a while to come.

J: Being subjected to such terrible abuse can often destroy a young life. How were you able to find the determination to keep going and find a better life?

S: Was it determination? I guess maybe that word covers it .I think I was also very lucky. Right place, right time scenario. I watched television in the house I had lived in. It was an escape from the ugliness. I figured that not all these shows were purely make believe. They showed me a world where kids went to school, where education was rewarded, and exploring the world was a rite of passage. I am pig-headed, stubborn and a dreamer as well, when you combine those things and toss a little unhealthy skepticism to the mix you get what? Apart from confusion that is.

I guess you get the multi-faceted person that is me. I still believe I have things left to accomplish. My life is good these days, but my bucket list is still endless. Guess I’ll be adding to it till I’m too old to care anymore.

J: You’ve mentioned the refuge of reading and learning, the taking in of information. When did you first become interested in writing, and telling the story of what you had endured?

S: I had never considered becoming a writer. It never entered my mind that I may have something of interest to say, or enough intelligence to create a whole new book of fictional characters. My writing started as a way to reach a darling little girl named Jenny. You think I was young to be on the streets at age eleven? Jenny wasn’t certain how old she was, but the rest of us guessed at about six, maybe seven, and no older than eight. Jenny was so badly damaged, she didn’t want to be touched. She would scream if someone got too close, and she cried herself to sleep every night. I got in the habit of telling her stories where she was always the Princess, she was always the victor and never the victim. She could slay dragons and sleep in Angel’s wings for comfort. The others used to listen as well. Jenny memorized the stories and began asking me for a particular one. She would become distressed if I didn’t remember exactly how the story went. So I took to writing them down on paper bags, the borders of newspapers, and finally in an exercise book that one of the other kids got for her. Then I would read them to her. She began to lose that haunted, hunted, look. The advent of a baby doll in her life given as a Christmas gift by one of the dockworkers, saw Jenny sleeping at last without crying herself to sleep. It gave her something to love that would never change.

I made a promise to the woman she became. I promised her that someday I would write down our story, the story of our lives in the place we called ‘The Palace.”

Jenny took her own life before I had honored that promise. I wrote’ Empty Chairs’, but too late for her to know. That is one of my greatest regrets. ”Faint Echoes of Laughter covers my time with Jenny and the rest of the crazy bunch that we were.faint echoes

J: I think people assume this is a cathartic process. Was it for you?

S: No. It was as far from cathartic as it gets … for me. People did assume it was a cathartic experience as I’m certain it is for many folks sharing these types of memories.

For me it was a relentless cycle of pain. Things we block from our memory because it’s too painful and damaging to our psych to revisit them. When I allowed these things to resurface they caused a good deal of damage. I had horrendous flash-backs which I dealt with by drinking. I couldn’t sleep without nightmares. I began to seek out time to be alone, eventually isolating myself almost completely from my family and friends.

I had never been a person that would permit a counselor or psychologist to enter my world, though it had been suggested many times. I had not discussed my past with any but a few close friends who would never betray me. I had experienced periods of depression in my life. But nothing like the depression that consumed me when writing these books. ‘Empty Chairs’ concluded abruptly because I became too ill to continue writing. Then I started getting emails from total strangers telling me that I had somehow helped them by talking so openly. They asked me to please tell them how I was doing now.

‘Faint Echoes of Laughter was written to bring myself and a few kind people some sort of closure. It covered my time spent with Jenny and the rest of the wonderful kids.It was easier to write in many respects than “Empty Chairs”. The memories associated with ‘Faint Echoes of Laughter’ were, whilst still emotional, easier than dealing or rather not dealing with my earlier life.

J: Is there any more of that story to tell?

S: No. I’m done. I’m content these days with writing fiction. I enjoy writing fiction. Besides … I get to kill off all the Sociopaths in fiction. Many of them based on folks I met back then. Retribution in a kind of weird way.

J: After these first two books, you went off in a totally different genre and wrote Dudes Down Under. Could you tell us a bit about that? And I understand there could be a sequel?dudes

Dudes Down Under is a fond memory. I actually began it before Empty Chairs, and kept writing it during the writing of my two non-fiction works. Dudes was my relief valve. I took the pressure down by creating totally off the wall characters with the craziest humor and dialogue ever. Cyril (The talking croc with great dress sense) will always remain in my heart… Diabolical rogue that he became, he allowed me to cut loose and have a mountain of self-indulgent fun.

Sequel. No, I had considered it, and perhaps one day I will write another book like Dudes. But my love of writing has steered me in another direction, for now anyway.

J: There are also rumors of an upcoming psychological thriller?

S: Yes indeedy! The book is complete and with my publisher Thorstruck Press, to be edited and released in the near future. ‘Acts Beyond Redemption’ is the name of the book, and I am so damned excited about this one. So; what do you get when you have a jaded FBI task force in search of a serial killer; where the body count stands at sixteen? Then, you toss in one serial killer who is not exactly who or what she appears to be; mix with that a government that knowingly unleashed biological warfare for a price; plus an unrelenting series of deaths that includes one of the highest ranking men in the U.S.A.? “What do you get?” You get, “Acts Beyond Redemption” Book One. I anticipate a three book series with this one. It’s a thriller, it relies heavily on my knowledge of Sociopathic behaviors. I hope it’s an enjoyable page turner. I really hope so, ‘cause I sure as hell enjoyed writing it.

J: Do you have any specific genre of writing you prefer?

S: So far, the Psychological thriller has been the most enjoyable. But I have so many other genres that I’d like to try to see if we are a good fit. About the only genre I wouldn’t consider at all would be science fiction. Even with a great deal of research I doubt if I’d have the talent to make it readable and feasible. I enjoy reading it far too much to ever attempt writing it.

J: What has your writing and publishing journey been like? Was it anything like you expected?

S: I can say very little about the publishing journey without it sounding like sour grapes.

Let me just say that I’m forever grateful to Taylor Street Publishing for publishing my first three books. I have made some wonderful friends as a result of my time with them.

Having my books withdrawn from publication eighteen months ago with very little notice, stunned me. I got over it, and am utterly delighted to be now with Thorstruck Press.

‘Howz that for a non-committal comment? I should be a damned politician.

As for the writing experience I love the whole process, (excluding editing)  If my muse isn’t in a great mood I can’t write a single word; but those times when the muse is happy I can barely type fast enough to keep up with the thought process. I’ll read over what I’ve done and discover characters that have expanded well beyond what I had intended. I don’t have a plot pre-planned, just a basic outline; the muse fills in the details.

J: What’s something you’ve wished interviewers would have asked you about (but haven’t) that you’d like to talk about?

S: I can’t think of anything offhand, Jeff. The stuff I’m passionate about has little to do with my writing. I could write pages on Cyber bullying, abuse, alcoholism and the recovery from addiction. All large topics and not really suitable for the interview process.

Let me say a big thank you for having me here. The questions you asked were great; I hope the folks will enjoy reading the interview as much as I did whilst responding to them.

J: Suzanna, thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. This was fun and so very interesting!

Suzanna is on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/StaceyandSuzie?fref=ts

Her blog can be found at: http://sooozsaysstuff.blogspot.com/

Her author profile on Thorstruck Press can be found here: http://www.thorstruckpress.com/suzanna-burke.html

 

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