‘Errin Stevens’

up- eirrinToday, I’d like to welcome For Errin Stevens, author of “Updrift” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

Errin Stevens writes paranormal fiction and reads practically everything she can get her hands on. Errin Stevens writes from her home in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and son. When not wrestling with unruly narrative – or reading everything from mythology to contemporary romance to New Adult suspense – you’ll find her swooning over seed catalogs (winter), or digging in the garden (the other three days of the year).



No.1: Would you break the law to save a loved one? Yes. If I had to steal to feed or protect my family, I wouldn’t hesitate. If they were in danger and there was no other way, yes, I would. I love my family and especially if my family were in danger, watch out!

No.2: What is the difference between being alive and truly living? I believe we are put on this earth to be both express ourselves as individuals and serve as supportive members of our broader human community. When we lose focus on one purpose at the expense of another, I think everyone suffers. The feeling of suffering, moreover, should motivate us to look at what we need to do to stay vital and grow.

No.3: What motivates you to write? I read so much and so hard as a kid I remember a huge swath of memories in the wrong order… and subsequently hardwired a narrative filter into my brain which every experience I have goes through. I’m constantly deciding how I would characterize in words what happens around me.

No.4: Why do humans want children? Well. Isn’t that a question for the ages? I have dear friends who don’t… but most people, myself included, do. We have one child and will stop there for quality of life reasons as well as other more practical issues. This question harkens to question #2 above, I think, i.e., depending on your own unique nature, you will procreate or not according to how you fit into the world, which your own suffering will guide you to experience. I very much needed to be a mother, went through quite the process to become one, and am very glad I am. I’m also very glad I have only one!

No.5: What was the biggest challenge in creating your book, ”Updrift”? Everything was a big challenge for me, starting with giving myself permission to write it! I would think, ‘How dare I?’ Then after I dared, there were a few years of wandering in the cesspool of sharing and critiques, which was a crapshoot to be honest but ultimately REALLY helped me hone my prose. The last big challenge for me was rewriting the work from omniscient voice to third person to adhere to the editorial standards of my publisher at the time.

No.6: What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? Hmmm…that’s a hard question. Because, even as you get older, you still keep learning. Two things, the second more important than the first… and I’ll warn you right now I’m going to sound trite! Be grateful, and love one another.

No.7: How did you come up with the title “Updrift”? Funny you ask this, since I thought hard on my initial titles, which were Blue, Sapphire, and Cobalt. After attending a writer’s conference in New York a few years ago, though, I realized I needed to go for a different connotation, one that wasn’t so flatly visual. I researched oceanic terms and played with them until I settled on Updrift, Breakwater, and Outrush. I prefer them because they’re fresher and have more dimension.

No.8: How do you handle personal criticism? Nobody likes to hear criticism. At least I don’t think so. Depends on who’s handing out the criticism! Criticism really did get my work where it needed to be, but not everyone is a capable critic, which can be hard to figure out when you first start writing. I wrote a humorous piece on this a while back if you’re interested.

No.9: Why should people read your book? People should go to my stories for the imaginary escape, and also to feel “fed” in the reading of them. This is my hope in going through all of this, that you will walk away feeling loved and bolstered by the more generous intimacies that go with being human.

No.10: Why is there something rather than nothing? Again, a question for the ages, and I very much wonder what compelled you to ask these questions! This is too light an answer, but what we see and feel as individuals defines much of what we think of as reality, and it is our own unique personhood that launches the explorations of art, literature, science – everything we can think up in this world. The “something” comes forth when we bring our efforts out of ourselves and share it with others.

Thank you 🙂 For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book:


Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.

Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.




‘Amanda Siegrist’

img_2060-2Today, I’d like to welcome Amanda Siegrist, author of “The Danger With Love” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

I love anything that has to do with romance. As long as there’s a happy ending, I’m a happy camper. I love baseball (Go Twins!) and creating awesome crafts. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, working in that field for several years before I became a stay-at-home mom. When I’m not hanging out with my wonderful family, I’m writing a sweet contemporary romance or a romantic suspense that keeps you guessing until the end. I have a few more amazing stories in the works. If you would like to connect with me or see important


No.1: Would you break the law to save a loved one? If they were in danger and there was no other way, yes, I would. I love my family and especially if my children were in danger, watch out, momma bear will come out. This is kind of an ambiguous question, though, in my eyes. Because saving a loved one could mean so many different things. Their life is in danger, they were arrested, they lost their job, and so on and so forth. Most of those scenarios is a ‘learn from your mistakes’ sort of lesson, but if their life was truly in danger, life or death situation, yes, I would.

No.2: What is the difference between being alive and truly living? Well, alive is you’re here and breathing and doing your everyday thing. Bills have to be paid, family has to be fed, a job you have to go to. Truly living would be living your life the way you want, no restrictions, nothing holding you back. You always wanted to go on a dream vacation, well, you go do it. You always wanted to have your own boat, but you hate to part with the money, well, you go buy one anyway. You always wanted to retire early and travel the world, well, you quit your job and start planning and traveling, maybe even renting an RV. That’s truly living. Living the life you want because you only live once.

No.3: What motivates you to write? The characters in my head demanding that I do. *chuckles* I used to write when I was younger (as a child) and I slowly just stopped as the real world slapped me in the face. Then suddenly, my husband got a job where I became a stay-at-home mom and the writing bug hit me again. Now I can’t stop. I write because it makes me happy. I love telling a story. I love sending it out into the world, hoping that I touch another person’s heart with some love and happiness. Because with me, you’ll always get a happy ending.

No.4 : Why do humans want children? Because it’s fun. Lol. There’s something special about creating a child, going through a pregnancy, then watching them grow up. It’s kind of hard to explain. Yeah, I know, that’s what I’m supposed to do, but it’s hard to put into words why. Kids make the world happier. I have three children, two girls and a boy, and I can’t imagine not having them in my life. They bring joy, laughter, happiness, tears on occasion, even some anger. *chuckles* All I have to do if I’m having a bad day is look at them, see the smile on their face, and it lifts me up. Why wouldn’t I want that?

No.5: What was the biggest challenge in creating your book, ”The Danger With Love”? Creating the story really wasn’t that much of a challenge. What I really struggled with this book was coming up with a title. Titles are important to me. I like them to have meaning, something that connects them to the story itself. I went back and forth with lots of different titles, asking for opinions and always rejecting all the suggestions thrown my way. If the title doesn’t speak to me, I can’t use it. This particular story has an undercover agent trying to take down a mob boss. He goes undercover in his friend’s wedding as a groomsman, and falls in love with a bridesmaid. We have love and we have danger. Wah-lah! The Danger With Love was born.

No.6: What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? Hmmm…that’s a hard question. I’ve learned a lot so far in life. Because, even as you get older, you still keep learning. I don’t think that ever stops. But if I had to choose one thing I would say, “Do your best.” There’s nothing wrong in trying something as long as you do your best. Sure, mistakes will be made along the way, but if you did the best you could, you should still be proud of yourself. I’ve had to say this particular saying to my daughters already, especially when it comes to school work. “Always take your time and do your best.”

No.7: How did you come up with the title “The Danger With Love”? Well, since I already talked about how I came up with the title for The Danger With Love earlier, I’ll tell you how I came up with One Taste of You’s title. This particular book has suspense and some hot romance in it. In the very beginning, one of my characters says something along the lines of, “What I wouldn’t do for a taste of you…” and it just kinda clicked with me that I loved it for a title. This is a series now, A One Taste series, so every book starts with ‘One Taste of’. It’s fun and sexy. To me, anyway. *chuckles*

No.8: How do you handle personal criticism? I’d like to think well. Is it ever truly easy, though? Nobody likes to hear criticism. At least I don’t think so. Lol. As long as it’s constructive and said in a nice way, I welcome it. If it’s malicious, then I’m not going to be very happy. Although, I’m more likely to vent to my husband rather than call someone out on it. I’m not a big fan of confrontation.

No.9: Why should people read your book? Well, I love to write about love. I have to have a happy ending, and hey, it might even be a sappy one, but what can I say, I love love. I also love a good mystery. I watch a ton of ‘cop’ shows and so you’re more than likely gonna get a sexy detective or law enforcement officer as my hero. I always try to make my heroines strong, and even sometimes, feisty. If that’s something you enjoy reading, then I’ll be sure to give you a story that’ll entertain you until the last page. I especially love writing a murder mystery and doing my best to keep you guessing who the killer is. I don’t hear much if people figured it out or not before the end, but it always makes me wonder. It’s a fun challenge.

No.10: Why is there something rather than nothing? Well, if we had nothing, as in, no creativity, then the world would be a very sad place. Having lots of ‘somethings’ makes the world so much more beautiful. Especially these days, we need beauty to lift us up, to make each other smile. Plus, nothing sounds boring. Who wants nothing? We all want something.

Thank you 🙂 For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book:

The Danger With Love

A beautiful wedding. An exquisite dress. A night to remember. If only she were the bride. Sarafina just wants her fairytale ending like all her friends, but she seems doomed to always be the bridesmaid. Until she runs into him—the groomsman walking her down the aisle. She might be attracted to him, but he screams nothing but trouble.

Special Agent Dax Delcroy never wanted this assignment. Being old college roommates with the groom meant the case was his anyway. Get in and get out. Get the information to take down the bride’s father, the most ruthless mobster in the city. It should all be so easy. Except nothing is easy the minute he meets her.



‘Pamela Schloesser Canepa’

d-timeToday, I’d like to welcome Pamela Schloesser Canepa, author of “Detours in Time” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

Author Pamela Schloesser Canepa had a childhood full of travel and moving, fueling her writing of poems and stories as a child to provide entertainment for long trips. After a while, her family settled in the southeast. Writing provided an outlet for private thoughts and emotions for years, until she decided to self-publish fiction in 2016. Pamela’s genres include science fiction, paranormal fiction, and poetry of all types. The “Made for Me” series was Pamela’s first published fiction series. Currently, Pamela is working on a sequel to her time travel novel and hopes to publish an anthology of paranormal stories within the next year.


No.1: Would you break the law to save a loved one? I’d have to say yes. Why? The reason I say yes, is because there are so many laws on the books that get broken by everyone, such as, jaywalking. If my loved one was in trouble and I had to get to them in a hurry, yes, I’d be jaywalking to get to them ASAP. I might even run a red light. I know that I’d lose some of my objectivity because of being overcome by emotion. Would I murder? Well, these laws are in different categories. I can’t imagine being in that situation. So, I’d say no to that one.

No.2: What is the difference between being alive and truly living? Alive is breathing, and for some, going through the motions. ‘Truly living’ is being able to delight in something on a daily basis. Perhaps it is doing what you love, or, being surrounded by those you love, and one can delight in that. One could give up doing what they really love to be able to be with those they love, and they might find it just another way to be truly living. So I believe there is more than one way to be ‘truly living.’

No.3: What motivates you to write? There is a part of my brain that won’t be quiet unless I do something with it. I don’t think it’s overactive, but these thoughts ideas will be lost to the wind if I do not write them down. I had a friend, when we were young, tell me about a grand book idea, but never wrote it down. I wasn’t told the idea either, but that friend is no longer with us. I enjoy writing, so now is the time to do it. Just the same, if you really enjoyed dancing, you should dance, until the day your legs give out. Then, find something else delightful, but if you died, you would have done what you loved. Our life is fleeting, and the end chases after us, but sometimes the world seems so still; those are the moments at the beach with my son, or snuggling with my dog on a hot summer’s day. There is a time to write and a time to rest, and I can do that as long as I am carving out time to write. Writing does relieve a lot of stress at times when I can’t make it to the beach, and work has been hectic. I love the escape.

No.4 : Why do humans want children? Maybe it’s because we want someone there for us in our old age, or it’s because are told we have to propagate. I have a child, and I would never want it any other way. The experience of childbirth was so rewarding and moving. I only had one. That was all I needed. You are giving the world a piece of you. I suppose it is similar to creating art, writing and publishing a book, etc.

No.5: What was the biggest challenge in creating your book, ”Detours in Time”? Well, it started as a great distraction for myself, thinking of the future and what we might see if we went there, at a time when I needed a distraction. So, at some point, I had to tighten up the plot. Yes, the story is a great getaway, but I needed to make the stakes more clear. I would also say that editing was a big challenge, as it always is. You get five people to look over your manuscript, and then the day of publication, you see you left out a letter in a word. One letter makes a huge difference! So, you load your manuscript again. Then you wait on your computer as it loads, so you can preview it again. You can’t really do anything else, though I’d be scrolling through my phone while I wait.

No.6: What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? I have learned to treat others the way I like to be treated. That may not sound very original, but it prevents a lot of pain. My mother was always loving and nurturing. I was a real brat toward her in my adolescence. So in adulthood, I’ve tried much harder to treat her kindly and to appreciate her friendship. Sometimes my company is all she wants. So, I am learning the same with my own child, that there are phases we all go through when we are not dependent on parents, but one day we learn to appreciate them again, even if we don’t need them as much. I suppose this fits with the concept of karma and the popular Bible verse. Every religion seems to have a similar teaching.

No.7: How did you come up with the title “Detours in Time?” It wasn’t my original title. My original title was very basic, but it did fit with the concept of stepping into another time and place and it suddenly is changed just because of your present, much like Bradbury’s story, “A Sound of Thunder.” However, upon searching, I found so many similar titles to the original, that I decided to change it. By that time, I was well into the book and my characters had already made an unplanned detour. So the new title just fit. I think it also communicates quite well that this book is a sci-fi, time travel book.

No.8: How do you handle personal criticism? I handle it much better now than I did at the start of my writing adventure. It gets easier every time. I had a really harsh critic on a book website regarding a short story I had listed there. When he posted a second scathing review (accidentally) even after I’d made corrections, I decided to delete the story. It’s not going away though. It will re-surface, perhaps in an anthology. It will be well edited, though. To be honest, I did not edit it much before I posted it, as it was a sort of pulp fiction type story. So, what I am saying is, learn from criticism, but don’t let anyone beat you over the head with it. There’s just no reason for that. However, there’s also really no reason to respond to someone who does that. I’ve learned from it. With my published novellas, I have found that some readers love them, and others may not. It’s based on their personal preferences. It’s all a learning experience. I personally don’t read a book to criticize every flaw. I love to read, so if there is something positive in a book, my review reflects that, but I will also point out parts of the style that got in the way of my reading enjoyment.

No.9: Why should people read your book? “Detours in Time” will take you on a journey, but it will also make you care about the characters. It will make you think about our place in the universe and the overall scheme of things, as well as making you think what you would do in certain situations. It doesn’t hold the answers, but it makes you think about the age old questions of who we are and what our responsibility is to the universe.

No.10: Why is there something rather than nothing? I like your philosophical questions. It seems there is no right or wrong answer! Buddhists would probably tell you there really is nothing. I think they are telling us you have to be able to let go. I’m not a Buddhist, so that doesn’t work for me, though I have learned to let go of thoughts that are harmful and try to keep what delights me. Seinfeld would tell you that, if you have a show about nothing, it actually just includes everything, even the kitchen sink, so you can’t narrow it down to a particular something. Jesus would tell you that there certainly is something, and it all makes a difference; it was all planned. This all brings me to one of my favorite quotes, that tells us there certainly is something besides all that we strive for and fight to survive for, and when we lose everything here in our own little world, there is something more. It is why I love sci-fi and speculative fiction: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophies.” -from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This makes it hard for me to meditate. Instead, I ponder on all the possibilities. I call it “entertaining the what-ifs,” and I find it quite enjoyable! I have grown to be able to comfortable with the possibilities I ponder. Now, that is something.

Thank you 🙂 For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book:

“Detours in Time”

Feisty Tabatha, a struggling artist, and Milt, an awkward Science professor, set off on a journey to the future. What was supposed to be fun soon turns quite intense when they make discoveries about their future selves and end up on other “detours.” The two set events into action that may save one life, yet destroy another. Both Milt and Tabatha struggle to witness and not participate in a place and time that is not yet their own. Amid the backdrop of a future that reveals great wonders and horrors, Tabatha and Milt must resist the temptation to use discoveries from future technology to aid them when they return to the present. Detours in Time starts as a fantastic escape and grows to present many moral dilemmas and surprises that can either destroy the strongest friendship or bring two people closer.




‘R.J. Castille’

goddddToday, I’d like to welcome R.J. Castille, author of “Goddess” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

R.J. Castille was born in 1976 and lives in Southern California. She has been writing short stories and poetry since grade school and never ceased to feed her desire to write. Encouraged by her Mother, R.J. Castille set out to complete her first published, full-length, Erotic Romance novel, Goddess. Her tenacious nature drove her forward as her first manuscript came to fruition. Her goal is to provide true to life entertainment.


No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why? Drawing the line at any crime that would harm another being, I have, and would again break the law for a loved one (albeit nothing serious). To preserve another life is one of the core meanings of life. If someone I love is in serious danger, and all other options have run out, I believe the only choice is obvious.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living? You wake up, go to work, drive home, eat dinner, go to bed, repeat. That is how it is for most of the people that inhabit the world. To live is to simply breathe. To take up space on this planet we call Earth. In order to truly live, you must break out of that shell. Destroy the chains of monotony that bind you to your daily grind. Take the time to appreciate those around that truly care about you. Most of all, never let the dreams that keep you alive die.

No.3 What motivates you to write? I write not from my mind but from my soul. I believe that God has blessed me with the gift to put illustrative thoughts into writing. I finally stopped wasting that gift and wrote Goddess. I am motivated by this fact and the story that nags in the back of my mind, begging to be told. In the case of Goddess, my Mother encouraged me to write the novel. I am currently encouraged by accolades from my readers, positive reviews on my book and the honor of winning the Drunken Druid Award.

No.4 Why do humans want children? The decision to have children is made for many reasons. Some decide they want to have some meaning or purpose in their life. Others may try for a child to mend a broken relationship, in hopes it will bring them closer together. Carrying on a family name is important in many cultures and is of highest value in other cases. Some children are unintentional but would not be returned for anything in the world once you look them in the eyes for the first time. Whatever the reason, children are the most common tie in human culture and they hold our future ultimately in their hands.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book “Goddess”? Working a full-time job is not conducive to a writing career. Add in a couple teenaged daughters and occasional emotional difficulties and the writing process took longer than expected. In January 2016 however, my New Year’s Resolution was to finish Goddess by the end of the year. By August it was finished and ready for editing, ahead of schedule. IT was a long two-and-a-half years, but I launched Goddess that fall and never looked back.

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? People take each other for granted too often. The person closest to us, often overlooked, frequently ignored, passes through our shadows as we travel through life, supporting and encouraging us behind the scenes often without thanks. Sadly, my life lesson is that you should never look at the people in your life and dismiss them in favor of anything. Material possessions, money, drugs, it is all a meaningless in the end. You cannot live that way too long without the consequences reflecting in your empty and lonely life: devoid of those who once cared for your, forced out of your life in the name of something else.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “Goddess”? The main character, Leila King, goes by the name Goddess when she is active in her dominatrix role. The title Goddess comes from her pseudonym that she uses during her BDSM role-play and also portrays her powerful demeanor when she takes on that role.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism? Personal criticism is part of life. In the case of an author like myself, I use it to enhance my writing. When I see my reviews, I love to see reasons why it fell below five stars. Please tell me why?!!? I want to reply, but in many cases I have no way to ask. There is always room for improvement.

No.9 Why should people read your book? There are many reasons I can say that people should read Goddess. To highlight the most crucial: I would say that I wrote this book for an intended audience that would satisfy both the mainstream and fetish or erotica fans alike. It is written in such a way that is not overly offensive and has a creative way of addressing the true BDSM lifestyle for those offended by the portrayal of or were misled by the droves of other stuff out there. I intended to write true-to-life fiction. This book is somewhere between Fifty Shades of Grey and The Sleeping Beauty series by Anne Rice. Goddess is also on sale during the month of May 2017 in celebration of Women’s Month.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing? Without the hope of something, humans would lead very different lives. A dream of something different, something better, something grander. The push that drives us all and keeps us motivated to the end. In its absence, our lives would take on a completely different meaning.

Thank you 🙂 For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book:


Leila King leads a double life. In reality, she is a normal woman with everyday problems. A tough job as the Executive Assistant to an overbearing boss, whose sole purpose in life seems to be to make her life miserable. As a powerful dominatrix in her other world, Leila takes on the persona of Goddess and rules with an iron fist. When her two worlds collide one night, Leila is faced with a choice. Goddess portrays a power-struggle that spills over into both Leila’s worlds culminating in a whirlwind of difficulties she must face with while involved in a love triangle that is sure to have Leila on the edge of chaos.