‘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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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:

Goddess

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.

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‘K.B. Andrews’

kkbToday, I’d like to welcome K.B. Andrews, author of “Finding You in the Darkness” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

K.B. Andrews was born and raise in a small town in Southern Illinois. She spends her time with her husband and two kids, while going to school full time as an English major. Andrew’s has always had a love for making up stories, and reading romance novels.

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No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why? Absolutely! Friends and family are top priority for me. Without them, I don’t know where I’d be. They save me on a daily basis just by being there for me when I need to talk. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for them…well, maybe not nothing, but you get the picture.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living? To me, being alive is having a pulse and breathing. You’re surviving but not truly living. Truly living means taking every opportunity you have. Stay up late, drink too much coffee, listen to loud music, write a book, ask out the guy/girl you’ve always had a crush on. Just enjoying your life and making the most out of every moment.

No.3 What motivates you to write? I actually have no idea. I’ve been asked this before, I’ve always said the same thing. I don’t chose to write. As a career path goes, I could’ve picked something much easier. Something where thousands of people aren’t in my head and picking and judging everything that comes out. Writing is just something I’ve always done. It’s a part of me and I can’t change it any more than I can change my DNA. I don’t need motivation to do it. It’s always there.

No.4 Why do humans want children? People want someone to love and take care of. They want to know that they will always have someone with them. Boyfriends/girlfriends/husbands/wives come and go, but your child will always be your child.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book “Finding You in the Darkness”? The biggest challenge was creating characters that would be understood. I wanted these characters (Jace and Riley) to feel as real as possible. People, in a nut shell, are flawed, they make mistakes, and do things they shouldn’t. These characters are no different. They both make mistakes, but the challenging part was trying to make the readers understand where those mistakes came from.

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? Wow. I’ve learned so many lessons (usually the hard way) to just pick one. If I have to pick, I would say, people will judge you regardless, so you might as well do what you want. If I hadn’t learned this lesson, I never would’ve clicked publish on that first book.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “Finding You in the Darkness”? In all of my books, I used something the character said or thought. With Finding You in the Darkness, Jace says his life has always been surrounded in darkness. But despite it all, he still found his true love, Riley.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism? That is something that everyone in life have to learn to take with a grain of salt. Not everyone will like what you do, and that’s okay. When I receive criticism, I listen to what people are telling me, some I agree with and some I don’t. When I don’t agree, I usually just sweep it under the rug and remind myself that I’m not everyone’s cup of tea and vise versa.

No.9 Why should people read your book? For many reasons. Entertainment, to read about how love can overcome anything, to see the depths that someone would go to just to save someone they love, to see that sometimes, something you would automatically label as bad could be used as a force of good. This book is packed full of love, happiness, sadness, heartache, and redemption.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing? There is always something, even if you have to look really hard to see the silver lining, it’s usually there. Even nothing itself is something, the absence of a presence is still felt like anything else.

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

“Finding You in the Darkness”

Riley knew where her life was going; she had it all planned out. Jace was just trying to find the light in his world of darkness. When Riley walked into Jace’s life, she was so pure, she was blinding. His life was filled with darkness and danger. No matter how hard he tried to fight his way out, he was lost and only her light could bring him back. Riley knew that she should stay away from Jace, but his charm and good looks couldn’t be fought against. He claimed her from the minute their eyes met. Jace wasn’t Riley’s prince charming. He was dark, mysterious, and full of secrets. Secrets that were just waiting to be revealed. He knew that once Riley found out the truth, she would be gone forever, but he didn’t have a choice. He had to save her. How far would you go to save the one you loved?

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‘A.C. Greenlee’

ac-gToday, I’d like to welcome A.C. Greenlee, author of “Genesis: The Awakening” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

Author A.C. Greenlee is an award-winning creator of Paranormal Romance, High Fantasy and adventure novels. An avid gamer, you will most frequently find her farming experience in an online multiplayer game, or progressing up the military ranks in competitive first-person shooters–when she’s not writing of course. With a B.F.A in Creative Writing and a recently completed M.F.A of the same degree path, A.C. is extremely enthusiastic about embarking on the epic quest of university level graphic design and hopes she has enough poultices, chocolate and coffee to see her through.

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No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why? The short answer is yes. In a heartbeat. The bonds I share with my loved ones mean more to me than any law ever could. Although it’s easy to say that for small infractions, such as running a red light or even assault, it’s difficult to imagine myself committing murder to save someone I loved. Because it’s selfish to think that the lives of my loved one means more than someone else’s.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living? In my opinion, being alive is the act of existing. We are all alive in the most basic way that we draw breath into our lungs and have healthy brain function. But truly living is another concept entirely. To me, truly living doesn’t even begin until you’re sixty. It’s the ability to be so carefree, so forgiving and open that nothing and no one can tear you down.

No.3 What motivates you to write? My characters motivate me in all aspects of life. I spend weeks, sometimes even years developing these people until they are as realistic as possible, and only when they speak to me do I know I’ve finished my task. I write because I want to tell their stories. I want to get to know them and because I want others to know them as well as I do. When I sit down at my computer to work on a story I’m doing it for the sole advantage of getting to go on another adventure with my favorite people in the world.

No.4 Why do humans want children? Other than the biological predisposition to reproduce, I couldn’t fathom why. More power to those who want them but I’ll keep my distance, thank you very much. I would suppose that some people want to pass on their genes, to carry on their lineage or just have a companion (or two), someone they can love unconditionally. All very valid reasons, but I’ll stick to my dog.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book “Genesis: The Awakening”? Overcoming myself. Genesis is by far the largest body of work I’ve ever created. It took three years to write and two more before I was ready to hand it over to my publisher for review. I became so attached to it that, at one point, I was certain it would never see the light of day. But after I overcame my own separation anxiety and the fear of sharing such an intimate part of myself with the world, I was happier than I’ve ever been finally seeing it on shelves.

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far? Through many trials I’ve learned that, regardless of who you are, how old you are or what you’re going through, no one can make you do anything you don’t want to do. Not a parent, spouse, teacher, doctor or even that little voice in the back of your head that tells you to jump when you’re too close to a ledge; you don’t have to listen to a word they say.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “Genesis: The Awakening”? I went through three or four titles before I settled on Genesis. When you look at the core of the story, it is both the beginning or Genesis of the series and it features a few biblical themes that actually took place in the Genesis book of the Bible. While it is in no way a religious work, I enjoyed playing with the idea of Eve being led into temptation by Lucifer himself, and overcoming he lying bastard by kicking major demon butt.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism? Most authors will tell you that you have to develop a thick skin to survive in this industry. Personally, I just cry about I and move on. I think that allowing yourself time to actually feel and then cope with something is healthy. If I’m criticized and it’s not constructive or won’t help me improve at something, depending on it’s severity I may ignore it altogether. Water off a ducks back.

No.9 Why should people read your book? People should read Genesis because they want a story that’s also an experience. If you want to laugh, cry, fall in love and dismantle destructive demonic patriarchies all from the comfort of your favorite reading chair, Genesis is the book for you.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing? There’s always something, even if it appears there’s nothing there. An empty glass is still a glass, regardless of the missing liquid that once filled it’s depths. Even nothing itself is something, the absence of a presence is still felt like anything else. When you miss someone because they’re no longer there, your memory of them fills the nothing they left behind.

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

“Genesis: The Awakening”

Cursed with enhanced mental abilities and consistently degrading eyesight, VICTORIA BOUCHARD is a walking medical phenomenon most talented neuroscientists could never hope to unravel. As she struggles to cope with the news of her impending blindness, she learns of a deranged serial killer deemed by the FBI as the ‘Ghoul Butcher’ who’s rapidly making his way towards her humble University in the heart of Rural Iowa. With police on a manhunt and the locals in a frenzy, her visual health is suddenly the least of her worries. On the other hand, her lover and best friend KAIZER DRESDEN is determined to keep his distance from the case as it unfolds. As a Grim Reaper, stripped of his powers and exiled from his home world to serve out a three hundred year sentence on Earth; he knows he would be the prime suspect in the eyes of the immortals who banished him. But with the seemingly unstoppable Ghoul cutting a swath right for them, he and Victoria have no choice but to take matters into their own hands and investigate the murders in order to protect his new found home.

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