JAY NOEL - author of Dragonfly Warrior
release date: January 6, 2014
1. What is the best snack I should have on hand while reading Dragonfly Warrior?
Something crunchy. Like pretzels or potato chips. My book is action packed with some pretty intense stuff. So you're going to need an outlet for your deep seated aggression bubbling to the surface. Plus the salt content will keep your electrolytes up.
2. If I were to dress up for the read, any suggestions?
Despite my book being steampunk, I actually don't recommend the ladies wear a corset or the guys wear a frock coat. You won't be too comfortable, and you've gotta be comfy when you read. So you all should wear what I wear when I'm reading: a robe. And be nekkid underneath. If you really want to be thematic, since my book takes place in an alternative Japan, you can wear a kimono. But the nekkid-ness is a requirement.
3. Reenacting scenes are fun. Any special weapons I should purchase?
Despite owning a $2 million umbrella insurance policy, I don't want to be held liable for any damage you might cause your loved ones or antiques you could damage. But if you're up to living dangerously, one of those foam swimming noodles are awesome. You can use one long one for your samurai sword. Just make sure you let out a huge "kiai" shout with every move to increase the authenticity factor.
Thanks for stopping by Jay. Good luck!!
Crystal Collier - author of Moonless
release date: November 13, 2013
1. What cheese goes best with the story progressions in Moonless?
The best cheese for Moonless is probably Jarlsberg. (And not just because it’s what I’m craving lately, although it could be that too.) With a milder bite than Swiss (for action and suspense), it’s well aged and holed with mystery. It’s slightly sweet, for romance, and somewhat nutty for the unexpected.
2. When I envision the cheese/character resemblances, I imagine Alexia as Swiss (smells unattractive but a unique & interesting "life", much like when the nights are moonless). What would you say Kiren & Bellezza's cheese resemblances are?
What a great description, although my son says Alexia is more like Parmesan. (According to him, Parmesan goes with just about anything, even cereal… We may have some issues to work through in our household.) For Kiren, Roquefort, the king of cheeses—a blend of flavors that start mild, then sweet, then smoky, with a salty finish. Jaded by inner demons, he is so much deeper than what can be seen. For Bellezza, Feta. Aggressive. A grainy texture. To gain its taste, feta is submerged in brine—the same way pickles are created. Bellezza is a subject of deep submersion in adverse circumstances. Tasty, but dangerous. You never know what you’re going to get with her.
3. How many times in Moonless did you mention cheese, your true passion?
First of all, let’s set one thing straight: cheese = happiness, so in that regard, there are occasional snatches of cheese between the traumatizing crazy of world-altering explosiveness.
Alas, cheese is never mentioned directly in Moonless. (I KNOW—how is that possible?) The humor is rather subdued, although there are little incidents like one character calling Kiren “delicious,” and someone accusing Alexia of being a “bottle-wielding pygmy”. Moonless is a milder brand of cheese.
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