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Today we are welcoming J.M. Anton to the blog! She is touring her book, Fateful Waters, with Goddessfish Promotions. She is giving away a $25.00 B&N gift card to a random commenter during the tour. If you are interested in being entered, just leave a comment. If you are wanting to increase your chances of winning, click HERE to find more blogs to leave a comment on.
On with the interview! If this sounds like a book that you would be interested in reading, please find some buy links at the bottom of this post to pick up a copy.
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Barb – If someone else wrote a blurb about your book what would it say?
J.M. – Two young girls discover the trials and tribulations of life on a ranch in the middle of a drought. The Texas Panhandle is a world away from their homes on the shores of Lake Erie.
Barb - Who are your cheerleaders?
J.M. – My biggest cheerleader is my husband. He is followed closely by my children who also served as my frontline editors and proofreaders for “Fateful Waters.”
Barb – Do you read reviews written about your book?
J.M. – I read as many of the reviews as I can find about my books. I pay most attention to the reviews written by folks who actually purchased an e-book or print copy of a book. Word of mouth is still the best, and I love talking to readers at events and book signings.
Barb – What are your favorite hobbies?
J.M. – My favorite hobbies include, baking, reading, drawing and painting. My favorite outdoor activity is riding my horse and walking the dog in the park with my husband.
Barb – Did you know the title before you started writing?
J.M. – I really didn’t have a name for the idea taking form. However, because the novel was part of a writing challenge known as NaNoWriMo that takes place each November. I had to call it something. As the revisions came and the novel took shape, I went through several ideas for titles. To figure out my choice of “Fateful Waters,” you just have to read the book.
Barb – Are you a plotter or a pantzer?
J.M. – Whether I do a lot of plotting depends on the book. Some works require a lot of research, or need to make sense on a timeline, but I do a bit of flying by the seat of my pants developing my characters. They seem more real to me and can grow more easily than doing the written character studies that were recommended in college writing classes.
Barb – Did you do any research before start or during of the writing of the books
J.M. – Our family lived in a small Texas town near Amarillo when I was a child, so some updates were called for. Our daughter and grandchildren live in Texas, and their personal accounts of the draught were very graphic. My daughter Kellie helped out big time with the German language editing included in this novel. The descriptions of Lexie’s view from the plane on take off and landing were excerpts from my own observations, and those of family members.
Barb – How many books do you read/month?
J.M. – Most months I read four or five books. I read almost exclusively indie authors these days. I have a blog that participates in two promotional book tours, and I also belong the Book Reviewers Club. On an average I review three books a month, depending on the length of the books that I am reviewing.
Barb – How important do you find the communication between you and your readers? Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews?
J.M. – Readers are the most important aspect once the book is published, and interaction with them is critical. It can determine the path of future writing projects. I try to answer questions as they come in. Fans can sign up for my quarterly newsletter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Barb – What’s your favorite vacation spot?
J.M. – Without a doubt my favorite vacation spot is Saint Augustine. Florida. It is rich with history, and you can tour by trolley, horse drawn carriages, or take a boat ride. Feed the fish and watch the dolphins play while you have dinner. Walking the historic district is like stepping back in time.
Barb – What projects are you currently working on right now? Would you mind sharing them with us?
J.M. – Next up in the Romance genre is “Cassandra: Night Shades.” Look for it in early 2013.
Also slated for print release in March 2013 is “Backyard Horse Tales 2: Frosty and the Nightstalker.” The award wining Backyard Horse Tales series are authored as Jackie Anton.
Follow Melinda Potter and Alexandra Parker, across the country, as the friends travel from their home on the shores of Lake Erie to the drought-stricken state of Texas. After graduation from The Ohio State University, Melinda has a date with an online Romeo. Lexie, who is supposed exert a moderating influence on her impulsive friend, winds up in a hospital where she wakes to everyone calling her Mrs. Ross. She doesn’t have a clue how she got there, or who Mr. Ross is.
The SUV skidded in the slime now covering the previously dry, dusty road. Lexie retrieved her phone from an inside pocket of her navy colored, leather, handbag. Disgusted, she laid it on the center console. Smart or not, the directional phone apps had not shed any light on her dilemma. She was really beginning to feel lousy, so she twisted of the cap on the antibiotic that she had just picked up at the drugstore. The prescription label said it was to be taken with food, but she was desperate to head of a recurrence of what sure felt like the flu, so she downed the pill with the remainder of a bottle of water she’d placed in the cup holder. Lexie picked up the small communication device, located Melinda’s name, and she poked the small screen much harder than required to connect to her friend. She wanted to scream! Why me Lord? Melinda didn’t have a clue how to direct her. While her friend checked with David, she slipped into her navy jacket. As the rain increased the heat of earlier began to cool, and she was experiencing a chill. Lexie switched from the air conditioner to the heater.
She was sitting in the middle of a dirt road, in an increasing rain, and the surface was quickly becoming a quagmire. She hoped that Melinda, was writing down directions, and that was why she was taking so much time.
Roommates since their freshman year at Ohio State, Alexandra Parker and Melinda Potter had become close friends. After nearly five years, their friendship had grown to the point they each knew the other’s personality quirks. Lexie knew Melinda well enough to be skeptical about the accuracy of the written directions that her friend had left for her when she went on ahead with David. Commonsense had dictated that she enter his ranch address in the GPS, just in case.
Jackie. Anton is the author of Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. She makes her home in Northeastern Ohio.
Mother of two adult Children and a Grandmother she and her husband of forty-one years live on a small farm in Medina Township. As author of the family friendly series Backyard Horse Tales (readers age 8-adult) her adult novels are written under the pen name J.M. Anton.
An avid horseperson she and her husband continue to ride daily. She loves a good mystery as well as working out the day-to-day struggles and complexities of human relationships. Find out more about the author on her blog “Writing for readers in a .com world. http://jackieanton.com
New author web site: http://talesbyjackie.com
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