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Meet K. E. White, Author in Vintage Love Stories

Blunder Woman Productions, with the help of eight talented authors and nine equally talented narrators, will be releasing a remarkable volume of short tales set before the age of the internet and cell phones. Vintage Love Stories features K.E. White’s story, Can’t Get Used to Losing You

K. E. White, Author

K. E. White, Author

We were able to chat with Karen, and we’d love for you to get to know her, too! 

What inspired Can’t Gt Used to Losing You?

For the past couple years, I’ve been working on a romance series based in Boston in the 1980’s. The books are connected by a theater company, and I was a young actor there in that decade. On a deeper level, though, something about the recent presidential election had me hankering for an earlier time in my history, when things seemed simpler. Seemed is operative here, of course. Nostalgia had me looking at the time with rose-colored glasses. At first. As I actually delved into what was going on back then in career opportunities for women, in workplace expectations (#MeToo started somewhere, you know) and gender norms in relationships, I find that we’ve “come a long way, baby” in some ways. In other ways, it’s like we’ve circled back around to the beginning.

Specific to this collection: the second book in my series takes on the “best friend’s sister” trope and explores a relationship after a tragedy disrupts the original family dynamics. Working on the novel I couldn’t stop writing the backstory of the two main characters: how they’d met as kids, when he first saw her as a sexual being, how they first got together as a couple. These stories don’t really fit in the book, though they helped me get to know the characters. When I saw the posting from Blunderwoman for Vintage Love Stories, my first reaction was, “Huzzah! Someone besides me is interested in stories that exist in the limbo between historical and contemporary romance!” My second thought was, “Hey, I wonder if I could turn those backstory scenes into a short story?” Then I did.

 

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

It’s okay to be “wrong”! Or, as I used to say in my improv classes, ‘there is no right answer because there is no wrong answer.” 

 

What books have most influenced your life?

In no particular order and there are so many but these jump to my mind in this moment: 

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume – the first book I read that went “viral”, that is, it got passed all around my sixth grade classroom. The buzz was amazing but it lived up to it.

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf – the concept of this book blew my mind.

Impro by Keith Johnstone – an amazing book about creating

Chuck Amuck by Chuck Jones – another amazing book about creating from the guy who brought us Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote and Pepe le Pew, among others.

The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley and the Misty of Chincoteague books by Marguerite Henry – I have always been an animal lover and these (and many other books obtained from Scholastic when I was in school) hooked me on reading

Princess Daisy by Judith Kranz – I have a very strong memory of reading the sexy bits aloud during breaks from play rehearsals when I was in high school, which may have led me to where I am now.

 

Can you tell us about your current project(s)?

I am working on a series based in Boston in 1988, centered around a theatre company. The first book is about a young woman who works in finance and an actor who is struggling with balancing art and career. The second book is about the main characters from this short story, Anna and Ben, five years later (and a dog). I have vague ideas about two more books. 

With the series, I’m hoping to share with reader/listeners what it was like to be a young career woman and sexual being in the late eighties as First Wave feminism was waning, as well as what it’s like to be a journeyman actor. I’ve enjoyed playing with the themes from various Shakespeare plays, 80’s music and just the nuts and bolts of dating pre-internet and pre-cell phone.

 

How do you develop your plots and characters? 

Writing fiction is all pretty new to me. But so far, my process seems to start with a problem – a conflict. Two people who are on a collision path for some reason. In my first book, these people who seem to have nothing in common keep getting thrust together. They end up fitting because their deeper needs are met in relationship with this seemingly opposite person. I’ve learned a lot from conferences, taking workshops and from the women in my writing group but the thing that I keep going back to is from my training in improvisation: 1) Say “Yes, And” to any idea and 2) keep getting in trouble. 

 

Do your characters seem to hijack the story. or do you feel like you hold the reins of the story?

I’m a plantster (planner vs. seat-of-the-pantser) – evenly split, I think, between planning and letting the characters take me on a ride. Before I started formally writing books (I’ve always been a storyteller and have created a lot of theater in various ways), I always thought that thing of the characters having their own voices was a load of horse poop, but it actually happens for me! I tend to plan out a general structure/plot, which gets tweaked after I write each scene because I do actually hear the characters talking in my head and I’m just taking dictation. They often surprise me and then I adjust the outline from there.

 

Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day? 

I am an audiobook narrator and have been a professional actor on stage and on screen as well as a stage and audiobook director in the past. Telling stories in various formats has been my vocation and this is the newest chapter.

 

 ABOUT K. E. WHITE

K.E. White is the pen name for Karen White (adopted because a bazillion people share this name including an already-established best-selling fiction author). This Karen White is an award-winning audiobook narrator and professional actress who began writing when a magazine editor told her he could tell she had stories inside. She’d been telling tales and creating theater for years, but her first published piece appeared in his magazine, Salt. She also has an essay and poem in Nevertheless, We Persisted from Blunderwoman Productions. This is her first short story.

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Meet Kathryn Burns, Author in Vintage Love Stories

Blunder Woman Productions, with the help of eight talented authors and nine equally talented narrators, has released a remarkable volume of short tales set before the age of the internet and cell phones. Vintage Love Stories features Kathryn’s Burns story, Didn’t It Rain

We were able to chat a bit with Kathryn, and we’d love for you to get to know her, too!  

Kathryn Burns, Author

Kathryn Burns, Author

What inspired your story?  

When I learned about Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s impact on the world of music, I had to find out more. Once I discovered that she was a bisexual African American badass of a woman, I was feeling so inspired by her legacy, I knew that young women who saw her perform must have felt that fire as well. 

 

What books have most influenced your life?

The books that have most impacted my life are honestly pretty common. Through the Harry Potter series, I discovered that reading doesn’t have to be a solitary experience. Whole communities can form around magical writing. I find it really inspiring to know that people bond over shared passion for stories. 

Another major influence in my life has been Sarah Dessen’s entire collection. She is a master at taking mundane, ordinary human experiences and turning them into the most beautiful, relatable writing. John Green comes to mind as well. I basically consider them the gods of contemporary.

 

What do you love most about the writing process? 

What I love most about the writing process is taking these characters who were just a silhouette in my head and letting their lives unfold and their personalities take shape. They become their own entities once I put words to a page, and nothing can beat that feeling.  

 

What do you hate most about the writing process? 

What I hate most is obvious. There is nothing (and I do mean nothing) worse than writer’s block. Especially as someone who has a day job and little to no free time, it’s awful to finally have a spare minute to write and have my mind go completely blank. 

 

 

ABOUT KATHRYN BURNS

Kathryn Burns is a bipolar, polyamorous, pansexual, cat-collecting novelist, feminist warlord, and wannabe programmer who uses entirely too many descriptors in the hopes that you’ll think she’s too busy and interesting to take two naps a day. You can find her novel, Elsewhere, on Amazon.

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VINTAGE LOVE STORIES is now available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook!

Meet Christina Thompson, Author in Vintage Love Stories

It’s time for another Vintage Love Stories interview, and this time, Blunder Woman Productions is spotlighting Christina Thompson, whose story, Purple Roses is part of this powerful anthology. So, please, settle in and get to know Christina. 

Christina Thompson, Author

Christina Thompson, Author

What inspired Purple Roses? 

 Joe Roberts and Sylvia Folkert are two of my favorite characters in my series.  I wanted to give them a poignant scene through the remembrance of a lifetime of love and the hint of a new passion with all its possibilities.

Taking place outside the series, “Purple Roses” precedes Chemical Attraction, where they already have a sweet friendship amid Joe’s romance with Sylvia’s niece, Madeline.

Contributing “Purple Roses” to the Vintage Love Storiescollection is a touching tribute to my parents. My father passed away in March after fifty-three years of marriage.  The treasured knickknacks in their home also share their love story.

 

Share 4 fun facts about yourself: 

1) I’m a certified massage therapist and acupuncturist.

2) I’m a Firefly Browncoat and adore Nathan Fillion.

3) I love sci-fi monster movies.

4) I once beat my son, an avid gamer, at Mario Party. It’s a game of chance, but a win’s a win. I won’t let him forget it either.

 

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I wrote, but I didn’t consider myself a writer until my husband pointed it out to me. We were having breakfast at the local diner, and I asked him about a transitioning part in my story. He’s usually a good sounding board. 

This time, he thought I should kill off one of my main characters. When I thought about that character dying, I started to cry. Having fun at my expense, he suggested some malicious ways to do it. Our discussion received some quizzical looks from the patrons around us. Embarrassed by my emotional outburst, I asked him if I was crazy. Putting a pleasant spin on it, he said I had a passion for writing. I realized the more I wrote the more compelled I was to write. He clarified that for me.

 

What books have most influenced your life?

Ted Kaptchuk’s The Web That Has No Weaver expanded the narrow view I had of the Universe. Then, Stephen King’s On Writing changed my mindset for writing with this passage, “When you step away from the ‘write what you know’ rule, research becomes inevitable…remember that you are writing a novel not a research paper. The story comes first.” When I first started writing, my confidence had waivered at the daunting task of procedure and investigation. That changed when I focused back on the characters and storyline.

 

Can you tell us about your current project?

After my father died, I came across letters he had written during the Korean War. The correspondences between my dad and his father gave me insight into that time in his life and in the relationship he had with his own father. I’m typing them up and putting them in order with the plan of sharing the anthology with the rest of my family. 

 

Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or do you feel like you hold the reins of the story?

In the beginning of a story, I tell my characters what to do. I’m a big planner. As their parent, I guide these children and maneuver them through the scenes. At some point, they grow up. The characters take over and I end up deleting many of my planned scenes and dialog.

I’ve learned to open myself up to those changes and run with it. I’m still surprised how invigorating it is. I mean, where did these new idea come from? It’s magic.

 

Which do you develop first, character or plot?

That’s a “Chicken or Egg” kind of question. In general, I have the characters and plot in mind when I start. Then, the plot fleshes out a deeper understanding of the characters while the characters push for intriguing dimensions of the plot.

 

Of all the characters you’ve created, which is your favorite and why?

His charisma hiding his loneliness, Joe Roberts is a womanizer on the surface. Deep down, he’s searching for an instant chemistry with his soulmate, the one person who will love him for his faults not in spite of them. He wonders if he’s selfish? Broken? Cursed? Unlovable?  He starts to lose faith.  However, when he stops searching, something electric happens. 

Joe’s my favorite because I almost lost faith, too.

ABOUT CHRISTINA THOMPSON

As a former holistic practitioner, Christina Thompson now enjoys writing about the physical science, the emotional workings of our mind and heart, and the spiritual energy that taps into our passions.

She is the author of the romantic thrillers in The Chemical Attraction Series, which include Their Rigid Rules, The Kindred Code, Chemical Attraction, and Chemical Reaction. She has also written the romantic adventures, The Trucker’s Catand The Garden Collection.

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Meet Author Tony Healey Vintage Love Stories

Vintage Love Stories, an original anthology of love stories set before social media and cell phones, was recently published in audio and will be available soon in paperback and ebook. For the next few weeks, we'll be highlighting the authors and narrators who contributed to this lovely project.

First up...

TONY HEALEY

 

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 Vintage Love Stories features Tony Healey’s story, Adele. Adele features: A couple who's been married for decades. A secret shared. And a love that shows the beauty in supporting a partner when they share their authentic self.

What inspired Adele?

I saw a tweet about the new Blunder Woman anthology, and decided to do something for it. I was intrigued by the theme of the collection: love stories set before cell phones and the internet. Instantly I had the central image for the story in my head. I pictured an older couple facing a crisis in their relationship; that of a long-held secret suddenly brought into the light. Instead of portraying young love, I thought it would be interesting to explore the love of a couple in their sixties. When you’ve been together decades, you’ve likely faced an untold number of challenges along the way. Marriage is very much a dance between two people, a game of give and take; pursuit and compromise. If one of you has been concealing a secret self all that time—and that secret is exposed—will the marriage survive, or is it one crisis too far?

I found myself fired-up by the quick turn-around required by the submission guidelines. I had only a few days to put something together. I tend to write a few hours each day. I spent two sessions hammering out the story, then a third session reading through it, rewriting parts, trying to make it flow as well as I could. Then I sent it off to Blunder Woman and hoped for the best. Sometimes, short stories can be hit and miss. They either work or they don’t and because they’re so short, it’s often not worth obsessing about a story that didn’t pan out. As Johnny Cash tells us, you’ve just got to ‘Drive on, it don’t mean nothing.’

I knew as I was writing ‘Adele’ that it worked nicely. I managed to put into words the little mini movie that was playing in my head, and sometimes that’s very hard to do. I didn’t have to ‘Drive on’ with this one because it meant something.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

 Stick with it. Finish what you're working on. Don't listen to too much advice--even if it does come from your future self!

 

Which character in your story would be worst to take on a road trip? Why? 

To be honest, none of them. I was quite fond of them all!

 

What books have most influenced your life?

I would say THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, because it showed me that a murder mystery/thriller could be a bona fide work of literature; THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA which offered a multi-layered world with a strong mythology; IT by Stephen King, for being revelatory when it came to structure, and for really making us care about the cast of characters, and the evil they face; THE HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Kostova, which really blew my mind by taking what was possible with a historical novel and stretching it in ways I'd have never thought possible; THE SHINING GIRLS, a masterclass in juggling different timelines, and truly delivering a satisfaction sucker-punch of an ending; LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson, which just left me dumbfounded. The sheer audacity of that book, to do what it did . . . I could've kept on reading that book forever. As you can tell, I could probably go on. Every novel I've read that has moved me, or inspired me, has had a huge effect on my life. Some of them in way I probably don't yet realise. And isn't that the true power of fiction? 

 

Can you tell us about your current project(s)?

As of this writing (August, 2018), I have a novel out on submission (meaning, my agent has sent it out to publishers to be read), and I have another cooling off in my hard drive. I'll probably do a rewrite on that at the end of the year. Sometimes it's good to let a project rest, and attack it with fresh eyes. At the moment, I'm alternating between a work of fiction, and notes for an audio-only project.

 

How do you develop your plots and characters? 

Many years ago, I read an excellent book by Robert McKee called STORY and I encourage every writer to own a copy. It's like my bible. Whenever I get stuck on something, or need some inspiration, I can open that book and turn to any section, and BOOM! There it is. Other than that, I think you just get a sense of how to plot as you learn to write. Watching a shit tonne of movies doesn't hurt, either.

 

Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or do you feel like you hold the reins of the story?

I'm always in control of the overarching plot, but the characters usually take over when it comes to the content of scenes and/or chapters. That said, sometimes what these buggers do de-rails my carefully laid plans, and I have to alter the ending to accommodate them. 

 

Would you call your main character to hang out? Why or why not?

Sure, why not? After reading the story, I'd like to think readers will want to become friends with Adele.

 

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

My harshest critic is always my friend, and mentor, Bernard Schaffer. He pulls no punches, and doesn't mince his words when he reads my word and gives me a critique. But, 1. It's always coming from the right place, and 2. He's usually right about what he calls me out on. 

 

What has been the best compliment you've received about your writing?

Readers who really responded to the character of Ida in the Harper and Lane books (HOPE'S PEAK and STORM'S EDGE -- published by Thomas and Mercer) let me know about it, too. That meant a lot to me, because I tried my hardest to make her special, and unique. I'd like to do a solo novel some day, featuring Ida. Of all my creations, I think I'm proud of her the most because she resonates with readers.

 

What is something memorable you have heard from your readers?

When Mark Edwards compared HOPE'S PEAK to True Detective and Stephen King, my day was made because those were precisely the influences I was channelling when I wrote it.

 

Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents? If so, what are they? 

I am an excellent cook. I also dabble in art and cover design. Nothing worse than a shoddy book cover!

 

What do you love most about the writing process?

All of it. Even the tough stuff. Being able to create satisfies me.

 

What do you hate most about the writing process? 

That I'm not faster, that I can't get onto paper all the plots and stories I have in my head. It's a case of my fingers not being able to keep up with my brain.

 

Of all the characters you've created, which is your favorite and why?

Again, Ida. She's never far from my mind when it comes to writing a solo story featuring her.

 

Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day? 

I work in retail, and have for about 15 years.

 

Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years?

Hopefully I've quit the day job, and can write full-time. I'd like to be turning out at least 3 novels a year, if that happens.

 

What character in your story are you most likely to get along with?

All of 'em. I think readers of 'ADELE' will feel the same way, too.

 

What would the main character in your story have to say about you?

I think they'll be pretty shocked that I'm not lined-up for the Man Booker Prize, to be honest . . . . . . . . . (joking)

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Tony Healeyis the bestselling author of Hope’s Peak, the first book in his Harper and Lane series. It was the 17th bestselling novel of 2016 on Amazon and had over a quarter of a million readers. The sequel, Storm’s Edge, released the 10th October, 2017. Both are published by Thomas and Mercer.


Tony’s fiction has appeared alongside such award-winning authors as Alan Dean Foster and Harlan Ellison. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Sussex, England, and is at work on his next novel. He is represented by his agent Sharon Pelletier, of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret Literary Management, New York.

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Stay tuned to hear more from Carol Monda, the narrator of ADELE, coming soon in a future post. 

What We Do At Blunder Woman Productions

Tanya Eby, Owner of BWP, Staring into the sun.    

Tanya Eby, Owner of BWP, Staring into the sun. 

 

Hey, there! It's your friendly tour guide, Tanya Eby, writing to you from the wilds of Michigan. And by 'wilds', I mean I'm at my kitchen counter with the AC on full blast hiding from the sun, because the sun? It burns.

I thought since I've been in business for almost two years, perhaps it was time to let you know what exactly happens at Blunder Woman Productions. Maybe you've seen a post of ours, or someone mentioned us and your first thought was "WTF is this?" 

That's what I'm going to try to answer.

Just after I chew this here ice cube.

...

WTF does Blunder Woman Productions do? 

I started Blunder Woman Productions (BWP) on account of my brain and my thighs. This will be a future blog post, so that's the teaser: How My Brain And My Thighs Inspired Me To Start A New Audiobook Publishing Company.

I may have to shorten the heading a little bit.

There are several things we do here:

  • We publish audiobooks.
  • We produce audiobooks.
  • We offer casting services for audiobooks.
  • We create original content for audiobooks (and more).
  • We obsessively watch baking shows while talking to the contestants as if they can hear us and are upset when they don't just FOR PETE'S SAKES BUTTER AND FLOUR THAT PAN.

Okay. That last one is something that just I do. Not BWP.

So as you can tell from the bullet points, we deal with Audiobooks. But not solely, because why limit yourself?

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So what do those bullet points mean? 

More bullet points!!!:

  • We purchase audiobook rights to published books (new and backlist) from authors, agents, and publishing houses and publish them under our umbrella.
  • We produce full audiobooks from A to Z (which is actually C to PP--Casting to Post Production) for publishers and indie authors.
  • We cast audiobooks by sending out a casting call to our awesome roster and you can choose your narrator and produce the piece on your own.
  • And we produce original content when we can, to give new writers a chance to be heard...and narrators a chance to work on something between projects that lets them stretch those acting muscles a bit. 

And BWP is trying to do all of this in a kind and open and humor-full way, because there's too much angst in the world, and frankly, angst takes a lot of energy. (Did you see how I created a word there? Humorfull? BONUS POINTS!) 

If you'd like to learn more about any of this, let me know, or visit here: https://www.blunderwomanproductions.com/our-business/. Or just, you know, sit tight. I'll write more blogs as I take a deep dive behind the scenes at BWP. 

I'll leave you with this inspiring stock photo that captures what summer means to me. Because nothing says relaxing like a drunk dog. Or something. 

Cheers!

Tanya

 

 

Photo by Javier Brosch, found on Bigstock

Photo by Javier Brosch, found on Bigstock

Talking With Bernard Schaffer WAY OF THE WARRIOR

Blunder Woman Productions met Bernard Schaffer at ThrillerFest 2017 in New York. He participated on a panel where he discussed violence in books and what's realistic in a fight scene. We were impressed with his perspective, and after chatting with him, knew we wanted to read WAY OF THE WARRIOR. It's a terrific book that's used in police training, but it also offers insight into why cops operate the way they do. It's part biography, part philosophy, and all Schaffer. We picked up audio rights to it, and you can now hear James Patrick Cronin perform it.

Comment below and you'll be entered into winning a free download of the book from Audible. 

Here's our chat with Bernard:

Bernard Schaffer, Author

Bernard Schaffer, Author

1) How long have you been involved in police work?

I've been involved with it, in some aspects, my entire life. My father worked for Horsham Township PD, the same town I grew up in. I'd sit in his police car with him on cold mornings, waiting for the school bus.

I never intended on becoming a police officer. Things just sort of fell that way. I entered the academy at 18. This is my twenty-first year in law enforcement, coming up.

 

2) When did you start writing?

Very young, and always out of dissatisfaction with other stories. The first thing I remember writing was WESTSIDE STORY 2: THE REVENGE OF TONY. I was probably six years old.

I was a struggling author as a young man and aside from appearing in a handful of small zines, completely unsuccessful. I continued writing, all throughout my marriage and early police career and becoming a father. It wasn't until I got separated that I became serious about pursuing it as a profession. I found myself living in a crappy little apartment with brown water running out of the bathtub spigot, truly lost for one of the first times in my life. Out of desperation to do something useful, anything to keep from going crazy, I wrote my first novel.

 

3) What inspired you to write WAY OF THE WARRIOR? (Was there a deeper purpose to writing it)

At the time I first published it, I was just looking to document all of the great wisdom that had been passed down to me from criminal investigators I admired. Over time, and with people always asking me to expand it, the book began to grow. Recently, law enforcement has come under severe scrutiny, and deservedly so. The problem is, cops are the worst when it comes to handling any kind of criticism. The moment you accuse a police officer of any kind of wrongdoing, everybody on the job goes bonkers. It's stupid.

WAY OF THE WARRIOR, as a whole, as it was written over a period of several years, is meant to tell the young officer just coming into the job that it is not about being a hard ass, it's about serving and protecting in a fair, humane way. It's meant to tell the older officer not to give up, because we still need you. For people not in law enforcement, I know it gives them some insight as to what we really do.

 

4) Are there any similarities between writing and detective work?

The way I do it, sure. It helps to be creative when you are doing a criminal investigation. And a novelist helps me to structure a case and write the reports to tell a linear story. There are probably a thousand ways the two compliment one another that I'm not aware of. I'm sure anything you do, whether you work at Walmart or teach Kindergarten, if writing is your life, it all ties together. 

 

5) You have a new book coming out this summer published by Kensington. Can you tell us anything about it?

The THIEF OF ALL LIGHT is coming out in hardcover, August 2018. It's a thriller about an unlikely duo trying to stop a new kind of serial killer called an Omnikiller. The Omnikiller uses the patterns and methods of other famous serial killers, so he can't be profiled. The book explores the nature of real evil, and the toll it takes on the people who face it.

A few prominent authors have had the chance to read it, and if their blurbs are any indication, the book is going to be a monster. I cannot wait to get this into the hands of a whole new audience and show them what I am capable of.

It's my first venture into the mainstream publishing world. I worked exclusively as an independent author and publisher from 2011 to 2016, and had run that thread out as far as it was going to go. I decided to take all of my experience, all of the skills I'd learned about how to write a novel, and put them to the test.

Suffice to say, the test worked. Kensington gave me a two-book hardcover deal. I'm working on the sequel now.

 

6) WAY OF THE WARRIOR is written mainly for men and women in police work, but there is a wider appeal too. What do you hope listeners glean from the piece?

I'll get emails, or read reviews, from family members of cops who thank me for giving them an idea of what their loved ones are going through. Sometimes it can be hard for cops to open up to those around us. There's a lot of reasons for that. We don't want to tell you about almost getting killed, or about some awful thing that happened and our immediate reaction was to laugh hysterically, because it's not something normal people can really understand.  

 

7) You’re a fan of Hemingway. What is it about his work that you admire?

He and I are kindred spirits. I think there's a lot we would find familiar about one another. He walks with me, sits across the desk from me, demands I do better. When I slack off, he drapes his heavyweight championship belt across his shoulder and tells me I'll never be worthy to take it unless I try harder.

I have an imaginary Hemingway. A proxy Hemingway. In my head he sounds like an old boxing coach, yelling at me. "Is that all you got? Get back in there and murder 'em! I showed you better than that. Hit like you want it!"

It's not normal. I know it. But when I meet other authors who are self-deprecating or insecure or worst of all, unmotivated, I just can't relate to them. My imaginary Hemingway tells me to run over all of them like a freight train.

 

8) What are you reading now?

I'm listening to THE SHIPPING NEWS by Annie Proulx on Audible, and reading ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES by Hemingway. It is not one of his better works. The dialogue is Christ-almighty-awful and he is so wrapped up in his own BS that the whole thing fails. That being said, it was this failure that prompted him to strip away everything and go back to basics. The result was OLD MAN AND THE SEA.

Actually, you are the reason I subscribed to Audible. I've always loved audiobooks, but didn't like any of the apps for them, so I'd always be going back and forth to the local library to borrow them on CD. After we talked about Audible at Thrillerfest, I decided to subscribe. You were right. It's an excellent service.

 

9) You’re also a sci-fi-fi fan. What is it about sci-fi-fi that’s appealing to you?

The best way I can explain it is like this. People always ask the Star Wars or Star Trek question, right? My answer is that I love Star Wars. I am thrilled by Star Wars. It is a part of my soul, the same as any other kid who grew up with it, and I am ecstatic to see it back again.

But Star Trek is why I am who I am. Star Trek is the basis of my political views. The basis of my humanistic views. It is central to the development of my interest in science, ecology, equality, and my belief that humanity will someday overcome all of our shortcomings and reach for something greater.

When you consider the vastness of space, the entirety of the universe, and the tiny, tiny, place our planet has in all of it, it's a humbling thing. And in all of that, we are unique. Even if there are a multitude of alien lifeforms out there somewhere, they aren't like us. This rich planet, which provides us with everything we need to thrive as a species, and all of humanity, who have created such an astonishing tapestry of art, science, literature, music, and more, is special.

Science fiction offers us a way to glimpse into the future, and what the result will be if we either rise to the occasion or succumb to our basest instincts. Maybe we keep going the way we are headed, and it's 1984 for the next century, until we finally pollute and nuke ourselves into extinction. Maybe we go the other direction, uniting under the banner of science and exploration, using our collective intelligence to solve the world's problems instead of exploiting them.

I'm rooting for the Star Trek future.  

 

10) Anything else you want to share?

I'm guessing that anyone reading your blog is a fan of audiobooks already and aware of the excellent work Blunderwoman is doing in the field. I love this format, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be part of this team. I always thought WAY OF THE WARRIOR would make an excellent audiobook. I'm looking forward to hearing what people think of this version.

 

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And check out performer James Patrick Cronin here, the voice of WAY OF THE WARRIOR. 

 

Remember to leave a comment and we'll choose a winner for a free download of the audiobook.

 

 

Looking For Reviewers For Nevertheless We Persisted

NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED will be released any day now in audio.

It's been sent to distributors and is queued for publication.

We're looking for reviewers!

Do you love audiobooks? Do you have a blog? Do you like poems, stories or essays? Let us know! 

 

Participants in Nevertheless We Persisted, a special audiobook releasing soon! 

Participants in Nevertheless We Persisted, a special audiobook releasing soon! 

This special audiobook was created by 32 authors and performed by 25 talented narrators. Poems/stories/essays that will make you laugh, think, cry, feel, care, and wonder. They are long and short, real and imagined, poetic and every day. 

Celebrate with us the idea of persevering and ultimately, thriving. We hope this audiobook will inspire others to keep on keeping on.

Interested in listening and posting a review? Contact tanya@blunderwomanproductions.com 

Meet Tricia and Tammy, Authors in NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED

Tricia Lowther

Tricia Lowther, Author

Tricia Lowther, Author

Tricia Lowther's piece is a beautiful poem called PARROTS and is performed by Amy Landon

Tricia is a freelance writer from the UK. She writes web content, non-fiction articles and creative pieces. She is a feminist parent who helped to start the UK's award winning Let Toys Be Toys campaign, which has raised awareness of gendered marketing to children and brought change to the toy and children’s publishing industries.

Find her on Twitter here: @TrishLowt

Tammy Scott

Tammy Scott, Author

Tammy Scott, Author

Tammy's essay in NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED is called WHITEWATER WHITE KNUCKLES and is performed by Lauri Jo Daniels. It's a piece that shows how conquering fears can make you stronger. 

Tammy Scott makes her students laugh during the day, then goes home to 4 creatures who make her laugh: her husband and 3 cats. A lifetime of anxiety and poor coordination has given her the material to write humorous essays. Her work has appeared in Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays and Not Your Mother’s Book on Family. She blogs as Paprika Furstenburg at www.goodhumored.wordpress.com