11.29.15 - Sunday Smatterings

By JT Ellison

I hope you’re well on this fine Sunday, chickens! It’s been a quiet week at Casa Ellison, with more time spent working on Thanksgiving prep and baking than writing. I don’t know what sick person decided November would be good for NaNoWriMo – cruel, man, cruel. I’m only at 18,000 words for the month, but since I lost a week on my mom’s surgery, I’ve decided to extend my NaNo to December 4, so I have a few more days to catch up to my original goal. Wish me luck!

On to the interwebs:

I was absolutely tickled by this piece by Jessica Hagy called “Caring for your Highly Organized Person” If you’ve ever wanted a glimpse inside my personal life, this is it. There is something to be said for organizational OCD!

You know what? Taking Action Is Better Than Having The Perfect Plan. I feel this applies to writing as well. If you wait until everything is perfect, plan and plan and plan, you’ll never get it done.

Want a fascinating and accurate look into writing personalities? I was startled by a few of these insights. I’m an INTJ, but you can click through to all the Meyers-Briggs types.

Margaret Atwood (whom I was honored to meet a few weeks past – what an incredible lady!) mentored a young writer for a year. Look what happened.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch shares some excellent insight in her blog this week about writing to the market. Here’s the deal. You try to write to a trend, you’ll get left behind. Be the trend. Write from your heart. As she says: Write well. Write often. Write what you love. Have fun. That’s the secret to a long career.Writer friends, read this, right now.

And from the homefront:

It was book release week for WHAT LIES BEHIND! If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, help a sister out and grab it from your favorite retailer.

In exciting news, WLB was nominated for an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Thriller of 2015. What an honor, and what a list! THE END GAME was also nominated, in the Best Suspense category. I am in LOVE with RT right now!

I did a couple of blogs about the book. One was for Fresh Fiction on my love of mass market paperbacks and how to pick the best ones, and the other was at Writerspace, a look behind the scenes on the book’s creation.

Both Chapter 16 and She Reads did lovely articles on A WORD ON WORDS this week. Couldn’t appreciate it more!

Over at The Wine Vixen, Amy explains why she’s a marketer’s dream target — moo!

We ran a big Black Friday sale at Two Tales this week, and (shhhh….) some of the prices haven’t been changed back yet, so sneak on over and grab yours while they’re still discounted!

And in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, I did my 2015 list of things I’m thankful for. Trust me when I say, YOU are #1!

And now we head into the heart of the holidays. Gird your loins, get those cards sent and the tree up and decorated, and have a wonderful week!

Via: JT Ellison


11.26.15 - On Giving Thanks

By JT Ellison

Last year I did a thanksgiving list, all the things I’m grateful for. I enjoyed it so much I thought I’d do it again this year. I have been showered with blessings from all quarters this year, so it’s time to let those quarters, animate and inanimate, know how much I appreciate their generosity.

In no particular order:

  • Videos for cats on You Tube (hours of enjoyment, trust me)
  • Jameson and Jordan
  • Randy
  • My lovely parents
  • Brothers
  • That my tough as nails mom made it through another joint replacement surgery (and is doing very well)
  • My groomers: Brittany, Angie, and Mai
  • My Big Mac (I bought myself a 27”iMac – which means I FINALLY have a desktop computer. It’s only been ten years.)
  • EOS coconut lip balm
  • My Camelback Groove Water Filter which stops me getting sick on the road from the weird water
  • Water in general
  • Tea. All the tea. Especially hot, sweet Earl Gray.
  • Stevia in the Raw
  • Starbucks for stocking coconut milk, finally
  • The strange and mystical writing gift God’s given me
  • Reclaimed wood walls and stone fireplaces
  • Dark and Stormy’s
  • My incredible publishing teams at Gallery, Mira, and Putnam
  • Amy. Oh, my God, people, am I thankful for Amy.
  • Scrivener
  • My body, which is so strong and resilient and keeps me moving (and finally decided it wanted to join a gym…)
  • Cybex Leg press.
  • Trees
  • Kindle and Nook, for saving me room for boots when I travel
  • My Manduka yoga mats
  • Kitty sized patches of sunlight
  • Beach walks
  • River walks
  • Lake walks
  • Walking in general
  • My writer friends
  • Queso dates
  • Text messages with awesome autocorrect errors
  • Nashville Public Television #keepreading
  • Linda, Matt, and Will
  • John Seigenthaler, who in 2007 taught me how to ignore the camera, a skill I’ve been using a bit lately
  • Nashville. Gosh you’ve been good to us.
  • Adele
  • Husbands who make perfect pots of tea
  • BFFs who make me laugh and laugh and laugh
  • The people who only come around when they want something — they make me appreciate my real friends even more.
  • Wine
  • Champagne
  • Nicholas Drummond
  • Independent publishing
  • Sidewalk cafes in Paris
  • Glasses. Chicks look cute in glasses
  • Organizational OCD (Read this. Really. It’s hysterical)
  • Honest contractors
  • Grief, melancholy, and the feels
  • Tweetbot and Buffer
  • Queso dates with the girls
  • Bookstores
  • My Hobonichi Techno and Space 24 and Quo Vadis Daily Log
  • Day One!
  • Amazon rankings (oh, come on, you look at them too)
  • Football
  • The (surprising) realization that my process is my process, my style is my style, and I can’t change it to meet expectations of me. Ever.
  • Our military, who keep us safe and allow us to have a peaceful Thanksgiving, putting themselves on the front lines so we can have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and all the rights we Americans enjoy, and our allies around the world can count on. Bless you, bless your families, and bless our great country.

What about you? What’s your irreverent or reverent list of gratitudes today?

Via: JT Ellison


11.24.15 - WHAT LIES BEHIND Paperback releases Today!

By JT Ellison

It’s that time of year again… I have a new book out today! The mass market of WHAT LIES BEHIND is in stores now, in a spiffy new package, perfect for grabbing to take along on your Thanksgiving holidays. Because who doesn’t need a little alone time with Samantha Owens during the holiday, am I right?

I did a piece for Fresh Fiction about my love of mass market paperbacks — the thicker, the better (and at 448 pages, WLB is plenty thick, I promise). Also, read on for some insight into the story and my character naming process. Have a blessed Thanksgiving, and thank you, so much, for always supporting me and my books. Without you, this doesn’t happen!

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Long before I was a writer, I was a reader (I’m sure this comes as a shock to you all). But I was a reader on a serious budget.

Though I have always been a library hound, I also love, LOVE paperbacks. Using my meager funds, I’d stand in the book aisle in the grocery store or drugstore (remember them?) and decide what I was going to buy that week. Though I read like a fiend, I could only afford to get one. So I used a time-honored decision making process: I bought the thickest ones I could find.

I discovered so many incredible authors this way. Tami Hoag, Nelson DeMille, John Connolly, Stephen White, Erica Spindler, Alex Kava, Mo Hayder, Karen Harper, Catherine Coulter, Lee Child, Allison Brennan, Jeff Abbott, Harlan Coben . . .

I could go on and on and on. It was a special, private joy for me, this buying of paperbacks. I adore books, and I simply couldn’t afford more than the mass market at the time. The library didn’t cut it—I wanted the tangible proof in my house. My husband became alarmed at one point and said, “Honey, you gotta stop, we can’t have bookshelves in every room.” Imagine my shock at this outrageous statement! “Of course we can,” I replied with a huff. “As a matter of fact, I was thinking . . . since we rarely use the dining room, why don’t we make it into a library?”

Cue horrified silence from my better half.

Well, we didn’t do that, but I will say, proudly, that there are bookshelves in four rooms now. They are (mostly) contained, and there are more hardcovers than paperbacks, but my book buying has not, and will never, abate. I still grab a nice thick paperback when I go to the store. And though I now recognize most of the names, I’m always looking for a new-to-me author who has a wad of backlist titles, and off on the merry-go-round I go.

When I got my first deal, I was incredibly excited when they told me I’d be mass market original. Imagine going from buying these books to having one of my own on the drugstore shelf! I had six books release in mass market before I was moved to trade paperback, and now I’m in hardcover. One of the cool things about hardcover, I’ve discovered, is I also get to have a paperback. Hurrah!

In those early days, I never knew the difference between hardcover, mass market, trade, all that jargon.

All I knew was I wanted a book I could afford, that had a cool cover and a great story, and if I liked the author, I went back for more and more, regardless of format.

Well, WHAT LIES BEHIND, my 4th Samantha Owens novel, is coming out in paperback today. It does have a cool cover, and an awesome story. I hope many of you who haven’t read my Sam Owens series will pick up the paperback and give her a shot. Sam is a fabulous character to write: she is a lapsed medical examiner who teaches forensic pathology at Georgetown, a consultant with the FBI, and has overcome grave difficulties in her life. She’s funny and smart and kind, and when faced with evil, will do anything in her power to eradicate it. If you’ve read my Taylor Jackson series, you will recognize the name. Sam’s a changed woman now, and I hope you’ll get to know her.

Tell me, who have you discovered through paperbacks?

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11.22.15 - Sunday Smatterings

By JT Ellison

It’s been a rough week for everyone. Trying to find a new normal is always stressful. Here at Casa Ellison, we did the only thing we know to make it right. We went to see one of our favorite bands Wednesday night. Metric played a fantastic show to a packed house at the Marathon Music Works in downtown Nashville. I will admit to being on edge. I will admit to carrying pepper spray. I will admit to finding a nice steel girder to lean against. (The thriller author in me, looking for ways to feel safe.) I looked over my shoulder more than once. Men stood with their women in front of them. We might have been uneasy, but damn it, we were there, singing and dancing, and enjoying the show. I said a silent prayer for the innocent victims of the Bataclan, trying to enjoy a night out just like we were, and finally felt like I had some measure of control back in my life. I choose to live in the face of this threat. I hope you do as well. As Emily Haines sings, “Is this my life? Ahhhhhh!”

And as the statement of the Eagles of Death Metal so aptly states at the end of this very difficult to read article: “Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.” If you’re interested in a unique way to help, I suggest checking out EODM co-founder Joshua Homme’s charity, The Sweet Stuff Foundation. No pressure. Just love.

Now, on to the week in review. Here’s what I’ve been intrigued by around the Internets this week:

In The Annotated Reacher” my mentor Lee Child allowed a shadow to follow his writing journey. There’s almost too much insight here. I was blown away— wow. (Note especially the importance of a single comma.)

Having been through the whole fertility disaster myself, I was touched by this piece and it’s very solid life advice: What You Should NEVER Say to Someone Who’s Had a Miscarriage (and what to say instead).

Confession: I’m in the middle of a six-week, online productivity course by Dean Wesley Smith. And, y’all. It. Is. Amazing. I am getting so much out of this. Learning about my process allows so many wicked insights. Writers, you should think about taking this course—it’s worth it.

Have you guys read CHARLOTTE’S STORY by Laura Benedict? Have you?? It’s a rich, immersive read. And all of these people think so too!

And here’s the rundown from my neck of the woods:

What Lies Behind mass market paperback

It’s book release time! Do you need something to read during Thanksgiving while Aunt Mabel drones on again about her pet snake, Fluffy? The mass market paperback of WHAT LIES BEHIND comes out on Tuesday, and that might be a good distraction for you. And it’s only $7.99!

On the Tao, I got to chat with my brilliant and lovely friend, debut novelist Dana Chamblee Carpenter, about her new historical thriller, BOHEMIAN GOSPEL. This book thoroughly surprised me—and I couldn’t read it at night, you guys.

Here’s a sneak peek of my interview for A WORD ON WORDS with my longtime friend, novelist David Bell. We didn’t have fun. At all. Come to the website to see today’s show! #keepreading

The Wine Vixen

You’ve got enough choices to make without having to stress over the wine offering. Look no further, folks: The Wine Vixen’s got a Holiday Wine Guide for all your serving and gifting needs.

Two Tales Press

Black Friday is coming, folks. If you’d like some cheap reads this holiday season, check out Two Tales Press that day for some hefty ebook sales!

Did you know that I round up the daily news from the publishing world on my website? It’s a great one stop news source if you’re in a hurry. Check it out here!

That’s all from me this week. Have a fun and blessed Thanksgiving (are you chickens cannibals if you eat fellow poultry?), and I’ll see you soon!



Via: JT Ellison


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11.19.15 - 7(ish) Minutes With... Dana Chamblee Carpenter

By JT Ellison

Dana Carpenter is brilliant. There, I said it. Brilliant, and beautiful, and funny and fun. She’s the whole package, with a wicked imagination to boot. We met several years ago at a Nashville writers lunch, and our paths continued crossing until they were intertwined into a genuine friendship. And then Dana birthed a beautiful baby book. I was so excited to read it, because—FRIEND—and then . . . It is so rare for a book to surprise me—any book—but BOHEMIAN GOSPEL blew me away. An assured and exquisite debut, the story, the characters—it’s NOT what you think, I will guarantee you that. I can’t talk anymore about the book without giving it away. Suffice it to say, I was shocked this was Dana’s debut, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

I had the great pleasure of interviewing Dana in person at Parnassus Books last weekend. I’m thrilled to share her in print today. Take it away, Dana!


BOHEMIAN GOSPEL is your debut novel—congratulations, by the way! Publisher’s Weekly called it “a deliciously creepy debut,” which I just loved. Fill in readers on what BOHEMIAN GOSPEL is all about.

Thank you! It all still feels a little unreal.

Ok, so about BOHEMIAN GOSPEL—We have a girl, Mouse, who has grown up in an abbey in 13th century Bohemia. Mouse has no idea who her family was/is, and she has a slew of unusual abilities that scare most people, even her. She thinks she’s been given these abilities for a reason—she just doesn’t know what that reason is. Then Ottakar, the young king of Bohemia, shows up at the abbey wounded, dying, and it’s up to Mouse to save him.

And to figure out who’s trying to kill him.

She heads off to the royal court at Prague, and the deeper she gets sucked into the deadly intrigue there, the darker things get, and the closer she gets to discovering her destiny. Which is anything BUT what she’d expected.

How did you come up with this story? Was there anything in particular that inspired you?

Mouse came to me. I saw her so clearly it felt like my own memory. She was looking out over a battlefield, toward one soldier in particular, and her face was this vivid mix of anger and sadness and determination. I felt all that with her. And I had to know why she was angry and sad and what she was dead-set on doing. I had to know who she was and where and when she was.

From beautiful landscapes and natural healing practices to religion and rich historical details, you make 13th century Bohemia come alive for 21st century readers—that’s no small task. What kinds of research did you do for this book? You must have done tons.

Oh yeah, I spent the better part of a year learning everything I could about the 13th century and Bohemia and medieval medicine. I might be able to save your life if we’re ever stuck out in the woods and you’re wounded—a few herbs and some spit and you’re good to go. And I’ve taken the virtual tour of Prague castle so many times I’m pretty sure I could navigate the place blindfolded. At first I felt a little weird when people would ask me if I’d ever been to Prague and I had to say no (though I sure do mean to get there some day!), but then I realized that I can never go to Mouse’s Prague castle anyway. It doesn’t exist anymore. And that sums up the difficulty (and FUN!) of researching this time and period—you have to sift through so much to find what you need and then you get to imagine the rest.

At times, I felt like I did when I was a kid and we went to pan for diamonds in the mines in Murfreesboro, Arkansas—impatient, hot and sweaty, frustrated. I never found a diamond in all that dirt, but I can imagine what it must feel like because I had that sudden rush of success, of good fortune when I would discover just the bit of history I needed—a sketch of the layout of the castle as it would’ve been in the 13th century buried in a tome about medieval battlements, a book of 12th and 13th century minnesinger songs (they’re kinda like troubadours) with translated lyrics (Hallelujah!), the archeological report of a recent dig at the castle that unearthed a glass goblet decorated with dolphins that would’ve actually been on Ottakar’s table in the great hall. That’s better than diamonds for a writer.

There is a creep factor to this book that freaked me out enough I couldn’t read it at night. Talk to me about your demons.

Okay, so I’m maybe smiling a little too much right now. I LOVE hearing that it scared you! (and it’s a little payback for the nights I’ve lost sleep because I had to make sure Sam was okay and for the worry over her since I finished What Lies Behind). Honestly though, I freaked myself out writing the scary parts in Bohemian Gospel. Can’t tell you how many times I ran from the bathroom and jumped into the bed because I was pretty sure there was something lurking in the dark, waiting for me.

My own “big bad,” the one I can’t seem to slay, is perfectionism. We’ve almost decided this is a good thing in our culture—you know, people will “confess” that they’re perfectionists with a wink and a gleam in their eye, when what they’re really trying to say is that they work really hard to do their best. But that’s not really perfectionism. Perfectionism is this insidious goblin that convinces you that nothing you do is good enough, that never lets you be content with what you’ve done, and that relentlessly shreds you with criticism and self-doubt. I swear I’m going to exorcise this bloody little devil one day though and then stake him in the heart.

Which of Mouse’s special gifts would you most like to have?

I’d like to . . . oh, wait. Well maybe I want to be able to . . . dang, not that either. As soon as you start “trying on” Mouse’s gifts, you realize why she thinks of them as curses. They’re cool but they come with a bite.

You’ve created quite a sympathetic heroine. Why do you think readers relate to Mouse so much?

I think so many of us are looking for where we belong in the world just like Mouse is. We believe we’re meant to do something with our lives, but we’re surrounded by a culture that tells us to buy stuff and sell stuff, that tells us what we’re “supposed” to look like and act like, and when we don’t fit in those boxes, we’re ostracized, labeled and shunned, just like Mouse is. Her battles are our battles. I hope that her victories also inspire victories in my readers.

Let’s talk process. As a professor and a homeschooling mom of two, you’ve essentially got two full-time jobs (!). How do you find time to write, where do you do it, and what are your favorite tools?

You know, every time I start to whine about not having enough time to do what I need to do, I think about how much you do. Good grief! I’d ask you the same thing (as I have many times)—how do you do it all? For me, the answer is I can’t help myself. Regardless of what else is going on, I have to write. When I don’t, I don’t feel alive, you know?

Oh, trust me—I know. I took three months off writing this summer, and I will never do that again. So I completely get that. But when do you make time to write?

The when is tricky because it changes all the time. What works for me is to look at each week and find those chunks of time not claimed by class time or kids. Then I protect those chunks of writing time like they’re my seat in a lifeboat. Because they are.

I can’t write at my office—too many students in and out and a glass wall where I can see the feet coming and going to the water cooler. Drives me nuts! And I don’t tend to do the coffee shop thing because I want all the minutes for writing—not navigating Nashville traffic. So I mostly write at home. Sometimes I’ll take the laptop outside, but when the writing gets intense, I need to be alone and I head to my bedroom.

I’m pretty simple in terms of what I need when I write—my laptop (I’m a Mac girl), wi-fi (for the necessary research), and something hot to drink.

Amen, sister. I’m a slave to a nice, steaming pot tea!

So music plays a big role in my writing—I’ve always got a “book soundtrack” of sorts by the time I’ve finished my manuscript. What did you listen to while you wrote this book?

Ooooh, I want that “book soundtrack”!

Well, since you ask, I put them all up on my website—half to share with readers, half as a audio scrapbook of sorts. I can’t hear a song and not think about what my characters were wrestling with or how a lyric inspired a scene.

I do the same thing. With BOHEMIAN GOSPEL, I listened to lots of Gregorian chants to help with the medieval mood. Laura Marling’s Alas I Cannot Swim and I Speak Because I Can were my anchor albums, played on repeat so much that the soul in those songs must have soaked into Mouse’s bones. And I played a fair share of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Sting’s If On a Winter’s Night was great for the Christmas scenes.

What do you do if the words aren’t flowing?

Walking. Driving/riding in the car. Playing with the kids. It has to be something in motion though—like actually getting my body moving gets the ideas moving again, too.

Who is your writing idol? Have you met him/her? If so, did you completely nerd out or keep your cool?

I have a couple and they don’t really go together at all. Eudora Welty and Neil Gaiman. Yeah, weird, I know. I never met Welty, but when I was working on my Ph.D. in Oxford, MS, I could’ve arranged an interview with her (my dissertation focused on her and Maya Angelou), but I was too chicken. Sometimes I’ll have a dream where I’m walking down her sidewalk and up her front porch. She opens the door before I get there and invites me in. The house smells like lemons because she’s made a lemon pound cake and tea.

What a peculiar, but telling dream!

I did “meet” Neil Gaiman once, if standing in line to get a book signed counts as meeting someone. My kiddos were with me, too, so I was on “mom-duty” and was helping my little guy (he was six at the time) give Neil a picture he’d made, inspired by The Wolves in the Walls. Neil was so kind and patient. And then, as we were about to walk away, he looked up at me and said, “Cool shirt.” (I was wearing a Doctor Who Weeping Angels shirt.) I said, “Thanks, you too.” Not too stupid, right?

No, not at all! I’d say that’s a pretty Fan Girl-Light moment.

Yeah, except he was wearing a very generic, very plain, totally nondescript black shirt. I think he smirked and shook his head before turning to the next person.

But later that night, on Twitter, I posted a picture of what Neil had signed in my book. I couldn’t make it out, so I tagged Neil’s assistant, Cat, and asked for some deciphering help. She couldn’t figure it out either, but she tagged Neil. AND HE RESPONDED! I totally squealed like my fifth-grade girl-self.

“Love from.” That’s what it said. I had “Love from” Neil Gaiman.

Ok, your boldness completely paid off there! That’s awesome. What a fabulous memory.

So what’s your favorite bit of writing advice?

Don’t quit. There’s so much out there to tell you how to write better, how to write for the market, how to get published, how to market your book. And, yes, you need to learn your craft and educate yourself about the industry, but the most important thing is to stay with it. You get better by keeping writing. You learn about the market by keeping writing (and reading, which is integral to writing). And you give yourself time for luck to strike because regardless of how great a writer you are or how savvy you are, you will need a little luck at some point.

Word. Luck is paramount in this industry. Then again, I believe you make your own luck . . .

Ok, let’s talk a little bit about Dana the Book Nerd (don’t worry, you’re among friends!). What was your favorite book as a child?

Oh, my goodness, there were SO many! Books were my best friends. I loved the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, but I guess it was Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising series that I’d go back to again and again. I remember counting the days until my little brother was old enough for me to read it to him—I just HAD to share it with someone. (Ok, that’s adorable!) And I read my Little House on the Prairie books until they literally fell apart.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I was in the third grade. I’d started telling scary stories to my classmates when we were waiting for the bell to ring at the end of the day. At first, I told stories I’d heard before, but when I ran out of those, I started making up my own. I’d write them down at night (and scare myself in the process—my mom got so fed up with coming into my room to check under the bed and behind the curtains) and then read them to my “audience” the next day. I was hooked.

And then I totally chickened out when I got to college and went the “safe” route instead—you know, the one that was supposed to lead to gainful employment. No one bothered to tell me that professors in the Humanities are hardly full of gain.

What’s your secret talent?

Well it was a secret, even to me, but apparently I’m a closet costume designer and hair and make-up artist. My family likes to dress up for Halloween in themed costumes (this year we’re going as characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas), and rarely do we choose costumes we can go buy. I once spent four months building a brachiosaurus head, body, and tail (on wheels) out of wire and papier-mâché. It was six-feet long and wiggled behind my little guy as we trick-or-treated in the mall.

Um, hats off to you, cool mom!

What have you recently read that you can’t stop recommending?

It’s your fault really because you introduced us, but Laura Benedict’s BLISS HOUSE and now CHARLOTTE’S STORY. They are SO good!

Right?! I’ll second that recommendation. Laura is the queen of the modern Gothic.

Are you creatively satisfied?

This is kinda like the true/false questions I flunked in school. I always ended up writing short essays explaining how the answer could be either true or false or both. I am beyond happy right now, loving the buzz of getting my first book out there and working hard on the next and I have so many ideas for more. But I don’t know that I’d say I’m satisfied—I’m always pushing myself to learn more and do better. And I’d like to get to a position where I can help other writers who are little farther back on the path.

What’s next for you?

I am working on the sequel to BOHEMIAN GOSPEL. I left Mouse in a not great place and I’ve got to help her out. And I’m also working on a new book that focuses on a family of witches in 1927 at the time of the great Mississippi flood. I’m getting to weave in bits of my family history so that’s fun! Not that we were witches or anything.

Mmmhmm, okay. I’m watching you . . .

What would you like to be remembered for?

Of course I’d love to leave a string of books for folks to read, but—cheesy alert—I’d most want to be remembered for being kind.

Alright, now for the really important questions:

Beach or mountains? Mountains all the way. Like Anakin Skywalker, I hate the sand.

Coffee or tea? I do both, but coffee is my go-to.

Skydive or bungee jump? Skydive, for sure. I’d love the feeling of flying. The whole jumping thing is okay, but the idea of being jerked back up on a big rubber band makes my neck hurt.

Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate. Yum, chocolate. Going to get some now.

Winter or summer? Can I say Fall?

Cake or pie? Cake.

Cats or dogs? Truly and honestly both.

Pens or pencils? Depends. For writing in journals, a pen. For to-do lists and schedules, a pencil. But it has to be sharp.

Truth or dare? Hmmm, who’s asking?

Print or ebook? Print. I’m addicted to the smell of books.


Dana Chamblee Carpenter

Dana Chamblee Carpenter’s award-winning short fiction has appeared in The Arkansas Review, Jersey Devil Press, and Maypop. Her debut novel, BOHEMIAN GOSPEL, won Killer Nashville’s 2014 Claymore Award and has been published Pegasus Books.

She teaches creative writing and American Literature at a private university in Nashville, TN, where she lives with her husband and two children.

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