AAD Author Spotlight: Interview with PJ Schnyder plus giveaway
Sweet eighteenth AAD Author Spotlight is PJ Schnyder!
Questions about AAD:
Have you attended Authors After Dark before or are you an AAD virgin like me?
My first AAD was in Philly last year and boy, did I jump in the deep end.
It was a great experience and I loved meeting readers, authors and bloggers.
What are you most looking forward to at AAD2012?
Meeting new readers and trying the famous food of New Orleans! LOL
Which author(s) attending AAD2012 are you most looking forward to meeting?
There are so many great authors attending, I’m going to cop out and say all of them!
Seriously though, many are friends I always enjoy hanging out with at cons and others are new to me authors I’m looking forward to meeting.
Questions about your WRITING and READING HABITS:
What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?
Jumped up and ran around the house with my three dogs bouncing along with me. Considering two of them are about 100 lbs each, it’s a miracle we didn’t bring my house down in our excitement.
Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?
I have trouble picking favorites, can you tell? Right now, Hunting Kat is the closest to my heart as I’m writing the next book in the Triton Experiment series. I’m completely immersed in the world building and the adventures of Kaitlyn and Rygard.
Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?
Lots of them! I write saucy romance.
Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?
I gotta say there’s a lot of fun in writing my secondary characters. I’m so mean to my main characters, giving them layers of complexity, angst and drama. Writing Toby in Evie’s Gift and Chester in Hunting Kat was the most fun, with the most chuckles and grins. And both Toby and Chester were heroes too.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine to read?
Recently, I’ve gone back to read my favorites from Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series and I absolutely love Clay and Tally. Love them!
Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad?
Yes. The PJ Mommy read “A Swan in Siam” in beta and even though I’d been very careful to give insight to the cultural nuances of Thailand (then Siam), she had some strong recommendations to remove historically significant names. I was caught by surprise, but on giving her concerns careful thought, I had to agree it wasn’t worth the risk of someone, somewhere taking issue or misinterpreting my intent.
The story is set in a time that is a very sensitive topic in Thailand and while the references are historically accurate, names are left out in the final piece. “A Swan in Siam” is intended to be a fun paranormal steampunk story, not a potentially politically charged look at history.
Have you always been a reader or are you like me and got turned off by the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books you had to read in High School only to ‘find’ reading again as an adult?
I’ve always been a fantasy and sci-fi reader, and many of the books we read as part of classes in high school were of a different genre. So I read to ace the tests and also read for fun.
What book do you most remember having read in High School?
On the actual required reading list? A Light in August.
For fun? Melanie Rawn’s Dragon Prince, incredible world building there.
Questions about YOU:
What is your favorite movie?
How to Train Your Dragon
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Halo Farms Vanilla Bean with whole cherries
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you?
Public speaking scares me. So do roller coasters.
Question about your UPCOMING RELEASE(S):
You appear in the “anthology of the zombie Apocalypse”, Gimme Shelter, which released in January. Tell us about your story, Remember My Name.
Remember My Name is a super short piece of action. It’s not only my first zombie story, but it’s also my first published piece that isn’t romance. In writing it, I feel I grew as a writer, compressing the elements of a full story arc in the shortest piece I’d ever written to date.
You are really excited about your latest project! You will be contributing to the Tales from the Archives Two anthology for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences in conjunction with the series published by Harper Collins by Tee Morris and Phillipa Ballantine. No wonder you are excited about it – sounds really cool! Tell us all about it.
“A Swan in Siam” is a paranormal steampunk adventure produced by Imagine That! Studios and Kuro Studios in conjunction with Harper Voyager Books.
This Tale from the Archive is set in 1863, in Thailand (then Siam), prior to the events of Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris.
In addition to the release of A Swan in Siam in ebook formats, a podcast has been professionally produced by Imagine That! Studios and Kuro Studios featuring me as the narrator of the story. (my first podcast!)
Thank you very much PJ for taking the time to answer my questions today.
Giveaway: PJ is offering an eBook from her backlist – winner’s choice! Simply leave a comment below by Sunday April 29th 2012 and you’re in. Giveaway open internationally. Best of luck to all who enter and Thank You PJ for the prize!