SO...there I was...
I had heard that Author Elyse Salpeter was going to be at the airport on route to an exotic holiday destination. I looked around and couldn't find the gate. There was no time to waste. Her flight would depart soon.
I run to the information desk. The helpful lady directs me to Gate 4 where Elyse would be waiting. I ran as fast as I could. I dodge security like a master ninja! I finally saw her sitting with her family. Out of breath and flustered I zoned in on my target. Kabam!! I tripped over some guys luggage. The whole place went quiet and looked at me. My self esteem silently died of embarrassment. Screw it! I already threw my name away all over the place, so I decided to go make a new one! I gathered everything that fell out my handbag, got up and walked over to Elyse.
"I just need to ask you some questions?" I humbly requested an interview after the initial introductions had been made.
Elyse smiled and with a kind voice said, "If you make it quick, I can answer a few questions."
I shoot! I score!!!!
"What do you do for fun"
"I’m a bit of a thrill seeker and one of my favourite things to do is join my fellow Gastronauts for a “shock food dinner.” This is a group that loves to eat diverse foods with different textures and flavors and ethnicities. You see, what is strange and odd to our American palates is normal for people in other cultures. I’ve had the chance to eat everything from brains to large land snails, cow’s feet to tripe and goats head stew… I won’t lie, though - I’m nervous for my first bug challenge. I’ve eaten insects before, but they’re not my first choice for shock food."
"I always wrote, though when I was a little kid I used to draw comics. Crazy ones about stores with strange wares on each floor. I’d also draw cars that were twenty stories high, filled with amusement parks, jumpy castles, bedrooms. Apparently I had a wild imagination even as a child."
"I wrote FLYING TO THE FIRE because I wanted to continue the story of Danny Anderson that I had started in Book #1, FLYING TO THE LIGHT. I thought there was more of a story to tell and I thought I’d make it even darker and scarier and continue the theme about the afterlife that I had started."
"To follow your dreams and not let “the reality” of publishing get you down. I don’t know if I’ll “ever make it big” but I know that if I don’t try, then nothing will ever happen."
"What is your next project?
"I have a horror novel called THE MANNEQUINS that is being edited right now and I’m hoping to launch for Halloween. It’s about a film crew that disappears after breaking into an old, abandoned mansion on the set."
"This is a tricky question for me. The “pat answer” is that success is when you connect with even one reader and they appreciate your work. Success is knowing that so far I’ve put out five novels, that I worked so hard on them and that they’re being well received. But, part of me is validating my success on the sales of these novels as well. Maybe it’s because I’m a sales rep for my day job and we validate our own worth on making our quotas. I need to constantly remind myself that I am successful, whether or not I sell a ton of books."
"Who inspires you?"
"Lots of people. People who don’t give up. People who don’t let health or age be a factor. People who persevere despite the odds. There is a wonderful YA author named Gwen Choate who is 92 years old and is releasing yet another YA novel soon. She tweets, posts on Facebook. I look to her for inspiration and I’m just so proud of her."
"Who is your favourite author?"
"My favorite author are actually co-authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. They have a series with an FBI Agent named Agent Pendergast and it obsesses me. To have a character that stays with me well after I’ve finished a book is something amazing. I hope to do that with my own characters one day."
"Who are you as a person? Tell us things about you that are not already in your bio?"
"Something about me. I’ve got a lot of things roaming through my head and a lot of things I’d like to accomplish in my life. People know I love food, but what they may not know is that I’d love to be a chef and have either my own restaurant or a cool soup/stew food cart one day. I make really fantastic “one pot meals” like chili, chicken soup and stews. There! That’s something people do not yet know about me! "
Shortly after the security showed up and forced me to buy a plane ticket if I wanted to be at the gate. Wanting to spend more time with Elyse, I decided to get one. Which begs me to ask the question..."Where tam I flying to today?"
Flying to the Light: Book #1 in the Flying Series
An evil black mass has burst through Danny Anderson’s nightmares to attack him in broad daylight. If it weren’t for his birds, he would have died. Danny soon realizes that this monster is not coming for him, but for his little sister, Katie...because while he looks up to a place of light and peace, Katie looks down into realms of darkness and cruelty. Time is running out. The monster grows stronger with each attempt to steal Katie away to these dark dimensions, forcing Danny into the fight of his life to save his sister--before she is lost to him forever.
FLYING TO THE FIRE Book #2 US
FLYING TO THE FIRE Book #2 UK
Seventeen year old Michael Anderson and his deaf kid brother, Danny, find themselves in mortal danger after their parents are kidnapped. Michael discovers Danny has a special gift—he knows what happens after a person dies—and now others want to know too. The brothers must outwit and outrun Samuel Herrington, a lethal biophysicist, the FBI, and even fellow Americans in a harrowing cross-country chase, because whoever gets to Danny first will have the power to rule the world.
FLYING TO THE LIGHT Book #1 US
FLYING TO THE LIGHT Book #1 UK