I would like to welcome author Jane Toombs to my bloggisphere! I was really honoured Jane said she’d drop by. Don’t forget to leave a comment so you have a chance to win her ebook, Shadows on the Floor, the first in her Dangerous Darkness series from Red Rose Publishing! Here’s a little bit about her in case you didn’t know…
Jane Toombs lives with the Viking from her past and their calico grandcat, Kinko, across the road from the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula wilderness. Jane’s written some ninety published books if you include both novels and novellas. Though she writes in all genres except men’s action and erotica, her favorite is paranormal suspense romance. She has many different publishers.
1. Who was your first author crush and why?
Edgar Allan Poe at the age of seven. I didn’t always understand him at that age, but I loved saying his poems our loud, loved the way his words sounded. I never found a more haunting phrase than “the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.”I kept reading him as I got older and he’s still a great favorite of mine, though now mostly for his poetry.
2. What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?
I guess it was short, because after I could read and write, my father taught me to use his big old L. C. Smith typewriter, but told me I had to write him a story now that I could type. I never occurred to me I couldn’t write a story, so I was seven when I wrote my first one about him bringing me my first cat, a half-starved kitten he’d found in the woods. Because of the stories I’d read, it knew it had to have a title so I called it “Merriweather” because he’d named the cat after the place where he’d found him. And, yes, I had to have help spelling that. I wrote my Dad lots of stories and he applauded each one before showing me ways it could be improved–both marks of the perfect critiquer. I guess I must have simply always assumed I was a writer, since he seemed to think so.
3. What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’
I never write until I’m dressed in whatever I’m going to wear for the day. My folks weren’t much for for kids lollygagging (my dads’s word) around in their pajamas, so I never got in the habit. Though I do sometimes read email in my nightgown. Otherwise I don’t have any particular quirks about writing. As for something funny happening, yes, I’ve heard the above comment more than once. But you know what? I don’t ever recall using one of those episodes.
4. Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…
I am not good at creating jokes. Love them and often pass on funny ones I’ve seen or heard. Humor’s hard for me to write.
5. Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other:
Chocolate or flowers X
Talk X or Text
Mountains or Beach X
Cowboy or Marine X
Wine (allergic to the sulfites in it) or Beer (dislike the taste) prefer vodka tonics
Cats X or Dogs
Ebooks or Paperbacks (Either)
Pantser or Plotter X
Batman or Superman X
Ability to fly X or Power to be invisible
Prius ? or Hemmie ?
Follow the rules or Break the rules (I do both)
TV or Movies X
NY X or LA
Vampires X or Angels
Fall or Spring X
Neat or Messy X
Werewolf X or Genie
Tell jokes X or Pull pranks
Home cooked meals X or Go out to a restaurant
Don’t forget to comment so you have a chance to win!
New releases: Taken In, the first book of the DAGON HOUSE TRILOGY, which is paranormal suspense romance, from Champagne Books. And 13 WEST from Books We Love, Ltd.
All my books, with buy links for the newer ones, can be found on my website: www.JaneToombs,com