Thursday chat with J.A. Garland!!!

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Hey folks, have I got a treat for you! The fabulous J.A. Garland is celebrating her release of Instinct in a BIG way! Check out the bag o swag she’s got for one lucky commentor! Please be sure to let us know how to get ahold of you! Here’s a bit about J.A. Garland from J.A. herself!

I always knew I wanted to be an author. (Okay, maybe except for a brief two month period after watching the movie “Top Gun,” when I was convinced that I would make the perfect jet fighter pilot). So I wrote, and I wrote, and I read, then I wrote some more, and when I turned eighteen, I became a…firefighter.
Many years have since passed, and while I am still happily employed as a full-time firefighter in California, I was finally able to get back to my love of writing.
In between being an addicted trail runner, and a consumer of all things cheese puff, I just completed my third book, The Dysus Dreamer.
Here’s the book

And here’s the interview!

1. Who was your first author crush and why?

Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson. This book is a gripping read, one I have hung on to through many moves. Adventure and history abound as we follow several couples through their life journeys. If you haven’t read it, you are definitely missing out!
2. What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?
One year for Christmas my parents bought my sister and I a state of the art Apple “green screen” computer. It was clunky and slow, but I was in love. I quickly learned how to program in DOS, and as the theme of my favorite books at the time, I made up fantasy games where the gamers’ decisions would dictate their story. For example, “You come to a house in the woods. Do you knock on the door, or do you continue down the winding path toward the river?” If the gamer knocked on the door, a whole fantasy world would unfold inside of that house, but if they decided to go down the path, a headless horseman claimed their noggin as a souvenir. Game over. Those little ‘nuggets’ soon grew into more.
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 have to print out everything I write. Sentences read differently when they are printed, did you ever notice that? So I like to print them out to make sure it reads exactly how I intended. In addition, my writing area must be as quiet as possible. I used to listen to music when I wrote, but then I realized the emotion of the songs carried into my writing. Which can be a good and bad thing. Maybe I didn’t want flowery and lovey when I was constructing that fight scene?
4. Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…
Oh Goodness. I couldn’t tell a joke to save my life! I am more of a plotting prankster.
 5. Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other:

Chocolateor flowers

Talk or Text

Mountainsor Beach

Cowboy or Marine

Wine or Beer

Cats or Dogs

Ebooksor Paperbacks

Pantser or Plotter

Batmanor Superman

Ability to flyor Power to be invisible

Priusor Hemmie

Follow the rules or Break the rules

TV or Movies


Vampiresor Angels

Fallor Spring

Neator Messy

Werewolfor Genie

Tell jokes or Pull pranks

Home cooked meals or Go out to a restaurant

Thanks J.A. Garland for being such a great guest. Be sure and visit her at

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16 thoughts on “Thursday chat with J.A. Garland!!!

  1. The speed round was good. I love the cover. I've not read any of your books yet but I think I'm going to head over your way and check them out. If they are as good as this cover looks, I'm going to have to read them. And my email is I do hope that you have to use it to let me know that I've won that great gift.


  2. Loved the speed round – can I borrow some of yours to add to mine? What an interesting life – writer and firefighter. Not exactly conventional. Cool, though


  3. I liked the interview and thanks for sharing with us. I would love to win the bag of swag..I would enjoy some myself and also some for the library I am in charge of. I always keep a table to promo items in the library and welcome any author who wants me to place their items in my library. sue Leech


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