It’s time for the #SIAFBB to happen again! #SupportIndieAuthors #ASMSG #IARTG #Bookboost

For the book lovers out there, Christina McMullen has a wonderful message for you all…

It is once again time for a Support Indie Authors Free & Bargain Book event, previously known as the Book Blast. After a fantastic 2015, we’re looking forward to an even better 2016. Our first event of the year will be this Friday, April 1st and no, we are not fooling. We are offering more than 65 free and 99 cent books by forty plus talented authors. This year, you can find the books at events.supportindieauthors.com so mark your calendars and save the pranks for later!

As is our tradition, we have asked each of the authors to participate in a short interview so you can better get to know them. Below are just some of the featured authors as well as links to read the rest of the interviews. As always, thank you for continuing to #SupportIndieAuthors!

Now for a few of the interviews!

 

What is your name?

Ann Livi Andrews – Supreme Overlord https://www.goodreads.com/AnnLiviAndrews

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?

Butt of jokes

Tell us a little about the book(s) you are offering in three sentences or less.

Superheroes deserve retirement benefits just as much as you and I do. Unfortunately, their’s come with some strings attached.

Since we’re holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.

Uh. . .I once convinced about 5,000+ people to call me Supreme Overlord. . . Actually, in elementary school, I used to play a lot of pranks on my boyfriend at the time. I baked some chocolate chip cookies laced with hot sauce and peppers. He ate them. On a road trip. Oops.

Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?

I prank Hannah/Lucy in Hollow Towns. The pranks won’t stop in the sequel. Sorry Lucy.. .you’re a sweetie. . .but your innocence must be corrupted.

Where can readers find out more and connect with you?

Website: http://www.annliviandrews.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnLiviAndrews Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnLiviAndrews/

Other: www.supportindieauthors.com

 

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What is your name?

Zoltán Pósfai https://www.goodreads.com/witchhunter

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?

Class clown

Tell us a little about the book(s) you are offering in three sentences or less.

Concentrating on a single goal can be very effective, but also devastating. It sweeps everything in its way and builds tension. What if the hidden world the hunter knew about, had another layer?

Since we’re holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.

I’m more into jokes than pranks, but here it goes: Many years ago we were on excursion with my class by bus in Italy. We had a short stop at a restaurant with the restrooms at the back. By some weird idea the flush was a not-so-visible button and there was a traditionally placed chain which in turn was an alarm. Leaving the place I saw someone from the bus just arriving and told him to pull the chain multiple times because it doesn’t seem to work well. About a minute later, the whole bus watched the restaurant owner going back showcasing a nice assortment of Italian curses and analyzing someones mental state.

Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?

The target of the prank would definitely be Conley, the hunter who is able to act well during investigation, but never really jokes. On the other hand, Scarlet, the main protagonist witch, is a much livelier person even if a loner by fate. She actually does a little prank on him in the book. She asks this walking investigation and killing machine to write her a poem and presents it as a challenge to cut off the possibility of retreat. Pranks and jokes can be important to find someone’s hidden human side.

Where can readers find out more and connect with you?

Website: http://mentat.online

Twitter: Facebook:

Other: http://witchhunter.me

 

What is your name?

Shari Sakurai https://www.goodreads.com/Shari_Sakurai

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?

Class clown

Tell us a little about the book(s) you are offering in three sentences or less.

After being discovered by vampire hunters, Taku Kokawa and his lover Thane Bremen are forced to flee their home in Japan to settle in Norfield, England. Thane is haunted by the events in Tokyo and suffers from reoccurring nightmares. Yet unknown to Thane there is more to those events than he is aware of and as a consequence Taku is struggling against something much darker, something that could ultimately destroy him.

Since we’re holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.

I’m usually the one playing pranks so the time that comes to mind is when my sister got her own back. We were playing Mario Kart on the N64 and when I went to the bathroom, she switched the controllers around. When I came back and we resumed the race I was looking at what I thought was my screen but my character wasn’t reacting to the controls I was pressing! Then I started laughing at the other screen and what I thought was her character crashing into everything. It took me ages to figure out what she’d done!

Where can readers find out more and connect with you?

Website: http://www.sharisakurai.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ShariSakurai Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sharisakurai Other: http://sharisakurai.wordpress.com

 

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What is your name?

Ellison Blackburn https://www.goodreads.com/EllisonBlackburn

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?

Ha-ha! You said butt!

Tell us a little about the book(s) you are offering in three sentences or less.

Regeneration X, Progeny, and After Effect, the trilogy that makes up the Regeneration Chronicles, follow the lives of Charley and Emery through the trials and tribulations of consequence, spanning several centuries. Each book is a thoughtful science-fiction tale, beginning with Charley’s frame of mind and the inception of a medical procedure called Renovation or cellular regeneration. And you’ll just have to read the series for the adventures in between and to see how the story ends.

Since we’re holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.

When I was very young, after tagging along the neighborhood kids much older than me for years I was finally asked to prove my worthiness in order to be a part of the “in” crowd. Promised an invitation to a pizza party from a popular girl four years older than me, I was asked to climb a very tall maple tree in my front yard, something all of them knew I couldn’t do. As the crew took off on their bikes I stared up at the tree and when they were out of sight I ran indoors and asked my dad to prop a ladder next to that tree. I climbed up and then asked him to take it away. I sat in that tree for over an hour until the group returned. I yelled out to draw attention to myself and my amazing feat, heard a single “Good Job!” as my short-lived reward. When each girl tossed her bike on the lawn in front of her house and ran inside for lunchtime I sat there perched on a limb unsure of what to do. For one, I had no way of getting down from that tree without calling for my dad. Two, what if someone saw him help me? And three, my adolescent brain told me I needed, at least, one other witness. After a long wait, I yelled for my father. I’d waited too long. Busted! And no pizza party invite for me. So, my prank reversed upon me.

Where can readers find out more and connect with you?

Website: http://EllisonBlackburn.com

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/Ellis_Blackburn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EllisonBlackburn

Other: https://google.com/+EllisonBlackburn-Author

 

What is your name?

  1. L. Bynum https://www.goodreads.com/slbynum

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?

Ha-ha! You said butt!

Tell us a little about the book(s) you are offering in three sentences or less.

It is the year 2007, and Abigail is writing a blog detailing her experience with nightmares that are premonitions of terrible accidents. While trying to determine the cause of the dreams, her life slowly unravels as tragedies befall her family and friends, despite how she tries to save them.

Since we’re holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.

One time I put a rubberband around the sprayer near the kitchen sink. As soon as my mom turned on the faucet, she got soaking wet!

Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?

Brendon, Abigail’s brother. He is always cracking jokes on people, so it would be fun to get him back. I would probably trick him into eating something crazy, like something smothered in hot sauce. His face would turn red and he would desperately search for something to drink, pissed at me the whole time. But afterwards we’d have a good laugh about it, and then I’d have to watch my back because he would be waiting to seek revenge!

Where can readers find out more and connect with you?

Website: http://slbynum.wix.com/author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WriterSLBynum Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorSLBynum

Other: amazon.com/author/slbynum

 

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What is your name?

Amanda Siegrist https://www.goodreads.com/AmandaSiegrist

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?

Ha-ha! You said butt!

Tell us a little about the book(s) you are offering in three sentences or less.

I’m offering two romance novels, one contemporary and one full of suspense. If you’re looking for a happily ever after, you will get it in both of these novels. I’m also offering a short story mystery novel that will send the chills up and down your spine!

Since we’re holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.

I’m not really a prankster, but my husband enjoys a good laugh. We went to Buffalo Wild Wings one day with his parents and brought the food home. He always gets the blazin’ wings, while his dad got the mild wings. When we got home he switched one of his wings with his dads. We sat down to eat and waited on the edge of our seats for his dad to bite into the secret. When his dad finally started to eat the blazin’ wing, he made a comment how unusually spicy the wings were. My husband started to laugh when his dad showed signs of how spicy it truly was. When my husband confessed, his dad laughed with him, but his mom said not to do that again.

Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?

I think I would pick Austin, from Trust In Love, to play a prank on his brother Zane. Austin’s full of fun and laughter, while his brother is more serious. I think it would be hilarious if Austin put manure in Zane’s boots. Zane would certainly be upset and probably throw the manure at Austin in retaliation. Those two, when they argue, tend to throw manure instead of punches.

Where can readers find out more and connect with you?

Website: http://amandasiegrist.weebly.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/amanda_siegrist

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoramandasiegrist/

Other: https://www.wattpad.com/user/AmandaSiegrist

 

What is your name?

Quoleena Sbrocca https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10792088.Quoleena_Sbrocca

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?

Ha-ha! You said butt!

Tell us a little about the book(s) you are offering in three sentences or less.

The Crossing Hour #1 and #2 are past-to-present time travel books in which the traveler awakens in the future, unaware of what just happened to them. Rayne: Luminescence is a futuristic fantasy book in a world where an evolved species of humans all possess a mystical ability.

Since we’re holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.

There’s the old swapping salt for sugar (in my mom’s coffee when I was in high school), and tying a rubber band around the kitchen sink sprayer (again, for the benefit of my mom when I was in high school).

Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?

I’m playing a prank on Rayne’s dad, Sir Roman. He’s a super tight-arse, pretentious SOB, so I don’t feel about about this at all. His ability is reading the emotions of others. I would channel only good and loving thoughts and invite him to read my emotions. After he goes on incessantly about how he just knew I thought how wise, handsome, and well-liked he is, I’d cackle and say, “Sorry, Sir Roman, but I was thinking of Rayne’s best friend, Rafe.” (It would sting ’cause Rayne’s dad pretty much hates Rafe.) Okay, so that’s more mean than a prank, but trust me, after everything he’s done, he deserves way more than that.

Where can readers find out more and connect with you?

Website: http://quoleenasbrocca.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/QJSbrocca

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Halloween Book Blast! #SIAHBB Come get free books from up to 30 authors! #IAN1 #IARTG #Bookboost #SupportIndieAuthors!

Doing another Book Blast with the awesome authors on the Support Indie Authors board. A wide range of books are going to be offered. It’s going to be running on the 24th of October, but to introduce you to some of the authors on the board, we’re doing a blog hop of interviews.

You can check out some of the other interviews by clicking on the links!

So check out some of the great authors offering free books, and have fun perusing the different sites. You all have an awesome day!

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What is your name?

I’m K.P. Merriweather though on the street I’m known as Angela Davis due to my big Afro lolz.

What is the name and genre of the book you are offering?

I’m offering Demonic Awakening volumes 1 and 2. They’re both Historical Fantasy.

Who will enjoy the book you are offering, spooky fiends or fraidy cats?

I don’t think fiends will like it since plenty of them get whacked in the novels lolz, but if you’re into demon-slaying samurai, you’ll enjoy it.

Tell us about your favorite, worst, most unique, or most embarrassing Halloween costume. Got a picture you can share with us?

I cosplayed as Tahk from the video game Hexplore when I was 15. My classmates had no idea what it was or who I was supposed to be. Despite the adults thinking I was too old to be collecting candy, I still went riding around to the mansion neighborhoods and had a great haul!

Life is like a bag of Halloween candy. Which seasonal treat are you?

I don’t know any traditional Halloween candy since in my hood it’s mainly creme pumpkins, candy corn, and name brand mini candy bars. But if i had to be a candy, I’d be a Sour Cherry Bomb. Sweet on the outside, Sour on the inside and though initially hard to find in places, easy to get. lolz, make what you will with that statement 😉

Where can readers find out more about you?

Check out my publishing company, Majestik Multimedia on the web, FB, Twitter and Tsu!

Website: http://www.majestikmultimedia.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/majestikmultimedia

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MajestikMM

Tsu: http://www.tsu.co/MajestikMultimedia
More interviews below, or check them out here.

What is your name?

F.A.R.

What is the name and genre of the book you are offering?

I am offering my first book, The Sleeping Town, for free during the event through Smashwords. The genre is Urban Fantasy.

Who will enjoy the book you are offering, spooky fiends or fraidy cats?

The first half of the book has a lot of suspense as the protagonist tries to figure out just what type of weird situation he has landed himself in. His home has become a ghost town and he has no idea why. People who like that type of suspense will enjoy it. The second half is more traditionally action packed as the protagonist has identified his overall goal.

Tell us about your favorite, worst, most unique, or most embarrassing Halloween costume. Got a picture you can share with us?

Sadly, I am terribly unoriginal when it comes to costumes. There was a Dracula one and a Superman one. Beyond those two, there was only ever one other: Spider-Man. Almost every year of every Halloween it was Spider-Man. My mother wanted me to branch out. I was always, “Nope. Spider-Man!”

Life is like a bag of Halloween candy. Which seasonal treat are you?

I have always thought of myself as a Gummy Bear. Classical yet undeniably yummy and adorable.

Where can readers find out more about you?

Readers can find more about me at my website: http://farwriters.com/

Follow me at twitter: https://twitter.com/FarBooks

And, of course, look up my author profile at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/FarRites
Again, more interviews below, or check out other authors here.

What is your name?

Dwayne Fry

What are the names and genres of the books you are offering?

SUMMERWIND – Paranormal / Horror

BOO! MY HAUNTED LIFE – Non-Fiction / Paranormal

DOLL HOUSE – Horror / Paranormal

Who will enjoy the books you are offering, spooky fiends or fraidy cats?

Anyone who enjoys ghost stories – Boo! being true ghost stories, is

not terribly frightening.

Tell us about your favorite, worst, most unique, or most embarrassing Halloween costume. Got a picture you can share with us?

My favorite was the year I dressed as the Mad Hatter.

Life is like a bag of Halloween candy. Which seasonal treat are you?

Black licorice – I’m kind of an acquired taste

Where can readers find out more about you?

Official SIA Website: http://www.SupportIndieAuthors.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8471544.Dwayne_Fry

Read another interview below, or check out one of the other authors here.

What is your name?

My name is Charles Freedom Long, and I talk with dead people all the time.

What is the name and genre of the book you are offering?

The book I’m offering is Dancing With The Dead, a science fiction/visionary novel.

Who will enjoy the book you are offering, spooky fiends or fraidy cats?

This is not a spooky fiend book, though there are lots of dead people from several planets talking, walking, flying and running in, around and through it. If you’re adventurous, believe in ghosts, or would like to believe in ghosts, and don’t mind taking a short trip to Luna to watch them in action, this book might take you where you’ve never gone before.

Tell us about your favorite, worst, most unique, or most embarrassing Halloween costume. Got a picture you can share with us?

You may not know this. Most people don’t. But Coryllim are absolutely entranced by pumpkin pie. In fact, it’s addictive to them. So, just before last Halloween, I brought Ardine, the Corporeal Assets Director for Lumina Corporation a slice of pumpkin pie. Her green fore-eye just lit up. I told her about our Terran Halloween tradition and promised her plenty of pumpkin pie. Well, it was a great time. She and I traipsed all over the neighborhood, and each place we stopped had a piece of pumpkin pie for her (I’d called them ahead). The kids marveled at her four legs and four arms, and squealed when we turned to go and she winked at them with the eye in the back of her head. She did get a little tipsy. But I managed to get her back on the shuttle to Luna without a hitch. Her parting words were a bit slurred, but I made out, “I love pumpkin pie, Charles.” So do I, to tell the truth. I may just do it again this year.

Life is like a bag of Halloween candy. Which seasonal treat are you?

Seasonal treat? I’m a mocha latte pumpkin spice with a dollop of Irish whiskey.

Where can readers find out more about you?

You can find out more about me, the people who dance with the dead, and some of the inhabitants of the Seven Worlds at my website: http://www.charlesfreedomlong.com/

What is your name?

James Livingood

What is the name and genre of the book you are offering?

Pale Rider: Zombies versus Dinosaurs

Who will enjoy the book you are offering, spooky fiends or fraidy cats?

I would say spooky fiends, as there is a lot of action in this book.

Tell us about your favorite, worst, most unique, or most embarrassing Halloween costume. Got a picture you can share with us?

I grew up in Montana, so Halloween often had snow. My favorite costume was dressing up like Santa, because I could wear my coat underneath my costume without a problem.

Life is like a bag of Halloween candy. Which seasonal treat are you?

Reeses shaped like a pumpkin?

Where can readers find out more about you?

http://www.paperbackward.com is the best place to find my fiction.

Check out my interview below, or click here to read about other great authors!

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What is your name?

Riley Amos Westbrook

What the name and genre of the book you are offering?

Breath of the Titans: The False Titanbringer is a trilogy of Epic Fantasy

Who will enjoy the book you are offering, spooky fiends or fraidy cats?

Both, though I think those with a sense of adventure will get the most from it.

Tell us about your favorite, worst, most unique, or most embarrassing Halloween costume. Got a picture you can share with us?

Honestly, I never dressed up a lot as a child. The only costume I remember is the year I went as Leonardo from the TMNT. We went all out that year, I even had the katanas. No pictures though, the part that sucks about being an army brat, you move a lot and lose pictures!

Life is like a bag of Halloween candy. Which seasonal treat are you?

Caramel Red Delicious Apple. Sinfully good!

Where can readers find out more about you?

Official SIA Website: http://www.SupportIndieAuthors.com

Twitter: twitter.com/Donttouchmyshi1

Blog: RileyAmosWestbrook.wordpress.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/rileyamoswestbrook

More interviews to come!

Brain to Books Blog Tour P.H. Solomon

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Author: P.H. Solomon
Genre: Fantasy
Books:
Trading Knives
What Is Needed
The Black Bag

Bio

IMG_4163-EditP.H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. He is currently finishing the first book of a fantasy series and hopes to see it in print soon.

Interview with P.H. Solomon

Q. How did you get started writing?
A. I started writing this book out of high school several decades ago. I almost signed a contract for it with a small publisher in the mid-90’s but backed off due to the terms. Since then I’ve toyed with writing off and on but decided to re-write the book and get serious about writing several years ago.
BOD SM VersionQ. How many books have you written prior?
A. The Bow of Destiny is my first novel-length book. I previously published a short story, The Black Bag, as an e-book.
Q. What genre do you enjoy writing the most and what is this book about? I enjoy fantasy the most so that’s what I write. The Bow of Destiny is an epic fantasy whose main character, Athson has seen things that aren’t there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Kregen the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, he’s not sure it’s real. But the trolls that soon pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what’s worse, these raiders serve Kregen and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu, who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic Withling, Hastra, but Athson isn’t always sure what’s real and who his enemies are. With Kregen and Magdronu involved, Athson must face not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons behind his tragic past.
Q. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it?
A. Chris Rawlins out of the UK designed the cover based on one of his own pieces named: Robin of Loxley.
Q. Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
A. Once I saw the artwork my cover is based on I knew that was what I needed. Chris was spot on with the design based on my descriptions. I’m looking forward to working with him again.
Q. Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
A. Tolkien heads the list but it also includes Patricia McKillip, Ursula K. Le Guin, Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, Anne McCaffrey and many others.
Q. What does your writing process look like?
A. Write like mad to get the rough draft out. Then make structural changes, followed by my editor’s structural changes. Then it’s onto nitty-gritty editing until the manuscript is ready for beta reading.
Q. Where do you write?
A. Wherever my laptop lands – it’s my mobile office.
Q. Are you a plotter or do you write by the seat of your pants?
A. A little of both. I like a fluid, creative outline (not the structure kind from school, it just doesn’t fit fiction). An creative outline allows for easy changes. Likewise, Scrivener is a great way to outline too since you can make structural changes easily.
Q. What book do you wish you could have written?
A. Armor by John Steakley or Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock – both are very under-read and under-valued books that very good and I highly recommend them.
Q. Do you have a pet or pets?
A. Actually, my dogs inspired Spark.
Q. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
A. The Outer Hebrides Islands, The Galapagos Islands, Budapest and, well, all the parts of Europe I haven’t been to yet.
Q. If you were any plant or animal, what would you be?
A. Cheetah – amazing runner!
Q. If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?
A. Scottish is a fun-sounding accent but I’d really like to speak Gaelic.

Pending Projects

Trading Knives 1Book 1 of The Bow of Hart Saga: The Bow of Destiny releases9/28/2015. It can currently be found for reservation at these select online retailers: Barnes & Noble,Kobo & iBooks (via the iTunes app)
Book 2 of The Bow of Hart Saga: An Arrow against the Wind due out 1/2/2016. It can currently be found for reservation at these select online retailers: Barnes & Noble, Kobo & iBooks (via the iTunes app)
Book 3 of The Bow of Hart Saga: The White Arrow is due out Fall of 2016 (links pending).
Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga:
Champion of the Stone Rats – tentative release 9/30/2015 for free, will be on Wattpad during 9/15.
A parallel series to The Bow of Hart Saga is also in process as three novellas.
There will likely be a sequel trilogy for The Bow of Hart Saga and possibly at least a prequel book.
The Black Bag found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords & iBooks (via the iTunes app).
Guardians of the Gate epic fantasy is also a book/series in development.
The Black Glove adventure-fantasy series is also in development.

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Brain to Books Blog Tour Owen Thomas

Author: Owen Thomas
Genre: Literary Fiction

Bio

Owen Thomas

Owen Thomas is a life-long Alaskan with an abiding love of original fiction writing and storytelling whose ultimate purpose is always to reconnect the reader with humanity. Owen is a product of the Anchorage School District and a graduate of Duke University and Duke Law School. Over the years, while his responsible, wage-earning identity has been busy practicing law and running a law firm, Owen has written three novels:  Lying Under Comets: A Love Story of Passion, Murder, Snacks and Graffiti; The Lion Trees (Gold Medal Winner of the Global eBook Award for new adult fiction; a semi-finalist for the Kindle Book Awards, A winner of The Eric Hoffer Award for fiction, a semi-finalist forThe Amazon Kindle Book Award; a Finalist for The Beverly Hills International Book Awards and The First Horizon Book Award and awarded Honorable Mentions at The London Book Festival, The Southern California Book Festival, The Great Northwest Book Festival, The Los Angeles Book Festival, The Great Southeast Book Festival, The Pacific Rim Book Festival, The Amsterdam Book Festival, and the New York Book Festival);  and a novel of interconnected short fiction, including six novellas and four short stories, entitled Signs of Passing winner of the 2014 Pacific Book Awards for Short Fiction. Even as you read this biographical blurb, a fourth and somewhat lighter novel, Henry & Biggs – a political vampire thriller about a literary agent and his pet Beagle (yes, you read that correctly) – is currently in the works and the first dozen chapters have been posted on the Owen Thomas Fiction Blog. Additional short fiction pieces are collected and reproduced in their entirety atTiny Points of Life. Owen’s short story “Everything Stops” has been selected for publication in an anthology of short fiction published by Fiction Attic Press called “Modern Shorts”, available at Amazon. Owen’s short stories “Nothing To Worry About” and “Island Santa” have recently been released for purchase at Blurb.com and Amazon.com, respectively.
For the fifth consecutive year since he has been measuring his commercial success as an author, Owen has not won the Orange Prize for Fiction. Also, to great acclaim, he has not won the Man Booker Prize. Most recently, in April of 2015, Owen was not nominated for a Pulitzer.
Owen fervently believes our problem is not that life is too short, but that it tends to be much too narrow.  Also, whimsy in living is far too important to take seriously. But both of those propositions are the subject of on-going litigation. In the meantime, Owen is increasingly concerned that referring to oneself in the third-person is dangerously habit-forming.

 BOOK BLURB

The Lion TreesMeet the Johns, a family of five living in Columbus, Ohio in the year 2005. George W. Bush is well into his second term. The Iraq War is raging. Hurricane Katrina has landed. The Johns family is quietly, and then not so quietly, unraveling. In shades of Tom Wolfe’s A Man in Full, Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible and William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, the Johns family story, at turns dramatic and comic, tells the stories of Hollis, Susan, David and Tilly, each in the grips of tailor-made predicaments that threaten the identities to which they cling.
Hollis Johns, a retired Ohio banker, isolates himself in esoteric hobbies and a dangerous flirtation with a colleague’s daughter. Susan, his wife of forty years, risks everything for a second chance at who she might have become. David, their eldest, thrashes to stay afloat as his teaching career capsizes in a storm of accusations involving a missing student and the legacy of Christopher Columbus. And young Tilly, the black sheep, having traded literary promise for an improbable career as a Hollywood starlet, struggles to define herself amid salacious scandal, the demands of a powerful director, and the judgments of an uncompromising writer.
By turns comical and poignant, The Lion Trees depicts a family tumbling toward the discovery that sometimes you have to let go of your identity to find out who you are.

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CHAPTER 1 – David

“Who is the most important historical figure you can name?”
They stare at me, bright and twinkling with attention. Soaking me in. Assessing me. Measuring me against the others. And I am ready for them.
                  I sit on the edge of the desk and swing my leg, looking from face to face, letting them take stock before getting down to business. The first-day energy is palpable. Fresh, young, hungry minds.  I roll a stick of chalk from one palm to the other like dice. They blink at me.
                  “Don’t be shy, folks. No judgment here. Who do you think is the most important historical figure of all time?”
                  Swing, swing, swing. Roll, roll, roll. Blink, blink.
                  “Anybody. Anybody at all. Don’t all dive in at once.”
                  Blink, blink.
                  “How about you… over in the back there… what’s your name?” I look at my seating chart. “Ashley? What do you think, Ashley?”
                  She is startled. I smile and nod. I am reassuring. I am encouraging. I am everything a teacher must be. A guide. A shepherd. I turn to the virgin green board behind me with a quickness and uncoiling energy that makes them jump. Beneath “Mr. Johns” I dramatically click chalk to slate, poised to write. A display of trusting servitude.  A humble scribe.
I wait. I wait.
                  “Madonna,” she says, finally, with a pop of gum for punctuation.
                  “M…” I write the first letter and turn. “Mother of Christ?” I ask, hopefully. I am an optimistic person.
                  Ashley screws up her face, rapidly cocooning her forefinger in a spiraling strand of purple glop. “Huh?”
So maybe I’m not an optimistic person. I think of myself as an optimistic person, which is really very different than actual optimism. The irony is, my self-concept as an optimistic person may be the only true claim I have to actual optimism. Every morning I come to consciousness with this belief – this understanding – of who I am today. I stretch and I yawn and I swing my feet from the bed to the floor and so it begins. I am an optimistic person. I feel optimistic. People are basically good. My life is a communion with well-intentioned souls. Everything is, more or less, as it should be. Yesterday did not happen. History is a fiction. Each day I am reborn.
Reborn, apparently, into a life plagued by some cruel, recurring amnesia.  Because yesterday did, in fact, happen. And so did the day before yesterday. And the day before that.
“You mean… Madonna… the, um…”
“Yeah. You know… Madonna.” Ashley says this with enough self-evident incredulity to level mountains. Her neon-frosted eyes roll over and down to a girl in the next row – Brittany Kline, according to my seating chart – who shrugs back at Ashley uncomprehendingly.
“Okay. Madonna.” The name goes on the board. I am unphased. I am young and hip and rolling with it. “Why Madonna?” I roll up my sleeves and cross my arms. I am in the trenches. On the front lines, making a difference.
“It’s not like I listen to her now or anything cuz she’s totally old and everything, but she’s like totally opened a lot of doors for women in this culture and around the world by empowering them to express their sexuality and taking a stand and everything like that.”
Bad start. That’s all. Luck of the draw. This will get better. I keep moving.
“Okay. Okay. Fair enough.” I arch the chalk through the air from left hand to right. “Let’s get some more names on the board. Give me someone important that goes way, way back. Let’s gowaaaaaayyyyy back. Pull out all the stops. Whaddaya got? Mr. Onaya, go for it. Who’s your favorite historical figure?”
“George Washington.”
“Yes!” Bam! On the board! I’m rolling. “Who’s next? Ms. Kent. Lemme have it.”
“Abraham Lincoln.”
“Okay. Good. Good. Next. Alicia, who’s your favorite?”
“George Washington.”
“We already have him.”
“Yeah, but he’s my favorite.”
“Okay, good. But give me some other important historical figure I can put up here so we can talk about what makes them influential today.”
“But I like George Wa…”
“You don’t have to like the person, you just have to think they played an important role historically.”
“Abraham Lincoln.”
I underline the name that, like George Washington’s, is already on the board. The pressure between my molars is beginning to show in my temples. “Try again.”
“Indiana Jones.”
My theory is that all optimists are, of necessity, “historically challenged.” Optimism is a kind of dementia caused by a weakness of memory. A pleasant by-product of a serious mental deficiency. Optimists are not to be admired or emulated. They are to be pitied. Wiley Coyote was an optimist.

INTERVIEW WITH OWEN THOMAS

Welcome to the Tour, Owen. Tell us a bit about your target audience.
My target audience consists of people who enjoy reading and who like pondering and talking about what they are reading with others. The Lion Trees is a very rewarding book club read because there is so much to interpret, process and discuss. My rough, very unscientific sense of the demographics of the readers who have enjoyed the book seems to skew older (it is not a book for young or impatient readers), educated (consistent with character-driven fiction generally), and female (given the focus on family, relationships, and some strong female characters struggling mightily to be themselves). There are plenty of exceptions to that general demographic sketch: many men have really enjoyed this book, as have those without graduate degrees. So, I go back to the single most important common denominator within the target audience: you have to consider reading an important pastime. It’s a big book – 1600 pages – and it takes a certain kind of reader to say, yes, I want to read all of those pages. If there is a phrase to help find that demographic, “modern classic” comes to mind as a possibility. Reviewers have drawn loose comparison to Updike’s Rabbit Run, to Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, to Dr. Zhivago, Gone with the Wind, and The Thorn Birds. I am not nearly so vain or delusional as to put The Lion Trees on that shelf. Rather, my point is that The Lion Trees seems to have the “feel” of a modern classic – particularly given its length, breadth of story and thematic depth – and that might be the right way to define its target audience.
Tell us a little about yourself. (How did you get started writing? What do you do when you’re not writing?
My other life, the one that pays the bills, is spent as a lawyer. For the past twenty-five years I have practiced employment and commercial litigation in Anchorage, Alaska, where I manage a medium-sized law firm. Long before I ever went to law school (Duke Law 1990) I have been writing fiction. It is fair to say that creative writing started in grade-school English class and I just never stopped. My novel The Lion Trees took roughly ten years to write, much of it twenty and thirty minutes at a time, sitting in the front seat of my car in between meetings and court appearances. When I am not representing clients or making up characters I am photographing and otherwise enjoying the grandeur of Alaska and the paradise of Hawaii.
Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?) List other titles if applicable. I have had innumerable false starts; books that I leapt into with a great deal of enthusiasm and then for one reason or another abandoned before completion. Some turned out to be too ambitious while others were simply bad ideas and still others died on the vine because I was not aggressive enough in investing the time. Ten years ago I wrote a novel called Lying Under Comets: A Love Story of Passion, Murder, Snacks and Graffiti. I am still in the process of reworking that book, which has not yet been submitted for publication. I am publishing a book of connected short fiction, entitled Signs of Passing, which I expect to be out later this summer. I am also closing in on the completion of two other novels, one as yet untitled and one about a literary agent and his pet Beagle, entitled Henry & Biggs.
What genre do you enjoy writing the most and what is this book about? My preferred and most natural genre is literary fiction. Even within that already catchall genre, I think I am fairly versatile and can cover a lot of ground, from high drama to suspense to full-on humor. The Lion Trees is about a family living in 2005 Ohio that is, collectively and individually, coming unraveled by circumstances seemingly out of their control. Thematically, The Lion Trees, by turns dramatic and comedic, takes a hard look at the power of self-identity to control the course of our lives.
What inspired you to write this book? Hallucinogenic mushrooms. Kidding. In the most general sense, my purpose is to entertain. As a fiction writer, I want to provide readers with an enjoyable and meaningful diversion that they will carry around with them for a while. On top of that, however, my motivation in writing this particular book was to elucidate the psychological phenomenon at the core of the story and which propels each of the characters along their various arcs. In a nutshell, that psychological phenomenon is this: we tend to work very hard to shape our lives in a way that reaffirms what we think about ourselves. At the core of our motivation is an identity and we will nurture and protect that identity at all costs – in every relationship, in every accomplishment and failure, at every pivotal juncture – even if that identity is maladaptive and based on nothing more than a calcification of misunderstandings we adopted as children. The person who believes he is underserving, or always misunderstood, or wrongly accused, etc., will work very hard in his life to make sure that identity is affirmed again, and again. Even if makes him miserable. Even if it kills him.
How did you come up with the title of your book?The Lion Trees is about, among many other things, a Hollywood feature film called The Lion Tree. One of the main characters in the book is the star of that movie (if it ever gets made). The movie is an adaptation of a short story written by one of the other characters in the book. The name of the short story is The Lion Tree. That short story has at is center a parable about a man whose family is devoured by a pride of lions while out on a safari in Africa. So the title to this novel in part derives from the titles of these works of fiction that fit one inside the other like Russian nesting dolls. More broadly, however, The Lion Trees refers to the metaphor that animates all of the plots and characters in this book: the lion tree marks the place in our lives at which we adopt a self-conception, an identity, that threatens to devour us from the inside out.
Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork? I worked with a consultant (Taughnee Stone at Launch the Book) to come up with an image that captured both the title and literary feel of the book. The Lion Trees, while very funny and contemporary in its style, also has a romantic, philosophical, modern-classic feel. We wanted the dominant image to be simple and iconic and for the cover to have a weathered, well-read look to it.
If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters? It is an interesting question, since one of the major storylines in The Lion Trees is about adapting a piece of literature to the Silver Screen and finding the right actors to play the various characters that inhabit the written work. The author of the fictional work on which the movie is to be based is a guy named Angus Mann. One of the stars of the movie declares that Angus bears a passing resemblance to Robert Forrester, so I suppose Angus would have to be played by Robert Forrester. As for the other characters, I will forego this opportunity to superimpose my own visual conception of the characters. I would prefer that the readers form their own conceptions of, and relationship with, the characters.
Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write? That is one of those questions that is fair to ask and, for me, nearly impossible to answer. I have been inspired by so many writers and books that to name one or a few does an almost unpardonable disservice to all of the others. So let me answer it this way. The Lion Trees as a literary creation was inspired by several different writers and books. The structure of the novel as a story told in a variety of different voices and tenses each handing off to another was inspired by Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible. Some of the social-satirical elements of the book, as well as the hubristic aspects to Hollis Johns was at least partly inspired by Tom Wolfe’s A Man in Full and his brilliant character Charles Croker. Aspects of the arc of Tilly Johns, the sexual rebelliousness of her character and the relationship she has with her brother Ben owe something to William Faulkner’sThe Sound and the Fury. The nesting of a story within a story (a novel called The Lion Trees about a movie called The Lion Tree, based on a short story called The Lion Tree, which is written around a parable of The Lion Tree) had its first inspiration from Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin. The Johns family as a study of intimate, history-driven dysfunction was at least partly inspired by Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections. The short story by Angus Mann (a fictional character) and all of its circa 1960, stripped-down science fiction born of nuclear paranoia was inspired by the incomparable Ray Bradbury. The list goes on. There is no better fuel and inspiration for writers than good writing.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?  I am confronted with this question every time someone asks “So what do you do?” It’s a question people seem to ask me a lot when I travel. I am increasingly torn by this question. What do I do? A year ago, when my life as a fiction writer was still largely a secret, I would not hesitate to answer, “I’m a lawyer,” usually followed by some mildly informative qualifier like, “mostly employment litigation,” or, “I manage a medium-sized law firm in Anchorage, Alaska.” I wouldn’t deign to call myself a writer, even though I did write a lot of fiction. Even though I wrote all the time. Even though writing is the thing I most enjoy. Well. Not counting sex and coffee ice cream and a good bourbon and a long list of other indulgent diversions. The point is that introducing myself as a fiction writer was always a quickly stifled impulse. It felt somehow wrong – dishonest, vain, pretentious – like I was laying claim to something not rightfully mine. In that split second before thought becomes an actual sound slipping the larynx, the lawyer in me always managed to elbow his way to the opening of my mouth, right hand raised, and took the oath of occupation. “What do I do? Well, I’m a lawyer.”
But then, in one giant step, The Lion Trees moved from the novel living and growing in the privacy of my laptop to a published work of fiction. Two volumes. Sixteen hundred pages. Six pounds of words. Reviews have been embarrassingly good. In less than a year The Lion Trees has racked up a dozen international book awards. People are now actually purchasing the fiction I write (fiction-fiction, not legal-argument fiction). They want to know where they can find these books and if I will sign them. It has been an experience like no other; like watching some chartreuse peony open up outside your window. So when a fellow passenger asked me on a recent trip to Seattle, “so what do you do?” what do you think I told him? “I’m a lawyer,” I said. “Mostly employment litigation.” I was baffled by my own response. If I cannot lay claim to being a writer now, after all that has happened, then when? By the time we landed in Seattle, I was working on a minor epiphany. I realized that the lawyer in me has been counseling the writer in me to hold out for a better question. Questions usually imply answers, or at least types of answers. Every lawyer knows that. The writer in me has been unwilling to stoop to pick up the question, “so what do you do?” and try to make something respectable of it. I “do” all kinds of things. Writing is not something I “do.” It’s who I bloody am. I don’t remember when that identity first took root; it has been coming on quietly for a very long time. But whenever it may have started, it’s here now. I just haven’t yet gotten comfortable declaring that to others. The next time some guy in an aisle seat leans over and asks, “so who are you, deep down in the pit of our soul?” I’m swinging for the fences. I’m going to nail it. Writer. That’s me.
What does your writing process look like?  Given the other professional demands on my life, my “writing process” includes trying to find as many spare minutes laying around to string together and actually be creative. Sometimes that is quite difficult. I wrote a great deal of The Lion Trees sitting in my car in the middle of fast-food restaurant parking lots between meetings and court appearances. In an ideal week, I am able to devote Saturday and Sunday mornings to writing; maybe four to five hours each day. That writing time is important because it allows a deeper focus. On those days I try not to do anything before writing – I do not open the newspaper. I do not turn on the radio or television. I avoid conversation. The less of the everyday world that is in my head, the better I am able to immerse myself in the world of whatever I am writing. If I am able to write in the afternoons and evenings, I tend to spend that time editing simply because by then the real world has invaded my thoughts to such an extent that filling the blank page with fresh thoughts and new words is much more difficult. I tend to write and edit in layers as I work my way through a book (as opposed to writing one draft and then going back to the beginning and writing a new draft, etc.), so once I finish that last page, the book is really about 80-90% complete. Thereafter, I comb through the book several times, but the edits tend to be fairly minor.
Where do you write? There is a couch in my den at home that provides me with a comfortable, out of the way, space. Sometimes too comfortable. It is not uncommon for my ‘writing time’ to look an awful lot like ‘nap time.’ As I have already mentioned, I have written a frightening percentage of my books in the front seat of my car sitting in some parking lot outside any number of sandwich shops. Having a mobile writing studio has allowed me to steal some valuable writing time from the little spaces over lunch and between meetings and court hearings. Every so often I will go to the local library with a set of headphones and a laptop and camp out for a while. For editing and book marketing work, various coffee houses around Anchorage have sufficed. It is probably worth noting that, for me anyway, the process of “writing” involves more than the process of typing. Writing for me requires a lot of pondering and problem solving and, to that extent, I spend a lot of time “writing” as I walk around a lake near where I live, or drive nowhere in particular, or sit in some public place staring out into space or watching people do whatever it is they are doing. Put to good use, all of that time is integral to my creative process. Not put to good use, all of that time starts to look a lot like idle daydreaming. Or suspicious loitering.
Are you a plotter or do you write by the seat of your pants? I’m more of a seat-of-my-pants guy although it is more a combination of both and I don’t really have a formula. A concept or idea will take root in my head and I will carry it around with me, usually for a long time. Eventually, I start to get ideas onto a computer screen. Then, like drops of water on a window, those ideas start to coalesce into something larger. Before long, the book starts to develop its own voice; its own presence in the world. I tend not to prepare detailed outlines because I think there is a real danger of creative confinement. The book can change out from under me and I want to allow that process as much as possible. If written organically (a term I use to distinguish my idea of creative writing from a kind of reverse-engineered, plot-manufacturing process), the characters and the story will tell you where they want to go. For me, writing is a very dynamic process that moves forward in the interplay between the writer and the story. If the writer tries to set it all down in stone at the beginning of the process, he or she is missing out on what to my mind is the best part. There is an awful lot to learn about the story you are telling that you simply do not know in the beginning. Getting to know your characters and their situation is like getting to know anyone else. It takes time and a willingness to adapt to new information and jettison preconceived notions.
What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors? My advice would be this: don’t worry about selling. Kick the commerce part of it out of the room for the writing phase and lock the door. Don’t write what the market expects you to write. Don’t write something you think will sell. Write with the sole purpose of doing justice to the creative vision in your head. Write something good. Write something authentic. Write something that moves you and you will move others. Have fun. Worry about selling later.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful? Reviews! The single most helpful thing readers can do is to write a review of the book – it does not have to be long and detailed – and then post the review on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes&Noble, and/or LibraryThing. After that, sign on to the social media platform of your choice and recommend it to your friends.
What are you working on now? You mean aside from staying employed, married and solvent? I am on the verge of releasing a collection of short fiction called Signs of Passing. The book is comprised of four short stories and six novellas, all loosely connected to each other through characters and all organized around the theme of knowing when your life is no longer working and having the insight and courage to pick another direction. I am also about half-way through an as yet untitled novel set in south Texas, a second collection of short fiction entitled Tiny Points of Life, and an odd political-vampire-adventure-romp called Henry & Biggs, starring a New York literary agent and his pet Beagle. All of those projects (except the untitled novel) are represented on my author website (OwenThomasFiction.com).
What do you want your tombstone to say? “Edited for length without permission.”
If you had a supernatural power, what would it be? I host a fiction blog that has previously included a feature in which I pose thought-provoking but generally useless questions to followers on social media and then compile the most original answers. The first question in that series was this: if you had the power to fly or to be invisible which would you choose and why? One of my favorite responses was “If you’re invisible, you can fly anywhere you need to go. Pick the Lear jet of your choice and go. Who needs to fly as a superpower? Invisibility gets you both.” For anyone who is interested, the other answers are collected here. My own preference would be to have the power to pick up a book and instantly absorb the entirety of its contents. At my current rate of literary consumption, I’m never going to finish all the good books in the world. Sigh.
What book are you reading now? I never seem to be reading just one book. Currently, I am reading Orfeo by Richard Powers and The Luminaries by Eleanor Cotton. I just finished Lexicon by Max Barry and I have The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins cued up on

MAIN CHARACTER INTERVIEW (DAVID JOHNS):

So, David Johns, what seems to be the problem?
Problem? What makes you think there’s a problem?
I read the back cover of The Lion Trees.
Oh. Right. Well, in that case, the problem is that life as I know it is over.
That doesn’t sound good. What’s the issue? Work? Relationship? Money?
Yes. Yes. And yes. Also, I’m likely to be showering in prison for the rest of my natural life.
Wow. Not good.
 
Right? Believe me, you don’t want the details.
 
Sure I do. Let’s have it.
Okay. Where to start… I’m a high school history teacher living in Columbus, Ohio. I teach in the same school from which I graduated, so I haven’t really advanced very far in life. My father hates that I don’t have a business degree and that I never followed him into banking. Well, “hates” is probably the wrong word for what he feels because “hates” implies a certain active energy and my father basically gave up on me actually accomplishing anything in my life a long time ago. I live in a condo he paid for just to get me out of the house. He pays my mortgage most months, which really has not helped any.
Okay, not ideal, but not so terrible. What about your mother?
Mom spends most of her time taking care of my younger brother, Ben, who has Down Syndrome. When she’s not doing that, she obsesses over my sister’s movie career and keeps rigorous track of my father’s drinking. She thinks I try to avoid them on a regular basis.
Why would she think that?
Who knows? Probably because I try to avoid them on a regular basis. I went over to their house the other night to take Ben out to a movie. I snuck him out a back window rather than going in through the front door. That didn’t go over so well with Mom. She likes to worry. She worries that I’ve become a pothead.
Why is she worried about that?
I… I really have no idea.
So your sister is in the movie business?
Yeah, Tilly’s out there in Hollywood. Her career is really taking off. Just nominated for an award at Sundance. Mom is kind of star-struck with the whole thing. Dad hates it, of course.
Really? Why does he hate it?
 
Well, partly because mom is so enthralled with Tilly’s success; they can never agree on anything where Tilly is concerned. A lot of hard feelings there. But I think it’s mostly because Tilly kind of… sort of… just a little bit likes to sleep with her directors and show up on the grocery store tabloid racks as a sex monster. Dad doesn’t like that much. Neither does mom. But all of my students love it. My sister’s sex life is the only thing they want to learn anything about. They sure don’t want to learn anything about history.
Look, David, you seem to be a smart, good-looking man with a good job and a family that still accepts your phone calls. If you don’t mind me saying, it sounds to me like your life has some of the same basic family, career and self-concept issues that most people have in some form or another. I’m not sure why you think your life is so bad.
You’re right. I know, I know. You’re right. I’m probably over-reacting to all of the little things. Like my girlfriend secretly sleeping with one of my colleagues. And the fact that the Columbus School district wants to fire me for teaching the truth about Christopher Columbus and George Bush. Oh, and that little, niggling problem of the Columbus Police Department trying to lock me up for possession of narcotics with intent to distribute and – not to be forgotten – for abducting and morally corrupting one of my female students. Silly to worry about that kind of thing, I know. All I need is a really good criminal defense lawyer and I’ll be fine. In fact, I already have a good criminal defense attorney. Glenda Laveau. Three hundred pounds of silken, jewel-toned courtroom aggression. Sadly, what I do not have is any money to pay Glenda’s fees. My current options seem to be trading sex for legal representation or asking my father for a whole lot of extra money. Did I mention my home has been destroyed and all of my pet fish are dead? I don’t know why I can’t just roll with these things. Like you say, everyone has these kinds of problems. Like the body of the teenage girl they just found in a dumpster, burned beyond recognition. How silly of me to just automatically conclude that it must be my missing student and that people carrying guns will think I had something to do with it. Right? Silly. Anyway, I’ve got go. Someone’s at the door.

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