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Jul 13, 2011 - Interviews    Comments Off on Interview With Christine Amsden

Interview With Christine Amsden

Today I’ve got an interview with Christine Amsden. Christine is the author of two novels, “The Immortality Virus” and “Touch of Fate”. I hope you enjoy reading more about Christine’s work.

JGA: Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. To start with, can you tell us a bit about yourself, and how you got started writing?

CA: I’ve been alive for thirty-four years and have been a writer at heart for at least thirty-three of them. Some of my earliest memories involve lying on the floor in a patch of warm sunlight, studying picture books, and dreaming stories to go along with them. More recently, I have become a wife and mother to two beautiful children (not that I’m biased or anything).

I’m a reader, writer, daydreamer, and teacher. I teach workshops at http://www.savvyauthors.com/ and post tips for writers on my blog. This summer, I’ll be teaching a workshop on novel beginnings at savvy authors, and next winter, in January, I have a world building workshop scheduled.

I also post book reviews on my blog for the eclectic reader. You never know what will come up next!

JGA: How do you go about the actual process of writing?

CA: I write on a word processor because no other method allows my fingers to keep up with my racing thoughts. It also helps with editing. I have a study, a converted bedroom at the top of my house, where it gets pretty hot in the summer but feels nice in the winter. Since I have kids, I write around their schedule, and since I have young kids, that schedule has been in flux for many years now. I’m looking forward to this fall, when one will be in school all day and the other will be in pre-school half a day, four days a week. Then, I can tell you with confidence that I write in the mornings after I send my kids to school. For now, we have some quiet time in the afternoon.

I try to stick to a set schedule. I know from experience that I write better when I can count on a time to sit down and write, but it isn’t always possible. I do have a ritual I use to try to get me in the right frame of mind when I do start to write – it involved meditation, candles, mints, and music.

JGA: I think anything that helps a writer get into the right mood for writing is a good thing! How do you personally like to read your books these days?

CA: I’m almost exclusively an audiobook reader, but in my case it’s just a necessity rather than a choice. I am legally blind (not totally blind, but bad enough that I’m typing this in 36-point font). I do sometimes read ebooks on my computer, blowing them up to a comfortable font, but this is a strain and takes much longer, so I only do it when I can’t get a book any other way, or when I’m eager to read/review a new release.

JGA: That would create a lot of challenges! Which authors (or books) have had the most influence on your writing style, and why?

CA: Orson Scott Card, because I attended a by-audition “boot camp” with him in 2003. He’s a terrific teacher and really, a nice person. I kind of think of that experience as the beginning of my professional writing career.

JGA: How do you go about planning your writing?

CA: This is an aspect of my writing that has evolved over the years, as I try to find the right balance. Lately, I think I’ve realized that I do better with a solid plan and an outline, even if I don’t stick to it (and I never do). Beginning a novel before I’ve spent months planning, researching, characterizing, daydreaming, and outlining is a futile endeavor, bound to lead to a dozen revisions.

That’s how I wrote The Immortality Virus. It too me years, and I lost track of how many versions I wrote.

JGA: What gave you the initial idea for your novel,  “The Immortality Virus“?

CA: A random search on Wikipedia. I was ready to try something new. I’d finish Touch of Fate, my first published work, and had played around with a few short stories, but since inspiration wasn’t hitting me over the head, I went in search of it. I believe I randomly happened across the article for DNA, which led me to remember some things about a genetic source or aging, which led me to do some research, and finally, led me to the concept of eternal youth for the entire human race. It seems to me to be something many people want, but I couldn’t help but picture the darker consequences.

JGA: Looking at the darker consequences of anything can be a great source of story ideas. Can you tell us a bit about the main character, Grace Harper, and some of the challenges she has to face as the story progresses?

CA: Grace is one of those strong women who has an internal soft spot. She really cares about people, but has grown cynical in her old age. (She’s 130, but doesn’t look a day over 25.) Even before the beginning of the book, she secretly believed the human race had taken a wrong turn when it stopped aging, and that they would be better off living a “natural life.” When she is presented with the opportunity to learn the truth behind The Change, and possibly undo it, she is undeniably curious, and incredibly wary. Any number of people would see her dead before seeing their potential immortality taken away, and she doesn’t entirely trust the man who hired her, either. She’s going to have to find a man who was old when The Change began, who is centuries old now, if he’s still alive, and she doesn’t have much to go on.

JGA: Who are the readers would enjoy “The Immortality Virus” the most?

CA: The obvious answer would be science fiction readers, but honestly, I’ve received good feedback from people saying they don’t normally like science fiction, but they like this. One of the things I try to do as a writer is to get close to a character – in this case, Grace. I show the world and the story through her thoughts, reactions, attitudes, and beliefs. I think this creates a genuine human element that makes this accessible to many readers. So I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to play the “What if?” game.

JGA: What other items are you working on at the moment?

CA: I’m working on an urban fantasy series right now. Actually, all four books are written, and I’m hoping to find a publisher for the first novel soon, but the books need revision. This is an entirely character-driven and character-based story about the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers. Each book has a self-contained mystery, but the series is a character journey.

JGA: I’m a huge fan of urban fantasy, so I look forward to seeing them released! If you could somehow change reality and become the author of any published book instead of the person who originally wrote it, which book would you make your own and why?

CA: That’s an interesting question! There are lots of great books out there, but for the most part, I like living in my own stories. When you read a book, you become part of that world for a few hours or days, but when you write a book, it’s yours for years. I suppose I wouldn’t have minded the money involved had I written the Harry Potter series, but then again, I would have written it differently, so who knows if it would have had the same impact?

I was recently very disappointed in “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” I almost wished I had written that, because the core concept was one I found very interesting, but the execution didn’t work for me at all. I could imagine myself writing that story, but now that it’s been done in such a popular way, I don’t feel like it’s one I can claim right now, even if I do take a vastly different approach.

JGA: Is there anything else you would like to mention that I haven’t asked?

CA: Not that I can think of! Thanks for having me here.

You can find Christine’s work on Amazon.

May 3, 2011 - Interviews    Comments Off on Interview with David Lawrence

Interview with David Lawrence

Todays interview is with David Lawrence. David is an author who likes to mix up his writing – long and short, fiction and non-fiction, stories and poetry. A good collection of his work, showcasing his many different styles, is his book infinitebook: From Web to Page. You can find out more about David, and what he is currently working on, by visiting his website.

 

JGA: Thank you for taking the time to do this interview, David. To start with, can you tell us a bit about yourself, and how you got started writing?

DL: Thank you for having me. I think it would be safe to say that I always wanted to write, even before I knew what writing was. As a very young child – before I had any real grasp of the English language – I used to babble in sentences. The adults never seemed to understand me, but apparently I had something important to share. I graduated to actual pen and paper when I entered grade school, and even entered a couple of fiction contests. I continued to write – mostly for my own amusement – throughout the rest of my scholastic years… and beyond. Earned a B.A. in English in ’92, but didn’t really feel like I had the writing chops to warrant publication. Because of this, I didn’t feel ready to write my first (and so far only) novel until I’d turned 30. And even though I self-published that work in ’04, it still wasn’t ready for publication. Not really. But I’m okay with that, as it helped me own up to what I’d known all along, which is that I am a writer, through and through, even if it wasn’t a masterpiece.

JGA: How do you go about the actual process of writing?

DL: I’ve two ways to answer this question. The first has to do with thinking like a writer, which is something I do all the time, which means that it can (and does) happen anywhere and anytime. I’m always framing the world around me in terms of story. But that’s not exactly what you were asking, so I will now jump to my second answer, which is to say that I typically write in my room on my desktop computer (which these days happens to be a Mac Mini). I rarely feel the need to adhere to any kind of writing schedule, as my days tend to be flexible enough that I can write based on inspiration rather than expectation. Still, when I have a project big enough to feel overwhelming, then I do set up a loose schedule of sorts to encourage myself to stay focused.

JGA: How do you personally like to read your books these days?

DL: Sadly, I’ve fallen out of the habit of reading fiction. These days most of my reading is of the non-fiction print variety. I like books that teach me things.

JGA: Which authors (or books) have had the most influence on your writing style, and why?

DL: Huh. I’m going to give you the name of a brilliant author whose influence on my personal writing style I had to overcome more than embrace: Thomas Pynchon. He has a tendency to write sentences that never end. Beautiful sentences, but somehow outside my artistic range. Which is fine. Because I can still convey just as much meaning as he does, but with simpler sentences and fewer words. But I had to work at that, work on honing my own particular writing style, which means I eventually had to step out of his shadow (which is quite big).

JGA: You’ve focused on writing shorter pieces so far. What is it that appeals to you about the shorter form, and how did you get started writing them?

DL: The shortest form I write is poetry, particularly the haiku, and this appeals to me because it requires great precision to convey more with less. I got started writing poetry when I found myself struck with too many beautiful ideas and not enough time (to write a novel). I wanted to share these insights as quickly and succinctly as possible, and poetry was (and still is) just the ticket.

JGA: I can relate to having too many ideas, and not enough time! How do you go about planning your writing?

DL: I cover the entire range. On one end of the spectrum, I will sit down and channel words through the process of “automatic writing,” which usually results in an evocative but somewhat unintelligible arrangement of words. And on the other end of the spectrum, like when I am working on a novel, I will outline just about everything, often using a conceptual framework such as a progression of Tarot cards or some other metaphysical map for characters and plot events before composing anything at all in terms of actual writing. For the bulk of my writing, though, I do something in between these two extremes.

JGA: What made you decide to publish “infinitebook: From Web to Page”?

DL: I had all this stuff I’d uploaded to my site and blog that I thought needed to be presented in a better, more accessible format. So, I culled the best of the batch, edited it all one last time for print publication, and self-published.

JGA:  What sort of reader would “infinitebook: From Web to Page” most appeal to?

DL: An eclectic reader with an open mind. Preferably one who is self-aware and interested in exploring his/her own subjective experience of my words. There is such a wide range of styles in this book that only a handful of readers are going to enjoy everything it has to offer. Most readers, however, will experience a very mixed bag of reactions – from love to hate and everything in between.

JGA:  What other items are you working on at the moment?

DL: I’ve got two main projects I’m working on these days. The first is a personal memoir that will intentionally blur the line between fact and fiction. It will also address a number of social hot buttons with uncompromising honesty. I’d tell you more, but don’t want to spoil the surprise. As for my other project, that is a rewrite of my first metaphysical science fiction novel: 22 Stories: Falling Upward through the Tarot. Besides these two main projects, I’m keeping busy with a much smaller miscellany of short stories, poems, and a few other oddball items.

JGA: That sounds like a lot of balls to try and juggle at once! If you could somehow change reality and become the author of any published book instead of the person who originally wrote it, which book would you make your own and why?

DL: I’d have written Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, because then I’d know what it’s like to be a literary genius.

JGA:  Is there anything else you would like to mention that I haven’t asked?

DL: Not really, but I would like to thank you once more for interviewing me on your blog: Thanks!

Mar 19, 2011 - Interviews    Comments Off on Aliens vs Ninja (in a fun way)

Aliens vs Ninja (in a fun way)

One of the things I enjoy about meeting and interacting with other authors, is occasionally getting to beta read upcoming work. That was the case for Keith C. Blackmore’s latest novella, The Bear That Fell From The Stars. I first read this back in January, and I’ve been itching for it to come out.

I honestly loved reading this story. I have a strong interest in medieval Japan (I’d never write something set there, because I know I’d get the minor details wrong, but I love reading about the history). I also love science fiction stories. Keith very cleverly combines the two in this story, when a group of aliens visiting our planet decide to kidnap a ninja for study.

For a bunch of smart aliens, it was a really dumb move 🙂

Keith provided me with some background info on how he came to write the story.

Aliens, Ninjas, and Plasma Cannons—“The Bear That Fell From The Stars”

Where did you come with the idea?

I’ve always enjoyed historical mysteries that are demystified–where events can be twisted into a plausible (or fantastical)”what might have happened” kinda story. “The Bear that Fell From The Stars” is my attempt at shedding some light upon a mystery that I’ve thought about for years. I also think it’s time for a good ninja tale, and I hope this meets with approval.

What’s the novella about?

It starts off with a silk merchant who wants a local lord in his area dead. He approaches a ninja clan with the task and a man called Kazaka is sent to after the lord. For a short time, Kazaka gathers information on the man he is to kill. Then, on the night the assassination is supposed to take place, the ninja becomes the victim of an alien abduction, and he’s whisked away to an alien mothership to be the subject of horrific scientific experiments. Kazaka escapes captivity, however, and the tables quickly turn upon his otherworld captors. It isn’t long before the hunters become a body count.

What research did you do for the story?

Mostly on ninja techniques and weapons. I used to live in Japan, where I met a guy who actually studied the ninjutsu discipline. Because I knew a little of the martial arts in general from my own training, I was able to talk shop and become friends. Some very interesting conversation were had. Ninjas are scary.

Why is it only a novella?

Short and sweet, I figured. I could have expanded upon the story a little more, but I like the pace of the piece as it stands. If folks read it and come away wanting more, then I’ll be happy.

What do you like best about the story?

Maybe the action scenes. I really enjoy writing action scenes, but I also like the idea of this ninja from feudal Japan, who is placed into an impossible situation, who overcomes his own fear, and makes his abductors rue the day they ever came into contact with him.

Where can people buy the novella?

Right now, only on Amazon, for only .99 cents.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Go to www.keithcblackmore.com and take a look around. There are some free short stories there, some sample chapters, and some guest blogs from some very interesting authors. If I’m up to something, you’ll be able to read about it there.

As I wrote above, I really enjoyed reading this story, and I urge you to check it out.

Feb 22, 2011 - Interviews    1 Comment

Author Interview: Michael Crane

Today’s interview is very important to me. I reviewed Michael’s book, Lessons and Other Morbid Drabbles, back in December. His book was the reason I started playing around writing drabbles, which eventually led me to write The Vampire Drabbles. So I was extremely happy when he agreed to my request for an interview.

Michael is slightly unusual compared to most authors, because he focuses his writing on short stories. He speaks a little about why in this interview. I hope you enjoy it.

JGA: Thank you for taking the time to do this interview Michael. To start with, can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started with writing?

MC: Thanks for having me. I started writing when I was very little. When I began reading on my own, I just fell in love with the art of storytelling and thought that it would be something that I really wanted to do. I read a lot and wrote a lot–wrote a lot of crap, but I think you have to write crap before you can write something good. I’m still learning as a writer, which makes the whole journey fun. You never reach a point where you’ve stopped learning new tricks.

JGA: How do you go about the actual process of writing?

MC: I do a lot of my writing on a laptop. I find that I do my best writing during my lunch breaks at work and at night. If I have an idea or a scene going on in my head, I just write and see where it takes me. When I finish the first draft, I like to let it sit for a few days.  After that, I completely re-write it. If it gets to the point where I can’t even look at the first draft anymore, then I know I’ve done a good job on the rewrite or second draft.

JGA: How do you personally like to read your books these days?

MC: I love reading on the Kindle. It’s easy on my eyes. I was really hesitant to get an e-reader at first, because I assumed it’d be like reading on a computer screen, and thought there was something very unnatural about it. Then my grandparents showed me their Kindle, and I immediately fell in love with it. Any previous ideas or feelings I had about using an e-reader flew out the window that day. I can read for longer periods of time than when I was reading a paperback.

I’m a big, big fan of short stories. I have a really short attention span, and there have been times where I’ll start a novel, and never finish it–even if it’s good! With a short story, I love to see what an author does in a short amount of time.

JGA: Which authors (or books) have had the most influence on your writing style, and why?

MC: Raymond Carver has been a HUGE influence on me. When I read his short stories, that’s when I discovered slice-of-life type of writing. He wrote about characters that you know really exist. Before I read him, I thought I was going to write thrillers or action/adventure, and I would try to come up with really complicated plots. Carver showed me that you didn’t need a complex plot to tell an interesting story.  Richard Yates is also somebody who wrote some fantastic stories about ordinary people facing ordinary situations, yet telling it in a way that you cared about what was happening.

JGA: You’ve focused on writing short stories so far. What is it that appeals to you about short stories, and how did you get started writing them?

MC: I think one of my biggest fears as a writer is having a story outstay its welcome. I have ideas, but nothing that can fill a novel, at least not yet. I also love the challenge of making the reader care about the characters in a short amount of time.

JGA: How do you go about planning your short story?

MC: The ideas for my stories are really random. I wished there was a more stable and reliable way to go about it, but at the same time that’s what excites me. If I’m walking around, a scene of some sort can pop into my head and I’ll see if I can go anywhere with it when I sit down at the computer. After that, it’s just a matter of transforming it into a story.

JGA: What do you see the future as when it comes to book publishing?

MC: It’s a pretty exciting time for us Indies. I remember the only way to self-publish a long time ago was to pay a company an insane amount of money to do so. With e-readers, it’s opened doors for a lot of people.  I would’ve never thought that I’d be successful at self-publishing, but so far I’m really pleased with the results. People are reading my work. I’m living my dream. I think a lot of others feel the same way.

JGA: You’ve written two books of drabbles (which I really enjoyed I have to say). How did you first learn about drabbles, and what attracted you to them enough to write two collections?

MC: I really appreciate that. They were a complete gas to write.

I’ve read a lot of flash fiction, and I’ve written some in the past. The first time that I read a 100-word story was when I read David McAfee’s excellent short story collection, THE LAKE AND 17 OTHER STORIES. I really didn’t know if it was possible to tell an entertaining story using so few words, yet he did it every time.

In October of last year, I took part in an online contest at one of the discussion boards. You had to write a short story, but it could only be 55 words, if I remember it correctly. I tried it out and thought it was a lot of fun. When I was talking to fellow author Mary McDonald about it, she asked me if I had ever attempted a drabble. She told me that a drabble was a story that was only 100 words long. So, that kinda got the ball rolling. I thought I would try one for fun. I wrote my first drabble, “Lessons,” and had a blast. It was disturbing… yet there was dark humor in it. I tried a few more out, and next thing you know I was writing a bunch of them. I thought if I could get 25 drabbles done, I could put out a mini collection just in time for Halloween. It was fun, because it’s out of my comfort zone. I’m used to writing slice-of-life stories.

I would’ve never thought that the book would take off like it has. People were already asking for another collection just weeks after it came out. I decided to see if I had any ideas left for a new collection, and thankfully, I did. I’m still amazed by how many people have enjoyed the books.

So, I owe a lot of thanks to David McAfee, and also Mary McDonald. I don’t think the LESSONS books would exist without them.

JGA: What other stories are you working on at the moment?

MC: Right now, I’m actually finishing up A GNOME PROBLEM, which is a novelette that began as a long short story. I’m excited to get it out there to potential readers. Hopefully that’s not too far away.

I’d like to again thank Michael for taking the time to do this interview with me, and urge you to check out his stories if you haven’t already. You can follow what he’s doing on his blog, or watch his Facebook page for more frequent updates.

Feb 13, 2011 - Interviews    4 Comments

Author Interview: Helen Smith

Today I’ve got an interview with Helen Smith. Helen is a traditionally published author who is now moving to take advantage of the best of both worlds – keeping some things traditionally published, and putting out other material as an indie author. She has just released a new novella, Three Sisters, and begun branching out into the mystery genre. I hope you find the tips Helen passes on useful in your own writing. Find out more about Helen by visiting her blog.

As a bonus, Helen has agreed to give away several copies of her new book – see after the interview for details.

J: Thank you for taking the time to do this interview Helen. To start with, can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started with writing, then began your quest to be published.

Thanks for asking the questions, Jason.  I’m a novelist and playwright and I live in London. I have always wanted to write because I love reading so much. Between the age of about eight and ten I used to write atrocious poetry. Then I used to write stories. When I grew up a bit I decided I’d go and live an interesting life and start writing novels when I was about thirty. And that’s what I did.

J: You’ve been traditionally published before – what was it that attracted you to indie publishing your own work? Are you planning to still publish material through traditional channels, or are you focusing on indie publishing now?

I had four books published traditionally. Then, last year, my first two novels went out of print. I got the rights back and decided to publish them myself – I just couldn’t bear to let them die. I find it quite time-consuming and challenging, though – effectively, I’m running a small business.

I have just signed with a traditional publisher but I will continue to self-publish some of my work. For example, I plan to write a lot of short stories – rather like episodes in a TV series – for my new mystery series, The Emily Castles Mysteries. I’ll put them out every few months. I wouldn’t be able to do that with a traditional publisher.  The ‘indie’ publishing scene offers writers all sorts of exciting possibilities like this.

J: What do you first think of when you start planning a new book – the plot, the characters, the theme, the setting, etc? How do you then further develop the idea?

I read somewhere that you’re not supposed to start with the theme – but I always do. Then I get the characters, and after that comes the plot. But as I’m writing, all three develop together.

J: How do you flesh out your characters so they come across as real people, and not just something put in for the convenience of the story?

That’s an interesting question. I’m not sure quite how to answer it as I do it by instinct. But the characters seem real to me, so I have a very clear idea of how they would and wouldn’t act. I don’t try and bend their actions to fit the plot. Rather, the plot develops because of the characters’ actions.

J: Do you outline your stories before you start writing them, or do you prefer to work it out as you go?

I always know how it starts and how it ends. I plot it out but I don’t do a really detailed outline. I need to know where I’m going or I’d never get there. I suppose that if it were a journey I’d say that I know I need to get to France, I’m going by car, and I’ll be taking the ferry from Dover to Calais. But I don’t have a map so I’ll have to hope for the best and I’ll see you when I get there.

J: How do you go about the actual process of writing?

Oh. I always feel that I don’t do enough – probably because I don’t do enough. I write the manuscript on the computer, though I also notes beforehand in a notebook. I hate deleting words from the manuscript so I tend to work it up in a separate document and then transfer it to the manuscript when I’m happy with it. It’s all about the word count. If the numbers are going up, I’m happy. But usually my progress is painfully slow. The Internet is a killer. I get too distracted by it. I need to lock myself in a room without access to wifi but I rarely turn it off.

J: Your latest release is  Three Sisters. How did you come up with the initial idea for the story, and how much did it change from that first idea?

I wanted to write a fun mystery story. My dog died at the end of last year so I had this idea that I would write about an amateur sleuth whose dog has died, and the dog seems to help solve the cases. I made six free podcasts about it – you can track the development of the story, if you’d like to listen in iTunes or on your computer. I had provisionally entitled the series ‘The Jessie Kirkels Chronicles’ – Jessie was my dog’s name. Anyway, I got over the death of my dog and realised I didn’t really want to write a whole series about her. So I switched to the much more sensible ‘Emily Castles Mysteries’, named after the heroine.

J: You mentioned above that you were going to publish Emily Castles as a series of short stories. What made you decide to write a series of short stories instead of concentrating on one or two novels? Has planning to write them as short stories changed how you approach each story, or the series as a whole?

Initially I thought I’d write a novel-length book to start off the series. But then I decided it would be fun to write a series of long short stories, like TV episodes of popular British mysteries – fast and exciting, without sub-plots or too much extraneous material, but with room for character development. I’m going to kick off like that anyway, and see how it goes. The great thing about publishing them myself is that I’m not answerable to anyone except my readers. If they like Emily and want to see more of her, I might vary it a bit and put her in a couple of novels.

J: Mystery stories are a new genre for you. Have you approached writing them differently to how you’ve written your previous books? Was there any special preparation or research you did before you started writing?

They are new.  I approached it slightly differently than usual in that I knew the plot would be important.  I tried not to go off on a tangent. My other books are more meandering – the journey is as interesting as the destination. With Three Sisters, I knew that readers would want to know whodunnit. I didn’t want to disappoint them. I hope it has worked!

J: What other stories are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on the next story in the Emily Castles Mystery series and I’m writing an adapation of a Muriel Spark novel for the stage. I’m also supposed to be writing a literary novel called Beachy Head. I know what happens in it but I haven’t started it yet. For now, I’m too caught up in Emily’s adventures, and I want to get the next couple of episodes out while I’m still immersed in that world. I’m delighted with the way the first story turned out and I’m very excited about the series.

J: One final and very important question for anyone who has read Three Sisters – will Emily get a new dog? 🙂

Heh! I don’t think she’ll get a new dog permanently. But I do have a story planned where she investigates illegal puppy-farming.

J: Thank you very much for your time Helen.

As I mentioned above, Helen has graciously offered readers the chance to win a copy of her new novella, Three Sisters. There are several copies up for grabs, so you have a good chance of winning. There are three ways you can enter the draw.

  • Comment on the interview below (1 entry).
  • Tweet about the interview using this link (2 entries – you must use that link for your entry to be recorded).
  • Link to this interview from your blog, and then send me the link to your blog post via my contact form (3 entries – if you don’t send me your link, I can’t count your entry).

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on the 21st of February (Australian EST). I’ll then use random.org to pick the winners, and notify them via email (or twitter if you only entered by tweeting the interview). You can enter once using each method (so if you comment, tweet and link to the interview, you will have six entries in the draw and six chances to win). Good luck everyone!

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