Today I would like to welcome very warmly the first guest post on my blog. Meet A.J. Scudiere, a thriller author who agreed not only to present her books here but also share some of her thoughts – thank you very much for contacting me and being my guest A.J.!
A.J. has lived in Florida and Los Angeles among a handful of other places. Recent whims have brought the dark writer to Tennessee, where home is a deceptively normal looking neighborhood just outside Nashville.Her newest novel, a mystery/thriller called God’s Eye, releases this coming October. In addition to physical books, A.J has two audio movies: Resonance and Vengeance. This year at Book Expo America,Vengeance won the award for Best Audio Movie! Ok, time to let her answer a simple question, so often asked when you interview a writer:
Where do books come from?
If you ask my daughter, she’ll talk about paper and glue – but books come from so many other places, physical bindings aside. I’m often asked where I get my ideas, and the fact of the matter is that I haven’t had two come from the same place yet.
My first book, Resonance – about four scientists chasing the polar reversal and dealing with the fallout –came from reading scientific polar reversal theory papers. My second book – Vengeance – came to me after I saw a bad movie and decided it was all wrong. After figuring out how to fix it, another (better) plot came to me about those characters. God’s Eye – due out in October – came from a dream I had about five years ago.
In the dream, I had a black cat in my apartment (though I didn’t own a cat – even in the dream!) I could never catch the cat – not because I wasn’t fast enough, but because each time I would grab it, it would sink into the floor and leave a pile of ash in its wake.
Books also come from hard work in writing and editing. On the back end, they come from the work of other people: from the cover artist to the director who turns my books into AudioMovies (an award winning format of audiobook that brings the story to life through a full cast.)
A really good book has more than just the two dimensions on the page. It is – in essence – a mental ‘pop-up’ book . . . as you turn the page, you no longer see strings of words, but your own movie in your head. And good books also have depth (this was part of why I practiced the way I did.) I always want my books to be a ‘beach read’ (if you will). You can’t turn the pages quite fast enough, and putting it down should be something you have to work at. But I also wanted mine to ask deeper questions, and if you look below the surface, you can walk away and look at your life a little differently. God’s Eye asks the question, ‘would you know evil if you saw it?’
You can check out free sample chapters and listen to AudioMovie tracks at my website:
I hope as you are there, you can see what I think about when I write: readers who love the weight of a paperback in their hands. People who will have a conversation with their finger in a mostly closed book. Readers who see the story in their head . . .
Thank you very much, A.J. for sharing your point of view!
Such an occasion as the first guest post done by an author requires a giveaway and giveaway it will be!
First, you can visit the website of A.J. (linked above) and be part of A.J. Scudiere’s Smart Chickens team; you’ll receive a copy of DISSONANCE, a companion short story to RESONANCE, as well as the first 2 chapters of GOD’S EYE – not available in stores until October!
You’ll also be entered to win the Smart Chickens Grand Prize:
1 copy of RESONANCE the AudioMovie on Special Edition USB or CD (your choice)
1 copy of VENGEANCE the AudioMovie on Special Edition USB or CD (your choice)
1 copy of RESONANCE in paperback – Autographed and personalized by A.J.
1 copy of VENGEANCE in paperback – Autographed and personalized by A.J.
A Smart Chickens lapel pin.
The winner will be announced on July 20th.
What’s more, the publisher has offered one copy of Vengeance and one copy of Resonance to two readers of this blog. It is limited to the US/Can only. All you have to do is leave a comment and an e-mail addy. The giveaway will end on July 24th.