Interview!

Constant Pull is the first book in a series that is about a young woman, Mel, who has had a rough few years after losing her parents. Just as she seems to be coasting a bit, she finds some unusual dreams have her edgy and wondering if she’s supposed to be paying attention.  Strange things begin to happen to her that all point to a specific place.

Sounds a little spooky. Is this a horror novel?
I think it best fits under Contemporary Fiction.

OK. Tell us more.
Mel confides in a man named Harry whose identity is unknown.  She is hesitant to tell anyone else except for her closest friend, Kevin, for fear that they will think she’s insane.

The relationship between Kevin and Mel is developed in this book and Mel’s first trip to find out what all the signs meant.  The reader is left with questions that are left unanswered until the series continues.

We love – and hate – cliffhangers. Tell us who this series is aimed at.
Readers who like a strong female lead.  Probably women in the 20-45 age range.

I think it’s also for people who have a more modern view on male/female relationships.  Kevin and Mel are in a platonic relationship although it may evolve.  That is a question that is left unanswered!

We still don’t know a lot about Mel. Tell us if she’s been modelled after anyone you know, perhaps yourself?
Not a ton.  I’m actually in another character!  Mel does have strengths in personality traits that I don’t possess at all.  She’s far more bold than I am and isn’t easily embarrassed.  She’s the type of person who feels the fear but decides to go forward anyway.

That’s interesting. Seems like most authors make themselves the main character. Tell us a little more about yourself.
I work for a corporation in a relatively soul-sucking environment.  I now work with process optimization but I had formerly been a technical writer for the corporation for several years and would laugh when they described my writing as a little too colloquial.  I finally got the chance to write something decidedly non-technical.

Have you written anything else that we can read? – and we don’t mean technical manuals!
Not yet!  I’m working on the second book in the series now.

How easily do new storylines come to you? If we give you four random words – Man, Woman, Airport, Darkness – can you give us a brief storyline? 
It was their first real house. They usually slept in complete darkness because their only light source was from a candle they carried that burnt out well before morning. They heard the sound of another plane flying overhead as they glanced out the window at the airport across the street. The sound of the planes had grown to be a warm and reassuring reminder of their freedom and all the new possibility in their lives. The man and woman slept in the same bedroom, but in different makeshift beds as they were brother and sister. This had been their home for the last few weeks, ever since they were freed from their home country where life was far more unfair than it should ever have to be. Now they spent their days searching for their parents from this meager home that they loved – not for what it was, but for what it represented.

 

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Controversial?

I wonder if this will be controversial if I mention my opinion on this.  I guess since I’m open to the influence of other people’s opinions, I’m ok with any controversy.

Here goes:  I think as long as we have groups, societies, and organizations based on a gender or race specific qualifier, we will constantly crave equality that we won’t be able to achieve.

I love charities, organizations, causes, and groups.  I have favorites such as Project Night Night and the Empowerment plan.  To me, need or support of any type should not be limited to a group where the defining factor for whether or not you qualify for help is something that can be determined visually.

In other words, I want to focus on people who need help with education rather than “Women in Education”. I think that basing help or support for a group based on a visual identifier (race, gender) is something that will perpetually hold us in a state of divide.  

If we’re talking about a donation to a museum – that is a totally different topic – and a place where I feel that kind of judgement belongs.  But if we’re talking about humans affected by something that warrants a discussion about monetary help or other donations – we should not separate that need by the types of people.  

I think as we evolve, our charities and forms of support should be focused on the need rather than the visual characteristics of the people with that need.  It could be argued that those visual identifiers are how they were separated by the small-minded people who excluded them in the first place, putting them in a position of need.  Why should we keep them same thought process?

 

Charities I mentioned if you’re curious: 

http://www.empowermentplan.org/ 

http://projectnightnight.org/