For the Love of Boxes

A box is a many splendored thing. At my house, we love boxes. Boxes aren’t just for cats. Many years ago, I remember my parents bringing home a new refrigerator. I don’t remember how old I was, but I do remember the excitement of us kids when we saw the size of the box. The things we could do with it! That box was so big we used it as a tunnel to the entrance for our house… until Dad decided it needed to go. We only had it for a few hours, but what fun we had with it. The other day, Charlie brought home some boxes–large boxes, boxes that are perfect for making something more than just a box. When Lily saw the boxes, her eyes lit up. The possibilities of what she could do with them forming in that fertile imagination of hers. Of course, they were full of something Charlie was excited about, and while Lily was excited about that, too, I knew which of the two would have a longer staying power. Since the boxes are big enough, and there were enough of them to overflow our recycle bin, we agreed to allow her to make something out of them. Oh, she couldn’t wait to invite her friends over. Charlie and I cut out doors and windows for them with a box cutter. They, though, are the ones who made the shelves and decorated. They spent hours playing in it/working on it. It’s not done, either. They have one or two more large boxes, and they plan to make an entire house out of it...

Author Interview with Eva Gordon

Marci: Can you tell us more about Bayla Gideon? Eva: Bayla is a bluestocking (an intellectual or literary woman) with a wry sense of humor. She is obsessed with archeology and natural history. While on an archeological expedition, Bayla finds an ancient Hand of Miriam or a hamsa, a small amulet shaped like a hand and embedded with an eye on the palm. It is a common amulet used to ward off evil or the evil eye. A sandstorm comes and when it’s over, Bayla is embedded with the Hand of Miriam and can now detect evil.  On her return to England, she must deal with reading peoples negative thoughts and the ire of other kind creatures. Faced with new danger, Bayla awakens the golem, a clay man, to protect her. Marci: Does Bayla have any hobbies? Eva: Before the incident in the desert, she loved going on archeological digs and adventures. Marci: If Bayla could change anything about his/her life, what would it be? Eva: She would remove the Hand of Miriam from her palm and return to being normal. Marci: If your book became a movie, who would be your dream cast? And directed by Peter Jackson. Eva: Elizabeth Gillies would play Bayla Bayla Joe Manganiello would play Gesher the golem when in human form. Joe Manganiello Golem Marci: Do you prefer silence when you write or a noise/music? If music, what did you listen to while writing Hand of Miriam, A Bayla and the Golem Novel? Abney Park Marci: Do you find yourself listening to different music depending on what scenes you are writing? Eva: Yes,...

Round Robin: My Heroines

When I was young, I loved books with heroines that were impossibly hot. I’m not sure why. Perhaps I liked to imagine myself as that hot, but, like looking at the models in the magazines, they made me feel less than. Some of the descriptions I’ve never seen a woman look like that. Of course, that was the 80s. Things have changed a lot since then. Now, I’m not particular about how a woman looks. It’s her personality that attracts me. Maybe it’s age–and wisdom?–that’s changed my mind on heroines. I want a real heroine, one that I can relate to. She doesn’t have to be perfect. Matter of fact, I don’t want her perfect, but I don’t want a nitwit. I know many women loved Barbara Cartland, but, even in my teens, I couldn’t bring myself to read her romance novels. Who wanted to read about a heroine who had more hair than brains? Certainly not me. What I find that draws me, in my own writing and others, is a real woman. She may be beautiful, she may be plain, she may be in between, but she’s got baggage (because she has a past and past equates to baggage of some sort), she’s a real person with warts, peccadilloes, and virtues, and she’s intelligent, even if she sometimes does stupid shit. Whatever she does, though, it can’t be out of character. If it is, the author better do an amazing job of establishing why. Recently, I picked up a book (I don’t remember the title) and never finished it. Why? Because the heroine (and hero) did something...

Noelle Fournier of Jilted Again

I’m interviewing the character Noelle Fournier from Jilted Again today. I am delving deep into her psyche. (grin) She’s had a rough time of it, but things are looking up. Help me give her a warm welcome. Marci: What kind of man attracts you? Is he a James Bond man’s man? Mysterious and brooding like Heathcliff? A sparkly vampire? The bad boy? Thor? Or someone like Dudley Do-Right? Nicole: I’m going to have to say, a James Bond man’s man. I definitely like a groomed man. I don’t care for a metrosexual man, just so long as he’s got himself together. I find that metrosexual men tend to be a bit more high maintenance than I am. Since I’ve been told repeatedly (wink) that I’m high maintenance already, we don’t need two of us competing for the title of bathroom time winner. Plus extremely beautiful men intimidate me. Don’t get me wrong I’m flattered by the attention. However, I don’t know if I could sustain a long-term relationship with a beautiful man. I’m a tad jealous. I would give every woman that looked at him the side eye, even if she was only admiring his hair. I know myself and my insecurities. It’s better not to tempt fate. Generally, I look his watch, shoes, and fingernails. You can tell a lot about a man from the fit of his clothing. A James Bond type of man would have a well-tailored suit regardless of the designer, wear a bold watch, and have his nails neatly trimmed. He usually knows what he expects from everyone around him. I like that level...

Kitty In Hiding

Who knew my kitty liked to hide. Now, little white girl, yes, but my big, black boy? No. Unfortunately, Lily pestered him, and, now, he’s back out again. I think he was just trying to stay warm. LOL Kitties are silly. All of...