Saturday, July 27, 2013

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - Everybody Falls by JA Hornbuckle

Date Published: 6/14/2013

At 25, Jax Wynter lost his life.
As the youngest member of America's number one rock band, Wynter's Vicious, Jax lived a life with no rules 
or responsibilities. At least until his older brother, founding member and vocalist, died in a fiery car crash. Jobless, 
clueless and deemed unfit to handle his own affairs, Jax must sober up, man up and adjust to living as a 'normal 
person' in the 'real world'.
At 24, Lacey Emerson found hers.
Shuffled between her bi-polar mom and her former hippie grandmother, Lacey had no choice but to become 
responsible at a young age. Her chaotic childhood, though, gave her the skills and determination to succeed when 
she inherited her grandmother's bakery. Her life was finally normal, real but very, very boring.
All it took was a five-point face plant to turn both their lives upside down.
From the author of Pole Dance, Human Hieroglyphix I & II and Tap Dance, comes the new novel, "Everybody 
Falls", Book One of Wynter's Vicious Series. Set in the beautiful town of Auburn, California and filled with a cast 
of quirky characters, it’s a story about learning to live, learning to love and learning to hold on when your brand 
of 'normal' comes undone.
Sometimes you have to fall from grace before you can fall in love

 #1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
            Yes, I do.   It's always been a dream of mine to be able to create stories that take other women aware from whatever real life they're in, much like other authors did for me.  Luckily, I had the opportunity to make that dream a reality.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
            Was or is?  The 'was' portion was my fear of other reader's opinions of my stories, but I found that to be something really unfounded.   From the emails I've received, there are more people out there that want you to succeed than those that just want to slam you.
            The 'is' portion would be the whole editing thing when the story is finally done.  I still cannot figure out why I can spot a misspelled/misplaced word in someone else's novel and damn well not see it in my own work. 

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family? 
            Oh, hell, yeah.  Each of my books lists those who have helped me on the dedication page.  But Michelle Howard and Lori in Tucson (both of them are aspiring writers themselves) have been my go-to gals.  They've helped me loads and not just with the actual books, but with all sorts of other things that have come along with being an indie writer.  And, I met both online!  Don't you love it?

#4 – What is next for your writing?
            Uhm.  Let's see.  There are still four books to complete for Grantham, Colorado:  Line Dance (Book 3 of Dance Series), Benny's Story (Human Hieroglyphix 3) and then Bewitchments (which has been a real challenge.  Characters and timeline are throwing a monkey wrench in everything!).  Plus, I've still got Turner Brown whispering over my shoulder that his should be the next story told in the Wynter's Vicious Series.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
            Reading is what lead to all this!  When writing my stories, I can't read other contemporary romances.  For whatever reason, for me, it just doesn't work.  But I load up on as much paranormal and sci-fi books as I can take in.  At the moment, I'm reading Elisabeth Naughton's, Firebrand Series, and loving it.  On deck is another of Janet Miller's, Gaian Series.  I also just discovered Aubrey Ross and Ruth D. Kerce's books.   But I am a complete and total devotee at the pillars of both Michelle M. Pillow, Laurann Dohner and H. M. Ward books.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:
            Tweeting is still new to me and something I have to work on getting right.  For Everybody Falls?  Hmm.  I guess it'd be, "Rocker puts on his big boy boxers & learns how to live, & love, in the 'real' world."  Yeah, it’s a crap tweet, I know.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?
            It doesn't matter what the format is, it's still rock & roll to me.

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?
            Why do they have to be mutually exclusive?

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
            I'm not big on the white foods, but are you going to eat the rest of your steak?

#4 – Comedy or Drama?
            For real life, comedy.  For entertainment, drama.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
            Sorry.  No, to both.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?
            Is it me or could one person's reality be another person's fantasy?  I know when I talk to people that've stayed in one place all their lives, who are still friends with people they went to grade school with, my life seems like a fantasy.  So, my fantasy is their reality and vice versa.

#7 – Call or Text?
            Call.  Until I learned about the microphone button on my phone (thanks to my girl, Jazz), I thought my fingers were too fat to text properly!  And, what's up with that whole predictive text thingie?

#8 – Public School or Home School?
            LOL!  Back in the day, you know-- when we rode dinosaurs to school instead of a bus -- there weren't any other options either than public or private schools.   For me, it was public school.  And, because we moved so much, it was a LOT of public schools.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate
            Coffee, although adding the hot chocolate powder to coffee is wonderful on a Arizona winter's night.

#10 – eBook or Paperback?
            Again, the format doesn't matter.  A good story is a good story whether it's on my Ken-doll (which is what I call my Kindle, and also consider it to be 'my boyfriend') or on the written page.

Even as a young girl, J.A. couldn't wait to read.   In fact, her first real temper tantrum was at the end of first grade when she realized that unless the book or magazine included the words, "Dick", "Jane" or "Spot", she was still at a loss.  

The thirst for the written word has never left her.

But after reading three crap books in a row on her Kindle (or Ken-doll, as she calls it) in July 2012, she decided she could do better.  Armed with a few notes, she blithely wrote out the first draft of her first novel and found her first book was worse crap than the stories that had started the whole cycle.  Taking the advice of another author, she studied and learned, re-wrote and re-edited.   As of June 2013, she's published five books with another in progress.

J.A. has been fortunate to travel throughout the U.S. and overseas, though she's now calling the Phoenix, Arizona area home.  Those travels, places and the people she's met help provide fuel for her books which is always why she includes the verbiage, 'Although, if you recognize yourself in any character represented …maybe we need to talk.'  She calls it her rider to the disclaimer assuring readers that her characters are not based on any one particular person. 

When asked to sum up what she wanted others to know about her, she simply says, "For those that have been with me on this life's journey…Thanks for the memories!  And those that are still on their way…Where've you been?  My heart's been waiting for you."

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