After giving you teasers of the stories included in the Shades of Pink Charity Anthology in September, this month I'll tell you a little more about the authors involved. I interviewed them with questions about their contributions, their writing life, their works in progress...
Today, Jean Booth
Kallysten - Let me first thank you for being part of this project. Your story is part of the same universe as your book ‘Choice’. What made you decide to give readers another glimpse from that world?
Jean Booth - In Choice, I hinted at a relationship between Atreyu and Cleito, but never went into detail about them. I've known I've wanted to share their story, but was never certain how much I wanted to tell, or how much they were willing to reveal. When I first heard about this project, I did a little jump for joy - this was a way I could share their story while being able to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness, which is also a huge passion of mine.
K - As a little girl, I remember devouring every book I could lay my hands on about Atlantis. Is it a subject that has attracted you for a long time, or did you stumble across it and get hooked?
JB - I've loved Atlantis since I first laid eyes on the water. Ancient mythologies on Atlantis, the Bermuda Triangle, the Greeks and the Egyptians have always been deep seeded passions of mine. I've devoured books, movies, tales, and whatever I can get ahold of regarding these subjects and am a firm believer that Atlantis is real.
K - When I visited your website, my eyes stopped on the cover for Zombie War – I’ve been in a zombie mood since marathoning The Walking Dead again ;) Did you get to use your background in healthcare while writing this book?
JB - OMG! When I first wrote Zombie War, I had quite a few people tell me how much it reminded them of The Walking Dead! Having never seen or heard of it myself, I forced my husband to watch with me, and while it's similar to my books, it's still very much its own story, one that we both now love to watch. I may have inadvertently used some of my background in healthcare to help flesh out the main character, but it wasn't intentional. I've dabbled in studying the subjects of genetics and gene therapy simply because I find it fascinating, but Zombie War is a work of complete fiction, designed solely by my warped and disturbed mind.
K - Can you tell us about your current writing project or next release?
JB - I'm currently finishing up a novella for The Origins of the Supernaturals series. I'm hoping to have that out in November. I'm also working on book 5 in that series as well.
K - Would you care to share an excerpt from it?
Running. Chasing. No. Hunting.
That was it. That's the feeling she got from the animal as it crashed through the forest. It was chasing something. She could feel the rush of adrenaline as the scent of prey came closer. She knew the wolf was only toying with its meal. It could've caught the creature at any moment, but it, he, missed the thrill of the chase. She could feel the way the bristles of the ferns brushed against the soft underbelly of the wolf's pelt. She could smell the pungent scent of fear the prey was giving off, heightening the thrill of the chase.
She felt the wolf swallow its saliva as if it were her doing the swallowing.
The strangest part of it all was that she could see the little poof of the white tail on the deer's butt as it fled. She could see the hazy outline of the forest around her, the strange coloring of the leaves, the way the smells enhanced the vision; it was all very surreal.
The wolf pounced, grabbing the deer by its haunches and throwing it to the ground. The deer made one final protest before the wolves' jaws clamped down on its neck, killing it almost instantly. That was the only thing she appreciated about this dream. Every time the wolf killed, he did so humanely. It was as if even he detested seeing the poor creature suffer, even though he needed the kill for his survival.
She could feel the deer's blood enter the wolf's mouth. She could taste the hot, salty, coppery substance passing by her tongue as if she were the one with her jaws attached to the creature’s neck. She could feel her stomach growling in satisfaction as the hot blood hit her system. She was alive!
K - Thank you again for being a part of Shades of Pink. Any last word before I let you go back to your writing?
JB - Thanks so much for letting me be a part of the Shades of Pink Anthology! I think this is an extremely wonderful project and such an awesome way to show our support to the survivors while spreading the word of the importance of being aware of your body and what's going on inside it.
Find Jean Booth at www.jeanbooth.com