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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: S.C. HALE
What are four things you can’t live without?
A good pillow. I get migraines if my neck isn’t supported just right and have even bought pillows on vacation when that’s happened.
Dessert. I have a huge sweet tooth and usually read the dessert menu at restaurants first to see how much room I need to save. I went on a keto diet a couple of years ago but couldn’t eat any of their desserts as they were all made with artificial sweeteners and I’m allergic to them. “See this lovely lemon bar? You can’t have it though because it will kill you.”
My pilot G2 pens. I hate writing with anything else. I actually had to track them down once in London when I ran through all of my refills and still had more than a week there. The £3.50 price tag for each of them just about killed me. I can get four of them at Walmart for that price.
Paper. I write all my first drafts longhand in notebooks. I keep sticky notes everywhere, including by my bed. And I have been known to write story ideas on the back of a receipt dug out of my purse at a stoplight.
What is your favorite television show?
I have about 70 timers set on my DVR right now but I’m currently addicted to The Last Alaskans. It’s just such a peaceful, simple show. If I didn’t already have to be hypervigilant about keeping my feet warm due to chilblains, I’d be tempted to try it sometime.
If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?
I would love to be Hermione. I’d have magic, great friends, get to hang out in the library all day, and who doesn’t want to live in the UK?
What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
All Bags Go to Cleveland came out in August. I’ve started work on its companion book, Ghost Chilis Are Real, but I am also an elementary teacher. We’re all overwhelmed in my district, trying to manage an AB hybrid schedule, which means that I’m full time in the classroom four days a week and have five days of distance learning to manage on top of that. I had been able to squeeze in some writing on the weekends, in between grading and doing lesson plans, but this is just insane. Hopefully Ghost Chilis will be out summer of 2022.
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Katharine Kurtz has strongly influenced me as a person and is probably why I write fantasy (and in more than one genre). I use the Save the Cat method for plotting. I review Wired for Story each time I approach a new first draft to try and make sure I’m putting in those elements that will help connect readers to the experience. And my critique partner, Bethany Adams, helped me see that I could publish on my own.
ALL BAGS GO TO CLEVELAND
by CS Hale
paranormal romantic comedy
Angela Grimalke appears more blonde bombshell than the gremlin she is. But there is no denying her supernatural truth after her clumsiness gets her fired from her modeling career. Forced to work for her family’s upscale airline, she spends her days slinging luggage and wishing her parents would get off her back about finding a nice gremlin guy to settle down with.
Relationships were the last thing on her mind, not that her family would accept that.
For Dave Ford his frequent business travel made it next to impossible for him to find a woman who could tolerate his chaotic schedule. Which is why he appreciates Angela. Neither of them are looking for love, but Dave feeds Angela’s addiction for chocolate while she provides him with the chaos to keep him on his toes.
However, as Angela’s parents bombard her with a parade of “eligible” gremlin men at their weekly family dinners, she finds herself torn between who she longs to be and her family’s expectations. Will she give in and live the life of magic they want for her? Or risk it all by to confessing to Dave that she isn’t human?
Focusing on the sparks of energy skittering along her fingers, she sent her magic into the printer. Angela might look like the cover model she’d once been but no one would guess that Windsor’s check-in counter was currently staffed by a pair of gremlins. Dave’s day—or rather night and morning—were about to become a little more exciting than he’d imagined. Dave would have a nice, relaxing flight to London while his garment bag went to Cleveland.
She tamped down the tendrils of guilt rising in her gut. It needed to be done. It was this bag or some mishap not of her choosing. Besides, who in their right mind would check a Louis Vuitton garment bag? First class contained specially built closets in which to hang them. She searched Dave’s thoughts again.
Where have I seen her before?
Angela snapped right back out and jerked her head down. She attached the claim sticker to his boarding pass and handed it to Dave, keeping her focus on the counter. Hopefully, her smile hid the panic now whirring in her chest like the engines that would take Dave across the Atlantic. “Enjoy your flight, Mr. Ford.”
“Always do.” With a small salute, Dave headed toward the security queue. What were the chances he’d be so cheerful in the morning?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Catherine “C.S.” Hale has been writing fantasy since she could hold a pencil. When not holed up in a comfortable corner writing all her books out by longhand, she can be found somewhere by the sea, enjoying tea and pastries.
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FVDJL54