November 30, 2012

Interview with Jane Odiwe

Today I am thrilled to welcome Jane Odiwe, author of the newly released Searching for Captain Wentworth as well as Mr. Darcy's Secret, Lydia Bennet's Story, Willoughby's Return and contributor to the short story anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It, back to Psychotic State Book Review. 

Hi Jane, welcome back to Psychotic State Book Reviews!  I think you have just claimed a record here for the number of author appearances!  J     
Thank you so much for inviting me, Lori-it’s lovely to be back!

You recently released Searching for Captain Wentworth - - which I loved!  I found an interesting comparison between your first novel and Jane Austen’s early work to Searching for Captain Wentworth and Persuasion.  Both seem to go from lighthearted, somewhat frothy fun to a more mature love, full of longing and heartache. 
What inspired you to pen a modern day take on an Austen classic?

I wanted to do something different from my usual sequel. I love time travel stories and I thought how much I’d love to be able to travel through time myself. When I’m in Bath, it’s easy to imagine how that might be possible and whenever I’m there, I spend a lot of time in the “past”! Writing a modern day love story appealed to me because I could create my own characters and watch them interact with those inspired by Jane Austen’s novel, Persuasion.
I adore time travel novels and themes.  One thing that I certainly appreciated with Searching for Captain Wentworth was the flawless interchanges between present day and the Regency era.  Was it difficult to write from both perspectives?

I did find it difficult at times - because I’m so used to writing in the past, I found writing the dialogue in modern times a bit of a challenge on occasion. I had to really “switch hats” and think about the way my heroine and hero would speak to one another in both the past and present. My daughter, Olivia, was an invaluable help to me in this - if something sounded too stiff or a little too Regency sounding in the present, she’d tell me!
In your previous books, you took characters that Jane Austen created and wrote new or extended stories for them.  In this book, you took Jane Austen herself and wrote about her, including a secret romance.  What led you to give Jane a dashing leading man of her own?

Well, I’m convinced she had one and I also think he was a leading man that no one (except Cassandra) knew about. Jane Austen always comes across as a very private person and I doubt that she would have shared such personal matters with anyone but her sister. I also think she couldn’t have written Persuasion without experiencing that kind of longing and passion herself. Recently, a turquoise ring that belonged to Jane came up for auction. I can’t help wondering if it was an engagement ring - if only it could speak! 
Did you base Sophie, Sophia, Charles and Josh on real people?  How much of yourself do you put into your characters?

There’s probably quite a lot of me in Sophie and Sophia - I lost my Mum like Sophie (and Anne Elliot) and it had a great impact on my life. Sophie’s reactions to situations are quite similar to my own, I think. I literally stood in her shoes when deciding how she might behave. I love the idea of knowing more about the generations of women before me. Sophia was created because of this fascination I have with the past. With Sophia, I spent a lot of time thinking about how exciting it would be to meet Jane Austen, but as in the case when you meet a “celebrity” they often turn out to be just like you with the same fears and hopes.  
Without giving too much away about Josh and Charles, I drew on the most inspiring man I know. That’s my husband. He has Josh’s charm and good manners, and Charles’s sweet nature and ambition. I also read as much as I could about Charles Austen who I think must have been a fun young man to know!

What was your favorite part of Searching for Captain Wentworth?  (either to write or to enjoy as a reader)
This is so hard because I enjoyed writing every bit. But, I always love writing ball scenes with lots of description. I loved imagining how Charles and Sophia would look and enjoyed thinking about their conversations as they danced together and fell in love.

I think Bath and Lyme Regis were more than just locales - - they were vital characters to Searching for Captain Wentworth.  I fell in love with them through your book!  You have very personal experiences with Bath.  Can you share them with us?
I am very lucky to live in Bath - it really is a wonderful city and has inspired my writing hugely. I can see Jane Austen’s garden of her Sydney Place house from my bedroom window and live close to the pub that inspired “The Pulteney Inn” where Sophie goes for lunch with Josh. The Holburne Museum is round the corner and a short walk takes you into Bath itself where places like the Pump Rooms, the Assembly Rooms and the Jane Austen Centre are just minutes away. You can literally follow in Jane’s footsteps with a copy of Persuasion or Northanger Abbey!

I like to visit Lyme whenever I can - I’ve been going there since I was a little girl! It is a beautiful part of the world and you can see all the places Jane describes in Persuasion. Walking along the Cobb reminds you of the wonderful scenes Jane wrote about and I really enjoyed adding some of my own. 
Many readers favor Pride and Prejudice from Jane Austen’s works.  What is it about Persuasion that speaks to you?

Persuasion is my favourite of Jane Austen’s novels. It wasn’t always - as a younger girl I loved Pride and Prejudice. As you say, Persuasion’s themes and tone probably reflect Jane Austen as a more mature writer and I think, for the first time, we glimpse a lot more of what is happening in the heroine’s head. We make more of a connection with Anne Elliot on an emotional level and this was something I wanted to explore in my own book whilst echoing some of the themes in Persuasion. The idea of a powerful love, lost for a while and then found again resonates with me on a personal level.  
So it would be Captain Wentworth for you over Mr. Darcy?

Yes, I love Frederick Wentworth - he’s worked hard for his success and his fabulous personal qualities are irresistible!
Your Austen inspired novels really are gems.  Can you pick a favorite out of them?

I don’t think I can. They’re like children - every one is a favourite in some way or other.
How much input do you have on your book titles?  How about the book covers?  (The cover for Searching for Captain Wentworth is truly gorgeous).

With the exception of Willoughby’s Return, my titles are all my own. Searching for Captain Wentworth had a few titles before I ‘found’ this one but it seemed to fit. My lovely husband designed the cover for this book - I am very grateful to Anne Rice who owns the beautiful portrait of Jane Austen for giving me permission to use it on the cover. 
If you could step into Sophie’s shoes and time travel back to Jane Austen’s time and spend an afternoon with her, what would you most like to ask her or know?

I’d like to know if she had ever experienced true love. I wouldn’t necessarily want to know with whom but would just be happy to know that during her short life she’d enjoyed the happiness that love brings.   
So what is next for Jane Odiwe?  Can we expect a new novel from you?

I’m working on something for Christmas-though I’m not sure whether it will be released in time for this Christmas-maybe next. I also have another book in the works - Time Travel with a Pride and Prejudice twist! 
Finally, if you had to describe Searching for Captain Wentworth in five words or less, what would you use?

Time Travel, Secrets, Enduring Love.
Thank you Jane for taking the time to sit down and chat with me and my readers.  Best of luck with the wonderfully charming Searching for Captain Wentworth!

Thank you very much, Lori, I’ve loved visiting you once more and answering all your delightful questions!
For more information on author Jane Odiwe, please visit her website or her blog.
To read my review of Searching for Captain Wentworth, please go here.
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November 16, 2012

MARIANA by Susanna Kearsley

Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
Paperback, 384 pages
Kindle, 382 pages
Published April 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN-10: 1402258674
ISBN-13: 978-1402258671


The first time Julia Beckett saw Greywethers she was only five, but she knew at once that it was her house. Now, twenty-five years later, by some strange chance, she has just become the new owner of the sixteenth-century Wilshire farmhouse. But Julia soon begins to suspect that more than coincidence has brought her there. As if Greywethers were a porthal between worlds, she finds herself abruptly transported back in time. Stepping into seventeenth-century England, Julia becomes Mariana, a beautiful young woman struggling against danger and treachery, and battling a forbidden love for Richard de Mornay, handsome forebear of the present squire of Crofton Hall. Each time Julia travels back, she becomes more enthralled with the past, falling ever deeper in love with Richard...until one day she realizes Mariana's life threatens to eclipse her own--and that she must find a way to lay the past to rest, or risk losing a chance for love in her own time.

My Thoughts on Mariana

Oh Susanna Kearsley, how I love your books. They are a wonderful blend of historical fiction, gothic and romance and Mariana is no different, except that a dash of time travel has been thrown in. Yes, readers, that officially makes this book literary heaven for me.

From the moment I read the first sentence, I was drawn into the character of Julia Beckett and the incredibly atmospheric Greywethers. When a house or property is a major character in a novel, the author simply must excel at making that character as clear in the reader's mind as possible. Ms. Kearsley excels at this. Turning the pages, I could easily visualize the worn rooms, the light filtering in the windows, the sound of Julia's teakettle on the stove. I could see the gardens and Richard de Mornay in the haze.

Ms. Kearsley's writing is so seamless, you move through the present and the seventeeth century smoothly and with little transition. I adore the theme of time travel and when it's done right - - as is with Mariana - - my heart yearns to step into the pages of the book. I wanted to live in this book.  I wanted to live at Greywethers.  I wanted to drop down to the local pub with the local townspeople and gossip.  I wanted the wonderfully crazy Tom as my brother.  I wanted to be Julia. 

Mariana is also a romance.  A sweet, timeless romance that will make you feel warm and fuzzy.  For those readers with more sensitive tastes, there are no sexual situations or "adults only" content. 

I adored this book and didn't want it to end.  Frankly, the only negative with this book is that it had to end.  It was literally almost impossible to put down.  Given my feelings on it, and on The Winter Sea, Susanna Kearsley has earned a well-deserved spot on my "must read" and "favorite authors" list.  I cannot express how relieved I am that I have The Rose Garden and The Shadowy Horses ready for a follow-up. 

Do yourself a favor and pick this beautiful read up for yourself or for that person in your life that appreciates time travel, historical fiction and/or just a damn good story.  

Mariana is available for purchase now at major booksellers, including Amazon.  I am an Amazon affiliate.  If you make a purchase through my link, I will receive a small commission. 

Review copy of this book provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.  In no way did the provision of this book affect the outcome of my review. 

For more information on author Susanna Kearsley, please visit her website

November 12, 2012

Announcement: New Affiliation



I am pleased to announce that Psychotic State Book Reviews is now affiliated with The Writers Lounge!  I hope that you will stop by to read my reviews there, as well as the reviews written by founders Tom Riddell and Robin Eduardo. 

Tom and Robin also host a broadcast every other Monday with an author feature.  Please give it a listen - - you may just hear me! 

November 9, 2012

ORDER OF THE DIMENSIONS by Irene Helenowski

Order of the Dimensions by Irene Helenowski
Paperback, 318 pages
Published September 14, 2012 by Lulu
ISBN-10: 1105654443
ISBN-13: 978-1105654442


When Jane Kremowski first began her graduate studies in physics at Madison State University in Wisconsin, little did she know where her work would take her. Now, she is embroiled in a multitude of dimensions all leading to different outcomes. She and her colleagues therefore must act wisely in order to take and keep away the Order of Dimension from falling into the wrong hands for the sake of her loved ones.


My Thoughts on Order of the Dimensions

Let me get this out of the way immediately.  I am not a science fiction fan.  I have never read Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke or Isaac Asimov.  The genre has simply never appealed to me . . . with the exception of time travel.  I love stories involving time travel; the topic completely fascinates me and I never get tired of it.  So when I was approached by author Irene Helenowski to read and review her debut work, Order of the Dimensions, I was in as soon as I heard it involved traveling to different dimensions. 
The plot of Order of the Dimensions is the strongest part of the book in my opinion.  It’s clever, it’s quick paced and it gives the reader so many possibilities.  Ms. Helenowski uses her background in biostatistics to introduce novice sci-fi readers like myself to parallel universes and inter-dimensional travel.  She does so fluidly and without weighing the story down with academia.  I enjoyed seeing the coincidences and making the connections between the main characters’ intertwined lives (both current and alternate). 

Reading the storyline, it’s very easy to visualize this as a big budget Hollywood film.  (For fun, if you’re a fan of Order of the Dimensions Facebook page, you can see fantasy casting). 
Head villain, Order leader and desperate-for-a-world-takeover Anton Zelov is a tasty bad guy.  Why, you may ask?  Because he’s slick, he’s smart and he’s tenacious.  You won’t necessarily root for him (he is the bad guy, after all) but I found myself looking forward to his scenes and anxious to see what he would do next.  He has a handful of dimensions with which to flex his bad guy muscles and he does not disappoint. 

On the flip side, I did wish that there was a bit more character development with Jane and her soulmate, Randy.  While Anton’s background was explored and hints were given as to his nature and why he was so devious, Jane and Randy seemed a bit more close to the vest and just scratching the surface.  I am pleased to hear that Ms. Helenowski is working on a sequel, leaving me certain that we will have more interactions and backstory with Jane and Randy.  
In the end, Order of the Dimensions left me wondering about possibilities.  What if a multiverser became reality?  What if we could find out “what if”?  Imagine yourself living an alternate life . . . would I be in Paris?  Or is it the English countryside?  Would I be a bestselling author?  Own a cozy little bookshop?  Have ten kids?  (Note to self on last possibility:  No.)  If I didn’t like where I was now, could I just jump in the old multiverser and try out a new life?  Fascinating, right?    

Order of the Dimensions is a very solid debut work from Irene Helenowski and one that I would not hesitate to recommend to readers who enjoy science fiction (especially those not into “heavier” types of science fiction) or those, like me, who are treading into heretofore unknown waters. 
Order of the Dimensions is available for purchase now at Amazon, Lulu and Tower.  I am an Amazon affiliate. If you make a purchase through my link, I will receive a small commission. 

For more information on Order of the Dimensions and author Irene Helenowski, please visit her Facebook page. 

To read my interview with Ms. Helenowski, and characters Anton and Jane, please go here. 

Review copy of this book provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. In no way did the provision of this book affect the outcome of my review.   

EXCERPT FROM ORDER OF THE DIMENSIONS


"It's locked!"

"Someone call security!"

Jane noticed several cell phones light up and sound off.

"My cell isn't working!" one woman shouted.

"Mine isn't either," a man's voice responded.

"Does anyone have a working cell?" yet another man asked.

She turned her head to see Dr. Perkins feverishly trying to make a call but to no avail. "My cell phone is not working either," she confirmed with a slight unease.

Just then, several men with flashlights appeared and the audience became relieved, believing the men to be part of security. The lights went back on, and the audience noticed the men were all dressed in black.

After a few moments, the figures in black began dragging individuals into the aisle and shouting; these men definitely were not security. A few of the men signaled to the ceiling, leading to ropes dropping down and several more black-dressed men sliding down the ropes to the floor of the hall and then to the stage. The room once again darkened causing the anxiety of the audience to rise significantly. Beating and screaming could be heard everywhere.

Someone grabbed Jane’s arm and dragged her to what she believed, in the dark, was the stage. She felt someone pushing her into a box. Was it possibly the Multiverser? Overwhelmed, she began gasping for air. She tried to scream but couldn't; she finally blacked out.

Copyrighted material.  Reprinted with permission of the author.

November 8, 2012

Interview with Ingrid King

Today I am pleased to welcome Ingrid King, author of the newly released Purrs of Wisdom: Conscious Living, Feline Style, as well as Buckley's Story and the website The Conscious Cat, back to Psychotic State Book Reviews. 

Hi Ingrid, welcome back to Psychotic State Book Reviews!   Thank you for taking the time to chat with me and my readers.  We are happy that you and Allegra and Ruby weathered Hurricane Sandy and can be here!

Thanks for having me, Lori.
You have just released Purrs of Wisdom:  Conscious Living, Feline Style (and graced with a gorgeous cover girl!).  What can you tell us about it?
Purrs of Wisdom is collection of essays features lessons in conscious living, inspired by the cats who have shared my life. From help with every day challenges to inspiration on living a joyful life, this compilation provides encouragement, guidance, and enlightenment, feline style.

Ruby says thank you for the compliment. She’s quite pleased to be on the book’s cover. I made sure that Allegra got to make an appearance on the back of the book, so she wouldn’t feel left out.

What inspired you to write Purrs of Wisdom?
I’ve always believed that animals come into our lives to teach us, and I’ve been fortunate that I’ve had some of these feline  master teachers in my life for the past almost three decades. I started sharing some of these lessons on The Conscious Cat in my Conscious Cat Sunday column. They became so popular that I decided to use them as the basis for a book.

What was your favorite part of writing Purrs of Wisdom?    
The lessons I learned along the way. Frequently, my Conscious Cat Sunday columns were   the result of me struggling with a certain topic during the week. What I love about these essays is that not only do they help my readers, the process of writing the column often helped me sort things out!

Can you tell us about your path to being a published author? 
I came to writing the “long way.” I started my professional life by translating manuals for a computer manufacturer. Then I wrote and translated ad copy for a magazine about diesel and gas turbines (can you stand the excitement?) After that, I worked as a travel agent for a while. Eventually, I ended up at a financial services corporation, beginning as a receptionist and working my way up into middle management. After fifteen years in corporate America, I had enough, and started to pursue discovering my true passion. For the next twelve years, I worked in various facets of the veterinary profession. I loved it. I did everything from cleaning cages to answering phones to giving injections and placing catheters. Eventually, I managed a veterinary hospital for eight years.

My passion for educating pet owners and my love for animals led me to realize my dream of serving pets in a more hands on and individual capacity. I started my own business, Healing Hands, which provides Reiki treatments for pets and people. As part of marketing Healing Hands, I began to write and publish an online newsletter titled News for You and Your Pet, and I discovered how much I really love writing.
And then Buckley came into my life. She only spent three short years with me, but she changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. When she passed away in November of 2008, I decided that her story needed to be told. I published Buckley’s Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher in September of 2009. While I was still writing Buckley’s Story, I also started The Conscious Cat.

Since the book’s publication, I’ve been writing professionally. My articles have been published in Cat Fancy, Urban Animal, Animal Wellness Magazine, and various online publications.
You have been the pet parent to Amber, Buckley, Allegra and Ruby.  What is the most important thing you believe you have learned from them? 

I think the most important thing I learned from all my cats is to live in the moment.
Ingrid, you are the publisher and founder of The Conscious Cat, a website of information and advice for cats and their people.   What led you to create it?

I was looking for a way to share well researched information about cat health and nutrition with a wider audience than just my newsletter subscribers.  
Your girls also participate in The Conscious Cat.  Can you tell us what their roles are?

In addition to writing their own columns, Allegra’s World and Ruby’s Reflections, they are my editors, office assistants, product testers and stress relievers.
Has writing for The Conscious Cat changed the way you see cats and relate to them or did the way you see and relate to cats lead you to The Conscious Cat? 

What an interesting question! I didn’t think it was possible, but I think writing for The Conscious Cat has made me love cats even more. It’s a wonderful to be responsible for having started this amazing community of tens of thousands of cat lover who share my love of and fascination with these wonderful creatures.
You offer consultations for felines and their people and Reiki.  Can you explain what Reiki is?  Is it just as helpful for dogs as for cats?  

Reiki is an energy healing method that originated in Japan. The word Reiki (pronounced "ray-key") is a Japanese composite word usually translated as "universal life energy". It is based on the idea that all living beings have life energy flowing through them. When life energy is high, humans and animals are healthy and balanced, more relaxed and less likely to get sick. When it is low, they'll often be more easily affected by stress and less resistant to illness.

Reiki is equally as effective for dogs as for cats, and humans, too! Animals are naturally receptive to the Reiki energy and tend to gravitate towards it readily. Some pets may initially prefer to experience the energy from a slight distance, rather than having the practitioner's hands directly on them.
Now for some rapid-fire questions!

The book currently on your nightstand is . . . The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie.
Are you a morning or evening person?  Morning 

Favorite flavor of ice cream? Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
If you could time travel to one place it would be . . . I actually really like the time I live in – I don’t think I’d want to time travel!

The actress who could best portray you is . . . Brooke Shields
Can you share with us what’s next for you, Allegra and Ruby?

I’m working on my next book, Amber’s Legacy: My Life with the Original Conscious Cat. It’s both prequel and sequel to Buckley’s Story. I had been thinking about writing Amber’s story for quite some time, but her sudden death in 2010 hit me hard, and I needed to get some emotional distance before I could even start writing her story.
Allegra and Ruby plan to continue their columns on The Conscious Cat, as well as their editorial duties. They also have their paws full with keeping me in line.

What do you think is the single best piece of advice to be found in Purrs of Wisdom? 
It’s hard to pick just one – but if I had to, I’d say “Living an Authentic Life.”
What advice would Allegra and Ruby share with cat owners?

Make your human think that they’re in charge. Never let them know that you have them wrapped around your little paws.
Finally, what one word do you think best describes Purrs of Wisdom? 

Inspurr-ation.
Thank you, Ingrid, Allegra and Ruby, for taking the time to sit down with Psychotic State Book Reviews.    Best of luck to you with the inspirational and informative Purrs of Wisdom! 

Thank you!
For more information on author Ingrid King, please visit The Conscious Cat.

To read my review of Purrs of Wisdom:  Conscious Living, Feline Style, please click here.

To read my review of Buckley's Story, please click here

Coming soon:  A giveaway of Purrs of Wisdom

November 5, 2012

Interview with Irene Helenowski

Today I am pleased to welcome Irene Helenowski, author of the newly released Order of the Dimensions, and Anton Zelov and Jane Kremowski, both central characters in Order of the Dimensions, to Psychotic State Book Reviews. 

Hi Irene, Anton and Jane, welcome to Psychotic State Book Reviews!  Irene has a busy professional life, Jane has a busy family life and Anton is busy trying to achieve world domination  so thank you for taking the time to chat with me and my readers.

Let’s talk about Order of the Dimensions for a moment.  Irene, this is your first book.  What inspired you to write it? 
I have become fascinated with the multiverse theory after watching  Science channel and PBS specials on it with Drs. Michio Kaku and Clifford Johnson and started wondering what it would be like to have different life experiences in different dimensions.

Are you a science  fiction fan?  What is it about science  fiction and/or time travel that interests you?
I always wondered if we could live different lives in different dimensions.  I also enjoyed reading works from Isaac Asimov and Michael Crichton and, for a while, I must admit that I was a trekkie, being introduced to Star Trek by my brothers.  Although, I’ve never really gotten into L. Ron Hubbard – sorry, Tom Cruise ;)  (Note from Lori:  It's a good thing to not have something in common with Tom Cruise in my book - - no pun intended.)


Fantasy casting: Ginnifer Goodwin as Jane
Who was your favorite character to write and why?
Jane:  I wouldn’t say I’m her favorite character, but I think that Irene really liked writing my daughter, Amy.  She can just be so sweet and funny and how could you not love her?

Anton:  Yes, I love her like a daughter too!
Jane [sighs]:  Anton, come on, we’ve been through this.

Irene, how much of yourself did you put into individual characters of Order of the Dimensions?
I guess I can see myself a bit in each character.

You elected to self-publish Order of the Dimensions.  A lot of authors, both established and first-time, are choosing the self-published route.  How was your experience?  Any helpful tips that you could give a writer thinking along that path?
I must admit that it is a very difficult process, especially finding people who are willing to review or promote indie books.  But it is rewarding if you do find someone who is interested in and likes your work.  I know it sounds corny, but I say follow your heart and have fun with it ;)

Fantasy casting: Mem Ferda as Anton
Anton,  you were very dedicated to being in certain times and places with Jane.  Some may even say that you were obsessed.  Care to shed some light on that?
Well, look at her!  She’s young, beautiful, intelligent – the perfect trophy wife for any power hungry despot bent on world domination.

Besides Jane, can you tell us about other interests you may have, Anton? 
Weightlifting [starts flexing his arms], hunting, opera -- all intelligent supervillains love opera, don’t they?

Jane, you appear throughout the book as different versions of yourself, living different lives.  Which did you like best?  
I really liked the dimension where I just started my graduate studies in physics and Randy was living his dream as a seaplane pilot.  Then, someone came and ruined it all [side-eyes Anton].

Anton, what led you to become an organized leader? 
As a spy, I have met and worked with some of the most powerful and ruthless dictators out there and been exposed to the most unimaginable riches that they had.  And then one day, I thought to myself,  “I can do that!  Why am I working for all these wealthy and powerful tyrants, when I can be a wealthy and powerful tyrant myself!”

Given the current state of our country’s economy and the political environment, what advice would you give our president and presidential hopeful?
Anton:  Their campaigning is futile; the Order will come into power and *I* will be its President!!

Jane, you went through quite a few trials during Order of the Dimensions.  What three items would you say no girl should be without?  
A good education, supportive friends, and a fashionable flash drive containing a copy of the master algorithm for the Multiverser, of course.

Irene, if you could travel to another dimension, what would you choose?  Tell us where you would be and what you’d be doing.
Hmmm . . . I’m pretty content with what I’m doing and where I am now, but I wouldn’t mind being situated in a dimension where I could live in Florida or Hawaii, as I really like the beach.

Irene, what is the best advice you can give to a struggling writer?
Just don’t give up and try to have fun; your passion should be something that you really love doing!

Jane: Yeah, that’s how I feel about physics!
Irene:  As do I about biostatistics as well as about writing.  So I must say that I’m lucky that being a statistician is my day job ;)

Anton, what advice would you give to the lovestruck?
If someone does not reciprocate your feelings, just keep looking for a dimension where they do!

And let’s do some  quickfire random questions for all three of you . . .
If I could switch places  with any person for one day it would be . . .

Irene: Huh, maybe a real life physicist/cosmologist, just to see what they really do.
Jane: That’s a tough one.  Living or dead?  If you mean anyone in history, I would say Marie Curie.  Of course, she was my role model,  being Polish and a woman, which made it all the more special that she was the first person in history to receive two Nobel prizes!

Anton:  No one!  I am perfect after all!  Well . . . perhaps Randy, just to see what he has that I apparently do not.
The strangest item in my possession is . . .

Irene:  Oh gosh . . . well, I had one of those foam cheeseheads that I got while going to school in Madison, but I think I gave it away at a Christmas goofy gift exchange :P
Jane:  An armillary sphere, similar to the one Copernicus had.  It has special meaning because Randy got it for me on our first anniversary <3 o:p="o:p">

Anton:  I cannot tell you, without killing you.  Even my good friend and ex-KGB colleague Vlad [Putin] does not know about it.

The book currently on my nightstand is . . .

Irene:  Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
Jane:  Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku

Anton:  Dictatorship for Dummies

If I was a candy I would be . . .
Irene:  Gummy Bears – like the ones people can buy at theaters when they go see the movie that will be based on my book ;)

Jane:  Milky Way (the chocolate, not the galaxy) 
Anton:  I too was thinking of chocolate, probably the Lindt truffles which were my weakness when I was on my first assignment in Zurich. See, Jane, we have more in common than you think!

[Jane rolls her eyes]

The one talent I wish I had was . . .
Irene:  I wish I could sing, but I'm completely tone-deaf.  I'm actually worse than Katie Holmes!  (Note from Lori:  No one is worse than Katie Holmes.)

Jane: I wish I could calculate several calibrations in my head, like my advisors Eric Monroe and Gina Perkins can.  They are just brilliant with figuring out the necessary models to be inputted in the Multiverser in a matter of seconds and that can be very crucial in a dangerous situation.
Anton:  And what, pray tell, situation are you referring to?  Anyway, I wish I could be more ruthless.  I am actually quite a softie when it comes to children and small animals, but unfortunately, I have noticed that this trait can interfere with my schemes.

One thing most people don’t know about me is . . .
Irene:  I sometimes watch the Kardashians when I'm really, really bored [hangs head in shame].

Jane:  Okay, so I  might have had a small crush on Anton at some point [also hangs head in shame].
Anton: Really?  [grinning shyly]  Well, for me, I guess it would be that I was a total Momma's boy.  Wait . . . that also makes me look like a softie.  Drats!

Irene, why should readers choose Order of the Dimensions over another sci-fi book?
I wouldn't tell anyone to choose my book over any other book.  There are a lot of good science fiction works about parallel universes out there.  But I think that my book would make an interesting read in that it allows the reader to experience the possibilities of different adventures.  There is also some romance, obviously, and some comic relief so I would like to think that there is something in there for everyone to enjoy.

What does the future hold for Irene Helenowski?  

I am working on a sequel but do not know when it will be ready to be published

And lastly, Irene, what one word do you think best describes Order of the Dimensions?
Multi-dimensional :)

Thank you, Irene, Anton and Jane.  So happy you could join us and best of luck for all of you with Order of the Dimensions!  

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My review of Order of the Dimensions coming this week at Psychotic State Book Reviews! 

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