Carla Interviews DL Snow about ‘Siren’s Song’

Hi, I’m Carla Roma and welcome to Bandit Creek, a small town with a mountain of secrets.  In all my travels I’ve found that the world is a paradox; both vast and diverse while somehow remaining surprisingly small.  A few years ago, I was on assignment in Japan where I was covering a story on the haunted forest at the base of Mount Fuji.  I ran across an English language newsletter and in the newsletter was a funny story by DL Snow.  Imagine my surprise to find DL and I hail from the same part of the world, although we didn’t meet until I returned to Canada.  Today, it is my pleasure to interview DL Snow about her book, SIREN’S SONG, the second story in the Bandit Creek series.

Carla:  Before we get to SIREN’S SONG, would you mind relaying the story I’d read about in the newsletter in Japan?

DL: My most embarrassing moment, you mean?

Carla:  That’s the one.

DL:  (sigh) Okay.  It was a beautiful day, the orange blossoms were in full bloom and I was riding my bike home for lunch from the high school in Wakayama prefecture where I taught English.  I was wearing a breezy, cotton skirt that day and was feeling rather romantic as it blew in the wind while I rode down main street…that is until the skirt got caught in the spokes of my bike and was torn completely from the waistband, leaving me…ahem…semi-naked.

Carla:  Oh dear!  What did you do?

DL:  Well, the wheels wouldn’t turn and the torn skirt had me trapped on the bike.  So, I picked up the bike and, with it stuck between my legs, waddled backwards off the street and up against a building hoping to hide the fact that I was clad only in my underwear.  Unfortunately, I had backed myself up against the glass window of a café.  Not pretty.  In an effort to get away from the window, I fell over.

Carla:  Did anyone help you?

DL:  (groan) Yes.  Some men were working on a building across the street and came running to my aid.  I yelled in English for them to go away and then yelled a few random Japanese words, “Mikan dai yo!”  Which means, ‘Big orange, I assure you.”

Carla:  So, how did you get out of it?

DL:  Honestly Carla, I don’t remember.  I think I’ve blocked the rest of the experience from my memory.  But, when I returned to school after lunch, teachers I barely knew came up to me asking if I was okay and why I’d changed.  Word travels fast in small town, Japan.

Carla: I love that story.  Can we talk about SIREN’S SONG now?

DL: Please!

Carla:  Joss Jones is the main character in SIREN’S SONG and she travels back in time.  Can you tell me about her?

DL:  I don’t know about you, but I think most people secretly – and often not-so-secretly – want to be famous.  Well, Joss Jones has been famous since she was a kid and now she’s convinced herself that all she wants is to be normal, so she moves to Bandit Creek.  There’s only one problem…

Carla: …Bandit Creek is anything but normal?

DL: Exactly!  From the moment she moves in, she’s being followed around by a ghost.  Then she’s sucked back in time to Bandit Creek, 1899.

Carla:  What happens when she arrives?

DL:  First of all she thinks she’s lost her mind.  Then she tries desperately to get back home.  Finally, she tries to figure out why she’s there.

Carla:  Why is she there?

DL:  I can’t tell you that, but I can tell you that Morgan Hawes is either the key to her finding her way back home or he’s the reason for her to stay.

Carla:  Who’s Morgan Hawes?

DL:  Morgan Hawes is the tall, dark mysterious man Joss believes is responsible for her being sucked back in time.  He has a habit of showing up at both the best and worst times and Joss thinks he’s another time traveler.  She’s pretty sure she’s supposed to help him get back home but he’s not very cooperative.

Carla:  You’ve written this story in first person.  Was that done for any specific reason?

DL:  Yes.  I felt first person fit this story best because I only wanted to show Joss’s point of view.  I wanted the reader to wonder, alongside Joss, whether Joss is simply crazy, half-dead and hallucinating or if she’s truly traveled through time.

Carla:  What was your inspiration for writing a time-travel?

DL:  Plenty!  One of my favorite romances as a young adult was A Knight in Shining Armor, by Jude Deveraux.  Then there’s The Terminator – loved the premise of that movie and in my opinion the first and second were by far the best.  Lately, I have been devouring Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.  If you haven’t checked out these books, you must!

Carla:  What is your favorite scene from SIREN’S SONG?

DL:  I’d have to say that the last two scenes are my favorite (sorry, I know you only asked for one).  I still get chills when I read those scenes and I hope the reader will feel the same way!

Carla:  Thanks, DL.  Do you have any final words?

DL:  Yes, two things actually.  First of all, I want to thank Carla Roma for inviting me to join this wonderful group of Bandit Creek authors, I’m thrilled to be part of this project.  Secondly, I want to remind people to make sure to wear clean (and pretty) underwear whenever you leave the house…you never know when your skirt will rip off.

Carla:  Thanks for coming by today, DL.  You can find out more about DL Snow at www.dlsnow.ca.  Her book, SIREN’S SONG will be available from Amazon.com and Smashwords.com on October 1st, 2011. If you have questions or comments for me or for DL, please leave a response and we’d be happy to reply!

‘Lost’ Released Today!

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of LOST today! To buy, click on the cover on the right side of this page. Want it in another format? Click here.

Kirsten Morgan can hear the dead. And now they are calling to her, to come home to Bandit Creek.
A girl has gone missing, and the law don’t have any leads. But the last thing Sheriff Samuel Morgan wants to see is his famous psychic daughter in his office telling him how to do his job. At odds for years, Kirsten doesn’t know how to talk to her father but she knows she has to push him to a place he doesn’t want to go. Because the dead are talking, and she has to answer, or lose her mind forever.

Read an excerpt.

Carla Interviews Vivi Anna About ‘Lost’

Hi, I’m Carla Roma and welcome to Bandit Creek, a small town with a mountain of secrets. Picture this: I’m at some club that I can’t even remember the name of and there’s a woman in the middle of the room, laughing and talking.  She stands out partly because she’s sporting this wicked red hair but more because of her energy and presence.  Everyone wants to talk to her, including me.  That was the first time I met Vivi Anna. Then I read her Valorian Chronicles and I was blown away because these fabulous books bring together two of my very favorite things – vampires and forensics.  I love the juxtaposition of the myth with the science.  It was only a matter of time before Vivi and I decided to collaborate and together with a bunch of our friends, Bandit Creek was the inevitable outcome.

Today I am thrilled to talk to her about her book, LOST, the first in the Bandit Creek series.

Carla: Welcome Vivi. Thanks for joining me, I know how busy you’ve been lately what with all the film and TV projects you’re working on.

Vivi: For you Carla, anything. Well, just about anything.

Carla: Ha! Let’s start off by telling our readers how this Bandit Creek project came together.

Vivi: Well, it was magic really. One of those things that starts as a glimmer of an idea, then explodes into something spectacular by the sheer force of creativity of the people involved. I was talking about self-publishing and how one of the great things about is, that an author can work with any other author they wanted to. We were constricted by publishing houses or the ability to put an idea together that you could sell to one of the big publishers. I said that I could work with anyone I wanted, I could even collaborate with all of you. And that’s when it happened. I could see the spark in people’s eyes…and it went from there. It was one of my most amazing moments I’ve ever encountered.

Carla: Yup, it was. There was more creative energy in that room than I’ve ever experienced.

Carla: Okay, so now let’s talk about your book LOST. It’s the lead story, yes?

Vivi: Yes. We decided as a group that because of my experience with self-publishing and the fact that I am a fairly fast writer, that it would be best to put out my story first. To set the stage sort of speak.

Carla: LOST is a bit of a departure for you, isn’t it? There isn’t a vampire, lycan, fae, or demon in sight.

Vivi: Yeah, LOST ended up being a mystery with a bit of paranormal. My lead protagonist has psychic abilities.

Carla: She can communicate with the dead, right?

Vivi: Not communicate per se, she can hear them. But she can’t necessarily speak to them. She’s not a medium. She also has the ability to find missing things, or things that are hiding. She uses these abilities to find missing people, and/or the dead.

Carla: I get chills just thinking about it. Can you tell us a little more about Kirsten Morgan? Why hasn’t she been back to Bandit Creek, her childhood home, in so long?

Vivi: Because of her father, the Sheriff. He’s never really believed in her abilities. She thinks he blames her for the missing Baker boy fiasco. And blames her for her mother’s death.

Carla: Oh, I have to know about Mr. Tall, Dark and Gorgeous, Adam Medicine Crow.

Vivi: Adam is one of those men who you can’t not like. He’s charming, sexy, and loves being the protector. He’d just as easily help an elderly woman across the street with her shopping bags, and flirt with her at the same time, making her feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. He and Kirsten have history. Let’s leave it at that.

Carla: One thing I thought was special about this series was that it is a mixture of genres. Not just paranormal, or mysteries, or erotic romances, but a mixture of everything.

Vivi: Yes we decided as a group to experiment with that. We didn’t want to be limiting to our authors. Some authors write mainly historicals, others like YA. So we thought why not just open it up and allow the author to explore whatever type of story they wanted to write. Some of the stories are romances, others are not. Some are spicy, others have no sex in them at all. But we did make sure that we’ve labeled them as such, so the reader knows what they are buying.

Carla: That’s fantastic. Is there anything else you’d like to share before I let you go and actually do some work?

Vivi: I’d just like to say, I hope that readers will enjoy this series. That there will be something for everyone. And because of the low prices, I hope that readers will try something new. Thanks.

Carla: Thank you Vivi for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with me today about this exciting new series.

You can connect with Vivi at her twitter account @authorViviAnna where she spends most of her time. Also check out her website www.vivianna.net to see all the amazing books she has written. Also check out her other website www.tawnystokes.com where she’s written YA books under the name Tawny Stokes.


Welcome to Bandit Creek!

What happens when a bunch of authors get together over drinks to brainstorm? Welcome to Bandit Creek, the brainchild of Carla Roma and her multiple collaborators. The town of Bandit Creek is nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. Here you’ll meet fascinating residents, learn about the buried town at the bottom of nearby Lost Lake and discover a world of intrigue and excitement. The stories range the years from 1867 to the present, covering all genres and sexual ratings. Come in and stay awhile…visitors are always welcome!