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Interview with Author J.M. Anton and
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About the Author
Jackie. Anton is the author of Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition recepient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. She makes her home in Northeastern Ohio.
Mother of two adult Children and a Grandmother she and her husband of forty-one years live on a small farm in Medina Township. As author of the family friendly series Backyard Horse Tales (readers age 8-adult) her adult novels are written under the pen name J.M. Anton.
An avid horseperson she and her husband continue to ride daily. She loves a good mystery as well as working out the day-to-day struggles and complexities of human relationships. Find out moreabout the author on her blog “Writing for readers in a .com world. http://jackieanton.com
J.M. is on the hot seat today and has some
interesting answers to my questions.
1. Author name or pen name. If writing under a pen name, why did you choose this particular name?
J. M. Anton is the pen name I chose for “Fateful Waters” and other adult novels that are in the works. I write a family-friendly series “Backyard Horse Tales” as Jackie Anton and needed a way to differentiate between the child safe books that I have published, and the works rated age seventeen plus.
2. When did you tell your family and friends that you were a writer? How did telling them make you feel?
My immediate family has been involved from my first attempt. My daughters are my frontline editors and critics. My daughter in Texas was especially helpful with the editing of the German language inserts in “Fateful Waters.” My husband’s side of the family, and my own have been among the most faithful of my fans, and that makes me feel fantastic.
3. What would your grandmother think if she met the hero in your book?
I’m not sure how my grandmothers would feel about the hero. It would be better to project how they would have felt about the heroine.
Grandma W., my maternal grandmother, would probably not like my heroine in Fateful Waters, but Grandma K. would love Lexie. Grandma K., my father’s mom, was notorious for getting her Irish up. A favorite family story was of her chasing her husband down the street swatting him with a broom for some offense. She would really appreciate Lexie and cheer her on.
4. What is the most romantic thing a man/partner has ever done for you?
It was a tradition in my husband’s family for the groom to present the bride with a piece of jewelry: a string of pearls, or a diamond pendent, and the like. He was so in tune with me already that he had doubts about the traditional route. When he asked me which I would prefer, I told him that I would get more use and enjoyment from a horse trailer. On my wedding day he presented me with a brand new two-horse bumper pull much to the dismay of his family. This may not seem romantic to some but it sure occupies a special spot in my heart.
5. Besides being unfaithful, what quality in a man—no criminal acts—would be a deal breaker? Why?
A few deal breakers that come to mind are: his lack of respect for my viewpoints, he is too self absorbed, he tends to be verbally or physically abusive to animals. People with those traits are likely to be abusive to children, and would make lousy husbands or fathers. Might as well cut your losses while you can.
6. You’ve been dating Mr. Practically Alright for a month. He’s been to your house several times. Finally, he asks you over to his place to meet someone who is important to him. You are thinking it’s a child or perhaps his visiting mother. Wrong. It’s a big Labrador retriever who puts his paws on your shoulders and washes your carefully air brushed face from ear to ear. The biggest dog you’ve ever been around was the size of a meatloaf. What are the first words out of your mouth? If your date doesn’t offer antibacterial face wipes and says—by the way—Fido sleeps with him every night, what’s your next move?
Okay, first I would suggest a big dose of obedience training in no uncertain terms. Labs are not, in my opinion, an especially large dog, but the woman you describe would most likely be terrified. My advice would be to get the heck out of there. The next move is his.
7. In your work, regardless of genre, do you consider the environment and do you exhibit an awareness of practices that can make a difference? It could be something as simple as motion activated lights or lights on timers.
The drought in the American southwest is the major catalyst for the conflict that develops between the hero and heroine. It brings out the best and worst in the characters who populate the pages of “Fateful Waters.” It took a bit of research to find some conservation techniques that would fit the situation.
8. Do you think readers would embrace a hero—not a struggling artist, sculptor or writer—who earns only a fraction of what the heroine earns? Please explain.
Military men, teachers, law officers, and firefighters don’t make as much in the scheme of things, but each is a hero in his own right, and a real heroine would look at the man and not his pay scale. The question is how you present the choices of the hero and heroine and how they deal. Most of today’s readers know that often the primary breadwinner in a family is the woman. It is also worth noting that all of the above mentioned careers have many women in their ranks.
Follow Melinda Potter and Alexandra Parker, across the country, as the friends travel from their home on the shores of Lake Erie to the drought-stricken state of Texas. After graduation from The Ohio State University, Melinda has a date with an online Romeo. Lexie, who is supposed exert a moderating influence on her impulsive friend, winds up in a hospital where she wakes to everyone calling her Mrs. Ross. She doesn’t have a clue how she got there, or who Mr. Ross is.
ENJOY AN EXCERPT:
The SUV skidded in the slime now covering the previously dry, dusty road. Lexie retrieved her phone from an inside pocket of her navy colored, leather, handbag. Disgusted, she laid it on the center console. Smart or not, the directional phone apps had not shed any light on her dilemma. She was really beginning to feel lousy, so she twisted of the cap on the antibiotic that she had just picked up at the drugstore. The prescription label said it was to be taken with food, but she was desperate to head of a recurrence of what sure felt like the flu, so she downed the pill with the remainder of a bottle of water she’d placed in the cup holder. Lexie picked up the small communication device, located Melinda’s name, and she poked the small screen much harder than required to connect to her friend. She wanted to scream! Why me Lord? Melinda didn’t have a clue how to direct her. While her friend checked with David, she slipped into her navy jacket. As the rain increased the heat of earlier began to cool, and she was experiencing a chill. Lexie switched from the air conditioner to the heater.
She was sitting in the middle of a dirt road, in an increasing rain, and the surface was quickly becoming a quagmire. She hoped that Melinda, was writing down directions, and that was why she was taking so much time.
Roommates since their freshman year at Ohio State, Alexandra Parker and Melinda Potter had become close friends. After nearly five years, their friendship had grown to the point they each knew the other’s personality quirks. Lexie knew Melinda well enough to be skeptical about the accuracy of the written directions that her friend had left for her when she went on ahead with David. Commonsense had dictated that she enter his ranch address in the GPS, just in case.
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