It's Coffee Chat time!
Grab your favorite brew and sit with us while we discuss books. Today's guest is from the mystery world. Kaye George is joining us to chat about her writing life and her very unusual series of Neanderthal mysteries!
How do you take your coffee, Kaye"
KAYE: I think my mother drank enough coffee for two generations, as many as two pots a day. I've never been able to! I've very fond of tea and Dr.Pepper, though. I like my tea straight and strong and suspect I'd like my coffee that way, too, if my stomach could handle it. It does smell good.
Ally: We won't attempt to convert you today, so one cup of straight and strong tea is coming right up :) While I'm pouring that, maybe you could show us your bio.
Her short stories can be found in her collection, A PATCHWORK OF STORIES, as well as in several anthologies, various online and print magazines. She reviews for "Suspense Magazine", writes for several newsletters and blogs, and gives workshops on short story writing and promotion. Kaye lives in Knoxville, TN.
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004CFRJ76
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kaye-George/11405870531809
KAYE: Hm, I don't say this very often in public. When I was in college, the last thing I wanted to do was get married, followed closely by having children. I knew it would be all dishes and laundry. Well, I did get married and we had three children. There have been tons of dishes and laundry, but I wouldn't trade my marvelous hubby or my three incredibly good-looking, intelligent, and socially well adjusted children for anything in the world. They are my proudest achievement. I was so wrong!
Ally (whispers): Well, your secret is safe with me. I won't tell a soul. :) But maybe we should move on to the writing questions. I'm intrigued by the setting for your series. Tell us about it and why you chose it.
KAYE: The novel is set just before the last Ice Age in North America, 30,000 years ago. Neanderthals have always fascinated me. With recent advances in our knowledge about them, I finally decided I had to write some fiction using a tribe. They became extinct 28,000 years ago, as far as we now know, so I wanted to give them time to play out a few sagas for me. There’s no evidence they were ever in North America (but no evidence that they weren’t, either), but I set the story her because I wanted to use the incredible mega fauna of that time, the mammoths, mastodons, saber tooth tigers, dire wolves, giant beavers and giant sloths, and many others. I had so much fun researching for this project! I've recently taken a DNA test and found out I'm 2.9% Neanderthal.
Ally: Wow. What an interesting topic! How do you have time for all this research and writing with the busy family you told us about?
KAYE: My kids are grown, but we do like to spend as much time as we can with grandkids. However, I’m an out-of-work programmer who declared herself retired a few years ago to write full time, so this is my only job. I’m lucky enough to have a whole room for my office, one of the bedrooms in the house. It’s wonderful to have a door I can close (although people DO open it whenever they feel like it). I used the dining room in one other house and it couldn’t be shut off. Bad idea.
Ally: I think every writer has a favorite author who inspires them or provides exceptional entertainment. Who is your favorite author from any time period?
KAYE: My favorite novelists are Dickens and Dostoyevsky. I love their dense prose. It’s so fun, to me, to get to the bottom of the page, where the verb is, and have to look back to the top to find the subject. I also like diagramming sentences, so I’m weird that way. I love to write short stories, so I’ll add that O. Henry and Mark Twain are my idols at that length.
Ally: Ready for some Quick Answer Questions? Ready, set, go!
- a. favorite holiday: After my birthday? Christmas, especially if most or all of our family can get together
- b. last movie you saw in the theater: I can’t even remember. I hardly ever go to the movies.
- c. an item on your bucket list: Spending New Year’s Eve in Iceland, bathing in the hot thermals.
- d. last place you went shopping: The grocery store, unfortunately. My new favorite clothing store is Kohl’s, but a DSW is opening near us soon and I’ll be there.
- e. favorite dessert: That would be anything containing chocolate, dark chocolate if possible.
Ally: Kaye, I'm afraid our time is up, but I've so enjoyed having you visit! Please come back again. And before you rush off to that busy life, let's take a look at the book you brought, Death in the Time of Ice.
Enga Dancing Flower knows her Neanderthal tribe is in trouble. The dark seasons are becoming longer and the mammoth herds are fleeing south. When the tribal leader is found stabbed to death, the new leader thinks Enga did it. Expulsion and certain death looms. Enga must find the murderer to save her tribe -- and herself.
Published by Untreed Reads, June 2013
Other Kaye George books & stories on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004CFRJ76
NOTICE: Exciting news! Kaye says this book is on sale at KOBO in all formats! Use the discount Sept50 code at http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/death-in-the-time-of-ice.
Thanks for stopping today! Please come back soon!
Enjoy your day, and read a book!