Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Loni Townsend's Sea Monkey Interview


Hi everyone! Please welcome Loni Townsend to Tongue In Cheek today. Loni, Tell us a little about yourself.

Loni Townsend
Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel.

By day, she writes code. By predawn darkness, she writes fantasies. All other times, she writes in her head.

People call her peculiar with a twisted sense of fashion, but don't let those understatements fool you. Her behavior is perfectly normal for a squirrel disguised as a human. That's part of being a ninja—blending in.

She makes her home in Idaho with her sadistically clever—yet often thwarted—husband, two frighteningly brilliant children, and three sneaky little shibas.

Find her on her blog or social media.

Contact info:
Blog — http://www.lonitownsend.com
Facebook — http://www.facebook.com/squirreltalk
Twitter — https://www.twitter.com/LoniTownsend
Google+ — http://www.google.com/+LoniTownsend
Goodreads — https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7390512.Loni_Townsend

A.Q. - Thanks for agreeing to answer some interview questions about yourself and your new book.

Thank you for having me on your blog! I must say, the first time I came across your blog was when Melissa Maygrove linked to the boxing squirrels for the A-Z challenge. I couldn’t resist. I mean, squirrels! How could anyone resist them?

A.Q. -Exactly! So, What is your book about?

I always seize up when it comes to this question. It’s about a girl… Oh, wait, you mean I can just show you what’s on the back of the book? Well if that’s all it takes…

It’s her first day on a new world and Cera’s already found trouble. Michael, her guardian, has been bitten by a zombie and will soon join the undead ranks.

Everyone tells her there’s no cure, but Cera isn’t one to be deterred. She’s willing to face off with zombie hordes, demon slavers, and black market informants if it means she’ll find a cure for Michael. But she’s not the only one hunting for something.

Something is hunting her.

A.Q. - That sounds awesome. Can you share an interesting behind the scenes tidbit about your story?

I have a cannibalistic pygmy in my story! Okay, so that’s not really behind the scenes. But Fues (my pygmy) wasn’t a pygmy when I first conceived him. He was just a tribal huntsman. And he wasn’t a cannibal either. He became a pygmy after I walked up to my husband with the statement, “hey, I need help with an idea,” and my husband (not knowing at all what I was referring to) blurted, “add a cannibalistic pygmy.” It didn’t solve the problem I was working on at the time, but Fues morphed in that moment from just a tribal guy to a pygmy.

A.Q. - Lol! What is your favorite part of the story writing process?

My favorite part is staring off into space and watching the scene play out in my head. I occasionally mumble lines along with my characters. Usually my husband asks, “You’re thinking about your book, aren’t you?”

A.Q. - Writing can be such an isolated enterprise. Yet, I’m sure there are people who have helped, guided or inspired you along the way to becoming a published author. Could you tell us about one of them and how they helped you?

Inspired, yes. My husband is one of my inspirations. He’ll shout out ideas, meaning them completely in jest, and I’ll use them. Like Fues, mentioned above. He also said, “hey, wouldn’t it be cool if a zombie was haunted by its own ghost?” And thus, This World Bites was born.

A.Q. - Fantastic. What are you working on now/next?

I have two main projects and then a third I want to finish before the year is out. First and foremost on my mind is Isto, book 2 of the ninier series. I have a ton written for this book, but I keep tripping up on flow and timeline. So things keep changing. The second main project is a novella called Lust. It’s part of a collection I’m working on with six other authors. We’re each taking one of the deadly sins. The last project is Murder Most Fowl, the next Cera Chronicle. I wrote super quick installments for the A-Z challenge, but I want to fill it out, clean it up, and actually turn it into a good novella.

Now for the S.A.T. portion of the interview:

Fill in the blank –
If I were a villain, I would have _mechanical squirrels_ for minions to deliver my wrath because _we’re all a little nuts_______.  (And remember, sea monkeys are already spoken for. Mostly)

Sea Monkeys are to __Squirrels____ as zombie stinkbugs are to __sharks with lasers___.


A.Q. - Please tell us where we can find out more about you and where we can buy your books.

If you really do want to know more about me, I recommend my blog at  HYPERLINK. You can buy both of my books on Amazon, though This World Bites is also available through other stores.

This World Bites – Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/This-World-Bites-Townsend-Loni-ebook/dp/B00S74T0SO








Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24481680-this-world-bites
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/This-World-Bites-Townsend-Loni-ebook/dp/B00S74T0SO/
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121064991?ean=9781941022047
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/this-world-bites
 
A.Q. - Thanks again for stopping in!

Thanks again for having me!

19 comments:

Loni Townsend said...

Thanks for having me, Ava!

Melissa said...

You passed! LOL
Hi, Ava. *waves*

Pat Hatt said...

Great interview, always great when ideas are given in jest and then can run with them.

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Very nice. I liked the S.A.T. portion!

Arlee Bird said...

Hope you gave your husband some credit in the book. Love the idea about the ghost.

Ava, I'm now following your blog!

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I love how men solve problems. We could learn a lot from their simplistic approach, I mean adding a cannibal pygmy to almost any scenario will forever alter the dynamics.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Sounds like you hate stink bugs as much as I do, Loni. Great on your husband for his idea.

Sarah Brentyn said...

Love the Q&A. Also: "...and my husband (not knowing at all what I was referring to) blurted, 'add a cannibalistic pygmy'" is awesome.

Ava Quinn said...

@Loni- Any time! Glad you made it through the Sea Monkey SATs!

@Melissa- Hi! Glad to see you, oh veteran of the Sea Monkey SATs! :)

@Southpaw- Thanks!

@Arlee- Thank you!! I'll return the favor! :)

@Sarah- Thanks!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Next time my wife asks what a dish needs, I'll tell her a cannibalistic pygmy!
Hope you turn Murder Most Fowl into a book, Loni. It was awesome reading snippets of it last year.

debi o'neille said...

Good interview, Ava and Loni. It sounds like a really interesting book. Would you be publishing Murder Most Fowl? I remember reading parts of it through the A-to-Z last year. Good writing.

Loni Townsend said...

Thanks everyone!
Debi, I hope to get Murder Most Fowl fleshed out and polished up sometime this year. *fingers crossed*

Julie Flanders said...

LOL I want some of those mechanical squirrels. I knew this post was bound to be funny with you two and it didn't disappoint. Great interview!

Christine Rains said...

What a fun interview! I love staring off into space and imagining scenes too.

Cortney Pearson said...

Fun interview! I'm laughing about the part with your husband and his random "cannibalistic pygmy" comment, because I'm constantly asking my hubby for help with things and his answer is always, "The sting of ten thousand scorpions!" Lol.

Crystal Collier said...

Bwahahaha! Husbands are awesome. I love that how Fues evolved.

M.J. Fifield said...

Love the cannibalistic pygmy origin story. And I always enjoy the SAT portion. Great interview, Loni!

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Loved the SATs, and Loni, your husband sounds like quite the character. I'll bet you guys would come up with hysterical Mad Libs. If you ever do any, I'd love to read them.

Liz Blocker said...

Ava, your interviews are always the best!! They always make me laugh. Loved this one!

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