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Janice Seagraves grew up with a deep love of science fiction and adventure stories. Always the consummate artist, she traded in her paintbrush for a desktop to write breathless life-affirming novels that celebrate enduring love.                                         Hi Bev, thank you for having me.

Beverley: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write? And why?

Janice: I write romance in various genres because I love that feel-good ending.

Beverley: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer?

Janice: I read one of Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley’s Books and found myself wanting to write. But a lot of my earlier influences came from another author Mary Steward and a book called Touch Not the Cat.

Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing?

Janice: An idea, a dream, a character who comes to me and demands to be written.

Beverley: Do you have a favorite cartoon character? Why?

Janice: Most cartoons are immature, and I can’t bear to watch them. But if I watch anything like that it’s anime. hey are better written and drawn. I do like Fruit Basket. It has a good story line and interesting characters.

Beverley: Who would you love most to meet ‘in person’ and why?

Janice: P.C. Hodgell or Jim Butcher. Both are amazingly good authors, and I would dearly love to pick their brains.

Beverley: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?

Janice: I’d love to take my daughter and grandchildren to the beach. They had such fun last time.

Beverley: What are you working on now?

Janice: Something a little different than what I normally write. A story about a woman possessed by a dragon.

Excerpt from Exodus Arcon Book 2 :

While Blade and his siblings were getting ready to go to the cafeteria, a whistle sounded.

“This is the captain speaking. Blade Starstrider, you’re needed. Come to the lounge in area two.”

“What do they want you for?” Keefe peered at his brother while brushing Paz’s hair.

“Don’t know, but I better go find out.” Blade finished pulling his hair into a high ponytail.

Keefe gave a nod. “Meet us in the observation lounge in area three. Paz wants to watch our approach.”

“See you there.” Blade hurried out of their cabin and down the long hallway. Taking the elevator, he headed toward area two.

The door automatically opened, and he entered, spotting Captain Tug speaking to the new Prime pro tem Styr.

Movement caught his gaze before the Shadow Warriors on either side of the door quickly seized his arms.

“Let go of me.” Heart pounding, Blade tried to jerk out of their grip.

“The Prime has a few questions to ask you, Blade.” Dirk sneered, dragging him to Styr.

“What is this?” Captain Tug stared from Blade to Styr. “I thought you had me summon Blade because you wanted him for part of your honor guard when you took your oath of office?”

“I’m only helping you do your job, Captain,” Styr said with a superior smirk.

“And how are you helping me?” The captain furrowed his brow.

“Blade here is a military male. He should have been left behind when we left. Now, I wonder why he is here, hmm?”

“I’m mated,” Blade snarled at Styr, “to Aziza.” Was Dirk going to get his way and send me out an air lock?  His stomach gave a quick, painful twist.

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I should be writing. With Covid rearing its ugly head, the Delta variant raging through the country, active cases increasing in our area. And smoke from British Columbia, our neighbor,   is causing health warnings in our area due to the smoke. B.C. is setting a record for the number of forest fires this year and the acreage burned. Firefighters from Mexico and Australia are flying in to help with the firefighting.  

With all this, even though our city has opened up, it makes more sense to stay inside. The smoke interferes with any gardening and even walking the dog. Smokey air isn’t for dogs either. You can see how bad the smoke is in the picture. So, it’s perfect for writing. Right? Except it isn’t. I’m not sure why but I can’t concentrate on writing one novel or editing another one.  Sigh… Hope others are doing better than I am during this challenging summer.

But I am reading. So that’s a good thing. Right now, I’m reading a new release by Bob Rich Ph. D.  Lifting the Gloom Antidepressant Writings. It’s well-written and keeps you turning pages. It could be helpful if you are depressed or know someone who is depressed. I’m about halfway through and I’ll be writing a review for Amazon and others when I finish reading it.