Monday, January 19, 2015

Interview and Book Review with Pembroke Sinclair

How did you come up with the idea of writing a book?
 The voices in my head wouldn’t leave me alone until I put their story on paper.  Then, when that was done, more voices showed up.  It’s a vicious cycle.

Does writing take time away from your family?
 I try really hard not to let it.  I try to write after the kids have gone to bed or in between their wrestling matches, or while they are at practice.  If my husband and I are watching  a movie/TV/sports event I’m not really interested in, I’ll squeeze it in then.  Otherwise, I  try to keep my focus on them.

Where are we most likely to find you writing?
Anywhere and everywhere.  Like I said, my boys’ wrestling practice/sports events,  doctor’s appointments, at home.

Do you ever get writer’s block?
Yes and no.  Sometimes I get stuck writing something, but if I just step away from it for a little while and think about it, I can usually work out the issue.

What’s the most discouraging thing that happened while trying to write/publish, and how did you get over it?
The most discouraging thing to happen is to be rejected multiple times and get conflicting reasons of why you’re being rejected.  That’s really hard to deal with.  However, it’s the nature of the business, so I lifted my chin and didn’t back down.  Eventually, that one YES will make up for all the NOs!

Any advice for aspiring writers?
Write what you want to write.  And don’t let anyone tell you it’s wrong.  If you’re passionate about it and it makes you happen, then it’s totally right.

Who are your favorite authors?
To name just a few: Piers Anthony, Christopher Pike, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, Milton, Mary Roach.

Do you listen to music while you write, or do you need silence?
I used to.  Now, my background noise usually consists of my children playing.  But on the off chance I get to write alone, I prefer silence.  It allows me to hear the voices better.

What do you like to do when not writing?
 Veg, read, watch TV, go snowmobiling with my family.

What’s your favorite dinner…and dessert?
I really enjoy salmon.  And my favorite dessert is anything with cinnamon and no nuts.  Mmmmm.

Lastly, any other books that you are working on that we should look out for?
I am currently working on the third book in The Road to Salvation series.  It doesn’t have a title yet.

Review: The Appeal of Evil
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review the opinions expressed here are my own.
Katie is a senior who has always had a thing for her childhood friend Wes. Unfortunately,  he has never really reciprocated.  She is tired of this roller coaster ride. Enter Josh, a new kid at school.  Josh is all about showering attention on Katie.  Wes doesn't want Katie with Josh. Katie is intrigued by Josh's bad boy persona. This is your classic good versus evil plot. 

Josh wants Katie not because he really cares about her, but because it is a way to get to Wes who knows that Josh is a demon.  What Katie doesn't realize is that Wes is, and always has been her protector. The author has created a bad boy that is so tempting you almost want Katie to choose him. There is enough descriptive language for those like me, who thrive on description, but not so much to drive others away. The fantasy aspect was very believable and not too far-fetched. The title definitely fit the book. I will definitely recommend this book. Come back tomorrow when I post my review for the second book in this series, Dealing With Devils.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for having me on your blog and for reviewing my book. I really appreciate it!