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Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
I'm Jody Summers and I'm an author, at least that is my passion. I'm also an entrepreneur, a pilot, a martial artist and 100 other things that my curiosity has led me to over the years. It's a background that has left me with plenty of experiences to write about.
What first inspired you to start writing?
I have written poetry all my life and took creative writing in college. I had no idea that I might write novels someday, I just knew that I enjoyed writing. The inspiration to write novels came from a single experience which I'll detail shortly.
Which author do you most admire and why?
Dean Koontz. His bizarre tales and extraordinary wit have delighted me for years and in part it was his books that got me thinking. "I could do this."
What attracted you to writing a psychological thriller?
Being as my favorite author is Dean Koontz it might be obvious that I was drawn to psychological thrillers. BUT the spark was meeting a lovely lady on an internet date in California who was actually creating paintings using the ashes of the deceased(cremains). The idea ensnared me but it was another month before another dear friend suggested it would be a good idea for a novel. I gasped when she said it and started writing the next day. I haven't stopped since.
What do you bring that's new to the genre?
For one, I have never heard of anyone writing about someone creating tribute paintings with cremains and what the ramifications could be. It is an intriguing concept all by itself. Secondly, I feel as though I have a unique voice when I write. I change perspective frequently to add intensity to the characters, another feature I haven't seen done before.
Every writer loves a good review, what has been your favourite so far?
A year or so ago I had a review from the entertainment editor for a Lubbock Texas newspaper, William Kern. He raved on my book and said not to pick it up if you didn't have a lot of time because you wouldn't be putting it back down anytime soon.
What was the last book you read?
It was Running Blind by Lee Child. I'm currently reading Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently marketing Dark Canvas, promoting the upcoming sequel, The Mask Maker, and working on the first draft of the second sequel.
Tell us about your latest work and how we can find out more.
The Mask Maker is due to be released in January 2014. You can find out more about my work at www.jodysummersbooks.com
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