Alex the Great AND Follow Fest!

Part One
As promised ... the Ninja himself - Alex J. Cavanaugh - answering three questions:

Ninja Secrets Revealed

The first thing Carol asked me to share was something unique about myself. I was hoping for juicy dirt :) That proved harder than I expected, as I’m just a regular guy who’s lived a normal, boring, and safe life. Mmm hmmm...I still want dirt :) What could I tell you that was unique and new?

I decided I would share a few random things instead.

I used to live in Arizona and my brother and I would ride our bikes through the desert. One time we’d stopped for a moment only to hear a loud rattle. I guarantee you've never seen two kids pedal faster in your life. And you told your mother this when you were what? 30? 35? WHAT? You haven't told her yet?!

I lived in Japan for a while and I remember getting lots of attention from Japanese women. And candy! Did I mention free candy? Bribery. Or as they say in Japan (per Google): Zōshūwai. Was it Hot Tamales???

Horses and I don’t get along. Last time I was on a horse he kept trying to bite me and nearly backed into a deep pit. He wanted your candy!

I've probably seen a hundred concerts in my lifetime. No joke! I'm not at all surprised. Did you take your candy?

My wife thought I was obnoxious when we first met. Yeah, I probably was back then. Maybe it's because you wouldn't share your candy. Or because she couldn't kiss you through your ninja mask :)

When living in London, I visited every castle I could find. I even had to fight a dragon in a dungeon. No wait – that was during a game of Dungeons and Dragons! I really did visit a lot of castles though. Do dragons like candy?

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

What I've learned most about writing this series is the importance of love.

For one thing, it became the overall theme of my series. I didn't plan it that way, but each book focuses on a different aspect – the love for a brother, the love for a spouse, and the love for a child. Love shows up in most books in one form or another because people crave it. As a Christian, my God embodies every kind of love, so to me it’s vital. Excellent theme! Love is the most important thing in this world.

I also learned how important love is when it comes to friendships. My series wouldn't be a success without the unwavering support of my fans and friends, especially online. So many have given freely, without expecting anything in return, and that’s true love.

A Story in A Story in A Story . . .

You asked if there was a story within the story, and the character of Piten comes to mind. You’ll meet him in CassaStorm, but he nearly didn't happen. His scene was to be small and he didn't even have a name. My critique partner, Rusty Webb, suggested a stronger scene, one that changed the course of the storyline. Once I began altering the last third of the outline, the character took on a new role and became a pivotal part of the story. He went from a no name character to one of my favorite secondary characters, and I hope others enjoy him as well. Cool! Does he like candy :)

Thanks, Carol! I hope I have amused everyone.

You amused me :)
Thank you for guest blogging with me, Alex. You're welcome here anytime.


CassaStorm
By Alex J Cavanaugh



From the Amazon Best Selling Series!

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

“CassaStorM is a touching and mesmerizing space opera full of action and emotion with strong characters and a cosmic mystery.” 
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"Cavanaugh makes world building on the galactic scale look easy. The stakes affect the entire known universe and yet Cavanaugh makes it intensely personal for our hero. The final installment of this series will break your heart and put it back together."
- Charity Bradford, science fantasy author of The Magic Wakes

“Cavanaugh has created wonderfully moving moments of great poignancy… CassaStorm could have been a dark story full of hardship and angst, but instead it's a cleverly balanced story about hope and triumph.”
- Lynda R. Young, author of Make Believe

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Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.






Part Two

I'm participating in Melissa Maygrove's Follow Fest. Melissa says:

a cyber meet-and-greet with social media links for business cards.

So without further ado...a tiny bit of explanation, and I will much appreciate any clicks you care to bestow in my favor to the links over in the sidebar.

Name: 
Carol Kilgore

Fiction Genres:
Mystery - Suspense - Romance
Crime Fiction with a Kiss

Titles:
In Name Only
Solomon's Compass
WIP coming 2014

I Belong To:
Sisters in Crime
Mystery Writers of America
Romance Writers of America

Connect with me here:

All my general links are over there in my right-hand sidebar. Starting at the top with the link to my Amazon Author Page. 

Moving through Google Friend Connect, Bloglovin', Feedly and to subscribe by email in order to connect to this blog.

Then there are the other social links - you'll recognize the icons for all the usual suspects. My Facebook for writers link is my regular timeline. My Facebook for readers link is my Facebook Author Page. You are invited to friend or like me or both. I put up different content on each.

If you click on the "G" for Goodreads link and scroll down just a little, you'll see both my books. I would love if you added them to your to-be read shelves. I tried to add the widget to the sidebar for you to do that directly, but either the widget or I failed to perform correctly. I'm betting it was operator error :)

This is my first week back after a five-week hiatus. It will likely take me all week to get around to all your blogs.

See you back here next Monday!





Comments

YVONNE LEWIS: said…
Great interview, Yes, I suppose he could be called Alexander The Great.Oh but I do wish he wouldn't be so shy and show a photo of himself!!!!!.

Yvonne.
Sean McLachlan said…
I lived in Tucson for many years. As an avid hiker and rock climber, I've had a few brushes with rattlers. Not fun!
Wonderful interview. Always nice to learn more about the Ninja - and welcome back. You have been missed.
Hey Carol! Thanks for hosting - and adding to the interview. Yes, I do have a Hot Tamale obsession.
And awesome to have to back again.
Oh, and I told my mother after we moved from Arizona!
Great interview, Carol! And nice to find out more about Alex. :) I didn't realize he'd lived in so many cool places (I like castles, too, Alex! And I lived in London for a semester in college...loved it.)
Melissa said…
I'm now hooked on Hot Tamales, thanks to Alex. LOL

Thanks for participating in Follow Fest! :D
M.L. Swift said…
Wonderful interview with Alex, and I've connected on all venues in which I participate.

I've been here before...just get the names confused. "Who has the 'Under the Tiki Hut' blog again?" Oh...Carol! Come see me!

M.L. Swift, Writer
Great interview! Carol I've missed your blog posts and I'm glad you're back :)
L. Diane Wolfe said…
Hi Carol. Welcome back.

I think he's a candy hoarder.

I also know those secondary characters can take over. That's how I ended up with five books in my series.
DAVID WALSTON said…
Do you like candy crush?

Love is all we need!

Funny stuff.
Elizabeth, living in London for a while was awesome.

Melissa, my work here is done...

David, actually no...
Pat Hatt said…
haha great interview and the ninja wannabe sure has a thing for candy, or maybe you do lol
Alex and I have way more in common than I thought, and I'm not sure how I feel about that. You bring the Japanese candy (I hope it's shrimp flavored!), and I'll bring the live recording of the hundredth concert I just went to. Now let's play some D&D.
Carol Kilgore said…
I'm so happy to be back! Looking forward to getting back in touch. I will be around to all your blogs throughout the week.

Alex - It's good you finally fessed up to your mom :)

Thanks to all for stopping by and commenting!
Love is a good theme to have.
Nice post!

Now, I know Alex is a world traveler too!

It's nice to learn new things about our favorite people!

Heather

Southpaw said…
Great interview. Don't all wives think their husbands were obnoxious when they first met. Or annoying or frustrating...
Karen Lange said…
Loved the interview, thanks to both of you! Alex, wishing you all the best. Carol, enjoyed reading your Follow Fest info.

Have a great week! :)
Bish Denham said…
It was nice to learn a few things about Alex. And your comments, Carol... had me giggling.

Welcome back. I hope your time away was productive and enjoyable.
Chemist Ken said…
Alex, you got to live in London for a while and visit castles? Man, you are so lucky. I'd give anything to live in Britain for awhile and visit every castles in the country. I've managed to visit a few of them during family trips, but my wife usually had to drag me out of them kicking and screaming. When I began plotting my first book, I knew there would have to be a castle or two in it.
Brandon and Bryan, you got it! No horses though.

Heather, lived and traveled all over.

Holly, probably!

Ken, I wish we'd visited more countries when I was there. Managed to see four though.
Gwen Gardner said…
I lived in Tucson for a year and enjoyed it very much. The people were super nice, and it was outdoor friendly (don't think I met a snake, just scorpions) as far as activities go. Soccer/softball fields, pools, indoor/outdoor running tracks. I sort of miss it :) Thanks for sharing, Alex.

Hi Carol!
I've never been close to a rattlesnake, so that sounds terrifying. Dragons are really hard.
Way to go, you guys. Now I'm craving candy...
Rusty Webb said…
Those are some great personal stories there. Great job!

Oh, and I saw my name up there, I feel better about it being Monday already!
Gwen, that's where I lived!

Rusty, we can all thank you for Piten!
D.G. Hudson said…
I've only driven through Arizona at night in the summer. It was ninety degrees. Muggy.

Nice job of digging deeper, Carol!
You managed to bring out more about the Ninja Capt'n. Liked your little asides too.

Alex - you did manage to find some more interesting tidbits. Anecdotes are always fun to read. Thanks for sharing!
Arlee Bird said…
Well, Carol, you did squeeze a little more out of the elusive one who is everywhere, but I'm still waiting for the day when we see an actual recognizable picture of what Alex looks like. He's probably a highly advanced computer.


Lee
Tossing It Out

Jen Chandler said…
Great interview! It's always fun to learn a bit more about blog-friends. And that you can get free candy in Japan if they take a liking to you :D

Cheers,
Jen
Angela Brown said…
Absolutely adored this interview, Carol. I was entertained by the questions and even more so by your additions.

Candy anyone? And yes, I indirectly blame the Ninja Captain for my recently acquired Hot Tamales obsession lol!!!
Sherry Ellis said…
How interesting that you lived in Japan and England. Did you learn how to be a ninja in Japan? ;)
Crystal Collier said…
LOL. His wife thought he was obnoxious... That's funny stuff--mostly because I thought my husband was rather pompous when we met. Maybe he was, but he knew how to treat a lady, and that wins out every time. ;)
DG, I did my best.

Lee, you'll just have to wonder...

Angela, I'll take the blame!

Sherry, it probably had its beginnings there.

Crystal, I was an obnoxious charmer I guess.
Andrew Leon said…
But -why- did you live in Japan? Was it for your secret ninja training? And is the where the accident happened that caused your consciousness to be uploaded into a computer and, later, the Internet?
J.L. Campbell said…
Now between the two of you, that was a mighty entertaining read. Glad to have you back, Carol. Enjoy the follow fest.
kmckendry said…
Very entertaining interview, thanks for the laughs! I would love to live in either London or Japan, what a neat opportunity.
Johanna Garth said…
Great interview. My husband lived in Japan for a long time...wonder if he and Alex ever unknowingly crossed paths.
I found these snippets of information fascinating. Not only because Alex is fascinating, but also because he shares so little. Now we know, Carol, that if you work candy into the plot, you'll get the Ninja revealing the entire story. Mention Hot Tamales, and we get to the climax quickly. Well, no, but it sounds good (and, well, inappropriate. Sorry), right?

I really enjoyed this interview, Alex and Carol.

Thank you,
xoRobyn
Melanie Schulz said…
Great to get to know Alex, and you a little better!
Suzanne Furness said…
Great interview! There are a lot of castles to visit in UK so wouldn't be surprised if you met the odd dragon along the way Alex!
Hope you enjoyed your break! I'm already following you on Twitter and FB, but I added you on Goodreads.
Carol Kilgore said…
Pat - I have more a potato chip thing :)

Arlee - LOL! I'd like to see photo proof, too :)

Angela - Glad you enjoyed!

Follow-Festers - It's likely I won't get to your blogs today ... but I'll be there eventually.
Andrew, I'll never tell!

Johanna, only if he lived there a very long time ago...

Robyn, that made me laugh!

Suzanne, if I do, I'll be ready.

Susan Oloier said…
Wonderful interview! Yes, love truly is the most powerful thing in life.
I envy you all the castle visits. I've only been to a few concerts. I enjoy them but I hate crowds.
When I first started writing I heard a gifted speaker say that all good stories are love stories even though they might not be romances. After food and shelter, all anyone wants is love.
Janie Junebug said…
Welcome back. I missed you.

Love,
Janie
Rhonda Albom said…
Nice to get a rare bit of insight in to Alex. Great question and I love your funny added remarks.
Old Kitty said…
I came here to see the Capn in his transparent underpants but will make do with his candy instead. :-)

Ahem.

Take care
x
Christine Rains said…
Wonderful interview! Very cool that you got to see all those castles, Alex. I'm sure they could provide some inspiration for future stories. ;) And nice to know a little more about Carol too.

Why do I find myself craving candy right now?
Quanie Miller said…
Hi Carol, nice to meet you! I love that tagline "Crime Fiction with a Kiss". Very catchy! I'm now following you on Twitter and FB and I sent you a GR friend request. Hope to see you around!
Carol Kilgore said…
Joy - It's good to be back!

Robyn - Well, I guess if we couldn't find dirt, we create our own :)

Milo - Thanks. I'm finding we think we follow everyone everywhere, but turns out we miss here and there. Thanks to Melissa for Follow Fest!

Janie - I missed everyone, too, especially the first few days and the last few.

Rhonda - I'm glad you liked!

Old Kitty - Giggle :)

Quanie - Great to meet you, too! I will be around to return the likes, friends, and follows as soon as possible.
ediFanoB said…
Hi Alex,

thank you for putting a smile on my face.
Mark Means said…
Awesome interview, Carol, and loved your little inserted snippets....good stuff :)

Congrats to Alex and it's always fun finding out more about my blogging buddies.
I've flown over Arizona. Does that count? Nice interview, but now I've got candy on my mind. Really. But I don't think my teeth could handle any. Darn!
L.G. Keltner said…
Great interview! My husband thought I hated him when we first met. As it turns out, I just give a hard time to the people I like most. And I think we're all a bit obnoxious when we're young.
Susan, that is very true.

Kitty, sorry!

Christine, if I ever write a fantasy, I'm set.

LG, yes we are.

Thanks everyone!
Julie Luek said…
I really appreciate how you incorporated love, in all its forms, into your books. I bet that really adds a humanity level that resonates with readers. Wonderful, Alex.
Ella said…
This was sweet!
Well done Carol n' Alex-I enjoyed your banter!

Love is key-my husband was an annoying customer-at the store I was working at. I went home and my brother had invited him over.
Funny how that works out ;D
Carol, glad you're back! I'll work on a TBR list this week!

Alex, I cannot imagine you being obnoxious! For someone who doesn't like flying, you've been all over. Japan! And I envy you England and all the castle. Dreamy!!! I think scorpions would scare me more than snakes. We used to swim with snakes in the creek.
Lynda R Young said…
One of the better interviews I've read, Carol! And your extra comments were hilarious.

Great to get to know you even better, Alex! Loved learning the background behind Piten's character. A very cool character in Storm.

And yes! When I visited England I HAD to visit as many castles as I could as well. And gee, they have a lot of castles over there.
Julie, I guess that's why non-science fiction fans like them.

Ella, for some of us darned lucky how it worked out!

Word, no thanks on the snakes. And we did get scorpions in the house.

Lynda, the castles are everywhere! And you can probably appreciate how Piten evolved.
Wonderful interview! The little personal tidbits were great, and I liked all those comments about candy. :) It sounds like you've had some great adventures in life, Alex!
And love is definitely the most important theme of all.
Carrie Butler said…
I feel like I just leveled up in Alex knowledge. The next time someone wants to play Ninja Trivia, I'll be ready. ;)
Jaclyn Canada said…
Fantastic interview! I have a sudden urge for candy. Good thing I have some chocolate nearby ;) Very interesting tidbits. Thank you so much for sharing!
Kelly Polark said…
What a super fun interview. I learned some new things about you, Alex! Love the candy story!!!
Robin said…
Alex, anyone who is as well-traveled as you are has VERY INTERESTING tales to tell. Hmmmm. Does it just take candy to pull them out of you????
Carol Kilgore said…
Mark, Ella, Words Crafter and Lynda - Thanks. It was fun to do, too.

Donna Hole said…
You've traveled around a bit Alex. Great for creating setting in novels.

Funny how themes, and characters, can naturally insert themselves in a story.

Hi Carol; fabulous questions.

......dhole
Helena said…
I'm so glad you're back, Carol! I missed ya.

And what a good way to be back--by interviewing Captain Ninja. Love the dialogue between you two.
Welcome back Carol! You must have bought up all of the Hot Tamales in the Carolinas, and held them hostage to get that much info out of our favorite Ninja Captain! Bravo Carol! Thanks for the great stories Alex!

Julie
T. Drecker said…
*wave* Hi, Carol! Stopping by from Followers Fest and out of curiousity about Alex. Love the interview!
Alex, it's better if a mother never ever hears some things. Trust me. She doesn't always want to know :)
Elise Fallson said…
Hi Carol! Great interview with the Ninja Captain. It's interesting how unassuming characters in the beginning stages of a story can evolve and have such a huge impact by the end of the book. I'm curious to read about Piten now. And I'm craving candy, too! (:
joss said…
I love your book covers, I popped over from the follow fest and have connected up with you in a few different places :)
Tyrean, and I don't feel like I've been adventurous, either.

Carrie, that made me chuckle!

Robin, a case of Hot Tamales will get me to talking!

Donna, I think travel adds so much to a person.

Julie, she tried!

T, some things I'll never tell.

Elise, think you will like Piten.

Hey, Joss! Thanks.
Nick Wilford said…
Welcome back! What a fabulous interview. I could picture you giggling during it. Melissa had a great idea with follow fest. I think it's great that you made up your own genre!
Jennifer Shirk said…
Hey, Carol!
Nice to know a little more about Alex. Congrats on his new book!
Carol Kilgore said…
Donna and Elise - Glad you enjoyed the interview.

Helena - Missed you, too!

Julie - I tried. Bribery is an awesome weapon :)

T.Drecker - Great to meet you! I'll be along to Follow Fest later in the week. I'm happy you enjoyed the interview :)

Joss - I'll be around to connect back later in the week. I'm glad you like my covers - due solely to my cover designer.

Nick - I did giggle! A lot :)
Very fun interview! Thanks, Alex and Carol :)
E.J. Wesley said…
I'm over here for FF AND Alex! LOL

Best interview I've read with the Ninja Rocker. Seriously learned some stuff I didn't know. Mostly that he's also a world traveler! Who knew?

Loved your responses, Carol! :D
Sara Fowler said…
Fantastic interview! Fun to discover your blog through Follow Fest.
Nick, I hope you could picture Carol giggling and not me...

EJ, I have traveled a lot!

Thanks guys!
VR Barkowski said…
What a fun interview, Alex! I noticed your partner in crime forgot all about the juicy dirt once candy was mentioned. Clearly her priorities are in the right place. :)

I can relate to horse issues. I saw someone thrown from a "sweet, gentle" beast once for whatever reason (never figured out why). The girl was hurt badly. That was the last time I was on a horse.

VR Barkowski
Julie Flanders said…
This was a fun interview - great job to both of you!
And horses and I don't get along either. The first horse I met bit me and the second took off running when I got into the saddle for my first ever riding lesson. They are beautiful animals but I make sure I admire them from afar.
Cate Masters said…
Fun interview! Visiting castles throughout the U.K. is on my bucket list. :)
Cate Masters said…
Fun interview! Visiting castles throughout the U.K. is on my bucket list. :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Karen, EJ, Julie, and Cate - Glad you enjoyed Alex and the Big Reveal :)

Sara - Cool to meet you. I'll be getting around to everyone on Follow Fest later this week.

VR - I know! Totally forgot about the dirt. What kind of detective would I make, LOL!

Stephen Tremp said…
Boring is good! At least you've seen different places, visited castles, and fought imaginary dragons.

Very similar to Harry Potter. So boring isn't so bad.
Medeia Sharif said…
Great interview. I enjoyed learning more about Alex. I also believe he should share his candy with his followers.
Misha Gericke said…
Welcome back! :-)

I liked what Alex said about love being an important part of his books. I've only read the first two so far, but I can definitely see what he means.
That was like the best interview ever. Okay, mostly because of Carol's asides. I'm glad I wasn't drinking when I read this. :D

I loved that blogfest. Too bad I missed it. I didn't even know about it until Monday, and it was too late to participate because I had my giveaway planned.
VR, I'm good with distractions. And that would keep me off a horse forever.

Julie, what is it with biting horse?

Stephen, funny analogy!

Medeia, Hot Tamales for everyone!

Misha, thanks.

Stina, your computer screen would be soaked.
klahanie said…
Greetings Carol,

Aha, so was it really the ninja dude who visited your awesome site? Or perhaps it was one of his clones.

Next time that you um, Alex, visit London, I shall make sure they don't throw you in the Tower of London. I shall have the parade in your honour (honor) nicely organised. It will be you in the parade and not your clone. Right, Alex?

Part two. One moment please, Carol. Arrggghhhhh!!!! NOT another blogfest! Make them STOP! Sorry about that. Phew.

I know of you very well, Carol. Heck, we both are there on good old 'Farcebook'! :)

I think I did very well not going all cynical about blogfests or blog hops or alphabet challenges or....

Gary :)
Emily R. King said…
So great to get to know you better, Alex! You've lived some pretty awesome places. And I don't get along with horses either. Congrats again on your release!
Nicki Elson said…
That's awesome that Piten grew so much from a no-name.

Castles are cool. :)
Gary, if I'm going back to London, it will definitely be me and not a clone! Will Penny be in the parade?

Emily, I'm convinced horses are evil.

Nicki, he became a really fun character.
Mark Noce said…
Cool, intewrview:) You should write about your experiences in soem of the places you've lived, Alex:)
Toinette Thomas said…
Not only do I like the format of this interview, I was very entertained by the witty exchange between interviewee and interviewer. I never knew Alex had lived in so many places. Good stuff.
~Sia McKye~ said…
So, I fight the jungle, climb the mountain and go over the waterfall to get here tonight 'cause I heard there was chocolate...okay candy...hey, I'll take chocolate or hot tamales. *looks around there is NO candy....Who ate the candy?

Alex? Aren't you supposed to share?

Yes, each of your books do, indeed, focus on love (and fun adventures). I think this one is my favorite because of that. There is a rich love between Byron and Athee--nice humor too, and the love of their son. I love how Byron learns to demonstrate that quality better. Bassan certainly does and my favorite secondary character, next to Piten (who I love) is Umbarce. He's pretty cool!

Enjoyed the post Carol and Alex. Sorry for being so late to the party...

Sia McKye Over Coffee

N. R. Williams said…
Sorry for being late.

Candy has its own reward. Great questions with interesting answers. Maybe the horse was just cranky.

I love it when characters surprise us.
Nancy
Mark, I could certainly write some fantasy stories about those countries.

Toinette, military brat - I've lived all over.

Sia, I ate all the candy - sorry! And thank you. Pleased you liked those characters and their relationships so well.

Nancy, I have another word for cranky...
Carol Kilgore said…
Medeia, Mark, Sia - Glad you enjoyed the interview.

Misha - Happy to be back and see everyone!

Stina - I couldn't help myself :)

Gary - Think of it as a double header :) Oh, you live in England, right? A double header is a baseball term for two games back to back.

Toinette - Thanks for stopping by. Great to meet you! And I'm glad you enjoyed the interview :)

klahanie said…
Hey Carole,

Ah yes, I'm living in England. A double-header is often done in baseball to make up for a game that was postponed due to rain.

I went to plenty of baseball games in Vancouver, Canada :)

Yes, I get around. Maybe that didn't sound right....
My favorite line in Alex's wonderful interview is--- "As a Christian, my God embodies every kind of love, so to me it’s vital." Much success, Alex!
Great interview, Carole!
What a FANTASTIC exchange with Alex! Loved it. (Um, are you currently on a diet, Carol? I mean, what with all the references to candy...)

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Have a super weekend.
Lexa Cain said…
Yes, Alex (and Carol), I was definitely amused! I loved hearing about random rattlers, a secondary character becoming a star, and Japanese candy. Have a great weekend! :-)
Carol Kilgore said…
Gary - A little bit of spice can be a good thing :)

Cathrina and Lexa - Happy you liked the interview.

Susan - Should be on a diet LOL :)
Ava Quinn said…
Hi Carol! Fun interview with Alex. :)

I love the name of your blog. It reminds me of the song "Thank God The Tiki Bar's Still Open" by John Hyatt. Great tune and great artist.

I also adore your tagline. It reminds me a little of my friend and cp Delynn Royer who also writes romantic mysteries (set in the 1920's)

Can't wait to hear more about you as we go! :)
Michael Di Gesu said…
HI, Carol,

So cool to see such a personal side to the Ninja Captain!

You really asked some fun questions...

Hope all is well....

Have a wonderful weekend....
Cathrina, thank you!

Thanks Susan and Lexa!

It's nice to see your share of Michael C. and to read more about you. Happy to follow! Writer’s Mark
Another reason to be jealous of Alex, he went to Japan. Cool interview, but what's up with Carol's obsession with candy? Followed your blog through Bloglovin' Carol and liked and followed your other links.
Great site, congratulations. And very nice to meet you.
Carol Kilgore said…
Ava - Love that song! And so true about John Hiatt. I think I followed Delynn in the Follow Fest. This week has been a bit crazy :)

Michael - You know how it is...inquiring minds want to know :)

Nancy - Thanks. I'll be around to your blog in a bit. I haven't made it to everyone yet.

Sheena-kay - Thank you, too. And I'll be at your blog in a bit, too. The candy just caught my eye - I don't even have a sweet tooth. Much rather have chips or pretzels.

Judith - Thanks. Pleasure to meet you, too.
Pat Tillett said…
Great interview! Japan? I had no idea!
Nas said…
Hi Carol!

Welcome back. I think I connect with you on all the links. Anyway will recheck just to be sure.

Congrats to Alex. Loved the interview and the book video.
Carol Kilgore said…
Nas - I think we're connected all around, too. Thanks for checking.

Everyone - Happy you enjoyed this interview!
Sheena-kay, she does have a thing for candy, doesn't she?

Pat, lived there for several years.

Thanks, Nas.

Thanks again, Carol!
Trisha F said…
Hi Carol - I'm finally stopping by from the Follow Fest (for days 1-4 anyway, already done 5 :D). I love the sound of your "crime fiction with a kiss" genre. :D
Carol Kilgore said…
Trisha - Glad you like Crime Fiction with a Kiss!