Sunday, January 15, 2012


Welcome to the Second Annual Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop.

The dates for this hop are Friday, January 13th to Wednesday the 18th. 

Thanks to Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf for co-hosting.

Nearly 200 blogs are each hosting a giveaway for something a reader, author or blogger would enjoy! Just click the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Picture on the right hand side of your screen for a list of all the wonderful authors, bloggers, readers, reviewers and more that are giving away some awesome prizes!! I'm giving away free copies of The Demon Side and official autographed Demon Side bookmarks!

Yay! I’d like to thank Jeff Carlson for joining us today on The Demon Side! 

Before we get to the nitty-gritty, tell us a little about yourself?  

I’m 52 years old (but don’t act it) and live in North Carolina's Triad. When I'm not thinking about writing, I like ice hockey and traveling. I've tried stand-up comedy too. A cat owns me; in fact, she has helped me pen three picture books featuring her and her friends and the compilation thereof has just been published.

Did you wake up one morning and say “Hey, I think I’ll write a book today!” or has writing always been a passion for you? 

Always have I loved creating worlds different from the one in which I lived, and writing helped me do that.  Interestingly, Shrike came to life one morning when I did decide, “Hey, I’ll start it today!”

Can you tell us what Shrike is about? 

Set in present-day Raleigh, North Carolina, Shrike is the story of one young woman's overcoming tremendous physical, emotional and logistical adversity to defeat evil incarnate. When Taryn Spire and her best friend learn that some banking executives plan a cyber-crime to embezzle funds from the North Carolina State Fair, the adventure begins. A botched attempt by the perpetrators to silence them permanently leads to a dramatic transformation for Taryn - watching a television program featuring a video clip of a shrike with its prey destines her to become a crime fighter. With the help and the love of an unlikely ally (a motorcycle salesman), Taryn, as her alter ego, dispenses a unique type of justice.

Heaven:Wow. Some of my favorite things all wrapped into one book. I love it!

What inspired you to write Shrike?

I had the idea in me for over three decades.  With the encouragement of the young lady to whom I dedicated the book, I started it one morning as described above.   

When you write do you draw from your personal life or experiences? 

There is always some part of me in all my work – characters, experiences, feelings, aspirations.  Written words ring all the more true if indeed they were/are true.

I know I can’t write a word without my IPod, a Pepsi and a bag of Hershey kisses. What must you have while writing?

Jeff: A computer, quiet, a vision and one or more Jack and Cokes. 

Heaven: Coke? You're lucky you're a talented writer or I'd kick you out. :P

How do you manage your writing career and life outside of the computer desk? 

At this time, I do not have a “writing career” as such.  When I can, I write in the calm evenings after work and before bed.

Can you give the readers a little taste of Shrike?

How about the prologue?

It has been said that those who play with fire get burned.  If only that had been the case weeks ago - a furious, fiery, final judgment.  The vermin who caused the death of my best friend and changed my life forever live on without a scar - and I know all about scars.  They may be hiding.  They may be in a glorious dining room, eating dinner with friends with a cheerful fire crackling in the fireplace right now while the dog begs at his master's feet for a tiny morsel of filet mignon.  Whatever the case, I shall find them.  Swiftly to the prey I must be...

…For now I am beautiful.

Ooh, I'm so loving your prologue. How can we get more of you and Shrike?

E-book links:

It is available also via the iBookstore.  I can be reached on Facebook at
"The author pulled me into Taryn's world from page one. I am a sci-fi geek and writer, tend to read mostly science fiction and fantasy, and often find it difficult to become engrossed outside my chosen genre. This book hooked me in and held me through out with attention to detail and depth of character and setting. It is a story of love, loss, pain and vengeance, and Taryn is a wonderfully unique character. I thoroughly enjoyed this book."

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  1. Great interview, Heaven. Jeff, thank you for giving us a glimpse into your world.

  2. wow i d not now ilove book and t hey can be all kind i read
    love the vamp gene and were and then mix them

  3. cool interview... right to the point.