Hello D.L., one of the thirty authors in The Bandit Creek Book Series, and author of Siren’s Song, a book in that series. This book has paranormal aspects (ghosts) and sci-fi (time travel)…and romance. D.L. can tell it all best in our interview – but before we get started, here’s a little about D.L.:
DL Snow spent her youth living by trial and error. From touring with an international performing group, backpacking through northern Africa to living bohemian style in Berlin, she pursued adventure and passion from one place to the next, never really knowing where she’d end up. She’s been a wildlife technician, a rock climbing instructor, a tailor’s assistant (measuring men’s inseams – someone’s gotta do it!) and a high school social studies teacher.
It wasn’t until she met the love of her life, the son of a Nakoda chief, and started a family, that DL found her true calling – writing. Now, she writes about passion and adventure and is happy to say her characters never know where they are going to end up. Find out more at www.dlsnow.ca
Wow, D.L….you’ve had an adventurous life…lots of fodder for fiction. Okay…on to the interview.
Please tell us how the idea came to you for The Bandit Creek Book Series. Please include all the fun details.
The birth of Bandit Creek is an incredible story of collaboration. Imagine thirty authors, with varied backgrounds and writing in a variety of genres, getting together and creating a fictional town, common characters and story lines, a series bible…such fun. The excitement and energy in the room was amazing - I don’t think any of us slept after we’d come up with this idea. It’s been an incredible experience and it gave me the opportunity to write about a few of my favorite things: ghosts, past lives and time travel!
I’ve had a number of you Bandit Creek authors and have enjoyed hearing the inspirations that brought your books to fruition. Wonderful theme, inspirations, and ideas.
Tell us about your heroine Joss Jones. What’s she do for a living?
Joss Jones was a famous teen superstar…until five years ago. Her mother died in a car crash (while Joss was driving) and Joss has always felt responsible. She gave up her career and became a music teacher. Now, she hopes to find some semblance of a normal life in Bandit Creek as a teacher. Boy is she in for a surprise!
Tell us about your hero…what does Morgan Hawes first mean to Joss Jones?
Joss first becomes acquainted with Morgan Hawes when she inherits her grandmother’s old house in Bandit Creek. The only thing is, Morgan isn’t a living breathing man, he’s the ghost of a boy who died ten years ago and this ghost is responsible for dragging her back in time to Bandit Creek 1899.
Oh, I love the concept of going back in time with a ghost. *grins*
So…Why this location? Anything in particular in real-life that made you select it?
I have to say, growing up in the Canadian West, I have a passion for this time period (1899); for the settlers and fortune seekers who took a huge chance moving into unknown territory to try to make their lives better—it’s the story of my ancestors. I love exploring old ghost towns and do so every chance I get. This book really embodies my secret fantasy, to go back in time and to see what life was really like during this time!
Sounds like a real trip, D. L.
Is Siren’s Song included in a series? If so, what series and can you give us titles and a tagline for other books in this series?
Yes! As I mentioned above, Siren’s Song is part of Bandit Creek Books. The series was kicked off in September, 2011 and includes a number of fun paranormal stories. Here are a few:
LOST - A Bandit Creek Mystery by Vivi Anna’s - Kirsten Morgan can hear the dead. And now they are calling to her, to come home to Bandit Creek.
DEVIL UNKNOWN by Steena Holmes - When a fallen angel decides he wants to rule the world, no one can stand in his way. Not even his own son.
SHAFTED by Kymber Morgan - Is her love real or just a myth?
SKIN DEEP by Shanna Gecko - A Bandit Creek Paranormal Erotic Romance
A STRANGER’S KISS by Roxy Boroughs - sequel to A STRANGER’S TOUCH
Which scene was your favorite to write? Can you share a little of it?
My favorite scenes are actually at the end of the book (so I can’t share them without giving away the ending!). One of my other favorite scenes, however, is when Joss Jones thinks she sees a young native man dressed in modern clothes (while still living in 1899). She tracks him and his grandfather to an alley behind the general store and asks them for help to return home to her own time. For this scene, I drew on my own experiences living on an Indian Reserve in Canada where I had the opportunity to hear many stories from my late father-in-law (who was a writer, poet and long-time Nakoda chief). Here’s the excerpt:
I stood there with my arms wrapped around myself, not really knowing what to say. The two men crouched down onto their haunches and the older man reached into his pocket, pulled out a little packet and a pipe. Then he lit the pipe and the two smoked it passing it back and forth between them and speaking quietly in a language I’d never heard before, acting as if I wasn’t even there.
My five minutes were almost up so I cleared my throat hoping that would gain their attention but they continued to ignore me.
I walked closer and finally said, “I’m Joss Jones. I think maybe you can help me.”
A sense of urgency made me blurt, “Please, I need your help. Please. I know you’re like me.”
Without looking up, the man named John said, “Like you? How am I like you?”
“I saw you, the way you were dressed. You don’t belong here.”
After another puff on the pipe, John said, “We are Crow People. We belong.” He turned his head and used his lips to point at the mountain top to the west. “We are travelers but we always winter beneath this mountain. It’s named for our people.”
The man spoke quietly but with a thick, halting accent and my stomach sank. Like everyone else in this god-forsaken place, he didn’t know what I was talking about. I must have been seeing things again.
The two continued to speak quietly and just as I was about to leave, John said, “Grandfather says you are a traveler too. He says you have traveled a great distance.”
My heart lurched in my chest and I crouched down beside them, no easy feat in a corset. “I have,” I whispered. “But I need to go home. Can you help me go home?”
The old man smoked his pipe and spoke in his soft language. Tilting his chin up at the mountain, he waved his hand like it was a bird. Then he clapped suddenly and I jumped. The old man chuckled at my response.
“What? What did he say?”
“You travel like this mountain.”
“That doesn’t make sense. Mountains don’t travel.”
He shook his head. “The Creator makes the mountains. Boulders fall down. They fracture into stones. Some turn into pebbles and are washed downstream into the great rivers and seas. Some turn into earth. One day the mountains will be gone – it will be spread out all over this land and the Creator will have to start all over again.”
I shook my head. “I don’t understand. What has this got to do with me?”
The old man spoke again and John translated. “Even though the mountain comes apart it is all still part of the mountain. A pebble from that mountain still is…” the grandfather spoke again and John listened before continuing, “…the pebble still is, the stone still is, the boulder still is, the mountain still is. They are all one yet all in different places. Travelers.”
I still didn’t understand. I didn’t want to hear about mountains and stones and stories and myths. There was only one thing I cared about. “So, can you help me?”
Finally John looked at me, right into my eyes. “A crow can carry a pebble to the top of the mountain but he cannot put a mountain back together once it has fractured. Only the Creator can do that.” He took a puff of the pipe. “I am sorry,” he said. “A traveler must find her own way. It is between the traveler and the Creator.”
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on two projects. One is a post-apocalyptic trilogy set 300 years in the future called The Odessa Chronicles and I’m working on a fictional story about reincarnation that was inspired by true accounts. It’s called The Locket and I’m very excited about it!
Where can we find you? List all of your links.
www.dlsnow.ca - website/blog
@DL_Snow - twitter
DL Snow - Goodreads
DL Snow -Facebook
Getting to know D.L. Snow…
2 Things you do to relax: Walk and take a bath
Favorite sport to watch: Volleyball
Cat or Dog: Both (two of each, actually!) Me too!!
Favorite places to write: In a café, at home with windows around me.
Place you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t: On safari in Africa
Breakfast drink: Double Cappuccino!
Favorite season ~ why: Summer - I love heat. I love the sun (yes I know, it’s bad)
What are your hobbies /past times (besides writing):
Reading (of course!). Hiking, running, playing volleyball and hanging out with my family.
D.L. has generously offered a PDF copy of Siren’s Song to one lucky commenter. Leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win. Drawing will be chosen randomly tomorrow after Noon EST. Good Luck!!
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By D.L. Snow
A Bandit Creek Time Travel Romance
After giving up fame, Joss Jones just wants a normal life. Maybe she’ll find it in Bandit Creek. Or…maybe not. From the moment she moves into the old mansion she inherited, she’s stalked by a ghost who torments her before dragging her back in time to Bandit Creek, 1899.
Has she gone crazy or is this old mining town, full of saloons, gambling, whoring and fortune seekers her new reality? It feels real enough as does the ghost who brought her here. His name is Morgan Hawes and he is very much alive. Is Morgan the key to Joss finding her way home or is Joss stuck for the rest of her life as the Siren of Bandit Creek?
D.L., thank you for making my place one of your Bewitching Book Tours stops. Congratulations on the release of Siren’s Song…and I wish you many, many more successes.
Thank you everyone for stopping in and visiting with D.L. Don’t forget to leave D.L. a comment for your chance to win her giveaway.
Until Next Time…Warm Hearts & Hugs,
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