My thanks to J. Cafesin for agreeing to an interview. Reverb is her novel a romantic suspense psychological thriller.
James Micheal Whren is brilliant, beautiful, rich, and taken—with his genius for creating music. He’s desired by many, yet commits to no one but his muse. Just twenty-eight, and at the pinnacle of his career, on the eve of his brother’s funeral his father shatters his life, and James is left abandoned in hell with no one real to save him.
His odyssey to freedom takes him beyond the looking glass, to the reflection of friends and lovers. Humbled and alone, James escapes to the Greek island of Corfu. But instead of finding solace there, loneliness almost consumes him.
Until Elisabeth, and her son, Cameron.
Please tell me about yourself
I’m J. Cafesin, author of Reverb, and the fantasy series Fractured Fairytales of the Twilight Zone. I’m also a mom of two, a tween and teen, and BFF with my DH of 17 yrs. Live a digital life; virtually never on the phone but almost always online. We have a 7 yr old Shepard pound hound who thinks I’m the leader of the pack and hangs with me loyally, except when someone is eating. She’ll leave my caress for mooching, every time.
What is something about you that no one knows?
There are many, and, in fact, must stay with me to preserve my freedoms…
Who or what is your muse?
Ahh…never been asked before. Good one. Have to think about it while I go pick up my teen son from his guitar lesson (on electric for 7 yrs now…and he’s pretty good!). Be right back with an answer… Hi! Sorry, to my muse mostly, who often gets left at home while I chauffeur the kids. My imagination—my musings rarely get priority over kids needs, but when I’m engaged in writing fiction (during the hours they’re supposed to be in school and such, but aren’t, from budget cuts!), they are sworn to leave me alone in my Tuffshed/office, upon pain of losing electronics time.
What do you do when the creative juices put on the breaks and you go through a dry spell if that dreaded writers block moment has ever even happened for you?
Never not had a story or five floating in my head. Just watch people, the news, at the school yard, the gym, and there’s a story there. Ever see someone at the store and think what their life must be like? I do, all the time. My muse threads a story together, and I take its hand, and follow. My issue has always been the time, and I mean a block of time, to write down the stories my muse tells me.
What is your work space and writing routine like?
I recently got a 8 x 12′ TuffShed and it’s taken the last year to build out the interior. It’s still not finished, but I work out there daily. My own private space. Cheap, compared to an add-on room or office, but tons of building and work finishing it!! I write fiction when I can, whenever I can, which isn’t all the time. Marketing is a huge percentage of the writing process if I want to be read by anyone but my DH.
What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
I’m a recluse by nature. Like watching people, but not so much interacting with most. I say all the wrong things. Ask wayto personal questions because small talk bores me. So I don’t hang out much. I work mostly, designing, writing, building something, except when I’m with my family, my pack. My DH and spectacular kids are the best things that’s ever happened to me, point blank. If I’m lucky enough to be read by masses, a dream for as long as I can remember since I write to be read, it won’t touch what I share daily with my family.
Some favorite books and authors?
Big into scifi— Bradbury; Arthur Clark. Like some contemporary. Just finished The Revisionists, which was weird, spec fiction. Good read. Love spec! Rod Serling is probably one of my favorite writers. Almost every present, b-days, mom’s day, the kids buy me books, contemporary fiction mostly. I’ll read anything if I like the writing…
Please tell me about Reverb
It’s romantic suspense, about a beautiful, rich, master musician who learns to love someone other than himself. Creatives, like James, the lead in Reverb, often are so into creating they neglect the rest of their world. Love is an action. We need to show love, which sometimes means giving more attention to others than ourselves, or our career/muse. Reverb is a fast-paced, psychological thriller, but at its foundation—a love story, about a man who learns to love someone other than himself.
The novel breaks down into three books. Book One, Entropy, pulls James from his life and into hell, with no one to save him. Book Two, Recovery, follows James on his journey to freedom, discovering the man he was to many along the way, a man obsessed with his career, and little else. James finally understands that listening, sharing, caring for others is richer, more rewarding than music alone ever was, and in Book Three, Balance, James learns to love. Reverb is like nothing you’ve ever read, guaranteed.
What do readers have to look forward to next?
A Possible Future—Top Gun Meets ET, kind of thing…Have a sequel for Reverb–Resonance. Write it down the line if I get enough interest in Reverb…