Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mechanized Masterpieces 2------Payoff for Air Pirate Pete by D. Lee Jortner's

Payoff for Air Pirate Pete: A pair of train-robbing outlaws bite off more than they can chew when they kidnap the son of a railroad bigwig.  

This short story was not what I was expecting. The author wrote a good short story.  Pete who got kidnapped got an adventure out of it.     I give this book 4 stars.

Playing with imaginary friends and writing and directing plays in the neighbor's garage filled
D. Lee Jortner's childhood. Today she lets her imagination flow onto her keyboard as she writes mystery, fantasy and steampunk stories and novels. "Payoff for Air-Pirate Pete" is her first short story for Xchyler Publishing. She also enjoys her marketing role with the company and teaching English composition at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso, Indiana. When not writing or working, Jortner is usually busy with her husband, children or grandchildren.

1. Please share how you came up with the concept for your story? 
I always loved O.Henry.  I remember my Dad reading me his stories when I was a child. My favorite was The Ransom of Red chief. 

2. Please name some of your other published works?
My one short work available on Amazon is Chimmeken Crossing the Delaware, An American Historical Fantasy

3. What is your preferred writing genre?
Genre doesn't matter to me, but it has to ring true.

4. And preferred reading genre?
I love historical fiction, of all types.

5. Do you have any particular writing habits?
I stay up very very late writing when my muse hits me, then try to sleep, and look at it in the morning.  Often it is so full of error, I can't stand myself, but I usually find some nuggets I can use. 

6. Do you have a playlist that you created while writing your story?
Total quiet.  And if I put on music, I could not tell you what is was, I am in the zone and I hear nor see anything else.

7. Panster or plotter?
Panster for sure.

8. Advice for writers?
Get lots of eyes to look at your work, and then keep the parts you love, in spite of the advice.

10. What's up next for you?
I want to take Effie and Clayton on another adventure.

Author Favorite Things: 
- Quote: "Never supress a generous thought" Camilla Kimball
- Movie: Stand by Me
- Candy bar: Almond Joy
- Junk food: Not a fan.. Give me a nice fresh fruit smoothie any day.
- Place you visited: Banff Alberta Canada
- Restaurant:  The White House 
- Island: Dominican Republic

Who would you cast for your main characters and why? 

Cayton: Johnny Depp  (or a younger version?)

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