Featured Interview With JP Cawood
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I came out to Los Angeles to go to USC film school and have stayed, although I’ve also spent extended time living in India, France, and the UK. I love to travel! I have a cat named Ananda, and she inspired the character of the same name in my book Sam & The Secrets of the Universe.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve been an avid reader since I can remember. When I was about nine, I remember signing up for a library program that incentivized kids to read 10 books and the librarian was shocked when I came back so quickly ready for me. As a kid, I wrote short funny stories to make my friends laugh.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I love science fiction and one of my favorite is Stranger in a Strange land. That book really stuck with me. I also love Phillip K Dick, especially his short stories. Recently, I read and liked Neal Shusterman and Gabriel Zevin.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Love from Mars is a romance novel with a twist. Unfolding over the course of two years, it’s a tense, character-driven romance told from multiple points of view. Emma is a determined reporter who hopes to launch her career by covering an upcoming effort to colonize Mars. Ryan is sweet, thoughtful, and about to leave the planet for good. He has a one-way ticket to the red planet. When the two meet at a press conference sparks fly, and both of their plans are interrupted by a whirlwind romance neither had counted on.
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