We're joined today by author SM Blooding, I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did :)
1. Tell us how this story came about?
I had been telling my girls bedtime stories of my dustman, Ol’Lukoe, who was actually a
character in my favorite fairy tale. I’d been writing for years, but I never took it seriously.
However, watching them get into the Ol’Lukoe stories got me to thinking.
I should really write this story down.
I can tell you that I sucked at writing…pretty heavily, when I first started out. I might have said
this was the first book I was going to seriously write for publication, but it was like, my sixth. And
let’s not count the ones I wrote “for fun”. *shiver*
But when I sat down and really wrote this book I said, “Frankie, this is what you want to do with
the rest of your life.”
Re-reading this book was lovely. *bites lip through grin* I just remember where I was when
I wrote the graveyard scene, or recalled the house where book took place, or--*huge grin*--
all the little characters that had cameo appearances in Dreamland, and the looks on the girl’s
faces when they met Telfgar the dragon and that farting unicorn and the chitter-chatterbox fairy.
*breathing* Lovely is such a small, small word for what that book means to me.
2. Did Meg come from someone in your life, or did you invent her?
I think she came from me. Re-reading through this story, there was a lot of emotions that I
remembered, the feelings of failure, of losing hope, the sorrow. *nods* Yeah. I’m pretty sure
Meg is me.
3. Tell us something people would be surprised to find out
The little old lady who ran into the light pole after spying the naked guy in the car wash was a
real life event. The gal who drove her car into the light pole and had to dig her walker out of the
car to spy on the guy taking a shower in the car wash is no longer with us, but she was very real
and that was a real event. LOL!
4. What genre do you read?
Fantasy. I don’t care what kind, but there has to be some kind of fantasy in there.
5.Who is your favorite author?
Oh, man! Which week?! But my treasure shelves still has Mercedes Lackey, Jim Butcher and
David Eddings. So I would have to say it would be one of those.
6. How did you get started writing?
I don’t know. LOL! I’ve always just written, even when I wasn’t taking it seriously. We didn’t
watch a lot of TV and going outside of the backyard was frowned upon, so I was either
pretending with my sister, drawing, writing, playing my flute, or reading. *grins*
7. What’s next for you?
Well, Demons Are Jackasses is officially releasing next week!!! That’s book 1 of my Demon
Talker Series. I’m very excited about that. And then it’s book 1 of my YA Steampunk, The
Hands of Tarot, and then I’ll be finishing up The Nightmare, which is book 2 to the Dreamland
Stories! *grin* I have a lot going on!
Thank you so much for letting me stop by!
You are so welcome :)
Here's a blurb from The Dustman
Meg has two kids, one of which is hell bent to
land himself in jail. She’s about to lose her
house, her home, her ability to support her
children. Her aunt tells her to publish the story
of her childhood friend, her dustman, her Luk.
Dreamland is empty.
He’s watching his world shrink, his friends blinking out of existence. Children no
longer call for him. He’s watched his fellow dustmen disappear while their lands
are eaten by a ferocious void.
There is no cure.
About the author:
SM Blooding lives in Colorado with
her pet rock, Rockie, their new
addition, Mr. Bird, who’s a real bird.
She likes to hike the beautiful Rocky
Mountains, and is learning to play the
piano and guitar. Currently, she’s
trying to MURDER them both.
Friends call her Frankie.
She’s dated vampires, werewolves,
sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US
Government assassins. Yes. She has