Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Interview with Jeff LaFerney

We have author Jeff LaFerney here with us at Writer's Rendezvous this week talking about himself and his writing. Drop a comment below and you could win a free ebook of one of his titles!

Loving the Rain

Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you write? Why?
I am a married father of two who teaches junior high English full time.  I write a series of suspense/mysteries about my two heroes with parapsychological abilities.

If you could be any one of your characters, who would you choose?
I would be Clay Thomas.  He’s a morally good man who wisely controls the use of his gifts and unselfishly uses them to help other people.

What is your creative process like? Do you need music to write? Silence?
I can write in practically any environment, but at my desk is the most comfortable with distractions closed off and music down low.

What is a guilty pleasure of yours?
I like popcorn with lots of salt and butter and Mountain Dew to wash it down.

What inspires you?
Smiles from others and words of encouragement inspire me.  I like to know that I’ve made others smile, but I also appreciate it when others lift me up too.

What is one of your worst pet peeves?
I really don’t like certain grammar errors:  Examples are “I seen it…it don’t matter…I’ll read them books…I don’t have none.”

Describe what a perfect day would be for you.
My perfect day would have to be 24 hours long without rest necessary so I could accomplish more than usual.  I’d read, write, play, laugh, watch a great movie, spend time with my closest friends, and spend some quiet time alone.  I’d eat my favorite foods, watch my son score 30 points, talk for a while with my daughter, and…

If you could bring any fictional character to life, yours or anyone else’s, who would you pick?
My favorite character of all time is Edward Pierce from Michael Crichton’s The Great Train Robbery, but he was actually not fictional, so I’d say Spenser from Robert B. Parker’s series.

If you could shape-shift, what animal would you turn into and why?
My vision of Heaven includes large, wild cats as pets, like lions, tigers, panthers, etc.  I want one.  Of those, I think I’d want to be a cheetah because they’re so fast.  :)

Where can we find you and your work around the web?
Author page on facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeff-LaFerney/139308736084156
Webpage with links to my books:  http://jefflaferney.com/
Amazon page:  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Jeff+LaFerney
Publishers website with links to purchase my books:  http://www.worldcastlepublishing.com/home.html


  1. What is with the Mountain Dew and writers?!?! Hahhaa...i love the idea of your perfect day...24 hours without needing rest?! Now I could use some of those. Can't wait to read the books!

  2. Great interview, Jeff. I too have a penchant for the big cats. My favorite is the tiger, but I also have a strong affinity for snow leopards. In fact, my first screenplay was about an activist who travels the globe with a pet bengal tiger. I'll have to tell you more about it sometime.

  3. Love your "perfect day"! Great interview! :)

  4. I have a weakness for popcorn too. It's better than chips any day!