Thank you so much for tuning in with the Read It With Whiskey podcast! This episode will be a little different, as I am interviewing...myself!?
That's right, in this episode, I answer all the regular author questions featured in the show. Since I usually do not talk about my own fiction works, nor about my author life here in the public podcast anymore, I figured now would be a good time to share!
In this episode, I tell you the inspiration story for both book one, Transient Pulse, and book two, Oscillation Rising, from The Shockwave Series. There are minor spoilers, but nothing too serious (I don't tell you how book one ends or anything).
I also dive into my writing process, a bit about my non-fiction, and I give you a glimpse into my personal life. Enjoy!
Host, Laura Juntunen's, Resources & Works:
Hello, everybody, and welcome back to Read It With Whiskey. I am solo today, which is very new for the podcast. I wanted to pop in here because I have some really exciting news. And originally, I was just going to tell my Patreon members, but I realized, I have to tell everybody. So that's why I'm here in a solo episode completely dedicated to The Shockwave Series! The Shockwave Series is my science fiction post apocalyptic series, which debuted in March of 2021. This story was birthed from an irrational fear that I had in the middle of the night from a nightmare. And I'll get into that story a little bit later. But I realized that I really haven't told you guys the whole story. From my own perspective, not in an interview. So if you go back to an episode, earlier, back, when we were first putting episodes out, I did have an interview that was recorded for a different podcast streamed on my podcast here on RIWW. And that was Ruthenna Porterfield, and she has an amazing, amazing show. It's very spiritual and faith based. And she wanted to do cross reference interviews with other people who were either business owners or book writers. And so she had me on the show, and she did such a great job. I said, Hey, Ruthenna, can I have the recording and put it on my podcast? And she was like, Yeah, 100%. Sure. We were talking about Transient Pulse, the first book in The Shockwave Series. So I took that interview, and I turned it into a RIWW episode. And yes, if you want to go back and listen to that, for sure, go ahead and do that. That episode was so much fun with Ruthenna. And I'm just so glad that I had the opportunity to talk with her. She originally was going to be on the podcast. But before we had the chance, well before she had the chance to publish her book, I actually pivoted and the podcast is now science fiction and fantasy only. Her book was more of a memoir, historical, and it didn't really fit the genre anymore. But I did want to give her that shout out in this episode, as well, because she did that original interview that is here on RIWW. So if you want to go and listen to that original interview, go ahead and do that. It's early on in the episode lineup, and it is labeled with my name. So you can just search my name, and it will pop up when we talked all about Transient Pulse. And in the show notes of the episode, you can also find all the links to racinos podcast and all of her episodes for her own podcast as well. So definitely go check her out. Today, I wanted to kind of give a basic overview of the book I've been talking about forever. As you know, Read It With Whiskey was born to talk to self published authors, because I myself am a self published author. And it is not easy, it is a very difficult task to try. Let's just put it that way. I had originally started my career as an author through a nonfiction book called Happiless Chokelist. And this book was basically a culmination of all of my nonfiction work as a life coach, so as a life coach, and this is a nonfiction book, basically focusing around what I talked about in my life coaching sessions with my clients. And that marketing was so difficult, it was hard to get my book out there. And then I really started to get into fiction. Again, I had been in fiction when I was younger. But anyway, after writing my own book and publishing on Amazon, I realized how difficult marketing was. And I wanted to help other authors. And so that's how really with whiskey was born. So this podcast focuses on, as you know, self published, or indie authors. And so I figure Hey, I'm a self published indie author, I should probably focus on myself a little bit, especially now that I have taken out the behind the scenes content that I used to have here in the podcast. And you've probably noticed over the last couple months, I have had a little like blip, kind of like an update for you guys here in the podcast saying, hey, all of those behind the scenes, author updates are no longer in the podcast, they are now featured in Patreon. And that is because I want the podcast to be solely focused on the author in their book, I don't want to be plugging anything for me personally. And so all of that content is now on Patreon. So if you want to hear about my book writing process, and all the behind the scenes content, definitely go to patreon.com/readitwithwhiskey, you can get all the content there, as well as all the video episodes of these interviews. If you are a viewer, you get everything if you're a listener plus you get almost everything and if you are a listener, it's more like you just want to support the show and you don't really care about getting anything extra. But you just want to help me in a monetary way. Three bucks, it's not that much it's less than a cup of the month. All of that being said, I now don't do these behind the scenes or personal author updates here on the podcast. And so I figured I might as well have an episode where I talk about The Shockwave Series, because I have a huge announcement coming up. And I wanted to make sure that the general audience was aware of this update, rather than only my patrons. So that was just a long way of saying, I'm going to talk about my own books today. If you don't want to hear about my books, then you can leave. But I want to share about my books because I don't talk about them enough. I haven't given them enough love. People know that I've written books, but I haven't really dove in into the reason why or the behind the scenes stuff. And so I'm just gonna dedicate this entire episode to The Shockwave Series. And I would love for you guys to follow along. And if you haven't already picked up the book, definitely do so. Okay, I've got some copies at home that I would love to sign and send out to you, you can message me through Patreon. If you're a Patreon member, you can email me Laura@LauraJayLive.com. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Either way, I will get that message and I do have a limited amount of copies I can sign and send out so if you want one of those signed paperbacks definitely reach out ASAP. I figured for this episode, we would talk about the book series, we're not going to go into too many spoilers, because we don't talk about spoilers here on RIWW. But I do want to answer the questions that I asked every single author every single time I interview someone because I haven't answered these questions before to you, my audience. So I want to make sure that I am telling you all of the behind the scenes of why I wrote this book and who I am as a person, because you've been learning about all these authors. And I think it's about time you learn a little bit more about me. So to start off, why did I decide to start writing and become an author? You may have heard me talk about this in the past, but I actually had an experience when I was young, where I really wanted to be an author, I really wanted to write books. And that's all I wanted to do. And I would write in journal, I never really wrote stories per se, but I just love the idea I romanticize the idea of becoming an author. And somewhere along the road, somebody told me that I could not make a living as a writer to this day, I still don't know who said that. I have a hunch of who it is. But I'm not 100% Sure, I had a person or two in my life who wasn't as who weren't as positive as I would have hoped. None of my really, really close family like my parents or my siblings, but there were some extended family that kind of shut down some barriers, or built up barriers within me for other areas of my life. So I'm guessing that's probably where this hesitancy came from. But regardless of who was had no idea, somebody told me that I couldn't make a living as a writer. And so I kind of just never thought about that as a possibility. I just kind of shut the door on that and was like, I'm not going to be a writer for a living. So why should I pursue it? And so I just totally squashed the idea of being a writer, which was ridiculous, because when I was in high school, that was my favorite topic. That was my favorite genre to focus on within the school system. My favorite teachers were always the English teachers. I was in the Advanced Placement English class my senior year, even though I mean, it was it was basically easier than 12th Grade English. No, but I think back to it. Anyway, I love the teacher, I was like, I want to be in the advanced placement. I was, it was amazing. We read a bunch of books, and it was a great experience. And then when I went to college, I that's I still had that hesitancy in the back of my mind, like I can't make a living as a writer. So I did the bare bones writing classes that you needed to do for any degree. And I didn't think anything of it, it was it was shut down before it was even really dreamed about, which is really sad. Because I just think back to all the years, I could have been writing where I wasn't. And at the same time, I'm kind of glad that I wasn't writing way back then because I think my writing would have been completely different. I was a completely different person when I was in college. I've grown so much throughout the last 10 years. So I'm kind of fortunate that I didn't write but at the same time, I'm like, I could have been such a more developed writer in general, if I had started writing all that time ago. Regardless, I didn't start writing, like actually writing until 2019. And that was because at that point, I had just left a fitness position I had been in for a few years and I was branching into life coaching and health coaching specifically and I had a business in Florida. And I had this process that I would put my clients through five steps easy to maneuver. And I thought I want to reach more people with this. So I wrote a book about it. I wrote a nonfiction book, Happiless Chokelist. It's all about Breaking Through Barriers, Gaining Clarity, Moving Forward, and Finding Ture Happiness, because my motto is happiness is a choice. I believe that no matter where you are in your life, you can look towards the light. And so I wrote this nonfiction book and like I said earlier In this episode, I realized how difficult it was to actually sell a book once it's written, like, who cares if you can write a book or not the marketing is the hard part. And so that kind of was a really big eye opener for me. So that was late 2019. And then 2020 rolled around, we all know what happened. And I had a dream. And it wasn't as inspirational as that quote is from but I was dreaming nightmares going away in the middle of the night, me and my boyfriend at the time, who is now my fiance. As I'm recording this. We were planning on moving from Florida to Indiana because it was the beginning of shutdown of locked down quarantine of COVID. And we did not want to stay in Florida. We didn't have any immediate family near us. And so we said, let's move to Indiana. And so the night before we were leaving, I had a nightmare that he left without me. And it was such a completely irrational nightmare, because he would never leave without me. We've been together for years, and definitely a spoiler, we are still together. And we are in Indiana. So I did make it to Indiana, but I had a fear, I had a nightmare, that he was gonna leave me behind in Florida and I wouldn't be able to take care of myself. And it was definitely a subconscious thought I never knew I had I didn't know that I had abandonment issues or any kind of fears that way because I had never, I've never had the opportunity to have that type of fear. So I didn't know it was lingering in my brain somewhere. So anyway, I had to drive to Indiana, following behind Brian this whole way, having just had this nightmare. And I'm like, okay, he's not leaving me behind. Like we're in a very committed relationship. Nothing bad is happening, Laura calm down. So as I'm driving up listening to an audiobook, and I just shut it off, and I was like, I just, something's bugging me, something's in my brain, like what is happening right now, obviously, a bunch of things are changing in the world, I'm just freaking out. In general, I'm a total mess. And from that fear from that nightmare, a character was born. And this character was a woman who was forced to leave her husband behind in very interesting situations. So that is how Transient Pulse was born. It was born from a nightmare. It was born from an unknown irrational fear. And it grew into something way bigger than I ever thought it would be. And that is The Shockwave Series. So originally, this book was going to take place after the initial shock wave had been happening like months down the road. And then it pivoted a little bit. So Transient Pulse. Sorry, I just realized I was answering the question of why did I decide to become a writer and I just totally went on a tangent for you guys. But it all makes sense, because it brought me to what we're getting to today. So it's okay, we're gonna keep on going. So Transient Pulse is about a woman named Dixie. And there is an EMP and electromagnetic pulse hits the country. She's over in California and this electromagnetic pulse hits everything. All the electronics that are currently powered on, are shut off, they're shut down, they're fried, they are no longer useful. If you were in a car and a car was moving, that car is now dead. The battery's dead, electronics aren't are completely gone. This does take place in the near future right around the 2040s though I never actually specify what timeframe The book takes place in, because I want it to have kind of like an evergreen kind of atmosphere within it. So it doesn't have specific timeframes per se. But when I was writing, it was right around like the 2040s. I was thinking. And so the world has gone crazy. Everything is destroying itself. People are destroying themselves and other people. There are explosions, buildings are collapsing, fires are everywhere, people are freaking out and killing each other. When we pick up the story, it's about four weeks since the pulse hit and her Dixie and her husband Paul are planning on going to Canada because that's where his family is from. And they are survivalists. They are the people who have planned for any type of world disaster. So it's like, let's get to them because they will be able to protect us. And he goes out to get some more supplies because they're going to be traveling for quite some time. And they have to make sure that they are prepared. So then they're not robbed. So they can protect themselves so that they can make it all the way up to Canada because they're in California, it's going to take about a day or two to get up there. And he doesn't come back, going to get his supplies and she starts freaking out. So she's waiting for him for a day or so. And she has to make this decision in the first chapter. You never even meet Paul in that first chapter in the first chapter you have you find out that he's missing and she has to decide, am I going to wait here and use up our limited supplies, waiting for him to return? Or should I assume he's dead and go on my own? That's probably one of the scariest situations I could ever put myself in. I had a nightmare that he left me. Could I ever choose to leave him that That's kind of the mindset that I had had when I originally wrote the book, would I be able to leave someone behind? In reality? No, I could not do that. But Dixie is the stronger version of me. And she said, survival is the most important. Obviously, her life situation is a lot more detrimental and terrifying than mine is. So she was able to make that decision, okay, I'm gonna go on my own. We had a plan, I'm going to stick to the plan. If he sticks to the plan, he will be following me on the same route. And we should meet up together at some point as we're going up to his family's house. If I don't find him on the way up, he will get there eventually, if he's still alive. All right. So she is traveling along this road, and she needs to get gas because obviously you can't travel forever without gas, right? She has an older car from our current time, which needs gasoline, if not an electric car. And fortunately, because her car is very, very old and the pulse hit, her car had been turned off. She was actually doing something different, which we'll find out later. So her car wasn't affected in the pulse it actually worked. The battery was working because it wasn't turned on when the pulse hit. So that's why she has her vehicle and she's able to travel in her car. So she starts traveling she needs gas. So she stopped at this gas station and she's confronted with a woman and a pitbull. And it's a pitbull because I love pit bulls, and I want one so that's why that's that kind of dog. There's no other reason. It's just cute little puppy. Okay, his name is crater, and the woman's name is Brin. And they meet each other and then they find out that they're well Dixie finds out that Brin is hiding from chasers so the chasers are the people who are basically they're trying to take over the world. They're trying to hoard all of the different supplies to survive. They're killing people if they need to, in order to get these supplies. They're just like those ravages people that you see on any type of post apocalyptic story. They're the ones that you want to run away from, because they're going to kill you. Okay, so these people had been sitting out at the gas station, and Brin had gotten stuck with her car had a flat tire. So she's been hiding out from them for a few days. And then Dixie comes along and brings like, you gotta help me, you gotta save me. The bad guys come running around the corner. Dixie because she's a good person, and she wants to help people. She's is working towards the betterment of humanity in general. She's a foster care worker in her old life before the Paul says, so she's a very good person, she's like, Okay, hop in my car. So she hops into her car, and away they go. And that is how the book starts. That's the first couple of chapters. And there's so much more that happens that I would love to tell you guys, but basically, in this book, Dixie is trying to figure out if Paul's alive if he's going to make it up to his family's house house in Canada, and that is where she is heading with grin and crater, the dog at that point in the story, so I'm not going to tell you much more, but she is on her trajectory up. There's a few other cool characters that come into play, there is a radio man on the radio, because of course, it's a post apocalyptic. So there's gotta be some kind of radio people talking about what's going on. Right. So there is a radio announcer who plays a big part in this story. And there's a lot more that happens, which like I said, I'm not going to tell you the entire story. But that's essentially Transient Pulse in a nutshell. So to sum it up, I am going to read the back of the book just so then you can have a more concise introduction to the story. Transient Pulse, Booke one of The Shockwave Series: When the nation is hit by a mysterious shockwave, the resulting power outage interrupts the world as we know it. Everything that was powered on at the time of the transient pulse is destroyed, seizing cities and populations in mass explosions caused by the rippling aftershocks. The lingering darkness severssociety in two:
those who choose ruinous control, stealing and murdering for provisions, and those who begin to create plans for long-term survival. The latter includes Dixie, a strong, yet hesitant young woman living in the heart of southern California. Dixie is forced to build plans to navigate the country in hopes to find a northern safe zone with Paul, a level-headed survivalist. When Paul goes missing, Dixie must overcome her chronic uncertainty and make the firstof many life-or-death decisions:
Will Dixie choose to wait for Paul, using up their limited supplies in the delay? Or, will Dixie begin the journey on her own, possibly having to turn to the dark side of society to survive? Oh my gosh, I love this story. But it's not done there. It moves forward. But before we get into Book Two, I'm going to answer a few of the other little questions that I asked all of my authors. So I talked about where I started and decided that I wanted to be a writer. And a lot of people actually asked me on social media, is this your full time job? What do you do for work? And no, this is not my full time job. This is a complete hobby and side hustle side gig that I have going on. And honestly I really prefer it to be a side hustle right now because if it were my full source of income, I would be homeless because writing books as an in COMM is not something that you can live off of, unless you really know what you're doing when it comes to marketing. And you can have a lot of money towards that marketing. And at this point, I don't have the finances to fully support the career full time. So I do have a full time job. I am an online event coordinator for a company it is in the beer industry. And I do that full time nine to five. At home, I work from home right here in my office, if you're watching this, and I absolutely love it. It's amazing. And it gives me the freedom to write and podcast in the mornings and evenings because I am working from home. So it's very easy to transition into my hobbies before and after work. So that's what I do for a living full time, I would love for my author career to be a full time gig eventually. But as of right now, it's not going to be that, hopefully sooner than later. But we shall see I'm really happy with my full time job. So I'm not in any hurry. But yeah, I wouldn't ever pass down the opportunity to write full time. So how many books in works do I have published? I love asking authors this because it really can open up people's perspectives of what people write. Because a lot of people who write fantasy or sci fi, they write in other genres as well. And that is definitely the case. For me I have happy list choke list along with a journal that accompanies that, that is the Breaking Through Barriers book. And I also have the shot, The Shockwave Series. And I also have the hashtag series for creative entrepreneurs. So this is a three part mini novelette series. It's nonfiction, it's for creative entrepreneurs. There is hashtag knee time, and that is all about avoiding burnout as a creative entrepreneur. Hashtag we time is about gaining freedom as a creative entrepreneur. And then hashtag work time is about networking growth as a creative entrepreneur. So this three part series along with a workbook that I created. All of these go together to help creative entrepreneurs who are podcasters writers, Etsy store owners, YouTubers, if you have a sticker store or jewelry store, anything like that, if you make blankets, any kind of creative endeavor, these books are going to help you to make sure that you are balanced in your everyday life, your work life balance is, is balanced. And to make sure that you have enough time for yourself, so you're not burning yourself out. As well as you know how to grow and network as a creative entrepreneur. So that series was actually built from October through December 2021. It was very quick. It's only about 10 or 12,000 words per novel, it is very, very short. Eventually, that series will become audiobooks and E courses. However, I'm focusing on finishing The Shockwave Series first. So those are the nonfiction Happiless Chokelist and then the hashtag series. And then my fiction. So far, it's just The Shockwave Series as I record this. But eventually it will be more I have other works in the plans, which we'll get to in a second. Okay, so why did you to choose self publishing over the traditional route? Really, I'm a control freak. And want to be able to control what is inside my books. And I also want to control the timeline. Because if I, if I really stuck to my original timeline, I would not have produced as accurate or good content as I have, I think I would have stressed myself out if I were under the constraints of somebody else. And that's just a personal thing. I don't like the control. I prefer to I don't like other people having control, I prefer to have the control. That was the main reason. But would I ever go traditional in the future, I would be open to the idea I would be open to the idea if it were a standalone book where I didn't have any other ties to it. For any type of series, I would want to have full control because I would want to be able to have control have any kind of spin offs. novelettes prequels, sequels prologues epilogues all of the words. And so if it were a standalone where I knew I wasn't going to work anymore, within any certain book, I probably would bring that to a traditional publisher. I think I would keep all my series to myself because that's where you can actually make money as a self published author. But yeah, we'll see what the future brings. I'm definitely open to conversations, I would never pass the opportunity to speak to a traditional publisher. Alright, so next up, what is my writing process? Right now it doesn't exist. And that is why I am here making this episode specifically about my series. I am using this episode as motivation for myself to actually get this book written. Transient Pulse and Oscillation Rising were both originally developed through the NaNoWriMo challenges online, Transient Pulse through NaNoWriMo 2020 and camp nano in or no, it was just NaNoWriMo 2020. Yeah. And then I finished it up in the first few months of the year. And then April 2021, Camp NaNoWriMo was an was when I originally worked on Oscillation Rising. Camp NANO in July 2021 was when I finished Oscillation Rising. And then in November 2021, I started Static Equilibrium, I did not hit my goal for NaNoWriMo. And at this point, as I'm recording this, I am about 32,000 words in for Static Equilibrium. So why do I tell you this? I tell you this because I have no rhyme or reason about how I write my books. Right now it is all pantsing. I fly by the seat of my pants, and I write whatever my characters want me to write. And I think the reason why the third book is giving me so much trouble is because it has to be plotted. Because to tie in everything from book one and Book Two, I have to know what's going to happen at the end of Book Three, and I'm a pantser. So plotting is really difficult for me. So I know in the future, I'll probably write more so standalone books, because plotting is not for me, it gives me way too much stress and anxiety. So right now my writing process is kind of all over the place. I definitely work better on a deadline when I have to write a certain amount of words every day. And I'm not afraid to write 502,000 words a day straight through and then go back at the end and actually edit at that point. I don't like editing as I go. If I open up my manuscript and start editing what I worked on the day before, I'll never actually get more words down, because I'll be so critical of what I worked on yesterday. And so meticulous about how I'm reading it that I won't actually add words. So I have to basically binge right, so that I can binge edit afterwards. That's my writing process. As of right now, I would like to learn how to plot and be more methodical about my books. But I think if I pursue standalones in the future, it won't really matter anyway, I'm basically going to let myself do what I want to do when it comes to writing my books. And I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself, because that's when I stopped writing. So that's my process right now. It will definitely evolve as I grow as a writer and I'm not afraid to change my mind later on and and say, Yeah, I was an idiot back then. That's normal. That's life. So I'm definitely willing to grow and learn as we go. All right, I already talked about the inspiration for Transient Pulse so I'm not going to talk about the inspiration story there anymore. However, I do want to talk about the inspiration story for how Oscillation Rising, Book Two, evolved. Oscillation Rising, Book two of The Shockwave Series: Forced to flee the one place Dixie thought was going to be her refuge, she sets out to reunite with her lost allies. An ongoing reign of shockwaves continues to devastate the nation, causing an electrically enclosed community, Oscillation, to rise as a haven of hope to remaining survivors. Determined to uncover the secrets of her past, Dixie now pursues Oscillation with her small group of companions, discovering more secrets to add to her ongoing hunt for the truth. Will Dixie find the answers she seeks? Or, will more mysteries be unleashed surrounding her family and the future of the nation's existence? So Oscillation Rising is a very different perspective, you can see that she thought that she was going to be safe somewhere and she realizes she has to leave and find allies. So I'm not going to give you the spoilers what happens at the end of transient polls, but that will tell you a little bit of what's going on. There's also a community called Oscillation that has been created. So in the original idea of having an EMP for the destructive catalyst that really erupted the whole beginning of the book. The EMP was a topic of discussion within my family. I don't even remember when this was, but we had been talking about how would we defeat America? We were given the chance. How would we overthrow America and I'm pretty sure we were just talking about war and kind of doing the whole conspiracy theory, how is America going to be attacked? You know, this was years ago, years and years ago, and one of my relatives said, an electromagnetic pulse. That is what we would do. We would shut out all electronics. Nobody can survive without a lot of electronics in the States. It just makes sense. And that idea stuck with me for so long. And I it couldn't leave my head it was through throughout college, after college living in Florida, and then when I had the dream, the nightmare of being left Behind the electric poles wasn't even a factor. Originally, in the first book, it was going to be an outbreak of some type of disease because it was the beginning of COVID. And I didn't want it to be a disease because I was like, I don't want it. I want people to escape within my book, I don't want them to read it and say, Wow, this is what's happening in the world right now. I wanted it to be an escape. And so I switched it because I had had this lingering idea of an EMP hitting the nation, and completely destroying us for so long. And so that's where that idea stemmed from. It was a conversation I had with random family members, years and years ago, when I probably didn't even understand what that meant. I was very young, I was probably like, 13, or 14. So, after Book One was complete, I knew Book Two had to be pivoted, I knew something big was going to have to happen. And I had always imagined, okay, if there's an electric magnetic pulse, how am I going to protect myself, I want to be enclosed, where I can have electricity. I want to be in a safe place where people can't attack me. I don't really want an underground bunker because I want to see trees and animals and aliveness, just the world. And so the idea of an electrically enclosed community came into my mind. And this was something that I had daydreamed about as a kid, I was like, wouldn't that be cool if we lived in a little dome, and no one could get inside, it would be like an igloo. And I remember playing as a kid in the snow. And we would build these forts, where we would have tunnels through the snow. And I was like, This is so cool, because people can't reach me, I'm safe, I feel safe and secluded. And I don't have any threat from the outside world. And that evolved big time into Oscillation, which if you open up the book cover, the actual dome goes throughout the both of the sides of the cover, and we can see our main character Dixie, looking down into Oscillation with, which is this community within the electric dome. So that was the inspiration for the second book within the series. So that's just a little bit of insight into how it continues on from trans impulse into Oscillation Rising and Oscillation is actually the name of the community. The little dome is called Oscillation, hence Oscillation is Rising, the city is rising, it's becoming a place of refuge of protection. And then we're gonna move on to book three and everything is just gonna get more exciting. Okay, but we're gonna move on with these questions for right now. So what are the most common questions that reader asked you after they read the book? The most common questions I get is, it's a spoiler, they asked me what happens at the end, because at the end, it is a big cliffhanger, it doesn't tell you. It's not a resolution to the story at all. Because I knew it wasn't going to be a standalone book, I knew there would be at least three, possibly six books in the series, I have since decided that it's only going to be three, not giving you Yeah, it's only going to be three, I don't think that there's going to be six. But originally, I knew there was going to be at least three, possibly more. And I knew the end of book one, I wanted it to tie into book two at the beginning of the two. And I wanted this not only to tie in all of you listeners to continue reading this series, but I also I really enjoy when a book ends on a cliffhanger. That's just how I really like stories to end. I also am a really big advocate for the bad guy winning at the end of the story. And I'm not going to say if that relates to or against this series, but I definitely have like a maniacal brain where I'm rooting for the evil guy the majority of the time and reading any book, even if it's a romance. So that's just a little hint about me. And yeah, most common question readers ask me what happened at the end of the book, and I say go read book two. And then at the end of Book Two, I'm gonna say go read book three, because it has a very similar standing where you have to move on to book three because you will not understand what's gonna happen in the future until you read book three. And that's another reason why it's really hard for me to finish Book Three, because I've never finished a fiction book. With everything tying up I've always left loose ends on purpose and that's one of the reasons why it's really hard to wrap everything up. Okay, so another question I asked all of my authors on the show is what's something that readers don't know about you and I think I just told you guys a bunch of stuff that you don't know about me. But I would also like to let you know if you don't follow me on social media you should be because I have the two most amazing adorable bunnies ever. Their names are flopping books. Usually they're in my office with me but I had to kick them out because they were being too loud. And I couldn't record this audio and video with them running around in the background. But I have two bunnies that I absolutely love. They Bring lights on my life. And without them, I'm pretty sure I would have been depressed a couple of years ago, they came in right when we needed them. And they're just incredible. They're my kids. Another thing you might not know about me is I got engaged August 2021. We are not married yet. And I don't know when we're gonna get married. It was eight and a half years since we started dating when we got engaged. So the running joke is that on our 16th anniversary, that's when we'll get married. So we'll see, we shall see what happens. Who knows, I don't even know. And I'm not worried about it. We live together forever. We're in a committed relationship. Neither of us are going anywhere. So he's stuck with me no matter what he says. And we really like it that way. So we don't need a paper to tell us that we're married. We are already married in spirit. So all right. And of course, I always ask everybody, what is your favorite whiskey to drink because this is really with whiskey. And it wouldn't be Read It With Whiskey without talking a little bit about whiskey. So what is my favorite whiskey to drink? I cannot answer that, because I have too many favorite whiskies. But I would say four roses is one that I was introduced to by a training client back in Florida, and I absolutely love it, it is a really good one. If I'm gonna go really, really trip I'll trip, if I'm gonna go really, really cheap, I'll just get a Revelstoke or, ultimately from Tennessee is something that I've been getting recently. I mean, anything, anything, I really will drink anything. But usually when I'm drinking, it's either going to be neat, or on ice. I actually have a glass that says on the rocks. And so that's usually my go to glass, because I want some little ice in there. But yeah, I will drink any whiskey, I will try any whiskey. And usually I will just drink it neat. That's the easiest way I like it to be a little bit warm, not necessarily chilled or on the rocks. It depends on my mood in the summers, I'll definitely have on the rocks more often. All right. So finally, any projects that I'm working on currently, and that is where the meat and potatoes of this episode comes from. So I have Transient Pulse and Oscillation Rising, out published ready for you to read and love. And I'm still working on Static Equilibrium. But I am announcing today that I have a release date. And I'm terrified because I'm really only halfway through writing my book right now. So the fact that I am announcing a release date is so much pressure, but I need that pressure in order to get the book out. So I don't have the blurb written yet. I don't have the ending of the story yet. But I will tell you that Static Equilibrium will be published on August 28, 2022. Um, so scared of saying those words because if it doesn't happen, I'm gonna freak out. I'm going to be banned from Amazon. Because if you cancel a pre order, then they will not let you do a pre order for a year. So regardless, I'm going to have that pre order setup, it is set up right now as you're listening to this. Go ahead to Amazon and preorder Static Equilibrium so you can follow along the story. In Book One, Dixie really is in a pickle, she's got to figure out where she's going in the world and she has to make her way across the country with herself and a random stranger. Like, nobody wants to do that. Okay, well then in Book Two, she finds a community of refuge. Okay, is that community going to be a community of refuge? We'll find out. And in Book Three. I don't have the title book for you, for those of you who are watching, but in Book Three Static Equilibrium, who the hell set off the EMP? And can we kill them already? Because I don't want to have electric pulses confronting my life for the rest of my life. That is the motto and theme from Book Three Static Equilibrium: Who's the evil guy? Why haven't we killed him yet? All right. So that is your reader with whiskey episode for today. Thank you guys so much for listening. And this was definitely formatted and recorded in a completely different format than usual. But we will be back with our regularly scheduled episodes next week. And next week, we will be talking with R.S. Williams. She is the author of the kingdom of lies. And this was such a fun fantasy story. If you're not following R.S. Williams, or the Author Accountability Podcast, which she co hosts Definitely go ahead and do that. But thank you guys so much for watching listening to this episode. I'm so excited for Static Equilibrium to be out, go and put in that preorder. I would really appreciate it if you did so. The preorder is up for ebook but the paperback will be available also on August 28, 2022. Oh my gosh, I'm so terrified but so excited at the same time. All right, everybody. Until next time,