To escape a troubled home, Jamie works the night shift at a department store with a rag-tag group of punks, war veterans, and bickering couples. He’s unsure what direction he wants to take in life until a mysterious new co-worker arrives.
With his long ponytail, faint accent, and quiet manner, Derrick manages to disturb or fascinate everyone, not just one pint-sized Southern boy who wants to escape from his boring life.
Jamie finds himself falling for Derrick, but the older man harbors a secret that threatens to come between them.
Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask? Yes, sometimes. I have a few who regularly interact with me regarding posts on my blog “Songs of the Universal Vagabond”, it’s my main website and has flash memoirs, observations and things like that. Usually it’s comments or a discussion, but sometimes a newer reader will ask me more about my background, especially if they see something we have in common after reading my profile.
Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it? Yes and no. As I am Native American, I have more than one name. I’ve an English one, then my known tribal name Red Haircrow, and a private one only elders in the tribe know, since they gave it to me. More specifically, Haircrow is my family name, and Red is my personally descriptive designation as my hair tends toward a ruddy hue.
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula? All of my stories are based upon actual events or relationships I’ve experienced, and the characters are based on someone I’ve known before. Certainly, because I write in different genres like speculative or historical fantasy and then back to contemporary, I do place them in a variety of settings and worlds, however. I don’t believe in formulas and do not use them. My characters have their own agenda and ways of explaining and developing the plot, I just dictate for them.
Does travel play in the writing of your books? I’ve travelled a lot, or I should say wandered, because many times I have no set plans to be any particular place at a particular time, I just go when I feel the need or someone welcomes me along on their journey. This has mostly been in Europe, and I’ve been lucky to meet many great people with extraordinary stories and personal insight which has inspired my writing, both fiction and non-fiction.
Tell us about your next release. My next release is titled “The Angel of Berlin”, it is a speculative fantasy set in contemporary Berlin, Germany. Description: “When Robin, a young university student, saves the life of a beautiful youth, he finds he’s made a devoted friend. But without memory and voice, the newly named Angel is a mystery, occasionally exasperating with his child-like qualities yet with touches of darkness which makes Robin wonder what kind of being he’s really taken in.” It’s a short tale which incorporates magical realism in a light love story.
Who are your books published with? I currently have books published with Dreamspinner Press, StarBooks Press, JMS Books and my own publishing brand, Flying With Red Haircrow, which specializes in reviewing and promoting indie authors.
What are you passionate about these days? I’ve been living in the USA for almost two years now, but early in the summer I’ll be returning to my home in Germany, so I am very passionate about going back. I’ve been quite homesick and missed my friends. I feel and write my best and am most prolific when I am there, so I look forward to completing a number of writing projects I’ve had in progress after I get settled back into the life and pace of Germany.
Place I can be found online: My website/blog: Songs of the Universal Vagabond
My review/interview site: Flying With Red Haircrow
Facebook Fictional Character Fanpage for Katrdeshtr (the protagonist in my vampire series, The Night Cat)