Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and forty-seventh is of suspense / science fiction novelist RJ Crayton. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
RJ Crayton grew up in Illinois and now lives in a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC. She is a fiction writer by day and a ninja mom by night (What is a ninja mom, you ask? It’s the same as a regular mom, only by adding the word ninja, it explicitly reveals the stealth and awesomeness required for the job of mom).
Before having children, RJ was a journalist. She worked at big publications like the Wichita Eagle and Kansas City Star, and little publications like Solid Waste Report and Education Technology News. As a journalist, all the stuff she wrote had to be true. Now, she gets to go hog-wild and make up quotes sure to add spice to the story (things that are much, much better than, “no comment.”)
Life First, her first published novel, received the Awesome Indies designation. The honor is given only to high-quality, independently published fiction. Second Life, RJ’s second novel and the sequel to Life First, was published on 4th December 2013.
And now from the author herself:
Well, those are the basics up there. For those who are still hanging around for additional details, perk up, as here they come.
First up, I was raised by masochists. I’m one of five children (number three — the middle child) and my parents felt it appropriate to annually load us all into one vehicle and drive across the country on a two-week vacation. Only masochists would do this repeatedly. I’m pretty much scarred for life because of these trips. How many times can a person tell her brother to stop touching her, only to have her parents ignore her or alternatively ask her to stop “whining”? Whining! Whining! The nerve of those people! Can I get an Amen from the people who are tired of being touched during cross-country trips?
My parents were generally kind and caring people once the insanity of vacation stopped. I had an uneventful childhood, and attended college in Washington, DC. I interned at the Wichita Eagle, where I wrote an interesting piece on infant circumcision, and later got trapped in an Amish village. After graduating, I worked for the Kansas City Star, where, in addition to being the night general assignment reporter, I covered the exciting library beat. The reporters at the Star were a top-notch crew and I’m glad to have worked with them. It was during this time I had the pleasure of seeing a cow poop in a pool (don’t ask; OK, I wrote about it here, if you must know). Two nights a week, the night GA actually did the duties of the night cop reporter, so I saw my first (non-funeral) dead body one night when I had to drive to the scene of a “dead body in a car.” Cops hadn’t arrived much earlier than me, so the perimeter was not secured and it was more than I wanted to see.
The last six months, I was in Kansas City where I worked in the Northland bureau (which covered the northern parts of Kansas City, not to be confused with the separate city of North Kansas City). Then, I got engaged, moved back to the DC area, and worked for a small newsletter company. Again, more great people to work with (except for the one guy who knows who he is–no I’m kidding).
However, in 2006, the small newsletter company went under when I was pregnant with my second child, and everyone lost their job. I was fortunate in that we could get by on just my husband’s salary, but no one likes the loss of income. Since then, I’ve mainly been momming (yes, I use it as a verb; you can too, if you’d like). I also decided to do some writing, which eventually led me to write a mystery called Dark Visions (unpublished) and then Life First, which was published earlier this year. Second Life was published this month, and I’m hoping it receives a warm welcome.
You can find more about RJ and her writing via…
- Author Website: http://rjcrayton.com
- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rjcraytonauthor
- Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/RJCrayton
- Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7111348.R_J_Crayton
- Amazon Author Page (US): http://www.amazon.com/RJ-Crayton/e/B00DFQ5F24
- Amazon Author Page (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/RJ-Crayton/e/B00DFQ5F24
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