Three Questions and a Cover — a short interview with one of my favorite authors, along with one of the author’s covers.
The stork dropped Miranda (aka Dean) James somewhere in north Mississippi some six decades ago, where a kindly farmer and his wife took delivery. An only child, Miranda/Dean grew up spoiled rotten with a love of books and reading that made him totally unsuitable for running a farm (not to mention mowing the lawn; ever seen a jigsaw puzzle lawn?). Love of reading led to multiple degrees in history and finally, in library science. Currently inhabiting a house overrun with books and four cats, Miranda/Dean lives and works and writes in the Jackson, MS, area.
1. What warning would you give to your younger, not-yet-published self?
Have patience and keep honing your craft. Keep reading good books, and learn from them. Perseverance is the key.
2. What do you hope readers get from your books?
First, I want them to be entertained. If I help readers escape from the “real” world for a while, I’m happy. We all need distraction at times, and I’m forever grateful to my favorite writers and their books for giving me respite from life when I have needed it.
3. What question about your books have you never been asked, and how would you answer it?
No on has ever asked me whether I write sitting, standing, or lying down. I’d have to say I’ve done all three, depending on the state of my back muscles.