Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What inspires you?
A: Honestly, there is no easy answer to that question, other than everything. You can read my explanation here.
Q: Is that you on the cover of Lust for Danger?
A: Uh, no. That is a computer-generated person. I would never wear lipstick that color.
Q: Are those grenades live?
A: No, but it will still hurt if I throw one at you.
Q: Why do you use your initials as your pen name?
A: Because J.B. Fletcher did and I think Angela Lansbury is super cool.
Q: What are the most common questions you get at booksignings?
A: Where is the bathroom? And where are the Harry Potter books?
Q: What are your favorite books?
A: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde; The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle; and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. And I always enjoy a good thesaurus.
Q: What are your favorite television shows?
A: I don’t really watch television. But when I do, I watch the Forensic Files, Cold Justice, and Crime Scene Cleaner. Do you maybe see a pattern here? Occasionally, I watch the Big Bang Theory. I used to like Burn Notice but it got a little too melodramatic for my taste. Okay, I’ll admit to watching South Park, too. I used to watch COPS for research purposes. If you yell at the television, it helps the police officers.
Q: What is your favorite sport?
A: Hockey. I used to play goalie, and was the first woman to play in the men’s league where I used to live. And, by the way, when you watch professional hockey, it does help your team if you yell at the television.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: Anything can spark an idea. I was cleaning out a drawer from a piece of furniture I had purchased and there was a little stain in it. Of course, I assumed it was blood, that there had been a murder, I was wiping away valuable evidence…
Q: What do you do about Writer’s Block?
A: People ask me that a lot. I can usually always write about something, just not necessarily what I’m supposed to be writing. Keeping that flow going is important. However, when you NEED to get something done, I have used music to set the mood in which I need to write. Let’s say I was writing a scene about a hired killer. I might pick “Dirty Deeds” by AC/DC to listen to, and then just play it over and over again til either my brain exploded, or something came out of it in writing.
Q: What, exactly, do you do for work now?
A: I write, run Indies Unlimited, and do photography full time.
Q: What kind of camera do you use?
A: I use Canons right now. I really preferred their film cameras – I find their digitals are nowhere nearly as sturdy. However, I’ve just started using a Canon 7D Mark II and am finding that pretty solid. You can see some of the photos on my Instagram account (mixed with cheesy cell phone images. Hopefully you can tell the difference).
Q: So, if I buy a Canon camera, I assume I can take pictures like you do?
A: Yeah, so write that down.
Q: What other celebrities have you met?
A: Sting, Tony Roberts, Jeff Speakman, Johnny Unitas, Jude Cole, Dennis Chambers, Warren Murphy, Helen Chappell, Marty MacSorely, Michael Chiklis, Willie Mays, Christine Lavin, Dave Wakeling, off the top of my head. Oh, and you think I’m a celebrity? That’s precious.