Today I am happy to welcome the fabulous author of The Mindspace Investigations – Alex Hughes – to the blog where she graciously answered some of my questions. I hope you all enjoy!
LRRH: Hi Alex! Welcome to Little Read Riding Hood! Please let our readers know a little about you, and your Mindspace Investigation series.
A: Hi Laura! Thanks for having me on the blog. I’m happy to be here.
The Mindspace Investigations series is about Adam, a strong telepath who is also a recovering addict, who works with the police in future Atlanta to solve a series of crimes. The first book is about a serial killer who kills with the mind. The latest book, Vacant, involves a failed kidnapping attempt in Savannah and the FBI.
Me? I’m a book nerd, a science geek, a foodie, and someone who obsesses over conversations I had two days ago all too often. I also write things, and sometimes people read these things and like them.
LRRH: What are some of your favorite genres/books/authors to read when you are looking to relax?
A: Picking a favorite author for me sometimes is like picking a favorite star in the sky—part of the fun is how many there are. Lately I’m really liking Gail Carriger and Scott Sigler’s GFL series—the latter of which is hilarious, because I finally after many decades am learning the rules of football so I can follow the books better. I’m a huge fan of Rachel Bach’s (Aaron’s) Paradox series, out this year, and Jennifer Estep’s Spider series. But often my favorite book is whatever is in my hands at the time. I love deep, complicated things on days I’m not drafting heavily, but when I’m deep in Adam’s world I love lighter, fluffier things.
LRRH: Are you able to read while in the middle of writing a book? What about during edits?
A; One of the saddest parts about being a full-time author is that sometimes I run out of time (and mental energy) to read. Reading is my first love, my first escape from the world, and the thing that made me want to be an author in the first place, but the reality is when you’re deep in the bowels of a book sometimes the last thing you can do is read. That being said, when the writing is easy and is going well, I can and do read, though it’s usually something fluffy or light-hearted to give me some balance from the darker moments of my writing. During edits I love to read and need to read, to get the shape of successful completed projects back in my head. A feel for the pacing of a great book is a good thing to have fresh in my mind when it’s time to start chopping things off my existing manuscript, or adding things back.
LRRH: If you developed a sudden food allergy, what would be the worst possible thing for you to be allergic to? If you could pick an allergy, what would you develop?
A: Chocolate. Life is incredibly less fun without chocolate.
I’d love to be allergic to figs. I don’t like figs, but somehow relatives insist I try them again in some new version, just to prove I don’t like them all over again.
LRRH: If you could have dinner with anyone – dead or alive – who would you want to hang out with, and what would be the first question you would ask them?
A: I love this question, and it also changes depending on the day. Today I’d love to meet Queen Elizabeth the 1st of England, who despite no money in the treasury, pressure to marry and a huge set of problems coming from ruling as a woman in a society in which women normally had little to no power somehow made the kinds of awesome choices that led England to a great golden age. She’s a lady I’d like to have many long conversations with. The first is, “how do you play your nobles and France and Spain off of one another to get what you want?” I would then sit back and take notes for three hours.
LRRH: If you were an evil villain, what animal would be your sidekick, and what would your secret super power be?
A: I’ve discussed my deep and unmet need for a bread-box sized dragon. That’s a good start. A talking Pegasus might also be nice, because transportation and sidekicks go beautifully together. Perhaps we can get the bread-box sized dragon a seat on the back seat of the Pegasus. My secret super power would be persuasion. If I choose to turn it on, people would be persuaded to change their minds towards whatever I say. I will abuse this shamelessly. (Actually, I’d probably prefer Adam’s ability to knock someone out from a distance. You know, so walking down dark alleys late at night will no longer be an issue. Or walking downtown in daylight.)
LRRH: What one thing should people thinking about reading CLEAN know before going in? What can current fans of the series expect from VACANT?
A: Hopefully Clean stands on its own well. I’m very happy with the mystery and the action in that one, and people can expect an interesting and well-thought out murder mystery with a telepath, with some cool thriller moments towards the end. The one thing that people miss about that book in particular, however, is that Adam is not always correct. He frequently misunderstands the situation, or gets the right clues but makes the wrong conclusion, like a lot of us do in real life sometimes. Current fans of the series can expect Vacant to be much more of a thriller than previous books. Adam is out of town and working for the FBI, so there won’t be all the characters in Atlanta you’ve come to know and love—instead Adam must fend for himself with some new challenges and new characters around him. Don’t worry, though, we’ll be back in Atlanta with another murder before too long.
Nothing ruins a romantic evening like a brawl with lowlifes—especially when one of them later turns up dead and my date, Detective Isabella Cherabino, is the #1 suspect. My history with the Atlanta PD on both sides of the law makes me an unreliable witness, so while Cherabino is suspended, I’m paying my bills by taking an FBI gig.
I’ve been hired to play telepathic bodyguard for Tommy, the ten-year-old son of a superior court judge in Savannah presiding over the murder trial of a mob-connected mogul. After an attempt on the kid’s life, the Feds believe he’s been targeted by the businessman’s “associates.”
Turns out, Tommy’s a nascent telepath, so I’m trying to help him get a handle on his Ability. But it doesn’t take a mind reader to see that there’s something going on with this kid’s parents that’s stressing him out more than a death threat…
Alex Hughes, the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series from Roc, has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of eight. She is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop, and a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers. Her short fiction has been published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction, Thunder on the Battlefield and White Cat Magazine. She is an avid cook and foodie, a trivia buff, and a science geek, and loves to talk about neuroscience, the Food Network, and writing craft—but not necessarily all at the same time!
In addition to fun blog posts, interviews, and exclusive excerpts, fans will have a chance to solve a mystery during the month-long VACANT blog tour! A “Clue-like” checklist is available to download from the author’s blog, to be marked off as readers visit stops along the tour schedule. Somewhere on participating blog posts will be clues (clearly marked) that will eliminate specific “Location”, “Weapon”, or “Suspect” options. At the end of the tour, a rafflecopter entry form will help Alex choose a grand prize winner amongst all who correctly guess “who dunnit?” based on the remaining options. There will also be individual blog giveaways for print, digital, and audio copies of Mindspace Investigations novels.
Blog Tour Schedule:
Nov 25th – SF Signal
Nov 26th – I Smell Sheep
Nov 27th – Thanksgiving (US)
Nov 28th – Ashley’s Random Blog
Dec 1st – What The Cat Read
Dec 2nd – NicholasKaufmann.com
Dec 3rd – Vampire Book Club
Dec 4th – Little Read Riding Hood
Dec 5th – Insane About Books
Dec 8th – BiblioFiend
Dec 10th – Reading Reality
Dec 11th – Short & Sweet Reviews
Dec 12th – That’s What I’m Talking About
Dec 15th – Tynga’s Reviews
Dec 16th – Janice Hardy – Fiction University
Dec 17th – Preturnatura
Dec 18th – Fantasy Literature
Dec 19th – Books That Hook
Dec 21st – Literary Escapism
Dec 22nd – Open Book Society
Dec 23rd – My Bookish Ways