Finding time for everything! We need to write and edit and plan and do publicity on top of our day-to-day-lives, but there are only twenty-four hours in a day and human beings still need to eat and sleep. Occasionally, something ends up falling to the wayside, and for a lot of people that's writing.
Can you give a short synopsis of In The Snows of Haz?
A man arrives in the little town of Haz Gate one evening, and the next morning authorities find his body in the street. When a creepy local kid gets caught at the crime scene, suspicion falls on him and his teacher, Linna, gets involved to try to clear his name and catch the real killer. However, a second body is discovered and soon Linna and the local peacekeepers find that the crimes are linked to the shady political world of the capital and that they are definitely in over their heads.
What inspired you to write this book?
I don't quite remember the exact point of origin. I do remember that I got an idea about the characters, went on a mad hunt through an entire bookstore and wound up disappointed when I couldn't find what I was looking for. So, I went ahead and wrote it, and then I wrote three sequels, and everything has spiraled out of proportion since then.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I try to write at least two hours every day. I don't always succeed, as life gets in the way, but that's always my goal.
Name your top five favorite books.
Only five? That's tough. Murder on the Orient Express has always been a favorite of mine, for sure. Too Many Magicians, And Then There Were None, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and A Caribbean Mystery are all definitely in the top ten, but really almost anything by Agatha Christie could make the list, and so could anything Sherlock Holmes-related.
What are you working on now?
I'm re-editing the sequel to In the Snows of Haz, and I'm writing a high fantasy novel for Nanowrimo.
Title: In The Snows of Haz
Author: Maxine Janerka
When a wealthy stranger from the capital is murdered in the isolated, snowbound town of Haz Gate, suspicion falls on a local boy. When she jumps to his rescue, schoolteacher Linna Nyx has to dig through deceptions thicker than the snow in midwinter to piece together the truth, and comes face to face with a killer who would destroy not only her own peaceful existence, but the very order of the Empire itself.
Maxine Janerka is a writer and a freelance journalist currently based in Penobscot, Maine, though she has lived in New York, New Jersey, and Oklahoma. She is the author of In the Snows of Haz and Academy of Disaster, and has three more manuscripts that are currently being torn to shreds by her editors. A lifelong lover of mystery who graduated from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in political science and international studies, she always aims to include both mystery and political schemes in her work.