31 Wicked Days of Christmas With PJ Schnyder


  • What is next for you book wise in 2013?

I have a new paranormal romance series coming out with Carina Press. Bite Me, Book 1 of the London Undead series, is set to release in June of 2013. Werewolves! Fighting Zombies! In London! Plus a saucy human heroine willing to shoot first and make apologies later.

The next book in my sci-fi romance series, the Triton Experiment, will also be releasing in 2013. So for those of you who loved Kaitlyn and Rygard from Hunting Kat, the sequel is coming!

  • Do you have a favorite book of 2012?

Hmm. There were so many good books in 2012.

In terms of my releases, I had one title release, A SWAN IN SIAM for the Tales from the Archives Volume II of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. So it wins by default, but it is also a short story with a lot of my heart in it as I incorporated quite a bit of my cultural history. This story was a great experience for me because the makers of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, Tee Morris & Pip Ballantine, also had me narrate my own story. You can listen to the podcast of A SWAN IN SIAM here:  http://www.ministryofpeculiaroccurrences.com/2012/04/24/podcast-volume-two-two/.

You can find buy links for A SWAN IN SIAM (available via Amazon, B&N, etc) and the other Tales from the Archives here: http://www.ministryofpeculiaroccurrences.com/short-stories/.

In terms of other author’s books (because I do remain an avid reader!) I’d have to say Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews. I hadn’t read the series preceding this book yet, but Gunmetal Magic kicked me into going back and reading the full series.

  • What is your favorite holiday food?

Home baked mac & cheese. Mmm…

I’ve got my favorite recipe for it on my website here: http://pjschnyder.com/blog/2012/11/19/baked-macaroni-and-cheese/

  • Least favorite holiday song?

Dominick the Christmas Donkey. It’s an ear-worm and I have wacky memories of my ex walking around the house singing, “Hee-Haw, Hee-Haw”.

On second thought, that’s not a bad memory association. He really was an…never mind.

  • Do you have any holiday family traditions?

Not specifically. My family is spread all over the world so we never know if we’re going to be able to get together for the holidays. Some years, it’s Thanksgiving in the US and others, it’s Christmas. Some years we’re not able to at all, because my little brother might be on deployment overseas or my little sister might be up in Canada for the season. The PJ Mommy lives in Thailand so I’m thankful for Skype and Google Hangouts to bring me closer to all of them.

  • Worst gift you ever received?

My ex’s family had this tradition of gifting the ugliest Christmas ornament they could find each year. Yeah. Didn’t keep those.

  • Worst gift you ever gave?

Used executive day planner. Seriously, I’d gotten it mixed up with a blank one I’d meant to give as the gift. But nope, I wrapped the one that had a few entries for the coming year in it.

I felt awful about the mix up.

  • Favorite holiday memory?

Last year, I was spending most of the holidays on my own. Family was all over the place and I’d only recently moved out of my house and into my apartment with my roomie.  It was going to be the first year ever that I’d not have a Christmas Tree.

My boyfriend met me in Boston during one of my weekly day job business trips to stay with me for a couple of days. I came back from the client site one evening to find he’d decorated our hotel room with lights and gotten me a tiny Christmas Tree just for us. A real little evergreen.

At the end of the week, a colleague of mine took the little tree and planted it on her parents’ property in Maine so that it’d have a chance to grow up big and tall.

  • If you could share one lesser known fact about yourself to our readers, what will it be?

While I’ve studied many forms of dance, ballroom/social isn’t one of them. So for those who might’ve seen OrD sweeping me across a dance floor at some convention – it’s all him as a strong lead. I’ve no formal training and we don’t have time to put together a choreographed routine. Any of those dances are him leading me in a spontaneous dance wherever we might be.

  • Weirdest thing you collect?

Blades. I’m not a psychopath but there’s something about the beauty of a nice set of throwing knives or an interesting sword that catches my attention. Boot knives, utility knives, ceremonial daggers and more are already in my collection.

Since I began studying Kali Silat, I’ve broadened my collection to rattan sticks and some of the short swords used in the weapons training of that discipline. I’ve also got a small collection of practice daggers (no edge) to train with for safety.

Giveaway Details: I’d like to offer a giveaway too. I’d like to offer ecopies of A SWAN IN SIAM and EVIE’S GIFT, my two steampunk short stories, to one random commenter. Evie’s Gift is specifically a holiday steampunk short. 😉

  • Sandyg265 December 23, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Thanks for the chance to win

    • PJ Schnyder December 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • erinf1 December 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks for a fun post! Sounds fantastic 😉 thanks for sharing!

    • PJ Schnyder December 24, 2012 at 10:34 am

      My pleasure. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • Barbara Elness December 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I enjoyed the post, it’s cool that you collect blades PJ, not something most people would collect. 😀

    • PJ Schnyder December 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

      LOL. Thanks. I try to be sure the ones I acquire are of a style I can utilize based on my training, even if I might never need to. One never knows when a zombie apocalypse will be on us all. 😛

  • Timitra December 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I want to start collecting swords…love how they look!

    • PJ Schnyder December 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

      They’re beautiful, but I do recommend some basic lessons in how to handle them safely and respect them. Also, if they have a history, how to respectfully display them.

  • bn100 December 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    That’s cool you study dance. What’s your favorite kind of dance?

    • PJ Schnyder December 24, 2012 at 10:41 am

      I was classically trained in ballet, jazz and hip hop. I loved hip hop best and later learned more about lyrical – both of them really gave me a chance to feel expressive.
      I’ve also studied Thai classical dance and had the opportunity to learn some Indian dances and a couple of the Chinese traditional dances. Really interesting.
      My boyfriend’s style of partner dancing is considered “blues” dancing but incorporates a lot from the more well known social dances like waltz or foxtrot or rhumba, etc. It really depends on the music.

  • LisaC December 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    A Swan in Siam sounds particularly interesting. I’d love to read these steampunk stories.

    • PJ Schnyder December 24, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Yay! I’m also hoping to write more and more steampunk in the future, so please feel free to let me know if you enjoy my stories. 😀

  • John W December 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Okay.. that you got a tiny little tree last year in Boston is AWESOME!!! Way to go BF!

    • PJ Schnyder December 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

      I really loved the little tree. 🙂

  • Denise Z December 25, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Thank you for sharing with us today, now I have hee haw on the brain LOL Hopped over and checked out the mac and cheese and YUM, definitely copied that down 🙂

    • PJ Schnyder December 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      My pleasure! Hope you enjoy the mac & cheese recipe. It’s definitely YUM. 😉

  • Brenda Hyde December 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I love the pic of you dancing– it’s romantic:) sigh. I have yet to hear the donkey Cmas song, but cringe every time someone mentions it, so I purposely have not went looking for it on youtube. LOL I hope you had a lovely Cmas, and that you have cool plans for New Years Eve.

    • PJ Schnyder December 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      One of the most romantic things I can think of is a man who can dance. 😉
      Dunno about cool, but fun plans for New Year’s. Hope you have fun too.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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