I want to sincerely thank Andrew Grey for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk with me about his latest release, Dumped in Oz and well has what he has coming up. Also, don’t forget to check out my 4.5* review of Dumped in Oz.
Dumped in Oz is your latest title. Released yesterday from Dreamspinner Press. What can you tell us about it?
Lyle is transferred from an office in PA to the warehouse in Central Kansas. He’s basically told that if he wants to advance, this is his chance. So he feels a little pressured to go. He doesn’t really want to but everyone tells him its for the best. Lyle ends up in the small town of Wamego which is the home to the Oz Museum, Oz Winery and their own Yellow Brick Road. Soon after arriving he meets Roger. He also finds out just how warm the people of Kansas are and that there truly is no place like home (I couldn’t resist) Especially if it’s the home you help build yourself.
I know that Dumped in Oz was inspired by a trip to Kansas. Who were the inspiration for Lyle and Roger (physically and character wise)?
I don’t often have a specific inspiration for my characters. They tend to come from deep inside me. At the time I was writing this story, I’d been given a project I dreaded and I very much felt that it had been dumped on me. So to a degree while I was in Kansas the first time, I felt a little dumped there. That feeling was the inspiration for Lyle and after that, I really grew to like the location and the people. And the attitude of the story changed along with me.
In Dumped in Oz Lyle relocated to central Kansas. If you could relocate anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
That’s a hard questions. If I could live anywhere I’d probably take Dominic and head for a small town in Germany. But I do have to say that home for me is wherever Dominic is. I can be happy anywhere as long as I’m with him.
One thing I have always loved about your books is that your characters are real and diverse. Roger and Lyle are no exception. How do you write such true to life characters that we still fall in love with and want to be?
I think that real life characters touch our hearts. Those that are bigger than life are a lot of fun, but for me I prefer characters that you could meet on the street tomorrow. We all want to have a great love. Hell we all deserve it. So for me, characters that are a little closer to home touch my heart. And I always write form the heart.
Usually I can pick out which character is going to be the MC in the next book in your series, however this time I really have no clue. My guess is Peter, but I really don’t know. So who are we going to see in books 2 and 3?
In this series the unifying element is the town. So in book 2, we will meet new characters whose lives intersect in Wamego. You will of course see Roger and Lyle again in books 2 and 3, but you’ll also get to meet some new characters.
Because my readers know I am an audiobook whore and I love your audiobooks, I have to ask 1 audiobook question. I know Dreamspinner decides what goes on audio, but you get to pick the narrator. I have loved your recent releases with Max Lehnen, but you have had a diverse list of narrators. How do you decide who is going to narrate?
Dreamspinner does pick the titles and narrators audition to read the titles. I listen to the voice and cadence of the possible narrators and choose the one that I would like to listen to for six to eight hours. I want my words and what I’ve written to come forward, so I like a soothing voice with some energy.
My introduction to your work was Dakota and Wally in A Shared Range, and I have never looked back. Which of your titles do you recommend to someone who has never before read your work?
That’s a hard one because each of my stories is special to me. I would say to start with A Shared Range, Love Means… Courage, Love Comes Silently, or The Good Fight. Although its very hard for me to choose.
You recently left your day job to write full time. How is that working out? Can we expect even more titles, or are you just enjoying the down time?
It’s working out very well. I’m writing a lot and coordinating audiobook production for Dreamspinner Press. To answer your question directly, you can expect more titles. The ideas are really flowing.
What do you have coming up next and what are you working on now?
After Dumped in Ox, One Good Deed will release in February. I also have Love Comes Home, the third in the Senses Series. I have just finished Upside Down, the follow up to Inside Out as well as Love Comes Around, the fourth Senses story. I am currently writing Trapped in Oz and then I’m going to return to the Range for another story.
Where can readers find more about you and your books on the web?
Thank you so much for having me. 🙂
About the Author
Andrew Grey grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived all over the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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