Interview with author Jody Summers

Author Jody Summers joins me today
to talk about her supernatural thrillers, Dark
and its sequel, The Mask Maker.
Born in New
Orleans, Jody Summers’ life has been filled with unconventionality. The adopted
son of a prominent Texas restaurateur, Jody grew up in New Orleans, Memphis and
then Houston, learning the restaurant business while he built a career as a
competitive gymnast that propelled him to a scholarship at the University of

After college, Jody followed in his father’s footsteps owning, at one point,
three 24-hour restaurant franchises along with four tanning salons in Tulsa.
Finally leaving that business, he turned his entrepreneurial skills to
everything from a patent in the Pet Industry to a Single’s website.
A restaurateur, a gymnast,
a stunt man, an entrepreneur, a pilot, skydiver, scuba diver, and an
accomplished martial artist for twenty-five years, Jody Summers has tried it
all. Now he brings all those experiences to paper in his first novel, the
supernatural thriller, Dark Canvas.

Welcome, Jody. Please tell us about Dark Canvas.
When artist, Kira McGovern mixes paints with the ashes of
the dead, she discovers her extraordinary gift, but it also leads her
to some horrifying crimes in this psychological thriller of a novel.
It seems innocent enough at first, thought Kira McGovern—mixing
her dead mother’s ashes with paint to create a tribute painting. What a way to
personalize and immortalize her mom’s memory! The idea so ensnares her that she
forms a new business, Canvas of Life, to do just that for others. As she begins
with her first clients, something inexplicable occurs: Kira experiences
segments of the dead person’s life. In dreams and visions, she begins to
receive images, some are gratifying, some unpleasant and some of them are
downright deadly.

Sean Easton is a Kansas farm boy with a special talent he is
just beginning to understand. His father, too, has recently died, but something
sinister still lingers on the farm. When he takes his father’s ashes to Kira as
a pretense to meet her, he not only falls in love but makes some startling
discoveries about his own life as well, and as Kira begins to paint with Sean’s
father’s ashes the real terror begins….

Secrets Don’t Stay in the Grave.

The sequel, The Mask
picks up where Dark Canvas
left off and as a result of their previous experiences; Sean and Kira find
themselves involved in a deadly chase for a unique and gruesome arsonist with
unpredictable results.
I have
another book I am about to release which is also a thriller, however with a bit
less supernatural tilt than Dark Canvas.
It is called The Mayan Legacy.
I am also
finishing the first draft of Mental
which is the third installment in the Dark Canvas series.
What inspired you to write Dark Canvas?
A lovely lady
I had a chance date with was actually painting with the ashes of the deceased,
cremains, as she calls them, and it occurred to me that as much as I’ve read (and
trust me that’s a lot) I had never read anything like this before, and the
notion of writing something new under the sun fascinated me so that I just
jumped on it.
What exciting story are you working on
I believe my
next endeavor will be a Sci-Fi novel tentatively entitled “The Amazing Enigma
of Aiden Quiver. His name is an acronym that I will share with everyone at a
later date.
When did you first consider yourself a
Somewhere AFTER I finished Dark Canvas.
Even though I’ve written hundreds of poems over the years
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I am
currently making a living in the oil and gas business as a permit agent.
Therefore, most of my writing comes early in the morning or is dictated when
I’m driving. I hope for that to change in the near future.
I also have a
number of producers evaluating Dark
for a movie. Fingers crossed.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I like to
change perspective frequently, even within a paragraph. I like offering the
observations from more than one person in a scene while still keeping it
abundantly clear who is speaking. This little quirk gives editors fits.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I had no
clue as a child. Later, I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast.
The next
thing I KNEW I wanted to be when I grew up was a writer….figured that one out
at age 50.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
My books are
going to keep coming but as you can already tell in addition to the Dark Canvas
series, I’m jumping genres, I already have a sci-fi plot that I mentioned
earlier which I intend to tackle right after I finish the third book in the
Dark Canvas series, which means later this year or early next year.
I already
have the first draft of another novel, a religious thriller I plan to edit and
finish entitled The Note from Christ.
I don’t plan
to abandon the Dark Canvas series, though; I have plots in mind for at least
two more in the series already.
As Robert
Jordan, one of my favorite authors, said, “I intend to continue writing until
they nail my coffin shut.” Which he did by the way with his brilliant Wheel of
Time series.
Also, along
with my hero Dean Koontz, I love to read Clive Cussler novels and would love to
write a story someday to emulate his style of fast paced action and adventure
comingled with a touch of history.
Thank you for being here, Jody! 

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