Please welcome J. S. Frankel to my virtual café.
D L: Firstly, since it's a coffee chat, how do you like your coffee (or not as has been the case) and what is your favourite time of the day to partake?
J S Frankel: Coffee? I have to have it first thing in the morning. If I don't, my world stops revolving. Sugar and milk--both, please! And toast...can't forget about the toast!
DL: You were born in Canada and now live in Japan and teach English. Has there been any lure, or request even, to include a Japanese influence in your works. For example, anime or martial arts?
J S Frankel: That's a good question. To be honest, no, but I have included corruptions of some Japanese place names and things in my books from time to time. I have had an idea for a book involving a Japanese detective, a foreigner--the classic fish out of water trope--and tattoos, but that will have to wait. I need to do more research first.
DL: You have a lot of books coming out, and you're also writing multiple series at once. What are some of the good and/or bad points to pumping out books? You obviously get faster and better at it, but is there one technique you use that you'd recommend to other writers?
J S Frankel: The good thing about constantly writing is that it keeps your mind constantly working and dreaming up new things. It's a sort of 'can you top this?' scenario. As well, people will see your name and think, "Ah, that writer is prolific. Maybe I should check out their work." Granted, there's no guarantee that they will.
All that changes when Montague (Monty) Trillian, also known as Master Fantastic, enters his life and requests his services as a sign language teacher for his daughter, Myrna.