Today Piper J. Drake’s new book, Extreme Honor was released and she’s stopped by EverAfter to answer our questions! We hope you enjoy her answers. Be sure and pick up Extreme Honor today!
1. I know research is a very important part of your process, how did you carry out your research on military dogs? What was your favorite part of that research?
I took a two-pronged approach to my dog training research for Extreme Honor.
Lyn is a civilian and referred to by others as a “dog whisperer” so I researched training techniques by Cesar Millan as a base for Lyn’s approach to understanding dog behavior in her more psychological approach with Atlas.
David is a veteran and focused on training military working dogs. Atlas and his handler were assigned to work with a Navy SEAL team prior to his handler’s death so I researched special forces training techniques by Mike Ritland, Navy SEAL, for David’s approach.
The training exercises for Atlas are very specifically geared towards his already established military working dog training, so Lyn is learning this from David. However, her own expertise is demonstrated more in her psychological approach to coaxing Atlas back into responding and wanting to work again.
2. What’s been your favorite part of starting this new series?
I’ve been lucky enough to have multiple working dogs in my life, both military and police dog service. Though all of my boys have passed away, it has been wonderful to bring back memories of them to add depth to the dog personalities in the True Heroes series.
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
Tough decisions! I love books. Being limited to five would be insanely painful.
The Ship Who Searched by Anne McCaffrey
Tia Cade is a character I come back to over and over again. I get drawn into her story, laugh with her, cry with her, get curious about steamy movies with her, and most definitely share her taste in Brawns.
When Demons Walk by Patricia Briggs
Shamera and the Reeve are another fantasy couple drawn together unexpectedly and I enjoy reading their adventure, their interaction, and the world Patty Briggs built around them. This is a story with so many other stories whispering around the edges.
These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I’ve been re-reading this book since before Halley’s comet last passed the Earth. (How’s that for dating myself?). The Life of Laura Ingalls and her eventual romance with Almanzo Wilder was one I read avidly throughout my growing years.
White Fang by Jack London
Another childhood read, it never gets old. This was one of the dog books I continually come back to, even after all of these years.
Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
Because the world is one I dream about over and over again.
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):
What was the first romance novel you read?
Lady of Light and Shadows by C.L. Wilson
What do you remember about it?
I thought I was reading fantasy and fell in love with the romance.
What did you like most about it?
The rich description and the characters. I empathized with both the hero and heroine and became really invested in their relationship.
What did you like least about it?
I was hungry for the next in the series, but I had to wait to get to a store to buy it!
Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?
Yes, though not in the last year or so. I might have to fix that. I still love the story and the characters. I could day dream for hours about the world. I have a Tairen kitling plushie in my bedroom at home.
Sunrise or sunset?
Angst or humor?
Tea or coffee?
Tea, with whiskey.
Wine or beer?
Cake or pie?
Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?
Clean-shaven, please. Scruff once in a while.
Blue-collar or white collar?
Jeans or a suit?
Car or motorcycle?
Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) spent her childhood pretending to study for the SATs by reading every interesting novel she could find at the library. After being introduced to the wonderful world of romance by her best friend, she dove into the genre.
PJ began her writing career as PJ Schnyder, writing sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk, for which she won the FF&P PRISM award as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award.
PJ’s romantic suspense novels incorporate her interests in mixed martial arts and the military. The True Heroes series is inspired by her experience rescuing, owning and training a variety of retired working dogs, including Kaiser, a former guard dog, and Mozart, who was trained to detect explosives.