I have TWO guests this week! The incredible duo, Layce Gardner, and Saxon Bennett.
If you haven’t read any of their books and you like to have a good time – I highly suggest you do so 🙂 Both are accomplished authors in their own right, but they have also recently combined their considerable talents together – in more ways than one.
From Layce’s Blog:
This past year saw many changes for me and Saxon. We got married and we started our own publishing company. We named our company Square Pegs Ink – because we both feel like square pegs trying to fit into the proverbial round hole. And we know most of you do, too. That’s why our motto for Square Pegs is: Different is good.
How is Square Pegs Ink different from other publishers?
1. We strongly believe in laughter. As a healing agent and as a way to communicate themes and morals.
2. We don’t believe in writing inside the box. In fact, we can’t even find the box. I actually wanted to use the slogan: Break the Monotony. Then I found out that slogan is already being used by Spam. Bummer.
3. Our prices will be lower. Not the quality. (We still pay an editor!) But the price. Good news for readers, right?
4. As our catalog grows, we will be offering discounts, bundles and sales. And if you join our email list, you will receive added bonuses like giveaways and free books.
I can’t have them as guests and not tell the story of how I met them in Dallas for the first time.
It was my first public appearance (ever) and we were going to the Dallas Jewell Lesbian Fiction Book Club. Layce and Saxon were the guest authors for the evening.
Before Sandy and I left to attend, I fussed and worried about how I looked. I finally came out of the bedroom and asked Sandy if I looked like a published author. She asked why I wasn’t wearing pajama’s, since that’s my author outfit of choice.
Flash forward to the meeting. I am sitting near the door, nervous and excited to meet Layce, and Saxon. They walked in wearing pajamas.
You can’t make this stuff up!
After I hugged Layce and we chatted for a while, she finally asked me why I hadn’t asked her about the PJ’s. After I told her about the conversation Sandy and I had prior, we cracked up. Turns out they also wore them to the Golden Crown Literary Awards the previous year!
That meeting is a wonderful introduction to their awesome personalities 🙂 The following guest blog gives wonderful insight to their relationship.
So, without further delay, I give you:
The Tao of Spoons
Do you believe in coincidence? I don’t. I mean I believe in it, but I believe coincidence is much more than we make it out to be. I think coincidences are actually “meant to be’s.” Take the other day for instance. I finished reading Lawrence Block’s “The Burglar Who Counted Spoons.” Then the very next book I plucked from my pile was Jasper Fforde’s “Shades of Grey.” That doesn’t seem coincidental until you take into account that both books have spoons as one of their main elements. First was a book about a burglar who stole spoons and next was a dystopian novel about a world where spoons were in severe shortage.
Are you following me here? I picked out two books in a row that were about spoons. How weird is that?
These were the type of thoughts I was having the night before last as Saxon and I were tandem reading. (Tandem reading is our second favorite thing to do together.)
“Why are you looking at me so creepy?” Saxon asked.
Oh, sorry,” I said. “I was just thinking about spoons. I didn’t realize I was looking at you while I was thinking.”
I told her about my two-in-a-row spoon books.
“Why is there a shortage of spoons?” she asked, referring to the Fforde novel.
“Because,” I explained, “Something Happened to the world as we know it – I don’t know what yet, I’m not that far along in the book – and spoons became rare. They trade them as currency now. They hang them on strings around their neck or keep them in their pockets. It’s their spoon and nobody else’s. Spoons are sacred. Can you imagine trying to eat cereal or soup without one?”
“How about sporks?” she asked.
I shrugged. “The book doesn’t say anything about sporks. At least not so far.”
That seemed to satisfy her. Well, that and the fact that I took her upstairs and we did our first favorite thing together.
The next morning I woke up late. Saxon had already left for work. I poured a bowl of cereal then opened the silverware drawer. All the spoons were gone.
ALL the spoons. Gone.
I looked in the dishwasher.
I looked in several neighboring drawers.
I scoured the kitchen. Even the wooden spoons and ladles were gone.
Coincidence? I think not.
My first thought? Saxon did it.
I thought it was funny. Until I spilled milk and fruit loops down the front of my pajamas because I had to slurp my breakfast from a bowl. Then it wasn’t so funny anymore.
I confess I did it. I don’t know exactly what came over me. I stirred my coffee with a spoon and something in the ether said, “Take all the spoons and hide them.”
I think it had something to do with the book I was reading while Layce was reading about spoons – “Snowboarding to Nirvana” by Frederick Lenz. One of the characters in the book, Master Fwap, is telling Frederick about the Tao of snow. This is explained as the angular approach to problem solving. This got me thinking about spoons and how Layce would apply Tao to her morning of sans spoons. I forgot about her propensity toward cereal for breakfast. She did however manage to eat her cereal without a spoon by drinking it. This is applying Tao to cereal.
Now what does this have to do with writing you may be asking? Absolutely nothing. Just kidding. It’s a lesson in not thinking about a problem and allowing your mind to rest until it comes up with the solution. In our head-strong, head-on world this seems too passive and perhaps a little lazy but as a writer this is what we have to do – go sans spoons, drink our cereal, and wait for the spoons to reappear.
Layce’s response to Saxon’s response:
I’m not mad that you hid the spoons. What makes me mad is that you can’t remember where you put them. And now we’ll never have any fucking spoons.
Saxon’s response to Layce’s response to Saxon’s response:
This is referred to as the Tao of Loss. We shall now make forks the new spoons and refrain from eating soup and cereal.
Layce’s response et al:
Remember the number one thing we like to do together? We’re not doing it until I get my spoons back.
Saxon’s response et al:
I’ll be right back.
Layce’s response et al:
Where are you going?
Saxon’s response et al:
Here are their links:
THEN Check out their Amazon Author Pages.
Layce has been a writer for more than half her life. She has written a lot of plays, a bunch of movies and a whole slew of books and short stories. She also writes young adult fiction under the pen name Dinah Katt. She’s also a 2012 Golden Crown Literary Society award winner and
Finalist for the Ann Bannon Award for her novel “Tats.”
Saxon Bennett is an award winning author of fifteen novels. Her “Chase Banter” trilogy won two Goldie awards and in 2012 she was the recipient of the Alice B. Reader Lifetime Achievement award. She puts pen to paper every day and plans to write many more novels.