Cap’n Joe’s Interview with a former Saudi Princess’s bodyguard – Author Jana Petken:

Captain Joe’s Interview with Jana Petken author of the remarkable: “The Guardians of Secrets.”

Cap’n Joe: Can you tell my readers a little about your background nationality/ancestry?

Jana Petken: Hi Cap’n Joe!

I live in Spain but I’m Scottish and British, with a lot of Irish blood flowing through my veins. I guess I’m a mongrel, with various cultural idiosyncrasies.

I’m adventurous. I’ve travelled the world, twice over, and have a military police background. I’ve arrested drunken sailors, fought hand to hand combat with them when they refused to go quietly into the back of my prisoner wagon.

I’ve been a Saudi Princess’s bodyguard and spent a good ten years of my life in designer clothes shops and drinking cups of tea, whilst wishing for a glass of wine.

I was cabin crew for British Airways, worldwide fleet, and ended that career by bouncing my head off a Boeing 747 cabin ceiling at 39,000 feet – And how did that happen? Well, flying into clear air turbulence can drop an aircraft thousands of feet in a matter of seconds. You could say I flew inside a flying machine with a pot of coffee in my hand.

Cap’n Joe: When you finished your debut novel, how did you feel?

Jana Petken: Finishing my novel, The Guardian of Secrets, was a strange sensation. I lived with the story for years, always expanding, researching, and deleting. When I eventually slapped myself, saying: Enough is enough, it’s done,” I felt as though I was giving away my children, such was my attachment to the characters – Poor me, I was a mother in an empty nest, wondering how my little 717 page book would fair in that big, scary, Amazon Jungle where millions of other little books live and fight.

Cap’n Joe: While writing, did you need help with punctuation, grammar, etc., if so where did you turn?

Jana Petken: (She laughs) I turned blue with exasperation and impatience – The computer grammar and punctuation program lies, at times, I’m sure of it. I didn’t ask for help nor did I study the necessary nuances, which are required in order to write a good, readable book – My final draft looked fine to me until a reputable editor got hold of it and then sent it back covered in red corrections – Oh, and some very critical comments, which made me cry!

The editing process was like an intensive writing course and I will always be grateful to that particular editor for opening my eyes to the literary world with its rules, pitfalls, and magical transformations, which occurs when Grammar is given the respect it deserves.

Cap’n Joe: With the number of hours spent writing, did your family members support you or complain about the time spent away from them?

Jana Petken: I lived alone at the time – actually, I still do. I wrote when and where I wanted. I doubt if anyone knew I was missing half the time, as I was always travelling – I did a fair bit of writing in hotel rooms, from Pakistan to New York. Most of the time I didn’t know if it was day or night, in fact, on a few occasions I woke up in a hotel bed, desperately trying to remember what country I was in.

Cap’n Joe: Did writing your first novel benefit you in any way and if so, how?

Jana Petken: I’m going to go out on a limb here and be honest with you. Whilst recuperating at home after my, head bumping accident, I got into the habit of watching movies, all day, all night, until I fell asleep. One day I stood in the Blockbuster Video store, making a scene, because they had no new movies for me to rent. I realized then that I’d seen everything, I mean everything they had to offer, apart from Porn – That was the moment I also came to the conclusion that I needed a new hobby – Thus, my first novel not only benefited me, it saved my sanity.

Cap’n Joe: When you were writing your book, did you shut-off from family and all social networks?

Jana Petken: Don’t laugh. I only got an internet connection a couple of years ago. It scared the living daylights out of me. I thought that if I pressed the wrong buttons I’d blow something up. Guess I really did watch too many movies! My family lived in Spain and I was living in England, at that time, but had they been in the same house, I would have closed my bedroom door and put up a “Do not disturb” sign and another saying “Bring me coffee, please.”

Cap’n Joe: Did you use friends or family members as Beta readers for your debut novel, if so who?

Jana Petken: I asked some friends to read it, before editing. A couple of them were very helpful. The novel is, historical fiction, and they pointed out certain inconsistencies with regards to the period. A couple of my friends concentrated on the story and their advice stopped me from killing off a certain character. They all said they saw a movie or TV series and that’s why I have also have a completed screenplay.

Cap’n Joe: What do you do when you aren’t writing? Do you have any hobbies?

Jana Petken: I have a Labrador who loves to take long walks. I’m lucky, I live on the coast, and I’m surrounded by mountains. Oops, I still love movies. I paint in oils – Sometimes I wish I’d never found the internet. It’s like a big black hole that sucks me in and keeps me prisoner for hours at a time. Thank God for the dog. She forces me to go out, as do my friends, at times.

Cap’n Joe: Where can readers go to find your book?

Jana Petken: On, Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Secrets-Her-Deathly-Pact-ebook/dp/B00FALY27Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403355768&sr=8-1&keywords=Jana+Petken

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Secrets-Her-Deathly-Pact-ebook/dp/B00FALY27Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403355768&sr=8-1&keywords=Jana+Petken

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/jana-petken?keyword=jana+petken&store=book

Website: http://janapetken.com/site/

Cap’n Joe: Thank you Jana Petken for taking time out from your busy day to answer my questions. I’ve enjoyed getting to know a lot more about you. It’s a pleasure having you join my blog. I wish you the very best with your book and any you publish in the future.

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All of us at one time or another say the word ‘hope’. All of us at one time or another have hope, give hope, and need hope. Unfortunately, some give up on hope. I can see the wheels turning in your head. Give up on hope…who would do that?

That would be those who need hope the most. The ones who have fallen so far down that they don’t believe they will ever get up. The ones who have suffered so severely, they feel they have fallen into the cracks…Those cracks where hope cannot live.

Have you ever felt that way? I mean so far down that you can’t even believe that such a word even exists…’Hope’ Is there really such a thing? Can one really dare to believe they can climb out of the whole they have fallen into?

Yes…they can. Why? Because there are people out there like…

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“Put a Bow on it for Marebear”

To provide my readers a message worthy of your Eyes, Ears and Time I am going out long to explain my case to you, the Readers Court. I hope to compress several months of blogs into one package, a gift I hope to wrap presentably and put a bow on it for you, and Marebear, who is a dear and vital friend of mine who is not quite picking up on my train of thought and logic.

The Review- the wrapping paper for my gift, hope you like it!:
I need to go over the past blogs that are relevant to my summary.

I begin with an excerpt of a blog about” MeBots” which to me is one of the common maladies of Humanity and in a nut shell is a theory considering Humanity’s becoming myopic with it’s obsession of itself.

“Why oh why does humanity always find a new path away from happiness. In the book you will find when, where, how, and why humanity has always found time for tripping up themselves and one another, but now, the dreaded MeBots? Really?

You may read in the paper or see on the news instances that make you think to yourselves, really? Some instances are glaringly obvious, but there seem to be a constant in all, self-centeredness, or selfishness. Although this is nothing new it has never been the accepted way of life, never the textbook version of “How to run a business”, or even the very familiar “America’s Secret Formula for Governing, Locally, Nationally, and Abroad”. So why now?”
For the blog in it’s entirety I post the link below
Why is Humanity turning into a bunch of MeBots? http://endofhumanity.weebly.com/1/post/2014/02/why-is-humanity-turning-into-a-bunch-of-mebots.html

In the blog I mentioned my book which is “The End of Humanity” The fictional story’s setting is in the Universe during the beginning of time for Earth and traveling well into the fictional future. http://endofhumanity.weebly.com/2/post/2014/03/about-the-book-the-end-of-humanity.html

Next we discussed “Strange Associations” in which I detailed the trend of society which seems to be a beginning to a dystrophic existence for Humanity.

“In the Mebot blog we looked at the trends that could predict Humanity’s trek forward, but what is driving this bad situation?

When watching the United States’ current events a strange action keeps happening, groups are making some very strange partners. The next thing we will see is oil and water combining as one and become something nasty that you would not drink, or put on your salad.

Soon the new group might be heroes joining villains in a common pursuit of making money from others misfortunes. Maybe Batman and the Joker will steal all the Salvation Army Red Christmas donation pots to save Gotham City or maybe a little closer to my point would be a rendition of Superman and Lex Luther blowing up the Pentagon to give control of the country to a consortium of corporations. Sounds stupid, I agree totally.”
For more on the strange alliances currently at work go to:
http://endofhumanity.weebly.com/2/post/2014/03/strange-associations.html

Next we discussed Hate hiding behind the skirts of humanity’s weakness which is the method hate spreads to corrupt our lives:

“Well, I will be doggoned if it is not bringing the demise of humanity to center-stage, and humanity and it’s heightened intellect is still falling for the same trick, the same evil, fear is driving humanity to it’s own destruction.”

“Fear has a powerful spawn, hate is what we know it as. Hate is intoxicating to man and a genius at sabotage and very apt in concealing its identity. Hate masquerades as righteousness, impersonates natural instinct, heck it can even stoop down and hide behind the skirts of intolerance, but intolerance is not really its momma nor it’s grandmother, but it will hide there just the same. Hate and the weaker sibling greed come out when we are not on guard and dance, laugh and sing, but we don’t see and we don’t listen to our soul begging us to rid our lives of the threat.”
http://endofhumanity.weebly.com/1/post/2014/03/hate-hiding-behind-the-skirts-of-humanitys-weakness.html

I think this is a perfect time to suggest Tolerance.

“I could restate the enormity of this subject with mathematics, and charts, but let’s huddle up to the principles involved. The end-resulting facts need no clarification by numbers and trend charting. It is very clear, some care, some do not. The shocking evidence is in the pudding, and few like the taste of intolerance. The bitter truth is many of our problems are obscured deep within our self.
The villain: My intolerance fueled by ignorance…. “
http://howdowefeedtheworldsstarving.com/home-2/

In prior post the topics have been Me Bots, Misguided Groups, Haters and now it is Ninnies. Ninnies are ignorant, but innocent and create a majority presence in the family of Humanity. As infuriatingly frustrating some of us might find their lack of concern they could not be considered evil or misguided, just Ninnies. Maybe some classification will clarify this subject of today’s topic. http://endofhumanity.weebly.com/2/post/2014/04/the-ninnies.html

Next we travel to a new domain and visit a blog of mine and Anne Rasico who is an author specializing in dystopian fiction novels. At this site I have published several blog posts concerning the dystrophic challenges I believe Humanity faces in the future. First I initiate this perspective with a basic blog on Dystopia.

“Marie Antoinette and all the ruling class were executed when the masses finally took control and it was not the first time and certainly not the last. Oppression applied through today’s system is the worst as hate is the agent that takes your rights. The path is clear for the country to hate it’s way to the poor house, heck pretty soon you might be paying a trillionaire for the chance to graze in the front yard of the elite less than 1%.

Ever since the civil rights laws took effect during the Johnson administration the ability for Americans to feed themselves has slowly diminished to the point where fast food is the career option for our college grads and when computer automation can do that, well we did it to ourselves, didn’t we. “
http://marsocialauthorbusinessenhancementannesdystopia.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/remember-the-french-revolution-from-history-class/

Then I looked into the future with a futuristic theory:

“May I say up front, I feel we should continue to be the country that fosters the rise out of poverty for all, by all. While my priority is for Americans I am concerned with the world, particularly when I see pictures of babies in far off lands with vultures watching them lecherously.

All poverty must be dealt with and the choice between life and death situations and our country as whole having the wealth to deal with problems abroad is the big question for me, not should we feed our country’s children at school who will go hungry if not fed, that is a no-brainer for the United States I was raised in, but many of today’s politicians seem to have a different direction, which to me is sinister and to them apparently something to disguise.

This first look is a glimpse of national politics which demonstrates the powers-to-be’s willingness to disguise their true intentions from the voters.”
http://marsocialauthorbusinessenhancementannesdystopia.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/what-will-our-future-look-like/

Recently I began a new blog to demonstrate how the innocents are victimized.
My own personal story that really boils down to Social programs and entitlements. I have never enjoyed Government assistance nor asked until now, and it is my entitlement through the Social Security taxes I have paid for almost 4 decades that come into to this perspective. http://marsocialauthorbussinesswhatiseeinthemirror.wordpress.com/

My video introduction: http://marsocialauthorbussinesswhatiseeinthemirror.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/introduction-to-what-i-see-in-the-mirror-post-1/
“My name is Coleman Weeks and I live in Southwest Florida. Over thirty years ago I developed Hepatitis “C’ .

About four years ago I grew tired and fatigued constantly. I worked as a manager of a retail outlet and had the knack of sales and customer relations. Times were tough in 2010 for sales, including retail and my company was firing most managers in my district. It was a common practice of the company to do strange things like not permit your vacation for whatever excuse they could conjure up and make you work on your one day off during your mandatory 54-work hour week. I averaged above 65 hrs. a week for over two-years. I could not get a vacation regardless of how much I begged and I quit to go get some sleep and start somewhere else part-time. I slept virtually non-stop for a month, but could not shake the fatigue.”
http://marsocialauthorbussinesswhatiseeinthemirror.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/introduction-to-what-i-see-in-the-mirror-post-1/

Now Let’s put a bow on it:

bow
We have looked to the history of Humanity and the future technological advances that will have a direct impact on the demise of over 50% of the occupations we use to support our lives today. I have demonstrated with theory and fact the obvious challenges we face and the issues which exasperate our problems. After hundreds of thousands of words the fix is simple and as more and more families face the future they are allowing to take shape it will be understood. We are all one big family and if we do not consider our brothers suffering as our own we are doomed to learn to, the hard way. There, isn’t that a pretty present.

a gift