The Christmas Star by Ace Collins – Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Ace Collins

Bestselling author Ace Collins has written more than fifty books including novels Farraday Road, Swope’s Ridge and Words of the Father, as well as the nonfiction Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, grAttitudes, and Lassie A Dog’s Life. His books have become movies and network television specials. He has appeared on Good Morning America, the NBC Nightly News and The Today Show and has been featured in the Distinguished Lecture Series at the National Archives in Washington D.C. Ace Collins has sold more than 1.5 million books during his career.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I find history fascinating, so the past.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
I’m guessing we are talking about famous folks who are either living or dead that wouldn’t likely include choices like Jesus, who would be first on almost everyone’s list. So how about Elvis Presley, Mark Twain, Franklin Roosevelt, Jean Harlow and Thomas Edison? Now that is an eclectic group of originals whose conversation could cover a lot my greatest interests.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
The works of Mark Twain, a Bible and a family photo album.

What is one book everyone should read?
Other than the Bible? Hard to choose just one…The Life of Albert Schweitzer.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Raccoonman! I am always moving and have an incredible amount of energy and curiosity.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
To fly at super speed so I could avoid lines at airports and flight delays.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Yarnell’s Angel Food Ice Cream.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Other than Jesus, either actress Jean Harlow or President Franklin Roosevelt.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Pancakes and sausage.

Night owl, or early bird?
I am not even sure there is a dawn or there is air out in the morning. (Smile) I am a night person.

One food you would never eat?

Pet Peeves?
I don’t really think I have any. Nothing bothers me much.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Neither unless they are peanut M&Ms.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It is an entertaining read that inspires through unexpected plot twists and unique characters.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I am always working on books. I have three that come out in 2013 — two novels, Darkenss Before Dawn and The Cutting Edge, and a devotional book. I also have three novels that are scheduled for 2014. So lots of writing going on about everything from courtroom dramas to a comedy whodunit.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
My grandparents were wonderful storytellers and I liked to read as a kid, so I combined the two.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
There are so many, but maybe having a letter from a lady who decided not to commit suicide after reading something I had written.

If you could jump into a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World.

What is your dream cast for your book?
Wow, as I see my characters as unique, that is a hard question. I honestly don’t know.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
The first book I remember really making an impression was in 3rd grade. A novel about a mountain lion — Yellow Eyes.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
The theme song might be “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Never give up on a good idea. My bestselling book is now in its 18th printing and was rejected 27 times before it found a home.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
I love the style of the 1930s, but I wouldn’t want to go back to the time of segregation or live without technology. So I will take now.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
I don’t really remember much about them. So drawing a blank here. Besides, I not really into power trips, so I’d make a crummy Greek God.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Maybe New Zealand, but I am thrilled to call Arkadelphia Arkansashome.

What is your favorite Quote?

“You only live once, but if you do it right, that’s enough.” Mae West

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A rock and roll star.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
My wife would say Mark Harmon. That would work for me. I think I am kind of the guy next door, so if we could go back in time, Jimmy Stewart might work.

How did you know you should become an author?
When I saw stories everywhere and wanted to share them.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Modern – Clive Cussler. Classic – Mark Twain.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
My male leads are usually too good looking and too cool to be me. I think you do see a bit of my life in their interests and in their insecurities.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
An Amish vampire story involving teenagers and a zombie that isn’t a zombie. I want to write it too. If a publisher is interested, contact my agent Joyce Hart.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously.

Hidden talent?
I have a vast knowledge of unimportant facts stored in my head. So if I drank, which I don’t, I’d be a great cocktail party guest.

Favorite Food?
Peanut butter

Favorite Candy?

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
I have been so busy living my life and writing I don’t even know what is coming out.

What was your favorite children’s book?
The Wizard of Oz

Ace, my real name is Andrew.

How do you react to a bad review?
At least they read my book.

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
Parrots live a long time and get to observe a lot about human life. That might be cool.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
A child’s sad, blue eyes.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Gone With The Wind, the great American novel and the only one Miss Mitchell wrote.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?

I’d pay off my house, but first thing I would buy would be a new car for my wife. She wants a Ford Edge.

Which authors have influenced you most how?
Clive Cussler, in the way he sets up his stories and Mark Twain in keeping a reader in the midst of his work.

What do you do in your free time?
I play with my classic pre World War II cars, spend time with our blind collie, Sammy, watch classic films, keep up with college sports, hang out with my beautiful wife and run.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
He’s Got To Be Crazy!

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
My word day begins at my desk where I eat breakfast, go through email and study my goals for that day. I write in the morning. At I listen to classic radio and read the newspaper, then play with our dogs. I write and edit in the afternoon. When I quit work, I run 16 110 yard uphill wind sprints while wearing a 25 pound weight vest. Most night I cook supper as my wife often has meetings with students. At night I spend time with my wife, who is a college professor. We often unwind by watching a classic movie or episode of a TV show.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
I love the colors of fall and I find thunderstorms fascinating.

Who or what inspired you to become an author?
My grandparents storytelling.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
Nothing other than smiling a bit. I was already too busy working on my next one.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Driving my 1934 Auburn or 1936 Cord.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I used to watch the soap opera All My Children, but now that it is no longer on the air, I don’t really have a program that makes me look weird.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
Raise The Titantic.

Favorite places to travel?
Smokey Mountains.

Favorite music?
Pretty much anything by Elvis Presley.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
We are not related and I have never been in a room with her, but I think I’d like to write with Bradilyn Collins.

The Christmas Star 

Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Each Christmas the final decoration Madge Reed hangs on the family’s tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering.

Yet a letter delivered by one of Robert’s fellow soldiers and a mystery posed in that letter put a father’s sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then, when least expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that Jimmy has never known.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of The Christmas Star
Open to US only
Ends 12/3/12

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