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These are a few of her favorite things…

cup of coffee

People close to me know that there are a few non-negotiables in my life. I will always have pets. (My husband is slightly allergic to cats. Yet, he puts up with them because he knows I love them. We compromise, and have Bengals, a cat breed with a different kind of coat and dander from your normal house cat.) I am a huge science fiction geek. And I love coffee.

I had a dream once about the apocalypse. In this dream, Chris Pratt was leading a group of survivors. My first and biggest concern when I came upon him leading this group was, and I quote myself here: “So, what’s your coffee situation like?”

That’s right. In a post-apocalyptic world, as one of the last remaining members of the human race alongside Chris Pratt, my number one concern is coffee. That should tell you something right there.

People often regret asking me about coffee. “How do you like your coffee?” isn’t the simple question it appears. Freshly roasted and freshly ground are the most important answers. Followed closely by “I prefer the Central American varieties. Honduran and Guatemalan are two of my favorites.” A distant third is how it is actually prepared – whether drip, French press, or my personal favorites, mocha pot or espresso. I have my own commercial espresso machine and burr grinder. I have been known to roast my own coffee, but prefer to buy it from a local roaster.

Coffee is my nirvana. I go to bed each night looking forward to having my single cup in the morning. Unfortunately, being so much a coffee aficionado has made it difficult for me to travel. Finding coffee as good as mine in the wild is challenging. So now I have a small travel setup, including a hand grinder and a coffee press.

So, if you notice characters in my stories who love coffee an inordinate amount, I’m just channeling my own obsession into my fictional worlds. Much like my love of pets. You’ll find that in my work as well, particularly in the kith, my fictional, psychically gifted animals who bond with humans as a survival tool.

Of course, it’s a great deal more complex than that. I’m proud to be involved with Pets in Space, and so excited to share my story, Escape Run.

Here is a small teaser:

“I’m not here to talk.” Cole pushed aside her insult, almost visibly shrugging it off. “I’m here for your help.”

Teegan arched an eyebrow. “That’s too bad. We don’t have a contract anymore. Find someone else.”

“I need you.”

She waved a hand toward the door. “You’re on a planet full of Hunters, Cole. You don’t need me.”

“You’re wrong.” The look in his eyes said he was talking about a lot more than whatever job he had for her. Teegan looked away, unable to hold that gaze for long.

Carysa Locke is the pseudonym for writing team Carysa Locke and MaLea Holt, two best friends who have been creating imaginary worlds together for more than twenty years. The worlds they write in exist first as roleplaying games, where much of the bare bones of world building and character development take place. Carysa is a high school English teacher, and MaLea helps support families with special needs children. You might say, they work as super heroes in their day jobs!  Find out more about Carysa Locke:

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Many thanks to Carysa for stopping by the blog today to share her love of coffee and pets (you only get ONE cup a day???). So, dear peeps, do you have something you have to have so bad you’d need it in the apocalypse?

I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value).  (And don’t forget that once a quarter I’ll be tossing in something fun from the Perilously Fun Shop!) Recipient is announced the first blog post of the new month.

Perilously yours,


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