About Bo Savino/A. J. Rand

Who Am I?

Hmmm…what is there to say? I’m pretty much an open book (and yes, the pun is intended!). What you see is what you get!

I live in Arizona where I am building an amazing support group of family, friends, and general pushy people who gently encourage or outright nag me to keep me always moving forward. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am a huge believer in the dual family theory…you have the family you were born to and the amazing people in your life who you consider to be family. I’ve been lucky to have great people on both sides of the equation.

I have three awesome sons, the youngest of which (& his wife) served in the military. Semper Fi, baby boy! And yes, they all know and acknowledge that regardless of age, they’ll always be my babies. Poor guys never had a prayer growing up with me as a mom. Ask ’em, they’ll tell you. I also have a handful of grandbabies living in Minnesota with my oldest son (& his wife). Okay, maybe they’re not babies any more either, but to think of them as anything else starts making me feel my age.

I have always been interested in writing, but when I was exposed to science fiction and fantasy in my teens, there was no turning back. I wrote my first novel at 18. I anxiously handed it off to my mom’s best friend to read, and she did. When she handed it back to me, her only comment was: “It disturbs me that your mind actually thinks that way.” It bothered me then, but now that my disturbing mind has even further developed, I can’t think of better praise to have received.

I started seriously writing about 15 years ago, and have taken a hiatus off in the midst of it all to recoup my energies. Now I’m back and on a roll and don’t plan to stop!

In addition to writing books, I’ve started taking a hand in screenplay writing, playing with camera equipment, and I’m in the middle of working with CGI to really have some fun. I also finished recording the vocals for a song release, although I have to admit, it’s all for a video I have planned out in my warped little brain. Maybe I’ll actually share it someday with the rest of you.

Other than writing, my interests are wide and varying…and I am always open to new things and experiences. I think it best sums it up to say flat out that life is what interests me in all its varied and many capacities and surprises…and I hope to always keep being surprised!

Q. What’s with the dual names, Bo Savino & A. J. Rand?

A. I published my first book (a spiritual title) under the name Savino, and then the 1st Reggie & Ryssa book. By the time I finished writing Broken Wings: Genesis, which came out around the same time as Keeper of the Flame, I realized that I didn’t want kids to identify the Bo Savino name as a blanket “Hey, this is another good book for kids!” Especially when the other titles had various forms of adult content. So I chose a pseudonym to write the adult books under.

Q. Where did you get the name A. J. Rand?

A. A. J. Rand comes from the names of my 3 boys: Aaron, Joshua, and Random. It worked out to be a pretty catchy name (even though Aaron often goes by AJ). And yes, the name Random came from Roger Zelazny’s Nine Princes in Amber Series (Random was the Prince who became King). I originally used a third pseudonym, Catherine Chase (taken from my grandbabies, Catherine and Chase), but I finally dropped it to keep further separation headaches at bay.

Q. Why haven’t you completed your other series' books yet?

A. Okay…I mention on my “About Me” page that I really only got into writing seriously about 15 years ago. But that didn’t mean that I didn’t have a slew of stories in the hopper, either completed, or nearly completed. As an exercise to push me toward keeping the flow going, I either rewrote or finished the various titles I had going. Now I’m going back in to flush out each series. But I can’t promise more “1st books” won’t pop up here and there.

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A. That’s a tough one. There are 6 books planned and fully outlined for Reggie & Ryssa. There are 5 planned and outlined for Broken Wings. The Tapestry series (of which Keeper of the Flame is Book 1) has 5 books planned, but it is an odd sort of dual trilogy where book 3 (the 5th book) is the same concluding book for each trilogy, with cross-over characters. Originally Sky Gold was supposed to be a stand alone, but so many people have asked me to do a prequel, that it is now an outlined trilogy. And I have a Broken Wings spin-off paranormal romance series that I still don’t know how many books will get mixed into.

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A. Well, Reggie & Ryssa 2 just came out and the Broken Wings spin-off series, The Watchers, (Wings of Thunder), is in editing for soon release. From there, I think I should have the second book for each series coming out sometime in 2012, with some of the 3rd books coming out for one or two of the series (like Reggie & Ryssa 3).

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A. No. That wasn’t even a blip. Although some of my dearest friends who read the book claimed that reading Yeshua was like reading a conversation going on inside my head. I just can’t imagine anyone considering me to be that flippant or sassy or irreverent or… okay maybe I can imagine it a little. But no, it was, and still is not me.

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A. For the most part, life happens. But now the characters of my books are all clamoring to have their stories told, and it’s either let them out or fall victim to my own special blend of insanity. I can’t promise that still won’t happen! But part of the hiatus has been dealing with a couple of health issues, of which I can now count my self among the ranks of cancer survivors. You’ll definitely be seeing a lot more of me around…if that isn’t a scary enough thought for you!

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