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10/21/2010 10:37:44 am

Questions will begin at 1:00 today 10-21-2010. Lord help me! =) Please, before typing questions put your e-mail address in the field above so if your question does not get answered I can contact you directly with an answer. I look forward to hearing what you want to know.

Orlando

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David P. Taylor
10/21/2010 01:02:01 pm

What kind of music do you listen to when you write your books Vs. in general?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:03:57 pm

David, welcome!

I listen to a lot of different types of music. I usually listen to instrumental when I am writing unless its Swift Killas. I like to listen to rap or rock when I write those. =)

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Tran H. Vivian
10/21/2010 01:05:14 pm

Have you ever been approached to do a comic book? If not would you?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:06:42 pm

No I've never been asked but I would. Actually back in the day Brandon McGruder and I wanted to start a comic book but as we got older it fell apart. Just how things happen I suppose.

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Debra J. Schultz
10/21/2010 01:07:24 pm

Boxers or Briefs?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:08:43 pm

Wow Debra, gettin personal there ain't ya? Boxers.

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Jesse D. Lewis
10/21/2010 01:08:46 pm

Who's your favorite author/ authors?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:12:09 pm

I am a fan of Peter David and his New Frontier series. I've always liked Ian Flemming and Raymond Benson who also does James Bond Novels and Splinter Cell novels. I've read some Zane and like Tiare Tuairau's when the Quiet Screams. Now keep in mind that I also like classics like Edgar Allen Poe's works and things from Sophocles. So I like a wide range of authors.

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Patrick M. Owens
10/21/2010 01:12:13 pm

When will there be another Swift Killas book? I heard there was suppose to be Origins but then I heard Twilight and some other B.S can you clarify?

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Jerry Sherman
10/21/2010 01:13:04 pm


It took you and E.J forever to come out with the second Alone book and now I am dying to know what happens in the finale! When can we see another Alone?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:17:00 pm

I wrote Swift Killas Origins and while it is finished it still needs to be editied. Right Now Maryam Sousan of Prisige Editing is handling that.
If anyone needs help editing their work, be it a manuscript or a resume check out http://www.prestigeediting.com It will be well worth your time.
As for Twilight, that is the tentivive title for the final Swift Killas book. Both books should be due to come out in 2011.

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:20:10 pm

Congrats Jerry, you are one of a select few that actually got into Alone. Alone Stage one was a failure because E.J and I could not see eye to eye on the project. After a while he walked away and left it so the characters were left in limbo for some years. I had nearly finished the second one before E.J left so I published it but left a cliff hanger because I planned on finishing the trilogy but with the books not selling it was rough. Will there be a final Alone book, yes more than likely I can't get it out until maybe 2011 or 2012. Sorry.

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Frank R. Williams
10/21/2010 01:21:01 pm

Why are there so many spelling errors in your books?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:24:20 pm

With respect Frank, spell check is both my friend and my enemy. Also, often times my mind is working at such a fast pace that my fingers can't keep up. So it's a little tough, but with the help of Maryam at prestigeediting.com I have corrected a lot of gramatical errors and hope to continue using her services. Sorry if they bother you. But sometimes getting the story out so I stay relevent is more important.
But that should never be an excuse.

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Sandra R. Adams
10/21/2010 01:25:02 pm

How much of your personality goes into each book? Reading your blogs on Weebly.com is awesome but it seems people have some pretty bizarre idea of who Orlando Santiago Jr. is. Could it be that you try to portray yourself as your characters when you're out and about?

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Nancy Flores
10/21/2010 01:25:33 pm

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:29:37 pm

I use to fight this question because people were constantly saying I was Swift and then later on the Rake. Well, the truth is every artist puts a piece of themself into their work. It happenes if they know it or not, if they care to admit to it or not. That's the truth and I am no exception. Swift is my outlet just like the Rake and Rogue Accord. They let me be someone else without causing harm to those around me in reality.
Now as for what people have to say about me on here. I don't know what to tell you. Sandra people have said some pretty crazy things which I can tell you now, are not true! But which statements on Weebly.com are true or false i leave to your imagination.

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Nancy Flores
10/21/2010 01:29:41 pm

Many of your books are really hard to get in book stores and when they do have them they are super expensive. Why is that?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:32:06 pm

Nancy, since i am a self published author its sometimes best to get my books from Amazon.com or Weebly.com or if you like the Rake go to Author House.com. Borders and Barnes and Noble want a piece of the pie so they hike up the price of the book to turn a profit.

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Mario Perdue
10/21/2010 01:32:10 pm

When writing Inforcers, were you thinking of the X-Men?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:35:38 pm

Yeah a little bit. I actually created the Inforcers in the event that they ever had to square off they would win. Lets face it though, there are way more X-Men fans out there than Inforcers fans but one day...one day Mario, Oracle will lead the Inforcers into battle against the X-Men and glory will be to Unique Realities...not Marvel!!!! LOL

Maybe, IDK

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Melissa Ramos
10/21/2010 01:35:42 pm

I am a huge fan of Petals of Rose. Most romantic realistic book I have EVER read. But why did you have to kill off David in the end?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:40:38 pm

You know, of all my books that's my wife's favorite as well. Actually if you read the book Melissa, David doesn't have to die. You can choose not to read the secret chapter at the end of the book and David will be with Rose forever. NOW! That being said you were warned before the last chapter, that in life not everything turns out to be happy in the end. But if you want to continue the journey Rose is set on she does appear in Swift Killas Vengeance and in Rogue Accord volume one as well as Rogue Accord Pride Before Fall.

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Mary A.
10/21/2010 01:40:54 pm

In Chaotic Realms you had a short story called Symptoms of Allure. Will you do another volume and complete the cliff hanger?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:43:29 pm

Mary, I do not know. Honestly I had planned on doing a new book called Symptoms of Allure with the same ship but with a different crew. As for that particular crew in Chaotic Realms I really dont know.
If I can I will but there are so many other projects I have in mind...sorry I couldn't be more clear

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Alice Gill
10/21/2010 01:44:37 pm


Is Maryam Sousan really a real person or did you make her up for the sole purpose of selling books?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:47:57 pm

Maryam Sousan is in fact real and while she remains to be a close personal friend her character in the Swift Killa's books differ from her real life counterpart greatly. PLEASE guys if you ever have the opportunity to meet her don't think she's the same person in the book.

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Beckie Hutton
10/21/2010 01:48:51 pm

Who was your first and are you the Rake? If not who inspired such a delicious piece of fiction?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:52:04 pm

WOW! You know Beckie, I knew this question was going to come up. My first was that girl I met back in the day at that time when I was going about my buisness to do some stuff and BAM! It happened. And no I am not the Rake...sorry to disappoint. (If I did disappoint) The Rake is actually a bunch of people whom I took and rolled into one character. If you leave me your e-mail address I'll get you their numbers

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Bryce Flowers
10/21/2010 01:52:55 pm

Can Swift get McDonald's breakfast after 10?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:54:28 pm

If they're selling bullets he can

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James Austin
10/21/2010 01:55:11 pm

Hi Orlando, I was wondering what else you have in the works? Huge fan of Swift Killas and Fast Freddie.

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OSJ
10/21/2010 01:57:23 pm

The Shadow Creature is next. He's a crime fighting vigilante but if you want to stick with Fast Freddie and Swift Killas...Swift Killas Origins comes out in January as will Rogue Accord Volume two and possiably another Fast Freddie

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Clint Horsley
10/21/2010 01:59:59 pm

I never knew that I liked Poetry until my girlfriend made me read Unchained. That book was amazing and the poet Tiare was just awe inspiring. Any chance she'll be in Unchained 2?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:03:34 pm

Well since there will not be an Unchained 2. I suggest you pick up When the Quiet Screams on Amazon.com written soley by Tiare herself and let me tell you, that book is amazing!

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Richard N. Huntley
10/21/2010 02:03:41 pm



How often do you struggle with Writers block?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:06:53 pm

Its not often but it does happen. When I get hit with it its bad Richard. I was in a car accident once and couldn't write for months and that worried me. But Celena and Maryam got me out of that rut eventually and I am back on my game.

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Jessie Hulett
10/21/2010 02:07:08 pm

At the end of Swift Killas Vengeance Swift had Maryam. They are finally together and it looks like George, Blood, Steve, Smooth and Snowman can't interrupt such a beautiful moment and then just as the two are about to kiss. NOT SCREW, NOT ARGUE, NOT WALK AWAY! As soon as they are about to kiss you have some random ass jet blow them to hell. WHY Mr. Santiago WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU DO THAT TO US!!!

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:11:13 pm

Jessie, I love random moments but I suppose that is not your forte. SO allow me to let you in on a little secret about Swift Killas. The reason why Swift Killas works so well isn't because of the blood and violence. Sure that helps propell the story but it isn't what makes the the book shine. It's the lovers triangle that makes you all come back.
Will the good George beat the bad Swift and win Maryam's heart?
Without that element the book falls to the way side somewhere. That in mind a missle blew them to hell. Get over it.

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Lisa Cote
10/21/2010 02:11:28 pm

Why did you not give the Rake a name or gender?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:14:21 pm

Lisa, I am pretty sure the Rake has a gender. The Rake didn't have a name or a discription because you can't please everyone, which is what I wanted to do. Your perfect man/lover would be YOUR perfect image not the next person. So I tried very hard not to give him a race or describe him because that would kill what the next person's idea of a perfect man. I hope that helps.

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Anthony S. Stewart
10/21/2010 02:14:37 pm

Who is your favorite character in Rogue Accord other than Celena?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:16:44 pm

That's like asking a mother to choose between her children! Vincent Anderson.

Hey, my mother has a favorite child, why can't I?

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David Hicks
10/21/2010 02:16:56 pm

Has anyone offered you the rights to make one of your books into a show or a movie? Personally I think Swift Killas belongs on the big screen and Rogue Accord should be on television!

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:20:46 pm

WOW! A friend of mine and I were arguing about this not too long ago and I agree David. I think Swift Killas belongs on the big screen. Someone once offered me 2 grand for the rights to the book so they could make a movie but I felt it best to hold out. Wasn't enough for me to sign my baby over.
Rogue Accord is ready to be a show....any takers? NO? damn...

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Janice Long
10/21/2010 02:20:54 pm

Vincent Anderson is hot as hell! Is he really your friend or just a model for the book?

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Marilynn Stephens
10/21/2010 02:23:00 pm

Self publish, yes or no and why?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:23:04 pm

Yes, Janice, he is my friend and I just sent him a text letting him know of your fondness for him. If you'd like, leave me your e-mail and I'll see if i can get u in touch with him. =)

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:26:56 pm

Snuck one in huh Marilynn,

Well I like self publishing because when I was starting out everyone kicked dirt in my face. Now I am not complaining because this is a right of passage for every writer! Keep that in mind guys. Rejection is very much part of the game make no mistake.
Now I have friends that refuse to do self publishing which is fine. Its a choice that works for them, I just prefer to do Self Publishing because I have the time and ideas to pump books out every month if need be.
But one day in the not too distant future I hope to have a publicist and a rock solid deal. =)

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Andrew Salcedo
10/21/2010 02:27:00 pm

What kinds of television do you watch. Is there a specific show you draw inspiration from?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:32:37 pm

I like this question Andrew, IDK why but I do.
When I have time

I watch Hawaii Five O, Stargate Universe, Burn Notice, Nakkita, Chase, Batman Brave and the Bold, Symbiotic Titan, Caprica, Leverage and Human Target. Now I may take something I saw in a fight scene but past that I try and steer clear from their plots because i wouldn't want anyone to take my idea. (DID YOU HEAR THAT WRITERS OF BURN NOTICE!!!)

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Mark Mark
10/21/2010 02:32:59 pm

Flying solo was an awesome book but was the pictures of you in the car accident real? Was that real blood coming down your face?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:36:11 pm

MARK! A man so nice they named him twice.

Sorry if I offended you with that.

yes That was in fact me in the car after an accident. I had cameras installed in the car and I thought they were set to record but I guess they were on flash instead and as the police came my car started flashing like it was possessed or something. When they pulled me out they were wondering why the car had cameras. I shrugged and collapsed from the blood loss from my head.

Maybe thats why I have all these crazy story plots huh?

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Anna Atkison
10/21/2010 02:36:43 pm

Are you the one who put those goofy videos on You Tube called Stone cold? I thought those were great. I think that was you....was it?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:39:00 pm

YES!!!! That was Jajuan, Caroline and I who made those videos but due to complications I had to remove them. BUT FEAR NOT MY STONED COLD FANS....THE MOVIE IS COMING!!!

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Jesus Ramirez
10/21/2010 02:39:20 pm

If Snowman trained Swift, what are the odds that we may see Snowman get his own book?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:41:25 pm

You know Mike Snow actually text me eailer with something he wanted me to type. Funny that you would ask a question about him. No he won't get his own book but i have plans on putting that specific character in a new book after the Swift Killas series ends. YOU CAN'T STOP THE SNOWMAN!!!!

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Charles Gooch
10/21/2010 02:41:51 pm

It was once said you turned down a hot rich woman who offered to buy you a car for a kiss and a house if you moved in with her. Is that true?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:45:37 pm

Wow, please...please tell me that is not your real last name. I know they picked on you when you were in H.S (If you aren't there already)

Okay Charles, yes I was offered such. Why did I turn her down? because it wasn't right. Charles, some things are more important than money and me being with her (as fine as she was) wouldn't have worked and I may not be where I am now. I hope that helps answer your question and if I offended you I appologize.

LMAO, Gooch. WoW!

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Linda Medford
10/21/2010 02:46:53 pm

In the Fast Freddie story, you never said what happened with Jane. Did she survive? And why would Carlton and Freddie work with Marco Corral after he tried to have them killed? I am so confused. Help?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:48:50 pm

Sorry, the site keeps crashing. KEEP IT COMING GUYS!!!! CRASH THIS PLACE TO THE GROUND!!!!

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:51:39 pm

Linda,
Jane not being around after the Axter building was attacked was how the original story as written when I was younger. In real life Jane passed away but in the books she comes back YEARS later. As for why Carlton and Freddie teamed up with Marco...well see that's tough. I wanted to make it open for a sequel if the story did well. With Swift Killas coming to a close I wanted someone new to take his place and fill the void.
But keep this in mind, Marco never wanted to kill Freddie. The Military did. Damn that Bill Danials!!!

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Ashley J. Harper
10/21/2010 02:51:49 pm

Read Petals of Rose and fell in love with all the characters. Ethan was such a prick! I think he and I must have dated. How much of that book is real? What's fake what's not? And Rose, I see you had her posing in the book and she is beyond beautiful. Has she and you ever hooked up? Is that why David died in the end?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:55:58 pm

My wife asked me the same question.

Okay, me and Rose never happened. Never have never will and I would very much like those questions to stop. See Rose is a happily married woman with a baby and I don't think its fair to drag her into such questions when I only used her likeness for the book.

As for how much is real? 90% is fake, I used Chicago as my back drop. Rose and a few others who were close to me at the time and then made the rest up like I usually do. David died at the end because like Swift and Maryam, Rose and David were star crossed lovers never meant to be together. It can't happen no matter what we want, its just life as is.

Sorry you dated Ethan, he was an asshole.

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Tristana Moreno Lara
10/21/2010 02:56:00 pm

Is it true that you can write a whole book in just seven days? How is that possible and how fast do you type?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 02:57:27 pm

I can Tristana, I have fast hands...=) I'm not sure how fast I type now. I was once clocked at 77words per minute but that was a while ago.

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Ervino Ríos Bustos
10/21/2010 02:58:39 pm

What is the new book Shadow Creature about?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:00:26 pm

Ervino, if you go to the tab under books it will tell you about the book. I can't give you the synopsis right now other than its awesome!

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Gail Garica Jasso
10/21/2010 03:00:30 pm

Have you ever co-written a book/ would you?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:05:54 pm

I tried to do Alone with E.J but he was off doing other things. (Video Games) and then there was Unchained but during production Tiare was sick. I can say that I am working on a magazine called the Menz Club with Kent Burks, a phenomenal writer. So I guess yes and yes.=)

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Yasser Asim Asker
10/21/2010 03:06:24 pm

On behalf of the Muslim community thank you for putting us in a good light after the events in 9-11 with your book Swift Killas. It was most welcomed when everyone hated and blamed us.

How fast can Swift draw his gun? And why did you choose the Whitney Wolverine Pistol?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:12:32 pm

Yasser,
Thank you very much and you are most welcome. Much of that credit must go to Maryam though because it was her who taught me about her country and her people. She did this way before 9-11 ever happened. The book, while scruitnized by critics for being un patriatic, didn't come out until 2004. By then the damage had been done but the story was the same.
Many people bought the book because it wasn't about 9-11 and yet Swift had a rage within him that many people felt even three years after the towers fell. Anyway, I'm getting off track.

As to your question...pray you never find out my friend. He's deadly. =)
LOL I'm playing. He is clocked at drawing his gun, aiming and firing in 1 100th's of a split second.

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Anne W. Prior
10/21/2010 03:12:46 pm

You put a piece of work on your site which indicates Celena was caught and being beat up by authorities. Rogue Accord was an awesome story because it was in the realm of Swift Killas and yet completely different in regards to them not being willing to kill like Swift/is. Why is Rogue Accord slowly leaning back into Swift Killas?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:16:22 pm

WOW Anne, I actually saw that coming.

I am changing things about the story so it stays true to Volume one. It's important to me that Rogue Accord, while in the realm of Swift Killas, remains its own enity. Celena and crew would have it no other way. I promise as you read the short stories that follows the intro that Celena is just as cunning and leathal as before but not in a "I'm gonna kill you like Swift would" kinda way. =) PROMISE

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Catalina Navarro Pulido
10/21/2010 03:16:55 pm

Mr. Santiago,
They've said that women who meet you are instantly attracted to you because of your character. Is that true?
Also, I've read on your site that some people refer to you and the Rake as the world most interesting man. Do you see yourself as the Dos Equis guy or something similar?
What are the chances you'd meet a fan for dinner?

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Brenda Day
10/21/2010 03:19:44 pm

Will there be a Rake two?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:25:32 pm

Catalina, I can tell you that I have no idea if women are instantly attacted to me. Honestly I doubt it but I wouldn't know.

Now if you sit down and are unfortunate enough to listen to me ramble then there is a chance you will find me interesting but there's a greater chance you won't. LOL and No, I'm not the Rake nor do I see me as an Arabic guy pretending to be Latin and drink beer. Though that would be cool.

As for dinner...let me ask my wife and get back to you. =)

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10/21/2010 03:27:00 pm

OH my they sure are grilling you brother. (love the boxer question) But for those who want to start writing, how do you feel is the best way to grab your readers? so that we may all have that swift killas effect on our fans.

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Amanda K. Mcneill
10/21/2010 03:27:13 pm

When is Rogue Accord due to hit shelves? I really need Rogue Accord Volume two or a regular book Rogue Accord novel. Those books are just awesome!

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:28:47 pm

Brenda, there will be another erotica but i do not know if it will be called the Rake. Stay tuned okay.

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Jessica Lumpkin
10/21/2010 03:29:23 pm

OMG is that really E.J? Is that really him?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:30:22 pm

Amanda, believe me you aren't the only one. Rogue Accord Volume two is going to be out early 2011. PROMISE!

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:31:58 pm

E.J, glad you found out how to navigate the site. I have always liked the shock value but many fans loved the Splash page you did for Swift Killas Vengeance. I'd say more of that. What do you think?

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10/21/2010 03:32:37 pm

yes, the mind behind the design. sorry for my delay

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Alissa Gilbert
10/21/2010 03:33:22 pm

The short story and poem the Strangers Door was great! My mom read that to me before bed time but didn't like the story because the main character was a Stranger. Would anymore stories like that come out?

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Camille
10/21/2010 03:33:29 pm


Why is it that Celena and Swift never hooked up in the books. Other than Celena Vs. Swift in Rogue Accord Volume One they seemed to have some good chemistry and there does seem to be a little bit of a rival between Celena and Maryam in Vengeance.

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10/21/2010 03:35:01 pm

i want to see that on a shirt how sexy would that be?! VENGEANCE! on a t shirt in blood PERFECT

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:35:10 pm

Alissa, I will leave that question to E.J. He created the stranger and the playground in which I played in while writing that story. E.J?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:36:39 pm

Celena never liked Swift in that way Camille. She admired him and looked up to him like a brotherly figure. She is protective of Swift since Maryam broke his heart, that's all.

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Stacey B. Kyser
10/21/2010 03:37:12 pm

I love what E.J has done with many of your covers but my favorite was the image I saw for Swift Killas Origins. What does he have in store for your next book?

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10/21/2010 03:37:38 pm

The strangers door is in fact a fragment from THE CITY OF NONSENSE however sadly that book refuses to come out right at all. The stranger comes from there.

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:39:22 pm

Stacey I really don't know other thank Vengeance I have nothing for E.J to work on.

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10/21/2010 03:39:26 pm

Stacey B. Kyser
same black n white imagery BUT!!!! with a much more visible image. more romantic of a touch too

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Ali
10/21/2010 03:39:27 pm

I must know, Fast Freddie versus Swift. Who would win?

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Manuel C. Nobles
10/21/2010 03:39:34 pm

If it takes you 7 days to 3 months to write a book why does the Rake take so damn long?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:41:50 pm

Ali, hmmm I'm going to say $)*#)*@)(@)!*#&$&)$* Damn did the site crash again?

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Judith T. Anders
10/21/2010 03:41:54 pm

Was George real? Is that why the real Maryam and the real Swift never hooked up?

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10/21/2010 03:42:12 pm

Manuel C. Nobles

lmao the rake much like making love is an art... you mustn't rush art...

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:43:08 pm

The Rake is different for me Manuel, it takes time to write a sex scene where as it doesn't take much effort for me to have Swift stab a guy. It just doesn't come as easily for me as it does with the others.

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Glory Devaney
10/21/2010 03:44:20 pm

E.J! How long does it take for you to do a cover for Orlando Santiago Jr? What goes into your work and where do you draw inspiration from?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:46:24 pm

Sorry Judith things are moving faster than i can get up and get water.
George was a real person yes but there never was a real Swift for Maryam to "hook" up with. Its just a story, nothing more. I promise you

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Hubert E. Pack
10/21/2010 03:47:54 pm

Why in many of your books the characters attended Taft High School?

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10/21/2010 03:49:01 pm

Glory Devaney
Well my brothers vision mostly, then with that i see the theme of the book to determine the font... it then gets approved and tweaked by Orlando, hmm then oddly comes color and mood. the rake is a testament to all this.

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:50:01 pm

I went to Taft High School Hubert. Keep up buddy, isn't hard.

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Melissa M. Pepe
10/21/2010 03:50:13 pm

Was it true you got into a lot of trouble fore Swift Killas one and two? What happened with that and what did you do to get over those obstacles?

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Frances Dawson
10/21/2010 03:50:52 pm

In Alone Stage One its said that the Merciful Deliverer can harness the power of a sun and shoot its energy at a planet a solar system away causing a black hole. How does the ship do this without melting or being destroyed itself? Seems unlikely

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:53:44 pm

Melissa, yes I did.

Swift blowing up a pregnant woman in a van was frowned upon and rightly so, but that's the character. he's not a hero he's an anti hero that readers fall in love with and sympothizes with.
Naturally using a choir boy as a body shiled while trying to kill a pedofile chathlic priest/assassin was also frowned upon but man did it stirr some controversy. I think I still have those letters too. =)

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Timothy Gould
10/21/2010 03:53:50 pm

How do you keep track of everything you write? It seems as if you have a massive amount of ideas and get them onto paper before I can get my plot together, let alone my opening sentence. What's your secret?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:55:12 pm

Frances,
Once again you are a select few who got to read Alone. The M.D is a neat ship and while I'm sure you have questions as to how it can do such amazing things remember this. A wizard did it.

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10/21/2010 03:55:55 pm

Frances Dawson
the Merciful Deliverer or MD kinda shifts into a mode allowing its neck to act like a funnel for the suns rays and also as a way to disburse it like some retro death-ray. also the Md is crafted from good stuff , one of her many mysteries, other then that it is a si-fi

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OSJ
10/21/2010 03:58:02 pm

I spend a lot of time talking to E.J about stories and usually we go to Culvers and write ideas down on napkins. I also write in a notebook where I catalog ideas and then save them, if I can find them/remember them. Trust me I have lost many ideas and stories to being forgetful.

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Terry D. Lewis
10/21/2010 03:58:59 pm

In Rogue Accord volume one you had both Oliver and Glen listed as the same character, why or was that just a typo?

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Eva Elliott
10/21/2010 03:59:06 pm

In Inforcers Oracle comes from the planet Eusted where they only speak Spanish. Why call it Eusted when that is a formal Spanish word? Seems a little odd to name a planet that, especially if they only speak Spanish.

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10/21/2010 03:59:27 pm

sadly i must go but if you wish to contact me i am always easy to reach and i promise ill be around for the next Q & A.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?

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Eric Anderson
10/21/2010 04:00:18 pm

I am a bit of a fan of yours E.J, since the first Swift Killas book. Do you sell your work? Do you have an art gallery?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:04:29 pm

Terry, yeah.

The original drafts had Glen using his real name and then when the book was going to be published I asked him permission. (Late I know) and he asked if I could use his middle name. Unfortuantly I did not catch all the Glen's in the story thus leaving Glen and Oliver the same person.

HUGE TYPO

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:07:01 pm

Eva, Inforcers was orginally written when I was a young buck. Not knowing spanish I made the planet Eustead and decided to leave it as is years later when i re-wrote the book for publication. Keep in mind that while they do speak spanish on this alien world they do not speak the same kind of spanish as a Spaniard, Mexican or Puerto Rican either. Different world different rules apply.
Hope that helps.

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Kathy J. Hill
10/21/2010 04:07:35 pm

Is it true that you were done with Swift Killas after the first one and someone made you go and do the sequel? Who was that?

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Sandra J. Davis
10/21/2010 04:08:30 pm

In the Rake it seems as though he always goes down town and prefers doggy style. Is this because you do?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:10:36 pm

Kathy,

Yes, I struggled for a while with writing another Swift Killas because I did not want to be branded with only being known for that piece. Now I'm known mainly for that, Rogue Accord and The Rake

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:11:25 pm

Sandra

Sandra, gentlemen never kiss and tell! They may write about it but never kiss and tell. =)

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Lynne T. Taylor
10/21/2010 04:11:37 pm

Does Tiare still write poetry?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:12:56 pm

Yes she does Lynne. When the Quiet Screams is her sole works and is available on Amazon.com

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Harriet A. Graham
10/21/2010 04:14:02 pm

After seeing the Wikipedia page about Unique Realities and Eric why do you bother keeping him around? It seems as though he gives up far too easily and way too often.

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Naomi J. Harvey
10/21/2010 04:14:07 pm

In Rogue Accord Pride Before Fall you had Jackie do some impressive things with a Honda Element but what I can't figure out is before all that mess you had Vincent Anderson try and steal something from a room with ravenous pit bulls who were rabid! Who's idea was that because that had me laughing until my ribs broke. I mean that was both unexpected and ridiculous! Such a biblical piece of fiction!

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:17:14 pm

Harriet, there's no easy way to answer that question other than he's my brother.

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:19:06 pm

Naomi that is often the hilight of many Rogue Accord conversations. So many people have taken to liking that scene it's unbelieveable. The person who came up with that scene was actually Celena herself. I told her I wanted something shocking and she originally said bee's before saying foaming dogs that had rabies. Funny huh

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Natasha G. Mccall
10/21/2010 04:19:18 pm

Could Swift kill GOLGO 13, Jack Bauer, Chuck Norris and or Darth Vader?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:22:16 pm

Natasha,

Swift would destroy Golgo, and bitch slap Jack Bauer. Chuck Norris would cower in fear and Darth Vader would learn the true meaning of the dark side. Swift is pure rage wrapped up in evil and caged in Vengeance. You tell me

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Xian Tung
10/21/2010 04:22:57 pm

Is Alfalore a real person?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:23:56 pm

Xian, Yes Alfalore is actually the middle name of a woman who the character was loosely based off of.

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Robert S. Foster
10/21/2010 04:24:54 pm

You said in an interview once that you would like to move down here to San Antonio. When do you think that'll happen? I'd love to buy you a drink and talk about a project I've had in the works for some time now.

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Sheila D. Madden
10/21/2010 04:25:39 pm

Is it true you dated a porn star?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:27:00 pm

Robert it would be an honor to have drink with you and talk. As for when I will move down there I can't really say. Alot of things are going on for me in Chicago so I don't want to give you a date and lie. Tell you what, e-mail me your info and next time I hit up San Antonio the drinks are on me.

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:28:28 pm

Sheila come on now!

We never dated, just talked. Really I wish I had a more interesting story for you guys but I don't. She was a fan of the Rake though. =)

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Demetrius A. Storer
10/21/2010 04:28:38 pm

In Swift Killas Vengeance. What was up with Basin and the whole exotic island theme? And why was Calm imprisoned on an island in the first place. It all seemed very science fictiony for a Swift Killas book? And what's the secret behind crew 408? It seems you had something in mind for them, a spin off perhaps? Jason and Gabriel were pretty cool.

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Jeremy Lafollette
10/21/2010 04:29:36 pm

What is your favorite thing to do besides write?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:31:47 pm

Demetrius

I can't go into too much detail but Basin and Calm were both aliens hat Swift fought. Crew 408 was a group that I worked with when I worked for Game Stop on North avenue and Cambell here in Chicago and yeah I was going to give them their own spin off but people liked Celena and Rogue Accord more so they got the spin off instead.

CREW 408 RULES!!!

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:33:10 pm

Jeremy I am a chilled kinda person. I watch movies and hang out. Nothing too fancy but as I do more work for the Menz Club magazine i do see myself going out more to locations that I can write about.

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Jennifer Williams
10/21/2010 04:33:26 pm

Would you ever write any Rake books about a female Rake?

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Bettie Burton
10/21/2010 04:34:04 pm

In the Rake, which characters are real and which ones are fake?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:36:07 pm

I have toyed with a female Rake idea, calling it The Siren. Vanessa Rodriguez who is a close friend of mine is pushing for it. But I don't know, it was hard just doing the first Rake

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:37:20 pm

Bettie,

Um well the names were derived from real people but I changed all the personalities to suit the situation so all and none would be your answer. Hope that helps

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Fernande D. Lopez
10/21/2010 04:37:29 pm

I love your short stories, any chance another Chaotic Realms will emerge?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:38:33 pm

Thank you Fernande

I do not know when another will emerge but yeah I think there is enough fuel in the tank to get another one or two out.

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Mike Snow
10/21/2010 04:38:39 pm

Is Snowman really that cool in Swift Killas?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:40:36 pm

Yes Mike, maybe even cooler....maybe

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Linda B. Lockhart
10/21/2010 04:41:47 pm

Are you aware that Rogue Accord's spine was misspelled?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:43:54 pm

Linda

Unfortunatly E.J can't spell and it was caught too late into production. It sucks I know but what's done is done and we must move on.

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Christopher L. Sawyer
10/21/2010 04:44:01 pm

If you had to pick a team of five people from your characters who would be your line up?

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Zenadia Sarabia Hernández
10/21/2010 04:45:03 pm

Do you still dance with women at Boarders book store?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:51:44 pm

Christopher

The site crashed. I have been trying to type an answer for you for an eternity.

Swift, Celena, Oliver, Exile, Night Angel. And let me tell you that was hard as hell!

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Felipe D. Jones
10/21/2010 04:52:15 pm

How many women that you know are in your books? It seems you turn a lot of them into characters, why is that?

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:53:36 pm

Hi Zenadia, it's been forever!!!

If your grandmother needs a dance partner I am more than happy to oblige! Just e-mail me your info and we'll meet up!

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M. Baccarin
10/21/2010 04:57:24 pm

I have been trying to get my question in here for nearly two hours! I am so glad I get to ask the author a question but I have so many!

Would Celena beat Swift in a fight?
What would be something Celena couldn't steal?
What does Celena like in a man?
Would you jump at the chance to see Rogue Accord in a movie or television show?
Would Celena be the type to kill someone if she had to?

I could go on forever~

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OSJ
10/21/2010 04:59:56 pm

Hello Ms. Baccarin.

Sorry it took so long but thank you for waiting. It means alot to me believe me.

Celena can't beat Swift, though she has tried.

I don't know if there is anything she couldn't steal. Good question I don't know

Celena likes the rugged bad boy

I would jump at the chance if you played Celena. Otherwise...eh,

Celena doesn't kill but she doesn't have to save either. Take that as you will.

Please ask away!

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Steven Diaz
10/21/2010 05:00:36 pm


Any projects you are thinking of doing in the near future?




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OSJ
10/21/2010 05:03:28 pm

Felipe

I'm sorry for the wait. If you meet me, and this goes for everyone, you are automatically subject to being in a book. Not you exactly but parts of your conversation, personality and maybe even likeness but it will never really be you because I change what I have to to suit the story.
I do know a lot of ladies and I have put them in the books in some form or fashion but they would never know which one was them unless I pointed them out. That's how much the lines blurr in the stories.

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OSJ
10/21/2010 05:05:10 pm

Steven,
I am working on the next Swift Killas and Rogue Accord but past that I have nothing. Not that I won't very soon. I need to start focusing on the next Rake...AHHHHH this is too much. LOL

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OSJ
10/21/2010 05:07:40 pm

Guys its been a blast but I do need to go on about my buisness.
Until next time,

Stay Unique!

~O~

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12/15/2010 12:26:33 am

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.

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12/15/2010 07:43:57 pm

I'm curious, Mr. Santiago. Quench my curiousity. When will you have your next book signing, and will Swift make a cameo?

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Alexis Breeze
12/17/2010 01:51:07 pm

Alexis Breeze here! Just had to show some love to the creator of my favorite books Rogue Accord and the Rake. Celena is an inspiration to so many women out there for being smart and independent while kicking ass. I read on this site that there are a few people that would love to play her in a movie and while I know that I would never be considered I would also jump at the chance to play her too. Now the Rake belongs in my next movie Mr. OSJ, bring him my way please! Much love to all that are involved in the making of these books the work of art that they are.

Peace and much love!

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2/13/2011 06:08:15 am

My heart sinks down, tears surge out!

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Cecil Hall
10/3/2016 11:37:52 pm

Mister Santiago, I got into your work about three years ago when I came across your book Swift Killers. The first book lacked a certain editorial touch but was nevertheless engaging and drew me into the world you created. The second book was even better, this one having no doubt been graced by someone who knew how to edit, and the prequel as well as the final book kept me awake as I could not put it down.
I became a huge fan of that series and was heart broken but satisfied with the way it had wrapped up. VERY well done in an age where people would rather wait for the movie than read the book, you Sir had me begging for more chapters. The reason for this email is to reach out after a fairly large discussion among drunken peers. Who in the Marvel universe could Swift beat. Could he beat Iron Man, can he beat Captain America? I am of the mindset that he could beat Tony Stark but not Captain America.
Now a VERY heated discussion came about when Batman was brought into the conversation. I love Batman, I am die hard for some Batman but the way Swift was at the end of the final book...Honestly, I felt like he could make the Hulk jump away in fear. The internal rage Swift had when Maryam was thought to be dead. The disappointment when his own crew left him in the end! Shame on Brandon and Celena...Shame on them.
So despite my love for the dark knight I stood up for my man Swift, and wanted to reach out to you to get a straight answer from the author. Can the Swift Killa beat the Dark Knight?

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Osj
10/13/2016 08:37:02 pm

Mr. Hall, thank you for reaching out. I apologize for the delayed response but your question left me to ponder. Batman, the world's greatest detective, the only non super person allowed to be called a super hero verses the Swift Killa. Not an easy question to answer because of so many Batman fanboys (and girls) out there. So let me tell you Batman's greatest strength.

No matter what happens he has to come back next month for the new issue, movie or episode. If the fight were to take place in the realm of DC comics, sure, the only outcome would be Batman wins because it's his comic and no one can one up the hero. (at least not for long)

However if you put Batman and Swift on even ground... Swift would not only win, he'd kill Batman and really, that shouldn't be a surprise. Superman could kill Batman from across the planet if they fought on even ground (Martha be damned) Even Captain America and the Flash could take out Batman. Sure he has all the gadgets and even with his prep time given, Batman is just as human as the next guy. (But with more money)

But how would it play out...Swift Vs. Batman...hmm

Well Swift is an assassin so someone would have to hire him to kill Batman and of course if you could afford to hire the Swift Killa then the job will get done. No question.

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