Author Interview




CONTEMPORARY & HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHOR

 

Author name: STELLA EROMONSERE-AJANAKU
 





Tell us about your family/background and your location:

I come from a large family of six, in Edo State, Nigeria. I'm  married to my best friend and sweetheart, Augustine and, we have two lovely and caring children who are keeping us thoroughly occupied. We live in London, United Kingdom.


I have always taken significant pleasure in writing drama scripts as far back as when I was in St. Maria Goretti Girls Grammar School in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. With a B.Sc (Hons) in Microbiology, an Executive Masters in Business Administration and over fifteen years experience working as a Food Safety Professional, I knew I was missing out on not utilizing my literary talent.


As a result of  my resolute passion for reading and writing romance novels, in 2010,  I created Flirty & Feisty Romance Novel stable. Since I published my very first inspirational romance novel; LOITERING SHADOWS in May 2010, there has been no stopping me bubbling with so much more intriguing fiction to tell. I'm also the author of several contemporary/interracial/multicultural & historical/paranormal romance titles.


How and why did you decide to get published?

I spoke with a colleague where I worked as a Quality Assurance Manager in a Bakery in August 2008. I told her I’d like to get published. She asked me, ‘What’s stopping you?’ I told her, I didn’t know. She stuck a reporter’s notebook and a pen in my unsure hands, and told me to write anything that came to my mind as I commuted from Reading to Earlsfield(UK) daily. After I wrote my first book, I wanted to publish it. I’d read a lot about how authors get rejected. One day on the train, I saw a book left on the train written by a self-published author. Surfing the internet, I read all about self-publishing. I got published because I wanted to immortalize the message that God’s love transcends any barrier using a medium am passionate about - romance.


What genre do you write?

Fiction/Romance/Contemporary/Multicultural/Interracial
Romance/Historical/Paranormal/Fantasy


What is the story behind your book (s)?

I’ve published 16 books. I write tales drawn from my personal experiences, from others, from what I glean around and the interesting dimensions my mind dreams up. All my books have covered controversial themes of racial barrier, prostitution, age gap, the stigma of having a child out of wedlock, single motherhood, rape, magic etc.


If you write fiction; what’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

I write fiction. My inspiration comes from God. I go to bed and when I wake up on many occasion, I’ve a story or conversation swirling around in my heart and head. As I start to reflect more on the story, I realize I’ve enough experience to begin writing. And where I get stuck, I research more to write a novel.


A lot of who I am shows up in my writing. I love witty conversation, flavoured with imagery. My writing is an embodiment of my life experiences, passion for romance and a flair for sharp and amusing dialogue.


Describe your book(s) in a single sentence:

Witty, emotionally intense and full of unexpected twists.
   
     How have you found the writing process?
Interesting, intense, painstaking and fulfilling.

Do you experience writer’s block/how did you overcome it?

Once in a while I do. I simply stop typing. Go on to do other things and come back after a few hours or after a day...and it flows.


Do you have a blog? What do you write about?

Yes. My blog is a platform to promote love, warmth & passion in relationships. I write about everyday knotty issues in relationships. 

http://flirtyandfeistyromance.blogspot.com/


What books are on your shelf at home?

Fiction, romance novels; Mills & Boon: modern, sensual, Silhouette romance, Kimani romance, Arabesque romance etc.


What are you good at as an individual?

Writing fiction, cooking traditional Nigerian dishes, hat making, making people feel welcome & at home etc.


What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?

Watching films in the Cinema. Watching romantic films, drama & reality shows on TV. I find it engaging, heart warming and relaxing. I can laugh and cry.


What are your other interests?

In my spare time, I love to swim, read, bake and wrap myself up to watch my favourite TV shows. How I love to travel!

 

Your preferred pet?

My son asks me this question all the time. I don’t have pets. I love birds.


What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

Fried plantain & eggs. Any restaurant that serves spicy and tasty meals will be tops for me.


What’s your music choice?

Blues, pop and gospel music.


Name your much-loved city in the world.

I have never been to Venice (Italy). I’d love to see the canals and gondolas. Another city calling me to visit is Las Vegas. I love the glam and the lights.


Name your choice world leader (past/present) and why?

Bill Clinton (former president, USA). Effective foreign policy of dialogue & partnership. He is charming, with flawed character, overcoming the Monika gate affair. Brought love and respect to the American people.
President Barack Obama is my top favourite world politician because he has a good head on his shoulders and he and his family have brought dignity to the black race and the American people in general.


If you had one wish, what would it be?

To adapt my books into movies.

What would you say you’re bad at?

Do-It-Yourself, physics, map reading. My sense of direction is laughable and pathetic!

What's the most embarassing thing you've done?
Hmmm...Can't pin point one act. Can I really be embarassed? I doubt it. I'll probably laugh and dust itoff! Oh...I remember now...when my husband kissed me on our wedding day 17years ago in front of a massive crowd without warning! Yes...since then, I've got used to his lovely kisses in public.
What are you squeamish about?
Creepy crawlies. Can't stand slippery stuff! And I'm squeamish when I see blood or watch violence in a film. Just not for me.

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

I drink a glass of warm water each morning. Helps me clean out my system. Try it. I only started it months ago. I listen to church hymns on youtube before I fall asleep.


What’s your favourite quote?

Be of good cheer, don’t be afraid.


Why should a reader buy your book?

My book is the recipe to knock out the stress of daily living, cure you of boredom, make you laugh, keep you drooling in suspense and draw you into an intensely emotional cycle. And for their sheer entertainment value.


Last word:

You can be who you want to be through the courage of your convictions and God’s grace.


Where can your book be found/bought/website?



 

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INTERVIEW with EROTICA AUTHOR - NINA NDUBUISI

posted 2 Oct 2012, 08:58 by Flirty & Feisty Romance   [ updated 2 Oct 2012, 11:30 ]

MEET EROTICA AUTHOR - NINA NDUBISI

Author name: Nina Ndubuisi

Tell us about your family/background, your location:

I was born in the UK but spent my formative years in Nigeria. I am the first of 3 children of my mother. Unfortunately, I lost my mum at the tender age of 6. I am a qualified nurse and midwife but no longer practicing, rather I chose a career working with people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

How and why did you decide to get published?

I jokingly started a story on Facebook. Every day I would leave a few lines leaving the readers captivated and in suspense making them want more, this went on for a couple of weeks before I was then to consider getting it published.

At first, I thought they were joking, until more people urged me to do it. I decided to contact a publishing company and despite the fact that the book is now being sold all over the world and now being produced into a movie I still think its all a joke and honestly cannot believe what has happened.

What genre do you write?

Erotica

What is the story behind your book?

Unknown to Nicholas, his wife of eleven years has been having an affair with their pastor who also happens to be his cousin, although his wife is unaware of their blood ties.

On New Years day, after accidentally knocking over his wife’s handbag, Nicholas finds a note that sets off a chain of events.

Secrets, sex, betrayal and crazy revelations abound in this hot, fictional thriller.

If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

My first book was just written on the “spur of the moment”. I just sat in front of the computer and bashed away as it came to me. If you read the book you can see that I honestly did not know where the story was heading, hence the twists and turns in the story, which leaves the reader captivated and eager to find out what happens next.

Use one word/phrase to describe your book.

 

A captivating, salacious thriller.

How have you found the writing process?

Hmmm *scratching head*, to put it simply I found it easy to write the first book, now I am in the process of writing the second book, I am finding it harder. The material is in my head, its just finding the time, as I am very busy promoting and marketing the first book. I just wish I could be whisked away to a dessert island where I can do nothing else but write.

Do you have a blog? What do you write about?

Yes I do.

Blog: www.ninasthoughts.com

I tend to have random thoughts and I just blog about them as they come to mind. Currently, I am on a journey to a “healthier me”. So recently, I have been blogging about my diet including my “highs and lows”.

What books are on your shelf at home?

Misery literature (true stories about people who were abused as children).

Any awards/achievement you want to share?

Having my book snapped up by a top Nollywood (Nigerian film industry) to be produced into a blockbuster movie.

Who’s your favourite author?

V.C Andrews.

What are you good at as an individual?

Cooking – I can make a meal fit for a king out of anything edible.

What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?

 
Cinema, theatre, family outings.
 
What are your other interests?
 

Shopping, travelling, hosting dinner parties.

Your favourite pet?

I don’t have a pet but if I could, I would get a chimpanzee, I just love monkeys.

What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

Chinese!! Sadly, I can’t have it as much as I would like to nowadays because of my diet Lol!

What’s your music choice?
 

R ‘n’B.

Name your favourite city in the world.

London – because that is home to me.

Name your favourite world leader and why?

Haven’t got one as I am not interested in Politics or current affairs.

If you had one wish, what would it be?

That my mum could be raised from the dead to see how I have turned out and see her beautiful granddaughters.

What would you say you’re bad at?

Tidying up and ironing.

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

I am a mum to 3 most beautiful girls and a wife to the most patient and tolerant man in the world.

What’s your favourite quote?

Genesis 2:24: “for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined with his wife” – (Ladies marry a Bible believing, God fearing man and he will be yours forever...Lol).

Why should a reader buy your book?

If you like a good thriller with a lot of “raunchiness” that’s not as voluminous as 50 Shades of Grey (yep I said it) then grab a copy of New Year’s Day.

Last word?

You mean you want me to say more? Okay, “Grab a copy of New Year’s Day and spread the word”.

Where can your book be found/bought/website?

If in the UK, by contacting me directly via www.ninasthoughts.com

www.smashwords.com

www.authorhouse.com

www.authorhouse.co.uk

www.amazon.com

www.amazon.co.uk

Thank you Nina for taking time out to answer these questions.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW with JAMI GRAY

posted 26 Dec 2011, 09:13 by Flirty & Feisty Romance   [ updated 26 Dec 2011, 09:16 ]

URBAN FANTASY AUTHOR of SHADOW'S EDGE

Author name: Jami Gray

About your family/background, your location:

I grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border. When I was adopted at the age of 14, I found myself as the fifth eldest of 37 children. I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and three minors-History, English, and Theatre.  Shortly after marrying my techie-geek hubby (who moonlighted as my best friend in high school) I completed a Masters in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, Oregon. After a few stops along the west coast, I have settled in the Southwest.  Currently I am outnumbered in my own home by two Star Wars obsessed boys, one Star Wars obsessed husband, and an overly-friendly, 105-pound male Labrador. 

How and why did you decide to get published?

I’ve been writing since I was a teenager.  It’s been a cheap form of therapy for me.  I’ve had a couple of non-fiction pieces published over the years, but my main love has always been fiction.  I didn’t start getting serious about submitting to publishers until I joined my critique group a few years back.  They administered the swift kick in the butt, I needed to move forward with my writing.

What genre do you write? And why?

Urban Fantasy.  Having worlds where magic exists has always fascinated me.  Plus,  I’ve always been drawn to heroines who have survived the crucibles of challenging pasts and emerged like finely honed blades on the other side.  However, even the most beautiful weapons forged in searing heat have their own hidden flaws.  I think these flaws make a character much more human.  And you can’t have such strong women without providing equally strong partner to walk beside them.

What other genre interest you?

Murder mysteries, suspense and thrillers.

What is the story behind your book?

Conspiracy theories have always poked at my interest.  I had read some article, I can’t remember where now, that discussed possible gene therapy on humans.  It sparked a series of “What if…” questions. By the time I had exhausted my “What if’s” I had my world and an intriguing main character.

How do you decide your book cover?

I worked with Kim Killion and together we created a cover we thought would bring all the edginess and tension across to the readers.

Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?
I think covers and titles tend to be the thing that snags a reader’s attention.  Once they pick it up, then the blurb can help finish reeling them in.

If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

My inspiration stems from trying to find explanations for those things and occurrences that have no logical reason for existing.  I think it’s the same logic most Urban Fantasy writers use when they develop their stories.  As for pieces of me in my writing? Maybe, but I’ll never tell!

Use one word/phrase to describe your book.

Hold on tight, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

How have you found the writing process?

I’m what’s called a “pantser”, I write by the seat of my pants.  I know…I’m a type-A personality so you would expect detailed outlines, character sheets and PowerPoint graphs, but nope, I start with an overall idea, some appealing characters and an intriguing problem and let it go.  It’s a frightening way to write, but I’ve found it works best for me.  The more I outlined a plot, the farther away from it I went.  My characters want to make their own stories, so I let them.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block?

Many times, but the key is to keep putting the words out there. Eventually, they’ll fall into place.

Do you have a blog? What do you write about?

My blog is at www.jamigray.wordpress.com and I’m part of the 7 Evil Dwarves.  My blogs cover everything from writing to my everyday life.

What books are on your shelf at home?

Oh man! That could take up pages!  I have so many books.  Jim Butcher, CE Murphy, Laurell Hamilton, JR Ward, Patricia Briggs, Kelly Gay, Kelley Meding, Gena Showalter, Kerrilyn Sparks, Kresley Cole, Illona Andrews,  Lloyd Alexander, Terry Brooks, Tami Hoag, the list goes on for eons!

Who’s your favourite author?

Too hard to pick…

What are you good at as an individual?

I would hope being a wife and mom, but also just being true to myself.
What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?
Besides reading? Listening to music, biking, yoga and spending time with my family.

Your favourite pet?

I absolutely adore my Labrador retriever! You can’t find better dogs.

What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

Mexican.

What’s your music choice?

That list is about as long as my books.  I have very eclectic tastes.  Everyone from Enya and Tori Amos to Nine Inch Nails and Linkin Park.  Sprinkle in some Depeche Mode, Seether, Nickleback, Three Days Grace and Toby Keith.  It’s a very fun mix!

Name your favourite city in the world.

London.

Name your favourite world leader and why

Right now, I don’t have one.

If you had one wish, what would it be?

That our children will inherit a better world than we did.

If you can change one thing, what would it be?

Compassion, there needs to be more of it now days.

What would you say you’re bad at?

This one is easy—anything having to do with maths.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?

Hmmm…there’ve been a couple of incidents over the years.  Probably the best—forgetting my marriage license the day we were married.

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

I am a huge fan of Leslie Nielsen from the Airplane movies.

What’s your favourite quote?

“I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it?”  Richard Bach

Why should a reader buy your book?

If you need to get your heart rate up, it’ll require less effort than working out!

What is your last word?

Humor.
 
Where can your book be found/bought/website:

Trade paperback and ebook format can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Black Opal Books, plus you can find me at any off the following:

Buy Link:    www.BlackOpalBooks.com 
Website:    
www.JamiGray.com
Blogs:         
www.7EvilDwarves.wordpress.com  or www.JamiGray.wordpress.com
Facebook: 
http://www.facebook.com/jamigray.author
Twitter:      
http://twitter.com/#!/JamiGrayAuthor 

Release date for Shadow’s Edge: November 01 2011.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW with BRYAN R. DENNIS

posted 31 Aug 2011, 14:15 by Flirty & Feisty Romance   [ updated 31 Aug 2011, 14:28 ]

SPECULATIVE FICTION AUTHOR
 
Author name:   Bryan R. Dennis

 

About your family/background, your location:

 

I was born and raised in the cornfields of central Illinois, a rural farming community. I enlisted in the Army upon graduation from High School and served term overseas. Afterwards, I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and enrolled in UNLV’s college of business. It took a degree in accounting, years of daydreaming in cubicles, and a collection of stories piling up in my hard drive to learn that I’m a writer and not an accountant. My writing style is influenced by authors such as Raymond Chandler and Carver, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Charles Bukowski, and Haruki Murakami. But for the last 13 years I’ve lived in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada with my family. Feeling like a fish out of water has always given me plenty to write about.

 

How and why did you decide to get published?

 

I read a blog by Joe Konrath (A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing) which basically championed the indie e-publishing “revolution” and I thought he made a lot of sense. I looked into it more on my own and decided I liked the control over my work, among other benefits of self-publishing.

 

What genre do you write? And why?

 

While I write in different genres, I consider myself primarily a writer of speculative fiction because it’s what I enjoy reading and writing the most. I like escaping from the boredom of reality whenever I can. Speculative fiction is the perfect vehicle to accomplish this.

 

What other genre interest you?

 

I enjoy a good mystery or thriller-suspense story. Aside from thrills, these genres also often feature some of the best dialogue and quirky characters in fiction.

 

What is the story behind your book?

 

I’d achieved all the goals I’d set for myself in life and realized one day that they weren’t the right goals. I lassoed the materialistic version of the “American Dream” and found that it was like cotton candy -- once you bit into it, there wasn’t much there. The catalyst for this change in perception was an encounter I had with a coyote in the middle of an inner Vegas suburb shortly before its wild home was razed and buried beneath a clone army of cheaply-constructed McMansions. I included the scene with the coyote in the book almost exactly as I remembered it.

 

How do you decide your book cover?

 

I think of the theme and then I create visual metaphors that touch upon it.

 

Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?

 

I think book cover weighs more heavily in the decision process. Authors have done quite well even using pre-existing titles by other authors.

 

If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

 

I’m inspired by the world around me, my past, people I’ve known, books I’ve read, movies I’ve watched, music I’ve listened to. You’ll find some of me in every character I write, but I like to hide by adding traits and observations that aren’t me. For instance, in Epitaph, Henry makes a bad remark about the accounting profession. Personally, I believe every man and woman should be proud of whatever it is they do no matter how unglamorous. But it’s important to the story that Henry comes to his opinion. In other words, I don’t want to espouse all of my views onto the world, so I often have characters believing things I don’t. Don’t get me wrong, much of what they believe is my opinion on things too, but only my close companions and people who know me well would be able to discern them.

 

Use one word/phrase to describe your book:

 

The American Dream just before its pants fell down.

 

How have you found the writing process?

 

A happy release of creativity. An exercise in isolation and loneliness. A fun journey. A tedious slog. A waste of time. A fulfilment of my life ambition. An excuse to commit suicide. A reason to live. Writing is all of these things, but overall, I love it and refuse to do anything else.

 

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you tackle it?

 

Yes.  In a house with small children, I get writer’s block often. Distractions, chores, clean-up, sibling squabbles, stress, and time constraints combine to sap my imagination nearly every day. Sometimes it lasts longer than a month. I resuscitate the muse by reading, daydreaming, watching a movie, or listening to music.

 

Do you have a blog? What do you write about?

 

Two blogs: my author blog http://www.bryanrdennis.com and my book blog http://www.indiesnippets.blogspot.com. The author blog is for updates on my writing projects (though lately I’ve been using Twitter for this purpose). Indie Snippets is my book blog. Authors submit bite-sized passages of their stories to give readers a flavour of what to expect.

 

What books are on your shelf at home?

 

Nearly every book by Haruki Murakami, lots of Ray Bradbury collections, Raymond Carver, Philip K. Dick, and several classics. You can view my partial bookshelf at the bottom of my blog (bryanrdennis.com) or at Goodreads.

 

Any awards/achievement you want to share?

 

An Epitaph for Coyote was a 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semi-finalist.

 

Who’s your favourite author?

 

Ray Bradbury

 

What are you good at as an individual?

 

I like to think I’m a good husband, father, and friend.

 

What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?

 

I like drinking beer with friends and family in front of a crackling fire, with classical jazz or rock ‘n’ roll drifting from speakers, and the smell of a barbeque thick in the air. Reading and watching movies are my next best. Why? Well, I’m not really into sports, model cars or whittling, so I grew attached to these forms of entertainment by default, I guess.

 

What are your other interests?

 

Drinking hot coffee, dining on savoury and sweet home-cooked foods, listening to the timeless opus of nature, inhaling aromas of wet wood and green things. I also love travelling to distant lands.

 

Your favourite pet?

 

A happy, Yellow, Labrador Retriever named Daisy

 

What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

 

Sushi at a sushi bar attended by an old, Japanese, master chef

 

What’s your music choice?

 

Classical Jazz

 

Name your favourite city in the world.

 

A tie between Kyoto, Japan and Salzburg, Austria

 

If you had one wish, what would it be?

 

I would have plenty of time and the freedom to do what I want with it.

 

If you can change one thing, what would it be?

 

I would’ve gotten started writing (seriously) earlier.

 

What would you say you’re bad at?

 

Multi-tasking and concentrating on small details outside of writing and reading. I’m a daydreamer, what can I say?

 

You’re squeamish to what?

 

Unpleasant bodily fluids from other people

 

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?

 

It involves a former female acquaintance, a moment of passion, and her mother’s unexpected and unwelcome arrival.

 

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

 

I’m the oldest of five children and can trace my lineage to a certain King of England whom literature and history hasn’t portrayed too kindly (think Robin Hood).

 

What’s your favourite quote?

 

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” -- Plato

 

Why should a reader buy your book?

 

It has the potential to make you laugh, cry, and learn, and it’s only the price of a beer.

 

What is your last word?

 

I conclude with a word of advice. Set an honest, ambitious goal and ask yourself, at the end of each and every day, this question: What did I do today to bring myself closer to my goal? Do this, and you’ll have a life of purpose. Whether you ever reach your goal, or not, is secondary. And you don’t have to stop at one goal -- have many.

 

Where can your book be found/bought/website:

 

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Epitaph-Coyote-Novel-ebook/dp/B00522PIQ2

 

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Epitaph-Coyote-Novel-ebook/dp/B00522PIQ2

 

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/61922

 

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW with NANCY HADDOCK

posted 18 Aug 2011, 15:07 by Flirty & Feisty Romance

LIGHT PARANORMAL MYSTERY- ROMANCE AUTHOR

Author name: Nancy Haddock

 

About your family/background, your location:

I’m married, and have four children in a blended family. My older two sons are married, and have two sons each. My youngest son and daughter are single. I was raised in Oklahoma and attended the University of Tulsa for both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. I worked as a Speech and Language Pathologist in both private institutions and public school settings in Tulsa and the Dallas area, and also taught general and special subjects in a small private high school in Dallas. Now I reside in gorgeous, historic St. Augustine, Florida – the oldest continuously inhabited city in the US. I adore living here!  

  

How and why did you decide to get published?

I began writing for publication forever ago, but took extended time off here and there to deal with family issues. Moving to St. Augustine re-energized my writing, and I sold my first two books in 2007. La Vida Vampire was published in 2008, Last Vampire Standing in 2009, and the latest, Always The Vampire, was published in May 2011.

 

What genre do you write? And why?

I write what I call light paranormal mystery-romance. I was working on a cozy mystery when a peanut butter commercial sparked the idea of a “Princess Vampire.” The idea wouldn’t leave me alone, so I ran with it. I’ve had a blast with the characters, and with doing even more research on St. Augustine history and the city’s ghosts. Of course, any excuse to hang out in town works for me!   

 

What other genre interest you?

I adore cozy mysteries, so I continue to work on projects in that genre. Some have a paranormal aspect, some don’t.  I’d also love to write Regency. It’s a period and a genre I’ve immersed myself in over and over.

 

What is the story behind your book?

I misheard a line in a Jif peanut butter commercial and that led to the “Princess Vampire” idea. A lot of “what if…,” thought, and research later and my heroine Cesca had taken shape and taken off on her first adventure. The story behind the new book, specifically, is that Cesca must confront her feelings for her first love but also come to terms with her own powers to defeat the Big Bad. She must accomplish this while keeping up with her maid of honour duties to her best friend.

 

How do you decide your book cover?

I don’t have much to do with developing my book covers. I supply my editor with a short synopsis, with a list of what the character wears in the books, and any “props” that are important in the books. The fabulous art department gets all the credit for my awesome covers!

 

Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?

This is an excellent question. I’ve had many compliments of the covers, and some readers have said the covers attracted them to the books. However, a cover doesn’t make or break a book for me. I usually read the blurb and the first several pages of a book when I shop. If I’m pulled in – whether by the voice, the humour, or the situation, or whatever grabs me – I buy!     

 

If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

You know, I didn’t know how much of me showed up in my writing until a childhood friend said the voice in my books was totally me. Funny how we sometimes don’t “hear” ourselves. So the voice is me, the sarcastic humour is me, and the even the few pratfalls have me in them. As for inspiration, living in and exploring St. Augustine truly is a huge factor. History and characters who’ve lived and died here combine to make a strong inspiration factor, but the city also seems permeated with creativity.

 

Use one word/phrase to describe your book:

Fun!

 

How have you found the writing process?

Sometimes the writing is laborious, sometimes it flows. I do love seeing what my characters are up to each day, and they do surprise me. In the second book, Jo-Jo the Jester proved to be a delightful mix of a comic yet an earnest character.

 

Have you ever experienced writer’s block?

How did you tackle it? Many years ago, I had such severe writer’s block that I had to stop writing for a while. The culprit was my internal editor who wouldn’t let me write a sentence without changing it. I learned to lock her up for good, and to let first drafts be bad. In the last few years, I also decided to teach myself to paint. I stink at it, but it’s freeing to put swaths of colour on a canvas and not worry what the final result will be. I’ve applied that “swaths of colour” method to writing, and feel freer for it!

 

Do you have a blog? What do you write about?

I don’t have a blog, and don’t intend to do one at this point. Let’s face it: I’m rather boring. It’s better that I spend time writing fiction than stretching to come up with blog topics.

 

What books are on your shelf at home?

Oh, goodness, I have SO many! Books by Lorraine Heath, Jo Beverly, Mary Jo Putney, Laura Levine, Mary Stewart, Nancy Atherton. I must have 50 authors on my shelves and more in storage. And those are only a fraction of the authors I regularly read.

Any awards/achievement you want to share?

La Vida Vampire won the PRISM for Best First Book in 2009, and was a finalist and well placed in several other contests.

Who’s your favourite author?

Lorraine Heath is an all-time favourite, and Georgette Heyer’s Regencies sing to me. But I can’t tell you I have one absolute favourite author. I love too many to pick just one.

 

What are you good at as an individual?

Organizing. Give me your files, your bookshelf, your closet, your kitchen, and I’ll organize like a mad woman. The attraction of organizing for me is that it’s a hands-on task and I get immediate feedback and satisfaction of a job done.

 

What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?

Reading! That’s my favourite form of entertainment! I do watch certain TV shows and enjoy movies – especially classic films – but I don’t have a specific hobby right now.

 

What are your other interests?

I like to garden when the spirit moves me (and the weather is cool enough), and I still occasionally crochet and needlepoint. Exploring St. Augustine sites and history is always interesting, and I enjoy history period. The Napoleonic and Regency periods of British history are a huge draw for me.

 

Your favourite pet?

I don’t currently have a pet, but am waiting for the next one to come to me. Cat or dog. Or both. Meantime I enjoy my neighbour’s pets.  One of them, a cat named Crystal, inspired a pet character in my second book.

 

What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

I don’t have a very favourite restaurant, and my tastes change. I do love a good lasagne, and a southern meal of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, a biscuit, and cream gravy is a slice of heaven when it’s done right. I also have a thing for tomato bisque soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. And, oh, my! Don’t get me started on desserts!

 

What’s your music choice?

I love nearly all music, but I listen to Big Bands, 50s, and 60s music most often. I also listen to jazz and classical, though I don’t have an extensive collection of either. I don’t write to music, though. If it has a beat, I’m chair dancing. If I know the words, I’m singing along. Neither is conducive to my writing process.

 

Name your favourite city in the world.

Right now it has to be St. Augustine, FL. I’d love to visit England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Greece … among other places. Oh, and Tahiti. I’ve always been drawn to the Polynesian culture.

 

Name your favourite world leader and why.

I don’t have a current favourite.

 

If you had one wish, what would it be?

World peace and prosperity. Corny, maybe. True, absolutely.

 

If you can change one thing, what would it be?

I have to go back to the above question. I’d change the world so that everyone lived in true peace and prosperity.

 

What would you say you’re bad at?

Ack, Algebra. It baffles me.

 

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?

It’s a story better told in person, but I drank myself under the table on four sips of homemade wine in Romania. Really. Extremely embarrassing! Fortunately, the incident took place in a private home, and the hostess was extremely gracious when she learned I am allergic to alcohol. (Yes, the hives and other side-effects came later).

 

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

I love antiques and memorabilia. I especially love items from the Art Deco period.

 

What’s your favourite quote?

“This or something better.” I don’t know who to attribute that to, but they are words I live by.

 

Why should a reader buy your book?

For fun and for different take on vampires.

 

What is your last word?

Delight.

 

Where can your book be found/bought/website:

My books are in trade paperback and e-formats from all major outlets – Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million. Links are on my website – http://wwwlnancyhaddock.com. I’m also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Haddock/86984510891, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/nancyhaddock.

 

Thank you so much Nancy for taking time out to answer these questions.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW with WODKE HAWKINSON

posted 26 Jul 2011, 11:52 by Flirty & Feisty Romance   [ updated 26 Jul 2011, 12:22 ]

MULTIPLE GENRE AUTHORS
Author name:  Wodke Hawkinson  is the name under which
Karen Wodke and  PJ Hawkinson produce their collaborated works.

About your family/background, your location: 

I’m located in Kansas.

How and why did you decide to get published?

Love to write, don’t love to wait months or even years for traditional publishing. Decided to self publish so we could get our work out there. Also, there is great freedom in being at the helm of your own ship.   

What genre do you write? And why?

Multiple genres. We just can’t stick to one thing. Probably a short attention span is to blame.  

What other genre interest you?

Almost all genres, with a special affinity for science fiction, suspense, and anything different or a bit skewed. Not a fan of formulaic predictable tales.  

What is the story behind your book?

Catch Her in the Rye is a collection of short stories. We wanted to produce something at an affordable price to introduce readers to our work in advance of releasing our novels.   

How do you decide your book cover?

For our short story collections, the cover is based on the final story in the book. For Catch Her in the Rye, we wanted to find a picture of a lovely woman in a field, one that had just the right look. When we found the photo we ultimately used, we knew right away it was the one. This photograph, while not a rye field, does come closest to the story. A woman, a white shawl, a field. We had to use it.

Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?

Both. A cover draws readers in but the stories inside are really what matters.

If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

Inspiration can come from anywhere or anything. A person you pass on the street, a real life experience, or even a dream. There is something of the author in each story, but it might not always be readily apparent.

Use one word/phrase to describe your book:

Entertaining.
 

How have you found the writing process?

Wonderful, frustrating, rewarding, enjoyable, and maddening.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you tackle it?

Probably most writers experience dry spells. The fastest way to break a block is just to write, even if you are not producing your best material. You can always (and must always) go back and revise.

Do you have a blog? What do you write about? Karen: Yes, our blog,  http://wodke-hawkinson.com/blog1/, is a mixed bag. One of our blog categories is “Fake Phony News”, which reveals a lot. Some of our blogging is serious, some silly. But one thing is for sure, we don’t blog as much as we should.

What books are on your shelf at home?

Too numerous to mention as I am addicted to reading. Here are a few: Tolkien, King, Koontz, a variety of self-published works (which we love), sci-fi, and suspense novels.

Any awards/achievement you want to share?

We would share all of them… if we had any.

Who’s your favourite author?

Tolkien.

What are you good at as an individual?

Hopefully writing. Also I have a particular skill for collecting things no one else wants. I’m really quite good at it.

What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?

Reading, because it is an inexpensive vacation to places I could never afford to go and to realms no one can visit in reality.

What are your other interests?

 Fishing, gardening and learning about other self-sustaining pursuits, home refurbishment.  

Your favourite pet?

Cat.

What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

Choice meal is steak, baked potato, and veggies. Favorite restaurant is any place that serves a good steak.

What’s your music choice?

Varied, but I really like to explore independent music created by self-produced artists.

Name your favourite city in the world:

Las Vegas.

Name your favourite world leader and why:

I’m not too crazy about any politicians at the moment, actually.

If you had one wish, what would it be?

To have as many wishes as I want.

If you can change one thing, what would it be?

I would like to control time, go backward and forward at will.

What would you say you’re bad at?

There is not room on this form to adequately address this question.

You’re squeamish to what?

Certain bugs.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?

I’d be embarrassed to tell you!

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

They probably don’t know I am addicted to Cappuccino, so addicted I wrote a song by that title.

What’s your favourite quote?

“Determine your own destiny’’.

Why should a reader buy your book?

Catch Her in the Rye gives a reader a variety of tales, some heart-warming, some a bit disturbing, but all compelling in one way or another.

What is your last word?

You mean I only get one last word?

Where can your book be found/bought/website:

 http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/70099

http://www.amazon.com/

Thank you so much for taking time out to answer these questions.

Thank you, Wodke Hawkinson
 

 

Author name:  Wodke Hawkinson  is the name under which Karen Wodke and  PJ Hawkinson produce their collaborated works.

About your family/background, your location: 

I’m located in Kansas.

How and why did you decide to get published?

I decided I could write a different type of vampire book after enjoying the True Blood and Twilight series. After writing Half Bitten, I joined forces with Karen. We began writing Tangerine, and then we Betrayed, which will be the first novel we’ll release. During this time, we produced quite a few short stories and have released two short story volumes to date; Catch Her in the Rye and Blue.

What genre do you write? And why?

Multiple genres. We just can’t stick to one thing. Probably a short attention span is to blame.

What other genre interest you?

I also enjoy most genres but have a special affinity to mysteries, adult fairytales, and, yes, anything different and a bit skewed.

What is the story behind your book?

Catch Her in the Rye gives readers a variety of genres to choose from, allowing all readers to, hopefully, find the stories enjoyable.

How do you decide your book cover?

I agree with Karen’s reasons and would like to add that she found the picture of the old house we used for the cover of our 2nd short story volume and it generated the story Blue.

Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?

I myself am drawn mainly to the cover but admit the title follows closely.

If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

I agree to an extent; although, I don’t completely agree that there is something of the author in each story. As we go through life, we observe many characters and are able to put ourselves in their shoes, thus using something of them instead of ourselves.

Use one word/phrase to describe your book:

Rollercoaster.

How have you found the writing process?

Wonderful, frustrating, rewarding, enjoyable, and maddening.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you tackle it?

Fortunately, I have not experienced the dire consequences of the sneaky, evil, and soul-sucking writer’s block. But, if I do someday face the villain, I hope Karen’s theory is right.

Do you have a blog? What do you write about?

Yes, our blog,  http://wodke-hawkinson.com/blog1/, is a mixed bag. One of our blog categories is “Fake Phony News”, which reveals a lot. Some of our blogging is serious, some silly. But one thing is for sure, we don’t blog as much as we should.

What books are on your shelf at home?

Also an incredible variety on my shelves, which include the same as Karen’s and Rowling, P. Anthony, Heinlein, and A. Christie.

Any awards/achievement you want to share?

Sigh, no.

Who’s your favourite author?

I find that question nearly impossible to answer. I, like Karen, enjoy Tolkien. I have read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Ring trilogy probably seven times since being introduced to the series thirty years ago. But, I have also read the Xanth series by Piers Anthony at least four times, The Harry Potter series three times in addition to listening to them on my iPod once, and so many others. I can’t chose one author but I hear Wodke Hawkinson is going places.

What are you good at as an individual?

I try to listen if anyone needs an ear.

What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?

Like Karen, I enjoy reading; not only does it take you places you have never been, it takes you places impossible to go, places that never existed and never will.

What are your other interests?

I enjoy playing games, paint-by-numbers, and bass fishing.

Your favourite pet?

Cat. Oh, and lizards and possibly a sugar glider.

What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

Favorite meal is meatloaf, baked potato, and green beans with a close runner up of tacos.

What’s your music choice?

Old time rock and roll and some country. I enjoy classical upon occasion and a little blues. Beatles, Kid Rock, Garth Brooks, Procol Harum, Dixie Chicks, and the list goes on.

Name your favourite city in the world:

Las Vegas rocks but I can’t really answer this question until I’ve been to them all.

Name your favourite world leader and why:

I am not into politics at all so can’t answer this question but I suspect it will be someone in the future.

If you had one wish, what would it be?

For my husband, kids, and grandkids to live a long healthy life.

If you can change one thing, what would it be?

The low dollar amount in my bank account. The number needs about six more zeros behind the total.

What would you say you’re bad at?

Eating properly, losing weight, playing instruments, acrobats, and art.

You’re squeamish to what?

Definitely centipedes, scorpions, and little black furry spiders.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?

There was something I did recently that was hilariously embarrassing. But I can’t remember what it was.

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

Not that I can divulge.

What’s your favourite quote?

“Live and let live”.

Why should a reader buy your book?

Because the stories are funny, sad, strange, and unusual.

What is your last word?

THE often thought to be the first word, now known to be the last word, but quite possibly the only word.

Where can your book be found/bought/website:

 http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/70099

http://www.amazon.com/

Thank you so much for taking time out to answer these questions.

Thank you, Wodke Hawkinson

 

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH G. W. RILEY

posted 26 Jun 2011, 08:24 by Flirty & Feisty Romance   [ updated 6 Jul 2011, 13:49 ]

GENERAL FICTION & HUMOUR AUTHOR
Author name: G W Riley

My published author name is G W Riley, commonly known to friends and family as Jerry Riley.

About your family/background, your location:

I am a 60 year old father of 2 great, successful, adult married children, grandfather of 7 wonderful grandchildren, the oldest now 10 years old, and have been happily married to my high school sweetheart for 40 years. I was born, raised and continue to live in rural Western Pennsylvania in the United States, and hope to remain here for the rest of my life. I am currently employed as a full time investigator performing Federal Security Clearance background investigations. In the past, I have successfully worked at everything from block layer, truck driver, crane operator, machinist, and diesel mechanic, to music teacher. Some were summer jobs while still in high school back in the dark ages, others were long term jobs until better opportunities came along.

How and why did you decide to get published?

Well, I had never even thought of becoming a published author, but over the years I’d written several short stories and full length books of varied genre from fiction to humorous, just to pass the time and boredom while recovering several times from various surgeries. These were hand written in lined tablets which were then placed in a desk drawer, just as something to be passed to the family when I die.  Once my 2 oldest grandchildren reached the age where they were able to read a few years ago, they found the tablets in my desk and were excited that Pappy had written books. They became my inspiration and sole reason for publishing my first book, “Suicide Cap”.

What genre do you write? And why?

Usually, general fiction or humour relating to things I have experienced in life or based on my widely diverse hobbies and interests, usually a combination of both, and I feel a writer has to have experienced or have knowledge of whatever is written in an authors work. Next work to be published is a humorous story of things that go wrong in the woods and a general tongue in cheek “guide” to spending time in the woods, hopefully in the next year.

What other genre interest you?

Well, at my age, I just can’t get interested in the YA or Demons and dragons type stuff. Mostly, I read Historical works relating to the United States, the various wars and battles fought; technical works on aviation; mechanical design; woodworking; novels in the realm of the likes of Tom Clancy and others; and occasionally, religious leaning books such as the “left Behind” series.

What is the story behind your book?

Again, my first and as of yet only published book, “Suicide Cap”, is a culmination of ideas and story lines that just formed in my mind while spending countless hours alone sitting or walking in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania. I am deeply into the 1700-1900 period of the United States, ala the mountain men and such, but am also into modern inventions such as aircraft and hover craft. So the book contains elements of all these.

Suicide Cap is a fictional tale which initially began as a story line involving Sean O’Mara, a young farm boy in the 1930’s who starts out on a hunting trip with his father to a great mountain called Suicide Cap by local folk of the town of Back Flats Pa due to local legends that say few who set foot on the mountain ever return. The story developed to where the hunting trip goes horribly wrong, leaving the boy stranded alone on the mountain. At the time, I also had a story line floating around in my mind of a modern day tinkerer who designs and builds in his home barn his own experimental aircraft called a hover plane, who takes off on his maiden flight in the untested machine on a whim upon completion. This maiden flight is unknown to anyone as the character, Harry Crocket, embarks on this flight while his family is away at the local Shopping Mall for the day. So, I ended up combining both story lines into a single book with part one focusing on the tragic hunting trip, and part two focusing on the 1989 period with the modern day inventors flight, which also goes horribly wrong with tragic consequences.  I don’t want to give it all away, but events end up with two strangers from different eras atop Suicide Cap with their lives in each other’s hands involving elements and lifestyles of the 1700-1800 period, the 1930’s and 1989 all coming together.

How do you decide your book cover?

For Suicide Cap, I wanted a mostly stark black cover reflecting the overall tragedy theme of the story, and since most of the action in the book occurs in the shadow of,  or on the fictional mountain of legend, Suicide Cap, I wanted a stark black and white photo of a forbidding looking mountain, and then just thought the red text on the cover was a good finish to the cover.

Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?

I believe both the cover and title, but also via reviews and story line. I don’t think a title, or book cover alone can sell a book.

If you write fiction; what’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

As I mentioned previously, my inspiration comes from my life experiences, hobbies and interests, sprinkled with imagination, and scenarios that just seem to spring up from my imagination. There is an awful lot of me in both the characters and in the book: Suicide Cap, Sean O’Mara, and Harry Crocket. And, several scenes or parts of the book are actual events from my own life.

Use one word/phrase to describe your book:

With so many twist and turns, and the story spanning a 60 year period, I guess I would have to say simply, it is an action, outdoor adventure tragedy with a full circle conclusion.

How have you found the writing process?

I have not been a writer who intentionally sits down to write a book. I have always been employed full time in gainful employment, often working as much as 60 to 70 hours per week, plus raising a family, and always making things in my home workshop. All of my works have evolved gradually over a period of over 30 years, with long breaks of several years between periods of working on the writings. Based on that, I have never had a problem with the writing process other than having to wait for the next period of recuperation from various ailments to find the time to write.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you tackle it?

Yes, there have been a few instances of writer block. My solution was to set it all aside for a few months or years, then get back to it with fresh ideas.

Do you have a blog? What do you write about?

No blog, as I have not found the time to get involved with anything like that as of yet.

What books are on your shelf at home?

The entire “Left Behind” series; “Rainbow Six” and others by Tom Clancy; “18 Seconds and others in the Sherry Moore series by George Shuman; “Long Knife” by James Alexander Thom; and a host of others in those genre plus a host of historical writings and technical manuals.

Any awards/achievement you want to share?

Many in life, but nothing related to my writing.

Who’s your favourite author?

Toss up between Clancy and Shuman

What are you good at as an individual?

I don’t like blowing my own horn, but basically, about anything I try to do. I spent about 30 years as a lead guitar player in rock bands since the 1960’s and people claim I am one of the better ones out there; I have made all my children’s fancy carved beds, baby cradles, and a host of misc items from raw wood with no plans or blueprints; Made by hand from raw materials many 1700 period flintlock long rifles and pistols, buckskin clothing, knives and such, many appraised at thousands of dollars; I am a home machinist designing and manufacturing many metal items in my home workshop; I have been remodelling my home myself, and can fix just about anything that’s broke, but most of all I hope I am a good husband, father and grandfather, as NOTHING else matters.

What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?

I don’t have much time for entertainment, but I like to watch good World War II movies such as “Saving Private Ryan”; go to hear a good rock band, watch the History or Discovery Channels, but my most enjoyable entertainment is playing with the grandchildren.

What are your other interests?

I have just way too many interests to list, but things listed above in previous questions are the most common for me.

Your favourite pet?

Absolutely my wife’s little white bishon frise’ dog. I used to like mainly big dogs, and we have had many over our 40 years of marriage, but once we got little “Charlie”, I can’t see having any other breed! He is the absolute smartest, well behaved, funny, affectionate dog we have ever had.

What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

Bacon double cheeseburger, fries and Dr Pepper from Burger King, or burger and fries at 5 Guys!

What’s your music choice?

1970’s Southern rock ala the Outlaws, Lynnyrd Skynnyrd, Blackfoot, 38 Special etc., and especially Kansas! But, I like all types of music except rap and grunge.

Name your favourite city in the world.

Without a doubt, my rural Western Pennsylvania hometown, peaceful, low to no crime, no hustle, and no bustle! If I had to pick a place away from home it would be the Kelowna or northward areas of British Columbia.

Name your favourite world leader and why.

Now I am no religious zealot, and couldn’t even give a good quote from the Bible, but I pick Jesus Christ, because if EVERYONE on the planet, regardless of religion, would follow his simple directions to treat all others as you want to be treated, and to love all your neighbours’ as yourself, there would NEVER be any wars, no crime, and no hatred in the world. As far as an earthly leader, I like Winston Churchill for the way he guided and held Briton together during the Second World War in their darkest hours.

If you had one wish, what would it be?

For my children and grandchildren to live long, healthy, happy, productive lives.

If you can change one thing, what would it be?

I would go back to my youth and change a LOT of the things I did so that I could live a longer, healthier life to be with my kids and grandkids much longer than I will be.

What would you say you’re bad at?

Shutting my mouth and keeping my opinions to myself, and watching my health.

You’re squeamish about what?

Needles! I don’t care if it is a doctor, a nurse, dentist or whoever, stay away from me with needles! I have cut fingers off on electric saws, had many gashes, abrasions and such, but I would rather go through those injuries again than to see someone coming at me with a needle!

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?

Don’t know if I can say this here, but while staying at the in-laws for a weekend once many years ago, I urinated on my father in-law while he was sleeping and I was sleep walking! That made life a bit tenuous for a few years!

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

Probably very much, but I can’t think of anything else just now.

What’s your favourite quote?

Freedom isn’t free, it requires eternal vigilance…

Why should a reader buy your book?

Because it is not your average run of the mill fiction book, and is a very good, unique story with many twist and turns. I believe anyone who reads my book will be satisfied that it is a good entertaining read and worth the effort.

What is your last word?

Amen.

Where can your book be found/bought/website?

http://www.amazon.com/Suicide-Cap-G-W-Riley/dp/1441484728 is the Amazon website for my book, but it is available at a host of others in both paperback and eBooks in Kindle, Nook, ipad, and other electronic formats.

Thank you so much for taking time out to answer these questions.

Response from Jerry: Thank you for the invitation!

 

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH TONYA KAPPES

posted 23 Jun 2011, 02:54 by Flirty & Feisty Romance   [ updated 6 Jul 2011, 13:52 ]

WOMEN'S FICTION & COZY MYSTERY AUTHOR
 
Author name: Tonya Kappes
About your family/background, your location:

I’m the queen,  princess, and jester of my family of six that include my husband, four teenage boys, and two boy dogs! We live in Kentucky.

 
What genre do you write? And why?

I write women’s fiction and cozy mystery.

What other genre interest you?

I love to read anything! Anything I can get my hands on.

What is the story behind your book?

I grew up in a small town and LOVED everything that came with it when I got older, and didn’t live there anymore. So it’s sorta a tribute or shout out to those small towns and how it made me appreciate it!

How do you decide your book cover?

I work with a cover artist who asks a lot of questions about the book and we brain storm. She comes up with a couple of different mock-ups and we tweak, until we agree.

Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?

Definitely a good book cover is the first thing they see.

If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

Hmmm...I think a little bit of me shows up in each book. It’s just natural for me to put in a part of a memory or situation.

Use one word/phrase to describe your book:

Quirky.

How have you found the writing process?

With four teenage boys in sports, my writing process is all over the board. I might write in car line, doctor’s offices, sporting practices, sporting games, middle of the night-you name it.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you tackle it?

I've never had writer's block. I will say that when I do have a hard time coming up with a scene, I start to write long hand instead of my computer. I just let the words flow on paper and then transfer them to the screen.

Do you have a blog? What do you write about?

I have two grogs with a few other writers. The Naked Hero(http://thenakedhero.com/) is fun because we “strip heroes/heroines/villains” down to the scivvies. We explore all the archetypes and why we love and hate certain characters. It’s FUN!!

I also co-founded The Writer’s Guide To E Publishing (http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/). The four of my grog partners felt that e publishing was just taking the writing world by storm and we wanted to be a writers one-stop shop about the electronic world. You can find out everything you need to know from big NYC publishing to self publishing. It’s a fantastic site.

What books are on your shelf at home?

A lot of Jane Porter, Heather Weber, D.D. Scott, Misa Ramirez, Talli Roland, Barbara Silkstone, Sibel Hodge, and classics.

Any awards/achievement you want to share?

I had three book signings and all three SOLD OUT!! I was pretty pumped!!! (fist pumping in air).

Who’s your favourite author?

I wanted to answer this with something super deep, but I just can’t. It has to be Jane Porter!!!

What are you good at as an individual?

TalkingJ

What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?

I love to read a good book and get lost in another world.

What are your other interests?

I love yoga, walking my dogs, and just relaxing with my family.

Your favourite pet?

Oh, I have two amazing Schnauzer dogs that lay at my feet or walk by my side.

What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

PIZZA!!

What’s your music choice?

Country!!

Name your favourite city in the world.

I’m going to have to go with St. Thomas Isle. Ahhhh!

Name your favourite world leader and why.

Dalai Lama-his peace and harmonious spirit.

If you had one wish, what would it be?

To be able to touch readers around the world with my words.

If you can change one thing, what would it be?

Nothing. No regrets! Everything happens for a reasonJ

What would you say you’re bad at?

Sleeping.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?

I really can't recall a really embarrassing moment! I embarrass myself all the time and I just roll with the punches!!   

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

I've always wanted to open a no-kill animal shelter and have every animal. My heart is so big for all creatures.

What’s your favourite quote?

“Thoughts become things....choose the good ones!”

Why should a reader buy your book?

My books are fun, and will have you experiencing every emotion in your body while making you smile and laugh.

What is your last word?

Ever.

Where can your book be found/bought/website:

Amazon page with all my books: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_12?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tonya+kappes&sprefix=tonya+kappes

Barnes and Noble page with all my books: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/tonya-kappes

Smashwords page with all my books: http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=tonya+kappes

My website: http://tonyakappes.com/

Facebook and twitter!!

The Naked Hero: http://thenakedhero.com/

The Writer’s Guide to E Publishing: http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/

Thank you so much Tonya for taking time out to answer these questions.

Response from Tonya: Thank you so much for having me! Fun questions!!!! Cheers!
 

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH DARYN CROSS

posted 15 Jun 2011, 04:16 by Flirty & Feisty Romance

Author name: Daryn Cross

About your family/background, your location:

I’m the daughter of a college professor and a mother who was the world’s best stay-at-home mother and housekeeper. I was born in North Carolina but my family is from Central Virginia. Recently widowed, I now I reside in West Texas with a Chocolate Labrador that has a sock fetish.

How and why did you decide to get published?

It’s a passion. I was working as a consultant back in 1995 when I decided to pursue it professionally.

What genre do you write? And why?

I write more than one; thus, I write under three different names. Originally published as Terry Campbell, a collaboration with writer Linda Campbell, our team brought out three romantic comedies, Mr. Wrong, Intimate Investor and Fat Chance, which have recently been released in e-book and two of the three have been Amazon top-100 bestsellers. We now have two books out with 2011 copyrights: Craigs’ Legacy, a rewritten formerly published work, and Slam Sisters of Serendipity. Craigs’ Legacy, a historical time travel romance that was released through Black Opal Books, received a Top-Pick from The Romance Reviews. Slam Sisters of Serendipity was just released through Eternal Press and is a set of chronologically-ordered cozy mysteries. We also have a short work in e-book entitled Soul Patrol and will be releasing another one, Under Paris Skies, in the near future.

   

As Bobbye Terry, I write women’s fiction and suspense. I have one novella out, Buried in Briny Bay which is receiving rave reviews. It is part of a series of cozy mysteries. Book 2, The Marriage Murders, comes out in July. I have a longer series, still full of Southern charm but with grittier scenes, coming out in September with Book 1, Coming to Climax. These books are published through Turquoise Morning Press. I also have a newly begun contemporary romance series, “The Lipstick Girls.” Rose is the only book that has been released so far. This is indie published.

As Daryn Cross, I write fantasy/sci-fi romance. Currently, I have an indie series, “The Cash Chronicles,” with three books released: Millicent(a historical prequel), Frozen Assets and Full Moon Rising (cyberpunk romance). I hope to have Kenada, another short book about the mystic in the series, out this month. These are indie published, but I have a series about walk-in angels, starting with Walk Right In, releasing from L&L Dreamspell in October and an epic series, “The Book of the Beginning,” about a rare breed of elves who fight an evil wizard to save their race releasing through Turquoise Morning Press in February 2012 with Honey Blood and the Collector.

What other genre interest you?

I’m very eclectic so I have to say most. I am not a big literary fiction fan, though.

What is the story behind your book?

It depends on which one you want me to talk about. Here’s a blurb for Slam Sisters of Serendipity:

The South rises again as the Slam Sisters of Serendipity come unleashed to investigate crime in their small community of Serendipity, South Carolina. After savoring the sweet taste of victory solving the murder of their locker room attendant at Magnolia Blossom Country Club, they search for more mysteries. The key to their success: their sex lives improve dramatically with each one they solve. In their first year of sleuthin', the team tennis sisters, aged thirty-eight to sixty-two, fall upon crime, murder, family lies and secrets, not to mention extreme adversity. While villains may score in a game of crime, not to worry, for the Slam Sisters serve aces with each toss of fate

Here’s a blurb for Buried in Briny Bay:

Roxie Turner finds herself up to her neck in trouble when her lifelong nemesis, Georgia Collins, is discovered buried in the town’s landfill. To make matters worse, with her characteristic Southern sass, Roxie has been saying she’d kill Georgia for more than twenty years. In fact, she listed the ways to do the woman in, constantly reminding prominent citizens of her intent. It was all a joke, or so she thought. But the joke turns on her as, suddenly, other dead bodies begin to pile up, all murdered with a technique from Roxie’s list.
Enlisting the assistance of handsome hunk, Greg Norris, Roxie’s sister, Trixie Frye, comes to her aid, bent on uncovering the killer and the truth. Can they find out both before Roxie goes to the big house?
Here’s a blurb for Millicent:

As a child, she was abused by her father and she swore she’d never trust a man again. As a young woman, she wished for a happily-ever-after relationship like those she read about in her books. As a wife, she was scorned by a man who didn’t love her. Now she is a woman bent on controlling everything and everyone. When did her search for security turn into a desire for power that can never be sated? Millicent!

How do you decide your book cover?

I primarily use the same graphic designer, Dawne Dominique, for my indie books. My publishers usually give me a lot of leeway on designing covers. Dawne has done some for me for small press as well. Usually, it’s a collaborative effort between publisher designer and me to decide the finished product.

Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?

Both, plus the blurb and/or beginning of the book.

If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

There’s a lot of me in my books, but I can also play a role. Gee, everything is inspiration, from the evening news to a conversation overheard at the next table during lunch.

Use one word/phrase to describe your books:

Fun.

How have you found the writing process?

Rewarding. I love to create but it is also a lot of work to get it right.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you tackle it?

Not often but I recently went through a humdinger of one, mainly because I was laid off from a day job and was concerned about making a living. That has now been remedied, so I’m back in full swing. If you’d like to read what I say about writer’s block, read my guest blogs, “The Care and Feeding of Characters” (http://tinyurl.com/3q7z5ap) and “What Would Indiana Jones Do?”  (http://tinyurl.com/4xa2rul)

Do you have a blog? What do you write about?  

Yes, two.

http://BobbyeTerry.Blogspot.com and http://DarynCross-fantasy.Blogspot.com. A lot of what’s there is about the books, video trailers, etc. Sometimes I host guest spots or explore a topic.

What books are on your shelf at home?

Not as many as there used to be—most are on my Kindle. Again, the genres are all over the place.

Any awards/achievement you want to share?

Terry Campbell is a two-time Booksellers’ Best finalist and an EPIC finalist. I shortlisted in The Crime Writer Association’s Debut Dagger and have been a finalist in several RWA chapter contests.

Who’s your favourite author?

 I can’t name just one.

What are you good at as an individual?

I am a great cook and used to be an award-winning tennis player. In my career, I’m very good at analysing and explaining government regulations and legislation.

What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?

I love to read. I like some movies and enjoy relaxing music.

What are your other interests?

I just love to be out in nature.

Your favourite pet?

My Labrador.

What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

Seafood but it better be great. I lived too long next to the ocean.

What’s your music choice?

I prefer jazz, especially with saxophone.

Name your favourite city in the world.

I’m not much of a world traveller. Mostly in North and Central America only. Chicago rates on up there and so does Lake Tahoe.

Name your favourite world leader and why.

Now or ever? John F. Kennedy was one because of his vision.

If you had one wish, what would it be?

That no one went hungry or was abused.

If you can change one thing, what would it be?

Eradicate global warfare.

What would you say you’re bad at?

Anything mechanical. Electrical, fine, but ask me to assemble a piece o furniture in umpteen different pieces and forget it.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?

It’s too embarrassing to say. J

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

I once won a Charleston contest.

What’s your favourite quote?

No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Why should a reader buy your book?

Because he/she wants to be entertained in a fun, easy-going kind of way.

What is your last word?

Don’t ever take yourself too seriously.

Where can your book be found/bought/website:

Since you’re in the UK, I put these in from Amazon.co.uk—Terry Campbell: http://tinyurl.com/6jeqvzc, Bobbye Terry: http://tinyurl.com/6conjes, Daryn Cross: http://tinyurl.com/5spommw.

You can find out more about these books at www.TerryCampbell.com, www.BobbyeTerry-MysteryHappens.com, www.BobbyeTerryRomance.com and www.DarynCross.com.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW with LINDA RAE BLAIR

posted 14 Jun 2011, 03:30 by Flirty & Feisty Romance   [ updated 15 Jun 2011, 03:08 ]

Romance, Mystery and Historical Author

Author name: Linda Rae Blair

About your family/background, your location:

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri (USA). We moved to Seattle, Washington, when my children were teenagers. I’d always loved the green, the rain, and the water. It was a perfect place for me. I still think of it as home. When the children were all grown, I moved around the country and got to enjoy different places and people. I’ve lived in Hamilton, Ohio; Pacific Grove and Salinas, California, and now reside near Raleigh, North Carolina.

How and why did you decide to get published?

In 2007, I started thinking about retirement. It all began when I told a friend about finding out that my mother’s birth and death certificates showed two different maiden names. My right-sided brain immediately started coming up with reasons why my mother had obviously kept her first marriage a secret. When I shared the “story”, my friend said, “You should write a book!” That was the beginning of “Where is Harry?”

 

 

What genre do you write?

My novels (there are 9 published and two more on the burner) all include elements of romance, mystery, and history.

 
What is the story behind your book?

One is a sweet little romance, “Elusive.” This is a love story that begins in 1725 Scotland. A secret takes the story to France, where 200 years later it causes murder and pain. The heroine tries to escape danger by going to her family’s homeland. Instead of safety, she meets a man of mystery who is either trying to save her life or kill her. Only her heart can help her determine which.

 

There is a detective series, The Preston Andrews Mysteries, of which three are published and two are still in the works. These are the stories of Preston Andrews (Press to his friends), a homicide detective for the Virginia Beach Police Department. Press has a number of issues going on in his life when his story begins. He is ending a live-in arrangement with a woman he is very fond of, but not in love with. His family (his father is a U.S. Senator from wealth and prestige) doesn’t approve of his choice of occupation. His baby sister is no longer a baby, and she’s out to prove it—isn’t currently speaking to him, although she loves him to death. His dog now weighs almost 200 lbs. and has failed 4 obedience classes. Then, murder gets added to the mix.

In “Press’d Into Action”, Press is volunteered by FBI Director Malcolm Probst. Probst nearly got Press killed last year, so he’s not happy! He is given a team of two FBI agents to assist him in catching a serial killer. One member of his team is tall, lean, auburn-haired, freckle-face—oh, and did I mention gorgeous—Rachel Wilding.

 
 
 
 

In “Press’d To The Wall”, Press gets involved in finding a serial killer in Seattle. This time he volunteers. Someone close to him has been grabbed by the nut-job murdering women all over Seattle. His team includes his partner, Detective Trace Evans; his friend, ex-special ops, ex-just-about-anything-covert-and-dangerous, Palmer; and his dad, U.S. Senator William Andrews. They are in a race against time.

 
 

 Two are trilogies.

“Intersections: Love, Betrayal, Murder''

takes place between 1880s Ohio, 1900 Minnesota, and 1920s-1960s Chicago. The lives of three people, each with their own story of loss and betrayal, intersect in the early 1900s. This intersection of individual lives causes changes that will impact each of them forever.

 

 

 “Tiwa Valley Brothers In Blood”

is a New Mexico saga that begins in the 1880s era of the Pony Express and picks up again in the 1960s. A young Pony Express rider reunites with friends of the Tiwa tribe. His marriage to the chief’s daughter and his close friendship with her brother begins 100 years of friendship, family, and danger. In modern New Mexico, their descendants face destruction of property, murder, blackmail, and a threat to their very existence.

 
Use one word/phrase to describe your book:

“Intersections: Love, Betrayal, Murder”: A compact saga of three lives brought together in early 1900s Chicago.

“Elusive”:  How a decision made 200 years ago impacts a young woman’s life in the 20th century.

“Tiwa Valley Brothers In Blood”: How a chance meeting 100 years earlier led to a dynasty of wealth, genius, and hard work by three men whose tie will bind them forever.

“Hard Press’d”: How a top notch homicide detective balances family, love, life—and murder.

“Press’d Into Action”: Someone is killing people and leaving them “on display” a year later, and, when he gets volunteered to help on the investigation, Press is determined to stop him.

“Press’d To The Wall”: It’s a man’s effort to keep someone he loves alive, despite what he sees as incompetence, interference, and just plain stupidity, without losing himself in the effort.

How have you found the writing process?

I never really understood what writers meant about the stories “writing themselves” until I started writing. From then on, the stories take me where they take me. Sometimes it’s sweet and lovely; sometimes it’s dark and scary. Wherever my characters lead me, I take my readers along for the ride.

Do you have a blog? What do you write about?

No. I use facebook and have an author page where I keep my fans up-to-date on what’s going on with my work. I also have discussions on that page that my readers are welcome to join in. This is a new feature for me and is still in development. Participation from more readers would get it off the ground.

What books are on your shelf at home?

Oh, lots of Nora Roberts (yes, and J.D. Robb), Lisa Jackson, Janet Evanovich, Sandra Brown, Tami Hoag…see a pattern here?

Any awards/achievement you want to share?

Not at the moment.

Who’s your favourite author?

It’s a tossup between Nora Robert/J.D. Robb and Sandra Brown. If forced to choose, Nora!

What are you good at as an individual?

I am a right-brained person. I paint in acrylics, write my books, create beautiful gardens, cook and bake with great enthusiasm and success.

What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?

Give me a good movie or book any day! I just love having entertainment handed to me effortlessly. What could be cozier than reading in bed on a wintery night, or sitting in an air-conditioned theatre in the summer?

What are your other interests?

History. I come from John Alden and Priscilla Mullins of Mayflower fame. Then there is a forefather whose family left Scotland for Ireland, then immigrated to America just before the revolution. So, history has been ingrained in me from an early age.

Your favourite pet?

My 17 lb. cat and 14 lb. dog. One is unbelievably a feisty individualist (the cat) and the other is a love bug that follows we everywhere (the dog). Both give unconditional love!

What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

I love seafood. But my favorite places to eat are Jewish Mother’s and Purple Cow in Virginia Beach. Oh, yum. The Jewish cuisine of my high school days, and the she-crab soup with its hot, thick cheese topping—now I’m getting hungry!

What’s your music choice?

Oh, boy! Aerosmith, Jason Mraz, Il Divo, Credence Clearwater—eclectic enough for you?

Name your favourite city in the world:

 A place with water, food, green…see another pattern here.

Name your favourite world leader and why:

Right now it has to be our President, Obama. He was handed a very tough job during the worst crisis we’ve faced since 1929 and, despite the criticism, hate-speech, and dirty tricks of the members of Congress, has remained calm, cool, well-spoken, and above the fray. This man is a well-educated gentleman—we’re not used to that in the White House!

If you had one wish, what would it be?

Peace and understanding in the Middle East. They’ve been at it for thousands of years—I continue to hope that someday, they’ll learn to work together, not against each other.

What would you say you’re bad at?

Patience. I have absolutely no patience with stupidity. There, I’ve said it! Think before you speak and speak with wisdom—it might require reading a book or two.

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

I have a granddaughter about to graduate from high school and ship off to basic training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. This is my doll baby, the girl who travelled with me every Christmas holiday to Virginia Beach. There we launched our trips into history hunting—DC’s Smithsonian, Arlington Cemetery, Library of Congress, etc.; Philadelphia, and Williamsburg. Oh, how I’m going to miss that girl!

What’s your favourite quote?

“I'm growing older but not UP. 
My metabolic rate is pleasantly STUCK!
the winds of time blow over my head .
I'd rather die while I'm LIVING, 
Than live when I’m DEAD!”

Thank you, Jimmy Buffet!

Why should a reader buy your book? 

My novels are steeped in beautiful scenery, rich history, sweet or sexy romance, and real characters. Chances are you won’t be ambivalent about my characters. They pull you in. You either love them or hate them.

What is your last word, Linda Rae?

Read.

Where can your book be found/bought/website:

My novels can be found on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, CreateSpace, Smashwords, Sony, Diesel, Apple, Barnes & Noble On-line, as well as other online booksellers.  Links and other information are available on my websites: http://lindaraeblair.vpweb.com

My site includes each Current Novel, as well as Upcoming Projects, contains links to sales sites, and a visitor’s log where you can give me feedback on the site or about a favorite book. You can also sign up to be added to my e-mail distribution list.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW with JEREMY WILDER

posted 8 Jun 2011, 09:25 by Flirty & Feisty Romance   [ updated 13 Jun 2011, 10:22 ]

SUSPENSE and HORROR AUTHOR
 
Author name:  J. J. Wilder.

 

About your family/background, your location:

 

I was born and raised in South Western Wisconsin.  Still haven’t made it out of there either. 

 

How and why did you decide to get published?

 

I’ve been writing since I was in middle school, starting with the sequel to Michael Chritons book, “Jurassic Park”, still have those pages too.  I was making up stories and I’ve had an active imagination since I was quite young though.  Once I got into the upper grades of schooling, and my writing improved, I started to think about getting my work out there for all to see.

 

What genre do you write? And why? 

 

I’m a multi genre type of guy it seems.  I love writing suspense and horror.  There’s a bit of romance tossed into my sci-fi and thrillers, plus a bit of psychological and paranormal.  I guess it’s true as to what you read is what you write since I have always enjoyed reading whatever I could get my hands on.

 

What is the story behind your book? 

 

The story behind Freaks, Geeks, and Scary Things, is that it started as a present for my mother who has gone through some bad times.  I wanted to give her something that I made myself, and since she was mainly my inspiration for really starting to write, I put together a collection of stories I had written over the years.  Once it was together, I thought to myself, “these are good stories, and I’ve tried magazines already...  So I looked up self publishing for a larger crowd.  

 
The background of Life Coin is that I wrote the short story *seen in Freaks, Geeks, and Scary Things* and realized that I had more to say.  There was a larger story I wanted to tell about the characters and the ripples they created in time.

 

How do you decide your book cover?

 

I was lucky in this regard.  My current job put me into contact with a co-worker who is a graphic designer.  He read my stories and the Life Coin short, and was more than willing to do some freelance work on my covers.  As for the images, we worked together (though I will say it was mostly his ideas, initially) to come up with something that reflects the interior of the book.

 

Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title? 

 

Myself being a reader, I can honestly say that a good book cover or an interesting title will at least get me to grab the book to look it over.  While I am not always sold on the fiction included, it’s that initial glance over the shelves that draws a reader in.  It’s worth putting the same, or at least close to the same, amount of time you did on the fiction or interior as you do the exterior.

 

If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

 

As many writers and authors before me have said, there is no one source of inspiration.  My second book, Life Coin, came from a short story that was inspired by a 30 second commercial about life insurance a few years ago.  Other than that, my mind is always working on something.  It’ll be a song lyric, a movie, a book, a conversation with friends, anything of the sort may be the catalyst to get my imagination going as to how I could turn that into MY story.   How much of me shows up is up to myself.  There are characters I’ve written that honestly could be named directly after myself, and some that are so out of myself that I don’t know how they are living in my book.

 

Use one word/phrase to describe your book:

 

Life Coin: A romantic tale of two souls connected at first sight.  

Freaks, Geeks, and Scary Things:  A ride into the dark recesses of the human psyche.

 

How have you found the writing process?

 

It’s sometimes a long and drawn out time, but if what you are doing fills you with enthusiasm, hours can go by before you realize.

 

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you tackle it? 

 

Once, for about three years due to work and other constraints, as far as overcoming it, I guess it really took talking with a friend about a story I had started, *Life Coin short story*  and having them say “I want to read that!”   That’s when I realized, ‘okay, I gotta finish this someway, somehow.’   I sat down to write that afternoon and added another five pages to the first 10 that had been sitting on my zip drive for too long.

 

Do you have a blog? What do you write about? 

 

I do have a blog at www.strangeasfiction.wordpress.com. As of now, it is mainly updates about how things are going with the marketing and selling of the books. There are also some of my stories on it for readers to get a glimpse of my style.  I’m working on adding more to it. Lately though, there has been one book review included, hoping for more as time goes on.

 

What books are on your shelf at home?

 

Right now, my bookshelf is a small area of the apartment I’m living in. So, I've only the good ones that I can read over and over.  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter series, a few of my favourite Stephen King novels *Misery, Carrie, Four Past Midnight...* and of course, the essentials of writing... guides, dictionary, and the like.  As well as a few Star Wars novels...gotta have my connection to the galaxy far, far away.

 

Any awards/achievement you want to share?

 

Currently have none, hoping to change that soon though.

 

Who’s your favourite author?

 

That’s not fair.  But if I must, Stephen King.  In a close match with Drew Karpashyn, Max Brooks, J.K. Rowling and R.A. Salvatore.

 

What are you good at as an individual?

 

I am good at looking beyond what I see.  I think it comes in part from being a writer, it has opened my mind to see what others may or what may be behind some statemen

      What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why? 

 

I feel like I’m betraying my own art to say it. But I love movies.  The good ones that will draw you into their world and before you know it, it’s over...and, you don’t want it to end.  While I enjoy curling up and losing myself in a good book, movies still top the list.

 

What are your other interests? 

 

I also like to take walks while listening to music, or go for hikes and listen to nature.  I like to wander around the mall, stopping at odd stores or small areas to see what new things are out there.

 

Your favourite pet?

 

We've had many in my time, the one that sits highest to me though would be our old mutt we had since I was young.  He was my brother, he was six months when i was a year old.

      What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

 

Right now, I could so go for some BBQ Chicken from Famous Daves.

 

What’s your music choice? 

 

Mostly rock, metal, classic rock, some pop music has caught my eye though.

 

Name your favourite city in the world. 

 

I don’t know if I have a favourite, but there is one I would love to see sooner rather than later.  London.

 

Name your favourite world leader and why.

 

Not really a big fan of any current one, though I like where President Obama is going.  Now if we can give him more time.

      If you had one wish, what would it be?

 

The selfish marketing side of my brain says, “that more and more people will be entranced by my books and buy them”.  While the more rational part says, “That those who do read my books, will come away changed by the experience.”

 

If you can change one thing, what would it be? 

 

Rid the world of hatred and intolerance so that we as the human race can move forward to a brighter and better future.  When we finally come together as a society, only then will we be nearer to cracking the secret of warp drive technology to boldly go where no one has gone before!

 

What would you say you’re bad at? 

 

While writing: being overly self critical about what I’ve written, even in just the rough state.  In life: fixing cars.

 

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?

 

I've done my fair share of embarrassing things, but they escape me at the moment.  I will tell the story of the time my cousin, a few friends and I were hanging out. And for some reason, I decided it would be a good idea to hang onto the roof of my cousin's car while he drove it around the block.  As you can tell, I survived, save for the instance of getting off the roof when my cousin hit the gas and flung me off, with my arm being run over by his rear tire. No injuries to report though, save for the wicked case of, "what the heck was I thinking?"

      Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

 

I write for you, reader.  That is my major goal in my design.  I come up with interesting tales that really grab my own attention, but I write them in a way that, I hope, grabs YOUR attention.

 

What’s your favourite quote? 

 

"The beginning is easy; what happens next is much harder. - Anonymous".

 

Why should a reader buy your book? 

 

Buy my books for the main purpose of losing yourself in a world of strange, yet familiar, things.

 

What is your last word?

 

Do or do not... there is no try. – Yoda

 

Where can your book be found/bought/website: 

 

My books can be found at: www.strangeasfiction.wordpress.com where are links there to my e-stores.  They are also on Amazon:  Life Coin & Freaks, Geeks, and Scary Things Vol. 1

Thank you so much Jeremy for taking time out to answer these questions.

 

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