Here is my interview with Ryan Lanz

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Hello Fiona! Thanks for having me on. My name is Ryan Lanz, and I’m 34.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from the midwest, USA, although I was born and raised in Hawaii.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

Well, I moved from Hawaii to California when I was a teenager. I’ve lived in the midwest since my younger 20’s. There’s no beach, but the thunderstorms are great. Most of my immediate family still lives in Hawaii.

I enjoy billiards, traveling, scuba diving, and writing.

 Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

 I’ve recently relaunched A Writer’s Path Writers Club, which is a club where authors receive free and discounted writing related services, such as editing, book cover design, book coaching, formatting, narration services, etc. www.patreon.com/AWritersPath

We’re excited to have the group we do, and it’s bustling pretty well.

 Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 I first started writing as a teenager, although it was awful. I didn’t start to polish my writing until well into my 20’s, in my opinion. But it was an important stage of my life to try.

 Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 I’d say when I started writing my first novel, which will likely never see the light of day. I’m still glad I wrote it, though.

 Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

It sounds corny but the ability to create something new out of nothing. It’s literally anything you want out of a complete void. I think that concept is neat.

 Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I write in quite a few genres, mostly under a pen name, so that sometimes is a challenge, marketing wise. It’d certainly be easier to market in the same genre.

 Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

 Honestly, not much. One thing I enjoy about writing is the ability to craft situations that I’ve never been in or can even imagine myself being in. To me, that’s half the fun.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Almost all of my covers have been designed by Rocking Book Covers. If you ever need an affordable book cover designer, he’s the one to contact.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

My favorite author of all time is the late Robert Jordan regarding the Wheel of Time series. I would trade quite a bit to read anything more by him. In some ways I’m tempted to read the last book of the Wheel of Time series the same way Desmond wants to read Our Mutual Friend in the TV show Lost.

Fiona: Name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

My mother and my girlfriend stand out in my mind as two who have been exceptional cheerleaders for my writing career. I appreciate their kind words, and it means a lot to me.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. I love self-publishing. I’d rather have a smaller passive income than a large one-time or temporary income. It starts out small, but it can be built over time, brick by brick.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I find that I learn something new when writing each story, no matter the length. Sometimes, it’s a writing mechanic and sometimes it’s learning about a new type of character.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

It’s been said before, but just remember that a writing career is a long term thing. It’s playing the long game. So if you’re in it, be prepared for the long haul. Sometimes it’s long term before much reward, but I believe the rewards are long term.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Yes, I do. My writing tips website is  www.ryanlanz.com  and as I mentioned, my Writers Club website is  www.patreon.com/AWritersPath  .

New things are coming out weekly and sometimes daily. It’s certainly an exciting time.

https://www.patreon.com/AWritersPath

https://www.amazon.com/Ryan-Lanz/e/B00Z2GM95G/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

https://ryanlanz.com/my-books/

https://ryanlanz.com/

Thank you for having me on for this interview! I appreciate the opportunity.

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Here is my interview with Ian Crouse

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name.

Ian Crouse

What is your age?

I am 52 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

A small town South West of New Orleans called Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

After four years of journalism, I entered the military and was deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm where I worked as a journalist for the Public Affairs Office Naval Medical Command aboard the USNS Mercy. Now I am the proud owner of one of America’s top rated Inns on TripAdvisor. I have maintained 5 stars for the past 14 years.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My WIP will grab you and intrigue you beyond comprehension.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

As a child, I would always take notes of things. Either my mother’s recipes or dad’s many wise one liners or jokes. The love for storytelling was formed in the swamps around my home as a child.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I published Begat last July.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

As a Christian I struggled with the concept of ‘religion’ and ‘faith’. They are two seperate things. So I just applied a story to it that evolved around my hometown.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

This answer is on the cover of Begat.
‘Begat started with Seth. Why?’ When researching for the novel, it just hit me.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

It’s hard for me to ‘coin’ my style. It’s just how I would tell the story while sitting around a campfire. YA would be hard for me. I have a dark side and I don’t think it would be appropriate for that audience.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

The subplot of my debut was a personal experience that I twisted a bit. So I would say about 40%.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel?

Before or during the process? During. I find inspiration from the strangest things. A beautiful tree lined winding road could spark an evil idea just as seeing a beautiful women with a certain feature.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I design all of my covers. It’s part of the story. Look deeply into the cover images and you will see parts of the story.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The Series has a message as a whole and each book has an underlying message. Begat’s message was that one may not know what’s best and that life happens for a reason.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

Christy Barritt. What struck me when I clicked on her work the first time was that I thought I was reading something I had written, to a degree, and I could relate to her cadance. Stephen King is by far my favorite writer. His ability to grip you and hold you is why I return to him.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

My girlfriend of 2 years, Melanie.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. It may not be a lucrative one but one nonetheless.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

As for the plot, no. The production, yes. It was my first so the eagerness to produce and publish got the best of me. I think I rushed it to print.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Where to start? Humm, As I said, do not rush it. Let it unfold and become what IT is supposed to be. My PA and editor are constantly asking for material. I’M TRYING, I tell them.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Huh, no. I’m a guy. She is a girl. I would want to have a cameo. Like what Stephen King does.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write what you know or inherently believe to be true. Dig deep and never think an idea is crazy. Your ability to write it is your ability to sell it.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

My debut novel was meant to raise awareness of specific topics. As a Christian, I often place myself into the depths of darkness to help people see the light. And please remember that this is all fiction. It’s about the story and the entertainment.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

When I am in the final stages of a WIP, I tend to not read other works. It sometimes pulls me in a different direction that I may not want to go. We are always second guessing ourselves. However, I will start reading Historical books from my lineage. I recently found out that I am related to Alfred the Great. He is my 35th, or so, Great Great Grandfather.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Do I! Other than the ‘See Dick Run’ books, the first book that captured my short attention span was when I was around twelve years old. Stephen King’s Night Shift. Great book. It was our first look at Children of the Corn.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Animal and children behaviors seem to make me laugh along with those of drunken friends. Seeing any abuse to the elderly, children or animals can bring a tear after the anger subsides.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet?

Yes.

Why?

The Pharaoh Khufu. I would ask him ‘how’ he built and ‘why’ he had the Great Pyramid commissioned.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Photography and watching bees. I love watching bees fly around me. I actually mentioned bees in Chapter 1 of Begat.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I love Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Travelers, and historical events.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Food would be either Indian food or seafood. Colors are PURPLE AND GOLD. LSU TIGERS. My musical tastes range from opera to death metal. On deck now is Rammstein.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I would revert back to being a Chef and Inn Keeper.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Gathered around family recording every memory I could remember from an early child until now.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

MY NOVELS ARE MY CONTINUED VOICE.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

www.iancrouse.com

https://www.amazon.com/Ian-Crouse/e/B073YXZ2BX/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1527325939&sr=1-2-ent

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Here is my interview with Chantal Gadoury

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Hi Fiona! It’s so wonderful to be here today! Thank you for having me!

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My name is Chantal Gadoury – I know, it looks a little scary. Think of it as “Shawn-Tell” “Ga-door-ee” Better, right? As for my age, I’m 29 years old – going on 30 in November. (But don’t remind me!)

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’ve grown up in a small town called Muncy, in the middle of rural Pennsylvania. If you’re not familiar with the area – think of the Little League World Series – which is hosted in Williamsport, PA. I’m about a 10 minute drive away from Williamsport.

However, I was born in Germany – on a military base. My father was stationed over in Germany during the time of the Gulf War, so . . . I’ve been out of the USA once or twice before.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I graduated from Muncy High School with a passion for reading and writing. When I went off to college, I originally thought I wanted to be an English Teacher. Until, one day as I was sitting in an English class, and realized I didn’t want to just read books. I wanted to write them. Needless to say, four years later I graduated Susquehanna University with a Creative Writing B.A.

As for my family – it consists of my mom, my sister, and our family dog (Yorkie) named Taran. Sadly, my father passed away in 2015 unexpectedly – so my family has been coping with the large loss of him.Growing up, I had a great family life. My parents always encouraged my love of reading and writing – and in their own way, supported me in becoming the person that I am today. My sister is younger than me by eight years, but we’re very close. I can’t imagine living my life without her.

A little fun fact about me is that I’m probably one of the biggest Disney nerds you’ll ever meet in your life.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My latest news is “Between the Sea and Stars,” my next fantasy novel is being released on June 19th! Very exciting! I also have titles, “Blinding Night,” and “WinterDream” coming out through Parliament House Press later in the late fall, early winter.

“The Songs We Remember,” a sequel to “The Songs in Our Hearts” which is published through 48Fourteen will also be released sometime soon. (Date hasn’t been determined.)

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

The earliest memory I have of writing begins in 2nd Grade. So I would have been seven-eight years old. In class, we were to make our own books – so I wrote “A Trip to New Jersey.” It was about my family visiting some of my Dad’s family that lived in New Jersey. The drawings – well, drawing as never really been my strong suit. But ever since then, I was always writing. Whether in personal journals, writing with friends, creating stories, making picture books out of coloring books for my sister (Yeah, I used to cut those up and make my own stories) – I’ve just always been writing.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think in college is when I finally labelled myself as a writer. It could just have been because I knew I was considered a “Creative Writing” major – thus, writer. And it wasn’t until I had a book in my hands that I called myself an author.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I grew up reading books like “Beauty” by Robin McKinley, and “East” by Edith Pattou – I wanted to write a book like that. I wanted to take a fairy tale that I loved and make my own version. With “Allerleirauh,” my version of the old Grim-Brother’s tale, I was able to do that. I always loved fairy tales, Disney, magic, handsome princes . . . they say “Write what you know” and this was what I knew best.

As for “Between the Sea and Stars,” my interactions on Tumblr inspired me to write this book. I used to be a Disney role-player on Tumblr, and I really missed that time – the storyline and the characters. Looking back on Tumblr helped to inspire what is now, the novel!

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

For “Between the Sea and Stars,” my publisher actually came up with the title. I was using the working title, “Lena” for the longest time. One day my publisher sent me a list of title suggestions and ideas, and “Between the Sea and Stars” was the answer. So without her help – I wouldn’t have the title!

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I’m not sure if I have a writing style yet. Writing is still this growing, expanding thing for me. Each book is different and takes on such an individual tone. I’m sure some readers would say my writing style is having flower-y descriptions. I tend to always try to show the world, show the small details, but keep things really simple too. I also always try to have characters that are easy to relate to. I always place myself in the characters I’m writing about (except villains.) There’s always a piece of me in each of the characters. Aurelia, Prince Klaus, Lena, Soren and Jace. I write about the people that I’d want to interact with (even if it’s only for five minutes.)

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

In my book, “The Songs in Our Hearts,” the book is very realistic and very much based on my own life. Charlie (the name inspired by a coffee shop I used to work at in college) is a girl who likes to read, likes to listen to music, and has a crush on a boy named Micah Jacobs. I used Charlie as a way to revisit my own high school experience and I guess, give myself the happy ending I never really got to have at her age. I also used it as an opportunity to write about my Dad. “The Songs in Our Hearts,” was my way of keeping my Dad’s memory alive. The readers might not know, but each time they read that book – they’re giving my Dad the ability to breathe again, until the last page.

“The Songs We Remember,” acted as a way for me to write about my grief – in a very real way. Death and grief is something that we, as a culture, don’t talk about. It’s this thing we sort of run away from – when, inevitably, we all face. So again – it’s very much based on real people, real things, and real topics. (Yes, even Micah was real. Sort-of.)

“Allerleirauh” used topics that I think are very relevant for our current rape-culture in America. It serves the purpose of bringing awareness to the reader, and has a message of “You are more.” So while it does have rape in the book – there’s a reason. And while it will make you uncomfortable, that’s the point. Not everything in life is supposed to be comfortable and easy. But that’s how we grow, how we educate ourselves and become better people. “Allerleirauh,” should act as a message to those in situations like that – you are more than the experience. You are more than the act. You’re still a human being deserving of love, care and acceptance. I hope the readers of this novel hear that message clearly.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Sometimes I travel? But I don’t really travel for the purpose of writing. It’s more that I’ll go away somewhere with my family and become inspired by something I’ve seen or heard. I usually just craft my work at home – in my room, or the kitchen – with a lot of movie scores.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Parliament House Press designed the cover. They design all of their covers in house.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I know I answered this for “Allerleirauh,” in the previous question – with my other books, I always want to have the message of hope. And I think I always incorporate that because I need that reminder myself. I write books that I’d want to read – that I would have wanted to read as a younger adult. Hope. Hope is a powerful thing. So yes, my *hope* is that everyone walks away with the clear message that good things can happen. Good can prevail. Hope is always there.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

This question always stumps me. I don’t have just one favorite author or writer. There are piles of names that I love and adore because of how talented they are; how their work makes me feel. Sarah Dessen has always been a huge influence to me – in those strange, subtle ways of making an impactful point – in merely one sentence. Sarah J. Maas – a huge fantasy inspiration. I think it’s just the way they can make me feel for their characters – make me feel the same exact emotions the characters are feeling. Rainbow Rowell’s “Fangirl” made me silent and thoughtful for an entire week before I could function as a real human being again.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

One entity? Umm. . . my best friend Shayne Leighton has been there since . . . the beginning, really, for me (outside of family.) We knew each other back from the old “Twilight” days – and she always, always was someone I turned to for advice, for beta reading . . . everything writing related. Until one magical day, Shayne called me and told me her plan to start a publishing company.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I’m probably going to sound all “Game of Thrones” but – it’s not a career, this is my destiny. Everything in my life, since I was a child, points in the direction of where I am now. I think sometimes we have more choice in our professional careers – where we work, what positions we take on – etc. Writing was never like that for me. Would I love to make this as a full-time thing, yes (in the sense of being able to live off of my work.) But I can’t ever see myself not writing. This will be a life-long journey; one that I was always meant to take.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Absolutely nothing. I had the best editor. I had the best support system. The book cover is gorgeous. The interior matches it perfectly. There’s nothing that I would change.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I learned that while I’m a writer, I still struggle with words – a lot. I struggle with getting the words out of my head and onto the page. But I also learned that having a great editor to help walk you through those difficult passages in your book is monumental. I think I learned more about myself as an author – what I’m truly capable of, if I just step out on a limb and let my imagination run wild a bit.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

I don’t even know. When I was writing Lena, I always imagined Astrid Berges-Frisbey. Soren would be Matthew Smith, and Jace would be Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Lord Jarl. . .would have to be the family Jeremy Irons.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Always Write. Don’t not write. Even if you think you suck. Even if it *does* suck. You won’t get better unless you keep working on your craft. But also – when getting feedback from editors – don’t think that you shouldn’t listen to them, or think they’re being vindictive and nasty. I’ve come across authors/writers who think their writing doesn’t need improving and often get stuck on the small things – the things that don’t move the story along. Don’t be married to your writing. Be willing to change, to grow, to learn and improve. While writing is personal, the moment you decide to publish – you have to understand that it can’t be about yourself or your original vision – but what appeals to the readers as well. (After all, if you want to sell your book, you have to give them a reason to buy it.)

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I’m truly thankful for them. I still find it strange to call a group of people “my readers.” I think of them more as my friends. They’re getting to know a part of me that I’m not entirely always willing to share so openly. Thank you for taking the chance to read my work – and of course, leaving me your reviews!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I finished “A Court of Frost and Starlight” a few weeks ago – but currently, I haven’t had much time for reading. (Spoiler: Authors don’t really have time to read. We’re too busy writing!)

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No! LOL – I do remember reading as a kid. Mr. Roger books. One book I remember well was called “Once Upon a Golden Apple.” I really got into the Mary-Kate and Ashley mystery books, the Full House books, and then . . . the R.L Stine Fear Street Sagas. “One Last Kiss” was my first vampire book – and I was hooked!

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

This is a tough question. A lot of things make me laugh and cry. Sad movies. Happy movies. Memories of my Dad. . . (I cry a lot over those.) Book Books. Good Writing. Love Stories. Sad Love Stories. When I’m mad or frustrated. Clean sheets make me happy. Hot chocolates. Iced Coffees. Chipotle (is my life)… Disney movies make me both laugh and cry. A lot of things. Life.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Walt Disney and Thomas Jefferson. Walt, because he was such an influence for me in my life. He dreamed. He created. He did so many things. He believed in himself when no one else would. He had a vision and dreamed it into reality. Thomas Jefferson because he was so amazingly intelligent; an inventor – and . . . mostly because I had a crush on Thomas Jefferson for the longest time. I find him to be a very fascinating man, and I would love to actually meet the real guy, instead of the guy I imagine in my head. 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

So other than writing. . . yes. I like to paint when I’m inspired. Does drinking coffee count as a hobby? Watching Netflix and good movies.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I used to love “Once Upon a Time,” before the series sort of went south (in my opinion.) Glee! LOVED Glee. Right now I’m really into watching Korean and Japanese Dramas on Netflix. “Mischievous Kiss,” “Good Morning Call,” and of course, “Boys Over Flowers.” “The Tudors,” and “The White Queen,” are among some of my favorite historical shows. Movies – it’s a range. I mostly really enjoy romance movies – historical romance, musical romance, things like that. Just depends on my mood and what I’m craving to watch.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

The guac from Chipotle is by far one of my favorite things to eat. Sushi. General Tso’s Chicken. Shepard’s Pie. My favoritecolor is Aqua.

Music. Now music is like. . . a central part of my life. I have playlists for every single book that I’ve written (or am writing) – which you can find on my website! I listen to a range of Top Hits, to scores, to classical, to bands that aren’t so popular. Rock, Alternative Rock. The only thing I won’t listen to is Rap and Country.

Coldplay and The Civil Wars have always been among my top favorite bands to listen to.

Sara Bareilles’ “She Used to Be Mine,” is currently my “Me” song.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Cry. A lot. Feel empty. Be unimaginably unhappy. Do what I suppose so many do with their life. Get up, go to a job that pays bills, go home, sleep – and live that routine.

So – I’d rather not imagine that.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

 Every waking moment with my mom, my sister and my dog. Even if it’s just laying around in the living room watching TV. Just being with them. That’s all I’d ever want. I’d spend hours leaving them letters so they could have them for the rest of their lives. (Why are these questions getting so sad?)

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

I don’t know. I’ll leave that to the people who have to bury me. It was enough to have to think about that for my Dad – and I know, in the future for my mom. I think it would be enough if whoever I leave behind says that I was beloved. To me, life is about love – loving and being loved.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Find Out About Other Books by Chantal Gadoury at https://www.chantalgadoury.com/

 

Bio: 

Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published “The Songs in Our Hearts” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and “Allerleirauh” with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.

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Between the Sea and Stars

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Allerleirauh

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Parliament House Press

The Songs in Our Hearts

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The Songs We Remember

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Winter Dream

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Blinding Night

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Here is my interview with Ryan Stark


Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Thank you for the opportunity, Fiona. I think I am going to enjoy this!

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Ah, that depends. My name is Austen Gower but I write as Ryan Stark.  I answer to Oz and increasingly to Ryan.

I am a youthful 58 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I come from Redditch, Worcestershire in the UK. It used to be the centre of the needle making industry and birthplace of Royal Enfield motorcycles.

I still live there.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I attended Moseley Grammar School in Birmingham in the 1970s. At the time, Birmingham was pivotal to UK music, several famous people attended my school. For example, Jasper Carrott and Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones). Also, the Electric Light Orchestra, Roy Wood and Wizzard, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, all had their origins around where I lived. Hence my love of music.

I have a real career in IT, as a Business Analyst, which is a little humdrum but pays the bills. For many years I was bass player in a band called FishHeads but I gave that up to concentrate on my writing.

I am married with two grown up daughters who have flown the nest. I am extremely proud of my daughters.

Oh, I have a Blue Peter badge awarded by the dream team of Singleton, Purves and Noakes. Readers outside the UK may need to look that one up.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Daughter no. 2 is getting married! I have to buy a new suit.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

There is a left and a right side of the brain. As a child I was always very creative, artistically and musically but that sort of dwindled when I started working. As I have mentioned, IT is quite humdrum so the right side of my brain was not taxed and I became quite frustrated with life. So, in the ‘90s, I took up took up writing as a hobby. After several half-hearted attempts, I got my act together and published ‘Killing by the Book’ in 2015 and then ‘The Farm’ in 2017.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The very first time someone came back to me and discussed the plot of my first book. About 3 months after it was published, a colleague, who had bought the book unbeknown to me, cornered me in a corridor and said ‘You can’t kill XXXXX. They are the murderer!!’. I knew then, I was doing something right.

Weirdly, for a writer who uses a pen name, I was once stopped in the street and asked to sign a paperback copy of my book. How did they know it was me!

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Long car journeys down slow, crowded motorways, and bored daughters. At first, we played ‘Spot the ugly truck’ where we picked a particularly ugly truck and had to monitorit’s progress in the long queues. A less violent variation on Punch Car.

The girls soon became bored, so we changed it to ‘Where, along the side of the road, could you dump a body (yes, I know) and it would not be found?’

Over time, that became ‘How could you obviously murder someone and get away with it?’, the theme behind ‘Killing by the Book.’

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It’s sort of obvious if you read the book but only once you are half way through. Still, I have a notebook full of rubbish alternatives.

The title of ‘The Farm’ will keep you guessing though.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I write as I think. Fortunately, I have a small office in the spare room, as I can be heard talking out the dialogue and arguing with myself. I also keep the words commonplace. People do not think complicated words.

In crime writing, the challenge is understanding the motive of the criminal. Often they know what they are doing is wrong but do not appreciate the gravity, so my antagonists often have to operating as if it’s all perfectly normal – even the dripping blood.

I find emotion challenging, especially the emotions of my female characters.  As a husband and father of girls, I know a fair amount about the female psyche but, as my wife constantly tells me, not enough!

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

There are traces of my daughters and traces of myself. Characters are an amalgam.

The antagonist in ‘Killing by the Book’ is modelled on a friend who shall remain nameless (because they are very alike).

Inspector Scott Daley is impulsive but he suffers from insecurities, despite his obvious talents. He doesn’t realise how good he is. People say, that’s me all over.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Yes, both by the power of Google Street View and physically. My work is set in West London, which is 100 miles away. I think it is important to understand the sights and smells of a place, as well as the people.

I am planning a new series of stories about a contract killer with morals. He lives abroad. I am travelling to Greece later this year and will be researching a plot in between drinks!

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I do all my own artwork and production. Sounds grand but just an Apple Mac and imagination. My elder daughter is a Fine Art Graduate. She has a trained eye.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Not really. I just hope readers escape for a while and enjoy the story.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

L.L. Thomsen (Linda) writes the ‘The Missing Shield’ series. It is a totally different genre to Crime Fiction but her imagination and descriptive powers are immense.

I have two favourites: Mark Billingham with his Tom Thorne novels and Peter James, author of the Roy Grace books. Both are crime writers who impart a gritty realism.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

No-one has supported me directly but I have not asked. My Facebook friends have been and continue to be very helpful.

At the outset I was supported by Tracy Tonkinson, who writes the fantastic ‘Diamond and Doran Mysteries’. She gave me advice on the process and how to manage my expectations, which has been very useful.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

No. To pay the bills, I need a job. Writing has to be second to that. I have to fit my writing in around a 40 hour working week, Also I cannot market as much as self-publishing needs due to time pressures.

However, I am looking long term. I retire in two years or so. Then it can be a career.

That said, I never expected it to be a career and I am pleased with the way my books have been received.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Like anything, writing is an evolving art. It requires practice.

I would revisit ‘Killing by the Book’ and make it shorter and more dynamic, less passive paragraphs.  I may yet do that.

‘The Farm’ is much better. I would not change that.

I am excited about my latest book ‘Unnatural Selection’. It promises to be better still.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Yes. I can strip down a Heckler and Koch USP 9mm semi-automatic pistol now.

Also, the Mayor’s Office Police and Crime Plan for 2013 (MOPAC) is a boring, dry document and difficult to make the subject of a novel!

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Maybe Tom Hardy or Clive Owen could be Scott Daley. When I think of Deborah Whetstone, I think of agreat actress called Chloe Howman.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write for yourself.

Don’t expect anyone to read it.

Reviews, good or bad, are subjective.

Famous authors, even the good ones, got lucky.

When it goes well, enjoy it. It’s lonely, long hours and you have done it. Many haven’t.

Lastly, stop beating yourself up. You’re better than you think.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Just remember that word of mouth is important when selling books. Please review and tell your friends.

Oh, and never trust a BMW 520i, especially a dark blue metallic one (reference to my next book ‘Unnatural Selection’).

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

‘Not Dead Enough’ – Peter James

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

‘The Treasure Hunters’ – Enid Blyton

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I laugh at my own one-liner dad jokes – well, someone has to.

I am a big softie. I blubber when finally true love prevails. I always well up at the end of Sleepless in Seattle and occasionally in Love Actually when Andrew Lincoln shows his feelings in cue cards on Kiera Knightley’s doorstep.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Phil Davis, the award winning actor. People say Ryan Stark, award winning author (I should be so lucky) and he are the spitting image of each other.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Music. I write and record my own songs.

I also love to travel with my wife.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I binge-watch box sets. The last ones were Boardwalk Empire and The Walking Dead.

I don’t often watch films twice, as I remember the dialog and repeat it back. That can get annoying.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My wife’s spaghetti Bolognese.

Blue.

Anything by Mozart, 10cc and Pink Floyd. I love Supertramp. They were my specialist subject on Quizkid ’76. Readers outside the UK may need to look that up!

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Dictate!!

I would travel and read.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Winding the clock backwards hopefully, sitting in the sun, telling everyone ‘I told you something was wrong’.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

I consider myself a survivor rather than a thriver. Everything I have done is down to determination and hard work. So I think my epitaph above my grave would be:
As in life, it’s all down to me

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Yes, I do.

My Web site : http://ryanstarkauthor.co.uk/

My Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RyanStarkAuthor/

Amazon UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ryan-Stark/e/B019F2FK0I/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

USA  https://www.amazon.com/Ryan-Stark/e/B019F2FK0I/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1527325289&sr=1-2-ent

Here is my interview with Donna Riseborough

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My name is Donna Riseborough and I am 52

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Manchester, England but have lived in Dunfermline, Scotland for 20 years

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

My father was in the British army so I was educated in Military schools in Germany. I have 1 brother and 1 sister.

I have 2 adult children (30 & 28) and a wonderful grandson who’s 10.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My latest news is that at 52 I have been approached by a modelling agency for mature modelling assignments in the UK! A compliment indeed!

Also my book ‘What Marie Did Next’ received a 5* review from a Top 100 Reviewer on Amazon!

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

3 years ago

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I self published in Feb 18

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My book is about my life so it was me lol. My life has been extremely eventful up to now!

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My title has my middle name in it ‘Marie’……….it was always going to be around that name

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

Not really, I just write what I think…………………..it seems to flow

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

100%………………….and its all true!

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

No

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I had someone on fiverr do mine for $10!

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

YES YESYES! I would love for the reader to realise that through bad times come good times if you strive hard enough. Life can be rough but if you keep a positive attitude you can find and build a better life and reap all the rewards that offers

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

I have been reading Sarah Rosmonds books. Shes a new author from Northern Ireland. She writes about her abuse as a child. She writes fro the heart and you cant help but get involved in her harrowing detail

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

My biggest supporter is my niece, Cloe. Not one other person has supported me wholeheartedly!

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

No, as a new author I’m not up there with the greats and unfortunately unless you are marketing every day the sales aren’t enough to support me

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

A few minor things but nothing big!

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Yes, to really be in the moment when writing. I feel that in my book the reader can probably tell when I was rushed or when my mind was elsewhere

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

The Scottish actress Julie Graham, she’s awesome

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Get your marketing strategy pinned down well before you publish

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I am working on my second book which will include my children’s father’s death and my feelings surrounding my daughters transition from woman to man!

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The Broken Silence series by Natasha Preston

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yes, the Janet & John books at school and the Mrs Pepperpot, Stig of the Dump and Lord of the Flies

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My hubby makes me laugh everyday! He says it’s his mission in life lol. Some movies make me cry…………a lot!

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Bob Marley. His whole outlook on life was inspiring

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I love music, dancing and cross stitch

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Horror films, Thrillers. Currently watching The Handmaids Tale

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My indulgent food is crisps- I eat far too many of them! I love autumn colours. I am a true 80’s girl at heart! The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Human League, OMD etc

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I just can’t imagine that world sorry…………………………

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Go to my favoured place, put my music on and revisit all of my wonderful memories

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

A Life Well Lived!

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Website in progress

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Donna-Riseborough/e/B07BJHBH32/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1527325009&sr=1-2-ent

 

Here is my interview with Stephanie Albright


Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?  

Stephanie Albright  I am 19, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ with it!

Fiona: Where are you from?

Amanda, OH

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I travel for a living, which is not as sexy as that sounds.  It is mostly running through airports, looking for power outlets and wifi hotspots and missing home. I have a masters degree in education. I love hammocks and hiking.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have just started a new novel and I am excited to see where it takes me!

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have been writing stories since I learned to hold a crayon. I write so I don’t explode.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Not until just a few years ago.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The stories in my head, of course!

Fiona: How did you come up with the title? 

It took me forever to finally give Allie’s Choice a name.  For years it was just untitled doc in my computer, then one day it just came to me.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging? I write in the style that the characters speak to me. I write some time travel pieces and keeping the time lines straight and the relationships between all the characters can be challenging.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Very little.  I use names of family and friends, but usually most of it comes from inside my head.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I have travelled to Georgetown South Carolina and made a trip down the coast from there for The End.

Fiona: Who designed the covers? 

My son. He is very talented.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I believe that every reader gets a different message from a novel. Hopefully, one that they need.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

I love Diana Gabaldon and Susanna Kearnsley.  I have recently discovered Irina Shipiro and I read everything all of them write.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

My best friend.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would love for it to be, but I am afraid if it was my job it would take some of the love out of it.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Of course!  I never feel like I have edited enough!

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I am a big history buff, so I am always learning.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Natalie Portman.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write for yourself first, if you don’t like what you write no one else will either.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you so much for reading and for your feedback, it still blows me away that other people read my stories and like them.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Irina Shapiro The Unforgiven series.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, but I’m pretty sure it was a ghost story.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Dog stories make me cry, every time.  Diana Gabaldon’s writing makes me laugh out loud.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet?

Abraham Lincoln Why? We share a birthday and number of sons.  I would love to know his real feelings about the Civil War.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I make jewelry.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I don’t watch many movies or TV.  I love Doctor Who and Downton Abbey

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I love Italian food, deep rich colors and music depends on my mood.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

My brain would literally explode.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

With my best friend.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

I don’t want a headstone. I want my ashes to be put in a tequila bottle and thrown into the sea.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

I have a Facebook page.

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Stephanie-Albright/e/B00ILHE47E

Here is my interview with Thomas Burns

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My name is Thomas Burns. I will turn 66 years old in July of 2018.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I grew up in Irvington, New Jersey. It was a blue-collar town and a suburb of Newark. It was a rough neighborhood, and an easy place for a kid to get in trouble.

Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).

I was raised by two women, my mom and my aunt – my dad died when I was very young. I’m a product of the Catholic schools. I went to a k-8 school in Irvington for the usual indoctrination by the nuns, then to Xavier High School in Manhattan. Xavier is a Jesuit school and had a mandatory Jr. ROTC program while I was there. I credit my time at Xavier with keeping me out of jail, where so many of the guys I grew up with ended up as teenagers (remember, I said Irvington was a rough town). Commuting from New Jersey to New York City and four hours of homework every night will keep a kid out of trouble! Going to school in New York was great – we had access to all of the museums, plays, concerts and opera. After graduating, I did my undergraduate work at Michigan State University and got a M.S. in microbiology at North Carolina State. I worked as a lab manager for a while, then found that my greatest skill was in writing and data analysis. I became a technical and scientific writer and did that in government and industry for 30 years. Now I’m running my own business as a scientific and medical writer and editor.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I just self-published my first detective novel, Stripper! in April.It is available on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2KQMHxU and from Barnes and Noble at https://bit.ly/2JcCgna. A Barnes and Noble paperback edition will be available very soon.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started in marble-backed copy books when I was a kid. I was always a voracious reader, so I wrote stories about characters I admired – Tarzan, Doc Savage and the Man from U.N.C.L.E., to name a few.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I decided to pursue technical writing as a career.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve always wanted to publish my own detective series. A little research told me that the reader demographic for mysteries is older people, so I decided to see if I could attract younger readers with a younger protagonist.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

In Stripper!, Nattie goes undercover as an exotic dancer in a strip club to hunt a killer. The book is written in the first person, present tense, and some of my beta readers thought that Nattie used way too many exclamation points in her narration. I decided to embrace the exclamation point by using it in the title. Future titles in the series will be one word followed by an exclamation point. The second book, which is now at 50K words, is Revenge!

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I like to think that I can change my style at will to suit my subject, and I try to give all of my characters a unique voice. I want to be able to write a page of dialogue with no tags and leave the reader with no doubt about who is speaking.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I chose a protagonist as unlike myself as possible to see if I could pull it off. I think Natalie McMasters, a twenty-year old bisexual woman, fills the bill admirably. I did a LOT of research to be sure that I accurately depicted things I was unfamiliar with (coming out as a lesbian, for example).

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Not generally, but I do have six decades of life experience and travel to draw on.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I did.  I’m particularly proud of the cover for Stripper!

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Stripper! is about many things. It’s primarily a detective story, but it’s also about courage, acceptance, friendship, family and love.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

I can’t really pick one author as a favorite. I admire classical writers like Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck and Ayn Rand. I also love popular authors such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rex Stout, Lester Dent (who wrote the Doc Savage books for a quarter of a century) and Louis L’Amour. For a fiction writer, I think characterization and story-telling are paramount.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

All of the people who made self-publishing and print-on-demand a reality.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. I’ve been a writer of one kind or another for 30 years.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I learned how hard it is to write a coherent novel and maintain a fast pace from beginning to end. I also learned that I don’t necessarily have to know everything that’s going to happen before I start writing.I learned to listen to my characters and follow their lead.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Melissa Benoistwould make a great Natalie McMasters.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write what you want, and what inspires you. Don’t try to impress agents and publishers, you’ll drive yourself crazy like that. Make your work as good as it can be, self-publish and market the hell out of it!

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I hope you enjoy my stories. If you don’t, please find an author that you do enjoy!

I’m always glad to hear anyone’s reaction to work, positive or negative. But if you hated it, please tell me why! You can email me at tom@3Mdetectiveagency.com.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Several. Still Life, by Louise Penny, The Black Ice, by Michael Connelly and Huntress Moon, by Alexandra Sokoloff

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I love slapstick comedy – the Marx brothers, the Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy. I don’t cry much. Life is too short for sadness.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Mark Twain. We’d get along. For fictional characters, Sherlock Holmes and Nero Wolfe.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I’m running a scientific writing business and writing novels, so no, I don’t have any hobbies!

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I love Survivor – it’s taught me much about how people behave under stress. Most prime-time TV shows are dreck (with the notable exception of Blue Bloods) but the do serve as good examples of how not to write. I’ve always been a fan of noir movies and the work of Alfred Hitchcock. And of course, Sherlock Holmes with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, and the later series with Jeremy Brett. I also have to mention Maury Chakin’s and Timothy Hutton’s Nero Wolfe series.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

I love to try new foods and recipes, although I have to confess a fondness for Jimmy Buff’s Italian hot dogs and Taylor Ham sandwiches (if you’re from North Jersey, you’ll get this). Green is my favorite color and Richard Wagner is my favorite composer.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I’d be dead.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

With my family.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

I don’t care. I’ll be dead.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

I’m still working on a website. But you can follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/3MDetectiveAgency/  , Twitter @3Mdetective, Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17956517.Thomas_A_Burns_Jr_  , and Instagram at 3mdetective .

https://www.amazon.com/Stripper-Natalie-McMasters-Thomas-Burns-ebook/dp/B07C87Y2FH/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527239986&sr=1-11&keywords=Thomas+Burns

Here is my interview with Kristina Gallo

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My name is Kristina Gallo. I use alias as the indie author. I am 44 years old.

 Fiona: Where are you from?

I am from Eastern Europa, Croatia.

 Fiona: A little about yourself (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I finished The Faculty of Law in Croatia, Zagreb. I am working 15 years as a law advisor in the civil service. I am married.

 Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Currently I am promoting my books at social networks. Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest. Everyone is welcome with the review.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began to write when I was 16. I was writing a diary, and then I got the idea to write a novel in my notebook. My first audience were my classmates. They liked what I wrote. I had phases of depression when I was not satisfied with my life. Every teenager stuck in  this phase.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Before a year ago. Last summer I put my e-books at Amazon, as a self-published author. I got reviews there and in Goodreads. It means I am an author.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I met many interesting people from all world at social networks. It was a great idea for my first book “Lost in the virtual world. “ I made a collection of my blog articles in this book. Not all experiences were nice, but I was inspired with people on the internet.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My title is a message for internet users. Sometimes we lose a connection with the reality when we have our phones in hands. We forget a reality. Sowe are lost in the virtual world.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I am writing a chic lit psychology with a dose of the irony. I love to use photos to describe what I feel in the moment. I also use jokes, to show my readers that there is always a bright side of some problem.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I use my life experience as a writing material.  I use stories from real life. But I always protect my sources and I never reveal real names.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I was traveling through 10 countries, because my husband and I love journeys. For sure I learned a lot and it inspired me.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I do it by myself. If my books will get a success, I will hire a professional person.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I want that my readers stay strong, because life might be ruthless.  I support rebellion. We don’tneed to accept things as they are. There is always a different way.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

I admire to Isaac Thorne, horror writer. Also I like Bibiana Krall, she writes a romance and mysteries. Their style captured my attention. When I read, I want to be alone with their books.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Many indie authors supported me. I got their recommendation in reviews. British crime author Patricia Mc Donald is one of them. She is a great lady. Also the author Dominic Piper. He is writing great thrillers. They said me, even English is not my native language, and even I made grammar mistakes, it should not be a reason to give up.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Why not? At least, I would do daily what I love.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I would not publish a book before correcting my grammar errors. It can bring a negative review. People could be nasty, they will ruin you because you said something on a wrong way.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I learned about meaning of titles. The right title will capture more attention. People will take a look at the content if they like a title.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

I would like Kate Winslet to play my main female character, and Ryan Gosling as her partner.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Don’t underestimate writing. It is not the easy job, because writers nowadays are not as before. You need to do the editing, a promotion, a marketing. The writer is the entrepreneur.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Don’t let anyone to make you feel worthless. This is a world nowadays, people love to compete and to run over each other.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Now I am reading a book from author Isaac Thorne “Because reasons. “ I like horror genre.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

It was Agatha Christie, “Ten little Niggers. “

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

The ignorance makes me cry. I don’t like when someone ignores me, if I did everything to him or her. A human stupidity makes me laugh.

 Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

I would like to meet some of my virtual friends. There is no just one. I know some people more than 8 years , and we never met in real.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I like nature, I spend my free days at river or in the forest. I also like parties, nightclubs, cinemas.

 Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

“Dr. House”. I like his sarcasm. Also “Two and half man. “

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I love pizza, pasta and Mexican food. I love a red color and the electronic music. Trance and house.

 Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I would be a good psychologist. I have that talent, that people trust me. Because I respect other’s choices.

 Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

I would make a party with my husband. I would go in a big style.

 Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

“The showtime is not over yet. “

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

 I have a two websites as blogger and one as author.

Here are my links:

https://kristinagallo.wordpress.com/

http://ironlady39.blogspot.hr/

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B076PBWSTK

Here is my interview with Jo Michaels

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Hey there, Fiona! Thanks so much for having me!

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

*waves* Hi, everyone! My name is Jo Michaels, and I’m nearly forty-one years old. Yikes.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Well, I grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but I was born in Tennessee and just moved to North Atlanta, Georgia, about eight years ago.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

This is a dangerous question for an author. Haha! I could write you a novel based on this alone. I’ll try to keep it short and sweet though. I’m the proud mother of five amazing biological children and two awesome step-children, I have one granddaughter who’s about as cute as they come, and I hold an AS degree in Graphic Arts that I obtained from Chattanooga State. My family gatherings are like a can of Planters—we’re kind of a bunch of mixed nuts—but my husband is the most awesome guy on the planet, so I feel like I kinda lucked out there. I own INDIE Books Gone Wild with my best friend, Tia Silverthorne Bach, and we’ve built one hell of an editing and book formatting business over the last four years.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’m about to have a book release on June 4th, and I’m really nervous about it. It’s the first time I’ve ever written first person. We’ll see how it goes. It’s called The House, and it’s what I think walls would say if they could talk.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing in 2012, and my journey began because I was burning with an untold story—as most writers are. In college, I took a World History class, and one of our assignments was to research someone from history and write a paper. I chose the conqueror Genghis Khan. As I did my research, I found so very many interesting things about him. My book, Yassa: Genghis Khan’s Coming-of-age Tale, was born from the “what if” questions that arose from my research. Too many people told me I needed to tell that story, so I did. Of course, my mom keeping the cute stories I wrote in school didn’t hurt. She continues to be my biggest fan.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

As soon as I wrote that first book and published it, but I don’t think there was ever a time that I wasn’t writing something.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Oh! I answered that above. Haha! Oops.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Yassa was the law by which Genghis Khan lived his life. It was centered around loyalty. The title just kind of grew from there.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I tend to write third-person past-tense novels, and I’m always light on the descriptions. Since I write in so many genres, I think the hardest thing for me is keeping up with the current or past tropes that are overused.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Yassa? I’d say about ninety percent of that book is fact. Most everything else I’ve written is pure fiction. I do put a lot of myself and people I know into my books; I’m not sure there’s any other way to do it.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I don’t have to travel, but a lot of my travels end up in my novels in some way or another. Never during. I usually crank out a book in a month then rest a while before doing another one. I write fast, but my research is all done before I put my fingers on the keys.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I design all my own covers. That’s where my design degree comes in handy.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

All my novels push buttons and ask big questions. My favorites are: Is this acceptable? What would you do in this situation. I love to make people think.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

I’ll admit, I’ve had a difficult time getting into anything new lately. I pick up a book and read the first chapter and end up dumping it. Grammar, people! That being said, I do rather love Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

I can’t think of any that helped me become published or supported me before the fact, but there are too many to list that came after. Some of the ones that have brought me to tears with their kindness are: Tina Donnelly, Shelley Custer, and Linda Kolbe. They’re not fans, they’re friends.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. If I didn’t, I’m not sure what the heck I’m doing.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I couldn’t. It just wouldn’t read the same. It’s rather horrifying.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I learn something every time I pen a new tale. For this one, I learned a lot about machines used to get a digital imprint of what’s in the dirt.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

It would have to be a voice over, and my house is female, so I’d say probably Reese Witherspoon. I love her voice.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Never stop writing. Don’t let things discourage you! Keep pushing forward, and the good things will come your way. See your success in your mind’s eye and focus on it!

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!! Thank you for loving my crazy stories.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

ISAN by Mary Ting.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I do! I still have it. It was The Hobbit—See the Pictures, Read the Story, Hear the Book (it’s a vinyl record inside a book).

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Laugh: My daughter and husband trading verbal spars. Cry: Seeing someone in pain.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

I’d love to meet Linda Kolbe in person. She’s just so awesome.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I do! I’m an artist as well as a writer, so paint and canvas is my jam!

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I love all movies equally, but I don’t watch a lot of television. No time.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Again, all foods. I can’t choose just one. My favoritecolor is blue, and I like any music except Country.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

That’s horrifying!! :O But I think I’d paint or draw all the time. Maybe take photographs. I do love my camera.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

In my husband’s arms, telling him what a blessing he’s been in my life.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

RIP Jo – You Truly Lived

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

I sure do! http://www.WriteJoMichaels.com I announce all my new releases there, and folks can even buy signed paperbacks in my store! For all things authorly advice, folks can visit my blog at http://jomichaels.blogspot.com

 

 

JO MICHAELS

Jo Michaels is…

Hi, I’m Jo. Let’s forget all the “Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah” stuff and just go with it. I’m a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild. I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me around like a conjoined twin and causes me to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations.

I have a degree in graphic design, and my journey to the end was one few students who begin that program ever complete. However, this was one case where my memory and OCD tendencies helped me. Graduation was one of the most amazing days of my life. But, my most amazing day was when my now husband proposed. Every little girl dreams of being Cinderella someday, and he pulled off the proposal of fantasies.

At the risk of sounding cliché, I’m going to let it out there and say how much I absolutely adore the man I’m married to. Along with my children, he’s my whole world.

I’ve lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia, but I’ve had my feet in almost every state. Traveling is something I adore, and I have plans to someday see the Mongolia I’ve written about in Yassa.

One of my favorite things is hearing from fans! You can find me on social media most any day of the week. Connect! I’d love to hear from you.

Author Links:

Website: http://WriteJoMichaels.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/WriteJoMichaels

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WriteJoMichaels

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/WriteJoMichaels

Instagram: http://instagram.com/WriteJoMichaels

Blog: http://jomichaels.blogspot.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jo-Michaels/e/B0088XK8JE

Radio: http://blogtalkradio.com/ADailyCupofJo#

My books include:

(Middle Grade Titles)

The Abigale Chronicles 1, 2, and 3

Young Adult Titles

The Frivolity Fairies: A Christmas Short Story FREE

M

I, Zombie

The Bird

Fractured Glass: A Novel Anthology

War and Pieces ~ Frayed Fairy Tales (Season 1: Episode 1 is FREE – grab it here)

New Adult Titles

Mystic Series

Bronya (1)

Lily (2)

Shelia (3)

Melody (4)

Coralie (5)

Markaza (6 – final)

All 6 in one book

Faye Magic – Othala Witch Collection – Sector 16 – Standalone

Utterances

Adult Titles

Pen Pals and Serial Killers Series

Emancipation

Provocation

Intensification

The House (a killer collection of short stories in the PPSK series)

 

Yassa: Genghis Khan’s Coming-of-age Tale

7: The Seven Deadly Sins

Non-fiction Titles

Writing Prompts for Kids

Writing Prompts for Teens

The Indie Author’s Guide to: Building a Great Book

How to be a TOTAL LOSER and feel better than you ever have

Thanks so much for having me, Fiona!! This was too fun!

Here is my interview with Sally Kilpatrick

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

I’m Sally Kilpatrick, and I’m 43.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m originally from West Tennessee but now live in Georgia

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I’m the daughter of a teacher and a former teacher myself. I got my undergrad from the University of Tennessee and hold a Masters of Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University. The mister and I have been married for 20 years, and we have two kids and two cats, one of whom is trying to sit on my keyboard as we speak.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My fourth novel, Bless Her Heart, is a finalist for both the Holt Medallion and the Georgia Author of the Year Award. My fifth novel, Oh My Stars, comes out on September 25,,2018.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I first got a kick out of writing stories back in fourth grade when we had to concoct stories with our spelling words. By junior high, my bestie and I had an elaborate soap opera going on in the form of notes that we wrote and passed when we got bored in class. By high school, I was writing novels by long hand on notebook paper.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Hmmm. I think I had to graduate from college before I started to look at myself as a serious writer, but I don’t know there was ever a time I didn’t consider myself a writer—especially not from the first novel I wrote.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The New Kids on the Block, bless their hearts. Oh, you mean my first published book. My FIL had mentioned knowing a woman named Beulah Land, and I’d been thinking about songs in the Cokesbury Hymnal. When I got fed up with trying to follow the “rules” of publishing, I decided to write a story for myself and Beulah’s story is what came out.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Kinda. The original title was Beulah Land and the Happy Hour Choir, but the publisher shortened it to The Happy Hour Choir.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I don’t think there’s an easy way to write a book. The most challenging part of my process is that I have to write about 40000 words to figure out what I’m doing wrong so I can start from scratch. At this point I just lean in. No need to fight it.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Every now and then I sneak something I’ve actually done into a book, but, for the most part, I try to create unique characters and unique situations. I do frequently borrow places because I think that adds to the detail of the story, but everything else is probably my imagination.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Sometimes. I had to visit the Grand Ole Opry before I could finish Orange Blossom Special. I also visited a goat farm before I finished Oh My Stars. Oh, and best trip? I toured a local funeral home while writing Better Get to Livin’.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The fine folks at Kensington designed all of my covers. Sometimes I had input. Sometimes I didn’t. I think they’re all lovely.

 Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and I believe one message keeps coming up again and again even though I didn’t set out to specifically say it: every person is worthy of love and no one has really ever messed up so badly that they don’t deserve the love of God or a significant other.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

I read so many books and love so many folks. Among my faves are Joshilyn Jackson, Deanna Raybourn, Phyllis Bourne, and Tess Gerritsen. From the old guard, I love Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, and Zora Neale Hurston. I’m a sucker for humor but also darkness. In the case of Hurston, I love how she’s captured southern speech patterns for her characters while writing in pristine and poetic prose as the narrator.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

I owe a lot of thanks to Georgia Romance Writers in general, and several members there in particular. My critique partners, Tanya Michaels, Romily Bernard, and JenniMcQuistonhave all prodded me into being a better writer.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

At the moment I don’t make enough to live off, but I figure it’s like any small business: there will be plenty of years when you put your profit back into the business to keep it growing. From a self-actualization standpoint, I absolutely consider writing to be my career. From a money standpoint? Hey, here’s hoping that money will come if I stick with it.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I would’ve started earlier so I could have another read through to layer in some more detail, but, for the most part, no. Oh My Stars is my ode to Christmas.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I learned that goat soap is better for my skin. I also learned A LOT about the foster care system and what to do if I ever find an abandoned baby. I didn’t learn as much as with Bless Her Heart, where I found out about Christian Domestic Discipline—don’t Google that unless you have a sturdy constitution.

 Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

For Oh My Stars, I would love Chris Evans and I’m still not sure of the heroine. Right now I’m writing a proposal for a book that would star (in my head) Chris Pine and Kat Dennings.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

First, finish the book. You will never learn how to finish a book until you do it. Second, don’t try to publish the very first thing you write. Third, find a good critique group—preferably people who write a little better than you do.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 I always start with thank you. There are all kinds of books out there, and I thank you for spending your time and resources on one of mine. Having people enjoy my books and get something out of them is my best reward.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am reading K.M. Jackson’s Insert Groom Here, What the F: What Swearing Reveals about Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves, and Write Naked by Jennifer Probst. I just finished Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman, My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari, My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor, and Secret Six, Book 4: Caution to the Wind, a graphic novel written by Gail Simone. I’m generally reading about 4 books at once—can you tell?

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Go, Dog, Go! By P.D. Eastman. Once I was reading on my own, there was a lot of Nancy Drew and Wizard of Oz books with a healthy dose of Encyclopedia Brown and Garfield.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Um, I will cry at the drop of a hat when it comes to books and movies. It’s fairly easy to make me laugh, too, although I’ll admit my humor tends toward off color OR highly pedantic.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Wow. There are so many people I would love to meet that I don’t know I can even begin to narrow this one down. Of course, it wouldn’t do me much good because I would, no doubt, get totally tongue-tied like the time I met Harry Connick, Jr.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

 Reading, running, visiting historic sites—to name a few.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

One of my favourite movies is Clue. I also love action-adventure-romance like The Mummy and the first Pirates of the Caribbean. I just discovered The Thin Man, and I have to say I love Nick and Nora Charles. For TV, we’ve watched almost all of the Marvel shows. I enjoyed How I Met Your Mother. For the most part, though, we watch shows once we have all episodes or we watch baseball or. . . we read. Oh! The MarvelousMrs.Maisel is really good.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

 I’ve always loved pizza and steak. Favecolor is red. As for music, I listen to a little bit of everything. I’m kinda on a pop/rap/hip-hop/dance kick at the moment. I like really up-tempo music to help me distress.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Gah! If I had to teach again, I would like to go to the college level this time. Or I would be a tour guide. I can’t think of anything else—unless the library was hiring.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Gathered with family, and I would tell them that they had to make me laugh, which is something they all do quite frequently.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

She helped others, and she meant well.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

My web site is sallykilpatrick.com but the best place to get all of my news is through Twitter where I’m @Superwritermom

Thanks for the interview! This was a long one so here’s hoping you enjoyed it!

The Happy Hour Choir https://amzn.to/2Lpr7l5 (e-version is on sale for $2.99 until June)

Bittersweet Creek https://amzn.to/2GJHSni

Better Get to Livin’ https://amzn.to/2s8hiz9

Orange Blossom Special (novella) https://amzn.to/2GKx6gx

Bless Her Heart https://amzn.to/2ILYUDq (e-version is on sale for $2.99 until June)

Oh My Stars https://amzn.to/2s4wWMB

Author Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Kilpatrick/e/B00MMQML9S/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1527112805&sr=1-1