Here is my interview with Kindra Sowder

Name  Kindra Sowder

Age 28

Where are you from Originally from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA but now live in Spartanburg, SC

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Recently I released the second book in my series The Permutation Archives “The Pursuit” through CHBB Publishing. Also, my first zombie novel with The Walking Dead actor Santiago Cirilo “Zombified Book 1: The Head Hunter” went live for pre-order and releases Valentine’s Day 2017.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing when I was 15. I got the story for the Executioner Trilogy in my head and decided to write it down. It was my first published work.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After I finished the first novel of The Executioner Trilogy “Follow the Ashes.”

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I don’t really believe I had true inspiration. It just came to me and I had to put it down on paper.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Well, I’d say I do but I think my readers or my husband could answer this question a lot better than I could.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The titles sometimes are inspired by music. Others, I sit there until it comes to me and then I can’t help but use it because it’s just too perfect.

 

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

Be your own hero. That’s the message. Every character in my books saves themselves in one form or fashion. The ultimate message is that you have to save yourself because you can’t always depend on others to be there. Be your own hero. That’s even my own slogan in dealing with depression and being an advocate for those who also do.

 

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

None of them…yet.

 

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

I don’t so much have books that have influenced me, but authors have definitely. That list is a short one and includes Stephen King, Anne Rice, and James Patterson.

 

 

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

She’s not exactly new, but Mira Grant has really grabbed me with her Parasitology series. Her work is such a different take on so many different areas of society whether it be medical or just human nature in general.

 

 
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My good friend and beta reader Thomas Leeland for certain. He has been a constant and, even if I weren’t a writer, we would still be amazing friends. I adore that man. Also, Santiago Cirilo for taking me under his wing to write our series together.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely and it is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

 

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

I sure wouldn’t.

 

 
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I really don’t think I truly had an interest until that first idea hit me like a freight train. I’ve been writing ever since.

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Sure! This is a tiny snippet from “The Scorned: The Permutation Archives Book 3”

“Fuji-O’Hara Industries was in the process of working on perfecting the use of nanobyte technology. Nanobytes are microscopic robots that can be used in anything from military to medicine to weaponry as well as so many other things. At the time, when I worked for them after being removed from The Harvest, I had helped them perfect the process of injection into a human host without the threat of rejection and now it seems they are using them within human subjects, but we are not one hundred percent certain for what exactly. It could be a weaponized human. It could be anything, but something that seems unusual to you is something you need to keep an eye out for while we are out there. Now, knowing there is a possibility of running into something that could very possibly kill you besides the Specials running around out there in King’s regime now, we need volunteers to go on this mission. Any takers?”

I raised my hand as soon as her speech was finished and said, “I’ll go.”

My mother nodded and looked around the room, her fingers still fidgeting with the belt loop as she did so.

“I want to go,” Gaia volunteered.

My head swiveled to look at my little sister with wide eyes.

“Like Hell you are,” my mother and I nearly shouted at her in conjunction. I hadn’t meant to but the fear of my sister being out there in the field was nearly suffocating.

“You will stay here and that’s that,” I reiterated.

“I am fully capable…”

I cut her off with a wave of my hand and a firm stare that would send even the largest grown man running for cover.

“Capable of what, Gaia? I was told that you can’t handle the field. You’re not going anywhere. You’ll stay here and wait for us to get back,” I demanded.

Gaia crossed her arms as my insistence and refused to look at me any further, Cecilia placing a hand on her shoulder as she shot me a stern stare.

“I’ll be here with you, Gaia, and they will come back. All of them,” she reassured her.

“Mila and I go. Gaia and Cecilia stay. Anyone else willing to head out with us now is the time to say something. We need at least another three.”

 

 
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Sometimes being able to wind down enough to write after a long day at my day job, but that’s about it.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I do some conventions, but in 2017 I know the amount of travel will be spiking considerably.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I designed the cover for my book “Vindicta” with P. Mattern as well as “The Head Hunter” I wrote with Santiago. Aurelia Fray has created the covers for the Permutation Archives and Loraine Van Tonder is responsible for the art of my other works.

 

 
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Trying to remain focused among all of the distractions around me at home.

 

 
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I have learned so much from writing that I couldn’t possibly list everything, but the main thing I learned was figuring out what information you can glance over or just omit altogether. That was the hardest lesson.

 

 

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?

I’d love to have Jennifer Lawrence for the Permutation Archives. Jessica Chastain for The Miss Hyde Novellas. Amber Heard for the Executioner Trilogy. As far as Zombified, I have no idea.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Read a lot. Also, write every day. It may be amazing, it may be crap, but do it regardless. Anything can be fixed in editing.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I love every single one of you and your support means the world to me. Keep reading because, without you all, I don’t know where I’d be.

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I actually just finished “The Chemist” by Stephanie Meyer and adored it. I couldn’t really stand Twilight, but liked “The Host.” “The Chemist” is she needs to be doing.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I don’t but my favorite growing up was “The Giver.”

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I cry a lot watching movies now. More than I ever used to. I blame my husband. My husband really makes me laugh. Like those deep from the inside, makes your stomach aches laughs.

 

 

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

I would just love to be able to spend more time with my Grandma Linda. I miss her so much and wish I had more moments with her.

 

 

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

….Still writing…….because I have a feeling stuff will still be released after I’m dead because I have far too many ideas to explore.

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

I do graphic art on the side as well as for fun. I listen to music, cuddle with my husband, and watch a lot of movies. I adore film. I am also trying my hand at screenwriting.

 

 

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

As of right now I am following certain shows and those include Supernatural, Lucifer, and The Walking Dead for starters.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

My favorite food is Indian food, lamb tikka masala in particular. My favorite color is red. My favorite music is rock of any kind, but my favorite band is Red.

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I wanted to be a profiler with the FBI. I even got my degrees in Criminal Neuropshychology to follow this dream.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Website: www.ksowderauthor.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Kindra-Sowder/e/B00S59LDG8

FaceBook: www.facebook.com/kmkinnaman

Twitter: @KindraKinnaman

Here is my interview with Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Name Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Age 38

Where are you from

I am originally from Barrie, ON Canada, a commuter city about a hour north of Toronto.  I went to school at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON and received my Master’s Degree in History.  I now live up in northern Ontario in Elliot Lake, a small dying mining town of about 9000 people.  It really is the wilderness up here.  The bears walk right down the street and rifle through your garbage.  The police fire bear bangers to scare them back into the woods.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

At present, I have just released a few poetry collections with Marathon Books, working with two very talented surreal artists named Olof Johansson and Stefano Bonazzi for the cover work.  I am also working on a flash fiction collaboration with two great writers named Ben John Smith from Australia and Rich Wink from England titled: The Last Days of the Worm.  We have a crazy talented artist named Keelan Ashton-Bell doing the visuals for this project.  I also have a new book with Leaf Garden Press slated to be released in 2017 and a new book with Interior Noise Press also slated for 2017 release.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have been diagnosed with Hypergraphia, so I have a compulsion to write things.  I guess I began writing around the age of ten or eleven and just never really stopped.  Everything from pen to paper, on the computer, walls full of stick-it-notes, grocery lists, notepads, on pieces of cardboard etc.  My first published piece was in the local paper when I was ten.  Now I can’t stop writing.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Even though I write a lot of the time, I have never really considered myself a writer.  I have traditionally worked odd jobs (usually construction-based or stocking shelves or in factories) to pay the bills so I guess I would be considered menial labour.  That is what I have gotten paid to do, so that is what I am.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Again, I have Hypergraphia so I just kept writing to the point that arranging the material into books for publication became the easiest way to catalogue all the material more than anything else.  I was lucky enough to meet up with some cool publishers from early on and that trend has continued throughout so I have been very fortunate in that respect.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Usually a lot of free verse but I also enjoy surreal art and write in this vein as well.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The titles of my books almost always come directly from a piece found within that particular book or are related in some loose way to the material as a whole.  The title is never random or completely separate from the material.  I also look for a title that pops, as well as the cover art, because that is the first thing the reader will see.  It is their introduction to your work.


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

I do not have any particular message in mind with my writing.  I am largely apolitical, not personally a religious person and believe people should just enjoy your work and perhaps interpret it for themselves.  It seems a tyrannical notion to me to just start telling people what they should think or feel.  That said, the sledgehammer and I are not complete strangers.  Sometimes you just have to drive a point home.


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

Almost all of my work is realistic free verse based on actual events and people in my own life.  Some of it will just be embellished at times but it is all lived and experience and comes from a very real place.  I often don’t even change the names of people and places which can sometimes get me in trouble with family and friends.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

No personal mentor, but plenty of influential books.  Franz Kafka’s short stories are central for me as well as the works of Richard Brautigan in remembering the importance of humour in one’s work.  Bukowski and Fante have played a key stylistic role and both the words and visual art of William Blake have influenced me greatly.  Although I do not write Haiku, Basho is one of my favourite writers for his simplistic beauty and mastery of the notion of economy of verse.  Authors who can say so much with so little seem magical to me.  Other influential books for me are Dostoevsky’s The Gambler, Leonard Cohen’s Flowers for Hitler, George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Howl by Allen Ginsberg, and James Joyce’s The Dubliners.  E.E. Cummings and the novels of Jules Verne have always fired the imagination for me as well.  Also the realism of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and writers that don’t sugarcoat things.

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

The best writer out there today in my opinion is this Australian writer based in Melbourne named Ben John Smith.  What strikes me about his work is the feeling of menacing tenderness that permeates it.  He takes these two seemingly opposing qualities are marries them with ease.  I do not know of anyone else that is presently doing that.  His writing is raw and real and lived which I respect greatly.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My family have never supported my writing but my wife has.  And a few other writers I have met along the way.  We write to each other, support each other, and often end up working on projects together.  It is quite rewarding.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I don’t personally see writing as a career, although some are able to make a career of it.  I see it more as a vocation for some or as therapy for others or as more of a sickness or diagnosable compulsion as in my case.  I write all the time but am certainly not able to make a career out of it.  Kudos to those few that want to and honestly can.


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

I would change nothing.  I write fast and loose and then I am done with it.  The only editing that happens is spelling and grammar issues, the rest just comes out how it does in that particular space and time and then I am on to something else.  If I go back and look at it later, I often find that I am in such a different head space that I cannot relate to my own work and it sometimes seems as if it could have been written by someone else.  I never spend too much time mulling over anything.  You do it, then it is done.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I guess having that first awful poem published at the age of ten bucked up the spirits, and after that the Hypergraphia took over.  Now I write because I have to in order to keep some basic working sanity in my life.  I have to get things down and I cannot stop.  It really is a sickness more than anything.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

As aforementioned, I have just released a few books with Marathon Books working with two very talented surreal artists named Olof Johansson and Stefano Bonazzi for the cover work.  I am also working on a fiction collaboration with two great writers Ben John Smith from Australia and Rich Wink from England titled: The Last Days of the Worm.  We have a very talented artist named Keelan Ashton-Bell doing the visuals for this project.  As well as a new book with Leaf Garden Press to be released in 2017 and a new book with Interior Noise Press also slated for 2017 release.


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Maintaining a single linear thought.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I do not have to travel much for my writing.  I have lived in a bunch of different places and I sprinkle in a bit of travel to fatten up the experience but travel has never been as central to my work as it seems to be for some other writers.  Paul Bowles wrote very specifically of Algiers, or Joyce’s writing existing in pre-1904 Dublin, but for me location does not seem to be as paramount.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Most the covers are designed by my wife or various artists that peak my interest such as the surreal painters Olof Johansson and Stefano Bonazzi for my newest works with Marathon Books and Keelan Ashton-Bell for the latest Horror Sleaze Trash collaboration.  James Gerrard has done amazing photographs for a past collaborative effort as well.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Staying focused on a single linear thought is always hard for me.  I tend to jump around a lot.  Perhaps I was a gymnast in a past life.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I have learned just how much things can stay with you and percolate and that I have a lot more living in me than I thought.

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead

Traditionally when books are made into films they are hacked to pieces and watered down into nothing.  I would hope none of my books were ever made into a film, though Kesey came out pretty good with Cuckoo’s Nest.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write loose and fast and try to be as honest as you can.  But never forget the importance of humour in your work.  Do not try to be someone else or write from a place that does not feel natural.  And write whenever you can.

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Nope.  I just hope they enjoy the works for what they are and if they are able to get something from them then I am happy.  There are already enough people telling you what to do, think, feel etc.  I will not be one of them.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Sinclair Lewis’ Main Street.  Also re-reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Probably Roald Dahl’s The Witches or something by Dr. Seuss.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I suffer from major depressive disorder so not much makes me laugh.  I guess cats are always able to make me laugh.  They are so damn neurotic like furry little Kafkas.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

Edgar Cayce, because he seemed like a good guy.

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

I plan to be cremated so the whole headstone thing is a moot point.  I’d much rather just quietly return to dust when I am finished, how very unassuming and Canadian of me.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I have no hobbies.  I write and survive.  I cannot make film or music or paint.  Writing is something I have to do and it is the only thing I do alright.

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

Not much television, plenty of movies:  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Taxi Driver, Cool Hand Luke, Raging Bull, Rocky, The Shining, Doctor Strangelove, Apocalypse Now, Scarface, On the Waterfront…too many to name really.  I love both film and music and am heavily influenced by them.  People who are able to create in these mediums always astound me.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Food: Poutine

Colour: Green

Music: Johnny Cash, Pixies, Tom Waits, Joy Division, Nirvana, The White Stripes, Nine Inch Nails, Sam Cooke, Sixto Rodriguez, Tchaikovsky, Portishead, Velvet Underground, plenty of big band and doo-wop, Howlin’ Wolf, Billie Holiday…anything with soul really.  I love music!

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

Nothing really.  Retire early, sleep in late.

 Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

http://ryanquinnflanagan.yolasite.com/

 

Here is my interview with Cindy Griffin/ Thia Finn

Name  Cindy Griffin/ Thia Finn (author name)

Age 50 something!

Where are you from

I was born and raised in a small town east of Houston TX and still live there. I graduated from University of Houston Clear Lake with a BA in English Lit and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education/Reading Specialist. I taught Middle School for 22 years and was the librarian for 12 before I retired in 2012.

My husband and I have been married 40 years and have two grown daughters. We travel often both in and out of the US with our favorite place being the Caribbean Islands.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

On Dec. 1, I released the last book in my rockstar romance series, Assure Distraction. The title is Distracted No More, and is the bass player’s story. Carter is the bad boy of the band and this is a second chance romance.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing in Jan of 2015. I wrote my first book at 17 but didn’t follow through with it because college, career, and family got in the way. After I retired, I decided to return to it. Reading Kylie Scott and Olivia Cunning, I knew rockstar romance had to be the place for me to start.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I finally held the paperback version of Book 1, Assure Her in my hand! I sat down and cried!

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I had the rockstar story floating around in my head and then read Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series. My characters kept saying do it! After reading Cunning’s Sinners series, I knew I had to do it.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

No, I write the way I like to read which caused me trouble in the beginning. Everyone seems like they want first person stories these days. I like to read in 3rd person. I’m nosey! I want to know what everyone is thinking about everything. Readers complained about it though so I started writing in 1st. It was a huge challenge for me to limit thoughts to one or two people in alt. chapters.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title came to me one day when I was writing book one. I don’t even know how it happened.

 

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

My novel is a pure fantasy on my part. Living the life a musician is actually a very hard life but in my mind, it’s all fun. I’ve learned a lot about their real lives and how hard it is on them. Their dedication has to be unwavering to pursue that life.

 

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

Very little of the book is realistic as far as characters go. The places and events are mostly real. I set the story in Austin, TX because I went to college there initially and loved the city. The places my characters go and the venues the band plays both in the US and out are real. The band hangs out in The Bar which is actually based on a real place in Austin under a different name.

 

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

With a degree in English Lit., I’ve read all types of literature. I can’t say any one author influenced me. I loved the gothic romances in high school and college. From there I moved to historical romance and couldn’t get enough of it. When I started writing, I read so much contemporary romance that my husband threatened to take my Ipad away!

 

 

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

There are so many new authors out there now. The indie world has opened so much up! I love T.M. Frazier, Helena Hunting, K. Bromberg, Leslie McAdam, Lauren Blakely, JD Hawkins and Chris Genovese.

Some of them write such raw emotions that I’m sucked in and cant stop until I’m done. Others entertain me so much like Genovese and Hunting. They are so funny.

 

 
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Deb Carroll is now my PA. I didn’t have one, didn’t know I needed one. I was drowning and she found me and asked if I’d let her do somethings for me. Pretty soon, I depended on her so much I can’t do without her! She’s the best ever!

Chris Genovese is my emotional support. He listens to me rant and rave, picks me up when I get so overwhelmed I can’t stand it and generally understand my life. Recently, Jonny James has joined me, too. He’s easy to talk to and very uplifting when I need it.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes and No. I’ve had a great career that I loved. Now I write for me.

 

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

There’s always room for improvement but pretty much by the time it’s done, I think I’m through with it.

 

 
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

In high school we occasionally got to write stories. I wrote for several friends. They hated it; I loved it!

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I am writing a companion book to Assured Distraction. I never intended to have Hayden as a character but he’s turned into such an integral part of every book. Readers kept asking wasn’t he going to have his own story so now I’m doing it! I love this kid!

 

 
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Finding time where people will leave me alone and let me write! Life gets in my way!

 

 
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I don’t have to but I love to. I love meeting the readers. They are so fun to talk to. I wish when I did takeovers, I could talk to them more. I enjoy hearing their take on my books and characters.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Deranged Doctor Designs have done all of my covers. They are in Germany.

 

 
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I would have to say time. I need time to get it together and just do it. I never realized that I would be in charge of marketing, publishing, and all the other stuff besides writing.

 

 
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I’ve learned so much about the indie world, publishing books, dealing with finances for books, picking people to work with.

 

 

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?

Oh wow. I don’t know. I never really thought about a movie star being a character. My guys are all rock stars. Maybe Jared Leto. He can sing and act! And I do love Thirty Second to Mars.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write. Write and write some more. Grow a very thick skin because people can be cruel. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Life’s too short to stay upset and angry.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you! They have been awesome. Also, give new writers a chance. It’s hard to develop a fan base with so many books hitting the market. Try new people and decide for yourself.

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Juliana Stones’ new book, You Make Me Weak.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

As an adult? Probably a Catherine Coulter or Johana Lindsey book. I think I read all of their books.

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I cry easily. Books about love and loss or losing a child kill me. I can’t read John Green or Colleen Hoover. I love them both but they kill me.

I love humorous books. Stephanie Bond is the best! I loved In Deep VooDoo!

 

 

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain. I’d love to ask them so many questions! Poe, dude were you high all the time?

Twain. Were you thinking politics or what when you wrote Finn and Sawyer?

 

 

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

yikes, I don’t know. She was a great wife, mom and daughter.

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Reading, naturally. Traveling. I love going new places and meeting people. I also love going to mud parks and sand dunes and riding our Polaris RZR side by side.

 

 

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

Sons of Anarchy, Game of Thrones, Outlanders, Friday Night Lights, Lucifer, IZombie, Banshee, and many more.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

I love TexMex food. We have our own brand of Mexican food here in texas!  Bright red! I love alt. rock music. 21 Pilots, Glass Animals, Cage the Elephant, Lumineers, and many more

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I’d been a rockstar! Naturally!

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website?

If so what is it? I have a newletter that’s just starting. I had a great website until the server got hacked and we’ve not had a chance to get it back up and running. You can always get me at facebook.com/thiafinn or join Thia’s Tarts on fb, too!

Amazon Authors page  https://www.amazon.com/Thia-Finn/e/B015GF0NFU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1481062596&sr=1-2-ent

 

 

Thank you so much for allowing me to be included in your interviews!

CG/TF

 

Here is my interview with Mike Miracle

Name Mike Miracle

Age 47

Where are you from

Originally from the east coast, Mike and his family now reside on a farm in the Midwest. Mike was able to use his programming skills to start his own small business from home, where every day is casual Friday. Mike has always searched for ways to express creativity and imagination. Through music, art and now the printed word. Mike’s childhood love of science fiction has never been stronger. There are plenty of crime dramas in the office library, but science fiction still dominates.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My debut book ‘The Next’ will be available this month, maybe. Definitely the first of the year, hopefully.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have been writing for a long time. This will be the first time I’ve written a book to publish.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

My debut book isn’t ready yet. I think when I hold the book in my hands I will consider myself a writer.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I believe I was out in the rain one day trying to shoot something. I wondered what that might look like to a passing car. I thought it must look kind of dark, then a story started to brew. What if I was lying in wait for something??? Then I had to think about what happens when someone meets the business end of that gun.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I think it’s something that evolved from the various authors that I read. Pinning it down to a specific style must be done from an outside observer.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The name of the afterlife realm in the book is ‘The Next’. That’s where the title came from.

 

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

Keep an open mind concerning what you’ve been told about the afterlife.

 

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

That’s tough. I think it depends on who you ask. I think it could all be considered realistic. The drama/thriller part is a revenge crime scenario that I came up with, but could happen. The Sci Fi afterlife portion? Nobody that’s been there has come back to tell the rest of us.

 

 

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

Can’t say that I have one favorite. I read so much that I have many favorites. Jim Butcher, Michael Connelly, Dean Koontz, Lisa Gardner just to name a few. There are a few that I really like everything they write, Michael Connelly and Lisa Gardner for instance. Dean Koontz and Jim Butcher are sometimes hit and miss. I love the Dresden Files, but I can’t really get into the steam punk stuff.

 

 
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Fellow independent authors have been and continue to be very supportive. What a wonderful group of people that talk to themselves.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I think it’s normal to look at everything you enjoy doing as a potential career. If the success was there, sure why not.

 

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

Yes, I would have done more networking with other independent authors. From there I would have been able to make a more educated decision on publishing/editing…

 

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

When Malcolm saw the flair of the headlights, he felt a surge that tingled all the way down to his toes.

He shivered and watched the long, black Audi roll to a stop in its normal spot, fifteen feet from where he was perched behind that god-forsaken rock. He knew the Audi had pulled in nose first, which was perfect because he’d have an excellent shot at the driver when he got out. The adrenaline was kicking in, and he had to make some quick decisions if he wanted to pull this off.

Should he just unload the clip into the car and hope that the 22 would find its mark behind the blackness of the tinted glass?

“No, have patience,” Malcolm muttered to himself

 

 
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Finding the time to do it. Like most independent authors I still have a day job.

 

 
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Two things. Knowing when to end the story. Trying to keep the story out of the weeds. The ending came as a eureka moment one day. I was playing out a scene and thought that’s it. That’s the perfect place to end it.

 

 
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned a lot. And I continue to learn. Independent authors are great resources. Publishers are not.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing. Don’t get suckered into one of those self-publishing packages. Ask other authors who they used for editing, cover design…

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you. And stay tuned for more from the afterlife.

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

‘The Kept Woman’ by Karen Slaughter. She could be in that list of favorites.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Count of Monte Cristo.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Website:  https://mikemiraclebooks.com/

Blog: https://mikemiraclebooks.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikemiracleauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_mikemiracle

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/58117512-mike-miracle

Amazon Author Page:  Won’t let me create it until the book is finished.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikemiracleauthor/

Trailer for the book: https://youtu.be/AvYfuGuHIyA

 

Here is my interview with Charles Wiltshire

Name Charles Wiltshire

Age 46

Where are you from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

I studied English at Oxford and I have worked as a teacher, project manager and cinema manager

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My first novel, Buckland Gap has just been released

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing my first novel 4 years ago

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

About 4 years ago


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Life around Portsmouth


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I start with a idea and I just set sail


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It was a comment I overheard


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

Those who are evil will get their just reward in the end


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

100% based on friends, family and people I heard about


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

No one really

 

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

No one really comes to mind


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

No one, just family

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I hope so

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

No

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Reading books at a early ago

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

No, if the story is engrossing it just flows


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

No


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The publisher


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Yes, some people are very nasty

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead

Not sure

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Never give up

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Enjoy the book, the follow up is nearly complete

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am proof reading my next book

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

Horatio Nelson, he was a great man

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

Charles Wiltshire, world famous best selling author, husband and father.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Keeping fit, fishing, movies

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

I hardly watch TV and modern films do not appeal to me. Classic SF films are the best.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Food – Most things with spice

Color – All of them

Music – Heavy (Deep purple, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith etc)

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I would still be a project manager

 Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

No blog but website is www.bucklandgap.com

 

 

 

Here is my interview with Lee Bice-Matheson and J.R. Matheson

 

My name is Lee Bice-Matheson and my coauthor, our son, is J.R. Matheson.

There are 33 years between us making J.R. 23 and I’m 56. I was told by a Specialist that I wouldn’t live past the age of 40 so I wear the badge of 56 proudly.

Tell us about yourselves:

Lee: I began my writing career as a storyteller, often weaving tales for our son, J.R. Matheson. My stories parlayed into a writing career that was united with J.R.’s creative imagination, as a mom-son writing team. It is my dream come true! I am proud to say we have coauthored Destiny’s Gate, Book Two, and Shine Your Light, Book Three. I am also the author of Wake Me Up Inside, Book One, in the Paige Maddison Series. It was the recipient of the Literacy Award from the Readers’ Advisory Panel, Orillia Public Library, and the Paige Maddison Series continues to be included in the Battle of the Books, Simcoe County. I am passionate about spirituality, and all it encompasses. I love spending time in nature, and canoeing and portaging into Algonquin Park with my husband. My degrees are in Honours History, Master of Library & Information Science, both from Western University. I’ve worked in public, medical, and corporate libraries, and now  I work proudly with my husband, Kevin, in our Chiropractic Clinic.

J.R.: I’ve been writing fantasy and horror since I was old enough to hold a pen. Collaborating on the Paige Maddison Series has reignited my passion for creative writing. When I’m not weaving tales with mom and coauthor, Lee Bice-Matheson, I can be found drowning in scientific publications and talking incessantly about my research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario, where I’m a pharmacology PhD student. Some may claim that science and the creative arts are at odds, but I feel they are one and the same.

Tell us your latest news:

Lee & J.R.: We are over-the-moon happy with the reception of our new release Shine Your Light, Book Three, Paige Maddison Series. It is still on the Amazon.com Top 100 Best Sellers (1 month now) for our paperback edition, and just moved up to #2 HOT NEW RELEASES for Teen and Young Adult ghost stories. We couldn’t be happier. We have a Christmas book signing at Manticore Books, in Orillia, Canada, coming up on Saturday, December 17th, and many upcoming interviews and blog talk radio shows. We also have a book signing in our hometown at The Book Keeper, Sarnia, ON, on Saturday, January 28th, 2017, and then we kick off our book tour in Indigo/Chapters in February. All events are updated on our BkSigning / Events Page on our website.

J.R.’s latest news: Well, since I’ve become a PhD student in clinical pharmacology at the University of Toronto, I have officially stepped down as my mom’s coauthor on the Paige Maddison Series. Shine Your Light was our last book together for some time but I hope to continue writing with Mom again someday. I conduct my research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, which is one of the largest mental health and addictions hospitals in North America. My lab studies the effects of cannabis and alcohol on driver behaviour using a driving simulator. We also do a lot of population-level research, like tracking drug use patterns in Canada and studying the association between drug use and motor vehicle collisions. My personal research interests lie in understanding how cannabis affects brain functions like memory, attention, reaction time, and motor skills. There are a lot of misconceptions about cannabis use – many people don’t believe that cannabis actually affects driving. I think if we can show very clearly in the lab how cannabis interrupts normal brain function, we can help dispel this myth and reduce the impact of cannabis use on traffic fatalities.

When & why did you begin writing?

Lee:  I read three books at a time as a young child and loved entering the magical worlds that the authors created. I especially enjoyed Lucy Maude Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and the Nancy Drew series. My passion for books transformed into storytelling for J.R. and my husband, Kevin, and then I began writing novels in 2008.

J.R.: My Mom recently reminded me that I wrote short stories as a very young child for my English classes. I wrote my first book when I was ten years old, 2002. I’d been having a recurring dream, and it compelled me to find a way to dispel the dreams. Finally, I decided it was best to weave it into a story. I never had that book published, but I still consider it my first work, and it’s what helped me hone my writing skills early on.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Lee: In 2008, I completed the Institute of Children’s Literature course on writing for children and teens. My instructor, Cheryl Zach, informed me that I could go straight into writing novels. I was absolutely shocked and thrilled. I am grateful to this day for her support and encouragement.

J.R.: The day I saw my name printed on the cover of Destiny’s Gate, Book Two, was the day I considered myself a writer. It was a game-changer for me.

Do you have a specific writing style?

We both write passionately from the heart. If this is considered a writing style, then here it is. The passion translates into lively dialogue, action-packed scenes, and truth and honesty in our characters’ portrayals.

How did you come up with the title?

Several titles came to mind all in one day and I shared them with J.R. Thankfully, he picked Shine Your Light. As J.R. pointed out – Paige Maddison is always trying to ‘shine her light’ helping others, ahead of herself.

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

One of our Amazon Reviewers exemplifies our message in the novel:

“This inspiring story highlights how easy it can be to feel overwhelmed and succumb to negativity when we feel alone. The authors gracefully remind us that asking for guidance and support is not a weakness, but more importantly, takes courage and can help us stay grounded and truly let our LIGHT SHINE. I highly recommend this read!” 5*

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

We’ve been told that many parts of the novel seem realistic. We are happy to hear this as we want our readers to experience Paige’s life, her journey. We believe all writers include parts of themselves in their writing … as did we.

What books have most influence your life? A mentor?

Lee: Books that have influenced me are the Nancy Drew series, the Hardy Boys, and many of Stephen King’s early works such as It, Carrie, and The Shining. Peter Straub’s Ghost Story really captured my imagination and I passed the novel along to J.R.  My mentor is John Robert Colombo, Canada’s Master Gatherer, and his lovely wife, Ruth. They have published many books between them and they were professors at York University. They taught me to believe in myself. I believe the success we are seeing is a direct result of their nurturing guidance.

J.R.: The Harry Potter books were probably the first books to get me really excited about reading. The “horror side” of me was definitely influenced by reading Stephen King and Peter Straub when I was in elementary school. Pet Sematary and Ghost Story are the two novels that stand out. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is probably the novel that most influenced my life, or at least the way I see the world. It made me realize how much I romanticize things in my life, and it helped me get in touch with a deeper emotional side of my personality.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favourite author and what is it that strikes you about their work?

We have to apologize for being so wrapped up in the Paige Maddison Series. It is a full-time job writing, publishing, and marketing three novels. We haven’t looked around for new authors and their works but we’ll be able to soon do this in the next year. Our book was just released November 15, 2016 so it takes precedence in marketing, especially at Christmas time, the biggest book buying season of the year.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members?

In the past few years, our Facebook community has been our biggest driving force. We have a community of over 9,300 supporters and our FB friends Like, Comment, Direct Message us giving feedback on our series. It keeps pushing us forward. Our Super Fan in 2015, Siobhan Quinlan, has motivated us more than she knows. Thank you, Siobhan!

Do you see writing as a career?

Lee: I absolutely see writing as a career.

J.R.: I have currently put writing on hold as I’m committed to my PhD. Eventually I want to join my mom again and write more novels. I’d also like to write horror so maybe one day…

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

We wouldn’t change a thing in Shine Your Light. The feedback from readers has been supportive and encouraging.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Lee: Two things: While hiking along many Ontario trails, there was always the concern of wild animals, namely bears. I would make up stories for J.R. and Kevin as we walked along. J.R. and Kevin insisted that I start writing the stories down and to share them with the world. And, I work with my husband in his Chiropractic Clinic, and one day he said to me, “For all of the years that you have worked with me and supported our clinic, and raised our son, I wish you would find something you love to do. You deserve this because you’ve done so much for J.R. and me.” J.R. and Kevin are my inspiration for writing. They are my cheerleaders.

J.R.: I started writing to have an outlet to engage with my dreams. I have very vivid dreams and I just feel the need to write them down sometimes.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Excerpt from Shine Your Light, Chapter One, First paragraph:

Snowflakes danced and swirled beyond the windowpane, capturing the sun’s rays, glistening like diamonds as they drifted, mesmerizing me as I stood by and watched without a care in

the world. Mother Nature had trapped me tight within her grasp. I was drawn into her beauty and magnetic, overpowering energy. Snowflakes accumulated, forming small mounds

and snow drifts, and I viewed the scene as if through the lens of time-lapse photography. I sensed danger was near, yet felt warm and peaceful inside. And then I sensed nothing at all.

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Once the manuscript is completed, we edit and re-edit it until the last possible moment before it goes to print. It is the most difficult phase of writing for us. We have often changed the ending at this time, and fine-tune the details.

 

Do you have to travel much concerning your books?

J.R. and I do a lot of book signings but luckily they are in the Toronto, and surrounding GTA, and our hometown of Sarnia, ON, Canada. However, for research purposes, we have travelled to New York, Boston, and parts of the Florida Keys for information specific to our series. Recently, and closer to home, we have done research on wolves with the help of the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve at their Wolf Center.

 

Book Cover designer:

Nancy Batra, Illustrator/Designer, created our book cover. We love it and we hope the readers do too. My sister, Cindy Slipacoff, designed the two sketches of the O’Brien Estate and surrounding area which are new in Book Three. Thank you to these very talented artists!

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Lee: The hardest part for me was dealing with a new character J.R. created. Her name is Annie Ariana Booker. She is scary even for me.

J.R.: My pursuit of research and becoming a professor keeps me very busy so probably finding time to write together. We did this via Skype, emails, and using Dropbox. However, on many family holidays, mom and I were off by ourselves writing Paige’s journey.

 

Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it?

The best thing we’ve learned during the writing process is listening to each other with respect and knowing how rare it is to be part of a Mom-Son writing team. We were warned that it often turns into resentment and bitterness. Writing two novels together has brought us closer which we did not think was possible. We’ve always been close and happy to say, we will remain so.

If any of your books was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

We have had many companies that have approached us about putting the Paige Maddison Series on TV or as a movie since the first novel was released in 2010. We have so far said no to this idea. However, if someone was to play Paige Maddison it might be Ariel Workman from the sitcom Modern Family. She’s smart and funny and could play Paige hands down.

 

Do you have any advice for writers?

Lee: If you’re going to be a writer and eventually an author (selling books), be passionate, stay true to your calling, and don’t sacrifice your words or your messages to please others. An honest work written from the heart is the key to writing a novel readers will want to buy. Do your research. Even in fiction, a lot of the information is based loosely in fact.

 

J.R.:  Write a little bit each day. Don’t take too long of a break from your story, or it will slip away from you!

 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to our supporters and book buying readers of the Paige Maddison Series. We wouldn’t be continuing this journey if it wasn’t for you. Also to our new readers, we hope you enjoy Paige’s spiritual awakening. We want people to ‘shine their light’ in the world we live in and we’ve been told our books help many to see ‘the light.’ Please leave honest and constructive reviews for any of your favourite authors on Goodreads, Amazon, Google Play, Barnes and Noble, or any online bookstore. It is one of the main ways to give feedback to help authors understand how their work is being received or how it could be tweaked to make it better.

 

What book are you reading now?

Lee: I mainly read non-fiction books as a part of my research for the Paige Maddison Series. I do not read fiction while I’m writing for fear I might take someone else’s idea(s).

J.R.: Many, many research papers.

 

Do you remember the 1st book you read?

Lee: I’m positive it was Cinderella. And, I’m not sure of the title, but I’m pretty sure alongside of  Cinderella were a couple of books with ghost stories.

 

J.R.: I remember reading all of the Dr. Seuss books. But my first recollection of reading on my own was probably Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.

 

What makes you laugh/cry?

 

Lee: Watching my husband laugh so hard he’s crying, makes me very happy and laugh loudly. What makes me happy-cry are the reality shows, like The Voice, or Survivor, when someone wins and their dream comes true, or they sing that high note they didn’t think they could make, or a loner becomes a team player and overcomes their anxiety and fear like David on Survivor. I cry when I witness or read articles on poverty and how it effects children and stunts their growth both physically and mentally.

 

J.R.: I laugh a lot. I even happy-cry somtimes. It’s usually at something very random, out of the ordinary.  News of bullying makes me cry.

 

Is there one person, past or present you would like to meet?

 

Lee: For me it would be Albert Einstein. I love reading his scientific vs spiritual philosophy in his articles.

 

J.R.:  I still would love to meet Emma Watson aka Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter movies. I felt like I could relate to her geekiness. Emma is very academically inclined, herself, and I really respect that. She also started #HeForShe encouraging ‘men and boys to take action against negative inequalities women and girls may face.’ It’s something Paige Maddison would love to have done.

 

What do you want written on your head stone and why?

 

Lee: On my tombstone it would read: Herein lays a loving wife & mom that believed in ‘family first’ & inspiring people to shine their light (I love my family so much, I hope I’ve been the best mom & wife I could be supporting and loving J.R. and Kevin. And I love to inspire people to be their best selves, and that in turn effects the world positively.)

 

J.R.: I’m too young to think of this idea. J

 

Other than writing, do you have any Hobbies?

 

Lee: I love to sail with my husband, dance, hike, canoe and portage into Algonquin Park, Canada.

 

J.R.: I don’t have time for hobbies right now but I love to walk my dog, Abby.

 

What TV shows or films do you enjoy watching?

 

Lee: I love Grimm, sitcoms like Mom, dramas like Saving Hope, and the comedic Castle. I am sorry they cancelled the show. He was an author and I loved his sense of humour and watching his family interact with one another. I still enjoy Bruce Willis in the Die Hard movies, Aliens with Sigourney Weaver. And pretty much anything Roma Downey is involved with.

 

J.R.: I’m a huge fan of horror movies. The past few years in particular have seen a number of amazing new horror movies – It Follows, The Witch, You’re Next, and so on. It’s a great time to be a horror fan. I’m much more varied with my TV shows; I like to watch a lot of light sitcoms like The Office and Modern Family, but I’m also a sucker for good HBO shows like Game of Thrones, and more recently, Westworld.

 

Favourite Foods/Colour/Music:

 

Lee: My favourite foods are: guacamole, shrimp cocktail, veggies & dip, salmon, pickerel … fish of any kind. My favourite colour is royal blue. My favourite music is pop music like ‘This Girl’ by Cookin on 3 Burners (Australia), Evanescence, Adele, Michelle Qureshi’s New Age music … great for meditating, Maroon Five, and classical music.

 

J.R.: I love international cuisine such as Korean dishes, Chicken Masala, authentic Chinese food. I love hummus, stir frys, and I make a tasty caesar salad. My favourite colour is red. I don’t usually have favorite artists. I listen to a broad range of music, from house music and electronica to classical music. One of my favourite singers is a Danish songwriter named Agnes Obel. I’ve seen her in concert twice, and she has an absolutely beautiful voice.

 

If you weren’t a writer what else would you have like to have done?

 

Lee: I absolutely wish I could sing. I would love to make people happy singing to them.

 

J.R.: I would have loved to be a chef. I’m told by my friends and family, especially my mom, I’m a great Amateur Chef. Thanks, Mom!

 

Social Media: We are at: http://leebicematheson.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/leebicematheson/

Twitter is: @BiceMatheson @justinrmatheson

Media inquiries: please email info@leebicematheson.ca

 

Thank you so much, Fiona, for having us back on your blog Authors’ Interviews. We are delighted to share our news with you and your book lovers. J.R. and I wish you, your family, and your readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Happy Holidays! Best in health, Lee & J.R. Watch out for those ghosts!

 

Lee Bice-Matheson

Coauthor with J.R. Matheson

Shine Your Light, Paige Maddison Series, FriesenPress

Amazon Best Selling Author Teens & YA Ghost Stories

Amazon Hot New Releases #2 Paperback Edition

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Here is my interview with Sierra Michaels

Name: Sierra Michaels

Age:  46

Where are you from: 

Born in Cincinnati and raised in Northern Kentucky, I moved to Los Angeles as a young adult to follow my passion for culture, travel and education.  I quickly discovered Archaeology and received my Master’s Degree and a successful career in Southern California.

I travel widely, but now call Fort Lauderdale, Florida home.  Most of my writing takes place on a small island in the Bahamas called Bimini.  I reside with my husband, and a diva dog named Yoda.  I find sanity and peace in running, yoga and piloting a small plane.  I’m still passionate about Archaeology as evident in my novels.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I like to write and blog about different places I travel to and my personal experiences.  In a few days, I will be traveling to Cuba for the second time this year.  This is during the mourning period of Castro’s death, so I look forward to the experience and I’ll share this on my blog.  https://sierramichaels.wordpress.com/


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing while my husband was fishing in Bimini.  I had a story in mind and I just went with it, and from there it really came together.  I learned a considerate amount from writing and publishing my first novel, Intimate Encounters.  My experience from that helped when I decided to write my second novel, Breakfast In Bimini.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I considered myself someone who dabbled with writing, even after publishing my first book. I started thinking as myself as a writer when I published Breakfast In Bimini, this past summer.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I read a lot, and thought I could do this.  I like to create.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

My voice came naturally, and it’s a part of who I am.  I write fiction except for my blog.  But many things in my novels are based on my own experiences.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title? 

My title, Breakfast In Bimini, is actually explained in the novel.  It’s based on the name of a boat I own.


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

I want readers to have fun with the book.  Perhaps the message I want them to take away is that some things are stranger than initially believed or imagined.


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

Loosely based on my experiences when it comes to the places in the Bahamas I describe and the boating lifestyle.  Most of the rest is pure imagination.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

Michael Crichton impressed me and Dan Brown with their gripping ability to craft a well written story.

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

Same as above, but also Gillian Flynn can really keep me turning the page.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

A few local writers I turned to with questions via facebook or email.  Most writing groups and other writers really are encouraging and helpful.  So if you’re a writer, reach out.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career? 

I know I’ll always write, but it’s not my main source of income.


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

Not in my latest book.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

For me it wasn’t until college.  I enjoyed writing essays and research papers.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I blog monthly at:  https://sierramichaels.wordpress.com/  And Breakfast In Bimini is part one in a series.  I haven’t started writing book two as I’m focusing on marketing at the moment.


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Editing.  I don’t have a problem coming up with ideas and getting them down on paper.  It’s editing a few times after I complete the first draft of my manuscript.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I travel quite a bit and it shows up in my writing.  I’m very passionate about traveling and experiencing different cultures, people and places.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I had a basic idea of what I wanted and I found a professional through my writing associations.  Her name is Elle J Rossi.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Again, the editing.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Yes, a great deal about the publishing industry.  It was frustrating for me, but in the end I came to understand the process.

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead

I have a strong female character, so many actresses would fit that role.  I think Angelina Jolie comes to mind, but I think a lesser known actress would be better.  I just don’t know the names of that many.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing and reach out to other writers online or in your community.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Give my new novel, Breakfast In Bimini, a try.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The woman in Cabin 10 by Imogen Church

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Lord of the Flies

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My dog, she always amazes me.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

I would have enjoyed hanging out with Hemmingway for a daiquiri or two in Cuba

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

She lived life to the fullest.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Running, yoga and flying.

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

TV:  Big Bang Theory, Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, Shark Tank.

Films:  Most well-written comedy and Drama.  An excellent recent new release I just watched is Hell or High Water.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

A good thin crust pizza/ green/ modern country and jazz

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

 Journalist, archaeologist.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Website:  www.sierramichaels.com

 

Blog:  https://sierramichaels.wordpress.com/

 

Social Media:

https://www.instagram.com/sierra.michaels/

https://twitter.com/sierra__michael

Buy the Book on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Breakfast-Bimini-Sierra-Michaels/dp/1533699062/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480377677&sr=8-1&keywords=breakfast+in+bimini+by+sierra+michaels

 

Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Sierra-Michaels/e/B003H2P4WW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_5?qid=1480377909&sr=8-5

 

Here is my interview with Rachel Smets

Name  Rachel Smets

Age 41 summers

Where are you from

Born and raised in Belgium. Lived in many countries and currently in the Netherlands.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

I’m a teacher, speaker, and author.
Single, no kids. (Any single men reading ? Hi…)

Speaking 6 languages, I enjoy teaching several languages to people all over the world. The experience to live and work abroad for the past 15 years, increased my people-and cultural knowledge, which I share during international business classes at the University.

This year, I self-published my bestseller ‘Awaken Your Confidence: 15 People Share Their Journey to Success.’

The corporate world…, I’ve been there, I climbed the ladder higher and higher until I burned out. This was only a confirmation that I don’t belong there,  because my energy only rises when I’m interacting with people!

 

I graduated from the University of Maryland (US) with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and achieved my master’s degree in management from the University of St Andrews (UK).

 

Travelling abroad, as a single, has given me a great amount of confidence, experience and most of all inspiration. This confidence is my main topic I speak about in presentations to motivate and inspire others.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I’ve been invited to speak at a World Economic Conference (in January 2017), where I’ll talk about my Journey abroad and the Journey to Confidence.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Nearing the age of 40, I started to choose more for myself instead of pleasing others. That’s when I realized what a journey my life has been and all the things I have learned. It became clear that I wanted to inspire and motivate others to take charge of their lives too, and what better way than through a book.
That’s when I took the path of a writer.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 Only after I decided to write a book, but before it was published. Somewhere in the middle, I was determined that I would finish and publish. Then, I knew I was a writer. Then, I knew I was a writer. Only when I held the book in my hands, I wanted to shout out: I’m an AUTHOR!


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

As a shy little girl, my self-confidence was very low. Afraid to speak up and extremely silent. By traveling the world on my own, I lived and worked in  many countries. This experience gave me the confidence that I have now, and that’s what I want my readers to feel too after reading ‘ Awaken Your Confidence’
Self-confidence is useful in many areas in life, both private and professionally. With confidence, you can be the person you want to be. Many people feel stuck and frustrated, but there’s no need to, because the great thing is that you can learn and build confidence.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Not too serious, but using some humor, while keeping it real. No scientific research, but enough research to prove my point.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

By writing about 120 different titles and similar key words around Confidence. Then, narrowing down during the months I wrote. Then, the final 10, I sent out polls for people to vote on. That helped a lot, but the final decision was for me to make.


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


 Absolutely! Learn how to awaken your confidence and transform your life to get what you want. Life changes, and so can you.

You can Start Now!

Take charge of your own success. Use the power of confidence and you will transform your life.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

 

My favorite books have been non-fiction, psychology related and self-help. Inspirational and life-changing books include: A Course in Miracles, Ask and it is Given, The Secret, The Power of Now, etc…

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, but not for me. I will write more books and am busy doing so, but to make it a full-time career is not my goal at this moment. I prefer to get out there and SPEAK!


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

 Nope, it’s exactly as I want it. I put a lot of time and effort into all the interviews, research and writing. Invested a lot of sweat and tears, but I would do it all over again just the same!


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Many many years ago as I was reading other books, I thought very often ‘’One day I will write my book too.’’ Funny enough, I hear many people say that, but I’m determined and I stick to what I say J

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?


3 different book projects at the same time:

Book Project #1 is with a group of authors and nearly done, it’s an inspirational entrepreneurial book, called ‘’The Better Business Book’’, which will be launched soon.

Book Project # 2 will be a book about the challenges of an expat. A book for those who want to move abroad. Filled with important steps to take and things to think about. I have interviewed many expats over the years, so I incorporate real examples.

Book Project # 3: a book about cultural differences.  I’m co-writing with a professor, so it will be more theoretical.

Besides this, I am creating speaking material to inspire audiences and awaken the CONFIDENCE of many people out there, ready to take Action!


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The research and brainstorming BEFORE the writing is for me the most challenging. Once it’s clear in my head, I LOVE the process of writing itself.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

 No, but I use my travels as inspiration for the content. And, I WANT to travel more for speaking gigs about my book, and about confidence.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

An amazing lady I found on Upwork but she sadly stopped to be with her family. I’m looking for someone now.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The research beforehand as mentioned above.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers? 

For non-fiction writers, I would advise to research a lot in order to give as  much value as possible to your readers.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

 Besides the message above, Take Action and live YOUR life.

And pay attention to the free Bonus, because every reader receives all 15 interviews on video & audio files added as a Bonus.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 Books about writing and speaking, because I love learning from books

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read? No idea, but it’ll be my next question to my parents.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Great times and deep conversations with true friends can both make me laugh and cry!

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

 Just one symbol will do:

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

 

When not writing or teaching, I am running, biking, and at the gym to relax my mind.

 

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

 I’m not a big TV fan, but a good thriller/mafia movie can please me (old time favorite Pulp Fiction), or a comic show to relax my mind.

Fiona: Favorite foods?

Chocolate! Belgian chocolate of course J In 2nd place comes Stracciatella Italian icecream, and 3d Tiramisu.
Are you talking about a decent meal? Ok, then pasta with seafood!

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?


Personal Fitness Trainer

Additional information: A little about your book:

Title: “Awaken Your Confidence: 15 People Share Their Journey to Success”.

Category: Non-fiction, Self-help, Business&Money.

Not Fiction, not a story, but FULL of inspiration!

Short Description:

The goal of Awaken Your Confidence is to give you the inspiration and tools to help you grow your confidence step by step.

In Part One, 15 successful people share their journey to personal happiness and career satisfaction.

Part Two has 11 confidence hacks that you can apply immediately to start building your self-confidence.

Some of the names I interviewed are SJ Scott, Stephen Shedletzky, Dr.Aziz, Jesse Krieger, Scott Ballard, Gina Hussar, and many more. Each of their stories in Part One reveal how they went from shy or introvert to very successful.

~~ “Never assume that you’re stuck forever and it’s impossible to get what you want. Life changes, and so can you.”   ~~

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Website: http://www.rachelsmets.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/1.RachelSmets/

 

Confidence inspiration on You Tube Channel:  https://goo.gl/2hQq8q

 

Awaken Your Confidence: 15 People Share Their Journey to Success”,  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KLZY1VM

 

Author’s Central page: https://www.amazon.com/Mrs-Rachel-Smets/e/B01KD31N54

 

 

 

 

Here is my interview with Sarah Curtis

Name Sarah: Curtis

Age: 47

Where are you from: Southern California

A little about yourself `ie your education Family life etc:

I’ve been married 30 years to my high-school sweetheart, have 2 children, and 2 grandchildren.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I have a holiday novella, Enchanting, releasing Dec. 1st.  It’s part of my Alluring series but can be read as a standalone.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing my whole life but never had the courage to  do something about it.  I must have five or six half-finished manuscripts tucked away in my bedroom closet.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

In my dreams, I’ve always been a writer, but I considered myself an author when I published my first book two years ago.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve always loved to read.  I think most writers start out as avid readers.  I dreamed of writing, but it was a life goal I never thought would happen.  Fast forward many, many, many years *wink*, hubby and I sold our business and the kids were grown.  What should I do?  With the industry making room for self published authors, it was the perfect time to try and live my dream. I had no idea if anyone would like what I wrote–I was scared to hit the publish button–but I was at a point in life where I was finally willing to take a chance.  I’m glad I did.  I love writing.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

If I do, I’m not aware of it.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Titles will usually just pop into my head like an “ah ha” moment at some point while I’m writing.

 

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

Love is out there, and everyone deserves a HEA (happily ever after).

 

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

There’s a tiny part of me in all my heroines and a little bit of my hubby in each of my heroes.  Other than that, my stories are daydreams, floating around in my head, waiting–sometimes impatiently–for me to write them.

 

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

I don’t think there are any books that have influenced my life in any way.  I read for enjoyment.  To escape reality for a while.  The same way another may get sucked into a movie.

 

 

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

There’s been a lot of new authors that have caught my reading eye the past couple of years, Brynne Asher, Layla Frost, ML Rodriguez, S Van Horne, and Mary B Moore just to name a few.  I could never single out just one favorite author, but a few that I love are Tijan, Georgia Le Carre, Lynda Chance, Lisa Kleypas, Alexa Riley, and older Kristen Ashley.  I can truly connect and get lost in their books.

 

 
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.  

All the fabulous “book community” (authors and readers) friends that I’ve met.  Everyone really supports one another, whether it’s answering questions or spreading the word for a new release.  They’re wonderful.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, knock on wood, this is what I’ll do the rest of my life.

 

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

No.  I try not to second guess myself even after reading negative reviews.  I write for me, what I like and hope there are others that like what I write, too.  Don’t get me wrong, there is always room for improvement, but at some point you just have to say, “This is it.”

 

 
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

It stemmed from my love of reading, wanting to create my own stories, and sharing them with others.

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Here’s a short excerpt from my current WIP, All-In.  This is not edited, so please excuse the typos and bad grammar.

River sat, completely still, her face devoid of all expression as she carefully scanned each of the men sitting at the table.  Her back was straight, her spine aligned perfectly with the center of her chair.  Her breathing was even, not too shallow, not too fast as her heart beat a mile a minute in her chest.  She was all-in, and everyone else had folded except the man sitting directly across from her.

Alec Throne.  AKA “The Prince of Poker.”

He was sizing her up, deciding whether or not to make the call.

She eyed his chips stacked before him mentally calculating how much money he had.  He had her beat by a good ten grand.  If he called her and won, she’d be out of the game.

She had pocket aces.  The best hand you can start with.  No, it didn’t always win–someone could river a flush or straight–but in tournaments, if you didn’t take risks when the opportunities arose and hope for some luck on your side, you’d never make it to the end.

He still studied her.  His face was expressionless but no less beautiful.  He was elegantly dressed in a suit.  Not the norm for the usual poker player.  Sitting long hours one tended to dress comfortably which was why so many players dressed casually.  Alec’s only nod to casual was his lack of tie and open suit jacket along with the top two buttons of his shirt being unbuttoned.  And yes, she noticed and took count.

His hair was still perfectly styled even after longs hours at the poker table, attesting to his rigid restraint not to run his fingers through it.  His eyes were hard and calculating but not a crinkle nor twitch gave away what he was thinking.  He was the epitome of poker-face.

The fingers of his right hand softly shuffled two small stacks of chips.  The slight tinkling sound they made, a lullaby to Rivers ears.  The repetitious action not a distraction but a soothing reminder of where she was.

Drawn to his hand, her eyes took in its strength.  The nails short and trimmed smooth but not manicured, and the tanned skin of his long fingers.  The digits dexterous as he flawlessly played with his chips.

Movement caught her eye.  His other hand reaching for and pushing forward a tall stack of chips.

“I call.”

He tossed his cards face up on the center of the table.  A pair of kings.  She needed this win badly.  Her brother was counting on her and, she couldn’t let him down.

“All-in called,” the dealer said, tapping the table before dealing three cards face up on the table.

 

 
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes!  Showing rather than telling.  I really struggle with that.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Not yet.  I hope to get books in print soon, so that might change.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I designed the covers for my Alluring series, but Ashley Byland from Redbird Designs was my cover artist for Freight Trained and Rob Lang Images was the photographer.  I could drool over that cover, I love it so much.

 

 
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The first chapter is always the hardest for me.  My characters are so new, I don’t know their personalities yet.  I usually go back and change things midway through the book.

 

 
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned anything is possible if you have the courage and desire to see it through.

 

 

 

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead

I can picture David Gandy playing Jackson Cole my hero from Alluring even though he’s not an actor.  I actually just like picturing David Gandy *smile*

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write everyday even if it’s only a few sentences.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you!

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I just finished Vines by Brynne Asher.  I’m not sure what I’m going to start next, but I have a loaded Kindle to choose from.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Ever?  Um… More than likely something by Judy Bloom.

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My son makes me laugh all the time.  Emotional books or movies make me cry.

 

 

Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?

I would have loved to have met Lucille Ball.  What a strong, wise, funny, and inspirational woman.

 

 

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

I want to be cremated.  The thought of my body rotting and bugs crawling all over me creeps me out.

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Reading, obviously, but I also like to crochet.

 

 

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

I’m addicted to the Food Network even though I don’t cook.  One of my favorite movies is Hot Fuzz.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Favorite food: ice cream Favorite color: purple Favorite band: Three Days Grace

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

Nothing, I’m finally living my dream.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

http://sarahcurtisauthor.wixsite.com/sarahcurtisauthor

 

Social Media Links…

 

FB

https://www.facebook.com/sarahcurtisauthor
GoodReads
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12823436.Sarah_Curtis
Twitter
https://twitter.com/sarahcurtisathr
Pinterest
https://www.pinterest.com/sarahcurtisauth/
Website
http://sarahcurtisauthor.wix.com/sarahcurtisauthor

 

Book Links…

Alluring
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RWKMS1U


Engaging (Alluring Book 2)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YES0H20


Pursuing (Alluring Book 3)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AQ3NQ9C

Freight Trained

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IEFWRQM

 

Here is my interview with Avelyn Paige

Name: Avelyn Paige

Age: 30

Where are you from: Fairmount, Indiana

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

Starting off with the hard stuff, huh? I’m a lifelong Hoosier, but I’m a Boilermaker by choice (BOILER UP!). I grew up in James Dean’s home town and let me tell you, I am not a fan of his and have never seen a single one of his movies. I literally grew up in middle of nowhere farm country and I never want to leave. I graduated from Purdue University in 2008 with a degree in Biology and Forensic Sciences. From there, I started work as an oncology research scientist and have been with the same company over the last 7 years.

I married my wonderful husband, Thomas, on my birthday in 2010.  Our wedding was about as disastrous as you could imagine with the groom nearly dying in the hospital and a massive re-planning to get married a week later.  I tease him now after 6 years of marriage that if he didn’t want to marry me that badly he could have thought of better ways to get out of it than trying to die. One fun fact about me is that I am a pastor’s wife who loves to write dirty books and read even dirtier books.

While we currently don’t have any kids, we have two very feisty and ferocious cats named Jezebel and Cleo that hate our new very odd looking dog, Asa.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I am currently working on the next book in the Heaven’s Rejects series, Sins of the Father. The delicious Alfie Gordillo will reprise his role of Raze and will be featured again on the cover.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Before I answer this, I need to let readers and fans know that this is your warning for a sobbing, ugly crying mess of a story.  Kleenexes at the ready, ladies.

I started writing in March 2015 after spending the last six weeks caring for my father as he bravely lost his battle against cancer.  It was hard sitting in the hospital knowing that the disease I have spent the last seven years trying to cure was going to take one of my own.  Books were my escape as my father rested and after his passing, I couldn’t motivate myself to read or well, do much of anything really.

The very first day back to work after his funeral I was a crying mess in the car.  During that 45 minutes’ drive, an idea popped into my head.  That maybe my dad and my grandfather, who we lost the week before Dad was hospitalized for the first time, weren’t really gone.  You see, my dad was a police officer and would spend many nights away from home.  In my mind, Dad wasn’t gone at all, but he was out on some extended undercover operations.  From that alternative way of thinking, my first book Damaged was born.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Hell, I don’t really consider myself a writer even with two published books.  I’ll admit I’m not where near the level of author-dom as many popular authors, but for me writing isn’t a career. It’s an outlet for the days when I need to escape to someone else’s life and an imaginary world. It still blows my mind that I have fans. I fan girl just as hard that I have fans as they do because they love my books.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

As I mentioned before, my inspiration was my Dad and those who had left this earth after battling cancer.  Damaged went from my outlet for my grief to helping others facing the same situation.  Those feelings and emotions drove me to write a heartbreaking book called, Cassie’s Court, which takes a contemporary romance look at battling cancer.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Honestly, I write the way I talk. I could pick up a thesaurus and add in fancy, eloquent words, but I am a simple country girl.  I want readers to be able to feel a connection to my characters as if they were real people just walking on the street.  I don’t want my fans to have to pick up a dictionary every time I explain a situation nor a feeling. It’s just not the way I am.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Damaged was an easy title. I wanted something that would accurately explain how Evie felt when she was diagnosed with cancer. Heaven Sent on the other hand was a bit different of a story.  I knew that my MC Romance series would be a blend of bad boys doing good things and good girls learning how to be bad.  With my husband as a pastor, I wanted to play on the Heaven Vs. Hell aspect with the names of each book.  Ironically enough, Heaven Sent is the name of my husband and I’s song.


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

I think the underlying tones of my books are hope and strength.  Whether you are facing down a cancer diagnosis or are faced with insurmountable odds, I want my female readers to know that they have a support system. Supportive angels are all around you and waiting on you to ask for help. Take their hands and fight back the darkness together.  I also want my readers to take away that darkness surrounds even the brightest lights, but its who we are as people that keeps it at bay. Be strong, be hopeful, but, most importantly be the person you are destined to be.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic ?

Ah, there’s a fine line where fiction meets reality, isn’t there? Can any work of fiction be truly realistic?  Sure! My novels kind of toe the line of realism. While Damaged and have some real-world situations and emotions attached to it, I would classify it more as fictional fantasy.  Heaven Sent, Angels and Ashes, and Cassie’s Court are more realistic in terms of the story line and situations. 

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

In Damaged and Cassie’s Court, cancer is the main focus for each of the lead characters. Both Evie and Abby’s plights with the doctors and endless hospital stays are reminiscent of the 6 short weeks I watched by father bravely battle multiple myeloma.  The emotions and underlying tones of the beginning of their stories are completely based on my father’s care.  I don’t know how many times I had to step away from writing both of these stories because the emotions become too real.   The emotional turmoil really wreaked havoc on my psyche and I had to step away from writing for a bit to regain control of my emotions.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

I think one of the first and most influential books I have ever read was Gone with The Wind by Margaret Mitchell.  I’ve always been an avid reader and Gone with the Wind was the very first lengthy novel that I ever picked up at the age of 10. I know some of you might be thinking that’s quite a grown-up book for a pre-teen, but I devoured it.  Scarlett O’Hara’s character really resonated with me with her tenacity and vivaciousness. She was determined that her family’s home would survive the war. Even as jaded as she was about her romantic love life, she did was felt was necessary to preserve her family’s memory.  Sure, she was a bit eccentric and her methodologies were a bit far-fetched, but she reached for the stars.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Right now, I am reading through an ARC of Temptation by Brie Paisley. Brie and I hit the author world just about the same time and I love reading her novels. I highly encourage indie author fans to check out her books!

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Most definitely! Geri Glenn’s Kings of Korruption MC series is absolutely amazing as well as Cherry Shephard’s Blaze of Glory Books! They come highly recommended from me!


Fiona: What are your current projects?

Right now, I am in the beginning stages of writing a sequel novella to the Heaven’s Rejects MC series.  A beloved character was tragically killed off at the beginning of the series and the fans have lamented on never getting to know him.  I am giving my readers a tease of the past to see what Jagger was like before Darcy.

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My blog girls! Nikki and Brandi has really helped me find the courage to write. I don’t know how to even measure the countless hours that they have spent working on reading my newest chapters or promoting my work. I owe everything to them! I do have to give additional shout-outs to Clayr, Robyn, and Nicole for all of the promoting they do for me!

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Oh, I wish I could, but sadly, I think writing will be more of a hobby for me. Don’t get me wrong, if Hatchette or Penguin came knocking at my door tomorrow asking to sign me, I would leave my lab in a blaze of glory, but even I know that the likelihood of that happening is slim to none.

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

I would change two things, re-work the dual POV dialogue overlap and to soften Hero’s heart a little bit. I’ve received some great feedback from readers and bloggers alike that I will definitely be taking into book #2.

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

It honestly hit me like a bolt of lightning and has been supercharging my need to write every since!

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I don’t know…. Are you sure you can to sneak peek of Angels and Ashes?

Well. All right then!  Please keep in mind this is completely un-edited!

“I don’t give a shit about what you’ve convinced yourself is wrong with what’s going on between us.  I’m not Brent, Darcy, and I’ll never be him no matter how hard you try to want me to be.  He’s fucking dead because of this club and he’s never coming back.  He may have been your husband, but he was my brother.  It eats at me every fucking time you walking into a room and I have to fight myself from trying to touch you and make you mine because I feel like every nasty thought is a betrayal of his memory.  Well, I’m done with feeling guilty and I have news for you darlin’. I’m done feeling like the asshole stealing a cookie from his brother’s cookie jar. Either we decide to figure out what’s going on between or scratch this fucking itch once and for all. The ball is in your court, darlin’ because I’m too damn old to keep playing fucking mind games and competing with a ghost. The choice is yours.”


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Honestly, finding the time to write. I wear so many different hats in my marriage and professional career that at times I have to shut myself off from the work to even get a few hundred words written.


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I don’t think I could even come close to picking a favorite author! There are WAY too many!


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I’ve mostly stayed locally for a few signing events, but in 2016 I will be expanding out my travel plans for Toledo, OH and Nashville, TN!


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My first cover was designed partially by Justin from Ready, Set, Edit.  Heaven Sent’s cover was designed by the lovely Rebecca from The Final Wrap.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Writing the sex scenes. Do you have any idea about how much porn I had to sift through to find the inspiration behind the sex scenes in Heaven Sent? I don’t know how many conversations I had with friends about whether some positions were even possible. Hell, I could have made up a few with the stick figure position drawings I thought up!


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned new things all the time! The biggest take home from Heaven Sent was dual POV conversations are a no-no.  If you aren’t adding to the story by telling the conversation from a different angle, just leave that sucker out of the story.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep on writing! Sure, you may never write a bestseller, but if you don’t put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, you’ll never know will you.  Another big piece of advice is to find a good editor and stick with them. As you work through each new novel, having a consistent editor who knows and understands your writing style will help keep your books symmetrical.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Just a plain and simple thank you for taking a chance on an upstart author like myself. I never expected to sell one book let alone a thousand so from the bottom of my little devilish heart, thank you for believing in me!

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Little House of the Prairie in the first grade.  I was one of those kids that I think came out of the womb with a book in my head. I walked into my first grade class already being able to read basic books and by the time 1st grade ended I was reading at the 4th grade level.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Do you any of you have that one friend that finds stupid shit funny? Well, that’s me.  99.9999% of the time I have my phone in my head, I’m looking at some stupid meme and then forwarding it to all of my friends.  I look for the humor in every situation.

I don’t cry often, but when I do, it’s like an epic flash flood.  Sad movies, sadness in my real life, and soldier coming home stories are usually the culprits for the dam breaking.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

Anyone? Like seriously anyone? Ohhhhh… hot damn.. Ummm…. Thomas More. I know, a patron catholic saint.  Strange choice right? Well, I am a huge history buff and have always love Henry the 8th and his numerous wives (#TeamAnneBoleyn), but I recently did a historical look into my family tree.  Ironically enough, Saint Thomas More is my 14th great grandfather. I would love to dive into his mind about the history of his day and age.

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

Oh a couple come to mind.

 

  1. IU Still Sucks (For all you Purdue Football Fans out there and why? Because IU sucks.
  2. Shouldn’t have buried me in a sweater. (Just because my husband is a pastor and he’d get a kick out of it.)
  3. April Fools! Now let me Out!

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Reading of course! I love to bake and spend time with my family. 

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

Ah.. another one of my vices. I don’t know how many times my husband has yelled from the living room that I had to make a choice on which show to not record.  My favorites are Walking Dead, NCIS, Once Upon A Time, Game of Thrones, and the Big Bang Theory.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

My favorite color is definitely hot pink!  My wedding was even hot pink!  I love to eat steak and seafood!  My music tastes are a bit different. I listen to everything from death metal to zydeco. Right now, I have a continuous rotation of Jimmy Buffet’s Christmas Island running my lab. Ho ho ho and a bottle of run, everyone!

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I think I would be doing the exact same thing that I am doing right now, working in the cancer research field.  It was my childhood dream to make a lasting impact on curing this horrendous disease.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Yes, I do! You can follow me at http://www.authoravelynpaige.com

 

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Avelyn Paige is a born and raised Indiana girl. While she may be a Hoosier by birth, she is a Boilermaker by choice. Boiler Up! She resides in a sleepy little town in Indiana with her husband and three crazy pets. Avelyn spends her days working as a cancer research scientist and her nights sipping moonshine while writing and book reviewing. Avelyn loves everything paranormal, Cajun culture, and wants to try tornado chasing as a hobby when she finally grows up. She just has to get over that pesky fear of thunderstorms first. Avelyn also enjoys collecting voodoo dolls from her trips to New Orleans.

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Abandoned & Broken

Left alone to raise a family, widower Darcy Kyle’s life has spiraled out of control. When secrets about her husband’s past emerge, Darcy is forced to confront the fact her husband’s fatal accident may, in fact, have been deliberate. Forced to sell her soul to the Devil himself, Darcy must uncover the truth of her husband’s accident…before it’s too late.

 

Betrayed & Bitter

Cast into Hell, Raze has given his life as President of the Heaven’s Rejects MC, but what good is it when he can’t protect the people he cares about? His brother’s death, his wife’s betrayal… it’s too much for a mere mortal to handle. Luckily for Raze, he is the ruler of this Hell on Earth. But even the Devil has a weakness, and when Darcy Kyle sticks her nose in the club’s business he finds himself questioning his loyalty to his brother’s memory.

 

How can the Devil resist an angel bathed in the ashes of the fallen?

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Heaven Sent:

 

Bloody…broken…barely surviving…

Danae “Dani” Espinoza is on the run and desperate to escape the demons of her past. Plans to hide out in a sleepy Los Angeles suburb turn into a pipe dream as she is drawn into the secret filled world of the local motorcycle club. Dani soon learns that her secrets and lies are nothing compared to those kept behind the clubhouse doors. Trying to avoid the suspicious Vice President, she must keep a low profile in order to survive. The trouble is he has other ideas.

Bike…babes…and booze…

Tyler “Hero” Tobias has simple needs. Being the Heaven’s Rejects MC Vice President, he has all three at his disposal. But he has his own ghosts that keep him awake at night. When Dani arrives at the clubhouse, he knows he should stay away but there is something about her dark beauty and the mystery that surrounds her that makes him burn. There are secrets in her eyes and lies in her smile and he knows he should put his club first, but Hero’s heart and loyalty are about to be tested.

Can an angel with blood-covered wings and the devil himself resist temptation or will they risk bringing hellfire down on everything that they love?

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