Here is my interview with Sarah M. Cradit

Name: Sarah M. Cradit

Age: A lady never reveals her age. ;)

Where are you from: I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, but spent most of my twenties moving around the country for my other career. My husband and I lived all over, from Michigan to Georgia to Tennessee to Maine. We’ve been back in Oregon for some time, but never know where our next adventure might take us.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

2016 is going to be a big year for new projects! I have two full-length House of Crimson & Clover books releasing this year, as well as several short stories from the series. Most of the series will also be available in audio before the year is over, too, which I’m excited about. As well, I am partnering on a brand new series with author Becket called The Text Message Serials. We just finished our first book, The Bee in the Golden Spiral.

Outside of that, I have several other projects in the works that I’ll hopefully be announcing soon.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I was born with an imagination that couldn’t be contained. I was around seven when I wrote my first story, a school assignment, and it was pretty much decided from that moment.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

My answer for this is very similar to the last answer. As soon as I began to write, I was a writer. No matter how much time passed between projects, that designation never changed for me.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I suppose there are two answers for this. First, I knew I wanted to write a book set in New Orleans. But as to content, I’d been thinking a lot about big, sprawling family sagas, rich in history and intrigue. And then, a single line came to me while I was watching TV: ‘I was raining the day I buried my wife.’ From that moment, St. Charles at Dusk, my first book, began to have life.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Others have described it as lyrical, and evocative. My use of words, every single one, is intentional. Sometimes the way words work together on a page can be as essential to the reading experience as the message they send in a more literal sense. I make it a personal goal to incite all the senses in a reader.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title for my first novel, St. Charles at Dusk, came from a personal experience in New Orleans. My husband and I were walking through the Garden District, and the sky had just faded to the purpled hues of dusk. The air came alive; every step of our walk felt magical, and was definitive of how I saw New Orleans as a whole. I wrote a scene in the book based on that memory, and when I was struggling for the right name, I kept coming back to that one scene and memory.


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

In all my books, I aim to show the ambiguous nature of morality and the human condition. Is there really such a thing as wholly right or wholly wrong? Maybe in rare cases. But great people do terrible things sometimes.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

My series is set in modern day, so anything related to setting is something a reader can relate to, or see for themselves. But seeing as the series is paranormal, the suspension of reality stops and ends with the abilities they have.


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

Sometimes you’ll find experiences sprinkled in here and there, such as with the scene in Dusk. I’m careful not to cut and drop them from my life, however. I always make them personal and fit with the story. As for characters, I don’t ever base them on anyone I know. I find it much harder for me to truly get into my book world if I’m comparing a character to someone in my everyday world.


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

I can think of three that have had the biggest impact on me, as a writer. Anne Rice’s Mayfair Trilogy, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m reading through all of Richard Matheson’s books at the moment. Currently on A Stir of Echoes.


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

He’s not brand new, but Joe Hill. When I heard Stephen King’s son had emerged in the writing world, I jumped in as a matter of curiosity. But Hill has a tremendous talent, and he’s quickly become an author on my “I’ll buy whatever they’re selling” list.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

I’m wrapping up final edits on The House of Crimson & Clover Volume 7, The Hinterland Veil, and then I’ll begin the first draft of Volume 7, The Secrets Amongst the Cypress. Also in edits is the project with Becket I mentioned earlier, The Bee in the Golden Spiral. Finally, I’m also working on two short stories for anthologies coming soon, one within the Crimson & Clover universe, and one outside of it.


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

I have so many fantastic friends and readers that I wouldn’t know where to start listing them. I’m very fortunate.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 Absolutely.


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

Not that I can think of. I’m sure if I looked back on my earlier works, though, a handful of things would come to mind.


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

I was a precocious, imaginative child who needed an outlet for those things. Writing presented itself early in my development, so I learned to channel it there.

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

 The murder mystery series I co-wrote with Becket is going to be a very different experience for readers. We’ve taken cozy mysteries and turned them on their head. The format of the book uses only technological mediums (text messaging, as an example), and the story, while set in modern day, has ancient roots.


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

 I write for a long, complex series so keeping things organized can sometimes be a challenge. But I have a comprehensive system for tracking all the details within the Crimson & Clover world.


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

Anne Rice comes to mind, from a very short list of favorites. What strikes me most about her work, other than the way it transports me every single time, is how fearless she is in her words and presentation.


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

I use my book travel mostly for research purposes. I went to Scotland last year to explore the highlands for a story I had in the works. I also visit New Orleans 1-2 times a year, to keep myself immersed in the culture I write about. I do also sometimes attend events, though I am strategic about which ones I choose (for example, I am a recurring author at Anne Rice’s Undead Conference in New Orleans every October, because that conference speaks to my audience).


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

 I design my own. I’m also a graphic designer.


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

With my most recent book, it was deciding which characters needed to play a part, and which had to take a backseat until the next book. Managing so many different story threads means having to make strategic, but tough, choices.


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

With every book, I learn more about my characters, and myself.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

 Write! Don’t worry about what others are doing, or not doing.


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

Only that I appreciate the heck out of them, and love hearing from them.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I don’t remember, sadly.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Takes a lot to make me cry, but nearly anything can make me laugh. I love to laugh.

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

I would love to meet Anne Boleyn and get her side of the story. Her entire history was written by contemporaries who despised her.

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

Half of my favorite line, from A Tale of Two Cities: It is a far, far greater rest I go to now, than I have ever known.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

 I adore traveling. I visit New Orleans every year, but I also love to see something new each year. This past year, it was Scotland.

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

I love the HBO/Starz/Shotime Original shows.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Food, I’m not picky. I just love anything well made. Color, I don’t think I have one, but I wear blue more than other colors. And music, I have very eclectic tastes, but most consistently would be alternative and indie rock.

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

Something involving travel, no doubt.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? I do. Readers can visit me at: www.sarahmcradit.com

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/houseofcrimsonandclover

Google +: google.com/+SarahMCradit

Twitter: @thewritersarah

 

Sarah’s Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.com/e/B005SY05BM

House of Crimson & Clover Series Page: http://amzn.to/1TloiiN

 

Here is my interview with Roxanne D. Howard

Name  Roxanne D. Howard

Age 36

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Utah, but I travelled around a lot and served for most of my young adult life in the U.S. Army. I’m married to “Mr. Darcy” – a terrific British bloke I met while serving overseas. We lived for a while in London, and then moved back to the states. We have two darling daughters. Education-wise, I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My first novel, At the Heart of the Stone (ATHOTS for short), is being released on February 16th with Loose Id. It’s a contemporary erotic romance novel. Here’s a blurb. ;)

Dreams are the perfect shelter for our fantasies, safe havens to step inside without changing our daily lives. For Lark Braithwaite, all that is about to change. During the last six months, Lark has dreamt of a mysterious Irish lover, who knows what she wants, and gives her exactly what she needs. In her waking life in busy London, things aren’t as ideal, as her long-term relationship with Charles, her controlling fiancé, has hit a dry spell.

When Lark is called home to Oregon for her father’s funeral right in the middle of a high-stakes corporate merger, she heads back to face the demons from her past. What she doesn’t expect is to meet her dream lover in the flesh. Niall O’Hagan steps straight out of her fantasies and right into her life, and the powerful connection they share rocks her foundation. Although she’s dealing with the bitterness of being betrayed by Charles and his jealousy, Niall soon stirs Lark’s awareness of the superficiality of her existence and reawakens not only her sexuality, but her soul.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

That’s a great question! I started writing stories as soon as I could write. For as long as I can remember, it’s been the first thing I’ve wanted to do when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing I think about before I go to sleep. I used to write little stories as an eight year old, and later on kind of stemmed to novella-length tales. I’ve just always felt the pull of expression and the need to put my thoughts down on paper. In a way, I find it a great form of therapy.

 

 

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Well, I first started writing prolifically in journals and diaries as a teenager. At the time, I had dreams on the back burner of someday becoming an author, but I was more enchanted with the idea of working in law enforcement. Though I’ve always written poetry and things here and there, I didn’t really consider myself an aspiring writer until after the birth of my first daughter, and that’s when I got serious about writing a novel. Over the years I’ve kept ideas I’ve had for novels and outlines of possible books in files. It was nice to finally realize that dream and actually work for it. Though, the term “writer” is relative, I mean, everyone’s a writer, published or not. A guy writing a poem on a sidewalk in France is a writer.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Many, many things. I’ve traveled a lot in my life, and have been fortunate enough to know, work with, and come across many amazing and interesting people. I fell in love with London a long time ago, and I always knew I wanted the book to at least start there, so I sort of went from there. The story I wanted to tell was about two people finding each other, you know? How do people shape, compliment and change one another for the better? I’m always interested in the twists and struggles that make up the human dynamic. Really, it’s an amazing thing we can find someone and fall in love.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I like to be descriptive. :D I am a complete poetry nut, and often have to shave down a lot of prose in my writing, but I really love the facets of imagery and visualization. I like it when authors paint with words – Dean Koontz is a great example of that. When you read his writing, you can literally see the pine cones perching like little owls on aspens because of how he pulls you in with his descriptions. My style fluctuates depending on what I’m writing. In ATHOTS, it’s both descriptive and about emotion in the dialogue.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title kind of came up to me! I struggled with the title. At one point it was called “Arms Open Wide,” but after going through several rewrites, I just sort of woke up one morning and realized I wanted to call it At the Heart of the Stone, because it relates to something Lark and Niall find together both in their relationship and physically.

 

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

Yes, one of personal empowerment through the choices we make. We have the right to happiness, to let ourselves love and be loved, and no one should give up on the kind of love that comes around once in a lifetime.

 

 
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic ?

Ha ha, well, it’s a contemporary romance, but about 30% of it deals with the fantasy dreams Lark has of Niall and what goes on there. I’d say it’s open to interpretation. Have we as people dreamed of a lover or a special someone who knows what we need? A lot of people would say yes. The majority of it is based in reality, though. No ghosts or werewolves in this one, though I did write one with a ghost. :D

 

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

No. I wanted this book to be original. My husband and I had a really amazing beginning, and I will fictionalize it at one point, but I can honestly say that this story is all Lark and Niall’s.

 

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

Oh gosh, Fiona. Too many to list! I have them tagged on Goodreads. Off the top of my head, On Writing by Stephen King, On Romance: How to Craft a Novel That Sells by Leigh Michaels, everything by Stephen King, The Hunger Games trilogy, Intensity by Dean Koontz, the Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel, Maya Angelou. . . mentor-wise, I had a pretty awesome Drill Sergeant about fifteen years ago who set me straight on a lot of things. I mention him in the novel’s Acknowledgements section. He was a neat guy.

 

 
Fiona: What book are you reading now?

At the moment I’m reading Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield.

 

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

I love Marie Lu. She’s a genius. Patrick Ness, Tessa Dare, and Daniel H. Wilson. I like to read a lot, and a lot of different genres.

 

 
Fiona: What are your current projects?

I’ve written a paranormal romance about a ghost soldier in St. Augustine that I’m currently editing, and I’m now writing a contemporary romance that I hope to have finished by the end of April. :D

 

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

God. And the military. Without God I wouldn’t be where I am today, and the military gave me opportunities I never would have had both in situating my life and also in meeting some pretty amazing people.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. I used to be pretty straight-laced and worked in corporate (hence where I got Lark’s background from) in London, but my focus now is on pursuing my writing, and just letting it all out.

 

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

No, I don’t think so. I may groan at myself later for saying this, but I’m happy with how it turned out. I shelved ATHOTS for seven years because I doubted myself, but it went through so many rewrites and character changes, that I feel like I finally got it chiseled to where I wanted it. I had an amazing editor with Loose Id who helped refine it, too.

 

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

Honestly, I think I just fell in love with words from the time I could read. It’s a wonderful, incredibly vast form of expressionism. How can you read a book or poetry and not be inspired? I think reading first kind of stemmed into my love for writing. The two go hand in hand.

 

 

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

Sure. This is from Embodiment.

“That’s it,” she snapped, whirling around. She gulped, searching around the room with frantic eyes. “Look, I don’t know if this is some kind of reality hidden camera show or what, but I want answers, and I want them now.”

He circled her as she spoke, intrigued by her bravado.

“If you are a ghost, give me a sign. Close the bathroom door, or something.”

Braxton glanced at the bathroom door, still open. He could do it, but doors were a bit more work, requiring concentration, and could cause a spiritual exhaustion which often left him weakened. Lights, on the other hand, were much easier to handle. He looked at the ceiling light and focused, sweeping his hand in an upward motion toward it. It flickered off, and then on.

Keira froze, and looked up. “Was that you?”

He did it again, watching her just behind her shoulder.

She quivered, and her breath became visible from his closeness. “Wow. Okay.  Once for yes, twice for no. Got it?”

“My word, love, you aren’t asking much, are you?” he teased, flickering the lights once.

She turned and rifled through her suitcase, finding a soft, white sweater. She pulled it over her head, rubbing her hands together for warmth as she sat down on the bed. “Okay. Talking with a ghost here. Real normal, Keira. Where are – I mean, can you see me right now?”

Yes. He sat down next to her, studying the way her dark eyes reflected the light, a nice divergence against her dark red hair. Against the sweater, her paleness leant an angelic quality.

Keira shivered a little, and turned her head to look straight at him, though she didn’t know it.

“Hello there,” he murmured, raising an eyebrow. “Care to consort with an otherworldly spirit? I don’t have a body, but I’ll try to make it worth your while.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 

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

Stephen King. Always Stephen King. He’s such a gifted storyteller, and he always writes strong women. He gets people in his characterization, and he always remains true to what’s going on in the situation through interaction, rather than just servicing the fans. His work is honest and really, really good.

 

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

Not yet! :D

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The cover was designed by Dar Albert with Loose Id. I am really happy with it, and I think she did an amazing job at capturing the whole feel of the novel.

 

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

The sex scenes!!! I got there in the end, but sex scenes are hard to write. I’ve been married for fourteen years, but girl, I struggled. J For anyone in the same situation, just keep at it. Diana Gabaldon has a great article about how to implement at least 3 of the 5 senses when writing love scenes, and it really helped me.

 

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

I think it made me more aware of how precious love is. How scary it can be to open our hearts to someone else, but how rewarding it can be also. As a writer it taught me a lot, both about my style and about the whole editing process.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Never give up. We all struggle with self-doubt. Just write, write, write, and worry later. For me it’s about being in the moment, feeling what the characters feel, and taking the journey with them. Read a lot, too. Reading helps you grow as a writer.

 

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

Thank you for being interested in my writing! I really hope you enjoy the novel, and that you take something away from having read it, whatever that may be. J Friend me on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I remember being really into Little Women when I was eight years old. My daughter is that age now, and she’s into Harry Potter. I remember loving Louisa May Alcott, and I occasionally pick it up once in a blue moon.

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Raw emotion. I was a solider for a good number of years, and a mom for more, so I’m pretty hard-wearing. But I love seeing someone truly push themselves or achieve something, like in the movie “Creed.” That movie made me cry big-time. I love stories about the underdog. I relate to them very well.

 

 

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

I’d love to have a sit down with Stephen King someday. I would completely geek out and fangirl all over him, but seriously – he is an amazing writer, and his writing has taught me so much, and gotten me through so much.

 

 

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

Beloved wife and mother. Because above all else, that’s what I value.

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Yep, I play guitar and sing. I mostly do things with my kids, and I love it. After reading ATHOTS, I’m sure some fans will probably think I lounge in a boudoir somewhere wearing a negligee and eating bon-bons, but the (gasp) truth is that I’m a soccer mom and really family-oriented. I love my family. :D

 

 

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

!!!!The Walking Dead!!!!! I binge-watched it on Netflix and now I’m obsessed. I also like Agent Carter. I’m pro-Carvis (Jarvis and Peggy). :D

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

I love Indian food. I miss Nando’s in London. Color: dark blue/purple. Music – eclectic. I’m a big Bon Jovi fan, but I listen to everything from Classical to Rap.

 

 

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

I’d teach English.

 

 

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

Yes! They’re below. Thank you so much for the opportunity to interview!

www.roxannedhoward.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoxanneDHoward

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/48513394-roxanne-howard

Here is my interview with Madison Daniel

 

Name: Madison Daniel

Age: 41

Where are you from: Northern Arizona

Mads: Madison lives by one motto…

Music is LIFE and the written word is our SOUL.

Music and writing have been Madison’s true ambition since he was a child. He has used music in every form possible; writing it, performing it, healing with it, etc. Living and breathing his “life’s soundtrack” Madison has spent his writing career inspired by all the music of the universe, 80’s movies and eye candy. Being a product of the 80’s and early 90’s, he has always written in some form, from comic books to screenplays to short stories and now the fiery Ember Series. When not writing he enjoys dreaming out loud, challenging the real world, and inspiring the ones he loves. He has found a true passion for his stories and characters, and is eager to share them with the world. Look for him on his next book tour!

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Mads: I’m currently working on my brand new New Adult Paranormal series, Bleed Like  Me. It’s about vampires and all those things that go bump in the night!!! It’s my first official Adult work. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Mads: I have just always been creative in that way. When I was a kid I wrote, designed, and distributed my own comics. As I grew up my stories became longer and more fantastical. I’m an artist at heart, I HAVE to create. Whether it’s with music, paint, pencil, or with my words.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Mads: I guess when I first published my Ember Series and it reached the top spots in its category(s) on Amazon. I still feel as if I am striving for the next level and 95% of the world still doesn’t know who I am or what I write. Keep on pushing.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Mads: A song. I was listening to my iPod and a song came on and my imagination began to run away. I picked up a pen and paper and jotted down the scene in my head and that quickly became the first book I wrote, In Flames (originally titled EMBER).

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Mads: Is pretty a style? Ha. I tend to write as if the reader were watching a beautiful scene in a music video. I want the reader to see, feel, and hear my words. I add as much emotion as I can and let the results speak for themselves.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Mads: All my titles come from music, or a dream I had.

 

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

Mads: The common thread in all my writing is HOPE. Sometimes it’s hard to come by, or grasp, but it is always there. I tend to send my characters through emotional journeys that test them completely. But even in their darkest situations there is always light, always some tiny bit of hope for them to cling to.

 

 
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

Mads: All my stories are based in some realism. Ember Series is emotionally based on my time as teenager, and high school, and the people who affected me most. My newest series, Bleed Like Me, is filled with experiences from my adult life. But you’ll have to guess which scenes and chapters are based on truth and which are made up.

 

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

Mads: Both. I write what I know, or what I have lived, but I also embrace my crazy imagination. I have a short story called, THEM BONES, that is based on my time in a rock band, and most of the characters are based on old friends, and experiences. Fun times.

 

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

Mads: I’ve always said that Mr. Stephen King is my greatest influence. I grew up with his stories. If I had to choose an official mentor though, it would be music. Music has shaped everything I do, writing, painting, creating, breathing.

 

 
Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Mads: A brand new author, Jaxon M King. His first book, Into Jackson: EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. It’s freaking amazing.

 

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

Mads: See above answer. Ha! There are so many great new talents out there. Jaxon M King, WS Rutherford, Skye Knizley, Cameo Renae…

 

 
Fiona: What are your current projects?

Mads: It’s a growing list…

Bleed Like Me: BLOOD & BITE (book1)

Lucas Ryan Versus: THE OTHERS (book 3)

I AM THE FIRE (Ember Series continues)

Nomads (short story)

Temptation Waits (short story)

…and about a half dozen other projects.

 

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

Mads: Man, I’ve had so many amazing supporters…everyone at NERD GIRL OFFICIAL, all the peeps at CHBB PUBLISHING, some of the best fans/readers/stalkers, Amy Conley, Kristi Steele, Joella Elbert, just to name a few.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Mads: Of course. I hope to write until my last breath.

 

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

Mads: Well, my latest book is still a work in progress and I am continually tweaking it. It’s almost ready for the public though. As for any of my past books, I guess there are a few changes I will do one day, but you have to move on. Continue the journey and not hold to the past.

 

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

Mads: It’s just always been there. I’ve always been creating wondrous worlds in my head, from before I could even talk. I’m a bit of a dreamer, if you couldn’t tell already. Ha.

 

 

 

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

Mads: Hmmm… let me see…

 

BLEED LIKE ME: BLOOD & BITE (BOOK1)

Sneak peek of a snippet of Chapter 1(unedited)

 

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ONE – RUSH

 

“That’s a shitload of blood.”

 

Massive amounts of DNA was scattered everywhere. On the musty carpet, up the walls, even along the glass surface of the antique popcorn machine. Yeah, this old movie theatre had seen better days. The massacre before my tired eyes should have had me reeling. The sticky smell of burnt popcorn and death overwhelmed my senses. Body parts everywhere. Red pools of blood. I used to loathe the sight of blood. Hell, I dreaded just getting my blood drawn at the doctor’s. But not now, not since I met him. Since he came into my world there has only been one constant, one truth…

 

“I’m so freakin’ hungry.”

 

My name’s Rumor Cross, and I am starving. But not for the usual midnight snack, no, I crave the ultimate sin. Human blood. I know, I know, there are a thousand ‘creature of the night’ stories, but none quite like mine. I’ve been bitten, but I will not feed. I will not kill. I will not lose myself in all this intoxicating death. My immortal hunger may be born from the darkest depths but my soul still burns with light. I guess the best place to start, the only place to start, is at the beginning.

 

My story begins with my best friend, a very bad decision, and a beautiful but wicked boy with no name.

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

Mads: Deadlines. They suck. Everything else is no problem.

 

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

Mads: Stephen King. He has just written everything, and makes it look effortless.

 

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

Mads: Not too much. I have had some bad luck when it comes to traveling for conventions in the last year. Just financial hiccups or life getting in the way of some opportunities. All things I hope to rectify this year though. I want to share as many high 5’s and hugs as possible!!!

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Mads: I’ve designed al my covers with the exception of my Lucas Ryan Versus series. Those are created by an amazing artist, Grzegorz Rutkowski. I LOVE working with him and hope to start the third books cover soon.

 

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

Mads: Finding time for all my ideas. Too many projects calling my name.

 

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

Mads: Just that I love what I do, and sometimes my stories can have an affect on a reader. It’s really moving when I hear back from a reader who was moved in some way by one of my stories. It makes all the late nights worth it.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Mads: Shut up and write. Don’t worry about anything else but getting the story done. There will be plenty of time (and work) when you’re finished, to worry about promotion, sales, and reviews.

 

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

Mads: I LOVE YOU ALL!!!

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Mads: Probably a Dr. Suess book. Ha.

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Mads: My brother. He can make me laugh harder than anyone, at the best possible time. As for crying…certain songs that bring a painful memory to the surface.

 

 

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

Mads: Jim Henson. He was a man that spent his whole life trying to make the world smile. Amazing. I’d like to shake his hand and say, Thank You.

 

 

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

Mads: I want a life-size handprint carved into it, with the words…

HIGH FIVE ME.

SMACK!

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Mads: Guitar, singing, painting, drawing, and gaming.

 

 

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

Mads: Favorite television show is The Walking Dead. I have 3 favorite movies… The Crow, Aliens, and The Shawshank Redemption.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Mads: FOOD- Chinese. COLOR- Red & Black. MUSIC- All of it.

 

 

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

Mads: Tour the world with my band. Maybe become a eccentric painter or photographer.

 

 

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

Mads: http://www.madisondaniel.com/

 

 

Website:

http://www.madisondaniel.com

 

Twitter:

 https://twitter.com/MadisonDaniel13
Facebook Author:

http://www.facebook.com/Madison.Daniel.Author

 

Amazon Author:

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005DMSAIO

Here is my interview with Megan Goff

Name: Megan Goff

Age: 32

Where are you from:

I’m from Long Island, New York. I live in my Childhood home with my mother, my grandma, and my Uncle Mike.  I graduated West Babylon High School in 2001. Then I graduated State University of Old Westbury in 2006 with  degree in American Studies.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I just recently completed my first book entitled Penned Straight From the Heart.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing probably when I was in Junior High School. It almost like therapy for me. Whenever I had a tough day I would write and it seemed to make me feel a little bit better.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

On and off since I am about twelve years old.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My family was the inspiration behind my first book.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I would not say that I have any particular writing style.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I felt that it was what best described my writing because it all truly comes from heart.

 

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

There is really  no specific message within my writing. It is just expression of my inner self.

 

 
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic ?

It is one hundred percent realistic.

 

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

They are based on my own life and how I was feeling at the time.

 

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

I have been influenced by so many different books and authors almost everything I read influences in one way or another.  My mentor would have to be my high school choir director.

 

 
Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am currently I am reading Poetic Souls which is anthology of poetry from the Facebook group Love Poetry.

 

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

There are a few different poets that interest. I am eager to read more from Caroline Morphew as well as Thomas DeAngelo.

 

 
Fiona: What are your current projects?

I will be working on my second book later this year.

 

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

I would  say the most supportive person outside of my family  would have to be my boyfriend of nearly four years.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would say it would be my dream to make my writing my career.

 

 

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

My interest in writing came about when I needed an outlet for dealing with some emotionally tough times in my life.

 

 

 

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

My Writing, My Escape

 

How am I supposed to deal

With a world that has become so real

Sometimes I want to get away

Days I want to run away

 

Need an escape from reality

Time for healing me

And so I begin to write

I think this just might

 

Be the escape I was looking for

So if I just close my door

And live within my writing

Yes that’s where you’ll find me if you’re looking

 

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

Finding time in between my other responsibilities.

 

 

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

I currently do not travel much but I would love to travel more for my writing.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Barry Mowles

 

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

The hardest part would have to have been reliving the emotions that occurred when I was going the events that inspired the poems.

 

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

I’ve learned a lot about myself. I discovered how much I have changed over the years.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

If you have a dream of getting published don’t give up on your dreams.

 

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

Never give up on your dreams

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Call of the Wild

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

What makes me laugh? Spending time with a wonderful group of friends.

What makes me cry? The loss of a good friends

 

 

 

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

Maya Angelou because she was an amazing author and poet. I actually have a photograph with her wax figure from Madame Tussauds in New York City.

 

 

 

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

My head stone would be very simple. I want my legacy to live on with the people who knew and not on a head stone.

 

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I love to  sing and also play flute and keyboard.

 

 

 

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

I love watching cooking competition shows. I also love Marvels Agents of Shield, NCIS, NCIS:Los Angeles, and CSI: Cyber.

 

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

My favorite foods would have to be spaghetti and meat sauce, quesadilla, and pan fried dumplings. My favorite colors would have to be baby blue and deep purple. As for music, I love almost every  type of music. Some of my favorite performers are Celtic Thunder, Pentatonix, Alanis Morissette, Ryan Kelly, and Neil Byrne.

 

 

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

I would love to be a baker and cake designer.

 

 

 

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

I currently do not have a blog or a website.

Buying link http://www.amazon.com/Penned-Straight-Heart-Megan-Goff-ebook/dp/B01B9X7EK0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455131222&sr=8-1&keywords=Megan+Goff

Here is my interview with TC Matson

Name  TC Matson

Age 33

Where are you from

I’m from a little town in NC that has one red light and the best BBQ around. Now, I’m on the other side of that little town on a curvy road with no restaurants in sight. Guess that’s good for my weight, huh?

I’m a stay at home mom with three children—all boys. Testosterone fuels my life. Send help!

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I just released Blindsided (The Fighter Series Book #1) in November. Right now I am finishing up UnExpected (Book #2). Fingers crossed for an early Spring release!


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

My first novel, Mistaken Identity, was my beginning. Samantha and Tanner came to me out of the blue. One morning I woke up with them talking. The whole story was there and they wouldn’t shut up! So, I sat in front of my laptop and watched as the words came from my fingertips. Next thing I know, I had almost 80k words!


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Oohh, this is controversial for me. I believe there is a difference between author and writer. I was a writer while I wrote my first novel. I became an author November 4th, 2014 when I hit publish.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Same reason as when and why did you begin writing. I had these characters yelling at me. So quickly, I mapped it all out and just let them take over the keyboard.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Still being a newbie, I’m trying to find my groove. Mistaken Identity and Blindsided are utterly contrasted. Blindsided was super fun to write. I enjoy writing in present tense because I see my story as a movie and write it “as it’s happening.”


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Mistaken Identity- I didn’t. Tanner (one of the characters) did. Right when he said it, I leaped from my chair and screamed that was it.

Blindsided- Well…because both my main characters get blindsided. I dropped a quick summary of what the book was about to a friend and she said “Name it Blindsided!” It stuck.


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

Mistaken Identity-Don’t let the things in your life stop you from living.

Blindsided-It’s okay to be strong and stubborn, and also insecure.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

That’s one thing I appreciate about my writing—it all could happen.


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

There is only one characteristic that’s in all my books. Maybe you’ll find the feature. ;)


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

That’s a good question! Professionally, I keep religion out only because I don’t want someone who isn’t religious to think I’m going to sit back and judge them—I’m not. I’m a strong believer of a good heart whether you go to church or not. But I have to say The Bible has influenced my life A LOT.

As for a mentor, I look up to Harper Bentley greatly. Over the years we’ve became good friends and our humor runs parallel with each other’s. Even though she’s made the USA Today Best Seller’s list, she’s so freaking humble and supportive. She doesn’t see me as a “little guy.”

I also have grown a friendship with Alexa Keith. She’s a newbie author just as I am, so we hold hands and leap off the cliff together. She’s my daily dose of coffee.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m not reading anything right now. I wish I was. Harper Bentley came out with Ryker (Powers to Be #4), and Christina Lauren released Wicked Sexy Liar. I want to read them both!


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

*hangs head really, really low* Since I haven’t been able to read, I haven’t been able to explore new authors. Writing and family consumes me.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

UnExpected (The Fighter Series Book #2)

I’m only able to focus on one book at a time. If not, my characters will start braiding into one and get totally confused.


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

My chair. This thing has supported my ass from day one.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes.


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

Nope! Are there things people hated in the story? Yep. Not many people know I also wanted to throat punch Paige a few times, but hey that’s her personality.


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

 

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

Oh! I wish I could, but if you haven’t read Blindsided, I will totally spoil UnExpected for you. Let’s just say, Paige grows up, Levi calms down, and Holly’s personality shines. UnExpected starts two weeks after where Blindsided left off and all the unanswered questions you were left with will get answered.


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

Time! There’s not enough of it.


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

Just one!? Are you serious? You’re so mean! I’ll compromise. I’ll tell you my top two.

RK Lilley!! Her Danika & Tristan Series created a reading monster in me. I read the series in just a few days and I still grieve Tristan (and that was 2 years ago!). Isn’t it crazy how you get attached to fictional characters? I’m going to have to go reread that series again.

I’m not sure what it is about her style that I love, but whatever it is, she needs to keep doing it.

Emma Chase! I freaking love her writing style. She cracks me up!


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

Not yet, but one day I’ll be traveling the world to sign and meet all my fantastic readers.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

LJ @ Mayhem Cover Designs. Flove her!


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

Other than trying to find time (see the theme here?), it would have to be descriptions and to not sound repetitive. There are only a few ways you can smile, laugh, or look uninterested.


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

You cannot please everyone! With Mistaken Identity, I had a reader shred the book, but she did it in such a polite manner that I wish I could reach out to her and hug her neck. In a nut shell, she reminded me to get out of the tunnel vision. Basically, I know the story and all the details…my readers don’t.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

DO NOT GIVE UP!


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

THANK YOU SO MUCH & I LOVE YOU!

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I have read so many in my life…I can’t. I’m sorry.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I love a good laugh. Natural silliness gets me every time.

Oh geezz, I’m a sap for the Budweiser commercials. Remember the one where the man raised the horse then Budweiser came and got him, and three years later the man went to see the horse in the parade and the horse spots him. The next scene is the man leaving and the horse chasing him down the road….Dammit I’m tearing up now.

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

There are so many people in the past that is super influential to our world today. Martin Luther King Jr, Anne Frank, Rosa Parks, Wyatt Earp, Bonnie & Clyde…I’m a history freak. Oh! And Sam Hunt…yes please! :)

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

I told you so!

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Hmmm…I enjoy hidden object games. Good grief…y’all must think I’m in my 80s. LOL

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

Oh Geezz, you all are going to think I’m certifiable. My TV liking ranges from HGTV all the way to Ghost Adventures. I flove the History Channel!

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Chicken Wings! Without them, life would suck!

Black, Hot pink, and Red

I listen to everything, but I’m heavy metal at heart.

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

If I could have afforded the schooling, I would have become a relationship/marriage counselor.

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

www.tcmatson.com

FB Like Page: http://bit.ly/TCMatson

FB Page: http://on.fb.me/1W5iZIU

Twitter: http://bit.ly/TC_Matson

Instagram: http://bit.ly/1LHLvpR

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1p2TVMf

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/10sZnTF

 

Blindsided

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1QcgHny

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1WGNEwu

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1QmGWa1

Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/1WGNNA6

Mistaken Identity

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1s0eOJy

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/14aPgoR

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1AJTxLn

Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/1wRDVl0

 

Here is my interview with Kym Roberts

Name: Kym Roberts

Age: Over half-a-century;)

Where are you from: Home for me is Oregon, but I’ve lived in so many places that numerous cities across the U.S. have a special place in my heart.

A little about your self -ie. your education, family life, etc: Law enforcement has been in my blood from the time I turned sixteen. I obtained my degree in Administration of Justice before entering my career. Now I’m a retired detective sergeant from Kansas City, MO.

I met my alpha male on the PD and we bought a house together, but life had to change when my dad asked him if was going to make an honest woman out of me.  At that point I decided it was time to finally say yes, or there’d be hell to pay for one of us. ;)  My husband and I have a tendency to wrestle more than the average couple and are constantly trying to sneak up on the other one. According my score card I’m up by five, but he says my math sucks, so I’ll let you decide which one of us has the upper hand.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Kym: I just finished my first book in a new cozy mystery series, which is due out December 2016 through Lyrical/Kensington Publishing. I’m half way through a new novella which is part of a series with several authors from Chick Swagger that we will release in September. As a group, Chick Swagger releases a new series once a year. Last September we released our Noble Pass Affaire series in conjunction with RomCon and had a blast at the conference. We will be hitting the dance floor again this year in Denver. Word to the wise, when they play the song, how low can you go—make sure you have stretch jeans on. ;)


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Kym: I was a government brat, so we moved a lot when I was a kid. This developed my love for reading and then writing. I didn’t pursue publication, however, until after I retired from the PD.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Kym: Introducing yourself as an author is hard! For all those aspiring authors, have your significant other or friends introduce you as an author. My hubby forced me out of my writer’s closet and it was the best thing for my confidence. (I’m not going to lie, the first couple times he did it—I thought he might die before the night was over.)In the end, he was right—shhhhh!

 



Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Kym: My first book was inspired by golfer Seve Ballesteros…I know I hear the crickets chirping. How the heck a teenage girl became inspired to write a romance about a golfer back before golf was really popular, I have no idea. But thank you Seve;)


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Kym: I like to have a mix of emotions in my books. Life is full of laughter, sorrow, and times when you just need to kick a little a**.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Kym: For my books, the titles come first, it’s part of the plotting process for me. In my new series, however, another author just released a book with a similar title. My editor came up with the new title, and even though I can’t tell you what it is, I can tell you my first thought was, “That’s brilliant!”


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

Kym: In each of my books I hope the reader recognizes the strength of the characters. Life will go on without the love of your life at some point. As individuals we have purpose, and that purpose is constantly changing. Go out and do it with gusto.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

Kym: I think there’s realism in every book, otherwise readers wouldn’t be able to identify with the characters. In my book Handled By Officer, I had numerous readers criticize how smart little Jamie was. “A boy that young couldn’t possibly tell a 911 call-taker all that,” they said. I’m here to tell you, kids are amazing under pressure and they give incredible detail.


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

Kym: There’s a little bit of me and my experiences in all of my books. The key words are ‘a little bit.’ It’s like when something happens and you say, “Man, I should have done that,” or “Geez, if I’d known that, I would have done that.” You look at an event and turn it upside down to make it the best, funniest, scariest, bloodiest, or most emotional scene you possibly can. Then there’s those events that come to you in your dreams…those are sure to scare the crap out of you.


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

Kym: On my website I list the authors who have influenced me the most: Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, Suzanne Brockmann, and Karen Marie Moning. I found Sue as a young, single cop full of self-doubt, Janet when I needed laughter as my mom lay dying in the hospital, Suzanne when my husband and I needed to learn to deal with being married to someone who may not come home, and Karen when the real world was a little too dark to deal with.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Kym: Karen Marie Moning’s Feverborn.


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

Kym: I know this sounds weird, but I really enjoyed reading the other Noble Pass Affaire Novellas, Flirting with Fate, Flirting with Fire, Flirting with Sin and Flirting with Disaster. Elisabeth Cratree writes very funny cozy mysteries—love her Grace Holliday Mysteries.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

Kym: I’m currently writing Red Lace, the novella from the series by Chick Swagger. Then I’ll be writing my second book for Lyrical/Kensington and this summer I hope to release Dead Right There, A Malia Fern Mystery. I had to put it on the shelf even though it’s half done, when I got the contract with Lyrical.


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

Kym: Faith—not just my religion, but faith in my ability, faith in my kids making good choices and faith that my husband will come home safe. And of course, faith that the world will to get its act together and learn to interact in a more positive manner.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Kym: Absolutely. I take online classes and attend conference to learn how to improve my skill. I network with authors, agents, editors, bloggers and readers. It is a very consuming career. And I love it;)


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

Kym: LOL, I can change things every time I read my book. Once it’s edited, though, I don’t look back. There’s always another story to tell.


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

Kym: Praise from an English teacher.

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

Kym: Here’s a taste of Red Lace, unedited—about Ty Beckingsale, a man with a past she can’t soon forget.

 

Red lace. His angel wore red lace. Not the innocent kind like the paper doilies kids used for art projects. Not the table cloth kind that was heavy and gave the illusion of being transparent. No, this was the sheer kind that left a hint of mystery as to the exact shade of her pert nipples straining against the delectable fabric. The kind that made a man’s mouth water and his dick stand at attention.

What the fuck had he been wasting his time on? There was a veritable goddess leaning over him. He looked up, thanking the heavens for the vision of red lace within his reach. Her hair, braided in one thick long cord, fell over her shoulder in shades of chestnut, copper and gold, was covered with a white dusting he could have sworn was a halo. Her large brown eyes were so dark, he could wander in them for hours and never find his way out. But it was that bottom lip, the one she worried with her teeth in between whatever she was trying to say, that made him want to get lost in the moment.

Curved and sensual, that mouth could sent a man to straight to heaven…and hell.

 

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

Kym: Third person—it gives me fits.


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

Kym: In 2015 I went to four conferences. So far in 2016 I’m going to one. They are beneficial but can also keep you from writing.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Kym: The incredibly talented Susan Coils from Custom Covers (http://www.coverkicks.com/tablet/index.html) did Handled By Officer, Dead Man’s Carve, A Tickled to Death Mystery and both Dead On Arrival and Dead Right There in the Malia Fern Mysteries. Misty Dietz created the cover for the Noble Pass Affaire Novella series, including my Flirting with the Devil.


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

Kym: Sitting down at the computer—there’s so much that needs done around the house, and the dog rings the bell to go out every hour on the hour.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Kym: Keep writing, keep attending classes. Analyze your favorite author’s books. What is it that you really like about their writing? The dialogue, the detail, the world? Look at your delivery—the formatting of a sentence, paragraph, page or chapter really enhances how a reader perceives the story—it actually helps tell the story.


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

Kym: I hope I made you laugh, feel silly, feel heartbreak, feel strong and impowered. But most of all, feel loved. There is a bright spot out there waiting for all of us—but you have to be the one to open the door and find it.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Kym: Dick and Jane readers. I loved Sally and Spot since I was the youngest I could relate to Sally.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Kym: Laugh-Strong men who make fun of themselves, and I don’t just mean muscle bound, Jimmy Fallon is hilarious;) My hubby fits in this category—but he doesn’t need to know that.

Cry-watching others hurt. I was able to handle most tragedies at work, but seeing the pain of a victim or a victim’s family, that fricking tears me up. You swallow a lot of lumps during those moments.

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

Kym: Not really. I don’t want the people I put on a pedestal to fall—I’ve put them up pretty high and I like the image I have in my head. Looking toward the future, however, I’d love to meet my grandkids as adults.

 

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

Kym: She lived with Faith, Strength, Courage and Love. But since I’m going to be cremated and have my ashes scattered—it’s not necessary.

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Kym: LOL, what don’t I do? I carve, do woodwork, paint, refurbish furniture, renovate my house (never-ending job) hike, read, travel and surf—poorly.

 

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

Kym: Action, humor and romance. I’m not into cryfests—you won’t catch me there. And of course, the HGTV and DIY networks. (Not cooking-that’s not me at all) Right now, I’m loving the TV show Lucifer.

 

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

Kym: I did it—I retired from LE. Professional surfer would have been nice;)

 

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

Kym: http://www.kymroberts.com/  and http://chickswagger.com /. I blog at the Cozy Corner on FreshFiction.com .

You can also find me on FB http://on.fb.me/1QprkPh and Chick Swagger will soon have a FB Fan page as well-totally looking forward to that!

Amazon link: http://bit.ly/KymRobertsAmazon

Look for me on Twitter, Instagram and Tumbler under KymRoberts911 Hope to see you there!

 

Thank you, Fiona for asking me to visit Authors Interviews—you made me think and I love a challenge;)

 

Here is my interview with Dinah McLeod

Name Dinah McLeod

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I absolutely do. I love to write—it’s something I’ve been doing since I was five years old, and that wonderful teacher I had encouraged me to keep at it. I’ve always wanted to be a writer—often I also wanted to be an actress and a famous singer right along with it, but the goal to write and be read is one that has never changed. I feel privileged to be able to do what I love—not everyone can say that, unfortunately. While it’s not always fun and games—think bad reviews, or low sales—it is my career and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

As my creative writing teacher once told me, a writer has to also be a reader. Fortunately, I love to read! Currently, I am reading “Owning O” by Maren Smith, “Rocky Mountain Dawn” Lee Savino and “Lessons in Love” by Kathryn Blake. My Kindle is always busy, let’s put it that way!

 

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

I always have a show queued up on Netflix. It’s my guilty pleasure for relaxing, hence why I often balance the checkbook while watching TV! Haha! I am making my way through “Revenge” for a second time and when my husband is home we watch “Gilmore Girls”. His choice, believe it or not! Jim is such a softie!

 

Ooh, I also wanted to tell you about my newest release, “Kept by her Cowboy Daddy”! It’s a sequel to “Her Cowboy Daddy” and I can’t tell you how much fun I had catching up with Colton and Scarlett again! I would love to share a little excerpt with you!

“I’m going to miss you, Baby-girl.” When he opened his arms to her, she eagerly filled them.

“I’ll miss you too, Daddy.”

“I’ll be back before you know it. And maybe the space will be good for us.”

“You think so?” she asked, tilting her head back to look up at him.

“Well, you know what they say. Absence makes the heart fonder. And the way I figure it, maybe it’ll make you a little less sassy. At least for a few days.”

“Hey!” she protested, smacking him on the chest.

“See what I mean? No respect.” He tsked his tongue as he shook his head at her. “You just better consider yourself lucky I don’t have time to deal with you right now. But don’t you worry, I’ll take care of it when I get back.”

“After you write your million-dollar manuscript,” she quipped.

“That does it.” Colton spun her around and pushed her over his knee, giving her three firm, playful swats that made her squeal before he let her up. “You be a good girl or there will be more where that came from.”

She ducked her head, though not in time to hide the huge grin on her face. “I can’t wait. Are you sure you don’t have a little extra time?”

He cocked his head. “What did you have in mind?”

“Well…” She looked up coyly through lowered lashes. “I’m not the only one who’s going to miss you.”

“You’re not?”

“Uh-uh.”

“Who else, then?”

Her cheeks warmed. She couldn’t possibly say it.

But Colton wasn’t having it any other way, it seemed. “Scarlett?” he prompted.

She was very much feeling like his little girl right now so there was no way she could ask for sex. But she could show him. She stepped forward and took his large, heavy hand in hands and guided it to rest on her pussy that throbbed hungrily against the heat of his hand.

“You naughty girl,” he said, half-laughing, half-growling. “Get to the bedroom so I can teach you a lesson.”

With a giggle, she shot off in that direction, her heart beating in heady eagerness. She could feel him at her heels. She’d just entered when she heard the door close shut behind them and he grabbed her. He wasn’t rough, but his embrace was full of desire and she could have happily swooned in his arms.

His lips found hers, pressing insistently until she opened her mouth, allowing him entry. As soon as her lips parted, his tongue delved inside, exploring familiar territory. With a hand pressed against the small of her back, he kept her close.

Scarlett trembled beneath the tender possessiveness of his touch. With each lingering kiss, her pussy grew hotter.

“Lie down,” Colton murmured.

She obeyed swiftly, enjoying the fact that his eyes never strayed from her face as she did. She’d no sooner gotten onto the bed than he joined her, sidling up to her in a way that she found downright sexy.

“Take down your panties, Darlin’.”

She much preferred when he did it, but she knew that sometimes he enjoyed watching her, so she hooked her fingers in the band of the panties and pulled them down. When the cool air kissed her skin, she became acutely aware of just how wet she was.

Colton grinned wolfishly at her, as though he was thinking the very same thing. He traced a finger over her pussy lips, making her shiver. When he slid the finger inside, testing her wet depths, she couldn’t help but moan. “Do you want to feel my cock in that tight pussy, little girl?” he murmured.

 

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Kept-Cowboy-Daddy-Dinah-McLeod-ebook/dp/B01BHH22KK/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1455032019&sr=8-4&keywords=dinah+mcleod

 

Here is my interview with John Grover

Name : John Grover

Age: 45

Where are you from: Massachusetts, USA

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

I work at a corporate office by day and write scary stories by night. I grew up watching Tales from the Darkside, Creature Double feature and all kinds of sci-fi horror shows with my brother on Saturdays. I’ve been writing fiction since I was in high school and took a creative writing course at Boston’s Fisher College.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I am currently working on a book about fallen angels.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing in high school after being assigned a story to write in English class. We used to read the horror classics Frankenstein, Dracula and Edgar Allen Poe and I fell in love with the horror genre.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After selling my first story in 1990.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The fiction I grew up reading—Stephen King, Mary Shelly, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker.

 

 


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

My stories tend to mimic Twilight zone or Tales from the Darkside—heavy on mood, suspense and atmosphere.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I look for a title that best fits the book. Sometimes titles just come to me first and  I write a story around that.

 

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

Not particularly, I tend to write for entertainment.

 

 


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic? 

I to make it as realistic as possible but with horror and fantasy fiction, you have to try a little hard to make the unbelievable—believable. Having well-rounded and down to earth characters helps with that.

 

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

Only a little, sometimes I give characters traits from people I know or a mixture of traits. I borrow a little from my own experiences but not much.

 

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

The old horror classics as mentioned above.

 

 


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Martyrs and Monsters by Robert Dunbar.

 

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

Many… R. Thomas Riley, KH Koehler, Robert Dunbar and many more.

 

 
Fiona: What are your current projects?

A paranormal story about fallen angels and a dark fantasy book that is the sequel to my book: Knightshade: Perdition Bleeds.

 

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

My friends.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

At this stage I don’t know and it really doesn’t matter. I write for fun.

 

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

I would study the craft more, take more classes and use beta readers.

 

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

Through my love of the old classics, comic books and horror movies I watched on TV growing up.

 

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

Finding the time to do it.

 

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

That has changed over the years, I still admire Stephen King for his characters, Clive Barker for his imagination and Dean Koontz for his suspense.

 

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

No, but I do use my travel experiences in some of my writing.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Various cover artists. I use a number of artist I’ve know over the years—Kirk Alberts, KH Koehler, Christopher Zibelli and more.

 

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

Getting started, outlining.

 

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

That you have to have patience.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Be patient. This is not a get rich quick scream. Write everyday because you love it not because you want to make tons of money. Money is great but writing may not be the way to go.

 

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

Thank you for support me and the other writers out there.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, I really don’t

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Great stories.

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Cooking, Halloween, swimming, pets, traveling, dancing, going to the movies

 

 

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

Any and all horror shows and movies, Grimm, Supernatural, The Flash, Arrow, Faceoff, etc.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Almost any type of food. Comfort food is my favorite. Colors I like are burgundy, gray, black, red, burnt orange- colors that  remind me of the Fall, my favorite season.

 

 

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

Chef.

 

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

Here is my website: www.shadowtales.com and my facebook page and Amazon author page: https://www.facebook.com/johngroverdarkfictionauthor/

http://www.amazon.com/John-Grover/e/B004B7MHG8

 

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Here is my interview with Annie Whitehead

Name Annie Whitehead

Age 52

Where are you from  Nowhere, having moved all over the world, but settled now in the English Lake District. My father was in the armed forces and I was born in Germany on British soil, so I have the rare distinction of having two birth certificates. Early life was a series of house and school moves, from the Far East to the Netherlands. I went to four different secondary schools and took a year out before I studied History in London and gained my BA (Hons) in 1985. I’ve been married for nearly 26 years and have three grown-up ‘kids’.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My second published novel “Alvar the Kingmaker” has just been released. It’s the story of a 10th century nobleman and the challenges he faces when too many people demand his loyalty and protection.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always ‘scribbled’, but it was when I was a final year student that I realised all I wanted to do for a living was write.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I’d finished the first draft of my first novel. It wasn’t great, but I knew I had something I could build on.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My love of history, and of reading historical novels.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I think I do. I tend to write in third person, but I keep the point of view to just a few characters, so that you’ll only see inside the heads of a select number of the ‘cast’. I always like to show the reader what I can see, so I’m careful to set each scene.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I find titles really difficult. For my first novel (To Be a Queen) I played around for ages with the words, but I knew I wanted to convey the fact that the heroine knew what it took, sacrifices and all, to be a Queen. With Alvar it was harder – the working title was Might and the Mitre, to convey his struggles with the Church establishment, but then I realised it was more about his role, and that was most definitely that of Kingmaker.

 

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

Interesting question. Maybe that it’s worth bearing in mind just what desperate lengths people will go to in order to achieve their ambitions or desires. And that hypocrisy gives off a pungent whiff. I know from my work with school pupils and as a parent, that even very young children can smell a hypocrite.

 

 
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic ?

I’d like to think that it’s very realistic. Only one of my main characters is fictional. I researched the history, although I’d had a good head start having studied the period for my degree, but I did extensive research into how people actually lived – what they wore, what they ate, and how they viewed the world.

 

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

Not directly, because it’s a work of historical fiction. But I was able to identify with some of the choices and dilemmas faced by the women, particularly their progression into motherhood and the change in perspective that comes with that.

 

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

I’m not sure that any particular book has influenced me, but I would say my mentor has to be my tutor when I was a student. Ann Williams is an eminent Dark Ages historian, highly respected and incredibly generous of her time. She brought that period to life for me and we are still in regular contact over 3o years later.

 

 
Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I have several books on the go at any given time. I’m currently reading and scoring books entered in a novel competition, so I’m probably not at liberty to say!

 

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

Through my writing I’ve been lucky to discover lots of new writers. One who stands out as having an exquisite turn of phrase is Prue Batten; I’ve just finished her ‘Tobias’. My favourite read of last year was ML Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans, again because of the phrasing. With both of these books, there were moments when I just looked up and thought – I wish I could write like that.

 

 
Fiona: What are your current projects?

My plan is to release my third book about Anglo-Saxon Mercia early next year. It’s already written, but I need to find a cover and have it proofread etc. I’m currently working on a non-historical novel, which was a prize-winner in the Mail on Sunday Novel Writing Competition a year or two ago. I’d been a winner the previous year and when I turned up again, judge Fay Weldon remembered me and said, “My dear, you really must finish this novel.” So that’s what I’m trying to do!

 

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

When I first began writing, it was just me and a notebook. I live a long way from family members too, so it was very much a solo project. Since the release of my first novel I’ve been embraced by a lovely ‘family’ of fellow authors, too many to name individually.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes.

 

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

I might focus slightly more on the ‘supporting actress’. I wrote ‘Alvar’ before ‘Queen’ and if I’d written them the other way round I might have followed ‘Queen’ with another leading female protagonist. But in the re-writes I expanded her role considerably.

 

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

I remember writing stories in my bedroom when I was quite a young child. At around the age of eight I wrote a series of tales about Ferdinand the Hedgehog.

 

 

 

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

“Alfreda sang quietly while she worked with the batches of wool. The rhythmic movement of the carding combs moving back and forth in her hands was familiar from childhood and now, as then, she was soothed by the pulsing regularity of the action. She sat slightly apart from the other women. She was still unsure how much they knew or guessed and she wished neither to insult them by pretending, nor to reveal the truth if they were not already aware. Thus rendered dumb, she worked alone, speaking only when she needed some more wool to work on. She had almost finished the latest lot when she heard the shouting. She was always frightened by the yelling, but now her hand went quickly to her belly in an instinctively protective gesture.”

 

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

With each new piece, I find it harder to get started. Knowing that the first draft will be, essentially, rubbish, it’s hard to just type it out anyway, knowing that most of it will get edited/deleted.

 

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

I’m not sure that I have a favourite author. I have favourite books, and they are usually favourites because the characters within the pages have become real people to me. Any author who can do this, gets my vote.

 

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

No. The landscape and buildings have changed so much since the 10thc that there’s precious little to see. I have visited a few, though. On holiday in North Wales many years ago I was really moved to discover that, quite by chance, the guest house we had picked purely on the basis that it could accommodate our family of five plus my parents, was located just across the road from the monastery at Clynnog Fawr, a place where Alvar is recorded to have been in AD978. It was magical to know that I was walking in the same place, even though the church building that stands there now is more modern.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The illustration for To Be a Queen was supplied by the publisher. I designed the Alvar cover myself, using an image for which I’d purchased the rights.

 

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

Initially, it was the realisation that I didn’t know much about how the people lived. Later, it was the exhaustion that comes at the end, when you are scrolling through your completed manuscript looking for typos and inconsistencies. Somewhere between the first and final draft is a happy place where I can dawdle, sometimes for years!

 

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

Begin the story in the right place, and find inventive ways of dropping in any necessary exposition.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

When you are despondent and feel like giving up, ask yourself what you would rather be doing instead. If the answer is nothing, don’t give up – you are a writer.

 

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

The Anglo-Saxons weren’t mystical, mythical, magical beings who dwelt with elves and monsters. They were medieval, with systems of government as sophisticated as anything the Normans introduced. Their period spanned more than half a millennium; to lump them all together is akin to saying that we live like the Tudors did.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I don’t. But it was probably a Janet and John book.

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

The Monty Python Fish Slap Dance makes me laugh every time I see it. Seeing other people upset, and missing my kids are two things guaranteed to make me cry.

 

 

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

I would like to meet someone from the 10th Century, just to see how accurate my portrayals are.

 

 

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

“She was kind, and she was a good mother.” I think if one can be kind, it’s a good way to live.

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I really enjoy ‘working out’ and I do pilates, yoga, weight-training, kick-boxing, walking and cycling. Lately I’ve become rather addicted to the new generation of colouring books.

 

 

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

Any good film or TV drama, comedy shows. I’m not a huge fan of crime dramas, although I did enjoy Lewis and Happy Valley.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

I don’t really have a favourite food or colour. I’m a massive fan of music though – I love The Who and have done since I was 11, but I also like folk music, classical, 70s rock, 80s synth and some newer Indie bands that my kids have introduced me to.

 

 

 

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

I would love to have been a professional singer and did have a taste of that life, but nerves/stage fright got the better of me.

 

 

 

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

Yes, I blog here:

http://anniewhitehead2.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Annie-Whitehead-Author-566498500155270/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

 

Amazon Authors Page http://www.amazon.co.uk/Annie-Whitehead/e/B01BI6WB7E/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Book links:

http://mybook.to/To-Be-A-Queen

http://mybook.to/AlvartheKingmaker

 

https://www.feedaread.com/books/Alvar-the-Kingmaker-9781786106889.aspx

 

Here is my interview with Ellie Eden

Name Ellie Eden

 

Where are you from

I live in Hawaii with my husband and two daughters and a son.  I was born in South Africa and left there in my early 20s to travel. I never returned although I visited every two years. We’ve lived in Australia and California. I like them all. Hawaii is very beautiful and I like the scenery, temperature and the hiking, swimming and outdoor life here.

 

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

I went to a convent school in South Africa. We had an excellent education when it came to reading and understanding literature. My maths was non-existent. I told my daughter once that I was always getting into trouble with the nuns. She was delighted and said, “Oh! What did you do.”  I said, whenever I was bored I would cross my legs and wiggle my foot up and down. She thought that was hilarious. Said I wouldn’t even have been noticed in the classroom she’s in. But it really worked then!! Drove the mother superior nuts! (poor woman!)

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I’m thrilled my romantic suspense ebook Flirting with Danger, published by Etopia Press, received a great review from The Romance Reviews. Here’s a snippet: FLIRTING WITH DANGER is a story that will have you guessing at every page turn. It causes you to question just about every event.

I loved the author’s style of writing. She created an air of mystery and suspense that was perfect for the story. The main focus of the story was on the thrilling events and situations that the characters found themselves in. The romantic elements, though minimal were hot, intense and steamy.

FLIRTING WITH DANGER  is mysterious, suspenseful and riveting. If you love stories that are suspenseful, action-packed and enthralling, then give this one a try.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote a lot when I was a teenager. I never worked on the outline first, just plunged into the plot. So the books didn’t get past the first few exciting chapters! Writing as Ellie Crowe, my first published book was “The Little Princess Kaiulani” – a children’s book about Hawaii’s beloved princess who had a lovely childhood but lost her kingdom and died young and tragically. The book was about her childhood and fun to write. Then I wrote a number of best selling travel books about Hawaii, including “Exploring Lost Hawaii, Places of Power, History, Mystery and Magic.” It was fun exploring and taking the photos and I interviewed a lot of people about the strange things like ghostly volcano goddesses and women in white and fireballs sailing through the air that Hawaii abounds in.

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I like to write books that move fast and are easy to read. Exotic settings appeal to me. I like strong alpha heroes, both in fiction, and in the non-fiction I’ve written like “Surfer of the Century.” Flirting with Danger (written as Ellie Eden) is my first romantic suspense book. I love to read romantic suspense and writing it was just as much fun. I particularly enjoyed writing about the bad guy. And Nara, the  wild little drug dealer, took on a life of her own.I loved writing about her!

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I had a hard time coming up with the title “Flirting With Danger” – I wanted something that sounded sort of sexy but that also told the reader it was a suspenseful story. The first title for the book was “Letting Evil In,” but it sounded too much like horror or something!

 

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

“Flirting with Danger” is based on a husband who messes around on the internet. The premise of the book is that the computer is a window into your home. Beware who creeps in. In this case, the whole family is thrown into a deadly situation.

 

 
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic ?

A large part of the book is set in Brazil, an exotic but dangerous country. I visited South America a few times and read a lot of magazines and news reports about the drug dealers there.

 

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

Part of the book is based on what actually happened to a friend of mine. Her husband left her for a young Brazilian drug dealer he’d met on line. Within a few months, the jealous girl was threatening to kill his daughter, saying he loved her more. It was sort of satisfying for my friend, in an awful way, in that it turned out really bad for the husband! She is now happily married to someone else.

 

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

Joy Fielding is one of my favorite readers. And the early Mary Higgins Clark. I love twisting plots and unexpected villains.

 

 
Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Gone Girl is the last really good suspense book I read. At the moment I’m reading The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory – also a wonderful writer.

 

 
Fiona: What are your current projects?

I’m working on a romantic suspense set in a Dystopian world. And also finishing the editing on another Hawaii Travel Book, Exploring Oahu, Places of Power, History and Mystery.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I see writing as a lifestyle. I would do it whether it supported me or not.

 

 

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

I’d change the cover and get rid of the gun. Although the cover of Flirting with Danger” features a gorgeous night scene of Brazil and the guy is hot, I read that Amazon doesn’t like promoting covers with guns. I asked the publisher to soften the look, remove the gun, but it didn’t happen.

 

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

 

FLIRTING WITH DANGER

by ELLIE EDEN
Available now from:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

They wandered along the sand in the honeyed glow of evening, making their way towards the lights of the hotels. As they reached the beach steps, Kristi stumbled and felt Tony’s hand steady her. Poor guy, always saving me, she thought. He makes me feel protected. Some men are like that. She was sure women would love him. Any woman with any sense would want a man like Tony. She wondered if he was married.

Sitting down on the second step, she wiggled her toes in the warm sand.

“Tell me about yourself,” she said. “Have you always lived in Rio?”

He shook his head. “I was born in Sorrento, Italy. My father’s Italian and my mother’s Brazilian/American. They came to Brazil with me and my brother when I was ten. My father’s a rancher in Bahia. It’s a ways from the city. I went to college in Boston.”

“Oh. Why?”

“My mother wanted me to. Her parents live there. It was great, I loved it. Boston is so different from Rio.”

For some silly reason she was delighted to hear he’d been to college in a city she knew. “I grew up in Boston. Which college did you go to?”

He laughed. “You’re not going to believe this. I went to Berklee College of Music. I hoped to be lead guitarist in a famous band.”

She beamed at him. “You studied music! Josh is going to be so impressed! I can picture you. I bet you had long hair. Yeah? Curly, long hair. Did you play Hendrix?”

“Yeah. Voodoo Child. I rocked.”

“You’ll have to jam with Josh. Will you do that? Before we go? Please!”

“Sure.”

Almost unconsciously she turned her head to look at him. As he was sitting on the step below her, they were almost eye to eye. His half-smile was sweet. Sexy. It made a shiver run through her. She jerked her gaze away. Suddenly she felt lost. What was she doing on the beach on a tropical night with this good-looking stranger? It would be fun to be single, to be flirting with no worries or complications. Was Michael doing that somewhere close by? Was he having  an affair? Maybe her whole family about to be shattered, like hers had been when she was not much younger than Josh. Tears filled her eyes. Quickly, she wiped them away. Then without meaning to, she gave a loud sob. You’re not going to cry! She forced herself to stop. She hiccupped. Some tourists passed by, carefully looking the other way. Oh God. What was she doing!

“Kristi,” he said, softly. “Whatever it is, we can figure it out. My brother, Rafael, is working on finding your husband. He is Deputy Chief of Civil Police. He’ll do everything anyone possibly could do. We’ll find your husband.”

Embarrassed, she nodded.

“Come on. Let’s get you back to your hotel,” he said, sounding awkward as he helped her up.

“I’m sorry I cried like that. I didn’t mean to.”

“It’s okay.”

“I got an email yesterday. It was from Michael. It showed him hugging a local girl. They were at the beach right here in Copacabana. Michael had on those horrible little Speedos and the girl was wearing a mini bikini. They looked as if they were having a ball. I don’t know why he sent it to me.” Again, her eyes filled with tears. She blinked hard to hide them. “I don’t know what he thinks he’s doing. How can I ever take him back? I don’t even want him back. I don’t feel the same way about him. But what about Josh and the twins?” Now she’d told him all her problems again. What was wrong with her!

He sighed. “Oh Kristi.”  Reaching out, he took her hand tentatively as if taking hands was not something he normally did. His fingers were hard and his palm callused. She liked hands like that. She felt a hot quiver run through her. She pulled her hand away. Where was she going with this? Was she crazy?

Of its own accord it seemed, her body leaned towards him. She slipped her hand back into his. The feel of his hand felt natural, comforting. Holding hands was underrated. She really, really wanted to hold his hand. She could feel the heat of his body where it touched hers. “You’ve been really nice to Josh and me,” she said. “I feel so strange. What if nothing was the way I thought it was for all these years?”

“Don’t judge anything now.”

“I didn’t know you did marriage counseling.”

He shrugged. “I only know it from the worse case scenario. If anything good happens, don’t consult me.”

“You’re married?”

“I was. She left me. It was my fault.”

She was about to ask what happened, when the first big drops of rain pelted down. “Want to make a dash for it?” he said. Fingers locked, they ran through the drizzle. As they reached the hotel foyer, he let go of her hand. They stood apart in the brightly lit elevator. Without meaning to, she again swayed closer to him, feeling her shoulder touch his warm arm. Self-consciously, she moved away, noticing the muscles of his arms and chest outlined by his damp tee-shirt. Rain pasted her wet tee-shirt to her body. Wondering if he could see her nipples, she pulled the clinging fabric away from her damp bikini top.

She unlocked the door and walked into the room. They were both wet. For a moment they just stood, looking at each. Then Tony laughed. “We’d be better on the balcony,” he said. “We’re dripping on the carpet.”

“Would you like a hot shower?”

“Not much point. I don’t have anything to change into.”

“Well, at least we can dry off a bit.” She grabbed two of the big, white towels and followed him out into the night. The air outside was balmy, much warmer than the air-conditioned room. Steam rose from the wet tiles, but the patio furniture was dry, protected from the rain by the balcony above. Tony crossed over to the railing and stood looking at the view, which Kristi noted was meltingly beautiful: white waves crashing, reflections of car lights shimmering on rain drenched Avenue Atlantica, the glittering lights of the favelas on the slopes of the mountains and hunched above it all, the dark jungle-covered morros.

She handed him a towel and stood watching he pulled off his damp shirt and began to dry himself off. He looked soooo good. He was just so indescribably hot and her husband was such an indescribable jerk. As he turned towards her, she quickly pulled her eyes away from his athletic body and found herself looking at his mouth. He had a beautiful mouth, lips tilted slightly up as if he’d never be able to look really angry. She wondered what it would be like to kiss him. There just seemed to be too much space between them and she had to close it. She moved towards him. His eyes, thick lashes still wet with raindrops, looked into hers. She closed her eyes and turned her face up to his. His lips touched hers. She knew she hadn’t left him much choice. His mouth was gentle, his lips warm and firm. She’d imagined a passionate kiss. She didn’t quite know what to do with a gentle one. His kiss was almost shy. Warmth throbbed through her. She was hot enough to melt. She longed for him to kiss her more.

He pulled away slightly, his hands holding her upper arms. “You’re so beautiful,” he murmured, stroking a tendril of wet hair back from her cheek. “Your husband is an idiot.” His eyes were filled with an emotion that sent a thrill through her. It was so good to feel appreciated, to feel again that someone thought she was beautiful. He looked at her quizzically. “I should leave.”

“I don’t want you to leave. I want you to stay.” Unable to resist, she buried her face in the warm place between his neck and broad shoulders.

“You’d regret it tomorrow,” he said. “There are things you don’t know about me. I come from a very different world.”

“Rubbish,” she giggled. “You went to Berklee College in Boston. How different can that be?” Then she shivered, knowing the shiver was because of him and not the weather.

He took the towel and wrapped it around her shoulders, making a cocoon for her against his warm body. Without meaning to, she gave a soft moan of appreciation. She looked up quickly to see if he’d heard. What if he thought she was trying to sound sexy? He lifted her long, wet hair, using the nearest end of the towel to dry the dripping strands.

She looked up at him. “You were right. I shouldn’t have come to Rio. I’ve landed in such a mess, I…”

Before she could finish the sentence, his lips touched the corner of her mouth. For a second he hesitated, then his lips closed over hers, warm and sweet. She clung to him, kissing him passionately, drawing from his strength, escaping into the feeling of someone caring about her just for now. She pressed up close against him. Everything about him felt good: his strong arms around her, his broad shoulders, his hard, lean body. He responded by holding her tighter and kissing her with more urgency, his breath quickening. The heat of the kiss and the feel of his body chased every thought from her head. She could feel the hardness of his groin and she throbbed with wanting him.

Was she really going to do this? She pulled away. They stood for a second just looking at each other. His eyes were dark with arousal. How could she do this? Omigod, how could she not? The Moroccan-style outdoor sofa looked incredibly inviting and she sunk down into the pillows pulling him down beside her. For a second, she thought it funny that she was the proactive one here.

“You shouldn’t sleep with me,” he said, his voice sounding gruff.  Immediately she wanted him even more. She was totally hot for him. In reply she wrapped her arms around his neck and tried to continue the blissful kiss where it had left off. Her heart raced, her body throbbed. She could feel his heart thudding too.

“Kristi,” With a groan he pulled away. “This is not a good idea.” His voice was thick with desire. For some no doubt worthy reason, he was trying not to do this.

“Why isn’t it a good idea?” she said. She could hear her voice sounding petulant and rebellious and somewhat like Josh when he was thwarted. Why was she doing this? Maybe because she was hot, so hot, to sleep with him. Burning with longing to sleep with him. Totally wanting to be right down there, right now, in the bed, or on the sofa, or even on the wet tiles, making passionate love to him.

“Don’t you want to sleep with me?”

He gave her a lopsided smile and raised his eyebrow. Then suddenly he wrapped the towel tightly around her again, kissed her lips hard and quickly, and stood up. He was leaving! “Call me if Josh isn’t back by eight,” he said.

She stood, clutching the towel. Disappointment filled her. The night had been perfect. So amazingly romantic with the rain pouring down around them, the inky ocean crashing out there, a full moon slipping in and out of dark, flying clouds.  “It felt like a dream,” she said slowly. “A super-cool dream about a dream lover in a storm.” She sighed. “You’re ruining my dream.”

“A wet dream,” he said wryly. A flash of lightning silhouetted his dark shape. Thunder crashed.

“You’d regret it in the morning.”

“If you say so.” She knew she was pouting. How silly was that. She turned her back on him. “Why don’t you just go already?”

“Of course I want to sleep with you. I’m longing to sleep with you. Not sleep. Make love. What do you think?”

Thunder crashed again. As another flash of jagged lightning ripped the sky. She shivered.

“You’re wet. Aren’t you cold?”

“Nope,” she said.

“You better get those wet clothes off.”

She looked him in the eye. “Good idea.” Slowly she pulled off her wet tee-shirt and tossed it into the air. Then she slid out of her wet shorts. Watching his eyes as he took in her body in her new bikini and her silver sandals, she walked over to the balcony railings and stood there. She knew she was standing provocatively, her butt nicely rounded as she leaned on the railing. She was glad the rain shower suddenly stopped. To tell the truth, she was cold. But she hoped that would change soon.

Within seconds, she felt his warm, hard body behind her. “Beautiful,” he murmured. “You’re so perfectly beautiful.”

 

 

 

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

PR is challenging. When I started writing, my books were in stores like Borders and Barnes and Noble. There were even things like book signings! Now they are on a cloud shelf and its hard to market them.

 

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

I travel a lot when writing as my books are either about exotic places (like Hawaii) or set in exotic places. its great when traveling to be doing research at the same time. it really enriches the experience. My husband enjoys it too, though I sometimes have to drag him and his camera there.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The various publishers of my books have designed the covers. And they don’t change them, even if I wish they would. In my book Surfer of the Century, the life of Duke Kahanamoku (by Ellie Crowe) – the hero is Duke, who is real life was an extremely good looking guy. but the artist really picked him on a bad hair day!

 

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

Writing the outline is the hardest part of writing. If I can write a complete outline, the rest comes easily and can be changed if necessary. the outline requires discipline.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write an outline first. Its a piece of cake after that.

 

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

I’d like to thank you readers for reading my books. its wonderful when a reader takes the time and trouble to write a review. Authors really appreciate that. I think most authors are people-pleasers. You hope what you are creating will be enjoyed and even loved by someone. Its terrific when a reader tells you that they never suspected who the bad guy was etc, or that they stayed up for hours reading the book. Makes it all worthwhile

 

 

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

https://edenauthor.wordpress.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Flirting-Danger-Ellie-Eden-ebook/dp/B018RBXM7G

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