Here is my interview with Shawn Starr

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Name— Shawn Kerr, AKA Shawn Starr

 

Age — 39

 

Where are you from

Kingston, Jamaica

 

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

Shawn:   I’m very laid back.  Not talkative nor aggressive, but very confident and mannerable.  I’m the father of three beautiful girls.  And I’m from a large but very close family.  Otherthan writing, my favorite thing to do is to sit and watch sports, or just lay back and listen to reggae music.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Shawn:   I was recently signed to Gutta Publication$ who is responsible for the release of my debut novel, Dark Infidelity.  I’m presently working on Dark Infidelity 2.  Part one has been out for like a month now.  And I also have Repercussions coming out in May, and a couple other novels that I’m hoping will be released sometime this year.

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Shawn:  Writing is something I’ve always enjoyed doing.  But it was about six or seven years ago when I decided to write my first book.  I decided to write that book because I had the time.  And also because I read a couple books that had me thinking that I could probably write something better.

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Shawn:  When my publisher, Authoress Redd, told me that my book Dark Infidelity was good enough to be published.

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Shawn:  Reading other novels and thinking that I could probably write one just as good.

 

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Shawn:  I’m more about details.  I like the readers to feel what my characters feel, and also see whatever they see.  So whenever I’m writing I like to give detailed information about time, surroundings, and emotions.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Shawn:  Majority of the times I will come up with a title before I start to write the book.  A title usually just jumps out at me, and then I would try to create a story around that title.

 

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

Shawn:  As for Dark Infidelity, the message is about the dangers of unprotected sex, and the negative impact of domestic violence.   I also wanted the readers to see and understand that love, just as hate, can sometimes drive us to do some crazy and regretful things.

 

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

Shawn:  I would say the majority.  I try as much as I can to stay away from the things that I know will probably never happen in life.  I like it when my readers can relate to my stories and say “Damn, that happened to me.” Or “Damn, I know someone that it happened to.”

 


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

Shawn:  I would say yes, because for me it’s hard to write about what I don’t know, or have never experienced.  I always try to build my characters around myself or people that I know.  And my stories are usually bits and pieces of what I’ve seen happened, or have been through.

 

Fiona:  What books have most influenced your life

Shawn:  Its hard for me to think of any one book that I can say have influenced my life, because I’ve read quite a few.  But as for a mentor, I would have to say I have a very strong supporting cast of mostly friends and family.  But I also have a very supportive team at Gutta Publication$.  We’re like an extended family, so we support eachother to the fullest.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Shawn:  If it ain’t one thing it’s another, by Mizz Butterfly, who’s also signed with Gutta Publication$.

 

 

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

Shawn:  I would’ve to say Kim Kaye.  I just read one of her books for the first time and I was quite impressed.  But Authoress Redd, Coco Amoure and a new author by the name of Mizz Kiki have definitely grasped my interest.

 

Fiona:  What are your current projects?

Shawn:   I’m presently working on Dark Infidelity 2.  But I’m also on the finishing stages of another novel by the name of Trouble Money.

 

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

Shawn:  Friends, and my team at Gutta Publication$

 

Fiona:  Do you see writing as a career?

Shawn:  Definitely.  Writing is all that I’m doing right about now.

 

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

Shawn:  I wouldn’t say change. But there’s always something that I feel I could’ve done better.

 

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

Shawn:  Reading other books and thinking that I can do as good as the author.

 

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

Shawn:  I’d really rather not.  But my aim is to make it a lot better than Dark Infidelity pt 1.

 

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

Shawn:  I would have to say putting together that banging ending.  I like when my ending is fast paced and thrilling.  So it always takes me a while to get that ending that I’m pleased with.

 

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

Shawn:  I really don’t have a favorite author.

 

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your books?

Shawn:  No, not as yet.  But I would love to.

 

Fiona:  Who designed the covers?

Shawn:  My publisher, Authoress Redd is responsible for putting together the book itself.  But she has Dynasty’s Cover Me who does the covers.

 

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

Shawn:  Putting together the fast paced ending that I wanted.

 

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

Shawn:  Well I learned that to be a successful writer you have to push yourself really hard.  Because it takes a lot more than just writing a good book, to become a successful writer.

 

Fiona:  Do you have any advice for other writers?

Shawn:  Yes I do. Stay humble, work hard, and pray.

 

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

Shawn:  Yes I do… I will always put my all into making my books enjoyable.  I enjoy writing a good book.  And I do it with the hope of having the readers enjoy reading it.

 

Fiona:  Do you remember the first book that you read?

Shawn;  No I don’t.

 

Fiona:  What makes you laugh/cry?

Shawn:  I’ll laugh at just about anything, if I’m in the mood.  And I’m very emotional so I do cry at times, I just don’t do it openly.

 

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

Shawn:  That would be Bob Marley. And the reason is, I love the positiveness of his music and how humbled he stayed throughout his career.

 

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

Shawn:  I honestly don’t care, because being dead is not something that I think about.

 

Fiona:  Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Shawn:  Reading anything about sports.

 

 

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

Shawn:  I like romantic comedies.  But usually if I’m watching TV, I’m watching something sports related.

 

Fiona:  Favorite foods / colors/ music.

Shawn:  Spicy food.  White.  Reggae.

 

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

Shawn:  I was a professional barber for many years.  So if I wasn’t fully into writing I would still be cutting hair.

 

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

Shawn:  Yes it’s currently being put together.  http://www.ShawnStarrwriter.com

 

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Buying link to Dark Infidelity. http://www.amazon.com/DARK-INFIDELITY-SHAWN-STARR-ebook/dp/B00UZXBMK4/

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is my interview with J.F. Silver

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Name J.F. Silver

Age 58

Where are you from

I live just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

I graduated from high school in a small town forty years ago then left for job opportunities here in Milwaukee. Shortly after, I met my future wife. We were married thirty-eight years ago, raised two beautiful daughters and now have three grandchildren. Along the way, we lived in Michigan and spent twelve years near our nation’s capital in Maryland before settling back here where we first met. It’s as if we’ve come full circle.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I’ve been busy this year promoting my book series, Mr. and Mrs. Average Joe. Last fall, I was fortunate and grateful to receive some help from a volunteer PA who helped by making me some banners and teasers and encouraging me to take part in social media events. As most new authors will tell you, promo and getting your work in front of a larger audience are the hardest things. I try to get my books posted in as many places as possible. I’m very grateful for this opportunity today, Fiona. I’m hoping someone will read this and think my books will be worth a look. I still manage to find time to write, too. I’m currently working on the fourth book of the series, “Life’s Too Short.”


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I had always wanted to write and was good at it in school, writing for the newspaper, etc. But, work, children and life occurred and I wasn’t sure it would ever happen. These next few questions will all have answers related to how this actually came about. My writing career began eight years ago, when, at the age of fifty, I wrote a short, erotic fantasy tale for my wife as a birthday gift. I truly believed it would be a one-time thing, just a little story for her and me to enjoy. She did enjoy it, so much in fact, that she encouraged me to write another, even offering a plotline. For several years, we created these stories together, she coming up with ideas and me putting them into words. They were never intended to be anything more than sexy stories for the two of us to share. But, along the way, things happen….


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After about five years of writing our erotic stories, we decided to try to publish them. It took a few months to put together a narrative and we decided a series of shorter books would work best. A challenge was that our stories didn’t really fit into the established genres of erotica. But, we knew they were good and I was determined to sell them to a publisher. It took a lot of research and work but in November, 2013, I signed my first contract. Just having that happen was a lifelong dream come true for me. Then, seeing my own Amazon page with some really nice reviews of my books, well, that makes me feel like a writer.

 


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

This all goes back to the questions above. My wife inspired that first series of stories. Actually putting them into a book was the result of many things falling into place. One day in the fall of 2012, while sitting in a waiting room, I picked up a Time magazine. In it was an article about the newly released, “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy and the exploding popularity of erotica, especially e-books. I was curious so we bought and read the books then realized we had a good product to sell ourselves. I got to work finding suitable publishers, fitting the book to their individual guidelines and began submitting. After a few quick rejections, I found the website of a small publisher named Stiff Rain Press. They only had a dozen or so books released at the time but I knew right away it was the place for me.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Yes, I write in the first person. From the beginning, I told the stories as “Joe,” and from his point of view. When I submitted my first book, I was so lucky to be able work with an editor named, Kris Jacen. While Joe tells the story, the POV would jump all over the place. Once I got that corrected with Kris’s help, things just fell into place.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Actually, my wife and muse deserves credit for that. When I wrote that first story, I used our real names. Not really comfortable with that, she suggested our middle names, Joe and Elaine, instead. And so they have been ever since. They are also a pretty average couple so she suggested using “Average Joe” in the title. We toyed with ideas like, “Tales of an Average Joe,” but the “Mrs.” is the character that drives the story. So, we submitted it as “Mr. and Mrs. Average Joe,” which also became the series name. Book 2, which wass released last May, is called, “Nothing Gray About Fifty.” I will take full responsibility for that one and yes, it is supposed to be a clever take on that other series. But, this one is about turning fifty and describes some fun ways of celebrating that milestone. My muse came up with the idea and title for the third book, “Along For the Ride,” which came out in October.


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

Definitely! These are very erotic, sexy books that have characters in their fifties, our own ages. They’re filled with sexy fantasies but are realistic and age appropriate so things like ED drugs and sex toys, even hot flashes are mentioned. The characters communicate and share their hottest fantasies, exactly the way my wife and I did when we wrote them. Some of my favorite comments in reviews point to that fact that the characters are “My own age, someone I can relate to, etc.” Oh, and it can get better with age!


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

This is a trick question! Okay, I’ve discussed this many times. The title characters, Joe and Elaine, are completely based on real people. Where they live, what they do, hobbies, etc. It makes it easy to write if we can picture ourselves in that place. But, and this is a BIG BUT, that’s where it ends. In the story, Joe and Elaine begin a relationship with another couple, living out a long time fantasy. While extremely fun and exciting, that part is totally fiction. Researching for a story is something I enjoy so I try hard to keep things as realistic as possible.


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

Many real life experiences and events have found their way into my books. For example, in “Nothing Gray,” Joe and Elaine mention getting hit on by another couple at a friend’s wedding. That incident was 100% true!


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

This is a hard question. I loved reading early on and had some excellent teachers along the way. One introduced me to Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. back in the 1970’s. I got into those heavily and enjoyed the abstract nature of his work. I also liked some sci-fi and futuristic things like Ray Bradbury. More recently, we’ve enjoyed reading spiritual authors like Neale Donald Walsch and Eckhart Tolle. Of course, we really enjoy erotica, too.

 


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Pure guilty pleasure: my wife and I like to read erotica to each other. We’ve been taking turns recently with an erotic series called, “Meet the Baumgartners” by Selena Kitt. Very hot stuff. We love it.


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

I’ll admit recently I’ve gravitated toward the erotic like my own. I’ve gotten to know many authors via social media and have discovered several I like. Our “Mr. and Mrs. Average Joe” books find themselves in the category of “Swingers,” though I like to think they offer a little more. In a similar vein, J.W. Snootz writes a very fun series called, “Swingers in Paradise.” I’ve also discovered a great new author from Canada named Mia Moore, who writes tantalizing erotic fiction a bit like ours. And the aforementioned, Selena Kitt.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

I’m currently working on the fourth title in the “Mr. and Mrs. Average Joe” series. This one’s called, “Life’s Too Short,” and even more than the others, talks about opening your mind and enjoying life! I plan on finishing it soon. Meanwhile, my wife and muse, Beth, has just submitted a young children’s book she wrote many years ago. I guess she thought if I could publish smut for seniors, she would start at the other end of the spectrum! It’s a good story and this may actually happen.


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

First, my publisher, Stiff Rain Press for taking a chance on a fifty-something first-time author. Due to the genre I write, much of my family is indifferent to my literary endeavors. Some may even be a little embarrassed. What I love more than anything, though, are the comments left in reviews. I also never gave much thought to the fact that my books would be read all around the world. I have readers in Australia and the UK telling me how much they enjoyed reading them and that means so much to me.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would love that more than anything. But, any author will tell you it’s a tough way to make a living. I’m fortunate enough to have publishing contracts but still have to work a day job to pay the bills. I may have started late but the passion burns strong and I plan to keep writing as long as I can.


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

No, I’m really happy with my latest book and the direction it took us. At the end of, “Along For the Ride,” the two main female characters announce they want to write a book together. This is the challenge I’m dealing with now, a book within a book. Fun.


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

I would have to go way back to high school English many years ago and a teacher that really encouraged me. I wish I’d kept it up but there’s a reason for everything, I guess. Today, I can’t imagine not writing.

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

My current project offers a few twists I’m not ready to divulge yet (I’ve said too much already!) but will share a favorite bit from “Along For the Ride.” In this story, each friend picks an event and the others must come along. Best friend Mika takes them to a popular LGBT Festival:

I couldn’t remember exactly when the annual Pride Fest started but it was now the one that kicked off the festival season in early June. Elaine and I had never considered going to this one, for no other reason than we didn’t go to the others. Growing up here, there was no way we could have imagined something like this, reminding us how far we’d come as a city and society in general. Now, it was all about our beautiful Japanese friend being able to celebrate her bisexuality. Mika’s enthusiasm was contagious and Elaine was excited about going too. She didn’t seem to be concerned about what people would think and was proud to be going with Mika. Elaine also realized this would be a night they could openly enjoy their special relationship.
It was nice and warm on Saturday, the biggest night of the festival. One of Mika’s favorites, an iconic dance pop diva was headlining and a big crowd was expected. There was a small group of protesters outside the festival gates holding signs with typically hateful words about going against God, etc. We were able to shrug them off as two couples going in but John had to remind Mika that it wasn’t worth taking them on. She had very strong feelings about intolerance.
Once inside, she took Elaine by the hand while John and I followed behind as we would much of the night. Mika wanted to see everything and there wasn’t a single table or kiosk we didn’t check out. This was really fun, and along the way we met some very interesting people. The always friendly and outspoken Mika loved introducing Elaine as her girlfriend, even after people had just met her husband.
“So, is she your other significant other?” someone asked with a sly grin. “And, if so, which one’s more significant?” This left her momentarily speechless, no small feat for Mika. She looked back at John then smiled and turned to Elaine. She’d obviously decided to have fun with this.
“Hmm, you mean tonight?” she replied teasingly. “Well, I think I’ll start with this one but these other two just might make significant contributions.” Then she pulled Elaine into a tight embrace. “I’m ready to dance, how about it?”


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

Keeping the story from getting boring and stale is the hardest thing for me. How many ways can you write about people having sex? A lot, it turns out!

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

I would have to go back to Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. for reasons that mostly elude words. Every few years I pull out “Cat’s Cradle” or “Slaughterhouse Five” and discover it all over again.


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

Unfortunately, no. My books are generally set in the familiar turf of our hometown, Milwaukee. I’ve written stories that take us to San Francisco and tropical islands but all research has been just that up until now.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The covers for my books were done by a great artist/photographer named Les Byerley, who does all the covers for Stiff Rain Press. For the first, I mentioned we had a beautiful Asian woman with a red kimono and he gave us that gorgeous cover. We were able to continue the overall “red” coloring for the next two, each fitting that story perfectly yet leaving a little mystery.


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

Since I was working with existing stories, forming them into an interesting narrative was initially the hardest part. They weren’t really connected. There was a summer story, birthdays, holidays, Halloween, etc. So, once we connected the scenarios, the next thing was deciding when to cut them off. Instead of one long novel, ours is a series of several shorter ones. I like to keep each under 100 pages and hopefully they can be bundled together at some point.


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

I’m still learning things, even at my age! Tips about writing, advice about promoting. I’ve learned that getting a book published is just the beginning.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes, and this was the most important thing to me when I looked for publishers: if you think it’s good, someone else will, too. That’s important. And, never give up! I was lucky enough to sell my stories to a publisher but there are so many options today. I have author friends that just don’t welcome working with an editor and that’s fine. Self-publishing has become easier than ever. Never give up.


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

Yes, thank you! We had some questions about keeping the series going but they seem to want more and that’s our plan. I’m so grateful! I’d also like to remind all readers that the nicest thing you can do for any author is write a review.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I remember an old copy of Tom Sawyer that belonged to my father, dated 1944, I believe.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I love good comedy and live stand up shows. The thought of my grandchildren growing up so fast makes me cry. Life really is too short.

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

This is tough, too. After some thought, I would love to have a chat with John Lennon. There’s that whole genius music thing, of course, but I liked his ideas on spirituality and peace.

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

Honestly, I have nothing for this. Our plan is to be cremated and scattered under a tree. If I had to it would say something like, “Great guy, father and papa, loved music.”

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I’m a big music lover. We always have music playing and I have a huge collection of records and CD’s. I also play the drums.

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

We don’t watch a lot of TV but never miss The Daily Show with Jon Stewart before going to bed. It’s good to end the day with a laugh. We love movies and have a fondness for the James Bond series. At least once a year, we watch all 24 movies in order.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

I love Italian food. A good pizza, raviolis, etc. Favorite color: red. Music: This is just too hard. So many types, each invoking a different time, place or mood. I love rock, soul, blues, R&B, folk, jazz, reggae, and various combinations of all of them. 

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

That’s easy. I’d be playing the drums somewhere, somehow.

 

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

Yes, here’s a list where I can be found online:

Website: http://mrandmrsaveragejoe.blogspot.com/

Amazon: http://author.to/JFSilver

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jf.silver.98 &

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mr-and-Mrs-Average-Joe/189781921231791

tsu: http://www.tsu.co/Flyzdrums5

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jf_silver

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J.F. Silver Buy Links

Amazon: http://author.to/JFSilver
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/j.f.-silver
Stiff Rain Press: http://www.stiffrainpress.com/92.html
All Romance: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html

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Here is my interview with Mizz Butterfly

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Name: Authoress Mizz Butterfly

Age:28

Where are you from: York,Al

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

Im originally from York,Al but now I live in Tuscaloosa. I have two sisters and two brothers. I have a BA in Liberal Arts from Jacksonville State University. I have four nephews and two nieces. There is one baking in the over also.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I was signed to Gutta Publications and my new book If It Ain’t One Thing,It’s Another was just released!!!

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing about a year and a half ago. At first I was try to see if I could do it. Others had encouraged me to,but I wasn’t sure.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Just recently actually. I was still stuck in reader mode.

 

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I kept having dreams about me being a writer. It was like someone was trying to send me a sign.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I have to write to music. If no music is playing,then nothing comes out. It’s like the rhythm moves my fingers

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The main character goes through alot of stuff in the book. It’s like she goes from one situation to the next. As the saying goes,If It Ain’t One Thing,It’s Another

 

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

Yes there is,but I don’t want to reveal it. I want the readers to be surprised

 

 
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

I would say all of it. The situations the main character goes through can be related to by many.

 

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

There are a few events based on my real life

 

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

Authoress Redd who is the CEO of Gutta has influenced me alot. She has helped me alot with my writing. Im learning alot from her.

 

 
Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m not reading anything right now. Working on my next project

 

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

Yes!!! Shawn Starr and Mizz Kiki who are also signed to Gutta. As well as Kim Kaye and Coco Amoure

 

 
Fiona: What are your current projects?

Im working on part 2 of my current release

 

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

I have friends that support me a lot as well as my Gutta family

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes I do. Im enjoying it

 

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

I would have released it sooner. Other than that,I wouldn’t change anything

 

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

Reading books definitely sparked it. As well as promoting for other authors

 

 

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

I don’t want to reveal to much,but the book focuses around a young lady by the name of Gizelle. She goes through alot in her life while trying to deal with the situations she goes through

 

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

I get writers block sometimes. It really makes me mad!!

 

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

That’s a tough one. I have so many. I would say Takerra Allen. I love the way she brings life to her characters.

 

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

Not yet but I hope to in the future

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Dynasty’s Cover Me does our covers

 

 

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

The writer’s block really.

 

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

I learned that I am too hard on myself. I have to stop guessing myself and go with the flow

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t second guess yourself…if you want to do something go for it

 

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

I hope you enjoy my work

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Harry Potter series

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I try not to cry too much but my friends make me laugh

 

 

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

My great grandmother. I’ve heard great things about her.

 

 

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

Never thought about it. Hope it’s something nice

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Reading, talking to friends and family, watching tv

 

 

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

Law &Order:SVU I could watch it all day

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Pizza..fried chicken…the color blue…I like R&B and Hip Hop

 

 

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

Be a social worker or volunteer at a domestic violence shelter

 

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

Not yet but im working on it

Buying link

http://www.amazon.com/AINT-ONE-THING-ITS-ANOTHER-ebook/dp/B00W6FCYYC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429568284&sr=1-1&keywords=Mizz+Butterfly

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Here is my interview with Avery Aster

Name  Avery Aster

Age I’ve lost count after 35.

Where are you from

Originally from Pittsburgh, I’ve lived in Manhattan since 1997.

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

New York Times, USA Today bestselling author Avery Aster pens The Manhattanites, a modern romance series of juicy melodramas multilayered on love, friendship, scandal, and drama to the hilt. As a resident of New York’s Upper East Side and a graduate from New York University, Avery gives readers an inside look at the city’s glitzy nightlife, socialite sexcapades and tall tales of the über-rich and ultra-famous. “I write about what I see in my metropolis that never sleeps–beautiful people on the quest for a passionate thrill,” Avery says. By and large, Avery’s characters are ripped straight from the headlines, speak their minds and always get what they want.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Getting ready to release XO, Blake in June.  http://amzn.com/B00UKFWZXK


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve written for as long as I can remember.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Probably when I learned how to write in school.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I was in need of a happily ever after in my life.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

No.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

In XO, Blake he keeps a gratitude journal and signs it with that signature.


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

That new adult life in college is hard and you should always expect the unexpected.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

It’s escapism fiction. So not very realistic.


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

Sorta of…


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

Judith Krantz, Harold Robbins, Jacqueline Susann, Jackie Collins, Susan Johnson

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Nothing Between Us by Roni Loren


Fiona: What are your current projects?

Working on Always & Forever, Vive which is up for pre-sale right now. http://amzn.com/B00VLHC1OY


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

My friend Shane who XO, Blake is dedicated to.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Sure.


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

Of course.


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

No.

 

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

I Know What You Did Last Summer meets Pretty Little Liars in Avery Aster’s new novel Always & Forever, Vive.

Operator: “911, what’s your emergency?”

“Help! I need help. My name is Viveca Farnworth. I’m in a high-rise on the Upper West Side. My friends, Lex, Taddy, Blake, and I are being held hostage by a lunatic with a gun.” I choked back a cry as the voice on the other line asked who’d abducted us. I swear on my Chanel handbag collection I’ve got the worst flippin’ luck ever! “It’s a fellow student…that I’ve been…dating,” I replied. Shit! He’s coming back. Hanging up, I slipped the cellphone in my pocket. He doesn’t know I have it.

With a body that’s ripped in all the right places, utterly gorgeous, and so freakin’ charming, I glared at him—part in fear, part in some freaky-deaky state of arousal. I couldn’t believe I’d fallen for this psycho. The sex had been so hot. Everything had been so perfect between us. I loved him. And now, he wants me and my Manhattanites…dead? But why? And what can I do to stop him?

The Undergrad Years is a new adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships.


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

Time. Not having enough of it.


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

Agatha Christie. She was dyslexic like myself and managed to write a gazillion books.


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

No.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Arijana K., Cover It! Designs


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

Finding the time to finish it.


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

I learned that as you get older you don’t see things so black and white.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Read!


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

The Undergrad Years is on sale for 99 cents a book. Grab it!

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Probably The Velveteen Rabbit.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Usually anything that doesn’t end well will make me cry. I can laugh at just about everything else.

 

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

No. Probably not. I’m not much of a star-fucker.

 

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

I would prefer to be cremated and have my ashes sprinkled in Central Park.

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Reading.

 

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

Anything reality TV like The Housewives franchise.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Spicy foods. Blue. Techno.

 

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

A porn star would’ve been fun…Ha! 

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

http://www.AveryAster.com

 

Amazon Page

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Here is my interview with Dawn Brower

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Name Dawn Brower

Age 39

Where are you from Michigan

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

I am a single mother of two teenage boys (they are 14 and 16). I work as a substitute teacher (the day job  you know). I have way too many degrees lol. I love learning. I have two associate degrees (General Education and Business: Paralegal), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Masters in Education (Education and Public Policy specialization) and I’m working on a Masters in Liberal Arts (Literature and Sociology Specializations).

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My latest release is Broken Pearl. It opens up in Hawaii a few weeks before Pearl Harbor is bombed. I wrote this book with the intention of presenting it to my niece. I wanted something that was unpredictable and inspiring. Hopefully I accomplished those goals at least. My nice, Alison, sadly will never get to read it. Her house caught fire in January and she didn’t make it out.

 


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing over a year now. At least fiction wise—I’ve always written in some form. My step sister talked me into writing a book. Less than a week later I was submitting my novella, A Flawed Jewel for consideration. It was published last April.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Wow gee—probably once A Flawed Jewel was officially available. It’s kind of crazy to think about. But I currently have five books out now and several releasing later this year. It’s like a drug or a virus. Once I started I couldn’t stop myself.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

That’s easy. My step-sister Amanda made me. We talk for hours on the phone and when I hung up with her I had a basic plot and character development and started writing. I’ve learned so much since that first draft.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Um no—I sit down and start writing. If I have to pick I’d say I’m a panster. I don’t outline anything. What I do is develop basic character information and a general idea of the plot. How it gets from point A to point B is anybody’s guess.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Broken Pearl was originally called Perceptive Soul. The publisher didn’t believe it encompassed all that the book was about so asked me to change it. After a brainstorming session Broken Pearl was born. I wish I could take credit for it, but it wasn’t mine. That goes to Karen Kenney Smith because it was her brainchild. I like it though it has a nice ring to it.


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

Yeah I want them to get one important thing from it. That everyone goes through struggles. Life is just built that way—there is no shame in leaning on those around you for help. Sometimes that very help is what keeps you upright.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

I did take some creative license with the book, but some was based on research. The ships that sunk and what happened to them. That’s all real. The USS. Solace did exist to and followed the Pacific Fleet. So while there is a line that is completely made up (like Rebecca’s talents) there is a also a good portion that is rooted in history.


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

No all the characters are completely from my head.


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

I read so much it’s crazy. I love books and always have. It isn’t so easy for me to pick just one as an influence. Though if I have any industry questions I ask Hailey Edwards first. She’s a good friend though I’m sure I drive her nuts sometimes.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am currently reading Christi Caldwell’s The Love of a Rogue.


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

Amanda Mariel’s Scandalous Endeavors. I can’t wait for book two.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

I have a zombie book coming out in October. I’m expanding it. I just subbed the third book in my contemporary series, Novak Springs. Book Two comes out in July.


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

My friends were great. They were encouraging and excited I was getting my stuff published.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

At this point, no. I’d like it to be though. We shall see how things go.


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

In my latest book, no. My first book I can’t wait to get my hands on again. I want to totally reedit it and add in some more to the story.


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

Finding time to write. I am pulled in so many different directions.


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

I have several: Karen Marie Moning, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, Johanna Lindsey. I like them all for different reasons and that is only a drop in the hat of all of them I like. Stories need to really pull me in and keep my attention. Generally all of those authors manage to do that.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Victoria Miller did the majority of them. At least all my historical covers. My contemporary covers were designed by Georgia Woods.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes just keep writing. It’s easier to fix something that is written then stare at a blank page.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I can remember my first chapter book. Anything earlier than that not so much. The first chapter book I read was Charlotte’s Web.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Does reading count?

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

The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Nashville, Arrow, The Flash, Supernatural… Just to name a few lol.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

I love all music. My favorite food is Italian. My favorite color is blue.

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

I originally wanted to be a lawyer. That didn’t go as planned lol.

 

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DawnMarieBrower

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dawnab33

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8062943.Dawn_Brower

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dawn-Brower/e/B00KBBRW5E/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1422936275&sr=8-1

Newsletter: http://www.authordawnbrower.com/newsletter.html

Blog: https://dawnbrower.wordpress.com/

 

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Here is my interview with Desiree Holt

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Name  Desiree Holt

Age   78

Where are you from Originally Bangor, Maine but now live in the great state of Texas

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

I am a graduate of the University of Michigan, I have three grown children (two of them married) who enrich my life. I have been ;published since 2006 and love what I’m doing. Besides writing my two passions are reading and football. In past lives I’ve worked for local weekly newspapers, spent ten years in the music business managing performers, worked in public relations and fundraising at both a public and private university. I also managed special events including a Star Trek convention (that was truly wild!)

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I am about to launch, with Kensington Publishing, a football romance series (remember I said I am addicted to football?). The first book releases July 7 although it is now up for preorder. But in June there will be a major blitz to get the word out. The other big news is that I am creating an action adventure series for Decadent Publishing set in Alaska, to debut in 2016. And finally, later this year, looked for revised versions of The Protectors from The Wild Rose Press (although I think the series will have a new name.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I always wanted to write. Forever. I love reading and I was hungry to create my own stories. I tell people my brain is always busy. I’m a storyteller. But to actually sit down and do it I had to wait until I was retired. I wrote my first manuscript in 2004 and after 137 rejections signed my first contract in 2006.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think always, but mostly when I signed that first contract, the book released and people actually bought it!


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I read my first romance, a romantic suspense , in 2004, Cry No More by Linda Howard. I wrote Target in an effort to create my own hero like Diaz, the hero in Cry No More. But that wasn’t the first book I sold. It took me five years to whip it into saleable shape!!


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

My books are all character-driven. I might have a glimmer of an idea for a plot, but mostly I start with the hero and heroine, and sometimes the villain, and then play the What If game. What if they did this? Or that? Or something different.  And the story kind of unfolds from there.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Usually the title comes from what I finally create as the story. Although sometimes I’ve actually started with just a title that really stuck in my brain and then had to find a story to go with it!


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

Maybe that good guys can always win? Oh, and you can always count on a Happy Ever After from me.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

I try to make all of my books totally realistic., no matter what the subject. For example, for my action adventure books, I have visit a gun manufacturer, a place the armors cars for high ranking people, met with police, sheriffs, FBI agent, Navy SEALs, former Delta Force and Marines, plastic surgeons…you name it. Oh, and of course lots of ranchers and cowboys. And I have visited ranches to learn their operations first hand. When I create an idea for a story, I do a lot of research first. Even for my BDSM stories. I have visited private dungeons as an observer and met with people who were willing to answer my questions. I think you cheat your reader if you try to fake it, unless you are writing a fantasy.


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

Hmm. Giving away secrets here! Finding Julia is based on a real love story. Jungle Inferno is based on a real life Delta Force mission. And the heroine in Aftershock is based on me. grin


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

I have had so many authors help me I’, not sure I could point to one.  They’ve been very, very good to me.  But I would say my writing has been influenced by authors as diverse as Linda Howard, Joey W. Hill and Brad thor.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Viper Game by Christine Feehan, the latest in her Ghostwalker series


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

Well, I wouldn’t exactly call her new any more but certainly Marie Force.  Terry Hays who write political thrillers. Madison Sevier. And I am always looking for new authors to read.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

I am writing a paranormal to be included in an anthology, Romancing the Wolf, finishing Book 2 in the Game ON series, Line of Scrimmage, working on Book 3 in my rock star series, Falllout, revising all four books in The Protectors series, another Naked Cowboy and another Rawhide. Hope I didn’t forget anything!


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

Cerise Deland, my buddy and critique partner.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. Most definitely.


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

No. I change a lot when I am in editing but once it’s done I love it.

 


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

I just remember as a child, maybe around 8 or 9 making up stories and telling them to my dolls. My mother encouraged me. She was an avid reader and I think would have made a great writer. I can’t remember a time I didn’t want to write.

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


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

Always the first chapter. I want to give the story a good kick start and grab my readers.


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

Wow. I have so very many it’s hard to name. I guess Marie Force, whose McCarthys of Gansett Island series is so wonderfully warm and real. And consistent. She has now lows in her writing. Joey W. Hill who writes the most incredibly beautiful erotic BDSM stories. Carly Phillips, whose stories always make me smile. Linda Howard’s earlier books.


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

Not as much this year as I have been. I’ve attended a lot of conventions to connect with readers. This year I cut back a little and next year I plan to attend only four.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Different cover artists, depending on the publisher and if it’s a selfpub. But I can list a few of them for you: Syneca Featherstone, Scott Carpenter, Dawn Dominique, Diana Carlile, Croco Designs.


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

Like I aid before, getting that first chapter right. I work very hard at it.


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

Chuckle I learned that writing is not for the faint at heart! But I do learn a little bit from every book I write, whether it’s about the subject matter or about the kind of people I create.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Work hard at tour craft, write every day even if it’s only a page, join a good critique group and never, ever give up.


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

I love all my readers, every single one of them. Where would I be without them? They are so responsive and receptive. They make every bit of this worthwhile. I hope they are all with me for a long time and continue to by  my books as they have.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, lordy it was so long ago. I think it was Lassie Come Home.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Sad stories make me cry but then so do parades! A good joke always makes me laugh and so does a happy ending.

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

Sam Elliott. I think he’s the sexiest man alive.

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

She loved life and wrote books that gave pleasure to many people. And she was a good friend. And I guess that says it all.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Not really. In the fall I watch ever single football game. OH, and I like to do crossword puzzles and read.

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

Tops on the list are Blue Bloods, The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, The Blacklist.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Food: pizza and Chinese food! Colors: blue and earth colors. Music: mostly country/country rock

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

You know, I can’t imagine. Writing is my life.

 

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

Blog: www.desiremeonly.com

Web site: www.desireeholt.com

Amazon Page http://www.amazon.com/Desiree-Holt/e/B003LD2Q3M/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

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Here is my interview with RaeAnne Hadley

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Name RaeAnne Hadley

Age  45

Where are you from Colorado

 

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

I have my associates degree in automotive technology and my certificate in paralegal. I am very happily married for the past 13 years with 2 beautiful and intelligent little girls. I am very organic, down-to-earth and live on a 35 acre ranch. We raise chickens, horses and soon, cows. We grow our own vegetables and I love to bake/cook to stay away from unhealthy chemicals/additives. I absolutely love my life.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

After taking 3 years off from writing, I’m excited to have a new book that’s getting ready to be released. I’m also excited about providing a voice to fellow author’s books, allowing them to have audible books
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 I was fired for taking maternity leave after having my first daughter. I took a graveyard job and was so angry and hurt I began writing a story about how someone could commit vehicular homicide and make it look like an accident. My dad read it, loved it and encouraged me to get it published. When he had a stroke, I rushed to get it published to encourage him to get better, he was able to hold it in his hands but never read the finished book, he died 2 days after I gave him the first copy.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

  When my metaphysical romance hit #1 on Amazon. With Love; Now & Forever
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 Being fired from my job
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

 I have to write all of my stories out long-hand. I can’t focus on the story that is unfolding in my mind if I’m focusing on my typing.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

 As silly as it sounds, my titles usually come to me when I’m sleeping, kind of just jumps out at me. I usually bounce the name off of my family to get their opinions, make sure it’s not a crazy sounding title. :)
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

That things aren’t always what they seem and sometimes we need to look at things from a different perspective.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

 Part of it is. Some of the things that I believe in.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 

Not in this book. Definitely in my other books like Mechanics of Murder, With Love; Now & Forever, Shadows and Love’s Everlasting Song. In every one of those books something happened to me and it was my therapy to write it out, but I did change things to make it a fictional, fun read
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

Stephen King, Nora Roberts have always been huge influences in my life. Created my love for reading. So many friends and fans have supported my passion for writing.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m reading Pegasus by Danielle Steele. I’ve never read any of her books and my husband bought it for me for Valentine’s Day
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

 Oh, TONS!! L. Callel is an amazing author, Beverly Preston, Dana Delmar, oh I could go ON AND ON!
Fiona: What are your current projects?

I have 3 pressing books right now, sequels to With Love; Now & Forever, Shadows and Twisted Eidolon. If I wait any longer to get them done I fear my fans will hang and torture me!
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. 

I have an amazing support group of fellow writers that I am connected with on Facebook. I would be honestly lost without them.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career? 

Yes because it requires structure, dependability and follow through. I’m just very lucky it’s something that I love
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Not one thing, hehehehe.

 

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

“Do not mock me, young soul. I can destroy you now as easily as I can protect you in this place. The Elders have no power here yet, I have it all.”

Scott swallowed nervously and gazed up at Icarus. HIs face was beautiful, neither masculine nor feminine and as smooth as marble. His  body was huge, standing a good seven inches taller than Scott’s impressive six-foot-two. He felt dwarfed not only by his size but from the power that emanated from Icarus. Dream or not, he felt fear.

Icarus laughed. “So you still think this is a dream, silly boy? I assure you, this is no dream. You’re dead. Dead as a doornail, as your generation is fond of saying. Your mangled body had to be cut form that precious car you loved so much. The metal impaling your body as the car rolled off of the bridge and into the river below, but you didn’t die then. No, as you bled out into the cold waters, you inhaled its icy fluid, gasping for air but only tasting the murky water as it filled your lungs and deprived you of life-giving oxygen. The only thing that saved you from suffering was the windshield that crumpled and bashed your head, knocking you unconscious before you hit the water. Not a pretty sight for your poor mummy and daddy to have to identify you but as they say, se la vie.”

Scott swallowed the lump in his throat and shook his head trying to make the words disappear. “No, no, that’s not what happened. I’m a good driver. I just bumped my head and I’m in a coma. This is just all a bad dream.” But even as he was saying the words, he felt the lie in them. Somewhere in his dark, lost soul, he knew it was true. He was dead.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

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

 Nora Roberts because she is always able to bring to life the butterflies you get in your stomach when you are truly in love, or in her case, her characters are truly in love
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? 

I haven’t but I plan on changing that this year.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

  A crazy-talented illustrated, Rebecca Poole with Dreams2Media. She is a goddess of cover art!!
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Getting it just right, having the patience to TAKE the time to make it exactly how I want it
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

  That I have a stronger voice and writing talent than I had believed. I’m very proud of this book
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t just talk about it, do it. Days slip by, then weeks, then years. Today is the only day that’s guaranteed. AND EDIT EDIT EDIT!! :)
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

That I love them to death. I owe them so much for their support while I took a break to take care of my daughter. The encouraging words and support never went un-noticed.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Sacajawea by Anna L. Waldo

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry? 

My own gracefulness (yes, I’m being sarcastic) I am the biggest goof ball and people never guess my age because I don’t act it. Crying, hmmm, looking at my children and being filled with so much love. I absolutely love my life and feel so blessed. I never take it for granted.

 

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

 It would have to be Stephen King or Nora Roberts, just to be able to say, “Thank you.”

 

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

“She loved life and never grew up”  Because life is too short to be trying to keep up with the Jones’, to worry about others opinions about you and the things you haven’t done. Be happy and in love with yourself, give love as freely as you breathe and everything else will fall into place.

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ? 

TOO MANY!! Camping, hiking, horse-back riding, gardening, traveling and our latest thing, indoor sky diving!

 

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

Anything that has an interesting tale, and has to have a happy ending

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

 Any food, it’s awesome. Favorite colors are green and purple, but I won’t sneeze at any of the other ones. Music varies because depending on my mood will determine the music I listen to. It’s all pretty wonderful, dessert for the ears!

 

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

I’m doing it. I am raising my girls, I substitute for the school district and this year I’m the health tech at the high school. If none of that, I would have LOVED to become an actor!

 

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

 Yes, it’s https://raeannehadleyromance.wordpress.com/

Amazon page http://www.amazon.com/RaeAnne-Hadley/e/B006J6E9M4/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

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Here is my interview with Daryl Devore

Name – Daryl Devore

Age – lol – over 21 under 100

Where are you from – Ontario, Canada

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

I’m an only child and a definite tomboy. My mom put me in dance classes hoping to bring out the girly-girl. On the way home from dance class, I’d hang my dance bag on a fire hydrant and play tackle football with the local boys. I live in jeans and t-shirt. Neil Diamond’s old song – Forever in Blue Jeans –  is sort of my anthem.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I have a newly released erotic romance called FL.E.S.H. and will be part of a 7 author boxed set coming out in July.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I just always wrote. Before I could print – I made up stories and told them to my mom. Then I started drawing out the stories and when I learned to print the writer was finally released. 


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When it was no longer fun. At first, you write a book. Then you have to learn the trade (not over using words, watching the POV, making sure the characters are sympathetic to reader etc.) I went to write something one day and my fingers froze on the keyboard and I thought – this has gotten hard. The urge to quit almost overwhelmed me, but I pushed through.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was written in gr 10. I’d written stories before, but this one was several thousand words, had a beginning, middle and an end. I still have it. It’s horrible.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I’m an erotic romance author. I don’t stick to one sub-genre – I’ve written contemporary – medieval – fantasy.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

By banging my head on my laptop and wailing in frustration – in other words –  I suck at titles.  One of my favourite’s – Capri’s Fate – is a double entrendre and it seems people just don’t get it.


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

Love.  Love will conquer everything. People will struggle through horrid experiences to get to that moment of love.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

Well, since one of them has a dragon (not published yet) not much is realistic. Although I do a lot of research to keep things “real”. In my latest, Flame works in a strip club. I got onto a stripper’s chat group and did some research with them.


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

Sorry – I just burst out laughing. Some of my erotic romances are scorching hot – I go into detail. I don’t like to think about friends and family in the same situations. So no – everything comes from my imagination.


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

I don’t think there is one.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Uh – hmmm – I read an Agatha Christie a few months back. Everything else is beta reads. I have read FABULOUS books, but with most of them it was before they were published. I just finished one about an airplane crash romance that is going into a box set.


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

Can I just say – every author at my critique group. What an incredible bunch of people. Not going to name names because I’d feel horrid if I forgot someone. But You Know Who You Are.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

I just finished 2 books – one had been published and the other will be out in July. So I guess my current project is to get back to one of the 2 books that have been sitting on my hard drive partially written.


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

Uh….? Hm….? No idea.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Not for me. I don’t have the dedication to make this a career.  I had my career – teaching – retired. Now I’m enjoying life.


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

No – I really like FL.E.S.H. I like the way the characters were created and I like how the story plotted out.


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

Someone handed me a crayon. I was always expressing my thoughts on paper.

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

Flesh is an erotic contemporary billionaire story about a pole dancer and a billionaire and how fate through them together then life tossed in some roads blocks and how the two characters worked their way around and finally found love.

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

Since I am a panster – I often write myself into corners. One of the books waiting on my hard drive is in that situation. I know what has to happen next but it’s just coming out awkward.


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

Agatha Christie – I love the way her books feel like a warm blanket. I snuggle down when I read them and get completely lost in the characters and the stories.


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

Gee – I wish I did. My travel is done on the internet.  I research a lot. My characters have been to New York City, Chicago, Miami, Detroit, medieval England, on cruise ship, Indonesia, Thailand, the Caribbean – but I’m still sitting in my chair in Ontario.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

At first the publisher did, but for the last 2 – Capri’s Fate and FL.E.S.H. – Kayden McLeod did.

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

The edits. It has taken me a long time to figure out why, but it’s because I was taught to be a good girl and not make mistakes. In school, I excelled and people who excel  “don’t make mistakes.” Then I get a chapter back from a cp and there are mistakes – dumb ones I didn’t catch like the word the – typed teh.  It makes me feel stupid and bad and my blood pressure goes up. I can’t open a chapter when it’s mailed back. It takes me a while to get my head around it is ok to have mistakes.

Strangely, when I edit someone’s work – I don’t think they are bad because they have mistakes in their work. We are always hardest on ourselves.

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

I learn a lot of stuff from my research, but I don’t think I learned anything about myself.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Support each other. Why are we insulting each other because of how we are published? Print books have their place. Ebooks have their place. Authors with big publishing firms have their place. Indie authors have their place. Cutting down an author isn’t going to make the readers suddenly read your books.

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

Support authors. Buy their books – don’t steal them from pirates. And if you like the book – leave a review.  It doesn’t have to be a glowing 5 star review – a simple – I liked this book – will make an author’s day.  We put a lot of effort into our books and it makes us feel good when someone likes them.  At my critique group – there have been days when a writer was really upset by a totally unfair and ridiculous review. But then there are the days when the author is bouncing because someone loved the book.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Socks. It was about a little kitten who had 4 white paws and his littermates teased them because his paws weren’t the same as theirs. He finds black paint and dips his paws into it so he can be the same. But his mother tells him she loves him the way he is.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Kittens – kittens make me laugh. They are so full of joy and energy.

Stupidity makes me cry. People abusing others or animals – people needlessly killing someone because they don’t like their religion – their colour – the type of shirt they were wearing. That sort of stupidity.

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

I think Da Vinci would be fascinating to sit down and talk with. The genius of the man – fascinating.

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

Sweet dreams.  It’s what I tell my daughter every time we hang up.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

I love to cook. Our friends love to get invites for a dinner party. In the summer, I garden – flowers and veggies.

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

I love happy movies. I won’t watch dramas – like Lincoln – or movies about war or the Holocaust. One of my majors was history – I’ve already studied it – seen the pictures – understand the  horror. I don’t want to watch it in a movie.  When I watch a movie I want to be entertained. I love sci-fi. Kind of a Trekkie.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Favourite foods – chocolate – anything made with chocolate – anything I can put chocolate on (except liver and onions!)

Colours – purple and red. My bedroom was purple. I loved it. Went I came back at Christmas after my first term at University – my parents had redone my room – good – bye purple room. (sad face)

Music – I love classical music. Tchaikovsky is probably my favourite composer.  Having studied ballet for 15 years, I developed an appreciation for classical music.

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

 I’m a retired teacher. So that’s what I did before I became a writer. If I hadn’t been published, I would still be writing. It’s what I do.

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

My blog is – Erotic Notions. The link is – http://myeroticnotions.blogspot.com

Buy links for FLESH –

 

US Amazon link – http://www.amazon.com/Flames-Electrifying-Sexy-Billionaire-Story-ebook/dp/B00UY6M7VK/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427034993&sr=1-1-fkmr1&keywords=FLESH+Daryl+Devore

 

Short US link – http://amzn.com/B00UY6M7VK

 

 

CDN Amazon link – http://www.amazon.ca/Flames-Electrifying-Sexy-Billionaire-Story-ebook/dp/B00UY6M7VK/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427034993&sr=1-1-fkmr1&keywords=FLESH+Daryl+Devore

 

 

Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/f-l-e-s-h-flames-s

 

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/f-l-e-s-h-a-billionaire-story-ll/id981253283?mt=11

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Here is my interview with Tom Schaefer

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Name  Tom Schaefer

Age   56 (09/11/1958)

Where are you from:

 

All over … St. Louis originally, but have lived all over the country. Lived several years in south Florida, but for the past 4 years had been living in the Nashville area but just returned to Florida this month.

 

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

 

Born in St.Louis MO, adopted at almost 3, spent part of my childhood in Clovis New Mexico, but then we moved to the suburbs of St. Louis county in a small town called Fenton, and grew up there and went to high school in Eureka MO which is about 20 miles from there. I have some education from the Navy and technical schools, and am self taught.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

 

Recently relocated back to Florida, getting resettled. Started a non-fiction book.

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 

I started working as a technical writer on computer related stuff back around 1995/1996. I even had a contract from a large publisher for a book for geeks about how to build internet servers. It wasn’t really satisfying, and I gave it up for a while.

 

My real desire for writing came in recent years, when I knew I wanted to write, but was intimidated by the process. The advent of the internet became a great place to express thoughts in writing.

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 

Probably back in the 1990’s.

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 

I am a huge science fiction fan. I grew up watching Star Trek, and remember when it first came out. I was never a “trekkie” but I loved the concept. Loved Twilight Zone and TV shows like StarGate. I was always very selective about the kind of scifi that I liked.

 

In recent years though I began to see that most of the science fiction out there was becoming worse than the stuff from the 1950’s and a bulk of it is all dystopian. I am a big fan of the idea that we shape a good portion of our lives by our thought processes, and if society is adopting a dystopian future, because of all the dystopian movies and ideas being foisted upon us by Hollywood, perhaps we will become that. That’s not a future I want to see, or for my children and grandchildren.

 

I began to think about a more utopian future. Unfortunately, we have all been programmed to think of a utopian future as impossible. I began think of why, and what if it was possible, and how we could get to a more utopian society. Ultimately, I feel that we will need help as a planet, as humanity, to get there – from outside, not from within. Mankind has had numerous teachers, seers, advanced thinkers, mystics, and spiritual guides. It still adds up to us blowing ourselves up. We need help.

 

I felt “Hell, I can write better stuff than what I am seeing, and I will write an epic novel”.

 

I was still intimidated by the process – until I saw a backgrounder on Ian Fleming. He had a “just write” mentality and let if flow. I had an epiphany, to just let it flow.

 

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

 

I have been told I’m a little like Hemingway, but I would not describe my style as anything unusual.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

 

I thought it over, and mulled over the simplest name I could come up with. It had to be esoteric, but simple. And so the planet is “Tu”, which has a definite non-English essence, and “the Collectors” are the people who go to and from this planet – they are the focus of the story.

 

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

 

Yes. Humanity is shedding a lot of old ideas about itself, about religion, about philosophy. We are advancing technologically but we are in a race to the bottom in our humanity to each other. There is a lot of “waking up” going on, but that seems to be happening outside of the governmental areas of the planet, and outside of the corporatocracy we all find ourselves living in. We see a huge move towards natural living, towards organic lifestyles, yet at the same time we see massive wars and destruction, massive poverty.  We are finding out more and more about how the ancient world was more connected to the stars than we have been told through our academic institutions. There is a large untold story about the history of mankind. I believe it has extraterrestrial involvement and origins.

 

My message is that we need a new vision. If “a man becomes what he thinks” – then we are doomed as a planet. I suggest a new mythology, a new vision. Tu & The Collectors is a big “what if” scenario. It explores the “what if” of ET contact, and a huge reset, where the entire paradigm we live in is reset to a healthier, organic and peaceful future.

 

My message is that we need to explore a positive future, and at the same time looks at how it may only be possible with the catalyst of a major disruption in the status quo.

 

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

 

My goal was to keep the characters realistic. But I use a lot of UFO and scifi lore to build the story, so the story has a lot of dependency upon imagination and unproven lore. The goal was to resonate with the reader who is also interested in this lore, the idea that “what if” the lore was actually true.

 

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

 

Not at all. It’s all imaginary, but the story originates in the Nashville area, and “takes off” from there.

 

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

 

Anything that jars my thinking, things that make me think.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 

None

 

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

 

None

 

Fiona: What are your current projects?

 

The next sequel in the Tu & The Collectors story, is called “Tu – Mayorga”  and picks up where the first book leaves off. I’m also working on a small motivational book called “The Strongest Swimmer”.

 

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

 

Can’t reduce it to one ‘entity’. There is my girl friend, one of my daughters, a distant friend who I have never met in person, and my twin brother.

 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 

Only after the series sells as a movie franchise, then yes. Until then I have to do other work.

 

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

 

Of course. It would probably be longer, and more in depth, but I will add in more layers and depth in the succeeding sequels.

 

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

 

No. I’ve always been highly verbal. Raised in a home where my dad was an avid reader. My twin brother and I were advanced readers at an early age, and grew up avid readers.

 

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

 

Not really

 

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

 

Conversational style. I decided to break the rules. I’d read a book where people are talking and lose track of who is saying what, and so I decided to simply solve the problem. I got criticized for my writing style as a sort of “hybrid screenplay” style but I think it makes for a faster read. I had to quit caring about how I was going to be judged and “just write”.

 

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

 

As a child, Willard Price – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_Price Price’s books inspired me to “want to go there”. I attribute his books to me wanting to join the Navy, which I did. I wound up on a submarine during the Cold War. This is a site I built for the boat I served on: http://usspogy647.com

 

As an adult – Jim Altucher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Altucher)

 

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

 

Nope. Would love to have a working spacecraft though. :)

 

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

 

I did. I also designed the maps of the planet in the book. (Yes there are maps – I created a planet for pete’s sake, ya gotta have maps!)

 

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

 

Finding the end. The story is such a great concept (really!) and there’s so much more to it – that I found it difficult to stop and find an end point.

 

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

 

1) The process. 2) A huge thing I learned was how to get out of my own way and let it flow.

 

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

 

Write. Just write.

 

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

 

Describing the book is one thing, reading it is another. There’s a huge story in it, I believe it is epic.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 

Probably some “Dick & Jane” stuff in kindergarten.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 

Other people’s pain.

 

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

 

Nikola Tesla – for all the right reasons. He was a man a hundred years ahead of his time.

 

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

 

“He’s off to the stars now”

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

 

Photography – which is and has been both art and professional. I was mentored in photography in my 20’s, but got our of it for many years and wound up in the computer business. Back in 2005 I picked it back up again and love it. I was selected by the Brickell Gallery in Miami to be presented/displayed at the City of Miami 114th birthday party. See http://miamitom.com

 

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

 

Better Call Saul, and formerly Breaking Bad. I will watch scifi if it’s well written, of which there isn’t much these days. I enjoy nature documentaries, and good dramas. I particularly like those kinds of movies where you see a story from history, like a museum. “Period pieces”.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

 

Love so many different kinds of food, but asian/oriental, organic. I’m an organic carnivore. Steak and a salad, seafood. Love salmon and tuna. Love great salads.

 

Music – I was into lounge music – see http://soma.fm.  I like so many different kinds of music, except for hiphop which is in my opinion mostly junk and trash. I love folk/Americana – anything with great lyrics. Even a little country from time to time but not as a rule. I’m not really a classical listener but won’t rule  it out, classical is great for relaxation and thinking.

 

Colors – red, black and tan.

 

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

 

Well, I’m not just a writer, I’m also a photographer, and a web developer.  I never believed we had to just “pick one” and then that all you get to be. I am largely a visual thinker, and so the photography and web stuff goes together.

 

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

 

Tu & The Collectors http://tuandthecollectors.com

 

http://miamitom.com – some of my south Florida photography http://tommyshutter.com – some of my Tennessee photography http://miamitom.net – my web development stuff

http://usspogy647.com – what I did in the Navy

 

I haven’t really been blogging though. I might post a little in social media, but I haven’t had the time to blog or write articles.

 

Amazon page http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Schaefer/e/B00NZ87RI2/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1

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Here is my interview with Jan Ruth

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Name: Jan Ruth

Age: Mature. (In age, not always in behaviour).

Where are you from: Cheshire, but I live in Snowdonia, North Wales, UK.

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

I moved to North Wales in 1998 with my second husband and this kick-started my stalled writing career. My feel for the Welsh landscape is evident in all of my books. I think I’ve probably spent most of my life reading and writing. At school I failed all things mathematical and scientific, and to this day struggle to make sense of anything numerical.

I have an adult son who lives and works in London, and two-adult step-children who live in New Zealand.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I’m pleased to announce I’ve recently signed a five-book deal with Accent Press. And book number six has reached that first draft stage…
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Around primary school age; I did win a few school prizes for short stories and poetry.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When a well-established literary agent told me I could write fiction, back in 1986.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I’m not sure. I set fire to my first attempt (30 years ago) because it was so awful and I was worried someone might read it. The second one was much better, but I always think of my third attempt – Wild Water – as my first book. This is the one that set my style and attracted an agent. I wanted to write about the affects of divorce from the male point of view. I guess it’s a romantic comedy but there’s nothing light or fluffy about it. The sequel, Dark Water is much, er… darker!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Yes. It’s important to develop originality, a voice which is your own.
Fiona: How did you come up with the titles?

Wild Water was chosen by my agent at the time of writing and the others followed on in the same style. I write fairly emotive, contemporary books about mature relationships, and I do use the landscape as a character in its own right so Dark Water (the sequel to Wild) Midnight Sky, White Horizon and Silver Rain, all slipped very nicely into that branding. My work in progress which has reached the first draft is a sequel to Midnight Sky; currently titled Palomino Sky
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I think there’s a moralistic message in all my books – not that they are preachy or devoid of F words, but there is a good over evil tone, on the whole. I think karma needs to be balanced for reader satisfaction.

In the case of Midnight & Palomino Sky I’ve used the language of natural horsemanship too, blending the principles of training horses and discovering some of those same characteristics in people. Love and respect is central to most relationships and I’ve found the research on this fascinating.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

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

Yes, I tend to only write about subjects I have a sound base knowledge of or I’ve experienced. I prefer to feel moved by something in order to inspire the reader.

 

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

So many… early teenage years I read everything by Dick Francis and Winston Graham. These days I enjoy Clare Chambers, Jo Jo Moyes, Adele Parks. Mostly contemporary women’s fiction.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?

David Nicholls, Us.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Mary Fitzgerald.
Fiona: What are your current projects?

Palomino Sky. My next project is a short story for a charity Christmas compilation.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Local shops and libraries (I think, because my books are set in the area).
 

 

 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes; I do now I have a publisher.

Prior to this, I always used to feel more comfortable describing it as a serious hobby. A career suggests some sort of structured pressure, expectations and deadlines. I am lucky to write what I enjoy, at my own pace.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. I don’t let any material go until its the best it can be.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

A great English teacher.

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

The bridesmaids dresses were finished. She’d enjoyed making them. A close fitted bodice, long sleeves and a full skirt, although she’d left out the masses of petticoats, so nothing too voluminous. Raw, blood red silk. The darkest red she could find. The material moved like wine, as fluid and as seemingly luminous as a rich Burgundy held up to the light. Ellie had looked grown-up in her less vampish version but for Jess, she’d fashioned a deeper neckline and added a complicated bustle. From that point the dress flowed as liquid, pooling to the floor.  The girls would carry snowdrops, mistletoe and dark red tulips. To Laura, this combination was the epitome of Love, and Christmas. In a more abstract way it also represented a blood tie, if one could condense such a thing into a colour. Her own ivory dress was a more detailed version of the one she’d made for Jess, and of course she’d carry dark, dark red roses.

It was especially pleasing that the styling and the colour combinations were completely different to James’ first ceremony with Carys. Sometimes, when she knew she wouldn’t be disturbed, Laura climbed the creaking stairs in the house, to the bedroom. Although James had cleared out all the clothes and shoes – the wedding album and their rings were still where he’d left them, on the wide stone windowsill. She studied the photograph album thoroughly, turning the pages with infinite care. Everything had that dreamy, hazy imagery which summer could so easily bestow. Alongside these items was the handwritten journal about the Arab horses. Beautiful, poignant and emotive. Quite often she’d be lost in thought, pausing to look through the window where Carys may have sat and looked out at the same view. Laura could swear all that passion was actually tangible; it was in the room, standing behind her, watching. It manifested itself by crawling up the back of her spine and enveloping her scalp. In the gathering dusk of a late November afternoon, these goosebumps had her look around more than once, her heart thudding wildly out of time, so attuned was she to any noise that meant someone had entered the room. On occasion, she’d fully expected to see Carys standing there in her wedding dress, but of course there was nothing, nothing but dust motes caught in a dying beam of winter light.

(Palomino Sky) Jan Ruth.

 

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

Researching subjects I know little about, such as medical or criminal subject matter. Even a couple of sentences has to be accurate.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

At the moment it’s David Nicholls. Love the stripped back style and the humour.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I’ve a feeling my travel may increase now I’m with Accent Press, but I don’t mind this aspect.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Jane Dixon-Smith initially, now Accent Press.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your books?

Thinking of fresh inspirational ideas, always.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

The creative process is always interesting, always changing. There are formulas in my brain now which I’ve subconsciously learnt from writing and re-writing, and I know they work for me. I’d find them difficult to describe though! I think I’ve learnt over time to trust my instinct.

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

http://janruth.tumblr.com/post/103734508949/the-wisdom-of-hindsight
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you!

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Brer Rabbit

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Yes, I love walking the hills and horseriding.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

I listen to a lot of music as I write and my favourites change. I like Sarah Brightman, Enigma, Delirium., Kings of Leon. An odd mix really.

 

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

Something with horses.

 

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

http://janruth.com/

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