Here is my interview with Eve Culley

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

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

My name is Eve Culley and I am a lively 66 yr. old wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I live in the beautiful state of Texas.

 

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

My hubby and I were missionaries in the 70’s and 80’s raising money for Bibles, New Testaments, Book of John, paper, ink and helped set up a couple of print shops in churches. We traveled with our 2 small boys with our base here in Texas.

Education wise: college, B.B.T.I. (missionary training camp) then we were on staff at the camp for a year. I have continued with on-line classes in writing with different colleges.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My second book in the Barn Town series has been published this month, Further Adventures in Barn Town, and my third book is waiting a contract. So I am very happy with my literary family right now. Of course, I am not planning on resting on my laurels. LOL

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I did some writing in high school. I have always had a vivid imagination and a lot of times preferred my make believe world to the real world. Writing was a way to make that world more permanent. After I had been married for a while, ten years or so, my mother gave me all the stories I had written from the period.  So, I would have to say that high school is when I began to write in earnest.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

In 1997 I self-published a book of poetry on my family history and gave copies to my mother and mother-in-law. I think that is when the writer bug got into my blood and I became a “writer”. However, as we all know a writer evolves over time and I hope that my evolution as a writer continues to the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien.

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I would sit and watch our farm animals in the barn and “hear” them talking about their day; what they thought about the goings on around them. It was just a step from that to putting it down on paper.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title basically wrote itself. It’s all about the animals that live in Barn Town.

 

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

I guess I am basically a story teller and children are my favorite audience. My aim is to make it a tale so real that the reader accepts it as such and becomes involved in the story.


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

The book is loosely based on the events I see in my barn and the events I see taking place there.

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

I do not travel as everything occurs here at Barn Town.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Amanda L. Matthews – does beautiful work.

 

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

Yes, that animals communicate, have plans, live lives that we can chose to be a part of and be enriched by.

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

I have several favorite authors, Ann Jones, Iryna Combs, and G.P. Shriver to name a few.  I think that each of these authors has a way of sucking you into the plot of their book and not letting you come up for air until the story ends. I think that the pull for more of their stories is the best thing I can say about their writing. More, give me more!

 

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

Hmm, well that’s not fair. My family has been my best cheering section ever, but if I had to name someone or something else I would say it would be the drive or push I receive on a continuing basis from my LORD to write.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I do. I have a commitment to my writing to continue to tell stories even if no one wants to buy them.  I have to tell the stories, put them on paper (release them so to speak) so the up-coming stories have room to grow.

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

Not really; I am pretty happy with the way it turned out.

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

Yes, consistency between books in a series. That all the facts remain true in each book with every other book I have written.

 

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

Absolutely NOT!

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Winston Churchill said it best, “Never, never, never give up.”

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

If you can read, you can do anything!

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I have three books going right now: Mercy’s Battle by Katy Huth Jones,Oops-A-Daisy by Melody Delgado, and Kistishi Island by Jordan Elizabeth.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No not really, but I read Lady and the Tramp, Black Beauty, The Black Stallion series when I was fairly young. The library was my favorite place to be as a child.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

A good story about overcoming obstacles in life.

 

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

My biological father.  Why? That’s easy, to verify how lucky I was to be adopted by my parents.

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Hand work: embroidery, crocheting, knitting,

 

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

When Calls the Heart, Hawaii Five 0, Murdock Mysteries, The Man from Snowy River series

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Chicken (any kind), watermelon, all colors – mainly the bright colors, country and Christian music

 

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

Cry! and then figure out a way to write again!

 

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

Darn, no more stories!

 

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

https://barntown.wordpress.com/

 

https://www.amazon.com/Eve-Culley/e/B072FLGKP5

– amazon author page

http://amzn.to/2wcwMqy – Further Adventures in Barn Town

http://amzn.to/2h4JZHG – Adventures in Barn Town

 

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Here is my interview with Tim Lebbon

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

 

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

I’m Tim Lebbon, 48.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Born in London, I’ve lived in Wales for 40 years, the last 20 in Goytre, a lovely little village close to Abergavenny.

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

I’ve got a wife, two kids and a dog the size of a small donkey.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

The movie of my novel The Silence starts filming in Toronto tomorrow!

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always loved reading, and from a very young age I loved telling my own stories.  I probably started writing much earlier than I can now recall.  From when I could pick up a pencil, I guess.  In my teens I started loads of novels but rarely finished them, and my first serious piece of writing — which I actually finished and submitted to a competition — was called Black Heart when I was about 21.

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Always, I guess.  Unpublished for a long time to begin with, of course.  But as I say above, I’ve always loved telling stories, and my main medium for doing so has always been writing.

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The desire to tell stories.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My first published book was Mesmer, the titles is closely linked to the story and main character.

 

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

I’ve slowly developed my own voice over the years, I think.  I try to improve all the time.  And that’s a challenge for any writer, trying not to fall into a rut and write the same book again and again.  That’s why I try to spread my wings sometimes and work on different projects, including screenplays, TV proposals, and horror, thriller and fantasy novels.

 

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

Most of my books have an element of autobiography, but only at a distance.  When I became a father my greatest fear became my family being in danger, and that’s a theme that now runs through much of my writing.  Family and friends in danger.  More frightening than any monster.

 

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

Sometimes, but I’ve also written novels set in places I’ve never visited.  If I could afford to travel to every setting I would, but it’s just not possible.  That’s what research is for!

 

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My publisher.

 

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

I think Stephen King has always been a favourite of mine, and I keep returning to his work.  He has such an approachable style, yet he’s also a writer of endless depth and compassion, and that’s what I find so riveting about his stories.  His characters really come to life.  You care about them.

 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, it’s been my sole income for almost eleven years now.

 

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

Probably.  I rarely go back and read a book once it’s published, but if I did I’m sure I’d change quite a bit.  A book is never finished, it’s just that the deadline arrives.

 

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

Well, The Silence is filming now with Stanley Tucci, and I can’t think of a better actor for the main character.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Read a lot, write a lot, accept rejection and learn from it.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Darkness Descending by Ken Jones, about a climber who broke his leg in the Transylvanian mountains and had to crawl back to civilisation.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, but the first one I remember going back to again and again was Shadow the Sheepdog by Enid Blyton.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Lots makes me laugh.  And as a father, plenty makes me cry.  I’m quite a softie.  I get emotional watching people achieve great things — medal ceremonies at the Olympics often have me shedding a tear along with the winners.

 

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

Arthur Machen.  One of my favourite writers.

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I love triathlon.  I spend 6 days per week running, swimming and cycling, and I race quite often throughout the year.

 

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

All sorts.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I’ll eat anything except shellfish, listen to anything except insipid pop, and all colours apart from lighter shades of green.

 

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

Read a lot more than I do now.  But I honestly can’t imagine a time when I stop writing.

 

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

I’ll be a burner. No headstone.

 

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

www.timlebbon.net

Amazon authors page

USA   https://www.amazon.com/Tim-Lebbon/e/B001IU0D3U/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tim-Lebbon/e/B001IU0D3U/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Here is my interview with Annie Seaton

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

 

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

Annie Seaton… and I am just…only just… past 60.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

Nambucca Heads on the beautiful east coast of Australia

 

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

I have spent many years studying and working in education… and I have a postgraduate library degree and a masters degree in education. I am blessed with a wonderful life partner, two grownup children who are following their dreams and three beautiful grandchildren and owner of the naughtiest dog in the universe.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My Porter Sisters series (Kakadu Sunset, Daintree and Diamond Sky -Pan Macmillan Australia) is complete and in the bookstores. My next books, Whitsundays and Undarra have been contracted by Harper Collins.

I am also writing contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing in the US, and  Her outback Cowboy, and Her Outback Surprise are both now available in e-book, and print on demand internationally.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing in my mid fifties, after a stressful experience in the workplace. I took early retirement and fulfilled my lifelong dream of being an author.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have always considered myself a writer since I wrote my first book at age eleven. I considered myself a successful writer, when my debut romance, Holiday Affair became a break out bestseller in 2012.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The story, set in our beautiful tropical islands was always in my head, and when I left work I made myself sit and write it.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

That was hard… the original title was Her Pacific Pirate!

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

My latest books are based around landscape. It almost becomes a character its own right, and through an affinity with landscape, we see the human character growth.

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

About fifty percent. I base my stories on real topical issues in fictional scenarios.

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

Every winter my husband and I pack up the caravan and travel to remote landscapes in Australia to research my next book

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The publisher looks after my print books, and I design my self published covers

 

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

My most recent books have been described as eco adventures with environmental themes.

My contemporary romances are uplifting stories to show that there are happy endings in life.

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

I read a lot, so I have a wide range of authors I enjoy. Kristan Higgins who creates beautiful communities with quirky families and characters is a favourite

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

Romance Writers of Australia organisation.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Most definitely. I write office hours five days a week in my study.

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

No, when my books leave my computer, I am happy with the way they turn out.

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

I learned much more about World War 2 in Australia

 

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

Cate Blanchett

 


Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Follow your dreams. Determination, persistence and passion are the key elements to becoming a successful author.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Enjoy travelling the world in my stories. Email me and tell me what you liked best.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Erica James: Paradise House.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Most probably an Enid Blyton story.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My wonderful family.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Gardening, growing orchids and walking the beach with the naughtiest dog in the universe.

 

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

Downton Abbey. Outlander

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Potato, Olive Green, David Bowie

 

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

Read and garden

 

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

Annie achieved her dreams.

 

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

http://www.annieseaton.net

 

 

Amazon Author’s Page_Annie Seaton

https://www.amazon.com/Annie-Seaton/e/B007M3YNFQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 

Latest releases

Her Outback Surprise (Prickle Farm series)

http://www.annieseaton.net/her-outback-surprise.html

Diamond Sky

http://www.annieseaton.net/my-books.html

All other books:

http://www.annieseaton.net/my-books-504669.html

 

Here is my interview with London Saint James

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

 

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

Hi, Fiona. Thanks for having me over. It’s nice to meet you. *Waves to everyone* I’m London Saint James

As for my age? Well, let’s just say I’m old enough to know better and too young to care. *Smiles*

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

 I’m one of those people who can say, I’m from all over. I was born in Florida, but I’ve been everywhere. At least it sure feels that way. I’ve traveled a lot and have lived in many different places, but my home now is in the Smoky Mountains of beautiful Tennessee.

 

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

 I have several degrees—all in Psychology. They hang nicely on my wall in my home office collecting dust. I’m married to a wonderful man and we have a fat cat who thinks he owns us.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My latest would be the release of my Two Hearts, One Soul Duet. Always, book one in the duet is now available in eBook, paperback, and audiobook. Forever & Always, which is book two and the final book is now available in eBook with paperback and audiobook coming soon. The genre of both books is M/F Contemporary Romance.

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Like many writers, I’ve written for what seems like forever. I scribbled down stories as a kid and kept scribbling. I was never encouraged to write, though, so I did more ‘sensible’ things when I got older, but I always scribbled down stories. Mostly as a stress reliever. An escape. Going on seven years ago, I said, “Why not” and got serious about writing. I submitted my first short story for an Anthology, Master of Mine, which was published by Evernight Publishing. My story, Mistake, was accepted and I’ve been writing ever since. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to step out of the sensible world, left the sensible day job, and I write full-time now.

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I suppose after I was published, I could call myself a ‘real’ writer.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 I’m inspired by so many different things, music, poetry, art in many forms, people I meet, conversations I’ve had, places I’ve been… I’ve even found inspiration from dreams I’ve had. Thinking back, I would say the inspiration for my first real novel came from a thought that struck me. What if there was such a thing as soul mates? Then, I saw a documentary about kids who remembered past lives. So, what if we meet our soul mate, lost our mate, and found them again years later? Soul transfer or reincarnation. From there I wrote a four-book series, called the Heart of Winter which was published in 2011. I since received my rights back from my publisher due to the contractual time expiring for them. As fate would have it, I’m here today talking about them again with you. Only, those original four books were rewritten, re-edited, new content was added, bonus scenes were done, and Always and Forever & Always was re-born into Two Hearts, One Soul Duet.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

 My soul mates spoke to each other of loving each other Always and Forever. So, it made sense to make them the titles of the books.

 

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

I believe every writer has their own style. Their own voice. As far as my style, I’ve been told it is filled with vivid imagery. I don’t find my style particularly challenging because it’s me. It’s how I write. That doesn’t mean I don’t have challenges when writing. All authors have them from time to time. But mine is more around getting the quiet time to write. Life and all the things associated with it can and does interrupt and that interferes with the flow of writing.

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

All of my books have pieces of me in them. But as far as my personal experiences, people or events in my own life, they are not based on that. They are fiction.

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

I do pull inspiration from my past travels. As far as traveling to someplace during the process as part of the craft, no. I don’t do that.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The artist who designed Always and Forever & Always is the lovely and talented Kellie Dennis from Book Cover by Design.

 

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

 The beauty and tragedy of life. As well as the hope and belief there is that special someone out there for each of us. True love does exist.

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

 Oh, gosh. There are so many authors, new and established, I adore. So many it would take a book just to list them all. But, I will list a few of the well-known authors who, when I have free time, I love to read. Sylvia Day, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, JB Salsbury, Joanna Wylde, Lexi Blake, Lorelei James. I could go on. What strikes me about their writing—their fantastical imaginations, their in-depth characters, and the emotion they bring to their work in written word.

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

 The first person was my 8th grade English teacher. She was super supportive and encouraging as far as wanting me to keep on writing more so than becoming a published author back then.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. It is my career. *Smiles*

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

No. I don’t think so.

 

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

I learn something every time I write a book; whether it’s something I needed to research or something about myself.

 

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

The male lead: Henry Cavill. *Swoon*

The female lead: Scarlett Johansson.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

 There’s probably not much I could tell established writers they don’t already know. But for those aspiring writers, never, ever let anyone tell you, you can’t get published. Or that being a published writer is a pipedream. I’m here to tell you my ‘pipedream’ came true. Write what you love. Write what speaks to you. Be you. Don’t be afraid to break your heart open and let the feelings flow into your words. Great writers give blood, sweat, and tears to the craft. It takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there—to let the world get their hands on your book babies. And it takes a thick skin, too. Not everyone will love your work. Not everyone will hate it, either. Don’t go into writing thinking your first book is going to hit the big time, be a New York Times bestseller, and you’re going to get a movie deal. If you do, you will be disappointed because that rarely ever happens. Instead, go into writing because you have a passion to write. And don’t allow anyone to extinguish that fire.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 I’ve said this many times before, but it never gets old, as far as I’m concerned, to say it. I have the best friends, readers, and fans in the world. Their love and continuing support for my work never ceases to amaze me. Thank you! Without you, I couldn’t do what I do.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 Right now, I’m in the process of writing three different manuscripts, so… I did, however, listen to an awesome audiobook recently by Kim Loraine, Waking the Watcher. Great stuff. If you love PNR with a unique twist then you need to check out that book.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Wow. Hard question. I’m not sure. I can remember my mother reading me bedtime stories from those Little Golden Books about puppies and kittens and tugboats when I was little.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 Hm… Lots of things I suppose. I’ve been known to cry during a really sad movie and known to laugh during cheesy ones.

 

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

Wow. That’s a tough question, too. I’m not sure who to pick. Okay, okay. I will just toss one out there off the top of my head. Ellen DeGeneres. She cracks me up. Love her sense of humor.

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

 I love to listen to music. My taste is very eclectic. I love to sing. I use to play several instruments, but I’m just way too busy anymore to do that. I collect vintage glass and other misc. antique baubles as well.

 

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

 From time to time I hide out and catch up on Game of Thrones. As far as films, my taste is also very eclectic. The last film I watched was on Netflix I think. Bridget Jones’s Baby.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

 I so love me a good medium-well steak. Cheeseburgers! Chinese and Japanese food. Oh, Indian food rocks, too. Colors… At the moment, hot pink kind of does it for me. I also like darker colors. Music—all kinds.

 

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

 Go insane. I’m smiling as I type this, but it’s true.

 

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

You know, no one has ever asked me that question before, and I can’t honestly say I’ve thought about what I want on my headstone. I don’t know why, but a limerick comes to mind. So, here it goes.

Here lay London, cold and dead, the weaver of stories she pulled out her head. Don’t shed a tear, fret or fight, she lived a long time, gave life a good bite. If you loved her novels, you’re welcome to stay. Those who hated her books can go away.

 

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

 I sure do. My blog, London’s Scribbles, can be found here: http://londonsj.blogspot.com and my website is http://www.londonsaintjames.com.

Amazon US Author’s Page: http://www.amazon.com/London-Saint-James/e/B005I7KJWY/

Always Book Link Amazon US:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XPXK4LR/

Always Book Link Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Always-Hearts-Soul-Duet-Book/dp/0578192012/

 

Forever & Always Book Link Amazon US:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074MZBHH5/
Forever & Always Book Link Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Forever-Always-Hearts-Soul-Duet-ebook/dp/B074MZBHH5/

Here is my interview with Stephen Kozeniewski

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

 

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

Hi!  Thanks for having me, Fiona.  My name is Stephen Kozeniewski and I’m (mumbles incoherently) years old.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

 The suburbs of Philadelphia.

 

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

I graduated from college in 2004 with a German language degree.  I’m dating a nice girl now.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

 Well, I’m delighted to announce the release of my first collaboration with Stevie Kopas, SLASHVIVOR!

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing when I was six or seven.  I recall entering a children’s writing contest and winning a silver medal, whatever the hell that means.  From there it was off to the races.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Twelve?

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 The name “Braineater Jones” came first.  Then I asked myself who would have such an implausible name.  Naturally it had to be a zombie, but one who was intelligent enough to require a name.  Once I realized he was a noir detective, the rest of the book practically wrote itself.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

BRAINEATER JONES?  The title actually came first.  I was walking around saying it to myself.  The story kind of spilled out from there.

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

I take a pretty loose approach to writing.  I guess that can be a challenge in itself.  Maybe if I had a little more structure I’d improve my output.

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

Ha!  For this particular one, I wouldn’t say it’s very realistic at all, taking place in a nuclear wasteland during the filming of a deadly reality show.  Sometime I draw from my own real-life experiences for my work, but since I write mostly speculative fiction it’s usually a bit coded.

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

No.  I guess that’s a pat answer, but I really don’t travel much.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

 The last few have been done by the very talented Zach McCain at Sinister Grin Press.

 

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

Oh, there certainly is.  Should I just lay it out there?  It has to do with making choices, even in a very limiting situation, and how that informs (or perhaps reveals) your character.

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

Brian Keene is my favorite writer.  He strikes a visceral note with his work that can’t be beat.  Lately I’ve really enjoyed Lesley Conner, C.T. Phipps, and Victor Milán.

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

The Crystalline Entity.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I may see it as a career but I don’t think it sees me as a careerist.

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

Nah.  I love the way it turned out.

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

 I learned a lot about working with another author.  I’ve never collaborated before, and I was fortunate to have such an easy partner to work with as Stevie Kopas.  We had a really great give-and-take.

 

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

Hmm.  Good question.  I think Kristen Bell might be a good fit for Dawn.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

You’ve come from nothing, you’ll go back to nothing.  What have you lost?  Nothing.  Cheer up, you old bugger.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 The golden ataraxis can only be found by following the silicon rainbow to its most logical conclusion…but, no, not the conclusion that just popped into your head.  It’s never that simple, is it?

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 Right now I’m reading GHOUL by Brian Keene and TANKBREAD by Paul Mannering.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 In all likelihood that was probably THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK.  Or maybe THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR.  Do kids still read those?

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

The futility of life makes me laugh.  Slapstick makes me cry.

 

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

 I always wished I could have met John Entwistle.  I think we would have gotten along and supposedly he had a hell of a sense of humor.

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

 I used to.  Does gambling count as a hobby?  I feel like that’s about the only thing I do anymore apart from writing and working.

 

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

 Well, I’m a bit of a television addict so this answer could take forever.  Instead, I’ll just tell you the shows I’m currently watching: “Bojack Horseman,” “Narcos,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Invader Zim,” “Preacher,” “The Strain” and “An Idiot Abroad.”

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

 I enjoy kielbasa and pierogies.  I like to think once you reach a certain age, you evolve past the need for favorite colors (and to rank friendships or put ketchup on hot dogs.)  In terms of music, The Who is my favorite band, but lately I’ve been listening to The Killers, Neil Diamond, and Rod Stewart.

 

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

 Emperor of the Moon.

 

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

 “Died tragically rescuing his family from the wreckage of a destroyed sinking battleship.”

 

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

 Sure!  Stop my http://manuscriptsburn.blogspot.co.uk/ for all the latest Kozeniewski news and releases.

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Here is my interview with Kadee Carder


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

 

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

Hello! My name is Kadee Carder, and I’m 33.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I live in central Texas. I lived near Austin for most of my life.

 

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

Fierce in a sparkly kind of way, I bring hope, adventure, and thrill wherever I write. The goal is magic, the medium is ink, and the fuel is coffee. And sometimes pizza. I teach writing on the university level when I’m not dancing around the living room with my family, lifting heavy at the gym, traveling the planet (on foot or Google maps), or bingeing superhero shows. I earned my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from National University while working full time as an office manager at a church.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My latest book, HERE BE DRAGONS, will release January 2, 2018, with my publisher Clean Reads. I’m thrilled to see this one hitting bookshelves and e-readers. It’s a story of courage, honor, and high-tech weaponry in the Australian Outback.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing since I could first wield a pencil. Or a crayon. Storytelling has always been a sweet release for me to manage life’s challenges.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I suppose I can officially claim “writer” status from when I began working as a journalist on my university’s newspaper staff my sophomore year at Howard Payne University.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The first draft of INSURRECTION, the first book in my YA Sci Fi trilogy, was my thesis for my MFA. It was not great. A couple years later my husband participated in a community theatre play and I had too many bored evenings, so I pulled out the dusty manuscript and knew I could do it justice. The story came originally from my four girlfriends and I who spent our afternoons fighting pirates, exploring the wild continents, and living bigger than our 13-year old selves knew at the time.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Saylor, my main character, started out on one adventure, and ended up on another. She had to work harder than she expected, face scarier monsters than she knew existed, and ended up changing not only her life but the lives of those around her. She was the INSURRECTION they all needed.


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

I love imagery and descriptions. I adore the heat of action, the crunch of flesh meeting bone, and the gut-wrenching power held within the magic of crisp wordplay.

Because most of my stories revolve around military life, adventure, action, and inspiration, I have to do a lot of research and world-building. I’m still working on figuring out a well-rounded balance of weaving a vivid world, incorporating succinct but clear messages of hope and empowerment, sizzling romance, and in-depth characters. Balancing out all those elements is a challenge, but I love my characters and they deserve for their stories to be told. I give them all I have!

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

Many elements of the INSURRECTION trilogy were based on ideas from real life. The main characters—Saylor, Micah, Denise, Patricia—were based on who my friends and I pretended to be when we were thirteen. I used some names from real people in my life who I wanted to honor. I did incorporate several places I’ve been, including Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, and Dubai.

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

I do a lot of research and I travel when I can, but since I like to take my readers to places the normal civilian doesn’t get to go, I use YouTube and Google Maps. I’ve spent hours using the Street View of Google Maps to explore Australia, Colorado, and Wyoming. I’d love to go to the places in my upcoming books – Australia and the Azores Islands near Portugal. For now, the internet is my source.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My publisher Clean Reads provided them.

 

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

Each of my books has a theme to it. INSURRECTION speaks of accomplishing greater tasks than you ever thought possible. The trilogy relays ideas of family, loyalty, fighting for the man standing beside you, and being willing to try those challenges which scare you the most, because you never know if you’ll actually love it (and you probably will!)


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

I have recently been reading books by other Clean Reads authors. Sara Turnquist writes historical fiction, and Jordan Elizabeth writes YA fantasy. I’ve enjoyed both of their books quite a lot! My favorite author is and always will be Madeleine L’Engle. Her book WALKING ON WATER changed my life, as she discussed the artist’s purpose. Her writing style is personable and friendly, and reading her non-fiction is like sitting down to coffee with a best friend.

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

My college roommate has been at my side the entire time. She’s always been my cheerleader, my beta reader, my critique partner, and my writing buddy. I’ll always be indebted to her for her friendship and encouragement and midnight texts.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I definitely see writing as a career. I teach English. Clear communication is a passion of mine. I hope to always be able to use writing to work with others and help them see that they can be more than they ever imagined.

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

I adore my books. The process of writing is unique and magical. With every book, I hope that I improve my writing and technique. Since I give each book everything I have, I don’t know that I could or would change anything. All writing can be improved. So with each book we learn and move forward. I think my characters are the same way – they grow along with me. You can’t go back; you can only do your best. That’s what I’ve done.

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

I incorporate my life struggles into my books. What my characters struggle with is what I’m struggling with. So as I dealt with the hardship of author life, of the challenging publishing process, the criticisms of everyone on the internet, and the great letdowns of wondering, “What AM I actually doing with my time?” I let my protagonist Tucker explore his mission as well. Who’s he fighting for? And why?

 

I’m writing another piece now. The premise began as: Once you’ve accomplished the hardest challenge you think you’ll ever overcome, and it broke you, where do you go from there?

 

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

Oh, I’ve been asked this before and I keep thinking that I want a new girl on the scene! Saylor’s a spunky, feisty, and yet somewhat clumsy blonde with a great sense of humor. She’d be similar to Jennifer Lawrence but of course younger. So I think we haven’t seen her yet.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

IT’S ALL HARD. Stop asking, “Why isn’t this easier?” but instead ask, “How can this make me better?”

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

You can do so much more than you imagine. You’re more powerful than you know, and braver than you feel, if only you will take those first steps.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I just finished reading THE MARTIAN by Andie Weir and I loved it!

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I’ve been reading since birth. Some of the most memorable books from my childhood were the Chronicles of Narnia.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I’m a sucker for people falling down. I can’t help but laugh. I do laugh at grammar jokes. And the writing in New Girl gets me laughing all the time.

As for crying, I’m quite a sentimental fool. I cry too often, because I feel too big. But I think that’s okay.

 

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

I’d definitely love to meet Madeleine L’Engle and sit down with her at her home in Crosswicks, and have some coffee.

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I adore going to the movies! Give me a dark theater and an epic flick, and we’re good to go.

 

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

I prefer witty comedies like How I Met Your Mother, Gilmore Girls, and New Girl, Marvel/DC shows, especially Arrow and The Flash.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

If I could eat cheesecake and pizza every day, I probably would. Teal is my favorite clothing color; anything pink and sparkly wins with me. And I love epic, bass-pumping music like Imagine Dragons, 90’s punk rock, and, yes, Taylor Swift.

 

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

I have a plan with my college friends. We would open a bookstore/coffee shop/Private Investigator office. We’d call it the Black, White, and Red.

 

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

I suppose I haven’t thought too much about this. But possibly this: In Omnia Paratus. It’s a Latin phrase that Gilmore Girls taught me, that the Life and Death Brigade used – be ready for anything. I guess it describes my life goals.

 

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

I hope my new friends will stop by and connect! KadeeCarder.com is where I blog encouraging thoughts, and offer freebies. One freebie is a copy of IGNITE, an inspirational non-fiction book I’ve put together to help get you kickin’ those Not Good Enough blues. Subscribe to my blog to get IGNITE for free! Let’s get you pursuing those dreams—together!

 

I hope we can connect on social media:

http://www.kadeecarder.com/

 

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Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Kadee-Carder/e/B06XY21WXC/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14957651.Kadee_Carder?from_search=true

YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAkYQcShpWHBua-7VVi9Swg

 

Amazon Book Links:

Insurrection (vol 1): https://www.amazon.com/Insurrection-Kadee-Carder-ebook/dp/B01M8F5YZR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505795488&sr=8-1&keywords=insurrection+kadee+carder

Incomplete (vol 2): https://www.amazon.com/Incomplete-Insurrection-Book-Kadee-Carder-ebook/dp/B01MSABMCK/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=S695KY3YR79H2W8K97R8

Indelible (vol 3): https://www.amazon.com/Indelible-Insurrection-Book-Kadee-Carder-ebook/dp/B07229CDKC/ref=pd_sbs_351_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=Z3YJ7Z62HS1D4QJMWT4H

Here is my interview with Nanea Knott

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

 

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

I’m Nanea Knott and I’m 51 years old.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m originally from Honolulu Hawaii, but I have lived in Seattle Washington for almost 20 years.

 

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

I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology with the intention of becoming a Psychologist in private practice. It’s funny how life has other plans. I now live in Seattle with the two cats I adopted last year. I still have family and friends in Hawaii. I have family here in Seattle too. I quit my job in February 2017 . It was something I needed to do for my sanity. I have been a full-time author since then and loving every minute of it. I will probably have another job by the end of the year which makes me sad, but I know what it’s like to live my dream job. I will be back here doing this again as soon as I can make it happen.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

The latest news is I’m about to release the second book in my Mating Season series. It’s called Runaway. It’s a BBW, Bear-shifter, ménage, erotic romance. I’m pretty excited about it. It launches on September 20, 2107 and I’m offering a bonus story only to those who purchase the book between 9/20 and 9/25. I’m anxious to see how it turns out.

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing most of my life. I’d had rejection letters and real life took over. A few years ago, a friend of mine self-published a book and I got publishing envy. I did my research and a few months later, I was holding my first book in my hand. It was one of the best days of my life. I get that same feeling every time I hold the latest one.

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

It wasn’t until I went to a writer’s conference and my name had been printed on my name tag. I had published over 10 books by then, but it was only when I saw my name tag that it became real.

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The very first book was a non-fiction book written under another name. I wrote it because I thought some would find it helpful.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Runaway is centered on two people who have been on the run. One was running away from his problems, the other from a stalking ex-boyfriend. It seemed like a logical choice.

 

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

I don’t know if I have a style or not. I just write. I don’t try to do anything specific with it. I write the way I speak, which sometimes gets on the nerves of my editor. I often forget that while I’m writing I’ve made assumptions that my reader has no clue about. My editor leaves me a lot of humorous comments when that happens.

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

I wouldn’t say I was influenced by a specific person, or experience. I’ve known people who routinely run from problems and leave others in the lurch. I’ve also known women who had to hide from their exes. I worked from an overall perspective of the situations and not from specific examples. Everyone feels the need to run away at times and I’m sure there have been moments when you try your hardest to avoid someone and it doesn’t work out. The instances in the book are extreme examples of generally common experiences.

 

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

No, my setting is always Seattle. It’s where I live and thus where my characters live. I might research a neighborhood for a particular detail, but I can usually find what I need from the internet or asking one of my friends.

 

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I did. Most authors shouldn’t do it. Frankly, I probably shouldn’t either, but I enjoy it and like all things, I keep learning and improving. At some point, I’ll hire someone else to do these things for me, but for now, I’m having fun with it.

 

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

The message in Runaway is that it’s easy to run, it’s hard to face whatever it is, but until you do, it will never go away. Find the right person to help you face it and then you can truly move on.

 

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

One of my recent favorites is Vered Ehsani. She writes cozy mysteries, but I like her writing very much. I also like Elizabeth Kelly’s Recruit series. Another one of my favorite indie writers is Richard A. Bamberg. His Ragnarok series is terrific. My favorite writer is Laurann Dohner. Her characters are funny, sexy, and interesting. She writes characters that I wish I could sit down with and have a conversation.

 

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

I have two friends who have supported me from the very beginning, Chris and Judy. They have been through all the ups and downs with me, but have never stopped believing in me even when I quiet believing in myself.

 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. It’s what I’m doing at the moment and I couldn’t love it more. I don’t make enough money to keep it going for much longer and will have to give in and get a job to pay the bills, but coming back to this is my goal. I’ve gotten a taste of it, I’m forever changed.

 

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

No, I like how Runaway turned out. The only thing I would change would be to be a better writer to tell the story better. It was the best I could do with what I knew at the time. Each book I get better and better. Of course that probably means by the time I’m dead, I will have it all worked out.

 

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

I learned a lot about assumptions I made that didn’t translate into words on the page. My editor set me straight on that. I’m doing my best not to repeat my mistakes.

 

 

 

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up and keep learning. There’s so much to this ever-changing business, but you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Don’t be afraid to ask other authors for advice. They can save you a lot of time and keep you from making mistakes that could affect your career as an author forever.

 

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you for the words of encouragement, the laughs, and the loyalty you’ve shown me. I have been truly blessed with wonderful readers and I’m grateful.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Currently reading Murder For Tea by Vered Ehsani

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yes, It was Pua Pua Lena Lena. It’s a children’s book based on a Hawaiian legend.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Just about anything funny makes me laugh, except for pranks, those are mean, not funny. What makes me cry is usually the tear jerking kind of things like those commercials when the military kid comes home and surprises his family. Love those.

 

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

I would love to meet Oprah Winfrey. She seems like such an interesting person. I would love to sit with her and have a conversation on what she thought of the state of the world from the point of view as a journalist and then from the POV of a human being. Not that those two POV’s are mutually exclusive, but there are different factors to consider in each.

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, I like to sing, I play games online, I knit and make jewelry when the mood strikes. I’ve also taken up baking bread because I can write in between risings.

 

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

I don’t watch a lot of TV. I watch series on Netflix. I like to watch a lot shows from the BBC, and I often watch foreign films.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Favorite food? I don’t really have one. I grew up eating the food of different cultures so it’s hard to choose. Colors? My favorite has always been blue. Music? I listen to all kinds, but my go to is usually Top 40-Pop.

 

 

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

Ideally I would be living off my royalties and the merchandising from the books. If I couldn’t write, I would design book covers. I love doing it. It’ fun playing with all the different effects. I know I’ve only scratched the surface of possibilities in design and I would delve as deeply into the subject as I could to master it if writing were no longer an option.

 

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

She was a badass to the end.

 

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

Website: www.naneaknot.com  .

The place you’ll find me lurking more often is Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NaneaKnott/

Here is the link to my reader’s group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1887349907947012/

 

Other links:

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/nanea-knott

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Nanea-Knott/e/B011Z6GF5G

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13306109.Nanea_Knott

 

 

Book links:

Sex Demon Series: (4 books)

Remember Me – Book 1

https://amazon.com/dp/B00TU6762U/

https://www.books2read.com/u/4AyDd4

 

Mating Season Series

Mating Season – book 1

https://amazon.com/dp/B0110NEBWI/

https://www.books2read.com/u/38OzOb

Runaway – Book 2

https://amazon.com/dp/B075QJ9CMB/

https://www.books2read.com/u/mZ5jXE

 

The Viking Slaves Series (3 books)

Nikola – Book 1

https://amazon.com/dp/B06XXTRLW9/

https://www.books2read.com/u/3JKMqQ

 

Here is my interview with Kathryn Kelly

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

 

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

My name is Kathryn Kelly.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born and raised in New Orleans, LA.

 

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

I moved to the Houston area in November 2005. I have some college under my belt. At one time, I wanted to be a pharmacist. Currently, I live with my mother (AKA Mama Kelly) and my daughters.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Currently, I’m working on Inflame, Book 3 of the Phoenix Rising Rock Band Series about the band’s head of personal protection, Kiln, who meets his match when he comes across Raine.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Christopher “Outlaw” Caldwell came to me in a dream and he dogged my steps until I put pen to paper.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I first considered myself a writer when Misled was released.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I couldn’t get Christopher out of my head.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My daughter came up with it for me. I was stuck, not knowing what to name the book. She told me if I ended up using it I had to pay her $50, so I did. LOL.

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

I allow the characters to guide me. That can be a challenge when I expect the storyline to go in one direction and the characters take me a totally opposite way.

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

Roxy in Mistrust is based on my own cancer. We had different types, but still some of the feelings she went through are also what I felt.

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

I use YouTube a lot and non-fiction books. I also watch the ID Channel. Some of the crimes that are committed are shocking. Those committed by friends and family members sometimes are the most gruesome. It is hard to believe the depths of depravity the human mind can reach.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Crystal Cuffley of Redheads Review It Better designed all but two of my covers.

 

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

I think there are several, such as what you see isn’t all that meets the eye; family first; honor and loyalty are everything; and we are all human so we should accept each other’s diversities.

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

This is so bad, but I haven’t read anything in months. The last new writer I read was last year. Damon’s Salvation by Ana Rosso. I enjoyed it so much I made a trailer for it. I have several favorite writers, so I can’t choose one. 😊

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

I can’t think of any, LOL.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I do. Writing is the creative process. Hiring cover designers, editors, and marketing and promoting your work falls on the business side. To me, that makes it a career.

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

The last book I had out was a February release, Misgivings. It was a novella. As I think about it, I don’t think I’d change anything.

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

I realized that no matter how hard it is for me, I have to write. To me, it’s like breathing. I need it to survive.

 

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

Ian Somerhalder as Outlaw and Elle Fanning as Megan.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up. Follow your dreams. Listen to your characters. Write every day if possible. Accept constructive criticism. Stay strong.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you all for supporting me and encouraging me every step of the way.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Currently, I’m not reading anything

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

It a Frank Yerby book, but the title escapes me right now.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Dirty jokes and funny pranks crack me up. I’ll cry over any number of things. I can be so sentimental sometimes, it’s disgusting. 😉

 

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

I would love to meet Oprah Winfrey. She is such an inspiration to me. But the person I always dreamed of meeting was Prince. He seemed so very interesting. I loved his music. When he died, I knew I’d never get that chance and that hit me pretty hard.

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading. That’s about it. Cooking was once a favorite past time of mine until I discovered the mess I made wouldn’t clean itself. That quickly cured me of that hobby.

 

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

Outlander, Empire, and almost anything on the ID Channel.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

French fries; red, black, and white; and I listen to a variety of music.

 

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

I’ve never, ever thought of that, so I don’t know how to answer it. It seems as if writing has always been a part of my life.

 

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

Ain’tnothin’ but a thing

 

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

Thank you for asking. Readers can find me a variety of places.

 

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Bio

Kathryn Kelly is living her dream and writing books. She’s always been an avid reader and still devours books in her spare time. She also enjoys football, socializing, music, eating, and jokes. In her head, she’s the ultimate biker babe. In reality, she’s an ordinary girl-next-door and a native New Orleanian. Since the release of Misled in December 2013, she’s been living her dream of writing books. In August 2015, her life took a dramatic turn with the diagnosis of Stage 2B HER2 Positive Breast Cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy, lymph node removal, and breast reconstruction in February 2016. The support of her family, friends, and fans helped her to stay strong and keep her head up. #F*ckCancer became her rallying cry. Now located in the Houston area, she is once again cancer free. Her hair is growing back and her nails are returning to normal. Currently, she is plotting her next book.

 

 

Here is my interview with Greg Jolley

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

 

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

I’m Greg Jolley and I’m older than I’ll admit toand approach life with the delightof a twelve-year old.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

Lived most of my life in California(US), and currently live in Michigan and Florida (US).

 

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

I am the author of sixteen suspense novels and a collection of short stories about the fictional Danser family. I received a Master of Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco. Outside of the writing and out in the Real World, I enjoy surfing, exploring new towns, haunting book stores and coffee shops. I have two amazing sons, who are the spark plugs for my life.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

On August 10th, the new Danser novel was launched: Murder in a Very Small Town. The book is getting a good amount of positive buzz and it pleases me to have the first of five Wiki Danser novels off into reader’s hands. I’m also researching a novel based, again, on the movie industry, spending many good long days on the movie sets of “Memoirs of Wroth City,” being filmed in different locations in Michigan.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

A few thousand moons ago, being an avid, passionate reader, I had they errant, but compelling thought, “Why not try to write a novel?” That question had a dare in it and I liked that. I spent three weeks tossing the question around which led to the real question that still guides my days and decisions, “If not now, when?” The manuscript box from that first novel, Distractions, is filled with the tools of the day: the book itself on legal pads in Number Two pencil, a tower of index cards and the second draft off a typewriter.

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Typing “The End” on the last page of Distractions did it for me. I still delight in typing those two fine words.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The craft and worlds of W. Somerset Maugham, John Cheever, Richard Brautigan, Nathanael West, Truman capote, Peter S. Beagle. It wasn’t really that far of a leap to say, “I want to play, too.”

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

For the latest work, I knew I was going to run with …In a very small town and that was the working title through the first three drafts. Murder was later appended as a natural choice, a nod to genre.

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

I admire and am comfortable with the Elmore Leonard“school” of nonstop story being the focus of the write. The economy of his novels, as well as his ear and touch for dialogue are a constant inspiration. I am a student of people’s thinking and motivations and language. My on-going challenge is to give voice to character emotion, which I believe are a temporal, fleeting experience, not nearly as interesting, to me, as decisions and thoughts and action.

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

Outside of my researched and experienced very small town of Whitmore Lake, MI, on which this novel is based, the characters and their story are from that wonderful play land of imagination.

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

Yes, and that is another invaluable part of being a novelist. For various Danser novels, I’ve been to Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as Northern California, Florida and many small towns in Michigan. Travelling with notebooks and pens and a camera is always a delight, as the seeing, smelling and tasting of the “real world” gives so much.

 

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My amazing publisher, Blue Harvest Press, does my cover and interior designs. They generously let me have a vote on both and for the cover art, send me three options. An admitted dunce at what cover design is most effective for marketing, I nonetheless love having the opportunity to provide my two cents.

 

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

Each Danser novel explores the various heartbeats, themes, if you prefer, of good and evil motivations. For Murder in a Very Small Town, I chose to delve into the mental poison of revenge. In other works, I’ve taken on greed, madness, and that most common of evil in these times, thesick desire to control others.

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

During the past two years, I’ve been reading and learning from (and enjoying) James Ellroy, David J. Bell, Erik Larson, Mardi Link, historical works of the 1800’s and the magical South American novelists. I have no favorite writer, but cherish those mentioned and others who open up and share their knowledge, intelligence and wit.

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

Wasn’t my parents (laughter). As far as entities, it’s the mind. Where imagination and creating and a passion for words reside, as well as a love of story. This same entity is where I get the motivation to continuallylearn about people and improve my craft and challenge it.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. I write seven days a week, 5AM to 11AM, and after an extended midday break to get out and enjoy, Ispend two to three hours with editing, correspondence and research. Makes for a pleasurable life.

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

No. If left to my own designs, I could possibly still be editing the first novel, Distractions, at draft number two hundred and forty-seven (laughter). I’m not a proponent of perfection in books or in anything else that humans build. I do have a strong belief in the importance of giving our best effort and aiming for meaningful, relevant ideals, but there comes that moment in each book’s life where, like an adored daughter, I need to nudge her off the front porch – well dressed, good shoes and a pleasantly odd hat – to have a life of her own (and allowing me to focus on the next write).

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

Tons. I love to research and learn and challenge and surprise my thinking and assumptions. Research is one of the finest pleasures, even when it’s maddening.For Murder in a Very Small Town, I fired a few new types of handguns, explored ice fishing huts, drove the unpaved roads during a snow storm, haunted pawn shops, interviewed a local sheriff, surfed Lake Michigan and ate (half of) a fried pickle.

 

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

A twenty-something Meg Ryan for Wiki Danser and a forty-something Tommy Lee Jones for the crazed ex-sheriff, Welsey Lorenzo.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

 

Don’t talk about, don’t discuss it, and for a few years, avoid writer’s groups. Instead, like that brilliant Nike advertisement states, “Just do it.” Also, while inspiration is vital and one of the best parts of having a writer’s mind, it is the craft that matters if you want to complete a write. By craft I don’t mean the mechanics so much (they are extremely important), but making story telling a daily effort rather than waiting and hoping for the mood to strike you. Also, work with a professional editor. No exceptions. Finally, “Yes, the bad news is that there are rules about writing. The good news? Each of us gets to make up our own.”

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Yes, the reason the Danser novels exist and continue to be written is for you, the reader. My relationship with my readers is a large part of my daily motivation. Not the sales, not the PR side of this curious business. I am constantly encouraging my readers to let me know what they think of the books and ideally, why. And if they get to page four and the book is tossed out the window, hearing about that is just as important to me.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The South American novelists, research of historical events and crimes of the 1800’s, Lapham’s Quarterly, true crime, and other non-fiction about: the US Marshals Service, WITSEC, Café Motorbike racing, and criminal psychology.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I was a library ghoul as a child, the kind of tyke who found it normal to read the Webster’s Collegiate dictionary from front to back. That and, of course, one of the finest literary works ever published, “Go, Dog! Go” by P.D. Eastman.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Only harm to my sons could make me cry. I live a decidedly low emotional life, seeing them as little more than waves that approach, pass over us and wash to shore. I’m working on my degree of empathy, both for my novels and to be a more companionate human.

 

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

I would like to hang out with James Ellroy for a lunch spilling into dinner. That is a mind I would love to experience.

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Hanging out on film sets and during movie production, surfing, guitars, book stores, espresso bars and Jeep dealerships.

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

Noir. Anything by Justin Diemert, Tarentino, Kubrick, and documentaries, as well as the occasional Horror film (I’d watch more of these for the study of suspense, but really, most are just dreadfully bad).

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Food: diners and taverns. Music: Nickel Creek. Alison Krauss, Jack and the Bear, The Allman Brothers and movie soundtracks. Colors: My favorite pallets are: summer and winter. I’m exploring fall and enjoying that learning for the current and planned next Danser novels. Yet to find an affinity with the colors of spring.

 

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

Eat, Sleep, Surf.

 

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

“Well, that was interesting.”

 

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

Links

WordPress: https://wordpress.com/view/gregjolley.wordpress.com

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8261931.Greg_Jolley\

FB – author page: https://www.facebook.com/gfjolle/

Twitter: @gfjolle

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

Website: www.gregjolley.net

Email: gfjolle@sbcglobal.net

All the Danser novels are available at select bookstores and:

https://www.amazon.com/Greg-Jolley/e/B00KXE4C5C/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1505814343&sr=8-1

 

Fiona,

Thank you, sincerely, for letting me go on (and on) during this interview. When I first realized that there were thirty-one questions, I was feeling a bit daunted, but once I wadded in, I had a wonderful time.

 

Here is my interview with Micki Hess

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

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

Hi, I am Michale (pronounce like Michael) Hess, go by Micki. 55 for the next few days.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?  Orginially from Columbus, Kansas. Currently living in Ozark, AL.

 

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

I am the only daughter my parents have. I do have three younger brothers. I married my dream guy, Steve Hess on December 31. We have to beautiful children, Matthew and Barbara. Between them two, we have six grandchildren. 3 natural and 3 steps.

My education is some college, I was planning on getting a degree in Accounting, however, my heart was no longer in it. I have taken some courses through ScreenwritingU.

I write during the day while my husband sleeps, he works third shift. The writing keeps me busy.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I just finished two books in my Fred and Bud books. Getting them ready to be released.

And The Unluckiest 6th Grader is getting edit and illustrated. Looking forward of releasing it. I have two grand nieces (twins) that are wanting the book. They said that it is funny and some of it is so true.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

April, 2009 I had cancer and I wanted to leave something for my grandchildren to have. I am now in remission for the last eight years.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When the words started coming on the paper.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

J.K. Rowlings’ Harry Potter series.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My first book that I complete (not releasing it) is The Power Twins in the Four Element Races. I had people reading it and they keep comparing it to Harry Potter and I do not feel it is anything like Harry Potter. Harry Potter had his two friends and a Hagrid. My story had twins that were kept apart because of Robert Craft wanted their blood to live forever. Robert Craft is also known as Pybus, a snake with a python body and a King Cobra head. No way it is anything like Harry Potter.


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

I find writing Young Adults challenging because you have to be update on something that will happen in two to four years from now. Technology is always changing and so does your story.


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

I do not travel for my writing. I used my imagination of the place I use in my story. It is mostly around the area I lived at.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Andrew Shepard is doing my covers on my two books series.

 

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

Each book has its own messages. Fred and Bud series is about friendship and Unluckiest 6th Grader is just making the best of what is dealt to you.

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

I do not know of any new authors who shared the same interests. My favorite writer is J.K. Rowlings. Her imagination and her style of writing.


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

Karen Crider and Libi Taylor they are from my writers group. They encourage me and my writing.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I do.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Nothing.


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

Reliving my middle grade school over again, it is kind of fun.

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

Raegan Revord

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write something that will bring you joy. And take some classes in writing and have writer friends for encouragement.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Enjoy reading my books. I enjoyed of writing the books.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am too busy to read.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

In first grade books about Jack and Jill with their dog Spot.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My grandchildren. I have a granddaughter that mimics her mom.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why? J.K. Rowlings, she went from being poor to being one of the richest person in the world. I wanted to know how she did it. Don’t we all want to know that?

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I cross stitch, read when I can find the time.

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

I like to watch game shows, The Talk show, Last Man Standing.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My turkey noodles with mashed potato, we have that two days after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Colors is red and blue. Music: bluegrass and Country.

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

Lose my mind. I can always tell my grandchildren stories like I did with my brothers. I love to tell them bedtime stories when I was younger.

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

She loved to write.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?  As of right now, no. I do have a page on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1417061948558367/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/171599599632052/

https://www.amazon.com/Fred-Bud-First-Day-School/dp/1499180632/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1505836374&sr=1-2