Author Spotlight: Joseph J. Madden

Welcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

Today the spotlight is on Sci-Fi/Fantasy author of The Starhawk Chronicles, Joseph J. Madden.

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What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

Cover of The Starhawks ChroniclesMy most recent book is actually a re-release. The first book of The Starhawk Chronicles is being re-released by Burning Willow Press in December of this year, with Book II hopefully following not too long after that. I had gone the self-published route for a few years before contacting BWP. To my surprise and delight, they decided they not only wanted the first book, but wanted to keep the entire series in house. I am currently working on the third book, as well as a spin-off/origin story for one of the characters.

I try to keep readers updated on my writing through my Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram.

How well would you fit in in one of your books?

Since I usually see myself as the protagonist, I’d say very well. My main character, Jesse Forster, is very much like me, especially in the earlier drafts I had written. Jesse has my well-defined sense of sarcasm that comes from growing up in a new York Italian family.

Can you read other things when you’re working on a book, or do you have to stick with writing?

I am always reading. I have always been a reader, even very early on. In Kindergarten I was at a second grade reading level. It’s the rare day that I don’t read something. Books, magazine, graphic novels, newspapers. If it’s available to read and in English, I read it. I sometimes read one book at home and have another that I read on breaks at work.

What are you most nostalgic for from your childhood?

I miss trips to Walt Disney World when I was much younger. It was a more pure experience back then, not as commercial, and for an impressionable young future writer whose mind was subject to flights of fantasy, it was an incredible source of inspiration.

What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?

I can honestly say I’ve never thought that far ahead.

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Author of Joseph J MaddenAlright, there you go. You can learn more about Mr. Madden on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and you can find out more about his books on Amazon.

Did you read The Starhawk Chronicles when it was self-published? If not, are you interested in reading it? Have you read any of Mr. Madden’s other books and stories? Leave me a comment and let me know.

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Author Spotlight: Annette Bentley Smith

Welcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, today the spotlight is on children’s book author, Annette Bentley Smith and her anti-bullying book, Nyrah’s Bully.

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

Photo of Annette SmithMy most recent book is called Nyrah’s Bully. It is inspired by a true story. My next book is a multicultural children’s book that will center on skin tones. It is currently being illustrated. You can learn more about me and books at the following links:

Online Press Kit

Website

Facebook Profile

Nyrah’s Bully Facebook Page

Do you have a favorite book/story among the one’s you’ve written? Why is it so special to you?

Out of the six books that are completed, although 13 have been written, three of them are my favorites. When asked this question, it was hard to choose, because although they are fiction children’s books, they were written realistically, because some of them are inspired by real events.

Cover of Divorce Through the Eyes of a ChildIn no particular order, the first book is called Divorce Through the Eyes of a Child; Dear Mama and Dad. It’s a letter written to parents from a child’s heart about divorce and getting along. The second favorite book is called The Miserable Life of Tac; The Aluminum Can. This book is just plain funny! It has made so many people laugh when they found out an aluminum can had issues and had to talk to a Psychologist. This was a special collaborative effort with my youngest son, who was in the sixth grade at the time and is now a high school graduate.

Cover of Nyah's BullyLast but not least is my heart clincher bullying book called Nyrah’s Bully. This book has touched the hearts of many children and has given joy to the special little girl that inspired me to write this book. Writing it also woke up feeling from within, because my sister and I were bullied when we were little.

Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?

My unique or quirky writing habit is, writing my stories on paper first. Most people now-a-days, go right to their computer or laptop and type away! Me, it’s the good ole #2 pencil and paper, then I type it up. Sometimes I can write a story with a few hours, and at others times it takes a good six months! My chapter book, which started out as the traditional thirty-two page book, is now a chapter book. It is called Bigma and Gigi’s Porch Stories for You! It took me well over a year to write it. It has yet to be published.

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

If I were an animal in the zoo, I would be a Panda Bear. They come across as loveable, cuddly and huggable. lol

Would you rather be invisible, or able to read minds?

I would rather read minds. I’d like to know what people would honestly say if I asked them questions about me. It would separate the real from the fake, but then I would want the capability of being invisible, in case I couldn’t handle the truth.

What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?

I’ve been interviewed on several occasions. There was never any one particular question I wanted asked. Since the interviewer seemed to have connections, I guess the question would be, “How can I help you become the #1 best seller in the world and get your books in the hands of every child in the world?!” Or perhaps, “So, how does it feel to be America’s favorite children’s book writer and receiving such an honorary award?” One can dream, right?

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Alright, there you go. You can learn more about Ms. Smith and her books on her Amazon page, website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Are you aware of National Bullying Prevention Month? Were you bullied? How has it affected your life? If you have kids, have they suffered from bullying? Leave me a comment and let me know.

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Author Spotlight: Mystkue

Welcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

Today the spotlight is on Mystkue, author of Honesty Carries Wisdom.

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

Photo of MystkueAs a 25 year old Philadelphia native, Alanna has seen it all… Disappointment after disappointment, setback after setback. Life for Alanna has not been the brightest, but despite it all she is determined to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Through this journey she sets out on a quest for success; to discover her purpose in life, define what love truly is, and gain a sense of compassion and forgiveness for people. But before she can take that leap forward, she must face her past without exploiting herself once more and step from behind the shadows of her inner thoughts holding her back. Can Alanna see pass the pain and suffering and rise to a state of peacefulness? Will she fall victim to depression and be silenced in the “Shadows”? Or can she conquer her truth and stand tall to recognize that in all life’s obstacles, Honesty Carries Wisdom

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Has anyone ever made a suggestion for one of your stories that you liked so much, you altered said story to include it?

Yes indeed, I have had so many individuals family and friends that have influenced me and have had ideas that I bounced off of them. I am an observer and I am very much in tune with great ideas that continues to stimulate my creativity. When people share their experiences I use it as a message that takes it own path as its fosters my writing.

Does what you’re writing at any given time ever feature in your dreams?

My writings or ideas tend to come to me in my dreams. Its as if they speak to me and I am able to envision what is on the page. My characters talk to me and tell me what and how to interact with the audience.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?

The best compliment I have ever received was someone telling me how worthy I am. I am the one who never feels that my accomplishments are “enough” or they are just moments that are “all in a days work.” It allowed me to understand that I need to take time really live in the moment and admire the accomplishments I have.

What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?

What do you want your legacy to be and how do you want your successors to uphold it.

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Author Spotlight: Josh Matthews

Josh MatthewsWelcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

Today the spotlight is on author of the Hell Gate saga, Josh Matthews. Be sure to check out his video interview at the end of this post.

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

Cover of Hell GateMy most recent novel is Hell Gate, my young adult post-apocalypse novel. It tells the story of Jason McCreary and a small group of adventurers who travel to Paris to close a portal between Hell and Earth that was formed during his mother’s failed anti-matter experiment. I purposefully kept the language and gore to a minimum so the novel has a PG-13 rating, but there’s more than enough suspense and action to keep you up late into the night. You can pick up a copy on Amazon.

The sequel is coming out this October. I kick up the plot several notches by sending Jason and his team around the world to close off five other Hell Gates that opened along with the one in Paris. This book introduces new characters and a whole new set of demons, and provides more kick-ass battle scenes then in the first novel.

If you’re interested in me or the Hell Gate saga, please check out my blog, or follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

Would you rather your book(s) be filmed for a movie, or a TV series?

The Hell Gate saga needs to be filmed as a series of movies. The emphasis in the books is on the epic battle scenes between humans and demons, and they wouldn’t translate well onto the small screen. When writing the action scenes, I always imagine how it would play out in 70mm IMAX.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in researching your book(s)?

I was surprised at how many variations there are of Hell as a realm, and the back stories behind Lucifer/Satan. From descriptions of Hell in the Bible to Dante and the paintings of Bosch, everyone has their own idea of what the Underworld is like. It’s a benefit for me, though. I’m developing my own unique, terrifying concept of Hell, and the various interpretations are feeding into that.

Can you read other things when you’re working on a book, or do you have to stick with writing?

My reading scans the gambit from horror novels to histories, some of which I read as research for other projects and some I read for pleasure. What I’m reading never distracts from my writing. Sometimes I work on multiple projects at the same time, which can be a problem. I’m currently reading the proofs for the second Hell Gate novel, am preparing the third novel for submission, and am working on the first draft of the fourth book.

How long do you honestly think you’d survive in a zombie apocalypse?

I’d survive for a few months, maybe more. I’m not a hardcore survivalist/prepper who is ready to hunker down for years and fight off hordes of the living dead. I live in the country outside of Concord, not on a fortified compound in Montana. I have enough supplies to last four weeks, which I figure is the normal amount of time we’d have to fend for ourselves during a natural disaster or social unrest. If it’s a full-fledged apocalypse, no amount of preparation is going to be sufficient. Once the supplies are exhausted and we need to forage for food or hit the road, then all bets are off. Depending on how my family handles the situation, I think I could survive for quite a while.

Would you rather be invisible, or able to read minds?

Of the two, I’d rather have the ability to read minds. If you know what the other person is thinking, it gives you the upper hand. However, if I could choose my super power, it would be the ability to control people’s minds. I admit, though, I’d use my powers for nefarious purposes. “You want to buy ten copies of all my books and give them to your friends as gifts.” “You want to sign me on to your publishing house and give me a million-dollar cash advance.”

What’s the first thing you’d do if you won the lottery?

I’m one of those responsible people, so the first thing I would do is pay off my bills, set money aside to buy a house, invest a huge portion of it – the boring adult things. Once I was done adulting, the first things I would do would be to buy more toys for my study and book a two-month-long trip of Europe.

What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?

I can’t think of a question I’ve always wanted to be asked. Over the years, I’ve been asked bizarre question, embarrassing ones, and a few I’ve refused to answer. But there are no questions I wished someone had asked.

Josh took some extra time out of his busy schedule to answer a few follow questions via Skype. Check out his video interview for some very interesting additional information about him.

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Cover of Wasteland in Red SquareAlright, there you go. You can learn more about Mr. Matthews on his blog, Twitter, and Facebook, and you can learn more about his books on the Hell Gate Saga Facebook page.

Have you read Hell Gate? Do you think you’ll read Wasteland in Red Square when it comes out on the 21st? Leave me a comment below with your thoughts.

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Friday Reads: Crossroads in the Dark III

Cover of Crossroads in the Dark 3Welcome back for another Friday Reads. This edition will be rather different as I can’t truly say, just yet, if Crossroads in the Dark III will have a lasting impact on me. However, what I can say, is that this book already has significant meaning.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)

This particular volume of the Crossroads in the Dark (CRITD) anthology series produced by my publisher, Burning Willow Press, is for charity, with 26 authors donating stories (see the list below). The book has been dedicated to Tracey (T.F.) Poist, who suffers from EDS (if you, like many others, don’t know what that is, check out the Ehlers-Danlos Society website), with all proceeds being donated to EDS research in the hopes that better treatments, and hopefully a cure, can be found.

I reached out to Tracey about her experience with EDS, and she had the following to say:

It began with fatigue. I was going to be married soon, so I chalked it up to stress. Then I thought I must’ve contracted mononucleosis. I had tests done for Lyme disease. By every account, I was perfectly fine.

Then I twisted a bit as I yawned and stretched. Instant agony. After a few months of dealing with medical bureaucracy, I had an MRI performed. It showed four herniated discs and two others shredded. Spinal stenosis. Arthritis. All without any cause.

Ordinarily, that’s where this story would end. I’d complain about more and more, but nothing would ever come of it. That’s how it remains for most of the undiagnosed zebras out there. But I got lucky. My doctor had a personal interest in genetics and sent me for genetic testing. Bingo! Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Classical Type, with Marfanoid Features.

Doctors in medical school are taught to look for the most obvious causes first. To hear hoofbeats and think of horses, not zebras. But we medical zebras exist. And we need help.

Ehlers Danlos affects every part of my life. My skin stretches and tears. My heart can’t quite keep up with what I’d like to do. My muscles can’t, either. My autonomic nervous system is heavily impacted. In fact, I live in a daily state of fight-or-flight. It exhausts me physically and mentally.

There are several co-morbidities frequently found with Ehlers Danlos. I live with nearly a dozen. And I’m lucky. It can get so much worse. I lose a zebra friend to sudden death every month. Aortic dissection. Aneurysm. Suicide.

Other than the weight I’ve gained and the stretch marks under my clothes, I don’t look any different than I did ten years ago. I don’t look like a person who has to use her wheelchair, who depends on medications to fight Dysautonomia and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia. I don’t look like I have problems digesting food. You can’t see my insomnia or my constant fatigue.

EDS is an almost entirely invisible illness. It is an umbrella under which you may find joint dislocations, heart problems, digestive issues, depression and anxiety, easy bruising and scarring, and so much more.

Before I woke up and yawned and stretched, I took things for granted. Running. Dancing. Dressing myself. Showering. Walking. Living without pain.

Ehlers Danlos is underdiagnosed and misunderstood. I encourage you to learn about the illness so you don’t take life for granted the way I did, but especially so you might be able to connect the dots for someone currently suffering without answers.

There is no cure, and we can only treat separate issues as they arise, but we are resilient. Warriors. And we thank you for your help. May we find a cure for our children.

CRITD III

If you like horror, even a little bit, go buy yourself a copy of it. It’s well worth the money. I don’t even really like horror, and I give it 5 stars (no, really, you can read my review). It’s horrible in all the right ways, and wonderfully demented. Check out all of the fantastic authors who donated their stories to the anthology.

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Are you a horror fan? Have you read any of the CRITD books? Will you buy CRITD III? Have you ever heard of EDS? Leave me a comment below. Or leave a message for Tracey to help make her day a bit better.

I hope you have a great weekend at the Crossroads.

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Author Spotlight: Jennifer Geoghan

Welcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

Today the spotlight is on Jennifer Geoghan, a specialist of romance with a twist.

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

My most recent book is The Family History Quick Start Guide: Genealogy Made Easy. Although I’m a novelist at heart, I’m also a long time genealogist. Having helped dozens of friends start their family tree from scratch, I decided to take my wealth of knowledge and write a user friendly how to book for those just starting the journey of tracing their family tree. It’s available on Amazon for $4.99, so check it out. I have two blogs, one about me as an author as well as one where I chronicle my genealogy research.

Do you have a favorite book/story among the one’s you’ve written? Why is it so special to you?

Cover of If Love is a LieI’d have to say my novel, If Love is a Lie: A Partly True Love Story holds a special place in my heart.  It is by far the most personal of my books, and in writing it, I exercised a lot of demons out of my life.  A few years back, I was the victim of an internet dating scam. I was long distance romanced by a man I met on a dating site for three months. It wasn’t until he had to go out of the country for “work” and then asked me to send him money in Malaysia, that I realized he was a scam artist.  Thankfully, I didn’t send him any money, but he stole something even more valuable, my trust. In If Love is a Lie, I used my actual email and text exchanges with “Antonio” to help form the beginning of the book. The first half of the book is pretty much exactly what happened, right up to when I reported him to the FBI for internet fraud. Unfortunately, the FBI never responded to my online complaint and that’s where my story ended.  In the book, my heroine is contacted by the FBI and works with them to bring Antonio and his gang to justice … and, of course, there’s a sexy FBI agent who steals our heroine’s heart … or will Antonio turn out to be the man of her dreams after all?  You’ll have to read the book to find out!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in researching your book(s)?

I’ll start by saying I was born and raised out east on Long Island.  When I started researching my current project, a Texas cowboy series, I discovered that the first cattle ranch in America was on Long Island!  So the true birth place of the cowboy is New York!

How long do you honestly think you’d survive in a zombie apocalypse?

I think I’d be one of the more prepared folks. All those years of watching The Walking Dead have to come in handy for something! The key to survival is to beware of other people. Find yourself a nice, little cabin up in the wilderness and live like they did in the 1800’s, off the land.  I’d also stockpile a LOT of books to read.

What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?

What do all your heroines have in common? So far all my heroines come from my small town of Wading River, New York.  Wading River is a lovely town, set on the north shore of Long Island.  When I grew up there, it was summers on the beach and falls spent picking pumpkins and apples. Winter was sledding and ice skating on the duck ponds and spring meant the emergence of tulips and chipmunks in the front yard. It was an idyllic setting and one I’ve thankful to have grown up surrounded by.  Sara, Emily, Mandy, Chloe.  These are my heroines and, though my books aren’t sequels, they all share heroines that know each other.  The girls from Wading River.

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Alright, there you go. You can learn more about Ms. Geoghan on her website, Twitter, and Facebook, and you can find her books on Amazon.

Have you read any of Ms. Geoghan’s books? Which one(s)? Are you a fan of genealogy?Leave me a comment below with your thoughts.

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Author Spotlight: Simon Williams

Photo of Simon WilliamsWelcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

Today the spotlight is on self proclaimed sarcastic gentleman, Simon Williams, author of the TORN trilogy.

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

Cover of TORN 3My most recent book that I published was TORN 3, the final book of my TORN trilogy memoir about my personal dealing with a situation in my life over 5 years that left me depressed and considering suicide. I am just finishing up my next book, 12 vital lessons for every father to teach their son. Then I have a series of books on stories of my travel adventures during the course of my life. Provisionally titled, Stories on how to travel the improper way by Rick Steve’s arch nemesis.

If you want to learn more about me then you will find every juicy morsel of dirty personal laundry inside the TORN books starting with this one.

Do you have a favorite book/story among the one’s you’ve written? Why is it so special to you?

The one I am writing now, 12 vital lessons for every father to teach their son, because if you knew the story of my first three you would see how important it is for me to give my son every opportunity in life by passing on all the things that I have learnt about how the world really works. Good, bad and indifferent. We only get one go around at life, the more you can work out before you have to screw up, the better.

Do you drink coffee/tea? Do you find you drink more coffee/tea when you’re working on a book?

I drink tea when writing because I like to write early in the morning. I love to be calm and relaxed when writing so tea is way more soothing a drink to put me in that frame of mind. Coffee I may have when getting home from work and having to quickly add or make some changes that came to me during the day. But nothing beats a hot cup of tea, the sun coming up over the horizon and everyone in the family still in bed so it is nice and quiet in the house.

What is the hardest scene you’ve ever written?

Cover of TORNThe opening of my first book where I am standing on my balcony wanting to die. I didn’t start off with the book this way, it took me 2 years before I finally had the balls to explain what I was doing writing a book and it was because I could no longer deal with the pain in my life and I wanted to get it all out. So the original beginning was very humorous and light as a way for me to hide behind the words, but as I got stronger and stronger I realized I had to go back and face my demons and so I rewrote the first chapter.

Can you read other things when you’re working on a book, or do you have to stick with writing?

I can do nothing else when writing. I get obsessive about it. Possibly because the topic of my first three books is so intense and personal. But now I am more relaxed about it and finding I can do other things when I first get home before sitting down to do some writing.

Do you write in a linear or non-linear fashion?

I write in such a non-linear stream of consciousness fashion that I can tie my story up in an undecipherable knot. Then I just break out of it and get back to the heart of the story. But it is so much more fun to write this way.

What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?

Who is your favourite member of the Beatles. Answer. Mick Jagger.

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That’s a wrap. You can take a look at Mr. Williams’ books on his Amazon author page and learn a bit more about him on his website.

Have you read any of Mr. Williams’ books? Are you looking forward to his future books? Do you like to read memoirs? Leave me a comment below with your thoughts.

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Author Spotlight: Jeremy Davies

Welcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

Today the spotlight is on new author and math teacher, Jeremy Davies.

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

Cover of the Advent CalendarThe Advent Calendar.  [My Facebook] page has a lot of information, newspaper cuttings and some interview articles, also a YouTube copy of a BBC interview.

Do you know how all of your characters look and sound?

Yes exactly, I virtually visualised the entire thing as a sort of movie, picturing the amazing landscapes and sets in fine detail, likewise the characters and their characteristics. I did exactly the same whilst reading Tolkien and found it a frustration watching the films.

Can you read other things when you’re working on a book, or do you have to stick with writing?

Absolutely,a change is as good as a rest, I sometimes find taking a break from writing and reading altogether allows you to reflect and perhaps pick up new ideas. I find myself trying to write either in the right location or in the right mood/environment (nearer Christmas helps with my Christmas books)

What are you most nostalgic for from your childhood?

Christmas 100%, it was such a special time at home, I had four siblings and the Christmas period at home was simply magical, I also lived in a close knit village and the school at Christmas was wonderfully festive, a marvelous childhood was gifted to me and I will be eternally grateful to mum and dad, my Christmas books attempts to share this good will and festive feel.

What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?

So how pleased are you with the film adaptation of your novel?

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Alright, there you have it. Christmas will be here before you know it, so go check out The Advent Calendar.

Are you a fan of Christmas stories? Do you still read to or with your kids? Leave me a comment below with your thoughts.

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Author Spotlight: Lea Carter

Welcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

Today the spotlight is on Silver Sagas author Lea Carter.

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

Cover of The Seeker's StormI recently released The Seeker’s Storm (book 6).  It (and I) can be found on Goodreads.

How well would you fit in in one of your books?

I’d be a terrible fit.  They’re all busy living in a world where, even with servants, they choose to remain pretty active.  I, on the other hand, am a diehard couch potato.

Would you rather your book(s) be filmed for a movie, or a tv series?

A series of movies, actually.  A single movie or even a single tv series would be too confining for the content.

Do you know how all of your characters look and sound?

No, but I know their hearts.  It’s a little frustrating sometimes, because I know some readers would like more detail as to how they look, what they wear, etc., and I just don’t know right off the top of my head.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in researching your book(s)?

That spiders only have 8-12 eyes.  I could’ve sworn they had dozens!

Do you support the Oxford comma?

Absolutely.  I’m a very literal person and without the correct use of the Oxford comma, some written statements strike me as quite ambiguous.

What’s your Harry Potter House?

I think I’d rather have Mrs. Pigglewiggle’s house.  It’d take a while to get used to living in an upside down house, but children would always be welcome and adventure would never be far away.

What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?

Would you like to know the secret of being able to make a living as an independent author?

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Alright, there you have it. You can find more information on Ms. Carter’s books on her website, or her Amazon Author page, or you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you read any of her works? Do you intend to? Do you like fairies? Leave me a comment below with your thoughts.

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Author Spotlight: Vanessa M. Thibeault

Welcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

Today the spotlight is on a writer of broken hearts, Vanessa M. Thibeault. Let’s jump right in.

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

Photo of Vanessa ThibeaultAll of Me, All of You – published in April 2017

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Do you know how all of your characters look and sound?

My characters all have very distinct voices and looks. I talk to them and build them as though they were real people. Sometimes I take characteristics from friends, family and acquaintances, changing and playing with physical characteristics and mannerisms. As I write, the scene becomes like a scene from a movie, playing out in my head or as though I am watching it happen in life. Even when I write in third person, I view my characters from a third person viewpoint.

Do you drink coffee/tea? Do you find you drink more coffee/tea when you’re working on a book?

I drink both but it depends on the day. When I am writing, I tend to stay up later and love a 3pm coffee (and often a couple to start my day with only a few hours of sleep). I drink tea throughout the day and into the evening, but I tend to forget about it and then I find it cold. That’s where the wine comes in!

Does what you’re writing at any given time ever feature in your dreams?

Sometimes I dream of what I am writing, but more accurately, I dream what I’m going to write. Many of my ideas for books and scenes come directly from dreams I have had.

Did you have a security blanket as a child?

I didn’t have a security blanket, but I did have an old Curious George that I found in a barn next to some old dynamite with my parents when I was about 4. He has a red hat and shirt and the words ‘Curious George’ are printed (were printed) in gold lettering on the front. He went everywhere with me and I still have him. He’s sitting on top of the bookshelf behind my desk in my office.

What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?

Why do you write?

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Cover of All of Me All of YouAlright, there you have it. You can find more information on Ms. Thibeault’s books on her website, or her Amazon Author page, or you can learn even more about her on her blog.

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