Author Spotlight: Beth Hudson

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 fantasy author Beth Hudson.

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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 Seeing GreenMy most recent book is a collection of my short stories called “Seeing Green”. It’s available through both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. I have an author page on both Amazon and Goodreads, as well as an author website and a Facebook page. My next book is a sequel to my novel “Etched in Fire” called “A Gift of Flame”.

Do you feel you’re influenced by other authors?

I am very influenced by other authors. Every author who has contributed to my world view influences my works by bending me in a slightly different direction than I would have gone otherwise; every story I read shows me something different. When I read anything that really impresses me, I look at what the author has done to create a compelling story, and try to figure out how that would or would not work for my writing. Ideas cross-pollinate and help me create stronger stories.

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

I write primarily in a linear fashion – I’m a “pantser” a writer who wings the first draft, meaning that I tend to go through chronologically and find out where the story is headed. After that I carefully edit to make sure that my story is as strong as possible. However, there are times when I get a scene from further along in my head, and need to make sure that I either write it then, or at least make notes about it, so that I can write the scene effectively later.

Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?

I often write to music.

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

I would absolutely travel. I love traveling, and seldom am able to, so if I had the finances, I’d probably be making plans to visit other cities and countries. As it is, I have to rely on traveling to other worlds in my reading.

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

Hmmm… probably “Why do you write?” Because the answer to that varies so widely among authors that everyone will probably have a different answer. In my case, it’s a combination of wanting to give others stories that will affect them as strongly as I have been affected by the stories I have read, and an outlet for those stories I have always had in my head, but was not able to effectively share before I developed a strong writing style.

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Photo of Beth HudsonThank you, Ms. Hudson for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. If you’d like to know more about Beth Hudson, you can check out her website, Facebook, and Goodreads page. Her books are on Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

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Author Spotlight: Jean Ecrivain

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 Canadian erotica author, Jean Ecrivain. Don’t worry, this post is PG, even if her books aren’t. 🙂

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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 Steamy Shorts 4My most recently published book is Steamy Shorts 4. My most recent books are Steamy Shorts 5 which is getting ready to be published [Note: this is now published], and Well Met in Dragon Light, which I’m currently writing. They’ll all be available on Amazon before Christmas but the best place to find out about them before then is my website https://jeanecrivain.wordpress.com/ . I post my news about sales and information on my new books there. You can also sign up for my newsletter there as well as get links to my Facebook and Amazon pages.

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

Oh, yes. I’ve never actually altered a story because of a suggestion. But I’m always asking for suggestions for my Steamy Shorts series especially. And several of the stories in that series were written because somebody asked for a particular fantasy. In the intro to Queen Bee, I talk about how someone asked me to do a scene between two males and I couldn’t do it properly because I was too hung up. Queen Bee was written specifically because I didn’t want to leave the request undone. I wanted to do a proper job of that request. So, yes, I take suggestions and requests seriously and I’m always writing what my readers ask for.

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

Usually a linear fashion. I’m a little bit lazy. I’m always looking for an easier way to write. When I write short pieces like short stories, I usually have only the barest idea of what I’m going to write. The idea being that even if I mess up the investment of time isn’t that bad. Unfortunately, lately I’ve had a couple of serious setbacks with pantsing on short works, so I’m not sure if that was false laziness or not. We’ll have to see. Hen Party ended up way out of hand at almost twice its target length. And I really wasn’t that happy with the result although it was good enough. So I may rethink my process.

However, when I’m writing book length stories, I always plot them first. There’s a number of advantages to being a plotter, one of which is that I can write non-linearly if I wish. But I’ve always preferred to tell the story the way the reader will read it. That is linearly. That way if I decide to make a change, I don’t have to throw out any work. For example, in Well Met in Dragon Life, I decided to add a whole chapter. If I had jumped to write the chapter after and then added a new chapter, I’d have had a major rewrite. However, from time to time, I do suffer from writer’s block. I just don’t want to write the scene I’m working on. In that case, I’ll jump ahead, write a different scene and then come back to the scene I was having problems with. But generally I dislike writing non-linearly.

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

Pay off my debts so I’m not always worrying about money. Then I’d either travel or buy a tiny hobbit house in the woods somewhere.

Since I already live in a cottage town, the only reason to buy a hobbit house is because I’ve always wanted to live in a fantasy house. It used to be a real castle but now I’d like a hobbit hole. Not a nasty, slimy hole but a proper hobbit hole. One that doesn’t need the cleaning that this place does.

As for travel, I’ve always wanted to see the places that gave rise to the fantasy homes I’ve dreamt of. New Zealand and the movie hobbit houses. England, Scotland and Wales for the forests and castles and Doctor Who. Oh, and Harry Potter, of course. France … well, Paris, Toy and I. What can I say?

Maybe I’d just hire a maid service.

Living the dream that’s me.

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

The question I’d like to be asked is, “If you could do anything else with your life, what would it be?” Because I’ve done many other things. I still have to do other things to keep the wolf from the door. And the truth is they all suck. The thing that makes me feel most alive, the thing that I most want to do, is write. I’ve always wanted to write. I’ve always dreamed of writing for a living. So the thing I most want to do is to be read. Because if enough people read my books, I can keep writing and publishing my books for a living. And that would make me very happy. And horny. Mustn’t forget that. There is another advantage to writing Erotica, after all.

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Cover of Steamy Shorts 5Thank you, Ms. Ecrivain for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. If you’d like to know more about Jean Ecrivain, you can check out her Facebook and website, and you can find her books on Amazon.

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Author Spotlight: C L Barber

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 history teacher and author of the Chronicles of Kilion series, C L Barber.

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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 Keeper Of The KeystoneMy current book is Keeper of the Keystone, available on Kindle and paperback from Amazon. I am in the final editing stages of my latest book, the sequel, “Key to Dragon Falls which is due out [in a few days] and which I am very excited about!

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

I think I would fit in well with the three main characters as I think each one has an element of me in them and would be people I would like to spend time with. They also end up in Kilion in a castle which I would love! As a historian, I used lots of ideas of medieval history in my work and created a place I would personally like to visit. 

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

I would rather my book be made into a film but think that with the different characters and scenes, that it would also work really well as a tv series. There are lots of likeable character, colourful places, creatures and scenes that would lend it to the screen. In fact, many of the reviews on Amazon state they think it would make a really good film. Fingers crossed.

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

I am always reading a book as I run a Facebook book club. However, the genre is very different, reading lots of contemporary work and mysteries at the moment so that I don’t lose my voice for my fantasy novels. I have read very few fantasy novels so that I am not tempted to include ideas from other fantasy writers.

What is the hardest scene you’ve ever written?

I wrote about an attack and murders at the start of my first book. I edited it about 20 times and still am not 100% certain I got it completely right. 

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Mother, wife and someone who made a difference.

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

I would love to be able to read minds. People are so diverse and to know what they think while they are saying something else would be really interesting. 

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

If I won millions, I’d start an organisation to help people but by surprising people with gifts for what they need. 

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Photo of C L BarberThank you, Ms. Barber for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. Have you heard about the Chronicles of Kilion series? Are you a fan of fantasy books? Leave me a comment and let me know.

If you’d like to know more about C L Barber, you can check out her Facebook and Twitter. You can find her books on Amazon.

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Author Spotlight: Pen W.

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 Hidradenitis Suppurativa Warrior and prolific writer, Pen W.

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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 Eight on a BladeMy most recent book is Eight on a Blade. It is fiction in which eight people with the debilitating skin illness, Hidradenitis Suppurativa take drastic measures to raise awareness. (If you Google the words Hidradenitis Suppurativa, please be advised: images can be graphic). Before Eight on a Blade, I wrote HS Warrior, essays on my personal experiences with Hidradenitis Suppurativa. I am currently working on a sci-fi time travel series. I have actually self-published somewhere around 30 titles. I gave up keeping count.

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

Nero’s Fiddle is my absolute favorite, a post-apocalyptic thriller/sci fi. It’s kind of a Tom Cruise/Bruce Willis action except the heroes are women. It is detailed and descriptive in its portrayal of America after an electromagnetic pulse attack and it has quite a few unexpected plot twists. I also like the Sword of Tilk Trilogy, a young adult fantasy. It was so much fun writing the real world, then writing the fantasy world.

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

Before I put pen to paper (or get on the computer) I visualize my characters: how they act, how they dress, talk and move, and how they interact. I run dialogue in my head until I have it memorized then I’m ready to start writing it down.

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

I stick with the writing, so much that dishes don’t get washed and laundry doesn’t get done until I can pull myself out of the world I am creating to get those things done. Nothing else exists except what I am working on. I don’t read anything because I don’t want what I’m reading to influence what I’m writing.

What is the hardest scene you’ve ever written?

Cover of Nero's FiddleThe running scene in Nero’s Fiddle. It was set in Washington DC. Even though my best friend and I visited DC, I didn’t go the route of the scene because I hadn’t written it yet. I relied on maps – street maps as well as satellite maps – to determine the route.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

No tombstone for me. My ashes will be buried in a bio-urn and I’m coming back as a Japanese Maple tree.

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

One reviewer said about Nero’s Fiddle that it was “better than a Saturday night date!” The best compliment I can think of is for someone to tell me, “I didn’t want to put your book down,” or “at the end, I wanted more.” I have been told, “your story made me cry.” Though I don’t intend to make anyone cry, it means that I must be doing something right.

What are you most nostalgic for from your childhood?

My father waking us up about 5:00 on a Sunday morning and driving to the north Georgia mountains. My mother and brother would fall asleep and it would be just me and my dad awake. It was quiet and peaceful. I stayed awake because I didn’t want to miss anything and my Dad depended on me to keep his coffee cup filled from the thermos he brought.

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

Where does your inspiration come from/where do you get your ideas? The answer is everywhere and everything. For instance, I wrote Project Moreau from a story I heard on the news. I got the inspiration for Nero’s Fiddle from another book. Inspiration and ideas are everywhere, you just have to be open to them.

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Photo of Pen W.Alright, thanks to Pen for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. Have you read any of her books before? Do you know anyone afflicted with Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

If you’d like to know more about Pen, you can check out Twitter and Facebook. You can find most of her books on Amazon.

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Get to Know the Cast

If you have an author friend, or are an author yourself, then you know how talkative characters can be. Mine are no exception. Sometimes I feel like I’m just their conduit, their way for them to speak to the world, rather than their creator.

That said, in the lead up to the release of The Most Special Chosen, coming March 3, 2018, I’ve convinced a few of them to grant me interviews. I want to let you, let the world, get to know them. I promise you the interviews will be spoiler free. I’ll be posting one a month in November, December, January and February, each of which will also feature original portraits by the immensely talented Kyle McGill.

I realize that while I’m intimately acquainted with them all, the stars of the Exalted Bloodlines series are all new entities to you. So allow me a moment to introduce my main cast. Elysabeth Vance, daughter of Estel and George, is a senior in college who lives with her best friend of eight years, Shawn Dooley. At this point, they’re more like siblings than friends.

Damien Delanciennes stars opposite Elysabeth. He lives with his rather large family: Donovan and Selini, his parents; and Alyssa, Demetrius, Sebastian, Selene, and Eziano, his siblings.

So far, Selene, Shawn, Damien, and Elysabeth have granted me interviews, and I’ll be posting them in that order. I “sat down” with them before the events of The Most Special Chosen, so take the chance to get to know them before their lives change forever. Perhaps they’ll grant me additional interviews after the release to find out how they’re adjusting.

Make sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss any of the interviews. For now, I’ll leave you with a sneak peek of Selene’s portrait.

Sneak Peek of Selene Portrait

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Author Spotlight: Kimberly Snell

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 faith and fitness author, Kimberly Snell.

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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 I Am A.W.E.S.O.M.EI have written two books almost concurrently. The one I published first is One Minute to AmaZen: A Christian Guide to Yoga. The second is I Am A.W.E.S.O.M.E : A Personal Journey in True Self-Worth. Both books are available on Amazon.com and at the Word of Faith Love Center bookstore. One can go to my website, www.therealkimllc.com, for more information or read a review on Amazon or Goodreads. I can also be found on Facebook, and on Instagram/Twitter. I have recently begun a YouTube channel where individuals can see how to do the poses and receive health benefits of each pose. My YouTube channel is simply The Real KIM LLC.

What’s the question you most receive from your fans?

Cover of One Minute to Ama-ZenUsually, people ask me how did I come up with the concept of yoga and bible verses? People never really think that yoga can be practiced with Christianity. Once I explain how the book came to be and then lead a person through a pose, it makes perfect sense. People begin to understand and make the connection of while you are releasing stress you need to focus your mind on something. The word of God is very comforting and encouraging as well as inspiring. It only makes sense that if you are going to connect with God then you should focus and meditate on His word.

What one person would you most like to get your book(s) noticed by?

My books are so personal that when someone reads them, he/she is getting a glimpse into my life. I think my books would make a great segment for t.v. or as part of a live conference/class. I would like for my books to be seen by T.D. Jakes or Oprah Winfrey or Michelle Obama. I respect their messages and faith. They want people to be better beginning on the inside. This is what I attempt to encourage and inspire in others.

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

I love my morning coffee with flavored creamer and a nice herbal or detox tea in the evening is nice. I really don’t drink anything when I write however.

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

While studying yoga, I was surprised to see all the principles and observances addressed in the bible. I saw verses in Old and New Testament addressing guiding principles and chakras. While in worship services, I could see specific poses as songs were sung or the word being preached. It just showed me and confirmed that God is everywhere and in everything. You only have to be open to His presence and spirit.

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

I would be a black panther. They hide but are very powerful and beautiful but don’t mess with them.

What is the best compliment you ever received?

The best compliment I received was from two people. One woman said as she read my books she could see herself in every line and it inspired her to do more and want more for herself. She actually began to cry. Her tears made want to cry because she no longer felt alone or isolated in her feelings and desires. When I began writing, I felt alone but I knew that I couldn’t be alone. There had to be more people like me who believed in God but hadn’t stepped into their promise yet.  

My second favorite compliment came when another woman asked if it was okay that she would read the Amazen book and subconsciously say I am breathing in the Holy Spirit and exhaling the negative. She said it helped to calm her. She would do it in the car, at work, just about everywhere. I was thrilled. I want my books to be a starting point for people in their walk and relationship with God. I want people to find inspiration and encouragement as they deal with life and know that God is with them and wants only the best for their lives. To know that my book helped create more time for this woman and her relationship with God or that now she sees and practices devotion in a new way that goes beyond church services and “prayer” time, I’m thrilled and know God is in this.

What are you most nostalgic about from your childhood?

What am I most nostalgic about from childhood…that is a hard one. I miss playing racecars with my dad. I miss sitting on the front porch with Nannie drinking coffee during the summer (I was way too young for coffee). I miss waking up to mom singing You are my sunshine (though sometimes she tries to call and sing). I even miss picking blackberries and catching lightening bugs in grandma’s yard in Beckley, WV. Things were simple then. I felt loved in a way that can’t be explained. I have other good memories and times, but those are the ones I truly treasure.

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

I think I would like for someone to ask what is it like as a Christian author. I would like for someone to ask what it is like to market yourself while being true to your faith and beliefs.

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Photo of Kimberly SnellThank you, Ms. Snell for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. For the religious/spiritual folks, how often do you read spiritual books like Ms. Snell writes? Leave me a comment and let me know.

If you’d like to know more about Kimberly Snell, you can check out her FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. You can find her books on Amazon and Goodreads.

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Author Spotlight: Janie St. Clair

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 Janie St. Clair, author of the science fiction series, Freelance Exorcists.

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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 Peter Hunter and the Minions of MaraI am currently working on a seven-book series called FREELANCE EXORCISTS. The series combines science fiction and world religions into an imaginative, action-packed tale of superpowered teens who must work together to banish evil spirits according to their own religious traditions. Each book takes the focus of one member of the group, highlighting the tenants and practices of their particular faith.

Book one, Peter Hunter and the Minions of Mara is available now through Amazon.

Book two, Chiara Marino and the Demons of Darkness will be releases in December.

Find out more at: www.FreelanceExorcistsBooks.blogspot.com

How well would you fit in in one of your books? Do you know how all of your characters look and sound?

I have always been a spiritual person. Theology, Philosophy, and Mythology are fascinating to me and my books are about mystics from each religious tradition. I may not have superpowers, but I think I would get along with all my main characters. We would be besties. In fact, all my main characters are based on my favorite people in life. They each have such different personalities and vices/virtues completely unique to themselves.

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

When I started writing this series, it was out of a personal conviction. I grew up in a religion that was often misunderstood, misrepresented, and demonized. I was accused of spirit worship, demon worship, and tin-foil-esque conspiracy theories when I was just trying to be the best person I could be. So the first book I wrote was meant to be a personal mission to dispel ignorance.

Then, as I researched all the other religions involved in the books, I realized that they, too, are often confronted by the same challenges. Each religion has been misunderstood, misrepresented, and demonized. We’re all in the same boat.

Second, what really surprised me about my research and influenced the plotlines a lot, was that every major world religion has an exorcism ritual. Initially, I thought it was a “Christian thing.” Furthermore, in many of the cases I read about the demons being exorcised claimed that the exorcist’s religion was the only true religion. This was a trait that every religion shared.

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

I would buy a cabin in the woods so I could escape real life and write my books in the glory of nature, uninterrupted!

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

Why the pen name? I want to remain as invisible as I can to the reader. I want all the religions to speak for themselves without my life, reputation, and religion tainting the message.

Bonus question: as you can see from my answers above, I support the Oxford comma with all my heart, mind, and soul.

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Alright, thanks to Ms. St. Clair for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. Does the Freelance Exorcist series intrigue you? Do you think you’ll read it? Leave me a comment and let me know.

If you’d like to know more about Janie St. Clair, you can check out Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or her Blog. You can find her books on Amazon and Goodreads.

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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.

I hope you all have a great day!

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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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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

Honesty Carries Wisdom

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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