Writer Interview-Rachel Leigh Smith

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Tell me about your latest book.

My newest book is the fifth novel in my A’yen’s Legacy paranormal sci-fi romance series, Hidden In Ashes. It does stand alone, but I recommend starting with the first book, My Name Is A’yen. It’s free everywhere.

The series is set in the far distant future, after we’ve made contact with a humanoid alien species. As is humanity is wont to do, we stole from them and enslaved them. A’yen’s Legacy is the story of their fight to regain their freedom.

 What’s next for you?

In the fall, I’m joining the world of shifter and mythology-based paranormals with my first shifter romance, To Hold A Siren’s Heart. Sirens from Greek mythology, shifters created by the Egyptian gods, and a blood feud between the Greek and Egyptian gods of war. It’s a lot of fun to write.

 Who are your writing role models?

I don’t know that I have role models so much as me being a serious fan girl of both  Nalini Singh and Sherrilyn Kenyon. I’ve met Nalini twice. Her especially, if I can write half as good as her one day I’ll be over the moon thrilled. Her imagination astounds me, and I love her almost poetic dialog descriptions. That woman can capture more emotion in a handful of words than any other author I’ve read.

 How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?

I actually have a very charmed life. I’m single, no kids except for my cat, and live at home with my parents. Due to chronic health issues, I only work part-time. I’m also a pretty extreme introvert, so I don’t go out much. I don’t have much difficulty balancing things most days, mostly because there’s not a lot to balance right now.

When I do have to balance things, it’s because of the aforementioned health issues. Fibromyalgia to be specific. That’s what steals my energy and makes life interesting in a bad way sometimes. I learned a long time ago to guard my down time and not bend my schedule to others’ whims. The physical price is never worth it.

What are your other passions outside of writing?

I don’t really have any, to be honest. Not ones that I’d qualify as a passion. I have several hobbies I enjoy, including counted cross-stitch, knitting, and coloring. And in the summer, floating in the pool with my mom and sister. We talk about all kinds of stuff out there.

I’m part of multiple pop-culture fandoms ranging from Doctor Who to Star Trek: The Next Generation to Sherlock to Orphan Black, but I don’t actively participate in any of them online. I just enjoy the shows a lot. Though I have been to a comic con to see Matt Smith from Doctor Who, and Alan Tudik from Firefly. And the opening night midnight showing of Star Trek: Into Darkness.

But passions? Nope, just writing. Putting words on the page, dreaming up characters, learning more about the craft, it’s truly my happy place and where I’m most fulfilled.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

If you have a dream, go after it. Don’t let work commitments or any other kind of time suck derail you. Chase it until you catch it, then hold on for life. You won’t regret it.

You can find out more about Rachel at her website: http://www.rachelleighsmith.com/

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They’ve taken everything from him. Except his name.

The Loks Mé have been slaves for so long, freedom is a distant myth A’yen Mesu no longer believes. A year in holding, because of his master’s murder, has sucked the life from him. Archaeologist Farran Hart buys him to protect her on an expedition to the Rim, the last unexplored quadrant of the galaxy.

Farran believes the Loks Mé once lived on the Rim and is determined to prove it. And win A’yen’s trust. But she’s a breeder’s daughter and can’t be trusted.

Hidden rooms, information caches, and messages from a long-dead king change A’yen’s mind about her importance. When she’s threatened, he offers himself in exchange, and lands on the Breeders Association’s radar. The truth must be told. Even if it costs him his heart.

Writer Interview-Stanalei Fletcher

Dead Reckoning (Northstar Security Series)

Tell me about your latest book.

Dead Reckoning is the second book in the Northstar Security Series. It tells the story of Kellee O’Neal, the daughter of Northstar’s director, who is missing after a devastating hurricane and how her father sends one of his best agents to locate her and protect her from an unknown threat. For readers who enjoy the series, this story offers more background into the Northstar Security Firm.

What’s next for you?

Next up, is Beyond Duty, book 3 in the Northstar Security Series. This story gives Northstar fans a look into the life the director’s son, Riley O’Neal, who is tapped for taking over the security firm someday.

Who are your writing role models?

When it comes to work ethic, I don’t know that anyone can top Nora Roberts. I love RaeAnne Thayne for pulling deep story emotion to the surface, when it comes to sheer enthusiasm for writing, I think Susan Elizabeth Phillips tops the list. And of course, Alistair MacLean for his unparalleled story-telling style.

 How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?

I have a full time job, plus we just added a new family member, so it’s been a busy start to the new year, already. But I have an established set of nights, plus most Saturdays that are set aside for my writing time. I do my best to stay committed to that schedule or I find my writing suffers.

What are your other passions outside of writing?

Does spending time with my husband count? We love to take drives and listen to audio stories. I used to train regularly in Aikido, a Japanese martial arts, but I’ve traded training time for writing time. I still love to watch training videos and martial arts movies and try to work out the techniques used. I also garden with my husband from spring to fall – planting, tending and harvesting. Fortunately, the garden isn’t huge, but it produces most of our best meals during the summer. And then there’s the grandkids, their baseball and football games. Typically, there are not enough hours in the day, however, I’d rather stay busy with more to do than less—it makes those moments when I can sit out on back porch during the summer watch the sunset all the more sweeter.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

If your readers enjoy a bit of action and suspense and romance, they might enjoy the stories from Northstar Security Series. Each book is written as a standalone and do not need to be read in order, although as I introduce characters from earlier books, they do make an appearance in subsequent stories.

Thank you Susan for opening your blog and sharing your audience today. I enjoyed my visit.

Dead Reckoning Blurb:

Egan Maddox isn’t sure he’s the right man for the job when Northstar director, Byron O’Neal, asks him to find his missing daughter and protect her from an unknown danger. Egan’s never shaken off his attraction to Kellee O’Neal and hiding away with her, could be more than trouble than this former Navy SEAL can handle.

Kellee is lost, with no memory, and believes someone wants to hurt her. When Egan appears and seems to know her, he convinces her she’ll be safe with him. As her memories resurface, she turns to Egan for comfort, and her youthful crush transforms into a womanly passion she can’t deny.

With the Russian Mafia closing in, Kellee learns her entire life has been a lie. How can her love for Egan be enough to help her navigate the murky waters of her past and prove that her heritage doesn’t matter as much as the woman she’s become?

Buy-links:

The Wild Rose Press –ebook

Amazon.com

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http://stanaleifletcher.com/

 

Writer Interview-J.C. McKenzie

CarpeDemon_w9702_750Tell me about your latest book.

Carpe Demon is the third installment of my urban fantasy Carus Series. It continues to follow the journey of badass Shifter, Andy McNeilly as she navigates the supernatural underworld of Vancouver and her tumultuous love life.

What’s next for you?

The fourth book of the series will release in a few months. I’m still waiting on a release date, and will be revealing the title and the cover at the same time.

Who are your writing role models?

I love Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison and Ilona Andrews. I admire their world building and character development, in addition to their use and infusion of humour, in tightly-packed, fast-paced prose.

How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?

Well, right now I would argue I don’t. I recently moved provinces and although I’m still a science teacher by day, I find the workload in a rural community school more challenging to manage and don’t find a lot of time to write or promote. When I do find some extra minutes, here and there, I tend to promote more, because it’s a lot faster and easier to do with a 3 year old running circle around me.

What are your other passions outside of writing?

I love science. I’m a total geek and love to learn new things. When I lived in the city, I played volleyball fairly regularly, and love the ocean. I could watch it for hours.

View More: http://photos.pass.us/headshot2Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

If you sign-up for my newsletter you can stay up-to-date on release dates, cover, and title announcements. Also, if you’re in the Palm Springs area, I’ll be making an appearance at the 2015 InD’Scribe Readers and Writers Conference on September 17-20th, 2015 and look forward to meeting you.

 

 

Website: www.jcmckenzie.ca

Blog: www.jcmckenzie.blogspot.ca

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/j.c.mckenzie.author

Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/JC_McKenzie

Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/jcmckenzie

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JCMcKenzie

Writer Interview-Mary Frame

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Tell me about your latest book.  Imperfectly Criminal is a New Adult Romantic Comedy with a dash of murder/mystery. It’s a companion novel to my first book, Imperfect Chemistry.

Freya Morgan thought it would be a great idea to hire the bad boy on campus to beat up her douchebag ex-boyfriend after he cheated on her and treated her like crap. Fast forward a few months, and the bad boy she hired is in trouble and it’s sort of her fault. After all, she started the trend of all the ladies on campus hiring him to do their dirty work. Now, two of the boys he was hired to beat are dead and he’s the prime suspect.

What’s next for you? Good question. If you find out, let me know 😛 actually, I am working (i.e. struggling) on a novella to go along with the two books in the Imperfect Series. However, ever since I finished Imperfectly Criminal, I’ve been bouncing around from one idea to another, without anything sticking. Hopefully, I can get rid of the bookish ADD and get something accomplished soon!

Who are your writing role models? That’s a very good question! I seriously love pretty much every writer I’ve ever met. I’ve been lucky that I know a lot of talented and uber-supportive writers. I love Colleen Hoover because she’s so successful, and yet so classy and definitely pays it forward to other writers.

How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life? Writing is like anything else: if you really want to do it, you find the time. I think it starts with knowing when you work best. I’m most clearheaded in the morning, so I get up early and write before work. But, I know other writers who are night owls, and they are able to bang out words after they work or their tasks are done for the day.

Also it’s very easy to multitask. I bring my lap top with me when I have to go to the doctor’s office, DMV, or anywhere else that I’ll be hanging around with not much to do. Half of the battle when you’re writing is working through plot lines or character arcs, which I do in my head when I’m at the gym, in the shower, doing chores around the house, driving, etc. I have a notepad app on my phone that I use when I want to jot something down to remember, and there are pens and notepads all over my house. Gotta love technology.

What are your other passions outside of writing? I minored in dance in college, and I still love it even though I haven’t been able to do it in a while. I also love cooking, camping, and hanging out with my crazy monster children.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? Both Imperfect Chemistry and Imperfectly Criminal are available in both ebook and paperback format. They are both stand-alone novels, but feature mutual characters. I love writing books that make people laugh, and creating characters that have unique voices. I also LOVE hearing from readers, so please don’t be shy and drop me a line! maryframeauthor@gmail.com

Find my blog at http://marewolf.blogspot.com

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Writer Interview-Colleen Ladd

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Tell me about your latest book.

The Lady’s Ghost is a Regency-set romance with a mystery at its heart.  

First Portia’s late unlamented husband left her penniless, then his nip-farthing brother dumped her at Ashburne Hall to decay. If mice in the walls and holes in the roof aren’t bad enough, someone wants her to believe the place is haunted. But Portia doesn’t scare that easily, even if catching sight of the brooding ghost leaves her strangely breathless.

When he was accused of murdering his fiancée a decade ago, Giles Ashburne fled the country to his supposed death. Now he’s returned to the Hall to uncover the evidence that will exonerate him, only to find himself playing a ghost in his own home. Nothing he does drives Portia away, and worse, the stubborn chit is starting to grow on him.

The more Portia learns about Giles Ashburne, the more certain she becomes that her ghost is not only innocent, but far from dead. When she sets out to prove it, she puts herself on a crash course with not only Giles, but the real killer. If Giles and Portia don’t learn to stop striking sparks off each other and work together, there will soon be two ghosts at Ashburne Hall.

What’s next for you?

I’m working on the next book in the series, tentatively titled The Duke’s Despair, which follows several of the characters from The Lady’s Ghost into their own story of double-dealing, sabotage and, of course, romance.

Who are your writing role models?

Oh my, that’s a difficult question to answer! I love the Regency period and romance in general, but my reading tastes are very eclectic, and I tend to find my role models in a variety of genres. Things like Ellis Peters’ warmly human characters in the Brother Cadfael mysteries, the unrelenting pacing of the supernatural horror written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Neil Gaiman’s apparently limitless imagination.

How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?

Not as well as I’d like, especially at the moment. It’s difficult to prevent writing from taking a back seat to other commitments. Knowing which one is more important to me (writing) does not always translate into giving it the space it needs and deserves. This is a balance act I’m still working on.

What are your other passions outside of writing?

Reading (but what writer doesn’t say that?), making stained glass panels and chainmail jewelry, helping out on the local volunteer fire department (which is one of the things that eats up time and makes the balancing act difficult – it’s one thing to volunteer to help out your neighbors as a volunteer firefighter and another to find yourself elected chief, with all the responsibility and paperwork that entails). I also operate a slowly growing editing service for other writers (www.ravensgateediting.com) – I’ve been editing for more than twenty years and thoroughly enjoy the chance to help people make their books the very best they can be.

Note to readers:  Colleen edited Ever After and she is currently editing my current WIP.  She is awesome!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

The Lady’s Ghost and The Duke’s Despair are just the beginning of a web of books all connected through the lives of the characters. Secondary characters become heroes and heroines, the main characters in one book become supporting characters (and sometimes obstacles) in other books, and readers stand a chance of discovering why Lord X was holding up the wall at his own ball, or Lady Y flirted so egregiously with the hero only to dump him the next morning.

For more about me and my books, visit me at:   http://www.colleenladd.com

 Book information for Lady’s Ghost:

Print ISBN: 978-1-941881-01-9
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-941881-00-2

Blurb:

After her husband’s death, Portia Ashburne finds herself banished to Ashburne Hall, left to fend for herself in the crumbling old manor.

Ten years ago, when Giles, the previous Lord Ashburne, was accused of murdering his fiancee, he fled on a ship that was lost at sea.  Locals claim his spirit haunts Ashburne Hall.

Portia doesn’t believe in ghosts.  She suspects the Hall’s hostile caretakers of playing tricks on her.  When she sets out to prove it, she puts herself on a crash course with both Giles and the real killer.   Will The Lady’s Ghost be able to save her?