Interview with Author – Ciana Stone

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About Ciana Stone:
Ciana lives in Florida with the love of her life. When asked for more information, she will confirm the following facts:

Ciana is:
1. Female
2. Happily married with two fantastic children and four amazing grandchildren
3. An artist and photographer
4. Loves animals of the warm and fuzzy variety but reptiles give her a major case of the creeping willies
5. Loves playing disc golf
6. Is hooked on video games and Left 4 Dead (and L4D2) are her favorite games.
7. Loves to work out and looks forward to her daily workouts
8. Is a fan of television shows like Justified, Game of Thrones, The Newsroom and The Blacklist
9. Likes operating power tools
10. Likes all types of music and always has the sound system turned on.
10. Loves to hear from readers

What inspires you to write?
Life – or old radio waves buffeting me, who knows, an idea just hits and away I go.

Tell us about your writing process.
I am hopeless with plotting or outlining. I tried that once and never wrote the story. What was the point since I already knew what was going to happen.

For me, writing is like reading, my characters reveal their stories to me as we go along and that makes it very exciting for me.

I use Word for writing, like most people, but have found myself texting myself scenes that I write on my phone or iPad because the scene just pops into my head.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I see and hear them pretty much the same as sitting down and watching a movie. I guess that’s because I was an artist first and then got into videography, so my tales tend to roll like a film reel in my head.

What advice would you give other writers?
To write YOUR story- not what you think will sell, or what someone else does well, but your own story and in your own style.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started out being published by one of the larger epubs, but a couple of years ago decided to do the indie route. I think both ways are great. The direction you choose should be whichever works best for you and makes you the happiest.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
That’s a good question. Personally, I think a lot of the indie authors will publish less because they fail to promote well and so don’t enjoy good sales. Indie publishing comes with expenses, paying for editing and cover art and if you can’t cover your costs, it becomes unappealing.

I am curious to see if the small epubs endure. With such competitive pricing from indies, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for them to compete.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Amazon become one of the top publishers in the world. They have everything set up for sales, are certainly equipped to afford and handle promotions and are already starting to publish.

It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens.

What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?: Romance: paranormal, western, suspense and thriller

What formats are your books in?: eBook

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Interview with Author – Kristene Perron

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About Kristene Perron:
Kristene is a former professional stunt performer for film and television (as Kristene Kenward) and self-described ‘fishing goddess’. Pathologically nomadic, she has lived in Japan, Costa Rica, the Cook Islands and a very tiny key in the Bahamas, just to name a few. Her stories have appeared in Canadian Storyteller Magazine, The Barbaric Yawp,Hemispheres Magazine and Denizens of Darkness. In 2010 she won the Surrey International Writers’ Conference Storyteller Award for BIRDS ALSO CRY. Kristene is a member of SF Canada.

She is the co-author of the five-book, adventure science fiction series Warpworld, which she pens with Joshua Simpson. The first three volumes–WARPWORLD, WASTELAND RENEGADES, and GHOST WORLD–are available now. The fourth book is scheduled for release in 2016.

Kristene currently resides in Nelson, BC, Canada but her suitcase is always packed.

What inspires you to write?
Everything, everywhere. I’ve been lucky enough to live a nomadic and unconventional life, and have learned first hand that truth truly is stranger than fiction.

Tell us about your writing process.
Because I write with a partner (a process of its own), and write a series with a multitude of characters and intersecting ploy lines, outlining is a must. I’ve recently made the leap to Scrivener and will never look back. Another tool Joshua and I employ frequently is our character questionnaires, which we fill out from the POV of each character. We’ve often been complimented on the depth of our characters and I chalk this up to the amount of work we do “playing” with them before we let them mess around in our plot. If you’re an aspiring author and would like a copy of our character questionnaire, I’ll happily share that with you. Contact Kristene at info@warpworld.ca

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When we write, Joshua and I select which characters we will “play” in a given scene. Often I have no idea how Josh’s characters will react and vice versa. This means we can set out a framework but we must let our characters talk to us and tell us what they want to do within that framework. There’s no other way we could deal with the curveballs thrown by our co-author.

What advice would you give other writers?
Put in your time. Learning craft is fantastic but it’s hours in the chair and words on the page that count. Writing is a bloody difficult job so the sooner you start nailing down your self-discipline the better. Never stop working! (Except for washroom breaks, food, sleep, the occasional vacation, and cat petting).

How did you decide how to publish your books?
Joshua and I took the traditional route at first. We had a prominent NYC agent who shopped us out to the big six (at that time) publishers. The general response was, “Loved the story! Great writing! But I can’t market this. Sorry.”

We had already discussed indie publishing as an option and instead of going after medium to small publishers, we chose to do it ourselves. It’s been a ton of work but also extremely rewarding.

I think every writer has to choose their own path. Indie publishing is not easy and can easily start gobbling up all your writing time if you’re not careful or don’t know what you’re doing.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m excited! Aren’t you? There are so many possibilities out there and more every day. This is a great time to be a writer!

What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: I writer primarily speculative fiction, which includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all their various sub genres

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

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Link To Kristene Perron Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Lynn Landes

About Lynn Landes:
Lynn Landes is the author and independent publisher of multiple fantasy books in all age brackets. Her stories span the spectrum of Romantic Fiction from paranormal, romantic suspense to Christian fantasy. If you like fantasy, fairytale, temptation, and adventure be sure to check Lynn’s blog for upcoming titles.

What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by the magic in everyday life. The sound of a child laughing, the touch of my husbands hand, the gift of a soft rain. Life is magic and I have a thread of it in everything I write.

Tell us about your writing process.
I always begin with questions and a notebook. Each question leads to more questions and finally to a story idea. I do start with an outline but the characters tend to do the unexpected and I am forced to adjust my outline as I go alone. I do not use writing software but I am experimenting with difference grammar software.
My favorite aspect of writing is the actual pen to paper. There is something about the flow of the pen on paper that I try to never be without a pen and a notebook.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When I am in the story, I eat, sleep and breathe my characters. I dream about the story line or scene and sometimes I have to get up and write it down or lose the thread before morning!

What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice I have been given is never to cater to the moment, but rather write what you are drawn to.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to self publish because it was the right fit for me. Of course I would love to have a publishing house pick me up and eventually that is the goal. I am still learning the craft and I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time. Writing is the easy part, marketing and promotion is the killer. You can’t sell books if you aren’t seen. I utilize every tool I can find to promote my books.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am not sure about the future of book publishing because the market is changing. I would hope that e-books do not completely push aside the need for paper or hardback books. I still love to go to the library or book store and I think many people feel the way I do.

What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: fantasy, christian, childrens, romance, paranormal, young adult

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

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Interview with Author – Jennifer T Webb

About Jennifer T Webb:
Jennifer T Webb was born in the deep South to a family who moved each year, when she was a child. As an adult she naturally became a traveler. Eventually, she went to Puerto Rico, a United States island commonwealth located in the Atlantic Ocean, with the Caribbean Sea at it’s Southern borders. For her, it was the most beautiful place she had ever seen. There, she had a near-death experience, that transformed her life completely and left her with ‘fatal longing’ (an NDE term) to return to the afterlife. After traveling as a pilgrim, she finally realized that she was glad to be alive.

Her story is one of redemption, survival, and the triumph of the human spirit over illness’ and circumstances, to find peace in living. She believes there are many reasons to live and she hopes that every person takes the time to find out what righteous and philosophic truths, spiritually fulfills them.

She is currently working full-time as an author and self-publisher. Her next book will be about adult NDE’s and how others occurrences tie in with hers, to show how NDEs are first-hand accounts of life after death, the afterlife, and spiritual immortality. Another book she is working on is a serious one about women and all they go through, after having suffered for many years. She almost lost her life again as related to these issues.

She now loves staying home, where she likes to read, oil paint, make crafts, and finds it a joy to bake cookies and pies!

What inspires you to write?
What inspires me to write is to find a place for all the words that float around me. Sometimes I feel like there are little bubbles full of dialogue in my head, like in cartoons.
Also, since I have been blessed to live through a near-drowning, during which I had a near-death experience, I am sure that by sharing this story I am fulfilling one of my purposes for being alive.

Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is a bit moody, like me. When I am excited about what I am writing, then I find that early morning hours are my best times, when all is quiet around me. I can write for hours, until I have to take a nap. Then I get up and go right to it, while integrating my day into the times I get to focus. When there is a lot going on and things are busy in the house is usually when I will do other things that don’t require intense attention.

What advice would you give other writers?
The advice I would give other writers is to get writing! There are now all kinds of ways to get practice, like blogging or writing contests. When a person has an idea for a book, write it down. If it persists, work on it. Then the moment that a writer gets obsessed with the story unfolding, then I say, finish it. Even if it is full of words that make one question if that is what they should be writing, go right ahead, because when it is time to edit, those over-blown passages become either paragraphs that can be moved into the story that strengthens it, they can be deleted, or better yet, the passages can be cut out and saved as notes; sometimes there are parts of that running dialogue that can be the foundation for the next great idea, article, or blog post.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I decided to publish my book, I went with Amazon, because they were the inspiration I needed to push forward. With all that I have been through, there was no way to get a finished product, with a synopsis and endless publishing submissions, without a step by step path, which I found with KDP. Now I am enjoying self-publishing and am excited to publish more books!

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing, in my opinion, is rock solid. There will always be printed books, because it is humanly comforting to hold a bound book. Digital publishing will also stay around and grow, because the sky is the limit! The wonderful thing about our day and age is that so many living beings can read, and once that world opens up to an individual, the search is on for the perfect book to suit the latest mood!

What do you use?: Professional Editor

What genres do you write?: Paranormal, Spiritual, Religious, Biography, Inspirational

What formats are your books in?: eBook

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Interview with Author – Amy Bearce

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About Amy Bearce:
Amy writes stories for tweens and teens. She is a former reading teacher who now has her Masters in Library Science. As an Army kid, she moved eight times before she was eighteen, so she feels especially fortunate to be married to her high school sweetheart. Together they’re raising two daughters and are currently living in Germany, though Texas is still where they call home. A perfect day for Amy involves rain pattering on the windows, popcorn, and every member of her family curled up in one cozy room reading a good book.

What inspires you to write?
I’m not sure inspiration is the right word. Driven, maybe. I’ll get an idea, just a spark, and then it’ll marinate a while. Then once I can see the opening scene or hear the character’s voice, then I have to write it. I want to see how the story ends.

Tell us about your writing process.
For now, I’m a planner. I used to be a pantster until the first three manuscripts I tried to write that way didn’t work out. Either the middle sagged or the end didn’t work. I got sick of that business, so I read about the three act structure, the notecard/sticky note method, and other such outline tools. They have made all the difference for me.

Turns out I really need to have an idea of the big picture in my story –all the major, important plot points–to be able to write a complete story that makes any kind of sense. I find that I tend to write like I’m creating a painting.

It starts with a thumbnail sketch—a brief description of the story I have in mind, a sort of synopsis before I even begin more than the opening pages. Then I have to block out the big parts, first. The whole thing looks raw and totally unfinished after my first draft and I’m sure it’ll never come together even though all the main pieces are there. But then I add in details. Shadows. I layer, revision by revision, as I learn more about my character and my world. I am slow at world-building, and need lots of time to figure out details. The whole thing comes into focus slowly, and one part might be finished before the rest

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t really do either. I always wanted to be a member of that club who hears their characters talk and just dictate, but that usually doesn’t happen for me. I do my best to have them behave in character, of course, but I don’t think it’s the same thing. I feel I should perhaps get pity bonus creativity points for often not liking my characters while I’m writing, like they are forcing me to do a bunch of work for them without pay, during my free time. But I feel compelled to write anyway.

What advice would you give other writers?
Learn from your rejections. If you get fifty rejections from agents or editors, stop and rework your story. It’s not that these people are trying to stomp on your goals. They don’t hate you personally. They are looking for a great story. Likewise, don’t argue when all of your critique partners tell you there’s a flaw in your story or your character. It’s okay to ignore one person, but if five people have told you the same thing, stop arguing about why it works and FIX the story or the character. In the end, if readers find your story unbelievable or uninteresting, they won’t care about your story and you’ve not served your characters, your story, or yourself well.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
As a writer for kids and teens, I knew I wanted to be traditionally published. I don’t have the kind of platform that would get self-published books out there to that audience, and I don’t have the detail-oriented nature to deal with all the technicalities of publishing that a self-pubbed author must. I think self-pubbing is a great option for some, but it wasn’t the one for me.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t have a firm idea of what the future will look like. I’m just trying to survive the now. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of options for people and, despite all the changes going on– traditional publishing is not disappearing any time soon. Agents and editors still serve an important role of helping curate the vast amount of stories being told out there.

As far as the ebook debate, I know a lot of people are enjoying ebooks these days—I buy as many ebooks as physical copies of books–but in my library science classes, we learned that kids and teens, actually, statistically still prefer print books. And I see that to be the case with my own children. So I don’t think the print book is disappearing anytime soon, either. I’m glad. I love a good paperback.

What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: upper middle grade & YA: fantasy (mostly), science fiction, contemporary realistic

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

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Interview with Author – Xaiver Morden

About Xaiver Morden:
I was born in 1983. I from Hungary and I live a small town. I started to writing about fifteen years ago. My first novels was fantasy stories. Role playing games had a great impact for me when I was a teenager. This is why I started writing. My favorite genres are sci-fi and fantasy.

What inspires you to write?
I enjoy when I writing a story. You can creating something unique thing. This is what I like in the writing.

Tell us about your writing process.
I’m an outliner writer. Yes I create character sketches before I start writing a story.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I rather talk my characters. I imagine a situation and writing the dialogues accordingly to.

What advice would you give other writers?
If you have a great story idea go ahed and write down, show some friend and watch the feedbacks.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published my book because I don’t have extra money for any paid services.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t know maybe will easier in the future.

What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: science fiction and fantasy

What formats are your books in?: eBook

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Interview with Author – Michael Edmonds

About Michael Edmonds:
was born in Albury, NSW and have lived in Sydney for the last 24 years. I am one of seven children and have a twin sister. Growing up I discovered I had a creative flare, especially with drawing and painting. I loved creative writing, reading books and watching movies.
I’ve always gravitated toward stories and inspire the soul and challenge perceptions. I derive inspiration from characters that demonstrate integrity, authenticity and selflessness, that go beyond themselves to do what’s right (i.e. Atticus Finch, Aragorn, John Keating-Dead Poets Society, Indiana Jones, Luke Skywalker etc).
I wrote A Righteous Man in 2002 and another, yet to be released book after that. Both sat on the digital shelf dormant until now. In fact, my wife secretly accessed copies of both books from my computer and printed them out as bound hard copies to give me them as a gift for our first wedding anniversary. This instigated a renewed zest for them both and hence the current publication on Amazon.
I have worked and travelled extensively in the USA over the years, mainly due to the fact my brother has lived there for over 20 years. I’ve seen more of the USA and Canada than I have of Australia, which was obviously helpful when writing this book as it is set in the deep south of America.
Shortly after releasing ‘A Righteous Man,’ on Amazon, I stumbled across various pieces of information regarding the modern day slave trade. In particular, the statistics and terrible accounts of what millions of children were being subjected to made a real impact on me. Especially considering I was a new father myself with a baby daughter. Therefore I developed ‘The Righteous Man Project,’ where I am committing 90% of all profits of this novel to two charities fighting this worthy cause. More details of this are found at my website (arighteousman.com).
I hope people enjoy reading my book as much as I enjoyed writing it. Amongst the dark traits, attitudes and behaviors of some of the characters, there a sense of hope, courage and integrity that represents the underlying message of this book.

What inspires you to write?
I love creating something out of nothing. What what i thrill it is when that something can inspire emotion, reflection or imagination to another human being. It’s a gift from one person to another.

Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a mix of both, but more so an outliner. I have a pretty clear picture of all my characters in my mind before I start writing. Usually other character reveal themselves as I go.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All the time. Especially the characters i don’t like. The villain. The more I hate them, the better the job I know I’m doing.

What advice would you give other writers?
Choose genres, stories and characters that really float your boat. Don’t choose a story just because it’s the flavour of the month. If you don’t get a thrill out of the topic your writing about, you’ll begin to get frustrated and not enjoy the process. It will be the beginning of the end.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have self published. It’s a lot of work doing the marketing and promotion if you are an unknown writer. it takes a lot of time away from the enjoyable part of actually writing.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There will always be a market. Whether it be print or digital.

What do you use?: Professional Editor

What genres do you write?: Courtroom drama. Male romance comedy

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

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Interview with Author – Dale L. Roberts

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About Dale L. Roberts:
My name is Dale Lewis Roberts, I’m an avid reader, writer and researcher of motivational, inspirational and informative material to better physical and mental health. Some of my careers have been musician, assisted living activities director, personal trainer and now self-published author. When I’m not working, I love to travel with my wife, workout and read. Currently, I reside in Phoenix, Arizona, with my wife Kelli and rescue cat, Izzie.

What inspires you to write?
I love sharing information that I find useful and helping others grow in their physical and mental health.

Tell us about your writing process.
I have a notes on subjects I’m interested in writing about so that I can quickly reference it when I’m feeling uninspired. I take the idea and outline/mind map the book. I have tried mind mapping on it’s own, but it seems too messy to interpret. So, I jot as many things down in the order I first think is good on the outline. Then I go back through and reorganize the thoughts. After that, I ask relevant questions about what I want to communicate in a chapter. Last, it’s go!

What advice would you give other writers?
Write at least 1,000 words per day as a minimum and get a good editor.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I never aspired to get a publisher, because that seems to much like a job. When I write, I do it because I feel a certain sense of freedom. I’m not willing to part ways with my freedom as a writer, so that is why I choose to self-publish. An editor is paramount to keep my work sounding relevant and understandable.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe that a great majority of publishing companies will begin to embrace the self-publishing avenue and start to sign on self-published authors so that they can market. I believe self-published works will overtake all other large publishing companies in the next decade. Kind of how Redbox closed out all video stores, the larger publication companies will get closed out by the self-published ebooks. It’s just easier for everyone involved.

What do you use?: Professional Editor

What genres do you write?: Self-help, health & fitness, exercise, how-to

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

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Link To Dale L. Roberts Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – H. L. Burke

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About H. L. Burke:
Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

She self-published her four part fantasy/romance series “The Scholar and the Dragon,” followed by YA Steampunk Fantasy “Beggar Magic.” She is now working simultaneously on a children’s chapter book and an epic fantasy trilogy.

What inspires you to write?
I like to play with stories, with words, with ideas. When I was a kid, I’d invent complicated lineages for my stuffed animals and they had politics and family drama. Eventually I learned it was socially unacceptable to talk about such things for any great length of time, but if you put them down on paper, people were impressed.

Tell us about your writing process.
I write extremely skeletal outlines called “to do lists.” Something like: get kidnapped by bandits, escape using a sonic screwdriver, meet a strange little old man, have fun storming the castle.
It isn’t unusual for me to change several elements of that list, though, as I get into the story and start fleshing things out. However, I usually know the beginning and the end, and start writing to get my characters from one spot to the other.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I usually have one character who stands out as my idea man. If I get in a tough spot, I’ll let him/her talk for a while. Usually by the end of this ramble, I know what I want to do next.
I’ve also had characters start out good and end up evil because they were just annoying me.

What advice would you give other writers?
THERE ARE NO RULES! Except grammar, grammar is kind of important . . . and spelling and punctuation both have rules too, but usually with exceptions . . .hmm . . .

Just write what you want. Chances are there is someone out there who wants to read what you want to write. It’s just an issue of finding them, getting their personal information, and planting cameras . . . er . . . getting them to buy your books.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was at a point where I didn’t think I had time to take writing seriously, but I needed an outlet, so I started blogging. I began posting chapters of one of my fantasy novels on my blogs and a couple friends said, “This is great! Why haven’t you published it yet?”
I didn’t have the patience to mess with publishers and agents, and at this point, I assumed only my friends and family would buy it anyway, so I just haphazardly threw the book on kindle to share with my Facebook buddies . . . only to get a five star review from a stranger a few weeks later. I thought, “Hey, maybe I COULD do this for real,” and I started investigating everything I could about how to self-publish well, how to promote, how to format, how to edit, where to find a cover designer, etc.
I never really looked back. I like forging my own path. I don’t like jumping through other people’s hoops. I like to be the last word in all major decisions, and I like to start sentences with I like. So there.
I’ve learned a lot since my very amateur first publication, and I’m still learning, but people are reading and enjoying my books, so I’ve got the pay off I wanted.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Indoor plumbing. It’s gonna be big.

Seriously, what I love about this time in history is the realm of the talented amateur. Anybody, be they a musician, an artist, or a story teller, can quickly and cheaply distribute their art to as many people as they can reach without big financial backers or gatekeepers, and the market gets to decide.

What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: I write fantasy. Mostly fantasy with a strong romantic element, but I also do some YA fantasy and even children’s fantasy. I love fairy tales and happily ever afters.

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

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Interview with Author – Frankie Johnnie

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About Frankie Johnnie:
FBK is a writer’s writer – whatever that means – it sounds good.
She’s “Frankie” of the Frankie Johnnie writing team and books.
Frankie, along with her writing partner (Johnnie) have ghostwritten hundreds of short & sweet nonfiction eBooks for clients through online sites, independently. They also have written about a dozen eBooks between the two of them for
The books they’ve written have become hot new releases and best sellers in their respective categories.
Frankie has a Degree in English. She completed the sequential program in writing for Film and Television at UCLA. She now teaches a seasonal nonfiction writing boot camp.

What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write because words are so powerful and they deserve to be paid a great deal of respect. There is power in using words as a form of communication.
I’m so inspired to write compelling and informative content to inspire the reader to take action: pursue a dream, learn something new, or start a business.

Tell us about your writing process.
The old me hated to outline because I would over think it and often break the organic process (perhaps some of you think the same).

The old me just wanted to jump write in and write something great. I feared that if I bothered outlining, I’d start to hate the material and not finish the process.
However, when I became a ghostwriter and needed to utilize a system that would allow me to turn out good material fast, I had to outline in order to do so; trust me, it made the writing process so much easier.

So easy that I’ve written two eBooks that discuss my thick paragraph process that allows me to easily write books.

The reason why an outline is so important is because you need something to get back on point when you get stuck, and trust me, you will get stuck. It is at this point where you might be tempted to give up.

Don’t give up; outline.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’m not currently writing fiction, but I loooooove talking to myself.

What advice would you give other writers?
Learn all the rules of writing, and then break every one of them if it makes since to do so because you have to figure a way to stand out in a crowded and competitive field.

Market before your eBooks or books.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went the self-publishing route, which was an easy choice to make.

It’s not easy wearing so many self-publishing hats, but there are other perks like getting your books out quick and fast, keeping more of your royalties and the list goes on.

My advice to new authors is try self-publishing.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Traditional publishing is on its death bed. Ouch, I know that hurts for some to hear, but just like anything else, it can spring back or it can continue to die.

What do you use?: Co-writer

What genres do you write?: nonfiction

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

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Interview with Author – Cherie Grinnell

About Cherie Grinnell:
Cherie Grinnell is my pen name. I have been a stay-at-home/work-at-home mother for the past 16 years. Before that I had an Irish and British import store for a good number of years. The shop was just an excuse to travel to Ireland and Great Britain. I did my junior year abroad in Wales, and I fell in love with the British Isles. Many, if not all my characters, are from or have connections to that area of the world.
In addition to writing, I love to cook, walk, and spend time with my friends and family.

What inspires you to write?
Ever since i was a little girl, I had dramas being enacted in my head with people other than me or any real life players staring in my stories. Okay, when I was really young, ponies were the actors in my imaginings, but I matured.
The older I got, the bigger my repertoire of story-lines became. When I’m bored or when have trouble sleeping, I pull a story out of my head the same way you’d pull a book off the shelf. As an adult, I realized not everybody does this.
In my process of becoming a writer, I discovered I’m a romance writer, which surprised me. Once I digested this fact about myself, I realized I have a wealth of stories in my head, which I’ve been developing and fine-tuning for my own enjoyment for as long as I can remember. Putting all my dramas down on paper for others to read has become my passion. Writing romances gives me focus in my writing.
Sometimes I wake up from vivid and detailed dreams. These dreams feature people I don’t know, and they are in some stage of a romance. I have to figure out who these people are, and then working forward and backward from my dream scene, I build a story around the pair. The Selkie Series, set in Dublin, started out this way. Chapter 9 of Book One was my dream experience. My upcoming book, Pairings, which is set in Wales, also started out with a dream.

Tell us about your writing process.
I am somewhere between a pantser and a plotter. I think up the characters and their basic conflicts first, and then I think about their story for weeks before I write down a rough outline on a legal pad.
That said, I write out my outline, but then I leave it somewhere–next to my bed or wherever I dropped it– and generally don’t refer to it again. But by this time the story is set in my head. Once I start writing, the characters lead the story, and sometimes they have other ideas of where they want to go than I do.
The first time I did a NaNoWriMo challenge I sat down on November 1, without a thought in my head other than a brief encounter I had one morning while walking my dog as a starting point. I didn’t know what I was going to write about, but I sat down and wrote. I was surprised once I gave the main character life, how the words flowed out. By November 23 I had completed my first draft of a 50+ novel. The mind is an amazing place.
I have a writing practice I like to stick to. My writing begins with walking. I walk to a park over 2 miles away from my house, do the circuit around the pond there, and then walk home again. But all the while I walking, I’m writing in my head–and listening to music, which is also important to my process.
Once I’ve done my chores for the day, I sit down at my PC after lunch, put on my music, and write down everything I worked on during my walk. (I’ve read that the opposable movements of left foot, right hand,etc. is like giving your brain a massage. I’m not making this up).

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are very active off the written page. They talk to each other pretty much no matter what I’m doing during the day. They don’t talk to me. Only to each other. Believe me, there are a few characters I’d love to talk to.
At this the point the interview might get weird for some of you: I went to a psychic once and told her I have a man in my head who helps me write my stories, and I wanted to know who he was. I can see him, I can hear him, but I don’t know where he came from.
She told me he once lived, and I knew him in a past life. He was a story teller among other things, and I channel him when I write. He has a lot of stories to tell, she said.
I’m not sure if I believe this or not, but once when meditating, I did conjure up this man and saw his life unfold in front of me. HE did talk to me, but he spoke in a foreign language (Ancient Irish, I believe), so I don’t know what he said. He was cute though.

What advice would you give other writers?
The old advice to write every day is still the best advice. The more you write, the better you get at it, and plus making a routine, carving out a special time and place you write, puts you in a good place emotionally to write.
Read, read, read. Read books in your genre and out of your genre. Read as many of the great books there are out there on the craft of writing as you can. Read books about grammar.
While reading books in your genre, note what worked for you as the reader and what didn’t.
Most importantly, give yourself permission to write. You might not get paid to do it, and there are so many other things calling to you (dirty dishes, shopping, things you do actually get paid to do…), but do give yourself permission to spend part of your day writing–and then do it. Sit down and write. Don’t over-think it. Just do it.
Making a community for yourself of other writers is very helpful too. Make writing every day a priority the same as any other task on your to-do list, and you’ll find you can write and still get everything else done.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
It didn’t take writing too many query letters before I decided I wanted to self-publish. I felt like I was wasting my time, and it was time I would rather spend writing. I joined groups on Facebook, like Indie Authors, and for over a year learned about the self-publishing. There is a wealth of information out there. NaNoWriMo is a good place to start.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Like so many industries nowadays, the world of publishing is like the Wild West. There’s a bit of lawlessness, but also a world of opportunity. It’s a good time to do what you feel comfortable doing, if that makes sense. I’m not comfortable writing query letters. There are some aspects of self-publishing I’m more comfortable with than others. I’m exploring my limits as a marketer now.

What do you use?: Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: Romance. As Cherie Grinnell I write both open bedroom door romances and behind the bedroom door romances, which are longer and more literary.

What formats are your books in?: eBook

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Interview with Author – Lorine S. Thomas

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About Lorine S. Thomas:
My name is Lorine S. Thomas and I penned “Cross Your Heart”. I am a new author trying to venture into the hectic and demanding world of publishing. I have been writing since I was younger but decided a few years ago to give writing an entire novel a try. It was challenging but very rewarding in the end. I currently reside in New York with my husband and am in the process of writing the next volume in what I hope to be a series.

What inspires you to write?
I have always been a writer and i guess it comes from having a very vivid and active imagination. I love coming up with different ideas and stories and bringing them to life on paper is very much my therapy.

Tell us about your writing process.
I do tend to outline as best as I can. Generally, the synopsis is the first thing i create as I helps me write the story better. Then I work on the character’s name and description. I may end up changing a few details but i basically stick to what i write.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, I do listen and talk to my characters and they tend to talk to me. I find myself having full conversations with them. So, I do hear voices in my head and they talk to me.

What advice would you give other writers?
1. Be patient with your work, it will come together.
2. Not everyone is not going to like your work so take the bad reviews with a grain of salt.
3. Just write, it will flow.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish due to the limited funds/connections that would have been necessary for traditional publishing. You have to find the best method that works best for you.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future is looking brighter than ever as I have met some amazing and talented writers in a few forums.

What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?: general fiction, thriller, mystery, suspence

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

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Link To Lorine S. Thomas Page On Amazon

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