Interview with Author – Heather Rigney @YourFavMermaid

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Author Bio:
Writer, artist, and underwater fire-breather Heather Rigney likes to make stuff. Stuff with words, stuff with paint, stuff that’s pretty, and stuff that’s not. Heather’s stories reflect her dark, gothic childhood spent alone in the woods of northern Rhode Island.

Having discovered the works of both Stephen King and Clive Barker at the age of eleven, she started to wonder if she truly was alone in the woods, or perhaps not. The perhaps was what kept her up at night. Her imagination cranked out stories and dreams that she kept to herself. She was an strange child and didn’t need one more reason for the neighbors to cluck, “That Rigney girl is so odd …” But now that she’s comfortable with her oddness, Heather loves sharing her stories with you, dear reader.

What inspires you to write?
1. People. I love people watching. I constantly make up stories while I am observing strangers. I also study their faces, their mannerisms, their speech patterns. All those little details are wonderful source material.

2. Nature. Our world is a weird wonderful place. I know it’s a cliche to say that I use my senses to write, but it’s true. I try to convey every aspect of a setting through sound, smell, touch, and taste (whenever possible!). The natural world is filled with so many subtleties. It’s a true pleasure to stop and just absorb them.

Tell us about your writing process.
I am an outliner and I adore the writing program Scrivener. I create character sketches before writing, and I also do extensive historical research to both strengthen and add credibility to the fantasy aspects of my work.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters. It’s strange, but sometimes I hear them. They guide my writing. Before I started seriously writing, I thought people were just being bs artists when they said they “heard” their characters, but then I it happened. It’s freaky.

What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Don’t talk about it, think about it, or fantasize about it. Just do it. Make the time and do it.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish after I attended The Independent Author Symposium Conference in New England. I was sold on the idea of doing everything myself. It’s a lot of work. A LOT. But at the end of the day, if my book is not successful, it’s my own fault. I did, however, learn at the conference that if your book is junk, don’t expect it to sell. The phrase, “the book is king” was repeated over and over. If you’re going to self-pub, get an editor, then get a proof-reader, then get a formatter, and then get an amazing cover artist.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m not sure. It’s all changing so fast. I never thought I would be able to do what I am doing now.

What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers

What genres do you write?
Fantasy, Historical, Horror, YA, Slipstream

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Heather Rigney Home Page Link
Link To Heather Rigney Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6542620.Heather_Rigney
https://www.facebook.com/heatherrigneyAuthor
https://twitter.com/YourFavMermaid
http://www.pinterest.com/heatherrigney/

Interview with Author – Donna DeVane @RealDonnaDeVane

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Author Bio:
Donna DeVane uses story telling to get to the depths of wisdom and personal empowerment. She shares through her books in much the same way as her radio shows, with humor, insight and charisma. Like a steel magnolia, she teaches the reader to be honest and responsible in order to move from just surviving into thriving. Her teaching provides real solutions to real people living real lives. There is nothing fake or fluffy about her. Her wit and style of communication leaves the reader feeling like they’ve known her forever. Whether she’s teaching chakra healing or secrets to living a happy life, she always includes exercises to help the reader make it real and apply it to every day living. No pie in the sky promises, just real, honest, information, inspiration and motivation so that the reader moves forward in power to live a life worth celebration.

What inspires you to write?
My inspiration for writing comes from living my life. Since childhood I wanted to know “why”. Why are people sad, why do people struggle, why is life so hard for so many? These questions have been a quest motivating me to seek answers within through study, mediation and sitting in the silence. Each answer has been applied in a real life way. Having answers is of no help unless it’s applied and lived daily. Being raised in a Baptist church I never understood the lame answers for suffering given by the preachers so I decided to do my own research. The result was to move from the limits of religion into the freedom of wisdom. There is no value in knowledge, no matter if it’s from religion or the “new age” unless it’s lived and shown to actually work. The proof of the teaching is in the living of it. Rather than being bound to beliefs I decided on ideas which are more more easily released when life shows me there is a better way.

Loving to talk about these concepts led to writing, teaching, healing work and radio. I write because it is like breathing. To share the excitement of new ideas thrills me in the living of them and again in the sharing, especially when someone creates change in their own life.

Tell us about your writing process.
I only begin typing when I have something to say. Each book results from living the information that ends up on the paper or digital display. I may play around with the concepts for months or years before actually typing them for others to read. I also enjoy sharing these concepts on my radio shows which allows me to let the wisdom flow without thinking about it. That expands my understanding and eventually results in enough insights that I feel led to begin the writing process. I only write when I feel inspired to do so. Rarely do I even know what the name of the next chapter will be. Sometimes I will have three or four words and play with that for months before feeling the urge to write about it.

I go to sleep each night with these words or ideas and dream with them. Eventually a book is written.

What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Write often. Even if you are not writing on a book or blog, write. In order to be a writer, one must write.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book, “A Journey Back To Self” was published after much promoting from my students. The book is actually a teaching guide to bring healing and balance to mind/body/spirit through chakra work, meditation and release of limiting beliefs. I had no idea of what I was doing, but published it anyway. Not understanding the software to self publish it was not formatted perfectly. I learned a bit more about it with each book. I’ve never been one to wait until I have all the ideas before acting. When the inspiration hits, move. I figure it out on the move.

Being self published gives the writer so much freedom. I started with Kindle and now have print, and audio. There are so many people giving help on places like YouTube that anyone can do a pretty good job first time out. When I started there wasn’t a lot of information about how. If you need help, get help. Don’t get bogged down in the editing and publishing aspect. Either let it be fun or find someone who enjoys the work and pay them or barter with them.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is brilliant. In 2011 digital books outsold print books for the first time ever. While I write for digital I also still enjoy print and audio. For the writer who covers every option the more opportunity you have to share with others. We are in a wonderful phase of human evolution where knowledge is once again greatly prized. Share with others and watch how it enhances your life as well as the lives of others.

What genres do you write?
spirituality, self help, new age, meditation, healing, crystals

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Donna DeVane Home Page Link
Link To Donna DeVane Page On Amazon
Link to Author Page on other site

Your Social Media Links
http://www.facebook.com/AuthorDonnaDeVane
http://www.twitter.com/RealDonnaDeVane

Interview with Author – William Hazelgrove

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Author Bio:
William Elliott Hazelgrove is the best-selling author of five novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks, Mica Highways, Rocket Man and the Pitcher. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly, Book of the Month Selections, Junior Library Guild Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. He has been the subject of interviews in NPR’s All Things Considered along with features in The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Richmond Times Dispatch, USA Today, People, Channel 11, NBC, WBEZ, WGN. His most recent novel, The Pitcher is a Junior Library Guild Selection and was chosen Book of the Year by Books and Authors. net. His next book Jackpine will be out Spring 2014 with Koehler Books. A follow up novel Real Santa will be out fall of 2014.
He runs a political cultural blog, The View From Hemingway’s Attic.

What inspires you to write?
I am driven to write the way other people breathe. My mother took away my television and I started reading and never stopped. When I graduated college I wrote my first novel and never stopped.

Tell us about your writing process.
No. I don’t outline. I use a notebook and sketch out the scene for the next day. This way I know what I am going to write when I sit down at the computer. Also it allows it to remain organic and lets the story go where it needs to.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No. But I hear the characters speaking very clearly in my head.

What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up. Learn your craft. Don’t self publish too soon. Don’t write for the market. Write from emotion and what you believe in.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
My books were published traditionally. Bantam and Random house picked up my book after a very small publisher in Chicago brought it out. A new author should look at all the options.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books will always be here be they ebooks or print.

What do you use?
Professional Editor

What genres do you write?
Mainstream Fiction. Young Adult. Adult. Mystery. Courtroom drama.

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
William Hazelgrove Home Page Link

Interview with Author – Lois Winston @Anasleuth

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Author Bio:
Award-winning and Amazon bestselling author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, middle grade, and non-fiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry. Visit Lois/Emma at www.loiswinston.com and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com. Follow everyone on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Anasleuth.

What inspires you to write?
I wasn’t one of those authors who grew up knowing she wanted to write books. I had enjoyed creative writing throughout school, but the last time I had written any fiction was Freshman Comp in college, which if you ask my kids, was back when we used chisels and stone tablets! About twenty years ago I had the idea for a story and after several weeks of the characters taking over my life, I decided to write down the story, hoping the characters would stop pestering me if I did. Before I knew it, I’d written an entire book! After that, the stories continued to come, and I continued to write them down. They’re still coming, and I’m still writing.

Tell us about your writing process.
I was a total seat of the pants writer until I sold my first book. After that I had to give my editors some idea of what I planned to write for each subsequent book. I try to keep my outlines as short as possible, though, because I find if I outline too much, the writing becomes more of a chore than a pleasure. I like to be surprised as I write. One of the greatest pleasures of writing for me is when the story veers off into an unexpected direction. So my “outline” will generally consist of a paragraph similar to a back cover blurb, except in the case of a mystery, I’ll note who the killer is. This has been known to change, though. Sometimes as I’m writing, I find another character has much greater motive for wanting the victim dead, and I decide he’d be a better killer for the story.

I don’t use whiteboards or special software, but I keep a pad next to my computer and jot down specific facts about my characters. There’s nothing worse than having a reader point out to you that your heroine’s eyes morphed from brown to blue! So I do keep data sheets on each character and update them as each series progresses. I also create a calendar of events to keep track of the story. For this I print out a blank calendar and note the scenes that take place on each day of the week.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Will you think I’m crazy if I tell you my characters have become very real to me? In my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, Anastasia and I have been together for quite a few years now. Sometimes I forget that she’s a figment of my imagination! She’s always talking to me, and she gets really annoyed when I don’t do what she wants me to do in a story.

I’m just getting to know Gracie Elliott, amateur sleuth of my new Empty Nest series, but I suspect Anastasia will take her under her wing and school her in how to manipulate me.

What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing! Writing is hard work. Think about all the people who say they’re going to write a book someday. Very few of them ever do. If you love writing and keep working at your craft, you’ll keep improving and hopefully someday attain your goal of publication. You only fail if you stop trying.

On a practical note, I’d like to pass along a bit of advice I was given years ago: A scene has only one of two purposes. It either advances the plot or tells the reader something she needs to know AT THAT MOMENT about the character. If your scene does neither of these things, it’s filler and doesn’t belong in your book.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I sold my first book in 2005. In 2012 I decided to become a hybrid author, self-publishing a few manuscripts that never sold. After having some contract issues with my publisher last year, I decided not to sign two more contracts that I was offered and go totally indie.

My advice to new authors is to decide first what’s most important to you. Most authors I know want the validation of having sold to a traditional publishing house. However, if you want to bypass the long submission process and all the rejection letters, don’t just throw something up on Kindle. There’s a lot that goes into a book beyond the author writing it. Every book can be improved by a good editor. So if you want to self-publish, hire an editor. Just make sure it’s an editor who’s experienced in your genre. There are too many people hanging up “editor” shingles on the Internet who might know a lot about grammar and punctuation but next to nothing about fiction in general or your genre in particular.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? Five years ago I never thought I’d be indie publishing my books. So much has changed in publishing over the last few years. Who knows what things will be like five years from now? I think ebooks will grab a larger and larger share of the market, but I hope bookstores are still around. I think we might see more and more boutique publishing companies popping up. Remember how all the little banks were gobbled up by a few huge banks back in the 1980s? Then there was a backlash, and smaller, independent banks began opening again. I think we might see the same thing happen in publishing.

What do you use?
Professional Editor

What genres do you write?
mystery, romance, women’s fiction, chick lit, middle grade, romantic suspense, non-fiction

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Lois Winston Home Page Link
Link To Lois Winston Page On Amazon
Link to Author Page on other site

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/722763.Lois_Winston
https://twitter.com/Anasleuth
http://www.pinterest.com/anasleuth/books-by-lois-winston-aka-emma-carlyle/

Interview with Author – Linton Hall Cadet


Author Bio:
Linton Hall Cadet attended Linton Hall Military School during the late 1960s, and graduated as an officer.

What inspires you to write?
During the years that I was at Linton Hall, outgoing mail had to be left unsealed so that it could be read and censored. If it contained anything too negative about the school, the letter would be thrown away and not mailed. I felt the need to speak about everything that was censored and I was not allowed to tell my parents.

Tell us about your writing process.
As this is a memoir, there is no creating, just remembering. Once a specific incident has been re-lived in my mind, it is a simple thing to write it. There is editing for grammar, style, and so on, but the first draft just flows out like a torrent. Although there isn’t an outline on paper, the outline is in my mind.

What advice would you give other writers?
Three words: write, re-write and read.

That requires some elaboration.

The only way to improve your writing is to write, just as the only way to improve your swimming is to swim — you can’t learn much from theory; you have to get in the water. The important thing is to not get stuck waiting for inspiration, or the perfect way to write something; what is crucial is getting that first draft on paper. No matter how rough your first draft, once you have it on paper you can (and must) revise it; but unless there is something on paper, you have nothing to revise.

Once you have a first draft there will be a lot of re-writing to be done. This is not fun, and many writers abbreviate the process, but the result is nothing special. Much of what the major publishing houses put out is to a large extent grammatically correct, but insipid and uninspired.

On reading, it’s important to read a lot, and to read quality writing. Ironically, the best writing — the classics — can be bought for a dollar or two per book at used book stores. Mass market junk costs much more. Even if you are writing marketable genre books, reading the classics will improve the quality of your writing.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
Major publishers, and bookstore chains are only interested in books with mass appeal. You may not like this, but it’s a reality. A smaller publisher (or even you as publisher) is better able to handle books with limited appeal. This does not mean that the books are of lower quality; it’s simply that they are of interest to only a small subset of people.

Regardless of how a book is published, publishing it means only that it’s out there. In order to market it, you must be able to identify your target audience and be able to reach it in a cost-efficient manner.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s not bright. Bookstores continue to disappear. The low cost of self-publishing means that there is an avalanche of new titles. It’s been estimated that approximately 300,000 new titles are published every year in the United States. There is no conceivable way that one person would have the time to read even the titles of those 300,000 books.

What genres do you write?
Non-Fiction

What formats are your books in?
Print

Website(s)
Linton Hall Cadet Home Page Link
Link To Linton Hall Cadet Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22741320-linton-hall-military-school-memories
https://www.facebook.com/people/Linton-Hall/100007413076136

Interview with Author – James D Horton @JDHortonAuthor

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Author Bio:
All my life I’ve been a storyteller. I wrote my first short story at six years old and I haven’t stopped writing and storytelling since.

I live my life as an adventure. I like to think that each day is just as magical as we make it and that life was meant to be enjoyed. I see life as a game that we are all playing, the better you play, the happier you are going to be.

The world of self-publishing combines my two greatest loves, being an entrepreneur and writing. As I take this journey I hope you will come along on this new adventure with me.

I live in Missouri with my Fiance and our six children where our house is never quiet but we still find time to laugh and love and enjoy the day.

What inspires you to write?
Miranda (my Fiancee/Editor/Co-Author) is my inspiration. She outlines my ideas for me, she edits my work, she also makes sure I get my writing time in each day.

She also does a lot of the promotional work and the behind the scenes stuff so I can focus on turning out words. She is my source of inspiration.

Tell us about your writing process.
All my books and stories start with a brainstorming session with Miranda. We just free range, usually while driving in the car. We talk, she notes things down, we just have this amazing free flowing ability to communicate and see where an idea can lead us.

This has been the case for our fiction and non-fiction. Once we do this, she has an amazing ability to organize all the random thoughts into an outline. Then I start writing.

I like the outline for when I go blank or have a touch of writers’ block. If I can’t think what to write, I just pick one part of the outline and I start writing. I may delete all of it later, but I write, just pushing through it and I always find (so far) that I not only push past the block, but I get some decent production done.

The biggest part of my process in writing is I consider my words to be my production. When I work for anyone, you have production you are expected to turn out. I approach my writing like this. I have to turn out a quota of words everyday. I average at least 2000 words a day, on a good day when I get more time I turn out up to 10,000 in a day.

I didn’t start out with those numbers, I built to them.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I envision them, I hear them, I see them in the scenes I am creating. This makes it so much easier, I think, to write the scene. Then I am not creating it while writing so much as documenting the movie in my mind.

I’ve some characters that absolutely have lives of their own, I look in on them and see how they are doing from time to time and they aren’t where I left them.

What advice would you give other writers?
I highly recommend, if you are serious about writing, you track your daily word production then try to beat your previous day word count every day. It becomes like golf,a game against yourself.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went self publishing route. I am a life long entrepreneur so it fit naturally for me. I like the control, I like the ability to get my work to market fast, I like the fact that at the end of the day it is on me to make it work.

I have Miranda to help me out so I can still do this route and get words out, which is very huge benefit, but I feel it is the best route and where we are going to see most publishing go.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe we are heading into a world based around self-publishing. I don’t think all will be successful in it anymore than they are in getting their work published by the big publishers.

I think as the industry grows and continues to mainstream that there will be more companies that assists in self-publishing, providing editing, marketing services, book covers and such which will replace or fill the void from traditional publishing. I do believe that in time use of such services will make a massive difference in those who find success and those who are still a vanity press.

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

What genres do you write?
Non-Fiction, Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
James D Horton Home Page Link
Link To James D Horton Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8346206.James_D_Horton
https://twitter.com/JDHortonAuthor

Interview with Author – Morgan St. James @MorganStJames

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Author Bio:
A frequent panelist, moderator, speaker and radio talk show guest, Morgan St. James also presents a variety of workshops and is a columnist for the Los Angeles and Las Vegas editions of Examiner.com. She publishes the free bi-monthly eZine “Writers’ Tricks of the Trade.”

With 11 books to her credit, in addition to writing novels like the dramatic Betrayed, funny crime caper Ripoff and Writers’ Tricks of the Trade: 39 Things You Need to Know About the ABCs of Writing Fiction, a handbook for writers at all stages of their careers, Morgan and her sister Phyllice Bradner co-author the award-winning Silver Sisters Mystery series. A Corpse in the Soup was named Best Mystery Audio Book in 2007 by USA Book News and they are currently working on the 4th book in the series, Diamonds in the Dumpster.

She collaborated with true crime writer Dennis N. Griffin to write La Bella Mafia, the shocking but inspirational true story as told by Bella Capo and is currently working on another true story with Dennis entitled Izzy and Me, as told by the daughter of Izzy Marion, a mob associate who was also a hair stylist to the stars.

Many of Morgan’s award-winning short stories appear in her single author anthology, The MAFIA FUNERAL and Other Short Stories available as an audio book, paperback and Kindle edition. She has also contributed stories to various anthologies featuring multiple authors including two Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Morgan is on the board of Southern Nevada Writers and a member of multiple writers groups.

For more information visit: www.morganstjames-author.com, and http://writerstricksofthetrade.blogspot.com

What inspires you to write?
I am fortunate in that I have had a life filled with rich experiences and characters to draw upon. RIPOFF is a good example. How many people even know that manufacturing furniture in Federal prisons is close to a billion dollar a year business? I do, because my co-author and I were marketing reps for prison made furniture, dealing with projects worth millions of dollars. All I had to do was ask myself, “What if?” and the plot developed for a multi-million dollar scheme to ripoff the Federal prison system. The same is true of some of my other books. WHAT IF are magic words.

However, inspiration can come from something I see, a newspaper headline or news story, a funny occurrence..the possibilities are endless.

Tell us about your writing process.
I try to work within standard word count for a genre. I begin with an idea, introduce my self to the characters by doing character sketches and inferior monologues so I can learn as much as possible. I develop a list of plot points which is not really an outline, but more of a roadmap, so if I lose my way I can refer to it. I am an avid reader and strive to think like a reader while developing the story, and try not to go off on tangents when the reader want to know “what happens next.”

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely listen to my characters. It is amazing what they can tell you if you allow your mind to go on automatic pilot.

What advice would you give other writers?
Learn your craft, don’t give up and don’t publish or submit projects until they are the very best they can be. If self-publishing, hold yourself to the standards of a traditional publisher. Sloppy work doesn’t cut it.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m what you call a hybrid author. Some of my books are with traditional publishing and others self-published. It depends what I need or want from a particular book. However, all of my books are carefully proofed and formatted. Sometimes as an author, you even have to catch mistakes that might occur with a traditional publisher.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It is hard to say. The industry is changing on almost a daily basis. I believe that people will always enjoy a book. The question is in what format. Take me. While I love to hold a book, I also read ebooks on my Android phone and listen to audio books.

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

What genres do you write?
Cozy mystery, romantic suspense, true crime/memoirs

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Morgan St. James Home Page Link
Link to Author Page on other site

Your Social Media Links

http://facebook.com/morganstjamesauthor
http://twitter.com/MorganStJames
http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=morgan%20st.%20james

Interview with Author – Charles Barouch @CharlesBarouch

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Author Bio:
I’m currently on a literary quest. I’ve promised my wife a Million Word Promise. To fulfill it, I’ve writing a 30 volume adventure series of Science Fiction Adventures. If you met her, you know why I’m doing it. She’s the best part of my life.

To see what I’ve written:

http://www.hdwpbooks.com/books/authors/charles-barouch/

What inspires you to write?
There is no version of me that doesn’t tell stories. Mostly I write from frustration. Nothing makes me more productive than seeing a book, movie, or TV show miss an opportunity. I challenge myself to do it better, to make the story over.

Tell us about your writing process.
My process has evolved several times. The core, which has remained consistent is that I am never afraid to shelve a story. Some plots make it back in later works, with better character choices. Some characters make it back in later works, with better plot choices. I fail and fail and fail (privately) and succeed and succeed and succeed publicly as a result.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
It’s like herding cats. The hijack my plots and take over my stories.

What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t isolate yourselves. Find other writers. Find Beta readers. Connect with your audience. Writing has never been less solitary than it is now. Get out there.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I publish were I have the opportunity. I’ve been in magazines and in small press books. While I run a Small Press, I get published by others to prove that my work gets out in public due to merit and not because I am the boss.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think Small Press is the future. I don’t expect Traditional Press to go away any time soon. I don’t think self-pub is ever going to go away. What Small Press offers is a combination of individual attention for the writers and curation for the readers.

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

What genres do you write?
SF&F, Horror, Police Procedurals

What formats are your books in?
eBook

Website(s)
Charles Barouch Home Page Link
Link To Charles Barouch Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7125506.Charles_Barouch
https://twitter.com/CharlesBarouch

Interview with Author – Richard McGregor


Author Bio:
Richard.O.McGregor was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in the fall of 1975. A graduate of The Mico University College, as a Trained teacher, and Northern Caribbean University. For twenty years he taught in Jamaican high schools. His first book, “Vegetable smoothie recipes:all natural low carb,high fiber, weight-loss diet and cleanse with green smoothie juicing recipes for
Good health,”has done extremely well in the Kindle store and other digital platform.
He has been a vegan for almost two decades and veganism has been a significant part of every aspect of my life since then.

What inspires you to write?
Other authors inspires me. You see I love to read and when I read I’m inspired by the author’s work. That right there is my inspiration.

Tell us about your writing process.
Well my writing process is quite simple.
1.I start with doing the research.
2. Then create a book outline if I’m outsourcing the project.
3. Sent book outline to ghostwriter
Well that’s it…simple.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?

What advice would you give other writers?

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve being a Health Enthusiast for more than two decades and living a healthy lifestyle has been a significant part of every aspect of my life since then. Also, I saw that there was a need for such information in the market place. So here I am providing useful content to needed consumers.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am of the view that book publishing especially in the digital format, is becoming so much easier for self publishers. KDP has allowed the unknown author who has content that he/she wants to share with the public but couldn’t get a chance, to do so.

Some benefits Amazon KDP are:
1. Faster to get the book to market
2. Lower expenses ( if you are the sole author and you didn’t outsource then the only cost is your time)
3. Your books never goes out of print
4. Better royalties

What genres do you write?
diet and weightloss

What formats are your books in?
eBook

Website(s)
Author Home Page Link
Link To Author Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/22387852

Interview with Author – Molly McCord @MoxieMollyM

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Author Bio:
Molly McCord, M.A., is a bestselling author, astrologer, and modern spiritual teacher with no religious affiliations. Her debut memoir, The Art of Trapeze: One Woman’s Journey of Soaring, Surrendering, and Awakening, hit #1 in 2 Amazon categories within 3 days. The Art of Trapeze is the first book in her Awakening Consciousness Series, followed by The Modern Heroine’s Journey of Consciousness, in which she integrates Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey with spiritual growth. Molly released five books in 2013, including her contribution to the bestselling The Thought That Changed My Life Forever where she was published alongside such luminaries as Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Dr. Joe Dispenza, and Dr. Bernie Siegel.

Often referred to as a Consciousness Catalyst, Molly’s popular website, www.ConsciousCoolChic.com was nominated by Intent.com for Best Spirituality Website in 2011. Molly’s weekly radio show attracted over 70,000 downloads in the first year.

Molly has a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies, and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy as a formal channel for understanding Global Consciousness with a Jungian perspective. She is TESOL certified and volunteers her time teaching English to college-level international students.

What inspires you to write?
I’m interested in offering people a deeper way to understand themselves as powerful individuals. My debut memoir, “The Art of Trapeze” includes travel, adventure, love, and authenticity, but I also aspire to connect these themes with soul growth and spiritual perspectives to empower anyone who has questions about their purpose. I truly believe everyone is able to powerfully create their dreams – and we are always exactly where we need to be.

Tell us about your writing process.
I start by collecting ideas and forming an outline, but I’ve learned to get even that flexible because a book often reveals itself to me unexpectedly. I’m old-school in my writing process because I tend to keep a journal or note cards handy to jot down ideas and inspirations as they hit me. I’ve learned inspiration can quickly disappear and never be found again, LOL! I tend to get some of my best ideas while I’m driving, so I will keep paper and pen in the passenger seat, and write down ideas at red lights – not kidding!

What advice would you give other writers?
Open up and follow your voice! Allow yourself to express what you need to say first, and then go back and edit or revise later. As writers, we have to be open to being surprised by our own unexpected insights. Try not to over-plan the story or characters because you will have new possibilities as the chapters develop.

Also, being creatively stuck comes with the territory of creation. When writer’s block rears up, I go for a walk to clear my head and disengage from trying to think too hard for a solution. I may not touch the keyboard again for a day or two because I’ve also learned not to force myself to write when I’m not in the flow. Forcing words on a page really doesn’t work for me, so I allow myself the needed space to disconnect, which has honestly taken practice. When I do let things sit and just be, eventually the words and ideas come flooding back in and the story takes off again.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published in order to have complete creative control, yet I brought in professionals for editing and cover design to ensure all of my books are top-quality experiences for readers. I also had early-readers provide feedback and critique so I wouldn’t become a “self-publishing island”, so to speak! I enjoy the full process of creating a book and find it invigorating, so it is a wonderful time to be an indie author.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Exciting! What a great time to see a long-standing industry shape and shift and transform.

What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?
Travel, Memoir, Inspiration, Non-Fiction

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Molly McCord Home Page Link
Link to Author Page on other site

Your Social Media Links
http://www.facebook.com/Conscious.Cool.Chic
http://twitter.com/MoxieMollyM
http://www.pinterest.com/mollymccord/

Interview with Author – Peggy Rothschild @pegrothschild

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Author Bio:
Peggy Rothschild grew up in Los Angeles. Always a mystery-lover, she embraced the tales of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys before graduating to the adult section of the library. An English major in high school, she switched to art her – other passion – in college. At present, Peggy lives in the beach community of Ventura with her husband and their cats. In her spare time she focuses on transforming their yard into a drought-tolerant paradise and creating art pieces.

What inspires you to write?
I love mysteries and puzzles and delving into the ‘why’ of things. When I started writing Clementine’s Shadow, I wanted to tell a story from four points of view, with a tight timeline where all the characters end up in the same place trying to rescue a little girl. As the story lines interweave, each character finds a way to move beyond their past failures. In part, I set the story in a harsh, unforgiving landscape to mirror some of the characters’ unwillingness to forgive themselves — and in part because mining is such a big part of California’s history.

Tell us about your writing process.
I always create character biographies, but don’t usually outline before I begin. I tend to have a broad concept and know where the story will end, but find the process of outlining dampens my enthusiasm. I like to learn things along the way. Since I was writing from four points of view in Clementine’s Shadow, in addition to creating character bios, I drafted a lexicon for each character which included favored expressions, grammar, curse words, etc. As for the story line, I knew where the action would climax but didn’t have everything mapped out in terms of how to get each character there for the ‘showdown.’

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, but I do spend a huge amount of time thinking about them — what they ate for breakfast, how they would react to a particular situation. I do a lot of research about the world they inhabit and though much of that research doesn’t wind up on the page, it serves to ground the characters, giving them depth and credibility.

What advice would you give other writers?
While some would say it’s crucial to write every day, I think it’s as important to read every day. Read across genres, read award-winning authors, but also spend time reading in the genre in which you write. And when you do sit down to that first draft, if possible, shut off the ‘editing side’ of your brain and let the words out. When you do go back to edit, that’s when you’ll need to bring out your ruthless editorial eye.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m definitely a ‘learn by doing’ sort of person — which led me to take a stab at indie publishing. Without having a book to promote, I doubt I’d have developed my own website or be on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest — or other social media platforms. It’s been a great learning experience and I have a much stronger grasp on what’s involved in promoting a new book and author. Due to the ease of independently publishing, there are more books than ever coming out each day. For that reason, it’s vital for a manuscript to be as strong as possible before submitting to an agent or editor — or for self-publication.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t know how the format for accessing printed material will change in the future, but novels — regardless of their format — are here to stay. And, hopefully, the lower costs from e-publishing will be a boon to the industry as prices come down and more people buy ‘books’.

What do you use?
Beta Readers

What genres do you write?
Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Young Adult

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Peggy Rothschild Home Page Link
Link To Peggy Rothschild Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7079283.Peggy_Rothschild
https://www.facebook.com/peggyrothschildauthor
https://twitter.com/pegrothschild
http://www.pinterest.com/peggyrothschild

Interview with Author – Catherine Sharp

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Author Bio:
My home is in the Dallas area, where I live with my husband. I have two sons, one of which lives in the area, and the other in Los Angeles. I love to read and write romances. I like the way romance builds bridges to other worlds which only my imagination can take me. At a time when I was reading voraciously, but not getting exactly what I was yearning for, I started to write the kind of story I was searching for. Putting my own words to paper is so much fun that now, even with a job, a husband, and two sons, I always find time to not only read, but write.

What inspires you to write?
I’m a voracious reader and sometimes I don’t get exactly what I’m yearning for so when I first started writing it was to write the kind of story I wanted to read. Now I just love it. When I sit at the computer I can let my imagination run away when I conjure up those muscular male hunks running around in my sub-conscious. No harm, no foul!

Tell us about your writing process.
Usually I start with one line or couple of lines that have been running through my mind for days or even weeks. And then I just let my mind go from there. I never do an outline. In one of my books, I did kind of know how I wanted the ending to go but it was vague.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely listen to them. I am them in my mind.

What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up and try to maintain a tough skin. I still get my feelings hurt when someone reviews my books with a negative review even if ten others have praised it. Of course, we want everyone to love our work, but in the real work, we simply can’t please everybody.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
With my first book, I went with an established publisher and I will be forever grateful to them for believing in me and giving me a chance. However, now I publish myself only because it gives me more control.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future is digital. I don’t think the bookstore and paperbacks will ever go away, but the explosion of readers and how convenient they are, it is simply a wondrous thing.

What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?
So far, historical romance and murder mystery

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Catherine Sharp Home Page Link
Link To Catherine Sharp Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
http://www.facebook.com/catherine.sharp.37
http://www.pinterest.com/catherine4306/