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Interview – R.L. Morgan…

March 31, 2013
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Welcome R.L. Morgan – today’s word describes Robin’s character Mary. She has to be quick witted to survive. Agile – definition: 1) able to move quickly and easily : nimble; 2) mentally quick

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Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a young girl who’s just beginning to learn about boys. She’s rather plain looking, and resents to some extent the way the boys in her class treat her, using her brains to help them to better so they can stay on the various sport teams the school has. A new boy, Jonathan, joins her class and begins to treat her the way she has always wanted to be, for liking her for being the person that she is. The relationship is short-lived because her father gets a promotion which meant she has to move away at the end of the school year. Just before she does she decides to give him a kiss at the mall, away from all the prying eyes of their friends.

At her new school things return to the way they used to before she met Jonathan. This time, in addition, everyone at school tease her continuously about her house being haunted. The thing is, it is haunted by a ghost named George, who she can see and who treats her, the way Jonathan did.  George takes Mary on trips to the past and even does her homework.

The thing I like most about Mary is that, she’s never downtrodden by the way she’s gets treated by everyone at school.

Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?           

Right now I’m staying in the broad genre of romance.  For 11 years, from 1995 – 2006 I wrote almost weekly commentary type items for a community newspaper, which I loved doing; and along the way I started to slowly write a Contemporary romance manuscript. However I never sensed it would be good enough to bw published.  One day someone suggested I write something for a younger audience, which I did and wound up with my debut YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance novel in less than a year.

Right now I’ve returned to writing the romance manuscript which I’d started many years ago.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

Being retired, writing gives me as well as my creativity something to do, and I hope this will lead to an actual second career as being an author.

Have you got a favorite place to write?

Although we don’t have any children; we do have a second bedroom where I do all of my writing.  I also do my marketing/promoting of my book and social interaction there as well.

Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?

I love this question, as it allows the reader to get somewhat in the mind of the author being interviewed. As for myself, I’d probably say a little of both, part plotter/part pantser. As I said in, the above, I made a skeleton of an outside, writing down the basic plot points I’d like to hit as the story unfolded; and as a sculptor starting with a wire base of what they’d like to have, I added material then took some away, until I had the finished product I had in mind.

What inspires your stories?

Honestly, I would have to say it just pure imagination. As I wrote my novel I kept putting myself into the character of Mary. I wrote I what would do or say next had I been in her shoes.

What are you currently reading?

I seldom get a chance to read. I worked for 33 years with the same employer and had to commute about an hour each way. Now, being retired I’m busy with my writing and marketing/promoting my debut novel. When I have the time I like to read poignant memoirs, such as the last one I read, “And The Whippoorwill Sang” by Micki Peluso.

Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories?

Relatively speaking I would have to say no as odd habits are concerned. And as far as childhood stories are concerned, what child my age didn’t love reading those crazy rhyming stories by Dr. Seuss.

Do you have any pets?

We’ve got two cats as they don’t allow any dogs, except service dogs, where we live.

Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

Unfortunately I don’t. It would be wonderful to have someone critique what I’ve written as I write it.

What age did you start writing stories/poems?

I’ve only started writing in June 1995, when I was in my fourties. The items were commentaries as I’ve already stated for a community newspaper. But that was non-fiction, writing the novel I’ve recently published has been a new learning experiences; learning all the “rules” one needs to know to become good at it.

Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?

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My debut YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance novel entitled, “I Kissed a Ghost” got released on December 20, 2012.

My book is available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Kissed-Ghost-Robin-Leigh-Morgan/dp/1480030031   It is also available on Amazon.co.uk Amazon.de   Amazon.es   Amazon.fr   Amazon.it

How did you come up with the title for your book? 

Selecting a title for a book had been a very challenging experience for me; but after racking my brain over it, I decided to merely summarize the premise for the entire story in as few words as possible until I had something which could be used as the title for my book. Hence, since the story is about a girl [Mary] and her kissing the ghost [George] she had living in her house; the story had to be called, “I Kissed a Ghost.”

If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?

I would have to say it would be J.K. Rowling, because I admired where she started from, and what she’s accomplished with her series of Harry Potter books. Oh, how wonderful it would be if each of us authors could be only 1% as successful.

If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?

It would definitely be Bermuda. I’ve cruised there three times and simply adore the people there as well as the climate.

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What’s your favorite movie of all time?

That is a very difficult question to answer as they’re so many. However, I never seem to get tired watching any of the movies by Mel Brooks.

Where can readers find you and your blog?

http://www.mypennameonly.blogspot.com   or
http://www.mypennameonly.wordpress.com or
http://www.mypennameonly.webs.com   [this is also my website]
http://www.mypennameonly.tumblr.com

[Readers can find several UNEDITED SNIPPETS from “I Kissed a Ghost” in any of all above blog sites under the category of “GHOSTLY WHISPERS”

Where else can people find you?

I can also be found on:

TWITTER = http://www.twitter.com/mypennameonly

FACEBOOK = http://www.facebook.com/mypennameonly

GOODREADS = http://www.goodreads.com/RobinLeighMorgan

Do you have plans or ideas for your next book?

I’ve returned to writing the still untitled adult Contemporary romance novel I’d started many years. The story also has a paranormal element running through the storyline.

Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

As I’m relatively a private person when it comes to my writing I unfortunately have none.

What is your greatest ambition in writing? 

Being able to make the NY Times best sellers listing, once in my life.

E-books for the long weekend…

March 28, 2013
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The Rython Kingdom

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/214247

 

 

 

 

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The Journey of Brothers

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/206099

 

 

 

 

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Time’s Hostage

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/264043

Interview Ian S. Rutter…

February 10, 2013
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To honor Ian’s favorite character, Sup Sup Rose, I have paired his interview with today’s word – Panacea – definition : a remedy for all ills or difficulties : a cure-all.

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a)      Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

That’s a tough one. If I have to choose one then it has to be Sup Sup Rose. He’s quiet. Stays in the background but is very knowledgeable of all things nature. If there are any injured animals, then he’s the one to help them out. Any questions about herbs and flowers, Sup Sup will know it. He’s very gentle, shy but very loyal.

b)      Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?

No, I like to look into different genres as I think it helps with your writing. I’ve focused on children’s stories at the moment, but I have some horror novels that are in different stages of edits. They are the two favourite genres. I have partly written a bio-graphical account of a relative of mine fighting in WW1. His and his wife’s accounts of being apart. That will take some time to finish.

c)      What do you enjoy most about writing?

Being able to put into words the images I see in my head. I’m very visual so I get excited when I am writing and acting out the scene at the same time.

d)      Have you got a favorite place to write?

I do most of my writing on a large table in a spare room, during the day and at night when I have time. If not, then I always have a pad and pen, but lately I have been trying out some writing tasks on a tablet I bought. That is working out quite well.

e)      Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?

The first book was on the seat of my pants as I more or less have had the whole story in my head for the last 30+ years. Book 2 and 3 have been planned. I have a few diagrams I have mapped out for book 2. It helps me to see where each character is going and how they deal with problems. I also need it to show where in the story the highs and lows are. So, if I can map it out I will.

f)        What inspires your stories?

As soon as I visit the countryside then I have a story in my head. I love trees and grass and everything nature. Sometimes if I see an image then I want to just jot something down. As I love photography then that is happening a lot.

g)      What are you currently reading?

Cricky! The Hobbit. Stardust. Dead Hunt (An indie book by Kenn Crawford) If you like to be scared then this a great book or e-book to read. Crafting scenes by Raymond Obstfeld and the proof version of book 1 of my story. It’s nearly ready for Amazon’s POD service.

h)      Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories?

Just before I start to write, I have to have everything around me neat and tidy. I can’t help tidying things up before I write. Probably as my mind is so jumbled up with ideas and stories I just don’t want the physical world around me to be the same. My writing space really has to be neat.

i)        Do you have any pets?

Not now. I use to have a Rough Collie called Toby. Blind as a bat but the most amazing dog I have ever come across.

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j)        Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

A few. They are on LinkedIn. They are very good and give great advice. Write It Down, Aspiring Writers, Authors and Publishers Association, Authors, Writers, Publishers, Editors and Writing Professionals, Book and Writers, Children’s Book Authors, Informed Ideas. Just a few.

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k)      What age did you start writing stories/poems?

I started when I was kid about 12. The first one was about an alien that came to earth to hunt. A couple of years later a film came out called ‘Predator’ I wish that was me. As soon as I started higher education I just stopped. The idea that my writing is not very good probably had some influence on me.

l)        Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?

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The Faeries of Birchover Wood, The Bad is book 1 and is downloadable for Free on Smashwords

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/278703

or on Amazon US http://www.amazon.com/The-Faeries-Birchover-Wood-ebook/dp/B007JJSNWC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359276466&sr=8-1&keywords=ian+s+rutter&tag=780065172-20 , which at the moment is priced at something $2.00.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Faeries-Birchover-Wood-ebook/dp/B007JJSNWC

Amazon UK is http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Faeries-Birchover-Wood-ebook/dp/B007JJSNWC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359276523&sr=8-1&tag=7800651723-21  That keeps changing. Hopefully, Amazon will set the price to Free by looking at Smashwords as that is what I want for book 1.

m)    If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?

Unfortunately, he is dead. C. S. Lewis is my favourite children’s author. For horror he would have to be James Herbert, I grew up on his stories and I keep reading them.

n)      If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?

It still has to be England. I just love the place and love everything about its countryside.

o)      What’s your  favorite movie of all time?

The Thing by John Carpenter. Before computer graphics this movie came out and was and still is awesome.

p)      Where can readers find you and your blog?

My blog is www.iansrutter.co.uk/blog

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Faeries-of-Birchover-Wood/397556786944411

and – https://www.facebook.com/LetsGetEPublished

My free podcast of the entire story in 17 episodes can be listened to or downloaded from http://podiobooks.com/title/the-faeries-of-birchover-wood-book-1-the-bad/

The blog is about e-publishing. It has tutorials, written and video on how to get your written book into a professionally formatted e-book so that it can be given or sold on any of the e-book stores.

q)      Do you have plans or ideas for your next book?

Loads! Book 2 of the faeries is a little darker. A few upsets and shocks are installed for the humans and faeries. Not looking pretty for any of them.

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I am working on re-writing my horror novel from 1st person to 3rd person and I need to finish a vampire novel I wrote about 6 years ago. There are times when I wish I was an octopus.

r)       Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

Without doubt my wife and my father. My wife who has had to go through some of my ‘What!’ ‘I don’t believe you can’t…’ ‘Come on, can you read it faster!!’ times. She understands I am passionate about what I do. She’s great and very patient. My father who always believed that I should ‘go and do my thing!’ He loves my stories. Probably too much as he never gives me any criticism. That’s why parents are the worse readers of your book if you are looking for a critique. He wrote the poem at the very beginning of Book 1.

Interview with Dennis Collins…

January 30, 2013
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Please welcome Dennis Collins to my blog, he has a quiet humor and strong writing trait.  Today’s word is Complicit – definition: associating or participating in a wrongful act. This lends itself to the characters in Dennis’ books who live in the shady underground of mystery and thriller.

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a) Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

That’s difficult to answer because I began my series with a trio of protagonists, Michael O’Conner, Otis Springfield, and Albert McCoy who were introduced to one another and shared equal billing in The Unreal McCoy. In the next book Turn Left at September I allowed McCoy to acquire a love interest and made him the featured character. Then it was Otis Springfield’s turn as the star of The First Domino. In Nightmare, it’s McCoy and O’Conner sharing the spotlight. I guess it just depends on who’s carrying the load that day.

b) Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?

Right now I just write traditional mystery/thriller kind of stuff. I must admit that I’m somewhat intrigued by the extra space you get with a paranormal kink to your story. I need to learn the rules before I dive into anything like that.

c) What do you enjoy most about writing?

I’ve been a storyteller all my life and just like the old days sitting around the campfire with the other kids, I love the look of interest on people’s faces as my imagination runs wild. I’ve matured a little though these days and strive for realism in my stories. I suppose the short answer is that I like pleasing people with my tales.

d) Have you got a favorite place to write?

I’ve tried writing in coffee shops and poolside at motels but the fact is, I’m way too easily distracted. For me, the most productive place is in my little home office with no TV, no radio, no music, and just one light turned on.

e) Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?

My first book was totally “stream of consciousness.” I started writing and kept going until I reached the end. It took me three years. I did a little planning, at least plot-wise with my next book and it came out just fine. I’ve sort of settled in on a combination. I write until I hit a wall and then I plan, but the secret is to keep it moving. You can always repair bad dialogue or narrative but you can’t fix… nothing!

f) What inspires your stories?

Inspiration comes from everywhere and anywhere. My first book was inspired by an obituary; the second was just the desire to get more use out of a fictional location that I created in the first book. Then there was a family incident where no one in my generation knew the true story about an uncle who died a hero in world war two. My last book was inspired by an Internet report that I stumbled on while researching something else. Where will the next inspiration come from? I haven’t a clue but I know it will happen.

g) What are you currently reading?

I just finished reading Targets of Revenge by Jeffrey S. Stephens, an international thriller about drugs, mobs, terrorists, and the CIA. Such a fast pace that it left me exhausted. It will be released on 2/13/2013

h) Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories?

I ride a big Harley if that counts. Been a professional (automotive powered race boat) hydroplane driver, motorcycle racer, skydiver, and scuba diver, just the normal stuff.

i) Do you have any pets?

No cats. I’ve had dogs all my life. My last beautiful little mongrel died on New Years day last year at almost nineteen years of age. She was my final pet.

j) Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

A friend and I formed a writer’s group in Huron County, Michigan a couple of years ago. We have close to fifty members now.

k) What age did you start writing stories/poems?

Fourth grade. The nun threatened to kick me out of school for writing a violent story. It was cowboys and Indians. What do you expect from a fourth grader? I was terrified but later I got even with her. I put her in one of my books and I made her… nice

l) Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?

My first two books, The Unreal McCoy and Turn Left at September are currently out of print but are both available for Kindle or Nook. The First Domino and Nightmare are available at Amazon.com or Barnes&Noble.com in both print and electronic formats.

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m) If you could meet one favorite author whom would it be and why?

Probably would have been Hemingway just to feel his presence.

n) If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?

On the shore of one of the Great Lakes and that is where I live. Lake Huron is right out my front window. Maybe someplace a bit warmer for a few weeks in the winter, but not too much. Snow has always been part of my life.

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o) What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Probably The Best Years of Our Lives, such a powerful story.

p) Where can readers find you and your blog?

I will soon be launching a new website but my blog is http://www.theunrealmccoy.com/

q) Do you have plans or ideas for your next book?

I’m working on one right now (Fool’s Gold) about millions of dollars worth of gold lost at the bottom of Lake Michigan by the Confederacy during the civil war. The truth of the legend is still under debate.

r) Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

Fear of failure.

Interview with Vicki Batman…

January 14, 2013
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I ask you to welcome Vicki Batman, author of delightful short stories. Hence the link with the word Proliferate – definition: to grow or increase in number rapidly. It seems Vicki has an abundance of stories to thrill her readers.

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a)  Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

I love all my babies; however, in one I sold to True Romance, the hero is Webber Whitlock whom the heroine calls Witless, but he is definitely not.

b)  Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?

I write contemporary romantic short fiction. However, I’ve written 3 books and sent them out to publishers.

c)  What do you enjoy most about writing?

Two parts: The rough draft where anything and everything goes and revising when I get a critique because it makes me better.

d)  Have you got a favorite place to write?

I write every day at my desk. It is a fun room with color and my covers on the walls. The window overlooks the porch where squirrels run by, lizards creep over the railing, and birdies play in the flowering quince. Really, quite lovely.

e)  Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?

Sorta both. Because I write romance, there’s a beginning, a black moment, and a happily ever after. What happens in between is the seat of the pants stuff.

f) What inspires your stories?

Usually, I hear a badabing! And the story takes off.

g)  What are you currently reading?

A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex who is a good friend.

h)  Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories?

My favorite story is about my mom and reading. When I was on summer break, my mom took us to the library every other week. Once, I took a tall stack to the check-out where the librarian said I couldn’t possibly have that many books, that I wouldn’t read them all. Any kind of reprimand paralyzed me. I turned away with a sob. My mom noticed and I explained. She marched me back to the desk and said to let me have them all. That I would read the books, probably twice, and my sisters’ as well. I did.

i)   Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have an eighteen year-old cat, Scootsie, and two year-old malti-poos, Champ and Jones.

j)  Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

I belong to several-RWA, the Dallas, Elements, and former WF chapter.

k)  What age did you start writing stories/poems?

I began writing poetry at age nine.

l)  Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?

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I have had 22 published stories, 14 in True Romance, True Love, and True Confessions. “I Believe” is at Noble Romance; “Store Wars” and “Twinkle Lights” at MuseItUp Publishing; “Man Theory and Other Stories” and “Little Birdie Who…and Other Stories” are indie published. All but the Trues are available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, the respective publishers, and Smashwords.com.

m) If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?

Dick Francis-simply because I love the way he writes. I actually met him at a book signing and he liked my last name.

n)  If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?

Right here. I like visiting other places a lot.

o)  What’s your favorite movie of all time?

ONE??? I like Rear Window, To Kill a Mockingbird, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Pride and Prejudice, Love Actually, Millions, Stalag 17, and every Thin Man.

p) Where can readers find you and your blog?

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Find me and my blogs at: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com Or at: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vicki-Batman-sassy-writer-of-sexy-and-funny-fiction/133506590074451?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vickibatman

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4814608.Vicki_Batman

Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/Vicki-Batman/e/B005AY5ZN8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1343929464&sr=1-2-ent

q)  Do you have plans or ideas for your next book?

I have lots on my computer to work on. Am finishing up a holiday story.

r) Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager? I have several: a couple of critique partners; Plotting Princesses, and some writer friends.

Thanks for a great interview, Vicki.

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