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Author Interview – Yvonne Rediger

January 22, 2019
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Yvonne Rediger

What inspired your latest novel?

Death and Cupcakes is a combination of cozy mystery, with a touch of romance, humour and yep, baking.                                        

How did you come up with the title?

Death and Cupcakes just came to me when I was writing Jane Westcott’s background.

Death and Cupcakes

Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, don’t wait for happiness to come to you. No one is going to give it to you, so take charge of your life, and find it. And, don’t let your past haunt you.

How much of the book is realistic?

There really is a Musgrave Landing on Salt Spring Island. However, the place only has a handful of homes and a boat dock, but no ferry. The geography is correct, and we do have many small towns and villages serviced by ferries which also have a cafe located close to the wharf.

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

No, my characters are made up, although I will use a name from a friend or family member. In this novel, the female RCMP officer in Death and Cupcakes is a composite of several officers I’ve met in Duncan, at Coffee with a Cop and my great aunt, who passed away a short while ago. Auntie Lea rode a Honda Gold Wing, could handle a snow machine. She ran the farm, raised a family, and had a big heart. I always told her I wanted to grow up to be just like her.

Where can readers find you on social media and do you have a blog?

I have a Facebook Author and website, and am active on social media.

Website: http:/www.yvonnerediger.com

Facebook Page: Yvonne Rediger – Author

Twitter: @blackyvy, Instagram: @blackyvy50

Do you have plans or ideas for your next book? Is it a sequel or a stand alone?

Certainly, Death and Cupcakes is book one of the Musgrave Landing Mysteries. Book two is my work in progress, Fun with Funerals.

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

Arlie Birch is my favorite character in this novel. He is over sixty-five and says and does exactly as he pleases, so he adds humor to the book. He also has a heart of gold.

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

I write another series, VIC Shapeshifters, Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance set on Vancouver Island. These books also have a mystery element as well as magic and romance. Hell Cat is book two of this series and was just released in December too, just after Death and Cupcakes. It starts out in Edmonton and ends up on Vancouver Island.

Trusting the Wolf, book three is set to release in summer of 2019.

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

I am a planner/pantser. Once I have the outline completed and broken down into the chapters, I am off and running. Sometimes a better idea will come along and I will go back to the beginning of the novel to incorporate it.

What is your best marketing tip?

Youtube book trailers. I made one for each new book which was released in December.

Hell Cat – https://youtu.be/EDjWI5i-UTw

Death and Cupcakes – https://youtu.be/CRPWtaso8ac

Not only were these fun to create, but now I have a succinct method of sharing the gist of the stories on different platforms.

Do you find social media a great tool or a hindrance?

Social media can be both. I don’t blog more than once or twice a month. I don’t seem to find the time. Snippets from the books, release dates, and fun stuff are found mostly on my Facebook Author page.

OPTIONAL QUESTIONS

What do you enjoy most about writing?

The puzzle solving. Characters and plot, making all the pieces fit together.

What age did you start writing stories/poems?

I wrote my first fan fiction short stories when I was eleven. Star Trek was a favourite.

Has your genre changed or stayed the same?

I keep adding new ones. I started writing romance, then paranormal and urban fantasy. Later, romantic suspense and now cozy mysteries.

What genre are you currently reading?

Tanya Huff, A Peace Divided

Do you read for pleasure or research or both?

Both, I love learning new things, especially history or the origin of a subject. If it’s wrapped in a good story, all the better.

Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

My biggest supporters are my husband and children and their spouses. My daughter, her husband, and my son have provided background detail in a number of books with regard to their expertise. My daughter-in-law actually painted the cover for Hell Cat. My sister is the creator of the cozy art in the book trailers. The rest of my family is always supportive too.

As for mentors, I have many wonderful people in my writing and author groups who are generous with their time and advice. I’ve also learned a lot from some great editors.

Where is your favorite writing space?

In winter, I have a wicker rocking chair and ottoman in the dining room facing a big window which overlooks the mountains. In summer, my backyard patio is my favourite.

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

Yes, VIRA on Vancouver Island, we have over sixty members and meet monthly. Each September we put on a full day workshop with an invited facilitator. We’ve had Shannon Mayer, Susan Wiggs, this year, Eileen Cook. I am also a member of several groups on Facebook. I also help out at the Cowichan Valley Writers, for new writers, by sharing my experience and teach a workshop or two.

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

Linwood Barclay, I love his sense of humor. I’ve used GoodReads Ask the Author, to ask him questions and permission to use his name in Death and Cupcakes. He agreed and was very supportive.

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

Right where I am.

Do you see writing as a career?

I’ve been full time at it since 2015, written six books in that time. Four are published, two more coming this year.

Do you nibble as you write? If so what’s your favorite snack food?

Nope, even my coffee gets cold when I’m writing. Now when I’m editing, that is a whole other thing. Cookies, I am a sucker for homemade cookies.

What reward do you give yourself for making a deadline?

Dinner out at one of our favorite restaurants, like The Shipyard, Friday night, because there is live music and dancing after dinner.

Thank you for having guest on your blog Mandy!

More books from Yvonne.

 

Anne Francis Scott – An Interview…

October 31, 2015
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Anne Francis Scott

What inspired you to write your first book? 

Reading. I truly believe that my love for escaping to worlds within the pages of a book was with me long before I was born. Always, even at an early age, when I read a story that let me daydream long after I’d turned the last page, I would think, One day, I want to do this. I want to write stories that will take people to other places and leave them there for a while.

How did you come up with the title? 

Lost Girl. Yes, I know about the television series, although I’ve never watched it, and there are other books with the same title. But for me, there was no alternative that would portray the theme of the story. Lost Girl is the first in The Lost Trilogy – Paranormal Mysteries. The titles for the second- and third book, Lost Souls and Lost Time, are also a strong mirror into the themes of those stories.

LOST GIRL-Amazon

Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)?

Lost Girl is my first published novel and is a Readers’ Favorite Book Award Finalist in Paranormal Fiction. I’ve written just one novel prior to that, Welcome to Storyville.  Little more to say about the first attempt, other than it wasn’t fit for publication! First books rarely are. I’m very proud, though, that my second was an award finalist!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes. But if I tell you, I’ll have to kill you. Just kidding . . .Emotes-face-smile-icon

Seriously? I know that other readers have come away with the same message that hit home for me. That said, I think the conclusion a reader finds at the end of a story depends on where he or she is emotionally at that particular time of life. It’s all about personal connections. So I’d rather not give any preconceived notions here.

How much of the book is realistic? 

Hmm . . .

To tell, or not to tell. That is the question.

Well. I came out of what I call the “paranormal closet” a while back, so I guess I can spill the beans here, too.

My mother was a strong psychic, mostly precognition and visions. I’m not sure from what side of her family she inherited those abilities, because she never shared. She grew up in a time when you just didn’t talk openly about “those things.”

So you’re probably wondering how I know my mother was psychic, if she never breathed a word of it, at least to me. The answer is that I was born with similar abilities. I have vivid memories of a time when, even before I could walk or speak anything other than gibberish, what I suppose you’d call the pre-toddler stage, I would look at my mother and just know the gist of what was on her mind. And she knew that I knew.

Sometimes this knowing about certain things hits me from out of the blue. By the way, that knowing once saved me from having what probably would have been a nasty accident. Other times, the visions come. I suppose the best way to describe those are to say that it’s something akin to having a scene flash before my eyes, followed by the understanding of what it is I just witnessed, even though that particular event probably hasn’t happened yet.

Then there are the ghosts. Yes, I believe in ghosts, because I’ve seen them, heard them, and have shared a house with them.

If you’re curious about any of my personal, paranormal experiences, I talk about some of them here with Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast:

https://youtu.be/o64iW2O_WiY

Much thanks to Mandy for letting me ramble. Now I’ll get back to her question that asks how much of my book is realistic. Without giving away any spoilers, I can say that in Lost Girl, there is a plausible, horrendous crime. Into that mystery, I weave paranormal occurrences based on my own experiences. There is a psychic whose visions help us follow the decades-old, twisted trail of that crime. And ghosts. There are always ghosts . . .

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I see a bit of myself in each of my characters, even the males, or the bad guys. If a writer is doing her job, she can’t avoid that, because to create realistic emotions and mannerisms, we have to delve deep into what and who we are as a person, and as a race.

Enough said. Emotes-face-smile-icon

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

Without a doubt, my favorite is Toni Harper, a reporter for the Dawson Times. She’s intuitive and overly curious—traits you’d expect from someone in her profession—with a sarcastic humor that pops in at the oddest times and keeps me snickering at the keyboard.

Toni is conflicted, though. She doesn’t like emotional roller coasters so insists on steering clear of a love relationship with the local sheriff. The problem there is that she can’t quite give him up. It’s an ongoing battle with her.

Maybe I should explain a bit about the “roller coaster.” The sheriff deals in facts, physical evidence. He doesn’t believe in the so-called paranormal garbage that stalks Toni like the plague. Toni thinks he’s a mule in sheriff’s clothing. He never takes the blinders off to see past his tidy black-and-white world.

Are you getting the pattern here? It’s called mile-wide stubborn streak. For both of them.

Toni isn’t sure whether fate or just plain, bad luck is the culprit behind tossing the otherworldly business across her path. Although, one thing she can always count on is the deadly intent attached to said “business.”

Her method for staying alive?  Simple. She never backs down.

That’s my kind of character!

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

In Lost Girl, no. Due to an unavoidable family crisis that took precedence over my writing, Lost Souls, the second in the trilogy, has been overlong in the making. That’s about the only thing I’d change, if I could—the time between releases.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

Thanks so much for your patience and your continued enthusiasm in my writing. The worlds I create are nothing without you.

At the time of this writing, most who follow my work know that I’ll be announcing a publication date for Lost Souls soon, along with offering an added bonus. If I’m a new author for you, please join me on my Facebook author page and personal timeline.

I’d also like to mention that I’m super excited about my updated website that’s coming down the pike, probably about the time this interview posts to Ms. Barnett’s blog. The new site will be my special paranormal corner of the Net. There will be a page dedicated to paranormal investigations, along with some interesting features for both readers and writers. Just look me up at www.annefrancisscott.com. Hope to see you there!

What do you enjoy most about writing?

Escaping into a world that I create, the challenge of reaching deep enough into myself to make the stories and characters as real as they can possibly be, and then having the story take off in its own direction. Good times for me are when things get spooky. I love going down the woo-woo trail!

What age did you start writing stories/poems?

As soon as I learned to spell and could pick up a pencil. Some of my earliest work found its way into homemade Fathers Day cards. Quirky crayon drawings on a folded sheet of paper, with funny poems inside that I wrote especially for my dad. They always made him smile.

What is your favorite part/chapter of your book/project?

In Lost Girl, I’m partial to the scene where my lead character, Allison Weathers, reaches a pivotal point in her life by realizing that she can see and talk to the dead. This from a woman who doesn’t believe in ghosts. Talk about a revelation!

In Lost Souls, one scene that I particularly enjoyed writing is when Toni Harper (yep, my favorite character, who holds the lead in this story!) begins to experience latent psychic abilities. This gift—or curse, as she views it—is brought on by the head trauma she suffers in an accident that nearly claims her life. The simple act of touching a photograph spirals Toni into a vision, whisking her back to the place where we first see her as the story begins.

If you’d like to read this scene, I posted it here on Facebook: Lost Souls Excerpt

What is your favourite theme/genre to write?

I’m open to any genre that catches my interest, as long as I can weave in the paranormal.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I don’t think so. I like to keep an open mind. Otherwise, I might not catch the ideas that are floating around out there in the ether and waiting for me to snatch them.

What book are you reading now?

I just finished “The Last Town,” book three of The Wayward Pines Trilogy by Blake Crouch. I’ve been a Crouch fan for a while now. Some elements of his storytelling remind me of earlier works by Stephen King, and I think everyone can appreciate the special way King has of letting his characters spin the story.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? 

April White and E.E. Holmes, both YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy. These ladies are extremely talented. Their characters and plots are highly developed, stories adults will also appreciate. I look forward to reading more of their work!

Recently, I’ve stepped outside the paranormal genre to experience other authors. Here are some I’ve enjoyed, in no particular order: Max Power, Rhoda D’Ettore, Tom Benson, Silas Payton, and Lesley Hayes.

Do you see writing as a career? 

Absolutely. I worked for years in others industries—financial, music recording and production. I’ve even owned a small ceramic manufacturing business that supplied finished products to stores in the malls. Guess you could say I ran the gamut. Now it’s time for me to insist on doing what I love for a living.

I’m hoping the angel on my shoulder agrees!

Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories?

Not really. I talked about my “special gift” in answer to a previous question here: How much of the book is realistic?

Some may think that qualifies as “odd,” but for me, it’s normal.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Dreaming up new stories and writing. Maybe on the deck of a lake house somewhere in the mountains. That would be nice!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

The halfway point in a story. For whatever reason, I always hit a slump there and have to battle my way through the lag. Another challenge is portraying the scenes in a way that lets the words flow, making the writing seem effortless to the reader. If the story reads smoothly, you can bet it was hard work!

Have you ever hated something you wrote?

Never. Writing is a learning experience, always evolving, always improving. I can only grow as an author if I learn from what came before.

What book do you wish you had written?

Too many to name here, but I’ll list a few.

Any one of the Harry Potter novels, the entire series would be even better. Love, love the fantasy world created there by J.K. Rowling.

Another coveted story is Salem’s Lot by the infamous Stephen King. The man knows his spooky business!

Then I have to add the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning—dark urban fantasy that will set your teeth on edge.

What is your best marketing tip?

Marketing . . . Ah, yes. Most authors will tell you they’d rather be writing. Promotion is a necessary evil, though. I’d like to share a quote here that I keep in the back of my head. When I first read this, I laughed, even as I saw the truth behind the words.

“He who has a thing to sell and goes and whispers in a well is not as apt to get the dollars as he who climbs a tree and hollers.” – Anonymous

I’ve seen the best results from word of mouth, along with having professional book covers that strongly reflect the stories and the genre. I’m also a firm believer in networking with other authors, to discover what works for them and to offer my own ideas.

What genre is your next project? What is it about?

After Lost Souls, I’ll be working on a short story contribution for a charity driven anthology. I have just the draft of an idea there but can assure you that the paranormal will make an appearance. Then it’s on to completing Lost Time. From there, I’m treading into dark urban fantasy, where I’m betting the otherworldly and some romance elements will sneak in!

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

Lost Souls, the second in The Lost Trilogy. To avoid any spoilers, here’s a teaser I wrote that I think sums the lead character’s dilemma:

What will you do if—

Shadows begin following you.

A dark, evil thing develops a taste for you.

The reality you think you know is skipping into the Twilight Zone.

And your only hope of survival rests with the ghost of a long-dead witch.

Rule #1: Never—NEVER—leave your mind unguarded.

Sleep is no cure for a nightmare . . .

How do we find your books, blog and bio?

Just click on any link below to visit me!

Amazon Author Page

Facebook Author Page

Facebook Personal Timeline

Website

Twitter

An Interview with Craig Boyack…

April 9, 2015
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Boyack

What inspired you to write your first book?

I started writing in the 1980s, but gave it up for family and fun. Then I got bored one winter, at 48 years of age, plus I had technology that surpassed anything in the 1980s. This one is a trunk novel today. It was a western steampunk story with ice age mammals running around.

My newest book is called Will O’ the Wisp. It’s the story of a teenage girl coming face to face with an ancient family curse.

WillOWisp

How did you come up with the title?

Will O’ the Wisp is a natural phenomenon, that has become a cryptid. It is a mysterious floating light. People all over the world made up legends about them, so I did too.

Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)?

My first two novels are trunk novels that nobody will ever see. I have five books available on Amazon.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I can firmly answer no. I read to escape, and believe there are others out there like me. My stories are pure entertainment.

How much of the book is realistic?

The story takes place in the 1970s, and I went to great lengths to make sure it was an accurate reflection. (Anyone remember Quisp cereal, Montgomery Wards, International Harvester?) my main character, Patty, is fifteen. She has a love/hate relationship with her mother. She also has to face a few teenage coming of age moments. That part is realistic.

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

They are not. I created the characters and tried to really get into them.

Arson

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I’m sure every author would. I believe there is a time to stop picking at it and set it free. I’m very happy with this story, and the reviewers appear to be too.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

This story is suitable for young adults. Not all of my tales are, but your own teenagers can enjoy this one too.

Panama

What is your favorite part/chapter of your book/project?

I’m really happy with the climax in this one. It stitched together some supernatural elements with a coming of age moment and a big dose of fear. It just worked out really well.

What is your favorite theme/genre to write?

I write speculative fiction, and don’t limit myself to one corner. My stories are science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. Will O’ the Wisp is a paranormal story.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

We never really think about it, but if a topic doesn’t interest me I won’t force a story. There are too many things that do interest me to worry about it.

Wild Concept

What book are you reading now?

As I type this, I’m between books. I have Beginning of a Hero, by Charles Yallowitz up next on my iPad. I may start it by the time this posts. I just finished Maplecroft by Cheri Priest.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Yes, and I’m loathe to name names. If I forget someone, I’ll hurt someone’s feelings. These are all indie authors, and I’m really cheering for them.

Do you see writing as a career?

In some kind of dream world, sure. The realities of the 21st Century are that I have a full time job. An FTJ with paid vacation, insurance, and retirement.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Hopefully, continuing to do the things I love. At 64 I expect to still be working, and putting out books.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

There is a huge learning curve here. I learn and adapt, just like anyone else. It’s part of what appeals to me about writing. Perfection cannot be attained, only improvement.

Have you ever hated something you wrote?

No. I like everything I’ve ever written. I’m a better writer today than I once was, but I still like my characters and stories.

What book do you wish you had written?

Jurassic Park.

What is your best marketing tip?

I wish I had one. Marketing is just so foreign to me. I think the best thing I can do is to write my next book. There is stability in volume, provided the product is good.

What genre is your next project? What is it about?

My next book is another paranormal piece with science fiction spicing. It’s about social media gone horribly wrong.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

I released Will O’ the Wisp yesterday, (as I’m typing this out). I’d rather focus on that. I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written so far. I’d really appreciate it if your readers would check it out.

How do we find your books, blog and bio?

Follow my blog: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

Check out my novels here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00ILXBXUY

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Virgilante

On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9841203.C_S_Boyack

Will O’ the Wisp can be found at these sites:

Northern American Continent http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00UPH6BNS

Rest of the world http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00UQNDT2C

Thank you for the invitation, Mandy. It was a pleasure answering your questions. I’ll make sure to surf back through and participate in the comments.

Karen Magill Return Interview…

February 19, 2015
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Karen McGill

What inspired you to write this book?

I have had multiple sclerosis since June of 2000. It took me thirteen years, but I got rid of my cane in 2013 and I thought it was time for people to hear my story. Maybe I’ll be able to help someone.

How did you come up with the title?

On the Right Side

I believe that as long as you aren’t six feet under, you are on the right side and anything is possible. The title is On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success.

Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)?

This was my fourth published book, I have five books available. The other four are fiction.

Missing flowersmystique risingThe BondA Little Poison

 

 

 

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

People are stronger than we think and we can conquer most anything. We are not victims.

How much of the book is realistic?

The entire book!

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Since this is nonfiction, the whole thing is based on my life.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I don’t think I would change anything in it.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

On The Right Side is an inspiring story

What is your favorite part/chapter of your book/project?

That would have to be the poem at the end. There is a special story to it but you have to read the book to find out! LOL

What is your favorite theme/genre to write?

I enjoy writing paranormal, exploring the unexplainable.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t write on. If I get inspired, I will write on the topic.

What book are you reading now?

The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane and Set Your Voice Free by Roger Love.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Unfortunately, for the last few months, I have been buried in technical books and working on speeches. I haven’t had the time to explore any fiction or new writers.

Do you see writing as a career?

Most definitely!

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself as a highly successful motivational speaker with both nonfiction and fiction books available and selling well.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Getting started! I have tons of ideas but getting them on paper is sometimes difficult.

Have you ever hated something you wrote?

No, I have abandoned many projects, but I have never hated anything. They are all a part of me and to hate them would be to hate myself.

What book do you wish you had written?

I can’t think of any. Not to say that I don’t admire other works because I do but they are part of that writer, not me.

What is your best marketing tip?

Keep an open mind. What works for someone may not work for you and often the thing that worked for you in the past may not work again. And don’t give up.

What genre is your next project? What is it about?

Presently, I am working on speaking career and investigating other markets for On The Right Side.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

I am not working on one at the moment though I am playing with ideas for the third in the Julie/Santoro (Missing Flowers, A Little Poison) series.

How do we find your books, blog and bio?

www.karenmagill.com

Vancouver Vagabond blog: http://karen-magill.blogspot.com

Twitter: @KarenMagill https://twitter.com/KarenMagill

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6436248.Karen_Magill

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KarenMagill/posts/p/pub

Face book: http://goo.gl/1VL3f

FB Fan page: http://goo.gl/ulvSy

Author/Speaker fan page: http://goo.gl/SjnsrW

On The Right Side group: http://goo.gl/LWZKme

Amazon page: http://goo.gl/0LrRK

Karen’s last interview with me -https://mandyevebarnett.com/2013/01/13/interview-with-karen-magill/

 

 

 

 

 

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