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Author Interview – P.D. Workman

April 2, 2019
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AuthorInterview

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What inspired your latest novel?

The first book in this new series, What the Cat Knew was actually inspired by a dream my husband had! I hadn’t written any paranormal before this, haven’t written any kind of fantasy for decades, and I decided to give it a try.

How did you come up with the title?

I brainstormed a number of ideas, checked to see how many were already in use, and tried them out on the cover to see how they looked. The “cat” themed title has carried through the first three books, I’m not sure whether it will carry through the rest of the series.

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

There are a number of messages in What the Cat Knew; that people should be what they are and pursue their natural talents; that things are not always as they appear; not to judge a book by its cover; that there are many different kinds of talents; and one that is fleshed out more in the next two books… the issue of consent.

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How much of the book is realistic?

These books are paranormal mystery, so there are witches, spiritual messages, other psychic phenomena and magical races. But it is a balancing act between the concrete, “real” world that Reg has always tried to survive in, and the new magical world she is just getting to know.

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

In some of my books, yes. In What the Cat Knew, there is not much that is pulled from my own experience.

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

You can find me on most social media with the name pdworkmanauthor.

https://www.facebook.com/pdworkmanauthor

https://www.instagram.com/pdworkmanauthor/

My website and blog is at pdworkman.com.

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

I have three books written in the Reg Rawlins, Psychic Detective series so far, and you can expect more after that. You can find out my plans for the rest of the year at https://pdworkman.com/upcoming-in-2019

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

I created this spin-off series from the Auntie Clem’s Bakery series because I liked Reg Rawlins so much and saw that she had a lot of potential as a character, so she is at the top of the list. But I also really enjoyed the psychic cat, Starlight, and Sarah, the feisty old witch. The villainous Corvin is a lot of fun to write and really rounds out the story and adds intrigue. In books two and three, I started to explore some other magical races and have had a lot of fun with Callie and Ruan.

Of all of the stories/series that I am working on right now, the character I think I am enjoying the most is Zachary Goldman.

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

I write crime fiction, but that has turned out to be quite a wide umbrella, ranging from suspense/thriller to P.I. mystery, to cozy mystery, and now paranormal cozy mystery. I have both young adult and adult books and series. They all tend to focus on outcasts, underdogs, and social issues.

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

For thirty years I only wrote seat-of-the-pants. I have been writing using mind-maps and outlines the last few years, but I still occasionally pants a novel here and there. Because I am writing a lot in series right now, the books tend to develop a general shape that is reflected in each book in the series, so there is less planning to do in the later books, and I am settling into a sort of minimalist outline plan right now.

What is your best marketing tip?

I struggle with marketing. It doesn’t come nearly as naturally as the writing itself. Learn from others, try new things, and be willing to stick with what works.

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

While I am in a number of writing groups, I tend to answer other people’s questions more than to write mine. It can be good entertainment, but I find it best not to spend too much time on social media.

OPTIONAL QUESTIONS

What do you enjoy most about writing?

I like to work out the emotions I am feeling and get my thoughts down on paper, to produce something that both entertains and makes people think. I love the creative process and sitting down and rereading my characters’ stories again and again.

What age did you start writing stories/poems?

I wrote my first novel-length fiction at age 12. I have always loved writing and making books and have some of the little construction-paper books that I stapled together written in scribbles before I could even read or write.

What genre are you currently reading?

I am reading a murder mystery right now. I read a lot of crime, with some YA, literary, and nonfiction thrown in.

Do you read for pleasure or research or both?

I read mostly for pleasure. I do a lot of research, but generally rely on articles and short non-fiction rather than novels. I don’t generally analyze the writing of the fiction books I am reading, though I do take note if there are things I particularly like or don’t like.

Do you see writing as a career?

I am hoping to make it my full-time career in the next couple of years. I currently work full-time hours at my writing business as well as at my day job.

Bio:

P.D. Workman was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. She writes riveting young adult and mystery/suspense books dealing with mental illness, addiction, abuse, and other social issues. She has won several literary awards from Library Services for Youth in Custody for her young adult fiction. She currently has over 30 published titles and can be found at pdworkman.com. She has been married for 25 years and has one son.

 

 

 

Special Author Interview – Autumn Lindsey

March 9, 2019
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Autumn

-What inspired your latest novel?

Before Remaining Aileen was, Remaining Aileen the novel, she was an idea I had for a screenplay. A few years back, around 2014 I had this super vivid vision of a young mom, who was on a plane that was falling from the sky. All hope is lost. Her thoughts revolve around never seeing her children, or husband again, and the devastating reality that she is going to die. Until she wakes up, alive, completely unharmed- or so it appears.

This scene became the inciting incident that would propel Aileen along her journey, as well as what started me down my path of becoming a writer.

At the suggestion of my amazing husband, Aileen became a novel instead of a screenplay, and now she is about to be released into the world and I truly still, cannot believe it. Fun fact, my very first title idea was Vampire Mom, and it was going to be this light-hearted story of a mom who becomes a vampire, until I realized just how HARD it would be to actually try and be a mom and a vampire. While I do keep some light-heartedness in the story, it did end up taking a bit of a darker/ more emotional turn (which I am so excited about) than I originally was planning. But if there is one thing I have learned about writing stories, is that they seem to tell you what they want to be regardless of your original intentions. It’s best to just see where it takes you sometimes!

How did you come up with the title?

My first idea for a title for this book was Vampire Mom, but as the story unfolded it just didn’t fit anymore. My main character Aileen really struggles with her new “life” as a vampire and does all she can to try and make her new life fit back with in her old one. So Remaining Aileen felt a little more descriptive of her goal and struggle within the story. 

How much of the book is realistic?

In many ways Aileen’s story into motherhood is based on my own inner struggles I went through while learning how to be a mom, but overall, this being a vampire story, it’s not exactly realistic.  

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

I think my characters are all inspired in some way by either people I know, have known, or maybe would like to know! But no one character is based on anyone specific.

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

You can find me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/heylindseys Instagram: www.instagram.com/heylindseys Facebook: www.facebook.com/heylindseys

My website is www.autumnlindsey.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18940081.Autumn_Lindsey 

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

I do have plans for a sequel for Remaining Aileen, Aileen still has a way to go in her story and I’m excited to share the rest of it when the time comes!

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

One of favorite character’s ended up being Ana, Aileen’s Mother-in-Law. There is just something about her bulldog “don’t mess with me or my family” attitude that I deeply admire. Ana would do anything for the ones she loves.

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

I really enjoy writing within the speculative/paranormal realm of things. While Remaining Aileen is Women’s Fiction I prefer to add a speculative twist to it rather than normal/real-life type things.

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

I plan my stories. I need to have a clear vision for what my beginning, middle, and end will be before I dive in and write.

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What is your best marketing tip?

I am so new to the world of marketing, so far, I don’t have enough experience to give any tips but if I end up with any I will gladly share!  

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

I find social media to be more of a tool than a hindrance for me. It’s where I have found my support network for my writing, as well as a place I can connect with readers. I have made some really amazing writer friends through my social media platforms.   

OPTIONAL QUESTIONS

What do you enjoy most about writing?

What I enjoy most about writing is when you get that initial idea. The spark. That single immeasurable moment where what did not exist now exists and it’s such a great feeling. My next favorite moment is writing the words “The End”. I’ve never felt more accomplished then writing those two words at the end of my first finished draft.  

What age did you start writing stories/poems?

I was 28.

Where is your favorite writing space?

My favorite place to write is my white oak desk my husband crafted for me. We hand selected each board that went into it together, and the fact he made it for me makes it so special.

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

I started my own writing group of sorts called Writer Moms Inc., a support group for mom writers on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. While Writer Moms Inc. mostly holds an online presence, I do try my best to meet up with my local writer mom friends and chat about all things writing and mom life, as well as encourage the members of WMI to do the same where they live!   

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

I have two authors actually I would love to meet, share a cup of tea with and chat about writing and life. The first is Anne Rice, because well, she’s Anne Rice! I really feel like her vampire stories were the precursor to many of the vampire fiction/movies/TV I love to watch.

I would also love to meet Stephanie Meyer. My whole inspiration for becoming a writer was because of reading Twilight, so I would love to have the chance to meet her in person and gush all about how amazing she is and how grateful I am that she put her stories out into the world.  

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

I actually quite love where I currently live, in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada range, however, I really love the Pacific North West so if I could live anywhere I might head up north!

-Do you see writing as a career? 

I would really like being a published author to become my career. After Remaining Aileen, I will have her sequel to write, and then I have a few other novel ideas floating around I’d love to develop and publish.

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

I don’t tend to eat while writing, but coffee or tea is a must!

-What reward do you give yourself for making a deadline?

Usually, my rewards for reaching deadlines, or completing drafts is to stay up at late as I want catching up on all the Netflix I missed while writing!

Here is a link to preorders!https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PFMSGDK/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=remaining+Aileen&qid=1551971606&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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