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Hello everyone!
I have had the pleasure of chatting with fellow author, Cassidy Taylor about her writing experiences. And –– as we all learn from our own and others personal narrative, I hope you will all enjoy and learn as much I did when asking these questions. With out further delay –– I introduce to you Cassidy Taylor.

 

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Lets start off with you telling us a bit about yourself and how you got into this business of writing books?

I was one of those kids that was always writing, but I never thought of writing as a “real” profession. I studied in the Creative Writing program at UNC, but when I graduated, I got a job, got married, and had two kids before I returned to writing. I finished the first-draft of what will become my first novel during NaNoWriMo 2015, and connected with my publisher, Fantasy Works, through #Pit2Pub in early 2016.

I see on your website http://cassidytaylor.net that you have a new book, The Runaway Queen coming out soon! This line from your synopsis has me totally hooked…

With danger lurking around every corner, Ruby must summon the courage to face her enemies and fight for a throne she never wanted, a king she doesn’t know, and the queen she never knew lived inside of her.

Can you tell us a little more about the story? A sneak peak at the cover perhaps?

The Runaway Queen is the first in a series titled The Mondragon Chronicles. The cover is still in the works, but that line really sums it up. Ruby Mondragon is a young girl thrust into a position of power that everyone else wants but she fears. The story follows her as she decides whether to give up or to stand up and fight.

Do you have any favorite authors or books? Have they influenced your writing in anyway?

I feel like everything I read makes me a better writer. I grew up with Harry Potter, and would say that those books have been the most inspiring. I also love anything by Marie Lu and Alexandra Bracken.

I love to ask this question. If your book became a movie, who would you choose as the main cast?

Although I’m a visual person, I’m not a big movie buff and don’t know a lot of actors. On my Pinterest board, I did find inspiration for Ruby in the model Alia Jolie, and for Aodhan in actor Luke Pasqualino. You can find my Pinspiration board here: http://pin.it/RJ7SdB4

Much of my everyday experiences make it into my writing. Can you share a tidbit of your fictional writing that’s actually a real part of your experiences?http___www.pixteller.com_pdata_t_l-480709

To answer this one with a question of my own, who hasn’t wanted to run away from their responsibilities and hide in the mountains with a handsome king?

Have can people discover more about you and your work?

Website: http://cassidytaylor.net (join my newsletter!)
Blog: http://cassidytaylor.net
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassidytaylorauthor
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassidy_writes
Instagram: http://instagram.com/cassidy_writes
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4883579-cassidy

Whether you are traditionally published, self-published, or somewhere in-between marketing your work can be a challenge. What marketing strategy has worked well for you?

http___www.pixteller.com_pdata_t_l-480692I haven’t had much to market yet, but I’ve been working on building relationships with readers and other authors. I try to be genuine and available across all platforms, and look forward to seeing how this translates once my book is out.

Who have been your biggest supporters in your writing endeavors? Go ahead, give them a shout out!

My parents! I have two kids and a full-time job, so my mom has started taking the kids for a few hours on Sundays to give me a good solid chunk of writing time. And my six-year-old daughter is my biggest cheerleader. She’s always asking about my word count, and is equally as excited whether I wrote 250 or 2,500.

From what I can see you have one book out and another on the way. Can we expect more books in the future? Will you stay writing in the same genre or try something new?

The Mondragon Chronicles is planned as a trilogy right now, so that will be on my plate for a while. After that, I have a couple of YA dystopian ideas, and a sci-fi story that have been trying to get my attention for a while. Only time will tell!

 

It’s my pleasure to introduce to you a writer and teacher, Kim E. Morgan!

So, Kim, tell us a bit about the writing workshops you lead? I know there are a few different types.

Kim white borderThank you so much for the invitation to talk about my work. I love to talk shop about all things writing.

As an adjunct of North Idaho College, I teach creative nonfiction and plan to offer courses in self-publishing. My teaching and life philosophy is that we are all born storytellers. We move, we breathe, we live. We express ourselves with stories. My foundation for creative writing includes these three practices: the practice of memory, imagination, and compassion.

Soon, I plan to develop online courses for writers aspiring to publish their work, using my website as the platform for these mini-lessons. I also offer free courses through the Community Library Network in my area, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

 

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“Write Now!” – a series of Literary Workshops

Writing by the Lake – Writing from Your Core

Finding Ancestors – Our Ancestors, Our Stories

Writing for Keeps – Creative Nonfiction

Is there a link to where a person could enroll in one of your workshops?

My website is the hub of all information like that, at www.kimemorgan.com. I would recommend those interested, to contact me or join my newsletter for updates on the availability of courses.

You’ve mentioned to me that you have a fiction book coming out soon! Congratulations! Can you give us a short synopsis? Where can readers buy it?

Redemption2June 2216. Fifteen-year-old Marie-Joëlle Peone faces the greatest challenge of her life when she defies the corrupt world of Global Advanced Programs. She doesn’t know that GAP controls her fate in ways she can’t possibly imagine. What Jo does know will test the very fiber of her existence.

Jo Peone can’t remember her life before the visions. She grew up in a world of half-truths, but somehow knows she caused her parent’s separation. Her father calls her a Spiritkeeper, but she doesn’t know what that means.

​She’s angry, defiant and out for revenge in the world of 2216, a world where she doesn’t belong and everything she knows turns out to be a lie.
​But Jo’s life is about to change. Recurring migraines trigger her visions with greater frequency. Her psychic ability readily develops beyond her control, and the visions become otherworldly.

As she exposes her parents’ deception, Jo finds herself drawn into a diabolical conspiracy involving a shadowy group and the atrocities of Jove’s science. Her power increases, but forces her to decide who will live or die. In the end, the final betrayal could shatter Jo irreversibly. The final hour leaves her at the mercy of 2216 science and the elusive Jove.

You can find in on Amazon at https://goo.gl/PI18g8

I see you have one non-fiction book published. What inspired you to switch to fiction?

I teach writers to explore topics they feel inspired to write, as I often do. I’ve tried my hand at poetry and academic writing as well, some of which has been published and won awards. But all my life I’ve longed to write and publish fiction. And here I am! JOVE’S LEGACY is hot off the presses! Dreams do come true.

I’m always curious of how much of an author’s real life makes it into their fiction books. Are any of your characters based on real people?

I suspect all of the characters in JOVE’S LEGACY reflect something or someone in my unconscious mind. My main character, Marie-Joëlle, is the projection of my true self in her quest for redemption. She is my voice in many ways, speaking truths, as I never could.

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The giant learning curve to self-publishing, marketing, and selling books! My enormous respect for indie writers has increased with each challenge I meet along the way.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Website: http://www.kimemorgan.com/

My Blog is my Journal: http://kimemorgan3.blogspot.com/

Friends Facebook: https: http://www.facebook.co/kimemorgan3

Author Facebook: https: http://www.facebook.com/authorkimemorgan/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kimemorgan3

Did you always dream of being a writer? Tell us about some of the other things you’ve done.

Yes, I’ve dreamed of being a writer since I was thirteen years old. But there have been many things I’ve done before I became one. I think my greatest accomplishment so far is motherhood. My two sons make me very proud. I’ve even used our conversations together, from the dinner table, as dialogue in JOVE’S LEGACY. My thirty-two years of marriage to my husband, John, is also outrageously amazing. I never could have done so much without him.John and Kim Morgan

Rounding out the list of my very full life: I’ve worked with incredible people on empowering-charitable projects, worked in finance, and hold a career as a professor at two post-secondary institutions… and somehow have managed to write a book.

Can you tell us about one of your favorite books/authors? What do you like about their work? Does it influence the way you write?

I lean toward the modernist writers, particularly Flannery O’Connor, John Steinbeck, T.S. Eliot, and William Faulkner. Given the wide-range of literature I’ve taught, these and others influence my writing. However, I love commercial fiction. I stumbled on Steve Berry and bought every one of his books. Go figure. At the risk of dating myself, I ravenously read historical fiction, before it was even a genre in the early ’70’s! I thrived on history and Christian scholarship, but give me a steamy romance any day. Outlander, well, that says it all. I’m hooked forever on Jaime and Claire.

Last but not least… give us your favorite quote from your upcoming book!

“Rage is a granite wall we hide behind; crack the stone and light emerges.
––– Jo Peone, JOVE’S LEGACY

 

It is my pleasure to introduce you all to Catherine Armstrong, author of the Historical Fiction novel The Edge of Nowhere.

So tell us Catherine, is this a first novel for you or have you written others?

The Edge of Nowhere is not only my first, but my first strong attempt at fiction. Though I’ve written for years, I wasn’t sure I had the imagination to write fiction. And then this story got stuck in my head and wouldn’t leave. Since then, I’ve written a YA novel and have started three other novels that are in various stages of completion.

C.H.ArmstrongI’ve always found Historical fiction fascinating. My favourite title in this genre is The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. Did you find that writing a fiction book that stayed true to historical events difficult? How did you do most of your research?

LOVE that book! In the United States, it’s sold under the title of Someone Knows My Name! But to answer your question, staying true to the historical events depicted in The Edge of Nowhere was fairly easy for me for two reasons: First, because the Dust Bowl lasted a full ten years, so there was a fluidity of timeline to work with. Second, because I grew up on the stories of hardships from this era. While it’s a work of fiction, The Edge of Nowhere was actually inspired by my own family’s struggles during this time, so I grew up hearing about the poverty and sacrifices. As a result many of the events depicted actually happened either to someone in my own family, or to another. I think the fun thing for readers will be trying to discover which elements of the story are fact-based, and which are a product of my imagination. And, frankly, some of the answers may surprise them.

Your book cover is very nice. Can you tell us a bit about who designed it and why you chose those images?

Thank you – I admit that I’m really happy with it! The cover was designed by Steven Novak, of Novak Illustration, and was a combined effort of the design artist, my publisher and myself. The inspiration, though, definitely came from the artist. The two things I love best about it are the background and the woman. If you’ll notice, behind the woman on the front cover is a background image that depicts the devastation of the era. Everything you see is a landscape covered several feet deep in dust and dirt, which is very true to the history of the era. The dust storms would sweep in and cover everything in dirt, much like a Minnesota snowstorm buries the landscape in snow. It was very similar, and that’s really what the main character does – constantly. As soon as Victoria overcomes one battle, she has to gear up for another. I love that we were able to find an image of a woman whose entire demeanor says, “Give me a second to regroup, then come at me! I dare you!” Incidentally, the main character was loosely based on my own grandmother, and I guarantee that’s exactly what she would’ve said: “Come at me – I dare you!” She was a strong woman who backed down for nobody.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: www.charmstrongbooks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/catherinehedrickarmstrong
Twitter: @C_H_Armstrong
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charmstrongbooks

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ch_armstrong/

Amazon Author Page: Coming soon
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+CHArmstrongbooks/posts

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14251172.C_H_Armstrong

Did you always dream of becoming a writer? How you pursued other careers in the past?

Yes. I’ve always written because it’s always been the one thing I felt accomplished at doing. With that said, though, I always thought my first book would be a work of non-fiction because, until recently, it was what I mostly wrote.

I have a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and have almost always pursued jobs related to writing. I’ve been fortunate to stay home to raise my children these last 19 years, but I’ve used that time writing for non-profits and charities, and most recently for a local magazine.

Give us a quick synopsis on your upcoming novel The Edge of Nowhere.

The Edge of Nowhere is based during the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl and tells the story of a young woman’s struggle – first as an orphan and then after the death of her husband. The Dust Bowl and The Great Depression have just begun to gear up when Victoria’s husband dies, leaving her with a farm that cannot produce, a mortgage she cannot pay, and nine children she cannot feed. To provide for her family, she does (arguably) reprehensible acts in order to secure the basic necessities for her family. It really begs the question, “Is there anything at all a parent won’t do to provide for her children?”

While it’s not a “romance,” it’s definitely a love story. It’s the story of Victoria’s love for her deceased husband and their children and, in return, their children’s love for each other.

As a writer myself, I think about this all the time. If your book ever became a TV show or movie, who would you cast as the main characters?

I think Deborah Ann Woll would be perfect for the role of Victoria. She not only looks the part (height and stature), but I think she has the acting chops to go from a somewhat naïve young woman to a kick-butt, get-out-of-my way, leading character.

I haven’t given a lot of thought to who would be good as the peripheral characters.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned so far in publishing a book?

I’m surprised at how incredibly fun it is! My publisher, Penner Publishing, has made nearly every step of the process fun. Sure, it’s a lot of work, but the pure fun is not something I expected. That, and the friendships – I’ve made some incredible friends along the way with other authors going through this same process alongside me.

Is The Edge of Nowhere written as a series? Can you tell us what your working on next?

No – it’s completely stand-alone. With that said, I enjoyed writing about the era and may return someday to tell the stories of some of Victoria’s children. Currently, though, I’m in the process of searching for an agent for a Young Adult novel I recently wrote about a homeless family. It’s a piece I’m really proud of and I hope to find a home for it soon. Beyond that, I have a couple of other manuscripts in the works, but none are really far enough to give much information on them.

One last question . . . Tell us a bit about the person you feel supported you most in your writing career.

I wish I could name only one person. At the top of my list is my husband and children, who have been so incredibly patient while I ignored literally everything around me to get this book in the hands of readers. Beyond that, I’ve had no end of support from my extended family and my “Facebook Family,” as well as many residents in the town of El Reno, Oklahoma (where this novel is set) who have been with me and encouraged me every single step of the way throughout this process.

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I’m pleased to introduce to you all, Ben Starling; a lover of marine conservation, a skilled athlete is the sport of boxing, and an author with a just released short story.

Ben, can you tell us a bit about your new short story? Are there any themes of boxing and marine conservation in this tale?

Thank you for interviewing me, Katherine. My short story Something in the Air has just been released on Kindle. While it’s true that there’s boxing and a marine theme in my upcoming novel that will be released in 2016, in this new short love story, the focus is on a returning soldier, a veterinarian and an urban environmental concern.

Here’s the blurb:SITA FINAL COVER - KINDLE LO OCT
Daniel thought war was tough. That was till he fell in love.
What if it’s true that you can never really go home? Returning from a soul-crushing war, Daniel Dragan is determined to put the past behind him. But with his beloved uncle dead and the town’s economy in a slump, there may not be much to keep him in San Prospero, California.
That is till he is startled by veterinarian Willow Dixon at the roadside lookout above their hometown’s new factory. A desperately needed job offer there may offer Daniel the chance he needs – but all is not as it seems at the factory and Willow, determined to save the inhabitants of her animal sanctuary, wants the factory’s operations stopped. Sometimes the road home is neither the one we expect. Nor the one we left behind…
You can find it on Kindle at http://bit.ly/ampgdell

Are you choosing to self-publish, or is this book being published by a traditional publishing house? Why did you choose to go this route?

I am looking forward this Autumn to indie launches of several short stories set in the same world as my upcoming novel. This novel is also a love story – and an indie launch as well.

Independent publishing is one of the most exciting changes happening in any industry these days and is largely an online phenomenon. It’s morphing at lightning speed and no one knows what will happen next. It’s fascinating – and a fun challenge!

And one of the nicest things about online publishing is the interactive component – reading and writing have become a two-way street as readers and writers reach out to each other over the internet and around the world. Traditionally, writing was a very lonely occupation. It’s a great time to be a writer!
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
I can be reached at www.ben-starling.com and at all of these social networks – I look forward to connecting with you.

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From what I’ve read about you online it sounds as though you’ve lived a very interesting life. Tell us a bit about your passions, other than writing.

Well, of course, I love boxing. People tend to think of it as a bit of a brutal sport, but I enjoy it for the technique and the strategy of the game. If you can include strategy in your plan – defensive parries, counters to your opponent’s every move, footwork that is active rather than reactive… it opens up a lot of possibilities. I retired from competition a few years ago and now lift weights, swim and hike to keep fit.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’m a freelance editor, working on business plans, articles published in specialist magazines and some fiction. After so many years of working on other people’s stories, it felt like the right time to create an original one of my own.

Do you have any advice for people just starting out writing?

If you haven’t already, read The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. Also any creative writing book by James N Frey is a good investment. Read them all. He is one of the best teachers of structure I’ve come across.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book(s)?

That’s a difficult question. What I wanted to achieve was to touch the reader across a range of major emotions: love, despair, excitement, humor, hope, acceptance…to name a few, while also being unpredictable. Twists and turns. Pain and joy.

I suppose what surprised me most was that all the spreadsheets, post-it notes and brain-storming sessions my long-suffering editor insisted upon have produced a novel that I’m very happy with. Spreadsheets for creativity? It sounded crazy. The tunnel was long and dark but I got there in the end! Just about sane.

I love to ask this question! If your book were turned in to a TV show or movie, whom would you cast as the main characters?

Ah, I’d love to see the charismatic Anne Hathaway as the heroine! The hero would be Chris Hemsworth. Or Channing Tatum. Either would be fantastic.

Are there any authors out there that inspire you? What is it about them or their work that helps drive you to write?

Maeve Binchy. Great structure. Great style. I read her work first just for the joy of it, but there is also so much to learn from her. She is one of the master storytellers of our time.

BEN blue_actors headshot sq_AUG2015Is there any thing else you’d like to add?

Something in the Air is the first short story (others coming soon!) in a series. You can find it on Kindle at http://bit.ly/ampgdell

Something in the Water, a novel, continues the journey in this series and will be released on January 21, 2016.

If you’d like to stay in touch and be notified of other new releases, please visit: www.ben-starling.com/contact

Thanks for interviewing me, Katherine. I look forward to reading your work too.

Short Bio: Ben Starling is passionate about marine conservation and boxing, both central themes in his upcoming novel. He is Oxford’s only ever Quintuple Blue (varsity champion five years running), was Captain of the university boxing team, and coached and boxed competitively. Ben graduated from Oxford University with a Master of Arts and an M Phil. He was born in the USA but has lived in the UK since childhood.

 

GraemeIngPhotoLet me introduce you all to Graeme Ing, an engineer of peculiar worlds! He’s guest blogged on my site a few times now… How we met? He contacted me after reading another author interview off my site, and so the networking began! Graeme is an author of two published books, one Dark Fantasy and the other a YA Fantasy.

Graeme, can you give us a short summary of both your published books?

 Hello Katherine, and thanks so much for inviting me. My first book is a YA fantasy, “Ocean of Dust.” Yes, the Oceans of this world are made of a fine gray powder, not water. Our heroine, Lissa, is thrust into a harrowing adventure on a “pirate” ship. She doesn’t have a lot of allies on board and many folks are downright cruel. As the ship sails the dust ocean, she develops a rare talent linking her to the ocean and the mysterious creatures that live in it. Next year, I shall be writing sequels, because people keep asking me “what happens next?” Besides, I love Lissa’s guts and determination, and her little sidekick, Branda, is adorable.

“Necromancer” is a dark fantasy. Maldren is our necromancer hero, and he needs to save the city he loves from a fiery elemental intent on burning it to the ground. I particularly wanted to show that a necromancer could be a good guy, not an ancient, sinister old man that summons icky things. That said, bizarre undead abound, plenty of unique spells, adventures into the undercity, and through it all Maldren begins to fall in love with his female apprentice. His only way to save the city is to ally with a murderous, ancient ghost. The pact almost costs him everything he holds dear.

The cover imagery on these is beautiful. Can you tell why you went with these images and who designed them?

I love covers that convey character emotion and a unique setting. Erin Dameron Hill is my amazing cover designer, and I think she nailed it. Here’s her site. I adore the mood and use of color that she brings to her designs. Everyone seems to fall in love with them. Thank you, Erin!

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Website: www.graemeing.com
Blog: www.graemeing.com/blog/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GraemeIngAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GraemeIng
Lnkedin: www.linkedin.com/pub/graeme-ing/1/541/a5b
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/graemeing/
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Graeme-Ing/e/B00A1IOUD4/
Smashwords: www.smashwords.com/profile/view/GraemeIng
Book Links: www.graemeing.com/books/
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6571955.Graeme_Ing

I hear that you’re currently working on a sci-fi mystery. Tell us a bit about that and when can we expect it out?

It’s titled “Emergence.” A millennium ago, the Ancients constructed a mammoth cave underground, to protect the survivors of the Cataclysm. Now the Ancients, the Cataclysm and the Surface remain only as stories. But the Cavern is beginning to fail… If I’ve done my job right, this will be one of these books where the reader is hooked into determining the reality of the situation. As the plot progresses, the reader can attempt to piece it together, only to discover new layers. I hope the final reality is a pleasant surprise. Expect it in the 2nd half of 2016.

You grew up in England but moved to California in the late 90’s. Can you tell us a bit about what sparked your move?

Cold and rainy weather. :) Seriously, as a geek who works in software engineering, what better place to live than California? San Diego has a gorgeous climate with sweeping hills and blue ocean. I’ll always love England, but California is a great place to live.

Other than writing fantastic books, do you have other unique talents?

Well, thank you. Nothing unique, I don’t think. Unless you count that I can bend my thumbs back 90 degrees? No, I didn’t think so. I’m a geek, nerd, gamer, armchair astronomer and explorer, pilot, and am currently taking sailing lessons. Why that’s taken me 20 years in a sailing mecca like San Diego, I have no idea. According to one of my six cats, Pippin, I have a unique lap, because I’m the only one he likes to sit on. Does that count? :)

Was there a defining moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

That decision brewed over about 30 years. I remember writing my own stories and screenplays when I was nine, typing them on a manual typewriter. That should have been a hint to me. I wrote a lot in my twenties, but it was only about 10 years ago that it suddenly occurred to me that “Hey, I want to be an author.” Now I’m committed and don’t plan on ever stopping. Probably the defining moment was after reading “Lord of the Rings”, aged 7. My imagination went into overdrive after that. To this day I have hundreds and hundreds of book ideas scribbled down.GraemeSphinx

What’s one of the most surprising things you’ve learned in becoming a published author?

This industry amazes me every day, as do the wonderful people in it. The most surprising discovery was that people actually enjoyed my books enough to write to me. I appreciate every review and email, and love to chat to readers about what other books they like. I never imagined that readers could be so kind and generous with their time to engage me on social media or send me emails. That’s what makes this whole thing worthwhile – bringing a smile to readers.

I always ask this… If your book were optioned to become a TV show or movie, who would you cast as the main characters? Just pick one of your books.

Great question! I happen to have written a blog about it!  I have a cast for “Ocean of Dust” picked out. Emily Kinney (lately of “The Walking Dead”) is perfect for my heroine Lissa. The cute, little Branda would be played by Kailee Bauer. Everyone knows Paul Bettany. He can play the cruel First Officer, Farq. (booo!) The creepy ship’s navigator, Oban, would be played by Ian McDiarmid (yes, he was the Emperor in “Star Wars”.) Finally, Orlando Bloom would be great as the handsome officer. Mampalo, that becomes one of Lissa’s best friends.

And last but not least… Give us fun fact about one of your books for all your fans out there.

Final600x900My favourite of all the characters in my books is the immortal Phyxia, from “Necromancer.” I had such enormous fun writing her scenes. At that time, I formed the habit of eating pistachios while I wrote, and that’s why in the book she has a passion for “jit-nuts,” which she can scoff by the bowlful. Expect to see Phyxia in future books.

Thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview with me Graeme! Best of luck with your writing. I’m sure we’ll chat again soon.

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TTFree4 copyLooking at your various social media I’ve counted five books you’ve published. Is that correct? What are your published titles so far?

Sadly, I only have two books published so far. Book one and two in a middle grade fantasy trilogy, Truth Teller and The Wrath of Siren. Book three, Favian’s Law, is currently in the hands of my editor being proofread. I also have sci-fi/fantasy children’s novel called Unknown Reality that is also waiting to be proofread. I can’t wait to put the finishing touches to these two novels and get them published.

I have a poem that is being published by Kendall Hunt Publishers this month. They produce educational books for schools and colleges in America. The poem is called Our Solar System and was written to teach children a little bit about each planet in our solar system.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Blog: http://geniusborderinginsanity.blogspot.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kurt-Chambers/296957780317055

Twitter: https://twitter.com/emailmanROCKS

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kurt-Chambers/e/B00IFFYLAW/Review

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/13740

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/truth-teller-kurt-chambers/1108337633

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5444439.Kurt_Chambers

Are you working on anything right now? Can you tell us about it?

I’m about a third of the way through a children’s story called The World in Johnny’s Back Garden. I wanted to write a story that gave kids an alternative view of living things. I started writing this many years ago and it has changed so many times, but now I finally have a whole new plot for the story, and I hope to actually finish it one day. Here is a sample of the first chapter. http://geniusborderinginsanity.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/childrens-story-world-in-johnnys-back.html

You’re very generous with sharing your marketing tips and tricks. What book marketing strategies have worked well for you?

Marketing is so very difficult for a children’s author. It’s the only genre where you don’t really have direct access to your target audience. So when you market, the best you can hope for is to persuade a parent or teacher to recognize that your book is something their children would like to read. I’ve tried to overcome this by donating my novel to places like school libraries where they will be read by the kids I wrote them for.TruthTeller_MED

My most successful marketing strategy so far has been to make my first book perma-free once I covered what it cost me to publish the novel. Then I used some of the many companies out there that do free book promotions. There are plenty to choose from. Some are better than others, but if you find a good one, you can get anything up to two hundred downloads in one day. Hopefully some customers will like my story enough to buy the other books in the series.

How did you come up with the idea for your book? You’ve published a few,  just pick one.

When I was a child, I always struggled to read some of the classic fantasy novels. I fell in love with fantasy but was never very good at reading. So tackling such classic books like Lord of the Rings was hard for me. I remember thinking back then that someone should write fantasy books like this especially for people like me who were not so strong at reading. When I decided to write children’s novels, I already had an idea of what I wanted to write: a fantasy novel just as I imagined from a child. That is how my Truth Teller trilogy was born.

Do you have a favorite author? What strikes you about their work?

I would have to say Terry Brooks is my favorite author. I have read most of what he has written. The Shannara series was an absolute classic. I think there are about sixteen books all together. I admire Terry because he is such a master at the way he writes. He is my biggest inspiration when it comes to writing.

Tell us a bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?

WrathofSiren_MEDI SO love my covers! Truth Teller won an award for best artwork on the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll 2012. They are designed by a very dear friend of mine, Dawne Dominique. We met many years ago in the Young Adult Novel Workshop on writing,com. As I knew absolutely nothing about writing, she took me under her wing, encouraged and supported me, and helped mould me into the author I am today, along with many other amazing people I met on this journey. Dawne is such a great cover artist as well as a brilliant author, not to mention an amazing person. You can find her here: http://geniusborderinginsanity.blogspot.co.uk/

Give us an interesting fun fact about one of your books?

Every character I have ever created has been fictional, all except one. One of my characters is actually a real person. I wonder if you can guess which one it is.

 

Give us a short summary or snippet from one of your books meant to intrigue your audience.

I love this bit from The Wrath of Siren where the human child, Charlotte, is traveling with a young elf called Elderfield.

Charlotte began to tire of their adventure and longed to sleep in a soft, comfortable bed once again. “What do you think we will find when we come to the end of the river?” she asked, trying to strike up a conversation to relieve her boredom.

Elderfield shrugged. “To be honest, I have absolutely no idea.”

“I reckon we’re going to find a massive lost city, probably made of gold or something like that, and nobody’s ever been there apart from us for thousands of years.” She grinned at the image she created.

Elderfield laughed. “I doubt that very much.”

“You never know, this place is well weird. You don’t know what’s going to happen next.” Charlotte was serious for a moment then continued, smiling. “And when we get there, because we’re the first people to visit this place for thousands of years, they think we are some kind of gods or something, and they treat us like kings and queens. They tell us we can have anything we want.”

“Do you not think that you are getting a little carried away?”

“No,” Charlotte replied bluntly. “If you could have anything you want, what would it be?”

“If I had the choice, I think I would have to choose … going home right now.” He grinned.

“No, that’s boring.”

She noticed Elderfield watching her with amused interest as she tried to think of something herself. “I would definitely have to wish for a chocolate river.” She licked her lips. “That would be amazing.”

“What in heaven’s name is a choclit river?”

Charlotte burst out laughing. She tried to reply but laughed too much to get the words out. “No, a chocolate river, not a choclit river,” she finally managed to say.

“Whatever it is, it sounds ghastly to me. Why would you want a river made out of … whatever it is?”

“Elderfield! You don’t know what chocolate is, do you? Wow, that’s just wrong. You have never lived, trust.” She giggled behind her hand.

“What is this stuff?”

“It’s like angels dancing on your tongue.” She paused to judge his reaction. “Apart from my family, it’s the one thing I miss the most. That and telly.”

“And you say that we are weird.” He shook his head.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you so very much, Katherine, for featuring me on your awesome site and letting me show off my books. Like so many other authors in the writing community, you have been very supportive. You’ve gotta love the writing community!

And thank you to all the readers out there who have come to view this post. If you’re a fan of fantasy, go and grab a free copy of my book. Happy reading.

A fellow Canadian writer! Nice to meet you! Through some of the chatting we’ve, you’ve told me that your book is not yet published. Can you tell me a bit about this project your working on?

The current manuscript is a YA thriller called Pretty Wicked. It’s about Ryann Wilkanson, a fifteen-year-old serial killer living in a small town in Colorado. Her father is one of the town’s police officers. Ryann uses him, his fellow officers, and her experience at the police station to study how to get away with murder. Even as a small child, Ryann knew she was different. Instead of concerning herself with toys and games, she was secretly studying infamous serial killers who she refers to as The Greats. The story is told in first person by Ryann, as she plots murder, incites chaos, and tries to thwart the cops in her small town Dungrave.

I have two complete novels, and am currently working on a third book as well.

Are you thinking of self-publishing or traditional publishing to get your book out there, and why?

I’m currently querying agents, but am not opposed to self-publishing. It’s a great option for authors. The publishing industry can be very tough and it’s nice to know that writer’s have more options to get their work out. Ideally, I would like to be a hybrid author. It seems to be a nice mix of both avenues.

Do you write full time or have a job as well?

I have a part-time job as an Educational Assistant. Before that I worked as a Youth Outreach Worker in the Vancouver area. Both are excellent fodder for stories about teens. I have the ability to test out ideas on potential readers and get direct feedback, which has been extremely helpful.

Do you find that things in your daily life find their way in to your novel?

Of course. I don’t see how they couldn’t. The subconscious is a powerful thing and even when I don’t knowingly use things from my life in a novel, I’ll catch something later when I’m editing. If something I’ve experienced fits and will enhance my story, I have no problem putting those details into a book. Characteristics and certain nuances of people I’ve met and places I’ve been definitely influence my work.

Are you reading anything right now? How is it?

I’ve been going through a lot of friend’s manuscripts right now as they are also querying. The last published novel I really loved was by E.E. Cooper. It’s a YA suspense called Vanished. It was really well written and fun. The book is dark and twisty, but contrasts nicely with flecks of humor.

I commend you for starting your author platform before your book is finished. What social medias can people discover more about you and your work?

I am on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. I am in the midst of building my website www.kellycharron.com, which will be up and running this week.

Facebook author page-
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelly-Charron/462957423875068

Twitter-
https://twitter.com/KellyMCharron

Goodreads-
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/21131117-kelly

I love to ask this question. If your book became a TV show or movie, who would you cast to play the main characters of your book?

Nicola Peltz is the perfect Ryann. She stars in Bates Motel as the beautiful but troubled Bradley Martin. I actually wrote Ryann with her in mind. Interestingly enough the role of her nemesis, Sergeant Estevez, also stars on Bates as Sheriff Alex Romero, played by the talented Nestor Carbonell. Stephen Moyer from True Blood could easily play her dad, Detective David Wilkanson. Ryann has too many friends for this game, but I would say that Austin Butler from the Carrie Diaries would be a great Lucas.

Did you always dream of being a writer?

It has been a dream for many years. I used to carry blank notebooks and fancy pens around and pretend I was a famous journalist and interview my family members when I was six and seven years old. I wrote a few stories, complete with illustrations, around nine and ten year old. But, I didn’t give it serious consideration until my mid-twenties. I was too insecure and overwhelmed to write, so I read every Writer’s Digest and Craft book on writing that I could get my hands on for a few years before I wrote my first book.

What’s been one of the most surprising things you’ve learned writing and trying to get your book published?

That writing is mostly rewriting and editing, and that you often need another set of eyes to help see things that you are no longer capable of finding in your own work. On the publishing side, I was surprised to learn that most authors write an average of 6-10 books before they get picked up by an agent and publish their first novel. I also discovered that there is no such thing as security in publishing. I was under the misconception that once you were published with one book, you had an ongoing contract with that house. I’ve learned since that it is often a succession of different contracts and that you can be essentially let go at any time. I have read about a few authors who were released mid series. It’s a scary thought, but I love writing too much to let any setbacks inhibit me. If I had, I guess I wouldn’t still be querying my second novel. You just have to be open to the stages of publication and learn what you can in each.

Do you have a favorite author? What strikes you about their work?

Successful published friends aside J, I love Anne Rice, Stephen King, Nova Ren Suma, and Maggie Stiefvater. Wait that was four. There are too many amazing authors. What stands out most about Rice and King is how prolific they are, but more than that is their ability to write widely across genres. Each of the mentioned authors take risks in their work. They choose subjects and ideas that are at times controversial and they tell their stories through narrators or points of view that aren’t always likeable or conventional. These are the most interesting stories to me.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you for asking me (a yet to be published author) to be a guest on your blog Katherine! You’re so lovely, and I had a blast.

 

 

Let me first say, I’m honored to have the opportunity to interview such an accomplished author such as you. You’ve published twenty-five books to date in genres such as Mystery, Memoir, Historical Fiction, and Biography. You actively make author appearances and teach at Michigan State University as a guest assistant professor on the subjects of writing, popular literature, and Jewish-America literature. You have dozens of published essays, articles, and stories in an array of publications. I could write a book filled solely with your accolades. So, once again, thank you for taking the time chat with me and share your experiences with those who read this.

Thanks for inviting me!

Out of your twenty-five published books, do you have a favorite? Having looked at your many titles this could prove to be a difficult question. Perhaps tells us about your favorite fiction, and non-fiction books you’ve written.

That’s always a tough question, but I think I’ll stick with just one if that’s okay: no. 19, My Germany is a favorite for many reasons. It combines mystery, memoir and history so it represents my writing and publishing across genres. Then it’s a book that challenged me a lot because I wasn’t sure for a long time how to structure it, and it actually was a number of different books before it found its final form. I also have intense memories of doing research for it in Belgium and Germany.My Germany

Beyond that, it’s put more miles on me than any other books of mine in terms of book tours, including two sponsored by the U.S State Department that took me across Germany. And I even learned German so that I could travel intelligently there and eventually do some of my readings from the German translation—and that was mind-blowing! The book changed me in many ways, both in writing it and afterwards, and I met lots of fascinating people including my German BFF who’s promised she would meet me in any city in Europe when I visit. Last time it was London.

Finally, as the son of Holocaust survivors, I never expected to go to Germany or write a book about it. A long answer, but it’s a layered book. 

Are you working on any new projects? Can you tell us about them?

I have at least half a dozen books in different genres started, which means I’ve got anywhere from a page or a vague outline to as much as 40 pages written, and some involve working through a shelve of research books before I start writing–but I’m taking a break right now because I’m a little burned out. Writing my suspense novel Assault With a Deadly Lie was tough. It’s about police militarization and it demanded something new from me. I’d been writing mysteries with these characters but I had to kick everything up a few notches from “Whodunit?” to “OMG–What the hell is going to happen next?” That demanded lots of planning and writing at a higher pitch. I also had to do new kinds of research about guns and go to a shooting range and go shooting with friends who are well-trained in firearms.Assault with a Deadly Lie

I’d ask if you have any advise for new writers starting out, but see you’ve written whole books on the subject. What’s one insight you’d like to pass on to the next generation of writers?

Be patient with yourself, and that covers a lot of territory. Take the time to learn your craft and learn the business and don’t be overwhelmed by other people’s success or envy or the latest publishing noise. We all have our own paths and some of them are wonkier than others. Learning your craft also means being as well-read as possible in any genre you choose to make your home. When you write, you’re joining a community of writers, and most of them are no longer living—don’t discount writers who aren’t contemporary, they might have a lot to teach you.

Are all your books self-published? Or did you go with traditional publishing houses on some? Would you recommend your method of publishing to others?

Most of my books are traditionally published, ranging from huge presses like Doubleday to boutique presses like Leapfrog. But the choices are wide open for everyone starting out now and there are so many guides to publishing, I think writers need to do research as to what the best plan would be for their specific project—for instance is it a hot enough property and do they have a platform that might interest an agent (in which case try agentquery.com). Every book is different, every writer is different, nothing is predictable.

I read that you have a background in theater. Can you tell us a bit about your experiences?

I double majored in English and Theater in college for a while and it helped me get over some shyness (even though I’m an extrovert). Acting in a wide variety of plays was tremendous preparation for all the hundreds of talks and readings I would end up doing down the road once my work started getting published and recognized. Here’s where patience is part of the arsenal. You can’t do a good reading unless you practice, you’re prepared, you choose your excerpt wisely, and you treat the event as what it is: a performance. Too many authors don’t take readings seriously enough. I love doing readings, and enjoy teaching people in workshops how to do them.

Have you ever been approached to have any of your stories made in to a movie or TV show? Choose one of your fiction books and tell us who you’d cast as the main characters.

The Germay MoneyOh yes. I’ve had my work optioned and had people try to do plays from some of my stories and a movie from one of my books. Luckily nothing happened because the final results would have been, well, disappointing. The German Money is an intimate family drama about the children of a Holocaust survivor arguing once she’s died. Set mostly on the Upper West Side, it would be a perfect indie film and I’d cast Mark Ruffalo as the screwed-up brother, Laura Linney as the cold sister, Jason Isaacs as the older brother escaping his past, Carla Gugino as the woman he left behind, and Olympia Dukakis as the elderly neighbor.

Name a book you’ve read that you found notable. What about it grabbed your interest?

Here are some very recent reads. Midnight’s Furies is about the partition of India into India and Pakistan and gives you a rich history of that terrible, chaotic time, going much deeper than what most of us know. The French Intifada explore the dark history of France’s colonial rule in North fracas and helps explain what’s happening in France today with its Muslim population. Sinclair Lewis’s Kingsblood Royal is from the 1940s but it’s a surprisingly contemporary-feeling portrait of white racism in the north in the story of a man who discovers he’s actually black and his family has hidden this from him. The Blue Hour is an amazing biography of one of my favorite novelists Jean Rhys. All four books told great stories and were very well written—two absolute requirements for me no matter what I read. Oh, I also finally read Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd, the only major novel of his I missed back in the day and was surprised at how funny it was, and how beautiful.

Other than writing, do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I’m good at languages, speak French and German, picked up Flemish and Italian when I needed to, and am currently studying Swedish. I’m also taking voice lessons for the first time and my teacher says I have “a nice middle range” for a baritone.

How can readers find out more about you and you work?

Website: http://www.levraphael.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/levraphael

Twitter: @LevRaphael

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lev-Raphael/e/B000AQ07HK

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/lev-raphael/72/759/ab8

Readers can always contact me via my web site.

Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. It was a pleasure chatting with.

Katherine Dell

profile_picnewI see your first novel, Blood Toy is going to be released soon. Tell us bit about the story and what inspired you to write it.

Blood Toy is the story of a girl who becomes a vampire hunter when her parents were murdered. After hunting to the exclusion of everything and everyone else in her life for three years, one finally started hunting her back. Blood Toy is mostly the story of that hunt. It is definitely a more classic vampire tale than the paranormal romances that have been making the rounds lately. I was inspired in high school by Anne Rice’s Lestat and Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula. Though the first vampire story I ever read was The Celery Stalks At Midnight about Bunnicula, a vampire rabbit.

What do you like most about the genre you write in?

It allows me to write the books I want to read.

What advice would you offer to authors just starting out?

Don’t get too attached. Learn the phrase “Kill your darlings.” Embrace it! I just might get those words tattooed on myself. I’d get them engraved on my tombstone when I die, except I don’t plan on having one.

What’s the most memorable book you’ve read? Why?

The Taking by Dean Koontz. As a rule, I don’t re-read books, because I hate knowing how they end, but I read this one once a year. If I told you why it was brilliant, it would give the story away, but I will say knowing the ending makes it a completely different story the second time around.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: bkraine.wordpress.com
Blog: https://bkraine.wordpress.com/blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BK-RAINE/480415728775608?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BK_Raine
Lnkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/b-k-raine/b7/434/429
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/B.K.-Raine/e/B00XYAHDKS/
Book Links: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XWZP9H4/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13810416.B_K_Raine

Do you have any strange writing habits?

Sometimes I eat Jelly Belly jelly beans when I write. My favorite flavors are Toasted Marshmallow and Buttered Popcorn. I also listen to music that reminds me of high school (not sure why since high school was mostly awful). I listen to these songs…in this order and in a loop. I am a creature of habit!

  • Silent Lucidity – Queensryche, 1990
  • Sailing – Christopher Cross, 1979
  • Into the Mystic – Van Morrison, 1970
  • Wind of Change – Scorpions, 1990
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  • Carnival – Natalie Merchant, 1995
  • These Dreams – Heart, 1985
  • Witchy Woman – Eagles, 1972
  • Whispers – Elton John 1989
  • I’ve Got Dreams to Remember – Otis Redding, 1968
  • Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics, 1983
  • Right Here, Right Now – Jesus Jones, 1990
  • Eye of the Tiger – Survivor, 1982

If your book was made in to a movie or TV show, who would you cast to play your main characters?

Oooh…this is a fun one. Gabriel Gray would make a good Desollador, I think.   Diane, definitely Eliza Dushku. And I’ve always thought of Bree Conners as a young Drew Barrymore, but the closest modern actress would have to be Maddie Hasson.

Tell us a bit about the cover of your book. Who designed it? Why did you choose those images?

Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 3.57.37 PMDonna Murillo of DHM Designs created the cover during a design contest I ran on 99designs.com. The background is a photo she took in Yosemite. I had a feeling she would be my cover designer when she told me about that photo, because Yosemite is my favorite place on earth. Donna created a unique 3D model based on my very specific idea of Diane. Eliza Dushku was the inspiration for her, with Olivia Wilde’s eyes and Emily Browning’s attitude from role as Babydoll in Sucker Punch. After I narrowed down the finalists to three, Diane told me in a dream she wanted the body Donna made for her. So that decided it. Her costume, I am told, is not realistic, but it really isn’t meant to be. Her weapons also have an intentional element of surrealism. The cover depicts a very specific moment in the final chapter of Blood Toy. Readers will definitely know it when they read it it.

Are any of the characters in your book modeled after people you know? (No need to name names) Just curious.

All. Except. One. When I first wrote Blood Toy, I literally took every person I knew in high school (or wanted to know) and created a character based on them. I even used anagrams and alternate forms of their real names (which is why I have a character names Mace). It’s why my cast of characters is so large, though their personalities have evolved much over time. The good guys were based on people I liked. And the bad guys were based on people I really liked. I based my victims on the ones I didn’t like:)

Gives us a memorable quote or snippet from our book that is mean to intrigue and tantalize.

My editor thinks this is the best line ever:

I stopped at an unremarkable thatch of Bradford Pears, snowy blooms wilting in the damp air, and vomited up the people I had eaten.

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

I had no title for this book for such a long time. The first scene in Chapter 1 of my book was actually one of the last scenes I wrote. Desollador handed me the title on a silver platter. I knew as soon as he said the words to Diane I had my title.

Name one person that you feel supported you in your writing career?

There are so many: friends who have read every single version of it from the young adult novel that it was in the beginning to the mature themed book it is today, my husband who bought me a Macbook Pro to celebrate finishing my first draft, my daughter who is too young to read it, and my parents who probably shouldn’t read it, but will anyway.

Thanks so much for agreeing to do this interview. I really enjoy hearing about the journey other take in getting their books published. I did a little searching and found that you have three books out, Witch in the Woods, Clearly’s Corruption, and Blood Moon Ritual. Can you tell us a bit about this series?

Thank you for having me. My Witch in the Woods trilogy takes place in the year 1601 and is about a professional witch hunter named Victor Steep. He takes on a case in a small town called Beth’s Hollow, believing it to be a normal case. However, Victor quickly discovers that this witch is not like the normal witches he hunts, and that she was the last witch his father tried hunting before he died. Meanwhile, as he searches the woods of Beth’s Hollow, Victor meets a mysterious young lady by the name of Clearly, befriending her and promising to find a cure for her cursed brother named Fabian. Things only get more complicated for Victor as he tries to finish the case and save those he holds most dear. Throughout the trilogy, battles are fought, secrets are revealed, and sacrifices are made in a battle against good and evil.

What inspired you to write these books?

I originally wrote Witch in the Woods as a short story for my creative writing class in high school. My fascination with the Salem Witch Trials and my love for the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales were my biggest inspirations for Witch in the Woods.

What other titles are similar to your books?

I really haven’t seen any other books that are similar to mine. I really tried to make mine unique, but I have been keeping an eye out for anything similar that may come along.

Tell us a bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you choose that image/artwork?

I illustrated the cover art for all three books in my sketch pad, and then edited them on the computer. I wanted my covers to be beautiful, dark, and a little mysterious. For me, book covers featuring silhouettes have all those qualities, so I felt it was the right design for my trilogy.

Witch in the woods creataspace   Clearly's Corruption cover art (1)   BloodMoonRitual1

Other than writing, do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I grew up in a very artistic family, which gave me a passion for the arts. I am especially fond of drawing and am very much influenced by the Japanese manga style. I also enjoy working in the kitchen to making crazy desserts, like a giant S’mores brain.s'morebrain

I see that you’ve been working on a new book called Desolation. Is it a fourth book in the series?

I just recently renamed “Desolation” to “Forlorn”, which is actually a standalone novel set in modern times. It’s a sci-fi/fantasy about two young adults named Gabby and Nathan, who meet while hiding from the aliens who’ve just invaded and are wiping out everyone on Earth. They fall in love while on the run, but their responsibilities threaten to separate them and even put them in danger of being captured by the aliens.

Being an indie author isn’t easy. What’s one of the most surprising things you’ve learned in creating your books?

I didn’t find anything very surprising while creating my books, but what I did find surprising was the amount of supporters out there. It’s not just friends and family giving encouragement to keep creating, but other indie authors, artists, and readers too. The amount of indie supporters out there is amazing, and I love that we all can support each other.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Readers can check out my blog, Facebook page, and Twitter profile. They can even find me on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords, or check out my boards on Pinterest.

Website/Blog: http://witch-in-the-woods.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Taylor.Ann.Bunker

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ann_bunker

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/taylorbunker12/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Ann-Bunker/e/B00JGEXVCU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1437409950&sr=1-2-ent

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7558024.T_A_Bunker

 

What draws you to the genre you write in?

Fantasy and the paranormal have been lifelong interests of mine, so I was always looking to read books with those themes! They take you to another world full of adventure, suspense, romance and conflict. They add magic to your everyday life, and let you experience things that are rare or does not exist in our world. Those are what draws me in and makes me want to be part of that genre.

Give us an interesting fact about one of your books?

In Witch in the Woods, Fabian was originally named Gabriel. He wasn’t going to appear in the series until the second book, as was going to be the new antagonist. Yup, Victor’s best friend was originally going to be his enemy.trilogymain

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I’m extremely excited to say that I’ll be having a cover reveal for Forlorn on my blog very soon. Thank you so much for the interview, I really enjoy your website. It’s been a pleasure talking with you.

Thank you for taking the time to do this interview! Best of luck with your writing!

Katherine Dell