Author Interview – Becky Michael

Hello and welcome to another brand new edition of Author Interview Fridays! This week we are chatting with author and former teacher, Becky Michael. Let’s dive in:

 

  • Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

 

This has been a gradual process, so there wasn’t a specific moment of realization. Creative writing wasn’t as commonly cultivated for us who grew up during the 50s and 60s, and it was only after becoming a teacher that the idea of working toward publication began to come together for me as a realistic pursuit.

 

Sadly, it seems as though the schools are beginning to shy away from creative writing more and more now. Creativity doesn’t test well apparently, but those who love writing will find their ways eventually.

 

  • What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

 

Writing for children is a way for me to retell some of the fun events from my childhood. This way, I can better fashion the outcomes to my liking! My stories and books for adults tend to focus on complicated relationships and often contain an aspect of mystery.

 

Both sound like fun! I think I might start re-telling some events from my childhood and tweak a few things 😉

 

  • What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

 

I tend to read mysteries, but find myself drawn to the titles that delve deeply into the psyches of the characters and their relationships.

 

I love character studies, though I tend to read more fantasy than anything now.

 

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

 

A favorite in my own writing would be Solveig Baumann. Sol is one of the main characters in my short story, “Romantivores” (although her name isn’t mentioned), and readers will share more of Sol’s life in my still-to-be-published book by the same title. The story first appeared in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and introduced this woman and her lover cooking dinner under somewhat unusual circumstances. She’s a little “kinked”, but a good person. Sol is independent and accomplished in her field, yet craves that “other” who will always be there for her. At the time of this interview’s posting, my story is available free of charge through Amazon Kindle until January 12.

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It’s difficult to choose a favorite character by another author, since there are so many I enjoy! One of the first that comes to mind is “Ruth Galloway”, from the wonderful series by British mystery novelist Elly Griffiths. Ruth is well educated, successful and independent. She’s also a loving mother who holds a secret love close to her heart.

 

You seem to favor independent, well educated women. I think a lot of people still gravitate toward ‘traditional’ princess types of women instead and it is very refreshing to see two favorites like yours!

 

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

 

Since I also work as a contract writer for a company offering courses and other educational content online, I have another outlet. If I’m not making much progress in my personal writing, I may review and edit more of that freelance work, which also helps pay the bills. Eventually, my own writing pulls me back.

 

It sounds like you have it covered! I find that moving between projects helps me as well. I wonder if this is something all writers have done throughout the ages?

 

  • What inspires you?

 

Nature and beautiful surroundings, such as those found in the Upper Peninsula of my home state, Michigan, inspire me. Books and stories by great authors are also stimulating, so I try to read as much as possible.

 

Your home state sounds beautiful! I don’t think I’ve ever been there.

 

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Online Bookstores, Physical Stores, Etc. List them all for us please!)

I blog about pursuing publication, the craft of writing, reading, and other favorite interests at Platform Number 4. Readers may also discover more at my about.me  and Pinterest pages, and my story is available for Kindle through Amazon. Don’t forget…it’s free, from now until January 12. I’d love some additional reviews!

 

Thank you for dropping by and answering some of our questions today Becky! I’m excited to read your story. Good luck!

Remember guys, if you want your very own Author Interview or Artist Spotlight, just let me know! Until next time, have a wonderful week!

Author Interview with Phillip T. Stephens

Welcome All! You’ve shown up on a perfect day, because today is Friday and that means (fanfare plays) AUTHOR INTERVIEWS! This week I’m discussing our ten questions with Phillip T. Stephens, who I don’t believe that I can sufficiently describe for you right here so…Let’s get started!

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Hello Phillip and thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for us!

  • What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?

Phillip T. Stephens. This is my only name.

  • Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

I think I knew I was going to be an author in high school, when I was a freshman. That doesn’t mean I made a commitment to becoming one. I wrote my first pitiful attempt during my freshman and sophomore year, then got distracted by life and that was the story of my writing career for the next fifty years.

I wrote seven novels and the better half of three more, rewriting all of them several times over.

I made a commitment to becoming an author when I published my first novel Raising Hell in 2012. It’s about a clueless optimist sent to hell by accident, who decides to make hell to best place of eternal punishment possible. I wrote at least seven drafts of that and I’m still working on it.

  • What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

I write in the genre the novel demands, which, I admit, hurts marketing. But when I look back on the writers who influenced me the most— Walker Percy, Thomas Pynchon, Flannery O’Connor, Saul Bellow—genre didn’t exist for them. Sales only became genre driven in the last twenty or thirty years.

  • What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

I don’t have a favorite. I like global thrillers, mysteries, procedurals, some science fiction, horror. In the end, however, it’s the book that appeals to me, not the genre. If I read a blurb and a sample appeals to me, I’ll read the book. Right now I pretty much read indie authors to support their efforts to break the control of the publishing industry.

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

My favorite character that I wrote is Lucifer. It’s hard to talk about him without spoilers, but he’s the second most powerful being in the universe and instead of shaping his will on a kingdom of his choosing, the All-Know-Better-Than-You put him in charge of the whiners, back-stabbers, ingrates, and squabbling politicians. He can’t seem to get past the slight.

I’m not sure about this guy….he’s either super excited to be there or that creepy smile has been burned onto his face. Either way, it certainly screams “Welcome to …well you know”

  • There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

Sure. Movies are a different art form. You have to reduce what could be an expansive concept to ninety minutes or two hours. That’s 90 to 110 pages of which most of the page is white space. People don’t get that. One script page is one film minute. And I don’t care what they say, I couldn’t sit through Lord of the Rings in a theater. Or the Hobbit

I watched all of them in the theater…each LoftR movie was seen at least twice in theater (the third one I went to 3 or maybe 4 times). I was enthralled…and about the only one who sat still through the majority of the movies! During one of the movies someone kept trying to announce intermission. It has been suggested, more than once, by my dad, that they could have made that into a 6 part series or cut half the story. He prefers the cartoons. 

Writers make cuts. I wrote a script of my novel Cigerets, Guns & Beer and I’m glad I did because it made me go back and trim a lot of fat from the book. Once I visualized it for the screen I realized the book carried a lot of dead weight. And the script still cut half the book out and changes the ending entirely. Not the big ending (No spoilers) but the aftermath.

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

I don’t let it happen. I write through it. Any crap is better than nothing. I can fix bad writing, but I can’t use an empty page. I find that if you refuse to be blocked, you aren’t blocked.

I wish it worked like that for me! I refuse to be blocked, then I get frustrated, then I KNOW what needs written but it won’t come out. It’s like my refusal has sparked a stand off. 

I don’t believe in rules for writers. What works for me doesn’t necessarily work for Jessica Downthestreet. But this is one I would state as a rule. You can’t rewrite what you never wrote. And every writer I talked to who follows that principle is never blocked.

I write other things so I suppose it isn’t really writer’s block then? right? Or perhaps it is only partial blockage, like when those sadistic people block off half of the highway and make you follow the pilot vehicles…making a 10 minute trip into an hour and a half.

  • What inspires you?

A lot of things. Film, art, music, faith. A story I wrote in college that won an award came from the image of a dust mote dancing in the morning light through a window.

  • How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?

You mean my family? All my life? It’s part of why I didn’t publish until I was almost 60. I had to teach college. I could write, but for ad agencies and non-profit clients. I could become visual designer (which I segued into in the eighties), but I couldn’t make art for love either, I had to work for agencies and clients.

Truthfully, I’m many things and author is only part of that. I’m also a philosopher, a free-range Christian, a poet who occasionally resurfaces, and most of all a wise ass. It’s that last title that is really shining through here, I think 😉

So I know that some people will think it’s cool, and some people will think I turned like the salmon they left in their refrigerator too long. I live with it and I still visit my family once a year at Christmas and smile when they tell me about all the suburban things they’re into.

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Online Bookstores, Physical Stores, Etc. List them all for us please!)

@stephens_pt where I Tweet forty-five minutes to an hour’s worth of fresh material nightly (usually between 7 – 9 pm CST)

My blog Wind Eggs: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/583139.Phillip_T_Stephens/blog

And the fan site for my book Raising Hell, g.d.i. Mondays, which is Hell’s most popular (and only) fast food franchise.

http://www.gdimonday.com

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I’m using it to build a participatory fan base. I would really like young artists and writers to explore their inner imp with flash fiction, lymericks, sketches, cartoons. What a cool idea! I’ve seen participation based sites for books, like the Harry Potter (of course), but this sounds somehow fresh and different.

I will pull the best from the Goodreads forum and post them on the main site and if I get enough response, I’ll pull them together for an anthology and even pay out of pocket for my favorites. If worse comes to worse, I intend to release Raising Hell 2.0, the Director’s Cut which will include the best material in an addedendum.

So even if it’s not your thing, but you know someone with a little devil inside, pass the word.

And may I say, it’s been a real pleasure to chat with you Elizabeth. I hope we cross paths again.

Thank Phillip! I’ve enjoyed our chat as well. I’m sure there will be more to come, wicked senses of humor always seem to roll back around!

Remember, if you would like to have your own feature on an Author Interview Friday all you have to do is let me know! I can’t wait to get to know more of you and it seems like Phillip may be looking for some new books to read!

Until next time, Pick up a book or a pen and get some work done! And, as always…Be excellent to each other (!)

Author Interview – Ellison Blackburn

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s fabulous Author Interview! It’s Friday, it’s December, and it’s time to talk to Ellison Blackburn! First, though, I would like to thank you all for your participation. When I started this segment,I was afraid we wouldn’t have enough authors participating to last through September. Now look at us, into December and more to come! I couldn’t be happier with it. I hope you feel the same! 

Now that I’ve gushed about you a bit, let’s see what Ms. Blackburn has to tell us!

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  • What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?

Ellison Blackburn, it is not a pen name—rather a variation of my real name and so far I have only used this one.

  • Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

Last year, my husband and I were just talking about our careers and this idea popped into my head, “In hindsight, …” and Regeneration X was born.

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At the very beginning when I started writing Regeneration X, I wasn’t even cognitive of it becoming a novel. The characters just took over and it evolved into a ninety-thousand-word story.

  • What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

Literary, Visionary, and Medical/Science fiction

Science Fiction allows me to be a part of a world of my own making, and one that incorporates the past, present, and future of my imagination—a skewed reality. Regeneration X, book 1, is rather on the soft science fiction side as the technology doesn’t exist but the advanced world is not as apparent through the protagonist’s viewpoint.

Regeneration Chronicles have/will have multi-generational characters and could be classified in a variety of ways—Literary / Medical / Visionary / Science / Contemporary / Psychological / Women’s / Young Adult Fiction. There is also a touch of urban fantasy. It’s complicated.

Cross-genre tomes are almost always more interesting (for me anyway). This sounds like a lot of fun!

  • What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

I often find myself leaning toward historical fiction and romance when looking for something to read, that or science fiction of the Harry Potter more so than the close encounters kind.

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

Cassidy McCrae, from my upcoming second book in the Regeneration Chronicles, Progeny. Cassidy is my imaginary best friend, supportive with a realistic backbone, and complex herself, but has a way of simplifying things for everyone else.

I have loads of favorite characters. They vary as time passes and I discover/meet new favorites. Most recently I’ve discovered Diana Gabaldon’s Jamie Fraser from Outlander. Beyond his incredible sex appeal, he is a fantastically intriguing character.

Jamie Fraser is one of my favorite characters as well. His evolution over the series is amazing, but his charm and humor remain throughout it all. 

  • There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

Yes, I’d be willing. Regeneration X requires the reader to delve into the concept of altering life choices already made and then dealing with the good and bad that comes with those new choices. A large part of the main character’s personality is internalized. It would be interesting to see this translated to film. I also think the current cinema offerings could use a mental film like Regeneration X. Psychological films do not always need to be thrillers do they?

Definitely not! In fact, some of the most intriguing (and down right mind-messing) movies I’ve seen were psychological non-thrillers…and scared me more than the thrillers.

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

I keep on keeping on at it. I try to write a little bit every day. Once that first sentence is down, my flow usually builds. I haven’t therefore experienced a block and I can’t really say it exists until I do. I have however boxed myself into a storyline and had to find my way out.

  • What inspires you?

In life, writing inspires me; in writing, travelling provokes fresh ideas.

Perfect!

  • How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say, “I’m an author”?

I don’t say I’m an author when asked about my profession per se. I wish it were, but I’m not there yet. Authorship is something I fell into. For now it’s not a career insomuch as it is an act of personal fulfillment.

If it is what you love, then maybe it should be on the resume too? 😀 Sometimes the joy a hobby brings can help create your career in ways you could never have imagined.

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you

Website: http://ellisonblackburn.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/ellisonblackburn

Author Central: http://amazon.com/author/ellisonblackburn/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ellis_blackburn

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

Google+: https://google.com/+EllisonBlackburn-Author

Thank you so much for sharing with us today Ellison! I think I can speak for our readers in saying we look forward to seeing more from you. 

Remember, if you would like to be featured in your own interview and are an author, illustrator, artist, photographer (yes that is an art, yes I’ve been asked specifically), agent, publisher, songwriter, etc. please let me know! We’ll get you set up with your very own feature.

Have a great Day!

Author Interview – Alli Marshall

Welcome to this week’s fabulous rendition of Author Interview Friday! I am proud to bring to you the insight of Alli Marshall, the author of How to Talk to Rock Stars. 

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  1. Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

I think I realized I actually could be a writer when I went to Goodard College for my MFA. I don’t believe that everyone who wants to write needs to get an MFA, but for me that focus cemented the idea. That, and paying back                                                                                                        the student loan!

2) What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

I write literary fiction that’s often inspired by real-life events and personal narrative. I kind of wish I wrote pithy mysteries, but that’s not what comes out when I write. I imagine it’s kind of like being a songwriter — you might want to be an Etta James but if, at the end of the day, you’re actually a Zooey Deschanel, you have to work with what you’ve got.

  • What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

I love literary fiction, some memoir, and the occasional mystery.

3) Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

I’m sort of fickle. I love a character until I discover a new one who I love even more. I recently read “The Paris Wife” and loved the voice of Hadley. Theo Decker from “The Goldfinch” stayed with me — I still think of him sometimes!

Among my own characters, I think my favorite is Tobias Bridge, a musician from my novel, “How to Talk to Rockstars.” He’s very in-the-moment and alive — kind of over-the-top but he has a good heart and a great sense of style. I’ve wished more than once that I could hang out with him in real life.

     4) There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

I’d certainly consider it. I think that if that opportunity ever presented itself I’d follow in the footsteps of one of my favorite authors, Ron Rash, and be very hands-off about it. I don’t think I’d try to control the screenplay or view the film as an extension of the book. The two are usually very different projects.

         5) How do you handle writer’s block?

I’m a writer and editor for my day job, so I really don’t get writer’s block. Some days the ideas are better than other days, but I can always write something. The same is kind of true for working on fiction — I can’t always write a lot, and sometimes I get stuck on what should happen next or if the story is even working at all. But there are always other ideas to work on, essays to write, little sketches and, if nothing else, my journal to turn to.

I think that may be the key…always have more than one thing going on at a time!

 6) What inspires you?

Great books, antique stores, vintage clothing shops, travel, rainy days, old movies, small beach towns, weathered barns, skeleton keys, and pretty much any song by Gregory Alan Isakov.

I love this list! I want to do a very retro “RIGHT ON!” for you. 

 7) How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?

I’ve never had anyone make the face! But I live in a very artistic town where everyone is involved in some kind of creative pursuit. If I was, say, an investment banker in my free time, people might give me a strange look.

I would look at anyone strangely if they told me they were an investment banker! 

8) Finally, tell us where to go to find you:

Web: http://alli-marshall.com

Facebook: http://facebooks.com/allimarshallauthor

Twitter/Instagram: @alli_marshall

Publisher: http://logosophiabooks.com

Distributor: http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9780981575780/how-to-talk-to-rockstars.aspx

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/How-Talk-Rockstars-Alli-Marshall/dp/0981575781/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440534006&sr=1-1

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-to-talk-to-rockstars-alli-marshall/1121534517?ean=9780981575780

My favorite local bookstore, Malaprop’s: http://www.malaprops.com/book/9780981575780

Thank you Alli! We appreciate you taking the time out to talk with us today.

Remember, if you want to be featured in your own interview, let me know! I might just be able to make that happen…Happy weekend All!

Author Interview – Lisa Richesson

Welcome to another great week of Author Interviews! Today we have Non-Fiction author Lisa Richesson visiting with us to answer our 10 questions. Let’s get started!

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1)    What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym?   Do you use more than one name when you write?

Lisa Richesson. (This is not a pseudonym, nor does she use any other names in her writing career)

2) Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author. 

I was fourteen and had just finished reading John Lennon’s In His Own Write.  I suddenly knew deep down to my bones that I was a writer deep in my soul.

3)  What genre(s) do you write in, and why? 

Non-fiction and memoir because, as Christopher Isherwood said, “Why invent when life is so prodigious?”  For me, the lives and memories of people are much more interesting than fiction.  You can’t make this stuff up, right?

4)    What genres are your favorites to read? Why? 

I enjoy reading memoirs, history, oral histories.   Because for me, reading memoirs and history helps to ground me in the present.  By knowing how the world has evolved and how historic events have shaped our lives today, everything makes a bit more sense.

5)  Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote. 

This a hard one to answer as any favorite character I have will be a real person or entity of some sort.  Given that train of thought, my favorite character/entity is London.  As far as a character that I’ve written, I’m still working on it!

6)  There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

Sure.   A movie would get my work out to a lot of people who don’t necessarily look at books to buy on Amazon!

7)    How do you handle writer’s block? 

I set a goal of writing 1,000 words a day.  If the words just won’t materialize I either go for a walk or read or plop in front of the TV until I feel refreshed.

8)  What inspires you? 

Reading.  Movies.  Talking with folks.  Reading.  Art.  Museums.  Reading.  Travel.  Reading.

9) How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”? 

I’ve never gotten that face.  Rather I get, “Oh really?  What do you write?” or “Published yet?” or “How nice.”  “Or I’m (or my cousin, aunt, uncle, mother, father, best friend) is a writer too.”  “Oh wow!  Are you in a writer’s group?  Wanna start one?”  My response would be:  I write memoir and non-fiction.  I just published my first book on CreateSpace.  How nice you (or a relative/friend) is also a writer.  And thanks, but I’m not entirely interested in a writer’s group; however, I’d like to hear your ideas about one.”

10)  Finally, tell us where to go to find you:

My book, White Lady, Black Sons: a memoir of adoption, abuse and awakening is available on Amazon and Kindle. 

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

Twitter @LisaRichesson

Blog at  www.lisarichesson@wordpress.com.

Thank you Lisa for those insightful answers, and thank you everyone for joining us today. If you would like to be featured in your own interview (author, illustrator, agent, publisher, etc) please contact me and we’ll get you set up! Have a fabulous weekend!

Author Interview – Angela J. Ford

Welcome Everyone to another fabulous edition of our Friday Author Interviews! This week we have the lovely Angela joining us with her answers to our standard  10 questions for authors. Let’s see what she has to say:

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  • What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?

I actually write under my own name, but first I did some research to see if there were any other authors or public figures with the same name. Turns out, there’s an Angela Ford who writes romance novels, so I branded myself as Angela J. Ford.

I wonder how many people find you because they’re looking for a little romantic tale? That would be an interesting statistic to check out!

  • Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

It just happened! Growing up with four sisters we were always telling stories with our toys, reading books, making up all kinds of entertaining tales. Then one day instead of saying those stories out loud, I started writing them down, and short stories turned into novels, and novels turned into series. When I was 12 I finished the first draft of “The Five Warriors” and after that, the books continued to pour out of me. I knew wanted to publish them, it was just a matter of when. 14 years later, now it’s finally happening!

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Way to stick to it! 

  • What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

I love fairy tales and knowing anything can happen, there’s a hopeful outlook on life when you know anything is possible. That’s one of the reasons I write fantasy, the other is because I enjoy creating worlds, peoples and creatures that are similar but not quite like earth and humans. It’s much easier for me to write when I can create histories of peoples groups instead of researching them.

  • What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

Ah, such a hard question! As of late thrillers and suspense are my favorite genres to read. I love the way they pull the reader in, twist the story and make you think, I always try to guess what happens before the end. It’s like paying a game of Clue but with a book. I also read a lot of inspirational self-help books as well to keep me thinking, learning and growing as I build my marketing business.

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

Honestly, I like all of my characters but one of my favorites is in the final books of The Four Worlds Series is Eliesmore. He is a young, reluctant hero, a bit skeptical, and often feels like he’s been thrown in over his head. But he has a destiny which takes him on insane adventures, he runs into hilarious folk. It was quite fun creating the magical, mysterious world he lived in.

One of my favorite characters is Sybel from “The Forgotten Beasts of Eld” by Patricia A. McKillip. She is a chilling, powerful wizard unaccustomed to emotion until a child and a man cause her to step down from her mountain of security. It’s a wonderful, magical tale.

  • There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

Absolutely, I’d love for my books to be turned into a movie or a television series. I’m a huge fan of the film industry and understand the different between the medium of film and writing. There are certain things a viewer expects from a movie that are different from what a reader expects in a book.

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

Oh the struggle, I just remind myself to write. Some days it could be 10 words, others 10 pages, but it’s the practice that makes perfect. Besides, one always have the option to come back, re-draft and fix your work. It’s the practice of writing, the repetition that helps me move past the writer’s block.

  • What inspires you?

Many moments in life inspire me, but mainly enjoying the beauty of nature. All of my books have some sort of journey theme because I adore traveling. Of course I’m inspired by the books and movies as well.

  • How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?

To each their own, I already know not everyone likes authors, heck, not everyone enjoys reading! That’s fine by me, there are billions of people of the world and I’m not too worried about those who don’t “approve” of what I do. It’s just one of those things in life, you will always find the negative people, the downers, the realists, but that doesn’t mean you need to take their words to heart not change your course because one random stranger doesn’t believe in you.

What a great way to look at it!

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you:

You can find me almost anywhere only, and please say hi, I love chatting.
Book Website: www.thefivewarriors.com
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Five-Warriors-Angela-J-Ford/dp/1512163619
Twitter: www.twitter.com/aford21
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefourworldsseries
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4522765.Angela_J_Ford

Instagram: www.instagram.com/aford21
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/aford21
Blog: www.angelajford.com/blog

Thank you for sharing a bit of insight into your world with us Angela! It has been a joy to read your answers and have you with us at Here There Be Dragons!

Remember everyone, if you are enjoying this series and would like to be featured in your own interview please let me know! (You don’t have to let me know if you don’t enjoy or don’t want to be featured…I’ll figure it out from your lack of contact. However, if you just can’t hold it back, go ahead and leave me a comment telling me whats up!)

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Author Interview – Yasmine Hamdi

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday’s Author Interviews! I very excited to introduce you to a talented teen author, Yasmine. Welcome Yasmine, let’s get started.

What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?

Yasmine Hamdi, my full name. I just use this one to write.

Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

Tuesday morning actually, when I received an email from Amazon saying “Congratulations! Spirit of the Wind has been published…” It was exciting. I’ve always wanted to publish a book since I was 8 years old.

What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

MG, because it’s easier for me to write for a younger audience. I enjoy writing adventure stories the most.

What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

Young adult, because it’s my age level. I enjoy Adventure, Dystopian, Historical, some horror…

Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

Kyrah Willis- I created her. She is just really determined to stand up for what she believes in, not letting anything stop her at the age of 12.

Tris Prior- Part of the famous Divergent series and created by Veronica Roth, Tris is intelligent, cunning and fearless. She cares for her family and friends and strives to fight for what is worth fighting for.

There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

Definetly! I feel that most things will remain in my book because it’s only around 170 pages. I think it’d be incredible to see my work on screen, speak with the actors and gain a lot of publicity.

How do you handle writer’s block?

Taking a short break from writing and reading to get ideas.

What inspires you?

People who don’t give up, no matter how many times they’ve been knocked down. For example, J.K Rowling who was rejected countless times before her extraordinary success.

How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?

In my case actually, people are always impressed because I am fifteen. No one asks me what I do though. But when I get older, I think I’ll respond by saying, “I have a job that I love so much, I’ve never worked a day in my life”

Finally, tell us where to go to find you:

My Twitter

My Instagram

My Book 

Thank you everyone for joining us this week. Remember, if you would like to be featured in an interview you should let me know. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!lcover

Author Interview – Jim Vine

Welcome everyone to this week’s edition of Friday Author Interviews! Today I am happy to welcome author and screenwriter Jim Vines to the mix. Away we go:

Q: What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?

 

A: I write under my actual name and only my actual name.

Q: Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.


A: After being a screenwriter for many years, I decided to write a novel. I got it written, but wasn’t completely sure if I had anything anyone would want to read. I’m a pretty decent judge of my own writing, and I was confident that I had something good, but I needed another opinion. I gave the manuscript to a friend…someone I knew would give me honest feedback. She read it and loved it…not only the story itself, but all the characters, the twists and turns. This gave me the push I needed to move forward on the rewrites and editing.

Q: What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

A: Any success I had as a screenwriter was in the horror and thriller genres. I’ve only been a novelist for a short time, so I haven’t had a chance yet to explore writing in those genres, but I’m sure I will eventually. I tend to be drawn to stories that take place in the real world…ordinary people going through ordinary tribulations.

Q: What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

A: I don’t really have a favorite genre. I’m pretty much willing to read just about anything that sounds interesting. But I will say that I’m not a big fan of period pieces or tales of the future, so I usually stick with contemporary stories. I understand present day, so that’s what I read…and it’s what I tend to write.

Q: Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: one that you wrote and one that someone else wrote.

A: I can’t say I have any all-time favorite characters in fiction. I guess Ian Fleming’s James Bond could be a candidate. I wasn’t crazy about the series of books (though I did find a few of them quite entertaining), but it’s what made the Bond films possible…and I grew up being quite a Bond fanatic. (I was also named after James Bond, so there’s that.) As for characters I’ve written…well, there have been some fun ones I’ve written in screenplays, but I’d have to vote for Trent Nordhoff, the main character in my debut novel, Luigi’s Chinese Delicatessen. To pick up and leave the safety and comfort of home and family, to drive clear across country and settle in a place like Hollywood, to start an entirely new life as a budding screenwriter…lemme tell ya, that boy’s got some guts!

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Q: There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

A: Sure, if a producer wants to make a TV show or movie out of one of my books, and if he pays me for it, I’d be thrilled. Will the resultant piece be true to my original vision? Well, probably not. But I’d be willing to bet they’d come up with an interesting slant on my material that I never gave thought to…and that can be pretty exciting. I wrote a web series a number of years ago and found a young fella who wanted to produce it. This wasn’t a big project and there was no money behind it. It was just a group of talented, creative people getting together to flex their creative muscles. The end result was probably about 80% my vision. That other 20% was a nice surprise. I really had a blast watching it all come to life!

Q: How do you handle writer’s block?

A: I don’t suffer much from writer’s block, though I might occasionally hit a snag on a scene. If that happens I just skip the scene and get back to it when the ideas are flowing. Sometimes your mind just needs to get away from whatever you’re working on. Given the time and a bit of distance, you’ll eventually figure out whatever problems you were having.

Q: What inspires you?

A: It’s all about creativity and entertainment. Those are the two driving forces for me. To create something that entertains…it’s magic.

Q: How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?

A: Nobody has ever made a face when I told them I’m a writer. Usually people get excited: “You’re a writer? Really? Cool!” I’ve had some great discussions about writing and the creative process. So many people seem to be fascinated by it.

 

Q: Finally, tell us where to go to find you

A: Here’s where you can find me:

My screenwriting blog: www.theworkingscreenwriter.blogspot.com

My indie author blog: www.jimvinespresents.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WriterJimVines

My creative page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jimvinespresents?ref=hl

My novel on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1PxMsUq

Author Interview – Jean Lamb

Welcome everyone to another week of Friday Interviews! This week we welcome life-long author, Jean Lamb. Thank you for stopping by Jean.

Jean Lamb

Let’s get right to the questions!

  • What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?

I write under the name of Jean Lamb, which is the name I usually go by. It’s not a pseudonym, though I have multiple series planned in multiple genres, so I may well use pseudonyms when I begin those. For instance, I have a Western saga series planned called The Western Wheel, which will cover the events in Sabado, Kansas, over a period of 60 years (each book is five years apart and it begins in 1850).

  • Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

I wrote really bad stories as a child, and what is worse, sent some of them out. I suspect the editors suspected my age, and were fairly gentle. I even made up a truly bad musical in junior high that I somehow inveigled the other kids in the neighborhood to participate in (no singing, just running around with occasional swordfights, punctuated by Plot Expositions).

  • What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

Right now I write in fantasy and romance. My next book, Phoenix in Shadow, is a combination of both. It’s not strictly a romantic fantasy, but a fantasy with a romance. I also have SF, historical mystery, and western saga books planned to write.

Due to release sometime in January 2016

Due to release sometime in January 2016

  • What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

I grew up on SF and fantasy, as well as sneak-reading my mom’s James Bond books (how I learned where Vladivostok was when in sixth grade, and why I didn’t tell the teacher how I’d learned it). Now I read a lot more SF, fantasy, mystery, historical, biographies, nonfiction (including some WWII books. Ok, I read everything).

That sounds like quite the eclectic list! I applaud you for it!

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

The one that I wrote—Ravin Gambrell. He shows that there is life and courage after a devastating personal loss of house, family, and face. He also shows that there should be a limit to revenge. Eventually.

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The one I didn’t write—Professor Severus Snape. My husband is a chemistry teacher, you see, and I hear about what some of the students and what they get up to. He shows that love is everlasting even for the not-so-beautiful people, and that a person can do the right thing even when everyone else hates you.

I agree that Snape is amazing, and one of my top 5 characters from the series as well! He was played perfectly in the movies, in my opinion anyway.

 

  • There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

Oh, yes—but only if I was part of the process. Many things can change, as long as the spirit of the story remains. This is weird, but I obsess over my last line; if I know my last line, then the rest of the book eventually lines up, even though I wander around a lot. The movie would have to make enough sense for that last line to work.

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

Morning pages. Even if you spend them whining, the process makes you sit down and write something. I disagree with Julia Cameron that they have to be handwritten, however. I can type forever, but handwriting bothers my wrist a great deal and I become nearly illegible. Typed morning pages allow me to salvage anything interesting for actual works in progress.

Of course, I try not to play Bejeweled until I have some writing done. I don’t have Candy Crush on my phone, either—as a recovering Tetris addict, I know what timesuckers those cute little games can be.

I am a game addict as well, so I try really REALLY hard not to ….oh look, someone sent me a request.

  • What inspires you?

Music! I have a variety of synesthesia where sound creates physical sensation/texture, which makes it easy for me to choreograph almost any kind of music. Even though my joints are not as limber as they use to be, getting up and dancing gets my blood flowing and my thoughts moving.

Art! Beauty of any kind moves me; whether it’s landscape in the beautiful Klamath Basin where I live, or the panoramic forests on my screensaver, or even the blossoms on the geranium hanging outside, color and light help me to live.

Love! A strong marriage of over 40 years and two children make me feel connected to others, as well as many friends who live here or on the Internet. I know the rhythms of love, both when they work and when they go wrong. And I know that supporting them, and asking for their support, helps make my life complete.

  • How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?

I cheerfully point out what I write, where they can find my work, and mention that they can read the first three chapters for free before buying. I really hope I have hooked them by then. I still have a day job, though that will end at the end of this year. When I have the time I need, my motto will be “2k a day before I play”.

 A Brilliant Marriage

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you

My books are on Amazon, of course, just look for Jean Lamb. I have one book on B&N, though alas it has not sold very well there. I have the gmail address jeanlambwriter@gmail.com, which I am very bad about checking, and I am also on Facebook.

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Thank you for sharing your awesome answers with us today Jean! Good luck with your books, and the 2k motto 😉

Remember, if you are someone in the business of books (even if you aren’t an author) and would like to be included in an interview just let me know! I look forward to hearing from you all. Come back soon!

Author Interview: Melissa Barker-Simpson

Thank you all for joining us here for another fabulous edition of Author Interview Friday! Today it is my great pleasure to welcome to Melissa Barker-Simpson, author of many genres, into our midst. Let’s get this party started!

  • What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?

I write under my own name, and a pseudonym. Though all my novels have an element of romance, I write strictly contemporary romance using the pen-name Nat Hobson (which was my great-grandfather’s name).

  • Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

Probably the moment I received a copy of my first published book in 2008. It was odd seeing my name on the front. It still feels surreal!

  • What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

My current novel is a fantasy, the one before that science fiction. I also have a crime thriller series, which is what I’m working on at the moment. I’ve always been drawn to science fiction. The first novel I wrote as a teenager was sci-fi, though it will probably never see the light of day!

  • What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

That’s a tough one. I read so many different genres now. It used to be science fiction, but I’m delving more into dark fantasy, and I’ve always been a fan of horror; James Herbert, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Clive Barker, being among my favourites. I enjoy travelling to new worlds and sharing the journey with intriguing characters.

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

(1) I’ll start with a favourite of mine – Barry Fielding. He was only ever supposed to be a minor character, but his inherent charm convinced me to give him a much bigger role! He’s intelligent, and funny, and more complex than I realised. He constantly takes me by surprise. Barry is getting his own book later this year (to be published next year), so you can expect to hear more about him soon.

(2) Jack Reacher springs to mind (by Lee Child), so I’ll go with him. I’m terrible when it comes to choosing favourites, so instead of talking myself out of the answer, I’ll move on! Reacher is a military man; he’s tough, but fair, and highly skilled. I don’t think he goes looking for trouble, but it finds him anyway.

 

  • There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

It would be both terrifying and thrilling to see my characters on the big screen. I enjoy it when books are adapted, interpreted for a different medium, and are able to separate themselves (as much as they can) from the original material. I also enjoy when books, or the essence of them – the characters – are adapted for television. I can see the team I created, Morgan and Fairchild, causing havoc with their own series. But it would be great fun.

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

I don’t really suffer from writers block per se. There are times when I’m stuck with a particular scene, or dissatisfied with my work in progress. At those times I take a step back (some would call it avoidance!). I usually work on something else, until the characters draw me back in and the words start to flow again. I always try to write something.

  • What inspires you?

Other writers; bloggers; my friends and family, and people I meet while interpreting. I find inspiration in everyday situations, and find my mind wandering constantly. I feel fortunate to have so many different characters in my head. They inspire me to tell their story, and connect with others.

  • How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?

If I’m honest, I still say sign language interpreter when I’m asked ‘what I do’. If I mention the writing, I use the word writer, as opposed to author. The question I dread is ‘what do you write’ or, if talking about a specific book, ‘what’s it about?’

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you please!)

https://booklaunch.io/mbarkersimpson/thefallen

https://booklaunch.io/mbarkersimpson/changingworlds

https://booklaunch.io/mbarkersimpson/sinsofthefather

https://booklaunch.io/mbarkersimpson/handsofevil

https://booklaunch.io/mbarkersimpson/thefifthwatcher

Blog: http://www.mbarkersimpson.wordpress.com

Website: http://www.mbarkersimpson.co.uk

Email: info@mbarkersimpson.co.uk

Twitter handle: @mbarkersimpson

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/melissabarkersimpson

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/mbarkersimpson

Thank you Melissa! What great responses this week!

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