Archive for June, 2014

Jessica and Briana co-authored Seeking the Storyteller an interview

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Ok Girls, how long have you been writing?

 

Jessica: I’ve been writing on and off for years.  I don’t remember my first story or when I started, but the earliest one I can remember with any detail was a fanfiction for Bucky O Hare and the Toad Wars back in the early 90’s, I might have written some horrible Star Trek stuff before that.

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Briana:  I have a clear memory of writing back when I was 9 years old.  It was a pop up book made with construction paper and crayons and featured farm animals.  I have no idea what the story itself was about, but I remember those details.  I’ve been writing on and off ever since, from fanfiction to what I write now.

 

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

Jessica: I was born in Missouri but moved to Minnesota shortly after.  I’ve grown up for most of my life in Minnesota around the Twin Cities.  Currently I live in St Paul with my partner and sometimes coauthor.

 

Briana:  I was born in Chicago and grew up there or in the suburbs nearby for 18 years of my life.  I left home to go to Iowa State University, where I met Jessica online, and after graduation in 2006 I moved to Minnesota to be with her.  We live together in St. Paul right now with our cats and geeky things.

 

How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

Jessica:  All ideas (more…)

Author Berin Stephens an interview

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Berin Stephen is the author of The Tales of Myrick the (Not So) Magnificent and he is visiting my blog today. 

Welcome Berin, tell us where you were born:

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I was born in the magical realm called Alaska and grew up there. Even though I now live in Utah, I still consider Alaska my home.

I bet Utah is warmer…What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

I find the most difficult (more…)

The Silver Series Giveaway to celebrate the end of the series

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Enter the giveaway by leaving an comment in this blog. One whole set will be given to a lucky winner. (That is 7 ebooks)

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Jaze Carso a character from The Silver Series by Cheree Alsop has consented in given us an excerpt written  by himself to introduce the Silver Series to us.  

“Werewolves hide among you; it’s a secret we have fought for centuries to keep. We were almost wiped out once, and know better than to let the secret out again. But just like humans, werewolves are impulsive and sometimes uncontrollable. That’s where I come in. My job is (more…)

Deborah L Gladwell author of The Adventures of Shy Spy

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Deborah, how has your family background affected your writing, if it has?  

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As a child I had wonderful parents. Both parents spent time with us and made us feel special. I remember as a child my mother reading to my sisters and me. She always made the books come alive for us. I don’t know if she ever knew how we looked forward to her reading to us. My father after work would let us climb up on his lap and practice our reading on him. Not only did dad let us read to him, but he was a terrific storyteller. He could tell some really outrageous, farfetched, tall tales about wrestling alligators with his bare hands or a bear etc. Dad also had a great sense of humor and made up some really funny little songs that he often sang to us (off key).

My father’s mother died a year before I was born. Dad and mom’s home (wherever we were) kind of became the place that (more…)

Jared A. Barneck author of Fire Light

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Jared, tell us where you were born?
Salt Lake City

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Nice, what is the most difficult thing about being an author?

Getting the word out about my book.

Amen to that. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

My father. He kept a library of books at my house. I consumed them. I probably shouldn’t have read some of the books when I did. For example, I read Rambo First Blood Part II in fifth grade. I think I read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings first, though.
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The Spy Who Kissed Me by Pauline Baird Jones an interview

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Pauline, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?

That knowledge is lost in the mists of my brain. I expect it will bubble up closer to the end of my life, rather like the kegs in HALLELUJAH TRAIL (does that totally date me?). I began to seriously pursue writing in the last part of the 80’s. Gulp. I launched my writing “career” with some bad essays, then moved into scriptwriting. That went better than the essays. I had a play produced. Realized it was not an economic path and moved into fiction and non-fiction. My first sale was a children’s story. My second sale was kid’s non-fiction. Tried my hand at women’s short fiction. Then the First Gulf War started, I was watching it and (more…)

Julie Coulter Bellon author of “All Fall Down” an interview

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Julie, how long have you been writing?

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I have been writing as long as I can remember. I once placed in an essay contest in second grade and knew from that moment on I wanted to be a writer. And a veterinarian. And a ballet dancer. And a doctor. But I finally narrowed it down to just being a writer.

Nicely done. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in Canada and came to the United States to attend university. (more…)

Cindy Hogan the author of “Watched”

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Cindy, welcome. Tell us where you were born and where you live now.

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I was born in Salt Lake City, UT but moved all around the country and now live in Layton, UT.

What makes you passionate about writing? (more…)

A child as spy? “In the Enemy’s Service” an interview

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Annie, what is your typical day like?

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I’m actually a full time teacher. While I love my day job, unfortunately it doesn’t leave me with nearly as much time for writing as I’d like. I mostly write on the weekends, plus sometimes in the evenings if I don’t feel too brain dead after a long day of teaching.

Sometimes it’s hard for me to focus on my writing at home where there are always so many (more…)

Jordan McCollum author of I, Spy an Interview

Sunday, June 1st, 2014
What makes you passionate about writing, Jordan? 
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I love the creation process, building worlds and people. I also love perfecting my craft and my worlds, making a book as real as I can.
Nice. Do you have a writing routine? 

As much as I can, whenever I can? My routine is (more…)