Posts Tagged ‘C. Lee McKenzie’

Hopefully, the machine will work this time

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Tara Tyler, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

 

Born: Plymouth, MA; Now: Cincinnati, OH

What makes you passionate about writing?

 

I want to encourage kids to read and get the message to them that they can succeed as long as they don’t give up

 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

 

about a month

 

Who or What inspired you to write this book?


 

The IWSG anthology contest with the theme: Time

 

What is the title of your book?

 

RESET

Could you give us a back cover blurb?

 

Twelve-year-old Casey has no time for her quirky family. Mr. Zander has been searching for the perfect specimen to save his. When Casey walks into Mr. Zander’s clock repair shop, he sees her as a prime contender and coerces her to help him. Hopefully, the machine will work this time.

 

What genre does your book fall under?


 

Sci Fi Thriller

 

Do you have a favorite character, why?

 

I like Mr. Zander – he’s dementedly dedicated – he spent his whole life building a time machine to go back and start over

 

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

 

I’d say the message is to deal with what happens in your life and make the most of it

 

What else might pique the reader’s interest in your book?

 

The prospect of time travel has consequences – and the relationship between the girl and her captor

 

Where can we find your book? 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

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Would you risk your life for a child in danger? The clock is ticking…

Friday, May 4th, 2018
  1. J. R. Ferguson, Welcome to my post. Where are you from?

 

I was born and raised in Longview, Texas but have lived in Louisiana for 35 years. Louisiana is home now.

Makes sense. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

 

If given the opportunity to travel any time in history, I would probably decline. I’m not much of a risk-taker. Maybe that’s why I like for my characters to take risks. I live vicariously through them.

 

Most authors do. If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would it be? What food would you serve?

 

I wouldn’t mind having dinner with Joe Mack Crawford, the main character in my story, The Little Girl in the Bayou. He’s a good old East Texas boy who likes barbecue. Of course, that poses a problem for me since I’m vegetarian.

 

He, he, he. If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?

 

I’d stay on earth, thank you. I’d lease a home on the coast of Maine, pack up hubby, the kids and their spouses and live there for a summer—with option to buy.

 

I’m with you there…Describe your dream writing spot.

 

My dream writing spot is just a dream—a home on the coast of Maine or an apartment in downtown Boston. Realistically, I can write anywhere but the best place I’ve written is the library in Mustang, Oklahoma. That place has excellent vibes!

 

Wow, awesome. How did you find enough commitment to complete your book?

 

I have more unfinished books than finished ones. I wrote The Little Girl in the Bayou about thirty years ago. All these years I’ve tinkered with it, updated it and tried to make it timely. I have a partial novel and another short story featuring Joe Mack Crawford, the main character.

 

Nice. What is the name of your book?

 

My story in Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is called The Little Girl in the Bayou. It features Mack Crawford, a Texas construction worker who sticks his neck out to find a missing child.

Interesting…Give us a back blurb of your book.

 

Would you risk your life for a child in danger? The clock is ticking…

 

Chiiiiiiiills…What genre is it?

 

Mystery.

 

My favorite. What kind of research did you do for this book?

 

As the years have passed since I first wrote The Little Girl in the Bayou, I’ve had to continue my research to update the story. I’ve researched Polaroid pictures and videos, adult entertainment stores on I-10 and small Louisiana towns and their problems. Don’t get the impression my story is X-rated. It’s a clean story about a guy who cares.

 

Really? Where can we find your books? 

 

I’ve taken all my books off Amazon for updating but Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime can be found at the links below. Thanks so much for the interview, Anna.

You are welcome.

Links

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38227821-tick-tock

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

ITunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime/id1341413711?mt=11

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I was surprised at the joy I got out of putting those words to paper

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Jemi Fraser, welcome. How has your family background affected your writing, if it has?

 

I was born into a family of logical people where practical pursuits and hobbies were valued over creative ones. I was always a little bit of an oddball in the family  and while they didn’t necessarily understand my interests and tastes in art, music, and stories, they always encouraged me to be me. I didn’t consider writing – even as a hobby – until well after my kids were born, but the interest in stories had been cultivated long before that. Still, I was surprised at the joy I got out of putting those words to paper.

How interesting…What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel?

 

When I did decide to try writing, I did it totally as a hobby for myself and myself alone. It took me another few years before the idea of actually attempting to publish something crossed my mind.  By that point, I had written a couple of very wordy, very angsty, very bad novels. The core ideas are there, but the novels themselves are hilariously bad.

 

You aren’t the only one with that experience. Please describe your writing process.

 

I am currently learning to plot. It doesn’t come naturally to me, but with the help of some very good craft books I’m doing a much better job and finding the revising process less complex.

 

Nice…Where do you do your best work?

 

As of romance author, I should probably say the bedroom, but the reality is that I do almost all of my writing in an overstuffed chair in my living room while my TV is playing sports in the background .

 

Now that is different. Please give us a brief rundown of the plot of “Until Release”.

Early release for good behaviour means Sean Walker is counting the minutes until he’ll be free. He’s not the only one counting, but the others don’t have freedom on their minds.

 

Wow! What genre is it?

 

“Until Release” is a suspenseful mystery.

 

What goal did you originally have for your books and/or writing?

 

I think my primary goal was and is entertainment. The world can be a sad or scary place for a lot of people. Fiction can offer a welcome release (pun intended) from all of that reality.

 

Ha, ha. How did you decide whether to self-publish or find a mainstream publisher?

 

I’m still in the process of making this decision. I definitely like both the control of self-publishing and the idea of having a team working with me that goes with traditional publishing. We’ll see what the future brings.

 

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

 

In the past, I’ve only ever known this for sure by finishing the entire novel. Now that I’m learning to plot, it’s easier to see if the idea is viable or not before I dig in.

 

Makes sense…Where can we find your books?

 

Until Release is my first published work, but you can catch up with me at the following links

 

http://jemifraser.blogspot.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013354501204

https://twitter.com/jemifraser

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Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime -The clock is ticking…

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Gwen Gardner, Welcome to my blog. Tell us how long have you been writing?

 

Since 2010. I’ve been an avid reader my whole life, but when it comes to writing, I’m a late bloomer. To me, there is definitely a correlation between the two, although I didn’t connect them until much later in life. But once the writing bug bit me, there was no turning back.

I know what you mean. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

 

I grew up a Navy brat and then married a gypsy, so travel runs in my veins. I love it! Although technically I’m a Southern California girl, I love the beach and the mountains with equal vigor. I love traveling through Europe, and I’m a complete anglophile. In fact, my story, A Stitch in Crime, takes place in the fictional village of Sabrina Shores in England. The architecture is older than you see here in the States, so you know that anything that old must hold secrets…and ghosts. I love telling their stories.

 

Secrets, Ghost…Wow. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

 

When an idea won’t go away, I’ll jot the idea down and revisit it a few times. If it still nags me, I’ll rough out an outline, to include the ending. If it still interests me, then I’ll write about it.

 

It makes sense. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

 

First and foremost, my husband. If not for him telling me it was okay to have dreams and chase after them, I doubt I would have ever pursued writing. Inspiration-wise, I admire J.K. Rowling with her fantastic world-building and storytelling ability. Her first Harry Potter book was turned down fifteen times! She didn’t give up. And surprisingly, Stephen King has inspired me. I don’t read horror, but his autobiographical book, On Writing, contains some very real lessons on the craft and the writing journey. He threw away his first draft of Carrie! Luckily his wife fetched it out of the bin. It helps to have someone who believes in you.

 

Hubbies, are awesome when they believe in you. What is the name of your book?

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is the name of the anthology to be published by Dancing Lemur Press on May 1, 2018. My story, A Stitch in Crime is the feature piece.

 

Sounds intriguing. Tell us more about it.

 

Perhaps a backcover blurb. A Stitch in Crime: Seasoned ghost whisperer Indigo Eady hoped for an easy haunting this time, but when she’s called out to the local Candy Cupboard, those hopes are dashed. A death spot appears where no one has recently died. She discovers that a child died in that very spot—sixty years ago. Why wait sixty years to return to the spot where you died?  It’s up to Indigo and her sidekick Franny to find out before it’s too late.

 

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime

The clock is ticking…

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda RenEe, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting…

 

Is there a book trailer for your book?

 

I would love Dancing Lemur Press to make a trailer, but as of yet, there isn’t one.

 

Do you have a favorite character, why?

 

I love the interaction between Indigo and Franny. It couldn’t be a story without both of them. Sweet and funny, Indigo Eady is a young woman just trying to get by in the world, but her ghost whispering abilities play havoc with her life. Normality would be a true luxury. Her ghostly sidekick, Franny, is a former Victorian madam of some repute. Her well-meaning but interfering ways adds to the chaos in Indigo’s life—especially when she insists on finding a man for Indigo.

 

That is awesome. What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

 

The world is so chaotic these days. All you have to do is turn on the TV or fire up the internet to get a massive dose of reality. For some, the everyday bombardment can be overwhelming. My lighthearted cozy mysteries will appeal to those people who want a break from the stress of real life. In my stories, there is no overt violence or sex. The bad guy is always caught and justice is always served. And of course, add a splash of mayhem, a dash of humor and a bit of pot stirring to make things more interesting, and the result is very satisfying!

 

I bet they are…. Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?

 

Every successful author’s advice I’ve read says to write, write, write. It’s true. There are no shortcuts to becoming a successful writer. You must write and study every craft book you can get your hands on. Success comes with practice. Forget how bad the first draft is. It’s through editing that your work begins to unfold properly.

 

What are this year’s goals?

 

I am in the process of editing another Indigo and Franny novel called, A Scandal in Boohemia, as well as a short story called, Lady Sings the Boos. I plan to publish them by the end of the year.

 

I can’t wait to read your work. Where can we find your book?

Amazon –

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

ITunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime/id1341413711?mt=11

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