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When ruthless killers target them,even a safe house isn’t safe

Monday, April 27th, 2020
Hostile Pursuit
A Hard Core Justice Thriller Book 1
by Juno Rushdan
Genre: Romantic Thriller
When ruthless killers target them,even a safe house isn’t safe.
Only twenty-four hours remain until marshal Nick McKenna’s informant, Lori Carpenter, will testify against a powerful drug cartel. Nick has kept her safe for an entire year, but now all hell is breaking loose. With a team of cold-blooded assassins closing in, the by-the-book lawman decides to go rogue. He’ll risk his life for duty…and put it all on the line for his irresistible witness.
I’m
going to warn you: you will not be able to put this book down.” 

-Anita, Goodreads reviewer, 5 Stars. 

This
edge of your seat romantic thriller had me hooked from the beginning
and didn’t let up until the sizzling conclusion.

-David, Goodreads reviewer, 5 Stars

 

A
suspenseful, jam-packed read!! I couldn’t put the book down because
I wanted to know what would happen next-and it was a lot!
”-Jewels
Book Blog, Goodreads reviewer, 5 Stars

 

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Juno is a veteran Air Force Intelligence Officer who writes romantic thrillers with sizzle, pulse-pounding suspense, and plenty of action. Her stories are about strong heroes and gutsy heroines fighting for their lives as well as their happily-ever-after. Expect an intense emotional journey and a thrill ride to keep you turning the pages.
A native New Yorker, she currently lives in the Washington, DC area with her patient husband, two vivacious kids, and a spoiled rescue dog. Juno loves hanging out with readers and anyone friendly over a great glass of wine.
The Final Hour series features a covert, off-the-books unit sanctioned to operate beyond the black and white constraints of other intelligence agencies. They work in the shadows safeguarding national security. When a horrifying conspiracy hits too close to home, they’re the last line of defense. They’ll do anything to keep their country safe and sacrifice everything for the ones they love.
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If he’s not careful, Cryss Logan may very well uncover the dangerous secret Derek has hidden all these years, threatening not only his safe, peaceful life, but his very existence

Saturday, February 29th, 2020
Hunted by the Dragon
Black Sky Dragons Book 1
by Addison Carmichael
Genre: Paranormal Romance
A real fire-breathing Dragon?
When the questionable cellphone photo of a flying black reptile is splashed over the internet, online news reporter Crystal Logan ventures to the small town of Winchester to find out just how real this alleged sighting is. If her suspicions prove accurate, this will be the discovery of a lifetime, and the answer to a heartbreaking nightmare that has plagued Cryss for over a decade.
* * *
In the Black Sky Mountains of Colorado, Sheriff Derek Reaves has worked hard to maintain his quiet rural life. Now thanks to a paranoid tourist who swears he spotted a fairytale monster, hundreds of crazy supernatural and alien seekers are flooding Winchester for their own encounter of the bizarrest kind.
Unfortunately one beautiful news lady is a lot savvier, nosier and tenacious than all the others. If he’s not careful, Cryss Logan may very well uncover the dangerous secret Derek has hidden all these years, threatening not only his safe, peaceful life, but his very existence.
Unless he can find a way to stop her first.
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AMAZON
Best Selling author ADDISON CARMICHAEL is a Paranormal Romance
junkie. Love is a mystical, magical thing to her, and she loves
writing and living vicariously through her endless PNR stories.
Whether it be alpha male werewolves, fierce dragons, panthers and
other shifters, sizzling hot vampires, or illusive sorcerers who will
magically make your dreams come true, her imagination is bubbling up
several stories after another.
 
I’m
often asked why I write this genre,” Addison commented. “The
truth is, I love creating unique and fantastical worlds where
anything is possible. I’m in love with love and all its
possibilities for both adventure and total bliss. This is my avenue
to live in these worlds and become the adventurous heroine who falls
madly in love with her compliment super hot, supernatural hero.
Worlds I love to visit again and again.”
 
As
a literature major, Addison also enjoys weaving classic themes into
her books, yet keeping the fun and folklore true to each story and
character. While paying strict attention to the tropes of each myth,
she also finds unique ways to create new ones in order to make each
story as fresh, realistic and plausible as possible.
Besides
reading and writing (which are blissful addictions), Addison loves
the mountains and ocean, and enjoys hiking, camping, horseback riding
and star-gazing whenever she can manage it. But reading, writing and
storytelling is and will always be the “true love” of her life.
Addison
Carmichael
was born and raised in Southern California and has
lived and traveled all over the west coast (and the world).  She
married the man of her dreams and has two awesome sons, two
daughters-of-her-heart, and three grandchildren who are the jewels in
her personal crown.

 

She
now lives happily-ever-after with her family (which includes Mollie,
her black lab-border collie) in Snohomish, Washington of the U.S.
Pacific Northwest.
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Everybody knows Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee, but who was she really?

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
Annabel
Lee:
The
Story of a Woman, Written By Herself
by
Christopher Conlon
Genre:
Historical Gothic
 
Everybody
knows Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee, but who was she really?
In this haunting and evocative novel, Christopher Conlon (“one of
the preeminent names in contemporary literary horror” 
Booklist)
imagines a life for one of literature’s most renowned characters.
Hers is a chronicle even more thrilling, doom-haunted, and tragic
than Poe himself could have conceived, for here Annabel Lee tells her
own story in her own words for the first time.

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Christopher
Conlon (b. 1962) is best known as the editor of the Bram Stoker
Award-winning anthology “He Is Legend” (Gauntlet/Tor), a
tribute to author Richard Matheson which was reprinted by the Science
Fiction Book Club and in multiple foreign translations. His novel
“Savaging the Dark” was included in Booklist’s “Top
Ten: Horror” for 2015 (starred review) and acclaimed by Paste
Magazine both as one of the 21 Best Horror Books of the 21st Century
and as one of the 50 Best Horror Novels of All Time. Two of his
earlier novels, “Midnight on Mourn Street” and “A
Matrix of Angels,” were finalists for the Stoker Award, and he
has written numerous collections of stories and poems along with two
full-length stage plays. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Conlon holds
an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Maryland and
lives in the Washington, DC area.
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If you love movies and food and romance as cozy as flannel jammies, Holiday Hijinks is the Christmas read for you

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
Holiday
Hijinks
Halliday
Theater #1
by
Katherine Moore
Genre:
Cozy Holiday Romance
 
It’s
Christmas, and this year Emily Halliday is trying something new at
the struggling revival movie theater she runs for her
great-grandmother. After all, how many times can you show It’s a
Wonderful Life
?
Emily
was hoping to make a little profit on “Holiday Hijinks,” her
“counter-programming Christmas” event. What she never
expected—plot twist—is that an unexpected guest will turn her own
life into a romantic comedy.
Holiday
Hijinks
is the first in a new series of cozy romances set in the
small Pacific Northwest town of Silver Birch, Washington. A short
read (15K) for a busy time, Holiday Hijinks introduces a whole
new cast of characters while bringing back “cameos” from the
“Meredith Manor Hotel” books, which are also set in Silver Birch.
If
you love movies and food and romance as cozy as flannel jammies,
Holiday Hijinks is the Christmas read for you.
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HOLIDAY HIJINKS: Halliday Theater #1 by Katherine Moore is a cute and nice, Holiday Contemporary Romance. It has the charm of old town USA and the glitter of a big city. The characters are fun, realistic and you can identify with them. It is a Christmas romance to enjoy anytime.

Emily is ready to help in her grandmother’s theater, but not with the regular Christmas movies…. She wants to rock the stage with new ones.  She has plans that make Grandma nervous. But, if they are to keep the theater open, sacrifices need to be made. All seems fine until a wild man comes to town and scares the people and Emily has to fix it. After all she invited him…. Behind him, another charming gentleman comes to help, and he catches her eyes. This Christmas may bring more changes than new Christmas movies to the town of Silver Birch.

 
Born
in Washington, D.C., Katherine Moore now lives in a small Pacific
Northwest town very much like Silver Birch. She has worked as a food
writer, a caterer, and a movie extra as well as a freelance lifestyle
reporter and staff writer for magazines in Honolulu, Los Angeles, and
Richmond, Virginia.

 

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A Queen from the North Excerpt

Monday, June 19th, 2017
A
Queen From the North
A
Royal Roses Book
by
Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
 
It
may be the 21st century, but in a not-so-united kingdom the wounds of
the Wars of the Roses have never healed. The rivalry between the
Yorkish north and Lancastrian south has threatened to pull the nation
apart for over 500 years. 

 

 


While
the modern world struggles with fractures born of ancient conflict,
Lady Amelia Brockett faces far more mundane problems. Known to her
family as Meels, this youngest daughter of a Northern earl is having
the Worst. Christmas. Ever. Dumped by her boyfriend and rejected from
graduate school, her parents deem her the failure of the
family.

 

 

But
when her older brother tries to cheer her with a trip to the races, a
chance meeting with Arthur, the widowed, playboy Prince of Wales,
offers Amelia the chance to change her life — and Britain’s fortunes
— forever. Hunted by the press — and haunted by Arthur’s niece who
fancies herself the kingdom’s court witch — Amelia finds herself
adrift in a sea of paparazzi, politics, and prophecy.

 

 

With
few allies beyond her allergic-to-horses sister-in-law, her best
friend who has a giant crush on the prince, and the cute young
receptionist at Buckingham Palace that calls himself her Royalty
Customer Service Representative, Amelia must navigate a perilous and
peculiar course to secure Arthur’s love and become A Queen from the
North.

 

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Erin
McRae

is a queer writer based in New York and Washington, DC. She is a
researcher, statistician, and novelist.
She
has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the
University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada) and a master’s degree in
International Affairs from American University (Washington, DC).
Together
with Racheline Maltese she founded Avian30, a literary collective
dedicated to stories with magical and sexual realism. She is a hybrid
author. She and Racheline Maltese have self-published titles (A Queen
From the North, 2017; The Art of Three, 2017, and the Love in Los
Angeles series, which was originally published by Torquere Press in
2014 and is being re-released in 2017). They have also published work
with Cleis Press, Dreamspinner (The Love’s 
Labours series, 2015), Supposed Crimes (Young Love Old Hearts, 2015).
She
lives with her spouse and their two cats.
 
Racheline
Maltese

can fly a plane, sail a boat, and ride a horse, but has no idea how
to drive a car. With Erin McRae she writes romance about fame and
public life. She is also a producer and writer on Tremontaine, Serial
Box Publishing’s adventure of manners, swordplay, and chocolate
that’s a prequel to Ellen Kushner’s gay lit classic, Swordspoint.
Racheline’s
training includes a journalism degree from The George Washington
University, as well as acting and directing coursework at the
Atlantic Theater Company Acting School (New York City) and the
National Institute of Dramatic Art (Sydney, Australia).
Her
fiction, non-fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous outlets, and
she is a regular speaker on pop-culture topics at fan and academic
conferences. Racheline also voiced Desire and Delirium in a benefit
performance of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman for the CBLDF.

 

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Do you know the Chicago Fairytale?

Saturday, March 25th, 2017
The
Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan
by
Steve Wiley
Genre:
Fantasy
 
“Intelligent,
Enchanting, Playful” ~ Publishers Weekly
Warning:
Content may be deemed offensive by Polish Indians, vice presidents of
something, my wife, Finbar Finnegan’s wife, LinkedIn, little kids who
think this book is for little kids, Thumbelina, Brown Liners,
mermaids, and the wind.

 

Growing
up and getting trapped in adult life is something that most people
eventually face, but while reading The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca
Finnegan, a charming and magical book by Steve Wiley, it is almost
possible to forget about the inexorable progress of time. With a main
character who is teetering on the edge of forgetting about magic
forever, this novel is a touching and thought-provoking ride through
nostalgia, memory and the promises of youth. Wiley’s sharp,
tongue-in-cheek style of writing makes the pages fly and the Chicago
skyline makes a stunning backdrop for this mystical romp.
In
Chicago, a secret L train runs through the mythical East Side of the
city. On that train, you’ll find a house-cat conductor, an
alcoholic elf, a queen of the last city farm, the most curious wind,
and an exceptional girl by the name of Francesca Finnegan.
When
we first encounter Richard K. Lyons, he is a man who has long
forgotten the one night, when he was still a boy called Rich, when
Francesca invited him aboard the secret L for an adventure through
the East Side. The night was a mad epic, complete with
gravity-defying first kisses, mermaid overdoses, and princess
rescues. Unfortunately for Rich, the night ended like one of those
elusive dreams forgotten the moment you wake. Now, Rich is all grown
up and out of childish adventures, an adult whose life is on the
verge of ruin. It will take the rediscovery of his exploits with
Francesca, and a reacquaintance with the boy he once was, to save
him.
Half
of the proceeds from this book are donated to Chicago Public Schools.
For more information, visit fairytalechicago.com.
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is a father, husband, uncle, brother, friend, and purveyor of fairy
stories. He grew up in and around Chicagoland, where he still lives
with his wife and two kids. He has been published in an array of
strange and serious places, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in
Washington, D.C., to Crannóg magazine in Galway, Ireland. The
Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan is his first book. He has an
undergraduate degree in something he has forgotten from Illinois
State University and a graduate degree in something equally forgotten
from DePaul University. Steve once passionately kissed a bronze
seahorse in the middle of Buckingham Fountain. Seriously, he did.  
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Official Book Tour: A Carolina Christmas

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
 

 

The Pamlico Writers
Group is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of our 2016 anthology of
short stories and poems written by our members with a section of award winning
prose and poetry from our 2015 and 2016 competition winners.
            A
Carolina Christmas
isn’t your traditional holiday feast of tinsel and sugar
plums. While there is still a smattering of stars sprinkled through the pages
and a little glitter and artificial snow lighting up a few plastic Santas,
these stories are filled with more than ornaments and figgy pudding. From
broken hearts to hopeful reunions, holiday anxiety to joyful tidings, the
truest gift of Christmas is still found to be family, faith and friendship. But
these stories are not fairy tales and every holiday is not Peace on Earth.
            “Readers are in for a holiday treat
with the 2016 Pamlico Writers Anthology with its Christmas theme.” ~Marni
Graff, award-winning author of The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy
Genova Manhattan Mysteries
            “A Carolina Christmas establishes itself as a holiday classic, a must read.
The journey isn’t your typical holiday adventure.” ~Angela Beach Silverthorne,
author of Depression Cookies, 
two-time silver medalist in Women’s Fiction and Chick Lit for Readers’ Favorite
and Cries of Innocence, a five-star Contemporary Christian Fiction.
Author/Poets & Titles
Suzannah Lynn Cockerille: How I Can Be So Sure Santa is
Real
 
(creative non-fiction)
Jonathan Clayborne: Winter Finds the Cardinal (poem)
Jerry Cuthrell: Unsolicited (poem), Candles (poem)
Nancy Eure
Cordano: Misfits of Christmas Eve
Anne Blyth Davis: Orbit (2015
High School Competition ~ Poetry First Place)
Pam Desloges: Christmas
Chaos
 (poem)
Deborah H.
Doolittle: My Mother’s Rocky Road to Dublin (#1), Here
I am Laughing with Bears 
(#2), Elizabeth Bishop Attends to the
Amarilli 
(#3)–(2016 Adult Poetry Competion~ First Place)
Diane de
Echeandia: Christmas Cards-Bah Humbug! (poem), Spring
Melt 
(2015 Adult Poetry Competition~First Place)  
Polly Frank: My
Christmas Tree
 (prose)
Sarah Haglund: Pray
For Her 
(2016 High School Competition~ First Place Poetry)
Ted Harrison: In The
Same Country (recreation of Biblical story)
Sherri
Lupton-Hollister: Lexie and Ethel, Season of Hope, and Three
Dresses 
(fiction)
Jeanne Julian: Allison’s
Adventures on Christmas Eve, Holiday Flotillia 
(poem)
 James Keen: Christmas
Stocking Conversation
 (creative non-fiction)
Richard Knowles: Long,
Cold Road 
(2016 Adult Competion First Place Non-Fiction)
James Lupton: Christmas
Adventures
 (creative non-fiction)
Michaela
Rappleyea: Rolling in Her Grave (2016 High School
Competition~First Place Prose)
Doris Schneider: Innocence
on Holiday 
(creative non-fiction), The Gift (creative
non-fiction),  and Christmas Confession (fiction)
Merry Simmons: The
Naming of Things 
(2016 Adult Competition First Place Fiction)
Millie Johnson
Sparks: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Courtney Staton: A Letter From a Gifted Kid (2015
High School Competition ~ Prose First Place)
Allison Stuart: The Combination (2015 Adult
Competition First Place Fiction)
K D Wilson: Forgetful Adjustments (fiction)

 

Michael Worthington: Ayden Racial Unrest (2015
Adult Competition First Place Non-Fiction)

 

 

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The Pamlico Writers Group is from the Innerbanks of North Carolina, where the Tar and the Pamlico
rivers meet in the town of little Washington. They’re housed just off the river
in the old Turnage Theater, the oldest still-standing Burlesque Theater House
still standing in North Carolina and home of the Arts of the Pamlico. The
Pamlico Writers are a non-profit group and we affiliated with the Arts of the
Pamlico.
The Turnage Theater stands on Main Street just one street over
from the waterfront. The town of Washington is on the Inner Banks of North
Carolina, where the Tar and Pamlico Rivers meet, just down the sound from the
Atlantic Ocean. Forestry, watermen, and Military history are abundant in
Washington and Beaufort County.
The Pamlico Writers Group hopes to use the funds generated by this
anthology to assist in this, our fifth annual Pamlico Writers Conference March
17 and 18, 2017 with Keynote speaker Zelda Lockhart.

 

 Pamlico Writers Group
Officers/anthology organizers:
PWG chairperson: Sherri
Lupton-Hollister in charge of planning, theme and media
Financial Director:
James “Jim” Keen in charge of formatting anthology and setting up Submittable
and Drop-Box
Programming Director:
Kay Wilson assisted with all aspects of planning and media
Conference Director:
Doris Schneider in charge of editing and cover planning
Member: Jeanne Julian
assisted with editing
Member: Marni Graff
marketing
 2016 Pamlico Writers Competition Winners
(L to R) James Kelley, Michaela Rappleyea, Michael Worthington,
Merry Simmons, Marty Silverthorne (in front), Richard Knowles, Sarah Swan,
Deborah Doolittle, Jack Fay.2016 Winners of the Pamlico Writers Competition
photo taken at the back of the Turnage Theater after the 2016 Pamlico Writers
Conference.  Photo taken by Sherri
Lupton-Hollister

2015 Pamlico
Writers Group Competition

Pamlico
Writers Competition is an annual juried writing contest featuring adult and
student authors. Started in 2013, the current event featured adult contests in
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and student contests in Prose and Poetry.  First, Second, and Honorary Mention Cash
Prizes were awarded in the Adult competition while a cash student scholarship
was awarded in each student contest.
(L to R) Nancy
Clark, Alison Stuart, Kayla Wyrick, Courtney
Staton, Polly Frank, Diane De Echeandia, Debra Kornegay,  Michael Worthington, Anne Blythe Davis.

Heather Bell Adams and Lane Schroeder were not present.
Connect with the Group here: 
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Jeanne’s chapbook, Blossom
and Loss, 
was published by Longleaf Press in 2015. Her poems have
appeared in many journals, including Naugatuck River Review, Poetry
Quarterly, Kakalak, Earth’s Daughters, 
and Spank the
Carp, 
and are forthcoming two anthologies: The Well-Versed
Reader
 and The Lascaux Prize 2016 Anthology. Her work
also has won awards in competitions sponsored by The Comstock
Review, 
The North Carolina Poetry Society, The Lanier Library, and the
Asheville Writers’ Workshop. She was the featured photographer in moonShine
review
, Summer 2015. A graduate of Allegheny College, she has an MFA from
the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a member of the Neuse River
Writers’ Group. 
www.jeannejulian.com
Facebook.com/Jeanne.julian
Assistant Editor for A Carolina Christmas Jeanne met her publisher, Longleaf Press at the 2014 Pamlico Writers Conference Pitch to the Publisher event.
A Pamlico Writers Group member since 2008, Jim served as the
second PWG Chairman. He wrote two newspaper columns chronicling his sailing adventures: “Nautical Musings,” a weekly column about coastal family adventures; and “In the Loop,” a bi-weekly column about circumnavigating the eastern United States on America’s 6,300-mile Great Loop. Jim’s book Trinidad
Express
 is the story of his 5,300-mile doublehanded South
Africa-to-Trinidad Atlantic Ocean sailboat crossing. His ebook, Log of S/V Irish Mist, chronicles his singlehanded 13-month trip on America’s Great Loop. Nautical Musings I and II are ebook anthologies of Jim’s newspaper articles.
Facebook.com/james.keen
Visit his author page at
www.pamlicowritersgroup.org
Assistant Director of
the Pamlico Writers Conference Steering Committee
Financial Director of
the Pamlico Writers Group and Conference
Millie joined the
Pamlico Writers Group in 2016.  She is a part-time writer and a full-time
librarian at Pitt Community College in Winterville, NC.
 
 
 
 
Kay
Wilson

Kay Wilson wrote simple poetry before her best friend pushed her, kicking
and screaming, into a mystery writing class at the local community college.
From there she was hooked, learning all she could about the craft. She is an
actress and has played numerous roles in community theatre productions (Encore
Theatre – Elizabeth City; College of the Albemarle Coast Players – Elizabeth
City; and Pamlico Playhouse – Washington), and believes it’s helped her see
characters and their stories better. Ms Wilson is a member of two writer’s
groups (North Carolina Writers’ Read – Belhaven and Pamlico Writers Group –
Washington) both encourage and challenge her to improve her skills. She writes
and manages a blog for the Pamlico Writers Group. She’s also written several
short stories and two novels which are in different stages of completion. K D
Wilson writes Women’s Fiction (Domestic & Romantic Suspense) and as yet has
not been published.
Kay is
the Programming Coordinator for the Pamlico Writers Group, she is also a member
of the Pamlico Writers Conference Steering committee, writes the blog “Writing
on the Pamlico” pamlicowritersgroup.wordpress.com, Facebook.com/writerkay
Michael Worthington
Thirty-year veteran of the education system, retired. Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina. Michael now writes full-time with his pug asleep on the footrest of his recliner.
His HI/Lo books are designed for reluctant young adult readers with high interest and low reading difficulty. You can find Michael’s books at Goodreads and Amazon.

 

 

 

 

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Ideal High–can that be possible?

Monday, April 25th, 2016
Valerie, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
Born in Richland, Washington/live in Mesa, AZ
What makes you passionate about writing?
I love a good story–I love reading one, and I love creating one that I hope others will love
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How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
8 years actually, but that was just working on it in bits and pieces
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Two things: a story in the newspaper about a bus accident killing students returning from a school trip and remembering a girl from high school that no one ever talked to or seemed to care about. I felt bad that I had never tried to say anything nice to her. That got me wondering what would happen if there was a tragedy involving a bunch of high school kids and how would that affect the rest of the student body. Would everyone treat each other better?

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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…)