Interviews

Author Interview: E.B. Black

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve done an interview, but here’s another author who recently published her book. Reading the book’s begining entry on Amazon, it sounds so freaking interesting. I can’t wait to buy my copy!

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I know E.B. from AQC (I know, that’s where I’ve met everyone I interview). That place has helped me meet so many people, and E.B. is one of the nicest gals on there. She’s only got the best things to say to you and gives the greatest advice. Here’s a little backstory:

E.B. Black is a fantasy romance writer who lives in California with her boyfriend and two Rottweilers. She daydreams about dressing up like a necromancer for Halloween and the worlds she will throw her characters into next.

Now for the questions!

1 – What is the name of your book and where can we buy it?

Medusa’s Desire  on Amazon

2 – Can you give us a little blurb of the story of your book?

When Medusa was beautiful, finding a man to love her was easy. Poseidon fought for glances from her heavy-lidded eyes against hundreds of suitors who proposed whenever she left her house. Even goddess’ weren’t treated with such worship.

Athena grew jealous. She allowed Medusa to be violated in the Parthenon and turned her into a monster for her indiscretion.

Now when she stares into the eyes of men, they scream as their skin hardens  into stone. A caress against her cheek will be rewarded with the poisonous bites of the snakes that slither on her head.

No man is brave enough to approach her, until Perseus is ordered by the gods to kill her.

When they meet, desire sizzles between them. They are willing to risk it all-death, the wrath of the gods, the destruction of their families-if it means they can spend one more night together.

3 – When did you start writing and has it always been your passion?

I loved reading and writing from the moment I first learned how, but I didn’t start pursuing it seriously until I was an adult. It also took me years to realize that writing had to be worked on every day for novels to be completed in a timely manner.

4 – Is this your first book? Or have you written others?

I wrote two other novels before this one. One was a fantasy romance and the other was a paranormal romance novel about necromancers. I learn more about writing with every novel I complete. I didn’t feel ready for publication until I finished Medusa’s Desire.

5 – What is the genre of your book? Are you going to follow the same genre with later books?

It’s a fantasy romance novel. I love world building and romance, so it’s very likely all the novels I write will contain those two things. Although I might write science fiction and paranormal romance as well.

6 – What do you like to do in your spare time (other than writing)?

Watching television and reading books are two of my favorite hobbies. I also participate in my boyfriend’s hobbies, which include playing Dungeons & Dragons, Heroclix, and Magic the Gathering. We also sometimes read comic books together.

7 – What is some good advice for new writers striving to be in your place?

Be patient and persistent. If you write regularly and are willing to do anything to see your dream come true, eventually it will.

8 – Do you ever get writer’s block? And if yes, how do you fix that problem?

I don’t run out of ideas, but sometimes I get stumped as to how to write down something that I can picture in my head. Usually, if this happens, it means I didn’t plan well enough. I have to imagine, in more detail, what the characters’ personalities are like, what kind of dialogue I want to have, or any number of things. Once I figure that out through daydreams, the words come easily.

9 – Which character from a book do you most relate to, if any? And why?

I can usually relate to the main characters in a lot of young adult novels. I was the nerdy and shy teenager who got picked on a lot.

10 – And finally, where do you envision yourself five years from now?

Hopefully, I’ll have several books written down for the Fate of Eros series and am still writing every day.

And that’s it folks! Many thanks to E.B. Black for doing this interview. You can find her on blog, Death Author, WebsiteTwitter, and Facebook. You can also find her author profile and book on Goodreads.

Author Interview: Ruth Cardello

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

This author interview is with Ruth Cardello!

Ok, what can I not say about Ruth? I know her from AQC and she’s a successful self-published author. When I say successful, I mean she made it on the New York Time’s bestselling list! This lady did all her own marketing and publishing and make it to the top. She is everything I strive to be one day; her achievements are my motivation.

1 – What is the name of your current book to be published/is published?

Bedding the Billionaire is the most recent book in my Legacy Series.

2 – Can you give us a little blurb of the story of your book? 

Book 3: Bedding the Billionaire (Legacy Collection)
Lil Dartley’s life is upside down. Her previously steadfast and predictable sister is marrying an influential billionaire and needs help planning the wedding of the century in less than a month. Years of middle class rebellion have not prepared Lil for handling billionaires or paparazzi.

Jake Walton knows a train wreck when he sees one. Lil was trouble from the first day he met her, but since her sister is marrying his best friend, he has no choice but to help her or this wedding will be in the news for all the wrong reasons. Keeping Lil safe would be a whole lot easier if she didn’t drive him crazy both in and out of the bedroom.

Book 1: Maid for the Billionaire (FREE)
Book 2: For Love or Legacy
Book 3: Bedding the Billionaire
Book 4: Saving the Sheikh (coming November, 2012)

3 – When did you start writing and has it always been your passion?

I’ve always loved writing. I always had a notepad with me as a child and loved creating new worlds and characters. Several years ago, I wrote my first complete book with joyful ignorance of the rules of craft and I don’t regret the time I put into it. Very few people write a fantastic first book, but if you don’t write that first book you will never write all of the amazing books that are possible if you keep honing your craft.

4 – Is this your first book? Or have you written others?

I wrote two books prior to the Legacy Series.  One was a sci-fi romance, the other was a cowboy romance. There is a good chance neither will ever see the light of day.

5 – What is the genre of your book? Are you going to follow the same genre with later books?

Bedding the Billionaire is a contemporary romance.  Contemporary romance is where I will very likely stay for a long time.

6 – What do you like to do in your spare time (other than writing)? 

I’m a mother of three so I’m pretty busy outside of writing, but I also enjoy riding my horses and traveling.

7 – What is some good advice for new writers striving to be in your  place?

Do not give up.  Keep learning. Keep writing.  Keep reaching.  There isn’t a secret recipe.  Do not underestimate the power of perseverance and positivity.

8 – Do you ever get writer’s block? And if yes, how do you fix that  problem?

When I hit a tough spot, I close my laptop and come back to it the next day.  Sometimes I even throw out what I wrote the day before.  Usually I discover that I wrote myself into a scene that didn’t belong in the book and that’s why I didn’t know where to go next.

9 – Which character from a book do you most relate to, if any? And why?

I think Lil is the closest to my real personality.  She has good intentions and things often work out for the best, but oh the adventures she has along way!

10 – And finally, where do you envision yourself five years from now?

I would like to still be writing full-time and be working on a new series.  Lately I’ve been dreaming of Greek billionaires!

And that’s it folks! I just want to let my followers know I read her first book and loved it. I would like to thank Ruth again for doing this interview with me.

Connect with Ruth:

Blog/Website—www.ruthcardello.comTwitter; and Facebook.

Ciao

-Cat

Author Interview: Julianne Snow

Friday, August 17th, 2012

This author interview is with Julianne Snow!

I know this author from Facebook and Twitter. She writes about zombies and her take on them is fantastic. Her current book, Days with the Undead, is told through journal excerpts. She also posts a lot of cool pictures of zombies on Facebook, and I follow her tweets on Twitter.

Here’s a short biography:

It was watching George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead at the tender age of six that solidified Julianne’s respect of the Undead. Since that day, she has prepared herself for the (inevitable) Zombie Apocalypse. While classically trained in many ways to defend herself, she took up writing in order to process the desire she now covets; to bestow a second and final death upon the Undead. As the only girl growing up in a family with four children in the Canadian countryside, Julianne needed some form of escape. Her choice was the imaginations of others, which only fostered the vibrancy of her own.

Let the questions begin!

1 – What is the name of your current book to be published/is published?

My current release is Days with the Undead: Book One.

2 – Can you give us a little blurb of the story of your book?

Absolutely! Days with the Undead is a story of survival. The zombie apocalypse has actually occurred and while the world is trying to process that fact, one group decides to put as much distance as they can between themselves and ground zero. You’re dropped into the action on the third day, and from there you’re brought along on their journey of survival. Told as journal excerpts, it has a very different feel than some in the genre, having been compared to Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year.

3 – When did you start writing and has it always been your passion?

I wrote frequently as I was growing up, but lost my passion for it while I was in University. It wasn’t until late 2010 that I started to consider picking writing again. I was going through a very rough time in my life, and I retreated into my head to escape the pain. Getting back into my own head revived my imagination and the ideas and stories began to take root. That’s where Days with the Undead was born. The thought of stopping now turns my stomach. Writing is my passion and I’m glad that I was able to rediscover it.

4 – Is this your first book? Or have you written others?

This is my first published book. I wrote a book when I was younger, much younger but it will never see the light of day… And that’s a good thing! LOL

5 – What is the genre of your book? Are you going to follow the same genre with later books?

Days with the Undead is an apocalyptic book with themes of horror, survival and science fiction running through out. It is a book that contains Zombies, but there’s nothing wrong with a few undead tag-alongs! As for future books, there is much more to the Days with the Undead saga so the answer is partly yes. I have other ideas in my mind that don’t necessarily fall underneath the same umbrella but they may contain similar themes within specific genres. I love apocalyptic themes, even those without the undead, and I’m a huge fan of the horror and science fiction genres. You’ll have to stay tuned to see what I write next!

6 – What do you like to do in your spare time (other than writing)?

I love reading, watching movies, going for hikes, and working on my latest cross-stitching project.

7 – What is some good advice for new writers striving to be in your place?

Don’t ever give up. Even if someone tells you that what you’ve created is not good. Readers like to read different things – always believe in yourself! Oh, and make sure that you read as well as write. Reading the works of others will only help to improve your craft.

8 – Do you ever get writer’s block? And if yes, how do you fix that
problem?

I sometimes do. Not often, but if it does happen, I write whatever comes to my mind, even if it’s not on topic. Sometimes there’s just a story that believes it’s time for it to be told.

9 – Which character from a book do you most relate to, if any? And why?

Honestly, I relate a lot to Julie. She’s loosely based on my life in some regards. When I was writing Days with the Undead, I was engaged in my own struggle for survival. That desperation and thoughtfulness comes through at times in the journal entries that make up the book. When I was thinking of what to call the character, I couldn’t call her anything other than Julie as I was so intrinsically  linked to her and she to me.

10 – And finally, where do you envision yourself five years from now?

Five years from now, I see myself continuing to write, publishing books and submitting my short stories to anthologies. It’s just simply what I love to do.

And there you have it folks! I want to thank Julianne again for doing this interview with me.

Connect with Julianne:

Blog – Days with the Undead & The FlipSide of Julianne.

Julianne - Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Fan PageGoodreads author profile.

Book – Createspace/Amazon, Smashwords, Amazon, and B&N.

Days with the Undead: Book One is her first full-length novel, the basis of which started on her popular web serial of the same name. You can find Julianne’s The Living Dead of Penderghast Manor in the anthology Women of the Living Dead, Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed and Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity from Sirens Call Publications.


Author Interview: R.C. Lewis

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

This author interview is with R.C. Lewis!

I know R.C. from the AQC forums and she’s this wonderful author who’s always full of wisdom. She’s there for the new people that join the forum, to help them navigate the website and to understand what it takes to become a published author. She gives great advice when making tough choices about our books and her knowledge of writing expands past many others.

Blurb from R.C. – “I’m a secondary math teacher, origami enthusiast, and hot chocolate snob. Somehow I find time for writing on the side.”

You can find her on Twitter or you can follow her blog, Crossing the Helix.

Let the questions begin!

1 – What is the name of your book?

STITCHING SNOW

2 – Can you give us a little blurb of the story of your book?

It’s Snow White in space, if Snow were a cage-fighting tech-head with daddy issues.

3 – When did you start writing and has it always been your passion?

I assume you mean writing FICTION. ;) I only started my first attempt at a novel three years ago. BOOKS have been a long-time passion, but I didn’t think I had the creativity to write one until fairly recently.

4 – Is this your first book? Or have you written others?

No, I’ve written several other manuscripts.

5 – What is the genre of your book? Are you going to follow the same genre with later books?

SNOW is young adult sci-fi. All my manuscripts are YA, and I expect to stay in that category. Most of my work falls somewhere in the sci-fi/fantasy realm, although I’ve also dabbled in contemporary.

6 – What do you like to do in your spare time (other than writing)?

If I have spare time left after the day job and writing time, I’ll usually read. Other than that, movies and board games with friends and family.

7 – What is some good advice for new writers striving to be in your place?

Take the time to really educate yourself. Learn about the technical aspects of writing a good story, about the business side of publishing, about the various options out there these days between traditional publishing and self-publishing. Don’t rush it.

8 – Do you ever get writer’s block? And if yes, how do you fix that problem?

Not really. I sometimes have to trudge through writer’s mud, slowing way down to get something worked out just right.

9 – Which character from a book do you most relate to, if any? And why?

I can’t think of any characters I’ve read and thought, “She’s just like me!” But a well-written book will always have characters with some aspect I can relate to, even if on the surface they aren’t much like me. Part of what I love about fiction is how it draws from certain core emotions that are universal to the human experience.

10 – And finally, where do you envision yourself five years from now?

By then, hopefully my agent will have sold a few of my books and they’ll be out there for the world to enjoy!

There you have it folks! I just want to thank R.C. again for letting do this interview. Her book sounds so interesting to me. Fairy Tales are all the rage right now and I am just loving every second of it. I can’t wait until R.C.’s book STITCHING SNOW is out so I can grab myself a copy. =)

Ciao

-Cat

Author Interview: Scott Seldon

Friday, June 1st, 2012

My next author interview is with the very amazing Scott Seldon!

He’s cool, he’s collected, and he’s this amazing guy I met through AQC (I know, I seem to meet all the best people on there). Scott is full of wisdom and gives smart advice to many new authors on that forum. I know I gained valuable insight whenever we got into conversations about writing. And I was given the chance to interview him!

Here’s a short biography:

Scott R Seldon is a writer of science fiction. Like most writers, he got his start reading. In elementary school, he devoured books, reading most of the school’s meager library and often going back to favorites. When he was exposed to Star Wars, it became a forgone conclusion that he would end up reading any science fiction novel he could lay his hands on. Between the school library, the public library, and the book collections of a few friends and relatives, he was exposed to works old and new, by the great writers and also the less well known.

For more information, check out his website – Scott Seldon

Let the question’s begin!

1 – What is the name of your most recently published book and where can we buy it?

In the traditional sense, that would be Well of Dreams. It is a science ficiton novel and you can find the ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords. I do have one newer title, but it is a novella, not a full book.

2 – Can you give us a little blurb of the story of your book? 

When independent galactic trader Ven Zaran tangles with a powerful crime syndicate, it’s not a question of if someone will die, only who it will be.

The title, Well of Dreams, is more about Ven’s personal journey, about how he finds a way to endure a horrible experience and still keep going. His dreams of the future keep driving him.

3 – When did you start writing and has it always been your passion?

I can’t put a finger on just when I started writing, not to give you a date anyway. It was sometime in the early 80’s. I come from a family of writers, mostly journalists, and my mom decided to pen her own SF novel. About that same time my group of friends split up, the others moving away first, followed by our move to Colorado. I started not long before we moved, writing fanfic stories connected to the books I was reading. But even before that, story telling was a passion. All my play as a child revolved around stories, usually pretty complex. Writing them down seemed natural. I would say I realized it was my true passion just a few years ago, but looking back, it always has been.

4 – Is this your first book? Or have you written others?

No this isn’t. In the 90’s I was heavily into trying to be a screenwriter. Very good practice for writing minimally. I have 4 finished and polished stories from that era. I started my first novel in 2001 and finished it in 2002. Well of Dreams is my second novel and second science fiction novel. I have two more finished science fiction novels that I am working on editing and polishing for release later this year.

5 – What is the genre of your book? Are you going to follow the same genre with later books?

It is science ficiton and that is what I live and breathe. I think I got imprinted early with planes and rockets and I’m just nuts about it. I’m going to stick to science fiction for now. It is a fun setting and there is no limit to the stories you can tell.

6 – What do you like to do in your spare time (other than writing)?

I’m a movie buff and audiophile. Obviously I love Star Wars, it had a big impact on me when I was a kid. But it extends to the classics. TCM is my favorite channel. They could really act and write in those days with really minimal time given to some of those old B movies. My music taste is very ecclectic ranging from Lady Gaga to Mozart to Fred Astaire (hey, he was on Battlestar Galactica, you know). My 30 GB iPod is full and I still haven’t transferred all my CD’s to mp3’s yet.

7 – What is some good advice for new writers striving to be in your place?

Write, read, learn how to edit, build a thick skin (so you can take rejection or poor sales). The key to being a successful writer is to never stop writing. Finish one thing and start another. The best way to learn how to write is to read and read a lot. Whether you are going to try and sell your book to a publisher or self-publish, you need to learn how to edit. That means being willing to tear apart this book you’ve poured so many hours into and make it the best it can be. You have to be persistent to be a writer and you have to ignore rejections, bad reviews, poor sales, and just keep plugging away at it, especially when people tell you. Lastly, don’t write to make money. You’ll die broke. Write because you love to write. If you love to write it will show in your work and you will gain readers.

8 – Do you ever get writer’s block? And if yes, how do you fix that problem?

Oh yes. I’m dealing with it right now. My current novel has taken a hiatus while I work on something else. You always need to have multiple projects running so you can jump from one to another. When I was writing Well of Dreams I had a massive case of it. I pulled a minor character and gave him an adventure. That story, titled Test of Command, can be found in my other book, Edge of Hyperspace. Sometimes it works better to watch something that might have some relation to my story. The point is that you need a distraction and the best distractions for writers are different projects you have the motivation to do and things that inspire your creativity and give you ideas.

9 – Which character from a book do you most relate to, if any? And why?

That would have to be Elijah Bailey from Asimov’s robot novels. He is human, very normal, but with a keen mind. He’s good at his job. He’s more caught up in events rather than causing them. I can relate to that. It’s just that nice mix of abilities plus flaws. While they aren’t identical, Elijah and I have a lot in common.

10 – And finally, where do you envision yourself five years from now?

In five years I will be writing. If I can meet the pace I want, that would be 10 more books written and hopefully 10 more published. I have lots of ideas for stories. I intend to continue this series through at least 9 books, but I have a couple of other ideas as well. One is from an outline I wrote 25 years ago. I wasn’t up to the epic nature of the story at the time, but I think I am now. One fun thing about that one is not a single character will be human. So who knows what ideas will inspire those 10 books. I just know quite a few of them will continue the adventures of Ven Zaran and his ship and crew.

And there you have it folks! His science fiction novels sound like a real blast because you know what, I’m a huge fan of Star Wars too! If you’d like to write a comment, please leave one on Twitter or Facebook. I would like to once again thank Scott for taking the time to answer my questions for this interview. THANKS!

Connect with Scott:

Blog: http://sites.google.com/site/scottrseldon/news
website: http://sites.google.com/site/scottrseldon/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/SRSeldon
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/srseldon
Smashwords author page: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/scottseldon
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Scott-Seldon/e/B007C4MK3W/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5621705.Scott_Seldon

Ciao

-Cat