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Author Interview #308: Demon Inhibitions by Gary Starta

August 20, 2014
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Our interview today is with Gary Starta, author of the Caitlin Diggs series title: Demon Inhibitions (SCI FI, 4.0 stars, 34 reviews).

Before we get to the interview, a brief description of the series:

FBI Special Agent Caitlin Diggs altered by a mysterious crystal and beginning to develop paranormal abilities uses her psychic sense to track a fugitive from her world to an altered universe. Diggs begins to sense the ‘demon’ she is tracking has been crafted, eugenically, but for what end?

When she finds the being’s father is a fringe scientist the puzzle becomes more disturbing. Could the scientist be in league with a demon hating group in the altered world planning genocide? Diggs’ notion of evil and good is challenged when she finds it may the humans of this world who are most devious and dangerous. But a singer, with the power to curb demon violence, may also be the creation of the scientist and if so, is she an instrument of peace? As Diggs begins to trust this mage she learns the special girl is high on the killer’s hit list merely because of family jealousy. Diggs comes to find families and feelings aren’t very different in a parallel world or whether you are a demon or not.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH GARY STARTA

Author Gary Starta weaves multiple sub-genres into this story, including paranormal (witches-demons-off in the backstage, lycans and vamps) and science fiction (parallel universes, doppelgangers, alternate dimensions), plus mystery-but keeps it all balanced as he juggles several subplots and many characters. You can find Demon Inhibitions on Kindle at a sale price.

1.  What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?

The unique setting was the parallel universe my protagonist Agent Caitlin Diggs finds herself relocating to Read more »

Author Interview #306: At the End of the Line by Kathryn Longino

August 13, 2014
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Our interview today is with Kathryn Dionne, author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller, The Eleventh Hour Trilogy:

and her children’s book, Derek the Fireless Dragon. Her most recent work, At the End of the Line (4.8 stars, 54 reviews), coauthored with Abby L. Vandiver under their pen name, Kathryn Longino, is also an Amazon #1 Best Seller.

Before we get to the interview,

And here is a description of At the End of the Line:

A wrong number, and a cry of desperation at the end of the line, sparks a long distance friendship between two women who’ve never met. Through fourteen years of trouble and heartache from a stagnant domestic life, the struggle for civil rights, and the stigma of interracial relationships, a bond forms between the two that changes both of their lives forever.

It’s 1958, a time when women and Negroes are deemed second-class and are being second-guessed. From there arises the perfect storm for change, and the perfect time for an unlikely friendship.

Beatrice “Beanie” Peterson, forced to marry at fifteen and live with two sister wives, six children, and an abusive husband twenty years her senior, is looking for a way out.

Adeline “Liddie” Garrison, friend of Jack Kennedy, wife of a prominent Boston business man, and resident of Beacon Hill has already found her way in.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH KATHRYN DIONNE

1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I knew when I was 8 years old I wanted to write. I remember telling my father that I wanted to be a writer. He replied, Read more »

Author Interview #304: What She Saw by Sheila Lowe

August 6, 2014
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Sheila Lowe is the award-winning author of the Forensic Handwriting Mysteries series. Like her fictional character Claudia Rose in the Forensic Handwriting Mysteries series, she’s a real-life forensic scientist who testifies in handwriting-related cases. She holds a Master of Science in psychology and is licensed to provide continuing education for marriage and family therapists. On the nonfiction side, Sheila authored the internationally acclaimed The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis and Handwriting of the Famous & Infamous, as well as Handwriting Analyzer software. She lectures around the country and is often called on for celebrity handwriting analysis by outlets such as Time, Teen People, Tiger Beat, Us, Mademoiselle, numerous Bar Association magazines (that’s legal, not drinking!), and many others.

You write the Forensic Handwriting Mysteries, but What She Saw (4.2 stars, 300 reviews) is a standalone. Why did you choose to write it?

While I was writing Last Writes, my editor at Penguin left to get married and the new editor wasn’t interested in continuing my series. My then-agent said that another publishing house was unlikely to take a series in the middle, so, my solution was to write a standalone story of suspense that I hoped she could sell. I gave my series characters an important, but secondary, role so fans of Claudia Rose and Joel Jovanic would not forget them. What She Saw is a story that I’ve wanted to write for a long time, addressing two areas that have always fascinated me. The plight of Read more »

Author Interview #302: Season’s End by Will North

July 30, 2014
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Our interview is with Will North author of Season’s End (4.2 stars, 45 reviews). Before we get to the interview a brief summary of Season’s End.

Every summer for generations, three families intertwined by history, marriage, and career have spent “the season” at their beach cottage compounds on an island in Puget Sound. Today, Martha “Pete” Petersen, married to Tyler Strong, is the lynchpin of the “summer people.” In childhood, she was the tomboy every girl wanted to emulate and is now the mother everyone admires. Colin Ryan, family friend and the island’s veterinarian, met Pete first in London, years earlier, when she visited his roommate, Tyler. He’s loved her, privately, ever since. Born in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, son of a bar owner, he’s always been dazzled by what he sees of the sun-kissed lives of the summer people.

But this summer, currents strong as the tides roil: jealousies grow, tempers flare, passions clash. Then, on the last day of the season, a series of betrayals alters the combined histories of these families forever.

Author Interview with Will North

1.    When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?  There were three. It all began with an eighth-grade essay about Longfellow’s epic poem Evangeline.  The day the graded papers came back I didn’t get mine and the teacher stood before the class and said, “As you know, I give grades for both style and content. I have here a paper to which I’ve given a third A for something I cannot begin to explain to you.”  That’s when I knew there was something I could do better than others. I got degrees in English Read more »

Author Interview #300: Lost:Cinderella’s Secret Diaries by Ron Vitale

July 23, 2014
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Our interview today is with Ron Vitale, author of Lost: Cinderella’s Secret Diaries (fantasy, 4.2 stars, 53 reviews, $0.00) and its sequels, Stolen and Found.

Before we get to the interview, here’s a brief description of the series:

What happened to Cinderella after she married the Prince? Set in the late 1700s as Napoleon is rising to power, Cinderella embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to come to terms with her failed marriage and her inability to have a child. Torn between the Queen’s insistence that she try all means necessary to conceive and her own desires, she agrees to travel to Paris to consult with a witch to help her become pregnant. Her journey leads her to find her long lost Fairy Godmother and aids her to solve the mystery behind her mother’s death. Yet the Fey Lord, the Silver Fox, also takes notice in her and her world is suddenly turned upside down.

The Cinderella’s Secret Diaries series will challenge your notions of the fairy tale and whether “happily ever after” truly exists. Reviewers note that the series is not a “sweetness and light” Cinderella story, but it’s dark and permeating, taking readers on a very unexpected and imaginative adventure. New Age, historical fantasy and action-adventure readers will enjoy this dark and intriguing journey as it shows Cinderella’s growth after she marries the Prince.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH Ron Vitale

Ron Vitale turns the fairy tale on its head with a dark and twisted look into the private life of Cinderella and her struggle to find happily ever after in a world of magic and politics. Drawing rave reviews for its creepy and original imagining of the Cinderella fairy tale, Lost: Cinderella’s Secret Diaries, and its sequels, Stolen and Found, are available in print and e-book through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and on Apple’s iBooks.

1. When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?

I wrote my first story when I was about 9 years old. I remember reading the story to my friends during our lunch break at school and being amazed at how they were really interested in what would happen next. With my circle of friends around me, one of our teachers, who was a nun, came up to us, thinking that we were doing something bad. Read more »

Interview #298: The Legend of Juan Miguel by Anna Sargent

July 16, 2014
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Equal parts history and mystery, romance and hero’s journey, The Legend of Juan Miguel is a Texas tale with more twists and turns than a country back road. Anna K. Sargent revisits Texas in the late 19th century, that famed era when the West began and Texas was in a border conflict with Mexico. What makes this story different is that the hero is Hispanic. Sargent asks us to cast aside what we think we know about identity and the history and mythology we’ve been taught. Ride along with the young Juan Miguel as he uses every guise and all the courage he can muster to win back his fortune, his good name, and his lost love. Deprived unjustly of his birthright by ambitious Anglo ranchers, the son of the wealthiest Tejano in Texas is spurred on by a forbidden passion for the woman who is married to one of those ranchers. Handsome, loyal, brave, and cunning, this caballero reinvents himself over and over and becomes a Hispanic hero for the ages.

The author

Anna K. Sargent writes historical fiction set in Texas’s colorful past, and yet her books are really about identity—who we are and how we became who we are. Anna was well into a successful career as a writer and editor. Then one day, life “threw a craving” on her, as they say in Texas. Her spirit wanted to do what her spirit wanted to do. She wanted to write historical fiction, because she loves history and she loves stories and she loves Texas. She had worked as a journalist for years, starting out as a newspaper reporter. She went on to be the editor of two newspapers and later was a publicist, communications director, and magazine editor. Through it all she had an abiding passion for the place of her heart and its history.

1 When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?

I started writing as a child, winning poetry contests and American Legion essay contests. In college, a professor who Read more »

Author Interview #296: Circle Dance by Lynne Constantine

July 9, 2014
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Bio: A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Lynne Constantine relocated to the New York area in 2004 with her husband and children. In addition to her writing, she is active in her church and local community.   She served on the board of her town’s local women’s league for the past three years.   She is passionate about education, reading, health, and wellness.   She enjoys traveling, spending time on the beach and taking walks with her family and their adorable golden retriever.

Lynne wrote Circle Dance (4.6 stars on 69 reviews) with her sister Valerie.  Circle Dance was a legacy of love fueled by the desire to pass on to their children the traditions and experiences unique to them as second generation Greek Americans. Lynne recently completed a thriller that is the first in a series. She and her sister are collaborating on a new book about best friends and the secrets that destroy them.

1. What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always liked to make up stories – from playing with my dolls to concocting crazy scenarios for my friend to choose from. Reading has been my favourite pastime since 2nd grade. I gradually reached a point while reading when I would think “I’d change this, or I’d do that differently.” I don’t recall the exact day I woke up and said “I’m going to be a writer.” It seemed to evolve quite naturally.

2. What is your Writing Style?

My writing style is a hybrid of outlining and writing organically. I tend to start with the big idea, develop the characters, and then write a narrative of the story line. As ideas come to me I will make a rough outline and then I feel free to veer off course to wherever my characters take me. I enjoy the 1st draft process because I have the Read more »

Author Interview #292: The Deadly Rose by J.M. Lominy

June 25, 2014
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J.M. Lominy is the author of the thriller/mystery novel The Deadly Rose, An Assassin’s Tale, (4.7 stars, 33 reviews) published by Five Sons Publishing. Lominy was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and at age seven he immigrated to the USA, along with his sister to join his mother in Brooklyn.

Upon his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served during the first Gulf War. Following an honorable discharge at the age of 22, Lominy enrolled at The City College of New York and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

The father of five is based in Marietta, Georgia where he lives with his wife and their three youngest sons.

Author Interview

1. When did you start writing, was it always a dream of yours, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?

My passion for writing began in college with poetry. It was not until 2001, when I travelled to Haiti for the funeral of my maternal Uncle did I start to write with a purpose. The vivid environment of Haiti unleashed story ideas I have always had but never saw as potential book material until that trip.

2. What inspired you to write The Deadly Rose, An Assassin’s Tale?

The inspiration for this book came from the vestibules of knowledge flowing through my mind.  It just came to me, like many other ideas that will morph into books.  I have a constant flow of thoughts that resonate in my mind while Read more »

Author Interview #290: Unfinished Business by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

June 18, 2014
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Our interview today is with Carolyn Ridder Aspenson  author of the Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller Unfinished Business (paranormal, contemporary women’s fiction, 4.6 stars, 85 reviews) and the second book in the series, Unbreakable Bonds, (paranormal, contemporary women’s fiction, 4.8 stars, 24 reviews).

Before we get to the interview, a brief description of the series: One minute Angela’s a typical stay at home mom, and the next, she’s a psychic psychologist to the dead.

Ghosts aren’t real. At least that’s what Angela Panther believed right up until the moment her late mother popped in for a chat. Her mother’s reappearance, just hours after the hearse drove off with her corpse, opens the door to the other side, and suddenly Angela’s life is jam-packed with dead people. Between keeping tabs on her mother’s ghostly mishaps, watching out for her drama-prone teenage daughter, and helping a son who shares her psychic gift, the reluctant medium isn’t sure she’s capable of tackling the unfinished business of the dead. Not that they care.

Although humorous and full of sarcastic wit, this story about relationships will hit home with anyone who’s lost a loved one and wished to speak with them, even if only one more time.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH CAROLYN RIDDER ASPENSON

Carolyn Ridder Aspenson couples heart-wrenching emotions with laugh out loud humor in her bestselling Angela Panther book Unfinished Business. Compared to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, Unfinished Business and the second in the series, Unbreakable Bonds, both published through Booktrope Editions, are available in print and e-ebook through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes. Enjoy listening to Unfinished Business as an audio book as Read more »

Author Interview #286: Glass Frost by Liz DeJesus

June 4, 2014
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Our interview today is with Liz DeJesus author of several books including Glass Frost (4.5 stars on 31 reviews). Before the interview a brief description of her book: When joined together, Cinderella’s slippers grant the wearer her heart’s desire. But whose wish will be granted?

When Cinderella’s glass slipper is stolen, Queen Felicia sends her faithful steward Terrance to the real world to retrieve his love and witch-in-training, Bianca Frost. The power of the glass slipper in the wrong hands could ruin peace in Everafter. Bianca must gather every bit of magic she has learned in the past few weeks to find the slipper and protect her new love. Together, Bianca, Ming, Prince Ferdinand, and Terrance venture deep into the heart of Everafter to seek clues as to who has stolen the slipper and why. Along the way, they uncover what happened to the Seven Dwarves after Snow White married the prince, but also learn the awful risk of tampering with black magic and the high price that must be paid for magical aid, even when used for good.

Author Interview with Liz DeJesus

1.  What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?

In Glass Frost I had the chance to go back to the world I created in the first book of the series, First Frost, and was able to explore more of Everafter (where the fairy tales originally took place). There are forests, valleys, swamps and then there’s the Faerie Realm where Queen Titania and all the fairies dwell. The setting gives me a chance to discover new characters and unveil another layer of the complex world of Everafter. Also, I was able to go deeper Read more »

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