Author Interview #270: What’s Going On At UAardvark? by Lawrence Wittner

April 9, 2014

Our interview today is with Lawrence Wittner, the author of What’s Going On at UAardvark? (humor, 4.5 stars, 26 reviews).  This fast-paced political satire portrays an increasingly corporatized, modern American university that becomes the site of a rambunctious rebellion that turns the nation’s campus life upside down.  Along the way, there are hilarious encounters with a playboy university president, bizarre U.S. military commanders, poetry-writing Hells Angels, foul-mouthed, decadent students, an unusually avaricious corporate titan, gun-toting “Christian Patriots,” a schizophrenic FBI director, hypocritical politicians, a witch-like union leader, and a host of other zany characters.  All in all, What’s Going On at UAardvark? sets readers off on a laugh-filled romp through what has become a serious issue in contemporary America:  the corporate takeover of higher education.


Lawrence Wittner takes on an important subject with his satirical novel, What’s Going On at UAardvark?   Lauded by reviewers as a “funny and irreverent critique” of higher education, the book is available in print and as an e-book through Amazon and other retailers.

When did you start writing, and why?

I began writing stories at the age of five.  Probably because my mother was sick at the time, my father took me to his office in Manhattan one day and placed me with the women in the “secretarial pool.”  Although they were very nice to me, they had better things to do with their time than take care of a child.  And so, learning that I knew my letters and even how to read, they set me up at a typewriter and suggested that I write a story.  That sounded like a good idea to me.  As a result, I spent the day laboriously searching out the proper keys and — very, very slowly — typing up my first work of fiction:  a story of about two paragraphs.  In the following years, I borrowed a great many novels from the public library, eagerly devoured them, and made plans to become a novelist.

What inspired you to write What’s Going On at UAardvark? Read more »

Author Interview #269: Ecliptic by Sara Lunardi

April 7, 2014

Our interview today is with Sara Lunardi, author of  Ecliptic, first book of the Ecliptic Saga (fantasy/science fiction, 4.7 stars, 30 reviews).

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

Ecliptic is a fantasy/sci-fi novel focused on the topic of the zodiac. The reader discovers page by page that the zodiac is not just an excuse for filling up newspaper horoscope pages, but it spreads a vital and real influence on the whole universe and the human beings that live in it.

The fast-paced action takes place in the near future in locations across the world, some of them remote and dangerous like Greenland and Tanzania.

Ecliptic is a story of war, destruction and darkness caused by the threat of an ancient prophecy that marks the end of planet Earth, but it is also a story of love, friendship, courage, and sacrifice, with epic battles, plot twists, astonishing feats of magic and an overriding sense of humanity, sure to capture the imaginations of its young and adult audience.


Sara Lunardi blends some of the most traditional topics of the fantasy genre with science-fiction elements, and adds a dash of ‘Matrix-style’ enigma, romance and adventure. Ecliptic is available in print and e-book through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major retailers.

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

I think I held a pen before walking. Despite new technology, I’ve always been fond of the good old pen, scribbling notes on used travel tickets, handkerchiefs and even worn pages of old diaries. It’s the only way I’m able to capture and bring to life the ideas that are constantly running through my head.

I began writing seriuosly at school, producing essays, articles, term papers on the humanities. I then continued with Read more »

Author Interview #268: The Miller Creek Novels by Cathy Bryant

April 2, 2014

Today’s interview is with Cathy Bryant, author of the popular Miller’s Creek Novels: TEXAS ROADS (4.5 stars), A PATH LESS TRAVELED (4.5 stars), THE WAY OF GRACE (4.7 stars), PILGRIMAGE OF PROMISE (4.9 stars), and the soon-to-be released A BRIDGE UNBROKEN.

First a little about the Miller’s Creek Novels:

“Miller’s Creek, Texas…where folks are friendly, the iced tea is sweet, and Mama Beth’s front porch beckons…” Readers have dubbed Miller’s Creek as Mayberry, only Texas-style, and many have mentioned how they’d like to live in the fictional back-roads town. Much like Mayberry or even Jan Karon’s Mitford, Miller’s Creek is quaint and charming, with a whole host of quirky-but-lovable characters. Each faith-based novel is a stand-alone, with different characters coming to the forefront in each book, so the stories do not have to be read in any certain order. Hope you’ll visit Miller’s Creek soon!


Cathy Bryant writes faith-based fiction set in Miller’s Creek, Texas. All the Miller’s Creek Novels are available in both print and digital formats at Amazon. Her first novel, TEXAS ROADS, was a 2009 ACFW Genesis contest finalist.

1. When did you start writing and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so? I was an early and voracious reader with a vivid imagination, so making the jump from reader to writer was not a big one for me. I wrote all throughout grade-school, winning various awards along the way and working at the local newspaper office. I started a few novels when my children were young, but it wasn’t until I hit the empty nest that I decided to seriously pursue book-writing. About this same time the death of a friend made me realize that none of us are guaranteed another breath or beat of our heart. Those two things–the empty nest and realizing the brevity of life–catapulted me into the world of writing.

2. What made you decide to create Miller’s Creek? Two of the earliest pieces of writing advice I received Read more »

Interview #266: Screwing Up Time by C.M. Keller

March 26, 2014

Our interview today is with C. M. Keller author of young adult time travel novels Screwing Up Time (a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist), Screwing Up Babylon, “Screwing Up Mongolia,” a short story, and the soon to be released Screwing Up Alexandria.

Before we get to the interview, here’s a description of the book that started it all, Screwing Up Time (4.6 stars, 28 reviews).

Mark Montgomery’s life was perfect…until she time traveled into it.

Mark is a slacker content with his life. He’s a senior at New Haven Prep, has a great friend, and after graduation he’ll get a brand new sports car from his parents, assuming he stays out of trouble. Then, she comes into his life–Miranda with her I-just-escaped-from-a-Renaissance-Fair clothing. Only, she hasn’t. She has come from Bodiam Castle in the Middle Ages and demands a secret ingredient and a book of recipes for traveling through the treacherous colors of time. Although Mark has never even heard of either before, he must find them, or Miranda will die. To save her, Mark must break into a psych hospital to visit his grandfather who once tried to kill him, pass through the colors of time, take on a medieval alchemist, prevent Miranda’s marriage to a two-timing baron, and keep it all hidden from his parents. The sports car is definitely in trouble.

Author Interview with C. M. Keller

C. M. Keller is an award winning novelist and the author of the SCREWING UP TIME series. She loves old movies and poison rings. In her spare time, she searches for that elusive unicorn horn. She’s currently putting the finishing touches on Screwing Up Alexandria, the third book in Mark and Miranda’s story.

1. What is unique about the setting of these stories?

Time travel makes it possible for a modern, teenage guy named Mark and Miranda, a girl from medieval England, to Read more »

Author Interview #264: Dina von Lowenkraft author of Dragon Fire

March 19, 2014

Our interview today is with Dina von Lowenkraft, debut author of Dragon Fire (YA fantasy 4.7 stars, 33 reviews), a gripping tale of shapeshifting dragons, intrigue and true love set in the arctic town of Tromso, Norway.

Dragon Fire is a finalist in ForeWord’s 2013 Book of the Year in Young Adult Fiction Award.

About Dragon FireSome choices are hard to live with. But some choices will kill you.

When seventeen-year-old Anna first meets Rakan in her hometown north of the Arctic Circle, she is attracted to his pulsing energy. Unaware that he is a shapeshifting dragon, Anna is drawn into a murderous cycle of revenge that pits Rakan and his clan against her best friend June.

Torn between his forbidden relationship with Anna, punishable by death, and restoring his family’s honor by killing June, Rakan must decide what is right. And what is worth living – or dying – for.


Were you an avid reader as a child? What type of books did you enjoy reading?

As a child I read all the time – from classic horse stories like My Friend Flicka to Ray Bradbury and the Dragon Riders of Pern. In high school I fell in love with Virginia Wolfe, Jane Austen, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, to name just a few. And even if I can no longer curl up on the couch all weekend and do nothing but read, I still read every night before going to sleep. Frankly, I can’t imagine not having a stack of books and my kindle next to my bed!

When did you decide you wanted to become an author? Read more »

Author Interview #262: Secrets of the Mayan Moon by Paty Jager

March 12, 2014

Today I’d like to introduce you to Paty Jager,  author of the award winning action adventure Secrets of Mayan Moon and the second book in the series, Secrets of an Aztec Temple. This series is about a genius IQ female anthropologist who is a cross between Indiana Jones (her idol) and MacGyver. She uses her intelligence and a survival tin to get out of tough situations while battling drug lords, artifact thieves, and other unsavory characters.


Paty Jager uses her penchant for research and her love of all things Western and Native American to write with hints of humor and engaging characters. This snippet from a review sums up the Isabella Mumphrey Adventure Series. “Look out Indiana Jones, there is a woman vying to take your place and she will do it with emotion, style, and intelligence.” You can find Secrets of Mayan Moon and Secrets of an Aztec Temple in print and e-book through Amazon and other major retailers.

1. What was unique about the setting of the book and how does it enhance the story?

The unique setting in Secrets of a Mayan Moon was the Guatemalan Jungle. When I started out brewing up this story I wanted a character who would be fun to read about in a series and have experiences that most readers wouldn’t have. Setting this book in the jungle allowed me to set the tone for the drug traffickers and artifact thieves that were as elusive as the jaguars that live in the jungle.

2. What is the theme throughout the novel?

When I started out the theme for this story was “things aren’t always what they seem.” But all my stories always have the theme of justice running through them. I have a penchant for seeing that wrong-doers get their comeuppance.  In this case, a person in the heroine, Isabella Mumphrey’s, life wasn’t who she thought he was and the hero, Tino Read more »

Celebrating Women’s History Month: A White Room by Stephanie Carroll

March 5, 2014

Today our guest is Stephanie Carroll, a women’s historical fiction novelist and blogger who is doing some exciting things to celebrate Women’s History Month. 

Since its debut in June 2013, A White Room (4.3 stars, 32 reviews) has topped Amazon’s Historical Women’s Fiction Top 100 and been No. 1 on Amazon’s Top 100 for Medical Fiction. It earned Best Cross Genre Title from USA Book News Best Book Awards 2013, and was featured as a notable page turner in Shelf Unbound Magazine. It has also been featured on radio, television, and in magazines, newspapers, and blogs across the country.

Author Interview with Stephanie Carroll

What are some things you are doing for Women’s History Month?

As a women’s historical fiction author, I feel like this is a month-long holiday. I’m starting the month off with a sale of A White Room for $0.99 from March 1 to March 15, and I’ve reduced my print edition to “at cost,” so it only costs the price to make it, about $8.56. I only receive royalties if my readers feel I earned them. They can donate at my website

I’m also doing a special giveaway on my blog Unhinged & Empowered for multiple copies of my and my contributors novels, including Amy Bird’s Yours is Mine and Nanette Field’s Love in a Small Village. There will also be women’s history posts and a few big announcements for Unhinged & Empowered throughout the month.

I am also excited to be featuring women‘s products submitted by my readers on my social media platforms. I’m very happy to be featuring a reader who is selling women’s empowerment bracelets and breast cancer bracelets. Each bracelet costs $5, but a large portion of the proceeds ($3.75/$5) goes toward ending domestic violence or toward Read more »

Author Interview #257: Aundy by Shanna Hatfield

February 24, 2014

Our interview today is with Shanna Hatfield, author of Aundy (historical romance/western, 4.4 stars, 87 reviews) and its sequels, Caterina and the soon to be released Ilsa.

Before we get to the interview, a brief description of the series: Set in the western town of Pendleton, Oregon, the Pendleton Petticoats series highlights courageous women and men of strong character. The series begins in 1899, as Pendleton heads into a new century and an era as a booming, bustling city. During the early 1900s, Pendleton was a modern, progressive town, despite its Wild West reputation. In addition to 18 bordellos and 32 saloons, Pendleton offered residents such cultured experiences as an opera house, a French restaurant, and a tea room. It was the second city in Oregon to have paved streets and boasted a telephone office as well as wonders like indoor plumbing to those who could afford the services in the early 1900s. While the town didn’t lack for colorful characters, those portrayed in the Pendleton Petticoats series are purely fictional.

The women in Pendleton Petticoats come from all walks of life but find commonality in drawing strength from their courage and persevering in chasing their dreams. One woman longs to better her future, one to escape her past, and one just wants to find a place to call home. Aundy, Caterina and Ilsa challenge the roles typically assigned to women of this era. Readers who enjoy historical romances, westerns, or stories about strong, innovative women with enjoy this series of clean romantic fiction.


Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.” Read more »

Author Interview #256: Apocalyptic Moon by Eva Gordon

February 19, 2014

Our interview today is with Eva Gordon, author of the award-winning Apocalyptic Moon (paranormal romance, 4.6 stars, 45 reviews) in the After the Bane series and its sequel, Raven Moon. She is also the author of Lycan Gladiator, Book 1 in the Wolf Maiden Saga and a steampunk romance novel, Hand of Miriam, A Bayla and the Golem Novel.

Before we get to the interview, let us introduce the premise and a brief description of each book in the series: Ravaged by a global zombie pandemic, humanity’s survival depends on the secret society of shifters, but can they be trusted?

In Apocalyptic Moon, Dr. Dora Adler is bitten by a zombie but survives. She is held captive in a secret underground lab. The tall, muscular hunk in the next cell is her only hope for salvation from a life as a human guinea pig. Unfortunately, he claims to be a werewolf and that she’s supposedly a witch.

Dirk Gunderson is an alpha Arbor pack werewolf. Captured and collared, he’s sold to the zombie lab in hopes his blood serum can create a vaccine. He needs to escape, but not without the hot little brunette witch. In the midst of enemy werewolves and the hordes of undead, Dirk and Dora’s sexual tension ignites a blaze hotter than the desert highway. Along their journey, they battle the inevitable: a werewolf must never take a witch as a mate.

Raven Moon continues with a character, Princess Ravenna, a raven shifter introduced in book 1. She is committed to saving humanity from the zombie hordes.

See the Book Trailer for Apocalyptic Moon.


Eva Gordon writes genre-bending paranormal romance with the feel of epic fantasy, with science fiction elements and page turning suspense. Apocalyptic Moon won an award from Coffee Time Romance.

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

I always kept an imaginary journal since I was about ten years old, but it wasn’t until I had a career as a high school AP Biology that I really caught the writing bug. Since then my imagination has gone viral. I spent thousands of hours Read more »

Author Interview #255: Reaching by Grace Peterson

February 17, 2014

Our interview today is with Grace Peterson, author of the award-winning book, REACHING–A Memoir (4.8 stars, 27 reviews). Before we get to the interview, here is a brief description of the book.

Growing up in an emotionally toxic home in both Oregon and Hawaii, Grace develops an anxiety disorder that eventually leads to a mental health crisis. Rather than seek conventional treatment, she enlists the help of a cult-like demon expert and exorcist who reinforces her belief that she is demon-possessed. Written like a novel, REACHING details the years that lead up to her breakdown, the seven years of entrapment and how she finally comes to her senses and breaks free.

Author Interview with Grace Peterson

1. When did you first know that you were a writer?

I’ve kept journals all my life but it wasn’t until several years ago when I was visiting with Gloria Clark, a former English professor and newspaper reporter. As we talked, I mustered the nerve to show her some of my work. She liked it. She actually liked it! It was then that I knew. I began writing a gardening column soon after and continued to hone my skills as a memorist.

2. What was the hardest part about writing REACHING?

It took about 5 years to complete. Because I was dealing with volatile subject matter, I’d have to take breaks now and then and let things simmer down. For the sake of authenticity, it was important to tap into those emotions and allow my words to reflect them. But at the same time I felt it was imperative that I not allow any wallowing or blatant Read more »

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