For Your Reading Pleasure

For Your Reading Pleasure…Dara Morris

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Today we have a special Wednesday edition of For Your Reading Pleasure. Dara Morris is one of my very first author friends, and a fellow Louisiana girl. Last month, she released her first book, “Only the Scars Remain” with Cool Beans Publishing. Lets see what Dara has to say about her writing process.

1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page)

I have always loved to read since I was a little girl. I would lose myself in the pages of another world, one that always seemed more interesting and fun than mine! I excelled in writing in school but it wasn’t until last year that I decided to write a book. And once I did…I became hooked. I can’t imagine not writing now. It’s like breathing to me, a must. I love to write romance and in the magic of true love.
I live in West Monroe, Louisiana with my three beautiful children, two teenagers and a seven year old. I also work full time so I stay pretty busy. Once I get home and everything is settled, I pop my earbuds in and it’s just me, music, and my book. Writing brings so much happiness to my life and I hope my readers feel it too!
Author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cypress-Bayou-Series/725579504185537

2. How do you choose names for your characters?

In my novel, the main characters names are Alyssa and Ryan. I’ve always loved names that start with the letter A, and I thought Alyssa had a pretty, feminine sound. Handsome Ryan Gosselin is one of my all-time favorite actors, so I picked his name for my hero’s. My other character’s names were chosen pretty randomly, some after people I know.

3. Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real?

I do! Sometimes people look at me like I’m crazy. But in my head they are real, and I have to get their story out so that others can share in their lives.

4. Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?

I listen mostly to rock and alternative. John Mayer is a favorite.

5. How long have you been writing?

I started writing last summer. We were on a family vacation, and it popped in my head to write a book. I’d always been a good writer and loved to read, and I felt like I could really do this. It took me six months to finish my book, and another three to edit all my mistakes. I was pretty clueless!

6. Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer.

I would say it was when I was about halfway done with my first book. What I had wanted to accomplish was right in front of me, and all I had to do was finish it. I knew that I could do it again.

7. Do you have a muse?

My muse would be music. It helps me focus and places me in my own little world.

8. How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading)

I do research online. I’m hoping to attend some workshops and conferences in the near future.

9. Writing quirks or superstitions?

I like to have a candle going and music up. That sets me in a great mood for a productive writing session

10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.

Right now I’m working on the second book in the Cypress Bayou Series. It’s the story of Fran, Alyssa’s sister. She struggles with drug and alcohol problems, but meets Lucas and he helps to turn her life around. He is a world famous musician who has issues of his own. But with the power of true love, happiness is found with the other.

11. What book are you reading now?

I wish I had time to read a book! Between work, kids, and writing, I haven’t had much time for reading but plan to squeeze some reading time in because I miss it.

12. What genre do you write in? What about PoV?

I write romances with a bit of magic thrown in. It makes me so happy to create a story where true love is found and there is a happy ending. I write from third person POV.

13. Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines?

I have a spiral notebook that I keep for each book. I like to write each character’s looks and personality down for future reference. I write the outline for the book initially, and as each chapter emerges, I map out what I want to accomplish in that chapter.

14. Do you know how your stories will end?

Yes. The middle part is the hardest to write!

15. Do you books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?

I would say mostly for entertainment. But I hope my books inspire someone to believe in true love, and if it’s real, it will always find its way back.

16. Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?

Diet dr pepper and dill pickle chips

17. Tell us about your other passions.

I love to shop with my seventeen year old, and spend time with my boys. The only thing I watch on TV is sports; I’m a huge football and basketball fan. I also love to go fishing, and plan vacations.

18. What’s something interesting about you?

I love roller coasters! Busch Gardens was an awesome theme park to visit last summer because of all the rides, I was thrilled.

19. Share a small sample(limit to one paragraph, please) of your writing… can be a WIP or already published.

From Only the Scars Remain:
Ryan was gone, he hadn’t returned home since that summer ten years past. Alyssa wrapped her arms around her waist, anguish filling her soul for all that had been, and all that was lost. As she stared painfully upon their initials forever inscribed, she shivered as she was catapulted back to when their friendship had led to a fierce, sweet hell of an extraordinary love.

20. Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?

I would just like to say thank you for giving my work a chance. I’ve worked hard to realize my dream, and I hope all the care and dedication shine through to the reader.

Thanks Dara! Good luck to you and the Cypress Bayou Series!
E&M

For Your Reading Pleasure…Tom Beck

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With us today is Tom Beck. We’re glad he stopped by to share all his writing secrets with us. Enjoy!!

1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page)

Facebook under Tom Beck, Thomas Beck is my facebook published site. Thomas Beck’s Blog Covers hospital stories, flash fiction/, poetry, family tales, etc.

2. How do you choose names for your characters?

Names can come from anywhere. Church bulletins, family members.

3. Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real?

I write mostly from first person, sharing what my brain thinks the character sees, hears, and feels. When I write the character, it is me seeing through their eyes

4. Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?

Usually if I have the radio on, it’s a talk station.

5. How long have you been writing?

I have written as soon as I knew letters could make words. Only recently published. I have reams of poetry, folders of haiku, A play script, several children’s stories that I illustrate myself. (Unpublished)

6. Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer.

It was a slow evolution that I knew I wanted to write and be published. Working as a nurse and having a family didn’t allow for much time writing. I think it was writing compositions and the professors’ encouragement that finally sealed it.

7. Do you have a muse?

Three muses so far. For Tommy Two Shoes Minerd it is his finicky deceased uncle Aidan Leclerc. For Mary Alice (Brandi) the P.I. it’s Mae West, and for Luigi Garibaldi, it’s Margo, the Shadow’s assistant. Guido isn’t actually a detective, but is a gambler in hiding from a casino owner and has clues dumped in his lap.

8. How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading)

I belong to three writer’s group, an organization to promote new writers (CAW), and I attend and read at salons.

9. Writing quirks or superstitions?

The only thing special is that I hand write my stories and do my first edit when I enter it into the computer. I can write faster than I can type and I don’t want to impede the flow of words and ideas.

10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.

How many works do you want. I have probably 15 or more. Tommy is about to become a P.I. He figures if he’s solving mysteries, he needs paid. Brandi is investigating the spouse of a woman. She thinks that he is prostituting himself. I just entered a flash fiction contest where the entire story had to be 100 words or less.

11. What book are you reading now?

A book titled “What’s the Smallest Thing You Will Do Today.” By Dylene Cumraes.

12. What genre do you write in? What about PoV?Most of my writing is from the view of first person singular, but have been dabbling in third person for some.
13. Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines? )

I don’t have a specific outline. Just a general idea of a plot. Sometimes it’s based on a single phrase or sentence. Everything spills out of a disorganized, creative mind. The characters will often write the story themselves. I am often surprised how an insignificant detail will show up later and become very important.

14. Do you know how your stories will end?

I will have a general idea of an ending, but there are times when the character steps in and changes things.

15. Do you books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?

The kids books, a specific message, poetry, message, haiku to share beauty, the cozy mysteries, entertainment.

16. Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?

Unsweetened iced tea or Diet orange Crush. I eat anything that isn’t nailed down.

17. Tell us about your other passions.

My deceased wife Cindy. Gone 12 years in March. Ovarian cancer. my three kids, and my three granddaughters. Also reading Louis L’Amour books. He has the most fabulous turns of phrases.

18. What’s something interesting about you?

The way I became published was unusual. I would have remained in obscurity if by happenstance I hadn’t met a woman at one of my writer’s groups. She liked some of the stories that I had written, had decided to edit and to start a publishing company. She asked me if I had anything to publish. The rest is history. As an aside we have about 8 to 15 members and out of that number, five of us has had our writing published in the year that we started the group. (No they aren’t all under the same publisher.)

19. Share a small sample(limit to one paragraph, please) of your writing… can be a WIP or already published.

Her Beauty
She stepped onto the bus. Her tresses cascaded over her shoulders in shimmering chestnut waves. Her smile immediately filled the bus with sunshine. That smile seemed directed at me. With amazing grace, she dropped her money into the change box and sauntered down the aisle. She stopped.

“Is this seat taken?” she asked.

I glanced around. The bus was nearly empty and yet she chose the seat beside me.

“N-n-n-o-o,” I managed to stammer.

She slid into the seat. Her delicate scent filled my nostrils.

“I’m on my way home,” she shared, glancing over at me.

I felt a lump in my throat and couldn’t speak. She was so beautiful.

“My husband isn’t home at present,” she murmured and placed her slender hand on my thigh.

My breath caught in my throat. My brain began to spin as her heady perfume captivated me and her suggestion sank in.

She slid her hand up and down my thigh, stirring a feeling in my loins.

The bus hissed to a stop. Taking my hand, she led me down the aisle and off the bus. I held my newspaper in front of me to avoid embarrassment.

She closed and locked the apartment door behind her. Pulling me close, she whispered in my ear, “What do you want for supper, dear?”

“Whatever you want, but it’s my turn to pick you up on the bus tomorrow.”

20. Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?

A word of encouragement to all readers and would-be writers: May all of your romances be real, your mysteries, solvable, and your adventures be pleasurable. Thanks for your interest. If you should need anything, I am quite a character myself.

Thanks Tom! Good luck to you!
E&M

For Your Reading Pleasure…Charon Lloyd Roberts

Today we have Charon Lloyd-Roberts with us. Let’s see what being creative looks like for her…

1. Tell us about yourself. May include links.

My name’s Charon I work in the Digital medium.

As of May 2014 I’ve moved onto a different profession and am now writing a book series.

I’m self-taught in the Digital medium even though I only started painting seriously in 2013.

My Digital Art is a mix of Astronomy and the floral with a macabre twist.

My pages:
https://www.facebook.com/djlediperehodov
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Putsch-Trilogy/1450635768557884
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Schism-Putsch-Trilogy-Prequel/334115496770262?ref=profile
https://www.facebook.com/redskiesbrokencities
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Forthcoming-Trilogy/376786482474823
https://www.facebook.com/solatiumbook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fracture-Trilogy/1465586520362140
https://www.facebook.com/Disquietude.Trilogy?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LediPerehodovArt
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CharonLRoberts
http://charonlloyd-roberts.deviantart.com
https://www.behance.net/CharonLloydRoberts
http://lediperehodovarts.tumblr.com
http://lediperehodovphotos.deviantart.com/
http://shadowness.com/CharonLRPhotos
https://www.behance.net/CharonLRobertsPhotos
http://lediperehodophotos.tumblr.com

2. How do you choose names for your characters?

I go for the weird obscure names and a majority of the names of my characters are just hard to pronounce anyway its fun.

3. Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real?

Yes I do I get carried about talking about especially if I’m discussing a scene in my book.

4. Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?

It honestly depends on my mood, but sometimes I do

5. How long have you been writing?

Well back in Secondary school I got bored in my lessons so I used to write stories I recently got back into it back in May 2014.

6. Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer.

I changed my profession in May 2014 as I wasn’t getting much out of my Digital work I still do it mind you but not as often

7. Do you have a muse?

I’ve been inspired by James Dashner, Ally Carter, Suzanne Collins just to name a few.

8. How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading)
I read new books every month and I learn from them.

9. Writing quirks or superstitions?

Asking the staff at my local book store for bizarre subject matters for my book research.

10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress?

I’m in the process of working between the main book series and working on the timeframe between that and the prequel series.

11. What book are you reading now?

I’m swapping between a few books The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, The Eye of Minds & Timeriders.

12. What genre do you write in? What about PoV?

General fiction but I like to focus on fantasy mainly.

13. Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines?

It’s best described as “Organised chaos”. I can’t put it any better then that.

14. Do you know how your stories will end?

I have a rough idea for my current book series and its prequel.

15. Do you books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?

Well during the current state of the government in the UK I’ve taken note of how messed up the system is. But I’ve added some comic-relief in my book for good measure.

16. Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?

I only really eat if I’m drafting out rough ideas but that’s mostly in random public areas.

17. Tell us about your other passions?

I mostly draw traditionally, do digital paintings and have the odd photography session but I do enjoy the odd train commute twice a month.

18. What’s something interesting about you?

I don’t see myself as interesting at all I just have my head either stuck in a book or I draw things.

19. Share a small sample of your writing.

“The final contender for this years ISL Tournament is… Mitra Delmir!” I suddenly felt a gust of air a small camera was circling me I dropped the sachel in my hand and looked up my face was on the screen all the blood drained out of my face I looked pale my blood orange red hair blowing around my eyes purple eyes fixed on the screen I gasped to see myself my legs began to feel heavy. Again Governor Silmois showed her face on the screen “Congradulations to this years contenders you have five hours to sort yourselves out and you’ll soon be picked by escorts from the Presivida wall who will take you to Islette.” My back slumped agaist the wall I slid down to the ground the people around me where muttering I couldn’t make it out I felt Trielnois’ beak on my hand nudging me I remained still my body felt numb

20. Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?

I hope you enjoy what I have offer in the writing industry any support I get for my work is appreciated because I really use some right now.

Thanks, Charon. Great hearing from you.
E&M

For Your Reading Pleasure…Talamasca

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With us today is Talamasca. We’re happy to have her insight and look forward to her answers.

1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page)

My name is Talamasca, I live with a army veteran, and have been writing all my life. Recently we lost everything in a house fire so I am up to my ears trying to recover my resume and tear sheets. Not to mention rewrite items I can remember which isn’t much and recover copies of what has been published. I am also a photographer and shoot the cover for, and some interior shots, for the Australian equine welfare book, They Shoot Horses Don’t They? By Jane Duckworth. The best place to check out my writing is http://www.fanstory.com/talahorse

2. How do you choose names for your characters?

Prior to the fire I’d use baby naming books, occasionally, characters like Charlie Dawson, from the military thriller I am working on at the moment just happen, it ends up being a combo of a friend’s name, or a name that matches their initials as a nod to them.

3. Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real?

Of course. It makes it simpler to create their world if you are able to step into and engage in it.

4. Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?

My music taste is pretty wide, in my old studio you could easily find black sabbath next to bob segar, I always have music on no matter what I am doing, right now I’m listening to alot of comfort music. Queen, Garth Brooks, Bob Dylan, Bob segar, The Commitments, and heaps of other stuff, anything really that is tied to a physical memory, so I can pull it to the front of my mind and remind myself that although the fire took alot, took mementos of my life, I can still access those memories, as for writing, sometimes I try to create a soundtrack for a project so that the written word will carry the vibe of that music.

5. How long have you been writing?

For over 20 years, everything from prize winning poetry with The final Realization, about a pair of friends where one deciedes she’d rather pull the life support on someone she’d previously considered her friend than continue to put up with his manipulation, to newspaper articles and my novels. I have also released a non fiction series of equine care books.

6. Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer?

I didn’t have that duh moment, when I started working with horses on a professional level we needed PR and other things, I had previously worked PR in the music industry and still had all my contacts…I grew into it, more than realized it. Ideas that won’t leave me alone till there on paper left me little choice.

7. Do you have a muse?

I’d like to be able to say yes but its been a long time since a individual has influenced my work. I use to have a writing partner for some projects and I would write part of or the first story in a set and he the next and it would go back and forth, he died a while back from a heart attack, I certainly miss the interaction involved with working with another writer.

8. How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading)

As a writer of course I am always reading, not only my own genre, everything. One of my educational institutions that I attended was Charles Sturt University so of course I am a member of their writing centre, Wagga Wagga Writers Writers. No my typing doesnt have a stutter, they love it so much they named it twice!

9. Writing quirks or superstitions?

My downfall. Pre fire I didn’t like putting anything online till it had been published, I’d had some bad copyright experiences. Now however having lost all previous work I wish I had ignored myself an utilized stes like http://www.fanstory.com more, they allow you to publish, get feedback but most vitally youcan through the site obtain a registration code for your work.

10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress?

I’m currently trying to put back together the last item I was working on before the fire, working title is simply C.D 3.8, and it is a military thriller based in Australia and our top end, I don’t want to give too much a way but a group of private contractors that are ex-service are recalled so if they fail the govt. Has plausible deniability in regards to the team who are trying to prevent an attack from another nearby country.

11. What book are you reading now?

PIXIE by Andrea Mohr and Sail by James Patterson. I try to stay away from reading what I am writing in until the project is finished.

12. What genre do you write in? What about PoV?

I don’t stick to one genre and mostly I write in first person, but not always.

13. Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines?

I don’t do alot of prep, for a romance book for example I can just sit and write, however something like a military thriller requires alot of research before you even think prep though I tend to do a full brief without it and then go back and do secular research for that section. An example of this would be the os raid by a SASR unit in my current book, my own history and experience provided enough intel to write the initial chapter but things like weapons were 20yrs out of date for a story that was happening now, so I wrote it then went to research current weaponary and plucked and changed those areas.

14. Do you know how your stories will end?

Sometimes a vague idea but I try not to lock myself in.

15. Do you books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?

I write firstly to entertain me, so short of my non fiction work, I hope entertainment.

16. Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?

I’m lucky if I remember to eat!

17. Tell us about your other passions?

Working with the introduction of PZP for the fertility treatment of feral horses in Australia.

18. What’s something interesting about you?

Honestly, I’m not sure?

19. Share a small sample(limit to one paragraph, please) of your writing… can be a WIP or already published.

“So anyway, what’s on the books for today?” asked Malcolm’s.
“Rebecca Ryan’s kids need to be covered while she is in the studio at Brookvale, we have instructions to take them to the zoo” he indicated to the chairs in the conference room “take a seat guys and we’ll get down to the briefing”
As everyone on today’s team took a seat, Sascha began outlining the job. “Although the threats are against her she will have fulltime people at the studio…what she is looking for is someone, in fact two guys to entertain and look after the kids while she is working since as a general rule of thumb she doesn’t work of a weekend”

“So why now” Steven jumped in.

“Apparently the recording has fallen behind and the label has a lot of pressure on her to step up”

“Another words, shit or get off the pot”

“In this case a million dollar pot” put in Malcolm’s.

“that’s it mate, anyway apparently the troublesome twosome have their sights set on Taronga zoo, groans came from all around the room, “hey we should be thankful they didn’t insist on Luna Park or Western Plains zoo, anyway they want to see the snow leopard and having being Adrians parent units old mascot we were with him on the team able to pull some strings to get them into the enclosure with the animal.

“Nice to see I have my uses” I mumbled.

“Well you and government sponsorship anyway” retorted Sascha.

“It’s a logistical nightmare, there will be civilians everywhere”

20. Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?

Stay tuned.

Thanks so much, Talamasca, and good luck to you.
E&M

For Your Reading Pleasure…Nathan Singer

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With us today is Nathan Singer. As you will see below, Nathan has many gifts and is able to incorporate them together to give his fans a total experience.

1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page.

I am a novelist, playwright, composer, musician, and experimental performing artist. My first novel A Prayer for Dawn (2004) was part of the required reading at Andover Academy for a while, but I don’t think it is anymore. My second novel Chasing the Wolf is also required reading somewhere. I think Milwaukee. Additionally, both Dawn and Wolf have been published in French, which is great. Sadly, I don’t speak a lick of French. My third novel, In The Light of You, published in spring of 2008, has done pretty well. My fourth novel, Transorbital, will be published in April of 2015 by Post Mortem Press, and Aurore Press will be publishing a collection of my one-act plays (mostly collaborations I wrote with my friend and fellow playwright Brian Griffin) around the same time. My fifth novel, Blackchurch Furnace, which is kind of a sequel to A Prayer for Dawn, has been in limbo for six years, but hopefully it will come out someday.
Nathansinger.net
Whiskeyshambles.com
These two sites should take you everywhere you need to go.

2. How do you choose names for your characters?

A lot of it is based on phonetics. A character’s personality will lead me toward a certain tonal quality that I think fits best.

3. Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real?

Only if I’m asked about them in that way, but usually no. I do horrible things to my characters, so although I want them to feel real to the reader, I don’t particularly want to think of the circumstances I put them through for the purpose of the narrative to be visited upon actual people.

4. Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?

CONSTANTLY. My music and my fiction are so inextricably linked there is very little separating the two. Each of my novels corresponds to a different musical genre: A Prayer for Dawn is a thrash novel, In The Light of You is a punk novel, Chasing the Wolf is a blues novel etc. As such I often write — and occasionally record — my own soundtracks for my books to get a sense of tone first and foremost. For instance, this is the soundtrack I wrote and recorded for Chasing the Wolf: http://nathansinger.bandcamp.com/

5. How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing, in some form or another, since as long as I can remember. Preschool probably? Forever.

6. Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer.

Well, I hadn’t intended to be a novelist per se. I thought I was only going to be a professional musician. When I was very young I made a pact with myself that I would sign my first record contract before I turned thirty. The summer after I turned 27 I was nowhere close to a record deal, but I got offered my first book contract and I said, CLOSE ENOUGH! And I’ve been a writer ever since. I suppose that’s not very romantic, but that’s how it happened.

7. Do you have a muse?

Hmmm . . . I suppose music is my narrative muse and storytelling is my musical muse. It’s all terribly messy.

8. How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading)

I perform a lot and I do plenty of conferences and all that, but truthfully I improve as a writer but writing constantly. It’s like any other kind of exercise, as far as I’m concerned. The more you exercise your muscles the stronger they get.

9. Writing quirks or superstitions?

I’m sure there are some who would say that my writing is nothing but quirks. As for superstitions, nah.

10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.

It’s a YA book about a teenage siren/mermaid who comes to land and joins a heavy metal band. Not joking.

11. What book are you reading now?

Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault. It’s required for a class I’m taking.

12. What genre do you write in? What about POV?

Each of my books is in a different genre, but “dark literary fiction” works for me. I’m often called a “crime writer,” but truthfully Transorbital is the only actual crime novel I’ve ever written and it’s not even out yet. My books constantly jump back and forth from different POV

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13. Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines?

Nope. Nope. Nope. Characters show up, they create chaos, I observe the chaos, it somehow becomes a story. That’s my process.

14. Do you know how your stories will end?

Most of the time, but sometimes the end will reveal itself in the exploration and discovery. I really dig when that happens.

15. Do you books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?

I try to avoid being overly didactic, but yes my books definitely have social themes. I deal a lot with class issues, racial issues, issues of gender and sexuality. I don’t know if I’d use the word “entertaining,” but I find those issues intriguing and compelling, and essential to exploring the human condition.

16. Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?

Jack Daniels.

17. Tell us about your other passions.

I don’t really have any “other” passions, because they’re all of a piece to me. Theater, fiction, poetry, music, performance, activism, it’s all the same passion.

18. What’s something interesting about you?

Hmmm . . . well . . . I just put out a new album with my band The Whiskey Shambles, and my other band Starshaker is putting out a new album in Spring. I’m eight months out from getting my PhD (fingers crossed). I don’t know if any of that is interesting.

19. Share a small sample(limit to one paragraph, please) of your writing… can be a WIP or already published.

Here’s the opening paragraph from Chasing the Wolf:
When I’m upset, blood leaks from my head. That’s the truth – I’m not trying to bullshit you. I don’t know if you folks even use “bullshit” as a verb. Oh well. When I’m over the edge, my gums bust open and my nose bleeds and the whites of my eyes get little red polka dots on them. I only mention that because my eyes really hurt right now. They probably look like crimson marbles with black holes in the middle. It’s been a stressful couple of days. I’ve been hiding out in these woods since I got here. My name is Eli Cooper. I’m a twenty-seven year old “neo post-impressionist” or so I’m told. If Edvard Munch and Jackson Pollock had a child and so on. Anyway, I am – was, the toast of the Village back home. I had the freshest agent, the dopest shows in the choice-est galleries, the flyest reviews . . . I could clean my brushes on an old T-shirt and The Voice would call it “The boldest statement in art since Piss Christ.” I had the smartest friends. I had the prettiest . . . wife . . . So you’re probably wondering what NYC’s flashiest flash-in-the-pan of the new millennium is doing stranded in the backwoods of Mississippi in 1938. So am I. So am I. So am I. There goes my nose again.

20. Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?

Strap in, kids. It’s ‘bout to get wild.

Thanks Nathan, for your insight. Good luck to you and your band. 🙂
E&M

For Your Reading Pleasure…Kristine Kibbee

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Today, Kristine Kibbee is with us. Last week, she released her newest book “Whole in the Clouds.” Let’s get some insight into her creative process.

1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page)

I’m a Pacific Northwest native with a love of language, nature and animals. My passion for creative writing began in my early youth and led me to the doors of Washington State University, where I wrote for the Vancougar while earning a degree in Humanities, with a focus in Professional Writing. I’ve has since had works published in S/tick Literary Review and The Salal Review Literary Review and I’m a featured columnist for the nationally syndicated magazine, Just Frenchies.
My novella The Mischievous Misadventures of Dewey the Daring is available on Amazon.com and I anticipate following the release of my fantasy novel Whole in the Clouds with the comedic collection of dog stories, Frenchie ‘Tails’—which are short, cheeky and ripe with mischief!
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Kristine%20Kibbee&search-alias=books&sort=relevancerank
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wholeintheclouds
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7797928.Kristine_Kibbee?from_search=true
Twitter: @K_Kibbee

2. How do you choose names for your characters?

Truth told, I think the characters themselves choose! I’ll feel them out for a bit . . . let them find their feet and then before I know it –poof! A name reveals itself!

3. Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real?

(Head bowed) I do! But now I’m feeling a bit less crazy about it since you wouldn’t have asked if it was a rarity among writers!

4. Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?

Eeek–never! Music is far too distracting. I literally must have complete and total silence while I write or edit. Noise is maddening!

5. How long have you been writing?

At what point can a child hold a writing utensil? Perhaps three? If so, then put me down for three.

6. Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer.

My memory is shoddy at best so I’m sure I can’t recall the exact instant. It’s just always been in my blood. From a very young age I gravitated towards writing. While my friends were playing with Barbies I was clipping photos from magazines and making up stories about the people in the pictures. I’ve always loved the fantastic, the embellished, the enchanting and I’ve always wanted to share that with others.

7. Do you have a muse?

At times, yes. I would say that my wee dog has been a muse to me on the occasion that I’m writing comedic animal shorts.

8. How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading)

As uncomfortable as it’s been to receive, critique (from other competent writers) is what typically helps me to improve as a writer. It’s a delicate dance, ensuring that the critique doesn’t overwhelm me and shut me down but just the right smidge of critique paired with a sprinkle of encouragement can go a long way.

9. Writing quirks or superstitions?

Hmm . . . like baseball players wearing the same hat every day until it becomes so yellowed from sweat and grime that it threatens to grow feet and leap from their head? Can’t say I have any such peculiarities. Don’t get me wrong . . . I have plenty of oddities . . . but none of the superstitious sort.

10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.

I’m presently working on a couple of projects–a collection of comedic dog shorts and a YA fantasy series but since the dog shorts (‘Frenchie Tails’) have already been handed off to my editor, the focus has narrowed on my ‘Forests of the Fae’ series. The first book in the set, ‘Devlin’s Door,’ centers on an abandoned Victorian ghost town whose inhabitants mysteriously disappeared in the early 1920’s. So spooked by the legends surrounding the town, no one has ventured there in nearly a century and as I imagine the rows of crumbling relics, shrouded in curtains of ivy, it inspires me while I write about the brave young girl who ventures there and unearths a secret that no one could have imagined.

11. What book are you reading now?

My own! I’m a tireless editor and every time I pick ‘Devlin’s Door’ up I find myself trying to perfect it. Every paragraph, every sentence, every word has passed my eyes at least a dozen times!

12. What genre do you write in? What about PoV?

I typically write fantasy but dabble in comedy as well. Typically I write from a first person omn

iscient viewpoint.

13. Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines?

I’ve tried the gamut when it comes to writing approaches–free-ballin’ it, pre-outlining every detail down to each character’s clothing and sleeping preferences, and just a rough outline. I’ve found the latter works best for me. Working off of a fluid, rough outline allows the story to remain malleable yet gives it a sense of direction and purpose so that I know how to get my characters from A to B.

14. Do you know how your stories will end?

Typically, yes. I find it’s easier to input the clues and weave a more intricate and tight story when you know its ultimate destination. Of course in honoring the story as the living, breathing entity that it is, it helps to be flexible with that ending and let it arrive in the fashion that it likes.

15. Do you books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?

It depends upon the book! I feel as if my first (hard-bound) published work, ‘Whole in the Clouds’ does attempt to parlay some meaningful messages about conservation, friendship, inner-beauty and the like but I’ve written plenty a piece just for the kicks!

16. Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?

I refrain! As engrossed as I become in my writing, I’d eat the entire contents of my pantry if I were just mindlessly plunking along while feeding my face!

17. Tell us about your other passions.

I’m quite passionate about animals; animal rescue. I’ve been involved with rescuing death-row dogs at numerous points throughout not only my adulthood but my childhood as well. I believe that animals (and dogs in particular) can give us the type of unconditional devotion and love that even another human could never match. I’m also passionate about the environment and working to decrease our species’ carbon footprint. There is so much that is precious in this world that we are losing on a daily basis as our population continues to dominate the planet.

18. What’s something interesting about you?

In general I think I’m a fairly unique person. But as far as a quick, interesting one-liner type tidbit goes–I’ve never in my life consumed a drop of alcohol!

19. Share a small sample (limit to one paragraph, please) of your writing… can be a WIP or already published.

From the pages of ‘Devlin’s Door’:
“They moved as a unit, clustered in packs of twos and threes. Anne watched amazement bloom on several faces as they gaped at the Victorian relics that passed on either side while they walked. Heavy clouds had settled over the valley and the homes seemed to materialize out of the mist like ghost ships, their mast chimneys cutting through the grey.”

20. Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?

Only that I hope to enchant and delight them with every word!

Awesome, Kristine!! We’re glad you featured with us.
E&M

For Your Reading Pleasure…Kevin Thijssen

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Kevin Thijssen featured with us today. Right now he hasn’t published, but we’ll certainly be watching for his upcoming release… hopefully soon. 🙂

1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page)

https://www.facebook.com/kevin.thijssen.fantasy

I’m a 28 year old Master in Biology. Born and living in Belgium although I do see myself move away from here in the future.
I love reading and photography, although lately I feel I have been doing both of these too little. At the moment I’m also doing a course in psychology as I have always found it interesting.
I love to travel and meet new people, experience new things and get new ideas for my writing.

2. How do you choose names for your characters?

Either I use an online tool for name choosing or create a name in my head and say it out loud, changing it until I find it fitting of the character and easy to the tongue.

3. Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real?

I can see the character in my head, have a good idea of what they look like and how they are as a ‘person’. Some of my characters are based on people I know in real life, others are completely made up. So for a part I see them as real persons and feel myself travelling amongst them.

4. Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?

I have never tried this before, although I do know a few writers that do. I do feel that I need some sort of distraction to be able to write more. This can be the TV on in the background or even chatting with someone in between paragraphs.

5. How long have you been writing?

Not for very long, and yet for over 5 years. I have plenty of ideas in my head but working them out in my mind is one thing, writing it all down is something else.
My first book I started 5 years ago. For a very long time it just counted a few chapters. Thanks to a very good friend of mine I managed to write the rest of the manuscript in a very short time (oh what the mountain air can do ….).
I recently received the manuscript back from an editor that I hired and I am trying to lift my story up to a higher level, listening both to his advice and trying to keep my vision of it alive as well.
I have not been published yet, but I hope to be soon.

6. Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer.

Hard to say if I really am meant to be a writer, but I do my best. Maybe in the future, when I have a few books out there and have learnt more about what it means to be a writer, I can come back and answer this question better.

7. Do you have a muse?

There is this nagging little voice sometimes that tells me an idea and then works it out further, maybe I ignore her too much.
It all started when I was little and made up stories to fall asleep, mostly involving the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry. From that it evolved to fantasy stories, some ideas stuck and grew, others just disappeared as nothing more than basic thoughts.

8. How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading)

Talking to other writers, taking note of what my editor says (meanwhile thinking of writing him into a story and having him die in a horrible way…) and of course reading. I am thinking of following some writing courses in the future.

9. Writing quirks or superstitions?

I prefer writing in English over my native language (Dutch) as I find the English language much richer. I am also used to talking, writing and reading in English so this wasn’t a hard decision to make.

I tend to write more when I am abroad or when I have just come back. Does that mean I should just travel more? I need to look into that thought, I like the sound of it.

10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.

As stated above I’m currently working on my first novel. It will be the first in a series of 3. The cover is finished but the editing will take some more time. It is an epic fantasy story.
The world I am writing about has enough material to inspire almost 20 books (I really should write more). I have incorporated little bits and pieces into my book that could become novels themselves in the future.

11. What book are you reading now?

At the moment I have started reading Dragonqueen written by a young fantasy author in Belgium. The next book in the series Dragonelves is also high on my list.

12. What genre do you write in? What about PoV?

Currently I’m writing epic fantasy, but I also have ideas for novels in science fiction and the paranormal. For the latter I will most likely work together with a very good friend of mine who has more experience with it.
Third person seems to suit me best.

13. Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines?

I think my editor will agree that I need to put more care into the planning.
The novel I am finishing was completely in my mind before I wrote it. I know how my characters are as a ‘person’ but it isn’t as easy to put their personalities into words as it is to put them into thoughts.
The plot is also worked out in my mind. I do find it interesting that sometimes the story demands other actions than I had originally planned. New ideas and views can arise just by writing and following what your heart says. A long walk can make me want a character to follow a completely different path.
Some stories do ask for a lot of research. I have an idea around Norse mythology and another using parts of the ancient astronaut theory that both will require a lot of reading to get some facts straight.

14. Do you know how your stories will end?

I have a pretty good idea how my stories will end. I like to avoid a happily ever after as life is never that simple. Although the end of the story is mostly set firm in my mind, the way to get there can sometimes change. Characters sometimes make different choices than I want them to make, they really sometimes have a will of their own.

15. Do your books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?

They are purely for entertainment although you could find some messages as ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’.

16. Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?

No, not that I can think off.

17. Tell us about your other passions.

I love to travel and I enjoy photography. It is good that I can combine both and use it in my writing as well. I also like to read, cook and go for long walks.

18. What’s something interesting about you?

Always a hard question to answer.
I write some small personal things down in my stories, sometimes to help deal with things, sometimes just to share a little bit of myself.

19. Share a small sample(limit to one paragraph, please) of your writing… can be a WIP or already published.

After they had vanished from sight, Erling Zivon entered the woods and headed to a small opening near a creek where beautiful yellow and purple irises grew. It was a short hike, but it took him a while because of his leg. When he got there, he listened to the water purling over the cobblestones, the wind ruffling through the trees, smelling the faint, creamy odor of the flowers and the moist grass. He loved the quiet here, the sounds and the smells, so did his son. It was the most beautiful spot of the woods and it was all theirs. As he started to dig a hole to hide the powerful dark ring, he hadn’t noticed a large bird veering down from great height. When it was almost on top of him it flapped its wings to be able to slow down and turn, to use its sharp claws. The sound startled him and he looked up quickly, falling to one side. It was too late. The talons dug deep into his flesh as the creature cocked its head. His last screams were in vain, lost to the woods.

20. Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?

When you are interested in finding out more about me and my stories feel free to add my author page on facebook, I would love to interact with you.
I hope you will like my stories and motivate me to write more for both our enjoyments.

Thanks Kevin!! Good luck with your work in progress.
E&M

For Your Reading Pleasure…Juliette Douglas

Juliette Douglas is with us today. She writes Western adventures with a touch of romance. Side note: this is what Juliette says about the author picture she sent us: My author photo is taken with my neighbor Arctic Bright View who played Silver in the 2013 remake of ‘The Lone Ranger.’

How cool is that?? Enjoy!!!

1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page)

In my real life I wash, wax and detail boats for a living.
Links: http://www.facebook.com/author.juliette.douglass
Website http://www.juliettedouglas.com
http://www.amazon.com/Juliette-Douglas/e/B00HBUAMA0
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/JulietteDouglas
http://www.authorsden.com/juliettedouglas

2. How do you choose names for your characters?

Since I write western historical fiction, I feel names should depict the time period you are writing about as close as possible. I might find a first name on an old gravestone, or in very old obits, mixing and mingling first and last names, til I have one I like.

3. Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real?

Afraid so…

4. Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?

Bluegrass or Malt Shoppe Oldies

5. How long have you been writing?

7 years

6. Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer.

Seven years ago I woke up with a story in my head, couldn’t get rid of it. Didn’t even own a computer or have internet back then. Finished the first rough draft and sent snail mail to a retired publisher friend. Lo and behold, he loved it, and now have two books published and working on the third in the Freckled Venom Series.

7. Do you have a muse?

God, he is in charge, showing me a talent I never knew I had.

8. How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading)

It is so rural where I live I don’t get the chance to go to workshops and conferences. So I read blog posts and other tid-bits I find on the internet. I also re-read my work and look at it from a readers point of view to try to improve what I write.

9. Writing quirks or superstitions?

No

10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.

Freckled Venom Skeletons is the third book in the Freckled Venom Series and takes place seven years later introducing more vivid crazy characters to the town of White River, Wyoming. I will also be finishing Perfume Powder & Lead * Holy Sisters this winter. Another western adventure series.

11. What book are you reading now?

Louis L’Amour Flint

12. What genre do you write in? What about PoV?

I write western adventure with a tad of romance thrown in. I prefer 3rd person POV.

13. Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines?

I guess I am really an oddball about this, Nothing is ever written down, no drafts, outlines, etc. That is why I call it a God thing. It is always in my head and I just sit down and begin writing. Sometimes though my characters take over and tell the story the way they want it told. I guess you can tell I don’t follow a formula

14. Do you know how your stories will end?

Most of the time. Of course my characters may decide to change them.

15. Do you books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?

Purely for entertainment.

16. Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?

Pepsi and water I forget to eat sometimes

17. Tell us about your other passions.

Reading and crafts, HS and College Basketball.

18. What’s something interesting about you?

Nothing really, I’m just an old fart who washes boats for a living and in the winter I hole up and spin tall tales.

19. Share a small sample(limit to one paragraph, please) of your writing… can be a WIP or already published.

Freckled Venom Copperhead:

Flinging open the metal door, Rawley shoved the copperhead in, making her tumble to the floor. Lacy bounced up, but not quick enough, the door slammed into her face with a heavy clank. Thrusting the key in the lock, Rawley turned it, tumblers clinked into place, sliding the bolt home. Cold, hard, blue steel zeroed in on the spitfire standing behind the bars giving him, her own wicked look.
Hands balled into fists, nails digging into her palms, Lacy didn’t back down from his stare, instead, she moved forward and spit.
As he wiped the spittle off his face, Rawley’s tone dropped even deeper and softer in his anger, “Sunshine, you’ve got one hell of a bad temper. You’ll stay in there till you simmer down or hell freezes over.”

20. Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?

Just have fun reading the books by Juliette Douglas and enjoy the ride!

Thanks Juliette!! What a great feature.
E&M

For Your Reading Pleasure…J.L. Imhoff

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Today, we have J.L. Imhoff with us. Her book, Poseidia, is world-building at it’s best. Authentic, fleshed-out characters with a beautiful backdrop. Enjoy!!!

1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page)

Hi! I’m J.L. Imhoff, the author of Poseidia, my debut novel. It’s a sea fantasy adventure with a heavy dose of romance.
Find me on:
Twitter : @JLImhoff

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JLIMHOFF

2. How do you choose names for your characters?

I don’t have a method, other than I try to keep them simple and less than three syllables. Nothing annoys me more as a reader than to come across a name I can’t pronounce. In my head it becomes “blah, blah, blah” and I have trouble connecting to that character. For me, 99% of the time the characters tell me their name. However, I need help naming a baby–I am open to suggestions, nothing I’ve come up with seems to “fit.” Feel free to post on my page or tweet me your suggestions!

3. Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real?

All the time!

4. Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?

Nope. But a playlist is a good idea.

5. How long have you been writing?

I have journals full of poetry from childhood (I am so not gonna say how old I am, lol) but I started writing Poseidia about 3 years ago.

6. Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer.

Years ago, someone near and dear to my heart told me I should write. He is a semi-famous musician and I shared some of my writing with him and he said “Trust me, I’ve seen a lot of writing over the years, you need to write.”

But it wasn’t until years later in grad school for counseling when this guy in class says “I’m almost done writing my first novel” and my whole body and soul reacted, and I was like “whoa, where’s this coming from?” When I have such a strong reaction to something I take some time to figure out why. I quit grad school then, realizing I disliked counseling and started writing this story (Poseidia)that had been burning in my mind for years.

7. Do you have a muse?

I draw from life experiences.

8. How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading)

Reading. Reading. More reading. Allowing myself to suck, and then being open-minded when I get feedback from editors and readers. It’s an uncomfortable process at first, but then you see how much your writing improves and you learn to take it pretty well, knowing your writing will get that much better. It’s exciting!

9. Writing quirks or superstitions?

Maybe I need a few! What works for everyone else?

10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.

I’m revising book 2 which takes place a few months after book 1 leaves off. Without giving away spoilers, we meet a very powerful character who will turn Anna’s world upside down.

11. What book are you reading now?

I’m reading about 4 right now. One is called “The Scars of Evolution ” by Elaine Morgan. It’s about the aquatic ape hypothesis (I love anything that talks about the psychology of evolution). Another is “Twitter for Writers” by Rayne Hall. The other two are fiction. Most recently I finished The Waiting by Elizabeth Burgess and Marie Hewes!

12. What genre do you write in? Fantasy/romance. What about PoV?

First person.

13. Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines?

For profiles I outline the character traits, but the process is more about a psychological profile. I want to make sure if I’m writing about a narcissist I get all the little behaviors woven in. As for book outline, I tend to do a basic one and then my characters shred it by changing the plot. So by the end of the revisions and editing I have to do a new one. But generally I write with out a formal outline.

14. Do you know how your stories will end?

Not really. I thought I did and then it completely changes as I write. I’m always saying to myself, “Where the heck did that come from?” Although I have an idea of how the series arc will end, my characters are likely to change it. But I do know how my characters will grow.

15. Do your books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?

Always a theme. And then a theme beneath a theme. Everything is symbolic. It started out being about overcoming battered wife syndrome–the self-transformation that can take place when you leave an abusive relationship. The book took on its own life and evolved into something more. But it’s still basically about self-empowerment, freedom, personal growth, and finding happiness outside of perceived dreams/perfectionism. And, of course, forgiving yourself for mistakes.

16. Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?

No, actually I tend to not eat or drink if I get really deep in the zone.

17. Tell us about your other passions.

My son, the love of my life. Photography. Gardening.

18. What’s something interesting about you?

I’m completely addicted to The Walking Dead

19. Share a small sample (limit to one paragraph, please) of your writing… can be a WIP or already published.

“Is it… telepathy?” I quizzed. That would explain why all the people walking around the room never said a word to each other. They glanced at us and nodded their heads when they passed our table, but said nothing. In shock, I looked around at all the people with a new understanding of their silence. Wait—Roman. Does that mean he could hear all my thoughts in the cave? Oh my god, I’m mortified. I fantasied about him making love to me. I hope he is an exception, or I’ll never be able to face him again.

20. Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?

I hope you enjoy reading Poseidia as much as I loved writing it.

Thanks J.L.! Good luck with Book 2 of the Poseidia Series. I can’t wait.
Elizabeth

For Your Reading Pleasure…Rachel Medhurst

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Rachel Medhurst is sharing with us today. Her first book “Avoidables” is free on her website (http://www.rachelmedhurst.com/#!avoidables/cslk) and on Amazon where I got my copy) I love the premise of this book… so fitting for today’s society… though we may look a certain way, we are more than our external appearance. Enjoy!

1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page)

My name is Rachel and I grew up and live in England, near London. I’m a fan of history and actually live up the road from Anne Bolyn’s childhood castle. I’ve always had a vivid imagination and dream of myself as a bestselling author living in a lovely country home surrounded by fields and animals. Maybe one day I can buy Hever castle?

Website: http://www.rachelmedhurst.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/writerrachelmedhurst
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rachelmedhurst
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8137512.Rachel_Medhurst Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Medhurst/e/B00K52FWXS

2. How do you choose names for your characters?

I like to ask my readers if they have any ideas, but in general I tend to just have names pop into my head, which is random, but fun!
3.Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real? – Yes, absolutely. I would class myself as an Avoidable (someone who isn’t perfect looking or acting) rather than a Perfect and always wish some of my characters could speak back to me.

4. Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?

No, I don’t listen to music. I like complete silence. I sometimes wish I could concentrate with music on because it would be nice to have some background noise other than my dog barking at the television.

5. How long have you been writing?

Since I was very young. My nan even has a short tale I wrote when I was about six. When I was about ten, a friend and I would read a lot of American teen books and so we decided to write one between us. The funny thing was, we are British and it didn’t sound quite right. Was good fun though.

6. Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer.

When I was nineteen, I sat down after a heart break and just started writing this story. It grew and grew and I got so lost in the story, it was almost like therapy. I loved it so much that I found I couldn’t stop. And here I am, ten years later with four books out.

7. Do you have a muse?

Not really. I may be my own muse, but I’m not sure if that’s possible/allowed?
8.How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading) – I read almost every single day. I also write almost every single day. I research the publishing world and speak to others writers. I love this whole world and I know that I will always improve.

9. Writing quirks or superstitions?

I have to write 1,000 words every time I sit to write. So when I get up in the morning, I sit and write 1,000 words, and I’m not allowed to come away or stop until I do it.

10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.

I’m on book four of Avoidables, which is a fantasy romance dystopian novella series. Perfects are people that are gorgeous and they live in Upper Side. Avoidables are ugly, deformed, half breeds or have powers and they live in Lower Side. Hope is an Avoidable with one arm. Each novella is from a different characters point of view, and in book four, I’m in the mind of a female Perfect.

11. What book are you reading now?

I’m on book five of Diana Gabaldons Outlander series and I’m loving it!

12. What genre do you write in? What about POV?

I’m a little varied. My Deadliners series is paranormal/supernatural and it’s in third person POV. Avoidables is dystopian fantasy romance and is in first POV, but as mentioned in a previous answer, I am in different characters POV in each book. I’m a little strange and varied, but that’s how I work.

13. Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines?

I don’t prep at all. I’m the type of writer that sits in front of a blank page and just writes. As the story unfolds I get as excited as reader would. I love how things happen, although it can be distracting when I have to stop to cry! 🙂

14. Do you know how your stories will end?

I might have an inkling sometimes, but not often.

15. Do you books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?

When I was a young reader, I always loved books that gave me hope. All my books have an underlying message of hope. Avoidables is about discrimination and how people shouldn’t be judged because of how they look.

16. Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?

I drink water when I write and I would eat chocolate all day if I allowed myself to, but I’m very disciplined so I don’t actually snack when writing.

17. Tell us about your other passions.

I love to paint and draw. I don’t give myself enough time to do it and I miss it. I once painted pictures of Disney characters faces copying the images on the sides of the video cases (this was before I owned a computer. Now I feel old!!) and making them bigger. I still have those paintings now!

18. What’s something interesting about you?

I have four tattoos. 🙂

19. Share a small sample(limit to one paragraph, please) of your writing… can be a WIP or already published.

‘She’s only got one arm,’ the man cried and backed away, bumping fast into the dancing crowd.

Everything had been going so well. I was lost in the music, swaying and thumping my good hand in the air. The man had looked over at me as I’d glanced up from the floor. He was handsome. As our gazes clashed, a grin spread over his clean shaven face. I let the corners of my lips sink into my cheeks as I circled my hips in a mating dance. He swayed over to me, but as I turned in a circle, his eyes locked onto my shoulder and that’s when he’d started shouting.

20. Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?

Thank you! I’m so grateful and humble. I love to hear from anyone that has read my books.

Thanks Rachel! We’re glad for your insight. Good luck with Book 4.
E&M