Author Interview: Clair Brett

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

The first story I remember writing was in third grade about a bird who fell out of their nest. I always fell back on writing when I was stressed in my life, but it wasn’t until I was an adult and a new mother. I found reading again, and it sparked my writing bug again, that was about 17 years ago.

 

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)

Well, there are the classics like Jane Austen, George Orwell, but for modern authors I love Karen Hawkins, Eloisa James, and Lisa Gardner. I hate stopping at 5 it’s like saying who my favorite children are.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My daughters. When I am writing, I try to think about what I want my daughters to take away from one of my stories. I want them to remember to be strong in the face of adversity, but to surround themselves with people they trust. I also use my daughters to vet my heroes. If I wouldn’t want one of my daughters to marry one of my heroes, he doesn’t make the cut.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I write Regency Historicals, but I also have some ideas in the future of a YA dystopia, and a Scotland Highlanders story

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

My current WIP is the second book in my Improper Wives for Proper Lords series, called An Heiress by Midnight.

All the books in this series have heroines that could turn the Ton on their ear. They are a very fun lot to work with, but they all have a tendency to zig when I am trying to zag.

 

Do you have an author website?

Clair Brett

 

Do you have any blogs?

Claire Brett Blog

 

Where can people find your work?  (to purchase or just to read)

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

iTunes

 

If you could feature just one title, what would it be? 

I have my debut novel releasing 1/31/17, so it would be that one.

Dealing with the Viscount

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

Clair Brett is my pseudonym

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Reading, obviously. I also have a degree in culinary arts, so I enjoy cooking and baking. I also crochet and quilt. I am raising a 16 and 17 year old, so not much time for hobbies.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I was adopted as a baby, but the twist is My natural mother’s aunt and uncle adopted me. I have a great relationship with my natural mother, and two of my sisters. I am a huge advocate for adoption because of my life.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I am humbled by the readers who enjoy my work and am hugely thankful for those readers who do reviews. Please, if you like an author review their work!

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Author Interview: Kris Johnston

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

My earliest memory of wanting to be a writer is when I was 8 years old, sitting in the den with my family doing homework. I had a short story assignment for my 2nd grade class and I fell in love with it right then and there. If memory serves, my short story was about a bunch of little forest animals and some kind of great adventure, and I distinctly remember naming one of them, “Mrs. Peabody.” Lol

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)

Oh I have so many, on both traditionally published and indie lists! But for the sake of time, here’s the short list-

Dean Koontz

Stephen King

Anne Rice

LB Simmons

Brianna West

Beth Flynn

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Life experiences and music tend to inspire me the most. I once wrote a book which was loosely based on true events, from something a friend of mine went through. And I have been driving around town with the music loud and out of nowhere, been hit with a pop of inspiration from whatever lyrics have been playing.

What genre(s) do you write?

I like to do a little “genre fusion,” with my books. To date, I have written a Gothic fairy tale; a contemporary romance/fantasy; and my current work is a series that is YA/paranormal/romance. My YA series has been so amazing to write, I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up writing more.

Do you have any current or future projects?

Right now I’m finishing my YA series and have begun working on a Dystopian Romance novella.

Where can people find your work?  (to purchase or just to read)

Amazon

If you could just feature one title, what would it be?

Rest in Peace Roz, The R.I.P. Series Book 1 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I have 6 children, with ages ranging from 24 to 6. I waited years and years, until my youngest began going to school, before deciding to publish my work (and I wanted to write since the age of 8!). So, if there’s one thing I can leave you with, it’s this: Don’t be discouraged if things in your life don’t go as planned. Things happen, life happens, but in the end, it’s never too late to follow your dreams!

Author Interview: Randall Pretzer

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
29
Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)
Knut Hamsun, Gertrude Stein, John Fante, Charles Bukowski, Ann Bronte, Henry Miller, JD Salinger, JP Donleavy
What are your greatest sources of inspiration?
My family and Knut Hamsun and a novel called A Piece of My Heart by Richard Ford
What genre(s) do you write?
I have done detective, mystery, crime, some sf, action, adventure, some romance usually undefined
Do you have any current or future projects?
I have two more book of short stories I am ready to put on amazon and two novels I finished a years ago
Do you have an author website?
no
Do you have any blogs?
no
Where can people find your work? (to purchase or just to read)
Amazon or message me on facebook
If you could feature just one title, what would it be?
The Player Detective
Do you have any pseudonyms?
Michael Rensen I have not used it yet
Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?
I love reading and making films and Canadian and nfl football and tv programs and films
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I like to stay home mostly except to go the mall and walk around and the bookstore and check out books but otherwise like staying home love listening to music in my car and checking out films and programs on my computer
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I love conversation

Author Interview: Lori Roberts

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer? 

48

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Travel and imagination

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Historical Fiction, Suspense/paranormal, YA Historical Fiction

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I’m currently writing another Suspense/paranormal novel, as well as researching and beginning a YA historical fiction series.

 

Do you have an author website?

Yes, General Stonewall Jackson’s Wife

 

Do you have any blogs?

Somewhere in Time

 

Where can people find your work?  (to purchase or just to read)

My website, libraries, online bookstores Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Baker and Taylor, Ingram, Amazon, etc.

 

If you could just feature one title, what would it be? 

It’s like choosing between my three children.  Each of my three novels are special to me.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Playing piano, Genealogy, Antiques, spending time with my husband/grandchildren

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself. 

I’m a living historian, presenter for events/workshops.  I also teach US History.

Author Interview: Jenna Fox

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

Fifth grade. I did an end-line rhyme poem about a dog for my language arts class and I penned one about God’s goodness for my Sunday School class.  But when I entered high school, my ideas became more risqué. My favorite thing to do in study hall was daydream about my boyfriend, which resulted in erotic short stories. LOL I was too ashamed to let anyone read them (I was only 16 years old), so I hid them in a shoe box inside my closet. Only I knew they were there and when I got bored, I’d go to that shoe box and read them.

 

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)

Oh, sooo many… the page isn’t big enough to hold the list!

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

That’s a tough question for me. I can tell you what doesn’t inspire me. An example would be popularity for certain tropes such as step romances, same sex erotica and bad boy romances. They might sell tons of copies, but I do my own thing and just hope that someone else will like my ideas too.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Erotic Romance

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I’m drafting a ‘dirty billionaire’ erotic romance. And like all my projects, it could be two years before it’s ready to be turned over to my critique partner for dissecting.

 

Do you have an author website?

Jenna Fox Writes

 

Do you have any blogs?

(above)

 

Where can people find your work?  (to purchase or just to read)

My Amazon page: Amazon

 

If you could feature just one title, what would it be?

My new release, The Arrangement. I’m very excited about the progress I’ve made with it. Readers love it… it’s getting awesome reviews! This book is also the first installment of my Pleasing the Manwhore duology. Book 2 of the series, Bound Forever, is due to come out on Valentine’s Day.

 

BTW, don’t miss the hot deal I have going on! Book 1 is only 99 cents and Book 2 is on preorder for the same deep discount!

The Arrangement

Bound Forever

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

Soon. I’ll be writing my dirty billionaire series under a different name. Jenna Fox is dangerously close to my real name.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Yes, music. I’m a lead singer in my church choir.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

Oh, don’t I wish there was something interesting about me to share with the world! (Sigh… maybe some day. J)

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I’d like to say thank you for featuring me!

Author Interview: Richard Paolinelli

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

I was always writing little stories when I was in school from about the 4th grade on, but I didn’t decide to get serious about becoming a writer until I was 19.

 

Who are your favorite authors?  

Jack McDevitt

Edgar Allan Poe

H.G. Wells

Louis L’Amour

Gibson Michaels

Tom Clancy

Arthur Conan Doyle

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My wife, my son, my daughter and my two grandsons.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Science Fiction, Mystery-Thrillers and Historical Sports Non-Fiction

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

 

I am finishing up the last two books of the Jack Del Rio series (Books 1 and 2 – Reservations and Betrayals – are out and I have another sci-fi project I want to get done by the end of this year.

 

Do you have an author website?

Richard Paolinelli

 

Do you have any blogs?

 

One on Goodreads: Scribe’s Scribbles

 

Where can people find your work?

On Amazon

 

If you could feature just one title, what would it be? 

My latest release, Escaping Infinity. It took me a lot of time to put all of the pieces of the story together before it felt ready to be written.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

Not that I’ve used. If I do, it will be D. P. Richard.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

 

Probably too many. But they are all useful in that they help me to detox a little after I’ve finished a writing project.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I like to cook and I’ll often take ingredients you wouldn’t think would work together and make a dish out of it. I tend to do that a little in my writing as well, mix things up a little and see what happens. More often than not it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. But the journey to the finished product is always fun for me.

Author Interview: Shane Etter

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

56

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)

John Connolly, F.Paul Wilson, Stephen King, C.J. Box, Lee Child
What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

History, Anything creepy, music.
What genre(s) do you write?

My first three are a series of supernatural thrillers, but I’m moving away from the supernatural to straight thrillers.
Do you have any current or future projects?

Bottom Dwellers, Mind Dwellers and Trail Dwellers
I have two completed manuscripts I’m currently shopping,

A War in The Bronx—about rival drug gangs in NYC.
A Brain in Third Person—about a serial killer in Atlanta.

Do you have an author website?

Yes, Shane Etter
Do you have any blogs?

No.
Where can people find your work?  (to purchase or just to read)

Amazon

Barnes & Noble
If you could just feature one title, what would it be?

My first, Bottom Dwellers.
Do you have any pseudonyms?

No, I write using my real name—A. Shane Etter
Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

My hobbies include collecting and drinking wine, working out and domestic and international travel.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I earned a black belt in karate.
Is there anything else you would like to share?

I became creative after and began writing because of a brain injury, a stroke I suffered at fifty years old.

Author Questionnaire: Alan Hewitt

*I am very privileged to post my latest interview, with Alan Hewitt.  Alan is the founder of The Waiting Room Online, a site for fans of the band Genesis.  TWR Online started in 1987, so this marks its 30th year.

 

 

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

 

I have always enjoyed creative writing although I never had any real aspiration to be a writer until I was persuaded back in 1987 to start writing The Waiting Room Magazine as it then was (now The Waiting Room Online) .  Once I got involved in that it was as if the floodgates were opened and I began to write a variety of different stuff – much of which will never see the light of day while I am alive!

 

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)

 

Hmm… this is a tough one.  The first author whose work ever made any real impression on me was CS Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles although as I child I didn’t enjoy fiction.  I had the assessed reading age of a twenty one year old at age seven and my reading taste reflected that. As I was more determined to get information into my head.   Eventually I discovered the joys of JRR Tolkien whose work has remained a mainstay of my reading ever since.  Another couple from that field whom have made a lasting impression on me are HG Wells and John Wyndham who has to be, in my opinion, one of the finest fiction writers ever to come out of the UK.  I also thoroughly enjoy the works of HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe too.

 

These days I find myself more drawn to factual works especially history and naval history.  I am an honours graduate in the subject myself so this won’t be surprising I guess.  I find the works of British historians Dan Jones and Peter Rex particularly rewarding especially Rex’s as he deals with aspects of English history which have been ignored or poorly documented and his books are well written and fascinating as are Jones’s. For naval history the works of Andrew Lambert and NAM Rodger cannot come any more highly recommended.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

 

I find that my greatest inspirations are some of the musicians I have been incredibly lucky to form friendships with and in particular Steve Hackett and Anthony Phillips whose music and lyrics I admire and are an endless source of inspiration and encouragement.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

 

I have tried my hand at poetry, short stories and factual works including a biography (Steve Hackett).  I have tried to put together ideas for a novel too but the ideas are not hanging together right now.  Maybe one day.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

 

I am currently working on an update to one of my previous works as well as the ongoing work on TWR which is now approaching its thirtieth anniversary.

 

Do you have an author website?

 

Not an author web site per se: but the TWR web site is where you can find most of my currently published material – The Waiting Room Online

 

Do you have any blogs?

 

As above.

 

Where can people find your work?  (to purchase or just to read)

 

My books (apart from the first one which is now long out of print) should be available on Amazon and in the case of my last two works, via the publisher’s web site: Wymer Publishing.

 

If you could just feature one title, what would it be? 

 

It would have to be the biography of Steve Hackett – Sketches Of Hackett as that is the work I am most proud of.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

 

Not as such although I have been known as A Stirrup (any Jethro Tull fans may get the reference there) and Alanh.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

 

Yes, when I am not writing I enjoy music and attend concerts in a wide variety of fields from rock to classical.  I also enjoy gardening, archaeology, and herpetology.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

 

I don’t find myself interesting so I don’t know how to answer this one.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

 

I think my work speaks for itself or at least I hope it does after all this time!

 

 

 

Author Questionaire: Steph Avery

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

When I was about ten years old, I wrote and illustrated a story about a remote tropical island, with its own indigenous people, royal family and currency. My mum has it in her box of my childhood mementos. I was always being told I had a strong imagination and could express myself easily with words, but the thought of being a writer did not occur to me until I worked with writers in feature film development in my early thirties. I felt my mind worked in a similar way to those people writing for a living.

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)

First loves – PD James, Ruth Rendell, Angela Carter, Thomas Hardy, John Irving, Damon Runyon. Then graduated to Daphne du Maurier, Donna Tartt, Joyce Carol Oates, Andrea Levy.

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Film noir cinema; British social realist cinema of 1960s / early 1970s; counter culture movements and underground, secret histories from certain time periods we think we know already; for example, London during the Blitz, or England during the so called ‘Swinging Sixties’

What genre(s) do you write?

There is an element of crime in there, but it is not straightforward crime fiction as such. There is usually a certain historical period I would want to write in, but I would not class it as historical fiction either. I am interested in how fate plays a hand in shaping our lives (the Hardy influence at play here) and how the ripples of events spread far and wide. If there was such a genre as ‘morality play’ I would say that was the most apt.

Do you have any current or future projects?

I have several projects on the go. One is set in the Anglo-Chinese Community in 1920’s Limehouse London. Another is set in London during the Blitz, and another in 1980’s England. The common thread is underground subculture operating beneath the ‘face’ of the perceived view of those periods. For example, London in the Blitz was quite a lawless place where the ‘Blitz spirit’ was something very different to what we think of now. A city with few police, many black marketeers, the good men off fighting and women left to hold the fort. I like shining a light into the dark recesses.

Where can people find your work? (to purchase or just to read)

Amazon

Lulu

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Running. I love to run on the coast where I live in East Kent. Drawing. I am also an illustrator and have just written and illustrated a children’s book ‘Sunny’s Tree’ for publication in China. I have illustrated a series of greetings cards based on vintage 1950’s sailor tattoos called ‘Sailor Made’ for a UK company ‘Frankie Whistle’. Drawing is my therapy so incorporating it into my work life is a lucky bonus.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

After a visit to Snowdonia two years ago, I have become obsessed with walking in the Welsh mountains. I have a fear of heights so nothing too precarious, but we now regularly return to conquer another peak. It is one of the most beautiful regions I have visited and only six hours drive from my door.

Author Questionnaire: Cheryl Brooks

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

No idea. I’ve been telling stories since I was a child, but I only started writing them down when I was in my twenties. Too bad it took me until the age of 52 to sign a publishing contract!

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)

Mary Stewart, Daphne Du Maurier, JRR Tolkien, Frank Herbert, JK Rowling

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?
Most if my inspiration comes from people I know or have met briefly. Basing a character on someone I don’t know very well is actually easiest because I’m not influenced by the real person. 

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Paranormal, futuristic, contemporary, and erotic.

Do you have any current or future projects?
I’m currently writing a paranormal romantic suspense trilogy that I plan to self-publish in the near future. I’ll be working on a new spinoff series of the Cat Star Chronicles after that.
Do you have an author website?
Yes. The address is:

Cheryl Brooks

Do you have any blogs?

Yes, but I don’t seem to blog much anymore.

Cheryl Brooks

Where can people find your work? (to purchase or just to read)

My books are for sale from most of the online retailers: Amazon, B&N, Books-a-Million, Kobo, etc. You might run across the occasional copy in a brick and mortar store, but not my entire backlist by any means.

If you could just feature one title, what would it be?

My favorite book is Rebel, the tenth book in my Cat Star Chronicles series. I love the hero, Onca, to pieces!

Do you have any pseudonyms?
I have one title self-pubbed as Samantha R. Michaels, the rest are by Cheryl Brooks


Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I enjoy gardening and I have two horses.