Author/Editor Interview: Lori Garside

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

 

I started writing short stories in second grade – around seven-years-old and poetry in my teens. A collection of poems was published in 1976, so I CAN say I’m a published author, but even I no longer have a copy. It was lost long ago along with some rare first editions in one of my many moves. I have tried and failed several times to write the novel I know is inside me. I just need to confidence to see it through to the bitter end.

 

For now, my work is behind the scenes as an editor. I got my first taste of a red pencil when I was just fourteen-years-old. My grandfather, E.B. Garside, a best selling author and renowned academic translator (he translated texts from Greek to English), was the managing editor of a newspaper and put me to work one summer.

 

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

 

Christine Feehan, Belinda Boring, Cherise Sinclair, William Shakespeare, John Milton, Geoffrey Chaucer, Binaca Sommerland, Seth King, Lindy Zart, and many many more.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

 

Life and all its foibles. Some comes from my own experience, some from things I’ve observed, and a great deal from a rich internal fantasy world I learned I could control when I was very young.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

 

The book I’m writing is contemporary women’s fiction about an older woman – a spinster – who falls in love with a younger man . . . a widower with three children under the age of fifteen. I’m also playing with a couple of paranormal novels. One is a romance and the other may wind up a horror or thriller . . . I’m not sure where they’ll take me or how long it will take me to get there. I do, however, edit everything: blog posts, articles, novels – any genre, and children’s books.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

 

The book I’m currently working is Learning To Fall. It’s a May/December romance and I have no release day in sight. I’m also jotting down ideas for a shifter romance but am not sure it will gel. I’m a paranormal junkie! Currently, I’m editing a memoir – The Gift. It’s a fictionalized account of a woman juggling a taking care of her bipolar daughter and terminally ill grandchild. It’s a heartbreaking story you will all be able to read this summer.

 

Do you have an author website? Not yet, but I do have a site as an editor.  It’s Lori Garside, Editor

 

Do you have any blogs?

 

Actually, yes! I own The Chronic Romantic The Chronic Romantic and Garside’s Book Bets Garside’s Book Bets blogs.

 

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

Nothing of my own at the moment.

 

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

 

Well, as I don’t have anything published, I’m going to recommend fans of Science Fiction read Evelyn Lederman’s ‘Selected’ It’s a SciFi coming of age story about teens being forced to travel to another galaxy to help repopulate a planet.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

 

No – but it’s something I’ve thought about. If and when I do publish I’d like to keep editing and am not sure I want to confuse the two.  It’s definitely something I’m considering.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

 

I love to travel, I sing, I read incessantly, and I enjoy going to museums.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

 

I started singing and performing when I was nine years old and won my first competition at ten. I’m a trained actress and singer and spent twenty years trying to become the next household name. My acting ability is used often. I’m quite shy but you’d never know it to meet me. LOL

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

 

I’m proud to be part of the indie community. Albeit behind the scenes. I’ll self-publish my book if I ever get it finished. I am sure I’ll find a few authors who’ll mentor me in the process. This community is chocked full of welcoming and supportive people and I’ve had the pleasure of working with many as an editor and blogger.

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Author Interview: Tracey Champion

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How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
*I was 17 and attempted to write my first book.

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)
*This is not a nice question. It’s like picking your favorite child. Cory Cyr, Kim Holden, Kylie Scott, Colleen Hoover, Stevie Cole, Chelle Bliss just to name a few.

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?
*I have a vivid imagination.

What genre(s) do you write?
*adult contemporary

Do you have any current or future projects?
*to finish my series and many other books

Do you have an author website?
* Tracey Champion

Do you have any blogs?
*Hot Girls Read

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

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

Do you have any pseudonyms?
*no

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?
*reading, collecting pop vinyl’s

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
*I am honest and like a big kid.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
*I write what I feel and want to give a good quality book.

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Author Interview: Lisa Binion

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

From the time I learned how to read, I have loved books. Part of me has always longed to write, and over time, the desire grew stronger and stronger.

When I was accepted as a writer for BellaOnline many years ago, it was like a dream come true. I have since left BellaOnline and now have my own website.

 

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

My favorite author would have to be Agatha Christie. I have every mystery she has ever written and have read them each many times over. She is the one who set my standards for a great mystery.

I have read so many books by now that it is hard to choose other favorites. Among my other favorites, I would include Stephen Helmes, Matthew Keith, LB Marie, Atty Eve, and Joshua Hampton.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Memories of what has happened throughout my life are my greatest source of inspiration. Other than that, articles that I read in different papers will cause my imagination to create stories. For example, “23 People Describe the Strangest Things Previous Owners Left in Their Homes.”

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I have one published book and another one that is about ready to publish. Both of them are horror.

I have also written one children’s book, but I have yet to publish it. It is more of an adventure story. It is about an imagined adventure that some of the puppies I used to have took.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

My current project is to make Softly and Tenderly available in paperback. While working on that, I’m also getting ready to publish Dance for Me. And there are several other stories I’m working on.

 

Do you have an author website?

Lisa’s Writopia is my website. I write articles that in some way have to do with reading or writing for it. The site also has book reviews, author interviews, and guest posts that other authors have written. On my site, I also advertise my writing and my editing. You can read the first part of Softly and Tenderly for free on my website.

 

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

     Softly and Tenderly is available through Amazon or Smashwords. You can also read the first part of Softly and Tenderly for free on my website.

The articles I write and the reviews of books I do can be read on Lisa’s Writopia. When I publish my next book, it will also be announced on my website.

 

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

Softly and Tenderly

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I don’t consider writing to be a hobby. Writing and editing are simply what I do.

Walking would be exercise, but it is also a hobby. I also like to take long walks with my dogs. To relax, I read a selection from my library of books that is consistently being made larger.

Streaming episodes of some really great shows is also a hobby. Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Bones, and Blindspot are some of my favorite series to watch.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

In January of 1991, I was in a near fatal car accident. The jaws of life had to be used to extract me from my car. I wasn’t expected to survive. If I did survive, the doctors told my husband that I would be paralyzed with brain damage for the rest of my life.

Doctors are not always right, and I proved them wrong. Six weeks and two days later, I walked out of the hospital, no longer paralyzed or brain-damaged.

Author Interview: S.A. Larsen

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

That’s a tough question. During my teen years I knew I loved writing. I just didn’t have a clue how to go about doing it, let alone doing it successfully. Remember, I was in high school pre internet with all those nifty search engines. There were no writing gadgets and novel programs to speak of, let alone cell phones or tablets. Heck, I had a Tandy computer in college. #haha (Okay younger peeps, go Google that. We’ll wait.) It was in my thirties that I knew I wanted to write professionally and that I could find the tools to help me make it happen.

 

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

Jane Austen, Dr. Seuss, Melissa Marr, Judy Bloom, Anne Rice, Meg Cabot, Jamie McGuire, Stephen King

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

I’d say music and any current reading I’ve done, but it also depends on which age group I’m writing for. For instance, when I’m working on a middle grade project I sometimes go through old photos and school work of my kids. Having four kids I’ve got plenty of MG memories to pull from. I reflect on my own young adult years for my YA work. Candles and candy are two more inspirations I cherish.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Firstly, I write for children. My middle grade work pretty much encompasses fantasy and adventure, while my young adult work hones more on urban fantasy, paranormal, and romance. But I’m also open to writing more contemporary stories.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Currently, I’m working on book two of my middle grade series MOTLEY EDUCATION intended to be five books total. I’m also finishing up final edits with my editor in anticipation of the release of my first young adult novel MARKED BEAUTY late summer 2017. And guess what? I got a glimpse of the cover recently. Eek! It’s all dark, gothic, and mysteriously romantic. A project that is near and dear to my heart is another I’m working on. It’s YA and deals with a teen’s struggle to survive growing up with a mentally ill parent and how that affects her family unit, and her dreams, growth, fears, and relationships with others.

 

Do you have an author website?

Sure do – S.A. Larsen

 

Do you have any blogs?

I started Writer’s Alley to be a platform for children’s literature and its authors. It can be found Writer’s Alley.

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

Motley Education can be found or ordered through your local bookstore, on Amazon, B&N, Walmart, Indiebound, and other online merchants as well. Marked Beauty will be similar, so here’s my Amazon Author Page for once it’s released; also, here you’ll find the young adult anthologies my stories are part of and some short stories I have in inspirational books for writers. On my website, I also have a list of freelance articles I’ve done, some have links.

 

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

Honestly, I’d love to feature my YA novel Marked Beauty, but it won’t release for at least five months. So it would be Motley Education. J

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

I write under my initials: S.A. Larsen.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I’m a forever dancer. It actually was going to be my career, New York and the whole bit. But life happened. Anyway, up until five years ago I was still dancing with a group of ladies ranging in ages from 23 – 68. Yup, and we were called the Monday Night Hotties. 😉

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I’m a mural painter. Can’t draw a small image for the life of me, but give a whole wall and watch out! Oh, and I’m a rim girl – truck rims, that is. They matter, just like diamonds on a woman.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Only that I am so grateful for this opportunity to be here. Thank you!

Author Interview: Walt Szczotka

*Walt is a good friend of mine.  We met during the fall of 2003 when we both started graduate school together.  As long as I have known him, Walt has always had an acttive imagination, which he uses to write such excellent stories!

 

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
I decided I wanted to be a writer around when I was nine years old.  I would often make up little “comic” style artwork stories on my way back to Pennsylvania from Disney World (in Orlando, Florida).  Of course, I didn’t really start taking writing seriously until I was thirteen.  When I was a Freshman in High School, I wrote my first ever “Long Work”, a gangster style story which I am planning to make into a novel (It’s written in Screenplay format, as I’d originally wanted to be a screen writer).

 

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

R.L. Stine, Ridley Pearson, Edward Darkslade, J.K. Rowling

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My Grandfather, to this day, remains my greatest source of inspiration.  He taught me that you’re never too old to use your imagination, and he also reminded me that imagination is one of my strongest assets.  To this day, I always try to write in a character that has his kindness and his imagination.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Fantasy and Magic.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I have two big projects I’m currently working on:  One is a completely new story called “Captain Rum Belly and the Society of Shadows.”  The other project is to revive my old “Unconditional” stories and write them in the new time line that I’m working on:  Mostly dealing with Captain Rum Belly and Raighne the Water Sorcerer.

 

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

I publish exclusively through Lulu.com.  However, I have pulled all of my old books as I’m reworking them and retooling them.

 

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

Captain Rum Belly and the Society of Shadows.  I have a lot of fun with Old Rum Belly, and more importantly, the inspiration behind the story is almost as interesting as what I’m writing.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No, I like to eat my food plain.  HAHA.  Of course I know what pseudonyms mean.  No, I don’t believe in using them.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I love playing video games.  Right now, I’m highly addicted to playing the Project Diva Games (Hatsune Miku genre).   I also collect Batman Comics and old Mad Magazines, as I love to read.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I’m an animal lover and a parent to a bright, silly, curious little dachshund named Nora.  I’m a video game lover as well; in fact, aside from Hatsune Miku, I also like playing World of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Never stifle your imagination, you’ll be doing yourself a great disservice.

Author Interview: Cora Brantner

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

I never did. I’m an “accidental” author. I found my mom’s novel manuscript after she passed and fell in love with it. I spent 7 years learning to use a computer, relearning how to type, reworking her book and finding a publisher: Then I wrote a sequel at the request of my readers.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My pastors, other Christian writers and the Bible.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Inspirational, historic, biography, adventure & romance all in the same story.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Nothing right now; am enjoying my husband’s retirement.

 

Do you have an author website?

Yes, but it’s not active,

 

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

From me thru the mail (info on my Facebook page), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at THE WELL bookstore in Covington, WA.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

Mary Alice Author

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Sewing, singing Speaking at Christian women’s luncheons tops club and book club at my local library.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I was diagnosed as borderline autistic as a baby, but grew out of it.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Dedicated my life and my voice to God many years ago, Then my writing while working on finishing mom’s book.

Author Interview: Mary Ellen Quire

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

I was in grade school when I discovered I enjoyed writing, but it wasn’t until I took a creative writing class in high school that I really held an interest.  I didn’t write anything seriously until some years later.

 

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

Stephen King

Jim Butcher

Ann Bishop

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

I think the biggest inspiration I get for writing anything is the time old question “What if?”  It’s been the bare bones of a lot of my material.  “What if you could make time travel real?”  “What if animals really do have a secret society that humans know nothing about?”  “What if entities like vampires, fairies, and witches really did exist?”  I usually follow the question with another, “Is there a way to turn that answer into something unique?”  It’s all downhill from there.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Urban fantasy is actually my favorite genre to write.  Dark Deliverance was my take on the whole vampire legend.  I love the genre so much that I couldn’t help but throw a little of it into the Sheldon’s Diary series in the form of the mythical Wild Hunt.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

The second book in the Sheldon’s Diary series, Cheddar’s Diary, is due out at the end of this year.  I am working on the third book now.  I have a detective series and will be finishing the second book soon hopefully.  I’m also writing a light-hearted assassin novel and a dark urban fantasy novel which takes place locally.

 

Do you have an author website?

My website is Mary Ellen Quire

 

Do you have any blogs?

Sheldon’s Diary and Cheddar Diaries are blogs that I write on Facebook.  Sheldon’s Diary is its own page while Cheddar’s Diary is hosted by Crestwood Animal Hospital.

 

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

You can find all three of my current books (Sheldon’s Diary, Dark Deliverance, and Fairview) in just about any online bookstore.  Fairview is only available in electronic format though Smashwords, Kobo, and Amazon.  Sheldon’s Diary and Dark Deliverance are featured in both soft cover and Kindle ebook.   At the present time, you can also purchase Sheldon’s Diary at Karen’s Book Barn in La Grange, Kentucky or at the Bookstore in the Berry Center in New Castle, Kentucky.

 

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

Sheldon’s Diary.  It’s so quirky that I just love writing it.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

I’ve written two time travel novels, Link Detonator and Detonator Time’s Up, under the name Mary E. Rose.  They’re out of print now, but you can still find copies of them floating around here and there.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Of course reading is one of my favorite pastimes, but I also enjoy kicking back with my husband or daughter and watching anything of interest on Netflix.

Author Interview: L.M. Heidle

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

I really knew I wanted to be a writer when I was around 29. When we were moving I did however find a lot of writings from when I was younger, so maybe it was earlier than I thought.

 

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

Hmm… my favorites would have to be J.M. Sevilla, Tijan, Beth Ehemann, and Tessa Teevan.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My children, because I want them to know you should follow your dreams.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

New adult and contemporary romance.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Yes I have several projects in the works. I’m working on Unexpected Chances and an untitled book right now. I also have two books planned for the future.

 

Do you have an author website?

Author L.M. Heidle

 

Do you have any blogs?

I have a blog on my website and an author page on Facebook

 

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

Amazon (US)

Amazon (UK)

Amazon (CA)

Amazon (AU)

Goodreads

 

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

Expect the Unexpected

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

I write under the name of L.M. Heidle

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I love spending time with my family and I’ve recently learned I love DIY projects.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

Not sure if this is what you want, but I have a natural orange streak in my hair.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Actually publishing a book is a terrifying thing, but it’s been an amazing experience. It still feels like a dream to have people buy my books.

 

 

Author Interview: Janis Boyd

Pen It! Magazine’s next featured author will be Janis Boyd, who worked as a teacher for over thirty-nine years at Scipio Elementary School.  Her book, You Even Make My Dog Smile: A Teacher Remembers, reflects on her days as a mentor and educator.  Janis was also featured in the North Vernon Sun, which printed an article about her and her material.

 

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

I taught elementary school for many years and collected stories along the way.  I had no plans to write a book until I started putting the memories together after I retired.

 

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

At school, I had favorite authors that I read to my class such as Mark Twain, Gary Paulsen, Judy Blume, Dr. Seuss, and many others.  When I was younger and better at multitasking, I would read all the best sellers as soon as they came out.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My source of inspiration was the sweet, funny people that I met at Scipio Elementary School.  This includes students, parents, and staff.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I definitely have no current project and probably no future ones.

 

Do you have an author website?

I don’t have an author website or blog.  I wouldn’t mind having a website, but I’m pretty needy when it comes to computer skills.

 

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

The book is available on Amazon and at Pen It! Publications.

 

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

The name of my book is You Even Make My Dog Smile: A Teacher Remembers and is realistic fiction, I guess.  There is much truth in the book, but it is enhanced and disguised.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Gardening keeps me busy in the warm months.  I spend lots of time planting and weeding.  I also enjoy travelling and playing cards.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I work part time at the county treasurer, auditor, and assessor’s offices.  I also volunteer at the Park Theatre in North Vernon.  This is a renovated theatre that has movies and live shows and plays.  It is run completely by volunteers and is a wonderful place.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I have one son who lives in Indianapolis.  He is a video producer who has won 3 Emmys for documentaries that he has produced.

 

Author Interview: Roya Carmen

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

I was nine when I wrote my first book. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to write a sequel!

 

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

Sophie Kinsella, Jodi Picoult, Bella Andre, Jane Green, Gillian Flynn and many others.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

The people I meet and the stories I hear.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Romance mostly, but delving into suspense.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Presently working on the third and final book in my Riverstone Series – a steamy romance series about three siblings who inherit a horse estate.

 

Do you have an author website?

Roya Carmen

 

Do you have any blogs?

Not really… my blog in on my website but I don’t post often… I usually stick to social media.

 

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

My bestselling series The Ground Rules is available at all online retailers. Paperbacks are also available at Amazon and Walmart

My other books are all available on amazon. All my books can be seen on my Amazon page: Amazon

 

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

The Ground Rules (book 1) it’s my most popular book. It’s the story of an ordinary woman whose life is forever changed when she and her husband meet a fascinating couple and enter into a forbidden arrangement.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Painting watercolours, reading, shooting pool, yoga and camping.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

My mother tongue is French, and I’m presently learning Spanish.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I love meeting new authors and readers, connect with me here:

 

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