Author Interview: Teresa Garcia

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

A: I was two and we lived on Grandma and Grandpa Ross’s ranch still. We were visiting with them in their house and I was in the living room. What I remember most was sitting on the big stone hearth with Grandma’s white porcelain cat. I am not sure if it was Dad or if it was Grandpa that gave me the first box of pens and the two column lined notebook with the yellow paper. I don’t remember what everyone was talking about. I do remember Grandpa always had lots of books, my parents had books, and the adults were always talking about things such as travel and telling stories to each other. I’m not sure what it was about this time, but this is the earliest that I can remember wanting to be an author and artist.

 

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

A: Oh, only ten? This is hard, one of my favorites is going to have to wait in the wings. Ten it is then.

  • Peter S. Beagle: “The Last Unicorn” and “Unicorn Sonata”
  • K. Rowling: “Harry Potter”
  • R.R. Tolkien: “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” but I am also reading my way through his other works.
  • Tanith Lee: “The Black Unicorn,” “The Gold Unicorn,” “The Red Unicorn”
  • Hiyao Mizyaki (he counts)
  • Steven King: “The Gunslinger” and “The Dark Tower” especially.
  • James Clavel: “Noble House” “Tai Pan”
  • Eiji Yoshikawa: “Mushashi”
  • Anne McCaffrey: The “Acorna,” “Pern,” and the brainships.
  • Issac Asimov.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

A: Nature has to be my biggest inspiration, especially the mountains, the seas, the stars, and the storms. After that comes mythology and folklore, as I love to imagine what the different creatures and deities would do if viewed with more than a snapshot. My family and loved ones also are in the list, and it is usually them that keep me going on with my projects.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

A: I write spiritual adventure fantasy mainly. My active projects center around characters that balance more than one world while finding their own footing and path in life. As that is the sort of story that has always spoken most strongly to me. I have a sci fi idea I poked at some and would like to return to, but high fantasy is my favorite. I also write poetry, normally with a mythical slant. Sometime in the future I also have a non-fiction idea to pursue in the mythology and folklore division.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

A: The “Selkies’ Skins” series, “Dragon Shaman” series, and “Mythical Minstrelsy” are my current projects. At times I also work more on revamping, rewriting, and reconstructing lost stories for my “The Shadow Chronicles” series that I had begun in the early 1990’s. The “Selkies’ Skins,” “Dragon Shaman,” and “The Shadow Chronicles” series are all intertwined and take part in a shared larger multi-planar or multi-dimensional (depending on who you ask within those) world(s). At some point I may work on Amethyst’s “Gardens of Jardinia” but it will not be until I have completed my three fantasy series and the story that is to follow when the leads of each of these three have achieved their individual goals and meet each other properly to deal with the threat of Astereth and the Fire, and sow seeds for the reintegration of Mythical, Magical, and Cowan societies. Somewhere in all of this I will need to find time to do another poetry or general writing workshop with the Astral Sector Alpha and Trotsdale libraries in Second Life again as well.

 

Do you have an author website?

A: I do not have an author website, but I do have a publishing website, THG StarDragon Publishing. I also have a webserial novel archival site at Selkies’ Skins Official Site. The closest thing to an author website that I can think of is my Patreon, which does have a lot of public material and some reserved strictly for Patrons at: Patreon.

 

Do you have any blogs?

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

A: My work can be found under Teresa Garcia on Amazon, Lulu, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other sites. I also have my first released works still available under Teresa Huddleston-Garcia. If it is marked as from THG StarDragon Publishing I had a hand in it somewhere, whether it was as the author, an editor, or publisher. Illustrations can be found in some of the books through my company, but examples can also be found at AmehanaRainStarDrago . I am available for illustration work.

 

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

A: I would feature book one of “Selkies’ Skins,” entitled “Selkies’ Skins: Castle and Well” as I feel that Kirsty Makay has a more interesting starting place in her personal story than do BlowingWind MountainChild (“Dragon Shaman”) or Willow/Angelina (“The Shadow Chronicles” and cameos in “Dragon Shaman”).

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

A: I am also known as Lady Rain StarDragon, Amehana Arashi, Amehana Ishtari, and Amethyst Stormrider. Those short stories under Amethyst Stormrider are currently in retirement but may be reworked some day into longer sci-fi books.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

A: I used to ski a lot. I also like to bead and make bookmarks. I also write role play quests for DragonHeartsRPG and help as a lore writer with the Dreaming Twilight (formerly Nisa) community in Second Life. I also enjoy adventure RPGs such as Call of Cthulhu and Iron Claw. In addition I volunteer as a curator for the Trotsdale library and Astral Sector Alpha libraries in Second Life and perform live book readings for the virtual library patrons to introduce them to works they may not have heard of.

I recently got into selling candles from JIC Nation, but as that is closing I am being transferred to JewelScents and Gemstra. The domain for my candle shop is JIC Nation and will redirect to the new storefront once that transfer is completed July 1st of 2017. Between the books, handbeaded bookmarks, illustrated bookmarks, and candles I have things that give me a route to get past my shyness and run a booth in community events, socialize, and people watch.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

A: I was a competitive ski racer in high school. My friends and I were not interested in the sports that our high school offered, but we were interested in skiing and snowboarding. My best friend’s dad once had the opportunity to compete in skiing in the Olympics, but turned that down. I cannot remember anymore if she was the little one that the stayed for or if it was one of her sisters. We wanted to form a ski team though, so he became our coach, along with my parents. We learned a lot on and off the slopes, as we had to do a lot of fundraising in order to purchase our gear, passes, tickets, and everything else. Because of my involvement I can say that I competed in blizzards as EVERY Friday in my Senior year (1998) it seemed to choose that day to dump on us and every other school that came up for meets. I’m also able to say that we all skied in the Championships.

Health and injuries have kept me off of the slopes for years, compounded with not having enough money for the tickets or time to go up during the times I was healthy enough. I hope that this will be the year that I will be able to go back up on Mount Shasta and do the snow dance with my favorite mountain.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

A: I am incredibly proud of my kids. Much of their lives I have either been sick, injured, recovering from surgery, or buried under mounds of university coursework fighting for my B.A. in International Relations. As soon as she was 14 my daughter joined the local volunteer fire department’s Explorer’s program for fire fighter and medical training, so that she would know what to do if her brother or I were hurt or I had another medical problem. There is also a tradition of fire fighting in my family and her father’s family.

As soon as my son was 14 he followed her, so that he can learn to be a fire fighter. What motivates him is much the same as his elder sister. However he also was one of the students at Weed Elementary the day that the Boles forest fire took out much of Weed, California in 2014. This year was his first in the Explorers and his first time competing in the annual Fire Muster (firefighter games) traditionally held the third weekend in June in McCloud, California.

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Author Interview: Shawn Dwayne Blakenship

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
15.

 

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)
Stephen King.
Edgar Allen Poe.
Jo Kathleen Rowling.
Mary Downing Hahn.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?
The people I’ve seen in real life.
What genre(s) do you write?
Horror, Sci-fi, Dark Fiction, Fantasy.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?
Well, don’t we all?
Where can people find your work? (to purchase or just to read)
To read my writings go to WritersCafe.org

 

If you could feature just one title, what would it be?
Jarry the Clown.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?
(Ha-ha) Yes. My most famous is of course Ulisigi Wa Ya.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?
I’m really good at playing instruments.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I am a Schizophrenic with an I. Q. of 280. —But don’t think that I still don’t get things wrong, sometimes. After all, I am only human.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I just want everyone to know how much I enjoy writing books. And I hope they enjoy reading them.

Author Interview: Melinda Logan

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

I was 11 years old.

 

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

Some of my favorite authors are: Danielle Steele, Dean Koontz, Doctor Seuss, Dorothy Gilman, Judith Krantz, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Higgins Clark, and Stephen King.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My greatest sources of inspiration are music, my imagination, and my own life experiences.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I currently write and illustrate children’s books, but plan on publishing my first Women’s Lit/Romance story within a year.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I’m working on a coloring book that will be completed by August 2017 and the next installment of my series Music Town Series will be completely by December 2017.

 

Do you have an author website?

I can be contacted on Facebook through my author page (Author Melinda Logan) or my email (melinda_logan_author@yahoo.com).

 

Do you have any blogs?

No

 

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

My children’s book, “Victor Viola Moves To Music Town” is available on Amazon, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and many other on-line retailers.

 

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

“Victor Viola Moves To Music Town”

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

My hobbies include: baking, cooking, creating illustrations, exercising, gardening, playing guitar, and reading.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I have to squeeze in time to write or draw throughout the day since I’m a full-time caregiver to my mother-in-law and also work at home transcribing audio files.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I’m always looking for reviews of my book “Victor Viola Moves To Music Town” and can provide a PDF copy if anyone is interested.

Author Interview: J. McConahy

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

12

 

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

Christine O. Susany

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

What has happen in my life.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Yes, Short Stories about past experiences. “Kentucky Sink Hole”, “Water Pump Friends”, “Uncle Joe & Little Sis”, “Could it be from Red Hat to Red Tail”

 

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, Kindle Unlimited, CreateSpace, Karen’s Book Barn, International Society of Explosive Engineers Book Store, Blaster’s Supply Store, mcconahy@aol.com., Lawrence County Historical Society, New Castle, Pa.  My Stories have placed very highly in the El Pasco, Texas Writer’s League Contests last year.

 

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

“Dynamite! A Blaster’s History”. By J. Nelson McConahy

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Fishing, Boating and Out Door Events, Hunting.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I enjoy Life to its fullest.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

May you have a Grand Day!

 

Author Interview: Adam Bertocci

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

As early as first or second grade. I always liked writing stories and stuff as a kid, and in late elementary school I thought I might want to be a newspaper cartoonist (my ability to draw has not improved since those tender years, alas). I started focusing exclusively on screenwriting in high school and only came around to prose again in my late twenties after my release of my (non-prose) first book… I guess I figured, huh, I’d better write some books now. Long story short (too late, I know), my interest in writing has always been there, but prose writing wasn’t a part of it for a while. I shift forms. Maybe in my forties I’ll take up opera.

 

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

In alphabetical order: Douglas Adams, Dave Barry, Michael Crichton, Robert Cormier, Joe Queenan. There are more, but I know them best as playwrights or other things first.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

I am, essentially, a mashup artist. This applies to literal mashups of existing properties (my best-known work is “Two Gentlemen of Lebowski”, a mashup of Shakespeare and “The Big Lebowski”) but, just, in general, I’m the kind of guy who sees two ideas or concepts or elements of his life and spots the unlikely connections between the two. I rarely get great ideas, but I’m good at synthesizing a bigger idea out of smaller ones.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

In prose I’m drawn to YA / NA comedies from a female perspective, but I’m not above dabbling in all-too-literary blather. In non-fiction writing, my great love is passionately overanalyzing movies. In screenwriting, I’m best-known for quirky comedy, but I pride myself on being a chameleon and a hired gun who can work with anything.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

My most recent not-very-short story, a Kindle exclusive, just dropped: “Confessions of an Off-Brand Princess”, retelling Cinderella as the tale of a put-upon birthday party princess-for-hire. (It’ll be free June 7 through 11 if this post happens to go up in that time frame.)

As for the future: a stage play of mine (a modernization of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”) is slated to go up later this year, I have films I wrote in various stages of production, and in prose, I’m toying with doing something about a female pirate, or more likely just a young lady in a pirate costume; I have a fondness for Halloween scenes.

 

Do you have an author website?

Adam Bertocci

 

Do you have any blogs?

I have thus far resisted this temptation, but post infrequent musings on art and the creative lifestyle on my Faceboook fan page.

 

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

Adam Bertocci has purchasable works for Kindle, but also free stuff to read online and short films to watch, also free.

 

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

I’m gonna say “The Usual Werewolves”—a Kindle short story—for purely mercenary reasons: it seems to be my best-received work in prose, and who am I to argue with the will of the people.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No. That’s not some clever technique to obscure my pseudonym, I just don’t have any.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I watch entirely too many movies and see a reasonable amount of theatre. Shakespeare has become a big part of my life; for the past couple of years, I’ve gone out to the statue of the Bard in Central Park on his birthday and roped passersby into reading scenes with me or with each other.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I can read upside-down almost as quickly as I can right-side-up, and can write upside-down more legibly and quickly than most. The usefulness of these important skills to my writing career remains to be seen.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I will be accepting suggestions for a pseudonym in the comments section below.