Author Interview Sara Dobie Bauer

*I had the privilege of meeting Sara at the Imaginarium conference in Louisville, KY this past October. We talked for a while, and she agreed to interview for my blog. Please read all about Sara’s great accomplishments below:

 

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

I received a diary for Christmas when I was in elementary school, and I wrote a horrible, angsty love story about a blind girl and a guy in a wheelchair. Seriously? Yes, seriously. Guess I knew then, but I wasn’t any good until college.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Music is a huge inspiration, although Benedict Cumberbatch is my (ridiculous) muse. I once wrote a Pushcart Prize-nominated short story based on little more than a photo of him and Zachary Quinto hugging on a red carpet.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Romance of all kinds: paranormal, comedic, LGBTQ, and twisted dark. I have a serious thing for romance, probably because I like creating character chemistry and watching people fall in love. In my newest release, Enchanted: Magic Spark, I paired up a heartbroken Irishman with a tough-as-nails Southern witch. Sparks do indeed fly.

 

Do you have an author website?

But of course, and we have tons of fun there: Sara Dobie Bauer. (You can find links to my social media there, too, if you want to keep up on all things romance, book nerdery, vampires, gay sailors, and more.)

 

Where can people find your work?

Everything is on Amazon!

 

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

I suppose Bite Somebody. It was my very first published novel, featuring an awkward vampire who falls in love with the sexy surfer boy next door. It means a lot to me, not only because it was my first, but also because it shows that even the clumsiest, most nervous girl in the world can find true love.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Does watching BBC mysteries count as a hobby? Because I do that all the time. Sherlock (obviously), Midsomer Murders, and Father Brown, to name a few. I read constantly, too, and am pretty obsessive about hot yoga. I love a good downward-facing dog.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I met Neil Gaiman at a book signing once, and he hugged me due to my exciting headgear. I have a thing for weird hats—and apparently, so does Neil Gaiman.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

As I mentioned, Enchanted: Magic Spark came out January 9. It’s the first in a three-part novella series featuring witches in Charleston and the men who love them. It’s funny-dark-sexy, so if you’re into that sort of thing, get your copy on Amazon today. Parts two and three come out in February and April, so you don’t have to wait long for the exciting conclusion!

 

About Sara Dobie Bauer:

Sara Dobie Bauer is a bestselling, award-winning author, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she’d really like to live in a Tim Burton film. She is author of the paranormal rom-com Bite Somebody from World Weaver Press, among other ridiculously entertaining things. Learn more at http://SaraDobieBauer.com.

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Author Interview: J.D. Fly

*Jim and I met in at our Sellersburg writers’ group, which he joined not too long after it was established. His work is so many things at once: funny, sad, sarcastic, romantic, and hopeful. I hope that he continues to stay a member while showing us all his greatest works!

 

1. How old were you when you knew you wanted to write?

68-just retired for the 2nd time from the United Service Center. 1st retirement was from the military. My 1st story was () terrible () pathetic () awful (*) all of the above

 

2. Favorite authors?

Lee Child: for the Jack Reacher novels

Robert B. Parker: for the Jesse Stone novels.

Patrick O’Brien: for the Master and Commander novels.

J.D. Fly: for anything I write (missteaks and all)

Everyone in our writers group: because they’re in our writers’ group.

 

3. Sources of inspiration?

My imagination.

And some movies such as City of Angels, which inspired me to write an angel story, Assignment April and the movie The Lake House, which inspired me to write Letters Thru Time.

 

4. What genre(s) do you write?

Romance: because I was informed that on fiction press, that’s where the readers are, so I pumped up the romantic scenes and edited out a lot of unromantic stuff. Changing a science fiction story, a detective story, and a couple sports stories into romances wasn’t easy, and it didn’t work well with the detective, but the other turned out okay.

 

5. Do you have any current or future projects?

I’m working on 5 stories that are in various stages of incompletion.

 

6. Author wbsite?

No.

 

7. Do you have any blogs?

No.

 

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

Several of my stories are on Fiction Press under JDFly.

 

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

My most popular story on fiction press, with over 55,000 hits on it, is The Tutor from Hell.

 

10. Any pseudonyms?

Everything is written by JDFly.

 

11. Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Yes. Several, one of which is sitting in the porch swing and watching the grass grow…or the leaves fall.

 

12. Tell us something interesting about yourself.

Pass. -Uh-oh, Shirley says it’s interesting that at age 79, I’m writing romantic stories for young women.

 

13. Is there anything else you would like to share?

No. Well, let’s go with this. I consider myself to be the poor man’s Nicholas Sparks. Somewhat smiliar stories, only he writes emotiional tear-jerkers, whereas I do it with humor.

 

 

 

 

Author Interview: C. Fulsty

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
I was 27 when I knew I wanted to be an author. I wrote poetry from the time I was about 16 until I was about 20. I never took my writing that serious until one day I was talking with a parent of a little boy that was in my “Learn-to-Play” roller hockey class. He told me how he thought a lot of the books out today were very bland and he wanted something more for his son to read. That’s when I decided I would give it a shot.

 

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)
My favorite author by far is Dr. Seuss. I know that a lot of people might say that but I really did love reading his books. I did look to his books when I first started writing. His books were just in a league of their own with creativity and story. Another favorite author would be Eric Carle. I loved how simple but different his books were. The types of books that you could just look at and immediately know he was the illustrator. I try to take a lot of inspiration from them when I write.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?
I take my inspiration from several different sources. I, of course, take inspiration from my life and all the difficulties I’ve gone through. I take inspiration from the children that were in my “Learn-to-Play” roller hockey class, and I take inspiration from issues I hear about through social media or friends. I like to figure out issues or lessons I feel are affecting children today and then twist them into a fun, cute world that kids would love to read and understand the message.

 

What genre(s) do you write?
I write fiction children’s picture books which have all been rhyming. I do have ideas in the works for my first and second non-rhyming books, but those are sitting on a shelf for now (literally and figuratively). I’m also currently working on a collaboration children’s chapter book which is in the works right now. I don’t have any plans to stray much more from rhyming children’s picture books though.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?
I have a couple current projects and multiple future projects. Currently, I’m illustrating a book called “Tony’s Butterflies” which is a book for one of my late idols, Tony Sly. My friend, Shanilee, is illustrating a book for the Colorado Veterans Project which is where both of us live. Last, I have the collaboration book I’m working on, “The Golden Quills” that was mentioned previously. On future projects, I don’t even know where to start because I have about 5 to 6 projects sitting off to the side that are written, or strong story idea I’m waiting to have time to write. I have plenty of work to keep me busy for a long time, even if people stop reading my books.
Do you have an author website?
I do, my author website is C. Fulsty Books. I try to keep it as up to date as possible with books that are out, books coming out, extra info on books that are out, additional info on myself, and even an acknowledgement page. It’s worth peeking into and if there’s anything more you want to know about me, you can send any questions to me from my website.

 

Do you have any blogs?
I do have one blog. It’s on my website and I don’t write in it very often, but I try to write things that are more personal, that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. For instance, I have one blog post where I talked about how depression affects my life as an author. I do have a disclaimer at the beginning that the story may not be for children, but I also don’t use any language or words that children shouldn’t see.

 

Where can people find your work? (to purchase or just to read)
My books are on Kindle, Barnes & Noble online, Amazon, and many other online bookstores. You can also request to have a book shipped to your closest Barnes & Noble and with enough interest they will begin to carry my books.

 

If you could feature just one title, what would it be?
I would like to feature “Blake and the Turtles.” It’s one of my favorites, I feel it has a great story with two great lessons to be learned, and Shanilee did a great job illustrating it. “Blake and the Turtles” is also my bestselling book currently.
Do you have any pseudonyms?
My only pseudonym right now, and the name I’m going by, is C. Fulsty. The “C.” is the initial of my first name, and I’ve always joked to myself that all the best authors have initials or a title like Dr. Seuss. “Fulsty” is for the name I was called by some of my teammates when I played hockey in high school, and I’m a very big hockey fan.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?
My other main hobby would be hockey, watching and playing. I’m also a big movie buff, but besides that I don’t really have any additional hobbies that I can think of.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
Something interesting about me would be that I never broke a bone for 27 years. Then I broke my fibula and my ankle was so far out of place I had to get surgery to fix it. I now have a plate and 7 screws in my leg and may have it for the rest of my life or until I’m in my 60’s.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’d also like to share that I am a native to Colorado.

 

Author Interview: Sarah Hays

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

I have always loved to write.  I kept a journal growing up, and I began to write stories in middle school.  The characters were based on Sherlock Holmes.  A mystery need to be solved.  When I was in high school, I knew I wanted to become a published author one day.

 

Who are your favorite authors?

Growing up, I loved reading Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene.  As an adult, my favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, and Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My greatest inspirations are my daughters.  My book, “Not Again!  The Adventures of Breanna and Allyson,” is based on their sibling relationship.  I like to write about what is going on around me.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I love to write children’s books.  Seeing young students reading is the best feelingI wanted to provide a book about siblings that children can relate to.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Yes, I am currently writing about our family pet, Charlie.  He is a wonderful dog, but he can get into trouble.

 

Do you have an author website? 

Yes, it’s listed under: Sarah Hays

 

Do you have any blogs?

Not at this time, but I do enjoy reviewing children’s books.

 

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

My books are listed on Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble.

 

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

It would definitely be “Not Again!  The Adventures of Breanna and Allyson.”

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I am constantly reading.  I’m a teacher to students with Dyslexia.  So, I’m always reading to them, to my daughters, or on my own.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I live in central Texas with my husband and two daughters.  We love animals!  We have one dog, three cats, and a gerbil.