Author Interview: Penny Pearson

*I met Penny at our local Sellersburg Writers’ Group, and it did not take long for the two of to us become friends. Penny’s new book, A Girl’s Guide to Time Travel, was recently published by Stardust Romance, (a Division of Hydra.) Please read her fascinating interview below:

 

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

I was always enamored with books, even at an early age. I used to beg teachers at the end of the year for any teacher’s manuals they were going to throw out. I began writing lengthy pieces before I was sixteen. My first (unfinished) work started with a girl who went to horse camp and met a boy… and the trouble started after that! I’ve never stopped writing. I found writing was a safe haven, even if I was in a spot in life that was less than desirable. I always had my writing to whisk me away for reality.

 

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

Jim Butcher, Gail Carriger, Anne Rice, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Tessa Dare, Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas, Jennifer Ashley

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Everyday life. When I go places, I can envision parts of my story taking place. Usually it involves murder or some sort of trouble, but that’s how it happens.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I write paranormal adventures. There is always a love interest, but the main story line is usually trying to stay alive and figure out how to make the bad things stop.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I am currently working on a sequel to my Wizards of the Vatican book. I’ve created a world in which wizards help keep the paranormal mischief to a minimum.

 

Do you have an author website?

Yes, it is: Paranormally Weird.

 

Do you have any blogs?

Yes, my blog is actually within my website. I find it much easier to keep all my info within one area. Way less overwhelming that way.

 

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

Currently available on Penny Pearson (paperback or eBook form), soon available at Barnes & Noble. I also have some events planned throughout the summer and will have paperback books with me available for sale.

 

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

I have one work that is particularly dear to my heart. It’s out in print at the moment, but it’s titled, A Girl’s Guide to Purgatory. My best friend from work died suddenly as I was writing the story, and her spirit became imbedded in a character. I’m not sure if Kathy would be happy to find out she was a little dinosaur in the story, but I like to think she would be tickled pink! I love the story because it’s set in a world that is completely designed by my imagination. The love story is passionate and the danger is real.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

Penny Pearson

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I have recently picked up the super neat hobby of model horse showing. I’ve found a person could spend more money on a model horse than on a real horse! (I’m trying to make sure that doesn’t happen. I don’t think my horses would like that very much. Or my husband.)

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I live in Southern Indiana with my husband, young daughter, two rescued dogs, two barn cats and two horses. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Equestrian Studies at the University of Findlay. I have a Master’s degree in Conflict Management.

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Author Interview: Trisha Ratliff

*I met Trisha at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library for their 5th Annual Author Fair. She was kind enough to purchase one of my books. When Trisha told me that she had started her own magazine, Reader’s Life Magazine, I knew that I wanted to interview her for my blog. Please read her fascinating interview below:

 

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

I was 12 when I thought about it as a possible career for the first time. I had always loved to come up with little stories and I had this “Fantastic” idea for a script and so I wrote this horrible 28 page script. I was so proud of it. I was so insulted when no one else saw my literary “genius” that I didn’t write again until I was about 15, and I only began again because of the support I got from a librarian who suggested I join a the local writers group. She told me I was a good writer and had real potential and at that point I knew that this was what I wanted to do with my life.

 

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

R.L Stine, Carolyn B. Cooney, Diane Hall, Mary Higgins Clark, Edgar Allan Poe, and William Shakespeare. To name a few.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

I honestly never thought much about what my sources of inspiration were until recently, but I think a lot of inspiration comes from music that I listen to. I also think my family is another big source of inspiration, I have a larger family with two older siblings who both have children so it there is almost always a big event going on. (Births, weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, etc.) Not to mention the holidays that fall in between.  So there is always plenty of inspiration to look to when I try to create a character or try to write out a scene or even just trying to write out a simple interview or article for the magazine. I tend to look at my family as inspiration for the magazine because I strive to create content that is family friendly and extremely helpful to both budding and experienced writers.

 

How did Reader’s Life Magazine get started?

I first began throwing the idea around in early 2015 when I was fresh out of High School. I’d been blogging for 3 years at this point and I wanted to shake things up and make it fresh. I ended up becoming discouraged in the summer of that year and decided to just sit it on a shelf for a while. In fall of that year I was growing increasingly disgruntled with blogging, reviewing and writing in general. Authors and companies just weren’t contacting me like they had previously, I would check my email multiple times a day and it would be empty. In November I had what I like to call my temper tantrum. I got so frustrated that I decided I would give it one last money shot. I was going to email a few authors and bring up the subject of starting a magazine. If I didn’t get at least three emails back I would know that I was a washed up has been and I would give it all up and go on with my life. What happened next is what I describe as God telling me “I’ll let you know when you’re a has been.”  I got four emails within a day. So I sat down the night before Thanksgiving without any plan at all as to how this was going to work or what I was going to to next. I ended up putting that issue together in 2 weeks completely by myself without any help or previous knowledge, and I haven’t stopped since.

 

Do you have any blogs?

I currently have 1 blog “Reader’s Life with Trisha Ratliff” and it was the start of all of this. I would and still review books and do author interviews on there.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing? 

I love reading, drawing, singing and playing instruments, as well as crocheting and gardening. Those are just some of my hobbies.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

My first blog was founded on a lie. I first began blogging at 15. I was in a youth book club and the librarian suggested I join NetGalley and review books for the authors since I gave such critical reviews. I decided this would be an interesting idea and I’d get free books. So I went home and I started setting up an account only to find out I had to be a blogger or reviewer with a blog. So I quickly decided to create a blog but I didn’t want my friends and extended family seeing it and making fun of me. (I had low confidence back then.) So I decided I’d make a blog but I’d give a pen name. So I find blogger.com and I created a blog under the name Book Haven and I used the fake name Ivory Rose. Unfortunately, I’m bad at lying and forgot to set up a separate email with my pen name and my NetGalley was still under my real name. I didn’t realize my mistake until I’d read and reviewed my first book and got an email from the author thanking me and offering to do an interview with me and I noticed she addressed me as Trisha. I nearly passed out. I ended up putting everything in my name and changing the blog name to Reader’s

Life.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I really never thought I would ever be able to do any of the things that I’ve accomplished in the past 5 years. I hated to read when I was kid and struggled with reading and spelling, despite this I had my first blog at 15 and interviewed my first author about a month after launching. I did my first “live” interview over Skype a month later at our local library and was told I had a gift for interviewing people and public speaking. I’ve since then worked with award winning authors and publishers, I became the creator and editor of Reader’s Life Magazine at 18 and  it’s been extremely humbling and a true blessing to do what I do and to be able to work with the people that I have.

 

Author Interview: Renee Carter Hall

*I first found out about Renee while watching an episode of The Nostalgia Critic. The video tagline questioned if Tiny Toon Adventures was written by kids. Curious, I watched to find out the answer. I remember being a fan of the show as a child, which is part of what promted me to reach out to Renee. It pleased me when she answered my questions; please read her fascinating interview below:

 

What inspired you and two of your friends to write an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures?

It was kind of a whim, really. It started with a drawing I’d made of the two main characters, Buster and Babs, on the beach, and then that spark turned into a story, drawn out on notebook paper. We never thought of sending it anywhere, but when the story was done, kids at school kept telling us we should send it to the show. So we found an address for the local TV station that aired the show, and sent it to them, and everything followed from there. We never sat down with the intention of writing an episode or anything; it all just happened because we wanted to share what we’d made as fans.

 

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

I’ve been writing stories ever since I learned how to write — it’s just something I’ve always done. As far as working on getting those stories published, though, that started in my late teens and early twenties. I started sending my poems to editors first, after I came across a copy of Poet’s Market in my local bookstore, and after I’d been doing that for a while, I realized that sending out fiction worked pretty much the same way… except that it could actually pay cash instead of just contributors’ copies!

 

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

I’ve been reading Stephen King since I was probably about 10 years old, so I’m always interested in what he’s doing. Ray Bradbury has been a big influence as well. Most of my other favorites are writers for children and teens, like Katherine Paterson, Lois Lowry, Katherine Applegate, and Laurie Halse Anderson. And for classic comfort reading, I always come back to books by Louisa May Alcott and L. M. Montgomery.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Always asking “what if?”, and always wondering what life would look like through someone else’s eyes — whether that “someone else” happens to be human, animal, or otherwise.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I write mostly fantasy and sometimes soft science fiction, everything from flash fiction to novels. I’ve also written young adult fantasy (Huntress), and I’m hoping to publish a book for middle grade readers someday, but that’s still in the works. A good amount of what I write also falls under the umbrella of “furry fiction,” which is fiction featuring anthropomorphic animal characters.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Besides a couple of short stories, I’m getting back to working on my next book, The Second Life of Bartholomew T. Lion, which is a novel for adults, set on an island of abandoned toys living under a ruthless doll dictator. That project’s been on the back burner for too long, so I’m looking forward to making some real progress on it.

 

Do you have an author website?

My website is at Renee Carter Hall, and I’m also on Twitter as @RCarterHall.

 

Do you have any blogs?

I have a regular author blog that’s currently at Renee Carter Hall but will be integrated into my website when I finally get around to redesigning it later this year. I also have Three From Waynesboro, which is where I’m currently blogging the story of how we sold the Tiny Toons story, and what happened after.

 

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

I have a sampling of short stories and poems on my website, and I’ve also been posting some of my published stories to Curious Fictions.

In terms of where to buy my books, all those links are on the Books page of my website. And of course, like most authors these days, I have my Amazon page. For folks who like ebooks, I usually suggest my short story collection Six Impossible Things as a good place to start, since it’s available for free.

 

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

I’m particularly proud of my Christmas-themed short story collection Wishing Season. It hasn’t gotten as much attention as my other books because one, it’s a short story collection, and two, there’s such a limited amount of time per year that people feel like reading Christmas stories, so all that makes it a hard sell — but I love how it turned out, so I’m always trying to get a smidge more attention for it. If you grew up on the Rankin-Bass Christmas specials like I did, with that sense of humor and magic and heart, you might enjoy the stories in Wishing Season.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I used to draw and paint quite a bit, and I even dabbled in papermaking for a while, though all that’s fallen by the wayside in recent years. Between writing and working a full-time day job, there’s not much time or energy left for other hobbies, but I love reading (of course) and watching movies, especially animated films.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

One aspect of my writing process that raises eyebrows sometimes is that, whenever possible, I like writing first drafts longhand. Somehow typing feels more like “public” writing — emails, blog posts, tweets — and creative writing by hand feels more intimate and private. It takes me back to when I was a kid writing and illustrating stories in spiral notebooks, and reminds me that though writing can be hard work, it’s also supposed to be fun.

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Author Interview: Linda M. Penn

*I had the fortune of meeting Linda M. Penn at the 8th Annual Author’s Fair in LaGrange, KY. She was kind enough to purchase two of my coloring books. Please read her fascinating interview below:

 

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

I got the bug in high school wanting to write from a fantastic English teacher.
 

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

Jodie Picoult, Bill Noel, Lianne Moriarty

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Everyday events, things the grandkids say
 

What genre(s) do you write?

Children’s picture books; Children’s chapter books written with my cousin, Frank J. Feger

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Frank and I are working on another Clayton’s River Adventure series book (5th in the series); friend Sara M. Lose and I are awaiting the publication of our self-help, humorous, book for Baby Boomers (first book for Sara, my first book for adults)
 

Do you have an author website?

Linda M. Penn

 

Do you have any blogs?

Yes, I wrote blogs for several years once a month for parents and teachers about reading and writing with children; now, I write a blog occasionally when I think I have something really earth-shaking to say.  See my website: My Blog.
 

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

Online at Amazon, IngramSpark; Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville, KY, Artisan Center at Berea, KY, Poor Richard’s Bookstore and the KY History Center in Frankfort, KY; Penn’s Bookstore in Midway, KY, Barnes and Noble in Newport, KY

 

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

Clayton’s River Adventure, the first book in the series

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No, but if you search just Linda Penn on the Internet, you may end up with a different Linda Penn, who also writes books. I write using Linda M. Penn.
 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I am a sports fanatic. Love to watch most any type of sporting event on TV. I like to read a lot, enjoy walking, going to Silver Sneakers exercise class.
 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

My cousin and co-writer, Frank J. Feger, never really knew each other growing up. We reconnected at a family reunion and decided to start writing the Clayton River Adventure series and it has been enjoyable to write with someone else.
 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

As a retired teacher, I still feel the need to try to help kids, parents, and teachers. That is why I include a section in my books with reading questions and ideas for further projects using the books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Interview: Gail Kamer

*I had the privilege of meeting Gail at the 8th Annual Authors’s Fair in LaGrange, Kentucky. Please take the time to read her fascinating interview below:

 

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

There was never a point in my life that I decided to write. I kept a diary when I was young and wrote plays for my siblings to perform for my parents. It was just one of those things about me like having blue eyes and being the shortest kid around.

 

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

Janet Evanovich because she’s so fun to read and I want to be just like her when I grow up. Also Dean Koontz because he is so creative and believable.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My family and my life’s work as an educator. My children’s books always have some connection to situations I’ve encountered. The women’s book I’m working on is based on a female taxi driver. My family owns a taxi service.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Some Christian but mostly fiction for children. I’m working on a chick lit book too. I have a few adult coloring books. Some of my work has been translated into Spanish.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

The Diary of a Space Alien has been acquired by the Gettier Group and should be released in June. It’s about a twelve year old space alien whose family “illegally immigrates” to earth to escape capture on their home planet. I’m working on a chick lit manuscript titled Don’t Let the Monkey Drive the Taxi.

 

Do you have an author website?

Yes. Author Gail Kamer

 

Do you have any blogs?

No.

 

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

Amazon

I sell some of my work on Teachers Pay Teachers under the name of Ignite Learning. The work I have there has some learning activities to use with the book. I’m on Pinterest, too.

 

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

I guess the book that’s already published that I like the most is Chick-a-Bunga. It’s about a chicken who wants to fly like cardinals and blue jays.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I love travel and genealogy. Also, beach bumming! I’ve been to all fifty states and nine countries. I’m related to Abe Lincoln, although I didn’t get his height. Or his looks.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

One time I worked for the Gallop Poll. Another time I delivered telephone books.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Thanks so much for interviewing me. I enjoyed meeting you and seeing your books.

 

 

Author Interview: Aleisha Maree

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

Forever as soon as I could read, I always knew that I wanted to give people the escape books gave me.

 

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

Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts, Stephen King, Bryce Courtenay

Indie Authors are – Anne Malcom, Candance Dowds, Kay Maree, Montana Ash, Alora Kate

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Life, I have lead a rather insane existence. I write from past experiences that I have lived through and in that I have been around, seen, felt it’s been rough but it’s been life and made me this person. I also get inspiration from the world around me, people, faces, voices and books. There is a world of stories out there you just have to open up your mind.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I write Contemporary Romance, MC Romance, Paranormal, with a dark exotic twist. I am also currently writing at this very moment a book that is a true story Called Mirror, Mirror Memoir of Aleisha Maree its going to be me, raw and unedited.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Yes, I have book three in my Reapers Reign series called Heal Me half way finished due out this year and my Mirror, Mirror book, also I plan on having book two in my Godmother and her syndicate series released. I plan to have at least four out by the end of the year.

 

Do you have an author website?

Aleisha Maree

 

Do you have any blogs?

No, sorry

 

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

My Amazon page

 

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

Broken Book One in The Reapers Reign Series

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

My Real Name is Aleisha Maree Hayward, but I write under Aleisha Maree. My first and Middle name.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

My family, I love doing things with my six kids and my husband. We hike, swim, watch movies, fish, travel around New Zealand. I read a lot and I also as weird as this sounds make my own sauces and jams I also preserve fruit and make pickle onions with my kiddies.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

We Dairy farm here in New Zealand so I can milk a cow by hand and by milking shed, I can clave a cow, and I can also assist in getting a cow pregnant. I can make butter from the milk from the cow shed.

Also, at a book festival in New Zealand last November I meet a reader who I found out via talking and getting to know that we both married into the same family so in a freaking cool way one of my biggest fans also is family! So, freaking bad ass and goes to show you that its such a small world.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Yes, follow me guys come and join in on my crazy world and see what I see when I look at the world.

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Author Interview: Neal Sayatovich

*I had the honor of meeting Neal at the 8th Annual Authors’ Fair in LaGrange, Kentucky. Please read his interview below:

 

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

Honestly, about eight or ten years old. I wrote a little two page vampyre story and the joy I had made me realize that is what I wanted to do.

 

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

My top five would be Stephen King, James Rollins, Tom Clancy, Gary Braunbeck, Ty Scwamberger and Jim Butcher.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Music and alcohol. Love me some metal and bourbon

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Dystopia, horror and thriller (published). Sci-Fi and fantasy (in the works)

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Zion Falls (Templar Wars Book 2)

One Night in Norwood

Two short stories

 

Do you have an author website?

Not yet, it is being currently being built.

 

Do you have any blogs?

Nope, not really the best with multi tasking. I can barely keep Facebook up to date.

 

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

Right now only on Amazon. If I get more popular I can be in bookstores.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

Nope, not until I do something really controversial.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I love playing sports of all kinds. I mainly play goalkeeper because it is fun and I get to ruin peoples’ days.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I used to be a West Virginia prison guard. Loathed every second of it… well, almost every second. It is an emotionally and physically draining line of work.

 

Author Interview: Ryan Z. Dawson

*I had the privilege of meeting Ryan at the 5th Annual Authors’ Fair at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library. When I invited him to interview for this blog, he eagerly expressed his interest. Please read Ryan’s fascinating interview below:

 

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

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I probably didn’t start thinking about making writing my profession until I was 10 or 11. I think that’s how old I was when I first started thinking about the concept of being employed doing something.

 

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

My favorite authors are Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, John Steinbeck, Piers Anthony, and Stephen King.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

I find inspiration everywhere. I don’t have access to any occult sources of inspiration that people who aren’t writers can’t tap. Walking outside, listening to music, and watching TV are inspiring.  Dreams inspire me, so I literally find inspiration in my sleep. That said, the things that inspire me most are probably folklore, linguistics, and reading about philosophy,

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Fantasy. That’s the short answer. The long, pretentious answer is this: I write philosophical (particularly existential) allegories dressed up like fantasy.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I have a new book coming out called The Gardens Arcane. It’s volume two of The Death of Alan Shade. Volume one is called Death Magick, and it came out last year. I’m also a cartoonist, and I publish two webcomics a week: The Talking Boxes and WUGS.

 

Do you have an author website?

No, but I have an author page on Facebook as well as a page for my webcomics. Here are those links:

 

Do you have any blogs?

I have an autism spectrum disorder and I write a blog called Awesome Super Diary about living with autism.  Here is the link:

https://awesomesuperdiary.blogspot.com/?m=1

 

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

People can find my books at my publisher’s website and on Amazon, at which latter site they are available in paperback or on Kindle.  Here is the link for my publisher’s website:

Also, my book The King’s Eagle is at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library. (I donated Melidora to that library, but they purport to have lost it.) Note that there is another author named Ryan Dawson who writes books about conspiracy theories. I’m not that guy. I use my middle initial, Z.

 

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

The small part of me that is anything like a marketing-minded person wants me to say that I would feature Death Magick because it’s my most recent book. But the rest of me suggests Melidora because it’s such a deeply personal story. It’s about a young girl with amnesia who washes up on the shore of a magical land called Melidora and about her journey through Melidora to remember herself. It comes from a place of youthful innocence and wonder that I remember very clearly from my childhood. It’s a story about the beauty of the woods – the real woods and the forest of the mind, where creative shadows move – and about the reckless hopes and certainties of children. There is a light that never dims. Melidora is a love letter to that light.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

I don’t, but I once considered writing under the name Summers Kimbrough. I decided not to because I didn’t want my pen name to have the same initials as Stephen King. Maybe I should start calling myself Bachman…

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I’m also a conlanger, a cartoonist, and a musician. I have constructed two languages, one of which appears in my debut novel, The King’s Eagle. I’ve written and recorded something like 12 albums of folk rock in my home studio. You can find some of my music on Bandcamp as well as YouTube. I also collect toys, Transformers being my favorite toys to collect.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I am a huge fan of Bob Ross and I have a happy little Bob Ross shrine on top of my refrigerator.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

If you’re interested in constructed languages and you’d like to learn anything about any of the languages I’ve created, feel free to email me at ryanzdawson@gmail.com. I teach my conlangs online and I’m also generally friendly, so I’m happy to interact with my readers!