Author Interview: Audrey Lee

*I first came to know Audrey Lee when she expressed her interest in interviewing me for the Indiana Daily Student. Shortly after my interview was published, I told Audrey that I wanted to return the favor. The result can be read below:

 

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

I’ve known I wanted to be a writer from the moment I could hold a pencil. As a child, I would draw pictures and then take them to my mom and tell her what to write underneath them so they made a story.

 

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

My favorite authors are Truman Capote, J.K. Rowling, J.D. Salinger, and Khaled Hosseini.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

I find reading other great novels to be great inspiration, but I also love to listen to music while I write to stay motivated and inspired.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I write mostly contemporary lit and fantasy fiction. I’ve tried poetry, but I am much more suited to fiction writing. I really enjoy the world building that goes along with fantasy writing.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I am currently working on a few different short stories that I am getting ready to submit to literary magazines. My longterm project is a novel, the fifth one I’ve written. However, it will be only the second that I have worked towards getting published.

 

Do you have any blogs?

I have a blog called The Professional Bookworm. It does not get updated as often as I would like it to because of how busy I am with school, but I enjoy writing short posts for it and keeping the social media accounts associated with the blog up to date.

 

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

Most of my published work is with the IDS and on my blog. I occasionally post poetry on my personal Twitter, however I have yet to get anything published in a literary magazine. I did at one point have a novel under review with Little Brown publishing, but the deal fell through.

 

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

If I could feature just one title on the Book Column I would love to speak with authors like Victoria Aveyard or Veronica Roth because they both began writing and publishing their very succesful YA books when they were in college. I think it would be applicable to the audience I write to and inspirational to see such young women achieving their dreams the way I hope to in a few years.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

I do not have any pseudonyms.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

My other hobbies include reading (obviously when you love to write you love to read) I love going to concerts, I collect the sleeves that come on to-go coffee cups, I enjoy watching Gilmore Girls and The Office, and I was a competitive dancer for many years so I still love ballet.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I’m not sure how interesting it is, but I’m allergic to sugar. That’s a fun fact that sets me apart from a lot of people besides my love of writing. I can’t eat any candy, most baked goods, white bread, soda etc. So my favorite writing snack has turned into peanut butter.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Anything else you should include? I have a few future projects in the works including the idea for a collective memoir on eating disorders in teenage and young adult women. I am also starting to work with a friend in the Mission field in India about a book for her non-profit organization. Stay Tuned and fingers crossed!

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Author Interview: Janet Alexander

*Jan is one of my friends from the Southern Indiana Writers’ Group, but we first met at a book signing at the Jeffersonville Public Library in April 2016. Aside from her first book having just been released, Jan has also contributed to some of the Southern Indiana Writer’s Group anthologies. Please feel free to check out her book and her horse hair braiding site, Swishtails.

 

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

Born in a big city with a love of horses, I grew up watching TV Westerns. They inspired me to write my first poem.

 

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

Nature/Ecology: John Muir, E.O. Wilson, Robin Wall Kimmerer

Kentucky: Barbara Kingsolver and Erik Reece

Metaphysics/Spiritual: Emmet Fox, Ernest Holmes, James Dillet Freeman

 

What are your greatest sources of Inspiration?

Nature and animals

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Memoirs and a little poetry

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

To keep on writing horse tales when the Spirit calls

 

Do you have an author website?

No, but I have a website for my custom horse hair braiding business:

Swishtails

 

Do you have any blogs?

no

 

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

Amazon

Destinations Booksellers, New Albany, IN: 812-944-5116

Unity Village Bookstore: Kansas City, MO

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

no

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Trail riding and Pilates

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

People often struggled to pronounce Wolanin, my maiden name. While it may properly be written as Wō’-lan-in, I much prefer, Woah’-lan-in!

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

My horse, my book’s “cover boy,” boards at a stable called the Circle C and I’m now a ©’ed writer!

 

Janet Alexander, At Home on a Horse in the Woods: A Memoir

Author Interview: Ann Drews

*Today’s featured author is Ann Drews. She has published three Willow Tree books through Pen It! Publications and is currently working on more titles.

 

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

This is an interesting question, really. I have always written poems; as early as I can remember, I was writing poems. I still have a lot of them.  I don’t know if I ever dreamed of being a published author until I started my journey with Jesus. He makes the desires of your heart come to life, so to say. That would have been around 2005.

 

Who are your favorite authors? (limit answer to five)

Maya Angelou is my favorite author. I value and appreciate the passion she put into her works. My favorite writing of hers is Phenomenal Woman.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My Savior, Jesus Christ, and my children are my inspiration. He is so faithful to love me through it all. I was also blessed with some amazing children, and many others around me, to keep me going and encourage me.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I have started out in the published world with Christian children’s books.  I hope to add books in the adult Christian area, cookbooks and novels. I also have plans for a young adult series, much further down the road.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I cannot thank those at PenIt! enough for their patience with me—understanding and amazing consideration. Debi has been a joy to work with. She lets me ramble on about ideas that I have, and has phenomenal suggestions and ideas in return. I have a cute holiday children’s book that is about to be illustrated at PenIt! I will have more Willow Tree books coming out, as I have five waiting on my illustrator in that series. PenIt! is working on the illustrations for the first in The Rodeo Series about a rodeo clown. A percentage of that series will be donated in the rodeo communities. I also will soon be sending the signed contract to PenIt! on the Animal Shelter Series. Each book will be about an adopted shelter animal with details from the family that adopted them. A percentage of the income from those books will go back to individual shelters the animals were adopted from. I have just over half of my first novel written, and it takes place in the late 1800s. I am thinking it will be the first of seven. I am also working on a few devotionals, and a cookbook.

 

Do you have any blogs?

I am not really that tech smart as they say. I just adopted a dog at an animal shelter, and created a page for him on Facebook. He is where I got the idea for the shelter series mentioned above. That page is called, Life with Tank, and that will also be the name of the first book in the shelter series. I also have an author page on Facebook: Author Ann Drews.

 

Where can people find your work to purchase or read?

Thank you, Jesus, they can find them on the Pen It! Publications website. They are also on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

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

If I could only feature one title, it would be my very first published children’s book, Under the Willow Tree. My way to explain it is it is my life journey in a few pages. Everyone has their challenges and trials in life to overcome, however, in Christ, we are overcomers! In that overcoming, we find who we are really meant to be, for Him, in Him, for the work of the Kingdom. That is amazing freedom!

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

If you would ask those around me this question about me, they would say kids, kids, kids and church, church, church. I love to dabble in photography once in a while. My family and I volunteer quite a bit in the community. I am contemplating picking up some painting skills, as I might be painting come covers for the novel series.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I have been an Ordained Deacon in my church family since November 2011. It has been an amazing journey with Christ. I could not have withstood without the blessings of those He sent to walk the path with me. I do not have enough room to list them all. My cup runneth over and over!

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

If you are an inspiring author, just starting out or even in the middle of your path, know that you are not alone. There are so many great stories waiting to be told, and so many things that hold people back from sharing their hearts. If you need some encouragement, or help, or someone to read your work, please find me on my Facebook page. I didn’t get where I am figuring it all out by myself. Happy writing and reading!

Author Interview: Ramona K. Cecil

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

I was about four years old when I began to compose poems, so I’ve been writing creatively most of my life. I’ve always thought of myself as a writer. It’s just part of who I am.

 

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

Jean Stratton-Porter (Her book Laddie was my favorite. It made me want to write books.)

Booth Tarkington (My favorite was Seventeen.)

Barbara Cartland (No kidding, I read and loved a ton of her books.)

Louise M. Gouge (And not just because she’s a friend. She teaches me something new about writing with each book.

Liz Curtis Higgs (Her research and detail blow me away)

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

I love history, so historical events are often sources of inspiration. My first book, Larkspur, was inspired by a trip to Connor Prairie, the living history museum in Fishers, Indiana. My full length novel A Bride’s Sweet Surprise in Sauers, Indiana was inspired by stories my uncle told me from our family history. My most recently released novella, Daughter of Orion, was inspired by a TV documentary about the whaling ship Essex; the ship that inspired the novel Moby Dick.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I write historical romance for the Christian market. I have written some contemporary short stories and novellas, but none published. One of the short stories—Thoroughbreds—I’m presently rewriting; expending it to novella length and making it a historical.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Yes, I have two current contracts for novellas. I just finished writing Follow the Christmas Star which will be part of a novella collection titled Underground Brides. My current work in progress is Thoroughbreds which will be part of a novella collection titled Southern Brides. Both collections will release next year by Barbour Publishing.

 

Do you have an author website?

Yes. My website is Ramona K. Cecil

 

Do you have any blogs?

Not presently. For several years I contributed to a historical author’s blog Heroes, Heroines, and History, but I felt I needed to give it up this year after I agreed to join four novella groups proposing collections to Barbour Publishing.

 

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

You can go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and type “Ramona K. Cecil books” in the search box. Second Chance Brides which includes my latest novella, Daughter of Orion, is now on shelves in Wal-Mart and many book stores. Jackson County Library and Brownstown Library carry many of my earlier books.

 

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

That’s tough, but I guess it would have to be my full length; A Bride’s Sweet Surprise in Sauers, Indiana published by Barbour Publishing in 2012.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No, I write under my real name. I have thought that if I ever felt the need to write under a pseudonym it would be Jennifer Kelly, which is a combination of my two daughters’ names. Shhh, don’t tell anyone. J

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I like to do some flower gardening in the summer and I enjoy visiting museums and places of historical interest.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

When I was a kid I was a tomboy and loved to climb trees. My 12th , 13th , and 14th summers I constructed a teepee in the back yard where I’d sit and read Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I want to thank you, Jen, for allowing me this opportunity to talk about my writing. I feel so very blessed to have realized my life dream of becoming a published author and getting to share the stories running around in my head with all my readers. For all those who share the same dream I’d like to encourage you to keep writing, working, learning and to never, never, never give up!

Author Interview: Aileen Sutcliffe

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

I first tried writing when I was a teenager but gave it up. Around three years ago I broke my leg and found myself with time on my hands, so I took up writing again.

 

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

James Patterson, Ken Follett, Martina Cole, J K Rowling, Tolkien and many more.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My life generally, but reading, both fiction and history.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Crime fiction, children’s fantasy, romance (although I don’t do ‘nice’—more like trashy romance)

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I’ve just had my first book published Georgie Angel, by A Isobel Sutcliffe. The Kindle edition is available on Amazon, the paper edition will be available soon.

I’m currently writing my 5th book, a crime fiction inspired by real events. I have a children’s book that is in the editing phase at the moment and I hope to have it published in early 2018.

 

Do you have an author website?

Yes. A Isobel Sutcliffe Author and I have a Facebook page

 

Do you have any blogs?

No.

 

Where can people find your work? 

Amazon

 

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

Georgie Angel by A Isobel Sutcliffe. The Kindle edition is available on Amazon.com, they paper edition will be available soon.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I’m a retired musician. I’m also a visual artist.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

A band I played in was the warm-up band for the Johnny Cash concert in Rockhampton, Queensland, AU in 1985.

Author Interview: Penny Beevor

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

I was 35 years old when I started writing Bumble Berry ‘Pop’. It took five years to write. I had an idea and I had to finish it! I love creating fun stories and characters that is educational.

 

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

My favourite authors are Dr. Seuss, Margaret Atwood, and Michael Goorjan.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My job inspires me to write children’s books. I am a preschool teacher.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I plan to publish Penelope the Pelican series. My first book is titled, Penelope the Lost Pelican. Children will learn what to do if they become lost. A true friendship develops between a pelican and a dolphin.

 

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

My Facebook Page is where all of the info is as to where my books may be purchased.

 

Barnes & Noble

 

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

Penelope The Lost Pelican

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I love swimming and hiking. I love the outdoors.

 

Here is my Facebook page: Penelope and the Lost Pelican, by Penny Beevor

Author Interview: Steven Smith

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

I’d say in my early Twenties. I have been occasionally writing fiction for about 15 years.

 

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

Charles Dickens, Raymond Feist and Rachel Caine.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

I find music can be very inspiring, some of my ideas have sprung from moments of deep focus, when listening to certain genres of music.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Fantasy fiction but some of my WIP’s have moved into a supernatural genre.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Three as it stands, Dragons Reclaim is a large series but I will take breaks to work more on these other ideas.

 

Do you have an author website?

So far I only have an Author Central page on Amazon.

 

Do you have any blogs?

Not as yet, but I do try to keep my Facebook and Twitter pages updated with any latest news.

 

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

Amazon is where I publish my work for purchase, but more recently I have delved into the world of Wattpad.

 

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

Unfortunately I’ve only published 2 books as yet, so it would have to be my first book. The Book of Tremor – part one.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I like drawing, although I’m only any good at cartoony style works.

 

Author Interview: Patience Martin

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

I knew I wanted to tell stories before I could read, but usually other people’s stories. I didn’t think of myself as a writer then, and I still don’t, but sometimes I have an idea that I think would make a great story.

 

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

Noel Coward, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, CS Lewis, Jane Thayer, Elizabeth Peters, Heather Vogel Frederick, Agatha Christie, JK Rowling, Linda Bloodworth Thomason

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Poetry, drama, children’s picture book

 

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)

Nothing published.

 

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

Nothing published.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Acting, directing, attending plays.

Author Interview: Rosie Moore

*Pen It! Publication’s next featured author is Rosie Moore, who has written children’s books, as well as romance and Christian/inspirational stories. Rosie works as a nurse, but she is also the owner of 27 Miracles, a wedding and events planning company. She also runs a non-profit organization called The Gift of Life, which receives part of the proceeds from her book sales.

 

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

13 Years old

 

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

Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, Jan and Stan Berenstain

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

I am inspired by nature, especially the beach.  The sound of the waves crashing at any time of day gets my creative ideas going. When I see mountains or gardens, depending on my mood at the moment, it inspires me to write.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Children’s books, romance, Christian devotions, and biography.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Yes, I am working on a romance book, daily devotion, and a few children’s books and have ideas for another romance book, and wedding tales and stories. I am also thinking about inspirations for babies.

 

Do you have an author website?

Yes, Rosie Moore

 

Do you have any blogs?

Yes, Rosie Moore

 

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

They can find me on Amazon, Barnes & Noble , Pen It! Publications, and the Orange County Library.

 

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

It would be A Story of Faith because it is the story of a piece of my life and how I was inspired by the birth of my miracle son to start a charity and help others.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No, I write as myself.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Yes, I love to tap dance.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

When I am not working as a nurse or running my non-profit organization, I coordinate weddings and events; I am the owner of 27 Miracles a wedding and event planning company. 

When I was a child, I was bullied growing up, and that is how my children’s book The Magic Snowflake was written.  I hid behind the story until a good friend did an animated reading for me 2 years ago at a book store and asked me if that was written based on experience.  I had to think about how I wanted to answer the question.   I thought to myself and figured if I wanted to help others, going through this,  I have to admit to myself that I was bullied as a child and also as an adult at different jobs that I held. That experience was what made me write the book during the time that I was being bullied as an adult a few years ago at a job.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Yes, part of the proceeds of all my books goes to The Gift of Life, a non-profit organization that helps support parents of premature babies while they are going through a crisis in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Author Interview: Kathi Linz

*I had the privilege of meeting Kathi Linz at an annual ILF conference. The two of us got to talking, and I joined her writers’ group, Spilling Ink, which meets one Saturday a month at the Jackson County Public Library in Seymour, Indiana. Because of Kathi’s programs, I have met and befriended other writers, which has been mutually beneficial for many.

 

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

I started writing in 3rd grade. I didn’t have any thought of being a writer until I took a Children’s Literature class in college and my professor told me I should have my story published.

 

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

Jane Austen, M.C Beaton, Elizabeth Peters, Anne McCaffrey… Please note that they are all dead. I’m going to have to look for new ones. lol

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

I was the oldest of four children. We lived in the country far from neighbors our own age and had to make up our own entertainment. I started telling stories in self-defense. When I started teaching in a Christian school, I had trouble finding stories I could read to the children. I read two books in a row that talked about skipping school for various adventures, and decided I needed to write something I could actually read to my students.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I started out writing fiction for children and nonfiction as another way to teach. When I moved to Indiana and worked at the Information Services desk, my characters started getting older and older. I have written what Heinlein would call “future history” and time travel. Mostly, I write nonfiction. (Still teaching after all these years)

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I am currently working on a collection of memoirs about the Great Depression and WW II. Those people are becoming quite scarce and I believe their stories should be preserved. I am editing a book for a dear friend and I have other planned projects that will be coming soon.

 

Do you have an author website?

I have an author page (sadly neglected for the most part) on Facebook called Kathi Linz, Writer

 

Do you have any blogs?

I have three – also sadly neglected.

My Daily Adventure – Kathi

Mesh Weaver

(This one spawned a short ebook on Kindle)

God With Us

 

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

They can enter “Kathi Linz” in an Amazon search bar and find my author page.

 

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

I’m best known for Chickens May Not Cross the Road and Other Crazy But True Laws. That is my one traditionally published book and has been in the Yale Law Library and on the Recommended Reading list of Pennsylvania’s First Lady. My favorite works are Marc’s Rebellion and Time Walker: Cara’s Story.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

I have a pseudonym. I use it for off-beat subjects and prefer to leave it unattached to my own name.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I garden, read, and crochet. I also take care of two foundling dogs that think I’m wonderful. There’s no accounting for taste. lol

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I never actually WATCH TV. I listen to it while I do something with my hands – usually crocheting lap robes and prayer shawls for hospice care.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I believe that Jesus is coming back sooner rather than later. Therefore, I judge what I write and what I do by how much benefit I can leave behind if He were to come today.

 

Thank you for asking, Jen. See you soon.