Author interview: Eric Johannsen

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

When I was twelve, a childhood friend moved back into my neighborhood and introduced me to a wondrous thing called Dungeons & Dragons. Through him, I realized every one of us has the potential to be a storyteller, and so I became one. I became the Dungeon Master for my role playing group, entertaining my friends for years with stories of imprisoned goddesses, redeemed vampires and epic battles that rage through the multiverse over millennia. Writers, though… well they were a special breed – something apart, a status unattainable. Shortly before celebrating my half-century here on Earth, a story blossomed in my mind that had to be told to an audience much larger than my friends and friends of friends. It was time to become a writer.

 

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

JRR Tolkien and Arthur C. Clarke were the literary gods of my childhood. They shaped and inspired me. As a young adult, Michael Crichton brought science into literature in an entertaining way that didn’t offend my sensibilities as a physicist by training or software engineer by trade. Today, as an author vividly aware of such things as character arc, plot structure, and descriptive language, my hands-down favorite is Brandon Sanderson.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

I write today because of a story that refused to let go of me. That story is born of frustration about where humanity is today, given the tremendous potential our species holds. Where we could empower one another to reach new heights, we too often divide into camps, and spend our energy bringing each other down. Whether in current American politics, global relations, or our local communities, we can be far better. Then there’s Artificial Intelligence. AI holds the potential to serve humanity and lift us all but also to accelerate the division of rich and poor. If mishandled, it is capable of destroying us. These facts inspire my writing and are the threads that hold together the action-packed story I tell in The Gods We Make.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

My debut project is a four-part science fiction series: The Gods We Make, The Gods We Seek, The Gods We Find, and The Gods We Are. TGWM is available now, with TGWS due out this year. I’m a huge fan of fantasy and look forward to exploring that genre as well.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I’m well into the first draft of The Gods We Seek, which features a vastly superior intelligence doing… something… on Earth. Part of the fun of that book is understanding exactly what such an advanced entity wants with us.

 

Do you have an author website?

Sure do! I have a website dedicated to The Gods series, The Gods We Make, where you can learn more about the characters and the world. I post research that informs my writing on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Do you have any blogs?

No, but I’m a member of Scribophile and active in major Facebook author groups.

 

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

Goodreads is the best launching point. You can get to Amazon’s free preview from there.

 

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

The Gods We Make. No doubt about it.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I’m a pilot, a SCUBA diver, and an avid softball player.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

One of my relatives, P.V.H. Weems, taught navigation to Charles Lindberg and Fred Noonan (Emilia Earhart’s navigator) and was a pioneer of space navigation. One of the characters in The Gods We Make is a fictional member of that branch of the family tree.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I hope that my writing entertains while inspiring readers to think about the world we live in and seek ways to bring us all closer together.

Author Interview: Mitch Bensel

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

I started writing when I was an EMT to help let go of the day. That led to more writing of every genre.

 

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

Dean Koontz and used to read Kathleen Woodiwiss when I was young.

I am an odd writer I don’t read many books.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Life and everything around me, even a sentence someone says can create a title of a book and away it goes.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Children’s, paranormal romance, mysteries, poetry and have spoken word poetry available

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

T.O.D. Time of Death is in the editing process and finishing up anthology of romance stories that follow a heart shaped rock. Have a children’s adventure series to finish and a murder mystery.. .. several writings await to have life..

 

Do you have an author website?

Yes

Mitch Bensel – Author

 

Do you have any blogs?

No, working on that

 

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

My author FB page and my web site has some poetry and will also take you to Lulu where all can be purchased.

CD Baby has my spoken word CD’s and on my site Walk With Me, my healing and guidance cd is free to listen to.

 

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

On The Edge of Evil

..Because it has the solution to life’s pain and fears…

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Making crosses out of wood and coins and nails. I am a rock hound and lover of good hotels. Some good writing can happen in a hotel.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I am one who prays for people. I also play the harmonica.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I feel life is about growing love and helping people. Through my stories I show the angst of life and how love slows that pain. As an author I have a great opportunity to help so many through words. Not only with a story but a story with a moral and an outcome of positive and love.

 

 

Author interview: Nelda Shattles Copas

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

I was 12 yrs old when I started writing.

 

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

Harper Lee, Lisa Gardner, James Gardner, Jeffery Deaver.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

This may sound unusual but it’s the news.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Psychological thrillers, mysteries

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Yes I’m currently working on the fourth book in the series and looking for the perfect true crime to write about.

 

Do you have an author website?

Yes, my website is: http://www.neldacopasmysteries.com/

 

Do you have any blogs?

My blog is on my website. It’s not up to date.  I’m afraid. Life has gotten in the way.

 

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

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or they can contact me.

 

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

It would have to be Twisted Desires as it’s the first in the series.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I love to travel, I quilt basically for my grandchildren, and I’m checking things off my bucket list.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I am retired from the United States Army, I have sky dived and I’m a cancer survivor.

Author Interview E.A. Barker

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

I am still in doubt as to whether or not I want to be one. Probably twenty years ago.

 

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

TOO MANY! John Varley and Frank Herbert blew my mind.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

People.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Nonfiction: Life, Relationships. . .

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Ms. Creant: The Wrong Doers! was just published and the launch efforts are ongoing.

 

Do you have an author website?

Under construction.

 

Do you have any blogs?

E.A. Barker’s Blog Madness

 

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

They can order through any bookstore in the world.
ISBNs
978-1-77302-134-8 (Hardcover)
978-1-77302-132-4 (Paperback)
e-book users:
Amazon
Amazon (CA)
Amazon (AU)
Amazon (UK)
Smashwords
Nook
Kobo
iTunes

 

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

Ms. Creant: The Wrong Doers!

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I did before becoming an author.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

You first. How about: I consider myself a seeker of wisdom and a purveyor of dot connections.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?


It is interesting that I will answer unsolicited questionnaires without knowing how this information may be used.

 

*Please check out E.A.’s official website for his featured title!:

The Official Website of Ms. Creant: The Wrong Doers!

 

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Author Interview: Louise Seager

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

Always.

 

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.) H G Wells, Jules Verne, Arthur C Clarke (and so many more).

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration? 

Dreams.

 

What genre(s) do you write? 

Travel, wartime history, science fiction.

 

Do you have any current or future projects? 

Yes, travel diaries – ‘Travels With My Puck’.

 

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)  Facebook, Linkedin, (Ecology/wildlife conservation, sustainable tourism and renewable energy projects.

 

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

‘Travels With My Puck.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?
Genie, Visiting Alien

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing? 

Ecology, archaeology, geology, astronomy, cosmology, aviation and technology.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself. 

‘I glow in the dark’.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share? 

Laughter, love, wisdom and the extraordinary adventure that is my life.   L x.

 

*If you don’t feel like answering all the questions, please feel free to skip those which may not apply. 

Done.

Author Interview: Zrinka Jelic

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

I always had a vivid imagination and made stories up, which got me in trouble on occasion since some kids believed me and ran to their parents because they too would like to attend the Dragon Flying Academy. Imagine my mom’s embarrassment when the said parents approached her telling her to make me stop lying. I wasn’t, I was just making up stories. It didn’t occur to me to start writing them down until my high school. My first written story was something about love triangle, can’t remember. It got torn up in a cat fight in the girls’ bathroom when one of the girls wouldn’t let the other read it.

 

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

There are countless unknown authors whose work I absolutely adore and they need to be recognized. This is the shout out to my wonderful critique partner J.J. Keller, Barbara Doyle, Morgan O’Neill, Debbie Christiana, Joe Bonadonna and Erika Szabo. If you haven’t heard of these authors, give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Life in general. Life as it happens every day, writes stories all around us. All we have to do it pay attention to life.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I’m a romance writer, with spicy love scenes, and they seem to be getting spicier as I go. But I don’t write erotica or BDSM and don’t like reading such books either. So far I have one historical romance titled “Treasured Chest”, four paranormal romances with a light paranormal aspects, just enough to fit the genre check out “Bonded by Crimson”, “Rose of Crimson”, “Love Remains” and “Deck the Halls” (a holiday novella), and two contemporary romances (one romantic comedy “The Wedding Date” and the other romantic suspense “Dangerous Benevolence” originally published as “Gypsy Stone” to be re-released by The Wild Rose Press).

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Always. I’m starting on another contemporary romantic comedy that I tentatively titled “The Grandfather”. It’s a story of two souls that have lost their way and the hero’s grandfather works on getting them together before he dies. I know it doesn’t sound like much of a comedy, but there will be plenty funnies.

 

Do you have an author website?

I have a blog called Hello Romance but over the years I’ve hosted many authors of different genre, so it’s pretty eclectic.

 

Do you have any blogs?

See my answer above.

 

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

Find me on: Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

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

My newest release and first self-published book The Wedding Date. I had immense fun writing it that made me realize I want to keep writing comedies.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

Not at the time. I’m still writing under my own name, but thinking I should get one. Just can’t think of anything that doesn’t send me into fit of giggles.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Yoga and physical fitness is my passion right up there with the writing.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

Well, I was born and raised in what was once known as Yugoslavia and today is Croatia. My family is from the coastal province of Dalmatia. Yes, that is where the famous dog breed came from, only they looked quite different from what we see today, bigger and with pointed snout. The first documented descriptions of the Dalmatian trace back to the early 18th century and the archives of the Archdiocese of Đakovo, where the dog was mentioned and described as Canis Dalmaticus in the church chronicles from 1719. But Dalmatians are not just dogs, in Croatia if someone calls someone a Dalmatian it usually means the person is from Dalmatia. To distinguish the dogs of this breed from people of this region, the dogs are referred to as Dalmatiner.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author best known by her series of novels titled Anne of Green Gables, was my husband’s great-aunt. He is Montgomery and he explained it how they are related, but at the time it escapes me, though I conclude it was through her father, Hugh John Montgomery. I wanted to name my second child Lucy Maud if it was a girl, but it’s a boy, so he ended up with Luke Adrian Montgomery.

Author Interview: Blake Chambers

This issue’s featured author is Blake Chambers.  Blake is a lifelong resident of Washington, Indiana.  After practicing law for thirty-five years in his hometown, he retired and now works part-time as the afternoon news voice for local radio station, Memories 107.9 WAMW, and writes occasional columns for the Washington Times-Herald.  In addition, he is currently serving a second term as a member of the Washington City Council.

When not working at the radio station or penning newspaper columns he enjoys spending time with his life partner, Marilyn, and visiting his children and grandchildren.  His interests include fly-fishing, baseball, playing the piano, and food.

 

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

I was in my early 20s when I first thought about becoming a writer, and my greatest source of inspiration was the novel Watership Down by Richard Adams.

 

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

My favorite authors include Larry McMurtry, Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen, Stephen King, Jeffery Archer, and P.G. Wodehouse.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I suppose my primary “genre” would be considered newspaper columns but I have also tried my hand at fiction.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

My only current or future projects would be continuing to write occasional columns for my local newspaper, The Washington Times-Herald in Washington, IN.

 

Do you have an author website?

I don’t have an author website.

 

Do you have any blogs?

I don’t have a blog.

 

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

People can find Laugh and Death on Amazon.

 

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

I guess the one column in Laugh and Death that I would feature is the one called “Yes You Know…When You Have Children”.  The reason being it won a State Press award way back in 1987.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

I don’t have a pseudonym.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I wrote a novel that was not published and two screenplays that were not produced.  I have published only one book in my life, a collection of my columns and stories called Laugh and Death.  For that one success, I must thank a friend of mine who pestered me relentlessly, and publisher, Debi Stanton, who expressed confidence in my work and took a chance on it.

 

Author Interview: Rosemary Johns

Firstly – thanks for having me on today Jen!

 

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

 

When I was eight years old I wrote my first novel. My first short story was published when I was fourteen. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t compelled to write. I then wrote plays and owned a theatre company. I only thought of it in terms of ‘being a writer’, when I turned to novels as an adult: my Rebel Vampires series.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

 

My family and the world around me: I’m a subversive artist, which means I challenge what’s happening in society.

 

The idea for Blood Dragons was sparked by my autistic son, who has a photographic memory. I wondered what it would be like to live through the centuries witnessing glorious wonders and devastating horrors. And remembering everything with the clarity of a photograph.

 

In a divided paranormal London, one rebel vampire’s dangerous hidden love could bring about the end of the world – unless he can play the role of hero and save both species – and maybe even himself.

Blood Shackles is the second book in the Rebel Vampires series. This time the idea was sparked by freedom. Or the loss of it. My husband is a police officer and it was a shock to hear about modern day slavery in England. But what would happen if it was the Blood Lifers who could be trafficked? Like Taken with vampires.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I’m a fantasy author – I write paranormal fiction for rebels. My books and short stories are dark, intelligent and subversive. Urban fantasy for adults.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

 

Rebel Vampires is my current series. Blood Dragons explores a hidden paranormal world in London, where vampires are both predator and prey. It’s a story of redemption and love in a divided world beneath our own. Blood Lifers are a camouflaged species, who use venom to paralyse and mimic heart attacks in First Lifers (humans). Yet they fear the First Lifers they prey on. Until one Blood Lifer rebels – against his family, species and century old love – to save both their species.

 

I loved the idea of a novel, which was written from the vampire’s perspective with a British vampire front and centre. The ultimate anti-hero. A vampire book truly for adults.

 

‘Ruby and I swaggered through the shadowed streets, towards the promenade and Palace Pier – her in crimson silk, me in military Great Coat – two creatures from another world and time, unnoticed by these petty First Lifers because we weren’t painted in the colours of their tribe. We twirled each other round, dancing in the carnage and the flames.’

(Blood Dragons: Rebel Vampires Volume 1)

http://viewbook.at/BloodDragons

 

In Blood Shackles, the second book in the series, Light has been hunted and enslaved by the human Blood Club.

 

Would you sacrifice your freedom for your family? When vampires are the slaves and humans are the monsters, it’s a dangerous game to love your Mistress.

 

‘Look, it’s all about the pain, right? Pretty playthings. Forever young. And no guilt.

The Lost reduced to nothing but a possession. Property. Slaves to you sodding humans.

See at the heart is the Blood Club: the new, most exclusive club for Russian oligarchs, sons of Arab princes and the brats of Silicon Valley.

Here we are – two species in this world of ours – and I should have my nut examined for reckoning it was big enough to share.

Ruby, my Author, once showed me a macabre museum: La Specola. She warned that you First Lifers would stuff and mount us Blood Lifers (like all the other animals you’ve screwed over), if you ever discovered we existed.

Ruby swore we had no place but the shadows.

I, however, didn’t listen.

It doesn’t look so bloody clever now, does it?’

(Blood Shackles: Rebel Vampires Volume 2)

http://viewbook.at/BloodShackles

 

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

 

My latest release – Blood Renegades. The third book in the Rebel Vampires series, released in paperback and e-book this June.

Light lives for his vampire family. Now he may die for it.

ESCAPE INTO AWARD-WINNING FANTASY… Light – rebel, lover, anti-hero – will be burnt at the stake in fourteen days as a terrorist Renegade. In a hidden, paranormal London, Liberty has been trained to hate Renegades. Yet when her life converges with Light’s, she’s enticed by the dark and glory of his world. He must make the ultimate choice: to hide in the shadows. Or walk into the light…

Betrayal. Death. Hope. Isn’t that how all truly great stories start?

 

‘They twirled each other round, as they danced out into the courtyard garden, like I’d once danced with Ruby in the carnage and the flames – a kid let loose in the world. No conscience or battle for redemption. Nothing forcing me to grow up and face an adult world beyond my own will, wants and delights.

Together? A fanatical Magnificoe and his wicked witch?

The First Lifers didn’t stand a chance.’

(Blood Renegades: Rebel Vampires Volume 3)

http://viewbook.at/BloodRenegades

 

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

 

Escape into Blood Life here:

~Blood Dragons

~ Blood Shackles

~Blood Renegades

 

Watch the new Official Rebel Vampires Trailer:

Rebel Vampires Trailer

Do you have an author website?

This is my fantasy website, which also has my blog to follow:

Rosemary A. Johns

 

To sign up to my VIP Email Newsletter with news of hot releases, promotions and the free short story “All the Tin Soldiers”, click here:  Author Rosemary A. Johns’ Newsletter

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

 

I studied history BA and Mst at Oxford University. I love researching my novels; I’m always trying to work out ways to fit in a time period or exciting event.

Rebel Vampires is perfect because Light is elected into Blood Life as a Victorian – so I have 150 years to enjoy.

The Blood Lifers, however, were also all elected in different eras. Ruby, for example, is an Elizabethan. I specialized in that time period, so I love writing her. She’s also fun because her love for Light (and Light’s love for Ruby) is so intense. Powerful and destructive. A truly adult, complicated love.

‘It made me feel like loving Ruby would be the death of me, even as I lived for being close to her. We relished breathing the same air. Draining the same First Lifers. Shagging and hurting, until we knew each other’s bodies the same as our own. All was nothing outside our love. It smashed on us. Broke on us. We savaged it. Together we screamed at the world and when we had the world by the throat, the world screamed back.’

(Blood Dragons: Rebel Vampires Volume 1)

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

 

WINNER OF SILVER AWARD in the National Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

 

When I’m not falling in love with the rebels fighting their way onto the page, I head the Oxford writing group Dreaming Spires. In my novels, I create spellbinding worlds, thrilling action, gripping suspense and passionate romances all uniquely told, and each with a rebel anti-hero at their heart.

Discover in Rebel Vampires a divided paranormal London where vampires are both predator and prey. Light is the rebel of the vampire world – hunted by both humans and vampire alike – but he’ll battle to save both species…and the women he loves.

Fans of books by Jeaniene Frost, J. R. Ward, Kresley Cole, Laurell K. Hamilton, Karen Marie Moning, Christine Feehan, Patricia Briggs and Anne Rice will love my series too.

 

I’m a Goodreads author.

 

My Book Group: Rebel Vampires

 

Discover and follow me online here:

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Blood Renegades

Rebel Vampires

Volume 3

Rosemary A Johns

 

Standalone

 

Genre: Fantasy

 

Publisher: Fantasy Rebel Limited

 

Date of Publication: 13th June 2017

 

ASIN: B06XZXJNWT

 

BUY LINK: http://viewbook.at/BloodRenegades

VIDEO BOOK TRAILER: https://youtu.be/jPIlcoeTGT4

ISBN-13: 978-0995557932

ISBN-10: 0995557934

 

Number of pages: 344

Word Count: 80,000

 

Cover Artist: JD Smith

 

Book Description:

 

Light lives for his vampire family. Now he may die for it.

 

ESCAPE INTO AWARD-WINNING URBAN FANTASY… Light – rebel, lover, anti-hero – will be burnt at the stake in fourteen days. In a hidden, paranormal London, he’s been branded a traitor and terrorist Renegade – a Blood Lifer hunter of human slavers.

 

Liberty is a relentless interrogator. She’s been trained to hate Renegades. Yet when her life converges with Light’s, she’s enticed by the dark and glory of his world.

 

Light is catapulted into a nightmare of secret research, deadly enemies and perilous intrigue. Soon he’s in a race against time to transform into the true leader vital to save his family, home and love. But will he be able to judge predator from prey?

 

Light must make the ultimate choice: to hide in the shadows. Or walk into the light…

 

Betrayal. Death. Hope. Isn’t that how all truly great stories start?

 

“Thrilling fantasy… A compelling novel – gripping and entertaining” – Readers’ Favorite 5*

 

“Rosemary A Johns is one of fantasy’s greats. She’ll put you in mind of Anne Rice and leave you wanting more”- Gothic Mom’s Reviews

“Take what you know about vampire romance and throw it away. Rosemary A Johns is not only a refreshing new voice in this genre, she excels it. Her vampires are edgy, titillating and enticing” – Rockchick Addiction Reviews

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

WINNER OF SILVER AWARD in the National Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

ROSEMARY A JOHNS is the author of the bestselling Blood Dragons and Blood Shackles – the compelling Rebel Vampires series. Blood Renegades is the thrilling third installment.

 

ROSEMARY A JOHNS is a music fanatic and a paranormal anti-hero addict who creates spellbinding worlds, thrilling action, gripping suspense and passionate romances, all uniquely told. She wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of ten, when she discovered the weird worlds inside her head were more exciting than double swimming. Since then she’s studied history at Oxford University, run a theatre company (her critically acclaimed plays have been described as “uncomfortable, unsettling and uneasily true to life”), and worked with disability charities.

 

When Rosemary’s not falling in love with the rebels fighting their way onto the page, she heads the Oxford writing group Dreaming Spires.

 

Rosemary is a Goodreads Author: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15571684.Rosemary_A_Johns

 

To sign up to Rosemary A Johns’ VIP Email Newsletter with news of hot releases, promotions and the free short story “All the Tin Soldiers”, click here: http://eepurl.com/bQ0kMX

 

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Author Interview: Laura Lance

*I made Laura’s acquaintance when I interviewed her for Pen It! Magazine. Laura is an American writer, who was born and raised in Paris. She moved to New York, at a young age, to work in fashion. After that, she worked in the entertainment industry, where she was able to nurture her creative side.  A few years ago, Laura relocated to Los Angeles to produce photo shoots, during which time she was inspired to start writing. She now lives near Topanga Canyon with her two sons and their five pets.

 

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

I knew at a young age that I wanted to be a writer. My parents traveled a lot; they sent me to boarding school when I was seven. It was not that exciting so, to escape boredom, I wrote adventure-fantasy tales on colorful drawing pages which I stapled together. Then, I gave my self-made books to friends at school. Pretty soon, I was asked to read my stories out loud in the dormitory, before curfew. I had so much fun doing that.

 

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

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Oscar Wilde

Mark Twain

J.R.R. Tolkien

Lewis Carroll

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My grandmother was an amazing storyteller. She inspired me to write. I’m fascinated by Biblical stories and astronomy.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Any, but I love adventure/fantasy and sci-fi the most.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I just finished and epic saga story that details the life of the ruling class in a post-apocalyptic world (4 books). I am currently writing an adventure/fantasy trilogy about time-travel. For each of my stories, I write a manuscript and a feature screenplay.

 

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

My work is available on Amazon and the Pen It! Publications website.

 

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

Mantis

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I practice yoga and meditation; I also help at pet rescues.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

No matter where life takes you, never give up on your childhood dreams.

 

*Please feel free to follow and contact Laura at the following sites:

 

Facebook:

Laura Bialobos

Twitter:
@thisonelaura

Instagram:
theonlyqueenbia

Author Interview: Tessa Ashworth

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 think when I was about 18 or so, I thought about writing for a living but discarded the thought when my grandmother became chronically ill.

 

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

Jennifer Rardin, Karen Raines, Stephanie Meyer, Robert Jordan, David Eddings

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My books and short stories are based off of my life experiences, dreams and fantasies.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Fiction/fantasy, New Adult

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I actually have 3 projects that I am working on. There is Justice and Retribution which is book 2 in the Winter Series. One WIP is based off my experiences as a domestic abuse survivor while the other is purely a fantasy novel that I have been working on since I was 17 years old.

 

Do you have an author website?

Not yet but I am working on getting one together. Unlike most people, I am not to tech savvy lol

 

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

I periodically do giveaways on my author page, Tessa Ashworth. I am published to Amazon, Createspace, and Smashwords.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

Tessa Ashworth is my pen name due to the nature of some of my projects.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I love to read, crochet, using my exotic animals to educate others who do not know much about them.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I think the most interesting thing people find about me is the fact that I am the oldest of 6 kids.