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!

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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.

 

 

Author Interview: Alexis Adaire

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

Ten. Then at age 15, I became a musician instead and my writing career was put on hold for a few years.

 

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

Libbie Hawker is an amazing writer, and I’m a big fan. C.M. Stunich is terrific. Frankie Love writes some very fun, sexy stuff. I also adore James L. Brooks for his film writing.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

I’d have to credit my amazing significant other for an awful lot of it.  🙂

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Erotic romance and erotica. I specialize in strong female characters and try to infuse my books with plausible plots and realistic dialog.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I’ve just started work on a comedic detective/crime novel. And of course, more erotic romance!

 

Do you have an author website?

Yes: Alexis Adaire

Do you have any blogs?

I have not started a blog, mostly because I don’t want to take time away from my book-writing duties.

 

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

Everything is on Amazon. Most of it is available on Kindle Unlimited as well as for purchase.

 

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

My series Forced to Bloom is still my favorite. Very sexy and very romantic.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

I also write under the name Ruby Mars, mostly for less serious (occasionally silly) erotica. Amazon

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I play piano and guitar, and watch a lot of HBO and Netflix.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I have also worked professionally in the music, comedy and IT fields.

 

 

Author Interview: Jennifer Stone

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

  • I’ve never really had a conscious desire to be a writer, just a want to write. Whether I was writing for schoolwork or my own pleasure, I enjoy writing. It was my husband who encouraged me to get something published.

 

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

  • C. Cast
  • Richard Laymon
  • Robin Hobb
  • Stephen King
  • Giles Kristian

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

  • Ancient mythology and history plays a big part in my inspiration, as both are a keen interest of mine. I sometimes write what I can remember of my dreams, which can make for some interesting scenes.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

  • Mostly fantasy at the moment, although I do have ideas for sci-fi, horror and dystopia style stories.

Do you have any current or future projects?

  • I’m currently editing book 2 of my first series, getting it ready for publication. As well as editing book 3 of the series, I’m working on a new book. All of my projects are fantasy stories. I have a whole file on my laptop titled ‘Ideas’, with many plots jotted down. Some are snippets of dialogue or a scene being set, where others are more developed into a few paragraphs. They wait patiently for their moment in the sun.

 

Do you have an author website?

 

Do you have any blogs?

  • There is a blog on my website, although I don’t update it very often at present. I also have a Facebook and a Twitter I’m looking into setting up an Instagram account too.

 

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

  • My first book is available on Amazon in paperback and e-book. There are a few short stories on my website, if you wanted to sample my writing style.

 

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

  • My first book is The Slave Girl, book 1 of The Mortal Orphan series, with books 2 & 3 coming soon.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

  • Although I may consider one at a later date, should the need arise.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

  • I’m an amateur artist, seamstress and I’ve just started burlesque dancing classes.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

  • I’m not sure what you would consider interesting, but I met Billy Boyd at a Lord of the Rings convention many years ago.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

  • I have also worked on a collaborative book of short fiction, called . ‘Camels and Cake: Tea for Three’. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to a global aid charity.
  • I’ll share the links to my social media, if that’s okay. If not, it’s fine, just leave them out: Facebook, Twitter

Author Interview: James Tincher

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

When I was 16.

 

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

Dick Cook

Maya Angelou

Carl Sandburg

Billy Crystal

Robert Frost

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

People, Life’s Up’s and Down’s, The sounds of nature.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Poetry and Short Stories

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I have several short stories I have started but haven’t had the time to finish.  I’m planning a follow up to “Smiling Again” to be released sometime next year.

 

 

Do you have an author website?

James Tincher

 

Do you have any blogs?

Not at this time.

 

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

You can find on my website

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Karen’s Book Barn in LaGrange, KY

 

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

I only have the one title, “Smiling Again: Expressions Through Poetry”

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

Mir – German for “Me” or “I” I use this entirely for my quotes. 

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Reading, of course.  Watching football, basketball, hockey and baseball.  My son keeps me busy with his baseball and bowling.  I also enjoy fishing.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I am an Eagle Scout from Marengo, IN Troop 127

I played American Legion baseball for Tell City, IN Post 213

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I am a father to four wonderful children and I have a lovely two year old grand-daughter.