Author Interview: Tabitha Darling

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

I began writing as a child. However, in 2013 I published my first series, Mr Rocket The Rescued Pony!

 

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

Old classics. Tolkien, Asimov, James Herriot and more.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Mythology, physics and astronomy. Oh and coffee!

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Science fiction, fantasy, non-fiction memoir, and equestrian.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Too many! I am editing 6 books, finishing one, and have many more waiting.

 

Do you have an author website?

Author Tabitha Darling where I help authors.

 

Do you have any blogs?

Also at Author Tabitha Darling

 

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

Author Tabitha Darling is the primary venue for purchase.

 

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

Trust, Children of Chiron Vol 1 should be out by winter of 2017.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

Nope, but have considered it.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I train horses, am an artist, love to watch my chickens play, garden, and riding my horses. Anything that involves being outside and moving.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I love programming robots, or learning extinct human languages.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I am a survivor of abuse. Get out. No shame or regret, just get out. We all have one life, don’t let someone steal it or your body.

Author Interview: CL Bledsoe

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

I don’t remember an exact age, but I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a child. When I was very young, I would gather crayons and paper and scissors and whatever I could get and, ‘write,’ which mostly meant coloring. As I grew older, I tried to write stories and poems. Most of them were terrible, but I kept writing them.

 

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

Terry Pratchett, Laurence Sterne, Besmilr Brigham, Dostoyevsky, Poppy Z. Brite, too many to name.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My daughter, who is six, is my greatest source of inspiration. I mostly write about my attempts to figure out how to live in the world as a moral or happy person. So, I draw from a lot of my life experiences.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Poetry, horror, etc. I’m kind of all over the place.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I just published a poetry collection called Trashcans in Love and a flash fiction collection called Ray’s Sea World.

 

Do you have an author website?

No

 

Do you have any blogs?

CL Bledsoe

 

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

Amazon

You can also Google, “CL Bledsoe” and find quite a bit.

 

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

Ray’s Sea World: Amazon

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I play music.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I grew up on a rice and catfish farm in eastern Arkansas.

 

 

Author Interview: David Boiani

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

 

  • I have wanted to write since I was a child. I have always been an avid reader and the more books I consumed, the more intrigued I became with writing myself.

 

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

 

  • Ayn Rand, James Mitchner, Ken Follet, Stephen King, Frank Turner Hollon, Cormac McCarthy, Caleb Carr.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

 

  • My desire to touch people with my writing, make them feel emotion. Bring some excitement and intensity to their reading. That inspires me.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

 

  • Psychological thriller, horror, suspense.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

 

  • I am currently writing “Redemption”, the sequel to my first book, A Thin line. When that is published I will write a second collection of short stories called “Darker Musings”.

 

Do you have an author website?

 

 

Do you have any blogs?

 

  • No blogs.

 

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

 

 

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

 

  • I think my second book, Dark musings, is really well written and interesting. It is a collection of short stories that have a wide range of subject matter and styles. I tried to shadow real life issues and the fear we all have of them with these stories. They all have a dark edge though, so if the darker aspects of reality disturb you, you may want to pass.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

  • No

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

 

  • I play guitar in an all originals, alt rock band called The Whole façade and we just released our fourth CD. I am very active, play softball, tennis. I also am an avid reader.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

 

  • I have a wonderful 17 year old daughter who is off to college in the fall. Fatherhood has taught me so much about myself and life. It was probably the scariest challenge I’ve had in my life but has turned out to be the most fulfilling as well.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

 

  • I have weekly updates on my website. For the next few months I will profile a different serial killer and talk about how they have affected me and my writing. I have plans to continue weekly features on different themes like my favorite books, horror/thriller movies and interesting subjects like that.

 

 

Author Interview: Teresa Garcia

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

A: I was two and we lived on Grandma and Grandpa Ross’s ranch still. We were visiting with them in their house and I was in the living room. What I remember most was sitting on the big stone hearth with Grandma’s white porcelain cat. I am not sure if it was Dad or if it was Grandpa that gave me the first box of pens and the two column lined notebook with the yellow paper. I don’t remember what everyone was talking about. I do remember Grandpa always had lots of books, my parents had books, and the adults were always talking about things such as travel and telling stories to each other. I’m not sure what it was about this time, but this is the earliest that I can remember wanting to be an author and artist.

 

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

A: Oh, only ten? This is hard, one of my favorites is going to have to wait in the wings. Ten it is then.

  • Peter S. Beagle: “The Last Unicorn” and “Unicorn Sonata”
  • K. Rowling: “Harry Potter”
  • R.R. Tolkien: “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” but I am also reading my way through his other works.
  • Tanith Lee: “The Black Unicorn,” “The Gold Unicorn,” “The Red Unicorn”
  • Hiyao Mizyaki (he counts)
  • Steven King: “The Gunslinger” and “The Dark Tower” especially.
  • James Clavel: “Noble House” “Tai Pan”
  • Eiji Yoshikawa: “Mushashi”
  • Anne McCaffrey: The “Acorna,” “Pern,” and the brainships.
  • Issac Asimov.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

A: Nature has to be my biggest inspiration, especially the mountains, the seas, the stars, and the storms. After that comes mythology and folklore, as I love to imagine what the different creatures and deities would do if viewed with more than a snapshot. My family and loved ones also are in the list, and it is usually them that keep me going on with my projects.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

A: I write spiritual adventure fantasy mainly. My active projects center around characters that balance more than one world while finding their own footing and path in life. As that is the sort of story that has always spoken most strongly to me. I have a sci fi idea I poked at some and would like to return to, but high fantasy is my favorite. I also write poetry, normally with a mythical slant. Sometime in the future I also have a non-fiction idea to pursue in the mythology and folklore division.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

A: The “Selkies’ Skins” series, “Dragon Shaman” series, and “Mythical Minstrelsy” are my current projects. At times I also work more on revamping, rewriting, and reconstructing lost stories for my “The Shadow Chronicles” series that I had begun in the early 1990’s. The “Selkies’ Skins,” “Dragon Shaman,” and “The Shadow Chronicles” series are all intertwined and take part in a shared larger multi-planar or multi-dimensional (depending on who you ask within those) world(s). At some point I may work on Amethyst’s “Gardens of Jardinia” but it will not be until I have completed my three fantasy series and the story that is to follow when the leads of each of these three have achieved their individual goals and meet each other properly to deal with the threat of Astereth and the Fire, and sow seeds for the reintegration of Mythical, Magical, and Cowan societies. Somewhere in all of this I will need to find time to do another poetry or general writing workshop with the Astral Sector Alpha and Trotsdale libraries in Second Life again as well.

 

Do you have an author website?

A: I do not have an author website, but I do have a publishing website, THG StarDragon Publishing. I also have a webserial novel archival site at Selkies’ Skins Official Site. The closest thing to an author website that I can think of is my Patreon, which does have a lot of public material and some reserved strictly for Patrons at: Patreon.

 

Do you have any blogs?

A:

 

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

A: My work can be found under Teresa Garcia on Amazon, Lulu, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other sites. I also have my first released works still available under Teresa Huddleston-Garcia. If it is marked as from THG StarDragon Publishing I had a hand in it somewhere, whether it was as the author, an editor, or publisher. Illustrations can be found in some of the books through my company, but examples can also be found at AmehanaRainStarDrago . I am available for illustration work.

 

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

A: I would feature book one of “Selkies’ Skins,” entitled “Selkies’ Skins: Castle and Well” as I feel that Kirsty Makay has a more interesting starting place in her personal story than do BlowingWind MountainChild (“Dragon Shaman”) or Willow/Angelina (“The Shadow Chronicles” and cameos in “Dragon Shaman”).

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

A: I am also known as Lady Rain StarDragon, Amehana Arashi, Amehana Ishtari, and Amethyst Stormrider. Those short stories under Amethyst Stormrider are currently in retirement but may be reworked some day into longer sci-fi books.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

A: I used to ski a lot. I also like to bead and make bookmarks. I also write role play quests for DragonHeartsRPG and help as a lore writer with the Dreaming Twilight (formerly Nisa) community in Second Life. I also enjoy adventure RPGs such as Call of Cthulhu and Iron Claw. In addition I volunteer as a curator for the Trotsdale library and Astral Sector Alpha libraries in Second Life and perform live book readings for the virtual library patrons to introduce them to works they may not have heard of.

I recently got into selling candles from JIC Nation, but as that is closing I am being transferred to JewelScents and Gemstra. The domain for my candle shop is JIC Nation and will redirect to the new storefront once that transfer is completed July 1st of 2017. Between the books, handbeaded bookmarks, illustrated bookmarks, and candles I have things that give me a route to get past my shyness and run a booth in community events, socialize, and people watch.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

A: I was a competitive ski racer in high school. My friends and I were not interested in the sports that our high school offered, but we were interested in skiing and snowboarding. My best friend’s dad once had the opportunity to compete in skiing in the Olympics, but turned that down. I cannot remember anymore if she was the little one that the stayed for or if it was one of her sisters. We wanted to form a ski team though, so he became our coach, along with my parents. We learned a lot on and off the slopes, as we had to do a lot of fundraising in order to purchase our gear, passes, tickets, and everything else. Because of my involvement I can say that I competed in blizzards as EVERY Friday in my Senior year (1998) it seemed to choose that day to dump on us and every other school that came up for meets. I’m also able to say that we all skied in the Championships.

Health and injuries have kept me off of the slopes for years, compounded with not having enough money for the tickets or time to go up during the times I was healthy enough. I hope that this will be the year that I will be able to go back up on Mount Shasta and do the snow dance with my favorite mountain.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

A: I am incredibly proud of my kids. Much of their lives I have either been sick, injured, recovering from surgery, or buried under mounds of university coursework fighting for my B.A. in International Relations. As soon as she was 14 my daughter joined the local volunteer fire department’s Explorer’s program for fire fighter and medical training, so that she would know what to do if her brother or I were hurt or I had another medical problem. There is also a tradition of fire fighting in my family and her father’s family.

As soon as my son was 14 he followed her, so that he can learn to be a fire fighter. What motivates him is much the same as his elder sister. However he also was one of the students at Weed Elementary the day that the Boles forest fire took out much of Weed, California in 2014. This year was his first in the Explorers and his first time competing in the annual Fire Muster (firefighter games) traditionally held the third weekend in June in McCloud, California.

Author Interview: Shawn Dwayne Blakenship

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
15.

 

Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)
Stephen King.
Edgar Allen Poe.
Jo Kathleen Rowling.
Mary Downing Hahn.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?
The people I’ve seen in real life.
What genre(s) do you write?
Horror, Sci-fi, Dark Fiction, Fantasy.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?
Well, don’t we all?
Where can people find your work? (to purchase or just to read)
To read my writings go to WritersCafe.org

 

If you could feature just one title, what would it be?
Jarry the Clown.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?
(Ha-ha) Yes. My most famous is of course Ulisigi Wa Ya.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?
I’m really good at playing instruments.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I am a Schizophrenic with an I. Q. of 280. —But don’t think that I still don’t get things wrong, sometimes. After all, I am only human.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I just want everyone to know how much I enjoy writing books. And I hope they enjoy reading them.

Author Interview: Melinda Logan

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

I was 11 years old.

 

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

Some of my favorite authors are: Danielle Steele, Dean Koontz, Doctor Seuss, Dorothy Gilman, Judith Krantz, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Higgins Clark, and Stephen King.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My greatest sources of inspiration are music, my imagination, and my own life experiences.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

I currently write and illustrate children’s books, but plan on publishing my first Women’s Lit/Romance story within a year.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I’m working on a coloring book that will be completed by August 2017 and the next installment of my series Music Town Series will be completely by December 2017.

 

Do you have an author website?

I can be contacted on Facebook through my author page (Author Melinda Logan) or my email (melinda_logan_author@yahoo.com).

 

Do you have any blogs?

No

 

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

My children’s book, “Victor Viola Moves To Music Town” is available on Amazon, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and many other on-line retailers.

 

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

“Victor Viola Moves To Music Town”

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

My hobbies include: baking, cooking, creating illustrations, exercising, gardening, playing guitar, and reading.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I have to squeeze in time to write or draw throughout the day since I’m a full-time caregiver to my mother-in-law and also work at home transcribing audio files.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I’m always looking for reviews of my book “Victor Viola Moves To Music Town” and can provide a PDF copy if anyone is interested.

Author Interview: J. McConahy

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

12

 

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

Christine O. Susany

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

What has happen in my life.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

Yes, Short Stories about past experiences. “Kentucky Sink Hole”, “Water Pump Friends”, “Uncle Joe & Little Sis”, “Could it be from Red Hat to Red Tail”

 

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) Amazon, Kindle Unlimited, CreateSpace, Karen’s Book Barn, International Society of Explosive Engineers Book Store, Blaster’s Supply Store, mcconahy@aol.com., Lawrence County Historical Society, New Castle, Pa.  My Stories have placed very highly in the El Pasco, Texas Writer’s League Contests last year.

 

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

“Dynamite! A Blaster’s History”. By J. Nelson McConahy

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Fishing, Boating and Out Door Events, Hunting.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I enjoy Life to its fullest.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

May you have a Grand Day!

 

Author Interview: Adam Bertocci

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

As early as first or second grade. I always liked writing stories and stuff as a kid, and in late elementary school I thought I might want to be a newspaper cartoonist (my ability to draw has not improved since those tender years, alas). I started focusing exclusively on screenwriting in high school and only came around to prose again in my late twenties after my release of my (non-prose) first book… I guess I figured, huh, I’d better write some books now. Long story short (too late, I know), my interest in writing has always been there, but prose writing wasn’t a part of it for a while. I shift forms. Maybe in my forties I’ll take up opera.

 

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

In alphabetical order: Douglas Adams, Dave Barry, Michael Crichton, Robert Cormier, Joe Queenan. There are more, but I know them best as playwrights or other things first.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

I am, essentially, a mashup artist. This applies to literal mashups of existing properties (my best-known work is “Two Gentlemen of Lebowski”, a mashup of Shakespeare and “The Big Lebowski”) but, just, in general, I’m the kind of guy who sees two ideas or concepts or elements of his life and spots the unlikely connections between the two. I rarely get great ideas, but I’m good at synthesizing a bigger idea out of smaller ones.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

In prose I’m drawn to YA / NA comedies from a female perspective, but I’m not above dabbling in all-too-literary blather. In non-fiction writing, my great love is passionately overanalyzing movies. In screenwriting, I’m best-known for quirky comedy, but I pride myself on being a chameleon and a hired gun who can work with anything.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

My most recent not-very-short story, a Kindle exclusive, just dropped: “Confessions of an Off-Brand Princess”, retelling Cinderella as the tale of a put-upon birthday party princess-for-hire. (It’ll be free June 7 through 11 if this post happens to go up in that time frame.)

As for the future: a stage play of mine (a modernization of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”) is slated to go up later this year, I have films I wrote in various stages of production, and in prose, I’m toying with doing something about a female pirate, or more likely just a young lady in a pirate costume; I have a fondness for Halloween scenes.

 

Do you have an author website?

Adam Bertocci

 

Do you have any blogs?

I have thus far resisted this temptation, but post infrequent musings on art and the creative lifestyle on my Faceboook fan page.

 

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

Adam Bertocci has purchasable works for Kindle, but also free stuff to read online and short films to watch, also free.

 

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

I’m gonna say “The Usual Werewolves”—a Kindle short story—for purely mercenary reasons: it seems to be my best-received work in prose, and who am I to argue with the will of the people.

 

Do you have any pseudonyms?

No. That’s not some clever technique to obscure my pseudonym, I just don’t have any.

 

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I watch entirely too many movies and see a reasonable amount of theatre. Shakespeare has become a big part of my life; for the past couple of years, I’ve gone out to the statue of the Bard in Central Park on his birthday and roped passersby into reading scenes with me or with each other.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I can read upside-down almost as quickly as I can right-side-up, and can write upside-down more legibly and quickly than most. The usefulness of these important skills to my writing career remains to be seen.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I will be accepting suggestions for a pseudonym in the comments section below.

Author Interview: Dave Creek

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

As with so many people my age (I’m 63), my first faves were the Big Four of Clarke, Asimov, Heinlein, and Bradbury.  As time went on, I added Robert Silverberg, Ursula K. LeGuin, Harlan Ellison, Octavia Butler, Lois McMaster Bujold, and many others.  Current favorites include Nora Jemisin and Nnedi Okorafor.

 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Anything from a specific emotion to a science tidbit.  Then you have to come up with the rest of the storyline.  Many times the original inspiration is muted or lost entirely by the time you create the actual story.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Mostly stories about characters who are explorers.  I have some space opera elements in some stories, but mostly they involve starships, alien contacts, cultural misunderstanding, “strange new worlds,” all that.

 

Do you have any current or future projects?

I just released THE UNMOVING STARS, which is the third in my Great Human War trilogy.  You could also read it as a stand-alone, but it would contain spoilers for the two previous books, A CROWD OF STARS and THE FALLEN SUN.

 

Coming soon is CHANDA’S AWAKENING, my latest novel from Hydra Publications.  I don’t have a release date yet, but it should be Real Soon Now.

 

Do you have an author website?

Dave Creek.  It has more info on all my books and links to Amazon.

 

Do you have any blogs?

I have a Goodreads blog, but in all honestly it’s seldom updated.  I’ll give a brief review of a book there sometimes.

 

I’m trying to be more visible on Twitter.

 

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

Everything’s on Amazon at this link to my Amazon page.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I was a broadcast news producer for almost 40 years, and that gave me the ability usually to just sit and write without waiting for “inspiration.”

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.