Interview: Susan Wiggs, NY Times Best-selling Author

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How long have you been writing?

All my life. Literally. There was never a time when I wasn’t writing. I even have a copy of a book I self-published at the age of eight. My first novel was published in 1987, so this marks my 31st year as a published author.

What kind(s) of writing do you do?

I write mostly fiction, straying to write the occasional article or blog post. I love the novel form, because I seem to “think” in big, tightly-structured stories that have a lot of twists and turns, that the writer has to build like a complicated house.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

Raw, honest emotion, according to my readers. I like to think there’s a lot of humor in my books, but that seems to be overshadowed by the emotional impact of the story.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?  

Trying not to manipulate the characters. I could see them struggling and making bad choices, and I had to restrain myself from “mothering” them too much.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Rushing to get to the page each day. This is one of those stories that held me hostage because it was unpredictable. I would dream up a storyline, but once it took on a life of its own, it led me to places, light and dark, I didn’t plan for.

Are there underrepresented groups or ideas featured if your book?  If so, discuss them.

Oh boy, in BETWEEN YOU & ME, it would have to be the Amish. There is a lot of Amish fiction being published, but its niche seems to be in the Christian inspirational market. This novel definitely doesn’t fit in that mold. It’s not an “Amish” novel in that sense, but a novel with Amish characters—if that makes any sense.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

When I was a teacher,  would write each night from nine to midnight, on weekends and holidays. The only other thing I did was raise my daughter and dogs. I missed the 80s entirely because I was focused on teaching, mothering, and writing.

What are some day jobs that you have held?  If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.

Teen tour guide at the Palace of Versailles (I lived down the street), failed waitress, personal assistant to a famous Texas oil baron (until he sexually harassed me), classroom teacher. Each job has affected my writing in some way or other. The teaching had the greatest impact, because a classroom of kids is a microcosm of life itself.

What do you like to read in your free time?

New, wonderful, buzzy bestsellers and mind-blowing nonfiction. Currently on my nightstand—THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL by Robert Dugoni, and a sad, nostalgic re-read of my old battered copy of KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL by Anthony Bourdain.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I’m revising THE OYSTERVILLE SEWING CLUB for publication in 2019.

What do your plans for future projects include?

While on a writing retreat aboard a cruise ship, I wrote two proposals for future books—A BRIEF HISTORY OF HAPPINESS and AMERICAN PRINCESS.

What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.

“Susan, can I please buy a large gondola filled with hardcover copies of Between You & Me? I want to give them out to everyone I pass in the street.”

Answer: Yes, of course.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

I told the fountain pen story in the other questionnaire but here’s something else. When I’m plotting a book, I do it on endless hikes with my husband. Check the dedication of MAP OF THE HEART and you’ll get what I mean. My husband is a unicorn. I kid you not.

What book do you wish you could have written?

My NEXT book, THE OYSTERVILLE SEWING CIRCLE. If I had written it, I could go out and play right now!

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

The writers in my various critique groups and classes through the years—Barbara Dawson Smith (writes as Olivia Drake), the late Alice Borchardt and Arnette Lamb, Lois Faye Dyer, Kate Breslin, Anjali Banerjee, Sheila Roberts, Elsa Watson, Robin Gainey, Debbie Macomber and a few others I’m probably leaving out. I’m inspired by writers who teach so well—Donald Maass, Christopher Vogler, Bob Mayer, Elizabeth George, Terry Brooks, and Michael Hauge to name a few.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Let’s cast the blond Hemsworth brother (Chris, I think) as Caleb, so gorgeous and troubled and uncomfortably Amish. That would be just fine with me. Reese, our sharp, ambitious doctor should be played by a sharp, ambitious actress—Emma Watson or Shailene Woodley or Emma Stone.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

Super important. The name on the page is the reader’s first introduction to the character. You get a different picture of a Dennis or a Trevor. A Bertha or a Brooke. You want the reader to form a certain impression right from the start, and the name is a big part of that.

I love naming characters and I approach it as a life-or-death matter. The names can’t sound too made-up (“Flair MacKenzie” eg.) They have to look right on the page and not demand too much interpretation from the reader. For example, “Siobhan” is lovely, but few US readers will “hear” it properly in their heads. I like names to be typical of the character’s birth year. So I wouldn’t name a Regency heroine “Wendy” since that was coined in Peter Pan. I get inspiration from research I do for the book (all the Amish names in BETWEEN YOU & ME), from my Facebook fan page, movie credits, the spines of books on my shelf, songs, you name it.

I keep an alphabetical running list of names in the book I’m working on in order to avoid too many similar-sounding names in the same story (Harry/Henry, Mary/Marilyn, etc.).

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

Probably graphic violence against children or animals. I killed off a dog in an early book, and a child in another, and 30 years later have never gotten over it. I can handle dark matter (evidenced in BETWEEN YOU & ME) but not that dark.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Skipping this one! Too grim!

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

To know the outcome of every decision I make.

If you were a superhero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?

My name would be “She Who Must Be Obeyed” and I would wear a fair trade cashmere bathrobe and a set of high-quality Bluetooth headphones.

What literary character is most like you?

Harriet the Spy. Or maybe Jo March in Little Women. Strivers who are smart and a bit weird.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Only one? I have a list as long as my arm. Right now, the top item is Landudno in South Africa.

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

A mountain goat. Nothing seems to bother them much, and they never close their eyes.

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

I want to learn a new language (already know English and French), sing in a choir again, re-learn the cello, learn to play more than 3 chords on the guitar, see my children and grandchildren living happy, fulfilled lives, write a screenplay, see the end of illiteracy, gun violence, and intolerance, and read all the books on my TBR, and introduce my husband to Jamie Oliver. To name a few.

If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?

I’ve always loved Audrey Hepburn’s accent—a fusion of Belgian, Dutch, and Brit. She sounded so classy and smart.

 

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Caleb Stoltz is bound by a deathbed promise to raise his orphaned niece and nephew in the Amish community Middle Grove, where life revolves around family, farm, faith—and long-held suspicions about outsiders. Although he has always harbored doubts about their insular culture, he’s committed to staying for his family.

But when an unimaginable tragedy strikes, Caleb seeks help from outside his community, thrusting him into an urban environment of high-tech medicine, a decision that will force him to reconsider what family, love, and community truly mean.

Reese Powell is poised to join the medical dynasty of her wealthy, successful parents. Bold, assertive, and fast-thinking, she lives for the addictive rush of saving lives. When a devastating accident brings Caleb Stoltz into her life, Reese is led on an emotionally charged journey into a society veiled in strict customs, compelling her to confront everything she thinks she knows, and emboldening her to question her most powerful beliefs. 

Then one impulsive act brings about a clash of cultures in a tug-of-war that plays out in a courtroom, challenging the very nature of justice and reverberating through generations, straining the fragile threads of family and faith.

 

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Susan Wiggs’s life is all about family, friends…and fiction. She lives at the water’s edge on an island in Puget Sound, and in good weather, she commutes to her writers’ group in a 21-foot motorboat. She’s been featured in the national media, including NPR, PRI, and USA Today, has given programs for the US Embassies in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, and is a popular speaker locally, nationally, internationally, and on the high seas.

From the very start, her writings have illuminated the everyday dramas of ordinary people. Her books celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the fascinating nuances of human nature. Today, she is an international best-selling, award-winning author, with millions of copies of her books in print in numerous countries and languages. According to Publishers Weekly, Wiggs writes with “refreshingly honest emotion,” and the Salem Statesman Journal adds that she is “one of our best observers of stories of the heart [who] knows how to capture emotion on virtually every page of every book.” Booklist characterizes her books as “real and true and unforgettable.”

Her novels have appeared in the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, and have captured readers’ hearts around the globe with translations into more than 20 languages and 30 countries. She is a three-time winner of the RITA Award,. Her recent novel, The Apple Orchard, is currently being made into a film.

The author is a former teacher, a Harvard graduate, an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier and terrible golfer, yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book. She lives on an island in Puget Sound, where she divides her time between sleeping and waking.

Visit Susan Wiggs’s Web site at www.susanwiggs.com

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Interview: LaVerne Thompson

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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I’m one of those people who live in my head. I love to create worlds within worlds and stories that transcend modern day living.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I’ve always been a reader. I guess it started from as early as I can remember my grandmother and mom reading to me and then me trying to create my own stories.

How long have you been writing?

Since I could hold a crayon in my hand.

What kind(s) of writing do you do?

I write under 2 names so multiple genres. Under LaVerne
Thompson I write contemporary, fantasay, sci/fi romance and under Ursula Sinclair I write romantic suspense and new adult

What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

Most of my work to date is IR, interracial romances where the main characters are of different races. But race as we understand it is not an issue in my stories, specially my fantasy ones where I’m dealing with mythical beings. I hope to show that love adventure and excitement can be found in a story where the heroine doesn’t always look like you. Yet can still be a good story.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

In my fantasy work my world building is complex. But in all of my work my heroines tend to be able to stand toe to toe with their heroes and most have non-traditional jobs. Such as in one story my heroine was a physicist in another she was an aeronautical engineer.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?  

The hardest part of writing any book for me is time. Even though I write full-time I work on 2 or 3 stories at a time in different stages of the storylines. I always need more time in the day to finish everything I need to do. lol

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?

Julie Garwood for showing me how to write a true alpha hero and the kind of woman that could walk by his side. J. R.R. Tolkien and Robert Jordan for helping understand world building and the complexity of creating a world. Stobie Piel for introducing me to romantic fantasy, Octavia Butler for helping to understand there are no limits other than what we set ourselves. Jane Austin for teaching me romance. There are others but that’s a good start.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

I write full-time and still don’t seem to have enough time. lol

What are some day jobs that you have held?  If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.

In another life I used to be an attorney. I’ve used some of my legal background in some of my writing and plan on doing even more. I started a series that launched Young Gunns.

What do you like to read in your free time?

I love fantasy and sci/fi and tend to read or listen to audio books in those genres most of all then historical then contemporary.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I’m in a few boxed sets, Wings of the Wicked my contribution is Soul Collectors and I’m also working on another boxed CrossRoads. I’m also working on some single projects. I’m finishing the 4th book in my Ballerina Series, Choose Me, The Ice Man Cometh the second book in my Elemental Series.

What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m starting 2 new series next year. One is a cat shifter series the other is a fantasy YA project I’ve been kicking around.

Do you have any strangeiting habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

I get great ideas in the shower but I don’t put pen to paper in there.

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

The kind that would burn the zoo down probably. A dragon.

If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?

LOL I actually should have an accent. But I out grew it. I was born in Trinidad. There are some words I kinda mispronounce if I’m very emotional it’s the accent coming out.

 

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A romantic fantasy.
Can you hear my dragon roar?

After losing her mother at a very young age, Arianna’s world changed when her father came to get her. He took her across the Atlantic Ocean, away from everything she’d ever known and loved. But once again she’s forced to cross the Atlantic, this time leaving everything she’d grown to love behind. Running from the thing that had killed her remaining parent, running for her life. And fleeing from the being she’d dreamt of for half her life. Nothing could save her, she didn’t believe in myths and fairytales. Didn’t believe in the man with the eyes that flashed gold. She could trust no one. Not even the voice whispering inside her head she recognized as her own.

Talon had come to Earth searching for his truemate. Knowing she was near but still so very far away. Only able to reach her when they both closed their eyes, but waking up to find it had all been nothing but a dream. Until one day he heard her cry of pain and felt the crippling pang of fear that invaded her mind. She needed him, but he couldn’t find her. Not until she released her block against him. He just hoped it would not be too late. Because an ancient enemy roamed Earth once more and hunted his truemate. It was a race as to which one of them would find her first. Talon would not lose.

This is not an erotic romance but it does contain sexual content and violence suitable for 18+

 

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My name is LaVerne Thompson. 

I am a USA Today Bestselling award-winning author. I write paranormal, fantasy and sci/fi romances with story lines that focus on romance and happily ever afters. Sometimes there’s a touch of intrigue or suspense and maybe–maybe a dash of violence. I also write romantic suspense and new adult romance under the pseudonym Ursula Sinclair. I have written stories for as long as I can remember, and I hope you enjoy them.

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Interview: Mary Hogan, author of LEFT: A LOVE STORY

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Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I was a nerdy, chubby, lonely kid who felt like the only nerdy, chubby, lonely kid in the world. My middle school librarian took pity on me and introduced me to books about girls like me. I devoured them! Back then, there were so few young adult novels I felt bereft when I’d read them all. So, I started writing stories about girls like me. And women like me. And families like mine.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I like to think my work is a nice blend of humor and heartbreak. Like life.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?

I’m obsessed with the “Anns”: Ann Patchett, Anne Tyler, Annie Proulx. I read my first Anne Tyler novel, “Searching for Caleb” one night in my college dorm room. I found it in the lounge. Wow. How could a person write so well? That night I decided to aim for the pinnacle: to be an Ann. Still working in it.

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Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

I walk my dog in the park with my ear buds in and the other end tucked into my pocket so people will think I’m talking to someone when I’m actually plotting the next chapter aloud.

How many donuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?

Capable or willing? Capable: Numerous, especially if hot. Not pretty.

Willing: None.

Say there’s like a whole box of your favorite snack in a room all by themselves. Say I left them there and told you not to eat any until I got back. How long would it take you to disobey my wishes?

I would never disobey you. My parents taught me that bad girls go to hell.

If I gave you a pencil and piece of paper and told you to draw something funny, what would you draw?

This sentence: Ifs, ands, and butts. Then, I’d draw a bottom. See, you’re smiling, aren’t you? 

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

I LOVE anything with the word, “butter” in it. So, I’d have to say Butter Cookies.

How many times does it take for you to listen to a song that you love before you actually hate it instead?

My favorite song is still, “Call Me Maybe.” Nuf said.

Finally, and this one is important, so please pay attention What do you think cats dream about?

No idea. I have a dog. But I DO know that dogs dream about running because their feet wiggle in their sleep.

This or That?

Tea or Coffee? Strong, black coffee

Winter or Summer? Winter

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla (with chocolate chips)

Vintage or New? Vintage

Fried or Scrambled? Fried, over medium

 

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It started as a dream vacation in Spain, with Fay and Paul Agarra enjoying all the delights of a European holiday. A respected New York City judge, Paul has always been the man Fay can rely on, no matter what. When he inexplicably disappears from a Barcelona street corner, Fay knows something is terribly wrong. Once reunited, Paul shrugs off the episode as a simple misunderstanding—but Fay suspects her almost perfect life has taken a dark and sudden turn. Soon there are more signs that Paul is beginning to change. Bouts of forgetfulness lead to mistakes in the courtroom. Simple tasks cause unexplainable outbursts of anger. Fay’s worst suspicions are realized when she learns her husband—her rock, her love, her everything—is succumbing to the ravages of dementia. As her husband transforms before her very eyes, Fay copes with her fears by retreating into a fantasy life filled with promise instead of pain. In Fay’s invented world, she imagines herself living a glamorous life free from heartache, with a handsome neighbor she barely knows rescuing her from a future she can’t accept. Poignant and beautifully crafted, Left is an unforgettable tale about life’s aching uncertainties—and a woman who discovers that somewhere between hope and reality, an unexpected future will find its way forward.

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“A touching novel. The book poignantly portrays Faye’s struggle to come to terms with…uncomfortable yet necessary questions about the conditions of love.”—Publishers Weekly

“Hogan (The Woman in the Photo, 2016) does a good job of mixing humor and heartbreak in this sharply observed novel, drawn from her own experience.”Booklist

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MARY HOGAN is the bestselling author of Two Sisters and the historical novel, The Woman in the Photo. Previous novels include the young adult titles, The Serious Kiss, Perfect Girl and Pretty Face (HarperCollins).

Mary lives in New York City with her husband, actor Robert Hogan, and their Catahoula Leopard rescue dog, Lucy. Find out more at MaryHogan.com 

Interview: Dr. Stuart Lemming, Colonel, U.S. Army Medical Corps, from HARMON GENERAL by Kimberly Fish

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HARMON GENERAL

Misfits and Millionaires #2 

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KIMBERLY FISH

Genre: Historical Fiction / WWII / Spies

Publisher: Fish Tales, LLC 

Date of Publication: June 16, 2018

Number of Pages: 330

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In 1943, Lane Mercer and Emmie Tesco had nothing in common. Well, nothing stronger than a town neither of them chose and careers they couldn’t advertise as agents within the Office of Strategic Services. During the days of Longview, Texas’s Friendly Trek Homecoming Parade, Lane was gearing up for the grand opening of a bookshop that also disguised an espionage safe house, and Emmie was chasing a criminal with evil intent through the US Army’s new medical facility, Harmon General Hospital, treating diseased and amputated soldiers. Emmie ropes Lane into international threats at Harmon General, making it increasingly hard for the two spies to navigate the Junior Service League, church life, or anything else that might be considered normal for a town sizzling with oil boom wealth. A friend from Lane’s past arrives and pushes against the fiction she’s created to distance her spy history from the wedding bells ringing her future. Emmie flirts with the idea of finding a life outside of the OSS but justifies the danger as a way to make amends for those she’s betrayed. Connecting the two women, to their surprise, is a rogue agent who targets them for crimes he believes they created. For better, or worse, they have to put aside their differences to share responsibility for stopping “The Grasshopper” before he blows apart the Big Inch Pipeline project and Harmon General Hospital. The hope of malaria treatments for US soldiers depends on it, and justice of the heart demands it.

 

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“The war that changed the world brought the world to East Texas through Harmon General, a significant US Army hospital that treated thousands of wounded soldiers in Longview.  In Harmon General, we meet again Lane Mercer, a World War II heroine, and we enjoy again how the drama of her secret service to the nation and her complicated personal relationships pull us into the vast impact of the world war.” — Dale Lunsford, Ph.D., President, LeTourneau University

“Harmon General is a brilliant story for historical fiction readers! Set in World War II, the female spies, Army hospital setting, and drama amongst the Longview townsfolk kept me riveted and engaged until the very end.” – Jody T. Morse

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Harmon General Character Interview:

Dr. Stuart Lemming, Colonel, U.S. Army Medical Corps

 

Setting: the lobby of the KFRO Radio Station in Longview, Texas. May, 1943

Dr. Lemming is sitting in a straight back chair, flipping through the pages of the Longview Morning News—not reading the headlines, just looking for something to do while he waits for the production assistant to take him back for his radio interview. The receptionist brings him a cup of coffee.

“I hope I got it right. Just a splash of milk?” the woman in a pink blouse asks as she wipes her hands on her brown skirt.

Stuart holds the cup close, letting the steam warm his cheeks. “You have a good memory.”

“It comes from having to remember all the yahoos who roll through the station week-after-week.” She smiled as if to imply a man in uniform didn’t qualify for the same treatment as those giving the farm reports and sports broadcasts. “You’re not from around here?”

“I’m stationed at Harmon General these days, but I call North Carolina home.” He sipped the dark roast. “Boone, actually. In the mountains.”

She smiled wistfully. “I’ve only ever seen mountains in the movies.”

“Where I’m from, they’re a little more tamed than the ones you see in the westerns.” He stood because the receptionist hadn’t moved on and his mother had taught him to stand when speaking to ladies.

“Well, what must you think of Longview then after being in the military and travelling all over the world?”

“I haven’t been allowed off our shores yet, but I’ve done most of my schooling and training on the east coast. Spent a lot of time in Washington, D. C. That’s a bit different from here.”

“We’re just country bumpkins compared to all the folks you’d meet in Washington.”

Stuart’s expression softened as if he was enjoying replaying the faces of people he’d met during his medical training and Army career. “I met Clark Gable once.”

She gasped. “I adore Clark Gable.”

“He was learning medical procedures for a movie role, and I actually explained to him how to read slides under a microscope.”

She fanned her face. “Did you get his autograph?”

Stuart didn’t have the heart to tell her the actor was rather grumpy and had bad breath. “I forgot to ask.”

The woman let her gaze take new inventory of Stuart’s beige uniform and military brass. “I know you’re here to do one of those “Heroes of Harmon” radio interviews that everyone is raving about, but if you’re not busy after—would you like to grab a sandwich together? We could walk down the street to Deb’s?”

He smiled. It had been a long while since someone—outside Harmon—had shown much interest in him, and now with Lane Mercer out of the picture it was time to get back out in the mix. “Sure. If the interview doesn’t go too long.”

The receptionist gestured to the thick door leading back to the production studios. “They’ve been whipping those soldiers in and out of here all week. It shouldn’t take more than half an hour for them to ask you about your work, how you got here, who you want to say hi to back home, and what’s your big heroic moment from the war.”

Stuart froze. He didn’t have a big heroic moment, short of what happened in the chapel—and that was more of a reflection on Lane than it was him. “I’m a pathologist, not a hero.”

She brushed away his humility. “Anyone who suits up for this war is a hero to me. Come on, I’ll take you back and show you the green room. Babe Ruth once ate a hot dog in there—he was here as a guest of our old baseball team, The Cannibals.”

Stuart followed the woman and worried about the notion of naming a local baseball team after a people-eating subset of humanity—but that’s how his brain worked. Where most folks took things at face value, he was always consumed by the details beneath.

 

 

A WORD FROM THE AUTHOR:

Kimberly Fish started writing professionally with the birth of her second child and the purchase of a home computer. Having found this dubious outlet, she then entered and won The Writer’s League of Texas manuscript contest which fed her on-going fascination with story crafting.

She has since published in magazines, newspapers, and online formats and in January 2017, released the first novel in the Misfits and Millionaires series set during the World War II years in Longview, Texas—The Big Inch. Her second book, Comfort Plans, was published later that same year.

She lives with her family in East Texas.

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Interview: Terri-Lynne DeFino, author of THE BAR HARBOR RETIREMENT HOME FOR FAMOUS WRITERS

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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I write in several genres–literary/contemporary fiction, fantasy fiction, romance, and women’s fiction. I even wrote an original fairy tale. I write in the genres that interest me. As far as I’m concerned, there are no lines that can’t be crossed. All my romance/women’s fiction have “ghosts” in them. My fantasy has a literary bend. My contemporary has a bit of whimsy in it. Anything goes.

What did you find most useful in learning to write?  What was least useful or most destructive? The most useful thing for me was honesty. Complete, brutal, ultimately kind honesty. No matter how innate your knowledge, how lovely your natural voice, no one comes into this writing thing an expert. And no one learns anything about this craft by having one’s ego stroked. Back in the beginning, I had plenty of friends, family, and critique partners telling me what a good writer I was. Nice? Yes and no. I was blind to my own shortcomings–until a pro who’d gotten one cringe-worthy manuscript too many opened my eyes to all I was doing wrong. He shredded the fifty pages I sent, pointed out every single mistake, and explained why it was oh-so-wrong. He didn’t have to do that. A form rejection would have sufficed. Whether he’d finally snapped or saw something worth his time, he was brutal. It hurt like hell. I’m grateful to him to this day. The least helpful for me, as you might guess, was the praise. It got in the way of learning. There was no room for my ego in this process. I let it go, and whew! Was it liberating. My motto in life is “Modesty is for suckers,” largely because of that literary ass-kicking. I know what I’m good at–show me what I’m doing wrong.

What do you like to read in your free time?
Mostly Women’s Fiction, Literary/Contemporary Fiction. I do love dystopia, and fantasy of all kinds. I’ll read anything by Sarah Addison Allen, Fredrik Backman, and Patricia McKillip. Anything.

What projects are you working on at the present?
Currently, I’m working on Thirty Days Dancing on the Edge of the World. It has a dual timeline, 2009 and 1947 (and continues through the 1990s.) After the financial crisis of 2008, Mallory, a fifty-two year old Financial Advisor, has lost everything. After two suicide attempts, she winds up at Seaside, a mental rehabilitation facility (a once-upon-a-time beach resort) in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Seaside is nothing like the psychiatric ward; it’s a place to land, and to launch. There, Mallory meets others in need of a safe place to regain their balance, including Vonnie, the old woman who owns the place. Her past is the 1947-1990 part of the novel, showing the then and now differences between how mental health–and women–was viewed and treated.

What do your plans for future projects include? Since finishing The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (and Their Muses) I’ve completed three novels. I’m hoping one (or more!) of these will be on my publishing horizon. I write nine to four, every day, five days a week, and have no plans to change that. Once Thirty Days is finished, there are several more sitting in files waiting for their turns. I’m leaning towards one about dragons in New York City–real or imagined? That’s what the reader gets to decide.

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What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups?
Sugar on the tip of my tongue. Works every time.

If I gave you a pencil and piece of paper and told you to draw something funny, what would you draw?
There’s a little character I’ve drawn on restaurant placemats since my kids were little–a hillbilly guy with a big nose, looking over a fence. You only see his eyes, nose and straw hat. He’s always saying, “yo-ho!” like a pirate. I have no idea why I do that, who the hillbilly is, or why he’s my go-to doodle. Maybe a past life experience trying to express itself.

How many friendships have you ruined because you refused to play a game of Monopoly mercifully?
0. I’m the least competitive person of all time. I’d rather you win than upset you. Unless it’s Scrabble. Then, I will annihilate you if I can.

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie? Tagalongs!

Finally, and this one is important, so please pay attention What do you think cats dream about?
World domination. At least, household domination. They whisper in our ears as we sleep. No, really! I’ve caught them doing it. They pretend they were innocently cuddling close, but I’m savvy to their wily ways.

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Dogs or Cats? Cats (my furry overlords are not making me say that. Send help. Please!)

Marvel or DC Comics? Marvel!

Winter or Summer? Winter

TexMex or Italian? Italian! As if there is any other rational answer.

Vintage or New? Vintage

 

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Alfonse Carducci was a literary giant who lived his life to excess—lovers, alcohol, parties, and literary rivalries. But now he’s come to the Bar Harbor Home for the Elderly to spend the remainder of his days among kindred spirits: the publishing industry’s nearly gone but never forgotten greats. Only now, at the end of his life, does he comprehend the price of appeasing every desire, and the consequences of forsaking love to pursue greatness. For Alfonse has an unshakeable case of writer’s block that distresses him much more than his precarious health.

Set on the water in one of New England’s most beautiful locales, the Bar Harbor Home was established specifically for elderly writers needing a place to live out their golden years—or final days—in understated luxury and surrounded by congenial literary company. A faithful staff of nurses and orderlies surround the writers, and are drawn into their orbit, as they are forced to reckon with their own life stories. Among them are Cecibel Bringer, a young woman who knows first-hand the cost of chasing excess. A terrible accident destroyed her face and her sister in a split-second decision that Cecibel can never forgive, though she has tried to forget. Living quietly as an orderly, refusing to risk again the cost of love, Cecibel never anticipated the impact of meeting her favorite writer, Alfonse Carducci—or the effect he would have on her existence. In Cecibel, Alfonse finds a muse who returns him to the passion he thought he lost. As the words flow from him, weaving a tale taken up by the other residents of the Pen, Cecibel is reawakened to the idea of love and forgiveness.

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Terri-Lynne DeFino was born and raised in New Jersey, but escaped to the wilds of Connecticut where she still lives with her husband, and her cats. If you knock on her door, she’ll invite you in and feed you. That’s what Jersey Italian women do, because you can take the girl out of Jersey, but you can’t take the Jersey out of the girl. She is the author of the Bitterly Suite romance series published by Kensington Lyrical.

 

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Interview: Vivienne Lorret, author of HOW TO FORGET A DUKE {giveaway}

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Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I come from a long line of storytellers, all gathered around a huge harvest table at my grandparents’ house. On Sundays (when I was a child), my dad and uncles would tell story after story of all the mischief they got into when they were younger. As a young spy in training (my chosen profession at the time), I was a stealthy eavesdropper and found myself enthralled (and sometimes horrified) by their tales. Even so, I was hooked. A child story-addict. I guess I never outgrew it.  

What do you like to read in your free time?

Romantic comedies, mysteries, poetry, nutrition labels (I always have a good laugh over those), and the Starbucks menu.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I’m currently writing my 2019 release (book #3 in the Misadventures in Matchmaking series), tentatively titled THE ROGUE TO RUIN.

In addition, I’m putting together a proposal for a sub character in a previous book. I’ve received a slew of emails from readers, asking for Lord Holt’s book (he appeared in the novella, Just Another Viscount in Love). It’s such a wonderful blessing!

What do your plans for future projects include?

This December, TEN KISSES TO SCANDAL (book #2 of the Misadventures in Matchmaking series) will be available. And in October, I’ll be hosting a table at the Buns & Roses Tea for Literacy at the Hyatt in Richardson, Texas. So exciting! http://www.bunsandroses.org/

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Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

Well, I don’t think it’s strange, but I typically wear a black sweater (my son calls it my “writing cloak”), and I start off my day with two big mugs of chai tea. I’ve also been known to partake in the sacrificial ritual of the scone, on occasion.

What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups?

Holding my breath while drinking water in a bent over position, from the opposite side of the glass. Works every time.

If I gave you a pencil and piece of paper and told you to draw something funny, what would you draw?

I’d probably write the words “something funny” next to a smiley face. : )

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

Thin mints, fresh or frozen.

Finally, and this one is important, so please pay attention What do you think cats dream about?

World domination.

This or That?

Tea or Coffee?  Tea, always.

Winter or Summer? Fall

TexMex or Italian? Italian

Chocolate or Vanilla?  There is only chocolate. What is this “vanilla” you mentioned?

Bond or Bourne? Bourne

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All Jacinda Bourne wants is to find a bride for a handsome, enigmatic duke. There’s only one problem: she’s certain he’s hiding something. Determined to discover what it is, she travels to his crumbling cliffside estate. Yet, by the time she washes up on his beach, she can no longer remember who she is, or why the duke is so familiar to her. All she knows is that his kisses are unforgettable—and she intends to use every skill she can to discover what’s in his heart . . .

When Miss Bourne can’t remember what brought her to his ancestral home, The Duke of Rydstrom intends to keep it that way. Yet as the days pass, his true challenge will be safeguarding his secret while resisting this woman who—confound it all—may well be his perfect match.

Praise for HOW TO FORGET A DUKE

“Lorret’s Misadventures in Matchmaking series starter and print debut sparkles with wit and passion. … A smart, fun charmer!” —RT Book Reviews

“…captivating, passionate, well-crafted … Simply divine!” — Romance Junkies

“This book is absolutely going on my top 10 of the year list.” — Book Besties

“Full of laughter, passion and some characters that fairly leap off the page in their need to be understood and cheered on – this new series from Lorret is sure to please many this summer.” — I Am, Indeed


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Interview: Kat Martin, author of BEYOND CONTROL {giveaway}

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BEYOND CONTROL

The Texas Trilogy, Book 3

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Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Zebra

Date of Publication: May 29, 2018

Number of Pages: 368

  

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When Victoria Bradford got engaged, she told herself to give love a chance. Six months later, she’s on the run from her angry, abusive ex-fiancé with her four-year-old daughter and nowhere to go.

Seventy miles north of Dallas, the Iron River Ranch is pretty much nowhere. That’s what its new owner, Josh Cain, wanted when he came back from Afghanistan. Big skies, quiet nights, no trouble.

One look tells Josh the pretty redhead with the adorable little girl will give him trouble of the most personal kind. But he’s seen trouble before, and he doesn’t scare easy. Not when “accidents” start happening around the ranch. Not when Tory’s best friend back in Phoenix is abducted and brutalized. Not even when it looks like their current problems are only the tip of the iceberg.

But if he gets too close to fierce, determined Tory, Josh knows his nights are going to be anything but quiet. And that’s one possibility no amount of training can prepare him for…

 

PRAISE FOR BEYOND CONTROL:

“As the excitement in Iron Springs continues, two strangers with tragic pasts form an unbreakable bond. Beyond Control is the last installment in the Texas Trilogy. It’s delightfully fast-paced, riveting, and amazingly compelling. Martin has outdone herself with unpredictable twists and suspense that will leave readers panting for more. Definitely a must-read for readers who enjoy mystery, thrills, and romance to spice up their life.” – RT Reviews Top Pick

“Bestseller Martin brings her Texas Trilogy … to a hair-raising finish with the gripping tale of a single mother on the run and the Marine veteran who offers her a second chance at happily-ever-after. Martin has a consummate skill for developing the most loveable and the most despicable characters; readers will cheer when sadistic Damon meets his well-deserved end. Martin’s finely described Texas is a delight.” – Publishers Weekly

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Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

I write full-time, two novels a year, and have almost from the start.  It’s a ton of work, but it’s helped me build my readership.

What are some day jobs that you have held?  Have any of them impacted your writing?

I had a lot of jobs before I started writing full-time.  Everything from a cleaning job in a convenience store, grocery checker, retail clerk at J.C. Penney’s (in the men’s department!), worked as a PR person in a real estate title company, then went into real estate in sales and finally as a broker.  I think every job I ever had helped me as a writer. Tons of material for stories!

How has your formal education influenced or impacted your writing?

I graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  Santa Barbara was a far different place from Bakersfield, California, the country town that was home to Buck Owens and Meryl Haggard.  Very sophisticated. I learned a lot about the lives of the wealthy, much of which pops up in my books. Beyond Reason, the first book in the Texas trilogy, centered around Lincoln Cain, a multi-millionaire from Dallas.  I’m comfortable writing people who live in those surroundings.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I’m known for fast-paced, high-action adventure novels with a deep and abiding love story.  I try to create a page-turner with lots of plot and romance.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?  

As with all of my books, Beyond Control was difficult start-to-finish.  There are sections that come together effortlessly, but they are rare.  I spend a lot of sleepless hours working on the storyline, the characters, the romance; but it’s very rewarding when the puzzle pieces all come together.   

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I like writing the action scenes and the dialog.  I like the hero and heroine and writing romantic sex scenes that bring them together.  Work but fun.

How do you decide if your main character will be male or female?

In my books, the male and female characters have equal parts in the story.  They learn to work together to solve the mystery and, as they are forced into danger, learn the strength and value of each other and come to realize they are perfectly suited to be together.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I’m very excited about my next project–a series of hardcover novels set in Dallas around the Maximum Security detective agency.  In Until Midnight, Chase Garrett is the owner, a private investigator, former military, very wealthy family, a high-action adventure set around Colombian cocaine smuggling.  The heroine, Harper Winston, also comes from money–unfortunately, her father is a criminal. A definite problem for Chase. It’s out in January. I’m really hoping readers will enjoy the book and the ones about Chase’s brothers and other men and women in the office.    

  

Till then, all the best and happy reading!

 

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New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. Currently residing in Missoula, Montana with her Western-author husband, L. J. Martin, Kat has written sixty-five Historical and Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels. More than sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Kat is currently at work on her next Romantic Suspense.

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Interview: Jenny Morton Potts, author of HIDING {giveaway}

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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

Another (very successful) author read my novel ‘Piano from a 4th Storey Window’. He admired my work and asked me to write a thriller with him. I had been writing non genre literature and wasn’t sure I could ‘do’ thrillers. But I loved it. LOVED it!

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

It’s something hardwired in me. Firstly, just a huge love of words and the magic of them. I didn’t come from a bookish background but once I found stuff like ‘Bonjour Tristesse’ and ‘The 39 Steps’ as a kid, I was off.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing plays at about nine. I directed them, produced them, cast them (myself in the leading role, obv).

What kind(s) of writing do you do?

I still write plays. I’m writing one now about a woman who is to be killed by the robot she has lived with for decades (her contractual time is up). Her son is sharing her last hours too.

Used to write lots of short fiction.

I’ve had quite a lot of poetry published and I still read a lot of poetry.

Mostly novels though.

What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

Oh lordy, that’s an essay. Every art form is story telling whether it has words or not. Art brings us the world’s joy and pain and everything in between. Without it, what would we be?

How does your book relate to your spiritual practice or other life path?

I’m not sure what this means. I’m overwhelmed with the earth, its benevolence and its cruelty but I don’t think I’m spiritual in the sense I imagine the question implies.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

Its voice.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Death. The death in my hands.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Spending time with the characters. I love them all; the very small to the very old. I care for them deeply.

Are there underrepresented groups or ideas featured if your book? If so, discuss them.

Not really ‘underrepresented’. We know about vulnerable people. We know that people are in difficulty around us but it is very difficult to resolve, or to even involve yourself. And of ourse suffering has a way of creating hell amongst the undeserving.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?

Solzhenitsyn, Tartt, Forster, Kate Millett, Colette, Smiley. I love comedy writers too. They are a huge influence in my life, so surely make their mark on the page.

The above have all had a huge imact on my mind, and they must affect my writing therefore, though quite in what specific way, I couldn’t say.

What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?

I learned to classify my thoughts, to answer (some) questions, to find a way of being (somewhat) understood.

The most destructive is the rejection and whilst one can always learn from that, the toll is hefty.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?

Full time, till I drop.

What are some day jobs that you have held? If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.

I’ve been mostly in sales and marketing. I lived in France for a long time running my own business. I had a job as a director in a marketing firm. The boss there was, um, a character. I wrote a story about it called, ‘The Wonderful World of Wankler (with a silent ‘l’)’ . I’ve never tried to publish it.

What do you like to read in your free time?

Mostly contemporary literature. Lots of poetry (so happy with all the new rappers and fab performance poets coming up now). But anything really, ‘as long as it’s brilliant,’ as French & Saunders used to say.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I have three more thrillers/domestic noirs written and need to edit them a little before publishing this year. Also, I am writing a book with another man which will be a bit triptychy, like The Hours: Anna Magdalena Bach (wife of), Pau Casals (the cellist) and a batshit crazy author lady with an autistic child.

What do your plans for future projects include?

Writing psych thrillers set in amazing locations (but always with one strand in Blighty). I’d love to travel to these places but can’t till my son is finished schooling.

What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.

How can your books be so serious, yet so hilarious, Jenny? How, how, HOW?

(and this is me) I don’t know. I’m just blessed (holding hand tenderly on heart).

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

Standing on my head? With my neck? No. I am always thinking of writing, including in the shower, but I don’t actually take a notebook and pen in with me. (I have written underwater though, with a diver’s notebook. Overrated.)

What book do you wish you could have written?

I’ve never had that response because a book is like a person. You can’t be another one.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Well, when I started writing, I don’t know that I had read a book. Of course there are the authors mentioned above but I am also incredibly attentive to screenplay writers. Dare I say that I think screen dramatists are blazing the trail?

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Ha! Well, I used to have a theatre company, so I’d be bound to pick some of my old pals there, but of famous people, Dame Jude for ‘Primmy Anctillious Brown’, Sairse Ronan for ‘Rebecca’, Max Minghella for ‘Keller’, Derek Jacobi for ‘Ralph’, Helen McRory, Tom Hollander, Tom Hiddleston, Jennifer Garner etc etc.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

Very, very important. I spend a lot of time in this and I know when I have fallen upon the right one. I am always looking and analysing and judging names. On credits, lists, everywhere. Love names.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I can’t think of one.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

I don’t think I’ll have one but I would do the dishonourable thing and leave that for my partner to decide. Probably a Victoria Wood quote.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Invisibility, hands down.

If you were a superhero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?

It would be Jenny Mouse, as I sign myself on many a card. And a mouse costume. A grey mouse costume.

What literary character is most like you?

Any female protagonist with a calm exterior whilst on the inside, her guts are being ripped out.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Patagonia.

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

I’d like to be a spider monkey, but more accurately, one of these meerkats peeking in and out of the burrow.

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

Securing the safety of my child (the most talented, happiest, painter boy on earth) who has a profound language handicap.

If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?

I have a mild Scottish accent, which is ok. I’d stick with that.

 

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A gripping psychological thriller with chilling twists, from a unique new voice. 

Keller Baye and Rebecca Brown live on different sides of the Atlantic. Until she falls in love with him, Rebecca knows nothing of Keller. But he’s known about her for a very long time, and now he wants to destroy her.

This is the story of two families. One living under the threat of execution in North Carolina. The other caught up in a dark mystery in the Scottish Highlands. The families’ paths are destined to cross. But why? And can anything save them when that happens?

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Jenny is a novelist, screenplay writer and playwright. After a series of ‘proper jobs’, she realised she was living someone else’s life and escaped to Gascony to make gîtes. Knee deep in cement and pregnant, Jenny was happy. Then autism and a distracted spine surgeon wiped out the order. Returned to wonderful England, to write her socks off.

Jenny would like to see the Northern Lights but worries that’s the best bit and should be saved till last. Very happily, and gratefully, settled with family.

She tries not to take herself too seriously.

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Interview: Chris Cannon, author of THE DATING DEBATE

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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I write YA because I think everyone can remember what high school was like. For most people it’s like running an obstacle course, trying to get through four years in what is literally an institution so you can move on with your life and make your own choices. The lack of power and control at that age can be maddening. All the stress and pressure also provide for a lot of comic opportunities. And yes there are those people who had a golden story book experience in high school, but I don’t think that’s the norm. Whenever someone tells me high school was the best time of their life, I think they’ve got about sixty years of disappointment ahead of them.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

My parents were both avid readers. My mother took us to the library almost every weekend.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for about ten years.

What kind(s) of writing do you do?

I write Young Adult urban fantasy about shape-shifting dragons and romantic comedies.

What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

I think books bring people together and give them a common experience. Several decades ago, everyone watched the same movies or television shows because there weren’t that many to choose from. People quoted Star Wars and The Breakfast Club. Now there are dozens of movies playing every week and more television channels than you can count. People don’t have the same entertainment experience. With books people have that common ground. Fans of Harry Potter all have the same references they understand HP jokes and quotes. Books can be bonding.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I’m a huge fan of snarky dialogue and witty banter. I love to make people laugh. That’s what I try to do in my books.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?  

My romantic comedies are brain candy. They’re happy fluff that’s supposed to make you laugh, possibly tear up a little bit, and then make you smile like an idiot over the happily ever after. One of the hardest parts of this book was adding in some more serious emotional baggage for the main characters. West’s mom is a hoarder. His entire house is full of rubber maid storage containers stacked floor to ceiling. The containers are all neatly labeled because his dad is OCD. West lies and tells everyone that his mom is terminally ill and can’t have visitors to keep his family’s secret. Nina’s dad was an over the road trucker who had another wife and children two states away. Finding out her perfect family was the perfect lie has made her a pathological truth teller. The surest way to piss her off is to lie to her. Throw these two characters together, and it’s an interesting situation.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Nina is a self-professed nerd girl and a book junkie. She’s a huge fan of Harry Potter. While West comes across as cool and controlled, he’s also a reader and he loves Harry Potter, too. It was fun to have them banter back and forth about Hogwarts and wands.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

I’m a speech therapist by day and an author by night. I dream of retiring early, so I can write more than two or three books a year.

What do you like to read in your free time?

Anything by Cassandra Clare. I love her snarky dialogue and her kick ass female characters.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I just turned in the 5th book in my shape shifting dragon series, Going Down In Flames.  Bryn turns sixteen, flames shoot out of her mouth, and that’s the first clue she has that she’s a shape-shifting dragon. (Not the gift she hoped for.)

I’m also writing another romantic comedy about two friends who pretend to date in the hopes of making the actual objects of their affection see them as datable. Of course, they end up falling for each other.

What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m working on another urban fantasy about crossroad demons:  All Meena wanted was a summer job that didn’t involve the phrase, “Do you want fries with that?” She never planned on working for a soul sucking demon with a hair fetish. If she can’t break her contract with Bane she’s stuck in Crossroads, IL. No college, no traveling the world, no escaping the small town where she’s never fit in. Will she sell her soul to escape hell on earth?

What book do you wish you could have written?

Harry Potter, The Mortal Instruments series, and Welcome to Temptation

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I stay away from the death and dying topics. I know reading about someone with a terminal disease can be cathartic, but I find real life depressing enough. I want to read something that makes me laugh or takes me away to a fantastical world, which is why I write funny (hopefully)  urban fantasy and romantic comedies.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Just one more page.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

I’d love to be able to fly. When I’m really happy I dream that I can fly, which is also why I like writing dragons.

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

They don’t have dragons at the zoo, so this is a tough one. Maybe a tiger or a lion because they’re so graceful and powerful.

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

Before I die, I want to write all the stories zooming around in my brain.

 

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Nina Barnes thinks Valentine’s Day should be optional. That way single people like her wouldn’t be subjected to kissy Cupids all over the place. That is, until her mom moves them next door to the brooding hottie of Greenbrier High, West Smith. He’s funny, looks amazing in a black leather jacket, and he’s fluent in Harry Potter, but she’s not sure he’s boyfriend material. 

West isn’t sure what to make of Nina. She’s cute and loves to read as much as he does, but she seems to need to debate everything and she has a pathological insistence on telling the truth. And West doesn’t exactly know how to handle that, since his entire life is a carefully constructed secret. Dating the girl next door could be a ton of fun, but only if Nina never finds out the truth about his home life. It’s one secret that could bring them together or rip them apart. 

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book is not for anyone who has to get in the last word, but it is for all book nerds, especially those who live next door to so called unapproachable gorgeous guys. There’s no debating the chemistry. 

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Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts.

She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at http://www.chriscannonauthor.com.

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Interview: Lincee Ray, author of WHY I HATE GREEN BEANS

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WHY I HATE GREEN BEANS

and other confessions about relationships, reality tv, and how we see ourselves

by

LINCEE RAY

  

Genre: Humorous NonFiction / Memoir

Publisher: Revell

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Date of Publication: February 6, 2018

Number of Pages: 208

 

 

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Insecurity. As women, we all struggle with it. Our skinny jeans mock us. Our age-defying serums with flecks of gold refuse to erase our crow’s feet. Our social media feeds taunt us with everyone else’s picture-perfect lives. If you’ve ever felt uninteresting, unlovable, or unattractive, you’re ready for Lincee Ray’s particular brand of hilarious (and hard-hitting) self-reflection.

Like a trustworthy friend, she shows us that the fastest way to happiness is to embrace ourselves in all our imperfection and trust that God knew what He was doing when He made us. From maneuvering the muffin top to navigating the sketchy waters of singleness to walking the judgmental halls of the workplace, Lincee’s laugh-out-loud look at real life reveals many of the key truths she’s learned about her identity:

Yoga pants are your friend, Jesus sees you, and green-bean diets are never the answer.

PRAISE FOR WHY I HATE GREEN BEANS:

“Lincee is a brilliant writer. She once described me as ‘smelling of worn leather, a vintage nine iron and swagger.’ She pretty much nailed it. She is definitely worthy of the final rose.” —Chris Harrison, host of ABC’s Bachelor franchise and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

“I found myself laughing out loud, wiping away a few tears, and cheering her on every step of the way. Lincee is the best friend you wish you had. Get ready to fall in love with her and her fabulous debut book!”  —Melanie Shankle, author of the Big Mama blog 

“By the end of this book, you’ll think of Lincee as a favorite friend: someone who shoots straight, finds the funny in every situation, and reminds you what matters most. You are in for a treat!” —Sophie Hudson, author of Giddy Up, Eunice and cohost of The Big Boo Cast podcast

 

How has being a Texan (or Texas) influenced your writing?

Some of my favorite chapters in Why I Hate Green Beans involve me growing up in Hallsville, Texas. I think readers will enjoy how different a small town community runs in comparison to the big city.
What do you like to read in your free time?

I am a book reviewer for The Associated Press. Most of the books on my nightstand are upcoming novels about to hit stands. I typically choose light-hearted fiction and biographies. And I do love a love story!
What’s something interesting, fun, or funny that most people don’t know about you?

I can say the ABCs backwards.
Do you have a mantra for writing and/or for life?

“The Lord is fighting for you. You need only be still.” Exodus 14:14
What do you think most characterizes your writing?

The adjective I hear the most when people describe my writing is “relatable.”
Who are some of the authors you feel were influential in your work?  

Funny women have definitely been influential in my work. Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, Melanie Shankle, and Sophie Hudson to name a few.
What are some day jobs that you have held?  Have any of them impacted your writing?

I write television recaps for Entertainment Weekly. The tight deadlines have helped me to get my big, grand thoughts down on paper and then flow details from those foundational points. Of course, I’ve also held some day jobs I write about in the book that led me everywhere from the Disney World Peter Pan ride to the deck of an oil rig—everything except working for the Dallas Cowboys, which was a near miss you can also read about in the book!

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Lincee Ray is an accidental blogging superstar from Texas who now writes for EW.com and the Associated Press. An active speaker, she can be found at her popular website ihategreenbeans.com, where she makes it clear that she believes it’s important to tell your story—even if it makes you seem a little crazy.

Connect with Lincee!

 

 

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FEBRUARY 13-22, 2018

GRAND PRIZE:

Copy of Why I Hate Green Beans with a signed book plate, $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card, and Lincee’s Loves Basket which includes: Rave travel hairspray, Minnie Mouse ears, Vodka*, Heartbreakers Candy, Dr. Pepper, chocolate rose, and green jelly beans.

2nd PRIZE:

Copy of Why I Hate Green Beans with a signed book plate, $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

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Copy of Why I Hate Green Beans with a signed book plate, $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

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WHY I HATE GREEN BEANS

 

and other confessions about relationships, reality tv, and how we see ourselves

 

by

 

LINCEE RAY

 

   Genre: Humorous NonFiction / Memoir Publisher: Revell Facebook   ⎸ Twitter

 

Date of Publication: February 6, 2018

 

Number of Pages: 208

 

Scroll down for the giveaway!

 

 

 

 

 

Insecurity. As women, we all struggle with it. Our skinny jeans mock us. Our age-defying serums with flecks of gold refuse to erase our crow’s feet. Our social media feeds taunt us with everyone else’s picture-perfect lives. If you’ve ever felt uninteresting, unlovable, or unattractive, you’re ready for Lincee Ray’s particular brand of hilarious (and hard-hitting) self-reflection.

 

 

Like a trustworthy friend, she shows us that the fastest way to happiness is to embrace ourselves in all our imperfection and trust that God knew what He was doing when He made us. From maneuvering the muffin top to navigating the sketchy waters of singleness to walking the judgmental halls of the workplace, Lincee’s laugh-out-loud look at real life reveals many of the key truths she’s learned about her identity:

 

Yoga pants are your friend, Jesus sees you, and green-bean diets are never the answer.

 

 

 

PRAISE FOR WHY I HATE GREEN BEANS:

 

 

 

 

 

“Lincee is a brilliant writer. She once described me as ‘smelling of worn leather, a vintage nine iron and swagger.’ She pretty much nailed it. She is definitely worthy of the final rose.” —Chris Harrison, host of ABC’s Bachelor franchise and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

 

 

“I found myself laughing out loud, wiping away a few tears, and cheering her on every step of the way. Lincee is the best friend you wish you had. Get ready to fall in love with her and her fabulous debut book!”  —Melanie Shankle, author of the Big Mama blog 

 

“By the end of this book, you’ll think of Lincee as a favorite friend: someone who shoots straight, finds the funny in every situation, and reminds you what matters most. You are in for a treat!” —Sophie Hudson, author of Giddy Up, Eunice and cohost of The Big Boo Cast podcast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lincee Ray is an accidental blogging superstar from Texas who now writes for EW.com and the Associated Press. An active speaker, she can be found at her popular website ihategreenbeans.com, where she makes it clear that she believes it’s important to tell your story—even if it makes you seem a little crazy. Connect with Lincee!

 

 

 

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GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY! FEBRUARY 13-22, 2018

 

GRAND PRIZE:

 

Copy of Why I Hate Green Beans with a signed book plate, $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card, and Lincee’s Loves Basket which includes: Rave travel hairspray, Minnie Mouse ears, Vodka*, Heartbreakers Candy, Dr. Pepper, chocolate rose, and green jelly beans.

 

2nd PRIZE:

 

Copy of Why I Hate Green Beans with a signed book plate, $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

 

3rd PRIZE:

 

Copy of Why I Hate Green Beans with a signed book plate, $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

 

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