10 Questions with Author Gina Danna

For the next few weeks, my guests for “10 Questions” will be historical fiction authors. This genre is one of my favorites. Generally, a novel is considered historical if it takes place at least 50 years ago. Under the historical fiction “umbrella,” you’ll find a variety of subgenres, including multi-period epic/saga, romance, mystery, adventure, westerns, and even fantasy, time travel and alternate histories, as well as children’s and young adult. I hope you read along and enjoy these interviews. They should be fun—and interesting!

Today I welcome author and historian Gina Danna. She writes “historical fiction with romantic ties” set in different time periods and parts of the world, including Ancient Rome, Regency and the American Civil War.

Linda Covella: Gina, thank you so much for joining us today.

When and why did you decide to become a writer?

Gina Danna: That’s a hard one to answer. I’ve read all my life and during my twenties, I read a ton of historical romance novels, so much that I ran out of selection at the local drug store! I also realized I knew the plot within the first few pages. Then, my muse nudged me, saying “you can write one of these, too.” I played with it but work and grad school interfered.

Years passed, until my son was old enough to go to college and he told me his step mother wanted to talk to me about doing a program to her RWA group, since she heard I was a Civil War reenactor.

Fast forward-I’d never heard of RWA and was intrigued there was a group of people who did this. So I started writing-especially with my son at school, I had a little more time. Of course, my tales are historic – I am a historian with my BA & MA in History and I’ve always been in love with the past. Now, that also means that I just don’t write a story that isn’t researched, because I want to read something that’ll make me put the book down and investigate is that true? So my historical romances have turned to historical fiction with romantic ties.

LC: What is your writing process: where do you write, how often do you write, are you a full-time or part-time writer, do you outline or do you plot as you go, etc.?

GD: I write as often as I can and wherever I can sit with my computer! I work a full-time, rather time-consuming/involved job so I try to write on my breaks, which can be hard to impossible. But mostly I write at home, after work and on days off. I’ve plotted and I’ve outlined – both work. Its more plotting verses other because outlining consumes time and my muse usually won’t let me waste time since I have a limited writing opportunity.

LC: Where do you find your inspiration for your stories? Do you draw from your own experiences?

GD: As a historian, many things of the past intrigue me. Ancient Rome, Regency and the American Civil War in particular. I am a Sicilian-American so my pull to Rome is big but so is the Civil War. My mother’s family fought and died in it. I am also a Civil War reenactor/living historian. The War calls to me and my muse loves it!

LC: Who is one of your favorite characters from your story(ies), one that you enjoyed creating and writing about, and why?

GD: Probably the most entertaining was Caroline in The Wicked North, Book 1 of my Hearts Touched by Fire Civil War series. She was the heroine’s wicked sister, as it was. To write a devious, narrow-minded, self-centered character was invigorating, especially when my critique partners each, individually, wanted to drop her in a vat of boiling oil….think I made a mark on their conscious. LOL

LC: Do you incorporate (or inadvertently find) any of your own personality traits into your characters?

GD: Perhaps. Some of my emotions and reactions certainly. But I’ve never plotted to do that deliberately.

LC: Do you find your stories are more plot driven or character driven? Please explain.

GD: That is hard to define. For instance, the Civil War push the plot more, yet the characters are more driven by it, to find/define themselves, live/survive through the horrors, and love in a world in chaos. While we know how the War ended, they don’t, so that also helps to explain their character ARC.

LC: Did you read much as a child?

GD: Oh, yes!

LC: How important do you think reading is for writers?

GD: I think reading helps expand your horizons, teases with your muse and helps you refine your writing style, by giving you examples of great writing to scenarios you don’t want to fall for to grammar issues that you pray don’t happen in your writing!

LC: Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books? What draws you to them?

GD: Right now, that’s hard to decide. I adore Kate Quinn and Meredith Duran, as well as Eileen Dryer and Bob Mayer. They write in deep plots and characters and will lead the reader down a path you think you know when wham! They twist the plot or the character and I often do a double read, thinking did they really do that????

LC: Anything new in the works?

GD: Yes, I am currently working on the 4th in the Civil War series and trying to quiet my muse which presented the plot for book 5! Yikes!!

LC: Well, I imagine your muse will win out. J Thanks again, Gina! It was a pleasure learning more about your writing.

Author Bio:

A USAToday Bestselling author, Gina Danna was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and has spent the better part of her life reading. History has always been her love and she spent numerous hours devouring historical romance stories, always dreaming of writing one of her own. After years of writing historical academic papers to achieve her undergraduate and graduate degrees in History, and then for museum programs and exhibits, she found the time to write her own historical romantic fiction novels.

Now, under the supervision of her dogs, she writes amid a library of research books, with her only true break away is to spend time with her other lifelong dream – her Arabian horse – with him, her muse can play.

Connect with Gina:

Website: www.ginadanna.com

Facebook:  www.facbook.com/GinaDannaAuthor

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/GinaDanna1

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gina-Danna/e/B00DPWUZI2

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10 Questions with Author Sarah Ashwood

Let’s welcome author Sarah Ashwood to answer 10 Questions about her writing. Besides her fantasy books with historical settings, Sarah’s other claim to fame is she’s a “genuine Okie from Muskogee.”

Linda Covella: So glad you could join us today, Sarah.

When and why did you decide to become a writer?

Sarah Ashwood: I’d written short stories off and on for years as a kid before I finally decided to take the plunge and write a full length novel at age 18. This turned out to be the start of my Sunset Lands Beyond fantasy trilogy. It’s gone through several drafts and multiple revisions since then, but the basic storyline has remained the same.

LC: What is your writing process: where do you write, how often do you write, are you a full-time or part-time writer, do you outline or do you plot as you go, etc.?

SA: I am very much a pantser. I start with a basic outline and basic ideas, which I usually write down, then my plots tend to explode as I write. I usually have a file titled “Notes on Such & Such Project…(whatever the book is called)” where I jot down a jumble of notes that help me sort out my plot when I revise the rough draft. I can’t say I’d recommend this method to anyone, but it seems to work for me.

As to the other questions, I try to write daily when I’m working on a project. However, I’m a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom of three young boys, so I’m basically regulated to writing whenever I can!

LC: I imagine homeschooling three boys keeps you pretty busy!

Where do you find your inspiration for your stories? Do you draw from your own experiences?

SA: Inspiration comes from everywhere. The people around me, life events, music, art, movies, poetry, other books I’ve read…

I don’t necessarily draw on my own experiences often, but sometimes I do. My short story, The Hero of Emoh: A Parent’s Fairytale (in the free Fellowship of Fantasy anthology, Hall of Heroes) was very much drawn from my own experiences as a mother!

LC: Who is one of your favorite characters from your story(ies), one that you enjoyed creating and writing about, and why?

SA: My favorite characters I’ve ever created are the Simathe, a race of non-human immortal warriors who live in the land of Aerisia. They’re featured in my Sunset Lands Beyond trilogy and in my new release, Aerisian Refrain. At first glance, they seem very cold and dispassionate. However, as you get to know them, you see they have a really noble side, and are committed to the safety and preservation of their homeland…even if their methods are considered a little suspect by their fellow Aerisians.

LC: Do you incorporate (or inadvertently find) any of your own personality traits into your characters?

SA: Sometimes. The female MC in my Sunset Lands Beyond trilogy, Hannah Winters, is pretty much me in book form, as far as her sense of humor and her boldness go. She’s a little more emotional than I am, but she has my quick temper. Which isn’t necessarily a good thing for either one of us, but, hey—we’re all human. Nobody’s perfect.

LC: That’s right! And, actually, we want our fictional characters to be somewhat imperfect.

Do you find your stories are more plot driven or character driven? Please explain.

SA: I would say probably character driven. When I think up a story, the characters always appear in my head first. Everything else centers around them.

LC: Did you read much as a child?

SA: Absolutely! I was homeschooled, and my dad taught me to read when I was four years old. My parents heavily stressed reading as an important part of both recreation and education. I have a very broad range of literary interests, a lot of which come together when I write fantasy. I love fantasy because I can incorporate a little bit of everything into my worlds!

LC: How important do you think reading is for writers?

SA: Very, I think. It broadens and sharpens the mind. It can also provide inspiration. Furthermore, well-written books can help teach you the craft of writing.

LC: Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books? What draws you to them?

SA: Well, I love portal fantasy, so Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey Series is a favorite. I love fairytales and fairytale fantasy: Juliet Marlillier’s Daughter of the Forest is a standout book in that genre. I love the strong, silent male figure, so the old classic Lorna Doone, by R.D. Blackmore, has long been a favorite novel of mine. I love historical books, and my favorite of these is Empire of Blue Water by Stephen Talty. It’s a fascinating look at piracy and buccaneers in the 17th century. Lastly, I adore historical fiction, and Francine Rivers’ A Voice in the Wind is a favorite in that genre. Those are just a few.

LC: Anything new in the works?

SA: Thank you for asking! Aerisian Refrain, the first book of a brand new fantasy series, debuted July 13, 2018. Although this series is related to my Sunset Lands Beyond trilogy, you don’t have to have read those books to understand Aerisian Refrain.

Quick description: “On Earth, Annie’s voice brought her fame and fortune. In the land of Aerisia, it brings her magic, but the cost of that power may mean the destruction of Aerisia itself.”

I’m also working on a fun YA Fantasy/Fairytale novel, Knight’s Rebirth, which is set to debut before Christmas 2018. It’s the story of a famous knight, Sir Buckhunter Dornley, who is content to live alone until he meets the charming and outrageous Princess Mercy. When he discovers Mercy lives under a deadly curse, how far will he go to break it?

LC: Bonus question! Do you have anything you’d like to add?

SA: Just a thank you to you for having me here, and to everyone else who takes the time to read this interview. If you check out my books, I hope you enjoy them!

LC: Thanks, again, Sarah. It was a pleasure to have you on my blog.

Author Bio:

Don’t believe all the hype. Sarah Ashwood isn’t really a gladiator, a Highlander, a fencer, a skilled horsewoman, an archer, a magic wielder, or a martial arts expert. That’s only in her mind. In real life, she’s a genuine Okie from Muskogee who grew up in the wooded hills outside the oldest town in Oklahoma and holds a B.A. in English from American Military University. She now lives (mostly) quietly at home with her husband and three sons, where she tries to sneak in a daily run or workout to save her sanity and keep her mind fresh for her next story.

Sarah’s works include the Sunset Lands Beyond trilogy and the fantasy novella Amana.

Connect with Sarah:

Newsletter: https://www.subscribepage.com/g3o4p8

Website: https://sarahashwoodauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1SarahAshwood/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Sarah_Ashwood/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/runnerwritermom/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/1sarahashwood

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10 Questions with Author Heather Trim

Heather Trim is the author of the award-winning novel Wingbound, and the next book in the series, Wingless, releases today.

Linda Covella: Welcome, Heather. I’m so happy you could join us today.

When and why did you decide to become a writer?

Heather Trim: I’m a natural born daydreamer. Stories run through my mind and I’ve been writing since I learned how to lift a pencil. I have files of weird old stories. I wrote a lot of poetry in high school and college. Then went dark when I got married and had five kids. Now they are all in school and I have my brain back! My first novel was released in March 2018 with the second releasing today.

Why? It started out as an escape. Raising kids, married life, and ministry are all too serious sometimes. So I’d write stories to dive deeper into my daydreams.

LC: What is your writing process: where do you write, how often do you write, are you a full-time or part-time writer, do you outline or do you plot as you go, etc.?

HT: My writing process is a bit herky-jerky. I always have stories drifting around in my head and I think about them at the grocery store or sitting in the waiting room of a doctor’s office. I am a full-on outliner. I figure out where the story is going with an outline (which I think counts as a first draft.) Then I set a word count per day/week to complete it for a personal deadline. When I’m not writing, I’m editing.

I write in my home office, which is currently located in my master bedroom. I have three screens open, one with music playing, another with Scrivener open, and the last with a browser open to Thesaurus.com.

LC: You’re a very disciplined writer!

Where do you find your inspiration for your stories? Do you draw from your own experiences?

HT: I draw from a variety of strange sources: daydreams, nightmares, my own experiences, experiences of other people I know, and sometimes a response to stories that annoyed me that I’ve decided to “fix” by writing my own stories.

My first book, called Wingbound, was a result of daydreaming. I may have been driving and cloud gazing at the same time. (Don’t worry, no one was harmed in the having of this daydream!) But I saw a cloud that looked like an island floating in the sky. I imagined it circling the world as it drifted by. Big. Ominous. And there had to people aboard. People with wings. Those people fly down and fight us. Then I imagined a winged girl, full of curiosity, sneaking down and meeting a village boy. They are fast friends and meet up each year the island revolves around the world. I had to write it!

LC: That is true inspiration, and I love the premise.

Who is one of your favorite characters from your story, one that you enjoyed creating and writing about, and why?

HT: I like writing normal, totally average characters who have no personal drive or motivation to be anything more than an ordinary human. To me it is more realistic. I would not have done what Harry Potter did, I would never do what Bella did (ie. fall in love with a vampire), and for goodness sake, I would never survive the Hunger Games. So I like to take that complete wimpiness and do what normal people would do in a totally amazing way. Ledger, my 17 year old main character from Wingbound is that guy.

LC: Do you incorporate (or inadvertently find) any of your own personality traits into your characters?

HT: What started off inadvertent ended in purposeful. As I wrote Ledger’s character, to give the world a mild-mannered protagonist, he ended up with my personality, fears, and laziness.

For example, I am not an animal person. For many reasons, they freak me out. Dogs, cats, horses, lizards—everything. So Ledger is terrified of the dragon in the story even though his friend, Hollis, loves it and rides it. I enjoy laughing at myself through Ledger’s weirdness.

LC: Do you find your stories are more plot driven or character driven? Please explain.

HT: The plot poured out of my characters. I love watching people, seeing what they do and why. Ledger befriends a girl with wings from the enemy island in the sky. One day the island returns empty and she is gone. He’s not brave in anyway, but in a panic decides to board the island to ride it around the world in search of her. What will this wimpy guy do, how will he survive? I had to know. Character driven all the way!

LC: Did you read much as a child?

HT: I was a big time reader. I had more adventures than most kids. Through books. I still read a lot and mostly young adult fiction because growing up is for old people. 😉

LC: How important do you think reading is for writers?

HT: I think reading should be number one on the list of 3 things writers do: read, write, and edit. Reading is the best source of learning all the rules of writing. Your eye gets more and more keen when spotting errors in your own work. It helps you word things correctly as well as spelling and grammar. Keep reading, keep learning.

LC: Great advice!

Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books? What draws you to them?

HT: I read a lot of young adult I have about four books in the #1 spot in my heart. I don’t know how to cut that down! Caraval (and Legendary) by Stephanie Garber is so awesome because I still haven’t stopped thinking about the storyline, and even better are her descriptions. They are so colorful and rich! The whole Lunar Chronicles series (especially Cress) by Marissa Meyer is amazing! She writes the coolest characters and gives them each a unique voice. I also love a lot of Maggie Stiefvater’s stuff (Shiver and The Scorpio Races) because she writes so poetically. It’s almost beautiful, even though it’s a werewolf story!

LC: Anything new in the works?

HT: Wingless, Book Two of the Wingbound Series, is releasing today, November 8th, 2018 and Book Three is already in the works and will release in 2019. It’s hard to stop writing when a series gets rolling. I need to know what happens to Ledger!

After that, I have a half-finished stand-alone fantasy coming next. Living the dream!

LC: Congratulations on your new release! Readers, below is a synopsis of the story. Thank you, again, Heather. I enjoyed learning more about your writing life!

Author Bio:

Heather Trim, an award-winning author, conference speaker and cookie eater, inspires with her unique perspective of spirituality and the world. She lives in Georgia with her husband, Kevin, and five lively children. Heather enjoys bullet journaling, movies, and reading too many young adult novels. She can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and her website.

Connect with Heather:

Website: www.heatheraine.com

Facebook: facebook.com/heatherainetrim
Instagram: instagram.com/heatheraine5
Amazon: amazon.com/author/heathertrim

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cLd0D1

Synopsis of just-released WINGLESS by Heather Trim:

“I must get home before someone else I love dies.”

Imprisoned on a floating island, four wingless friends need to get home before an assassin strikes at the heart of Balfour. Facing the dangers of the land and sky, young Ledger must help them escape and lead them home.

But his adopted brother, Tolliver, can’t leave just yet. He is determined to find his winged family, the ones who threw him away at birth. Will they accept him or execute him? Either way, Tolliver intends to try.

Heather Trim’s limitless imagination takes flight once more revealing that your most daunting limitation can be your greatest weapon.

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10 Questions with Author Beth Rodgers

Today I’m pleased to welcome author Beth Rodgers to share her writing life with us. Beth writes contemporary novels for young adults. She’s also an editor and college English instructor.

Linda Covella: Welcome, Beth!

When and why did you decide to become a writer?

Beth Rodgers: I have wanted to be an author since I was a little girl. It sounds cliché, but I honestly have journal entries from first grade that say just that. I used to write stories, mainly about animals, and over time, I started to write about kids and then teens. I think writing is a great way to explore so many different modes of thinking, and so many different types of stories and people. You can make the story whatever you want it to be, and adapt it however you please. It’s hard work, but thrilling at the same time, because you never know quite what you’ll come up with, but you can be sure it’ll be worth it in the end!

LC: What is your writing process: where do you write, how often do you write, are you a full-time or part-time writer, do you outline or do you plot as you go, etc.?

BR: I tend to write while sitting on the couch or at the kitchen table. Sometimes when ideas come to me, I write while sitting in bed at night. I like typing my thoughts, since I type 90 words per minute, and therefore can get the words down very quickly, but I also find it soothing and incredibly rewarding to write my thoughts down pen to paper. It’s really incredible to me how different ideas come from both of those modes of writing.

I don’t write as often as I’d like, but there are so many other things going on in my life that I find it difficult to set aside the time as often as I really want to. Yet, I’m always thinking of ideas and writing down words and thoughts to bide the time until I start delving full force into my writing again. It is invigorating to think of something new, and that makes me want to get back to it all the more. So, I guess you can say I’m a part-time writer, but I think about it on a full-time basis.

In terms of outlining or plotting as I go, I do a little of both. I used to be more of a plot-as-I-go type author, but as I’ve written more and more, especially about the same characters from book to book, I find that outlining in a manner I call “character mapping” allows me to see my characters for who they are, what they know, who they know, what they’ve learned, and so much more. It brings to light how their experiences and the ways in which I’ve written them have shaped them into unique and powerful individuals for whom I am responsible and excited to share with my readers.

LC: Where do you find your inspiration for your stories? Do you draw from your own experiences?

BR: Some of the ideas for my stories comes from personal experience, but that is a very limited amount. The beginning idea for my two novels was for main character Margot to be a little bit like me when I was in high school. She is not too sure of herself, always has unrequited crushes, and things don’t always go perfectly for her, but that is where the similarities end. The conflicts I used in my writing, and the issues that plague Margot, were totally made up and not at all what happened to me. I just used myself as the basis for her beginning personality and then explored how she was a unique person that I could have grow in her own way.

LC: Who is one of your favorite characters from your story(ies), one that you enjoyed creating and writing about, and why?

BR: I really loved writing Mrs. Gribble, Walter’s mom from my first two novels. Walter is kind of dorky and not popular. He really likes my main character, Margot, and she does like him back, but just as a friend. However, his mom, Mrs. Gribble, is not having any of that, and she is determined to make them work together as a couple no matter what it takes. She doesn’t take no for an answer, but she does it all in such an annoying, yet obviously loving way that Margot can’t bring herself to say anything about it. The way she talks to Margot and Walter was fun for me to write because she’s really overprotective of Walter, but the humor of each situation she finds herself in comes out and makes me chuckle each time I read her. Honestly, though, even though she was so fun to write and enjoyable to read, if I had to deal with someone like her on a regular basis, I think I’d go crazy!

LC: She sounds like a fun character, and I love the name!

You mentioned some of the inspiration for your stories comes from your own experiences. Do you incorporate (or inadvertently find) any of your own personality traits into your characters?

BR: Sometimes I see myself in the story, especially when Margot is writing in her journal or acting extremely uncertain about something. When she likes someone but isn’t sure they like her back and is trying to figure that out by overthinking the situation, I can definitely relate. I think I also take characteristics from people I know, or even people I watch on television shows or in movies. Creatively speaking, it is important to observe the world around you and see it for more than it is – finding the extraordinary in the ordinary is a vital component of being creative and being a writer. It’s just that little something extra that can make your writing stand out and feel even more special!

LC: Such great advice!

Do you find your stories are more plot driven or character driven? Please explain.

BR: If I had to choose, I’d say they are more character driven. I always start with the characters and try to find the plot. However, as a creative writing presenter, I make sure to share the other side of the coin, too, and that is starting with a plot and shaping a character around it. Sometimes you may have an idea for a plot and you want to fit a character you’ve already created into it, but it just doesn’t work. They would never do that certain something or be caught dead in that situation. It is definitely a worthwhile tool to look at both character and plot when conceiving your writing. In Freshman Fourteen and Sweet Fifteen, I started with Margot as my main character and then did my best to place her around people she liked, wasn’t too keen on, envied, was annoyed with, and more. Having a little bit of each type of personality injected into the story helped me to come up with further plots and subplots to help drive the story in a positive, and hopefully not-too-predictable way.

LC: Did you read much as a child?

BR: I have always loved reading. I used to sit on the couch and read a whole book in one morning, just because it was fun for me to do that. I really enjoyed the Babysitter Club books when I was in elementary school, and eventually I started reading more middle grade and young adult type stories. In high school, I also loved reading the classics, like The Great Gatsby, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, etc.

LC: How important do you think reading is for writers?

BR: Reading is a vital component of being a great writer, in my opinion. I read constantly, and I review books constantly, because I think that it is essential to know your craft in a way that isn’t just about writing. It is about reading, interpreting, and gauging why different writers choose to write in their own unique ways. Learning how other authors write twists and use certain words to get their point across can be extremely illuminating and powerful as other writers work to hone their own craft.

LC: Yes, I also believe reading is essential for writers; you explained why so eloquently!

Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books? What draws you to them?

BR: I adore Sonya Sones’ novels-in-verse. What My Mother Doesn’t Know is the first one I read by her, and I still highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great young adult read. I also love J.K. Rowling and the entire Harry Potter series, most especially her seventh one, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The way she answers each and every question that I had about the entire series before that book ends is one of the most amazing and worthwhile aspects of her writing, and has helped shape who I am as a writer, in my opinion.

LC: Anything new in the works?

BR: I am so excited to announce that TODAY (November 5th, 2018) is the day I am releasing a short story in a young adult anthology with eleven other authors. The anthology is a product of YA Books Central, a book review website that I work for as a staff reviewer. I am super excited about my short story, “Hearts & Homes,” because it follows a character I’ve already written about in my first two novels. Cassie Shearer is one of my main character, Margot Maples’, best friends, and this short story allows her the opportunity to shine when she takes a trip over winter break and meets some new friends. It is a sweet contemporary romance, and even though it follows one of the same characters as my first two novels (with a cameo from Margot), it can also be read as a standalone story.

I’m also working on a children’s holiday picture book with an illustrator friend of mine that we are planning to publish in 2019. I’m very excited about that because I’ve always wanted to write a picture book, and since I am not someone who draws well, it is very thrilling to be able to work with such a talented and great friend who is able to capture my words in his illustrations!

LC: Congratulations on today’s release of the anthology!

Bonus question: Do you have anything you’d like to add?

BR: Besides my writing, I also work as an editor (developmental and line editing, as well as proofreading), creative writing presenter, and college English instructor. You can find more information about all of these topics on my website at www.BethRodgersAuthor.com. Check out my blog while you’re there, too, and read through some of the book reviews of young adult, middle grade, and children’s books.

LC: Thanks so much, Beth. I enjoyed having you and learning about your work!

Author Bio:

Beth Rodgers is the author of two contemporary young adult novels, Freshman Fourteen and Sweet Fifteen, as well as “Hearts & Homes,” a short story that follows her second novel, but can be read as a standalone story. It can be found in Mistletoe & Magic; A YA Books Central Holiday Anthology. She also works as an editor and creative writing presenter.

In her free time, Beth loves to watch binge-worthy TV shows, travel with her family, and read plenty of good books that she spends time reviewing for her blog and as a staff reviewer for YA Books Central. She lives in Michigan with her husband and children.

Connect with Beth:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bethrodgersauthor

Twitter: @bethrodgersauth

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/brodgersauthor/

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6824040.Beth_Rodgers

Instagram: www.instagram.com/bethrodgersauthor/

Amazon links for:

Freshman Fourteen: http://amzn.com/B00PIWYU92

Sweet Fifteen: http://amzn.com/B01MTSHL0H

Mistletoe & Magic: A YA Books Central Holiday Anthology: http://amzn.com/B07K23DV7G

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10 Questions with Author Alex McGilvery

Today author Alex McGilvery joins us to answer 10 Questions about his writing. Alex started writing novels at a young age, but promises never to publish any of those books.

LC: Welcome, Alex!

When and why did you decide to become a writer?

AM: I don’t think I decided to become a writer, more like writing mugged me in a back alley and took over my life. I’ve been writing stories of one kind or another since middle school, so that’s almost five decades.

LC: What is your writing process: where do you write, how often do you write, are you a full-time or part-time writer, do you outline or do you plot as you go, etc.?

AM: I’m a binge writer most of the time. I use the three NaNo month (November and the two camps, April and July) to write my novels. The rest of the year I fit in revision in the cracks of editing for my clients. I make enough from my editing to pay for my writing habit. I’ve written books with outlines and without. They each have their strong points and drawbacks.

LC: Where do you find your inspiration for your stories? Do you draw from your own experiences?

AM: I write the stories that claw their way out of my head. I’m sure when they autopsy me, they’ll find scratch marks on the inside of my skull. The most direct draw from my own experience tend to be short stories, novels are too complex with too many different characters and settings.

LC: Who is one of your favorite characters from your story(ies), one that you enjoyed creating and writing about, and why?

AM: Calliope is the heroine of my steampunk series. The newest Calliope and the Royal Engineers is coming out at the end of October. She’s a very competent person, but she has her weaknesses and soft spots too. She showed up in a short story which got rejected, then grew into a novel, Calliope and the Sea Serpent, then informed me I was going to write a series.

LC: Rejection can often lead to inspiration! Do you incorporate (or inadvertently find) any of your own personality traits into your characters?

AM: Probably, I don’t try to include my personality, nor exclude, but there are pieces of me floating about in different ways.

LC: Do you find your stories are more plot driven or character driven? Please explain.

AM: When you read them, they are more character driven, but I tend to start with a single image and build the story around that image and the emotion it evokes. I work hard on plot, but break a lot of rules because I’m more interested in doing the story and character justice than being technically correct.

LC: Did you read much as a child?

AM: I never stopped reading. I read at home, in class, anywhere I wasn’t actively involved in something else. It was my escape from reality. My family was great, the schools I went to were brutal for me.

LC: How important do you think reading is for writers?

AM: It is important to read, and read broadly. Even if I don’t plan to write romances, I’ve read a few of them, so I know how to work with the romantic elements of my stories, same with horror and the rest. Just about every genre has elements which will appear in every story.

LC: Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books? What draws you to them?

AM: I always find this difficult. I could rattle off a list of authors or books, but the truth is my favourite author is most often the one I’m reading at the moment. Every book I’ve read has taught me something.

LC: Anything new in the works?

AM: As I mentioned Calliope and the Royal Engineers is coming out at the end of October, and I’ll be releasing book 2.5 in the series in January or February, and book 3 in late spring. They’re already written, just need beta reading and editing.

LC: Bonus question 🙂 Do you have anything you’d like to add?

AM: As an editor, I often get asked if I think a person’s story is any good. I don’t like to make that judgement, what I will say is whether I think it is ready yet. I don’t believe in bad stories, only ones which need work. So if you have a story to write, write it, then get people to help you make it ready for the world.

LC: Great advice. Thanks again for sharing your writing story with us, Alex!

Author Bio:

Alex lives in Kamloops with his dogs near his son and grandchildren. He’s been writing for decades, and has published 16 books and numerous short stories. Writing gets him up in the morning and the dogs get him out of the house. He’s also passionate about helping other authors succeed through his freelance editing work.

You can connect with Alex at:

http://alexmcgilvery.com/

https://www.books2read.com/ap/x2o0ZR/Alex-McGilvery

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Good Things Happening Around the World! #WATWB

It’s time for another We Are the World Blogfest #WATWB, started by Damyanti Biswas. In light of all the tragic, political, warring news we typically hear from around the world, Damyanti asked bloggers to highlight a news story that “shows love, humanity, and brotherhood.”

Today, I have two stories to share.

The first is about Ethiopia Skate. I first heard about this on an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s CNN show Parts Unknown. Ethiopia Skate brings together kids in Addis Ababa to “empower youth in Ethiopia by providing access to skateboard materials and by creating skate spots.” The organization provides not only a physical outlet for these kids, but also creates a community for them to learn skating, share that love with others, and form lasting friendships.

You can read more about Ethiopia Skate here and view a photo essay here.

I found this other story interesting because of the technology (houses constructed using advances in 3D printing!), but more importantly, because businesses are using that technology to help less fortunate people around the world in such countries as Bolivia, El Salvador, Mexico, and Haiti. New Story is one of those businesses, and cofounder Brett Hagler says, “There are over a billion people without adequate shelter. It’s a massive deficit, and traditional construction methods are not enough to make a dent. But 3-D printing promises significant decreases in cost and build time.

Here is New Story’s 3-D-printed prototype for shelter in the developing world:

Read the full article here.

You’re welcome to join the blogfest and “speak for peace.” Blogs are posted the last day of each month. Read the details here.

What is your good news?

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10 Questions with Author Rich Bullock

Today I welcome author Rich Bullock. Rich loves to read and write adventure stories. In his writing, he puts regular people into dangerous situations that change their lives forever. Interestingly, all his main characters are female.

LC: Welcome, Rich!

When and why did you decide to become a writer?

RR: After years in a corporate job that became more and more process driven (read that: a meeting to plan the next meeting about the next off-site meeting), I was looking for something creative. Since my early grade school years, I immersed myself in stories of adventure, strange planets, and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Sounded good. I mean, how hard could it be to write a book like that?

LC: What is your writing process: where do you write, how often do you write, are you a full-time or part-time writer, do you outline or do you plot as you go, etc.?

RR: I’m retired except for writing, so my schedule is flexible. That’s not necessarily a good thing. I usually write several days a week for 3-4 hours. After that, I have to get up and go do something physical.

LC: Where do you find your inspiration for your stories? Do you draw from your own experiences?

RR: The inspiration for the story plot comes from the characters themselves. I begin there, write some scenes, learn who the character is and what they want, see where they live. It happens organically and is a messy process that often (always) requires uncounted hours of revision, but the story develops from the character’s perspective, not mine as the author. My firm belief is that it’s the character’s story; I’m just writing it down.

And, yes, I do draw from every experience I’ve had my whole life, especially when it comes to settings that pull the reader into a real world. I’ve had readers tell me they want to live where my stories take place (mostly Storm Lake) and hang out with the characters in the story.

LC: That’s a real compliment from your readers and says a lot about your writing skills!

Who is one of your favorite characters from your story(ies), one that you enjoyed creating and writing about, and why?

RR: I can honestly say they are all favorites when I’m writing them, but Teal Kinshaw in Desperation Falls is one that caused me some tears as I penned her story.

Fifteen, a runaway from dysfunctional foster care, desperate for a family and some place to belong. Yet she has strength, spirit, and a good heart. The terrible things she’s been through are not her future. I’m very proud of how she turned out (and is still turning out as she appears as a returning character in Glass Revenge.

LC: Do you incorporate (or inadvertently find) any of your own personality traits into your characters?

RR: Mostly, I find traits of my mom in one of the secondary, continuing characters. Mom divorced when my brother and I were young and in a time when a divorced woman was tainted. She had trouble renting places (landlords didn’t trust not having a man responsible), worked long hours, yet was an indomitable spirit that pursued fun for the three of us. And, thankfully, she had some great lines that appear in my books.

LC: What a nice homage to your mother.

Do you find your stories are more plot driven or character driven? Please explain.

RR: Definitely character driven, as I mentioned above. It’s the character’s story. However, the plot (I think of this as external forces) is what disrupts the character’s world, blocks the path forward, and forces them to overcome great obstacles. So, the plot is critical, but only so much as it reveals the character.

LC: Did you read much as a child?

RR: I remember a summer reading challenge before 5th grade where I read 30-40 books that summer. I loved all the old masters of science fiction and the worlds they created, and I practically cleared the library shelves in that section. Looking back, the writing wasn’t always top notch, but I was hooked on stories from then on.

LC: How important do you think reading is for writers?

RR: If I never write another word, I can’t imagine not reading. I always have an audio book or two going, and one or two other ebooks that I read on my iPhone (I don’t have a Kindle or other device). I watch for craft ideas: how the writer reveals secrets, paints a scene, or twists words. I also read for research. Cade Courtley’s SEAL Survival Guide: A Navy SEAL’s Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster. I used that one for Lilly Glass’s training in Shattered Glass.

LC: Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books? What draws you to them?

RR: I read Twilight before everyone was talking about it. And I loved Stephenie Meyer’s The Host and especially The Chemist. All my main characters are female, and I want them to be kick-ass strong like Meyer’s multi-alias heroine. Dean Koontz is a master of description and twisting stories in directions I never imagined. But I read some of those Montana cowboy romance stories, too. Gotta know how the female mind works, you know?

LC: Very smart to read stories with female leads, and cool that your main characters are women.

Anything new in the works?

RR: I keep trying to write a Christmas novella, sort of one of those Hallmark movies that are so popular and would sell really well. But I haven’t figured out how to create warm and nostalgic when dead bodies keep showing up. Sigh…the difficulties of being a suspense author.

However, I do have a couple of more viable projects going, one with a midnight Internet radio host (a young woman, of course), and another story following Kris Stone from my Glass and Stone series. One of them will sort itself out pretty soon.

LC: Good luck with those. The Hallmark one? Interesting if you work that story out. 🙂

Do you have anything you’d like to add?

RR: Technology—everyone knowing everything all the time—is making it difficult for writers whose characters need to be kept in the dark at times. I mean, how many characters now days constantly have dead cell phone batteries, forgot their chargers, or are in a dead zone?

And what happens when your robot dog chases a self-driving car? Should we be worried?

All those science fiction stories from my youth are coming true.

LC: These are definitely serious obstacles. 🙂 Thank you again for sharing your writing with us, Rich!

Author Bio:

Rich Bullock writes stories of ordinary people put in perilous situations, where lives are changed forever. He is the author of the Perilous Safety Series, including Perilous Cove, Storm Song, and Desperation Falls, and the Glass and Stone Novels: Shattered Glass and Glass Revenge.

Connect with Rich:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PerilousFiction/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/richwords

Website: www.perilousfiction.com

Email: richbullockwriter@gmail.com

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10 Questions with Author Dianne Marie Andre

Today, Dianne Marie Andre answers “10 Questions” about her writing. Dianne, a writer of women’s fiction, delves into the hearts of her characters with inspiring stories you’ll find in her novels, articles, and essays.

Linda Covella: Welcome, Dianne!

When and why did you decide to become a writer?

Dianne Marie Andre: My writing journey began twenty-five years ago when I took a creative writing course. I started writing essays, and eventually designed hardcover family biographies, and created a gardening newsletter later converted to a blog. Then, a friend invited me to a fiction workshop. I reluctantly went because I didn’t think I had enough imagination or skills to write fiction. Meanwhile, I gave up blogging due to deficient dial-up, the only internet connection available in my area. It didn’t take long before writing withdraws settled in. I looked at the first workshop assignment and decided I could do this. A year later, Wi-Fi was available, and the assignment became my first published novella.

LC: I love that story. The writing bug really burrowed its way in, didn’t it? 🙂

What is your writing process: where do you write, how often do you write, are you a full-time or part-time writer, do you outline or do you plot as you go, etc.?

DMA: I have a clear story idea of the beginning, middle, and end in my head. As I write, I fill in the blanks. At some point, I create a timeline. As a full-time author, writing hours are unmeasurable. I work Monday through Friday in my home office which you can read about here. In the evenings, I work a little in front of the TV with my laptop.

LC: Where do you find your inspiration for your stories? Do you draw from your own experiences?

DMA: A story idea pops into my mind. Some aspects come from my own experiences, like my love of nature and photography. It’s magical in the beginning before the hard work begins. Then it’s magical at the end when it’s completed and published.

LC: That middle is hard work!

Who is one of your favorite characters from your story (ies), one that you enjoyed creating and writing about, and why?

DMA: It’s always the current protagonist I’m working with. That is who I’m getting to know, developing a relationship with, watching him or her grow.

LC: Do you incorporate (or inadvertently find) any of your own personality traits into your characters?

DMA: I admit I can be selfish like Jenna and determined like Lily in books one and two. I’m a good neighbor like Miss Sullivan. Loyal like Robert. But nothing like the troubled Benny. I believe I have Ashley’s faith. I’m not sure I possess any of Max’s or Liam’s traits but I’d like to. The mysterious Tobias is special, so I’ll just leave that for speculation. I don’t incorporate any of my traits consciously.

LC: Do you find your stories are more plot driven or character driven? Please explain.

DMA: I go with how the characters, circumstances, and timeline unfold. I do try to maintain a balance of both.

LC: Did you read much as a child?

DMA: Reading was difficult so I didn’t develop a love for reading until my late thirties. When I look back at my academic years and learning disabilities, it gives me a wonderful sense of what it means to never give up on one’s self. Everyone has weak areas, hidden skills, and talents waiting to develop into something beautiful. It doesn’t have to be big, just self-satisfying and worthwhile.

LC: That’s very inspiring that you persevered through difficulty reading to becoming a published author!

How important do you think reading is for writers?

DMA: There is so much to learn from books and authors, I can’t imagine not reading.

LC: Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books? What draws you to them?

DMA: I love The Christmas Tree by Julie Salamon who tells why a living tree has meaning and value to a nun. The author reveals how one person’s choices influence others in ways we don’t expect. It’s a story of ordinary people we can all relate to and feel the emotional tug of letting go.

LC: Anything new in the works?

DMA: I’m working on a sweet romance. I love the story, written by an aging man who recalls his life at twenty-three when he returns home in 1954 to wrap up the past, unaware it would revitalize an old fantasy.

LC: Sounds interesting, and I imagine it’s fun and challenging to write from a man’s perspective.

Bonus question 🙂 Do you have anything you’d like to add?

DMA: Thank you so much for inviting me to share a little about my writing world. I hope it brings encouragement to those who have a dream but are too afraid or unsure to move forward.

LC: I enjoyed having you, Dianne. Thank you!

Author Bio:

Dianne Marie Andre writes uplifting deep-felt women’s fiction. Her published articles and essays include regional and mainstream magazines. Before Dianne began her writing career, she held various occupations: private piano instructor, receptionist, administrative assistant, and barista even though she doesn’t drink coffee. Her favorite occupation is writing and photography. Dianne lives with her husband and her adorable rescue dog on twenty acres with hens, cattle, and a bazillion trees. Family, chocolate, Mexican food, fresh flowers, and lush gardens always make her happy.

Dianne’s EBooks are available at:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BK5ZXRR/ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22Dianne%20Marie%20Andre%22

Connect with Dianne:

https://diannemarieandre.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/andre0926/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diannemarieandre

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dianneandre

 

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Good News Stories: Abandoned Korean Children Reunited

In 1984 in Seoul, South Korea, a two-year-old boy was found abandoned on the steps of a theater. The theater manager brought him to the local police station. The boy was named Hong Ki Hong after the theater manager.

On that same day, one mile away, a four-year-old girl was abandoned by her father. He gave her some money, told her to buy a treat, and that he would be back. He never returned. A woman found a note in the girl’s pocket that read: “Please send this child to an orphanage through police station. At present, she has no parents.”

The girl told the police her name was Jee Young Lee and that her mother ran away because her father drank too much and beat her.

Both children were adopted, separately, by Americans. The girl, who was named Renee Alanko, grew up in Northern California. The boy’s American name is Justin Kragt and grew up mostly in Salem.

As an adult, Justin always hoped to find–at least–some distant relative, so he took a DNA test through 23AndMe.

Renee took the DNA test for a different reason–she was thinking of having children and was checking for possible health issues.

Then the miracle happened: their DNA matched. And 34 years after their abandonment in South Korea, the siblings were reunited.

You can read the full story here. The article includes a video of their emotional reunion. I dare you not to cry. 🙂

Damyanti Biswas started the We Are The World Blog #WATWB to “spread peace and humanity on social media.” For her latest post and links to other bloggers, visit her blog here.

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10 Questions with Author NA Cauldron

Today I welcome author N.A. Cauldron to answer 10 Questions about her writing. N.A. writes books for all ages. Her author bio: While fantasy and science fiction usually pique her interest; humor, character conflict, and smart aleck dialogue are her favorite go to’s. She currently resides in eastern Cupola with 12 gramwhats, 3 cats, and a herd of domesticated moths.

Linda Covella: Hello, N.A. and welcome!

When and why did you decide to become a writer?

N.A. Cauldron: I remember sitting at a typewriter around the age of eight. Yes, a genuine, used a ribbon typewriter. It lives in my closet. I loved that thing so much. One day I decided I was going to write a story on it. I wrote, “A woman bought a red dress,” and went from there. It was probably a few sentences long, if that, and probably in red as I had worn out the black side of the ribbon.

When my son was about a year old, I took to writing a screenplay. It soon turned into the beginning of a book. Heavily influenced by the computer games I played at the time, that partial book sits on a computer somewhere with the hopes of one day being reborn. Not long later, I started writing what you might call fan fiction, Thomas the Train meets Bob the Builder and the Three Little Pigs, mainly for my son, of course. I decided if I could do that, I could write an original. I wrote my first picture book, Bub the Tooth, about a baby tooth that doesn’t want to leave the mouth. It wasn’t pretty, but I did try to get it published. That was back when you still snail mailed agents and editors and still got a response!

A few years ago I finally wrote my first novel, Anya and the Secrets of Cupola. I published it myself instead of querying it. I’ve considered myself a writer from that point onward.

 

LC: What is your writing process: where do you write, how often do you write, are you a full-time or part-time writer, do you outline or do you plot as you go, etc.?

NAC: I don’t make enough from my writing to not have to work outside the home. I hope one day to change that. Meanwhile, I work at Walmart as a self-checkout host, which basically means I stand there for eight hours. Most people can’t stand the job because they find it too boring. I use the time to write my stories. Presently, I plot at work in my head, writing notes down on receipt tape when I come up with something good, and write what I can the next morning on my laptop (I work second shift) and on my days off. This comes in really handy when I get stuck because I can spend an entire eight hours fixing it. What’s better is those eight hours are broken up by interactions with others and workly duties. I ask my coworkers for help sometimes. Several of them know I’m a writer now and humor my off-the-wall questions when I ask them. Some have read my stories. Some have bought my books. They are one of my treasures (heart emoji).

I wrote my first book utilizing the eight point story arc, after I had written 24,000 words. It took that much to develop the characters, setting, story idea, etc. and to realize I needed help bad. That’s when I learned about the 8-point arc. I’ve used it ever since as a base but have also built upon it. I now plot as much as I can, developing characters is my primary goal, and then write. The majority of my character and plotline development still occurs as I go. Yes, this means I can get stuck, and it also means I have to go back a lot and edit to make things work out, but it’s how my mind works. My major way of deciding how a story goes now is to ask the character. It often makes my job harder, but it makes the story better and more true.

LC: I think all writers do at least some plotting in their heads, but it sounds like you do more than most!

Where do you find your inspiration for your stories? Do you draw from your own experiences?

NAC: My inspirations come from all over. My biggest ones are when I’m starving for a new story and not getting it. I wrote one book for a contest. Everyone liked it so much it became Fishing for Turkey. TV shows, video games, my husband’s dreams, anything and everything can inspire me. I write stories for my customers at work. I write stories to occupy my mind. I write stories to be silly and fun. I am always writing stories. Not all of them need to be published, but they’re there 🙂

LC: Who is one of your favorite characters from your story(ies), one that you enjoyed creating and writing about, and why?

NAC: That’s a very tough question, and that makes me smile. The fact I can’t decide because I love so many of them means I created great characters. I will say Azizi was a lot of fun. I spent a lot of time making up his story just because I wanted to whether I needed to or not. A great deal of his story was never told. I was recently asked to take part of an anthology, and I wondered if his story would have made a good one for it. My current piece has several good characters too. Lydia because, like Azizi, she is so mysterious. There is a great deal about her I will never know, let alone the reader. Hannah, my main character, because of her past, her Life as she would call it. I can’t say anything else without giving away the plot 😉 .

LC: Well, we’ll just have to read the book and find out, won’t we? 🙂

Do you incorporate (or inadvertently find) any of your own personality traits into your characters?

NAC: Oh goodness yes! In my Cupolian series, Gevin is so me as he just floats through life dishing out sarcastic insults whenever inappropriate but funny. Anya is me because she has no idea what she wants, like ever, and just deals with what gets thrown at her. She’s a fighter, big time, like me. Taika because I’m very logical in my thoughts. You know that really annoying person who spouts off facts you couldn’t care less about and talks about things so over your head you can’t get it and yet can’t understand a single thing you say because they just don’t think that way? Yeah, that’s me. These weren’t on purpose, and I have since learned to ask the character what they would do, not what comes natural for me to write. I’m far from perfect in this and will undoubtedly incorporate myself into every single character I write from now until eternity, but I’m getting better. For example, in my current piece, I denied my stubborn side and wrote a scene how they would do it, not how I wanted (wanted, so bad) for it to be. I’m getting there. 🙂

LC: Do you find your stories are more plot driven or character driven? Please explain.

NAC: This is a complicated question because everyone perceives the two so differently. While many would say Harry Potter was plot driven, others say it can be classified as the character driven because it has character arcs, which it does, and that the characters make choices affecting their outcomes. I cannot answer this question with confidence, but I will say this: The Cupolian series was definitely plot driven. I threw monsters at them every corner they turned. At the same time, Anya made the choice to find the crystal. Taika made the choice to pursue potions, and they all grew throughout the books. Consider it very similar to Harry Potter in that aspect. Fishing for Turkey could be considered both, depending on who you ask, in that the plot determined what happened to them. Their Thanksgiving was flooded, yet the characters made the choice of making the best of the situation. The Queen Says is probably character driven in that the whole story (think picture book) revolves around what the Queen orders and learns from what her orders cause. My current piece is a mixture in that the main character controls her journey as best she can, but her journey was most certainly caused and affected by outside sources.

If you were to ask the experts, they would probably call my published novels plot driven. Sci-fi and fantasy stories usually are. There’s usually an evil sorcerer or a hurdling comet they must stop, and while the character(s) grow and certainly make plot altering decisions, the story itself is started and majorly controlled by that comet/sorcerer.

 

LC: Did you read much as a child?

NAC: Yes and no. I did as a young child, but something happened as I got older and was force fed a bunch of stuff I couldn’t stand. I think that started in fifth grade. I had to read these horrible stories about horrible things happening to innocent children. Then in high school we had to write interpretive papers only to be told we were wrong. I’m sorry, but I thought the goal was for us to make interpretations not regurgitate what the teacher thought, even though they never told us what that was (in other words, a mind reading course). College was far, far worse. Don’t get me started.

 

In short, I didn’t read for 14 years. Literally. Fourteen years. You can thank Ms. Rowling for changing that. I don’t know why, but one day I was walking in the book section of a store and thought, “Why not?” It took me 30 days to read the first book, 2 to read the last. I got back into reading, reading at least one per month. I don’t have the time to read now like I did then, but maybe one day I will.

LC: I think Rowling got a lot of people reading who previously hadn’t. It’s never too late, right? You should be proud!

 

How important do you think reading is for writers?

NAC: This is very important, but it must be done correctly. For example, I am currently writing a dark, YA paranormal. So, in preparation, I read a bunch of YA paranormal. I didn’t like all of them, but they gave me a sense of what was in right now. You can’t pitch a book that’s 10 years out of style. So while I have my favorites, I only read them in certain times so they don’t affect my writing. Meanwhile, I read what’s hot and related to my WIP (work in progress).

LC: Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books? What draws you to them?

NAC: This has changed so much recently. Like our taste buds, I think our tastes in music, books, TV, etc. also change over time. One of my all-time favorites was The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Another I have read multiple times was The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman. I love her books.

 

LC: I love Cushman’s books as well.

Anything new in the works?

 

NAC: Yes! I did finish Inhabitants and was querying it. I do plan to revisit it in the future and so something with it. I lost a lot of my passion for it, and I have to figure out why. If I can’t fix it, I may have to shelve it, but I hate doing that as I have several people banging on my door wanting a copy. At any rate, Inhabitants is taking a back seat to my WIP, the YA paranormal I was talking about. I hope to be able to query it next spring, but you never know what’s going to happen in life. I am really excited about my WIP! I love the characters, the setting, the everything! It is so dark, so original (from what I’ve read anyway) so gripping (in my truly humble opinion). All of these “facts” are my personal opinion of course, but I hope someone out there feels the same and it can be the success I personally want it to be. I can’t wait to beta test this one!

 

I have two more stories dying to be told that I haven’t started on at all. Both are science fiction based. Like most authors, I have to hold off on new stories or I’ll abandon the one I’m on! Terrible, I know.

LC: It was fun learning more about your writing, N.A. Thank you!

You can connect with N.A. at the following:

Webpage – http://nacauldron.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/inacauldron/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/NACauldron

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/n_a_cauldron/

Amazon Author page – http://www.amazon.com/N.A.-Cauldron/e/B0144VLP4K/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1443987858&sr=8-1

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14585815.N_A_Cauldron

Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/n-a-cauldron-201241131/

Bookbub – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/n-a-cauldron

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