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Sunday, 6 January 2008
Getting to Know Susan Vollmer
Topic: Author Interview
Susan Vollmer the person:

1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Nonconforming, independent, unique

2. How do you think others would describe you?

Detail-oriented, dependable, trustworthy

3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

Photography and hiking.  I love being around nature and trees.

4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.

No pets, but we leave food outside for wildlife like raccoons, foxes, possums, squirrels and chipmunks.

5. What is your most precious memory?

Hiking King's Canyon in California - around every corner is another beautiful vista.

 6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

Mispronouncing Chopin to persons who really knew classical music.

 7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

Photographer

8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Susan Vollmer was best known as the author of Legends, Leaders, Legacies.  The book told the stories of 18 global leaders killed for the various causes they advocated from human rights to freedom from foreign oppressors.  She always believed she could make a difference by keeping alive the stories of others.  She worked to inspire people to fight for what they believed in, no matter what their limitations.  She has gone on a journey where no suitcase is needed.  She will look for you when you arrive, too.


Susan Vollmer the writer:

9.   Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

My first professional job was as a newspaper reporter and photographer.  When I was paid, it was real.

10.  What is going on with your writing these days?

I am promoting Legends, Leaders, Legacies.  Plus, I do book reviews and post them on my blog.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

I am considering doing a book on hiking with many photographs.

12.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

Whenever and wherever time permits. 

13.  Why do you write?

It makes me happy.  I enter another world where I lose track of all time, and my surroundings do not matter because I could be in the 13th century or writing about something from last week.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

Oscar Wilde.  His word play and observations on life are astounding.

15.  How do you define your writing?

Life and death subjects - which make you feel something, even if you would prefer to feel nothing at all.

16.  In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

She influenced me to read and to do something meaningful with my life.

Susan Vollmer the details:

17.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? 

http://www.susanv.com

Blog?

http://susanv.wordpress.com

18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

Through my Web site and info@susanv.com

19.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

Legends, Leaders, Legacies

20.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

A catharsis - to laugh and to cry.  To learn about other countries and cultures through the eyes of one person who represents that country.

In conclusion:

21.  Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

This life is too short to just sit and think about what you could do.  This book is my personal legacy.  I hope it will inspire you to create a legacy of your own, whatever you decide that should be.

 

 


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Saturday, 5 January 2008
Getting to Know Violette L. Reid
Topic: Author Interview
Violette L. Reid the person:

1.  What three words do you think describe you as a human being? 

Smart, funny, and kind

 2.  How do you think others would describe you? 

Attractive, understanding, smart

 3.  Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

I love to dance, read, travel, meet new people and just experience life!

 4.  Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.

No. I am not an animal person.

 5.  What is your most precious memory? 

That is hard.  I have a lot of precious memories.  I guess the most precious are the births of my children.

 6.  What is your most embarrassing memory? 

Wow.  That is hard also.  I guess it would be when I was in 9th grade and fell down in front of the entire school.

 7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

Working somewhere in cooperate America pulling my hair out.

 8.  In two paragraphs or less write your obituary. 

Violette Reid was a proud mother and loving wife.  She was one of the most influential creative writers in world history and leaves a legacy that is unsurpassed by human imagination.  She leaves behind a large loving family and zillions of fans.  LOL  I don't know.  I would not want to write my own obituary.  I would want the people who loved me to do it.

Violette L. Reid the writer:

9.   Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer? 

When I had to write a novella in college and made an A on it.

10.  What is going on with your writing these days? 

I am working on about four books at once.  Got a little attention problem.  LOL  I am also trying to keep up with my monthly newsletter.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing? 

To get on the best seller list and to have people to truly love my work.

12.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you? 

I just pick up my laptop and let my imagination flow.

13.  Why do you write? 

It makes me happy.  It is an outlet.  I love to have the ability to create a whole new world.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why? 

Latif Reid.  He is an unknown poet and his lyrical abilities are so amazing.  When I read or listen to his poetry, I am enthralled by the concepts and images that he comes up with.  He makes me angry that I didn't think of it first!  LOL

15.  How do you define your writing? 

Imaginative, strange, beautiful, out of this world, supernatural, just plain me!

16.  In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years? 

Violette Reid is the very best at what she does and there is no one like her.

Violette L. Reid the details:

17.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?  Blog?

http://www.violettereid.com/

18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

violettereid@yahoo.com

19.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them? 

Violette Ardor: A Volume of Poetry (In stores and online NOW!), The First Chronicle of Zayashariya: Out of Night (Coming March 2008)

20.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)? 

An adventure.  The can expect to read a clean but interesting story unlike any other and a book full of wild and creative characters.

In conclusion:

21.  Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing? 

I would like you to know that I love my craft and that I do my very best to create stories that are intriguing from start to finish.  Original concepts are important to me and I promise that each story will introduce the reader to new twists and turns.

 


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Friday, 4 January 2008
Getting to Know Karen Magill
Topic: Author Interview

Karen Magill  the person:

1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Humorous, loyal, impetuous

2. How do you think others would describe you?

Happy, lively, opinionated

3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

Music but I can't play anything.

4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.

 No. I did have cockatiel birds but developed a rare, potentially fatal allergy to them. I haven't gotten any since then.

5. What is your most precious memory?

We were at a reunion of a town we used to live in. Someone had dropped me the night before and given me whiplash but I was still going to the dance. I walked into the kitchen of where we were staying in time to hear my older brother say that his sister was a rocker from a way back. I considered that a compliment and I don't get many from him.

6. What is your most embarrassing memory?

I can't think of one. I tend to put those thoughts behind me.

7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

I would love to think I would be an artist but I'm not that good! I suppose I would be doing something like accounting.

8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Here lies Karen Magill who faced life head on and above all, had fun.

Karen Magill the writer:

9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

In high school when I started selling poems for a quarter a piece to classmates.

10. What is going on with your writing these days?

I'm quite busy. I am taking a course in direct mail copywriting, one in desktop marketing and reading a book on writing for catalogs. In addition I am writing a non-fiction book on my life so far with MS, another small ebook on dealing with life and I am still marketing my two fiction books. And I am looking into greeting card writing.

11. What are your future goals for your writing?

I would like to bring in a substantial income with the smaller writing projects while getting the fiction books selling.

12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

I start the day off by checking my email then I do a little studying on one of the courses. I go for walk and when I come home I like to work on one or both of my non-fiction books.

13. Why do you write?

I love to create worlds and get lost in them. I am also drawn to putting words together.

14. What writer most inspires you? Why?

My grandmother, Katherine Magill. She had rheumatic fever as a child and a maiden aunt got her into writing. She was an original writer and woman.

15. How do you define your writing?

I write a little bit of everything. From paranormal romance to non fiction. Soon I hope to be adept at other areas of writing.

16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

That I wrote quality material that informed and entertained.

Karen Magill  the details:

17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?

http://www.karenmagill.com/ is the best place to find information. For more on my books www.lulu.com/karenmagill .

18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?

karenmagill@karenmagill.com

19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

The Bond, A Paranormal Love Story. Let Us Play, A Rock ‘n Roll Love Story.

20.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

I say that they are romance with a twist. In both of the books a reader will find surprises.

In conclusion:

20. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

All I can say is to give me a chance. You might like what you find.

 


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Thursday, 3 January 2008
Getting to Know Kristen Collier
Topic: Author Interview

Kristen Collier the person:

1.  What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

MAJOR Jesus Freak

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

The same, I hope J

3.  Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

Kevin and Jarod (hubby and son). I also love dressage, which is an equestrian sport. I used to do it when I was younger and hope to one day get back to it.

4.  Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.

Yeah, I have three beany baby horses Kevy gave me J

5. What is your most precious memory?

Every moment I see Jarod and Kevy hugging is my most precious memory.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

One time I was in Toledo, on my way to a horse show many years ago. We stopped for lunch and were sitting at a restaurant, at the bar while we waited for a table. I started eating off the guy's plate who'd just left. I didn't know what it was-I thought it was just like a dish of popcorn or pretzels, or something, that they leave for snacks at the bar.

7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

I would be an Olympic dressage rider.

8.  In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Wow! That is the craziest interview question ever, ha ha!!!

"Here lies Kristen Collier. She's finally getting some rest."

Oh, I thought you meant the tombstone! Okay:

"Kristen Collier is survived by her beloved husband, Kevin, and son, Jarod. She loved them more than her own life. But they know that she is now happy, and in the place she's longed to be her whole life-with Jesus. Kristen is happily awaiting their arrival, and looks forward to the time she will be with Kevin, Jarod, and Jesus for all of eternity."

Kristen Collier the writer:

9.   Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

I used to occasionally spend twelve hour days working on my novel, "King of Glory," a story in which Jesus walks invisibly with the characters. It was a weekend and I did two twelve hour writing marathon days because Jarod was at his cousin's for the weekend. As I looked at my re-writes I thought, "Wow. This is good."

10.  What is going on with your writing these days?

Mostly writing some online "Joy the Jellyfish" stories and doing these online interviews. I am re-vamping "King of Glory," (it was self-pubbed originally and I took it offline to go improve it since I've learned a lot about writing from Kevy).

11. What are your future goals for your writing?

To have "King of Glory" made into the sequel to "The Passion of the Christ." No joke.

12.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

Kevy and I have a bunch of manuscripts that our agent is shopping, so I'm mostly doing a bit here and there as it demands. My main job is looking for a day job, so real life is intruding for now, lol.

13.  Why do you write?

To show people Jesus.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

Kevin. His byline, when he emails people, is actually, "Be inspired always." He is the most positive, inspirational person I've ever met, and is always building me up. And as a writer he's really helped me to improve my skills, which is awesome!!

15.  How do you define your writing?

I used to emulate Hemingway, but an now moving more toward Kevy's style, which is more emotive and genteel. I prefer that and am now emotionally open enough to be able to write more that way. It's like you get embarrassed to have this emotional, grand, genteel style, but then Kevy's taught me that it's okay to write that way, you don't have to be embarrassed.

16.  In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

"Her writing helped me see Jesus."

Krisen Collier the details:

17.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?  Blog?

The best place is to go to http://www.joythejellyfish.blogspot.com/. That will take you to all my other links.

18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

I don't get online much, but Kevy checks my email, so if you email me at kristenlcollier@yahoo.com, I'll eventually get it J

19.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

"Joy the Jellyfish"

"Dreamchaser"

The rest are manuscripts for now....

20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

That they'll be reading about Jesus in most, but for the two that are published now, they'll be reading good morals like, "The greatest life is one that serves others," ("Dreamchaser"), and "A true friend is one who sees from the inside out," ("Joy the Jellyfish").

In conclusion:

21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

That I live for Jesus and to love and serve my two best guys.


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Wednesday, 2 January 2008
Getting to Know Kevin Scott Collier
Topic: Author Interview
  Kevin Scott Collier the person:

1.  What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Humorous, hyper and naughty

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

The same.

3.  Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

Encouraging others to make their dreams come true.

4.  Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.

No pets, but I've always loved cats. My mother and 4 siblings all own cats.

5.  What is your most precious memory?

The day I became a father, adopting a 9 year old boy named Jarod.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

Every day there is one, so I'll pass on this question.

7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

I would be part of an outreach program, helping kids become achievers.

 8.  In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Kevin Scott Collier expired today while sand boarding down a huge hill. He is survived by his wife, son, and tons of gummy bears.

Kevin Scott Collier the writer:

 9.   Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

When a publisher contracted me to a book deal based on a short story I wrote for a niece. I was then writing a real book, then it hit me.

10.  What is going on with your writing these days?

I am writing a sequel to the 2005 book "Esther's Channel," and also am working on various other projects. Most of the time I am illustrating books, so I do both.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

Retire with enough royalties to life comfortably and then go fishing.

12.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

No day is typical. I juggle projects as they come up.

13.  Why do you write?

Because I have something to say. If you're going to be a writer, you should always write with purpose.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

My wife, because quite simply, she (Kristen Collier) is so good.

15.  How do you define your writing?

Dialog and emotional oriented. My stories make people think about what unites us and divides us as people. I have always thought the way to reach a reader's mind is through their heart.

16.  In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

That it stood the test of time. People and emotions don't change much over generations.

Kevin Scott Collier the details:

17.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?  Blog?

http://kevinscottcollierhomepage.blogspot.com/

http://kevinscottcollier.blogspot.com/

18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

My email is: kevin@kevinscottcollier.com

19.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

I have had over 60 books published, the best thing to do would be to visit my homepage. They are all listed there with links to purchase online.

20.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

They can expect to think about life and to be entertained. It's not just a story, it's a journey.

In conclusion:

21.  Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

Writing should be a form of communication that touches one's heart. When you buy one of my chapter books, you will see bits of yourself in there, and maybe answers to become a better you.

 


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Tuesday, 1 January 2008
Billie A. Williams-- Going Strong
Topic: Author Interview
 

1.     I'm really thrilled to start off your tour, Billie.  You have a new book being released today, can you tell us a little bit about it?

Small Town Secrets is like any other small town, more family then town. Everyone knows (or thinks they know) everything about everyone, until one day someone seeks a reason to defame someone else. Then, the skeletons everyone has in their closet come out to haunt them.  Trouble begins in Nettlesville with a serial arsonist bent on burning down the town one building at a time. Chaneeta Morgan and Olga Corn, both business owners, both pillars of the community are suddenly pitted against each other. The questions surfaces can they bury their rivalry long enough stop the arsonist, before all that remains of Nettlesville is the ashes. Chaneeta (owner of the Golden Kettle Café and town chair woman) is bothered by the journalistic questions of who, why while Olga (the owner of the Daily Nettle Newspaper) is more interested in Chaneeta's skeleton in her closet.

2.     I have to admit; I got a preview peek at it and loved every minute of the read.  I'm curious as to how much research you had to put into this book.  There are a few psychological twists that make the plot fascinating. 

I suppose you could say the research was my life lived in small towns. From Park Falls, Wisconsin where I was born, to Morse where I spent my growing up summers on my grandfather's farm, to Superior, WI elementary school, Ironwood and Bessemer Michigan - more elementary and junior high, and high school, To Rhinelander and my first job after graduation, to Hartland, and then Bayfield Colorado. Small towns are more about family then town. People are the Barn Raising and the Quilting Bees, the benefit Dinners and Dances of the old pioneer days and that pioneer spirit still lives in the small towns. So my life has been the research. 

3.     You write so many mysteries.  Can you tell us what you think is the one mental characteristic necessary to craft a believable mystery?

 Insatiable curiosity. A drive to ponder the unknown or the ‘what if?' of every situation. I am an incurable investigator. I always want to know the why, the how, the who and if its too simple I want to know What would happen if... I love the books that are unsolved mysteries of the world, cold case files,  a book like Real Ghosts and Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places turn my imagination loose.  The world is one big mystery if you look under the surface, if you turn over a leaf or a shovelful of dirt and discover ... a new type of insect, a piece of turquoise, a rabbits foot, a curious foot print who left it and why, where were they going? Like I said insatiable curiosity! {smile}

4.     I was wondering if there is some place readers may be able to see a trailer on this book?  What about a sample chapter?

Oh yes, Thank you for asking Joyce. I have a trailer up on my You Tube space http://YouTube.com/basbleu43 It is there along with others for various books of mine and some I've done for other people. Stop by and have a look see. You can read first chapters of all my books on my website or request the sampler file of those chapters to download and read at your leisure. http://billiewilliams.com/  You can also read first chapters of all my books and interviews done for each of them at my publisher's site http://wings-press.com/  the front page is the new releases for the current month. Go to the Authors tab and click on the W you will find me on that page.

5.  Before wrapping up your visit, Billie, can you please tell us where we can purchase your newest book, as well as your other books?  (**Note to readers--you really, really want to get this one!)

All my books are available through my publisher http://www.wings-press.com/ , from Amazon.com, or your favorite bookstore.  If they don't have it in stock they can order it for you all they need are the ISBN or title.

Thank you, Billie.  Any final words?

Thank you Joyce for allowing me to share your blog space and your time. I hope if your readers are interested in reading one of my books in progress they will consider joining my bookclub where they will receive a chapter a week in their in box of the rough draft of the novel The Capricorn Goat ~ ~ January Flannel.  To join or read more about it go to http://www.billiewilliams.com/BOOKCLUB.html  You can opt out anytime you like and I will never share your email with anyone. 

If you are a writer or are considering becoming one, you can sign up for my Free 5-week writing course at http://www.pensinmotion.com/  which is also sent to your inbox. You can get feedback on your writing if you want to as well as discuss writing with other members of the group in the Pens In Motion forum at the website.

Thanks again Joyce. Loved the questions they were fun to answer.

 

 

 


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Monday, 31 December 2007
Getting to Know Yvonne Eve Walus
Topic: Author Interview
Yvonne Eve Walus the person:

1.  What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Mother, writer, friend. Relationships with other people are central to how I define myself.

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

Organised, reserved with strangers, bossy with everybody else.

3.  Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

A long-term project called parenting. I used to think that only boring women with no ambition devote their time and effort to their children. I was wrong.

 4.  Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.

A gorgeous 19-year old Siamese-cross who talks a lot, eats only baked chicken breast and owes her long-life to a daily "magic pill" that sustains her renal functions.

 5.  What is your most precious memory?

Of falling in love with my children. Clichéd but true.  

 6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

Being told there is a typo in "Murder @ Work".

 7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

I'd get more than 5 hours sleep a night, I'd read more books and I'd dream about being a writer.

8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

I cannot write my own, but sources attribute this one to Mary Frye: Do not stand at my grave and weep / I am not there; I do not sleep / I am a thousand winds that blow / I am the diamond glints on snow / I am the sun on ripened grain / I am the gentle autumn rain / When you awaken in the morning's hush / I am the swift uplifting rush / Of quiet birds in circled flight / I am the soft stars that shine at night / Do not stand at my grave and cry / I am not there; I did not die.

 

Yvonne Eve Walus the writer:

9.   Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

I don't think it'll ever sink it. Even when I win the Orange Fiction Prize or make the New York Times Top Ten, I'll still be thinking: "This is great advertising, but...".

10.  What is going on with your writing these days?

I'm editing an old manuscript for Echelon Press, hopefully Karen will accept it as a prequel to "Murder @ Work".

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

The most immediate goal is to write a book set in my native Poland.

12.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

My typical writing day starts when the children have gone to bed and my work-for-money work is done and the household chores have been ignored. Usually that's 10pm at the earliest.

13.  Why do you write?

Because it's fun? Because I can? Because I have all these words that need out?

14.  What writer most inspires you? 

Lionel Shriver Why? Her observation skills of the human psyche are spot-on, and she's not afraid to tackle challenging issues. Her "We need to talk about Kevin" is a masterpiece treaty on how parents shape their children's future.

15.  How do you define your writing?

That's an excellent question. And the answer is: I don't know.

16.  In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

"Astonishing! Writing about sex at her age!" No, seriously, if they say I touched their hearts or made them think, that would be the greatest compliment of all. I want my books to stay with people. I want to make lives happier and the world better through my writing.

Yvonne Eve Walus the details:

17.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? 

http://yewalus.kiwiwebhost.net.nz/

  Blog? http://yewalus.blogspot.com/

18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

Email me (the address is on the website) and I will be happy to arrange a chat.

19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

1.      "Erato", a poetry anthology published by Pipers Ash, UK, 2007;

2.      "Interview with a Dragon", Echelon Press, USA, July 2007;

3.      "Small Price To Pay", Echelon Press, USA, February 2007;

4.      "Murder @ A Little Bead Shop", Echelon Press, USA, December 2006;

5.      "Sex Lies and Here Be Dragons", a SF anthology, Pipers Ash, 2006;

6.      "Atlantic Pacific Indian - The Three Oceans", an anthology of contemporary short stories, Pipers Ash, 2006;

7.      "Exposed!", a poetry anthology, Pipers Ash, 2006;

8.      "Murder @ Work", Echelon Press, USA, November 2004.

9.      "NOT Porn!", a poetry anthology published by Pipers Ash, UK, August 2004;

10.  "Love Kills", a poetry anthology published by Pipers Ash, UK, September 2002;

11.  "NoWhen", a science fiction anthology published by Pipers Ash, UK, July 2002;

12.  "NeverWhen", a science fiction anthology published by VirtualVolumes, May 2000;

13.  "Poets of the Season" 1999, published by Pipers Ash, UK, January 1999;

14.  "Writers of the Future" 1999, published by Pipers Ash, UK, January 1999;

15.  "Authors of our Times" 1999, published by Pipers Ash, UK, January 1999;

16.  "The Butler did it", a detective novel, published by Writers Web Press (WWW), January 1998;

17.  "A Pillow Book", a collection of 62 poems, published by Pipers Ash, UK, September 1997;

18.  "Adultery for Women", a collection of 11 contemporary short stories, published by Pipers Ash, UK, August 1997;

19.  "Daughters of a Distant Dream", a collection of 10 science fiction short stories, published by Pipers Ash, UK, April 1997.

20.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

I write romance, crime fiction, poetry and speculative fiction. Expect subtle humour, controversial topics, a conversational style, but most of all - a damned good read.

In conclusion:

21.  Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

Yvonne Eve Walus is a member of the X generation. Born in the communist Poland, she grew up in the apartheid-time South Africa and now lives in New Zealand, which (when compared to Yvonne's two previous countries) doesn't seem to have too many political problems.

Although writing has always been a big part of her identity, Yvonne obtained a PhD in Mathematics and currently works for an innovative education company as a project manager, business analyst and trouble-shooter.

Her books have been published in the States and the United Kingdom. In 2004, Yvonne made headlines by winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd places at the international SFSA short story competition.

PS: That was my official biography. Phew! Here is another one, that has been accused of being flippant and unprofessional: Yvonne Eve Walus is a mathematician, a poet, a wife, a mother and a fake feminist - not necessarily in that order. During the day, she works for a progressive education company. At night, she loves reading (Elisabeth Berg, Agatha Christie, Minette Walters, Nick Hornby), playing bridge and German board games. Sometimes she goes into shady Internet sites - for research purposes only, of course. Other than that, her life is pretty mundane and sleep-deprived. Like Terry Pratchett, Yvonne believes that the world could do with more orang-utans. And dolphins. And whales. Her other likes include the colour blue, milk chocolate, cats, sleeping and scuba diving in tropical locations. Her favourite own book is "Murder @ Work", in which she killed her least favourite boss.

Yvonne's lived on three continents and her work reflects the wealth of her cultural background.

 

 


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Sunday, 30 December 2007
Getting to Know Peter N. Jones
Topic: Author Interview
  Peter N. Jones the Person

1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being

For me, the three words that most resonate with me are compassion, advocacy, and integrity.

2. How do you think others would describe you

 As the big Nordic looking guy in the corner.

3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing

That's easy, the outdoors and indigenous peoples. To some extent, they go hand in hand in my mind.

4. Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.

Sorry, no pets, just mother nature's children.

5. What is your most precious memory?

Again, I don't think I have one. I try and focus on everything and nothing, leaving behind a memory of good times and happy places.

6. What is your most embarrassing memory?

When I was in 5th grade I forgot to take off my night shirt, so I had to wear my coat all day at school so no one would know.

7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

Playing outside and advocating for indigenous peoples rights and the environment.

8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

On June 28th, 2097, exactly 123 years to the day, Peter N. Jones' ashes were spread over the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Always a work horse, Dr. Jones continued his work in advocacy and research of indigenous peoples and the environment up till his final moments. He died of fatigue trying to speed hike the Ten Mile Range in the Colorado Rockies.

Known for founding the Bauu Institute and Press (http://www.bauuinstitute.com/), a research and publishing house focused on issues of importance in the environmental, psychological, and social science fields, he also went on to climb all of the Colorado 14,000 foot mountains in 19 days, publish several books, and tirelessly give his time to those who asked. He will be missed by many. His final words were, "where one falls, another arises."

Peter N. Jones the writer

9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

No, I still struggle every day and have no confidence.

10. What is going on with your writing these days?

I'm working on streamlining it. For me writing is a constant process; every time I read my own work I always see ways of improving it.

11. What are your future goals for your writing?

Just getting better. Since I don't really dabble in fiction (yet), my primary goals are to work on getting my writing more concise and clear. For me this involves going over, and over, and over, and then over again the same piece, slowly massaging it until I think it is clear in meaning, yet precise in syntax.

12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

I have no pattern. I blog or do emails in the morning. I write at night, or in the afternoon. Basically, whenever I get a moment. Sadly, my brain doesn't turn off too easily, so even though I may not be writing, I do think of my work. I plan areas for future research, question my arguments, and dwell on random facts.

13. Why do you write?

Because I don't like talking. I always mess up my thoughts if I have to come up with them on the spur of the moment. Writing gives me the time to make sure my brain was working correctly when I had that "great idea."

14. What writer most inspires you?  Why?

None, for me it is the information that inspires. I remember books more than I remember writers. In my case, that would be just fine. If they remember my book or article or argument then I'm happy.

15. How do you define your writing?

All over the board. Justice oriented, nonfiction, anthropological, psychological, action oriented, philosophical, and hopeful.

16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

Anything, as long as someone is saying something!

Peter N. Jones the details

17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?  Blog?

Sure. I'm Director and Editor of the Bauu Institute and Press (http://www.bauuinstitute.com/), an environmental, psychological, and social science research and publishing house. I am also Editor of the Indigenous Issues Today (http://indigenousissuestoday.blogspot.com/) news blog and Publisher of the New Great Books (http://newgreatbooks.blogspot.com/) blog. The former explores indigenous issues from around the world, such as sovereignty, access to natural and sacred sites, global warming impacts, and much more. The latter publishes short blurbs and reviews of books from all genres and modes of publication.

18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?

Sure, email is the easiest: pnj@bauuinstitute.com

19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

My two current ones are: American Indian mtDNA, Y Chromosome Genetic Data, and the Peopling of North America, and Respect for the Ancestors: American Indian Cultural Affiliation in the American West. I have a book on shamanism in North America coming out in Spring of 2008.

20.For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

 Learning an enormous amount about American Indians, the early history of North America, and the current anthropological understanding of the peopling of the New World. Although the books are fairly academic in much of their content, I hope I've done a good enough job to make them accessible to a wide audience.

In Conclusion:

21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

I don't really have much more to say... I'm a fairly humble person. Thank you for having me. Cheers.


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Saturday, 29 December 2007
Getting to Know Sara Thacker
Topic: Author Interview
Sara Thacker the person:

1.  What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Kind, Intense, Leader

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

I think people would describe me as funny but driven. They would say that I'm generous and caring. I will step up and take the leadership role in most situations so some people might see me as pushy while others are glad that they don't have to lead.

3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

Jesus is the first thing I am passionate about. The other is serving at my church.

4.  Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.

We have a dog, Jackie. She's a puggle. Her pictures can be found at http://jackiethepuggle.blogspot.com

5.  What is your most precious memory?

My most precious memory was the day I gave birth to my daughter. We decided to have her at a birthing center. The center was housed in an older home that was decorated in period peaces. Not at all the kind of style I have my house decorated in, but it was wonderful to give birth under the white canopy of the old bed in a room decorated 19th century furnishings.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

There are so many to choose from. Until about 8 years ago, some words just didn't make sense to me. I could see the letter but they just didn't come together unless I could put my finger under them. Ordering from a menu on the wall has always been difficult. Carob chips were absolutely murder for me to pronounce. The ‘B' shifted spots in my brain and I just couldn't pronounce it. I know, what am I doing writing a book if I can't even read correctly and letters jump around? I have to edit, edit, edit just to make sure I don't have the letters wrong and say quiet instead of quite. I've mispronounced so many words and it's so embarrassing. Thank God for spell check and grammar check, if only I had one of those for when I talk.

7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

Maybe forensics. But I'm not sure I could stand the detail work. If not forensics then I'd work at Starbucks. I love the atmosphere. All of those people in and out, it would be fun.

8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

She loved the Lord with all of her heart. Sara used 
to the limit the powers that God granted her; she was worthy of love 
and respect. Her life has been lived well and there are no regrets. 
(I paraphrased some from Eleanor Roosevelt)

Sara Thacker the writer:

9.   Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

When I held my first paperback, Coiled Revenge, in my hand, that's when it hit me as being for "real."

10.  What is going on with your writing these days?

Edits, lots of edits. Once I finish editing Smooth Lies and Princess Slave, I'll get back to work on writing a political thriller. I'm also working on getting a Christmas story up on my website in the next few days.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

I would like to be able to finish two full length novels a year and about five shorts under my Sara York name.

12.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

Lots of coffee. I try to wake up before everyone else does. This only works for me about half of the time. When I'm in hammer down mode I try to wake up at about four in the morning. I'll work until the kids get up. Then I'm mom until about mid afternoon. Once they settle down and as long as we don't have to go somewhere, I can work for about an hour. If I have a specific deadline then I go to Starbucks, see more coffee, and work there for a few hours.

13.  Why do you write?

I love making up stories. I think I would have been a Bard if I had been born before there was widespread access to paper and pens. I love the enjoyment that people get from reading a new story. Bringing hope and love to others is very rewarding.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

I've recently become more aware of Stephen King's influence in my work. Not that I'm into gore like he is, but in my suspense books you get a bit of gore. Lisa Gardner and Debbie Macomber both have influenced my writing. Mrs. Macomber inspires me the most though. Her personal story is amazing and the stories she writes are filled with wonder and love.

15.  How do you define your writing?

My suspense novels are dark. They focus more on the deep, dark recesses of the human mind. My work as Sara York is dark erotic.

16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

Wow, fifty years. Hopefully I'll still be working. I want my work to stay contemporary to the time. So I hope that people will say that my writing is relevant. I hope that people will still want to read my work and that I'll be able to encourage others to become more than what they were before.

Sara Thacker the details:

17.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?  Blog?

My website is http://sarathacker.com and my blog is http://sarathacker.blogspot.com. You can also find me on myspace at http://www.myspace.com/sarathacker

18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

The best way to reach me is to click the email me button on my website.

19.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

The only book that is out right now is Coiled Revenge. Early next year Smooth Lies will be out and my Sara York line will have Princess Slave.

20.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

They can expect a spine tingling ride that will leave them wishing they'd slept with the lights on.

In conclusion:

21.  Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

Life is too short to waste. If I could leave people with one thought it would be to encourage them to seek their dreams. You control your attitude and your actions are determined by you. If you don't like what you see in your life, then change what you are doing. Remember that you can make your dreams come true.


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Friday, 28 December 2007
Getting to Know Lorena McCourtney
Topic: Author Interview

Lorena McCourtney the person:

1.  What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Christian, wife/mother, writer.

(Is that cheating, to combine two words into one? Or the literary equivalent of creative accounting?)

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

I used to be "that quiet little dark-haired girl." I'm still quiet and still little (4'11" doesn't change), but the rest is long gone. Now,  I'm not sure. Makes me rather curious, actually. How would they describe me?

3.  Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

Skip this one, okay?

4.  Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.

No pets at the moment. We're away from home quite a bit, and it would be rather difficult to take with us the "pets" we've had in the past: numerous horses, dogs, cats, a couple of rats. What I miss most now is not having a cat. There's something about having a purring cat curled up in your lap that helps put life problems into perspective.

5.  What is your most precious memory?

Seeing my son when he was first brought to me in the hospital. Looking at me with big blue eyes (which later turned hazel), as if he was so wise and knowing - and I wasn't.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

A real-life embarrassing moment or two may make it into a story line, but I'm not going to elaborate on any of them here!

7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

I always thought if I weren't a writer I might turn out to be an eccentric little old lady with seventeen cats. At one time what I really wanted was a ranch, to be out there raising cattle and horses. But now I can't imagine myself as anything other than a writer.

8.  In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

No, that's a problem someone else will have to cope with.

Lorena McCourney the writer:

 9.   Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

I thought I was a "real" writer when I sold my first article to a magazine, a piece about my dad, when I was still in high school. But I wasn't.

I thought I was after I'd sold a half dozen children's short stories. But I wasn't.

I thought I was when I sold my first book. But I wasn't. (It got lost in the shuffle between sale and publication and never even made it into print.)

I thought I might be when I held my first published book in my hands.

Now, after 39 published books, on a good day I think I am. On a not-so-good day, when the computer screen is blank, or I've just deleted most of the last three days' work, I wonder whatever made me think I was, or ever could be, a "real" writer.

10.  What is going on with your writing these days?

I'm working on my Andi McConnell Mysteries, a series about an older woman and her limousine. We're planning five books in this series, and I'm working on Book #3 now.  I'm a slow writer, so with two more to go after this one, I have my writing lined up for the next couple of years.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

I think I've finally found my niche, writing lighthearted, fun, cozy mysteries. But lurking in the back of my mind is a darker adventure/romance set in the future. Plus a couple of women's fiction novels.

12.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

My writing day always starts with Bible and prayer time. I get to my computer about 9:00, check e-mail and answer the most pressing ones. I open the file with the chapter previous to the one I'm working on. Revise it. Revise the current chapter up to the point of blank screen. I realize I revise way too much, but it seems to be a compulsion I can't break. Then I try to write something new to advance the story.

I break at noon for lunch with my husband, who is retired.

Afternoon is hopefully getting a few more pages written (and rewritten) and taking care of the business aspects of the writing life. My brain tends to turn to mush around 4:00-5:00, so I quit about that time.

13.  Why do you write?

Probably because I can't imagine what I'd do with my life if I didn't write.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

The Bible, which had a number of  different authors, is my biggest inspiration. Other than that, I often get a little jolt of inspiration from whatever I happen to be reading at the moment. A book I'm reading right now that I find inspiring is  Listening for God  by  Marilyn Hontz..  But I may also get smidgens of inspiration from the cartoon strip Zits or an e-mail from a friend.

15.  How do you define your writing?

Since I can't come up with an answer to this, I guess I don't define it. I just write.

16.  In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

"Lorena McCourtney, a prolific writer from the early 21st century, wrote memorable cozy mysteries that transcended the genre is both plot and character." (Dream on, Ms. M., dream on.)

Lorena McCourney the details:

17.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?  Blog?

Website: http://www.lorenamccourtney.com/

No blog yet.

18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

There's contact info on my website.

19.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

I've had 39 books published, under my own and several other names. These go back a long ways and are mostly out of print so I'll just list the most recent ones.

The Andi McConnell Mysteries (Thomas Nelson)

Your Chariot Awaits (current release)

Here Comes The Ride (coming in May, '08)

The Ivy Malone Mysteries (Revell)

 Invisible (Winner,. Inspirational division of Daphne du Maurier Mystery/Suspense awards)

 In Plain Sight (Finalist, Daphne du Maurier Inspirational division)

 On the Run (Winner, Daphne du Maurier Inspirational division)

 Stranded

The Julesburg Mysteries (Revell)

 Whirlpool (RITA finalist)

 Riptide

 Undertow

 20.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

Probably a character who's older in years but not in heart.  Quirky people. Some laughs. A twisty, turny mystery plot. A Christian world view, but no preachiness.

In conclusion:

21.  Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

I've put a fair amount of me into my most recent books. I wrote my Ivy Malone character (an older woman who thinks of herself as an LOL - little old lady - who discovers she seems to have aged into invisibility) came from some personal experiences. From the reader response I've had, a lot of women, not necessarily older ones, have encountered this same brush with "invisibility." It has struck a real chord of recognition.

My new series is also about an older woman, her problems not with invisibility, but with the murders that keep intruding into her life. Like that dead body in her newly acquired limousine.

Like most writers, I love to hear from readers. Look at my website and contact me.

 


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