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Interview With Rebecca Thomas

Author Spotlight
with Rebecca Thomas

Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been writing? What genre do you write? Hello, I’m Rebecca Thomas and I’ve been writing for eight years, but more seriously and on more of a “schedule” during the last three years. I write in three sub-genres of romance. Contemporary, Historical, and Paranormal. I sub-genre hop quite a bit, but all my stories are considered romance.
Where/When do you do the most of your writing? Because I have a day job, I do most of my writing on the weekends. It takes brain power to write well and oftentimes after working at my job, I’m too tired to write when I get home. If I’m under a tight deadline I will get up early and write before work though.

What do you think has been your biggest accomplishment? Typing “The End” on my first manuscript was a huge accomplishment, but then I had many many rounds of revisions, then writing a query letter, then submitting the story to publishing houses. There are many little steps to writing, but finishing the first draft of a complete story is a pretty amazing feeling.

Is there anything that you find particularly challenging in your writing? Keeping the self-doubt out of my head is the most challenging aspect of writing for me. When I have a story idea in my head, it’s so exciting, but when I get down to the actual writing, the story oftentimes doesn’t seem near as good on paper as it was in my mind. It’s easy to let yourself believe that what you are writing is the worst piece of garbage ever, but it’s important to push forward, ignore the self-doubt, and finish the story, because so many times, the story I thought was terrible, isn’t at all.

Are the experiences of your characters based on any of your own or people that you know?  Yes, absolutely. In my Alaskan Hero series many of the experiences of the characters are my own. I live in Alaska, so my perspective is different from someone who has only visited. Hockey skating, gold-panning, flying, painting, welding, dog mushing, riding four-wheelers…I try to incorporate as many unique “setting” details into my stories as I possibly can.

Do you have any advice for other authors? Don’t let anyone tell you you’re doing it wrong!

How can readers reach you?
http://www.authorrebeccathomas.com
www.facebook.com/beccawriter
twitter.com/Rebecca_Thomas3
rebeccathomas3@live.com

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Capture of the Defiance Audiobook

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New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author S.E. Smith returns with an emotionally charged action adventure thriller filled with suspense.

Makayla Summerlin is excited to join her grandfather Henry in Hong Kong during a college break. She plans to help him sail the next leg of his journey around the world on the Defiance, but events take a frightening turn when her grandfather is kidnapped and the Defiance disappears! Unsure of what to do, Makayla reaches out to an old friend for help.

Brian Jacobs’ work at the Consulate General in Hong Kong is just a stepping-stone for his political career. His life for the foreseeable future is carefully optimized for success, but everything is turned upside down when he receives a frantic call for help from a friend. Their meeting quickly turns to one of survival when Makayla is almost kidnapped in front of him. Seeing Makayla again awakens old feelings inside Brian and he knows he will do everything he can to help her, no matter the cost.

When the situation turns deadly, both Brian and Makayla find unexpected help from another old friend and a Hong Kong detective. Together, the four race to find Henry and protect Makayla. Their efforts to unravel the mystery of why a wealthy crime lord would target Henry and Makayla and to find the Defiance will take them further than they ever expected to go, but will they be able to discover the truth before time runs out for Henry?

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Interview With Susan Hayes

Author Spotlight – Susan Hayes

I was thrilled when Susan agreed to contribute to Magic New Mexico Kindle World and so we had a lot to chat about when we finally got to sit down together.

1. Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been writing? What genre do you write?
I’ve been writing since I was old enough to realize that letters made words, and words put together could become stories. I’ve always loved to write, but I didn’t get serious about it until the death of my little brother. His passing made me realize that time is short, and if I wanted to chase my dreams, I should get moving. Since that day, I’ve written more than twenty-five books in a variety of genres including science fiction, paranormal, and contemporary.

2. What inspired you to write your first book? I had been writing freelance comedy articles for a couple of websites, including Cracked.com. I started wondering if I could switch from non-fiction/humor to writing novels and decided to give it a shot. Since I loved reading romances, writing one seemed a natural choice.

3. Where do you get your inspiration from?
I’ve discovered that inspiration is everywhere. A photo. A snippet of conversation overheard in a grocery store. A glimpse of an old couple walking together as I drive home from work. Life is full of stories.

4. Where/When do you do the most of your writing?
I write during my lunch hours at work, and most evenings you can find me in my office at home. I have to have music or a television show on for white noise, and my cat is usually a few feet away, supervising.

5. What do you think has been your biggest accomplishment?
Not giving up. My first book was rejected several times. So was my second book. Even after I was accepted by a publisher, there were hurdles to overcome and so much to learn. It was daunting, but I persevered and I’m glad I did. I love getting to do what I do every day.

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6. What series/book did you write that has the biggest following?
The 3013 Series is the one that has the largest readership. Those readers are fantastically supportive and enthusiastic. 3013 has three authors writing in the same, shared world and it’s a great adventure for all of us.

7. Is there anything that you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I’m a pantser. Which means I write by the seat of my pants and don’t know how the story is going to go until the characters and my muse get together and work their magic. Sometimes that works very well. Other times it means that the story can take a surprising turn and I have to go back and tweak the beginning to adapt to the new twist.

8. Are the experiences of your characters based on any of your own or people that you know?
I think every writer bases at least some of their writing on their own life and experiences. I know that I have included elements of my brother’s death and the impact that had on my family in a few stories. My Wilde Brothers series is about a set of brothers who are all connected to law enforcement. My father was a police officer, and I worked as a civilian support staffer at the same police department as him for ten years. Those experiences are absolutely woven into that series.

9. Is there a particular niche or direction you would like to expand your writing portfolio into?
Having written in a variety of genres, now, I have discovered that I have the most fun writing sci-fi and paranormal. They feed my inner geek. I’ll be focusing on those two genres in the future. (At least until my muse informs me differently.)

10. Describe your latest WIP.
I’m currently working on 3013: FURY, which will be out in May, 2016. It’s a sci-fi romance about Danor and Verak, two Krytos (a shifter alien race) brothers who have set their sets on Gina Falcone, a fiercely independent human woman who makes her living as a freighter pilot. To find their Happily Ever After, the three of them will have to overcome the re-appearance of old enemies, new threats, and the challenges of forging three separate lives together, forever.

How can readers reach you?
You can find out more about my books at my:
Website: http://www.susanhayes.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SusanHayesAuthor
Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/389883471205646/
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Interview With Michelle Diener

Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been writing? What genre do you write? Thanks for having me here! I’ve been writing since I was a child, but only started writing seriously about ten years ago. I started writing fantasy and historical fiction, and dabbled with a bit of science fiction, but my first four published novels were all historicals.

What inspired you to write your first book? My first book that was published was based on the real-life Renaissance character Susanna Horenbout, who most likely worked for Henry VIII as a court painter. I discovered a bit of her story in a reference book I was reading and was captivated by her and inspired to write about her, a woman working in what was a man’s profession in those times, in a very tense and unfriendly court, for a very mercurial king. It became a series of three books, starting with In a Treacherous Court.

Where do you get your inspiration from? I get it from all around me. Songs, stories, the news, my imagination. I’m constantly amazed at what my subconscious seems to conjure up!

Where/When do you do the most of your writing? I either write in my study, on my bed, outside on the veranda or in a coffee shop. Lately, I’ve been going to a lot of coffee shops 🙂

What series/book did you write that has the biggest following. The series that has the biggest following is my science fiction Class 5 series. A Dangerous Madness, one of my regency historicals, is not far off from it, but Dark Horse and Dark Deeds have been my two best received.

Do you have a favorite author? I have so many favourite authors. And each and every one of them has inspired me and helped make me a better writer. From Enid Blyton when I was a child, through C.S. Lewis and JRR Tolkien, to Iain M. Banks, Agatha Christie, Dick Francis and Terry Pratchett, and many, many others, they all took me away to their exciting worlds, and made me want to do the same.

Are the experiences of your characters based on any of your own or people that you know? Not really, but while the situations are from my imagination, I like to ground my characters’ reactions and feelings on reality, so I am a big people-watcher.

You write what would seem to be two very different genres – SFR and historical romance. What do you do differently when writing for both genres or is romance, romance and the location incidental? While good world building is good world building, and both historical and science fiction novels need a well-built, believable world, the approach is very different between the two genres. Historical fiction requires a great deal more preparation from me in terms of research, but as I like to use real historical incidents as much as possible, the plot is more defined, whereas science fiction I don’t need to do as much preparation, but I do need to work more on the direction of the plot and how it holds together. For me, they both have their own unique challenges and excitement. I love reading both genres, and I love writing both.

Describe your latest WIP. My current WIP is the third book in the Class 5 series, Dark Minds. I’m still in the grappling stages of the book, working out exactly who my characters are. It’s fun but challenging.

How can readers reach you? Through the contact form on my website www.michellediener.com or on twitter @michellediener or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Michelle-Diener-196593580366013/
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Interview With Peggy Henderson

Q. Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been writing? What genre do you write?

A. I guess I consider myself the “accidental author.” I’ve always loved writing, but it’s not something I ever considered to do for a living. English is my second language, and I used to make up stories in German when I was little. When a story idea came to me back in 2009, I started writing. My background is in veterinary medicine and lab sciences. I’ve always been an animal nut. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, and we have two boys. I’ve always loved the old west, and that’s where most of my books are set. I started with time travel romance, set against the backdrop of beautiful Yellowstone National Park, but I also write strictly western historical romance.Q. What inspired you to write your first book?

A. My husband and I have loved going to Yellowstone since we graduated from high school. One summer, I went on a girls-only trip with a good friend, who was also my boss at the time. I came home from that trip with a story in my head. It stayed with me for over a year until I finally started writing it down. That’s how my first book, Yellowstone Heart Song, was born. I found someone to critique the story, and she urged me to pursue publication, which I balked at until I had three more books written. I was writing for my own personal enjoyment, not to publish, but I’m glad I finally took her advice. It’s led me to an entirely new career path.

Q. Where do you get your inspiration from?

A. My inspiration comes mostly from nature and the beautiful places in Yellowstone and the Tetons. It’s where most of my books are set.

Q. Where/When do you do the most of your writing?

A. I’ve been lucky enough to become a full-time writer about a year ago, and so I can write pretty much throughout the day. I prefer the quiet hours in the morning and early afternoon when my kids are in school.

Q. What do you think has been your biggest accomplishment?

A. My biggest accomplishment as a writer has been simply getting that first book published, and then kept going from there. A huge person accomplishment for me came last summer when I finally hiked to the top of Mount Washburn in Yellowstone (a climb up to 10,000 feet), something I had been avoiding to do in all the years I’ve been to Yellowstone.

Q. What series/book did you write that has the biggest following.

A. Definitely the Yellowstone Romance Series. I still shake my head in disbelief that I have so many wonderful fans who love this series.

Q. Who has influenced your writing the most?

A. I think my editor has been the one with the biggest influence on my writer. She’s always challenging me out of my comfort zone with my writing. Once, she challenged me to make a bad character likeable. That turned into an entire book of its own, and although I wrote it kicking and screaming, it became a fan favorite.

Q. Do you have a favorite author?

A. One of my favorite historical western authors is Dorothy Garlock. I read her books long before I started writing.

Q. Is there anything that you find particularly challenging in your writing?

A. Writing dialogue has always been a challenge for me. I’m a very quiet and shy person, so talking to people presents a challenge for me, and I find the same is true when I write. At least I can think about the dialogue a lot longer when I write, than when I have to come up with things to say real quick in a real conversation.

Q. Are the experiences of your characters based on any of your own or people that you know?

A. My characters experience a lot of adventures in the wilderness, and for the most part, they are made up. I have used a few personal experiences and from friends (with permission) in a few books.

Q. Do you have any advice for other authors?

A. Keep writing!

Q. Is there a particular niche or direction you would like to expand your writing portfolio into?

A. I hope to write more historical westerns without time travel, and would like to dabble in some contemporary romances.

Q. Describe your latest WIP I’m working on three books at the moment.

A. One is the seventh book in the Yellowstone Series, and it is such a challenge to write, because it builds on everything that I’ve already written. Since it’s a time travel, keeping the chronological timeline correct has been tricky, and keeping all the facts about previous characters straight. As one of the characters said in a previous book “What we think we know may be completely different” really comes into play in this book, and I hope my readers will be pleasantly surprised.

The other two books I’m working on are strictly western historicals. One is the fourth book in my Blemished Brides Series (this series is about heroines who aren’t your typical gorgeous romance heroine, but they still capture the love and attention of the hero).
Finally, I started a book in a brand new series. I was going to wait until the new Yellowstone book was done, but the muse was calling, so I had to get it started as it wasn’t leaving me alone.

Q. How can readers reach you?

I can always be reached via my email address: ynpdreamer@gmail.com
My website is www.peggylhenderson.com
I love interacting with readers on Facebook
My mailing list
I can be found at these online retailers: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes

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