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‘5 Questions’ Interview With A.W. Hartoin! @AWHartoin

March 1, 2014 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author A.W. Hartoin to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


It Started with a Whisper by A.W. Hartoin

Describe your novel It Started with a Whisper in ten words or less

It Started with a Whisper is a tale of revenge gone magically wrong.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

My son had a teacher who couldn’t stand him and the story came from his desire to teach that teacher a lesson.

It didn’t happen in real life, but there’s a lot of satisfaction in fiction.

Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?

Puppy MacClarity is my favorite character because he’s a really good kid who finds himself doing some pretty bad things.

If you weren’t a full-time author, what other career would you be in and why?

Writing is my day job these days, but before, I was a Sensor Technician in US Air Force. That experience had a huge influence on my writing. I worked almost exclusively with men. Once they got used to me, I got to be part of the club and hear things women aren’t usually privileged to hear. All the male characters in It Started with a Whisper came out the way they did because of those conversations.

Tell us about another book or project you’re excited about

I’m excited about Book two in the Away From Whipplethorn series, Fierce Creatures. It’s a fairy adventure like no other.

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!


A.W. Hartoin

Thanks again for stopping by, A.W. Hartoin! You can learn more about the author via her official website: awhartoin.com, and connect via Twitter: @AWHartoin and Facebook.

 It Started with a Whisper is available on Amazon (Kindle).

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‘5 Questions’ Interview With Sheryl Fawcett! @SherylFawcett

December 20, 2013 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Sheryl Fawcett to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


When Least Expected (The Women of Lakeshore Drive) by Sheryl Fawcett

Describe your novel When Least Expected (The Women of Lakeshore Drive) in ten words or less

Mature women, life-shattering events, friendship, and survival are explored in When Least Expected.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

I write about what I know best: active, intelligent women in the sixties. Characters are fictional and affluent, but their emotional stories could happen to almost any woman.

This book was written sitting on the dock at our summer lake house. There, my imagination can flow with the water and be jolted by waves that crash into the sea wall as do the waves in the lives of my characters.

Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?

I, personally, relate most to the very private Suzanne. Her work is part of the glue that holds her together.

Yet, Jack Andrews is closest to my heart. While his life is totally different, his personality and caring generosity remind me so much of my husband of many years.

If you weren’t a full-time author, what other career would you be in and why?

My previous careers were dance school owner and instructor, full-time mother and part-time volunteer, and residential real estate associate broker, in that order. I never pursued my life-long desire to be a doctor.

I suppose if I weren’t writing, I’d be in one of those careers, or maybe something else entirely. One thing is certain, I could never sit and do nothing.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

I am currently working on two sequels to When Least Expected in The Women of Lakeshore Drive series. Each book is a complete stand-alone, but there is progression through each one. The first book covers over fifty years, the second less than a month. The third is still developing, but will probably evolve over a year’s time. A couple short story ideas are also bouncing around in my head and may emerge in the ebook world one of these days.

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

If you like the B.O.O.B. Girls, you’ll probably like my book, too. While that series is humorous, mine isn’t. In fact, mine is pretty heavy.

Nevertheless, the commonality is mature women who consider themselves quite young, and act that way!


Sheryl Fawcett

Thanks again for stopping by, Sheryl Fawcett! You can learn more about the author via her official website: www.SherylFawcettauthor.com, and connect via Twitter: @SherylFawcett and Facebook.

 When Least Expected (The Women of Lakeshore Drive) is available on Amazon (Kindle).

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‘5 Questions’ Interview With Rachel Hanna! @RachelHannaBook

October 14, 2013 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Rachel Hanna to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


Christmas In Magnolia Cove (New Beginnings) by Rachel Hanna

Describe your novella Christmas In Magnolia Cove (New Beginnings) in ten words or less

Cozy Christmas love story set in the north Georgia mountains.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

Bullying is such a big deal these days. I wondered what it would be like if bullying turned into a love story years later.

Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?

The character closest to my heart was Wyatt, actually. I could understand how he had changed and had no idea what his actions as a kid did to others.

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it & how it affected your writing?

No day job. I am a full-time ghostwriter and fiction writer.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

I am excited to be releasing more romance novellas this year as well as some young adult/new adult stuff.

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

If you like Barbara Freethy, you’ll probably like my book too!


Thanks again for stopping by, Rachel Hanna! You can learn more about the author via her official website: www.RachelHannaRomance.com, and connect via Twitter: @RachelHannaBook and Facebook.

 Christmas In Magnolia Cove (New Beginnings) is available on Amazon (Kindle).

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‘5 Questions’ Interview With Bernard M. Cox! @BernardMCox

October 1, 2013 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Bernard M. Cox to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


The Memory of a Salt Shaker by Bernard M. Cox

Describe your short story The Memory of a Salt Shaker in ten words or less

Bert discovers a salt shaker containing Mira’s memories after her death.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

My partner gave me a challenge to write a story about an inanimate object that held some kind of power over the protagonist. However, what inspired the project was a piece on NPR about people who had survived a sudden, unexpected loss of a loved one. We often do not discuss death in our culture and I wanted to write a story that confronted the reader with that kind of loss. The story became an effort to reflect on the moments we have together in our brief existence. In order to write, I thought about how I would feel if I lost her and that thought fueled the story along.

Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?

It’s a tossup between Bert and Mira. The story is told from both their points of view. Bert tries to pull himself back to the land of the living by just doing — going back to work, meeting up with friends, making meals — but when faced with Mira’s memories that existence becomes a negative space devoid of meaning without her. Mira is happy in her life and with Bert. She lives to feel joy. When she is gone, we mourn the loss of that joy. Through Mira I remember why I love; through Bert I remember what it is to love.

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it & how it affected your writing?

This is an interesting question, because I can say that when I wrote “The Memory of a Salt Shaker” I was a banker. And my partner was constantly worried about my safety, as robberies were commonplace. However, there is a greater concern present when asking this question.

The issue of working after the death of a loved one is a central issue to “Memory….” I have always thought that those of us who live in the States have strange habits and rituals about work. For example, I once met this man who was proud that he never missed a day of work even when his wife was dying of cancer. Now, I understand that he may have had to work during that time, but his emphasis was not on the need, rather it was in his pride. We could say that he couldn’t deal with the issue of her loss, but it seems to me that the greater issue confronting many of us is wrapped-up in the question you ask here: one’s reason for existence is inseparable from work. Through your question of “Do you have a day job?” you imply that my day job is not what I do/am but rather the activity that supports my reason for existing: writing stories. This is not to say that I am unaffected by this conflation of work and purpose; I cannot deny its power. But it is strange nonetheless, because I am not only a writer I am an activist, community organizer, supporter of artists, financial advisor, reader, cultural constructor, and most importantly a lover, partner, friend and family member. This is what work does to all the stories I write.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

The next e-book is “The Space Within These Lines Is Not Dedicated” (now available) which is a novelette about a woman who is visited by a cicada who tells her she has three days to live, but before her imminent death she has to choose whether or not to give up her potential and all that entails. It’s about life, the universe, and everything; and tango, talking insects, and love.

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

If you like Haruki Murakami, W.P. Kinsella, Ken Liu’s “Paper Menagerie,” and other slipstream, magical realism you may like my book, too.


Thanks again for stopping by, Bernard M. Cox! You can learn more about the author via his official website/blog: bernardmcox.wordpress.com, and connect via Twitter: @BernardMCox and Goodreads.

 The Memory of a Salt Shaker is available on Amazon (Kindle). Also on Smashwords, Kobo, Sony.

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‘5 Questions’ Interview With Masha du Toit! @mashadu

September 6, 2013 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Masha du Toit to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


The Story Trap (The Sisters 1) by Masha du Toit

Describe your book The Story Trap (The Sisters 1) in ten words or less

Girl falls into coma but it’s really a witch’s spell.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

I was walking my dogs on the mountain, and it came to me between one step and another. Out of the blue!

Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?

Gardag. She’s a fairly minor character, but still my favourite.

She’s a cyber dog who has been abandoned by her owner. Very fierce but likes a good scratch if you can slip a hand in between the armour plates.

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it & how it affected your writing?

I’m a teacher. I teach people how to use computers to do creative things like make animations and do web-design.

I get to meet all kinds of people, young and old, which is great for character research 🙂

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

The sequel to The Story TrapThe Broken Path (The Sisters 2) – is also out!

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

If you like: Charles de Lint, you’ll probably like my book too!


Thanks again for stopping by, Masha du Toit! You can learn more about the author via her official website/blog: mashadutoit.wordpress.com, and connect with her via Google+ and Twitter: @mashadu. Read online samples at: http://masha.co.za/

 The Story Trap (The Sisters 1) is available on Amazon (Kindle).

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Meme: Musing Mondays (August 19)

August 19, 2013 5 comments

The weekly Musing Mondays meme (via the Should Be Reading blog):

Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).

Dust (Silo Saga) by Hugh Howey

I just bought Dust (Silo Saga) by Hugh Howey.

Which is crazy, since I just started reading Hugh Howey’s Silo Saga. I’m currently reading the first volume – WOOL – but I just needed to get my hands on the latest book too!

The post-apocalyptic world in Hugh Howey’s Silo is so unique and fascinating. It’s this whole population of people who have adapted to living underground in this 10,000 feet bunker for several generations, protected from the toxic air outside. It’s really cool 🙂

Here’s the product description!

WOOL introduced the silo and its inhabitants.

SHIFT told the story of their making.

DUST will chronicle their undoing.

Welcome to the underground.

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‘5 Questions’ Interview With Emily Ann Ward! (@emilyannw)

August 16, 2013 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Emily Ann Ward to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


Connection (Le Garde) by Emily Ann Ward

Describe your book Connection (Le Garde) in ten words or less

YA urban fantasy romance about two friends with superpowers

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

I had a dream, actually! I dreamt about two friends who sat together on a math test because when they sat together they knew more.

I worked off of it to make a connection between my two main characters, Aaron and Anna, that resembled an empathic connection but also allowed them to gain knowledge from one another that they wouldn’t have by themselves.

Then I threw some romance and superpowers in there and bam! Out came Connection.

What was your favorite part to write and why?

One of my favorite parts to write was the ending.

The book is less action-driven than other fantasy books – we’ll see lots of action in the next book, but this one was definitely driven by Aaron and Anna’s relationship, and the ending resolves a lot of the struggles they deal with in the book.

I was grinning the whole time. I don’t want to give away any details but I hope readers find Chandler’s party as satisfying as I did!

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it & how it affected your writing?

I’m a full time student studying Linguistics and Social Sciences. I love learning about interesting things that can factor into my stories, especially when studying language and writing dialogue! And learning about social behavior whether in Psychology or Sociology sometimes helps me shape more realistic characters.

I also work part time at the library at my university with Serials and Electronic Resource Management. I can’t say the work itself has influenced my writing too much, but any human interaction can inspire a character or a conversation or a situation in a story of mine.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

I’m currently writing a YA/New Adult Urban Fantasy set in Paris. Madison is training to be a Guardian, her magical world’s version of a law enforcement officer. When an orb with her father’s magic appears, nearly two years after he disappeared, she goes on a quest to find out who is responsible. Each clue brings her closer to the Head of the entire Department…and further from the boy she’s falling in love with, the Head’s son.

It has been so fun to write and I’m almost finished!

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

If you like: The Talent Chronicles by Susan Bischoff or Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel, you’ll probably like my book too!


Thanks again for stopping by, Emily Ann Ward! You can learn more about the author via her official website: emilyannward.com, Facebook: emilyannward1, and Twitter: @emilyannw.

 Connection (Le Garde) is available on Amazon (Kindle).

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