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Where I Write with Dina Silver, author of Kat Fight & One Pink Line

Where I Write with Dina Silver, author of Kat Fight & One Pink Line

We’ve been treated to yet another insight into an author’s magic writing room. Today we’re in the hands of Dina Silver, whose new book Kat Fight is out TODAY.

Congrats Dina!

Find out more about Dina and Kat Fight below the post, and check out her kitty – what a cutie!

– Laura

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My office is my favorite room in the house, and pretty much where I do most everything. It’s a really wonderful room right off the front entry that gets tons of light, and has room for a big couch as well. Typically, there is a cat either on the desk, on my chair, or on the computer. The reason I have my laptop in front of my larger desktop screen, is because my desktop computer functions only on every other Thursday, and is a complete dinosaur in the tech world…but I can’t bear to part with it quite yet. 

 

I spend/waste a great deal of time in this room, and am so grateful my husband hasn’t attempted to infiltrate it with sports memorabilia yet.

 

 
 

 

 

 About Kat Fight from Dina Silver

The seriously funny, fabulously flawed Kat Porter has arrived, and she may just steal your heart—not to mention your boyfriend.

Readers everywhere will revel in this sharp-witted, well-meaning whirlwind in author Dina Silver’s hilarious new novel, Kat Fight. In her quest for love, Kat makes every wrong turn, juggling two men, one best friend, and her own deeply confused heart’s desires. Kat Porter is a consummate romantic, eager for her chance to find love and commitment. But after her boyfriend of four years, Marc, begins to grow apathetic and sends her calls straight to voicemail one too many times, Kat finally musters the courage to confront her so-called sweetheart, who seems more interested in dodging her than courting her. Though she’s no fan of ultimatums, Kat is at the end of her considerable wits, and lobs a massive one his way, completely confident that he’ll make the right decision when faced with losing her. He doesn’t.

With radio silence from Marc, Kat’s lifelong dream of finding a husband and forging a family is decidedly on the skids. That’s when her childhood friend Julie steps in, forcing Kat on a blind date to help her move beyond the break-up. Not only does Kat botch the setup, she instead finds herself in hot pursuit of Julie’s love interest, Ryan Sullivan. A man who, in addition to literally taking her breath away, is the living, breathing personification of everything Kat wants in a husband.

Can Kat connect with the man of her dreams without hurting two of the people she cares most about? At the same time, she must also contend with the quips of her beloved catty coworker Adam, her bi-polar boss Brooke, and a string of comic, unpredictable plot twists. All the while, Kat’s cheeky perspective and generous heart will leave readers adoring every moment of her journey while chuckling and cheering for the ever cute, razor-sharp Kat as she fights to land the love of a lifetime.

About the author

A graduate of Purdue University, Dina Silver has spent the past fifteen years feeding her red wine habit by working as a copywriter in the advertising industry. In addition to writing ad copy, she formed Dinas Ideas (dinasideas.com), a greeting card company, in 2003. Dina serves as the sole writer and designer for the business and has penned over 300 greeting cards since its inception. After seeing the bulk of her professional prose on brochures and direct mail pieces, she is delighted to have made the transition to novelist this year.

Additionally, she enjoys talking about herself in the third person.

Find out more about Dina at http://www.dinasilver.com/

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“I honestly couldn’t be  more grateful to Amazon and the way they treat self-published authors equal to published authors.” Interview with Colleen Hoover, author of SLAMMED.

“I honestly couldn’t be more grateful to Amazon and the way they treat self-published authors equal to published authors.” Interview with Colleen Hoover, author of SLAMMED.

Hi there! Here are some facts about today’s interviewee Colleen Hoover:

– She wrote her debut book in a month. A month!

– It’s currently #149 on Amazon IN THE ENTIRE STORE with 187 reviews and an average of 4.9 stars (WOW!)

– She self-published

– She just quit her full time job to do this full-time writing thang full-time

– She’s really nice. And talented. And I think you’re going to love this interview, AND her books. Find the links to SLAMMED & POINT OF RETREAT below.


1. Tell us a secret about yourself. Something juicy? 
 

Not a lot of people know this, but my husband’s first name is William…hence the name “Will.”  I get a lot of reader comments about how they wished men like Will existed.  I’m 32 and I’ve been with my husband since I was 16.  I can attest that great men do exist because I’m lucky enough to have one.  (Although he doesn’t write poetry.  *sigh*)

 

2. You write SLAMMED & POINT OF RETREAT in the 1st person, giving us in an intimate insight into your main characters, and you do it exceptionally well. It’s a hard thing to get right! What advice do you have for writers wanting to utilize the first person effectively?
 

 

To be honest, I’d never even attempted to write a book before.  I didn’t give it any thought when I wrote the first sentence to Slammed.  It was about five chapters in when I realized I should probably go back and pay more attention to what tense I used.  Luckily, I had stuck with first person present tense so I didn’t have to change anything.  The only advice I can give is what worked for me–get in the heads of your characters.  I really tried to put myself in their shoes while writing and tried to feel what they felt, so writing everything in present tense helped convey those feelings. 
 

3. In book 1 the story is told from Layken’s point of view, in book 2 it switches to Will’s. Why did you choose to do this? What has the reader reaction to this been like? 
 

 

Not a lot of people have mentioned it, but most seem to like being inside Will’s head.  I wrote the second book from his point of view because there wasn’t a lot I could do from Layken’s point of view with the way I wanted the story to go.  I think we had a pretty good idea how Layken felt about Will, but not as good of an idea for how he felt about her and why he felt that way. 
 

4. I read somewhere that you wrote SLAMMED in a month. Errrrr, how? Please share!
 
lol.  I have always wanted to write a book, but have always had the issue of not following through with it.  Once I got the idea to incorporate a character who ‘slams’ and started making notes, I couldn’t stop.  I fell in love with the story and the characters and was too excited to stop writing.  I worked 11 hour days and have three kids, so I would mostly write when no one was paying attention at work and while the kids were asleep.  I think I slept a total of 3 or 4 hours a day the entire month.  Point of Retreat took about six weeks to write.  I just started my third book, but I’m making this process go a lot slower.  I don’t think I can handle that kind of schedule again.  I don’t know what got in to me.
 

5. SLAMMED is heart-wrenching, deals with death and a lot of sadness, and yet I didn’t feel at all depressed reading it. The story was heart-warming and gratifying. How did you do that?! 
 
I have no idea.  I think it helps that I’m not a big reader and had never before read a romance novel, so I didn’t write with a certain genre in mind.  Also, I’m a very unemotional person which shocked a lot of my friends and family when they finally read the book.  They didn’t understand how I could write about death and sadness, yet don’t seem to be affected by it so much in reality.  Maybe that’s how I kept it sort of light, because that’s how I tend to look at life. 
 

6. What has your self-publishing experience been like? Has anything about it surprised you?
 
I am surprised on a daily basis.  I hate sounding like I entered this profession with blinders on, but that’s essentially what I did.  I had heard about the Amazon self-publishing program when I was almost finished writing Slammed.  The day I finished, I uploaded it to Amazon and made it free for a few days so my friends could read it.  I thought I could approach publishers later if that’s where I wanted to go with it.  I just didn’t think anyone would really read it and I certainly didn’t think it would become a best seller.  I honestly couldn’t be  more grateful to Amazon and the way they treat self-published authors equal to published authors.  I never dreamed I would be able to make a career out of this, so the entire thing is just one huge shock.
 

7. For readers who don’t know, poetry-slamming is a spoken word poetry contest. Slamming is an integral part of both SLAMMED and POINT OF RETREAT – what is your experience with it?
 
I first saw a documentary called Brave New Voices on HBO.  It’s a documentary about high school students from all over the nation that come together in a slam competition.  The thing that blew me away was that, although it was essentially a competition, all of the students were so supportive of each other.  If the slam was good, the opposing schools would give standing ovations.  The teamwork and support was amazing.  I started watching slams on youtube after that and actually watched one by a slam poet named Marty Schoenleber that just blew me away.  It’s called “Push.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL3JEbr1sFI   It actually gave me the motivation I needed to actually start writing.  Once Slammed was published, my best friend surprised me by contacting Marty and having him perform one of the poems out of my book.  That was by far the best gift I’ve ever received.  It’s on my website for those that want to see it.  It’s amazing! http://colleenhoover.com/the-lake/
 As far as actual experience with it, I’d never been to a live slam before.  After I published both books, my friends and I took a trip to Dallas and attended a slam competition.  It was incredible!
 
8. You created some fantastic and unique characters. What does the process of crafting such real, full and developed people look like for you? 
 
I absolutely love writing.  My favorite part is getting to know the characters as I write them.  I didn’t make outlines or character notes, so I would just try to put myself in the mind of the characters as I wrote each scene.  I didn’t really base them off of anyone I know other than Kel.  My middle child is named Cale and he is a lot like Kel in the book.  In fact, the scene with the snowman and the red koolaid actually happened with my boys.
 

9. You intertwine your love of the band, the Avett Brothers into your story. Are they aware of your stories? Tell us a little more about your fascination with them.
 
I discovered their music in 2010 and have been an avid fan since.  I think their lyrics are beautiful and profound, especially the sentence that helped motivate me to finally write a book.  “Decide what to be, and go be it.”
When I was writing Slammed, I thought it would be cool to give them a little ‘shout out’ in case people read the book that had not heard of them.  I had just mentioned them a couple of times in the book, but when I was finished there were so many songs I had listened to while writing that I thought it would be cool if I could use the lyrics as chapter headings.  I emailed their record label and asked for permission to use the lyrics and they gave me a prompt reply that it was fine.  I was stoked!  I think the band is aware of the book, but I doubt they are big readers of chick lit. lol.  Their father did call me and wish me good luck following the release of my book, so that was definitely a highlight!  They are seriously some of the nicest group of people so if I’ve turned even one reader onto their music, it was all worth it. 
 
 
10. Would you rather wear a Nickelback T-shirt for a whole month or not write for a whole year? (Inside SLAMMED joke. Readers you’ll just have to read SLAMMED yourself to get it!)
 
Oh, god that’s a hard one.  I guess I would have to wear the Nickelback shirt.  (With a jacket, of course).
Visit Colleen at her website here: http://colleenhoover.com/
Buy SLAMMED (book 1)
Buy POINT OF RETREAT (book 2)

 
 

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“Me? I work in a cave.”  Where I Write with David Klein, Clean Break

“Me? I work in a cave.” Where I Write with David Klein, Clean Break

Today’s Where I Write must be the most creative one we’ve had yet. Thanks to David Klein for drawing his self-described “cave” and telling us all about where his words make it on to paper. I think you’re going to like this one ladies. 

– Laura

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My closest friend is a builder. One day he works on site at a custom home he’s building, the next day at a police station he’s renovating, another day at a school where he’s adding on a gymnasium. He gets around. He sees things. 

Me? I work in a cave. Sometimes I call it the coal mine. Same place, day after day. Same desk, same chair. Same view—which isn’t much since my office is in a basement and the windows are tiny and high. I see the low branches of a bush in my side yard.

I wrote Clean Break sitting down here, as well as my first novel, Stash. It’s a quiet spot, even when the kids are home (ages 13 and 12; they can make noise). Two of the walls are midnight blue. Two are an electric green. On the wall across from me hangs a print of Niagara Falls from a painting by Frederick Church. I love Niagara Falls. My mother was from there and I visited the falls a hundred times as a kid.

My desk is L-shaped and glass topped, its surface smooth and cool and hard. On my right is a glass and mirror display case that once held pies in a diner. I converted it to a bookshelf and now it displays my favorite novels, which I stare at in hopes of magic passing to me. Or a slice of pie from the past. More bookshelves behind me. Two lamps on my desk. An old gooseneck from my childhood, and a techie glass and composite thing I’ve carried around for twenty years.

Laptop, printer, files. Family photos. Kids’ artwork. Fake plant hiding a mess of wires and cables. Everything in order. My space has to be neat for me to write, although neatness itself is not enough. Everything else must converge, too: inspiration, determination, discipline. Some days it does. Some days I’d rather be building a house with my friend.

 

David Klein is the author of Clean Break, published by Broadway Books. Praised by Kirkus Reviews for his “nimble storytelling style” and “richly intertwined stories,” Klein is revered for his suspenseful plots and sharp psychological insight. In CLEAN BREAK, four lives intersect in a thrilling tale of addiction, violence and deceit. He currently lives in upstate New York. 

 

Find Clean Break on Amazon now!

 

 

 

 

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‘Command Your Brand’, a Guest Post by Joanne DeMaio, Whole Latte Life

‘Command Your Brand’, a Guest Post by Joanne DeMaio, Whole Latte Life

Joanne DeMaio, author of Whole Latte Life shares her wisdom on commanding your brand
in the post below. Great – and important – topic!

Take it away Joanne! – Laura

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They say there’s room on the shelf for everyone, no matter what the craft. Books, fashion design, paintings, recipes, songs. And there is, but if you are one of many, you can get lost in that crowd rather than rise above it. It’s important to find your own niche, your own identifiable trait within your work, and accentuate it so that the trait becomes your brand. You are recognized because of it.

Like these sunflowers. They not only rise above the crowd of flowers, they practically rise above the house! They have several distinguishing traits, but their truly identifiable one? Definitely height. What other flower rises to this soaring level? And the gardener here has played-up this trait to effectively draw an audience.

 

I refer to my debut novel Whole Latte Life as coffee-branded women’s fiction.  I’m all about the coffee and what it stands for.  Readers relate to its energy, its comfort, and the life questions we mull over a fresh-brewed cup.  So you’ll see coffee winds its way into much of my work:  I’ve brought it to my websites, my social networking, and yes, even my novel’s cover.

So branding is useful in helping you rise above the crowd in an identifiable way.  And as the artist you must first define your unique brand. So let’s do a little branding today. This gardener sold us on the flowers’ height …

What about “you” will you market? In a query, in a pitch, in a craft show, on your blog, at an exhibit, on the bookshelf, what will be your identifiable brand?

 I hope you’ll share your thoughts in the Comments, and thanks Laura for hosting me today.

Coffee Cheers 🙂 ~Joanne 

 

 

 

Joanne DeMaio is an author of contemporary women’s fiction, blending family,
coffee and friendship on the page.  Her novel Whole Latte Life is an Amazon best seller
in Women’s Fiction-Friendship as well as a Kirkus Reviews Critics’ Pick. 

Find out more about the book on her website, and see it on Amazon.com here!

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Where I Write: with Meg Mitchell Moore

Where I Write: with Meg Mitchell Moore

Today Meg Mitchell Moore is joining us on Ladies Who Critique to talk about where she writes. I love getting an insiders peek into where the magic happens!

Author of The Arrivals, Meg has a new book out TODAY: So Far Away. Scroll down to find out more about the book and where you can get a copy! 

Meg lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with her husband, their three children and a beloved border collie. Follow her on TwitterBecome a fan on Facebook.

Enjoy the post, and happy Tuesday!
– Laura
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There are two different spots in my house where I typically write. The first is an office on the second floor which I am not going to photograph because we are in the middle of organizing a big move and I’m staging a lot of the clothes sorting from there. 

The other place I write is at a desk in our basement, which I like to call The Bunker. (It’s not a walk-out basement.) That desk is pictured here. The only reason the desk is in The Bunker is because we bought it for my daughter’s room, it didn’t fit there and I was too cheap to pay the restocking fee to return it. Plus it’s a nice desk. I work here only when my kids are at school and I have the house to myself, or sometimes at night when everyone else is sleeping. There’s a desktop computer on the desk, which we set up for the kids to use. When I work in The Bunker I push the desktop to the back and squeeze my laptop in front of it. The only adornment is a Miscela Leone coffee poster, nothing fancy, I’m not sure where I got it but recent research shows that anyone who wants one can have one from buymeposters.com for $19.99.

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Behind me, as I sit at my desk in The Bunker, is the only sofa in the house the kids are officially allowed to use as a jungle gym. To my left is a small, high window that looks out on the back yard, and sometimes I can see my dog walking by during one of her yard explorations. She’s a border collie, a decade old, but still fit and game, and occasionally she’ll rouse herself and do a couple of laps around the yard at full speed: a canine track workout. To my right, on the floor, not pictured here, is a sheet of Masonite, 8 feet by 4 feet, which my daughters are supposed to use to practice their Irish dancing; the board helps them hear if her feet are hitting the ground correctly on each step. The closet to the right is full of toys, though not as full as it used to be, because the pre-move purging is going really well. 

I have always envisioned writing in a light, airy, well-furnished, kid-free, dedicated office, uncluttered, maybe a vase of fresh flowers, a fruit bowl with some grapes and apples. Our new house in California doesn’t have a dedicated office, so we are finishing off an attached garage that I can use. It won’t be underground, but I think I’ll still call it The Bunker. 

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Thirteen-year-old Natalie Gallagher is trying to escape: from her parents’ ugly divorce, and from the vicious cyber-bullying of her former best friend. She discovers a dusty old diary in her family’s basement and is inspired to unlock its secrets. 

 
Kathleen Lynch, an archivist at the Massachusetts State Archives, has her own painful secrets: she’s a widow estranged from her only daughter. Natalie’s research brings her to Kathleen, who in Natalie sees traces of the daughter she has lost. 
 
What could the life of an Irish immigrant domestic servant from the 1920s teach them both? In the pages of the diary, they will learn that their fears and frustrations are timeless.
 
Available May 29, 2012, from Reagan Arthur Books / Little, Brown and Company.
 
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GIVEAWAY & 7 Quick Fire Questions, 3 Expert Tips with Kathleen Shoop, Author of ‘After the Fog’

GIVEAWAY & 7 Quick Fire Questions, 3 Expert Tips with Kathleen Shoop, Author of ‘After the Fog’

UPDATE 5/17: Winner has been chosen. Congrats, Melissa!

 

I’m delighted to introduce award-winning author Kathleen Shoop to the Ladies Who Critique blog!

 

Kathleen is the author of THE LAST LETTER, which sat on the Kindle bestseller list last summer selling more than 50,000 copies and winning 8 awards. Her latest historical fiction novel, AFTER THE FOG is set in the steel mill town of Donora, Pennsylvania, site of the infamous 1948 “killing smog.” It’s out now to purchase, or you could win a copy simply by leaving a comment below!* If you are chosen as the winner, I’ll send the book right out to you and you can curl up with it next weekend.

*This comp is open to US residents only. Sorry folks outside of the US! I try not to make a habit of doing US only contests but shipping costs sometimes dictate that. 

 

About AFTER THE FOG:

Rose Pavlesic is a straight-talking, gifted nurse who is also controlling and demanding. She has to be to ensure her life is mistake-free and to create a life for her children that reflects everything she missed as an orphaned child. Rose has managed to keep her painful secrets buried in her past, away from her loving husband—who she discovers has secrets of his own—their dutiful children and their large extended, complicated family.

 But, as a stagnant weather cycle works to trap poisonous gasses from the three mills in town, Rose’s nursing career thrusts her into a conflict of interest she never could have fathomed—putting the lives of her loved ones at risk. As the fog thickens, Rose’s neighbors are dying; thousands of people in the community are becoming increasingly ill. Rose is faced with decisions that can destroy her carefully constructed House of Pavlesic and reveal its true character.


 

7 Quick Fire Questions:

1. City Gal or Country Bumpkin? –City Gal who’d love to be a Country Bumpkin! I love magazines like Mary Jane’s Farm. I’m fascinated with people who have gardens and vegetables and live, even partially, off their own earth. I’m as far away from being that woman as a person can be!

2. Fave food? Pasta—seafood and pasta—put them together and I’m a happy lady.

3. Favorite place on earth? Kiawah Island—when my car circles onto the main drag and we head toward the gates, I lose every ounce of stress I have!

4. Combination of men to create your dream man?  Leonardo DiCaprio, Randy Pausch (alive, of course), Mike Greenberg 

5. If I gave you a superpower, what would it be? To turn back time

6. Would You Rather… Give up your computer or your car? Car, definitely! I often think if I shrunk my existence down to places I could walk, things would get real simple real fast…then I realize that’s another fantasy for me, right up there with being a farm girl. Living in the suburbs is no place to be car-less!

7. What would you buy with an extra $100 right now? New shoes

 

3 Expert Tips! Three Tips for Writers

 

 

1. Never forget the joy you get out of writing. Bring that sensation to the keyboard and it will help you forget about all the people judging the work later.

2. Immerse yourself in the backstory. I don’t mean to tell everything in the characters’ backstory, but surround yourself with the things the characters might find beautiful, utilitarian, awful. Just having one item my characters might have used helps me find the core of who they are.

3. Fall in love with revision and critique. The trick is finding people who can read your work and understand what you’re trying to do scene by scene. Then they can tell you what’s working and what isn’t. Having readers wrench the book into a vision you don’t have is not helpful. I want my book to be as strong as possible, but I want it to be mine! When you have that relationship with a reader you know when they say “this works,” that it does and when they say, “this is not doing what you think it is,” that you need to go back into the text.  

 

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Sarah Pekkanen’s 7 Quick Fire Questions, 3 Expert Tips

Sarah Pekkanen’s 7 Quick Fire Questions, 3 Expert Tips

SarahPekkanenThis weeks 7 Quick Fire Questions & 3 Tips (a weekly feature) is with Sarah Pekkanen, author of These Girls. Find out about this fantastic new release at the bottom of the interview!

Sarah’s dream dinner date is Ryan Gosling, what d’ya say about that?

– Laura

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7 Quick Fire Questions

 

1. Dream dinner date  Ryan Gosling. No, a shirtless Ryan Gosling. So we couldn’t go to one of those “No shoes, no shirt, no service” places.

2. Writing routine In the car, on the couch, in the waiting room for the orthodontist, at morning, at night…. you get the idea.

3. Extrovert or Introvert Both. I crave solitude at times, but I also love being around people.

 

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Interview with Terri Giuliano Long – Author of the bestselling novel In Leah’s Wake
. Balancing being a Mom, an Author & having a fulltime job!

Interview with Terri Giuliano Long – Author of the bestselling novel In Leah’s Wake
. Balancing being a Mom, an Author & having a fulltime job!

**WARNING!! This is a GREAT interview, don’t miss it!!!**

If you haven’t heard of Terri Giuliano Long (left) and her book, In Leah’s Wake in the last year or so, you might have been living in a cave, in the Sahara or on a desert island (in which case you need to call me and we need to be friends. A desert island sounds wonderful right about now….!).

*Dreaming of island with book and drink in hand…

Snaps back to reality.*

Terri self-published her YA In Leah’s Wake in April, 2011 and by August, it ranked sixth on the Barnes & Noble Nook Top 100 list and to-date has sold nearly 100,000 copies. Without a big publisher backing her, that’s a pretty big deal!

Terri is all the proof you need that a well written, well edited and well-positioned self-published book can survive AND thrive under the new rules of publishing, persistence and a lot of hard work. In Leah’s Wake isn’t a fluke success story – Terri has consistently and tirelessly marketed the book in interesting and wonderful ways, and it has been fascinating watching her pop up everywhere I turn! Oh that, and it’s a wonderful book on all accounts 😉 

Find out more about how she did it, as well as how she balances being a Mom, author and working a fulltime job in this wonderful interview.

 

1. Childhood dream?

When I was four or five, I dreamed of being an actress. I spent hours alone in my room, making up stories and plays. More often than not, my stories took place in a castle in some magical, faraway land; always I could fly. I flew to all sorts of exotic places! My dream, as I now see it, was to have a voice, a means of expressing myself and connecting with others. Today, those same reasons drive me to write—to be a part of the community, sharing thoughts, feelings, beliefs, connecting through open dialogue with others. I still fly, only now I travel in planes. In very real ways, my childhood dreams have become my reality. 

2. Your biggest weakness?

I’m persistent. Persistence, combined with a healthy dose of perfectionism, drives me to go over and over my work—to tinker. I expect a lot from myself. I work hard and always put forth my best effort. That I care is good, I think, but at some point you have to let go. My father always says, what makes you good makes you bad. Our best qualities, the qualities that drive us to succeed, can also get us in trouble. You have to know where to focus your energy and when it’s time to move on; otherwise, it’s hard to accomplish your goals. This is something I continue to work on. Maybe one day I’ll get it right. (more…)

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7 Questions, 3 Tips with Author Allison Winn Scotch.

7 Questions, 3 Tips with Author Allison Winn Scotch.

Allison Winn Scotch says in the author bio on her site:

“I was born in the ’70s at 3:43 AM in Charlottesville, VA. After my mother assured my father that yes, he could take that business trip to Montreal because, no, there was no chance that I would be making my appearance while he was gone, out I popped. Which my parents now like to use as a frequent analogy about my general attitude and overall take on life.”

SUCH fun!

The more official version of Allison’s author bio is that she was a freelance magazine writer for several years before turning to novel writing. She is now a New York Times Best-Selling Author, and her new novel, The Song Remains the Same joins her impressive collection of other titles The One that I Want, Time of My Life, and The Department of Lost & Found.

Let’s find out more about the author behind the pretty smile in our regular feature, 7 Quick Fire Questions, 3 Tips!

 


7 Quick Fire Questions

1. A nickname, past or present!

Winnie The Pooh. Or AliWinn – all one word.

2. 3 staples in your fridge

Yogurt (for my kids), parmesan cheese, milk (I’m a cereal junkie).

3. Vacation or Staycation?

Vacation! We travel a lot, and it’s probably our favorite thing to do together as a family. I hate flying, but I love getting there.

4. Celeb crush?

Too many to answer just one. Taylor Kitsch and Timothy Olyphant come to mind though.

5. Last movie you watched?

The Artist.

6. Favorite place on earth?

Paris. Or Anguilla. Or next to my kids in bed when they are sleeping.

7. Cats, dogs or neither?

Dogs. Always. Forever. As many as possible.

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Interview with Sheryl Steine, Author of The Day of First Sun

Interview with Sheryl Steine, Author of The Day of First Sun

Today we have an interview with Sheryl Steines, author of the urban fantasy novel, The Day of First Sun. Read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour (from NovelPublicity.com), including $450 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of the book.

 

If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back to the past or into the future? 

I would go to the past, meet famous people, see history as it happened.  I’d be afraid to go to the future.  I’m not sure I really want to know when I die.

If you could jump into a book, and live in that world, which would it be? 

This might be to expected, but I would love to live at Hogwarts, stroll through Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, play with all the magical stuff, and visit the Weasleys at their house.  I saw the Harry Potter exhibit at the museum a few years ago, and it just seemed so fun.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why? 

Sandra Bullock.  Since she became a movie star, people all over the place tell me I look like her.  She’s also funny.  I can only imagine how much more interesting and funny my life would be if she were the lead.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

I always knew I wanted to be a writer.  There were times that I thought I wanted to be an interior decorator, but in the end, I was always much happier writing and creating.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?

I have two.  The first would be Stephen King.  I was always amazed by the detail and imagination he used in his books, especially the earliest books.  I watched him on an interview many years ago and he was talking about the things he was afraid of, one of which was sleeping with his feet outside the covers at night.  He would always cover his feet so that the monsters under the bed wouldn’t get him.  I laughed so hard because I do the same thing.  J.K. Rowling is also a favorite.  Her life story and Harry Potter reminded me that I wanted to be a writer when I was seven.  She reminded me of the genre that I loved.  It got me thinking about what stories intrigued me.  I watched her interview on Oprah and cried through the entire thing.  It got me thinking of ways to take my personal experiences and hide them in the fantasy world. (more…)

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