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HERE'S DAWN SKYY

Posted by rlmorgan51 on April 29, 2014 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Robin Leigh Morgan: Please introduce yourself.

 


Dawn Skyy: Greetings and Felicitations! My name is Dawn Skyy. I'm an Indie or independent author. I work the night shift for NYPD as a police clerical. By day after my errands and workout are done, I sleep like a vampire. 

 


I'm a life-long Star Trek fan. In fact I'm considered to be one of "The Old Guard", one who literally grew up watching Star Trek from Kirk & Company to Voyager. I also love reading, science fiction, fantasy (especially if there be dragons in it!), spy, espionage, thriller and detective are the genres I enjoy the most. I also love classical music, old school R&B, jazz, and I've recently taken a liking country and blues.


Aside from reading and writing I'm also into photography, hand crafts (crocheting, knitting, beading) jogging, power walking, African dance, weight training, and I love animals, especially cats. I currently have two rescue cats I adopted nearly one year ago. Like typical cats, they have me perfectly trained.


Robin Leigh: Tell us about your latest published novel.

 

Dawn: It started out as a rant against a fan club I'd joined about three years ago. I wanted to warn people that certain fan clubs were not all they are cracked up to be. I'm not saying that all are as horrible or bad. Some fan clubs are well run and monitored organizations.

 

The one I hooked up with was the pits because it had none of the aforementioned qualities. Since it dealt with a real celebrity (whose name I would never reveal), I concocted a highly fictitious version of the events which transpired, names, and some places involved, and let it fly.

 

Robin Leigh: What is the latest book you’ve published?

 

Dawn: Cross Eyed: Part One is my first and only book. 


 


Robin Leigh: Can you give us about a five sentence description from it.

 

Dawn: Darlene, a retired NYPD cop seeks out her best girlfriend Alexis for help in solving a mystery and help a celebrity. Alexis who is a retired NYPD detective and runs her own private detective agency agrees to go under cover and sort out the mess. Alexis goes undercover and gets far more than she bargained for.

 

Robin Leigh: What can you tell us about your current writing endeavor?

 

Dawn: I'm currently working on Cross Eyed: Part Two. I ended Part One with a cliffhanger which I plan to fully address. I will also be clearing up a lot of other issues which I'd vaguely touched on in part one.

 

Robin Leigh: Can you give us an excerpt from one of your favorite scenes in your latest novel?

 

Dawn:  We didn't even have to ring the bell because Mom had the screen door open and was waiting for us. I stepped right into one of her rib crushing hugs. Mom was the type of woman who didn’t let you go unless you hugged her back with equal force. She didn't like wimpy hugs.

 

Without looking I could feel Dad standing behind her. I was also aware of what Russell had been doing behind me: removing his hood, taking off his hat and his sunglasses. Both Russell and Dad locked eyes and stared at each other for a half a second before recognition dawned on Dominic DeLaRosa's face. I wish I'd had my cellphone out to take that photo. My Dad stunned speechless with his mouth hanging open like a Striped Bass.....

 

"Holy s**t! You're, you're... Lexi, why didn't you tell me you were seeing .....THE Russell Cross?" Dad asked incredulously.

 

"And have you called me nuts?" I asked.

 

Robin Leigh: How did you decide what the title of this book would be?  If this book is part of a series, then how many books will be in the series?


Dawn: The name Cross Eyed is the name of the fictitious fan club in the story. I named it that because the star's name is Russell Cross.

 

I originally didn't intend for it to be a series, but I got so caught in the story and charactors some will say the "plot bunnies" went wild. I'm writing a second book which I'm hoping will be a full sized 50,000 word novel. In comparison Cross Eyed: Part One is considered a novella.

 

Robin Leigh: Would you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?

 

Dawn: I consider myself to be a little of both. I plot endlessly, and I have set scenes that must happen. However, getting to that set scene is another story. For instance, I must have Lexi go to the carwash. Now, she can take an uneventful drive to the carwash or there can be a twenty mile car chase on the way to the carwash. I can never predict what will happen until I sit down to write. That's what I've so meticulously plotted turns into a monster.

 

Robin Leigh: What made you decide to become an author?

 

Dawn: I'd been writing for most of my life. I actually started writing as a result of my love for Star Trek. I wrote for fanzines (fan magazines) and published one of my own for about a year. I also wrote extensively for what are called written role playing games, within the Star Trek community.

 

I was really bitten by the writing bug when I was encouraged to join a writing community site named Writing Dot Com. There I learned how to create and keep my first blog. I was also introduced to and encouraged to enter and win NaNoWriMo.


Robin Leigh: What is NaNoWriMo?

 

Dawn: It stands for National November Write Month. It is an international writing event which happens every November. It's a race where writers participate by attempting to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. In order to meet this goal one must write a certain word goal every day (I believe it's approximately 3,000 words per day, but don't take it as gospel). To me this was a real challenge because at that time I was schlepping a laptop and would write furiously on my breaks, at home and everywhere I could. On Thanksgiving Day I didn't write a sentence as it would've been impolite because I was a guest for dinner at a friend’s home. I made up for it and won in 2011, though. That novel is currently sitting on the back burner waiting to be published.

 

Robin Leigh: In your latest novel, who’s your favorite character male/female? Tell us why.


Dawn: Of course all of my "Cross Eyed" characters are all my babies, because I created them. I like Russell the best because he is so laid back; you really don't who he is until you really get up close. Then it's like, "gasp"! I also like Alexis' stepdad, Dominic DeLaRosa. He is a force to be reckoned with.

 

Robin Leigh: Do you set aside a specific amount of time to write, write/answer emails, and market/promote your book[s]?


Dawn: I really haven't been on a specific schedule. I pretty much write when I have a few minutes here and there between my studies, work, chores, and sleep. Thank goodness for smartphones and tablets. Both allow me to do significant amounts of writing and web surfing on the go, instead of waiting to get home to write read emails the way I used to.


Robin Leigh: Do you read books outside the genre you write in? What are they?

 

Dawn: The titles are too numerous to name. I used to read a lot of well-known authors religiously; I'm talking waiting for their next book with baited breath. That meant long spaces in between as most authors can't crank out a book a month (like the pulp fiction days). But since I've become a member of the independent author community I've found so many excellent authors within that realm, I must confess, I haven't bought a mass published book in two years.

 

Oh yes, I read anything but horror, zombie, erotica.

 

Robin Leigh: What must you have around you when you write; food, drink, music, etc.?

 

Dawn: When I used to write at home I had to have my music, my water and my furry writing assistants (cats) at my feet.

 

Robin Leigh: When you were an aspiring author you needed advice. What advice would you give to those aspiring author in those shoes today?

 

Dawn: For an inspiring writer/author I suggest you should join a supportive writing community like Writing Dot Com; they’re like a Facebook for Writers, only it is closely regulated and monitored. You can join for free and you get a profile which includes a blog. You can post your writing and invite members to come by and critique and help you to improve. At WDC you are also free to critique and help others. There are also clubs, forums and contests you can enter to help hone your craft. Then there is the utter madness of NaNoWriMo. This is the perfect place to get your feet wet because everyone there shares the same goal.

 

I also advise anyone who wants to become an independent author, to familiarize yourself with the top social networking sites. Namely: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Good Reads. Why? Because these are going to be the avenues which you will use to publicize your book(s), touch base with other Writers and Authors and connect with your fans.

 

Robin Leigh: Is there anything else you’d like to briefly tell us about your book, your writing, or yourself.

 

Dawn: I'm so, so grateful to the Independent Authors community, I would've never made it without them. I'd wanted to publish a book for about twenty years but I was terrified of the query letter, manuscript, rejection process. I went through years ago with a fan fiction magazine. I'd sent said (long defunct) publisher my story and I received a rejection letter! I couldn't believe it! A rejection letter from a fanzine? I was devastated! It made me so angry that I decided to publish my own fanzine. I did that for a year until I went broke doing it. Back then I did not have the options we have in abundance today. I encourage you to get out there and use them.

 

GENERAL_INFORMATION

 

Where can we find your book?

 

Cross-Eyed: Part One is on Amazon http://tinyurl.com/l93f8jn  

 

Where can we find you on internet?

 

WEBSITE: http://www.dawnskyy.com     


BLOG: http://me4cats.blogspot.com  [My blog about my rescue cats named "Cats Gone] There are also several blogs on my website. Click "Skyys the Limit Blog" and mouse over the drop downs for the different categories.


FACEBOOK FAN PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/dawnskyy


GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7451981.Dawn_Skyy

 

TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/dawn_skyy  


TUMBLR: http://theknightsrealm.tumblr.com  

 

Thank you so much Robin Leigh for interviewing me!

 

AND THANKS Dawn for giving me your time in allowing me to interview you.

 

HERE'S BRUCE A. BORDERS

Posted by rlmorgan51 on April 28, 2014 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Robin Leigh Morgan: Please introduce yourself.


Bruce A. Borders: I’m a self-published author.

 

Robin Leigh: Tell us about your latest published novel.


Bruce: The latest is a short novel called Inside Room 913. I intended it to be a mini-mystery but I got a little carried away.


Robin Leigh: What are the two latest books you’ve already published? Give us about a five sentence description for each?


Bruce: Over My Dead Body


Over My Dead Body explores the deadly reaction and consequences when a protective father, Jeff Blake, tries to prevent the state from taking his daughter. The director of Child Protective Services uses his position to exact a personal vendetta in removing three-year-old Ashley from the Blake’s home.


The situation quickly becomes violent as Jeff resorts to the only response he feels he has. By the end of the short encounter, three people are dead. Ironically, Ashley is still taken, so the tragic fiasco gained nothing.


Miscarriage Of Justice

Sentenced to fifteen years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, Ethan Rafferty has one thing on his mind - payback! With his time up, the ex-con is free to pursue his mission of revenge. The District Attorney, Mariana Clark, who, during the trial suppressed evidence that would've exonerated him, is the focus of his vengeance. Intent on making her life miserable, Ethan employs a variety of tactics to antagonize and torment the woman. Unable to retaliate through the courts, considering her role in the previous trial, Mariana decides to fight fire with fire. Soon, their feud escalates to a point where neither imagined it would go.


Robin Leigh: What can you tell us about your current writing endeavor?


Bruce: I'm working on several books at the moment - a book about an escape from prison, a western, and Book 7 of the Wynn Garrett Series. I like to do prep work on many different projects at once. That allows the story to percolate and then when I start the actual writing I have a better idea of where it's going.


Robin Leigh: Can you give us an excerpt from one of your favorite scenes in your latest novel?


Bruce: This one is from Inside Room 913

 

So what happened?” Cynthia spoke up. “Where is Conrad Williams now?”


Holding up his hand, Mr. Jacobson said, “All in good time, my dear. Permit me to finish.” He paused briefly, and then continued. “Not knowing what to say or do, I politely inquired if he was all right. He answered by violently swinging a baseball bat directly at my head. I ducked and luckily, he missed. Then, we struggled a bit until I finally got the better of him.”


Cynthia sat stone-faced, listening, but giving no indication of her thoughts.


Seeing he had her attention, Jacobson continued. “I physically held him down on the floor, and assured the man I did not want to hurt him. I said I’d just been concerned about his well-being. He insisted that he was quite fine and really wanted only to be left alone. Didn’t like people, he claimed.


We talked for a while longer until I thought I’d convinced him that I was no threat and simply wanted to help. He’d calmed down considerably since the moment I’d first barged in, but then he suddenly became like a wild man. His eyes raged with fire and he looked right through me as he came at me again, this time, bare-handed.” Mr. Jacobson shook his head. “Sadly, that was the last time I saw Conrad.”


Frowning, Cynthia gave the man a questioning look. “You still haven’t told me where he is.”


Mr. Jacobson sighed. “He’s gone.”


“Gone? Gone where?”


“Gone, as in dead, I’m afraid. I killed him.” The man said the words calmly, with no emotion, as if the fact that he’d ended another human being’s life was no big deal.


Cynthia’s heart was in her throat. The man in front of her had just admitted to a cold-blooded murder. She couldn’t help but think poor ol’ Mrs. Fletcher had apparently been right! There was a murderer in the building! And here she sat - all alone in his one-room apartment. What’s worse, no one on God’s green Earth knew she was there. Not a single person!


Robin Leigh: What was the inspiration for your latest novel?


Bruce: A few years ago, I heard about a guy being held prisoner in a “hotel” for a few decades and wondered how that could have realistically happened. So, I let my mind begin to wander...


Robin Leigh: How did you decide what the title of this book would be? If this book is part of a series, then the books in the series.


Bruce: I wanted something short, with a little bit of intrigue. That’s the reason for the room number. I thought Inside Room 913 fit the bill. A lot of hotels used to not have a room 13 on any floor due to superstitions of the customers. The ninth floor seemed to play into that as well.


Robin Leigh: Would you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?


Bruce: Both. I plot in my head before the writing begins, then once I start writing I like to just see what happens and where I end up.


Robin Leigh: What made you decide to become an author?


Bruce: I always loved to write, always wanted to be an author. I finally decided there was no time like the present.


Robin Leigh: In your latest novel, who’s your favorite character male/female?


Tell us why.


Bruce: Cynthia Holt, the main character of Inside Room 913. She is very inquisitive and doesn’t really worry much about what she is told if that means ignoring someone’s well-being.


Robin Leigh: Do you set aside a specific amount of time to write, write/answer emails, and market/promote your book[s]?


Bruce: I don’t set a certain amount or a specific time because life is always trying to mess up my carefully laid plans! But I do make sure to write every day. As for all of the other stuff, marketing/promoting, I try to do that daily as well but it is not the top priority.


Robin Leigh: Do you read books outside the genre you write in? What are they?


Bruce: Sometimes. I'll read almost any genre except for Erotica and Horror or subjects like witchcraft.


Robin Leigh: What must you have around you when you write; food, drink, music, etc?


Bruce: Food to munch on, coffee and Dr. Pepper. I love music but can't listen while I write or I'd be writing the lyrics down. Wouldn't really be able to concentrate on writing either - listening to music for me is not a passive activity, it isn't just something going on in the background but it’s what I am doing. So, my writing environment needs to be quite.


Robin Leigh: When you were an aspiring author you needed advice. What advice would you give to those aspiring author in those shoes today?


Bruce: Write what makes you happy. Keep writing. Try to improve along the way, but keep writing.


Robin Leigh: Is there anything else you’d like to briefly tell us about your book, your writing, or yourself.


Bruce: I would like to thank Robin for the opportunity to do this interview and for her support of the Rave Reviews Book Club!


GENERAL_INFORMATION


Where can we find your books?


Ebooks: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, among others.


Paperbacks: Amazon, Barnes & Noble as well as my website.


Where can we find you on internet:


BLOG: http://bruceabordersbooks.weebly.com/blog.html

  

FACEBOOK FAN PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/BruceABordersBooks


GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5752197.Bruce_A_Borders


TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/BruceABorders


WEB PAGE: http://BruceABordersBooks.weebly.com


Bruce, THANKS for giving me your time in allowing me to interview you.

 

HERE'S KATIE HAYOZ

Posted by rlmorgan51 on April 25, 2014 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Robin Leigh Morgan: Please introduce yourself.



Katie Hayoz: I’m originally from WI in the States, but now live in Geneva, Switzerland. I write and read young adult fiction and especially like books with a paranormal edge. My weakness is buttered popcorn; I seriously wonder if I could survive without it.


Robin Leigh: Tell us about your latest published novel.


KH: My debut novel is Untethered. It is a paranormal coming of age novel that follows 16-year-old Sylvie on a unique and slightly sinister journey of self-acceptance. Sylvie has an ability to leave her physical body and astral project. While it could be akin to a superpower, she sees it as a curse. That is, until the day she decides to play with its dark side. Sylvie then sets an evil plan in motion that she believes will change her life for the better. But she doesn’t count on it spiraling out of control.



Robin Leigh: What are the two latest books you’ve already published? Give us about a five sentence description for each?


KH: Wish I could say I have a backlog of books published, but I don’t. There’s Untethered, and a young adult short story that takes place in the 1950’s – Kissing Clarisse. I’m working on building up my list, though! 


Robin Leigh: What can you tell us about your current writing endeavor?


KH: I’m working on a series that involves creepy masks, the lost colonists of Roanoke and stories of the devil. Happy, light stuff, you know. Ahem.


Robin Leigh: Can you give us an excerpt from one of your favorite scenes in Untethered?


KH: I guess I’ll go with the beginning of the flashback in Chapter 19, when Sylvie and Cassie decided to become blood sisters:


The summer we were ten years old, Cassie and I held our fingers over my mother’s biggest, shiniest knife and looked into each other’s eyes.


“Ready?” Cassie asked. Her eyes shone. She dragged her front teeth across the plump cushion of her bottom lip.


The knife was her idea, not mine. I would have gone with a needle.


Robin Leigh: What was the inspiration for Untethered?


KH: Two things:


1. A fall down my basement stairs when I was about six, where I swear I had a split-second out-of-body experience. I didn’t know what it was at the time, but the weirdness stuck with me.


2. Reading the book Stranger With My Face, by Lois Duncan when I was 17. That novel was the first I read involving astral projection and I knew I wanted to write a story with that as the main thrust. I did it twenty years later.


Robin Leigh: How did you decide what the title of this book would be?


KH: I am the absolute worst at titles. Really. My brain goes on lockdown the second it’s time to come up with one. So this novel had the cringe-worthy title of Precious Possession until a friend’s husband suggested Untethered. Whew. Thank you, Robbie.


Robin Leigh: Would you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?


KH: I’m a total pantser. But I really wish I was a plotter. I’ve tried to outline, unsuccessfully. My writing style is complete and utter chaos. I write. I tear the manuscript apart, picking away the fleshy parts and gnawing on the bone. And then I rewrite and move a little forward. And rip apart. And rewrite again. It’s a very long process, but when I outline I never, ever stick to the plan.


Robin Leigh: What made you decide to become an author?


KH: I am the youngest of six children. I don’t know how my parents did it. My mom worked non-stop around the house all day. But in the evenings, my mom would sit in her recliner with a bowl of popcorn and a book. No matter how much noise was around her, no matter what kind of chaos we’d create, she was lost to the world in her novel. She always looked so interested - enraptured even – that I needed to try out reading novels for myself. The reading right away took me into writing. Authors were (and still are) my rock stars. Apart from a flamenco dancer, there is nothing I would rather be.


Robin Leigh: In your latest novel, who’s your favorite character male/female? Tell us why.


KH: Nelson. He’s the boy who has a crush on the main character, Sylvie, though she’s too obsessed with her own crush on Kevin to notice. It’s funny Nelson is my fave because he wasn’t even in the early drafts of the novel. But for the first half of the novel Sylvie is a fairly unlikeable character and I needed to show that she wasn’t always that bad. It was kind of hard to show how decent Sylvie could be if no one liked her. So Nelson went from not being in, to just making appearances, to being one of the main characters.


Robin Leigh: Do you set aside a specific amount of time to write, write/answer emails, and market/promote your book[s]?


KH: I try to. It all depends on my kids’ schedules. But I do have a writing “date” every Monday with a good writing friend. We meet up at the university and sit down together with our laptops.


Robin Leigh: Do you read books outside the genre you write in? What are they?


KH: Most of the books I read are YA – I write it because I love to read it. However, I do venture out and read other genres as well. Book clubs like RRBC introduce a whole range of indie books to check out, and I think that’s great. Most recently, I’ve tried memoir and historical fiction.


Robin Leigh: What must you have around you when you write; food, drink, music, etc?


KH: Food and coffee. Lots and lots of it. Unfortunately, writing is not helping me get any thinner! 


Robin Leigh: When you were an aspiring author you needed advice. What advice would you give to those aspiring author in those shoes today?


KH: Publishing is a seriously tough business, and your skin has to be thicker than a castle wall in order to survive. My advice is, if you love writing, don’t give up. EVER. No matter what. Keep working, keep reading, keep learning and keep writing.


Robin Leigh: Is there anything else you’d like to briefly tell us about your book, your writing, or yourself.


KH: I’d just like to say thank you so much for having me on your blog, Robin!


GENERAL_INFORMATION


Where can we find your book?


On Amazon – both in kindle and paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Untethered-YA-paranormal-Katie-Hayoz-ebook/dp/B00C7A8YW2/


Where can we find you on internet:


BLOG: http://www.katiehayoz.com


FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/katiehayoz.author


FACEBOOK FAN PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/katiehayoz.author


GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7032949.Katie_Hayoz


TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/katiehayoz


WEB PAGE: http://www.katiehayoz.com


Katie THANKS for giving me your time in allowing me to interview you.

 

HERE'S DORMAINE G

Posted by rlmorgan51 on April 17, 2014 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (4)

I'd like to thank Dormaine G to come here today and sit in the HOT STEP as I interview her.


Robin Leigh Morgan: Please introduce yourself.

Dormaine G: I was born in New York and lived there with my family until I was eight when we moved to Mississippi. Ten years later, I went to college at Xavier University in New Orleans, LA for about two years then moved to Lynn, MA for life experience. I decided to move back to NY on my own where I finally became an RN. I worked there as an RN for years then decided to do travel nursing for a few years until I decided to stay in Colorado.

 

I may be a nurse by profession but I am an author by heart. I have been writing stories for many years, both in my head and on paper because I’ve always had a love for books ever since spending Saturdays at the library as a young child. Within a book, the mind can travel to worlds of the imagination and the beyond. I finally took the plunge and published my first novel last year, a young adult urban fantasy titled “Connor” and an adult horror short story titled “Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess”. Both are the first editions of many to come as I stay locked up in my office in Colorado spinning more tales.


Robin Leigh: Tell us about your latest published novel.

Dormaine: I recently published “Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess” in February 2014. It’s a short story historical fiction about a woman seeking revenge through voodoo.


Robin Leigh: What are the two latest books you’ve already published? Give us about a five sentence description for each?

Dormaine: So far the books I published are Connor and Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess.

Connor: Connor discovers she has the gift of invisibility, among other gifts, but what she doesn't realize is that her life is about to change for the worse. She meets five other teenagers who have abilities similar to hers but not everyone is so eager to find answers as to why they are different. Sensing their lives are in danger, Connor is determined to figure out the truth by any means necessary. Then there is Ronin, he is young, smart, and breathtaking. He is set on taking his revenge out on Connor but she has no idea why.



Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess: Is set in the late 1800’s New Orleans about a Creole woman, Odara, who entered into a common law marriage under Placage. Soon after getting married she finds out that her husband is not who he pretended to be. For twelve long years she suffered unbearable hell by his hand forcing her to get revenge. With no one to help her out of suffrage Madame Lilly a voodoo priestess is born. Lilly gets her revenge but in order to do so there is a price, one she was not aware of.



Robin Leigh: What can you tell us about your current writing endeavor?

Dormaine: I am presently writing on book two of the Connor series of which I still have not named. I just recently finished my first rough draft.


Robin Leigh: Can you give us an excerpt from one of your favorite scenes in your latest novel?

Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess:

Standing up, Lilly’s body stiffened uncontrollably. There was something wrong. A force was pulling her in. That wasn’t supposed to happen . . . she was supposed to feel in control at all times but she was losing it.


There was something else here, something she hadn’t invited. Despite the humid night air her body turned cold, rigidly cold, making her teeth chatter. Her followers saw the change when she stood up so suddenly. They stopped beating the drums since they could tell something was wrong by the way she held herself so tightly.


A force had a hold on her. Lilly could feel it in her bones. She desperately wanted to close her eyes but something within her wouldn’t allow it.


The wind howled and the dirt flew around them, making it almost impossible to see. Something fierce was coming for her. The other spirits knew it because they stopped walking but instead hid in the shadows of the trees, finally showing themselves as they moved swiftly past the other spirits that were coming right at her. There were two of them, no longer holding human forms, but white shadows of their former selves.


Lilly held her arms rigid as the forces rapidly circled her body, spinning her round to see her. Stopping close to her face, they intertwined with each other as if to figure out what she was. They appeared identical with hollow pits for eyes and mouths but she could sense they were not truly the same. They hovered in front of her for only a moment before they shot through her body, taking a part of her with them and knocking her to the ground from the blinding pain.


Robin Leigh: What was the inspiration for your latest novel?

Dormanine: I lived in New Orleans at one time and still visit there as often as I can. I love the history there and since voodoo and Placage, both of which intrigue me, play a big part of its culture I decided to put them together in a book. I plan on keeping Madame Lilly around for some time.


Robin Leigh: How did you decide what the title of this book would be? If this book is part of a series, then the books in the series.

Dormaine: I usually wait until the end of the book before I come up with the title. I decided by what feels right and since she went through a lot I thought it fitting to name the book after her.


Robin Leigh: Would you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?

Dormaine: I am most definitely a panster. I do not plot or outline anything. The development of my stories comes to me as I write. My midbrain is constantly working about the next situation or idea so when I sit down to write I go from what ideas I came up with. Of course I go back and tweak what I write but that way works for me. I don’t like to stick too much to a plan because I feel it can limit me.


Robin Leigh: What made you decide to become an author?

Dormaine: I have written stories off and on for years but at the end of 2012 I was laid off and decided to finally finish my book Connor. I feel everything works out in the end.


Robin Leigh: In your latest novel, who’s your favorite character male/female? Tell us why?

Dormaine: My latest was named after the main character Odara aka Madame Lilly who is my favorite character. I like her because after all that she has gone through she survived in the end. I feel she is strong and powerful even though she doesn’t realize to what extent yet.


Robin Leigh: Do you set aside a specific amount of time to write, write/answer emails, and market/promote your book[s]?

Dormaine: I set a goal each week of how much I will write on my books; usually write at least five thousand words a week. I try and put about one hour a day into marketing but then set one full day a week aside for just marketing. I try not to work every day so not to burn out but with me loving what I do, it’s hard to walk away.


Robin Leigh: Do you read books outside the genre you write in? What are they?

Dormaine: Yes I read books outside my genre. Besides my genre of young adult urban fantasy and historical fiction, I will read just about anything fiction or fantasy. I like mystery, thriller, a great detective novel, paranormal romance/dysfunctional romance and anything supernatural.


Robin Leigh: What must you have around you when you write; food, drink, music, etc?

Dormaine: I have the television on in the other room just to sense it but not to hear it and it most likely will be on the Syfy (SciFi) channel. I just need to have the essentials around like my laptop and I’m good to go. When I write I’m so into it nothing else matters so having anything else around is not really necessary.


Robin Leigh: When you were an aspiring author you needed advice. What advice would you give to those aspiring author in those shoes today?

Dormaine: Grow a thick skin and fast, do not read reviews good or bad as they may influence your writing, be true to yourself when you write and keep striving to be better than what you were on your last book.


Robin Leigh: Is there anything else you’d like to briefly tell us about your book, your writing, or yourself.

Dormaine: I’m one of the biggest SciFi geeks who loves anything supernatural and yes that includes vampires. I may be an adult but I don’t believe in growing and never will. I love to swim, write and my two favorite things to eat in the world are New York style pizza and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Also, that another volume of Madame Lilly should be out by June and the second book under the Connor series will most likely be out in July. Also, I plan on writing a short story under the Connor series to explain the San history.


GENERAL_INFORMATION

Where can we find your book? Connor is everywhere including book stores. Right now Madame Lilly is located on Amazon. My website and blog links to all my books and their locations.

Where can we find you on internet?:

BLOG: http://www.Dormainegblog.blogspot.com

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/dedeblu?fref=ts

FACEBOOK FAN PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/dormaineG

GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7329928.Dormaine_G

TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/dormaineg

WEB PAGE:  http://www.dormaineg.com/


THANKS for your time in allowing me to interview you.

 

HERE'S ELIZABETH N. LOVE

Posted by rlmorgan51 on April 14, 2014 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce ELIZABETH N. LOVE who has graciously agreed to be my second victim, I mean guest, in the HOT SEAT as I interview her;


Robin Leigh Morgan: Please introduce yourself.


Elizabeth N. Love: My name is Elizabeth N Love, but most people I know also know me as Bee. I’m the 6th of 7 children, and I grew up in rural Kansas. I now live outside of Kansas City with my family. During the day, I work for a small company that does nation-wide business in healthcare, and whenever I get a free moment between that and domestic obligations, I write and read, watch birds, sew, and draw art. I’ve been writing stories since the third grade, when I was about nine. This led to my degree in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. I am also a French horn player, which I play during the summer in a local community band.


Robin Leigh: Tell us about your latest published novel.

Elizabeth: Pouring the Cup is my first published novel, which became available in October 2013.


This is the first book in a series that focuses on a human colony many years in the future and about a hundred light-years away. The colony has been established for a little over 300 years when we start our story with an introduction to Axandra, a woman who would prefer to live out her life in obscurity. Despite her desires, she is destined to be the vessel for a creature referred to as “the Goddess” and she finds she has no way to escape the consequences that accompany the possession. She leaves her long time home to travel to the capital city and take her place as the Protectress, essentially the queen of her entire world.


Robin Leigh: What are the two latest books you’ve already published? Give us about a five sentence description for each?


Elizabeth: Right now, I have Pouring the Cup, and then a small volume of short stories entitled Through a Window. There are five short stories from 1000 to 7500 words each that have been favorites of my beta readers. I included in illustration and a brief introduction with each story. The topics range from the faith of an ape-bird hybrid species to the races on two planets sharing a close mutual orbit discovering each other.


Robin Leigh: What can you tell us about your current writing endeavor?


Elizabeth: I have at least two works on the table right now. The first is the second book to follow Pouring the Cup, which is going to be called The Dark Days. This story, which should be available mid-2015, will bring closure to some open ends from Book One, and open up some new adventures to lead into a third volume. The characters find out that some important facts from their history books may be incorrect.

The other is a non-fiction depicting the brief life of our first daughter, Sydney, and will show not only a narrative of facts behind her birth defect and the emotional reaction of the family, but will also discuss the struggle we have with allowing human beings to die when their time comes, instead of artificially keeping them alive and suffering. I’ve been working on this for the last 4 ½ years. It’s very difficult to write, and at this point, I still don’t know when I’ll actually finish.


Robin Leigh: Can you give us an excerpt from one of your favorite scenes in your latest novel?

Elizabeth: This is still in the stage of a rough draft, but this excerpt sets a menacing mood for the upcoming novel.

From The Dark Days: Axandra’s own whimpers woke her from sleep. For a brief moment, her body refused to move. She feared the dream was true and the Prophets had her trapped in the Haven. She waited tensely for footsteps on stone, for thunder to crackle through the air.

The darkness of the room, the softness of the bed, and the sweet night noise of the garden reminded her that the terror ended months ago. Fifty kiloms away, the rocky home of the Prophets sat abandoned. Without the protection of the Great Storm, the isolated subspecies moved elsewhere to find solitude. No village would take them in, not after the crimes they committed. She last heard they had sailed to an uninhabited island to the south. There was no proof to this rumor, yet she clung to the idea as an anchor to avoid drifting further into the sea of paranoia. She could not continue to heal if she thought the devils watched her every move.

Trying to still the pounding of her heart, Axandra lay flat on her back and used every muscle for the strict purpose of breathing. Despite her effort, sobbing spilled forth, followed by hyperventilation, and a very real need to flee.


Robin Leigh: What was the inspiration for your latest novel?


Elizabeth: My inspiration has always been finding a way for people to live together peacefully, have the necessities of life, and still have the freedom to believe what they want and do what makes them happy. The world I created for Pouring the Cup explores how human beings might be able to accomplish this, which has a socialist/humanist approach that actually succeeds (unlike communist and socialist states on Earth). It’s not just a government mandate, but an entire paradigm shift. And in this case, it takes moving to a new planet and starting over from scratch. And this type of society isn’t easy to maintain at all times, particularly when the way of life is threatened by war from an outside force, or upset from an inside force.


Robin Leigh: How did you decide what the title of this book would be? If this book is part of a series, then the books in the series.


Elizabeth: Originally, Pouring the Cup was going to be the entire work, but the novel turned out to be about 200,000 words, and as I discovered, that is really long for a first novel. I decided to split that into two to three pieces. To come up with the title, I threw around a lot of phrases from the book itself, and chose Pouring the Cup because it epitomizes Axandra’s struggle as a vessel for another being and how that creature is transferred down her family line. The quote from the book is a conversation Axandra has with her new found lover. “They transfer her from one woman to the next, like pouring wine from one cup to another. What if they don’t pour the cup?”


Robin Leigh: Would you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?


Elizabeth: Mostly a pantser. I have general idea in my head of where I would like to end up, along with some major plot points I would like to incorporate, but how I get there depends a lot on how the characters behave. To avoid stilted dialogue, the characters interact with each other as naturally as possible, as if I’m on one side of the conversation or the other. They don’t always go down the path I chose. Characters who were originally conceived to assist the Protagonist sometimes end up being the worst enemy. I’ve also found this leads to some interesting twists I hadn’t previously considered. This approach can make the writing process longer, but I end up more satisfied with the final work.


Robin Leigh: What made you decide to become an author?


Elizabeth: Writing was always a hobby, something I enjoyed doing. I’m an introvert by nature, so it appeals to my desire to have alone, quiet time. I use writing to explore my universal questions. When I started letting other people read what I wrote, I got tremendously positive feedback. I sent stories out to contests, and was rewarded with placing in the top 10 entries a vast majority of the time. This helped me decide to write a full novel and put it out there for the world. The responses have been positive so far. And despite all of the backend work marketing, I’m very happy I made the decision to move forward.


Robin Leigh: In your latest novel, who’s your favorite character male/female? Tell us why.


Elizabeth: This might sound trite, but it’s difficult to pick one favorite. I spend so much time fleshing out the characters to be more than two-dimensional, that I love them all, even the ones with nasty dispositions.


Robin Leigh: Do you set aside a specific amount of time to write, write/answer emails, and market/promote your book[s]?


Elizabeth: With two young children and a busy husband (high school band director), I don’t always have time to schedule. I make time waiting in doctor’s offices, writing at lunch, and sometimes I plan a day off from the day job when the kids will be at school so I can make it a writing day. As the little ones get older, I hope I’ll be able to make more solid plans.


Robin Leigh: Do you read books outside the genre you write in? What are they?


Elizabeth: I write in social science fiction, but I will read hard/tech sci-fi, fantasy, poetry, and main stream. While that last several years have seen a lot less of me reading, my goal this year is to read at least six books.


Robin Leigh: What must you have around you when you write; food, drink, music, etc?


Elizabeth: Depending on what I’m writing, music is a huge part of the atmosphere. I try to chose music that fits the mood of the scene. This is mostly instrumental, since I tend to sing vocals when they are playing, and it’s difficult to sing and write at the same time. I have several New Age and Classical albums that suit this purpose. When I’m in the zone, I pretty much forget about food. What I don’t want around are other people, if I can avoid them. I’m not a coffee shop writer, unless I’m looking for new character traits.

GENERAL_INFORMATION

Where can we find your book?

Pouring the Cup is available on Amazon.com [as a KINDLE / paperback]

http://www.amazon.com/Pouring-Cup-Stormflies-Elizabeth-Love-ebook/dp/B00GAA0YGY


My short story collection Through a Window is available on Amazon [under Bee N. Love] http://www.amazon.com/Through-Window-Short-Story-Collection-ebook/dp/B00J457AEG

It’s also available on Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble websites.

Where can we find you on internet:

BLOG: http://www.writerbeeblog.wordpress.com


FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/writerbee


FACEBOOK FAN PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pouring-the-Cup/586497788065264


GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7376912.Elizabeth_N_Love


TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/bee_writerbee


THANKS “Bee” for allowing me to interview you.

 

HERE'S WENDY STORER

Posted by rlmorgan51 on April 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce WENDY STORER who has graciously agreed to be the first person in the HOT SEAT as I interview her;

Robin Leigh Morgan: Please introduce yourself.

Wendy Storer: I write fiction for children and young adults, inspired by real life – although of my two current works in progress, one of them is a novel for women (also inspired by real life). I am interested in human drama with positive outcomes, which I guess relates to my past life as a hypnotherapist and creative writing therapist.  

 I live in the beautiful Lake District in England, and as well as writing books, I teach writing and help other writers through Magic Beans. (www.magicbeans.co.uk)

Robin Leigh: Tell us about your latest published novel.

Wendy: My latest published novel is a YA story called ‘BRING ME SUNSHINE’. It’s the story of Daisy, a teenage girl, whose dreams of being a drummer and running off into the sunset with the gorgeous Dylan are thwarted by her Dad’s fading mental health. She’s a young carer, and finds herself looking after dad and little brother Sam, while her own life is put on hold.

 

It was runner up in the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition last year and was mentioned on The Guardian newspaper readers’ recommended list of indie published books.

Robin Leigh: You’ve published two novels so far, can you tell us a little bit about the other one?  

Wendy: ‘WHERE BLUEBIRDS FLY’ is the story of Ruby, a teenage girl grieving for her grandmother. She’s fallen out with her dad, and when she hears that her parents may be getting back together she goes completely off the rails. As a result, she is sent to live in a residential school for girls with problems at least as bad as hers. It’s a story about making friends with your enemy, dumping your past, and daring to hope.

Robin Leigh:  What can you tell us about your current writing endeavor?

Wendy: My main work in progress – Still Breathing Air – is about a drunken loud-mouthed woman who is serving a community sentence after punching a pizza delivery boy, a year after her son has supposedly committed suicide.

My other WIP is another YA – How to Be Lucky – and it’s really only sat there waiting for me to find the time to do a final edit. This is a story about luck, friendship, and grabbing your chances while you can.

Robin Leigh:  What was the inspiration for BRING ME SUNSHINE?

Wendy: I’ve worked with young carers at different points in my life, and have tremendous admiration for carers (of any age, actually) because they really do a wonderful job and make the world a better place for all of us. So I already had the idea for Bring Me Sunshine (then called Ladder to the Moon) when I read Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now.  His belief is that, “In the Now, the present moment, problems do not exist. In the Now, we discover that we are already complete and perfect…” The two ideas (of caring for another person and living in the moment) sort of combined, and Bring Me Sunshine was born.

Robin Leigh:  How did you decide what the title of this book would be?

Wendy: The title came to me whilst working on one of the rewrites. First and foremost it’s a song title (as are all the chapter headings in Bring Me Sunshine), but it seemed so very relevant since the book is set in the UK’s very rainy Lake District, and rain is constant in the story; so it works as a metaphor. But it’s also about focusing on something positive – about asking for something good to happen, rather than complaining about the bad stuff.

Robin Leigh: In Bring Me Sunshine, who’s your favorite character male/female? Tell us why.

Wendy: That has to be Daisy’s little brother, Sam, because he’s so quirky and funny and sharp.

Robin Leigh: Would you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?

Wendy: Pantser – veering towards plotter… but I’ll never give up the pantser approach because I think that’s where so many creative ideas are born.

Robin Leigh: What made you decide to become an author?

Wendy: I’d written stories and been a regular at writing groups for years, and it just wasn’t enough anymore. When I read The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson, I was inspired. Here was a book about real life, about young people with problems (like the kids I was working with at the time) and I thought, this is the kind of thing I want to write too.

Robin Leigh: Do you set aside a specific amount of time to write, write/answer emails, and market/promote your book[s]?

Wendy: I wish I could be that disciplined.

Robin Leigh: Do you read books outside the genre you write in? What are they?

Wendy: Although I mostly read YA contemporary fiction, I do venture into other areas – paranormal, women’s, comic… anything that grabs me.

Robin Leigh: What must you have around you when you write; food, drink, music, etc?

Wendy: Silence – I can’t work with a noise. I do like coffee. Food is good too, but I’m whimsical what and when I eat. Depends on my mood and how the writing is flowing…

Robin Leigh: When you were an aspiring author you needed advice. What advice would you give to those aspiring author in those shoes today?

Wendy: Two things:

  1. Stop aspiring to be something you can be today. Just write. Authors are molded from the number of words they write and the number of hours they put into the job.
  2. Find yourself a group of fellow writers to share your work with, and take criticisms with an open mind; they are the stepping stones to success.

Robin Leigh: Is there anything else you’d like to briefly tell us about your book, your writing, or yourself.

Wendy: My favorite color is violet.

And thanks for interviewing me J

GENERAL_INFORMATION

Where can we find your books?


US -  http://www.amazon.com/Wendy-Storer/e/B00AFX1LSM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1397389325&sr=8-1


UK -  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wendy-Storer/e/B00AFX1LSM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1397389543&sr=1-3

 

Where can we find you on internet:

READ THE OPENING CHAPTERS of BRING ME SUNSHINE: http://www.wendystorer.ws/index.php?id=bmsopeningchaps


BLOG: http://wendystorer.blogspot.co.uk/


FACEBOOK FAN PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/WendyStorer.Author?ref=hl


GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5831804.Wendy_Storer


TWITTER: https://twitter.com/WendyStorer @WendyStorer


WEB PAGE:  http://www.wendystorer.ws/


Wendy THANKS for taking time out of your busy schedule to allow me to interview you.