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Q and A with Author Whitney L. Grady

 

I had the pleasure of meeting Whitney L. Grady at the Book ’em NC Book Fair and Writers Conference and thought you might enjoy getting to know her as well.

whitneyheadshot2015Q: As an author, what are your favorite events?

As a former middle school English teacher, I thrive on school visits when promoting my YA series. The students are who I write for and I am always intrigued by their questions and ideas!

Q: Where do you get your ideas?

Often, when I visit schools I am asked where the idea for my series originated. I tell the students that The I Am Currency series was born from one single tag line (one that came to me in the middle of the night that I scribbled down on paper beside my bed to save for the morning): Knowledge is power…but what if it were currency?

The next day (and then weeks and months that followed), I became engrossed in the concept of a future in which technology no longer existed and humans were forced to learn to survive on what they know. It took a lot of research, but I was able to find a plausible event which could terminate technology and alter the way of life for civilization drastically.

Q: What makes the characters in your series special?

I wanted my main character to have a superhero power that could be realistic, and so Nevel was given a photographic memory during a time when knowledge was so key.

I have a son and a daughter so I also wanted to be sure there was both a strong male (Nevel) and a strong female (Quinn) character. This makes it interesting for both male and female readers. Don’t expect the typical from my characters, though. Book one begins with Quinn chasing Nevel into the wild…and he is afraid for his life!

bothbooks1and2Q: What can we expect from the I Am Currency series?

The I Am Currency series is a run-from-the-government, code-discovering, survivalist adventure that is sure to keep you truing the pages! Book 1, I Am Currency, begins with a chase across the Australian outback. Book 2, Pass of the Crow, takes us to Papua New Guinea on an adventure riddled with mystery and missions. The 3rd and final book of the series will be released in fall 2016 by Amazing Things Press!

Q: Where can we find your books/find out more?

All books are available anywhere books are sold (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million and more)!

There is a book trailer on YouTube and several links below for more info!

 

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Author Interview – Varun Kumar

Thanks for stopping by to meet Varun Kumar, the author of An End To The Thrill.  

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Varun-Kumar-I was born in New Delhi, India and I’m currently pursuing my PhD in Electrical Engineering in the US. Writing has always been my hobby- ever since I started reading Enid Blyton as a kid that my mom used to get for me, I was interested in the art of story-telling. I moved on to The Hardy Boys and Agatha Christie and then Sidney Sheldon. Its then I decided to start writing something of my own. An End to the Thrill is the first of the very many to come-a collection of 9 short stories, each story having a thrilling, surprising end. Thus, the name of my book.  I feel my ideas are limitless and I will definitely expand my genre to something other than science fiction fantasy in the near future.

Each writer has their own unique process.  Tell us about yours. 

I used to make up characters everywhere-in school, at home, in the shower, everywhere. I finally started penning them down little by little-whatever came into my mind and would read it over and over again. Every time I read it, I would have a different idea of what’s to happen. I would pen them down too- finally deciding on the best one.

Your book is a collection of science fiction short stories.  What drew you to this genre?978-1-62516-154-3-VKumarCover

I believe that I have a wild imagination and I can make up characters that readers can easily relate to. Writing in this genre has no limits, I can create my own world, my own ‘real’ characters and my own laws. Thus, science fiction.

I am always impatient- I’m so impatient that I cannot wait to tell the reader as to what’s about to happen. Thus, the short stories.

Everyone dreams but not everyone remembers their dreams.  Do you remember your dreams and have they ever inspired a story or a scene in a story?

Absolutely, I think I remember all my dreams. I should have probably mentioned that most of my characters were created in my dreams- with a little tweaks made to them in the shower 😉

When it comes to your writing career, where do you see yourself in ten years?

I would want to see myself as the author of various books- all of them in different genres, each one making an impact one way or another.

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Margaret Sorick, Author Interview

Because of Blogging 101 & 201, I found some great blogs and some awesome Blog-Buddies.  One of those buddies is author Margaret Sorick.  The first thing that caught my attention was her blog’s title and tagline:

Meg Sorick – she writes better than she dresses

“She tried to look picturesque, but only succeeded in being untidy.”    Oscar Wilde

Seriously, I was intrigued – a writer with a self depreciating sense of humor!  I knew her blog was going to be a favorite.

So when the opportunity arose to have her visit my blog, I was thrilled.  If you haven’t met Dr. Meg, you’re in for a treat. And if you are familiar with her blog, then you’re about to get to know her a little better.

Tell us a little about yourself.         

IMG_0176Where to begin?  I am a writer!  I love saying that because I’m finally doing this thing I love after years of ignoring it!  The rest of the time, I am a practicing chiropractor with an office in the basement of my home.  This set-up is actually very conducive to writing because I can carve out time for it between patients and on my long lunch break in the middle of the day.  (Chiropractic can be very physically exhausting, especially after 20 years of practice!)  I love to read, am addicted to it.  In fact, I usually have at least 2 books going at a time: one on audio for listening to while I exercise, and another on paper or e-book.  I love music, sports and live theater.  I’ve been married to my wonderful man for 23 years.  We don’t have any children, but love being “emergency back-up parents” for our friends’   We enjoy traveling and our bucket list includes visiting all the capital cities of Europe.

Each writer has their own rituals – some listen to music while others drink coffee. What do you do to bring on your muse?         

Early morning writing has to include coffee, at least 2 cups, with absolute quiet.  Later in the day, I will listen to music, usually non-vocal.  One of my favorite Pandora stations is Moby Radio.

When it comes to a new novel, what/who usually shows up first? The idea for the story or the characters?

The story usually shows up first with a vague idea of who the characters might be.  I’ve gone back and rewritten major characters, because I didn’t like how they were working in the story.  For example, one of my villains from Three Empty Frames actually started out as the hero.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on their meaning or because you like how it sounds? What other things do you consider when naming your characters?

I don’t choose names based on their meanings.  So far, I’ve been writing a series with recurring characters.  I’ve tried to make sure all their names sound good together as a group, not too similar or alliterative.  I haven’t given anyone in the book too outrageous a name, except for my current main character Desdemona.  So aside from her name, I’ve used the website behindthename.com to help choose names based on how old the character is.  If you type in the year the character was “born”, they will give you the top 25 names for babies born that year.  For surnames, I’ve used place names, the names of deceased relatives and names of people in movie and TV credits!

Desdemona Murray is the main character for your novel, Seeing Red. How did she introduce herself to you?

This is a convoluted tale.  At the time I was writing the first book:  Three Empty Frames, I was binge watching Doctor Who on Netflix.  During the time of the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, played by the beautiful Karen Gillan, was the Doctor’s companion.  I imagined Karen, a statuesque red-head, as one of the friends of my main character for that book.  I had already figured out that each of the three young women in the first book was going to get a story of her own.  As for the name Desdemona, it’s not taken from the Shakespeare’s Othello, as one might assume. Rather, I took it from ‘Where Is Joe Merchant, a novel by Jimmy Buffet!  He wrote about his friend Desdemona, who runs a space station and bait shop as part of a crazy cast of Florida characters in the book.  My Des is nothing like Jimmy Buffet’s Des, but I just loved the name!  Murray is a distant family name on my mother’s side.

Thinking about your latest novel: If one of the supporting characters could step off the page and join you for lunch, which would you choose and why?           

Adam Quinn has an older brother, Graham.  He only has a supporting role in this story, but secretly, I’m in love with him!  He’s blunt and honest to the point of being rude.  As you get to know Graham, however, you find out that he is intelligent, artistic, loyal and funny.  Oh and did I mention drop-dead gorgeous?  Yeah, that too!

Writers tend to spend a lot of time alone. When it comes to socializing, do you prefer a small group of close friends or large and rowdy party?               

I manage all right in a crowd, but it’s not my preference.  Ironically, we entertain frequently, so I find myself in the midst of a crowd quite often!  I end up sequestering myself with a friend or two in the kitchen to escape!

Which would you prefer: Hiking/Camping   or   Dinner/Movie          

Hiking/camping, but the hubs is not much of a camper so it doesn’t happen nearly enough!

Everyone dreams but not everyone remembers their dreams. Do you remember your dreams and have they ever inspired a story or a scene in a story?  

I have a very vivid recollection of two dreams I had as a child.  One was about a plane crash and a reporter standing in front of the wreckage, the other was a recurring nightmare that my house was burning down.  Have they influenced a story?  Not yet!

At the end of your life, when it is all said and done, what would you want your tombstone to read?

“Beloved wife, loyal friend, she was able to laugh till the bitter end.”

Meg’s latest novel:

51bjmspj-ol-_sx331_bo1204203200_Beautiful, hardworking, Desdemona Murray doesn’t see herself the way others do.  She only remembers the awkward teenager she once was.  The talented landscape designer is hired to install a custom deck at the home of star football player, Ethan Samuels.  When she catches the eye of the handsome professional athlete, and he begins to pursue her relentlessly, she is at first, flattered and amazed.  However, her heart belongs to a man whom she believes only considers her a friend.  Adam Quinn has always been a ladies man, not one to settle down, or so she thinks.  Little does she know his feelings for her run much deeper.  When Des finally sees both men for who they really are, the choice she must make is obvious.  But when she chooses, Des finds out how dangerous it can be to break free from a man who can’t take no for an answer.

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Author Interview – Pagadala Vijay Kumar

Photo0840PagadalaVijay Kumar is a writer living in Secunderabab which is located in the Indian state of Telangana.  He is an indie author and three of his books are available on Amazon.

Below is our interview.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Well, writing a fiction’s easier than describing self. Right from my teenage, I wrote poetry, short stories and recorded few thoughts that’s elaborated and translated into my novels now. Few years ago, I worked at night. While on nightshifts, in the spare time wrote, edited, proofed and my drafts are recently published as novels. Unknowingly, diverse hobbies and interests forced me to study, research and understand few subjects.

Each writer has their own unique process.  Tell us about yours.

I prefer the process of analyzing the common aspects of the people, their psychology and behaviour. The reality that’s never bother to think or discuss. I work on the complicity of the subject and write in simple and easy words.

When it comes to a new novel, what/who usually shows up first? The idea for the story or the characters?

Usually, plot and the main character describe the flow connecting a scene or a memory. I prefer a new theme with a strong subject, love, romance and intriguing characters exploring the facts. Love to cast the strong contemporary woman and society.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on their meaning or because you like how it sounds?  What other things do you consider when naming your characters?

A good question, few readers asked the same question earlier. I like unique names for my characters and so design my own list of nomenclature, the names have no actual meaning, but should hold the characteristic to remember by the readers.

Book covers are important.  They should catch a potential readers attention.  Tell us a little about your cover – Who designed it?   Do you think it captures the “feel” of your story?

Title_Cover_5_x_8Yes, book covers are important and they should go with the storyline, a situation or griping scene to attract the book lovers. I design my titles, covers and they go by the genre. The back matter also should support the title and image/s for a perfect book cover.

Your current work in progress – Care to share a couple of sentences?

My third novel’s based on the hotel business, two broken families and a innovative software’s application to help the people of the society.

Are they too homeless, or searching for the address or a she’s hunting for the customers by taking advantage of her beautiful daughter?  She’s beautiful and walked elegantly and did not exhibit the signs or acts of a prostitute. He remembered the words ‘a person who knows to adjust in situations will survive till last. . .”

He marked it as an act of a winning and challenged the killer by escaping, besides saving his life. In return didn’t revenge him or informed the police. Later, he’s habituated of escaping and staying alert most of the time. He loved the game of chase of death and winning, this concept was not understood by the boss or his gang. . .”

The chip’s encoded with a unique number; programmed to multiply itself when a new record’s appended. It’s a simple synchronization of a bandwidth, converting into a transreceiver signal using with the chip already aligned in the mobile, automobiles, or any mobile vehicle. . .”

Writers tend to spend a lot of time alone.   When it comes to socializing, do you prefer a small group of close friends or large and rowdy party?

Nowadays, I avoid socializing with friends and social networking too. They distract, deviate my ideas and thoughts.

At the end of your life, when it is all said and done, what would you want your tombstone to read?

“ Every life has a purpose, live and show it to the world. ”

Thanks for stopping by and meeting Vijay.  If you are interested in connecting with him on Facebook, click here .

 

Q & A with Carolyn Holland (C. Evenfall)

carolyn holland downloadI’m really excited to welcome Carolyn Holland to my blog today.  We grew up in the same small fishing community, lost touch over the years and when we reconnected, we realized that we shared a love of writing.  Last month, she was on tour promoting her latest series – The Wraith of Carter’s Mill.  You may have seen her on one of your favorite blogs.  If you missed her, you’ll want to check out the interview!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a 46-year-old mother of three children. I always dreamed of writing but when my family was younger, there was just too little time to pursue it beyond a handful of notebooks full of short stories. I always intended to take these short excerpts and create novels from them someday.

My first novel, Seeds of Transition, written under my actual name, Carolyn Holland, was meant to be a dystopia novel but turned out more like a science fiction work. I found that while the concept was very interesting, and the subject of food security near and dear to my heart, I was not ready for such a huge undertaking. I became quite discouraged and then it occurred to me that I was trying to force a square peg into a round hole. If I really wanted to write well, write things people would enjoy, I HAD to find the right niche.

I am a fan of MANY genres, but I always felt that I had a knack for paranormal fiction. The idea for my series titled The Wraith of Carter’s Mill was born and I found that the writing was easier, partly because I enjoyed it more I suppose. I decided to use a pen name for this series, and for all future works of paranormal fiction since I am still exploring. My husband came up with the pseudonym C. Evenfall. I expect that I will write a considerable amount under this name but I also hope to try my hand with other genres in the future.

When it comes to a new novel, what/who usually shows up first? The idea for the story or the characters?

For me, the main character shows up first, and as I think about this person, his/her story begins to develop. As the story unfolds, so do other characters.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on their meaning or because you like how it sounds? What other things do you consider when naming your characters?

I pretty much stick with how the name sounds, unless a name in and of itself has the potential to speak about someone. For instance, in my current story, Carter’s Mill, several of my characters have biblical names. Why? Because the setting is rural North Carolina, 1907, and my protagonist is an upstanding, church going, local businessman.

Sometimes, there are people in our lives that we just don’t like. Have any of those people shown up in your stories?

Absolutely, most of my “villains” are people that I know! Names and circumstances are different, but I like to take the personality traits that I do not enjoy about these folks and give them to these characters.

Your current work in progress – Care to share a couple of sentences?

WCMxFrontCover600dpiv08-03.Dec.14I am currently finishing up with the fourth novella in my series titled, The Wraith of Carter’s Mill. The first three, Sensitives, The Guardians and The Forgotten are currently available in Kindle format. The fourth installment, Carter’s Mill will only be available in the special paperback edition, which will contain the entire series.

The first three novellas chronicle the curse of the Carter women. It travels through time, beginning in 1945 and ending in 2007. The fourth, Carter’s Mill provides the history and back story to this terrible curse. I have had a tremendous amount of fun with this installment. It is full of shocking answers to questions readers may have from reading the first three.

When it comes to your writing career, where do you see yourself in ten years?

Well, I definitely feel that I will still be writing. I hope that within that time frame, I will continue to hone my craft and become a better writer. It is my dream to write/publish a very successful novel someday.

At the end of your life, when it is all said and done, what would you want your tombstone to say?

I would love for the epitaph to read:

Carolyn Holland loved and appreciated life and did not waste a single minute!

Thanks for stopping by & meeting Carolyn. If you’re interested in being the Q & A Featured Author, please contact me.