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!



Amazon Link

Author website

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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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Chatting It Up With Author Carol Ann Ross

WP_20141213_009Not only is Carol Ann Ross the author of the Topsail Island Saga, a historical romance trilogy set in coastal North Carolina, she’s the focus of today’s author interview.

My questions will be in bold.  Carol’s responses will be in regular print.



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

My character shows up first – but that character is usually the embodiment or contains the axis on which my story has been spun. Make sense?

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?

Some of the names are very important – others don’t mean a thing. If a name has importance it is because it is the name of a dear friend, a dear loved one, relative, significant a-hole in my life, etc.

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

In the present novel I am working on they are ending up either dead or obvious idiots – though, they may not have the same name as the actual person I am thinking of.

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

“I never really did like you very much. You’re pretentious, obnoxious and a complete phony – I just needed you around to do the dirty work.”

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

In ten years, I see myself having shared my wealth with the needy and sick and living in my own ocean front home with my Yorkies – also spending winters in Florida.

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

Good mom, good friend.

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