AMANDA’S BOOK REVIEW

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Further Adventures in Barn Town (Barn Town Series Book 2) by Eve Culley ~Review~

*Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review*

Children’s books are so important and I feel that they need to be reviewed just as much as adult books. However, with children’s books, the best way to review them is by reading them to your children. I read Further Adventures in Barn Town by Eve Culley to my two kids. My kids are ages 6 and 2.

This children’s book is approximately 88 pages. It has chapters and is good for children who are just beginning to read chapter books. The book is narrated by a cat named Ol’ Stripe who is the deputy of Barn Town. Barn Town is a large farm and this book follows all the events and adventures that take place. This book discusses many themes like bullying and having courage. The characters are ducks, chickens, bunnies, a fox, hawks, goats and many more.

The book does have pictures but they seem to be the author’s own personal pictures taken on a farm. At first, I thought it looked a little cheesy but my sons LOVED the pictures. They love animals and it made the story realistic for them. The editing looked well done, I only found a missing comma or two. My only major issue the font. It looked like Times New Roman to me. With a children’s book, having a larger and different font could make it a little more appealing. Overall, I liked that these stories were humorous and light-hearted. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars! My kids really enjoyed reading about the animals and learning about them!

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Author E.A. West and being GDPR compliant.

I’ve come across several authors today who haven’t heard about the GDPR, so I’m posting this as a kind of public service announcement. The GDPR is the General Data Protection Regulations created by the European Union. It goes into effect May 25, and we all need to be in compliance by then or we could face ridiculously massive fines. Yes, this applies to everyone regardless of where they are in the world if they have a website, mailing list, or blog that’s accessible by people in the EU (so all of us).

It sounds a whole lot scarier and more difficult to get in compliance than it actually is, although it can be time consuming and sometimes frustrating. Here’s a blog post that gives information about the GDPR and what it means for authors (and editors). It has a link at the bottom to part 2, which contains even more information. https://www.marymccauleyproofreading.com/…/how-will-the-gdp…

I’m not an expert on this, but I’ve been researching and learning about it for a couple of months, and I think I’ve done everything I needed to do to be GDPR compliant. Be aware that there is some conflicting information out there, particularly regarding mailing lists, so do your research and go with what you think is best (and maybe consult a lawyer if you want a more official opinion).

The GDPR will affect editors and authors whose clients and blog or newsletter subscribers include EU citizens. So if you haven’t yet taken action on the GDPR or don’t know what your obligations are, this article is for you.
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Romantic,Dystopian, Espionage she writes them all.

Hello Laura. It is nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy? 

Hello, my name is Laura Hines. I am from Sequim, Washington, but currently living in Spokane for school, and a new life. I enjoy knitting, crocheting, writing stories, designing book covers, photography, and art.

How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?

I started writing when I was 14 years old, short stories, amateur stories, but as my hunger for reading and creating my own worlds grew, so did my writing. I just one day took up the computer and began to write. I don’t know what it was that inspired me. I guess I just felt I could write a better ending to a movie, and began to do just that.

Who is your favorite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you? 

My favorite author is Jane Austen, but I also like Suzanne Collins, the writer of the Hunger Games Trilogy. Jane Austen is the one I pattern most of my romantic period stories. I do love Suzanne Collins because of the dystopian theme. Science fiction and fantasy are another one of my favorites.

What genre do you enjoy reading? What’s your favorite book and why?

Dystopian is my favorite, but I love period books, like westerns. Dystopian is my favorite because I enjoy people trying to defeat the evil that is trapping them in the world they are in.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing? 

I realized that someone would be reading it and they would be the critics, so I decided to take some classes on how to write an award-winning novel.

If you’ve published a series, what is the series about?

Have written a series, called the Survivor series, about a dystopian series, a young woman who learns she has a special gene that could save the fate of the current world as is, but the powers that be want to control the population.

What was it like creating back to back stories that link? 

Easy as pie. I am a pantzer. I write by the seat of my pants. Just don’t outline or anything.

Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could, what genre would you like to dabble in? 

I have written in several different genres already. Romantic, Mail Order Bride, Dystopian, Espionage, Spy

What has been your most proud moment as an author? 

Just to have my siblings say, is there another book?

Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration? 

Nope, I just know that sometimes it’s hard to write. Taking breaks is the only way to let off the frustration.

Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer? 

Pantster. Fly by the seat of the pants. No structure or outline. I am not good at outlining.

Am I the only one who gets hung up on commas? Do they make you go blah! when you’re writing?

Commas are my favorite subject. I love to use them a lot. It’s hard to find a way to get the commas to change. 🙂

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?

Don’t give up; don’t let anyone tell you-you can’t write and be yourself while you write.

What are you working on now? What will you release next? 

I am currently working on two different stories.

My third Mail order bride is Katie Tyree, from Scotland, who decides to take a treacherous trip across the Atlantic, to marry a man she thinks is a good man. After meeting him, she finds herself falling in love with the wrong man. My other book is called Possession, about an angel/demon child who discovers her destiny is to become the next mistress of Lucifer. But with the help of her aunt, her boyfriend, and a few other important people in her life, she fights and changes her destiny.

So… where can we get your books? 

Amazon is the place you can get my books. The author names are Joanna Springer, Adriana Potter, Deborah West. I use a pseudonym for protection. And also because they are all different genres.

How would you define what being a successful writer means?

Just write write write. And Don’t let negative reviews get you down. Prove them wrong.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

Ego helps to a certain degree because it helps you with keeping your confidence up.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I research facts on google, or borrow books from the library, pertaining to the subject I am writing, photocopy and highlight it. I also have books for terms, romantic scenes and the like to help me write.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I am happy when I get a review, negative or not. It means people are reading and giving their honest opinion of my work.

What was your hardest scene to write?

Love scenes. I am a single woman so that the love scenes would be the hardest, but also death scenes too.

What’s your writing schedule like?

I write when I get an inspiring thought, and I keep a notebook in my backpack in case I get an idea or a thought.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

My mom is a writer, and I have a few friends who are writers too. We exchange books and give our opinions on the books, helping each other sharpen up our skills.

How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?

I watch a movie or read a book, and if I don’t like the plot, I change it the way I want it.

How have your family and friends accepted your career as a writer? Are they supportive?

They build me up and tell me that I am a good writer. My siblings love my stories, and my mom edits and helps me promote. My grandmother loved my stories before she passed, so I dedicate my stories to her.

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?  

Real people and some people are made up. Mostly the character is what I want to be when I feel a little inadequate about myself.

What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction? 

Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner. My Survivor stories are part of that genre.

Where would you like to travel to and why? 

Ireland, because I have ancestors from Ireland, and I would like to see all the ancestors in the United States, who formed my life.

Tell us about how you develop your characters?

 I have my idea of what a man should be like, strong, sexy, masculine, take charge, but respects their lover, treats her like she is her own person, straight, and the woman is a warrior, who can hold her own and doesn’t need a man to protect her but is an equal in desire and motivation.

Which one of your characters is your favorite and why?

My Emery and Gayle books, Cora is my favorite because she has to endure a lot. Her husband disappeared, and she has to run the ranch on her own, fending off suitors, and raising her child without him being there.

What would you like readers to know? 

Just enjoy the books, and hopefully, they will find a message and get inspired in their own life.

Contact Laura:

https://www.facebook.com/Adriana-Potter-Author-693641087370374/

https://www.facebook.com/deborahwestbooks/

 

Books by Laura:

Awaken

https://www.amazon.com/SURVIVOR-AWAKENING-Adriana-Potter-ebook/dp/B00M8PLKLS/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1523391515&sr=1-3&keywords=Adriana+Potter

Song of the Heart

https://www.amazon.com/Emery-Gayle-Heart-Joanna-Springer-ebook/dp/B0114AB9NQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1523391436&sr=1-1&keywords=Joanna+Springer

Emma

https://www.amazon.com/Emma-Widowed-Rancher-Order-Bride-ebook/dp/B07BJCXSC2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523391374&sr=8-1&keywords=Emma+and+the+Widowed+Rancher

 

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Author Linda Suit – Spunky Doodle’s Mom

Hello Linda, nice to meet you!

 Linda author pic

Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?

An Atlanta city girl turned country; I now live in rural AR with my husband, Jerry and our animals, including an amazing pet squirrel, Spunky Doodle. We have four pet miniature goats and an old dog, Tinker. We have spent a lifetime traveling the world doing mission work and feeding my wanderlust, which is why I became a travel agent.

How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?

My writing journey began later in life with inspirational articles for a church newsletter. Our Pastor graciously told me he hated writing his column because mine was so much better. I chose to consider my writing style different, not better. Every writer has something to offer. He has a much greater gift with the spoken word.

What genre do you enjoy reading?

 When I read it is purely for enjoyment. My day is filled with details and can be very stressful. I don’t want to have to tax my brain to figure out a plot. I just want to lose myself in a good story. I do like mysteries with a splash of romance. Iris Johansen does a good job fitting this bill for me.

If you’ve published a series, what is the series about? 

 Almost three years ago a very special critter was literally thrown into our laps. spunky and jerryEnter Spunky Doodle, a unique, sassy, wonderfully personable little squirrel found my husband in the woods. She was all alone and immediately climbed on his gloved hand. I went back with him later, and she climbed into my arms, refusing to be left alone. I tried. She followed us. The rest is history. Spunky writes daily stories and has brought smiles and inspiration to many. She has also left her mark on me, as I’m her Mommy tree.

What was it like creating back to back stories that link? 

spunky watermellonWith Spunky as the inspiration for my stories, there is certainly no shortage of material. Many are based on her antics and personality, but she also weaves life lessons for young and old as well as inspiration to others.

Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could, what genre would you like to dabble in? 

I also enjoy inspirational writing, much of which is woven into Spunky stories.

What has been your most proud moment as an author? 

Two things instantly come to mind. We have a blind friend that told me once,”I can actually see it happening when I read your stories”. Proud moment! Another is a friend who had been housebound for years. She told me Spunky stories were the only bright spot in her day. During her last week on earth, her granddaughter lay in bed with her, reading Spunky stories and laughing together. It made her final moments on earth happier. It is priceless when you can bring joy and laughter to someone who so desperately needs it.

Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration? 

My desktop, yes, every single day. I love writing, but when it comes to anything technical, even the simplest things, I throw up my hands and walk away.

Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?

My writing has all been short stories and based on personal experiences. Many times it takes time to process those experiences, and there does not seem to be a set time period for this. I just “know” when it’s time. I don’t even think about what I’m going to write; it seems to flow from my heart to my fingers. I don’t think the way I write, it just happens. Some of my journeys are more profound than others, and it takes my mind and heart whatever time it takes to get to the point of sharing them. Many times I go back and read what I’ve written and I have to wonder how those words arrived on the screen.

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?

Find a subject you are passionate about!

Just write! Get it down on paper in some form.

Talk to published authors to see where you want to go from here.

What are you working on now? What will you release next? 

A short story for a book to be published later this year. Also, a children’s book and possibly an adult version of same is sitting in my computer waiting for me to fine tune.

How would you define what being a successful writer means?

There is a huge difference in being a successful writer and being a published writer. In my heart, I feel I am successful if by sharing my personal experiences I can make readers feel as if they were there seeing what I am describing, instill laughter, inspiration, and hope. That’s my measure of success. In the end, that’s what counts.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers? 

 I have no aspirations of becoming rich and famous from my writing but I think we do need to take pride in our work. If that is ego then it’s a good thing. Just don’t take it too personally if another writer offers suggestions that aren’t quite in your comfort zone.

What’s your writing schedule like?

I write when I feel something is ready to come forth. Things pop into my head when I sit down in front of the screen; then it seems to flow.

How have your family and friends accepted your career as a writer? Are they supportive?

 My husband has been my constant source of support and encouragement. However, I cannot overlook the many friends that have pushed me forward with the “You can do this” nudge. I tend to want to write for the sense of satisfaction I feel when it’s done, and the joy it brings to others. I openly admit that I have little inspiration when it comes to trying to get anything published.

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

 I couldn’t even begin to imagine the characters I use in my writing. I am blessed to have traveled to the ends of the earth and have encountered countless “characters” that have inspired me. There simply is not enough time to do them all justice.

 Where would you like to travel to and why? 

 We have spent our lives traveling the world, both as a travel agent, for personal enjoyment, and for mission work. I am quite content now, at my ripe old age, to sit here on my little farm and enjoy our animals and the serenity of our creek behind the house.

Which one of your characters is your favorite and why?

 Spunky Doodle is without a doubt the shining star in my writing. If you haven’t read her stories, you in for a real treat. I don’t mean that to sound boastful, she is a blessing from God and has enriched my life and that of so many she has touched with her stories.

 Meet Spunky Doodle and how she came to live with Linda at the end of the interview.

 What would you like readers to know? 

 I am an only child, have always been shy, but my world comes alive when I write. I don’t think I am special. I feel God has given me a talent to share, through whatever avenues that come available. My goal is to connect with my readers in such a way that I make them smile, belly laugh, weep silent tears, teach life’s lessons, however simple they might be so that they will take away something special from anything I write. That is enough for me.

Visit Spunky on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/linda.suit

or on Pandoras Box Gazette the second Saturday in each month for the newest adventure in “Spunky Tales” https://www.pandorasboxjt.com/

 

SPUNKY DOODLE FINDS A HOME

spunky window 2

I was little, lost, and alone. I couldn’t find my Mommy anywhere and I was very scared. Oh look, here comes someone! He came close and I peeked over some bushes. I decided I really needed him as a friend, so I was brave and climbed on his glove. Boy was he surprised! He talked to me but then he left, so I hid in the bushes again. I was so afraid. Please let him come back. Yes, there he is! I was glad to see him cause I was really worried since it was getting late and I was hungry. He sat down, played, and talked with me. I tried to tell him he was nice but I really needed a Mommy. Oh no, he’s leaving again. What am I going to do? I don’t know how to take care of myself. Yes! Here he comes with a lady. I hope she’s nice and wants me as much I as need her. I will do my best to convince her. I’ll be good.

I ran from behind a tree and before she knew it, I was on her shoulder. Hi! Then I kissed her neck and sat on her head. She was really surprised I didn’t bite her. We played for a bit but then she put me down, and they walked away. No, please, you can’t leave me, I’m all alone, I need you to be my Mommy! She looked kind of sad but kept walking, so I followed them. I was not taking no for an answer. I ran up her leg, into her arms and wouldn’t let go. She looked at the nice man, then down at me and said, “Ok, Spunky, you can come home with us.” Silly lady thought I was a boy at first! I lost my squirrel Mommy, and that makes me really sad but how lucky can I be to find someone to take care of me? They took me home, fed me, but now the bad part…she gave me a bath! I’m so glad I found them, even after the bath cause I got to snuggle with her. My new Mommy and Jerry Boy take really good care of me, even if they do make me eat veggies before I get my nut for dessert.

I curled up in Jerry Boy’s pocket to sleep. After a few nights of this, I was asleep in his pants pocket after all my antics, and Mommy was ready to put me to bed. First trick was to get me out of his pocket, so Jerry Boy reached in to get me, and I was not having it. I started kicking and burrowing deeper. So he has a mad squirrel in his pocket, and every time he tries to get me I kick, bite, and squeal trying to get him to leave me alone…getting the picture? He is stretching to give me more room and I am getting pretty close to forbidden territory. The look on his face is priceless. He is squirming to avoid permanent damage, and Mommy is laughing so hard she almost fell out of her chair. Moral of the story, when a squirrel is sleepy let her sleep!

Fast forward to today, it’s been almost three years, and I have a lot of friends young and old that love reading my stories. I even have conversations with them. Can you imagine people actually talking to a squirrel? Take my word for it, they do! When I got discouraged from writing, someone would say, “Spunky, you are the only thing that brought a smile to my face today.” So you see, I was sent here for a special reason, to bring laughter, teach my little friends about life, and tug at your heartstrings.

 

 

 

 

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Interview with P. G. Shriver

Hello, Penny! I am so glad you are here today.

P. G. Shriver

Tell us a bit about you where are from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?

Hi, Eve and readers! It’s a pleasure to visit your blog. I live near Waco and write from my horse ranch. I love creating, repurposing, and illustrating. I also love to read. Currently, I’m re-reading books I’ve had on my shelf for over 20 years.

How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?

The best way to answer is “I was born a storyteller.” I love telling stories. I wrote a sad poem about clown when I was in second grade. It won the newspaper contest and was published as the first place winner. From the time I saw my name in print, I knew my true form of communication was writing. I could express myself, my feelings, my inner thoughts through words and people understood me, connected with me, saw me. That’s what makes me write.

Who is your favorite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you?

I read so many children’s books during my years of teaching middle school, and if I had to pick an author for that genre, it would be Jerry Spinnelli. I am also an avid fan of Dean Koontz. I love his Odd Thomas series, though I haven’t had time to read the last few books in the series.

What genre do you enjoy reading? What’s your favorite book and why?

I love fiction in all aspects, and some non fiction. My reading favorites are humor, fantasy, and suspense. I’m not a big fan of “fad” books. I like to read books with staying power.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

About the only aspect of my writing that changed after my first book was accepted for publication is my revision process. I already knew I needed to polish and then polish more, but the actual process of working with a publishing house editor was daunting. It was great, but after a while I was done. I can go over my work continuously for… ever, and it not be “finished”. At one point, the editor had to tell me, “That’s it!” and so I learned to tell myself that.

If you’ve published a series, what is the series about?

Actually, I’ve published two series and one trilogy. The trilogy is a superhero tale about twelve teens with unusual gifts. The second series is a school humor series about a boy who in making the right choices, he makes the wrong choices. In the first book, he uses teacher’s stapler to fix items he’s broken. In the second, he tries to help a stray dog. In the third, his imagination literally runs wild while writing a story for class. I wrote that series under my other pseudonym. The third series is about a traveling saddle who enjoys helping friend on her travels to Texas Festivals.

What was it like creating back to back stories that link?

I love series writing because the character gets to come back. I’ve had numerous readers of my single books ask me if those books will become series. To me, that’s a testament to the staying power of my characters and storylines. I love hearing that. I just need more time to write. There’s never enough time.

Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could, what genre would you like to dabble in?

Yes, I have thought about writing a self help book, but it’s not what I really want to spend time doing. I’ve also considered coffee table books, but again, I love telling stories.

What has been your most proud moment as an author?

It’s hard to pick one moment, so I’ve narrowed it down to two. The first moment was at a book festival in College Station. A young couple bought my first picture book, Master Stinky Dances, for their eighteenth month old. They visited with me for a bit while thumbing through the book with him, then handed him the book and set him down to walk. As they moved to another table, he sat on the floor and turned the pages. My pictures connected with him. The second time was after a Sally the Travelin’ Saddle reading when a young man asked me, “What is the theme of your book?” I promptly asked him, “What do you think the themes is?” After our exchange, his teacher–who was excited beyond words–approached and asked if I had an extra copy. She wanted to buy for her room because that young man never interacted in class. I almost cried.

Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration?

Only due to programs or computer related issues. Never over writing. I’ve grown so used to typing stories on my computer that my handwriting is horrible.

Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?

 I’m a head plotter and writing pantster. I do a great deal of planning in my mind before I sit down to write. The magic happens when I begin writing, though. The stories just grow. The characters write them. Then I revise, revise, revise and edit and send it to an editor, and maybe revise some more.

Am I the only one who gets hung up on commas? Do they make you go blah! when you’re writing?

I don’t pay any attention to commas. I add them, or don’t. I worry over the story. I let my editor worry about commas. She tells me what to do with those commas. Sometimes I listen, sometimes I don’t.

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?

  • Tip 1: Write every day even if you don’t feel like it.
  • Tip 2: Don’t skip revision and editing.
  • Tip 3: Never give up on your writing goals or dreams.

What are you working on now? What will you release next?

Now that the third festival book is “put to bed”, I’m going to complete the rough draft for The Gifted Ones The Spiral. That is my next big project. I’m also illustrating a book for another author, which has to be finished also.

So.. where can we get your books?

The easiest place to find them all is at www.geanpenny.com, or www.pgshriver.com. You will find them at any online retailer and a few brick and mortar bookstores here and there. If you ask for them at a bookstore and it’s not in stock, they can order it. You might even find them in a few libraries.

How would you define what being a successful writer means?

To me, being a successful writer is accomplishing your writing goals one at a time. If your goal is to make a living writing, and your doing so, you’re successful. If your goal is to touch the lives of your readers, and you’ve received reviews that say so, then you’re successful. To me, being successful is being happy and making others happy to have known me through my characters. Sure, I would love to spend all my time writing and make a living from it, but that doesn’t constitute success to me. Happiness defines success, and I’m pretty happy with my books and readings and writing daily, so I guess I can say I’m successful.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

I think it depends on the genre they are writing. Some writers can play that, some can’t. If you have an ego that negatively affects your sales, then it’s hurting you, but if it increases your sales because people just have to know why you are that way, then it’s working.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I research anything I don’t know while I’m writing. If I am unfamiliar with a place I’m writing about, I drive there, take pictures, scope it out. I’ve done that several times for a few romance books I’m working on. To tell a story people connect with, you have to research.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Reviews are for buyers. I only read reviews over books I’m considering as a purchase. I love to hear from librarians, teachers, students through email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media with comments about my work or presentation. And, I’ve been known to use their comments as “true reviews” for my website.

What was your hardest scene to write?

My hardest scene to write the twist in Dead Perfect. I cried while I was writing it. I wanted Mel to find her happiness, and then I gave her grief! How can a writer do that to a character that has grown so close to them? Yikes! I did it, though! I think I had to leave my computer three times before I finished writing that section.

Dead Perfect

What’s your writing schedule like?

I try to write every morning. There are times I write in the evening after work, like now. Whenever it’s quiet, I spend time illustrating or writing.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

There are a few authors I can call friends, but I really don’t have time for socializing except on Facebook. I see them at festivals and we hug and talk and inspire each other. They are in the children’s book arena also, and there’s no jealousy, no spite. It’s great to have friends you can talk to about your work or marketing or travel. I consider that crazy chick (get it?), Barn Town Eve a friend! And there’s Kathleen Shields who writes the Hamilton Troll series. There’s also, Connie Peck who writes horse stories.

How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?

I have so many ideas. I have to record them all. Then I sit down, after a little time of thinking, and start writing! Beginnings are my favorite to write. My process is the same every time. Where I need research, I stop and locate what I need. The length of time from start to finish of a book varies depending on the book. The Gifted Ones Trilogy should have been completed in 2016, but I’m still working on the rough draft. I can usually complete a picture book in about a month including illustrations, given the time to work on it eight hours a day.

How have your family and friends accepted your career as a writer? Are they supportive?

My family is very supportive. I think they’ve finally come to the point where they’ve stopped listening when I say, “That would make a good book!”

Wait! Maybe they’re giving up on me!

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

No, I don’t base my characters off real people. They live inside my head awaiting their arrival to the page. Perhaps a little of every person I encounter becomes a part of a character, but on one character is based off one person I’ve met.

What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?

Sally the Travelin’ Artist is my latest rhyming picture book. Sally was inspired by book festival decor. Her story began where all saddles make it as festival decoration, at the Giddings, Texas Library and Cultural Center. Sally the Travelin’ Artist is the third book and is set in Central Texas–destination Killeen for Take 190 West. The release date is April 30. I am inspired by everything life offers.

 

Sally The Traveling Artist

Where would you like to travel to and why?

One of the places on my bucket list is Alaska. I’ve traveled to many states in North America, and I’ve been to Canada. I’ve always wanted to visit France, but it’s not a place I have to go now. The only other place I would love to travel to is some of the islands, not Hawaii, but maybe the Bahamas, or Jamaica, or St. Thomas. I love the beach and clear water and wilderness! Those are perfect writing and inspiration places!

Tell us about how you develop your characters?

That’s a good question. Readers have touted me for developing strong characters, but the truth is I don’t develop my characters; they develop me. Each of my characters is a bit of me, and each time I write from my character’s perspective, I become more developed and complete. I picture the process as Noah opening the Arc doors. I open the door, and the characters pour themselves out onto the page.

Which one of your characters is your favorite and why?

That’s tough. I’m partial to Cheater, in The Gifted Ones The Fairytale. On some levels, she’s me at that age, without that spectacular gift. I mean, my gift is spectacular (speaking of ego), but not like hers. I relate to her on so many levels. She’s a good kid who’s suffered in her life, but she never gives up and never gives in.

 

What would you like readers to know?

I’m excited to share that I’ve created a Patreon writing blog where my fans can subscribe and interact with me while I complete those writing projects I’m working on! I’ve included some great subscriber rewards like free books, free image downloads, Google Hangouts with me to talk writing and wine, or Hangouts for the classroom to talk writing with students. I love the idea of interacting with readers. The opening idea for The Gifted Ones The Spiral was inspired by a comment one of my readers made about a comic con costume. Love the opening! So, if you’re a reader and you want early access to my work, hop on over to https://www.patreon.com/pgshriver and get some!

Thanks for hosting me on your blog, Barn Town Eve!

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Guest on Pandora’s Box Gazette

Link for my guest appearance at the new Kid’s Corner today:

https://www.pandorasboxjt.com/single-post/2018/04/28/Kids-Corner-Adventures-in-Barn-Town.

Head on over and visit awhile.

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Morning at the barn.

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