Interview with Australia’s Storyteller, Author, Publisher, Photographer, Human Rights Activist, Social Justice Campaigner and sometime poet: Clancy Tucker.

Hello Clancy!

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

I reside in Australia, but am well-traveled, and have lived in four countries. I’ve been a full-time writer and photographer for more than twenty years, but am also a human rights advocate and social justice campaigner.

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

I’ve always been a writer, but I became a full-time writer as soon as I stopped working due to a medical condition.

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

John Grisham and Lord Jeffrey Archer inspire me as a writer. They are my favorites.

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

Both fiction and non-fiction, but I do not read science fiction and fantasy. No, I have not read any Harry Potter books.

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

It didn’t. I just kept going, writing the same way I always have – keeping it simple, and keeping the story moving.

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

I have two series. One is about a family who own a large farming property in Australia. The other series is about a young gutsy girl who becomes a top lawyer.

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

It takes a lot of concentration.

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

No. I’m happy writing what I write best.

What has been your most proud moment as an author? 

The day a nervous young boy came to my house to meet me. He’d just read one of my books, but he left with three new books to read. Nice kid. He called me Mr. Tucker, but I soon squashed that idea.

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

Never!

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

I’m a pantster. I have an idea and run with it.

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

There are some tricky things in the English language that often make me stop and think before I proceed.

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer? 

If you are not passionate about writing, find another hobby. Maintain your own voice. Don’t hold back – let it rip.

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

I’m working on two books that are series.

So… where can we get your books? 

All my books are available as paperbacks and e-books. Naturally, they are available on Amazon and my daily blog of course.

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How would you define what being a successful writer means?

Good book reviews are very pleasing.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers? 

A big ego doesn’t help anyone. Me? I’m confident, not cocky.

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

None, normally. I have an idea and run with it. The stories develop their own life, and it usually takes three months to complete a novel, working 12 hours day, seven days a week. And, I’m mentally exhausted when it’s finished.

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

I read all my book reviews because people have taken the time to write a review. Sadly, not enough people write reviews.

What was your hardest scene to write? 

None. Things take on a life of their own and I love the adrenaline rush.

What’s your writing schedule like?

It used to be every day, but sadly, I have become too involved in other things. However, I miss writing and am cutting back on commitments to get back to writing.

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

I guess we are on the same page. We have a common interest.

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

Yes, they are. However, I’m the very creative person, whereas most of them are not. You have to be a tad crazy to be creative, and you must accept that you are different to most people.

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

Most are based on real people. Why not? There are so many crazy people out there.

What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?

A past occupation dealing with migrants. ‘Bold Journey’ is about a five-year-old boy who migrates to Australia in 1954.

Where would you like to travel to and why? 

I’ve traveled a lot and lived in four countries. However, I plan to live in Thailand permanently. I love the people and their way of life. It does help when you can speak their language.

Tell us about how you develop your characters?

Not easy to explain. I guess I climb into their heads and go from there.

Which one of your characters is your favorite and why?

Mm … I have a very close affection to all of my main characters. They are like close friends.

What would you like readers to know? 

I write teenage fiction, but all of my books contain hidden messages for teenagers. For example, if you read ‘KY!’, an award-winning book about bullying, you might pick up a few clues on how to deal with bullies.

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A Sad But Necessary Day.

Today was the day that was very hard on the residences of Barn Town. Today was the day that the eight and nine month old babie goats left us. In the past, some went to larger herds to be brought into their breeding programs; some went into smaller beginner herds and some went to homes as pets. No one was untouched on this day. Everyone knew their jobs. Everyone worked to make it as painless as possible.

That would change today, Puzzle decided that she would not leave home. She would not cooperate. She was definitely not leaving Barn Town. No one consulted her. Just ask her. She screamed in her loudest voice. Did not matter whether it was her inside or outside voice, according to her, in plain, simple, loud language, we were wrong!

She protested so loudly that the geese got upset and started taking her side. “If she didn’t want to leave home, why should we make her?” They wanted to know.

Savannah, the donkey, got upset and started kicking her hind legs at anything that moved. OK, we needed to get Savannah out of the barn before she embarrassed herself and connected with one of us. Telling everyone to watch out, I opened the door to let her out. BIG MISTAKE! Puzzle hit the door right as Savannah started out. Door flew open; Puzzle developed wings and flew past me. Savannah still upset and now mad on top of it, bucked her way out of the barn.

Hubby decided that we could just walk up to her with a grain can and she would have a change of mind. Ya right! Like that was gonna happen. Long story short, (I know right.) All the babies loaded nicely and are gone. Puzzle? Puzzle is in barn eating supper. Guess she was right. She wasn’t leaving Barn Town.

Good thing I’m not in the mood for goat meat spaghetti tonight.

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Anita Rodgers – Thank you so very much!

Look at what my lovely postal person delivered today! I am so excited and want to say… Thank you, thank you, Annie.

 

If you have never read one of her books let me give you a sneek of what this book is about. Sssh – Don’t tell Annie, OK?

Who knew that buying a diner could be murder?

Welcome to the whacky world of plucky waitress and pastry chef, Scotti Fitzgerald, where food is love and the answer to most problems.

Except perhaps, murder.

After five years of working her tail off to buy Manny the Cuban’s diner, Scotti is hurtling down the home stretch to seal the deal. But her investor’s sudden death stops everything in its tracks—and the money she was counting on is gone.

Racing against time, scrambling for money, and competing against a secret buyer, Scotti’s once well-ordered life is now totally out of control. If she wants her diner dreams to come true, she’ll have to put on her big girl pants, step into a world of high society, deceit, and back stabbing in order to solve a murder. Piece of cake, right?

What you want more? Don’t blame you and to be honest, it’s why I got the book.   (grin).

Again, Annie … Thank you so very much for writing this book!

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TA-DA!! and Oh My Gosh!!

It’s here.  Anna and I are jumping for joy.  Come see. Take a look.

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    Midnight at Barn Town:  (Barn Town Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

Is Barn Town in danger? Will the bunnies be found in time? Mysterious events are happening, and Barn Town is in an uproar. Stripe will need to be on his toes and will need all the help he can get to figure things out. One thing is certain, Stripe and the residents of Barn Town are in for some exciting times.
Pre-order Price: $2.99
This title will be auto-delivered to your Kindle on October 1, 2018.
(Fingers Crossed)  Print Edition will be available by the end of October 2018.
Share our excitement. Please spread the news. Our new baby is almost here.
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Interview with USA Today bestselling author, Kathi Daley.

Hello Kathi,

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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?

I live in Lake Tahoe and enjoy activities associated with living near a lake surrounded by forest. I like to boat, ski, hike, and hang out at the beach.

How did you start writing?

I wrote my first cozy in August 2013 and published it a few weeks later.

What was your inspiration to create?

I was on Facebook and had this idea to share the page with my dog. I jotted down a paragraph which started with: My name is Zoe Donovan and according to my Facebook bio which I share with my dog Charlie…. I just kept writing and a week later I had a book. I now have 9 series and the Zoe Donovan series is on book 30.

What genre do you enjoy reading?

Mystery and thriller.

What’s your favorite book and why?

Halloween Hijinks because it was a fluke that started a career.

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

I didn’t have a process so it didn’t change anything. I’m a total pantster. I just write whatever stomps its way through my brain.

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

I have 9 series in print and two others on the way. They are all mysteries. Some are super sweet and cozy, others have a paranormal twist, and a couple are edgier with more suspense.

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

I enjoy an ongoing story. I like to experience the lives of my characters, the good and the bad. I feel like I know these people some of whom have been in my life for five years.

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

I have considered writing romance. I enjoy reading romance and I do have one standalone romance in print but have considered a romance series.

What has been your most proud moment as an author?

Hum. I honestly don’t know. I guess having my first book do really, really, well. I honestly wasn’t expecting that.

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

Pretty much every day but not usually because the writing isn’t working. It is usually because the internet is slow, the computer is freezing up, or my mail won’t load.

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

Pantster all the way. I couldn’t plot a book if I had to. I sit down, write out that opening paragraph, then keep writing until the story is done. I never know who the killer is until the end and rarely know who the victim is when I start.

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

 I pay zero attention to commas one way or the other. That is what I have an editor for.

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?

Tip one – just do it, if you want to write then write.

Tip two – don’t overthink it. I allot myself two weeks to write a book – I know people who have been struggling with the same one for a year of more.

Tip three – write what you want to write – don’t let anyone else including your agent or editor tell you what you should write – its your story to tell so tell it.

What are you working on now?

A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery titled The Halloween House.

 

What will you release next?

I will release Firework Fiasco – Zoe Donovan #29 on June 12 and Secrets by the Sea – A Haunting by the Sea Mystery #2 on June 29.

 

So… where can we get your books?

I’m on Amazon – here is the link to my author page – https://www.amazon.com/author/kathidaley

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How would you define what being a successful writer means?

For me being successful means writing what I want when I want on my own terms – Making a lot of money doing it is a bonus.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

A big ego hurts everyone.

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

It depends on the book – I like to visit any location I use so when I started my Alaska series I went to Alaska and when I started my Hawaii series I visited there.

Do you read your book reviews?

Nope, not usually.

How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Like I said, I rarely read them, although sometimes a reader will send me a link and then I’ll take a look. I don’t let bad reviews get to me. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I know that no one can please everyone.

What was your hardest scene to write? 

I had an old dog in a series and I knew his time had come. I wanted to be sure to handle the situation in a loving and caring manner so as not to upset my readers. I took some time with that one.

What’s your writing schedule like?

I write 5,000 words a day usually 6 days a week.

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

I have a TON of writer friends. Seriously hundreds. There is no way I am going to try to list them since I could never pick just a few to mention. I think most if not all my friends have helped my career in some way. The writing community is a very close knit community. We are there for each other to offer advice or provide comfort or congratulations.

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?

It takes me about two weeks to write a book. I don’t really have a process. I just format a document and start writing. I do have a general idea of where the story is going in terms of backdrop. Is it summer? Christmas? Did we leave our heroine with a decision to make? When are those secondary characters going to finally get together?

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

My family and friends are very supportive. When my career took off and I needed help my husband gave up his career in real estate to stay home and help me. The reason I can write a book in 2 weeks is because he takes care of everything else. And I do mean everything.

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

Totally imaginary.

What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?

Well since I’m writing The Halloween House right now today I guess I would say Halloween was my inspiration.

Where would you like to travel to and why?

I’ve been to all 50 states – most multiple times. I’ve travelled in Canada but have not been overseas. We talk about it sometimes but so far we haven’t made the effort. There really isn’t anywhere I am dying to go.  

Tell us about how you develop your characters? 

My characters speak to me. They tell the story. I don’t develop them so much as I allow them to reveal themselves to me.

Which one of your characters is your favorite and why?

Zak Zimmerman. While my husband is not super rich or a tech guy a lot of who Zak is came from little quirks I related to my husband.

What would you like readers to know? 

I love to have a relationship with my readers so I am very active. I have a weekly newsletter, I do reader participation mini mysteries every week, I have multiple Facebook pages including a group page, book club, recipe exchange, birthday club, and author page. I do giveaways almost every day and I try to answer all emails and messages. I’m including a few, but not all, of my links.

CONTACT:

Newsletter, The Daley Weekly: http://eepurl.com/NRPDf

Webpage: www.kathidaley.com

Facebook at Kathi Daley Books: www.facebook.com/kathidaleybooks

Kathi Daley Books Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/569578823146850/

E-mail: kathidaley@kathidaley.com

Twitter at Kathi Daley@kathidaley: https://twitter.com/kathidaley

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/kathidaley

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kathi-daley

 

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Book Review of Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

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Eve Culley

Book Review of Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

Review by Eve Culley

Mr. Wallace, a former atheist and cold case homicide detective is an apologetics in providing compelling evidence for the Christian faith. Forensic Faith provides strategies and tools needed to become an effective case maker for your faith.

As a teenager who had attended numerous varieties of religious churches and one synagogue searching for the truth about Jesus Christ and the new birth, this book would have been a god send to me. It is written in a clear and precise manner that will hold your attention and speak to your heart.

Perhaps there is someone in your life, who like I was, is searching for the truth. Perhaps, after reading Forensic Faith, you could be the one to provide the much-needed truth in their life. Perhaps, this book will bless you and provide information that will enable you to reach others for the kingdom. Perhaps, if you chose not to read this book you will never know the joys of a secure foundation. Perhaps….

About the Book

Forensic Faith will help readers:

• understand why they have a duty to defend the truth

• develop a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity

• learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God’s Word

• become better communicators by learning the skills of professional case makers With real-life detective stories, fascinating strategies, and biblical insights, Wallace teaches readers cold-case investigative disciplines they can apply to their Christian faith. Forensic Faith is an engaging, fresh look at what it means to be a Christian.

About Author J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker and best-selling author. He continues to consult on cold-case investigations while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is also an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and a faculty member at Summit Ministries. J. Warner was a conscientious and vocal atheist until the age of thirty-five, when he took a serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian Worldview and determined that Christianity was demonstrably true. After becoming a Christ follower in 1996, Jim continued to take an evidential approach to truth as he examined the Christian worldview. He eventually earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

J. Warner’s professional investigative work has received national recognition; his cases have been featured more than any other detective on NBC’s Dateline, and his work has also appeared on CourtTV and Fox News. He also appears on television as an investigative consultant (most recently on truTV) and had a role in God’s Not Dead 2, making the case for the historicity of Jesus. J. Warner was awarded the Police and Fire Medal of Valor “Sustained Superiority” Award for his continuing work on cold-case homicides, and the CopsWest Award after solving a 1979 murder. Relying on over two decades of investigative experience, J. Warner provides his readers and audiences with the tools they will need to investigate the claims of Christianity and make a convincing case for the truth of the Christian worldview.

Book Reviewer

Eve Culley has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. Her children were her first audience and it continued with her grandchildren listening to the stories; writing was a natural outlet that followed.

She and her husband live in the great state of Texas, the residents of their barn providing her with the substance for her writing. Eve says that her characters demand that their stories be told, that is if she wants any peace in her life.

Connect with Eve on her websiteblog, or on Twitter.

You can read Eve’s column on the 2nd Monday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.

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Look what came in the mail today! Woot, woot!

One of my favorite authors, Ann Jones, sent me an autographed copy of her book – Missing.

I am beyond words and (big grin) as an author that shouldn’t happen.  (She put glitter in the box the book was in and when I ripped the box open…Poof – it rained glitter! Hee-hee.)

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Ann, I am so proud of all your hard work in getting Missing in print.

 

 

Thank you so much for my book. And, it goes without saying, I appreciated the chocolate. You know me so well.

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My thoughts? You should get your own copy… Just saying!

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Ann Jones – Her new interview is fantastic!

Ann sent me the link to her new interview and sshh I am going to steal her thunder and share it with you! As the author of two “kick butt” books, Missing and Trapping, her work is awe inspiring to me. Having said that, I couldn’t wait to share the link to her interview for your reading pleasure. Give it a click. I think you will enjoy learning new things about Ann.

Ann Jones

 

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Subject: Congratulations! Your Interview is coming!

 Hi Ann,

 Your interview will be LIVE this weekend! Thank you for dropping by!

 Here is the link: https://silverbeanscafe.weebly.com/meet-the-author-ann-jones-interview.html

 Again, we loved your answers!

 ……

 Thank you,

Team SBC

 

Ann, I am so pleased for you: your new interview and that your work is to be shared with others.

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Interview with Artist Anna Gary!

Hello Anna,

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

I am originally from Houston, TX…residing in Bryan, TX. presently.

I am 51…shhhh…lol…mother of two amazing sons…3 beautiful grandbabies.

I love art…cooking…fishing… woodworking…writing songs and poetry…very excited about all the things for me to learn.

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When did you start drawing? What was your inspiration to start? 

This is something I was born with…genetics I’m guessing…lol… it’s just always been in my soul.

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Who is your favorite illustrator or painter; is there anyone out there that inspires you?  If so, why?

Painter…Anna Razumovskaya…she is an impressionist…her array of colors…the soft…yet bold strokes…the movement in her paintings…inspires.

What style of art do you enjoy doing and why?

Abstract and impressionism…impressionism being my favorite…I believe the why would be the sense of freedom.

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How do you and an author come together to produce a finished product?

I would hope through communication and our passion…for bringing things to life.

If you could, what style of art would you like to dabble in? 

 Metal

What three tips would you give any aspiring artist?

No fear…paint with your heart…never let someone say your joy away… it’s your gift.

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

I’m drawn to nature for the most part…so my project currently is a person (dealing with mostly black and white).

So… where can we get your artwork?

Currently working on my website and creating my studio…meanwhile you can find some of my pieces on Facebook…Swank Creations…by Anna.

 Facebook: www.facebook.com/Swank-Creationsby-Anna-1961641847499237/

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How would you define what a successful artist is?

I can only give my perspective. For me…when my project makes me smile inside and out…my perspective will grow…but the joy will always be important to me.

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 Does a big ego help or hurt?

I would say ego always gets in the way of growth.

What’s your working schedule like?

I’m fortunate to be home…so with that said…24/7.

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Where would you like to travel to and why? 

Switzerland… Ireland and Italy.

Why? I love nature…these places seem to make me have butterflies…lol.

What would you like the readers to know? 

Well guys and girls,

I feel I’m on the more simplistic side of life…I love retrieving unwanted things (trash) and turning it into treasure…and hopefully pairing the art piece to a loving home…where it will be loved and appreciated. Thank you for this opportunity to share with you…much love.

CONACT:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/anna.gary.75

email:  delcinag@gmail.com

 

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Interview with Mystery Writer – Anita Rodgers

Hello Anita!

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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?

First, thanks so much for inviting me to meet your readers, I’m honored that you would ask. My name is Anita Rodgers. I’ve been writing since I was a little kid. I was very shy when I was young and writing down my thoughts was always easier than telling people. I grew up in Michigan with two brothers and two sisters but have lived in Los Angeles for most of my adult life.

I love gardening and grow some pretty darn good tomatoes. I love animals and have a little terrier mix named Lily and two weird cats, Boodie and Bitzi. I also love to cook, which may be apparent to anyone who has read any of my books.

I also worked for many years in the restaurant biz so had lots of experience to draw from in writing the Scotti Fitzgerald books.

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

As I said, it was a solution to extreme shyness when I was a child. But I also really loved to read and just love words. Sometimes for fun, I read dictionaries. I love to discover new words. 

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

I have several favorites but probably my number one fave is Michael Connelly and his specifically his Harry Bosch novels. I’m also a big fan of Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Diane Dickson and others. In terms of inspiration, there are two writers who really get me when it comes to craft: Steven Pressfield and Chuck Palahnuick. I read anything they write about the craft of writing. I think they are both geniuses.

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

My favorite is mysteries/thrillers. I can’t seem to get enough of them. I also enjoy true crime, some romance, sci-fi, psychological horror, and action stories.

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

It made me more mindful of what I was writing and why. It inspired me to learn more about craft, to read more, to explore new things as a writer.

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

Currently, I have the Scotti Fitzgerald Mystery Series published. It is about a waitress/pastry chef who solves crimes.

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

It was exhilarating and maddening at once. You have to keep track of all the characters, their backstories, and so forth, which can be daunting from book to book. But it’s also a lot of fun and kind of like going to visit friends you really love.

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

I dabble a little in psychological horror (in short stories) but also enjoy writing literary fiction.

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

I’m a hybrid of both. I write, take notes, and I guess that’s my version of plotting. It almost always starts with characters. One just sort of shows up in my head and starts talking to me. If they interest me, I listen. I’ll write down snatches of dialogue or little stories about them. If they hang around long enough, I’ll start thinking about what kind of story to put them in and try a few things out. Eventually, something fleshes out, and I start writing. Usually, once I know how the story will end. But what happens in between the beginning and the end is often something I discover as I write.

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

I don’t know. I put them in far too often. So a lot of my editing is about deleting them.

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?

Read a lot. Read fiction and non-fiction. Read good and bad books. See what’s out there.

Study craft. No matter how good you are and how much you know about writing there is always more to learn. Make it part of your routine. There are some amazing teachers out there who’ve written books that are worth their weight in gold. And as writers, we always want to give our readers the best book we can. We can’t do that if we aren’t evolving and learning too.

Find other writers to become friends with. Writing is a lonely job sometimes and having friends who know that and understand that will be priceless to you.

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

I am working on a thriller trilogy called the Dead Dog Trilogy. It’s about a former FBI agent who is currently the Chief of Police in a small California town, and has a string of murders to solve. The kicker is that the MO is the same as a dead serial killer who she caught while an FBI agent. I expect to publish the trilogy in the next few weeks.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

I think if you want to succeed at anything you have to have self-confidence in what you are doing. In terms of big or small egos, not sure. I have seen both in writers and have seen both types of writers succeed. The one thing I think that can harm a writer though is arrogance. It turns off writers and readers alike.

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

It depends on the story. I write about crime so I have to research procedure, law, and so forth. I have several good reference books, and also use several blogs and websites for information. I don’t however, write historical fiction or things of that nature so months of research isn’t something I do.

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

Yes, I read them. It’s always fun to see a good review and you do get a thrill from it, let’s be honest. It’s always going to make you happy when something you’ve created has pleased someone else. In terms of the bad ones…I don’t know, they don’t make me suicidal or anything like that. It comes with the territory, right? You can’t please everyone, so everyone isn’t going to like what you write. And sometimes they are helpful too, such as pointing out errors in the text or formatting.   

What was your hardest scene to write?

A love scene in one of the Scotti Fitzgerald books. I wanted to do it right but didn’t want to venture into erotica. But also didn’t want it to come off as silly. A fine line to dance between.

Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?

Some of it, though each story has its own process. The characters often dictate the process. Generally, I write pretty quickly, although this trilogy has taken much longer than anything I’ve ever written before.

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

Sure, as supportive as they are able to be. It’s an odd occupation for someone that most people don’t really understand. Once I got a handle on that, I didn’t worry too much about it.

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

I suppose it’s a combination of both. I don’t think you can ever completely invent a character from scratch. I think that as you live your life, people impress you both in good and bad ways, things stay with you, perhaps a quirky behavior, a habit, figure of speech, tone of voice…that all gets incorporated in your writing I believe.

Which one of your characters is your favorite and why?

The main character in the Dead Dog Trilogy, Lottie Stark is my favorite because she is kind of broken. Flawed. And her journey is tougher than other characters I’ve written.

What would you like readers to know?

That I love to write. That I will write for as long as I draw breath. That nothing makes me happier than knowing that a story of mine has helped, inspired, cheered or otherwise given something to a reader.

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