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Today I am very happy to come back with one more installment of my series "Meet the Author". Why? Because today I am introducing here one of the most helpful and charismatic Indie authors I have ever been lucky to meet: Elise Stokes. Tireless promoter of fellow authors and awesome leader of the FB group Art Knows No Boundaries, she is one of a kind. Get to know more about her and her books, the "Cassidy Jones Adventures" series, amazing YA books that are enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike. Enjoy this interview and check out her books and links!

  1. Describe yourself.
LOL! I’m stuck already ;) I’ve been married for twenty years and have four children ranging from ages 9 to 18. I’m a bit quirky, rather determined, loyal, and have a tendency to see things through rose-colored glasses, yet can be a tad pessimistic (guess those traits cancel one another out). I’m a fan of The Walking Dead, though I watch most of it peeking over a blanket, and I’m more reclusive than I would have ever imagined being in my social younger days (it’s the writing’s fault :)) 
  1. What is your favourite fruit flavour? Blackberry
  2. What is your favourite day of the week? Saturday
  3. Which is your favourite time of the day? Evening
  4. Are you a morning person or a night person? I’m neither, but I’m forced to be both.
  5. What is your favourite breakfast meal? My husband’s gluten-free blueberry muffins with an almond milk latte.
  6. What is your favourite colour and why? Green, and I don’t know why. It’s just always the first color to come to mind. 
  7. Which is your most favourite book ever? East Of Eden by John Steinbeck 
  8. What kind of music do you like? It depends on my mood. If I’m being nostalgic, it’s the 80s hits. If I’m being extremely nostalgic, it’s hits from the 70s. I also listen to what my kids listen to. They have good taste, though. They hate anything overly “autotuned.” 
  9. Which is your favourite genre of films? Probably Action. I’m not one for chick flicks. 
  10. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth? From what I have seen of the Earth, Maui. 
  11. Which animal would you want to be and why? A Grizzly bear, because who messes with a Grizzly bear?
  12. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why? Since I only have interest in people I know and like, I’ll choose indie authors whom I’ve come to think highly of, and our luncheon is expanding: David C. Cassidy, Kathy Hall, C.R. Hiatt, D.G. Torrens, Patricia Paris, Carmen DeSousa, Alan McDermott, Seb Kirby, Zach Fortier, Javier Robayo, Scott Bury, Gary Henry, Monica LaPorta, Vered Ehansi, Michael Lorde, Zoe Saadia, G.A. Albrethsen, you, of course, dear Cinta, and all of the other awesome indies in Art Knows No Boundaries—Names keep popping in my head, but I’ll refrain from listing them. What can I say? I have met a lot of cool writers.  
  13. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for? The ability to manipulate time and space (I would be soooooo prolific), the ability to heal and heal others by touch— actually, can I ask for an infinite number of wishes? 
  14. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive? I just want one thing: an infinite number of wishes.
  15. If you could be anyone, who would you be? Me, because choosing anyone else would give me a different spouse, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. 
  16. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself? The self-doubt that crops up from time to time. 
  17. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance? Become a New York Times Bestselling author. 
  18. What would you do if you won the lottery? How much did I win? 
  19. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it? I’d spend it with family and shoveling all the naughty, delicious foods I could get my hands on into my mouth. 
  20. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid? Nice, very nice. Just don’t ask my sister @deevinehammer. 
  21. What was the happiest moment in your life? My wedding day and the first time I held each of my children. Cliche, but true.
  22. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? I only see myself as 49, unless the ability to reverse aging has been discovered, preferably in a convinient pill form that a filthy rich New York Times Bestselling author, such as myself, can afford, then I see myself as 29.  
  23. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done? I’m going to steal Ben Ditmars’ answer to this question since I don’t have anything interesting to share: I licked a complete stranger once. 
  24. What is your definition of an incredible weekend? One where I can sleep in, enjoy a cup of coffee and goody with my family when I wake up, and not have to drive anyone anywhere, go grocery shopping, clean house, do laundry, or make a meal, and can carve out time to write before going on a date with my husband. Oh, and we have dinner at the great Thai restaurant Monica La Porta and her husband introduced us to. 
  25. Which is the best holidays you have ever had? Disneyland, The Happiest Place On Earth. 
  26. Have you got a phobia you want to share? I have none, other than not caring for snakes much. Spiders, I’m cool with. 
  27. What makes you angry? Crimes against the innocent. Good thing I’m not God. 
  28. What do you do when you feel sad? If my sadness is over something trivial, I wallow a bit before telling myself to stop being lame. If my sadness is over something significant and weighty, which would most likely affect others, I pray. 
  29. Who or what inspires you? I must be cliche again: my kids.

  1. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
          The Cassidy Jones Adventures series

Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula, Book One:
One Girl. One Accident. One Incredible Superhero. 
Cassidy Jones is your typical fourteen-year-old— that is, until a seemingly harmless accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist turns her world upside down. Discovering incredible strength, speed, and enhanced physical senses that defy logic, Cassidy embarks on an action-packed adventure that has her fighting for answers…and for her very life. 

Cassidy Jones and Vulcan’s Gift, Book Two:
An Ancient Secret Has Come To Life, And Everyone On The Planet Is At Risk…
Two months after being infected with a strange retrovirus, Cassidy Jones continues to live a double life while she struggles to master her newly gained superpowers. High school has become the only normal thing left in her life—except for tall, dark, and handsome Emery Phillips, who shadows her every move, making sure she doesn’t reveal her secret. But when a sleepover at Catamount Mountain Zoo takes a menacing turn, all bets are off as Cassidy is drawn into another riveting and perilous mystery that threatens the planet. 

Cassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant, Book Three: Coming Spring 2013
Some secrets are better left buried…
When the mysterious Gavin Phillips returns to Seattle after a prolonged and unexplained absence, he threatens to expose fifteen-year-old Cassidy Jones’s incredible secret: she is a superhero. But his presence is far more sinister than she realizes, for it soon becomes apparent that his hidden agenda holds a dark and dangerous intent that will unleash an unparalleled evil upon an unsuspecting world. Can Cassidy stop him before all is lost? 

Please consider supporting my fundraiser to cover editing and publishing costs for Cassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant via Indiegogo. “Preordering” a signed copy or any other support you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your consideration. igg.me/at/CJSA3

Links:
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Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula: 
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Cassidy Jones and Vulcan’s Gift:
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Website: http://cassidyjonesadventures.com/

 
 
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It has been a long time since the last time I wrote a "Meet the Author" post, but today I am introducing here another Indie author that I recently met via FB. A really supportive fellow, apart from writing, he is also creating a website where authors can be featured and have a place to promote themselves and their books. But enough from me. Meet author Ade Hawkins.

  1. Describe yourself.
I’m slightly mad in an entirely harmless way, but I hear that’s common in high-IQ folks… on a serious note, I don’t talk about my high IQ much. It can often leave me feeling isolated when I can’t engage those around me in the kind of conversation I find genuinely interesting, so for me writing is a great outlet to explore the conversations and ideas I can’t have in real life.

  1. What is your favourite fruit flavour?
Blackcurrant.

  1. What is your favourite day of the week?
Thursday. It’s the closest I get to a real day off, though my mind is often still lost in a haze of fatigue from working nights, so I do most of my writing at work.

  1. Which is your favourite time of the day?
Early morning, around 9-10 am. Everything is open but hardly anyone is around. Bliss.

  1. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Morning due to my job, but a night person when working days. My hours never work for me!

  1. What is your favourite breakfast meal?
Warm croissants with grilled sweetcure bacon and melted gruyere cheese.

  1. What is your favourite colour and why?
Black. It goes with anything.

  1. Which is your most favourite book ever?
The Hitchhikers’ Guide To The Galaxy. Perfection.

  1. What kind of music do you like?
Rock ‘n’ roll mostly, but I listen to Aerosmith, Offspring, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Foo Fighters, Michael Jackson, Pink, Garbage… I especially love movie soundtracks. Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit & Batman (Nolan trilogy) ones are my favourites.

  1. Which is your favourite genre of films?
Fantasy. It encompasses a broader range than people might initially think.

  1. Which is your most favourite place on this Earth?
I plan on travelling all over the world as much as possible, so I haven’t really found it yet, but I’m sure me and my wife-to-be will find it one day.

  1. Which animal would you want to be and why?
A cat. They can wreck a place and purr, and all is forgiven. Plus they just sleep all day.

  1. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams, to beg to write Episode VIII or IX, or perhaps a spin-off Star Wars movie.

  1. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
1. Write a Star Wars flick! 2. For my book series to find its audience. 3. To have the money to be free to write and travel the world.

  1. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
1. Notebooks. 2. Pens. 3. My fiancee. 4. My cats. 5. Plentiful vegetation to eat.

  1. If you could be anyone, who would you be?
I’ll have to go with George Lucas. To have a franchise so embedded within the cultural consciousness…

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
I wish I could be more awake and alert so I can write more on my nights off.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
Make a series out of my own novels.

  1. What would you do if you won the lottery?
If enough, fund the series myself. Failing that, travel.

  1. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
Saying goodbye to everyone then gorging on the biggest Chinese feast imaginable.

  1. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
Nice until someone pissed me off! I was accused of being naughty, but I never caused havoc or got into trouble at school.

  1. What was the happiest moment in your life?
When I met my fiancee! Mushy but true.

  1. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Hopefully writing for a living.

  1. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
Asked my fiancee if she wants to get married in Vegas.

  1. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
Going away to somewhere like Venice.

  1. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
Appropriately enough, a weekend in Venice with friends!

  1. Have you got a phobia you want to share?
Arachnophobia, but very mild. I can kill spiders, but the nippy ones bother me. Lightning reflexes to the rescue!

  1. What makes you angry?
People who are arseholes for no reason, especially ones who can’t do their own jobs but like to point out the mistakes of others. Why do they have to be like that?

  1. What do you do when you feel sad?
Not much. Watch TV or play games, try to distract myself. I don’t really get sad as much as mad.

  1. Who or what inspires you?
Life. Pretty much everything gets my brain going. The hard part is making it stop sometimes!


  1. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
I wrote a trilogy of screenplays in 2000-2001 called Dark  Nemesis. It was my first real foray into writing, with very mixed results. Later I was astonished to find it wasn’t all bad!

I tried time and again to adapt them into novels, but either the enthusiasm to rewrite them wasn’t there or I just wasn’t capable. I think it was a little of both.

I started writing many things, but got nowhere. I spent years coming up with characters, locations and scenarios, but there was no glue to stick them all together.

Then I had an epiphany, and Spirits & Shards was born. It’s a high-concept dark science-fantasy drama that focuses closely on the characters.

Falling, the first side-novel that sets up the story for the upcoming Firebrand, wasn’t going to be set in that universe originally, then I realised how much more I could do with it if it was. Not only that, it gave the S&S series the starting point it sorely lacked at that stage, and it just flowed… though it took ten drafts to get it done! I knew what the core idea was, but there was so much more to figure out along the way.

I self-published Falling in June last year, and intend to release Firebrand by the end of this year (depending on how long it takes to write, edit and copy-check).

Synopsis for Falling (A Spirits & Shards Novel):
Many say love will get you through the toughest times, but sometimes it just isn’t enough to pull you free of a black hole.
Despite the love Jerin found in Juli, their union placed him on a path that would ultimately lead to isolation and despair via a very unfortunate sequence of events.
As the headaches that once blighted Jerin’s otherwise care-free existence return, he is offered a new wonder-drug, never pausing to consider how strangely perfect it sounds.
Jerin soon discovers that these new capsules have a most unexpected side effect, allowing him a glimpse into the secret life of the partner he now rarely sees.
Falling is a story of love, loss and self-discovery, set in a high-concept universe.

Whereas Falling was very much a love story, Firebrand is much larger in scope, and is what I consider to be “Volume One”. It will be around 700 - 800 pages and will chronicle the interweaving tales of three protagonists and multiple antagonists. It’s about those who fight for good, those who abuse their positions of power, and those innocents who get caught in the middle. I just hope the final product matches my vision! These first two novels form what I call “Season One” of the Spirits & Shards series, and I will release an omnibus edition on Kindle for those who have not yet read Falling.

After that comes another side-story that sets up “Volume Two”, but that’s a way away yet.

In the meantime, I have a spy short called The Golden Years being published in The COBRAS Files anthology, co-edited by the illustrious Paul Bishop. This will be released in the spring.

I’m also in the midst of building a website so that authors can learn from other authors, to encourage established writers and budding up-and-comers to share material and take note of what works for them and what doesn’t. No one’s perfect no matter how many books they’ve read or written; we can all learn from one another.

 
 
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I always feel very happy when new books are released, but today I am especially happy. I am coming back today with a "Meet the Author" post just because my dear friend Rob Zimmermann has recently released his debut poetry collection. Yeah, Rob is on Tour! An avid reader and a tireless supporter of Indie authors, it is my pleasure to help him now to get the word out about his book. He is indeed a lovely person and a great poet, so get to know him better. Enjoy this interview!

  1. Describe yourself.
  • I’m me. I write poems. I try to be nice to everyone who deserves it. I try to help out my fellow authors, bloggers, and readers in whatever way I can. And I hope the rest of these answers give you a bit more about me since I’m terrible at coming out and saying anything about myself without provoking :P
  1. What is your favourite fruit flavour?
  • I don’t think I have a favorite flavor of fruit. I do like apples. I also like bananas, oranges, and others. When it comes to things flavored like fruit, I rarely find that they taste like the real thing, so I don’t really have favorite. I do know that apple flavored things are never even close to real apples.
  1. What is your favourite day of the week?
  • I don’t really have a day of the week that I prefer. Most days are the same for me. Sometimes a Monday morning is fun though. I see everyone complaining about it being Monday, while I just wake up walk my dog, grab a cup of coffee, and laugh at them. If you treat everyday the same, there really is no Monday 
  1. Which is your favourite time of the day?
  • I’m a fan of the morning. I normally wake up around 6-7AM and I tend to get a lot done between then and 11AM. If I haven’t done anything productive by that time, I feel that I’ve wasted too much of the day.
  1. Are you a morning person or a night person?
  • Morning person (see above). But I’m not opposed to the night time hours. I normally go to bed around 11, but if I needed to I can go back to being an insomniac...haha
  1. What is your favourite breakfast meal?
  • Really whatever I see first when I open the fridge or cabinet. I’m not a picky eater for the most part. Sometimes I crave some eggs, sometimes pancakes. It all depends on the day. Well...I’m sure you want a real favorite...BACON!!! That works.
  1. What is your favourite colour and why?
  • Purple. When I was younger I liked red, I think that’s because my name starts with an R. Kids are simple. Then I think I liked blue more. In recent years, though, I’ve been a fan of purple. The darker the better. I don’t really like light purples. I want a Mustang in very deep purple. That’d be a beautiful car.
    I’m not really sure why I like purple though. It’s just one of those things that you know you like but can’t explain.
  1. Which is your most favourite book ever?
    • Next question please....oh I can’t pass on some of these? Darn it...ok well for you, Cinta, I’ll try my hardest to answer the HARDEST question to ask a reader. I’ve answered this for a few different people in the past, and I never really feel inclined to give the same answer all the time. Right now, being that I went through the whole book writing/publishing process, and because it was a book of very personal poetry, I think I’d say that my favorite book is Now You’re The Enemy. It’s a book of poetry by a professor I had back in college, James Allen Hall. It’s not my favorite because he was my professor. It’s my favorite because this poet knows what he’s talking about when he’s teaching and his poetry proves that. It has inspired my style and development ever since the first time I read it, and I’ve read it a few times after that.
  1. What kind of music do you like?
  • I like many kinds of music. I know most people say this, but it’s true. And I’m sure most people mean it just as much as I do. I’m as open minded with music as I am with books. The one type I stay away from (for the most part) is pop music. The stuff on the radio, not really the entire genre. You won’t find me listening to the latest catchy hit songs because, for the most part, I find them to be very annoying, unoriginal, and not catchy at all. If you’d like a few of my all time favorite bands: Staind and Incubus have been the first few bands I fell in love with and I haven’t been disappointed with anything they’ve put out over the years. 
  1. Which is your favourite genre of films?
  • This isn’t an easy question to answer. I do watch more movies than I do TV, but I still don’t watch many. If we can call John Cusack a genre...that’s my answer. Can we call him a genre? Favorite movies in the John Cusack genre: High Fidelity, Martian Child, Serendipity (Kate Beckinsale and her...um....amazing accent!), The Sure Thing.
  1. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
  • As much as I don’t like where I live because it’s not close to pretty much ANYTHING, there are enough great things about it where it’s one of my favorite places to be. Not in my house itself but in the surrounding area. I can go hiking or biking through all the trails in the woods, up and down the mountain. I can go swimming in the lake 100 feet from my house. And it always gets snow before most people I know. I love the cold weather that comes to the area early with the snows. And I can snowboard down my driveway since it’s very steep. Sounds like an almost perfect place doesn’t it? Did I mention I don’t’ have to deal with stupid people most of the time? That’s always a plus.
  1. Which animal would you want to be and why?
  • I’ve always thought about being some sort of bird. A big one so I don’t get eaten if I were too small. I want to know what it feels like to fly, but not have to rely on a plane or parachutes. I think it’d be safer to be a bird than a flying human wearing one of those glider suits. Birds were meant to fly (most birds).
  1. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
  • I’ve never thought of this be question before. I don’t really think I’ve thought about meeting anyone before today anyway. I think it’d be interesting to choose a few poets from history to meet for lunch. I wouldn’t mind meeting Sylvia Plath. Her poetry has influenced me. Marie Howe, more modern, is another and even stronger influence. And I’ll leave the 3rd person to be a mystery. Throw in a random amateur poet in there. I think having both accomplished poets and ones that are just starting out sitting down for some food together would allow for interesting discussion and a great learning experience.
  1. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
    • I won’t be wishing for world peace. People would just mess that up again a few years later, haha. I’d wish to live comfortably for as long as I could. For the ability to read a bit faster than I do while having a better attention span in order to finish a book. And I think thirdly, I’d wish for a bank account with limitless funds…but that I could only use on books. (See I’m not too greedy. I’d only use that money on books.)
  1. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
  • A hatchet. A Piece of flint (to start fires). A machete. Someone else for company (someone I like, not just some random person). A nice sized pot or pan for cooking. Yea, I’m a simple person. I think these items would allow me to survive nicely. I wouldn’t waste 5 things on books or other “essentials.” I would miss books though.
  1. If you could be anyone, who would you be?
  • Myself. I think it’d be too weird being someone else. And if you became someone else, you wouldn’t be yourself...you’d be them. (I know, I ruin the fun of some of these haha)
  1. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
  • My ability to not make money grow on trees. I’m content with who I am, but having some money would be nice so I could be a bit more comfortable, leading to a bit more happiness overall.
  1. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
  • Going into space would be cool. Becoming an astronaut for a day would be awesome. I wouldn’t mind them sending me to Mars or something even if I knew I wouldn’t come back. At least I’d die in a really cool way.
  1. What would you do if you won the lottery?
  • I’d pay off all of my student loans. I’d do the same for my girlfriend so she wouldn’t owe anyone money after she’s done with college, as well. Then I’d get a nice house somewhere (nice as in small and simple). Then I’d live comfortably and minimally for as long as I could. If I had enough to spare I’d help out people who I know need it.
  1. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
  • I’d spend it however I felt like spending it that day. I might read. I might go for a nice walk. I might sit in front of the computer staring at Twitter. I don’t think my last day on Earth would change anything really. I’d still be gone the next day. So I wouldn’t alter my lifestyle for that last day 
  1. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
  • That depends on who you talk to. I think more often than not I was considered nice. I was just a shy kid. Sky kids aren’t really naughty in the first place, I don’t’ think.
  1. What was the happiest moment in your life?
  • There’ve been many great moments in my life. I’m sure a certain someone might like me to say it was the moment I met her…but I won’t be all mushy like that :P One of the greatest moments was when Deuc, my dog, ran out of the woods. It wasn’t until about 20 minutes later when he didn’t want to leave my side that I knew I’d do whatever I could to keep him as my pet. He needed a home and he seemed to really like me. It’s been over a year since then and he’s still here. All 100% of his happy, hyper, puppy-self.
  1. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
  • Hopefully I’m still with my girlfriend (I don’t see than ending any time soon), living together somewhere. With my dog Deuc. With a lot more books. With either some sort of job that I don’t hate and a few more books written. Either that or running from zombies or something. Depends on what those years in between bring.
  1. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
    • Tough Mudder. It’s probably the stupidest thing I’ve ever done as well. For those who don’t’ know it’s a 10-12 mile long obstacle course. The British Special Forces helped design it. And I did one held over 100 miles north of Las Vegas. So it was even deeper in the middle of the desert. It was fun...but stupid...and fulfilling. Go to toughmudder.com to see some pics and video. Maybe someone reading this might try it some day.
  1. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
  • Going to a used bookstore is always great to do on a weekend. Just sitting there searching through a mash up shelf of books for piece of the literary Holy Grail is always a welcomed activity. It’s good to do during the week as well, but on the weekends everyone seems to be much more relaxed and not in as much of a rush.
    After getting some books (multiple bags if it’s a great, cheap store) going to get some coffee or some food is a must. That way I can pull all the books out of their bags, stack them on the table, and search them for anything forgotten between the pages. I LOVE finding things that’ve been left in books.
  1. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
    • This question is probably one of the easiest to answer. I’ve had almost NO holidays (vacations for us in the States) in my life. Disney World, in Florida, when I was 5. Virginia Beach back in 2007. And the beginning of October of this year, I went to Las Vegas to run Tough Mudder (see above). That one was more me torturing myself than having a vacation.
      Out of all three holidays I’ve had, I think the trip to Virginia Beach was the best. I was there for a week because a friend of mine from my first college was going. His parents have a timeshare there at some resort and his brother had summer school. The best part of the trip, aside from seeing and being in the ocean for the first time….was surfing. The first day the waves were huge and the conditions were terrible for being my first time. At least I learned how to take the powerful slap of a wave to the face. By the end of the week I was riding more manageable waves and I hope I’ll have the chance to do more surfing in the future. I can hold my own on more other boards (skate and snow). I’d like to “master” surfing as well.
  1. Have you got a phobia you want to share?
    • I’m not attempting to brag here or anything...I don’t have any fears…especially anything like a phobia. I’m too much of a rational person where I think it makes it where I don’t really fear anything. That’s not to say I won’t be scared if someone puts a gun in my face...but I don’t have a fear that I’ll die right then and there. I’d either try to save myself or I’ll die trying.
  1. What makes you angry? 
  • People who are closed-minded toward open-mindedness. People who won’t accept someone else who’s different. I don’t like the people who feel they have a (normally “God-given”) right to disrespect another person who isn’t like them. For example people who feel that just because someone else is homosexual that they can’t have the same rights as a heterosexual person because of a religious or close-minded reason. A person is a person no matter what. Everyone can have their own opinions...I’m all for that. But when their actions hinder someone else’s free will and equality that, what I can’t stand. 
  1. What do you do when you feel sad?
  • I’m going to be bold and say I haven’t felt sad in a while. You’ll see from my book of poems, From Where I Stand, that that has not always been the case. Writing poetry has always been a good way to get emotions out and it’s been the first step to feeling better about various things in my life. I won’t stop writing poetry, even if I stop feeling sad about certain things. It’ll always be a form of therapy for me for every emotion good or bad.
  1. Who or what inspires you?
  • Life inspires me. People I’ve met, or just passed on the street. Places I’ve been, places I want to be. Everything that I experience in real life or in my mind inspires me. The possibilities are endless.
  1. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
  • Here’s the blurb from my collection of poetry so you can find out about it a bit….

    From Robert Zimmermann comes From Where I Stand, an emotional debut poetry collection.  Zimmermann explores strained parental relationships, loss of life, and the despair associated with grief.  Alongside these darker themes, he delves into the small areas of life that often go unnoticed but become the hope we are searching for.

About Robert
Robert has been writing poetry since the eleventh grade. His writing started as impulsive rambling, but soon became a passion. A few years later he attended SUNY Potsdam where he received a B.A. in Creative Writing.

His main focus is poetry, but at times you can find him dabbling in short fiction. Robert has also created the blog A Life Among The Pages, where he posts his writing as well as book reviews.

When he’s not reading or writing, Robert enjoys spending time with his dog, Deuc. Deuc ran out of the woods in August 2011 and they have been inseparable ever since.


Blog - http://alifeamongthepages.wordpress.com/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/miztrebor

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Robert.Zimmermann.Writer

Goodreads - 
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6435657-rob-zimmermann

PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon US – 
http://www.amazon.com/From-Where-I-Stand-ebook/dp/B00A5AVLO4

Amazon UK – 
http://www.amazon.co.uk/From-Where-I-Stand-ebook/dp/B00A5AVLO4

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/253778

Remember that you can leave a thoughtful comment and you will be entered in the giveaway. Rob is giving away 5 ebook copies of his wonderful poetry collection! The winner will be announced next December 9th. So leave your comment. It will be very much appreciated.


 
 
Last August, when I started to put together this blog series, one of my guests, Scott Morgan, convinced me to write a blog post for his blog. But he didn't stop there. Somehow, he convinced me to answer my own interview. For those of you who didn't read it yet, get to know a bit more about me. You can find that interview in Scott's blog: Write Hook.
 
 
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Today I am featuring in my blog series Luke Benjamen Kuhns. Get to know him. I am sure all of you will find his writing very interesting.

1. Describe yourself. 
 I am a Geek. But ‘brainy is the new sexy’ as Irene Adler stated in BBC Sherlock. So I feel justified.


2. What is your favourite fruit flavour?
Strawberry. Always Strawberry. yumm! 

3. What is your favourite day of the week?
Friday. “Partyin’ partyin YEAH! I’m looking forward to the weekend” Just like Rebecca Black. 

4. Which is your favourite time of the day?
Evening.  

5. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Both. I rule both dark and light. Wow I sound like a devil. No, I do though. I am both a morning and night person.

6. What is your favourite breakfast meal?
Boiled Egg with toast. 

7. What is your favourite colour and why?
Purple because the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Donatello, wore a purple band around his head while he beat bad guys up with a stick. And ironically he was nerdy. A nerd who ‘kicked shell’. No wonder I turned out to be a geek!  

8. Which is your most favourite book ever?
The Lord of the Rings...and The Chronicles of Narnia. It’s a tie, can’t have  one without the other. 

9. What kind of music do you like?
I listen mainly to Rock/metal/indie. But I like a lot of orchestrated music and I love listening to film scores! Film scores are great to write too! 

10. Which is your favourite genre of films?
I will enjoy any genre as a long as the story is well told and engaging. If its a cap story but film well, won’t like it. If its a good story but film badly, I can appreciate the story but not the film.

11. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
Currently its sitting on top Primrose Hill near Regents Park in London. From atop this hill you can see the entire city as its the highest elevation in London. Its such a lovely site/sight. 

12. Which animal would you want to be and why?
I lion because they are the king of the jungle. 

13. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Sherlock Holmes. Because all three are brilliant and packed with so much knowledge. It’d be a great luncheon! 

14. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
First wish I’d wish for a million more wishes. oh I suppose that’s not in the rules huh! I’d probably be selfish with my wishes. 1. A nice flat in the centre of London that I don’t have to pay for, preferably near or on Baker Street. 2. A music studio. 3. Strike a film deal with all of my stories!  

15. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
1. Me. I want to survive! 2. A suitcase of my favourite books 3. My mac - so that I can listen to music. 4. A comfy sleeping bag. 5. A TARDIS so that I when I get bored I can go jumping about time and space and stock up on food and be sociable before returning to my ‘lonely’ beach where people think I’m stranded but not really. -bet you didn’t see THAT coming! 

16. If you could be anyone, who would you be?
There’s no one that I really want to be. If I had to choose, maybe a fictional character liiiike, Wolverine. He’s badass and can’t really die. Or Doctor Who, he’s rather fun! 

17. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
Shew, some major psychoanalysis going on here! The thing is, anything that is changeable, I have the ability to change myself. So if there’s something that I want changed about myself I therefore must make the initiative to see whatever I want changed happen. So what I am trying to change is, become a better writer! BOOM! We got to an answer! 

18. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
Go whale watching and see Killer Whales. They are amazing! 

19. What would you do if you won the lottery?
Depending on the sum. Buy a house make some investments, and do some kick-butt promotions for my books, then do other things like help family and The Hands and Feet Project in Haiti! 

20. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
I’d spend the day with my gal. We’d quickly down six pints of beer, eat peanuts, then hitch a ride on the Vogon destructor ship that is about to destroy the earth just moments before it explodes. 

21. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
I was adventurous. Put it like that.  

22. What was the happiest moment in your life?
I have many. I don’t think I can pick an exact moment. But I can say that the moments I am recalling are times that I’ve spent with my close friends. 

23. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I’ll tell you when I get there. Because 5 years ago I wouldn’t have said I would be where I am now. 

  1. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
Dropped everything and moved to another country! 

25. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
One that combines a mixture of reading/exploring/filmwatching/adventure

26. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
My most recent holiday to Morfa Nefyn in Wales. Had a lovely cottage just a short distance from one of the most lovely and quietest beaches ever.  

27. Have you got a phobia you want to share?
No phobias for me...least not yet ha! Though I do hate snakes. 

28. What makes you angry? 
laziness. 

29. What do you do when you feel sad?
I watch Peepshow and realise my life isn’t all that bad!

30. Who or what inspires you?
Many things inspire me. Colours, shapes, people, places. I am always being inspired no matter where I am.  

Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
I have three books out this year that I am incredibly excited about. 

The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.  
In the Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Doctor Watson recalls seven adventures that he accompanied his friend Mr Sherlock Holmes on. In this book Holmes and Watson  are caught in the middle of Government Scandals, Cold Blooded Murders, Threats From Beyond Our Realm, and in a story that works through over a decade of Holmes’s cases we learn a little bit more about the mystery that surrounds Watson’s wife, Mary and what became of her sudden disappearance from Watson’s life.

The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is available now in paperback and ebook from all good bookstores including in the USA Barnes and Noble, Amazon & Itunes. In the UK Amazon, Waterstones, Itunes UK. For fans outside US and UK can get free delivery from Book Depository. Alternatively you can order straight from MX Publishing!

video trailer can be seen here: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdbicxwtRkg&feature=g-upl

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Fragile Words: A Collection of Verses and Short Stories. 
Fragile Words is a collection 29 verses and short stories that I’ve written. In this book I step outside the world of Sherlock Holmes and delve into friendship and love, pain and loss, and humour and horror in my own unique way. Each and every tale presented holds a special place for me. I can tell you exactly what each story is refering to what was going in on my life when I wrote them. It really is an open heart books and I am thrilled to release my “Fragile Words” to you.

Sold exclusively through Amazon! Go to amazon.com & amazon.co.uk

Video trailer can be seen here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=523NRDw8Ys0&feature=g-upl

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Sherlock Holmes & The Case of the Crystal Blue Bottle
A young woman named Deseray Underwood has been found dead, in her London lodgings, by her finance Samuel Mortimer. The body itself shows no signs of a struggle. Lestrade, baffled by the cause of death, summons the aid of Sherlock Holmes and his great powers of deduction. Holmes stumbles upon one single clue, a crystal blue bottle, which sends him and Watson on a wild chase through the streets of London in pursuit of answers to this young woman’s sudden demise. A death that would make any benefactor very wealthy.

Coming December 10th: Pre-order now on Amazon.com , Amazon.co.uk and The Book Depository now! Alternatively you can order straight from MX Publishing!

This project is Featuring 10 outstanding illustrators from across the globe, the story comes to life through the efforts of Marcie Klinger and Sarah Ruprecht & Dan Albers. Along with contributions from high profile illustrators Steven E. Gordon (The Great Mouse Detective, X-Men Evolution, Ultimate Avengers), Matthew Ferguson (Marvel’s The Avengers, Star Wars & Chronicle) & Wayne Miller (Sherlock Holmes Revenant illustrator). This is the Sherlock Holmes comic book event of 2012. 

All Profit made will be going to The Undershaw Preservation Trust to help raise awareness as they battle to save the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (www.saveundershaw.com

Video trailer can be see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xj1wjPpSmg&feature=g-upl

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I hope everyone is able to check out some of my titles! I am working very hard at putting together a followup Sherlock Holmes Book that will follow on from Untold Adventure. I am also working on a very special, but very secret Holmes book with several amazing authors. Both projects are aiming to release in 2013, so keep your eyes plead for more stuff to come! Until then please find me on facebook and twitter. Befriend or like my page!

Wordpress lukebenjamenkuhns.wordpress.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/lukebenjamenkuhns 

Twitter www.twitter.com/LukeAviator 





 
 
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Today I am glad because I am featuring here one of my favourite writers of erotica stories: Anya Breton. She is not only a great writer, but she is also a wonderful friend, who always knows when someone needs some yummy vegan chocolate to feel better. Get to know her, get to know her writing, and enjoy her interview.

  1. Describe yourself.
I’m a nerd or maybe a geek. Ah heck, I’m both.

  1. What is your favourite fruit flavour?
Grape.

  1. What is your favourite day of the week?
Saturday

  1. Which is your favourite time of the day?
Late evening

  1. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Night all the way

  1. What is your favourite breakfast meal?
These days it's blueberry waffles.

  1. What is your favourite colour and why?
Green. Really, it’s black but everyone at work gives me a hard time about always looking like I’m going to a funeral so when I get asked what color I like best, I say green 

  1. Which is your most favourite book ever?
I’d have to say Phantom by Susan Kay. I found it at a library when I was in high school. Years later I had a burning urge to read it again. I found another copy of it and reading the second time was every bit as wonderful as the first. (I’m not a fan of re-reading books)

  1. What kind of music do you like?
All kinds. My taste is mercurial but my favorite band for the past three years has been Florence and the Machine.

  1. Which is your favourite genre of films?
Probably Romance/RomCom

  1. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
I haven’t been to many places but of then ones I’ve been to, I love New Orleans the best.

  1. Which animal would you want to be and why?
A tiger. They’re big, beautiful and have sharp claws 

  1. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
Vlad III Dracula, Erik (aka The Phantom of the Opera) and probably William Shakespeare.  I love Shakespeare’s works and I’d like to meet the alleged men behind the classic tales.

  1. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
Enough money to get rid of my debt (and my family’s debt too), my family’s continued health and the elusive goal to be a full-time author. 

  1. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
I don’t suppose electricity is an option? :D 
I’m coming up blank. The idea of being stranded depresses me greatly. I’d love for a satellite phone so I could phone someone to come get me. And a hot guy to keep my mind off how hopeless the circumstances are. Maybe two hot guys. Yes, make that two. I think I’d go a bit crazy without music for several weeks. So I’d definitely need one of those guys to have a good singing voice. Does that count as a thing?
Food and water would also be nice, or a way to get both. Have I used up all my things?

  1. If you could be anyone, who would you be?
I like being me. I just want to be without debt and without having to work my day job.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
Have you noticed the reoccurring debt theme? That would be the thing I wish I could change.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
Travel the world.

  1. What would you do if you won the lottery?
Travel the world! 

  1. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
Indulging in every guilty pleasure I can imagine because I’m a wicked, wicked woman.

  1. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
I was very nice. That’s probably why I’m naughty now.

  1. What was the happiest moment in your life?
I have loads of little happy moments spattered through my life. I couldn’t put a finger on just one. (I know, boring answer)

  1. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Probably still working a day job and still writing at night.

  1. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
Grocery shopping in full clown-white & costume.

  1. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
I miss the beach here in Indiana. An incredible weekend would be spent relaxing on the soft sand beside warm water.

  1. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
Every Halloween is awesome!

  1. Have you got a phobia you want to share?
I don’t have any severe phobias but bugs make me jumpy.

  1. What makes you angry? 
Unfairness.

  1. What do you do when you feel sad?
Eat chocolate.

  1. Who or what inspires you?
I find inspiration in music, movies, books, works of art and people watching.

  1. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
My latest release, erotic romance, Wickedly Good is out November 9th. It’s a paranormal romance published with Ellora’s Cave as part of their Halloween “Hex Appeal” series. The blurb is:

It’s wrong. Wicked. As coven priest, Aston should know better. But he can’t help his feelings for Gemma. Too bad she likes his brother Drew—his no-good, cheating, engaged brother who takes what he wants regardless of who gets hurt. Aston tries to warn Gemma, but when he steps into his brother’s room and the lights go out and she presses herself against him… 
Air witch Gemma has lusted after Drew for years. When she gets her chance to spend a steamy night with him, she takes it. As he makes love to her in the darkness, as he makes her come again and again, she can’t help but think he’s different somehow—taller, more thoughtful. And that facial hair that abrades her skin in some seriously naughty places…how did he grow that so fast? 
By day, Aston seems dark and frightening. By night, he rocks Gemma’s world. If he could only convince her to see the truth—he may not be his brother, but he loves her more than Drew ever could.

Excerpt: http://www.jasminejade.com/productspecs/9781419942167.htm

More info & buy link: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-10516-wickedly-good.aspx

Links to find me: 

Blog is: http://blog.anyabreton.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AnyaBreton

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anyabretonauthor

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Anya-Breton/e/B004QWCUVU/


 
 
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Today I am featuring author Dana Griffin, who recently published his first book. Get to know the author, or try to among his many antics, and enjoy.




  1. Describe yourself.
I’m tall, dark and handsome. Some people swear I look just like Brad Pitt. I wish. I’m a middle age husband/pilot/writer/dreamer/dog lover/procrastinator.

  1. What is your favourite fruit flavour?
Chocolate. What? That’s not a fruit?

  1. What is your favourite day of the week?
The day I’m not working. My work schedule varies so I seldom have the same days off each week. Although I love my job, I love being home.

  1. Which is your favourite time of the day?
10:12 a.m. Not really. Hmm … I don’t think I have a favorite time.

  1. Are you a morning person or a night person?
If given a choice, I’d stay up late and sleep in. My work schedule varies so I have to adapt all the time to working either early morning, or all night.

  1. What is your favourite breakfast meal?
Steak and eggs, with thick slabs of whole wheat toast and lots of coffee. Leave the pot at the table.

  1. What is your favourite colour and why?
Blue, because its the color of the sky where airplanes fly. Or, because that’s my eye color. Wow, If I use that logic, imagine what my eyes would look like if I said my favorite color was orange.

  1. Which is your most favourite book ever?
I only get one? Hmmm … why are the tough questions in the middle? I don’t know if I can name a most favorite book ever. I’ve read so many good books that I loved, picking one as my favorite is imposible. Most of my reading has been the popular books over the last forty years. I haven’t read that many of the classics.

  1. What kind of music do you like?
Popular rock from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Although, once in awhile I’ll get out of my stuck in the same groove mode and hear a new song, or group I like. 

  1. Which is your favourite genre of films?
Romance. Just kidding. Action adventure, or suspense. But I also love a movie with a great story where the characters face incredible odds, but managed to get out of the situation their in with the help from others.

  1. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
It has to be in this Earth? Damn. I was going to say, the Sea of Capricorn on the moon. Great place to vacation. But since it has to be in this Earth, doesn’t that mean under ground? Well then, I love Mammoth Cave or Carlsbad Caverns. Okay, I’m being a wise-ass. Home in Louisville Kentucky. But there are so many other places I love too. Like, New England, the Pacific Northwest, the Rockies.

  1. Which animal would you want to be and why?
Finally an easy question. A dog. I’d love to love as unconditionally as they do.

  1. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
Great. Back to the hard questions. Real would be Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner and J. K. Rowling. Because I love their work and hope I might sipón some of their talent off them. In Ms. Rowling’s case, maybe some of her money. Fictious would be Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. 

  1. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
Peace on earth, good will to men, and unlimited coffee. Okay, I suppose you want the serious answer. To know the cause of cáncer, so we could find a cure for it. How to make man love his fellow man. And to rid the world of selfishness. And to have unlimited time to write and that my books would be best sellers and people would praise them. Oh, that was more than three. Oops. Okay, the cáncer, love man, and selfishness are my real answers.

  1. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
My wife, unlimited wáter and coffee, (is that two or three?) peanut butter M &M’s (they have protein in them), dark chocolate, and a knife. I know, that’s more than five, but I’m needy that way.

  1. If you could be anyone, who would you be?
Paul McCartney. No, Britney Spears (not really). I’m very happy being myself. I’d rather not be anyone else.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
I wish I wasn’t as judgmental of others.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
Go into outerspace. How cool would that be?

  1. What would you do if you won the lottery?
Before or after I bought the jet to fly myself around in? I would like to set up an organization that helped people in need become self sustaining. 

  1. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
Making love. I’d want to be with my wife enjoying whatever we wound up doing.

  1. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
Regrettably, I was a nice kid. The naughty kids had more fun. Maybe that’s why I write books where my characters get into situations I hope I never do.

  1. What was the happiest moment in your life?
Oh, great. Another hard question. I’ve had thousands and thousands happy moments. It’ll be hard to say what was the happiest. The day my wife and I married rates right up there as one of them. The day I soloed an airplane. The day my step-daughter and her husband made me a grandfather to twins. Every day I wake up.

  1. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Still answering this questionaire. Does this thing ever end? Still flying for an airline and writing every spare moment.

  1. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
The day I saved the world from ending by hunting down and arresting the guy releasing the deadly virus. Oh, I was suppose to give a serious anwer. Sorry, nothing is coming to mind.

  1. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
Any weekend my wife and I have off together with no plans other than enjoy each other’s time. That would usually have to be during a vacation. When off together at home, we don’t have weekends like that as there is always something going on to take us away from this idle time.

  1. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
That weekend at The Sea of Capricorn on the moon. Best holiday ever. Oh, okay. The trip to the Pacific Northwest and Yellowstone National Park with our camper three years ago.

  1. Have you got a phobia you want to share?
Answering lengthy questionaires with a bunch of personal questions. I fear they’ll never end and I’ll get the questions wrong. What will people think of me?

  1. What makes you angry? 
Lenghty questionnaires. Seriously, selfish people.

  1. What do you do when you feel sad?
Isolate. If I’m really sad, I’ll cry. I’m not afraid to admit it.

  1. Who or what inspires you?
All of the great authors who write such incredible stories that make me anxious to read their next book inspire me as a writer. As a person, the single parents who raise great children do. Or, the leaders in government or business who say, “I will not treat others bad just because I can.” Unfortunately there aren’t that many who do that. So I’d say the person who’ll do something for someone else for the simple act of helping another, that person inspires me.

  1. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
Finally.  

My first novel, The Cover-Up, is an airline thriller. Here’s the blurb on the back cover:

Omega Airlines Boeing 737 blows a tire on takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport and crashes into Flushing Bay. The Captain and ten people are killed; the First Officer and fifty-eight injured.
His divorce imminent, Omega Airlines Pilot Instructor Kyle Masters is brought in to assist the NTSB’s accident investigation. He and NTSB Investigator Lori Almond discover someone had played a role in the accident.
Determined to absolve the crew and the airline of full responsibility for the disaster, Kyle uses his operational knowledge – and healthy dose of humor. With Lori’s expertise in accident investigations, the duo close in on their target, putting their lives, and Kyle’s family’s, in danger.

It was released on Amazon October, 14th. I am presently writing a stand alone novel that follows The Cover Up with the same protagonist. I hope to have it finished by this time next year if I ever get this questionnaire finished. 

I’ve been a pilot for over twenty-five years and employed by a major U.S. airline for the last fifteen.

Follow me at:

www.dana-griffin.com 

www.facebook.com/dana.griffin.311

www.twitter.com/danagriffin97

Thank you for interviewing me. Even though I made fun of this interview, I enjoyed it and appreciate you posting this on your website.


 
 
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Ben Ditmars is an amazingly talented young writer. I met him on Facebook, and since I read his writing for the first time I knew he was special. You can read my reviews of his books in my Book Reviews section, just clicking on the button you can find in the description of this page. I am glad anytime I happen to meet talented new writers. So get to know him and I dare you not to like him. Enjoy!

Describe yourself. 
I’d like to think I’m a lot of things.  I’m a poet, fiction writer, ocarina player and occasionally a dark wizard.

What is your favourite fruit flavour? 
It really depends on the season.  In the early fall I enjoy apples.  Later in the fall it’s cranberries.  Are berries a fruit?  I’m going with it for now.

What is your favourite day of the week?
I’m a traditional person with this.  My favorite day is Friday.  It’s just exciting.  There’s the excitement of getting off work and looking forward to the weekend.

Which is your favourite time of the day?
Ah, this is a tough one.  I’m a huge insomniac and fiend of the nighttime.  Maybe Midnight?  The energy of the evening is still there and it is technically day in accordance with the question.

Are you a morning person or a night person?
I’m definitely a night person one-hundred percent.  I hate waking up but I’ll stay up all night, even if there’s nothing to do.

What is your favourite breakfast meal?
My favorite is a bagel sandwich from McDonald’s.  I love both varieties.

What is your favourite colour and why?
There’s something about green.  It’s mysterious and natural at the same time.

Which is your most favourite book ever?
I hope people don’t think I’m juvenile for this but the last Harry Potter book really moved me.  I know there’s better written books, but still.  It was the conclusion of a journey I began in my youth and ended in adulthood.  I think with many books we read them for a year or two, complete the series and move on, because it’s already been out.  With Harry Potter, I grew up with Rowling’s stories and her characters.

What kind of music do you like?
I’m a musical polyglot.  I listen to pop, classic rock, classical music, etc. The only genre I cannot get into is newer country.  Johnny Cash, is great.

Which is your favourite genre of films?
I love science fiction and fantasy, as well as comedy.

Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
There’s a place in Polaris, Ohio I can’t get enough of.  It’s this small strip mall and at night when the lights are on and fountain flows, it’s just mesmerizing.

Which animal would you want to be and why?
I’d like to be a sea turtle, please.  Can you imagine swimming in the current and having a permanent back pack?  I can.

If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
I would choose J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allen Poe and Vincent Van Gogh. Think of the conversations and the perspectives on history… Wow, I’m a nerd.

If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
I will ask my genie for 1.) My family and friend’s health 2.) To be a rich author who travels the world writing 3.) The power to fly and have no one laugh at my ridiculous superhero costume.

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
Flint; A fishing pole; Books; Books; Books

If you could be anyone, who would you be?
Dumbledore

What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
I would make myself more confident.

What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
Rule the world (with love).

What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would donate to all the charities I could, travel the world and build a big house for all my writer friends to come live in.

If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
I would eat a good meal, laugh with friends and find a miracle cure.

Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
Decidedly naughty.  I wasn’t always the nicest person.  There’s a lot of things I did and said to people I regret

What was the happiest moment in your life?
Probably earlier this year when I sent out a bunch of signed books people bought.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Hopefully teaching, having written more books and traveled to several new places.

What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
I once licked a stranger.  I’m sure that sounds crazy.  A girl had made a bet with her friend she couldn’t get a stranger to lick her face.  So I helped out.  I’m a humanitarian like that.

What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
Reading, writing, a fire with friends

Which is the best holiday you have ever had?
I think it was a tie between many while my grandparents were still alive.  My family used to visit with them and the rest of my mother’s family at Thanksgiving.  We had it in this huge, cozy, warm barn where we played board games and talked.

Have you got a phobia you want to share?
It’s not a phobia I refuse to face but I hate driving on really fast, busy highways.  It really frightens me.

What makes you angry?
Ignorance, rudeness bigotry, hate, computers, the internet not working

What do you do when you feel sad?
I put on some music, maybe light a candle, talk to a friend; maybe a drink or two.

Who or what inspires you?
The people in my life, of course; loves, friends, the indie community.

Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
Thank you so much for the questionnaire and opportunity, Cinta.  I have a collection of short plays titled Ten Minutes in Heaven.  It covers a wide range of topics.  One of my favorites features Edgar Allen Poe and Vincent Van Gogh trying to talk a college freshman out of suicide.  Another is a modern day take off of Macbeth.  Together, there are ten, and it’s a wild ride.

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Lindsay Avalon is a fantastic friend and fellow author that I met on Facebook. She is about to be published and I wanted her to talk about her projects here. So get to know her. You won't regret that.
  1. Describe yourself. I am a person who’s hyper and proud of her insanity. I love to laugh and just have fun. I also tend to be very loud when talking to someone in person, partially because I literally cannot hear how loud I really am. I think it makes up for being so short!
  2. What is your favourite fruit flavour? Strawberry
  3. What is your favourite day of the week? Saturday
  4. Which is your favourite time of the day? Night time. I do my best writing at night too
  5. Are you a morning person or a night person? Night person, definitely. I may wake up early, but it takes forever for me to really get going.
  6. What is your favourite breakfast meal? Just about any breakfast food but especially eggs
  7. What is your favourite colour and why? Blue because it reminds me of the ocean
  8. Which is your most favourite book ever? This is so hard because I can never pick favorites. The closest would probably be Branded By Fire by Nalini Singh
  9. What kind of music do you like? Folk metal, symphonic metal, Celtic music, trailer music (like from movie/TV trailers). Pretty much anything with a fast rhythm
  10. Which is your favourite genre of films? I think action or comedy
  11. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth? Disney World! 
  12. Which animal would you want to be and why? I think a dolphin. I’ve always loved the ocean
  13. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why? Oh dear, I have no idea haha. Umm one would be my great-grandma because she was always the most amazing storyteller. Another would be Roarke from J.D. Robb’s In Death series because he’s my fictional crush. And for the last, my husband (corny I know)
  14. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?  This is always a tough one lol. Umm 1. The ability to be able to eat as much bad food as I want without any negative effects, 2. My own personal library that never ends, and 3. For my friends and family to always be happy 
  15. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive? My husband, my mini schnauzer, my kindle with some way to keep it charged, lotion, and chapstick. I think that might total 6 but can we pretend? 
  16. If you could be anyone, who would you be? Myself. It took me a long time to be happy with who I am, but now I wouldn’t want to be anyone else!
  17. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself? I’d love to be more organized and tidy
  18. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance? Umm I’d live in Disney World
  19. What would you do if you won the lottery? I’d freak, call all my closest friends and family and tell them I won. Depending on the amount I won, I’d first pay off my husband’s med school debt then I’d help my family pay off their debts. Then I’d go traveling and write in exotic locations.
  20. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it? With my husband and family. Preferably in Disney because I have the most wonderful memories there.
  21. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid? I know you all probably won’t believe me but I was nice. I was the good child who would always try to please my mom and dad. Now when I was an adult, I let my true nature come through lol
  22. What was the happiest moment in your life? The day I married my husband
  23. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? Being a full time writer and hopefully a mother. The plan is to quit my day job when hubby is done with residency which will be in 5 years.
  24. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done? Honestly I haven’t really done any crazy things (I know, I know you probably don’t believe me lol)
  25. What is your definition of an incredible weekend? Getting to lie out on the beach with a good book and just relax
  26. Which is the best holidays you have ever had? My honeymoon in Disney World. It was my first time going and it was such a blast
  27. Have you got a phobia you want to share? Anyone who’s friends with me on Facebook has probably already guessed…spiders *shudder*
  28. What makes you angry? People who judge you without knowing you, those who lie, and those who betray their friends or family
  29. What do you do when you feel sad? Cry, listen to loud music, hug my dog, curl up with my husband
  30. Who or what inspires you? My friends inspire me to keep going with my writing. Music inspires some of my scenes, and a number of authors also inspire me. In particular, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Nalini Singh, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Vickie McKeehan, Regan Black, Kallypso Masters, and pretty much every other indie author I’ve met.
  31. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
On October 31 Moon Rose Publishing is releasing an anthology of twisted fairy tales and my very first novella will be included!! It’s called Song of the Abyss and is loosely based on the Little Mermaid fairy tale.

Think you know your fairytales? Think again. These aren’t your normal happily-ever-after. Within these pages, a murderous Little Mermaid gets her revenge, the Cinderella doesn’t really want to wear the slipper, Snow White is up to her eyes in industrial experiments, and the Beauty is in fact the Beast. 

This collection of four novellas will surprise you, make you gasp in horror, sigh with relief, and sit on the edge of your seat. And most of all…they will make you rethink everything you think you know about dark fairytales…

In addition, this December I plan to self-publish my first full-length novel, a paranormal romance called Breaking the Nexus. Here’s a little about it:

You know all those myths and legends you heard growing up? The ones that everyone always said were just made up stories? Well they were wrong; those tales were based on reality. The world you know is simply one realm, the Human Realm, and a magical barrier called the Nexus shields this realm from the truth. A second realm, the Mythrian Realm, exists, inhabited by all those creatures you thought were just fiction. The Nexus is breaking and the realms are colliding. Will you be ready?

I love to hear from fellow authors and readers! People can find me on the web at:

Blog: http://lindsayavalon.blogspot.com

Website: www.lindsayavalon.com

Twitter: @LindsayAvalon

Facebook Author: http://www.facebook.com/author.lindsay.avalon

Thank you so much for having me Cinta!!



 
 
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 Chantel Rhondeau is a writer and blogger that I met on Facebook. She offered me to be interviewed on her blog, and I offered her to be featured here in my "Meet the Author" series. I am always happy to meet new fellow writers. So, enough from me. Get to know her and enjoy.

  1. Describe yourself.  I’m a romantic suspense writer, but mostly I’m a mother. I love my kids more than anything--anyone who talks to me for very long will usually hear me bragging about something those kids do!
  2. What is your favourite fruit flavour? That’s a hard one. I love fruit. I guess apple or watermelon.
  3. What is your favourite day of the week? Friday - because I know the weekend is almost here!
  4. Which is your favourite time of the day? I love afternoon when it is almost time to quit my day job and write my fiction.
  5. Are you a morning person or a night person? I’ve always been a night owl. 
  6. What is your favourite breakfast meal? Something really quick and easy. It’s so hard for me to get up in the morning (because of the night owl thing) that breakfast is usually just a glass of milk or something on the run. 
  7. What is your favourite colour and why? Purple… I really can’t tell you why. It’s just pretty. 
  8. Which is your most favourite book ever? I read so many books and I have so many favorites. I just finished Only In Her Dreams by Christina McKnight, however, and it was excellent. My favorite is probably whatever I’m currently reading. 
  9. What kind of music do you like? Everything except rap. My favorites are country and 80’s music though. 
  10. Which is your favourite genre of films? Romantic comedy or horror - what a combination, right?
  11. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth? Anywhere I can hear the ocean, a river, or a stream. I love moving water. 
  12. Which animal would you want to be and why? A dolphin! Not only are they my favorite animal, they are super smart and get to live surrounded by water all the time. Plus, I love their playful natures. 
  13. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you chose and why? I have no witty or profound answers for this. I’d choose three of my loved ones who have passed on. I miss them, and it would be great to have one more conversation with them.
  14. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for? Like a genie? Wow! I would want good health for my family members. I would use my other two wishes to give both of my children whichever thing they most desired. Maybe not…my son most desires to be on the SWAT force in Los Angeles and that scares me to death. My daughter would probably wish to be a pro bowler, which is a little easier to handle. Next question! I can’t answer this one ;-)
  15. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive? Yay! Stranded on a beach. How did you know my secret wish? That’s what I should’ve asked the genie for in the question above! 1. A fully loaded e-reader with more books stored in the “cloud.” 2. A computer with a never-ending power supply so I could write. 3. An umbrella, ‘cause too much sun makes me sick. 4. An endless supply of virgin margaritas (alcohol gives me headaches). 5. A really comfy beach chair. 
  16. If you could be anyone, who would you be? I gotta be me! I sometimes envy other people, but I’ve got a pretty darn good life. 
  17. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself? I’m actually really shy. I have a hard time meeting new people. I wish I was a little less afraid. 
  18. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance? Hands down, swim with dolphins. I will do this one day!
  19. What would you do if you won the lottery? Take my entire family (my kids, my parents, my sisters and brothers, and their families) on a cruise and distribute the money equally so we could all live with a little padding between paydays. 
  20. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it? With my kids and spouse, playing cards and laughing. I’d also order a pizza, boneless chicken wings, and cook a roast. Hey, no reason to count calories if it’s the last day, right?
  21. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid? I was always a nice kid. My brother likes to say suck up, but I don’t use that term. 
  22. What was the happiest moment in your life? I honestly have so many of these, I can’t pinpoint just one. Every day I’m able to laugh about something is a happy moment. 
  23. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? Hopefully a wildly successful author making enough money from my books that I can write full time. 
  24. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done? I hate to tell you this, but I’m rather boring. I do all sorts of crazy things in my imagination, and let my characters live that out, but in real life there’s not a lot of crazy going on. 
  25. What is your definition of an incredible weekend? Picnic on the lake with my family in the summer. Finishing a good book wrapped up in my special blanket in the winter (with my cat, Gizmo, purring on my lap). 
  26. Which is the best holidays you have ever had? (I’m going to assume you are talking vacations and not Christmas? If I’m wrong, let me know and I can change this answer). My family and I spent ten days on the coast in Oregon. I was lulled to sleep every night by the sound of the ocean. We had a campfire on the beach one night, hunted for sand dollars and seashells every morning, and went out whale watching on a little boat one afternoon. 
  27. Have you got a phobia you want to share? I am afraid of tons of things! The worst though is spiders and any other creepy crawlies. Ewww! I’m shuddering just thinking about it, but a spider crawled on my arm yesterday…YUCK!
  28. What makes you angry? All the injustice in the world. I get so frustrated when I hear stories about a mother killing her children, bullies beating up someone because they are different, innocent people dying in senseless wars… really, almost anything on the news these days. They rarely share happy stories. 
  29. What do you do when you feel sad? I put on my headphones and belt out a few songs at the top of my lungs (usually Shania Twain or Dixie Chicks). Since I’m not a good singer, everyone is happier if I stay happy. 
  30. Who or what inspires you? I love hearing about other people’s successes. No matter how big or how small. So many people inspire me. If you have a happy story, send it my way! 
  31. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects. 
Always & Forever is my new romantic suspense novel. Check out the blurb below:

A suspected murderess flees her former life in search of tranquility, but the past refuses to die, threatening to destroy her newfound happiness.
Lilly Price is an abused woman on the run, but she can’t hide forever. Desperate to escape public scrutiny following accusations that she hired a hit man to kill her fiancé, Lilly hopes to rebuild her life in a new town.
Widowed Zach Woodbridge is in no hurry to find another bride. He longs for a peaceful summer, writing at his lakeside cottage. Things change after an introduction to his grandmother’s intriguing new assistant, Lilly.
When Lilly’s secrets are revealed, can their fragile relationship weather the storm?  And when a man from the past wishes to reclaim Lilly, using any force necessary, can she and Zach protect the people they love? 

CONTENT WARNING: Violence, mild language, sizzling love scenes. 

You can find it on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Always-Forever-ebook/dp/B008ZMX1CY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1346209744&sr=8-2&keywords=Always+%26+Forever

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/always-forever-chantel-rhondeau/1112557514?ean=2940014900386

Connect with me at the following places:

Website: http://www.chantelrhondeau.com

Twitter http://twitter.com/ChantelRhondeau

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