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Interview With Author Donna Kauffman

It is a great pleasure to welcome Donna Kauffman author of the Blue Hollow Falls Series. I knew Donna from the Prodigy Romance Readers Club back when I was in college and before she was a famous writer of romantic fiction. I am extremely excited that we reconnected and she agreed to this interview.

Welcome Donna to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know more about you and your stories better!

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

My current series, Blue Hollow Falls, is set in my home area of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I love my mountain home and have long wanted to set a series here. I had been waiting for the right story inspiration and am thrilled to finally be sharing it with readers.
The current story is this season’s holiday novella, Christmas in Blue Hollow Falls, which is part of the A SEASON TO CELEBRATE anthology. Each story in the series stands alone, but the stories do give readers of the series a chance to check back in with family and friends they’ve met along the way.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples...

Blue Hollow Falls is a fictional town, is absolutely a composite of all the things I love about my home. While the place names and character names are all fictional, I have used many of the names of places and people in the story, just in different ways.

As an example, I live along the Rockfish River. In the book, the county name is Rockfish. I hike along Goodwin Creek. The heroine in my first book, her last name is Goodwin. And so on… Not all, but many of the place names and some of the character names are drawn from my area and used in some way in the book, to give it an authentic feel.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

I enjoy contemporary romance as a reader, and wanted to write the kind of stories that I love to read. In particular, I live in a small, rural town, as does my extended family, so small towns are a big draw to me personally, and as a reader. It’s great fun to get to build my own small towns and create stories about the people there. Blue Hollow Falls is my third small town series. Each one has been set in an entirely different locale, from an island off the coast of Georgia in my Cupcake Club series, to coastal Maine in my Blueberry Cove books. The places are always special to me personally and such a joy to be able to “visit” any time I want.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

I always travel to the areas where my books are set. Most often, I choose those areas because I have already spent a significant amount of time there. I go back when writing as various story elements require a bit more exploration. In the case of the current series, I didn’t have to travel anywhere given I live in the area I’m writing about, but other elements of the stories have required some wonderful field trips. Wineries, lavender farms, orchid growing, fiddle making and playing, raising goats and sheep, and even rehabilitating abused llamas have all played roles in the various stories in this series. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the research.

What makes you laugh?

Most often, watching the antics of the wildlife out here. They have so graciously allowed me to plant myself right in their midst, and I never get tired of their company. From the fawns bedded down in the back, waiting for mama to come back, to the baby bears getting stuck up high up the pine trees every dang spring, to the birds who frequent my many feeders and water fountain, it’s never a dull moment.

Is there anything else you want to add about the story, series that has not already been mentioned?

The next full length book in the Blue Hollow Falls series comes out this January. LAVENDER BLUE is set, as the title might suggest, on a lavender farm and the four women who own and run the farm have become close friends. I look forward to telling more of their stories in upcoming books. I hope they become good friends of yours as well!

What is the best way for readers to interact with you?

Readers can follow my blog at www.donnakauffman.com/blog or find me on social media at the following places:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/donna.kauffman1/
Twitter: @DonnaKauffman
Instagram: @donnakauffman
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/donnakauffman
Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/donnakauffman
BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/donna-kauffman

Donna Kauffman is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over 70 novels, translated and sold in more than 26 countries around the world. The recipient of multiple RT Book Awards, she is also a National Readers Choice Award and PRISM Award winner and a RITA finalist. Born into the maelstrom of Washington, D.C., politics, she now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she is surrounded by a completely different kind of wildlife. A contributing blogger for USAToday.com, she is also a DIYer, a baker, a gardener and a volunteer transporter for the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Rockfish Sanctuary. Please visit her online at www.DonnaKauffman.com.

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A SEASON TO CELEBRATE

BLUE HOLLOW FALLS

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LAVENDER BLUE

Interview with Author: Elizabeth Bromke

It is a pleasure to welcome Elizabeth Bromke author of Christmas on Maplewood Mountain (Book One in the Maplewood Sisters Series).

Welcome Elizabeth to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.

Thank you, Patty! I’m really excited for this.

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

Christmas on Maplewood Mountain is set in a tiny, fictional mountain town in Arizona. I, too, live in a small mountain town in Arizona, although it’s not Maplewood. However, I was born and raised in Tucson, a desert. Growing up, I always missed the seasons. In fact, fall leaves and snow were the stuff of fantasies for me, except for when my family would visit cooler climates. So, when my husband and I moved up to the mountains, I became a keen observer of “mountain life,” and I fell in love. I wanted to build a world in Maplewood, and one good way to do that was to create a family. I come from a very big family, and so the idea of four sisters and two brothers is based on my aunts and uncles. Fun fact: my dad has one brother and four sisters, and my mom has three sisters and two brothers. The Delaneys of Maplewood echo that dynamic.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…

Some characters’ names or places are mini dedications to my family members. The characters are not based on real people, but I liked the idea of honoring them in a small way in the series. For example, I used my mom’s name for the bakery owner.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

I have yet to meet a genre I didn’t like. I have a voracious appetite for reading. And, I’ve been writing since I was a young child. When I was a little girl, I wrote stories about big families with complicated (and confusing!) family dynamics. As I (hopefully) matured in my writing, I never shook the desire to explore relationships. Romance lends itself very well to this exploration. Plus, I love happy endings!

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

I feel less myself when I’m not engaging in creative pursuits. To me, sanity is synonymous with writing. It absorbs my anxieties. But, really the main condition of my contentment and happiness is… you guessed it! Family. In the book, even though they arrive at a major conflict in their sisterhood, Mary and Anna Delaney love each other and their siblings and parents deeply. Family is a driving force.

What makes you laugh?

It’s one of two extremes. I either laugh at the same things that 13-year-old boys laugh at or really smart humor.  My favorite TV show, however, is The Office. I’m not quite sure where it falls on that spectrum.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

I am a huge fan of a variety of books/movies/people. For example, my favorite movies are The Wizard of Oz and Silence of the Lambs. I also love TitanicJaws, and Beetlejuice. Batman is my favorite superhero, and The Dark Knight is another favorite movie. Favorite books include Dracula, The Hunger Games, and anything by Jodi Picoult. I love psychological thrillers, too. Finally, I have a bizarre interest in Lizzie Borden of hatchet fame. My first historical fiction pieces revolve around her story.

What is the best way for readers to interact with you?

Readers can find me on website, elizabethbromke.com, my facebook author page, Elizabeth Bromke or on twitter @ElizabethBromke. Joining my newsletter is a surefire way to stay up-to-date with exclusive news and promotions. You can join here!

Christmas on Maplewood Mountain (Book One in the Maplewood Sisters Series) – releasing Saturday, November 17, 2018!

It’s December, and Mary Delaney has little to show for her tenth year at Wood Smoke Lodge. Her business has been steadily dwindling. Her relationship prospects, too. But, her sister, Anna, has an idea that just might change Mary’s luck. Unfortunately, their own sisterhood might be working against them. Worst of all, it’s all coming to a head during the holidays, making Mary feel lonelier than ever.

Meanwhile, Kurt Cutler is living the high life in the tech world. Fresh on the heels of wild success in the uncharted world of cryptocurrency, he looks for a way to ensure his young company doesn’t lose its grip. When his right-hand woman suggests a get-away at her sister’s snowy mountain retreat, he jumps on the opportunity to unplug and unwind.

If Mary’s sister, Anna, can back off, Mary has every chance of enjoying the magic of the holidays. But when Mary and Kurt have to choose between love and their own priorities, what will win?

Find out if a wintry weekend can become more for people from two opposite worlds in Elizabeth Bromke’s cozy romance, Christmas on Maplewood Mountain.

Interview With Author Tessa McFionn

It is a pleasure to welcome Tessa McFionn author of The Rise of the Stria series.

Welcome Tessa to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.

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What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

My latest series, The Rise of the Stria, is a space opera which has been spinning in my mind for many years now. I pitched the first book, To Discover a Divine, as The Wizard of Oz meets Star Wars. At the time, the work was entitled Lost in Transmigration, but the feedback on the title was less than anticipated. Seems people thought, by the title, this was going to be a comedy, or at least a light rom-com. And that would be a big negative there, Ghost Rider. So, after several heart-to-hearts with my wonderful publishing team at Fiery Seas Publishing, we came up with the current title. The story centers around a human, Evainne Wagner, who gets sucked into another galaxy only to find out she is some sort of mystical savior eluded to in an ancient prophecy, and it will follow her as she learns of her role and navigates the intense attraction to our hero, a captain in the Strian rebel forces, Kahlym cal Jheun.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…

Ah, the names. Actually, I find myself discovering new character names in the oddest of ways. One fun way is watching the credits at the ends of movies. I have always stayed until the bitter end in the theater. Sometimes because I wanted to know who sang a particular song or where a movie was shot, but during the wait, I would read the names. My husband and I actually play a game where we try to find the funniest, or longest, or coolest name in the credits. By watching all the names scroll by, my author brain is on high alert for the next hero, heroine, villain or sidekick in the long list. But, in the case of my sci-fi, it was a little different. For my heroine, I have always loved the name Evainne. I first heard it in Neil Gaiman’s work, Starlight, and I just loved it. As to the aliens, those are tough. I mean, you don’t really think you’re going to come across a spaceman named Bob, right? I wanted to make the names look exotic, but still be pronounceable. So, Callum became Kahlym and Darrin became Dhaerin. For the others, don’t laugh, but I stared at my keyboard and started with one letter then built the names up from there. Granted, this is a very trial and error method. I thought to myself, what kinds of word sounds made me think happy thoughts and which sounded evil. I tried to give my good guys soothing sounds while the harsher tones were aimed toward the bad guys. Like I said, I know it sounds silly, but it works for me.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

I have been a nerd for the whole of my life. My mother used to read to me and my brother when we were little. She read anything and everything. We heard The Yearling, Old Yeller, Jaws, (LOL! Yes, I heard the story before the movie was made) and The Hobbit. I remember when my grandmother gave me a copy of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. I was in the fourth grade and I was so excited. The opening line used the word “xenomorph” and I had to read the rest of it with the dictionary next to me. But I didn’t care. I was hooked. I am old enough to say that I was there the day they released Star Wars in the theaters. I remember looking over my shoulder when the space ship zoomed in from off-camera, cheering for the good guys and booing Darth Vader. After that, I continued to devour all things fantastical. I read Asimov, Bradbury, all of the Dune books. My mother even enrolled me in the Science Fiction/Fantasy Book of the Month club, which is why I dedicate each and every book I write to her memory. She is my biggest inspiration and was my most steadfast supporter, even though she never had a chance to read my works.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

Wait, we have to be sane to do this?! Nobody told me that!!! All kidding aside, for me, since I do have a full-time day job, it’s all about time management. It’s a bit of the “all work and no play” mentality. I try to make sure to get words on pages every day, but I try, she said incredulously, I try NOT to beat myself up if I don’t. I personally tend to be rather scattered. Yes, I am a pantser and can get distracted by shiny objects. (Just ask my hubby. He calls it my magpie complex.) So, I create characters who can think on their feet and multitask like it’s cool. I don’t really have any strongly organized characters just yet, only because I’m not sure how to approach that myself.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

That’s the beauty about writing science fiction: not a whole lot of available information on a fictitious part of the universe. If anything, I guess what you could call it is anti-research. It’s more about checking around to make sure your device/concept/planetary system isn’t already being used by someone else out there. But you still have to make things believable and relatable, and therein lies the rub. When I first started writing my space opera, I had the Alliance as the good guys, but that only sparked my memories of watching Firefly and Serenity, even though they were the bad guys in that world. So, after numerous synonym searches (thank you, thesaurus.com and my Flip Dictionary), I found a very distant cousin, twice removed on their mother’s side I would venture to guess. I rewatched lots of Star Trek reruns and Googled lots of ship components. But even then, things can go sideways. I was 90% done with the first draft and my ship’s three-armed tech/mechanic was named Warwick. I was so pleased with my somewhat obscure choice of names and took a break to read and POOF! There, as bold as day, was Warwick, out in print. So, back to the drawing board, a little switcharoo and Warwick becomes Falka, and the cleric, who was originally Falco, becomes Yhan’tu. Now, would others have made the connection? I don’t know, but if I want to set my stories apart, then maybe it means making some changes when needed.

What makes you laugh?

EVERYTHING!! I love to laugh. I consider myself to be more of an optimist than a pessimist, and I try to keep things on a positive note. This means lots of laughter and lots of smiles. My current go-to for a good giggle is a series of short videos called True Facts. OMG! If you haven’t seen these yet, they are just hysterical. They’re little nature videos about strange animals and they are just brilliant. The narrator reminds me a little of a young version of Morgan Freeman and he starts out so serious, but ends up cracking himself up throughout the episode with the facts or the videos of the animals. There is one about seahorses and he acquaints the way seahorses move to riding a skateboard and waving a Denny’s menu really fast to move. I believe that laughter is the best way to learn about people and to stay healthy.

What makes you cry?

Not much? I know, that makes me sound so heartless. But, like I said above, I try to be optimistic about things. But, if I am truly moved emotionally, I will shed a tear or two. This can happen when I see someone rise up against all odds and succeed, or when someone inspires others to rise up. For me, it’s all about the journey. I cry when I see the little kitties climb up from the edge of the abyss, or when I watch my students completely nail a performance in front of a packed house. I don’t cry in normal movies. I thought E.T. was boring and Terms of Endearment didn’t move me either. I also don’t watch sappy movies. LMAO! I know, I know! What kind of romance author am I?! But, I did cry when Spock died in Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan and when Gandalf fell in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

Since my life has surrounded the nerd culture for the whole of my life, I have lots of fandoms that influence me. I have also been surrounded by the performing arts and these have been woven into a couple of my heroines in my paranormal series. In my first book, Spirit Fall, my heroine is a dancer disillusioned with life and is brought down from the edge of suicide by a handsome hero. My third book in that same series, Spirit Song, tells of a torch singer held prisoner by a sleazy mobster in Chicago and finds an unlikely savior in a reluctant Guardian Warrior. It’s hard not to infuse some of yourself into your stories. Everyone does drink coffee. That is a requirement. I even found a way to make coffee appear in a different universe. It’s that serious.

Is there anything else you want to add about the story, series that has not already been mentioned?

This is only the beginning. I wrote To Discover a Divine with the idea of it only being a trilogy, but my muse wasn’t having any of that. So, this is the gateway to a whole new universe of tales from the Dantaran Galaxy and I hope to share many more stories as times goes on.

What is the best way for readers to interact with you?

I’m a bit old school and I really do like Facebook. However, that being said, I am on Twitter and Instagram as well. I answer emails, my semaphore and smoke signals are a bit weak, but I’d be willing to brush up on them if needed. Just drop by my website, my Amazon Author page or find me on the interwebs.

Interview with Author Lyndi Alexander

It is a pleasure to welcome Lyndi Alexander author of THE LOST CHORD.

Welcome Lyndi to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

THE LOST CHORD is a musical sequence of notes that can either heal or destroy a group of multi-dimensional universes in which our characters live. A prophesy from long ago tells that this chord may be produced by the vibration of seven souls—and the Conductor must find them all if he is to save everyone.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

I’ve written young adult novels previously, but this one is special, because the heroine is on the autism spectrum. I’d raised one family and then remarried and ended up with three children on the spectrum, two boys with Asperger’s and a daughter with more “traditional” autistic traits. In this book, I was able to model Bee Warrick after my daughter Tasha, who not only educates the other teens on her fantasy adventure but also the readers of the book on the happy surprises that can come from being different, but not less than, neurotypical people.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

I’ve been a published writer for over 40 years, and I’m not sure I really am sane, at this point. LOL! But I’ve been a single mom, and a law student, and a newspaper reporter, and a lawyer, and I’ve always needed to be strong and put myself out there. I think my characters—particularly the women in the Pittsburgh Lady Lawyers series—do reflect that need to overcome obstacles and make things happen.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

I had to learn about musical chords and composition and also string theory! It was a big stretch. Fortunately, they make an Idiot’s Guide to both.

What makes you laugh?

Watching toddlers enjoying themselves, giggling. Especially with puppies.

What makes you cry?

Watching Gandalf disappear over that ledge in Lord of the Rings. Kills me every time.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

I’m a serious nerd, so all things fantasy and sci-fi. Writing as Lyndi Alexander, I’ve written a number of each category, and I do try to Easter-egg some things in each story that other nerds will appreciate.

Is there anything else you want to add about the story, series that has not already been mentioned?

The book may have an autistic heroine, but the story is told through the eyes of five other characters as well, including Cory Briggs, who’s a serious gamer and plays in a garage band with his friends, and Devlynn Kayne, who comes from a planet where blacks are the majority. Both boys and girls can find a character to reflect their point of view, and someone to identify with.

What is the best way for readers to interact with you?

They can leave word at my Facebook page, at Goodreads or email me at lyndialexander at gmail dot com. You can learn more about my latest release by viewing the Book trailer or visting THE LOST CHORD buy link page.

Interview with Author Catherine Cerveny

It is a pleasure to welcome Catherine Cerveny author of the Felicia Sevigny series.

Welcome Catherine to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

All the novels in the Felicia Sevigny series refer to luck. In the first book, we learn that the main character has a weird genetic quirk known as the luck gene that essentially ensure events always go in her favor—even when things seem to be going badly for Felicia. In the first novel, she learns there are rules for the luck gene, hence the title THE RULE OF LUCK. But it also refers to the fact that her life is controlled and ruled by luck—she just never realized it. In the second book, THE CHAOS OF LUCK, she hopes things will run more smoothly for her, but they don’t. The luck gene throws all her careful plans, including her love life, into chaos and makes her feel like luck’s pawn. In the third and final novel of the trilogy, THE GAME OF LUCK, Felicia finally asserts control over her life. She refuses to be used like a chess piece and is determined to take charge rather than be used and manipulated by those in her life, and by her own luck gene. If luck sees her life as a game, she’s determined to win it once and for all.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…

I love it when the characters’ names mean something or there’s some hidden mystery behind them, although I don’t always go out of my way to make it happen when I’m selecting names. Sometimes, I just like how the name sounds or looks on the page. In the case of THE GAME OF LUCK, Felicia’s name means “lucky” and since this book was about a woman who discovers she has a luck gene, I thought the name was really appropriate. As for the male lead Alexei Petriv, the name Alexei means “helper and defender of mankind” which I thought was a great fit given his overall character arc. At the beginning of the series, he’s a very flawed character, merely following orders as he pushes the Tsarist Consortium’s agenda regardless of what it might mean to humanity’s future. He sees himself as being set apart from humanity but not of it. However by the end, he is transformed into someone who wants to protect what it means to be human and take a role in determining its destiny.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

I’ve always loved science fiction—and space in general. I love the “what if” questions sci-fi poses and the mysteries it explores. Are there really aliens out there? What are other planets like and can we live on them? What would it take a terraform another planet? How would we get there? I also love the action and adventure angle, where characters were actually doing something instead of standing around and talking. Plus I love seeing characters fall in love in such adverse conditions, watching their relationship form in a pressure cooker, so to speak. When I was a kid growing up, I was exposed to a lot of action and adventure movies—Star Wars of course, but also Star Trek, and Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-man, Doctor Who, and so on. I read comics and played with action figures (by the way, Barbie and Han Solo can totally get married if they want to). I wanted to go to Narnia and Camelot and Fantasia, or anywhere that wasn’t ordinary life. So, I would have to say I was inspired to write in the science fiction genre by a childhood spent indulging my imagination and always wondering “what if”.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

In The Game of Luck, I actually spent a lot of time researching dogs. I wanted Felicia and Alexei to have a dog, though I don’t have one myself—I seem to be allergy to everything these days. Given that I don’t know very much about dogs, I spent a lot of time researching dog breeds and behaviors, and asking friends to share their funny dog stories. So while I was researching planet terraforming and genetic manipulation, I was also trying to decide what sort of dog I wanted my characters to have—a Russian spaniel, by the way.

What makes you laugh?

My sense of humor is pretty dry and sarcasm is my go-to-move. I love wry, self-aware humor that’s a little off-beat and out in left field. You may not get it right away and you might have to work for it, but once you do, it’s that much more enjoyable. One of my favorite TV shows of all-time is the US version of “The Office”, which not everyone gets or finds funny, but I adore. I think that same wry sense of humor is in my novels, or I like to imagine it is.

What is the best way for readers to interact with you?

The best way to interact with me is probably on Twitter. I’m on there most often. I just started with Instagram so the landscape there is pretty dry and dusty, but I’m trying to remember to post things there as well. Readers can also reach me through the contact form on my website. And of course, I’m on Goodreads and be reached there as well. I do have a Facebook page where I post things, but it’s more for family and close friends.

Interview with an Author: Michelle M. Pillow

It is a pleasure to welcome Michelle M. Pillow author of Space Lords 4: His Earth Maiden.

Welcome Michelle to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.

Thank you for having me!

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

The Space Lords series was a series installment in the sci-fi romance Qurilixen World collection. It came naturally as the characters from previous series (Dragon Lords, Lords of the Var) began leaving their planet for the high skies. The titles of the Space Lords series has to do with a curse the pirate crew received while “visiting” a planet. Each part of the curse relates to a different element on that planet, thus: His Frost Maiden, His Fire Maiden, His Metal Maiden, His Earth Maiden. Wood will be the next element.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

I started writing historical romances and thought I would never do anything else. In 2004, after my first book a Regency ghost story romance, the publisher contacted me because they needed authors to fill out their Sci Fi Romance list. I agreed with the idea that I’d do this one thing for them, and then get to back to historical “my true passion.” Those first Sci Fi books, Dragon Lords, a futuristic dragonshifter series, grew into the Quirlixen World collection with 34 books within 7 series installments and growing.

It’s comical to think of now since I don’t write historical much anymore. My career took off from there, and I now I’m best known for futuristic, sci-fi and paranormal romance. However, I’ve written in a lot of different genres—contemporary, historical, fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy, etc—and have recently released my third cozy mystery.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

It’s doing things away from the computer to refill the creative well. Often, that is when the best ideas strike, or I’ll be doing research for a book. Experiencing something makes you better versed to write it. Not that I can take off into spaceships, but I can tour a ghost town like what is in my newest cozy mystery, or I can interview an expert in paranormal investigations on their techniques, or climb Mayan Temples in Belize.

What makes you laugh?

I love to laugh. My husband and I joke around all the time. Usually it’s the silliest stuff.

What makes you cry?

Grey’s Anatomy. Everyone kept recommending it so I recently binge watched it and I think I cried like every episode. My husband probably thought something was seriously wrong with me. LOL

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

I absolute LOVE horror movies. Scary, campy, phycological, it doesn’t matter. I have some darker books, the series Tribes of the Vampire, that does reflect a horror quality. I’d love to be able to write a straight thriller or horror if time allowed.

What is the best way for readers to interact with you?

I love talking to my readers online. They can usually find me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Michelle M. Pillow, Author

NYT & USAT Bestselling Author Michelle M. Pillow is an award-winning romance writer with over 100 published books over the course of her nearly 15-year career. She is best known for her Quirlixen World including the series: Dragon Lords, Space Lords, Lords of the Var, Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides, and more.

Michelle is always up for a new adventure or challenge, whether it’s a paranormal investigation of an old Vaudeville Theatre or climbing Mayan temples in Belize. She was a refugee extra on SyFy’s Z Nation (2016).

Website: www.michellepillow.com

Qurilixen World: https://michellepillow.com/dragonlords/

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MichellePillow

Instagram: https://instagram.com/michellempillow/

Upcoming/Newest Release:

Better Haunts and Garden Gnomes, (Un)Lucky Valley Book 1, Cozy Mystery Paranormal Romantic Comedy

Available starting June 26, 2018

Welcome to Lucky Valley where nothing is quite what it seems.

Lily Goode wasn’t aware she had an inheritance waiting for her in the form of a huge Victorian house in Lucky Valley, Colorado. Life might finally be coming together for her. That is if you don’t count the endless home repairs, dealing with eccentric Aunt Polly who claims they’re both witches, and Nolan Dawson the handsome home inspector who seems to have it out for her, then, sure, life is grand. Oh, and not to mention the strange hallucinations and garden gnomes who are far more than lawn ornaments.

If mysterious accidents don’t do her in, then the rebellious gnomes just might. With the help of Aunt Polly, it’s up to Lily to discover who’s sabotaging her new home and trying to drive the Goodes out of Lucky Valley once and for all.

Interview with Author Amanda Cherry

It is a pleasure to welcome Amanda Cherry author of Rites & Desires.

Welcome Amanda to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.

Thanks a Million for having me!

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

Rites & Desires is a distillation of what’s on the protagonist’s mind all the time. Ruby is obsessed with getting what she wants, the return of her lost magical powers most of all. And since the book is all about Ruby, I wanted the title to be a reflection of her inner world.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…

The only character I got to name on my own was Arsho Barsamian, who is a minor character who I love in a major way. They are a genderfluid top-tier executive and part of the Armenian Diaspora. I think nonbinary people in positions of power aren’t often seen in fiction, so I gave them the name that means “Dawn” in Armenian, because I think of it as a beginning of a kind of representation that we don’t get enough of. Everyone else was already an existing character in the universe or in mythology.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

My book takes place in the Cobalt City universe of heroes and villains. I had read several earlier stories and was already a big fan of the characters when I was invited to submit to their short story anthology in 2015. The character of Ruby Killingsworth, who became my book’s protagonist, was loosely based on me when she was first seen in a story by Dawn Vogel. After my short story sold, and I had set Ruby on this course, I really wanted to see her through it. I was thrilled when DefCon One Publishing said yes!

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

There’s a balance to be struck between adequate focus to get things done, and being so hyper-focused you forget to brush your teeth or wash your kid’s clothes. Ruby is a champion of multitasking—I wish I were as good at it as she is. For me, sanity while writing (while drafting especially) lies in part in finding joy in your fictional world and being able to look forward to returning there day after day after day. Ruby is a practiced hedonist and she has a way of finding joy in every moment. If she’s not having a good time, she changes something until she is—and that’s a great metaphor for a story: if I’m not having a good time, the readers won’t either, and I should change something until it’s fun!

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

Most people who are familiar with me as a writer know that I cut my author-teeth writing fanfiction. So I am very accustomed to doing my research and having to get to know existing characters and their voices before sitting down to create a story. This book took things to a whole new level. There are multiple mythologies represented in this book. A Norse god is a featured character, and there are brushes with both Tibetan Buddhism and the Queen of Sheba. I had to spend oodles of time making sure I had things just so. I didn’t want to misrepresent anything with a basis in genuine tradition, so it was a lot of work—but it was worth it in the end. I’m very happy with the finished product.

What makes you laugh?

My four year-old. A good Star Wars joke. My dog.

What makes you cry?

The fact that my childhood best friend, my mom, and my lifelong hero aren’t here to read my book. Go out and create RIGHT NOW, people! Tomorrow could be too late for the people you love most to share it with you!

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

I am a geek of the highest degree. I love Star Wars and Harry Potter the most, but my love for Star Trek: TNG. The X-Files, Buffy, and the West Wing have also spawned epic fannishness. I think I see a little of all of this in my writing. There’s definitely the kind of witty banter that my favorite characters are known for as well as elements of magic that you might find in the Buffyverse. There’s even a little politicking.

Is there anything else you want to add about the story, series that has not already been mentioned?

This is my debut novel and I am more than thrilled to be sharing this story with everyone. MY protagonist is objectively a villain, which is an interesting point of view from which to tell a story. I think it’s fresh and fun and I think people will enjoy it.

What is the best way for readers to interact with you?

I am super accessible! I am probably most easily reached via tweet @MandaTheGinger . I also have a Facebook Page, a Website: www.TheGingerVillain.com, an Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/amandacherry
and a Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16099525.Amanda_Cherry

Amanda Cherry is a native of Pensacola, FL and an alumnus of UNLV who hasn’t been thoroughly warm since moving to the Seattle area in 2003. Amanda’s first love was performing, and she has had a successful career as a theatre, television, and film actress.

Amanda’s first book was penned in her family’s den and published by her father in time for Christmas in 1985, she was six years old. After the limited success of that first outing, Amanda turned to writing stories for fun. She spent the next twenty-odd years doing just that.

A lifelong nerd, Amanda joined the staff at her favorite Star Wars site, Tosche Station, as a contributing writer in 2016 and discovered that letting other people read what she’d written was actually pretty fun. Thanks to the encouragement of a friend, she was invited to submit to Cobalt City Christmas: Christmas Harder in 2016 while living overseas in Berlin, Germany. When she learned that her story was bought, she cried.

Interview with Author: Carmen Webster Buxton

It is a pleasure to welcome Carmen Webster Buxton author of Alien Bonds.

Welcome Carmen to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

The series is called Wakanreo because that’s the name I gave the alien world. The first book is called Alien Bonds because the protagonist finds herself tied to the world—and to one particular Wakanrean—in a way she never expected.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…

I confess to a certain pettiness in that sometimes the bad guys are named after people I didn’t like, but other than that, I don’t tend to name characters with any scheme in mind. Mostly names pop into my head.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

I loved science fiction and adventure stories when I was a kid, but when I look at the far future, I want something familiar, something I understand, so I add romance. Even my books that aren’t romances almost always have a love story or two. And I love reading about different cultures and customs, real or made-up. My favorite authors include Ursula LeGuin, Jane Austen, and Georgette Heyer.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

One reason I’m a writer is I want to control the story. I want the characters to say and do what I want. But left unchecked, this tendency can result in stories only I would want to read. So I have to be willing to listen to what other people think about my stories. Certainly, the more agreeable of my characters are willing to learn from others.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

In making the aliens very like humans, but still different, I had to decide what could be different and what should be the same. For example, I was going to give the aliens “cat-eyes” with vertical slit pupils but in reading about evolution, I discovered animals with slit pupils evolved as four-footed creatures who hunted close to the ground, which helped them see in shadowy places like under bushes. Since the Wakanreans are slightly taller than humans, I opted to give them round pupils.

What makes you laugh?

The unexpected, especially when it includes a dose of karma. I love seeing someone who deserves it get their comeuppance when they least expect it.

What makes you cry?

Pretty much anything at all sad. I don’t just cry reading sad books or watching sad movies. A commercial on TV can make me tear up.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

I love to be amused. This is certainly reflected in my books to some extent, although they are not primarily humorous. But in terms of what I look for in a book, I want to be transported to a different time and place and I want to care what happens to the characters in the story.

Is there anything else you want to add about the story, series that has not already been mentioned?

Come visit Wakanreo!

What is the best way for readers to interact with you?

Comment on my blog (http://carmenspage.blogspot.com/). Or if it’s a private question, my email is on the ‘About’ page on my blog.

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Carmen Webster Buxton author of Novels: The Sixth Discipline, No Safe Haven, Tribes, The Nostalgia Gambit, Shades of Empire, King of Trees, Saronna’s Gift, Turnabout, Alien Bonds and Novella: Where Magic Rules

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Interview with an Author: Veronica Scott

It is pleasure to welcome Veronia Scott, author the recently released science fiction romance, Star Cruise: Marooned.

 

Welcome Veronica to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you.

Thanks for having me as your guest today!

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

My most recent novel is Star Cruise: Marooned (A Sectors SF Romance). The Sectors is the futuristic galactic civilization where I set all my science fiction novels and has human and alien citizens. The “Star Cruise” in the title signifies this is going to be the first novel in a series I have planned, which will occur on an interstellar luxury liner. Of course I already wrote one novel set on such a spaceship, Wreck of the Nebula Dream, but since that was based on the Titanic sinking, the starship didn’t survive! So the new series will have a new ship.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you?

I tend to pick names I like for my characters, so Meg and Red (whose real name is Simon) are ‘just’ names. I do have a secondary character in the book that’s named for an author friend of mine, which is fun. I don’t do that too often.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

My father was a huge science fiction fan and so I started reading the books in his library at an early age. I especially loved Andre Norton and Anne McCaffrey, but I always thought there needed to be more romance in the books. In all the books!

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

I try to write every day and I focus on the fact that I’m telling the sort of stories I love to read. So I enjoy strong heroines and heroes who are very alpha – warriors and Special Forces soldiers of the future. Hopefully no one in my books is Too Stupid To Live (TSTL) because that will get you killed, in real life or in a lot of fiction. I don’t have patience for TSTL. Beyond telling the best story I can, I have to remember each reader has their own experience with my book and my characters, which is how it should be. I certainly hope everyone will enjoy the book, but once I’ve published, that’s the end of what I can do. And my stories may not be to everyone’s taste.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

I’ve done a lot of research into cruise ships, the details and events surrounding the Titanic’s sinking (to get a feel for disaster aboard a cruise ship), how an aircraft carrier is run (because they’re huge and a good approximation of a military vessel in the far future I think). I looked into the cruise staff unions, job postings, public blogs by cruise employees….the kinds of things that can go wrong – and right! – on a cruise…research into the flora and fauna of a rainforest, because the planet in the novel features one, and then I let my imagination take over and I tell my own story.

What makes you laugh?

“Big Bang Theory” episodes, cats playing, little children

What makes you cry?

Sad endings. I HATE sad endings, which is why I write romances where there’s always a Happily Ever After.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

I’m a huge fan of science fiction and scifi romance, so I’d say yes, this is reflected in my writing! I also love epic fantasy – Jeffe Kennedy, Grace Draven for example – and paranormal romance – Nalini Singh is my top “must buy” author.

Again, thank you Veronica for answering these questions and helping us to become better acquainted with you!

Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.
Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.
But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.
Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?

Star Cruise: Marooned is available at:

Amazon
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Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

Three time winner of the Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances!

You can connect with Veronica via Blog, Twitter or Facebook.

Interview with an Author: Diane Burton

It is pleasure to welcome Diane Burton, author of several Science Fiction Romance series and now the author of a new series of mysteries with Femalel P.I., Alex O’Hara.


Welcome Diane to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and to learn more about this new series.

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

The Case of the Bygone Brother signifies that this is a mystery, sort of like the old-timey P.I. mysteries of the 1940s, except this is modern day and the private investigator is female. The subtitle is An Alex O’Hara Novel and that indicates it’s (the first in) a series.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…

The story takes place in a fictional resort town along Lake Michigan. Many of the early settlers in West Michigan came from The Netherlands. Today, Dutch names proliferate. Since some of my ancestors also came from The Netherlands, I used family names for many secondary and tertiary characters. The title character Harry Anslyn (the missing brother) is named after my great-great grandfather who fought in the American Civil War. I took the liberty of changing his first name from Louis to Harry.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

This is my first mystery, but I departed from the usual dead body at the beginning. I love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. At times, while reading before sleep, I’ve laughed so hard the bed shakes. I’d love to do humor as well as Janet does.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

Writers are supposed to be sane???
Number One is having a supportive spouse. He doesn’t mind that the furniture hasn’t been dusted since New Year’s Eve (we had company) and he’ll do laundry and make meals, especially when I’m buried in a story. I see Nick Palzetti (Alex’s teenage heartthrob who’s returned) being that supportive—if he and Alex ever get married.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

I needed to know the qualifications for an investigator in Michigan. Google is the best. A friend of mine is a retired police chief who is always willing to let me pick his brain. Then he’ll give me enough info for the next three books, at least.

What makes you laugh?

Besides Stephanie Plum and Lula’s antics? Romantic comedies, witty dialogue and send-ups to old movies in current ones. Example: in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Robert Downey, Jr. is riding a mule and the theme from Two Mules For Sister Sara starts playing. I think everyone in the theater stared at me when I cracked up.
My favorite laugh-makers are my grandchildren. Some of things they say. LOL The baby’s cooing makes me grin.

What makes you cry?

Emotional scenes in movies and books. In Linda Howard’s Cry No More and Kiss Me While I Sleep, two scenes had me sobbing. I’m a sucker for romantic movies with a BIG black moment. Hand me a tissue, please.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

Movies. I’ll use movie quotes (with appellations, of course) in my books. From my previous answers, you know I love Janet Evanovich and Linda Howard books. I also love Linnea Sinclair’s science fiction romance (which I also write).

Again, thank you Diane for answering these questions and helping us to become better acquainted with you and of course your new mystery series.


The Case of the Bygone Brother: An Alex O’Hara Novel by Diane Burton is now available at AmazoniTunesBarnes & NobleKobo or Smashwords

After taking over O’Hara & Palzetti, Confidential Investigations from her dad and his partner, Alex O’Hara’s bottom line has taken a plunge. So when a femme fatale offers her the case of a lifetime along with a huge advance, Alex sees her finances on a definite upswing. But someone doesn’t want her to find the long-lost brother. Complicating matters is the return of Alex’s old heartthrob, Nick Palzetti. Is he really there just to see her or does he have an ulterior motive? The Lake Michigan resort town of Fair Haven is abuzz with the news that O’Hara & Palzetti are together again.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com

Connect with Diane Burton online through the following:

Blog: http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dmburton72
Facebook: http://facebook.com/dianeburtonauthor
Goodreads: Diane Burton Author
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/dmburton72/

Other Books by Diane Burton:
Switched Series
Switched
​Switched, Too
​Switched Resolution

Outer Rim Series
​The Pilot: An Outer Rim Novel
​The Chameleon: An Outer Rim Novel

​One Red Shoe
​How I Met My Husband (contributor)

Bio:

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and The Case of the Bygone Brother, a P.I. mystery. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.

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