Monday, November 25, 2013

Interview: Kathy Reinhart

Author Interview of the Week

This week's author interview is with Kathy Reinhart, author of Lily White Lies.

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Kathy Reinhart is the author of the award-winning LILY WHITE LIES, and her debut novel, MISSOURI IN A SUITCASE, which was written under the pen name, Nova Scott.

Before venturing into the world of mainstream fiction, Kathy wrote articles of interest for online enthusiast magazines, most notably on the subjects of horses and eventing.

A firm believer in paying it forward, she created and maintains the popular, INK DROP INTERVIEWS, where she features one-on-one question and answer sessions with Indie authors, spotlighting their work and thoughts on the subjects of writing and the publishing industry.

Kathy is currently working on the novels, FIGHT LIKE A GIRL, and THE RED STROKES, due out late 2013 and mid 2014, respectively. She is also in the early stages of a forthcoming novel, THE SALESMAN, a collaborative project based on a true story.

A few of Kathy's other interests include horses, cooking, traveling, antiquing, also kayaking and paddle boarding the Pennsylvania lakes and rivers.

"Write to the ends of your imagination"  ~Kathy Reinhart

What made you want to be an author?

I’m not sure what made me become a writer (in general), I always wrote. For years it was freelance, for magazines and then later I wrote for online enthusiast publications. It was after a serious riding accident that I was unable to do much else but lay around and read that I read an author I had previously liked, a lot, and thought, ‘This is terrible, I can do better’. That’s where my writing career was born.

Who has inspired you the most?

I am inspired in some way by almost every writer I’ve ever read. I can’t think of a book I’ve ever read that didn’t provide me with knowledge or some idea that I found useful. But my favorites are many of the southern writers, Fannie Flagg, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Jill McCorkle Horton Foote…. (I love John Berendt’s ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, although he is not a southern writer)

Can you tell us about some of your earlier days of writing?

As I said, my earlier days were spent writing mostly about horses and eventing, the kind of stuff that appealed to a much smaller audience. I enjoyed it, but you can only say so much on the subject before you’re repeating yourself!

How has your life considerably changed since you've been published?

My life hasn’t actually changed, but my work habits have. I take a more serious approach to my writing now that I have several novels out. I’ve come to realize that the level of dedication (for me) is much greater.

You were the winner of the 2009 Brighid's National Fiction Manuscript Contest. Congrats! What exactly was it and how has it helped shape your career?

The Brighid’s contest was a national manuscript contest open to everyone who had written a full-length novel. It was conducted in segments. First it called for the first three chapters of your work, then selected ‘X’ number of applicants to send their full manuscripts. The winner received a publishing contract and an advance.

It has helped shaped my career in a very unexpected way. I never saw a dime of my advance and I never received a nickel of any royalties earned. Once my book was published (June of 2010), my publisher disappeared. She will not reply to my emails, she does not take my calls, she has not been in contact with me at all. It took being cheated to make me realize that I only have myself to rely on. When I realized that she had no intention of paying me any of the money he owed me, I formatted my book for Kindle and put it into KDP (Amazon). Although sales have slowed down now, it’s been out a while, I enjoyed seeing many, many copies of my book sell through Amazon for Kindle. If my publisher had been honest and kept her end of the contract, I may not have pushed as hard as I have with the digital book.

What inspired you to write Lily White Lies?

I’m inspired to write in general, but I can’t say exactly where the idea for Lily White Lies came from. I see ideas in everything! I have more ideas for books than I could write in two lifetimes.

What has been the best experience so far on your journey as an author?

It’s the little things that are huge to me… The book club that sent me a package and in it was every members copy of Lily White Lies – they asked me to sign them and included a photo of each of them holding their copy during one of their club meetings. Fan mail… I certainly don’t receive it in J.K. Rowling volume, but I do get it and I enjoy reading each one. Things like that….

Can you give us some insight on any upcoming projects?

Actually, I am working one two novels now, ‘Fight Like A Girl’ and ‘The Red Strokes’. ‘Fight’ will fall into the women’s fiction category, with a twist you won’t see coming! ‘Strokes’ encompasses fifty years and a very diverse set of characters. It brings the north and the south into sharp focus and is told through the eyes of a ‘least likely’ character. I can’t wait to finish writing them so that I can read them!

What advice can you give to any upcoming authors?

Keep at it. Don’t get discouraged if your break doesn’t come as quickly as you think it should, it rarely does. Never stop reading! Write, write, write. Don’t rush the process, and by that I mean don’t rush to publication, self or digital. If you do and it wasn’t ready, it won’t sell. You’ll become discouraged and that will begin a  vicious cycle that will kill your creative process.

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Interview: Lauren Blakely

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This week's interview is with Lauren Blakely, author of New York Times best seller Trophy Husband.

What made you want to be an author?

I hear voices in my head! No, seriously. But good voices! And they want their stories told! And because I love reading and being transported and I want to be able to do the same - to whisk readers away with a love story.

Who has inspired you the most?

Inspiration comes from so many places! When it comes to authors, I adore Danielle Steele, Sophie Kinsella, Simone Noelle, and I loved Sidney Sheldon growing up. Of course, I'm a Harry Potter fan too and Time Traveler's Wife is one of my favorite romances of all time. But I also find inspiration from movies, like Shakespeare in Love, from songs, like Joss Stone's Bruised But Not Broken, and from Broadway musicals like Rent. 

Can you tell us about some of your earlier days of writing?

When I started my first novel seven or eight years ago (not published), I didn't have a clue how to tell a story! It was slow and sluggish and overly detailed. But I've had great critique partners and have learned to fine tune the details and - I hope - to cut out the boring parts.

How has your life considerably changed since you've been published?

I'm busier! A lot busier! But I love what I do so I wouldn't change a thing.

What can readers expect from your books?

I aim to deliver sexy romance with HEAs. My books so far have been sexy, sweet and funny with lots of banter and steamy scenes. My next release, Playing With Her Heart (August 20), is a bit of divergence, but in a good way. It's longer, deeper, more emotional, more angst, and hotter sex scenes!

Trophy Husband was listed on the New York Times Best Seller list. Congratulations! How does that boost your career?

It's a dream come true! My first novel Caught Up In Us was also a NYT Bestseller, and when Trophy Husband hit, I was shocked and thrilled, and also had this wonderful feeling of perhaps the first time wasn't a fluke, since I had hit with two books!

What has been the best experience so far on your journey as an author?

The best part is hearing from readers. I adore my readers and I love their messages and knowing they enjoyed my stories.

Can you give us some insight on any upcoming projects?

Yes! Playing With Her Heart - - releases Aug 20 and is the 3rd book in the Caught Up In Us series, but each book centers on a different couple, so this can be read as a standalone. For fans of Caught Up In Us though, they'll get to enjoy scenes with some of the characters they've enjoyed from the other books. This book is also my first novel in first person dual POV so you'll hear from the hero and the heroine, and they have a very intense relationship!

What advice can you give to any upcoming authors?

Write every day. Don't give up. Study the market. Make friends. Be nice. Love your readers.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Interview: Madeline Sheehan

Author Interview of the Week

Meet Madeline Sheehan, author of the Undeniable Series.

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What made you want to be an author? 
That's actually a pretty hard question to answer. 
There was no one thing that made me want to be an author, it just seemed, I guess, that writing was innate for me. I was an avid reader from a very young age, I voraciously read everything I could get my hands on, from War and Peace to the back of shampoo bottles...  I also daydreamed incessantly, my head was constantly filled with stories of lives not my own, turning my own life experiences into something bigger, better, far greater... Taking what was bad in my life and turning it into whatever I wanted it to be. My imagination knows no bounds, even as a child, no -- especially as a child.  I remember being seven years old, bike riding daily and every time I pulled out of my driveway I was riding into, not the same street I lived on, but instead a fictional world filled with dinosaurs or movie stars or giant man eating plants...

After it got too crazy inside my head, I started writing some of it down, more or less to release some of the knocking in my brain. And that's really about it. 

Who has inspired you the most?
As far as writing goes, Diana Gabaldon. Hands down, she is my favorite author, an incredible story teller, a master word manipulator, she is viciously intelligent and it shows in her writing... I will read anything she writes, no matter the cost. Her devotion to her characters, her undoubted backbreaking research, just everything, she's damn incredible.
As for my inspiration in life. My mother. She survived stage four cancer. She had surgery after surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment and never once complained, never once stopped being a great mother... Now, that, to me, is a strong woman.

Can you tell us about some of your earlier days of writing?
I blogged mostly, I had a huge following and considering I was just writing about my daily life I was floored by how many people actually enjoyed reading what I was writing down. 

How has your life considerably changed since you've been published?
LOL. I'm quite a bit busier. I had to quit my day job in Public Relations, just so I could get the business end of publishing done before 4 AMevery day. But I couldn't be happier. I'm traveling across the country, I'm meeting new people on regular basis, authors, readers, bloggers, and I love every second of it. I've made some incredible friends, people I'm not sure how I ever did without. All in all, my life is better than I'd ever dreamed it would be.

You're a USA Today best selling author. Way to go! How has that impacted your writing?
Truth be told, I'm a little worried. I feel like I have to live up to higher standard. But will that worry affect my writing? Absolutely not. I will still be writing my characters exactly how they, how I, want to write them. I will stay true to my original formula, raw, gritty, no holds barred, holding nothing back... 

You're a Batman lover! So is ATLR's Angel :) What makes Batman such a hero for you?
For one, he's sexy as hell. Two, he doesn't wear tights. Three, he's great in bed. How can you not love him?

What has been the best experience so far on your journey as an author?
Meeting other authors, becoming friends and not feeling so alone in all my quirks. Commiserating, sharing stories, having someone who understands all the ups and downs, highs and lows of writing and publishing... For a long time I'd felt alone in my craziness, but now I know I'm not. We're all crazy. ;)

Can you give us some insight on any upcoming projects?
Obviously I have more in my Undeniable series, a total of five in all (Undeniable, UnBeautifully, Unattainable, UnBeloved and UnDying). 
I have two more upcoming books in my PNR The Holy Trinity Series, (The Lost Souls and My Heart and Soul).
And I have two upcoming standalones, Diary of a Crackwhore and To Be Like Her. Diary of Crack-Whore is the personal account of one woman's survival through an abusive childhood and drug abuse, To Be Like Her is the story of a marriage destroyed by a love triangle.

What advice can you give to any upcoming authors?
Just do it. Just fucking do it.

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Interview: Jill Prand

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Meet Jill Prand, author of Watch Me Walk Away.

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What made you want to be an author?

I've always had stories in my head. Reading was a big thing in my house growing up and creating stories was just a progression of the love of books. I finally realized that it was time to really finish a story and take the plunge to let others read my work.

Who has inspired you the most?

My mom and my kids are my inspiration.  My parents split when I was a teenager and the strength and compassion my mom had during that time just astounds me. She kept us together and never lost it even when I acted out. She's always been there for me and I don't know what I would do without her.  My kids make me proud everyday. I love them more than anything and with me publishing my book I hope I am teaching them that they can follow their dreams.

Can you tell us about some of your earlier days of writing?

I started thinking about really becoming a writer after college and started a book about a girl who gets kidnapped by an ex-boyfriend.  I got a few chapters into it and then stopped.  (I may go back to it at some point)  When I was on maternity leave with my second daughter I started another book about a girl in college who has been sheltered her whole life and now has freedom.  (This is a work in progress that has taken a little bit of a turn)

How has your life considerably changed since you've been published?

I just love meeting both new authors bloggers and readers!  Having people excited about something I've created is an awesome feeling!  It makes me humble that there are people out there who want to know more of what happens with characters I created.

Can you tell us a little bit about Watch Me Walk Away?

Lisa and Bobby dated in high school and then Bobby went into the army, breaking up with Lisa and not staying in touch at all. Lisa was devastated and after high school she left for college and hasn't been back since.  She moves back for a great job in NYC and starts to re-connect with old friends. She sees Bobby again and the passion is still there.  Then there is Brad, who used to be her best friend. He still holds a candle for her and tries to be what she needs.  Lisa navigates her way through all this as well as the current guy she's seeing,Stuart. 

If you were a reader and had to choose, which would it be? Team Bobby or Team Brad?

It's really hard. Both guys are great and if I could combine them into one he would be the perfect man. But as you all know no one is perfect. Bobby is a strong alpha male who takes charge but has a problem with emotions.  Brad is the rock to lean on but he doesn't stand up for what he wants. He doesn't fight for her. Lisa is torn between them and so am I.  But if I had to choose I thing I would choose Brad.  Having someone who knows all of me and not having to hide would be my choice. 

What has been the best experience so far on your journey as an author?

Reading the reviews that people are moved by my story.  That people can relate to my characters.  That's the best part. 

Can you give us some insight on any upcoming projects?

I have two WIP's at the moment.  The second in the Walking Series which features more about Brad, and the one about the college girl. 

What advice can you give to any upcoming authors?

Keep writing.  If you write everyday it is so much easier and the flow is better.  I know life gets in the way sometimes but the more you write the better you will be at it.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Interview: Ann Marie Meyers

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Meet Ann Marie Meyers, author of children's book Up in the Air.

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What made you want to be an author?

I’ve often wondered about that. I don’t think it was a conscious choice. In primary and high school, I always loved English Literature and writing essays, but I never wanted to write. In fact, when I studied D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce, I felt sorry how unhappy their lives were. I decided that being an author was a tedious path indeed. And then, one day, in my late teens, I started a journal. The first words I wrote were: “I want to be a writer”. That blew me away, and I didn’t really act on it for many years.

Who has inspired you the most?

My parents. Their dedication and integrity are something I admire tremendously. Their goal for their eight kids (I’m no. 2) was to give us an education so we could make our way in the world, to be autonomous and independent. And they achieved it.

Can you tell us about some of your earlier days of writing?

It was tedious and exhilarating at the same time. I would get up at 5:00 a.m. before I went to work and write for two hours. It was hard, especially in winter, when it was so dark outside. I had to force myself out of bed, but then once I was in front of the computer and got into the story, I would soar with ideas (well, most of the time).

I’d go to the office, happy and excited that I was working towards my goal; that my book was progressing. And those mornings when I would succumb to laziness or exhaustion and stay in my warm bed, I would feel guilty all day because I hadn’t woken up to write. Usually though, the joy of getting further along in my story usually won out over how tired I felt when everyone else was asleep.

 Has your life considerably changed since you've been published?

My book was released on July 6th so my life hasn’t changed all that much. Still, It’s a bit chaotic planning readings, preparing interview questions and posts for my blog tour. And truth be told, it’s also been somewhat nerve-wracking knowing that people are reading my book. 

 What made you want to write children's books?

My daughter! When she was born, I started having ideas about what stories might interest her as she grew older. I tried my hand at picture books, but soon realized I didn’t have the knack for it (at least as of then). The idea for Up In The Air came to me when my daughter was three years old. And since then all the ideas I’ve had are for middle grade and young adult.

What made you go from being a freelance translator to an author?

Actually I still translate. At times it feels like a juggling act; I’ve never been able to find a good balance because translating involves tight deadlines, and writing tends to slip into the background when I get large jobs.

However, as I mentioned above, it wasn’t a decision to want to be an author. Call it a compulsion, if you will. A feeling deep within that I couldn’t ignore. Believe me, I tried. I wanted to be ‘happy’. I didn’t want to have moments of deep pathos like D.H. Lawrence or James Joyce. But I soon found that ignoring the desire to write was stifling. I wasn’t happy. Quite the contrary, I was miserable and intolerant. One day I realized I had to embrace the fact that I wanted, needed, to write, and accept it. Once I did, the resistance fell away, and life has, overall, been good. My fears were just that: fears. Life, after all, is what we make it.

What has been the best experience so far on your journey as an author?

Would you believe revising my WIPs? I enjoy shaping my stories and improving them with each revision. Despite the obvious frustration at times, there’s a deep sense of fulfillment when the story comes together and I can see it evolving before my eyes.

Can you give us some insight on any upcoming projects?

I am finalizing a YA set in Trinidad in 1969, and which involves the folklore of that island.

What advice can you give to any upcoming authors?

There’s a comment in Star Trek Voyager that Hansen Harry Kim made. It goes something like this: it’s not the destination, but the journey.

To me, writing encapsulates these words.  There will be lots of ups and downs, and for most writers there will be way too many rejections. There will be times when you want to give up and throw it all in.  And if you’re like me, you’ll feel that if you didn’t get published you would have ‘failed’ somehow.

So my advice is this. Surround yourself with friends and family and realize that writing is a journey.  And always come back to the reason you want to write, and the joy it gives you to create. Publication will come in its time. Getting there surrounded by people who love and support you is much more fulfilling than the opposite.

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Interview: Calista Smith

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Meet Calista Smith, author of the Rocky Romance Series.

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What made you want to be an author?

At a very young age I became a total bookworm. Once I learned how to write, I fell in love with that too. I used to write stories and poems all the time. My collection grew to well over 500 poems by the time I was 16 yrs. old. Sadly, most were lost (but that’s a whole other story). As life went on, reading and writing were my escapes, my outlets.
I remember the day I made the actual decision to become an author. I had mentioned writing a book, in the middle of a conversation with a couple of people. I got a few laughs out of that. They clearly thought I was joking. I remember sitting there thinking, I’m going to do it. I’m going to write a book! I had a story in my head for quite some time, but had never actually taken the time to get it out. Later that day, I told my husband that I was serious about writing and without hesitation he encouraged me to do it.
So I guess to answer the question more directly, my lifelong love of reading and writing, along with my sheer stubbornness; wanting to prove to myself that I could do it, made me want to be an author.

Who has inspired you the most?

My family, my kids; their support and encouragement inspire me. My husband! He’s my best friend, the love of my life, and the most inspirational person I know. The man pushes me to surpass the limits I place on myself. He reminds me what I am capable of, when I apply myself. I don’t think I’d be where I am if it weren't for God, my husband, and kids.

Can you tell us about some of your earlier days of writing?

In my earlier days I mostly wrote poetry. As a small child, they were silly poems but when I started to grow up, the subjects matured with me.
I remember when I was younger; I made up this story for my little sister. She loved it. Even as adults she remembered it. When I later had kids, she shared it with them. I thought it was kind of neat that it impacted her so much that she remembered it after all those years.
Another sort of neat, kind of odd bit of information… I've written quite a few tributes for family members who have passed away throughout the years. Usually it was at the request of someone else. When I write (like others, I’m sure) I pour my heart and soul into it. I was always far too emotional and nervous to read them out loud. So, I would write and then have someone else read it for me.
It’s taken many years for me to get the courage to share my writings. It’s a very vulnerable feeling. Sort of like having someone look at you stripped bare.

Your first series of books is in progress. How exciting! How are they coming along?

My first novel in the Rocky Romance Series, Breaking Down, is done. I’m currently working on trying to get it edited. It’s a pretty long novel.
It’s really exciting to watch the love story between Rocky and Dante unfold. The struggles and situations that are developing with my characters are flowing nicely and propelling me forward to the next book. I’m completely happy with it. I’m already halfway done writing the second book, Breaking Away.
I honestly cannot wait to publish. I'm anxious, really. I just hope everyone else will love this series, as much as I do. (Fingers crossed)

What has been the best experience so far on your journey as an author?

I've got a pretty great group of people who have been on this journey with me. There are a small group of girls, who have been there since the very beginning, who have totally inspired me. I would share my writing with them and they were always eager for more. That pushed me and I can’t thank them enough. They made this whole process awesome.
Also, the people I've networked with. The people on my fb author page, in my groups, facebook friends, fellow authors, editors, cover artists, bloggers and others who have reached out to me and given their encouragement and helpful tips. So many people have made this journey a really exciting experience.

Can you give us some insight on any upcoming projects?

Well, I hope to have Breaking down edited and published soon. I've got Breaking Away halfway done and then I will be working on Breaking Through. That’s the final book in my Rocky Romance Series. I also started jotting down notes on a different story that’s been tugging at me. It’s going to be quite different from this series though.

What advice can you give to any upcoming authors? 

Write :) Find the time, make the time, and just do it. Believe in yourself. Don’t give up! Research and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Did I mention research? There is so much helpful information out there. It can be so scary starting out, but find a good group of people to support you on your journey. It makes a difference.
Each time I let someone read my book I feel so vulnerable, I swear it’s really nerve-racking. Don’t let fear stop you. Writing is an art, it’s an expression and there are so many stories out there just waiting to be told. Go for it!! You might surprise yourself and just think of all those people out there waiting to read a great story!

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hers by Dawn Robertson Blog Tour

I am weak.
I am lonely.
I am a slut.
I am strong.
I am Dominant.
I am independent.
I am Seven James.

My entire life, no one has wanted me, and that was fine, because I sure as shit didn't need anyone else. Blah, Blah Blah, insert sad story here about negligent parents, and shitty siblings, and you have my life story in a nut shell. When my college boyfriend dumped me, it was just icing on the cake. Five years, and a booming career later I am here to collect my revenge.

That was until a delicious plaything walked into the kink club I frequent, and rocked my typically un-rockable world. Causing me to break the one rule I have lived by since Daniel Alexander walked out of my life, never have sex with the same person twice. Ever.

Warning!!!! Hers contains sexually explicit situations that may be uncomfortable for some. These include FF, FMF, and MFM interactions

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Interview: Genevieve Dewey

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Meet Genevieve Dewey, author of The Downey Trilogy.

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Genevieve Dewey is the author of The Downey Trilogy (First, I Love You & Second of All) and the short stories Bird Day Battalion & V-Day Aversion. She is a wife, mother, sister, friend and Anthropologist. She was raised mostly in Nebraska, partly in Arizona. She has a Master’s in Anthropology and worked as an Applied Anthropologist for years (even ran her own research company for a while) before deciding to be a stay at home mom. She loves passionate (rational) debates, reading, and libraries… oh, and Chicago and high-heels and chocolate and target practice and gangster flicks and anything with the FBI in it and run-on sentences. She lives in Nebraska with her three brilliantly diabolical children and one incredibly funny husband.

What made you want to be an author?

Not only have I always had a habit of daydreaming but I would always watch movies and read books and think, here’s how I would tell that story. I’m sure a lot of people do that, and I never considered turning it into a writing career until a friend pointed out that I have always loved writing (nonfiction) and that I should at least try it. I loved doing it.

Who has inspired you the most?

In the literary world? Nora Roberts and Jane Austen, I would say. I’m also a big fan of Janet Evanovich. But I also love William Faulkner and Maya Angelou. I love any author that can either make me snort in laughter or sigh from bittersweet or angsty love (and that doesn’t have to be romantic love). As for topics, I’ve always had a passion for gangsters, people-watching and investigation so I took those loves and applied it to the Downey story.

Can you tell us about some of your earlier days of writing?

I really didn’t start writing fiction before January 2011 so if by earlier days you mean my non-fiction writing days, I enjoyed entering writing contests as a child. I enjoyed making up quick nonsense stories with my friends growing up, too. And unlike most people in research fields my favorite part was not the fieldwork but the library research and writing up the report at the end. It feels like putting a puzzle together to me, which I adore.

How has your life considerably changed since you've been published?

No, not really. But, then, I’m not famous yet. Ha! I think that would be a fascinating challenge and I welcome it. I have kept in the back of my head all those amazing people who stepped up for me and have supported me from the beginning. I will definitely never forget who was encouraging and who scoffed. I hope that doesn’t sound too petty, but I believe in keeping it real.

What sparked the idea for The Downey Series?

The Downey series stems from a combination of my love for family based plots where there is some moral/legal conflict between family members, my fascination with the complex mind and heart of old school gangsters, and the respect I have for those who try and combat Organized Crime. If you’ve read Harry Potter (and really, who hasn’t?) I often think of that little monologue Snape gives about how one can never really get rid of the Dark Arts. The Mafia, or Organized Crime in its various cultural forms, is like that. So those who try and combat it must change and adapt as fast as the criminals change their schemes and power-structure. That ever-changing dance is what intrigues me.

You used to be an Anthropologist. How incredible! What made you decide to be a stay at home mom instead?

Well, I wanted to stay home with my daughter. In the beginning I took her with me to interviews and worked from home, but because the work was so sporadic where I was living with my husband I just decided to focus on raising my kids. I don’t regret it one bit. It does make it harder to get back in the game again after ten years though.

What has been the best experience so far on your journey as an author?

Having absolute strangers talk to me about my characters with the same level of passion I had in creating them. That is an amazing feeling! I can’t even describe how wonderful it is to know that your words evoked such a response from someone else. And no disrespect to my family and friends, but coming from a stranger it is even more heady because you know for sure there is no love-bias involved.

Can you give us some insight on any upcoming projects?

Right now I am working on the third Downey book, Third Time’s The Charm, which I am hoping will be out this fall (cross fingers) and a full length novel for Dominic and Katelyn from the Bird Day Battalion and V-Day Aversion short romances. Third Time’s The Charm is intended to wrap up the Downey Trilogy with an HEA but it will leave enough of an open ending for imaginations to run wild. (Or for me to revisit the Downey verse some day in the future if the muse called me). The Dom & Kate novel is going to pick up after the end of The V-Day Aversion, so it is more like a third installment, just full length instead of a short story like the other two. The good news is, Bird Day Battalion is and always will be free, and V-Day Aversion is only $.99. I’m exceedingly grateful for the amount of support and enthusiasm my fans have shown towards Dom & Kate and it is really a pleasure to write a whole novel for them. And for those wondering, I do have another novel on the back burner which has absolutely no connection to the Downey-verse like these other stories do.

What advice can you give to any upcoming authors?

Write what is in your head, not what you think people want. You will drive yourself insane trying to second guess what people want. Write because you love it, because it feels like you have to do it, not because you want to make money at it. The truth is, it is very rare for people to make a living at writing and in many cases they only do so after years of hard work. And I mean hard work. Writing, editing, publishing, and marketing are not easy. I imagine even if you had the strength of a large publisher behind you for the latter two, it is still sweat and blood and tears. But if after all that you still can’t go to the grocery store without a story idea popping into your brain, write it down. Take a chance. You never know whose life you might affect just by telling that yarn you had in your soul.

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Interview: Candace Knoebel

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Meet Candace Knoebel, author of the Born in Flames Trilogy.

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What made you want to be an author?

I've always loved writing poetry and have always had a very active imagination. It was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to write, but the urge to actually sit down and do it came when I couldn't find anything good to read and from being bored. I felt restless in I was on the wrong path. Words have always flowed onto paper easily for me, but normally in my journal which helps me sort through my problems. But when I started Born in Flames, the words flowed out as a story versus venting my personal frustrations. I can’t tell you why...the stars aligning? I just know that I am grateful for that night when the characters came to me and I had the weird idea to actually try and write them out.

Who has inspired you the most?

My inspiration is in my need to do better than I’ve done before. My dream is to write, and write a lot. I am the only one who can make that happen so I sit down and practice each night, trying to outdo what I’ve done before in my writing. It's what keeps me going.

Can you tell us about some of your earlier days of writing?

I was pretty naive when I first started writing. I didn't really know what I was doing, just that I wanted to get what I was seeing in my head down on paper. The art and craft of writing came later on when I was closer to finishing and actually had a novel on my hands. That's when I started researching everything that is writing and how to be a good writer. I can tell you that the person I was then and the person I am now has drastically changed. My eyes have been opened. 

How has your life considerably changed since you've been published?

I quit my day job and now stay home with my little ones. That is a HUGE change. The knowledge I've gained about writing and marketing has vastly grown in the past year, as well as my goals with where I want my career in writing to go. I have two novels published within a year's timeframe, one of which is in paperback now! The third and last in the trilogy will also be published this year, and my next WIP is on its way. The pace at which things started and where they are going has been the biggest change. It took three years to get my first novel published and only nine months for the second. The third will be published in less than seven months and my fourth novel will be published in less than four months. =crazy!

You were selected as the 2012 Book of the Year at Turning Pages. What an honor! How has that added to your career?

It was a great honor! When I found out, I was freaking out. I totally didn't expect it. As far as helping me, since I am still a relatively unknown author, it has helped by giving my work validity. It's something to add to the hard work I put behind the words I slaved over for so long. 

What sparked the idea for the Born in Flames trilogy?

I've always been into fantasy and magic. Add dragons to the mix and I'm a goner. It was a natural progression to get to the idea of what I wanted to write about. I don't think there was any one thing that sparked-it just was. Aurora just sort of formed in my mind one night. I knew I wanted to write about a girl who could shift into a hybrid dragon in modern day times. Everything else, plot wise, just sort of clicked into place as I started writing. She showed me the way.

What has been the best experience so far on your journey as an author?

Hearing the feedback from the readers who have enjoyed the tale thus far. Nothing is more rewarding than when an author hears how much someone loved their story. As a writer, I think we all have our days where we feel like our work isn't good enough, or worry that no one will like what we have poured our heart and soul into. But when you get a good review and the reader gushes, it's like getting a revival breath. It puts back a little of the confidence you naturally take away from yourself. 

Can you give us some insight on any upcoming projects?

Right now, I am working on a paranormal romance titled Starfall. It involves Hunters, Witches, Demons, and a girl who holds the magic of the stars. It will be a series. I am pretty excited about it and am hoping to have it out by the end of this year. 

What advice can you give to any upcoming authors?

Basically, don’t give up. If you continue writing, you will continue growing and becoming better at your craft. Don’t let a no from a publisher or agent sway you either. We have all been rejected and it doesn’t necessarily mean the quality of your work is poor. It could be bad taste on their part.

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Book 1 in the Born in Flames trilogy
Red mirrored scales race up my arms as the haze of pain blurs my vision. My bones crack, breaking to realign. I scream. It is then that the realization of my unavoidable fate sinks in; I am of a dying race. I am dragon.

Aurora Megalos, orphaned and teetering on the edge of adulthood, thought finding her past would curb the sting of being an outcast. Having no memories of the time before she awoke on her foster mother’s doorstep, she yearns for the emptiness inside her to be filled. With her fellow orphaned best friend, Fenn, by her side, she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. But something powerful stirred within her that she couldn’t explain. Something wanted out.

In the dark of night, a crazed Seer, dubbed Mr.Creepy, erases everything she’s ever known with an impending prophecy. She now faces two paths. Return to her true home to protect a dying race against a growing evil, or stay hidden in the safety of our realm with a shot at a true love. With a vengeful Arch Enemy stopping at nothing to see her dead, she’s running out of time; a decision must be made. What would you choose?

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Book 2 in the Born in Flames trilogy
The Stone of Immortality has always been kept under the watch of the Draconta. That is, until the betrayal of a Fate. Now everything is about to change.

Aurora Megalos accepted her destiny without blinking-even if it meant succumbing to her dragon side. Deemed the Progeny, she left the ordinary life she knew and has done everything in her power to learn the ways of her new realm and what it means to be part dragon. But when her mentor, Astral, suddenly disappears, she is forced to take the reins.

With war on the brink, she sets out on an epic journey to not only find her mentor, but to stop her Arch Enemy, Zordon, from obtaining the Stone of Immortality. But what she discovers about him along the way is far worse than she could’ve ever imagined. She will be tested and pushed to the limit. Lives will be lost, love will be questioned, and a battle will begin.

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