Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Author profile - Megan D. Martin

This week we welcome author Megan D. Martin

 1 - When did you first start writing?
-I’ve been writing since I was a little kid, but I didn’t actually start trying to write a book a until around 2008.

2 - Do you read much?  If yes, have you always loved reading?
-Oh goodness, yes! Reading has always been my thing since I was young. I took (and take) solice in the fun and comfort that reading brings me.

3 -  Who’s your favorite author?  What’s your favorite book?
-This is SO hard to answer. There are so many awesome writers out there, but I would have to say Kresley Cole (I love her IAD series), Karina Halle (her EIT series is bomb.com), and Skye Warren (her books are all twisted and crazy=LOVE)

4 - What writers have influenced you the most?
-Definitely Kresley Cole. Reading her IAD series inspired me like nothing ever has. It was the first adult series that I became a fan of.

5 - Do you have a favorite fictional character?  Either from a book or movie or a tv show?
-Err…well I am a lover of many fictional characters. Most of the time I like them more than real people, lol. To pick favorites I would have to say that I am IN LOVE with Dex from Karina Halle’s EIT series and Lothaire (from Kresley Cole’s book Lothaire). As for heroines, I really love Perry (from the EIT series).

6 - What are you working on right now?  Can you tell us something about it?
-I just finished a New Adult Post-Apocalyptic Romance where the things that go bump in the night aren’t sexy…but they are dead and VERY hungry. Two past lovers find each other after the world has gone to crap and are forced to band together without falling back into the hopeless romance they were in before. There’s a lot of blood, sex, and anger. J

7 - Is there anything in particular that you do to get in the mood to write, or to get in the ‘zone’?  Any particular pre-writing routines? 
-I don’t really have a routine, but I do like for my desk to be clean.

8 - Where do you do your writing?
-I have a desktop computer in my bedroom that I do all of my work on.

9 - How do you approach your writing?  i.e. - Do you do outlines?  Character bios?  Etc.?
-I do character bios and a very basic outline. Character sheets have proved to be invaluable when it comes to my writing and help me learn who my character is before I start trying to put their story in motion.

10 - Do you have any advice for other writers?
-Don’t give up! (cliché…I know) But it is the best advice. Anything that is worth doing is going to be hard, frustrating, annoying, horrible, and perfect all at once. But it will all be worth it in the end.

11 - Are you a morning person or evening person?  Day or night?
-I am both. If I can make myself get up, I am a very good morning person. I always stay up late and most of my books were written in the wee hours of the morning.

12 - Do you have any pets?
Oh, yes. I have a pet problem, lol. Especially right now. My cat had kittens and they are everywhere. Know anyone in the North Texas area that would want one…or four? I also have an English Bulldog and four fish tanks.

13 - What’s your favorite ‘I need a break from writing’ activity?
Reading for sure!

14 - How do you approach writing sex scenes?  They can range from mild to wild.  Where are you on the mild to wild meter?
I have found that writing sex scenes are probably the hardest thing for me to write. I have this incessant worry that the scene will be boring or too short or too long or just flat out suck. My sex scenes definitely rank closer to wild.

15 - Do you write in one genre?  Or more than one?
I only write romance, but I have written under several different romantic genres—historical, contemporary, and paranormal.

16 - Are you self-published or with a publishing house?
-I am published with several small publishing houses. Breathless Press, Secret Cravings Publishing, Pagan Writers Press, and Dragonfairy Press.

17 - What are your thoughts on getting a literary agent?
-I am in the process of trying to snag a literary agent, though in all honesty I am a little up in the air about it. I think it would be a great opportunity to have one, though I’m not 100% sure it is for me. Just depends on the terms of the contract.

18 - What about marketing?  How do you approach that area?
-Marketing is so crucial for a writer. Getting your books out there in the public eye is hard and frustrating at times, but there is a great literary world out there full of book bloggers and other authors who are always willing to help promote.

19 - What about beta readers?  Do you use them?  How many do you have?  Where do you find them?
-Yes, I do. I currently have a fabulous four and HEART them. They rock. I met them through the publishing industry. Two are other authors and two are book bloggers.

20 - What’s your favorite food?
-I LOVE chicken enchiladas.

21 - What’s your favorite color?
-Any shade of blue.

22 - Is there a particular website or facebook page or blog that you, as a writer, find very helpful?
-I am a very big fan of http://www.alittlebitofrnr.com. Ren has awesome reviews and blog posts!

23 - What’s your favorite time of the year?
-Fall, when things start to cool off. Texas is wayyyy too hot.

24 - What’s your most recent book about?  And where can people buy it?
-My most recent book is called Soldier in Chains. It is a short contemporary erotica romance about a woman who wakes and finds herself chained to a sexy soldier’s bed. It can be found on Amazon and at B&N.

25 - As a writer, what do you feel is your strongest gift or talent or skill that you have, that helps you the most as a writer?
-My imagination for sure. The best part of being a writer is that I can make up anything and do anything and no one can tell me that it is wrong. J

26 - Please share some of your links with us - facebook author page, website, where people can find your books –

Look for my books on Amazon & B&N. J


Thanks for having me!! 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Author profile - Nadia Kilrick

This week, author Nadia Kilrick is my guest.

1 - When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I was a child. Seriously writing with an eye toward publication for about two years.

2 - Do you read much?  If yes, have you always loved reading?
Writing, editing and preparing for the launch of a new book leaves little time for anything else so, I don't read as much as I'd like to these days. I do try to spend some time reading every night, though.

3 -  Who’s your favorite author?  What’s your favorite book?
I like so many authors and books that I never can choose one from the list. Today, the first author who comes to mind is Dean Koontz. My favorite book, as a whole, is The Bible.

4 - What writers have influenced you the most?
Lord Byron, Harper Lee, Margaret Mitchell, Jane Austen, Patricia Cornwell, Dean Koontz, Tennessee Williams... I learn something from every author I read. :)

5 - Do you have a favorite fictional character?  Either from a book or movie or a tv show?
I love the strength shown by Scarlett O'Hara once she learns that her cutesy girlish ways won't see her through the bad times in life.

6 - What are you working on right now?  Can you tell us something about it?
I'm preparing for the November 8 release of book two in The Rough Hewn Trilogy and finishing the third book in the same series.

7 - Is there anything in particular that you do to get in the mood to write, or to get in the ‘zone’?  Any particular pre-writing routines? 
I have the television on with the volume down and put a CD on, usually Celtic music. For a marathon writing session, I keep snacks like Hot & Spicy Cheez-Its and cashews on my desk so I don't need to get up to eat.

8 - Where do you do your writing?
At a desk set into an alcove in the master bedroom.

9 - How do you approach your writing?  i.e. - Do you do outlines?  Character bios?  Etc.?
I dive right in and let the characters tell their story. I keep a notepad open on the desktop where I keep notes about character traits, times, dates, places and the like.

10 - Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read a lot. Do a lot of 'free-writing' if you get stuck. Connect with other writers through local writer's groups and social media. Finally, if you have a passion for writing, never give up.

11 - Are you a morning person or evening person?  Day or night?
Definitely a night owl. I accomplish more between the hours of midnight and 6:00 AM than at any other time of the day or night.

12 - Do you have any pets?
Yes! Life isn't the same without pets. I have a big black Norwegian Forest cat named Zsa Zsa, who I consider my co-writer. I also have two dogs, Huckleberry and Pepper whose best buddy is a hen named, Miss Mary. She follows the dogs around the acreage and even sleeps with them at night.

13 - What’s your favorite ‘I need a break from writing’ activity?
Walking, quilting, soap making, cross stitching and watching movies.

14 - How do you approach writing sex scenes?  They can range from mild to wild.  Where are you on the mild to wild meter?
Mild, very. My stories generally don't include sex scenes.

15 - Do you write in one genre?  Or more than one?
I love the psychological thriller genre but I also write paranormal, inspirational, western and have a children's book in the works.

16 - Are you self-published or with a publishing house?
I am published through Master Koda Select Publishing.

17 - What are your thoughts on getting a literary agent?
The jury is still out on that for me.

18 - What about marketing?  How do you approach that area?
Marketing is more than a full-time job. I'm still learning the promotional end of being an author. I've made some mistakes and realized too late that I've time in some areas. I've found that if you are not completely organized, you will easily lose track of where you've been and where you're going. Keeping good records of blogs and websites where I've submitted my book information is essential.

19 - What about beta readers?  Do you use them?  How many do you have?  Where do you find them?
I do have beta readers. Four are people I know from my real life and a couple others who I met in online gardening groups many years ago. Theresa Myrick is a wonderful beta, she is honest and takes excellent notes.

20 - What’s your favorite food?
Italian. Lasagna, tortellini, stuffed shells...Yum!

21 - What’s your favorite color?
Pink

22 - Is there a particular website or facebook page or blog that you, as a writer, find very helpful?
The Master Koda writers group on Facebook is a wonderfully warm and accepting group. I've learned a great deal from the writers, editors and graphic artists who frequent the group.

23 - What’s your favorite time of the year?
Autumn

24 - What’s your most recent book about?  And where can people buy it?
My most recent release is the first book in the Rough Hewn Trilogy, People of Kilmservy Village. It introduces the Stuttshire and Breckenship families from their meeting to their journey from the east coast to the mountains of the mid-south. Oliver Stuttshire has one thing in mind - to make a better life for his family. While working toward that end, he learns the hard way that sometimes, even those closest to you cannot be trusted.

The two families, later joined by others, work hard to make a home in the wild hills of the mid-south but murder, secrets and lies abound from the beginning. Family feuds spring out of the evil that runs through the Breckenship bloodline.

Families in the hills and 'hollers' of the mid-south take care of their own. It's been their way of life since they first settled the area. It continues to be today.

25 - As a writer, what do you feel is your strongest gift or talent or skill that you have, that helps you the most as a writer?
Hmm. That's a tough question. I suppose I'd have to say, being hypersensitive to those around me. I've always studied people, even as a child, I watched and listened to those around me. That has afforded me much material to build on when writing.

26 - Please share some of your links with us - facebook author page, website, where people can find your books --

http://www.amazon.com/People-Kilmservy-Village-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00F02DTXS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1378929965&sr=1-1&keywords=nadia+kilrick

http://www.facebook.com/NadiaKilrick

http://www.twitter.com/NadiaKilrick

http://nadiakilrick.com


Thank you for having me!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Nov. 20 - Author profile - Naomi Eccles-Smith

Join me as author Naomi Eccles-Smith drops by to answer my questions.

1 - When did you first start writing?
I’ve always been a day-dreamer and story-teller, but I only began tapping into my writing potential with serious intent when I was sixteen.

2 - Do you read much?  If yes, have you always loved reading?
I read fairly regularly, although probably not as much as people might think (and certainly not as much as I’d like).
As for my love of reading, I actually had very little interest in reading as a child (*gasp!* oh shock of shocks, right?). But that didn’t mean I had no interest in stories. I loved listening to books done to audio (which back then was on cassette tapes), and I adored listening to my Dad tell stories (he was a brilliant story-teller). I also enjoyed looking through picture books–as in really look. I absorbed the colours, the details, the expressions of each character–imagining what it must be like in their ‘world’. I had a love for drawing long before I developed a love for writing.

3 -  Who’s your favorite author?  What’s your favorite book?
In all fairness I could never truly put one favourite above another, but to keep things simple I’ll stick to the fantasy genre and pick C.S. Lewis for the author, and The Last Unicorn for the book.

4 - What writers have influenced you the most?
C.S. Lewis, Emily Rodda, J.R.R Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling. That list probably looks very cliché, but it’s honest. Lewis–for filling my mind with wonder as a child. Tolkien–for giving me my love for fantasy and world-building. Rodda–for inspiring my admiration for quests and monsters and heroes that come in all shapes and sizes. And Rowling–for renewing my love of reading and igniting my own passion for writing.

5 - Do you have a favorite fictional character?  Either from a book or movie or a tv show?
Again, I have numerous favourites, so this question is a tough one. Can I pick a character from each? If so, I’d say Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke (movie), Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings Triology (book), and Sokka from Avatar: The Legend of Aang (TV series).

6 - What are you working on right now?  Can you tell us something about it?
I’m currently working on promoting my book, Kin Seeker, which is the first in a five-part fantasy series called Dragon Calling. The story follows the adventures of a young dragon in his quest to find the others of his kind. I am also working on the next round of edits for the second book.

7 - Is there anything in particular that you do to get in the mood to write, or to get in the ‘zone’?  Any particular pre-writing routines?
If I’m sitting down to work on a new chapter, I always go back and read the previous chapter or two to help my mind settle into the situation the characters are facing.
Depending on the scene, or the level of writing I plan on working on (whether a new chapter, an action scene, dialogue section, or editing), I will sometimes listen to music.
If I’m stuck with the story at any point, I will divert and work on world-building (character profiles/ backstories, creature quirks/ habitats/ abilities, cultures of different races etc.) until my mind finds what it needs to continue on the actual story.

8 - Where do you do your writing?
At home. A part of my bedroom has been converted to accommodate everything I need for my writing and illustration work.

9 - How do you approach your writing?  i.e. - Do you do outlines?  Character bios?  Etc.?
I do a lot of story outlining in my head, and usually write/ draw/ brainstorm a massive amount of world-building extras and character bios (which I love working on!). But when I get started, I don’t try to dictate the story too much. I ease up on the reins–so to speak– and allow the story to move where it wills. I never let go of the reins, though, and sometimes have to give them a sharp pull, but more often than not it is the story that is stepping ahead, holding firm my hand, showing me the path it knows it must take. I find myself a spectator–awe-struck and humbled by the experience.

10 - Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never be too afraid or too stubborn to ask for help and advice from those in the industry who have gone before you. Be ever-ready to sharpen your skills and improve your knowledge, but never doubt yourself, and never ever give-in to the temptation of comparing your creative style with another.

11 - Are you a morning person or evening person?  Day or night?
I’m definitely a Night Owl. Although I usually do my writing during the day, it’s at night that my creative mind re-fuels. Once topped up, it thrums along impatiently through dreams, ready and raring to go come the new day.

12 - Do you have any pets?
I do! Two cats, named Kyo and Yuki (both names were inspired by characters from the anime series Fruits Basket)

13 - What’s your favorite ‘I need a break from writing’ activity?
Playing console games. Yep, I’m a gamer chick.

14 - How do you approach writing sex scenes?  They can range from mild to wild.  Where are you on the mild to wild meter?
I write books for children, and the stories in my YA basket don’t broach that subject matter, so it’s something I don’t have to worry about.

15 - Do you write in one genre?  Or more than one?
I focus primarily in the Fantasy genre, but that’s not to say I won’t dip into others in the future.

16 - Are you self-published or with a publishing house?
I’m an Independent publisher under the name, Starsea Press. Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

17 - What are your thoughts on getting a literary agent?
Before I decided the independent road was for me, I always wanted a literary agent. I’ve done a lot of research into the publishing industry, and know how valuable agents can be. But having an agent is not for everyone. The query process is certainly not easy, and the whole system is very subjective. You could have a brilliant story, and still get rejections from agents. But to those who are set on finding an agent, the two most important things are: 1–make sure your query/ story is as sharp and polished as it can be, and 2– keep on trying!

18 - What about marketing?  How do you approach that area?
Marketing is very important for every author (even those who are traditionally published). I stared building my marketing platform well over a year before my first novel was even published. I have a website and a blog, which I update on a monthly basis. I also actively use my Goodreads, Pinterest, and Facebook accounts.

19 - What about beta readers? Do you use them?  How many do you have?  Where do you find them?
I didn’t use any beta readers for my first book, even though I knew the value in them (for shame, I know). It just meant more work for me and my editor in the long run. I think I’ll use a beta reader for my other books, though. I know that AQC (Agent Query Connect) is a great place to look for beta readers.

20 - What’s your favorite food?
Sushi is definitely one of my favourite foods.

21 - What’s your favorite color?
Emerald Green.

22 - Is there a particular website or facebook page or blog that you, as a writer, find very helpful?
I find Rachelle Gardner and Nathan Bradford’s blogs very enjoyable and insightful, and I highly recommend the Agent Query Connect site for both new and established authors (it’s a wonderful place to connect with other writers, ask questions, glean information, and exchange experiences).

23 - What’s your favorite time of the year?
Autumn, hands down. Love the weather, and the fashions, and I have fond memories of the autumn season as a child.

24 - What’s your most recent book about?  And where can people buy it?
Kin Seeker was launched in August, and is the first book in the five-part series called Dragon Calling. Here’s a short blurb:
“When Laeka’Draeon learns he is the last dragon left after the mysterious disappearance of his kin, he begins the daunting quest to find them, knowing their prolonged absence could ultimately destroy the balance of peace in the world.”
The eBook is available at nearly all the big retailers, including Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble. Plans are being made for the paperback and audio versions to be available in the not-too-distant future.
25 - As a writer, what do you feel is your strongest gift or talent or skill that you have, that helps you the most as a writer?
My imagination. Sure I can write, and sure I can draw, but those are just the canvas and the brushes. Without the paint, there can be no painting.

26 - Please share some of your links with us - facebook author page, website, where people can find your books --
Sure thing!
For Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7201221.N_R_Eccles_Smith
For the Dragon Calling Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dragon-Calling/1403886873156200
For my website: http://dragoncalling.wordpress.com/
For Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/thewhimwerecat/boards/
For Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/WhimWerecat
For Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kin-Seeker-Dragon-Calling-ebook/dp/B00EP7E7HQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378095768&sr=8-1&keywords=kin+seeker

For iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/kin-seeker-book-one-dragon/id682922049?mt=11