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Showing posts from February 14, 2021

Interviewing author Cindy K. Sproles

1) Tell me about yourself?  I am recently retired. (Yeah). I work as a lead managing editor for Ironstream Media/LPC Books, heading up the imprints of Straight Street Books and SonRise Devotionals. I am married 34 years to my prince. We have 4 adult sons and two grand. I am the co-founder of Christian Devotions Ministries and executive editor of and as well as the director of the Asheville Christian Writers Conference. My fourth Appalachian Historical Novel has been contracted by Revell. 2.What are your favorite books to read? All things Appalachian from novels to life in the Appalachians. 3. When did you decide you were going to write a book?  Oh boy...let me see. I suppose when I sat on the floor of our local library at age 10 while my mom got her hair fixed next door. I remember pulling book after book from the shelves and pretending my name was on the cover. I actually followed through when my children were grown and I felt I could focus on le

interviewing author Tiffany Obeng

  What are your favorite books to read? Growing up and to this day, I love any book by the late and great Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison. In general, I prefer fiction-drama books written in the first person so it can feel personal to me; like I am having a conversation with the main character or characters. I really like to relate to my characters or feel like the characters are telling me a story. When did you decide you were going to write a book?    How did you come up with the name of your book? The book is named after and inspired by my son, Andrew. Initially, I had created a random lead character "Tanner," but when I was seeking an illustrator, the illustrator informed me that a particular character's drawing was based on a client's son. I thought that was so cool. So, I decided to name the book and book series after my son as well. The illustration of Andrew is also based on my son.  What are you working on for 2021 For 2021, I hope to have released the 2nd boo

interviewing author Rinda Beach

Q1.  Tell me about yourself? A. I’m a retired teacher and a reading specialist. I taught for 33 years, most of them in 2nd grade. I still sub to stay connected to kids and teachers, but that’s on hold this year with Covid.  Q2.What are your favorite books to read? A. History & fantasy. I’m on book 4 in a series by G. Lawrence about Elizabeth I. She was a feminist before the word was invented. One of my fantasy favorites is Magic Inc by Shanna Swendson. It’s a series I’ve read multiple times! Q3. When did you decide you were going to write a book? A. Not until 2007. That’s when I met a bat on the other end of a mop in Germany. I thought that would get the bat flying, but it climbed down on my mop.  I thought my first book would be bat time-travel where a little girl would fix Herman the German’s unhappy ending. It wasn’t. I waited till 2019 for the right idea with the right words to come along. It was a story about Neil Armstrong, in time for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing

interviewing author Violeta Bagia

Q1. Tell me about yourself? A. I was born in Bosnia and migrated to Australia in the early 90s. Learning English, trying to fit in and make new friends was some of the main drivers for me to learn how to write. I found comfort in books and quickly began writing my own stories. After several teachers encouraged me to nurture my passion, I wrote and published my first poem when I was 12 years old. Later in life, the need to empower girls and women became a passion were taking back control became a frequent theme in my books. Watching kickass characters like Buffy Summers and Sydney Bristow further fueled that desire. Today, I am an advocate for sexual assault survivors, anti-bullying, and diversity. I was longlisted twice for the Davitt Awards here in Australia which celebrates female crime writers. I’m currently represented by Vulpine Press who are also advocates for strong female voices and leading the charge for women in literature. Q2.What are your favorite books to read? A. I love a

Interviewing Author Vonnie (Winslow Crist)

  Q1. Tell me about yourself? A. I was born in the Year of the Dragon (not saying which one) and have had a lifelong interest in reading, writing, art, myth, fairy tales, folklore, legends, and science fiction. I earned a BS in Art-Education and an MS in Professional Writing, illustrated books & magazines, taught creative writing for the Maryland State Arts Council and Harford Community College, wrote columns for various newspapers – plus, I married, had 3 kids, and now have 3 grandkids. I'm a clover hand (which means I find 4-leafed clovers easily, and supposedly can see fairies, elves, trolls, etc.), who believes the world is still filled with mystery, miracles, and magic. Q2. What are your favorite books to read? A. I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, YA, suspense, adventure, mystery... Truth be told, I enjoy any good book. Q3. When did you decide you were going to write a book? A. If we're talking about my newest book, Beneath Raven's Wing, it was

Interviewing Author Debbie Burton

Q1. Tell me about yourself. A. I am a retired elementary teacher turned author. For the majority of my life, I worked with children, but I never thought I would write books for them. I’m happily married, and my husband and I  enjoy camping in the Florida State Parks. I lead a book club in my community of Orlando. Q2. What are your favorite books to read?  As a child, I loved The Boxcar Children series. As a teacher, I laughed at the antics of Fudge in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing with my class. Now, I always have my kindle on my nightstand. Three of my favorite books are The Nightingale, A Land Remembered, and The Shell Seekers. I like books with engaging main characters who overcome hardship.  Q3. When did you decide you were going to write a book?  A. My husband encouraged me to write a children’s book in 2015. Since I loved writing poetry, we both envisioned a rhyming picture book. After meeting with editors and agents at conferences, I discovered they were more interested in ear

Interviewing Author Author Margareth Stewart

Author Margareth Stewart - Got her Ph.D. in Social Psychology. She is a professor, author, and tutor. Italian mom of three, she is an activist and feminist who loves jogging and traveling.  Q1. Tell me about your self? A. I’m Mônica Mastrantonio, and I’m also author Margareth Stewart. I’m Italian, but I’ve grown and spent much of my life in South America. I’ve grown fascinated with books and always an avid reader since early times. So I guess reading and writing are parts of me, just like two and two are four. But I’ve never given too much attention to this skill. I keep saying to myself - “yes, I write” - and I do - from poems to short stories and novels and both in English and Portuguese. These are my mother tongues and I feel comfortable writing in both. Most of the time, I prefer to write fiction in English because that’s what I used to do when I was a teen so most locals could not read my diaries and I can say now that’s how it all started.  Q2.What are your favorite books to read