Sunday, August 28, 2011

Spotlight Interview & Giveaway with C.S. DeWildt

Candy and Cigarettes

In the face of revenge, innocence is meaningless.

Death is omnipresent to small-town loner Lloyd Bizbang. Today proves no exception. After being attacked yet again by a pair of sociopaths who have targeted him since childhood, Lloyd stumbles upon a sight he wishes he could unsee in the town junkyard. Now as he just tries to live through another day, the bodies are stacking up in the town of Horton, and Lloyd finds himself connected to each of them via the drug-and-drink-addled, unhinging police chief, yet another person who has an old score to settle with Lloyd. A game of revenge and survival is underway, but will there be a winner at the day’s end?







GIVEAWAY
Comment for a chance to win a digital copy of Candy and Cigarettes. A random commenter will win the book in their choice of format (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF). 
Giveaway ends Saturday, September 3rd 11:59 PM CST.



About the Author:
CS DeWildt lives and writes in Tucson, Arizona. He is currently working on a novel and a collection of shorts. His work has been showcased on sites like Bartleby Snopes, Word Riot, The Bicycle Review, Writer’s Bloc and Mobius Magazine.

Contact Info:
CS DeWildt



INTERVIEW
 
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

Allie Fox is the driving force in the book “The Mosquito Coast” and is hands down the most fascinating character I’ve read.  He’s a brilliant inventor who’s fed up with life among the “funny bunnies” in the United States.  He packs up his family and sets about creating an utopia in the Honduran jungle.  Allie has the need to control everything, to dominate everyone he meets, he forces his kids to take ridiculous risks to prove they trust and love him, he claims to never need sleep, he wants to be master of the world and fix the shoddy job God did in creating it.  And while it’s never blatantly stated, he is a classic example of someone with bi-polar disorder, high for a while but destined to crash eventually.  So, repellant as he may seem, he has a magnetism that’s unavoidable, whether you’re another character in the story or the reader who’s along for the ride.

Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?

I guarantee if you asked them they’d say introvert because I’m known as a bit of a homebody and I come off as shy around new people, but the truth is that I’m an extrovert who’s just a little anxious.  I’m no hermit or recluse, but I do prefer staying close to home.  However, I always need that outside stimulus, whether it’s reading or movies or music or conversation.  And I love being the center of attention like any other extrovert; I just need it on my terms.  That makes me sound a bit high maintenance, doesn’t it?   Oh well, I stand by it.  And I think this facet of my personality really directed me to writing.  It’s a way to get myself out there without always having to get myself out there.

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

It’s four AM and I’m working on answering these interview questions, so you tell me.  Truth is I’ve always been an early riser, since I was a kid.  I like that quiet time when everyone else is still asleep.  I find I’m much more productive in the morning.  The majority of Candy and Cigarettes was written between the hours of 3 AM and 6 AM and I think that’s true of almost everything I’ve written.

What books have most influenced your writing life?

Again I’ll defer to Paul Theroux’s, The Mosquito Coast, beyond being a compelling read, has great take-away lessons in character development, use of symbols, themes, and structure.  It’s your classic man vs. man vs. society vs. nature vs. machine vs. self.
The Old man and the Sea would be another.  Regarding critical analysis, Hemingway said of it, and I’ m paraphrasing: “The old man is a man, the fish is a fish.”  I think any writer or critic knows that was a damn lie, whether it was an honest lie, only Ernie knows.  Regardless, considering the state of his career when he wrote it and how the story so closely parallels facets of his writing life, even the unpredictable post-publication response to it, it just shows how important honesty is when writing a truly magnificent story.  To me, the work was a vivisection of the author.  And ideally, that’s what a good story is.
I wish I could say that reading Hemingway toughened me up, the hero code thing, but I’m still pretty soft.  In terms of writing though, I think it helps to bring a certain stoicism (either that or cry yourself to sleep thinking about the latest rejection slip), and Hemingway has been helpful in that regard.

What's your favorite genre to read?

I like anything with a dark edge, from something as prosy as Cormac McCarthy, to Big Jim Thomson, to Stephen King.  Literary fiction is often presented as a genre all its own, but I think of it more as a subgenre present within all other genres, think a typical Danielle Steele romance versus Lolita.  Talk of genre often pigeon-holes a stories unnecessarily.  They’re just stories, a character wants/wants to avoid something and is met with conflict while trying to get/avoid it.  Some work for you as a reader, some don’t.  Genre conventions are just set dressing in my opinion.

Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?

Do I have any readers? Honestly, I haven’t heard from them yet, but I hope it happens.  Aside from my own selfish reasons I write to connect with readers.  I’d love to hear what a stranger thinks of my work and I’d be willing to answer any questions they had.  I think that would be an amazing experience.

Who are your books published with?

Candy and Cigarettes was published by Vagabondage Press, LLC.  They’re a small press out of Florida and I thank them in my thoughts everyday for the opportunity to get my work out there.  They believe in emerging writers and in their own words, they “hold the unique and simple belief that good writing transcends genre…(and) dislike the tendency in mainstream publishing to categorize and pigeonhole authors and their work into literary ghettos. Vagabondage Press has a commitment to providing an alternative.”

http://vagabondagebookscom.ipage.com/bookstore/

Additionally I’ve published stories in ejournals such as Bartleby Snopes, Word Riot, The Bicycle Review, Foundling Review, Mobius Magazine, and the now defunct Writers’ Bloc.

Tell us about your next release.

I’m working on another novella-novel length project.  It’s less dark than Candy and Cigarettes, more of a satire at this point, but we’ll see where it takes me.  Other than that I’m hoping the next big thing will be securing an agent.  I have a large body of work waiting to see the light of day and I’d love to find someone to help me sell it.  Literary professionals?  You listening?  Time to scoop me up while I’m still na├»ve.





GIVEAWAY
Comment for a chance to win a digital copy of Candy and Cigarettes. A random commenter will win the book in their choice of format (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF). 
Giveaway ends Saturday, September 3rd 11:59 PM CST.



Disclaimer: This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. In some cases, I receive free books in return for a review. My reviews always express my own personal opinion. I am not obligated to write a glowing or even favorable review. I have not received any monetary compensation in return for my honest review. Promotional information was provided by the author.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Spotlight Interview with Paty Jager



ABOUT PATY JAGER:
Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently farm 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

Paty is a member of RWA, EPIC, and COWG. Wild Rose Press has published nine of her books. She is now venturing into the new world of self-publishing ebooks.  She edited for an e-publisher for four and a half years and teaches workshops at conferences, writers meetings, and online.

Visit Paty:
 blog |  website  | Facebook

Tell us about your current release.
I have two current releases -sort of- One is published by Wild Rose Press as a print and ebook and the other I self-published on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords for $.99.  The WRP book is the second book in my spirit trilogy set among the Nez Perce Indians. The trilogy involves sibling spirits who watch over the Lake Nimiipuu (Wallowa band of Nez Perce)  The spirits fall in love with mortals as they work to try and keep the Nimiipuu free. Spirit of the Lake is about Wewukiye the spirit of the lake who shifts from elk form to human form to help a young Nez Perce woman who has decided not living is better than bringing a child from a Whiteman's attack into the world. Together they reveal the wicked plans of the Whiteman to the Nez Perce people.

The other release is a historical western, Improper Pinkerton. It's set in Montana in the late 1800's. The heroine is a master at disguise and is on her first assignment as a Pinkerton agent. The hero is a U.S. Marshal hunting for a missing payroll. Their assignments are entwined and after a rocky start become not only allies, but lovers.

Tell us about your next release.
Same thing… I have two next releases. One is the third book in the Spirit trilogy, Spirit of the Sky. This time the heroine is the spirit. She shifts from bald eagle to woman to save her niece and they are saved by a cavalry officer. When he is in danger she helps him and their respect and love grow as the army chases the Nez Perce from their beloved home send them to the hated Oklahoma reservation far from the land of their fathers.

The other book soon to be released on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords is a combined effort. An author friend suggested we write a book together about two sisters who were adopted by different families when their parents were killed while traveling to the west. For a Sister's Love takes place as they begin their journey to find one another. Lauri Robinson wrote one sister's journey and I wrote the other. I hope to have this book up by September. I don't know when the last spirit book will be up.

Where do you research for your books?
I use the internet, non-fiction books, museums, historical societies, and people for my research. I enjoy researching for my stories. Whether they are historical or contemporary I spend considerable time researching aspects I'm not familiar with. I may read a whole book or interview a person on boot making and only brief references may be made to the information I gleaned but I hope they are used in a context which makes the reader understand the character, his profession, and capture an insight into the occupation. Usually one third of the time it takes me to write a book is spent on the research.

What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
My husband learned many years ago when I wrote stories for my children that I’m not happy if I’m not writing. So while he doesn't read what I write he rarely says anything about the time I put in front of the computer or the research trips I make. As for the career, he'd like to see it be more of a money maker and less of a hobby.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I do have critique partners and I rely on them to help me keep my characters real, my story and plot moving along, and readers intrigued. When I get stuck I have different writers I go to for brainstorming.

What do you think makes a good story?
A well told story with engaging characters that you don't want to leave when the book has ended.

Plotter or Pantser? Why?
I'm a little of both. When I get an idea for a book I begin my stewing and brewing phase. That's when I start forming the characters in my head and on paper. I have my plot idea or premise and start my research to see how I can make the historical facts play into the story if it's a historical or how the characters themselves will push the story forward. While I’m doing this, the beginning usually comes to me and then the ending. Once I've decided on the beginning and end of the book one or two turning points will come to me and I start the writing process.  Now and then the characters will change things up on me and the ending may be a bit different than when I started out but it always ends in a good way.

What group did you hang out with in high school?
I didn't hang out with any group. I could get along with anyone, but I tended to be a loner other than a couple of friends who weren’t in any of my classes. Before school and during the lunch hour I'd sit in the hall and read. Growing up in a small community books were my window to the world outside our valley.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

You can find my recent books at my publisher's website  in both print and ebook and my older books are up on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords for reasonable prices.

Could you please share a short excerpt from one of your books, please?

Sure! Here's a little snippet you might like.  

Excerpt for Spirit of the Lake

“You are not eating.” The deep voice laced with concern spun her shivers into waves of heat.
She opened her eyes and studied the man standing in front of her. His broad shoulders blocked the sun. Even with his eyes filled with concern the lines beside his eyes, which deepened when he smiled, remained. His full lips were perpetually tipped at the corners in mirth. The lightness he brought into her heart just by his presence, she had not felt since realizing her family believed she brought the sickness to her mother. No one had ever gazed upon her with such favor.
He knelt beside her, glanced at her stomach, and questioned with his eyes.
She nodded.
He placed a hand on her stomach. “You must gain strength.”
His encouraging words brought a smile to her face as his hand slowly moved in a circle. She studied his face, searching his eyes, skimming across his angular cheeks, ending at his full, inviting lips.                                               


I will give away a print book of Spirit of the Mountain to a randomly selected commenter. This book was chosen in the Lorie Contest as Best Paranormal. This giveaway ends Monday, August 29th 11:59PM CST. 


WINNER ANNOUNCED!!  Kristen Arnold  -  Congratulations! And thanks to all the commenters.

Laurie, Thank you for having me here.

Paty

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Spotlight Interview, Guest Post, & Giveaway with Linell Jeppsen

iToday I am so very pleased to welcome Linell Jeppsen as my guest spotlight author.  She is sharing a guest post featuring her new book, The Hunt.  Then we will go to the interview.

The Hunt
A Blog
About twenty years ago my husband and I went to the mountains of northeast Washington State to camp and hunt. Just like Holly, I liked to hang around camp, reading, relaxing, and watching the sunshine spangle off the icy water of Swan Lake.
It was mid October. The leaves on the trees were red and orange, casting their reflections down on the water, and in the early evening, tendrils of fog would reach spectral fingers toward the heavy, Hunter’s moon.
Thus was born The Hunt, by Linell Jeppsen. I had just finished reading most of the Anne Rice books, and was transported into the supernatural world of vampires, and dark romance. In the eerie twilight, as I sat by the campfire I heard Loons moan across the water and sensed hidden movement in the tall trees. It wasn’t hard to imagine that vampires might be hiding there, as well.
The Hunt is a modern day, dark urban fantasy. Brian and Holly Jensen have come to the high mountains for their annual deer hunt. What they don’t know, is an outcast band of vampires have come to the area, as well.
Raul Stannard is over a thousand years old. Although the taking of human blood has been forbidden by the high vampire council, Raul and his motley band of followers defy orders and have cut a bloody path of destruction from Alaska to Washington State. This is where Raul first sees Holly…and the game is on.
Four innocent people are about to be caught up in an ancient power struggle, and in a love affair as old as time itself- Roger Atley, a Ferry County forest ranger, and his best friend, Harley Truefeather, an Indian sprit-walker; Brain and Holly Jensen and, of course, Raphael Goldhawk, the half human vampire king.
Centuries earlier, two daring young vampires did the unthinkable. They turned a human boy into a vampire. This would never have happened, but time was threatening the vampire race with extinction. Many vampires embraced Raphael with open arms (and wings), but some, like Raul Stannard, rejected the hybrid and vowed to destroy him, even if it meant the eventual annihilation of their kind.
Now, Raul sees an opportunity to bring Raphael to his knees, and buy his way back into vampire society. As frost paints the high mountain treetops silver and early snow covers the autumn leaves, Holly finds herself the unwilling pawn, in a death-match that has been going on for centuries.
The Hunt is very dark. These vampires are beautiful, but deadly, and fighting for their very survival in a modern world gone mad.
There is violence here, and love, self-sacrifice and nobility. If you are looking for happy, shiny vampires that sparkle, The Hunt is not for you.
However, if you are searching for a book that will grab you and never let you go…for characters that will live on in your mind long after the final page is turned, read The Hunt, by Linell Jeppsen.





GIVEAWAY
Two lucky randomly selected commenters will each win a digital PDF copy of The Hunt.  Be sure to include your email addy if it is not clearly visible on your Google Profile page.  This contest ends August 20th 11:59 CST and the winners will be notified the following day.


Interview

When did you start your writing career?

I started writing when I was in junior high. Anytime I was upset, or needed to articulate something, you would find me sitting at my desk writing. I tried a number of times over the years to be published, by sending out query letters, etc.. Ultimately, however my submissions went unanswered. Finally, I entered a contest and won third prize for the best science fiction short story of 2011. It is called The Gag Gift, and can be found in Mixed Blessings and Other Short Stories...and, The Last Astronaut. I asked the host of this contest (Phyllis Scott) if she accepted novel submissions, and she said send it...we'll see! The rest is history...

 
Tell us about your current release.                                            

The Hunt, published by the Phyllis Scott Pulishing Agency, was released April 6th, 2011. This is a dark, urban fantasy about vampires. It has received fourteen 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon/Kindle, and two more 3.5 and 4 star reviews from Bitten by Books, and the Paranormal Romance Guild. I wrote this story over twenty years ago, but decided to rewrite it this last winter. I'm proud of it, really... these vampires don't sparkle, nor are they undead. They are prehistoric creatures doomed to live into the 21st century. They are deadly, beautiful, tormented and savage. Here is one review...

The Hunt's lush, bold inventions spawn awe as well as fear. The vivid characters are so engaging that their fate becomes heart-stoppingly real. The Hunt is a wonderful adventure. Katherine Dunn, Author of Geek Love

 The Hunt is in my TBR.  I've read many of the reviews and it sounds so good!
Tell us about your next release.

My next novel, which is being edited as we speak is called, Story Time. This is a science fiction/ post apocalyptic novel that I am very excited about. I feel sure that this novel will be available by December, if not sooner. You won't believe this book...it is bound to cause alot of talk and speculation!
 I'll definitely be on the lookout for that one!  I love those kind of storys!! Who is your favorite author?

The author who inspired me to write was probably Stephen King. His story, The Stand, was a testament to the "what-ifs" of speculative fiction. Now that I'm older though, I look to the poetry of words by authors such as James Lee Burke, and Larry McMurtry.
 When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

I am semi-retired now, and I find that mornings are the best time to write. I try to write a chapter a day/ one, or sometimes two days a week. I will write like a fiend, and then go back the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that for final edits. Once the book is done...I try to wait at least a couple of weeks for the final proof. After all that I'll send my work to my publisher---she is bound to find some errors!

Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?

My advice to a beginning writer is this- If you feel compelled to write-you Are a writer! Don't give up. Enter contests-that might get your foot in the door. Keep submitting to agents and publishers, and if you need to- self publish. If you self-pub though, make sure you do a very, very good job editing. You can get your book out there, but there is So much competition you will fall through the cracks if your work is sloppy. One other thing (and this is a tough one!) CUT-CUT-CUT! The creative process is kind of messy-don't be afraid to pare it down to its barest bones. That's where the story lies!

What are your favorite TV shows?

There are a few television series that I absolutely love-and they go to my likes and the way I view the world- Supernatural (too cool for school!) Sons of Anarchy (great writing!) The Vampire Diaries (This one is really all about love)  Justified (snarky and fun) True Blood, The Game of Thrones to name a few. HBO and the WB have really begun to do some fine things.

Is there anything else you would like to mention?

Yes. Please visit my web site www.linelljeppsen.com or go to The Hunt by Linell Jeppsen on http://www.amazon.com/ to see more of my reviews and the product description.
 
Thanks so much Nel for taking this time to let us find out a little more about you and your new book.  I have enjoyed chatting with you.


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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Spotlight Interview & Giveaway with Linda Hadaway

One Step Ahead Of Danger

Abby Bergstrom is happily engaged to a handsome, powerful man…until she stumbles across a deadly secret. Abby, and her young friend, Stevie, flee Chicago, running for their lives. They head west, across the states until they end up in a small town she had been raised in. There, she reunites with an old flame and comes to grip with ghosts of her past.  The hunter is at her heels.



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Excerpt:
Abby ran frantically down the poorly paved street. The slim young
woman stumbled but somehow didn’t fall. She quickly glanced behind
her. No one followed them...yet. The cold Chicago wind whipped her
thick blonde hair in front of her face as if to taunt her further. She swept it away as she hurried to keep up with Stevie. Even though she worked out and jogged on a regular basis, she was quickly tiring. Her breath came in pants, and a burning sensation grew in her lungs as if she sucked in fire instead of the chilly Chicago air. Sweat beaded on her forehead and dampened her shirt; her heart pounded from the excursion.

"Come on!" Stevie yelled encouragingly. The dark baggy clothes bounced on the young teenager as he ran. It was a wonder they didn’t fall off his scrawny body.

For a brief second Abby wondered what in the world she was doing following this young boy down toward the Chicago River, into the frightening maze of where the most destitute people lived:
Lower Wacker Drive
.

"To save my life," she reminded herself. Stevie suddenly stopped and waved "this way," as the concrete cavernous roadways beneath the city streets, once again, split in two directions. Abby followed, hurried around the corner, and saw...nothing.

"Stevie!" She screamed. Just then, his familiar purple Mohawk peeped out from around the side of the cement wall. His adolescent face frowning at her. Stevie motioned, "come on." Abby caught her breath and ran around the corner so quick she didn’t see him standing there. They collided and sprang apart. Stevie put a finger to his lips, "Shhh." Abby obeyed and matched his pace, walking quickly, quietly.

Part of her still cried out; this was not reality. She belonged at home — with her comfy bed, walk-in closet, and twenty-two pairs of shoes. Instead, she walked among litter and broken items strung about the long concrete hallways. She passed a cracked mirror and glanced only quick enough to see her reflection — split, like in a kaleidoscope. The only life line she was aware of was Stevie; a young homeless kid. He had already saved her life once today. The reminder brought tears to her eyes, stinging in the bitter, frigid wind.

They made their way through the labyrinth of rusted pipes, garbage, needles, and used condoms. Abby caught a glimpse of a long tail and gasped; terrified she'd just seen a large river rat. Another movement caught her peripheral vision. She turned her head quickly to see a man sitting against the stained, cracked wall. He wore layers of the shabbiest clothes Abby had ever seen, like he was his own walking suitcase of used clothing. His hair, what was left of it, sprouted out here and there like some wild, dead weed. His face scarred and pocked, left over from a horrible teenage acne war, or from some dreadful disease, tilted upwards toward Abby. The lifeless fogged eyes squinted as Abby froze in her tracks. The wino’s grin grew wider showing a mouth of scabby teeth. A brown bag sat between his legs, the top of the wine bottle poked out like some phallic icon, and the stench of urine reeked from him. His nicotine stained fingers reached out, maybe to grab her. Abby didn’t know, but it was enough to make her yelp like a frightened puppy, and she hurried to close the space  between her and Stevie.

"I can’t do this. I can’t be here," Abby cried out. She trembled as Stevie stopped and took her hand.

"Right up here." Stevie led her around another corner, through a doorway, alongside another wall of dripping pipes, until finally one more entryway. Abby’s hopefulness dropped when she caught sight of a padlock. Then Stevie reached in his worn pants pocket and drew out a key. The lock opened and they took a cautious look up and down the
pathway before they stepped inside. Stevie pushed the rust-stained sliding bolt across the door, hopefully assuring their safety.

It was pitch black and Abby feared she would lose her mind. A hand touched her and she jumped before she realized it was only Stevie. He took her hand and Abby allowed herself to be led around another corner. He let go and a moment later she heard a match strike and saw a tiny flicker of a flame. Stevie cupped the flame and led it to a waiting candle. It stood only a few inches high, drooping sadly, as if middle age had caught up with it. The blackened wick took to the flame and a second later another candle was lit, and then another.

Abby gazed about. An old metal folding chair stood next to a small beat-up wooden table. The table was injured and stood on three legs, while two concrete blocks acting as a fourth leg provided some stability. A bed made of frayed blankets lay against the cracked brick wall. Cobwebs hung in the corner as if to further taunt Abby. The air hung thick with the odor of mold, decay, and mpoverishment.
"Go on, sit down," Stevie encouraged.

Abby stared at the chair, knowing if this was yesterday she wouldn’t have been caught dead in this place. Dead! She could be dead any minute. Abby brushed off the chair, then brushed her hands off, sat down, and began to sob. Stevie gently patted her on the shoulder.

"It’ll be okay, Abby. Honest."

Abby cried harder and reached her arms around Stevie’s waist and clung to him. "How can it ever be okay Stevie? Ever?" For the second time in her twenty-four years her entire world had fallen apart. She held on to him and suddenly thought about her little brother, long dead now. Maybe that was why she felt the connection with Stevie. Abby squeezed her eyes tight, trying to shut down her river of tears. Was it just four days ago when her world was intact?




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INTERVIEW WITH LINDA HADAWAY

Hello Linda, I am so very happy to have you here this week as my guest author. And thank you so much for taking this time to chat with me so we can find out more about you and your exciting books.  Do you plan to have any printed books out soon?                                                      

Life ChoicesYes, as a matter of fact. I am working on a program at Amazon and hope to have Life Choices and One Step Ahead Of Danger out in printed books by this winter. I hope to have my upcoming books available with the e-book as well as printed books.

For people interested in writing, what is the most important advice to give?

Read, read, and read…write..write..write..and  join a  (supportive) writer’s group. I think constructive criticism is important—however sometimes too much criticism for a new /inexperienced writer may discourage instead of encourage. If (you) are attending a writer’s group and it isn’t helpful for you…look for another one. There are many on-line groups as well.

Your books sound versatile - is there a common theme?

Yes. They include everyday people that have challenges and problems, such as trust issues, mental health issues, chemical dependency, abandonment issues, etc. I also have humor within my writing, more so for my two books that will be later this year or early 2012. People need to laugh everyday! Sometimes it’s laughing at one’s self that helps us put our next foot forward in dark times.

You’ve stated you have worked in the Human Services field for many years. Any insight you’ve gained working with people in need?

I try to look at what people of capable of…instead of what they aren’t. What I mean by that, is  say..someone who is going through a chemical dependency treatment center that  is  developmentally disabled and I hear the question of, ”How can he benefit from treatment if he doesn’t understand the educational classes?” My response is, “Being clean and sober for an amount of time can benefit that person. They may learn more than you know.”
I look for the positive things someone may have going for them. Encouragement. Being positive. How can I be helpful? What resources does this person need that I can help with?

Do your stories have a happy ending?

Always! I may have twists and turns; surprises in my plots, but a good ending. I hate to read a book where the end leaves you questioning “what will happen next?” I feel cheated by the author. I want my readers to be intrigued, perhaps learn something along the way. I want them to cheer for the main character and encourage them along. I want them to feel satisfied at the book ending, and glad they were on the journey with the character(s).

Are you working on a new book?

Yes! I am working on a sequel to Dark Side Of Purgatory. At this time, I don’t have title for it.

Again, I want to thank you for sharing some of your ideas and thoughts here with us.  It's been a pleasure chatting with you and I wish you the very best in all that you do.

Thank you, Laurie!




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