Author Spotlight Abbie Taylor

Welcome!

Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Abbie Johnson Taylor, and I live in Sheridan, Wyoming. I was born in New York City in 1961. My family lived in Colorado and Arizona before settling here in 1973. After graduating from college, then completing two years of study and practicum and a six-month internship in music therapy, I worked for fifteen years in that field before becoming a full-time author.

1. When did you start writing?

I started writing in 2000. At the time, I was working, sometimes 40-hour weeks, as a registered music therapist, and it was often hard to find time to write. In 2005 when I married my late husband Bill, he persuaded me to quit my day job and write full time, and I’ve been a full-time author ever since.

2. What motivates you to write?

I’m inspired by current events, personal experiences, and what I observe in the world around me. My first book, We Shall Overcome, was inspired by a demonstration against the Iraq war in 2003. Many of the poems in my second book, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver, were inspired by my experiences as a family caregiver to my late husband. Also, my fourth book, My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds, was inspired by those experiences. The title poem in my third book, That’s Life, was inspired by my niece’s reaction to being compelled to attend a performance of The Nutcracker with her family when she would have preferred to go to the mall with her friends. I’m currently working on a novel inspired by a story I heard from another participant in a writing workshop.

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I write fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and I can’t say why I write what I write. The ideas just come to me.

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

As I said before, I’m working on a fifth book, another novel. I’ve also put together a collection of short stories and several poetry collections that I hope to eventually publish. I don’t think about where I want my writing to take me. I just fly by the seat of my pants.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

I rarely have this problem, but when I do, I put aside whatever I’m working on and return to it later.

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Write every day, even if it’s for fifteen minutes. Read, especially books in your genre. Get involved in local, state, and national writing groups. Most important, submit your work when you feel it’s ready, and don’t let rejection stop you.

7. Please, tell us about your work.

Besides the books I mentioned earlier, I’ve written many short stories, poems, and creative nonfiction pieces that have been published in various journals and anthologies. I have a blog which I update at least three days a week. I contribute twice-monthly posts to Writing Wranglers and Warriors at https://writingwranglersandwarriors.wordpress.com.


Contact Abbie:

Blog http://abbiescorner.wordpress.com

Facebook Page http://tinyurl.com/ybmouz5y

Website: http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com


Abbie’s books:
We Shall Overcome
http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com/Novels.htm

How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver
http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com/bettermousetrap.htm

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems
http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com/thatslife.htm

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds
http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com/memoir.htm

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Author Spotlight Rebecca Tran

Welcome!

Please introduce yourself.
I am a hybrid author, blogger and book reviewer with three award-winning novels. I am also a wife, mother, and pharmacist. I have two little girls and a Boston Terrier. I love reading, writing, sewing, and collecting teapots.

1. When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was 16 years old, but I didn’t have the courage to publish until I was 37.

2. What motivates you to write?
I originally started writing as a form of self prescribed therapy after my dad died. Then it became stress relief after a hard day. Now my main characters tell me when and what to write.

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?
I primarily write fantasy and romance but also have a sci-fi novel as well. I prefer fantasy and romance over other genres because its what I love to read. Some of my favorite books are epic fantasies with romantic themes.

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
I want to entertain readers with the books I write. I hope they love my books as much as any big five author. My dreams are the same as a lot of authors. I would love a movie deal or to be a NY Times Bestselling author. My more realistic goal is to sell my books consistently and gain a consistent fan base. If I can please my fans I’ll consider myself a success.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
I do suffer from writer’s block occasionally. When I do I set the project aside and move on to another. Eventually I will come back to it but it may take a while to figure out how to get past the problem.

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
The best way to get better at writing is to just do it. Keep writing and keep reading. Try new things and explore. Be sure to reach out to other authors for advice and network for cross promotion. The indie community is an amazing resource.

7. Please, tell us about your work.
I have one epic fantasy series titled The Chronicles of the Coranydas. The Rashade’ and A Guardian Falls are books one and two in the series. Descendants Rising, the third book in the series is due out late February to early March. For Their Sins is a paranormal romance/action adventure about a 300 year old vampire. Unlike the Rest is a free short story that is a companion to For Their Sins. My paranormal romance Dragons of the North is a box set featuring four shifter novellas. Finally my only sci-fi novel is Neutral Space, a futuristic tale of war, conspiracy, and love.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Contact Rebecca: 

Website: http://rtranbooks.net
Blog: http://asmallgangofauthors.blogspot.com
Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/Rtranbooks/
https://m.facebook.com/AGaurdianFalls/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rtranbooks/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rtranbooks/
email: rtranbooks.com@outlook.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16335980.R_Tran
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-hoelker-tran-3aaab3141
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/105043491920055628616
Independent Author Network: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/r-tran.html


Rebecca’s books:

http://mybook.to/AGFalls

https://books2read.com/u/bOadr9

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://mybook.to/DragonPNR

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http://mybook.to/nspace

https://books2read.com/u/m2oaLO

 

 

 

 

 

http://getbook.at/Rashade

https://books2read.com/u/bapZeL

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://mybook.to/FTSins

https://books2read.com/u/3yZeA6

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.instafreebie.com/free/1HZES

Featured Author – Interview – The return of Darlene Foster

Welcome back!

You were a guest on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ before, where we learned about writing in your life and your projects.

Let’s see what you can tell us today:

1. Are you still writing in the same genre as you did before, and if not, why did you switch – or would you ever think to change genres?

I am still writing travel adventure stories for middle grade readers and probably will for some time. I enjoy writing for this age group. Tweens are no longer little kids and not yet young adults. They are just discovering life outside their comfort zone and are eager to learn more. I like to think my books will broaden their horizons and spark an interest in traveling.

I have, however, written short stories – memoirs, about growing up on the Canadian prairies, and plan to publish them in a collection soon. It´s always good to try different genres to stretch your writing muscles.

2. Please, tell us a little about your writing process.

It´s not a terribly organized process and I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone but it works for me. I get an idea, usually based on a location, and start scribbling. Once I get the first draft of the first chapter completed, I create a mind map. This mind map is divided into chapters and a location is allotted to each chapter. Then I add characters to the chapters. I use different coloured gel pens to do this. I add ideas and action as I progress with the story. I am very much a panster writer. This is a living map and gets changed a lot. It gets very messy and colourful. No one could ever make sense out of it except me. It’s as messy and confusing as my mind. Once I’m finished writing the first draft, which I edit and share with critique partners as I proceed, I then review the complete story and do some rewrites before sending out to beta readers. After more rewrites based on the beta readers feedback, I send it to my publisher who does a thorough edit. After a few more changes and rewrites, it is ready for publication and I have the book memorized. There is probably an easier way to do this but I don´t know it!

3. What is important to know for young, new authors and writers?

There is no right or wrong way to write a book. You find a way, usually by trial and error, and then you make it right for you. You can spend way too much time worrying about doing it right. Just write it down and polish it later. There will always be edits and rewrites. (see above)

4. Your experience in the writing world, do you think it has already taken you where you wanted to go?

Yes and no. I am astonished to have six books published in the series and more to come. I also have a bilingual book published and short stories in anthologies. So I am pleased with my production, especially since I started writing seriously later in life. I am happy to have a following and some devoted Amanda fans. So in some ways I have exceeded where I wanted to go. I would however like to be better at marketing and have my books more well-read internationally. I’m the sort of person who always raises the bar so I don’t think I will ever be completely satisfied.

5. In your opinion, are you a writer or an author – and what is the difference for you?

I am both. I have heard that a writer is someone who writes (that’s me) and an author is someone who is published (that’s me too). Perhaps the difference is that an author is someone who is in the business of writing. To be somewhat successful, you need to look at it as a business.

6. Please, tell us about your projects again. Was there progress since the last interview or are there even completely new projects?

Since my last interview on Writer’s Treasure Chest, I have completed and published the sixth book in my Amanda Travels series, Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind. In this book, intrepid traveler Amanda is on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico where she visits many incredible sites including an ancient pueblo, a traditional hacienda and a haunted hotel. She learns about the wild and violent past of this rugged but beautiful landscape. Her classmate claims to see ghosts everywhere they go and Amanda can’t escape an eerie wind that follows her. This book is a bit spookier than the others but everyone seems to like it. One reviewer said it is fast-paced, spooky, and enough cultural reference to delight both readers and parents.

I am now working on book seven, Amanda in Holland-Missing in Action and have ideas for Amanda in Malta. Amanda has a more places to visit and interesting people to meet. If only she could mind her own business and keep out of trouble.

Thank you for being my guest once again. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

Thank you so much for inviting me back to your wonderful blog!


Darlene’s bio:

Darlene Foster has dreamt of writing books, travelling the world and meeting interesting people for as long as she can remember. It’s no surprise that she’s now an award-winning author of the exciting Amanda Travels series featuring spunky Amanda Ross, a twelve-year-old Canadian girl who loves to travel. Readers of all ages enjoy following Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another in unique destinations. Darlene divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Spanish Costa Blanca with her husband and entertaining dog, Dot. She believes it is never too late to make your dreams come true.


Links

Website: Darlene Foster
Facebook
Amazon author page
WordPress Blog
Goodreads
Twitter@supermegawoman


Find Darlene’s new book ‘Amanda in New Mexico’ here: https://www.amazon.com/Amanda-New-Mexico-Ghosts-Travels-ebook/dp/B01MT8LXAR/

All other books can be found on her Amazon Author Page

Featured Author – Interview – The Return Of Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Welcome back!

You were a guest on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ before, where we learned about writing in your life and your projects.

Let’s see what you can tell us today:

1. Are you still writing in the same genre as you did before, and if not, why did you switch – or would you ever think to change genres?

This question is so interesting because I’ve been thinking a lot about genre. I find as an Indie Publisher one of the challenges is having to sort of “categorize” yourself. While I’m still writing Historical Fiction, I am starting to understand I am more so into Literary Fiction specifically. I say that because I am only interested in a certain kind of Historical Fiction. I love history across the board even though I didn’t like it in school, but when it comes to reading history in a fictional form, my real interest is in the so-called Black experience mostly. For this, I think I’ll start to use Literary Fiction more if I had to “categorize” my work. I don’t like being boxed in though so I’ll definitely change genres depending on what story I write.

 

2. Please, tell us a little about your writing process.

I don’t have much of a process. Every book I write is different and takes me on a different journey. The best answer I can give is that as I am writing the first draft and the story is flowing, sometimes I come upon a scene that requires me to stop and research. Now I know what they say when writing the first draft just write. Well, I can’t. At least not when I need information to finish a scene. Usually, I do my research separate from writing but when it comes to the creation of a scene that requires me to know more to write about it, I have to stop. Even if it’s just the first draft because I know how that scene looks in my head and what is required for it to be put down on the page. And I can always go back and perfect it later (during revisions) but before I can move on, I’ve got to be able to at least finish that scene.

For example: In Revelation, Book Two of The Nora White Story, there are new characters being introduced and one such character is named Red, Nora’s love interest. I was reading Malcolm X autobiography as I was writing book two so that’s where the inspiration for his name and some of his characteristics comes from. Long story short, Red is a numbers runner. A numbers runner is someone who collects policy slips and pays winners in a form of lottery called policy banking or as it was referred to by blacks in Harlem, the numbers game.

As newcomers to Harlem, Southern blacks like many northern-born African Americans, encountered racial and job discrimination and were unable to secure industrial jobs. Most labored in unskilled jobs and received less pay than their white counterparts. Under these socioeconomic conditions, African Americans developed diverse and creative responses to employment discrimination and economic disparity like rent parties and policy banking, a form of gambling that you would recognize today as the lottery. Playing the lottery is legal today, although illegal when poor black people were doing it.

 

3. What is important to know for young, new authors and writers?

Young and new authors and writers should pay attention to themselves. What I mean is, understand the power of your individuality, what sets you apart and how to infuse this self-identity into your writing. Inspiration is cool, motivation is exciting and publishing books is OK but without a knowledge of self, discipline, and endurance you won’t get very far. People will always tell you how it should be done and it is wise to listen to advice for sure. It is also wise to stay true to yourself, your personal mission as well as your contribution to the world. Only being who you are makes you different and set apart to everyone else and that’s what really makes your work what it is. If you really think about it, every book is essentially the same. It is the author/writer that makes it different.

 

4. Your experience in the writing world, do you think it has already taken you where you wanted to go?

No. In fact, I don’t know if I’ll ever get to where I want to go but I do know that I’ll be guided to where I need to be if that makes sense. I don’t like the idea of having “made it” or having obtained success because it means you must stop at some point and I do not intend to stop if it is Yah’s will. For me, life is about stepping stones and milestones. At some point, I’ll reach a milestone or accomplish a certain goal that I have wanted to achieve but I do not intend on stopping if it is in my power.

 

5. In your opinion, are you a writer or an author – and what is the difference for you?

I am both because in my opinion there is no difference. While an author would technically be published, I believe the journey is all encompassing. If I believe I’m a published author then I am even before I publish a book. Being a writer is just that, you write. Whether it means you publish books, write blog posts or research papers, you’re a writer. Being a writer can encompass many things and does not have to be restricted to writers of books. Maybe you publish articles. That makes you an author and a writer just the same.

 

6. Please, tell us about your projects again. Was there progress since the last interview or are there even completely new projects?

Yes, ma’am. I am working on quite a few projects, not all of which I will list here because we’ll be here all day.

Briefly, I am releasing a novel very soon which I am most excited about. Renaissance Book One in The Nora White Story. We follow Nora White as she attempts to follow her dreams of being a writer during The Harlem Renaissance Movement and the realities she is facing as she struggles to understand more about the difference between the Jim Crow South and the not-so-different North. We also follow her parents, Gideon and Molly White in their struggle to overcome their own pain in their search for their daughter who has left home without a word.

As I am preparing to release this book I am also revising Revelation which is Book Two in the series with hopes of getting it out by the close of the year.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

Thanks so much for having me. It is an honor.

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Connect with Yecheilyah:

Author Website: https://www.yecheilyahysrayl.com/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Yecheilyah-Ysrayl/e/B00ML6OHFA 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8336941.Yecheilyah_Ysrayl
Blog: https://thepbsblog.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/literarykornerpublishing
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ahouseofpoetry
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yecheilyah/

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Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One)

 

When seventeen-year-old Nora White successfully graduates High School in 1922 Mississippi and is College bound, everyone is overjoyed and excited. Everyone except Nora. She dreams of Harlem, Cotton Clubs, Fancy Dresses, and Langston Hughes. For years, she’s sat under Mr. Oak, the big oak tree on the plush green grass of her families five acres, and daydreamed of The Black Mecca.
The ambitious, young Nora is fascinated by the prospect of being a famous writer in The Harlem Renaissance and decides she doesn’t want to go to College. Despite her parent’s staunch protest, Nora finds herself in Jacobsville, New York, a small town forty-five minutes outside of Harlem.
Shocked by their daughter’s disappearance, Gideon and Molly White are plagued with visions of the deadly south, like the brutal lynching of Gideon’s sister years ago. As the couple embark on a frightening and gut wrenching search for Nora, they are each stalked by their own traumatic past. Meanwhile, Nora learns that the North is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Can Gideon and Molly overcome their disturbing past in time to find their daughter before it’s too late?

Coming July 15, 2017

https://www.yecheilyahysrayl.com/

 

 

“The author really did her research, touching on the feud between Zora and Langston over a play written by both, but only Zora was given credit. The way she wove Nora into the middle of the feud was genius. It was reminiscent of Forrest Gump a bit.(That, in my world is a HUGE compliment – I love Forrest Gump)”
–          Lisa W. Tetting

“When I finished reading Renaissance: The Nora White Story I actually shouted. I loved, loved this book. From beginning to end. The characters are still alive inside my mind. The setting as well. I could smell the hot soup the girls had or the rain on the hot earth. The dialogue is superb; I can still hear the soft southern accent in my mind.”

– Adele Marie Park

 

“The author did a fabulous job of inserting the fictional Nora White into the historical time period. The story flips between Nora’s family back home and her experiences in New York. It was a great storytelling technique because the reader was able to grasp the stark differences in life between the two geographical locations while realizing the specter of racism existed everywhere. I also liked the fact that the characters spoke with the typical speech patterns of the time. From a historical perspective, it was like experiencing time travel to another era.”

– Colleen Chesebro

 

“First of all, let me say that I’m loving your book so far. The voice (yours/Nora’s), imagery, dialogue, and overall literary style remind me of Toni Morrison’s and Zora Neale Hurston’s. Damn, girl! You’re giving me goals!”

– Nadine Tomilson

 

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Yecheilyah’s books:

 

Amazon US

https://www.amazon.com/Yecheilyah-Ysrayl/e/B00ML6OHFA/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/yecheilyah?_requestid=1134211

Kobo

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/search?query=Yecheilyah%20Ysrayl&fcsearchfield=Author

iBookstore

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/stella/id961269157?mt=11

Lulu

https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=yecheilyah&type=

Author Spotlight – Hugh Roberts

img_4261Welcome!

 

Please introduce yourself.

Hello. My name is Hugh W. Roberts. I live in the city of Swansea, in South Wales, in the United Kingdom.

 

  1. When did you start writing?

Around the age of 12 although, for as long as I can remember. I’ve always wanted to write. Being dyslexic stopped me from writing for many years. Back then, it was a condition not recognised, so there was little if any help for those who were dyslexic. 

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

Life! I love to people watch. New characters are born in my head and a new short story developes. Writing prompts/challenges also motivate me to write. I love a challenge, although some have beaten me in producing a short story. As an early bird, rather than a night owl, I do most of my writing in the mornings.  

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

As a writer of short stories, I write in many genres but, if I had to choose a favourite, Science fiction would be the genre I enjoy writing the most. I particularly enjoy time-travel. In fact, it fascinates me and I’d love to have the ability to time travel. Time Traveller would be my ideal occupation (after author, of course). 

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

I fulfilled my dream of becoming a publish author when I published my first book, Glimpses, in December 2016. My next goal is to write and publish the next volume of short stories for Glimpses. I’m hoping to publish them in December 2017. My biggest dream is to now have one (or more) of my short stories made into a movie or T.V. show. 

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Writer’s block has never affected me. I always seem to be full of ideas. In times when the idea cupboard is running low, I’ll turn to writing prompts/challenges. Looking at photographs also helps get my creative writing juices flowing. 

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Believe in yourself and your writing. We all get self-doubt, but never let it, or anybody, stop you from writing. If you are a blogger, then ensure you connect with other writers and authors by reading and commenting on their blogs. I’ve built up many great online friendships through blogging. Many bloggers offer free help and advice on writing and publishing books, so get on out there and make some friends in the writing and blogging world. If you don’t have a blog, but want to write and publish a book, start writing a blog straight away. 

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.

I started blogging in February 2014. I wrote and published many of my short stories on my blog, but I also use the blog to write about everyday life, music, bloggings tips, and for my photography. I always wanted to be a storyteller and blogging gave me the chance to write and publish my work for the outside world. Most of my short stories come with twists and turns that many readers never guess are coming. My current book, Glimpses, contains short stories covering the genres of science fiction, LGBT, drama, supernatural, horror, thriller, comedy and fantasy. Hopefully there is something for everyone in the book.

  

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Connect with Hugh Roberts:

 

Blog

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

Pinterest

Goodreads

Google+ 

LinkedIn

 


Hugh Roberts’ book:

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http://hyperurl.co/42ou22

Author Spotlight – Mackenzie Flohr

authorphotoWelcome!

 

Please introduce yourself. 

Thank you for the invitation! I’m happy to be here. My name is Mackenzie Flohr and I am a fantasy author through BHC Press.

 

  1. When did you start writing? 

I have always dreamed of writing a book and being an author, but seeing it actually get published? That part I wasn’t sure would ever happen. It’s one thing to start a book, but it’s another thing to actually finish it!

My parents nurtured a love for the creative arts from a very young age. From the time I could hold a pencil, I was already creating pictorial interpretations of classic stories, and by the age of nine, a childhood friend and I were authors and reviewers of our own picture books.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

What motivates me is being told I won’t succeed. I know that sounds odd, but I’ll elaborate. Back in 2006, I was at the airport in Orlando waiting for the plane to arrive to take my Dad and I back to Cleveland, OH. I was working on a scene, which happens in a later book in the series. There was a young girl who looked about my age with her Dad sitting across from us. They asked what I was writing about, so I mentioned a little bit about it. Afterward, my Dad smiled and told them that I was writing a fantasy series, and that I would never finish it. I was shocked, embarrassed and hurt by the outburst. Even as I am recalling that moment now, it still angers me! But that’s where he went wrong. Not only did I write it, not only did I finish it, I found a company to PUBLISH it!

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

Fantasy. I admit I have a strong fascination, or maybe even obsession, with swords and sword fighting. I also admire the elaborate fashion from that time. And of course, who doesn’t like a wee bit of magic?

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? 

I really hope someday The Rite of Wands will become popular enough to either inspire a movie trilogy or a television series by the BBC. In particular, I’d like to see Matt Smith in the role of Mierta McKinnon and David Tennant in the role of Orlynd O’Brien.

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? 

As author Rachel Caine said during a writing panel at Wizard World Chicago in 2015, there is no such thing as writer’s block. There is nothing preventing you from writing, YOU are preventing yourself from writing by allowing this ‘block’ become an excuse.

That being said, I usually look for what inspires me to help rejuvenate my muse. When I writing the first book of The Rite of Wands, for example, I would often play the video game Bloodborne because my series kind of has a bit of that same hopeless atmosphere minus the beasts. I would also watch something with actor Matt Smith in it because my MC was written for him. That particular habit has become so effective that people often joke and say Matt Smith IS my muse.

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

Writing is A LOT harder than it looks. If someone tells you that writing is easy, don’t believe them. It’s one thing to write a story, it’s another thing to actually finish it. There are so many people out there who falsely believe they will write the next bestseller on the first try. But don’t let that discourage you. Don’t give up, keep pressing on, and if someone tells you can’t do something, don’t believe it. As one of my dear friends has said, sometimes in order for something to happen, you have to give to the universe, and the universe in turn, gives back.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.  

The Rite of Wands is the first in a new YA fantasy series, coming out on March 10th in both paperback and eBook through BHC Press/Indigo. It will appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and even Doctor Who (specifically fans of the Eleventh Doctor).

 

Here’s a little teaser: 

One boy…one Rite… And a world of deadly secrets that could change the course of history—forever 

And so begins the tale of Mierta McKinnon. When a horrible fate reveals itself during his Rite of Wands ceremony, he must find a way to change not only his destiny but also the land of Iverna’s. 

Forbidden from revealing the future he foresees to anyone, he is granted a wand and his magical powers, but still must master the realm of magic in order to save himself and those he loves. 

But Mierta is not the only one with secrets…especially when it’s impossible to know who to trust.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Keep in touch with Mackenzie Flohr:

 

Website: http://www.mackenzieflohr.com

WordPress: https://mackenzieflohrblog.wordpress.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mackenzieflohr

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16247559.Mackenzie_Flohr

 


Mackenzie Flohr’s publisher’s page and book:

 

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Author Spotlight – Jill Sammut

jill-head-1Welcome! 

 

  1. When did you start writing? 

I wrote my first books at the kitchen table around the age of six.  Constructed with paper, crayons, and random staples, I even managed to design advertisements for future “books” in my series on the back of each creation.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

My current work is a series of chapter books for tweens.  The books celebrate children living with issues such as anxiety and cerebral palsy while encompassing a diverse set of characters.  Someone needs to tell the story of kids who are not typically well-represented in traditional literature.  Every time I hear from a reader who saw themselves reflected in my work, it motivates me.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

I am currently writing books that target tweens.  A particular child with anxiety who couldn’t find a book with a main character that mirrored her own experiences led to my choice of genre.  I could see myself expanding to other age ranges in the future.  However, the characters in my current series still have many more adventures ahead of them.

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? 

I want my books to help kids see that they are not alone in their experiences.  I would love to write from a warm, tropical island at some point in the future.

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? 

I usually worry at the start of each new book that I won’t have enough to say.  Somehow, the story falls into place and I have the words to tell the tale.

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Don’t write a book trying to impress a certain market or follow a trend.  Write a book you truly love and others will feel your passion.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.  

As a teacher in Flint, a mother, and a foster parent, I have seen many kids who struggle to find themselves represented in popular culture.

A child I have known and loved has battled anxiety from an early age.  As she struggled through a difficult time period, I looked for ways to help.  I wanted to find a kid’s chapter book for her where the main character worked through similar issues in a compassionate manner.  I wanted a series where the main characters were a little different, and lived in a neighborhood where everyone didn’t look the same.  When I was unable to find what I needed, I decided to write it myself.

The Cloud at the End of My Rainbow follows a young girl named Elliot McIntire.  Elliot lives on a horse farm with her family, including her nearly famous little sister Daisy.  The only problem is Elliot is terrified of horses and is fearful in other areas of her life too.  A new friend, Em, who lives with cerebral palsy, makes a bet with her that involves Elliot riding a horse for the first time in years.  Their newfound friendship is tested.

The series continues with my second novel, When the Rain Falls, due out this summer. 

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

  

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 Connect with Jill:

 

My website:  www.jillsammut.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thecloudattheendofmyrainbow/

You Tube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC2o-Kbks8NFBfhijjAnaeOg


Jill Sammut’s book:

 

50554131_kindle-ready-front-cover__-jpeg_6193413Amazon paperback: www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Jill+Sammut

 

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Cloud-End-My-Rainbow-ebook/dp/B01KAOUKJ6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486244381&sr=8-1&keywords=jill+sammut+kindle