Monthly Archives: November 2013

Author Interview with Dianne Harman + Giveaway

Today’s interview is with Dianne Harman! Welcome Dianne. Click HERE to enter the contest for a Kindle copy of Coyote in Provence!

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A Little on the Personal Side: 

·         If you weren’t an author, what would you be? If I were younger, I’d probably be a chef. I love to cook and I love food. I was fortunate to be in a position when my husband was a California Senator to explore entertaining on a big scale. It wasn’t uncommon to have 20 or 30 guests in our home for a fundraiser. I usually cooked five course dinners. It was fun!

·         What do you love most about writing? What do you not like? What I love most about writing is when the characters start dictating where the book is going to go. I get a chance to read and write at the same time. What I don’t like is the interminable waiting once I’ve written the book – beta readers, editors, copyeditors, formatters. That’s when I become impatient. Probably based on wanting to write the next book!

·         Books and writing aside, what’s one of your favorite things about your life or yourself? I love to travel. Meeting people from different cultures, exploring new places, and learning about them keeps me from stagnating!

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Author Interview with Bryce Westervelt

Welcome to the Page to Page promo Interview series Bryce!

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A Little on the Personal Side:

 

  • If you weren’t an author, what would you be?    I am a professional classical singer.  I might be more active with my singing, but that’s definitely one of my passions.   I think this is why I write – I look at my kids books as way to communicate with an audience, just in a different medium (text and pictures rather than notes and lyrics).

 

  • What types of books do you read?  Surprisingly, I read a lot of business books, especially those geared towards creatives, small business owners, and people who think outside the box.

 

  • When you are not writing where can you be found?  In front of the television watching sports. I’m a big sports fan – especially baseball and college football and basketball. I actively root for the Tampa Bay Rays (even though I’m now living in New York) and both of my Alma mater’s teams – Georgia football and Maryland basketball.

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Author Interview with Dominique Wilkins

Today on Page to Page Promo’s Author Interview series we welcome Dominique Wilkins! Thanks for stopping by.

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A Little on the Personal Side:

  •  What three things do you think your readers would be surprised to know about you? I was the top person (only girl) in my Ford automotive maintenance class (so I can do my own repairs); I tell my husband EVERYTHING (he knows ALL of my secrets and yours too! Uh oh); I cry about something at least once a week!
  •  What do you love most about writing? What do you not like? I LOVE when a reader gets me and I often pat myself on the back, when I throw in my twists and turns; I don’t like when the book seems to drag out with unnecessary details (in real life ppl say I talk too much, so in my books, I try to “make a long story short”, then maybe I can start doing it in real life. Cut out the fat.)
  • When you are not writing where can you be found? Yacking with my Mommy or watching movies cuddled up in one bed with the family.

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Author Interview with Gary B. Haley

Today on Page to Page’s Author Interview Series we have Gary B. Haley! Welcome Gary.

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A Little on the Personal Side:

What types of books do you read?

I tend to become more interested in authors than types of books. When I was young, I read nearly everything Edgar Rice Burroughs ever wrote, then did the same with Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov. I also read a lot of Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle and Arthur C. Clarke. I was also always interested in history, so I started reading James Michener and Robert Dallek.

What do you love most about writing? What do you not like?

The part I love most about writing is the research necessary to make what I’m writing accurate and believable. What I do NOT enjoy is selling myself. I am not a salesperson. I know you have to sell yourself to be successful, but I do not enjoy that part. Seems a little like bragging to me. Or like trying to pressure people into something, which is SO not me.

Do you have a favorite place to write?

I do! I enjoy going to the Rocky Mountains to write. I often sit by a favorite series of waterfalls near Evergreen, or far off the beaten path in the Rocky Mountain National Park. I’ve pounded away on my keyboard while snow was falling all around me and I’ve sat perfectly still on the side of a mountain while an impressive herd of elk grazed past, above and below me.

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Friends, Fans, & Followers

Sbooktacular Month went very well. The only downside was there weren’t too many new likes on the fanpage, so I’m pushing back the contest for another month as I’ve recently had a small spike. I don’t think many people who “liked” were actually doing so for the contest, so I’m going to reconsider my advertising for it and continue it out until the end of November. Thanks for understanding.

Also, I have a public profile on Facebook now, I invite all my friends, fans, and followers to come friend me! You can do so here: http://on.fb.me/HuOnMn I’d like to keep my private and public profiles separate. If you have sent a friend request to any profile thinking it was me other than the one attached to the link, you will need to resend to this one to be accepted. I don’t add anyone who isn’t close friends or family to my private profile for reasons I’m sure everyone can understand.

I have officially given away over 1,000 books for free! I am still waiting on a handful of reviews, hoping some will come from my last giveaway, but would love if anyone would be willing to review/rate SERISSA on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Feel free to add me as a friend on Goodreads! I’m hoping to get things rolling on book two very soon, which is one reason any help with ratings and reviews would be great over the next few weeks. I’m about halfway through editing book two, and will soon send out to my editor. After that it isn’t much to revise and post to Amazon! I’m hoping mid-late November since I’m a little behind now that I had to work quite a bit at my day job recently.YAY! I’m very excited about book two after reading some of my more recent reviews, I feel like people will mostly be happy about the interaction between the characters. You wanted more of the boys, you’ll get that. You wanted Sara to really grow up, that happens.

I also pulled out of the digital attic, if you will, the first unofficial official trailer for  Serissa. It isn’t fancy by any means, but you can view it on YouTube.com


Author Interview with Warren Bull

Today on Page to Page Promo Author Interview Series we have Warren Bull. Thanks for stopping by!

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A Little on the Personal Side:
If you weren’t an author, what would you be? I was a clinical psychologist for about thirty years. It was challenging and worthwhile. If I were not an author I would be a retired guy looking for something to do.

What is your all-time favorite book? Actually, this is an easy question for me. My all-time favorite book is the book I helped my father write about his life. Toward the end of his life he decided he wanted to leave a record for his family for generations to come about what he had done and learned. Because I am a writer, my father asked if I would help him write about his life, including his experiences as a combat
infantryman during World War II. During the process I learned a great deal about my father that I had not known. My father died in January of this year. I am very glad he asked me to help him.

What do you love most about writing? What do you not like? There are times when writing is magical.
Sometimes the characters whisper in my ear, telling me intimate secrets they want me to share with the world. Plots twist back on themselves taking me by surprise. The muse snuggles up in my lap and iggles. Hours of time disappear. At other times when the words do not come, writing is achingly difficult. I plug away and wonder why I chose write in the first place.

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Author Interview with A. Katie Rose

Today on our Author Interview Series we welcome A. Katie Rose! Thanks for stopping!

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A Little on the Personal Side:

  • What do you love most about writing? What do you not like? I love putting plots together. I love creating characters, developing their personalities, what they love, what they hate, why they are who they are. I basically love everything to do with fiction writing: from subplots to plot twists. I especially adore foreshadowing! Putting inside a quote, or a scene, a tiny tidbit my reader may not truly notice until later – then that ‘aha!’ moment. What I hate about writing? Not being able to devote myself to writing. I still have a full time job, have mouths to feed and clean up after, and duties a writer must have to BE a writer. Right now, my time to write is very slim. But one day soon that’ll change
  • Do you have a favorite place to write? Yes. My desk. It’s a huge affair, made of oak and dark brown (my favorite wood shade), and almost encompasses me as I sit at it. It just about fills up my office! But when I sit down to it, I feel at home. Comfortable. When I received my iPad as a five year loyal employee gift last February, I would sit on my porch in the evenings and write. Words didn’t flow. I knew something wasn’t right with my writing, but shrugged it off. When I reread what I wrote on the iPad at my desk, the changes flowed from my fingers. Weird, eh?
  • Books and writing aside, what’s one of your favorite things about your life or yourself? That would have to be my boys. Outside of my passion for writing, I have a passion for my horses. They’re the children I never had. My old farts (as I call them: they’re 33 and 31 right now) have been with me for 26 and 24 years, respectively. Tanner and Boss. Cousins by blood, they came to me from the same Arabian breeder two years apart. My middle kid is my true child: Blackjack, (an Arab/Friesian cross) is my third generation, I was there when he was born and imprinted him when he was two hours old. We’re bonded worse than any old couple married for 60 years! We’ve had our issues, but we’re working through them and, believe it or not, still love each other. My fourth boy is new to my family: Alamar. An Arabian gelding that needed a new home. I bought him last January and we’re still learning about each other. As we bonded so quickly, I know we’re meant to be together.

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