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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Author Interview with Rayne Golay + Giveaway

Today we welcome to Page to Page Promo Author Interview Series Rayne Golay. Thanks for stopping by.

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A Little on the Personal Side:

  • If you weren’t an author, what would you be?

It’s funny, but some of the time I don’t consider myself an author. I have to remind myself that, yes indeed, I’m an author. For most of my life I wanted to write, but it was not to be until I took early retirement from my job as a psychotherapist. Now I have the freedom and the time to write. Am I an author? I guess I am, at least by Richard Bach’s definition; an author is a writer who didn’t give up.

 

  • What is your all-time favorite book?

Oh my, there are so many books I love. Of those I read and reread I’d like to mention two: Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca because of the wonderful portrayal of characters; Mrs. de Winter’s struggle to compete with the memory of her predecessor. It’s fascinating that  Mrs. de Winter is never mentioned by her first name. The other intriguing character is the sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers.

Another of my all time favorites is Mothers and Daughters by Evan Hunter, the master of dialogue. A wonderful portrayal of friendship, rivalry, deception.

 

  • When you are not writing where can you be found?

Anywhere in the world. I love traveling, discovering new cultures and peoples. I’m at my happiest when I have a trip in sight.

 

A Little on the Professional Side:

 

  • Of all of the characters you have written, which has been your favorite? Why? Least favorite? Why?

My most favorite character is without hesitation Leini in THE WOODEN CHAIR. While writing the book, she settled in my heart and my mind. She made herself at home and guided me through the entire process of writing the book. Leini has spunk, charisma, is battling against handicap, neglect and an unloving mother. Despite disappointments, hardship, facing the knowledge that her mother didn’t want her, she raises every morning to face yet another day of difficulties because of her visual impairment.

The least favorite character is in my work in progress, the male protagonist. Since I’m still editing the book, couldn’t I make him more likeable? For the sake of the plot he has to be as written.

 

  • How do you connect with your readers? (book clubs, online chats, etc)

Any which way I can connect with them. Social media is a way, but most of all I like the person to person contact, like book signings.

 

  • What is your thought on eBooks being the new way to read?

For the longest time, I fought the idea of an e-reader. I love print books, the feel, the smell, the weight of a book in my hands. My husband gifted me my first e-reader, and it was love at first sight. Reading is less strenuous on the eyes because of the narrower lines. Apart from e-books being less expensive than print books, the best part is I can carry my entire library with me.

 

A Little Quick Fire:

*When it comes to books*

 

Good Guys or Bad Guys? Good guys, but also not so bad guys.

Fiction or Non-Fiction? I’m very eclectic so I like both

Handwritten or PC typed? PC typed

Cozy Nook or Outdoors Oasis? I don’t really care as long as I can read. At night in bed is great.

Happily Ever After or Nail-biter? Nail-biter

Writing or Reading? They’re interchangeable

 

*When it comes to you*

Ice Cream or Cake? You won’t believe this: cheese, real Swiss or French cheese. I don’t really like sweets.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Again, cheese.

Coffee or Tea? Both, but decaf

Dress Up or Dress Down? Depends on the occasion. Dressing up is fun.

Barefoot or Shoes? Shoes, shoes, shoes!

Cook or Order Out? How about a restaurant?

 

Online Presence:

Website: My website

Facebook: Facebook

Twitter:  Twitter

Goodreads: Goodreads

Additional links:  My blog

Reviews

 

1 LIFE IS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

2 THE WOODEN CHAIR

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We have a mobi version of The Wooden Chair available! This giveaway will run for a week! Enter here: http://bit.ly/1fBgrMt


Author Interview with Kara Barney

Today we welcome Kara Barney to Page to Page Promo Author Interview Series. Thanks for stopping by Kara!

 

A Little on the Personal Side: 

  • If you weren’t an author, what would you be? My dream job would be to be an editor for a publishing house. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree for this one!
  • What is your all-time favorite book? 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is my favorite, and has been for many years. The chapter with the characters trapped under the icecaps is one of the best plot devices ever, because Jules Verne pulls us into an unlikely situation and makes it completely plausible. The fear, courage and suffering they feel is the same fear, courage and suffering that we feel. I still get shivers up my spine when I read it, and I’ve read the book in full at least five times.
  • Books and writing aside, what’s one of your favorite things about your life or yourself? Sometimes I’m surprised by how much I’ve done with my life already, and I’m just getting started! Publishing a book, travelling, checking off my bucket list…You take a look back at where your life was five years ago, and this moment now is never where you expected to be, but that’s not a bad thing, it’s just something to take in stride. I enjoy change; I find it invigorating, captivating and amazing.

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Author Interview with Lisa Odom

Today on Page to Page Promo Author Interview we welcome Lisa Odom! Thanks for stopping by Lisa.

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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? That an Author was not something I ever even dreamed of being. That I love to laugh, although people don’t usually get my dry sense of humor.  And people would probably to be really surprised to know that I don’t have any inflated expectations about this project.  I just had a story in me, I felt it was a good story and I wanted to share it.  And I am truly humbled by this opportunity and experience.
  • What do you love most about writing? I love the fact that as  the creator of a story   there is challenge which lies in me creating a character that is going to “wow”  people, and the fact that  someone  is going to read this and could possibly relate to and connect with that character, to me is just awesome.  Writing allows me to really dig deep into my creative thinking vault.  What do you not like? I don’t like when my creative flow is interrupted sometimes for days.
  • When you are not writing where can you be found? Taking care of business for my ecommerce store Poetry Pillows & Artistic Creations. www.ppacreations.com, where we sell beautiful works of art on pillows. I hope you all get a chance to check it out.

 

A Little on the Professional Side:

 

  • Where do you draw your inspiration from? For me I truly believe you can draw inspiration from anything around you, I have a blog on facebook, it’s called Lisa’s Blog or Brave attempt to blog, and I was talking to a friend one day, and she said something that immediately inspired me, to write in my blog.  So I tend to use all resources available to me to inspire me.  A friend, a stranger, a movie, a song, anything around me, I view as inspiration.
  • Has there been a character that has “written itself”? Yes.  Who? I feel like Kara did. She was really easy to write, as a matter of fact when I first began this project and had to think of character names.  Kara was the very first name that came to mind, I don’t know a Kara, but Kara it was, and even though I’ve gone back and changed a few names , and as the story developed I found that they didn’t fit. However Kara always felt right to me so I never changed her.
  • What is your thought on eBooks being the new way to read? For me I still prefer a good old fashion book, when I got a Nook for Christmas one year, I thought,” oh how cool, to be able to read off of this device”, I never read one book on my Nook, there were too many other bells and whistles, on the Nook, the internet, Facebook, who had time to read on it?  Not me. LOL!

 

A Little Quick Fire:

*When it comes to books*

Good Guys or Bad Guys? I always root for the Good Guys

Fiction or Non-Fiction? I like both

Handwritten or PC typed? Definitely PC Typed. I love to type and for me it’s faster.

Cozy Nook or Outdoors Oasis? Cozy Nook

Happily Ever After or Nail-biter? Nail Biter I love it when a book keeps me turning the page to   build up that crescendo, but sometimes I can’t take it, so I occasionally will skip to the back of the book to see what’s going to happen. LOL! Yeah I do that. Hopefully I’ve accomplished that in my book.

Writing or Reading?  Reading.

 

*When it comes to you*

Ice Cream or Cake? Cake for sure, because I love to bake.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla

Coffee or Tea? I love both, but for my mornings I’m going to need my hazelnut coffee.

Dress Up or Dress Down? I love to dress up if I’m going somewhere, but mostly you will find me dressed down, in jeans and sneakers, I like to be very comfortable.

Barefoot or Shoes? Barefoot for sure, when I get home, I kick off my shoes and walk around barefoot.

Cook or Order Out? Not much for eating out too much, although I do enjoy the occasional restaurant, but still prefer to cook it myself.

 

Online Presence:

Website: http://www.TheUrbanPanic.com

Facebook:  The Urban Panic

Twitter: The Urban Panic @ The Urban Panic

Goodreads: James Patterson-Kiss The Girls

Additional links: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101700073779096493731/posts

 

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