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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Interview with Julia Crane!

Julia Crane Author of Coexist: Keegan's Chronicles

Who are you, and where are you from?
Hello, and thanks for having me. I’m the author of Coexist: Keegna’s Chronicles. I’m currently living in Dubai, UAE. Prior to moving to Dubai we lived in TN and I have lived a few other places on the east coast. Born in VA, lived in Maine and FL for a few years. My father was a merchant marine, and I later married a member of the military.

Tell us your latest news?
I’m very excited that Coexist has been released and is available on Amazon.

When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing as a teen. I read so many books writing just seemed to be a natural step.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I finally had the time. I use to run own a small business and having three children there never seemed to be time to write. Once we moved to Dubai I had a lot of free time. My husband and I had a bet to see who could write a full novel first. He never made it past the first chapter.

What books have most influenced your life?
Hmm, too many to mention. Where the Red Fern Grows was the first book to make me cry. Nancy Drew sucked me in and I couldn’t read her books fast enough. Leading me to secretly want to be a PI. Atlas Shrugged I read and was in awe. I could go on and on.

If you had to choose, which writer would you want as a mentor?James Patterson he knows how to write page turners.

What book are you reading now?
 I’m currently reading three indie books. Independence Day by Aaron Bex.  Not Magic Enough by Valerie Douglas, and Moonglow by Charlie Romo. My kindle is full of books I’m trying to read as many indies as I can.

What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on Conflicted: Keegan’s Chronicles. I hope to have it out by Decemeber.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I can’t say enough about the Indie Writers Unite FB group. Everyone is so friendly and helpful.

Do you see writing as a career?
Well, I am lucky enough to stay home so yes this is now my career.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your
latest book?

 No, I learned a lot during the process. It was a lot of fun to write.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Not really, I think almost everyone dreams of writing a book someday.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
 I’m currently writing Paranormal Young Adult books that center around a family of elves.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, I have major tense issues. I’m sure it causes a headache for my editors.
Who designed the covers?
 I found an amazing artist through deviantart.com She was so helpful and worked on it till it was perfect.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I guess finding quiet time to write. I have two teens and a two year old.
Do you have any advice for other writers?  Write, and keep writing. Don’t worry about errors at first just write before you forget all your wonderful ideas.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
THANK YOU! I’m so glad I have had this opportunity to meet so many great readers and writers through this process.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

An interview with Harris Channing!

Today, I had the pleasure of interviewing Harris Channing. She is a Romance Writer who is trying to cut her teeth in the indie writing world. Her book is on sale for .99, so go check it out and post all of your good reviews! 


Who are you, and where are you from?
My name is Harris Channing and I'm an author from Middle Tennessee.


Tell us your latest news?
My latest writing news--I recently released my novella, AN UN WILLING BARONESS
via Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.


When and why did you begin writing?
 I began writing in grade school.  I had a wonderful 6th grade teacher that told
me she felt I had talent.  It meant A LOT to hear that.  If teachers don't
realize the power of their words, they need to think again!
 I didn't start writing for anything but recreation until I was in my early
20's.  I went on hiatus for a while to have kids and care for them, but when
they started school, I started seriously pursuing my dream.


When did you first consider yourself a writer?
 I've been a writer since I was about twelve.  I've only recently considered
myself an author.  Let's just say, I'm WAY older than twelve.


What inspired you to write your first book? 
When I was in my early twenties things in my life were very bleak.  I used
writiing as an escape and my characters truly helped me overcome some pretty
dark times.
 
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I feel like I should say someone like William Faulkner or Ernest Hemingway, but
the truth is, Catherine Cookson inspired me.  Not so much by her books (and
there are some wonderful stories!) but by the way she overcame personal
obstacles to become the wonderful success that she became.  Also, when she was
very old, in bed after eye surgery, I wrote to her and via her secretary she
wrote back, offering me writing advice.  A true lady. 

What are your current projects?
 I'm in love with the Regency era at the moment and am about midway through an
erotic romance tentatively titled, "The Desperate Duke".  After that I want to
write book 2 of my Immortal Protector Series-THE DEMON MADE ME DO IT.


Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
 I don't suppose my crit partners Lori Brighton and Renee Micheals would like to
be called entities, but they have supported and sustained me.


Do you see writing as a career?
 I aspire for writing to be a career.  Right now it's a hobby I obsess over!


Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My latest release, AN UNWILLING BARONESS is a Regency romance.  Here's the
blurb: Three years ago, Chloe allowed her heart's desire to leave her. Now Jude is
back, but between his mother, her father and the Baron von Richter, is she
destined to become an unwilling baroness?


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Just buckling down and doing it!  Plus the critique, editing phase…it's hard to
realize that a book you slaved over, needs you to slave over it again…and again!


Who designed the covers?
For AN UNWILLING BARONESSS and THE DEMON IS IN THE DETAILS, I did!  As a matter
of fact, I'd like to have a side business designing covers for other writers.  I
really enjoy the process!
 
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes, don't get discouraged.  Just keep trying.  You'll never succeed if you
quit…I guess that's good advice in most aspects of life.


An Unwilling Baroness at Amazon


An Unwilling Baroness at Amazon UK


An Unwilling Baroness at Smashwords

An Unwilling Baroness at Barnes and Noble

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