Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Author Annette Snyder Talks About Her Writing


Today my guest is contemporary romance author, Annette Snyder.  Her latest release is Drive Thru

AUTHOR:  Annette Snyder            
BOOK TITLE:  Drive Thru  --  Book Two in the Contemporary Romance, Packard Family Series
PUBLISHER: Whiskey Creek Press

Why don't you start with telling us a little about yourself? What genre do you write in and why?  

I live in a small town, have almost my entire life except for those college years when I lived in a city of 125K, and after that Houston, Texas where my middle daughter was born.   Because I enjoy the atmosphere of small towns and the way that the people always seem to come together even when they don’t always get along, I base my writing about rural areas and the bonds neighbors form. 

What comes first: the plot or the characters?
My characters, definitely!  Once I was at a museum reading exhibit stories about orphan trains and someone tapped me on the shoulder and said, “My name’s Sally.  Write about me.”  I turned around and no one was there but I had this amazing idea.  So I went home and wrote Sally Murphy, my third book and first published.  Many ideas come to me because I get a feeling from a character.  I wrote an essay about my great grandfather—you can read it on my website http://annettesnyder.atspace.com  I ‘felt’ him standing behind me one day and then I got the idea for Whistles.  So I wrote it and he’s since pretty much left me alone.  

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
During the winter months, motivation is a big thing for me.  I’m a heat girl so the drab of winter when everything is covered in ice and all the trees are bare isn’t very conducive to my writing ability.  Summer’s an entirely different story.  I write my best during months when the sun shines.
Did your book require a lot of research? How long does it take to write a book for you?

And it takes me anywhere from one to two years to write a book.  I’m finding, the more I write, the longer it takes me to finish a novel.  My last work that’s coming out May 2012, Respectable Affair, took me a year and a half to complete.  My current work, which I’ve titled Going Twice, is about a quarter finished and I’ve been working on it for six months.  But, as I look back on my work, its getting better as I write more too.  I’ve learned to put new information about the publishing process into my work right away.  For example, I watch for point of view switches and tense changes and try and curb those as I write. With my first novels, I just wrote until I was done and fixed the mistakes later.

Describe your writing space.
Messy.  So’s my house because I spend a lot of time writing and less cleaning. Not Horders messy!  Just dusty with stuff laying around. 
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to travel.  I like going places I’ve never been and finding out the things that the locals know in that area.  That’s why I started my blog  http://annettesnyder.blogspot.com Each week, another author from another part of the United States tells readers about their area of the world and their work.  It’s a great way to learn about different spots of our country and about the writing talent we have in the USA.   Here’s a news flash, Penny is blogging there beginning September 11, 2011 for a week.    
What books or authors have influenced your writing?

My favorite novel is Gone with the Wind.  Margaret Mitchell did a fantastic job of telling a story about a small town girl and what she did to cope during hard times.  Scarlett traveled and changed but she always kept that circle of family as close as she could.  I was hooked the first time I read it in high school and have read it twenty times since.

What so you see for the future of publishing and e-books?
E-books are huge and with the convenience of E-readers, the industry is going to flourish. They’ve started putting textbooks in e-format.  The cost savings alone for publishing without having the cost of printers and such is saving publishers and our ecosystem.  And to download a book in a few minutes instead of driving all over looking for it?  The internet has changed the way people read and its going to keep going.  There will still be paper copy books that I’ll have to have.  Those special titles that I just have to have on my shelf will always mean something to me.  For me, an e-copy of Treasure Island isn’t as special as the hardcover copy I found at a garage sale for a dollar…it’s a very early printing and it’s got that feel to it when I pick it up.  Can’t do that with an e-book. 

What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
To be good at anything, you must practice.  If you read my first released novel, compared to the latter ones, you’ll be able to tell the difference in the quality of my work.  My characters have always been compelling but as I write and learn more about technique, my work gets better.  And also that its true what the big authors say about luck and perseverance—I’m finding that out.

Where can people learn more about you and your work?
My website has all my current information—purchase links, latest events and a way to contact me. Visit http://annettesnyder.atspace.com   Also, you can find out more at my blog as well as learn about other amazing talent  http://annettesnyder.blogspot.com



Blurb:  Economics shouldn’t play a part in love. For Marie Packard, fast food worker and single mom, it does.  Will her choice be financial security with debonair, action film star, Ellis Donifan or emotional happiness with Ben Sutter, appealing limousine driver? 


Monday, August 29, 2011

Dark, Erotic Paranormal Romance!




Today's guest is Lisa Beth Darling, author of the dark, erotic paranormal romance, The Heart of War.
The Heart of War
An Adult Novel by
Lisa Beth Darling
Book Details:
Title: The Heart of War
Author: Lisa Beth Darling
ISBN:978-0615424682
Pages: 516
Publisher Moon Mistress Publishing USA
Genre: DARK Erotic Paranormal Romance

      1.  Why don't you start with telling us a little about yourself? What genre do you write in and why?
LBD: I'll be 45 come October, married 25 years (to the same man), we have two adult daughters, and still live in my hometown.  I used to call my genre "Horror/Romance"—well that was back in the 80s before "Paranormal Romance" came to be—the stories tend to be for adults who like to take a ride on the wilder side of life.

  1. Tell me about your current book which you are promoting.
    LBD: "The Heart of War" centers around Ares God of War and Magdalena MacLeod a half-Fey and half-Human woman.
    When we first meet Ares he's been in exile from Olympus for quite some time, most of the other Gods that once freely roamed this world are gone, and even though he keeps a stable of 8 women around him (and a handful of guards) he's really all alone in this world. That makes him very grumpy.  Then he meets Alena and things begin to change for him.  At first, she simply presents him with a puzzle; who is she, where did she come from, what does she want.  Once he realizes she's on the run from Cernunnos and might know something about the death of Artemis, Ares wants to use her so that he can get back to Olympus and reclaim his place.  Then he realizes, as much as he wants back what's his, he wants her more and he can't turn her over to the Olympians when they demand to have her.
That's where the fun really begins, the Olympians are so divinely dysfunctional that they're a hoot to work with and play around with.  We've got battling Gods and Druids and backstabbing Olympians and sex, lots and lots of sex.  Well, with Ares…can you blame me? He's HOT.

  1. Do you outline before you write? If not, what’s your initial process?
    LBD: I used to.  It was so bad, I had little scraps of paper EVERYWHERE with scrawled  notes written on them.  I don't do that anymore. I don't outline a single thing, I found that whole process was actually a hindrance to my creativity.  I spent more time trying to figure out what I'd scrawled down than I did writing.  I've found the best way to start a story is just to sit down and start it then let it take me wherever it wants to go.

  1. What comes first: the plot or the characters?
    LBD: A character pops up in my head, introduces themselves, tells me they have a story to tell and then we sit down and tell it.
       5.     Which of your characters do you love/hate/fear/pity the most and why?
LBD: Ares…on all levels.  I admit, I don't pity him so much anymore, he's grown up quite a bit!  I've worked with this character for about 16 years now, used him in all different types of stories but this is the first story he's 'starred' in—although he's always been quite the scene stealer.  I love him because he's everything I want in a man; tall, dark, handsome, powerful, aggressive, sexy as hell, and very intelligent. I hate him because he's a bit "old fashioned" (like 1000 bc 'old fashioned') in a lot of ways when it comes to the roles of men and women in relationships, and he's moody, and arrogant as all get out but not without reason. I fear him because, well, he's the God of War and I piss him off…well that just wouldn't be good for me.

  1. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
    LBD: Getting the time.  That's almost always the hardest part. I'm a wife and a mom, even though my daughters are adults they still live at home and they always want something. They never hesitate to just walk right in on me while I'm writing, plop themselves down in the chair, and stare at me until I acknowledge their presence then ask for me money or a ride or something.
      7.     Did your book require a lot of research? How long does it take to write a book for you?
LBD: I started "The Heart of War" in February, 2010, finished the rough draft in mid-July, 2010 and the edits were done by October, 2010 and it was on the market in November, 2010.  Not too bad for a 500 page novel.  I didn't do too much research just for this book as I've been doing a lot of Greek Mythology over the years and was fairly versed in what we were doing and where we were going.  I did look up a few odd facts here and there, I love finding things that I can play with or expand on and take poetic license with.

  1. Describe your writing space.
    LBD: My office is small, maybe 8x8, my desk takes up most of the space.  It's a huge wooden desk from the 1930s with all kinds of drawers and neat stuff.  On it, right in front of me, always sits my first letter from Stephen King, a picture of my Grandfather, two candles, incense, and 'Peanut' from Jeff Dunham. The walls are decorated with my photography. There's a huge steamer trunk in the corner filled with all types of family history and memorabilia and a large 5 shelf glass and wood bookcase that houses my Stephen King collection along with books by friends and research books.
  2. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
    LBD: This time of year I'm out in the yard. I used to do a big vegetable garden but we've had too much trouble with deer, rabbits, ground hogs, and many other critters.  These days I garden in pots on the deck and in an old row boat that's in front of the house. My cucumbers have done very well this year, I have two pots and they've given me over a dozen cucumbers.  My tomatoes are starting to ripen and we just had our first one last night. I love a fresh tomato right off the vine.

      10.  What so you see for the future of publishing and e-books?
LBD: In the fall when my local Borders closes there won't be a brick and mortal bookstore within 20 miles of my house.  At least 90% of my sales are e-books. I would say that the field is wide open and in the e-book market, heavily embedded in the e-book market, is where any author needs to be. 


  1. What are your current books out right now and what are the books coming up for release? LBD:  Books currently on the market are "Dream Weaver", a contemporary suspense/thriller romance novel, "The Limikkin" a short horror/erotica story, and "The Shame of Eminent Domain-Fort Trumbull" a photography book.  Mass market release of "Child of War-A God is Born" Part I of the II Part sequel to "The Heart of War" is slated for 10/31/11 with Part II "Child of War-Rising Son" slated for 12/31/11.  The last novel in the "Of War" series is "Spoils of War" which will release some time late in 2012. 
       12.  Where can people learn more about you and your work?
They can visit my site http://www.moonsmusings.com/lbdarling or they can come along for the wacky ride that is my life by reading my blog http://lbdarling.wordpress.com



What are your current books out right now and what are the books coming up for
release?
LBD:  Although I've written 11 novels and 30+ short stories, I only have three books on the market at the moment:
"Dream Weaver", is my first (and probably only) shot at writing a contemporary romance novel, it still has an edge as it centers around a stalker on movie set but it's still very mainstream.
"The Limikkin", is a short quick read and a different take on the old werewolf story
"The Heart of War" is my latest novel and the one we've been discussing here.


Where can people learn more about you and your work?
They can visit my site http://www.moonsmusings.com/lbdarling or they can come along for the wacky ride that is my life by reading my blog http://lbdarling.wordpress.com



Blurb: Inside the Heart of every Warrior breathes the Soul of a Hero--even within The Heart of War.
Meet Ares God of War, the greatest Warrior the world has ever known. He's moody, grumpy, dominant, ravenously sexual, and above all, built like a Greek God.

Suspected of killing his Daughter in-Law, Psyche, and long in exile from Olympus, the solitude of Ares' secluded Greek Isle is interrupted when Magdalena MacLeod a plucky little Fey washes up on his shore after believing she's been shipwrecked. It's not mere fate that has brought the unlikely couple together yet it may be what tears them apart.

Branded with a golden chastity belt bearing the mark of Cernunnos, Celtic God of the Forest and Death, Alena has been on the run from her husband the Great Horned God for 200 years.

When the Olympians discover her presence on Ares' island, they send Apollo to the island while Ares is away with orders to bring her to Olympus. With nowhere to run and strikes a bargain with the God of War--her virginity for his protection.

Ares sees a sweeter deal; her in his bed and himself back in his rightful place on Olympus among the Gods. If it means turning Alena over to Zeus afterward, well that's of no consequence to him...is it?

After Alena proves herself to the God of War in battle and in his bed, the Ares must choose between his Divinely Dysfunctional Family, his pride, and Alena.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Interview and Contest - Erotic Romance Author, Danielle Ravencraft


Today's guest is MuseItHot Publishing, erotic romance author, Danielle Ravencraft. Danielle's book, A Trace of Love, is her most current release.

Danielle  is giving away one free PDF copy of "A Trace of Love" to a lucky commenter. Please include your name and email address in your comment for a chance to win.

AUTHOR:  Danielle Ravencraft
BOOK TITLE:  A Trace of Love
PUBLISHER:  Muse It Hot Publishing
BUY LINK:  http://museithotpublishing.com/

1. Why don't you start with telling us a little about yourself? What genre do you write in and why?
I grew up all around the Chicago area, but moved to Wisconsin with my family in 2008. It took a while to adjust to the slow pace of country living. Right now I live smack-dab in the middle of a corn field, some where between the Oberweis dairy farm and the Swiss Valley dairy farm.

I write Contemporary Erotic Romance with a heavy focus on the sensuality and emotional effects of falling in love. That doubt that sometimes makes couples wonder if they’re right for each other comes into play in a lot of my writings. In my opinion, the world already has enough problems and magic to make some good stories with out adding other elements. The contemporary theme allows me to focus on the characters’ personal problems as they fight to be together.

2. Tell me about your current book which you are promoting.
The book is titled A Trace of Love and is a short story about a young woman named Ophelia who runs into her old high-school crush seven years after they’ve graduated. He didn’t notice her in high school, but he finds her irresistible now. Ophelia decides to have a little fun with him, but everything backfires as they fall for each other.

3. How long have you been writing?
Oh, I wish I could say I’ve been a writer all my life. In a small way, that’s true. I wrote poetry as a teenager, and I loved any reading or writing assignment given by my English teachers. But the thought of writing fiction professionally didn’t occur to me until 2009. But even then, I didn’t try writing erotica until about eight months ago. Turned out I had a knack for writing steamy scenes. My friends loved it and so did my editor!

4. What got you interested in writing, and what inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always had fictional characters and stories inside me. I love to read and would devour anything I could get my hands on. I’m positive it was my love for books that carried me to this point. The reason I actually sat down and put pen to paper in 2009 was because I lost my job and was dealing with some heavy emotions that had to come out. Usually when I feel like that, I write a poem. But that time, the words just wouldn’t stop flowing. I realized then that I really wanted to be an author.

A Trace of Love was inspired by a dream that stayed with me long after I woke up. The dream was about Ophelia and her sadness. When I sat down to write A Trace of Love, I had to ask Ophelia why she was so sad. Her answer is what fueled the story.

5. Do you outline before you write? If not, what’s your initial process?
Yes! I would be so lost without my outlines and notes. But I pants a lot, too. For me, an outline is like a map, but how many stops I take on the way to the final destination is up to my characters to decide.

6. What comes first: the plot or the characters?
Always the characters. They come to me at random throughout the day, but mostly while I’m trying to sleep. They whisper tiny ideas into my ear until I get excited and have to write about them. Like Ophelia, I end up having to sit them down and chat with them to get the whole story.

7. Which of your characters do you love/hate/fear/pity the most and why?
I love all my characters, but I really love the hero, Trace. He’s such a sweetheart. I pity Ophelia and the burden she carries, but I know she’s a strong woman will do the right thing.

8. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Writing A Trace of Love really wasn’t bad, lol. I had a harder time waiting for my turn with the editor and cover artist, but only because I was so excited to get going.

9. Did your book require a lot of research? How long does it take to write a book for you?
A Trace of Love didn’t require much research. I kept the setting urban and wrote it based on places I’ve been to in the past. The amount of time it takes for me to write the first draft varies from story to story and depends on the length and complexity of the plot. Once the first draft is out of the way, editing and re-writing goes pretty smoothly.

10. What are some of the challenges in your writing process?
Forcing the brain to be creative on cue is a challenge. There are some days when the words flow flawlessly onto the page, but then there are several days where I have to chain myself to my computer and force myself to type one excruciating sentence at a time. I always keep the end result in mind and that motivates me.

11. Describe your writing space.
Oh, it’s clean but cluttered. I actually tore apart my old desk one day because it ran out of space. I made a new one out of a table top and a filing cabinet. My dogs like to lay underneath and tickle my toes while I write.

12. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When you live in the north, what you do for fun depends on the weather. My dogs love to be outside rain, sun, or snow, but their mom is more active when the sun’s out, LOL. I love to people-watch and hang out downtown. I’ll take my dogs for walks around the lake or to the park and then sit in the grass with a cup of coffee. I’m a huge fan of museums, good food and music so I’m pretty much on cloud nine when ever I go to Chicago.

13. What books or authors have influenced your writing?
Oh, I’ve read everything from Dr. Seuss to Charlaine Harris as well as Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, F. Scott Fitzgerald and the like. I seriously will read anything you give me. All that reading has definitely influenced me. When you read as wide a range as I do, you start to notice which elements work and which don’t.

14. What do you see for the future of publishing and e-books?
E-books are here to stay. They are the future of the writing industry just as surely as the iPod or Smart Phone. I don’t think traditional print will become obsolete in my life time, but I do think they better get on the digital wagon if they want to stay in business.

15. What are your current books out right now and what are the books coming up for
release?
A Trace of Love is my debut and is the first of a three-part mini series. I’m currently working on the sequel, A Trace of Passion, which will be followed by A Trace of Hope. I’m also working on a Paranormal Erotic Romance novella called Orion.

16. What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
Take as many workshops as possible, learn as much as you can and apply it. The writing industry is huge and changes fast. If you can, build up a fan base now. But most of all, don’t lose sight of why you became a writer. Write from the heart and believe in yourself.

17. Where can people learn more about you and your work?
Visit my website at http://RavencraftRomance.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001945110340  Email:  Danielle_Ravencraft@yahoo.com
Don’t be shy about emailing me, I love to hear from fans. It might take me a while, but I answer every email.



Blurb for A Trace of Love

Ophelia Martinez has a chance encounter with internationally famous rock-star, Trace Curtis. To Ophelia, Trace will always be the charming boy she met in high school. They share one night together in which Trace falls in love with Ophelia. But Ophelia knows she can’t continue to live in the past, at least not with the secret that haunts her present.



Excerpt for A Trace of Love

Ophelia sat in her favorite spot in the entire world; the little bar in the very back of The House of Blues. Usually The House of Blues featured local bands; everything from Soul to Bluegrass. She couldn’t say why she loved it there. It wasn’t the music or the booze or the way reality seemed to evaporate in the dim lighting. But it was, nonetheless, her heaven.

Today was one of those rare occasions when the venue starred an international band, which meant The House of Blues was packed to the brim. The concert ended and the throngs of fans made their way to the exit. The bartender winked and handed her another beer. He knew Ophelia by name and always let her linger until they locked up.

Ophelia blinked as the lights brightened. Plastic cups, spilled beverages, straws, napkins, glow sticks, promotional fliers and the occasional bra littered the floor. A smile inched across her lips. Molten Silk put on a good show.

Other than the bartender, bouncer, stage crew and broom boy, The House of Blues was empty and eerily silent. The guys worked quickly, ignoring Ophelia as she nursed the last sip of her drink. The worst part of the day approached; the part where she would have to go home to an empty apartment.

Laughter broke the silence as five men walked out on stage, holding bottles of something alcoholic. “Oi! Is the bar still open?” one of them shouted. The bartender nodded. “Bring us a round over here, mate!”

Ophelia ducked her head, watching the men from the corner of her eye. They were Molten Silk, the band. They looked different in normal lighting, like regular people in ridiculous Goth costumes, but she was positive it was really them. Heat rushed to her face and she looked away.

“I’m goin’ for a smoke,” said an unmistakable voice. Ophelia didn’t want to turn around
and stare, but she couldn’t help peeking over her shoulder. Trace Curtis, the lead singer, headed for the door with a cigarette bobbing between his lips, lighter ready in his hand. She held her breath as he passed by, just inches behind her. She knew him back when he was Mathew Curtis, the heart-throb teen that played guitar for the lunch ladies. She didn’t know why Mathew changed his name after his debut album went platinum.

Trace paused at the door. He turned around and glanced at Ophelia. She looked away, hoping he didn’t notice her staring. It’s not like it matters, she thought. He’s just going to keep right on walking out the door.

“Do I know you?”

Ophelia jumped. She turned and came face to face with Trace Curtis. A small bout of panic took her mind. Should she tell him they went to high school together? She doubted it would help. They were just as much strangers in high school as they were in adulthood and it would be best to keep it that way. She shook her head.

He leaned against the bar counter. “Are you sure?”

Ophelia smiled. “I think I would remember if we met before.”

Trace wet his lips. “Have a drink with me?”

She looked at her empty beer bottle. What harm could another beer do? “Sure.”

Grinning, Trace snapped his fingers and ordered two more beers. He took a seat and looked Ophelia over, letting his eyes linger just long enough to make her blush. “I could swear I’ve seen you before.”

She shrugged. “Maybe you have. I come here every weekend.” But Trace didn’t look convinced.

“Oi, Trace! We’re going bar hopping, mate! Come on.”

Well, that’s the end of that, thought Ophelia.

But Trace didn’t move, except to wave his band mates away. “You guys go ahead; I’ll meet you back at the hotel later.”

The guys made cat-calls aimed at Ophelia, her cheeks burned scarlet.

“Sorry about them,” Trace mumbled, scowling at his friends as they left. He reached for his beer at the same time Ophelia reached for hers. A tiny shock of static passed between their fingers. Ophelia jumped and glanced at Trace. He scoffed and then moved his fingers so they glided over hers. His skin was warm and callused from years of playing guitar. His pale blue eyes studied her face.

Ophelia bit her lip, suppressing a laugh. Oh, Mathew, you’re still just as smooth as ever; touching my hand, but keeping your gaze above my neckline. As if she didn’t know what he was after.

Trace removed his hand and cleared his throat. “So, are you from around here?”

She shrugged, trying not to burst into giggles. “Close enough.”

He glanced away, looking first at the stage and then at the door. Ophelia winced. He was probably getting bored and wished he’d joined his friends. She shouldn’t have felt hurt. She shouldn’t have cared if he left. He was just one guy. But at the same time, he wasn’t. He was Mathew, her old high school crush. And she expected him to be the same cocky dick. But he wasn’t. He was standing next to her shuffling his feet and blushing at the awkward silence like an average Joe.

At the same time, Trace and Ophelia mumbled what they both thought. “You want to get out of here?”

They blinked at each other and Trace chuckled, his voice as lovely and carefree as a child’s. Ophelia laughed and felt herself relax, instantly at ease in Trace’s company.

REMEMBER:  Danielle is giving away one free PDF copy of "A Trace of Love" to a lucky commenter. Please include your name and email address in your comment for a chance to win.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

MuseItUp Author, Christine I. Steeves



Today, my guest is MuseItUp author, Christine I. Steeves.  Ms. Steeves recently released her intriguing short, Midnight Find.

AUTHOR: Christine Irene Steeves
BOOK TITLE: Midnight Find
PUBLISHER: MuseItUp Publishing

Please tell us about yourself?
Well, I could just copy my author bio here .  Okay, so that’s a cop-out. Well, let’s see…how many years have you known me now, Penny? I’m an over-worrying, super-shy, rambling online Chatterbox who reviews, edits, and writes. I’m commonly known as ChrisChat.

Seriously? I try and stay away from seriousness. Unless it’s when I’m editing my authors.

Tell us your latest news?
Midnight Find is my latest news, really.  It’s my first short story eBook and I’m still shocked it’s happened.

When and why did you begin writing?
I’m 48 this September, so I guess you would have to go back to age 3. That’s when I learned GREEN EGGS AND HAM by memory.  Probably when I started making up my own “little plays” as my grandmother used to call them. Once I learned to write, well that’s when the imagination ended up on paper.

Why? Never gave it a thought not to write.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Never considered myself not a writer.  Neither did my parents or grandparents and from day one they’re the only ones that mattered. Hubby and daughter have always considered me a writer, too.

What inspired you to write your first book?
This one or my multi-crazy teenage mystery books that hopefully will not see the light of day LOL. Again, I just never considered not writing. It’s too much who I am.

Midnight Find came about because Lea Schizas put out a call for short stories based on romance with a twisted ending.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Never thought of that. Guess, in the end, it’s to follow your dreams. Don’t stop dreaming because life can hand you what you want, but not quite in the way you want it.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?  (Has anyone ever realized it?)
Thank heavens no. Total imaginary fiction.

What books have most influenced your life most?
Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Famous Five, Green Eggs and Ham

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I have favourite authors whom I love reading and loved listening to; however, I can’t call them mentors because I’ve never talked to them and had them tell me straight about writing and about me.

However, fifteen years ago I stumbled across a writer’s group – Short Mystery Fiction Society – and found Babs Lakey, the founder of FUTURES Mystery Magazine now known as FMAM. She was the first online contact who looked after me and challenged me to stretch and reach others with my writing. Somehow, after new motherhood, I found Lea Schizas and have followed her around since, what 2006 or at least the first Muse Online Writers’ Conference, if not a little before that.

Both ladies are very dear to me because they kicked my butt enough times that I’m finally hearing their belief in me. Finally hearing a whole lot of people’s belief in me.

What book are you reading now? What do you like, or not, about it?
I review. I’m reading close to 10-15 books at a time LOL.  I’m a book addict and there’s rarely a book I don’t like or can’t find something positive about.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Look up every MuseItUp Publishing author to start. Go over to 4RV Publishing and find a new start there. And, basically anyone I’ve reviewed, LOL

What are your current projects?
Revamping my review site to individual genre review blogs…easier to update. Kicking the idea of starting my own blogtalkradio show…please stop me, that would be totally insane, but the daughter is bugging me to do it. It’s hard to say no to a 9 year-old. Maybe getting off my duff and into the writer’s chair and start writing more.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. There comes a time when a writer needs to let it go, stop looking at it, stop worrying over it, and just let it be. If I said yes then it would never have seen the light of day because we all see something to change or tweak.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Over active imagination and the nickname Chatterbox II


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Sitting my butt down and doing it.

Do you ever have problems with writers block?  If so how do you get through it?
Yup, call it procrastination. Only solution is to sit butt down and do it.

What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?
Reading .

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Louis L’Amour and Mickey Spillane.  Straight shooting story tellers. Clear voices, clear characters, flawed characters, simply told exciting stories.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finishing it. Yup, procrastinated until right up to due date.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I can do it!

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never stop. Stop listening to naysayers, they haven’t a clue what they’re talking about.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you.
Any special appearances or events coming up that you want to mention?
Would love to, but at this time don’t know of any.

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
MuseItUp Publishing http://museituppublishing.com/
I followed after Lea Schizas and listened.

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. - please share your public links.

Twitter: @musechrischat
Christine Irene Steeves – Writer: http://christineisteeves.blogspot.com/
 There will be a few new blogs for reviews, but that’s all being revamped.


EXCERPT:
Walking into the offices of Distinguished Dates was akin to walking in my grandmother's house. Those were my first impressions. Warmth; home; belonging; comfort. A place to relax. For a dating service, their interior designer sure got the at-ease feeling down pat.
Who wouldn't feel secure here? And then there's Marie. Soothing happiness just glowed from her.
"All right, Tina, have you found Mr. Right?" Marie asked, smiling as I returned from their viewing room.
"I believe I've found Mr. Let's See." I couldn’t help but laugh as Marie rubbed her hands in a mad scientist manner.
Joining my laughter, Marie took the tape and looked up the corresponding file.
"Ahh, Mr. 666sxx. Hmmm, now doesn't that sound devilish?  Well he's a redhead...even if it's only growing on his face...and you know what they say about us redheads."  Marie winked.
"Stop, Marie, if I laugh much more, I'll pee myself."  I hiccupped as I sat down opposite Marie’s desk. It’s like I’d known Marie my entire life. Which was just as well since I spilled my whole life story to the Distinguished receptionist.
"So, when would you like to meet Mr. Devilish?" asked Marie. "He's indicated any time, day or night.”
"Hmm, how about the stroke of midnight. Seems to fit with the devil image."
"Sounds good. Here’s to the start of something new...and fiery, we hope. I'll call and arrange for him to meet you...where?"
"The hotel lobby. I'll be the one in red."
"Right you are. Midnight at Desert Dreams."