Tuesday’s chat with Taryn

So happy to have a fellow RWACer here! Everybody say hello to Renee Pace! She’s so generous, she’s willing to give away not one, but TWO books here. Her YA titles Offleash and Off Limits to two lucky commentors! Here’s a little about Renee:
I have the great pleasure of living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which has a population of about 380,000. Halifax is almost like a mini-Boston (one of my fav cities to visit but I confess to loving San Francisco, CA the most) and sits on the Atlantic Ocean, which is what I get to look at as I write my young adult novels. I’m not a teen anymore but I keep telling those people that I literally stopped counting when I hit twenty.
 
I live my version of paranormal and it’s my reality. I hope you enjoy my worlds that my young adults enter and enjoy the journey of self-discovery many of them make.

*taken from Renee’s website, edited for length so go here to read full version :)*
 
and now…the interview!
1.      Who was your first author crush and why?
This is easy. The first time I read a Piers Anthony book I fell in love with writing, world building and developing characters. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on his latest book or devour his series.
 
2.      What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?
I always knew. I know that sounds weird but I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t creating characters in my head, or building words or telling stories. I had a difficult child hood so writing was my escape. LOL it still is my escape from my busy life.
 
3.      What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)?
Scary but I do use people I know in my books – well their characters anyway – but they don’t usually realize that. I have to have a large pot of coffee to write and CBC talk radio in the background and no children running around in my house calling for ‘mom’ every few seconds.
 
4.      Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…
And the writer tells the security guard listening to his rant while stuck in the elevator how he really used to work as a clown with Cirque du Soleil for fifteen years because his life as a Priest left him feeling isolated and removed from society and unless the guard can get someone to make the elevator work soon a bunch of children at the Sick Hospital will be very disappointed because their favorite clown won’t be able to make an appearance. And like a miracle, the elevator starts to descend.
 
5.      Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other: 
Chocolate  (love)                     or         flowers
Talk        (all the time)             or         Text
Mountains                   or         Beach (always near the ocean for me)
Cowboy                      or         Marine (oh yeah, baby- says ex navy gal)
Wine                            or         Beer (more the better)
Cats (love)                   or         Dogs
Ebooks (love)              or         Paperbacks (1st love)
Pantser            (yes)               or         Plotter
Batman                        or         Superman (flying is cool)
Ability to fly               or         Power to be invisible (oh yes)
Prius (yes)                               or         Hemmie
Follow the rules (ok)   or         Break the rules
TV                               or         Movies (love)
NY                              or         LA (love)
Vampires                     or         Angels (yes)
Fall                              or         Spring (yes – one step closer to summer)
Neat (yes)                    or         Messy
Werewolf                    or         Genie (wishes please)
Tell jokes                     or         Pull pranks (pranks)
Home cooked meals    or         Go out to a restaurant (love but doesn’t happen a lot in my life)


Tuesday Chat with Taryn

Hey and welcome to another edition of Tuesday Chats! Today we have J. Paulette Forshey with us! Tell us a little about yourself, Paulette.
 
J. Paulette Forshey, a ward winning author, lives in a small Ohio town with her husband, a Basset Hound, and a Jack Russell who thinks she owns the place. Her mornings belong to her writing, her days are spent loving her five grandbabies, and her nights belong to her husband, the inspiration for her heroes. Paulette writes paranormal, fantasy, contemporary. She writes erotica under the name of Genevieve Delacroix. At present she’s published with Whispers Publishing, Every Night Erotica, and Smashwords.
“The Estate” release date July 13, 2012, from Whispers Publishing
You can find her at: http://www.jpauletteforshey.com
paulette.forshey@facebook.com
Twitter @ForsheyJ
 
1    1.. Who was your first author crush and why?
 
    Elaine Bergstrom – she answered my first and only letter to an author – later we became friends and still are today.
2.2. What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?
 
     A long one, I started in the early 1990s, with some unpaid but published poetry and short stories. Received my first contract in 2010, for “The Tarczal Alliance”. When I start telling a tale people lined up to hear the entire story.
      
     
 
 
    3. What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)?
 
     Back against the wall. Sweats, roomy T-shirt, over-size red sweater-coat, and knitted purple slippers my mother made me before she died. I love to write at my kitchen table, great light, the frig is near, and I can keep an eye on my family. People don’t even have to ask if it’s going into a book they all ready know.
 
     4. Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator… (sorry drawing a blank on this)
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     5.      Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other:
Chocolate
Talk
Beach
Cowboy
Wine
Dogs
Paperbacks
Pantser
Batman
Power to be invisible
Hemmie
Follow the rules
TV
LA
Vampires
Fall
Messy
Werewolf
Tell jokes
Home cooked meals

Tuesday Chat with Taryn

Okay folks, Kathy Kulig is here on the blog! One look at her yummy cover and I’m hooked. So many great authors, so little time…

A bit about Kathy…

Kathy Kulig is the award-winning author of sizzling paranormal, contemporary and erotic romances. Critics have described her writing as “very raw and hot”, “wonderfully unique” and “entertaining and captivating”. She’s won or placed in a number of writing contests including the PRISM Award, the EPIC Award, the Maggie, the Fire and Ice Contest, and others. Her interest in mythology, quantum physics and the supernatural, and also her extensive background in science provide inexhaustible material for new projects in the paranormal realms. Expect a hot, passionate read with lots of adventure.
Kathy was raised in a small town in northern New Jersey, and also lived in upstate New York, Colorado, and southern Florida. She now resides in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and lives in a 100-year-old Victorian home, which has a garage built of rejected tombstones. Write to her at kathy@kathykulig.com
 And onto the interview!
1.      Who was your first author crush and why?
Ray Bradbury. His stories, characters and worlds totally fascinated me. The Sound of Thunder, Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes and others I’ve read over and over since I was a kid. I’ve learned to love words

2.      What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?
 I took an adult education class in creative writing for fun and the teacher told me to submit my work (poetry and articles) to a literary magazine and they were published. He also said I should write a novel but I didn’t think I had the talent or enough of a story idea to fill a whole book. It took years before I decided to try. I tried a novella and that was published. I wrote a novel and it was eventually published after several rewrites. I was also on my fourth book when the first one sold.

3.      What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)?
I have to have a clean desk every time I start a new book, or at least neat piles of papers. I always write an outline with the major turning point of the book but don’t always follow it. I usually write the last scene first. I have to have a window to look out and a cup of coffee in reach. Yes, people have said that, “You’re going to put that into a book aren’t you?” My sister asked me once, NOT to put an event into a book. One gentleman kept asking me to put him in a book, so I did. Then I killed him off.

4.      Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…

The clown gives the priest and odd look. “What are you doing here?”

“I got a text message that someone was looking for pastors as the Lord’s worker.”

“What’s a clown doing here?” the priest asked.

“I’m a jester, not a clown. I got a test message that said someone was looking for jesters for porn actors. Hmmm. I hate when text messages auto-correct. Sorry, but I think one of us got the wrong message.”

Both the priest and clown/jester stared at the writer. “What are you here for?” the clown asked.

The writer continued to scribble frantically in a notebook, then finally looked up smiling. “I’m here to write a screenplay for a porno flick that happens to have a clown and a priest in it.”

5.      Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other: 
Chocolate              or         flowers
Talk                             or         Text
Mountains                   or         Beach
Cowboy                 or         Marine
Wine                         or         Beer
Cats                             or         Dogs
Ebooks                    or         Paperbacks
Pantser                                    or         Plotter(hybrid)
Batman                    or         Superman
Abilitytofly                     or         Power to be invisible
Prius                         or         Hemmie
Follow the rules          or         Breaktherules
TV                               or         Movies
NY                             or         LA
Vampires                or         Angels
Fall                            or         Spring
Neat                          or         Messy
Werewolf               or         Genie
Telljokes               or         Pull pranks
Home cooked meals    or         Goouttoarestaurant
Thanks so much for having me as a guest, Taryn!
Best, Kathy Kulig http://www.kathykulig.com

Err…Thursday with Taryn this week

Okay, there have been lightning strikes, router malfunctions and general mishaps trying to get to you all this week, but we have persevered! And boy am I happy to welcome Lizzie Star to the blog this week. *sorry about the mess, Lizzie, still trying to clean up around here.* Come on in!
About *lizzie
*lizzie made up games and stories to keep her company as a child. So, a witch lived in Grampa’s weather research station and was only held at bay by waving a certain weed. An ancient road grader morphed boat carrying wild adventurers to islands filled with sheep that turned into lions and cannibals.
Now, the stories of her imagination have found their way to paper and pixels. Filled with fantasy and love, these tales take her far from the mundane world.
When *lizzie has to return to that mundane life, she’s *the Lunch Lady* at a private school. Happily, those who know *lizzie have become accustomed to her writer’s ways and just shake their heads when she goes off on some fantastical tangent, asks strange what if questions, or just has to find a piece of paper and a pen that actually writes. One of her greatest delights is to watch the joy of writing fill a friend, and she’ll do anything to help them achieve their dream.
*lizzie adores hearing what you think about her tales. You can visit her blog at http://starrwords.blogspot.com, her website at www.lizziestarr.com or contact her at:lizistarr@gmail.com

1.      Who was your first author crush and why?

Author crush? The very first must have been Beatrix Potter. I checked The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse out from the library every chance I could. I learned to read with that book. More realistically—J.R.R. Tolkien. My sixth grade teacher read The Hobbit to us and I fell in love with the fantasy world. I started the trilogy in 7th grade and by the time I was in college, I read the whole thing EVERY semester. I credit Tolkien (and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber) with my survival of those years! I’m sure my world building skills have improved through reading greats like Tolkien and Anne McCaffrey (my next author crush).

2.      What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?

Until I started school I lived on a farm with my mom and grandparents. There weren’t other kids around except when the cousins came for visits. So I entertained myself by making up stories and acting them out. Then when the cousins did visit, we had some great adventures. Then in high school I discovered I could often write stories instead of factual papers in literature and English classes, with resulting good grades. I used that trick in college too, when I could. So, I guess I’ve always known. However I didn’t write seriously until much later. Getting a divorce unlocked the need to work through my feelings by telling a tale. And I haven’t stopped since then. The dam was broken!

3.      What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)?

I edit on hard copy and I have to get a brand new red pen for each tale. I’ve tried editing in another color—but it just doesn’t work well. So, why fight it?

4.      Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…

It gets stuck between floors and Stephen King climbs out…

Uh…my humor tends more toward sarcasm—I don’t do jokes all that well. If I can even remember the punch lines. And the ones I do remember are not always…proper.

5.      Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other: 

Chocolate                    or         flowers  Chocolate in the shape of flowers

Talk                          or         Text 

Mountains              or         Beach 

Cowboy                  or         Marine 

Wine                            or         Beer  Vodka—okay, wine

Cats                             or         Dogs Can’t choose, gotta have both!

Ebooks                        or         Paperbacks  Again, I’ve gotta have both

Pantser                                    or         Plotter  Pantser all the way

Batman                        or         Superman  Batman (love the tortured aspect)

Ability to fly               or         Power to be invisible

Prius                         or         Hemmie  I don’t know if I could drive something the size of a Hemmie

Follow the rules          or         Break the rules This one I’d have to think about…

TV                               or         Movies 

NY                             or         LA 

Vampires                     or         Angels  Vampyres—only because I’m writing one now 🙂

Fall                              or         Spring  

Neat                            or         Messy  I prefer neat but I’m naturally messy

Werewolf                    or         Genie

Tell jokes                     or         Pull pranks see above on telling jokes—but I hate, hate, hate pranks

Home cooked meals    or         Go out to a restaurant I’m a cook by trade, so I love to go out and let someone else do the work for a change.

Latest release;

Birds Do It!

Blurb:

Macaws as lovebirds?

An avian expert, Birdie Simons is called to help control a cantankerous hyacinth macaw during a young girl’s birthday party. Inexorably drawn to each other, she and single father Garr Logan share an afternoon of joy and bittersweet memories, for Garr’s wife died the same day as Birdie’s newborn child.

Something about Rachelle makes Birdie wonder if the golden-haired girl is her daughter, switched at birth. Then her child’s father returns, dogging her search for understanding and throwing her deeper into fear and confusion.

Ready to move on after his wife’s death, Garr wants the intriguing woman, but Birdie keeps the search, threats and hidden relationships to herself, driving a wedge between them.

Will discovering the truth from nine years ago bring them closer, or forever tear them apart?

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