Taryn’s chat with Rebecca York!

I’m pleased to introduce the indomitably wonderful Rebecca York! Thank you so much for coming over to the blog! Here’s a little snippet about Ms. York.

Rebecca York is the author of 140 published books, mostly romantic suspense, which, means she spends most of her time sitting and writing.  Her latest release is Harlequin Intrigue, HER BABY’S FATHER, about a woman who goes back in time to save the man she loves. SHATTERED MAGIC,  a medieval fantasy novella, was out last month. Her Decorah Security series (DARK MOON, CHAINED and AMBUSHED) is at Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, and other e-book outlets.

@rebeccayork43 on Twitter and at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebecca-York/122426234846?ref=hl  on Facebook.
 

 

1.   Who was your first author crush and why.

Ray Bradbury.  A lot of my early reading was science fiction short stories, and his were some of the best.

 

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 loved making up stories.  But I thought I could never write professionally because my teachers discouraged me so relentlessly.  I am dyslexic.  And I can’t spell.  And teachers always marked down my papers for poor spelling. 

So I didn’t even dare think about a writing career until the seventies, when I was a stay-at-home mom with two small children in Columbia, Maryland.  I wanted a part-time job and wondered if I could sell articles to one of my local newspapers.  (Back then, there were five of them in town.)

I approached one and sold the editor an article about a seminar I’d taken for women who were trying to make career choices. (My husband proofread it for me, and he’s proofread all my work ever since.) They paid me $10 for 1,500 words, although it probably took me 25 hours to write the piece.

At the time, the idea of sitting down to write a novel would have been too intimidating.  I had written hundreds of articles for local papers and then national magazines before I ever thought about a longer work.

While I was getting a solid background in nonfiction, I started taking a class at my local community college that was run as a writing seminar.  Participants brought what they were working on and read it—articles, chapters of books, poems, essays.  I learned a lot about novel writing by listening to the chapters of other students and participating in the critiques.  Since I had always wanted to write fiction, the class made me long to write my own novel. Because my main reading as a teenager was science fiction, mystery, and suspense, I started with what I knew.  And since I was still worried about  length, I decided to try a juvenile science fiction novel (40,000 words).

I read my chapters in class, got feedback, and learned how many more skills it takes to write fiction than nonfiction.  About a year later, I decided I’d absorbed everything I could from the teacher and formed my own critique group where writers could bring their works in progress and get feedback. (Thirty years later, we’re still meeting—with a number of the same people and some newcomers.)  It was only after I’d sold my science fiction novel, INVASION OF THE BLUE LIGHTS, that I started writing romance. 

I suppose the short answer is—it was a long journey.

 

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?’)?

Well, I don’t like to get stuck on Chapter Thirteen, or page 13 or 113.  I write on a laptop and take it all over the house. Right now I’m on the “catio” (the screened porch that I built to air out the cats) with Ozzie, my crazy mom cat.  (Her daughter is Harriet.)  When it’s cold, I like to curl up under the covers with my laptop and a warm cat. In winter I also love writing in the sun room surrounded by potted plants and flowers.  I love working at home and stopping to cook or garden.  Because I’m married to “mister travel,” we take frequent trips. After RWA this year, we stayed in California for an extra week.  Before that we were on a river cruise in Belgium and Holland. Our next big trip will be to Turkey next spring.

 

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

The clown is mugging behind the priest’s back.  The priest sees him from the corner of his eye and is praying that they won’t get stuck in the elevator together.  And the writer is praying that they will—because it would make such good material for a book.

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

Batman                                                or            *Superman

Ability to fly                       or            *Power to be invisible

*Prius                                         or            Hemmie

Follow the rules               or            *Break the rules

*TV                                  or            Movies

*NY                                 or            LA

*Vampires                        or            Angels

Fall                                         or            *Spring

*Neat                                          or            Messy

*Werewolf                      or            Genie

*Tell jokes                        or            Pull pranks

*Home cooked meals               or            Go out to a restaurant

Tuesday chat with Jenna Ives!!

Today for Tuesday’s chat we have the fabulous Jenna Ives
 
Jenna Ives and has the typical problem that affects a lot of modern authors — multiple personality disorder. She writes for several publishers under a variety of names, but mostly the reason is to keep her poor mother (who used to read sweet Barbara Cartland romances) from having a heart attack over how sexy modern romances have become! And Jenna certainly DOES write sexy… Her latest release is Snow White And Her Seven Lovers. www.jennaives.com
 
 
 
1. Who was your first author crush and why?
Anne Rice. She wrote so sensuously about the vampire Lestat. Now my crish is Stephenie Meyer. Obviously I like vampires, even though I`ve never written a vampire story (yet)! There`s just something so dark and sexy about them. 
 
2. What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?
I’ve been writing since age eleven, and even before that I was telling stories to entertain my younger brothers and sister. And all of my career jobs have involved writing, so you could say I was born to it!
 
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 can’t have anyone around when I write. I need absolute quiet, and big blocks of time to get in “the zone.” I also write best late at night. Being an author is a very anti-social profession!
 
4. Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator… and the writer comes out with a lot of material for a future book!
 
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 (totally!!) or Plotter
Batman or Superman
Ability to fly or Power to be invisible
Prius or Hemmie
Follow the rules or Break the rules
TV or Movies
NY or LA
Vampires or Angels
Fall or Spring
Neat or Messy
Werewolf or Genie
Tell jokes or Pull pranks
Home cooked meals or Go out to a restaurant
 
 
 
Thanks for coming over, Jenna!

Tuesday with Selena Robins

Hey folks! Another Samhain author has been gracious enough to drop by! Please join me in welcoming Selena Robins!

 
Genre-defying witty, humorous, suspenseful, romantic and s.exy–words used to describe Selena’s novels. A self-professed foodie and chocolate guru, Selena loves to dance with her dog, sing into her hairbrush and write in her PJs. In love with her family, friends, books, laughter, hockey, lively discussion and red wine (sometimes all at the same time). Selena is a dragon slayer who enjoys reading and writing sassy heroines and hot heroes (the ones your mamma warned you about, but secretly wished she’d dated a few in her life)
 

Book – WHAT A GIRL WANTS, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy with a splash of mystery published by Samhain Publishing
Soon to be released on Amazon for Free: Tempted by Angel (Romantic Comedy Short Story)
 

 

 
Without further ado…the interview!
 

1.         Who was your first author crush and why?

There are many of authors that have had a positive impact on me as a reader and writer that had me thinking at a young age, “I want to do that!”

To name a few; Lucy Maud Montgomery, Jane Austin, Harper Lee, Joy Fielding, Mario Puzo, Dr. Seuss, and William Shakespeare. Yes, I was a Shakespeare Geek throughout high school. I loved the wit, humor, plots and even enjoyed the sonnets. It helped that I had a couple of fantastic English teachers who made studying Shakespeare a lot of fun.

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

In the eighth grade I entered a writing contest sponsored by the Humane Society. I wrote a story about two race horses, the Philly won the race and the stud. I guess that foreshadowed my romance writing career. I won the contest and I remember my teacher at the time, encouraging me to follow this path. I never stopped to analyze how or why I enjoyed writing stories, I just knew that it felt right, because math and science certainly didn’t feel right.

All through high school I was involved with the school paper and I also had a lucrative side writing business. I used to charge $5.00 a pop to write essays for students who didn’t like creative writing. (I got busted because the teachers recognized my style and voice, and they figured out that so many students couldn’t possibly be acing the assignments. My business was shut down with the added bonus of a few weeks of detention.) I like to call those my bad-ass days J.

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’m not aware of any writing quirks. I do like to listen to music at times when writing, at other times, I like complete silence.

I’ve had people wonder if something they did or said will show up in a book. Usually though, it’s something I’ve done or said that my husband will suggest, “Honey, I think you need to work that into one of your books.” He insists I should be recording a lot of my comebacks or when I talk out loud or when I get lost in my own city, or a few other little mishaps that have happened to me. As of yet, everything that has happened to my characters comes from my imagination. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. J

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

I can write comedic dialogue for my characters with no problem, however jokes are a whole different animal. I usually screw up the punch lines to jokes. I tried to complete the sentence you gave me, but I really couldn’t come up with anything—especially since I don’t like clowns, priests remind me of nuns, which in turn bring back memories sitting in Mother Superior’s office (hey, saran wrapping the toilets was just an idea I happened to mention, not my fault a bunch of gals decided to execute it) and I’m claustrophobic. I’d rather take the stairs than get into an elevator. I couldn’t come up with an appropriate ending to the start of your joke. Sorry.
*LOL! I never in my wildest dreams imagined this would be so difficult for everyone! I swear!*

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

Chocolate

Talk

Beach

Cowboy

Wine

Dogs

Books – (LOL I can’t choose. I read both ebooks and paperbacks.)

Plotter

Superman

Ability to fly

Hemmie

Make the rules. (Oh, that’s not an option? Okay then, Follow the rules (cough cough)

Movies

NY

Angels

Fall

Neat

Genie

Pull Pranks

Home cooked Meals

Thanks Selena! You were great!

You can contact Selena at…


Thursday chat with J.A. Garland!!!

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Hey folks, have I got a treat for you! The fabulous J.A. Garland is celebrating her release of Instinct in a BIG way! Check out the bag o swag she’s got for one lucky commentor! Please be sure to let us know how to get ahold of you! Here’s a bit about J.A. Garland from J.A. herself!

I always knew I wanted to be an author. (Okay, maybe except for a brief two month period after watching the movie “Top Gun,” when I was convinced that I would make the perfect jet fighter pilot). So I wrote, and I wrote, and I read, then I wrote some more, and when I turned eighteen, I became a…firefighter.
Many years have since passed, and while I am still happily employed as a full-time firefighter in California, I was finally able to get back to my love of writing.
In between being an addicted trail runner, and a consumer of all things cheese puff, I just completed my third book, The Dysus Dreamer.
Here’s the book

And here’s the interview!

1. Who was your first author crush and why?

Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson. This book is a gripping read, one I have hung on to through many moves. Adventure and history abound as we follow several couples through their life journeys. If you haven’t read it, you are definitely missing out!
2. What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?
One year for Christmas my parents bought my sister and I a state of the art Apple “green screen” computer. It was clunky and slow, but I was in love. I quickly learned how to program in DOS, and as the theme of my favorite books at the time, I made up fantasy games where the gamers’ decisions would dictate their story. For example, “You come to a house in the woods. Do you knock on the door, or do you continue down the winding path toward the river?” If the gamer knocked on the door, a whole fantasy world would unfold inside of that house, but if they decided to go down the path, a headless horseman claimed their noggin as a souvenir. Game over. Those little ‘nuggets’ soon grew into more.
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 print out everything I write. Sentences read differently when they are printed, did you ever notice that? So I like to print them out to make sure it reads exactly how I intended. In addition, my writing area must be as quiet as possible. I used to listen to music when I wrote, but then I realized the emotion of the songs carried into my writing. Which can be a good and bad thing. Maybe I didn’t want flowery and lovey when I was constructing that fight scene?
4. Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…
Oh Goodness. I couldn’t tell a joke to save my life! I am more of a plotting prankster.
 5. Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other:

Chocolateor flowers

Talk or Text

Mountainsor Beach

Cowboy or Marine

Wine or Beer

Cats or Dogs

Ebooksor Paperbacks

Pantser or Plotter

Batmanor Superman

Ability to flyor Power to be invisible

Priusor Hemmie

Follow the rules or Break the rules

TV or Movies

NYor LA

Vampiresor Angels

Fallor Spring

Neator Messy

Werewolfor Genie

Tell jokes or Pull pranks
 

Home cooked meals or Go out to a restaurant

Thanks J.A. Garland for being such a great guest. Be sure and visit her at
http://www.jagarland.com/
https://twitter.com/#%21/J_A_Garland
http://www.facebook.com/jagarlandurbanfantasyauthor

Remember to comment to win!

Tuesday’s Chat with Taryn

Today I’m lucky to give you guys a chance to get to know Kimberley Troutte a little better. I hope you all enjoy meeting her as much as I did! Here’s her bio
Kimberley Troutte has been a substitute teacher, caterer, financial analyst for a major defense contractor, aerobics instructor, real-estate broker, freelance writer, homework corrector and caregiver to all the creatures the kids/hubby/dog drag in. She lives with her husband, two sons, one dog and four snakes in Southern California.
 
 
 
 
1.      Who was your first author crush and why?

 

Wow, there are so many authors I admire and think are wonderful, creative and smart. Oh, and good looking. Um, did I say they are great, great writers too? I have to pick one author? Oh boy, I’m starting to sweat. Is it hot in here? I have so many writer friends who are totally crush-worthy. Nobody hate me, okay?

 

Okay, here comes the name—Meg Cabot. I mean come on! She’s adorable in person and so darned hilarious. Plus, she’s generous. She graciously allowed me to interview her for my Chick Lit Chapter and was honest, funny, and wonderful. Yep, when I grow up, I want to be just like Meg Cabot. Love her. And I love you all too dear author friends. Smooches.

 

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

 

When I was in high school my teachers started to notice that I had a talent. I don’t mean just my English teachers either. When given the task to write a three-paged historical essay about, let’s say Columbus, I would turn in a first-person account written as Columbus’ dog. And it would be ten pages instead of three. I was lucky that my teachers gave me free reign to do that sort of thing.

 

In college I decided I wanted to be a novelist, so of course I got a degree in Business Economics and then a graduate degree in Systems Management. LOL. I suspected I would not be a bestselling author right off the bat, which was a good bet, especially since I didn’t know much about the publishing industry.

 

It took me twenty years to get serious, learn the ropes and improve my craft enough to sell Catch Me in Castile.Yes, you could call it a long journey. Not really a marathon, more like an endurance race around the globe. I feel like I am settling into a good stride now. I seriously hope it never ends.

 

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 like to edit while on the elliptical machine at the YMCA. I catch my mistakes better if I print out chapters and step away from my desk. People at the Y used to ask me what I was up to—scribbling while panting—but now they all seem to get it. Either that or they’ve decided it’s safer to step away from the crazy lady on the elliptical machine. She has a sharp pencil and appears to know how to use it.

 

4.      Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…A minute later she emerges with snappy dialogue and action scenes swirling in her head. Tomorrow it will be a monk, a firefighter, and a poolboy in a jacuzzi on Mars. Gosh, it’s wonderful to be a writer.

 

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
Batman                        or         Superman
Ability to fly               or         Power to be invisible
Prius                            or         Hemmie
Follow the rules          or         Break the rules
TV                               or         Movies
NY                              or         LA
Vampires                     or         Angels
Fall                              or         Spring
Neat                            or         Messy
Werewolf                    or         Genie
Tell jokes                     or         Pull pranks
Home cooked meals    or         Go out to a restaurant
 
Thank you for having me!
 
*The pleasure’s all mine, Kimberley! Thanks for being such a wonderful guest!*