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 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!!!

Comment for your chance to WIN!!!

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!*

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)
5
     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

Tuesday Talk with Taryn

SO EXCITED today! Two interviews in one week! And today is a fellow RWAC member, Kelly!And she’s giving away a copy of her book! Just make sure to leave a comment! Here’s a bit about Kelly:
Kelly’s writing career began at age 7 when her Grade 2 teacher showed up one day with a box filled with plot ideas printed on cards. It was then she realized all those stories swirling around in her head could be put down on paper.
Not willing to adopt the life of a starving artist (a girl’s gotta eat!), she went to work in the field of property management and commercial real estate, but the lure to write remained strong.
After years of toying with the idea of returning to her first love, she finally bit the bullet and embarked on her new career, waking up in the wee hours of the morning to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard as it were) before heading off to her day job.
She joined RWA and her local chapter, Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada, in 2002, was featured in the documentary, Who’s Afraid of Happy Endings in 2005, and has never looked back.
Her first release, THE OUTLAW BRIDE, is an April 2011 release from Carina Press
1.      Who was your first author crush and why?

a.       When I was a kid there was a book at the library called Lad: A Dog, by Albert Payson Terhune. I loved this book so much that for countless years, I always had a copy. I would take it out, return it, pick up the 2nd copy they had and then repeat the process. If the second copy wasn’t there, I would wait until the librarian put the one I returned back on the shelf. I’m sure they thought I was unhinged.

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

a.       It hit me in Grade 2 when my teach brought this box to school one day and each card inside of it had a one lined plot in it. We each had to pick one and write a story. Mine was – ‘You find a genie in a bottle wash up on shore.’ It was the first time I realized I could take the stories I always had going on up in my head and put them down on paper. After that, I amended my previous plans for the future from Farmer, to Farmer/Writer. I’m still working on the farmer thing…

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?’)?

a.       I didn’t realize I had quirks until I started answering this question, but I cannot have my back facing the door, so my desk has to be angled so that doesn’t happen. I also need quiet, hence the 5am writing time. But I also have to have a big mug of tea, a hot water bottle against my back (it’s comfy, try it!) and a magic bag for my neck. I probably look like an old hag but it keeps my posture proper and my neck from getting sore.

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

a.       …The writer (me) threw the stupid clown off the elevator and asked the priest for forgiveness. I hate clowns.
*okay, second writer in a row to hate clowns…maybe this is a sign?*

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 (ack! I can’t decide!!!)
Pantser                                    or         Plotter
Batman                    or         Superman
Ability to fly                    or         Power to be invisible
Prius                         or         Hemmie
Follow the rules or      Break the rules(I do both – if you follow the rules, they don’t bug you too much when you break one. J)
TV                               or         Movies
NY                             or         LA
Vampires                     or         Angels
Fall                            or         Spring
Neat                          or         Messy
Werewolf                    or         Genie   (less likely to come out of the encounter with missing limbs)
Tell jokes                     or         Pull pranks
Home cooked meals     or         Go out to a restaurant
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Special Monday Chat!

Hey all, Taryn here with a special guest. Please help me welcome Britt Bury! Here’s a bit about Brit!
Britt Bury writes paranormal romance where the immortals are fierce, the stakes are high, and desire can be deadly.
Britt was raised in Corvallis, Oregon and attended Oregon State University majoring in Liberal Studies. When her dream of being a professional karaoke star and Elvis impersonator didn’t pan out, she turned to writing. She currently lives in the Silicon Valley with her brilliant husband, two sons and an obscene amount of fish.
Britt’s first paranormal romance releases July 3, 2012 with Grand Central’s imprint: Forever Yours. Britt is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
Here’s the interview!
1.      Who was your first author crush and why?
 I would have to say Kresley Cole. The first book I read of hers was actually the third instalment of IAD. She hooked me right away and when I met her in person last year, I was so star stuck I admitted to peeing my pants with excitement. Not one of my most flattering moments…
2.      What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?
 Writing is something I’ve loved since I was young. It was my outlet from the real world and how I coped with things. It took me a very long time to actually publish a book though.
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?’)?
 Haha, that actually happens a lot! In terms of writing quirks, I don’t really have any. I am nervous to write in public because the moment I type the word “nipple” I just know the person sitting next to me is going to lean over and read it.
4.      Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…
the writer runs out screaming because clowns are frickin’ scary! Seriously, have you seen those things!? Terrifying!
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
ALL-CONSUMING DESIRE . . .
Izel Campbell was raised to believe she is an immortal Fionn with the magical skills fo persuasion. But when she travels to Scotland to visit her ancestral home, Izel discovers that she is actually the world’s last living human. Forced to run for her life, Izel crosses paths with Kelvin Kerr, the Campbells’ greatest foe-and the most magnificent warrior she has ever seen.
BURNS BRIGHTEST . . .
A thousand-year-old battle chief of the Kerr clan, Kelvin lives only to avenge his father, who died at the hands of the bloody Campbells. Honor demands he kill the Campbell heir, but when he learns that the lovely Izel is both Campbell and human, Kelvin is torn between duty and desire . . .
ON THE DARKEST DAY
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Tuesday Chat with Teresa Noelle Roberts

I LOVE to host people on their release day!!! Please welcome Teresea Noelle Roberts, a fellow Samhain author!
I’m Teresa Noelle Roberts. I write erotica and erotic romance, both as Teresa Noelle Roberts and, with a co-author, as Sophie Mouette. Most of my TNR longer works have an element of the paranormal or fantastic. Shapeshifters. Witches. Demons. You know the drill!

Fox’s Folly, the newest book in my Duals and Donovans witches-and-shapeshifters series, releases today from Samhain. If you’ve read Foxes’ Denand wondered how the odd couple of serious, scholarly witch Paul Donovan and wise-cracking fox dual Tag Ross met, the answer can be found in Fox’s Folly. Las Vegas glitz, a demonic serial killer—and lots of hot male-male sex and romantic angst!

I’mgiving away a copy of Fox’s Folly on my Website, www.teresanoelleroberts.com. Go leave a comment here or on the giveaway blog post (it’ll be obvious!) by July 18 for a chance to win.  Remember to leave a way to contact you.  
                    

What happens in Vegas lasts forever…if you’re lucky.

Las Vegas is the wrong place for an inexperienced witch like Paul Donavan. But he has no choice; his family owes a debt of honor to a half-fae casino owner, whose guests have been dying under mysterious circumstances. The normy police haven’t connected the dots between the deaths, and the owner has called in his marker.

When Paul literally runs into fox dual Taggart Ross, the instant, powerful attraction between them bristles with red flags. Not only should there be no sparks between him and this “hillbilly with a tail,” the fact is a dual couldn’t have committed murder-by-magic. But until he’s got proof, caution rules.

Tag’s own suspicions are on high alert. Magic killed his favorite uncle, and Paul, who senses Tag’s dual nature way too easily, should be a prime suspect. Except Tag’s libido responds to the witch in a way that shouldn’t happen.

Whatever this thing is between them, the raw sexual energy feeds a power that becomes their best hope of drawing out the killer out before he, she, or it strikes again. Until love gets involved, and things get real complicated, real fast…

Warning: Sly foxes, smoky Southern drawls, sex magic, dangerous demons, tacky Las Vegas glitz, and did we mention the hot guy-on-guy sex?

1.      Who was your first author crush and why? Louisa May Alcott. Old-fashioned? Of course—but one of her main characters is a young writer, which thrilled me when I was a little girl. If Louisa May Alcott could become a writer in the late 1800s, when women’s career options were pretty much non-existent, I figured nothing could stop me!

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 always known. My mother has little stories and poems I dictated to her before I knew how to write my letters. For my 12th birthday, I asked for a subscription to Writers’ Digest.

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 having my husband gaming at the desk next to me while I’m writing. I feel less like we’re ignoring each other if we’re pursuing our private obsessions in the same room.

4.      Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator… and the writer thinks, “What if the priest is actually a spy in disguise…and he has to take the clown hostage. And the clown turns out to be hot?”

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

Chocolate                    or         flowers (That’s a tough one, but I’m a gardener, so flowers)

Talk                          or         Text

Mountains                   or         Beach

Cowboy                      or         Marine( Tough choice, but I’d prefer a dashing rogue to either!)

Wine                         or         Beer

Cats                          or         Dogs

Ebooks                        or         Paperbacks (I love them both!)

Pantser                   or         Plotter

Batman                  or         Superman (but I like Iron Man—snarky genius Tony Stark—better than either)

Ability to fly                     or         Power to be invisible

Prius                         or         Hemmie

Follow the rules          or         Break the rules

TV                               or         Movies

NY                             or         LA  (How about San Francisco or New Orleans or London instead of either?)

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
*Don’t forget about the contest! Post a comment here or on Teresa’s blog and you could win a copy of the release! I’m gonna go over and buy my copy now, since I can’t win ;(*