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#Author #Interview Yezall Strongheart

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When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have always loved to write and as a child made up the most outrageous stories. It was when I entered a poem into a contest and won 1st place that I had an epiphany. That was a turning point for me as I realized others like what I write.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
This is amusing to me. I am always thinking about my books, past, present, and future. The people in my life know I use them for inspiration, so when I "get that look" in my eye, they know something they have said or did, or perhaps something I have seen going on across the room, has sparked my imagination. I quickly scramble for something to write with and to write on. It hits me at the craziest times.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Presently I have written 7 books. To ask for a favorite is to ask which one of my children I love more. There is no answer to that. The one I am working on is always the one I give all my energy to. That only becomes a problem when I have more than one started. Then the battle begins, which one will get the attention it deserves?

What do you think makes a good story?
I think it has less to do with genre and more to do with the actual mechanics of writing. Spelling and grammar are imperative! Add those senses! Readers want to know how things feel, smell, what it looks like, sounds like, tastes like. Immerse your readers into the story and they won't be able to put the book down. And when it's over they will want more.

Tell us your latest news?
I am working on several books right now. I have a Vampire story that is getting a good start. Politics of Blood. I am also working on another Abduction Erotica, the working title is Behind the Mask. I have just released Lair of the Lycanthrope and hopefully it will be widely available soon. Right now its onBookRix and Smashwords. I have been asked about the sequel for Windswept and I will be getting back to that soon. The other one I would like to add to is Rewind - Portal of Passion as there is so much more to tell!

What inspired you to write your first book?
Before I published it was for my own enjoyment. Now it's like an actor with applause. Every time someone buys my book or gives me a review I hear hands clapping and it's addictive. The inspiration came from seeing other authors become published, and my inner muse saying, "You can do that!"

How did you come up with the title?
Any writer will tell you something's they have little control over. I am Toldperhaps by a little voice in my head (Oh yes I listen to them), or the characters in my book, what the title will be, or even how the story will progress. When you start to type you become possessed...

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I speak for almost every writer when I say, if you self edit, that is bar none, the hardest part. I would recommend to anyone to even have a family member read it. They will see things you won't. We know what we want to say and our mind make up for what is not written. To have another pair of eyes to look over your manuscript is essential.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
This is an excerpt from "Lair of the Lycanthrope" which is my newest release, a romance between a man cursed to live as a werewolf for 9 years and an elf:The sword I had chosen in Van’s armory was more of a weapon of defense rather than a weapon to hunt with. After a few failed attempts, I was ready to eat some fruits and nuts. No real need to build a fire but for the warmth and as a deterrent to aggressive animals was cause enough. I made a small lean-to and sat on a log near the fire. I nibbled the fruits and nuts I collected earlier, feeling quite alone. The forest was very quiet tonight, aside from the crickets and night birds. I stood and raised my nose to the south. If I breathed very deeply I could smell something familiar, this was the land I hunted. I was close enough; I would be home by mid-morning. This lifted my spirits brightened my mood. I started to softly sing an Elven song. To my left a twig snapped, I stopped singing instantly and stared into the darkness.
“Who’s there?” No answer came. I bent down and picked up my sword and put my back to the lean-to.
“Who’s there?” I shouted.
In the silence that followed a soft sound emerged. The padding of velvet paws.
“Van?”
After a few moments, Van became visible walking into the clearing.
“I was so worried! The gunshots!” I ran to his side.
“They missed and I went hungry.” He waved a hand in the air
I smiled, “You have a way of turning up without trousers…”
He raised an eyebrow, “Do you mind?”
Smiling, I put my sword back into its scabbard and scoffed.
“Oh really?” Van exclaimed as he grabbed me around the waist pulling me close.
I pushed against him, “Not here…” I giggled, then side stepped him returning to sit by the fire. “I’ll be home tomorrow.”

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would make it longer. We might have a sequel brewing here. :)

What are your current projects?
I have quite a few as I mentioned above. For the first time I am trying to work on several at once. It's a daunting task. I'm not really sure wich one will be finished first.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
I think the most important thing is try to write in several genres to start out and find what comes easy for you. Get support from your family to help edit and read for content. Above all, pay attention to spelling and grammar, it's the single most thing indie writer's get a bad rap for.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I would like to let them know I write for them as well as myself. I can only hope that some of the enjoyment I get from writing, will be translated into enjoyment in reading. I hope that they use the contacts that I provide to get in touch with me and let me know if they enjoyed my books, or not. Let me know what you like to read. I have had giveaways and I am coming up with some contests in the future so I hope everyone stops by my FaceBook page from time to time and checks it out!

Zylena is a girl who controls the wind but her life is hardly her own. Leaving her small village, she travels with her Element Mate to the city of Tivoltyseeking her father. The trip is...eventful. She is given into the care of dashing assassin to protect her from slavery. That's only the beginning...
The dark assassin, Rueark, steals her reluctant heart. Kaneck, her Element Mate is forever connected to Zylena by their Elements. Who will finally master her?
Come on this journey with Zylena while she learns to control her element. Know her more intimate thoughts as tries to know her true heart. Feel her fear for friends and for herself as the war draws near.

A colorful tale of romance, fantasy, and adventure; it has something for even the most discerning reader.
Links: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0075F8S70 Amazon Author page:amazon.com/author/yezallstrongheart
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Yezall FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Yezall-Strongheart/258172497557176


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#Author #Interview Timothy Brommer

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When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I worked full time and went to college full time. When I finished my degree, I needed a new hobby to occupy my time and explored writing novels. So through a process of teaching myself, doing tons of research about how to write fiction, and joining a writer’s workshop, I spent three years writing The Heretic of the North and beat out many other writers in an open call from Runestone Hill. Before I wrote my first novel, I had not written a thing, no short stories or novels, nothing.

How long does it take you to write a book?
It takes me about a year to get a book written and edited to the point where I’m comfortable presenting it to an agent. However, I spend about six months conducting research and sketching out the plot of the novel prior to writing anything. Snorr’s Saga is my latest example of this process.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I try to keep an eye on what’s currently popular in the world of books. I then hopefully create something that contains some of those elements, but then work on a plot that is different and stands out from the crowd.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written four complete novels. The Heretic of the North was my first novel, which was published by Runestone Hill. My favorite and latest one is Snorr’s Saga. I chose to self-publish that one as an e-book, because I was tired of many reputable agents saying “this isn’t a fit for us at this time, but we know someone will pick this up.”

What do you think makes a good story?
Good characters with problems the reader can relate to on an emotional and personal level. I would also say constant tension built into the plot and tense dialogue keeps the reader turning the pages.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After my first novel was published, I officially considered myself a writer since I was paid for that work.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I guess one message I imbed into my stories is that gaining power always bears a price and somebody always wants to take it away, or there are serious consequences that always follow getting power.

How much of the book is realistic?
I try to make my fight scenes and the injuries characters suffer as real as possible, because I want the reader to know my characters are playing for keeps. Also, in the case of Snorr’s Saga, those who wield frodleikur (Icelandic word for magic) always pay a physical price. In addition, I am a former Marine and a law enforcement officer, and I have been subjected to my fair share of exhaustion, stress, and danger. I try to use some of those emotional experiences and knowledge to flavor my writings.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing books is finding the time to write.  I am convinced anyone can set aside two hours of their day to write, but dedicating oneself to even that small daily goal is difficult.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Failure at getting published is always a hard cold reality. Agents and publishers have “x” amount of time and money to spend on publishing a novel. Furthermore, there are as many writers competing for the public’s attention as there are fish in the ocean.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am currently working on Snorr’s Exile. It is another stand alone novel about Snorr and his adventures, but the events that took place in Snorr’s Saga affect this story.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would probably rework the first few chapters of Snorr’s Saga to create a stronger hook and characterization. Agents and publishers are, and can be, very picky at what they choose to represent. But I also did not write another dystopia/vampire-slayer/zombie apocalypse novel either.

What are your current projects?
In Snorr’s Exile, Snorr and Krym get exiled from their homeland as punishment for all the chaos created by releasing the draugr from its grave.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Practice, practice, practice. To be able to write, you have to write. Be open to constructive criticism. Let  down your ego and admit there are problems with your story and fix them. Joining a writing workshop is very helpful.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
The most honest thing I can say is this: Why do I write? Simple. I want to tell a tale that gives my readers the same satisfaction I get out of reading. If I satisfy you, then I have done my job. 


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#Author #Inteview Lucy Taylor

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PART ONE
1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I knew I wanted to be a writer from about the age of six; my life was very lonely and I used to
make up stories in my head to amuse myself. Also, my grandfather was a writer, and I admired
him. Then a couple of years later, when my mother gave me an expensive (for those days) little
ring, I summoned all my courage and asked her if I could take the ring back to the store and use
the money to buy a typewriter. To her credit, she went along with it. So I had my first typewriter,
which was a huge milestone in my childhood. I’ve been writing pretty much ever since.

2) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I live in a coastal town so I like to walk on the beach and go kayaking. I’ve recently gotten back
into dancing and I enjoy salsa and west coast swing. And I love to travel, even short trips. I just
got back from a weekend stay at the New Camaldoli Hermitage, a Benedictine monastery in Big
Sur that is serene and silent and beautiful.
And cats – for better or worse, my life is full of felines, my own wonderful guys and then all the
cats I trap/feed/foster for The Feline Network, a local organization of a very few volunteers who
work incredibly hard to get feral cats spayed and neutered.

3) How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Of the books I’ve published, seven are novels (including NAILED, SAVING SOULS, LEFT TO
DIE and SPREE) and six are short story collections (including THE SILENCE BETWEEN THE
SCREAMS, THE FLESH ARTIST, and UNSPEAKABLE AND OTHER STORIES).
I suppose my ‘favorite’ would be my novel THE SAFETY OF UNKNOWN CITIES, not just
because it won a Bram Stoker, but because it’s an erotic fantasy, very different from what I
generally write. It’s the most ‘out there’ of anything I’ve written. The title is very personal to me,
because I am a loner by nature and the safest and freest I ever feel is walking the streets of an
‘unknown city,’ where I know no one. The first time I experienced this, I think I was about
twenty-two in Lucerne Switzerland. I suddenly realized that not one person on earth who knew me
had any idea where I was at that moment. It was a great feeling! I try to recapture it whenever I
can.

4) What do you think makes a good story?
For me, the best stories are the ones where, not only is there suspense and revelation, but where
the character or characters evolve in some way, even if their insight comes too late to save them
from a dreadful fate.

PART TWO
1) Where are you from?
I grew up in Richmond, VA, a conservative, provincial Southern city with rigid ideas about class,
religion, sexual orientation, and female liberty. I could write a book (and maybe I will), but for
now I will simply share my favorite joke, because it expresses the decorum-above-all-else
mentality that I was raised with and which led to at least a couple of decades of outrageous acting
out.
Q: Why don’t Southern girls like orgies?
A. Because they hate writing all those thank you notes.

2) Tell us your latest news.
Well, recently my story “The Plague Lovers” was chosen for Maxim Jakubowski’s anthology
THE BEST OF BEST NEW EROTICA and another story “The Family Underwater” was included
by John Pelan as the 1993 story in Cemetery Dance’s THE CENTURY’S BEST HORROR
FICTION.
I have a story “Nikishi ” that will appear in Danel Olson’s anthology EXOTIC GOTHIC 4 (due
out in April or May) and another story “La Senora Blanca” that will appear in Nancy Kilpatrick’s
DANSE MACABRE anthology around October of this year. And I just signed the contract for a
mini-anthology of my work that has appeared in the “BEST OF... anthology series over the years
to be published in the UK by Constable and Robinson.

3) Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes, certainly. People I know, events, places, something I read about or overheard or dreamed of.
I once based an entire character (the minister Butterworth in SAVING SOULS) on a conversation
I had with a preacher who sat next to me on a flight from Detroit to Denver and several characters
in THE SAFETY OF UNKNOWN CITIES are based on ex-lovers. Anything I encounter as I go
through life is grist for the mill; the hard part is being mindful enough to select what will actually
enhance the story or character.
One story that does come to mind is “Girl Under Glass” which originally appeared in BAD
NEWS published by Cemetery Dance and which I reprinted in UNSPEAKABLE AND OTHER
STORIES. The idea for that story came in part from the events surrounding Susan Smith and the
deaths of her two little boys, but on a more personal level, it’s also a portrait of my mother and of
what it was like being her child.

4) What was/is the hardest part of writing your book?
For any book or short story I’ve ever written, the answer is the same: the hardest part is finishing
the damn thing. Because I guarantee you, with anything I’ve ever written, there comes a point
either in the middle or when I’m editing it that my mind screams, “This is rubbish! It’s no good! It
doesn’t even make sense! What in God’s name was I thinking?!” However, usually I do finish it
and send it out and, amazingly enough, more often than not, an editor likes it and it gets
published. So as Eckhart Tolle says, I have to learn “not to take my thoughts too seriously.”

SECTION THREE
1) Can you share a little of your current work with us?
This is from a story I just finished called “Summerland.” The protagonist, Sonya Olendski, is in
the Bahamas for her mother’s wedding and “everything in her life” is about to change.
“The tropical sun beat down on her, delicious and stinging as a keen little switch. The cradle-rock
of the dinghy lulled her. She felt like a turkey basting. Rousing herself, she leaned over the side
and splashed water on her face, looking down as she did so to where the reef sloped away, the
water darkening from pale, translucent turquoise to a rich royal blue hemmed in with gorgeous
coral. A school of orange and white clown fish darted above the clustered antlers of some
staghorn coral. It was as she was watching the fish weave in and out among the skinny branches of
the coral that she saw the dead girl.”

2) If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My latest book is a collection of horror fiction entitled UNSPEAKABLE AND OTHER
STORIES. About a year ago, I had the thought that I’d like to publish a collection of the stories
I’ve written over the years that are my favorites and the result was this book. If I had to do it over
again, I might include a couple more stories–“Making the Woman” from PAINTED IN BLOOD
comes to mind - I didn’t include it because the language is pretty raw and I guess I thought people
would focus on that aspect of it rather than the message of the story, which is about the
psychology of gender and how women are taught to embrace misogyny.

3) What are your current projects?
I’m working on a story for EXOTIC GOTHIC 5 and on a couple of projects for the Overlook
Connection Press and I’m writing a horror novel set in Richmond, Virginia called PRAYING
FOR THE DEAD.

4) Do you have any advice for other writers?
I don’t really like to give advice, because everyone’s path is different, but having said that, I
recommend taking up a meditation practice. It clears the mind and helps creativity flow without
becoming tangled up in the dead, flat concepts of the incessantly chattering mind. Great clarity
can come from a mind that doesn’t ruminate obsessively.

5) Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love feedback. Find me on FB or visit me at www.lucytaylor.us.
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#Author #Interview Deidre Havrelock

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1.      When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Surprisingly, it was a few months after my exorcism. I remember having coffee with a co-worker and I said, “I think I’ll write a book…maybe a ‘how-to book’ or a ‘picture book’…how hard can it be?” Ha! Ha! So naïve back then. With the memoir, however, things were different. I was folding clothes and suddenly I envisioned a book floating in the air; it was a book about my family and about my healing. I thought, Am I supposed to write this book? Just then the phone rang. It was my aunt. She said she had heard God speak to her, and He said that I was supposed to write a book about my family and my healing. Honestly, that happened!

2.      Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I always write about my personal spiritual encounters and experiences, and being a Bible teacher I mix those experiences with teaching – except for Saving Mary– my memoir is told as story. No teaching in it, just the thrill of journey. Of course, you can still learn from journey.

3.      What does your family think of your writing?
  
That’s a tough one. I became a Christian during my exorcism, and so life changed after ward simply because I wanted to understand my new found spirituality. I studied the Bible and learned to walk in the spiritual realm of Christianity. For those members of my family who were not Christians or who were ‘quiet’ Christians (with little spiritual experience) I was certainly a square peg! Nowadays, however, many family members are quite proud that I was able to speak clearly about the darkness I walked through and how I found healing. But when it comes to writing about theology, most family members are just not interested…and that’s perfectly understandable!

4.      What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
Because I asked family members about their own experiences with spirits and dreams while writing Saving Mary, I learned that my aunt Jackie was being bothered by the same spirit that had befriended me. She described the spirit to me and I said, “That’s the same spirit that was in my dreams! It turned out that my dad also saw this same spirit, except he saw it standing in our front room where it actually manifested itself to him, scaring him senseless.

Talking openly and honestly about spiritual experiences really helped my family to make sense of our lives. I think the demonic spirits don’t want us to talk and connect the dots, and so they keep us feeling ‘strange’ or ‘different’ to keep us silent. But really, we’re so much the same. The truth is, I’ve seen demons in my dreams…and so have many other people. So why not talk about it?

I also learned why I once was so terrified to actually get married. (I suffered from stress when I became engaged to my husband.) It seems crazy now, of course, considering my memoir begins with me marrying Satan; but during my engagement, I couldn’t figure out why I was so terrified to get married. When I finished the first draft of the book, I went, “Oh, now I understand!” The book was a psychological discovery for me.

5.      How did you come up with the title?
It’s a funny story, and I tell it in my Author’s Note. Just after my exorcism my boyfriend convinced me to go to a Bible study. I had already decided I would keep my possession and exorcism a secret. (It seemed all just too strange to talk about.) During the Bible study, however, BAM! A woman caught me off guard. She came up to me at the end of the study and told me that God spoke to her. “God told me to tell you that you remind Him of Mary Magdalene—the woman from whom Jesus cast out seven demons.” It seemed that I wanted to keep my life a secret, but God didn’t get my memo!  I didn’t go to another Bible study for over a year.

6.      How much of the book is realistic?
I like to think of the book as ‘paranormal narrative non-fiction.’ Meaning, the supernatural events that I describe are true, and they are delivered as narrative non-fiction. Needless to say, since the book’s a memoir most of it is true. I say ‘most’ because I wrote the book with dialogue and since actual conversations can’t always be remembered precisely—especially childhood situations—it is ‘mostly true.’ The people and events are real, and my conversations are presented in a way that ring true to my memory—and true to the characters involved. But since I have so many aunts, I am sure one day I will hear, “That wasn’t me—that was Aunt so-and-so who said that!”

7.      What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part was simply going back to the dark events in my life. I began writing the book by describing my memory of getting married in the church basement to the man with fire for hair (the one I refer to as ‘the devil’). I thought this the best place to start since it was the most traumatic event in my life (even though it was just a dream). Once I had that event written down in full detail, I just kept going. That first scene was the hardest. I kept crying.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am currently working to edit a non-fiction book called The MotherHeart of God: Biblical Evidence for the Femininity of the Holy Spirit. If the first half of my life is about me living with spirits, then this book is about me living with theHoly Spirit. A happy ending.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think so; not yet, anyway.
What are your current projects?
I also have a book called The Testimony finished that I am shopping around to agents. You can also find me at www.theagentchallenge.blogspot.com
Do you have any advice for other writers?
The best advice I’ve ever gotten was from a friend who was older and wiser than me. When I complained to her that my children woke up at 7 a.m., filled with mass amounts of energy, and therefore I couldn’t get any writing done, she asked me, “So what are you doing at 5 a.m.? I soon found out that coffee tastes really good at 5 a.m.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
The search for God is often the most difficult--and scary--journey of all. But it’s worth it. Oh, and possession aside—high school was still a blast!
*Finally, please include blurb, image cover (attached to email, not embedded into interview), one buy link and one website, twitter and facebook link if you wish to*
“You might not believe that demons roam the earth looking for souls to devour, because most people are oblivious to them. But author Deidre Havrelock is sure demons exist; she's had first hand experience. In this chilling memoir, Havrelock slits open her past and bleeds the chilling story of her childhood spiritual quest. In Saving Mary, you'll read how such simple, seemingly innocent life experiences such as curiosity, confusion, and false consolation, can let evil in. You'll read how forging ahead without spiritual guidance, she allowed her soul to be hijacked. Saving Mary The Possession (Book One) is a gripping spiritual experience that will melt the curtain separating physical and spiritual. You won't be able to put it down.” E. Tomaszewski 


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#Author #Interview Liz Davis

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How long does it take you to write a book?

It all depends on what else is going on in my life at the time that I’m busy writing a book. When I wrote my novel, Chocolate Aftertaste, I was studying, working, and doing so many other things that it took me around a year and a half or so to finish. Tangi’s Teardrops took me in total around six months to write.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I get ideas from everywhere. I believe that there’s a story in pretty much everything. People are walking, talking books. I also take a lot of ideas from life and experiences, the weather, food, the newspaper…anything really. The important thing is to keep my heart and mind open to receive those idea before they fly off.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

At the moment I’ve written two books. My first novel, Tangi’s Teardrops, a young adult fantasy, was published in January and in April I published a contemporary romance novel, Chocolate Aftertaste. Which is my favorite? That’s a hard question to answer because the two books are so different. Chocolate Aftertaste is all from my imagination and Tangi’s Teardrops is partly made up and partly based on a true story. I enjoyed writing both and I’ll have to say that each holds a special place in my heart.

When and why did you begin writing?
I can’t tell you for sure when I started writing. I just noticed one day that I was. Writing is as important to me as breathing. Maybe I started to write when I started to read, I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter how, when, or why I started writing. I’m just happy to be doing something that I love so much.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Tangi’s Teardrops was inspired by my childhood. Tangi is actually my third first name (I know, I have way too many names on my passport). You can read about the story behind Tangi’s Teardrops here: http://bit.ly/wWAjj4
How did you come up with the titles?
Tangi’s teardrops: This title was pretty easy since I used my name and the teardrops represent my sad childhood.
Chocolate Aftertaste: The Chocolate part of the title stands for the town (a fictional town well known for producing the best chocolate in Ireland) to which Nora (my protagonist) escapes in order to find herself, and Aftertaste represents the consequences of the choices she makes while living in that town.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
When reading Chocolate Aftertaste I would like readers to embrace the power they have to make the choices that are right for them. Only they know what really makes them happy. You can read more about the power of making choices and the inspiration behind writing the novel here, http://bit.ly/HEaDMF
With Tangi’s Teardrops I’d like to remind readers that sometimes crying doesn’t have to be such a bad thing. It can be so freeing. For Tangi, it definitely was, in a magical kind of wayJ.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Yes. Chocolate Aftertaste is a story about a woman, Nora, who has a very controlling father. He makes all the important decisions in her life, even when it comes to her love life. All her life she has done her very best to live up to his expectations, sacrificing her own happiness. Until she almost makes a major mistakes and realizes it’s time to take back the control. She flees to another town looking for a new beginning and maybe love. She soon learns that starting over and falling in love brings along its own challenges. But what matters most is that she has made her own choices and is ready to enjoy the benefits of those choices and handle the consequences.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I’ve changed a lot of things already. Right now, I’m finally happy. Chocolate Aftertaste is exactly where I want it to be.
What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on a women’s Fiction manuscript I wrote a few years ago (genre could change depending on the level of editing I’ll do).  The novel is based on a true story that shows the meaning of true friendship between two women. The novel should be available sometime in June.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you enjoy reading.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for believing in me enough to open the first page of any of my novels. I appreciate your support and will work hard to create some great stories for you.
CHOCOLATE AFTERTASTE Blurb
At her pre-wedding dinner, Nora Darkin, the daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur, discovers her fiancé is not the man she thought he was. As her father hoists his glass to toast them, she makes an announcement: there will be no wedding to her father's right-hand man.

Due to the fresh rift driven between her and her father, Nora escapes to the quaint town of Dreara. Determined to live her life her own way, she makes new friends and pursues her lifelong desire of becoming a chef. Ethan Danes, a neighbour with his own broken heart, helps soothe hers.

Just as Nora discovers what it means to be happy, and she begins to fall in love with Ethan, a woman from his past re-enters his life…
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#Author #Interview Rosanna Leo

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When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?  I realized how influenced I was by the written word when I was twelve years old.  That year, I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  And tried several times, quite unsuccessfully, to get into Narnia through my bedroom closet.  Since then, I’ve been tinkering with writing, but have been doing it seriously for the last ten years.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?  Great question!  Being someone who is obsessed with anything paranormal, much of my inspiration comes from that world.  Currently, I am all about Greek gods, and there are so many ideas right there in the fabulous Greek myths.  I take a myth that I like, imagine what might have happened since, and go from there!


What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?  I was so pleasantly surprised at how much input my publisher asked for regarding cover art ideas.  Liquid Silver has a wonderful arts department, and still asked me what I’d like to see on my covers.  I gave them my vision, never dreaming that they’d use it, and they did!  When I saw the finished product, it was like seeing my baby being born!  I love the covers they did for me.  I may be biased, but I’m pretty sure they’re better than the Sistine Chapel and the statue of David!J

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?  I have five completed novels under my belt, two of those about to be published with Liquid Silver.  For the Love of a God will be released April 23, and Up in Flames will be released May 28.  Aside from these, I have at least ten novellas that I’ve written.  Everything from historical romance to vampires to regency naughtiness!

Where are you from?  Toronto, Canada…home of the CN Tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame and the best street meat in the world!

What inspired you to write your first book?  The first (unpublished) novel I ever wrote was a meandering historical/love story/ghost story.  It was inspired by a trip to London, England and a visit to Kensington Palace.  There, I saw a beautiful portrait of a gorgeous nobleman from the Regency era.  I couldn’t stop thinking of that portrait and the enigmatic man!  I began my first novel after getting home from that trip.  The novel began with a woman visiting a country estate, and falling for a portrait of a man who’d been dead for two hundred years…or was he dead at all?

Do you have a specific writing style?  I would say my writing style is pretty contemporary, with a definite mocking, self-deprecating humor.  I love heroines who aren’t perfect, even geeky, and who aren’t afraid to admit it.  As much as I love romance and eroticism, for me there has to be humor too.  My writing reflects that.

What book are you reading now?  I’m reading Lauren Kate’s “Fallen” series.  I love the doomed relationship between the heroine and her angel hero.  Even though it’s a young adult book, I find it so evocative and sensual.  And I love the idea of seducing an angel! J

Can you share a little of your current work with us?  Absolutely!  For the Love of a God is set in a museum in Toronto.  The female protagonist Maia is a conservator of Grecian statuary and self-confessed museum geek.  She pines over a seductive statue of the Greek god Eryx, god of love.  What Maia does not know is that Eryx exists, and is about to become her new boss at the museum.  For his part, Eryx is determined to avoid all women because of an ancient curse that has doomed any woman he’s tried to love.  However, when he sees the awkward, yet curvaceous Maia, he finds it hard to resist her charms. 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?  I don’t wish to sound egotistical, but I don’t think I could change anything.  One becomes so attached to one’s characters.  I’ve grown to love Eryx and Maia and their tempestuous relationship and how it blossoms into a real love.  I think if I could change anything, it would be to have the chance to live with this story a little longer.  I hate putting my peeps away!  And yet, I’m so excited to release them into the world at the same time.

What are your current projects?  I am currently finishing up a novel which takes off from where For the Love of a God ends.  However, in this case, my hero is now the god Dionysus, the randy Greek god of wine.  He’s about to embark on a journey to the underworld, and find true love in the process.  I am also about to start a new WIP about the sexy god Apollo.  I love me some Greek gods!

Do you have any advice for other writers?  Be flexible!  I learned such important skills in the editing and submission process.  Your publisher wants to see you succeed.  One must be open to criticism and suggestion, as hard as it can sometimes be.  Remember, feedback is a gift. J

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?  Just that I really hope you love For the Love of a God as much as I loved writing it.  I hope I can lure you away from your world for a while, and into my world.  I think you’ll like it there.


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#Author #Interview Joshua Merrick

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When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I would have to say that I started making up stories at a very young age, well before kindergarten if you can believe, and it’s only gotten worse since. I have always loved books and have been an avid reader since the age of 3 (mostly because my mother got tired of reading to me and told me I’d better learn how to read for myself). After my elementary years, and the coerced writing assignments we all hated, I became more critical of the books available to me and would think to myself. “I could do better than that,” and I started writing short stories for fun.  My writing has taken many turns over the years, everything from short stories to political essays, comic strips to professional reviews, and now poems and action novels.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I really don’t have a schedule, and I find my daytime hours increasingly spoken for by my wife and children – but my most creative hours have always been after dark. It is not uncommon to find me still at my desk typing away in the early morning hours after a long night of writing. I find too that my work comes in rushes of creativity; sometimes it seems to flow effortlessly while at others I really have to work at it (those parts seem to get edited most heavily afterword). All in all, once the writing is done the hardest part is the editing; usually by this time I have seen the same words hundreds if not thousands of times and my errors no longer jump out at me, and I have to elicit help from my editorial staff (i.e. friends and family).

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Some of my earlier attempts started more as a critique of someone else’s work, but now I will be driving or standing or sitting or working or not doing anything at all and thoughts will pop into my mind and somewhere a little voice will say, “That would make an awesome book, if only…” and then my nights are booked for several months. One of my current writing projects is based upon personal experiences that my wife and I went through, I think that one has proven the most difficult to write if only because of the intense emotions I relive each time I write about them. As for information, it has been my pleasure to make many acquaintances across the country from all walks of life, and many diverse backgrounds – these contacts are some of my best sources, along with traditional information outlets, but the rest of it comes from my own imagination and widely varied experiences.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
The one thing that continues to surprise me in my writing is how my characters change as they develop in the stories; I will start my books with an idea about who and what each character is and by the time I finish they are someone else – they become more full, more real, more alive than what I had imagined in the beginning. My sister (also one of my greatest fans) told me she loved reading my stories because the characters weren’t simply “formula” characters, that you could feel their feelings and get to know them personally, empathize with them and understand what makes them who they are. Either that means I’m still a rookie, or I have some serious psychological problems, or maybe that’s my one distinguishing talent in writing – guess we’ll see what my public has to say.

When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing sometime during junior high, mostly as a means to satisfy my own literary interests, but also I think as a way to express that part of myself that was most hidden. Like most people I was raised in a home where the three R’s reigned supreme (no, not those ones – I’m talking about respect, responsibility and the rod). That is not to say that my books don’t reflect those values, quite the opposite, but my parent’s idea of responsibility was of the “early to bed, early to rise” persuasion, and my childhood responsibilities included a lot of early morning chores, paper routes, farm work and the like – not much time for daydreaming. Of course, being and insomniac was probably a contributing factor in my writing, because I still find myself up at all hours writing on my latest book after a long day at work.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In the dedication of my first published work, Wrong Way Street, I wrote, “There are times in life when we all feel as if we were going the wrong way down on a one way street.  It isn’t necessarily that we are traveling in the wrong direction, sometimes we are merely on the wrong path.  This book is dedicated to those who are struggling to find their direction.  Life is indeed a one way street, but each life and each path is unique.  May you find your path – and may you travel it well.” Sometimes the hardest part in life is to find our direction, that purpose we dedicate ourselves to that really defines us and gives us the opportunity to show what we’re made of. Of course, the title also refers to those who routinely go the wrong way because it’s easier, or they can get away with it or for whatever reason – whatever the case may be, if you find yourself going the wrong way down a certain street, look for a different street (or make your own). That’s what I would like my readers to see.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The premise behind Wrong Way Street is pieced together from several different stories, some parts are (or were) quite real, while others were written in to fill out the story. Several of the main characters are based loosely, and in some few cases almost entirely upon people in my sphere of acquaintance. One of my upcoming works, Silent Victory, is based on events that my wife and I went through in our first years of marriage.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part (for me) of writing any book is knowing when to let go; after months of rewriting Wrong way Street led to years my sister had to tell me to just get it out there, get it published and get it out there so people can read it. That certainly hasn’t proven true with my next work (coming soon, I promise) The Black Cat, which went from inception to completion in less than 9 months. And conversely, the greatest challenge with Silent Victory is turning off my own emotions long enough to get the writing done while staying true to the events that happened. In reality, each book comes with it’s own challenge.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here are 2 brief excerpts from The Black Cat, a novel based on a SOA soldier whose experiences lead him to a discovery of Ancient American Shamanism, and the occult practice of shape-shifting. Several Native American legends tell of spiritual warriors who had the power to take the form (and in some cases even the body and spirit) of ferocious jungle cats, primarily Jaguars to protect their people and to guarantee prowess in battle. This story introduces some great sci-fi to the old legends and throws it into modern day California, and then it grows from there.
The shots sounded before Jamaal finished talking, then screams and shouts broke out on both sides amid the firing.  Most of the shots flew wide of their intended marks, but a few of the screams at least were from wounded and scared thugs on both sides of the parking lot.  Suddenly, a different sound pierced the night air – the terrifying scream of the Black Cat. 
The big Cat leaped from the canal at the back of the parking lot and raced to the center of the fight.  Many of the thugs were already writhing on the ground, the few that could still stand or point a gun were savagely crushed by the Cats powerful jaws, or ripped apart by its long, sharp claws.  Though it had been several minutes, in what seemed like moments the fighting was stopped.  The air reeked of cordite, blood and human excrement, the only sounds were the low growl of the Black Cat and the grating of its claws against the pavement. 
Shaw awoke to the sharp sound of breaking bones and tearing flesh, as he looked at the carnage all around him he vomited onto the blacktop.  When he could lift his head without feeling faint, he looked up to see the Black Cat sitting only a few yards away – the beast was licking its paws and face, its coat gleamed darkly with the blood of its victims.  The jade green eyes pierced Shaw’s gaze and he cowered to the ground with a whimper.  The Cat stood then and padded lightly to the Detective’s side.  Shaw cringed as he saw the sharp claws glinting coldly against the dull black of the asphalt in the moonlight.
“Look at me Shaw!” growled the Black Cat.
The cowering detective slowly rolled onto his back, still holding his hands up to his face as if to hide from the horrific vision before him.
“The innocent are mine – tonight you are mine.  You know who I seek, and why.  Do not come between the Black Cat and its prey.”
And this second excerpt from the epilogue:
Finally, just before 1 o’clock in the morning, she saw a dark shadow move across the flat expanse – the man-sized shape crouched near the center of the clearing and began to build a small fire, bringing it to life with an old flint and steel.  Illuminated by the tiny fire’s light, the man she saw looked nothing like the picture of Marshall – this man looked aged and worn, his skin bare and his hair shaved.  She saw dark lines covering his body like a web.  As the fire grew, the man drew ashes from the edge of the pit and, mixing them with the soil, covered his body until she could barely distinguish his form from the surrounding earth.
The man then began to chant in a strange but melodic language, lost to the modern world.  He moved his hands as he sang, his motions seemed part of the words, calling to an unseen someone.  This was it!  He was calling to his wife, she was the ghost!  Now he was holding his hands close to his body, leaning over something in his lap – then he stretched his arms out over the smoky fire and began to rub his hands over his brow and chest. 
Suddenly the vale grew still, as the man stretched his hands over the fire again a hidden wind gusted through the hills, stirring the ash and dousing the fire.  When the dust cleared and Kelly could see again, a beautiful woman stood in the air in front of the man below.  She seemed to take form in the swirling ash and dust that still blew like a tiny cyclone where the fire had burned.  Astounded, Kelly could barely breathe as she watched the two figures in the center of the whirlwind.  Then she stood and started running down the ridge – she didn’t want the man to disappear before she could question him. 
The ethereal figure of the woman stirred and faced Kelly with a look of resolute dismay.  The wind slowed and the woman began to disappear as the dust settled to the ground.  The man yelled in anguish and reached out toward the quickly fading woman – he fell to the ground as she vanished.  Kelly stopped and stood in awkward silence a dozen feet from the prostrate man.  At first she could see no movement, but then she saw his shoulders shake and heard the muffled cries.
“I, uh I’m sorry,” she murmured softly.  “Who was she?  She was beautiful.”
“She.  She is gone,” the man replied in an achingly dull tone.  “What are you doing here?”
“John Marshall?  Are you…”
“He is no more,” he said, the words even emptier than before.  “Like She, He is gone.”
“Then who, who are you?  And what happened?”
“I was He, now I await the end and We will be together once more.”
“When?”
“When They cry no more and il B’olom is satisfied.  Until then I must hunt ‘    ‘.”
Kelly heard the punctuated silence, it was heavy with meaning that she didn’t understand.
“You must go,” said the man.  “il B’olom now calls.  Each year after She, and I must answer.  Go.”
Kelly felt the ground rumbling beneath her – she turned and ran far beyond the ridge until her lungs ached and tears stung her eyes.
It was many long hours before Marshall returned to the cave.  Back in the dismal confines of the hidden cavern, his sleeping form lay on the mats at the rear of the cave.  The man’s powerful body was pale and coursed with newly formed vessels.  Lines creased his naked brow and tears wet his face – even in sleep the voices could be heard, and their anguish felt.  Standing over the sleeping form was an aging man with long grey hair tied back in a single braid.  There were tears in his dark eyes as he watched the younger man start in his sleep and utter two short words. 
“Silka!  Querida!” he cried desperately.
Turning, the older man walked quietly to a large container against the opposite wall of the cave.  Lifting the lid slowly, he peered inside – two green eyes stared back at him darkly from the snarling face of the Black Cat.  The man paused in thought, wondering if he might have the strength now that his leg was healed – but no, il B’olom had chosen and he must trust in the spirits.  The warriors’ dance is long, but the night is not without end.  His own task was trial enough – slowly, he let the lid close and returned to watch over the sleeping man.
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TO BE CONTINUED . . .
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’m sure if I had it to do over again I would make a few changes, but when is an artist ever really satisfied with his work. There are always little things you want to add to clarify the plot line, or to murk it up a bit and ad suspense, but all in all I think I am quite pleased with it. Mostly. 99% anyway. /;{>
What are your current projects?
My current projects include The Black Cat, The Black Cat Book II, Silent Victory, and an as yet untitled work of historical fiction about a family in papal service that disappears to remote North Eastern Germany, after changing their religious affiliations and their name (based on what little has come to light of family origins).
Do you have any advice for other writers?
If it’s in your head and crying to be let out then let it out, it wouldn’t be there without a reason. The same goes for those who are struggling to finalize their works, the time always comes when you have to put down the pen, pick up the phone and get your work into the hands of your readers – trust me, they will thank you for it.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
First, last and always - Thank you! I would probably still write if no one bought my books, but it sure means a lot to me that people really enjoy them. I hope that my writing serves to educate and inspire, to provoke thought and lead to those actions that can change lives in a good way, not simply to entertain or take up time on a slow day. To my dedicated readers I will say, look out, more is coming soon! And once again, thank you.

Author Joshua Merrick –
I have always been one who loved the arts and creative mediums: painting, leathercrafting, pen and ink drawing, sculpture, poetry, acting, comedy and now beginning my foray as an author with my first novel, Wrong Way Street. Over the years I have put my hand to a variety of career fields,  everything from cowboying to wildlife conservation, construction to private protection, teaching, translating, and many other completely unrelated disciplines (often just for the fun of it but sometimes because even a starving author has to eat occasionally). My college years were much like my work history, an enigmatic experience during which time I found myself drawn to completely unrelated disciplines: science, computer programming, engineering, foreign languages, linguistics, history, theatre, acting, rodeo, wilderness survival, fitness/health... you get the idea. I'd like to think my unique and rich life experience lends itself to my writing.
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#Author #Interview Stanley Morris

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When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote my first two books when I was about 14 years old.  One was a science fiction book that featured teleportation booths that allowed travel between the Earth and Mars.  The other was a western.  I was reading Zane Grey books at that time.

How long does it take you to write a book?
For a book of about 100,000 words, it takes me about six months when I’m motivated.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
My problem is not too few ideas, it is too many ideas.  I have pieces of paper all over my main office area with concepts for books.  They come to me from other books, television, movies, conversations with people, things I read about on the web and sometimes just out of the blue sky.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I like to tend my farm.  I love to grow stuff.  When I was about eight, I took an avocado seed and planted it under an outside water spigot.  My parents were amazed when it sprouted, and once it grew to a decent size, my dad had to dig it up and replant it.  I grow vegetables, fruit trees, flowers, and an amazing amount of weeds.  I also like to watch sports on TV.  My man-cave has four TV’s and in August they will all be tuned to the Olympics, or Nascar, or football, or golf.

What do you think makes a good story?
Including the lost books, I have written nine books.  I like them all, but Surviving the Fog has a special place in my heart.  A good story has a tight credible plot, rational dialogue and actions by the characters, unexpected twists, and a smooth ending.

Where are you from?
I was born in Linwood, Caifornia, and raised in Norwalk, and Concord, California.  I lived in New Mexico for six years, Texas for five years, and I have lived on the island of Maui for the last twenty nine years.

Tell us your latest news?
Well, the lemon grass is looking nice, and the jacaranda trees are blooming.  As far as books are concerned, I’m presently working on Julee Mackenzie and the First OfficerJara Mackenzie Versus the Planet MarlCaptain Mackenzie and the Last Chance Spaceship, plus a few other books.

When and why did you begin writing?
This is an excellent question.  I began writing when I was about fourteen.  I think that I had these ideas in my head, and I was compelled to put them down on paper.  In those days, I wrote my books in longhand with a pencil so I could erase mistakes.  I don’t remember wanting anyone but me to read them.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are always messages in my stories, and they are usually aimed at younger readers, mainly those from fourteen to twenty four.  I have firm beliefs, and I like to convey those beliefs in my writing.  Too many adults are unwilling to accept the intelligence of young people, to accept the ability of young readers to understand complex ideas, and to accept the necessity to tell them the truth.  In Surviving the Fog, the setting was a youth camp that taught the importance of both abstinence and birth control.  In Sarah’s Spaceship Adventure, I want young readers to see the importance of commitment and family.

How much of the book is realistic?
I believe that most of the science is realistic, but I can’t be positive about this because I am not an astrophysicist.

What book are you reading now?
At the moment, I have several books going and I switch around.  I just finished Hunger Games and two mangas.  I am readingExplosive Eighteen by Evanovich, V is for Vengeance by Grafton, Colossus by Hiltzik, a Harlequin romance, and will soon start Ring of Fire III which is a series of stories edited by Flint.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here are excerpts from some of the stuff I’m working on.
From The Governor of Arslan.  This is a rough draft.

Ten year old Jum was the youngest member of the battle troop of Kahz.  Normally he would not have been allowed to invest the city of Arslan, but his father's foot injury had prevented the older man from being present at the taking of the city, so he had sent his only son to represent him.  And rules were rules, no matter that Jum was only ten, so on his back was his knapsack, and inside were the collars made of colored ribbons and the stiff lengths of twine.
As he was walking down the dusty street, a small dog darted out from under a table that was at the edge of a shop on the side of the street.  It came to a stop in front of Jum and began yapping at him ferociously.  Jum grinned.  The dog was no more than a puppy.  Jum knelt down, and the dog stopped its yapping.  Nervously, it crept toward Jum.  Carefully, Jum reached out his hand, and he allowed the dog to sniff him.  Then he began to rub the dog's head.  The dog crept closer. Jum took the dog in his hands and lifted it.  When the dog began to lick Jum's face, Jum giggled.  Suddenly Jum heard a cry, and a small girl, younger than Jum, rushed out of the shop.  She came to a stop in front of Jum.
"That's my puppy," she cried.  "Give him back!"
Jum looked at the girl.  She was about six years old.  She was dirty, and she wore only the usual short wool shift that girls wore in this part of the world.
"What's your name?" Jum asked.
"Gea," was the answer as the girl ducked her head and scuffed her toe in the dirt.  “That's my dog," she repeated.
"I'm, Jum," explained the boy.  "I'm a warrior of Kahz.  You are my prisoner, Gea," he added with an air of self importance.
"You’re a warrior?" asked the girl with doubtful look.
"Yes," replied the boy, "Honest.  Look, I have a slave collar for you to wear."
He handed the puppy to Gea and removed his knapsack.  He knelt down and opened it.  Curious as to what was inside, Gea came closer and crouched down to take a look.  Jum removed one of the collars.
"See? You have to wear this around your neck."
Gea took the collar and studied it.  "It's pink," she said.
Jum blushed.  "The other colors were already taken," he said defensively.  Why couldn't I have gotten a red or yellow or a manly brown?  He thought glumly.
"It's pretty," said Gea as she tied the collar around her neck.  "What's that?" she asked as Jum removed one of the brown hemp twines from his knapsack.
"It's to tie your hands behind your back, before I send you out of the city," he explained.  "You have to wait for me at a place by the last house. There's a man there who will tell you where to go."
"But then I can't hold Zak," the girl objected with distress in her voice.  "He'll run away."
"Oh," replied Jum. 
He frowned as he thought over her words which were perfectly sensible.  This was a dilemma, he realized.  No one had told him what he should do if he captured a girl who was holding a puppy.  Grown-ups, he thought with an exasperated sigh, never think about these important things.

From Julee Mackenzie and the First Officer.  This is a rough draft.
Julee waited until the person had fully entered the entry room, and then she triggered the mag net she had rigged after Jara had reported the existence of the arriving spaceship.  The net dropped onto the space suited person, and a small electrical impulse was sent though the drop line.  The figure began a desperate struggle to remove the suit’s hood, but the mag net kept pulling the arms of the suit away from the hood, until the figure passed out from lack of oxygen.
When the form had almost ceased to struggle, Julee killed the low amperage electrical impulse to the mag net and hurried to the form on the rock floor.  She carefully removed the hood.  The man inside wheezed once and tried to reach for her.  She sprayed him with the can of uninhibitor.  The man took a whiff, smiled at her, and then he passed out.
“Now what?” thought Julee. 
After considering her options, she began to remove his space suit.  He was not a large man, and it was easy to maneuver him in the light gravity of the asteroid.  She got him unsuited, and then for good measure she pulled off his skinsuit, and she stretched him out on the rock floor, laying him on his stomach.  When she heard the sound of footfalls behind her, she whirled around, afraid that another intruder had snuck up behind her.
“Who is he?” asked Jara who was holding Davud’s small hand.
Julee’s heart rate returned to its normal rate.
“Don’t scare me like that,” she exclaimed, “And I told you to stay in the safe room.”
“Sorry,” murmured her unrepentant sister while staring at the naked man.  “Who is he?” she asked again.
“I don’t know.  A slaver or maybe a rock jumper.”
“What are you going to do with him, Ju?  Are you going to space him?”
Julee had been tempted to do just that, but now that her sister and brother were here, the moral values that she had learned from her father caused her to rethink her next move.
She sighed.  “I’m going to return him to his ship.  Maybe they will get the message that we want to be left alone.”  An idea occurred to her.
“Get me an everlasting marker, Jara,” she ordered.
She waited until her sister found the package of colorful pens, and then she used the bright red to write “Go Away!” on the man’s forehead.  She carefully replaced the pen and viewed her effort with a smirk.  That’ll learn him to mess with the Mackenzies, she thought.
“You’re not supposed to draw on people,” Jara lectured disapprovingly.  “Dad said.”
Julee shrugged and turned to Davud.  “I want you to watch the man while Jara and I get a mover.  If you see him start to wake up, come and get me real fast.  Okay?”  Davud solemnly nodded.
Julee turned to Jara.  “We’ll use a mover to carry him up the exchange, and then we'll dump him at his ship’s lock.  Come help me.” 
Julee and Jara went back though the corridor to the rock’s large hollow space where they mined the ore that they sold to the traders on First Rock.  They retrieved a mover, unfolded it, and carried it back to the entry room.  When they arrived, they found three year old Davud holding the empty package of marking pens. 
“I draw,” he said with a wide happy grin.
Julee looked down at the man’s brightly decorated body.
“Oh, dear,” she said with a gulp.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I cannot imagine a writer who does not constantly seek to make his/her work better.  As for Sarah’s Spaceship Adventure, I’m sure that I could have added to the information about Marl.

What are your current projects?
Other than the books mentioned above, I’m working now and then on Growing UpThe Time BubblePrincess of the Space Lanes, a sequel to The Colors of Passion and Love, and some short novellas from Tales of the Ragoon.  I will probably never get to The Werewolves of Antarctica.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
There are books which can teach you how to edit your material.  One of these is The Copyeditor’s Handbook by Amy Einsohn.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I am very, very grateful that you have read or are considering my stories.  I accept that not everyone will like my material.  I very much appreciate reviews, even when they are negative.  I would rather be panned than ignored.

Blurb for Sarah’s Spaceship Adventure
Ho, I'm Sarah Talmaiz. I snuck out of the house last night to go riding on Reggardi's space yacht, but when it came down to crunch time, the jerk wouldn't take "no" for an answer.  Luckily some space junk disabled the yacht before... you know.  Then this guy, Pall Swiftcar fixed the yacht and offered to take me aboard his freighter if I "united" with him.  Well, better him than Reggardi, I guess, because my face still hurts. 
What's this, Pall?  You're not going back to my home planet, Marl?  You're heading to the Hoop?  You can't be serious!  So that's what "uniting" means?  Are you crazy?  I can't go to the Hoop with you, I have homework to turn in.  Take me home!!
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