Interview with Indie Author Land

I don’t do interviews often, so I should share them when they happen, right? 😀

Thanks, Indie Author Land, for having me on your site!

Author Judith G. White is with us today!

 
Picture 575Judith G. White holds a degree in secondary education with a major in history from Western Michigan University. She currently works part time at The Henry Ford, America’s Greatest History Attraction, where her life has been enriched by meeting dignitaries, entertainment personalities and leaders in business and industry. She’s traveled throughout the lower forty eight states and toured Great Britain. History, reading, playing word and trivia games and, of course, writing, is what she likes best. She makes her home in a southern suburb of Detroit along with her husband, Jim; two children, Brandon and Erin; and two dogs, Sadie and Orie. Beginning with reading Nancy Drew at an early age, Judith loves the mystery genre and hopes her detective, Sam Flanagan, will be just as endearing to the public.

Thanks for joining us, Judith!

You’ve spent a great deal of your life learning about History…what draws you to the past?

As a child, my father always took us on vacations, traveling throughout the United States.  I was fascinated by the historical sites.  I was always enthralled at hearing how people used to live, and what the world that surrounded them was like.  I don’t know where I got that from; I just know I’ve always felt an excitement from hearing about the past.

Can you tell us more about your latest book?

My first novel was published in May of 2012.  It’s a detective/mystery story which is set in 1943 Detroit.  It combines my love of history with my enthusiasm for mysteries.  My newest book follows the same detective, Sam Flanagan, with another case.  This one involves Sam running into a childhood friend and finding out that the friend’s wife has a niece staying with them, but she’s disappeared.  The girl is seventeen and walking away from home without a word to her mother is something she’s done in the past, so Sam is hired to find out where’s she’s gone…or find out if something more sinister has taken place.  It’s close to Easter in 1943, and at the family celebration, Sam’s great Uncle Derwood wants to hear about what he’s been investigating.  The eighty-eight year old man is interested in the case and is eager to tag along and ‘play’ detective with Sam.  Sam doesn’t mind at all because his uncle is intelligent and he’s one of the detectives’ favorite people.  As the Flanagan’s delve into her disappearance, they learn that the girl isn’t well liked by most of her peers and teachers.  Sam isn’t a hard-boiled detective, he’s just a man trying to earn a living and, at times, he questions his choice of careers, since he doesn’t feel he is cut out for seeing dead bodies and witnessing the pain of others. I think it’s a good story.  It’s called ‘The Case Files of Sam Flanagan: Sins of the Father’.

Can you share with us where the inspiration behind your writing comes from?

You know, I really have no idea.  No one in the family loved history the way I do, or wanted to be creative in any area.  All I know is that for as long as I can remember, I’ve always had my mind racing with characters and dialogue and situations.  Like too many people in life, I basically always told myself that I wouldn’t really be able to succeed at writing, so I truly never really tried.  It’s funny how my first completed novel came about.  There’s a friend of mine and we used to goof around, writing a portion of a story and sending it by e mail.  When I sent him the beginning, he’d pick it up and write the continuing part.  This went on for awhile.  I always had to laugh because I started the story in first person, and he’d send his part back to me in third.  He finally tired of doing it, but I decided to go back, rewrite his parts and really try to get a finished story out of my initial idea.  I was so surprised to see I’d completed it…and then, that led to my wondering if I could really get it published.  Why not?  I had nothing to lose. What resulted was my first detective novel, ‘The Case Files of Sam Flanagan: A Method to Madness’.

What has been the most rewarding part of your writing journey so far?

Well, two things, really.  First was actually getting published.  I’m still amazed by that one.  And what really gives me an inner glow is when someone has actually read the story and taken the time to tell me they enjoyed it.  I wish I could say the money earned is very rewarding, but I am learning that it isn’t that easy to earn a living doing this.  I just want people to read my stories and enjoy what they read.  And I want feedback from them…I think all writers need that desperately.

If you could make one of your characters real for a year, who would you choose and why?

Most definitely, Gran.  Sam lives with his eighty-two year old grandmother and he calls her ‘Gran’.  I picture my own grandmother when writing about this character.  My own grandmother wasn’t batty like Sam’s grandmother, but she looks like my grandmother and she lives in the same house as my grandmother did.  I was very close to my father’s mother…the only grandparent I knew…but she passed away when I was just days from turning eleven years old.  I miss her greatly to this day.

What is the last book you read for pleasure called?

The last book I read was one by a fellow World Castle Publishing author, Eric Johnston, called An Inner Darkness.   He can get pretty graphic and dark.  I guess that kind of thing is quite popular now. I wish him all the success in the world with his work. One book I really loved and didn’t want to end was A Season in Purgatory by Dominick Dunne. Now I enjoyed reading that one.

If you could live in any time(outside of this one) from the past, when would you choose?

I guess I would love to live during the ‘20’s, ‘30’s and ‘40’s.  That’s my favorite time period in history.

Do you have any advice for budding writers?

Yes, stop telling yourself you can’t do it.  Stop thinking that getting published is only for ‘certain’ people.  Just write the doggone story.  Get it down on paper and you can always adjust it later.

What can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?

I hope to give more Sam Flanagan mysteries to the readers.  I’ve got a couple more ideas bouncing around in my mind. In fact, I’ve barely started a third story involving the Purple Gang, Detroit’s counterpart to the Al Capone organization in Chicago.  I’m also toying with writing a book for the fifth or sixth grade level.  I’d like to see how that would go.  My books are on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.  They can also be purchased from the World Castle Publishing site.  They aren’t in bookstores, yet.

If you could choose any Author, living or dead, to read your book, who would you choose and why?

Definitely Agatha Christie.  I started reading Nancy Drew mysteries when I was young, but graduated to British author, Agatha Christie.  Her plots are so intricate and detailed.  I truly think she was a genius.  I wonder what she would say about my stories.

It’s time for our Rapid Fire Questions round!

Chocolate or Wine? Chocolate
eBook or Real Book? Real book…there’s just something about holding it in your hand, turning the pages for yourself and seeing a good cover on it.
Beach or Pool? Definitely pool. I like knowing there’s nothing in the water with me.
Bra or No Bra? Bra when going out and it comes off right away at home.
A Partner That Cooks or A Partner That Cleans? A partner that cleans.
Shower or Bath? Bath…I love immersing in hot water, bringing in a good book and a hot cup of tea.
Shoes or Bare Feet? Bare feet.
Jeans or Dresses? Jeans.
Pink or Blue? Blue.

Thank you so much for joining us today, Judith! It was great to learn a little more about you, and can’t wait to see more from you in the future! If you’d like to follow Judith, you can find her online at: Facebook and Amazon

You can grab your copy of ‘A Method to Madness’ by clicking on the photo below!

Happy Reading!!

 

A Method to Madness Cover

Author Gemma K. Murray is here today!

Thanks for being here today, Gemma! Everyone sit back and relax, take a moment to grab some coffee before we get started! 😀

A little about Gemma:

I was born and raised in a small town in lower Michigan. A farmer’s daughter, my greatest ambitions were to become a large animal vet and to read every book ever written. The veterinarian dream fell by the wayside, but I’m still working on reading every book I can get my hot little hands on.

But I’m a dreamer…I love to sit and look out the windows, daydreaming about what could be. I love getting tangled in my dreams when I fall asleep at night. That is how Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart came to be. It started with a dream and spun into something beautiful.

 

Hi Gemma! Please tell us more about your latest book!

Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart is set in the U.P. of Michigan. Cedar River is a community of shifters. We have everything from dragons to wolves to otters and fischers. Bowie is a golden dragon shifter and sheriff of the town. Ana is a puma shifter/witch. Their story is a complicated one. When Ana’s parents died, Bowie’s parents took Ana in and raised her. So, Ana has known the Golden boys her entire life. She’s always thought of the three younger ones as brothers. Bowie was always a little different. He was more of her protector than the others. Falling in love was not something either one had considered. Trouble finds its way to Cedar River and puts everyone in jeopardy, but sometimes you just have to believe.

Wow, sounds like a fascinating read! You’ve said on your Author bio that you were raised on a farm, and love to daydream. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood or some of your favorite daydream experiences?

It was a family run farm so everyone had to pitch in to help. I had a great childhood.

One of my favorite things to do was to gather a small bag with lemonade, a sandwich, a book, and a blanket. I’d wander through the pastures to the creek. I’d settle down on the bank under a giant willow tree and while away the afternoon. When Dad came back to bring the cows in, he and I would walk back and talk about all sorts of things.

That’s an awesome childhood to have experienced. 🙂 What has been the most difficult scene for you to write for your current project?

Believe it or not, it was Bowie and Ana’s first kiss. I kept thinking “Readers are going to think this relationship is incestuous.” I kept hearing Bowie’s voice in my head saying, “Just write it. It will make sense, but you have to trust me.” I did and the story just flowed from my fingertips.

Do you follow a certain writing process with your work?

Not really. I simply put in my earbuds and write. I’m a pantser so flying by the seat of my pants is the only way I know how.

You love to read, can you share with us what the last five books you read were?

I’m working on Book 3 in the Cedar River series so I just re-read Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart. Stygian’s Honor by Lora Leigh, Her Mad Hatter by Marie Hall, A Dance with Bogie and Bacall by KevaD, The Starlight Key Episodes by Samantha Lucas.

If you could choose any Author, living or dead, to shadow for a year, who would you choose and why?

There are so many, but I think I’d go with Nora Roberts. Her career is so inspiring and she is one of my favorite authors. I always tell people “When I grow up, I want to be Nora.”

Awww – great choice! What has been the most rewarding part of your writing journey so far?

Seeing my first book published and watching the series take on a life of its own have been the best part. I’ve watched two new series begin to spin off from this series and I cannot imagine where this whole thing will end up.

Do you have any advice for budding authors?

Write! Write every single day of your life. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 5 words or 5,000 words. Write. And when you finish the book, believe! Believe in yourself. Believe in your book. Believe you will make it.

Great advice! What can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?

Word has it that Natural Born Enemies- Book 2 in the Cedar River series will be out late this fall. I’m currently working on the third book, the first book in a new series, a young adult book, a few contemporary romances, plus I’m fleshing out the premise for a third series.

You can find my books at Leap of Faith Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Coffee Time Romance’s e-bookstore.

If your book became a movie, what would the opening song be?

Okay, first off can I just say, “How cool”? I think it would have to be “The Story” by Brandi Carlile. For some reason, that is the song that jumped off the playlist when I scanned over it. (I make a playlist for each book.)

I also make up a new playlist for each book. LOL So…now it’s time for our Rapid Fire Questions! Are you ready??

 

White Chocolate or Dark Chocolate? I have a girlfriend who I’m going to get a good teasing from, but I LOVE white chocolate. (She tells me white chocolate is delusional in thinking it’s really chocolate.)

In-home Dining or Restaurant? In-home because it’s cheaper

Tent or Hotel? Oh goodness, HOTEL! I spent too many summer nights camping in tents when I was a kid.

Beach or Pool? Either one works for me. As long as I can be in the water.

Shower or Bath? Shower

eReader or Paperback? Paperback

Heels or Flats? Heels when I can, otherwise, it’s tennis shoes all the time.

Bra or No Bra? Bra

 

Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan seems like it is another country. The rawness and beauty of the land draws people from every walk of life. What most people don’t realize is there is a little town nestled on the banks of Lake Superior that an entire group of supernatural beings call home. Shifters of every shape and size live there. They raise their families there. Tourists come from near and far to visit the quaint town of Cedar River, Michigan. The tourists never realize they are walking among some of the most unusual beings on earth.

Bowie Golden is a dragon shifter who is in charge of Cedar River’s safety. Until now, the biggest threat to anyone’s safety was Anastasia Plum, a witch/puma-shifter. She has been the town hellraiser since she was a teenager. Now someone has discovered the secret the residents of Cedar River keep for one another. These radicals are determined to eradicate the entire town. It’s up to Bowie to keep them all safe.

Ana has always idolized Bowie. She may have stirred up trouble from time to time, but Bowie or one of his brothers would always get her out of the trouble she was in. One day, it happened. The unthinkable, the unimaginable occurred. Anastasia Plum fell for the “golden” boy. What an unlikely duo- the sheriff and the hellraiser!

Just as these two discover their passion for one another, a group of people is determined to keep them apart. It’s up to Ana to prove that she is the only Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart.

 

Thank you Gemma for joining us today – I wish you and your books the best!! 😀 Happy reading, everyone!

Author Emily Walker Is Here!!!

 

Meet Emily:

Sometimes I’m Lyra Mcken, sometimes I’m someone else. I like to be just Emily sometimes too. I love to write in every genre and my head is constantly coming up with new story ideas. I run the website http://www.selfpublishordie.com where I strive to get other author’s names out there. My biggest interviewee yet was Jamie McGuire.

I work for GMTA Publishing, and Midnight Hour Publishing. You can tweet me @authorewalker or find me on Facebook. I love social media, and I love to read every opportunity I get. My favorite author is Heinlein, but I also have a weak spot for Jane Austin.

My next Novel due out is The Reluctant Succubus with Midnight Hour Publishing and then a self published release in January, Long Road Full Speed Ahead.

 

 

Hi Emily, welcome! Thanks for joining us today!

Hi, thank you for having me!

What inspired you to become a writer?

I started ghost writing for other well-known authors and helping them with their novels. They got all the credit of course, which is what I was paid for. I started thinking I can do this myself, and then I did.

That’s awesome! What a great resume you must have. 🙂 Can you tell us more about your book?

Vital Signs is a Horror Short about a sadistic killer who has found an easy way to get to his victims. He has stolen an ambulance, and preys on those that need the most help.

I will never look at an ambulance the same way again. In fact, I might run from them. So, what has been the most difficult scene for you to write in ‘Vital Signs’?

I would have to go with the bloody scenes, I never know if I am writing too light and tame, or if I am taking it too far.

Do you follow a certain writing process with your work?

I have no process. I fly by the seat of my pants.

LOL Sometimes the best way! Do you read the same genre that you write? Can you give us some examples of your favorite books?

Yes, I love to read Horror and be completely shocked or scared. Anything by Stephen King is great. At the same time I write Paranormal stories and love to read Southern Vampire Mysteries and lots of indie authors novels; Rebecca Hamilton’s Forever Girl and Michelle Muto’s Don’t Fear the Reaper are just two, there are dozens.

Another King fan – yay! If you could choose any Author, living or dead, to shadow for a year, who would you choose and why?

Robert Heinlein, his head was crazy!

LOL What has been the most rewarding part of your writing journey so far?

When people say my writing made them laugh or cringe. I like to have my intended outcome when they read my writing.

My favorite part as well. 🙂 Do you have any advice for budding authors looking to self-publish?

Don’t give up and write every day. Get a critique partner that will not sugar coat anything. You want the truth about your work, and you should have someone read it that isn’t trying to appease you.

What can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?

You will see a lot from me in the future. I have two books due to release with Mystic Press on January 5th Long Road, Full Speed Ahead, and The Reluctant Succubus. I also plan to release a novella called The Alien Deal at the end of the year. Zombified my paranormal fiction written under the pen name Lyra Mcken is in rewrites and set to release at the beginning of next year, and I am in several upcoming anthologies including Fairly Freaky Fairy Tales from Midnight Hour.

 

If your book became a movie, who would you cast as your main characters?

I think that Vin Diesel or Jason Statham would make a good psycho…

 

I look forward to seeing all these new titles, especially ‘Zombified’! And yes, Vin and Jason would be awesome! So – it’s time for our Rapid-Fire questions, are you ready? Ok…go!

White Chocolate or Dark Chocolate? Dark Chocolate it’s better for you 😉

Wine – Red or White? White Wine

Tent or Hotel? A hotel, I hate camping!!

Beach or Pool? Beach, I love the ocean

Shower or Bath? A bath though I rarely have time to do anything but shower

eReader or Paperback? It depends. I like an eReader because I can read it on the elliptical, but I love to
read a paperback on the front porch.

Heels or Flats? Heels all the time!

Bra or No Bra? Bra, have to support these puppies.

LOL, that was a fantastic round, Emily! If YOU would like to stalk – I mean – follow, Miss Emily Walker online, here are her links: Facebook, Goodreads, Amazonand Smashwords. You can also follow Emily’s Blog.

 

Vital Signs

A stranger to our country, free from his chains. Money is his goal, and he takes from the living to make his
way. Death doesn’t phase him as it’s just a means to an end. What happens when your rescuer becomes
your worst nightmare?

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Happy Reading, everyone!