Interview with Paulette Harper



Why the title Completely Whole?
 
Actually, in the middle of completing my first book, this book came to mind. I had gone through a bad ordeal, which left me broken and scared.  In order for me to write about becoming whole, I had to experience it myself.  There were areas in my own life that I needed to confront and deal with. Those areas that hindered me from moving forward needed to be addressed. Once God began to point out those areas and I accepted where I was spiritually, the healing and restoration began.  The process of becoming Completely Whole is continual for any believer desiring to live, walks, and pursue a life on purpose.


Why did you feel this book needed to be written?

I believe every reader might have something in their lives that continues to either be a reoccurring issue or an area in their lives that they are lacking or feel they have not conquered. To be whole according to Webster is to be “free from injury or wound; to be healed and to be physically sound and healthy.”  Because we live in a world in which we experience the ups and downs of life, we deal with heartache and pain; sometimes these experiences leave residue that we have not been able to deal with.
  
What is your main message in Completely Whole?

Completely Whole is one of those books that will challenge the reader to do a self-examination of where they are as it relates to their own spirituality. This life-changing book will help readers to transform their spirit, soul, and body through Jesus Christ, so they can live a life of peace, joy, and fulfillment. In Completely Whole, I offer keys to help those who are searching for answers that can lead to a life of complete wholeness: Spirit, Soul and Body. My focus in writing is to enrich the lives of my readers. I had a reader make this comment about Completely Whole “It speaks” and that’s what I want it to do. I want readers to come away knowing that they have the ability to live a full enriched life.

What has the reaction been like to your book?  

The reviews have been great. Those that have read Completely Whole find it to be a book which speaks to the heart.

How can this book contribute to transforming someone’s life?

A person is transformed when they chose to apply the spiritual principles that are outlined in Completely Whole. Once a person identifies those self-destructive mind-sets then they are able to deal with those issues that have kept them from walking in victory.

Paulette Harper
How do you prepare yourself when writing a book? Is there a process you follow?

Before doing anything, I make sure I’m in a quiet area, free from distractions. When I’m ready to write, I sit at my laptop and begin writing. Depending on the chapter I’m working on, that determines the direction I’ll go. I am able to write as long as there is a constant flow

Were there any challenges you faced in the writing process?

I think with all authors there are some types of challenges when trying to finish a book. I’m no exception. There are many distractions that will continue to pull for my attention be it, home, ministry, family and/or job. I try to bring balance in my life so I can prioritize those things that are important. I must set deadlines for myself and stick with those deadlines.

What can someone take away from this book?

Becoming Completely Whole is an internal inventory and focuses on making necessary changes of the heart. I write non-fiction, inspirational books; so this means my books should have a lasting effect on a person’s spirit, inspiring and encouraging them to pursue passionately a more fulfilled life. I want my writings to give strength and encouragement in the time of need. As they read Completely Whole, I want my writings to engage, stimulate, and edify them spiritually.

Any words of wisdom for young writers or writers who want to pursue a career in writing?

Promote, promote and promote some more. Learn how to brand and market yourself so that you are known in the industry. Don’t think someone else is going to promote you better than yourself. Create a marketing plan that will expand your territory in reaching readers.

Where can the book be purchased?



Where can others find out more about you?

Ministry website: http://pauletteharper.com
Write Now Virtual Blog Tours Business website:  http://writenowlit.blogspot.com

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What works for one writer


My name is Shon Hyneman and I’m a Husband of ten years to Londina Hyneman and Father of two children. I am a speaker and owner of Never Again Ministries which promotes Marriage Enhancement and Holistic Relationships from a Biblical perspective yet apply it to your everyday life. I am the author of four books If You Apply These Principles…God Is More Practical Than We Think (2008) It’s The Woman You Gave Me (2009) Workbook: Three Are Even Better (2010) and my latest book WISDOM: Preventing Problems Before They Happen (2012)

How I became an author is through conversing with my Wife about various issues in Marriage and relationships from money to children to sex. In these conversations is where I would get my materials for my books. We would coach married couples and singles on the most relevant issues surrounding their lives. I’m an avid reader so material would come from books too. One key to writing a successful book is to be transparent to the readers. Not only talk about your achievements but talk about your failures and how you overcame adversity.

Writers block happens to the best of us. What works for me is to step away from the notepad, desktop or whatever I use to write and do something else to take my mind off writing. Later on I come back to writing with a clear mind to write about my book’s topic. I try to take as many notes as possible when I have an idea for a book so when I write I already have a table of contents and at least a chapter to start with. That’s what works for me when I encounter writers block.

I prefer to self-publish than to go with the traditional publishing company route. With today’s social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn one is able to promote their work online. I have an editor, graphic artist (for book cover design) and I purchased a block of ISBN numbers for future books I write. I also have a printing company I use when it’s time to order copies of my books in bulk. For marketing you can have a virtual book tour which is someone you pay for them to connect you with people who have their own radio shows and interview you on their blog. It’s a great and efficient way for an unknown author to get the necessary publicity they need.

I suggest one write about what they are passionate about as opposed to what’s popular. Whatever one is passionate about they will go the extra mile to do the research for the necessary material they need for their book. Also, read as much as possible about what you are passionate about. For example, I am passionate about marriage and relationships so I read at least fifteen books a year on that topic. If one choose to use material from other books make sure you give them the credit. The last thing an author need is to be known for plagiarism.

Our website is www.neveragainministries.com   

Guest post by Shon Hyneman



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Review: A is for Apple - A Horsey Alphabet

Title: A is for Apple: A Horsey Alphabet
Author: Ellen C. Maze 
ISBN: 978-1470096922
Reviewed by Jo Linsdell


My 4 year old loves horses and one of his favourite things to do is going pony riding, so I was pretty sure he'd like this book. He LOVED it! The horses in shapes of the letters makes learning the alphabet fun. My son particularly likes "Friendly Freddie felt funny with a fat frog on his face" and giggled lots. Even when we'd finished the book he commented "mummy do you remember when he had a frog on his face" and then giggled again.

A great book for introducing the alphabet to younger kids and an entertaining read, especially for horse fans.
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The Evolution of Publishing


When I think of tradition, I think of the comfort of the tried and true. Traditional is comfortable because the way has already been taken by those who came before, so you know what to expect.

Non-traditional is riskier. And there are likely to be fewer gatekeepers, which means that anyone can enter onto the gates of the country club.

Which is exactly why I think this is the best time in history to be an author. Yes, indie-publishing has created a crowded field where anyone can publish a book and there are no gatekeepers to pronounce who is worthy of presenting themselves to readers. But for authors it means that you now have more options. You can pursue the traditional route of agent and publisher, or you can do it all yourself. Which is a wonderfully entrepreneurial freedom in an industry which was for so many years dominated by a few huge mega-corporations.

For readers, the blasting open of the publishing world means that they not only get introduced new authors, they’ve enjoyed enormous price reductions in the cost of paper books, and in the case of e-books, a daily download opportunity of free books. When you, as a reader, look back at the books you’ve read in the past year, how many of them were by new authors you would never have considered if not for a free book offering? How many indie-authors have you tried in the past year? How have these changes in publishing changed your reading habits or the books you’ll consider reading?

As with any evolution in business that makes quantum leaps in a few years, due to technological advancements (e-readers), there will be bumps and bruises for both sides. But in the end, I believe the revolution that we are now living through will ultimately be viewed as blood transfusion that saved a dying industry.

Guest post by Suzanne Anderson
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Genre - Religious / Historical Fiction
Rating - PG
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Starting From the Middle


You know how a plot line is supposed to go: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement. That whole curve thing you learned in your very first English Composition class. But what if you change it up? What if you don’t start your story with a long winded explanation of who the characters are and what the setting is, all that vital but boring to readers who don’t yet care about the characters? What if you start in the middle?

What is the middle of a story? The climax, of course! This is where everything comes to a head. It is the most exciting, action-packed part of the whole story. This is what readers love to read, what they wait the whole book for and love to see resolved. Why make them wait? Why not just start your book off at the climax?

What do I mean by that? I mean, start with action. Throw characters in there that the reader is completely unfamiliar with. Put them in a situation so terrible and complex and inescapable that the reader wonders not only how they are going to get out of it, but how they ever got into that mess in the first place.

But then, you ask, how will the rest of my story go? I just gave away the best part! Well… yes and no. Don’t give them the whole climax. Just a taste. A nibble. A little bait to get them hooked and then, POW, you are set to go. The hardest part of selling any book is getting the readers interested. What better way than to start with page one already drawing them in?

Once you’ve got them wondering who these characters are and how they got to that point, you can send them back to the beginning and exposit all you want because now they CARE. They care about these people and, like being shown a murder and then trying to find the killer, people love trying to unwrap a mystery. How did they get there? How will they get out? What traits or talents allowed them to get to that point?

You see, I’ve already got you excited to read and I haven’t even written anything yet! This is a big change from classic fiction, yes, but in an era of sound bites and special effects, books need to kick it up a notch. People aren’t stupid; they just have short attention spans and a lot to do. Hook them and then reel them in.

Guest post by Christine Kane, a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects including internet providers in my area for different blogs. She can be reached via email at: Christi.Kane00 AT gmail DOT com
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Creating the cover art


I am a firm believer that a good, well done cover can help sell a book. When I first started out as a self published author, I wasn’t as adamant as I am now. In fact, I’ve gone so far as to have two of my covers redone. . . But the question placed before me is this: how important is it to have your character match, not only just physically, but personality wise to the model on the cover?

While it would be almost impossible for the average writer to be able to afford the luxury of being able to have their characters match a cover model to a fault, it can be obtained.

I like to have my covers done prior to the story even being finished. Why? It gives me inspiration to write, and makes the character(s) seem more real.  While I don’t go after, say eye color to match the cover vs. character, the physical attributes, such as physical build can be obtained. But sometimes you have to “cheat” a little to achieve the end result.

I’ll use “Timeless Sojourn” as an example. In my mind’s eye I envisioned the main male character, Geoffrey with dark hair, physically well built and (of course) handsome. He was the easy part. The difficult part was when it came to finding my main female character, Anne. Anne posed a problem. She was quite a bit older than Geoffrey, so finding an image with a older female proved challenging. I could have used two entirely separate images and had them blended so they appeared to be together, and I didn’t want to use, although I could have, a female that was real young. Sure a lot of people probably would have never noticed that on the cover. But I would have. I spent hours peering over an endless collection of images until I came across the one that is now on the cover. The female model’s face is partially obscured by her hair, which made her intriguing and helped cover up the age factor. She’s not as old as what  I envisioned in my mind’s eye, but she is the best fit. The cover is my favorite out of all my books; the image of the couple captures the very essence of what true love is all about.

Now on to personality. . .I believe you can tell a lot about the personalities the images on a cover portray not only by the way they pose, but by facial expression and lighting.  I like the images for my male characters to be somewhat older and mature. Definitely not twenty something. The same goes for the female. If I didn’t use this criteria, the covers would never match the story inside that cover. Lighting, used correctly will enhance the image, thus helping the reader easily imagine and envision what the image portrays. Facial expression can be tricky, but it is easy to weed out the truly professional models from the newbies or the wannabes.  The better images come from models who know what they’re doing and what they are suppose to be portraying for the camera. Finding a couple to use is not always an easy task either to find that one perfect image with the pair in sync with the other.

Again, it all boils down to the writer. Some writers do not devote or put much thought and effort into their covers. Others, like me do.  The cover does reflect back on me after all as a writer.

 Guest post by Jamie Salisbury. Jamie Salisbury cannot imagine a time when she did not write. A skill that has served her well throughout her professional career. Public relations in and around the entertainment industry, photography, editing, and special event planning all elevated her passion for writing.

An avid reader of histories, biographies, and romance, it's only natural that part of the products of her pen are historical romances featuring characters so authentic they spring forth from the page and shake the reader's hand. Many of her teen years were spent in Chile, but she and her family were forced out of the country when the political climate demanded it.

Taking the plunge to take her writing professional came as a result of a series of foot surgeries that left her with a lot of time on her hands. Unable to walk great distances at the time, she started writing as a way to pass the time. Her experiences of how dramatically her life had changed at first. Then the new world of e-publishing inspired her to digitally publish her first novel, Perpetual Love, rather than relegate it to the dreaded drawer. She couldn't be happier with her decision to grab the publishing industry by the shoulders and force it to pay attention to all she has to offer.

Two more novels have followed: Blood Lust and Tudor Rose, with more to follow soon.
Jamie now lives outside of Atlanta, but the love for travel has never abandoned her. Adventure, exploration, and intrigue permeate her prose to the core.



Jamie will be giving away a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

So I encourage you to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/05/virtual-book-tour-timeless-sojourn-by.html
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We Are Living In A Young Adult World


People ask me all the time how I can write both adult paranormal erotic fiction and young adult urban fantasy.  I used to just answer that I was interested in both types of worlds but lately I’ve realized that—minus the sex—there isn’t that much difference between the two. 

Adults are consumed with young adult things, particularly in fiction, to the point where one of the top selling books of this year that is highly erotic (and yes I’m talking about 50 Shades of Grey) was originally written as fan-fiction for Twilight starring Bella and Edward. 

Why is this?  I think because in this day and age the stories that we are telling for our young adult heroes are not sugar coated in sweets and candy.  There is a place for that, of course. I’m a mother of young children, I would never want them to be exposed to things too quickly, but let’s face it, teenagers, today, are very mature. They know things that I believe I did not have a clue about when I was that young.

It really says something, I think, that the same books that are interesting to sixteen year olds are fascinating for their mothers. I scrambled out to see the first Twilight movie with five other women the day it came out.  I have spent evenings discussing The Hunger Games on date nights with other couples. 

But, I guess I really should be talking about my own work. If I’m not careful I’ll get on a soapbox I can’t get off of.  So, my Warrior series, particularly Subversive, the third book in the series, takes a lot of hard looks at Rachel and the world in which she lives.  Is anyone really who she thinks they are?  How can she live when she has to question everyone’s motives and, at what point, will she be old enough to form her own opinions on what the truths in her world will be? 

These are all topics that were relevant to me when I was a teenager and are, in different ways, still topical for me now. But, I guess its not strange since it seems to me more and more that we are living in a young adult world. Or maybe they’re just living more in our. 

Guest post by Rebecca Royce. As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.

Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

Rebecca Royce
In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.



Rebecca will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour and a digital copy of Initiation: The Warrior Book 1 to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.  One randomly drawn host will win a $50 Amazon GC.

So I encourage you to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: http://www.goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/05/virtual-book-tour-subversive-warrior.html

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Interview with Margaret Fieland



When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
After I was one. I'd written poetry for years, mostly in notebooks which ended up in a box in the attic. One day I wrote a poem I wanted to keep, and things took off from there.

What genre do you write and why?
Poetry, because that's my first love, and fiction. I write poetry because I have to write poetry, and I started writing fiction after the Muse Online Writing conference in, I think, 2006. I joined a writing forum that required both poetry and fiction.

Tell us about your latest book.
It's a tween sci fi entitled "Relocated," that will be available from MuseItUp publishing in July. I created a poet, the namesake of my main character, and eight of the poems appear in the text of the novel. I actually wrote 30 or so poems, and I'll be publishing the whole collection of poems as well.

What marketing methods are you using to promote your book? 
Margaret Fieland
Ebook tours, blog interviews, hopefully some local readings.

What formats is the book available in?
"Relocated" will be available in ebook format. "Sand in the Desert," the poetry collection, will be available in both print and ebook formats.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Walk our dogs, go to yoga class, and play and listen to music. Also I have a day job as a computer software engineer.

Who are your favourite authors?
For poets, Rita Dove and Stephen Dunn are two of my favorites. For fiction, Lewis Carroll, J.R. R. Tolkien, and Robert A. Heinlein.

What advice do you have for other writers?
Know your mechanics - it's hard to write well, IMO, without having the knowledge of grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and the like. Keep reading - the more widely you read, the better sense of what your strengths and weaknesses as a writer are.

What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself - it is the occurring which is difficult.

What's the best thing about being a writer?
Getting all that stuff out of my head and onto the paper. Otherwise they bang on the inside of my brain yelling, "Write me."

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
On my website,
or the Poetic Muselings website,

Anything else you'd like to add?
The cover is for the collection of poems and was designed by Karen Cioffi http://karencioffifreelancewriter.com/
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The power of reading


When I was five or six, my mother began to worry that my older brother's "reading is lame" stance would have a negative affect on my reading enthusiasm. To counter my brother's influence,  she offered to pay me a dollar for every book I read. A dollar is a lot of money. So when she took me to the library that afternoon, I loaded up on books.

The first series I saw was The Boxcar Children. It was sitting on a display shelf in a cool box that looked like a train. A beautiful display that I promptly destroyed by shoving the first ten books into my library bag and checking out. At home I dived into reading. If I read enough books, I'd be rich! Maybe even more rich than my brother!

I read every book our little library had to offer in the series, and moved on to the next display, The Babysitters Club: Little Sisters Club.  Then I read Sweet Valley Twins, the Full House books, and every other book I could get my hands on that looked relatively new.

I get obsessive when I find a writer I like.  I have to read every book by that author. With some authors, that's not a huge deal. With Francine Pascal it breaks the bank. By now my mom owed me over a hundred dollars. I never saw a penny of the money after I hit the twenty dollar mark.

When I finished the Sweet Valley Twins series (I'm sure I only read a fraction of them, but they were all I could find. Thank goodness amazon.com had not yet been invented), I moved on to Sweet Valley Twins and Friends. Then I read Sweet Valley High, and then I tried to read Sweet Valley University.

Here I met my match. At seven I couldn't read Sweet Valley University. The print was too small. There were too many words. I got headaches when I read them. When I complained to my mom she read a few pages, declared the content too mature for me, and started paying more attention to what I checked out at the library.

As I grew, I read more. I developed a problem distinguishing fiction with reality, compounded by a macabre streak of creativity.  I read a book about twins with telepathic powers. I decided my best friend and I were telepathic. My third grade teacher (oddly enough in one of my few experiences in public school) told me the only way you could be telepathic was if you lost your soul to the devil. I told my friend that unfortunately we'd lost our souls to the devil and explained in vivid detail how he would probably drag us to hell that night.

She wasn't allowed to talk to me again.

In sixth grade I ran into a similar problem with witchcraft. I'd begun reading books by L.J Smith, Christopher Pike and R.L Stine.  After reading so much about witches my friends and I decided we were witches. We'd get together and read the spells out of the books and watch movies like "The Craft." Then one night we were "casting" a spell in my yard, and suddenly my neighbors starting screaming. Shots were fired, and a car peeled out of the drive way. They were never seen again.

I discovered much later that they'd been going through a messy divorce, and had a particularly bad argument when they discovered their son shooting a bee bee gun into the siding of their house to drown out their arguing. The wife packed up the kids and left, and the husband moved away. I'm glad no one was hurt, because my friends and I were too scared to call 911 to confess that we might have killed our neighbors.

After that, my friends and I got very religious. We joined a local youth group and began to read Christian Fiction. I read books by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, and Francine Rivers. This Present Darkness is still one of the creepiest books I've ever read.

Unfortunately my imagination got the best of me, because now instead of casting spells, my friends and I were studying how to cast out demons. The difference between that and casting pretend spells and thinking we could talk telepathically, is that in the Bible belt there are few adults who will tell you demons are just your imagination.

By the time High School started, my friends and I had moved on to bigger and better things. Somehow we got over the fact that fantasy books were satanic, and starting reading Dragonlance, and Terry Goodkind novels. I devoured books, often finishing a book a day so I could catch up to my friends in whatever series they'd recommended. I also discovered a new way to act out what I read in books. A socially acceptable way. Writing my own.

I started with fan fiction and eventually branched into writing my own stories. For years I babbled to anyone who would listen about the book I was working on. Looking back, it was a terrible work of fiction that too closely resembled everything I'd ever read thrown in a blender. 

After I started college, one of my favorite authors (Kelley Armstrong) came out with a young adult counterpart to her book series. Since my obsession with reading every single book a writer has ever written still holds, I preordered it. That is when I rediscovered the young adult genre.

These books were good. I'd loved my L.J Smith books, but there really wasn't any comparison. The standards of young adult literature had improved sometime while I was working my way through the Dragonlance series. From there I caught up on all the popular YA fiction I'd turned my nose up at during high school. I read Harry Potter, I read Twilight, Uglies, and just about every book I could get my hands on. I enjoy YA books more than any other genre right now. Writers have to concentrate more on the story because they don't have sex scenes or gory battles to fall back on to fill space. The books are quickly catching up in length, but there isn't room for the unnecessary story telling just to up the word count that you see in a lot of adult fiction. 

I've always loved reading, and writing always came in a close second. My dream job in high school was to be a slush reader for a big publishing house.

Then I learned publishing houses don't pay their slush readers, they use interns. I didn't particularly want to edit stories or work in any other division of publishing. So now I volunteer my time slush ready for a small publishing house. Consequently most of the books I read now haven't been released yet.

I still read mostly YA books. I also write YA books. The first in my book series (not the one from high school) is due for release in July. Pending sales, the rest of the trilogy should be out shortly.  

Despite my preference for YA, lately my horizons have been expanding. My mom's group has a book club. We read one book a month, and alternate who chooses the book and the restaurant. Because of their more literary taste, I've read things like "The Help," and "Water for Elephants," and "The Uses of Enchantment." We also read mystery novels, and self help books. They make fun of my YA choices, but when my month roles around we discuss not just the one book I chose, but any other book in its series, because most of the time they couldn't stop after the first book.

I've also been reading a lot of children's books out loud to my two year old lately. My husband and I recently started doing read alouds. We read a Bella book, and then a chapter of a grown up book every night.  If we ever go on long trips I read out loud while he drives.

I just started running, and because music doesn't create enough of a distraction, I purchased a subscription to Audible, and listen to audio books when I run. It's great motivation. I can't hear the rest of the story until I'm running.

Reading has always been my choice of leisure activity. It's an activity that defines me. My whole life people have told me I'm a reader. Even now, my writers group turns to me for reading recommendations. Reading has also always been a social activity for me. It's gotten me into more trouble than any other single activity I've ever attempted, but it's also influenced my scholastic journey and defined my career choice. I love to read.

Guest post by Kaitlin Bevis.
Kaitlin Bevis spent her childhood curled up with a book, and a pen. If the ending didn't agree with her, she rewrote it. She's always wanted to be a writer, and spent high school and college learning everything she could so that one day she could achieve that goal. She graduated college with my BFA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and is pursuing my masters at the University of Georgia.


Her young adult fiction novel "Persephone," will be released this summer. She also writes for Athens Parent Magazine, and truuconfessions.com.


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Interview with Amber Lea Easton


When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I wrote my first book when I was 9 years old.  It was 80 pages long, filled with blood and gore, where no one survived in the end.  My parents probably should have rushed me to a therapist, but they didn't.  Instead I ended up writing in notebooks throughout high school and college, but never pursued fiction writing until my 30s. I was under the false impression that writing stories was a great hobby, but journalism and advertising were more respectable and secure professions.  There's nothing wrong with those careers, but I simply couldn't stop the stories.  My late husband was the one who finally encouraged me to just go for publication.  There's a line in the movie Housesitter that says, "All a dreamer needs is one person who believes in them."  That's very true.  

What genre do you write and why?

I write romantic suspense because I love a good thrill.  Suspense writing with its darkness and perpetual challenges for the characters keeps my mind snapping with ideas.  Romance with its raw emotion and intensity ups the stakes for the characters who often have everything to lose.  Love is universal...we all seek it whether we admit it or not.  When I put the the two together, it's like tossing a match onto gasoline. Creating complicated plots with equally complex characters who are often damaged is addicting.  In my world, romantic suspense combines all the elements of a good story--sex, action, danger, darkness, complexity and intensity.  

Tell us about your latest book.

Ah, Riptide.  I love this story.  It's about a woman, Lauren Biltmore, who had to kill a stalker to save her own life.  On top of her physical wounds, she has a hard time dealing with the trauma she's survived.  Self-defense doesn't justify her actions, at least not in her own mind. An anchorwoman in Atlanta, she's used to reporting the news rather than being the lead story. She retreats to her brother's home on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, hoping to figure out how to start her life over and to distract herself from reality.  

Distraction arrives in the form of sexy screenwriter and dive master Noah Reynolds who's not at all what he seems.  He knows he should maintain a "hands off" policy with Lauren, especially when her brother is one of his best friends and when the worst night of her life has unlocked his writer's block.  As if that's not enough, he suddenly has a stalker of his own who's determined to bring his scandalous past to the surface.  For years he's lived with a firm set of rules.  Rule 1: stay busy. Rule 2: avoid relationships with women. Rule 3: confide in no one.  Rule 4: never forget rule #2.  But with Lauren, the rules don't matter.  In her, he senses someone who's as alone as he is.  

But as Noah's stalker intensifies her torment, Lauren's forced to question if her paranoia is real or a carryover from her past.  What's real?  What's imagined?  All those memories she's fought to suppress refuse to be buried alive.  Noah's being hunted by a maniac and his not-so-reformed-bad-boy ways are coming to light. Tentative trust is tested against a riptide of deceit, revenge and murder.  

Like I said, I love this story.  Why?  Because it's dark and highly emotional.  The relationship between Noah and Lauren is as intense as it is sexy.  

What marketing methods are you using to promote your book?

Well, my publisher helps me with the launch with their various advertising sources.  Outside of that, I utilize virtual book tours, twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, LinkedIn, local press when possible and my own blog.  

What formats is the book available in?

Riptide is initially in all ebook formats (kindle, nook, etc) directly from my publisher, Bookstrand.com, until released to distributors like Barnes and Noble and Amazon in mid-August 2012.  It will also be out in paperback, but not until November 2012. 

My other romantic suspense novel, Kiss Me Slowly, is currently available in all ebook formats and paperback from Barnes and NobleAmazon andAmazonUK

Amber Lea Easton
What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Well, I'm always taking a class of some kind.  I guess you could call me a perpetual student of life.  I'm curious about everything, which is one reason I love being an author.  I'm also a widowed mom of two teens so they keep me busy with their sporting events and school activities. Solo parenting can sometimes be overwhelming, but we manage to have fun. I love traveling, yoga, Pilates, stargazing, going to movies, concerts, plays, hockey games (Go Avalanche!), comedy clubs, and socializing with friends when possible.  

Who are your favorite authors?

Heather Graham, Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, Jennifer Crusie, David Sedaris, and Wayne Dyer to name a few.  

What advice do you have for other writers?

Always be willing to learn from others, but use your own judgement about what works best for you.  Not everything will click with you so it's okay to adjust accordingly.  Also, be resilient.  It's a tough business--and it is a business, take off the rose colored glasses and accept that.  After you finish the manuscript, revise until it's at its best.  Utilize the talent of a good editor because every writer needs one, no matter how gifted you are.  Have faith in yourself and your work, always be true to you, but know when to bend so you don't snap.  I like to use the metaphor of a palm tree that stands firm in its roots while bending with the wind.  

What's your favorite quote about writing/for writers? 

I have many favorite quotes, but can't think of one that's specifically about writing.  I'll share this one instead, which to me is essential for nurturing our human spirit, especially the artistic soul. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." Ralph Waldo Emerson.  If you don't like that one, then I have a quote from my U2 concert T-shirt that says, "Every artist is a cannibal." Gotta love Bono's wisdom. Take your pick! And, yes, I know how different they are

What's the best thing about being a writer?

I think the best thing is the freedom it gives me, especially as an only parent who happens to live in the forest in the Rocky Mountains.  Commuting and working long hours in the city at this time in my life would be disastrous for my family.  As an author, I'm able to have a flexible schedule that works around the kids' activities. 

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?

Follow my author Facebook page, check out my website, or follow me on Twitter as @MtnMoxieGirl.  

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