Author Spotlights

Author Spotlight – Emily Wood

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
Well, I've been writing for years but I only had the guts to start sending things out about a year ago.

2) What's the shortest and/or longest amount of time it's ever taken you to complete a book?
Since the stories in my series 'Rags and Riches' are short, they haven't taken me that long to write so far, about a few months each. However, I started writing another, longer book about a month ago and so far all I've got is about half a chapter and a whole heap of research, so I'm guessing it is going to take me quite a while to write.

3) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
It's definitely mornings, but as a mother of two very young children I have to cram my writing into times when they're both asleep.

4) Are you plotter or a panser?
I am the most indecisive person in the world, so even though a lot of time goes into plotting, I tend to change my mind and rewrite things a lot before I'm happy with the final copy.

5) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
Comedy. I like reading Danny Wallace, Dave Gorman, and books by stand-up comedians, but I could never pull it off myself.

6) Is there a genre you've never written, but you would like to try writing?
I absolutely love historical romances, and I'm giving this a go now.

7) What do you think makes a good story?
Believable characters that the reader cares about.

8) Have you ever had writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
Yes. I just carry on writing something, even if it's a letter, or just about my day, anything really so I don't get out of the habit of writing. If you write something every day, eventually you get through it.

9) What do you do to relax?
I don't remember! No, I'm joking, I love taking walks, taking bubble baths, and baking (with varying degrees of success).

10) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
I love the taste of chocolate but the scent of vanilla. I drink tea for comfort, coffee when I need to stay awake, and green tea when I'm trying to fool myself into believing I have a healthy diet. I'm not a massive fan of fizzy drinks. Cats, I admire their free spirits. Definitely sunrises, I love the feeling of a new day with all its possibilities.

11) Are you a collector of anything?
My fiancé would probably tell you I'm a collector of everything, and most of it useless; I'm very sentimental. I have a huge collection of hats, most of which I have never worn, because I get a new hat from every country I've been to, and because my friends know this and contribute, I have the most outrageous hats from around the world.

12) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The power to control time would be great because I never have enough time to do half the things I want to.

13) What's your biggest pet peeve?
People who always complain that they're bored. There is always something great you could be doing!

14) If you could time travel where would you go and why/what would you do?
I have a passion for Roman history so I would love to just be a fly on the wall in Rome pretty much throughout the history of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.

15) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
You can follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/EmilyWoodAuthor or check out my website http://emilywoodauthor.blogspot.co.uk/ or even send me an email at emilywood.author@gmail.com

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Author Spotlight – Mary Wehr

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
Two years. My first story was rejected by two different publishers, so I moved on to writing A Heart's Endeavor. I've learned so much during the editing process. I may go back to my first story and do a rewrite.

2) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
Late nights work for me. Especially in the summer time.

3) Where is your favorite place to write?
I like to sit in the living room with my laptop. My chair is next to the window. But I may have to move elsewhere, because I get easily distracted by what the animals are doing outside:D

4) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
I enjoy reading western historical 1800s. I'm sure it takes quite a while to do the research. I don't know if I'd have the patience.

5) What advice would you give to a new writer?
I know it's difficult at times, but keep at it and don't give up. There will be rejections, but it only takes one editor to believe in you and your story.

6) Have you ever had writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
Yes! I don't handle writer's block very well. I get too frustrated with myself. Usually a walk helps or stepping away from the computer for a bit. I learned not to shut off the computer, because sometimes all I have to do is walk away and then a thought hits me and I have to turn it back on.

7) What do you do to relax?
Sitting outside and watching the wildlife relaxes me. In the winter I like to catch up on my reading.

8) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Sandra Hill, Maya Banks and Shayla Black.

9) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Definitely chocolate. I need coffee first thing in the morning or I get grouchy:) I don't drink soda that much, but I prefer Coke. I love dogs, and I like to sit outside and watch the sunset.

10) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
My e-mail is mkwehr@verizon.net I'd love to hear from our readers!
My website is http://marysuewehr.com/ I'm not an avid blogger so your inbox won't be flooded with posts:)
Join me on Facebook for a chuckle http://www.facebook.com/mary.wehr.7

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Author Spotlight – Aimée Duffy

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
A couple of years. I started taking it seriously in the summer of 2011.

2) What's the shortest and/or longest amount of time it's ever taken you to complete a book?
I wrote The Monster of Fame in three weeks (just over 50,000 words) for Nano in 2011, but spent ages revising it. The longest I've taken to write a book is probably eight months. I had to rewrite the book. Twice.

3) What is your writing schedule like?
I squeeze in a few hours here and there when I can. Sunday mornings are when I get most of the words down though.

4) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
Mornings. When I get up an hour before I'm supposed to I get more done in that hour than I would at night—and that's before my coffee!

5) Are you plotter or a panser?
I plotted The Monster of Fame, but pansed my way through Isle of Sensuality. The book I'm working on I had a plot for, but I'm pansing away from it. I guess it all depends. I like to know what the black moment is when I start writing and work toward that.

6) What is the most difficult or challenging thing for you as a writer?
Six months ago I'd have said writing the love scenes. Now it's cramming everything in around two jobs!

7) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
Crime Thrillers. I love Ian Rankin, Linwood Barclay, and Harlan Coben, but I don't think I'd be able to pull off a plot that twisty!

8) Is there a genre you've never written, but you would like to try writing?
I'd like to try my hand at YA and BDSM romance.

9) What do you think makes a good story?
Characters. If I love the protagonists I'll follow them wherever they go.

10) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
Facebook, blogs, Twitter, Goodreads, Cosmo online, the list is endless. I rock at procrastination.

11) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Chocolate, coffee, neither, cats, sunsets.

12) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The ability to see into the future. I'd concentrate on the stock markets really hard :)

13) What's your biggest pet peeve?
Moaning (yet I'm a winger myself…)

14) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
www.aimeeduffy.co.uk
www.facebook.com/aimeeduffyx
www.twitter.com/AimeeDuffyx

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Author Spotlight – Jaye Shields

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
Since 2011. I've always wanted to be a writer, but my problem has always been that I have too many ideas to commit to just one at a time. Even throughout middle school and high school, I began novels, got about a third to halfway through, then got distracted by a newer, better idea, and started on that instead. I still get excited mid work-in-progress, but sticky notes have become my best friend. When I get an idea that has me excited, I write it down and put it someplace visible so I don't forget. On occasion, I actually write out an entire scene from the (future) book. When I began Claiming of a Sex Demon (book 2 in the Sex Demon trilogy) I already had Addictions of a Sex Demon (book 3) written in my head.

2) What's the shortest and/or longest amount of time it's ever taken you to complete a book?
I wrote book 2 in the Sex Demon Trilogy, Claiming of a Sex Demon, in about three days. It's only a novella and I was on spring break from school, so I had all day long to write. It was so fun. I felt like a real writer that week, binging on champagne, scones, and pizza, and writing over 5k a day.

3) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
I love writing in the morning during my first cup of coffee. I'm a coffee addict, but the first cup is always the most magical, and I think my best sessions (because I'm the least distracted) are in the morning. My second favorite time to write is late at night with a glass of red with some haunting tunes like Nina Nastasia.

4) Where is your favorite place to write?
At my local coffee shop. Bright walls, black and white checkered floors, comfy chairs, local art, and the sexiest lattes you've ever seen. I've been known to flood my Facebook wall with gorgeous latte art ;)

5) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
There is always music on while I'm writing. What I listen to greatly depends on the scene and genre I'm writing. For the Sex Demon trilogy, I listened to a ton of Deftones and A Perfect Circle. I think the song "Change" by the Deftones should by Zahra and Lennox's theme song for Confessions of a Sex Demon. It's very sensual instrumentally, but the lyrics are haunting. There's this one line, "I watched a change in you…" that's perfect for Lennox and Zahra's sensual love/hate adventure. Tee-hee. Note to readers: listen to this song and then read the book. :)

6) Are you plotter or a panser?
Both

7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That even though I'm supposed to be young enough to get away with it, I can still put on five pounds if I eat a pizza every day. Tee-hee. When Spring Break was over (while I'd been writing Claiming) I'd accumulated a stack of four pizza boxes. By the time I finished writing Addictions of a Sex Demon, I realized I had to get on the Insanity routine or Jazzercize or something.

8 ) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
I never thought I'd write a contemporary, but here I am, about 30k into one. In the couple months I've written a paranormal novella, a historical, and now I'm into the contemporary. I also wrote a few scenes from a horror I'd like to publish, but put that one on the backburner. I got scared ; ) Paranormal/fantasy is still by far my favorite genre. I have a wicked imagination, and I love that with paranormal the possibilities are endless.

9) What advice would you give to a new writer?
Don't give up. Also, what I wish someone would have told me in the beginning is spend more effort finding a good critique partner before you invest a bunch of money entering contests to get feedback. In my experience, all I ever got was conflicting opinions because everything is subjective and everyone has different tastes. I also heard things like "this author doesn't know how to write" which is not exactly constructive.

10) What do you think makes a good story?
Awesome characters, an epic adventure, and a scintillating conflict.

11) Have you ever had writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
Nope. And luckily, I have so many darn ideas, I'll be writing straight for at least 2 years. I do get editor's block though. Sometimes I'm way in the zone and I catch all kinds of things. Other times, I just second guess everything and NOTHING gets done.

12) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and JR Ward in her early years. These are kickass paranormal authors.

13) What do you do to relax?
I love to play guitar and take epic walks along the beach and through the gorgeous Victorian neighborhoods of my home base. I really love photography and spending time in the darkroom, but I haven't done that since I dedicated my schedule to writing.

14) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
Eating and watching HGTV. Guy from Income Property, CALL ME. :)

15) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To be indestructible. I'd love to be able to save people by jumping in front of cars or absorbing disease into my body, but still live to tell the tale.

16) If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Pegasus. Tee-hee, does that count?

17) What's your biggest pet peeve?
No pet peeves. Life is entirely too short.

18) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
Website/blog: www.JayeShields.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JayeShields
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jaye-Shields/228175300573148

XOXO Jaye

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Author Spotlight – M. A. Stacie

1) What is your writing schedule like?
I try to write every day, even if it's only a hundred words. I'm not one of those authors that can spill out thousands of words a day—my biggest would be about 3k. It's probably down to my need to procrastinate.

2) Where is your favorite place to write?
I always write in my living room in front of the TV. My kids are usually around while I write so I have to be accessible. The interruptions can make concentration difficult at times, but I really wouldn't have it any other way. The kids see me working and writing and get as excited as I do when a manuscript is accepted.

3) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
My kids and the TV/music are always filling the silence when I write.

4) Are you plotter or a panser?
I'm a plotter, but then I am an organized person by nature. There have been a few occasions where my plot has altered slightly from my framework, though that's normally for the better. I have tried to write without a basic plot (just having a few random ideas) but it didn't go so well.

5) What is the most difficult or challenging thing for you as a writer?
The hardest pill to swallow will always be harsh criticism—those reviews that outright hate your book/writing. At first they really, truly upset me, though now I have learned it simply isn't possible to please everyone that reads my work. It still smarts when I stumble across them, and I doubt that will ever change.

6) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
I adore reading paranormal romance, namely vampire or dragon shifter books. I have tried to write a paranormal book, but the WIP keeps stalling. So much so that I now think I'm more suited to contemporary or erotic romance. I revisit it often, but in comparison to the works I read, mine seems 'paranormal light'.

7) What advice would you give to a new writer?
To just WRITE. So many people focus on certain rules—like publishers not liking prologues, etc. They get bogged down in what they're told people want, instead of writing the best story they can. There are plenty of authors that 'break the rules' each and every day. If you write what you want, rather than what others tell you, you keep your story true and publishers will see that.

8 ) Who are some of your favorite authors?
I read a lot, anyone following me on Twitter or Facebook will attest to that, so I have many favorite authors. My top three would be Sherrilyn Kenyon (The Dark Hunter Series), Christine Feehan (Carpathian Series), and Nora Roberts when she writes as JD Robb (In Death Series).

9) What are you reading at the moment?
I've been reading a lot of dragon shifter books, recently discovering the wonderful Thea Harrison's Elder Races, and Coreene Callahan's Dragonfury series. But I'm always partial to a rugged cowboy or a broken man (like in Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley).

10) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
Reading. Seriously, my laptop is virtually always on my knee but more than half of the time I'll be reading and playing on Twitter/Facebook rather than writing. I like to think of it as research rather than procrastinating, though. LOL!

11) Are you a collector of anything?
My husband would tell you I collect shoes, handbags, and books as I have each of them in every room of our house.

12) What's your biggest pet peeve?
Far too many to mention! I live with four males, so I have a lot of 'moments'.

13) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MAStacie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MAStacie
Website: http://www.mastacie.com

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Author Spotlight – Tamaria Soana

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
Sixteen months ago the story idea for Obsession hit me and poured out of me.

2) What's the shortest and/or longest amount of time it's ever taken you to complete a book?
Obsession being my first, I wrote the original version which was 11,000 words in a month.

3) What is your writing schedule like?
It depends on the day. I'm a mom of young girls and my three year old demands my attention, so it's really hit and miss.

4) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
In the morning.

5) Where is your favorite place to write?
Currently at my kitchen table. I do have a small corner of the rec room that is my 'office' but the lighting is horrible.

6) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
I listen to music.

7) Are you plotter or a panser?
I try to outline, but it never works. I just let my characters lead me; after all, it's their story.

8 ) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That there is a huge amount of work that has to be done even after you finish your book and get a contract. I knew going in that being an author wasn't going to be easy. I guess for me it was surreal to watch Obsession become a stronger book with each round of edits.

9) What is the most difficult or challenging thing for you as a writer?
Patience, with me instant gratification even takes too long.

10) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
I really only read romance books, a few paranormals. I guess a paranormal; I don't think I could pull that off.

11) What advice would you give to a new writer?
I'm still very new to this, but my advice would be don't give up. The road to being published has many bumps and detours, but the journey is well worth it!

12) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Danielle Steel is by far my favorite author.

13) What are you reading at the moment?
I recently discovered a series called 1 Night Stand. It's a multi-author series that revolves around one matchmaker, Madam Eve. My dream would be to have a book in this series.

14) What do you do to relax?
I find reading very relaxing. I love curling up with my Kindle. Nothing compares to relaxing and reading a good book. It's the perfect escape. That's really how I came up with my tagline Relax… Read… Escape with Tamaria Soana. A few people asked why I put relax before read. I need to be relaxed and snuggled in before I open a book on my Kindle. Then hopefully the author will help me escape for a little while.

15) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
LOL. Procrastinate is my middle name. Reading!

16) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
I love a good swirl, so both. Coffee. Pepsi. Dogs. Sunrise, because it signifies a new fresh day.

17) Are you a collector of anything?
I collect Willow Tree Angels

18) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I guess I'd want be all knowing.

19) If you could be any animal, what would you be?
An eagle, so I could soar free.

20) What's your biggest pet peeve?
People who lack basic common sense.

21) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
My Blog: http://tamariasoana.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Tamaria_Soana
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003129993923
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5752456.Tamaria_Soana

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Author Spotlight – Ciara Lake

1) What is your writing schedule like?
I try to write after work during the weekdays. It's fun for me, like watching a movie. I unwind by writing. I write on the weekends too. I write whenever I have free time.

2) Where is your favorite place to write?
I like to write at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee.

3) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
I need noise. I often have the television on when I write or I listen to soothing music. I like soft jazz.

4) What is the most difficult or challenging thing for you as a writer?
Sometimes managing my time can be difficult. I'm an attorney and when I'm bogged down with trial work, I have trouble with everything, like the promotion work involved in writing. When I'm immersed in trial all else is hard to deal with and suddenly deadlines are coming up. It really makes it hard for me to manage both careers and be a mom too. But I would not change a thing. I just need a personal manager. :)

5) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
I like to read historical romance. I was a history education major in college before law school. Writing historical romance takes more work than just using your imagination. You need historical accuracy. I really respect historical fiction writers. When I am retired from practicing law I may write this genre, but I would need much more free time.

6) What advice would you give to a new writer?
Polish your manuscript before submitting it. Also, take rejection in stride. Just keep on keeping on. And remember that you can learn a lot from a good editor.

7) Have you ever had writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
Yes, I have it sometimes. Most recently I had writer's block due to a major trial I was working on. My brain can handle only so much it seems. Preparing for big trials and then spending hours each day in a courtroom can really shut me down creatively. The emotions involved in my type of work are also a creative flow blocker. Good thing I don't have too many difficult trials.

8 ) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Lora Leigh, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Christine Feehan.

9) What do you do to relax?
I like to watch television, a good movie, and reading. I also enjoy going on vacation and sitting outside in the sun. I love long walks in the woods or on a beach. I enjoy sightseeing too. My parents own a farm with a large woods, it's fun to take a nice walk under the trees there.

10) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Chocolate, coffee, and tea (I have discovered Teavana teas and teapots), Pepsi, dogs (I have two and another one on my parents' farm), and sunsets (not really a morning person).

11) Are you a collector of anything?
I collect dolls from other countries.

12) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To determine if a person is telling the truth or lying, to be a lie detector. Since I'm an attorney who protects children it would be an awesome power to know what is in the hearts of parents and custodians. It would help me make the best decisions and really protect the children.

13) If you could be any animal, what would you be?
I love wolves. I would be a wolf, just because I think Lycans are awesome. Lycans will be in one of my upcoming books in The Forsaken Series.

14) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
Website: http://www.ciaralakeromancebooks.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CiaraLakeWrites
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Ciara-Lake/100002273671918

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Author Spotlight – Elise Whyles

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
I've been writing for a while but for the purpose of publication only the last year or so. It took a while for me to work out the process and decide how I wanted to do it.

2) What's the shortest and/or longest amount of time it's ever taken you to complete a book?
The shortest amount of time was two weeks, longest time two years and counting.

3) What is your writing schedule like?
Hectic, lol. There's really no other way to describe it. I work full time plus I'm a mom, so writing has to be filled in when I'm doing nothing else, not always an easy task.

4) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
First thing in the morning and then at night.

5) Where is your favorite place to write?
Anywhere—though honestly, I seem to be struck with the muse at the kitchen table of late.

6) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
There has to be background music—I usually have a playlist set to play for three hours when I'm working.

7) Are you plotter or a panser?
Plotter

8 ) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How therapeutic it is. No matter my mood I find sitting down to write always puts me in a good mood.

9) What is the most difficult or challenging thing for you as a writer?
Sex scenes. I always hear back how well they're done but honestly, they're hard for me to write since I often get to feeling they may be too clinical.

10) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
Not really

11) Is there a genre you've never written, but you would like to try writing?
Fantasy/sci-fi

12) What advice would you give to a new writer?
Listen to your editor. If your editor suggests a change listen to them, because their job is to make your diamond shine.

13) What do you think makes a good story?
Characters that are relateable

14) Have you ever had writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
Who hasn't? I'm no exception, but I find if I start a new project usually I can overcome the block and move forward.

15) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Kresley Cole, Lacey Wolfe, Louis L'Amour

16) What are you reading at the moment?
I'm not reading anything right now

17) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
Watching movies, reading, napping

18) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Chocolate, coffee, Pepsi, cats, sunrises

19) Are you a collector of anything?
Yes, I collect pens

20) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
super healing

21) If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Horse

22) What's your biggest pet peeve?
Being interrupted when the creative juices are flowing

23) If you could time travel where would you go and why/what would you do?
I'd go anywhere in history. I love history and would love to visit ancient Rome, Greece, Ireland, Scotland.

24) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
Website: http://elisewhyles.com
Blog: http://elisewhyles.blogspot.ca
Facebook: http://facebook.com/elisewhyles

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Author Spotlight – Kaylie Newell

1) Where is your favorite place to write?
I love writing at Barnes and Noble! Lots of good mojo there with all the books and browsing customers :)

2) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
I like soft background music or white noise. Sometimes if I’m feeling a little blocked, I’ll pop in my earphones and listen to my iPod. That charges my batteries, but I can’t do it for too long or I’ll start to get distracted.

3) Are you a plotter or a panser?
Both! I like to have a general idea of where the story is going, but I also like it when my characters surprise me. That keeps it fun.

4) What is the most difficult or challenging thing for you as a writer?
The hardest thing about writing for me is finding a set time to do it. I have two little ones who are a huge blessing, but they’re also little time suckers. If I’m not disciplined every day, I’ll find evening sneaking up on me without even a sentence to show for it.

5) Is there a genre you’ve never written, but you would like to try writing?
I’d like to try and write a historical romance one day. I love the idea of picking up a book and being able to step back in time. But boy, the idea of it scares me. All that research. Whew!

6) What advice would you give a new writer?
Never give up! Seriously. It’s so hard when you’re just starting out and it seems like the only correspondence you get via e-mail are weekend coupons for The Gap and rejections notices. But keep at it! You will get there. And remember that the journey can be very rewarding if you let it be.

7) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Stephen King is my hero. I think I’ve read nearly everything he’s ever written. Some of it twice :) Karen Robards is my favorite romance author. I love Alice Hoffman, Kathryn Stockett, Suzanne Collins and Betty Smith. Oh, I also love Ken Follett. I might need a few days to list them all!

8 ) What are you reading at the moment?
The Stand and Simply Irresistible. And Dr. Seuss. Lots of Dr. Seuss at bedtime.

9) What’s your favorite way to procrastinate?
Ahh, that one’s easy. I’m an iPhone owner. One can never get enough US Weekly in tiny iPhone app increments.

10) Are you a collector of anything?
I collect I Love Lucy memorabilia. Lucille Ball makes me laugh even when I don’t want to. I love seeing her and Ethel when I walk around my house. They make me smile unexpectedly.

11) If you could be any animal, what would you be?
I think I’d have to be a sloth. They don’t have to have an excuse to be lazy.

12) Give us some links to find you, please.
www.kaylienewell.com
www.facebook.com/kaylienewell
kaylienewell@gmail.com

Thanks so much for having me!

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Author Spotlight – Lacey Wolfe

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
I would have to say at least three years. It was more a hobby I did when my youngest released my leg long enough to let me write. Last year however I got more serious. She started a morning program a few days a week which finally left me time to look back over the things I had written. It was in May 2011 that I decided this was going to be my job and I was going to treat it that way. Once I got into that mind frame, I finally achieved the success I’d been striving for.

2) What is your writing schedule like?
I’m very fortunate that currently I’m home all day. I try to spend a few hours M-F from 8-2 writing, editing, or brainstorming.

3) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
I’m a morning person. If I don’t open my Word document while I drink coffee then it’s not happening that day. I always tell myself that when the kids climb into bed I’m going to write. But, my rule for myself has always been, once they’re in bed I’m off duty. I plop down next to my husband and I just be me.

4) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
No people around! I can have the TV on or the radio blasting but I need to be alone. If the kids are here then I’m automatically in mom mode and that’s tough for me to break. Sometimes I can write if it’s just my husband home. He is pretty decent about leaving me alone.

5) Are you plotter or a panser?
I’ve always been a panser until a recent story. It was totally new to me to sit down and plot it out before writing it. But it had to be done. I normally sit down with the characters in my head and just wait and see where they take me. Sometimes I think the story is going to be one way, but as I'm writing it, the characters led me a different way. I don’t complain—it is their story after all.

6) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
The most surprising thing is that I can finish them! It’s certainly easy to come up with the idea.  But in every story I come to a point where I hit a brick wall. I either get past it or I put it aside in that dreaded folder on my computer for the started stories that need to be finished.

7) What advice would you give to a new writer?
Not to give up. Not everyone is going to like that story and that goes for publishers too. My best advice is if you’ve completed something to send it out to a few publishers at a time and expect the rejections. Read and study the letter and then open that draft back up and work on it. Send it out again and just learn.

I would also advise them to get on Twitter. Other authors are so supportive and you would be amazed how many want to help you. I think other writers are the most unselfish people I’ve ever met. They want to see you succeed.

8 ) What do you do to relax?
I read to relax. I’m an avid reader. If I don’t read for a few days, my stress level rises. Something about escaping into a good book always makes me feel better.

9) What’s your favorite way to procrastinate?
Either cleaning or taking the dog for a walk. Usually a walk since I have no other choice but to think.

10) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Chocolate. Coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon. Coke. We are big cat people (we have 6!), but I couldn’t be without my dog either. Sunsets, I don’t want to be up until after it rises.

11) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
www.laceywolfe.com
www.twitter.com/LaceyWolfe
www.facebook.com/AuthorLaceyWolfe

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