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Q & A with Author Violet Sparks

Hi, Violet. Thanks for joining me today! Do you have a specific writing style?
I generally write in the third person limited or omniscient style. I have to say, I begin by the seat of my pants and allow my characters full reign. About one-third to half-way through the book, I'll sit down and outline the rest of the novel to keep things on track. At this point, I've got a good idea where all the personalities will end up. 
How did you come up with the title?
The main character, Katrina Crimshaw, is a jewelry aficionado. She runs into a man from her past, someone she found incredibly attractive but was too shy to pursue. I combined the idea of a solitaire ring, representing her love of jewels, with the loneliness that sometimes accompanies someone who is fearful or shy, and came up with A Solitary Romance
What books have most influenced your life most?
The Bible has had the biggest impact on my life. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, a Carmelite monk who live…

Q & A with Author Alix Nichols

Hi, Alix. Thanks for joining me! What are your ambitions for your writing career? What would your career look like in an ideal world?
My ambition is to outsell Nora Roberts... What? A girl can dream, can't she? 
What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
I won’t be very original here—it’s Game of Thrones. I'm totally addicted. I even made one of my characters quote Melisandre and another, Tyrion!
Oh, that's one of my favorites too! Do you believe in fate or love at first sight?
I definitely believe in lust at first sight. I also believe it’s possible to fall in love after spending a day with someone truly special (at least, to you). As for the “fated mates” concept so dear to paranormal romance authors, I don’t think it exists beyond the pages of paranormal romance.  

What is the strangest fact about you?
I’ve never Googled myself. 
Which writers inspire you?
To name just a few: Arthur C. Clarke, J. K. Rowling, Marian Keyes, Nick Hornby, India Knight, Judith Ivory, Tessa Dare, Armistead …

Q & A With Author Aimee Horton

I am joined today by the author Aimee Horton as she relaunched and rebrands her The Perfect Disaster series with all new covers. Hi Aimee, what are your ambitions for your writing career? What would your career look like in an ideal world?
Oh, I have a lot of unrealistic ambitions for writing, and if it were an ideal world I’d be living somewhere sunny writing on my terrace, and watching my books being turned into movies and sitcoms. HOWEVER, if I’m realistic, I’d settle for making a good living where people genuinely enjoy my books – I love to make people laugh so the thought of lots of people laughing at what I write would be amazing!
Those are awesome goals. What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
OH! Pretty Little Liars! I LOVE IT! And I was late to the party with Gossip Girl. OH OH and I’ve just started watching the Scream series on Netflix. Plus all of the Top Model franchise.
I am also a huge fan of Gossip Girl and Top Model. I am so sad that they are both over now. Do you believe in …

Melissa Explains It All | Melissa Joan Hart

“I remember asking my friend. . .for tips and her best one was: When watching football with your man, just look up once in awhile and ask, Now who did he used to play for?' He'll talk for at least fifteen minutes, you'll seem like you care, and then you can go back to your In Style or whatever.” 
Genre: Celebrity Memoir.  Number of Pages: 276. Perspective: First. 

This is a memoir by the former child star, Melissa Joan Hart.  She details her life growing up in front of the camera and her adventures into adulthood. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I listened to this as an audiobook, which was enjoyable since Melissa provided her own voice. She definitely made this one of the easiest to listen to audiobooks I have experienced. However, the content left me wanting more. 
I really enjoyed hearing about Melissa’s childhood and how she got into acting. I also liked the nostalgia of hearing about the behind the scenes of Sabrina: the Teenage Witch. I’ve always seen Melissa as o…

American Wife | Taya Kyle

“Never complain about the price of a gift from your spouse--accept it with love and gratitude. You can’t put a price on romance.”
Genre: War Memoir.  Number of Pages: 329. Perspective: First. 
This is the memoir of the famous sniper Chris Kyle’s wife. She tells her experiences of being a military wife and how she dealt with the death of her husband. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I listened to this as an audiobook on a road trip. I chose this book because I watched the movie American Sniper and then listened to the audiobook version on my last road trip. Honestly, I don’t feel like Taya offered a lot in this story to add to Chris' story. The first half of the book, she is basically restating all of her husband’s book, but from her perspective. This may sound mean, but I don’t really need her perspective. If it was more of her overall experiences of being a military wife, it may have been more interesting. However, she talks mainly about Chris’ experiences while deployed. He a…

It's a Writer Thing -- My Process for Responding to Feedback

This is a guest post by Jessica Bayliss. 




Welcome back to my series on receiving feedback. This time, I’m going to discuss my very own method of responding when my inbox pings the arrival of both the most coveted and the most dreaded missive in an author’s life: a critique. As I write this, I have one waiting in my inbox, so I can speak from my most immediate experience when I describe my system. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: getting input is never easy. It wasn’t easy for me the last time I got a round, and it’s not easy today. BUT, it will get easier, especially when you find CPs and develop relationships with agents/editors who you really trust and who have your best interests in mind.
I find it’s easiest to cope with this inescapable task in a writer’s life via a series of steps. When I’m not writing, I’m a clinical psychologist, so I’ve taken my method from exposure-based therapy. I have my own personal writing feedback exposure hierarchy. You may choose to tackle mor…