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Q & A With Author Julie Archer

Hi, Julie! Thanks for joining me today! Let's get started. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I’d like writing to be my only job! Ideally, I’d like to become a traditionally published bestselling author. It would also be great to have a strong following of people that are interested when my next book comes out. But in all honesty, if I can break even some day, that would be great!
What would your career look like in an ideal world?
Pretty much the same as above. I’d love to just focus on writing and not have the variety of other jobs as well.

What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
Just the one? I have several! Hollyoaks (UK soap), Made in Chelsea (UK reality TV series focusing on the lives and loves of the rich people in Chelsea) and Pretty Little Liars (US teen drama).
Do you believe in fate or love at first sight?
I believe that things happen for a reason. If something doesn’t work out for you, then it wasn’t meant to be and something better will come along. For example, I …

Q & A With Author Holly Tierney-Bedord

Hi, Holly! Thanks for joining me! What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I have many partly written stories, and even more stories in my head. I want to get them all out there!
What would your career look like in an ideal world?
I'm pretty happy with my career as it is right now. I get to write a lot, and I also have a regular job I love working for a group of local restaurants.
What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
I love TV. Love it. All reality shows. Especially the Real Housewives, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, and Survivor. Junky daytime shows like court shows and Dr. Phil. Comedies like The Big Bang Theory and Brooklyn 99. I love watching the news. True Crime shows. The Simpsons. I'll watch just about anything. I went for years without a television, because I felt like TV was unhealthy and made people dumb, but when my husband and I got married about ten years ago he insisted we have a TV, and now I'm like one of those kids raised without candy who just want…

It's a Writer Thing -- It's All About Control

This is a guest post by Jessica Bayliss. 


Hello lovely writers! Welcome back to my It’s a Writer Thing mini-series on stimulus control and generalizability. As you may recall, I’m a clinical psychologist, which means I get to take advantage of all those great psychological theories and put them to work for me in my writing, and I want to share that with you.
In my last two posts, I talked about the benefit of ingraining a very powerful urge to write by creating a habit. Writing under the same circumstances every day for a few weeks can create stimulus control in which the environment triggers our writing behavior. But I also cautioned that we can sometimes hinder ourselves if we limit our writing to only that special circumstance. We don’t want to limit ourselves! We want to be productive no matter where we are, right? So, to avoid that, once we’ve established a good habit, we need to vary our writing environment (while still sticking with our routine) so we can train ourselves to write…

Q & A With Author Larissa Reinhart

Hi, Larissa. Thanks for joining me! What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My ambition is always:  1)to write the next book  2)write a better book 3)write what my readers want to read
What would your career look like in an ideal world?
Hmmm, ideal is kind of hard to pin down. In my ideal world, everyone would talk sweet to each other and live peaceably. And I’d be happy to entertain readers with as many books as possible. And eat as much as I want without exercising or gaining weight.
That sounds pretty nice! What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
I have so many…it’s a vice. I love to binge watch TV shows where melodramatic teenagers act like melodramatic grownups and no one seems to call them on it. Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries…right now I’m watching the Netflix series Shadow Hunters and Pretty Little Liars (after reading books in their series, of course). I’m also a huge fan of Southern Charm and the Japanese reality show, Terrace House. Southern Charm has adults acting like teenage…

Book Chat: Mud Vein | Tarryn Fisher

**WARNING: This is for people who have already read this book. There will be spoilers! If you do not want the book's wonderful surprises to be ruined, read my review of the book, read the book, then come back to read our chat. Thank you!**

Marina: Hahaha! So, who else thinks that the main character wasn't actually the mopey, self-obsessed Mud Vein or the Stereotypical good guy with a troubled past?  I really think that in the end the entire focus of the book was about how much the zookeeper was trying to control destiny. There are a lot of interesting concepts in this book though.  One of the things I really liked was how annoying the main female was and then it seemed she really didn't like the character from her mother's book, but I thought they mirrored each other very well. It showed how she was actually self loathing from a different angle.

Amber: Marina, that's a very interesting way to look at the book. So I read one of Taryn Fisher's other books, which wa…

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