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Author Interview Program #15

Yah! I got another author to interview! For now, until she’s more well-known, we’ll just call her Ellespeth. Give her a nice warm welcome, and than you again Ellespeth!

Where can we find you? (website, blog, twitter, facebook, etc.)

 I am currently putting out pieces of prose for general readership.  These pieces can be found on my blog:  http://balconyviewz.wordpress.com

 I am putting these pieces out as feelers for two small books currently seeding in my imagination.  I am open to discussion and critique of these pieces and am trying to figure out how to best facilitate such exchanges.


What is your author name, and do you use a pen name?



What is the title of the book you’re currently working on?

 These are both small books of somewhat attached pieces of prose.  Each small piece is a scene.  Each scene carries the story forward – as the way our lives carry forward.  Very few episodes have complete closure.  This is how I view life.

 The first little book is Flirting With the Moon.  The second little book is Lauradale.


What is the genre of your book?

 Fiction with touches of fantasy – like life.  My hope is that my stories will lend well to many ages.


3-4 sentence synopsis

 Flirting With the Moon will be pieces of prose loosely tracing the family line of a family from Scandinavia.  It begins in the mid 1500’s and will end in the present day.  The book will be in the form of stories carried down through the generations.  Both women and men will pass down stories.  That is important to me and challenging at the same time…to ‘see/feel’ life as a man might.  Perhaps developing deeper understanding and respect.


Lauradale is the story of a young woman, from New Orleans – now living in Los Angles, who inherits a ‘cousin’s’ plantation cottage and all of its contents.  A part of those contents is an old chest filled with family documents.  One large bundle, of documents, contains letters and papers and legal documents pertaining to the purchase and history of Lauradale.  The prose pieces will center around those documents and the life of the present day characters.  I’m not sure how yet…not side by side – such as this happened the same.  More like the documents can be story connector prose.


What inspires you to write?

 Quite honestly, anything…depending on the moment and my mood and whether the sky is blue or the moon is full or if I’m inclined to write at that moment.  And the realization that, for the most part – for reasons one might read or write a story, lives all over the world are somewhat similar.  Layers of affluence against the backdrop of poverty; birth; life; death; joy; sorrow; love and loss and anger.  It all depends on what I allow to inspire me that day or that moment.


Self Publish or Traditional? Why?

 I’m not that far, yet.  I suppose having a blog is a form of self publishing.  I’m quite new to blogging but I find it a good way to get my prose out there and read.


 What advice would you give an aspiring author?

 “I work to support my writing,” is what some writers will tell you when asked what they do for a living.  Don’t take that lightly.  Look at Einstein.  He wrote the theory of relativity while working a non-tiring job at the Swiss Patent Office. 

Also, Invest in a good set of headphones and USE THEM.  Listen to music or sounds.  If you are married or share living space, you wearing headphones means ‘disturb me at your own risk.” 

Author Interview Program #14

Finally! Another author to interview! Hallelujah! And here she is, Ms. Lauren Simonis!

Where can we find you?


What is your author name?
Lauren Simonis or L.E. Simonis, haven’t quite decided yet.
Title of the book you are currently working on:
No Sun
What gene do you write?
YA (a little bit of sci-fi, a little bit of romance)
3-4 sentence synopsis of your book:
A girl finds out instead of living out on Earth without the sun, she’s really on the moon in an experimental colony for when the sun does explode. She convinces her parents to let her attend a sort of University on Earth, leaving behind her best friend who is in love with her. While she’s on Earth, the moon colony enters crisis mode. [I’ll stop there, wouldn’t want to spoil the ending 🙂 ]
What inspires you to write?
I was initially inspired by J.K. Rowling as a kid. I wanted to be that person who could write something that would make people want to read.
Self-publish or traditional?
I know this is a great debate, especially for authors, like myself, who haven’t been published yet. I would lean toward traditional publishing because it is the more traditional route and I think has many benefits. However, I can see, as an unpublished author, how the appeals of getting it out and receiving the profit yourself as beneficial for self-publishing. It’s something I am going to need to think about more as I have my book more complete.
Any advice for your fellow authors?
My advice would be to write what you want to write. I’ve always wanted to write a novel but had a hard time finding a story that was sufficient for that sort of length. This past November I did NaNoWriMo which helped force me into a novel, which is where No Sun started. That’s another thing. Do NaNoWriMo. It really helped me not worry about minor details and get a larger picture of what I wanted in my mind. Is the novel good? Absolutely not, but it’s a first draft and one I probably would never have had without NaNoWriMo.
ImageThank you Lauren!

Author Interview Program: Lucky #13!

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Ionia Anatolia Mariah Florescu-Martin (Ionia for short!). If you haven’t already met her, you should stop by her blog for a laugh or two. Without further ado, here she is! *Applause* 


Where can we find you?

 Other than with my nose in a book? Okay. 🙂 You can find me at http://readfulthingsblog.com, or on Twitter @readfulthings


What is your author name? Or do you use a penname instead?

 I do use a pen name, in fact I use a couple of them. I like to keep my writing separate from the other things I do in daily life, it helps me stay in “writer mode” when I need to get there. I may have multiple personality disorder but at least I have two other people to blame for my mistakes. 


What is the title of the book you’re currently writing?

 I am nearly finished with a book that will be traditionally published this Fall, appropriately entitled Autumn’s Arrival.”


What is the genre of your book?

 Literary fiction/speculative fiction


What is a 3-4 sentence synopsis of your book?

 Every life has seasons. We start out as seeds, change from color to color as life progresses and eventually wither with age. If you could relive but one day of your life again would you choose a happy one or one you would like to change? If you did things differently, would your life end up the same way?


What inspires you to write?

 Insanity. I have a voice in my head that will begin screaming at me and taking over all other areas of my life until the need is attended to. If I published everything I wrote I may not have any followers, so it is a process of elimination. The better stuff gets published, the rest clutters my desk eternally. 


Self-publish or traditional publishing, and why?

 I have done both. Currently, it is traditional publishing. I may at some point in  the future return to self publishing full time. I do like the freedom of choice you have with self publishing, and also the support networks out there (such as your lovely blog) are amazing. The indie author movement shows no signs of slowing down, and I am so happy to see it.


What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

 Write what you love, and write for yourself. The audiences are smart. They know when you are trying to hard to fit your work somewhere just to make a nickel. The best payment there is, in my opinion, is to have fans that return to you because they truly appreciate your writing. This is not the easiest business to be in. There are joys and disappointments just as there is with anything else worth doing in life. Make it your own, publish it the way you want it to be published and remember that free advice is free for a reason (yes, mine included.)


Author Interview Program #12

Its been awhile since my last author interview, but at long last, I got the chance to talk to a fellow author about her book. Please welcome Ms. Angie Skelhorn!

And for any other authors who would like to be interviewed and featured on my blog, just let me know! I’m interested in all types of Middle Grade, Young Adult, or New Adult fiction writing, and I don’t care if you’re a well known author or just starting out.  

1. Where can we find you?
 2. What is your author name? Or do you use a penname instead?
 My name is Angie Skelhorn.
 3. What is the title of the book you’re currently writing?
 An author submits their novella or novel they wrote to reviewers to be reviewed to attract potential readers.  When submitting an anonymous person decides to read the story the writer wanted told and then offer their opinion.
 Reviews can be helpful or hurtful.
 I’m the type of person who can take criticisms.  Good or bad I respect the review.  A reviewer is only using the review to express their opinion about the story.
 The reviewers that take the effort to discuss the actual book and what more they wished had been written inspire me.
 After I read some reviews for my book No Reins, a coming of age story I decided to expand the story to express more horse racing and submit to a new publisher.  The book will contain all of the story from the original book, as well as never work written.
4. What is the genre of your book
 The genre of my book No Reins is YA, teen, romance.
5. What inspires you to write?
There is nothing better on a summer’s night than the sound of horse’s hooves as they hit the track surface, the wings fold, and then the horses race.
I became involved with harness racing through my father’s side of the family.  My grandfather could be found at the ticket window making his bet.  My father and my two older brothers owned and trained standard-bred horses.  They have been active in standard-bred racing business their entire lives.
 I began grooming horses at fourteen years old when I found employment at Greenwood Raceway a horse facility in Toronto.  Then it was off to work in the Ottawa area when I was fifteen.
  When I left home I was too young to be afraid.  I wanted some fun and I really enjoyed working with the horses.  Living on the track grounds in my past I faced a few challenges.  My experiences with the harness world in my teens is the more fictional than fact romance story No Reins.
6. Self-publish or traditional publishing, and why?
 I published three ebooks with a small ebook publisher that have typos which were never corrected.  As I waited for the contracts to come due I polished the stories and submitted to publishers who employ editors.  To bring a manuscript to fruition the author writes the story and submits. The editor considers the manuscript beyond the first sale. It is an on going relationship of give and take. Never underestimate the power of a great editor to help improve your story. When it comes time to promote most book bloggers will not consider a self published book to review because of the grammatical errors.
ImageAngie Skelhorn

Author Interview Program #11

Today I had the opportunity to meet and interview a wonderful young lady, Ms. Kristen Mazzola. Please give her a warm welcome!
Where can we find you?

What is your author name? Or do you use a penname instead?

Kristen: My author name is Kristen Hope Mazzola.


What is the title of the book you’re currently writing?

Kristen: Crashing Back Down


What is the genre of your book?

Kristen: New Adult border lining on romance

What inspires you to write?

Kristen: Many things from my life are inspirations to me. The love I get from my friends and family, the times of tragedy that I have experienced and random moments in my life. It all boils down into my innate love for writing, it completely cleanses my soul and fulfills my life. 


Self-publish or traditional publishing, and why?

Kristen: I am leaning towards self-publishing. I feel that I will have more freedom to do with my writing what I feel is best. 


What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

Kristen: To all aspiring authors I would say to just write what is in you. To never think about it or try to plan, just let your pen start unraveling a wonderful, uncensored journey.  As authors I feel it is in our veins to take our readers into depths of themselves and ourselves in the rawest of fashions and just bleed.

Thank you Kristen!