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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 However, I can see, as an unpublished author, how the appeals of getting it out and receiving the profit yourself as beneficial for self-publishing.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.)


Meet the Charater: Kate Young

Today I’m talking with Margery Rose’s best friend, Kate Young. Kate, along with Margery, are the same age as Ness, and Ness has always been intimidated by them, since she feels like one of them would have made a better alpha than herself.

Birthday: April 27th

Favorite Movie: The Princess Diaries

Favorite food: Lasagna

Me: Hello Kate, thank you for making the time to come and visit with me!

Kate: You’re very welcome Briana. But I must admit, Margery tried to talk me out of coming. She said you were a bit snobby.

Me: Uh, well, I’m just glad you decided you come anyway.

Kate: I think I made the right decision. You seem pretty nice to me.

Me: Thanks Kate. Well, since we only have so much time here on the show, let’s get down to business. How many hunts have you participated in?

Kate: I’ve lost count, there’s been so many. But I’d guess ten or eleven hunts, not counting my practice hunts or the times Kenneth had me tag along with the pack just to get a feel for what a hunt is like.

Me: And in those hunts you’ve been on, how many wolves have you killed?

Kate: A dozen, maybe more.

Me: Doesn’t it disturb you, knowing that you’re taking lives?

Kate: I cannot allow myself to think that way. If I did, I’d be just like Ness. Have you ever gone deer hunting?

Me: Well, yes, but I’ve never shot anything.

Kate: Couldn’t get close enough?

Me: No, I just couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger.

Kate: *frowns* You and Ness are kindred spirits. Well, I’ll put it this way: when I go on a hunt, I have to imagine that I’m stalking dangerous animals that won’t hesitate to kill me if given the chance. It is a kill or be killed world I live in.

Me: I see. And do most Slayers feel that way?

Kate: About half of them do, the other half reject their birthrights and run away, the cowards.

Me: Um, okay. Well, that’s all the time we have, so thank you Kate! 


Okay then! Any questions for the cold, I mean, lovely Kate Young? 


Meet the character: Margery Rose

Today I’m interviewing Margery Rose, a Slayer from the Montezuma Slayer pack.

Birthday: April 12th

Favorite movie: Ella Enchanted

Favorite food: Homemade Beef Stroganoff

Me: Hi Margery! So glad to have you here!

Margery: Thank you. I was very surprised when I got your invitation. I’ve never been interviewed before. I was a bit nervous to meet with you.

Me: Are you still nervous?

Margery: Oh no, you’re younger than I thought. I was expecting a cranky, old woman.

Me: *clears throat* Well, sorry for the misunderstanding. Let’s get on with the interview, shall we? There has been a few people that question Ness being the right candidate for Kenneth’s successor. Some even say you’d have made a better alpha.

Margery: I’m flattered! I didn’t know anyone had ever mentioned my name when discussing alphas. But really, I will not question Kenneth. He’s done too much for our pack. He’s protected us and lead us into many glorious battles. And if he believes in Nes’s abilities, I will not challenge him.

Me: Off the record, what do you think about Ness?

Margery: I cannot say I’m fond of her, but I will admit that I can sense her alpha potential.

Me: Alpha potential?

Margery: You didn’t think that an alpha just points to a random fifteen year old and says, “Yeah, I think she’ll be good.” Did you? That’s not how it works. Every alpha is born with alpha potential. Think of it as a ball of lava in their very soul. That lava has the power to control the pack. A slayer without that potential would make about as good an alpha as a crocodile would make a preschool teacher. Of course, that doesn’t stop slayers from being jealous or thinking they’d have made a better alpha. And in Ness’s case, she’s a late bloomer. One day she’s going to wake up and say, “I’m going to lead this pack today.”

Me: That being said, are you jealous that Ness was chosen?

Margery: *pauses* I once was. But I’m more mature now. I know that Kenneth picked her for a reason. Does this conclude our interview?

Me: Oh, yes, I suppose so. Thanks Margery.


Whew, that was interesting. Who else has a question for Margery Rose?   

Author Interview Program #10

Here is my second author interview for the day! This writer has recently plunged into the world of writing, and I know that he’s going places! Meet Mr. Ryan Gibson!  

Where can we find you?


Twitter: @gibsorya


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

I think I may just use Ryan Gibson. If I were to use a penname, I would use R. C. Gibson for my fantasy/sci-fi books and Ryan Gibson for other books.


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

The Tales of Camellia


What is the genre of your book?

Science Fiction/Fantasy


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

500 years after World War III, Camellia Rose lives in a world with no electricity. During the festival celebrating a “no-wars” anniversary, Cam’s village is suddenly attacked. and whilst in the middle of the attack, Cam’s sister is kidnapped along with other children. With the help of her friends, Cam travels the continent of Europe to find her sister and solve this kidnapping mystery. In the middle of the adventure, Cam and her friends discover a plot that will effect the entire world, so they have to make new friends to completely stop the plot.


What inspires you to write?

I just love to write! I have only discovered that I like to write back in October-December in my Creative Writing class. I love being creative and being able to share my imagination.


Self-publish or traditional publishing, and why?

Traditional. I don’t think self-publishing will get me very far.


What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

No matter what people say, just keep writing! What you write is what you are inspired by. It’s your writing! Don’t let people tell you how you should write.
Thank you Ryan!

AIP #7

Here comes author interview number 7! Hooray! it is my pleasure to introduce Ms. Melissa Lee LeGette!

Where you can find her:


What is your author name? Or do you use a penname instead?M.L. LeGette, but my full name is Melissa Lee LeGette.

What is the title of the book you’re currently writing?Quest for Milo. The first draft is nearly completed. I keep shifting between being really proud of it to being really worried it’s missing great chunks of information. I’m fickle.

What is the genre of your book?
Fantasy. Middle grade. But more than anything it’s a fun (hopefully silly) adventure.

What inspires you to write?
That’s an interesting question. It’s rather hard for me to put my answer into words. Inspiration comes in so many forms and at such random times! Sometimes it’s a song. Sometimes a walk in the woods gets the spark ignited. Other times it’s a glass of red wine or a box of chocolates. What I have noticed though is that inspiration usually always hits when I am particularly happy.

The first time I remember writing creatively for fun was when I was stuck at my dad’s law office. I don’t remember how old I was, but still too young to be left alone at home, so pretty young. I was supposed to be entertaining myself and out of the blue, I started writing this silly autobiography. It was packed with misspelled words and utter randomness, but I had had a total blast writing it. I was so absorbed that I didn’t even realize I was writing. And that I was big for me because I had an awkward love/hate relationship when it came to books. Why did the urge to write hit then at that time? I have no idea. I believe that if writing is in your blood, you’ll find yourself doing it. Simple as that.

Self-publish or traditional publishing, and why?
I am self-published. Honestly, I don’t know where I would be if I was on the traditional path — I’m not even sure if I would still be writing with the constant hail storm of rejection emails and distant hopes. I’m already very hard on myself and to always be in the dark, hoping that someone somewhere would give me a chance at publishing would crush me. I’m not made of the right stuff to travel down that road.
Which is why I am SO grateful that the self-publishing option exploded when I decided to become a published writer. Both publishing sides have their pluses and minuses. I understand the allure of having a team of marketers and agents and publicists all working to help you succeed. There are times when I envy that, especially when I am struggling to self promote myself. But on the other hand, I love the fact that I call all the shots. I make all the choices: what I want to write, when I write it, what my cover will be, how I promote it, how often I promote, etc, etc. And even though these choices and responsibilities are overwhelming at times, they’re still my choices and that is powerful. It’s a fabulous thing to be the boss of your own career. Self-publishing has allowed me to do the thing that I love and be self-employed.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
I’ve always found it difficult to give fellow writers advice, as I’m still very much in the thicket of trying to learn, but I’ll try.

1. Try not to give your ego too much importance. Don’t get me wrong. We need our egos. They help us critique our work and help us improve, but egos can easily run amok and turn on us, making us feel worthless, often leaving us believing that we are the WORST writers in history. There’s a fabulous video of Elizabeth Gilbert talking about the danger of putting too much weight on our egos and the beauty of creativity. She’s spot on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86x-u-tz0MA

2. Embrace revision. Realize that most of the time spent on your novel will be spent revising. Pass it around to friends and family. If you’re game for critiquing groups, take it there, too. Listen to what your readers say even if you don’t agree with them. This process will help you find your voice and help you learn to stand by it. And remember, there is no rush to publish — especially now that we can publish so easily. Give your manuscript the time and focus it deserves to blossom.

3. Find a confidant and share your brainstorming with them. I often find that many problems I have in my own manuscript get worked out this way. Plus I am left energized!

4. Always, ALWAYS keep it fun. If you’re sitting at your computer, grumbling at the screen, take a break. Walk away. Give it space. You and the manuscript will be better for it.

Thanks so much Melissa!



I just got the first rejection for my modern day werewolf book. The agent said “Your premise is interesting, but your opening pages failed to engage me. You have a ton of back story and set up without anything actually happening.

*another, longer sigh*

I’ve put a few samples of the book here on my blog (links below) and would love it if you could read them and give me your feedback. This was a book I thought would be easy to snag an agent’s attention with, but I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

I’m not sure what should be in a synopsis, so for any of you dear readers, could you tell me what should be included in a good, strong synopsis?

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