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Interview with Becky Villareal, Author of The Broken Branches

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Becky Villareal, author of The Broken Branches.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vince

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Becky Villareal Texas
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The Broken Branches YA Fiction
3) What is the book about?
About a young girl’s journey to find out about her family history and genealogy
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
Several years ago we had a severe ice storm in the Dallas area.  Many of the trees were destroyed by the ice but some survived. I thought this was a good way to compare how women (young and old) can spring back from bad circumstances in their lives.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Approximately two years.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes, I learned about Hispanic celebrations, old jewelry, and moving into the United States from Mexico, and more about my own family roots.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Genealogy for Children: www.beckyvillareal.com
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?  I had a wonderful cover artist for my children’s book, Gianna the Treasure Hunter. Her name is Jessica Balli. The best editor I’ve ever had was Jessica Schmeidler from Golden Wheat Literary.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? I love women’s fiction my favorites authors being Karen White as well as Catherine Cookson. As an early childhood teacher, I grew to love children’s books, particularly picture books, and am open to reading new authors and reviewing their work at any time.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte because of the hardships this young woman had to endure and the strength she displayed through it all.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? I have three albino frogs and a gecko. No names have been given out at this time. 😦 I’ve also had multiple cats and dogs who I’ve loved and lost along the way.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? If you count a Nook, that’s the device I have. However, I also use Kindle because of the freedom to read late into the evening without disturbing anyone else with the lights from the lamp. It’s also a great way to sample new author’s work.
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Interview with Lucinda Stein, Author of What My Sister Did

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Lucinda Stein, author of What My Sister Did.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
   Lucinda Stein, Colorado
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
    What My Sister Did, Young Adult (or Young at Heart!)
3) What is the book about?
    Seventeen-year-old Mimi finds an abandoned baby hidden in the family guest house. There’s  only one answer to the startling discovery—her rebellious sister, Attie! Their parents are recently divorced, their mother suffering from depression, and Attie definitely can’t be relied on to take care of the child. But how long can Mimi keep a baby hidden? Secrets can only lead to more secrets!
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
   A newspaper article about an abandoned baby stirred my heart. That baby died. The story haunted me, and somehow this was my way of saving the infant.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
   From rough draft to critique group to multiple revisions took about two years.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
    I learned there are national resources for runaway teens. Even more important, I gained an insight into how family dynamics often lead to teen problems.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
   My website is www.lucindastein.com
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
   A writer must be an avid reader of the type of books you want to write. Critique groups are essential!
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
   I like contemporary fiction but also try to read at least one classic a year.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
     Classic: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo  Contemporary: I can’t pin it down to one! Ranking up there for me: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell, Mr. Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
 I have a shelter-rescue dog named Opie who we think is part Weimaraner and Dobermann
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?

     I have an Ipad but I prefer a physical book.

 

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Interview with Nadia Harlan, Author of Don’t Look Back

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Nadia Harlan, author of Don’t Look Back.

Please enjoy!

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Nadia Harlan, London, UK
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Don’t Look Back – YA Romance (paranormal)
3) What is the book about? 
It’s difficult to say too much without giving away twists but it covers themes of abuse and past lives.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
The book has elements of Greek Mythology and particularly one myth. I always wanted it to have a happy ending and thus this story was born.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
The skeleton story which needed major editing, one week but to complete in full 2 months. The idea had been lingering for a long time so it flowed quite quickly. More about my writing process can be found under Author questions on my Goodreads page.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I learnt a lot about how I write. I have always wanted to write but was always advised to plan and storyboard etc and it just really caused a massive block for me trying to do that. I started writing a daily chapter upload book on webnovel.com and I learned from that that the best way for me is to write, write, write and then go back and think and edit. I also learnt a lot about promotion and social media etc.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog?
I have a blog on my Author page on Goodreads. Once my book is live I will launch my website.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
I think the major tip I have is to find the way that works for you. If you need to storyboard, do it. If you need to have something on paper – write! There is no wrong way. I searched a lot of copyright free image sites to find my cover and had family and friends who are writers proof read and edit for me.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love all genres but I go through phases. I have just finished a major manga phase, prior to that it was thrillers and currently I am back on YA! Absolutely!
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
This is so impossible to answer – this isn’t a cop out but there are genuinely so many! I have hundreds of books I reread often because I love them so much. I’m sorry but I can’t answer this one!
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Interview with J. Lynn Else, Author of the Awakening Series!

Hello,

Today we have an interview with J. Lynn Else, author of the Awakening Series.

Enjoy!

Best, -Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)? J. Lynn Else, long-time resident of Minnesota (though a few times in Wisconsin too).

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? “The Lost Daughters of Avalon” is book 2 of my Awakenings series. It’s a YA Fantasy set in the magical land of Avalon.

3) What is the book about? When an ancient evil threatens, four Minnesota teens must learn to harness magic in order to save the realms of Avalon and Earth. 

4) Where did you come up with the idea? I came up with my idea for Awakenings a while ago. My first incarnation of the story focused on a wishing well and an evil wizard who stole people’s wishes to make his own come true: total world domination (what else would an evil overlord want?). Those elements are still in my first book to a point, but I’ve added an Arthurian slant to it bringing in some of the characters from King Arthur’s time like Morgan le Fay and the Lady of the Lake (and others you’ll need to read to meet).

5) How long did it take you to write it? I’d say a year for Awakenings book 1. My first draft was completed during NaNoWriMo. When I pitched it to my small-market publisher, they were interested but had edit suggestions for me. So I edited my heart out and resubmitted. They accepted! But, as it goes with publishing, next came the re-writes, editing, and more editing. I also completed book 2 during NaNo this past year. Now its set to be released late October of this year–so faster than the first time!

6) Did you learn anything from the project? The publishing process is SLOW. Also, know that editors are trying to bring out your best. So take their criticism as an opportunity to grow. First draft is not final draft. I’m amazed at how far my second book has come.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? Of course. My website is: www.teasippinnerdymom.com. I had a blog, but I rarely have time to keep it up. My last entry was my favorite reads of 2018 (which was a while ago!). I do have a newsletter (also on a hiatus with the final touches of LDA being made). Sign up here:  http://www.subscribepage.com/www.teasippinnerdymom.com

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? Keep writing and keep reading. I am also working on a fantasy novel set in ancient Egypt. I read a lot of non-fiction on ancient Egypt because I want the everyday life stuff to feel authentic. Just because I’m writing fantasy doesn’t mean I can make everything up. Grounding your story in reality helps readers relate to the more fantastic bits of your story. So read, be it non-fiction or fiction stories that enraptured you as a reader. What did those authors do to keep you enthralled in their tales?

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? I love YA fantasy and historical fiction. I’m a reviewer for the Historical Novel Society (historicalnovelsociety.org), so I read from new authors all the time. Its very exciting to discover someone who’s passion shines through each page.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? My kids often ask me about my one favorite. I don’t have just one favorite of anything because so much depends on my mood. But I’ll keep it brief! For Fantasy, I’ll pick Spinning Silver by Naomi Novak. For historical fiction I’ll pick Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart. Both books are completely immersive with great characters and rich settings. Both plots were compelling and well layered. I wanted to explore and stay in those worlds long after the last page.

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