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Author Interview: Bonnie Ferrante

Fantasy author Bonnie Ferrante pulls you inside her protagonist’s mind and allows you to experience the fears and frustrations along with the joys and successes personally. Her characters are flawed but never hopeless. Please welcome Bonnie to No Wasted Ink.

Author Bonnie FerranteHi. I am Bonnie Ferrante. I’ve been published traditionally for two decades (under other names) and am now pursuing self-publishing. My present focus is on young adult and children’s picture books. I was a grade school teacher for 33 years but am now writing full time. I am a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Lay Leader and a grandmother of three spunky girls. Since developing Parkinson’s Disease, I predominantly use a speech to text program for writing and use Photoshop for illustrating. I seldom use acrylics anymore because I have a tremor in my right hand. I live in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada which is on the northern shore of Lake Superior. I love the space and proximity to water, forest, and wildlife (although I could do without the rabbits and deer eating my garden).

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always loved books but I never had the confidence to consider a career in writing. My passion into writing curriculum and plays for my drama club is a great school teacher. Just for fun, I entered a newspaper writing contest on my most memorable Thanksgiving and won. It was a humorous piece. I wrote a few more similar pieces and brought them into the newspaper. They hired me to write a weekly humor column. I entered more writing contests and discovered I was better than I thought. While teaching part and then fall time, writing was more of a hobby. Now it’s my focus.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

A regional anthology contains two of my short stories. At the launch several people asked me to autograph the book. A number of readers told me they were fans of my newspaper column. Then I started publishing my stories in magazines in Canada and The United States. I think it really clicked that I was a “writer” when I had to create a file folder in my desk drawer entitled “publishing contracts”.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

Desiccate it is a young adult fantasy. It is told in first person through the voice of Leya Truelong, a poor peasant girl who has been selected by the Mistresses of the Sphere of Vision to fill the magic potential shown in her eyes. However, Leah has a problem with impulse control especially with regards to her temper. If the Mistresses decide she is a danger to others, they will strip her of her gift leaving her brain-damaged. Leah finds the meditation exercises boring even though they are designed to help her with self-control. As well, there is a bully at the school who knows exactly how to push her buttons.

What inspired you to write this book?

About 20 years ago I wrote a short story that my critique Guild absolutely loved. However, I couldn’t get it published in any magazine. When two different editors told me that too much was happening in the story and it should be a novel instead, I set it aside. When I left teaching in 2009, I took a few more writing classes and decided to transform the short story into a novel. I applied for an Ontario Arts Grant using the manuscript for my submission and was accepted. That’s when I knew this book was going to be something special.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Generally I’d say my style is conversational. I try to keep my writing clear and accessible. I also like to add the occasional poetic element to enrich the text. I write the way I like to read. (Verbosity and pretention bore me.)

How did you come up with the title of this book?

Originally it was called Fire and Water. However when I did a title search I found dozens of variations of those two words. I thought about the turning point in the novel and chose a word that represented that. Desiccation is the opposite outcome of Leya’s powers true potential. At this point in the novel the protagonist has to make a choice that will affect the rest of her life.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, but I don’t want to tell readers what they should get out of it. It’s about small choices leading to large choices, self-control, fulfilling potential, and facing consequences.

Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Not really. Although some of the training Leya goes through comes from my own experience with Buddhism. The setting for the Sphere of Vision is based on a resort in Punta Cana that I loved. I think it gives the novel and exotic feel.

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

I’m an extremely eclectic person and that goes for my reading too. Shakespeare would be the unequivocal number one influence on my love of words. His writing was brilliant and beautiful yet accessible and influenced by the pop culture of his time. My interest in genres and particular writers varies from year to year but I always go back to Shakespeare.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

I designed the cover of my book. First I had water crashing into fire then I discovered dozens of books with similar covers. Then I tried using Leya’s two different colored eyes but that didn’t seem to work. I decided to go with something simple. The illustration is a visual representation of the title, the turning point.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Take classes, sign up for courses, read books about writing, follow blogs, listen to podcasts, watch videos, practice and learn for several years before you attempt to publish anything.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

If you enjoy my book, please write a review. If you’re not comfortable writing a review, then just rate it. Vote for my book on listopia be a if you want others to enjoy it as well. Mention it on your Facebook page. Tell your friends. Help to spread the word in whatever way makes you comfortable. (Marketing is my bane.)

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Author Interview: Raymond Bolton

Raymond claims that whether set here, or on another world, he tries to craft gripping stories about the human condition. This industrious author certainly is a man of all trades and brings much life experience to his worlds of fantasy. Please welcome Raymond Bolton to No Wasted Ink.

Author Raymond BoltonBy way of introduction, I am Raymond Bolton. Until my books take off enough to support me, I work as a hairdresser, spending part of every week in both Santa Fe, New Mexico and Portland, Oregon. I am on a plane every Wednesday. I’ve written some poetry, for which I’ve received some recognition, and four novels.

In 2010, having written only nineteen poems ever, I garnered third place in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s annual literary competition among over 1,200 entries. More recently, my novels have begun winning significant recognition. In 2013, under its working title, Renunciation, my debut novel, Awakening, was one of eight finalists among 950 entries from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Europe and Australia in the Pacific Northwest Writers Associations Literary Contest. Hailed on BookViral.com as “a grand debut. An ambitious and well considered SF crossover… [that] breathes originality into the genre”, Awakening has received almost all five star reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads.

I am of the persuasion life is too short to squander. I enjoy fine food, so I have learned to cook. I am endlessly curious about the world around me, so I read and I travel. I like people—who else is there?—so I talk and listen and try to understand what I hear. Over the years I’ve driven trucks, been an FM disk jockey, produced concerts, served as a mainsail trimmer on racing yachts, piloted gliders, written software, worked as a hair stylist and owned and operated my own business—all with varying degrees of success. All have imparted a wealth of experience and taught great lessons. In the course of these doings I have had the privilege of meeting very accomplished individuals in the areas of music, movies, sports, technology, industry, finance and politics. Ultimately, all of this background comes together, struggles to find coherence and emerge in my writing.

When and why did you begin writing?

I have been writing ever since I can remember. It’s something I am compelled to do. If I could say why, I could explain the meaning of life.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

In the truest sense, I can say my work transitioned from a hobby—a way to occupy idle time—into something more serious in the early 2000s. A friend of mine, best-selling romance author, Brenda Joyce, said one was truly a writer when the story inside burned to come out. I realized they did. Many stories. Since then, I have been studying the craft, attending conferences and entering literary competitions. I am still becoming the writer I wish to be. It’s an ongoing process.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

I am working hard to complete Thought Gazer, the first volume of the prequel trilogy to my debut novel, Awakening (Regilius Publishing, 01/01/14). People call it a sci-fi/fantasy crossover because it treads the ground between the two genres while eschewing the traditions of each. While set on a world with two suns, there is nothing by way of science, nothing by way of magic. Instead, telepaths, or those with unique psychic abilities tip the course of events.

The warlord, Hath Kael, kidnaps Darva, an opposing lord’s sister, to force her brother’s capitulation. When Bedistai, from a tribe of hunters, foils the abduction and undertakes Darva’s return, an ally of Kael recruits Peniff, a telepath, to find the two. Instead, Peniff comes to the couple’s aid, then attempts to rescue his family—held hostage to insure his cooperation—before his betrayal comes to light. This is the story of a man, in all other ways ordinary, rising above his fears to do what he must.

What inspired you to write this book?

I was working on my debut novel and had created a character I found fascinating. Awakening, however, already had more characters than a Russian novel and I knew I had to can him. I really liked him, though, and in time I came to realize he could become the core that drove a prequel.

Do you have a specific writing style?

The language I use has been described as formal. It seems to suit my subject and their almost medieval setting better than the casual language of our day-to-day lives.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

My protagonist reads minds and the title seemed to fit. Like my stories, it told me what I should call it.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Overcome your fears. Do what you must. No challenge is so horrible or so great you cannot surmount it. Doing what is right, rather than what is easy, is one of the most difficult tasks for all of us. Still, when all is said and done, the outcome of having acted from one’s heart—even if it was not what one expected—is the easiest to live with, the best place from which to carry on.

Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Hah! Hardly. The people I know are truly diverse, but there’s not one mind reader among them. One reads the tarot, another translated the Popol Vuh, the creation story of the Maya, while yet another’s husband is the world’s foremost translator of the I Ching into English, but that’s as esoteric as it gets.

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

John Steinbeck first introduced me to how powerful a story one could craft with only words. J. R. R. Tolkien was the man who introduced me to fantasy. Dean Koontz delighted me with the way he turns a phrase. I envy Donna Tartt’s richly descriptive scenes, and sometimes begin to approach them—emphasis on begin. Martin Cruz Smith is a master of combining tension with realism.

If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor? Why?

These days, I have to say it is the unparalleled George R. R. Martin. Every page he writes contains a lesson, whether it be dialogue, scenic description, examples of Show, Don’t Tell…the examples are endless.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

I am blessed to have discovered Natasha Brown. Her sense of color and form are at once unique and magical—so I guess there is really some magic in my books after all. Some people liken my covers to movie posters.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write from the heart. Write what appeals to you. Don’t dumb down your work in an effort to appeal to the broadest market possible. If your work has depth, if it resonates as something real, something important, something believable on a gut level, your readers will find you.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Please support your favorite authors. They have labored for months, or even years, to give you those hours of pleasure you find between their covers. If you enjoyed the experience, take a few minutes out of your life to post a review, whether it be on Amazon or Goodreads, on Facebook or Twitter, even in the blog you use to journal to your friends.

Awakening Book CoverRaymond Bolton
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Author Interview: Louise White

I asked Louise how she might describe herself and she replied: I watch and learn things from everyday life and swirl them around in my head. I think that most authors feel this way about writing and life in general. Please welcome Louise White to No Wasted Ink.

Author Louise WhiteHello Wendy, my name is Louise White, I was born and raised on the west coast of Scotland where it’s fairly cold for most of the year but also very beautiful. I am part of a large, very close family. Rather dysfunctional at times, it just makes for a more interesting life. I’ve learned a lot of skills through the years, in particular during my nursing years and whilst working as a police constable. I put a great deal of what I’ve learned into my writing.

When and why did you begin writing?

When I reduced my regular working hours in 2011, I had a little extra time on my hands so I started writing The Calling without thinking too much about it. Before that, my writing activities consisted mainly of shopping lists, compiling reports, record keeping and suchlike.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

That’s a difficult one. I should probably say, when I held my first book in my hand but that’s not really true. I only published my first book in November last year, and maybe it’s not sunk in yet, but I’ve never defined myself by any of the skills that I’ve gained. I have friends and neighbours who refer to me as ‘The nurse’ or ‘The police officer’. Lately, I suppose some will refer to me as, ‘The fantasy writer’.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

The ‘Gateway’ series is about a girl who is drawn into a system which coexists with Earth, unbeknown to most humans. From other realms, there are demons/ Otherworlders, the worst of which traffic in rather gullible or greedy humans. After her first horrific encounter with a Gateway to another realm, Carolyn is changed and becomes the mythical ‘destroyer’. The magically gifted organisation of the Protectorate recruit her, and together they police the gateways more effectively than before.

In opposition to the Protectorate, the government based Agency seeks to exploit the Gateways’ existence-often using methods on a par with the demons.
In Chasing the Demon, Carolyn and her demon friend Mario are stranded on another realm behind a locked gateway. Carolyn’s team are struggling to retrieve their destroyer.

The book is written from several characters POV and delves more deeply into the workings of the realms and the lives of the characters which The Calling has introduced. There are challenges and surprises to be had from the outset and along the way. There’s lots of action and adventure with the tension mounting throughout the story as the magical journey through the realms continues.

What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve never really grown up. As a child I was always in trouble for ‘daydreaming’. As an adult, the only difference is that I can hide it better. I look at situations before me and ‘what if?’ them. When I found the time to start writing, I hadn’t even thought about writing fantasy, I had a vague notion of something with a supernatural twist, but my imagination got away from me and the ‘Gateway’ series is the result.

Do you have a specific writing style?

For the ‘Gateway’ series I write in the third person from a specific character’s POV. That seems to work best for me. At first it was strange, but now I love the challenge of getting into the heads of ‘evil’ characters like the Agency’s Levy, and High mage, Sean, who is a mysterious and enigmatic magic user.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

Carolyn was ‘Called’ to service through the gateways, so it was the natural choice for the first book. Chasing the Demon is appropriate for book 2 in a number of ways, not least for the fact that Carolyn is in fact other than human, and the team is chasing through the realms to get her back.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

No. I want readers to simply enjoy the escapism that the story should give them. Should they choose to take anything further from it, then I’ll be very happy with that also. I am amazed already at how the difference in readers’ age and interests reflects on what they take out of The Calling.

Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Of course! Each character consists of traits and characteristics that I’ve observed, witnessed or experienced and filed for use.

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

For my school Highers, we covered William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’, and it both horrified and inspired, which to me is the best possible combination for reading material. I’m also very partial to all sorts of poetry, favourites being The Lady of Shalott and The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Highwayman by Alfred Noye and Ayrshire’s own Robert Burns’ Tam o’ Shanter.
The inspiration is to be found in the power of beautifully strung-together words. I like the emotional impact of words and phrases which may evoke joy, melancholy, awe, or they may highlight virtues of strength, courage and wisdom.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

Clarissa Yeo came to my attention as a very capable cover designer, I liked her bold exciting style.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

For brand new writers- Like me a few months ago! – I would probably stress that they shouldn’t put too much pressure on themselves. Goals are nice to have, but it’s best to keep them flexible and try to just to have fun with writing. Sometimes it is great just to share your stories verbally with anyone who will listen.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I feel honoured when a reader simply adds me to their ‘to read’ list, never mind how it is their reviews that continue to inspire me to work ever harder in the creation of my books. With busy lives and valuable time, my heartfelt thanks go to every reader who took a chance on a new author and purchased and/ or reviewed my book.

Chasing the Demon Book CoverLouise G. White
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Author Interview: K. M. Alexander

It is always a pleasure to introduce an author from my home state. K. M. Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native and novelist from Seattle, Washington. I hope you enjoy his story here on No Wasted Ink.

Author KM AlexanderMy name is K. M. Alexander. I’m a Pacific Northwest native and novelist living and working in Seattle, Washington with my wife and our two dogs. I’m an avid hiker and love all the mountains I can explore around here. I am a wannabe cyclist who doesn’t ride as often as he should, and I’m a bit of a beer snob (IPAs over all else.) I also work a lot.

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always loved reading and I had stories in my head that I wanted told. Writing ended up being the best way for me to tell those tales. I started writing about five or six years ago. I finished a few manuscripts, half-finished a few others, tabled all of them, and started more. I think that’s the way of things. It wasn’t until I had a few stories under my belt that I came across one that was good and I ran with it.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I started writing. I didn’t consider myself a novelist until I published my first book. In my mind if you’re engaged in the act of writing you’re a writer.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

Yeah! “The Stars Were Right” is a Lovecraftian influenced urban fantasy about a blue-collar guy who gets accused of a crime he didn’t commit. He is forced to go on the run and try to clear his name while avoiding the police and the people who are framing him. It all takes place in Lovat, a massive multi-level megapolis that has some big-city noir influences and some odd inhabitants. It’s a fun and strange world and, so far, it’s been really well received.

What inspired you to write this book?

It was a story that I wanted to read. No one was writing it, so I did. I’ve always loved H.P. Lovecraft’s stuff, but wanted to move from the realm of Lovecraftian horror and write something that’s more approachable.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t set out to write a specific style. My focus is to tell a good story. I want to let readers get lost in a world for a bit. I want them forget everything else around them and let them live in another place for a time. I guess my style would be: fun and approachable. I try to avoid getting bogged down by anything else.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

The title comes from a line from “Call of Cthulhu” by H.P. Lovecraft: “When the stars were right, They could plunge from world to world through the sky; but when the stars were wrong, They could not live.” It just fit. Plus there’s a bit of a hint of the series’ overarching plot in the title as well.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I like to remain coy when it comes to the subject of messages. As the author, if I say anything it taints the reader’s thoughts going in so I like to leave that up to reader. It should be said, however, that I love hearing what messages readers pick up on. For me that engagement between reader and author is one of the most exciting parts about writing.

Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Nope. Thank goodness. :)

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

H. P. Lovecraft was obviously a big influence on me and The Stars Were Right. There’s something very cerebral about his work that resonates with me. Neil Gaiman has always been a huge influence on me, I love the way he sets tone and the creativity behind his plots. China Miéville is also a favorite, in particular his world building skills, and the strange characters he creates. His worlds are engaging and complex but also grounded and lived in, that’s a tough balance. I also love Mark Twain. It’s amazing how approachable and funny he remains over 100 years after he passed away. Finally, Cormac McCarthy, the man is a genius when it comes to prose and tone.

If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor? Why?

Not really. I have been working alone at this for a long time. Started finding a few writing groups after I moved to Seattle but I’ve never had that mentor relationship with another writer. At least not yet.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

Why I designed it! I have an extensive background in graphic and user experience design and I knew what I wanted when I finished the book. The 1866 etching that serves as the background is “The Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones” by Gustave Doré though edited. The lettering was done by Jon Contino, a friend of mine. I’m no illustrator and I can’t letter to save my life. Jon is incredibly talented at both and his lettering really solidified the tone I was wanting to set with the cover for “The Stars Were Right.” Jon also returned to help me on the cover for the sequel as well. I haven’t told him how many of these I have planned.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

I considered responding with all the things everyone always says. Stuff like: never stop writing, finish what you write, let people read it, don’t get discouraged, keep at it, etc. Really though, advice will only get you so far. Everyone works differently. I think it’s important for writers to find their own path for their writing. What works for one person won’t always work for someone else. It’s not easy but finding your own stride is important for personal success. The best way to find that path is to write and be honest with how your approach is working for you and be willing to keep trying different things until you find that sweet spot.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I love you all. You’re amazing. It’s terrifying to work on something so long and then finally release it into the wild. Your encouragement and excitement in posts, tweets, and emails is what keeps me doing this. I have a lot more stories I want to tell. I’m not done yet. Thanks for joining me on this crazy adventure.

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Author Interview: Diane M. Robinson

Diane may be a self-proclaimed delusional fantasy writer, but she takes the craft of writing well seriously. Her goal is to leave something original and fun in the minds of her readers. I think she has hit that goal out of the ballpark with this interview. I’m pleased to welcome Diane to No Wasted Ink.

Author Diane M. RobinsonHello Wendy and readers of No Wasted Ink. My name is Diane Mae Robinson; I am a children’s fantasy/adventure chapter book author who lives in an out-of-the way magical forest in central Alberta, Canada. Yep, magical forest: gnomes, elves, dragons, castles, all of it. People who know me say I am somewhat delusional—ummm, aren’t all fantasy writers?

Besides being a writer I have other jobs, which pay for the upkeep of the magical forest: dental office manager, art teacher, and writing instructor. In this magical forest, I live in a small castle-type house, which my husband and I designed and built by ourselves several years ago. The forest is also home to my five horses and four dogs. Through the years living here, I have worked on building many wonderful medieval-type flower gardens and stone pathways, filled with sculptures of magical creatures that I have made. These gardens surrounded by the forest is where I get my inspiration for writing fantasy.

When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing around the age of eight–well after I had learned to read and, by then, had read every children’s book in the small town library—when I decided to make up plays and perform them for the neighborhood kids. The only other volunteer in my plays was my younger sister, which was good and bad—the themes of the plays were medieval; my sister would not act the part of the prince unless she was allowed to wear her cowboy duds. So, as I was the princess being rescued by my handsome prince (aka cowboy), the plays were performed to a live audience of five until a particular day when chaos struck. My prince had a simple task—jump from the roof of the house and rescue me where I was tied to a tree by the evil villain. The prince (aka cowboy) jumped, broke her arm, my mom heard the racket, I was untied by mom, sister went to hospital, sister got home from hospital, I asked her: “Why didn’t you just use your cape?” Mom banned me from ever making up plays again. When sister forgave me, I wrote more plays that she agreed to be the prince (aka cowboy) in. So, what else to do but bring my merry band of play watchers deeper into the forest and out of prying eyes.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have considered myself a writer ever since I started writing plays at age eight: I write, I create, I am a writer.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

I am currently working on book three of my fantasy/adventure series, Sir Princess Petra’s Mission–The Pen Pieyu Adventures. Book one, Sir Princess Petra,—The Pen Pieyu Adventures, was published in 2012 and has since won three major book awards. Book two, Sir Princess Petra’s Talent—The Pen Pieyu Adventures, was released in Sept. 2013. I am also working on a grammar book for elementary grades; this book has a medieval theme and the characters from my series are in this book also.

What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve always preferred fantasy stories and movies over all other genres. So, once the characters of this series started invading my head several years ago, they became so real to me that I had no choice but to write about their adventures. Often, I just feel like the writer while they tell me what is going to happen.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I am definitely a character-driven writer over a plot-driven writer. Plot is very important in children’s books, but if kids can feel and see the adventures through my characters. to me, all is won. I have an out-of-the box sense of humor and this comes out in my characters and their situations.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

The characters woke me up in the middle of the night, dictated their names, told me the places, declared their situations, and yes, even forced me on the titles of the books. Does this ever happen to other writers? Just curious.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The main character of this series, Sir Princess Petra, is a princess whose greatest accomplishment is becoming a knight. She accomplishes this through kindness, understanding, and acceptance of others; all to the dismay of her father, the king, who thinks knights have to be big and mean and nasty.

Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

All my characters and situations in the stories are purely fictional—made up in my delusional (or so I’m told) mind.

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

I’ve been reading C.S. Lewis for years. His stories influence me by the way the reader can totally get lost in his fantasy world. Lemony Snicket influences me with his sharp wit and humor, and the bizarre situations of his stories. Both of these writers inspire me to write engaging stories for children that leave a mark, have good values, and are fun to read.

If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor? Why?

I think anybody that writes a great story is a mentor because they instill in us, other writers, the need to write well.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

The cover designer and illustrator, Samantha Kickingbird, was selected by the publisher as she works there. I had no choice in the matter and didn’t see the first illustrations until well into the set-up stages of the books. I couldn’t have asked for a better illustrator for this series.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

As I tell my writing students: If you love to write, learn to write well. Don’t be in a hurry to publish. Re-write and edit, and then do it again and again until you have nearly created perfection before submitting your manuscript to publishers. My first book was rejected 27 times over a 9 year period before I finally received a traditional publishing contract. And my 2nd book was well on it’s way to receiving numerous 5 star reviews before I acquired a literary agent. It takes patience, perseverance, and the art of writing well before you have a book that you can be proud of.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Write from your heart, with passion and imagination, and you will breath life into your stories.

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