YA Novelist Lizzy Charles On Creating Realistic Teen Characters

Lizzy CharlesName: Lizzy Charles
Hometown: Twin Cities, MN
Current Residence: Twin Cities, MN
Education: University of Minnesota, Bachelors Degree in the Science of Nursing
Briefly: Effortlessly With You my debut young adult romance novel, is a five time category bestseller on Amazon. I’m really good at making chili.
Favorite Read: Three Way Tie: Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows, Pride and Prejudice, and Anne’s House of Dreams
Pet Peeves: I hate when people gnaw on their nails. A quick bite or two doesn’t bother me. It’s the constant sitting and gnawing that makes every hair on my body stand on end.
If You Weren’t a Writer You’d Be…A nurse and a mother, which I am both.

When you were little, did you think being a published author would be among your life’s accomplishments?

I never really thought about life accomplishments when I was seven, but since Continue reading

James Hankins On Crafting the Thriller Novel and Creating Suspense

hankinsName: James Hankins
Website: James Hankins Books
Facebook page: James Hankins Author Page
Hometown: Flemington, New Jersey, United States
Current Residence: Swampscott, Massachusetts, United States
Education: A Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law
Briefly: I have three books out there, each of which has become a bestseller on Amazon.com in the United States. Brothers and Bones, a suspense thriller about a lawyer’s search for his brother who disappeared thirteen years ago, spent over 3 months on Amazon’s list of Top 100 Kindle books and sold more than 100,000 copies in the first half of 2013 alone. Jack of Spades, a police procedural about the hunt for a serial killer who wears the mask of a wildly popular cartoon alien, was a top 10 police procedural. Finally, Drawn—a supernatural thriller about four very different people, compelled by strange and supernatural forces toward a single, shared destiny—spent a very good part of 2013 as the Number 1 ghost novel on Amazon.
Favorite Read: To Kill A Mockingbird. I’ve read it quite a few times. A remarkable, layered, moving, thought-provoking book.
Pet Peeves: In fiction – plot holes and unrealistic coincidences. In the real world Continue reading

Founding Moms CEO Jill Salzman On Writing The Business Book

JillTED1Name: Jill Salzman
Author’s Websites
Hometown: Bergen County, NJ
Current Residence: Chicago
Education: College degree in biology, law degree after that
Favorite Read: The BFG, Roald Dahl
Pet Peeves: overuse of the comma, chocolate haters, pots that need to be washed
If You Weren’t a Writer-Entrepreneur You’d Be…a circus juggler. Really.
What You Have Lined Up Next: a conference for The Founding Moms in October of 2014!

You’ve been creating companies before you could spell business plan. At which point did you feel you were expert enough to turn all of your business wisdom into a book?

When The Founding Moms’ membership grew to a point where Continue reading

Author-Journalist Kristen Tetsi On How Authors Can Get Media Attention

kristen tetsiName: Kristen J. Tsetsi
Author Website
Hometown: Heidelberg, Germany (more specifically, Neckarsteinach, about half an hour east of Heidelberg by car, or 15 minutes by train)
Current Residence: Near Hartford, CT
Education: MFA in creative writing
Briefly: Short stories published online and in print, Pushcart Prize nomination, Storyglossia Fiction Prize winner, recipient of the Robert L. Carothers Distinguished Writers Award. Editor of two volumes of American Fiction: The Best Previously Unpublished Stories by Emerging Authors and founder/publisher/co-editor of the now-closed online micro-fiction journal Tuesday Shorts.
Favorite Read: Tough question, because it depends on Continue reading

Jennifer Bresnick On What To Look For When Hiring Editors, Proofreaders and Cover Designers

bresnick3Name: Jennifer Bresnick
Author’s Website
Hometown: Merrick, NY
Current Residence: Acton, MA
Education: Mount Holyoke College, Class of 2007 (History)
Briefly: Winner of the Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition (2012), CreateSpace Featured Author (March 2013), Upcoming feature of The Last Death of Tev Chrisini at 116 Half Price Books stores nationwide.
Favorite Read: The Aubrey-Maturin Novels by Patrick O’Brian, Lord of the Rings
Pet Peeves: Chewing with your mouth open!
If You Weren’t a Writer You’d Be…a teacher, probably
What You Have Lined Up Next: The Paper Flower Trilogy (Fantasy), Ambergris (YA Fantasy)

You ascribe to the publishing industry philosophy that an author should also be a marketer.

Absolutely. It might not be fun or pleasant, and it can be Continue reading

Author Simon Logan On Where He Gets His Story Ideas

simon loganName: Simon Logan
Website: Cold and Alone
Hometown: Edinburgh, Scotland
Current Residence: Edinburgh, Scotland
Favorite Read: Anything inventive, twisted, challenging. I do tend to require some sort of fantastical element, however subtle, but have an aversion to anything that goes too far—that is high fantasy. I also have an aversion to overly-long books. I love weird, looping narratives too.
Pet Peeves: Laziness, both physical and intellectual. Particularly nowadays we have such ready access to such a wide amount of information there’s really little excuse for being stupid. If you can put the effort in to learn the names of all of the Kardashians off by heart then you can put in the effort to learn the noble gases.
If You Weren’t a Writer You’d Be...Writing doesn’t pay the bills. Web design does.

Were you an avid reader as a kid?

Not particularly. I started pretty late, around 13 or so, and even then was never voracious. I also never Continue reading

Charlotte Vale-Allen On Self-Editing And On Pen Names

charlotte vale allen-photoName: Charlotte Vale-Allen
Author Website:
Hometown: Toronto
Current Residence: Norwalk, Connecticut USA
Education: High school
Briefly: 39 books published.
Favorite Read: Mysteries primarily, and Dickens
Pet Peeves: Sloppy editing.
If You Weren’t a Writer You’d Be…A Creative Writing teacher
What You Have Lined Up Next:…nothing at all. I spend 3-1/2 days a week helping take care of my twin grandchildren. That’s more than enough to keep me off the streets and out of trouble.

Was writing an outlet you used pretty early in life?

Absolutely. From the age of four I wrote things down to Continue reading

Janet Evanovich On Collaborating With Another Author

janetName: Janet Evanovich
Author Website
Hometown: South River, NJ
Current Residence: Naples, FL
Education: B.A. in art from Douglass College (Rutgers)
Favorite Read: Anything by Robert B. Parker, Robert Crais or Anthony Bourdain
Pet Peeves: Publishing deadlines
If You Weren’t a Writer You’d Be…an artist—that is if it weren’t for a bad allergy to the pigments in paint
Up Next: Takedown Twenty, a new Stephanie Plum adventure due out November 19

Did you ever imagine that you’d be collaborating with your daughter one day?

My daughter Alex is a really Continue reading

Author Interview: Jason M. Hough On Whether Writing Courses Are Worth The Investment

Name: Jason M. Hough jason m hough
Website: http://www.jasonhough.com
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Current Residence: Seattle, WA
Education: On the job…
Briefly: First three books released this summer. The Darwin Elevator, a New York Times Bestseller, The Exodus Towers, and The Plague Forge. First Place at the Computer Fair, 1993.
Favorite Read: Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Pet Peeves: People who circle parking lots looking for a spot “up close”. Park far, enjoy the walk!
If You Weren’t a Writer You’d Be… anything that lets me be creative. I also like Richard Feynman’s advice to change things up every decade or so.
Up Next: To be determined! Stay tuned…

Is there anything in particular that led you to Continue reading

Gloria Repp On What Aspiring Authors Should Know About Their Craft

gloria repp author picName: Gloria Repp
Author Website
Hometown: born in Honolulu, HI; grew up near Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Current Residence: Greenville, SC.
Favorite Read: I read in many genres, from mystery to biography to historical fiction, and I tend to have favorite authors rather than a favorite book. At present, I’m reading Taking Liberty (Rinaldi), The Last Plantagenets (Costain), The Puritans (Cavanaugh), Betsy Ross (biography by Miller), and Born Again (Colson).
Pet Peeves: I don’t really have peeves, but I find it mildly irritating when a person dashes off a book, uploads it to Kindle, and then floods the Twitterverse with “Buy My Book” tweets. When he does not instantly become rich and famous, he may also blog bitterly about how tough life is for a writer.
If You Weren’t a Writer You’d Be…a research scientist. I’d want to learn about genetics. And geology. And astronomy. Such an ambition may not seem logical for a Continue reading