Author Interview – P.C. Zick

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Christmas Pets and Kisses: 16 Sweet Christmas Romances boxed set
Contemporary Romance, Holidays








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Author Interview – Sharon Coady

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Sharon Coady lives in Florida with her husband, three of their four daughters and five of their eleven grandchildren. She wrote two books before discovering Romance novels. She has now written a romantic suspense, a romance novella and is currently writing a Christmas novella. She has three published novels. When not working as a nurse for the Veterans Administration or writing she enjoys spending time with her family and riding behind her husband on their Harley.

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One of my favorite authors has a book in this collection. How cool is that?

P.C. Zick

I had the privilege to beta read this novella from the upcoming Christmas Pets and Kisses by Aubrey Wynne. Dante’s Gift is a lovely contemporary romance with bits of history and a trip to Italy in the mix. I loved all the characters, but really fell in love with the grandmother in this story. Sweet and romantic, Dante’s Gift crosses oceans and generations to melt even the hardest of hearts.
Dante’s Gift – Aubrey Wynne
Seventy years ago, a collie mix brought two hearts together in war torn Italy. Will their story help their grandson find his own Christmas love?

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In the Author’s Corner with Etienne

on air etienne 01BSo today, folks, we have a special guest, Etienne Gibbs, with Blog Talk Radio. He’ll be talking with us about his talk show, In the Author’s Corner with Etienne. The reason why this interview is here, on TJ Talks Writing, is because his show focuses on writers and writing related efforts.

So, give it up for, Etienne, everyone! Take it away, Mr. Gibbs.

How did you conceive of your talk show, In the Author’s Corner with Etienne, on Blog Talk Radio?

After my book, It’s My Turn to Be the Hero, was published in April, 2012, I came to realize that I did not quite know enough about marketing my book successfully. I had more questions than answers. Subsequently, I felt that if I did, perhaps other authors did, too. So, I created the show exclusively for novice and aspiring authors.

That’s an admirable motive for starting this endeavor. What is the focus of your talk show efforts?etienne vintage radio 01A

I’ve created my talk show exclusively for authors of published books and those thinking about writing their first one. So, besides chatting with authors about the story behind their story or writing their book or becoming an author, I ask them to share tips, suggestions, or advice that would be of help to the novice and aspiring authors in our audience.

I’m sure you meet quite a few interesting people. Do you have any special training or credentials for this effort?

With technology as it is these days, no special training or credentials are needed or required to become an online talk show host and/or producer; however, having training and/or experience in public speaking, such as with Toastmasters International, or experience or training skills in communication and/or customer service will surely come in handy. Also, the host needs to be sensitive to the needs of his guests.

You’re right about the availability of information and knowledge. Despite what we see in the news, global society in general is rather savvy. How do you recruit participants for your shows?

Via my friends and followers on Facebook and other social media sites. Sometimes I get referrals from former guests.

What would you like potential guests to know about being on In the Author’s Corner with Etienne?

I ask my guests to come prepared to share a tip, a suggestion, or advice that could help the novice and aspiring authors in our audience. I also like to ask questions about their writing format, routine, and/or discipline.

I also like to joke with them by asking if their characters are in their heads, if they go with them everywhere they go, and if they speak to them in public. Most would ready admit that they interact with the characters in their head, but only at home or in the privacy of their car.

One lady author had a unique and creative answer that I was not expecting. She said,
“If people want to know who I’m talking to, I pull back my hair and show them the earplug in my ear. Then I tell them, ‘I’m listening to my favorite talk show.’ ”

etienne recording booth 01AThat is clever. I may have to do just that myself. How do you help guests on a show feel at ease?

I help my guests feel at ease with my sense of humor and telling them that they have access to my “Go to your room!” command. I tell my guests that I have been known to have a wacky sense of humor, but if it should become too wacky or on the edge, then they have the right and responsibility to tell me, “Go to your room!” Usually, they chuckle with the absurdity of this statement, but they get the message that they are in control.

You seem to have an easy rapport with your guests. That’s a positive. How long have you been doing radio shows?

Our Premiere episode of In the Author’s Corner with Etienne kicked off April 30th, 2012 at 6:00 PM (Eastern), but prior to that, I started my first online talk show, Staying Safe Online, to educate the public of the dangers, cybercrimes, and the cybercriminals of the Internet. That show kicked off June 8, 2008 and was terminated on November 2008 after I was laid off from my day job.

I’m sorry, about your day job. Your show was probably of great help to many of your visitors. Perhaps you’ll be able to bring it back. Now, do you write? What about?

I took a hiatus from writing; having too much fun and delight meeting and interviewing authors from around the world. When I return to writing, it would be in the genre of nonfictional, educational, Christian, and motivational to include parenting. I do have three other books I’m planning to release within the coming year.

You do have your fingers in a few pies. Good luck with the book releases. So, do you have children, a significant other, or pets?

Living as a bachelor in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands in the tiny wooden cottage of a house in which I grew up with my mother. My children are adults now with families of their own and are residing in Hanford, CA and Louisville, KY.

That’s interesting. I hope you retain fond memories of your earlier days in that house. What do you like to do to balance the demands your professional life places on you?

I like to tell people that “I live on the Internet” simply because I sometimes spend as many as 18-20 hours online. When I do have time, I love swimming and snorkeling in our tropical waters. I also love mountain-biking, but I left my mountain-bike back in the States when I returned home. I’m an outdoors sort of guy!

I used to scuba and miss it terribly. I envy you that. Where do you live?

In the city of Charlotte Amalie, on the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands just East of Puerto Rico.

I’ve never been to the Virgin Islands, perhaps some day. Do you have a routine you follow daily?etienne mic 01 A

I just go with the flow except for the one or two classes I teach as an adjunct instructor at my alma mater, the University of the Virgin Islands.

Now teaching is something that can be rewarding when done well. What’s your fave food, beverage, and/or restaurant?

As a West Indian by birth my favorite foods would be fish and local foods such as fungi, Kalalu, Peas and Rice, Red Peas Soup, coconut water. My favorite local beverages would homemade maubi, sorrel, passion fruit, and soursop. And of course all the local fresh fruits: genips, mangos, coconuts, tamarind, including ice cream made from them.

I like a person who likes good food. What do you like best about what you do?

I love having the opportunity to meet with and speak with authors from around the world. Of course, the discussion has to be in English because of my limited knowledge of foreign languages.

A facility with language can open up a whole new world, but it seems you’re doing quite well even if you’re not poly lingual. What do you like least about what you do?

What I like least about meeting and greeting authors from around the world? Oh, that’s easy to answer. It’s simply this: that I cannot transport myself to the exotic locations where my guests reside.

I hear you there! Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by any one, living or not, who is not afraid to be a pioneer, someone who leads the pack. I’m speaking about role models in all phases of life. In fact, I have a collection of people I admire on one of my Pinterest boards. If I may, I’d like to share the link with your readers. They are:

People I Admire
Many of them I have known personally. And

People Who Still Teach Us, although they have departed this earth.

If more people sought to emulate the good in others, the world would be a better place. Shifting gears a little, if I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?

First of all, that won’t happen. Anyone with a West Indian, or more specifically with a Virgin Islands culture like mine, won’t allow any visitor to go into their refrigerator. Nor would any visitor want to do so. It would be considered rude and disrespectful.

I can tell horror stories about what’s in mine, so I doubt if someone stopped by and peeked in, they’d do it again. What’s your best quality?

My best quality is basically meeting and greeting people. As taught in graduate school of my Social Work classes, my best quality is in establishing rapport with people, especially when they are in crisis mode.

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See, I thought that was one of your strengths. Your least favorable quality?

My least quality is my moments of procrastination. Although I know better, there are times when I tend to procrastinate.

Some people work best under the pressure of a quickly nearing deadline. Maybe you’re one of them. Why isn’t the number 11 pronounced as onety one?

Stupid question.

I think that last question was something on the order of a quirkiness meter. Maybe yours is pegged? If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to survive?

I would want to have 3 important people with me, a cutting tool to survive, and good weather.

Nicely done. Is there anything else you’d like the reader to know about yourself?

Yes, I’d like the reader to know and remember that we all have potential as described via this acronym: TASKS, where the T stands for Talents; the A for Abilities; the S for Skills; the K for Knowledge; and finally, the S for Specialization. Put the letters back together and we have the acronym, TASKS, to remind us of the elements we need to implement when we want to maximize our potential.

That is something to live by, Etienne. And with those final words of wisdom, we say good-bye to Etienne. Please be sure to comment below.



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Author Interview – Michael Robertson

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MICHAEL ROBERTSON is a writer of dark post apocalyptic fiction, horror, and science fiction. He’s been writing for over fifteen years and has been published in several anthologies and magazines, as well as being published by HarperCollins.

His most poplar series is his Crash series. It’s a dark look at the apocalypse, brought about by financial collapse rather than a zombie plague. Although his next book The Alpha Plague, is a much more traditional post apocalyptic story inspired by 28 Days Later.

He has plans for several science fiction books and is currently writing the first draft of New Reality 3: Fear, which will finish off his New Reality series.

As a father of two young children, he writes when he can, which is mostly before they get up and after they’ve gone to bed.

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Author Interview Series Two – Danielle L. Zwissler

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Danielle Lee Zwissler is an Ohio author. She is a big fan of romance as well as fantasy. She likes her characters to have larger than life personalities, a fair amount of money, and if possible, red hair!

The first book that she had published was “Her Last Chance” and immediately after was the second book of the Daniels Dynasty,”The Art of Seduction”. Soon after, Books-to-go-Now! put out an erotic title of hers “The Trio of Sin”.

Now, Danielle is currently working with four different publishers as well as a group of writers called “The Iron Writer Challenge” a challenge in which 5 writers compete against one another with stories that they’ve written of only 500 words! Thus far, Danielle has won 8 out of the 11 challenges that she has taken.

Currently her list of novels includes several erotica, written under the pen name Heather Lane, western romance, romantic comedies, flash fiction, and soon to be released a young adult fantasy series!

Danielle believes her storytelling and love of writing stems from reading J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series as well as great romance writers, Linda Lael Miller, Bella Andre, and Diana Palmer.

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Author Interview Series One – Nina Falkestav

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I have an over-active imagination and a profound love of both non-talking and talking animals which is why I write fantasy (MG/YA) and picture books.I started acting in plays put up in kindergarten, and joined me first theater classes when I was eleven.

Since then I’ve had schooling in the theatrical arts in several schools, and several levels of education. MY love of writing also started at an early age, and has run partly alongside my interest in theater and directing/producing. I have written some shorter fiction and have several started longer stories, but it wasn’t until I got ill and had to spend three days a week in lengthy treatments that I started writing more seriously, mainly because there was little else in the way of creativity to do.

I’ve written two picture books, that pictures are now being commissioned for, and I am currently working on a YA fantasy. My computer and phone are filled with a myriad of further ideas for stories and the list continues to grow. I currently write in Swedish, but I’m hoping to get my Work In Progress translated as soon as it is finished.

I holds a degree in animal husbandry aimed towards pets I have a pionus parrot, and all my current work features cats, probably an effect of living with seven of them.

I have an over-active imagination and a profound love of both non-talking and talking animals which is why I , so far, write fantasy (MG/YA) and picture books. Would love to try to write horror or ghost stories at some point too.

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Author Interview Series One – D. Drache Dragao

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D. Drache Dragao


I’m Drache. I was born in the Gateway City in the Show-Me-State in July of 1987 (damn, I feel old). I’m a sucker for martial arts, though my first love was baseball. The first time I tried to get involved with politics was in second grade competing with a fourth grader and it was a school election; I lost and I didn’t take it well. But, let’s talk about me as a writer. I’m of the belief that writing should reflect both the (wo)man and his/her world, so my content has similarities to my experiences, lifetime thus far, and interactions. As far as my writing goes, see my statement about how writing should reflect the (wo)man and his/her world. In other words, art imitates life and that’s a belief that many share.

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Author Interview Series One – Jami Brumfield

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Jami M Brumfield has a passion for the paranormal, supernatural, and mythological worlds for most of her life. She believes there is a kernel of truth in every story and loves playing detective to discover what that hidden truth is. She has written most of her life. She started with poems and short stories, then graduated to journalism working for online websites. It was only a natural progression that her love of writing and her passion for the unknown would combine. Her books are a product of that union.

Jami is a multi-genre author in the paranormal arena. She currently has 11 series out in the fiction arena and 2 books in the non fiction arena.

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Author Interview Series One – Kat Crimson

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Kat Crimson

Kat Crimson uses her wit and wiles to infiltrate the minds of her characters creating a new wave of cerebral erotica, which engages the brains, the hearts and the loins of her readers in equal measure, adding depth and dimension to what has, in the past, widely been considered to be a genre comprised only of talentless perverts. Untrue. Kat Crimson is a warrior for the cause, on a mission to prove that erotica can arouse the mind as much as the middle bits and that kink can be quality.

Holed up in her log cabin in the frozen northern wilds, where she keeps only the company of cats, Kat sits by a raging hearth fire and taps at the keys of her battered laptop, slaving away in an effort to unearth the perfect recipe to unlock the deepest hungers of your soul. So far, this is what she has come up with:

Four parts pure dark genius, three parts heat, two parts taboo, one part willful indifference and irreverence infused with gritty black humor, a dash of silliness and a sprinkling of chaos – it’s a work in progress…

Kat has a liberal arts degree which is most functional as a coffee coaster. She pursued a broad spectrum of subjects while at university, including creative writing, which she could never fully get into while she was there because the subject matter that she was most passionate about penning was apparently not suitable. Kat has several titles available, including Bait the Hook and Seduced by 2.

Dabbling in a wide variety of things from poetry and pastry to photography and fetish, Kat is a Jill of all trades, but she is mastered by none.

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Author Interview Series One – J. E. Feldman

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Born to a loving family in South Carolina, Jade began to show an interest in reading and writing at the early age of 3. As the years passed by slowly with many adventures of travel and new friends, her stories amassed to a great number. At the age of 15, she decided to create a Fantasy Writers group as a safe haven and family-like networking. This helped her to reach the outside world and discover other authors hiding in the shadows. Thus the getting published urge became a wonderful reality after years of hard, not-so-organized work.

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Author Interview Series Two – School’s Out

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I’m looking to do another author interview series with a book feature. Theme is: School’s Out. Dates span: June 21 – 30. PM me directly on Facebook and submit a friend request if we’re not already “friends.” All genres welcome. When you reply provide me with:
1. author name
2. title
3. genre
4. three (3) days you’d like to have your interview posted (the first avail will be scheduled for you.
You must be able to provide me with an author pic, largest available copy of your book cover (front side only), bio, and book blurb. I’ll provide you with a copy of the interview questions which will be due by June 18.
If your preferred date is not available, I’m happy to put you on a waiting list.


Author Interview Series One

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Coming soon, Author Interview Series One:

J. E. Feldman – May 25 – Interview Post
Kat Crimson – May 26 – Interview Post
Dora Gonzalez – May 29 – Interview Post
Jami Brumfield – May 30th – Interview Post
D. Drache Dragao – June 6 – Interview Post
Nina Falkestav – June 13 – Interview Post

The  links go live the day of the interview at 00:30 CDT.


The next author interview series theme is School’s Out. Dates span: June 21 – 30. PM me directly on Facebook and submit a friend request if we’re not already “friends.” All genres welcome. When you reply provide me with:

1. author name
2. title
3. genre
4. three (3) days you’d like to have your interview posted (the first avail will be scheduled for you.
You must be able to provide me with an author pic, largest available copy of your book cover (front side only), bio, and book blurb. I’ll provide you with a copy of the interview questions which will be due by June 14.
If your preferred date is not available, I’m happy to put you on a waiting list.


LA Screenwriter – Toni Morrison on Failure …

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In an absence of a reblog option:

Toni Morrison on Failure, Rewriting, and Experimentation

As this month is Women’s History month, we wanted to take a moment to highlight one of the most important writers — male or female — of the last century.

No, Toni Morrison isn’t a screenwriter, but her thoughts on writing surpass form and are completely applicable whether you’re writing a broad comedy or an indie drama. In an interview with NEA Arts Magazine, Morrison discussed responsibility to ones characters, writing what you don’t know, and why failure is a good thing … See the complete article – by Angela