Author Interview Series

Get to know authors. Learn how they started writing, how they published their books, and what challenges and successes they’ve had along the way.

What’s New? A Second Interview With Author Chicki Brown

Since we last met… Have you published new novels or short stories? Tell us about them! Chicki: Ain’t Too Proud to Beg Hollywood film star Vaughn Breland has wrecked his beloved Lamborghini, lost his latest movie role, the use of his legs and possibly his fabulous good looks. He’s depressed and mad at the world then he meets Trenyce Clark, his new physical therapist. Trenyce, and her beautiful three-year-old daughter, give him a new outlook on life. You Make Me Feel Brand New (novelette) One year ago, personal chef Jan Davis signed her divorce papers after a miserable twenty-five-year marriage. She is single again, and romantic attention is as foreign to her as ancient Carthaginian cuisine. When she meets her new client, sports management agent Mac Sinclair, who is eleven years younger, Jan...

Author Interview: Marla A. Madison

About Marla A. Madison Year first published: 2011 Number of books and short stories currently published: 3 suspense novels. Bio: I’m a retired mediator and now work part-time as an arbitrator. I started writing after I retired and only became serious about it when I joined a critique group of local authors. I discovered that I’m not the kind of person who can just kick back and live the quiet life, I need to have a goal, and writing has given me one. The ultimate goal, of course, is to sell a lot of books by becoming a good writer. Like any skill, writing takes work and practice, so I try to write at least two pages a day. I can see I’m improving with each new work, and that’s a great feeling. Writing, publishing, and marketing are difficult but excellent for keeping that brain active and ...

Kickstarter Author Blake Northcott Interview

"People are surprised that I’m a full-time author. I just had Thanksgiving here in Canada last weekend, and even my family are like, “How do you make a living at this?” and ask all sorts of questions about it. Some are skeptical, others are just fascinated."

Author Interview: Vivien Jones

Author Vivien Jones Welcome, Vivien! Tell us about your background and how you came to be a writer.  I’m a middle child of three, born into a Naval family in 1948. I was an early and avid reader. By the time I was 10 years old I was an avid story writer too and this continued long into my teens when I wrote impassioned and probably quite dreadful poetry and short stories. Then was a gap for left wing politics, marriage and motherhood and years of working in a school whose educational philosophy was centred on teaching through the arts. When the school closed my two grown-up sons said it was time I went to university so, aged 50, that’s what I did, studying Creative and Cultural Studies at Glasgow University on the Dumfries Campus. There was a course in Creative Writing with Tom Pow, who en...

Bookworm and Author Kate LeDonne Interview

"I encourage writers to make it about the work, and doing your best work. Detach. It's not about you. It's about the work. Let go and see what happens. You can always change your mind and put things back in."

Author Interview: Dean F. Wilson

Thank for being here today, Dean! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author. Thank you for having me, Ashley. I started writing “officially” when I was around 11, but had been doing bits and pieces before that. That was when I began a film script, which then turned into a novel, and then got abandoned for other writing projects. When I was around 13 I created the first draft of a novel called Protos Mythos: Dawn of the Dark Age, which earned me an award at Trinity College Dublin. That story eventually, through dozens of rewrites, became The Call of Agon, all these years later. As a bit of a perfectionist I found it difficult to accept the novel as being “done,” which made it hard to ship it off to agents and publishers. Eventually, as I res...

Author Interview: Adrienne Thompson

Q: Thanks for being here today, Adrienne! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author. I’ve technically been a writer since I was ten, when I attempted to write my first book (which was a rip-off of a Judy Blume book.) I wrote poetry for years and when I was a freshman in college, my English teacher tried to talk me into changing my major to English. Well, I changed it from Biology to Nursing to Education and back to Biology. I ended up graduating with a degree in Biology with plans to attend Medical School until I realized I didn’t want to be a doctor after all. I ended up becoming an RN out of necessity (I found myself divorced with 3 kids to raise) but I really didn’t want to be a nurse, either. It took me years to realize that my talent and passion had always be...

Author Interview: Staci Hart

1. Thanks for being here today, Staci! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author. So happy to be here with you all! When I first began to write, it was purely experimental, but once I started writing it, I knew that it was something I would see through. I knew that the story would be fairly short, though I was determined to get the word count into a range that would be considered a novel. I researched traditional publishing and found a host of agents to contact, but in the end I decided to self publish. I’m so glad I did. The most difficult thing about self publishing is that you have to self edit. I took advantage of the resources available online, from articles to forums, and I got a number of books (The absolute bible being Self Editing for Fiction Writer...

Supernatural Author Micheal Rivers Interview

Last time IndieBookWeek.com checked in with you, Micheal, you were working on Verliege plus six other new manuscripts. Six! Which of those books have been published? Have you ventured into any new writing territory since then? First, let me congratulate you on your new site! Verliege and Appalachia Mountain Folklore were released. Thanks to the readers, I am proud to say Verliege was voted 2012 Supernatural Book of the Year by Turning the Pages. The other books are still in the works and coming along nicely. I have one that is out of my genre and is based on an actual person. Needless to say names and places have been substituted to protect him and any others involved in his ventures. I think the readers will find it very interesting. How have your social media habits evolved or changed ov...

Author Interview: Allison Cosgrove

Welcome, Allison! Please tell us about yourself. I am a mom, wife, business owner, and author. Coffee is my best friend. I live a very organized life because there is just so much going on that if I don’t want to go insane I have to keep everything on schedule. You’ve just come out with a second edition of your first novel, Sacrifice of Innocence. What led to the decision to publish a new version? To put it bluntly it wasn’t living up to the standards I wanted it to. I was seriously disappointed in the work that the publishing company I was working with at the time of the first edition had done. So I rereleased with a fresh new look and a completely revised inside. Your lead character is a male. Did you set out to write in this voice, or did he simply appear on the page (or in your creativ...

Author Interview: Jeri Walker-Bickett

Welcome, Jeri! Please tell us about yourself. I’m a former high school English teacher and college composition instructor who has left the classroom to start a career as a writer, book reviewer, and freelance editor. The world of books has always been my passion. Plentiful scholarships enabled me to earn a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in writing, as well as a master’s degree in English education with additional graduate credits in rhetoric and composition. The reason I can make this huge shift in my life is because of my wonderful husband and best friend. We met when we were 19, got married in Vegas when we were 22, and nearly 14 years later his dream job has enabled me to pursue my dreams as well. Do you outline your stories before writing them, or do you sit down at the ...

Author Interview: Jason Scott Gleason

Bio: Jason Scott Gleason is a resident of Elkridge, Maryland, where he lives with his fiancé, her son, their cat, her bird, his snake, the other’s two lizards, and a couple of fish claimed by nobody. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in the small town of Mandeville. While not busy holding down a day job, he enjoys spending his free time writing, and can be found at the Maryland Renaissance Festival while it is in season. He is an avid dilettante in the field of martial arts and holds the distinction of holding white belts in no less than seven different styles. He can be reached at jasonscottgleason@gmail.com. Erosan’s Tears is his first book. Blog: endlessiterations.blogspot.net Email: jasonscottgleason@gmail.com Twitter ID: @JSGleason Welcome, Jason! Thanks for being here...

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