Interview & Giveaway ~ I had fun with this interview with Jamie Ford, author of two amazing novels!

Jamie Ford with scarf

I just had to interview Jamie Ford because I kept finding him all over the place with his books getting tons of 5 Star reviews and lots of other accolades!  

I was simply drawn to him, so I wanted to have him as a guest on my blog.  I am so grateful that he accepted the offer to let me interview him. I was rather humbled, to be honest.

The next few days, I will be spotlighting his books. So, be sure to check back. 

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a signed copy of both of his books!!

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Q:  When did you realize you were a novelist? 

When I went to Norway for a book tour. That’s when I realized I’d created something that had taken on a life of its own. Basically, it feels like my book has a career now and I’m just along for the ride. (I stole that line from Pamela Anderson who once said, “My boobs have a career, I’m just along for the ride.”)

 Annie ~ You are funny!! I love it..

Songs of Willow FrostHotel on the corner of bitter and sweet

Q:  As you geared up for your Books being released, what was the most exciting part(s) for you? 

Writing a novel is a like giving birth to a ten-pound baby, sideways. So after laboring for months and sometimes years—to finally hold that printed book in your hands is an amazing moment. Also, my wife who is a Labor & Delivery nurse just assured me that the sideways baby thing is not possible.

Annie:  I can imagine how wonderful it is to hold the book in your hands for the first time!!  You had me concerned that a baby could be born sideways. Thanks for getting that visual out of my head. 🙂

Q:  You have written two novels so far; what is that your favorite topic to explore?

I love forgotten history. I’m like a little kid, I love turning over rocks and looking at the squishy things underneath—the stuff that we forget as a society.

Annie: Your stories definitely show that this is where you heart is!! 

Q:  Will you always write Historical Fiction? 

I cheated a little bit last year and wrote a trio of steampunk stories. They’re published in the Apocalypse Triptych—three anthologies about the “end of the world as we know it.” But, there was a lot of research involved and they have a historical vibe. And I have a bit of crime noir in the works. Let’s just say that I’m enlarging the canvas of my imagination a bit.

Annie: Make sure I get to read your crime noir book! It sounds very different for you!   

Q:  Is there an author that you feel resonates with you and your writing style? 

This isn’t a comparison as much as it’s pure admiration, but I love Pat Conroy’s writing. He’s a pure storyteller, who also weaves in amazing, lush prose that never obfuscates the story. Some people have lucid dreams where they’re flying. In my dreams I’m writing like Pat.

Annie: That was beautifully said! My friend, Sonya met Pat Conroy. Just recently, I was so sad to hear of his passing.  The best thing though is that his books will live on. Sonya LOVES Pat Conroy….I am going to look for their picture and send it to you. 

Q: When do you typically write?  Where do you write?  Set this up for us 

I write in the mornings, upstairs in my office, surrounded by books, comics, and research materials, with my three dogs lazing about. Around noon I take the dogs for a walk to the Missouri River, about a mile away, then edit. Life, and writing, is better with dogs.

Annie: Dogs do make life better! That is for sure!! I have one dog, and he is enough to take care of, LOL..I could not imagine having three. Where do you live? Jamie Ford reading

Q:  May I ask who your favorite authors are?  Books? 

Fiction: Pat Conroy – The Great Santini

Non-Fiction: Jon Krakauer – Into Thin Air

Short fiction: Harlan Ellison – Deathbird Stories

Poetry: Buddy Wakefield – He’s a slam poet. Best seen LIVE.

Comics: Marjorie Liu – Monstress  

Q:  What is your favorite part of being an author? 

Doing interviews! Kidding. In Italy I once did 11 interviews in one day, with an interpreter. By the end, my brain was tapioca.

Honestly, the best part has been meeting some of my favorite authors. I’m still just a fanboy.

 Annie: I love that you are still a fanboy!!! You are so cool!

Q:  Any hobbies you’d like to share with us? 

I like red shoes. I like Hiking. I especially like hiking in red shoes.

Annie: Love it!!!  This is a great picture! #HAPPYFEETJamie Fords red shoes

Q:  I see that your books have been translated in to 34 languages, and you won an Award. Can you please tell me more about that…? 

Books in translation are amazing; in fact, HOTEL was #1 in Norway for nearly four months. I always credit the translator—they must be doing something right. They could put zombies in my books and I’d never know

As far as awards, they’re a lovely validation, but nothing compared to getting a tweet from a high school student who says “This is the first book I’ve been forced to read that didn’t actually suck.” That kind of stuff makes my year. 

Q:  When can we expect your next book?  Do you want to tell us a little bit about it?

As soon as I finish it. I’m close—and this time I meant it! The new book (no title yet) is about a mixed-race boy who was raffled off at the 1909 World’s Fair in Seattle. That part’s true.

Annie: A must read, for sure! 

Lastly, Book or eBook? 

Book. I do read eBooks as well, but prefer comfort over convenience.

Annie: I am an Old-School person too. I have a library in my home, and my husband has a man cave.  I love being surrounded by books…it is rather calming for me.

Jamie Ford Hotel

Annie: Thank you Jamie. I appreciate your time, and patience.

I have enjoyed all of your answers, and getting to know you better!!

Keep me in mind when you release your next book!

I am a fan!!

 

#Interview & #Giveaway ~ Author, Sandra Block

Meet this amazing author, Sandra Block! She is giving away a copy of each of her books, which I will post my reviews for this weekend, when most of us are snowed in!!! So, join in the fun, and comment below!!!

Sandra BlockQ: When did you realize you were a novelist?

 I was a poet first. I remember writing on little scraps of paper around seven years old, describing the jet trail from a plane as “chalk across the sky.” My mom asked with some surprise, “you’re writing poetry?” I realized then, “oh, that’s what this is.” I guess I always knew I’d be some kind of writer. 

 

Q:  I see that you are a practicing Neurologist! Where do you find the time to do both jobs? How do you manage both careers?

It isn’t always easy, but it is doable. I usually write first thing in the morning, before anyone in the family is up. For years, I didn’t write because I was too tired after a full day of work, not to mention kids. Changing my routine to writing first thing in the morning made all the difference. 

Q:  Does your medical career help with your stories?

My medical career definitely colors my writing. Both Zoe books were based off memories of my neurology residency, a formative time for me. At this point, I subspecialize in sleep disorders and epilepsy, so I don’t really see some of the cool cases that pop up in my novels. But, I know enough psychiatry to fake it at least! 

Little Black LiesQ:  As you geared up for your Book Releases, what was the most exciting part(s) for you? 

For Little Black Lies, I was having a medical procedure done on my pub day  (everything turned out fine 🙂 ) so I was pretty much sedated. Not an ideal pub day. For The Girl Without a Name, my pub day was quite special – like a hundred birthdays. One of my fondest memories is an unlikely twitter exchange with Salmon Rushdie. It turns out his newest book came out the same day. In response to his simple tweet of “pub day,” I joked how I was sorry that his book would likely be overshadowed by my book, but “take heart, your day will come.” With utter grace, he retweeted: “Happy to stand in your shadow. Have a great pub day.” to his 1M (seriously, one million!) followers. I still smile thinking about that. 

Q:  How long did it take you to write each book? Releasing two books in one year is huge accomplishment!  

The Girl without a NameThank you! It took me about one year for each. I was writing The Girl Without a Name before I even sold Little Black Lies. When negotiation came around and they were willing to do a two-book deal, I just happened to have one all ready! It definitely taught me the lesson that no matter what happens: keep writing. 

Q:  Is there an author that you feel resonates with you and your writing style?

I would say Gillian Flynn and Meg Abbot for their colloquial, yet poetic style. 

Q: When do you typically write?  Where do you write?  Set this up for us

 I write whenever and wherever is my honest answer. As I mentioned above, I definitely put in a good forty-five minutes in the morning. But then I just grab time. I write on my iPad and take it everywhere. I might write while waiting for my daughter at school or my son at a swimming lesson for example. Even if it’s just half a page, it’s something. 

Q: May I ask who your favorite authors are?  Books?

I split my reading time between mystery/suspense and literary fiction. For literary, I would say Ann Tyler, Sue Miller, and Richard Ford. Oh, plus Louise Erdrich and Jennifer Egan. (I could go on and on.) For mystery/suspense, I love Henning Menkel, Charles Todd, Gillian Flynn, and Kate Atkinson. Plus Sara Gran. (I could go on and on.) 

Q:  What is your favorite part of being an author?

I would say the writing community. I belong to a group of women writers (shout out the Tall Poppies!) Some days writing is drudgery, some days it’s a joyful. The publishing side is also full of highs and lows. But writing friends are always there for you. That’s been a wonderfully unexpected side benefit. 

Q:  Lastly, Book or eBook??

Both, baby! Read, read, read, I don’t care how you it!

#Interview & #Giveaway ~ Meet author, Ann Troup!! and, enter her Giveaway!

Meet Ann Troup, the Author of “The Lost Child”. Comment below for your chance to win an eCopy of her book along with a $10 Amazon Voucher!!

Ann Troupe PicQ:  When did you realize you wanted to write a book?

I knew that I wanted to be a writer, or more accurately a novelist, in my early teens though I didn’t write my first full length novel until I was in my twenties.  I did write a play when I was eight, which was performed at my primary school I do recall that it was very tragic and deeply romantic and probably quite terrible – I’m sure my mother was cringing in the audience. So, I have always written for my own pleasure but didn’t become serious about publication until I hit my 40’s and had the necessary time to devote to it. 

Q:  As you geared up for your Book Release on May 19th, 2015, what was the most exciting part(s) for you? 

The single most exciting aspect was the enthusiasm and great feedback from book bloggers who had received advance reader copies of the book. Knowing that people who love books, storytelling and sharing their passion had enjoyed my work and wanted to shout about it was a fantastic experience and for me definitely the most exciting part of the process. Everything else was exciting and daunting in equal measures, when you have written a book and it is unleashed onto the world there is a feeling of exhilaration and fear – it can make you feel very vulnerable, very humble and very hopeful.  

Q:  Where did you get your inspiration from for this book?

I’d had the idea for some time. In the town where I grew up a girl had gone missing and years later that incident turned out to be connected with terrible crimes. I used to work as a psychiatric nurse and worked with some of the people who had been affected by the crimes and the losses they had caused – the dynamics of it stayed with me and formed the seeds of the story that became The Lost Child. The book is purely fictional, as are the characters however the relationships, reactions and behavior of the characters is very much rooted in my real life observations of how people behave in unusual and extreme situations. Human behavior is a never ending source of story material.

Q:  Is there an author that you feel resonates with you and your writing style?

I honestly don’t know. My editor is adamant that she sees a similarity between the stories that I write and the books that Diane Chamberlain and Rosamund Lupton write. I’m sorry to say I had never read anything from either before The Lost Child was published. I have since read some of their work and can see the connection, though not in style. Our similarities lie more in our subjective choices regarding plot and story development than in any similarity of style.

Q: When do you typically write?  Where do you write?  How long did it take you to write? Set this up for us…

These days I have the luxury of being able to call writing my full time job, so I now try to have a working day as regards writing and fit it in between nine and five as much as I can – though if I’m ‘on a roll’ those limits are entirely flexible. I write in my home office, which was my daughter’s bedroom before she left home, so we call it the empty nest.  It’s a warm, light and relaxing space, full of all my bits and pieces and I can shut the world out and enter my imagination quite happily in there.  In terms of The Lost Child writing the actual book took around six weeks for the first draft, though in reality from first thoughts to publishable book probably took years. I take an inordinate amount of time with the planning and plotting, but once that’s done the book emerges relatively quickly. By the time I sit down at the computer I usually know exactly what the story is and where it will go, of course there is always room for new ideas to emerge, but the skeleton is definitely there. 

Q:  May I ask who your favorite authors are?  Books? 

Haha, there are too many to list! I just like beautiful writing, thought provoking stories and sheer entertainment. For beautiful writing I would say John Steinbeck (any, but particularly Cannery Row) Edna o’Brien (August is a Wicked Month and The Country Girls) Kate Atkinson (Behind the Scenes at the Museum and and Human Croquet) and one of my all time favourite authors Jane Gardam (again, I would read her grocery list, but in particular I love Old Filth, Faith Fox and Bilgewater). I absolutely cannot name one favourite, there really are too many wonderful books and writers.

Q:  What is your favorite part of being a published author? 

Knowing that people have enjoyed something that I created and that for a few hours they have been transported out of their lives and have been entertained by my words.  Chatting to and connecting with other people who love books and writing is also hugely enjoyable, and I love to hear from people who are passionate about the written word. Second to that I do rather enjoy getting paid for doing something that I love – I don’t intend that to sound mercenary about it, but it is rather gratifying to know that what you do can be valued and appreciated in monetary terms. 

Q:  Do you have a new book on the horizon?  Do you want to tell us a little bit about it?  

I do have a new book on the horizon – it’s called The Silent Girls (It was originally listed as The Unnamed, but we have decided to change the title before it is published in February 2016).

I can’t say too much about it at this stage but it is a very different story that explores similar themes to The Lost Child in regards to how people adapt to terrible things and how their choices form a legacy for others.  It’s a darker story but just as twisty (maybe even a little more twisty…) and full of characters that you will love and hate – I hope! 

Lastly, Book or eBook?? 

Gah! Both, but for different reasons. I love, love, love books – they are my favourite possessions, but I have a modest home and not much room, so I am very selective about my dead tree books. I will always by a paper copy of a book I will read again. On the whole I buy more eBooks now, mainly for convenience, but a book is a book and I will value it either way.

#Interview & #Giveaway: Meet Camille Pagan, and learn about her book that was released yesterday!

Meet the author, Camille Pagan. I met her when she interviewed me for Arthritis Today, and I was in love with her first book….You must read this interview. Camille is a very talented writer and a wonderful person…

Enter your chance to win one of two signed copies!! (US residents only) by commenting below

camille noe paganQ:  When did you realize you were a novelist? 

I’ve been in love with fiction as long as I could read, but for a long time, the idea of being a novelist seemed out of my reach. In fact, I remember attempting to write a book shortly after I graduated from college and realizing I was completely in over my head. So, I put it aside, and though I had ideas along the way, didn’t really try again until just before I turned 30.

The idea for my first book, The Art of Forgetting, came to me suddenly, and I started writing at night when my daughter (who was then an infant) went to bed. Several months later, I had a rough draft on my hands. That draft required many, many edits, but soon after, I found an agent (the wonderful Elisabeth Weed of The Book Group; she’s still my agent today), and sold to a publisher in the U.S., and half a dozen foreign publishers, too. It was a great experience, and also a lucky one. I wrote many novels between Forgetting and Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, many of which were so-so, and some of which were actually terrible. But that process ultimately helped me write a great “second” novel (which is really like my seventh; I’ve lost count).The art of forgetting

Annie: You know I loved your first novel, “The Art of Forgetting”. I remember going to meet you at a book store in Brooklyn where you were doing a reading and signing novels…So much fun!

Q:  Tell us a little more about how you began writing.  I know I met you because you interviewed me for an article you were writing for the “Arthritis Today” magazine. Do you think those experiences helped you become a better writer?

After college, I attended a post-graduate publishing course at Radcliffe (the program’s now at Columbia), and then moved to New York and took a position as an editor at a health publication. I spent several years doing that, and then struck out on my own as an independent journalist at the end of 2004. In the following decade, I wrote for dozens of different publications—including Arthritis Today, where I worked as a contributing editor for six years, and which is of course how we met.

Interestingly, I took a position as the health editor at Real Simple this past January, so now I’m back to being an editor full-time. Both writing and editing non-fiction have been hugely beneficial to my career as a novelist. I know how to do intensive research on health topics (including brain injury, which I wrote about in my first novel; and cancer, which I wrote about in my second novel). More important, though, I spend my day thinking about the meaning of words, the rhythm of sentences, and the structure of paragraphs. This thought process undoubtedly improves my fiction.

Life and other near death experiencesQ:  As you geared up for your Book Release of “Life and other Near Death Experiences on November 1st, 2015, what was the most exciting part(s) for you?

Amazon chose my book as a Kindle First pick, which means it was one of six books offered this October—a month early—to Amazon Prime and Kindle First members. It spent the very first week of October the single bestselling title in the Kindle Store, and has already reached thousands of early readers. To say that’s a dream come true for me is the understatement of the year.

Annie: I ordered your book that way….thought I may as well have the print and eBook! Congratulations, that is definitely an impressive dream come true!

Q:  You have another amazing book, called “The Art of Forgetting”. You went to the top of my favorite’s book list with that novel!!  MUST READ ALERT!!

What is that your favorite topic to explore in your writing?

Annie, thank you! And wow—that’s a tough question! Ultimately, I am drawn to stories that explore how humans deal with the inevitable sadness and loss that comes with life. Personally, I deal with grief and pain with equal parts introspection and humor, and I think that’s what you’ll find in my novels.

Q:  Is there an author that you feel resonates with you and your writing style?

I just discovered Lauren Fox after picking up her third novel, Days of Awe. I devoured it—such a smart, funny, heartbreaking take on friendship and life. As soon as I finished Days, I immediately read her first, Still Life With Husband, which was also terrific. So, she’s my new author crush.

Annie: I reviewed “Still Life with Husband” for Elle Magazine back I 2006…I actually got to hold the manuscript. She is a great writer. I see why you like her!

Q: When do you typically write?  Where do you write?  Set this up for us…

I write most mornings before work, almost always at my desk. I’m not a write on the couch kind of person; I need a bit of structure. Then I write out the next day’s scenes by hand at night before I go to sleep.

Q:  May I ask who your favorite authors are? Books?

The books I have read over and over are Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer, Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety, Gail Caldwell’s Let’s Take the Long Way Home, and all of Lorrie Moore’s short story collections, particularly Birds of America. Beyond that, I enjoy so many different authors. Elena Ferrante is a new favorite, and I just read and absolutely loved Per Petterson’s utterly devastating I Refuse. I devour anything my friend Sarah Jio writes, and always pick up Elin Hilderbrand’s latest; her books are consistently good. 

Q:  What is your favorite part of being an author?

I love the act of writing a book. Yes, it’s hard—especially when you get to the end of a first (or third, or fifth) draft and realize you have to go back and fix so many things, but the actual writing process brings me great joy. It’s like my way of meditating and figuring out what I think about, and expect from, life.

Even beyond that, there is nothing better than hearing from readers who say that my work has resonated with them. (My advice to anyone who loves books: if you enjoy a novel, email the author to tell her! You’ll make her whole week, if not her month.)

Q:  When can we expect your next book?  Do you want to tell us a little bit about it?

Soon, I hope. I don’t have a publication date yet, but I’m just past the halfway point on the draft of my next novel. It’s about marriage—and for now, that’s all I can reveal!

Annie: Looking forward to it…

Lastly, Book or eBook??

Can I say both? Seriously, I’m the person who often buys an e-book—and if I love it, end up buying the paperback or hardcover to add to my bookshelves (my office is filled with books … and so is the rest of my house, for that matter). I love the feel of a “paper” book, but I travel frequently for work and pleasure, and there is nothing better than loading a bunch of new books onto my Kindle and knowing I don’t have to bring an extra carryon to tote them all.

Annie: What a pleasure getting to interview Camille! She is super talented, and I hope you take the time to read both of her novels!

#INTERVIEW & #GIVEAWAY: Get to know author, Kathleen Irene Paterka

GIVEAWAY: 1 Signed Copy of your choice of her novels, and 1 eBook. Please comment below to enter.

Kathleen Irene Paterka by Anora O'Connor of A13 StudiosInterview with Kathleen Irene Paterka ~

Thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of your blog today, Annie! As much as authors tend to be private people, living isolated lives as they indulge in the creation of their own imaginary worlds, we actually do enjoy connecting with real people!

Annie: Thank you for taking the time to participate in this interview. I enjoyed getting to know you better.

Q:  When did you realize you were a novelist?

I don’t think there was any one specific moment when the realization struck me. I started writing at a very early age, and I grew up knowing that someday I would write books. While in school, my professors attempted to steer me towards poetry and short stories, but I rebelled. I never had any interest in anything but novels. I love the freedom which comes from having at least 100,000 words (or 400 pages) to play with. A novel allows the author to explore all sorts of character development and themes.

Q:  As you geared up for your Book Release of “SECRETS OF THE ROYAL WEDDING CHAPEL”, what was the most exciting part(s) for you?Kathleen Irene Paterka at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, September 2015 (3)

What a fun question! I think it was the ‘reliving the Vegas theme’ part. My daughter and her family live in Las Vegas, and my husband and I recently flew in to spend some time with them. We visited the famous Vegas Strip (check out the photo of me at the Welcome sign!), and also spent some time exploring Caesar’s Palace (where much of the book takes place). Vegas is such an interesting town. Being able to use that backdrop as a location for the book’s setting provided a fascinating dynamic. There are numerous wedding chapels all throughout Vegas, and the Royal Wedding Chapel fit right in!

Q:  You have several books, what is that your favorite topic to explore?

Interpersonal relationships fascinate me, and I tend to gravitate towards anything that causes disharmony. Husband vs. wife. Mother vs. daughter. Friend vs. Friend. What happened to cause the chaos? How can it be resolved? I write women’s fiction; each of my six novels deals with issues which will resonate with women. The women’s fiction genre can be hard to define; it doesn’t necessarily include romance (though it can), and it doesn’t necessarily promise a happily-ever-after (but it sometimes does). Women’s fiction revolves around how the main character(s) deal with particular issue(s) in their lives, and the emotional journey and growth which results. In Secrets of the Royal Wedding Chapel, the heroine Lily Lavendar has relationship issues with both her aging mother Mimi (who owns the wedding chapel) and teenage daughter Tori (who runs away from home to be with Mimi and help run the chapel). Though Lily has no interest in running the chapel, she returns to Las Vegas to ‘rescue’ Tori from the nonsense of ‘happily-ever-after’. But when she arrives in Las Vegas, a family crisis forces Lily into the wedding chapel business, and she’s trapped in the dilemma of what to do?

Q:  Is there an author that you feel resonates with you and your writing style?

I tend to read anything in the women’s fiction genre. Novelist Jane Porter (The Frog Prince, Flirting With Forty) made a big impact on my writing with her use of 1st person present tense. I explored that particular voice in a few of my novels (Fatty Patty, Lotto Lucy, and Secrets of the Royal Wedding Chapel). For my current work-in-progress, I’m using 1st person past tense. That narration seems to fit with the book.

Q: When do you typically write?  Where do you write?  Set this up for us…

My home office has a desk which faces the wall so I’m not distracted by people or things. There’s a sign on the office door which reads: “Caution! Is the house on fire? Is there blood involved?” Unless those two things apply, my family learned long ago never to bother me when the door is closed. I’m an early-morning person, and take advantage of those creative energies and mental abilities by writing during the early morning hours. Two hours working on my latest work-in-progress, then I’m done for the day. The rest of the day is spent writing blogs, connecting on social media, and spending time with family and friends.

Q:  May I ask who your favorite authors are?  Books?

Women’s fiction is my favorite genre. I’ll read anything written by Jennifer Weiner (Good in Bed, We All Fall Down) or Jodi Picoult (her novel Change of Heart is excellent). My favorite novelist? Stephen King. While I don’t care for his futuristic or sci-fi books, some of his other novels have a permanent home on my ‘keeper’ shelf. King’s book 11/22/63 is one of my all-time favorites. It’s about a man from contemporary time who discovers a time warp, and travels back in time to try and prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. If you haven’t read 11/22/63, I urge you to grab a copy today.

Q:  What is your favorite part of being an author?

People fascinate me, and I love exploring why they behave like they do. ‘What happened?’ is where the story magic begins. For me, the best part of being an author is being able to escape to my office, sit behind my computer, and fall into the imaginary world I’ve created on the screen. I love spending time with my characters. There’s always a certain sadness that occurs when I type ‘The End’. It’s hard to say goodbye to characters in a book.

Q:  When can we expect your next book?  Do you want to tell us a little bit about it?

My current work-in-progress is about a father-daughter team who own and manage a restaurant together. When a stranger shows up at the restaurant one day, the family is thrown into chaos. But why? What happened? Why would one person’s presence cause such a huge disruption in their lives? Why did the father do what he did so many years ago? Why does the daughter react the way she does when she learns the truth? And what about the stranger? How does her presence impact their lives? The book does not have a title or a release date. I estimate it will probably be available sometime in 2016.

Lastly, Book or eBook??

Do I prefer reading books or eBooks? Both! I love my Kindle, but I’m also a huge fan of our local public library. Free books! Who doesn’t love free books? My dream was always to have my own books available in our public library. Pinch me! My dream has come true! I can walk into our library and see my own books sitting on the shelves. My six novels are also available on all digital channels, (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo), plus in print (Amazon).

Thanks again for hosting me today, Annie! I hope this little bit of info I’ve shared about myself, my books, and my writing life has proved helpful for readers. What I find amazing is that every book in the world is just a combination of 26 different letters. It’s how an author strings those 26 letters together in different combinations that provides for a fascinating read. And isn’t that what we’re all searching for? Whether you’re an author or a reader, all of us want a great book to read. Hopefully I’ve given you a little bit of my inside world, and some tips today. Happy reading!

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Author Bio:

KATHLEEN IRENE PATERKA is an Amazon bestselling author of women’s fiction novels. Her popular James Bay series includes Fatty Patty, Home Fires, Lotto Lucy, and For I Have Sinned. Her latest work, The Other Wife, is set in Chicago. Her newest release, Secrets of the Royal Wedding Chapel, will be published by Booktrope Publishing in October 2015. Kathleen lives in Northern Michigan with her husband Steve, where she is busy working on her next James Bay novel.

#INTERVIEW & #GIVEAWAY ~ Award Winning Author, Bette Lee Crosby answers a few questions, and she is offering an eBook copy of “The Memory House” to one lucky winner!! You must enter, this is one of my favorite stories!

For a chance to win an eCopy of “The Memory House”, please leave a comment below.  Winner to be announced on Monday, September 14th, 2015, after 5pm. 

I can honestly say that most of my friends and family will ADORE this book, and get on board with all of Bette Lee Crosby’s writing after reading this! She is stunning!

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DIRECTLY FROM THE DESK OF BETTE LEE CROSBY!!  AN INSIDERS LOOK!!

Q:  When did you realize you were a novelist?

About a year after I finished 4 years of college studying to be an artist. Haha. I started out as a packaging designer and when one of the salesmen asked me to make up some copy to fill the empty space on the back of a pantyhose package I got hooked on words. It is a form of painting – but instead of a brush you use letters.

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Annie: This explains why your writing is so “fluid”, like a brushstroke.  I love getting to ask these questions.  I learn so much about the author, and it explains a lot.

Q:  With “The Loft” being released on September 15th, 2015, have you started your next big story?

I am getting very close to completing Book 3 in the Memory House Series – which will be called “Flawed Memories” – and I must say I am loving this series. It is sort of a mix of mystery, magic and a bit of romance. A bit different than some of my other books – more contemporary and with a magical realism sort of twist.

Annie:  So excited for your next book! I was drawn in by “The Memory House”, I need to catch up! As a book reviewer, it is hard to find the time to read all of the books that you want to…but, I have purchase ALL of your books, and plan to read them while on vacation next month.  I get a lot of books in exchange for an honest review, but I have to say that I just had to have your books in my library!!!!

Q:  As you gear up for a Book Release, what is the most exciting part(s) for you?

By far it is hearing the comments from early readers and reviewers.  I spend all this time writing a book and worry right up to the very last minute of release day wondering whether or not readers will like it. When someone writes to me and says something like “I fell in love with this look, Annie is so like me…etc.” My heart melts. Reader acceptance, this is what it is all about. When readers enjoy my books, I do a happy dance.Happy Dance

Annie:  I did a happy dance too! As a reviewer, it is always great to read a book that you love, and I surely devoured yours!    My tagline is “Devour Books”, so that is awesome!!

Here is a Link to my review of “The Memory House” THE GIVEAWAY BOOK:

https://thewritereview.com/2015/06/02/may-book-club-choice-memory-house-by-bette-lee-crosby/

 

Q:  I always enjoy your book covers, especially the one for your new book!  Are they hard to choose, design? The Loft

Some are very difficult, some are easier. The key is finding the right image to portray what you want people to see in the story. It is always a bit more difficult when you have a story set in the 1940’s or 50’s because a lot of the images are too contemporary for that time frame.  I was extremely pleased with the job the designer did on Passing through Perfect.  That cover is perfect for the story and it was one of the first ones he did.  However on The Loft, the final cover was the 12th design submitted.  Having come from an art background I am probably way too nit-picky, but I want my readers to feel the same magic I feel when I finally see the right cover.

Annie: I love a great cover, and you certainly offer several!  I love looking at your authors page on Amazon and Goodreads.

 

Q: When do you typically write?  Where do you write? Set the scene for us….

I am by nature a night owl, but the funny thing is my best writing time is in the early part of the day. That is mostly because I think about my story before I go to sleep, often include it in my dreams and wake up anxious to get back to it.  I try not to get online until late afternoon because once I start that, I go back to being me and lose the personality of the character I am writing about. I have an office in the front of our house. It is a very serene spot that looks out onto the lawn and a HUGE oak tree. My office has double doors and when they are closed hubby knows not to disturb me.  My writing buddy is Sugar. She sits in my lap a good part of the day and when she isn’t in my lap she is under my desk. Her toy basket is in my office and if she gets bored, she rummages through the basket and hauls out a toy for me to throw. We play for five minutes, then it is back to work.

Annie: Sounds like me with my dog, Simon!! Aren’t they the best!  He is always with me when I read and write the reviews.



HERE IS BETTE WITH HER DOG, SUGAR!

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Q:  May I ask who your favorite authors are?  Or, Books?

Favorite books more than authors, and my taste is somewhat eclectic. To kill a Mockingbird is one of my all time favorites; s fairly new favorite is The Night Circus and an even more recent favorite is The Nightingale. All of these are very different. I loved Mockingbird for the strength and authenticity of the characters, I loved Night Circus for the beauty of its prose and I loved The Nightingale for the way it captured the heartache of a war-torn country.

Annie:  Ok, Now I know I must check out Nightingale, are you speaking of the book by Kristin Hannah? I have heard great things about this book! 

Let me add, “You are one of my favorite authors, Bette Lee Crosby!” I can see how you have earned so many awards and being on best sellers lists!

I am lucky to know you!  You are not only a great author, but a wonderful person!

Lastly, Book or eBook?

E-books. I love the instant gratification of hearing someone talk about a great book or seeing it online and then having it in my hot little hands in less than a minute. Also, as an author I am very appreciative of the fact that e-readers enable me to offer my books to readers for far less than I would pay if I had to pay for paper, printing, storage, and distribution. Is it sad to see less print books in circulation? Yes, perhaps it is, but I believe the good far outweighs the bad.

Annie: Great take on this.  I love having the book in hand and being able to share the book with others.  But, while traveling, eBooks are certainly wonderful.

Thank you for taking the time to let me interview you…My mission is to inspire others to read, and your books are definitely inspiring!  I love spreading the word!!

To purchase Bette Lee Crosby Books, please go here:

http://www.amazon.com/Bette-Lee-Crosby/e/B005TLT1PK/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1441912463&sr=1-2-ent