Authors' Chat

RED, WHITE & SCREWED-HOLLY BUSH

Author Interview with Holly Bush Holly Bush Author of B.R.A.G.Medallion Honorees Romancing Olive Reconstructing Jackson Red, White & Screwed Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject. Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800's. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer's group. She is always a member of Romance Writers of America. Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, and was the vice-president of her local library board for years. She loves to spend time near…

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MEN OF THE CROSS-CHARLENE NEWCOMB

Author Interview with Charlene Newcomb Charlene Newcomb Author of the B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree Men of the Cross Charlene was born and raised in South Carolina, but left home at 18 to "join the Navy and see the world." That "world" ended up being duty stations in Florida, California, Texas, and Maryland. Her job as a communications technician led to a post-Navy career in academic libraries, where she worked since the early 1980s. Somewhere in there, Charlene had 3 children – now all grown and independent – completed a B.A. in U.S. History and a Masters in Library and Information Science, and moved to Kansas. She started writing in 1993 and published a series of short stories in the Star Wars universe. Due to life's curve balls, she didn't publish her first novel, Keeping the Family Peace, until 2012. Her love of history has taken her happily to the 12th century. Men of the Cross, published in April 2014, is book I of her Battle Scars series. Book II, For King and Country, will be published later this year. Visti Charlene at her Website Read Charlene Newcomb's entire interview at Layered Pages  

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AEREDEN SERIES-KRISTEN TABER

Author Interview with Kristen Taber Kristen Taber Author of the B.R.A.G.Medallion Honorees THE CHILD RETURNS (ÆRENDEN #1)THE GILDONAE ALLIANCE (ÆRENDEN #2) Born in Bangor, Maine, author Kristen Taber spent her childhood at the feet of an Irish storytelling grandfather, learning to blend fact with fiction and imagination with reality. She lived within the realm of the tales that captivated her, breathing life into characters and crafting stories even before she could read.Those stories have since turned into over a hundred poems, several short tales, and five manuscripts in both the Young Adult and Adult genres. Currently, Ms. Taber is completing the five-part Ærenden series from her home office in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Visit Kristen Tabers Website Read the entire interview with Kristen Taber at Layered Pages         

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LITTLE MISS HISTORY-BARBARA ANN MOJICA

Author Interview with Barbara Ann Mojica Barbara Ann Mojica Author of the B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree Series Little Miss History Award winning author Barbara Ann Mojica is a historian and retired educator living in New York State. Barbara spent more than forty years teaching in NYC in the fields of preschool, elementary and special education. She also served as a special education principal for a school devoted to developmentally delayed children and a special education administrator providing services to the special education population. Barbara, although retired from teacher, is staying busy: along with her series of Little Miss History travel books she writes historical pieces for The Columbia Insider, Pat Fisher and Ed Pollack Editors, under the banner "Passages." Marrying her love of teaching and history, Barbara hopes her Little Miss History character will inspire children to learn about historical people and visit landmarks such as those in MOUNT RUSHMORE, The STATUE of LIBERTY, SEQUOIA National Park, and FORD's THEATER, which are covered in the first four books of this series. Visit Barbara ann Mojica at her website Read the entire interview with Ms. Mojica at Layered Pages                                  …

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CASTLES IN THE SAND-ANNIE DAYLON

  Author Interview with Annie Daylon Annie Daylon Author of the B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree Castles in the Sand Get to know Annie! I live in Chilliwack, British Columbia, with my husband David and our dog CoCo.The best thing about my life right now is that I get to be a writer. I am a member of both the Federation of British Columbia Writers and the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador.Annie and David I love to get up at 3:30 or 4:00 in the morning and go to my computer where I spend numerous hours crafting characters who tell me their stories.Among the writers who have influenced me are: Louisa May Alcott, Wayne Johnston, Kate Morgan, Jonathan Franzen, Barbara Kingsolver, Stephen Leacock, and Maeve Binchy.CoCo SmilingSecond on my list of the things I enjoy most in life is reading. Among the best books I have read lately are: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, The Crimson Petal and The WHITE by Michel Faber, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.Among my other many interests are: nature, tai chi, line dancing, walking, dogs, Mozart, and all things Newfoundland and Labrador... not necessarily in…

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GIMMEE SHELTER-LOUIS SPIRITO

Author Interview with Louis Spirito Louis Spirito Author of the B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree Gimmee Shelter Louis Spirito is lifelong dog lover and recovering 'angry guy', Louis lives in Malibu, California with his wife, Eugenie, the love of his life, and their rescue Pit Bull, Tanner. Lou has written for magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Men's Fitness, Woof Magazine, Black Belt and Bride's Magazine. As a screenwriter, he's sold material to Alliance-Atlantis, Triumph Pictures and Universal Studios, and his work has been honored by WorldFest Houston, The Nuyorican Poets Café, Writer's Digest, and the Nicholl Fellowship Competition. His memoir, Gimme Shelter, was awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion for Nonfiction.  Visit Louis on his Website    Get the entire interview with Lois Spirito at Layered Pages  

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IN THE CAMELEON’S SHADOW-MARK HUMMEL

Author Interview With Mark Hummel Mark Hummel Author of the B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree In The Cameleon's Shadow   Mark Hummel's fiction, poetry, and essays have regularly appeared in a variety of literary journals for more than twenty years including such publications as The Bloomsbury Review, Dogwood, Fugue, Talking River Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, and Zone 3. A longtime former college professor and writing program director, he has also served as a teacher in an independent high school, directed a writers' conference, worked as a librarian, and taught on the faculty of several writers' conferences. He is the founding editor of the nonfiction magazine bioStories. A native of Wyoming, Hummel lives in Montana's beautiful Flathead Valley. Visit Mark at: Mark Hummel Books Find Mark's interview at Layered Pages  

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AFTER THE SUCKER PUNCH-LORRAINE DEVON WILKE

Author interview with Lorraine Devon Wilke Lorraine Devon Wilker Author of the B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree After The Sucker Punch   Author, photographer, singer/songwriter, Lorraine Devon Wilke, started early as a creative hyphenate. First, there was music and theater, next came rock & roll, then a leap into film when a feature she co-wrote (To Cross the Rubicon) was produced by a Seattle film company, opening doors in a variety of creative directions. In the years following, she wrote for and performed on theater stages, developed her photography skills, and accrued a library of well-received feature screenplays (The Theory of Almost Everything was a top finalist in the 2012 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest; A Minor Rebellion a Quarter Finalist in that same event in 2014). She kept her hand in music throughout – songwriting, recording, performing – leading to the fruition of a longtime goal to record an original album (Somewhere On the Way). Accomplished in collaboration with songwriting/producing partner, Rick M. Hirsch, the album garnered stellar reviews and can be found at CDBaby and iTunes (one tune from the collection is even featured in the epilogue of AFTER THE SUCKER PUNCH). She continues with music whenever she can (which,…

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A GHOSTLY TAIL-NANCY LUCAS

Author Interview with Nancy Lucas Author of the B.R.A.G.Medallion HonoreeA Ghostly Tail: A Springer Spaniel Mystery (#2). Nancy Lucas lives in Charleston, SC. Scout is her favorite Springer Spaniel and she insists on writing silly stories about his capers. Stay tuned for the third tail in the Springer Spaniel Mystery series, "The Missing Tulip Bulbs", in which Scout and his friends search for tulip bulbs that mysteriously disappear night by night. And Scout suspects one of his best friends is the culprit!Hello Nancy! Thank you for talking to me today and congrats on the B.R.A.G. Medallion for your book, A Ghostly Tail: A Springer Spaniel Mystery (#2). Read the interview with this wonderful author at Layered Pages

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THE THIN WALL-CYRIL WEST

Author Interview with R. Cyril West     Author of the B.R.A.G.Medallion HonoreeThe Thin Wall Cyril West studied Arabic and International Relations at the University of Arizona, and grew up on Air Force bases ranging from Hickam A.F.B. to Lincoln A.F.B. He appreciates the work done by our veterans to keep America free and views the men and women who serve as the real heroes of our country. There is no freedom without the heroes who serve in our armed forces. He currently supports the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the Wounded Warrior Project. If he is fortunate enough to be successful as an author, he plans to create a MIA Recovery Fund to help families of the missing find and bring loved ones home.Cyril West lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and children. Read the interview with R. Cyril West on Layered Pages

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