Authors' Chat

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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SAVANNA’S TREASURE-C.BEHRENS

Author Interview with C. Behrens Author of B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree Savanna's Treasure C. Behrens grew up in Pearl River, N.Y. and graduated from Dominican College (Blauvelt, NY) in 2010. In his last semester at D.C., Chris wrote his debut short story, The Paladin, in a creative writing class that was taught by Author Stephanie Stiles. While The Paladin didn't earn any awards in the Lorian Hemingway Contest that same year, Lorian praised the story and said it was in her top 100. Chris followed that up with another top 100 story in 2011. Chris recently finished two more short stories: "Balls & Strikes-Learning to Hit" & "One More Day". And he had a poem accepted to be published in "Sunflowers and Seashells".
In June 2010, Chris was a guest-blogger for Kathy Temean, the head of the NJSCBWI. Chris loves spending time with his daughters, who were the biggest inspiration for his children's book. Chris continues to work for a small town government and coach H.S. basketball in his spare time. Read the full interview with C. Behrens at: Layered Pages

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THE WOLF AND THE RAVEN-STEVEN A. MCKAY

Author Interview with Steven A. McKay Author of B.R.A.G.Medallion Honorees Wolf's Head The Wolf and the Raven Steven A. McKay was born in 1977, near Glasgow in Scotland. He lives in Old Kilpatrick with his wife and two young children.His second book, The Wolf and the Raven was released on April 7th, at the London Book Fair where he was part of the Amazon stand. His début novel, Wolf's Head, was also released the same day as an audiobook.Wolf's Head is a Kindle top 20 best-seller and The Wolf and the Raven was the "War" chart number 1.He plays lead guitar and sings in a heavy metal band when they can find the time to meet up. Read the full interview with Steven A. McKay at: Layered pages    

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Successio-Alison Morton

  Author Interview with Alison Morton Author of B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree Inception           Perfiditas             Successio Alison Morton writes Roman-themed alternate history thrillers with strong heroines. She gained a BA in French, German and Economics and thirty years later went back and bagged a masters' in history (with distinction!).A 'Roman nut' since age 11, she has visited sites throughout Europe including the alma mater, Rome. But it was the mosaics at Ampurias (Spain) that started her wondering what a modern Roman society would be like if run by women...Six years in the UK reserve forces (where she rose from private soldier to captain) not only reinforced her sense of common purpose and self-discipline, but provided her with experiences and opportunities no civilian would ever touch. Oh, and travel and fabulous mess evenings.Setting about her novelist education with the persistence of a Roman road builder, she joined the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writers' Scheme, studied with the Arvon Foundation, joined the Historical Novel Society and attended numerous specialist workshops and conferences. Thanks to her independently published book sales figures, she has recently qualified as a full member of the UK's Society of Authors.…

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THE GOD OF SNO CONE BLUE-MARCIA COFFEY TURNQUIST

Author Interview with Marcia Coffey Turnquist Author of B.R.A.G.Medallion HonoreeThe God of Sno Cone Blue Marcia Coffey Turnquist is visiting with me today to talk about her writing. She is an author and journalist, is currently writing her second novel, Skipping the Light. Before venturing into the world of fiction, she spent 12 years as a news broadcaster, working her way back to her hometown of Portland, Oregon and KOIN-TV. Marcia decided to retire from broadcasting to raise the son and daughter who ultimately inspired The God of Sno Cone Blue. Her two children are all but grown now, the youngest just off to college and the other currently studying abroad. Marcia lives with her husband Ed in the soggy-but-green suburbs of Portland. Read the full interview with Marcia at: Layered Pages

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CHIMERAS-E.E.GIORGI

Author Interview with E.E. Giorgi Author of B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree Chimeras E.E. grew up in Tuscany, in a house on a hill that I shared with two dogs, two cats, 5 chickens, and the occasional batches of stick insects, newts and toads my dad would bring home from the lab. Today, I'm a scientist and an award-winning author and photographer. I spend my days analyzing HIV data, my evenings chasing sunsets, and my nights pretending I'm somebody else- Read the full interview with E.E.E Giorgi at : Layered Pages

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SECRETS OF THE APPLE TREE TAVERN-MARY ELLEN GAVIN

Author Interview with Mary Ellen Gavin Author of B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree Secrets of the Apple Tree Tavern Mary Ellen Gavin was raised between Chicago and Los Angeles. She now resides in Virginia. Her Love of the Arts and Storytelling is prevalent in her family as many members are writers, actors or in the music industry.Mary Ellen works is a Literary Editor, Script Consultant, Contest Judge for IndieBookAwards.com and teaches both novel writing and screenwriting. Best of all, she is inspiring to young writers and fun to be around. Read the full interview with MaryEellen at: Layered Pages

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COYOTE WINDS-HELEN SEDWICH

Author Interview with Helen Sedwick Author of the B.R.A.G.M edallion Honoree Coyote Winds Helen Sedwick grew up in a theater family, spending many a vacation helping run a summer stock theater in the Poconos. From her theater years and from reading countless books, she fell in love with the power of the story to make us laugh, learn, love and cry. Her short stories have appeared in bosque magazine and Redwood Writers' anthologies. Her novel COYOTE WINDS earned five-star reviews from ForeWord Reviews and Compulsion Reads and is an IndieBrag Medallion Winner. Helen is also a business attorney. In her latest release SELF-PUBLISHER'S LEGAL HANDBOOK, she uses 30 years of experience to show independent authors how to stay out of court and at their desks, writing their next books. Read the full interview with Helen at: Layered pages  

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FEUD-DEREK BIRKS

Author Interview with Derek Birks Author of B.R.A.G.Medallion Honorees Feud and A Traitor's Fate Derek was born in Hampshire in England but spent his teenage years in Auckland, New Zealand where he still has strong family ties.He misspent his youth at the University of Reading, where he studied history but spent most of his time in the Drama Studio. He could be discovered most afternoons in the university library fast asleep but was always willing to wake up and go for a coffee.For many years he taught history at a secondary school in Berkshire but took early retirement several years ago to concentrate on his writing.Apart from writing, he spends his time gardening, travelling, walking and taking part in archaeological digs at a local Roman villa.Derek is interested in a wide range of historical themes but his particular favourite is the late medieval period. His debut historical novel, Feud, is set in the period of the Wars of the Roses and is the first of a series, Rebels & Brothers. The series follows the fortunes of the fictional Elder family as they struggle to survive a very turbulent period of English history. Derek aims to write action-packed fiction which is rooted in…

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