Authors' Chat

The God of Sno Cone Blue -Marcia Coffey Turnquist

Author Interview with Marcia Coffey Turnquist   Marcia Coffey Turnquist, 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. Stephanie: Marcia, congrats on the B.R.A.G. Medallion for your book, The God of Sno Cone Blue and thank you for talking with me today. I am hearing absolutely fabulous things about your story and have added it to my wish-list. Before we begin, please tell me how you discovered indieBRAG and what are your thoughts on the B.R.A.G. concept? Marcia: Thanks, Stephanie, I'm thrilled about the Medallion. I've always loved, loved, loved my story, and it feels fantastic to have indieBRAG basically fall in love with it too. Other writers on the Internet essentially introduced me to…

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GISBORNE:BOOK OF PAWNES-PRU BATTEN

Author Interview with Pru Batten     Stephanie: Hello Prue! I am delighted to be chatting with you today and congrats on the B.R.A.G. Medallion and your other awards- Readers' Favorites award, a Rone Award and a Golden Claddagh Award for you story, Gisborne: Book of Pawns. High praise indeed! How exciting! Prue: Thanks you so much, Stephanie. As an indie writer, I think awards are essential for proving the quality of any given novel. Indie B.R.A.G has extremely stringent standards and to be awarded a medal, a writer knows they have met those exacting conditions. It also gives readers confidence to put their faith in that novel. Stephanie: I agree with you. How did you discover indieBRAG? Prue: I believe it was through Alli, the Alliance of Independent Authors. They have worked very hard to make sure indie writers have opportunities to prove themselves in the marketplace. They provided a list of awards that could potentially give indie novels veracity in the cut and thrust of the book-selling trade. I read the standard required for a B.R.A.G and submitted whilst holding my breath! Stephanie: They are a wonderful site! Please tell me a little about your book? Prue: Here's…

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WOLF’S HEARD- STEVEN MCKAY

Author Interview with Steven McKay When a frightened young outlaw joins a gang of violent criminals their names – against a backdrop of death, dishonour, brotherhood, and love – will become legend. ENGLAND 1321 AD After viciously assaulting a corrupt but powerful clergyman Robin Hood flees the only home he has ever known in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Becoming a member of a notorious band of outlaws, Hood and his new companions – including John Little and Will Scaflock – hide out in the great forests of Barnsdale, fighting for their very existence as the law hunts them down like animals. When they are betrayed, and their harsh lives become even more unbearable, the band of friends seeks bloody vengeance. Meanwhile, the country is in turmoil, as many of the powerful lords strive to undermine King Edward II's rule until, inevitably, rebellion becomes a reality and the increasingly deadly yeoman outlaw from Wakefield finds his fate bound up with that of a Hospitaller Knight... "Wolf's Head" brings the brutality, injustice and intensity of life in medieval England vividly to life, and marks the beginning of a thrilling new historical fiction series in the style of Bernard Cornwell and Simon Scarrow. Stephanie: Hello,…

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WHEN THE CLOCKS STOPPED – M.L. EATON

Author interview with M.L. Eaton The wild and haunting Romney Marsh in the South of England It's the beginning of a long hot summer when Hazel Dawkins, a spirited young solicitor, takes maternity leave anticipating a period of tranquillity. Instead, the dreams begin. In them she encounters Annie, a passionate young woman whose romantic and tempestuous life was adventurously lived, more than two centuries previously, in the cottage that Hazel now occupies. As their destinies entwine, Hazel not only confronts a terrifying challenge which parallels history, she finds herself desperately fighting for survival in a cruel and unforgiving age. Even more disturbing is the realisation that her battle will affect the future for those in the past whose fate is, as yet, unwritten. Her only ally is Annie. Together they face events that echo through the centuries, events that are as violent and compelling as they are unexpected. And, as the past collides with the present, the time for the birth of Hazel's child draws ever nearer. Stephanie: Hello Marion! Congrats on the B.R.A.G. Medallion and thank you for chatting with me today. First off, tell me how you discovered indieBRAG. Marion: Hello Stephanie! Thank you very much for taking…

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SOARING STONES- DANIEL CRAY

Author Interview with Daniel Cray     It's an unforgettable sight: innovation expert Maureen Clemmons can lift and "fly" massive stones, some of them weighing sixteen tons, with little more than a steady wind and a good kite. But did the ancient Egyptians do the same thing when hoisting immense pyramid stones? Egyptologists say no. Clemmons, backed by a decade of field tests and a Caltech aeronautics team, isn't so certain– especially when the Egyptologists make it clear they are unwilling to consider evidence from anyone outside their insular field. Buoyed by a tremendous groundswell of grassroots support, Clemmons' stunning, block-heaving experiments generate national news coverage, a History Channel documentary, and a mention in engineering textbooks. Audiences from NASA, the American Institute of Architects, and a multitude of universities gather to hear her compelling presentations. In the span of just a few short years, she successfully advances a simple "Eureka!" moment in her California backyard to the halls of academia, and eventually to Egypt's Giza Plateau, site of the actual pyramids. She also proves an important point: that you don't need a degree, just an inspired idea and some passion, to be a good scientist. Stephanie: Hello, Daniel! Congrats in…

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22 LEADERSHIP FUNDAMENTALS- ALISON VIDOTTO

Author Interview with Alison Vidotto Alison Vidotto is a mother of six, published author, professional speaker, CEO of Vidotto Group, Founder and Managing director of the Australian Charity for the Children of Vietnam, qualified ESL teacher, trainer, and business owner. Alison has a passion for leadership and development, both within herself and in others. Born in England, Alison is one of seven children. When she was 13 Alison's parents moved the family to Melbourne, Australia. At 16 Alison was living and working independently and working full time, but determined to continue her education. Married at 18, Alison had her first child at 21 and sixth at age 34. During that time Alison put herself through night school, completed a tertiary degree and started a number of successful small businesses whilst being a devoted mother to six children, often alone while Lou travelled to site and moving 20 times in 15 years. Alison set up her first small business in 1992 and found many of the same challenges business owners experience today. Having worked through the Australian 1992 recession, the Global Financial Crisis and Brisbane's 2011 floods, Alison has developed a real world understanding of potential hardships businesses face and the…

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CAULDSTANE-LINDA GILLARD

Author Interview with Linda Gillard Cauldstane is "A gothic novel in the romantic suspense tradition of Daphne du Maurier & Mary Stewart." When ghostwriter Jenny Ryan is summoned to the Scottish Highlands by Sholto MacNab – retired adventurer and Laird of Cauldstane Castle – she's prepared for travellers' tales, but not the MacNabs' violent and tragic history. Lust, betrayal and murder have blighted family fortunes for generations, together with an ancient curse. As members of the family confide their sins and their secrets, Jenny learns why Cauldstane's uncertain future divides father and sons. But someone resents Jenny's presence. Someone thinks she's getting too close to Alec MacNab – swordsmith, widower and heir to Cauldstane. Someone will stop at nothing until Jenny has been driven away. Or driven mad. "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." Especially a dead woman. Stephanie: Hello, Linda! Thank you for chatting with me today about your book, Cauldstane and congratulations on the B.R.A.G. Medallion. This book sounds absolutely brilliant and I love a good gothic suspense. I've got your book on my Kindle and will be reading it very soon. Linda: Hi Stephanie! It's good to talk to you again. Stephanie: Lets talk about…

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HARP’S SONG-CASSIE SHINE

Author Interview with Cassie Shine Cassie Shine released her debut young adult novel, Harp's Song in November 2013, finally finishing the short story she started in her college creative writing class ... many, many moons ago. She has always been an avid reader and lover of music (yes, she was in the high school marching band). While she has a weak spot for all things teenybopper, especially boy bands, she also loves classical, country, rock and well, pretty much all music. After living in St. Louis for more than ten years, she and her husband packed up a U-Haul and headed west. They currently live in Orange County, CA with their furry kids Finnegan and Molly. Stephanie: Hello, Cassie! Thank you for chatting with me today and congrats on the B.R.A.G. Medallion! What an honor! How did you discover indieBRAG and what has your experience been like with them? Cassie: My friend and publicist extraordinaire sent me information on indieBRAG and suggested I submit Harp's Song. I thought it was a long shot, but submitted it anyway. So, basically ... I owe her, BIG TIME! Stephanie: Please tell me about your book, Harp's Song. Cassie: Harp is a 17-year-old senior…

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SMELL THE BLUE SKY- VALERIE WILLMAN

Author Interview with Valerie Willman Valerie Willman is the author of Smell the Blue Sky: young, pregnant, and widowed, winner of the B.R.A.G. Medallion for Top Indie-Published Books. She co-chairs the Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers and teaches various workshops on writing, and on grief, such as "Booze and Chocolate Aren't the Only Ways to Cope: Turning negative emotions into art." She's a successful freelance editor through her company, Yellow Pen Editing, and is also a certified bereavement facilitator, and licensed massage therapist. Valerie has served in the United States Army, owns land in Costa Rica, and lives with three big dogs, two kids, and one Turk. She's walked the length of two marathons—on purpose—and loves olives, chai, and chocolate. You can find more about Valerie on her website and on Facebook Stephanie: Hello, Valerie! Thank you for chatting with me today and congrats on the B.R.A.G. Medallion. How did you discover indieBRAG and how has self-publishing worked out for you so far? Valerie: I don't recall exactly how I discovered indieBRAG. I know it was through my extensive research on the internet—looking for how to market my book. You provide a great service to indie-published authors. Thanks! Self (or…

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ST. MAGGIE- JANET STAFFORD

Author Interview with Janet Stafford It is a pleasure and honor to have Author Janet Stafford as my guest today. I met Janet through social media and she has won the B.R.A.G. Medallion for her book, Saint Maggie. Today I have asked her to talk about her writing and I have asked her some questions.... Why Do You Write? I write because I have to. It's that simple. It's been a part of me ever since I can remember. I loved stories when I was a child. My parents read to me and when I could read I got books from the library and through the book club at school. Childhood was also when I started telling stories to my friends. When I was eight or nine I realized that I could put my stories down on paper. So I wrote and illustrated my own book (in pencil!) about the Wizard of Oz. At the same time I began to imagine that someday my books would be published. As a teen I wrote stories that featured my favorite pop stars. I also shared a continuing story in the oral tradition with a good friend, and I learned to make up…

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