Authors' Chat

JUNCTION, UTAH – REBECCA LAWTON

Author interview - Rebecca Lawton   Stephanie: Rebecca Lawton is an author and naturalist whose essays, poems, and stories have been published in Orion, Sierra, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Shenandoah, Standing Wave, THEMA, the acorn, More, and other journals. She has received the Ellen Meloy Fund Award for Desert Writers, three Pushcart Prize nominations (in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry), and residencies at The Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, and Hedgebrook Retreat for Women Writers in Langley, Washington. Becca was among the first women whitewater guides on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon and on other rivers in the West. Her essay collection on the guiding life, Reading Water: Lessons from the River (Capital Books), was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and ForeWord Nature Book of the Year finalist. Her novel, Junction, Utah, set in the beautiful and resource-rich Green River valley, was released in early 2013 by van Haitsma Literary as an original e-book and later in 2013 as a softcover book (Wavegirl). With Geoff Fricker, Rebecca is co-author of the forthcoming Sacrament: Homage to a River (Heyday, 2014), and her first collection of short stories, Steelies and Other Endangered Species, is due out from Little Curlew Press in…

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Cnyons and Ice- Kayleen Johnson

Author interview- Kaylene Johnson Kaylene Johnson is a professional writer and long-time Alaskan who lives in Eagle River, Alaska. She has written five books about Alaska and the people who live there including her memoir A Tender Distance: Adventures Raising My Sons in Alaska. Her award winning articles have appeared in Alaska magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Spirit magazine, Parish Teacher. Winner of the B.R.A.G. Medallion for her book, Canyons and Ice. She holds a BA from Vermont College and an MFA in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Stephanie: Hello Kaylene. Congrats on winning the BRAG Medallion and thank you for chatting with me today. I see that your book is non-fiction and I do enjoy reading in this genre. Please tell me about your book, Canyons and Ice. Kaylene: Canyons and Ice is the biography of Dick Griffith, a legendary wilderness traveler who has traversed more than 6,000 miles across the continent alone and unassisted. He is also a pioneer of river rafting on the Colorado and Green Rivers long before rafting the Grand Canyon became a recreational pursuit. Until the book was published, most of his travels were unknown except to people who know him personally.…

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Goodbye Paris Nash- Barbara O’Connor

Author interview - Barbara O'Connor Barbara O'Connor lived on a small ranch on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas, where she attend public schools. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and McNeese State University in Lake Charles Louisiana. Her first short story was published in The War Cry, and she wrote a features column for The Leon Valley Leader. She also published country and western songs with her partner Jimmy Harris and wrote and performed stand-up comedy in San Antonio, Austin, and Lake Charles, Louisiana. Her first novel, Goodbye, Paris Nash, received a B.R.A.G. medallion after a friend submitted the book for consideration. She is currently working on her novel, The Resurrection of Elizabeth Moss. Barbara lives in New Braunfels, Texas, with her husband and two furred family members. Stephanie: Hello Barbara. Congrats on winning the BRAG Medallion. It is a pleasure to talk to you today. Please tell me about your book, "Goodbye, Paris Nash." Barbara: Hello Stephanie, It is my pleasure to share my experience writing "Goodbye, Paris Nash" with you. Many times in life, I've been surprised by the impact a chance meeting has had on me.…

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Morgallion – Arthur Russell

Author Interview - Arthur Russell     Arthur Russell is a native of County Meath, Ireland. He is a professional in Agro-Industry and has worked in Ireland, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He is currently on assignment in Mongolia. When he is not on assignment abroad, he lives with his wife Mary, in Navan, Co Meath. He has 4 adult children and 3 grand-children. His interests include history, especially local history, reading (good books!), photography and music. 'Morgallion', his first book, is a historic novel based on actual events during the Bruce Invasion of Ireland in 1315. His father's farm on which he was born and grew up, bordered Moynagh Lough, where the remains of a crannog settlement was discovered during the 1980's. This was subsequently subject of a comprehensive archaeological exploration under the direction of John Bradley from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. More on website – www.morgallion.com Stephanie: Hello Arthur! Thank you for chatting with me today and congratulations on winning the B.R.A.G Medallion. You write about one of my favorite and one of the most intriguing times in our world history. Please tell me about your story, "Morgallion." Arthur: Firstly – thank you Stephanie for this…

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Reputed Wife- Jo Ann butler

Author interview -Jo Ann butler Jo Ann Butler is a genealogist and one-time colonial archeologist, Ms. Butler has tapped her work in New England for her first historical fiction novel, "Rebel Puritan." She can be reached at www.rebelpuritan.com Stephanie: Thank you Jo Ann for visiting with me again and congrats for winning the B.R.A.G Medallion for the second time. It was a pleasure to interview you about Rebel Puritan and I'm delighted be chatting with you about The Reputed Wife. Please tell your audience about your book? Jo Ann: Thank you, Stephanie, and it's an honor to talk with you as a second-time B.R.A.G. Medallion winner! Readers of Rebel Puritan are familiar with Herodias Long and George Gardner. In The Reputed Wife, Herod raises a burgeoning family in 17th century Newport, Rhode Island, even as she and George try to conceal their unconventional relationship. Rhode Island suffers its own growing pains when more powerful Puritan colonies try to usurp its lands. Lastly, Quaker missionaries arrive in New England, bent on converting Puritans. Mary Dyer is one of their converts, and so is Herod, who takes her protest against Puritan abuse to the whipping post. Jo Ann book cover Stephanie: What…

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Raised by committee- Carollyne Haynes

Author interview - Carollyne Haynes   Born in Devon, England, Carollyne has been playing with words in one form or another all her life. From editorial assistant on London's famous Fleet Street, to her first full length novel entitled "Raised by Committee", Carollyne continues to make music with her words. As a Board member with Nanaimo's Haven Society, which provides shelter and support for women and children fleeing abuse, Carollyne is acutely aware of the challenges facing care givers. The work is demanding and often thankless as they come face to face with the hurt and anger of the young girls and women they are trying to help. Stephanie: Hello Carollyne! Congrats on winning the B.R.A.G. Medallion. Please tell me about your book, Raised by Committee. Carollyne: Raised by Committee is a story of hope and survival and the unconditional caring of strangers. It is my story as an abandoned and abused young girl and my rather turbulent teen years as I struggled to make sense of my past. At age 12 Gail [the fictional name I gave myself] is made a 'ward of the courts, as being in need of moral protection' and placed under the care of the…

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Bats and Bones – Karen Nortman

Author interview - Karen Musser Nortman Karen Musser Nortman is the author of Bats and Bones, the first book in the Frannie Shoemaker Campground cozy mystery series. Karen was a secondary social studies teacher in the West Liberty, Iowa, Community Schools for 22 years and a test developer and senior test associate with the ACT WorkKeys testing program for 18 years. In retirement, she has combined an early love, fiction writing, with the Nortmans' avocation, RV camping. The Nortman's camp regularly through the spring, summer, and fall in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Missouri with friends and enjoy exploring the local attractions as well as hiking, cooking, and biking. The Frannie Shoemaker series tweaks their real life adventures with a touch of murder thrown in. Karen's website is www.karenmussernortman.com. Stephanie: Karen, congrats on winning the B.R.A.G Medallion. Please tell me about your story, Bats and Bones. Karen: Frannie Shoemaker and her husband Larry, both retirees, camp in Midwest state parks and campgrounds with a group of friends. But one hot Fourth of July weekend, their planned activities are interrupted by their discovery of the body of the campground hostess while on a hike. Authorities close the campground and a severe storm…

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Path to Freedom- Conrad Taylor

Author interview- Conrad Taylor Conrad Taylor is one of the first two Guyanese admitted to West Point. He attended the highly-regimented United States Military Academy on a scholarship in 1969, as one of ten students from Latin America and the Caribbean. He studied and trained there at the height of the Cold War, the Vietnam conflict, and the 60s counterculture upheavals, before returning to Guyana, South America. Conrad lends the unique perspective of that life-changing opportunity – and eventual hasty emigration – to his award-winning memoir, PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance. The former Guyana Defense Force officer and semi-retired executive uses his extensive business experiences, including as a CEO, as an adviser on Strategy, Leadership, and Change Management. He holds a Master's degree in Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, a Bachelor's in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and an Executive Program certification from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. An avid soccer fan, Conrad represented ARMY on an undefeated freshman team and in three NCAA playoffs. The husband, father, and grandfather has also been an Assistant Coach to four Illinois Youth Soccer State Championships teams. Stephanie: Hello Conrad!…

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Bring your superpowers to work- Darcy Eikenberg

Author Interview - Darcy Eikenberg Stephanie: Hello, Darcy. Congrats on winning the BRAG medallion. Please tell me about your book, Bring Your Superpowers to Work: Your Guide to More Clarity, Confidence & Control. Darcy: Thank you! I'm honored that "Bring Your Superpowers to Work" was chosen! The book is a practical guide for anyone who's successful "on paper"—good job, good company, good pay—but feeling less than successful on the inside. It's filled with real-world, simple ideas to help you change your life at work without having to change everything in your life. Stephanie: What genre does it fall under? And how long did it take you to write it? Darcy: It's a non-fiction business book in the career development and leadership space. However, I've had some people refer to it as self-help because of all the simple, practical actions and tools the book shares that any one of us can use in our work-life. The book started as a series of posts on my blog, www.RedCapeRevolution.com. I wasn't focused on writing a book, but an agent who had subscribed to my monthly email newsletter suggested I consider it. I started to work on a nonfiction book proposal to pitch the…

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Little Miss History – Barbara Ann Mojica

Author Interview -Barbara Ann Mojica Stephanie: Hello Barbara! Congrats on winning the BRAG Medallion. Please tell me about your book, Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE. Barbara: Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore is the first in a series of books using the Little Miss HISTORY character as a guide. She looks like a wannabe park ranger with pig tails and hiking boots three sizes too big. With her as your child's guide learning about people and places of historical importance will be fun and educational. The aim of these books is to whet your child's appetite to learn more about history and perhaps even visit these landmarks with you. Little Miss HISTORY presents information in a whimsical and factual way while amusing your child. I hope you will invite her into your home and enjoy this first adventure, and those to follow, with your loved ones. Stephanie: What genre does this fall under? Barbara: This book is children's non-fiction. In the US it would be generally be aligned with fifth grade core curriculum which studies American history. Stephanie: What inspired you to write children's books? Barbara: I am a historian with Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in history…

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