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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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indieBRAG 2014 SURVEY RESULTS

READER SURVEY: PART TWO In this Blog I will continue my summary of key findings from the indieBRAG 2014 Reader Survey. As was the case with Part One, these results reflect the views and preferences of the respondents as distinct from their role as members of the indieBRAG reader team. Important Considerations in Buying a Book Factors Used in Judging a Book Types of Reviews Read This concludes the Reader Survey: Part Two. Please look for the conclusion of my summary of the 2014 indieBRAG Reader Survey in Part Three in my next Blog.

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READER SURVEY: PART THREE

READER SURVEY: PART THREE In this Blog I will conclude my summary of the key findings from the indieBRAG 2014 Reader Survey. The results presented here reflect the views and preferences of the respondents in their roles as members of the indieBRAG reader team. Based on their experiences reading self-published books for indieBRAG, 80% of our readers believe that the best indie books are as good as the best traditionally published books, while 20% say they are even better. This finding has not changed versus last year. Factors Affecting Attitude Characteristics of Self-Published Books Advice to Self-Published Authors As we did in the Author Survey, we asked our readers if there was one piece of advice that they could give to self-published authors what would it be? This concludes my review of the significant findings of the 2014 indieBRAG Reader Survey. I hope that you have found these results, along with those from the Author Survey, interesting and informative. However, as I said at the beginning of this series of Blogs, the level of participation in both the Author and Reader Surveys dropped markedly this year versus last year, and we are currently considering whether or not to discontinue the…

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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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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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