Monthly Archives: February 2012

Guest Author Interview with Rebecca Hart


Cover Reveal

Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth.
Thanks to the cursed selkie blood coursing through his veins, Daniel O’Rourke needs the sea to survive. After giving up on his humanity and spending three years in seal form, he decides to give his human side another chance. Daniel goes in search of a job and a sense of normalcy, earning himself a position aboard Captain Winter’s ship, The Surf Runner. However, his new captain’s first assignment has nothing at all to do with sailing, and everything to do with his headstrong young daughter.

Years later, when the leader of a band of bloodthirsty pirates murders Captain Winters, Daniel and Elysandra’s lives come crashing back together with the force of a hurricane. Both experts in deception, they must find a way to trust each other if they are to have any hope of hunting down the captain’s killer.

Author Interview~

Joining us today is adult paranormal romance writer, Rebecca Hart.  A single parent of three, she lives in Upstate, NY. When she doesn’t have her nose buried in her laptop as an IT Specialist, Rebecca spends as much time as possible outdoors, writing instead.  Ms. Hart will now take your questions:

1.      We love your cover. It’s mysterious and suggests adventure. Can you tell us anything about what inspired you to write this story?

I have always had a rather unhealthy obsession with pirates and old tall ships, even as a child. About eight months ago, I saw a call for submissions for an anthology featuring pirate tales and thought, “this is right up my alley. I need to write something for this.” So I sat down with my laptop and the start of Ellie’s story came bursting out. The original short story never made it to the intended publication, having gotten lost in the world of cyber mail. The entire time I waited to hear back from them, Ellie was in the back of my head telling me she had a lot more to say, maybe even enough to fill a novel. She can be very insistent, so figured the best way to get her to hush was to write it all down – and Call of the Sea was born.

2.      When did you first start writing?

In high school. I used to be a voracious historical romance reader, consuming sometimes 3 books a week. Something in one of the stories I had read bothered me – ALOT. I didn’t like what happened to the MC’s, the way the tale ended. Being young and full of myself, I decided that I could write a story just as good as the author had, and started on a historical romance novel. I only wrote the first three chapters of the novel before college started and my notebooks got put away, but I still have the story. Believe me, it is terrible and cliché, but it was the first story I ever wrote. Every so often I take it out, give it a read and giggle at how terrible it really is.

3.      What sort of books did you read as a teen? What do you like to read now?

In my younger teens I read Nancy Drew mysteries, Judy Bloom, and what would be my favorite books of all time, the Chronicles of Narnia. As I got older, my tastes turned to romance (like most girls, I suppose), and I moved into historical romance novels. If there was a ship or a pirate theme to the story, I scooped it up.

4.      Your cover gives a sense of romance, too. Are you a romantic at heart?

Absolutely. I don’t think you can absorb the amount of romantic fiction I did growing up and not have romantic spirit. Besides, I have the best example of true love in my own life. My parents have been happily married for 42 years now (who does that anymore?). I don’t think you can grow up around that kind of love and dedication to each other without it affecting how you look at relationships and what you strive for in your own.

5.      What advice can you give young writers who are just getting started?

Read everything you can get your hands on and write something every single day. Even if it is complete drivel, the act of making yourself commit and write will only help as you get further down the road. The other piece of advice — never give up on yourself. If you have the desire to write, the need to do it, don’t let anyone stop or discourage you. I’m forty-two and this is my debut novel. I consider myself living proof that you are never too old to chase after a dream.

Website: www.rebeccahartwriting.com
Blog: www.rebeccahartwriting.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Rebelhart69 (@rebelhart69)

***Please note, Rebecca Hart is an adult romance writer.


Guest author inteview with Jocelyn Adams

We’re lucky enough to be joined today by Canadian author Jocelyn Adams.  Wife, mother, and former IT geek, her latest work, Touch of Frost, was released February first.  Ms. Adams will now take your questions:

1. How and when did you get started as a writer?

It’s sort of a lifetime in the making, but I never put a word down on paper until 2009 when my career took an unexpected left turn.  With some extra time on my hands, I took an online fiction writing course from the University of Waterloo, then found my girls at Scribophile.com, and between the two learned enough to get started writing short stories which I was lucky enough to have published.  It was a great start to my writing resume.

2. We learned you grew up on a farm. How did a rural childhood help shape your imagination?

Being the youngest of a large farm family, I got the privilege of driving the machinery most of the time because I was too small to do the heavy lifting.  That left me with a tremendous amount of time by myself for my imagination to run wild.  Whether riding my motorcycle or bailing hay, I’d twist stories in my mind to pass the time.

3. In high school, did you have one steady boyfriend, or keep a line of them on the string guessing?

I dated a few guys before meeting my now-husband in grade 10 math class, but none of them were quite right for me.  A week after meeting the smart, cute guy (who’d jumped ahead a grade) I told my friend he was the guy I was going to marry.  Turned out I was right!

4. What is your most embarrassing moment?

Hehe … yeah, I’ve had a few, as I’m sure most of us have.  This one in particular was when I worked in Toronto and my boss and I were just about to leave for a business trip in his car.  I was wearing a new pair of black dress pants for the first time.  When I bent over his trunk to put my suitcase inside, the seam along my rear—which hadn’t been sewn properly—ripped open.  My boss ran inside and got me a file folder, which I held over my butt until I could make it inside to change.  Good thing I had extra clothes with me!

5. What do you like to do for fun?

Fun, huh?  Well, I do a few things other than write stories despite what my husband would say if you asked him the same question.  😉  I’m a competitive archer—I won nationals a few years ago which was pretty cool.  I have a five year old that is my whole world, and a couple of kitty furballs who are better entertainment than any TV show in existence.  We like to go for hikes and drives and hang out at the beach and in the back yard during the summer around our fire pit roasting marshmallows.  It’s a simple life, but a great one.

6. You write adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Where do you get your ideas for characters and world building?

Honestly, I have no idea.  Ha!  That sounds like a bit of a copout, but it’s true.  Sometimes my ideas come from dreams or from an interaction I witness between two people.  Usually a whole novel is sparked from one moment or one feeling and grows from there.  It’s one of those things that just happens in the back of my mind when I’m not paying attention, so my consciousness isn’t fully aware of the process.  Weird, I know.

7. If you had to be one of your protagonists, who would it be and why?

Oh, I am so Lila Gray it’s not funny.  She’s my protagonist from The Glass Man.  She’s outspoken, says stuff she shouldn’t all the time and often speaks without thinking.  I think that’s why it was so easy to write her because her voice is my voice.

8. Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome a writing slump?

I don’t really suffer from writer’s block for more than a day.  Usually if I sleep on a story issue I’m trying to figure out, it’ll appear in my head by morning.  I’m either feeling a story or I’m not.  If I’m not, I pick up something else and write it for a while, then go back to the first piece.  It seems to work for me so far.

9. What is your favorite book and why?

Right now I’d have to say the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.  It has everything I love in a series, a strong heroine, a post-apocalyptic setting, a little romance, a lot of action and humor that makes me grin while I’m reading it.

10. What do you advise new writers to do when starting out?

Join a writing group of some kind, be it online or in your community.  Offer to critique others’ work, because you’ll learn just as much by doing that as you will on the receiving end of criticism.  Build a resume by starting small, with short stories or poetry you can send off to online magazines or anthologies.  And finally, read, read, read!  While you’re reading, consider what you like about the writing, what you don’t, and use that knowledge to choose the genre you’ll write in and the style you enjoy most.

Thanks so much for having me here, Julie.  This was fun.

Note: Ms. Adams writes adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy.


Lookee!

Hey Guys!

Today is the day I release the tchotchkes for my book Crux. What do you think? Truthfully, before I started this gig, I didn’t even know what a tchotchke was. Does that make me a bad person?

     

 

P.S. For those of you who are just like me…

tchotch·ke

  /ˈtʃɑtʃkə/ Show Spelled[chahch-kuh] Show IPA

noun Slang .

an inexpensive souvenir, trinket, or ornament.