Interview with Gena Webb, Author of The Write Stuff

What can you tell us about your new release, The Write Stuff?

It’s the sequel to Finding Miss Write, the 1st novel in The Misadventures of Miss Write series. Most of it takes place in a courtroom, because the heroine, author Carla Williams, has been selected for jury duty. She initially was thrilled, thinking it would be a good research opportunity, but things quickly took an ugly turn. I had someone describe it as a roller coaster of emotions. I think that pretty much sums it up.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Good question. I started reading at a very early age, and my summer vacations from elementary school found me either climbing a tree or reading a book. Occasionally, reading a book in a tree. Books take you to other worlds, normally much more glamorous than the one you live in. That’s where my love of words started, and eventually I switched from reading to writing. I’ve been writing most of my life and was always satisfied being a writer and not a published author, but always wanted to see my name on the front cover of a novel. And so, I started that journey.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell. (How can any little girl not want to be Scarlett and loved by Rhett?)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach. (Not sure why, but I love that book!)
The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam. (I won a copy of this from my H. S. English teacher for memorizing more Shakespeare than anyone in the class.)
A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. (“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” One of the greatest opening lines I’ve ever read.)
The Holy Bible. (All the action, suspense, romance, life lessons you could ever want, all in one book. Preferably in the King James Version, because it has beautiful, poetic wording.)

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest?

Well, since it can’t be Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King, my two personal heroes, I’d have to say Jane Friedman. Her advice is always spot-on. And my first question would be: How does a 1st time author find a publisher willing to take a chance? That’s the hardest part of writing and the question every new author wants an answer to. My publisher, Journey Fiction, was an answer to a prayer. (Or several prayers.)

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Getting an e-mail from someone asking when the next novel will be available because they’ve run out of anything to read. In other words, knowing that someone can lose themselves in a world you created.

What is a typical day like for you?

Sleep, eat, write. Sometimes eat and write at the same time. And occasionally, just occasionally, falling asleep in front of the laptop with one hand on the keyboard and a half-eaten cookie in the other. I’m a night owl, so I write all night (literally) while the hubby sleeps. Then I sleep while he reads my draft from the previous night and does whatever it is he does during the day. I find it so much easier to be creative when it’s just me pounding a keyboard while listening to a cat purring on the back of the recliner.

What scene in The Write Stuff was your favorite to write?

There’s one scene describing a railroad trestle. I love that one, because it’s taken from real life. Like most authors, something in my life becomes the inspiration for a novel. The Write Decision took form when I sat on a jury many years ago. I made notes about my experience there, but never wrote the novel until years later. Because I think that particular railroad trestle is as spooky as described in the novel, it became a setting where the action took place. If there were awards for inanimate objects, the trestle would win. Hands down!

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Let go and let God. God’s in control, He has a plan, and that plan includes only what is best for me. A hard lesson to learn when you’ve lost one spouse to cancer, but when you finally realize how true it is, life becomes so much easier. It’s more satisfying to live a life on autopilot, knowing someone else has the wheel.

Gena Webb is the author of the new book The Write Stuff.

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REAPER (Demonica #20) by LARISSA IONE

‘The world was going to burn, and he was holding the match.’

Larissa Ione has been one of my favourite paranormal authors since I first picked up one of her books back in 2009. It seems only fitting that ten years later I’m finishing with Reaper. Whilst it’s been a long time since my last Demonica read, I didn’t find that it hampered my enjoyment, rather I felt like I was coming home to a world that is forever embedded in my heart and soul.

I could not put this book down for love nor money as it was fast-paced and ridiculously scrumptious in everything otherworldly. If you’ve not read Azagoth’s novella first I’d suggest you do, in order to get the full picture of the delicious and hot Grim Reaper and his beautiful angel, Lilliana. The storyline was intense and dramatic; the characters familiar as well as new. The fact that we had quite a bit of Dr Demon McHottie; Eidolon was just the cherry on the cake as it was where this journey began for me a decade ago. Now I’m in the mood for a re-read from the very beginning. Whilst this book can absolutely stand alone in many respects, every book loving paranormal romance reader should have this entire series on their book shelf of love to enjoy from the very beginning.

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REAPER (Demonica #20) by LARISSA IONE

New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | October 15

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Gena Webb, John Grisham, Stuart Woods, John Connolly, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Romance Books to Read | October 15

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Doreen Owens Malek, Monica Murphy, Jean Jacobsen, Kirsten Fullmer, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | October 15

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Hannah Beckerman, Deborah Levy Edna O’Brien, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | October 15

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors Crissi Langwell, ND ROberts, Michael Anderle, Derek Kunsken, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Andrea Pearson, Olvia Hardy Ray, Samara Stone, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Young Adult Books to Read | October 15

Are you an avid reader of Young Adult books? This week you are in luck! With all of these new novels, you’re bound to find a new favorite book to add to your reading list. This week includes new novels from bestselling authors Rosaria Munda, Nic Stone, Rosiee Thor, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | October 15

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new books from Elton John, Julie Andrews, Ronan Farrow and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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Interview with Kirsten Fullmer, Author of Hometown Girl Memories

What can you tell us about your new release, Hometown Girl Memories?

I wrote Hometown Girl Memories for several reasons. Many of my readers have requested a man for Winnie, the town matriarch and beloved, elderly, widow. What a great idea, as well as a huge challenge! I also wanted to write more about Tara and Justin, the leading lady and man from book one of the series. They are fun characters who come very natural to me; maybe because their relationship reminds me of my husband and I. As the book formed in my mind, featuring Winnie and Tara, it became a tale of women supporting each other through all the stages of life and love. Winnie remembers her college days in 1968, her lost loves and friends, while Tara deals with the modern day problems of juggling her relationship with Justin, motherhood, and her career. I’m very happy with how the book came together. It’s a tale of loss, love, and laughter, across the years.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I had to retire early due to health problems, at which time I began traveling full time with my husband for his work. I had hours alone, with nothing to do, far from friends and family, and yet limited space for craft projects. (I had to come to terms with that issue, lol) I read a lot of romance novels, my favorite genre, but I was frustrated with female characters who were saved by millionaire men. I was also frustrated by kick butt women who were super warriors and stronger than any human. I had to wonder where stories about all the normal women are, the women who are successful in their own right and struggling to fit romance into their busy lives? I started writing to create the books I wanted to read.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Tisha by Robert Spect
Mrs Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman
The little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I would invite Laura Ingalls Wilder (can I do that if she’d dead?) because she didn’t start writing until she was older, like myself. I loved her books as a child, and I read them my kids when they were young. Now I look forward to reading them to my grandkids. They are timeless. I love her easy, descriptive writing style, and I would ask her what prompted her to write and how her books were received at the time.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love to create Characters who come alive and do their thing as I write. My characters are very real to me.

What is a typical day like for you?

Coffee, post to social media, word games or puzzles to wake up my mind, review writing from the day before, begin writing! Some day involve packing up and moving cross country, writing has to wait.

What scene in Hometown Girl Memories was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene in this book was near the climax of the story, where Tara confronts her husband. She doesn’t realize that her three friends find themselves overhearing the whole conversation. Of course, the friends are torn between revealing that they are there and waiting to see what will happen. The whole scene felt very real, emotional, and was fun to write.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Move forward, being calm, confident, and assertive (stolen from Cesar Millan)

Kirsten Fullmer is the author of the new book Hometown Girl Memories.

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Interview with Andrea Pearson, Author of Shadow Prophet

What can you tell us about your new release, Shadow Prophet?

It’s about a man who is being blackmailed into murdering the woman he loves, and it’s seriously the hardest book I’ve ever written, due to the theme. Stakes are high in this one, and there isn’t time to breathe or relax. Shadow Prophet is perfect for readers who need a break from every-day life and who like fast-moving paranormal stories.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My grandpa! He was an author too – had more than 50 of his own published books under his belt, he ghost wrote countless others, and he had thousands of essays in circulation. He wrote mostly nonfiction, but I still got that writing bug from him. 🙂

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, The Client by John Grisham, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, and This Darkness Light by Michaelbrent Collings. All fantastic works! I read Jurassic Park when I was 11, then plowed through the rest of Michael Crichton’s books, followed by John Grisham’s. (My grandpa owned them all and let me borrow them, so it’s technically his fault.) They shaped my teenage years!

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Michael Crichton. And I’d ask him this: WHY THE HECK DIDN’T YOU WRITE JURASSIC PARK INTO A SERIES SO WE COULD HAVE BETTER MOVIES??!?!? 😉 🙂 The first movie was fantastic… but movies two and three were so disappointing. I really enjoyed Jurassic World and mostly enjoyed Fallen Kingdom, but they weren’t on the same level as Jurassic Park. I know he hated writing sequels, but for crying out loud. Lost World just didn’t have heart in it like Jurassic Park.

In all seriousness, I’d love to pick his brain on writing thrillers with a science fiction/medical slant. My books all have a thriller edge to them (something about the stories I consumed growing up), and he was, in my mind, a master.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

All of it! For a while. And then it gets tedious. Until the next stage starts, and then all of it! 🙂

What is a typical day like for you?

It starts off with me desperately try to catch a little more shut eye while the baby chatters in his crib and my two older kids climb on me, asking for breakfast. Then I make breakfast while listening to podcasts (including my own – because you need to study yourself to know how to improve, right? I tell myself that so I don’t feel like a narcissist :-)), and then we do homeschool until the baby goes down for his first nap. Then I usually get caught up on business stuff for an hour or so while walking on my treadmill desk. And then more homeschool and more feeding of the kids, and more business, etc. My day cycles like that until my husband gets home from work, whereupon I immediately sob tears of joy at having another adult in the home. 🙂

What scene in Shadow Prophet was your favorite to write?

There are three that were the hardest and the most rewarding. The opening scene, which starts just after Abel, the main character, has murdered an innocent person, then the scene where he sees the woman he’s in love with for the first time after getting “hired” to assassinate her too, and last, the scene where he goes to see the Shadow Prophet to ask for an extension to his contract. They were all incredibly difficult to write, but also cathartic and rewarding.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.” I work hard – very hard. And important things slip through the cracks if I’m not careful. I always put my husband first, along with my kids and their education, but business is a close second, and I’m very dedicated to my books and my readers.

Andrea Pearson is the author of the new book Shadow Prophet.

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