Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Writer's Wendesday with Ahmad Taylor

 It's Writer Wednesday and we are happy to have 
Ahmad Taylor, author of Dark Side of the Moon
here with us today!

Welcome!! 


Tell us a bit about yourself:



Do you work another job when you are not writing?

I am a freelance writer in the private security industry.

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing?

Besides constantly checking on my book sale statistics?
I love playing sports. I like the exercise and the competition.

What is your favorite color? Why?

This is gonna’ sound super manly, but as a kid it was pink because I loved strawberry milk and I associated the color with the flavor.
As an adult I like most shades of blue. Navy is strong and powerful, and light blue is bright and inviting.

What is your favorite season? Why?

There is nothing at all like springtime in NYC (where I’m originally from). When the black snow starts melting, the air warms up, and the city is filled with beautiful people happy to shed their bulky winter gear.

If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be? Why?

Somewhere in Scandinavia. I visited Denmark and Amsterdam for a month once and found the culture to be very warm and inviting, even when the weather is not. 

If you could have any car, what would it be?

Maserati. It exudes power and confidence. Plus it is very fast and luxurious.

Tell us about your writing: 

How long have your been writing? Was it a dream, a goal or is it just a hobby?

I started writing poetry in college and had one of my poems published in 2004.
I began writing short stories in college as well. I took several English Literature classes, where is where my true interest in writing fiction began. 

How many hours a day do you devote to writing?

Between emails, blogs, and my working on the sequel to DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, between 4-6 hours.

Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?

Both. I am actually still trying to find just the right schedule for myself in terms of writing and marketing, but I do try and set aside a few hours daily to write something.
I also do believe in “striking while the iron is hot”, so when an idea pops up out of the blue, I try and run to a computer and run with it.

Is there some place special you like to be when you write?

Not really. I write wherever I have space in my home. I like to stretch out a bit and blast my music, so wherever that is possible is where I will get going.

Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?

I like darkness and loud music when I’m working.

Tell us about your book:

What is the name of it and is it part of a series or a stand-alone novel?

DARK SIDE OF THE MOON. (DSOM)
I am currently working on the follow-up novel, filled with lots more suspense and tons of thrills.

Where did the idea come from? How long did it take to write?

A dream.
One night last March I had a crazy dream about my sister. She and I were working aboard a ship in outer space when suddenly she went missing. The rest of the dream was filled with me trying to find her and trying to convince all those around me that she actually existed and was not a complete figment of my imagination – typical Twilight Zone episode.
When I woke up from the dream I had quite a sweat going. After a few hours of unsuccessfully trying to fall back to sleep, I finally grabbed a pen and pad and jotted down a plot-outline. At first I was only writing down quick thoughts and ideas, but when it was all said and done, I had 8 pages of detailed notes on character development, plot flow and had something I genuinely could turn into a story, so I grabbed my laptop, my outline and began to create.
When writing I started pulled several 18+ hour sessions and had a first draft in 27 days. After another 2 ½ months I had a 90% complete manuscript. Unfortunately, I put it down for several months after that, and therefore did not complete it and publish until January, but in actual writing, editing, proofing time… 4 months total.

What is it about?

DARK SIDE OF THE MOON is an action-packed Suspense/Thriller about government agent Derrick Thomas who awakes from a disturbing dream to find a message from his father asking for help. As he sets out to lend his assistance he quickly discovers that not only can he not find his father, but that a clandestine government agency is out to derail his search before it can begin. After the murders of two of his father’s colleagues and the further disappearances of his mother and sister, Derrick is thrust into a fight for his own life and a struggle to uncover details of a secret government experiment which his family may be part of. 
Will he be able to save them and uncover the truth before he becomes the next victim of an organization bent on keeping him silent?

Your other work:

Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published?

“Are you afraid of the dark?” Well you should be… I am currently working on the action-packed sequel to DSOM.

Where can readers connect with you?

You can check out webpage where you can find information about current and future projects; excerpts from DSOM; 5-star reviews; current FREE Giveaways; and my general whimsical musings via my blog at:


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Where can we buy your books?
DSOM is currently on sale at Amazon:




Thank you for Joining us today!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Character Interview Peggy Lucille from Switched in Death



Please welcome character 
Peggy Lucille
to our blog today!
She is the star of the book Switched in Death
Created by Sherry Foley

Let's welcome her to our site and find out what her story is all about! 
A bit about Peggy from her creator: Peggy Lucille is a 69-year-old complete mess of a neighbor living next to detective Seth Banning.  She adds comedy to a very intense and fast-paced serial killer story.

Welcome Peggy!  Tell us about yourself!



My name’s Peggy Lucille.  I’m featured in the book SWITCHED IN DEATH.  I was pose to keep everyone on the straight and narrow, which I can tell ya, was a full time job.  My hobby is playing cupid.  

hahaha.. you play cupid! 
Okay, I’ll admit, it took me longer this time to hook this duo up, Seth and Laney, because we had a real mess here in Kansas City. 

What kind of a mess?

Had you heard about the serial killer?   

No - I had not. 

Turrible stuff.  This slimy killer murdered two innocent women and then switched their heads. 

That is terrible! 

So, Seth was kept pretty busy trying to figure out clues and get ahead of the killer before more women had to die.  Why, I’d never heard of anything so awful and I’ll be 70 soon enough.  This fella needs to be horse whipped and then some.  He killed almost a dozen poor things.

I'm going to have to agree with you! 
You’ll really like getting to know Seth though.  Trust what I’m saying to you.  He’s such a wonderful detective and easy on the eyeballs. 

lol.... 

What’s that look for?  Listen, the last time I checked, I still had a pulse!

Obviously!  lol....
This story is like nothing you’ve read before.  You’ll be amazed what this new writer Sherry Foley has come up.  It’s sure one twisted story.

Sounds good are you going to tell us more about it? 
What?  Oh, no, no. That’s all I’m saying.  My orange glossed lips are sealed.  You’ll just have to buy a copy of the book and find out what’s going on for yourself.  With bookstores evaporating all the time, authors need readers like the world needs chocolate. 

lol....  Your creator is right - you do add humor! 

Peggy, we all want to be different, so what is the one thing you wish your creator had done differently with you?   
You think everyone wants to be different, huh?  (Snorts and slaps the table) Then tell me why does everyone dash into those fancy shops that overcharge for cotton and wear the same brand names blazed across their chest?  You young things don’t know what different is!  That’s a corker if I ever did hear it.  

(Did she really just snort?)  
Still, back to your question.  Okay.  I wish Sherry had described me as thinner framed, you know the story is fictional right, so why couldn’t I have more of a bod the male readers would drool over? 
  
If you could have added something to the story, and your creator would have let you, what would that have been?  

I would’ve taken down the killer and saved the day instead the hero, although Mr. Hubba Hubba looks good in action.  That’s what I call Seth Banning.  Sherry captured him well on paper.  I guess she was too busy concentrating on his body to work on mine….

lol..... You are a riot!  


What do you love best about yourself? What do you like least? 
 

I’m a good feeder.  You come by my house any time and I’ll have something in the dessert dish ready to serve you up.  What do I like least?  I should live so long to be able to rattle off that list, but the first thing that pops to this ole brain is that I’m too impetuous.  I get into a lot of…um…trouble in this story.

I can only imagine, lol....

What part of the book was the hardest for you and your creator to work through?
 

I’m a matchmaker at heart. I wanted Seth and Laney to get together and Sherry and I went round and round about it.  I finally won because…well, I guess I had enough weight to throw around now didn’t I?  (Laughs heartily)

lol....


Is there a sequel for this book?
 

No.  You’ll just have to enjoy me in this one.   

If so, what do you want to accomplish in the next book.  If not, do you wish you could continue your story?  

No. Lord, no. You have to understand, this story is about a serial killer come to Kansas City and kills two women at once and then switches their heads. That’s all I’m gonna tell you because you need to read it for yourself, see? This killer needed to be caught and put away until he rots.  Seth did a fine job.  He and Laney are finally together, I’m proud of any part I played in it, and they don’t need me anymore.

Peggy, you have been a real treat to have on my blog today!  Thank you so much!  You're story sounds great, and I am just imagine how much humor you add to the story!  

To Purchase Switched at Death

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To find out more about the creator, Sherry Foley:



Twitter: @Sherry_Foley

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Author Lori A. Moore Joins us for Writer Wednesday

 It's Writer Wednesday and we are happy to have 
Lori A. Moore
here with us today!

Welcome!! 


Tell us a bit about yourself:

Do you work another job when you are not writing? 


Oh my gosh, yes!  A recovering workaholic, I used to work, no kidding, 7 simultaneous jobs!  Right now I’ve got it down to just a few.  I’m an adjunct business professor teaching at the graduate school level on topics including Marketing, Human Resources, and Ethics.  


What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing?


Nap!  But when I’m not sleeping, I have a new found love for photography.  I especially like taking photos of flowers because I don’t have to worry about them smiling, moving, or making their butts look too big.


What is your favorite color? Why?


Maroon, but I’m not sure why.  Maybe it’s because my high school’s colors were maroon and white?


What is your favorite season? Why?


Definitely Autumn.  I like the crisp air, the beautiful colors of the leaves, and, dare I say it . . . Halloween.


If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be? Why?


This is a trick question.  Why would you limit me to one place?  Having traveled extensively, I have found so many things to like about so many different places.  I’d like to be a nomad and live somewhere three months, then move on to a new place.


If you could have any car, what would it be? 


Anything that runs.  I’m not picky about automobiles.  I drive a 2011 Hyundai Tucson and I only average putting about 5,000 miles a year on a car.  Yeah, I should just walk.

Tell us about your writing: 

How long have your been writing? Was it a dream, a goal or is it just a hobby? 

When my former husband died in 2008, a friend who had lost her sister a couple of years earlier suggested that I journal as a way to deal with my grief.  I didn’t set out to be a published author.  My professors always said I write well, but that was academic papers and I didn’t realize I could write outside of that venue.

How many hours a day do you devote to writing? Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?

Seriously?  You think I’m organized?  Nope, I just write when the mood strikes.

Is there some place special you like to be when you write? 

Not really.  I’ve been inspired to write in a notebook on a long plane ride and on a napkin during lunch.  I just never know when the inspiration is going to hit.

Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write? 

Anywhere, anyplace, anytime.  I can write in the middle of a busy airport or in my office all alone with my kitties with no radio, no television, no noise.

Tell us about your books:

What is the name of it and is it part of a series or a stand-alone novel?

My first two books were written at the same time and are both Christian nonfiction/memoir books.  They are From Zero to Christian in Just 35 Years and Missing Andy.  My third book was a children’s book, Grady the Gray Cat Gets Adopted

Where did the ideas come from?  

All of my ideas come from real life experiences.  From Zero to Christian in Just 35 Years is about the fact that I had never been inside a church or heard the name Jesus until I was 35 years old.  It deals with understanding that it’s never too late to have a relationship with Jesus and there’s nothing so bad that you could have done to make Him not love you.  Missing Andy is about my husband who died in 2008 and explains how Christians deal with grief differently because they know where their loved ones are.  Grady the Gray Cat Gets Adopted is about my real little gray cat Grady who we adopted from an animal shelter when he was two years old. 

Your other work:

Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published? 

Yes, thank you for asking.  My newest book, releasing March 20, 2012, is another children’s book titled Hannah the Hedgehog goes to Heaven.  The inspiration, sadly, comes from the fact that my 15 and 17 year old kitties passed away in 2011.  The book is a flip book dealing with pet death.  One side is written from the perspective of the little girl, Lily, while the other side is written from the perspective of the pet who is dying, Hannah. 

Where can readers connect with you?
I’m not shy, so connect away!
Twitter:  @LoriMooreBooks

Where can we buy your books?
I can autograph them for you if you buy them directly from me through my website, http://www.LoriBooks.com.  
 They’re also on my publisher’s website, http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/search.php?search=lori+a.+moore, and they’re also on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most other online and chain bookstores. 



Friday, February 17, 2012

Character Interview Catharine Gredara from The Universal Mirror



Please welcome character 
Catharine Gredara
to our blog today!
She is the star of the book The Universal Mirror
Created by Gwen Perkins


Welcome Catharine!  So glad you could come visit with us today. 

So, Catharine, please introduce yourself and tell us about the story you star in.

My name is Catharine Gredara and I survived the Plagues.

Wow.... Seriously?

I say this first because it is the first—and last—thing that anyone notices about me.  The illness left me scarred outside and in.  I am proud of those marks in public—I pull my hair back so that everyone can see the damage to my face and I walk as tall as I can so that the world knows I am not afraid of my own ugliness.

That takes a lot of strength, and good for YOU!


In private, however, there are times in which I doubt myself.  I see what is left of the child that I was beneath the marks and I wonder whether it is possible for anyone, even my husband Quentin, to love what they cannot bear to see.  I can't let my own doubt control my life, however, and so I try as well as I can to fight it.

This sounds like a very painful journey for you. 

The Universal Mirror is the story of how Quentin tries to find a way to heal me, not knowing that his battle will take him into the depths of the city.  He and his friend Asahel turn grave robber as they search for ways to experiment with healing without doing harm.

Wow... grave robbing?  

In the process, they discover that the Plagues themselves are part of a much larger cycle and that, in order to save people like me, they must risk their own lives in doing what is right.  Quentin's adventures take him through the criminal underworld of Cercia, into palace ballrooms, and towards death itself.

This seems like a very intense and powerful story Catharine. 

We all want to be different, so what is the one thing you wish your creator had done differently with you?

I wish that I would have found it in myself to be more tender to those around me.  A lifetime of mistrust doesn't breed a gentle nature, however.  To change that part of myself would be to erase my history and I've never believed in that kind of erasure.

Erasing your history would have had a serious impact on your story. 

If you could have added something to the story, and your creator would have let you, what would that have been?

To tell my story from its beginning and explain what it was like to grow up as a young woman in a place that doesn't appreciate women as equal to the men around them.  There is much yet to uncover about Cercia, particularly in how magic interacts with people like me and I hope that she shows this in future tales. 

What do you love best about yourself? What do you like least?

I love most of all my independence and the fact that, in spite of the world that I live in, I haven't yet broken and become the woman that I'm expected to be.  When I think of what I like the least, it isn't what others would expect of me.  The plagues destroyed my beauty but I have little regret for that now as it made me the person that I am.  What I regret, however, is my inability to believe others when they tell me that it matters as little to them as it does to me.

I wonder if you will ever learn that this can be possible...

What part of the book was the hardest for you and your creator to work through?

Watching my husband commit progressively more destructive acts in an attempt to save something that I never wanted him to save—my physical appearance.  It hurt terribly to realize that he believed that was something that mattered to me so intensely when it did not.

That sounds like it would hard to deal with. 

Is there a sequel for this book? If so, what do you want to accomplish in the next book.  If not, do you wish you could continue your story?

My creator is writing the second book and intends for The Universal Mirror to be the first of a series, Artifacts of Empire.  I'm not featured in the second book but I will be the main character of the third in which two characters return home to find that my husband, Quentin, is now the ruler of our nation.  My life with him becomes difficult as his quest for power begins to transform him into a man that we both hated.  All that I can hope for is that I'm able to pull him away from this quest in time to save not only our marriage but our country.

Sounds like some very big plans in the future.  Thank you so much for visiting today and for sharing this with us!  

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To find out more about the creator, Gwen Perkins:

Twitter: @helleder

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Author Lawrence Fisher joins me for Writer Wednesday

 It's Writer Wednesday and we are happy to have 
Lawrence Fisher
here with us today!

Welcome!! 


Tell us a bit about yourself:

Do you work another job when you are not writing?


No, I go to work, I just don’t work there. They pay me enough to show up; my contract does not say that I need to do anything. Alas, that is not true. I wish. I work too many hours as a computer programmer.

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing?


Sleep! But if sleeps eludes me, then I like to train at a gymnasium or else do “research” for my sequel.

What is your favorite color? Why?


Anything I say will be used against me. Some reader will start googling to investigate what the color means. I suppose I had better say blue because that is the color of the interviewer’s blood and my eyes of course.

What is your favorite season? Why?


Summer! All the hot babes walk around with skimpy clothing so that I can have lots of eye exercise. If I even find a life partner, I will have to find a way of oogling without being noticed. Dark sunglasses? Any advice?

If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be? Why?


NYC with the girl of my dreams. I have no idea why. Maybe it is because of Hollywood? Just had this dream. I was once offered a job in NYC but it feel through. The salary was not high enough for my liking. OK, I was a snob then. I asked them for an apartment on 5th Avenue and they said “You keep dreaming…” so I did.

If you could have any car, what would it be?


A Ferrari. I love speed. What I would do with it, who knows. I can’t afford the insurance or the speeding ticket anyway. Or the gasoline. Maybe I can use my own gas?



Tell us about your writing:

How long have your been writing? Was it a dream, a goal or is it just a hobby?


Writing was never a dream, a goal or a hobby. I am a technical person. The only thing I like to write is code! But the ladies forced me into writing stories. If Zuckerberg got rich by writing code, maybe it is my turn? On the other hand, my book is not intended to hurt anyone.

How many hours a day do you devote to writing? Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?


It is just when the mood strikes, or when someone makes a comment, or after “research”

Is there some place special you like to be when you write?


"I'd like to be under the sea" but not gonna happen so I will have to settle for the office. But when an idea strikes me, I start writing on my iPhone and then continue.

Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?


Nope. No rituals.  A coffee house, watching TV, on the toilet. Anywhere, except on my non-existing iPad.



Tell us about your book:

What is the name of it and is it part of a series or a stand alone novel?


Now, you are asking? Your readers are probably asking why I kept saying “research”. My book is called ‘Kill Me Now!” and it is about my escapades in the world of dating. As one reviewer said, “I die a thousand deaths at the heart of the femalic enemy.” Despite their better efforts, I am still alive and kicking. But as a result subsequent dates become my “research”. One woman asked me if she was going to be in the sequel. I told her that I did not see any reason to add her. She got upset with that and got angry with me, yelling at the top of her voice for all to hear: “Why not?” I answered: “Well, because until you started yelling at me, I happened to like you and I was even considering asking you out again. Thanks, but no thanks.” Despite that, she is not in the sequel.

Where did the idea come from? 


The idea came from a bad date. I had been out of the scene for a while and my friends were interested to hear how the date went. I told them, putting my own brand of humor on the story. They liked it so much. At first, I thought they were laughing at me but they were laughing with me. This turned into a very successful blog and a book was born.

How long did it take to write?


The book started out as a blog, so it was an ongoing process. So we can say that it took about 6 months.




Your other work:

Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published?


The sequel to “Kill Me Now” is in the works. I am now getting research stories from my “research”.


Where can readers connect with you?


My website is http://KillMeNow.org






Would love to hear from you

Where can we buy your books?


My books are sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and the publisher, iUniverse.

The links make be found on my web page: 
http://killmenow.org/buy-the-book/




Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Author Lisa Proulx joins us for Writer Wednesday!

 It's Writer Wednesday and we are happy to have 
Lisa Proulx
here with us today!

Welcome Lisa!!! 


Tell us a bit about yourself: 
I am a laid back 70's chick who loves to write! I have raised Rottweilers for over 13 years and I am a belly dancer! I have a goofy and whacky sense of humor and I love people and animals.

Do you work another job when you are not writing?  

Yes, I have been a feature writer and columnist for my local newspaper, The Brunswick Citizen for the last 11 years. I am also a professional pet sitter! Animals and writing are my passion!

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing? 

 I am a total homebody who LOVES to cook and bake! I also love being outdoors and working in my garden or mowing the grass. I also sell vintage clothing, groupie wear and rock star rags on eBay in my shop Mallie Victoria's Closet.

What is your favorite color? 

 I have a few, green, brown and pink.

Why?
I have always loved them because they remind me of warm weather and I just love the way they look together, esp brown and pink.

What is your favorite season?
 

There is something so romantic about the Fall and October is my favorite month.
Why? 
I love October when the leaves change and the warm wind begins to blow and in that breeze, you can feel a slight chill of the winter that is on the way.

If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be?

Although I dream of the tropics and a warm, inviting island, I am very content on living where I live now. 

Why? 
 Like I said, I am a homebody and I believe in putting down roots and staying there. I have been in the same area since 1968 and although I have lived other places, my childhood home is here and I bought it back in 2009. Any place my dog and my family are, is home to me.

If you could have any car, what would it be?

I have an awesome Purple PT Cruiser which I love but I also love Jeeps and Hummers. I love rugged vehicles with names like Outback, Wrangler, etc. :)

Tell us about your writing: 

How long have you been writing?

 I wrote my first horror story when I was about eight years old. It was about a little girl who was a witch and it was called, "Lily Was a Witch" from there I just took off. In 9th grade, my poem, "Screams of No Reply" got the attention of my 9th grade English teacher and she had it printed in the paper. I got a lot of positive feedback and I felt like a celebrity.

Was it a dream, a goal or is it just a hobby?
It is my desire to be on the NY Times Best Seller List. Writing is not a hobby for me. I am very serious about my stories and my books, this means a lot to me.

How many hours a day do you devote to writing?

I spend about 8-10 hours a day online, writing, promoting, marketing, answering mail, blogging, etc. Plus my normal interviews and stuff I do for the paper.

Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?
 The mood always strikes me to write! I even keep a pad and pen by my bedside and in my car so I can write down ideas when they come to me and believe me, they always come to me! :)

Is there some place special you like to be when you write? 

 I have a library in my home that I have done up in an English Gothic style. I also like to write when I am laying in the sun in my lounge chair.

Do you like to listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?
Although I love music, I need peace and quiet when I am writing but I have been known to write just about anywhere. I can get lost in my own thoughts.

Tell us about your book:
 
My latest book, THE RAINBOW WON'T WAIT, is a tribute to my mother Victoria whom I lost to cancer in 2006. It is a dying mother's advice for the obstinate daughter she is leaving behind.

When I lost my mother in 2006, I could have been a better daughter. I tried to be the daughter that my mother wanted and needed at this time of sorrow but I didn't know how to be that person.

In a collection of short pieces of advice, I have put together words of comfort and wisdom that my Cherokee mother gave me over the years. I never knew at the time, that this advice would help me as I took care of a dying parent. It also served as a catalyst to help me regain my footing after a series of tragedies following my mother's death, left me in a crippling, suicidal depression for three years.

It is a story of hope, inspiration and how a briar of a child became the flower that her mother always dreamed of...but died before she got a chance to see her bloom.


Where did the idea come from?

 I was driving home one day and it had been snowing. I am terrified of driving in the snow and ice and I happened to see a snow plow up ahead. I remembered the advice that my mother gave me to "always drive behind the snow plow" and I thought, what a cool title for a book. The idea started out as a funny tale of some of her more humorous advice but as I began to write it, it came out quite differently.

How long did it take to write?

I began writing it after my mom passed away in 2006 and it took me less than a year to complete it. But I have gone over and over it and revised it several times since I began.

What is it about?

My mom had a saying, "The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work" and that is where the title came from. The book is a collection of advice from my Cherokee mother that she gave me over the years. The advice helped me to cope with caring for a dying parent and then it helped me as I struggled after her death.

Your other work: 
 
I started my journey writing horror novels and although I still write them, after my mother's death, I felt compelled to write more inspirational tales of personal growth through tragedy and loss. I have several horror novels out now, they are the vampire novel PUNCTURE, DRAGGED INTO DARKNESS, the ghost story BENEATH THE BATTLEFIELD and KING OF SHADOWS.

I also have a desire to become a motivational speaker. I want to heal others with my words and make a difference in people's lives.

Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published? 

I am trying my hand at a paranormal romance, another horror novel about a vampire child and two other books about my mother. One, is her life story growing up during the Depression and living in coal mining camps in West Virginia and Kentucky. The other is about an after death experience she had back in the 1950's. I am looking for an agent or a publisher for those as well.

Where can readers connect with you? 
 

My home email is Magicforest@peoplepc.com or at any of the sites below.



Blog: http://lisavproulx.wordpress.com/ ;

FaceBook Author Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-V-Proulx-Author-Fan-Page/223212131077410 ;


Smashwords Author Profile: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/lisavproulx

Where can we buy your books? They are all on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble Nook and many other sites. Plus you will be able to purchase them at any of the sites below.

 




Friday, February 3, 2012

Character Interview Taci Andrews from Deadly Reunion


Please welcome character 
Taci Andrews
to our blog today!
She is the star of the book Deadly Reunion
Created by Amy Manemann

So readers... I read this book and I loved it.  Loved the style, loved the story and I wanted you all to hear a bit about the character.  So please say hello to my guest today!

My name is Taci Andrews. I’m an investigative reporter for the Riverdale Times in Riverdale Iowa and my somewhat normal (albeit solitary and somewhat pathetic) life has suddenly become more complicated than a single bag of double stuffed Oreos can handle. 

I love that you are a double stuffed Oreo girl!  What happens in your story Taci?

After my counterpart at the Times, Richard Owens (aka the snake) disappears while working a missing child feature I get thrown into the story of my career. 

I agree with your nickname for him, he was a snake! 
What should have been a highlight for me quickly goes south when I realize my career busting story is centered around Jason and Valerie McAllister, two vile people from my high school days I would rather avoid like the plague. Nicknamed Barbie and Ken for their perfection they gave it their best effort to make my life miserable in high school and the thought of cozying up to them for a feature story is leaving a bad taste in my mouth. 

Oh I know people like that too. 

Speaking of which I just received an invitation to my fifteen year high school reunion and Valerie’s in charge this year. My week just keeps getting better. 

School Reunions are horrible! 

To regroup I meet my best friends, Annie Brown and Melanie Hastings for lunch at our favorite haunt, Milroy’s. It’s Thursday. A day for coworker bashing, gossip and fun girl time, which gets interrupted when a blast from our past, former classmate fireman Tony Parsons, shows up.

Yummy... Tony.... I meant the food. Yeah.. that's it. 

To say Parsons and I were friends in school would be stretching it. In third grade he looked up my skirt during our Christmas Pageant and told everyone about my little pony underwear; I gave him a black eye. In ninth grade I actually let him put his hand up my shirt, which he then turned around and told everyone my actual cup size. So I gave him another black eye. 

I love that!  You go girl! 
I have to admit the grown up version of Parsons is definitely sexier than the adolescent version but it’s yet another complication I don’t need right now. Apparently he doesn’t hone in on my desire to avoid him because shortly after running into him the man begins to pop up everywhere I go. I can’t deny that he actually makes for a nice distraction and the dimples that appear in his cheeks make my stomach do flip flops, but I get the feeling he doesn’t think I’m capable of handling any trouble I run in to. 

He's just being a man - they don't think we can handle anything. Fools! 

OK, in truth he might have a point. After all someone did put a slashed up mannequin with a picture of my face attached to it in my apartment as a warning. 

That was very strange. 
And we did find out there were traces of an explosive found on the mannequin. Plus I did sort of receiving a threatening phone call. But seriously, was it really necessary to camp out on my living room couch or follow me to the Laundromat? Sure the man made one helluva breakfast and gave good tips on fabric softener but I somehow doubted the sexy fireman with deep blue bedroom eyes was in it for the long haul. 

Nice thought though, huh? 

Against my libido’s better judgment I better stick to the facts and focus on my story, because with my tingling spidey senses I have a feeling this is the biggest story to be uncovered in Riverdale, Iowa.
So far.

Very intriguing Taci... Very intriguing.  Let me ask you a few questions...

I know that we all want to be different, so what is the one thing you wish your creator had done differently with you? 

Bigger boobs, definitely. Just kidding. I’d probably say I wish I could live in a fancier apartment building or at least drive a rockin’ cool car like Gavyn Davis. Seriously, how fair is it that he drives a Beamer while I have a crappy Honda Civic?

lol....  Too funny! 

If you could have added something to the story, and your creator would have let you, what would that have been? 

Definitely a few more steamy scenes with Parsons. What can I say, the man is hot!

Oh I agree!  I'd like a few more scenes with him too! 

What do you love best about yourself, Taci? What do you like least? 

What I love best about myself is that I’m my own person. I’m not afraid to speak my mind and do what needs to be done. What I like least would probably be my big mouth. I tend to have “blurt disease” and my mouth gets me in trouble from time to time. 

lol... Blurt Disease.... that is hysterical!  

What part of the book was the hardest for you and your creator to work through? 

Well in case you didn’t notice it took the entire book for me to come to terms with attending my high school reunion, so I would say that was probably the hardest obstacle we overcame. Getting blown up was way easier.

I might have to agree with you on that.  The through of attending my own reunion gives me the hives! 

Now I believe there is a sequel, that is it about? 

Of course there’s a sequel, how else are you going to find out what happens with me and Parsons? In the next book I’m hoping we can come to terms with the fireworks that seem to ignite between us and I think my creator has a few more surprises in store for everyone. 

Oh man!! Are you done with that book yet?  Cuz I really want another Tony fix!!! If you decide you don't want him - send him my way please! 

Taci - Thank you so much for joining up today!  So glad you could be here to talk about Deadly Reunion!  I loved the book and I hope others take the time to check it out!  

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