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More interviews with Authors from all over the world and with different backgrounds. Also some authors are independent published and also traditionally published.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH
MICHAEL SIDDALL

I personally have only known of Michael and his book over the last six months, but I have read two of them so far and really enjoyed them, and I hope you will too.

 
 

Author Name  

MICHAEL JOHN SIDDALL
 
Author Email 

siddall.pa@mail.com
 
Author’s social media links (Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter etc.)  Amazon. Goodreads. Bookbub. Facebook. Twitter.
 
Authors Series and list of books.

A Violent Man.

A force of Nature.

A Killer on the Loose.

All the Time in the World.

Time and Time again.

Challenge of the Gods.

The Weird, the Whacky and the Wonderful.

The Book, the Wand, the Magic.

Stoppin’ Smokin’ the Easy Way.
 
Tell me a little about yourself, where do you live, family, hobbies!  

I was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England and my aspirations to become a novel writer began after devising the board game: 'Challenge of the Gods'. Educated at Newfield School in Sheffield I left with exemplary grades in my final exams and went on to Granville College where I studied Art and Design, Literature and History. Times were hard and I left to become a carpet fitter even though I wrote every single day when I got home. Challenge of the Gods was my first serious attempt at fantasy novel writing after completing a Creative Writing course.
 My other pastimes are ice skating. I used to play ice hockey. I’ve boxed at amateur level too and then I moved into the mixed martial arts forum. I jog a few miles each morning, then visit a local gym to let off steam before going home to cook dinner. I am a good cook and enjoy it. I even wash the pots and pans as and when I use them. I’ll make someone a good wife one day!
Finally, I have to say I can spend hours creating New Worlds on paper, and I have to admit that I do it for the love of it and not for the money. Money has never been a consideration, And my one downside is that I hate Tech and find it difficult to absorb the knowledge needed to get me where I need to be. I wish we could have had computers and laptops when I was at school. We didn’t even have calculators!

What got you into writing?

I wanted to write a time travel novel as good as The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. And I have written All the Time in the World which is a murder mystery in time. I’ll leave it for history to judge whether I made the grade. 
 
What’s the main thing you love and hate about writing?

Words are so powerful. The pen truly is mightier than the sword and can crumble empires. But in the right hands they can immortalise you. Because unless there is a book burning like there was in Germany I will live on forever through my novels.
 
How do you select the names of your characters?

Usually I just pluck them out of the air or make them up.


What is next on your list to write/publish?

A Creative Novel Writing Course for novice writers.


What is your favorite childhood book?

Wide Awake Jake by Hellen Young. And I still have a copy that I read to my two grandchildren.
 
Who is your favourite author, and why?

The late, great, David Gemmell inspired me to write my historical fiction novel A Violent Man.
 
Who encouraged you the most to write?  

Myself really. I started when I was nine. I was hospitalised for a whole year in the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield with Rheumatic Fever, misdiagnosed as Polio, so there was nothing else to do. I was laid flat on my back for six months and strapped in a wheelchair for the following six so I read a lot and wrote poetry and short stories. 
 
Are you as avid a reader as a writer?  

Yes. So are my two children. And Elijah co-wrote The Book, the Wand, the Magic with me and did a great job.
 
What’s your favorite genre?

Fantasy! But I could probably write most genre.
 
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type? Or can’t you stand background noise when writing?  

I sometimes listen to music.
 
What is your writing Kryptonite?  Technology!

I find it difficult learning computer programming. I don’t even have a Smart Phone. Just an old brick!  
 
Tell me a secret that none of your fans know! Do you like to cook or perhaps only wear a certain colour sock!  I entered a Tom Selleck lookalike competition and came first.


Tell me what your main character would say about you!

“He’s stronger than a bull. Faster than the wind. And fearless!”
 
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?  

8 novels, 1 self help book published and I’m now writing my own Creative Writing Course for novice writers.
 
What is your motto in life?

Health, Wealth and Freedom Forever.
 
Does your family support your career as a writer?

My family are all gone except for my two children, but all my family did support me and my children still do.
 
Finally, any words of advice?  

If you want to write a novel, take a Creative Novel Writing course.
 

 
 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH
AMANDA SHERIDAN

Amanda has become a good friend recently and I had the opportunity to read her first book Rapid Eye Movement. To be fair, I actually wished I had thought about a storyline like this because it had me gripped from the beginning to the end.

 

Author Name  MICHAEL JOHN SIDDALL
 
Author Website  None
 
Author Email (Do you want this showing on the interview? If not, leave this blank.)  siddall.pa@mail.com
 
Author’s social media links (Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter etc.)  Amazon. Goodreads. Bookbub. Facebook. Twitter.
 
Authors Series and list of books.  A Violent Man.  A force of Nature. A Killer on the Loose. All the Time in the World. Time and Time again. Challenge of the Gods. The Weird, the Whacky and the Wonderful. The Book, the Wand, the Magic. Stoppin’ Smokin’ the Easy Way.
 
Tell me a little about yourself, where do you live, family, hobbies!  I was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England and my aspirations to become a novel writer began after devising the board game: 'Challenge of the Gods'. Educated at Newfield School in Sheffield I left with exemplary grades in my final exams and went on to Granville College where I studied Art and Design, Literature and History. Times were hard and I left to become a carpet fitter even though I wrote every single day when I got home. Challenge of the Gods was my first serious attempt at fantasy novel writing after completing a Creative Writing course.
 
My other pastimes are ice skating. I used to play ice hockey. I’ve boxed at amateur level too and then I moved into the mixed martial arts forum. I jog a few miles each morning, then visit a local gym to let off steam before going home to cook dinner. I am a good cook and enjoy it. I even wash the pots and pans as and when I use them. I’ll make someone a good wife one day!
 
Finally, I have to say I can spend hours creating New Worlds on paper, and I have to admit that I do it for the love of it and not for the money. Money has never been a consideration, And my one downside is that I hate Tech and find it difficult to absorb the knowledge needed to get me where I need to be. I wish we could have had computers and laptops when I was at school. We didn’t even have calculators!

What got you into writing? I wanted to write a time travel novel as good as The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. And I have written All the Time in the World which is a murder mystery in time. I’ll leave it for history to judge whether I made the grade. 
 
What’s the main thing you love and hate about writing? Words are so powerful. The pen truly is mightier than the sword and can crumble empires. But in the right hands they can immortalise you. Because unless there is a book burning like there was in Germany I will live on forever through my novels.
 
How do you select the names of your characters? Usually I just pluck them out of the air or make them up.
What is next on your list to write/publish? A Creative Novel Writing Course for novice writers.
What is your favorite childhood book?  Wide Awake Jake by Hellen Young. And I still have a copy that I read to my two grandchildren.
 
Who is your favourite author, and why? The late, great, David Gemmell inspired me to write my historical fiction novel A Violent Man.
 
Who encouraged you the most to write?  Myself really. I started when I was nine. I was hospitalised for a whole year in the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield with Rheumatic Fever, misdiagnosed as Polio, so there was nothing else to do. I was laid flat on my back for six months and strapped in a wheelchair for the following six so I read a lot and wrote poetry and short stories. 
 
Are you as avid a reader as a writer?   Yes. So are my two children. And Elijah co-wrote The Book, the Wand, the Magic with me and did a great job.
 
What’s your favorite genre? Fantasy! But I could probably write most genre.
 
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type? Or can’t you stand background noise when writing?  I sometimes listen to music.
 
What is your writing Kryptonite?  Technology! I find it difficult learning computer programming. I don’t even have a Smart Phone. Just an old brick!  
 
Tell me a secret that none of your fans know! Do you like to cook or perhaps only wear a certain colour sock!  I entered a Tom Selleck lookalike competition and came first.
Tell me what your main character would say about you! “He’s stronger than a bull. Faster than the wind. And fearless!”
 
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?   8 novels, 1 self help book published and I’m now writing my own Creative Writing Course for novice writers.
 
What is your motto in life? Health, Wealth and Freedom Forever.
 
Does your family support your career as a writer? My family are all gone except for my two children, but all my family did support me and my children still do.
 
Finally, any words of advice?  If you want to write a novel, take a Creative Novel Writing course.
 

 
 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH
SAMUEL DAVEL

Samuel is a brand knew author to me and I, like you, is interested to learn more about him and his books.

 
 

Author Name: Simon Davel

Author’s social media links (Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter etc.)

Twitter: 

Instagram: 

instagram.com/samdavel


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20694577.Samuel_Davel

Authors Series and list of books.

"Dear Monica" as of now but coming in 2021 is "Hey Dad" and "Little Red Card"


Tell me a little about yourself, where do you live, family, hobbies!

I grew up in Wisconsin but left home at 18 for the Army. I spent 4 years in Army Special Operations or Ranger Regiment and then moved to NYC to pursue acting. While pursuing acting I found a love for writing and script analysis. While continuing to act I started writing and really enjoyed it eventually publishing my book "Dear Monica" and starting other projects.


What got you into writing?

When the covid pandemic started I was really lost. Acting had stopped and the world had kind of paused. I felt like all the work and momentum I had built for acting had been lost and I didn't have a purpose while waiting for the world to turn back on. So I had been talking about writing a book for years and never actually doing it and one day I sat down and said it's enough talking.


What’s the main thing you love and hate about writing?

I love writing about relationships, love, friend, any relationship really. they're so complex and confusing but also so simple. In reality, it's just who you choose to spend time with, that sounds simple, but in reality, there are a million different factors that go into that decision because time is the one thing we never have enough of. I hate writing dialogue. it never feels natural to me and it's something I have to edit numerous times before I feel confident about it.


How do you select the names of your characters?

The names usually just come to me, what flows and sounds good. I do have a few characters that are significant names to me and I try to use the same names for characters in novels. In my first book, Charlie and Monica are the main characters, in my second they make an appearance just as different characters, my mom's name was Arlie, and she used to say "it's Charlie, without the CH" so that name will always be special to me.


What is next on your list to write/publish?

My next book "Hey Dad" is in the editing phase. It's a novel about a father who leaves to head to war only to realize that war isn't what he thought and what he needs in this world is back home, his wife and child.


What is your favorite childhood book?

My favorite childhood book was anything magic tree house. there were so many of them and each book felt like I was transported to another world or life.


Who encouraged you the most to write?

My family and friends really encouraged me to write. As well as my girlfriend. I would write her little poems and she would tell me how good they were.


Are you as avid a reader as a writer?

I enjoy reading but since falling in love with writing I would definitely say I'm a writer rather than a reader.


What’s your favorite genre?

 my favorite genre to write is romance, to read it's a mystery though, I love a good crime story.


Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type? Or can’t you stand background noise when writing?

I do listen to music, I'm a huge country fan, I know we get a lot of smack for the loving country but I usually always have it playing. I like to be in the mood of the characters when I write and music often is my go-to for getting there.


What is your writing Kryptonite?

social media and negative thoughts are my writing kryptonite. I always tell myself to write my stories for myself, I can't get everyone to like a story but if I like the story, then someone likes it.

Tell me a secret that none of your fans know! Do you like to cook or perhaps only wear a certain colour sock! 

I'm a huge sports fan. I write romance and have a sports podcast, I don't know how those two go together but they do!


How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I have two unfinished books, they're close to publishing but not there. And I have probably 12 outlines done.


Does your family support your career as a writer?

My family does support my career, I think they don't always understand it. but they have my back no matter what.


Finally, any words of advice?

My advice would really just be you can do anything. Anything is achievable. You just need to work really hard.

 
 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH
DONNA GLASS

This author has recently became a good friend. Donna is also a children book author and I look forward to seeing more from her in the near future.

 
 

Author Name: Donna Glass


Author Website: https://superherointhekitchen.com

Author’s social media links (Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter etc.)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/superchefseries


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superherointhekitchen/


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/donna_glass


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SuperHeroInTheKitchen/



Authors Series and list of books.

Be a Superhero in the Kitchen: Super Chef series 

(Just this one for now, working on more)


Tell me a little about yourself, where do you live, family, hobbies!

I am a wife, mother of two kids, a lover of comic books, and a home cook. I have two furbabies and looking to adopt another kitty real soon. I live in Illinois and, since it’s cold outside right now, I venture out as little as possible. But when spring comes, I love to ride scooters, play basketball, or simply take walks. 


What got you into writing?

For the past twenty years, I’ve posted a weekly menu. When my kids became old enough to help out with the menu, we started making the menu board a game. We’d play Pictionary to guess the meal. Sometimes, we would draw different flags to symbolize the cuisine for the night. The menu board was a hit even with people not living in my house. They were curious what we were fixing and eating each night. It was my idea to write a children’s cookbook; however, my husband suggested making it superhero themed since we are humungous comic book fans. 


What’s the main thing you love and hate about writing?

I love creating and eating the recipes. I will say marketing is the hardest part of the process. This past year with covid and book signing being cancelled, it has been difficult connecting with potential readers/chefs. 


How do you select the names of your characters?

My characters do not have names, but a few characters are fashioned after members of my family. The super kitty is actually my furbaby Patrice. The little boy with the chef’s hat over his face is my son, and the girl with the cat ear’s headband is my daughter. The grandma was inspired my mom aka Nana. 


What is next on your list to write/publish?

I plan on having 3-5 cookbooks in the Super Chef series. 


What is your favorite childhood book?

We read a lot of Disney books growing up. I still have them today. 


Who encouraged you the most to write?

My husband has supported me every step of the way. He is my biggest cheerleader. 


Are you as avid a reader as a writer?

Oh yes! I read every day for fun. You should see my library. :D


What’s your favorite genre?

Probably romance comedy. I do love to laugh. 


Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type? Or can’t you stand background noise when writing?

Music is a staple in my house. A single playlist can go from Eminem to Elvis to Godsmack. 


What is your writing Kryptonite?

Lack of ingredients. Sometimes my daughter or I will think of something to make and won’t have all the ingredients. With covid, we don’t just hop in the car and shop on a whim anymore. 


Tell me a secret that none of your fans know! Do you like to cook or perhaps only wear a certain colour sock! 

My socks never match. :D


How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Be a Superhero in the Kitchen was published last year, but I have drafts for 4 more books on my desktop. Cross your fingers they make it to print! 


Does your family support your career as a writer?

Yes, and I appreciate it/them immensely. 


Finally, any words of advice?

This is what I tell my kids --- You never know if you can if you don’t try. It’s okay not to be perfect as long as you tried your best. 

Every cook, professional or not, fail and that’s how we learn. It’s how a person gets better. So, don’t worry about failing, focus on what you learned and how you can fix your mistake for next time. 

 
 
 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH
ARGYRO GRAPHY

This author came to my attention maybe a year or two ago when her first children's book came out. If I remember correctly, I read it as an ARC. I was really impressed with the message and the lesson she was trying to teach children through the her books.

 
 

Author Name 

Argyro Graphy

Author Website 

Bentleythehippo.com


Author Email

argyro@bentleythehippo.com

Author’s social media links (Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter etc.)

Instagram and twitter is bentleyhippo1

Facebook is argyrography1 and Facebook page bentleyhippo1.

Authors Series and list of books.

Inspiring Children’s Book Series includes:

The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Share

The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to be Kind

The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Never Give Up

Also

ABC Empower Me: Inspiring Children’s Alphabet Book

And upcoming release of:

You Can Do It: 30-Day Appreciation Journal & Diary for Kids (in 7 languages)


Tell me a little about yourself, where do you live, family, hobbies!

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario Canada, divorced and moved back home while undergoing surgery, which after complications, dad got sick and passed away, so live with my mom.  I have a brother.

I was a victim of childhood bullying, abuse, discrimination from a young age the scarred me.  I always wanted to be involved in Children’s books but more so drawing as I am very artistic and creative.  I turned to humor to mask away pain and as the years passed and more abuse and more obstacles and traumas, I gave up on writing as I convinced myself that nobody would read or be interested in my stories because I did not have a university degree in journal/creative writing.


What got you into writing?

I worked in a school and started to notice that kids felt this sense of entitlement, superior to others and bullying was becoming the norm.  This bothered me because the bullies had no idea the scars they are embedding on the victim.  I actually cried for one child knowing what she was feeling, and the Principal of the School told me to “not get involved.”


What’s the main thing you love and hate about writing?

I love writing about experiences, since that’s where my inspiration comes from, but I need to remember these need illustrations and cost a lot of money.  What I hate about writing is that I sometimes have difficulties scaling down word count for children.


How do you select the names of your characters?

Truthfully I go through the alphabet as I stare at the images.  Bentley started off as a doodle looking like a cow, but I kept fine tuning until he was a bubbly hippo.  He was named Bentley when I decided I was going to approach the Bentley Corporation for a car. (that they would gift me – haha)


What is next on your list to write/publish? 

The last 2 books of the Inspiring Children's Series are at illustrations now, I have 5 character books that describe each characters “challenge” plus some fun facts that introduce kids to the characters, plus a Bentley Kids Cookbook in the works. (My kids Journals are being formatted and launching Jan 10th in 7 languages)

What is your favorite childhood book?

Loved Curious George but overall I would have to say Dr Suess.

Who is your favourite author, and why?  

I randomly selected a book by Erik Daniel Shein (Thunder: An Elephant’s Journey) and really enjoyed it, when I reached out to the author to express my thoughts of the book, he sent me a few others and each was equally as good as the previous if not better, so I would have to say that although I am not a true die hard fan of any particular author, he is one of my preferred choices.

Who encouraged you the most to write?

Witnessing the behaviors of children that appalled me.  When I decided to face my own fears to write, I was hit with another life-altering trauma, where I had a routine eye procedure done and woke up 100% legally blind in one eye. Feeling victimized again, after 3 surgeries with no success, I had to stop working and if I didn’t do something, my life would be meaningless, so I had the biggest lesson to teach….No matter what Never Give Up.

Are you as avid a reader as a writer? 

Not as much anymore, as I try to limit my time staring at words and screens etc. Most is used to work on my books, then I try to support authors as best as I can without further damaging my good eye.

What’s your favorite genre?

I use to read all genres except horrors, however, since losing my vision completely in left eye, my right eye tires quickly and to avoid eye strain, I read children’s books, middle grade, and some shorter novels, as those still take longer to finish.


Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type? Or can’t you stand background noise when writing?

I have TV in the background but don’t pay attention to it….it’s just to have some noise otherwise I listen to music, mainly Greek music, instrumentals or nature – waterfalls, birds chirping etc.

Tell me a secret that none of your fans know! Do you like to cook or perhaps only wear a certain color sock! 

I have a few of my silk paintings hanging in a library today (these were painted in 1987…almost 34 years ago) and I HATE pants and socks….


Tell me what your main character would say about you!  

“You did it…No matter what anyone says, You faced your fears and fulfilled the dream that was crushed years ago, even if it took 40 years to get here.”


How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? 

OMG! I have 15 stories ready for illustrations, and there are another dozen I have been asked to rewrite. (co author)


What is your motto in life?

Life is precious, count your blessings and enjoy the ride because the carpet can be taken from underneath you at any time.


Does your family support your career as a writer?  My mother does now, but in the beginning family and friends mocked me claiming “I don’t know much or don’t have the education” and those words bothered me, so I changed my name and wrote and nobody had a clue the first few months.


Finally, any words of advice? 

Don’t let anyone say you can’t do something, follow your own path and your heart regardless if others want to walk that path with you  - and everyone needs to stop trying to feel superior to others, and start accepting and respecting each other.

 
 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH
ARLENE MARRON

This author I haven't know for long, but I have read one of her books and look forward to reading more in the future. Her book Beneath A Blanket of Snow was one of the best books i had read last year and highly suggest that you read it too. Please enjoy!

 
 

Author Name 

Arlene Lomazoff-Marron 

Author Website 

In progress 

Author’s social media links (Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter etc.) https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20534038.Arlene_Lomazoff_Marron 

https://www.amazon.com/Arlene-Lomazoff-Marron/e/B08DP368LS 

https://www.instagram.com/marronal/ 

https://twitter.com/marron_arlene 

https://www.pinterest.com/amarron01441061/

Authors Series and list of books. 

Beneath A Blanket of Snow

Tell me a little about yourself, where do you live, family, hobbies! 

I live in the U.S., in Pennsylvania, with my husband Gerry. We have a blended family of four boys and one girl. They are raising their own families. We have six grandsons and one granddaughter. 

In addition to reading and writing, I love to ride a bicycle and play Mah Jong. I love crossword puzzles. I practice yoga. 

I had little exposure to music as a child. I took a class at a local school about ten years ago. I carried a musical keyboard to class. I simply wanted to be able to identify the notes on a piece of music and match it to the notes on a keyboard. I was hooked once I started to learn to play. I bought a piano several years ago, and take lessons weekly. I have surpassed my initial goal many times over. 

What got you into writing? 

About a week before I retired from a career in the healthcare field in December 2019, a coworker commented that I should do something from my bucket list. I immediately replied that I would write a novel. I wondered why I had replied so quickly and with such conviction, as I hadn't thought about writing a book since my adolescence. I took a few writing courses in high school and considered college and a career in writing, but decided to go to nursing school instead. I didn't realize writing a novel was on my bucket list. 

I planned to try writing a novel from March through December 2020. I surmised that in that time I would have a decent idea of whether I could write something worthwhile. Then COVID-19 kept me indoors, and I started writing every day. “Beneath A Blanket Of Snow” is my first novel. I wrote the draft in ten weeks. 

What’s the main thing you love and hate about writing? 

I love to be able to tell a story—my story. I am currently a good portion into writing my second novel. Interestingly, as with my first book, I did not realize that I incorporated my beliefs and views and experiences into the book until I wrote a lot of the story. Then I have taken a step back and considered that I wrote much of my book from my subconscious. 

Who is the worst villain you’ve ever written, and why? 

In “Beneath A Blanket Of Snow”, a husband of one of the women committed a crime, but he refused to accept responsibility for it. He wasn’t a mean guy; he just tried to get out of being punished for what he did.

What is next on your list to write/publish? 

I started my second novel on November 1 as part of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It is another stand-alone novel—not a sequel to my first. It is tentatively titled “If We Had Known”. I hope to release it in the spring of 2021. 

Who is your favorite author, and why? 

I love Maya Angelou. Her writing is beautiful, and she touched so many with her words. She overcame so much in her lifetime and yet accomplished so much. 

Who encouraged you the most to write? 

It was an innocent comment from a coworker that started my writing journey. But once I started the actual writing, my husband was very supportive. 

Are you as avid a reader as a writer? 

Yes, I read quite a bit. I belong to two local book clubs. We choose the books in advance and everyone gets a chance to lead a discussion. I enjoy the book clubs because although sometimes we have the same opinion on a particular part of the book, other times our opinions differ. It’s interesting to hear how someone’s interpretation of a scene or a character in the book differed from my own. 

I also read other books that I hear about, and books from other authors—especially indie authors. 

What’s your favorite genre? 

I love family dramas, so it’s no surprise that I have chosen to write in that genre as well. 

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type? Or can’t you stand background noise when writing? 

I generally write when it is quiet. I also often think of plot details or twists when I am comfortable and my mind is clear. Sometimes when I am riding my bicycle or relaxing passages for my book come into my mind. 

Interestingly, I finished the first draft of “Beneath A Blanket Of Snow” and had no title. Minutes after I finished the draft, I was practicing yoga with my husband. We finished the exercises and were in the final (resting) stage of the program. My mind and body 

were relaxed … when the title of the book came to mind. I rose from my yoga mat and changed the title of my manuscript from “Book Draft” to “Beneath A Blanket Of Snow”.

If you could interview any famous author who would it be and why?

Maya Angelou, for the reasons I mentioned before. 

Tell me a secret that none of your fans know! Do you like to cook or perhaps only wear a certain color sock! 

Wow! Not many people know this, but although I am 64 years old, I have only a few gray hairs, and I do not dye it. It is the same color it was when I was a child—dark brown. Most people assume I dye it regularly. I did not get this trait from my parents; perhaps from someone else in my family tree. 

Tell me what your main character would say about you! 

Meredith is the main character in “Beneath A Blanket Of Snow”. When she is experiencing her hardships, her thoughts and emotions are loosely based on my own past struggles. I hope that Meredith would be happy to see that I overcame adversity and flourished. I think she would be proud of what I have accomplished. 

What is your favorite movie and why? 

I don’t watch a lot of comedies, but there are a few that make me stop and watch them whenever I can; even snippets of them. “Animal House” and “My Cousin Vinny”, for instance. They are classics, and I laugh every time. I also loved “Shawshank Redemption”—I think because of the element of surprise that no one saw coming. 

What is your motto in life? 

In the beginning of my book, the dedication to my children and their families reads: 

“Believe in yourself, reach for the stars, and chase your dreams. You’ll be amazed how far you can go.” 

Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what are they? 

My husband and I often take long bicycle rides—25 or 30 miles. I can climb hills pretty well; certainly better than most people in their 60s! 

Finally, any words of advice? 

I would encourage someone to write a good story, for themselves and for their readers. I didn’t plan to make a lot of money when I started my journey as a writer. But I wanted to write well, and tell a good story. I know that if I wrote in other genres or multiple

books in a series, I might sell more books and make more money. But I write what I like to write. I think my readers appreciate that. 

 
 

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