1. Hello Andrea, thanks for taking the time to chat with us here on Q7. Can you tell me a little about you? Maybe something we wouldn't already know?
I am not a writer. Strange coming from someone with multiple published novels, I know, but I don’t consider myself a writer. I like to think of myself as a teacher with a writing problem. Though I began writing as a kid, I didn’t become serious about it until 2010 when a group of my students were reading from my classroom library faster than I could keep up. These students inspired me to write my first real novel,something they would want to read. By this time, I’d been teaching for too long to consider myself as anything other than a teacher. Writing was something I wanted to try but wasn’t a lifestyle, not until after I self-published Vivid. After that, I was hooked. I’ve been semi-obsessed since then. Following Vivid, I wrote Vicious and Vengeance, the second and third novels in the trilogy. Then after a class discussion one morning, I plotted out the dystopian society that would become the setting (and title) for Omni. Contra is the sequel. These novels were initially self-published but are now published by Dragon Moon Press, when the fantastic Gwen Gades rescued me following the collapse of my first publisher, Booktrope.
Before beginning my adventures in education, I was a part-time janitor, secretary, factory worker, cashier, and waitress (but only for three days). I began teaching in the fall of 1997 after graduating with a BSE from Arkansas State University. I’ve taught pretty much every “English” related class. Because my first--and second--teaching job was in a small school where teachers wear many hats, I’ve had remediation classes and AP classes all in the same day. One year, I began my day with third graders and ended with seniors. Because I have an MA in English, I have also taught concurrent credit classes for a local community college. One of my greatest accomplishments is winning Teacher of the Year in two different school districts.
I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart, Chris, for twenty plus years. We have two children, Olivia and Wyatt, and one high-strung German Shepherd, Claus. When I’m not at school or working with my Odyssey of the Mind team, I love to read. Historical romance and paranormal romance are my favorites. Besides reading, I’m a television addict and devote WAY too many hours to it. One of my favorite channels is Investigation Discovery (aka the murder channel) much to my husband’s dismay, but I also like sci-fi, especially superhero movies.
2. You've written several books, including your young adult paranormal romance series, can you tell us a little about what being an author felt like when your first book was published compared to now?
When I self-published Vivid, I was beyond naive about the publishing world. I was so excited, and I still am, but now that excitement is tinged with a tad more wisdom. I thought I’d publish then magically get all these fans. That just doesn’t happen often. Writing doesn’t feel like work when you’re doing it, but it really is. There is so much more to publishing than just writing a novel you love. Social media and establishing a brand and platform are hard to do. When I write now, I’m thinking about the publicizing I need to set up. If I let it, that part takes some of the joy out of the writing, so I have to be careful not to feel overwhelmed now. A wise teacher once asked me how to eat an elephant. When I sat there blank-faced, she answered, “One bite at a time,” meaning don’t get overwhelmed with the whole process. Think one bite at a time. That’s my mantra now for my writing--one bite at at time.
3. I think I heard that you and your family took a vacation recently, if so, would you mind sharing where you went and what you most enjoyed while being there?
We went to Disney World, and it was a blast! I really didn’t expect to enjoy myself like I did. It was an experience for my kids, not me--well, it was supposed to be for the kids. In truth, I had more fun than they did. We wanted them to have the WDW experience, a childhood rite of passage so speak, but my husband and I had never been either, so when we got there, we turned into kids again! They have perfected the art of transporting you to a different place and time. All of these fantasy worlds just come alive. The architecture was my favorite thing, how something you know is logically is just a fiberglass facade can turn into a castle, a pirate ship, or the beast’s room complete with a fading rose . . . it truly is a magical place!
4. Most people have a person who influenced them in some way when they were a child that they never forgot, was there someone like that for you and what was the lasting impression they made on you?
I’ve had several teachers who have influenced me. My junior high and high school math teacher, Glenna Stephen, is one of those people. She is still the smartest person I know, and she showed me it’s okay to be smart and not to let others intimidate me into hiding that part of myself. She never bragged about her intelligence, but you just KNEW she was the smartest person in the room--any room! I respect her so much and still maintain a friendship with her today. Another person who’s influenced me is my husband Chris. He is never afraid to who he is, no matter whether you like him or not! Sometimes, I cringe when he has that “this is me, take it or leave it” attitude, but I always admire that he isn’t scared to be himself. You always know where you stand with him. He doesn’t play games and pretend to be someone he isn’t, and that is a rare quality in today’s world.
5. On your website, you shared that you have a love for historical romance, pirates, and the medieval time period. What is it about those topics that you feel draw you in?
I love history. I wanted to teach history, but I decided I could probably get a job easier if I taught English. All things historical interest me. I’ve always been drawn to the Renaissance, Romantic, and Victorian time periods, especially in Great Britain. I’m a closet Anglophile. In fact, my Masters is in Romantic/Victorian British lit. There’s just something about those times, those people. The idea of such a structural society with rankings and unwritten rules is so different than what we know, and of course, my favorites are ironically the characters who fight against that structure!
6. If there was one place in the world that you could travel to, where would it be and why?
That’s easy--England. I’ve always wanted to go and spend a good long time there, exploring all that history. From London to Stonehenge, I want to see it all! Whenever we travel, my hubby and I always enjoy the historical places the most. There’s a feeling you get when you stand where so many have stood before you, soaking in all that atmosphere.
7. Last question. What is one thing in the world that you'd like to see changed?
Oh my! I’m not political, let me start with that. I don’t pretend to understand or even want to understand the politics that go into our world structure. Frankly, it all frightens me a little. So, I’m not going the political route with this one. But one thing I do see that is wrong with this world is our selfishness. We live in a “me” world, how are you going to help me, how are you going to include me, this thing offends me so it must be wrong. That drives me crazy! I’m a little bit utilitarian in that regards I guess. Everything isn’t about the individual and shouldn’t be. We’ve become so scared of hurting someone’s feelings that it’s almost ridiculous.
Hello Sahar! Thanks for taking time out of your day to talk with us on Q7. Can you tell me a little about yourself? What are some hobbies you have outside of writing?
Hi, April! Thanks for inviting me on Q7.
A bit about myself? Well, besides being a writer, I’m also an ardent reader and tea addict with an emotional somewhat manic attachment to chocolate and pizza. When not behind a computer screen, I am most likely nose-deep in a book or watching British murder mysteries and dramas while pretending to get my 10k steps in. I walk around with my trusty Fitbit on while holding my iPad, sometimes while chewing, which arguably defeats the purpose of stepping. Intellectually I understand this but have not– as of yet been able to curtail the farcicality. Chalk it up to part of charm.
On the flip side, engaging in this slightly bizarre behavior has helped me develop some truly twisted characters for my psychological thrillers. Can’t imagine why … but I think it’s the physical redundancy of walking which allows my imagination to soar and engage. That or it’s the chocolate … or perhaps the pizza … but most definitely the tea.
2. You've written several books now, does the writing get easier over time or does it vary, depending on the story you're working on?
Depending on the subject matter, the challenges of writing a particular story also changes. What used to work for one book doesn’t necessarily translate to the next. I have found that writing is a forever learning process, which is exactly what I adore about my craft–the fact that it’s not stagnant. One can’t allow themselves as writers/authors to become complacent or lazy. So, if anything, I find that the more with each subsequent book I write, the more I expect-demand from myself. I believe my Readers have the right to expect the same.
However, what has gotten easier is the trust in the process of writing. I no longer ‘fear’ not being able to finish or to see a story to its conclusion. I don’t drive myself nuts with worry, ‘scared’ that I don’t have another book lurking inside of me. After six books and another one on the way, I’d like to believe I now grasp the steps necessary to get from point A to Z. With these pressing issues off the table, the task of writing becomes well-defined and salient.
3. You've shared with me before that several of your children have gone on to pursue their own passions and dreams. As a mother, how does that make you feel to see them doing their own thing?
It makes me feel wonderful, grateful, and often, humbled to see each one of my children pursue their dreams, conquering challenges they thought at one time too difficult.
I remain in awe how all six of my grown children have decided to pursue careers that speak to their person–to their values, and I respect that. This is how their Dad and I raised them. Personally, I never cared what they chose–as long as what they ultimately chose brought them peace, happiness, and in some way, positively contributed to the world they live in. All the rest of it, all the details were left up for them to decide. I’m just their groupie, cheerleader and biggest fan.
4. Most of your work deals with difficult subjects- do you feel like you'll always write stories that paint the uglier truths in life or do you think there might be other stories hidden inside you somewhere?
My books utilize a fiction platform to disclose the underbelly of truths, many which have been either hidden or systematically erased from common discourse. In many ways, the complicated subjects have chosen me more than I them. Consequently, when I write, especially when I delve into painful or ‘ugly’ topics, I must not only stay accurate but offer substance without glorifying or sensationalizing certain heinous behaviors.
You are correct, I have chosen challenging and tough topics to write about (mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD), domestic violence and sexual assault, child sexual assault, incest, rape, racism and narcissism, bigotry, sexism, and Islamophobia. These aren’t the types of subjects most people associate with reading for enjoyment–and for a good reason, but they are topics which when carefully and thoughtfully developed can entertain while simultaneously engaging in social activism.
Will I always write these kinds of stories? Perhaps. Not sure. I’m not an ‘always kinda gal, ’ but as ‘ugly’ and ‘disturbing’ as the subject matters I write about are, I believe that it is also equally as imperative to disclose and to expose. It’s keeping them secret and hidden that affords them the power to destroy.
5. Was there ever a moment in life that made a significant impact on you and changed you for the better? If so, would you be willing to share what that moment was?
I am a work in progress so trust me when I say; those ‘moments’ are plentiful. So, no single moment or epiphany is responsible for creating the ‘me’ I am today. More along the lines of a bunch of moments jumbled together. Sometimes these moments become knotted up or frayed, and strained to capacity, just as in life, and that’s okay.
For me, each day is a new commitment to do better, to be better, to get it right. Some days I pull it off, and I’m more shocked than anyone else. At other times, not so much and I fall dismally short. Those are tough to get through. I have to do better.
6. What's a place in the world you have not yet visited but would like to and why?
That’s a long, long list. The world has so many beautiful places I have yet to see and experience. To be honest, I’m not sure if extensive traveling is my cards, so I have made it my life goal to touch lives instead. I do that by writing and letting my words and books travel for me. I LOVE knowing that my novels have been around the world. Read on different continents. I sometimes permit myself to imagine a Reader in some faraway land sitting on their couch, curled up under a blanket, sipping tea or coffee and lost between the pages of one of my stories … and when done they sigh because in some miraculous and marvelous way those words touched their hearts–that is everything to me.
7. Lastly, if there was one thing in the world you could change or see changed, what would it be?
Racism. I’d like it to disappear and never be permitted to return. And when it leaves, it can take along with its sexism, bigotry, misogyny, ageism, nationalism, and all the other ‘isms’ that contaminate our planet. Speaking of contaminating our planet- I’d really appreciate it if people stopped feeling entitled to treat our water, land, and air like a cesspool … like right now. Preferably this minute. Thank you.
Regarding change, April, I’d love to see people change their hearts. Stop-listen-and learn. Take the time to realize that this world is a complicate place with complicated lives–filled with people just like them who are all trying to etch out a life they can call their own. A life free from the fear of attack, bullying, objectifying, harassment and discrimination.
We are all on this planet for a small dusting of time. You would think we would wise up and spend this gift more wisely.
1. Hello Sara, thanks for taking the time to talk with us on here! Can you share a little about yourself? Anything you enjoy or like that we wouldn't know from your work as an author?
Thank you for having me. I'm the author of several novels, and also a TV journalist. In my free time, I volunteer for various causes in my community.
2. In our previous conversations, you've shared that you also are a journalist as well as an author. What's that like trying to balance those in your life?
It's not as hard as it sounds! I work as a freelance journalist, so that allows me a chance to work each week on my books. I love the fact that my work as a journalist has given me so many opportunities to meet new people and see new things.
3. I've read a few of your books, and I notice in your young adult novels, you have a tendency to focus on matters that teens often struggle with internally. What motivated you to tackle those topics and yet still manage to keep the stories lighter and not quite so heavy on readers?
My characters drive the stories! I speak for them, and they're driving the narrative! What they want to say...I write.
4. One of the things I've noticed about you as a person is that you have heart and compassion for people in general and that you're actively involved in your home community- was there any one thing in life that sparked that passion in yourself to want to help others?
I grew up in a faith-based family that stressed the importance of helping others. I guess it rubbed off on me!
5. Most of us have had at least one person make a significant impact on our lives in a meaningful way- was there someone like that for you and if so, who were they?
My dad. He died when I was 10, and it made a huge impact on me. I hope every day that I make him proud.
6. Out of all the places you've been to in the world, which location would you say is your favorite place to be and why?
Palm Beach, Florida! I love the sun, the beach, and the lifestyle! If I could live there year-round, I would! Maybe when I retire.
7. Lastly, if there was one thing in the world you could change, what would it be?
I wish people would be kinder to each other and less angry. I think our digital age has made people far too aggressive.
1. Hello Tawny, Thanks for taking time out to do an interview with us. Tell us a little about yourself- any hobbies outside of writing poetry or activities you enjoy?
I love to cook. Most of my friends love to cook too and we love to eat good food. So if I'm not writing or at a poetry event, I'm probably in my own kitchen or one of my friend's kitchens, cookin up something delicious and getting ready to stuff my face.
I also really enjoy flipping furniture. I have a lust for old, French style pieces and they're usually pretty easy to find at thrift shops. Sometimes when the emotion-work of poetry is too much and I know I need a break from that energy, but also need to stay in motion, I'll pick up an end table or mini dresser, strip it, sand it, paint it and have a new piece to add to my home. I really like getting my hands into things, to take something old and dusty and make it fun and like-new.
2. I recently read your chapbook, Breaking the Barge, and found it to be deeply profound- especially "India". Can you tell me a little bit of the inspiration behind each of the poems you chose to include in the chapbook?
To go into the inspiration behind each of the poems would be a dissertation, haha. But overall, I felt as though Breaking the Barge was a collection of poems that consisted in some way of me breaking out of the shell of my former self, which also meant breaking out of this mold that I felt society was trying to fit me into: what it supposedly means to be young, woman, brown, progressive, hetero, cis, to be a woman in the south but from the north. All of those labels are a waste and trying to live up to those expectations is exhausting. So I stopped.
Each poem was a breakthrough in its creation, in my own awareness of what I had just written. Each poem either pre-empted or was followed by some deep and often heavy self reflection that I had to do, to grow into a stronger version of myself.
Since you mentioned India in particular I will give you a bit more on that one. I studied abroad in 2004, while in college, and visited India for only five days. But those 5 days, and the rest of my trip, were completely life-changing. I had never seen poverty to the degree that I witnessed in India. And particularly child poverty. Much of it haunted me in my sleep while I was there and for years after. I had a very difficult time accepting the reality of what I was exposed to, especially while I was being told by our study abroad staff that we should not give money to the children begging. It was heartbreaking. The poem is practically all true, with very few embellishments. I listened to their advice up until the last day. I just couldn't not give the kids I'd seen every day, nothing. My heart was completely broken and my soul ached knowing that I could help them, but trying to heed the warnings I was given. It was a terrible situation to be in. I still feel regret for not giving more or doing more. They advised us not to give out any money because the said we could end up getting mobbed if more beggars around saw us, they said it was for our safety. And maybe that was true. But I couldn't give nothing on the last day. So I gave them all the money I had left in my travel pouch, which really was just a bunch of coins. They really didn't believe me that I had no more money. And I didn't have any more money, on me. Nor any more Indian money. It was heartbreaking. I went back to my room, washed the soot off my hands and bawled my eyes out. That was 13 years ago, but I remember it vividly and still feel the pain like it was just yesterday.
3. Are you planning to release more poetry or perhaps dabble in other forms of creative writing? If so, can you share what you envision?
I'm sure I will. I think I would like my next project to actually be published by a publisher though. I dont think I want to self-publish another chapbook. It will likely be poetry, or at least include a lot of poetry. I do write some creative nonfiction, mostly short pieces though and some memoirs. It might be a hybrid kind of work. I think that might be really cool to create.
Whatever it is, I plan to approach it intuitively, just kind of feel my way through its creation and growth. I get pretty excited when I think about that process, even though I sort of have no idea what I'm going to do or how I'm going to do it.
4. I understand you've recently vacationed in Cuba- can you share a little of your experience there? Would you visit there again or do you have other destinations in mind in the future?
Hmmmm..y'know, yeah, sure. So I went to Belize and Cuba over Christmas and New Years of 2016. Everyone has asked me about my visit to Cuba and almost no one has asked me about my visit to Belize. I find that kind of funny, but I know Americans are really excited about Cuba now that travel is no longer restricted. So my brother and I stayed just outside of Havana for 3 nights/4 days. We stayed in an Airbnb with a local Cuban family downstairs. Our Cuban family was EVERYTHING. I mean that wholeheartedly. They knew what we would need even before we did. They picked us up at the airport, made us an incredible breakfast, gave us the lowdown on the area surrounding us, got us to and from Old Havana. We would've been lost without them.
Which is to say, I think today, Havana at least seems to be fairly challenging to get around and not get taken advantage of as a tourist. I've been to a lot of unique and less-traveled places like Vietnam, Cambodia, Tanzania - and all 12 years ago. I was surprised and also saddened to the degree that locals first appeared to befriend my brother and I, but then ask for money or expect us to pay for their drinks, or give us a ride home but then charge us an exorbitant amount once we got there.
And I guess I get it. Y'know, travel has been restricted there in a country where income earning potential is drastically limited for the incredible majority of individuals. So, I'm not so mad at it. But it did make for not the best experience as a traveler there.
Belize was amazing, on the other hand. I think everyone should go. The people were really warm and kind, it seemed very safe, lots of fun, lots of love, excellent food, beautiful views. I could go on for days about Belize. I would go back to that country in a heartbeat.
5. Who is your biggest and most respected hero that has had the most influence on you? Why?
My Dad. He's hands-down the most honorable person I have ever known and his integrity is un-shatterable. Pretty sure I just made that word up, but he is deserving of that. I have never looked up to someone so much, nor wanted anyone to be as proud of me as I continue to want him to be, all the time.
The fact that I'm nearly 34 years old and still feel that way about my father, to me, is incredible. As kids I think we often put our parents on a pedestal, because we look up to them so much, kind of like gods. And I think for most of us, at some point our parents fall off, even if its just a little. Which isn't to say we stop admiring them, but we see their human.
My Dad has never fallen off that pedestal. And that never ceases to amaze me.
(sidenote: they say women look for their father's when they look for a husband. My Dad has made finding a partner very, very difficult. He's probably laughing at that now, and smiling at how high the standard has remained. Thanks Dad, lol)
6. I also happen to know that you participate in the National Grand Slam Poetry Contest that happens every year. Could you elaborate a little on what that is for those who might not know? Whose performance poetry have you witnessed at that event that left a strong impression on you and why?
Ahhh.... So its the National Poetry Slam, just for clarification purposes. And I don't compete every year, I've actually only competed at NPS once in 2013, lol. I am though very involved with the slam poetry community nationally, regionally, and locally.
This past year the city of Decatur hosted the National Poetry Slam as a city. I was on that organizing team and organized over 400 volunteers from all over the country alongside one of my best friends, Anisa. It was incredible, exhausting, but very very rewarding.
Poets who I've seen perform who have left a lasting impression on me are:
Just to name a few. I could go on for days about poetry and poets and poet-stuff.
For those interested there are also a couple of other cool national or regional events that may come to a city near you, that I'd recommend:
Southern Fried Poetry Slam
Rustbelt Poetry Slam
Women of the World Poetry Slam
Individual World Poetry Slam
There's a lot of slam stuff going on these days. So there's also likely a slam venue or team or some kind of event in most medium-large cities across the country.
7. Lastly, if there was one thing in the world you'd like to see change, what would it be?
I would like to see people all over the world cultivate and actively practice empathy. A lot of it. I think we need that very desperately today.
1. Hi Peter, thanks for taking time out to do an interview here on Q7, I really appreciate it. Tell me a little about yourself - any hobbies or activities you enjoy that we might not know from your life as both an author and musician?
Sports and four-wheeling. Turns out most of my writer friends don’t like sports. Many actively mock them. I don’t get that. There’s a grace and beauty and determination in sports I would think writers would dig. Anyway, I’m a big sports fan: baseball, MMA, football, gymnastics, etc. And I’ve owned a Jeep since I could drive. I love getting out away from the maddening crowds into the hills where no one else can go.
2. I've read both of your novels, The Unremembered and Trial of Intentions. I remember saying to myself as I read each that you have a way of not just telling a story but imbuing a strong sense of humanity and how it really works out here in the "non-fiction' world. What inspired you to create the world in which they are set in?
First, I appreciate the compliment. What you describe matters to me. And I try to get it on the page. As to inspiration for the world of my series, I wanted to explore the consequence of choice, intentions, music for sure. Aside from all that, I wanted a place where I could tell a story on a grand scale, with a conflict of ideologies. I wanted bad guys to have good purposes, good guys to poor decisions. I wanted heroes, and moral dilemmas. I wanted characters who suffer, and then try to rise above that suffering.
3. You're also a talented musician, spending a lot of time as vocalist for different heavy metal bands throughout the years. I understand you have an appreciation for all genres of music, what drew you to heavy metal rather than other forms of music?
Well, I’m actually drawn to all kinds of music, with the possible exception of EDM—maybe it’s because I’m not much of a dancer. I actively listen to most everything. When it comes to vocal performance, though, progressive metal, e.g. Dream Theater, gets close to where I live inside. It’s thoughtful, powerful, dynamic, and athletic to sing. There’s a lot of straight metal I like, of course, and plenty I don’t, as well. But strains of metal like power metal and symphonic metal have an epic feeling about them. They lend themselves to storytelling. They tend to thrill vs. other emotions. And I love to be thrilled.
4. Recently, you announced that you'll have the honor of writing a novel based on Dream Theater's concept album, The Astonishing. That has to be pretty exciting, can you share a little about how that came about?
I’ve been a DT fan since the start. And when they announced the Album, John Petrucci (the guitarist) and I got talking. He was aware I’m a writer. A very cool series of long phone conversations resulted in a mutual desire to have me write the book. There’s no doubt it’s a melding of two of my great passions. Of course, my own series has a music magic system and music as an underpinning to the world. But to write something explicitly for Dream Theater is pure awesomeness!
5. You don't strike me as the kind of person who isn't full of ideas and I get the impression from your work that you have a deep love of life itself - so I'm curious, do you have any other projects or things that you want to try to accomplish that maybe you haven't yet?
Ha! Insightful of you. I have a few films I actually want to make. Sounds a bit crazy when I write it out like that. But I have a few screen ideas that I want to do more than write the screenplay for. I don’t know much about directing, but I have very specific ways I’d like to see the film presented on screen. So, someday, with enough time and money and influence . . . maybe. I’d also love to sing on Broadway. I can handle the music part, but you don’t just show up and do that. Still, it’s a dream.
6. Is there any one thing in life that you see differently now or have a better appreciation for than you did as a younger version of yourself?
Family. It was always important. But I feel like the younger me didn’t appreciate it the way the older me does.
7. What is one thing that you'd like to share with others about pursuing your goals and dreams?
Enjoy the ride. Of course, stick to it and never give up and all that. But you have to love the thing itself, whether writing or music or spreadsheets. Moment to moment, even during the struggles, be sure you’re loving it and not so fixed on the endgame that today’s scene or rehearsal or whatever isn’t a joy.
1. Hi Wade, can you tell me a little about yourself? Do you have any hobbies other than writing?
I am 35 years old. I am originally from the Island of Jamaica but grew up in New York. I aspire to work in Community development project in urban cities both national and internationally. In my spare time my favorite things to do are traveling, going to the beach, hiking, eating international foods, and going to the theatre.
2. Most of us have one or two things in our childhood that shaped us as the adult we become or strive to be. Would you be willing to share something that you experienced that changed you as a person when you were younger?
I had many childhood experiences as a kid but for me the most memorable ones came from my grandmother which sticks with me still today. The golden rule factor, treat others the way you want to be treated. There was an instant in my early childhood when It was my first day of school and I had an altercation with my peers during my first day of school, my grandmother would later a teach me a valuable lesson about the importance of keeping ones composure as well as treating others with respect.
3. You've traveled all across the globe in your lifetime and it seems that you tend to immerse yourself in each place for extended stays. Can you share about what first inspired you to begin traveling as a way of life rather than as a short vacation stay?
I think curiosity made me interested in traveling, being a big fan of history and different cultures I always learned in school about how people and society lived so for me I wanted to make sure what I was told in the education system matched what was told to me in the textbooks. I also have a thirst for knowledge when it comes to cultures and the way different societies live.
4. I've read through Dare To Dream and Touch a Star which I find has a strong, passionate voice for life, dreams, and everything in between. If there was one goal you had when you decided to share these poems with everyone, what was it and why?
My dream is to travel the world and get to know different societies and see how they live and hopefully someday make a difference in the world by having my own international exchange programs to bring cultures closer together
5. You have also written a children's book, Melvin the Mischievous Mongoose. Do you feel that you'll continue writing both poetry and children's literature or will you end up only writing one or the other?
I want to conclude my first book by fulfilling my dream by concluding the process. I see myself writing a children’s book series about Melvin the Mischievous Mongoose,.
6. Having known you for a little while, I get the impression that making the most of life is important to you. What advice would you give to others regarding life?
Live your life, be yourself and most importantly believe in yourself. Love what you do.
7. What's next for you in terms of writing?
I see myself writing more children books about my life as a child growing up in Jamaica and also in the near future writing a book about my worldly travels.
1. Hi Nicole, thanks for taking time out of your day to chat with us here on Q7. Tell me a little about yourself, do you have hobbies other than writing? Or maybe you'd like to share something that we wouldn't know just from reading your work or visiting your websites?
Hey April, thanks so much for featuring me on your blog! I am honored. Mmm, a little about myself. Well, I am a first born of three girls. I was home-schooled from grade school through high school. I graduated when I was 17 and my senior year, attended KCTC (Kent Career and Technical Center) in Grand Rapids for graphic design, completing the two year program in one year. I went on to Spring Arbor University in Jackson, Michigan for art and design. Completed that four year program in three. So you can see there is a fast-track component to my career in all aspects. Some other fun facts, I met my husband Ken when we were both sixteen. We got married when we were both 21 and have been married for 6 1/2 years. Some of my hobbies? Music. I love listening to music. Country, Celtic and Disney music are some of my favorites on my Pandora play list. I love animals, was a 4-H participant for at least 13 years. I love spending time in nature and enjoying the outdoors. I love to cook and bake paleo and enjoy drinking kombucha and fresh green juice. Something you wouldn't know? I was an introvert for most of my life. Talking in front of people was not my forte, somehow I've outgrown that fear and love interacting in this capacity today.
2. Meeting you at the Women Who Write Conference, in Grand Rapids, MI earlier this year, I noticed you have a very fun, positive, and kindhearted way of interacting with others. Have you always been so upbeat?
Thank you so much April! No, I wasn't always this way. I think over the past few years I've finally started to slow down and enjoy the present moment. Having futuristic qualities (one of my strengths finders qualities) and being a Sagittarius can be a blessing and a curse all at the same time! I am always dreaming bigger and broader, about what COULD be and how I can inspire and touch more individual's lives. The beauty of thinking into the future, is you have to be dutifully active and conscious of being here in the present moment. Through some personal experiences, a health crisis I experienced at 22, loosing a close friend and teammate to an unexpected accident in 2013, I've learned we've only got one life and one chance at the present. Also, I've learned life is MUCH better and joyful when we focus on being grateful and happy for what we have, not what we lack or a comparison to someone else's. I like myself better when I am happy, upbeat, and take the time to get to know and listen to others. It's the key to building relationships and relationships are one of the keys to success.
3. You have a passion for health and for the well being of our world's Bee population- can you share what sparked that passion and how it relates to what you currently do for others?
My passion for holistic health stemmed from the health crisis experience I mentioned earlier. Long story short, my body stopped making the hormones progesterone and estrogen and instead of going the traditional route of "medicine" to take drugs and not get to the root cause of my illness, I decided to dive deep and figure out what I could do naturally to heal my body. This began a four year journey in understanding the importance of connecting to your spiritual practice (spirit), nutrition and healing modalities (body) and the power of choosing to change your thoughts and previous "addictive" behaviors (mind). As a result of this interesting bout of events, it's propelled me into the work I do with my company LUX CHIX - a creative agency for holistic brands. We work with many Chiropractors, Naturopathic Doctors, those in Integrative Medicine and purpose driven brands. Our featured services include: branding, graphic design, marketing strategy, coaching and website development.
To answer your question about the bees, I am a HUGE proponent of organic and non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) and in early 2015 I started hearing more news about the dwindling honeybee population and it's effects on global agriculture. Overuse of pesticides on crops are one of the reasons for the disappearance of bees. Studies have shown that upwards of 90% of the worlds food supply is dependent on bees and pollinators. No bees, no food. No food? Well, you get the idea. Albert Einstein said, "if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man." I also love animal symbolism and if you think about bees, they are very similar to people. I love the aspect of community and focusing on collaboration verses competition. We can accomplish so much more and help more people if we are willing to work together in community. The bees remind us we don't have to go it alone. Although we are each individuals, we each have special gifts to bring to the hive and collective colony. When we can focus on celebrating our similarities rather than our differences, we have a greater chance of being able to impact the world in a positive way.
4. If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I've always wanted to go to Ireland and India. Ireland, have friends there and I think it would be so cool to tour the castles and the historic places there. India, has just always called to me. As part of my senior art project, I created several pieces tied in to Indian culture and atmosphere. Indian food is probably one of my favorites and I have many friends who currently live in India or are of Indian decent. I was invited to speak there in 2017 so perhaps I'll get there sooner than I think!
5. Most people have something or someone that influenced them as a child, was there anything like that for you and if so, would you be willing to share the story here?
I'd have to say my mom was the one who influenced me the most growing up. As a child she instilled such a positive way of thinking and was a tremendous example to live my life by. Being raised in a Christian home, I got to witness and see first hand how her personal relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit has influenced her life. Her continually living out her faith has transferred in to my life more ways than I can count. She also told me I could be anything I wanted to be, she's been my biggest cheer leader aside from my husband. I am so grateful for her and my dad.
6. I see that you've written two books so far- both focused on the idea that a person can live life on their own terms and still be successful. Are there other books in the works for you?
Yes! Actually, my memoir You're A Rarity was scheduled to debut in 2016 - it's a very personal and historical account of my life, including before I was born. It begins with the story of how my parents met, both from different sides of the country and engaged to be married to other individuals prior to meeting. The first few chapters are filled with journal entries my mom penned before I was born and my years of growing up. After going through a personally challenging year in 2015, I was unsure how to end the book and thus postponed the release. Bee BADASS and Brilliant was penned out of my frustration and desire to put a meaningful work out to inspire others to create success on their terms regardless of the crummy situations life throws at them. I have a contract to write three books with the publisher I am working with, so yes, there will be more books to come. Although I have some ideas to work with, I am not entirely sure the direction God wants me to take just yet. I am going to see the response from Bee BADASS and Brilliant and go from there.
7. Last question, Do you have a favorite quote or saying that you'd like to share here?
Yes! My signature quote is: "Success is defined by the journey within you." When I penned this quote in the beginning of my entrepreneurial journey in September 2014, I didn't know entirely what it meant. After two years of figuring things out as a business owner and growing more and more personally and professionally I have a better sense. I always believed success was somewhere, out there. But it's not. It's a part of us, our substance and the way we passionately (BADASS) live our lives and think for ourselves (Brilliant). It's all the joy, pain, love and heartbreak you go through. All of our experiences are filtered and distilled through our hearts to help us define what success means to us, not to anyone else. We don't have to remain beholden to what we think someone else wants us to do with our lives. We can decide what is best for us and our families and take action on the distractions preventing us from moving forward.
1.Hi Marjory, so glad to have you on here. Tell me a little about yourself, do you have any other activities you enjoy unrelated to writing?
Thanks for inviting me to your website blog April. It’s an honour.
Writing seems to rule my life most of the time and when I’m not physically writing, I’m scribbling in my head as it were. I try to find time to study Greek since I love the language even though I’ve been battling with it for years owing to its degree of difficulty. I like to get out and walk when I can. Jim, my partner, and I are now settled in a village in rural Sussex, southern England and are still getting to know the area and its lovely countryside, so we try to explore it when we can. I also like to swim for exercise and I dabble with a bit of painting. I like doing fast and furious stuff because I’m not really a patient person.
2. I see that you've traveled quite a bit in your lifetime and resided in Greece for a long while? But you're originally from Scotland, is that right? What prompted the move to Greece at the time?
Well it’s a long story – how long do we have here? I am Scottish-born and migrated to Australia with my family when I was a kid and that probably set the scene for all my nomadic wanderings in life, going backwards and forwards, trying to find out where my roots really lie and I don’t think I’ve nailed it yet! In 2000, we left Australia and settled back in Scotland for 10 years. Then we detoured for a while to Greece before returning to the UK.
We both love Greece, but my relationship with it goes back further. A youthful working holiday in Athens when I left school in Australia started my life-long passion for the country and I’ve been going there all my life. In 2010, during a downturn in the newspaper industry, in which we both worked, Jim and I decided to pack up and leave Scotland for a mid-life adventure in Greece. It was a slightly mad decision perhaps because the economic crisis had just begun and it was an unknown factor at that stage. We picked the Peloponnese in southern Greece because it seemed unspoilt and we wanted to live as authentic a life as possible. We rented an old house in a hillside village in the Mani region for a year which became the inspiration for my first travel memoir Things Can Only Get Feta. The one-year adventure quickly turned into four.
3. Aside from writing your travel memoirs, you're also a journalist? What inspired you to become a journalist and how has it impacted your world view?
I had always wanted to be a journalist, even as a child, and after travelling in my 20's and studying English Literature at an English university, I returned to Australia where I finally got a job in newspapers. Before I left Australia in 2000 I was a senior feature writer on a popular Sunday newspaper in Sydney and then freelanced in Scotland. It has shaped my life in so many ways and I can honestly say it was a fabulous career choice. I have interviewed amazing people, sometimes famous, but mostly not – just inspirational souls with great stories. However, it makes me sad that journalists are much maligned in the world now, especially in the UK, where several newspaper scandals (in the tabloid press mostly) have dented the prestige of journalists and the industry. It has its negative side but it’s an industry we would all miss if it disappeared. We simply couldn’t have a democratic society without the media. And even with it, it's a struggle. As Jim is also a journalist, we can be a bit intense about the craft sometimes and tend to edit each other’s conversations. That’s a laugh!
4. Exploring your blog, website, and your books, I can't help but notice you've mentioned about your dog Wallace who goes with you everywhere. Sounds like he's quite the character? Can you share a bit of Wallace's story- how did he become a part of your life?
Wallace is amazing. He’s 15 years old now with quite a few health issues. He has mellowed but when we first got him as a puppy when we went to Scotland, he was hyperactive - manic! He certainly freaked out our quiet village neighbours. In my first book, I described him as a “pinball with fur” and that’s pretty accurate. When we decided to have our Greek odyssey there was no way we were going to leave him even though taking him to rural Greece where dogs are tied to trees and kept as guard dogs, was not easy. Wallace has a bigger personality than most Greeks are used to in a dog! In a strange way, however, Wallace steered our fate. It was really because of him we met the eccentric goat farmer Foteini in our first few weeks. It was my unusual friendship with her that inspired me to want to write books about our Greek experiences.
6. What's one thing in the world that you wish was different and why?
I wish the Greek economic crisis had never happened. I admit, as Greeks do, that some of it was due to their own mismanagement of finances for example but apart from that, the bailout deal instigated by the Troika (international lenders) and EU has been devastating and cruel and has brought so many negative changes to Greek society and its customs especially in poorer regions. My first experience of Greece was in Athens in the seventies at the tail end of the infamous military dictatorship and I never thought I’d encounter such a dire period of Greek history again – until the crisis came along. The colonels may be long gone, but today, because of swingeing austerity measures, unemployment etc many Greeks have said they now live without any hope for the future. For a race of people, characterised in the past by their optimism and kefi (high spirits), this is tragic. Greeks are stoical (they invented the word after all) but how long they can go on as they are without major debt relief is anyone’s guess. The way of life we witnessed in rural Greece is something that I don’t think will survive in its current form forever. It will change. As a journalist at least, it was one of the reasons I wanted to write about it.
7. Do you have a favourite quote or saying you'd like to share or maybe just some advice that you've found to be valuable to remember in life?
I like a line from Zorba the Greek, the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis which sums up the maverick Greek outlook and loosely translates as: “A man needs a little madness in his life, or else he can never cut his chains and be free.”
But I also like Mae West’s cheeky quip about life: “I’m here for a good time, not a long time.” I think that pretty well sums up my own philosophy. It ties in pretty well with Greek wisdom yet again, of ‘living in the minute’.
Thanks April. It’s been a pleasure talking to you.
1. Hi Camela, thanks for taking time out of your day to chat with us on Q7. Tell me a little about yourself, any hobbies or interests outside of writing?
Hi April. Thank so much for having me here! Writing and my day job don’t leave much spare time, but I love the outdoors, particularly hiking. I’ve found that exercise is critical for keeping healthy and happy. I also enjoy painting. As a young child I watched my grandmother create beautiful oil paintings, and she taught me her craft. Oil painting is more forgiving, but I think that’s why I like watercolor. It gives me permission to accept imperfections in my work.
2. I have enjoyed your "The Hunted Series" immensely! Since opening the first page of All The Pretty Bones, I was hooked, which doesn't happen too often for me with vampire series. Can you share your inspiration behind writing these? How many do you plan to have in this series?
I’m so glad you enjoyed them! The first story nagged at me for quite some time before I sat down to write. I had a stalker when I was in high school, and I didn’t realize what a profound and lasting impact that experience had on me. I began the story because of a case that made headlines in my area. I couldn’t stop thinking, “What would push a woman to fight back?” I put my poor main character, Olivia, in a very difficult position and the story took off for me.
Adding a supernatural element helped me create some distance from my own past and evened the playing field for my character. I love mythical creatures, particularly vampires. I know they are monsters, and I appreciate authors who make them terrifying predators. For me, the thought of unlimited strength and the ability to recover from the impossible provided more hope to my story. My monsters are violent, but they also have very human emotions, motivations, and complexities.
I’ve plotted out the end of the series at book six.
3. You've share with me that you also maintain a full time job in addition to writing. How do you find the balance between both?
To be honest, I haven’t mastered balance. Writing a book takes a lot of time, but preparing a book to launch and all of the subsequent promotion resulted in a second full time job. I’m fortunate that my husband takes on a lot of the responsibilities at home so I can have time to dedicate to my writing. My day job has been very challenging, and I’ve hit a rut. My work day ended and I only had the energy to unwind from the day by spending time walking with my dog or watching television (which I hadn’t done in a very long time). After recognizing the signs of burnout, I gave myself permission to minimize my time on social media and blogging. It was a nice break, but my sales took a noticeable hit. My first book hit the shelves in October of 2014 and two years and two books later, I still don’t have all of the answers.
4. A side question, you share the most hilarious pics/captions of your dog Annie, on social media. I believe you adopted her, correct? What was that process like and would you recommend to others looking to add a pet to their lives to do the same?
We always had at least one dog in the house I grew up in. At one time, we had five dogs in the house (it was very crowded! I don’t recommend it). My family took in dogs neighbors didn’t want or adopted from the shelter. When I was in middle school, I saved up money from selling oil paintings and bought our first Bernese mountain dog and showed purebred dogs for years. It was a great experience and I got to know some very responsible, thoughtful dog breeders. They did extensive testing for the best odds of breeding healthy animals (which is critical particularly in Bernese mountain dogs as they only average 7 years), ensured the dogs they bred always had a home, and helped rescue dogs that weren’t so lucky. My family fell in love with the breed and only adopted another mix breed after it became clear my grandparents were too frail for a 120 pound goofball galloping around the house.
When I was in college, I adopted a very feral puppy from a shelter in Idaho. He hated strangers, but was the most loyal animal I’ve ever had. I figured I owed him the same degree of loyalty and I learned to accept his quirks while he learned to trust my judgment. The connection I had with that dog is something I feel extremely lucky to have experienced. He taught me a lot of patience and that the most difficult relationships can be the most rewarding if you have a foundation of trust.
My husband and I adopted Annie from a last chance fair in the parking lot of a pet store. The state shelters drove in with all of the dogs scheduled for euthanasia. There were a lot of wonderful dogs (and some very neurotic, traumatized animals), but we didn’t see a dog that had the patience with children we needed until a van unloaded late. My mom spotted her first and said, “That’s your dog.” She was right. As usual.
If you’re going to get a purebred dog, do your research and choose a breeder who is thoughtful and tests their dogs for genetic weaknesses. Don’t reward breeders who don’t do their due diligence by choosing the cheaper option. Dog shows are a great place to look for responsible breeders. If you don’t want to make that kind of investment, consider adopting a shelter dog. You may need patience to work through the trauma they’ve been through, but knowing you’ve saved a wonderful animal is very rewarding. I miss Bernese mountain dogs and may get another down the road, but my heart keeps directing me towards rescue animals.
5.When it comes to writing, do you feel like there's any one particular part of the process that is a struggle for you? If so, how have you overcome it?
I used to struggle with hitting dead ends in my writing, but found a plotting method that works for me. I recommend Save the Cat, a book intended for screenplay writers but is very applicable to fiction novels.
For some reason, I get stuck in an editing loop in the first third of any book I’ve written. I get so fixated on making the words perfect that I enter analysis paralysis. National Write a Novel in a Month (NaNoWriMo) in November has gotten me past this hurdle consistently. The high word count goal forces me to just write out the story without hesitating.
6. What's your favorite thing about life in general? Is there one piece of advice passed on to you about life that you'd like to share with others?
I’m an introvert who spends a lot of time in her head, but my favorite part about life are the connections I’ve formed with other people. Watching the news can be depressing and there are a lot of bad people out there, but I’ve seen acts of kindness that have left me speechless. People consistently surprise me.
My one piece of advice is to do one thing for yourself every day. It’s not possible to enjoy hobbies or nurture others without a strong foundation. Pay attention to your fatigue and moods, and carve time out for what you enjoy most. It could be thirty minutes reading or making time to enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend. Do something you love for your own sake.
7. Through our conversations I've come to think of you as a compassionate person with a logical mind- both are traits I admire. Do you ever find yourself in a situation that challenges that compassion within you? How do you deal with that if so?
I suppose it’s not a big surprise that I struggle with people who are illogical and lack compassion. The thing that really gets me is when people tell me what they think I want to hear rather than the truth. I’d rather be disappointed in a conversation than let down by false expectations any day. Anger is a waste of energy, so I’m careful about who I allow into my life. When I was young, I spent a lot of time being miserable and wishing people would change. Now I choose my friends wisely and am much happier for it.
Because we are exposed to a lot of people and are bound to have negative interactions, I try to remember that everyone is struggling with something I don’t know about (home life, health, etc.). Fatigue and sadness can make the best people lash out. I try to reserve judgment, but it’s something I need to continue to work on.
Thank you again for having me here!
Camela Thompson lives with her incredibly supportive husband and strange dog in Seattle, the city where cloud cover and shadows rule. How else is a girl supposed to keep her luminescent (perfectly pasty) complexion? The rain also provides the perfect scapegoat for hiding inside with a laptop, her dog, and a hot cup of tea. Excuses for reclusive behavior get considerably more creative during the summer (she may or may not have a mild sun allergy).
1. Hi Michael, Thanks for taking time out of your day to answer a few questions for us. Can you tell me a little about yourself? Any hobbies aside from writing or things you most enjoy doing?
Hi, April! Thanks for having me here. I’m fully identify as a geek, so as for hobbies, you can guess what some of mine might be. Some of the things I try to cram into my life beyond writing involve PC gaming (I’m finally getting to The Witcher 3), keeping up with the geekier side of movies and TV, and, lately, kickboxing. Okay, so I realize that’s not so geeky, but hey, I’m complex, okay?
Also, now that I’ve shaved my head, I enjoy going into barber shops to ask for a trim and watch their reaction.
2. Having read all of your books to date (including Zeus Is Dead) and seeing some of your tweets like the viral Pooh & Piglet meets Star Trek, I find that you have quite the sense of humor. Do you find interjecting humor into your work to be an easy task?
That’s kind of you to say! (Some people just say I’m a joke...) ;) Interjecting humor into my writing is an easy task, yes. Interjecting GOOD humor that’s actually funny is another thing altogether. Let me explain: The character of Felix in my New Aeneid Cycle trilogy tends to use humor as a coping mechanism, always looking for a joke, sometimes when it’s inappropriate. Though exaggerated, that’s a trait he gets from me. So when I write, my brain is always coming up with little asides or quips that want to jump onto the page. One reason I especially enjoyed writing both Felix’s character and the entirety of Zeus Is Dead is that I could let those things flow freely into my writing. On the other hand, sometimes the humor that pops out of my brain isn’t as funny as I think it is. Sometimes it’s just an inside joke that only works for me, or sometimes it’s a good idea but needs some tweaking to actually be funny. So yes, and no. I have noticed, however, that caffeine increases the frequency of such things...
3. You mentioned to me a while back that you once had the opportunity to share your work with The Shannara Chronicles author, Terry Brooks. What was that experience like?
It was great, and valuable. I often attend the Pacific Northwest Writers Association conference here in Seattle, and one year, Brooks was offering a half-day workshop where ten authors could attend and work on their manuscripts with his input. We all sent him a long synopsis and the first five chapters of our book, which he read ahead of time. He then came to the workshop with feedback to each of us, and we all (Brooks and the attending authors) worked together to improve each manuscript.
Brooks was extremely friendly, but also unafraid to give criticism in the places our manuscripts needed it. A Shadow in the Flames, my first novel, was the one included in the workshop. His comments gave me the kick in the pants I needed to change some things that I knew in my heart needed fixing—but that I’d been reluctant to tackle—and pointed out some other flaws that I hadn’t even considered. The workshop did more than just help ASITF; it helped me with my writing in general, and I still carry that with me today.
4. I noticed when reading through A Dragon at the Gate, your latest release, that you played around with the idea of existence and what that might really mean. That's a pretty deep subject to try to wrangle into any book, let alone a sci-fi series. Was there a personal significance for you in choosing to tackle that or is there something about the idea of existing that intrigues you?
I would argue that it's less about existence and more about identity and self-actualization, or even sentience. The concept of how much we may or may not be the products of our own memories and experiences has always fascinated me. (If you take my memories and put them into another person, will they become a hybrid personality of me and who they were?) I explored that a bit in book two of the series. I suppose in A Dragon at the Gate I wanted to take that a little further, and also bring in the concept of artificial* intelligence. Does an AI have the right to dictate how its mind has been programmed? What if it's been programmed to be okay with that so it doesn't rebel and, say, go all Skynet on us? What if you could reprogram a human mind in the same way?
*with apologies to the A.I. character of Suuthrien, who objects to the term "artificial" :)
5. Is there any one thing in life that you'd want to do over or make different choices about? If so, why?
Ooh, now there’s a personal question! :D A few things come to mind, though I’m not going to share them here. (Are they exceedingly private? Am I just trying to cultivate a “mysterious author” persona? No one knows!) That said, to pick something lower on that list, let’s see...
I'd really like to have not named the primary protagonist in The New Aeneid Cycle "Michael Flynn." I picked the name because it's the name of an ancestor of mine who was on the U.S.S. Maine when it exploded, and I liked the sound of "Flynn." But the "Michael" part probably makes some people think he's based on me, which he isn't.
Or if you wanted something NOT related to my writing, I do wish I'd started saving up for international travel a little earlier than I did. I haven't gotten the chance to travel nearly as much as I'd like.
6. Most authors read just as much as they write, would you say this is true for you? Can you share with us an absolute favorite novel that you've read and continue to re-read on occasion?
Are we talking word count, or time? :D Word count, I definitely read as much (well, more) than I write. Time-wise, I probably spend more time on writing. Or trying to write. Or planning to write. Honestly, I wish I had more time to read, because there's so much out there I know I need to devour.
I do try to avoid reading things directly related to what I'm writing, at least when I'm writing it. I absorb things easily, and if I'm not careful I'll find myself too influenced by another story that I've just read when I'm trying to create one of my own. For example, I heard about the Percy Jackson series midway through writing Zeus Is Dead. While Zeus Is Dead is for a more adult audience, and is more humor-focused, but I nonetheless avoided Percy Jackson until well after I'd finished (and published) Zeus. Now I'm making my way through the series and blogging about it as I go.
Can I give three absolute favorite novels? :D 1) The Hobbit. Loved it since I was in elementary school. It's like a hot cup of cocoa on a snow day, and I read it once a year. Comfort brain-food. 2) Hyperion, by Dan Simmons, which is a masterpiece of sci-fi and plotting. 3) The List of 7, by Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost. If a supernatural adventure with Arthur Conan Doyle as a main character, read it.
7. When you look at the world today, what is the one thing you wish was different and why?
Just one thing? Hah! Well, okay. I'd love for the world to be able to come together more cohesively on solving the problem of climate change. I'd especially like to see more focus on not just reducing carbon emissions, but in actively removing some of what's out there and repairing damage already done. I occasionally here stories about technological efforts to do the latter, and there really is some progress being made in research, but I worry that it's not enough.
Q7 Corner: Author Interviews
A.L.Deleon loves to find and interview authors, Indie or Traditional. This is where you'll find all the details of those interview spotlights. Typically you'll find her asking seven questions of each author featured.