Q&A Interview with Diane Gardner

Today’s Q&A Interview is with Author Diane Gardner!

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Why did you start writing and when did you decide to go
professional?
Writing was a huge comfort to me when I was a teenager. I
was somewhat of an awkward child, taller than most of the kids in my class,
heck, taller than most of the kids in my school. Back in those days bullying
was just something you took for granted. Everyone got teased, or bullied.
That’s not to say it didn’t hurt. Being the introvert that I was, I bottled up
my feelings of inferiority, brought them home, and wrote them out in abstract
poetic form. For me it was a great release. I’m not sure anyone else could
decipher what my poems said, much less what they were about. But I knew, and
they helped me through a very trying time of my life.
I continued writing poetry during different stages of my
life. I don’t have half of what I wrote anymore. Once I started painting and
pursuing a career with my artwork I wrote less and less. It wasn’t until just a
couple of years ago that I decided I wanted to write a novel. The first one was
a fantasy about a little boy in a world of talking animals. Unfortunately I never
did really find a plot for that book so it’s hidden away somewhere in the
closet.
I’ve done some professional writing with a newspaper and
worked closely with an editor helping her with some projects. When she invited
me to the National League of America Pen Women’s meeting I felt the pull to be
a professional writer. I think it might have been an inner dream of mine, I
love getting lost in other worlds! I was then invited to a critique group and
met some local authors. That’s when the I caught the bug. From there is was
about attending writer’s workshops, critique groups and big conferences like
SCBWI and PNCW that I decided to pursue what I love. My story came from my
fulfilling the desire to one day paint a dragon!
Do you write in more than one genre? Which ones and which
do you like the best?
I’ve only written for young people, although my most zealous
fan is a 90 year old lady. I think a good fantasy story an appeal to all ages
if its written well. That’s what I try to do. I have in mind to write a
dystopia series when the Realm comes to a conclusion.
Do you read other author’s books when you’re writing? If
so, do you read the same genre or something different?
I’ve read a few books while writing. Now that I’m an author
and have met so many other authors it’s almost impossible not to be reading
four or five books at once plus writing my own. The books I read are almost all
fantasy although I’m the only fantasy writer in my critique group. And I have a
pull towards books such as Gary Schmidt’s Wednesday Wars, or Matt de la Pena We
Were Here. I love the books that make me both cry and laugh.
What is the most difficult part of the entire writing
process for you? Queries, pitches, editing..etc.
I have to admit, pitches and queries were. I’m so fortunate
to be with a publisher that wants everything I write, for the most part, that I
don’t have to worry about those anymore. So for me, the most difficult part of
writing is those few days just before publication when I just can’t stand to
wait for the world to read my book!
Dianne Gardner is both an author and illustrator living the
Pacific Northwest, Olalla Washington. She’s an active member of the Society of
Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National League of American
Pen Women. She has written Young Adult Fantasy novels as well as articles for
national maga­zines and newspapers and she is an award-winning artist.
Twitter @DianneGardner
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Q&A Thursday with C.M. Michaels!

Q&A Interview with CM Michaels! 

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What is the worst
thing you’ve written, how did you learn or know it was bad, and what did you
learn from it?

I made my first serious attempt at writing a for publication novel my sophomore
year in college. It was never finished, largely due to the initial feedback I
received from a couple close friends and family members. While I’ve certainly
learned a great deal about writing engaging prose, putting together well
thought out plot arcs, using proper grammar, etc. since then, the biggest
lesson I took from this was not to be so easily discouraged, and just how much
time and effort I would need to invest in order to achieve my goal of becoming
a published author. 
Why did you start
writing and when did you decide to go professional?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, mainly due to the outlet it
provides for my overactive imagination. The first book I shared with anyone
outside of friends and family was a children’s novella written when I was 14
called The Bat Boy, which I still
have tucked away in my closet. I was one of five lucky students selected to
read our short stories to local grade school children. Of course at the time I
felt anything but lucky—I was so nervous reading in front of forty or so people
that I could barely keep track of what page I was on.
I decided to pursue a career as a professional writer almost
four years ago, while writing the first draft of what would ultimately become Dangerous Waters. The more people I
shared sample chapters with, the more encouraged I became that I was crafting a
novel with broad appeal, but I knew it would never be as good as it could and
needed to be for publication if my writing remained only a hobby. 
Do you write in more
than one genre? Which ones and which do you like the best?
I enjoy writing in both the Urban Fantasy and Fantasy
genres. I find Urban Fantasy writing to be a little easier. By being rooted in
the “real” world, it provides the author and reader with an established
foundation to tie the magical / supernatural elements into. If, on the other
hand, your world is full of carnivorous jasperia vines, soul stealing mist
clouds and all manner of unique creatures, you need to get the reader’s head
around these elements in addition to introducing the main plot and your central
characters. On the other hand, Fantasy writing provides a blank canvas for the
author which is incredibly endearing to me. I hold Laini Taylor (Daughter of
Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight) in high regard as a Fantasy Author
and have learned a great deal from her writing. 
Do you read other
author’s books when you’re writing? If so, do you read the same genre or
something different?
Absolutely! I’ve found that continuing to read while I write
helps keep the creative juices flowing and further hone my narrative voice. I
read mostly in the same genres I write in. Some of my favorite authors include
Kelley Armstrong, Peter V. Brett, Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine, Cassandra
Claire, J.R. Ward, Laini Taylor, Tessa Dawn and Yasmine Galenorn.
What is the most
difficult part of the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches,
editing..etc.
For me, while querying can be a bit of a bear for sure, the
most challenging part is the editing. Changes I make that seem brilliant one
day I often second guess the next, and while editing for grammar and word
repetition, it’s all too easy to extract the life out of the text.
If you could have the
same type of career as any author currently publishing who would it be and why?

That’s a tough one! Can I select two? I’d choose Kelley Armstrong
due to her wildly successful Otherworld
series, which is still my all time favorite, and Abbi Glines, who has achieved
so much, including making it onto the New York Times best seller list, from a
similar starting point as my own writing career. She has also never lost the
intimate connection she fostered with her readers like so many authors do once
they’ve had a taste of success.   

For Emily Waters, a nature loving small-town girl with an overprotective father, heading off to Boston University to study conservation biology is a dream come true—until a chance encounter catapults her into a mythical world she’d do anything to escape.

The latest victim in a rash of abductions near campus, Emily is brutally attacked before being rescued by a powerful new friend, whose family takes her in and prepares her for the unimaginable life she must now embrace. Clues soon emerge that Emily may not be entirely human, and her physical transformation awakens goddess-like powers that her new family cannot begin to explain. Dealing with her human first love, the not-so-platonic relationship with her coven “sister” and her new supe sort-of-boyfriend further complicates matters. Not to mention being secretly hunted by the psychopaths who attacked her. And as the only known offspring of a once all-powerful race, the climactic battle is only the beginning of her journey, one that ends with her leading a war against all humankind.

Chad Mcpherson
Author of Dangerous Waters
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Q&A With Carol Marvell!

Today’s Q&A Interview is with Wild Child Publishing Author Carol Marvell!

Why did you start writing
and when did you decide to go professional?
I began
writing some twenty-five years ago, only because there weren’t many heroines
around, in books or movies, which lead me to create my own – Detective Billie
McCoy. I wrote a series of stories, all based around Billie and a few of my
other main characters. My writing was strictly a hobby, one I enjoyed
immensely. I never had any intention of publishing my stories and actually put
them away for a few years. When computers became popular, or should I say
affordable, I dug out my notes and began editing them in more detail. My
daughter got hold of Slave Trader after I printed it out. She loved it and
convinced me to publish it.
  
Do you read other author’s
books when you’re writing? If so, do you read the same genre or something
different?
I do
read, but not as much as I’d like to. It takes me a while to get through a
book, only because I find it hard to squeeze it in between my day job, writing,
family, my music and other things that seem to pop up. I even work in a school
library and still don’t get much time to read. I have to say though, since
being published with Wild Child Publishing, I’m enjoying reading what my fellow
authors are writing. Some of the genres are quite different to what I’d usually
read but I’m finding them fun and entertaining. With the growing number of
ebooks available, this new technology makes it much easier to search and find
genres to suit. 
What is the most difficult
part of the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches, editing..etc.
I would
probably say hitting the delete button during editing is the most difficult
task for me – but it is getting easier. It’s probably because I wrote Slave
Trader so many years ago, having been over it many times, I knew it as I
originally wrote it. So, when my publisher asked me to adjust scenes, take out
scenes and rewrite new ones, I definitely found it hard to hit that little DEL
button. But, times have changed and so have writing styles since I first put
pen to paper. Biting the bullet, I lay trust in my publisher and went with her
ideas and guidance.
If you could have the same
type of career as any author currently publishing who would it be and why?
J. K.
Rowling. She is such a genuine person who doesn’t seem affected by fame and
fortune. She has given pleasure to so many readers, both young and old. To have
fans lined up to buy my book would be such a buzz, and then to see it hit the
big screen would top it off.
Bio:   Carol
lives on a small property in Queensland, Australia. She works in a local
primary school as a School Officer / Librarian / Community Development Officer.
Born in Childers, she grew up on a cane farm. Carol has been married for
twenty-six years and has three children, two girls and a boy. She has traveled extensively throughout the world, visiting the US, Canada, UK, Europe, China,
Japan, Thailand, Bali, New Zealand and of course, Australia. Her other passion
is music. She plays bass guitar in a country rock band with her husband and two
other guys, and is also a member of a symphony orchestra. With over fifty
members, the orchestra is voluntary and visits retirement villages and small
towns.
Slave
Trader – In the Name of Freedom is Carol’s first novel. The action/adventure
story follows Detective Billie McCoy in her fight for freedom after she is
caught up in a modern day slavery trade run by a corrupt cop. The sequel,
Providence Road – In the Name of Friendship is coming soon from Wild Child
Publishing.
Blurb:
For the
past three years, young prostitutes and destitute women have been vanishing
without trace. Their fates unknown, the only common links to their
disappearances are their good looks and prison records.
Never
before has a cop been taken.
Detective
Billie McCoy, a member of an elite undercover squad, is on assignment when she
stumbles onto a slavery racket that goes deeper than she could ever have
imagined. Plunged into a web of corruption and evil, not only does she have to
contend with the slave traders, but her fellow prisoners – all who hate cops.
Stretching
from the streets of Sydney to the rainforests in far north Queensland, it’s a
race against time. Filled with determination, disappointment and twists, the
story follows Billie’s fight for freedom and her greatest ever challenge. She
will need all her cunning and skill to get out alive and see justice done.
Blood
will be spilt, hopes will be destroyed – all to uncover a plot so unpredictable
that only fate can decide . . . .
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