Monday, March 16, 2015

Author Candis Vargo & Darkness Within

Hi all!

Please help me welcome Author Candis Vargo to my blog today!





Darkness Within
The Darkness Series
Book One
Candis Vargo

Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Date of Publication: March 10

ISBN:
ASIN:

Book Description:

Tragedy strikes the Roseburg family and leaves Mike struggling to help his wife, Mia. After losing their only child in an accident, Mia is far from emotionally distraught…instead, she continues on like their son is still alive.

Four months passed since the accident…

Mike begins to work with a psychiatrist to help his wife with her delusions when a darkness begins to haunt them. As this dark presence becomes violent, making itself known, Mike wonders if the illusion of their child that his wife is seeing is something far more demonic.

With the dark force looming over them, Mike is left questioning his own sanity as he tries to unravel what is real and what is not.

Soon he realizes…

Something is dreadfully wrong.

Chapter 1



The force of the impact with the truck thrust the Jeep forward, throwing Mia deep into her seat as they went nose first into a ditch. What was left of the back of the jeep rolled up over the front. It continued to flip over several times before seeming to levitate in the air after rolling off the embankment. It felt like an eternity, the world moving in slow motion, before it smashed against the icy cold river sending shards of glass and ice throughout the vehicle. As it slowly began to sink Mia automatically reached down to unbuckle herself. After struggling to free herself from the seat belt she reached back for her son. 
Her long, dark hair floated through the thickness of the icy water and streams of blood swam around her face. As she turned around everything became hazy and the darkness fought to take away her control. A panic began to set in as her heart raced. She needed to get back to Eli, to unbuckle him…she needed to save her son.
Being a mother she couldn’t care less if she was hurt, she just needed to save her son. Like a tiger protecting her young, it was a mother’s first priority.
As she tried to move into the back seat she reached out to Eli again. 
He gently placed his outstretched hand into hers. His eyes, so soft and gentle, stared into his mother’s, whose were full of pain and fear for him. He smiled his sweet innocent smile as if telling her that things were going to be okay.
It was the end of February, a time the weather was supposed to be warming up as it was readying for spring. Supposed to…but of course it wasn’t. 
Mia had been trying to avoid what happened. Just moments ago she was talking to her husband on the phone through the Bluetooth she managed to con him into installing, stating that she was going to wait for the storm to pass.
“Hello,” Mikes groggy voice had echoed through the car.
“Hi, Daddy.” Eli’s enthusiasm rang throughout the vehicle. “Dad…Dad, I’m out of school, Dad. And it’s snowing!”
“Oh yeah, buddy,” Mike replied. “Well, I guess I will see you soon then.”
Mia had angled her rear view mirror down to look back at Eli. She placed her index finger in front of her mouth to shush him but smiled underneath it. 
Eli puckered his lips out and grabbed them with one hand to keep himself from talking as he gave her a thumbs up.
“Yeah, it’s snowing like crazy.” Mia took her time as she drove. She was never a fan of the winter weather and only liked snow on Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day, any time before or after that she’d prefer it be seventy degrees and sunny. “We’re going to be late for dinner. I think I’m going to pull over when I can manage to even see anything so I don’t slide into a damn ditch.” 
When Mia left to pick Eli up from preschool there were just a few flurries floating in the icy wind. Now it had come to near white out conditions, causing her to curse winter even more.
“All right, just take your time and watch out for the crazy people out there. And I came up with an awesome idea for big man’s birthday party. Turning the big five soon, eh, buddy.”
Mia looked in the mirror and saw Eli’s deep brown eyes light up. He hopped up and down in his booster seat with excitement. “Do I get a guitar,
Dad? Daddy, I want a guitar!”
“You’ll have to wait and see, buddy, but I better let you guys go so you can get home. Maybe this snow will be good enough to take you snowmobiling later.”
Mia rolled her eyes and shook her head in frustration. “See you when we get home.” 
She was still upset with him over what had happened the night before. She could swear that sometimes it seemed like he’d rather be anywhere but where the man of the house should be at night…home. Gender roles were never really her thing, but to her it always seemed like the man did a better job of protecting the family from intruders. 
“Stay safe,” Mike said before he hung up.
After Mike hung up Mia had slowed down even more, trying to find a place to pull over before she got anywhere near the upcoming bridge that crossed the river. She wanted to be out of the way of any oncoming traffic but with the snow falling as hard as it was, it was nearly impossible to see anything. 
After a few more minutes of driving the snow let up ever so slightly, enough for her to spot a place where she could pull over. Slowing down to a near stop, she started to turn the wheel.
The distinctive sound of a big rig's horn snapped her attention to the rear view mirror, still angled for her to see Eli. She snapped her head to the right side mirror and saw a tractor trailer turned sideways, sliding towards her. Her heart raced as she pushed the gas pedal, trying to get out of the way as fast as she could. The wheels seemed to turn in pace and the air horn blared again, but was drowned out by the screeching of metal as it collided. 
Everything went black.



Eclipse Reviews Character Interview Questions
Thank you for taking the time for the interview. Please answer the following questions; you also have the option of changing some questions if you feel that you would be more at ease with other questions. This can be serious or quirky it’s all up to your character.
Character Name: Mike
Character Bio: Average, middle-class family man.



Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
Best: The love for my family.
Worst: Not the best at showing my love.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
I wish people knew that I’ve made my mistakes, and I can’t take them back…but I will try like hell to make them right for the rest of my life.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
Ah, but it wouldn’t be a secret if I told you.
What are you most afraid of?
What’s in the Darkness.
What do you want more than anything?
My son back.
What is your relationship status?
Married.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
How much of a rebel are you?
I try not to be so much as a rebel these days, but I’ve had my moments…
What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement was probably having a son.                       
What is your idea of happiness?
There’s nothing more important or better than spending time with your family.
What is your most treasured possession?
The last picture I have of my son.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I’m a man who isn’t afraid to work.
What is it that you, most dislike?
Ha! My neighbors.
Which living person do you, most despise?
Yup. My neighbors.
What is your greatest regret?
Not being able to save my son.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Strong mind.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Does my past count?
What is your motto?
Love today, because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.
Once again thank you for the interview.
Thank you. I appreciate the time.
Jeanine
Eclipse Reviews




About the Author:

Growing up on an old dirty road in the middle of nowhere, as a child Candis used her love for books as a way to escape reality (and her brother constantly trying to kill her—literally). She blames her love of all things Horror on being born on Friday the 13th and will always find joy in scaring her friends.

You will find a little piece of her in every book she writes. She loves a good happy ending, but most of the time she prefers one she never saw coming.

When she’s not writing or reading, she can usually be found chasing her children around. She currently lives in Rome, Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. And her fat cat.




LIZA SHAW Author Interview
Welcome all.
Today I’m very lucky to interview Candis Vargo author of   Darkness Within
Hi Candis, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Well, I’m just a simple girl from the country. I’m an introvert, clumsy, and a Walking Dead addict.

When did you decide to become a writer? Just a few years ago.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  My best friend and I were always complaining about how hard it is to find books we really like, so we joked about it, came up with a story line, and I sat down and wrote my first novel.


Who do you feel supported you aside from family members? Aside from my family members, I’m most supported by my two best friends. Those girls are amazing.

So, what have you written?
Eternal Revelations and Eternal Hell (zombie apocalypse), Forgotten Memories (paranormal romance), Eve of Zompires, a short story that has been featured in an Anthology, and now Darkness Within.


What are you working on at the minute?

I’m currently working on Darkness Released, the second in The Darkness Series.

Where do your ideas come from?
For the Horror genre, mostly from my dreams or what scares the crap out of me.

What genre are your books?
Mostly Horror, with one Paranormal Romance.
What draws you to this genre?
For Horror, I have always been a horror fan. I remember being a child and reading Goosebumps or watching Nightmare on Elm Street all the time.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really, I just try to keep things as realistic as possible.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I would love to see Will Smith play Mike. He’s an amazing actor and with the way he pulled off his role in I am Legend, he would rock Mike.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

The hardest thing for me is when I have the words to get out, but I have to wait to type because I’m busy with my kids.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

Coming up with the story line I like.

Do you have an interesting writing style or quirk?
When I’m writing and I think I have the story line figured out, I’ll always think of some other twist to throw in.
Do you ever get writer’s Block? Do you have any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I get it quite a bit. I will usually pick up a couple of books and read, then go back to writing and push through it.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Don’t stop writing, and write what you love.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I do! The most recent message I got from a fan was, ‘thank you for writing the type of books I can’t put down. That doesn’t happen very often.’ It truly made my day when I read that message.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Guillermo del Toro, hands down.
For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional printed books?
As much as I love a good printed book, I find e-books to be cheaper and easier to get my hands on, so I’ll have to say e-book.
What books have most influenced your life?
Probably Goosebumps. Those are the books that started my love of reading as a child.

What book(s) are you reading at present?
Escaping the Dead by W.J. Lundy
What do you think makes a good story?
A plot that makes you want to keep reading, where you can lose all track of time and not skip through to get through the boring parts.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Usually reading or catching up on some TV shows that I missed while writing.
Do you have a favourite motivational phrase?
Doubt kills more dreams than failure.
Do you have a favourite positive saying/phrase?
Believe you can, and you will.
Do you have a favourite book, and why would you say it is a favourite?
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane because I could read it 20 times and still not be sure if the guy actually is crazy or not.
Do you have a favourite quote?
Kind of. They’re more lyrics from a song, ‘And our scars remind us, that the past is real’.
Do you have a favourite film, and why do you like it?
The movie The Sweetest Thing, because that’s totally me and my friends.
Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
Still writing, but having more time to do so as all of my children will be in school.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Probably to keep a daily journal.
Which famous person/writer, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Stephen King, because he’s the king.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Frankenstein, because that’s a true horror story that no one will forget.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t stop writing, and don’t stop reading.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Please thank Candis for joining us today! Please check out her links.
Keep Writing!
Jodie Pierce



Monday, March 9, 2015

Author Sharon Hamilton & Underworld Queen

Hi all!

Please help me welcome Sharon Hamilton to my blog today!



Underworld Queen
The Guardians
Book3
Sharon Hamilton



Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, Mystery & Suspense Romance, Romance – Angels, Romance - Fantasy

Publisher:  AL Publication

Date of Publication:  December 30, 2014

ASIN:  B00IU2E9JS

Number of pages:  285
Word Count:  80,000

Book Description: 

Audray has just assumed the title as first-ever Queen of the Underworld.

As she attempts to consolidate her rule, characters from the past threaten to destroy her and the love she shares with Jonas Starling, a 300-year old dark angel. When she discovers she has been the recipient of a miracle, suddenly their whole immortal lives are changed forever.

Will they survive the coming war or get snagged in the power struggle over not only the underworld, but the human world as well?


Available at  

Amazon       Amazon UK      Amazon Canada


Excerpt:

Audray loved being the first-ever woman Director of the Underworld, but she preferred the title “Queen” even better. Jonas had begun calling her that and it became part of her persona almost immediately.
Maybe it is the way Jonas whispers it to me just before he takes me.
That word was something she would never tire of hearing, just like the sounds her paramour made as he pleasured her to distraction and beyond. And the best thing of all was that he did it out of love, not obligation. His need to please her was equal to her need to be ravished over and over again.
And worshiped as only a queen should be.
Jonas was still wearing his black leather vest, but was naked everywhere else that counted, sleeping like a baby. She tucked her back into the warmth of his chest, feeling tiny against him, and reveled at how safe and protected she felt. She’d never had such a big man, big everywhere, but especially big in the way his soul screamed for her. It took a lot to distract her from all the pleasures in the Underworld, but being in bed with Jonas outshone them all.
When they’d gotten back to her home in the human world, he’d barely caught the bike when she jumped off. He saved it, of course, cursing softly, before it could tip and fall into her blood red Maserati. Even hearing him curse gave her chills.
All afternoon she had been touching him as they flew past rows of vineyards and redwood trees on their way home, her breasts pressed against the back of his thick torso. Her cheek rested in the place she smelled his maleness the strongest: at the back of his neck, just under his hairline. She watched the light brown tendrils of his shoulder length hair dusted with gray, catch fire in the late afternoon sun, coaxing her to reach down and squeeze his package, making him swerve the bike. But he was laughing, and she felt they didn’t have a care in the whole world.
She had thought she would enjoy the powerful Directorship more. Jonas had been an unexpected distraction. Ever since their explosive first meeting, Audray felt her whole world had changed.



  

About the Author:

Sharon’s NYT and USA Today bestselling novels are almost-erotic Navy SEAL stories of the SEAL Brotherhood. Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion and true love. This series continues with book 8, SEAL's Promise, which will release November 11, 2014. All of her SEAL Brotherhood Series are available in audio book. She has maintained an Amazon top 100 author status in Romantic Suspense for since the end of 2012.

Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve read before, since they don’t have to go to ground, and can walk around in the full light of the sun. Honeymoon Bite, Book 1 of the Golden Vampires of Tuscany Series, has earned the Amazon designation of #1 Gothic Romance. It and Book 2 in the series, Mortal Bite are both available on audio as well.

Her Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one. You won’t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class.

Sharon lives in Sonoma County, California, with her husband and two Dobermans. A lifelong organic gardener, when she’s not writing, she’s getting verra verra dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

"True Love Heals in the Gardens of the Heart"










Tour Giveaway

Underworld Queen Prize Pack that includes: a grand prize of a $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble, plus an eBook and audio book (winners choice, from Sharon's backlist). Grand prize Value $50.

3 runner-up prizes of a pink camo t-shirt. Runner-up prize value $15 each. 

Please thank Sharon for joining us today. Please check out her links and new book!

Keep Writing!
Jodie Pierce


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Author Teri Lee & Troubled Spirits

Hi all!

Please help me welcome Author Teri Lee to my blog today!





Troubled Spirits
Teri Lee

Genre: YA Paranormal

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Date of Publication: August 21, 2014

ISBN: 1612964028
ASIN: B00NJ523TE

Number of pages: 220
Word Count: 64,000

Book Description:

Annie Waters hates birthdays. At least she hates her birthdays. Because every year her mother told the story of her grandmother's ghostly appearance in the delivery room. But the worst birthday was her sixteenth--the day she killed her dad.

Forced to move to Shady Cove, Maine, Annie is drawn deep into the world of the supernatural by her new friend, Harmony. Now, tormented by an angry spirit, Annie has only nine days to unravel the secrets of the Caldwell School or join the spirit world herself


Available at  Amazon    AmazonUK    BN   Smashwords 







Excerpt:
 Annie ran her finger along the edges of the worn brown
cover. It was divided into four sections. In the top left corner
were lines swirled together. Annie brushed her fingers across
the raised lines. “Wind,” she whispered. Then, she slid her
fingers over to the next corner, touching the raised flames, and
whispered, “Fire.” She continued, moving her hand to the
bottom right corner, resting her fingers briefly next symbol.
“Earth.” And finally, she moved to the final corner. “Water.”
The pages beneath the cover began to glow and Annie
pulled her hand away. When the glow faded, she once again
reached for the book. Her hand trembled as she opened it. The
handwriting on the yellowed pages was clean and crisp as if it
had been penned that very day. She read it out loud. “Book of
Spells.”
“Wow,” Drew said. “How did you do that?”
“I don’t know.” Annie looked up at the picture of Melinda.
The sadness was gone from her eyes and, for a second, Annie
was certain the beautiful witch nodded at her. She looked over
at Drew.
“Did you see that?” Drew asked.
Annie nodded and turned the page. To preserve fruit was
written at the top, followed by a list: cattail root, rosemary and
salt, and then written below it were five lines:
Fruit from the earth
Warmed by the sun,
Fed by the rain
Keep your flesh whole
For the lips of the man
The next page was titled To repel biting insects, followed once
again by a list and lines. Annie shivered when she saw the next
spell – to punish one’s enemies. She quickly turned to the next
page.
Suddenly the pages of the book began to flip on their own
power. When the pages finally stopped, and she read the words:
To banish an evil spirit. She sank into the chair and buried her
face in her hands.
Drew dropped down on one knee and rested his hand on the
edge of her chair. “What’s the matter, Annie?”
Annie drew a shaky breath and let the events of the past
days tumble out. She told him everything. And not just the
ghost stuff. She told him about Harmony and Logan, and Mike
and Callie, and feeling like a fifth wheel. She watched his face as
she spoke, waiting for him to laugh. But he just listened, never
taking his eyes off her, and with the exception of the occasional
nod of understanding, he didn’t move. She had his undivided
attention.
When she finished, she took a shaky breath and wiped away
the single tear that trailed down her cheek. “You probably think
I’m crazy, don’t you?”
“I think you’ve upset a dangerous spirit.”
Annie breathed a sigh of relief. Drew believed her.
“It’s no accident that Melinda opened the book to this page,”
Drew said. “We need to copy this spell down.”
“I didn’t bring anything to write with,” Annie said. Before
she’d finished speaking, a piece of parchment, a quill pen and a
bottle of ink appeared on the table.
Annie jumped out of her chair and backed away from the
table until she reached the wall at the other side of the room.
“Where did that come from?” she cried.
Drew took a few steps toward her with his hand held out.
“It’s Melinda. She’s just trying to help you.”
Annie looked from Drew to the portrait. “But—but—the
paper—the pen--they just appeared—out of nowhere!”
Drew stayed where he was, still reaching out to her. “You
don’t have to write the spell down, Annie. Not if you don’t want
to. We can just leave right now.”
Annie shook her head. “No.” She took a deep breath and
stepped forward. “I need to do this.” Her legs shook as she
returned to the chair and tentatively reached for the pen. It was
smooth and solid. She dipped it into the ink and brought it to
the parchment, leaving a trail of black drops on the paper as she
silently copied the spell from the book. She didn’t dare read the
words aloud.
Annie glanced out the window. The sun was sinking below
the tops of the trees. Long shadows reached across the clearing.
Drew followed her gaze, then checked the ink to be sure it
was dry. He folded the parchment and tucked it into the pocket
of his jeans. “It’s going to be dark soon,” he said and headed
toward the door.
As Annie followed him across the room, the leaves that had
scattered across the floor earlier suddenly swirled up into a
miniature wind funnel and moved past her and out the door,
leaving the floor once again clean and neat. At the doorway she
turned back to the portrait. “Thank you, Melinda,” she
whispered. Then she shut the door and walked with Drew
along the stone path.
When they reached the little gate, Drew pushed it open and
stepped aside. Even after she passed through, he stood there
still holding the gate open, looking down at her. “I’m glad we
did this today,” he said.
Annie glanced down at her feet, then back up at him. “Me,
too.”
He closed the gate behind them. “I’d like to help you with
this ghost business.” He stepped closer to her. “If you’ll let me.”
Annie barely managed to nod. The world spun around her,
then faded away as she lost herself in his deep brown eyes. And
in that moment, all that mattered to her was Drew.
She lifted her face to him as he leaned closer, his eyes locked
with hers. But instead of kissing her, he brushed the back of his
hand against her face and whispered, “Promise you won’t do
anything without me.”
Annie’s skin tingled beneath his fingers. “I promise,” she
said.
And then the spell was broken as Drew stepped away. “Well,

we better getting going,” he said and started across the field.






About the Author:

Teri Lee is the author of Troubled Spirits, a YA paranormal novel. Growing up in Maine, Teri spent hours exploring in the woods with her friends dreaming up places like ‘Land of the Lost’, ‘Trouble Hill’, and ‘Paradise’. If she wasn’t in the woods, you’d find her lost in a book. And today not much has changed. She’s still dreaming up imaginary places, getting lost in a book, and sometimes lost in the woods. When she’s not writing you’ll find her saving lives and rescuing splinters in the ER.


Amazon:  www.amazon.com/author/terilee         







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5 ebooks copies Troubled Spirits




Please thank Teri for joining us today! Please check out her links and book!

Keep Writing!
Jodie Pierce

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Author Tina Frisco & Gabby and the Quads

Hi all!

Please help me welcome Author Tina Frisco to my blog today!



Author Interview:

What is your name? Do you use a pen name (if so, why?)?

Thank you for hosting me on your blog, Jodie. My name is Tina Frisco. I don’t use a pen name.

Tell me a bit about yourself:

Aside from being an author, I’m also a singer-songwriter, RN, activist, and shaman apprentice. Like many authors, I began writing at an early age. My sister and I composed little ditties that we sang to our parents. I received my first guitar at age 14 and began performing publicly in high school. As an RN I’ve worked in the areas of med-surg, hemodialysis, psychiatry, geriatrics, clinics, and with the California State Dept. of Health Services. I did stints with Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth, which ushered me into activism. I began working with a medicine woman in the early 1980s and maintain a solid spiritual practice.

What type of genre do you write?

My novel ~ Plateau: Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012 ~ is mystery and adventure fiction for young adults to adults. Gabby and the Quads is a children’s book for ages 2-7, although older children and adults will enjoy it as well.

What genre to you personally read?

I have a special fondness for mysteries, metaphysics, spirituality, and natural health books. However, I read books in many different genres when writing book reviews.

Tell me about your latest?

My newest book is Gabby and the Quads. Gabby is an only child who is about to become big sister to quadruplets! How will she handle this? Her parents decide on a unique approach to introduce her to and help her accept this awesome experience, as she learns all about babies and the joy of loving.

I was inspired to write it when my niece had quadruplets. I wanted to write a children’s book that was not only traditionally educational, but ethically educational as well. For example, Gabby’s family includes two pit bulls. So I explain that pit bulls are gentle by nature and become mean only when mistreated. The story is loosely based on my niece and her family, and I include photos of them at the end of the book so kids can see the real Gabby.



What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story?

I’ve always been a storyteller. As a child, I would delight in making up stories to entertain my friends. And I was especially pleased if I could scare their socks off! When my oldest nephew was little, he would nestle close to me on the couch and say, “Tell me another story, Aunt Tina.” I’ve always loved reading. I attended parochial schools, and the nuns were expert in fostering this in their students.

Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?

Lynn Andrews’ Medicine Woman moved me to embark on a solid spiritual journey. I apprenticed with her for many years.

Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

The underlying message in Plateau is that if we keep our hearts open and act from love instead of reacting from fear – if we practice gratitude and compassion within every moment and with every breath – we’ll raise our vibratory rate and help elevate the human species to a higher consciousness, facilitating personal and global peace.

What challenges have you faced in your writing career?

The biggest challenge for me as an independent author has been marketing and promotion. It’s endless! And as I’m sure you know, even traditionally published authors are now expected to market their own books, with little help from the publisher. Another challenge is earmarking specific time periods for writing. Promotional work, due to its ongoing nature, can consume all of your time if you let it. I’ve heard many authors say, “I have to get back to my writing!” Writer’s block can also be stifling, but I’ve been fortunate not to have encountered it very often.

What has been your best moment as a writer?

Holding my first published book in my hands and seeing it in print. That was totally awesome.

Who is your author idol?

I don’t have one. I’m an eclectic being and an optimist by nature. I tend to glean the best from everything and disregard the rest. There are so many good authors who have written so many superb literary works that’s it’s almost impossible to name a favorite.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

I see many aspects of myself in W’Hyani, the protagonist in Plateau. She’s willful, resourceful, generous, and tenacious. She also has a wonderful sense of humor, one of my more endearing qualities.



Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do?

My dream of being a published author has come true. My dreams of being a well-known author and of achieving spiritual enlightenment are in process. But I believe I do see them on the horizon!

What does your workspace look like?

My workspace is a desk, a laptop, a dictionary, a thesaurus, and a cup of coffee. There’s also a telephone nearby, but I tend to mute it when I’m writing.

Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit?

Haven’t we all? I’m reminded of that fabulous scene from the movie Julia where Lillian Hellman - played by Jane Fonda - has a cigarette hanging from her mouth while madly typing, and then becomes so frustrated that she picks up the typewriter and throws it out the window! Yes – I, too, have had days like that.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I enjoy playing my guitar, singing, listening to music, dancing, arts and crafts, exploring nature, and getting lost in working crossword puzzles – to name a few.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?

Tenacity; optimism; learning from constructive criticism and disregarding what doesn’t apply; taking copious notes from the world around you; and taking breaks. A walk in nature always resuscitates and refuels me.

Did you have a moment when you realized you were meant to be a writer?

Not really. I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. A pencil and paper were always cherished items. What better than a blank piece of paper to stir creative juices.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Listen to yourself. Your intuition is your best guide. Don’t be disheartened if you encounter writer’s block. Just put down your pen for a period of time. Take a walk.  Listen to music. Visit with friends. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you return to your writing. Sometimes we have to take a step back in order to gain perspective and momentum to move forward. And whatever you do, don’t listen to critics unless their criticism is constructive. If it is, learn from it. If it isn’t, turn a deaf ear and continue writing. Above all, follow your passion. It will lead you to your heart’s desire.

After this book, what is next?

I’ve decided to try my hand at writing a novel in a popular genre and one that I’ve yet to explore as an author. I’m not revealing the particulars just yet; I’m waiting until most of the book is written.


Your website?


Your blog?

My blog is part of my website.

Other websites?


Where can your book be found?

Amazon  Amazon UK  CreateSpace  FriesenPress  Barnes & Noble  Indigo  iTunes  Smashwords  Spangaloo  Google Books  EBook Universe  Your Book - Your Choice

Please thank Tina for joining us today! Please check out her links and her books!

Keep Writing!
Jodie Pierce