• Interview: Jamie Winters

    This is a somewhat whimsical interview of an author with several types of work out there. Jamie Winters is a cat. You would think a cat can’t be an author, but that’s where you would be wrong. When Winter the cat realized his human pretty much sucked at hunting, he decided to take things into his own hands. He turned his name into something much more dignified, figured out how to make keyboards work for tiny kitten paws, and then started using his extraordinary intelligence (at least, for a cat) to start writing books. When Jamie isn’t writing, you can probably find him at the window, staring at a bird.…

  • Interview: Michael G. Williams

    Today I’m interviewing Michael G. Williams, who has just released his new book, A Fall in Autumn, with Falstaff Books. Here’s a bit about him. Michael G. Williams writes wry horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He is the author of two series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal with the Devil, Attempted Immortality, and Nobody Gets Out Alive; a new series in The Shadow Council Archives featuring one of San Francisco’s most beloved figures, SERVANT/SOVEREIGN; and the science fiction noir A Fall in Autumn. Michael also writes short stories and contributes to tabletop RPG development. Michael…

  • Interview: Steve Higgs

    Today I’m interviewing Steve Higgs, who writes the Blue Moon Investigation Agency series. It’s a humorous Paranormal cozy mystery, so needless to say I love it. Read on for more about him. Steve Higgs won his first award for writing when aged just ten. Of course, saying it was his first award suggests that there have been more since, which there haven’t. However, years of writing stories to entertain himself eventually resulted in something worth publishing and the Blue Moon Investigation Agency came to life. DR- How did you decide to write in your genre? SH- The truth is that I didn’t decide to write in a particular genre. I wrote what…

  • Interview: Christy Mann

    Today I’m interviewing Christy Mann, author of some seriously scary stories. Here’s a bit about her in her own words. I’m Christy. I’m old enough to know better about most things but still young enough to do them anyway. I’m single as well, so I actually get to do them. I have 3 adult children, and I’m from Phoenix, Arizona originally. I currently reside in West Monroe, Louisiana with my daughter, her girlfriend, 2 dogs, 3 cats, a guinea pig, and about 20 fish. I spend my days clickety-clacking on a keyboard, writing full-time. When I’m not writing, I spend my time meeting people and getting to know what they…

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    Interview: Richard H. Stephens

    Today, I’m interviewing Richard H. Stephens. He’s from Canada and is the author of the Fantasy Series The Soul Forge Saga. Here’s a bit about him in his own words. I began writing circa 1974, a bored child looking for something to do. As my reading horizons broadened, so did my writing. A trip to a local bookstore saw the proprietor introduce me to Stephen R. Donaldson and Terry Brooks. My writing life was forever changed. I worked in a warehouse for 22 years, supporting my family, before I reattended school to complete my education. Graduating with honours, I joined our local Police Service. In 2017, I resigned from the Police…

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    Author Interview: Melony Paradise

    I’m here today interviewing another author writing some romantic speculative fiction. Here’s a bit about her. Just a laid-back chick with eccentric tastes who loves writing, reading, graphic design, music, horror flicks, and unusual things. Melony Paradise lives in South Carolina with her wonderful husband and their lazy cat Gyzmo.  She writes science fiction romance and paranormal fantasy that’s dark, steamy, and a little bit snarky. DP: How did you decide to write in your genre? MP: I’m a big fan of urban fantasy, and when I began writing seriously, I knew that was the genre for me, but that wasn’t the genre I first published in. My first novel,…

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    Interview: Deborah Wilde

    Today we have an interview with Deborah Wilde! Here’s a bit about her: A global wanderer, hopeless romantic, and total cynic with a broken edit button, Deborah writes urban fantasy to satisfy her love of smexy romances and tales of chicks who kick ass. This award-winning author is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way. Deborah writes the Nava Katz series, starting with The Unlikeable Demon Hunter. Naturally, I asked her a whole bunch of questions. Here’s what she has to say. DR: How did you decide to write in your genre? DW: I write funny, sexy, urban fantasy which combines my love of…

  • Video Time!

    I’m posting the 2018 ARIA Expo panels over the next couple of days. First, have a look at the panel I moderated, No Bad Romance. The lovely Romance authors here are Christine DePetrillo, Laurel Ostiguy, and Regina Andrews.

  • A Video!

    Thanks to James Burdick, you can see me! And Paul Magnan, Steve Krasner, and Rich Marchetti. This video was done at Stillwater Books in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where you can find copies of all my work and the other authors in the video, too. It was filmed by Andrew Stein Videography.

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    Winter Writer Interview: J.D. Cunegan

    Today, I’m here with J.D. Cunegan, author of the Superhero meets Sci-Fi Jill Andersen series. D.P.- You’re ready to write and have your pen and paper or computer or microphone ready. What else do you need during your session? J.C.- I almost always have to have a hot mug of something – either coffee or tea, depending on the time of day – at the ready, and something I can use for background noise. I have music I like to listen to, the heavier the better, or sometimes I’ll put a TV show or movie I’ve already seen several times on in the background. I can’t write in silence; I have to…

  • Winter Writer Interview: JR Gershen-Siegel

    We’re here today with Janet, who is a freelancer with one published work and several more to come in the future. Speaking of which, she writes about the future, also alternate versions of the past. I’ve had the privilege of beta reading some of her work. Here’s a bit more about her. D.P.- What’s your favorite thing to cook? J.G.- I love to cook Thanksgiving, and it’s actually been a few years since I’ve done it on the real turkey day (I’ve been going to my folks’) so it ends up being late December holiday fare. I do the whole nine yards – turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green veg (usually asparagus…

  • New Release: Grave Dealings

    I interviewed R.R. Virdi because he’s had a ton going on since the last time. Here’s the shiny new cover of book three in The Grave Report series, Grave Dealings. Read about R.R. and then check out the description below. D.R.- You’re ready to write and have your pen and paper or computer or microphone ready. What else do you need during your session? R.R.- Music (without lyrics) really helps me focus. I’m ADHD, so the constant engagement without distracting lyrics helps me tune out other things and set a constant workflow/pattern. I prefer what some people call, “Epic music.” It’s bombastic, orchestral, evocative, stuff from movies, games, anime. D.R.- Tell us about…

  • Winter Writers: R.R. Virdi

    OMG, I have a Dragon Award Nominee on my blog! This is amazeballs! His hair is bigger and more awesome than mine. And what better interviewee for Winter Writers than a guy who has just released book one in a series called The Books of Winter? No better, that’s what! Okay, so here’s a bit about Mr. Virdi for those who don’t already know. R.R. Virdi is the Dragon Award—Nominated author of The Grave Report, a paranormal investigator series set in the great state of New York. He has worked in the automotive industry as a mechanic, retail, and in the custom gaming computer world. He’s an avid car nut…

  • Winter Writers: Daniela Pesconi-Arthur

    Today we have another Winter Writer, Daniela! She has a lovely Instagram, an excellent blog, and a book, of course! Here’s a bit about her. “Fiction and well-being writer. Author of Loveandpizza.it, Founder of “The Writing Shed”, the “go to” online magazine for women searching for wellbeing, empowerment, and to regain their self-esteem and confidence. Avid reader of chick lit, crime and historical novels. Amateur photographer. Believes that writing can help heal broken hearts, build up self-esteem, and empower people.” D.P.- What’s your favorite song for writing? D.P-A.- It depends on the part of the story I’m writing. When I wrote “Loveandpizza.it”, I created a playlist with Italian songs that would put myself back in…

  • Winter Writers: Andrew D. Michaels

    This week’s Winter Writer is Andrew D. Michaels! We’re going to get some bonus questions and answers from Andrew this week, but here’s a bit about him in his own words. I write mostly horror/fantasy stories but I dabble into most other genres. My main project at the moment is the Black Bridge series and the Whispers of Dragons series. Andrew also invited you all to ask him questions in the comments below his interview. Awesome! Oh, and he just got a shiny new cover. Check it out! D.P.- What’s your favorite song for writing? ADM- Just about anything by Nox Arcana or Midnight Syndicate. After years of listening to them when I was writing…

  • Super Saturday: Krys Maiorca

    Today, we have photographer and visual designer, Krys Maiorca! She takes author photos, and has done cover design in the past. Here’s a bit about her in her own words. My name is Kristian Maiorca and I was a reader before I was a photographer.  I started writing in middle school and have been writing on and off since then. I actually used to get in trouble during high school for staying up too late writing.  When I graduated high school I turned my interests into other things, like graphic design and photography.  It was very natural for me to turn my interests for reading, writing, and NaNo into wanting…

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    Winter Writers: Katrina LaFond

    It’s the first snow here in Rhode Island and also the first in the series of Winter Writers here on my blog! I’m starting the cozy season off with Katrina LaFond, whose books are definitely something to warm you up on cold nights or days. And, they are also available on Nook and iBooks! Here’s a bit about her in her own words. Over the years, my characters and stories have matured with me. At first, the only characters I met were vampires, but eventually, other characters came to me, and I discovered I had a thing for tall, dark and handsome aliens as well. I spend so much time…

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    Autumn Author: Debbie Manber Kupfer

    Today, here’s an author I’ve been lucky to work with on the Stardust, Always anthology. It’s Debbie Manber Kupfer! Debbie grew up in the UK in the East London suburb of Barking. She has lived in Israel, New York, and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a writer and a freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She lives with her husband, two children, and a very opinionated feline. Her first novel, P.A.W.S., was published originally in June 2013 and her second book in the series, Argentum, was released in October 2014. In addition, she has stories in several anthologies including Fauxpocalypse,…

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    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: Theodore Ashford

    Today, we have a designer, Theodore Ashford of Ashwords Design! Theodore is a visual artist whose work helps authors promote their books in a number of ways. He’s an award-winning author himself, so he knows what an author needs. Theodore Ashford is a writer and designer who is obsessed with the art of words. That love has led him into a path of typography and design, where he has a blast doing cover design and book photo shoots for other authors. The nice thing about book photoshoots is that books don’t get uncomfortable posing for a camera for long hours and don’t need a buffet. Theo has also worked as an editor for…