• Kelly Blanchard Author and Muse

    Autumn Authors: Kelly Blanchard

    Today, I’m interviewing the lady who interviews other authors and even their characters. This isn’t madness. This. Is. Kelly Blanchard! Known as The Muse within her writing circle, Kelly Blanchard first became serious about writing at age twelve and worked hard to learn and fully comprehend the numerous elements of writing. She tutored and assisted teaching in college while she studied for her degree in English. After graduation, she continued tutoring children and even taught several classes. Now she’s established an online community to assist fellow writers in understanding their craft. Outside of writing, Kelly enjoys baking her world famous chocolate chip cookies, and she takes great pleasure in the company of…

  • Untamed by Madeline Dyer

    Autumn Authors: Madeline Dyer

    Happy Halloween! Today, I’m interviewing Madeline Dyer, which is appropriate because she loves everything spooky. Here’s a bit about her. ​ Madeline Dyer lives in the southwest of England and holds a BA honours degree in English from the University of Exeter. She has a strong love for anything dystopian, ghostly, or paranormal, and can frequently be found exploring wild places. At least one notebook is known to follow her wherever she goes. Her debut novel, Untamed (Prizm Books, May 2015), examines a world in which anyone who has negative emotions is hunted down, and a culture where addiction is encouraged. Madeline’s second novel, Fragmented, released in September 2016, and…

  • Fix Your Damn Book James Osiris Baldwin

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: James Osiris Baldwin

    “Wow” is what authors want people to say about their books. But we have to fix them first, because first drafts, and even second ones, tend to be more “ow” than “wow.” And that’s where James Osiris Baldwin and his book come in handy. What book, you ask? Fix Your Damn Book, of course! James is also an editor for hire. Here’s a bit more about him. Dragon Award-nominated author James Osiris Baldwin is a transgender man from Australia who writes gritty LGBT-inclusive, dark fantasy and science fiction. He was the former Contributing Editor for the Australian Journal of Dementia Care and has also worked as an editor and website manager…

  • Allison Barnard Author

    Autumn Authors: Allison Barnard

    Today, I’ve got an interview with Allison Barnard! She wrote what just happens to be one of my favorite dystopian books, Unforeseen. Here’s a bit about Allison in her own words! ​ Wife, mother to two toddlers, book blogger, and equestrian. Now I’m an author? What? I’ve always loved books. My mom would actually take my books from me instead of sending me to my room when I was in trouble (it was terrible!). I’ve dabbled in writing for years, had some poetry published in high-school, but it wasn’t until after I had my first child that I started writing. Unforeseen is the first book that’s fit to be read…

  • Matrix Website

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: Grace Snoke

    Hello! For Friendly Neighborhood Friday, we have Grace Snoke. She does something that helps authors and all kinds of people. Web design and SEO optimization. Grace is also an author, so she understands what we need in that department. Here’s a bit about her in her own words. I’m a 34-year-old corporate journalist who enjoys the past times of gaming, reading, writing and jewelry making. My day job involves handling internal communication, maintaining websites and writing a couple of quarterly newsletters for the same Fortune 500 company, and handling a plethora of tech issues as well as some of the company’s (who I am employed by) website and social media.…

  • Jeffrey Cook

    What Happened Wednesday!?

    I’ll tell you what happened while you admire these delicious waffles. Friendly Neighborhood Friday went to a convention right along with my interviewee. I’m talking about Jeffery Cook, one of the authors of Working The Table, which is a book about bringing your books to conventions. I can haz ironywaffles and they are tasty! Irony. Waffles. Gah, yeah you see what I did there. Anyway, here’s something about Jeff, whose convention experience can be measured in loads (literally, as in dragging loads of books with him plus working loads of shows). ​ Jeffrey Cook is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author, primarily affiliated with Clockwork Dragon Books and the…

  • Beautiful Rose

    Autumn Authors: Scarlet Rose Bonnett

    Hello! It’s Monday and that means it’s time to meet a new author. Here’s Scarlet Rose Bonnett, author of Call Me Ana. Here’s a bit about her: Scarlet spends her time writing, chasing feral children (her own, mostly), and caring for her chickens, dog, cats, mice, and guinea pig. Scarlet writes romance and has some lovely quotes over at her Twitter page. I also found out that Scarlet has some flash-fiction writing prompts on her blog. Fun city! She likes to post some of her own there, as well. She’s got a novel coming out on October 12th, just two days from now. Here’s a picture of the cover! You can…

  • Lemons to Lemonade Editing

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: Lemons to Lemonade Editing Services

    It’s Friendly Neighborhood Friday again and I’m here with Rachel Lemons. She’s an editor, something NaNoWriMo participants will need in the next few months. Here’s a bit about Rachel’s business. Lemons to Lemonade Editing Services is run by Rachel Lemons, who is a novelist as well as a proofreader. If you are a writer looking to self-publish your work and are in need of an editor, Lemons to Lemonade Editing Services is for you! Without further ado or a don’t, here’s the interview! D.R.- Coffee or tea? R.L.- Coffee is life. D.R.- Dogs or cats? R.L.- I have fifteen cats, so I had better say cats if I value my life. They are staring…

  • Sarah Anderson Self Portrait

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: Sarah Anderson

    Today, we have Sarah Anderson! She’s an awesome designer, reviewer, and skyentist. Here’s a bit about her in her own words. Hi! I’m Sarah, and I’m studying Astrophysics in the South of France. Graphic design has always been a passion of mine, and I’m using this to fund my way through university. I first started designing book covers as a hobby, and it took off from there. I love helping people take their ideas and make them real, taking manuscripts and making them really feel like books. Authors will often ask me for bookmarks, banners, and other designs, and I’m always happy to oblige! I learn a lot from every…

  • Autumn Authors: Kyleen Valleaux

    Today, I’m interviewing an author who has quite a bit in common with me. She’s got a wicked awesome sense of humor, loves doggies, can’t live without music, and her muse moves on liquid fuel. Give it up for Kyleen Valleaux! Here’s a bit about her.  Kyleen is a Michigan native and telecommunications veteran. She has been writing since the age of twelve, often forgoing homework for either reading the latest Anne McCaffery novel or penning her original stories. (Said stories are locked in a trunk in her bedroom, never to see the light of day.) She was highly active in the early online Elfquest Community and helped found two round-robin writing…

  • You Need a Proofreader

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday with Keri Rozansky

    Today’s interview is with Keri Rozansky, who knows exactly what to do when your draft hands you melons that look like this one. She’s the woman behind Blank Page Writing, an editing company. Here’s a bit about her. Keri Rozansky tailors her services to the client’s needs. She has a rich and varied experience in writing and editing English language pieces. For over 20 years she has been writing everything from short stories to blog posts and news articles, to full-length manuscripts. As an editor she has worked on blog posts, news articles, and both fiction and non-fiction full-length manuscripts. Keri holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Language from Grand Valley…

  • Domechild by Shiv Ramdas

    Autumn Authors Interview with Shiv Ramdas

    It’s time for another interview! This time, I’ve got the chance to ask Shiv Ramdas some questions. He wrote Domechild and is finishing up the sequel, Wrathchild. Here’s a little bit about him. Shiv Ramdas is a speculative fiction writer and Clarion West graduate based out of India. He has written short stories, radio scripts and plays,  advertisements and in between all of these, numerous resignation letters. He has also written a cyberpunk novel, Domechild, published by Penguin India. Scroll on down to read the interview and be sure to check out the links at the end. D.R.- Who is your favorite animated character (comic, anime, manga, graphic novel) and why?…

  • Office Heretics by Nan Sampson

    Autumn Authors: Nan Sampson

    Hello! Today I’m here to introduce you to Nan Sampson. She loves doggies and crayons, which is awesome! Here’s a bit about her in her own words: ​ Nan Sampson has been writing stories since she was old enough to hold a crayon. She writes primarily mysteries, fantasy, and space opera – sometimes all at once. She also gardens (and indeed, some of the plants actually grow!), foists herbal concoctions off on friends and co-workers, reads voraciously, and dreams of one day living on a space station, where she will use her education in Anthropology, Linguistics and Psychology to build trust with the alien life forms mankind will one day…

  • Ellie Mack Editor

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: Edited By Ellie Mack

    Yes, my friends. When writers draft, we need to do the above. Not only that, but we need more people to look at our words and edit. All. The. Words. But editors only have so much time, and none of those blue boxes which are bigger on the inside (although if you know of a Timelord Editors, I would love to interview them). Anyway, because of the limitations on the time-space continuum, it’s a good thing multiple people have decided to offer editing services. Especially people like Ellie Mack, who I just interviewed! Here’s a little bit about Ellie. Ellie Mack received her BS in cartography from Southeast Missouri State…

  • Broken Empire by E.A. Copen

    Autumn Authors Interview with E.A. Copen!

    Summer Splash is over. Long Live the Summer Splash!  Now it’s time for Autumn Authors! We’re still interviewing every Monday, but with prettier foliage. Our first Autumn Author is E.A. Copen. She writes some engaging stories, not the kind where some dude puts a ring on it. I’m talking about books you will stay up reading because you can’t sleep, plots will eat you. Here’s a little bit about the author: E.A. Copen is the author of the Judah Black novels and the forthcoming space opera, Broken Empire. She’s an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy and other genre fiction. When she’s not chained to her keyboard, she may be…

  • Michelle Dunbar Developmental Editor

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday with Michelle Dunbar!

    Unleash the dragon on your manuscript! Michelle is an editor, providing meticulous and amazing editing. Here’s a bit about her: Michelle Dunbar is a writer, reader and developmental editor of science fiction and fantasy. She assists authors from the very first draft and up to (but not including) copyediting. She holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and is an entry level member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (UK). She has been a freelance editor since August 2015, but editing since June 2014 (prior to which she worked (online) as an intern for an overseas (American) independent publisher for one year. I know a few of her clients and they tell…

  • Summer Splash Interview

    The Last Splash: Interview With C.A. King

    Well, this is the end of summer and today I have the last Summer Splash Author Interview. But don’t worry, I’ll be interviewing more authors all fall, too (if you’re an author and want an interview, contact me). My guest today is C.A. King, author of the Portal Prophecies series. Here’s a bit about her! ​ C.A. King was born and raised in Halton County. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her two sons. After the loss of her loving parents and husband, Ms. King was devastated. She decided to retire from the workforce for a year or two to do some soul searching. It was during this time…

  • Friendly Neighborhood Friday!

    It’s that time of week again! Friendly Friday, where I interview people who help authors get their books out where you awesome readers can see them. And today, I’ve got a cover designer! Cover designers rock because they give a face to our books. Without a cover, would you seriously be clicking over to check them out? Of course not! So, I’d like you to meet Lia Rees! Lia Rees is a designer living in London. After several years bringing authors’ books to life, she’s finally publishing her own in January 2017. “But I’m Not Depressed” is about her ten-year battle with the beast of undiagnosed chronic illness. You’ll find…

  • Pirate Princess by Cat Banks

    Summer Splash Interview: Cat Banks

    It’s the second to last week in the Summer Splash set of interviews. For week eight, we have Cat Banks! Here’s a bit about her. ​ Catherine Banks is the author of the Artemis Lupine Series, Little Death Bringer Series, Ciara Steele Novella Series, and the novel Daughter of Lions. She began writing fiction stories when she was only four years old and finished her first full-length novel at the age of fifteen. Catherine is a Northern California native and has lived within a twenty-mile radius her entire life. She plans to travel to as many places as possible in her thirties to make up for her lack of traveling…

  • Behind the Mask

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday!

    Hello! I’m trying something new for a while. You see, us authors have friends. We have friends who illustrate, friends who promote, friends who edit, friends who are just plain awesome. So, I’m going to use Friday as a way to introduce some friends to other friends. Like this guy right here. This is my friend, J.D. Cunegan. Yeah, okay, so us folks who go by initials flock together sometimes. Don’t give us grief, or we’ll initialize your names, okay? No, that’s not okay? Eep! Okay, I won’t do anything to your names, but I will initialize the rest of this post now. Anyway, One awesome thing about J.D. is,…