Dean Crawford wanted to be a pilot, but his plans were foiled when he discovered he was color blind. As he really wanted to do something he enjoys, Crawford tried writing instead and his books have topped Amazon's charts ever since. As our Author of the Day, Crawford chats about why he enjoys science-fiction and how it would probably take an alien invasion for humans to discover our humanity.
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Despite earning a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Amazon bestselling author, Nancy Wikarski, discovered that her real passion lies with historical mystery and adventure fiction writing. Her Arkana Series in particular has enthralled fans with its treasure hunting and secret societies. As our author of the day, we chat with Nancy about how she came up with the compelling ideas for her stories, the challenge of writing about a villain with values she cannot relate to at all and how she shares a secret skill with the main character of her series.
David Niall Wilson has had experiences in real life that can rival anything you would find in a novel. It is a good thing too, as the stories he collected while walking these strange and interesting paths has shaped him as a writer. David is not only the author of numerous novels and short stories, but also runs his own print, digital and audio publishing company. This makes him a busy man indeed, but we did manage to catch up with him to find out more about his novel, Nevermore, his fascination with history and some of his most unique travel experiences.
If there are two things that Vickie McKeehan knows very well its romance and suspense. However, she doesn’t just love reading these type of books, but has also written numerous ones. Judging by the consistency at which her novels appear on Amazon’s Top 100 lists for these genres she also has a knack for creating characters who readers can identify with. Today we talk to Vickie about the first book in her The Evil Secrets trilogy, her journey as an author and what inspires her.
In an effort to get his very reluctant 11-year old son to get interested in reading Jeff Gunhus wrote his first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter. Since then, Gunhus has become a bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. As our Author of the Day, Gunhus talks about his novel, Killer Pursuit, shares how he juggles writing with being a father of five and reveals why he creates quiet moments in his books.
When Chris Seabranch is not on a treasure hunt, fleeing from aliens or conjuring up interesting scientific articles as a Danish science journalist, he likes to write fantasy books. Butterfly Islands is a great example of his storytelling skills, and was conceived during a 175 kilometer walk around Mount Blanc in France. As our Author of The Day, Seabranch chats about female pirates, 15 year olds and butterflies.
David Benem writes epic, heroic fantasy - with a bit of a twist. He likes to write books that make you think, and What Remains of Heroes is a fine example. As our author of the day, Benem talks about creating realistic magic, sharing a pint with Tolkien and why his writing is so philosophical in nature.
When Julie Ann Knudsen took a stab at writing a novel for the first time, she had no idea that this was going to be the beginning of a successful YA series. In the Middle of Nowhere also brought back memories of her own teenage years and what a angst-filled, exciting time it could be. As our Author of the Day, Knudsen chats about the inspiration behind this book, reveals why she thinks Willow and Michael make such a good match and why she sent them to a tiny island in the middle of nowhere.
Growing up in a tough environment, David Pauly has always enjoyed reading about fantasy worlds where smart, decent people enjoyed a better life than the one he was leading. He also always wondered about the aftermath of the "happily ever after" of some of his favorite fantasy books - what happened after the Dark Lord was destroyed. This inspired the birth of his fantasy series, Shadow Wars. As our Author of the Day, Pauly chats about Fantasy as a genre, his life as a lawyer and reveals why he likes to include political intrigue in his books.
When Lisa Wadler isn't kicking butt in Tae Kwon Do, she loves to write books in which her heroines do exactly the same. As a sales rep, what she calls "windshield time" is usually creative time when the stories unfold and her characters whisper to her. As our author of the day, Wadler chats about strong heroines and alpha males, time travel and gives us a sneak peek into what is coming next in her Draig Series.
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