Author of the Day Archive
Jo Watson wrote a romantic comedy, Burning Moon, on a whim and was thrilled when the book had been read about a hundred times on the first night after publishing it on Wattpad. Now, several awards, several books and over 20 million reads later, Watson is still going strong writing books that leave readers in stitches and make them feel better about life. As our author of the day, Watson reveals what inspired her to write about a bride who was left by the altar, what she has in common with her characters and how much she hates writing love scenes.
When Micheal Maxwell isn't travelling the world with his wife, you are most likely to find him somewhere between Central Valley and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. If you do, and you have a chat with this interesting man, take care - you might just end up in a scene of one of his books! Maxwell loves writing character-driven mysteries about everyday people, books with heart that readers can relate to. In this interview, Maxwell reveals how Diamonds and Cole was inspired by a song, how he created Cole Sage and talks about his writing habits.
After winning several awards for his memoir, Anything for Amelia, Andrew C Branham decided to try his hand at fiction. Readers were thrilled, as this resulted in Parched, a riveting book set in a dystopian world where nothing is as it seems. As our author of the day, we chat with Branham about why he used a family unit to tell his story, whether or not he works with a plot and how he deals with writer's block.
Angela Roquet loves everything macabre - with a dash of comedy. She is also fascinated by world religions, the afterlife and mythology. This clearly shows in her work, where mythological characters tend to make an appearance, showing off their more mundane sides. Today, Roquet talks to us about what inspired her book, Graveyard Shift, why she has a female reaper in the leading role and how she used to raise eyebrows in public with the types of books she was reading.
Kirsten Fullmer is an author who bid farewell to her job in the drafting industry and pursued her dream to write novels while traveling with her husband for his job. When she isn't writing, Fullmer loves tinkering with all kinds of crafts, including scrapbooking, cross stitching, crocheting and sewing. As our author of the day, Fullmer chats with us about how she fell in love with the Shabby Chic style, why she picked a small town as the backdrop for her books and talks about her writing habits.
When Deborah Swift isn't working on her latest novel, she enjoys exploring the English countryside. It was during one of her nature walks that an "orchid guard" inspired her to write her novel, The Lady's Slipper. As our author of the day, Swift reveals why she was inspired, why she picked the 1660s as a backdrop for her book and what the orchid symbolizes.
Wilkie Martin has figured out the winning recipe to writing hilarious books that keep you mystified till the very end. He simply takes a small, seemingly normal English town, adds an unhuman character or two and a dash of fantasy to create the perfect amount of chaos. As our author of the day, Martin reveals how a TV presenter made up as a Neanderthal inspired his books, what Hobbes has in common with Sherlock Holmes and why all the adventures take place in a Cotswold town.
Always fascinated with empires and what makes them tick, E.M. Thomas decided to write his own, Game of Thrones-style epic fantasy, inspired by the Roman Empire. His love for history and visit to Corinth only fueled this fire, making his scenes descriptive and characters very believable. As our author of the day, Thomas talks about the freedom an author gets when writing fantasy, how much research went into The Bulls of War and how he would like to have a chat with Julius Caesar.
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