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V.A. Dold - Shifters, Romance and Realistic Women

V.A. Dold enjoys spending her day with her computer, her coffee mug and the Le Beau brothers. This award-winning series has impressed readers worldwide and in this interview, the bestselling author gives us a peek behind the scenes. Dold tells us about how she sometimes literally dreams up story lines, her thoughts on soul mates and gives us her definition of the perfect romance novel hero.

Alice K. Boatwright - Cozy Mystery in a Small English Village

Alice K. Boatwright has always loved English village mysteries, especially the ones by authors such as Agatha Christie, Patricia Wentworth and Dorothy L. Sayers. She fell in love with Oxfordshire the first time she set foot there and ended up living for several years in the Cotswolds. This setting has been an inspiration to her ever since and as our Author of the Day, Boatwright tells us more about her novel, Under an English Heaven and her main character, Ellie Kent, who is also an American who moves into a small English village.

Donna Fletcher Crow - History, Faith and Legends

Donna Fletcher Crow is a former English teacher and a lifelong Anglophile. She is the author of 50 books, mostly novels of British history, but throughout the quarter century of its life Glastonbury has remained her most honoured work. As our author of the day, Donna tells us more about the research behind Glastonbury, her quest to figure out where the Holy Grail is and gives us a peek into the hidden message contained in the book.

Kayla Marie - Writing Authentic Romance

When she isn't wrangling her toddler or covered in messes, Kayla Marie writes and tries to manage a career as an indie author. For her, writing is a way to escape the everyday stresses of life and it creates a welcome challenge on a daily basis. As our author of the day, Kayla Marie chats about her debut novel, Mended and reveals what it takes to create believable characters.

J.L. Delozier - Inspired by Malaria

A medical article about malaria inspired J.L. Delozier to write a book about a virus that attacks by blood type. As a child, Delozier dreamt about becoming an author, but she became a doctor instead. She however never abandoned her dream and combines her passion for both medicine and storytelling in riveting thrillers. As our Author of the Day, Delozier talks about her latest novel, Type & Cross, her fascination with medicine and science and how she doesn't plan her books.

Mary Pflum Peterson - Family Secrets, Mothers and Daughters

As a television journalist, Mary Pflum Peterson has seen it all. She has covered everything from Hurricane Katrina to royal weddings to war in Afghanistan, which is why she didn't think her family history was particularly interesting. Until she took a writing class and her instructor and classmates convinced her to write about her childhood and the story of her mother, a former nun who married a closeted gay man and was a compulsive hoarder. As our Author of the Day, Pflum Peterson gives us more insights into the quirks of her family history and talks about how White Dresses has brought mothers and daughters closer together.

Jack Kregas - Inspired by Dreams, Imagination and Experience

Since he started writing, Jack Kregas plays less golf and poker, but has a lot more fun - and so do his readers. Kregas has a very interesting life, and after publishing his first novel, an autobiography, he realized that writing is all about telling stories. He hasn't stopped writing ever since. As our Author of the Day, Kregas tells us how his own experiences and his dreams shape his writing and reveals why his novel, Mystical Glasses, was an accidental thriller.

Karen Long - Writing Fascinating Whydunnits

Karen Long is fascinated by the intricacies of a twisted mind - she writes dark mysteries, which are more "whydunnits" than "whodunnits." Long aims to keep her books as authentic as possible and would really go and seek out the experiences she writes about in her books in order to describe it as realistically as possible. As our Author of the Day, Long tells us about her interest in human psychology, reveals why she picked Toronto as the backdrop for The Safe Word and gives us some more insights into the character of Eleanor Raven.

Dan Waddell - Genealogy, Crime and Dark Humor

Dan Waddell used to think genealogy was a boring, fusty subject - until he started digging into his own family history after his son was born. This inspired the award-winning author of the guide that accompanied the BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are? to make the leap to crime fiction. He wrote The Blood Detective, which was nominated for three debut awards and published in five countries. As our Author of the Day, Waddle reveals why he got hooked on genealogy, why he chose an unlikely hero for his book and talks about having a chat with Elvis.

Hannah Howe - Writing Bestselling Mysteries

Best-selling author, Hannah Howe, was sitting at her desk, scribbling notes trying to write a mystery when Sam Smith came to her. This character truly came alive and halfway through the book, Howe realized that this was going to be a series. Twelve books later, the Sam Smith Mystery Series is a bestseller on Amazon and a favorite in the genre for many readers. As our Author of the Day, Howe tells us more about Sam's character, how her background in psychology influences her work and gives us more insights in the creation of Sam's Song, the first book in the series.

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