Since her parents bought her her first journal, Monique Roy discovered that she had a passion for writing. Roy's grandparents were European Jews who fled their home as Hitler rose to power and their story inspired her to write Across Great Divides. She was pleasantly surprised when the book sold over 2,400 copies and got great reviews. As our author of the day, Roy chats about her research for the book, how much of it is fiction and gives a sneak peek into what she is working on now.
His love for nature and animals, coupled with a wild imagination, inspired Geoffrey Saign to create the WhipEye Chronicles. This fast-paced fantasy thriller series for everybody young at heart has since become immensely popular and has won Saign 10 awards. As our author of the day, Saign chats about his love for the genre, the underlying message to his books, and reveals his other interesting skills, which include kung fu, diving and sailing.
When Alan Simon first came across photographs and stories from the 50th anniversary of The Battle of Gettysburg, he knew this was an event that he wanted to write about. Eleven years and many, many hours of research later, Simon published Gettysburg 1913: The Complete Novel of the Great Reunion. As our Author of the Day, Simon talks about the anecdotal stories that came out during his research, reveals how he managed to make the characters so realistic and why he thinks this event played such an important role in the healing process after the Civil War.
When a debilitating neck condition suddenly changed Robert Storey's life completely, he started writing as a means of escape.
Cardeno C. is a self-reported hopeless romantic. After seeing story after story (targeted to a gay-welcoming audience) where gay characters get hurt, killed, or are deeply miserable, he decided to write books where this is not the case. Where there are happily-ever-afters and where people start their own homes and families. The Home-series was born and today, Cardeno C. tells us all about it and talks about his characters and writing habits.
Michael Panno likes to write books that make you think about humanity and morality, but are also hilariously funny and entertaining. Animal Rites is no exception - a retired Secret Service agent and circus dwarf embark on an epic journey into the seedy world of animal poaching, pornography and prostitution. As our Author of the Day, Panno talks about this book, life in general and what he hopes readers will take away from it.
When Julia Shupe came across an article stating that the seafood industry would completely collapse by 2050, it got her thinking. What would happen to humans if all ocean life would go extinct? Barren Waters was born, a terrifyingly realistic survival story that follows the collapse of civilization. As our Author of the Day, Shupe reveals how she creates such believable characters, talks about the research she did for this book and why she would want readers to take a nap after finishing it.
Bethany Turner knows how to rap one very specific song, how to pick the most expensive designer bag at any store and how to use celebrities to create the greatest love story the world has never known. Her books follow the story of Abigail Phelps, a girl who has, purportedly, won Olympic gold medals and Academy Awards, who has George Clooney as a best friend and who has been the great love of JFK Jr.'s life. As our Author of the Day, we chat with Turner about why she decided to use an unreliable narrator in her stories (and why Abigail is actually not that unreliable) and what it takes to make celebrities come to life as characters in a story.
S.R. Mallery has always had a passion for history and love for Romeo and Juliet-type of romances where people from different walks of life fall in love. Her book, Genteel Secrets, is a beautiful combination of both, where a Confederate spy falls in love with a Pinkerton detective during the American Civil War. As our Author of the Day, Mallery talks about her research into female spy rings during the war, class differences and gives us a peek into her writing process.
One day, while looking back on her full and interesting life, Lara Reznik asked herself: "what if some dark secret from the 1960s came back to haunt me now?" This inspired her to start writing The Girl from Long Guyland, which ended up becoming an Amazon bestseller multiple times. As our Author of the Day, Reznik reveals how much of her own life she weaved into the book, talks about being a baby boomer and how writing a thriller is like doing a jigsaw puzzle.