Mike C. Erickson is one of the most promising debut authors of the year. Unsurprisingly, his brilliant novel, Pianist in a Bordello impressed readers and critics alike and won multiple awards. Today, Erickson gives us some insights into his own life, why he decided to write comedy about politics and reveals why the title is "Pianist in a Bordello."
As a still-serving military veteran, WJ Lundy has over 15 years of combined service with the Army and Navy in Europe, the Balkans and Southwest Asia. He is also the author of the very successful WTF series, in which Lundy applies his military experience to paint action-packed, realistic scenes in a post-apocalyptic world where zombies roam the lands. Today, Lundy chats with us about his Escape omnibus, how he wrote his first novel in a notebook in Afghanistan and why his zombies are scarier than most.
Bethany Claire walked away from a teaching degree in order to live out her dream. When she isn't writing about time travel, faraway castles and Scottish hunks, she enjoys playing the piano or planning her next trip. As our author of the day, Claire reveals why she made such a bold career choice, what it takes to be an author and how Love Beyond Time reached bestseller status.
Kat Ross loves to weave tales of magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. She is inspired by folktales and legends from different cultures, using them to create believable scenes in a world where everything is not as it seems. Today, Ross reveals to us how she uses Wikipedia as an inspiration for her writing, why she does such horrible things to her characters and talks about her fascination with weird Victoriana.
Mathematician, computer scientist and former software engineer at Kennedy Space Center, JA Leary is an author who literally dreamed up some of the locations in his debut novel, The Angel Hunter. Today, Leary chats with us about how he created the character of Victoria Hunter and how a book that was banned from the Bible inspired the story.
Screenwriter and author Morain Chaim likes to see, hear and smell the scenes in his mind before writing them down. Living in a country where there is continual conflict, he discovered that there are no heroes in the pointless cycle of violence. His debut novel, a dystopian sci-fi, Human Again, touches on this theme, with riveting scenes that keep readers on the edge of their seats. As our author of the day, Chaim talks about Israel, why he picked cryo-freezing as a method to send his hero into the future and in which way his book is a bit of a warning sign.
When Nick Jones starts to scribble on his white board, another epic sci-fi novel is born. His debut novel, The Whisper of Stars has captivated readers across the globe and received rave reviews. As our author of the day, Jones talks to us about why he likes sci-fi so much, what inspired him to write about human hibernation and how his black belt helps him to write his books.
Abandoned by his parents as a baby, bullied and treated as an outcast as a child, Howard Shulman experienced some dark times in his life. This, however did not hold him back from becoming successful and finding love. As our author of the day, Shulman talks about his memoir, Running From the Mirror, how writing it helped him to deal with his childhood trauma and how he found a way to forgive.
Katlynn Brook grew up barefoot in the African bushveld, with her own imagination the richest source of entertainment for herself and her family. When she discovered Tolkien's work, Brooke felt right at home in the world of epic fantasy and started writing her own. Today she chats with us about the first book in her series, The Six and the Crystals of Ialana, how her travels have influenced her work and how she uses dreams in her books.
Having worked there herself, Colleen J. Shogan enjoys using Capitol Hill as the backdrop for some of her books. Stabbing in the Senate is one such a riveting whodunit from her pen that keeps readers guessing right until the end. Today, Shogan reveals how she pulled off creating such a fast-paced book, how she uses red herrings to throw readers off the scent and how she is, in fact, a dog whisperer.
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