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FEATURE FRIDAY WITH AUTHOR OF THE HEALING GAME-SUZY MILHOAN

12 Oct

FEATURE FRIDAY WITH AUTHOR OF THE HEALING GAME-SUZY MILHOAN

Suzy Milhoan author of “The Healing Game”

 

What would you like everyone to know about you?

I have been through a lot of tragedy over my lifetime, but I have not given up. I am a survivor and nothing will keep me down. I hope that what I have learned through it can help others who are struggling through the same things. That is the focus of several of my books as I just began my writing career.

What would you like for everyone to know about your book?

It is an inspirational story for others who have lost someone. It displays the progress of my grief from deep depression through my decision to move on and finally becoming happy again. It gives hope to others that if I could come out of what I did, so can they.

What genre does “The Healing Game” fall under?

 It is a memoir that falls under the autobiography genre.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I was in school and had to write a creative non-fiction piece and decided to use the subject of losing my husband from colon cancer. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take myself back into that deep subject, but thought it would help me heal even further, so I did. It was a great piece and did help me further. Later, I decided I would write a book on it to help others who are dealing with a loss and also as a tribute to my husband, Kevin. The responses I have received from the book prove I was successful in doing both.

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like ?

I try to write everyday, but with my schedule that is sometimes hard. My schedule is setup to write a few hours in the morning and a few in the afternoon. With that, I also have time scheduled for reading. I believe reading books in your genre are just as important to learn from others.

As you know, Hotlit Books’ goal is to help authors, so what advice do you offer?

Read just as much as you write. Read successful writers in your genre. Not only will you learn tips from their writing style, but also ideas will pop into your head based on what you read.

 

What past or present author would you like to collaborate on a book and why?

My favorite author is Jodi Picoult. I would love to collaborate with her. I am amazed how she is able to write in multiple voices throughout a book, and then bring them all back together to a successful ending.

Will there be a follow up to “The Healing Game”? 

No, It was a one-time deal.

I read that you are working on “Where’s My Family” are you willing to give us some insight of what it is going to be about?

Sure. This is at the printers right now. It is about a family of rabbits that live under a deck in a burrow. The main character, Johnnie, is a rebel and doesn’t like to listen too well. He ignores what his mother tells him and gets into some trouble. Soon after, the family is trying to find him and they begin to disappear as well. Eventually, they are all reunited as a family in the end.

So what else is in the future for you?

I believe my path for now will be in stories that can help others and children’s books. My passion is to help others through the tragedy I have gone through in my life and also bring joy to children. I may do a series on the bunny family in “Where’s My Family” and I am deciding on which major project to do next right now.

I have always wanted to write about my childhood growing up with domestic violence and also child abuse. My hope is to write about it from the child’s voice so that mother’s could find the extra strength it takes to get out of the situation.

At some point, I believe I will write about my brother, Mike, who suffered from bi-polar and ended his life in suicide. Again, hoping to educate others on bi-polar and the importance for remaining on medication even when the patient feels fine.         

I have read Blindfolded and so sorry for your loss and it is great that you shared it.  How are you coping with it now?

What I have learned through the grieving process I suffered when I lost my husband has helped me cope with losing my brother. I am also able to help my mother. I now recognize the stages she is going through and I am able to talk intelligently to her about how she is feeling. Her greatest compliment to me one day after one of our long talks was when she said, “You just made my day.”

We just made it through my brother’s birthday on September 30th. He would have been 49. We gathered, as a family, at my mother’s to help her keep her mind of it. The 2-year anniversary of his death is October 26th, and I’m sure that will be another tough day.

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Feature Friday with Author of The Super Spies and The Cat Lady Killer, Lisa Orchard.

7 Sep

Feature Friday with Author of The Super Spies and The Cat Lady Killer

Lisa Orchard.

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What would you like everyone to know about you?

I would like everyone to know that I write awesome Young Adult Novels. My goal for my stories is to be entertaining while at the same time teach the young reader some valuable lessons.

 

What would you like for everyone to know about your book

 

I would like everyone to know that it’s a story of three teens that play an innocent game of Truth or Dare. The game turns dangerous when they find the dead body of the “Cat Lady”. It’s a suspenseful thriller filled with twists and turns. But it goes much deeper than the average thriller, it delves into the relationships of the three girls and there’s also life lessons embedded in the story.

 

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

 

From some of my own exploits as a teen. When I was younger I wanted to be a detective too, much like the main character Sarah. Of course, I never investigated a murder but my friends and I did investigate a case of vandalism in our neighborhood. We never solved the crime, but that summer was one of the best summers of my childhood.

 

How many cats do you have?

 

We have two cats, Mickey and Baby

 

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like (I write with music in the background or some kind of noise)?

 

I write most mornings. That’s when my sons are most active and play together. Since they’re occupied I’m able to get some writing done. The background noise is usually my kids playing Transformers or Toy Story.  Then in the afternoon I take the kids out for an activity, like the beach or the zoo, anything that’ll keep them away from the TV.

This will be the first year that both boys will be in school full time.  So, I plan on getting a lot of writing done. I’m working on the third Super Spies book and a coming of age Young Adult Novel.

 

On average, how many times do you reread your books, before sending it for publishing?

Oh…that’s a tough question. I would have to guess at least 5-10 times. And that’s just a guess it’s probably more. I’m always looking for ways to improve my stories, either by making scenes scarier or making my dialogue spicier, that kind of thing.

 

Which character from your book would you like to partner with as a detective and why?

That’s a tough question, because I like the main character Sarah because she’s so smart and confident in her beliefs but Jackie makes the adventure fun. She’s quite spontaneous. Hmmm…I guess I’ll have to pick Sarah because she is so determined and focused.

How do you think the conversations would go?

 

I think they would probably go with Sarah coming up with some crazy scheme to find the villain and me being older and wiser (wink) would find flaws with her ideas. J Then there would be a heated debate with her conceding to my point of view…but very reluctantly.   Jackie would be the peacemaker and Lacey would pick my side because she’s not as adventurous as Sarah.

 

So it is easy to say that if not writing you would like to be a detective?

 

LOL! Is it that obvious? I love fighting for the underdog, so yeah I guess I would love to be a detective.

What was the hardest part about writing this story?

 

Hmmm…I would have to say keeping the dialogue consistent. In real life teenagers have a tendency to copy each other. But in a book they can’t because their dialogue is part of their character development. So if Sarah has a favorite phrase, Jackie can’t use it even though in real life she would.

 

What motivates you to write a story?

 

Another good question! I would have to say when I come across a particular message that I want to communicate to readers I make up a story that illustrates that message. I try to be entertaining while at the same time, teach something.

 

Any tips to other authors on writing?

 

Yes, I would say keep writing and don’t let the rejection letters get you down. Everyone gets them. If I could be so bold as to offer advice to aspiring writers I would say don’t be afraid to ask an agent/publisher what they didn’t like about your manuscript. That’s what I did and I got that golden nugget that I needed to change the no to a yes. 

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Feature Friday with Author of Hot and Spicy, Patricia Macias.

31 Aug

Feature Friday with Author  of Hot & Spicy, Patricia T. Macias

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Hot & Spicy.

Okay start off with the basics.

Tell us about yourself?

Hola, I’m Patricia T. Macias. I was born in San Jose, California. I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management/Administration. I currently live in Sacramento, California with my husband and children. My family is my pride and joy. I also enjoy spending quality time with family and friends. I do have a day job.

I always dreamed of writing romance novels. I wanted to write since I was in elementary. I loved reading about the romance, the heroes, and lovely ladies.  I love to write after work and on weekends.  All my characters are my new best friends.  I love writing about my new friends’ issues and love life. They’re always talking and living in my mind and dreams.  I am delighted to be achieving my dream.

Author-Patricia T. Macias

Tell us about your book?

Hot & Spicy is my debut novel. The novel is the first novel of a twelve novel series. The novel can be a standalone.  Their stories transpire in the same time frame

 

Jose Enrique De La Cruz is the eldest and is totally in command of the empire. He doesn’t have time to commit to a chica, not until he meets Jessica Maria Cortez. Jessica rocks his world and unchains his alma (soul).

 

Jose Enrique De La Cruz, CEO of the De La Cruz, Inc. needs a fiancée in time for the company’s 25th anniversary celebration. La familia is anxious to meet his fiancée, but he doesn’t have one.

His hermana (sister) Patricia agreed to obtain una novia for him. Paty enticed her amiga (friend) to pretend to be his loving fiancée. Jessica Maria Cortez agreed to be his fiancée for two reasons: one, she has always loved him and prays she can make him love her and two, this is  a great opportunity to achieve her dream of working as an interior decorator design manager. In no time at all, Jose Enrique and Jessica find themselves budding up into a relationship with tantalizing ecstasy

Hot & Forbidden is my next novel that will be out in Oct. 2012.   

 My Twist.

Jose Enrique confronts the evil menace from the Mexican Cartel and wars to protect la familia and his amor (love).  The entire family is forced into an ocean of nightmare and chaos

 My favorite question that is mostly consistent is do you have to have it quiet or noisy when you are working on your story?

I do prefer to have my surroundings quiet.   

What do you think has been the best thing to occur to you after starting to write for others to read?

I love it when people truly enjoy my story and want to read more, lol. Several people have commented “I love your story and it’s awesome.”

What book do you think has offered the most influence in your writing?

I love is Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

If you were to be a character in your book, but not as a lead character, who would you like to be and why?  

Oh my, I would love to be Isabella De La Cruz or Patricia Elizabeth De La Cruz. They have strong personalities, extremely intelligent, and are confident women that know what they want. Isabella and Patricia are the two female attorneys in my series. Oh yeah, of course they’re hot, lol. 

If one of your books could be turned into a movie which would you prefer it to be?

Oh my, I want the entire series to be turned into a movie or television series. I believe that the De La Cruz series has all the ingredients to captivate and excite. It has romance, pasión, action, suspense, secretes, taboo, and danger. The stories have the Mexican cartel pressuring la familia to associate. La familia wars the cartel. Each cousin has their own individual love story and heartaches. The stories are in Spanglish. The Mexican culture, traditions and family dynamics are displayed. The story portrays a successful Mexican familia achieving the American dream. Several government agencies assist the De La Cruz familia.

Okay so everyone in the books clothes is only one color what color would that be?

Black

So your book is a romance novel, describe it as if you were ordering it as a drink?

Hot, smooth, red, spicy, delicious, intense

Why did you pick the romance genre to write and what genre besides romance do you like to read?

I decided to write romance genre because I love romance, passion, and happily ever after. I want to write paranormal romance. I enjoy reading romance and paranormal romance stories.

What TV or movie character would describe your leads? 

Harvey Spector is similar to the alpha males in my novels. He portrays the intellect, attitude, confidence, appearance, and will that’s captivating. 

What do you think makes the difference from a book being classified as Romance versus Erotica? 

I believe that a romance novel is based on the emotions and relationships of the characters.  The Erotica novel stories are focused on the sex.

I want to thank you for your interest,

Patricia T. Macias 

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Feature Friday with Author Charlie Daye

24 Aug

Feature Friday with the author of The Gypsy’s Dance, Charlie Daye

The Gypsy’s Dance-Charlie Daye

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

Don’t laugh but I actually came with the idea for Gypsy’s Dance because of an article of clothing in my closet. It’s a belly dancing hip scarf covered in coins. I just thought  – how cool would it be to write a story about a gypsy dancer and Oralia was born.

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like (I write with music in the background or some kind of noise)?

I prefer quiet when I write and tend to write as often as I can. On my days off I usually write for about 8-10 hours.

How many times did you reread your book, before sending it for publishing?

I actually went back and read everything I wrote previously before continuing on with the story to make sure that I still liked what I wrote. It takes longer to write that way but I think it makes for a better story.

If you could sit down with someone from your book who would it be and why?

It would have to be Markus. He’s Niko’s older brother and I am completely infatuated with him.

How do you think the conversation would go?

I could only hope that it would go well. He’s the eldest of the five brothers and is definitely the strong silent type. The way I see him he would be passionate about whatever topic we chose to discuss.

Do you have a similar true life story, as with Tobias and Niko in Gypsy’s Dance fighting over Oralia? Have you caused two men to fight over you?

Ha Ha. I wouldn’t say fighting over me per se… but I have had two men vying for my affections at the same time and as a young… I mean younger woman I enjoyed the game.

What was the hardest part about writing this story?

Trying to keep Oralia faithful to Niko and it had nothing to do with the character it was just me crushing on Markus and wanted him to find his HEA (Happily Ever After). But not to worry, Markus will finally get the girl in book 3!

What motivates you to write a story?

Writing for me is what reading is for most. It’s an escape. Now don’t get me wrong I absolutely love to read. I even have my own personal library started but I like that I create the worlds that draw you in. My motivation is the stories I have to tell and the desire to share them with the world.

On research, The House (a paranormal story) all the reviews I read received great reviews, so how do you think you would deal with a bad review?

I actually have received a couple of not so pleasant reviews and honestly it’s frustrating and painful. People don’t seem to understand that a book is an author’s child so to completely berate the book is like telling a parent their kid is ugly.*Sigh* But you just have to learn to accept that everyone has an opinion and not everyone is going to like the story you  have to tell. Once you’ve accepted that – it really doesn’t matter.

Any tips to other authors on writing?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, use whatever you have in your life that motivates you and never give up. Writing a book is hard work that takes long days and several months but in the end it’s worth it!

Author-Charlie Daye

What would you like everyone to know about you?

Dean Koontz is my all time favorite author, Walt Disney is my inspiration, my grandfather was the greatest man I ever knew, I have a 70lb American bulldog named TinkerBell, Melissa and Amy (the two characters from my Curse Breaker’s Trilogy) are based on my two best friends, my favorite color is blue, my favorite movie is Practical Magic, I’m half Spanish, I love the paranormal and happily ever afters… and in my books you’ll always get both! I hope you love my books and take a chance on a new indie author!

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Feature Friday….contd’

17 Aug

Feature Friday with Author of Tears of Crimson Vampire Series.

Michelle Hughes

Give us a little bit about you and how you started writing Vampire Erotica?

 

All of my vampire books are based off of dreams I’ve had.  I’m not sure I ever intended to write erotica it just happened that those dreams were the ones that fueled my imagination.  Rafe (one of the characters in my book) has been with me in dreams from my early teenage years and he’s pretty persistent about having his stories told.  In these dreams he would take me to other worlds and we would explore many things together, passion being one of them.

 

You also have Erotic Novella and a BDSM book, so how do you choose which genre you will write your next book in?

 

I would have to say that the book chooses me.  I know this sounds strange but my dreams have always prompted me to write.  If I dream about a certain situation I have to write about it.  Most of them I would never tell the people I’m closest to about. I don’t know how this works for other authors, but my muse will continue filling my head with dreams until I write them down.

 

Does the story come first or the character?

Always the character for me.  Being introduced to someone new in my dreamland is always a shock and I vividly feel those emotions of first meeting in those dreams.  Depending on the temperament of the character, I can go through a whole gamut of fear, desire, or pleasure.  With the story it’s like being led through a moving picture and experiencing each situation.  Thankfully I haven’t had nightmares in years, which is why I don’t write horror.

 

Do you find yourself fighting with what would you do if you were the character or do you more find yourself if you were someone else what would you want to do?

 

I don’t know if it’s fortunate or not, but since I live out my stories in dreams first I write exactly what I see happening in them.  In essence, I become the character until the book is finished no matter what age they are.  I never fight against myself internally about what my characters do, it’s hard to fight with yourself.

 

With all that you are involved in what is your writing routine like and how often do you write?

 

With the latest book 10 Nights, it was absolute insanity.  84,000 words in 14 days and I paid a price for that one.  As many people know I’m a mom of five so any writing that I do has to be done after my crew here has gone to bed.  For me that means no sleep if I get hit by the muse which was continuous for two weeks on this project. I managed 3 hours a day and ended up at the doc with a nice little fever and cold.   I don’t have a schedule, when I’m inspired I write.

 

As you know, Hotlit Books’ goal is to help authors, so what advice do you offer?

 

I like to tell my writing friends that I have no idea what works to push a book, so I try everything.  It’s insanity some days, but I will try and push out blog posts for the five blogs I maintain, talk to friends and fans on twitter and facebook, answer the emails, post on Triberr, update my feed140 tweets, stop in at goodreads, and make sure I share all posts with stumbled upon and pinterest.  I also try and share my friends work on facebook and twitter daily. 

 

What past or present author would you like to collaborate on a book and why?

 

Charlaine Harris is still my favorite author and I would love to collaborate with her.  As another Southern writer I think we have many of the same little quirks in our writing and while Charlaine keeps her work pg -13 (shocking if you’ve watched True Blood) I would love to add a little more steaminess into her scenes.  She write in a way that always keeps me entertained and I just think it would be fun to see how a book would turn out if we collaborated.  Of course, I would be just as happy to take over writing the True Blood scripts. 

 

When you write does it have to be quiet, or do you have music playing, TV on etc…?

 

It depends on the mood I’m in.  There are nights when a little music will help get my creative juices flowing and others when it just annoys and distracts me.  The television on would drive me crazy and I’d probably be ready to throw it through a window if I had to write with it on.  There are enough people talking in my head when I write, I really don’t need anything else going on around me.

 

Okay I am going to ask a few hard ones now.  So if you had to choose one of your books as your best one, which would it be and why?

 

After all the edits and rewrites, I would have to say my first Tears of Crimson Book.  I’m not so sure it’s better than the rest, but there is more of me invested if that makes sense?  My soul went into that book and it took me two years to complete it.  That book lifted me out of a great depression and changed my outlook on life, so it will always be my favorite.

 

In your opinion, do you think that vampires written today are any different than ones written in the days of Bram Stoker?

 

I think today’s vampires are substantially different, and I see no problem with that.  I loved Dracula, still do, he was such an influence on my writing.  I love all vampires, and will read or watch anything with that theme.  I have no idea what it is that draws me to this beautiful creature but I do know that it pulls me in and makes me wish that they were real.

 

Today we cannot seem to get away from someone having a criticism. How do you handle criticism for your work?

 

My first bad review nearly broke me.  When you spend two years writing out a story that engulfs your entire life and have someone stomp on it, it’s heartbreaking.  I cried for hours and then I put on my big girl panties and lifted my chin.  There are going to be people who hate what you do, there is no way around it.  I remember going through my favorite authors and reading every bad review they had and that was what saved my sanity.  In my opinion, if all those wonderful authors I love to read had such terrible reviews, then I had to look at it from the standpoint that maybe I didn’t suck as bad as the reviewer said.  As my granny use to say, there’s an arse for every seat, so I look at it this way, there are readers for every book.

 

Do you prefer Twilight, Vampire Diaries or True Blood style of Vampire?

 

I prefer them all.  My favorite from all those shows is EricHe is the yummiest thing since sliced bread and while I will watch or read anything vampire related, he is my heartthrob. From the Twilight series, I was actually a Jacob fan. 

 

If given the choice would you let a vamp turn you?

 

 

I would say you’re a little late buddy, and yes.  Without any second doubts at all, if vampires were real I would definitely be standing in line to be turned.  Eternal life, are you kidding me?  Of course it would be nice to go back about twenty years first.  If you run across any sexy vampires, please send them my way!

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