Jeremiah Jones, Cowboy Sorcerer: Author Interview with H. Duke

Hi guys! Today I get to interview fellow writer and blogger (and friend!) H. Duke! Her blog, The Writersaurus, is a hub for anything and everything writing! Be sure to visit, if you haven’t already. H. Duke and I met on my brief stint in AZ and I’ve enjoyed getting to know her and follow her journey with Jeremiah Jones. Not sure what Jeremiah Jones is? Read on to learn more! (Her third installment in the Jeremiah Jones series releases Tuesday. Find it here.)

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Tell us a little about yourself. What genre(s) do you write?

Hi, Laura! First let me say I’m super excited to be here on Caffeinated Fiction! I’m a writer and blogger. My blog, www.thewritersaurus.com, features educational articles and tips for writers of all levels.

As far as my fiction, I write a little bit of everything, but my two main genres are horror and contemporary fantasy.

Oooo! Both genres I love! 😉 Is this your first published work? Where else can readers find your work?

Cowboy Sorcerer is my first published work of long-form fiction, but I’ve had shorter stories published elsewhere. Links to those pieces can be found on my author website (hdukeauthor.com).

What inspired Jeremiah Jones? Is this a story that’s been ruminating for a while, or did it hit you all at once?

Jeremiah has definitely been ruminating for a while! About four years ago I wrote a truly awful story about a girl named January who finds out she’s a witch. One line in that story describes January’s grandfather as a “gunslinger wizard.” And the story snowballed from there. Continue reading

Book Release: “The Gold Son” by Carrie Anne Noble

Hey friends of Caffeinated Fiction! Today I’m super excited to have a visit from author Carrie Anne Noble to discuss her new release, “The Gold Son.” Read on to see what inspired a story about leprechauns and how you can get your hands on this highly-anticipated YA novel!

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Thank you for being here with us, Carrie Anne. Tell us three interesting (possibly little known?) facts about yourself!

  • I am currently the foster mother of a grumpy but adorable hedgehog called Chuff, while her owner is studying abroad.
  • If you keep me up past nine at night and give me Coke and chocolate, I will become quite silly and prone to fits of giggling. This may or may not be a good idea.
  • While riding the school bus to middle school, my best friend and I used to make up fan fiction about Han Solo, in which he’d always fall madly in love with one of us.

 

Can you share with us a little about your “writing path?” Have you always enjoyed writing? Do you prefer to write YA or are there other genres that peak your interest, as well?

From an early age, I enjoyed making up stories, plays, fictional newspapers, and comics. At 11 or so, I attempted my first novel, and I also wrote numerous, ridiculous short stories about a pair of rabbits called Mildred and George around that time. (They had a terrible marriage, let me tell you!) In high school, I moved on to poetry. After a bit of a break (during which I got married and then had babies to attend to), I took a writing course—which gave me the confidence to pursue writing again. A few “practice” novels later, I wrote The Mermaid’s Sister–and the rest is history!

I really like the YA genre and plan to stick with it for the foreseeable future. The teen years are so much about becoming who we are, discovering what we really feel and want and believe. I think there’s a lot of beauty in that confusing mess of a time, and endless story potential.

That said, I do have an idea for a Middle Grade science fiction book (about a dachshund) I’d like to write eventually. Continue reading

Author Interview: Mandy Perfetto / The Bluemoon Thinker

Hey guys! I’m super excited to get to share an interview with one of my favorite writer friends–Mandy Perfetto / The Bluemoon Thinker! I met Mandy eighteen months ago at the Lancaster Christian Writers group, and soon after joined Scribes Oasis, another writer group she was involved in. This girl is fun with a capital F, and will keep you laughing all day long! Enjoy our interview below, and be sure to check out her websites so you can catch all her ‘randomness’ in the future! 

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Thank you for being here with us, Mandy. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a Newbie Writer / Illustrator attempting to create stories, worlds, and characters that don’t suck eggs…..all works include pictures to help get you through the boring parts. 😉

I am also a full-time homeschoolin’ mama down to my last one. My other homeschoolin’ kiddo graduated in June. 😀

I live at home with my two kiddos, my awesome-sauce hubby, our invisible cat Murray, and three pretend goldfish named Shad, Schach, and Go.

When did you begin writing? What is your favorite genre to write in?

I’ve been makin’ up stories and drawin’ ever since I could manipulate a writing implement.

What is your current Work In Progress? What inspired this story?

Because of my ADD, I work on about five or more stories at once.

I have given myself a deadline for one of my stories, Bicusped Molar Longtooth the Third and the Gap-Toothed Monster. So, I’ve been working on that one the most consistently.

I was at my nephew’s fifth birthday party and I was listening to some of the other moms discussing the incredibly hysterical stage of childhood when the kiddos begin losing their baby teeth. One of the moms kept referencing the words gap-toothed. For some reason those words sparked the beginnings of Bicusped’s adventures in the Toothfairy business and my fertile imagination took over from there.

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My First Ever Guest Interview!

Hey guys! Check out my interview at fellow writer, Kelly F. Barr‘s blog today! You might remember that I interviewed her right here on Caffeinated Fiction just one week ago! So I was super excited to get the chance to hop over to her blog to pay a visit, too!

Here’s your chance to find out super fun things about me like, Which drawing set from the 1980’s inspired my writing as a child?, Which fellow authors and favorite characters have influenced my writing?, or What goal have I set for myself for the number of rough drafts I will write by the end of 2016? Come on…You know you want to know all this fun stuff about me, right?? 😉

Please visit her page and do leave a comment to let her know you support her writing! You guys rock!! Thanks CF readers!!

Happy writing, friends!

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Author Interview: Kelly F. Barr

This week I had the privilege of interviewing Kelly F. Barr! I met her at Scribes Oasis, a writing group we were both part of in Lancaster, PA. We became fast friends and I’ve valued her encouragement and inspiration in the time that I’ve known her. Welcome Kelly!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born and raised in Lancaster County, PA, and I still live there with my husband, three boys and our black Labrador Retriever. I am a homeschool mom of three wonderful boys, although two have already graduated from our homeschool and moved on, one to college and one to a Bible school. I love to read, take photographs, and write fictional stories. I love spending time with my family playing games, watching movies, talking or taking walks or family vacations. I love the Lord and hope that he will use my writing to touch other people’s hearts and lives. Lastly, one of my dreams is to live on Chincoteague Island, Virginia.

At what age were you bitten by the writing ‘bug’?

I began to like to write when I was assigned to write a “Pioneer Journal” in 5th grade, so I would’ve been ten years old. However, I didn’t really start doing a lot of writing until I was 12+. My seventh grade English teacher said that I had writing talent and told my mom to encourage me in my writing. I wrote a lot of poetry and short stories in my teen years and dreamed of becoming a published author one day.

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Author Interview Monday: Julie Helms

Author Interview Monday is back! Yay! This month I’m super excited to share an interview with one of my friends from my weekly writing group back in PA. Alongside a life-long passion of writing, Julie Helms has been a professional editor, a business owner and animal wrangler. Read on to hear about her journey in the world of writing and her tips she has for every level of writer! And be sure to connect with her on twitter @julie_helms !

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1. Can you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?

I am a 50-year-old wife, and mother to two grown daughters. I own a homeschool bookstore and do freelance editing for R.R. Donnelly. My husband and I live on a small farm where we breed sheep and goats. We also have 30+ chickens who provide us with tons of fresh eggs!

2. How long have you been writing and what inspired you to start?

I have only been writing for pleasure for several years. I started at Helium.com–one of those sites where you can freely post a variety of writing from creative writing, to poetry, to informational articles. I used a pseudonym in case my writing was really bad so no one would know it was me. Continue reading

Author Interview: Jamie Foley

This month’s Author Interview is with seasoned author and speaker, Jamie Foley! You might remember this name from the book review I did last month on her novel, Sentinel, the first book in her published trilogy by the same name. Jamie has some really great stuff to say about her journey as a writer and the publishing industry as a whole, so I’m super excited that she gets to share it with all of you! And guess what?? She’s even going to give someone a free signed copy of Sentinel to one lucky winner! Whaaaat? Thank you, Jamie for being so generous! Hope you enjoy what she has to say, and be sure to check out her website! And be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter to win the contest!

Author Bio:

Young adult fantasy author Jamie Foley lives with her husband and baby girl near their family cattle ranch in Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, gardening, martial arts, archery, and playing pranks on the unsuspecting.

Jamie sold books for Thomas Nelson Publishers’ Live Events division as their webmaster for three years. As a digital marketing specialist, she designs websites, social media campaigns, and emails for authors including bestselling author Beth Wiseman.

As she writes her fourth novel, Jamie is seeking representation for traditional publication.

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Author Interview: Susan Miller

Time for another Author Interview here at Caffeinated Fiction! This time I interviewed Susan Miller – a friend of mine who specializes in poetry. I’ve listed a link to her blog and a short bio below, along with the interview. Be sure to check out her website and see what she’s been up to lately! This lady is super encouraging – don’t miss her tips for other writers and how she’s overcome struggles in her own writing. She is a fantastic example of someone who has never given up and I’m blessed to know her. Thanks, Susan, for sharing with my friends!

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Find Sue’s Nook here.

Bio: I am a stay at home homeschooling mom.   We live in Lancaster County, PA.  I enjoy reading, writing, gardening, cooking,  and spending time with my family.  Writing serves several purposes in my life.  It’s an act of worship to my Lord, it relaxes me, and it is therapeutic.  I hope that reading what I’ve written blesses the reader as much as writing has blessed me. Continue reading

February Author Interview: Michelle I. Mason

I’m so excited to share a first here at Caffeinated Fiction: Our very first author interview! Look for one each month, and get to know another author and their work!

This month I had the privilege of interviewing an author/blogger I met about a year ago – Michelle I. Mason. I had been following her blog for a few months, many of her posts reflecting the exact same feelings and thoughts I had regarding my journey as a writer. One particular post asked for anyone who was interested in being a Beta Reader for a manuscript she had just completed. I volunteered and immediately rejoiced that I did! I fell in love with her story and her writing style from page one. Although she cannot expand on this project right now, hopefully this will be a book I can recommend to all of my readers, in the near future! 🙂

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Author Bio:

After 10 years as a public relations manager promoting everything from forklift rodeos to Hotel Olympics, Michelle decided to stay home and write fiction full-time. She has completed two middle grade novels and three young adult novels and is a member of SCBWI. She is active on Twitter (@michelleimason) and also hosts a blog (www.michelleimason.wordpress.com), where she reviews middle grade and young adult books and shares her writing journey.

Michelle lives in St. Louis with her husband, two kids, a dog named Sydney, and two cats, Chaucer and Starlight. In her free time, she reads, watches too much TV, cross-stitches, bakes amazing brownies, and plays the violin in her church orchestra.

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