with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself?
How did you get your start in the writing business?
I’ll try. 🙂 How
about we start with a quick rundown of the basics? I’m 43 years old, live in
the fingers lake region of upstate New York, have 108 tattoos currently and
counting, have traveled all over the U.S. and then some, was a foster mom for
years, former art and life skills teacher, owned my own tattoo studio for a
while, crochet, sculpt, draw, paint (heck, anything to do with art), bake,
cook, sew… I think you see where I am going with this. I am passionate about
art in all of its many forms. As far as my start in writing? I needed to heal.
I actually wrote my first book, “To Speak of it Again” (soon to be released
through Beau Coup Publishing) as a cathartic purging and never thought anyone
would read it other than my close circle of friends. Through their encouragement,
I decided to keep going. It’s highly based on my life story and that of those
around me. When I finished, I cried. Not because of the release of the painful
memories or the reliving of the happier ones, but because I felt as though I
found my true calling in life. I haven’t stopped writing since. I mean,
honestly, I need to write like people need to breathe. I’m usually working on
three or more writing projects at one time and drive my family insane with
reading aloud to them as I go. Aww smack… there I go again, getting all wordy
and stuff. *wink*
the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
don’t when it comes to writer’s block. As I said, I have more than one project
going at a time, so should the block hit me in the head, I simply switch up the
project I’m working on. Sometimes, I push the laptop aside for a while and just
crochet. It’s one of my favorite past times and I make a lot of my own swag
packs and thank you gifts with it.
writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us.
With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend
life is full of glitz and glamour! 🙂 Why, just yesterday I was rubbing elbows with Hollywood’s finest, and of
course, I did it in the perfect designer gown and shoes with diamonds dripping
from my neck and ears. Then I woke up and folded a pile of laundry that was
sitting in a basket waiting for my attention for over a week. Stupid wrinkled
clothes! Why couldn’t they just fold themselves? *giggle* I’m just the average
chick when it comes to everyday life. I put off the cooking and cleaning as
long as I can while I mess around on the internet, draw tattoo designs or go
comatose in front of the television while watching a movie. Right before it
absolutely has to be done, I jump up, soak the dishes in the sink, wipe down
the bathroom, wash the dishes, vacuum all of the floors (Yes, even the hardwood
ones) and spray some air freshener so it smells like I spent all day cleaning.
Oh, and if I remember, I make the bed because my grandmother used to say, “No
matter how messy your room is, if your bed is made, it’ll look clean.” Thanks
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
TIME! You can actually hear their eyes rolling when I stop and say, “Hey,
listen to this!” and just start reading aloud to them. My mom is my biggest fan
and she always loves listening to me… even when she doesn’t want to. I love you
you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
Letter” at a very young age and it stuck with me my entire life. I have owned
multiple copies of it because it falls apart from reading it so much. I still
have my first one though. Um, wow… ten? Okay fine *pouts* I guess I would have
to say next would be Margaret Mitchell. I mean really, is there a person alive
that didn’t love “Gone with the Wind”? Swoon inducing romance at its finest! I love
all of the classics. Sandra Love and Liberty Blake are two of my favorite romance
authors. They are both truly talented and their passion for the written word
shines through in their work. Sable Hunter is phenomenal as well. Her stories
suck you right in and hold you there. Be warned… It’s hard to put her books
down once you pick them up! Robyn Peterman Zahn will make you laugh so hard
you’ll wet your pants! Her style is the definition of unique and one cannot
help but wonder if she sold her soul to the devil in return for her writing
abilities. OH! Mike Faricy! His crime fiction novels, starring the very sexy
Dev Haskell, will make you laugh and swoon at the same time! Yes, definitely
check him out! Want pure romance? Read Melody Anne’s works! I promise you won’t
be disappointed. SC Cluff is an extremely talented and imaginative author and
his writing is geared toward middle school aged children and adults alike. His
book, Newt Newsberry, Black Ops Campaign, had me rolling in the aisles with
laughter and at the same time, made me feel for the “underdog”. Oh no, last
one? Eeek! SO hard to choose! Um… OMG! Alicia Sparks! Who else could mix
zombies and romance together so well and come up with a novel that will blow
your mind? Well, there it is- my list of ten.
yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see
casted in the parts?
“To Speak of it Again.”
you making me think so much? LOL!) The role of Maggie Reed, the main character,
is screaming to be played by Channing Tatum in drag! Naw, I’m just kidding… but
think about that one. *wink and giggle* Rachel McAdams would have to play grown
up Maggie. She is such a talented and passionate actress, plus, I just want to
That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I
swear it’ll go no further.
Circumstance”, but Ssh, don’t tell anyone, okay? Stop, wait, hold up- I take
that back. Please, tell everyone so they’ll read it! Oh yeah, and the sequel to
“To Speak of it Again” and also the first book in a twelve book
paranormal/romance series. You will have to turn on brighter lights and shine
them in my face if you want any more information than that. Hey! I was just
kidding! Turn off those lights! They’re burning my retinas!
book out at the moment, “Chasing Circumstance”, you should start there 🙂
can contact you?
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
a blue one please? It’s better for my complexion. Thanks. I would make the
world a better place by…” HA! You didn’t really think I was going there, did
sites are on, at least in the background. I adore meeting new people, chatting
and sharing stories. Virtual friendships, at least in my not so humbled
opinion, can be just as strong as face to face ones. Know what I mean?
bullied? I mean really. Aren’t we supposed to be supporting one another? We are
a community and it doesn’t build anyone up to tear someone down. I wonder what
these bullies get out of sitting behind their computers and picking on someone
until they chase them away or make them cry. Does it make you feel better to
hurt someone? Does your lack of self control make you a happier person? You
obviously don’t feel very good about yourself if you feel the need to say such
hurtful things to someone you don’t even know. What the hell is wrong with you?
I pity you because you must not know what it is to love. If you did, you
wouldn’t hate so easily. I mean really, why all the hate? Don’t you think our
world has enough of that going on without you adding more to it? Please, stop.
It really is that simple. If you didn’t like a book, that’s fine. Leave a
constructive critique. It’s not that difficult, or… just don’t say anything.
You know the old adage, if you can’t say something nice… shut the #%@$ up!
Okay, that might not be exactly the phrase, but you get my meaning. How can you
read about romance and love and still be so hateful? It boggles my mind.
Please, don’t make me virtually slap you. *Okay, steps down from her soapbox.*
and every one of you. Hit me up, let’s chat sometime. I’ll even make coffee and
homemade goodies. Don’t forget… In everything you do, love yourself so you may
love others and watch as the world benefits from it. Ciao Bellas.
Sometime Sunday, Dina will select a winner, comment below on this posting and be in touch.
|Chasing Circumstance [Kindle Edition] Purchase Link|
What happens when you reach your breaking point?
Amia Durant was trying to figure that out.
At forty years old, Amia had it all. She worked for Millian’s, the third highest ranking ad agency in the world, and though her career was her life, she felt incomplete.
Turning to the internet for companionship, she meets Stuart Cairns. They laugh together over shared stories and help heal one another from mutual pains.
After months of communication, Stuart asked Amia to be his. Doubt filled her mind, but she knew she had to try. There was only one problem. He lived in Scotland and she in New York.
An unexpected opportunity delivers Amia to Scotland and she finds herself falling in love with him after spending a blissful weekend together before she returned stateside.
Will this fairy tale continue or will it fizzle out in the waters of the ocean between them?
Two of my very favorite things in the whole world are hot cocoa and biscotti. When combined, the experience of dipping the cookies in the thick, warm chocolate and munching on them relaxes me. And today – I needed to relax. Taking my cup to the desk, I settled myself in the chair and opened my laptop. Since my relationship with Stuart had ended, the computer had been something I avoided. I connected it with him, I guess. But no more – it was time to take the next step in my life.
So, I set up an online dating profile on Sizzling Singles to find what I needed. Most of the men on these sites only wanted one thing anyway, and since I was looking for the same thing, what did it matter where they came from?
Pushing a lock of hair from my eyes, I got down to business. “Let’s see, Amia Durant, forty years old, five foot six inches tall, red hair, green eyes and a professional career. There, that should do it.” I posted my picture and waited anxiously for the responses to start coming in.
During the evening, I made myself comfortable, watching a little TV and reading a romance on my e-reader. No matter how involved I was in my book or a show, I kept one ear open for that ‘ding’ which would tell me someone had taken notice of my post. It didn’t take long before I received my first reply. A smile crossed my face as I leapt from the couch, went to my desk, and pulled up the man’s profile to scan it. I thought it would be a good idea to take a test drive before I jumped into a caravan of conquests. Gary Morgan looked to be the perfect crash test dummy. He was forty-four years old, good looking without being playboy handsome, and had been on the site for over a year. I knew that would make him a bit desperate. I stared at his photo. He reminded me of an older Tony Danza with his graying temples, soulful brown eyes and those attractive dimples that framed his smile.
Retrieving my laptop, I nestled down in the couch and tucked my feet up under me. This was going to be fun. “Hey, Amia, I was perusing the new members and came across your picture and profile. I’m sure you hear this all the time, but you’re beautiful. If you’re interested in chatting, please feel free to message me back.” Gary’s message was so stereotypical I could’ve almost read it with my eyes closed.
“Well, hello there, Gary. I hadn’t expected a response to my profile so quickly. Thank you for your interest. Please, call me and let’s get to know each other. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.” I typed in my phone number, hit the send button, sat back and waited for the phone to ring. I know it was a bit reckless for me to give out my phone number so early, but I was ready to do this. Besides, I’d had enough of this online crap to last me a lifetime, and cell phone numbers were easy enough to change if necessary.
3… 2… 1…ring. As if it were a scene written in a screenplay, the phone rang on cue. This was going to be easy. We chatted for a bit and made plans to meet at a restaurant near his office for dinner the following night.