Interview With Author Meghan Holloway

Meghan Holloway has worn many hats in her lifetime: student, pilot, international traveler, crime fighter, information scientist, author, and has every intention to add more to her repertoire.

She can be reserved with newcomers, but once you get to know her, you’ll discover she’s a great conversationalist on a wide variety of topics. She loves dogs, food, and reading a good mystery snuggled up on her couch.

Now that I’ve introduced you to Meghan let’s get to know a little more about her.

Hello, Meghan, and welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?

Writing and telling stories, has always been a compulsion for me. My love of stories began with sitting on my grandfather’s knee begging for tales from his boyhood.

As soon as my hands learned to fashion letters into words, I’ve written. I don‘t know if there was ever a conscious choice to write. Storytelling is simply part of what it has meant to be me.

If I had to pinpoint a source, I would say it‘s the Celtic blood in me, and I inherited the tendency from my grandfather, who spins tales with as much talent and care as a master weaver.

Is writing your full-time profession?

At this point in my life, I balance writing with working full time.

I am an information scientist, which involves a lot of data gathering and analysis, content   management, building databases, etc. I love what I do and I work in an exciting, cutting-edge field.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for as long as I can remember, but nine years ago I set out intentionally to write a novel.

How many books have you written?

ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH, releasing in May 2019 from Polis Books,will be my third published novel.

My first two books were published under a pseudonym with a publishing house that went out of business. Both were suspense novels with romantic elements and are now out of print.

I have already written my fourth novel, which will release in 2020. I am currently working on the rewrites for it before I put pen to paper and write my fifth book.

Which genre do you write for?

I write suspense thrillers, both contemporary and historical.

My upcoming May release, ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH, is a historical thriller set during WWII, in the wake of the liberation of Paris in 1944.

What do you find most challenging writing for this genre?

I think the most challenging part of being an author is the business side of things.

Being an author is very much a small business endeavor.

The product is my book, but there is a lot of marketing involved in selling that product. I am an introvert by nature, as I think many writers are, and it is hard work putting yourself out there, building a following, and putting in the legwork to sell your product.

What are you working on now?

I am going through the editing process with my upcoming release, ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH. I am thrilled to share this story with everyone.

The protagonist is an ordinary man drawn into extraordinary circumstances, and I think the tale will appeal to fans of historical dramas, literary fiction, war and military fiction, and mystery thrillers.

Rhys Gravenor, Great War veteran and Welsh sheep farmer, arrives in Paris in the midst of the city’s liberation with a worn letter in his pocket that may have arrived years too late.

As he follows the footsteps of his missing son across an unfamiliar, war-torn country, he struggles to come to terms with the incident that drove a wedge between the two.

Joined by Charlotte Dubois, an American ambulance driver with secrets of her own, Rhys discovers that even as liberation sweeps across France, the war is far from over.

And his personal war has only begun as he is haunted by memories of previous battles and hampered at every turn by danger and betrayal. In a race against time and the war, Rhys follows his son’s trail from Paris to the perilous streets of Vichy to the starving mobs in Lyon to the treacherous Alps.

But Rhys is not the only one searching for his son. In a race of his own, a relentless enemy stalks him across the country and will stop at nothing to find the young man first. 

The country is in tatters, no one is trustworthy, and Rhys must unravel the mystery of his son’s wartime actions in the desperate hope of finding him before it’s too late. Too late to mend the frayed bond between them. Too late to beg his forgiveness. Too late to bring him home alive.

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

I love the connection with readers that being an author facilitates. I have made so many friends through social media in the reading and writing community.

I am planning on attending conferences in the next year to carry those friendships over face to face.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Keep writing and be willing to accept criticism, especially when it is constructive.

Writing a story is hard work, but it is not until the editing process that it becomes a novel and you cannot edit a blank page.

When it comes down to it, treat writing like it is a job. Make the time every day to put words on paper. You are often too close to your story to recognize its weaknesses and where it needs bolstering.

Listen when others make suggestions. And realize that once your story is out there, not everyone will love it. The reader’s opinion is his or her prerogative.

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?

I found my first Nancy Drew mystery in a sun-dappled attic at the age of eight and subsequently fell in love with the grip and tautness of a well-told mystery.

I flew an airplane before I learned how to drive a car, did my undergrad work in Creative Writing in the sweltering south, and finished a Masters of Library and Information Science in the blustery north.

I spent a summer and fall in Maine picking peaches and apples, traveled the world for a few years, and did a stint fighting crime in the records section of a police department.

I now live in the foothills of the Appalachians with Aidan, my standard poodle, and spend my days as a scientist with the requisite glasses but minus the lab coat.

What message are you sharing in your books?

I think regardless of the era or setting in which I write, I am always exploring the human condition, the labyrinth of the mind, and the grittier side of our existence.

ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH is a tale of war and loss, but also one of family and hope. It is about the love we have for those closest to us, the ease with which we can wound the people we care for the most, and the lengths to which we will go to seek atonement.

What are your favorite books?

I tend to read what I write. I love the thriller genre, and my “To Be Read” pile is constantly growing.

Currently, my favorite authors are Peter Swanson, A.J. Flynn, Jane Harper, Harlan Coben, Tana French, and Mark Sullivan.

I also love authors who bring the past alive with a poet’s touch, authors like Michael Ondaatje, Eoin Dempsey, and Anthony Doerr.

I love Mary Stewart’s novels, and she will forever hold the place of my all-time favorite author. I reread her mysteries annually. I love her keen eye for setting detail, her witty dialogue, and her classy heroines.

I am also a big fan of nonfiction, particularly survival narratives and exploration stories.

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?

I love suspense and action thrillers. The Bourne series, Body of Lies, The LastLegion, Open Range, and Robin Hood are some of my favorites.

I am also a bit of a documentary junky. I love nature, anthropology, archaeology, and history documentaries. There are great ones available on Netflix.

As for TV shows, I love several grittier mystery series like Shetland, Hinterland, and Happy Valley, along with some lighter ones like Midsomer Murders and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

I am also drawn to the shows that combine travel with something that interests me, e.g. Andrew Zimmern’s Delicious Destinations because I love good food and Josh Gates’s Expedition Unknown because archaeology never ceases to fascinate me.

When you aren’t writing where can we find you?

When I am not writing and working the day job, I can be found hanging out with my standard poodle sidekick, swimming, hiking, alpine and cross-country skiing, cooking and baking, or crocheting.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

I do, and I would love for you to join me on social media. My website is www.meghanholloway.com, and you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under the handle @AMeghanHolloway.

Where can we find your books?

ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH is available for pre-order now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, and The Book Depository in paperback with the e-book pre-orders coming soon.

Thank you so much for the invitation to interview, Ellwyn. I had a lovely time chatting with you.

You’re  welcome, Meghan. Thank you for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success in the future and lots of luck!

Interview With Author Angelia Manley

Angelia Manley knows exactly who she is. She defines herself as a modest, somewhat shy, and analytical person.

She is also a spiritual soul who finds meaning in the scripture and shares the wisdom gleaned from these writings with those she loves. This spirituality is echoed further through the lovely photographs she takes of the landscape.

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Angelia now lives in New Jersey with her husband of 30 years. The couple’s greatest joy is seeing their three grown children go after their own dreams.

Now that I’ve introduced you to Angelia let’s get to know her a little better.

Hello, Angelia Manley, and welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?

I said many years ago, “I will write a book one day.”

How long have you been writing?

I wrote my 1st outline in August 2015 (mentally written for over 30 years).

Photo courtesy of: Angelia Manley

How many books have you written?

One, book two is in progress, and an outline is written for #3.

Which genre do you write for?

My 1st book is a cross genre, mainly drama  (Fiction)

Has your work as a medical assistant influenced your writing? If so, how?

My chief Cardiologist is a novelist, and he encouraged me. Also, working in the medical field put everything into perspective.

What are you working on now?

Book 2 is a generational love story.

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

Knowing I had the courage to do it. I am a behind-the-scenes type of person; I push others to pursue their dreams. It took my mother dying and my eldest daughter telling me it was time.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

I would tell them, “It starts with an idea, write an outline first and go from there.”

Photo courtesy of: A.B. Manley

Can you tell us a little about your photography?

Taking pictures has always been a passion. I print and frame them with or without borders. I started doing this after I took part in an art fair at work three years ago after seeing my picture hanging on a wall.

Photo courtesy of: A.B. Manley

When you’re not writing where can we find you?

I still work full time; my commute is an hour long. When I’m not at work, I’m at home.

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?

The beach/ocean is my happy place, I feel closet to God there. My husband, three children, & my dogs are my life. I am blessed in all the ways that matter.

What message are you sharing in your books?

Life is too short to be negative. Love and laugh as much as possible. Let go of the hurt, it can be toxic.

What are your favorite books?

Wow, too many to mention. I love anything by James Patterson or Danielle Steele.

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?

Gone with the Wind, The Sound of Music, The Best Man…..I LOVE the movies.

Current shows: This is Us, Green Leaf, Queen Sugar, Love Is, A Million Little Things, L&O SVU, Ray Donovan, Power

What inspires you?

Life

Do you have a new release coming out?

In a few months

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

www.facebook.com/abmanleyphotography/

https://www.amazon.com/Mrs.-Angelia-B.-Manley/e/B07191P8PN

IG: mrsabmanley

Where can we find your books?

Amazon.com Barnes & Noble.com

Book fairs/festivals

Thank you, Angelia, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success in the future and lots of luck! 

Interview With Author Jeff Kelly

Jeff Kelly is a devoted father and husband. If you ask him what his super power is he’ll proudly tell you it’s converting people to renewable energy sources.

He may also add a grumble about his unwavering support for his favorite Philadelphia sports teams. As a Philadelphian, I understand. The struggle is real!

Jeff finds joy in his profession and understands the challenges facing our planet. Thanks to caring people like him, we have a chance to conserve our natural resources for future generations.

Now that I’ve introduced you to Jeff let’s get to know him a little better.

Hello, Jeff, and welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?

When my first son, Oliver, was born I really enjoyed reading him stories and was surprised how interactive and engaged he was with them at an early age. It was then that the gears were set in motion to write a book for him.

As I sat down to write, I realized I was more interested in creating a chapter book than a picture book geared for infants, so while the main character is named after my son he must wait a few years to enjoy it for himself!

Is writing your full-time profession?

I’ve spent my career in the renewable energy industry helping the world convert to clean energy sources such as wind and solar. Waking up every day to save the planet has been a rewarding career. I’ve been fortunate to help spur many others to join the clean power revolution.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing around three years ago when Oliver was born.

Photo courtesy of: Jeff Kelly

How many books have you written?

I’ve written two books, Trick or Monster Treat and The Ghost of Indian King Tavern, both part of the Haddonfield Horror series I’m creating.

Which genres do you write?  

Middle-age horror/suspense/adventure for now, but leaving my options open for the future!

What do you find most challenging about writing for these genres?

The most challenging thing is keeping in the mindset of your audience. It’s easy to stray in either direction of your target readers so remaining disciplined is essential.

I sometimes may stretch the plot in ways that older audiences may appreciate more, but the books I write are intended for young readers to enjoy. Keeping a balance of what’s fun to write and what my readers will respond to can be tricky.

 

What are you working on now?

I’m in the creative phase right now and thinking of another book for the Haddonfield Horror series. I can only write when I’m really, really passionate about the story.

Anything short of me being obsessed about the story won’t get me to put pen to paper. I have a lot of ideas, but haven’t been able to sow them together enough to make something wow me—yet!

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

Having thousands of people read my books and to hear a wide range of age groups tell me how much they’ve enjoyed them has been a blast.

Also, hearing my son, Oliver, brag for the first time about his dad writing books starring him!

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Write about something you’re passionate about. Anything less will feel like a chore and unlikely to be completed.

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?

I’m a Philadelphia sports fan, which for most of my life has been a lesson of endurance boarding on masochism.

What message are you sharing in your books?

The art of resiliency, teamwork, and problem solving to resolve conflict.

What are your favorite books?

I love anything Joe Queenan writes, but my most recent reads have been Stephen King and Dan Brown.

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?

Casablanca, The Big Lebowski, Breaking Bad, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Silicon Valley.


When you aren’t writing where can we find you?

Chasing my two boys around Haddonfield!

What inspires you?

To wake up every day and make the world a better place for future generations to enjoy.

Do you have a new release coming out soon?

No, likely a year away from a release.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

Yes!

https://www.facebook.com/haddyhorrors/

https://twitter.com/HaddyHorrors

https://jeffkellywriting.com/

Where can we find your books?

https://www.amazon.com/Jeff-Kelly/e/B071VMW848/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Thank you, Jeff, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success in the future and lots of luck!

Interview With Author Carla Vergot

Recently, I had the good fortune to get to know author, Carla Vergot, a little better. Carla grew up in the great state of North Carolina, but now  lives with her very loving and very supportive husband in Virginia.

She is a self-employed author with a B.A in Language Arts, Writing, and Editing and a Master’s Degree in Education and Special Education.

She enjoys driving Jeeps off road  and visiting graveyards. An honest woman who speaks her mind, she is superstitious, witty, and pays special attention to the details in her writing.

Her debut novel, Lily Barlow, The Mystery of Jane Dough is set for a December 4, 2018 release.

Now that you’ve been introduced to Carla, let’s get to know a little more about this busy woman.

Hello, Carla, and welcome. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?

As a kid, I wanted to be an artist, go to Paris, and paint the Eiffel Tower. When I realized I couldn’t draw, sketch or paint, I was bummed I’d never be an artist. At that point in my life, someone told me writing is painting with words. I’ve been painting ever since.

Is writing your full-time profession?

Yes. I was teaching special education when my husband encouraged me to take a sabbatical to write the book I always wanted to write. Upon completion, I loved it so much, I resigned from teaching and started working on Book 2 in the series.

Have you won any awards?

Not for my writing. Come to think of it, not for anything else either. Although, I think I deserve Best Hill Climb on a Bike and Best Use of Blue Painter’s Tape.

How long have you been writing?

I got a degree in Language Arts, Writing & Editing from North Carolina State in 1990, so on and off since then.

How many books have you written?

One book so far, but it’s freakin’ awesome! It’s the first in a series, and I have started on the second book.

Which genre do you write for?

I think the best description is women’s fiction. I’ve been calling my story a low country boil of mystery, comedy and romance. None of those three categories by itself represents the novel, though.

What do you find most rewarding about writing in this genre?

I like exploring humor in my stories, and other genres don’t always lend themselves to a funny storyline.

What do you find most challenging?

My biggest challenge is moving the story forward without a formal outline. I often don’t know what will happen next, until the characters work it out for me.

Aside from that, the technology piece has been challenging for me. I’m not a very savvy computer person to begin with so things like building a website are exhausting (both for me and for the friend who has to answer all my technology questions).

I can totally relate to the technology challenge. Luckily, I also have a wonderful friend who helps me with my website.

What are you working on now?

I’d like to say that Book 2 has my full attention, but in reality, there’s so much that goes into promoting a book once you write it—building an online community, establishing social media platforms, scheduling engagements, blogging… I guess it’s fair to say I’m promoting the first book while writing the second.

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

I partnered with Jesse Krieger at Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press to publish my book. This past May, Jesse invited me to attend Book Expo 2018 in NYC with four other authors.

I was signing Advance Reader Copies of my book in close proximity to big name authors like Nicholas Sparks. It was incredibly fulfilling and an experience I’ll never forget.

Wow! Nicholas Sparks!

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Don’t be afraid of the hybrid publishing model (in between traditional publishing and self publishing). However, if you chose this route, interview your hybrid publisher very carefully, because they do not all offer the same level of service, professionalism or attention to detail.

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?

My story has a little something for everyone, and it doesn’t require a big commitment. Think of it as a Jell-o shooter—it goes down easy, it’ll make you laugh, and at the end of it, you’ll say, “Well, that was fun.”

Do you have a website/facebook page, etc?

I would love for y’all to visit my website at CarlaVergot.com and sign up for my newsletter. I haven’t figured out how to send one out yet, but I will! My Facebook account is https://www.facebook.com/carla.vergot.1.

Links

CarlaVergot.com

https://www.facebook.com/carla.vergot.1

https://publishizer.com/lily-barlow/

The Publishizer campaign started yesterday (9-11-18). I believe it runs for 30  days. By way of promoting advance sales of the book, readers can purchase packages that include things like signed copies, a sneak peek at Book 2, and an original story by me.

Thank you, Carla, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you lots of luck in the future and continued success!

Interview With Author Jensen Reed

nsen Reed and I took some time this week to discuss her busy life and ever-growing publishing accomplishments.

A full-time mom by day, she burns the midnight oil to run her newly co-founded publishing company, Pixie Forest Publishing, and doing what she loves most (besides loving her children)—writing.

Originally from Nebraska, Jensen grew up on large ranch helping her family run a horse rescue for nearly a decade. This altruistic spirit has carried over into her writing career.

Jensen is committed to helping promote other authors and offering them support and inspiration in their writing endeavors. A self-proclaimed nerd, some of Jensen’s favorite books include Wheel of Time Series, Throne of Glass Series, Darwath Trilogy and Harry Potter.

Now that you’ve been introduced to Jensen, let’s get to know a little more about this busy woman.

Hello, Jensen, and welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to become a writer?

I have always loved words. I love weaving them together and making a story flow.

You seem to enjoy compiling anthologies.  How many include your work?

I’m published in five with three more coming out soon.

How long have you been writing?

I wrote poetry in Jr. High and published some in high school. I’ve been writing fiction for about ten years now.

How many books have you written?

I have written one book three times. HA.  I am editing that and writing book two of the zombie series now.  I have a TON of flash fiction and short stories written and a handful published.

Photo courtesy of: Jensen Reed

Can you tell us a little about your publishing company, Pixie Forest Publishing.  I love the name by the way.

Thanks and of course! It began in April 2018 when my partner-in-crime Donise Sheppard and I got to talking about anthologies and how we both have always loved the idea of creating our own.

Our main focus is our writers, our contributors. We feel writers should always be paid for their hard work, so we work hard to ensure they are!

You write for several different genres: romance, horror, dark fantasy, and YA.  Which genre is the easiest for you to write? Which is the most challenging?

I LOVE this question. I feel like it really just depends on the story. I dabble in so many because they just come to me. I have all of the above genres on my blog under “flash fiction”.

My published ones are mostly horror though. I don’t really write sci-fi, just because I’m not inspired? Though I love to watch sci-fi movies with my husband.

Photo courtesy of: Jensen Reed

What are you working on now?

Revising Ranch, the first book in my Refuge Series. Writing Recourse, book two.

Also working on the plot for the short story I will be putting into Pixie Forest Publishing’s second anthology that is modern fantasy themed.

Plus I run several writing groups (Writing Bad, Writing Bad Promotions, Never-Ending Nano to name a few) and a parenting one that has been going longer than the writing ones.

Whew! I told you guys she was a busy woman!

Photo courtesy of: Jensen Reed

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

Holding a book in my hand and seeing my name in it.  MY words! IN A BOOK.  It’s…indescribable. Being able to stack all five books (and knowing I have three more coming out soon) and see them is just happy making. Ha, Ha!

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Don’t stop writing. Find a tribe of betas who like your style and understand it, and keep  them. Use them. Show support to others in the writing community and it will come back to you. PFP wouldn’t be where it is now if we didn’t show support to our followers and contributors.

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about?

I am a huge nerd. Doctor Who, Supernatural, Harry Potter, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy, and  on and on and on.

If you find a meme or something and want someone to squee or cry with you, share it with me! Tag me on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook, I don’t care. I love sharing the nerdiness with other nerds.

Do you have a website/facebook page, etc?

Hahahaha, I have like twelve since I admin everything for Pixie Forest and Writing Bad.

Author page: https://www.facebook.com/authorjensenreed/

Blog: https://authorjensenreed.wordpress.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorjensenreed/?hl=en

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthrJensenReed

I am on Goodreads and Amazon too!

 

Pixie Forest Publishing links

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pixieforestpub/

Website www.pixieforestpublishing.com

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pixieforestpublishing/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/pixieforestpublishing/?hl=en

Twitter https://twitter.com/pixieforestpub

 

Writing Bad

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WritingBad/

Groups: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WritingBad/

Promo: https://www.facebook.com/groups/writingbadpromos/

Website: www.writingbad.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WritingBadAdmin

Thank you, Jensen, for spending time with us and sharing your story.  We wish you lots of luck in the future and continued success!

Photo courtesy of: Jensen Reed