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Interview With Author Kade Cook

Kade Cook is a daydreamer who enjoys sharing good times with kind-hearted people. A dedicated wife and mother, she spends each day learning a little more about the person she wants to become.

A former IT professional, Kade spends her days supporting her children and her nights penciling fantasy novels filled with powerful supernatural characters. Readers have called her storytelling vivid, imaginative and authentic.

Kade lives in Canada with her family.

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

What inspired you to be a writer?

As for how I started, I had been working as an IT professional until I stayed home to raise my family. Though it was wonderful, I became bored.

My husband suggested I write a book to break up the monotony. To his surprise,  I did just that. It started by watching the crows and ravens next door at the neighbor’s house and then ideas about why they were there just streamed in. The rest is history.

Is writing your full-time profession?

I am a stay at home mom, so between taking care of kids and running to sports events, it would be my secondary job. The only one that makes any money.

How long have you been writing?

I believe it has been about four years now.

Have you won any awards?

I‘ve been awarded a five star badge by IHIBRP and was short listed for the KOBO Emerging Writer’s Prize in 2017

How many books have you written?

To date, I have written three novels for The Covenant of Shadows Series and two short  stories, but only one has been published.

Which genres do you write? 

Supernatural Suspense/Urban Fantasy

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

My only real challenge is finding enough quality time to sit and write. With constant  distractions from the kids, it is a bit of a struggle at times.

What are you working on now?

I am writing the 4th book in my series and beginning to work on some other ideas I have outlined.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

I think a lot of my characters are little pieces of my own personality brought out from life experiences.

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

Actually finishing a book. It feels wonderful to type out the last words and think one more book down, many more to go. Each being a mark on this world of your existence and time here. 

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Don’t give up and don’t listen to negative criticism. This is your journey so go on it.  Finish that book, story, novella or what have you.

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

I love hearing from readers, and how my writing has affected them. What they loved, what they hated, etc.

What message are you sharing in your books?

I am trying to share the message of hope. To look for light no matter how bleak and dark the world seems.

What are your favorite books?

The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Lunar Chronicles, The Throne of Glass, Twilight, A Court of Thorns and Roses, The Robert Langdon Series, Divergent Trilogy, etc. haha!

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?

I watch very little television but I love Lucifer, The Big Bang Theory and Friends.

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

Ha-ha at the local ice-rink watching my kids play hockey.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

Yes, you can find me at www.Facebook.com/kadecook.author or at www.kadecookbooks.wordpress.com

Amazon links: https://www.amazon.com/Kade-Cook/e/B01M64VACI/

WordPress: https://kadecookbooks.wordpress.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kade.cook/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CovOfShadows/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kade-cook

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/AuthorKadeCook/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Kade_cook

Where can we find your books?

My books can be found on Amazon or my audio books on Audible. A signed copy of my paperbacks are also available to be ordered through me.

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

Interview With Author/Teacher: Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant is a master at balancing her busy lifestyle. Using her feminine superpowers she makes teaching middle-school Spanish, raising a family, writing novels and finding lost things look easy.

Samantha is a winner of the 2016 Jacquis Award from Legendary Women for her novel, Going Through The Change. When she’s not writing she enjoys watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. She lives in North Carolina with her family.

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

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

Thank you for having me.

Why did you become a teacher?

I have a helping heart and learning new things is my idea of a good time. I also truly enjoyed school when I was a child. So, it seemed a natural choice to choose to teach as a career.

Though it’s been a hard row to hoe sometimes (emotionally and financially), it’s also been a joy and inspiration and gives me a feeling of purpose. Knowing I have an impact and make a difference in this world is important to my well-being.

What grade do you teach?

Currently, I’m teaching sixth through eighth grade Spanish. Across my twenty-three years in the classroom, I’ve taught a range of Spanish and English classes, as well as computers, theater, and even music to people in middle school, high school, and college.

I’m also offering creative writing workshops and classes through a local community college from time to time.

How has your teaching experience influenced your writing?

I’ve been able to parlay teaching into a variety of opportunities. It’s given me the chance to live, teach, and study in some great places: Alaska, Vermont, Kentucky, Kansas, Spain, England, and North Carolina. All these different settings feed my creativity and imagination.

Teaching has also put me in contact with a lot of different people from backgrounds that differ from my own. Kids tell you everything so teaching is full of writing fodder.

Spending time with young people exposes me to new music, media, games, and obsessions all the time.

Some of my classroom skills have proven useful in building a writing life as well. I know how to present publicly, so things like giving talks, taking part in panels, running workshops, or giving a reading were easier for me than for some of my writing colleagues who had different day jobs.

Teaching has also allowed me a great deal of autonomy. I’m used to planning out my own agenda and schedule and can be very productive even though no one is checking on my progress. That’s been really important for the phases of the writing process where it’s just me and my computer.

What inspired you to become a writer?

I came to writing through reading. Even before I could read, I was in love with story and the sounds of language. My mother and I lived at the library when I was little and read together all the time.

When I was in first grade, my teacher had us copy famous poems as a handwriting exercise. It was when I first encountered Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, and Robert Frost.

Mrs. Alsdorf could see how excited I was by the language, and one day, she leaned down next to my desk and said something like, “You know, you could write poems yourself, if you wanted to.”

I thought this was a marvelous idea, and I’ve been writing ever since. I write more novels than poetry these days, but I write every single day.

Which genres do you write?

My published novels are all part of a single series: The Menopausal Superhero Series. These novels are a hybrid of superhero fantasy and women’s fiction.

Going Through the Change, Change of Life, and Face the Change might best be described as drama-dy because they intermix serious drama with levity.

However, in varying degrees of completion, I have a women’s issues fiction novel, a middle grade urban fantasy, and the first in a women’s historical fiction trilogy.

I’m currently writing a near-future young adult dystopian romance and plan for my next book to be a gothic romance.

Among my short stories, you’ll find science fiction, literary fiction, ghost stories, fantasy, and horror.

I’m open to reading and writing a variety of genres and am attracted to many kinds of stories. I’m in this for the long haul, and plan to pursue a wide variety of characters through their trials and travails.

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

In writing superhero fiction, the challenge lies in finding the right balance between character development and action and adventure, though that might be said of a lot of genres.

When my work is at its most effective, readers are drawn in by exciting super heroic fights, but stay because they are invested in the characters and care about what happens to them.

What are you working on now?

My work in progress is a new novel, working title Thursday’s Children. It’s young adult dystopian romance and started out as a novella I intended to include in a book bundle with some author friends.

I love trying out new genres and was excited to write something aimed at the age group I teach. I wasn’t able to keep the story small enough for a novella, though, so here I am several months later, hoping to finish the first draft by spring of 2019.

My three main characters Kye’luh Wade, Malcolm Singletary, and Jason Berger are smart, strong capable kids and I’m loving writing their story.

The novel takes place in a near future in which a shadowy governmental agency called the EBC (Ethical Behavior Committee) has been making “troublemakers” disappear and taking the affected children into educational centers.

When sixteen-year-old track star Kye’luh Wade and her cousins escape the system and run off to their survivalist grandfather’s mountain hideaway, they must decide whether to cower and survive or take on the system and make a difference.

How many books have you written?

Three are published. Three others have complete drafts on my hard drive. Two others have incomplete drafts on my hard drive. Another exists only in notes and in my heart. Yet another lies abandoned on my hard drive. I’m also in the middle of a nonfiction book with a partner-writer.

So, I think I would count six of those as books I “have written” and three as ones I “am writing.” Who knows what the others will become? Not bad when you consider that I didn’t take it seriously until I turned 42.

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

I’ve been so fortunate to find support and advice from writers whose careers are more established than mine. I take great joy in passing this knowledge on to others.

When I teach creative writing classes, take part on panels, judge contests, or just have a good conversation with beginning writers, I am so pleased to offer help and encouragement to others. It feels like a circle of life in that way.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

There is no “magic bullet.” There’s no right way or wrong way to go about this. There is only the way that works for you. Building a writing life will involve a bit of trial and error, but it’s worth it for the fulfillment of a dream. Stay the course!

What message are you sharing in your books?

The Menopausal Superhero Series isn’t a message-preaching sort of book, but it does have a lot to say about friendship among women and about issues surrounding aging.

I dedicated the first book to “any woman who has ever felt betrayed by her own body.” I hope that other women recognize their own feelings and experiences in the pages of my books and find comfort by the images in that mirror.

When you not writing where can we find you?

Though I love to travel, I’ve been more of a homebody these past few years. Children turned out to be a very expensive proposition! I wouldn’t trade mine for the world, but it has kept me in a closer orbit in this phase of life.

I find a lot of close to home joys in long walks in the woods and by the river with my dog and in attending as many cultural events as my pocketbook allows.

I’m a huge fan of the Retro series at the Carolina theater, and my husband and I see at least one live performance of something by Shakespeare every year.

I always say my favorite gift is tickets—to almost anything!

What are your favorite books/authors?

I’ve been on a Shirley Jackson kick lately, revisiting The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and taking on some of her works I hadn‘t read.

I read classics and contemporary novels alongside a fair amount of nonfiction. I’m attracted to character-driven work, but I also love an intriguing setting.

I review nearly everything I read on Goodreads and would love to connect with you there!

What are your favorite TV shows/movies?

I’m chronically behind on television. There are not enough hours in the day to hold down my day job, create all the things, and read and watch all the things!

I am an old movie buff, and many of my Hollywood crushes are on people who died before I was born, like Humphrey Bogart and Gary Cooper. The Quiet Man is one of my favorite movies of all time.

I do enjoy a good superhero movie or show, so am trying to catch up on all the newest DC and Marvel creations out there. A goodly amount of my television time is spent with my family.


The youngest and I just finished She-Ra: Princesses of Power, which was great fun! The eldest and I watched The Haunting of Hill House which somehow was nothing like the book, and exactly like the book at the same time. The husband and I recently watched Altered Carbon, which was mind-blowing.

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

I have the best and most supportive family. I’d never have been able to make a go of this whole “writing thing” without their love and encouragement and work.

Do you have a website/Facebook page?

Are you kidding? Social media is so much fun! I LOVE being a twenty-first century girl, with the entire world at my fingertips.

I dabble in a variety of formats, so there’s a good chance we have at least one in common. Here’s my stack of current links:

http://samanthabryant.com
https://www.facebook.com/samanthadunawaybryant
https://www.instagram.com/samanthabryantauthor/

mewe.com/i/samantha.bryant

https://www.goodreads.com/mirymom
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SamanthaDunawayBryant/posts
http://mirymom.tumblr.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9j-KqaCAp8UYrVAWejQZ-g
https://www.bookbub.com/profile/samantha-bryant

Where can we find your books?

My Amazon page is probably the easiest way to access them though many of my publications are also available by request at your favorite indie or big box bookstore.

You can also subscribe to my newsletter for updates on my public appearances and new releases (I promise: no more than one newsletter per month).


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

Interview With Author: Karen J. Mossman

A prolific author, Karen J. Mossman comes from a long line of writers and is published through Pict Publishing. From her island home of Anglesey in the U.K., Karen enjoys retirement and manages the book lovers Facebook group Electric Eclectic.

She has two grown children and lives with her husband and two dogs. Besides writing, Karen also enjoys reading, cross stitching and speaking to groups about various books.

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

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

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?


My mom and dad were foster care parents, and we often had four under five’s in the house, including my three siblings, so I think it became a bit of an escape for me.

Is writing your full-time profession?

No, I’m retired, so I’m lucky to write when I please.

How long have you been writing?

A very long time!

How many books have you written?

Fourteen to date.

Which genres do you write? 

I’m a multi-genre author. I like to dabble in all kinds.

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

The ones I haven’t yet written yet  -vampires or shifters, not sure if I want to, but never say never, as they say!

What are you working on now?

I’m between books. I published my last one on 20th November. I have several works in progress, so I must find which one to do first soon.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories ?

A lot of my stories are ones I’ve written before self-publishing was an option.  Many were partially written, or complete ones that needed a lot of attention. I pull one of those out and rewrite.  Sometimes I’ll write a new one as ideas are everywhere.

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

Just seeing a book in print. I don’t think I will ever get tired of seeing my work sitting on the Amazon shelf amongst so many others.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Write for love, not money, and write for yourself.

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

All my books are in collections or series. I didn’t plan to do that, it sort of happened, and I kind of like it.

 What message are you sharing in your books?

How in every situation, just like life, there is humour and love. You’ll find those in my books.

What are your favorite books?

I don’t have favourites of anything because they change so frequently. I suppose favourite books for me would translate to most memorable books.

The one that continues to haunt me, and I will have to read again, soon is Becky Wicks After The Wave. It’s about the Boxing Day Tsunami in Thailand and a love story that finds its way through all the horror.

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?

I’m a big Box Set fan and have been through many. I love American ones and BBC dramas. At the moment I am watching Salvation and will watch at least three episodes tonight.

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

Walking my dogs. I have plenty of beaches and stunning countryside near me, so there are plenty of places to go.

Tell us a little about your blogs Magic Of Stories and Karen’s Book Buzz?

Magic of Stories came about because of my love of stories. There are many stories out there, not just fiction, so my blog comprises true stories, flash fiction, family history, life on an island and anything else relating to the telling of tales.

Karen’s Book Buzz Blog is where I review all the books I read, and share a few I haven’t.

How can Indie Authors get a review of their book on your blog?

Reading for me has to remain a pleasure. I don’t like deadlines or being forced to read something I am not enjoying. So, I am not open to reviews.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

https://www.facebook.com/karensmagicofstories/

Where can we find your books?

author.to/KarenMossman

My Books

The Decade Series

The Secret – 70s  – myBook.to/TS

Joanna’s Journey – 80s  – books2read.com/Joanna

Joanna’s Destiny – 90s – myBook.to/Joanna90s

The Truth Will Out – 00s – myBook.to/TTWO

The Themed Collection

The Missing – books2read.com/TheMissingKM

Behind the Music – books2read.com/BehindtheMusic

Heroes – books2read.com/Heroes

Electric Eclectic Novelettes

One Christmas – books2read.com/OneXmas

Distant Time – books2read.com/DistantTime

Down by the River – books2read.com/River

A Cry in the Night – books2read.com/CryintheNight

Just Stories

The Adventures of Cassidy Newbold – books2read.com/CassidyNewbold

The Magic of Stories – books2read.com/MagicofStoriesKJM

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

Interview With Author: Karina Kantas

Karina Kantas is a dreamer who enjoys sharing her creative reality with others. She is a writer, a radio show host and a die hard supporter of Indie Authors.

She also manages the Facebook group, Step Out of Reality, where people can discuss TV shows, movies and just about anything creative that enables you to leave your reality and enter a new one.

When she isn’t writing or helping authors find their way in the publishing world, Karina spends time with her husband and two children on their island home of Greece.

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

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

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?

After reading S. E. Hinton’s, The Outsiders, I decided to write my own story. After reading all of her books I went on the hunt for more troubled/rebel teenagers type stories. That’s when I saw the gap in the marketplace.

I had a story to tell and so I did. It became an 18-page short story. It wasn’t until I was twenty, when I worked on it again that it suddenly formed into a novel which is still my best seller to date.

In Times of Violence, The Young Adult edition (Original) is available and I’m working on an adult version which will then be added to the Outlaw Series.

Is writing your full-time profession?


No. I’d need to be professionally published and earning royalties to write full time.

I run a business called Author Assist where I supply numerous author services. Skills I have learned and used over my years of writing and promoting and marketing myself and my books. This takes up most of my time working up to eight hours a day for my clients.

How long have you been writing?


I was making up adventure stories back in middle school, but I never tried publishing anything until I was in my twenties. Let’s just say it’s over 25 years.

How many books have you written?

I’m about to get number 10 published early next year.

Which genres do you write for? 

I write in most genres. I have a YA romantic fantasy duology, a MC romance series, a supernatural thriller, and two collections of short and flash fiction of all genres.

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

I really suck at sci-fi. I’m not a huge fan of the genre and would have to force myself to read a sci-fi novel. My stories end up sounding like something from Star Trek.

What are you working on now?

The 2ndbook of my YA romantic fantasy is set to be published. I have no official date yet, but it will be early 2019 (we’re December 2018 now).

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

I guess my inspiration comes from films, books and life.

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

Well holding an actual physical book in my hand is an amazing feeling. Then knowing people are reading and enjoying my books is a close second.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Don’t rush to get published. Make sure your manuscript is polished. You only get one try at this so give your book the best chance it has.

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

Most of my warped ideas for my stories and books come from dreams and nightmares. And there is always a piece of Karina in my work, meaning some scenes and story lines are biographical.

What message are you sharing in your books?

My stories are more entertaining than trying to send a message.

Stone Cold is a fun supernatural thriller that’s very biographical and I got a lot of closure from it. This one sends a message, but I’m not telling as it will give too much away.

What are your favorite books?

I love fantasy and paranormal romances and a horror now an again.

So Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Mortal Instruments, The Outsiders, Strange Highways, Door to December.

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?

I don’t watch TV much nowadays, but I loved all Vamp and paranormal TV shows, such as True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf and Supernatural.

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

 You will find me on Wattpad reading awful or brilliant stories.

Can you tell us a little about your radio show Author Assist on the Artist First Radio Network?

Author Assist is a one-hour show that goes out live worldwide every second Friday of the month.

I chat with authors about their book, the industry and of course marketing and promotion.

I answer any question or put questions to them, that have been sent into me, via Author Assist Radio show on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAssistRadio

We also have a lot of fun with quizzes and other surprises.
http://artistfirst.com/kantas.htm

Where can your supporters go to help you expand this program?

I have a patron account where people can support and help fund the show, thus being able to afford Author Assist to be on air twice a month and not just once.

I don’t get paid to do this show. I pay for air time, advertising and phone charges. So I’d gladly accept any help available.

Supporters can sponsor with as little as $5 a month and there are rewards as well as helping authors be found and heard.
https://www.patreon.com/AuthorAssist

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

Please buy my books, lol.

I don’t have the time to promote my own titles as I’m so busy promoting my authors books.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

 http://bit.ly/FBFPKK FBfanpage  

http://bit.ly/FBMCSERIES OUTLAWMC series     

http://bit.ly/AOMCA – Authors of MCAnarchy

https://www.facebook.com/IllusionalReality/  – Illusional Reality page

http://bit.ly/INSTKK Instagram

http://bit.ly/TwittKK Twitter

http://bit.ly/BLOGKK Blog/website

http://bit.ly/KKGRE Goodreads

http://bit.ly/KKGOO Google+

Where can we find your books?

http://bit.ly/KarinaKantas Amazon author page
https://books2read.com/ap/8ZKwEj/Karina-Kantas

https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?contributorId=363709

Sign up to Karina’s mailing list.  http://bit.ly/KKAML

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