Author Interviews

Throughout my bookish blogging experience, there are many moments that stand out. Among my favorite is connecting with a broad array of wonderfully talented authors and illustrators! I've decided to start a spotlight of some of these here. 

After his first overseas assignment to the USA in 1975 – just twenty-three with a suitcase and a guitar – corporate nomad, Patrick Burns, kept on moving from country to country rarely declining a fresh challenge in a new location. In these stories from four decades of living and working around the world, he relives some of his most memorable experiences: from dangerous pyrotechnic liaisons in the Algerian desert to a quest to find the Archbishop of Rangoon after a chance meeting in an English village church. See his interview here.

Melissa Hines Helms is the author of the Leah & Rhea book series (middle-grade novels). In addition, to being an author, Melissa is a mom, wife, school psychologists, hu-mom, and co-founder of Helmshines publishing.  You can find the review and interview here.

Jeffrey Bardwell writes fantasy with elements of epic darkness, steampunk, and romance set in the Metal vs. Magic Universe. His character-driven books are guaranteed to include gritty realism, political intrigue, lurid entanglements, dry wit, and dragons in differing proportions.

He devours fantasy and science fiction novels and is most comfortable basking near a warm wood stove. When not writing, Jeffrey enjoys cooking, gardening, and shooing baby dragons from the compost bin.

The author lives on a farm and in a prior life worked as a community ecologist. He is over fond of puns and alliterations. He is also an unabashed history and mythology enthusiast and would love to hear from you. See his interview here

Jamison Stone CEO / Creative Director / Lead Writer at Apotheosis Studios was very generous with his time and allowed me to bombard him and co-creator and illustrator David Granjo with questions about his writing process for The Last Amazon among other things.

Apotheosis Studios is an Indie Studio responsible for The Last Amazon a post-apocalyptic superhero graphic novel; Shadow of the Moon an illustrated novella and top-down Roguelike Action-Adventure RPG; The Chicano Movement of Colorado, a photo civil rights art book; and The Color of Compassion a diversity documentary; and Fantasy/Sci-Fi novel Rune of the Apprentice. You will find the extensive interview here. 

Joanne Pence is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling author of the Angie Amalfi and Rebecca Mayfield mysteries as well as historical fiction, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, a fantasy, and a supernatural suspense. 

Her novels present a variety of times, places, and reading experiences from mysterious to thrilling, emotional to lightly humorous, as well as powerful tales of times long past.
Joanne was born and raised in San Francisco and now makes her home in the foothills just north of BoiseIdaho. She had been president of the Boisechapter of Sisters in Crime, board member of the Popular Fiction Association of Idaho, founding member and current board member of the Idaho Writers Guild, and has held offices in the California Writers Club. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a master's degree in journalism, Joanne has written for magazines, worked for the federal government, and taught school in Japan.
Her books have won or been nominated for a number of high honors, including the Willa Cather Literary Award for Historical Fiction; North American Book Award for Mystery; Idaho Top Fiction Award; The Golden Quill, RWA's Rita and Golden Heart Awards, Daphne du Maurier Award, Independent Bookseller's Golden Scroll, and Romantic Times Career Achievement Award and Best Amateur Sleuth Award. You can find the review and interview here

Johnathan Tindale was the  2018 Award Winner - Best Parenting & Family - Pacific Book Review. Daddy Day Care: a book for new dads and curious mums lifts the lid on the hilarious, bewildering, joyful and maddening experience of being a stay at home dad with his baby daughter.  You can find the review and interview  here

Cynthia Harrison writes contemporary women’s novels and crime fiction published by The Wild Rose Press in print and e-book. Cindy has also self-published two indie paranormal novels, a novelette featuring the love story of a minor character from The Paris Notebook and a non-fiction writing manual she used when teaching college freshman creative writing, now in a second e-book edition available on Amazon. Cindy has been blogging since 2002 and is currently posting flash fiction. Cindy is married to super-husband Al.  They have two grown sons and three grandchildren. Cindy and Al live in Michigan and Florida. You can find Cindy's interview here

Mark Rounds author of Commonality Games has been an Air Force officer fuzzing radars in B-52’s, a bouncer in some of Spokane’s least classy bars, a consultant in information technology, geek in a cube in a couple .com’s, folk singer, and currently faculty at the University of Idaho in MIS. He has published papers and conference proceedings on Computer Security, Hacking Motivations, Geographical Information Systems, and Grizzly Bear Habitat. Academically, Mark has a BS in Computer science from Montana State University in 1978, MBA from University of North Dakota in 1985, MS in Computer Science from Washington State University in 2000, and a PhD at the University of Idaho in 2014 focusing in Cyber Security. When he was younger and more foolish, he competed as an IPF power lifter and has a first ascent in Glacier Park on Red Rock Point. Mark’s current hobbies include Civil War Reenacting, Reading, Folk Guitar, competing in Practical Pistol meets, and cooking gourmet food for his wife of 37 years and 3 kids. Mark is also known as a gamer. My full interview with Mark is here.

Lindsay A. Franklin is an award-winning author, award-winning freelance editor, and homeschooling mom of three. When she’s not exploring the fantastical, she’s exploring the Bible and encouraging young women through her devotional books. You can find my review and interview here.

I own most of Blake Sebring's books and spoke with him recently. Sebring is the author of ten books. Features in Faith is his 10th. He is also the author of six sports nonfiction books, including Fort Wayne Sports History, Tales of the Komets, Legends of the Komets, Live From Radio Rinkside: The Bob Chase Story, The Greatest Mistake I Never Made and On To The Show. His first novel was The Lake Effect, followed by Homecoming Game and then Lethal GhostBlake worked for The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, IN for more than 30 years, winning national awards for his coverage of hockey, tennis, and volleyball. In 2015, he was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He's posted a Q & A here.

Kitty Lewis is the Fantasy writer of the series, Legends of the Lost Tribes. She said, "I’ve had the world and characters in my head for a long time, in fact, I think I was around 6 or 7 when I first started imagining the earliest parts of it all. It was always just a sort of private fantasy though, the little world I’d escape to in daydreams (or during a boring school lesson!). A few years ago I was trying to work out what I actually wanted to do with my life after a lot of plans and ideas had fallen apart, and I realised I’d already created this entire world, so why not share it with others?" You can find my interview with Kitty here. Links to my reviews of the first two books in her 'Legends of the Lost Tribes' series are also available.

Myrna J.Gove is a teacher and author of the book 'Legacy of One-Room Schools'. 

Myrna enjoys speaking about her book and recently discussed the legacy of the one-room schoolhouse at this presentation before the Swiss Community Historical Society. 

You can read more about her research and pictures of one-room schools here.

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