Saturday, December 15, 2018

Interview With Author: Karina Kantas

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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.


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Hello, Karina, welcome to Lemon Drop Literary. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.
Thank you for having me.

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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.


Photo courtesy of: Karina Kantas

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 this year.


Photo courtesy of: Karina Kantas

   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.


Photo courtesy of: Karina Kantas

What are you working on now?
The 2nd book 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.


Photo courtesy of: Karina Kantas

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.


Photo courtesy of: Karina Kantas

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 FB. 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 FB fanpage   http://bit.ly/FBMCSERIES OUTLAW MC series      http://bit.ly/AOMCA - Authors of MC Anarchy
https://www.facebook.com/IllusionalReality/  - Illusional Reality page
http://bit.ly/BLOGKK Blog/website

Where can we find your books?
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!
    

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Interview With Author: L.E. Harrison

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By way of introduction to L.E. Harrison, here is her biography. L.E. Harrison is the author of the contemporary fantasy trilogy the Children Of Corvus, as well as a collection of previously published poems and short stories. She decided she wanted to be an author in the fourth grade, when she began writing poetry, plays, and stories.

A lifelong avid reader and lover of genre fiction—from science fiction to paranormal romance, and everything in between—she’s inspired by books that blur the boundaries, and by the authors who manage to do it exceptionally well.

She lives in a hundred-sixty-year-old farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania, where she is busy working on the next chapter in the universe of Soluna’s children.

Now that you've been introduced to L.E. let's get to know her a little better.


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Hello, L.E., welcome to Lemon Drop Literary. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.
Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?
I’ve always loved to read. I credit my love of reading to my mom, who read books to us every night as kids. I started writing my own poems and stories in fourth grade, and just never stopped.

Is writing your full-time profession?
Yes.

How long have you been writing?
Since I was around eight or nine years old.


Photo courtesy of: L.E. Harrison

Have you won any awards?
All three of the books in my series, The Children of Corvus, are IHIBRP 5-Star Recommended reads. Book two, Merula, won the bronze in the 2018 Virtual Fantasy Con Awards for Best Dark Fantasy, and was voted one of Read Freely’s 50 Best Indie Books of 2017. The Blackbirds: The Children of Corvus Omnibus was chosen as one of the Best Books We’ve Read All Year by Read Freely.




How many books have you written?
I’ve written three full novels and one short story in The Children of Corvus Series. I’ve also published many poems and short stories, some of which are featured in a collection titled From the Uncollected Thoughts of L.E. Harrison.


Photo courtesy of: L.E. Harrison

Which genre do you write? 
I like to describe my books as Contemporary Fantasy, which is a fantasy set in the present day. It’s a bit like Urban Fantasy, but without the crime-fighting or detective elements.

What do you find most challenging writing for this genre?
Since the stories straddle genres, and don’t fit neatly into any one category, marketing can be a challenge sometimes.

What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on the first book of a two-part series. I set the duet in the same universe as The Children of Corvus Series, and will focus on the descendants of Venefica the Witch Goddess.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?
Everywhere!

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work? 
Being able to share my stories with readers from all over the world.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?
Stay true to your vision of what you want your novel to be and push through whenever you feel like giving up. Remember the reason you started your book and try to bring that passion and excitement into your writing. Write the book you want to read. You are your first audience, so if you’re not entertained and moved by emotion, your readers won’t be either.  

Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about you?
I’m a grandmother, and the mother of three grown children. I’ve been married to a wonderful, supportive man for thirty-two years, and live in a hundred sixty-year-old farmhouse in the heart of Amish/Mennonite country.


Photo courtesy of: L.E. Harrison

 What message are you sharing in your books?
The themes I like to explore in my work involve family dynamics—fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, family secrets and the damage they can cause to relationships.

In Blackbird, there were themes like logic vs reality—how your perspective could determine that reality. Also, how blind adherence to laws—religious or otherwise—did not always result in people doing the right thing.

In Merula and Corvus, I tried to explore how it felt to discover that you were not the person you believed yourself to be—and neither were the people around you. Also, what it was like to be considered a god when you have no desire for that kind of power, and you’re sure you will never live up to everyone’s expectations.

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What are your favorite books?
Carol Berg writes flawless prose and characters that leap off the page. I’ve read all of her books at least twice. Jennifer Roberson’s Sword Dancer series is amazing. Reading her books made me want to write in the fantasy genre.

I was obsessed with Stephen King novels for many years. The Stand and 11/22/63 are my favorites of his. I also love the character Lestat, from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.

Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series is a must read for fans of dark fantasy. For science fiction, you can’t find anyone better than Connie Willis. Judith Merlke Riley is simply brilliant.

I’m also a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Jeff Vandermeer’s South Reach Trilogy, and The Black Witch Chronicles by Laurie Forest.  The list goes on, but that’s a sampling of the authors I enjoy reading. 

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?
I’m a huge Star Wars geek, and a fan of superheroes in both movies and television. The TV series Smallville is my all-time favorite show. Supernatural runs a close second. Some other shows I enjoy are The Flash, Arrow, Game of Thrones, Shameless, and American Gods.


Photo courtesy of: L.E. Harrison

When you're not writing where can we find you?
I like to travel as often as I can—visiting family on the west coast, hiking in National Parks, or hanging out in Las Vegas. I attend a yoga class at least once a week. Otherwise, I’m usually at home reading a book!

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?
Newsletter Signup: http://eepurl.com/dkbSxr

Where can we find your books?
My books are available on all major retailers here: https://www.books2read.com/ap/nOgpon/LE-Harrison

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


Photo courtesy of: L.E. Harrison



Friday, December 7, 2018

Interview With Author: Connie Cockrell


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By way of introducing Connie Cockrell, here is her biography:

A 20-year Air Force career, time as a manager at a computer operations company, wife, mother, sister and volunteer, provides a rich background for Connie Cockrell’s story-telling.
Cockrell grew up in upstate NY, just outside of Gloversville, NY before she joined the military at age 18. Having lived in Europe, Great Britain, and several places around the United States, she now lives in Payson, AZ with her husband: hiking, gardening, and playing bunko.

She writes about whatever comes into her head so her books could be in any genre. She's published seventeen books so far, has been included in five different anthologies and been published on EveryDayStories.com and FrontierTales.com. Connie's always on the lookout for a good story idea. Beware, you may be the next one.
Now that you've been introduced to Connie let's get to know her a little better.


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Hello, Connie, welcome to Lemon Drop Literary. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.
Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?
My daughter challenged me. In October 2011, she came home all excited. A friend of hers had convinced her to take part in National Novel Writing Month.

She was explaining it all and my husband and I said, “How hard can it be to write 1,667 words a day?” Her response was, “Well, if you think it’s so easy, you do it!” I agreed.

She lent me a copy of Story Engineering, by Larry Brooks. I read it fast. And in two weeks I had a story outlined and began writing on November 1st! I won!

Is writing your full-time profession?
No, it’s really part time for me.

How long have you been writing?
It’s been seven years, now.


Photo courtesy of: Connie Cockrell


Have you won any awards?
I have won a Silver Award from Military Writers Society of America for the fourth book in my Brown Rain Series, Tested. It was the first time I’d entered a story for an award and I won!

How long did you serve as Master Sergeant with United States Air Force?
I was in the Air Force for 20 years.

Thank you for your dedicated service.

Does your former military service influence your writing? If yes, how so?
It influences my writing. I use military people as some of my characters in my books and have even written about some problems (like PTSD, and other things) in some of my short stories.

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How many books have you written? 
 I have published 18 books and have been included in a handful of anthologies. I have 5 books written and in the editing phase to be released in 2019.

Which genres do you write for?
LOL! I write a lot of genres. SciFi, Fantasy, Western, Cozy Mystery, Horror, and Contemporary.


Photo courtesy of: Connie Cockrell

What do you find most challenging writing for this genre? 
Each one has its own quirks but all of them require the characters to have their own voices. That is hard to do.

What are you working on now?
I’m working on a Western, a Horror, and a series of contemporary YA novelettes.


Photo courtesy of: Connie Rockell


What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?
I love when someone tells me they loved one of my stories. It makes me happy that for a few hours at least, I’ve helped someone enjoy themselves.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?
Take it one day at a time. It’s possible to be a big seller right out of the gate but it rarely happens that way. It takes time to build a readership. Enjoy the process.

Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about you?
I love to go hiking and get out in the beautiful Arizona woods and mountains. When I get stuck on a tricky bit of writing, it almost always clears my mind to get outside and breathe the fresh air.

I have a big creative side and besides books; I make a calendar every year, and I have mugs with my book covers on them. Both are fun to do and can be found on my website at https://conniesrandomthoughts.com/my-books-and-other-published-work/.


Photo courtesy of: Connie Cockrell

What message are you sharing in your books?
I think it’s that the individual can do something about a problem. Maybe just in a small way, but sometimes in a major way. It all begins with one.


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What are your favorite books?
I love all the genre’s I write but also Thrillers, Spy novels, mysteries, well, just about anything!

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?
Lately the hubby and I have been watching a lot of SciFi, like Black Mirror, The Man in the High Tower, and such.

When you're not writing where can we find you?
I live in central Arizona, in a small town, Payson, where I volunteer, play bunko, and lunch with friends.


Photo courtesy of: Connie Cockrell


Do you have a website/Facebook page?
I do!
I’m at www.ConniesRandomThoughts.com, and I’m on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ConniesRandomThoughts, on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/conniecockrell, on Pinterest at: https://www.pinterest.com/conniecockrell/ and on BookBub at: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/connie-cockrell

Where can we find your books?
You can find my books on my website: https://conniesrandomthoughts.com/my-books-and-other-published-work/, where there are links to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo.

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


Photo courtesy of: Connie Cockrell



Saturday, December 1, 2018

Interview With Author: Kimberly K. Fox

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Kimberly K. Fox has lived in many places and worked in many professions. After working as a cocktail waitress, a secretary, a territory sales manager and a model, she returned to her first love—writing.

Kimberly lives in Connecticut with her husband and son. She enjoys listening to music, meeting new people, and making new friends. She also has a special interest in helping those who suffer from autism.


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


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Hello, Kimberly, welcome to Lemon Drop Literary. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.
Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid, ten or so. I just loved to read and starting to write was a natural extension of that.

Is writing your full-time profession?
Yes, I write full time. I'm currently writing my sixth novel.

How long have you been writing?
A loooong time!!

How many books have you written?
This is above. Five and working on number six.

Which genres do you write for? 
I write all genres,  most tend to have a touch of romance to them. I’ve written erotic, mainstream women’s lit, mystery/thriller and a historical/paranormal.

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?
I like to challenge myself as a writer so I try to write different genres. I invent the characters and they help me write the story.


Photo courtesy of: Kimberly K. Fox

 What are you working on now?
Right now, I am writing a sequel to my mystery/thriller Shattered Star. A Los Angeles lieutenant is tracking a serial killer with a new partner assigned to him.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?
Everywhere. Mostly though, in my imagination. I don’t base my characters on any real person, my characters are imaginary. I have a vivid imagination; I suppose most authors do!


Photo courtesy of: Kimberly K. Fox

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work? 
I was at a book signing and a woman wasn’t sure if she wanted to read the novel. It was To Be A Star, which is mainstream women’s lit, but also romance. 

She told me she didn't “read” romances. In the end, she bought the book. She came to my signing the next day and asked if I could find her a “Taylor”, the hero in my book! 

Someone else told me they stayed up all night reading Shattered Star. When you hear how much your writing is appreciated by others that is a wonderful feeling. Also, seeing my name on a book cover is such a thrill! I WROTE that!

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?
Network with other authors, both in person or on social media. Any really good author will be happy to give you tips. My most important tip: believe in yourself.  That will come through in your writing. A strong “voice” is also important.


Photo courtesy of: Kimberly K. Fox

 Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about you?
I am always available to be contacted, my links: www.kimberlykfox.com and
kkfox.net are two sites you can visit. My email is: kchinarose@aol.com.

What message are you sharing in your books?
No particular message since my books are all fiction. It’s relax and enjoy, escapism time!

What are your favorite books?
I love a good mystery novel. Dean Koontz is a good one. J.D. Robb Eve Dallas In Death Series are great reads. Love Stephanie Plum Novels by Janet Evanavach, to name just a few. Many, many more!

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?
I don’t really watch TV. I DO love movies! Any kind- a comedy, a romance, a thriller, a mystery/thriller, science fiction. Anything but gore. 

Some favs: While You Were Sleeping, Moonstruck, The Hunger Games Series, all Star Trek movies.

When you're not writing where can we find you?
At home, taking care of family. Or nose buried in a book!

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?
Yes, websites are listed above. I’m at wwwfacebook.comkimberlykfox@author.

Where can we find your books?
Anywhere books are sold! B&N, Amazon, Books A Million, Good Reads, any online retailer.
Photos and links can be found on my website! Thanks for having me so much!

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


Photo courtesy of: Kimberly K. Fox