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Author Interview With Sandi Kahn Shelton

My name is Sandi Kahn Shelton, and I’m the author of three novels—Kissing Games of the World, A Piece of Normal, and What Comes After Crazy, all published by Shaye Areheart books, a division of Crown, which is a division of Random House. I’ve also written three non-fiction humor books about parenting and family life and lots of newspaper and magazine articles. I wrote a humor column for Working Mother magazine for ten years, and my work has appeared in Redbook, Salon, Readers Digest, and also several anthologies.

These days I write fiction every day, and I’m also a feature reporter for the New Haven Register in Connecticut, and I teach writing workshops as well. I’m married to a journalist, Jim Shelton, and we have three children, the youngest of whom is in college.

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Author Interview with Jenny McGill

In 1973 my husband and I moved from Dallas, Texas to the sleepy fishing village of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It didn’t sleep very long because the world had already discovered the beauty and charm of the place through John Huston’s film, Night of the Iguana, produced in 1964.

Reporters flocked to Puerto Vallarta to get a glimpse of the hot, scandalous romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Many years later, Huston mused about how he had needlessly worried about protecting the innocence of young Sue Lyons while Ava Gardner was chasing brown beach boys through the jungle.

It was party-time Mexico for several years, although I did find time to teach English in public and private schools. I also taught in Mexican government offices and banks...

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Author Interview with Steven Verrier

I’ve been writing seriously since I was a teenager … first songs, and then I got hooked on prose while attending university … thanks in part to one of the greatest teachers I ever had, Prof. Frank Ledwell of the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, who mentored innumerable young writers during his distinguished career there. After completing undergraduate studies in Canada, I spent many years living and working overseas, particularly in Japan...
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Author Interview with Dianne Ascroft

Dianne Ascroft Mini Biography:

I’m a Canadian writer, living in Britain. I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Growing up there I loved the hustle and bustle of city life and was very involved in several historical societies and music organisations. I earned a B.A. in History at the University of Windsor, Canada in 1984. When I turned 30 I decided to try something different. So, later that year, I moved to Britain; I’ve lived in Scotland and Northern Ireland since moving here in 1990.

Although writing isnt my primary occupation, I love it and spend as much time as possible indulging my passion. Ive been freelance writing since 2002. Most of my writing focuses on history, arts/music and human interest stories...

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Author Interview With Marilyn Morris

Author Bio Marilyn Morris:

I’m a single woman over forty – waaaay over forty, who is having the time of her life doing what she has always wanted to do – write novels. I am blessed with family and friends who support me and who love me despite my sometimes being reclusive (a writer’s curse!). I have a black cat named Cleopatra who dislikes everybody, sometimes even me, but she lets me live here.

I feel privileged to be your guest.

Author Interview with Marilyn Morris:

What compelled you to write your first book?

MM: I like to say it was revenge. I had been writing, off and on, on my first novel, Sabbath’s Room, for about twenty years...

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Author Interview with Joel M Andre

Joel M. Andre was born January 13, 1981 in Cottonwood, AZ. He began writing back in 1994 on a personal level, discovering the passion and feeling the words brought him. Although more of a hobby at the time, he collected his works and in 1999 released the poem The Midnight Express. It received positive feedback, and was quickly followed by For the Salem Witch. To date Joel has released over 60 poems, and 3 books.
Pray the Rain Never Ends was the first book, which includes the poem he wrote for his nephew Christopher Andre. A gripping work that shows a different side to the creator of work that usually holds a darker flair.

The follow up book A Death at the North Pole brought a new side of Joel out...

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Author Interview Dave Donelson

Dave Donelson Mini-Bio:

Dave Donelson’s career as a broadcaster, entrepreneur, and writer has taken him from the jungles of Australia’s Cape York Peninsula to the minarets of Riyadh. He’s climbed the spire of the Empire State Building, floated the Usumacinta River to the Mayan ruins at Piedras Negras in Guatemala, and photographed the tree-climbing lions and mountain gorillas of Uganda.

Dave’s inquisitive, active lifestyle finds its way into freelance writing and photographic assignments for magazines like Disney’s FamilyFun, Woodworker’s Journal, and Las Vegas Magazine. Closer to home, he writes features for Westchester Magazine as well as a regular column on golf. He is a member of the prestigious Metropolitan Golf Writers Association.

His first novel, Hunting Elf, began as ...

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Author Interview: Grit for the Oyster: 250 Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Writers

Debora M. Coty is a seasoned raconteur (storyteller), a raqueteer (tennis player) and a racketician (loud laughter). Also a freelance writer and newspaper columnist, she’s had over eighty works published in international magazines, newspapers, trade journals and anthologies. You can visit her website at

In no particular order, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook…the latter two with sporadic results. A former contributing editor to Christian Parenting Today magazine, Suzanne’s work has appeared in many magazines. Her first novel, Copper Star, a World War II love story, received three literary awards...

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Interview with Author Michèle Ann Young

Hi, my name is Michèle Ann Young, I write Regency Romances for Sourcebook Inc’s new Casablanca imprint. I grew up in England and majored in History. I now live in Canada with my husband and two beautiful daughters and a Maltese terrier who likes to sit on me while I write.

Author Interview with Michèle Ann Young:

It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a ‘real’ job other than writing, and if so, what is it? What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?

Michèle Ann Young: Writing is my real job now, but I used to work at a University where I was the chief administrator for a Faculty. It was a fun job, with lots of rewards, but I am enjoying my new career just as much.

What compelled you to write your first book?

Michèle Ann Young: ...

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Author Interview with Ruth Sims

I’ve lived my entire life in conservative, Republican, tiny-town Midwest USA surrounded by corn-, wheat-, and soybean fields. It’s a strange place indeed for a Liberal Independent to have sprouted. Like Emily Dickenson I’ve never seen a moor and never seen the sea. But I’ve seen plenty of silos, Amish buggies, whitetails, and amber waves of grain. My imagination and books take me to places beyond the flat, fertile land of the Midwest.

I’m many, many years past schooldays, but my education is continuous and far-ranging. I’m interested in everything from the sublime to the ridiculous, from Shakespeare to groan-inducing puns and limericks. I especially find people fascinating. All people. My library has many shelves of history, biography, drama, and reference books...

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