Ashleigh’s Interview on Red River Radio

Sorry it’s taken me so long to put up but here is a link to my interview on Red River Radio in October 2014. The Interview was conducted by Barbara Ehrentreu. She interviewed myself as well as Karen Vaughan. We get to chat about our writing as well as read a sample from our latest works.

Due to a slight technical issue, the show is split over two links.

Link to Part One

Link to Part Two

Interview with Author Michael Fedison

This week we are chatting with American Author Michael Fedison. Hi Mike!! Let’s dive straight in.

How long have you been a writer?

For as long as I can remember!  Actually, I can in fact pinpoint the moment I knew I wanted to write creatively.  It was in the second grade, and the teacher gave us an assignment to write a two-page paper on anything.  I decided to write a short story, called “The Magic Key.”  I’ve been hooked ever since.

What inspired you to write your first book?

Well, my first published novel is The Eye-Dancers, a YA sci-fi/fantasy novel.  So many things inspired me to write this story.  The main characters are all based on friends I knew growing up.  The themes in the novel–friendship; coming of age; the struggles, achievements, and pressures of adolescence; quantum physics and parallel worlds; dreams; perception versus reality; and, in fact, the very nature of what we term “reality”–all resonate with me.  I suppose it’s safe to say that I believe this was a novel I was meant and born to write.

What type of genre do you write in and why do you enjoy writing in this genre?

While The Eye-Danvers is YA sci-fi/fantasy, I don’t really limit myself to a single genre.  As a writer, and as a reader, my interests are diverse.  Many of my short stories, for example, are mainstream.  I write about the things that matter to me–in whatever genre they may fall.

Where do you find your inspiration and what motivates you?

That’s a good question.  I honestly feel that writing is innate–some individuals are simply born to write.  The short answer is–everything motivates me!  Life motivates me.  The world.  From an early age, my interaction with the world has always needed expression, and the way I express myself best is on the printed (or digital, as the case may be!) page.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

Ray Bradbury tops the list.  His imagination, enthusiasm, and poetic style have captivated me for years.  I am also a big Truman Capote fan–he is a true master of the craft.  And–though in a different medium–I am a huge fan of the original black-and-white Twilight Zone.  Rod Serling was a humanist–someone who cared about the human condition and then wrote imaginative stories that force his audience to look more closely at themselves and the world around them.

Author Michael Fedison
Author Michael Fedison

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?

As most writers would answer, I’m sure, I love to read.  Books are steadfast and loyal friends.  I also enjoy most sports, with tennis my favorite.  And I love to learn.  Very few things strike me as “boring.”  A single lifetime is nowhere near long enough to learn all the things I’d like to learn . . .

How many books/stories have you written? Do you have a favorite?

I’ve actually written four novels, but The Eye-Dancers is the only one seeing the light of day at the moment!  I have written numerous short stories.  It’s hard to select a favorite.  Each story stems from a certain period or aspect of my life, and each one means something to me.  But I would still choose The Eye-Dancers as my favorite.

When you write, do you have a routine?

Not really.  Sometimes it’s just a challenge trying to carve out adequate time to write!  It’s really a write-when-you-can kind of thing.

Tell us a bit about your latest book:

If I may, I’d like to use the official blurb for The Eye-Dancers for this one! . . .

Seventh-grader Mitchell Brant and three of his classmates inexplicably wake up at the back edge of a softball field to the sounds of a game, the cheering of the crowd. None of them remembers coming here. And as they soon learn, “here” is like no place they’ve ever seen. Cars resemble antiques from the 1950s. There are no cell phones, no PCs. Even the spelling of words is slightly off.
A compulsive liar, constantly telling fantastic stories to garner attention and approval, Mitchell can only wish this were just one more of his tall tales. But it isn’t. It’s all too real. Together, as they confront unexpected and life-threatening dangers, Mitchell and his friends must overcome their bickering and insecurities to learn what happened, where they are, and how to get back home.
The answers can be found only in the mysterious little girl with the blue, hypnotic eyes. The one they had each dreamed of three nights in a row before arriving here. She is their only hope. And, as they eventually discover, they are her only hope.
And time is running out.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Honestly, I don’t think so.  I know it’s far from perfect–no book is ever 100% perfect, not even the masterpieces.  But with The Eye-Dancers, I wrote about a subject and characters I love, and I worked as hard on it as I could.  No regrets.

What do you find is the hardest part of writing your book?

Writing a novel is like running a marathon.  It’s such a long and winding road.  There are times when you doubt yourself, doubt your writing, your ideas, your story.  Simply pushing forward when ideas are running dry and when belief is at low tide is probably the biggest hurdle.

What do you find is the easiest part of writing your book?

Getting lost in the story.  Allowing the characters to tell the story themselves.  Flying high in the creative furnace of the first draft, when the words flow and the paragraphs build, one upon the other.  The flourish of writing the first draft in those moments when everything is spilling out of you is the high point of the writing process, and one of the greatest feelings in life.

Is this book part of a series?

Originally, I conceived The Eye-Dancers as a stand-alone novel.  But I am now working on a sequel!  It was unplanned, but the idea hit me with purpose–it was a story I knew I needed to write.  The sequel takes place five years after the conclusion of The Eye-Dancers, and writing the story from that perspective, with the characters older, has been interesting and fun.

The Eye Dancers by Michael Fedison
The Eye Dancers by Michael Fedison

Tell us about the cover. What do you like best about it?

The cover is eye-catching (no pun intended!).  I owe a debt of gratitude to Matt Gaston, a lifelong friend and very talented graphic designer and visual artist.  He took my conception of what the cover should look like and turned it into a work of art.  Thanks, old friend!

How many of your books are published?

As of this moment, The Eye-Dancers is the only novel published.  The sequel will come out hopefully by the end of 2015.  I have also had short stories published in small, literary magazines.

Where and how are your books sold?

The Eye-Dancers is available as an ebook at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Eye-Dancers-Michael-S-Fedison-ebook/dp/B00A8TUS8M

B & N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-eye-dancers-michael-s-fedison/1113839272?ean=2940015770261

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/255348

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/The-Eye-Dancers/nKFZETbWWkyzV2QkaJWOjg?MixID=nKFZETbWWkyzV2QkaJWOjg&PageNumber=1

And the printed version is available at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Eye-Dancers-Michael-S-Fedison/dp/0692262784/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4920627

Do you have any advice for other authors?

Write what you love, love what you write.  Don’t worry about what’s “hot” or trending.  Write the things that pull at the strings of your heart, that grab hold and won’t let go until you let them out onto the page.  Write the ideas, stories, poems, novels you are meant to write.  It will make all the difference.

If you could go back 10 years, is there anything you would change or warn yourself about?

Not really.  I try not to “go there” with my thoughts.  The best you can do, always, is make the decisions you think are right at the time you make them.  As long as you do your best, there are no regrets.

Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

Best-selling novelist, of course.:)

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

The best place is The Eye-Dancers website.  Please stop in for a visit!

http://eyedancers.wordpress.com/

Other links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/msfedison27

Facebook Page for The Eye-Dancers: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Eye-Dancers/213004492164436

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6592469.Michael_S_Fedison

Thanks for your time Michael. The Eye Dancers sounds like a fantastic book and I wish you all the best luck for the future!

Michael is currently running a promotion for The Eye-Dancers.  If 50 copies are sold between s few weeks ago and January 4, 2015, he will award a $125 gift card to a randomly selected winner.  Details for the promo are provided in the following blog post . . .

So get to Amazon and buy your copy today! Tell him Ashleigh sent you 🙂

Ashleigh to appear on Red River Radio Tomorrow!!!

Hey guys,

Sorry for the late notice but I’m scheduled to appear on Red River Radio tomorrow to have a chat about my writing and life in general. I’d love for you all to tune in. Being the modern age you can listen by clicking the this link.

Here’s the blurb

‘On Thursday, October 30 at 4PM the host, Barbara Ehrentreu, will be interviewing Ashleigh Galvin, author of Birth by Fire’s Embrace and Karen Vaughan, author of a book too. She is also a comedian and we are hoping she will be testing out some of her material here. We will be talking about their writing styles and why they each decided to write their books. Also we will be talking about whether or not they will be participating in National Novel Writing Month or as we writers call it: NaNoWriMo. If you are participating in this you are writing a novel in 30 days during the month of November. How can you accomplish such a task? Tune in and find out.’

The show is on Oct 30 at 4pm (EST) so that’s 6am on Friday for all my Australian followers. Don’t worry if that’s too early as you can listen to the chat any time after by click the above link.

 

Interview With Author KT Hunter

Recently I caught up with KT Hunter, Author of Brooklynn’s Bridge. Kris was kind enough to take some time out of her busy day to answer a few of my questions.

Hi Kris, Thanks for letting me interview you. Let’s get down to business. How long have you been a writer?

Probably 15 yrs. It started as just writing songs at 14 and wanting to be a producer and then after I attended college my songs turned into stories. That’s when I came up with the idea of Brooklynn.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My mother. When she passed I felt the need to write and get my work out there. She was a great writer but never pushed herself to do more and I wanted that. I needed that for myself and for her.

Your mother sounds like a very strong woman. Was her work ever published?

No and she actually had a few of them that wanted to take on her work. I guess a part of her always felt her like she could have her dream of being a writer but being a working mother and wife taking care of five children it gets kind of hard so she decided against it.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Wow, lol I’m not sure. I grew up writing and my mother told us that it was okay to be creative. Whether we wrote funny songs or poems. That all started around I would say 13 or 14.

What type of genre do you write in and why do you enjoy writing in this genre?

I am a young adult writer. I enjoy it because when you are a teenager the feelings you have about the things you face in life at that time are raw. The emotions, encounters, and simple things like songs in a certain moment stick with us until we die; and the most memorable moments we hold dear in life are created during our teenage years. I guess that part of you never dies and I love to relive it through my writing.

KT Hunter
KT Hunter

Where do you find your inspiration and what motivates you?

Anything, but mostly 90’s and 2000’s television shows inspire me. I feel at that time shows really captivated you and you hated to see them go. You grew with those characters and come to love even the ones you didn’t like and I want to write books with characters that people love.

Which character is your book do you think most people will love?

Wow, I’m not sure. I will probably say either Haagen because he is handsome and Taylor because she is very out spoken.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?

My family, family is most important.

How many books/stories have you written? Do you have a favorite?

Brooklynn’s Bridge is my first novel, but I have written 2 pilots for TV shows and 2 screenplays. But my favorite is a pilot that I wrote that might also be converted into a novel called “Why Me?” It’s also young adult but on the borderline of new adult.

Why did you make the switch from TV Scripts/Screenplays to Novels?

My aunt, I was having a hard time trying to contact agencies and things and that’s when she told me “Hey Kris why won’t you write a book? Most TV shows and movies are based on books.” I tried to write a novel with Brooklynn and after three chapters I quit. I found it hard, but after I studied other novels I went back to those chapters and finally finished the novel.

When you write, do you have a routine?

Not really. I do listen to music to put me in a certain mood for a scene, but Brooklynn is pretty much already written out. It was an idea for a TV show that I wrote 7 seasons for but I turned them into novels. So it’s kind of easy the hard part is free-styling on parts that I have to add in. Its challenging but I love it.
Tell us a bit about your latest book:

Brooklynn’s Bridge is a young adult novel about a teenage girl that has an psychic ability. She is challenged everyday to have a normal life and help save people at the same time; all the while keeping her ability a secret. Brooklynn struggles a lot because helping others is getting her into big trouble. So she has to find a way to get herself out of sticky situations. The overall message is that you have to learn to accept who you are, finding a way of coping with life and the disadvantages that you face. I think it’s something not only teenagers deal with, but as an adult I can say we face those similar challenges as well.

When will Brooklynn’s Bridge become available to the public?

Still in the production process, but hopefully in August!

What do you find is the hardest part of writing your book?

Giving each character a voice. Especially a character that is an enemy of Brooklynn’s. I might like Brooklynn but this character doesn’t and I have to make him/her have a voice that speaks to the reader and make that feel like “Hey I understand why this person doesn’t care for Brooklynn.”

What do you find is the easiest part of writing your book?

Placing action into the story. I love mushy and love making novels, but I like action. I want to see the characters fight, kick, scream, etc.

Is this book part of a series?

Yes it is. I am working on the second novel now.

Brooklynn's Bridge
Brooklynn’s Bridge

Tell us about the cover. What do you like best about it?

Spectacle did an amazing job on the cover. They read my mind because it was exactly what I wanted. The young girl is on her knees with her hands behind her back. She isn’t restrained, but life makes her feel that way. Her head is downward as if she is tired and feels as if she has the weight of the world on her shoulders and she does. You feel the young girl’s agony and the pressure she faces just looking at the cover. It described my character Brooklynn well.

Do you have any advice for other authors?

Believe in yourself. I had a coworker that wanted to write a novel and after speaking with me one night he was writing his first novel the next day. I will encourage anyone to follow their heart and dreams. Believe in yourself that you can do anything.

If you could go back 10 years, is there anything you would change or warn yourself about?

I would spend time with people that I have lost.

Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

I hope Brooklynn’s Bridge does well enough for me to take to theaters. I would love for that to happen.

Thanks again Kris. If you want to discover more about KT Hunter and Brooklynn’s Bridge you can check out her blog brooklynnsbridge.blogspot.com/. She is also on twitter (twitter.com/KHunterKT) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/BrooklynnsBridge) and www.spectaclepmg.com

Susan Whitfield interviews Ashleigh Galvin

This week I had the fun of being interviewed by fellow author Susan Whitfield. Here’s a sneak peak!!

“Meet Ashleigh Galvin

Ashleigh Galvin was born in Toowoomba, Australia in 1990 and grew up in Wyreema, located in Queensland, Australia. She attempted to write her first novel in primary school and hasn’t stopped since. She enjoyed reading Fantasy series as a young girl, which fueled her to start writing as a hobby. Her first published novel, Birth By Fire’s Embrace, was released in May 2013.

Many people ask Ashleigh where she gets her ideas from and her answer is simple: daydreaming. She likes to call them epic daydreams because some can last for a week or longer. Interestingly enough, she gets most of her story ideas this way. Now she has combined her great imagination and her love of fantasy to create exciting and fresh novels featuring strong characters and lots of action to keep even the most imaginative mind fully enticed.

Welcome to the blog, Ashleigh! 

How many books have you written?

I’ve written three books although only one has been released at this stage. My other two novels, sequels to my first Birth By Fire’s Embrace, are currently in the publication process so hopefully they will be released some. Once I’ve finished editing the third novel, I’m going to start on either the fourth installments of the Amethyst Series or maybe a side project. Haven’t decided yet.

Give a short synopsis of your most recently published book.

A taut fantasy for all ages, Birth by Fire’s Embrace explores how drastically things can change when the world that lies just beyond our senses begins to surface. When all that is familiar vanishes from Shar’s life, she begins to look inside and find the strength and courage to carry on in a harsh world, and look towards another world that lies ahead.

At the beginning of the summer she was doing so well; done with school, a promising promotion in the works, the best boyfriend a girl could ask for, and the chance of a lifetime at the Academy. Then he came and it was all ashes. He had cost her everything, the job, the boy, the acting school, and even her family. He had cost her the world.

What Shar didn’t know was that the stranger was actually there to protect her from another dark intruder in her world. Caught in a deadly game between two lethal adversaries, she comes to know that there are forces around her that she has only dreamt of. Forces that will bring her to the edge of death and back again, that will show her a new realm to fill the void left by the one she has lost.

What do you think is the greatest lesson you’ve learned about writing so far? What advice can you give new writers?…”

Read the whole interview at Susan’s Website here!!