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Interviews Around the World with Roselyn Jewell

Today at Interview Around the Globe we have another Author Interview. If you decide that you want to contact her. Their information is in the post.

Welcome to our ninth author. Lets just right into it. First let introduce our Author.

Welcome to “Interviews Around the Globe” with our newest author Roselyn Jewell. Welcome Brenda. Come and Meet Roselyn Jewell and then I will jump into the Interview.

 

You can Contact Roselyn Jewell at these sites:

Websites: http:/roselynjewell.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jewellromance
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jewellromance                                                                                                           Linkin: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/roselyn-jewell/98/813/201                                                                 Google: google.com/+RoselynJewell                                                                                                                Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/32771749-roselyn-jewel                                              Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Roselyn-Jewell/e/B00LGV9WO2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Describe your *Latest/Recent* book in 20 Words or Less?

Coffee, Love, and Other Stimulants – Kate is searching for love, without seeing what’s right in front of her.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story (in this book)?

I actually have what I think is a pretty unique process that helps me to get ideas for my books. I have written down 100 or so different plot points, ideas for character personalities, settings, and things like that. They’re a mix between things I like to see or think would be fun to write about, and things that have been used in some of my favorite romance novels. So when I want to write a new book, I will pick 5-10 of them out of a hat and challenge myself to write a story that incorporates all of those things. It makes the writing difficult and exciting but also really fun! So that’s how I came up with the ideas for this book and a lot of my others.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you that you?

I’d say a good bit of names are either names that I’ve always liked when I’ve heard them, or names of people in my family or friends or people that I’ve known at some point in my life. Actually right now I have a Kickstarter campaign going and some of the rewards are using backers’ names in upcoming books, and that’s something I intend to continue to offer readers in the future as well.

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?

Hands down, Samantha aka Sam is my favorite. She encompasses a lot of the qualities that I’d love to have. She’s my first lesbian character, but she won’t be the last. Anyway, she’s so sure of who she is and couldn’t care less one way or the other what people think about it. I admire that and it’s a quality I’d love to have. I tend to think too much about what people think. She’s also a great and loyal friend, which is a great quality in anyone. Was there a certain scene *in this book* that was harder for you to write than others?

Was there a certain scene *in this book* that was harder for you to write than others?

Yes, I don’t want to give too much away, but there was a scene where the main character had broken up with the guy she’d been dating and he didn’t like it and became abusive with her. I’m not going to say more than that, but that was definitely hard to write for multiple reasons.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Wow, that’s a hard question! Well I think I’d choose Jennifer Lawrence to play Kate. She’s a great actress, is wildly popular right now, and does an awesome job of portraying emotional stuff. For Todd, I’d say maybe Christian Bale. But really, if Hollywood wanted to make a movie out of any of my books, I’d be more than thrilled with whoever they chose I’m sure!

What was your favorite part to write and why?

My favorite part is writing the resolution scenes. The ones where the characters have found love or solved the mystery or met their goal, those real feel-good moments, where everything is right in their life in that moment. That’s always fun because I feel like I experience all of those emotions along with them.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

“That’s a hard question too because there are SO many great authors out there! Some of my favs are Janet Evanovich, Mecredes Lackey, Tanya Huff, and Illonia Andrews.
If I wasn’t a writer, I’d probably be, well a stay at home mom and wife is very important. But I think I’d also make a good psychologist.
Advice for other aspiring authors would simply be to go for it. Finishing an entire book is the first step. A lot of people start and never even finish, so if you get that far, you’re already on the right track! Also never give up and never let anyone make you feel like you’re anything less than awesome.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Absolutely! What kind of an author or professional in general would I be if I didn’t? I read every single review and yes I respond one way or the other. Hey, we’re all humans with free will and everyone has their own opinions and are entitled to them. As an author, I don’t take it personally if I get a bad review. It’s not that person’s cup of tea and that’s fine! Constructive criticism is always good too and I absolutely take it to heart and try to implement changes accordingly.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I’m actually really excited about a book that will be coming out within the next few weeks, called Degrees of Separation. Thus far, I’ve done almost exclusively romance, with one book that was equal romance/mystery. But this new book is more like 60% thriller, 40% romance. I had a lot of fun writing it and I have very high hopes for it! Again I don’t want to give too much away but it features a plot to assassinate the president and a secret government organization. I had so much fun writing this one and hope the readers will have just as much fun reading it!

Bonus Question: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

Every time I’m in a situation like that, I tend to make a very drastic change in my life. Drastic changes in locations and situations are normal for me; one of the things that let me put my whole being into very different scenarios. I grew up moving around the country and have had the privilege of seeing the beauty of every environment in the US, which is an amazing experience. I have learned that such changes always lead to new opportunities, no matter how hard things can be. I don’t really specifically remember the last time, thankfully I think it was many years ago, but I’d say I handled it by making a big change to my surroundings or the people I was associating with at the time.

Thank you for taking part.  I would like to thank Roselyn for coming by Interviews Around the Globe.

Interviews Around the World with Mona Hodgson

Today at Interview Around the Globe we have another Author Interview. If you decide that you want to contact her. Their information is in the post.

Welcome two our sixth week. Lets just right into it.First let introduce our Author.

Welcome to “Interviews Around the Globe” with our newest author Mona Hodgson. Welcome Mona. Come and Meet Mona Hodgson and then I will jump into the Interview.

 

You can Contact Mona Hodgson at these sites:

Websites: http://monahodgson.com/blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author.Mona?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MonaHodgson                                                                                                                                                                                    Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/monahodgson/

Describe your *Latest/Recent* book in 20 Words or Less?

In The Quilted Heart novellas, women in the St. Charles Quilting Circle begin to rebuild their war-torn lives.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story (in this book)?

My daughters love of dance and wanting to give a glimpse into each individual child’s personality.Charmed by the historic district and riverside setting of St. Charles, Missouri, in 1999, I knew I wanted to someday set a story there. I drew on my family quilting history and my tendency to write about women who experience second chances, and went back to Saint Charles for three novellas that set up Prairie Song, a wagon train story.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you that you?

I usually choose a name based upon sound, its feel on the character, and it’s authenticity for the nationality and the time period. I borrowed the name Elsa Brantenberg from my mother-in-law and gave it to the hostess for the quilting circle.

I have a couple of baby naming books, including Baby Names Around the World.

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?

Maren Jensen is one of my favorites. 1) She is a Danish immigrant, like my step-dad. 2) She is living with sight degradation, a condition we now know as RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa), a disease three of my aunts and six of my cousins live with.

Was there a certain scene *in this book* that was harder for you to write than others?

 The one that immediately comes to mind is the scene in which Caroline finally receives an answer to the question that has held her captive. Not what she wanted to hear.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

It would probably be animated. Voice of Jennifer Lawrence. She is quirky and fun loving like my daughter.

What was your favorite part to write and why?

Part of the writing process or part of the story? I have a love/hate relationship with endings. I love writing them because it means I’ve gotten to know the characters deeply…I’ve journeyed with them to a satisfying conclusion. I hate endings because I’ve gotten to know the characters well and I don’t want to say goodbye. That’s why writing three novellas in The Quilted Heart was fun, especially when I knew they were the prequel to Prairie Song. I took them into the next stories with me.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Lauraine Snelling, Cathy Marie Hake, Gayle Roper, Robin Jones Gunn, Robin Lee Hatcher, Janette Oke, Liz Curtis Higgs, Deeanna Gist, Tamera Alexander, Carol Cox, DiAnn Mills, and oh so many more.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I don’t read all the reviews. Very few, really. When a reviewer personally sends me a copy or a link, I read it and thank them. I don’t generally respond to critically negative reviews. I choose to remain focused on my partnership with God. He has the final say on everything, not critics. Just as I pray for all my readers, I pray for book reviewers–that my stories will meet them where they are and nudge them deeper into their relationship with God; that they’ll grow in His amazing grace. I know from personal experience that sometimes that ʺmovingʺ meets resistance and stirs a critical spirit.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I just finished the edits on THE FAMILY QUILT, a Cripple Creek novella in A Cup of Christmas Cheer by Guideposts, October 2014.

I’m starting another novella for a four-story anthology, due out in 2015.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

Caregiving — a mother with late-stage Alzheimer’s Disease, a step-dad with bladder cancer, and a mother-in-law. I’ve been in this situation for a while, and getting out will mean saying goodbye on a whole new level.

Thank you for taking part. Your responses were entertaining to reading. I have read all or most of your books and I love them. I am waiting for your next book that come after Prairie Song.  I would like to thank Mona for coming by Interviews Around the Globe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interviews Around the World with Brenda Lochinger

Today at Interview Around the Globe we have another Author Interview. If you decide that you want to contact her. Their information is in the post.

Welcome two our second week. Lets just right into it.First let introduce our Author.

Welcome to “Interviews Around the Globe” with our newest author Brenda Lochinger. Welcome Brenda. Come and Meet Brenda Lochingerl and then I will jump into the Interview.

 

You can Contact Brenda Lochinger at these sites:

Websites: http://thenutfamilybooks.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-nut-family-series-by-brenda.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ImSquirrelybooks
Twitter: @brendalochinger

Describe your *Latest/Recent* book in 20 Words or Less?

The Nut Family Series: I’m Twirrely! (Book #2)

I’m Twirrely is about a sweet sassy little squirrel that just wants to dance and be with her friends and family.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story (in this book)?

My daughters love of dance and wanting to give a glimpse into each individual child’s personality.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you that you?

Very important! The name of the characters are a description of the personality and sparked the first books creation.

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?

Of course it’s Twirrely! It is all about her. I do love the interaction with her parents as well.

Was there a certain scene *in this book* that was harder for you to write than others?

 No, the hardest part is the fact that it is a rhyming book. The book making sense and rhyming in crucial.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

It would probably be animated. Voice of Jennifer Lawrence. She is quirky and fun loving like my daughter.

What was your favorite part to write and why?

The page with Twirrely reading with her mother. I loved having that special time with my kids at night.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Dr. Seuss was a big inspiration. His fun loving rhyme based books with tons of imagination.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Yes, I look at them occasionally. I have thankfully had mostly good and I do respond with a thank you.

When it comes to the bad ones…I take in the criticism and use it to make my writing better.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I am currently working a third book entitled I’m Whirrely! I am rounding off The Nut Family with little brother Whirrely.

Thank you for taking part. Your responses were entertaining to reading. while I read your responses. I felt like I wanted to pick it up and read it.  I would like to thank Brenda for coming by Interviews Around the Globe.

Interviews Around the World with Jerome Brooke

Today at Interview Around the Globe we have our Today at Interview Around the Globe we have our sixth Author Interview. Before we get into the Interview with our sixth interview. So let me start this interview. If you decide that you want to contact him. Their information is in the post.
We are in our second month of this feature. I hope to get better has I do it. For our sixth Author Interview. I was contacted. to do this. Let introduce our Author.
Welcome to “Interviews Around the Globe” with our sixth author Jerome Brooke. Welcome Jerome. We will just go ahead and jump on into the Interview.

Describe your *Latest/Recent* book in 20 Words or Less?

The City of the Mirage (Amazon) is a fantasy. The book is set in an empire of the stars.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story (in this book)?

I projected into the distant future the history of mankind.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you that you?

I use names from mythology.

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?

Astarte the Divine rules a great empire of the stars. Her story is set is the distant future.

Was there a certain scene *in this book* that was harder for you to write than others?

 The climax of the book was a final battle between the legions of Astarte and her rivals.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

The young Elizabeth taloy might play Astarte.

What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?)

Obtaining reviews is very hard.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

I am useless aside from writing.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I read all reviews. I ignore bad reviews.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I am writinf an erotica series as Kitti Katzz.

Bonus Question: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

I was unhappy back home in California. I relocated to Thailand.
Thank you for taking part.  I would like to thank Jerome for coming by Interviews Around the Globe.