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In the Words of an Author: An Interview with Robyn Washington

 

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Author Biography

Starting out in Seattle in a military family, Robyn’s family moved to North Carolina where she was raised in a family of six siblings. Being the oldest child, she had to learn how to make up stories to survive in a competitive family. Storytelling became easy for Robyn, and she started to pen romantic stories, children’s books and mystery novels at an early age. She progressed to writing journals and blogs, and later to novellas, plays, skits and her first published book. Graduating with a B.S. in Biology, an M.B.A in Business Administration, she has worked in the business world most of her life, but her passion is to excel in writing and brand her next series featuring stories on Children’s Books.

 

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

 

My favorite authors are the following: Nora Roberts, John Grisham, James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Charles Dickens, Stephen King, Mark Twain, J. K. Rowling, and Danielle Steele. I can’t even mention all the authors I’ve read. Some are unknown, and I read just about anything to learn and for pleasure. I’ve been known just to get a biology book down and start reading From plays to history, science to romance novels, reading has been a favorite hobby of mine for years.

 

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

My favorite character was Jade, a CIA agent. Trying to write from a federal agent’s perspective and one who has been shafted was extremely hard. Penning emotions and fleshing out the character can be hard when tagging them with specific characteristics.

 

What are the most difficult scenes for you to write?

The most difficult scenes to write were the action scenes where confrontations occurred. I have two new books coming out soon in the month of February 2018, Deception, Love & Lies Part 2 and New Beginnings that have scenes that I had to rewrite so many times until it stressed me out. I had to teach myself how to write with continuity and make the topic interesting for readers. Romance novels are my favorite to read, but I don’t write steamy punk love scenes. Although I may read one occasionally, I like a story with a learning curve and a romance linked to the storyline.

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What is the most rewarding part of being an author for you?

 

The most rewarding part of being an author is that I get to create, design, draw, imagine, deliver, and make-up stories as I go along. I have a very wild imagination and can step out of my mind at any time and write what I feel. The hardest part is when you come back and edit your words, change it around, and forget what you were trying to say. I want a reaction out of my readers, and I’ve got to master the art. I understand now why movie directors try to get a rise out of the audience, it makes sales.

 

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

A good story needs to be adequately researched, so the facts match what you’re writing about. Mysteries need to have a good twist, romance novels need to be unique, murder scenes need to be fleshed out, and the facts need to be as real as possible. Inadequate info can turn readers off. Don’t get trapped by criticism, learn from what others say about your work. Visit author’s groups and participate, create a blog, create and tweet, become friends with colleagues, and ask questions whenever you can. As a previous science teacher, asking questions always helps to increase the learning experience.

 

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

I have a room with crazy colors and designs to set the mood for me to write with a large desk, a comfortable chair, a tv, a bright light, and then I try to write every day. There is no set time, but when I enter my space, I spend time researching, reading, writing, or creating an outline for a book. I carry a notebook and pen in my pocketbook at all times, and sometimes use my iPhone to capture ideas or thoughts. Explosions can occur everywhere. The first process for me in writing a book is to create an outline, jot down thoughts, ideas, and create a plot for the story.

 

Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

No, I wanted to be a doctor, but I changed my major, so many times in college it was funny. I have worked in management and business most of my life and even taught school for a short while. My interest in science and animals has been a focal point in my life and lead me to start publishing my work.

 

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

My father. He died when I was a child and knowing him would have been the highlight of my life. People don’t know what they’re missing when they miss out on knowing their parents.

 

Where can readers go to find out about you and your books?

Coming soon a Pinterest link, but below are my Facebook and Twitter accounts for Robyn Washington.

https://twitter.com/RobynSeattle

https://www.facebook.com/RobynSeattle/

 

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Synopsis:

After a lifetime of a broken marriage, zoo owner, Barry Weinstein is persuaded by his longtime friend, Chad Everette, an MI6, to buy two Amur Leopards for the zoo. The Leopards become the featured attraction at the zoo and a baby cub, Malachi is born.

Life begins to change for Barry, and he must face his attraction to his new office administrator at his zoo, the curvy petite Gloria Peterson. But love is not that simple for Barry, and he runs. Tragedy strikes and Barry must face the battle from within himself to empty the darkness out of his soul.

Endowed with bad investments and massive debts, Chad falls in love with what he hates the most, an American CIA agent, the classy blonde Jade Ayers. Back in the USA, Jade is heading up an investigation involving six CIA agents that have been murdered in the last year in Afghanistan. When she finds out who’s involved, she becomes a suspect in her own investigation from London to all parts of the world. Love, adoption, greed, kidnapping, pain, torment, and endurance will be best experienced when everyone realizes what they’ve been chasing was right at their back door.

 

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Cover Reveal: Battered Mind by Sylvia Stein

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Synopsis:

Sadie Martin Carlyle is on trial for the murder of her husband Dante Caryle. She claims she killed him in self defense and that he was a monster. She was a battered woman and if she had not defended herself he would of killed both their young daughter and her.  In short, She feared for their lives.
However, there is more to this case than meets the eye. Sadie Martin is not your typical woman. Her family consists of her Criminal lawyer father Jackson Martin from Atlanta and her mother Barbara Reece Martin is one of the main leaders of the Southern Belles of Atlanta.

From the very start, there are secrets that are hidden that no one will see coming. Sadie’s story will take the reader through a very emotional journey throughout. Once the case begins, everything you think you know about what happened between Sadie and Dante Carlyle will have you asking many questions and is everything being said the truth?

 

Battered Mind Excerpt:

Copyright by Sylvia Stein

As I lie here holding on to my sanity.   I have to say never in a million years would I have thought all would turn out the way it did. 

You see for most of my life I had been searching and hoping that one day I would find the one

and be able to finally lead “the normal life.”

However, nothing could be farther from the truth.  My name is Sadie Martin Carlyle and on

May 27, 2010, I was charged with the murder of my husband Dante Carlyle. 

The thing that makes this so horrific is that I do not even remember committing the crime.  

All I know is that when I awoke the next morning, My husband Dante was dead and I was found next

to his body and the murder weapon. 

As of now all I can do is await my trial which will not be for a few months. 

Sadly because of the circumstance of the crime, I will have to sit in a jail cell until my trial.

You must be wondering why I seem to know so much about the law in particular. 

One second, “Can you please let me finish talking.”

  Sorry being locked away in this cell has made me a bit paranoid.

Well in any case as I was saying.  The reason I know so much was that my beloved husband was a lawyer and before I got married.  We both met in law school. 

Oh, it was so simple back then. 

If only I could go back to the beginning.   Things were easier.  At least I thought they were.   However maybe if I can just go back to the beginning I can try to salvage a bit of my dignity.

Besides, I was born and raised to be a good girl. But right now I am really placing a damper on all the years my parents spent trying to make me something I never wanted to be.   You see I was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia.

It’s too damn bad I was never able to lead a normal life.  Thanks to my dear parents!

My mother was born to parents of money and my father was no different.  However, he was known for being one of the best criminal defense attorneys in all of the state of Georgia.  

He was deeply admired for his hardcore antics.  My father was never one to give up on his client and

he is both loved and hated throughout the community. 

On the other hand, my dear mother Barbara Reece Martin has always been in the public eye.  As a child, her parents owned several wineries all over the state of Georgia and North Carolina and she was left with a trust fund and decided to invest in stock and has done pretty well.  She is now the Ceo of The Reece Winery and overlooks them along with my father and she is also one of the main members of the Women of Atlanta social club.  

All in all, she is always busy and thinks that I am just spoiled.   My mother and I are not close.

She was always gone when I needed her.  The only person that seemed to care and worry about me was my father Jackson. 

He always made time to see me and for that, I am very grateful.  My father has always said I was his

everything.   At the time I thought I was but then I discovered it was all lies.  I will get to that later.

As I was saying my mother was never around as a kid.  She was always out and busy with all her numerous work and charitable events. 

I hated her, and I still do!”

As you can see I get a bit angry being cooped up in here.  I mean there are many criminals in here and I know they are women like me.  But I am not one of them.  I am different and I want to do is start over again. 

Let me outta here.  

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Sylvia Stein is a published author with several anthologies with her Writer’s group 750 on linked

in. Stein obtained a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New

Hampshire University this past July 2015. She is a mother of three beautiful children Paul 10,

Michael 9 and Consuelo 6. She resides in the city of Fuquay Varina with her amazing husband

Jeremy. Stein has also published two solo books one was her first novella Closure which she

worked on while attending SNHU and published in July of 2014 and the other her first YA

Chasing Clarity was published this past October 2015 and it was created during National Novel

Month (Nano) in 2013. Her latest book is entitled, The Diary of a Broken Father which came

Out in February 2017. Her new thriller which she has been working on since 2014 will be out

Late 2018 and is entitled, Battered Mind.

 

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Meet the Cover Artist: Michael Dangremond

Michael Dangremond and his lovely wife Alanna Dangremond

My name is Michael Dangremond and I am mainly a self-taught artist. My professional Media is tattooing. I’ve been involved in art for the better span of my life. I grew up in a small town called Hopkins in the state of Michigan. Growing up had its challenges and equally; it’s lessons. After high school, I lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan to begin a career in the culinary arts. After bouncing from kitchen to kitchen and climbing the ladder, I decided to reinvest myself in the art my heart called me to pursue. I am happily married to my wife, Alanna and I am blessed with my daughter, Sophia. This story of mine continues growing in my passion for my brand of art. 

 

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FanGirl Friday: Stephen King

This week’s author is one who oozes creativity out of every pore. It’s because of this creativity you will often see me mention him in interviews as an author I admire. In my opinion, there is no match for Stephen King- never has been; never will be. All contradictory opinions will be rejected.

I won’t deny there are others with talent equal to, or even greater than, Mr. King’s, but he has a way of making the unbelievable, believable.

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I’m still waiting for a psychically-powered typewriter (that doesn’t run off the energy of a poor, old dog), and I’d love to walk down the beach by Big Pink and hear the seashells whisper to me at night. It would be fascinating to stand in The Overlook hotel with just a touch of the shine and see what can’t be seen. Or, maybe, just step into MidWorld where Mr. King brought so many of his characters and concepts together. I’d definitely take a ride on Blaine and play a game of riddles.

Over and over again, Mr. King amazes me with his story-telling ability. I won’t claim to have read everything he’s ever written, but some day maybe I’ll get close to that goal.

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As with all authors, he didn’t start out at the front of the game. He struggled in the early years of his writing career, but he endured. He gives me hope that some day I won’t be the author who is struggling to put my work in front of readers.

While the term “idol” is one that makes me uncomfortable, Stephen King would be mine within the writing world. The man is a machine built to put incredible stories out for consumption. His fan base has extended passed those who read with many of his concepts turning to TV or film. He doesn’t need commercials threatening to kill off beloved characters; he just needs to finish that next book and watch them fly off the shelves. He is the King of Horror, plain and simple.

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In the Words of an Author: An Interview with Sandi Smith

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

I have followed two wonderful authors – Maeve Binchy and Fannie Flagg.

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Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

Well, for my children’s books I would have to say A.R. Achnid is my favorite character. A.R. was the reason I started to write, and his character was so much fun. He thought he was human, and wanted to do everything with his human friend, Harold. Even though people thought of him as a scary spider, he didn’t let that get him down. He just went along with his life, enjoying all of his adventures.

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Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

I have been very lucky, and have not had any difficulties with any scenes I have written. My new novel that I am working on now, though, I am having a little bit of trouble getting past one particular scene. It is a little dark, and I am not sure in what direction I want to take the story.

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What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

I have found that finishing a story, especially a novel, is so rewarding. So much time and energy is invested in the writing of the story, and when it finally is finished and comes together to form the feelings you wanted to express, it is a tremendously gratifying experience.

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What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

Well, I am basically just starting out myself, but I would advise anyone who is starting out to believe in what you are writing. In the beginning, when I wrote something, I was always looking for approval from a family member or a friend. One day when someone told me they didn’t care for my book, my husband told me that there are going to be people who love the book and people who don’t care for it at all, but that doesn’t mean that it is a bad story. Believe in yourself is the advice my husband gave me, and continues to give me, so I would pass that on to anyone starting out.

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Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

I do not. The words come to me, and I sit down and start typing away. The whole process for me has been very simple. The only ritual I would say I have is making sure I have cookies available for when I am awake and typing at night. They are soothing to the soul.

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Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Not really. I used to write in high school, but never gave it too much thought after that. Actually, I always wanted to be an opera singer, but, occasionally, I always found myself writing poems or short stories.

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If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

My mother, who has been gone for quite a few years now. We didn’t have a great relationship, and I would really love to sit and chat with her, getting to know her as a person. I believe, because of our volatile relationship, that I may have missed out on a wonderful friendship with a wonderful person. That breaks my heart.

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

This is from one of my children’s books, Sarah Bella’s Gift of Gold:

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When Sarah Bella was a very young girl,

(let’s say, probably about six years old),

her parents gave her a small ball of yarn,

that they said was a “gift of gold”.

Sarah Bella was then told by her parents,

“A life of adventure is waiting ahead.

Wrap your favorite things in this ball of yarn,

and when you sleep, keep it close by your bed.”

They told Sarah Bella that when she grew old,

in her ball of yarn would be memories so dear.

There would be times and places to remember,

from all of her adventures throughout the years.

The following is from my first novel, Sitting at the Kitchen Table with God:

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Andrew was gone, and Marianne should have been buried with him. There were two deaths on that day, but only one soul was taken. The other was left to slowly decay in the shell of a lonely woman.

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In the Words of an Author: An Interview with Curtis W. Jackson

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A little background on the other and his genre of choice…
My name is Curtis W. Jackson, my first novel is a youth drama and fictional memoir. I feel the book can be considered for general audiences. Waiting for Regina was told in a first person account, it is narrated by Mispha. As for genres, I have authored my memoir as a freelance artist, and a collection of social commentary cartoons.

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

For Waiting for Regina, it is no. Or I can not think of any writer who affected me. It is only been in recent years I am reading more often after writing blog posts.
As a young person, I was a poor reader having trouble pronuncing words and focusing on the content consistingly. The activity was often unpleasant. So, I did not follow any authors or have any favorites.
A principal influence might have been from motion pictures. It was one of the avenues I taken in information visually along with television, illustrations, and photographs. In fact, I wrote Waiting for Regina in a manner of viewing a feature film. I want the reading to be enjoyable to me and others.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

You asked a tough question, it is like who is your favorite relative, child, or student when there are multiple good examples. Each one have their special qualities and uniqueness.
Okay, I am going say Mrs. Hussung, Marylou the guidance counselor. She extended herself in assisting Mispha cope with grief and personal guilt.

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Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

Yes, every scene involving Sally Anderson. There were wonderful moments of her association with Regina and Mispha. As an author, I had planned story ahead of time in awareness of what would happen to Sally.
It was also challenging to write the scenes of Mrs. Ombrom, the minister’s wife, who was brutal with her tongue and ill-mannerly blunt with her viewpoints. I was aware some would find her statements offensive. Although there are no profanity and explicit expressions in the book, Mrs. Ombrom’s saying can be cutting and disheartening, but were necessary for the story.
And I must admit, it was uneasy writing the one to one conversations Mispha had with Professor Douglas. There is a critical moment when Mispha confronted Cory on a sensitive manner. I don’t think there’s a man on earth who wish for a young woman to corner him in that way. If he was living with phony pretenses and wrong motives, Mispha is likely to shatter that false shell of identity. Mr. Douglas revealed his inner self replying to her, something he could not conceal from Mispha.

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

It hits the core of me when people say how they benefited from reading Waiting for Regina. When they express from their hearts the lessons gained from it and recommending the novel to other individuals. It is a good feeling indicating your writing has value not a loss or waste of time.

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What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

Please continue educating yourself about high standards writership and practice it, and keep reading and learning. Life have endless discoveries and knowledge to better ourselves as human beings and as professional authors.

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

I can not think of anything at the moment. Well, maybe so, I tend to outline the segments of the book and research my subjects as much possible.

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Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Yes, even as a youth when I did not like to read much. For decades, It was challenging for me to imagine publishing a book, more so a novel.

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

You ask incredible questions, there are so many people I welcome a discussion with if they come back to life! Jesus’ adoptive father, Joesph, he is a model family man. Who accepted the responsibility with his wife to care for Jesus.
He protected his child and worked hard to provide for his family. Joesph was one of the examples I thought of when developing the character of Mispha’s father.
You also inquired of those alive, This is far-fetch so to say, I would like to have a conversation with each individual who reads my book. Each person experiences the novel differently, I believe a good reader mentally adds to the content as he or she turn the pages.

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

Yes, here it is.

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There are also extended previews of my novel on its book product pages online like Barnes and Noble and Amazon. I request also people request their local public and school libraries purchase copies of the novel. Patrons would access more than a preview, it would be something they could hold in their hands.

Want more of Curtis W. Jackson?

Goodreads Author's Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14740181.Curtis_W_Jackson

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Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/waiting-for-regina-curtis-jackson/1125420442?ean=9781538008201



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In the Words of An Author: An Interview With Melissa Bender

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

Not really. As much as I love to read, there hasn’t really been anyone who’s stuck out influenced me. I think many writers are talented, but I have always followed my own writing style.

 

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

This is the hardest question ever! All of them have some crazy hold over me. There isn’t just one who is my favorite, but if I had to choose then maybe Oliver.. His wife was absolutely insane and he came out stronger on the other side!

 

Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

Work scenes! Why do they need to have jobs? It’s fun to a part, but studying different careers to make sure you have it written correct is a bit time consuming, although, you learn something along the way.

 

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

Hearing feedback. I love to hear what people think of my stories, and if they love them and tell me, then that’s just amazing. If they feel the emotion I put into the book, then I am very happy.

 

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

Keep writing. Don’t give up. Just write! Write! Write! I wish someone would have told me I wasn’t wasting my time when I first began to write novels. That’s why I kept it a secret!

 

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

Oh yes! I have an outline of what my story will be about and then I character plan. I search the internet for photos and information regarding my story, then plot out each chapter, writing next to each what will happen in each chapter. It’s the one thing I do with each story

 

Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

I wanted to be a beauty therapist… Then I wanted to be a forensic investigator like on Bones and Criminal Minds! I worked in retail for around 10 years before I had kids and then focused on writing and having a novel published as my first goal.

 

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

I don’t really know who I would want to speak to. It would probably be my grandma who passed away a year ago. I’d like to tell her all about the exciting things that have been happening to me since she’s been gone.

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