Interview with K’Anne Meinel

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INTERVIEW with K’Anne Meinel of Shadoe Publishing

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An Interview with Prudence MacLeod

 Author PictureTell us about (insert current release)?

Actually, I have several, but the most recent work to become available is Hell Comes Home. This is the story of a woman who has seen it all and a bit more. She’s a demon hinter. Tired, jaded, and sick of it all she quits and returns to the scene of her childhood. She hopes to find some peace and maybe some closure, but the demons follow. Not only does she have to fight the demons, but she has to protect, and decide between, the two beautiful sister who keep flirting with her. That delightful distraction could prove fatal. Hell Comes Home. Find it and more here: http://www.amazon.com/Prudence-MacLeod/e/B0079XOY8UHell Comes Home Front Cover

What sets your most recent release, Hell Comes Home, from other books of the same genre?

Hell Comes Home, as with all my stories, is a story meant to educate and entertain. There may or may not be a sex scene, but my novels focus on story line and characters more than the sex. If erotica is what you want, this isn’t it. There are a lot of writers who do that better than I do. I’m a storyteller. When you open one of my books I transport you into a different world, let you hang out with new friends, have an adventure, and forget all about the stresses of everyday life.

How is the book doing so far?

So far Hell Comes Home is selling well and has garnered one stellar review. I need to do more the encourage readers to drop a fast review on the books. I enjoy the feedback and the reviews really do help sales.

Any future releases reader should be aware of?

Dozens. I mean that literally. Over the coming months all my back list will appear, with new covers and a few updates, under the Shadoe Publishing Label. shadoe-publishing-22.jpg

I’m also hoping to complete three or more new works this year. I will finish the Corelian Guard Series that began with Hunter. I hope to have a new Novan Series, novel complete, plus I have two five more in the works, all at different stages

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Are you reading anything right now, or have you read anything recently that is worth mentioning?

I’m always reading. People don’t want to believe this, but reading is vital to writing. Right now I’m reading the Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy by Nora Roberts. As soon as I finish the series there are some new writers I want to read. Kaden Shay is at the top of that list.Her Calling Front Cover

Does music inspire or motivate you to write? If so, what kind of music?

Music is vital for me to write. I’m completely lost without it. When I’m writing action scenes I need power ballads like Rolling in the Deep or something by Annie Lennox. For fight or battle scenes something like ACDC’s Thunderstruck is awesome. So is anything by Albannach. For the softer or romantic scenes the guitar of Tommy Emmanuel is perfect or Allan Stivel on the Celtic Harp.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Favorite novels?

That’s a seriously long list, but Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz as Amanda Quick, are at the top of that list. George R. Martin is also well up there as is David Eddings whom I’ve been favorably  compared to are also well up there. Favorite novels? Usually whatever I’m reading (or writing) at the moment.

Are you one of those people who don’t own a TV? Do you have any favorite TV Shows? Favorite movies?

We have a huge TV, but rarely watch it. Sometimes we’ll do the Netflix thing and binge out on a series for a few days, but the TV is rarely on. When I broke my ribs last winter I binged out on Fringe. The character of Walter Bishop is incredibly written and John Noble’s performance is amazing. I also binge on Firefly at least twice a year.

Favorite movies: Serenity, Pride and Prejudice, and the Lord of the Rings for starters.

At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

It wasn’t so much a want to be a writer, it was just something I did in school. I loved telling the stories. I left school at seventeen and life took over, jobs, kids, etc. for over thirty I read everything I could in every free moment I could steal, but didn’t write. I was forty six when Katherine and I got together. She encouraged me to start writing again, bought me my first computer, and taught me how to use it. She’s been my biggest fan ever since.

Tell us about your writing process.

It’s pure madness. Don’t try this at home folks, I’m a professional. Tee hee. My desk is in the center of the house so I jump up to cook, make coffee, let the dogs out, let the dogs in, let the dogs out, let the dogs in, etc. Everybody who comes or goes stops to chat, and that’s not all.

I’m the only early bird in the house so the most of it gets done in the early hours after I feed the dogs. However, the computer always has Face Book open, my WIP open, and World of Warcraft open. I spend a lot of time bouncing around between them all. However, when I really get rolling I’ve been known to write from early morning well into the night.

Are the names of the characters in your novels important? 

The names? Yes and no. The character comes first, then the name later. Once I have her name I can start writing her story or her part in the current one. Some folks struggle with the names, but I find the come fairly easy to me. Once you get a character fixed in your mind they will usually tell you their name.

How do you define success as a writer? Have you been successful?

Success? Success is completing a work that you enjoy yourself. Yes, I also reread my own book just to enjoy the stories. If you get something completed, you’re successful. I have been blessed with a great deal of success. Yes, having a book in print is great, sales are super great, and being asked for an autograph by a stranger is awesome, but these things do not define success, they are the icing on the cake. The cake is that story you wrote and finished.

Do you have words of wisdom about writing that you want to pass on to novelists and writers out there who are starting out?

1.Read. For the love of God, read. I can usually tell a writer who has not read a lot. People, reading is your homework. This is how you learn your craft, it is your apprenticeship.

2.Write lots. Write, write, and write some more and never attach your dreams to that first book. Believe me, by the time number fifteen comes along you will be able to see how far you’ve come.

3.Read and write some more. As you continue writing, the way you read a book will change. You will start seeing what the author has done right or wrong and applying those lessons and insights to your own work.

What should readers walk away from your books knowing? How should they feel?

I never end a book on a cliffhanger. I hate that. I may hint at more to come, but there will always be a satisfactory conclusion to the adventure. The reader should come away feeling good, like she has made new friends, and that maybe she has learned something new, or seen something familiar in a completely different light. She should feel uplifted.

What is your End of the World Playlist?

End of the world playlist? What the hell is that? The music I want to hear as the world ends? Dear gods, okay, Thunderstruck. If the world is going to end it should go out in a blaze of glory, not die slowly of the poisons we’ve dumped into the environment.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Yes. I love you all. Never forget or doubt that. I also want to beg you for reviews. If you enjoyed the book, please, go on Amazon and give a review. “Really enjoyed the story.” would do just fine. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but it would mean the world to me. Reviews are a real boon to a writer.

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Bio:

I am a spiritual seeker, dog trainer, official Reiki Master and Interior designer, and personal trainer who has turned her hand to writing. I am also an avid chess player, not a great one, but an avid one. I build, I bake, I knit, and I tell stories.
I have roamed far and wide for over sixty years in this realm, and I have seen much; some I wish I had not, and a great deal that I would love to see again. Some days I feel like Bilbo Baggins, for I have been there and come back again. No, I haven’t written a book about my wanderings, but much that I have experienced, observed, learned, surmised, or imagined, is woven into the tales I have written. I do hope you enjoy them.

You can find me here: http://www.amazon.com/Prudence-MacLeod/e/B0079XOY8U

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Interview with DAWN CARTER about her NEWEST book: HEART OF VENGEANCE

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Tell us about: Heart of Vengeance

WARNING ~ book contains graphic violence towards women A serial killer plagues the gay community and leaves a trail of dead bodies across state lines. Agent Danni Pacelli and Agent Parker Stevens rush against time to catch their killer and stop the body count from increasing. Agent Parker Stevens life was perfect when transferred to a new city and new location which offered her solitude from the grief of losing her partner and children to a predator. But, while hunting down her suspect, she meets Samantha Petrino who takes the once closed off Stevens and opens a world to new love. The charming advertising agent breaks down her defenses, and no matter how hard she fights to protect her heart, she finds herself falling for the beautiful and intelligent woman. New to the FBI, Agent Danni Pacelli’s struggles to balance her personal life along with the job, to save her relationship, she convinces her new partner to bring in Annabel and utilize the young detective’s skills to track down their killer or risk losing Annabel all together. The heroic efforts of two agents who hunt down a serial killer, but find more than they bargained for.

What sets your most recent releases, Heart of Fire and The Crossroads, from other books of the same genre? Each book was set as a standalone book building up the characters for Heart of Vengeance. Therefore, by the time Heart of Vengeance was released, you either loved or hated the characters, which may or may not change in the latest book.

How is the book doing so far? The book is doing wonderful – The feedback received thus far only enforces my belief that I accomplished what I set out to do, and that was put out a realistic crime novel – when reading it, keeps the readers turning the pages.

Any future releases reader should be aware of? Out of the mist “The secret” and I have several others partially in the works.

Are you reading anything right now, or have you read anything recently that is worth mentioning?  I have various writers whom I enjoy. My most recent reads were by Alli Vali The Cain Casey Soga and K’Anne Meinel. “Timed Romance” I have several others which will find their way into my lap and keep my focus very soon.

Does music inspire or motivate you to write? If so, what kind of music? I love country, and I always have it on in the background when I am writing.

Who are some of your favorite authors? I hate to choose one over the other, as each have aspects of their writing that I have fallen in love with. Alli Vali, I love her style because it is so much like my own, however, I enjoy authors who style is different, so I am always looking for future favorites.

Are you one of those people who don’t own a TV? Do you have any favorite TV Shows? I own a TV.  I love crime shows in both fiction and true crime.

At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer? I was in third-grade when I first wrote my first poem and when my English teacher read it aloud to the class and my peers liked it. That was my boost of encouragement to write more. At that point, I wanted to become an investigative reporter, which I did, but, my love was writing stories which I had been doing since my youth.

Tell us about your writing process.

I do not have a set process to writing. I get an idea, I write it down, and then I play with the idea. If I fall in love with the idea, I make an outline. The story however, is never written the way I outline it. Example: I will be writing, and stop and think. Oh wait, then I am in a totally different direction. That is where my twists and turns come in and my readers love it.

Are the names of the characters in your novels important? The names are always the hardest, I don’t want to use common names, however, I don’t want to use names that my readers have to stop and try to pronounce it. So, yes, the names are very important.

How do you define success as a writer? I could say the sales, but if the book sold a thousand books within a month and my readers did not like it, then I failed. So, I define success as I read reviews or messages I receive on Facebook on how much they enjoyed it. Have you been successful? I believe I have, but I am my own worst critique and always feel I can do better.

Do you have words of wisdom about writing that you want to pass on to novelists and writers out there who are starting out? Yes. Everyone has a story, but they do not always make a good book. So, to ensure you are successful, you have to think about your readers when you are writing the story. As a reader as well, the first chapter is the most important. If I am bored within the first six pages or my interest was not sparked, I will not continue reading. Also, remembering we are not error free, even the best of writers make mistakes, therefore, it is always good to have several people read over your manuscript before you submit it to your publisher. However, if you self publish, then you need to consider a good proof reader as well.

What should readers walk away from your books knowing? The smell, the taste, the feel and the emotion set behind the story. How should they feel? The reader should feel satisfied. IE: Not cheated. They should feel as if they lived within the moment as the story progressed.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Yes, I would like to thank each of my readers, old and new how much I appreciate you. The feedback you give me and the little words of encouragement has kept me going and moving forth. I may write a story that you find enjoy full, but when I read your reviews you have left me. That means the world to me. So, with that said. Thank you for having faith in me and my craft and giving me a chance to give something to you.

Bio: My name is Dawn Carter. I was born in London, and moved to the U.S as a child and grew up in Chicago, but now live in Texas. I have amazing children and a loving partner.

Links:

The Crossroads – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/386779

Heart of Fire – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/395330

Heart of Vengeance – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/447772

(website) www.dawncarterbooks.com

(Amazon)  www.amazon.com

(fan page) https://www.facebook.com/DawnCartertAuthor?ref_type=bookmark

(Blog) http://carteredawn.wordpress.com

Barns and Nobles – http://www.barnesandnoble.com

 

 

 

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