Tanya Sands (Author) Exclusive Interview

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Tanya Sands

Tanya Sands is the pseudonym of a stay-at-home mom who, having written but not published short stories for years, finally took the leap and published her passion. When she’s not writing she’s raising her 2 young boys and 3 furbabies while her husband supports them all by driving all over the country as a long haul truck driver. She is the youngest of 6 and a proud vet of the US Air Force. She’s also the granny to a beautiful boy and has another grandbaby on the way.

 

She was born on a military base in Hawaii and grew up in Upstate NY. Living in the Dallas, TX area she is proud to call her new state home!

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Q. Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who writes only when they feel inspired?

I don’t have a set schedule. However, the document I happen to be working on at the time is open on my laptop pretty much 24/7. That way when something comes to me, I can write.

Q. Do your novels carry a message?

In my Chasers series and the upcoming Inked Chasers trilogy, all my female heroines are curvy women. The only message my books carry is that it shouldn’t matter your size, color or sex. Love is up for grabs for everyone.

Q. How much of yourself do you put into your books?

I see myself in every one of my heroines, even if in a small way. My husband has read my 1st book and he said my Randa Michaels is so much like me it’s uncanny.

Q. You write using a pseudonym can you tell us why you chose to write under a pseudonym?

While I’m sure some authors might worry about an unsavory fan, I guess it never occurred to me. My reasoning was merely because I didn’t think my real name was very interesting.

Q. You’re a veteran of the US Air Force how have you incorporated that into your writing?

Through my parents, I learned that being the best person you could be (to yourself and to others) is very important. This carried over into my military life. I took a lot of pride in how I acted, how I treated others as I saw it a reflection of my branch of service and didn’t want to dishonor it. I guess I try and make my characters the same, the best THEY can be. Now, that’s not to say that I and THEY don’t have flaws, but generally speaking I try to keep them to behaving like good people.

Q. Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers?

My Chasers series is about ½ written and I’m hoping to continue it in a different city. However, I do have a couple of standalone stories that I’m working on. One is a younger woman/older man idea and the other is an MC with a mafia feel to it.

Captured Pleasure

(Chasers BBW Series) Book 5 (The Chasers)

by Tanya Sands  (Author)

Captured Amazon.jpg**All royalties from the sales of this book to be donated to Honor the Sacrifice, an organization that aids military veterans and their families.**

Bradley Michaels moves to the west coast to be closer to his family. Through a military commitment he meets a young woman who immediately grabs his interest. Thinking they have a connection, he is shocked when he sees her with someone from his past.

Kellee Drake snags a great opportunity to not only be part of a great charity fundraiser for Honor the Sacrifice but a chance to get her name out there. Through this gig she meets two guys and is instantly attracted to both. Thinking the worst of herself, it isn’t until the three of them are together that things get curiously interesting.

Ayden Jones lost his best friend in high school over a relationship. Or rather a lack thereof. But the suggestion freaked his friend out. Years later a simple photo shoot brings them together.

Can Bradley and Ayden mend their friendship and find love with Kellee? Can Kellee come to terms with her feelings for both men?

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Eva Pasco (Author) Exclusive Interview

 

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Eva Pasco

While living a charmed life, Eva Pasco’s summer employment during college served her well for learning how to relate with all kinds of folks and roll with the punches whether gluing eyes on pairs of lion slippers at Capitol Heel Lining, collating booklets at Sidney-Higgins Bookbinding, or getting down and dirty at H & H Screw Products.  Eva attributes her youthfulness and resilience to a 29-year teaching career in the trenches at Northern Lincoln Elementary.  Midlife restlessness prompted her to revive a dormant flair for writing.

 

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Q. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

Actually, I not only conduct research before beginning a book, but throughout the process of writing as the need arises to provide information for blurring the demarcation line between fiction and nonfiction.

Since my author signature is that of incorporating local setting—my native state of Rhode Island—my research delves into historic events, geographic entities, and regional culture as it fits into the parameters of my work in progress.  For ‘An Enlightening Quiche,’ which features an impoverished mill, my research chased such topics as: The Industrial Revolution and Slater Mill of Pawtucket, RI; the Blackstone River; French-Canadian immigration to northern Rhode Island; colloquial expressions and cuisine.

For authenticating my protagonist’s introspective narratives, my research swerved to the Eighties, and then backpedaled to D-Day during WWII in conjunction with a minor character.  I also meticulously looked up the weather for specific days in the year 2011, the year I have envisioned my story taking place.

Q. What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)

My first 100 Memoirs relate incidents which occurred during my childhood and teenage years during the Sixties, and are featured at The Sixties Official Site where I have my own Web page. However, my novels feature women forty and older.

Q. What are the ethics of writing Women’s Fiction?

For me, it is about writing stories that dispel the clichés that accompany the genre of Women’s Fiction by the coined term, “Chick Lit.”  The label conjures an image of frivolous, lighthearted fare with book cover images of cocktail glasses, designer handbags, and high heels.  Whereas, Women’s Fiction taps into the hopes, fears, and dreams of females.

I like to bill my novels as “Lit with Grit” because they embrace realism and portray women over forty who grapple with, confront, and overcome their personal dilemmas to become empowered in making profound life changes for the better.  My novels are descriptive, introspective, and explore the gamut of inner conflicts: convention vs. rebellion; fate vs. free will; loyalty vs. betrayal; unbridled love vs. sacrifice; death–inevitable or tragic?

Q. It is often said that in order to write something, you must believe in what you are writing. Do you agree with that?

I agree with this statement wholeheartedly. It’s the belief that propels a writer from start to finish despite frustrations along the way such as being at a loss for words on any given day, or not being satisfied with the quality of your output during a writing session.

Q. What does the word ‘retirement’ mean to you? Do writers ever retire?

After retiring from a teaching career, I revived my dormant flair for writing, and put in even longer hours than before!  Though I often struggle with the notion of walking away, resenting all the time an Indie author must invest in marketing one’s published work, I can’t do it just yet.

Q. What do you do in your free time?

I welcome the change of pace that running errands affords. I enjoy the simple pleasures of going out for breakfast or lunch.  Since Rhode Island has 400 miles of coastline and over 100 accessible beaches, I walk the shore throughout our four seasons. I also take great pleasure in driving along scenic routes listening to the radio. By the end of the day, I take comfort in reading and solving challenging crossword puzzles.

Q.  Describe your creative process from start to finish.

No outline.  No rigid plot to hem me in. You might say the windmills of my mind propel the story, whereby the end justifies the means to get there. From past practice, my characters sabotage the ending I have in mind. Believe me, I know better than to question their judgment!

Usually bursts of brilliance for how to best articulate an idea or parlay snatches of dialog overtake me when I’m away from the keyboard doing housework. I immediately turn off the vacuum or abandon my dust cloth to heed my inner voice by scribbling the message on a notebook kept on my desk for this purpose.  Another quirk of mine is to play music conducive for plying my mood to write a scene.  For example, listening to “Wicked Games” by Chris Isaak provided the heat I needed to better convey one of my protagonists’ thoughts on the subject of a certain male.

Q. What makes your latest book stand out from the crowd?

An excerpt from Joel R. Dennstedt’s 5-Star review for Readers’ Favorite indicates how my book stands out from the crowd—“As a stylistic practice in relating the story behind An Enlightening Quiche, Eva Pasco accomplishes a most difficult task for a writer, and she accomplishes it to perfection: not only using alternating voices, but having each voice alternate between the present and a remembered, expository past. The effect of such stylistic mastery is to create – breaking from the culinary theme – a sensationally intricate and complex tapestry as pleasing to the reader’s mind as such artwork is to expert eyes. And though this work has been labeled simplistically as “contemporary women’s fiction,” make no mistake: this is a psychological, literary novel, and a wonderful, highly challenging masterpiece of writing.”

An Enlightening QuicheShare a poignant excerpt from your novel, ‘An Enlightening Quiche’:

From Chapter 15:

Augusta – An inconvenient truth lay in the acquisition of a whiskey-soured premonition of a lost soul past her prime groping in the darkness through the thicket of another decade, then another, ravished by the winds of change. A vision of myself as a ghoul from Christmases Yet to Come appeared in the guise of a long-in-the-tooth trollop flicking fried-dyed hair and wearing age-inappropriate, skintight attire tautly stretched over my butt of a joke.  A comparable image satirized every night by Cohen at closing time inside the chamber of Chuggers put the fear of God in me.

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M.L. Spencer (Author) Exclusive Interview

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M.L. Spencer was born in Southern California and grew up on the works of Steven R. Donaldson, Stephen King and Frank Herbert. She wrote her first novel-length manuscript at thirteen.

By day she works as a biology teacher; by night she sweats over a beaten-up keyboard. Her novel Darkmage won the Indie-Reader Discovery Award for Fantasy.

Her favorite authors are Robert Jordan, C.S. Friedman, George R.R. Martin, David Eddings, Patrick Rothfuss, and Terry Goodkind.

M.L. Spencer won 1st Place Prose in the San Bernardino County Writing Celebration and the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Award for Fantasy.

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SHATAYA SIMMS (Author) Exclusive Interview

Me & WebsiteTemple University graduate and a Philadelphia native, Shataya’s passion for writing began at the age of seven when she wrote her first short story for a school project. Since then, her writing style has flourished and continues to mature with her life experiences. After six years of service as a Project Manager, Shataya took a leave of absence to concentrate on completing her first novel, Living Anonymous and released it as a self-published author in October 2015 with much success. Shataya has since signed with NuClass Publications located in Philadelphia and has released her second book Nyce in January 2016.

“There are no rules in art; in creation. Art is a representation of life and life is messy so I love drawing outside of the lines,” is the creed that Shataya lives by. Although she embraces urban fiction, Shataya has plans on releasing a children’s fantasy series as well as venturing over into the paranormal world. Keep on reading!

Paula OZ (Author) Exclusive Interview

 

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Paula OZ

My name is Paula OZ, I live in Portugal and I am a Writer with several books edited, namely:

 

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Book of poetry “Soul Traveler”

Book of poetry “Naked Moon”

Book of poetry “Naked Moon II”

Book of poetry “The Kiss of Words”

Book of poetry “Silence and skin” I / II

Autobiographical novel to be edited: “SegredOZ – the other side of life”

(Based on true facts) for December 2017

I am the author and publisher of several anthologies, namely: “The Essence of Senses” volume I, II and III, “Between fado and samba”, “The cry of silence”, “Life and Death” and “ART Poetry “.

I am a lover of words, I love poetry and because poetry loves me, I love every time I write.

I appreciate a good reading, a good poem, a good story, I like painting and photography, theater and everything that culture involves. There is a phrase from my own and what I feel and that says:

Culture has VOICE

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Since I was little girl, writing, the words, made me feel alive and always in love, like a kiss in the soul, a timeless embrace that I always received and I receive from words. Today, I do not live without writing, without poetry, and I’m only full and happy when I write, because at the same time, I’m crying … smiling, screaming, speaking with my soul, I can wake up my memory and nobody hear, only the poetry, words always hear me and always challenge me.

What the soul feels, the heart consents… Poetry always hears the voice of feeling.

Why did I decide to write books?

An outburst, a tear, a feeling, sharing, yes, sharing, making known to the world, my readers, the emotion of the soul, the pleasure of the skin, the mystery of the woman, the OZ, feel what I feel when I write , because only by feeling, can they read me and understand my books.

I really enjoyed writing my last book, named “Silence and Skin”, perhaps because this book is part of a secret, so having 2 stages of editing, the reader has to decipher between the lines what I feel and want to convey, the silence is the soul and the skin are the senses. (Because everything has a sequence and a secret to unravel) I gradually become naked, I speak with the soul, the body and the mind, the pleasure of the senses in an endless ecstasy. This book speaks of sensuality as part of boundless love, a desired love, the journey of passion in a flight in complicity with eroticism, after there is a second chapter that speaks of love in three strands, suffering and longing love. A lost love …. The joy of love,  unwanted death. Silence … this is the mystery that hides another secret, and the reader or the readers will have to feel and listen to the words that I leave on each page, to listen to, another secret …. that is there, the Poetry always reveals something about me, but in order to know how to reveal it, you will have to feel it and I will leave several clues throughout the chapters … several doors to open, windows … In the silence of the night, sing the poetry in me

I’m your dark secret. I am a dream and a fantasy.

Who am I?

Your silence and your skin.

Between what I am and do

Always live a poem

Where hatred does not breathe .

Entre o que sou e faço

vive sempre um poema

onde o ódio não respira.

If the land of words

sow dreams,

 The wing of your smile would be a shelter

between fruit and thirsty shadow birds

sprouted the thalamus of a love with you

 In the intervals of the soul

I breathe the leaves of eternity…

I know of a library

with honey shelves

pages singing bonfires

moist skin with verses

 I know that somewhere there is the home of the soul

alchemical copulations and hidden in bloom

timeless memories

amber moon breathing love

 I know of static rocking

imposing, crystalline, unicellular

and the salty words

like a sea glass

 -Remember I can be a book –

 There are worlds you do not know

I am a body

Library

Soul house

Maybe a poet

Read and decipher

where the dream was not heard

 I will tell you, where the love is

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Chloe Quinn (Author) Exclusive

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Chloe Quinn

Chloe Quinn was born in Northern California right in the heart of what is known as the Silicon Valley. There she grew up with her younger sister Alex. Though she was raised in California, Chloe spent most of her summers either in Hawaii, New York, Texas, or Nevada. She still currently lives in California a few miles away from the beautifully eclectic city of San Francisco.

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