Saturday, November 21, 2015

Author Interview-Kate Hill

What inspired you to become a writer?
I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a writer. I've always liked to tell stories. When I was
sixteen I decided to start submitting my work for publication. It took ten years before I had a story accepted.

Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)
Wow, that's a hard question because there are so many great characters. I love Charlotte Boyett-Compo's Kamerone Cree from Bloodwind, Jude Deveraux's Alexander Montgomery from The Raider, Jack Greene's Jordan from News at Eleven, Sean Michael's Rose and Thorne from the series of the same name, Gabriel Belthir's Evie Johns from Lily of the Wastelands, all the heroes from the Men of Valor series by Kiru Taye, Vance and Victor from the Cirque Caprice series by Julia Talbot. The list could go on.

Tell me what inspired this story.
Though St. Augustine's Silhouettes is short, there was a lot I wanted to do with it. Like most of my stories, the main characters developed first. I wanted to write about two outcasts who find each other. I also wanted people to question whether the hero could be trusted. The story is definitely a romance, but it has elements of horror and suspense as well.

What is one of your favorite romantic locales?
The mountains. I love the mountains. Luckily I don't live far from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, so it doesn't take long for me to drive there for inspiration.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? 
Definitely! I love to connect with readers. Links to my social network pages and blogs can be found at my website http://www.kate-hill.com. For those who enjoy characters with a dark side, my Compelling Beasts Blog is dedicated to antiheroes, antagonists and paranormal creatures who are traditionally considered the "bad guys." Please stop by to say hello at http://www.kate-hill.com/compellingbeastsblog.
St. Augustine's Silhouettes
by Kate Hill
Historical, Paranormal, Thriller
A killer runs loose in a small American town. When free-spirited Katherine allies herself with a man dubbed Satan by the townsfolk, has she found the man of her dreams or has she fallen into the hands of a murderer?

Purchase Links and Excerpt: http://www.kate-hill.com/staugustinessilhouettes.html

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Cooking Up Some Magic-Update

I've interviewed many authors from young mothers to empty-nesters and having time to write is always a challenge. In fact having time for one's passions is a struggle for just about everyone including crafters, gym rats, joggers, sports fans, pet parents, readers and gardeners.

Just in time for holiday shopping, We'd Rather Be Writing, is now available in print as well as an e-book. 88 authors share their favorite time saving dinner recipes and other tips. Edited by USA Today Bestselling Author, Lois Winston, the contributors range from debut authors to authors with an established writing careers and I'm thrilled to be part of a very talented group. Best of all a portion of the proceeds go to No Kid Hungry.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Author Interview-Rebecca Grace

Blues at 11:

Kimberly Delagarza is a familiar face in Los Angeles as she can be seen nightly on the evening news. She drives a fancy car, lives in a house on the beach and wears designer clothes. But the TV anchorwoman has been accused of murder No one believes she didn’t kill her louse of an ex-boyfriend after he dumped her. Her next picture may be on a wanted poster, and her home may be The Big House and she may soon be wearing an orange prison jumpsuit.

Can Kimberly catch a cagey killer who will stop at nothing to bring her down?

What inspired you to become a writer?
I am not certain what inspired me.  I always just felt like I HAD to write. From the time I was young I was making up stories and as I got older they seemed to keep focusing on romance or adventure. I was a voracious reader so I think if anything inspired me it was reading those books and wanting to make up my own stories.

Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)
I absolutely love Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) and Scarlet O’Hara (Gone with The Wind) for different reasons. I liked Lizzie’s wit and Scarlet’s nerve and I like both their spirits.  They both wanted a man in their lives but they weren’t going to settle for just any man and if that meant staying without one, that was okay.

Tell me what inspired this story.
My latest book, Blues at 11, which is a mystery with romantic elements was inspired by a conversation with a good friend after I broke up with a boyfriend. We were having fun planning ways to kill him and disposing of the body when someone who had overheard us jokingly mentioned he would keep our guilty secret if the ex-boyfriend turned up dead.  Add to that the fact that I was working at a news station in Los Angeles and constantly seeing the media attention given to so many celebrities during murder investigations and trials… well, I just had to write a story that combined it all.

What is one of your favorite romantic locales?
My favorite, favorite, favorite location is Vancouver, British Columbia.  I lived in the Northwest for several years and constantly go back to Vancouver every chance I get. I set my first romantic suspense (Deadly Messages) in Vancouver and then set my novella, Shadows from the Past, on a fictional island in the Northwest.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? 

I’ve always gotten my ideas from situations around me or events that I can weave into a fictional story. For instance, in addition to writing and reading romance, I have always been a major sports fan, especially baseball.  One of my first romances, Love on Deck, focused on a female radio announcer who was covering baseball games. I got the background for that while working as a sports producer, back in the days when there just weren’t many women allowed on the field for any sport. I am so pleased to see how all that has changed. 

Website:  http://www.rebeccagrace.com
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