Author Interview with Elizabeth Woodrum


I’m interviewing Elizabeth Woodrum today, author of children’s mystery novel “Maisy and the Missing Mice”. Thank you for answering my questions, Elizabeth! My questions are bolded, responses are in regular font.

1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?

I am also a full-time fourth grade teacher.  So, currently, the hardest part is finding time to write.  After a long work week, it can be hard to feel creative and productive enough to write quality material.
2) Can you give us a short synopsis of Maisy and the Missing Mice?
Maisy and the Missing Mice is a middle grade mystery novel.  Maisy Sawyer is a witty and clever fourth grader who is very good at solving mysteries.  At the start of the story, the school’s unofficial mascots, mice who live in the science lab, have been stolen.  All of the students are outraged.  Maisy sets out to solve the case and save the mice.  But, along the way, she becomes another victim of the thief, known as The Black Boot, when her beloved cherry lollipop collection is taken in order to scare her off of the case.  Of course, our heroine does not scare easily.  Maisy is determined to solve the case!
3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?
Maisy and the Missing Mice is the first book in The Maisy Files series.  I hope to have many more Maisy books in the series.
4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I wish I could spend hours every day writing, but I’m not able to do that since I teach all day.  But, my weekends are mostly devoted to writing.  I usually spend roughly ten hours a weekend working on my writing.
5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?
I enjoy The Boxcar Children and The Magic Tree House series.
6) What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the second book in The Maisy Files series. I hope to release it by March 2014.

Maisy and the Missing Mice

Maisy Cover FinalTitle: Maisy and the Missing Mice

Author: Elizabeth Woodrum

Genre: Children’s Mystery

Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school’s mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.


Author Bio

Elizabeth Woodrum Elizabeth Woodrum is a full time elementary teacher in Ohio. She began writing as early as when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children’s series, is the first series that she has published. The series currently has one book, The Missing Mice. Elizabeth plans to add more books to the series, and would also like to publish books for adults in the future.

As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks.

Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.

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Book Excerpt from Inside the Tall, Thick Book of Tales


I’m hosting an excerpt from “Inside the Tall, Thick Book of Tales”, a fantasy novel by A.C. Birdsong on this Christmas holiday. Enjoy it!

Book Excerpt

The shop has the peculiar smell of discarded old books. Palmer, the only customer, waddles his way along the tight spaces, unobstructed. Arriving at the rear of the store, he scans the shelves and finds the section marked Automobiles. It’s well above his reach. He sighs and retrieves one of the step stools from another aisle. Setting it before the Automobiles section, he steps up gingerly, using the shelf to steady himself.

With his left hand still grasping the shelf, he uses the index finger of his right to pick out the books there. “Let’s see, Ford, Thunderbird,” he mumbles to himself. “Nineteen eighty-four, ah, here it is, 1985. Hmm. . .what’s this?” One book, much larger than the rest on the shelf, is placed with its binder toward the ceiling. Curious, Palmer tilts the volume to read the title. The book is so massive, it quickly tips and falls to the floor with a loud thump, producing a surprisingly large cloud of dust.

The bored clerk from the front of the shop speaks up. “Everything all right back there?” The tone of voice is flat and unconcerned.

“Yeah, no problem.” He takes the 1985 Thunderbird manual from the shelf and descends the step stool carefully. Sticking the repair book under his arm and bending forward, he picks up the fallen book with a grunt. “Sucker’s huge,” he says to himself.

The book is as large as an old dictionary, leather bound and with gold edging on its pages. The title on the front in embossed script reads The Tall, Thick Book of Tales. A large colorful plate depicting a knight battling a dragon takes up most of the front cover.

Palmer hefts the book and opens it, exposing thin pages like stiff parchment printed with fading black ink. The copyright page reveals it to be a 1925 fifth edition. Palmer flips through the pages, reading none of them and examining the overall condition of the book.

Steps sound along the wall of shelves. Palmer looks up. It’s the clerk. “Find the one you’re looking for?”

Palmer closes the book and rubs the cover. A look of excitement begins to shine in his eyes. “Yes,” he says slowly. He hands the book to the clerk. “Yes, I have. I’ll take this one.”

The clerk reads the title, looks at Palmer, looks back at the title, shrugs, turns, and carries the book to the front. Palmer starts to follow, pauses, and taking the repair manual from under his arm, looks at it, snorts, and tosses it onto the step stool. “To hell with that,” he says to himself, following the clerk. “I’m buying a new car.”

The Book

18762397Title: Inside the Tall, Thick Book of Tales

Author: A.C. Birdsong

Genre: Fantasy

On a small farm just outside of a tiny town lives Jacob, the last in a long line of Caretakers of Magic. His mission in life as the world’s only magician (in fact the only person who knows magic is possible) is to preserve magical skill in preparation for the day when magic is needed in the world. Other than what is required to train an apprentice, Caretakers aren’t to be practitioners, a tenet Jacob adheres to religiously.

Jacob has been teaching an apprentice, Palmer, for eight years. As a student, Palmer is a dismal failure, but this does not stop him from experimenting. Feeling that the pace of his instruction is unnecessarily slow, Palmer takes the little magic he knows, twists it, and uses it to trap Jacob and a young neighbor Lucy inside an old book of fairy tales (The Tall, Thick Book of Tales). Palmer refuses to release them unless Jacob imparts all magical knowledge to him in an instantaneous way.

From the moment of Jacob’s entrapment, Birdsong creates three interwoven storylines: Palmer’s dealings with the townspeople, who are searching for Lucy and quickly suspect Palmer for her disappearance; Jacob’s journey to escape, which takes him through scenes written into the book by Palmer, designed to harass Jacob and to speed his compliance along; and Lucy’s interaction with the book’s original characters, all magical themselves, trapped within the margins by Palmer’s spell, and are united in their desire to expel the intruders. Added to this mix are an enchanted bookworm and the fairy tales’ narrator, who have objectives of their own.

Readers will enjoy Inside the Tall, Thick Book of Tales. Birdsong skillfully mixes the real and the imaginary worlds with a lean and fast-paced style. A well-crafted and fun novel with colorful characters and great dialogue written for any fan of adult fiction, and suitable for young adults and older adolescents as well.

Author Bio

ACB-Author-Photo-2013-12-Book-TourA.C. Birdsong wrote the first draft of Inside the Tall, Thick Book of Tales during an unseasonably cold winter in Athens, Greece. “I spent all my time either writing the story or searching for a reasonably warm and cheap place to write it. Often this left me huddled near tepid steam heaters in dingy hotel rooms, and drinking endless cups of weak Nes to fight the cold. Eventually the weather turned, which was not only fortunate for me, but for Jacob and Palmer as well, because they probably would still be fighting it out inside that book otherwise.”

A.C. lives in Seattle, where people voluntarily allow themselves to be trapped in books on a regular basis. This is his first novel.


Author Interview with Olga Soaje


I’m interviewing author Olga Soaje on my blog today. She’s the author of contemporary fiction novel “Twelve Houses”. My questions are bolded, Olga’s responses are in regular font. Enjoy the interview, everyone!

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

I love the writing and creative process, definetly the hardest part for me being an Indie writer is doing the marketing and promoting side.

Can you give us a short synopsis of Twelve Houses?

Dying often has its own decorum. The family gathers, the doctors explain, and kind nurses murmur advice and consolation in sterilized corridors. Nathan’s death was not like that. He went abruptly, without a hint of warning. Amelia woke up to find her husband dead of a heart attack, beside her in their marriage bed. Only then does the family gather, the circle of friends console, and the rabbi arrive. As the rabbi tears Amelia’s garments in the ancient ritual of mourning, her world is turned upside down. She feels like a shadow in her own life, almost like she is watching someone else act her part. She has become a stranger to herself in her shock and disorientation.

Her son offers consolation. As a doctor, he also offers her medication to take the edge off her sharp suffering, which she will not allow herself to accept. Instead, she lets him give her something of more lasting value: his spiritual support and his certain, understanding love. Yet she knows she cannot intrude on his life, cannot lean on him. He is soon to be married, to start a new life, and his own family.

Amelia’s daughter, her first-born child, is more of a problem. Amelia knows they were never as close as they should have been. As a mother, she feels she was too interested in her own life and her own career to give her daughter the warmth and nurturing she deserved.

As Amelia wanders through her artist’s studio, she comes upon her old wishing jar, the handmade prayer jar in which each family member placed their secret longings. Opening it, written on an old scrap of paper, Amelia finds her daughter’s dearest wish: “Help mom understand me.”

Work has become impossible, though her agent nags. For decades, sculpting has been her livelihood and much more. The feel of the soft clay in her hands has satisfied her in a way nothing else could and allowed her to express herself when she had no other way. Her talent has brought her money and fame, but now it is useless to her.

The work that had been a source of goodness and wholeness now seems to be betraying her. In her studio, she now finds hopeless grief instead of peace. She cries and does nothing, speaking silently with her absent husband and endlessly reworking the past.

It is her daughter who rescues her. Chloe needs help with her pregnancy and her marriage. It is the kind of help her mother is glad to give. Yet the two women still struggle to build a relationship, neither quite able to accept the other’s choices. Nevertheless, their attempts at understanding help to draw Amelia out of her consuming grief.

Amelia does find new work. With it she finds a new way to look at the world, one that that does not ignore her ideals. In the city in which she first fell in love with the man who would become her husband, she begins to learn to live again.

Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?

It’s a stand alone.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I try and sneak as many as possible while raising my two sons and running around, mostly is two-three hours a day.

What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?

Wow, there are so many I admire but I would say “The language of Flowers” by Vannesa Diffenbaugh is one.

What are you working on now?

I’m starting to research material for the upcoming book dealing with friendship between three college women.

Thank you for your time and the opportunity to have me on your blog, I hope you enjoy reading “Twelve Houses”.

About The Book

portada twelvehouses finalTitle: Twelve Houses

Author: Olga Soaje

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

What will she do now? Amelia Weiss wakes up alone, with the body of her husband cold beside her, dead. She cannot believe he has left her when he swore he never would. It is almost as if she is nothing without him.

But this novel is not about a man’s death. It is about a woman coming back to life. Slowly, painfully, a sensitive artist and mother makes new connections, finds new occupations, and rediscovers her place in the world.

Raised to believe a widow’s role is to take care of grandchildren and make grief her companion, Amelia takes a different path. She embarks on the most challenging year of her life.

She struggles to repair her broken relationship with her daughter and develops a second career in midlife. If she can find a way to allow herself to act in the face of her guilt and her daughter’s disapproval, she may even find love again.

This heartfelt novel is the story of a courageous woman’s spiritual rebirth. As Amelia begins to rediscover herself, readers will share in her refusal to give in to loss or to accept anything less than a rich and meaningful life.

Author Bio

foto olga libro twelve housesIn my novel Twelve Houses, I tell the story of a widow who discovers that her life story is far from over. Amelia is a brave woman who struggles to find her true place in the world and at the same time to create a life that holds spiritual meaning and purpose. Though my first book, Borrowing My Mother’s Saints, was a comedy set in New York, I think both books describe a similar spiritual journey. I always consider the spiritual aspects of a character’s story as I write.

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Release Day Party Down to Business


We’re happy to celebrate the release day party for NA contemporary romance novel “Down to Business” today. Come join in the fun!

About Down to Business

downtobusiness_promocoverTitle: Down to Business

Author: J.C. Alexander

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

While everyone else headed off to college, small town girl, Autumn Malone, stays behind to help manage her family’s failing restaurant. Two years later, when a scholarship at Adelphi University comes her way, she can’t resist the chance to start a new life. The one thing that she isn’t planning on…is falling for irresistible Vinny Mazzola.

To outsiders, Hamptons born Vinny Mazzola has it all: good looks, money, and an esteemed reputation. While studying business at Adelphi, the last thing he expects to do is fall in love with awkward Autumn Malone, who forces him to ask himself what’s really important in life.

When the opportunity arises for Autumn to work at Vinny’s family-owned Italian restaurant, Mazzolas, it seems like a perfect way for her to get to know him better. That is until she meets his over protective mother and his conceited ex-girlfriend who both want nothing more than to get rid of her. Between frats, family, friends, and foes, when it comes down to business, will Autumn and Vinny have to sacrifice everything for a love they can’t live without?


Author bio

authorJ.C. Alexander was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. When she is not busy being a mother, wife, and author, she enjoys online gaming and losing herself in a good book.


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Author Interview with Marie Morgan


I’m interviewing Marie Morgan today, the author of “Getting Lost”, the first book in “The Island” series, a series of erotica novellas. Thanks for answering my questions, Marie! My questions are bolded, responses are in regular font.

1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?

I’d have to say the hardest part of being an author is having the confidence that what you’re writing is something someone will enjoy. Writing is the easy part! Being an Indie author and doing all your own marketing adds a level of difficulty as well. If I could crank out my books to a publisher and let them handle everything beyond the writing, I’d be able to produce a ton of material. As it is, I have to have my hand in every facet of the creation process. But, I could say I’m thankful for all the great people on my team for teaching me so much about editing and the craft itself. Because of them, I’m becoming a better writer.

2) Can you give us a short synopsis of Getting Lost? 

Certainly! I tried to keep most of what’s between the pages a secret but here’s the book blurb:

Cicily Welling lost everything she cared about. On a dangerous path of self-destruction, she finds a website announcing The Island, saying how they can help those with “emotional problems.”

With much trepidation, she fills out the form and clicks submit, launching herself into a world she never knew existed. It all starts with him. He tells her she’ll heal and makes grand promises that she’ll never be a doormat again.

Now, getting lost is the only way she’ll be able to find herself. In this first book of The Island trilogy, Cicily finds out just how delicious getting lost can be.

3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone? 

It’s slated to be a trilogy. I’m hoping I don’t get carried away and end up writing something akin to War and Peace. It’s fun to write!

4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?

However many I can work into my already mad schedule. Between writing and working a full-time job, I have few spare hours. But, I’ve decided I can sleep when I’m dead, and I try to pull at least four to six hours a day hitting the keys. That doesn’t always happen.

5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?

My favorite book is the first one of Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty trilogy, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. It really hits all the things a good erotic novel should: sexual emotions, suffering and enjoying it, and a struggle with one’s own free will.

6) What are you working on now?

I have the last two books in The Island trilogy: Crossroads and Being Found. Beyond that, I’m not sure what I’ll write next. If I’m not laughed at or heckled, I may continue writing erotica that explores how sex intertwines with our human instincts and why we behave the way we do. I find human beings intriguing at the deepest level and yearn to explore that facet of our makeup. Helping others connect with their own inner-human is something I hope to achieve at some point.

I appreciate your willingness to have me here. I hope you have a chance to explore Getting Lost. Thank you for the space and time on your blog!

Getting Lost

Getting_Lost_The_Island_Book1_MarieMorgan_SFWTitle: Getting Lost (The Island, Book One)

Author: Marie Morgan

Genre: Erotica

Cicily Welling lost everything she cared about. On a dangerous path of self-destruction, she finds a website announcing The Island, saying how they can help those with “emotional problems.”

With much trepidation, she fills out the form and clicks submit, launching herself into a world she never knew existed. It all starts with him. He tells her she’ll heal and makes grand promises that she’ll never be a doormat again.

Now, getting lost is the only way she’ll be able to find herself. In this first book of The Island trilogy, Cicily finds out just how delicious getting lost can be.

Author Bio

Marie2_SFWMarie Morgan fell in love with the erotica genre when she read Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty series. Marie has attempted to delve deeply into the human psyche and show how embracing something new can set someone free.



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Author Interview with James Drummond


I’m hosting an interview with James Drummond, author of YA horror novel “The One You Feed”. My questions are bolded, Mr. Drummond’s responses are regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

This is probably an answer you get a lot, but it’s finding the time to write. I know people who churn out 3-4 books a year and I just don’t know how they do it. Between work, spending time with my girlfriend and two cats, seeing me friends, keeping up with other hobbies, and occasionally reading someone else’s work, I’m lucky to carve out an hour a day. I’ve never been good at sitting down and forcing myself to write. Whenever I’ve tried that, the stuff I write is mostly done away with the next time I sit down and read it over. I’m not the most disciplined writer. It’s something I need to work on.

Can you give us a short synopsis of The One You Feed?

It’s the first book in a horror series I’m writing, in which a cast of human characters tangle with a new type of creature in each novel. In The One You Feed it’s werewolves. After several of his friends are turned into werewolves by an ancient Native American Shaman, a young teen must battle for his and his remaining friends’ survival as the creatures threaten to overtake their town.

Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?

It is part of a series. The second book, Something Wiccan, is also available on Amazon. I’m currently working on the third book now.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

When I write, it’s between 1-3 hours. Although I’m not as consistent with that as I’d like to be.

What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?

I won’t say it’s the best horror story I’ve ever read, but when I read Stephen King’s The Langoliers I remember absolutely loving it. I don’t know if I’ve ever enjoyed a horror story as much the first time through. It was set in present day (when I read it) and did a great job of creating a very believable setting with very believable characters that I could picture ending up on a flight with. I love stories that set the stage for the horror to come using a very relatable, normal setting. When the eeriness starts, it’s all the more disturbing.

 What are you working on now?

The third book in my horror series. I’m finally getting around to vampires, who are basically holding a small, northern Scottish town hostage so that they can stop running from the hunters chasing them. Living in a world that provides such easy access to cameras and other techniques for verifying that things that used to be considered legend might actually be real, the vamps have chosen to settle in this town to live their lives as normally as possible without being concerned about who or what might be watching. The residents of the town aren’t too thrilled with this arrangement.

The One You Feed

THE_one_you_feed_cropped2Title: The One You Feed

Author: James Drummond

Genre: YA Horror

Like most kids who grew up in the small Oregon town of Silver Falls, Toby Hoffman had heard all the scary stories about the monsters living in the neighboring woods of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Now a teenager, he knows the stories are made up to keep the town’s children from wandering where they aren’t wanted.

Then his best friend, Nate, wakes up covered in blood in the reservation woods, with no recollection of whose blood it is or where it came from. When even more brutal attacks follow, Toby can’t help but wonder if one of the fables he was told as a child might be true. With the help of Rachel, a determined Native American girl who has moved off the reservation and into the house next door, he begins searching for an explanation for the recent carnage. He also develops feelings for his new neighbor, which are put to the test when he and Rachel discover that her uncle may be responsible for the emergence of a legendary monster that does in fact exist.

To make matters worse, there’s evidence that Nate was turned by the beast, and that he has every intention of holding onto his extraordinary new creature capabilities no matter the cost. In order to save Silver Falls from a true scary story, Toby will have to face off against forces he doesn’t fully understand – and his closest friend.

Author Bio

IMG_9862James is the author of The One You Feed and Something Wiccan – the first two books of the Out of the Dark series. He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his girlfriend Angela and two cats named Tim and Ruby. During the day James is a Senior Instructional Designer for an e-learning development company, where he writes activities and scenarios to educate learners on a wide array of topics—from fast food to PTSD therapies. A Graphics Designer at the company, Wojtek Batko, designs the covers for James’ books.


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Book Excerpt from Burn


I’m happy to share a snippet with you from a thriller / suspense / horror novel called “Burn”. Have fun reading the snippet!

Book Excerpt

Simon envisioned being found this way, cramped inside an old truck, Tiffany’s laughter growing louder in every passing minute.  Blackness started to creep over him and as he sat, engulfed in his own madness, the van passed by without pause.  An hour later, Simon would emerge from the truck and drive home, undetected; preoccupied by his plan’s progress and completely unaware of his own regression.

About Burn

Burn Front CoverTitle: Burn

Author: Danae Samson

Genre: Thriller, Horror

From the pen of Danae Samson, author of the terrifying debut, LAMENT HILL, comes her follow-up novel, BURN: The Casual Slaughters of Simon Green.

Violence comes to the small Californian college community of Riverhearst as a group of students and teachers are forced to confront a sociopathic killer targeting students.  But what is more frightening is that this killer appears to be one of their own…

Prepare to experience the neuroses and the casual slaughters of Simon Green.

Prepare to experience the horror of a town BURN!

Author Bio

DANAE SAMSON - AUTHOR OF BURN & LAMENT HILLBorn in Southern California and educated in Portland, Oregon, Danae Samson’s debut novel, Lament Hill, is a testament to her life on the west coast. Samson received her Bachelors and Masters degree from Portland State University and went on to teach English at four colleges in California and Washington. In 2011, Samson decided to pursue her writing full time and signed with Media Aria CDM in the spring of that year. In addition to the release of Lament Hill, Media Aria CDM will publish Samson’s second novel, Burn: The Casual Slaughters of Simon Green in 2013. Samson has recently finished her third novel, also a work of fiction, and has begun the construction of a fourth manuscript. Samson currently lives in Carlsbad, California.


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