Author Interveiws

Dawn Millen

What is your author name or pen name – My pen name is Dawn Millen, which was my married name when I started writing.

What genre/s do you write in –  I write poetry, Post Apocalyptic fiction based around natural disasters and Self Help Books for Widows.

Where do you get you inspiration from – My poetry is inspired by every day life, nature and emotions. My Post Apocalyptic fiction is based on my years as an Emergency Service Volunteer and also on the years I lived in New Zealand and the earthquakes I felt there.

If you had a ticket to ride where would it take you and why – My ticket to ride is taking me to the United Kingdom again in just 9 weeks. I am currently researching a book which blends both fact and fiction into a tale which spans the witch trials in the United Kingdom in the 1500's and also the future of the descendants of two of those families.

What was your favourite book as a child – My favourite book as a child was The Children of the New Forest by Captain Frederick Maryatt. At one stage during my childhood we lived in Dorset and many Sunday drives were to the New Forest where we watched the ponies roaming and had picnics. Dorset was the home of my Dad and his family and is still a place I visit on my trips home.

If you could travel back in time what era would you visit and why – I would love to travel back to the 1500's in Britain and ask my ancestress and her family what happened and why they were accused of witchcraft. I'd also love to the full story of the events which precipitated the accusations of witchcraft levelled at so many poor, lonely people.

What are you working on now – Margaret, I am currently working on a short story to enter into a competition and am researching the witch trials along side this. I also have a cookbook almost finished which will be part of the Outback Exodus Series when completed and published.

Have you any hobbies – My hobbies are many and varied.

I love to travel, this year and last I made trips to Bali for a few days R and R and visited the United Kingdom last August and will do so again this August.

Another hobby I find absorbing is my garden. When I moved to my current home the yard was just a bare patch of weeds and grasses. Not a garden to be seen, Now that situation couldn't be left as it was, so two and a half years later I now have a thriving flower garden at the front and rear of the house and a vegetable garden under construction. This garden has been formed by recycling many cast off items, bricks, timber, wire and screens and the plants have mostly come from cuttings from friends gardens and cast off plants from other friends. Any excess cuttings are sold off to pay to develop the garden further. My next project is to put in a water feature at the rear where I can see it from the back veranda and the kitchen window.

 What do you like about where you live – I currently live in a tiny house on the very outskirts of a small rural town in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. I love it here because we actually get four seasons in the year. Winter is almost upon us and we are starting to feel the chill in the air, the smell of snow on the wind and the flurries of snowflakes when it's very cold. Spring here is a veritable rainbow of colour as the English trees come into flower and the perfume of spring bulbs, violets and apple blossom fills the air. Summers are warm and dry, this area is one of the most arid areas of the state, with quite low rainfalls. The days can be searing hot, the nights cool and without humidity and sleep is much easier than it is closer to the coast. My favourite season is autumn, the changing colours of the trees as leaf fall draws close, foggy evenings where my animals and I can draw close to the heater for warmth and the early frosts which crackle underfoot and sparkle in the rays of the rising sun.

The other advantages are that I can drive to Canberra in less than and hour and can drive to Sydney in about two hours. Nice and easy to get to places and events and the airports for travel to anywhere in the world.

List your publications

Widowhood 101 (self help)

Widowhood 102 (self help)

Widowhood 103 (self help)

From Us to Me (self help)

Random Rhymes (poetry)

Everyday Poetry (poetry)

Winter Memories (poetry)

Sitting in the Sun (poetry)

Sea Eagles and Quiet Hours (poetry)

Seven Months at Scribblers Roost (poetry)

Midnight Musings (poetry)

Outback Exodus Book 1 (Post Apocalyptic Fiction)

Settled on the Coast (Outback Exodus book 2, PA)

New Generations (Outback Exodus book 3, PA)

Gordon Under Attack (Outback Exodus book 4, PA)

Sloan (Outback Exodus book 5, PA)

Outback Exodus Collected Edition, all five volumes in the series.

The Destruction (Prequel to the Outback Exodus Series)

The Long Road South, Sloan's Journey. Southern Settlements Series

The Storm Diary (Short Story)

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Outback Exodus

Imagine waking up early one bright summer morning, quietly drinking your coffee on the front veranda as you watch the sun rise over the beautiful Australian bush. The parrots who normally squawk and chatter at this hour of the day are silent, there are no traffic sounds on the highway in the distance and the dogs are silent and cowering in their kennels.

What happens next turns Jenn's whole world in a different direction. Her normal quiet existence on the farm is now over. Jenn becomes one of the leaders of a rag, tag band of travellers retreating from the disaster in the Outback and assists in guiding them to her home village on the coast.

Welcome to New Years Day 2013 and the changing of the world as Jenn, Gavin, Rhys, and their families knew it. Outback Exodus and the following books in the series tell the story of their adventures as they seek to rebuild a world upon the ashes of the old one. They encounter many difficult situations on their journey and every step could bring disaster without good planning and brave decisions. Each step must be planned to take every eventuality into account. Come visit a while and see how they fare, join their adventures, discover new friends and new places.   

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/dawn.myfanwyn.millen/

Website – No current website, it is under construction between my daughter's cancer treatments.

*A link for Dawn's books can be found in the Indie Bookshop.

Cheryl Slade

What is your author name or penname – Cheryl Slade

What genre/s do you write in – I have published one children’s picture book “Mummy is Sick, But I Love You”, written from the heart for mothers who’ve found themselves in the same situation as me.

Where do you get your inspiration from – Unfortunately, my inspiration came from personal experience.

I was diagnosed in November 2017 with Stage 2, Grade 3, Triple Negative Breast Cancer at 32 years old after Carson found a lump in my breast whilst breastfeeding. Within two weeks, Carson at 20 months old, went from breastfeeding on demand, co-sleeping and never being apart from his mummy overnight, to having to stop breastfeeding cold turkey. I then had 3 minor surgeries, started chemotherapy and ended up in isolation in hospital for five days. Up until now, he was secure in his knowledge that Mummy would feed him and cuddle him every time he went to bed and would be there every time he woke up.

But that wasn’t the worst part, Carson was struggling so much to understand what was going on, where mummy was, and why she couldn’t do the things she used to. Carson wasn’t talked yet but he loved his books. So, I searched the web, support groups and support centres for anything that could help reassure him through this ordeal. Unfortunately, all I could find was books for 5-year old’s and up, that followed a whole story about cancer. As much as he loved his books, he wasn’t going to sit still for one of those. And he didn’t care about cancer, he cared that I wasn’t there, that I looked different and I was always tired.

After crying on the phone with my husband James one painful night, whilst again in isolation in hospital, he suggested that I should write a story myself. “Why not something like ‘Mummy is Sick, But I Love You’?” He proposed. I mused over the words that I wanted to say to Carson and how to reassure him, the result being this wonderful picture book that has helped many mums in a similar situation as me.

I was given the all clear and the words ‘no evidence of disease’ in January 2019.

If you had a ticket to ride where would it take you and why – I’d get an all expenses paid direct flight to a very special island called Elcho Island, in East Arnhem Land in Northern Territory. I had the privilege to work there in Galiwinku as a Secondary School Teacher for a year about 5 years ago, and my heart still yearns to go back there to visit the beautiful loving people and see the gorgeous sunsets over the water each night. I got so obsessed with sunsets that I’ve got a whole printed photo album just of sunset photos from when I was living there.

What was your favourite book as a child – One very special book called “Love You Forever” By Robert Munch and Illustrated by Sheila McGraw. It’s such a wonderful loving story between mother and son. I remembering reading it repeatedly, wishing I had such a loving relationship with my parents and I remember vowing to have that with my children one day. As soon as my son was born, it was the first book I ordered online for him. I would read it to him as a baby whilst he fed.

If you could travel back in time what era would you visit and why – I’d love to visit Antioch at the start of Christianity to be able to experience the amazing wonders that happened instead of reading them in a book.

What are you working on now – I’d like to publish some more children’s books in a similar vein as “Mummy Is Sick, but I love You”. Some I have is “Daddy Is Depressed, But I Love You”, or “Grandma is sick, But I love You”.

Have you any hobbies – Apart from running around after a very energetic autistic Three-year-old, and taking him to appointments and to music group, I love family days at the zoo or local parks. For myself, I’ve been studying Breastfeeding and Lactation Support and help with a large online support group, supporting mums to continue to breastfeed even through hurdles.

What do you like about where you live – I Live in a little Town Called Romsey in Victoria. We are about an hour drive from Melbourne and are basically the closest country towns to the city. The people are beautiful and so caring; even before meeting anyone; the local church organised frozen dinners and drivers for treatment.

List your publications – Mummy Is Sick, But I Love You

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Mummy is Sick, But I love You

When you're a child, it seems like nothing bad can happen to your parents. But sometimes it does, and you find your life turned upside down. It can be a very scary time. Mummy Is Sick, but I Love You, by author Cheryl Slade, is a conversation and a promise from Mummy to her child. Now that she's ill, Mummy can't always do everything she used to. She promises that once she is better, she'll be capable of doing it all again. Mummy explains to her sweetheart all the things that might happen whilst she's sick but assures her child of her never-ending love and that things will be better when she's well again. Mummy Is Sick, but I Love You comes from Slade's experiences after her diagnosis with breast cancer. When she couldn't find a suitable book to explain what was happening to her young son, she decided to write her own. The result can help others who are facing similar situations.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mummyissick/

Websitehttps://mummyissick.ecwid.com/

*A link for Cheryl's books can be found in the Indie Bookshop.

 

John Holland

What is your author name or penname – I write under my real name, John Holland. A few years ago I wrote poetry at various sites under the penname Arafura. Most notable of those sites was Allpoetry.

What genre/s do you write in – I write in a few different genres. Literary fiction, speculative fiction, poetry and middle grade fiction. Currently finalising a co-authored book which I’d call middle grade fantasy.

Where do you get you inspiration from – Real life and an over-active imagination. I was an avid reader as a child and that encouraged me to want to tell stories.

If you had a ticket to ride where would it take you and why – Tough question! I have a layman’s interest in ancient ruins and lost civilisations, so maybe Peru for a start.

What was your favourite book as a child – There were a few. The Hobbit for one and Tappan’s Burro by Zane Grey come to mind.

If you could travel back in time what era would you visit and why – A simpler time before technology had caused the world to shrink. Like Henry Lawson I long for “The days when the world was wide”.

What are you working on now – I’m finalising a third poetry collection and also finalising a middle grade fantasy book with my co-author Nicci Carrear, who lives in California. The book includes scenes from the Australian outback but is set mainly in an alternative universe. We drew on themes such as real history, Aboriginal myths and the multi-verse theory of quantum physics in building this story.

Have you any hobbies – Fishing would be the main one, but these days I rarely do it.

What do you like about where you live – It rarely gets cold here in Townsville, North Queensland. However summer season can get very hot and humid.

List your publications

Poetry:

Dry Bones

Under the Dog Star.

Fiction:

Somewhere far from Iris

Bitter Bread

The Light at the Bottom of the Garden

Left of the Rising Sun

Heartland.

Speculative fiction:

Old Year’s Day.

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Old Year’s Day.

This book is set in the distant future, but also reflects the experiences of the entity Jones and the collapse of present-day civilisation.

Much of this story revolves around the dual being that is Dowling and Jones. Dowling’s mind has been numbed and bent by the drugs the all-powerful Corporation feeds everyone. Jones’ mind is twisted out of shape by the memory of the horrors he witnessed on Earth, as our present society crumbled.

Old Year’s Day touches on subjects such as religion, society, philosophy, economics and the questions of existence as perceived by the individual.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/PoetrySansFrontieres/

Website – http://poetrysansfrontieres.weebly.com/index.html

 *A link for John's books can be found in the Indie Bookshop.

Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer

What is your author name or penname – Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer

What genre/s do you write in – fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, poetry, children’s literature, Christian romance, general romance, non-fiction.  

Where do you get you inspiration from and do you feel the sources of your inspiration have changed over the years? – I feel inspiration is very precious. I get the initial idea in my mind and use a variety of dreaming, modelling and research techniques to develop the idea. My first couple of books were almost 90% inspiration and I was totally driven to write them. As I write more professionally it is turning into 90% effort and an elusive 10% inspiration. That is not to say that the quality is dropping – in fact, my technique may be improving with experience and involvement in a variety of publishing ventures!

If you had a ticket to ride where would it take you and why? – When I was a child, I would have said the U.K. because I wanted to see my roots. Europe has also fascinated me over the years, because of the rich history, churches, castles and mountains. When I began studying Teaching English as a Second Language I got very curious about China. Recently, I’ve set stories in America and visiting the states I selected would be a source of inspiration. However, I would do none of those things until I had explored Australia and Oceania thoroughly. 

What were your favourite books as a child? – Enid Blyton’s Famous Five Series.

If you could travel back in time what era would you visit and why? – I’ve always fancied the Medieval period. So simple and structured around village and church life – it is somehow easy to associate with magic and adventure. I’m sure it was really quite uncomfortable, with poor sanitation, manual labour and the risk of plague, but it seems unpolluted by the depredations of the industrial revolution, let alone the subsequent commercial and technological ages… Do I have to stay there though? There is no printing press until the Reformation/Renaissance.

What are you working on now? – I’m moving house! Oh did you mean writing? Well, I am wrapping up a number of anthology submissions. I set myself the goal of being in anthologies this year, and I’m proud to report I have achieved it in multiple occurrences so far.

  • I also have a new release LOVE ALWAYS HOPES which is the third in my “Silver Springs University Series”.
  • I have hopes to release another independent speculative work by early next year if I am not too distracted by the anthologies. The story is written, but needs editing, title and cover. The working title is “Island in the Sky” watch out for it if the name sticks!

Have you any hobbies? – I usually answer ‘reading, writing and computing’. Other hobbies vary. Do It Yourself home renovating and decorating come high on the list. (Yeah, I also watch THE BLOCK).

What do you like about where you live? – I live on the edge of the Barossa Valley, (South Australia). I am not far from a riverbank, which is beautiful. I am conveniently placed to visit my father, which is handy. The freeway takes me back to town quite quickly for business. The highway will also take me out in the opposite direction to Flinders Ranges and the outback, or alternately to the Riverland when I feel the urge for a rural “fix”. I think that I have the best of both town and country, with a temperate, almost Mediterranean climate.

List your publications

Independently published novels:

July 2017 – Silver Springtime, CGH Literacy Institute, Adelaide. ISBN-13: 978-0648116011

Jan/Feb 2018 - All for Love: on The Charity Dating Show, CGH Literacy Institute, Adelaide.  ISBN-13: 978-0648116028

2018 - Mystic Evermore, CGH Literacy Institute, Adelaide. ISBN-13: 978-0648116004

2018 - Faith and Love, CGH Literacy Institute, Adelaide. ISBN-13: 978-0648116035

2018 - Saints and Sinners, CGH Literacy Institute, Adelaide. ISBN-13: 978-0648116042

2018 - Autumn Secrets, CGH Literacy Institute, Adelaide. ISBN-13: 978-0648116059

2019 – Love Always Hopes, CGH Literacy Institute, Adelaide, ISBN-13: 978-0-6481160-7-3 COMING JULY 2019

Anthologies and Journals currently available:

"New York, Culture Shock, and a Glimpse of the Future in "He", in Lovecraft Annual 11 (Edited by S.T. Joshi) Hippocamus Press, 2017

"Feminine Powerlessness and Deference in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" in Lovecraft Annual 12 (Edited by S.T. Joshi) Hippocamus Press, New York, 2018

Anthologies:

“Flashback”, “Radiation Sickness”, “The Black Hole”, “The Duel”, and “The Takeover” in Worlds: Dark Drabbles #1, (Edited by Dean Kershaw), Black Hare Press, June 2019

“Pride”, “Prisoner”, “Seraphin”, “Shepherding”, and “The Temptress” in Angels: Dark Drabbles #2, (Edited by Dean Kershaw), Black Hare Press, July 2019

“Manchine”, “Spider Alert”, “The Slime Monster”, “The Waygrim”, “You” in Monsters: Dark Drabbles #3, (Edited by Dean Kershaw), Black Hare Press, August, 2019

Links to your books

“Silver Springs Christian University Series”

Silver Springtime https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074CR5DCW/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i10

Faith and Love https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G1ZCR22/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i5

Love Always Hopes https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RRLYN6D/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i12

“The Nevermore Brothers Parables Series”

Mystic Evermore https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07C1RP69X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i7

Saints and Sinners https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D1FPG4Y/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i8

Autumn Secrets https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HKWJZ83/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6

Anthologies and Journals:

Lovecraft Annual 12 (Edited S.T. Joshi) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1614982295/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

Lovecraft Annual 11 (Edited S.T. Joshi) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1614982031/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4

Worlds (Edited by Dean Kershaw)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Q5VRCWL/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Angels (Edited by Dean Kershaw) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RGXYMFR/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2

Monsters (Edited by Dean Kershaw) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SGWSQVY/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

Blurb from one of your books with an elevator pitch –

I’m going to push my latest release (sitting here in proof form, looking so good, but very soon to be available to the reader.)

LOVE ALWAYS HOPES

“Cara O’Brien is a bright, energetic girl who loves the outdoors. Her life has been placed somewhat on hold as she waits in faithful hope for her boyfriend Kaleb Proctor, to return from America.

In the meantime, Cara has to deal with her friend Dylan Perett, who was once her faithful suitor, but has become embittered by constant rejection. Is it too late for Cara to regain Dylan’s friendship and what does he mean to her really?

Love always Hopes is the third instalment in the “Silver Springs Christian University Series”. Each tale features a different heroine, and can be read as a standalone or serial continuation of the loves and losses of your favourite characters. The preceding books were Faith and Love and Silver Springtime.”

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Cecelia-Hopkins-Drewer-Author-Page-1906791576107159/

Website – https://chopkin39.wixsite.com/website

*A link to Cheryl's books can be found in the Indie Bookshop.

Christine Gardner

What is your author name or penname – Christine or Chris Gardner, which is also my regular name. I had all sorts of ideas for pen names and used Chris first because I liked the ambiguity but now I’m just me.

What genre/s do you write in – It would be easier to say what genre I don’t write in. I have written children’s books, YA sci-fi and fantasy, adult horror, romance, true crime and historical fiction. My current work is supernatural.

Where do you get you inspiration from – All over the place. My first actual book is a sci-fi and it started with a doco I was watching on TV, about young people living in a subway somewhere. One of them was holding a baby and I started thinking about a generation of kids growing up underground. The result was my YA book, The Girl who Lived Underground. My most recent book, The Letter, was inspired partly by family history and partly by history I studied at university.

If you had a ticket to ride where would it take you and why – I’ve always been fascinated with British history, partly because that was pretty much the only history we learnt at school and partly because my ancestors came from there and Ireland. That’s the top thing on my bucket list.

What was your favourite book as a child – It depends what age. I read all the time. Enid Blyton was certainly my favourite author when I was very young and The Faraway Tree was the best children’s book I remember.

If you could travel back in time what era would you visit and why – Again, British history. I’d love to know what brought my ancestors to Australia (no convicts!) so mid-19th century.

What are you working on now – A lotto win and a haunted house; throw in a bit of romance and a bit of history, plus a murder or two, maybe several. I’m about halfway through so hopefully it will be all done some time this year.

Have you any hobbies – I’ve been learning French online now for a year or so—I guess that’s a hobby. It’s sometimes fun and sometimes not, but I feel good about it generally so I suppose it’s a hobby.

What do you like about where you live – The first time I came here I thought it was dreary with all the old buildings and now that’s what I love the most. We’re in Central Victoria in an old gold-mining area with a rich history. We’re a regional city and big enough to have our own university and plenty of shops and restaurants but not too big. We’re two hours from Melbourne and beaches and a few from snow in a different direction.

List your publications

Red Dust Series (3 Rural Romance books and the first, Stony Creek is free),

The Letter (Historical Fiction), 

The Inheritance (Horror/Supernatural),

Her Flesh and Blood (Historical Fiction inspired by a historical court case),

Not Guilty (True Crime), 

The Girl who Lived Underground (YA Sci-fi, Dystopian),

Dark Innocence (YA Supernatural),

Beast of War (Children’s Fantasy),

Last Chance (Children’s Sci-fi),

Runt of the Litter (Short Stories, generally dark but a variety of genres),

I’m Starving Mum (Children’s stories) 

Chilli the Great Hunter (Children’s stories)

Blurb from one of your books with an elevator pitch

THE LETTER

When her grandmother dies, Gabby discovers an old letter concealed in a secret compartment in the roll-top desk made four generations earlier. The secrets it reveals belong to an even earlier generation—the first members of Gabby’s family to cross the ocean from Britain to Australia, over 150 years ago. 

In 1855 Sarah and Mary are alone on The Colchester, after their parents are both killed by the deadly disease on-board. The family left their home in Wales in an attempt to find a better life in the colonies but with both parents dead the sisters are devastated, with no idea what to do next.
Sarah also becomes ill and, worried about passing her illness to Mary, encourages her to spend her days away from the stuffy cabin, in the fresh air on deck. Befriended by a gentleman, Mary finds herself swept up in a hopeless cycle of shame and lies, with no way out. When the girls arrive in Melbourne they have little hope of finding suitable work and make a drastic decision which could lead either to fortune or disaster.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ChristineGardnerAuthor/

Website – https://cmsgardnerblog.wordpress.com/

 *A link to Christine's books can be found in the Indie Bookshop.

Krissie Phillips

What is your author name or penname – Krissie Phillips

What genre/s do you write in – I finished my autobiography but currently writing erotica and fantasy novels.

Where do you get you inspiration from – My autobiography is based on my life going though abuse (mental, physical and emotional). How I overcome my demons and forgive those that I didn’t know I had the strength to. My other books are from my dreams.

What was your favourite book as a child – Harry Potter

If you could travel back in time what era would you visit and why – Ancient Egypt - the time of the Pharaohs has also been fascinating to me.

What are you working on now – My second novel, editing is hard.

Have you any hobbies – Painting, colouring and playing ps4

What do you like about where you live – Everything l need is close by. I don’t drive so public transport is awesome.

List your publications

Forgiven (it’s being redone at the moment)

Blurb from one of your books with an elevator pitch

FORGIVEN

Hi I’m Krissie Phillips (out of respect for my family and friends my identity remains hidden) and I’m writing this book to tell you about the trauma, pain, suffering over the years of my little life to finally the triumph, pride, happiness, love and support I’ve been through these last thirty years. But more importantly the last piece of my puzzle FORGIVEN but I have never forgotten. We can all forgive people in time but NEVER forget.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/krissie.phillips

Website – none 

*A link to Krissie's books can be found in the Indie Bookshop.

Guy Donovan

What is your author name or penname? - I go by my real name of Guy Donovan … though I do choose to drop my middle initial.

What genre/s do you write in? - My novels and short stories have all been in the fantasy genre so far, but I’m planning to publish some science fiction and even horror in the near future.

Where do you get you inspiration from? - Everywhere, really. My life and work experiences are a rich source of inspiration. Having lived in both small towns and big cities all over America has exposed me to a wide variety of people. In addition, working in such varying fields as guarding nuclear weapons, loading dynamite in rock quarries, and even spending a decade in Los Angeles as an animator, storyboard artist, and designer has given me a singular outlook on life.

If you had a ticket to ride where would it take you and why? - Mars. I’m nowhere near smart enough to be a rocket scientist, but I figure those guys will need someone to do the heavy lifting, right? At 1/3 earth gravity, it sounds good to me. Since that’s not likely to happen though, I’ll choose Wales. I went there in 2013 while researching my epic historical fantasy series, The Dragon’s Treasure, and fell in love with the place.

What was your favourite book as a child? – Hmmm … that’s a toughie. My very first favorite was probably Sam and the Firefly, by P.D. Eastman. As for early forays into novels though, I’m torn between 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke, The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien, Footfall, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, or The White Dragon, by Anne McCaffrey.

If you could travel back in time what era would you visit and why? - The 60’s. Despite the goofy fashions and hair, I’m a Project Apollo superfan. While I’m old enough to remember the moon landings from a child’s point of view, I’d love to experience it as an adult (and maybe even get a job with NASA while I’m there?). Of course, that whole Vietnam thing might prove a little pesky, but if drafted, I’d just tell them I was from the future and then I’d be 4F anyway.

What are you working on now? - I’m currently revamping and re-writing a sci-fi short I wrote back in High School, which for me was back in the early days of the space shuttle. It’s about a late 21st century space trucker who typically makes the Earth/Mars run, but financial circumstances force him into hauling a secretive load for a shady individual looking to get something to Jupiter with the least amount of questions possible. Of course, nothing good comes of it.

I’m also playing with a concept involving a U.S. Border Patrol Agent who encounters a group of drug smugglers far out in the desert who have all been bitten by a werewolf. Lupine craziness and quite a bit of carnage ensues.

Have you any hobbies? - Besides writing? Sure. I’ve got a nice 6-inch telescope I like to pull out of the closet from time to time and go looking at planets, moons, and nebulae in the dark and clear skies of America’s northern plains. I used to ride motorcycles a lot, but since moving to North Dakota, the riding season just got too short to allow many opportunities. Having once been a professional artist, I still like to draw too.

What do you like about where you live? - Not the winters, that’s for sure! I’ll give North Dakota this though—it’s low crime. Much better than life in the big city. That said, if you’re going to live where I do, you’d best be pretty good at entertaining yourself.

List your publications - 

The Forgotten Princess of Môna (Dragon’s Treasure Book One)

A Cold, White Home (Dragon’s Treasure Book Two)

Songs of Autumn (Dragon’s Treasure Book Three)

Memories so Distant and Brief (Dragon’s Treasure Book Four)

Of Dragons and Men (part of the multi-author anthology A Horde of Dragons)

Tempus Fugit (part of the multi-author anthology Enchanting Yuletide)

Biters and Shandikhaar (novel excerpts in the multi-author anthology Dreamtime Dragons)

The Long Way Home (part of the multi-author anthology The Magical Book of Wands)

Better the Thorn (part of the multi-author anthology Dreamtime Damsels and Fatal Femmes)

Blurb from one of your books with an elevator pitch:

The Forgotten Princess of Môna

Eleven-year-old Cerys is no normal little girl. The orphaned daughter of a fifth century Welsh king and queen, her only friends in the island kingdom of Môna are her old Pictish caregiver and a young chambermaid. The new queen wants nothing to do with her-- instead doting on her own son, who will one day rule Môna in place of Cerys. The people of Môna, royal and commoner alike, barely remember she even exists.

It’s hard being a young princess without a kingdom or even a mother and a father. It’s even harder for Cerys, because in addition to her other troubles, she was born mentally impaired. She lives her life in a perpetual fog of loss and regret, wishing more than anything to be like everyone else…to be normal.

Then one day Cerys meets a new friend, one whose thoughts are as clear to her as speech, and she finds her own previously muddled thoughts growing clearer. It seems like a miracle to Cerys and the small circle of people who care for her, but she knows she can’t ever tell anyone how she came by her incredible cure. In fact, she knows that if anyone found out her friend’s identity, it would surely lead to death for them both. Like Cerys, her new friend is not like anyone else in the world.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Dragons-Treasure-Series-172879129537712/

Website: None yet.

*A link to Guy's books can be found in the Indie Bookshop.

 

Ron Hanlon

What is your author name or penname – Ron Hanlon

What genre/s do you write in – Adult Romantic Adventure.

Where do you get you inspiration from – Life experiences and my imagination.

What was your favourite book as a child – Moby Dick.

If you could travel back in time what era would you visit and why - The era of Leif Ericson and the Vikings. Because I would enjoy the adventure of the exploration.   

What are you working on now – Rewriting my adult Romantic Adventure, Hearts Can Change in Time.

Have you any hobbies – Flying, sailing, ocean cruising and photography.

What do you like about where you live –The season and great weather.

List your publications

Hearts can Change in time.

Blurb from one of your books with an elevator pitch –             

Hearts Can Change in Time

Timeless love, forbidden desire, betrayal and devastating heartbreak is only part of this adult romantic adventure.

It’s late in the turbulent nineteen- sixties. Alex Cord, a devilishly handsome college student, is apathetic about his studies. However, when he inherits his grandfather’s oil company, Willis Oil, he has a positive change of attitude.

Driven to rise above his peers in the oil industry in wealth and stature. Alex risks his newfound wealth in “fracking,” the latest petroleum technology. His plan is to grow his fledgling company into a mega million-dollar corporation, sell out and marry his true love. His goals in sight, he sets out for the oil fields of Texas to sell his “fracking” service. Along the way, his playboy persona draws the attention of the women he meets.

With rose petal baths. Champagne toasts. Romantic getaways to his island resorts in the Bahamas and Caribbean.  Alex Cord offers it all, and they’re more than willing to take it. However, love is a seductive temptress, and hearts are broken.

Torn between his business goal and true love, Alex continues to search for it. The choice between love and success isn’t easy in the shadows of betrayal. So, when his business calls him, he leaves a wake of shattered hearts.

Hearts Can Change in Time is a breath-taking romantic suspense. Filled with tantalizing moments, exciting adventures, twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the last page. There a shocking ending leaves you breathless, wondering what comes in the next Alex Cord adventure.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hccit2019

Website – amazon.com/author/hearts

*A link to Ron's books can be found in the Indie Bookshop.

 

Ash Oldfield

What is your author name or penname – I chose to write under the name “Ash Oldfield” because no one can spell my first name properly.

What genre/s do you write in – I write Young Adult Fantasy, mostly about dragons.

Where do you get you inspiration from – My ideas for my stories come from different mythology and folk lore from all around the world. When I am struggling to write I find inspiration to work by getting close to nature through going for long walks in leafy areas.

If you had a ticket to ride where would it take you and why – I would love to go back to Wales and spend some more time there, as it is where my family are originally from. A brief holiday was not long enough to spend in a country you can’t help but feel a kinship with.

What was your favourite book as a child – “Anne of Green Gables”, by LM Montgomery.

If you could travel back in time what era would you visit and why – I would like to visit the time before Roman occupation of Europe so I could see what the world, particularly the United Kingdom, was like before its history was rewritten.

What are you working on now – I’m madly writing away at the final book in my Young Adult trilogy, The Rachaya Series, tentatively titled “Heart of Dragons.” I am so close to finishing it I can feel it in every breath I take.

Have you any hobbies – I have a huge love of reading. Other than that, between my day job as a teacher and my writing I don’t have time for much else.

What do you like about where you live – I like how leafy and green the area I live in is. I don’t think I could ever live in the concrete jungle of the city.

List your publications

Fyrebyrne Island, Book 1 of the Rachaya Series

The Lost City, Book 2 of the Rachaya Series

Blurb from one of your books with an elevator pitch

Fyrebyrne Island

“With a thunderous roar it fell from the sky, all gleaming yellow scales, talons the size of broad swords with fanged teeth to match, wings held out from its sides like sails, magnificent and glorious." 

The time has come for thirteen-year-old Rachaya to embrace her dragon heritage. Not everyone is pleased by her arrival on the dragon sanctuary, Fyrebyrne Island, however, and her mother's enemies may well have become her own. 

Will Rachaya live long enough to take on the mantle of Queen of the Dragons or will her enemies prevail? 

 Elevator pitch: Rachaya is a 13-year-old half-human, half-dragon who, having grown up in the human world, now has to go and live with the dragon side of her family. What is more, she learns she is heir to the dragon throne. She is horrified to discover that the dragons have been weakened over time and she is determined to help them become the glorious creatures they once were. To do this she must adjust to this new world, learn how to transform into her dragon body, and learn how to be a true warrior Queen. Thankfully she makes some great friends and allies along the way who make the journey and dangers worthwhile.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AshOldfieldAuthor/

Website – https://www.asholdfield.com/

*A link to Ash's books can be found in the Indie Bookshop.

 

Becky Paroz

What is your author name or penname – My author profile is under Words of Bek.  I am considering using a penname but haven’t yet decided.

What genre/s do you write in – I have a published non-fiction and a few more in progress.  I have contributed to about 12 anthologies in the non-fiction space in the US as well.  I have a fiction series that I am plotting that is a future based murder and mayhem genre… at this stage!

Where do you get you inspiration from – All around me.  I actually can’t stop the inspiration, so I usually write down heaps of ideas.  I will only use some of them, but there is plenty of stories to be created and told from the most mundane of things that you can then embellish and add to.

If you had a ticket to ride where would it take you and why – So many places to see, so a round-the-world ticket to history… Egypt and the pyramids and sphinx, Greece and the ruins from ancient mythology, Ireland and the history of the Picts, and then Asia and some of their ancient monuments.  I am also a construction fan, so unusual bridges and the Great Wall would definitely be in that list.

What was your favourite book as a child – Too hard to narrow down!  But Charlotte’s Web was the book I used to teach myself to read, so that would be in my top five.

If you could travel back in time what era would you visit and why – Again so many to choose from, but if I could pick only one – the Library of Alexandria before it was destroyed.

What are you working on now – My fiction series is my focus for now.  Constructing Crime is the overall collection name at this stage, to give you an idea of the content.

Have you any hobbies – Reading, reading, reading.  I have two 9-month old puppies, so training them is also a big part of my life.

What do you like about where you live – I live coastal south Queensland – the perfect mix of warm weather and long days without too much humidity. I have a great office in my house that contains shelves of my favourite books and a big wooden desk that encourages me to sit at and keep working on my books.

List your publications –

Words of Bek – full works, non-fiction

Anthology contributions –

Overcoming the Good Little Girl Syndrome

Behind the Mask: The Many Faces of Bullying

Sink, Swim or Float

The Coaching Gurus

The Female Leader

The Empowered Woman

The Power of Transformation

The Female CEO

365 Daily Affirmations

The Self Esteem Guide for Women

A Day in the Life of a Project Manager

Blurb from one of your books with an elevator pitch – Words of Bek: a guide to self-mentoring through adversity, being a resilient, confident leader, from a woman who employed these skills to conquer early violence and sexual abuse, to leading in the construction world while dealing with a disability.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/planetbekstar

Websitehttps://wordsofbek.com.au/

*A link to Becky's books can be found in the Indie Bookshop.

 

Coral Y Callaghan

What is your author name or penname – Coral Y Callaghan

What genre/s do you write in – Health non fiction

Where do you get you inspiration from – My own healing of chronic disease and
healing courses I’ve done.

If you had a ticket to ride where would it take you and why – Kakadu National Park
for the beauty, peace and photography.

What was your favourite book as a child – The Magic Faraway Tree.

If you could travel back in time what era would you visit and why - 1960s for the
clothes, make-up, hair, excitement and the music.

What are you working on now – New non-fiction ‘Reverse Type 2 Diabetes.'

Have you any hobbies – House decor, creating gardens, knitting, sewing, crochet,
painting - anything art and creative, photography.

What do you like about where you live – The amazing gardens, the lake nearby and
places to walk, peace away from the city.

List your publications – 

'Surviving Fibromyalgia’, ‘My Own Story’,

‘Healing Practices’

Blurb from one of your books with an elevator pitch

This book was originally written mainly for those suffering fibromyalgia but other unexplained chronic pain and disability states all relate to each other in my own opinion and will respond in the same way because they all come from the same problem. The cause of fibromyalgia also dominoes into other chronic diseases and states of imbalancecoming from cell damage. There is a health ‘secret’ within the pages of this book that should be known to all who seek complete health.

Facebook - Choose To Heal@coralcallaghan

Websitewww.choose-to-heal.com.au

*A link to Coral's books can be found in the Indie Bookshop.