Questions With Characters Amie Graham The Island

Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself!

Tell us who you are and what you do!

Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role?

What do you do for a living?

How old are you?

Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?

Hi Ember, thank you for inviting me here! My name is Amie Graham, I’m thirty-one, I’m a photographer and I’m the main character in The Island. Right after my Dad died I found out my now ex-husband was cheating on me. Like, a lot. I got pretty depressed and really just didn’t know who I was anymore. Anyway, that part of my life is over since my best friend, Tony suggested I do something out of the ordinary to find out who I was again. Sounds super cliche, I know. I wound up joining a humanitarian group that builds homes for families who have lost theirs in natural disasters and that’s when I found myself in Kauai, Hawaii. When I was there I met Gabe and Michael and, I fell in love with them both and they fell in love with me. It sounds crazy, I know! We tried to find out if three people can truly love each other, or if it was just the air of the island messing with our hearts and minds.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

The first thing most people notice is how petite I am. Well, they say short, and I correct them, it’s petite.

Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

I didn’t at the beginning of the story, but I do now. I have an infinity symbol tattooed on my ring finger.

Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?

Oh totally! I think we’d get along great. We both love sushi, wine and shopping – plus I’m sure she’d love to dish about the guys with me.

If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?

I’d love to be invisible. I would have loved to of been able to hear some of Gabe and Michaels conversations when we all first met.

What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

People who judge others for how they choose to live their life, who they love.

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Indie Spotlight Kristina Adams

Hi Kristina! Thanks for joining us today!
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT WRITING?

I have a day job as a content marketer for a technology company, so
when I’m not writing I’m either doing something for that or
working on book marketing. I don’t have a lot of free time!

On the rare chance I do have some free time, I spend it with my
family, go to the cinema with my boyfriend (especially if there’s
a new superhero film out), or bake.

WHEN DID YOU START WRITING?

When I was seven. My mum bought me a pretty notebook and I decided
it would be the perfect place to write a story. It was about a china
teacup that someone stole. I even did drawings to go with it. The
drawings are hilarious.

AS A PUBLISHED AUTHOR, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY WAS THE MOST PIVOTAL POINT
OF YOUR WRITING LIFE?

When I put What Happens in New York up for preorder. Before then
I’d been completely terrified of sharing my writing with the
world, but once it went up for preorder, all the walls of fear
started to crumble.

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Questions with Characters Joshua Kendall Blaque Beauty and the Rancher

Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself!

 

Tell us who you are and what you do!

My name is Joshua Kendall, You can call me Josh, and I work on my family’s cattle ranch. We’ve been mining and ranching here in Montana since 1884.

 

Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role?

Main character, me and my Carly, although my sister Ruthie is almost a main character herself. We’re all pretty tight.

 

What do you do for a living?

I’m a cattle rancher in Alcorn, Montana and I’ve got two ore mines upstate.

 

How old are you?

29 ma’am.

 

Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?

Well, to be honest, most of the story is everybody trying to get me to realize that what I want in life is right in front of me. Love can be complicated sometimes but when you’ve got someone like Carly in your life, overthinking it can turn something beautiful into a disaster. I’m hardheaded but I eventually get it right.

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Indie Spotlight Sara Dobie Bauer

Thank you for this interview! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?

I have a thing for horror movies and Benedict Cumberbatch, so when not writing, I’m usually screaming—for a variety of reasons. I have a hot husband, and we compete over Jeopardy. I have two psychotic (but adorable) dogs that would play fetch until their happy hearts exploded if I let them. Oh, and I read. Everything.

When did you start writing?

When I was a kid, I had a journal. I used to write angst-ridden short stories. I wrote my first novel in high school, and I eventually received a creative writing degree from Ohio University. I guess I’ve been making up stories since birth, but I didn’t become a professional, full-time writer until my upper twenties.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

An online fan of mine (looking at you, Megan Gaudino) suggested I check out this publishing house called World Weaver Press. She thought they might like my work. Turns out they did. They signed me for a two-book deal that became the Bite Somebody series.

What made you want to start writing about vampires and werewolves?

I’ve always had a thing for the paranormal (see: horror movie fascination). Thanks to a childhood spent reading Anne Rice, monsters just seemed like fun. I like the idea that there are magical creatures hidden among us. That’s probably why I’m a Harry Potter geek.

I noticed that more of your books are about vampires. Which paranormal creature would you say you have the most fun writing and why?

Oh, vampires, for sure. They’re just … sexy. I’m not saying I want to be bitten in bed, but I want to be bitten in bed. I pretty much achieved the height of fictional fantasy when I created the romantic interest in Bite Somebody Else, Nicholas. Nicholas is a 350-year-old posh British vampire who was one known as The Great Lover. Wouldn’t throw him out of my bed, no way.

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Author Spotlight D.E. Haggerty

Thank you for this interview!
What do you do when you’re not writing?

Read like it’s going out of style. Seriously, I read A LOT. I even take a book with me in my tennis bag when I’m playing a tournament. Oh yeah, you could say I play a lot of tennis as well. Did I mention drinking adult beverages? I do that way too much.

When did you start writing?
As long as I can remember and that’s a long time. I’d say getting old sucks, but it’s totally better than the alternative.

Your latest release Fat Girl Begone is about body shaming I have to admit that I was curious when I saw the title. You portray a very sensitive subject in a mature and funny way. What do you hope readers get from this particular book? Is there a moral to the story?
Not only is there a moral to this story, but I actually set out to write a story with a moral – something totally new to me. It’s simple really – you are not defined by the size you wear. The number on the scale is not the end-all be-all. You have value just the way you are.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
Hmmm…. I’m not really sure. But I will say this. My next novel takes place during the Second World War in Istanbul. Midnight at the Pera Palace is a well-known historical novel about the birth of modern Istanbul, so guess who’s off to spend a next at THE Pera Palace next week? It’s only for research, of course.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
Read. No, sleep. Oh wait, I should probably get more things done on my to-do list. Can I split my time?

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
My next novel will be set in Istanbul, and that’s definitely something I haven’t done. Although I haven’t lived in the U.S. for over two decades, the vast majority of my novels are set in my home state.

Why was writing Fat Girl Begone so important to you?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a yo-yo dieter – even before I needed to diet! I’ve struggled with self-esteem and body images issues for-freaking-ever, but lately the issues have gotten worse. I was at my heaviest weight ever when I decided to write this book. I used the book as a sort of therapy mechanism to discuss and really think about my issues. It also motivated me to get my butt moving with eating healthier.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
The shower. Definitely. I think I’m more open to ideas when I’m just relaxing in the shower.

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SPOTLIGHT: Carol Devine

Hi Carol! Thank you so much for being here today and answering some questions for us!

 

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m a Lyft driver. When I’m not driving, I’m walking my Chihuahua mutt who needs a surprising amount of exercise. If I didn’t have him, I’d be on my butt far too many hours a day.

 

When did you start writing?

Kindergarten

 

I saw that you won the 1st place Golden Heart award from RWA. Congratulations!- Can you tell us more about the award itself and how did it feel when you found out you won? Were you jumping up and down like crazy?

Winning was a surreal moment, for sure. RWA does an incredible job at their annual meetings – this one was in Chicago, with a big decorated ballroom, everybody dressed to impress. All the finalists had to sit near the front and I was allowed two friends to surround myself with, thank God. It’s like the Academy Awards for Romance.

When I heard my name, I didn’t believe it. But I could tell from my friends’ reaction that it was true. Walking up the stairs to the stage, all I was hoping was that I wouldn’t trip over my own feet. When I arrived at the microphone, I went blank so I rattled off the RWA affiliates in Colorado I belonged to, hoping that my friends wouldn’t feel slighted. I was in a critique group which had helped me hone my craft. The rest of the evening, I don’t remember… it went by so fast. I do remember calling my husband and three kids who were 11 and 8 (twins) at the time, and they were very excited.

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