Q&A with Viv Drewa, one of the Midnight Oil Anthology Authors

Inquiring minds want to know what makes you tick. Tell us about your life.

I love to write and have since I was 9 years old. Since I haven’t worked since 2013 and had two mini strokes my doctor told me to do something to keep my mind working. He said writing would be great.

I love owls and use them in my books, except for this one.

What was your life like before you became a writer, and how did you get your start as an author?

I had an accident that put me on disability. Since I had the time I was able to pursue my love of writing

Tell us about your writing process. Are you a pantser, a plotter, or something else?

I’m a Planster I start out with a plot and outline then my writing just takes off on its own.

Do you have a favorite writing project or a book that still haunts your dreams that you would like to share?

I loved writing “The Owl of the Sipan Lord” I spent six weeks doing research for it.

Tell us a little about your story in the Midnight Oil Anthology. 

It’s a story about a man who only cares for himself.

Teaser: A long-distance romance brings two people together, but after being ignored for a time Edana leaves. But does Charlie regret ignoring her?

Do you have works in progress?

I have three in the works. I will have one done by the end of August and the other two by the end of the year.

What are your plans for your next book?

I’m writing a series, Joe Leverette Mysteries, and I plan on plotting out the third book.

Do you have an especially interesting research experience to share?

Several really. For “The Owl of the Sipan Lord” I contacted a well-known archaeologist because I couldn’t find what I needed and he got back with me in one week. The other “Midnight Owl: Joe Leverette Mystery, Book 1” I contacted our local ME about the murder to see if it was feasible.

How to you stay in touch with your muse?

Sometimes I have to give her a good kick in the butt!

What do you think has contributed the most to your writing style?

I just do my thing.

How can readers follow you online? 

Facebook https://facebook.com/vivdrewa.author

Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/author/vivdrewa

Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/106127816215108883653

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Q&A with Crystal Gauthier, One of the Brilliant Midnight Oil Anthology Authors

Q&A with Midnight Oil Anthology Author, Crystal Cauthier!

Inquiring minds want to know what makes you tick. Tell us about your life.

I love working from home at my three business’, Laying in the sun, traveling, talking to friends and doing crafts.

My life has been full of surprises and hard times. I have persevered to be a successful publisher, promoter, jewelry consultant.

What was your life like before you became a writer, and how did you get your start as an author?

I’m a former Paralegal of 30 years+, An Author, Publisher, Promoter, Marketer, Wife and mother of 5 grown children and 15 grandchildren. I live in Louisville, KY.

Tell us about your writing process. Are you a pantser, a plotter, or something else?

I call myself a researcher as I write Historical romance. I love to find out about, people, places and things.

Do you have a favorite writing project or a book that still haunts your dreams that you would like to share? 

I am working on a few things, book 3 in my time travel series. Another Cookbook and a Horror Novel.

Tell us a little about your story in the Midnight Oil Anthology. 

The Haunting of Claire Pritchett is inspired by mental illness, horror and deception. It is something I came up with one night lying in bed.

Do you have works in progress?

Yes, another horror story.

What are your plans for your next book?

To have it published in 2019

Do you have an especially interesting research experience to share?

Researching Nero (37 AD – 68 AD) Bust of Nero © Nero was the fifth Roman emperor and the last of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. He is remembered as an ineffectual, neglectful and brutal leader.

How do you stay in touch with your muse?

Meditation is the key to that for me.  On the verge of sleep in the REM state I usually have the vivid stories hit me.

What do you think has contributed the most to your writing style?

The fact that I taught myself how to edit and recognize that I love dialogue between characters that is in depth and fun to write.

How can readers follow you online?

WEBSITE: www.southernowlpublications.net

Twitter: @cubbymom0403

Twitter: @Southernowl1

Blog: https://www.authormigrainecentral.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crysmisty9133

Southern Owl Publications Facebook:

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It’s MIDNIGHT OIL ANTHOLOGY’s Release Day!

Check out both my posts today with interviews from author Taylor Floyd AND Crystal Gauthier!

What makes Taylor Floyd tick?

In truth, my story is sad and cumbersome and not what people what to learn about. However, growing up, as I did, I had books as my comfort and curiosity and from that I had a wonderful exploration of imagination all to myself. I began writing my first book, novel length, when I was thirteen-ish. That book was not only a grand escape from reality, but also my first understanding of what it meant to find your purpose in life. I’ve always been an author. I had my first “story” published in the Young Authors Conference when I was eight. I was born a writer and always have been so. I feel very lucky with my writing process, I’ve always been able to create a story from beginning to end. Obviously, I’m not immune to writer’s block but I have an amazing group of writers that are close to me that stimulate me constantly. The dystopian fantasy series that I’m writing haunts me constantly. It’s the story my mind will never give up on until it’s finished.

My works in progress is a series (A Nightingale’s Tale), a stand-alone novel (The 23rd), and multiple scripts (The Missing), as of now. Any future projects are on hold until my current works are finished. Missing 411 is a huge part of my research for multiple stories. I read, and listen to podcasts or audiobooks constantly. Knowing other stories helps with my writing exponentially.

Midnight Oil Anthology’s Author Sarah Stein’s Interview!!

Author Interview – Sarah Stein

  1. Inquiring minds want to know what makes you tick. Tell us about your life.

I’ve always been an avid reader, and that’s one of the main reasons why I started writing my own tales. I’m from southern Louisiana but reside in south Texas with my husband of many years, two children, a German Shepherd, and a Dachshund. When I’m not spending quality time with them, I’m singing, reading, writing, or researching for the upcoming releases.

 

  1. What was your life like before you became a writer, and how did you get your start as an author?

Before I became a writer, I worked in retail during the day, and focused on my husband and children when they’d get off of work and school. Now, I write while they’re away. I’m lucky to have such an amazing support system.

 

  1. Tell us about your writing process. Are you a panster, a plotter, or something else?

I’m a plotter all the way. Most of my notes are jotted down on the many notebooks that I have stored in my desk. I recently started saving files to Dropbox, but it’s just the manuscripts. I actually have three separate hard drives for backups. Lol

 

  1. Do you have a favorite writing project or a book that still haunts your dreams that you would like to share?

My favorite project was when I worked on The Dark Truth that was featured in the Tales After Midnight Anthology. I think every author featured had a blast working on that one. Unfortunately, it’ll be out of print really soon.

 

  1. Tell us a little about your story in the Midnight Oil anthology.

My story in the Midnight Oil Anthology is called ‘An Honest Lie.’ It focuses on keeping a secret that not even your best friend knows about. This secret actually affects her best friend, but the main character is torn between following her heart or squashing her dream, and keeping things the way they are at the moment.

 

  1. Do you have works in progress?

I have tons of work in progress. Lol This year, I plan on releasing the third book in my shifter series. I’m also releasing three other stories that will be featured in anthologies in Oct. Sept. and Dec. of 2018.

 

  1. What are your plans for your next book?

I’m plotting for the fourth and final story in the shifter series, and releasing that in 2019. I’m also working on an anthology piece that features a few erotica stories written by me.

 

  1. Do you have an especially interesting research experience to share?

My only interesting research was when I had to look up flaying a human being. Lol It was for the Halloween anthology. To be honest, the research was very interesting.

 

  1. How do you stay in touch with your muse?

I read, and read and read some more until I’m reading to write the next story. I don’t push myself unless I’m writing during NanoWriMth.

My readers can find me online here:

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/113903399454384/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorsarahstein/ Website: https://sarahsteinauthor.wordpress.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorsarahstein/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Author_SarahS_
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/256144.Sarah_Stein
Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Stein/e/B01L0BZLCO

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/authorsarahstein

Joe Pranaitis, an Interview with one of the Midnight Oil Anthology Authors

Q&A with Midnight Oil Anthology Author, Joe Pranaitis

1.Inquiring minds want to know what makes you tick. Tell us about your life.

I am an author and producer. I grew up being exposed to Star Trek and the original BattleStar Galactica and later on Babylon 5, but the thing that has really influenced me was the book Star Trek: Final Frontier by Diane Carey.

  1. What was your life like before you became a writer, and how did you get your start as an author?

I started out as an artist just drawing starships and then my mom and my uncle introduced me to the word processing program and I wrote several short stories. But it wasn’t until high school that I was given the assignment to write and draw my own comic book and that is where my original series Infinite Stars was born.

  1. Tell us about your writing process. Are you a pantser, a plotter, or something else?

How I start is by taking time to read then I watch an episode of a series before sitting down at the computer and let my mind take flight.

  1. Do you have a favorite writing project or a book that still haunts your dreams that you would like to share?

All of my writing projects have been my favorite when I’ve worked on them.

  1. Tell us a little about your story in the Midnight Oil Anthology.

It takes place a few hours after the ECS Andrea (See Shattered Time Anthology) was launched and Admiral Lynch has to find out why they haven’t returned yet so she orders her crew aboard the Nimitz to locate the designer of the experimental temporal engines.

  1. Do you have works in progress?

Yes I am currently rewriting two of what was my Kindle Worlds stories into books of their own that will fit within the universe of my stories from both Shattered Time and Midnight Oil.

  1. What are your plans for your next book?

As above and the first book in the Temporal War trilogy of which it will be called should be out by next January or February.

  1. Do you have an especially interesting research experience to share?

No unfortunately I don’t

  1. How to you stay in touch with your muse?

She and I have a great relationship and she always knows when I need her.

  1. What do you think has contributed the most to your writing style?

What has is that I read a lot and I let my impanation take flight,

 

  1. How can readers follow you online?

You can find me at my website http://trekprime.wixsite.com/joepranaitis, Goodreads,  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3143760.Joe_Pranaitis,Twitter https://twitter.com/JoePranaitis, and my facebook author’s page  https://www.facebook.com/JoePranaitisAuthor/?ref=bookmarks

 

 

Teaser for Counterpoint

An hour after Admiral Lynch sees the ECS Andrea vanish into time she sees that they haven’t returned but hunts down the temporal engines designer to find out from him what went wrong. When she tracks him down he confesses that he wasn’t telling her the truth when he designed the temporal engines or that he isn’t even from the twenty-fourth century but from a year far up the timeline.

Midnight Oil Anthology Author Q&A Coming 8/1!

The team of authors, bringing you deception and lies will share a bit about themselves to wet your whistle as we countdown to release day! Here are some important links to check out before then:

Midnight Oil Anthology Pre-sale: http://a.co/eNorkav

Midnight Oil Daycause (Please support to help us announce our release): https://www.daycause.com/daroach12books/midnight-oil-anthology-release

Midnight Oil Anthology Release Party (8/8): https://www.facebook.com/events/428070987713401/

SEE YOU BACK HERE ON AUGUST 1st!

U is for…UTOPiACON

U is for …UTOPiACON!!!

This June I will be joining many fellow authors, bloggers, and readers at a special conference in Nashville, TN called UTOPiACON. I’ve never attended a writer’s conference before and I am excited for the new experience. I have been to several book signings at libraries but I feel this will be a completely different experience. I will be signing books and meeting avid readers both Thursday and Friday during the CON. Here is more information on the event for anyone interested in coming out to join the fun. (This info is from the UTOPiACON.com website.

UTOPiA is not a place. It is a mindset. It is the trail you blaze, the risks you take, the friends you make, the stories you share, the victories you celebrate, the love you give, the dreams you lead.
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There will be over 125 authors there signing as well as several workshops and speakers.
Publishers Weekly dubbed Utopia Con “the conference with heart”, and as we continue to grow, we try and maintain that sense of encouragement and unity among the audience.

UTOPiA2016_REBELteeWHO IS UTOPIACON FOR?

  • Established writers of the contemporary and supernatural genres** from middle grade to adult literature categories looking to get an edge on the market with the latest in publishing developments and marketing strategies, as well as a unique opportunity to engage with the readers who love them and support their work.
  • Aspiring writers of the genres** who want to write and successfully launch their very first book that’s been making their hearts soar and hands tremble with excitement and nervousness. Utopia Con will introduce them to the publishing paths available to them, the multitude of vendors out there ready to serve them and give them the support network they need to get through the struggles and celebrate the milestones with them.
  • Book bloggers and booktubers with a strong focus on contemporary and supernatural genres**. This includes the successful bloggers who are helping shape the new publishing and lit landscape, as well as those who are considering becoming book bloggers. We get to the root of book tours, how to professionally blog and how to support the community.
    Connect Educate Inspire through storytelling

  • Fans and avid readers of the massively popular stories included in these categories and genres** who want to meet and hang out with their favorite authors on a level playing field rather than get herded through a mass signing.
  • Film, internet and television writers of the categories and genres**. This is their chance to see the books of today that will be on the big and little screens tomorrow.
  • Industry experts, including, but not limited to producers, photographers, editors, publishers, models, publicists, designers and more who benefit from working with the aforementioned writers.
** “Supernatural” is the term used for our purposes, but please note that our definition extends to fantasy, dystopian, sci-fi, gothic, steampunk, paranormal romance & more.
UTOPiA Con is going to be held at:
Hotel Phone: (615) 259-4343
JUNE 22 – JUNE 26, 2016