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 King! Here’s the interview for today’s Midnight Oil Anthology Q&A

Q&A with Joe King, an author of the Midnight Oil Anthology

 

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

I am a former journalist turned high school English teacher. My published works include Raw Egg and Human Ants.  I recently had the pleasure of marrying the love of my life at the Hemingway Home in Key West.

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

I was inspired to write after reading Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. I had read a fair amount of classic literature before, but that book really spoke to me. I though if I could write something that meant that much to somebody else as that book meant to me then I could feel like I positively contributed to humanity.

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

I’m not really into labels like this. I write as often as possible and aim for quality and passion.

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

I have a grand idea for a mega novel that is a still a few projects away. I really can’t say much about it because all the other projects before it will be part of its development.

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

My story in the collection is called a “A Common Place,” which is an ironic title since nothing that happens in the story is remotely common. The story involves a clash of wrongly interrupted perspectives that drive the action. I can’t give away too much without ruining all the surprises in it, but I will say it is a strange story.

  1. Do you have works in progress?

Yes, I am currently near the end of the first draft of my second novel. I went bold with this one. It’s a multi-genre blend that is pushing more that 100,000 words so far. I hope to release this work within a year. I am also about to re-release my poetry collection Human Ants with tons of new poems and art work. That should be out in a month or so.

  1. What are your plans for your next book?

This goes back to Human Ants. I’ve never self-published a work, but I am going to give it a try with this one. My main motivation in this is to cheap the price as low as possible. Poetry readers are so rare, I thought the low price could by my small way of celebrating them.

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

I don’t really do too much research in the type of writing I do.

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

Words, words, words.

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

Reading a variety of classic literature. I believe the quality and quantity of what  a writer reads has a profound effect on the writing they produce.

 

  1. How can readers follow you online?

https://booksbyjoeking.wixsite.com/joeking

https://www.facebook.com/WriterJoeKing/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15112518.Joe_King

https://twitter.com/joe_author

Today’s Midnight Oil Anthology Interview is with Freya LeCrow!

Q&A with Midnight Oil Anthology author, Freya LeCrow

  1. Inquiring minds want to know what makes you tick. Tell us about your life. My life pretty much revolves around my family.  I am a mother of three kids and it gets crazy at times. Late at night is writing time for me.
  2. What was your life like before you became a writer, and how did you get your start as an author? I don’t think I had a life before I became a writer.  I started writing at a very young age and kept writing. It is part of who I am.

  3. Tell us about your writing process. Are you a pantser, a plotter, or something else? Pantser, I have never been great about plotting and brain storming.  

  4. Do you have a favorite writing project or a book that still haunts your dreams that you would like to share? I can’t think of one.
  5. Tell us a little about your story in the Midnight Oil Anthology.  My story is about a young woman who walks into a gallery and find a painting of herself as a young girl, but the painting is 100 years old.  She later finds out from her father that the family is cursed.

  6. Do you have works in progress? I have a few, but not currently writing much.

  7. What are your plans for your next book? Shh it’s a secret, even to me.  LOL

  8. Do you have an especially interesting research experience to share? I just kind of run around like a chicken with my head cut off.  Though I do use goggle earth for the locations I have never been to.

  9. How to you stay in touch with your muse? I think mine got lost someplace, if you see her send her back.

  10. What do you think has contributed the most to your writing style? Reading!!!  I love to read and that has helped me to find my style.
  11. How can readers follow you online?

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorLeCrow

Web: http://freyalecrow.wixsite.com/freyalecrow

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.

Here’s MY Q&A Midnight Oil Anthology

Q&A with Midnight Oil Anthology author, D.A. Roach

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

I grew up in the Midwest, lived in Chicagoland area, Michigan, Texas, and settled in Indiana. I’ve tried several careers, thankfully my outgoing personality, creativity, adaptability, and smarts have helped me explore various fields. I enjoy reading, watching hockey and tennis, going to concerts, writing, and drawing. Life hasn’t always been easy, in fact, my road seems to have more bumps than most, but it makes for an interesting life!

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

I have always been a story teller. Most of my tales were about real things that had happened in my life. I never considered writing the stories down, figuring they weren’t interesting enough for anyone to read about. But my dental hygienist asked why we were traveling to Tennessee for vacation and of course…there was a story behind it. When I finished telling the tale, she set down her instruments and said, “You have to write that down – write it in a book, it needs to be told!” So I gave it a try…never intended on writing more than that one story, but people started writing me via facebook messenger, asking me for more…and so I wrote again and here I am, 7 standalones and 8 anthologies later, I’m a USA Today Bestselling Author!

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

I write out a rough plot, like the story summed up in 10 handwritten pages (pen and paper only to allow me the speed needed to get the ideas out). Then I build my characters, finding an image online, naming them, giving them a history…I also need to decide how they will change throughout the story and what plot points need to happen to cause those changes to happen. Once all of that is done, I powerup the laptop and begin writing. The first draft is always a bit of a mess, but then I read it through and polish it…then off to the editor it goes.

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

Honestly, one of my favorite writing projects was penning my first short horror story, Anesthesia in the 13, an Anthology of Horror and Dark Fiction collection. I am a huge horror fan but have never attempted to write it before and it was a challenge…a rewarding challenge. I learned a lot about varying your style and length of sentence to create tension.

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

Joe King approached me and asked if I wanted to pen a tale of deception for the Anthology. I jumped at the chance to contribute to the project. Bent Bottom’s is about a relationship that has changed over time, with one partner wilting under the other’s dominance. When love has shifted into something else, it forces you to consider whether to stay in that kind of relationship or look for something different…perhaps something better.

  1. Do you have works in progress?

YES! I’m working on wrapping up my Demon Hunters series!

  1. What are your plans for your next book?

My next book is a reworking of Tethered and Inconsequential of the J+P series. It’s a YA drama and there will be at least 4 books.

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

Just my exciting google searches, like “ways to kill someone with an elevator”.

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

My muse is on my street team. She says the craziest things and challenges me to include them in my writing. We chat on fb messenger since she lives in Colorado. We have never met but I feel like she’s like my sister. I love her to death.

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

Probably my reading – I enjoy reading character rich books so I try to write books and stories that focus on the characters and how they change.

  1. How can readers follow you online?

WEBPAGE: https://daroachfiction.com/

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/DARoachDA/

AMAZON AUTHOR PG: http://www.amazon.com/author/daroach

BOOK BUB: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/d-a-roach

 

Interview with Karen Vaughan of the Midnight Oil Anthology

Welcome to the 2nd interview for our Midnight Oil Anthology release countdown. Today our Q & A is with Karen Vaughan!

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

DAY TO DAY LIFE INVOLVES PROMOTING INDIE AUTHORS WITH MY PARTNERS VIV DREWA AND DELLANI OAKES FOR OWL & PUSSYCAT PROMOTIONS. I ALSO WRITE OR TRY TO WRITE EACH DAY,  AND HANG OUT WITH HUBBY SO HE DOESN’T FEEL NEGLECTED.

  1. What was your life like before you became a writer, and how did you get your start as an author? BEFORE I WAS A WRITER I WORKED FOR A LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH AGENCY AS A VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR. I AM A MOM AND A WIFE WHO LOVES CARD AND BOARD GAMES. I ALSO LOVE TO SOCIALIZE WITH FRIENDS. I WAS HOME ON SICK LEAVE FROM WORK AND GOT BORED. I HAD AN IDEA KICKING AROUND IN MY BRAIN AND DECIDED THEN WAS A GOOD TIME TO WRITE IT AND I NEVER STOPPED WRITING

 

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

Dedicated plantser— I LINE UP MY CHARACTERS AND A BASIC PLOT. I WRITE LONGHAND FIRST AND THEN DICTATE THE NOVEL USING DRAGON SOFTWARE.

 

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

THE STORY I AM WORKING ON FOR ANOTHER ANTHOLOGY UNDER THE SEA. MY STORY IS ABOUT A MERMAID SHIFTER WHO AFTER AN ACCIDENT LOSES HER MEMORY AND FORGETS WHAT AND WHO SHE IS. IT IS A FANTASY AND IT’S MY FIRST ONE EVER. I AM PRETTY STOKED ABOUT IT.

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

MY STORY IS ABOUT ALICE WHO HAS ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO THE MOON. DISENCHANTED WITH HER MARRIAGE, SHE TAKES OFF ON WHAT SHE THINKS IS A CROSS COUNTRY TRIP BUT IS REALLY A TRIP TO OUTER SPACE WITH SOME VERY DECEPTIVE ALIENS.

  1. Do you have works in progress?

THE MERMAID WITH THE SEAHORSE TATTOO, DEAD AIR (LAURA & GERRY SERIES #8) A BOTTLE OF RED (ROMANCE)

 

  1. What are your plans for your next book?

I WANT TO TAKE MY LAURA AND GERRY SERIES INTERNATIONAL AFTER THEY WIN THE MEGALOTTO THEY WILL TRAVEL THE WORLD AND FIND MURDER AND MAYHEM EVERYWHERE THEY GO.

 

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

I TRY NOT TO RESEARCH AS I AM BASICALLY LAZY BUT I HAVE RESEARCHED COMEDY CLUBS FOR ONE OF MY BOOKS AND WATCHED LOTS OF ROUTINES.

 

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

BLOGGING AND WRITING ANYTHING I CAN

 

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

MY WARPED SENSE OF HUMOR.

 

  1. How can readers follow you online?

twitter https://twitter.com/karenvwrites

 

linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-vaughan-b1665b44/

 

facebook https://www.facebook.com/Karenvaughansbooks/

 

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