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

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

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

 

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!