These wonderful folks have all joined me for a chat on my front porch swing. Yes, I’m from the South and proud of it. We get a lot done on the front porch. 🙂
Each guest here is an author, editor, agent or professional in the publishing industry, and we’re chatting about things that will help other writers along their journey. Please stop by and visit my guests websites and support them by buying their books and sharing their information. We all need a little helping hand now and then, and I’d be pleased if I can pay it forward for these folks. A little knowledge is worth a pound of gold.
Here’s our view as we chat
Judy’s interests are writing,laughing a lot, spending time with family, seeing movies with my girlfriends, traveling as she can, writing song lyrics with her husband, talking to other writers, and writing in a sunlit room with my two cats….
She also loves sitting on porches reading with a cup of coffee and a good rocking chair. She writes as it moves her, and in spurts. She has written since third grade, The Mystery of the Green Hand, starting her lifelong love of writing and books.
Her books and songs are on YouTube, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.
Connect with Judy on through the following sites:
Her website www.judysnider.com
Hi, I’m Vicki M. Taylor.
I have been writing for about 30 years. I started my writing career as a Technical Writer and worked for private corporations writing computer user manuals, standards and procedures manuals, and other corporate communications. I challenged myself and my management skills by branching out into my own Technical Writing Consulting business which I ran successfully for several years until I closed my business to write fiction full time.
Since then, I’ve had twelve novels and/or novellas, along with numerous short stories, hundreds of articles published in both print and electronic format. You can read more about me and my books on my website.
I am a founding member of the Florida Writers Association, a previous member of the Romance Writers of America and EPIC. I’m a current member of the Association of Coaching and Consulting Professionals on the Web, The Indie Writer’s Network, The Blogger Connection, the Independent Author Network, and more.
My other blogs include:
I am on Twitter @VMTwriter
I am on Twitter @YrWritingCoach
I am on Twitter @Writecovery
I am on Twitter @BipolarBLogs
You can contact me via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Christian by faith and infuse my love for God in all I do. Titus 2:7-8 “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness, and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”
I am an honest person. I will not lie to you. I will give you honest and insightful feedback for all that you work towards.
I love writing and I love helping writers.
I hope we can chat soon about your writing goals. If you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m open to chatting with you. It’s all about seeing if we can work well together.
Fran Orenstein was born in New York. Growing up in Brooklyn and the Bronx, she experienced a fine education in the public schools and the varied culture of New York City. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Brooklyn College, a master’s in counseling psychology from the College of New Jersey, and a doctorate in Child and in Youth Studies from Nova Southeastern University.
She thrives on reading 3-4 novels a week, which she considers an escape from the real world. Her favorites are detective stories, legal mysteries , horror and intrigue. She likes books written by women about women, but also loves heroes like Jack Reacher, Harry Bosch, and JP Beaumont. Among her favorite authors are Dean Koontz for the beauty of his poetic metaphors, and Janet Evanovich, whose amazing characters make her laugh.
Fran wrote her first poem at age 8, and submitted her first short story at age 12. After a brief spell as an early childhood teacher, and full-time mother, she was an editor/writer for three national career education magazines, and then spent 22 years working for New Jersey State Government in a variety of positions. These included rehabilitation counselor, manager of women’s programs including writing policy and legislation, developing programs in child care, gender equity, and creator of The NJ Coalition on Women and Disabilities. Prior to retirement, she served as Special Projects and Disability Officer for AmeriCorps. Fran has many years of experience writing and publishing academically and professionally. She has written, articles, newsletters, political speeches, brochures, and has presented at national and international conferences on gender equity and violence prevention.
She considers her children and grandchildren her finest legacy. Fran currently resides in the Tampa Bay Florida with her cats.
Her philosophy is three-fold:
1. There is a solution to every problem using creative and positive thinking.
2. Help others, either by a simple act of kindness, or a volunteer project. It will come back, even though it might not be obvious or immediate.
3. Life is an adventure, live it.
Ann Hite’s debut novel, Ghost On Black Mountain, not only became a Townsend Prize Finalist but won Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. Her personal essays and short stories have been published in numerous national anthologies. The Storycatcher, her second Black Mountain novel, will be released by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster on September 10th. Lowcountry Spirit, an eBook novella, will be available from Pocket Star, also an imprint of Simon & Schuster, on August 13th. Ann is an admitted book junkie with a library of over a thousand books. She lives in Smyrna, Georgia with her husband and daughter, where she allows her Appalachian characters to dictate their stories.
Born in Illinois, Charlene Carlberg, the younger of two daughters from Reynold and Donna Carlberg-Eckstein. Her father was a carpenter by trade and later ran a marina in Florida. Her mother was a stay at home mom who was always by Charlene’s side. Full of life as a young girl, Charlene embraced the power of the moment and always searched for understanding of people and the world. Her career in education for twenty-two years gave her the opportunity to share her love of literature and writing to many students. As a mother of three she continues to explore the world and serves as an example of resilience and perseverance to her children. Charlene has utilized past abuse as a tool to honor her blessings and embrace her role as a source of optimism to everyone she encounters. Charlene’s poetry is expressions from her heart as she learns and grows in all areas of her life.
Frank Allan Rogers
Writing is one of the great passions of my life, and I’ve been creating stories since I learned to talk. By age 15, I knew I had to write novels, but a few years went by before I got serious about it. Now I’m a full-time fiction writer on a mission. I want to create stories that matter, stories that sparkle with true-to-life characters whose dramatic lives leave a lasting impression on the readers.
My ambition is not to be a great writer, but a good storyteller, because readers deserve more than a story; they deserve a good story well told. So I was honored that Georgia Author of the Year Awards nominated Upon a Crazy Horse for Best First Novel.
I love to lose myself in the world of a novel, especially if I’m the one writing it. Maybe all of that proves I’m a bit crazy. But, in the words of a Waylon Jennings song, “I’ve always been crazy; it’s kept me from going insane.” Life is good.
Jenifer Ruff is the author of dark thrillers, Everett and Rothaker (Spring 2015) and two other YA books that she has yet to send out in search of a home. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Yale University and spent twenty years in health care administration, consulting, and being a full-time mother before discovering that she loves to write.
Cynthia received her Masters’ degree in History and Political Science from the University of Portland with a minor in music. She was a nationally certified college writing and reading tutor, and worked extensively with second language students. She is currently an editor for Solstice Publishing and loves it. She is a longtime member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and teaches a number of medieval subjects, particularly those revolving around the arts. Her many interests include medieval culture, paranormal studies, folklore and legends, storytelling, music, and embroidery.
Sheila R. Lamb lives, teaches, and writes in the mountains of Virginia. She loves Irish history, family genealogy, and is easily distracted by primary source documents. She’s currently at work on the final book in the Brigid of Ireland trilogy.
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in Northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Some of her short stories have appeared in anthologies, others in magazines. Three of her books (Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama’s Advice) are Amazon best sellers. Her other books are: Take Chances, Where U @, The Wrong One, Pony Dreams, Evil Eyes, Inits, Canoples Investigations Tackles Space Pirates, The Call Chronicles 1: The Griswold Gang, and Starlight. Additionally, she has shorts available on Amazon: Grace, Secret From the Flames, Family Curse … Times Two, and The Ghost Catcher.
Elizabeth Seckman – Sittin’ On The Porch 11/29
Elizabeth is a wife, a mom, and a writer. She has four wonderful boys, one dusty house, and three published books to her credit. Feel free to check them out HERE! Erm, the books, not the kids or the house…though all things in life are negotiable 😉
David K. Bryant
David started writing fiction after retiring from journalism and public relations. He supposes the books waited their turn during all the years he wrote articles, features, speeches and promotional material for other people. His career included running a district office for a daily newspaper, helping to introduce professional PR into the British police service and promoting a major parliamentary Bill for Margaret Thatcher’s government.
He lives in Somerset, one of the nicest counties in England, and am blessed with a wonderful family. David and his wife Stepanie have been married for forty years. They are proud of their two children Matthew and Melanie, grandson Henry, son-in-law Jamie and daughter-in-law Fleur.
Missy Turner is a 27 year old wife, and mother of three. She loves all things wordy. She was born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia, but now lives in Baltimore.
She am a Nurses Aid by day, but creator of magnificent dream lands by night. When she’s not ‘Momming’, she draws, knits, writes or reads.
Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She has published a number of novels, including Waking Up Dead, Fairy, Texas, Legally Undead, Taming the Country Star, Sanguinary, and Bound by Blood. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them. Bathory Gate Press is her most recent venture.
Connect with Bathory Gate Press via Email: BathoryGate@gmail.com
Connect with Margo
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/margobondcollins
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoBondCollin @MargoBondCollin
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MargoBondCollins
Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter and three step-daughters. The family also consists of two boxers; Destiny and Dolce and a ragdoll cat named Colby. Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students.
Mya currently has two new releases: At First Sight, a contemporary romance about dating in the modern world, published by Astraea Press, and Where There is Love, a contemporary romance in which a woman struggles with past obstacles, ultimately faced with whether or not she will open her heart to love. Where There is Love is published with Solstice Publishing. Mya is excited to say that Astraea Press recently released her contemporary holiday paranormal romance titled If You Believe. Due to be released soon is The Calm After the Storm, published by TouchPoint Press. This novel is a contemporary romance taking place in the setting of Hurricane Sandy. The story revolves around the idea of a utility worker from Georgia falling in love with a woman in New York.
Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. Mya spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters. Mya likes to travel; she has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mya is currently working on her sixth novel.
Pinterest- Mya O’Malley- www.pinterest.com/myaomalley
The Lady Soliloque, with a family lineage anchored in the Old North State since the early 1600’s, is a bonafide Southern Lady, born and bred. Her latest work, “Dear Yankee, Letters from a Southern Lady”, will be on shelves this Christmas.
You can learn more about The Lady Soliloque at her website, www.ladysoliloque.com, her latest book at http://www.dearyankee.com and find out about her young adult science fiction series at www.enochthetraveler.com.
Penny writes for both children (fantasies, time travel adventures, and a contemporary puppy love story) and adults (family drama, and romances – paranormal, contemporary, and historical westerns). To find out more about her and her books please visit the following links:
She has a newsletter that goes out for new releases or sales. If you would like to be notified please sign up @ http://eepurl.com/388Xr
John E. Guzzardo has been writing, in one form or another, for over 20 years. His writing career began in high school, continuing to college as Editor of his campus newspaper from 1994 through 1996, and again in 2011. John has been featured on Examiner.com and Yahoo, among other sites.
History, politics and art are some of John’s favorite subjects, and he is an avid highway and cat enthusiast, as well as a fan of baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays. Personal causes include the fight against Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), diabetes awareness and constitutional law. Among the writers John counts as his inspiration for pursuing his dream of being a published author are Peter David, Dave Barry and George R.R. Martin.
He currently resides in the Atlanta area with his wife, son, and, yes, cats.
Gail Cauble Gurley is a Rowan County, North Carolina native. She has a BA in psychology and a Masters in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She married Edward Gurley III in January 1971 and they have one daughter, Denise, and three grandchildren. Gail worked for many years for the state of North Carolina as an adult probation/parole officer and retired in 1995 to pursue her dream of writing.
She is an award winning, best selling author, worked for several years for two small town weekly newspapers, and has had numerous articles published in magazines. She is the author of three works of fiction as well as co-author of a screenplay inspired by her racing book, Red Dirt Tracks. Her latest book, Old South Comfort Food, fulfills a long dream of editing and preserving the recipes of her youth from a treasured church cookbook.
Fearless Heart, her latest work, is the fictional story of a New York City family trapped in the poverty of America’s Great Depression; their struggles, faith and ultimate triumph in the face of near insurmountable odds and hardships make for an inspiring and heartwarming read.
Find out more about Gail at the following links:
Susanne Matthews was born and raised in Eastern Ontario, Canada. She’s an avid reader of all types of books, especially those with a happily ever after. In her imagination, she’s travelled to foreign lands, past and present, and soared into the future. A retired educator, Susanne spends her time writing and creating adventures for her readers. She loves the ins and outs of romance, and the complex journey it takes to get from the first word to the last period of a novel. As she writes, her characters take on a life of their own, and she shares their fears and agonies on the road to self-discovery and love.
Margaret A. Millmore is a native Californian and currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and two cats. She’s the author of six books (two novels, a 3 book series, and book one of a new series): Doppelganger Experiment (World Castle Publishing, September 2011; republished via Amazon, January 2014), The Four Series – Book I, II and III (World Castle Publishing 2012/13), The Dragonfly Door (October 2013), and What Haunts Me (Ghost Killer – Book 1) (November 2014).
Doppelganger Experiment: paranormal thriller
The Four Series: paranormal thriller
Book III: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BY8G83U
The Dragonfly Door: suspense/thriller with a time-travel element
What Haunts Me – Ghost Killer Book 1: supernatural thriller
My name is Rocky Rochford and I am a Scuba Diving, Photo taking, Adventure Seeking, Sword Collecting, Writer & Marine Conservationist. I’m a handful of years into my twenties, but after living life on the road, going town to town before finally settling down, I’ve gained great insight into the world and her workings. From Day 1 I have been a Writer and a Writer I shall forever remain.
I like to consider myself to be a Student of Everything, and yet a Master of Nothing, who does not choose what he writes, but writes what chooses him, be it fantasy, crime, poetry, philosophy or even adventure. After all life is a journey we all get to experience, just like a good book.
Every read of one of my typed works, is another trip into the imagination of my mixed up, crazed and deranged mind. Welcome to the World of Rochford.
My personal Website: rockyrochford.wordpress.com
Jack Strandburg was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. He is a degreed professional with a background in Accounting and Information Technology and recently retired after more than 33 years working for a Fortune 500 company. He has been writing since his teenage years.
His first published novel through Solstice Publishing is Hustle Henry and the Cue-Ball Kid, a parody of the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
He is currently rewriting his first mystery novel, A Head in the Game, writing journals for an inspirational non-fiction book, and has completed 70% of the first draft for a second mystery novel titled War Zone.
In addition he is writing short stories and working hard to establish a blog presence.
Jack currently lives with his wife and two grown children in Sugar Land, Texas. He has two grandchildren.
S. Evan Townsend
S. Evan Townsend has been called “America’s Unique Speculative Fiction Voice” and writes novels that cause thrills and rapid page-turning. After spending four years in the U.S. Army in the Military Intelligence branch, he returned to civilian life and college to earn a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington. In his spare time he enjoys reading, driving (sometimes on a racetrack), meeting people, and talking with friends. He is in a 12-step program for Starbucks addiction. Evan lives in central Washington State with his wife and has three grown sons. He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, history, politics, cars, and travel. He currently has five published fantasy and science fiction novels.
Maralee (Marty) Wofford
Marty Wofford found it easy to describe the beautiful surroundings of her mythical city of Gold Bluff, as she was able to draw extensively from her own experiences of living in Siskiyou County, California’s northern most county. When it came time to people her mythical city, she happily drew upon some of her most treasured memories from her childhood summer vacations spent in Sierra City, CA, a city located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Ms. Wofford, writing under the name of Maralee Lowder, is the author of several romance novels and, more recently, three horror books. Not wanting to confuse her readers by this change in genres, she has chosen to write her lighter books as Marty Wofford, the name her family and friends know her by. While writing horror books has been a fun change of pace for her, she finds that lighter stories, such as The Gold Bluff Deception, come straight from her heart.
The link to her website is: http://www.maraleelowder.com/index.html
Din Ka was three years old when his family first moved to the United States. He’s a graduate of California State University of Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in TV/Film writing. Where Tomorrow Waits is his first novel. He lives in southern California with his lovely long time girlfriend, Tiffani and their dog, Jezebel.
You can visit his Facebook fan page @ www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007077078990
And follow his twitter adventures @
Dr. Fran Orenstein was born in New York. Growing up in Brooklyn and the Bronx, she experienced a fine education in the public schools and the varied culture of New York City. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Brooklyn College, a master’s in Counseling Psychology from the College of New Jersey, and a doctorate in Child and in Youth Studies from Nova Southeastern University.
Fran wrote her first poem at age 8 and submitted her first short story to a magazine at age 12. In her teens, Fran wrote for her high school newspaper and continued to write poetry and stories for her own pleasure.
Fran has over 30 years experience writing and publishing academically and professionally. She has written articles, newsletters, political speeches, and brochures. Fran presented workshops and papers on gender equity, violence prevention, sexual harassment and disabilities at local, national and international conferences both here and abroad.
Fran Orenstein, Ed.D.
Author, Poet, Presenter
Fran Orenstein, Ed.D.
Author, Poet, Presenter
DEATH IN D MINOR
MURDER IN DUPLICATE
Murder mysteries for adults
A book of poetry for adults
A contemporary adult novel
THE BOOK OF MYSTERIES
THE CALLING OF THE FLUTE
Coming in 2014
THE SPICE TRADERS DAUGHTER
YA historical novel
Novels for ‘Tweens and Kids
FAT GIRLS FROM OUTER SPACE
‘tween fiction of self-image, bullying, and mastering 7th grade.
THE MYSTERY UNDER THIRD BASE
THE MYSTERY OF THE GREEN GOBLIN
ONE AMBER TOO MANY
Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1051466.Fran_Orenstein
Twitter – @Hubysmom
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Fran-Orenstein/e/B004ILD540
Ralph was born and raised in New York City. At a very young age his father introduced him to baseball. He has been a sports enthusiast since. Active in youth sports for over thirty years, he has coached high school and middle school teams to many successful seasons. He has served on the board of several regional youth team organizations. He is an advocate of player and parent sportsmanship. In 2006 he became a member of the Society of American Baseball Researchers and currently serves on the Overlooked Legends committee.
He has an MBA in Finance from Bernard Baruch College (Zicklin School of Business) of the City University of New York. Ralph has had a successful and award winning business career, serving in senior executive positions for several major corporations including MCI, WinStar and Cisco. Today he is a partner in a boutique consulting practice that helps emerging companies fulfill their promise.
Ralph has published a series of short stories including ‘Outer Banks Chronicles’ and ‘Jersey Shore Fever and Other Seaside Maladies”; and is beginning work on his second book.
Ralph and his wife Renee currently reside in Alexandria, Virginia.
Leigh Michaels researched the Regency era for decades before daring to set her own stories in that historical period – and she still finds new tidbits to add to her own work. She writes sassy, sophisticated Regency-period romance, as well as contemporary romance novels and books about writing (including On Writing Romance, from Writers Digest Books). Her newest Regency romance is Gentleman in Waiting, and Getting the Regency Right, a reference book for Regency writers, will be released in June. She teaches romance writing online at Gotham Writers Workshop. Her website is www.leighmichaels.com.
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