Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … Kristina Gause Stutts

WEDNESDAY 22nd APRIL 2015

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Today, I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Kristina Gause Stutts, author to Amethyst Chronicles: Winter’s Kiss, the first book in a Sci-fi romance series.

~Author Bio~

K.G. Stutts is the author three sci-fi romance series as well as several romance stories. She has a degree in massageKristen author photo therapy. As a contributor to Independent Writers Association (IWA) her insights can be seen regularly there and on her own blog at kgstutts.blogspot.com and her website at kgstutts.webs.com

When she’s not weaving words, she enjoys reading, playing RPGs, hockey, wrestling, and football, and is a big sci-fi nerd. Currently she resides in North Carolina, USA with her husband, Brad.

~Synopsis~

Amethyst is a secret team of genetically enhanced humans which is Earth’s greatest defensive weapon. Leading the team of super soldiers is Ember Wilson, a tough woman with a huge chip on her shoulder. The team gets
their name from the after effect of the Genesis Project which turned their eyes and even their blood purple.

amethyst pictureFor decades, Earth has been ravaged by unpredictable weather which began to cause crops to fail. Most of the planet’s food sources have deteriorated. Dr. Clayton Rudo has proclaimed he has the means to save the soil. He has created a weather machine to regulate and help replenish. But Ember knew the truth. He didn’t want to save the planet. He wanted to control it. Amethyst destroyed the machine, but was placed in stasis. Two years later, Rudo recreated the device and has frozen Washington, DC.

General Tom Blanchard brought Amethyst out of stasis to work with an elite Air Force team, led by Major Liam Ross. Tensions between Ember and Liam rise as they butt heads. Can they work together before Earth is completely under ice?

Grab that cuppa and get settled as we catch up with Kristina Gause Stutts … 

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Hi Kristina and welcome! It’s great to have you here.

Thank you so much for having me!

Where did you get the inspiration behind this novel?

I’m a big fan of Joss Whedon. He writes these incredible, tough, kick-butt women. I wanted to develop a character worthy of that. A woman who can fight as fiercely as she can love. Someone that readers can look up to, inspire to be, and root for. And then came Ember Wilson.

How would you compare writing this book with anything that you have written previously?

Oh, gosh. The Amethyst Chronicles is a bit different than my other books. It’s definitely less science-y than my Mirror series and more action. But I keep the humor and both series are very character driven.   

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?

I started writing in high school. Started off with little songs and poems. I began to write fan fictions and plots, but it didn’t reallyMirror Image go anywhere for a long time. I started to have a dream a couple of years ago about a woman who found out she’s actually a clone. I went to bed every night hoping to pick up where I left off and I got really excited. So I started writing it out and that became my first novel, Mirror Image. It’s getting ready to celebrate its first anniversary published.

How do you organise your writing time?

I work in a call center so often times I’ll write in between calls. I always have a notebook with me so I can jot things down when I can. Sundays are a big writing day for me, but I do try to write every day.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

Sometimes it’s just sitting down with a pen and a notebook and write. I don’t have a set place really. Life is too busy to schedule things like that.

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.

I used to referee independent wrestling matches on the weekends. Had to stop after a back injury. I’m still at CWF Mid-Atlantic. It’s definitely a passion of mine that I miss, but maybe one day I’ll get in the ring again.

Thank you for being here today Kristina.

Thank you for having me!

~Where to find Kristina~

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Cuppa and a Catch-up – An Author Interview with … Katie Gallagher

WEDNESDAY 08th APRIL 2015

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I would like to welcome back the lovely Katie Gallagher, who releases ‘Forever Love’ the sequel to ‘Stealing Cynderella’ this month.

Katie Gallagher mage~Author Bio~

Katie Gallagher is the author of the young adult novel, Catching You and Stealing Cynderella. She lives in Western PA with her husband and young daughter who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and lack of cooking skills. She loves coffee, flip flops and hates cold weather.

~Synopsis~forever-love-bk-2-flat

Cyn Clark never believed in such a thing as fate, but not soon after starting classes, and beginning a  new life away from her parents, she meets James Lucas. She’d never been very good at relationships, but James is different. The two of them quickly fall in love . As soon, as Cyn finally gets used to college life, and is comfortable with James, life throws them a curveball. Now, they are both hiding secrets, that if they don’t come out, the relationship won’t survive.

Now grab that cuppa and get comfy as we catch-up with Katie Gallagher …

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Hi Katie and welcome back! It’s great to have you here.

Stealing Cynderella ImageForever Love is a sequel – did you have an idea in mind for this when you were writing Stealing Cynderella?

I originally wrote this as one book, but right before I got the go ahead from my publisher, I found out that I was pregnant, so I asked if I would  be able to split into two different books, since I didn’t have the energy to do a full book at that time. Now, I’m in the process of writing a third and fourth novel with these characters, but that’s a conversation for another day.

How would you compare writing this book with anything that you have written previously?

The inspiration for this novel came from a real life experience of mine, but I changed names to protect the innocent. It was written before my first novel was published, but I didn’t feel confident to publish it, so I decided to write something else which became my first novel. Now, almost seven years later, I feel better about this novel, so I’ve decided to publish it. I feel good about this novel after my editors glowing compliments about the storyline throughout the whole writing/editing process.

The last time we spoke, you had a five month old and did the bulk of you’re writing in between her naps. How did you organise your writing time for Forever Love?

Not much has changed. Now she’s sixteen months old and the only time that I get to sit down at the computer and write is when she’s in bed. I usually worked on Forever from 7pm-10pm before heading to bed, so that I could get some sleep for the day job the next day unless it was my day off, then I’d stay up a little bit later to write.

 As a reader, what can we expect from Forever Love?forever-love-bk-2-flat

I don’t want to give away any spoilers for readers that haven’t read the first novel, so I’m just going to paste the back cover copy here.

Cyn Clark never believed in such a thing as fate, but not soon after starting classes, and beginning a  new life away from her parents, she meets James Lucas. She’d never been very good at relationships, but James is different. The two of them quickly fall in love . As soon, as Cyn finally gets used to college life, and is comfortable with James, life throws them a curveball. Now, they are both hiding secrets, that if they don’t come out, the relationship won’t survive.

And finally, if you could be another character for the day – who would you be?

I’d have to pick Joey Potter, played by Katie Holmes, from Dawsons Creek. She’s torn between two guys, but  despite that, she doesn’t let love rule her and still lives her own life and pursues her dreams and doesn’t follow the guy around like a lost puppy. She’s a strong woman and I was able to relate to her through all six seasons of the television show. I wish that I could write a character like her in one of my novels. 

Thank you for being here today Katie.

~Where to find Katie Gallagher~

Twitter: @Katie_Gallgher

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Forever Love

Out April 10th 2015

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Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … Clare Mackintosh

WEDNESDAY 01st APRIL 2015

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I am delighted to feature on my blog today the lovely Clare Mackintosh, author to the brand new psychological thriller that everyone’s talking about ‘I Let You Go’.

~Author Bio~

Clare MackintoshClare Mackintosh is an author, feature writer and columnist. She has written for The Guardian, Sainsbury’s Magazine, The Green Parent, and many other national publications, and is a columnist for Cotswold Life and Writing Magazine.

Clare spent twelve years in the police force, working on CID, in custody and as a public order commander, and has drawn on her experiences for her début psychological thriller I Let You Go. She is currently writing her second novel.

~Synopsis~

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?

In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everythingI Let You Go she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating . . .

~Thoughts~

2015 has haphazardly seen my reading habits drift toward the psychological thriller. The pleasure I receive for these books toying with my mind is exquisite – I get a kick out of reading material messing with my brain.

And I Let You Go is not one to disappoint.

The story itself is an extremely good concept – however it’s the structure, the style of narration and the writing that make it breath-taking. It’s a book that not only has a great twist, it’s full of surprises.

The depth in which we’re allowed into the minds of the character’s and what makes some of them tick is what makes this such a great psychological thriller. It allows us a greater understanding of the big picture.

We’re even privy to a glimpse into Detective Inspector Ray Stevens life; we get to experience his struggles not only investigating the incident, but within his own family as well. 

The final pages of the story catapult us into an extremely tense and emotional ending. The pace doesn’t give you the opportunity to put the book down – you’re yearning for the next chapter, the next sentence, hell you’re even craving the next word.

I’m on a spate of reading such good psychological thriller’s and I Let You Go is no exception to the rule.

In fact, it’s as if it wrote the rule.

So grab that cuppa and snuggle in as we get to know more about Clare Mackintosh …

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What was the inspiration behind ‘I Let You Go’?

Many years ago, when I joined the police, a young boy was killed by joyriders on an estate in Oxford. It was a terrible crime and the offenders were never caught. I tried to think how it would feel to be responsible for something so horrific, but not coming forward, and couldn’t begin to imagine how the child’s mother felt. The hit and run that starts I Let You Go is very different, and the subsequent story is not at all the story of that boy from Oxford, but I thought of him and his family often when I was writing the book. I wanted to explore what motivates people to commit and conceal crime, and I wanted to create characters that weren’t straight forward.  

How would you compare writing this book with anything you have previously written?

My first book was a romantic comedy called Hot Property. I worked with a great literary agent who really helped me develop the story, but after a year or so it became clear this wasn’t the right book. I had a yearning to write something much grittier, and as soon as I started I Let You Go it felt right. When it was finished I signed with a different literary agent and worked on a rewrite before she submitted it to publishers.   

ILetYouGo_BnoroundelOne thing that impressed me with ‘I Let You Go’ was the structure of the story – I thought it was incredibly clever. Without giving too much away about the storyline, how did you plan this out?

Thank you! I’m obsessed with structure and dissect everything I read, or watch on television. I love seeing how stories are put together. With I Let You Go I started in the middle, where I had a really clear idea of what I wanted the story to do, then I worked out from there. I knew how the book started, and I was fairly certain I knew how it ended, so it was a question of filling in the gaps! With psychological thrillers it’s all about the pace, so I had to drop in pointers that would keep a reader turning the page, without giving away the plot!

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?

I’ve always written: I have a diary I kept when I was seven, and a fictionalised account of a family holiday in which I detail our ‘intrepid’ explorations of a campsite in Yorkshire. I wasn’t encouraged to consider writing as a career (and doubt I’d have made a success of it, back then), but carried on writing bits and pieces throughout the years. When I was pregnant I took over as editor of the local NCT newsletter and loved writing columns and putting together features. I started a blog which quickly gained followers, and from that was invited to write a column for a regional magazine. Gradually I began pitching features to other publications until 2011 when I left the police to write full-time.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

I have several! My regular writing space is my office: a very small room in my house where I have my desk, printer, huge book case, a wall planner and two enormous white boards. At the moment I also have a vast map of the London Underground (research for my next book). When the house is empty I can work quite well in there (although am easily distracted by the internet, a beeping washing machine, or a dog needing a walk) but I find it almost impossible to work when the children are in the house, however quiet they ‘think’ they’re being… I sometimes write in cafes, where I feel obliged to be productive because I’ve spent £2.50 on a latte. My favourite place to write is Chez Castillon, a writing retreat in the South of France, where I write four times as much as at home. If only I could live there all the time!

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know

When I was 19 and at university I wangled an invitation to Downing Street. I was waitressing at a golf club and was talking to one of the guests who was involved in an award ceremony taking place at the PM’s place. I persuaded him to include me on the guest list, and he sent me an invitation the next day! 

Thank you for being here today Clare and best of luck with the book.

~ Where to find the Author~

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