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Old 03-10-2011, 01:54 AM
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Thank you for joining us, Please tell us about yourself.

I’m an onion with many layers. Each layer is a long chapter. Don’t forget the kleenex.

When and why did you begin writing?
My 8th grade English teacher encouraged us to write fiction. We had to do a 500 word story per week.

How many hats do you have in your home?
About 12, most of them military.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Several weeks into that 8th grade assignment.

Do you have a specific writing style?
Genre-adventure romance

Is there a message in your work/s that you want readers to grasp?
There may not be a happily ever after, but a happy for now can be found.

How much of your work is realistic?
Most of my stories start out true, then deviate into fiction a little past the halfway point.

Describe where you are and what’s around you right now.
My work office, imagine a 12 foot long banana shaped desk, six computer monitors, four keyboards and two large screen TV’s.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Mostly my life. Like Hemmingway, I’ve been places and seen things.
What books or works have most influenced your life?
Clive Cussler’s first five books. That man understands adventure.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Clive Cussler

What book or works are you reading right now?
Crescent Dawn by Clive Cussler

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
No

What are your current projects?
In writing, starting a screenplay based on one of my stories.

Name someone or something that you feel has helped you outside of family members.
See Memoirs of a Child Firefighter in the non fiction section.

Do you see writing as a career?
Only if I am able to get one of my screenplays made into a movie without alterations.

If you had to do it all over again with regard to writing, is there anything you would change?
No.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
See answer about 8th grade above.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
See my excerpt about Angels High posted in the screenplay section.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in writing?
Research, six people see the same thing, but describe it differently.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Clive Cussler-like I said, he understands adventure.

If I opened your refrigerator right now, what would I find?
Wide variety of condiments, salad, gallon of Kool Aid and bread
Did you learn anything from your writing and what was it?
That people can be deeply moved by words.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be a writer?
Bomber Pilot

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Get out of your house, and go live an adventure

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?
Keep an open mind.

The final comments are yours.

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Old 03-10-2011, 07:51 AM
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Thank you for joining us, Please tell us about yourself.
I am a candle with both ends burning bright.

When and why did you begin writing?
Age about seven when I wrote a story about some clip on animals I owned that earned critical acclaim from my teachers and parents.

How many hats do you have in your home?
About 30 including bobble hats, Easter bonnets, baseball caps and a toy fireman’s helmet.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I got my first short story published. Before then I just enjoyed writing.

Do you have a specific writing style?
My shorts stories cover any genre, my novels are paranormal romance. As for style, I’m told I have a clean-cut way about my story telling. I have tried purple pros, which was fun, but it got very mixed reactions.

Is there a message in your work/s that you want readers to grasp?
You get what life throws at you and you deal with it as best you can. Whether that is a child killing a budgie, a woman eating her lover or a demon assimilated by angels – I’ve written about them all.

How much of your work is realistic?
About 50% of my stories could be real life.

Describe where you are and what’s around you right now.
I could tell you, but then I’d get in trouble.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Both, also things I would like to do.

What books or works have most influenced your life?
I’m reading all the time, but I guess it was Christine Feehan’s books that prompted me to seriously pick up the pen. In terms of my general behaviours - I read all the time and most books affect my thought processes in someway or another.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
All of them, but again Christine Feehan put the pen in my hand.

What book or works are you reading right now?
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Not at the moment.

What are your current projects?
Short stories are bubbling up all the time, but I am editing my first completed paranormal romance novel and working on a joint project with Gaines about Jack the Ripper. I also write and publish technical articles on a regular basis

Name someone or something that you feel has helped you outside of family members.
Mike C at Writer’s Beat - if Mike hadn’t started Hothouse last year I’d never have been published, which has led to so much more for me.

Gaines at Writer’s Beat - writing with him has helped me improve my own craft considerably.

Writer’s Beat in general.

Do you see writing as a career?
It is an aspirational career, I would love to make enough from my writing to be able to quit the day job. Perhaps one day I will.

If you had to do it all over again with regard to writing, is there anything you would change?
I would have found Writer’s Beat a lot sooner and considered my shorts as more than just writing exercises.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
As a child, when I started to get positive recognition for it.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
You can always find my shorts in Member’s Only Forum. Not to mentions some chapters from the larger projects – if you use the search function.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in writing?
Semi-colons – we have a love hate relationship. Commas too, although I think we are finally starting to rub along together.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
There are so many. JR Ward for paranormal romance (my favourite genre) without a doubt. Her Black Dagger Brotherhood series is fantastic. Each book plays out in my head like a movie she brings everything to life, her imagery is perfect. I know what each of her characters looks like but I’ve never seen them.

If I opened your refrigerator right now, what would I find?
Please bear in mind this is for a family of four and two fat guinea pigs: Loads of yoghurts, eggs and cheese (including cottage and cream). Two bags of carrots, runner beans, peppers, onion relish, 6 pints of milk, Pepsi Max, mint sauce, ketchup, brown sauce, BBQ sauce, chocolate biscuits, chocolate bars, whole grain mustard, raspberry jam, pickled onions, ham, lemon juice, chocolate sauce, summer fruits coulee, a family size tub of butter, 6 cans of beer, half a bottle of rose wine and left over beef casserole. – You did ask!

Did you learn anything from your writing and what was it?
That writing should be as enjoyable to create as it is to read. When it ceases to be enjoyable you need a break.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be a writer?
Actress, librarian, top-end escort, farmer’s wife.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just because you are a writer doesn’t mean you are special or different. Head down and get on with it. Prove yourself through your words.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?
Don’t stop.

The final comments are yours.
My glass is neither half empty nor half full – I drink straight from the bottle!

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Old 03-10-2011, 09:00 AM
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Ooo! Fun! And we get to learn all about each other!

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Thank you for joining us, Please tell us about yourself.
Overworked, underpaid, and enjoying every minute of my development as a career author.

When and why did you begin writing?
When I was eight. Why? Probably to escape the outside turmoil of my life at that age. Divorce is difficult on kids.

How many hats do you have in your home?
Hats? What kind of question is that? Hats . . . pfft. None for myself. About a dozen old ones fit for infants and toddlers, though. And one random men's cap in my husband's closet.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
At the age of 29. When you get up at four in the morning, every morning, to write, there's some type of dedication going on there. Had to consider myself something other than "crazy."

Do you have a specific writing style?
Hmm . . . "In your face"? Does that count?

Is there a message in your work/s that you want readers to grasp?
Not generally. Usually there's some type of message anyway. Kind of. My first book's all about choice and prejudice. The second one's about secrets and obsessions. Does that count?

How much of your work is realistic?
Eh. Probably about 10%. The world my books are set in is completely fictional, but I do, on occasion, write a short based in the real world.

Describe where you are and what’s around you right now.
High up, surrounded by railings and kleenex, pictures of dogs who've passed on, books, papers, a sloping roof . . .

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not really. I have characters based on people I know or who I've met.

What books or works have most influenced your life?
Stephen King's works, as well as Paul Stewart's and, in the case of the story I'm writing with my son, Lemony Snicket's books.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Paul Stewart. I'm always awed by his descriptions.

What book or works are you reading right now?
Muddle Earth by . . . yep, you guessed it: Paul Stewart!

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Not really.

What are your current projects?
Book two in my fantasy works, a project with my son, my article for WBQ . . . um . . . I think that's it.

Name someone or something that you feel has helped you outside of family members.
Who else? Writer's Beat!

Oh, yes, and the editor/owner of a small publishing company years back who gave me a smart kick in the pants with regards to working harder in my writing. He pointed out every flaw in my first work (which are now absolutely glaring) and offered ways to improve. It was infuriating -- at first. New writer, a kick in the face? But hey, I wouldn't be as the author I am now if not for him.

Because of him, I needed to prove that I could write better, stronger, and with more meaning; I had to make every word count and make every scene, both dialogue- and narrative-based, progress the story. And even though the learning process never ends, I feel I'm accomplished this fairly well.

Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. Now, if I can only convince publishers of that.

If you had to do it all over again with regard to writing, is there anything you would change?
Nope. Not a thing.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Not really. It was fun, and people usually continue to do fun things. *shrug* Little did I know how much work it entailed as well!

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Pieces are here in the Member's Only forum.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in writing?
Yes. Description. It irks me, and it takes me hours upon hours, days upon days, to get it "just right." To get the right emotion woven in, to use the right words to convey what I want without it sounding like a "stock" description. I agonize over every detail with regard to working in description. So much harder than dialogue.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Paul Stewart. Because of his description. He makes it look so easy.

If I opened your refrigerator right now, what would I find?
Silk, lunch meat, half-eaten cheesecake, lunches made for my husband and son for tomorrow, cheese, apple juice, cream, yogurt . . . why again do you need to know this?

Did you learn anything from your writing and what was it?
Yes. A new writer's work usually sucks, but he's blind to it. He defends his prose tooth and nail, digs in his heels against any feedback, until the covers are suddenly yanked away by someone bold who reveals all. And the new writer takes the next step into his development with a more opened mind. It's a new sense of freedom, really.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be a writer?
Never gave it much thought. I don't want to do anything other than write.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
1) Open your mind to good feedback, and 2) learn to discern what's decent insight and what's not.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?

Um . . . read?

The final comments are yours.
I think I'll just go to sleep now . . . *wanders off and falls on face, snoring*
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:59 AM
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Thank you for joining us, Please tell us about yourself.

I guess I could say I'm too weird to live, but much too rare to die.

When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote my first poem when I was 7, but it all started in Elementary, I guess. What can I say, I was bored in class.

How many hats do you have in your home?

Eeem, my brother owns a bunch of them, but I only have one. It's this cute black cap with the Jagermeister logo on. It's absolutely gorgeous!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think I was 14 at the time and I just finished the last chapter of a short story. (Which sucked, by the way)

Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really, although I tend to lean to romance and drama, it comes quite naturally to me.

Is there a message in your work/s that you want readers to grasp?

I tend to moralize a bit; and I tend to make most of my characters see that there is always a positive side to everything.

How much of your work is realistic?

Bits and pieces here and there. Some dialog or situations and twist. I base a lot of personality traits from people I know, friends, family.

Describe where you are and what’s around you right now.

I'm at work, surrounded by dildos and sexy lingerie.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

A little bit of both.

What books or works have most influenced your life?

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers. It turned my life around, in a good way.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Does it have to just be one?

What book or works are you reading right now?

I'm reading Violin by Anne Rice

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

No, not really.

What are your current projects?

Stuck at breaking down the walls of writer's block. 'Tis a pain.

Name someone or something that you feel has helped you outside of family members.

My best friend. She not only saved my life, but made it ton times better.

Do you see writing as a career?

I only wish. Truth is, I write too little to even consider it.
Maybe someday, though.

If you had to do it all over again with regard to writing, is there anything you would change?

Yes. I'd devote more free time that I uselessly wasted and put more thought to it.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Well, I used to make up stories in my head since as long as I remember, it only made sense to put them down somewhere.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?


Eeeeeeeeeh, too lazy.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in writing?

Getting past the second chapter is the hardest for me.
Restoring lost motivation.
Doing the deed itself, after hours of preparation (I'm weird like that)

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don't have a favorite.


Currently, I'm enjoying Jackie Collins. I love her writing style, and how she manages to maintain my interest throughout the entire story.

If I opened your refrigerator right now, what would I find?

Nothing to eat.
And cheese.

Did you learn anything from your writing and what was it?

I am a deeply disturbed individual XD

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be a writer?

Psychologist or something in that matter, or maybe something in the department of Bioenergetics would suit me even better.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Proof-read?
Time and time again. XD

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?
Try not to be too harsh with us writers

The final comments are yours.

Chiiiiiill.
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Thank you for joining us, Please tell us about yourself.

Ummmmm....yeah.

When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing fairly young, six or seven. The stories were what you would expect from a six year old. I wrote mainly short stories until I was twelve. I then took up poetry which was deeply depressing. All twelve year olds believe they have tough lives. I scraped poetry and got into music pretty heavily at fifteen. I recorded some things, it never took off. I'm in my mid-twenties and finally returning to where it all began.

How many hats do you have in your home?

I don't know. Does a dunce cap count?

When did you first consider yourself a writer?


When I do, you'll be the first to know.

Do you have a specific writing style?


Yes, fucked up.

Is there a message in your work/s that you want readers to grasp?

Yes. Life sucks. Happy endings or few and far between. The killer usually kills all his victims, the boy doesn't normally get the girl, and their is no silver lining. You struggle all your life and die to be eaten, digested, and turn into maggot shit.

How much of your work is realistic?

Almost all of it is inspired by some kind of real life encounter in my life.

Describe where you are and what’s around you right now.

My room, surrounded by bodies that I have been planning to move for some time but I'm afraid of being alone.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Yes.

What books or works have most influenced your life?

Anything by Clive Barker.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

See answer above.

What book or works are you reading right now?

The complete works of Edgar Allen Poe. It's the size of a New York City phone book. I've been reading it for a year and I am just now half way through it.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

No, not really.

What are your current projects?

Well, I'm switching back and forth from several short stories, I'm working on a new music album, illustrating for a children's book, and hashing out the ideas for my first novel.

Name someone or something that you feel has helped you outside of family members.

Drugs. Lots and lots of drugs.

Do you see writing as a career?

A girl can dream, can't she?

If you had to do it all over again with regard to writing, is there anything you would change?

I would have gotten serious in it much earlier. I would have payed attention in school and pursued it into higher learning.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I lie a lot. And I look at the world much differently than everyone else. So it was either writing or killing people to deal with my pent up frustrations. The constant looking-over-my-shoulder and covering up evidence became too much, so now I write.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Absolutely not. How rude!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in writing?

Finding the time.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Clive Barker. To me, Hellraiser is one of the greatest horror films of all time. His stories are unique, which is a hard thing to accomplish now-a-days. Plus, he ends on down notes.

If I opened your refrigerator right now, what would I find?

Huh? Are you in my kitchen?

Did you learn anything from your writing and what was it?

The words I produce are precious to me because of the time and effort I put into them but every one else could care less.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be a writer?

A porn star.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Stop writing right now. I am not good enough to deal with any more competition.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?

Yes, books are not coasters, or wedges to keep your coffee table from wobbling. They are timeless works of art that the author has devoted countless hours to crafting. These words are our babies. Treat them with respect or else I will kidnap your children and use them for realigning my living room furniture.

The final comments are yours.

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Old 03-26-2011, 04:36 AM
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Thank you for joining us, Please tell us about yourself.
I'm like a snickers bar, gorgeously nutty...

When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing on a rainy April afternoon because I was bored but more importantly because writing helped me get my feelings off my chest.

How many hats do you have in your home?
None. I hate wearing hats

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A year ago, when I first started writing

Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to write realistic, powerful and philosophical literature. Well, I'm trying...

Is there a message in your work/s that you want readers to grasp?
Yes. People spend their lives trying to please others and often this results in misery and the people aren't impressed at all. Sometimes, if you please yourself, other people will also be happy with you.

Also, being able to appreciate and create art, whether it be a novel, or a painting or a piece of music is one of the few ways of reaching happiness.

How much of your work is realistic?
I try to be as realistic as possible.

Describe where you are and what’s around you right now.
I'm in my bedroom. On my right there's my guitar and wardrobe and on my left there's my bed.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My own life.

What books or works have most influenced your life?
The Catcher in the Rye and Does my head look big in this by Randa Abedl Fattah.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
JD Salinger because the narrative voice in the Catcher... is so effective and authentic.
What book or works are you reading right now?
Jane Eyre

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
No

What are your current projects?
I am writing a novl based on my experiences as a Britsh Muslim.

Name someone or something that you feel has helped you outside of family members.
See Memoirs of a Child Firefighter in the non fiction section.

Do you see writing as a career?
I hope so...

If you had to do it all over again with regard to writing, is there anything you would change?
No.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
That rainy april afternonn

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I will do.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in writing?
Charcter arcs

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
There's too many to name...

If I opened your refrigerator right now, what would I find?
Fruit, veg, eggs, dairy products, some leftover kebabs...

Did you learn anything from your writing and what was it?
Writing gives you the sort of control you can get from real life.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be a writer?
Doctor

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Experience as mush as you can and use those experiences to write great literature
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?
Keep going
The final comments are yours.

I hope I didn't bore you.
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Thank you for joining us, Please tell us about yourself.

I'm a writer trying to accept myself for who I am.

When and why did you begin writing?
When I was four. We had a dreadful computer and the only thing you could really do was write. But I started writing seriously when I .turned six. I had just lost my best friend and needed to take away the anger.

How many hats do you have in your home?
I don't think I have any

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was four

Do you have a specific writing style?
Morose, and sympathetic. I dabble in all genres and all types of writing.

Is there a message in your work/s that you want readers to grasp?
That outsiders are still people. And that prejudice and discrimination is hurtful.

How much of your work is realistic?
The emotions are things I feel. The rest is probably fake. Though the historic ones are as historically accurate as possible.

Describe where you are and what’s around you right now.
In my bedroom. I am sat on my bed. My desk is in front of me, as is my wardrobe, which has pictures and messages from my life taped on it. Typical bedroom furniture. Several copies of Romeo and Juliet.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes. I know what it feels like to stand alone.
What books or works have most influenced your life?
Noughts and Crosses, Private Peaceful, Romeo and Juliet, The Book Thief

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
James David - he persuaded me to take up writing more seriously when I was nine. We were in Whitby.

What book or works are you reading right now?
Several, but my favourite at the moment is To Kill A Mockingbird.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
No

What are your current projects?
Stage play for Script Frenzy, novel based on Robin Hood's love life, several short stories.

Name someone or something that you feel has helped you outside of family members.
A fire. I was so scared afterwards and kept having nightmares - I was five - that in the end to take my mind off it, I created Dela Eden and her story.

Do you see writing as a career?
No. I see it as my life.

If you had to do it all over again with regard to writing, is there anything you would change?
No. Whilst some of it is sad, it's best for the story in question.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Meeting James David

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I've only planned it, so no, sorry.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in writing?
Research. Have you tried finding books written in the 1200s that are in normal English?

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Markus Zusak - the book thief will stay permanently in my memory.

If I opened your refrigerator right now, what would I find?
Lots of yoghurt - my sister likes yoghurt.
Did you learn anything from your writing and what was it?
That man can be cruel.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be a writer?
Death

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don't lead your characters. It's their lives. Let them lead you.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?
Remember, your actions can hurt more than a thousand words.

The final comments are yours.

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A man with a dream... a dream that I really shouldn't share with anyone but my wife...

When and why did you begin writing?

About eleven years ago. Though I never really had any reason to pursue my my crappy attempts until my wife urged me to at least FINISH my first book. Why?... boredom.


How many hats do you have in your home?

Er... 'bout six.. one beeny for me and various other weird and wonderful kid's ones.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Since I could hold a pen... yet if it was consider yourself an AUTHOR - I don't.

Do you have a specific writing style?
Style... Not really... I just write. My wife said sometimes it is descriptive... TOO descriptive.

Is there a message in your work/s that you want readers to grasp?
a message? no... unless you can crack the secret message in my book using an archaic, lost language.

How much of your work is realistic?
Very... If the world of Vampires and demons are real. If their not... then it is utter bull.

Describe where you are and what’s around you right now.
In the hallway at my pc... wondering if I should be witty or truthful in my answers. The dreadful drone of britain's got talent is eminating from the front room where my wife and my four kids are engrossed in it... saps!

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No... Vampires aren't real... there I've said it. My life is a lie.

What books or works have most influenced your life?
Influenced my life... none really. I used to only read biographies of football stars. In the last few years I've got into reading novels but although I write Supernatural stuff I steer clear of reading it... In case I subconciously plagerize something.


If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
A mentor... Do I have to have one?

What book or works are you reading right now?
Scott Mariani. The Ben Hope books are a thrill a minute, action packed, blockbusting series of books. His descriptve style make it so easy to picture the scene unfolding in my head. Like a movie. Actually... could he be a mentor? Mmmmm.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
No

What are your current projects?
The next book in my series following my vampire character Cain.

Name someone or something that you feel has helped you outside of family members.
Nothing really.

Do you see writing as a career?
No.. My family is my life and a career would always come second to them. Writing is a hobby that may one day prove my downfall.
Whatever that means.

If you had to do it all over again with regard to writing, is there anything you would change?
The only thing I can think of is that I'd started earlier, finished my first book earlier and had the guts to try and get it published

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
As I said earlier... boredom

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
When I feel I can share it with NORMAL people.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in writing?
Two things. Researching and making my descriptions less boring

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Scott Mariani

If I opened your refrigerator right now, what would I find?
Bottles of flavoured water, a couple of cans of beer, coke and food.

Did you learn anything from your writing and what was it?
Proof read like hell...

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be a writer?
A footballer... I am really a schoolboy at heart.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Take your time. Don't rush it through, thats when you make mistakes and miss major plot holes... Done it several times.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?
Meerkats don't talk Russian like pantomime Bond villains. They are German, and talk pantomime war film generals.

The final comments are yours.

Boo!

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Hi, my name is Jenni and I'm a write-a-holic. I love sushi and dumplings.

When and why did you begin writing?
In primary school when my teacher made me write a short story and a poem to go with it. 'Summer, summer is so hot...' My teacher loved it and encouraged me to carry on writing (Thanks Mrs Brown & Mr Armstrong).

How many hats do you have in your home?
Errm, 1. A wooley hat I only wear when it snows.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I realised I write on average 16-20 hours a week.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I write from the heart, truthfully and I use a few too many swear words.

Is there a message in your work/s that you want readers to grasp?
Depends on the story/piece of writing.

How much of your work is realistic?
Quite a lot - but nothing I'd admit to.

Describe where you are and what’s around you right now.
I'm sat at a make-shift desk in a bedsit in temporary accommodation. I don't mind where I am as long as I have my notebooks, pens and favourite reading books close to hand.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Both.

What books or works have most influenced your life?
Stephen King's On Writing - He's my idol.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Stephen King without a doubt.

What book or works are you reading right now?
White Teeth by Zadie Smith - would defo recommend.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Not at the moment. I normally stick to my favourites:
Stephen King, Zadie Smith, Marian Keyes...

What are your current projects?
I'm working on my second novel 'Reaching Out' and a collection of short stories.

Name someone or something that you feel has helped you outside of family members.
My English teacher from high school, Mr Armstrong. He gave me a new exercise book every week to fill with my stories and poetry - and even read them! He gave me something to write for when I was young.

Do you see writing as a career?
Yes - my life-long career and one-time love.

If you had to do it all over again with regard to writing, is there anything you would change?
Not a thing - you learn from your mistakes.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Same as above - with my first ever short story and poem in primary school.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Extract of Reaching Out by Jenni Nolan

Chapter One



Anna bent down under the table, picking up piece after piece of Lego, expertly flinging it across the room into the toy box. She looked at her watch. Nick was already an hour late. Their tea sat in the oven; the steak which was plump, pink and juicy to start, now dry and tough.

Anna sighed as she plonked herself at the dining table, picking encrusted Weetabix off the chair with her fingernail. She pulled her chair out a bit more to allow for the great lump of a baby growing fast in her womb. Every night Nick was arriving home later and later, with a half-arsed apology and a scowl. Anna got up and busied herself with filling the mop bucket with hot, soapy water. The monotonous task of mopping the kitchen floor, from left to right, backward and forwards was soothing and calmed her frazzled nerves.

Half an hour later, she jumped as she heard the keys in the front door.

‘You’re late,’ she said, before he had chance to speak.

Nick flung his work bag and muddy trainers onto the kitchen floor. Bits of dried mud scattered over where Anna had just mopped. She could feel her face flushing red, her fingernails digging into her palms.

‘Well?’

‘I went for a few drinks after work, what’s the problem?’

Anna pulled a plate out of the cupboard and slammed it down on the worktop.

‘The problem?’

Her voice sounded strange, squeaky and high pitched.

‘The fucking problem is our tea, burnt to a crisp. Your children have gone to bed wondering why their dad isn’t home to kiss them goodnight.’

Nick shrugged, hanging his jacket on a hook at the back door.

‘I’m not hungry. I’ll look in on the kids on my way to bed.’

When she heard the floorboards creaking up the stairs, Anna unhooked his jacket from the door. It stunk of smoke and perfume. Perfume that wasn’t hers, but that she’d come to recognize.

She rifled his pockets, and her heart skipped a beat as her hand closed around his mobile phone. He was normally very careful to keep it with him. She put the phone into her cardigan pocket and busied herself clearing the burnt food from the oven dish and washing the pots.

After the kitchen was cleared, Anna locked up and crept up the stairs into the bathroom, locking the door behind her. She sat on the edge of the bath and took the phone out of her pocket. She unlocked the keypad and jumped as the phone started to vibrate in her hand. One new message flashed up on the screen. Her heart pounding, she thought of her wedding day. Nick had cried when they had said their vows. She could see the love in his eyes when he’d said ‘I do’. Was he really capable of cheating on her?

Her stomach churned as she read the message, confirming what she knew deep down.

‘Tonight was amazing – let’s do it again soon. I can’t wait to hold you in my arms again – Lindsay xxx’

Frantically, Anna flicked through the other messages in his inbox. There were so many messages, going back months, all from Lindsay. Her heart felt like it was going to shatter to pieces as she read one sordid message after another. They had described what they wanted to do to each other in intimate detail, and it was obvious it had been going on for months.

Anna fell to her knees in front of the toilet trying to catch her breath. Her stomach throbbed with Braxton hicks brought on by the stress. All she could think about was the children, asleep peacefully and oblivious in the next room. She couldn’t think straight. She wanted to wake him up and scream in his face. How could he do this to her? She was seven months pregnant with their third child. She leant over the toilet and threw up into the bowl. Wiping her mouth, her hands shaking, Anna flicked through the phonebook in Nick’s phone until she found Lindsay. She pressed the green call button.

‘Hi babe, you’re calling me late, is she asleep?’

Anna gripped the phone tight.

‘This is Nick’s wife, Anna. Do you know you’re sleeping with a married man?’ Anna spat the words out, resisting the urge to smash the phone to pieces.

She heard Lindsay gasp, and then the line went dead. Anna took a deep breath, put the phone back into her pocket and splashed some cold water on her face. She crept back down to the kitchen and made herself a cup of tea.

As she sat down at the dining table, the phone vibrated in her pocket. It was Lindsay. Anna quickly answered it.

‘Anna, he told me that you’d split up.’ Her voice was shaky and strained. ‘He said he was sleeping on the sofa until he’d found somewhere else.’

‘Well he’s fooled us both then, hasn’t he?’

Anna put a hand across her stomach protectively. ‘Do you know I’m thirty-eight weeks pregnant?’

‘Anna, I’m so sorry about your circumstances, but me and Nick love each other…’

‘You what?’

‘We love each other.’

‘How old are you? You sound very young.’

‘I’m seventeen. Look, that’s got nothing to do with you. Mine and Nick’s relationship has got nothing to do with you…’

‘I’m his wife!’

Anna jumped up off the chair, pacing the dining room.

‘Not for much longer. Anna, please don’t ring me again.’

The line went dead before she could respond. Anna placed the phone on the fireplace and sat down quickly as the room started to spin.





Is there anything you find particularly challenging in writing?
Getting the boyfriend, and family members to respect my writing time.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Stephen King - Even though he writes about unbelieveable things, he makes it believeable by creating true-to-life characters.

If I opened your refrigerator right now, what would I find?
Some gone-off milk, fresh juice, eggs and my favourite cheese, Cheddar with caramalised onion.

Did you learn anything from your writing and what was it?
I learn something new every day.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be a writer?
Maybe a librarian, or to own my own bookshop.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?
Errm, buy my books

The final comments are yours.
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you ~ Ray Bradbury.
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Hi there! My name's Alivia and I'm a bit of what they typically call a 'crazy lady'. I have a fuzzy spot in my tummy for nachos, burritos, tacos, heck, just about any kind of Mexican food. And I write sometimes when I'm not removing cheese off my shirt.

When and why did you begin writing?
First time I started writing was in 4-5th grade. Our English teacher would give us a small slip of paper with a single sentence on it. It could have been the beginning, end or middle of something, and we were told to make a two page story around or about it. I was hooked.

How many hats do you have in your home?
Only three, four tops, none of which I wear because they don't fit my oddly shaped cranium!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I believed in it in 6th grade after I got into tons of RP forums, but I never really owned up into it until 10th grade when I met my most favorite English teacher ever.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I'm a big writer of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal, and Young Adult, though I did try YA Romance once with positive reviews.

Is there a message in your work/s that you want readers to grasp?
You are not a carbon copy! Everyone is unique in their own way, supernatural or not. And everyone stuggles with inner conflict.

How much of your work is realistic?
Very little. I use tons of inspiration around me for creating places and characters, but so much of it is rooted in fantasy that I could never label it realistic.

Describe where you are and what’s around you right now.
Right now I'm in my dining room with my Mother sitting alongside me. It's got a new paint job on the walls, a deep mint green color, but there's still patches of white on the ceiling and corners. Mom's got half of the six-seater table hoarded in her beads she's using to make more jewelry, and I've got the other half with unedited copy of Illumine, iPad, wireless keyboard, and bottle of water.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not so much my experiences, but my emotions. I've taken break-ups from my past and turned them into problems for my characters when their boyfriends had a violent death or left them high and dry.

What books or works have most influenced your life?
Definitely Harry Potter and A Great and Terrible Beauty Series. Gemma's life just felt so real to me that I had a hard time adjusting if I was yanked from the book mid-story.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Libba Bray, hands down. I'd love to meet her do a brainstorm/encouragement session.

What book or works are you reading right now?
I'm slowly going through Fallen right now, and eagerly awaiting The Carrier of The Mark by Leigh Fallon. I can't believe I have to wait until September!

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Leigh Fallon for sure, and Victoria Schwab.

What are your current projects?
I'm currently hard-editing and completing my first book, Illumine, which with my deadline will be out before the end of the year. As soon as that's done I've got two more books tied to Illumine to do. I've also been daubing on the side with a separate stand-alone novel with my infamous character, Lilix Morgan.

Name someone or something that you feel has helped you outside of family members.
P!nk's song 'Perfect' completely broke down some walls I had up in my fear of finishing and publishing. Sometimes I forget how powerful music can be on my soul.

Do you see writing as a career?
I do, but I think it can't be something you just jump right into and say, "I'm going to live off of this." I think you need to have your day job first, then juggle both, and only after you know on the figures that you can survive without your house going under, to go as a full-time writer.

If you had to do it all over again with regard to writing, is there anything you would change?
I don't think so. Each step, even the dry spells that leave me dying on the inside, have shaped and created the story I have today.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Like I said before, 4-5th grade really got me going with writing, but that was just for me, and the stories were terrible. Choke on your Toaster Strudel terrible. Then something weird happened in 6th grade. I was taking these tests on Quizilla- best way to pass time ever- and I came across this one where someone was posting stories in the questions section instead of making a quiz. I read every single one, and at the end of I think the 13th one, there was a link it said to a new RP site. I didn't even know what RPing was at the time, so I clicked and saw the chat boards, and split. I knew if my Dad saw me on those, I'd be dead. But something called me back to them, so I created an online name from two of my at-the-time favorite manga characters and was known as Ryoko Kiribayashi to these random people who, like me, wanted to create stories. I still RP to this day, but the site I started on has been long gone, and I retired Ryoko years ago, but still use Lilix frequently.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I'd love to! I don't have any posted, but I'm going to be posting the synopsis to Illumine on my blog on July 6th if you really want to read it.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in writing?
Editing and writing in order. I have this absolutely mind-breaking mindset that I have to write everything in order and that I have to keep changing writing mediums; two weeks on the computer, three days on the notebook, back to the iPad for a month, notebook for five hours. Mad annoying.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Libba Bray. The way that woman can spin a story and still relate to her readers and fellow writers is beautiful, in my opinion. Even she still goes through 'I Hate My Story!' Disease.

If I opened your refrigerator right now, what would I find?
Tons of leftovers that never get eaten and grow a colorful array of mold, milk, and fruit.

Did you learn anything from your writing and what was it?
If you don't write with your heart, it shows when you need it most to count. I can always tell when someone's soul is put in their writing versus when it was done just to be done.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be a writer?
Owner of a Barnes & Noble, or work for Hollister in their clothing or graphic conception/designs.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don't be afraid of failure! So your first draft really, really, REAH-LEE sucks. Everyone's does. No one writes a perfect story the first time around.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?
Even if the cover looks crummy, and the jacket synopsis isn't all that enticing, give the story a try. 20 pages. You'll be surprised how sometimes an author and their publishing house can fall short on those things, but rock a story.

The final comments are yours.

Enjoy the day, and put the black cloud above your head to rest.
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I'm incorrigble.

When and why did you begin writing.
Sept. 23rd. Found a pen.

How many hats do you have in your home?
64. Left over from New Years party.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Sept. 23rd.

Do you have a specific writing style?
Tahoma.

Is there a message in your work/s that you want readers to grasp?
If I can do it, anyone can do it.

How much of your work is realistic?
All of it except the fiction stuff.

Describe where you are and what’s around you right now.
Police station. Handcuffs.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life.
Delusions.


What books or works have most influenced your life?
Twlight. Made me realize that shit sells.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Gary Wagner. His shit is unbelieveable fiction!!!

What book or works are you reading right now?
Just finished the memoirs of George Bush Jr...both chapters.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Whitman. Love his chocolates.

What are your current projects?
Just cross bred a rabbit with a weasle. Now have a Wabbit.

Name someone or something that you feel has helped you outside of family members.
Lithium.

Do you see writing as a career?
No fucking way.

If you had to do it all over again with regard to writing, is there anything you would change?
Yes. I would get rid of all punctuation.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My first supoena.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Would like to but the Wabbit is camera shy.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in writing?
Getting the ink into that little plastic tube.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Ernest Steinway. Liked his books and the fact he has a piano named after him. Cool.

If I opened your refrigerator right now, what would I find?

Body parts. It's a hobby.

Did you learn anything from your writing and what was it?
Only plaigarize the dead.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be a writer.
A literary critic.


Do you have any advice for other writers?
Get a real job and quit telling people you're a writer.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?
Send me cash.

The final comments are yours.
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