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In My Neighborhood: Interview with K. M. Jackson

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood today is New Yorker native, K.M. JACKSON. She has won RWA NYC’s Golden Apple Author of the Year Award and is a daily advocate for #WeNeedDiverseRomance. She currently lives in a suburb of New York with her husband, twins, and a precocious terrier named Jack that keeps her on her toes. Visit her online at kmjackson.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KmJacksonAuthor or follow her on Twitter @kwanawrites. Her latest novel, ROMANCING THE FASHIONISTA is available now.

KJ: Hi Teresa. Thank you so much for having me. It’s a real honor.

FF: Thank you for being here. Let’s jump right into the interview.

FF: Can you tell us 4 words that describe your writing style?

KJ: Plotster, stressful, surprising, and fun.

FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.

KJ: I have a writing process that’s always evolving. I’m forever working on trying to perfect my process, but really I guess for me it’s not about perfection. I plot by scene, but always as I’m writing my characters come through and surprise me. It’s a lot of fun.

FF: Why do you write books?

KJ: I write because I can’t seem to stop these pesky stories from creeping into my mind and the only way to get them to stop nudging me is to write them out.

FF: What genre do you write in? Which genre is your favorite?

KJ: My writing genre is mainly romance but I to cross over into women’s fiction with a high level of romance. As with life, love is always a strong force in my stories.

FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.

KJ: My ideal place would probably be a place I don’t have right now. Some beautiful office with a view of tropical water with a cool breeze coming through the open window. As it is right now an ideal place would be anyplace that I can tune out the noise of the everyday and just get lost in my stories.

FF: Tell us about your current book.

KJ: My latest book out is a romantic comedy called: ROMANCING THE FASHIONISTA out this past May from Samhain Publishing. Here is a little bit about ROMANCING:

romancingthefashionista-cover-final-72lgManhattan fashion maven and magazine editor Melinda Mitchell shuns the social media spotlight. That is, until a tipsy girl’s night out ends with her first Facebook account and a friend request from none other than her secret high school crush, Nolan Parker.

When Nolan lost his chance at the big leagues, he signed on with Doctors Without Borders and never looked back. Now he’s back home to help out his ailing father. Running into Mel at his fifteen-year high school reunion rekindles old feelings he thought he’d buried for good.

Intrigued by Nolan’s irresistibly sexy profile, Melinda heads to the reunion with her best friend to see if the picture matches up to the man. Their instant attraction flares brighter than the Manhattan skyline.

Although the tough fashionista and accomplished ex-jock rub each other the very right way, a few stumbling blocks will decide if the heat between them is a symptom of forever love, or a past that should be left where it belongs.

ROMANCING is available now: http://amzn.to/2au12R8

Upcoming I am thrilled to be in an holiday anthology with bestselling authors Donna Hill and Farrah Rochon called HOLIDAY TEMPTATION with three sexy stories to satisfy your holiday desires. It is available for pre-order now. Here is a bit about my story: FROM HERE TO SERENITY :

holiday-temptation-cover-medUnstoppable real-estate developer Ross Montgomery is under orders to get some holiday R&R. A cruise to Miami on his yacht, “The Serenity,” is the perfect place to start—especially when he meets his new personal chef, Essie Bradford. Between her calming presence, her amazing food, and her delectable beauty, Ross just might develop a taste for the good life. And when the two discover they have a lot in common—including an irresistible attraction—the next course may be a spicy New Year…

HOLIDAY TEMPTATION is available now: http://bit.ly/2aqYmFb

Fun Facts 

FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?

KJ: Gather my favorite pens.

FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?

KJ: I really don’t enjoy speaking in front of crowds but I love meeting people face to face. I’d say Australia. My books have been doing well there and I’d love to meet those fans and say thank you.

FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?

KJ: Coffee. Always coffee.

FF: Are you an early bird or night owl?

KJ: I love the night life!

FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?

KJ: Oh gosh that is hard. I just had a huge dream come true with Farrah Rochon and Donna Hill with HOLIDAY TEMPTATION so I don’t want to appear greedy. I think I should quit while ahead and say thank you for the blessing I just received and if more comes my way? Just wow.

FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?

KJ: Just respect. Everyone will not like all you write and that is ok. You don’t like all you read either. I’m always surprised and grateful that anyone has read my words.

FF: What advice would you give your younger self?

KJ: Just keep going. It won’t get easier but it will be worth it.

FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?

KJ: There is no need going there. You can’t change the past or control the future. Better to focus on the fiction stories you can control.

FF: What is your motto for life and career?

KJ: I don’t have just one motto. My life changes constantly and I pull on what I need when I need it.

FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?

KJ: Psalm 27.

FF: Thanks for stopping today.

KJ: Thank you. Once again it was an honor to be here today!

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood Interview with Nigeria Lockley

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood today is Author Nigeria Lockley. She is the owner of Inheritance Books, an independent Christian publishing company that seeks to present content that will edify and entertain. Lockley possesses two Master’s degrees from the City College of New York, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master’s degree is in Creative Writing. She serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters.

Let’s get to know a little bit more about Nigeria Lockley:

FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?

NL: Raw, Riveting, Poetical, and Powerful.

FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.

NL: Not really. I am all over the place. I work differently for each project. Both my first novel, Born at Dawn and my last book, Tempted to Touch were written entirely long hand.

FF: Why do you write books?

NL: If I didn’t I’d be classified as crazy. LOL. Now seriously, I write because I love it. The words call to me from dusk til dawn.

FF: What genre do you write in? Which genre is your favorite?

NL: I write Christian Fiction and I would say besides Christian Fiction I am a lover of poetry, literature, and plays.

FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.

NL: I don’t have an ideal place. As a multitasking mama I learned how to do things on the go. I wrote more than half of my second book on cell phone riding the subway to work.

FF: Tell us about your current book.

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NL: My current book, Tempted to Touch tackles a marriage on the rocks. It takes a slightly untraditional look at temptation and adultery because this time it’s the wife struggling with it. Most often in Christian Fiction we see a marriage after the husband steps out and the wife has to decide if she’s going to forgive him or the wife has stepped out and is now carrying the scarlet letter baby. Things don’t exactly go that way in Tempted to Touch.

Fun Facts

FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?

NL: Go shopping.

FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?

NL: I’d love to have a book signing or speaking engagement in Atlanta.

FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?

NL: Coffee. We have a longstanding love affair.

FF: Are you a early bird or night owl?

NL: Hoot. Hoot. Night owl.

FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?

NL: I’d love to collaborate with Unoma Nwankwor. She is my writer bestie and our characters live in two different worlds, so I’d love to see them collide. Her African spice plus my Harlem grit plus the Holy Ghost and a dash of romance could only equal a crazy page turner from the throne of heaven.

FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?

NL: Thank you goes a long way. Tag them and root for them when you have the opportunity to and readers love gift cards.

Getting Serious

FF: What advice would you give your younger self?

NL: Serve God. Point blank. Period. The moment I began serving God so many doors opened up to me. I just wasted twenty-something years.

FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?

NL: I would like transition into full-time writing, coaching, and speaking.

FF: What is your motto for life and career?

NL: GO HARD. Even when you don’t feel like it GO HARD.

FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?

NL: My current favorite scripture is: The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Ps. 138:8

 To learn more about Nigeria Lockley or to purchase any of her titles, visit her at http://www.nigerialockley.com/, Inheritance Books, Facebook, Instragram
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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood: Interview with Sharon C. Cooper

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood today is award-winning and bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, is a romance-a-holic – loving anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies, or real life. Sharon writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She’s been nominated for numerous awards and is the recipient of an Emma Award for Romantic Suspense of the Year 2015 (Truth or Consequences), Emma Award – Interracial Romance of the Year 2015 (All You’ll Ever Need), and BRAB (book club) Award -Breakout Author of the Year 2014. When Sharon is not writing or working, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit www.sharoncooper.net

Let get to know a little more about Sharon C. Cooper:

FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?

SC: The first four words that come to mind to describe my writing style are: Entertaining. Fun. Passionate. Free-flowing.

FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.

SC: I do have a writing process.

  • I usually start with identifying the main characters: what they do for a living, what they look like, what their issues are.
  • Then I play around with whatever their issues are and think about possible scenes for the story.
  • I create a character sketch and then I outline the story with my initial scene ideas. Unlike some authors, I would be totally lost without an outline!
  • From the outline, I plow through a first (rough) draft.
  • Once I have a solid first draft, I go back into the story and beef it up some. I go a little deeper and start layering the story with more information and I fill in some blanks.

 FF: Why do you write books?

SC: I write books because I have an active imagination and enjoy telling stories, especially love stories. I also write books because characters and story ideas always pop up in my mind. So writing helps get the characters out of my head. Lol. Usually once I’m in the middle of one story, another story idea manifests, hence, more books.

FF: What genre do you write in? Which genre is your favorite?

SC: I write multi-cultural contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Though I enjoy writing both, romantic suspense is my favorite to read and write.

FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.

SC: I enjoy writing in coffee shops if the place has comfortable seating. Though I do a little people watching while there, the environment stirs my creative juices. But in all honestly, I have learned to write anywhere.

FF: Tell us about your current book.

SeducingBossLady 800x533SC: My latest release is Seducing the Boss Lady, book 5 of my Jenkins Family Series. The heroine, Peyton “PJ” Jenkins runs the family’s construction company. She’s poured her life into the business and has sacrificed her social life. She comes from a very close knit family of nosy, well-meaning individuals. She is 35 years old, divorced for about 5 years now, and has been watching her sister and female cousins fall in love, get married and have babies, one by one. Although she’s extremely happy for her sister and cousins, PJ secretly–or not so secretly– wants to have what they have; to find a man who truly loves her and have a family of her own. The weight of her failed marriage, working nonstop and her loneliness, coupled with all the wedded baby bliss, is starting to take its toll on Peyton.

And in comes Michael Cutter. He’s handsome, has a great personality, charismatic and sexy. However, his initial and subsequent interactions with Peyton are rocky. But Michael manages to charm Peyton into seeing him in a different light and all goes great…until it doesn’t. Lol. Michael has…some challenges in his life that causes some strife in their budding relationship.

Seducing the Boss Lady is a fun story of love, family, trust and forgiveness that I think readers will really enjoy.

Here’s the blurb for the book:

Master electrician, Peyton Jenkins, is tired of being the responsible Jenkins’ girl. She’s ready to hand over the reins of the family business for a chance to live life and find love. However, fear of getting hurt again keeps her from letting down her guard. That is until her world intersects with bad-boy, Michael Cutter. Their sparks ignite a passion that can’t be denied.

Private investigator, Michael Cutter, has no intention of falling for another pretty face, not even someone as beautiful as Peyton. But her smokin’ hot body and sass can’t be ignored. She desires love and commitment, yet the sins of his father continue to haunt Michael, deterring him from pursuing any type of relationship other than a casual fling.

Will their pasts keep them from taking a chance on love? And will love be enough to heal old wounds?

Buy links: Amazon– http://amzn.to/21aGKO6

Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/1WIbdED

Smashwords – http://bit.ly/1TY0v7k

ARe: http://bit.ly/1YgYVCN

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1RZmHeM

iTunes: http://apple.co/1tt17vs

Though most of my books are a part of a series, they all can be read as standalones.

Fun Facts

FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?

SC: I’m in introvert by nature, so I’m usually pretty nervous before a book signing. I guess trying to relax and remember that I’m amongst readers who enjoy my work would have to be my favorite thing to do before a signing. Once the signing starts and I connect with the readers, I usually forget about my nervousness.

FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?

SC: Hmm…my first thought is New York, which is one of my favorite places to visit. I wouldn’t mind doing a book signing there, especially if I wasn’t the only author signing (makes me less nervous).

FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?

SC: I’m pretty simple: drinking water (not spring water) is my favorite.

FF: Are you an early bird or night owl?

SC: Definitely an early bird. My most productive writing time is around 6 in the morning.

FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?

SC: I’m currently collaborating on a project with two of my best writing friends – Delaney Diamond and Candace Shaw. So they would definitely be on this list.

There are some amazing writers out there and I could fill a page with a list of authors I’d love to collaborate with. Since I’m sure you don’t want a list that long, the first ones to come to mind (besides Delaney and Candace) are: Brenda Jackson, Phyllis Bourne, Maureen Smith, Farrah Rochon, Iris Bolling, Joy Avery, Roxanne St. Claire, Beverly Jenkins, Sheryl Lister, Synithia Williams, Naima Simone, A.C. Arthur, Kaylea Cross, and the list goes on. Lol.

FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?

SC: Hmm…good question! I have found doing giveaways is a wonderful way of showing appreciation to readers. Giveaways can be autographed books, gift cards, and gift baskets just to name a few.

Also, I would express the importance of interacting with readers. Some of them are super thrilled when one of their favorite authors acknowledges them, whether accepting a FB friend request or giving them a shout out in one of their books. Most times it doesn’t take much. Social media makes it a lot easier to meet your readers and I think authors should do what they can to reach out to readers.

Another way to show appreciation to readers is by attending reader events. There are tons of reader events that go on throughout the year and readers love to rub shoulders with their favorite authors.

Getting Serious

FF: What advice would you give your younger self?

SC: Don’t hold back and embrace new (positive) experiences whenever possible and have fun.

FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?

SC: At the moment, I can’t think of anything that I would change about my life. I have been truly blessed and have a great life.

FF: What is your motto for life and career?

SC: My motto for life is – treat people the way I want to be treated. That’s not to say that I always get it right, but I do try to live by this motto.

My motto for my career is – work hard and the rewards will come. And I can honestly say that my writing career has exceeded my expectations and I am truly grateful for the success I have experienced. I would also say giving back to other authors is super important. So many amazing authors played a role in my success and my hope is that I’ve done the same for other authors.

FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?

SC: My favorite scripture is from Proverbs 3:5, 6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.”

To learn more about Sharon C. Cooper or to purchase any of her titles, visit her at http://www.sharoncooper.net/

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood: Interview with Unoma Nwankwor

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In My Neighborhood today is Unoma Nwankwor , an Akron, Ohio born author who spent her childhood and early adulthood years in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. She possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master’s degree in Global Management. She is the multi-published of several books and is also the recipient of the 2015 Nigerian Writer’s Award for Best Faith Based Fiction Writer. Her work has appeared in Africa Book Club, USA Today HEA blog and The Kenyan E-zine; Wamathai.  Her stories are described as a fusion of faith, romance and African spice. Unoma is also the co-owner of KevStel Group LLC and resides in Atlanta Georgia with her husband and two children.

Let’s get to know a little more about Unoma Nwankwor:

FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?

UN: Descriptive, persuasive, cultural, entertaining.

FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain. 

UN: There are two things I must do before I write a book. Create a character profile and outline the story. My outlines are not rigid but they give me a general guideline.

FF: Why do you write books?

UN: Simple, I write to spread the good news of the gospel while entertaining and educating my readers about the continent of African especially my home country Nigeria.

FF: What genre do you write in? Which genre is your favorite?

UN: I write Christian Fiction with romance as a sub-genre. I also read in those genres, Christian  and Romantic fiction.

FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.

UN: I have a full time job in addition to my writing and family obligations so I can’t even imagine an ideal place to write. I have to get it in when I can. However in another life, it will be a beach front villa where the waves of the ocean will serve as my white noise. Funny, I think I’m one of the rare group of writers that can’t write in silence.

HCMN (RGB) (2)FF: Tell us about your current book.

UN: My book He Changed My Name was released in February 2016. It tells the story of an unlikely pair. An embattled pop star, Ayanti and a pastor Mensah. The couple meet when the Ayanti is sentenced to community service in the Mensah’s church. He helps her through her issues of un-forgiveness and hopelessness while she opens his heart to the amazing possibilities of finding love in unlikely places. One reviewer called it a “Gratifying love story of forgiveness and redemption.”

Fun Facts

FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?

UN: Take a moment to absorb the atmosphere and give thanks to God.

FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?

UN: New York

FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?

UN: Coca Cola & Coffee

FF: Are you a early bird or night owl?

UN: Night Owl. People run away from me in the morning…LOL

FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?

UN: My writing bestie, Nigeria Lockley. She and I have common thoughts but write from different perspectives so it would be great to put that in a work of fiction.

FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?

UN: Gifts, thank you cards  and birthday shout outs especially when they are unexpected.

Getting Serious

FF: What advice would you give your younger self?

UN: “It” will come. Enjoy the season you are in. I always had a knack for eagerly awaiting the next step of my life that I never stopped to enjoy my process.

FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?

UN: This may be sound cliché but nothing. Everything in my life brought me to where I am at this point in my life.

FF: What is your motto for life and career?

UN: I’ll never be able to give 100% in all areas of my life at the same time. I have long laid down that expectation. My motto is not to allow any one area to suffer for too long. As a wife, mom, author, career woman and entrepreneur. All areas will not get 100% of me at all times but my goal is not to allow any specific area to suffer too long.

FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?

UN: My favorite quote is one by Laurel Bleadon-Maffei “I found my heart upon a mountain I did not know I could climb, and I wonder how many other pieces of myself are secreted away in places I judge I cannot go.”

FF: Thanks for the interview.

UN: Thanks for having me.

To learn more about Unoma Nwankwor and to purchase any of her titles visit her at

http://www.unwankwor.com/

 

 

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood: Author Kathryn Leigh Scott

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Visiting In My Fuzzy Neighborhood is Author/actress Kathryn Leigh Scott. She is the author of Jinxed (2015) and Down and Out in Beverly Heels (2013) the first two mystery novels about amateur sleuth Jinx Fogarty.  Kathryn also wrote nonfiction Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood and the paranormal mystery Dark Passages with an affectionate nod to her stint on Dark Shadows. She has also written the memoir Last Dance at the Savoy: Life, Love and Caring For Someone With Supranucler Palsy (2016) and completed the novel September Girl. She continues to work as an actress  (The Goldbergs and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D).

Let’s get to know a little bit more about Kathryn Leigh Scott:

FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?

KLS: Mysteries and romance: humorous, edgy, fast-paced, surprising

Memoir: candid, probing, insightful, accessible

FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.

KLS: I begin with “what if?” and write a paragraph in answer; then the work begins! The paragraph becomes a synopsis, a loose outline and eventually a book.

FF: Why do you write books?

KLS: I’m compelled to write and I learn so much I didn’t know I knew.

FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.

KLS: My leather chair and footstool with my laptop on my lap

FF: Tell us about your current book.

KLS: I have just completed SEPTEMBER GIRL, a stand-alone fiction book about a romance rediscovered that I’ve wanted to write for a long time. I’ve also written LAST DANCE AT THE SAVOY: Life, love and Caring For Someone With Supranuclear Palsy, a memoir that is more about life and love than the prime of life disease that claimed my husband.

FF: What prompted you to share this story?

NEW savoy sales graphic blk jpgKLS: LAST DANCE AT THE SAVOY is the book I wished I could read when my husband was diagnosed with this rare brain disease, one of a family of neurological diseases that Robin Williams was also diagnosed with, and for which there is no treatment or cure. I kept a journal while caregiving and that diary provided the template for the book.

 

Fun Facts

FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?

KLS: Take a deep breath and remember to be entertaining and brief!

FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?

KLS: Honestly, I’ve already held book signings in London, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and too many other great places to properly list. How about Paris? But then I’d require an interpreter.

FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?

KLS: Water, followed closely by wine

FF: Are you a early bird or night owl?

KLS: Early!

FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?

KLS: Edith Wharton, for Heaven’s sake!

FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?

KLS: Assume their appreciation of language! The joy of reading is finding precise, expressive use of language to convey ideas and emotions . . . and if the perfect word choice is not widely known, I’ll use it anyway. Again, thank you Edith Wharton, PD James, Julian Barnes, etc. etc.

Getting Serious

FF: What advice would you give your younger self?

KLS: Leap in! Have confidence in yourself.

FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?

KLS: I’d be younger and know all I know now.

FF: What is your motto for life and career?

KLS: If not now, when?

FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?

KLS: Love thy neighbor . . .

FF: Thanks for the interview.

KLS: Thanks for having me.

To learn more about Kathryn Leigh Scott and to purchase any of her titles, visit her at http://www.kathrynleighscott.com/

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood: Author Susan M. Boyer

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood today is author Susan M. Boyer. Susan is the author of the USA TODAY bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Lowcountry Boneyard, the third Liz Talbot mystery, was a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick and is nominated for several awards. Susan loves beaches, Southern food, and small towns where everyone knows everyone, and everyone has crazy relatives. You’ll find all of the above in her novels. She lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband and an inordinate number of houseplants.

Let’s get to know a little bit more about Susan M. Boyer:

FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?

SB: Fast-paced, Southern, humorous, first-person.

FF; Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.

SB: The first stage is daydreaming, coming up with a crime. Then I write it out in detail—who did what to who, from the villain’s point of view. Next I outline how my detective will solve the case. The first draft comes next, but every day I read and edit what I wrote the day before, so by the time I’m finished, I’ve already edited it once. Typically I let it rest—step away for a few days, then dive back in with another round of edits. Then I print it out and edit again. Things always look different on paper. Once I’m reasonably happy with it, if time permits, I’ll send it to a beta reader. I comb through her notes for things I missed and make any changes that resonate with me. Then it goes to my editor.

FF: Why do you write books?

SB: I love creating stories. I’m a life-long book-lover. Writing my own is my dream job.

FF: What genre do you write in? Which genre is your favorite?

SB: I write mysteries, and I would have to say that’s my favorite, though I read very eclectically. I also love Southern fiction, women’s fiction, mainstream fiction, romance, and some paranormal fiction.

FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.

SB: The beach, in a one-bedroom oceanfront condo, close enough to Charleston that I can make day trips in for research.

FF: Tell us about Lowcountry Book Club and Liz Talbot.

SB: Well, Liz Talbot is a private investigator, licensed by the state of South Carolina. She lives on the island of Stella Maris, just north of Isle of Palms, near Charleston. Many of her cases take her into Charleston.

Lowcountry Book Club FINALIn Lowcountry Book Club, she and her partner are hired by a prestigious Charleston law firm to find out who pushed Shelby Poinsett out of her second-floor library French doors into the brick courtyard of her Tradd Street home. Poor Shelby died of head injuries, and her husband was arrested for her murder, though he maintains his innocence. Jury selection starts in two weeks, so Liz and Nate are playing against the clock.

 

Fun Facts

FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing? 

SB: Honestly, most of the time I’m traveling, so I’m focused on getting there half an hour early and just having fun meeting readers. I don’t really have any pre-signing rituals, though I do have a particular blue pen I like to use.

FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?

SB: All of them. I wish I had time and the resources to go everywhere. I can’t think of a specific city I’d most like to visit for a signing other than to say I most enjoy going places where I can meet readers in person who I’ve only previously met through email, social media, or by virtue of the fact that they’ve read my books.

FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?

SB: I drink a lot of peach iced tea. And I share Liz’s love for Cheerwine (a cherry flavored soft drink). If it’s after five, I love a glass of pinot noir. And champagne—I can usually think of a reason to drink champagne.

FF: Are you an early bird or night owl?

SB: I’m such a night owl. I’m trying so hard to convert myself to an early bird because it would fit the rest of my life better. But it’s just not in my nature. I like to stay up late reading, then get my eight hours in.

FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?

SB: Honestly, I can’t see myself ever collaborating on a book. Writing is too personal of an experience for me. That said, I do enjoy contributing to the occasional anthology or cookbook.

FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?

SB: This is hard because most of the authors I know—myself included—appreciate their readers so much and do everything they know to do to let readers know that. The best way I know is to be as accessible as I possibly can through my website, email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. and to respond as promptly as possible when a reader reaches out. That said, my sister and I had this conversation recently. She’s an avid reader, but wants nothing to do with social media, and would never dream of contacting an author. I said to her that she was the reader authors needed to figure out how to reach. Her response to me was this: “I don’t want to be reached. I want to browse books, choose the ones I want, read them, and go on about my business. I don’t want to have a relationship with the authors I read except through their books.” And I believe there are many readers who feel that way. Not all of them, of course.

Getting Serious

FF: What advice would you give your younger self?

SB: Stick with that English major. Start writing earlier. Don’t take the detour for the steady paycheck.

FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?

SB: If I could have a few more hours every day, that would be great. I could relax and smell the roses a little more. Seriously, I’m really happy with my life.

FF: What is your motto for life and career?

SB: I don’t think I have a motto per se. I have a list of things I try to follow, I guess. The usual things—be kind, treat others the way you’d like to be treated. If you can’t say something nice, keep quiet.

FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?

SB: One of many favorites is a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

FF: Thanks for the interview.

SB: Thanks so much for having me!

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood

In My Fuzzy Neighborhood: Author E.N. Joy

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In my fuzzy neighborhood today is BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy and writer behind the five book series, “New Day Divas,” the three book series, “Still Divas,” the three book series, “Always Divas,” and the three book series, “Forever Divas,” which have been coined “Soap Operas in Print.” She is an Essence Magazine Bestselling Author who wrote secular books under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY. An All Night Man, an anthology she wrote with New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Jackson, earned the Borders bestselling African American romance award. And her Urban Fiction title, Dollar Bill (Triple Crown Publication), appeared in Newsweek and has been translated to Japanese.

After thirteen years of being a paralegal in the insurance industry, E. N. Joy divorced her career and married her mistress and her passion; writing. In 2000, she formed her own publishing company where she published her books until landing a book deal with a major publisher. This award winning author has been sharing her literary expertise on conference panels in her home town of Columbus, Ohio as well as cities across the country.

Her children’s book titled The Secret Olivia Told Me, written under the name N. Joy, received a Coretta Scott King Honor from the American Library Association. The book was also acquired by Scholastic Books and has sold almost 100,000 copies. Elementary and middle school children have fallen in love with reading and creative writing as a result of the readings and workshops E. N. Joy instructs in schools nationwide.

E. N. Joy was the acquisitions editor for the Urban Christian imprint for ten years. In addition, she is the artistic developer for a young girl group named DJHK Gurls. She pens original songs, drama skits and monologues for the group that deal with messages that affect today’s youth, such as bullying

Let’s get to know a little bit more about Author E. N. Joy
FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?
ENJ: Soap Operas in Print
FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain. 
ENJ:  I have a ghostwriter; the Holy Ghost. So typically I’ll just go sit down in front of my computer and begin taking dictation. As a very creative person, I like to work on a schedule, I like to be organized, and I like for both my mind and working environment to be clutter free. Clutter blocks my creativity; it slows the flow. Clutter stifles my creative thoughts and the process itself. But can I work in a junkyard if need be? Absolutely!
As a creative person, life happens, so I’m always prepared to write anywhere, under any circumstance and condition. But my preference is for those circumstances and conditions to be conducive to what allows me to be most creative.
I’ve missed my flight before and wrote chapters of a book in the airport. I’ve even written content while stuck in standstill traffic. I’ll often send myself a voicemail message in my character’s voice of what they want to say or do. Trust and believe that I can and will get my story out by any means necessary, but I prefer a space where it’s just me, myself, my characters, and my ghostwriter.
FF: Why do you write books?
ENJ: I always say that the greatest “Ah Ha!” moment a person could ever have is when their life begins to make sense. At first I used to write books to become a famous author, but now I write books to make God famous. My life began to make sense when I realized not only why I write books, but why God wanted me to write books. Writing the books is a ministry. Selling the books is a business. My ministry is delivering God’s message through the written word in the form of literary entertainment in order to point the world in the direction of the Kingdom. So I went from focusing on being a bestselling author to being a BLESSEDselling author. I went from focusing on one million copies sold to one million souls saved. I went from focusing on selling out of books after every literary event to my readers being sold out on Christ after reading every book. That is why I write.
FF: What genre do you write in? Which genre is your favorite?
ENJ: When I first started writing I wrote poetry, women’s fiction, and erotica under the name Joylynn M. Jossel. I wrote street lit under the name JOY. I now write Christian fiction under the name E. N. Joy (The ‘E’ stands for Everybody and the ‘N’ stands for Needs), and I write children’s and middle grade books under the name N. Joy. I’ve dabbled in some romantic short stories and I’m having an absolute ball with those, but I must say that my favorite is Christian fiction. I absolutely love how God uses me to deliver messages to His people. Keep in mind, the message is always for the messenger first, so I get double-blessed!
FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.
ENJ: The Caribbean is both where I am inspired to write and can spin amazing tales. Give me a nice breeze on the balcony or some sand between my toes and my mind goes to unimaginable places. The sound of the ocean water lapping up against rocks or rolling back from the shore talks to me.
I put the final touches on my book, I Ain’t Me No More, while in the Dominican Republic. I wrote some amazing chapters for You Get What You Pray For while in St. Martin. My family vacation this year will be in the Bahamas (one of the few places that mosquito disease hasn’t struck), so I can’t wait to see what written words will manifest while there. Yes, my family hates when I work on vacation, but ask any author/editor and they will tell you that those manuscripts have a powerful pull. Plus, when you love what you do, you don’t have to take a vacation from your work; you take your work on vacation.
FF: Tell us about your current book. 
ENJ: I have two books that just released. One is part of my romantic shorts and it’s titled The Miserable Wives Club. The Miserable Wives Club is one that the members don’t want anyone to know they belong to . . . especially their husbands!
onesundayatatimefrontMy latest full-length novel is One Sunday at a Time and it’s book two in my “Forever Divas” series.  In this soap opera in print, the main character, Deborah, asks herself, “What does crazy look like?” Let Deborah tell it, it’s the reflection that looks back at her in the mirror. She has a career she loves, two beautiful children and a handsome and successful husband. Her life seems to be the blueprint almost every woman she knows would kill to live. But working full-time, being a full-time mother, full-time wife and a full-time Sunday only Christian seems to be taking its toll on her. With all the scheming and shenanigans Deborah orchestrated to get this lifestyle, she might have to come up with a whole set of new ones to maintain it.
Lynox is Deborah’s husband who she thanks God for putting back into her life after a game of cat and mouse that defies the laws of romance. He feels that all Deborah needs is to let her hair down, maybe make some new friends and live a little. When Deborah agrees and then suspects Lynox of having an affair with the woman that he suggested she form a friendship with, will he live to regret his own advice?
Fun Facts
FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?
ENJ: My favorite thing to do before a book signing is to make sure I have my pack of Red Vines on hand. Twizzlers will serve as a backup if I can’t get my hands on the vines.
FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?
ENJ: New York! I haven’t had a book signing in New York since the Harlem Book Festival back in 2000. Although the majority of my readers are in the South, I have a pretty nice following in the Big Apple as well. I try to turn my out of town book events into a family vacation as well, so my family, along with some readers, is urging me to hit New York here in the near future.
FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?
ENJ: I’m crazy about Dr. Pepper. Out of all the diet sodas, Dr. Pepper is the one that tastes the most like the original mix. But if I’m not on my Weight Watchers kick, I go for regular ole Dr. P! I only buy soda for my home about three times a year. If I kept it on hand, I’d drink it every day. I’d rather my fat grams come from something like brownies rather than in liquid form.
FF: Are you an early bird or night owl?
ENJ: I’m both an early bird and a night owl. Sleep is overrated. I’ve got stories to write!!!!! My characters couldn’t care less what time of day or night it is. When they have something to say, they expect me to give power to their voice regardless of the time. Of course that power is in the pen. I do some of my best work at the wee hours in the morning or in the middle of the night, both occasions when the house is pretty much silent and the voices of my characters reign.
FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?
ENJ: I’ve already collaborated with my favorite author in the universe, Brenda Jackson. Back when I wrote secular books we did a book together titled An All Night Man. It earned the Borders Bestselling African American Romance Award. I’m now collaborating with Nikita Lynnette Nichols on our “Angel” series project. Book 1 is titled She’s No Angel.
FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?
ENJ: Acknowledge them. Is it really that hard to take five minutes out of your schedule to like a post or to wish them a happy birthday? Reader appreciation is why I love and admire Brenda Jackson so much. She mastered that early on in her career. I want my readers to form a connection with the characters I write about, but I want my readers to form a relationship with me. That’s why even though I love social media, I still have my good old fashion email address book that I use to send my readers a more personal newsletter. I also see to it that at least two or three times a year I make a physical appearance in order to connect personally with my readers and not just virtually online. Nothing will ever take the place of face-to-face networking and interaction.
Getting Serious
FF: What advice would you give your younger self?
ENJ: “Tomorrow your older self will have to live with the consequences of the choices you make today, so be wise and have peace with every decision made.”
FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?
ENJ: I would change the fact that I stayed in an abusive relationship for seven years. I hated myself while in that relationship. I hated everyone around me, and therefore those closest to me. My firstborn son, being one of them, got the brunt of my hate and anger.  When I wrote the story about my past in my book, I Ain’t Me No More, it was a form of deliverance.
FF: What is your motto for life and career?
ENJ: There is a big difference between doing the best that you can do and doing all that you can do. Do all that you can do to achieve great success in both your family life and career, calculated with your own measuring cup and weighed on your own scale.
FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?
ENJ: “But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus…the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love” Acts 20:24 (NIV).
To learn more about Author E. N. Joy or to purchase any of her titles visits:
Website: http://enjoywrites.com/
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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood

In My Fuzzy Neighborhood: Author Emily Liebert

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood today is Emily Liebert. Emily was born and raised in New York City, attended the Horace Mann School and Smith College, where she graduated with a B.A. in English Language & Literature.

After college, Emily landed her first job as an Executive Assistant at ABC News, where she honed her organizational skills and helped produce television specials for Peter Jennings Reporting. To this day, she is a whiz with “To Do” lists.

Since childhood, Emily’s had a passion for writing, so when the opportunity to become Editor-in-Chief of The WAG—a luxury lifestyle magazine covering Westchester and Fairfield Counties—presented itself, she jumped at the chance. During Emily’s five-year tenure, she wrote hundreds of articles, including celebrity profiles, travel, fashion, and beauty.

Ready for her next adventure, Emily became a full-time freelance writer, penning lifestyle pieces for media outlets such as, The Huffington Post, Oprah.com, Elite Traveler, Robb Report, Gotham, and Cottages & Gardens.

In 2009, Emily edited Kerry Kennedy’s New York Times bestseller Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans Talk About Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning.

The following year, Emily published her first book, Facebook Fairytales, which was featured at the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair, and Emily was one of 20 guests of honor—among Elizabeth Kostova, Russell Banks, and Lisa See—at the renowned Literary Feast 2010, a privilege reserved for best-selling and buzz-worthy authors. Shortly thereafter, Emily was hired by Microsoft as the spokesperson for Bing’s partnership with Facebook and appeared in 30+ television and radio spots for the brand, which garnered exceptional ratings.

In 2012, Emily wrote her debut novel, You Knew Me When, which published on September 3, 2013. Her second novel, When We Fall, published on September 2, 2014. Those Secrets We Keep, her third novel, released on June 2, 2015, and her fourth novel, Some Women, came out on April 5, 2016, all with Penguin Random House.

Emily is featured often in the press, by outlets such as: Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Anderson Cooper, FOX News, Good Day New York, Oprah Radio, Martha Stewart Radio, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, InStyle, People StyleWatchOK!, Nylon, Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s World, WWDWoman’s Day, The New York Post, The Washington PostThe New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, People.com, and The Huffington Post.

When Emily’s not writing, she teaches Pure Barre classes and enjoys traveling, cooking, and cozying up with a good book. She’s been known to ride on a Harley Davidson. And she does a mean Running Man on the dance floor. Emily lives with her husband, Lewis, and their two delicious little boys, Jax and Hugo, in Westport, CT where she moved kicking and screaming for fear that there would be no Chinese food delivery at three in the morning. She was right.

Visit Emily online at http://www.emilyliebert.com/, like her on Facebook or send her a tweet on Twitter.

Let’s get to know a little more about Emily Liebert:

FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?

EL: Modern, concise, funny, strong voice (sorry five words)

FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain. 

EL: I typically write between the hours of 11am and 2pm (while my kids are at school or camp), take a break to concentrate on emails, publicity and so on, and then I edit that day’s work sometime after 4pm but before 6pm. I always write in my home office. I have the ability to tune out a lot.

FF: Why do you write books?

EL: Because I have a lot to say. And sometimes it’s easier than talking. Characters bud and develop in my mind and I feel compelled to explore them on the page.

FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.

EL: I don’t escape to write my books. I like to be in my home environment with everything at my fingertips. I’m a creature of habit.

FF: Tell us about your current book.

EL: SOME WOMEN is a thought provoking novel that examines the intricacies of marriage, friendship, and the power of unexpected connections. On the surface, the three leading ladies may not have much in common. Yet when their lives are thrust together and unlikely friendships are formed—at a time when they all need someone to lean on—Annabel, Piper, and Mackenzie band together to help each other navigate their new realities.

FF: Tell us a little about Annabel, Piper and Mackenzie.

EL: Annabel is someone who has everything under control. She devotes her time to her twin five-year-old boys and to keeps her household running seamlessly. So when her husband of a decade announces that he’s leaving her, without warning, she’s blindsided. And suddenly her world begins to unravel.

Piper is a single mom and has always done her best to balance it all—raising her daughter Fern by herself and advancing her career as a crime reporter. Only now that she’s finally met the man of her dreams, Fern’s absentee father arrives on the scene and throws everything into a tailspin.

Mackenzie is married to the heir of a thriving media conglomerate. She has many reasons to count her blessings. But with an imperious mother-in-law—who’s also her boss—and a husband with whom she can no longer seem to connect, something has to give.

Fun Facts

FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?

EL: Eat! I need my fuel. If it’s at a bookstore, I love to browse the other titles and the cookbooks!

FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?

EL: Paris, especially if someone else is footing the bill.

FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?

EL: I love a spicy Bloody Mary with three olives.

FF: Are you a early bird or night owl?

EL: Neither. I need at least eight hours of sleep a night, otherwise I’m a maniac. Ideal wake-up time would be 8:30am. Ideal bed time would be 10pm.

FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?

EL: I could never collaborate on a work of fiction. But I’d jump at the chance to collaborate on a cookbook with Bobby Flay. Hello? Bobby? (P.S. I do not have the credentials to write a cookbook.)

FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?

EL: Reply to them! I answer every message, every Facebook post, and every tweet. I also collaborate with brands to offer my readers fun giveaways. For example, for SOME WOMEN, Gerard Cosmetics created a lip gloss collection named after my book and characters. All of my readers who pre-ordered and many who ordered within the first month received the collection when they bought the book.

Getting Serious

FF: What advice would you give your younger self?

EL: Be patient. Everything will come. Oh, and never ever cut bangs.

FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?

EL: I’d try to relax more. If that was humanly possible for me.

FF: What is your motto for life and career?

EL: I don’t believe in mottos.

FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?

EL: “As time went on, and the months and years came and went, he was never without friends.” It’s from my favorite book Charlotte’s Web. The quote is in SOME WOMEN, which has a number of references to Charlotte’s Web. I love it because my closest friends are like family to me. They inspire me every day.

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An engrossing and thought provoking novel that examines the intricacies of marriage, friendship, and the power of unexpected connections…

Annabel Ford has everything under control, devoting her time to her twin five-year-old boys and to keeping her household running seamlessly. So when her husband of a decade announces that he’s leaving her, without warning, she’s blindsided. And suddenly her world begins to unravel.

Single mother Piper Whitley has always done her best to balance it all—raising her daughter Fern by herself and advancing her career as a crime reporter. Only now that she’s finally met the man of her dreams, Fern’s absentee father arrives on the scene and throws everything into a tailspin.

Married to the heir of a thriving media conglomerate, Mackenzie Mead has many reasons to count her blessings. But with an imperious mother-in-law—who’s also her boss—and a husband with whom she can no longer seem to connect, something has to give.

On the surface, these three women may not have much in common. Yet when their lives are thrust together and unlikely friendships are formed—at a time when they all need someone to lean on—Annabel, Piper, and Mackenzie band together to help each other navigate their new realities.

Available at Amazon/Barnes and Nobles/BAM

In My Fuzzy Neighborhood

Author Lola Jaye

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood today is author Lola Jaye. She is part of HarperCollins and has penned four novels and a self-help book.

Lola was born and raised in London, England and has lived briefly in Nigeria. She has a Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Psychotherapy and Counseling. As well as releasing books in the United States and the UK Lola’s novels have also been translated into several languages including Korean, German and Serbian. In 2014 she contributed to the sequel of the bestseller ‘Lean In’ penned by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and has also written for The Huffington Post, CNN, Essence and Marie Claire.

Lola currently lives in Atlanta, USA where she works as a Writing Coach and Editor. She is also working on her new book and a YA novel under a pseudonym.

Visit her online at www.lolajaye.com, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lola-Jaye/103442203048#, https://twitter.com/lolajaye, Instagram: ellejwrites or drop her a note at lola@lolajaye.com

Let’s get to know a little more about Lola Jaye:

FF: Can you tell us 4 words that describe your writing style?

LF: Emotive, ironic, witty and real

FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.

LF: Now I live in Atlanta my routine has changed. I try to write in various coffee shops in the city but tend to spend most of my time in one particular café where they brew a mean mango green tea! I have a particular seat at the back and the staff are generally surprised if I order something other than my ‘usual.’ I am a creature of habit.

I get a few hours of writing in before lunch and get back to it afterwards. I find writing a little more difficult after lunch (food coma!) so the bulk of my work is done in the morning.

FF: Why do you write books?

LF: That’s like asking me, ‘Why do you breathe?’ I have to. I need to.

FF: What genre do you write in? Why do you believe this genre chose you?

LF: My early books are written in the women’s commercial fiction genre. However, I just write what I want to read and what I hope everyone should want to read. I am ‘secretly’ writing a Young Adult novel under a pseudonym. I’ve been bursting to get this story out for many years and feel the time is NOW. I’d want to read this story and I’m hoping others will too!

FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.

LF: A fully contained multicoloured beach house overlooking calm turquoise waters and containing; a mini transparent fridge stacked with 1950’s style Coke in a bottle; WiFi’s that only switches on once a day; a really good ergonomic chair; and a number for a restaurant that delivers a great kale salad and chicken wings. This place of course exists entirely in my head.

FF: Tell us about your current book.

LF: My current book is still being formulated on the computer screen so I can’t tell you much about that, only it’s a lot darker than my previous novels. This wasn’t something I planned. I simply allowed my mind and fingers to do its thing. Developed a character I liked the sound of and take her through a journey I myself would never want to take. It involves people trafficking and lots more of the ‘fun’ stuff humans like to think is okay to inflict onto others.

FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?

LF: Answering emails is a great way to show appreciation. However it can take time to respond, especially if you are in the middle of writing a book and promoting it. But readers are so important to the process. They take the time out to read the stuff that comes out of our heads. They use their money to download or buy a physical book, trusting that you will entertain, move or transform them in some way. I still get thrills when I receive an email referencing a book I wrote many years ago. Hearing that I have managed to touch someone living 5,000 miles away is actually priceless.

FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?

LF: Lolita Files. I read her early novels many years ago and whilst I was unpublished she (and many others) inspired my own journey. She is AWESOME. She’s now a fancy scriptwriter in Hollywood and I’m still waiting for her next novel. Perhaps if I promise to write half of it with her, she may get on with it. earth calling Lolita…

Fun Facts

FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?

LF: Flex my fingers!

FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?

LF: Atlanta! My new adopted home.

FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?

LF: Coke-but only from a 1950’s style glass bottle. This is an obsession.

FF: Are you a early bird or night owl?

LF: Both

Getting Serious

FF: What advice would you give your younger self?

LF: Enjoy the moment.

FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?

LF: More sleep.

FF: What is your motto for life and career?

LF: There are a few. Never give up. Keep going. Trust in your abilities and if you are spiritual, trust in God. Know that we all have a purpose on this earth. The purpose of one person might be to touch the loves of a million people, whilst yours might be to touch just one person. Never underestimate what your contribution, big or small, can lead to. Never, ever compare yourself to others-simply be in competition with the woman/man staring back at you in the mirror.

FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?

LF: Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

“Don’t let success go to your head and failure to your heart.” – Will Smith

To purchase copies of Lola Jaye’s current titles click the image or visit her author page, click here

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood

Author Pamela Fagan Hutchins

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood today is author Pamela Fagan Hutchins. Pamela writes overly long emails, the best-selling, award-winning What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery series (WINNER USA Best Book Award, Fiction: Cross Genre) and hilarious nonfiction. She is a recovering attorney and investigator who resides deep in the heart of S/Nowheresville, WY and TX with her household hunks—husband Eric and one-eyed Boston terrier Petey. Pamela has a passion for great writing and smart authorpreneurship as well as taking long walks, experimenting with her Keurig, and traveling in the Bookmobile.  Follow Pamela at http://eepurl.com/lq-bP and get her exclusive free e-book Puppalicious and Beyond. Visit her at http://pamelafaganhutchins.com (where you can discover which of her novels she’s currently offering for free download) or drop her a note at pamela at pamelafaganhutchins dot com. And if you would like her to visit your book club, women’s group, writer’s group, or library, all you have to do is ask.

Let’s get know a little more about Pamela Fagan Hutchins:

FF: Can you tell us 4 words that describe your writing style?

PFH: Suspenseful, romantic, funny, smart-women (ok, that’s 5 words, but does it bust it back down to four that I hyphenated??)

FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.

PFH: I brainstorm my books with my story partner, Eric. He’s also my husband, and pretty darn cute. Because I write a series with a revolving cast of butt-kicking female protagonists, continuity is important. We generally  storyboard three books for protagonists, each one before I start writing her. Then I record my first drafts while walking, driving, or trying not to nap. They take me one to two months. Then I do a comprehensive rewrite, send it to alpha critiquers. After their feedback, I send it to a developmental editor. After hers, I send the final version to a copyeditor. Only it’s not final yet! I send it to a host of beta proofreaders. After it’s released, I still correct any errors readers find, the same day I learn of them. #Ihateerrors

FF: Why do you write books?

PFH: Because I’m a little obsessive-compulsive, and it’s my thing. I can’t help it. ❤

FF: What genre do you write in? Why do you believe this genre chose you?

PFH: I write romantic mysteries because I read to escape into pure enjoyment that takes me out of my own life and makes me feel good at the same time as it raises my pulse rate a little. When I sit down to write, I write what I enjoy reading, in the hope that I give readers the same experience.

FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.

PFH: OUTSIDE. 65 degrees. Light cloud clover. No snakes. Flowers and a view.

FF: Tell us about your current book.

PFH: Hell to Pay (#7 in the What Doesn’t Kill You series) is a romantic mystery about 30-year old Emily—a rodeo queen-turned-paralegal—who needs to hear two things: the words “I love you” from her criminal attorney fiancé/boss Jack and “You’re approved to adopt Betsy” from the state of Texas. But when an adult novelty store owner falls into a coma before he can defend himself on charges he murdered a cross dresser, Emily is torn between her work for the increasingly secretive Jack and her quest to discredit religious zealots who are trying to adopt six-year old Betsy out from under her.

Hell to Pay is the third book featuring Emily. You can get the first Emily novel free in ebook form anywhere online. Links are at http://pamelafaganhutchins.com/publications/fiction

FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?

PFH: Leave reviews online. Amazon preferably, because they hold 70% of the market. Goodreads and/or iBooks secondarily. Be honest and fair, keep it simple and short, and help other readers find their next great read.

FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?

PFH: Oh my goodness, I’m such a loner, this is a hard one. I’d like to write a modern-day Lonesome Dove with Larry McMurtry, I think.

Fun Facts

FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?

PFH: EAT. I am always terrified no one will show up, and feeding my fears works for me. 😉

FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?

PFH: Oh man, I’ve had events in over 100-cities already. I had a blast in Chattanooga and Savannah. I loved Orange County, Atlanta. Boulder and San Francisco were awesome. Kansas City and St. Louis were surprisingly good. I think New Orleans would be a great place, and one I’ve never had an event in, and Maui, to give me an excuse to visit Hawaii. I haven’t had (or don’t have scheduled) an event in Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware, Michigan, or North Dakota, so any of those would be great too!

FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?

PFH: I love cherry limeades, homemade. If you’re ever at my place, I’ll make you one. That or a homemade fiery ginger beer.

FF: Are you a early bird or night owl?

PFH: Both! I never sleep. But I do my best work at night.

Getting Serious

FF: What advice would you give your younger self?

PFH: Follow your heart. If Britney Spears can make it as a singer, you can, too.

FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?

PFH: I’d quit biting my fingernails, again. It drives my husband crazy. Seriously, I’d make our youngest daughter not have anaphylaxis. It scares me daily. She’s 19 now, but I’m still afraid of losing her, every day.

FF: What is your motto for life and career?

PFH: Good girls seldom make history!

FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?

PFH: If not me, who? If not now, when?

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