Monday, February 23, 2015

Blogging With a Sea Witch

This week Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome paranormal author M.D, Mascaro back for a second visit. This time she brings Marisa who will be talking about her life as a sea witch in “The Secret of the Sea Witch”.
Marisa, tell us a bit about yourself: All I ever wanted to do was to become a Sea Witch, like my mother. Although I was considered precocious, the truth is, after my mother was killed by a rogue shark I hid my loneliness and sorrow in books. I advanced quickly. Sharing classes with my older brothers was annoying at times but it got me into the Sea Witch program at a record early age. I was so excited when I was accepted into the Aquademy. Then things turned upside down before my first term was over. I had what walkers would call “panic attacks” and left the program. My mentor, Inanna the High Sea Witch, wasn’t pleased. Neither of us knew I was being drugged.
Tell us about the Aquademy. It is the most advanced educational institution in all of the mercolonies. Years of painstaking merfolk labor hand-carved it out of a blown out volcano in the Many Times. They created windows that let light in during the day, and our phosphorescent and bioluminescent lights out at night. The glow is very impressive against the iridescent volcanic rock. Even though it’s underwater, many of the rooms are air-filled through technomagic. One of the most notable airdomes is The Great Hall. When you spill into it you are faced with an amazing chamber of waterfalls, chutes, archways and canals. As impressive as the outside is, it would take me pages to describe the wonders on the inside!
What happened when you left? I went to teach mini-ones in my home colony. I had a state-of-the-art classroom with lantern fish lighting and delightful drawings on the walls. I wanted a quiet life. Then merfolk started disappearing. My father, Alcedo, is a politician who is often away so he was very concerned for my safety. After an incident in the mini-classroom, he made me return to the Aquademy so I could be under the watchful eyes of my brothers.
What incident? I’d rather not talk about it. It was terrible. I think I would have lost my job anyway if my father hadn’t made me leave.
What happened after that? When I returned to school, I was shocked to find out that my oldest brother Sail had disappeared! The rest of my story [in The Secret of the Sea Witch] is about the trials I had to go through – literally – to get in touch with my natural powers so I could save him and the others.
Knowing what you know now, if you had it to do over again, would do something different? I think I might have fought harder against the feelings that made me leave the Aquademy in the first place. But it all turned out well!
What is your biggest fear? After my mom’s attack, it was sharks. After my adventures, it’s lies.
What is your favorite book and why? Two books helped me very much – Sea Paths of Central America in the Aquademy Archives helped me reach my brother, and the tome I found at the end of my trials in the Ancient Athenaeum taught me the secrets I needed to know to walk on land.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Don’t eat mussels that make your tongue tingle; they have been poisoned with walker toxins.
There's not much to say after that interesting and unique interview. Let's give MD her turn at the plate. Which writer or character[s], from either books or movies, [or both] have had a major impact on your writing? I’m an avid snorkeler and only one painful ear shy of scuba certification. I love the ocean. I enjoy reading books on fish, diving, reef life and so on. The mermaids in the Disney version of Peter Pan left an everlasting impression on me as a child. I always wanted to be a mermaid.
With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? To find out more about mermaids I went to Weeki Wachee, a north Florida mermaid theme park. Then I booked a dream trip to Fiji on a 147 foot converted cargo ship. I was at sea for over a week and in the water much of the time. The dresser in my room had a little wooden border around the top to keep my things from rolling off – it was necessary. I snorkeled with white tipped reef sharks, saw an amazing array of soft corals, and was able to come up with several new ways of describing the ocean and its sea creatures. The trip left me wanting more mermaid life so I joined a community of professional mermaids – I’m one of the oldest wannabees - and now attend their conventions whenever possible.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. What is the turn-around time from date of query to date of release? This is the second book I have self-published with Amazon. I also designed the covers for both books although I outsourced the execution because I didn’t have the computer programs to realize my vision. My feelings about the process are very mixed. I feel a certain lack of control over my work with Amazon.
What's next for you? I’m moving between sequels and a new book in a completely different genre. The latter is a book called “Construction” and deals with a young female architect with a penchant for fixer-uppers - both in houses and men!

MD, thanks so much for bringing your unique imagination and experiences with merfolk to Wild Women Authors. We wish you much luck with this book and those in the future!
Kat and Veronica
To learn more about M.D. Mascaro and the stories she creates, go to:
http://mdmascaro.wix.com/mdmascaro
http://tinyurl.com/http-www-amazon-com-Brandy
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http://tinyurl.com/http-www-amazon-com-SeaWitch
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Featuring Katie O'Boyle

This week Wild Women Authors is pleased to have Katie O'Boyle, author of Finding the Way Back to Love, and male protagonist, Peter Shaughnessy visiting. Firs up is Peter.
Where are you from? Syracuse, NY, but I live in Tompkins Falls now.
Tell us a bit about Finding the Way Back To Love. Gwen and I fell in love while we were helping her niece, Haley, who was pregnant. Then, with no warning, everything fell apart for us. I didn’t think we could find our way back to love. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to.
What did you think the first time you saw Gwen Forrester? She was beautiful and classy, but I thought she was out of her mind. I mean, she was a psychologist working with addicts and alcoholics, and her office was miles from town. That looked like a disaster waiting to happen. 
What was your second thought? Then I realized she was a widow and hadn’t remarried even after 5 years. Something didn’t add up and I wanted to know what.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? No way! Sure, she was beautiful, but, like I said, something was off.
What do you like most about her? She’s really serious about helping people, and we are a good team. We found that out right away. And it wasn’t a surprise that we fit together in a lot of other ways.
How would you describe Gwen? When you ask me that, I picture her in that sexy, silver dress she wore to the Chief’s dinner. No one could take their eyes off her. But she’s more than a babe. She’s smart and tuned into people. A good cook, a good neighbor. She’s full of surprises. It never gets boring with Gwen.
How would Gwen describe you? Handsome and sexy, right? But, seriously, she likes it that I serve and protect the community. And she tells me I’m the one that’s level-headed. She’s right about that.
What made you choose law enforcement as a career? My dad was an alcoholic who couldn’t hold a job, and he was brutal to my mom and my sister and me. I always felt it was my job to protect them. After he died and I grew up some, I wanted to serve and protect the community, too.
What is your biggest fear? I got shot on the job when I was on the force in Syracuse, and that was the last straw for my wife at the time. I don’t ever want Gwen to be in that position. I’m hopeful it won’t happen again, now that I live in a smaller city and belong to the Tompkins Falls Police Department.
How do you relax? I run four miles after my shift every day, and I work out at the Y, but my all-time-favorite stress-buster is a hard game of basketball.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Walt Longmire. He always figures it out.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My old partner Hank Moran called me out as the son of an alcoholic and told me to get counseling for it. Until I did that, I had no chance of making it work with Gwen.
Thanks, Peter. Now it's Katie's turn at bat. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Nancy Meyer’s romantic movie, The Holiday, had a phenomenal cast: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, and Eli Wallach. Those superb actors showed the strength and importance of each of the characters. Watching their performances showed me that every character ought to bring something important that will impact the outcome, and every character, even a supporting character, ought to change in some way by interacting with the others. That, to me, makes for an absorbing, memorable, satisfying story.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? When I was in my twenties I wrote my first novel, and it was the story of a pregnant teen who sought the support of her favorite aunt. I had that unpublished book in mind when I started Finding the Way Back To Love. I enjoyed watching the new story take on a life of its own—much more complex and emotional than the first, and with a hot love story at its core.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I pitched to Debby Gilbert from Soul Mate Publishing at the Lilac City Rochester Writers’ conference “Write On!” in November 2012, and she asked for the full manuscript of book one of the Lakeside Porches series. She thought the story would give readers hope, and that response meant a great deal to me. She has since published all three (to date) of the books in the series.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’ve completed book four of Lakeside Porches, and I’m spinning off a cozy mystery series with the hero and heroine of that book.
What's up next for you? There are more Lakeside Porches stories to come! I’d like to write one romance novel and one cozy mystery each year, now that I’m retired from full-time work.
To learn more about Katie and her stories, go to:
Twitter: @TompkinsFalls

To purchase any of Katie's books go to: 
Amazon: Stepping Up To Love, http://tinyurl.com/qdhr8du
Coming Home To Love, http://tinyurl.com/ogxm2z8
Finding the Way Back To Love, http://tinyurl.com/n8n79gw

Thanks for this visit, Kate and Peter. Many good wishes for great sales and future works!
Kat and Veronica 






Thursday, February 12, 2015

Welcome Urban Fantasy Author L.G. O'Connor

For the next few days, author L.G. O’Connor will be visiting Wild Women Authors with protagonist Michael Swift. First, a bit about the second installment of L.G.'s adult Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance series, The Wanderer’s Children (The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles #2):
Martial arts expert, Michael Swift, has spent months running from his attraction to Sienna Sargent. Not only does she have an uncanny ability to push all of his personal hot buttons, but she’s the only woman who has ever skirted his considerable defenses. If he wants a future with her, he must confront his tormented past head-on, or risk losing her and destroying the future of the Angelorum.
Let's talk with Michael first. Where are you from? Chicago, but I moved to Brooklyn, New York in high school. New York is home for me now. I live in Park Slope.
Tell us a bit about The Wanderer’s Children. Well, the Angelorum Twelve Chronicles are really one story told in four parts. The story starts with Trinity Stones, when my friend and the Soul Seeker in my Trinity, Cara Collins, turns twenty-seven and inherits $50 million. But the inheritance is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, as Cara learns the truth. She’s been chosen to lead the final battle between Lucifer, his minions, and the Angelorum, in defense of mankind. She won’t find out why she’s inherited the money until the end of the series. Kudos to L.G., you can jump right into the second book without reading the first if you don’t mind a few spoilers. If you read the first book after the second, you can see all the hints L.G. left out like Handsel & Gretel breadcrumbs.

In the second book, The Wanderer’s Children, we find out that someone chosen by the Angelorum had secretly sired children to hide the bloodline, and those children are part of the Twelve. One of them is rock star, Brett King. Great guy. He’s a bit blown away when he finds out. Then again, we all were. We all had normal lives before this… Cara had a chance encounter with him in the last book. We finally meet Lucifer in this installment. He and two his Lieutenants, Achanelech and Escher Grant, take the next step in their big plan to thwart us. And then there’s all the hooking up. Cara’s like a walking Cupid.
What did you think the first time you saw Sienna? I wanted to throttle her within about 3o seconds. Let’s just say that we had a hate-hate relationship from the moment we laid eyes on each other.
What was your second thought? The same but worse.
So it wasn’t love at first sight then. When did it all change for you? You’ll have to read Trinity Stones to find out.
What do you like most about Sienna? She can come off a little strong and intimidating when you first meet her, but that’s just how she protects herself. Now I see that vulnerable side of her, and I understand why she’s Cara’s best friend. She’s got a generous heart. She’s smart, sexy, and she puts up with me. She can be pretty impulsive too sometimes, but that works for me probably as much as it works against me.
How would she describe you? Ha! Yeah. Depends. When we first met, she thought I had a major stick up my…ahembutt. She wouldn’t say that any more though. I think she’d say that I was a good partner, and that she appreciates my opinions, especially in business. She’s a fashion designer for Nico Alda and I used to model. I have a pretty decent eye for design, so she’s been consulting with me on her current collection.
What made you choose to own a dojo and become a martial arts instructor? And what about choosing to be a male model before that? I started modeling when I was sixteen. It was the best way to make good cash in high school and on breaks from college. But I’ve studied martial arts since I was really young. I knew it’s what I had to do with my life. Teach people how to defend themselves…
What is your biggest fear? Not going there, Kat.
Okay, got it. How do you relax? Sparring with Simon, Cara’s fiancĂ© and my former Trinity Guardian. It’s a great way for me to let off steam. That and… well, the other one involves Sienna.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Find forgiveness somewhere in your heart to let go of the past. It’s the only way you’ll ever be able to move on. My father told me that… after he died.
Thank you, Michael. We can see that talking about yourself is not one of your favorite things. Let's give L.G. A turn. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Great question. I’m drawn to books and movies that have strong paranormal or fantasy elements that also touch on the human condition and questions of faith and belief. Believe it or not, one of my favorite movies was Highlander, with Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert, which later became a TV series. In my world-building, I use the question of what happens when two people fall in love with different lifespans. It’s an interesting device for creating conflict. I’m an avid reader. Many of the adult and young-adult paranormal series released over the last seven years influenced my desire to write a series in the genre.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Two things: first, my experience with panic attacks as a teenager and into my twenties was the inspiration behind my protagonist, Cara’s, anxiety disorder; second, having at least one long standing relationship that can only be described as a soul connection.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? My first book was published by She Writes Press. I was part of the shewrites.com community and already working with one of their editors on my second novel. But with my second novel, I decided to micro-publish it under my own label, Collins-Young Publishing LLC.
What project[s] are you working on now? Gosh, too many things! I’m working on the prequel novella for the series, Hope’s Prelude, scheduled for release the first week of April. In addition, I’m writing the second novel in my Contemporary Romance series which has not yet been released. What I’m really excited about? I’m releasing a derivative “Adapted for Young Adults” version of my first book, Trinity Stones, on February 16th. I’m hoping to use this version in schools and getting the word out about anxiety disorders in teenagers.
This has been a lot of fun for us as urban fantasy is a genre we rarely have on our blog.
To Find & Follow L.G. O’Connor Online:
To purchase TRINITY STONES (The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles #1):  Indiebound | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Apple iTunes | Amazon |www.TrinityStones.com
For The WANDERER'S CHILDREN (The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles #2): Edelweiss | SmashwordsAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Apple iTunes | www.WanderersChildren.com




Monday, February 9, 2015

Welcome author Pamela Thibodeaux

Amber Harris is a good girl on the brink of womanhood. Stanley Morrison is a young man at the start of his life. For each other, they have always felt the fireworks that two people in love should feel. But the questions about his past, his pride, and Amber's father might be the end of what could be a strong relationship. As the two try to protect their budding romance, some unlikely but powerful forces conspire to keep them apart. Will they survive the wishes of everyone around them with their relationship intact?

This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author Pamela S Thibodeaux who brings Stanley Morrison the male protagonist from Tempered Fire, an inspirational romance from Temperance Publishing. Let's begin with Stanley.
Please tell us a bit about Tempered Fire. Book 3 in the ‘Tempered’ series, Tempered Fire is based on Proverbs 22:6: Train a child up in the way he should go and he shall not depart from it. Craig Harris (protagonist from Tempered Hearts) must learn the hardest lesson a devoted father: “...Let go and let God make of HIS children what HE will…”
What did you think the first time you saw Amber? How beautiful she was. That was after I noticed the horse she rode.
What was your second thought? That I was looking forward to my first (and last) year at Bandera High School.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Pretty close. She snagged my attention at the charity rodeo hosted by her father’s ranch over the summer and my heart [on] Homecoming eve.
What do you like most about Amber? Everything! I mean seriously, what’s not to like? She’s beautiful and has a generous heart, often instigating fundraisers and donation drives for the homeless and the hungry. She never seems to have a bad day. Always bright and cheerful she treats everyone with respect, making no preference between the rich, the poor, and the middle class.
How would you describe her? Although she is tall like her father and has his dark hair, Amber looks enough like her mother to pass as sisters, inheriting Tamera’s porcelain-like skin and brilliant sapphire eyes.
How would she describe you? I’m just shy of six feet tall with reddish brown hair and sky blue eyes.
What made you choose breeding and training horses for a career? I love horses and have been blessed with the gift of not only picking high quality horse flesh, but also the ability to communicate with them and train them to be gentle, loyal creatures.
What is your biggest fear, Stanley? That I could never measure up to the standards Craig Harris has set for the man he’d pick as a son in law. But then again, knowing Craig, no one else could either so I guess I’m lucky that he allowed me to remain in the same state as she.
How do you relax? I play guitar and sing.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? John Wayne is my favorite actor so just about any character he played could be considered a favorite.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My grandmother always told me to keep God first in everything and to honor Him and that He would bless the work of my hands and give me the dreams in my heart. I’m thinking that’s pretty good advice to live by.
Thank you, Stanley. Now for a word with Pamela.
What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? A romantic at heart, I believe in magic and miracles and happy ever after and absolutely LOVE a great read, song and/or movie.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. The entire Tempered series was contracted in 2005 through ComStar Media; books 1&2 were re-released by them that same year. Tempered Fire came the next year (2006). The books were already written so I guess it took about six months or so for editing, layout, & publication. When my contract expired for the series in 2011 I did some light editing, had new covers made and released them under my indy imprint, Temperance Publishing.
What are you currently reading? I am currently reading Surprised by Love a 3 book volume of historical romances published by Broadstreet Publishing, a division of Oak Tara.
What's up next for you? My novel Circles of Fate is in the final stages of editing/proofing before it is released. After that, I have 2 more stories in various stages of completion, 2 NF books in the works and a whole host of ideas waiting to be developed.
Wow, that's not a plate, we're talking platter. Or two. Thanks for visiting us this week and for bringing Stanley with you.

To learn more about Pamela S Thibodeaux and the stories he/she creates go to:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib
To purchase Tempered Fire, go to:
Amazon Print: http://bit.ly/Zwr3X2

Monday, February 2, 2015

Featuring an Unusual Hero

Strong-willed and independent, Alice Parker is certain she’s meant to be a schoolteacher. She accepts her first position in Pikes Run, ready to mold the minds of young children, but unprepared to deal with her attraction to Sheriff Conner Lonnigan. If the board finds out she’s tumbled into his embrace more than once, she will be fired. 
Sheriff Conner Lonnigan is in awe of Alice Parker. He falls for her almost immediately, but the demands at home forbid him from marrying. Conner’s duties as sheriff control his days, and his mother’s panic attacks control his nights. He doesn’t have the freedom to devote himself to Alice, but that can’t stop him from pursuing her anyway. 
Alice and Conner fight their love for each other, but the wants of the heart become too much to ignore. As they battle the demands of their jobs, the couple finds that ultimate fulfillment can only be found in each other’s arms.
This week Wild Women Authors welcomes two very special people to our blog: author Kara O'Neal and, you will see as you read on, an unusually sensitive hero, Conner Lonnigan from The Sheriff's Gift.
Where are you from, Conner? Pikes Run, Texas
Tell us a bit about The Sheriff's Gift, please. Falling in love wasn’t something I could afford. But I did it anyway. Pretty much the first time I laid eyes on Alice. She was our town’s schoolteacher and should’ve been way out of my reach. But, I won her over. After I stopped trying to fight it.
What did you think the first time you saw Alice? Think? I couldn’t think. That was the problem. I could only stare and lose myself in her brown eyes. When I finally got my head together, I knew from the start she was smart and a leader.
What a terrific answer. So . . . what was your second thought? That I was in for an interesting ride from Dallas.
Hah! Did you feel it was love at first sight? At the time I didn’t realize it was. I was awestruck by her. Looking back on it, I think the reason I couldn’t get my brain to work was because I’d fallen in love.
What do you like most about Alice? Her strength of character. She never wavers in her beliefs or convictions.
Nice One. How would you describe her? She’s, well…she’s like sunlight. Strong and true. Bright and honest. She gives life. And brings happiness to everyone she knows.
Awww. Do you have an older brother, perchance? Perhaps a young uncle? How would Alice describe you? Ah...well…I think she’d describe me as a protector. It’s what I do. What I’m good at. And she knows I’d give my life for her and our children.
Why did you choose to become a sheriff? I wanted to help people. Keep the peace. Make this world a safer place.
What is your biggest fear? Losing the people I love. As sheriff I deal with bad people, and while I shoulder the burden with the help of my wife, I’m not afraid to admit I’m scared of lettin’ a criminal get past me and hurtin’ one of my own.
How do you relax? I spend time with my family. Eatin’, fishin’, playin’ stick ball, it doesn’t matter as long as I am with them.
Who is your favorite fictional character? Sherlock Holmes. Can’t seem to get away from that investigative side of myself.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? If you do anything, do it well. To the best of my ability I try to live that way every day.
That was something. Now, for Kara: What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Anne of Green Gables is a major influence on me, as is Little Women, but these came early in my life. As an adult, I found Jane Austen and her novels are truly literary magic.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? It wasn’t an event. It was a person. My sister influenced the story. She is true to herself and others. And she calls a spade a spade. I’ve never known another person who can lead as well as she can. Or anyone who can quirk one eyebrow as high as she can.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Resplendence Publishing was accepting historicals that weren’t Regency. I write Westerns, so when I saw that they were looking for something different, I quickly submitted. It was the right decision. My editors have made me a better writer.
What project[s] are you working on now? I am currently working on the sixth book in the Pikes Run series. It’s called The Soldier’s Love.
What's up next for you? More Pikes Run! I love these characters and before long every main player will have his, or her, story.
To purchase The Sheriff's Gift, go to:

To learn more about Kara O'Neal and the stories she creates, go to:
Twitter: @KaraONealAuthor

Thanks for joining us this week and thanks to Kara O'Neal and Conner for visiting us! Kat and Veronica







Monday, January 26, 2015

Featuring M.D. Mascaro and Brandy and the Banshees!!

Without trying, Wild Women Authors seems to be expanding our genres and couldn't be more excited. Last week it was Civil War historicals; this week it's YA paranormals. Please welcome author Maria Mascaro, writing as M.D. Mascaro and Brandy from Brandy and the Banshees. Let us tell you, this one's a honey.
Brandy, tell us a bit about yourself. I’m a sophomore in high school and the lead singer in a band called “White Noise”. I put up with a lot of sexist crap as the only female in the band. The only reason I do is because, at fifteen, there aren’t too many opportunities to be in a garage band that’s headed out of the garage, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I have five fighting Irish brothers so I can handle myself quite well around the guys. The only thing I can’t seem to handle is all the paranormal crap that keeps going on around me. When I was fourteen a banshee appeared to me right before my mother died. A pale silver apparition on my window sill, she looked just as upset as I . My dad told me I had “the sight”. I wasn’t comfortable with that but I accepted it until the banshee's “evil twin” showed up at one of my gigs and tore the place apart. Then I found out my family was cursed! After that, well, let’s just say I’m not a fan of paranormal experiences.
We can see that reasoning, real well. Are you a rebel or a good girl?
A bit of both. I had to do a lot of things I didn’t want to do to help my family overcome the banshee’s curse. I lied, manipulated my boyfriend Farrell (he kinda deserved it), “borrowed” some of his money and my brother’s credit card, and ran away to Ireland. I knew it wasn’t right at the time, but I was desperate and didn’t see any other way. Oh, then there was that street fight with Farrell’s fling Lisa and the incident in the high school auditorium with her thuglettes. I guess you might say I’m feisty.
Sounds like it, but knowing what you know now, if you had it to do over again, would you do something different? Nope. I love my family and I’d do anything to save them. Well, maybe I wouldn’t have had those fights with Lisa and her thuglettes.
Thuglettes, a pants-wetter description for certain. So, what's your biggest fear? Uhhhhh….evil banshees, of course! Seriously, I guess, the real answer is losing my family. Losing my mom tore me apart; I’d like to keep the rest of us together as long as possible.
What is your favorite book and why? Well, it’s NOT Twilight or any of that deadly stuff I have to read for AP English. Seriously? It’s no wonder teen suicides are so high. Grapes of Wrath is DEPRESSING! I like reading books about art and history. I love Frank Delaney’s Ireland.
Tell us about the best advice you ever received. I’m one of the few rockers in a school full of gangsta wannabees. When I was a freshman I felt really out of place. I came in early to art class one day looking sullen and my teacher, Ms. Carozza, told me, “You are not invisible. Be seen, be heard, be proud.”
I dyed my hair a bright burgundy that very night.
Good for you! This has been cool, Brandy. Thanks for opening up to us. We'd like to chat for awhile with M.D. if you don't mind.
Which writer or character[s], from either books or movies, [or both] have had a major impact on your writing?
I loved Holly Black’s Tithe series. The dark urban settings mixed with fey mythology was a juxtaposition that intrigued me. Brandy’s life and world are very different but I wanted to explore that same juxtaposition of modern world clashing with ancient myth. As much as I enjoy reading YA fantasy, I must admit that I love to see the stories on the silver screen. I am greatly influenced by movies because I am a very visual person. I taught high school art. My students and their concerns greatly inspired me and kept me in touch with that part of myself that went through all the same youthful traumas and dramas. As an artist, I cannot approach writing any other way than cinematically. My writing runs as a movie in my head.
With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? I have no idea how the idea of writing about an Irish American teen popped into the head of an Italian American adult but I recall dabbling with a book on Irish myths at the time. After the idea was formed, my research started with more books on the subject and led to a trip to Ireland where I stayed at a youth hostel and did research in the National Library of Ireland in order to walk in my characters shoes. I wanted to be able to describe everything Brandy was feeling and experiencing in an authentic manner. A visit to Christ Church directly inspired one of the books most dramatic scenes.
Fascinating. And good for you! We can see where Brandy got her guts. Tell us a bit about your publisher. I self-published this book and have a few regrets about that. Amazon will never allow your book to “disappear” because of “aftermarket sales”. It will always show on their site as unavailable with all the attendant information about the book. They even had my Twitter feed up on my author page without my permission! It really made me feel out of control about my work, especially after a UK publisher I made an acquaintance with showed serious interest and had to pass because of this.
What are you reading right now? Mail…my Christmas bills are coming in droves….and aimlessly trying to plod through A Dance With Dragons for the third time.
Yep. Been there, done that. What's next for you? I’m moving between sequels and a new book in a completely different genre. The latter is called Construction and deals with a young female architect with a penchant for fixer-uppers - both in houses and men!
This has been a refreshing experience, MD. Thanks so much for visiting us this week. It's been a treat.
Kat and Veronica
To learn more about M.D. Mascaro and the stories she creates visit, go to:

http://mdmascaro.wix.com/mdmascaro
http://tinyurl.com/http-www-amazon-com-Brandy
http://tinyurl.com/http-www-amazon-com-Brandy-PB
http://tinyurl.com/http-www-amazon-com-SeaWitch
http://tinyurl.com/http-www-amazon-com-SeaWitch-P

Friday, January 23, 2015

Welcome back M.J. Schiller

Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back an old pal, MJ Schiller, author of a new sci-fi romance Lady of the Knight and Prince Megan. Welcome. Let's begin with Prince Megan (Maggie).
Where are you from? I am from the planet of Bethyea. Although it is almost deserted now, it was once a bright, peaceful place to live. Beautiful rolling hills and trees, creeks and meadows. It was idyllic when I was growing up. Now we have been overrun by slave traders and those who survived the raids have left one by one.
Tell us a bit about Lady of the Knight. It describes the many adventures Darius and I have had, then ultimately about how I had to make a choice: would I betray my husband in order to save him?
What did you think the first time you saw Darius? The first few seconds, I only felt his presence and tried to flee. When he tackled me and I twisted to stare up into his face, I was filled with this sense of calm. He just radiated serenity.
Interesting. And your second thought? That I should be running from this man. It was the dead of night and I was on the run some bad men. I ducked into Darius’ quarters, hoping they'd be empty.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? It was…something. Definitely something. There was this amazing connection, undeniable, and unchanged over the years.
What do you like most about him? His strength of character. He offers me the stability I’ve never really had. Even when times were good as a child, there was always tension and uneasiness. Perhaps I sensed what the future held, the awful time when our planet would be raided.
How would you describe Darius? Wise beyond his years. Loving, giving, warm.
Very nice. How would he describe you? Ha! Umm…flaky? No. He would never say that. That’s just how I feel sometimes in comparison to him. He would say I’m…what lightens him. What makes him happy. I hope.
Aww. What is your biggest fear? Being alone again. But I don’t think about that often.
How do you relax, Maggie? I like to do physical things, swim, workout, spar.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Trust your instincts. It has rarely failed me.
Great talking with you Maggie. Now let's chat for a bit with your creator, MJ. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? Well my sci-fi, like Lady of the Knight, is definitely influenced by the Star Wars saga, and those like it: Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers. I’ve also read a lot of books in this genre. As far as the craft of writing goes, On Writing by Stephen King has meant a great deal to me.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? There is a scene with a child who is struggling to fall asleep. Her single uncle doesn’t understand why her parents are ignoring her pleas for water and stories, etc. This is based on an incident with my niece, Maddie, and my brother, Patrick. I think it just makes things more real, and shows the depths of some relationships.
What made you decide to self publish? I was originally published with Crimson Romance but now I self-publish my work. I enjoy being part of the entire process, especially helping with the cover art design.
And all your covers are beauties; this one is a winner! What project[s] are you working on now? After this blog tour I plan on getting some serious editing done on my next contemporary romance, Blackout which centers around how a blackout brings two people together and how another rips them apart.
What's up next for you? Well, my triplets graduate in May and will be going away to college in the Fall. I think there is a whole lot of adjusting in store for me!
TRIPLETS??!!!! Yup, a lot of adjusting for you, pal. Yikes.

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To purchase Lady of the Knight, go to: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S0GEZNO