Friday, October 10, 2014

Charity Omnibus E-book due Nov 27 Q&A with the authors here

No more updates til January so readers who wish to read this Q&Awith the many authors who donated stories to this omnibus can visit here and do so.
Meantime....Here is all you need to know....
The three original charity anthologies:
Something To Take On The Ride, Something For The Journey and Something To Take On The Trip ( The last book is not only twice as big as the first two books but has stories by world renowned authors....Kevin J Anderson, David Gerrold and Ron McLarty)  are due to be bundled into one easy to read omnibus November 27  2014. 
* 100 percent of the proceeds from this omnibus go to charity
(http://www.grandappeal.org.uk/ the UK's Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeals)
* There are one hundred flash fiction pieces ( the three  guest authors stories are a bit longer)
* Many, many, many  different genres. Something in here for everyone.
* Easily available on kindle, iPads and phones with apps.
A few updates can be found on the face book page

It would help us out if you could pass the word to your friends who might be interested.


Something To Read Charity Anthology Omnibus


 
 

This omnibus is an excellent collection of short stories suitable for all adult readers from 18 – 80, this book covers a large range of subjects, from space travel to zombies, romance, humour and tragedy, and from unusual occurrences to every day situations. Stories were donated by a wide variety of authors from around the world, all with very different styles, so there is plenty for everybody.

 

We are pleased to announce the book includes stories contributed by three writers of note and they are….

Kevin J. Anderson is a science fiction author with many bestsellers to his credit and is best known as the co-author (along with Brian Herbert) of the Dune prequels. He has also written many original works including the Saga of the Seven Suns and most recently the Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. series. He lives with his wife, author Rebecca Moesta in Colorado and his story contribution here is called Controlled Experiments.

David Gerrold is best known as the writer of the beloved classic Star Trek episode, The Trouble With Tribbles. He is also the author of the novel, The Man Who Folded Himself, the popular Star Wolf book series, the Chtorr Invasion as well as the novelette, The Martian Child, which won both the Hugo and Nebula awards and was made into a film starring John Cusack. Very prolific, he continues to write new material and those books and story collections can be found on kindle.  His story contribution here is called A Wish For Smish.

Ron McLarty is multi talented. He is a character actor who has many appearances to his credit and can be seen most recently on Person Of Interest and the film, St. Vincent with Bill Murray.   He is also a popular audio book narrator who narrates many authors of note including Stephen King, David Baldacci, Anne Rice and others. In the literary world Ron is best known for his novel, The Memory of Running, as well as most recently, The Dropper. His story contribution here is Large Animal /Small Animal. and Peregrine Comes To OJO. 

Thanks so very much guys!

If you enjoyed what you read, please let us know.

Stella Wilkinson swilkinson@gmail.com  

Frank Zubek frank.zubek@yahoo.com

The omnibus includes stories from all three original books in the three book series.  

Something To Take On The Trip  Book 3 ( of 3)

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Take note that book 3 includes stories contributed by noted authors:

Kevin J Anderson (The Dune series), David Gerrold (The Trouble With Tribbles) and Ron McLarty (The Memory Of Running) 

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Contributing Authors:

Kevin J. Anderson, Aditi Bathia, Graham Brand, Donald R. Broyles, Cora Buhlert, Neil Bursnoll, Jamie Campbell, Michael Carmella, T.L. Champion, Helen Cho, Samuel Clements, J. David Core, Cate Dean, Stephen Drivick, Dan Fiorella, Erin Garlock, David Gerrold, Edward M. Grant, Sheila Guthrie, Jamie Horyski, Mary Kincaid, Paul B. Kohler, Paul Levinson, Kevin A. Lyons, Kelly Lytle, Ron McLarty, John L. Monk, Lindy Moone, E. Percy Muove, Debadatta Pati, Dario Solera, H.S. Stone, Joe Tannian, Vincent Trigili, Karen Tucker, Rich Walls, Stella Wilkinson, Richard Wolanski and Frank Zubek. 


 Something For The Journey  Book 2 of 3
Contributing
Authors:

Dario Solera, Neil Bursnoll, T.L. Champion, Kathy Molyneaux, RJ Kennett, Peter Cawdron, Jamie Campbell, Sarah Dalton, Vincent Trigili, Cora Buhlert, Paul B. Kohler, Stephen Drivick, Stacy Claflin, Al Stevens, Sheila Guthrie, Dan Fiorella, Pru Moran, Paul Levinson, Melanie Nilles, James Griffiths, Seun Odukoya, V. A. Jeffrey, Frank Zubek and Stella Wilkinson.
 
Something To Take On The Ride Book 1 of 3

Contributing Authors:
Neil Bursnoll, Samuel Clements, Andrew Vu, Amanda Brice, Stella Wilkinson, Neil Sweetman, L.G. Castillo, Landon Porter, Debbie Bennett, Frank Zubek, Pru Moran, Louis Hessey-Antell, Dan Brady, J. David Core, Monica La Porta, Paul B. Kohler, Dan Fiorella, Ruth Banda-Banda, Penny Darling, James Griffiths and Pauline Drummie

 

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A 41 page length bonus for readers interested in learning more……

I asked a number of the authors some questions and many of them were kind enough to share answers…..

Please note the Q&A was NOT in the books nor are they in the omnibus.

They are a bonus feature for curious readers and are exclusive to this web page and my blog. All copyrights apply and you really should ask permission from the authors to reprint.

Q and A with Kevin Anderson, Author of Controlled Experiments

Where do you live and what’s the day job?

I live in the mountains of Colorado, and writing is my day job. All aspects of writing, publishing, promotion, book signings, public speaking.

What inspired this story? 

A long time ago, a friend and fellow author spread a meme around, wanted to know how many writers could come up with a story that had the opening line “There were rats in the soufflĂ© again.”  It inspired some odd tales, and I took the challenge that I wanted to do a pulse-pounding action tale.  I think it worked.

How long have you been writing?

Since I was five years old. Never wanted to do anything else.

What are you working on next?

A lot of things simultaneously.  A graphic novel series based on my CLOCKWORK ANGELS steam punk novel, a big space opera The Saga of Shadows, and my Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series.

Can people visit your web page or blog?

kjablog.com

 www.wordfirepress.com  

on Twitter @TheKJA  

Facebook “Official Kevin J. Anderson Page"

Can people contact you? 

Through any of the places above. 

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Q and A with Ron McLarty, author of Large Animal/ Small Animal and Peregrine Comes To OJO

What inspired this story?

(Large Animal/Small Animal) A Veterinarian I knew in Montclair, NJ


 
How long have you been writing?

40 plus years


What are you working on next?  

2 novels in works and 1 completed (MISLAID)
 
Can people visit your web-page or blog?

 www.ronmclarty.com


 
Can people contact you? ronmclarty@earthlink.net

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Q and A with Vincent Trigili

Where do you live and whats the day job?

I live in Virgina, USA, and I work as an Enterprise Architect for Liberty University. 

What inspired this story?
As with all of my stories they always start with a character. This time I
 was remembering the old cyberpunk days when you had swords and blasters side by side. I want to try my hand at that, and I wanted to get back to what I write best - optimistic character driven Sci Fi. I also have been reading a lot of strong female main characters lately (on purpose, I want to get better at writing female characters) and wanted to try one. The extreme shortness of this format (at least to me, I normally write 100 times more material than what I sent in to this anthology) provided a good test ground for that.  

How long have you been writing?
That depends on what you mean by writing. My first novel was self published three years ago. My first published work was poetry in the early 90's,  and I wrote my first short story as a class project in 1988 or 89. Before that I had written many stories, but never shared them with anyone. I would just say I have been telling stories my entire life, and leave it at that. 


What are you working on next?
I have almost completed the rough draft my sixth full length novel, Spectra's Gambit. I hope to have that out before summer. After that I am considering writing an episode for the Fog Land production
 (http://www.fogland.net/but I am not sure yet. I do want to get my seventh novel out for Christmas, but right now that looks like a bit of a dream rather than a goal. :)  

Can people visit your webpage or blog?
Yes, please do. See my answers to the next question...


Can people contact you?
I am fairly easy to reach:
http://www.losttalesofpower.com , and vistors to that site can leave comments right on the site, or use the contact form to email me directly. I personally read every email I get, even if I do not get a chance to reply (though I always try to reply). 

On Twitter you can follow my personal account, @VincentTrigili, or if you want just updates on my books you can follow @LostTales

I also have a Facebook author page:  https://www.facebook.com/VincentTrigili 

I can also be found lurking in random forums and blogs around the world. 


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Q and A with Frank Zubek, author of The Vet and What Ever Happened To Annie Garrett?

What inspired this story?

The Vet: I’m a vet myself and have always felt bad about the guys and gals who return home from peacetime and war and in many cases, get abandoned. Not everybody of course but there are still far too many incidents. These people interrupted their lives for their country and now a number of them are lost.

And the story What Ever Happened To Annie Garrett? sprang from my love of dozens of characters I have read over the years. A reader falls in love with characters and sometimes, after finishing a book or story, they sometimes wonder where that character is and if they moved on from the problem they had in that book. Of course, any good story needs a little drama so I had the reader herself run into some unexpected trouble... 

How long have you been writing?

Since 1999.

What are you working on next?

A new Nick Crowell novella. He is a cop who encounters people in his district who are having life changing phenomenon happening to them. The twist of the whole series is that this is kind of forced on Crowell, who is just trying to do his job and every few months someone comes up to him asking for help for an impossible situation. He has no idea how to help them though he does try but it weighs on him that he can’t help them all.

Can people visit your web page or blog?

www.frankzubek.net/ or www.whatbrickwall.blogspot.com/

Can people contact you ?

Frank.zubek@yahoo.com 

Twitter as well @frankzubek 


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Q&A for Lindy Moone

Where do you live and what's the day job?

West coast of Turkey. I write and edit full time.

What inspired this story?

Early childhood memories of family dinners with war news coverage.

How long have you been writing?

20 years, but only started publishing in 2012.

What are you working on next?

Writing the title story for and editing For Whom the Bell Trolls, a charity anthology about all kinds of trolls. 

Can people visit your web page or blog?

Website: Literary Subversions lindymoone.com 


Blog: Belly-up! lindymoone.wordpress.com

Can people contact you?

Yes, through the blog and the website, or by email: lindymoone@live.com


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Q and A for Cora Buhlert

Where do you live and what’s the day job?
My name is Cora Buhlert and I live in Bremen in North Germany, well known to fairytale fans as the setting for the Brother Grimm's famous story "The Bremen Town Musicians" and Wilhelm Hauff's somewhat less famous tale of the "Seven Lazy Men". Both tales have left their mark on the city and you can find statues of the characters all over town.
As for my day job, I'm a freelance translator and translate technical and legal documents for the shipbuilding, automobile, aerospace, environmental protection and offshore wind power industry
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What inspired this story?
What happens to the narrator of "Refusal of the Call" actually happened to me – well, except for the portal to another dimension part. But I actually did find a necklace with a red glass pendant in a little used handbag and couldn't recall either buying or owning it. I suspect I must have bought it at a street market on a whim, stuffed it into the handbag and simply forgot about it. My mystery necklace isn't actually magical, though.
The title is a reference to The Hero with the Thousand Faces by Joseph
Campbell. One of the stages of Campbell's hero's journey is called "refusal of the call", which is basically the point where the hero (or less commonly heroine) has received his call to adventure, but is still hesitant whether to accept it. Of course, the hero in a Campbellian hero's journey story always accepts the call to adventure in the end, because otherwise there wouldn't be a story. Nonetheless, it got me thinking what would happen if the chosen hero or heroine actually did refuse the call, because they can't be bothered. And so "Refusal of the Call" was born.

How long have you been writing?
I have been telling stories for as long as I can recall. Sometime in my teens, I started to write them down, first in German and then in English. However, I didn't get serious about writing until I took a creative writing class during my second semester at university.

What are you working on next?
Currently going through editing is The Great Fraud, the fifth installment in the Silencer series, which is my homage to the great pulp heroes of the 1930s and 1940s like the Shadow, the Spider and Doc Savage. In this story, the Silencer has a disagreement with a merchant selling borderline fraudulent novelty products such as X-Ray specs. You know, the sort of thing that was once (and maybe still is) advertised in comic books.
I'm also doing rewrites on "Troll Dating", my story for Lindy Moone's anthology For Whom the Bell Trolls.
Also coming soon are History Lesson and Debts to Pay, two new stories in my Shattered Empire space opera series.

Can people visit your web-page or blog?
Of course, they can. My personal website and blog may be found at http://corabuhlert.com where I blather about writing, reading, TV, pop culture, speculative fiction and anything else that comes to mind. My publisher website and blog is at http://pegasus-pulp.com 

Can people contact you?
Of course. They can contact me at cora@corabuhlert.com or follow me on Twitter under @CoraBuhlert (I promise, I don't just tweet about my books all the time). I love hearing from my readers.


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 Q and A with Edward M Grant 

Where do you live and what's the day job?
I was born in the UK, but moved to Canada nearly ten years ago. By day,
I build and support satellite ground stations around the world.

  What inspired this story?
I wrote an early version of 'Twilight Raid' years ago. It was nearly
Halloween, and I was wondering what people might be afraid of in a
future where genetic engineering made the creatures of fantasy and
horror a regular sight on the streets. I pretty much completely rewrote

it for this anthology, but the idea remains the same.

 How long have you been writing?
As long as I remember. The oldest story I have on my computer is one I
wrote when I was nine, which would be over thirty years ago. From the
late 90s to late 2000s I was writing movie scripts rather than books,
and only began doing so again a couple of years ago.

 What are you working on next?
I'm trying to finish 'Horror Movie', a novel I began on a business trip
back in 2010. Hopefully I'll release it in the next two or three months.

 Can people visit your web page or blog?
It's at www.edwardmgrant.com.

 Can people contact you?
Easiest option is to post a comment on the blog.

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Q and A with Paul Levinson

Where do you live and what’s the day job?

I live a few miles north of New York City, and am a professor of communication and media studies at Fordham University

What inspired this story?

I've always looked to nature for all kinds of cures for our illnesses, minor and grave.

How long have you been writing?

To me, writing is so natural that it feels as if I've been writing ever since I was speaking.  In truth, I've probably been writing since I was in my first grade class, or about 6 years old.

What are you working on next?

The sequel to Unburning Alexandria, which is the sequel to The Plot to Save Socrates, both of which feature Sierra Waters.   Both are time travel stories, so anything is possible.  And also my fourth Phil D'Amato novel - after The Silk Code, The Consciousness Plague, and The Pixel Eye.   He's a forensic detective in New York City, with a knack for getting involved in the strangest cases.

Can people visit your web-page or blog?


Can people contact you?

Yes - I'm @PaulLev on Twitter


The Pixel Eye 
has just been published -  "a thoroughly enjoyable book, extremely readable, and brave" - SF Weekly

 

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Q and A with JD CORE


Where do you live and what’s the day job?

I live in a little town called Toronto, Ohio on the banks of the mighty Ohio River. The area features heavily in most of my writings.

What inspired this story?

This story, "The Not Wanting," was originally an idea that I had over thirty years ago. I re-wrote it specifically for use in this anthology. I have no recollection of what originally inspired it, but the original way i wrote the story involved a gimmick I've done away with in this version. Initially the story was written in three parts Each paragraph in a given part began with the same phrase. It seemed clever at the time. Now it just seems annoying.

How long have you been writing?

I began writing in High School. I've maintained it over the years as a sort of semi-pro hobby, although in the past year, i have begun focus on it much more intently.

What are you working on next?

I have a new non-fiction book that just came out, and a few weeks ago the second novel in my mystery series was released. i am in beta with the third novel in the series, and I am about to begin outlining an episodic story about a man who creates a new life for himself off the grid after faking his death. 

Can people visit your web page or blog?

Sure, here's the URL, http://lupamysteries.blogspot.com/

Can people contact you?

I can be contacted through my blog, or I can be found at Facebook and Twitter. https://www.facebook.com/Lupaschwartzmysteries andhttps://twitter.com/gamutman

 

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Q&A for More Than A Feeling and A Change of Heart by Cate Dean


1 Where do you live and what's the day job?

I live in Loomis, CA, in the foothills just above Sacramento. My day job - which is a done deal by the end of this year - is with the State Library. I work with public libraries and federal grants. Stimulating stuff. ;)

2  What inspired this story?

More Than A Feeling is a prequel to my series The Claire Wiche Chronicles. The main characters have been friends for a while in the first book, and I thought it would be fun for readers to find out how they met.

A Change of Heart is another prequel, to my time travel novella Choices. It shows how John Wolf, one of the main characters in that story, becomes the person Maura meets when she falls into his world.

I thoroughly enjoyed being able to create a bit of backstory for both of them.


3  How long have you been writing?

I've been writing since first grade. ;) Serious writing - the last seven years.

4  What are you working on next?

I'm about to release the first book in my romantic suspense series, Love in Time. It involves time travel, action, and romance, of course - all set against the background of England's rich history. I'm very excited about it!

5  Can people visit your web page or blog?

They sure can! Right here: http://catedeanwrites.com


6  Can people contact you? 

Absolutely. There are a couple of ways to contact me on my website.

Thank you for having me! It was a blast writing such a short piece of fiction, and for such a worthy cause.
-- 

Cate Dean ~ Paranormal Author

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Q and A with Neil Bursnoll

Where do you live and what’s the day job?

I live in North Oxfordshire in the UK. By day I work on HTML (the code that webpages are made from) projects for an Email Service Provider called Adestra. Due to my experience with this I've been able to modify my personal website to suit my needs.

What inspired this story?

About eleven or twelve years ago I owned a collection of Grim Reaper statues, one of which used to sit at the end of my bed. The story is based on a nightmare I had where this figure was the focal point. I have tweaked it a bit, but the general fright from that night is in the story.

How long have you been writing?

Since I was 5 or 6. I used to write heavily in my teens, sporadically in my twenties and I've picked it up again now that I'm in my thirties. I published for the first time in April 2013 and I've kept pushing since.

What are you working on next?

The second Augustus Baltazar novel is very close to completion. I am still editing my NaNoWriMo 2013 novel. I've also been working on numerous short stories, however Augustus Baltazar 3 is likely to be the next big project.

Can people visit your webpage or blog?

You can find both at http://www.bourbonicafro.co.uk/

Can people contact you?

Of course! I can be found on Twitter (https://twitter.com/NeilBursnoll), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheNeilBursnoll), Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7077006.Neil_Bursnoll) and Google + (https://plus.google.com/106602018706460118075?rel=author). Hassle me at any of those sites if you'd like to know more about my work or just get to know me better.

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Q and A with Paul B Kohler

1 Who are you? Hi. I’m Paul, and I’m an Indie Author. I have written dozens of short stories, some of them published. I have written a few novels, and am working through getting more published there as well.

2 Where do you live and what's the day job?  When not writing, Paul is hard at work in the field of architecture. He has been in the field of design since 1992, and loves what he does. He lives with his wife and daughter in Littleton, Colorado, where he was born and raised.

3  What inspired this story? The name of my story is Alone. The premise to the story is how a lonely person copes with the feelings of being alone. Not only in his life, but in his world. It’s just a glimpse of his day, really.

4  How long have you been writing?

I began writing in 1998, shortly after the birth of my daughter. My first short story, Amy, was written in November of that year, but went unpublished until November of 2013. That was when I found the courage to publish. Despite the fifteen year lag, I’ve written many unpublished works throughout the years. Linear Shift, Part 1 (September/2013) was my first published story, and was the kick off to his four part serial novel. Part 2 followed up in December of 2013, and Part 3 is planned for a May/2014 release.

4  What are you working on next? I have a few things in the works. First off, I am working on the third installment of my Linear Shift series. It is due out in May. Beyond that, I have a number of follow-up pieces to Borrowed Souls and Recoil that will hopefully satisfy my fans.

6  Can people visit your web page or blog? Yes, please. I have a website (http://paul-kohler.net) as well as an author page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/paul.b.kohler.author) and on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/PaulKohler)

7        Can people contact you? You bet. I enjoy fan interaction, and all of my contact info can be found on any of the above sites.

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Q and A with Aditi Bathia (Surprise, Surprise!)

1 Where do you live and what's the day job?

I stay in Mumbai, India and have been born and brought up here. I work in the field of Market Research, which lets me understand the consumers and people in general so much better than I would have otherwise.

2  What inspired this story? 

I came across a discussion on an online forum around how ignorance is bliss. The discussions actually made me think whether it actually stands true, and that was what eventually led to this story.

3  How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for a few years now, but mostly just in a journal or on my blog. This is my first publication and I hope there will be lots more in the future.

4  What are you working on next?

I will be working on a fiction novel that I started just recently. It is a fun-adventurous story and I am excited to see how it turns out.

5  Can people visit your web page or blog?

Yes, most definitely: http://mindspeakadi.blogspot.in/


6  Can people contact you? 

I can be contacted through my blog or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aditi.bathia or simply email me at aditi.h.bathia@gmail.com

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Q and A with Graham Brand (Recall)

Where do you live and what's the day job?

I'm a Londoner who moved up to the Yorkshire Dales seven years ago. I've been a metallurgist, actor and musician in the past, but for the last fifteen years or so I've been an Information Systems consultant and project manager.

What inspired this story? 

I can't really remember. When I saw the request for short contributions for the anthology I scanned down my 'Ideas list' - which tend to be single sentences slapped down when they occur to me - and this one stood out as being ideal for fitting to the flash fiction word count.

How long have you been writing?

Back in the late 70s, in my last year at school, I was determined to get published, and wrote a somewhat embarrassing letter to Asimov's SF Magazine, which had just launched. Life then rather got in the way...

About two years ago I resolved to take my writing more seriously, but the intensity of my IT work has meant this has happened in fits and starts. I'm getting there though, and hopefully I can keep up the momentum that I've had over the last month or so.

What are you working on next?

Apart from a handful of short SF stories, I've reworked some classic Indian Folk Tales, which I'm hoping we can illustrate and publish, possibly associated with the storytelling organisation my wife and I run, Settle Stories.

Can people visit your web page or blog?

That's another thing I've just got started! Yes, it's at crosstimers.com.

Can people contact you?

Please do, I'd love to hear from you. You can leave comments directly on the blog, or contact me through a form there. I'm rubbish at Twitter, but @crosstimers will get to me.


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Q and A with Sheila Guthrie

1 Where do you live and what's the day job?

I live in North Carolina, where I was born and have lived most of my life. My day job is writing, though I’m trying to fit some other artistic stuff in there.

2  What inspired this story? I was browsing at my favorite idea store... Seriously, though, when I first read about the anthology, I got a vague idea for some sort of time travel story, and let that work around in my head for a while. Ideas come from so many things, sometimes mere snippets that I see on TV or the Internet, or from something I read, like the newpaper. And sometimes they arrive out of thin air.

3  How long have you been writing?Since I was around nine, and I realized that people wrote books for a living. It seemed like the best thing ever. I never had the confidence to try to get published before, but decided in 2011 that I wasn’t getting any younger, and if I wanted to be a “real writer” I’d better get busy.

4  What are you working on next?I’ve got several projects in the works, including a rewrite of my first novel and the completion of the second in the series, a science fiction novel about the first humans to colonize another planet, and the zombie novel that insists it needs to be written soon. There are also several shorter works flitting around my brain that I hope to get to in between the books.

5  Can people visit your web page or blog?

Sure! I blog at newsfromsheilasworld.blogspot.com. I have a placeholder web site at http://theguthriepress.weebly.com/

6  Can people contact you?


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Something For The Journey (Book 2 of 3)  Q&A

 
 

Q&A with T.L. Champion Author of Armed and Dangerous

Where do you live and what’s the day job?
I live in Cleveland, Ohio and I am a freelance copywriter and writing coach
What inspired this story?
I wanted to add a humorous story to the book, since that is what I've been producing lately with my new book Earth-Shattering [Story] Climaxes ... for writers who want to go all the way. (Now on Amazon.)
How long have you been writing?
Fifteen years.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a romance novel called How to Seduce a Woman. Do you see a theme? The book is highlighted in Earth-Shattering [Story] Climaxes ... for writers who want to go all the way.

 
Can people visit your web-page or blog?
Yes. The Earth-Shattering [Story] Climaxes book is here:
www.amazon.com/author/t.l.champion
My web site is here:
 
Can people contact you?
Yes. T.L. Champion
E: TL@Champion-Studios.com   /  P: (216) 521-3186
 
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Q&A with Dario Solera, author of Us & Them 
 Where do you live and what’s the day job?
I live in Milan, Italy, and I am a technical/team leader at an Italian web hosting and cloud computing company.

 What inspired this story?
Despite my very best attempts at understanding it, I'm afraid what inspired me is deeply locked inside my brain. I just woke up one morning with the opening scenes of "Us & Them" already clear in my mind, which is very unusual for me. I wrote the bulk of this story on my smartphone while commuting.

 How long have you been writing?
I loved writing since school, and wrote nonfiction ever since, both for work and for myself, on a number of topics mostly related to technology. I figured I could at least try, so I started experimenting with fiction in 2010, with mixed results. "Us & Them" was my first work of fiction that got published to the world. I tend to be slighlty obsessed with detail, so going public is hard...

What are you working on next?
I keep writing short stories as a way to practice on fiction, but I'm working on a novel-sized sequel to "Us & Them". It will take some time to complete, in the meantime I will probably release some shorter works.

 Can people visit your web-page or blog?
Yes, I blog at http://dariosolera.it

 Can people contact you?
Yes, feel free to drop me a line on Twitter at @DarioSolera
 - did you know that I got involved to this fantastic opportunity via Twitter?
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Q&A with Paul Levinson Author of TRansfer of Power

Where do you live and what’s the day job? 
I live a few miles north of New York City, and am a professor of communication and media studies at Fordham University


What inspired this story? 
As soon as I saw that photograph of JFK shaking Clinton's hand, it cried out to me for treatment in a story.   There was something magical captured in that moment.


How long have you been writing? 
To me, writing is so natural that it feels as if I've been writing since I was speaking.  In truth, I've probably been writing since I was in my first grade class, or about 6 years old.


What are you working on next? 
The sequel to Unburning Alexandria, which is the sequel to The Plot to Save Socrates, both of which feature Sierra Waters.   They're both time travel novels, so anything is possible.
Can people visit your web-page or blog?
Can people contact you?
Yes - I'm @PaulLev on Twitter

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Q&A with Neil Bursnoll, author of Diamond

 

Where do you live and what’s the day job?

I live in a town called Bicester, not far from Oxford in the United Kingdom. My day job is working on HTML emails for an Email Service Provider called Adestra. It comes in handy when tinkering with my own website.
 
What inspired this story?
I was touched by how dedicated my grandparents were to one another as they both started to suffer ill health in their later years, even when my nan started to suffer from dementia. It goes to show how a long lasting relationship can be so strong after all of those years.
 
 
How long have you been writing?
Since I was in primary school, but it took me until I was 32 to finally be published.
 
What are you working on next?
I'm currently editing my second Augustus Baltazar novel, and after that's finished I'll edit my NaNoWriMo novel. I haven't made a decision about what to do after those two.
 
 
Can people visit your web-page or blog?
My website and blog can be found at http://www.bourbonicafro.co.uk/

Can people contact you?
Indeed they can. I can be found on Twitter (https://twitter.com/NeilBursnoll)
 or via my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheNeilBursnoll).
 
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Q&A with Vincent Trigili, author of The Faceless Ones

Where do you live and what’s the day job?
I live in Virgina, USA, and I work as an enterprise architect for Liberty University. 
 
What inspired this story?
 I was explaining how to write character driven stories to an inspiring writer during a walk at lunch. I told him, "You start with a character, let's call him Carl, and then you put him in a situation, say he goes into a restaurant on his birthday, and then you watch what he does." That night when I got home and saw a new request by Stella looking for short stories I decided to write Carl's story. The story grew organically from there. 


How long have you been writing?
That depends on what you mean by writing. My first novel was self published three years ago. My first published work was poetry in the early 90's,  and I wrote my first short story as a class project in 1988 or 89. Before that I had written many stories, but never shared them with anyone. I would just say I have been telling stories my entire life, and leave it at that. 
 
 
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on volume six in my Lost Tales of Power series of novels. It is called "Spectra's Gambit," and I hope to have it finished by the middle of 2014. I also am considering writing some more short stories, like the one I did for the anthology, that I will distribute via my website and email list. 
 
Can people visit your web-page or blog?
Yes, please do. 
 
Can people contact you?

I am fairly easy to reach:My blog for my work as an author is http://www.losttalesofpower.com , and vistors to that site can leave comments right on the site, or use the contact form to email me directly. I personally read every email I get, even if I do not get a chance to reply (though I always try to reply). 
On Twitter you can follow my personal account, @VincentTrigili, or if you want just updates on my books you can follow @LostTales


I also have a Facebook author page: 


I can also be found lurking in random forums and blogs around the world. 


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Q&A with Frank Zubek, author of Curbside and Carrie’s Gift

 
Where do you live and what’s the day job?
I live in Ohio and I work retail. When not sleeping my passion is writing.
 
What inspired this story?
I actually have two stories in the book. For Carrie’s Gift I was thinking of the struggles many single mothers face trying to raise children and holding down a job while hoping to improve their situations- those who might need to.
Curbside was a story idea without a story for a long time. It began with an image of a depressed widow, tired of the daily grind, who had taken the trash to the curb and in a grim moment of dark humor, she decided to just sit on the curb and let the trash man take her away from her problems.
Then, the garbage man would actually show up and question her about it while trying to get on with his day. That’s where I got stuck with the story ( no proper ending at the time), so I let it sit.
 
Then, as with many stories, the solution popped in my head this month. I thought up a depressed man who had lost his job and, like the woman in the original idea, takes the trash out and then just sits there waiting for the garbage man, though not really planning beyond that moment.
 Then I thought that the trash man he encounters might be an empathetic kind of guy- perhaps in the wrong profession, but in the right place on this particular day- and they begin to talk. And that’s how that story unfolded in my mind. I hope everyone enjoys it.
 
 
How long have you been writing?
Since 1999.
 
What are you working on next?
I have a fantasy novel I want to complete for 2015 and I am prepping a sequel to my novella, A Strange Life, which is planned to be the continuing story of the kindly Cleveland Detective, Nick Crowell, who encounters people with other worldly, strange problems that disrupt their lives.
 
Can people visit your web-page or blog?
 
Can people contact you?
Sure. Always happy to get fan mail.
 
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Q&A with Cora Buhlert, author of Bad Deal
Where do you live and what’s the day job? 
I live in Bremen in North Germany, well known to fairytale fans as the setting for the Brother Grimm's famous story "The Bremen Town Musicians" and Wilhelm Hauff's somewhat less famous tale of the "Seven Lazy Men". Both tales have left their mark on the city and you can find statues of the characters all over town.
As for my job, I have not one but two day jobs. First of all, I work as what would be called an adjunct professor in the US at the University of Vechta in North Germany, where I teach two pedagogics and teaching methods graduate classes to aspiring English teachers. In my other day job, I work as a freelance translator for technical and legal documents.
 

What inspired this story? 

Bad Deal was actually inspired by my day job as a translator. One of the best things about the job, aside from being able to set my own hours, is that you meet all sorts of interesting people. And one of them really was an inventor of miracle solutions to everything, including supposed cures for deadly diseases. Of course, I changed the details for the story, because it's bad form to badmouth customers, even if you suspect them to be snake oil salesmen.
 
How long have you been writing? 
I have been telling stories for as long as I can recall. Sometime in my teens, I started to write them down, though I didn't get serious about writing until my second semester at university. 
 
What are you working on next? 
I actually have a book launch before the holidays. The story is called Elevator of Doom and is the fourth instalment in the Silencer series. The Silencer series is my homage to the great pulp heroes of the 1930s and 1940s like the Shadow, the Spider and Doc Savage. In this story, the Silencer catches a burglar, gets into a fight to the death in a falling elevator and rescues a kitten.
Next up is Debts to Pay, a new novella in my Shattered Empire series of space opera science fiction, which I hope will be finished early in 2014. 
Can people visit your web-page or blog? 
Of course, they can. My personal website and blog may be found at http://corabuhlert.com where I blather about writing, reading, TV, pop culture and anything else that comes to mind. My publisher website and blog is at
Can people contact you? 
Of course. They can contact me at cora@corabuhlert.com  I love hearing from my readers.
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Q&A with Melanie Nilles, author of Half The Battle
Where do you live and whats the day job?
I’m a stay-at-home mom. My job is more than "full-time writer". Actually, I write part-time around all the other things that need to be done in a day.
 
What inspired the story?
-Half the Battle is an autobiographical account of my horse bucking me off for the first time since I've had him. It happened in early November 2013 and I, luckily, didn't bear any injuries from it. It could have been a LOT worse. We've been through health issues between summer of 2012 and fall of 2013 that are finally resolved, or at least managed successfully. His exuberance the day he bucked me off was a mixed blessing. While he shouldn't be doing that with a rider on his back,  I'm happy that he feels good every day now.
 
How long have you been writing?
-I've been writing for over twenty years but have only been published in the last five.
 
What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm re-editing a fantasy series and then I will be starting writing on a new series.
 
Can people visit your web page or blog?
-My website is www.melanienilles.com  and the blog is www.melanienilles.com/blog.
 
Can people contact you?
-I have a contact form on the website for that purpose. On it, people can also sign up to receive new release notifications.

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Q&A with Jamie Campbell, author of the stories,
The Stolen Satchel and The Life of Hermon Von Scmit

Where do you live and what’s the day job?  
I live in the sunny Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia. I'm a chartered accountant by day, and lost in writing by night.
 
What inspired this story?
 
I love the fact that when you meet someone, they have a whole back story to their lives that you might never know about. My story is telling one person's tale.
 
How long have you been writing?
Always, however professionally for about six years.
 
What are you working on next? 
I'm currently work on a series for Young Adults called Star Kissed. It follows a young woman as she falls in love with a singer in the world's biggest boy band.
 
 
Can people visit your web-page or blog? 
They sure can, just go to http://www.jamiecampbell.com.au
 
Can people contact you? 
Email is best at
Q&A with Stacy Claflin, author of The Orders
 
Where do you live and what’s the day job?
I live in Washington state and run a preschool from my home while also homeschooling my kids and writing in the early morning.
 
 
What inspired this story?
It's something that's mentioned throughout my Transformed series, but never in any real detail. I wanted to explore it a little more, and ended up with a short story!
 
How long have you been writing?
I started writing fiction when I was about nine years old. I chapter stories from then until I was in college. I started writing again in April of 2012 and published later that year.
 
What are you working on next?
I'm working on several projects, all in different stages. I just finished the fourth book of the series that goes with my short story, and I also just started writing a brand new series.
 
Can people visit your web-page or blog?
 
Can people contact you?
Definitely. I have a contact form on my site. 

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 Q&A with Al Stevens, author of Hidden In The Closet

Where do you live and what’s the day job?
I live in Florida on the Space Coast. I’m a retired author of computer programming books and work nights as an entertainer and jazz musician.
 
 
What inspired this story?
The “old witch’s house” near where my wife grew up and a series of short stories I am writing based on the adventures of two boys in the 1950s in rural Virginia.

How long have you been writing?
I started writing articles for magazines beginning in the early 1970s and published my first book in 1986.

What are you working on next?
The fourth in a series about a soft-boiled detective who isn’t all that tough and short of handsome.

Can people visit your web-page or blog?

 
My blog is mostly neglected these days.
http://www.alstevens.blogspot.com/

Can people contact you?
Yes. Through the contact link on my webpage. I visit face book but do not actively use it to promote my work. I guess a search on my name will find me


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Q&A with Dan Fiorella, author of 

The House Without A Pumpkin Tree
Where do you live and what’s the day job?
Well, I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.  Not because it’s top secret or super sensitive, it’s just embarrassing.
What inspired this story?
I just remember those old Hallmark specials from TV.  They did a couple with a gangly young girl and her gruff father for Christmas and Easter and Thanksgiving.  But they never did one for Halloween.  That needed to be addressed.  And mocked. 
How long have you been writing?
Honestly?  As far back as I can remember.  I wrote skits for school projects and student assemblies.  I did comics goofing on our job that I’d pass around.  It was in college that I joined the humor magazine that I really started to hone in on prose. 
What are you working on next?
Well, a Halloween tale oddly enough…a kid, his dream Halloween costume and some of the wacky things that happen to him as he prepares for his favorite holiday. 
Can people visit your web-page or blog? If they DARE!!!!!  No, it’s cool: www.DanFiorella.com.  I have a blog there as well.  It’s amusing.
Daf118@aol.com.  Anyway, that’s what my spam filter says.

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 Q&A with RJ Kennett, author of  Personal Hell
Where do you live and what’s the day job?  
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I lived in Denver, Colorado for 13 years and have lived for short periods in Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas, Lubbock, Texas and Norman, Oklahoma. Presently I am back in my home city of Houston. I've held a variety of jobs, from small-time political consultant, to being the Marketing and IT Manager for a construction products company. Presently, I am working in retail while I establish my writing career.
 
What inspired this story? 
I've always been a history buff, and the American Civil War has always been one of the periods that intrigued me. I wrote "Personal Hell" as an exercise in a writing class in college. It was the only story of mine that my instructor hated, saying it was too artsy with the first person, present-tense. I argued that it wouldn't work any other way, but I still got a C on it. But I liked it, and felt the story deserved to see the light of day. Years later, I rewrote it in the form you see today. I still get a chill down my spine when I read it. Most everyone else seems to like it as well, so it goes to show what the instructor's opinion was worth.
 
How long have you been writing? 
I went through phases of writing short stories when I was growing up. When adulthood hit, I stopped to pursue other things, like money, for all the good that did me. I've only recently settled down to write again, about a year ago. I feel like I'm rediscovering a part of me that I'd left behind. For some authors, writing is a compulsion. I enjoy it when I get into it, but sometimes have to force myself to sit at the keyboard.
 
What are you working on next? 
"Central Outbreak Response: Genesis" is available on Amazon now, at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E09HY5Q    but I'm working on the second book in the COR trilogy, "Central Outbreak Response: Exodus", which should be available in early 2014. The COR trilogy is a tale of the zombie apocalypse, and has been warmly received by most who have discovered it.
 
Can people visit your web-page or blog? 
Of course! By my hit count, they don't - but they can.
 
Can people contact you?
 
I can be reached through the contact form on my website, or through Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/richard.j.kennett  I accept friend requests from pretty much anyone who appears to be a genuine human being, and have formed online friendships with some of my readers as a result. It's a real kick to meet someone because they read and enjoyed my work!
 
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Q&A with Stella Wilkinson, editor of this anthology and author of the stories,
A Ghost Story? and Friday Night.
Where do you live and what’s the day job?
I live in Somerset in the South West of the UK, we call it the Orchard of England, famous for cider, perry, and Cheddar Cheese. I was made redundant when I had my child, he's still little, so I'm staying at home for a bit. At least it's given me a chance to write, I was just too knackered when I worked full time to finish a novel as well

What inspired this story?
I have two stories in the anthology, both written years ago for short story competitions that I never got around to actually entering. It seemed pointless to leave them on my hard drive doing nothing though, which is why I created the anthology. I figured that there must be loads of other authors with a few shorts sitting around, and if we put them all together then we could use them to do something good for charity and they wouldn't be wasted. I was so pleased by the response.
How long have you been writing?
Since I could hold a pencil. My parents still have up some of my earliest poetry, it's pretty dire. But I first published about 6 months ago. I now have 6 books out, including the Trilogy Edition of The Flirting Games 1 - 3, and of course The Charity Anthology : Something to Read on the Ride.

What are you working on next?
I have a novelette available on Amazon that I penned for Halloween called Halloween Magic & Mayhem. I got so much good feedback that I'm now writing a sequel, it's called Werewolf Magic & Mayhem and I hope to have it published before Christmas.

Can people visit your web-page or blog?
Yes, I have a facebook page as Stella Wilkinson Author.  Twitter: @fantasyscribble, and a blog, though it's mainly geared to teenage girls who read my Flirting Games Series: http://flirtinggames.blogspot.co.uk/
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Q&A with Dan Fiorella, author of the story, "A Guys Story"
Where do you live and what’s the day job?
Staten Island, NY.  I’m presently serving 9-5 at a brokerage house in lower Manhattan .

What inspired this story?
I’m a commuter and you see the little dramas that go on between people on the ride to and from work.  I wondered what would happen with one of those “meet-cutes”

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing from grade school—skits for assembly, stories for the jr. high school paper, etc.  It was in high school that I started seriously considering it as something to do.

What are you working on next?
I’ve got a World War II screenplay I’m finishing up, a comedy inspired by some true historical events I learned about years ago.  Sort of a “Schindler's List” meets “The Producers.”  I’m in the process of putting together a third novella featuring my detective character, Nick Flebber.  What I thought was a one & done detective story has turned into a series!

Can people visit your web-page or blog?

Sure!  If they want…www.DanFiorella.com
Can people contact you?
Daf118@aol.com


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Q&A  Paul B. Kohler, author of "Amy"


 Where do you live and what’s the day job?
 I am an architect by day and secret agent by night!  Ok, not really.  I am an architect by profession, and have been since 1992.
What inspired this story? 
I wrote this story when my daughter was just shy of 2 years old.  She was beyond curious, and I tried to capture her innocence as best as I could.
How long have you been writing? 
 I started writing around 1998.  I t has been mostly therapeutic though, as I have only recently started to take my writing seriously.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I am finishing up with Linear Shift, Part 2.  Part 1 to that serialized novel came out in September, and Part 2 looks to go live around early December.
Can people visit your web-page or blog? 
 Oh yes please!  I love to have followers on my website. It is at www.paul-kohler.net.  It would be great if you could stop by and say Howdy!
Can people contact you?  
Sure thing! My email address is: info@paul-kohler.net
 
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Q&A with J. David Core, author of “A Routine Sunday”

Where do you live and what’s the day job?
I live in the fabulous small-town community of Toronto, Ohio – a city of just over 5000 on the Ohio River adjacent to the Northern West Virginia panhandle. I’ve been a portrait photographer, a cook, an assistant to the editor at a local magazine and a guide at a haunted house in my time, but I am currently working at a national toy store chain while I try to get a website start-up to help independent published writers like myself find their audiences off the ground.
 
 What inspired this story?
I’ve been working on a series of mystery novels for nearly a dozen years. Those stories are all told in the first person, but I have always wanted to explore the motivations of one of the characters, and I felt this was the perfect opportunity to do that. So this is the first story in the series not told in the first person voice.
 How long have you been writing?
I began writing in High school. I tried my hand at poetry, plays, short stories, and actually wrote my first novel in my senior year way back in 1980. My father was an avid reader, and my grandfather and brother have always had the reputation of raconteurs. Unfortunately, I have a condition known as cluttering which interferes with my ability to tell the stories I have in my mind. Writing allows me the luxury of outlining, rearranging my thoughts, and editing. My first mystery novel and a few novellas are available through Amazon for the Kindle and Barnes & Nobel for the Nook. My mystery novel is also available in print.
 What are you working on next?
I am currently re-writing my second novel in my mystery series. I wrote it about ten years ago, and lost it on a crashed computer. All of my backup discs were also corrupted, so I’ve been putting it off. Now, however, I’m ready to move forward with it, so I’m outlining it all from scratch in preparation for NaNoWriMo. I’m hoping to have the first draft of the rewrite finished by the first of December.
 Can people visit your web-page or blog?
Absolutely. My blog is http://lupamysteries.blogspot.com/ and my facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Lupaschwartzmysteries. While visiting the blog, don’t forget to sign up for the mailing list.
 Can people contact you?
My email is available on the blog, and I always welcome comments as well. And of course if anyone likes the facebook page, I’m always glad to get IMs from a fan.
 
 
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Q&A with Monica La Porta, author of "The Centennial Grape"

Where do you live and what’s the day job? 
I live in Washington State. I moved here from Italy thirteen years ago. I write full time, therefore my house is a mess.
 What inspired this story?
As a reader, my first love was science fiction. As a writer, sometimes I like to travel far, far away to distant galaxies and exotic cultures. While I was writing The Centennial Grape, I was listening to evocative music, and the short reflects the moody atmosphere of that song. 
 How long have you been writing?
I have been writing all my life, but only five years ago I decided to give this craft a serious chance. What are you working on next?
I am working on a fantasy novel. Can people visit your web-page or blog?
Absolutely! http://monicalaporta.com/  



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Q&A with Debbie Bennett, author of "Ten To Nine"
Where do you live and what’s the day job?

I live in Cheshire, UK – which at present is wet and windy. We’re on the edge of a village overlooking the valley with a 20 mile view on a clear day. It’s beautiful in summer but as we move towards winter, the wind and rain will blow in from the west and it sometimes sounds like somebody is throwing buckets of gravel at the windows …
I work for the police. It’s not far from home and I love the job. I get to play with computer systems and data. I’m the one who manages the software that enables other people to provide the statistics you see on television, when they tell you that crime is falling and x% of people have been victims of whatever …. I’m a civilian right now, but I’ve been operational at the sharp end of law enforcement too.

What inspired this story? 

This particular short story Ten To Nine was originally written for a crime competition, where the theme – I think – was “time”. It’s a countdown, if you read it carefully, and I was also trying to be clever in making the length of each paragraph decrease as the story progresses. I don’t know if it works, but I had fun doing it!

How long have you been writing?
All my life. Since the age of about eight when my classmates would hand in a page of story and I’d hand in ten pages. Or when I wrote really bad plays with a friend which we rehearsed in Girl Guides! Or the cardboard characters I created in a thriller I wrote aged fifteen, when there were no young adult books around to read (not after Nancy Drew, anyway) so I thought I ought to write my own! I’ve sold short stories to magazines and anthologies and I have several novels out.
  What are you working on next?
I’m about to launch my third psychological thriller, which concludes the story of my eighteen year old character Michael. It’s a trilogy but each book can be read independently. Now I’m not sure whether to finish a fantasy novel I started writing many years ago, carry on with a young adult fantasy series, or write another thriller.

Can people visit your web-page or blog?
www.debbiebennett.co.uk where I witter on about mostly irrelevant stuff. All comments welcome although they do get moderated to weed out the spam. I also blog once a month at www.authorselectric.co.uk.

Can people contact you?
My email, facebook and twitter details are all on my website.

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 Q&A with Sam Clements
author of The Agency Chef

Where do you live and what’s the day job?
I live in Bristol, England, and I'm a full time Chef. It's probably worth saying that our hours are beyond regular day time, I often work 70 - 80 hrs a week. That's why it's taking me so f'ing long to write this book.

What inspired this story?
The story in the anthology is an extract from the book I'm writing about all my experiences in the industry. It's a kind of memoir. You meet some 'interesting' people in this job! It's very aptly named: Forked Up!
How long have you been writing?
I've been making notes on my experiences for about ten years now. I didnt consider it as a book, more as a tragic diary of bad experiences until my wife read it and laughed her ass off.

What are you working on next?
Still working on Forked Up, it's taking forever with the day, night and weekend hours I work, but I've made promises that it will be out February 2014, so I guess I have a deadline


Can people visit your web-page or blog?
I wish I had time for that.  I tweet, it's something I can do in my two minute break between prep and service. @bristolfoodie


Q&A  with Frank Zubek, author of the stories,
"Brief Encounter On The 75" and "Last Day"

Where do you live and what’s the day job?
Greater Cleveland and I work in retail. The rest of my time is taken up writing and a few hours of sleep.

What inspired this story?
Stella suggested for people to submit a story they had hanging around on their hard drive.I didn't have any so I decided to think up a new story exclusive for the anthology, which is geared toward people  who travel to and from work on buses or subways.  I was also a bit worried that we wouldn't have enough submissions to fill a book so I offered to think up two and  she said okay. So my two stories take place on a bus.

How long have you been writing?
1999.
What are you working on next?
 I seem to have run out of ideas for contemporary fiction so I'm switching to fantasy.I have a few adventures that are perfect for a novel. 

Can people visit your web-page or blog?

 Of course! www.frankzubek.net/  is the web page and the blog is   www.whatbrickwall.blogspot.com/  

Can people contact you?
frank.zubek@yahoo.com
 
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