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Interview: Lynette Sofras

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am excited to introduce to you former teacher turned romantic suspense author Lynette Sofras.  I really enjoyed this interview.  I love that she gets past writers block by doing housework — that is exactly my strategy!  And, I find it incredibly romantic that she came up with her current release while in Greece taking a ferry boat from Patras to Ancon. Please enjoy as Lynette answers the questions you readers asked.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi Hallee, First of all thanks so much for inviting me to your wonderful blog. About me: well I’m a former Head of English who gave up teaching almost three years ago to focus on my writing and have never looked back since. I’ve loved reading and writing all my life and you could therefore say my lifelong dream has now come true.

Tell us about your current release.

I’m excited about In Loving Hate because it began a long time ago in my head but only recently saw the light of day. It’s a romantic suspense – here is the blurb:

How far will the rich and powerful go in order to achieve their goals? That is the question Lyssa must decide when she finds herself caught between two formidable adversaries: powerful business tycoon and shipping magnate, Alex Andrakis and close childhood friend, ‘Dynamic’ Nell Winters, brewery heiress and prolific businesswoman.

Following the failure of her marriage in Greece, Lyssa returns to her family home in London, to discover that her mother, a once-celebrated actress, is now facing crippling debts. When Lyssa begins to investigate these, she becomes embroiled in the intricate business dealings of Nell and her arch-rival Alex. Irresistibly drawn towards widower Alex and his unhappy young son, Lyssa begins to uncover some unexpected and disturbing facts.

The more involved she becomes, the more shocking are the discoveries she makes. The conflicts culminate in a frightening battle for survival as Lyssa finds herself the prime target between the possessive Nell and obsessive Alex. With her loyalties deeply divided, can Lyssa make the right choice for everyone concerned?

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Interview: Anna Brentwood

Welcome to Readers Write to Know!  I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance.  This week, I am SO happy to introduce to you author Anna Brentwood.  I LOVE Anna’s story to publication.  It is absolutely inspiring.  Her books sound amazing (and I have to tell you — her cover is brilliant).  I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did.  You can find links to connect with Anna at the end of the interview.

About Me:

I am a bookworm and avid reader so writing was a natural evolution for me. An active professional member of Willamette Writers, RWA and the Rose City Romance Writers, I was recognized as a writing PRO by Romance Writers of America in 2002. I began writing with the intent to be professional in 1996 after being lured to the Oregon wilderness by my desire to write and my former-Navy Seal husband and then two young children.

I grew up in West Philadelphia (which accounts for the accent & it is NOT New York or New Jersey-lol!) and graduated from Philadelphia’s, University of the Arts where I pursued a successful and versatile career in children’s book illustration, graphic arts, publications and public relations in Southern California before moving to Oregon.

My debut novel, ‘The Songbird with the Sapphire Eyes’ first began as a series of dreams that so haunted me they became a personal quest to explore possible past life memories. The journey was both eerie and exciting and the manuscript finaled and won second place in the Women’s Fiction category of the 2006 Tara Awards.

I am inspired to write about interesting characters whose lives take them on journeys we can all enjoy and perhaps learn something meaningful from and I am blessed to live on 45 wooded acres in one of Oregon’s enchanted forests. Our home contains an interesting array of Flapper and Prohibition memorabilia inspired by my obsession with the era, and I am busy gearing up for my next novel, a sequel to ‘The Songbird with Sapphire Eyes’ that will take readers on a journey through the 1940’s with Hannah’s son, wartime hero, playboy and New York mobster, Anthony Gallo.

About The Songbird With Sapphire Eyes:

Speakeasies. Gangsters. Flappers. In 1918, Kansas City is Sin City. Forced to leave home at age fourteen, beautiful Hannah Glidden struggles to survive but with help from her childhood friend, Meg, mistress to a wealthy married man and the irrepressible, flapper extraordinaire, Rosie she thrives as a cabaret singer.

The early 20’s roared. Fortunes were made or lost in a single night, and criminals mingled with kings. Neither the government nor Prohibition could stop the flow of alcohol or the lure of the “good life.” Handsome rum runner Johnny Gallo is part of New York’s large, growing criminal empire where the sky is the limit. The ruthless Gallo has a knack for knowing the right people, and a single-minded devotion to getting what he wants. And, he wants Hannah.

Hannah goes with Johnny to Al Capone’s Chicago and eventually to Brooklyn, New York. where she basks in the glamorous shadow world of gangsters and their gals. Johnny becomes a force to be reckoned with, but in time the free-spirited Hannah clashes with her controlling lover.

She faces the dark side of her dreams but dares to defy Johnny despite the dangers and unwittingly discovers that for her, dying just might be the only true path to freedom after all.

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Interview: K.R. Morrison

Welcome to Readers Write to Know!  I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance.  This week, I’m excited to introduce to you K.R. Morrison.  K.R.’s book, Be Not Afraid, sounds absolutely fascinating.  I read the first chapter on her blog, and was immediately intrigued by the concept of a Christian Horror novel, as well as her setting.  Plus, she’s in the Willamette  Valley, which is where my parents are from and is also one of my favorite places in the world, so that makes her extra cool to me.  Please enjoy her interview as much as I did.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Born and raised in California, I lived among friends and family for 30 years. Then I did what I previously deemed the unthinkable—I moved out of state. I had no intention of ever doing this, until the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 dislodged my comfort zone—along with the neighbors’ hot water heaters and toilets. Scary—but the worst thing was the series of aftershocks that did not stop until three months later. So here I am in Oregon, surrounded by volcanoes. Oh yes, much safer…and I should mention we are still parked over a major fault. Sigh.

I love it here, though. I am surrounded by beautiful scenery and wonderful people. My husband and I have raised two terrific kids, both adults now. Besides writing, which is something fairly recent, I love to walk (any weather), work in my yard, quilt, and go to the beach. I’ve just put my vegetable garden to bed for the winter, and I’m watching my cold-weather plants as they start to wake up. The Willamette Valley is a perfect place for year-round gardening. As long as you don’t mind working in the rain.

Tell us about your current release.

My one and only finished/published book is “Be Not Afraid”, which is a rather ironic title. I’ve had people tell me they had nightmares or couldn’t sleep after reading it. But then again, some have taken the faith-based components to heart and have had their own faith strengthened. This may be considered a “niche” book by a lot of people. It is horror, because demonic evil is that very thing, but it is also very inspiring because of the ending. There are elements to it that bring the reader back out of that chasm of evil and into the light, giving hope to those who read it. There are so many books out now that almost seem to give honor to the darkness—this book does not.

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Saturday Mornings

Saturday mornings are my quiet mornings.  Gregg and Kaylee typically sleep in – they’re the sleepers of the family.  The boys don’t really sleep in (5:30 this morning), but once they’re up and I feed them (the only morning of the week I give them cold cereal), I put in a full length feature film for them (Spider-Man 3 this morning), and spend the next 90-120 minutes surfing Pinterest uninterrupted.

Cold cereal and a television babysitter – I know — Mom of the Year Material.

This morning, however, was a bit different.  This morning I spent a good portion of that time answering fan mail!  I often get Hallee the Homemaker mail throughout the week, and try to answer it as it comes in (or as quickly as I can get to it).  But, this morning I cleaned out my spam mail in my Hallee Bridgeman, Author, email and had fan mail that had been sitting there!

What an encouraging, uplifting, exciting morning!  It makes me (almost) want to forgo that whole Pinterest break and catch another 90-120 minutes of writing time a week.

If you’ve read any of The Jewel Trilogy, I’d LOVE to hear from you!  I would also really love it if you would leave a review wherever you bought it (or on Goodreads).  Positive reviews help people find me.
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Interview: Carrie Pulkinen

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am happy to introduce to you paranormal author Carrie Pulkinen.  Carrie grew up next door to a cemetery, so the slide into authoring paranormal stories seemed like the natural thing to do.  Her current release mixes Scottish vampires with American werewolves, which just sounds fun.  I also love that she wrote out a story idea on a bunch of cocktail napkins.  I have been there and done that myself!  I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve always been fascinated with the paranormal. Of course, when you grow up next door to a cemetery, the dead (and the undead) are hard to ignore. Pair that with my passion for writing and my father’s insatiable love for monster movies, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an exciting story.

Tell us about your current release.

Reawakened is a paranormal romance with Scottish vampires and American werewolves. What more can a girl ask for?

Here’s a blurb:

Her magic has been reawakened. But will her heart let her follow her destiny?

Jules Hume lives in a world where magic is a myth and supernatural creatures are fiction. Or so she thinks. Her boyfriend Ian would have to disagree. When Jules discovers the man of her dreams is not only a vampire, but a vampire king who’s tasked with saving the world from a demon attack, life as she knows it ends. Can she accept her fate and take her place by Ian’s side as ruler of the paranormal world? Or will she close her mind and her heart to the chance at love and adventure?

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Interview: C.L. Ragsdale

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am pleased to introduce to you, Christian Cozy Mystery author C.L. Ragsdale.  I LOVE cozy mysteries, and C.L. delivers one that includes a “helpful” ghost.  Her books are quick, fun reads (her blog tagline is “Good Stories, Just Less Words”) that bring a supernatural mystery but also help share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  It’s nice to have another author on here who also embroiders and knits — I often worry that I’m splitting my creative side!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Well I guess I should warn you this is going to be short and not very interesting. Besides writing I love to embroider (which I am good at) and knit (which I am only fairly good at). I’m not married and I have no children, although nephews and nieces, and great-nephews and nieces (yes I am that old) makes up for it. My mother lives with me and I feel very blessed for that. I do not have impressive educational degrees, writing awards or what most would consider an interesting life. In other words, I’m boring. However, I do love to write and believe it is a ministry the Lord called me to do, and I wouldn’t change any of it unless of course God has other plans.

2.  Tell us about your current release.

My current release if Book Number 4 in my Christian Cozy Mystery Series called The Reboot Files entitled The Wrong Ghost.  This time Reboot ghost buster Irene Waters is off to picturesque Lake Morona to investigate rumors of the ghost of a vengeful female spirit haunting its shores. Pretty standard fare for Irene and her cameraman Troy Stenson except for few odd things. First they learn that their boss, Bernie Youngman, had previously passed on covering this particular ghostly tale. Now he has not only changed his mind about covering the story but has even insisted on coming along. Then they find that Reboot has competition for the story, and to Troy’s dismay it is his former employer who is the competition! Then there is the “ghost” who is just a little bit too cooperative, and it may not even be the right ghost. Of course there is a plethora of suspects, but motivations are not so clear. Worse still, the mysterious Records Department is lurking in the shadows planning who knows what. Well I do but that’s to be expected.

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