Winner 1: Ann Myers
Have you ever want to go back and change any parts of your book after it's published?
I’m a perfectionist so there’s always going to be something that I want to change but after three years, I would really love to go back to The Proposition and give Emma and Aidan some more time. Maybe show some more parts of their relationship instead of it kind of happening so fast. Just some more scenes of their relationship growing.
Winner 2: Sharon Courtney
If you could live the life, of one of your characters from your book for a month. Who would it be and why?
I would love to live the life of a lot of my characters but if I have to pick one it would be Abby Renard from Music of the Heart because in the shower and karaoke I think I can sing very well but the truth is I’m mediocre at best but I think it would be so amazing to get to travel the country, and the world entertaining audiences. She also has a cool life as a daughter of a Missionary so she has lived around the world. She has had some amazing life experiences and I think that would be pretty cool. And let’s face it to getting be married to a hottie like Jake Slater would be pretty awesome for a month. She got two amazing kids and she’s got an amazing life.
Winner 3: Jodi Ridgeway-Nichols
Who was your inspiration to be a writer?
If I have to say one person, it is Harper Lee of To Kill a Mockingbird. When I read it for the first time in 8th grade I did not go “gaga” over it like I am now but rereading it in college and when I taught it to my 8th graders something within me just opened up and I just aspire when I wrote my first novel, The Road to Damascus, it’s a literary fiction novel. I aspire to be Harper Lee. I wanted those beautiful lines of metaphors and similes and personification, and just beautiful figurative language someone could realign and touched by it. I always want to aspire to have diversity like she did, maybe there’s some kind of message within; a book to give someone hope. It’s Harper Lee. Hands down, without a doubt.
Winner 4: Michelle Surtees
Who is your all time favorite Harry Potter character? And if you could write one of the great classics what would it be?
That would be Harry without a doubt. I know it should it Hermione, right? Girl Power! But I feel a strong affinity with Harry. He’s an orphan, I’m an adult orphan. He has a great support system. Who doesn’t want to be a hero, right?
If I could rewrite a book, To Kill a Mockingbird could be on my list of books written, I’d be a happy camper. Just mwah!
Winner 5: Tina Lane
You are hosting a dinner party and your guests are 3 authors that inspired you to start writing. Who are they and why?
Just three? Can’t we have like this huge dinner party with one of those long tables that you see in movies? Ok. If I have to pick three , well duh, you probably know I’m gonna pick Harper Lee but that’s just to go without saying. The other two I would pick would be J.K. Rowling. Just like with Harry, I feel such a great affinity with J.K. Rowling with what she went through because losing her mother influenced her writing and I can totally say the same thing about me. She just had so many hardships but she just kept at it, kept going. It was a long journey for The Proposition to come out and to have success. There were many books before and many rejections and many hardships before.
The other author would have to be Shakespeare. I got to bring him back from the dead. Shakespeare has influenced my writing, my teaching. Even in his tragedies he can have humor, he can have light moments, there is romance and there’s just a lot of fabulous things that we still use today.
And if we can have someone just stop in for dessert let’s put throw in Stephen King. I’m not a great reader of his but his book On Writing changed my life. Writers, read On Writing!
Winner 6: Tia Blakey
Is there an author that you want to work with?
I find writer partnership as the most amazing thing in the world. As a control-freak only child person, I couldn’t ever really see myself of doing it. But if I had the opportunity I think sitting down with J.R. Ward would be amazing. I love Black Dagger Brotherhood. I love how well she writes men. I think it would be wonderful to get down and sit with her.
For young adult book, I would love to be as deep as Lori Henderson. I just think she’s amazing. And to write something so profound…I taught her novels to my students for a couple of years so to have that effect on young people would be really cool.
Winner 7: Karen Voitik
When you finished your first book, how did you decide which way to go with publishing (self vs. publisher)?
The first book I ever wrote was The Road to Damascus and I did approach the agents, publishers and that didn’t go very well. Then I wrote a young adult novel called The Guardians after reading Twilight and this time I actually got my materials requested. Then I wrote Don’t hate the Player which got me an agent, an almost book deal with Penguin (who I’m with now), but then it didn’t happen. Then my agent left the business, then I got another agent, I wrote Jules the Bounty Hunter, I got an agent again and I almost sold again and I didn’t, that was the summer of 2012. I was done, I just wanted someone to read my books and so I wrote the Proposition, put it out on Oct. 30th, and the rest is history.
Winner 8: Marie Chaney Jeffers
What is your genre of choice when you pick a book for your reading pleasure?
If you could see my office, there will be YA, non-fiction, books from when I was teaching; anthologies of great literature from American and British literature. I read everything pretty much. Lately, its probably going to be baby book, about baby developments since I’ve had a baby. I love to re-read books a lot of times. My go-to re-read is BDB, To Kill A Mockingbird. Those are just that I would totally go back to read several times. I do love the romance genre. I love to read my contemporary books but I also love to read non-fiction. I’m a nerd especially if I am researching a book. When I writing Vicious Cycle, I was reading the biographies of Sonny Barger and other guys who had been in MC club, and also to write Bishop’s book I had to read a lot about undercover agents in MC clubs. For Drop Dead Sexy, which is finally coming up, I have to read funeral home and mortician books so I can adequately capture the life of a small town mortician. Non-fiction is great for me and I do love romance. I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child. You put it in front of me and pretty much, I’ll read it.
Winner 9: Josephine Reads
I love hearing this from different authors so I'd like to know what your writing process is like/how do you go about the actual writing?
I am the ultimate and complete “pantser”. I do not outline. I have a blurb becfore I release a book but most of the time it’s all up here in this crazy mind of mine. I can hear a song, watch a movie, hear conversations and scenes might come to me and I am just so lucky that they are emblazoned in my mind like I don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to write it down if I have a thought. It’s there with me in the morning when I wake up. It’s like seared into my brain. The shower, going out for a walk, gets some tunes in, characters just start speaking and scenes start coming. My writing process is usually, I’m in deadline hell, I work best under pressure. I would love to be more of those writers who could write a book and have it done and it’ll be wonderful but that’s not who I am. I wish I could be one of those cool writers who have plot boards and post its everywhere, but sadly no. It’s all up here (in my head), which is a scary, scary place.
Winner 10: Tania McLean
Do you people watch for character/ story research? Like sitting at restaurants, cafes etc and just watch the passing brigade of people for there mannerisms, hot bodies, facial expressions...stuff like that?
I don’t know if there’s so much of “people watch” but I listen. Like you never when you’re having conversation with me and you tell a story when that’s gonna end up in one of my books, having influenced me. It could be a story I heard 15 years ago, it could be a story I heard yesterday and it’s going to make an impression on me. Yeah, if I see some hot guy out there, he might make it into a book but people watching per se, not so much but definitely story telling. O you have to be careful what you say around me because you’ll never know you might end up in a book.