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Synopsis:

Bittersweet Revenge is a story about a hard working young paralegal that ends up falling head over heels in love an attorney she meets through a friend. Their love story suddenly takes a horrible turn, and the young paralegal is left heartbroken. Until she decides, she wants revenge. The book is both suspense and sexy.

 

Rating- *** 3.5 stars

 

My thoughts:

There is no wrath worse than a woman scorned. I loved this novel. It was both a nail biting read that left you on edge from beginning to end, and very satisfying in a sense. The storyline is basic- a woman has had her heart broken and she cannot let it go. The man must pay.

The story was entertaining and mysterious to a fault. While the plot and characters were relatable I felt like it needed just a little more depth. No matter this small grievance it was ultimately very well written, it had strong dimensional characters; it was easily followed with a few things that left me wanting more- Could be described as edgy and spicy.  

It was a very short read. I felt like I needed more. There could have been more development, more emphasis on getting to know the characters. I would have love to see more information in regards to the dialogue. But it wasn’t a horrible read or painful.

Nicole has the potential to be a great writer. And I think if there had been more It would have been great.


 
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DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself.

 Well, I'm forty-one years old, I've been married for seventeen years, and I have two teenage daughters and two canine babies. I'm originally from Gary, IN, but for the last twenty or so years I've lived in various parts of northern CA. I love to write, read, and talk (my husband can attest to that). My friends refer to me as the bootleg therapist because I'm always willing to listen to other people's problems and offer some sort of insight if I have it. I would describe myself as a homebody for the most part. Some of my best days are spent in a quiet house with a piece of cake and a good book. Just as a weird bit of information, I wrote Imagined Love, For the Love of Jade, and Love's Fool with Coraline playing in the background! I don't know what it was about that movie but I had to have it on when I wrote.

  

DWED: Have you always aspired to publish a novel?

 Yes! From the time I was in the first grade and my teacher chose my story as the best of the bunch and read it for the entire class I dreamed of seeing my name on the back of a book. I talked about it all the time so to have three published novels is most definitely a dream come true. I still hold them in my arms like babies.

DWED: Would you say the journey to publishing was easy or hard? Why?

It was definitely difficult . . . the rejection and the self-doubt that ensues. More than anything, though, I think it was a learning process that I wasn't willing to embark upon in the beginning, at twenty, when I wrote my very first book entitled Tricked. I thought everything I wrote was brilliant and rejected anyone who said differently. And that's exactly why those manuscripts are collecting dust in my garage! I had a lot of maturing to do and twenty years later I'm proud of the work I've produced and that I have a team that believes in me enough to offer me unconditional support. I appreciate the journey now in a way I couldn't back then.

DWED: Who or what would you say inspired “Imagined Love” & “For the Love of Jade”?

My life and upbringing definitely inspired Imagined Love and For the Love of Jade.  It was therapeutic to be able to put everything that was in my heart on paper. Although fictionalized, it was based on a lot of my own experiences so it helped me to bare my soul and leave it there for others to relate to and hopefully find healing.

DWED: How was the concept of “Imagined Love” & “For the Love of Jade” born?

The diaries that I've kept over the years gave me a starting place for Imagined Love. Then as I wrote, memories began to resurface as well as the emotions that went with them. Soon my creative juices got going and I was able to rewrite history, in a sense. I honestly never intended to do a sequel but after Imagined Love was published the characters continued to talk, so I continued to write. For the Love of Jade is definitely more fiction than fact and more of my idea of what the characters would do or say if they were in those situations.  

   

DWED: How does “Imagined Love” & “For the Love of Jade” stand out? What does it offer and more importantly what can viewers find within it pages?

 I think the emotions and heart behind all three of my novels is what makes them stand out. Within them readers will find real people dealing with real situations. And just like in real life, the characters don't always do or say the right thing. They have lessons to learn and journeys to travel just like the rest of us. All three novels offer hope and encouragement that no matter how bad things get, there's always light at the end of the tunnel. 

     



 
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DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself.

Thanks for having me. I am a huge mystery and suspense buff so that's why I write the genre. I write interracial mystery/suspense so my books feature interracial couples, mainly black women and white men couples. I've always been a supporter of interracial relationships so writing about them comes from the heart. Alfred Hitchcock and Edgar Allan Poe are my idols and the reasons I love mystery and suspense. I've been writing professionally since 1997 when I was 19 years old. I was born, raised, and reside in Houston, Texas.

 

 

DWED: Have you always aspired publish a novel?

No. I didn't pursue writing professionally until I turned 19. I always loved literature and had a talent with writing, but it wasn't until then that I got the calling.

 

 

DWED: Would you say the journey to publishing was easy or hard? Why?

It's extremely hard to become published. I have always worked with publishers, never self-published and you have to go through tons of rejection before you might land an agent or publisher. It's well worth it to me. I love writing and I wasn't ever going to give up. I honed my craft, researched, and put in the work. I'm grateful it paid off.

 

DWED: Who or what would you say inspired Giving up the Ghost &The Season of Sin?


Giving up the Ghost and The Season of Sin are books one and two in my current series. The main characters Detective Brianna "Bree" Morris and Detective Steven Kemp originate from my '08 novel Melody. I began the series because I fell in love with the characters and wanted to continue them. That brought all the inspiration I needed.

 

DWED: Are you a part of a book club or organization?


I'm a member of the Authors' Guild.

  

DWED: How does Giving up the Ghost &The Season of Sin stand out? What does it offer and more importantly what can viewers find within it pages?


Well, for one thing I am not sure if many people are writing interracial suspense. That's a mixture you don't see everyday if at all. I’m also one of few black writers writing mystery these days and I think readers find that refreshing. With this series, you get passion and excitement as well as thrills, chills, and pure suspense. My novels are hardcore mystery and suspense, and I provide plenty of twists and surprises that'll have readers begging for more.


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DWED: At length how would you describe the feedback for Giving up the Ghost &The Season of Sin?

It's been extremely positive. Readers, reviewers, and book clubs have been very supportive. People say they enjoy my work and it's a pleasure whenever I touch a reader. Of course, you always have someone who might not care for your work but nothing pleases everyone. The majority of people have enjoyed my books and they’ve been very supportive.

 

DWED: Would you say you have a unique style of writing?

I think all writers have a unique style because unless he or she is copying someone’s writing, a writer’s style comes naturally through them. I love writing dialogue and it's one of my strong points. I do minimal description. I only describe what I feel readers need to know. I'm not one who describes every single character or every inch of a room. I leave description for what's important and I do enough to set the scene. I've been told my characters are powerful and really carry the story. I write straight-to-the-point and only include the meat of the story.

 

DWED: what kind of messages do you try to instill in your writing?

People always ask me this. LOL!None to be honest. I write to entertain. I don't write with messages in mind. I write mystery and suspense so it's not exactly the type of genre you'd expect to find hidden messages. I just want to entertain readers and give them a story that they enjoy. If they see a message in my work then that's a beautiful bonus.

 

DWED: Who is your favorite character in one of your books and why?

Detective Brianna "Bree" Morris. She is the star of my current series. I love Bree because she is the perfect mixture of a woman. She is strong but she is also vulnerable. I think it's important for me to show her in that light, and present her weaknesses as well as her strengths. I do my best to make all of my characters well rounded and three-dimensional. Bree is no different. She is not perfect. She makes mistakes, and sometimes does the wrong things but she is as real as you can get. I think that's why so many readers enjoy the character.

 

DWED: What can we look forward to seeing from you throughout 2013?

 

The third book in my series, The Wild Life,will be released July 2013. I also have two releases slated for 2014.

 

DWED: What would you say to all aspiring authors?

 

They need to take their time and learn the business before trying to jump into it. They also need to take time, years if so honing their craft. They need to seek out all options and pick the option that will give them the best shot, not that’s the fastest way to get published. Speed has nothing to do with anything. People need to make sure they can produce books to a publishable level if they expect to gain readership. People need to make sure they learn all they can and be the best they can be no matter if they are seeking publishers or putting their work out themselves.

 

DWED: Is there anything we haven’t covered that you would like your readers and potential readers to know about both your work and yourself?

 

I appreciate readers who check out my work, and I encourage them to let me know how they feel about my work. I am also an approachable author who loves to hear from readers so feel free to contact me if you want.

 

The Season of Sin (Book 2) available now:

 

The Season of Sin:

 

Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris and her partner and ex-lover Steven Kemp are back. This time they are thrown head first into a gruesome homicide that brings forth as many secrets as it does clues.

Brianna’s psychiatrist, Dr. Nadia Hollister is stabbed to death in her upstairs bathroom. Brianna, who is at Nadia’s while the murder happens, is the only witness. Unfortunately she was knocked unconscious by the killer and only has the memory of the killer’s scent to go on.

Brianna and Steven sign on to help Homicide Detective Jayce Matthews solve the case. With Nadia’s journals as her guide, Bree learns that Nadia was keeping a devastating secret that has something to do with her adopted daughter. The renowned doctor was not whom she seemed to be and her secret may not have only got her killed but could ruin the foundation of her entire family.



The police hunt for suspects but Nadia’s secret could wreck the lives of many, all who have motive to kill her.

The deeper Brianna and Steven dig into Nadia’s past; the more they question whether Nadia was the true victim after all.


 

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 About the Author:

Stacy-Deanne (Dee-Anne) is a published novelist of crime fiction and interracial romantic suspense. She started writing professionally in 1997 when she was nineteen years old. Stacy grew up loving the suspense genre. Her idols are Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock. Stacy´s books include Everlasting (Simon and Schuster, 2007), Melody (Simon and Schuster, 2008), Giving up the Ghost (Peace in the Storm Publishing, 2011), and The Season of Sin (Peace in the Storm Publishing, 2012).  Giving up the Ghost and The Season of Sin are 2011 and 2012 African-American Literary award nominees. Stacy was born, raised, and resides in Houston, Texas.

 

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Genre: Crime fiction, mystery, interracial romantic suspense
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Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

Kiayani has been sent away days after her 18th birthday to be married to
a nobleman in the capital. On route she makes a decision that will change

her life- she is going to run away. She runs into the eternal darkness
that shrouds her homeland, finding both a way to free herself and her
people from the curse that has stopped the sun rising for more than 100
years.

 

Rating: *** 3 stars

 

My thoughts:

For a fantasy it was a little slow paced but did have a nice flow when the story picked up.  E. S. Morcheck has a soft hand in her writing style using a delicate weave when it comes to important scenes, characters and information.  I generally liked the book, although at times I felt it lacked a bit of “umph”.

Fantasy & Paranormal are two of my favorite Genres. They are filled with satisfying depictions in imagery; they can be filled with purpose and suspense as well as the nature of what they are called. In Eternal Darkness we get a small taste of a country shrouded in darkness and our main character Kiayani is on a troublesome journey to uplift the curse on her home, making new self discoveries as well as friends, and a possible romance.

As simplistic as this storyline is, I felt it could have been developed more in the plot and progression of the book. However faulty this book may have been I am sure E. S. Morcheck is leading the readers to a more thirst quenching series.

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Synopsis- Bad Boy, Ryder Davenport comes into Dina Fowlers life in the middle of her own personal hell. Still coming to terms with the death of her parents, she pushes everyone away. When she trusts the wrong man, putting her in a bad relationship she felt she couldn’t escape, Ryder comes along. Enjoying his play boy ways, fast cars, motorcycles and a new woman in his bed nightly, Ryder had no thoughts of settling down. That is, until he sees the damage a man can do when he meets a very broken Dina. He changes in hopes of one day being enough for her. But, can she ever feel safe with a man again? Ryder has restored hundreds of classic cars; can he restore Dina’s heart?

Rating- *** 3 stars

My thoughts:

For a Debut novel it wasn’t nails on the chalk board bad. Chelsea has the potential to be a very good writer, her descriptions of characters, places and scenes is not overloaded with so much information it would make the eyes burn. She has a delicate hand and I could tell from this story, that she loves cars.

Her passion seemed to spill through which gave the book a dynamic edge I wasn’t sure at first sight it would have. While the story starts off a little patchy, it took a turn for the better catching my attention and giving me a clear picture of how Chelsea weaved it all together into a nice relaxing read.

I loved the plot, the storyline and how she had developed a unique contrast between a mans love of the fast life and fast cars, restoring them to his hearts content turned into how he treated his women, ultimately finding his most prized woman. It is this delicate balance that gave the novel a more life-like feel for me and pleasurable to read.

The only downsides that stuck out, was I felt like it could have been a little more smoother. In the beginning it was choppy, took the book a few chapters to get a good flow. But for a Debut novel that isn’t entirely too bad. Chelsea is just getting her feet wet and I am sure we will see better from her in the future.

About the Author

Chelsea Camaron has a love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles.  She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children. She was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina and her heart is always Carolina day dreaming. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing with a few projects currently in the works. 

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Synopsis- Eleanor never wanted to leave the daughter she loved so much. The
overpowering urge to wander -- to search, without knowing what she sought
--drove her away. She left little Cassidy in her family's loving care. But
Cassidy and the others died in an accident before Eleanor could find her
way home.
Now, they are all reunited, in an afterlife where nothing is truly lost.
Places once loved may be revisited; one may be any age suitable to the mood
and moment; memories may be relived and even shared. Surely this is a place
where Eleanor and her family can understand and heal. And yet, the
restlessness that shaped Eleanor's life still haunts her in death. Somehow,
she must solve the mystery of her life -- or none of them will be at peace.

Rating- **** 4 stars

My thoughts:

I generally liked the overall storyline to this book. The beginning was confusing at first but as I got into it, it was a calming and soothing read. The characters were very down to earth and understandable. They shifted through ages like a shape shifter in transition. It wasn’t your normal type of fantasy or paranormal and I can’t even describe it as that. It was more of a reunion of good old family values mixed with growing pains.

I liked the way Karen writes. Her words flow and they gave me the sense of being laid back on a beach chair with a good book and a cold glass of lemonade. I was able to follow the characters and even love Cassidy, Jack and Sarah.

What I found that I didn’t like about the book was its unfamiliar territory. While that should give it brownie points for being original I hated having to re-read a chapter or paragraph to make sure I was grasping it all. The plot- being in an afterlife, the transitional period and what could happen could be described as fanatical and basic at best, but I still felt a little lost when trying to get a grip between my own imaginings and that of the Author.

What kept it interesting is that old age tale of a mother’s love and the bond between herself and child that surpasses all- even death. How reuniting in the afterlife may come with a few bumps in the road. How you have to face up to the wrong you did throughout your life, and also the finality of forgiveness. Everyone’s perception of what it may entail is different, and I liked Karen’s take on this aspect.

Wander Home is a very good read. Its one of those books you save for a relaxing day of doing absolutely nothing but reading and enjoying peace. 

DWED Interviews Karen A. Wyle, author of Wander Home

 

DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself.

 

I was born a Connecticut Yankee, but moved every few years throughout my childhood and adolescence. (I wasn’t an Army brat – my father was an unusually restless engineer.) After college in California , law school in Massachusetts , and a mercifully short stint in a large San Francisco law firm, I moved to Los Angeles . Since then, my extended family has largely settled there, and I regard it as my second home.

In L.A. , I met my now-husband, who hated the city.  We eventually settled in Bloomington , Indiana , home of Indiana University . I am now the first member of my family to know anything about any sport. Go Hoosiers! J

I’ve been a voracious and compulsive reader as long as I can remember.  I’ll make do with a cereal box if necessary, and often reread books multiple times. I was an English and American Literature major at Stanford University , which suited me, although I’ve more recently developed doubts about whether studying literature is, for most people, a good preparation for enjoying it. 

 I now have a part-time appellate law practice and a mostly moribund photography business. I’m a Mommy taxi, a politics junkie – and an author.

DWED: Have you always aspired to publish a novel?

 

I don’t know when that ambition first surfaced, but by the time I was ten, I was already attempting to write one. I produced 200 handwritten (penciled) pages – 100 chapters of about two pages each. If I’m ever psychoanalyzed, which I very much doubt, we can spend the first several years analyzing that book.

I tried again at age 14 and abandoned that effort about 40 pages in. That was the last time I tried to write a novel until my older daughter was 18 and doing National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo or Nano) for the second time. I decided to give it a whirl – and finally got where I’d been heading all those years ago.



 
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Synopsis- What if your career and your passion were slowly being drained from you and there was nothing you could do stop it?

This is exactly the fate that confronts Allegra in Tale Of The Music-Thief. Allegra is an opera singer for the City-Along-The-Lake opera company. She has come to the city from the Great Steppes where her entire family and clan have been killed by a plague. Allegra only escaped the plague because her parents, recognizing her talent for music, had sent her to a music conservatory by the South Sea. When her family died Allegra moved west to distance herself from her past.

However, Allegra couldn’t distance herself from her memories and the music connected to them. So she began to suppress them, piling new music on top to weigh the old ones down, to keep them buried and safe. And to keep herself safe from the pain she connected to them.

But with then the music began to disappear. Everyone was affected by the disappearance. It wasn’t just music disappearing from music sheets and music crystals. People were actually losing the music from their heads, too. The city council has dismissed this as an illness and set the medicos to find a cure. But even with the help of talented magicnicians they are unable to solve the problem. Allegra, though, seems to have stumbled upon the true culprit, a music-thief.

As more and more of the music disappears, Allegra’s past rises up with memories she feels are too sensitive to touch. But as she pursues the music-thief she is forced to engage her past. She is compelled to recall songs from her childhood, or risk losing the music-thief’s trail.

Along the journey to stop the music-thief, Allegra makes new friends and rediscovers her past.

 

Rating- *** 3 stars

My thoughts: This book was a pleasant read; the plot was easy to follow. It was a quick read that had good pacing. The characters I felt had a good dimension to them, easily relatable and easy to understand their nature.

Allegra the main character has been plagued by a curse like many others that steals music because of a wrong done to Gerritt who can be seen as the villain in this work. The story line is very original sorta like a mystery as we follow Allegra through her journey of getting this curse lifted.

I wasn’t overly ecstatic about this read. But I can say Earl is a disciplined and well written Author. He writes eloquently, his style is fresh and could very well be developed into amazing.

While I did not overly love this story, I was able to follow and finish it with ease.

DWED Interviews Earl T. Roske, author of Tale of the Music-Thief

DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a newly minted father. Brienna was born 12 December 2012. This has greatly impacted my writing in positive and negative ways. I also have the most patient and encouraging wife a person could ever have.

I’ve been writing since I was a child. I remember writing a book in 3rd grade about a baby whale looking for its mother. Sadly, the only copy, hand bound as a classroom activity, no longer exists. I’ve written off and on since then. But in 2007 I decided I really wanted to make a go at writing. If I couldn’t make a living at it I at least wanted to be known for writing. As part of that new goal, I took a playwriting class at a local college. Originally I took the class to work on my dialogue. I figured after taking the class for a year I’d move on and focus on my fiction writing; I wanted to see my name in print. But from the first three-page play I wrote, I was hooked. From that point I began writing plays as well as fiction. My short plays have been pretty successful and have been produced in festivals and productions from New York to California to Singapore to India.

I’ve written several novels and several full length plays prior to Tale of the Music-Thief. They were a mess and were better left buried in a file on my hard drive somewhere. I count those as lessons learned and believe I’ve improved with each project that has followed. Tale of the Music-Thief is the first novel length story that I feel is at the right level of quality for sharing with the world.

DWED: Have you always aspired to publish a novel?

I think in my late teens and twenties I used to fantasize about being a published novelist. However, I lacked any kind of discipline or concept of what I was doing. The idea fell by the wayside as life got in the way. But I continued to do my research, by which I mean I continued to read everything and I still wrote when I had the chance. Only in the last few years has the goal of having a novel published seemed realistic. Obtaining that goal - no matter what happens with the Tale of the Music-Thief - has been satisfying. Exhausting at times, but very satisfying. And as long as there is any kind of interest in the book, I’ll keep writing more about Allegra’s world.

DWED: Would you say the journey to publishing was easy or hard? Why?

Definitely difficult. When you have to do everything yourself, from editing to formatting to promoting, the fun of writing gets pushed aside. However, in these modern times it seems that you have to prove yourself before the big publishing houses will even give you a glance. I like it to music where bands might play in their hometown for years. Maybe they’ll play the college circuit, selling their independently produced CDs. Eventually, some of those bands attract enough attention and they get a chance to put an album out on a professional label. First, they  had to prove themselves. I feel that the publishing industry, with the advent of print on demand, is sort of in that same area. Many authors will now take their work directly to the market and those that have a hit will rise to the top and may very well land a deal with a major publishing house. It’s been done.

Despite that, I like learning new things. So when I started the process with Tale of the Music-Thief I knew that I’d gain some new skills along the way. And, as things have worked out, I’ve actually edited and formatted another writer’s collection for publication and have mentored several other writers on the process. The first time was difficult and at times frustrating, but the next time(s) will be easier. None of it happens without perseverance.

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DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself.
I am a mother of two very active girls. I also work part time for Labs ‘n Life and writing is my hobby. It’s my escape and it is also something I do with my girls. They love to write stories with me and to read all my stories.

DWED: Have you always aspired publish a novel?
Sort of – it was always something I thought was out of reach. My mum tried a few times and never got anywhere. I just decided I was going to get a book published no matter what and kept trying. Now I am having my third published, so it is possible.

DWED: Would you say the journey to publishing was easy or hard? Why?
I wouldn’t say hard, but at time it is frustrating. Mainly because if you are a no body who is going to give you a chance. Still it is worth it in the end and sometimes you just have to take a risk. It might not come off, but with each attempt you learn a little bit more. I am still learning, but thie third book has been much smoother and more enjoyable than the first two, simply because I have more idea of what to expect at each stage and what questions to ask.


DWED: Who or what would you say inspired ‘Ghostnapped?

I was on a camping trip and had to write a chapter book for the writing course I was doing. The location just set up the story. It was a great place to explore and lots of fun. Then each night I sat down and wrote. When we got home I did some research about the area and that developed my monster into the character. Which made the book unique and more than an average ghost story. I also took lots of photos – some of which are now on my pinterest page: http://pinterest.com/ashleyhowland42/ghostnapped-photos-behind-the-story/  These were great to go back and edit my story. Ghostnapped was a lot of fun, but it was also an adventure in getting it published. The first time I held the book with my name on it I was in a complete world of disbelief.


DWED: Are you a part of a book club or organization?
I am part of a few groups on Face book. Most of these I have found while doing blog challenges, chapter book challenges and things like that. It’s great to have a social media community of writers. You can learn so much from other people and their experiences. I also now have people who will read my drafts, be guest bloggers and also do interviews. I am getting more involved on Goodreads as well. It is really about finding a balance between social media and actually writing. Which is why I love the writing challenges because you get the best of both worlds.


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DWED: How does ‘Ghostnapped stand out? What does it offer and more importantly what can viewers find within it pages?
I think Ghostnapped has one of the most unique monsters ever. It was developed from the local area and has an environmental theme. I don’t want to give it away because in the story it’s fun to try and work out what has actually happened. I also think the relationship between my main character Alex and her brother is a lot of fun. I love writing about sibling relationships and watching them grow throughout the story. It’s a scary story, but with enough laughs to keep it light hearted.


DWED: How was the concept of ‘Ghostnapped born?
It just seemed to fit the area. When exploring the cave and the old mine I kept thinking about ghosts. I’m not really sure how these things seem to happen, they just pop into my head and I run with it.


DWED: At length how would you describe the feedback for ‘Ghostnapped?
The feedback has mainly been positive. The kids who have read it (particularly the boys) have told me it’s scary, but cool scary. A few of them actually got told off for reading past their bedtimes, but they needed to find out what was going to happen. That’s great feedback for me. There are a few reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Once again mainly positive which is great. There are a few comments that are justified. Ghostnapped is my first published book and it has its raw moments. I think I got better at a few things with the second book and once again with my third. I am still really proud of Ghostnapped and glad the kids love reading it. After all they are who is important, it was written for younger readers.

 
DWED: Would you say you have a unique style of writing?
I don’t know about unique. I think a lot of my personality comes out in my writing. Some of my friends say reading my books is just like listening to me, which I think is a good thing. It is my style, but I also think with every draft I write I am improving as an author and developing my style more. So I guess I would say my style is uniquely developing.


DWED: what kind of messages do you try to instill in your writing?

I just write – there is no real deeper meaning to my writing, it’s just for fun. Although themes of family, environment, love and persistence will come through my story lines they are just part of the story. I don’t try to instill messages, they exist because my writing is a reflection of experiences and observations I have made during my life.



 

Bio: Lantern in the Mist is my debut novel.  It is a trilogy about a strong American woman in the late 1800s and her struggle to survive in a man’s world.  Books 2 and 3 will be launched soon.

Like many authors, I started writing and reading at an early age. My “mentors” stretched from Jack London, Margaret Mitchell, and Anne Golon to Tennessee Williams. They took me to unknown worlds, expanded my imagination, and shared their gift of emotion and empathy for humankind with me.

My writing background includes careers in both journalism and teaching, and I currently teach writing in an entertainment media and arts university in Central Florida.

When I’m not writing, I’m reading, watching classic movies, or laughing with my Rat Terrier, Miss Eadie.

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Title of book: Lantern in the Mist

About Liliana: I’ve been a writer all my life. First as a journalist, then as a playwright and finally a novelist who never tried to be published the traditional way nor was “vain” enough to go through vanity press. I live my life trying to be faithful to myself, so when I perceived the independent writing niche was expanding and changing, I knew that was my way to go. All I want is to be read.

See our Review of Lantern in the Mist coming in May 2013!