Interview with Award Winning Author Ginger Scott

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Ginger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. Her debut novel, “Waiting on the Sidelines,” is a coming-of-age love story that explores the real heartbreak we all feel as we become adults throughout our high school years. The story follows two characters, Nolan (a Tomboy with a boy’s name) and Reed (the quarterback she wishes would notice her) as they struggle with peer-pressure, underage drinking, bullying and finding a balance between what your heart wants and what society says you should want — even if you aren’t ready. The sequel, “Going Long,” follows these characters through their college years. You can buy both now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Sony, Smashwords and more. Her newest novel, “Blindness,”is a new-adult romance that follows two broken souls who are barely living and dealing with tragedies of their own, until they meet and their hearts come alive. “Blindness” is also available on all platforms.

Scott has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns.

 When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her 10-year-old field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Scott is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

Stephanie: Hello, Ginger! Thank you for chatting with me today and congrats on the B.R.A.G. Medallion for your book, “Waiting on the Sidelines”. Please tell me about your book.

 Ginger: Thank you for hosting me! It’s an honor.

“Waiting on the Sidelines” is told through the eyes of an average teenage girl with a boy’s name. My protagonist, Nolan, is a tomboy who’s comfortable in her own skin until she enters high school. On her first day, she meets the boy—quarterback Reed Johnson—the one everyone, including herself, wants. But then she overhears him talking with some other girls, making fun of her, and suddenly she’s thrust into this awful adolescent rite of passage—where you no longer want to be yourself, but you’re mad at yourself for giving in. The book follows Nolan through her four years of high school, and readers get to feel everything right along with her—her first love, first kiss, her first heartbreak, the cruel things girls do to one another and her triumphs. Through it all, Nolan continues to listen to her heart, and a real, though not always easy, love begins to grow between her and Reed. The question in the end: Is true love enough?

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Stephanie: What age group is your story written for and is there a message in your story you hope readers will grasp?

Ginger: I have heard from readers of all ages, and I think it’s a story that any woman, no matter her age, can identify with. I have heard from several mothers and daughters who have read it together, and hearing that is the greatest compliment. There are a lot of lessons to take away, but at it’s core, “Waiting” really highlights how girls treat one another, and I hope it tips the scales a little, encouraging us to support rather than tear down. It’s also one heck of an angst, swoon-worthy romance, so anyone who has ever sighed at a John Hughes movie should be pleased.

Stephanie: Being a teenager is tough. What are Nolan Lennox weaknesses and strengths and how does this affect her life?

Ginger: Being a teenager is tough. It’s a wonder we all survive! I think Nolan’s strength probably starts with her connection to her family. She has parents that are present in the book, and she talks to them—not always, but when it counts. She also has a backbone and isn’t afraid to speak her mind and stand up for herself. But as much as she puts on a strong face, underneath she still has doubts, and she battles anxiety and low self-esteem. I really wanted to make Nolan feel real and honest, so I focused on her flaws and her anxiety, because I think even the most popular girl in school gets her feelings hurt sometimes, and girls that read this need to see themselves and know it’s okay.

Stephanie: What is one of the examples in this story that explores, “young love to the fullest”?

Ginger: Your first love is a powerful one, and those feelings are so raw and new and uncharted. Because this story follows the main characters through four years, readers get a unique perspective on a real high school romance. It’s not an instant-love story, but one that starts with friendship and makes a stop at every emotion along the way—jealousy, rivalry, lust and adoration. There’s a scene where the main characters, Reed and Nolan, are a little bit older, but they still don’t know how to just say what they feel. So instead, Reed tries to evoke a reaction from Nolan, making her jealous by being affectionate with another girl in front of her. Of course Nolan reacts, and they yell and fight and say hurtful things to each other—but they also chip through that armor we all wear in high school, and this scene is the first time we see them start to be honest. It was one of my favorite to write.

Stephanie: What inspired you to write this story and is this your first published work?

Ginger: “Waiting on the Sidelines” was my debut, and it is the story I always wanted to write. I still remember the first time I read Judy Blume’s “Forever.” I had never read a book that felt exactly like me before—anxiety, shame, fear, desire. That book is probably the reason I wanted to be an author, but I took a detour through journalism to get here. After years of reporting real stories, I finally felt brave enough to get the one out of my head onto paper (e-book paper in some cases). I was inspired by my reaction to “Forever” many years ago, and I also was inspired by the young girls in my life, goddaughters, who have faced adversity in high school through bullying and broken hearts. I wanted to write a fairy tale that was also a tribute to their strength, and I think this is it.

Stephanie: What are the challenges to writing in this genre and with this particular content?

Ginger: I love romance, and I love coming-of-age stories, so I think for me, the biggest challenge was to add something I was truly proud of to a larger body of work I admire so very much. Personally, though, the biggest challenge was writing real. What I mean by that is that I didn’t want to tell a story that felt like it couldn’t really happen. I wanted readers to picture every feeling and detail, smell the same air and want to have the same friends. And I also wanted my characters to sound like real teenagers, which meant that sometimes Reed—my prince charming—was a real jerk. Sometimes the cute boy isn’t nice, because he’s still learning how to be a man, and it was a challenge to make Reed say and do some things that I made him do. But I’m glad I did, because he’s very real to me.
Stephanie: When did you first began to write?

Ginger: I know this isn’t a unique answer, but I really have been writing since I was a kid. I picked journalism as my course of study when I was maybe 10 or 11. I wanted to see my byline in a magazine and a newspaper, so I wrote fiction, poems and reported on real people every chance I got until someone started to pay me for it. I went to ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism, and I was a reporter for the Arizona Republic and several magazines and newspapers in Arizona. I think every story I ever wrote on a real person has helped me to better tell the make believe ones aching to get out of my head.

Stephanie: How has writing affect your life and what advice would you give to someone who is inspired to write their first story?

Ginger: “Waiting on the Sidelines” is my first of now three titles—one a follow up to “Waiting” called “Going Long” and the other a stand-alone romance called “Blindness.” I was always afraid to put myself out there—afraid no one would notice or care, and terrified of rejection. But finally doing it is one of the greatest achievements of my life, and I regret letting fear hold me back for so long. My advice is to not be afraid—write without abandon. Just write. Your heart will thank you later.

Stephanie: How did you discover indieBRAG?

Ginger: I was looking for other independent reads to add to my reading list, and someone had posted a Medallion book on Twitter. I followed the links back to the indieBRAG site and was impressed with the list of titles. Then I saw a call for books for consideration, and I decided to send in “Waiting on the Sidelines” and try (again, a huge step for me as I fear rejection—seriously, it terrifies me). When I heard from indieBRAG that “Waiting” was a medallion honoree, I was thrilled. The honor is tremendous, and I’m so touched.

Stephanie: Is there a message you would like to give to your readers?

Ginger: Just, thank you. Thank you for reading my stories. I do not take the time you give to me, and my words, lightly, and I will always work my tail of to write heartfelt stories that make you feel something. And I hope you continue to like how my stories make you feel. Because writing for you is the greatest joy of my life…well, second greatest. Being the baseball mom is always number one.

Stephanie: Here can readers buy your book?

Ginger: “Waiting on the Sidelines” is available for Kindle and print on Amazon. It is also available as an e-book on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, Apple iBooks, Sony and more.

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We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Ginger Scott, who is the author of “Waiting on the Sidelines”, one of our medallion at indieBRAG. To be awarded a B.R.A.G. MedallionTM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, “Waiting on the Sidelines” merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.

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Interview with Melanie Karsak

The Harvesting

“The world, it seemed, had gone silent. It was something we knew but did not talk about. We were alone.”

While Layla Petrovich returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla’s cool head, fast blade and itchy trigger finger to survive the undead apocalypse that’s upon them. But even that may not be enough. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.

This exciting new dark fantasy/horror hybrid blends the best of the zombie genre with all the elements a fantasy reader loves!

It’s all fun and games until someone ends up undead!

Stephanie: Hello, Melanie! Thank you for chatting with me today and congrats on the B.R.A.G. Medallion. You have written a story in a genre that is seems to be all the rage right now. What sets your book apart from others?

Melanie: Thank you so much for having me today. I am so delighted to be a BRAG Medallion honouree and grateful to be asked to stop by to talk about my novel!

So what sets this book about from all those other zombie novels? Well, in The Harvesting, I wanted to consider what the death of humanity might mean if there were, in fact, other being living in our world. What if there really were vampires, and shape-shifters, and fey people . . . all the beings of folklore? If mankind died, what might the impact be on the unknown world that lives in tandem with us? As an academic, the symbolic nature of the zombie trend really intrigues me. I believe it speaks to an inner deadness we feel as a society. I started playing with how other being might symbolically represent other feelings and attitudes about our world. At the end of all this debating and thinking, I ended up with The Harvesting.

Stephanie: Really interesting…I have to admit I’m not into the whole folklore of Vampires fey people and Zombies but your idea to explore a world where they actually live with us is intriguing.

Please tell me about Layla. What are her goals and the conflict she faces?

Melanie: Layla is interesting. Abandoned by her mother, she was raised by a psychic grandmother who was the town’s resident medium, oddball, and “witch.” Layla always felt a bit ostracized as a child. While she did have a very passionate first love (with Ian), she ran away from Hamletville as soon as she could to better herself—education, a career, life in Washington DC. The end of humanity finds her returning to Hamletville, a place she’d rather not visit. In the wake of the zombie apocalypse, she finds herself reunited with her first love, Ian, but slowly begins to understand she is not the same girl who once loved this hometown boy . . . Ian’s brother Jamie, however, is an entirely different story. Of course, Layla also has to face zombies, and vampires, and her budding psychic ability. Most of all, Layla has to learn how to trust the right people. This is a major struggle for her.

Stephanie: Layla sounds like a fascinating character that I think many can relate to.

Is rural Hamletville a real place?

Melanie: Hamletville is my play on words; I was trying to describe the smallest of small towns. The town, however, is inspired by an amalgam of my hometown (a very Hamletville kind of place), Tidioute, PA as well as North East, PA where I worked.

Stephanie: Small towns are always cool to use in stories…

What is Layla’s occupation in this story and how did she learn to use the weapons she wields?

Melanie: Layla picked up a sword at a young age and fell in love. She learned fencing and went on to study the ancient art, becoming a state champion. She studied medieval history in college and is working at the Smithsonian in Washington DC at the beginning of this book. I took fencing as a student at Penn State, and the experience always stuck with me. A reviewer called Layla pretentious because of her esoteric education and skills, but it is those university-born skills that allow her to become a great leader during this catastrophic event.

Stephanie: Is this a stand-alone story or will there be others?

Melanie: I am planning to release The Shadow Aspect, the second novel in this series, in the summer of 2014. There will also be a Harvesting Series novella, Midway, that will release this summer. The novel will conclude with a third book titled The Green World, which will release in late fall 2014 or 2015.

Stephanie: How does your title tie into the story?

Melanie: Layla has a dream in the novel where the figure of a grim reaper takes her to a graveyard, telling her they are there for the harvest. This scene actually comes from a vivid dream my own grandmother once had and shared with me. In a way, a zombie apocalypse is the harvest of mankind. Our time is done. Those who survive have a big job ahead of them.

Stephanie: What do you like most about writing in this genre and when did you first become interested in it?

Melanie: I have always written fantasy novels, but I think I always took myself too seriously. I wrote The Harvesting for fun. I wanted to play. I wanted to pick a topic that was both light and deep all at once and just enjoy writing it. Zombies seemed like fun. I think that makes me sound weird, lol!

Stephanie: Writing fantasy stories are a lot of fun. I’m working on an alternate history one right now that fits pretty close to fantasy. It’s wonderful that you enjoy writing in this genre and are having fun.

Please tell me about your writing process.

Melanie: I’m a planner. I have to know how the novel will go from A-Z before I sit down to write. I usually map out a narrative arch on paper then go from there. My actual writing process doesn’t take that long because I plan so much.

Stephanie: What do you like most about writing?

Melanie: I love to live in my worlds. I love my characters. They are like real people to me. I enjoy spending time in their heads and seeing the world through different points of view. In the case of my steampunk series, The Airship Racing Chronicles, I love that I can invent an entirely magical and different world and give it verisimilitude!

Stephanie: How did you discover indieBRAG?

Melanie: Shelley Adina, a steampunk author whose work I admire, is a BRAG recipient.

Stephanie: Is there a message you would like to give to your readers?

Melanie: Regarding The Harvesting, if they would like to try a zombie novel that is a bit different (I might even say quirky), they should give the book a try. Many readers say that while they aren’t into zombies, my book is so different that they really enjoyed it! I’ve gotten fabulous feedback on this novel from the book blogger community. It’s a fun, action-packed, book. It’s a fantasy-filled read with a kick-butt heroine, great for a Sunday afternoon.

Stephanie: Where can readers buy your book?

Melanie: The Harvesting and my steampunk series, The Airship Racing Chronicles, are available at Amazon.com!

Stephanie: Thank you, Melanie!

Melanie: My pleasure. Thanks for having me!

About Melanie:

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Melanie Karsak grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Melanie Karsak, who is the author of “The Harvesting”, one of our medallion at indieBRAG. To be awarded a B.R.A.G. MedallionTM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, “The Harvesting” merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.

 

Interview with Author Marsha Cornelius

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Frank Barnes is content living on the streets of Atlanta. A soup kitchen and a makeshift shanty sure beat his days as a POW in Vietnam. But Chloe Roberts can’t handle the eviction that sends her into the hell of homelessness. With no family or friends to turn to, Chloe and her children are sucked into the traumatic world of night shelters, and dangerous predators.

When they bump into each other at the soup kitchen, Frank offers Chloe a glimmer of hope that she can pull her life back together. She rekindles his lost sense of self-worth by taking his mind off his own problems. But they will not meet again until Frank is riding high as a working man, and Chloe has hit rock bottom.

By helping Chloe rebuild her broken life, Frank banishes the demons from his own past. Unfortunately, the past comes strolling back into their lives, threatening to destroy the happiness they have finally found.

Stephanie: Hello Marsha! Thank you for chatting with me today and congrats on the B.R.A.G. Medallion. Your book, “Losing it all”, sounds fabulous and can you believe, I live in the Atlanta area! So I’m even more intrigued. Please tell me about Chloe. What are her strengths and weaknesses? What is an example of how Frank helps her?

Marsha: Chloe is a loving, caring wife and mother. Unfortunately, she’s too naïve, so she trusts people she shouldn’t: people she works with, family, even her husband.

After a while, she begins to doubt herself because she has trusted the wrong people. Frank is the one who helps her regain her faith in herself.

Stephanie: What genre does this fall under and what do you like most about writing in this area?

Marsha: Losing It All crosses a couple genres. It’s basically a drama about two people struggling to keep afloat. It could also be considered women’s fiction because I think a lot of women can identify with Chloe’s struggle. And then of course, it has romance. Although this is not your typical girl-meets-rich millionaire or strapping cowboy.

All of my books seem to cross genres. The one thing they have in common is that I love to explore the relationships between people, whether it is husbands and wives, parents and children, or even two strangers who are thrown together.

Stephanie: What are some of the emotions you experienced writing this story?

Marsha: There are a lot of scenes where it didn’t seem like things could get any worse, and then they did. I felt bad about putting Frank and Chloe through all of that. But it isn’t called Losing It All because someone loses their keys. They have lost EVERYTHING.

I did manage to get some chuckles in, to break the tension. And there are some very heart-warming scenes between Frank, and Chloe’s children. I tried not to get to maudlin.

Stephanie: Generally when a person reads, they read with a purpose. It might be just to have fun. Other times it is for specific information, knowledge or an escape from reality. What is your purpose for writing, “Losing it All” and what do you hope the readers come away with reading your story?

Marsha: I guess I’m hoping readers will step back from their own troubles and see that other people are suffering, too. I’m on Facebook (too much) and I see lots of posts from folks who are way too absorbed in their own lives.

From time to time, I catch myself in a pity party, and it helps to remember how bad my life can get very quickly.

Stephanie: What was your writing process for this book and how long did it take to write your story?

Marsha: This was my first baby, really. And it probably took 20 years for it to see the light of day. When my first son was born, I decided to stay home until he went to Kindergarten. Then the second son came along, and I was getting really bored. I missed the contact with other people. So I created Frank and Chloe to keep me company while I was changing diapers and picking up toys.

On weekends, when my husband was home, I would park myself at my little laptop and write like crazy.

Even when I went back to work, I never had time to write except on weekends. That was usually from 5 am until the kids got up, or we had to be at the ball field for a game.

Then I got the idea for my second book, H10 N1, and I put Losing It All on a back burner. A couple years ago, I pulled the manuscript back out, dusted it off, and here it is.

Stephanie: When do your best ideas for a story come to you?

Marsha: That’s a tough question, with no real answer. I can just be taking a walk, driving in the car, watching the news. And Boom! an idea pops into my head.

I will say that my best ideas for a book, once it’s started, come when I’m out walking.

I live in the country, so I take long strolls with my little notebook and pen. My neighbors have gotten used to seeing me talk to myself, or stop in the middle of the road to jot down an idea. They wait patiently until I move out of the way so they can drive by.

Stephanie: Are you currently working on a story now? If so, what is it about?

Marsha: My latest book is speculative fiction (as opposed to science fiction) about a college girl who is tired of taking pills for everything from appetite suppression to memory enhancement.

I came up with the idea because it seems like every year, we become more and more dependent on drugs to ‘regulate’ our lives. I can’t help wondering where it will all end.

Stephanie: Who designs your book covers?

Marsha: Jun Ares. He’s a freelance artist in the Phillipines. He was referred by a friend, and I love his work.

Stephanie: What are some of the comments you have received about your book?

Marsha: One of the best comments was from a woman who had actually lived in her car for a while. She liked the authenticity of the book.

A lot of the reviews mention how once the reader got started, they couldn’t put the book down. That’s the best compliment you can get.

Stephanie: How did you discover indieBRAG?

Marsha: A fellow author had posted on Facebook that she received a BRAG Medallion, so I decided to check out the website.

So glad I did. Indie authors definitely need some recognition. We are drowning in a sea of published works.

Stephanie: Is there a message you would like to give to your readers?

Marsha: Hire an editor. You can’t rely on friends or family to read your manuscript with a critical eye.

Any book you pick up – from Nora Roberts to James Patterson – when you flip to their acknowledgments, I guarantee they thank their editors. If they need one, you do too.

Thank you, Marsha!

About Arthur:

Maraha Cornelius

After working for fifteen years as a cafeteria manager in an elementary school, Marsha Cornelius turned in her non-skid shoes for a bathrobe and slippers. She now works at home, writing novels, acting out scenes with her cats, and occasionally running a Swiffer across dusty surfaces.

Like thousands of others, she thought she could write romance, but soon discovered she was a dismal failure. She did increase her repertoire of adjectives such as throbbing, pulsing, thrumming, vibrating, hammering, pumping . . .

Her first novel, H10N1, is a thriller about a flu pandemic gone awry, and her second endeavor, The Ups and Downs of Being Dead, tells the story of a man who chooses to have his body cryonically-frozen rather than face death. And now she has released her third novel, Losing It All, a drama that follows a homeless man as he helps a mother and her two small children get off the streets.

Cornelius resides in the countryside north of Atlanta with her husband. Her two grown sons occasionally visit for clean laundry and a hot cooked meal.

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We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Marsha Corneluis, who is the author of “Losing it All”, one of our medallion at indieBRAG. To be awarded a B.R.A.G. MedallionTM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, “Losing it All” merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.

 

Interview with Juliet Waldron

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“Not all who wander are lost.” Juliet Waldron earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist’s model to brokerage. Thirty years ago, after the boys left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, hoping to create a genuine time travel experience for herself–and for her readers. She loves her grand-girls and her kitties, likes to take long hikes, and reads historical/archeological non-fiction as well as reviewing for the Historical Novel Society. For summer adventure, she rides behind her husband of 50 years on his “bucket list” (black, and ridiculously fast) Hyabusa motorcycle.

You can find more information at www.julietwaldron.com or connect with Juliet on Facebook.

Stephanie: Hey Juliet! Tell me about your story, Nightingale.

Juliet: This story grew from my fascination with Mozart. 18th Century Vienna was glamorous, dangerous and corrupt, and the pathway to fame on the operatic stage was not one that could be walked in innocence. Nightingale is the story of a young vocalist, Maria Klara, who desperately wishes to escape from her aristocratic, controlling patron. The heroine’s situation, BTW, as a nobleman’s mistress, was fairly common for singers at this time.

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Stephanie: How did you come up with your title?

Juliet: In letters and documents from this time–when language was what we’d call “flowery”–I noticed that “nightingale” was used to compliment the reigning prima donnas.   A 19th Century music hall song about a kept woman laments, “She’s only a bird in gilded cage”, and this is exactly Klara’s situation.

Stephanie: What are Klara’s strengths and weaknesses?

Juliet: Klara is a sensual woman. She’s been raised to give her patron pleasure. Her love-affair with Milos gives her the impetus she’s needed to escape, but she is also tied to the life of fame, comfort and privilege she’s been living. Klara is proud, a characteristic which can be seen as both positive and negative. In the end, it is her belief in her own worth that enables her to dare to leave the Count and find her own path.

Stephanie: What made you decide to write this story?

Juliet: I’ve mentioned a fascination with Mozart. I’d written two novels about him, one from the POV of his wife, Constanze, and the other from the POV of a young mistress. I wanted to write a book which starred one of those prima donnas, the “glorious song birds*” Mozart is on record as having loved so passionately.   (* Amadeus)

Stephanie: What do you like most about Historical Fiction?

Juliet: Historical Fiction is way of discussing human nature as it once existed and as it still exists. As time passes, we learn more science and create technology, but on the basic emotional and reactive levels, we humans remain pretty much the same creature we always have been.  I enjoy trying to work out “the way we were” and comparing it with the way we live and love now.

Stephanie: What are the challenges to writing in this genre?

Juliet: I believe in working hard to create a genuine time travel experience for my readers. This can put some readers off, because what they actually want is a fantasy. The facts are that the past wasn’t always clean, safe or comfortable. For women, things were doubly hard. You only have to visit an old churchyard and see the grave of some aged gentleman surrounded by the graves of two or three wives and a score of infants to understand this.   Still, as a writer, you have to know where to draw a line and how to keep the reader engaged in the story you want to tell.

Stephanie: Who are your influences?

Juliet: I grew up reading writers like Margaret Irwin and Anya Seton, but my early favorite was—and still might be—Mary Renault. She’s my model, both for the high quality of her research and for her unrivaled ability to transport her readers to an almost alien time. Of more modern writers, I like Cecelia Holland, Margaret George and Arturo Perez-Reverte, who writes both classic historicals and swashbucklers, like his Captain Alatriste saga.

Stephanie: What was your writing process for this story?

Juliet: Nightingale came quickly, as I was so “full” of the Mozart research. Mozart’s story is such a sad one; I was ready to write something more romantic, with an HEA. Klara and her sweetheart, Milos, and the rest—the sadistic Count, the castrato teacher, Manzoli, are all amalgams of real historical characters I already “knew” very well.

Stephanie: What is up next for you?

Juliet: I’m working on a sequel to Red Magic, a historical romance which has a strong fantasy and action component.  Black Magic, set in 1818 in the Austrian Alps,will have much more fantasy in the form of a shape-shifter hero.

Stephanie: Is there a message you would like to give to your readers?

Juliet: Klara is an opera singer, an unfamiliar sort of heroine.  Think of her as a modern musical superstar and you’ll see that her problems are the same as those of today’s idols. She’s exploited and pushed around by forces both on the inside and on the outside.  Will she be able to renounce the heady temptations of stardom and try for true love?

Thanks so much, Stephanie, for the invitation to Layered Pages.

Praise for Nightingale

“As Klara is drawn deeper into love with Akos Almassy, the charismatic harpsichordist, she must come to a decision: chose her true love or stay with the twisted relationship, professional acclaim, and wealth she has with her patron…Much more than a romance, Nightingale offers a tantalizing view into the rarefied atmosphere of historical Vienna and the world of celebrity performers. It is part of Juliet Waldron’s trilogy of Viennese tales, so be sure to read Mozart’s Wife, and My Mozart…” – Judith Schara

“I was drawn into this tale by the lush prose, descriptions of clothing, jewelry, and details of Klara’s performances. Tension is maintained throughout as Klara fights to be free of her gilded cage. Waldron obviously knows her stuff when it comes to music and pure desire.” – Diane Scott Lewis

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Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, May 5 Interview at Layered Pages

Thursday, May 8 Review at Just One More Chapter (Mozart’s Wife)

Friday, May 9 Review at Closed the Cover (Genesee)

Monday, May 12 Spotlight at Tower of Babel

Monday, May 19 Interview at Closed the Cover

Wednesday, May 21 Interview at The Maiden’s Court

Monday, May 26 Review at Book Lovers Paradise (Mozart’s Wife)

Tuesday, May 27 Review at Historical Fiction Obsession (Genesee) Guest Post at Book Lovers Paradise (w/Kathy Fischer-Brown and Louise Turner)

Monday, June 2 Review at A Chick Who Reads (Nightingale)

Tuesday, June 3 Review at Historical Fiction Obsession (Roan Rose)

Wednesday, June 4 Review at The True Book Addict (Mozart’s Wife)

Thursday, June 5 Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views (Mozart’s Wife)

Monday, June 9 Review at So Many Books, So Little Time (Roan Rose)

Tuesday, June 10 Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views (Nightingale)

Thursday, June 12 Guest Post at Closed the Cover

Monday, June 16 Review at Just One More Chapter (Roan Rose)

Tuesday, June 17 Review at A Chick Who Reads (Mozart’s Wife)

Monday, June 23 Review at Peeking Between the Pages (Mozart’s Wife)

Tuesday, June 24 Review at A Bookish Affair (Mozart’s Wife)

Wednesday, June 25 Review at Layered Pages (Nightingale)

Thursday, June 26 Review at A Chick Who Reads (Roan Rose)

Friday, June 27 Review at Broken Teepee (Mozart’s Wife)

Saturday, June 28 Review at WTF Are You Reading? (Mozart’s Wife)

Monday, June 30 Review at WTF Are You Reading? (Nightingale)

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What Fates Impose Book Blast

1066 What Fates Impose

Publication Date: March 4, 2013 Matador Publishing

King William then utters the following words to the room: ‘I appoint no one as my heir to the Crown of England, but leave it to the disposal of the Eternal Creator, whose I am and who orders all things. For I did not attain that high honour by hereditary right, but wrested it from the perjured King Harold in a desperate bloody battle.’

England is in crisis. King Edward has no heir and promises never to produce one. There are no obvious successors available to replace him, but quite a few claimants are eager to take the crown. While power struggles break out between the various factions at court, enemies abroad plot to make England their own. There are raids across the borders with Wales and Scotland.

Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, is seen by many as the one man who can bring stability to the kingdom. He has powerful friends and two women who love him, but he has enemies will stop at nothing to gain power. As 1066 begins, England heads for an uncertain future. It seems even the heavens are against Harold.

Intelligent and courageous, can Harold forge his own destiny – or does he have to bow to what fates impose?

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About the Author

G.K. Holloway

I have been interested in history since I was a boy, which I suppose explains why, when I came across a degree course in History and Politics at Coventry University that looked tailor made for me, I applied right away.

In my first year at Coventry I lived in the halls of residence within a stone’s throw of the Leofric Hotel. In the opposite direction, just a short walk from my halls, is the bell tower that houses a clock, which when its bell chimes the hour, produces a half size model of naked Lady Godiva riding a horse for the titillation of tourists. Above her, Peeping Tom leans out of a window for a better view. In all of the three years I was there, it never once occurred to me that I would one day write a book featuring Earl Leofric and his famous wife, as key players.

After graduating I spent a year in Canada before I returned to England to train as a Careers Officer in Bristol. Later, I lived and worked in Gloucestershire as a Careers Officer and then in Adult Education as an Education Guidance worker.

After I met my wife, I moved back to Bristol to live and I worked at Bath Spa University as a Student Welfare Officer for a number of years. It was about this time I read a biography about King Harold II which fascinated me so much I read more and more about the man and the times. I found the whole pre-conquest period of England so interesting I couldn’t understand why no one had written a novel about it. So, I decided to write one myself. Now, after many years of study and time spent over a hot keyboard, I have finally produced that novel.

1066: What Fates Impose is the result of all that study and hard work and is the first book I’ve written. I am now working on a sequel.

Virtual Tour and Book Blast Schedule

Monday, April 14 Book Blast at Kincavel Korner Book Blast at Historical Fiction Connection

Tuesday, April 15 Book Blast at Passages to the Past Book Blast at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, April 16 Review at Svetlana’s Reviews and Views Book Blast at To Read or Not to Read

Thursday, April 17 Book Blast at Closed the Cover Book Blast at Historical Tapestry

Friday, April 18 Book Blast at Time 2 Read Book Blast at The Bookworm

Monday, April 21 Review at Flashlight Commentary Book Blast at Griperang’s Bookmarks

Tuesday, April 22 Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, April 23 Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book Interview at The Maiden’s Court

Thursday, April 24 Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book Book Blast at The Lit Bitch

Friday, April 25 Review at Impressions in Ink Book Blast at Ink Sugar Blog Book Blast at The Mad Reviewer

Monday, April 28 Review at Kinx’s Book Nook Book Blast at Just One More Chapter

Tuesday, April 29 Review at CelticLady’s Reviews Book Blast at Historical Readings and Reviews

Wednesday, April 30 Review at Historical Tapestry Book Blast at Book Nerd

Thursday, May 1 Book Blast at Caroline Wilson Writes

Friday, May 2 Review at Curling Up By the Fire Review at Confessions of an Avid Reader Book Blast at A Book Geek Book Blast at Layered Pages

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