A Reader’s Voice Out Loud

me-iiOne of the greatest passions I have working with Geri Clouston-president of indieBRAG-is to give authors the tools and insight on how to reach their readership in the most creative ways. The market has changed in the last decade or so and the scope of promoting has widen. This has given us lots of thought into finding new ways to show authors how to draw in more readers on their journey of self-discovery as a story-teller. Not only that but along this journey authors may learn more about their craft in ways they couldn’t imagine.

Another important aspect for an author to grow as a writer and to continue the path of reaching out to people, is to hear what their readers have to say. Geri has created a new interview series for our readers to express how they feel authors present themselves on social media.

On March 13th at indieBRAG, I will take part in this series and share my own thoughts as a reader. If you are a reader for indieBRAG, we would be honored for you to participate in this new project. Be sure to contact Geri Clouston via email. -Thank you.

Stephanie M. Hopkins

indieBRAG Blog Link HERE

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Manic Monday & Bookish Delights

me-iiAs we all know Mondays can be pretty manic and generally I look forward to Monday’s nonetheless. Last Friday I normally post my Bookish Happenings but I decided to take a day off and this past weekend I was able to read some in-between shopping for Christmas and what-not.

I was really hoping to start reading, Roma Amor by Sherry Christie this weekend but I am still working on finishing up another story. I won Sherry Christie’s book in a giveaway on-line. Hopefully by Wednesday I can. So many books…so little time…

 Check out my book review for Girl In Disguise by Greer MacAllister HERE and my review for Ruler of The Night by David Morrell HERE

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Be sure to check out and follow these amazing book bloggers! They do a tremendous job in supporting authors and books.

Flashlight Commentary

The Maiden’s Court

A Bookaholic Swede

A Literary Vacation

Let Them Read Books

2 Kids and Tired Books

Celticlady’s Reviews

Reading the Past

A Bookish Affair

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This week at indieBRAG, there will be special posts from our readers and authors starting today through Friday HERE

And don’t forget to check out the great selections of books from indieBRAG! They make great holiday gifts!

Thank you for visiting Layered Pages today and please be sure to come back tomorrow for a great interview with Award Winning Author Helena Schrader! She has recently won a B.R.A.G. Medallion for her book, Envoy of Jerusalem.

Stephanie Moore Hopkins

Manic Monday & Bookish Things

me-iiAs we all know Mondays can be pretty manic and generally I look forward to Monday’s nonetheless. I must confess, I am in a bit of a reading slump. I’m still reading the books I read last week. Sigh. This weekend I did read from them and got quite a few pages read but still… I’m in a slump. I think it can be for a number of reasons. Do you ever get this way? However, I do have a few things to be glad about Monday. Here is what they are:

  1. The latest B.R.A.G. Medallion Honorees have been announced HERE.
  2. Award winning author Glen Craney talks with indieBRAG about how he became interested in the history for Yanks Are Starving and how he came to write it and why it’s important to remember HERE. It’s a wonderful post!
  3. Over at my BlogSpot I share a post about Parallels Between Historical and Modern Politics HERE.
  4. My fellow book bloggers and I are planning a new way to promote books we love coming up in 2017 and it’s going to be fabulous! We discussed much of it this past weekend. So today I am adding to my list of posts ideas for that.

As for my reading list this week. I hope to finish up what I’ve been reading and move on to others I have mentioned on here previously. Be sure to scroll down my page to find out!

Thank you for visiting Layered Pages today. It is always a treat to be able to talk about books with you all. Be sure to stay tuned all week long for more great posts. Happy reading and God Bless.

Stephanie M. Hopkins

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Manic Monday & Bookish Happenings

me-iiAs we all know Mondays can be pretty manic but nonetheless I was looking forward to it. Why? Because I want to share all my bookish happening for last week and over the weekend! What can be more exciting for a book blogger? Well, besides reading books and discovering new books to read. Every single day!

Today I am combining two post. Last week- due to the Holidays- I did not post Bookish Happenings. However, last week was a great Thanksgiving at indieBRAG with lots of wonderful guest post from our award winning authors. Be sure to check them out here.

In the last week and over the weekend I received several ARC’s from NetGalley and I am so excited about them. Here is the list:

  1. Bardwell’s Folly: A Love Story by Sandra Hutchinson
  2. We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
  3. The kaiser’s Last Kiss by Alan Judd
  4. Out of Reach by Elizabeth McGregor
  5. His Kidnapper’s Shoes by Maggie James.

For my reading pleasure this week I am hoping to get to, A Twist in Time by Julie McElwain. Julie is one of my favorite new authors and I have had the pleasure chatting with her about her first book last year.

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Here is a few of my fellow book blogger’s book highlights from last week! Be sure to check them out. These bloggers are dedicated to their craft of sharing stories and a big support to the book world. I highly recommend you follow their blogs. #supportbookbloggers

return-to-taylors-crossing-iiHeather’s interview with award winning author Janie Dempsey Watts at Maiden’s Court, here.

Colleen’s book review of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins at A Literary Vacation, here.

Magdalena’s book review of The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin at A Bookacholic Swede, here.

Erin’s book review of The battle of Seattle by Douglas Bond at Flashlight Commentary, here.

all-i-want-for-christmasHolly’s All I Want for Christmas…Review at 2 Kids and Tired Books, here.

And my feature Layered Pages post from last week, Wish-List 5: A little of This & A little of That, here.

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Thank you for visiting Layered Pages today. It is always a treat to be able to talk about books with you all. Be sure to stay tuned all week long for more great posts. Happy reading and God Bless.

Stephanie M. Hopkins

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Manic Monday: Books & More Books

me-iiAs we all know Mondays can be pretty manic but nonetheless I was looking forward to it. Why? Because I want to share all my bookish happening for the weekend! What can be more exciting for a book blogger? Well, besides reading books and discovering new books to read. Every single day!

This week is the Thanksgiving Holiday and I have so much to share with you all throughout the week. This past weekend, I was a guest at the indieBRAG Blog, sharing my Thanksgiving tradition. I want to encourage you all to read that post.On Saturday I received a new book in the mail from a book giveaway. Yay! The book is, Roma Amor by Sherry Christie. I have not read any books by her before. So I am curious about her stories.

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For my reading pleasure- this past weekend- I read, Dead Silence (Stillwater #1) by Brenda Novak in one day! I devoured it! Great read! I am really looking forward to the next book in this Trilogy. Another book I was reading from and still am is, Ruler of the Night by Davis Morrell. Fantastic read! I am enjoying it very much and I knew I would. Morrell’s Opium-Eater (Thomas De Quincey trilogy) a Victorian mystery trilogy, is truly brilliant.

Thank you for visiting Layered Pages today. It is always a treat to be able to talk about books with you all. Be sure to stay tuned all week long for more great posts. Happy reading and God Bless.

Stephanie M. Hopkins

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Grace Montgomery knows who it is, and she knows why it happened. She was only thirteen the night it all went wrong. And now, like then, she has no choice but to keep her mouth shut.

Grace left the town of Stillwater thirteen years ago, trying to forget, trying to make good. As an assistant D.A. in Jackson, she’s finally achieved the success that was supposed to change her life. But it hasn’t so she’s come back to confront her own history. Which means returning to the farmhouse now owned by her brother and facing the people of Stillwater, a number of whom suspect the truth.

Widower Kennedy Archer is one of those people. He’s running for mayor and needs to stay as far away from Grace as possible. And yet she’s an enigma he can’t resist. Even though her enemies are close to finding out what really happened and that could ruin them both.

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Manic Monday & Bookish Delights

me-iiThis weekend was fantastic. It’s not often I can just totally chill and do what I want and I can’t say that I felt foreboding that Monday was drawing near. Though the first day of the week tends to be manic, I was quite looking forward to it. Why? This weekend I was able to get lots of reading time in, drank lots of tea, watched a few shows on Netflix, and set up a couple of blog posts. Now I know that we have to get back to the work week, which leaves us very little time for reading. But, at least we can talk about the books we’ve been enjoying! There is that. *smiles*

This past Saturday, I was checking my emails and saw that I got approved for a review copy of, Ruler of the Night by David Morrell (book description below). “David Morrell is a Canadian novelist from Kitchener, Ontario, who has been living in the United States for a number of years. He is best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become a successful film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. More recently, he has been writing the Captain America comic books limited-series The Chosen.” (bio from goodreads).

His Opium-Eater (Thomas De Quincey trilogy) a Victorian mystery trilogy, is truly brilliant. Every historical detail is impeccable; you hang on to every word. His characters are unforgettable and he transports to you the Victorian London streets with vivid imagery, as if you were really there. Murder mysteries at its finest!

The first book is, Murder as a Fine Art. The second, Inspector of the Dead. You can find these books on Amazon and goodreads. When the third, Ruler of the Night was announced, I was so very excited and wanted to get my hands on a review copy. Badly. Grateful I was able too! I am hoping to get to it this week. I highly recommend them.

Thank you for visiting Layered Pages today. It is always a treat to talk about bookish things with you all. Be sure to check out my interview with award winning author Lee Davis at indieBRAG. Today, I talk with him about his graphic designing and his process. I highly recommend you read the interview. It’s brilliant and insightful. You might learn something.

Oh, I almost forgot! A few of my fellow book bloggers and I are buddy reading, Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister-about the first female Pinkerton detective-and I discovered a show called The Pinkertons on Netflix! How cool is that?!

This week is going to be another great discussion in all things books and writers from my fellow bloggers and myself. On Friday, I will be sharing much about that. So stay tuned!

Cheers!

Stephanie M. Hopkins

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The notorious Opium-Eater returns in the sensational climax to David Morrell’s acclaimed Victorian mystery trilogy.

1855. The railway has irrevocably altered English society, effectively changing geography and fueling the industrial revolution by shortening distances between cities: a whole day’s journey can now be covered in a matter of hours. People marvel at their new freedom.

But train travel brings new dangers as well, with England’s first death by train recorded on the very first day of railway operations in 1830. Twenty-five years later, England’s first train murder occurs, paralyzing London with the unthinkable when a gentleman is stabbed to death in a safely locked first-class passenger compartment.

In the next compartment, the brilliant opium-eater Thomas De Quincey and his quick-witted daughter, Emily, discover the homicide in a most gruesome manner. Key witnesses and also resourceful sleuths, they join forces with their allies in Scotland Yard, Detective Ryan and his partner-in-training, Becker, to pursue the killer back into the fogbound streets of London, where other baffling murders occur. Ultimately, De Quincey must confront two ruthless adversaries: this terrifying enemy, and his own opium addiction which endangers his life and his tormented soul.

“Ruler of the Night is a riveting blend of fact and fiction which, like master storyteller David Morrell’s previous De Quincey novels, “evokes Victorian London with such finesse that you’ll hear the hooves clattering on cobblestones, the racket of dustmen, and the shrill calls of vendors” (Entertainment Weekly).

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**Bookish Happenings**

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It’s that time again for bookish happenings! Today I am sharing a few things that have been going on in the world of blogging and at indieBRAG. We are completely drawn into the world of stories and the people who write them. Our passion is to share our love of reading, good reads and our hunt for them. Daily we are exploring social media and various book sites for the next great read.

This week at Layered Pages I have created several posts but would like to highlight my All in A Day of Reading. In the post I mention and share several ARC’s I have been approved for and I am really looking forward to reading soon. Be sure to check out my other posts for the week! Lots of great books mentioned.

Currently I am reading several books! As usual. Ha! I can’t help myself. I am almost finished reading; I see You by Clare Mackintosh. What a fantastic read! When I think I’ve got it all figured out, there is a new twist! I have posted the book discretion below. I am still buddy reading Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister and hope to start The Typewriter’s Tale by Michiel Heynes this weekend.

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Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Sphere

You do the same thing every day.

You know exactly where you’re going.

You’re not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .
I See You is an edge-of-your-seat, page-turning psychological thriller from one of the most exciting and successful British debut talents of 2015.

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Here is a few of my fellow book bloggers highlights for the week! Be sure to check them out. These bloggers are so dedicated to their craft of sharing stories and a big support to the book world. I highly recommend you follow their blogs as well.

Let Them Read Books has a marvelous guest post with Annelisa Christensen. Author of, The Popish Midwife here

A Bookaholic Swede has a Cover Crush this week that I am absolutely wild about! I must get my hands on a copy of the book! Check out the post here.

2 Kids and Tired Books shared with us this week a post about books she has forgotten. Check out this great posts here

A Literary Vacation shares with us a spotlight on Roman Rescue by Michelle Gilliam and a book giveaway! Be sure to check that out here and enter that giveaway!

The Maiden’s Court share with us a wonderful book review of the Mail Order Brides of the West: Evie by Caroline Fyffe here.

Flashlight Commentary shares with us a Cover Cliché: The Painted Veil here. She has some really interesting things to say about this so be sure to check it out!

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Be sure to check out the indieBRAG Home Pages for the latest B.R.A.G. Medallion Honorees and please visit the B.R.A.G. blog as well! Lots of great posts from award winning authors!

**Bookish Happenings**

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Today, I’m sharing a few bookish things that have been going on this week from my fellow book bloggers, indieBRAG and myself at Layered Pages. We are completely drawn into the world of stories and the people who write them. Our passion is to share our love of reading, good reads and our hunt for them. Daily we are exploring social media and various book sites for the next great read. In this post, I will share some posts highlights and events happening this week from the people I mentioned above.

This week at Layered Pages, I have created several posts but I would like to highlight my Wish-List 5: Dublin Murder Squad. Take a look at the post here and be sure to check out my other post this week! Lots of great books mentioned.

Right now I am reading several books. One of them is a buddy read and I wonder if we are ever going to be able to finish it! The book is, To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin. We recently finished buddy reading, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (I have LOTs to say about this book!). I am still reading Lincoln’s Autocrat (The Life of Edwin Stanton) by William Marvel, The Civil War Source Book by Philip Katcher (I’m having issues with some of the content but it’s interesting), Yesternight by Cat Winters (almost done) and recently started, The Good Sisters by Helen Phifer. This latest book I started is for review and I will be through with it this week. I know, it’s a lot of reading material to read at once but I am able to keep up with it and I can’t help myself.

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Here is a few of my fellow book bloggers highlights for the week! Be sure to check them out. These bloggers are so dedicated to their craft of sharing stories and a big support to the book world. I highly recommend you follow their blogs as well.

A Bookaholic Swede’s Post highlight this week: Wish-List October: Most Wanted Mystery Books of 20017

Flashlight Commentary’s Post Highlight this week:  Cover Cliché: Old Hollywood Glamour

A Literary Vacation’s Post Highlight this week: Spotlight on Fill the Sky by Katherine A. Sherbrooke + Giveaway!!

The maiden’s Court’s Post Highlight this week: Wish List 5: Microhistories

2 Kids and Tired Book’s Post Highlight this week: Duty to the Crown…Review

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indieBRAG is holding a month long Halloween event here! The event ends Monday the 31st. Be sure to check out all the great posts by some our B.R.A.G. Honorees, book deals and enter your chance to win a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card!

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Thank you all for visiting Layered Pages today and checking out what is happening with my fellow book bloggers, indieBRAG and I! We greatly appreciate your support and enthusiasm for great reads! Check back next week with all of us for more great bookish happenings!

**Bookish Happenings**

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Today, I thought I would share some bookish things that have been going on this week from my fellow book bloggers, indieBRAG and myself at Layered Pages. We are completely drawn into the world of stories and the people who write them. Our passion is to share our love of reading, good reads and our hunt for them. Daily we are exploring social media and various book sites for the next great read. In this post, I will share some posts highlights and events happening this week from the people I mentioned above.

First, I would like to mention a few things that are happening at Layered Pages and what I have been posting about this week. I’ve had several posts: About the indieBRAG Halloween Event that is going on. (more info about that below or just click on the link to find out more), An Oldie but Goodie Book Review, A post on a Book Hangover and cures for it, and my cover crush for the week! My highlight for the week is my Oldie but Goodie post. I love reading my older reviews! I learn a lot from them and how my writing has developed.

Right now I am reading several books. A couple of them are buddies reads: To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin. (the discussion on that is really good!), The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (I have LOTs to say about this book!), Lincoln’s Autocrat (The Life of Edwin Stanton) by William Marvel, The Civil War Source Book by Philip Katcher (I’m having issues with some of the content but it’s interesting), and this weekend I am starting, Yesternight by Cat Winters. I know, it’s a lot of reading material to read at once but I am able to keep up with it and I can’t help myself.

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Here is a few of my fellow book bloggers highlights for the week! Be sure to check them out. These bloggers are so dedicated to their craft of sharing stories and a big support to the book world. I highly recommend you follow their blogs as well.

strong-cold-deadA Bookaholic Swede’s Post highlight this week: Blog Tour: Strong Cold Dead by Jon land.

Flashlight Commentary’s Post Highlight this week:  Cover Cliché: Portrait d’une negresse

A Literary Vacation’s Post Highlight this week: Audiobook Review: The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

The maiden’s Court’s Post Highlight this week: Book Review: Pox Americana by Elizabeth Fennpox-america

2 Kids and Tired Book’s Post Highlight this week: Childhood Favorites…Little Mommy

Let Them Read Book’s Post Highlight this week: Review: Mission: Improper by Bec McMaster

indieBRAG is holding a month long Halloween event here! Be sure to check out all the great posts by some our B.R.A.G. Honorees, book deals and enter your chance to win a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card!

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Another great event indieBRAG had this month was a Teen Event of great books and blogs from our authors who write books for our teen audience. Please be sure to check out those great post at the indieBRAG Blog here.

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Thank you all for visiting Layered Pages today and checking out what is happening with my fellow book bloggers, indieBRAG and I! We greatly appreciate your support and enthusiasm for great reads! Check back next week with all of us for more great bookish happenings!

Interview with B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree S.L. Dwyer

Sharon Dwyer BRAGI’d like to welcome back B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree Hi, S.L. Dwyer to Layered Pages today! S.L., thank you for visiting with me today to talk about your B.R.A.G. Medallion Book, The Fantasmagorical Forest. Please tell me about your story.

The story centers on 15-year-old Katelin who has not been able handle her grief over her father’s death. She is devastated when told she will be spending part of her summer, along with her younger brother, at their great-grandmother’s home in the Appalachian Mountains. With no malls, no TV, and no cell phone service, she not only brings her physical baggage, but her emotional baggage. Thinking her life is a total mess now, she fights the beauty of magic they find in the forest that surrounds Nana’s home. But not her brother Simon, who drags her along, willing or not, on his adventures exploring the wonders of the land. Faeries, talking birds, and gentle trolls fail to bring Katelin out of what her brother calls her “baditude”. When Nana is kidnapped, Katelin must organize a race to save her using all the magical beings they met even though she has been rude to all of them.  It’s a story about how a teen reacts to the death of a parent and the road she must travel to realize she still has the love of the rest of her family and it’s okay to grieve.

Describe Katelin and Simon’s great-grandmother’s home in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains.

Nana’s home sits alone in a valley surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains and a lush forest. The house is wood with a large front porch and a smaller back porch facing the forest. Although the house seems small from the outside, once you step inside it appears much larger due to Nana’s personality, with a living room filled with family pictures and a rocking chair next to a large window looking out onto the valley, a rarely used dining room and a cozy kitchen where everyone spends most of their time. There is always fresh lemonade on the table and the aroma of fresh baked goods.  Near the house is a shed made from the remnants of the original log cabin her parents had built and the old well where, as a child, she drew water. Although alone in the valley, the house is cozy within the environment it sits.

The Fantasmagorical Forest BRAGHow did you come up with the name, Fantasmagorical?

The original title was Nana’s Enchanted Valley, but the more I wrote the story the more I didn’t like the title. I wanted the title to reflect the main characters. During one of my writer’s group meetings we threw some words around to get an idea of a new title. The Fantasmagorical Forest was born and it fit great with the young characters. Simon always makes up words (baditude, awesomity, fantasmagorical) so it fit with the story.

What is the world of Dhumfeld like?

The land of the gentle trolls, where everything is big, is bordered on three sides by tall, formidable mountains, cut in half by a river filled with giant snakes, and covered for as far as you can see with tall, golden grass. Warm with a mild breeze, it has subtle beauty intertwined with danger. Green, cool woods shaped like circles plunked down in the plains are inviting but deadly in the truest sense. There are no houses or villages as the trolls live in a huge cave within a mountain. Their mountain is the portal between the two worlds.

What is the mood or tone your characters portrays and how does this affect the story?

Katelin is consumed with grief and it shows in everything she does and says which plays well off Simon’s, happy personality. They bump heads at every turn with Katelin’s need to take her pain out on all those around her and force the story by creating situations that they must work together to resolve. As with all opposite personalities, they come to a point where they must confront each other and say what is in their hearts – good and bad. This becomes the turning point in which the story goes from fighting with each other to joining together, heart and soul, in their race to find Nana.

Often times the best inspiration comes within us. How do you flesh out your characters to drive the plot?

I become each character as I write their actions and dialogue, especially in this book and my previous book, Dirt. Writing about young characters gives me the opportunity to forget about how adults would react to situations and go back to how I dealt with emotions as a teen. It’s amazing how our mind never forgets all those years spent becoming an adult.  Emotions are like freckles; they may fade but never really go away. I can’t believe I just thought about freckles, they bothered me as a teen and I couldn’t wait for them to disappear. Memories tend to show up in our writing without us being aware of it. Back to the question… as I become that young person, I get to say what I want and do what I want and not care or worry about what anyone thought. The abandonment of thinking about doing things right (or being PC) sets me free. I go back to when I was a teen and think about how I would react in the same situation, or at least how I thought I would react, if I want to be angry and not care who got hurt, or be a daredevil and never think about the consequences. I become that character.

Personality helps to drive the plot because as I know my character I am able to put them in positions that require some action, whether it be passive or active. They become three dimensional by using good and bad traits. I love writing young adult stories. Young teens have such a great way of dealing with situations. They are so “in your face” with their emotions. I try to make the characters as real as possible and hope I get it right.

Who designed your book cover?

The picture is actually a photograph of a forest in Nettuno, Italy by Moyan Brenn. I came across it on the internet and realized this was my Fantasmagorical Forest and contacted the photographer. He is a great photographer and gave me permission to use it. Joleen Naylor did the title work. I guess you can say I designed it with a great deal of help by these two wonderful people. I’ve already picked out one of his photographs for the cover of the next book in the trilogy.

How long did it take to write your story and what was your process?

I took about a year since I wrote while taking care of my 91-year-old father 24/7. I really can’t schedule a specific time to write since I never know what will be happening that day. An idea comes and I think about it for awhile until a see a story forming then I take 3×5 cards and use one for each chapter writing the main scene and notes for things I want to include in that chapter. As I’m writing, if I find something I want to include in a previous chapter, I write a note on the corresponding chapter card in red and use them when I edit and rewrite. This system works for me because I don’t have to go back to previous chapters to put something in and end up losing my train of thought as I write.

Favorite food or drink while you write?

Anything I can eat or drink with one hand. When I’m on a roll and the writing is flowing, I don’t want to stop and fix something that stops my train of thought.  Lots of water and yogurt. If I’m energetic, I’ll make a plate of cheese and crackers.

Are there any new writing habits you have developed with each book you have written?

Absolutely. As writers, we all hope to grow as we tackle each story, find new ways to work that produces our best writing. I never plotted or wrote an outline for my first two books.  I sat down and wrote until I felt the story was complete. I knew the beginning, middle and end. This worked only up to a point. I ended up throwing out over one hundred pages and totally rewrote the first two chapters in my first book.  It was a good learning experience.  By the time I got to my third book, Dirt, I used the 3×5 cards for the first time and realized how much easier it was to keep the story on track and to go back and add things or take them out. When I wrote The Fantasmagorical Forest, I used the cards but left out the last chapter thinking I wasn’t happy with what I had envisioned at the start and waited until I was almost finished before deciding on the ending. The second book in The Fantasmagorical Forest trilogy, I used the 3×5 cards and left the last few chapters open. As it is, I’ve already deviated from my cards by chapter 3 and now I am catching up to the original story line.  That’s the good thing about using the cards, I can move away and catch up without losing the story I originally envisioned. I never used to go over any of my chapters until I finished the story. I am now going back over the last chapter I wrote, rereading it and doing a little editing before writing the next chapter. This gets me into the story faster.  I’m evolving.

Where can readers buy your book? 

All my books are on Amazon. I’m getting ready to add them to Barnes and Noble.

What are you currently working on?

Book 2 of The Fantasmagorical Forest. I love this story because Katelin is now almost eighteen and her views of the world are a little different. She makes decisions and worries about the consequences later.  It seems as if some of her brother, Simon, has rubbed off on her.

Thank you, S.L.! A pleasure to talk with you today.

About Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Florida, I still consider myself a New Englander and miss the scenery. I’ve worked at several different professions from nursing to engineering to finance until I realized writing is what makes me the happiest.  The joy of taking a single idea and turning it into a story people want to read is exhilarating.

People ask me where I get my ideas for my books. Well, as most writers will tell you, they come from observing life around you. I am a people watcher and find stories where ever I look. I am also a day dreamer – which sometimes gets in the way of my writing.

I am currently working on my third YA book and having fun staying in the heads of a fifteen-year-old and eleven-year-old. The freedom to shape these characters is enormous and I have fun going back in time and being that child again – without all the problems inherent to teenagers. I would never have thought this is where I would settle in my writing. My first book was action/adventure; shoot-outs and chases were fun along with exotic locales. My second book was mainstream drama and left me feeling drained from the emotional baggage that came with the story.

So, putting those books behind me, I have embarked on a wonderful journey writing stories with children being my main characters and finding all sorts of trouble for them to get into. And, I plan on sticking with teen and YA stories, at least for now.

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