Author Libby Campbell's Interview

      So the other day I joined an art class. I figured I'm an arty person, I'll do well, right? I would have, but then the teacher turned around and told us to do a self portrait. What happened to abstract painting? Haaave you seen this face? Haaave you met my unsteady hands? 

      Anyway long story short, I do my best and after class, I hide my hideous attempt at self expressionism under my arm. Bump is such a strong word, but let's just say I fumbled around in my handbag, right into another person! It wasn't just any person. It was none other than Author Libby Campbell!  

      Our self portraits autumn leaf themselves to the ground and there we are. I hastily try to pick up my art resembling an emoji compared to hers. She starts talking to me and so, after a while of formalities, began this chat: Allow me to share...

Tell me Libby, what inspired you to write books?

I tried writing short stories but the word count always ran out before the story did.

Muses man! What do you love about writing in general?

Channeling the characters. Seeing a story unfold. Revising and polishing the early drafts.

Revising? I have literally never heard an Author say they love that! What advice can you give aspiring Authors in your genre?

The same as I would give an author in any genre. Read. A lot. There is no such thing as too much reading.
Write. A lot. As self-evident as that may seem, skills only improve with practice. You can’t fix what isn’t on the page. Sometimes you have to lay a lot of boring track before inspiration arrives. The catch is: you have to be there, bum in chair, to catch the fleeting muse.
Finally, you may be surprised by how much of your writing life isn’t actually spent writing. Editing, revising, blogging, maintaining a website so people can find you and your books – these all take time.

Wow! great advice! What’s your favorite part of being an author?

I love it when someone takes the time to say they’ve enjoyed my book. It means I’ve reached someone, that they’ve enjoyed a visit to my world. Nothing is more rewarding!

I bet! What is the worst part about being an author?

It takes a lot of perseverance, determination, not to forget isolation, to write. Sometimes it’s hard to muster those disciplines.

It sounds like hard work to me! You must have fun. What do you do for fun?

My best times are spent with my gorgeous husband. We love road trips, dancing, forest hikes, and walks on the beaches. We designed our kitchen to make it a good work space and enjoy preparing meals together. We both like board and card games. I do yoga and I’m an avid reader.

How ever do you find the time to write with all that fun?

You never find time to write. You have to make time to write or it never happens. Remember what I said earlier about perseverance.

Oh yeah! It rings a bell. You seem to have a lot of that. What is in your WIP or next book you thought about writing?

Book two of the Romancing the Coast series is underway. Beyond that, my lips are sealed.
“I find that discussing an idea out loud is a sure way to kill it stone dead.” – JK Rowling.

That sounds great, yet mysterious. Where do you write?

My desk sits in the window of the living room of our mock Tudor townhouse. It overlooks a street that is popular with pedestrians, cyclists, and, at this time of year, deer and raccoons.

That is so interesting! Are you a full-time author?

Because I retired a couple of years ago, I could be. But I’m not. I restrict my writing to 20-30 hours a week so I have lots of time to share with the love of my life. We both had very busy careers that kept us apart during our ‘first’ working lives.
While I say I restrict my writing time, it would be more truthful to say I try to. Sometimes it isn’t possible to keep a lid on it.

I was about to ask Libby (yes, I can call her Libby because we are friends now) more  questions, but the heavens opened and we were forced to run to our cars. 

Author Maggie Carpenter's Interview 

It's almost noon. The beautiful, talented and Best Selling Author Maggie Carpenter, is coming to my house. MY HOUSE! and I am running late! Shit, fuck, crab cakes!!! No they're not the reason I'm late. I just over slept. 
I run my hands through my hair. Thank God I already planned my outfit days ago, otherwise I'd still be naked. 
The doorbell which normally fills me with excitement, now fills me with dread. I just have enough time to put on lipstick. I try on a red to copycat my idol's seductive, yet classy look. Aw man! Smudged FUBAR , but screw it! I can't let her wait any longer! I'd have to pout my way through this disaster. 

"Good Morning Maggie!" I welcome her. Stay cool Natasha I tell myself. I try not to look frazzled. Fuck I forgot to put on the kettle!!! First TIME. First any author has ever come to my house and I forgot to put on a kettle! 
Somewhere along the line, I must have had the good sense to at least step aside to let her through. I didn't even hear her speak as she entered my house. I catch the last words...

"...be here."

"Yes, South Africa is a great place to visit."  Shit! she looks confused. I should stop thinking. Wait..scratch that! I should think. Thinking is good. I must just keep it together. Now what do I do??? Um...tea!! offer TEA!!                     
"Could I offer you some tea, or coffee or anything to drink?" Yay manners! 

"Not   right now thank you." 

"Okay...um... Please come through to the lounge and have a seat?" 
Walking...breathing...no waiting for the kettle which I forgot to put on...everything is good. ..sitting down opposite her... very good. Oh she just complimented my house!  
"Thank you. I suppose being a Best Selling and Award winning Author, your house must be much bigger and far more impressive than my little home?" 

"Haha, no not really. I live in a normal life."

What the fuck is that supposed to tell me? Man she is evasive, I hope she is not so private in the rest of our interview? 
"Good to know. How did you get into writing anyway? What inspired you to write books? 

"I have no idea. When I was a youngster and the teacher would ask the class to write about our weekend, the other students would hand in a paragraph, and Id give her full two pages. As I continued through school this didnt change, except the two pages grew into many, complete with a cover page, chapters and even illustrations. Its just in me. I love it."

Thank god! For a minute I thought I was going to get a one word answer. She is opening up. To me! Shrieks! Let's keep this going...quick next question!
"So what is it about writing that you love in general?" 

"Romance involving dominance and submission.  However, there is a book Im aching to write about my great, great, grandmother whose story is, as they say, stranger than fiction. Its an extraordinary tale of a woman who was left on the streets in Sydney at the tender age of thirteen. She lived to be 94, and achieved remarkable things, all documented in a newspaper article written upon her death."

Okay! I'm impressed! You can see it on my face, can't you? Well I am! She is sitting there all relaxed and friendly. Man, I need to keep her talking to me! It's calming. I'm getting more and more at ease. Yay me.
"She sounds amazing! I bet she has given you plenty of advise in her lifetime. What advice can you give aspiring authors?" 

"Write what you know, or that about which you fantasize, and find people whose opinion you respect to read your work, and then listen to them."

"Hmmm...actually that's really good advice!"  Okay overly impressed fan girl...concentrate.  
"What is your favorite part of being an author? 

"Writing! Getting lost in the worlds my characters inhabit, listening to them whisper in my ear, being hit by something out-of-the-blue. As I said. Writing!"

Hmmm...sounds way too good to be true. I need to know more. "There must be bad parts of writing. What is the worst part about being an author?"  

She doesn't even hesitate. "Marketing and promotion." 

"No Way!! I live for that shit!! I think it's FUN!"  Speaking of which.
"What do you do for fun?" 

 "Ride my beautiful mare and take my adorable mutt for walks. (Yes, there are other things, but I cant give away all my secrets)." 

Oh I love horses! I think I just made a new BFF! "If I had horses I'd never do any work! Where do you find the time to write?" 

"It’s how I make my living."

"Oh! So you are a full time author?" I'm surprised, you can tell. It's written all over my face. See....

" Yes." 

Damn! Back to short word answers. Quick... ask her something she can elaborate on! 
" What is in your WIP, or the next book you are thinking about  writing?" 

"Im currently finishing a super-hot book about a tough, muscled, biker. Damn is this guy sexy?! I keep wishing hed materialize in my living room!" 

"I read your latest book Protecting Paige. I wish all your male characters will do that! But seriously, is there anything in particular, apart from hot guys materializing, that affects your writing?"   

Definitely weather. If its cold, raining and/or windy, I write much faster and better than if its hot. Summer and I dont get along. Speaking of which, I'd have that tea now please



Simon Oneill and I were meant to have a normal chat at a local coffee shop, but Nooooo! This is Simon Oneill!!! Nothing is normal where it comes to this eccentric Paranormal genius. Instead he managed to piss off the local mob and we find ourselves hiding in a dark alley. He had called for help on his mobile. While we wait, my back is aching from crouching behind a dumpster for the last...let's see...CENTURY!! 
Simon is as cool as a cucumber in a day spa. He silently leans back against the wall and start tapping his fingers on his knees. There is a happy little jig playing in his mind, but for the life of me I cannot tell what it is. To get me out of my frazzled state, I decide to break the silence.

"So, Simon. Besides hiding from the mob, what else do you do for fun?"
"Romantic walks on our local Jurassic coastline where we often collect awesome fossils to decorate our beach garden. That and beachcombing for driftwood and unusual-shaped pebbles, crystals whatever interesting things we can rummage for. A glass or two or three of red wine helps me relax in the evenings." 

"I see. When did you first start writing?"

"Just after the new millennium was born I had a hankering to write. My wife and I wrote a paranormal TV series but the producers couldn’t get financing so it went the way of dinosaurs many of which can still be found on our beach. Then we had a light bulb moment and decided to convert each episode into a novel and Phantom Bigfoot was born 10 years later." 

"But this books is so different to what you normally write. Why did you write this book?" 

"Flip Side is a twisted version of my own life which in recent years became a nightmare of back stabbing and bullying. So I created Johnny Knight a guy ready to retire and live his dream. Big mistake! The back-stabbers creep from the woodwork to get him." 

I snort. "I know right? What I great story. I wish I could write like you. What is the best advice you could give someone who wants to write? 

"Don’t stop writing no matter what the trolls say." 

"Fucking trolls! I bet they love you to attack your writing style. I don't think they have any idea what it is like to put your heart and soul out there like that. How long did it take you to write this book, BTW?" 

Simon shrugs. "2 months, although I admit that was the final version – it started in 2006 when as a script it was read by Ian McShane who loved it, then Timothy Dalton, Gary Oldman, Clive Owen, Hugh Grant, and George Clooney – okay Hugh and George passed on it but that was to be expected."  

"Yeah I guess. What's your next project? 

I think with all the fuss from Hollywood, I might have to write a screenplay version of my horror comedy Magic Is Murder. As for next novel, watch out for Hot In Bigelow, an alien erotica comedy.

"That sounds great! I better keep my reading list short. I am sure it will be another best selling success!" 

Simon chuckles shyly. "I measure success to be when a complete stranger loves my book enough to give it a great review or a great actor loves my script enough to want to star in it."

"Really? Wow! You are such an enigma!" 

"No I'm not. I guess Phantom Bigfoot best describes me – you can find me or him in my Duane Phantom Bigfoot novels – I love all animals and hate hunting for pleasure which is what my Bigfoot novels is all about – stopping hunters bagging Bigfoot, also 30% of all income from Bigfoot goes to animal charities. I love real ale and used to be a champion beer maker and was sort out for supplying parties. I have a bottle of barley wine – that’s ultra-strong beer fermented with wine yeast – stored away for the last 15 years. When a script is greenlighted I’m gonna glug that baby down. I also make wine, faves are made from blueberries, elderberry, blackberry and cranberry. The hardest thing is waiting for them to mature."

The lights of a car blinds us as it enters the alley. Simon and I hold our breath. Our hearts are beating frantically. The car stops. We look at each other. The driver door opens. We freeze up as footsteps click-clack their way to us. 
"Thank God I found you!What the hell happened?
Simon explains the whole story. She looks at him and smiles lovingly. 
 "That's not the mob. You are hiding from extras in this movie they are shooting around the corner dear. Now get in the car?" 
Simon and I look sheepishly at his wife and abide. 


Picture this! 
We sit on my lounge suite and start flipping through her photo album. While we page through it, I ask her some questions...

What do you do for fun?
Most often, if you saw me in person, you’d see me with a camera either around my neck or with it close by.  I love to take pictures.  I also enjoy family time with my four boys and husband.  My husband and I have been married for over 15 years and love to garden.  Our family also shares a love for baseball. 

When did you first start writing?
My first recollection of wanting to be a writer was in 4th grade when my teacher, Mrs. Scherer asking us to bring an object to life and write a story.  I brought a bowl of eavesdropping Mexican jumping beans to life. They were in the middle of a table surrounded by people.  I remember my teacher saying to me, “Elizabeth, someday you will be a writer.”  I’ve never forgotten that.  I always keep one or two journals with me at all times.

Why did you write this book?
I wrote this book to help raise awareness within and help us all be aware of how we change and grow, while being mindful of those around us. Percolate – Let Your Best Self Filter Through provides a place and space to discover your authentic, best self and create a plan and practice for yourself where each moment in your life matters.  My goal is to help connect  us  to ourselves, others around us and the world as a whole.

READ MORE: http://fit4amom.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-best-ever.html



Fishing for answers

I'm in Kathmandu, visiting a Buddhist temple under the guise as a Journalist. High in the Himalayan mountains, the pretty little Swayambhu temple emulates peace and tranquility. I feel at one with the universe for the first time in a long time.

I see people of all ages and nationalities meditating in the gardens while others are praying in the temple with the monks. One person in particular catches my eye as I trip over him accidentally. He is not your average garden variety author. He is Nathaniel Sewell!! I try to get up as lady-like as I can and clear my throat to get his attention. When I ask to join him, he doesn't respond, but re-positions himself to make room for me. I take out my recorder and iPad to make notes. We sit there with our eyes closed in perfect silence. After a couple of minutes I can't resist it anymore, and whisper...

Hot today, huh?

After a few more Ohms, I ask;

What are you doing here? Did you come to find enlightenment or cure writer's block?

He sighs. The look on my face says it all. (Answer my questions and I'll piss off like a good girl.) He gets the hint.

“I write short stories and poems as a creative outlet. I think it helps to keep my craft sharp, and I continue to learn. Beyond writing, I love to play golf, exercise and act weird. I don’t take myself that serious, so I prefer to seek laughter. In part, the novel, Fishing for Light comes from all my life interest, and in particular golf.”

When did you first start writing?

“I was in my teens and discovered I enjoyed creating stories. My teachers were not interested in the story, they only focused on the grammar and structure.”

Why did you write this book?

“I wrote Fishing for Light from observing how life traumas obliterate our hopes and dreams. If we love someone, and they are taken away from us without any warning, the trauma literally ‘marks’ our genetic code. It is a similar theme from my first novel, Bobby’s Socks. But in Fishing for Light, I wanted to take a heavy subject, human suffering and blend it into a 21st Century satire.”

Who would play the characters if this was a movie?

“Oh, let’s dream big, I think Josh Hutcherson would be a perfect - Eddie Wilcox, Al Pacino I think would be – Professor Quan and Bruce Willis has all the qualities to be Captain Lovins. As to Ms. Prosperina, that actor would need to have a cold, nasty side and a sense of humor, perhaps a middle-aged, Diane Kruger.”

How long did it take to write?

“Fishing for Light sort of evolved over a four or five year process. It is not a simplistic book; it has layers and layers of meaning. I decided to get out of my own way, and let the satire happen. And I am quite happy with the result.”


Natasha Johnstone
"So darling, what are we going to do today?"

Hunter S. Jones

"As little as possible hun. I need to spend time on my books. They don't write or promote themselves, you know?"
Natasha Johnstone
"God! don't you ever have fun?"

Hunter S. Jones

"I do when I read, shop or travel."
Who hid the camera crew under our table?
As it is Shannon's Birthday today, we decided to grab a movie and spend some time together. The mall is packed for a weekday. We are exhausted from the long wait in the queue not to mention thirsty. There is a less than an hour left before Daughter of Ares Chronicles - The MOVIE starts. At a nearby cafĂ© we settle our comfy little rear ends on some cushy seats and rest our elbows on the table while we look at the menus.
"What are you having?" I ask Shannon.
"Oh, the Chocolate Milkshake of course!" She winks and smiles.

"Excellent choice, I'll have the same," I put the menu down and rub my hands together in anticipation. The waitress takes our orders and menus before she dashes off to the next table.

"I know, right? I'm so clever some times," she does a little jiggle to go with her joke. 
I give a big chuckle and look around the packed cafe. "So this should be fun, huh?"
"FFUUUN? I haven’t heard of this word before." She tilts her head to the side in gest. "Lately, all I do is work and work and write books.  Occasionally I sleep.  Maybe that is fun? Sometimes I get to play Guild Wars 2, like once a year."

"Pht! I know what that is like! Good thing we are getting out today," I try not to think about work.
Read the Answers and then guess the question:
Answer: A while ago, when toying with the idea of setting up a website to showcase some screenplays that I’d done, I typed in JamesRoss.com (my real name) and discovered the domain name was already taken… by an author! Further investigation led me to find another two James Ross’ who put pen to paper, so an anagram of my name (and a borrowed N) had to do.

What was the question?  Why did you decide on a pen name like Jams N Roses?

Answer: Scream. Shout. Throw things. Sleep (have nightmares). Lift weights (light ones). Promise myself that I’ll never try and write again. No, seriously, there is no one answer for that one. I would say, that leaving your work at the point you are blocked, and then coming back to it after a sleep, or anything else that takes your mind of it, can be the best thing to do. After wasting an hour or so writing next to nothing, I’ve gone back to the computer after a good sleep and carried on as if there was never a problem – struggling to even remember what the problem was, the night before.

What was the question? What do you do when you have writer's block?

Answer: It would have been Christopher Hitchens, if he hadn’t passed away, of course. The guy was a legend in my eyes; super intelligent, quick-witted and not too timid to point out the wrong-doers in the world. There are many people alive who know much more than I do, so I’d be happy to meet anyone who could broaden my mind and open my eyes, that sort of thing. They wouldn’t have to be famous, just knowledgeable, honest and kind.

What was the question? If you could meet any person in the world, who would that be?

Author Simon Okill is best known for his best selling book Nobody Loves A Bigfoot Like A Bigfoot Babe. I became a fan of his after reading his Bigfoot book and soon a great friendship was sparked and I was dubbed the honour of becoming his first Bigfoot Babe known as Little Yeti. 

Before I give you his lifestory, here's a little chat we had online before he finished Luna Sangius that I think you should read:
Picture this: 23 May 2013

**My Facebook inbox "pinged" and there was a message from Simon. I smiled and excitedly opened it.**

Hi Little Yeti!

Hiya Phantom Bigfoot. How are you doing?

I'm doing great Natasha, but over busy now. I'm a moderator on GR and Indie Author Site. Just had my vamprom edited by a pro and was given WOW status so am busy getting a cover done and am going to self pub it. It's in Latin and has that creepy feel to it- Part 1 is Luna Sanguis and part 2 is Luna Aeturnus working on part 2 now for edit. 


Me: What do you do for fun Lucy?

Lucy: Hahahaha, you would like to know that, now wouldn't you? Erm, I mean. Yoga and baking stuff. Walking the dog and climbing. I would love to be able to wield a chainsaw.

At this point all I could think of was this tiny woman flinging a massive chainsaw around. It was equally scary and hilarious. 

Me: What is sexy to you?

Lucy: A man who's a bit rough around the edges. A lumberjack for example.

Yikes! I hate their clothes and scruffy beards...Oh wait! I was thinking of Duck Dynasty...nevermind...

Me: Why did you write this book?

Lucy: I just sat down and it kind of wrote itself. :-)

Yes it happens people! moving on...



Natasha Johnstone
Come eaves drop into a conversation recorded between Raymond and Natasha when she learned more about this Author at a coffee shop.

1)      What do you do for fun?

Raymond radiated a smile and stated: “My only fun is when I’m playing with my Granddaughters and my mind reminds me when I was their age. The difference was that my play fun was growing up during WW II and there wasn’t much fresh air to breathe.  It is also fun when my Granddaughters are arguing about the school subjects as I hit back on them with my life experiences. But mind you, that one girl is in primary school and the other one in high school, and they are both heading as pure academics for their future.”

Natasha responded: “I know you are a devoted husband to a very ill wife and a great father.  It’s rare that you get a grandfather so involved in his granddaughter’s lives. I know you even take them to school!”

Raymond just smiled

2)      What is important to you?

Raymond looked very concerned and then said: “Firstly I wish that the world avoid the wars. I do hate corruption, crime, drugs, bad politicians and all the rest that is bad to our society.  Democracy is losing the string from original implementation and I wonder if the world will be converting to a total and good Democracy.”

Natasha retorted: “Good luck with that one!” as she giggled and then gave a snort Miss Piggy would be proud of.

Before Raymond could respond, Natasha interrupted him...
Who is Wendy?

Okay so we all know about Raven's Quest by now, but what about the author?

I asked Wendy 10 Flash Questions which she had to answer in 10 seconds.

Here's the details:

1) What do you do for fun?
I love to Drag Race Fast Cars
2) What is sexy your sexiest feature?
I have been told my eyes
3) Why did you write this book?
Raven is just one side of me. I felt her story needed to be heard.

READ MORE HERE: http://fit4amom.blogspot.com/2013/05/who-is-wendy.html


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