Hey Authors!

Do you have a character that has something to say? Why not give them center stage with a character interview. It’s an interesting and fun way to draw attention to your books.

How it works

If you’re interested send me a message, and I will send you the interview questions and instructions. Interviews will be posted Saturday mornings on my Expressions WordPress Blog, and on my website http://www.sandrajjackson.com. Links to both blogs will be shared with you to post wherever you’d like. I will also post links to the interview on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, & Tumblr.

Author Interview – June V. Bourgo

I am pleased to have June V. Bourgo as my interview guest for the month of July. June has been a guest of mine before on my website. In the early days of hosting authors I had them write a blog about their personal journey becoming an author. This time June participated in my interview questions and answered all of them. There are some interesting answers to these questions and I quite enjoyed them. Hope you do too.

Welcome and thank you June!

  1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

My first book and then the series was The Nancy Drew Series. I was enthralled with this strong female character who solved mysteries. I fell in love with California and wanted to live there one day lol. Her books impacted my desire to write books with female protagonists and I got to live on the West Coast on an island too.

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

I’ve always wanted to write novels but life took me in other directions until my fifties. That’s when I seriously started my first novel.

  1. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

My favourite authors are Alice Munro, Barbara Delinsky and Chevy Stevens.

  1. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing writing?

My favourite thing is the research. I love learning about new things that I didn’t know before. My least favourite is editing, probably a common author complaint.

  1. Where do your ideas come from?

Wow, I’m not really sure. Although, I will say my first novel was inspired by an abusive first marriage. Sometimes from real-life events I see on the news, or something I see out and about will trigger a story idea. But most of the time, I wake up in the morning and ideas just pop into my head.

  1. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

I love to sing; the classics, blues, jazz are my favourites. I once belonged to a group called Nostalgia. We sang songs from the 40s through the 90s.

  1. If you could jump inside of a book for one day (as an observer) what book would it be?

Eww…this is a hard one. I’ll say Space Odyssey, originally a book made into a movie, because if it’s just for a day, what a great adventure. But wouldn’t it be great if we could go into our own books while writing them and experience a day? What a great insight we could achieve, might help with that dreadful editing.

  1. When you create characters are they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know?

Mostly, made up. The odd character is based on people I know (usually the not so nice people…just kidding).

  1. Have you ever created a character “out of thin air” only to run into someone in real life that reminds you of that character either in personality or their features?

No, this hasn’t happened to me as yet. Although, sometimes I will see an actor and think they could play a certain character in one of my books.

  1. How do you come up with titles for your books?

Painfully! I like my titles to reference what is happening in the book in some way. I usually type up a list of potential titles and cross them off. The remaining titles I look up online to see if other have used that title. Sometimes, I have to start a new list. The hardest name was for my first book, after that it got easier.

  1. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

I’m working on two books. One is Book 2 of The Crossing Trilogy, Chameleon Games. It’s a sequel to Magnolia Tree, Book 1 but I can’t tell you what it is about because it would be a spoiler for the ending of Book 2 lol. 

The second book I’m writing with my husband. It’s a one up fiction book called Cash Boat. It’s    about the herring fishing days, a suspense, mystery. This is my husband’s idea and he did a lot of research for it but he wants me to help him write it to build on both of our writing skills. It’s a fun project as long as our differing ideas about the plot line don’t lead us to divorce court lol.

  1. Have you won any awards for your writing/books and if so what?

Winter’s Captive won The Reader’s Choice Award-Judges Pick for 2017, and all three books of The Georgia Series and Magnolia Tree each won a reviewers 2-Thumbs Up Award.

  1. What is one thing you haven’t done but would like to do?

Spend some time in Haida Gwai. An island off the northern coast of British Columbia. It is supposedly a very spiritual hotspot.

  1. Can you tell us about an embarrassing/funny moment?

It wasn’t funny at the time, but we laughed about it later. Once in Hawaii, I was sitting on the floor with metal curlers in my hair under a hairdryer. The hotel generator blew up and there was a fire. I got zapped through the wall outlet and was totally a zombie. My sister had to lead me out of the room, help me climb through a window at the end of the hall onto the roof of the hotel next door. I got through it without any damage (I think, but some may beg to differ lol). I was so out of it, that climbing out a window twelve stories up didn’t even faze me. I was like, okay, let’s do this. What’s next?

  1. Have you ever experienced something weird you could not explain?

Many times. I experience pre-cognition and have ‘dreams’ about things that have or will happen. I thank my mother for passing that along, as she experienced the same thing her whole life.

  1. Are you superstitious? Do you have any rituals for good luck?

Whenever we go on a highway drive, I always have a ritual meditation I do to protect myself, other occupants and the vehicle. I have to do it now or I feel unprotected. But having said that, I’ve never been afraid of Friday the 13th, never had a bad thing happen ever.

  1. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?

I guess that would be frogs legs and octopus. But I’ve since learned that octopus are the most   intelligent species on the earth and I’m sorry I ate one.

  1. Do you have a favourite vacation spot? Where?

Anywhere in nature. I’m fortunate enough to live on an Island surrounded with water, trees, and mountains so I don’t have to go far to enjoy it. It is so inspiring for my writing.

  1. Can you tell us about one of your favourite childhood memories?

Camping in Vermont on Lake Champlain at a place called Grande Isle. It was so much fun and so beautiful. I think that’s where my first love of nature began. And we always went to the outdoor    drive-in movie theatre and we got to sit in the car in our pajamas and eat junk food while we  watched the movie.

  1. What makes you happy?

When I was younger, travelling for sure. Now I’m older, walks in the evening along the oceanfront with my husband, hikes, and holding a new paperback of my latest book release in my hands for the first time.

  1. If you aren’t writing (or doing anything associated with writing), what are you doing?

Walking, spending time with family, especially my grandkids, exploring spots on the Island we haven’t seen before.

  1. Have you ever met anyone famous – who?

Ha! I have a tendency to ‘run into’ famous people lol. I met ‘Soupy Sales’ in Montreal racing back to work one lunch hour. We collided and he held onto me and we danced in a circle to keep from falling down. Did the same thing with Lou Rawls, the singer in Hawaii. He was racing to his next show and was late. We shared a little dance as well. I’ve met Bo Svenson, the actor. He lived in our neighbourhood for awhile. Boy, is he tall and a total flirt.  And Bruno Gerussi lived  and filmed Beachcombers in our town. He was a fixture and we all knew him. In fact, my  husband looked a lot like him in those days and was mistaken for him on the ferry many times between Vancouver and Gibsons.

Where to find June

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/junevbourgoauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/junebourgo

Blog: http://losingcinderella.blogspot.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B00J6A1EXW

Author Interview Faith Bloom

May’s interview is with Author and Poet Faith Bloom. Faith has been writing poetry for a number of years and will soon be releasing her first novel later this year.

I certainly can relate to Faith’s answer to the second part of question 4, as I am sure many authors can.

I hope you enjoy learning about Faith.

1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

I guess that would be The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I had to read it while in school and I loved the story. It became my favorite when I realized the story was an allegory of the story of Christ. I realized then that writing could be an adventure and wasn’t always something easily explained. It had to be understood by the reader.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

It was in elementary school, I believe in the fourth grade. I had to write a poem for my class’s participation in the Christmas program. I wrote a poem about Santa’s reindeer planning a Christmas party. My teacher loved it! I realized how much fun I had writing poetry. Then in the sixth grade, I started to write my first book. It was about some kids and a vampire. I had gotten up to seven chapters and a friend of mine wanted to read it and never gave it back. I hope she liked it!

3. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

I love Nicholas Sparks’ books. All of his stories are clean and have meaning to them. They have beautiful settings and are about relationships.

4. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing writing?

My favourite thing would be coming up with new ideas and new characters. It’s exciting to dive into something new with each story that I write. It’s fun coming up with plot ideas and how I want the story to end.

The thing I like the least would be distractions. I get distracted easily from writing. I get into something that needs done around the house or appointments I need to get to and I lose focus. I need to learn to spend time on a regular basis for writing.

5. Where do your ideas come from?

I’ve had a lot of ideas from life in general, things I’ve experienced. I got an idea for a story I want to write with my son from a dream I had. The whole book played out in my dream. I’ve gotten ideas from songs. Some songs I’ve loved have given me inspiration to write poetry or a short story. And sometimes I see something on television. In a movie or even the news.

6. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

One “talent” I have is I can walk into anyone’s house and rearrange, declutter and organize them within one day. I can play the flute, but I’m horrible at reading music. Over the past few years, I’ve been making videos, websites, publishing and editing books for friends. I happen to think I’m pretty good at it.

7. If you could jump inside of a book for one day (as an observer) what book would it be?

Maybe that would be Eat, Pray, Love. My husband and I separated 8 years ago and I had to start all over again at the age of 38. I should have read this book then! It is full of exciting characters, yummy food, spiritual insight, and a great sense of humor as the character, Elizabeth, is redefining herself. I would love to follow her journey as she travels to other countries on her quest for self discovery.

8. When you create characters are they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know? Sometimes I think I am completely making them up in my mind, but later I realize that they resemble someone in my life. Probably because I believe you write what you know. I think a lot of authors write characters about people they know or have met and don’t realize it right away.

9. Have you ever created a character “out of thin air” only to run into someone in real life that reminds you of that character either in personality or their features? So far, that hasn’t happened to me. But that would be awesome!

10. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

I’m working on my first novel. It’s going to be a series of books called Unbreakable. It’s the story of a young woman named Ava and her journey through life and abuse that she endures. It’s going to be a trigger for some people but I’m writing it in hopes it will help others who have gone through similar situations. It
will be released later this year.

You can find and follow Faith Bloom on the links below.

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorFaithBloom

https://www.facebook.com/TheRemedyPress

https://www.facebook.com/TheRemedyStore/

http://faithbloom.wixsite.com/faith-bloom

faithbloom@outlook.com

 

Author Interview with KG Petrone

Welcome February’s Author, KG Petrone. KG provided some interesting answers to my interview questions. One of my favourites is #7. Her answer made me chuckle. When I originally came up with the question, I was thinking of my favourite historical romance novel. I was not thinking about some other genres. I definitely would have to agree with her answer.

If you are an author and would like to be a guest on my blog (here and on my website) send me a message.

 

  1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

Oh, goodness my first book was Ballerina Bess. I read and read that little book. I remember feeling much like Bess. I loved to dance and felt I too, could become a Ballerina.

 

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

I didn’t, I dabbled most of my life writing memorials and poems. However, I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until a story popped in my mind and became trapped in there. I began putting the story down on paper and nine months later, “Cycles of Time – Revenge is Mine” was complete and published.

 

  1. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

My favorite authors are Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Lisa Jackson. I’m sure I will acquire a larger list as I read more stories from my peers.

 

  1. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing writing?

Of course, the accomplishment of a completed story, but what I enjoy more than that is feedback from my readers. For me hearing feedback from my readers good or bad is the most satisfying aspect. On the flip side the least favorite thing for me in writing would have to be punctuation. Not too long ago I would have answered writing dialogue but I have become more comfortable with it.

 

  1. Where do your ideas come from?

The idea for my current release came from a true story I came across while doing some research. I was researching an area where I was considering purchasing a home and came across the story of Frances Slocum. The story hit a cord inside my heart, not from Frances’ perspective but from her mother’s. As I began the process of putting the story to paper the story-line evolved on its own.

 

  1. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

I guess for me it would have to be cooking. I love to cook and have been told I’m pretty good at it. I also have a cooking Facebook page and blog on cooking where I share some of my favorite recipes. https://cookingwithauthorkgpetrone.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Cookingfortwowithkgpetrone/

 

  1. If you could jump inside of a book for one day (as an observer) what book would it be?

Well to be quite honest, none. You see I prefer thrillers, horror, and murder mysteries. So I don’t think I really would like to physically observe any of these in this genre. LOL

 

  1. When you create characters are they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know?

My character are a mix. Some are based on people I know. The two main characters Detectives Hart and Jones from my published novel are based on two of my children. Victoria another character in my story resembles me. However, the other characters are totally invented.

 

  1. Have you ever created a character “out of thin air” only to run into someone in real life that reminds you of that character either in personality or their features?

Oh, sadly yes! As I stated in question 5, the idea for my story-line struck me while researching a location for a prospective new house.  I immediately began writing prior to the closing on my home. I created this female character Beth O’Donnell an avid runner. After closing on the home, we moved (to another state). That when I began to take notice of a woman walker who regularly passes my home. Her features are identical to that of my characters. I have yet to speak or say hello to her. I think I feel a bit guilty because in my novel she becomes a victim and killed off. The other kind of creepy thing I noticed is that two of my new neighbors (Jerry & Joe) are also two names I chose prior to moving for other characters in my novel. I did not know or meet these people until after the move just uncanny.

 

  1. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

I am currently working on Book two of the Cycles of Time serious. Cycles of Time – Down in the Mind is another crime mystery novel and should be released later this year. I am also about to release a monthly newsletter featuring Misty’s Memoirs. The newsletter will also contain new releases, author interviews, poetry and more. The first issue is scheduled for release April 2, 2018. (The newsletter is exclusive; if you are interested in a copy please sign-up on my blog.)

 

Links:

https://twitter.com/kgpetrone

https://www.literaryartsbykgpetrone.wordpress.com

https://facebook.com/kgpetrone

You can read some of my poetry on my blog or on one of the below links. I have also been featured in Indies Writers Review.

https://www.poetrynation.com/collections/depressionmental-health/

https://festivalforpoetry.com/2018/02/04/read-poetry-tears-for-you-by-kg-petrone/

 

You can purchase my books through Amazon.