Thursday, November 9, 2017

Author Spotlight - Regina Puckett on her award-winning book



WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A WRITER?
I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I don’t know that it was any one thing that made want to be one. I just knew that it had to be the most exciting thing in the world to be able to make people, laugh, cry or make someone want to be one of your characters for however long you had their attention.

WAS THERE A TEACHER OR OTHER MENTOR WHO INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING?
 I’m not certain if anyone in my life, parent, sibling or teacher ever thought I would ever make anything out of my life. I was raised during an era when most didn’t expect a woman to be more than a wife, mother or if you were lucky enough, a teacher.

HOW DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK?
I saw a wonderful photo I wanted to use as a book cover. I had never written a Steampunk book, so I had to do tons of research before I could begin writing, but I was determined to give this new genre my best shot.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LINE FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK AND WHY?
“I will breathe enough for you, if you will love enough for me.”

WHICH OF YOUR CHARACTERS FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE DO YOU BELIEVE ARE MOST LIKE YOU AND WHY?
There are many similarities between Liberty and me. We both are cranky and foul-mouthed but we are also good-hearted people.

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HOPE READERS WILL GLEAN FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK?
That love can change the world.

WHAT BOOK / PERSON / INCIDENT HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE?
Gone With the Wind – it was the first book that drew me into the story so much that I never wanted it to end.

IF A CLOSE FRIEND OR LOVED ONE WANTED TO WRITE A BOOK, WHAT GREATEST PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THEM?
Writing is hard work, but you must never give up.

CAN YOU OFFER ANY ADVICE FOR WRITERS ON HOW BEST TO PROMOTE THEIR BOOK?
I find Twitter to be a great way to connect with new readers and other writers.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ACCOMPLISHMENT?
Finishing my first book and my last book. I have a hundred works published and I’m just as proud of the last one as I was the first. Writing takes patience and determination. You have to be willing to dream even when no one else believes in you.

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ASPIRATIONS?
My greatest aspiration was to become a writer and my next is to get better and better at my craft.

TELL US SOMETHING PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU THAT THEY MIGHT FIND INTERESTING:
My greatest joys are my daughters and four grandchildren.

DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW BOOKS IN THE WORKS?
I just finished writing my third regency romance. I planned six in this series and hope to have my Closed series completed by the end of 2018.

Enclosed in This Heart will be available to purchase on Amazon in late fall of 2017 on Amazon.
I have several books and short stories available on Amazon. Please stop by my author page and check them out. I write romance, horror, poetry, steampunk and I write and illustrate children’s picture books.


LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Author Lynne Stringer on her award-winning book






WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A WRITER?
I have always loved creating stories and wrote my first book when I was eight. It was only a few pages long. During my teenage years, I tried to write some full-length manuscripts but it wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I managed to finish one. About that time, I became a journalist so that was my writing focus for the next few years before I returned to novels. Not long after that, my debut novel was published. 

HOW DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK?
In Once Confronted, my protagonist is the victim of an armed robbery. I too have been the victim of an armed robbery. In fact, the manuscript that became Once Confronted I originally wrote when in my twenties, about six years after the incident. I don’t know if it was written in an effort to recover from it or if I just enjoyed putting my protagonist through the same pain I’d been through. However, rewriting it was harder than I imagined!


WHICH OF YOUR CHARACTERS FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE DO YOU BELIEVE ARE MOST LIKE YOU AND WHY?
My protagonist, Madison Craig, is like me in some ways. Her journey through post-traumatic stress disorder was based on my own, so we share that. In many other ways, though, she outshines me. 

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HOPE READERS WILL GLEAN FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK?
That just because a person has done something bad it doesn’t mean they can’t change.

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A WRITER:
One of my favourite experiences as a writer happened when I was walking my son to school one day. I knew the school’s book club had read my debut novel, The Heir (Verindon #1) but I was surprised when one of the high school students came up to me and said, ‘Are you Lynne Stringer, author of The Heir? I loved your book!’ It was a great moment.




HOW DID YOU GET PUBLISHED?
I was fortunate that, during my time as a journalist, I began to work as an editor as well. Once I left the magazine I worked for I started a professional editing business and went to work for a small publishing house. They taught me a lot more about fiction than I knew at the time and eventually went on to become my publisher! 

IF A CLOSE FRIEND OR LOVED ONE WANTED TO WRITE A BOOK, WHAT GREATEST PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THEM?
Make sure you go to some writing classes and learn the best ways to write first. That way, you can avoid developing bad habits. Also, always get a professional to edit your book after you’re done. You will never find all the problems yourself—you’re too close to the story for that. You need professional eyes on it.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ACCOMPLISHMENT?
Winning two Literary Classics silver awards—one for my debut novel, The Heir (Verindon #1) in 2014 and one for Once Confronted this year. 




WHAT OTHER BOOKS HAVE YOU PUBLISHED? 
I have published the Verindon trilogy, a young adult science fiction romance trilogy. 



DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW BOOKS IN THE WORKS?
I am currently working on another science fiction book called Our Own Kind but I think it will be a while before it’s ready. If you want to keep up with progress on it, you can visit my website.



LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org