Guest Author: Gordon Bonnet

Meet this week’s featured author, Gordon Bonnet!

  

KILL SWITCH – The FBI tells Chris Franzia about five recent murders, and the only link is that the victims were all in the same college class thirty years earlier.  And he’s next.

What are you working on now?:
A novel that follows Stephen King’s dictum of making your reader care about the characters, and then releasing the monsters.

Favorite quote:
“The difference between reality and fiction is that fiction has to be believable.”  – Mark Twain

Who is the author/artist that inspires you the most, and why?
I’m going to cheat, and pick two.  Neil Gaiman, for his lyrical writing and his ability to create completely believable alternate worlds, and Haruki Murakami for his ability to do the opposite — to take the real world and inject it with the surreal.

If stranded on an island, what one book would you keep with you?
I think it would have to be Umberto Eco’s “Foucault’s Pendulum.”  It is the single book that best embodies my feeling about the world — and despite having read it several times, every time I go back to it, I find something new.

What are you reading right now?
“Isaac’s Storm,” by Erik Larson.  The story of the 1900 Galveston hurricane, the deadliest natural disaster ever to strike the United States.  I love weather.  If I hadn’t become a science teacher, I’d have been a tornado chaser.

Reveal one thing about yourself that few people know:
Despite being a high school teacher and a performing musician, I am extremely shy.  It’s very hard for me to be the center of any kind of attention, and I once suffered from paralyzing stage fright.  (Better now, fortunately.)  I’m able to do my job, and perform with my band, only by doing a great deal of psyching myself out every day, and convincing myself that my students and the people in the audience (respectively) aren’t going to eat me alive.

Describe your ideal work space…and then tell us about your actual one:

I need space, and peace and quiet.  My ideal writing space would be a small room in the corner of the house, with quirky decorations and no distractions.  I was able to turn my son’s old bedroom into an office that meets virtually all of these requirements except the “no distractions” one — because it’s next to the back door.  So I spend a lot of my time letting my two dogs in and out.
What advice do you have for other writers/artists?
The best way to become better at writing is to read daily and write daily.  Read to charge up your creative mind; write to release the creativity onto the page.  Don’t let negative thoughts like “I don’t write well” stop you.  If you keep writing, and solicit suggestions about how to improve from people you trust  (and, importantly – take those suggestions!), you WILL get better.

Where can readers find you online?

My fiction blog is at gbfiction.blogspot.com.  I also write daily on a blog devoted to science, skepticism, and critical thinking, at skeptophilia.blogspot.com.  My Twitter feed is at @TalesOfWhoa, and my Amazon author page is at:

http://www.amazon.com/Gordon-Bonnet/e/B005LDDJXG

And my author page on Facebook is:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gordon-Bonnet-author/228439720509691

Check out any/all!

Guest Author: Sorchia DuBois

This week’s treat is the incomparable Kay Lawson, writing as Sorchia DuBois!

   

Name:  Kay Lawson—but I write as Sorchia DuBois
Just Like Gravity – A story of past lives, murder, tarot cards, and passion. Tragedy follows Anna through three lifetimes. In Scotland, she finds betrayal and never-ending love. Can she survive it this time?

What are you working on now? Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones. Book one of a three-part series of Gothic thrillers about magic, witches, and haunted Scottish castles. Just plotting the second book in the series, which will be titled Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo King.

And about halfway finished with a Middle Grade book named (at the moment) Seraphina Cincinnati.
It is about coping with death—and witches.
Favorite quote: Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana. Groucho Marx

Who is the author/artist who inspires you the most, and why? P.G. Wodehouse and Douglas Adams—they both write with such joy. They taught me to pull out all the stops and go for it—whatever “it” happens to be at the moment.  Write for shits and giggles and give the reader something to smile about on a dismal day.

If stranded on an island, what one book would you keep with you? My big fat Hitchhiker’s Guide compendium, which includes all five parts of the trilogy.

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading a variety of books about marketing—too many to mention by name—as I try to figure out the best way to sell books without doing too much work and without becoming staggeringly  famous. All I want is the money.

When I get my fill of this stuff, I am thinking about revisiting my childhood and reading all the Captain Blood books again.

I also like to read contemporary bestsellers and the next one on the list is The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.
Reveal one thing about yourself that few people know:

I am an open book. What I’m thinking is emblazoned across my face before I can stop it. Plus, I am absolutely certain this life is someone’s idea of a practical joke so I think everything is funny. I laugh inappropriately often.

Describe your ideal work space…and then tell us about your actual one:

Ideal: Outside under a tree with a bottle of Scotch and a cat beside me.

Actual: In reality, I work in an upstairs office where I can look out at the trees.  The Scotch is tucked away in a closet where I can’t see it, but where it is within easy reach should circumstances require it. Cats are often walking across/lying on/dangling paws over my keyboard and, thus, are directly responsible for some of the most bloodthirsty scenes.

What advice do you have for other writers/artists?

Write or art every day. Get on with it. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from writing or arting. Stop making excuses. Give in to the desire to write or art because that desire is the real you trying to get out.
Where can readers find you online?

www.SorchiaDuBois.com for my bookstore and blog for readers

www.charmingwordsbysorchia.wordpress.com  for my blog about writing

@SorchiaDubois on Twitter

www.FaceBook.com/SorchiaD

www.pinterest.com/SorchiaDuBois

SorchiaDuBois@Hughes.net

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Guest Author: Peggy Chambers

This week, meet the fantastic Peggy Chambers!

  

Glome’s Valley – a pre-teen book set in southeast Oklahoma at the Heavener Runestone. It is a boring summer until Ethan finds new friends in a Viking ghost, fairies, Thor, and smelly trolls.

What are you working on now?: I’m working on a New Adult novel currently called Blooming Justice. It is a suspense novel involving a young girl working in a law firm while she goes to college. She is forced to grow up very quickly. I have also been tasked by Airship 27 to write a werewolf short story for an anthology they are publishing. It is a money making project and all proceeds go to publisher/author Tommy Hancock who has incurred some medical costs due to an untimely illness. I seem unable to settle on a genre. I write pulp fiction, YA/NA and romance suspense (at least for now!).

Favorite quote: “All that we are is a result of what we have thought.” Buddha

Who is the author/artist that inspires you the most, and why? I love the classics. I am especially fond of Hemingway and Steinbeck. Both were American authors who could spin a tale making it impossible to put the book down. I want my books to be that spellbinding.

If stranded on an island, what one book would you keep with you?  I would probably need a survival book. But also, being a Hemingway fan, I love Islands in the Stream. I can only have one? Who made up these rules!

What are you reading right now? Owl Dreams by John T. Biggs. Love his writing!

Reveal one thing about yourself that few people know:  I’ve said this before so more people know it now than used to; I ate Wart Hog pizza in Zimbabwe on a hunting safari with my husband in 2000. It tasted like pork.

Describe your ideal work space…and then tell us about your actual one:  A friend of mine purchased on of those ergonomic desks that she can sit at and then push a button and it raises so she can stand while she writes. That would be great, especially if it was in a cabana with an ocean breeze blowing in. But at the moment I use the guest bedroom and my late father-in-law’s recliner with the laptop. That way I can get away from the noise of the TV in the living room.

What advice do you have for other writers/artists?  Write what you love. I know I should say make a platform, know your readership, and stick with a genre. That way you become known for one thing.  I’ve done all that, but I’m like the dog in the movie Up. Squirrel! Oh, I thought of something else! I love to write so many things I am easily distracted. After all this is a labor of love for me as it is for most writers. Your reader will know if your whole heart isn’t in your work. Write for them, but mostly write for you.

Where can readers find you online?

You can connect with me on my author page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BraWars, follow my website at http://peggylchambers.com/, Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/chamberspeggy/, or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ChambersPeggy.