Guest Author: Mike Miller

This week’s guest author is the outstanding M.G. Miller!
 
  
MURDEROUS, available Fall 2015 – Caroline murders her b*tch of a mother.
 
CURRENT PROJECT:  FOR WANT OF ALL THINGS
 
FAVORITE QUOTE: “First the priests arrive, then the conquistadors.” –Shogun, Clavell
 
MOST INSPIRATIONAL AUTHOR/ARTIST: Rod Serling. The man was insanely prolific, and always managed to produce top drawer work. His lectures at UCLA during the 70s were very near life-affirming for me.
 
ONE BOOK ON AN ISLAND:  A big book of blank pages. I’d get bored reading the same thing, but I could keep myself entertained longer by writing other books.
 
WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW?  AZTEC by Gary Jennings.  Phenomenal. When you open it, you’re not you.
 
ONE THING ABOUT ME FEW KNOW: I collect old airline disaster movies:  AIRPLANE!, AIRPORTS ‘75, ’77 & ’79, SKYJACKED, THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY, THE HORROR AT 30,000 FEET, ZERO HOUR, etc. I don’t apologize for it, either.
 
IDEAL & ACTUAL WORK SPACE: The office I’ve always wanted was in an abandoned house in my old home town: sunken room with bookshelves on three walls and a big bay window on the fourth overlooking an orchard. My actual space is a converted bedroom covered with old movie posters, and as many books as I can cram in. I have a huge desk; if there’s an afterlife, I’d like to be buried in it.
 
ADVICE FOR OTHERS?  Butt Glue.  It’s the only way.
 
Thank you for having me, Karen! You’re a great hostess, but you didn’t have to clean just for me.

Author Interview: Jan Morrill

Please welcome this week’s guest author, Jan Morrill!

  

Creative Characterization: A Workbook – This workbook will give you six different methods to develop characters that will keep your readers turning the pages to see the story through those characters’ eyes.

What are you working on now?:
I am in the final stages of working with Lee Press to publish my first children’s book, Dancing in the Red Kimono (July 2015), a story about the multi-cultural friendship of two of my characters from my historical fiction, The Red Kimono–Sachi and Jubie. I am also working on the sequel to The Red Kimono, which continues the story of Sachi, Nobu and Terrence, from 1957 through 1963.
Favorite quote :
“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.” — Rumi
Who is the author/artist that inspires you the most, and why?
My writing has been most inspired by Jodi Picoult. About the time I began writing with a serious goal of being published, I’d been reading her books and was captured by the way she tells her stories in deep point of view–through a character’s eyes. She often tells the same story through more than one character. Sometimes I think with so much techology, we’ve lost some of our ability to empathize, therefore, one of my hopes as a writer is that my readers will see events from a different perspective. There’s no better way to do this than to write in deep point of view, and through multiple perspectives.

If stranded on an island, what one book would you keep with you?
Wilderness Survival for Dummies
What are you reading right now?
Johnnie Come Lately by Kathleen Rodgers and Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Reveal one thing about yourself that few people know:
I’m an artist as well as a writer, and sometimes I have a hard time balancing my love for both. The thing that very few people know is, I’m seriously considering putting my sequel aside to focus on art. It’s a tough decision, but that seems to be where my passion is leading me. (See my advice below. Will I follow my own advice?) The only thing that keeps me working on my sequel is that I know I’ll regret it if I never finish it.
Describe your ideal work space…and then tell us about your actual one:
My ideal work space would be an organized, sunlit desk beside a window I could open to the sound and scent of the ocean. My actual work space is not too different from my ideal, except that my desk is not very organized and my window doesn’t open to the ocean.
What advice do you have for other writers/artists?

Follow your passion and live for the moment. Learn from the past, but don’t regret it. Plan for the future, but don’t fear it.
Where can readers find you online?

Website: http://janmorrill.com/

Artist Website: http://janmorrillartwork.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JanMorrill.Author.Speaker?ref=hl

Twitter: @janmorrill

Blog: https://janmorrill.wordpress.com/

Author Interview: BK Bradshaw

Meet this week’s featured author, BK Bradshaw!

  

The Alien Logs of Super Jewels –  Why does everything seem so easy for everyone else? As Jewels recounts her adventures from Kinderprison to Muddle School, she looks for clues to what sets her apart. Could she be an alien, a superhero, or something completely different?

What are you working on now?: I am in between books at the moment. I just finished, Crystal Brave: Moonie’s Escape, a first grade prequel of sorts to my middle grades series. Moonie’s Escape is in illustration at the moment, so I am working to promote The Alien Logs of Super Jewels, which will be released in late July.

 Favorite quote: Life is a journey, not a race.

 Who is the author/artist that inspires you the most, and why? Probably Ken Follett. He doesn’t write for kids as I do, but I admire his character development and also how he weaves science into his historic fiction novels. For example, in Pillars of the Earth, he didn’t just sprinkle in a bit of science; the physics of architecture were a major layer of the plot.

 If stranded on an island, what one book would you keep with you?  How to Survive on an Island, of course, but if that one was already checked out, I might have to chose DK’s History: The Definitive Visual Guide.

What are you reading right now?  I’m reading Sophia’s Journal, by Najiyah Diana Maxfield, about a modern day Muslim teenager who falls in a river and wakes up in 1800’s Kansas.

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

My ideal workspace would be a quiet office with a lot of books and windows with a view of the outdoors. It would be much less chaotic than my actual workspace, which is located in the great room of my kitchen/dining/living room area.

 What advice do you have for other writers/artists?

Write daily, don’t assume anything, and take risks.

Where can readers find you online?   www.bkbradshaw.com