Author Interviews

Here is the list of authors interviews and guest posts that I had the privilege of hosting on my site:

Author Interviews:

Mrs. Rosemary Tran Lauer is the founder of the charity organization Devotion to Children. Both she and Scott Beller, an advisory board member of DTC, are author's of Beggars and Angels. Beggars and Angels tells Rosemary's rag to riches story as she embarks on her journey as a single mother Vietnam war refugee and immigrates to the U.S. She struggles with poverty and later on cancer, but eventually becomes a successful philanthropist. This interview is not only about their novel and Rosemary's life, but it also gives us more detail about her charity organization, Devotion to Children.

Betty Bolte

Betty Bolte has written several nonfiction for both young adults and adults. In this interview, Mrs. Bolte discusses her short story anthology, Hometown Heroines. Hometown Heroines is about a group of young American girls whose ages range from 7-20, that live ordinary lives but through different situations and circumstances were forced to turn into heroines overnight. Each of the girls are very important to American history, yet sadly they are little known. Mrs. Bolte have taken these girls from obscurity and shown them in the limelight to give them a voice that they deserve. Mrs. Bolte discussed how she was inspired to write this book, what challenges she faced, and her upcoming historical fiction novels.

Garrett Calcaterra

 Garrett Calcaterra is the author of the Dreamwielder Chronicles, Dreamrush, The Roads to Baldairn Motte, and Umbral Visions. In this interview he discusses his epic fantasy trilogy of the Dreamwielder Chronicles.

Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson is a young adult author that spins classic fairy tales into a historical and Christian perspective. She is also currently a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of america. In this interview, Mrs. Dickerson discusses her novels, The Healer's Apprentice, The Merchant's Daughter, Fairest Beauty, and The Captive Maiden. 

C.W. Gortner

C.W. Gortner is an international best-selling author and is currently recognized as the hottest authors of historical fiction. In this interview, Mr. Gortner discusses his novels, The Last Queen, The Queen's Vow, and The Confessions of Catherine de Medici. He also talks about the marketing of his books.

Nadine C. Keels

Nadine C. Keels is the author of several books from different genres such as contemporary romance, Christian, fantasy, and more, including The Movement of Crowns trilogy, which I have read and reviewed.

Sara B. Larson

Sara B. Larson is a young adult fantasy author of the Defy trilogy. The trilogy features a strong female character, Alexa, who fights to save her kingdom as well as her prince. In this interview she has discusses her trilogy as well as her writing.

Paula Margulies

Paula Margulies is the owner of Paula Margulies Communications, a public relations firm for authors and artists. She has received many awards for her  essays and works of fiction. In this interview, Mrs. Margulies discusses her recent historical novel, Favorite's Daughter, Part One, which has won a Editor's Choice Award at the 24th Annual San Diego Writer's Conference. Favorite's Daughter, Part One tells the story of Pocahontas. It is told in first-person, and it is how Pocahontas, at a young age, embarks through the many changes of her life.  By doing so, she transforms into a strong, courageous, and wise woman.

Kirstin Pulioff

Kirstin Pulioff is the author of The Princess Madeline trilogy. It is a children's fantasy series featuring a strong female character. In this interview, she not only discusses her series, but also her writing style.

Weina Dai Randel

Weina Dai Randel is the author of The Moon in the Palace and The Empress of Bright Moon. These novels chronicles the early life of Wu Zetian, China's only female Emperor. In this interview she discusses her writing and her subject, Empress Wu.

Rachel Florence Roberts

Rachel Florence Roberts discusses her debut novel, The Medea Complex. It is a psychological thriller about a woman who is placed in an insane asylum because she was viewed unfit to stand trial for the crime for which she was believed to be indicted. Mrs. Roberts also talks about how she was inspired to write this book after the birth of her first son.

Radha Vasal

Radha Vasal is the author of the debut novel, A Front Page Affair. It is a historical mystery that features the amateur sleuth, Kitty Weeks. Kitty Weeks is a journalist that writes for the "Ladies' Page" for The Sentinel. However, she wants to about other topics in within the newspaper. When she stumbles upon a murder, she finds an opportunity where her dreams may turn into reality. In this interview, she discusses her research as well as the challenges in writing this novel.

Gwendolyn Womack

Gwendolyn Womack is the author of The Memory Painter, a love story and thriller that spans across thousands of years and six continents.

Guest Posts:

Heath Jacks with his essay: "Heads Are Gonna Roll! The Trend of Headless Women Book Covers"

Heath Jacks is an amateur comedian and the owner of his blog, Cancer-The Lighter Side, which takes on an lighter, more humorous look at his battle with cancer and the ensuing chemotherapy. His essay "Heads are Gonna Roll! The Trend of Headless Women Book Covers" was inspired by my interview with C.W. Gortner where he said that publishing companies have many historical novels where the model's head is cut off because if the face is unpleasant to the potential buyer, then they will bypass his book. In this essay, Mr. Jacks argues that publishing companies should show the entire cover model because it should be the story not the book cover that should sell the book.

Rebecca Hazell with her essay: "A Personal Journey that Illuminates an Era"

Rebecca Hazell is an award-winning artist, author, and educator. She has recently published her novel The Grip of God, and its sequel Solomon's Bride. In this essay, Mrs. Hazell how her main character's personal journey reflects her era.

Also by Rebecca Hazell: "The Magic Lie"

Rebecca talks about her final novel in The Tiger and The Dove Trilogy, Consolamentum.

Elisa DeCarlo with her essay: "From Corsets to Chemises: Fashion as Liberation"

Elisa DeCarlo has published two novels, Strong Spirits and The Devil You Say as well as The Abortionist's Daughter. Her work is also in a number of anthologies. Elisa has also written and performed a number of solo shows across the country. In 2013, the Exit Press will publish an anthology of her stage work. In her essay, Elisa DeCarlo talks women's fashion in the 1910s. 

Cassandra Leuthold with her essay: "The Joys of Writing Historical Fiction"

Cassandra Leuthold is the author of Steampunk Carnival. In her essay, Mrs. Leuthold talks about the joys of writing historical fiction.

Maggie Anton with her essay: "History From a Woman's Perspective"

Maggie Anton was born Margaret Antonofsky in Los Angeles, California. Raised in a secular, socialist household, she reached adulthood with little knowledge of her Jewish religion. All that changed when David Parkhurst, who was to become her husband, entered her life, and they both discovered Judaism as adults. That was the start of a lifetime of Jewish education, synagogue involvement, and ritual observance. In 2006, Anton retired from being a clinical chemist in Kaiser Permanente's Biochemical Genetics Laboratory to become a fulltime writer. She is the author of Enchantress. In her essay, Mrs. Anton talks about writing from a women's perspective.

Jeffrey Stayton with his essay: "Sherman's March (and the Women Who Won't Let Him Forget It)"

Jeffrey Stayton is a professor of Southern and African American literature. He published his first book, This Side of the River, two days ago, which I have just recently reviewed. It is about a group of angry Confederate widows that band together, take up arms, and march north to destroy General Sherman's house. In this guest post, he talks about Sherman's march and the women who were affected by it.

Andrew Joyce with his essay, "Molly Lee"

Andrew Joyce is the author of Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. In this guest post, he talks about his latest novel, Molly Lee.

Andrew Joyce with his essay, "Belinda Mulrooney: Queen of the Klondike"

Andrew Joyce is the author of Resolution: Huck Finn's Greatest Adventure, Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, and Molly Lee. In this guest post, he writes about a historical figure, Belinda Mulrooney, whom he came across while writing, Resolution.

Andrew Joyce with his essay, "Fighting Woman"

Andrew Joyce is the author of Molly Lee, Redemption, and Resolution. He has just released his latest, novel Yellow Hair, a historical fiction novel that documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation. In this guest post, he gives us some information about the legend of Fighting Woman.

Michelle Saftich with her essay "Port of No Return"

Michelle Saftich is the author of Port of No Return. It is a touching story of a family who have been separated after World War II and are on a search to find each other. In this guest post, she has given information to what inspired her novel, Port of No Return

Kaaren Christopherson with her essay ,"Strong Women: Good Girls, Bad Girls, and Girls in Search of Themselves"

Kaaren Christopherson is the author of Decorum. It is a novel set in Gilded Age New York. In this guest post, Ms. Christopherson describes the types of female characters that appear in her novel. She also discusses the challenges she has encountered while writing them.

Julie Christine Johnson with her essay, "Writing the Layers"

Julie Christine Johnson is the author of In Another Life and The Crows of Beara. This essay about how she was inspired to write In Another Life, as well as her writing process.

Kathleen C. Perrin with her essay, "In Joan's Footsteps"

Kathleen C. Perrin is the author of The Watchmen Saga. This essay is about her writing process and also how she was moved to write The Sword of the Maiden after being inspired by Joan of Arc's story.

John Altson with his essay, "Louise Altson- A Successful Portrait Painter in a Man's World"

John Altson wrote a biography of his mother titled Louise Altson: A Gifted Artist Who Captured the Person, Not Just the Image. Louise Alton is a prolific painter whose clients include a plethora of famous individuals such as President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady, Barbara Bush. This essay focuses on his mother's personal obstacles along with her accomplishments.

Chantal Gadoury with her essay "Allerleirauh"

Chantal Gadoury is the YA author of Allerleirauh, a retelling of the lesser known fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. In this essay, she explores the history behind the Grimm's fairytale.

Robert Colton with his essay "Creating Female Characters from a Male's Perspective"

Robert Colton is the debut author of the historical romance, Forever Gentleman. In this essay, he discusses how he created his female characters from a male perspective.

Cheryl Honigford with her essay, "Writing About a Woman Sleuth"

Cheryl Honigford is the debut author, The Darkness Knows. It is the first book in a historical mystery series set in Chicago and features the amateur sleuths of Vivian Witchell and Charlie Haverman. In this essay, she discusses the process of writing a woman sleuth.

Jeffrey H. Konis with his essay, "Olga"

Jeffrey H. Konis is the author of The Conversations We Never Had. It is a fictional memoir of an imagining of the author's conversations he would had with his grandmother who had passed away. He always had regrets about not asking her questions about her family when she was alive. In this guest post, he gives us a glimpse of his grandmother's life.

Brenda Joyce Leahy with her essay, "Detective Cameras and Early Photography"

Brenda Joyce Leahy is the author of The Art of Rebellion. It is about a young girl who runs away to Paris to pursue her dreams. In this guest post, she writes one of her character's love of photography.

Cuyler Overholt with her essay, "The Inspiration of Writing a Female Sleuth"

Cuyler Overholt is the author of A Deadly Affection, the first book in a historical mystery series featuring Dr. Genevieve Summerford. In this guest post, she writes about what drew her to writing a female sleuth in the mystery genre.

Germaine Shames with her essay, "Giving an Indomitable Ballerina Her Moment in the Spotlight"

Germaine Shames is the author of Between Two Deserts. Her most recent novel You, Fascinating You, is about an Italian Maestro, who wrote a love song about his lost wife. In this guest post, she writes about the life of Margit Wolf, the novel's main protagonist. She was a ballerina, who was forced to separate from her husband, Pasquale Frustaci. It was not until twenty-two years later that the couple would meet again.

Marie Benedict with her essay, "Mileva Maric"

Marie Benedict is the author of The Other Einstein, a novel about Albert Einstein's wife. In this guest post, she writes how she was intrigued to write about women who have been overshadowed by their illustrious husbands and also introduces us to Mrs. Einstein's story. 

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