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Author Interviews

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

Author Interviews:

Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of biblical fiction, including Thief of Corinth, a 2019 Inspy Award finalist; Land of Silence, which was voted by Library Journal as one of the top five Christian fiction titles of 2016; and Harvest of Gold, which won a 2014 Christy Award in the Historical Romance category. In this interview, she discusses her latest novel, Daughter of Rome, which is about Priscilla and Aquila.

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.

Patti Callahan

Patti Callahan is the author of the best-selling novel, Becoming Mrs. Lewis. In this interview, she discusses her experiences with writing her book. 

Helen R. Davis

Helen R. Davis has written straight biographical fiction and alternative histories. Her novels include Evita...My Argentina, Cleopatra Unconquered, Isabella Unashamed, and The Most Happy. In this interview, she discusses what drew her to alternative history.

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.

Kate Forsyth is the international bestselling author of over forty novels. Her books include, The Wild Girl, Bitter Greens, The Beast's Garden, and Beauty With Thorns. In this interview, Mrs. Forsyth discusses her latest novel, The Crimson Thread. 

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.

J. Lynn Else

J. Lynne Else is the author of The Forgotten series, which are historical fiction novels set in Ancient Egypt. She has recently published The Awakening, a middle grade fantasy series.

Melanie Karsak is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling historical fiction author. Her latest series, The Vinland to Valhalla Saga, is about female Viking warrior and explorer, Freydis Eriksdotter. She is also the author of The Celtic Blood series (a series about Lady MacBeth), The Road to Valhalla series (a series about Hervor), The Celtic Rebels series (a series about Queen Boudicca), and the Eagles and Crows series (a series about Queen Cartimandua). 

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.

Alex Lidell

Alex Lidell is the author of The Cadet at Tildor. She has recently published the first two books in the Air and Ash historical fantasy series. In this interview, she talks about her research for the novel as well as the upcoming sequels to the series.

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.

Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn is the bestselling author of The Empress of Rome Saga and The Borgia Chronicles. Her latest novel, The Alice Network, focuses on a WWI spy network made up of women. In this interview we discuss these unsung heroines, who risked their lives in WWI.

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.

M. J. Rose

M. J. Rose is the NY Times best-selling author. She has written The Reincarnationist series and The Daughters of La Lune. In this interview, she discusses her latest novel, Tiffany Blues.

Ezra Harker Shaw

Ezra Harker Shaw is the author of The Aziola's Cry. Ezra Harker shaw gives us insights into the lives of Percy and Mary Shelly. These two lovers lived a life of literature and love while being on the run from the world that has often misunderstood them!

Sara Sheridan

Sara Sheridan is the author of the Mirabelle Bevan historical mystery series. In this inteview, she talks about her new novel, On Starlit Seas, which is based on the life of Maria Graham. 

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.

Ron Vitale

Ron Vitale is a fantasy, science fiction and nonfiction author. He's written the Cinderella's Secret Witch Diaries series, the Witch's Coven series, book one in the Jovian Gate Chronicles, and the Werewhale Saga. In this interview, he discusses the changes he made from his first draft of Ahab's Daughter to the published version.

Jenni L. Walsh

Jenni L. Walsh is the author of Becoming Bonnie. The novel focuses on the early years of Bonnie Parker, the famous partner of Clyde Barrow. In this interview, she discusses Bonnie and Clyde as well as the choices they made.

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:

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 article focuses on his mother's personal obstacles along with her accomplishments.

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 article, Mrs. Anton talks about writing from a women's perspective.

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 article, 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.

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 article, Ms. Christopherson describes the types of female characters that appear in her novel. She also discusses the challenges she has encountered while writing them.

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 article, he discusses how he created his female characters from a male perspective.

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 article, Elisa DeCarlo talks women's fashion in the 1910s. 

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 article, she explores the history behind the Grimm's fairytale.

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 article, Mrs. Hazell how her main character's personal journey reflects her era.

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

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 article, she discusses the process of writing a woman sleuth.

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 article, 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.

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 article, he writes about a historical figure, Belinda Mulrooney, whom he came across while writing, Resolution.

Also by Andrew Joyce: "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 article, he gives us some information about the legend of Fighting Woman.

Also by Andrew Joyce: "Molly Lee"

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

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 article about how she was inspired to write In Another Life, as well as her writing process.

D. L. Jung with his essay, "6 Real-Life Warrior Women and the Fiction They Inspired"

D. L. Jung is the author of Sparrow Squadron, a young adult novel set in WWII. In this article, Mr. Jung lists six real-life warrior women and and how they inspire today's fiction.

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 article, 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 article, she writes one of her character's love of photography.

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

D. K. Marley with her essay, "The Real Lady Macbeth

D. K. Marley is the author of The Fire of Winter, which is a novel of Lady Macbeth. In this guest post, D. K. Marley tells us the real history of Lady Macbeth, which is very different from her Shakespearean counterpart.

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 article, she writes about what drew her to writing a female sleuth in the mystery genre.

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

Kathleen C. Perrin is the author of The Watchmen Saga. This article 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.

Kathleen C. Perrin with her essay, "Normandy Revisited"

Kathleen C. Perrin is the author of The Watchmen Saga. This article is about her revisit to Normandy.

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

Beverly Scott with her essay, "The Inspiration of Family Role Models"

Beverly Scott is the author of Sarah's Secret. It is a Western novel about two main characters, who shares their stories about the Western Frontier. In this article, the author writes about the people who inspired her novel.

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 article, 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.

Mary Sharratt with her essay, "Writing Women Back into History"

Mary Sharratt is the author of many best-selling novels, including Illuminations, The Dark Lady's Mask, and Daughters of the Witching Hill. She has recently published Ecstasy, a novel about Gustav Mahler's wife, Alma. In this article, Mrs. Sharratt writes about her motivation behind her biographical novels, and celebrates the lives of often forgotten or overlooked women in history. 

Cheryl Anne Stapp with her essay, "Sacramento Women in the Pioneer Era"

Cheryl Anne Stapp is the author of Before The Gold Rush - The Sinclairs of Rancho del Paso 1840-1849, and Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War. In this article, writes about the stories of pioneer women that settled in Sacramento.

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.

Shelly Stratton is the author of She Wears the Mask. In this article, discusses how she incorporates realistic details and facts about streetcars from the early 20th century. 

Dave Tamanini with his essay, "Who was Tituba"

Dave Tamanini is the author of Tituba. In this guest post, he gives the reader a glimpse of who Tituba might have been.

K. Hollan Van Zandt with her essay, "Women of the Ancient World"

 K. Hollan Van Zandt is the author of Written in the Ashes, a historical fiction novel about an Alexandrian slave that is tasked with restoring unity among religions. In her research, she came across many interesting findings about women in the ancient world. Surprisingly, there are many similarities to the modern world. In this article, she writes about the daily lifestyle of a woman living in the ancient world.

Alexandra Walsh with her essay, "The Ladies-in-Waiting: Lady Isabel Baynton"

Alexandra Walsh is the author The Catherine Howard Conspiracy, which is a historical and political thriller. In this guest post, she gives us a biography of Lady Isabel Baynton, who was one of Queen Catherine's ladies-in-waiting.

Ralph Webster with his essay "Female or Male Perspective"

Ralph Webster is the author of A Smile in One Eye. His latest novel, One More Moon will be released on February 28th. The novel tells the story of his grandmother’s desperate journey from her life at the Pensione Alexandra in Naples to America.  In this article, Mr. Webster explains the approach he took in writing from a female perspective in One More Moon.


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