August is lucky with five interviews starting 1 Aug through 29 Aug covering galactic detectives, gangs in schools, dystopias, homesteading the American West and riding horses in vineyards.
People following our interviews know we’ve added a fifth point to our compass. No idea where we’re going and excited about getting there!
Pat is an artist – she has a BA in Fine Arts and a MS Educational Media and has illustrated children’s books – a speculative fiction author – she’s won eight Royal Palm Literary awards – and she also writes romance and science fiction. In her own words, “I write what the muse directs!”
Her books include BENEVOLENCE from First Realm Publishers, the FINS AND FABLES children’s three book series, an adult fantasy, SORROW SONG, and an anthology, DETECTIVES, SPIES, AND WEIRDOS, with Carpewordum. In her free time she’s had fifteen short stories published in various anthologies.
You can find more on Pat’s Carpe Wordum site.
Next up is teacher, coach, counselor and high school administrator Joseph Lewis.
Joseph uses his psychology and counseling background and his knowledge and fondness for kids in crafting his characters and dialogue. He has taken creative writing and screen writing courses at UCLA and USC.
Lewis has published five books, all available on Amazon and each to excellent reviews: Taking Lives, Stolen Lives, Shattered Lives, Splintered Lives and Caught in a Web.
And because Joseph has that glorious first name and is a hustler (also a fun guy, you should talk with him. Good sense of humor), he’s signed with Black Rose Writing for Sprial into Darkness, his sixth book due out in Jan 2019. Way to go, Joseph!
Until then, you can find more about Joseph Lewis on Facebook, his blog and follow him on Twitter
We talk with former international professional baseball player and current forensic scientist Greg Hickey about applying his science to writing, enduring book signings, winning screen-writing awards and being a dystopian author on 15 Aug.
Greg’s debut dystopian fiction novel Our Dried Voices was a finalist for Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Science Fiction Book of the Year Award. His second novel, a literary choose-your-own-adventure called The Friar’s Lantern was published in October 2017. You can get a jump on either novel at Greg’s website.
Meanwhile, you can learn more about Greg at his website, on Facebook, Twitter, on Amazon and Goodreads.
From Dystopian Friars we travel from Montana to California due to a high school newspaper.
Okay, not quite but close.
Bev Scott started writing when she edited her high school newspaper in Montana. Life took her to California where she wrote non-fiction books on organizational consulting.
When she’d finished that phase of her life she started a genealogy journey to learn more about her paternal grandparents and confirm a whispered family secret. The result is Sarah’s Secret: A Western Tale of Betrayal and Forgiveness (written as fiction using known facts as a framework).
Bev’s non-fiction organizational consulting books include Consulting on the Inside: A Practical Guide for Internal Consultants (Second Edition, 2011, co-authored with B. Kim Barnes) and Consulting on the Inside: An Internal Consultant’s Guide to Living and Working Inside Organizations (2000).
You can find out more about Bev, her work and her writing on her website, Facebook, her Amazon page, on LinkedIn and Goodreads.
We close August with a fascinating, sensually rich, generational family saga set in California wine country, Joanell Serra’s The Vines We Planted.
Joanell is an MFT (she explains in the interview) whose stories have been published in literary and online journals such as Manifestation, Eclectica, Blue Lake Review, Black Fox Literary Magazine and Poydras Review. She was short listed for Storysouth Million Writers Award, won the grand prize at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and won the 6th Street short play festival.
You can learn more about Joanell and her writing on her website, Facebook and Instagram