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RACHEL RUEBEN

Author Bio:

Rachel Rueben went to school to become an administrative assistant but instead, wound up an author.  In her defense, she tried freelance writing, virtual assisting, and blogging to pay the bills, but creating worlds was her one and only passion.

This past summer, Rachel entered the sacred order of authorhood with the release of her first novel “Hag” which made it to #10 on the Amazon’s Women’s and Girl’s Literature list.

To find out what Rachel is up to you can check out her new site at: http://www.rachelrueben.com

A little Q & A with WRITE STAR Rachel:

1. What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

My favorite chapter was chapter 8 because it was the part where my heroine has to accept her new life as a vampire.

2.  What old/new author has garnered your attention the most?

I would say Mark Twain he was simple and honest in his work.  He taught without preaching down to the reader.

3.  Which author do you feel your stories are most like?

I have no clue, I would like to believe my work is a culmination of all the books I’ve read.

4.  Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?

I learned to not force things and definitely not to chase trends.

5.  What is your writing process?  Do you follow a regular routine?

Yes, I generally write in the morning and  afternoon.  I also make sure all my chores and errands are done before I begin.   I don’t want any excuses .

6.  Tell me about your muse?

My muse is a funny little creature that likes to wake me up in the middle of the night with the darndest stories.  And when I’m wide awake she loses the ability to speak.

7.  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

My book was an abandoned work, a starter novel if you will.  So the hard part was picking up the pieces and reworking the project.

8.  Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yeah, this takes time as with any other career, you need to learn, practice and even explore.  Also, the business aspect is just as important as the artistic part.

9.  Are there certain characters you would like to work with again, or a theme/idea you’d love to work with?

I would love to work with Apollonia, she was probably one of the most outrageous characters I’ve ever dreamed up.  I would like to go into her past and see what made her what she is in Eternal Bond.

10.  What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  What has been the best compliment? 

The toughest criticism was when someone called me an amateur which I was at the time, but what surprised me most was that it came from another author.  Needless to say, I was disappointed that someone felt the need to do that.

The best compliment was when someone said they loved my book so much that they wanted to give it to their daughter.

To keep up-to-date on this WRITE STAR and read more of her work, please follow RACHEL RUEBEN on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRachelRueben

Website:   http://www.rachelrueben.com

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/RachelRueben

Blog: http://www.writingbytheseatofmypants.com

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786176.Rachel_Rueben

To learn more of Rachel’s stories click here:  http://rachelrueben.com/my-books/

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I interviewed with each one these amazing authors.

Check out their blogs to learn more about me.

 

Dellani Oakes: http://writersanctuary.blogspot.com/

Kristen Duvall: http://www.kristenduvall.com/blog.html

Ruth Davis Hays:  http://jorthusbooks.wordpress.com/

Juli Morgan:  www.julipagemorgan.com/blog

Karen Vaughan: www.karenwritesmurder.wordpress.com

Karina Gioertz: www.friedgatortail.wordpress.com

 

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KARINA GIOERTZ

Author Bio:

Although Karina Gioertz has been writing for most of her life, it never quite registered with her as something out of the ordinary or worth pursuing, because it was so closely connected to who she was. It wasn’t until she became a stay at home mom and finally took the time to write an entire book from beginning to end, that she understood what all of those ideas she had been jotting down all those years were really for. Since then, she has written several books, including Country Girls, Lucky In Love and Blood Bound.

While writing and motherhood have become her main focus over the years, she also enjoys many other creative activities such as painting and photography. Most sunny days she can be found in her courtyard working feverishly at painting and refurbishing old furniture…that is, of course, only if it wasn’t a suitable day to spend at the beach. 😉

Karina resides in sunny Florida with her family and two dogs.

A little Q & A with WRITE STAR Karina:

1. What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

Hm…that’s a tough one…well, chapter 16 – The Art Of Possibilities was fun (see excerpt below)! That was when I first heard about whistling pots and nuntius parchment, both of which are pretty cool.

2. What old/new author has garnered your attention the most?

Most recently, Judy Schachner has been fun to read. Now, keep in mind, most of the reading I do these days is with my 5 year old, but you can’t find better bedtime entertainment than Skippyjon Jones. I mean, really, a Siamese cat that thinks it’s a Chihuahua?! That’s nothing if not brilliant!

3. Which author do you feel your stories are most like?

Honestly, I haven’t a clue. Some reviewers have compared my writing to Fanny Flagg and Kristan Higgins…but they were two completely different books.

4. Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?

Are we talking ‘personal growth’ learning or ‘I was researching the layout of a prison cell’ learning? ‘Cause I’ve learned plenty either way

5. What is your writing process?  Do you follow a regular routine?

It seems to be evolving lately. When I first started, I had several steps I followed, starting with notes before moving on to writing out the story in primarily dialogue and then going in and really fleshing out the story. Recently I’ve figured out that I’m ready to skip step number two and go straight from notes into writing the book.

6. Tell me about your muse? Life is my muse.

She’s an endless source of entertainment, ranging from drama to comedy and sometimes both at the same time. She never lets me down…although she often gives me more material than I have time to write about…

7. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part was telling that negative voice of self-doubt to shut up and go away. It creeps up from time to time, mostly when I’m pushing myself to write things that might be a little out of my comfort zone.

8. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep on top of that negative voice. Don’t let it get too loud or you might start to listen to it and that would be a shame. There’s quote, “Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little.” -Holley Gerth I think it’s probably the best advice any writer could follow.

9. Are there certain characters you would like to work with again, or a theme/idea you’d love to work with?

I definitely think I’ll be working with the Wilson Girls again…and the McCarthy boys have been hounding me to make a comeback as well…but right now I’m going for round number two with Lucky and the guys and, of course, everyone from The Final Descendants will be back again for book 2 of the series.

10. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  What has been the best compliment?

I think it’s really hard when a reader totally misses the mark on what you were trying to say with your writing. Obviously everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but sometimes I read a review and I think – what book were you reading?? It doesn’t even have to be a bad review for that to happen, but it makes me wonder if I’m not articulating things as clearly as I would like. But then, when someone says that they completely related to my characters, that’s the best! When I’ve succeeded in making my fictional characters so real that people can connect with them and come to care about them, that’s pretty awesome!

To keep up-to-date on this WRITE STAR and read more of her work, please follow KARINA GIOERTZ on:

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Website:        www.friedgatortail.wix.com/karinagioertz

Twitter:          www.twitter.com/friedgatortail

Blog:               www.friedgatortail.wordpress.com

GoodReadshttp://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5768892.Karina_Gioertz

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KAREN H. VAUGHAN

Author Bio:

Karen H. Vaughan lives in Peterborough Ontario with her husband Jim and a cat named Sugar. She is the mom of a 23 year old daughter and four grown step children and a 3 year old grandson named Ike. DEAD COMIC STANDING is her second novel. Her first novel DEAD ON ARRIVAL garnered praise from friends, family and online gamers.  She also enjoys doing crafts and other hobbies. Her third  book and sequel to DEAD ON ARRIVAL  is called OVER HER DEAD BODY. DAYTONA DEAD is the third in that series and was released in May 2013. Other than writing Karen loves to read, do crafts and play online games.Currently she co-hosts an internet radio show with Dellani Oakes and will be hosting WRITERS ROUND TABLE starting January the 14th.  She has a quirky sense of humor and show this in her mysteries

A little Q & A with WRITE STAR Karen:

1.  What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

I liked Chapter 7 of Daytona Dead because Laura (my protag got to face off with the annoying cop Dave Meecham and basically put him in his place. It was a very comical moment in the story after she had to deal with her exes death.

2.  What old/new author has garnered your attention the most?

My fave author has become Janet Evanovich. I love her casual style and how she can pull off comedy in a murder investigation.

3.  Which author do you feel your stories are most like?

I think I write like Janet Evanovich and I have been told the same. Our characters are quirky and sarcastic and I think we both love the humor aspect. My stories are 90% comic relief.

4.  Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?

That I am getting more and more warped and sarcastic with every book I write.

5.  What is your writing process?  Do you follow a regular routine?

No not really; I seem to write when the flash of brilliance hits me. I try to sit down twice a week when I choose to take a break from my real life and create. Sometimes it feels forced and I don’t do my best work

6.  Tell me about your muse?

My editor seems to play that role and when she doesn’t think I am writing enough she sends me pictures in my emails of stick figures hold guns to the heads of other stick figures write the $%^& novel—she even personalized that one on a t-shirt—or QUIT PIDDLING AND WRITE !  My muse is a task-master!

7.  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I hate editing! That task a necessary evil.

8.  Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just keep to the writing. Don’t let people or rejection   letters discourge you.

9.  Are there certain characters you would like to work with again, or a theme/idea you’d love to work with?

I would love to work with the characters from DEAD COMIC STANDING again. It was a fun book to write. I got to mix the comedy with the acts of a serial killer.

10.  What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  What has been the best compliment?

My editing sucks and that I should fire my editor. However, people think my writing is hilarious.

To keep up-to-date on this WRITE STAR and read more of her work, please follow KAREN  H. VAUGHAN on:

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Website: www.karenvaughanbooks.com

Blog:        www.karenwritesmurder.wordpress.com

Twitter:   http://www.twitter.com/karenvwrites

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1378692.Karen_Vaughan

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JULI PAGE MORGAN

Author Bio:

Juli Page Morgan is a former rock ‘n roll radio announcer who had the great luck to meet and interview lots of bands over the years. During those interviews she heard lots of interesting stories, but it was when the microphone was turned off and they were just hanging out that she heard – and saw – the really juicy stuff! Incorporating these revelations in her books (with names and locations changed to protect the innocent, and often the not-so-innocent!) lets her remember those wonderful people that briefly rocked through her life, and to take her readers on a hard rocking journey full of love, music and happy endings while giving a “backstage peek” at some of the things that really happened.  Her Romances that Rock™ include Crimson and Clover published by Crimson Romance, and Athena’s Daughter from Carey On Publishing.

Juli lives in Arkansas with her husband. When she’s not writing, she’s recording voiceovers for television commercials, remodeling her old house,  and trying to convince her husband the world won’t come to an end if the television is turned off.  She also listens to a lot of music at maximum volume and has never met a speed limit she didn’t exceed.  Juli’s an unapologetic lover of rock ‘n roll, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, and French onion dip, not necessarily in that order.

A little Q & A with WRITE STAR Juli:

1.  What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

I think it would have to be the chapter in Athena’s Daughter when Athena and her sister Andi are unpacking the boxes after Athena’s moved into Derek’s house. That particular chapter almost wrote itself, and didn’t need a lot of editing afterward. Plus, I really like the juxtaposition of Athena seeing all the mementos of her past with Derek compared to the unsettled reality of their present.

2.  What old/new author has garnered your attention the most?

Debi Matlack, hands down! I can’t even begin to describe how much I love the way she writes, and I think I’ve read her book Old Dogs about a thousand times since it was released last year. I can’t wait for her to release her next one!

3.  Which author do you feel your stories are most like?

Honestly, I don’t know.  I’m not being coy or anything, but my books are different from other rock romances, so I don’t have a lot of comparison. Not only are my books set in the 1960s and 1970s (I’m on a mission to create a new sub-genre – Mid Century Romance!), but since I was fortunate enough to hang out with rock bands and musicians when I worked in radio, I was able to get to know them as real people, and not just that public persona they put out there. As a consequence, I don’t sugar coat the rock ‘n roll lifestyle – I put it all in there, the good, the bad and the ugly.

4.  Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?

I learned to write books the way they want to be written. (Oh, yes; they’re very demanding!) I almost killed Crimson and Clover by trying to change it to fit the rules and the formulas of conventional romance novels, but it was only when I went back to the original manuscript that it found a home with a publisher. I was told that the storyline of Athena’s Daughter wasn’t believable, but I’d learned my lesson by trying to change my first book, so I let Athena’s Daughter stand as written, and it’s done very well!

5.  What is your writing process?  Do you follow a regular routine?

Oh, have mercy – I try.   I like to write for a couple of hours in the morning, and then for a lot of hours in the afternoon. If I’m on a roll, I’ll write at night, too, but I try to leave the evenings open to actually spend time with my husband.

6.  Tell me about your muse?

She’s just evil.  Out of the blue, she’ll just take off and leave with no warning, and sometimes she doesn’t come back for weeks! I keep on writing whether she’s here or not, though, and I think that makes her jealous. Then she’ll come back and real progress will be made.

7.  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

With Crimson and Clover it was knowing when to quit writing it! It was my first book, and I kept going back and tweaking things until one day I realized I was going to have to stop that and let the book stand. With Athena’s Daughter, the hardest part was typing fast enough! That book came to me fully formed, and I couldn’t get it out fast enough!

8.  Do you have any advice for other writers?

The only way to write a book is to sit down and write it. All the rules and things? You can’t put those into play unless you’ve written the book, so just do it and then worry about that other stuff. That’s what the editing phase is for.

9.  Are there certain characters you would like to work with again, or a theme/idea you’d love to work with?

All my books are Romances that Rock, so that theme will always be prevelant in whatever I write. I learned a long time ago that rock musicians are just people – just because they’re rock stars doesn’t mean they’re all the same, so even though my books are rock romances, they’re all different to some extent. For example, Jay Carey from Crimson and Clover and Derek Marshall from Athena’s Daughter are both rock stars, but they couldn’t be more different from each other! As far as characters, some of the people from Crimson and Clover are pestering me to tell their story, and I plan to do that soon!

10.  What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  What has been the best compliment?

I’d have to say that the toughest thing I’ve heard so far is when my publisher told me that the storyline for Athena’s Daughter wasn’t believable. I mean, that didn’t destroy me or anything, but it did cause some consternation. I didn’t see it as unbelievable, and it had been read by several beta readers and my critique partners, none of whom found it unbelievable. And these are people who would tell me if it was. So after a bit of thinking, I went ahead and published it, and it’s sold very well and received fantastic reviews. That brought it all home to me that not everyone is going to like the same thing. I mean, I’ve loved books that my friends were all “Meh” over, right? No, that publisher didn’t love Athena’s Daughter, but there are readers out there who do, so it’s all good. The best compliment I’ve received? Those four and five star reviews that readers have left for the books. That absolutely floors and humbles me more than I can ever express!

To keep up-to-date on this WRITE STAR and read more of her work, please follow JULI PAGE MORGAN on:

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/JuliPageMorganAuthor

Website:      www.julipagemorgan.com

Blog:             www.julipagemorgan.com/blog

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Please VISIT these other blogs today.  JULI has a different interview with each one on the hop. While you’re there take a moment to LIKE their page. They are all WRITE STARS in my book.  🙂  ENJOY

Juli Page Morgan: www.julipagemorgan.com/blog

Crimson Kildare and Kat Marlow: www.thrutheglass.net

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KRISTEN DUVALL

Author Bio:

Kristen Duvall is a writer of tales both real and make believe. Originally a Midwestern girl, she now resides in Southern California with her boyfriend, her Great Dane and a her rescued calico kitty. She dabbles in horror, science fiction, fantasy, young adult and speculative fiction. Femmes du Chaos is her first foray into publishing her own work, but she has one YA novel and a novella completed and ready to be edited. She also owns a small publishing company called Fey Publishing where she publishes other people’s work because while it’s a lot of work, there’s nothing she’d rather be doing with her life.

The release of Femmes du Chaos has been delayed a little, but currently it’s expected to be finished at the end of August or early September 2013.

A little Q & A with the WRITE STAR  Kristen:

1.  What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

That’s hard to say since my novel isn’t fully finished. In my book of shorts, my favorite story to write? That changes by the day. Right now, it’s the one I’m currently writing. It tends to be the most recent story I’ve written unless I struggled with one for some reason (which happens often too).

2.  What old/new author has garnered your attention the most?

Stephen King, perhaps. I’ve read Stephen King for as long as I can remember, starting with “Carrie” when I was in middle school. I’ve read him longer than any author I can think of. A recent author I can’t get enough of? Neil Gaiman. Love his writing and I’ve even had a Twitter conversation with him not too long ago. I was thrilled.

3.  Which author do you feel your stories are most like?

Depends on what I’m writing. I recently re-read “The Illustrated Man” by Ray Bradbury and I’d like to think some of my ideas are in the same vein as his while also being different enough to be my own (I don’t write about other planets the way he does). I think my writing style is similar to his in some way… but I only wish I could write descriptions as well as he can. But some of his ideas and the stories he told made me go “that almost sounds like something I’d write” which is why he came to mind for this question.

4.  Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?

I’ve learned just how much I hate editing. Kidding (mostly). I’ve learned I’m a lot more twisted than I thought I could be. There are stories in my book that I worry about my mom reading. I also learned that I seem to have certain themes that come out when I’m not even trying. Themes such as strong female characters, girls overcoming insecurities or standing up for themselves, etc.

5.  What is your writing process?  Do you follow a regular routine?

Not really. I don’t outline too much, though I always have a general idea of what I want to write and what’s going to happen. I like letting the story develop naturally though, so I never stick to an outline if other ideas are calling to me. It seems to work well for me.

6.  Tell me about your muse?

She’s one sick, twisted chick. Then again, my brain is a scary place. There’s a reason I write dark fiction… Most of the time, my ideas come to me in the form of nightmares and I love my nightmares for that reason. They’re so dark, so twisted and often more creative than anything I could ever come up with. I’m lucky to be able to lucid dream, so I can pull myself out of the dream and “watch” the story unfold knowing that it’s a dream. Even the ideas that don’t come from nightmares tend to be pretty sick and twisted. You should hear some of the conversations my boyfriend and I have. Many of those turn into stories as well.

7.  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Telling my inner critic to shut up. I’m a perfectionist, I have always been too hard on myself. I want everyone to love what I do even as I know not everyone will like, much less love, what I do. I still read and scrutinize every line, beating myself up for silly mistakes. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m brutal to myself, an absolute monster to myself. Turning that sucker off hasn’t been easy, but I think I’m getting better.

8.  Do you have any advice for other writers?

Develop a thick skin. Anytime you put yourself out there, there will be bitter and mean people looking to tear you down because they know they could never do what you’re doing. Not everyone is going to like what you’ve done. It’s important that YOU like it. Don;t focus on the bad reviews or the trolls who look to tear you down. The bigger, more popular you are, the more people will set out to prove you suck. Don’t let it get to you. I know, easier said than done… But the quicker you can develop a thick skin, the better off you’ll be.

Learn to take constructive criticism and learn from it, but also learn to know the difference between someone trying to help and someone trying to beat you up. Pay attention to the first group, ignore the second group. Miserable, pathetic trolls aren’t worth your time.

9.  Are there certain characters you would like to work with again, or a theme/idea you’d love to work with?

Almost all of my short stories have a potential to be something bigger. In fact, I have so many potential novel ideas based on the characters in my stories, I might never run out of ideas. I also plan on writing a series for my novel, so I do in fact plan to write most of these characters again.

I have similar themes throughout my stories and it’s something that will probably never change. I will always write strong female characters. I don’t see it being any other way.

10.  What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  What has been the best compliment?

I don’t know what the toughest criticism might be considering I’m really good about taking feedback in stride and accepting that I have to always work to improve my writing. I’ve had ignorant trolls that tried to tear me down for no reason, but that’s not the same thing. And honestly, it only made me more determined to finish my book. So honestly, I can’t think of anything that has really gotten to me that would be considered criticism. I know I’m not perfect. I find my inner critic is more harsh than any of the editors/beta readers/reviewers have been.

What’s the best compliment? While writing for an online writing contest, I wrote several stories from the same universe. One of my fellow competitors told me he wanted me to write the stories as a novel and that he’d wait in line to buy the book. It was the first time someone other than my friends and boyfriend had expressed interest in buying my work. He also told me he several times that I deserved to win the contest. I didn’t, but the fact that someone thought I was good enough to beat out 350 or so other writers meant the world to me.

To keep up-to-date on this WRITE STAR and read more of her work, please follow her on: 

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Website:       http://www.kristenduvall.com/

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Twitter:         https://twitter.com/kristen_duvall

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5392198.Kristen_Duvall

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Please VISIT these other blogs today. KRISTEN has a different interview with each one on the hop. While you’re there take a moment to LIKE their page. They are all WRITE STARS in my book.  🙂  ENJOY

Juli Page Morgan: www.julipagemorgan.com/blog

Crimson Kildare and Kat Marlow: www.thrutheglass.net

Check back tomorrow as the FABULOUS BLOG HOP stops here again with another WRITE STAR to be premiered…. Author RUTH DAVIS HAYES

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Crimson M. Kildare and Kat Marlow are good friends who decided to take their friendship and their creative camaraderie and turn it into a fabulous writing partnership.

Kat lives in a beautiful little town in one of those picturesque American coastal states. She is a lover of films, t.v., books, music and comedy as well as football and baseball. She especially loves sci-fi and like so many of us has a special place in her heart for Star Wars and Star Trek. She is a proud geek and collector of sci-fi toys and memorabilia. Her professional dreams, aside from the success of her books is to get a job writing in Hollywood for, tv., films or comic books! She has a truly stellar personality, warm, funny, kind hearted and honest. She’s the best friend you could hope for and a great partner.

Crimson lives in one of those picturesque Midwestern American states in the suburb of a large city. Like Kat she’s over 21 and ready to meet life head on.  She lives with her family, sans pets due to the terror of allergies. She’s also a lover of books, films, t.v., music, art and especially sci-fi fantasy, adventure and romance. Her first favorite book was Alice in Wonderland, her first favorite film was The Wizard of Oz, her first favorite song was Afternoon Delight by  Starland Vocal Band and her current favorite is In The Mood as made famous by Glen Miller, although she also favors versions done by the Puppini Sisters and Brian Setzer and his Orchestra.

These women are eclectic and unpredictable and full of excitement for their future.

 

Q & A with two WRITE STARS:

1.  What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

Together: It’s still a work in progress, so we’re still not far enough along to say.

2.  What old/new author has garnered your attention the most?

Kat: It’s a tie between John & Carole Barrowman, and Troy Denning. The Barrowmans because I’m loving their Hollow Earth series and Mr. Denning because the book I’m currently reading and the next book on my list are a couple of his Star Wars spinoff novels.

Crimson: There simply isn’t just one. Current authors that have my deep respect are Anne Rice, Laurell K. Hamilton and Jim Butcher. Past authors would be George Sand, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and so on.

3.  Which author do you feel your stories are most like?

Crimson: Oh wow, I feel a bit hesitant to compare myself to another author, that seems a bit self-aggrandizing, but in flavor and style perhaps a blending of Rice, Hamilton and Tolkien.

Kat: (nods) Yeah, I would agree with that.

4.  Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?

Crimson: Writing is great fun, but it’s also work and endings are hard!

Kat: The latter two for sure! (laughs) The most important to me is learning how to collaborate and compromise, because I always worked alone before. We’re lucky that we’re on the same wavelength, so any conflicts are pretty rare.

Crimson: Oh wow, it’s all true, but she’s such a saint for saying that. Let it be known Kat Marlow is the best partner, she’s endlessly generous and I love her for it.

Kat: Aww… thanks, partner! (grins)

Crimson: You’re welcome, Love, gods know you’ve earned it. 😉

5.  What is your writing process?  Do you follow a regular routine?

Together: We write together each day for about five hours and if we have time, we play together (a game) for a couple after that. We each listen to music or play a movie or TV softly in the background to inspire our muse and we discuss things as we go. We write together in real time and also do separate editing, suggestions and note exchanges.

6.  Tell me about your muse?

Crimson: My muse is a gorgeous, androgynous, omnisexual, passionate being who loves mystery, magic, the paranormal, the spooky, the adventurous and romantic; a lover of high drama and grand gestures.

Kat: My muse is beautiful, omnisexual, passionate, daring, adventurous, and magical. It has an operatic flair for the dramatic and romantic.

7.  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Crimson: For me, it’s been finding the time and energy to work on it on a regular basis. I have both a family and some serious health issues that can make that tough. Also keeping the muse on track and steering the muse away from bopping off to something else.

Kat: Figuring out where to take the story next and pacing can be pretty hard as well. Finding time can also be difficult, and writer’s block is the worst!

8.  Do you have any advice for other writers?

Crimson: The same advice I am always giving myself: Take your work very seriously, have patience, and be willing to put in the time and effort it takes to be polished and successful.

Kat: Always follow your passion, and don’t ever give up. The work can be hard and frustrating at times, but if you stick with it, the finished product will be worth it.

9.  Are there certain characters you would like to work with again, or a theme/idea you’d love to work with?

Crimson: This current story we’re working on is the first of a series of at least three, so we’re sure to be working with these characters for quite a while! Kat is interested in writing another steampunk novel. This series is a kind of sci-fi/fantasy/steampunk mash-up.

Kat: My ultimate dream is to write spinoff novels for Torchwood and Star Wars.

10.  What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  What has been the best compliment?

Crimson: The worst criticism was that all my story concepts are too similar, and the best compliment was that my gift for description is so sharp that the depictions on the page play like a movie in the head of my readers. That was a lovely thing to hear.

Kat: That I do too many run-on sentences, which is true! (giggles) I guess the best compliment was someone saying how swept away they were by the emotion in my writing. I always strive to take the readers on an emotional journey, so I was very pleased by that.

Please VISIT these other blogs today.  Kat and Crimson have a different interview with each one on the hop.    While you’re there take a moment to LIKE their page.  They are all WRITE STARS in my book. 

🙂  ENJOY

Juli Page Morgan: www.julipagemorgan.com/blog

Crimson Kildare and Kat Marlow: www.thrutheglass.net

Check back tomorrow as the FABULOUS BLOG HOP stops here again with another WRITE STAR to be premiered…. Author KRISTEN DUVALL

The Fantastic Blog Hop: Conversations

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TODAY from 4:00pm til 6:00pm catch WRITE STARS:   Rachel Rueben, Karen Vaughan, Ruth Davis Hays, Crimson Kildare, Kat Marlow  Dellani Oakes, Juli Page Morgan, Stephanie Hussey, Kristen Duvall & Karina Gioertz LIVE on:

DELLANI’s TEA TIME

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio/2013/08/12/rfk-dellanis-tea-time

Join the WRITE STARS as they discuss themselves, their books and whatever else comes through the tea and/or coffee press OR CALL IN and ask a question.

Don’t forget the tour starts & the bus let’s out the first WRITE STAR on:  

August 15th

Visit each BLOG and FOLLOW the authors as they travel around:

Rachel Rueben: http://www.rachelrueben.com

Dellani Oakes: http://writersanctuary.blogspot.com/

Kristen Duvall: http://www.kristenduvall.com/blog.html

Juli Morgan:  www.julipagemorgan.com/blog

Karen Vaughan: www.karenwritesmurder.wordpress.com

Stephanie Hussey: https://sahussey1.wordpress.com/