AuThursday – Anneka Ever

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Please welcome fellow LSB author Anneka Ever to the Clog Blog!  Woot! Woot! Let’s get down to it, shall we?

Q: What books have most influenced your life most?

The Lord of the Rings is my favorite book. I’ve read it more than 50 times. The works of Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, and Stephen King. It’s strange that I ended up writing romance.

Q:  If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Rita Sims Quillen (author of Her Secret Dream, Counting the Sums, and Hiding Ezra) has been my teacher and cheerleader. She’s very generous with her time and wisdom.

Q: Do you have a specific writing style?

I try to write with clarity and beautiful language. I hope that comes through in my work.

Q: What inspired you to write Riverswept?

I wanted to write a love letter to the mountains of Virginia. The final story turned out completely different from the first draft, but my love for the mountains remains evident throughout Riverswept.

Q: How much research did you conduct for Riverswept  and what was the most interesting thing you did while conducting your research?

Most of the research I conducted concerned the biodiversity of the Clinch River and the endangered species that call it home. My other research was hands-on activities, such as kayaking down the river. In Riverswept, the Clinch River became the Burns River.

Q: What was the most difficult aspect of writing Riverswept?

Revisions. Writing the first draft was fun but revising seemed more like work.

Q: What are your current projects?

Right now I’m working on another romance set in the fictional town of Burns, the town where Riverswept takes place. My Riverswept couple make a brief cameo appearance in this new book, but its main focus is a new couple.

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

My website is

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AuThursday – Rhonda Print

Please welcome fellow LSB Author Rhonda Print as she joins us today.  Thanks for joining us Rhonda.  We’ll jump right into it.

Q:  Do you have a specific writing style?

Not really. My characters rule my books and sometimes it feels like I’m just the fingers at the keyboard!

Q:  If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Erma Bombeck for giving me the courage to just sit down and do it!

Q:  Who designs your book covers?

The extremely talented April Martinez!

Q:  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Sitting down and doing it!

Q:  Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up and don’t do it for the money. Write because its what you love to do!

Q:  How do you make time to write?

 Very carefully! Some days I’m at the keyboard for hours and sometimes I can’t write a word to save my life. LOL

 Q:  When you are writing, who is in control? You or your characters?      

 Mostly my characters. I have a plot line but they usually mold it to their liking.

 Q:  Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?”

 I didn’t really have a major epiphany of “Hey, I need to write!” Nightwalker brewed in my head for a while then burst out of me and onto my laptop!

 Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?  My books are available at,, and many other fine retailers. Nightwalker: A Leah Wolfe SINS Novel is also available in print at

I also have a facebook page and can be found at and my publisher at

Thanks again to the lovely Rhonda Print for joining us today.  Come back on Saturday to read an excerpt from “Order of Chaos”

AuThursday – Julia Barrett

Please welcome fellow Resplendence Author Julia Barrett.

Hi Tina, thanks for having me.

Q:  So Julia, when and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing stories and poems since I was a kid.  I actually began as a poet, but took a practical break – to make money and help support my family, I’m a registered nurse – I began writing again fulltime in 2007.

Q:  Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

My biggest challenge is the need for down time after I finish a work.  If the story and the edits are intense, sometimes I need a month or two before I can really concentrate on my next project.

Q:  What inspired you to write latest book?

My most recent published work is a ménage and I wrote it after a great deal of encouragement by my friends and my publisher. 

My newest submission is a contemporary romantic comedy that was inspired by my real life canoe trip from hell in the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota!  We got lost – no food for over 48 hours, crazy guide.  Yup…a nightmare.  I’m waiting to hear.

Q:  How did you come up with the title?

The ménage was easy, it’s a play on words.  Since it involves one woman and three men, I titled it One Four All. 

If my contemporary is published, the title will be – Pushing Her Boundaries.

Q:  If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Choosing is very tough.  I love so many writers.  I suppose if I was lucky enough to have a mentor, I’d like it to be Guy Gavriel Kay.  He writes some of the most beautiful prose I’ve ever read.

Q:  Do you have any advice for other writers?

I’m awful about giving advice.  I figure everyone has to find his or her own way.  But I guess the only advice I can offer is this – don’t overuse the adjectives and adverbs and write what you know.  Readers can always tell when you’re faking the emotions.

Q:  Which one of your covers is your favorite and why?

Anytime Darlin'I think the cover for Anytime Darlin’ is my favorite and that may be because it’s the first romance I wrote – but the cover is just so dang sexy and it captures the characters perfectly.

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

 My website is: or readers can email me at

Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Julia’s story “Pushing her Boundaries”

AuThursday – Rhonda Print

Please welcome fellow Liquid Silver Author Rhonda Print. 

Q. What inspired you to write your first book?

 I love to read and always wanted to write a fiction. When my children all went back to school, I thought, I can do this and began to fulfill my livelong dream of writing. After that the book just took on a life of it’s own.

 Q. Do you have a specific writing style?

 I try to put myself in my characters world. What would he or she do or say? Then I take it from there.

 Q. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

 Wow. There are so many excellent authors to choose from and for different reasons. Nora Roberts writes great romance and family dynamics. Keri Arthur and Laurell K. Hamilton have strong female characters and I just finished reading a series by Kelley Armstrong that was awesome.

 Q. Who designed the covers?

 April Martinez and she absolutely nailed my vision of Ian Nightwalker and the way the characters relate to each other.

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

 Okay, this may sound strange but the first thing that pops into my head is writing the query letters. The second was coming up with names that fit the personalities of the characters.

 Q. Do you have any advice for other writers?

 Write something that excites you. Don’t write to impress anyone but yourself. When I started this, my goal was to finish writing the book. Then I did and my goal changed to getting a publisher to look at, and so on and so on. I took each process one step at a time and had fun doing it, even when I wanted to pull my hair out. J My current goal is to finish writing book two of the series.

 Q:  How do you make time to write?

 I love this question because the answer is simple. I have a very understanding and supportive husband and children. I tried different scenarios, for example, I’ll try to write x many hours a day, or I’ll write from this time to this time. What really worked out was writing when I felt inspired, even if that means jotting down some notes in the grocery store or doctor’s waiting room. When an idea hits me, I try to get it on paper so I don’t forget it.

 Q. When you are writing, who is in control? You or your characters?

 Definitely my characters! My husband and I attended the Tucson Festival of Books last year and there were two seminars that I wanted to take, both at the same time. So he went to one with a notebook and pen and I went the other. One of the speakers said that your characters should always be talking to you. Both of our reactions was the same, “how do you shut them up” I can even picture my characters when I’m not writing standing around doing nothing and saying “hey lady, you started this, tell us what to do next!” J

 Q. Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?”

 I don’t know if it was a call. I just had the ideas and characters floating around my brain until I finally had to start writing. Once I did, it took on a life of it’s own.

Q. Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?  and!

Join me Saturday when we read an excerpt from Rhonda’s story Nightwalker.


AuThursday – Virginia Cavanaugh

Q: How long have you been writing?

This would depend on when I start counting.  In the summer of 2005 I started to play with the idea of writing a story.  I wrote down stuff in a spiral that eventually turned into a mess of several spirals.  The story was a historical romance that I have not looked at since I got stuck near the end.  To be honest I am afraid to look at it, LOL.  I have since in the time between learned a bunch about the No-No’s of writing.  And I am pretty sure those spirals are filled with them.  It wasn’t until the spring of 2009 that I decided to sit down and write seriously. 

Q:  Which country would you most like to visit and why?

 It would be a tie between Scotland and Ireland.  I am a big fan of historical romance and I have a big thing for accents LOL.  Not to mention it is so pretty in both places. 

Q:  What books have most influenced your life most?

This is a very hard question.  The Bible would be number one.  As far as just reading a book that made me laugh or cry or get mad and throw it, a few stand out.  My very first ever romance novel was This Time Forever by Constance O’Day Flannery.  It made me laugh and cry and become addicted to romance.  So that one will always stand out.  Another is Virginia Henley’s Undone.  I went through a range of emotions while reading that book.  The most recent was Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy books.  Shadow Kiss and Blood Promise really got to me.  And then there is the only series of books that I have read more than once.  Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series.  I could go on forever because I read a lot.  The last one that stands out is IAD Kresley Cole.  Love this series.

Q:  If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

As a mentor I would have to say LSB and their staff have done wonderful things in mentoring me.  Also my wonderful CP Xakara.

Q:  What inspired you to write “Secrets of Night?”

This is kind of a crazy story in itself.  When any writer starts out they have their eyes trained on New York and the big time.  I don’t know if they ever lose that dream.  But I found out about Harlequin’s nocturne bites line.  It was said to be a good in for new authors.  So I needed a short story.  In about ten minutes I came up with these two characters and could even see them interacting with each other in my head.  I made sure they knew each other already because I didn’t have very many words to make them fall in love.  LOL.  But then I had to come up with the external plot/conflict.  I came up with something for these two characters to deal with but in short time the plot had grown so big that there was no way I would be able to tell it all in a short story.  Then secondary characters started talking to me (No I’m not crazy I promise.  LOL)  I stepped away from writing Secrets to play with the idea of a series.  Turns out the idea needed to be a series.  So long story short, I came up with Secrets as a quick in with a big place that never seen it.  It grew into a series that would not fit the parameters of Nocturne Bites, but lucky me I had a place that I wanted to see publish it and they offered.

Q:   How did you come up with the title?

Each title in this series will (hopefully) end in night.  The series is based upon The Order of Night, a governing counsel of the paranormal beings in the world.  This first book involves some secrets so that is where Secrets of Night comes from.  Book two is titled Deceptions of Night and book three is Visions of Night.  And I have no idea yet how many books will be in this series. 

Q:  Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?”

I actually got the “email”, LOL.  This is a good thing since I don’t think I could speak coherently.  My hubby had to ask me what I said twice.  Once the jumping up and down near crying, laughing blubbering idiot inside me calmed down, I just felt really happy to know that someone else saw potential in my story.

Q: How did you deal with rejection letters, if you received any?

Secrets was my very first sub ever.  The first time I got a revise resub.  Which was great to me.  Some people get down when they receive those.  I didn’t.  The next time I got a full request and then an offer.  Winter’s Shadow was my second sub and I got an offer on it first round.  So this kind of put me on cloud nine.  Recently I chose to sub a proposal to a New York publisher.  First three chapters and a synopsis.  The email I received on it was a very kind rejection and the first time I read it I was very sad.  But after I calmed down a little I went back and read it through a few more times.  The editor who sent it gave me very good compliments on my writing.  Such as competently written.  Obvious research and knowing the genre.  Good setting and liking the way my characters interacted and such.  Their rejection had more to do with little things.  So even though it was my first rejection all in all I feel good about it because I’m choosing to look at the positives and do my best to apply any feedback they gave me to my future writing.  And once again I always fall back on some of the big writers out there have had their share of rejections.

Q:  What do you feel is the most important aspect for all new authors to remember when writing or creating their own stories?

Don’t wear your feelings on your sleeve.  In all manners.  Rejections, critiques, etc.  Look at the critiques you receive with an open mind and not like someone is attacking your writing.  There is a difference.  Most times when someone points out things it is to help better your writing.

 Q:  What is on tap for the rest of 2010?

I am working on Deceptions of Night right now.  When it is finished I am seriously thinking about taking a stab at cyberpunk.  Inside of me dwells an inner D and D geek who loved to play Shadowrun back in the day.  Let’s just say it’s been a lil while, LOL.  But I love the concept and I am a matrix fan and the like.  My character in Shadowrun was a Decker.  But I am just playing with that right now.  I need to also do revisions to Don’t Panic, an erotic short I wrote at the start of summer.  As far as anything else goes I have a drawer full of ideas form Historical to paranormal to otherworld/sci fi.  I read everything and have been inspired to write several different stories in the different sub genres or romance.

Best Wishes,

Virginia Cavanaugh

Join me on Saturday when we read a Sexcerpt from Virginia’s “Secrets of Night”