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  • Indigo Sea Press 12:24 pm on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Sherrie Hansen, Author of WILD ROSE

    Second Wind: What do you enjoy most about writing?

    Sherrie Hansen: I enjoy letting my imagination run wild, and living vicariously through my characters. I enjoy working through issues in my own life through the characters in my books. I enjoy orchestrating happy endings and finding resolutions to crisis, and having control over what happens in my imaginary worlds.

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  • Indigo Sea Press 3:52 pm on August 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with J. Conrad Guest, Author of A RETROSPECT IN DEATH

    Second Wind: What inspired you to write this particular story?

    J. Conrad Guest: What inspired me was a desire to write something that was more honest than anything I’d written before, along with a fascination with death. Although I’ve not yet reached 60 years, I relate to Oliver Wendell Holmes’s adage: “After 60 years the stern sentence of the burial service seems to have a meaning that one did not notice in former years. There begins to be something personal about it.” Our society fears death, when it is the most natural thing in life. And while the health care industry frets over which disease is the leading cause of death, I’ve always felt it was birth. Or as John Oxenham wrote: “For death begins with life’s first breath; and life begins at touch of death.”

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 9:10 pm on August 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Mickey Hoffman, Author of DEADLY TRAFFIC

    Second Wind: Tell us a little about your main characters.

    Mickey Hoffman: Kendra Desola is a high school teacher with a compulsive personality and too much curiosity. She also thinks she can and should help every one of her students after they get into trouble. In this book I introduce Win Ni, a young man with more charm than is good for him. He’s smart but his morals aren’t quite as strong as his desire to become rich.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 1:20 pm on August 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview With Tony R. Lindsay, Author of TATTLETALE ROADHOUSE AND SOCIAL CLUB

    Second Wind: What inspired you to write this particular story?

    Tony R. Lindsay: I love it when people laugh at my stories. When a person laughs, their troubles are somewhere else.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 12:29 pm on July 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview With Siobhán Nolan, Author of OLD MAN HARRY

    Second Wind: What is your book about?

    Siobhán Nolan: My book, OLD MAN HARRY, is children’s book about a strange little girl who adopts a cat. As they grow up together, they have adventures and Harry proves to be more than your average house pet.

    Second Wind: What is your favorite place, real or fictional?

    Siobhán Nolan: The Outer Banks. I have been vacationing there with my family for as long as I can remember, and it’s also where I adopted Harry.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 3:35 pm on July 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Bud Fussell, Author of SHEPHERDS

    Second Wind: What is the most difficult part of the whole writing process? What is the easiest part of the writing process?

    Bud Fussell: To me, the easiest part of writing a book is the actual writing. Trying to find someone to look at your work is probably the hardest thing. If you’re lucky enough to find someone, I guess the next hardest part is the editing, re-writing, and promoting. I feel strongly that God led me to Mike Simpson and Second Wind Publishing.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 8:31 pm on July 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview With JB Kohl and Eric Beetner, Authors of ONE TOO MANY BLOWS TO THE HEAD

    Second Wind: Does writing come easy for you?

    Eric Beetner: Yes. I never quite understood the people who wring their hands and struggle with writing. It’s fun to me. If it wasn’t fun, I wouldn’t do it. I was a screenwriter for years and have written sixteen feature length screenplays and a number of shorts and a few episodes of TV. Knock on wood, I’m never short of ideas. Sometimes too many.

    JB Kohl: Yes and No. I don’t struggle with the writing, I struggle with finding/making the time to write. I love writing. If it was something unpleasant, I wouldn’t do it.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 9:01 pm on July 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview With Smith Hagaman, Author of OFF THE CHART

    Second Wind: Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

    Smith Hagaman: I think the writer, E.L. Doctorow, had it right for me.“It’s like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” I follow where my mind takes me and \ then I research where I’ve gotten to.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 8:01 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Carole Howard, Author of DEADLY ADAGIO

    Second Wind: What inspired you to write this particular story?

    Carole Howard: I knew I wanted to write a mystery. (That’s because no one told me how really hard it is!) And I knew I wanted it to be set in Africa. And I knew I wanted it to involve an amateur orchestra. After that, I had to figure it out. First I decided who the victim would be, then who the murderer would be, and then I had to keep finding and re-finding inspiration. But I did!

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 8:40 pm on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview With Rich Adams, Author of FRACTURED

    Second Wind: How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the story?

    Rich Adams: At least a year. Always a science buff, I became intrigued by a book, The Floor of the Sea by William Wertenbaker, the story of Plate Tectonics and the work of Maurice Ewing. Then, problems with nuclear waste, which was in the news at the time, caught my attention.. This was in the mid-seventies. At the time I was ‘between positions, ‘a euphemism for out of work, and decided to give writing a try.. It had been mostly written and then placed in a drawer when life got in the way. Beginning in 2010 I worked on rewriting and bringing it up to date for about a year and then spent two years trying to get it published.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 1:52 pm on July 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Leigh Somerville, Author of IT ALL STARTED WITH A DOG

    Second Wind: What inspired you to write this particular story?

    Leigh Somerville: I was inspired by Jan Karon’s characters and the way they made me feel. As I read, I began to develop friendships with them and enjoyed spending time with them. In response, I started to work with my own character, Rachel Springer, growing her into someone I liked and then watching her friends and community develop around her, each with their own stories.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 1:50 pm on July 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with John Stack, author of CODY’S ALMOST TRIP TO THE ZOO

    Second Wind: What do you like to read? What is your favorite genre?

    John Stack: I really like adolescent science fiction/fantasy. Usually, the authors steer away from profanity, extreme violence, and sexual situations. I like magic, elves and quests, but going from realm to realm is fun too.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 1:31 pm on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview With S. M. Senden, author of CLARA’S WISH

    Second Wind: What is your goal for the book, ie: what do you want people to take with them after they finish reading the story?

    S. M. Senden: My goal for this book is to have people look at how they treat one another. The problems we face in our lives are the same our parents, grandparents and generations of people faced. That is the question of love. Of being loved, of loving and what it can bring with it, the greatest joy and deepest heartache.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 2:42 pm on July 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Paul J. Stam, Author of THE TELEPHONE KILLER

    Second Wind: What was your childhood like?

    Paul J. Stam: It was fantastic. Of course I didn’t know at the time how absolutely fantastic it was. Growing up in Central Africa I was aware that it was not the usual American childhood, but it was mine. I didn’t know how special it was until I came to the United States when I was fifteen and discovered that you didn’t have to raise the vegetables, or slaughter your own livestock to eat. You could just go to a store and buy it.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 2:01 pm on July 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Noah Baird, Author of DONATIONS TO CLARITY

    Second Wind: How much of a story do you have in mind before you start writing it?

    Noah Baird: Very little – I start with an idea and go. I read somewhere Tom Robbins purposely writes himself into a plot corner just to see if he can get himself out of it. I found the idea – that writing didn’t have to have a regimented approach, but could be a game for the writer – really attractive. So, I sat down with the idea ‘What would Bigfoot think if he saw a Bigfoot hoaxer?’, and I went from there.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 7:51 pm on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Susan Surman, Author of DANCING AT ALL THE WEDDINGS

    Second Wind: What did you do for research?

    Susan Surman: I use a lot of the places I’ve been, but to be sure I had updated information, I had to research – online; magazines; talking to people. For example, I don’t know anything about small private aircraft, so I found the person online who owns and sells what I was writing about. We communicated and I had my answers. Mostly, I was really writing what I knew about and one of the main male characters is based solely on a real person. Perhaps the novel depicts the way I would have liked it to turn out with him. That’s why it’s called ‘romance.’ It can be anything you like. Romance, I mean.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 3:29 pm on July 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Coco Ihle, Author of SHE HAD TO KNOW

    Second Wind: Do you prefer to write at a particular time of day?

    Coco Ihle: Mornings are my favorite time, because my mind is fresh, but sometimes late at night when there are no distractions. Often, I’ll wake in the middle of the night with an idea or a phrase and have to write it down on a tablet I keep on my nightstand. And occasionally, I just have to get up and write that thought or idea in more detail.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 2:09 pm on July 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Lazarus Barnhill, author of LACEY TOOK A HOLIDAY

    Second Wind: How long do the ideas for your books take to develop?

    Lazarus Barnhill: Beside my bed I keep a spiral notebook that has the outlines for two dozen books in it. Whenever I get an idea for a book, I write down a tentative title (you call the baby something when it’s born, although in the long run it creates its own true name), the basic plot and the key characters. Over time I, as I brood about the stories, I’ll go back to my notebook and add more detail, alter the plot, rename the characters, etc. The stories continue to grow. In a way they “become ripe” over time—that is, I get to a point where I can’t help but start the actual writing process. Each ripens at its own pace. CADDO CREEK, the sequel to LACEY TOOK A HOLIDAY, chronologically takes place ninety years after the original story and was actually conceived after the “first sequel,” LACEY’S CHILD. I guess the bottom line to the question for me is that a story is a living thing: it develops within the author’s being and emerges when the time is right for it.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 8:54 pm on July 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview With J. R. Hobeck, author of SMOKESTACK

    Second Wind: How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?

    J. R. Hobeck: There is not any one character I can point to and say “That’s Me.” But, several elements of my personality are spread out over most of the characters. That being said, there are actually bits and pieces of nearly everyone I know wrapped up in the characters. A few of the minor characters closely resemble people I’ve know, but all of them are to some extent or another amalgams of multiple people.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 12:37 pm on July 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Interview with Sheila Englehart, author of WARNING SIGNS

    Second Wind: What is the goal for your book? What you want people to take from it?

    Sheila Englehart: I really want readers to be open to possibilities even if they don’t understand them immediately, and believe in forces they can’t see or touch physically. I’ve always believed in signs and synchronicities. They surround us, if we take the time to notice. I try to honor everyone’s beliefs and think those who chose not to believe shouldn’t disparage those who do.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 11:28 am on July 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Claire Collins, Author of IMAGES OF BETRAYAL and FATE AND DESTINY

    Second Wind: How do you develop and differentiate your characters?

    Claire Collins: My characters talk to me. I can see them and hear them and they are all unique to me. I’m always afraid they will seem very flat to others, but they are so alive to me that it somehow comes out the right way for others to see them the way I do.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 11:38 am on July 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Nancy A Niles, Author of VENDETTA

    Second Wind: What has changed for you personally since you wrote your first book?

    Nancy Niles: I’ve become much more observant of people and more aware of life changing situations that are going on around us all the time. I hear life changing stories from the news, from strangers and from friends. I also have developed a habit of asking myself how different personalities would have reacted to the same problem or event. In fact, I think I am probably constantly writing in my head and developing characters now that I am a published author. I have gained more confidence in my writing. I find that I want to write more and I feel as though something is missing if I miss a day of writing.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 1:36 pm on July 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Dellani Oakes, Author of LONE WOLF

    Second Wind: Who is your most unusual/most likeable character?

    Dellani Oakes: I think that Caprilla Mayeese, the enormous Fellician warrior is the most unusual and likeable. Fellicians are giant cat people who speak and walk upright. They are almost all mercenaries and fight like no others in the galaxy. Caprilla is the leader of a small group of mercenaries, all Fellicians. He’s about eight feet tall, with sleek black fur and penetrating blue eyes. He’s got a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. He’s also loyal to the death and will gladly kill anyone who gets in his way or threatens his friends.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 7:16 pm on June 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview With Donna Small, Author of JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS

    Second Wind: How many stories do you currently have swirling around in your head?

    Donna Small: Too many to count! I like to say that the voices in my head won’t shut up! I keep a notebook with me at all times and jot down anything that might have some possibility. Sometimes, I’ll just write down a word that sounds beautiful to me, knowing that I want to use it somewhere.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 8:25 pm on June 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with JJ Dare, author of FALSE POSITIVE and FALSE WORLD

    Second Wind: What are you working on right now?

    JJ Dare: This interview! Oh, and a few articles, blog posts, and my perpetual 30+ novels in various stages of incompletion. One particular thing I’m working on was suggested by my late partner’s brother, a Memphis novelist. He thinks I should put together a collection of my short stories.

     
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