Monthly Archives: January 2009

At Home with Young Adult Fantasy Author Barry Eva

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across-the-pondAuthor’s Name: Barry Eva
Book Title: Across the Pond
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Publisher: Xlibris
Page Count: 120 pages
ISBN: 1436371767

Author’s Bio:

Born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, Barry Eva, also known as “Storyheart”, left his beloved England in 2000, moving to the USA to be with the woman he’d met and fallen in love with on the Internet.

Better known for his short romance stories on the net and in his book Stories from the Heart, Barry is popular for narrating his stories on local TV or as a guest on other media stations,where his wit, oratory, and old-fashioned English charm make him a popular interviewee.

At present, Barry is living in Connecticut, with his wife and two children.

You can visit Storyheart’s website at http://www.across-t-pond.com.

1. Where do you live (city, country)?
Hmm I would class it as country, it’s more suburbs
2. What is the weather like?
Cold, lot’s of snow and ice right now.
3. Have you lived there very long?
Coming up to six years
4. Would you rather live somewhere else?
In the US perhaps not, but given a choice I would be back in England, I miss it. Clicking heals and saying “there’s no place like home”
5. Are you married or single?
Married (third time)
6. Do you have kids?
Since moving to the US I now have two children Victoria aged 7 and Andrew, alias “the terror” aged 6
7. Where were you born?
Barnet, Hertfordshire, England
8. What was your childhood like?
Happy. I grow up in a loving family, even if I did have two younger sisters.
9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun?
I always had fun, I played sports of all kinds and loved to go out to the local disco and strut my stuff. (That ages me)
10. Back to the present, whatʼs your favorite room in your house?
Kitchen
11. Do you have an outside job?
Outside of writing I work on computers, not PC’s but the servers that run the big number crunching.
12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?
Recover. Though I love singing, and run a couple of karaoke shows of my own.
13. Whatʼs your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Egg and bacon on a roll, but I must have my very large cup of tea.
14. Do you have any pets?
No
15. Do you know your neighbors?
We live in the upstairs of a duplex, so we have downstairs and either side, and yes I know them.
16. Pepsi or Coke?
Neither really, a cup of tea of a pint of beer. But if we’re talking soft fizzy drinks, Dr Pepper
17. Favorite time of year?
Spring, it is the time of new birth and in England the most beautiful time of the year.
18. Favorite color?
Blue
19. Favorite book?
To many to mention, but I like a bit of swash and buckle, books by Authors like Alexander Kent
20. Does your car look better than your house?
No, to me a car is just something to get you from A to B, not a love of my life.
21. Whatʼs on your mousepad?
New York Rangers.
22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it?
Two or three
23. Whatʼs the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
What day is it?
24. Chocolate or vanilla?
Vanilla
25. Do you like to drive too fast?
No, in England your taught more to drive defensive than in the US. Next time you drive take a look at all the drivers steering with one hand.
26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?
Only if the kids have left them in the bed
27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be?
William Shakespeare
28. Whatʼs your favorite alcoholic drink?
Beer… real beer not the frozen watery stuff
29. What is your zodiac sign?
Aquarius
30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be
Something on TV
31. Whatʼs under your bed?
My wife’s stuff
32. Is the glass half empty or half full?
Half Full

Thank you for playing The Home Sweet Home Writing Challenge for Authors!

You can purchase a copy of Barry Eva’s new book, Across the Pond, by clicking here!

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At Home with Paranormal Romance Author Margay Leah Justice

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Author’s Name: Margay Leah Justice
Book Title: Nora’s Soul
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Second Wind Publishing, LLC
Page Count: 220
ISBN: 978-1-935171-21-8

Author’s Bio:

Descended from the same bloodline that spawned the likes of James Russell, Amy and Robert Lowell, Margay Leah Justice was fated to be a writer herself from a young age. But even before she knew that there was a name for what she was doing, she knew one thing: She had a deep and unconditional love for the written word. A love that would challenge her in times of need, abandon her in times of distress, and rediscover her in times of hope. Through her writing, Margay has learned to cope with every curve ball life has thrown her, including the challenges of single parenting, the harsh realities of living in a shelter, coping with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, and the roller coaster ride of dealing with a child who suffers from bipolar disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. But along the way she has rediscovered the amazing power of words.

Margay currently lives in Massachusetts with her two daughters, two cats, and a myriad of characters who vie for her attention and demand that their own stories be told. You can visit her website at http://margayleahjustice.com.

1. Where do you live (city, country)? Hudson, Massachusetts
2. What is the weather like? We live by the motto “if you don’t like the weather here, wait five minutes – it’ll change.”
3. Have you lived there very long? Most of my life.
4. Would you rather live somewhere else? I’ve lived in other states, but I always come home to Massachusetts.
5. Are you married or single? Divorced
6. Do you have kids? Two daughters
7. Where were you born? Massachusetts
8. What was your childhood like? Kind of idyllic by today’s standards. My sisters and I took dance lessons, my brothers did sports, we always played tag and hide and go seek with all the neighborhood kids. Rather nice times.
9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? I don’t think it was too much different than it is now. We worried about wars overseas, whether people liked us, and what we were going to be when we grew up. We hung out together with friends, went to the movies, school dances, that sort of thing.
10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? My bedroom – that’s my sanctuary.
11. Do you have an outside job? No
12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? I’m a full time mother, I don’t get time off! Seriously, I like to spend my free time visiting my mother.
13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? I am not really a breakfast person, but I like omelets.
14. Do you have any pets? Two cats that are a mix between dark gray tiger cats and black siamese (although you can’t tell about the tiger thing unless the light hits their fur the right way; they’re both black).
15. Do you know your neighbors? No, I’m pretty private.
16. Pepsi or Coke? Coke
17. Favorite time of year? Spring and Autumn
18. Favorite color? Red
19. Favorite book? Right now, it’s Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
20. Does your car look better than your house? right now, they look about the same!
21. What’s on your mousepad? A picture of a tropical beach in the moonlight.
22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? At least two, sometimes three, depending where I am in the house when it rings.
23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? Coffee
24. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
25. Do you like to drive too fast? No
26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? No
27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? Johnny Depp – love him!
28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? I don’t drink alcohol
29. What is your zodiac sign? I’m right on the cusp of Scorpio and Sagittarius, but I consider myself Scorpio
30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? Writer – this is my dream job
31. What’s under your bed? Art supplies
32. Is the glass half empty or half full? Half full

Thank you for playing The Home Sweet Home Writing Challenge for Authors!

You can purchase a copy of Margay Leah Justice’s new book, Nora’s Soul, by clicking here!

At Home with Women’s Fiction Author Phyllis Zimbler Miller

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mrs-lieutenantPhyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of MRS. LIEUTENANT: A SHARON GOLD NOVEL and the co-author of the Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION. She is also president of www.MillerMosaic.com, which uses internet marketing strategies to build WordPress.org websites for book authors. Her additional websites are www.QueensOfBookMarketing.com and www.OperationSupportJewsintheMilitary.com along with blogs www.MrsLieutenant.blogspot.com and www.DoGooderScrooge.blogspot.com.

1. Where do you live (city, country)?

Los Angeles, CA, USA

2. What is the weather like?

Lovely – why do you think I moved here?

3. Have you lived there very long?
28 years

4. Would you rather live somewhere elsphyllis1e?

Nope.

5. Are you married or single?

Married.

6. Do you have kids?

Two daughters in their 20s.

7. Where were you born?
In a hospital in Chicago, IL, but raised in Elgin, IL.

8. What was your childhood like?

Boring – I couldn’t wait to escape the small town atmosphere.

9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun?

Not much to do in Elgin for fun. I read a lot – especially during the summer I spent a great deal of time at the Elgin Library.

10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house?

My living room with all the books, although I rarely have time to set in this room.

11. Do you have an outside job?

Have my own company.

12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?

Read for fun rather than work.

13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

Protein shake if I have time to make it.

14. Do you have any pets?

No.

15. Do you know your neighbors?

Several of them.

16. Pepsi or Coke?

Neither. I drink water or seltzer.

17. Favorite time of year?

Whenever it doesn’t get dark until late.

18. Favorite color?

None.

19. Favorite book?

Too many to decide on one.

20. Does your car look better than your house?

Absolutely.

21. What’s on your mousepad?

Don’t have one.

22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it?

I usually answer immediately but I don’t like to talk on the phone. I much prefer email or talking in person.

23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?

What emails have I received from the East Coast?

24. Chocolate or vanilla?

Are you kidding? Chocolate.

25. Do you like to drive too fast?

I drive faster than I probably should.

26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?

No.

27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be?

Perhaps author P.D. James, whose first name is also Phyllis.

28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink?

Dry red wine.

29. What is your zodiac sign?

Pisces.

30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be

What I’m doing now, just earning more.

31. What’s under your bed?

Nothing because there’s a wooden frame around the entire mattress.

32. Is the glass half empty or half full?

Definitely half full.

You can purchase a copy of Phyllis Zimbler Miller’s new book, Mrs. Lieutenant by clicking here!