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At Home with Children’s Fantasy Author Victoria Simcox

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Victoria, known as Vicki, was born in 1966, in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She has one older sister, Jeannette. When Vicki was 7, she moved with her family to British Columbia. In her early twenties Vicki moved to Western Washington and now resides in Marysville WA. She has been married to her husband Russ, for nineteen years and they have three children; Toby, who is fifteen, Kristina, thirteen, and William, eight. She has home schooled her children for the past nine years, and she also teaches elementary school art. Vicki’s other family members are, a Chihuahua, named Pipsy, two cats, Frodo, and Fritz, and two parakeets, Charlie, and Paulie. She did have a pet rat named Raymond when she started writing The Magic Warble, but sad to say, he has since passed away of old age. Vicki enjoys writing, painting watercolors, watching movies, hanging out with her family, and chauffeuring her kids around to their many activities. Her favorite author is C.S. Lewis, and one of her fondest memories is when she was twelve. She would sit at the kitchen table and read The Chronicles of Narnia to her mother while she cooked dinner. These magical stories were very dear to Vicki and she remembers wishing, If only I could go to Narnia like Lucy and Susan. Vicki hopes that maybe, she can touch someone with her story in a similar way. You can visit her website at www.themagicwarble.com.

  1. Where do you live? Marysville WA
  2. What is the weather like? 21 degrees (cold)
  3. Have you lived there very long? 7 years
  4. Would you rather live somewhere else? no
  5. Are you married or single? married
  6. Do you have kids? yes 3
  7. Where were you born? Scarborough Ontario Canada
  8. What was your childhood like? adventurous
  9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? avareage, hung out with friends
  10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? my bedroom
  11. Do you have an outside job? art teacher
  12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? write
  13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? fiber fruit shake
  14. Do you have any pets? dog, 2 cats , a parakeet
  15. Do you know your neighbors? yes
  16. Pepsi or Coke? Pepsi
  17. Favorite time of year? Summer
  18. Favorite color? green
  19. Favorite book? Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
  20. Does your car look better than your house? no
  21. What’s on your mousepad? my family on vacation in Mexico
  22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? I let the recorder get it
  23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? coffee
  24. Chocolate or vanilla? both
  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? CS Lewis
  28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? don’t drink
  29. What is your zodiac sign? The fish one (not in to it though)
  30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? writer
  31. What’s under your bed? probably dust
  32. Is the glass half empty or half full? full

Home Sweet Home with Maryann Paige, Author of Hidden Shadows

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• Maryann Paige
• Hidden Shadows
• Paranormal/Suspense
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Maryann Paige was born in Brooklyn, New York, lived in Nevada and Texas and landed back in her home state. She resides in the beautiful Hudson Valley and uses the area as the setting for her novels and stories. She attributes the idea for Hidden Shadows to her younger son, who claims to have met the shadow people on a nightly basis. After researching and learning of them, she decided to write a novel loosely based on her son’s experiences. Please visit Maryann at www.maryannpaige.com to find out about her latest novel, Cemetery Gates.

1. Where do you live (city, country)? I live in the Hudson Valley of New York State. It’s an area shrouded in history, natural beauty, and lots of ghost stories.

2. What is the weather like? The weather right now is quite cool. Much to my chagrin, most of the trees in my yard have lost their leaves. I was simply not ready for a bare yard, so I took a leaf and duck-taped it back onto to my usually beautiful red maple. It lasted until, Woodrow, my local woodpecker, realized something was awry and pecked it off of the tree.

3. Would you rather live somewhere else? I dream of someday relocating to the American south. Possibly, Savannah, GA or Gatlinburg in Tennessee. There is something about the south and its people that has always made me feel as if I’m home.

4. Do you have kids? Yes, I have two sons: My older son is thirteen and my younger is ten. My little one was the actual inspiration for my novel Hidden Shadows. It is loosely based upon his experiences with the shadow people.

5. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? I must admit that I’m all about bread. A warm piece of Italian bread, fresh of out the oven. If that’s not available, any type of dough will due!

6. Do you have any pets? Yes, I have a cat, Whiskers, and two white parakeets, Snowflake and Blizzard. Life as far as the pet scene is never dull in my house. I’m aware now that the cartoon Tom and Jerry was based upon some true stories.

7. Do you know your neighbors? I know my neighbors very well. We’re a close knit street and it’s very enjoyable. When one needs help, we’re all there. I like it that way. I would do anything for my neighbors and appreciate they’ve always been there for me when I needed them.

8. Pepsi or Coke? For me, without any doubt, it is Coke. Although I love the taste of Pepsi, it makes me sneeze. I have no idea why, but it does.

9. Favorite time of year? My favorite time of the year is fall, especially if an Indian summer is upon us. It’s so much fun, looking at the beautiful colorful leaves and then decorating the backyard for Halloween and dressing up on the day to haunt our neighborhood.

10. Favorite book? Without a doubt, it’s William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. While I love seeing it live, I must admit I’ve read the play more times than I can count. It has a little bit of everything: moral breakdown, greed, and evil.

11. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? That’s funny. No, I don’t sleep with a stuffed animal, but I do have a special, decorative pillow. The strange thing is I can’t sleep without it. I guess it’s my security.

12. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? I would have to say Thomas Jefferson. I’ve been a lover of his writings since I was a child. I would like a little bit of input from him for contemporary problems.

13. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? Without a doubt it’s beer. I do like wine, but it’ll usually give me a headache and harder liquor, well, I cannot handle that at all. Plus, nothing goes better with a summer BBQ than beer.

14. What’s under your bed? While I’m unable to prove it, I know the boogeyman lives there. I’ve heard him and he’s probably why I’ve always been interested in writing horror.

15. Is the glass half empty or half full? My glass is usually always full. I have a positive attitude and try to maintain it. That’s certainly not to say, that there are not time I have thrown the glass against the wall, but it fills right back up. It’s my glass and I can do that.

At Home with Mystery Author JD Seamus

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JD SeamusAfter decades of working in the world of retail finance, e-commerce, and venture capital, JD Seamus began writing a series of novels based in Manhattan.

With a keen eye for detail, Seamus takes to heart the old adage to “write what you know.” Borrowing from real life experience, Seamus delivers highly entertaining tales full of sparkling wit and dark humor.

Whether pondering life’s most absurd or most wonderful moments, or showcasing a character’s foibles or triumphs, JD Seamus is dynamic new voice in the world of fiction. Seamus may make you blush, he may make you cry, but he will certainly leave you entertained.

Today, Seamus is happily at work on his sixth book in South Florida and dividing his time between his family and Braves and Jaguar games. You can visit his website at www.jdseamusbooks.com.

  1. Last CallWhere do you live (city, country)? Daytona Beach Shores, Florida
  2. What is the weather like? Hot. Low 90s today.
  3. Have you lived there very long? No. Five years.
  4. Would you rather live somewhere else? I live here and midtown Manhattan. I’d rather live in Venice or Amsterdam.
  5. Are you married or single? Married.
  6. Do you have kids? No. Gene pool way to shallow.
  7. Where were you born? Belfast, Ireland.
  8. What was your childhood like? Rough. My brothers, father and all my uncles were in the IRA.
  9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? I illegally came to the US at 8 and lived in the 5 Points section of NY. I was in one gang or another until I went away to college.
  10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? Master bedroom.
  11. Do you have an outside job? No.
  12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? I’m retired, every day is a day off. I love to travel.
  13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes.
  14. Do you have any pets? 2 dogs.
  15. Do you know your neighbors? Yes.
  16. Pepsi or Coke? Coke.
  17. Favorite time of year? Fall.
  18. Favorite color? Blue.
  19. Favorite book? Pope of Greenwich Village.
  20. Does your car look better than your house? Both look great.
  21. What’s on your mousepad? I use a lap top.
  22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? Sometimes forever. Generally 3.
  23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? My writing project.
  24. Chocolate or vanilla? Either with nuts and coconut.
  25. Do you like to drive too fast? Yes.
  26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? Sleep with a real animal.
  27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? Sam Clemens.
  28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? Beer.
  29. What is your zodiac sign? Cancer.
  30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be…..writer.
  31. What’s under your bed? posters
  32. Is the glass half empty or half full? Always half full…….

At Home with Christian Fiction Author Jimmy Root, Jr.

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Jimmy RootJimmy Root Jr., has served as an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God since 1982, including service in Nebraska, Missouri, and a seven year term as a missionary in Colombia, South America. Jimmy is the lead Pastor of Family Worship Center of Smithville, a growing suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. Married to his wife Jean for twenty-nine years, the Roots have three grown children.

Root is a 1981 alumnus of Central Bible College of Springfield, Missouri where he majored in Biblical Studies and Pastoral Theology. He is also an alumnus of Southeastern University, Lakeland Florida, where he majored in Intercultural Studies.

A lifetime student of Biblical prophecy, Jimmy is also the Professor of Eschatology, The Study of End Times, for Berean University through the Northern Missouri District School of Ministry. He is a featured speaker at Churches and other venues, and is the host of “The Bible Uncensored” radio broadcast heard on radio stations around the country.

His writings, both in book form as well as his blog, are purposed to be a wake-up call to a sleepy American church that seems to be losing a truly Christian World View. Distant Thunder and its sequels, A Gathering Storm and Then Comes Lightning, will reveal to the adventure/thriller aficionado the reality of the coming fulfillment of Biblically prophesied events. You can visit his website at www.lightningchronicles.com or his blog at www.prophecyalert.blogspot.com. Connect with him on twitter at www.twitter.com/JimmyRootJr and Facebook at www.facebook.com/jimmyrootjr.

Distant Thunder1. Where do you live (city, country)? Smithville, Missouri
2. What is the weather like? Unseasonably mild.
3. Have you lived there very long? Ten years.
4. Would you rather live somewhere else? No
5. Are you married or single? Happily married.
6. Do you have kids? We have three grown children.
7. Where were you born? Topeka, Kansas
8. What was your childhood like? Filled with fun and frivolity.
9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? I was at teen during the 70’s and had a blast. I played every sport possible, fished and hunted, and worked a gas station in the summer. That was back when an attendant actually pumped the gas and washed the windshield.
10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? The living room.
11. Do you have an outside job? Yes, I am the Pastor of a vibrant congregation.
12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? Write.
13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? My wife makes a wonderful, low fat omelet.
14. Do you have any pets? I have a psychotic Jack Russell Terrier named Harley.
15. Do you know your neighbors? Sure do.
16. Pepsi or Coke? Diet Coke.
17. Favorite time of year? Fall…for football and hunting.
18. Favorite color? Blue
19. Favorite book? The Bible
20. Does your car look better than your house? No way.
21. What’s on your mousepad? Planet Earth.
22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? Depends on who shows on the caller ID.
23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? “What a great day to be alive!”
24. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
25. Do you like to drive too fast? Yes
26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? No
27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? Abraham Lincoln
28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? I don’t drink at all.
29. What is your zodiac sign? Aquarius…but I don’t care.
30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? I love what I’m doing now…it’s my true calling.
31. What’s under your bed? A box of my wife’s winter clothes.
32. Is the glass half empty or half full? Half Full.

At Home with Suspense/Mystery Author Richard E. Roach

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scattered-leavesAuthor’s Name: Richard E. Roach
Book Title: Scattered Leaves
Genre: Suspense/Mystery
Publisher: Multi-Media
Page Count: 336
ISBN: 978-1591461463

Author’s Bio:

Suspense/Mystery author Richard Roach was born in 1931 in Galveston, Texas. Short stories of his have been published in Man’s Story 2, Happy 2007, Vol. 20 and Bibliophilos 2006, Vol. 42. His first novel, Scattered Leaves, hit the book stores on September 1, ’08, and his second novel, Scattered Money, will be published in 2009.

You can visit his website at www.richarderoach.com.

1. Where do you live (city, country)?
532 Kentwood Drive, Rockwall, TX 75032
2. What is the weather like?
Overcast, gray and gloomy with a high of 32, misting rain and sleet.
3. Have you lived there very long?
Nearly 19 years.
4. Would you rather live somewhere else?
Not really.
5. Are you married or single?
Married since December 4, 1948
6. Do you have kids?
Three, two boys and one girl, all grown for many years.
7. Where were you born?
Galveston, Texas
8. What was your childhood like?
Unusual, My parents decided on a divorce in 1937 while I was five. My brother, age ten, and I hit the road with our Daddy. He was a kindly man who never lost his temper. He did have one bad habit; he was an alcoholic.

Dad soon tired of taking care of us and rented us a room above a drugstore in Alvin, Texas. Dad went on about his business and my brother went into business to support us.

He found an apple crate, they were wood back then, and with a borrowed hammer and handsaw from the friendly hardware store plus a nickle’s worth of nails, he fashioned a shoe shine box.

Luckily there was an oil field nearby with loads of young me who wanted their shoes shined for the pretty girls. Remember this was the depression and money was scarce as hen’s teeth.

My job was to follow him around and look forlorn. This wasn’t hard, I only had one pair of coverall, gray of course, no shoes and no underware.

This was good training for us. Can you imagine two kids living alone like that and no one ever asked us anything. Son, that’s my brother’s name, worked hard at shining shoes. Some days we made a dollar, (ten pairs of shoes) and some day we didn’t.

With a dollar you could buy twenty cokes, or twenty bars of candy or see ten picture shows.

After ten months, Daddy took pity on us and carried us to our Grandparents’ home in Livingston, Texas. During this time I accumulated enough material to fill several books.

Would you like to know my first business venture? Delivery boy. I carried butter, eggs and milk to customers of my Grandmother’s. I received about a nickle a trip. Later, Son and I went into the egg selling business. We got rich on this deal! Some times we got as much as a quarter for a dozen eggs.
9. What was it like growing up as a teen?
Son was in Europe fighting the Germans and I was in Houston. It was pretty miserable until I happened to find Norma. She was something and didn’t seem to mind me being a little different. (Everything revolved around money for me. I knew you couldn’t starve if you had a pocket full of money.) But all in all, it was better than being an adolescent. I worked as a soda jerk, in a grocery putting goods on the shelf etc, welder’s helper, a spraygun painter, and finally found my way into the oilfield as a roustabout. Then I really got rich! I made a dollar an hour!

What did you do for fun?
Kissed Norma, when she would let me, and we loved eating hamburgers and going to the show. In school I played football, basketball, and ran track. Norm was a majorette.
10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house?
I have an office in our home and a brick workshop where I can tinker with whatever needs my attention. My tractor is parked in this building also.
11. Do you have an outside job?
No.
12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?
I love to write. Make up stories that I hope folks will like. By writing you can visit anywhere you like, have characters that do your bidding–it’s a perfect world. The interest from all my business ventures pours in so all I have to worry about is what do I want to eat at the next meal. Nor is a wonderful cook and she likes her job.
13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Oh boy! That’s easy. Biscuits, fried eggs, sausage and plenty of hot tea. (Coffee makes me sick.)
14. Do you have any pets?
No pool, no pets, only regrets
15. Do you know your neighbors?
You can bet I know them. I give them onions, corn and greens from my garden. They love me, you know, they are glad to get fresh veggies.
16. Pepsi or Coke?
Let’s all have a Dr. Pepper.
17. Favorite time of year?
It’s got to be the Fall. Texas summer are pure torture.
18. Favorite color?
Blue
19. Favorite book?
That’s a tough one. But recently, it would have to be Lonesome Dove.
20. Does your car look better than your house?
No way, I drive a blue pickup, it’s sixteen years old. I rarely go anywhere and don’t really need a car. Norm drives a shiny, silver.Mercedes.
21. What’s on your mousepad?
I don’t know what a mousepad is.
22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it?
No phones in my office. I’m not real fond of phones. My life was driven by the little darlings for too many years. Other people normally answer the phone when it rings. Norm, of course has a cell phone beside our land line.
23. Chocolate or vanilla?
Chocolate.
24. Do you like to drive too fast?
Driving scares me so I shore don’t drive fast when I drive to church, the barbershop, hardware or feed store.
25. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?
You must be kidding. There’s a .357 Magum about one foot from my head.
26. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be?
My Grandfather, A. E. Simmons and my Grandmother, Alma Burke Simmons. They took me in, bought me clothes, fed me and taught me to be honest, work hard, save your money, be kind to women and children, and let men fight for their place in line.
27. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink?
I’m no big hand at drinking, but back when I had to entertain oil men, I generally drank a bloody Mary or scotch and water. I don’t like beer and wine is for women.
28. What is your zodiac sign?
It’s got to be Taurus!
29. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be?
A writer.
30. What’s under your bed?
Nothing. Norm runs the house and she doesn’t store things under the bed but lord, have mercy, don’t look in the garage.
31. Is the glass half empty or half full?
Sweetheart, mine is half full.

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At Home with Young Adult Fantasy Author Kathryn Sullivan

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Author’s Name: Kathryn Sullivan
Book Title: Talking to Trees
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Amber Quill Press

Author’s Bio:
Kathryn Sullivan writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, published in both e-book and trade paperback. Her latest book, Talking To Trees, is the sequel to the award-winning The Crystal Throne. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies.

She is a member of EPIC and Broad Universe. Kathryn lives in Winona, MN, where the river bluffs along the Mississippi River double as cliffsides on alien planets or the deep mysterious forests in a magical world. She is well used to dealing with alien lifeforms, as she’s owned by two birds (a cockatoo and a jenday) who graciously allow her to write about other animals, as well as birdlike aliens. Visit her website at http://kathrynsullivan.com.

1. Where do you live (city, country)? The small university town of Winona, MN
2. What is the weather like? Right now it’s very cold with snow forecast. A typical Midwestern town with all four seasons.
3. Have you lived there very long? Thirty years
4. Would you rather live somewhere else? I like traveling and visiting other areas, but I do like Minnesota.
5. Are you married or single? Single
6. Do you have kids? No
7. Where were you born? The very small Chicago suburb of Berkeley, IL
8. What was your childhood like? I remember my friends and I made up all sorts of adventures that took place in our backyards. I read a lot as well.
9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? I worked at the high school library and babysat during the school year. During the summer my parents had a summer cottage at a lake in Wisconsin and that’s where we spent the entire summer. I water-skied, sailed our small sailboat, swam, played golf and read while my sisters were getting tans. I had a group of friends in the area that, when we weren’t playing softball or other sports, we were making up adventures – spies, westerns, space exploration. My mother had a large bell that she rang when my sister and I were supposed to come home.
10. Do you have an outside job? I’m Distance Learning Librarian at Winona State University in Winona, MN
11. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? Play with my birds, read, go to a movie.
12. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? French toast
13. Do you have any pets? Two birds: a Moluccan cockatoo named Bayla and a Jenday conure named MacGyver
14. Do you know your neighbors? Yes. I know the neighbors on one side better because they have three kids who love to read.
15. Pepsi or Coke? Pepsi
16. Favorite time of year? Spring
17. Favorite color? Any shade of blue
18. Favorite book? Only one? I have many favorites. Probably Lord of the Rings as that is what got me interested in writing fantasy as a thirteen-year-old.
19. Does your car look better than your house? Definitely the car. I keep very little in it because I’m always having to load it up for conventions.
20. What’s on your mousepad? Mountains
21. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? Three, because I’m usually on the other side of the house when it rings. But then, that’s what answer machines are for.
22. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? Write down that scene! Because I’m usually dreaming about my work-in-progress.
23. Chocolate or vanilla? Swirled, please.
24. Do you like to drive too fast? Not since I got cruise-control in my car. Now it’s just so easy to set the speed and not think about it.
25. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? No.
26. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? Janet Kagan. I loved her stories.
27. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? I don’t drink alcohol. My father’s father was an alcoholic and I refuse to touch the stuff.
28. What is your zodiac sign? Aquarius
29. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? A librarian on a starship or a space colony.
30. What’s under your bed? Dust. And maybe a book or two fallen from the stack-waiting-to-be-read.
31. Is the glass half empty or half full? Half-full.

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