Priya Kanaparti

2017 Boise Book Fest Author Announcement::: Dawn L. Chiletz

2017 Boise Book Fest Author Announcement::: Donna Cook

2017 Boise Book Fest Keynote Author Announcement::: Chelsea Fine

Get to Know Boise Book Fest Author Morgan Wylie!

Name: Morgan Wylie

Social media links: Web: http://morganwylie.net

Blog: http://morganwylie.blogspot.com

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/morganwyliewrites/featured?view_as=public

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

Twitter/Instagram handle: @MWylieBooks

Purchase Links: Amazon Page Barnes and Noble Page iBooks Page

Latest Release: MATHER (The Tangled Web Book 2)

Genre: I write YA Fantasy, NA, and Adult Paranormal Romance

Please answer at least 5 questions from below!

1. To start things off, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, your books?

Hi! I live in Washington state (with a 3 year stint in Nashville, TN) and am

married to a fantastic musician husband and have a very ambitious and busy 7yo

daughter. I write both young adult and adult. I’ve dabbled in contemporary but

almost everything else I write is fantasy or paranormal; that’s my favorite to write

and read.

2. Where do you come up with the ideas for your stories? A lot of times, they hit me

upside my head, lol. But truly from all over, but especially nature.

3. Do you see yourself writing in the same genre? How important or not important is

including romance in what you write? I already write in a couple different genres

(YA fantasy and then also Adult paranormal) and I love the diversity. All my

writing has some elements of romance whether light and innocent, or as in the

case of my adult books a little more hot and heavy.

4. This is something I’m always curious about, probably because I’m so picky about

it when I write, but how do you choose names for your characters? Is it whatever

comes to mind, or do they have meaning? In my Alandria books, almost all the

names have meaning (something to do with their character) and/or I try to keep

them sounding in the same regional dialect for where they are located in the world

(not many people know that). In my Tangled Web books, it was more because I

liked them and each character more or less introduced itself to me with their name

and their personality.

5. How do you choose the titles for your books? And do the titles usually come

before or after you’ve written the novels?

6. Who’s your favorite villain from your books? Who is it and why? This is a tough

one. Oddly, for me, the villains have been the easiest and most fun to write ~ I

don’t know why, lol. But I’ll say right now my favorite has been Black Widow

(no, not the girl from Marvel) from my Tangled Web series… she’s just very

creepy and you’re never sure what game she is playing at.

7. Do you have a favorite character from your books? Who is it and why? I’d have

to say one of my favorite characters is Halister from The Age of Alandria series.

He’s fun to write. Hal is playful and fun (ok he might be a bit of a “player” so to

speak, but it’s hard not to love him) and pretty good at deflecting his true

observational nature. Actually I really like Enock (from Tangled Web) too. If you

need to relax, he’s the one to help you learn how.

8. Can you tell us a bit about your writing process? How long does it usually take?

And is the process the same for each of your books?

9. What has been your favorite thing about being an author? That I get to create! I

get to create worlds and people. I get to work from home and be there for my

daughter.

10. What are you currently working on? And what can we expect from you in the

future? Currently, I’m working on book 4 in The Age of Alandria series. I took a

little detour in working on the Tangled Web series, but it’s time to get back to it.

That should be out early 2017. I also have some fun projects slated for this next

year that I’m excited about, but can’t yet say 😉 I do hope to also make a debut

into middle grade this next year (we’ll see, time permitting).

11. What are you most looking forward to about visiting Boise Book Fest? Getting to

meet new friends and see some familiar faces too!

12. Before we say our goodbyes, can you tell us something random about yourself?

Just for funsies. And then that favorite character you mentioned– can you tell us

something random about them, too?

Lightening Round – Answer these question as fast as you can (Pick at least 5 of

these to answer):

Describe your books in 3 words: magical, adventurous, becoming

Favorite thing about your genre: anything can happen

A genre that I would love to write: middle grade

One thing readers would be surprised to know: my musician husband created an

original soundtrack for my first book, Silent Orchids.

When writing, night owl or morning person? morning

When I’m writing I must have: tea, music, and my notes

Pantser or Plotter? I have leaned to become a little of both (originally a pantser)

I’m currently reading: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

My guilty pleasure: Twizzler Pull ‘n Peels and Hot Tamales; candy corn and

anything pumpkin flavored in the fall!

My favorite cover from my books: Love them all!

Which character from your books do you most identify with: Kaeleigh from

Alandria

Number one book boyfriend is: Daegan from Alandria, but Enock from Tangled Web

is coming in on his heels

Next release, title and Dates: Book 4 in The Age of Alandria series, to release early

2017

Thank you so, so much for dropping by! We’re super excited to have you at Boise Book

Fest on October 15 th , 2016.

Get to Know Boise Book Fest Author Teagan Hunter!

Name: Teagan Hunter

Social media links:

FB – https://www.facebook.com/teaganhunterwrites/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/THunterWrites

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/teaganhunterwrites/

Purchase Links: http://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Hunter/e/B00TEYOSTC/

Latest Release: Here’s to Forever: A Novella

Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Please answer at least 5 questions from below!

1. To start things off, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, your books?

I’m the proud wife of a US Marine. We’ve been together nearly a decade and only

have a furbaby in the mix right now. I started writing when I was younger, mostly

really cheesy fanfic stuff, but it counts. About six years ago I became immersed in

the back end of the industry designing romance covers and working at an indie

bookstore. While I kept jotting down story ideas and the occasional novella, it

didn’t turn into something serious until I met Rae, Hudson, and their entire group

of friends. They’re loud, likeable, relatable, and fun. It was a sure match from the

beginning, and I’ve been writing about them ever since.

2. Where do you come up with the ideas for your stories?

Life. I try hard to keep my stories real and approachable by everyone. I like to write

about the relationships and smiling couples we see every day and give them a story

behind their smile.

3. Do you see yourself writing in the same genre? How important or not important is

including romance in what you write?

I would love to branch out into YA. I know it’s rather close to my current genre,

but it’s something that really strikes a chord with me.

4. This is something I’m always curious about, probably because I’m so picky about

it when I write, but how do you choose names for your characters? Is it whatever

comes to mind, or do they have meaning?

I almost always look up the meaning of the character’s name and try to emulate

that meaning. Sometimes I’m more successful than others. I’m also a big fan of

unisex names and using surnames as first names.

5. How do you choose the titles for your books? And do the titles usually come

before or after you’ve written the novels?

All of the tiles so far came to be before I wrote the book. I’ve always been one to

cheers to the tomorrow so that’s where I got the title for my first book. From there

I just stuck with the theme and built around it.

6. Who’s your favorite villain from your books? Who is it and why?

Umm…Clarissa. She’s not a huge character in the series yet, but she’s been seen

in every book so far as a not-so- approachable character. She has a story and I get

to tell a bit of it in book four.

7. Do you have a favorite character from your books? Who is it and why?

Gaige. Definitely Gaige. He’s basically my husband. I don’t mean it creepily, but

I mean that I built him off of my husband. Whew. That sounds better.

8. Can you tell us a bit about your writing process? How long does it usually take?

And is the process the same for each of your books?

I’ve taken anywhere from two to six months. Right now it really just depends on

finding the time between my other jobs. My process is…well not a process at all.

I just wing it. 😉

9. What has been your favorite thing about being an author?

Not having to wear a bra when I work. No joke.

10. What are you currently working on? And what can we expect from you in the

future?

I’m currently working on Gaige’s book and a YA. Yes, I know, two books at once

is crazy but Gaige tends to clam up sometimes and won’t talk.

11. What are you most looking forward to about visiting Boise Book Fest?

Everything! It’s my first signing.

12. Before we say our goodbyes, can you tell us something random about yourself?

Just for funsies. And then that favorite character you mentioned– can you tell us

something random about them, too?

I love fuzzy socks like nobody’s business. I have to look at them every single time

I’m at the store (read: Target). Gaige’s secret? His favorite movie is The

Notebook. He wants an everlasting relationship like Noah and Allie have.

Lightening Round – Answer these question as fast as you can (Pick at least 5 of

these to answer):

Describe your books in 3 words: Sarcastic, relatable, heartwarming.

Favorite thing about your genre: The flexibility.

A genre that I would love to write: YA

One thing readers would be surprised to know: Teagan is not my real name.

When writing, night owl or morning person? More of an “any time” person.

When I’m writing I must have: Music. ALL THE MUSIC.

Pantser or Plotter? Plonster.

I’m currently reading: Sadly, nothing. I’m a bad reader right now.

My guilty pleasure: None! I like what I like and I like it loud and proud.

My favorite cover from my books: Here’s to Yesterday. The models fit my characters

perfectly!

Which character from your books do you most identify with: Tucker. He’s a good

guy through and through and he’s not afraid to go to bat for his friends.

Number one book boyfriend is: Will Cooper. *sigh*

Next release, title and Dates: Here’s to Now, Fall 2016

Thank you so, so much for dropping by! We’re super excited to have you at Boise Book

Fest on October 15 th , 2016.

Get to Know Boise Book Fest Author ME Carter!

Welcome to “Get to know Boise Book Fest Author” session!

Boiseimages-30Name: ME Carter
Social media links:
facebook  facebook instagram
Purchase Links:
Change of Hart – http://amzn.to/20cpIv,
Hart to Heart – http://amzn.to/25cTieb,
FriendTrip – http://amzn.to/1TqOysG,
WeddedBliss – http://amzn.to/1OCC9xi
Juked – https://www.amazon.com/Juked-ME-Carter-ebook/dp/B01GU0Y2C0
Genre: Mostly Sports Romance. Also some Chick Lit


Formalities aside, let’s get started with getting to know Author ME Carter!

 

BBF: Where do you come up with the ideas for your stories?
ME: Real life. Change of Hart started with a news story about a local football player and turned into a romance in my brain. Hart to Heart came from some volunteer work I used to do. FriendTrip and WeddedBliss…ok fine. Those are 100% my imagination. But bouncing off of Sara made it fun to just mess around. Juked has some elements of my own life experiences in it. But I can’t say what quite yet.

BBF:  Do you see yourself writing in the same genre? How important or not important is including romance in what you write?
ME: I don’t always write in the same genre. I tell the story in my head. The next one I’m working on is much more gritty and dirty of a romance. The one after that…it’s not romance at all. It’s just…disturbing. Or at least, I hope it is. 😉  *wink*

BBF: This is something I’m always curious about, probably because I’m so picky about it when I write, but how do you choose names for your characters? Is it whatever comes to mind, or do they have meaning?
ME: I hate picking names. The ones I like are probably over used and I’m not creative that way. Half the time the name is picked because I was taking a break from my thought process and someone pops up on my FB newsfeed. No lie. However, I have incorporated the names that were contenders for my kids. Addison, Megan, Lindsay, Matthew, Bennett…all contenders at one point.

BBF: How do you choose the titles for your books? And do the titles usually come before or after you’ve written the novels?
ME: It varies. Change of Hart was named by Brenda Rothert, an author friend of mine. Jason’s name was originally Jason Prince and she said “I wish you would name him Jason Hart so you could call the book Change of Hart.” Done. My mother named FriendTrip in a hotel room while Sara and I bounced ideas around. And my friend John named Juked. Huh. I just realized how terribly uncreative I am.

BBF: Who’s your favorite villain from your books? Who is it and why?
ME: Her name is Tiffany. And you’ll find out why. Just not quite yet. 😉

BBF: Do you have a favorite character from your books? Who is it and why?
ME: Oh gosh, I really…no. They all mean different things to me. So, not at this point.

BBF: Can you tell us a bit about your writing process? How long does it usually take? And is the process the same for each of your books?
ME: For me, it varies from book to book. But my life has also changed from book to book. For instance, I wrote Change of Hart in 3 weeks. The story was running so fast in my head that if I didn’t get it out, I was going to explode. So I just wrote. When Hart to Heart, I was pregnant and pissed off. It took me longer because I had to do more research, but I wrote in between naps and vomit sessions. FriendTrip and WeddedBliss were so different because I was working with a co-author. So I would write a chapter, send it to her, she would write a chapter, send it back. Honestly, it was the easiest writing process so far. Juked…well it had a full on outline. I’ve never done that before. But with a very difficult baby, I don’t have the luxury of just cranking it out while the other kids are at school anymore. I have to write for an hour here and two hours there. So I had to outline it as much as possible so I wouldn’t forget.

BBF: What are you currently working on? And what can we expect from you in the future?
ME: I’m writing a second book in the Juked series. It’s called Groupie. It is raw and gritty and I feel dirty writing it. It’s stretching me out of my comfort zone. I love it.

BBF: What are you most looking forward to about visiting Boise Book Fest?
ME: I’ve never been to Idaho!! I love potatos!!!!

BBF:  Before we say our goodbyes, can you tell us something random about yourself? Just for funsies. And then that favorite character you mentioned– can you tell us something random about them, too?
ME: Random, random, random….Ok…I was a foster parent for 10 years, 8 of those when I was single. 2 of my kids came from that experience. And no, I didn’t foster to adopt because I couldn’t have a baby. I just did it in a more backwards order than most!


Lightening Round

Describe your books in 3 words: Fun, happy, pretty sure I just lied about half of my books

Favorite thing about your genre: The fantasy of it all. Who doesn’t want the famous athlete to fall for the everyday girl?
A genre that I would love to write: YA. I always get caught up in the steam!! Makes it embarrassing when my dad reads them One thing readers would be surprised to know: I actually hate writing. I just love STORYTELLING. And I know a lot of people who have helped groom me so I know how to do the writing part.
When writing, night owl or morning person? Night!!
When I’m writing I must have: FB open. Its like I have to reset my brain every few hundred words
Pantser or Plotter? Both
I’m currently reading: A beta read for a new author
My favorite cover from your books: Can’t tell ya yet. 😉
Which character from your books do you most identify with: I think there are parts I identify with in all my main women
Number one book boyfriend is: HOLDER!!!!

AH! That’s all the time we have folks! Hope you enjoyed getting to know ME before she comes visits Idaho for the first time! Be sure to stop by her table and check out all her amazing work!

And THANK YOU, ME  for dropping by! We’re super excited to have you at Boise Book Fest on October 15th, 2016.

Until next time!

Get to Know Boise Book Fest Author Cathlin Shahriary

Welcome to “Get to know Boise Book Fest Author” session!

Boiseimages-10Name: Cathlin Shahriary
Social media links:
twitter instagram facebook
Purchase Links:
InknBeans: http://bit.ly/1TtDyua
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1VyCkRQ
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2324gN1
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1SGcoAg
Nook: http://bit.ly/1NuS31J
Latest Release: Return to Fae (expected release date: June 24, 2016)
Genre: YA Fantasy


Let’s get started with getting to know Author Cathlin!

BBF: To start things off, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, your books?

CS: I’m an elementary school teacher as well as an author, so most of my writing is done in the evenings, weekends, and over breaks from school. I’m a HUGE reader and totally fangirl over other authors. Besides books I tend to fangirl over TV shows like Supernatural, the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Dr. Who (to name a few).

I’ve always loved fantasy and believing in magic. Ianthe, my first book, came from my love of YA fantasy books, especially those dealing with fairies from authors like Holly Black, Julie Kagawa, Maggie Stiefvater, and Quinn Loftis. Ianthe, my first book, centers on a seventeen year old girl with quite a bit of emotional baggage who discovers that she can see Fae in their true forms. These Fae are not your sweet little Tinkerbells, they’re manipulative creatures who take pleasure in toying with humans.

So far I have finished two books in the Fae Realm series, and am currently writing a third, but I also have ideas for several more.

BBF: Where do you come up with the ideas for your stories?
CS: Most of my ideas start as a dreams I’ve had. I’ve always had a vivid imagination, and can sometimes recall my rather crazy dreams in the morning. Once I have the spark of an idea I loosely think about where I want the story to go, but I’m not one to map out my books ahead of time. My characters usually end up hijacking my stories while I’m writing and lead me into directions I had not considered.

BBF: Do you see yourself writing in the same genre? How important or not important is including romance in what you write?
CS: While I love fantasy, I definitely don’t see myself always writing fantasy. I actually have a couple of projects I’m working on right now. One is in the Fae Realm series, but two are not. One is Young Adult realistic fiction and the other is more New Adult romance. Personally I love a good love story, so I do tend to include some romance in my writing.

BBF: This is something I’m always curious about, probably because I’m so picky about it when I write, but how do you choose names for your characters? Is it whatever comes to mind, or do they have meaning?

CS: I love this question because I actually am very particular about my names. Almost all of my names are researched. My Fae names are mostly Gaelic, Irish, or Scottish (as is the origins of most fairy folklore). They also usually hold special meaning for the characters. Ianthe’s name is Greek for purple flower, Conall’s name is Irish for strong prince, and Casimir is Polish for destroyer of peace. I also tend to use my friend’s names for humans (Callie is the name of my college roommate and one of my best friends), but not always.

BBF: How do you choose the titles for your books? And do the titles usually come before or after you’ve written the novels?
CS: With Ianthe I knew that I wanted her name to be the title. It was unique and the book focuses on her journey. Return to Fae, my second book, took a while longer to title. I was probably half way through it before the title struck me. So, I guess for me it varies. Sometimes the titles seem so obvious while other times they like to be a little more allusive and take time.

BBF: Who’s your favorite villain from your books? Who is it and why?
CS: Oh, Casimir. I love writing the scenes with Casimir. He’s just so creepy and twisted, that it I’m usually not quite sure how far he’s going to push things or where the scenes will lead until I’m writing them.

BBF: Do you have a favorite character from your books? Who is it and why?
CS: I don’t think I could pick just one favorite, especially now that I’ve added a second book to the Fae Realms series and introduced more characters. I love them each for different reasons. I love Conall’s loyalty and Callie’s humor. I love Grace’s nurturing and Ianthe’s internal conflict.

BBF: What are you most looking forward to about visiting Boise Book Fest?
CS: This will be my first signing at a big venue like Boise Book Fest, so I’m super excited. I know how exciting book events are as I’ve attended many as a reader, and I hope to meet so many readers from the other side of the table. I’ll be sharing a table with my sister, Kristann Monaghan, which will definitely make for a good time.

BBF: Before we say our goodbyes, can you tell us something random about yourself? Just for funsies. And then that favorite character you mentioned– can you tell us something random about them, too?
CS: I’m a total klutz. I own walking boots for both feet, crutches, and know the number of someone from whom I can borrow a knee scooter due to previous injuries. Ianthe is a closet Belieber, although she probably wouldn’t admit to it.


Lightening Round

Describe your books in 3 words: (this is so difficult!) magical twisted escape
Favorite thing about your genre: Being able to create a new world with new sets of rules.
A genre that I would love to write: Historical Fiction, but I’m not sure if I could do all of the research involved in order to write it well.
When writing, night owl or morning person? Night owl all the way
When I’m writing I must have: background music or the TV on
Pantser or Plotter? Pantser
My guilty pleasure: brownie batter
My favorite cover from my books: Ianthe (Murphy Rae from IndieSolutions by Murphy Rae is amazing!)
Which character from your books do you most identify with: Ianthe
Number one book boyfriend is: Soo hard to pick just one!!! Maybe Roth from Dark Elements trilogy by Jennifer Armentrout, or Will Cooper from Slammed by Colleen Hoover, or Day from Legend trilogy by Marie Lu (I just want them all)

Next release, title and Dates: Return to Fae (book 2 in the Fae Realms series) June 24, 2016

Thank you so, so much for dropping by! We’re super excited to have you at Boise Book Fest on October 15th, 2016.

Get to Know Boise Book Fest Romance Author E.J. Mellow

Welcome to Get to know Boise Book Fest Author session!

Let’s get some basic information out of the way about author Donna, so we get to knowing her better during the interview.

Boiseimages-15Name: E.J. Mellow

Social Links:

Website Goodreadsinstagram twitterfacebook

Purchase Links:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1H6Rba1
iBooks: http://apple.co/1H6RKAI
Nook: http://bit.ly/1PnGl9h
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1cDwMkR
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/author/E-J-Mellow

Genre: NA Contemporary Fantasy


I can’t to know more about EJ, who else is excited? Let’s get started.

BBF: To start things off, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, your books?
EJ: I’m the author behind the Contemporary Fantasy, The Dreamland Series. The first two books, The Dreamer and The Divide as well as a novella, The Dreamcatcher, are out now. I live in Brooklyn, New York with no animals, but a lot of plants 😉 and I’m traditionally trained in graphic design. As well as writing fiction I freelance in advertising.

I’m one of four girls and have had the amazing experience of growing up with seven exchange students. So my full list of siblings extends all over the world, from Thailand to Italy to Chile and beyond. I think having this exposure to other cultures throughout my informative years really shaped my curiosity and imagination for worlds beyond my backyard.

Oh, and I also have an obsession with peanut butter.

BBF: Where do you come up with the ideas for your stories?
EJ: It might sound cliché, but almost everything can act as an inspiration for me—music, conversations, seeing something on the street. Living in NYC helps with this and I’m constantly watching and observing the things around me, waiting for inspiration to strike. So yes, life itself, and the people, can be a really rich place to grab from.

BBF: Do you see yourself writing in the same genre? How important or not important is including romance in what you write?
EJ: I see myself writing in varying shades of the same genre. It’s hard for me not to include some form of paranormal or fantasy into my worlds, but I would definitely like to try writing a purely contemporary romance novel at some point.

As far as the importance of including romance, I always like to add this element into my stories. I think love is a truth to life, it comes in different forms and with different people, but it’s there and I think can really ground a story in something real. I’m also a romantic and can’t help giving my characters connections like that.

BBF:This is something I’m always curious about, probably because I’m so picky about it when I write, but how do you choose names for your characters? Is it whatever comes to mind, or do they have meaning?
EJ: I’m definitely with you on the picky name choosing and nd interestingly enough names have a huge importance in my Dreamland Series. I made a point to play off of the idea that everything in someone’s dreams can be interpreted. So if readers actually look up what some of my character’s names are, they will get a deeper insight into their personalities and roles in the book.

BBF: What are you currently working on? And what can we expect from you in the future?
EJ: I’m currently working on the 3rd and final book in my contemporary fantasy trilogy, The Dreamland Series. Hoping to have this out later this year, 2016.

BBF: What are you most looking forward to about visiting Boise Book Fest?
EJ: Definitely meeting new authors and readers as well as reconnecting with past author friends!


Lightening Round

Describe your books in 3 words: Imaginative, fun, passionate
Favorite thing about your genre: I love that writing fantasy allows you to break the rules of everyday life and really explore the limitlessness of make-believe.
A genre that I would love to write: Young Adult
One thing readers would be surprised to know: I go by my middle name, Jacqueline.
When writing, night owl or morning person? Both, but more morning person as of late.
When I’m writing I must have: Tea
Pantser or Plotter? Plotter
I’m currently reading: Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye
My guilty pleasure: Regency Romances, but I only feel guilty about it because when I get into this genre (which happens about 5 times a year) it completely consumes my every waking breath, to the point where I’m not only devouring book after book, but also gluttonously watching show after show in this era. I ignore all other things in my life when this happens. Haha. It’s a problem.
My favorite cover from my books: Oof, hard one…I think Rae.
Which character from your books do you most identify with: Another tough one…I’d like to say Molly because of her desire to live a reality different from her own, but I think I have more of Becca’s sense of humor.

That’s all the time we have readers! Thank you so much Jacqueline for stopping by and Boise Readers for stopping by and getting to know EJ!  Keep an eye out for EJ’s next release — 3rd book from The Dreamland Series later this year! But in the meantime, you can always grab one of her currently published books from Amazon :).

Until next time! *Mic drop*

Get to Know Boise Book Fest Romance Author Donna Cook

Welcome to Get to know Boise Book Fest Author session!

Let’s get some basic information out of the way about author Donna, so we get to knowing her better during the interview.

Boiseimages-14Name: Donna Cook
Social media links:facebookWebsite Twitter  Goodreads  Contact

Purchase Links:
Gift of the Phoenix: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009ERRF5I
The Lost Branch: http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Branch-Donna-Cook-ebook/dp/B017JOLH9C
Nashua’s Choice: http://www.amazon.com/Nashuas-Choice-Nashua-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B00CDG4L04
Genre: Epic fantasy adventure


Ready to get started? Alright, here we go!

BBF: To start things off, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, your books?
DC: People often compare my books to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Eragon. That’s kind of funny because all those books are really different (especially in terms of writing style). My books have their own flavor too, but I think people make those comparisons because, like those other books, my fantasies are BIG, FUN, MAGICAL, and ENGAGING. There’s not just the fantasy adventure, but there’s mystery and romance too. There’s a lot of great characters and surprising moments. These books are fast-paced and easy to get lost in, but they pack a punch and really give you a meaty story. The world I’ve created feels real and is fun to experience, but it isn’t so heavy on fantasy world-building that it becomes cumbersome or alienating. They’re really fun stories. I have a blast writing them and can’t wait to sink my teeth into the next one. 🙂

BBF: Do you see yourself writing in the same genre? How important or not important is including romance in what you write?
DC: I plan to write across several genres eventually. In addition to my epic fantasy, I also currently write New Adult Romance under a pen name. With my fantasies, I didn’t set out to include love stories. It just sort of happened. But they’re so fun to write and add a richness to the stories they wouldn’t otherwise have. Love is an important part of our lives! It only makes sense it would be something our characters would experience too.

BBF: This is something I’m always curious about, probably because I’m so picky about it when I write, but how do you choose names for your characters? Is it whatever comes to mind, or do they have meaning?
DC: I’m picky too! I keep a binder full of ideas for names and use it frequently. I don’t usually name characters until I’ve been writing them for a bit. I have to get to know them well before I can give them a proper name. So in that first draft a character might be “wizard” or “brother” or “lady knight” or just “x.” Once I’m ready to name them, I give it a lot of thought and yes, I love it when names have hidden meaning or significance.

BBF:  How do you choose the titles for your books? And do the titles usually come before or after you’ve written the novels?
DC: It depends on the book. Sometimes I know a title right away, and sometimes the title doesn’t become clear until I’m well into the writing process. For the first few drafts, the working title for Gift of the Phoenix was “The Stones book.”

BBF: Who’s your favorite villain from your books? Who is it and why?
DC: Oooh, if I say who the villain is, that gives away a secret! But I love writing that character, I’m not sure why. I think because there’s a subtlety to this character, and as the layers are pulled back one by one, it’s so horrific to discover just how evil this person is.

BBF: Do you have a favorite character from your books? Who is it and why?
DC: Janus. She comes up as a reader favorite again and again, too. She’s the perfect character. Strong and spunky, but with a vulnerable, tender side too. She’s just fun to watch.

BBF: What has been your favorite thing about being an author?
DC: It’s a way to let my imagination run wild, so a lot of writing is playing for me. But there’s the craft involved too, so it’s very satisfying to create something believable and real out of nothing. It almost seems disingenuous to call it “nothing,” because stories can be very real for us, whether we’re the ones that created them or not.

BBF: What are you currently working on? And what can we expect from you in the future?
DC: There will be more books in both the Realm of the Phoenix series, and the Nashua series.

BBF: Before we say our goodbyes, can you tell us something random about yourself? Just for funsies. And then that favorite character you mentioned–can you tell us something random about them, too? 
DC: I’m a recent convert to The Bachelor, much to the astonishment of my husband. Janus is typically fearless, but she’s afraid of getting in the ocean. It’s not for any reason you could ever guess, but it’s all explained in The Lost Branch.  🙂


Lightening Round

Favorite thing about your genre: The only limit is my imagination.
A genre that I would love to write: Historical romance
When writing, night owl or morning person? Morning
Pantser or Plotter?  Plotter
I’m currently reading: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. (Next on my list is Wizard’s Heir by Devri Walls, a fellow BBF author!)
My favorite cover from my books: Nashua’s Choice

Thank you so, so much for dropping by, Donna! We’re super excited to have you at Boise Book Fest on October 15th, 2016.Yee-Ha!!! That’s all the time we have, folks. Be sure to check out Donna‘s BOOKS!

Signing off Until next time… *salutes*

Get to Know Boise Book Fest Romance Author Shirl Rickman

Welcome to Get to know Boise Book Fest Author session!

Let’s get some basic information out of the way about author Shirl, so we get to knowing her better during the interview.

Shirl RickmanName: Shirl Rickman
Social media links: instagramfacebookTwitter

Purchase Links:
When Destinies Collide
Somewhere in Between
Genre: YA & NA Romance


Now to get to know Author Shirl Rickman! Let’s get started!

BBF: To start things off, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, your books?
SR: The hard question first, great. Ha. I’ll give you three things you should know about me. 1. I’m extremely sarcastic and silly 2. I love to laugh  3. I can find romance in everything. When it comes to my books I would like to think I’ll be a bit unpredictable. When Destinies Collide is YA and so full of twists, tragedy, friendship, and love. Then I wrote Somewhere in Between and it’s the complete opposite. The characters are older and the whole story is emotion based. There aren’t any twist or tragedies and there is very little angst. Most likely all of my books will have commonalities to them, but in general I don’t want to be put into a box. I want to write whatever I’m feeling at the time.

BBF: Where do you come up with the ideas for your stories?
SR: It’s different all the time, but usually in the car while I’m driving. Don’t worry I pull over and type out the basis of the story in my notes section. A story usually pops in my head when I’m listening to music or in things I see. For example, Somewhere in Between came to me when I was driving to Houston from New Orleans and I was about to cross a river. The sign with the rivers name caught my eye and it was called Lost and Found river. The bridge was fairly long and by the time I crossed it I had the whole premise for the story laid out in my head. The book has nothing to do with a river. Haha.

BBF: Do you see yourself writing in the same genre? How important or not important is including romance in what you write?
SR: These questions are kind of hard for me to answer. I’m a never say never kind of girl. I honestly don’t know the answer to the first question. As for the importance of romance in the story, I think this relates to how I answered question number 1. I think I’ll always write about relationships even if it’s a friendship or a parent to child relationship and so on. I believe there is a romance to those types of relationships, too. It may be a little different, but my childhood best friend is my soulmate. There is a beautifiul romance to our story. The same could be said of my relationship with my mom.

BBF: This is something I’m always curious about, probably because I’m so picky about it when I write, but how do you choose names for your characters? Is it whatever comes to mind, or do they have meaning?
SR: It’s so funny because I’m asked this question all of the time. I remember sitting in a group last BBF and Amy Harmon was speaking about strong characters. The name thing came up and she answered it perfectly for me. Sometimes I choose a name, but then the character has the final decision no matter how hard I try to make a name work. This may not make sense to everyone, but I interview my characters first. They have certain personalities and qualities and often the name just pops in my head. I say it out loud over and over. A couple of times I’ve had a name chosen and then I hear that character whisper, “nope, I don’t think so” in my ear.

BBF: How do you choose the titles for your books? And do the titles usually come before or after you’ve written the novels?
SR: I strongly dislike choosing titles. I hated When Destinies Collide because it always sounded so cheesy. I still cringe occasionally when I say it out loud, but if you’ve read the story then you know it makes total sense. I usually make a list of key components of the story then I ask my pals and we just start throwing out names. The book is typically about half way done.

BBF: Who’s your favorite villain from your books? Who is it and why?
SR: I would say Clare from When Destinies Collide, but I really don’t like her. She doesn’t deserve recognition. I guess I’ll say Sara from Somewhere in Between. You really don’t see her or hear her side the entire book, but you can feel for what must be going on. Then you meet her and you realize she’s just human.

BBF: Do you have a favorite character from your books? Who is it and why?
SR: This is like asking me to pick a favorite child. I could never do it, luckily I only have one kid, If I have to choose, I’ll say Aunt Violette. She is comprised of so many amazing women in my life. I’ve been lucky because I’ve always been surrounded by loving, uplifting, and strong women. Not to mention she is so sarcastic.

BBF: Can you tell us a bit about your writing process? How long does it usually take? And is the process the same for each of your books?
SR: The time it takes is always different. I’ve written many books although I’m only about to publish my second one. The story comes to me. I phone a friend. Talk it out. I do a rough outline by writing down all the major points then I start writing. When I hit a block, I phone a friend again and repeat the cycle.

BBF:  What has been your favorite thing about being an author?
SR: I love creating stories. I guess the best parts is I’ve made some incredible new author friends. Also, meeting readers who get my stories. They connect to what I was trying to get across and it’s an amazing feeling.

BBF: What are you currently working on? And what can we expect from you in the future?
SR: I just finished Somewhere in Between, which comes out in April. I have two more books coming out this year. One will come out sometime in September and the other in December. At least those are the anticipated dates. I’m excited to say I will have three books out during BBF.

BBF:  What are you most looking forward to about visiting Boise Book Fest?
SR: Meeting new readers and maybe seeing some who attended last year. Also, the lineup is incredible this year. Many of my author friends are attending and I can honestly say Boise needs to prepare.

BBF:  Before we say our goodbyes, can you tell us something random about yourself? Just for funsies. And then that favorite character you mentioned–can you tell us something random about them, too?
SR: I got stuck on the side of a rock barefoot while in Boise last year. A very high rock. Sara Ney has pictures as proof. I think I gave the random face above, but here is another all of Aunt Vi’s little sayings/one liners in the book are things my mom always said to us growing up.


Lightening Round

A genre that I would love to write: Historical Romance
One thing readers would be surprised to know:  I always give the punchline away
When writing, night owl or morning person?  morning person
When I’m writing I must have: music
Pantser or Plotter? Is a pantser someone who pulls a persons pants down around their ankles? If so, that’s me.
I’m currently reading:  Fearless For Love by Clara Stone
My guilty pleasure:  brownies (gluten free)
My favorite cover from my books:  When Destinies Collide will always be hard to beat
Which character from your books do you most identify with:  Tessa
Number one book boyfriend is: Will Cooper from Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Next release, title and Dates: Somewhere in Between on April 26th, 2016
Thank you so, so much for dropping by, Shirl! We’re super excited to have you back at Boise Book Fest. Before you meet Shirl on October 15th, 2016, be sure to check out Shirl‘s book today!

Stay tuned for our next author in 2 weeks! Until then… Peace…