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Get to Know Boise Book Fest YA Urban Fantasy Author Holli Anderson

Welcome to Get to know Boise Book Fest Author session!

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

Holli AndersonName: Holli Anderson
Social media links: Facebook: Author Holli Anderson
Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy
Latest Release: Five Out of the Ashes — Book Three in the FIVE Trilogy
Purchase Links:
Five Out of the Dark:  http://amzn.to/1IZk3lD
Five Out of the Pit:  http://amzn.to/1CUJN0k
Five Out of the Ashes:  http://amzn.to/1O6NXYi


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?
HA: I’m a registered nurse and the mother of 4 mostly grown boys. The third book in my trilogy came out November 30th and it’s a great feeling to have a completed series! The FIVE series takes you into the world of the Quinae Praesidia–The Five Protectors–as they first learn of their magical abilities, find each other, and discover that Demons and other monsters are real. Five tough teenagers take on the unseen foes of humankind, battling to save the lives and souls of those who get too close.

BBF: Oh! The FIVE series sounds very much like my kind of read. Must check it out. Where do you come up with the ideas for your stories?
HA: Sometimes dreams–such as with the first book in my series when I dreamed of a group of kids in an underground setting running from someone or something. Many of my ideas come from just watching the world around me–inspiration can strike anytime, anywhere. I try to always have a notebook close by so I can write ideas down in the moment, otherwise I’ll forget.

BBF: Do you see yourself writing in the same genre? How important or not important is including romance in what you write?
HA: I’m going to branch off from YA for my next two projects, but I’ll be back to it, it’s my favorite genre to read and I really enjoy writing it, too. I think in the YA genre, at least a little bit of romance is expected, but it isn’t the main focus of my stories.

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?
HA: I have a really hard time with this. The main characters in my series are named after two of my boys, two of my nieces, and the husband of one of my nieces. I research for some characters–especially the bad guys. I chose a name for the main bad guy from a list of names with negative meanings. I’m also a collector of names–when I see a good name out in the world, I add it to my list of possible character names.

BBF: What are you currently working on? And what can we expect from you in the future?
HA: Currently I’m working on a short story for an Anthology I was asked to participate in (I’m almost done with it). Next in line is to finish a project I started a while ago–it’s a Romantic Thriller. I have an idea for a middle grade book that I’m pretty excited about and a new idea for another YA that I wanted to start writing the second the idea popped into my head. I wish I had more time to write!

BBF: What are you most looking forward to about visiting Boise Book Fest?
HA: I just LOVE Idaho! I’m looking forward to meeting new people and telling them about my books.


Lightning Round

Describe your books in 3 words:  Intense, teens, magic.
Favorite thing about your genre: Teens feel things so much stronger, everything is a new experience and it’s fun to write that.
A genre that I would love to write:  Horror
When writing, night owl or morning person?  Definitely not a morning person! But, not really a night owl either. I write best when I can sneak it in during the day (sometimes even while I’m at work…).out-of-the-pit
When I’m writing I must have: earphones and Pandora–I have to block the world out.
Pantser or Plotter? Pantser.
I’m currently reading: Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
My guilty pleasure: Reading, of course.
My favorite cover from my books: I love all three of them. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be for book two, Five Out of the Pit because I love the sunset in it.  The kids on the covers are my two sons, my two nieces, and my niece’s husband.
Number one book boyfriend is: Harry Dresden

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

What did you think about this interview? Do you have questions, suggestions? Be sure to leave them in comments. Check us out again in July for the next author interview!

Until then…Bon Voyage…!

Get to Know Boise Book Fest Romance Author Kayti McGee

Welcome to Get to know Boise Book Fest Author session!

Before we get started with Interview, here’s some basic information you’d want to know about our spotlight author of the week!

Kayti McGeeNAME: Kayti McGee
Social media links: www.facebook.com/kayti.mcgee.author
Genre: Romantic comedy
Latest Release: UnderCovers (solo) Love Struck (co-written as Laurelin McGee)
Purchase Links:
UnderCovers: http://www.amazon.com/UnderCovers-Kayti-McGee-ebook/dp/B01ATWT1LM
Miss Match: http://www.amazon.com/Miss-Match-Laurelin-McGee/dp/1250059186
Love Struck: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Struck-Laurelin-McGee/dp/1250059194


Now that we have the basic information about Kayti, let’s give her a warm welcome!

BBF: To start things off, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, and your books?
KM: Well, I’m a Scorpio who truly does enjoy long walks on the beach, unfortunate for a girl living in a landlocked state. I write preposterous books about silly, stubborn people.

BBF: Where do you come up with the ideas for your stories?
KM: Movies, songs, other books, real-life foibles, things people say.

BBF: Do you see yourself writing in the same genre? How important or not important is including romance in what you write?
KM: I just have a blast with romance. I’m sure I’ll branch out eventually, because I have so many interests, but I don’t ever see myself leaving this genre. It’s too much fun!

BBF: You’re right. Romance… *Sighs dreamily* There’s something about that genre that elevates hope and happiness. Speaking of dreamy things, 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?
KM: I am terrible at naming characters. Half the time I end up just looking around the room and stealing things. That’s how a character in my upcoming release ended up with the first name of a friend of mine, and the last name of a bottled-water brand.

BBF: Haha. Seriously? That’s awesome. How do you choose the titles for your books? And do the titles usually come before or after you’ve written the novels?
KM: I’m worse at title names than character names! Haha. Other people always name my books after they are done and I wail and weep that I have no title.

BBF: Do you have a favorite character from your books? Who is it and why?
KM: I love writing the b****y characters. Tim is a wedding planner in Love Struck who likes to get his brides too drunk to argue with his decisions. I find that sort of thing endlessly funny. In real life, I don’t like hanging with the “brutally honest” mean girls, but in a book they can be alternately the voice of reason and the comedic relief.

BBF: *snickers* I don’t think many of us will survive the real world, if what’s in Fiction were to ever come to life. SO I totally get this. 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?
KM: Weeping, wine, and frantic late nights basically sums it up. I’m as bad at deadlines as I am at employability, bartending, characters, and titles. I can write a book in 6 weeks, but I much prefer 12-1000. I like nothing more than futzing around and editing for long periods of time. My process is nothing if not consistent.

BBF: What has been your favorite thing about being an author?
KM: How do I narrow this down? Meeting awesome people? Being my own boss? Writing the stories I want to read? Pick any of the above.

BBF: *nods in agreement* Sounds about right. What are you currently working on? And what can we expect from you in the future?
KM: Right now I’m writing my new co-written book with Laurelin Paige. It’s sillier than our usual together-style, and I’m so excited to see people’s reaction to that. I’m also moving right along on the follow-up to UnderCovers which will be out this summer. In the future… sheesh. *pulls out crystal ball* I can tell you that next year I’m going to experiment with more serious books, possibly even a series. Still romance, though!

BBF: What are you most looking forward to about visiting Boise Book Fest?
KM: I think the combination of signing and speakers is completely unique, and I am excited to be part of all of it!

BBF: Before we say our goodbyes, can you tell us something random about yourself? Just for funsies. And then can you tell us something random about Tim, your favorite, too?
KM: I’m completely devoted to the Spice Girls. I know every word to their movie SpiceWorld by heart. I think that aforementioned character, Tim, shares this love.


Lightening Round

Describe your books in 3 words: Raunchy, silly, wine-drunk.

When writing, night owl or morning person? Night Owl! I am awful at writing during the day. Only at home, though, when I’m on a retreat or visiting friends any time works. I think I just have a hard time focusing in my own home while the sun’s out and I’m thinking, ‘maybe I should just go clean the kitchen’, or ‘maybe I’ll just go sit outside and read for an hour’.

I’m currently reading: Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly. It’s not exactly a romance, but it kind of is? It’s an alternate history where Prohibition banned magic, and people go underground to get high on sorcerer-brewed “shine”. It’s really, really good.

Which character from your books do you most identify with: Andy from Miss Match. I am also a terrible employee, a terrible bartender, too stubborn for my own good, and of the opinion that a good meal solves everything. I like to think we’re both lots of fun despite our flaws.

Number one book boyfriend is: Naz, from the Monster In His Eyes books. Swoon! I like to picture Peter Quinn from Homeland as I read those books.

Next release, title and Dates: My next officially scheduled release is June 29th, and it’s called Topped, but there may be a surprise before then. I’m toying with the idea of polishing up an oldie from the vault.

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

Thank YOU!

*Claps hands* Alright folks that’s all the time we have. Be sure to check out Kayti’s BOOKS! Enjoyed this interview? Check us out again in 2 weeks for the next author interview! Until then… Peace out!

Get to Know Boise Book Fest Hilarious Author Kristann Monaghan

Welcome to Get to know Boise Book Fest Author session!

Before we get started, let’s get some basic information out of the way, so we get to knowing Kristann better.

Kristann MonaghanNAME: Kristann Monaghan
CONNECT WITH HER:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefatgirlrun
Twitter:  @thefatgirlrun
Blog: www.thefatgirlrunning.com
Instagram:  thefatgirlrunning
Snapchat:  ladymiryaa
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Kristann-Monaghan/e/B00FN7APLY
LATEST RELEASE:  The Running Experiment 3:  Son of Sofa
GENRE: Humor, blogmoire


And now for the fun part of this Interview series of getting to know your authors.

BBF: To start things off, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, your books?  
KM: Raised mostly in rural Iowa, I am an Army Brat who has finally settled in the mountain town of Flagstaff, AZ. A graduate from Cottey College and Northern Arizona University, I am currently working as a pediatric ICU nurse. I decided to start chronicling my journey to help all the other Fat Girls out there. I mostly identifies with the villains/villainesses in a fairy tale. I am not like those fairytale Princesses. I do not have sunshine and song coming out of my butt and I don’t need anyone to save me. I prefer to lurk in the shadows and cause mayhem. I live with my cat, Daisy May AKA The Ninja Kitten and have a secret stash of original Skittles for the apocalypse.  My books are plain and simple about my life…a funny journey filled with what it is like to be a Fat Girl in today’s society.  They are full of laughs as my life can be quite weird.

BBF: I have to say, when I saw your website URL–Thefatgirlrunning.com–, I was like what??? But now I get it! I do. Okay. So moving onto next question. Where do you come up with the ideas for your stories?
KM: My life.  It is so funny I have to share. I honestly can’t make this stuff up. Oh and my BFF…much to her dismay.

BBF: Do you see yourself writing in the same genre? How important or not important is including romance in what you write?
KM: I am actually trying my hand at fiction now but I won’t stop blogging.  You can’t make me!  I have things to say!  Romance….well I don’t know.  I mean, I like to read it, but I don’t hink people need to hear about a Fat Girl’s sexcapades….or do they?

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?
KM:  Since all my stuff is based on real people in real situation, I give them acronyms.  They are actually quite proud of their Fat Girl names and label stuff with them.  It’s kind of creepy.  They are like stalkers.

BBF: How do you choose the titles for your books? And do the titles usually come before or after you’ve written the novels?  
KM: I don’t choose the titles of my books.  No really.  My BFF does.  They are all under The Running Experiment series because that is what I used to call my blog, but the rest of the title…that is all her.  She insists on it and my publisher loves it.  In fact, she has already named book 4 in the series.

BBF: Seems you’re pretty close with you BFF. Okay, that was a totally oxymoron thing to say, seeing as she’s your BFF after all. lol. *shakes head* Okay. Moving on. Who’s your favorite villain from your books? Who is it and why?  
KM: I guess you could say Silence of the Lambs Guy is my villain.  Or maybe it is really The Snowplow Guy.  I hate him.

BBF: Serious? I LOVED Anthony Hopkins in that role. He was simply brilliant. Do you have a favorite character from your books? Who is it and why?  
KM: My BFF is my favorite.  She is hysterical and my adventures would not be complete without her.

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?
KM: My writing process is like this:  open computer.  Stare at page.  Have idea.  Start writing.  Stare at screen.  Fuck around on Facebook for hours.  Stare at screen some more.  Eat all the things.  Finally write.  Erase what I wrote because it is total shit and start over.

BBF: *stares blankly* *Blinks* I think I know what you mean. Good to know it’s not just me. What has been your favorite thing about being an author?   
KM: The fans.  I have some amazing fans who support me, share my stuff and stalk me.  Some call it stalking,  I call it love.

BBF: What are you currently working on? And what can we expect from you in the future?  
KM: I am constantly blogging since the books rely on that.  Also, I might be trying to write some fiction.  We shall see how that goes.  I might need a box of wine to get through it.

BBF: I wish I had the zeal to blog as much as I like to, but *squirrel*. lol Okay, so this is a very important question. What are you most looking forward to about visiting Boise Book Fest?  
KM: Meeting new readers!  This will be my first signing.  I am terrified nobody will come up to my table so let’s hope that doesn’t happen or I might have to rely on strip tease t get people over….or I might get arrested doing that so maybe not.

BBF: YAAY! We’re sooo glad that Boise Book Fest will be YOUR FIRST signing! Hope you have a fantastic time. 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?
KM: Random fact:  I am totally an introvert.  I have some really good RBF sometimes because of it.  It’s awesome.  Don’t let it frighten you.  And BFF?  She bites.  For reals.  Watch out.

BBF: LOL. Really? I think I’m liking this BFF of yours! Maybe she’d be willing to come to Boise Book Fest so our readers can meet her? *Raises an eyebrow*


Lightening Round

Describe your books in 3 words:  humor, blogs, crazy

Favorite thing about your genre:  I get to be me as weird as it may be

A genre that I would love to write: romance

One thing readers would be surprised to know:  I used to be a ballet dancer.  A good one.

When writing, night owl or morning person?  Night owl

When I’m writing I must have: music.  And snacks.  Lots of snacks

Pantser or Plotter? Pantser.  Wait…does that mean I have to wear pants, cuz I don’t like pants.  #NoPantsAreTheBestPants

BBF:*snort* I LOVE this girl!

I’m currently reading: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.  I love YA!

My guilty pleasure: Reality tv.  I am a reality tv whore.  The bigger the train wreck the better

My favorite cover from my books:  I love Book 3:  Son of Sofa,  I love everything about it

Which character from your books do you most identify with:  Myself.  Duh.  Who wouldn’t?

Number one book boyfriend is:  Dean Holder from Hopeless

Next release, title and Dates: The Running Experiment 4 probably around first of the year 2017.  So stalkerish these questions.  Good thing I like stalkers.  I encourage them.

BBF:Can’t say we don’t try, Kristann! Thank you so, so much for dropping by! We’re super excited to have you at Boise Book Fest on October 15th, 2016.

*Claps hands* alright folks that’s all the time we have. Be sure to check out Kristann’s BOOKS! Enjoyed this interview? Check us out again in June for the next author interview! Who will it be?

*Plays suspense music*

Peace out!

5 Ways to Give a Book a Boost by Margo Kelly

Who is your favorite author? What if he or she never published another book? How would you feel about that? What if I told you there was something you could do to help your favorite author? Would you do it if it meant that author would then be able to keep writing and publishing more books in the future for you to read and enjoy?

Below are five ways you can give a book a boost and as a result, support your favorite author … beyond buying multiple copies of his or her book. Because, the best compliment you can give an author, regardless of his or her prominence in the industry, is to help spread the news about the book.

1: ONLINE REVIEW

Online reviews have gained significant value in recent years. When you’ve finished reading a book by an author that you love, take five minutes to go online and type up a review. It doesn’t have to be eloquent or long, but it does need to honest and thoughtful. If you know the author personally, do not say so in the review, because other people will often discount the value of your words because they believe you’re biased. Once you’ve written a review, you can then copy and paste that review to multiple sites such as Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, and others. Furthermore, take a minute to scroll through the other reviews and click “like” or “helpful” on the positive ones. Doing so will bump those reviews up to the top of the list. Once you’ve finished posting your review, link to it on your social media channels.

2: PUBLIC LIBRARY

Visit your local public library. Talk to the librarian about the book and ask if they already carry it. If not, place a purchase request. Most libraries will add books to their collections based on patron requests. You can also suggest the book for their next book club selection.

3: BOOKSTORE

Stop in at your local bookstore and ask an employee where the book is located in the store. This will bring awareness of the book to the staff. If they don’t already carry the book, let them know why they should. Tell them what you loved about it. If they do carry the book, still rave about it. Once you see the book on the shelf, turn it face out, and snap a picture. Then upload the picture to social media, tag the author, and let him or her know where you spotted the book. Authors love this.

4: SOCIAL MEDIA

Follow your favorite author on social media channels, and when he or she posts good news, share it. You can also click on the social media buttons featured on many sites that allow you to tell the world you just bought a great book or read a great book or reviewed a great book.

5: WORD OF MOUTH

Honestly, all of the tips mentioned so far are based on utilizing the word of mouth concept, which has a huge impact. But here are few more ideas … the most basic being: tell a friend about the book. Then take a friend with you to the author’s book signing event. Tell your book club members about it. Read the book in a public place so others can take notice of the book. And if you know a person of influence who would be interested in some aspect of the book, then by all means, tell that person to read the book and explain why. Then encourage that person to connect with the author.

Finally, yes, buying a book is a great way to support your favorite author. Heck, buying five books is an even better way, but if you want to do a little bit more, any of these tips above will help give your favorite author’s book a boost.

You certainly don’t have to do them all. Pick just one to do today, because the best compliment you can give to an author, regardless of his or her prominence in the industry, is to help spread the news about the book. And that will benefit you in the long run, because your author will be able to continue writing more books for you to read and enjoy for many years to come.

Margo KellyMargo Kelly – loves to be scared … when she’s reading a good book, watching a good movie, or suffering from the hiccups. She enjoys writing thrillers for young adults and hopes her stories give you the goose bumps or the itchies or the desire to rethink everyday things. Margo is a native of the Northwest, currently residing in Idaho. A veteran public speaker, she is now actively pursuing her love of writing. She welcomes the opportunities to speak to youth groups, library groups, and book clubs, and often discusses Internet safety along with her award-winning novel, Who R U Really?. Margo’s second novel, Unlocked, will be published by Merit Press (the YA Imprint of F+W Media) in October 2016.

 

Follow her online:

Website: www.margokelly.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MargoKelly.author
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoWKelly
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/margokelly

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“Inspired by her own daughter’s terrifying story, Kelly has painted a realistic picture of how a smart girl can get caught up in something dangerous online. Guaranteed to give readers goosebumps … A good choice for families to read together.” – School Library Journal

“The relationships among characters are well–fleshed out, especially between mother and daughter. Kelly’s first novel is a suspenseful page-turner with multiple suspects, a little bit of romance, and a strong but not overbearing message.” – Kirkus Reviews