Monday, January 22, 2018

Interview with writer Fiona Maria Simon

Welcome, readers. My special guest today is Fiona Maria Simon. She’s chatting with me about her business memoir, Gambling on Granola: Unexpected Gifts on the Path of Entrepreneurship.

Fiona Maria Simon was born and raised in a tiny mountaintop community in southern New Mexico. Former owner of Fiona’s Natural Foods, she holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in Spanish. She has worked as a journalist, travel copywriter, and bilingual editor. An avid writer, traveler, and dancer, Fiona loves to cook, bake, and develop food products. Her hobbies include hiking, biking, spending time with family and friends, and exploring other cultures. Fiona enjoys live music, expanding her cultural horizons, spiritual growth, and learning. She currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Welcome, Fiona. Please tell us about your current release.
This is my story of starting a granola company as a single mom, and of my trials, tribulations, and triumphs as I grew my company and raised my daughter.

What inspired you to write this book?
Many people over the years asked me to share my story.

Excerpt from Gambling on Granola:
That night, I shared the story with Natalie. I related how helpful Spice had been and what a huge favor he had done for us. She listened, processing the information. Then she got up, found paper and pencil, and started drawing. She folded the paper into fourths. At the top of the page, she drew a granola bar. Then she wrote:

Thank you! Spise. For being so nise!
We aprishrat that you’v ben so kind to us.
Why do you have so meny peersings?
      Love Natalie

True enough, Spice had piercings. His ears had gauges, those large earrings that stretch the earlobe and need to be replaced as the hole enlarges. His nose was pierced, and he sported a few tattoos. Natalie was keenly observant, and she didn’t let these aspects pass her by.
She opened the card and drew Spice, with his piercings, then wrote “Spise” with an arrow pointing to him. She drew a wide smile, with mouth open, and a dialogue bubble: “I Love Fionas prodect.” On the adjacent page, she drew shelves of granola, granola bar caddies, and signs that read, “Fionas.” On the back, she drew a heart with curlicues at the bottom and wrote “I Love you Spise” inside it. At the top, she added, “This page is dron by Fiona.”
“Honey,” I said, “I didn’t draw that page, and maybe we shouldn’t tell Spice that I love him.” She just smiled and said, “Let’s give it to him the next time we go in.”
I gave her a big hug, thanked her for making the card, and said okay. How could I refuse? He’d get a kick out of it, and I wanted to honor Natalie’s efforts to make him such a heartfelt gift. A few days later, Natalie gave him the card. He broke into a huge smile. “This is friggin’ fantastic! Thank you, Natalie! I’m gonna hang it right here so everyone can enjoy it.”
Sure enough, he did. For well over a year, Natalie’s card hung in that office for all to see. Occasionally, receivers would ask, “Fiona, did your daughter make that for Spice?”
“Yep,” I’d proudly reply. “That’s my Natalie.”

What exciting story are you working on next?
A mental image of what the next year of my life might look like.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve loved to write since I was young and received many words of praise for my writing talents starting at a young age.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
For the past few years, I have dedicated most of my time to writing my book. I start early in the morning, take a mid-day break, then get back to it in the afternoon and evening. I also tend to travel a lot.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I listen to different music styles all day long.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer for National Geographic and an anthropologist.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I hope they enjoy and are inspired by my story.

Thank you for joining me today, Fiona!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Interview with romance author Kenzie Macallan

Author Kenzie Macallan joins me today to chat about her new contemporary romance novel, Edges, Art of Eros Series, Book 2.

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Kenzie lives with her husband in New England. She has been fortunate enough to travel all over the world to places like Africa, Greece, Switzerland, Holland, France, England and, of course, Scotland. Edinburgh is one of her favorite places. Creativity seems to be part of her soul as she paints portraits, takes photographs, and bakes. They have all added to her overactive imagination especially writing about strong women and alpha men. She looks forward to adding to her adventures and yours through secrets, strength, and passion.

Welcome, Kenzie. Please share a little bit about your current release.
My upcoming release focuses on Leigha, the middle sister in an artist family. On the outside, she appears in control of her life. Underneath, she lives with nightmares, fears, and doubts. Her nightmares become stronger after her sister Mara reveals her secret, an abusive marriage. Leigha knows the nightmares are the key to unlocking her self-imposed cage. Dean enters the picture and helps her to unlock her secret. But with that, more lies come to the surface. As she unravels the truth about her life, she gets caught in a web of other people’s secrets. It’s a story of secrets, strength, and passion.

What inspired you to write this book?
This is book 2 in the Art of Eros Series. The suspense storyline continues but this book is all about Leigha. She starts in the modeling industry full of illusion and manipulation. She becomes a photographer to get out from being in front of the camera. The modeling world has always fascinated me and I take a lot of photos. I wrote this story before the #metoo became popular and many men and women stepped forward to face their predators. This movement to step forward was long overdue. It’s the underbelly to many different businesses especially in entertainment.

Excerpt from Edges:
Her head came up and turned to him. “I never thought about men getting molested. I always assumed it only happened to women models. My memories from long ago still haunt me.” Blowing out a breath, a tight string let go just a bit to give her some wiggle room in the confines of her web. She rubbed the side of her neck with her hand.
“What haunts you?” He pushed a few strands of hair behind her ear, letting the tops of his fingers and thumb skim her cheek.
Her fingers curled painfully into her neck. She fought with the idea of revealing her nightmare to him. Tears pushed their way to her eyes of their own accord. Someone showing interest in her threw her off-kilter.
He leaned over and murmured, “Secrets have a way of destroying people from the inside out. Yours are eating away at you.” He took her chin in his fingers and turned her face to him. “Your secret’s safe with me. We all have them. Maybe one day, I’ll make you the keeper of mine.”

What exciting story are you working on next?
My next story will be the final book in this series. This novel will focus on the youngest of the Luccenzo sisters, Raquelle. She brings a lot to the table including a smart mouth, feistiness, and a great deal of talent. She’s the portrait artist of the family. The story will conclude and readers will find out the connection between their father, the Russians, and other unexpected family ties.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I didn’t really consider myself a writer until I published my first book. Even then, I still continue to grow and learn as a writer. How do I become better? Where can I get more emotions out of my characters? Is the plot line strong enough? I enjoy the learning process and the community of writers that are really supportive.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
Unfortunately, I can’t write full-time. There are things like paying the bills and health insurance that get in the way. Finding time to write can be very difficult. It’s not just writing you need to focus on in this business. Whether you are indie or with a publisher, you need to get yourself out there on social media, advertising, and making a multitude of connections. For the beginning writer, there is so much more than writing that has to be taken into consideration. I find myself getting whatever time I have to write even it’s thirty minutes a day. Creative planning of the day becomes crucial as I also need to find time for just me.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I read my favorite authors as I’m writing and especially as I’m editing. They inspire me and motivate me to write better, more effectively, and stronger. I study how they structure their sentences, do plotlines, develop their characters, etc. Some of my favorite authors include Pepper Winters, CD Reiss, Jennifer Probst, and Lexi Blake. They are each strong in these areas and I learn so much from each of their writing styles.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a pediatrician. I started out in pre-med but quickly realized I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in school. As it turned out, I have several degrees in many different areas. One thing that always came to the forefront was my interest in being a creative person. I love to take photos, which morphed into painting portraits. The stories that I’ve had in my head for so many years morphed into me finally taking the plunge and writing and publishing them. Early on, I never saw myself as a writer. But I think self-publishing allowed more people to take the dive to see their stories in print.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I really love to hear from readers about the things they loved and the things they didn’t love about my books. I enjoy the feedback and constructive criticism. It can be extremely helpful to hear from someone who’s looking at your book through a different set of eyes.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Interview with dark fiction author Lincoln Cole

My special guest today is dark fiction author Lincoln Cole and we’re chatting about his new occult horror novel, The Everett Exorcism.

Welcome, Lincoln. Please tell us about your current release.
Something strange is happening in the city of Everett, Washington and Father Niccolo Paladina is tasked with investigating possible demonic activity. Nothing is as it seems, however, and things quickly begin spiraling out of his control.

When his path crosses with that of an old rival, they discover that things are worse in Everett than either of them could ever have imagined. As his world collapses around him, Niccolo will be left with one terrible question: what is my faith worth?

The Everett Exorcism is set in the same universe as my World on Fire series and takes places twenty years earlier. It sets the stage for events to come and introduces readers to Arthur before his fall from grace and the man he’s become in Raven’s Peak.

What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to tell this story after a lot of readers requested to know more about Arthur before he became the Reverend. He lost himself, so I felt it was important for readers to find out more about him and this world from a new perspective before continuing my later books.

Excerpt from The Everett Exorcism:
“Come out, come out, wherever you are!”
Father Paladina knelt in his uncomfortable position beneath the staircase, eyes closed and struggling to control his breathing. Each gasp sounded like the cracking of a tree branch, and he couldn’t fight down an occasional sob of terror. His heart beat in his ears, and his veins seemed about to burst open.
“I can smell you, Priest. I know you didn’t run far. Where are you?”
The voice came from upstairs in the local priest’s office. Niccolo couldn’t remember a time in his life when he had been so on edge and afraid. It felt like a sickness in his stomach, as all of his muscles tensed simultaneously. It made his body shake, and he worried that he might throw up at any moment.
“We both know how this will end. If you come out now, I’ll do it quick. If you make me come and find you, though …”
Niccolo struggled to control his breathing as hot tears ran down his cheeks. He reached into his front-right pocket for the single item he kept there. His rosary, which he held between his fingers and pressed against his lips, praying as hard as he could for the strength to deal with whatever was happening to him.
Not to overcome it, though. Part of him—if he were honest, a large part—knew he was about to die alone in this church, and the only thing he prayed for was the strength to die well. 
After all, right now, not only his life hung in the balance: so did his everlasting soul.
“This basement has no exits. I know this church. This is my church. Not yours,” the man—if still a man—said from just upstairs. “I never thought I would actually get to kill a priest here. This is delightful!”
What is he waiting for? Niccolo wondered, in fear. Tim Spencer—or whatever controlled him—seemed to enjoy taking his time. Every muscle in Niccolo’s body ached, and he had to fight to keep from sobbing. Why is he doing this? Why is he waiting up there?
It felt like he’d been hiding under the stairs forever, but it had probably lasted for less than a minute.
“We’re having fun, aren’t we, Priest?” Tim asked. 
Niccolo couldn’t contain a shudder, and the movement caused his shoulder to bump against one of the boxes behind him. The noise it made wasn’t that loud, but to Niccolo, it rumbled like an explosion in the stillness of the basement.
If his pursuer heard, though, he didn’t let on. Tim hummed to himself as he took his first step down the staircase. It creaked heavily underfoot, and Father Paladina winced when dust fell on his head.
Another step; the sound of the boot on the stairs sounded like a nail in the priest’s coffin. Tim kept on coming, humming a tuneless tone, until the father could see muddy boots in front of his face.
“Priest? You know I’ll find you. You can’t hide from me.”
Niccolo’s whole body trembled, and the man had called it true. His hiding place seemed weak and pathetic now. As soon as Tim reached the bottom of the staircase, he would spy Niccolo. The priest had backed himself into a corner and had nowhere to go.
He shouldn’t have stayed here at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral alone. Should have gone with Father Reynolds to his home; splitting up had turned into a terrible idea, and one that might well cost him his life.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m finishing up the third book in the series, The Bishop’s Legacy, before moving on to write more books in my Graveyard of Empires series.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I wanted to be a writer from when I was a little kid and I read my first Stephen King novel. I wanted to tell stories and build worlds.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I am a software developer full time, which means I spend a lot of time doing other things. Writing is a hobby for me, something I work hard on but has to take a backseat to day-to-day life.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t know that I have one. I’ve written every book differently, some with an outline, some without it, and for me it’s just about connecting scenes and telling fun stories.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a writer, but I also wanted to be a hacker. Not the illegal hacking, but the taking apart and putting back together part. I love computers and figuring out how they work.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I love writing stories and trying to make them fun and different. I don’t like authors who just keep pumping out the same book over and over again with a different skin on it, so I try to shakeup my style and genre as much as possible. I’m not really in it to make money, just find readers and interesting people to share the journey with me!

Thanks for being here today, Lincoln.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Interview with debut YA novelist Chelsea Vanderbeek

My special guest today is author Chelsea Vanderbeek and we’re chatting about her new YA novel, Forget Me.

Chelsea Vanderbeek started writing her first story in 2009, and even though that one was a complete dud she kept trying anyway. She had her debut, Forget Me, published in May of 2017. Though her work primarily stays in the YA Fiction category, she likes to experiment. She likes to try new things, too.

Welcome, Chelsea. Please tell us about your current release.
I had Forget Me published earlier this year. It’s about Sabine, a troubled teen who feels like life and God and all that mumbo-jumbo don’t really have much to offer her. She finally gets so fed up with it all that she ends up killing herself, but she doesn’t find the peace she thought she would.

What inspired you to write this book? Let’s put it like this: growing up shy, you come out with some stories. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the elements of Forget Me are fictitious, but my heart’s in there too. And the story was meant to be a realistic depiction and something I hope will resonate with my readers that are going through similar situations.

What exciting story are you working on next? I’m actually working on a book for writers about developing characters. It’s supposed to be a sort of quiz/interview/game book that really helps you get to know your characters (and even, you might say, spend some quality time). Developing characters is one of my favorite parts of writing (and I’ve been told my character writing is very deep and realistic), so I thought I could share some tips.

I’m also writing another fiction piece. It would fall under the LGBT category. Less of a “coming out” story and more of a “self-discovery” story. My main character Emily is of the “difficult” breed. Seriously. Sometimes when I’m working on this story, I feel like a parent dealing with their teenage daughter. We’ll see if I can manage to get her to cooperate with me.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? That would have to be the first time I ever finished a first draft of a story. See, in my early writing days I had a habit of starting stories, getting about halfway through them, and then tossing them to the side when my excitement waned. The first time I saw a first draft start to finish (which, incidentally, was the first draft of Forget Me) really sealed it for me. It was like “yeah, man. I can actually do this stuff.” Not to say that first drafts are the hardest part. Editing’s a whole other ball game.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write? Boy, wouldn’t that be a dream come true! Unfortunately, I’m not a full-time writer. I make other people’s coffee for a living. Writing happens whenever it can, like evenings and weekends. I’ll write in the car if I’m not driving. I’ve been known to write on my breaks at work. It’s really just whenever I can.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? Let’s see, I’ll let you in on one of my “quirkiest” writing quirks: I have a thing I do when I’m typing sometimes. I usually do it when I have writer’s block or I’m trying to think of what to type next. Like, I’ll backspace the last letter of the last word I typed, retype it, backspace it and type it again. I do it quickly and repetitively. Sometimes, I’ll even do the whole word. “Word,” backspace. “Word,” backspace. I have no idea why I do it, honestly.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Y’know, I really can’t remember wanting to be anything but a writer. I always loved reading, always liked English in school. Well… okay. I might’ve had that fleeting stage of wanting to be a singer or a veterinarian, but… for the most part, it was a writer. I was always a writer at heart I think; I remember narrating stories in my head when I was pretty young.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers? I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to read this interview, and also if you’ve decided to take the plunge and read my book! You can stop by my blog anytime if you wanna chat me up or get updates about what I’m working on ( I also want to thank Lisa for having me on her blog! *virtual high fives for all*


Happy to have you visit today, Chelsea.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Interview with suspense author Michele I. Khoury

Author Michele I. Khoury joins me today for a conversation about her new suspense novel, Busted.

Michele I. Khoury, an award-winning entrepreneur in the technology industry, lives in Orange County, California with her husband and two dogs, Bubbles and Thriller. While attending the University of California Irvine's Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Novel Writing program, she created Busted

Welcome, Michele. Please tell us about your current release.
Busted is about three people who collide over cocaine.

Impacted by the recession, twenty-four-year-old artist Gina McKenna is down to her last few dollars and days away from living in her car when a successful businessman buys a painting and commissions another. As their relationship evolves, she’s seduced by his charm and mesmerized by his luxurious lifestyle until she discovers he’s a drug kingpin. Her world turns upside down, and she struggles to survive vicious brutality.

Miguel Lopez is a cocaine supplier with a weightlifter’s physique and “the rules do not apply to me” attitude. Maniacal and ruthless, he has no qualms about killing anyone who interferes with his distribution network, including Gina.

Dedicated to eradicating illegal drugs, DEA Special Agent Bobby Garcia spent months and hundreds of thousands of dollars working undercover to buy his way up the dealer chain to identify the moneyman. When his fourteen-year-old daughter overdoses on cocaine, he traces the blow to Lopez. As Bobby's mission becomes personal, he makes emotional decisions, which negatively impact civilians and his job. Unable to let go, he risks his career to orchestrate the biggest drug sting in Southern California. What happens isn’t what he expected.

When a deputy district attorney meets Gina at a party, he is smitten. As his attraction grows, so does Gina’s involvement with the DEA’s case, of which he is the designated prosecutor. Mindful of his professional ethics, he tries to stifle his feelings.

Sex and violence permeate the twists and turns of this cautionary tale about choosing one’s friends well.

What inspired you to write this book?
Ten years ago, I took a Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Writing Course from the University of California at Irvine’s Extension Program. One of the first assignments was to plot a novel. While driving home from class, the idea came to me. The following week I presented my outline, and my professor said, “This is fascinating. You have to write this book.”

Excerpt from Busted:
Chapter 1
Movie-Star Smile

The Laguna Beach Soup Kitchen leased a renovated warehouse where twenty-four-year-old Gina McKenna served dinner. She volunteered two nights a week along with a dozen others, and as she watched the bedraggled men, women, and children file through the food line in the onion-and-Lysol-smelling room, a walnut-sized lump formed in her throat.
The kids, displaying dirt-smudged skin and clothes, yanked Gina’s heartstrings the most. Every few months, she collected her stepbrothers’ and stepsister’s old garments and toys and offered them to the homeless children. Their reactions ranged from wariness to cautious acceptance to joyful appreciation.
Timmy, a skinny twelve-year-old boy, approached and bounced up and down as if he were on a trampoline.
High on cocaine. Having witnessed such manic behavior many times, she glanced at his parents, whose expressions reflected resignation. She didn’t know if they’d surrendered to their son’s drug usage, their circumstances, their fate, or all three. As she scooped mashed potatoes onto their plates, she felt powerless to help. Sorrow filled her.
Five years ago, when she began helping at the soup kitchen, she discovered the homeless were starved for more than food: they craved contact and connection. Often she was the first person who’d acknowledged them all day. If she had a little extra cash, she’d slip someone ten or twenty bucks. The money wasn’t much, but their gratitude was hugely rewarding.
A stoop-shouldered man shuffled over. He was in his midforties and wore multiple layers of grimy clothing.
“Hi, Sam,” Gina said, giving him a warm smile. The broken and enlarged blood vessels covering his cheeks and nose from alcohol abuse made him look seventy. Knowing he liked mashed potatoes, she added an extra spoonful. “Here you go.”
“Thanks,” he muttered and ambled along.
The empathetic soup kitchen director, conducting a fund-raising tour, escorted a gray-haired woman dressed in a chic black pantsuit and carrying a Louis Vuitton purse.
“Sixty percent of the homeless in Orange County are children,” he said.
The woman held her hand over her mouth, and her large diamond ring sparkled. “I had no idea.”
He nodded. “The OC is one of the wealthiest counties in the country, which makes real estate extremely expensive. The lack of affordable housing is a major problem.”
Gina glanced around the cavernous area, observing people standing on the perimeter holding their trays and waiting for a seat at one of the long tables. She hoped the wealthy woman became a patron, because more families kept showing up. For many, this meal was their only food of the day, and the sound of silverware scraping plates dominated the room.
The director pointed to the line. “Most people lived paycheck to paycheck, and when the recession claimed their jobs, they couldn’t pay their mortgage or rent. Eviction followed. People come here feeling ashamed, humbled, and hungry.”
Even though Gina had heard the spiel numerous times, she cringed. The director could be talking about her. She hadn’t sold a painting in the last two months; she'd depleted her savings; her six-hundred-dollar rent was due in ten days; and she had hardly any money left. The crushing anxiety over her looming homelessness haunted her. Needing to devote all her time and energy to her art, she’d decided tonight was her last time serving. As she secretly said good-bye and wished each person well, her heart was breaking.
The last in line was a forlorn ten-year-old girl, who waited patiently. Gina ladled the potatoes onto her plate, and when the child moved on, Gina couldn’t contain her tears any longer.
She’d helped feed the less fortunate, but they’d nourished her soul.

What exciting story are you working on next?
My next book, The Sheriff’s Wife, is about domestic violence and abuse and is loosely based on ex-Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca. The book is fiction.

Sheila McKay is married to the Los Angeles County Sheriff, who blames the stress and pressures on his job for his abusive behavior. After one particularly brutal experience, she wondered who she could call for help? Known throughout the law enforcement community, her husband is one of the most powerful and popular cops in California. No one will believe her.

Where can she go? If she escapes to a friend’s or a family member’s home, he knows where they live, and that places everyone—including the children—in danger. If she seeks refuge in a shelter, chances are he’s been there, and if he hasn’t, he has easy access to addresses.

Should she have him arrested? Most police—out of fear of losing their job or retaliation—will invoke the code of silence and not charge a fellow officer. (This is what happened to Sheriff Baca’s wife.)

If Sheila was successful in filing charges then dropped them, she’d lose future credibility and protection.

Will she take him to court? As an expert witness, he’s testified many times and knows the system. It would be her word against his. Should she seek a conviction? If she won, he’d lose his job and would retaliate against her.

How she manages to escape, survive, and protect her three children is her story.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
This is an interesting question. I didn’t consider myself a writer until I received positive professional reviews on Busted, and the book was published. I equated “writer” with “author.” The writing class I attended consisted of many talented writers, and I remember being in awe and intimidated by their skills. Then, I stopped comparing myself and started observing their styles and studied what made their work effective.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I wish I could focus on writing my novel full-time. Every morning I walk our dogs for 1.2 miles, and workout three days a week. On Mondays and Fridays, my husband and I baby-sit our grandchildren. One day each week is dedicated to researching, writing, editing, and publishing my blog to promote Busted. (I’m amazed at how much time this requires.) I’m also an active board member of Human Options, a non-profit dedicated to ending domestic violence and abuse, which entails meetings twice a month. In addition, my husband and I are designing and building a new home. We’ve just completed the design stage, and the building stage will take another year and a half, requiring weekly visits to the job site. Every Wednesday, I attend my writing professor’s mentoring group along with six other authors from 6 to 9 p.m. So, to answer your question, sometime during the week I squeeze in six to eight hours to compose the next seven pages of my novel.

Just for fun:
I play cribbage on Thursday afternoons from 3 to 4:30, have lunch once a week with one of my friends, and in the evenings, I love to read. Also, on the weekends, we have dinner with friends, family, or see a movie.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m a perfectionist. Which is not the most efficient way to write. I’ve learned how to edit, and now when I’m creating, I’m simultaneously editing.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t have any lofty goals or aspirations as a child. However, during my first and second careers in the technology industry (one in the corporate world and one with my own business as an entrepreneur), I always wanted to write fiction. I’d write short stories and share them with my friends and co-workers. Their positive feedback encouraged me.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
If you’re interested in writing, I recommend taking a class from a qualified instructor. Be wary of “Writing Groups”; if they are not led or managed professionally, the negative critiques can be devastating and de-motivating. Also, do your research. I’ve seen many talented writers who are too lazy to dig into the details that make a story authentic. Lastly, writing is like a marathon, and with any endeavor, passion helps, but commitment is critical. I wish you the best!

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