The Bee Talks With… A. H. Amin

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14745-the2bbee2btalks2bwithToday I am honored to introduce you to Ahmed Hameed author of “Kima” a fascinating story about two children, an old woman and whales. Does that make you interested? Well, let’s hear what Ahmed has to say about #amwriting and other related topics:

How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?


A: An old man in a young man’s body. I appreciate classic books and movies more often. One might say I’m a nostalgic person, but only when it comes to arts. I do also like to test the limits of my body once in a while just to feel fresh and not old. I also play the piano, and sometimes I paint with water colors… oh and I’m a dentist…thought I should keep that information about me for last; just in case you have a phobia of dentists.

Q: A fun fact about you?


A: I once jumped from the world highest bungee jump on waters… just a week after I removed the cast from my fractured leg. I did it as a dare against myself. It is not something I would normally do, but until this day I’m glad I went through with it because it made me feel I can accomplish anything. And I conquered my fears… so that’s a bonus I guess.


Q: What made you write in the first place?


A: When I became first aware of my talent. In my first year in the university I met some students who were discussing the making of a movie, I gave them some ideas and they were really impressed. That’s when I realized I have the potentials to create stories. I collected ideas but didn’t actually start any book until one day in 2008, I told my friend about the idea for my first thriller, Psychs. He later called me from a DVD store asking me about my story because he thought it was a movie. That was the day I opened my laptop and wrote that magical word …”Prologue”.


Q: Which author has influenced you and why?


I would have to say James Patterson. Every book he writes is always unique, and he writes in more than one genre, which is how my stories are.

Q: What is your favorite book?


A: That’s too general… I do have a special connection with one book. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one novel I won’t mind reading more than once, I’ve already read it three times. I am spell bound to this particular book in many ways that sometimes I feel that the story is about me.


Q: Your writing making ritual (if you have one)?


A: Yes actually, I do have some rituals that help me with my writing; I listen to music or jog to seek inspiration. When I do either I stimulate my subconscious; best ideas come from there since our consciousness is too busy with our reality. Best medicine to writers block, I’d say.

Q: Your secret “sin” when you write?


A: If something upsets me hours before my writing time, there will be no writing for days (not sure if that’s a good answer, it’s the only thing I could think of)


Q: Do you suffer from writer’s block and if so, what do you do against it?


A: I leave the story and go on with my life… for a while. During that time, my subconscious does all the work for me. When I am back, that writer’s block disappears. There is no point in pushing forward when there is no path to go through. Taking a break from writing for a while is an important writing process for me because I always come back with fresh ideas.


Q: Your advice for apprentice creatives?


A: Patience when you condition your idea, otherwise you’ll waste what could have been the best work of literature. Also, write, write, write, and then write some more, the best author in the world could be out there and we may never know about her or him, because he or she was too lazy to sit down and write.

Thank you. I really enjoyed answering your questions.

The Bee: And thank you for being on “The Bee Talks With…”

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Blurb taken from Goodreads:

Christmas Eve 1928 gave birth to a yearly phenomenon in South Africa. A herd of false killer whales were found beached upon the shore. It has also given birth to the story of two young children who meet an old woman named Kima. Kima somehow knows why this has happened, but that’s not all she knows. The children, Alex and Alice, realize that there is more to this woman that what meets the eye, and ear. She will reveal to them a tale, a mysterious story she claims was passed on to her by a mythical Black Seagull.
Derived from both historic tales and figures, Kima is a fictional character portrayed in a way that makes her become real.

Where you can purchase Ahmed’s books

Ahmed on Bookfinder.com

If you want to know more about Ahmed

Ahmed’s blog

Ahmed on Twitter

Ahmed on Instagram

Ahmed on Facebook

Ahmed on Goodreads

The Bee Talks With… Dorothy Place

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Today I am honoured to introduce you to Dorothy Place an author who won both the Mendocino Coast Writers Short Story Contest and the Estelle Frank Fellowship.

With no further ado though I let her do all the talking 🙂

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How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?
I live and work in Davis, California. Since submitting my first short story for publication in 2008, I have had ten stories accepted for publication in literary journals, one of which won first prize in the Mendocino Coast Writers Short Story Contest and the Estelle Frank Fellowship (2010.), another Honorable Mention in the Southern Gothic Revival Short Story contest (2016).
A fun fact about you?
The amazing part of all this is that I didn’t start writing fiction until I was near retirement (statistician and research director at Sacramento State University.) When I started, I vowed that I would be the Grandma Moses of the literary world. Well, after quite a few rejection slips, I thought the only thing I would be replicating in Grandma Moses’ life was her age. But, just when you think it will never happen, it does. My first literary fiction novel will be released November 30, 2016 by SFA Press.
What made you write in the first place?
I started to write with the same thought in mind as many older women. I was going to write for my grandchildren, tell them about the times in which I grew up. It didn’t take me long to realize that, not only were the stories not very interesting, but the grandchildren would have to be wrestled to a standstill, tied to a chair, and force-fed the crap. Anyway, my first, non-memoir short story was written my last day in Arusha, Tanzania (another story, but I do go on) and published almost exactly as I first wrote it. And I was on my way.
Which author has influenced you and why?
An author has many influences on his or her life, and everyone is valuable and every one counts for something. For me, it is the idea, something to grapple with, turn around in your mine, examine, and develop a story and characters that present the idea to your readers. For my first novel, The Heart to Kill, the idea was planted many years before when, as a graduate student, I saw Euripides play, Medea, the play, in which Medea murders her two children. It had such a profound impact on me that, every time a newspaper or newscast reported a case of maternal filicide, I remembered the words of the Greek chorus in Euripides play, “How does she have the heart to kill her flesh and blood?” That thought led to my first novel in which Sarah, a young law student, tries to understand how her friend, JoBeth, had the heart to drown her son and daughter. The current author I hold in high esteem is Margaret Atwood because each of her novel is unique, well written, and fresh.
Do you suffer from artist’s block and if, what do you do against it?
Writing has become such an enjoyable part of myself that I cannot bear to be away from the computer. It takes a great deal of effort to force myself to dress up, go out, and talk to folks. I love what happens inside my head when I write, and I love the individuals who populate my imagination. I never have writer’s block. As John DuFresne (Louisiana Power and Light) said in his master class for the novel, “there is no such thing as writer’s block. A file clerk never comes to work and says I have a filing block. She just comes in and files.” You are writers, he told us. Sit down and write, even if it’s a letter to your relative. That’s what writers do. They write.
Your advice for apprentice creatives?
I don’t have any better advice for young writers than that. All I can say is observe, observe, observe; read, read, read, and write, write, write.

Thank you very much, Dorothy, for being on “Just Fooling Around with Bee” and for taking part in my interview series.

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The Heart to Kill by Dorothy Place:

The literary fiction novel, The Heart to Kill, is a story of a horrible crime, an enduring friendship, and personal illumination. Sarah, a student at Northwestern University Law School, returns to her apartment to find two telephone messages. The first is that she has not been chosen for a coveted internship for which her father had arranged an interview; the second is that Sarah’s best friend in high school, JoBeth Ruland, has murdered her two children. To mislead her father about her failure to obtain the internship, Sarah decides to secure a position on JoBeth’s defense team and, against his wishes, returns to her family home in Eight Mile Junction, South Carolina. She sets out to become a vital member of her friend’s defense team and to regain favor with her father, but is not well-prepared for working in a community rife with chauvinism, malice, duplicity, and betrayal. Her efforts are met with the benevolent amusement of the senior law partner, the resentment of the expert trial attorney, the rush to judgement by the folks of Eight Mile Junction, and discovery of the role of several individuals in the degradation of JoBeth. Please visit the author’s website, www.dorothymplace.com, where you can read more about the novel, how it came to written, and take a virtual tour of Eight Mile Junction.

Goodreads review by Peggy’s Reviews

You like to know more about Dorothy and purchase her books? Please have a look here:

Dorothy’s Page 

Dorothy on Goodreads

The Heart to Kill on Amazon

 

The Bee Talks With… Jackie Wiles

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13226812_1158483294202619_6750942470619726549_nGood afternoon, evening, morning my dear readers. Before I go offline another author interview from a new author. It’s Jackie Wiles and I won’t keep you reading her experience:

How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?

I am an observer. I like to stay quiet and just watch and listen to my surroundings. I find peace in it. I am very passionate about what I do, it’s more than just a passion it’s a life’s dream.

A fun fact about you?

A fun fact about myself is I am a WWE enthusiast. I love going to live events or meeting them at wizard world.

What made you write in the first place?

The reason I started writing was to get away from reality. I like putting myself in my characters shoes and going into another world for a while.

Which author has influenced you and why?

Stephen King has the biggest impact on me. I have loved every single book I have read, I just think he is the most brilliant writer I have come across.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is called Lucky by Alice Sebold. I have loved that book since I was in junior high school and that is the book that really started to make me want to read.
Your writing ritual (if you have one)? I like to clear my mind from everything, and specifically think about situations that I want my characters in. I will brain storm some ideas and pick the best one and go from there.

Your secret “sin” when you write?

I actually do not have a secret sin with my writing.

Do you suffer from writer’s block and if, what do you do against it?

I had a case of writer’s block, that’s why it took me two years to write my book don’t trust a stranger. I get it occasionally but the main thing I have to do is get in a quiet location, and write what comes to mind when I think of certain topics. That is what has helped me thus far.

Your advice for apprentice creatives?

My advice is to just keep writing, no matter what. You can always go back and change things later. Always believe in yourself and your projects. You are your #1 fan and worst critic. Always take the negative comments with stride, it will only help you with your next projects to come. Stay strong and market yourself, the more you market yourself the better the following you will have!

Thank you very much, Jackie, for being on “Just Fooling Around with Bee” and for taking part in my interview series.

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About “Don’t Trust a Stranger”:

Goodreads:

Have you ever wanted to date someone online? Do you trust people easily? Sometimes that can be a deadly thing. Never be too careful. Never settle for less than what you deserve.

From an Amazon customer review by Kayla Krantz

In this story, Julia, our protagonist has her heart broken by her boyfriend of three years, James, when he cheats on her with her friend. Devastated, Julia slips into a deep depression in which there seems to be no cure. After a suicide attempt, her family is concerned for her well-being and has her checked into a mental hospital for a few months. She begins to recover over time, especially after hearing the news that her sister, Sam, is pregnant.

After Julia is released from the hospital, she feels well enough to try dating again, especially after her sister starts to date a guy named Tommy. She creates an online profile to try and get herself back into the world, and that’s when she meets Jack, the worst mistake of her life…..

 

You like to know more about Jackie or connect with her? Here are her social media links:

 

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Where to get her book “Don’t trust a Stranger”?

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The Bee Talks With… Andrea Hintz

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img__201610292__123223Today I feel honoured to introduce you to a young author and songwriter who was so kind to spend some time answering my questions. Her name is Andrea Hintz and with no furhter ado we let her do the talking:

How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?

I am nineteen years old and I mainly write fiction, action/adventure books because I love to have a little adventure in my own life.  I graduated from high school at the age of thirteen, started college at the same age, and then graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Public Management when I was seventeen.  I also earned eleven Associate degrees along the way.  I have five books published and am about to release my sixth book, Perception and Deception, within the week.  I also just got married in January of this year and am loving life.  

 

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I am also extremely passionate about music.  I am a songwriter and I love to play the guitar and sing.  I have a YouTube channel where I post my own songs along with covers of other songs.  I have been singing all my life, and writing books and music are my true passion.

What made you write in the first place?

For me, when I was younger, I always wanted a really good treasure hunting book series to read that was similar to my favorite movies such as the Indiana Jones or National Treasure.  I started writing my treasure hunting book series so that I could “transport to another world” and live the life of a world traveller and learn about other places.  

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For writers, the first influence was my Mom.  She taught me how to write and how to love writing.  Then Terri Farley, Jennifer Morgan, Danette Haworth, and Jaqueline Wiles were all amazing writers that I looked up to.  For musicians, my mom also taught me music and how to love it.  Then Train, Taylor Swift, Michelle Branch, Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Maroon 5, and many other singers and bands inspired me in my work.  

What is your favorite book/song?

My favorite books were the “Phantom Stallion:  Wild Horse Island books.”  For songs, my most favorite song in the world was, “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train.   

Your writing/music making ritual (if you have one)?

I do not necessarily have a ritual.  My inspiration comes whenever I am having a moment with strong emotion (usually extreme happiness or sadness).  Then I use that energy and emotion and put it into my work.

Your secret “sin” when you write/draw/make music?

Mmmmm…I suppose that would be comparing my work to others’ work.  For example, I am always asking myself, is my writing as good as the writing in that book?  Does my song sound as good as that song on the radio?  Sometimes it is good to compare yourself so that you can better your skill.  But sometimes it is bad because it might prevent a person from creating a brand new style that is all their own.  

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I have had several cases of writer’s block and I am sure that everyone goes through it eventually.  I remember when I began writing the third book in The Tesoro Series, I went through a time when I had nothing to write.  It was very disappointing as I wanted this book to be my best book yet.  So I decided to wait a couple of weeks to re-charge my batteries.  I later sat in front of my computer, and again, there was nothing.  The Tesoro Series was finished.  I closed my laptop and made my way to bed.  I laid in bed and prayed really hard.  Faith is a really important part in my life and I tend to use my down-time to pray about all of my worries.  I prayed that some sort of idea would come to me so that I could keep writing.  Anything.  It took me about an hour to fall asleep after that, and just when I shifted into that half-asleep dream state, I felt something connect in my brain, and within one minute, the entire plot of the third Tesoro book flashed through my brain in some sort of video, fast-forward sequence.  And they were the best ideas that I felt I had ever had.  It came at me so powerfully and so fast that it actually woke me up completely and I sat up in bed.  I replayed the story in my head several times so that I would not forget it the next morning, and then I returned to sleep.  I ended up writing the story out non-stop, late into the night, every night for the next few months.  I have no doubt in my brain that God answered my prayers and whispered the whole story into my ear that night.  It was an amazing experience and I share it with people when they ask me about writer’s block.  That is also why I have a personal preference to the third book in the series and tell people that it is my best Tesoro book yet.

Your advice for apprentice creatives?

Never give up!  I know it sounds simple, and it is easier said than done.  But you always have to remember why you are doing this in the first place.  Because you love it.  So when you do not start selling books the minute your book is published, or your YouTube videos do not flood with views the minute you hit the publish button, just remember that it always takes time for things to build up and that you were never doing this for the money anyways.  You were doing this for the love of the art.  Views and sales will eventually come with time.  

Thanks so much, Andrea, for being a guest on “The Bee Talks With…”!

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About Andrea’s Tesoro Series:

The first three books of The Tesoro Series (plus a prequel short story) are now available all in one book!

What would you do if your wild, thrill-seeking cousin who is known for deceiving you into going on disastrous road trips and “disadventures” asked you for a ride? Daphne Bleau (that’s right, like the color) is not the kind to be tricked easily. She’s conservative, boring, and has a tremendous fear of trying anything new and exciting. She’s also brilliant, but her consideration and concern for her mischievous cousin causes her to fall for another one of her cousin’s antics. But this time, her cousin is caught up in something different . . .

If you are curious to find out more about Andrea or to read her books then you find all the links here:

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www.facebook.com/AndreaHintzBooks

www.twitter.com/TesoroSeries

www.goodreads.com/author/show/8410206.Andrea_Hintz

www.linkedin.com/pub/andrea-hintz/9a/58b/7b5

sites.google.com/site/andreahintzauthor/home

tesoroseries@gmail.com

All books and where to purchase them:

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The Bee Talks With… Michael Connick

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So here we go: “The Bee Talks With…” has found a new home here at “Just Fooling Around With Bee or The Bee Writes…” (even I still have to get used to the name 😉 ) and Michael Connick is here to tell you all about his writing experience.

For all those who haven’t read any “The Bee Talks With…” yet: it is my interview series where writers, artists, musicians… can advertise for their art and let newcomers to their craft know what they can expect.

The series is open to all of you no matter if you have published anything yet or not. Just drop me a line at bee.halton<at>gmail.com with the subject “The Bee Talks With…” and we can arrange everything. More information here:

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Sorry, Michael for this long introduction but now over to you:

How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?

I retired as a management consultant a few years ago and currently live in the little college town of Huntington, WV in the US. There I write and volunteer for multiple local organizations. In my early career I worked with various branches of the US intelligence community and the US Department of Defense. Although born and raised in San Francisco, I have traveled to, and lived in, a wide variety of countries all over the world. I wrote my first novel, “Trapped in a Hall of Mirrors”, as something of a “bucket list” project, i.e., I had promised myself during my working life that I would write a novel when I retired. I’m now working on a sequel to it.

A fun fact about you?

I am a competitive pistol shooter in USPSA and IDPA practical pistol matches. I participate in one or more matches virtually every single month.

What made you write in the first place?

I have been a voracious reader all my life and always dreamed of creating a book of my own someday.

Which author has influenced you and why?

Stephen King. Interestingly enough, I’ve never read any of his fiction. However, his book “On Writing” inspired me with the idea that I could actually write a novel of my own.

What is your favourite book/painting/song?

My favorite book is “The Magus” by John Fowles. It’s an amazing roller coaster of a novel!

Your writing ritual (if you have one)?

I sit on my couch (you’ve seen the picture!) and write with a Bluetooth keyboard/trackpad on my lap using a Windows computer connected to my 50″ TV in my living room. In addition, I often have music playing on the computer or through my Amazon Echo. I write best when I’m comfortable!

Your secret “sin” when you write music?

Eating my wife’s homemade chocolate chip cookies. Again, it’s all about comfort when I’m writing!

Do you suffer from artist’s block and if, what do you do against it?

I’ve never suffered it!

Your advice for apprentice creatives?

Write something! If you hate it, throw it away and write something else! You can only really learn how to write by actually writing.

 

Thank you very much, Michael, for sharing your experience with us.

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Book Blurb:

During the height of the Cold War, a naive computer nerd working first for the NSA, and then for the CIA, dreams of becoming a clandestine intelligence officer. After a very successful tour of duty in Iran, his new boss, the Vienna CIA Station Chief, is calling him the “luckiest man in the world”. Nevertheless, he’s managed to accidentally attract the enmity of the KGB, the malevolent attention of an East German seductress, and the absolute hatred of a psychopathic KGB mole at the heart of Austria’s counter-intelligence agency. Will he be lucky enough, or skillful enough, to survive all these forces now converging to destroy him before he ever has a chance to realize his dream?

ISBN: 1523422777 (Kindle and paperback)
Publication date: February 21, 2016
166 pages

Trapped in a Hall of Mirrors on Amazon

Trapped in a Hall of Mirrors at Barnes & Noble

Trapped in a Hall of Mirrors on YouTube

Do you want to know more about Michael Connick? Please have a look here:

Michael’s Blog

Michael on Facebook

Michael on Twitter

 

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The Bee Talks With… Donna Vaal

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Oh dear, that’s what happens when you have two email accounts and do two different challenges in one month! I promised today’s interview partner Donna Vaal to have posted this interview last week Thursday but I didn’t.

My honest apologies to Donna whom I met via Linda’s “Just Jot It January 2016“. I was pretty intrigued by her story which is now published and so I invited her for an interview. She accepted but asked not to have it posted until her book is published. So here we go. At last, the lovely Donna tells us about her writing experience:

How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?

I love trees, the smell of animals and a sky so large I feel like I am in a bubble of stars.  I believe people are what is important -by loving people, we will find the simplistic joy of giving.  I do not see race, colour, nationality, religion or gender -only people that deserve to be treasured.  I am a Christian who accepts that I am not in charge -so I don’t try to be.  I prefer to be called Dee -as I am much stronger now.

A fun fact about you?

Is there something fun about me?  Hmmm… I like to dance and sing at the top of my lungs to music so loud; you still can’t hear me.

What made you write in the first place?

As a child, I was bullied.  Girls just never seemed to like me.  Writing was my escape from my solitude. Eventually, I made up stories to help me fall asleep.  When they got good enough that I couldn’t go to sleep, I wrote them down -so I could keep them.

Which author has influenced you and why?

Walter Farley -he gave me joy in imagination.  Terry Brooks – he created a world that shared with me there are no limits to what I can write.

What is your favourite book?

The Black Stallion -what girl doesn’t dream of her own stallion and running so fast tears well in your eyes.

Your writing ritual (if you have one)?

I don’t have anything that is ritualistic.  I get up, watch a drama and then write.  I write until I have nothing else in me -for that day, or I have something that demands my attention.

Your secret “sin” when you write?

My secret sin -coffee, but I limit myself to one cup a day.  Then I switch to cups of hot water.

Do you suffer from artist’s block and if, what do you do against it?

If I can’t think of something to write all I have to do is go take a nap.  I guarantee my brain won’t shut up -and then I have to write again.

Your advice for apprentice creatives?

There is a tonne of good information on Pinterest and the internet -follow bloggers like Bee, they’ll teach you.  Make yourself a folder you can reference for things like repeated words, descriptions of body movements, ways to describe a face, arms, etc.  Then you just start writing.  When you get to the editing keep your folder handy and change everything you can -it probably still won’t be enough so change some more.  When your done trust yourself -is it really good?  If it is, let someone else read it that will be honest with you.  You’ve got this!

Dear Donna, thank you so much for being on “The Bee Writes…” and sharing something about your writing day with us!

Blurb on Amazon:

Is Izanagi Okamura a monster or just a man afraid to die?
There is a new world without God, sorrow or love for others, only self. One man attempts to control life. Another tries to reintroduce it.
Hiroto Okamura is given a doll, L4-13354, for his birthday. He quickly discovers that she is special. Together, they struggle to hide her secret until it is time to reveal her true existence.
A greedy perfect world; the choice between morality and covetousness; and the created life that will change everything.
This story takes Hiroto on a journey through life, love, passion, death and spiritual growth. The devotion these two innocent children share is both pure and enduring as they fight to remain together. Follow them as they travel the world telling their story and restoring the Christian faith.

About the Author

Donna D. Vaal – Most of the people who know Donna call her Dee. She is the mother and grandmother of 16. A few of them were born of blood and the rest by heart. As a former foster mom, she has taken in several children and many of them have become a part of her family. Currently, she is a CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) for Dubois County, Indiana. She resides in French Lick, Indiana, with her husband and two 14-year-old girls. She loves to read, paint, dance, sew and play with her animals. Most of her romance novels are written with transnational relationships, simply because Asian men are beautiful. She believes that the world is one, and love is not limited to color, race, or nationality. She also writes children’s and YA stories.
After 5-year-old Peyton Whittington died from DIPG, Donna was so angry that his life was stolen from him at such a young age. She wrote this book to help deal with her anger. Coming to terms with his death and accepting our mortality has helped Donna to heal, not just from the loss of Peyton but from the many children she has since watched die from cancer and other horrible diseases. It asks the question: “How far will we go to have perfect, healthy children?”
Donna’s Blog
Donna on Amazon
Donna on Twitter
Donna on Facebook
 
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Mother’s Day Magic XI ~ Tamara Ferguson

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Mother’s day Magic…
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Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in a dozen brand new, previously unpublished-stories, written by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Whether it’s a captivating tale of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.
10% of proceeds from this anthology will go to
the National Multiple Sclerosis Society toward research.

 

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AN INTERVIEW WITH Tamara Ferguson
One of the Authors FROM
MOTHER’S DAY MAGIC
#1 Bestselling & Multi-award winning author of the Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award in new adult romance

 

The Story I’ve Contributed Is
TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN
(Two hearts wounded warrior romance ii)
Retired air force captain and wounded warrior, Zach Logan, discovers that his scars are more than skin deep, when he falls in love with Beth Bowen; the lovely single mother of an autistic son.
What Was The Inspiration For Your Mother’s Day Magic Story?
I’m the single mom of a severely Autistic son. The story allows me to give some insight—not only about autism, but about the problems associated with funding.

 

How much research was involved in writing your story? How did you go about it?
Not too much research—I decided to write about what I know—since I’m currently involved in a bunch of other writing projects. As far at the wounded warrior aspect—I also watch a lot of CNN—so the world’s problems always seem to be on my mind. My oldest son is a licensed athletic trainer and therapist, so the medical issues are much easier to research when you have your own personal consultant!

 

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?
All the time—my story is completely different from the story I intended to write! Sometimes the story just takes off in its own direction, and you have to go with the flow.
Do you miss spending time with your characters when you finish writing this story?
Definitely! That’s why I love writing series romance—many of my previous characters are popping up in each new story I write.

 

What writer has been your biggest inspiration?
Nora Roberts, Linda Howard & Mary Balogh are the 3 writers I’m the most inspired by—each in a different way—because their stories strike me the most emotionally.

 

What non-writer had the most influence on your life And why?
Probably my grandmother—I was the only daughter in two generations—so she pretty much spoiled me rotten—but she was also someone who inspired me to think that anything was possible.
How important is the choosing of character names to you? Have you ever decided on a name and then changed it because it wasn’t right for the character?
Names are very important to me—yes I change them if they don’t feel right! I also relate my cover pictures to my characters as closely as possible. This is the salesperson in me! First impressions are very important to the reader (speaking as someone who used to read 7-10 novels per week before I began writing!!)

 

Do you allow others to read your work in progress, or do you keep it a secret until you’ve finished your first draft?
No one usually asks to read my stories while they’re still in progress!

 

What inspired you to write your first book?
My son was supposed to enter a vocational program after he graduated from his specialized education, but this fell through because of Illinois’ budget cuts. My plans for expanding my own business were put on hold—since I had to take care of my son full-time. Writing is like therapy for me—and keeps me from thinking about the what-ifs in my life that I can’t do anything about. So the unexpected success I’ve been having has come as a complete surprise for me.
What might we be surprised to know about you?
Besides the fact that I’m a full-time caregiver of my youngest son—who is severely autistic son and is an insulin dependent diabetic? There’s not a whole lot of choice in the matter because of the funding in the state of Illinois. That’s why I used this novella to bring up a few of the worries parents like myself are facing with the budget cuts being proposed by the new governor.
But there are also hidden joys in to found in the raising of a special kid—which I also touch base about in my story!
But I have a ton of hobbies—including home improvement (I built an addition on my house and put a new roof on it—so big time home improvement, here)—gardening, cooking, floral arranging—all which I never seem to have time for anymore!

 

About the Author

 

A member of the Romance Writers of America, Tamara Ferguson is the top-ten best-selling, multi-award winning author of the Kissed By Fate Romance Series and the Tales of The Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series.
Her latest release is Two Hearts Surrendered. This military romance was her contribution to the bestselling Magical Weddings anthology, which included stories by fifteen USA Today, best-selling, and award-winning authors. Two Hearts Surrendered recently earned 3-5★reviews from Readers’ Favorite, and has just become a #1 Wounded Warrior Romance Bestseller, Kindle Book and Series.
Tales of the Dragonfly Book I: In Tandem was a romance finalist at the 2013 Indie Excellence Awards, while Tales of the Dragonfly Book II: In Flight was a 2014 WINNER at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. Her latest release, That Unforgettable Kiss was recently a top ten Amazon bestseller in Kindle Saga Fiction, earned 3-5★editorial reviews from Readers’ Favorite, and has just become the 2015 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards in New Adult Romance.
That Unforgettable Kiss is currently featured in the #5 bestselling A Touch Of Passion, 12 full-length novels by USA Today, New York Times bestselling and multi-award winning authors. This anthology is also a #1 New Adult Romance Bestseller, as well as a New Adult Bestseller.
A graduate of Illinois State University, Tamara Ferguson was a Vice-President of her graduating class and a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She was awarded the Illinois State University College of Applied Science and Technology Collegiate Achievement Award upon her graduation.
Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son, you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she’s writing or helping indie authors promote their books on twitter. A former horticulturist, she currently resides in central Illinois.

 

Tamara Ferguson
Never Underestimate the Power of a Kiss💋
Tamara Ferguson
Multi-Award Winning, #1 Bestselling Author of
Contemporary Romance Suspense, New Adult Romance, & Military Romance-
Two Hearts Surrendered.
#1 Wounded Warrior Romance Bestseller, Kindle Book & Series
http://www.theromancereviews.com/mainimages/563b29ba67501.jpgThat Unforgettable Kiss-New Adult Romance
             2015 Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award WINNER
Tamara’s Blog “Tammys Dragonfly”
Tamara on Amazon
Tamara on Twitter: @Tammysdragonfly
Tamara on Facebook
Tamara on G+
Tamara on LinkedIn
Tamara on Goodreads
Tamara E-mail
Kissed by Fate on Facebook
Kissed by Fate homepage
Tales of the Dragonfly homepage

 

Other Books:
Tales of the Dragonfly In Flight (Book II) Rerelease-revised & new cover in April 2016(Blue Harvest Creative)
That Unforgettable Kiss (Kissed By Fate Books 1)
A Touch of Passion (With That Unforgettable Kiss)
Two Heart Surrendered (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance I)
Magical Weddings (With Two Hearts Surrendered)
Coming Soon: Two Hearts Undone (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance III)
(Annie Acorn Publishing)

 

Social media links/web page address etc.
Tamara’s Blog
Tamara on Amazon
Tamara on Twitter: @Tammysdragonfly    
Tamara on Facebook
Tamara G+
Tamara on LinkedIn
Tamara on Goodreads
Tamara E-mail
Kissed by Fate on Facebook

 

Thank you so much, Tamara, for being on “The Bee Writes…”

 

and for introducing us to you and to “Mother’s Day Magic”!

 

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Mother’s Day Magic X ~ Cary Allen Stone & Tyler Hosea

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Mother’s day Magic…
with love
Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in a dozen brand new, previously unpublished-stories, written by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Whether it’s a captivating tale of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.
10% of proceeds from this anthology will go to
the National Multiple Sclerosis Society toward research.


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AN INTERVIEW WITH Cary Allen Stone & Tyler Hosea
Two of the Authors
from
MOTHER’S DAY MAGIC


The story we’ve contributed Is
Forever Sunshine
Aviator Jane Cochran created the WAC during WWII and retired an airline captain. Flying was her life, her identity, until she retired and realized her family was far more important than anything else in her life.
What Was The Inspiration For Your Mother’s Day Magic Story?
We like strong, intelligent women as characters because they can take on challenges with great confidence, while at the same time be able to open their hearts to those they care about.


How much research was involved in writing your story? How did you go about it?
Both of us have spent considerable time in aviation. While the profession is exciting, it also takes a tremendous toll on crewmembers and their families.


How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?
Always, we love to expose both the good sides and bad of characters. When a character takes a detour, it’s always fun to see how far they will go if given the chance.


Do you miss spending time with your characters when you finish writing this story?
Oh, but we do spend time together because they stay with us. We’re forever listening to what they want to do in the next story.
What writer has been your biggest inspiration?


Clive Cussler’s action-adventure stories for me. Tyler’s a big fan of Karen Slaughter, but she reads everything and everybody. There’s never a hand without a book with Tyler.


What non-writer had the most influence on your life And why?
Sir Ridley Scott, film director. I was on a location scout with him in the Caribbean for two weeks and he mentored me on my writing. Tyler’s mother was a major influence in creating Ty’s love of books.


How important is the choosing of character names to you? Have you ever decided on a name and then changed it because it wasn’t right for the character?
We look for character names constantly. My hair stylist’s name, years ago, was Lori Powers. Lori Powers became one of my major characters in my Jake Roberts Novels. Tyler finds more names in films. We used the name of a girl at the popcorn counter in the AMC because it was so unique.
Do you allow others to read your work in progress, or do you keep it a secret until you’ve finished your first draft?
Secret always until the editors are finished.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I had written an entire manuscript, an action-adventure but never published it. I looked at it as my practice run. The feedback I received was invaluable. My first published book was a true crime story about “filicide”––the parental murder of children. It was a case study on someone I knew personally that murdered her six-year-old son.
FOREVER SUNSHINE is Tyler’s first book. We plan to add four more short stories to it.
What might we be surprised to know about you?
We know what the CocaCola recipe is.
In Addition
Tyler and I decided to tell the story of a brother and sister whose mother was a famous, accomplished aviator spanning a career of forty years. Their mother passed away on Mother’s Day. Before they left the funeral, both were given a letter that their mother requested they read on the one-year anniversary of her passing. We decided to do the story that way because I was abandoned and never knew my mother, so telling someone else’s story seemed the right thing to do.


About authors Cary Allen Stone and Tyler Hosea
“Cary Allen Stone is a brilliant writer of psychological thrillers and murder mysteries. He writes with a keen eye for detail–the graphic violence is chillingly realistic. He delivers a taut, darkly introspective, cunning and well-executed plot by leaning towards the fallible side of his characters. He understands the criminal mind avoiding the stereotypes that dominate crime thrillers. There is a good balance of chemistry and conflict, good and evil that fans will find enthralling. His characters become embedded in our psyches and the pace of his unraveling of his thriller is a ride not easily forgotten. Cary Allen Stone is an important name to watch. This is one superb crime writer!” ––Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 Reviewervine Voice
Cary Allen Stone’s aviation career began in 1972 and ended in 2014. Aviation gave him a unique perspective of life, and led to his writing. In 1992, he flew film director Sir Ridley Scott for ten days during a location scout, and was encouraged in his writing. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree, was a main character in an AAA Club advertisement, and was an extra in several feature films. He has done voice-over, radio commercials, and standup comedy. He is a member of the Phoenix Writer’s Club and the International Thriller Writers.


Tyler Hosea has built a career in aviation for the past twenty years. She has been an editor, and reviewer, and has been a collaborator on my books the past eleven years. Our book “Forever Sunshine” in the Mother’s Day Magic box set is her breakout story as an author.



More by Cary Allen Stone:
AFTER THE EVIL – A Jake Roberts Novel
MIND OVER MURDER – A Jake Roberts Novel
AFTER THE GOODE – A Jake Roberts Novel
AFTER THE KILL – A Jake Roberts Novel
STEALING ATLANTA – A Cybercrime Thriller
THROUGH A MOTHER’S EYES – A True Crime Story


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Thank you so much, Cary & Tyler, for being on “The Bee Writes…” 

 

and for introducing us to you and to “Mother’s Day Magic”!
 
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The Bee Talks With… Joan Barbara Simon

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Joan Barbara Simon

Today I am honoured to introduce you to independent author Joan Barbara Simon. Joan has written and published several books in different genres and to be honest I can’t wait to find out more about her. So with no further ado over to Joan and her answers:

1. How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?

One reviewer describes me as a literary terrorist. I rather like that. I’ve also been called a woman with a dick. I like that even better. But there’s more. I have many professions (researcher, editor, independent author), and I write in more than one genre.  My novel Mut@tus and the novel I most recently published, Verses Nature, are what I term experimental contemporary romance. In a bookshop, you would probably find both under ‘erotica’. My other novel, Long Time Walk on Water,  has rightly been described as ‘genre-bending’, although more conservative readers would classify it as post-colonial fiction, women’s fiction or maybe even romance. At the heart of all my work is my playful frame of mind, my artistic and intellectual rigour, the perpetual interrogation of myself and my surroundings, and my strategies for smudging, or crossing, margins

2. A fun fact about you?

I am partial to men’s underwear under certain circumstances.

3. What made you write in the first place?

A gold star and a lollipop. Allow me to expand:

When I was five years old, I was picked out by the Headmistress, Mrs Hill, from the mass of children sitting cross-legged on the floor during a typical Monday morning assembly at an east London infant school. Asian, African, British, European, Caribbean, Other (please specify). No uniform, just specks of coloured cloth and peeps of skin flanked by teachers comfortable on their chairs. We must look like Hundreds n Fousands, I thought. All these colourful children. If you look at em from way up, like a bird, we must look like hundreds n fousands, like when they’re stuck on a marshmallow or somefing. Or on these chocolate buttons from the sweet-shop round the corner, you know, in those little white paper bags with a pleat on the side, and you´d always have at least two of these buttons that’d stick together back-to-back. As I scrambled to my feet, flushed by pride, my eyes on that soft, smiling woman who had just called my name, whose pale, perfumed skin always made me think of candy floss, and whose fingers now dipped into a small pouch (lovely, lovely fingers you got, Missis ´ill…) to produce a lollipop, a hard, round one that you could suck for ages, the magnitude of the moment did not escape me. Mrs Hill, full of praise as she pinned a gold star to my chest. See, I’d been getting nothing but gold stars all last week in my exercise book.

‘For wonderful, clear, joined-up writing like the big children. Well done!’

For the rest of assembly I was allowed to sit at the front, facing the congregated school, all those eyes of all those hundreds n fousands fixed on my gold star. And on ma lollipop.

When I grow up, I’m gonna be a writer n  a teacher.  I love words, writing …  n I love teachers.

For the rest of that morning, I would forget my secret envy of Babita and Rajinder, my best friends who could speak other languages (though they hated speaking them in front of us), and whose shopfronts were jewelled with a curly writing that looked to me like some kind of music. Why couldn’t I be two people instead of one, too? At home, I would play at being one of them, invent a language to imitate them. Put my poncho on my head to emulate Babita’s wondrous black mane tamed into a thick rope of a plait that dangled in a surly fashion beyond the seat of her chair (whereas Rajinder wore his hair in a bun under a hankie with an elastic around it and when I asked him once to take it off so I could have a look he said he wasn’t allowed to). Right now, I didn’t mind my picky-picky hair or the fact that I could only speak English. For the rest of that morning, I would be the source of envy.

I’ll let you ave a lick a my lolly at play time cos we’re friends, innit? I smiled over to them. And they smiled back.

I´m gonna be a writer. One day.  I just know I am.

3. Which author… has influenced you and why?

The British artist Penny Goring is my absolute favourite writer. I was so impressed by her work that I didn’t dare to pick up a pen for weeks. Penny is a verbal and visual artist like no other (author seems to small a word). Her work is playful, irreverent, sexy, intelligent, unclassifiable to any genre (in my opinion) and of a brilliance I aspire towards. It is thanks to Penny that I have a whole new understanding of what language can do. Penny Goring’s Zoom Zoom. It made me realize I was still far too faithful to what I had learnt to appreciate as ‘good writing’ from the structural viewpoint. And it made me realise that I was still too chicken to write the way I wanted to: in a multi-disciplinary, multi-genre way. This is what I do today. In social media, you’ll hear the term crossover for mixed-genre fiction. In my thesis, because it’s framed theoretically/scientifically, I speak of phenotypical promiscuity. If I’m not speaking to a literary theorist, I’d rather say I’m a style slag.

4.What is your favourite book?

That’s a hard one! Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy, I’d say. This book impressed me on two counts: the plot and the language, particularly McCabe’s use of direct speech. I’ve not seen any writer depict direct speech the way he does. Marvellous! Apparently, there is a linguistic affinity between the Irish and the Jamaican. I’m half Jamaican. I once fell in love with an Irish guy but he ran 100 miles in the opposite direction, so maybe the affinity’s not so great after all  🙂

5. Your writing ritual (if you have one)?

I used to get up and go for a jog. That would guarantee my good mood, which then would guarantee a good writing day. I’m having an amazing flow right now, so I prefer to jump out of bed and be at my desk as soon as possible.

6. Your secret “sin” when you write?

I’ve let on about the underwear. If I say any more, I could get arrested.

7. Do you suffer from artist’s block and if, what do you do against it?

It has occurred that I haven’t been able to write for a while, but rarely for such a long time that I truly begin to panic. When I can’t write, I read. The last time I went to a book fair I came home with over thirty books. There are always enough titles on my To Read list to ensure that even when I can’t write, I’m still connected to the literary world.

8.Your advice for apprentice creatives?

Don’t be too quick to get feedback. Don’t try to emulate any other artist but let people who would be inclined to emulate simply inspire you to go in search of your own originality. When you are ready for feedback, take every form of critique seriously. Develop a thick skin. And patience!

Thank you very much, Joan, for sharing your story and writing experience with us.

Titles by Joan Barbara Simon

Verses Nature

VERSES NATURE:

Tatar (Carmina thinks he stinks of Male Pig) and Carmina (Tatar can smell when a woman’s on heat), locked in an intellectual-erotic Kampf that will end tragically if she loves him as much as he loves her. Sex. Power. God. Perversion. Or is it: innocence? Two controversial, addictive protagonists who change the rules, so get ready to change your mind.

MUT@TUS

MUT@TUS:

Watch out, watch out, there’s an Alpha female about!

What if you’ve been told you have everything you could wish for, yet you know there is still a hole in your life? You do something about it. If you dare. Virginia Mendes dares. Not only is she certain that life has more to offer, she is convinced she owes it to herself to find out just how much. The bourgeois bliss of her brittle marriage is swopped for the delights of personal growth via the world of virtual romance. Is the grass greener on the cyber side? And what if she dared to take the adventure a step further? Or should we say: closer?

A maelstrom of intellectual questions allied with online sex and hard-core humour.

Long Time Walk on Water

LONG TIME WALK ON WATER

The story of Emily Rose Thompson and James Dunbar. Emily, a Jamaican immigrant, jostling to find her place among the white working class in 1960s London. James Dunbar, Englishman, fed up with the low life. James has developed a soft spot for his Jamaican pals down at the docks. And for one Jamaican woman in particular.

They happen to meet at a bus-stop. The rest is history.

An urban historical fairytale about racial tension and tolerance, told with pride, poise, humour and grace. A tale of chances taken and chances missed in the Motherland. A tale of friendship, family and of how the humble live whilst waiting for their dreams to come true. Long Time Walk on Water is, above all, an unforgettable love story: the story of a mother’s love and the price her family must pay for generations to come.

You can find and buy her books here:

Amazon US   Amazon UK   Amazon France   Waterstones  Barnes & Noble   The Book Depository

Are you curious and want to know more about Joan Barbara Simon? Please have a look here:

Joan on Twitter
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Mother’s Day Magic VIII ~ Cornelia Amiri

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Mother’s day Magic…
with love
Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in a dozen brand new, previously unpublished-stories, written by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Whether it’s a captivating tale of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.
10% of proceeds from this anthology will go to
the National Multiple Sclerosis Society toward research.


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An Interview With Cornelia Amiri
Bestselling Author and Queen of Celtic Romance
One of the Authors FROM
MOTHER’S DAY MAGIC


The Story I’ve Contributed Is
I Love you more
On turning sixty, Garland recalls memories of her life’s journey from an abusive childhood to a bad marriage to the ups and downs of a single mom. She is rewarded with a magical mother’s day with her loving family.


What Was The Inspiration For Your Mother’s Day Magic Story?
A good deal was drawn from my own experiences as a single mother. I think most moms, especially single moms, can relate to it. There are a lot of families that are headed by women, sometimes just one mom and her child, but they are still families in every sense of what a family means. I wanted to acknowledge these strong, loving single moms and the wonderful children they are raising or have raised. They’re doing a great job.


How much research was involved in writing your story? How did you go about it?
Because it was contemporary and set where I live, I really didn’t have to do much research. That’s unusual for me, most books I write require a great deal of research.


How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?
In every book, there are moments when that happens. It’s one of the things I look forward to when I’m writing the first draft.


Do you miss spending time with your characters when you finish writing this story?
I will think of my characters forever. Certain ones are very close to my heart.  My characters are part of me. In an emotional sense, they will always be alive to me.
What writer has been your biggest inspiration?
Morgan Llewellyn and Marion Zimmer Bradley are my strongest inspirations. Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote fantasies, Morgan Llewellyn writes historicals, and I write romances, but like them, I use historical knowledge and realistic fantasy that pulls from the ancient Celtic belief system.


What non-writer had the most influence on your life And why?
The Celtic Warrior Queen Boudica is a main one, she made me start writing. I love history, and in reading a book about the dark ages, I came across Boudica. I was so inspired, I started jotting down notes, but they were fiction (it-must-have-happened-like-this type). Before I knew it, I had written a novel. I thought, gosh I can really do this. So after accidentally writing that novel, I wrote one on purpose, The Celtic Fox, which turned out to be my first published book.


How important is the choosing of character names to you? Have you ever decided on a name and then changed it because it wasn’t right for the character?
The character names are important and yes I have changed them. Garland and Judson seemed the right names for the characters. When I write stories set in the bronze age or iron age, I have to try to find ancient Celtic names. When I wrote about the Picts, I could only find one authentic female Pict name, Bethoc, so that was the name of my heroine in The Scottish Selkie, there was no other name for her. However, it worked out perfect, because no other name would suit my Bethoc, her name was clearly meant to be Bethoc.


Do you allow others to read your work in progress, or do you keep it a secret until you’ve finished your first draft?
No one reads the first draft but me. When I have it polished enough to show my critique partners, then they see it. I send it to my editor when I feel I’ve done all I can for it. I don’t show it to anyone else until it’s published or submitted to a publisher.


What inspired you to write your first book?
I had an idea for a plot in my head that was inspired by the fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, with the dwarfs. But nothing much more than the plot idea. I was working as a file clerk at the time, and one day I was having an allergic reaction to dust. I closed my eyes to get a grip and in my head I saw the face of this man with reddish brown eyes and thick auburn hair, he reminded me of a red fox. Suddenly, the plot I had been kicking around had a hero and a title, The Fox Prince. I later changed the title to The Celtic Fox.
What might we be surprised to know about you?
That along with the romances, I sometimes try my hand at other genres. I wrote a contemporary mystery called Dead End Job, a horror story called Taliesin’s Song, a Young Adult fantasy, non-romance, called Samhain Calls, and a modern-day, non-romance fantasy called The Ghost Lights of Marfa. The later is published by itself, and the other three are in book called, Reach…Reach across the genres.


In Addition
I would like to dedicate I love You More to my wonderful son, Kavon, and my marvelous granddaughter, Lindsay. They are my world. My life wouldn’t be the same without them.


About the Author
Cornelia Amiri, who also writes as Maeve Alpin, is the author of 30 published books. K Known as the Celtic Romance Queen, she writes Celtic Fantasy Romance, Celtic Historical Romance, Steampunk Romance and Sci-fi Romance. She lives in Houston Texas as does her son and granddaughter and her cat, Severus. Severus is a writer’s cat, he loves books. He likes to knock them off the bookshelf, sit on them, and sniff the open pages. He also uses the computer, he sits on it, lays on top of it, and walks across the key board almost constantly. She is working on two soon to be released books a historical romance box set, Scandalously Yours and a modern day fantasy romance novella set at Woodstock 1969, Back to the One I love.


https://www.facebook.com/cornelia.amiri.1
http://celticromancequeen.blogspot.com/
http://celticromancequeen.com/
Twitter @corneliaAmiri

 

Thank you so much, Cornelia, for being on “The Bee Writes…” 
and for introducing us to you and to “Mother’s Day Magic”!
 

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