Author Interview: Missy Fleming

Today I am happy to introduce author Missy Fleming.

with youTell us about your book(s). Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?

My current book is called ‘Who I Am With You’. It’s been a labor of love for years and one I have finally gotten to a place where I feel it is ready for the world. It’s about how tragedy changes people, how those people deal with that tragedy, and who we are once we come out on the other side. The backdrop deals with the after-effects of September 11th and how it continues to torment two survivors—a firefighter and the young woman he saved that day. Addiction, survivor’s guilt, emotional walls, it is all present daily in my main characters’ lives. I think they are both surprised by where they end up. It’s not all depressing! There’s romance and reconnection, forgiveness, self-discovery. It’s messy, just like life.

Tell us about your main character? What makes her so special?

Olivia, before 9/11, was a bit of a golden child. Daughter to wealthy parents, heiress to a global empire, her life was on the fast track and she never wanted anything different. Her parents were in the towers when they came down, and she was on the ground, waiting to meet them for breakfast. Dealing with literally watching them die hit Olivia hard, not to mention all the other horrors of that day. She had to leave and there’s a part in the book when someone asks her, ‘why California?’. For her, it was as far from New York as she could get geographically and culturally. She masked her pain with drugs—cocaine and heroin—they were the only way for her mind to be free, for her to sleep without night terrors. When we meet her in the book, she is nearly a year sober…this time. Her grandmother, who she hasn’t spoken to in almost ten years is dying and Olivia has to finally return home to face her past, which her grandmother interprets as taking her place in the company. This new Olivia loves to bake and finds joy in the simple things, so there is a bit of a battle of wills there.

Duncan is still a firefighter, relying on prescription meds and avoiding his family at all costs. He is fearless on the job and careless with his personal life. His survivor’s guilt fuels him. In his mind, he didn’t do enough that day, didn’t save enough lives. That was his one job and in his mind, he failed…except for the young woman he did save. He runs into Olivia randomly and they strike up a relationship. Through her, he is able to realize how badly he hurt his family, his children, and he begins rebuilding those foundations, but only after hitting rock bottom. Read more

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Writing Tips to Get Your Creative Juices Going

I’ve compiled a list of writing tips for the teen writing workshop I’m doing next week and thought I’d share. I wanted the kids to have something to take home to help with ideas when they’re feeling stuck.

Anyone have any favorite tips?

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Some ideas for getting your creative juices going: Read more

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Writing Resources

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I’m doing a writing workshop for teens at the end of the month and thought it would be good to compile a list of resources for them — there’s nothing like coming home from the workshop, overwhelmed from the day, and you can’t remember any of the practical things that you can do when you are on your own! I’ve found these sites to have some great generators, exercises, and information. I also just want to collect a list of useful sites for myself for when I’m needing some inspiration. What do you think? Anything to add? Read more

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Author Interview: Alex D. T. Baker

Today I am happy to introduce sci-fi author, Alex D. T. Baker, to my blog.

100_1530Tell us about your books. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?

I have three books out right now: Soul Burn and Bloodlust (parts 1 and 2 of the Frailty series) and Symbiont. All three are in the sci-fi genre.

The Frailty books have one foot in the Thrill/Suspense genre that contains a little bit of everything: serial killers, a slightly sexually demented detective, demons, and vampire-like people I call Blood-dealers.

Symbiont is the one I am promoting right now. Even though it’s not the most recent work, it is the one I am gearing up to do a follow-up for, so I would like to get as much exposure for it as I can. As for what it is about, here’s the synopsis, which I think sums it up nicely:

When Apoehl, the last of a race of benevolent and powerful aliens, comes to Earth to escape the war mongering Chilk, he is forced to abandon his failing body. To survive he must merge his life force with a human.
Jennifer has become the latest in a long line of hosts. Now she finds herself endowed with inhuman energy, in possession of the memories and strengths of those before her, and caught in a war.
It falls to Sam, the grizzled retired Marine now in command of a covert Government agency, and Paz, Sam’s mountain-sized right-hand man, to protect her from Brett, who craves the power for himself and will do whatever it takes to get it.
But as Jennifer fights against her past and questions the person she is becoming, the greatest struggle could be with herself.
Together, Jennifer, Sam, Paz, and Brett will unfold and build the story of the conflict that will change them all and decide Apoehl’s fate.
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