Monday, January 26, 2015

Featuring M.D. Mascaro and Brandy and the Banshees!!

Without trying, Wild Women Authors seems to be expanding our genres and couldn't be more excited. Last week it was Civil War historicals; this week it's YA paranormals. Please welcome author Maria Mascaro, writing as M.D. Mascaro and Brandy from Brandy and the Banshees. Let us tell you, this one's a honey.
Brandy, tell us a bit about yourself. I’m a sophomore in high school and the lead singer in a band called “White Noise”. I put up with a lot of sexist crap as the only female in the band. The only reason I do is because, at fifteen, there aren’t too many opportunities to be in a garage band that’s headed out of the garage, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I have five fighting Irish brothers so I can handle myself quite well around the guys. The only thing I can’t seem to handle is all the paranormal crap that keeps going on around me. When I was fourteen a banshee appeared to me right before my mother died. A pale silver apparition on my window sill, she looked just as upset as I . My dad told me I had “the sight”. I wasn’t comfortable with that but I accepted it until the banshee's “evil twin” showed up at one of my gigs and tore the place apart. Then I found out my family was cursed! After that, well, let’s just say I’m not a fan of paranormal experiences.
We can see that reasoning, real well. Are you a rebel or a good girl?
A bit of both. I had to do a lot of things I didn’t want to do to help my family overcome the banshee’s curse. I lied, manipulated my boyfriend Farrell (he kinda deserved it), “borrowed” some of his money and my brother’s credit card, and ran away to Ireland. I knew it wasn’t right at the time, but I was desperate and didn’t see any other way. Oh, then there was that street fight with Farrell’s fling Lisa and the incident in the high school auditorium with her thuglettes. I guess you might say I’m feisty.
Sounds like it, but knowing what you know now, if you had it to do over again, would you do something different? Nope. I love my family and I’d do anything to save them. Well, maybe I wouldn’t have had those fights with Lisa and her thuglettes.
Thuglettes, a pants-wetter description for certain. So, what's your biggest fear? Uhhhhh….evil banshees, of course! Seriously, I guess, the real answer is losing my family. Losing my mom tore me apart; I’d like to keep the rest of us together as long as possible.
What is your favorite book and why? Well, it’s NOT Twilight or any of that deadly stuff I have to read for AP English. Seriously? It’s no wonder teen suicides are so high. Grapes of Wrath is DEPRESSING! I like reading books about art and history. I love Frank Delaney’s Ireland.
Tell us about the best advice you ever received. I’m one of the few rockers in a school full of gangsta wannabees. When I was a freshman I felt really out of place. I came in early to art class one day looking sullen and my teacher, Ms. Carozza, told me, “You are not invisible. Be seen, be heard, be proud.”
I dyed my hair a bright burgundy that very night.
Good for you! This has been cool, Brandy. Thanks for opening up to us. We'd like to chat for awhile with M.D. if you don't mind.
Which writer or character[s], from either books or movies, [or both] have had a major impact on your writing?
I loved Holly Black’s Tithe series. The dark urban settings mixed with fey mythology was a juxtaposition that intrigued me. Brandy’s life and world are very different but I wanted to explore that same juxtaposition of modern world clashing with ancient myth. As much as I enjoy reading YA fantasy, I must admit that I love to see the stories on the silver screen. I am greatly influenced by movies because I am a very visual person. I taught high school art. My students and their concerns greatly inspired me and kept me in touch with that part of myself that went through all the same youthful traumas and dramas. As an artist, I cannot approach writing any other way than cinematically. My writing runs as a movie in my head.
With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? I have no idea how the idea of writing about an Irish American teen popped into the head of an Italian American adult but I recall dabbling with a book on Irish myths at the time. After the idea was formed, my research started with more books on the subject and led to a trip to Ireland where I stayed at a youth hostel and did research in the National Library of Ireland in order to walk in my characters shoes. I wanted to be able to describe everything Brandy was feeling and experiencing in an authentic manner. A visit to Christ Church directly inspired one of the books most dramatic scenes.
Fascinating. And good for you! We can see where Brandy got her guts. Tell us a bit about your publisher. I self-published this book and have a few regrets about that. Amazon will never allow your book to “disappear” because of “aftermarket sales”. It will always show on their site as unavailable with all the attendant information about the book. They even had my Twitter feed up on my author page without my permission! It really made me feel out of control about my work, especially after a UK publisher I made an acquaintance with showed serious interest and had to pass because of this.
What are you reading right now? Mail…my Christmas bills are coming in droves….and aimlessly trying to plod through A Dance With Dragons for the third time.
Yep. Been there, done that. What's next for you? I’m moving between sequels and a new book in a completely different genre. The latter is called Construction and deals with a young female architect with a penchant for fixer-uppers - both in houses and men!
This has been a refreshing experience, MD. Thanks so much for visiting us this week. It's been a treat.
Kat and Veronica
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Welcome back M.J. Schiller

Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back an old pal, MJ Schiller, author of a new sci-fi romance Lady of the Knight and Prince Megan. Welcome. Let's begin with Prince Megan (Maggie).
Where are you from? I am from the planet of Bethyea. Although it is almost deserted now, it was once a bright, peaceful place to live. Beautiful rolling hills and trees, creeks and meadows. It was idyllic when I was growing up. Now we have been overrun by slave traders and those who survived the raids have left one by one.
Tell us a bit about Lady of the Knight. It describes the many adventures Darius and I have had, then ultimately about how I had to make a choice: would I betray my husband in order to save him?
What did you think the first time you saw Darius? The first few seconds, I only felt his presence and tried to flee. When he tackled me and I twisted to stare up into his face, I was filled with this sense of calm. He just radiated serenity.
Interesting. And your second thought? That I should be running from this man. It was the dead of night and I was on the run some bad men. I ducked into Darius’ quarters, hoping they'd be empty.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? It was…something. Definitely something. There was this amazing connection, undeniable, and unchanged over the years.
What do you like most about him? His strength of character. He offers me the stability I’ve never really had. Even when times were good as a child, there was always tension and uneasiness. Perhaps I sensed what the future held, the awful time when our planet would be raided.
How would you describe Darius? Wise beyond his years. Loving, giving, warm.
Very nice. How would he describe you? Ha! Umm…flaky? No. He would never say that. That’s just how I feel sometimes in comparison to him. He would say I’m…what lightens him. What makes him happy. I hope.
Aww. What is your biggest fear? Being alone again. But I don’t think about that often.
How do you relax, Maggie? I like to do physical things, swim, workout, spar.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Trust your instincts. It has rarely failed me.
Great talking with you Maggie. Now let's chat for a bit with your creator, MJ. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? Well my sci-fi, like Lady of the Knight, is definitely influenced by the Star Wars saga, and those like it: Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers. I’ve also read a lot of books in this genre. As far as the craft of writing goes, On Writing by Stephen King has meant a great deal to me.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? There is a scene with a child who is struggling to fall asleep. Her single uncle doesn’t understand why her parents are ignoring her pleas for water and stories, etc. This is based on an incident with my niece, Maddie, and my brother, Patrick. I think it just makes things more real, and shows the depths of some relationships.
What made you decide to self publish? I was originally published with Crimson Romance but now I self-publish my work. I enjoy being part of the entire process, especially helping with the cover art design.
And all your covers are beauties; this one is a winner! What project[s] are you working on now? After this blog tour I plan on getting some serious editing done on my next contemporary romance, Blackout which centers around how a blackout brings two people together and how another rips them apart.
What's up next for you? Well, my triplets graduate in May and will be going away to college in the Fall. I think there is a whole lot of adjusting in store for me!
TRIPLETS??!!!! Yup, a lot of adjusting for you, pal. Yikes.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Civil War Heroine

Rarely has Wild Women Authors been treated with with a visit from and author and characters from a historical novel, especially the Civil War era. So when the opportunity to feature a brand new author Mary Eleanor Wilson, we turned hand springs. Here's what Somewhere Down the Road is all about:
When the Civil War tears her family apart, Tassie Folden must journey from her Tennessee home to a new life with her aunt in Cincinnati. When she runs into trouble in dangerous territory, she is aided by a handsome Union officer. When their paths cross again, Tassie begins to wonder if her future might include him. But Major Micah Corchoran is the most secretive man she’s ever met. What is he hiding? And how can they have a future together if he won’t trust her?

Micah Corchoran uses his position in the Union Army to aid in a dangerous and secretive cause. Returning home from the war, he again encounters the lovely Southern belle he aided on the road. He’s already fallen for Tassie, but loving her could put his family at risk. Can he trust her with his secret?

When his secret comes to light and the schemes of a blackmailer are exposed, Tassie hopes her journey is complete. Does her future lie here or somewhere down the road?
Tassie, what did you think the first time you saw Micah? I thought he was beautiful, even if he was a Yankee.

What was your second thought? Please don’t arrest me!

Did you feel it was love at first sight? Not really. It was a tense moment for both of us. I was traveling with a wagon load of slave children, and he stopped us at a roadblock. Despite being very handsome, I couldn’t stop thinking that he was about to ruin my life.
What do you like most about him? That’s a hard one. There are so many things to love about Micah. Strong, handsome, brave – he’s a true hero, and he stands up for what is right.
How would you describe him? Mmmm, as I said he’s very handsome. But there is a lot more to him than just looks. He’s smart, and sometimes that’s hard to find in a man. Particularly a Yankee man. Micah is honest to a fault – well, all except that stealing my horse thing. And he’s powerful – except for that allowing himself to be blackmailed. Maybe we should just go on to the next question.
Hah! Good one. But how would he describe you? He would probably say that I’m not worth all the trouble I’ve caused. I’m just making light. We’re very close now. He never fails to say I’m beautiful, and I just hope he’s not making light there.
What is your choice in careers? I don’t have a career. Many women in the Civil War era didn’t. But I do love working on the farm and cooking. Sewing is also a big interest with me.
What is your biggest fear? For a long time, I was afraid I would be charged with treason for helping the slave children. Once that passed, there seemed to be a long string of people and events just waiting to terrorize me. Good thing I’m a strong woman!
How do you relax? I make quilts. Lots and lots of quilts.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I would have to say Jo from Louisa Mae Alcott’s Little Women. Jo is the type of dynamic character we need in books. Women like Jo make the rest of us see that we can take charge of our lives.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Sleep in churches. You’re safer there.
This has been a treat. Now let's talk with Mary Eleanor. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? I was greatly influenced by Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. As a southern woman, I heard the pride and determination in her words that many of us really need to get to the place we long to be.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? When my eldest son went to college, he was situated about an hour or less from Jellico, Tennessee. Our home is in the north-central area of Kentucky. It was a long drive from home to that school and back. It gave me a lot of time to think. Sometimes I would take the scenic route on Highway 80 through Pulaski and Russell counties where my parents were from, so naturally Daddy’s tales about his grandfather in the Civil War began to mesh with the scenery. About the third trip around, I had a carload of characters and a story in my head.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I had stopped submitting work after years of rejections. Last winter I was really down, and my son suggested I start writing and submitting again. I contacted a friend, Carolyn Brown, and asked for her advice. I respect Carolyn as an admirable writer and I knew her experience in the field would be trustworthy. When she suggested Wild Rose Press, I tried it. The rest is history – or maybe her story. It has been a huge thrill to see my work on,, and

What project[s] are you working on now? I’m working on edits for my second publication, The Garden of Love. A bit longer and with a more involved plot, I can honestly tell you that I can’t wait for this one to get out there.
What's up next for you? I must finish book four before I lose my mind. I keep thinking of things that would enhance the plot, so I’m constantly going back to weave in and take out. My greatest passion is writing, so I’m just going to keep on until I run out of stories. However, everything has a story so I hope to be at this for a very long time.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Visit With Barbara Edwards

 Evil never dies; and for psychic Rainie Gamble who accepts a job to weed out evil artifacts, this could not be more true. When she arrives at the home of Thomas Broquette, her new boss, she isn’t sure what to expect. But the handsome and intriguing Thomas is only the tip of the paranormal activity she encounters while going through his library.
After several near misses when Rainie is injured by evil forces, she wonders if her new boss is hiding a secret. What does the previous owner Mason have to do with the threads of doom encasing the estate? And why does Thomas bring her father, a well-known art thief, into their midst?
The attraction she feels for Thomas grows, as does the evil winning its battle against the inhabitants of what could be her new home. Rainie wonders if she will find and defeat the inhuman force causing all their problems before she and Thomas are sucked into its evil forever.
Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Barbara Edwards, creator of Ancient Curse, a current paranormal release out of the Wild Rose Press and Rainie Gamble, psychic and lead protagonist of this fascinating story. Welcome to you both. First up is Rainie. 
What made you choose antique appraisals for a profession? My parents were avid collectors and sellers while I was growing up and I learned to love finding items with an interesting story.
Knowing what you know now, if you had it to do over again, would you stick with being a fancy librarian or do something different? I don’t think I could change. I am what I do. I get so absorbed in my work I forget time, place, to eat or sleep. I love it.

What is your biggest fear? I’ve been lied to so many times that I fear falling in love and being betrayed.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Easy answer: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my all time favorite. She’s so strong, positive and just plain kick-ass.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received? As myself or my alter-ego, Barbara, the best advice is to finish. Write the book. Complete the job. Do it, don’t think about it.
Thanks, Rainie. That was great. Now, it's Barbara's turn at bat: 
Which writer or character[s], from either books or movies, [or both] have had a major impact on your writing? Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With The Wind. I first saw the move when I was ten years old. When she stood in that field with a handful of dirt in her fist and swore never to be hungry again, I wanted to be strong and resolved like her.

With regard to research, where did you start for this novel?
The concept for this series started with a nightmare about the cemetery next to the house I grew up in. I’ve always known the town was different and my imagination let me expand that idea.

Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? Oh yes. I’ve taken the ‘Road Less Traveled’ with this group of characters. I love putting them in situations where they wonder what’s happening.

Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them; what influenced you to submit to them; how is the submission process; what is the turn-around time from date of query to date of release? The Wild Rose Press is an active, involved publisher with a great group of editors. I submitted to them because they had been in business for a decent amount of time and I’d been burned by a publisher going under.

The submission process is easy. Go to the website and find out what they are looking for right now, then check the guidelines for different genre. Submit. You’ll get a confirmation of receipt shortly and then a follow-up.

I’m not sure what the turnaround is right now. Not more than a couple months, I think. From time of acceptance to publication depends on how fast any rewrites go and the line. Mine go out within months.

What are you reading right now? The other stories in the Twelve Brides of Christmas series, a holiday release out of TWRP. I contributed Book 2, Late For the Wedding.
The link for that one is

What's next for you? The next book in my Rhodes End Series, Book Four is underway. My hero is struggling with the disappointment of not changing into a werewolf, his heart’s desire, when he meets a treasure hunter determined to find a secret in Rhodes End.

This has been super. Kat and I are so grateful you joined us today.
Veronica Lynch

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Destiny is Calling

This week Wild Women Authors is visiting with Maureen Bonatch author of Destiny Calling, a recent paranormal romance release out of Wild Rose Press, and a different type of hero: Griffith.
Where are you from? “When I agreed to the interview, I told you there might be questions I couldn’t answer. This happens to be one of them. There are some things you don’t want to know.” He glances away to stare out the window then sighs as he returns his attention to me. “Fine. The most I can say is that I’m from Pennsylvania.”
Tell us a bit about Destiny Calling. “It’s about the choices that people make every day.” Griffith’s eyes locked onto ours. “Because good or bad, there’s always a choice and that choice can change destiny if you’re not careful. Hope just happens to play a big role in my destiny.”
What did you think the first time you saw Hope? “Shit.” He raised his brows. “No seriously that’s what I thought, because after all these years there she was standing in front of me. I knew the game was finally on.”
What was your second thought? “She’s even more beautiful than she is in my dreams.”
Did you feel it was love at first sight? He shrugged. “Love? Lust? Infatuation? I don’t know what it was, but I knew I couldn’t stay away from her as much as I wanted to. Even though she’d be better off without me in her life.”
What do you like most about her? “Her spirit.” He gestured to the graveyard on the hill, partially visible through the dirty window. “Not that kind.” He lifted his drink. “Or this one, but the one that keeps her going day after day, pushing through all the hard knocks life has thrown at her.”
How would you describe Hope? “An angel and a devil all rolled up into one and she’s not sure which one she wants to be.”
How would she describe you? “I don’t know. I hope she sees me as the man I want to be, not the one that I am now.”
What made you choose managing a liquor store as a career? “I wouldn’t really call it a career, but it’s more like the most logical choice. The drink draws the Oppressors in, so it’s the best way to make a buck while keeping tabs on them at the same time.”
What is your biggest fear? “That Hope does choose me.” He stared at his drink, tilting it side to side so the ice bumped against the glass. “Or that she doesn’t.”
How do you relax? “I ride my motorcycle.”
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? “Fictional? There’s more reality meshed into fiction than most people would believe. That’s why I can’t say I have a favorite fictional character, because some stories turned out to be too real for my liking.”
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? “Don’t believe everything you see. There are always layers underneath the surface if you look close enough.”
Thanks, Griffith. Let's talk with Maureen for a moment. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I love Stephen King’s book, “On Writing.” I’ve read most of his books and am fascinated with his writing process. I have a huge list of favorite authors that have all contributed to my writing and it would be difficult to narrow that down further.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I can’t say there was a particular event, but long walks and bike rides brought my love of the Pennsylvania countryside into the setting of the story.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? My publisher is The Wild Rose Press. I have a novella published with them and had a wonderful experience during that process, so I had no hesitation in sending them Destiny Calling.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m working on book 2 of The Enchantlings, as well as several other manuscripts in different stages of editing.
What's up next? I have a paranormal romance that I hope to see published soon. Besides that, I will be doing a lot more writing and editing to launch my ‘book babies’ out into the world.
This has been a great experience. Thanks for stopping by with Griffith, Maureen.
Kat and Veronica

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Come to the End of Lonely Street; celebrate Elvis' birthday and win a prize

Can she let go of the past, before it destroys her future?

All Toby Lawson wanted was to go to college to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and the painful memories of finding her and the guy Toby loved kissing. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away, helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, and even though she knows her mother initiated the kiss, and that he didn’t kiss her back, she can‘t seem to get past what happened. He soon realizes that the true problem lies in Toby’s belief that she’s not good enough for him and in her fear that she will be just like her mother.
What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

Meet today's guest: Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals.

Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.

I’m excited to share my latest release from The Wild Rose Press on what would have been Elvis’ eightieth birthday. End of Lonely Street is a Vintage Romance Short Story set in 1957, in the era when Elvis first burst on the scene. Like my heroine in the story, I am a diehard Elvis fan. As you probably figured out, I took the title from a line in Heartbreak Hotel, which was Elvis’ first million selling record.

Check out End of Lonely Street and enter to win GREAT prizes…
*Entries accepted from January 8, 2015 through noon on January 22, 2015

Three prizes –
Elvis Gift Basket including DVD, CD, plus more
$25 Amazon Gift Card
$10 Amazon Gift Card

First place winner has first choice, second place winner has second choice, third place winner receives remaining prize.

Where to find End of Lonely Street: go to

PLUS. . .
*** 10% of all of Alicia Dean’s net royalties for End of Lonely Street will go to The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation ( ***

How cool is that?
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Monday, January 5, 2015

An Intuitive Hero

     Emma Prescott, determined and selfless, flees from wealth and her murderous father, seeking the love and forgiveness of poor cotton farmer, Kyle Lonnigan. 
     Although Kyle refuses to forgive her for her part in his father’s death, Emma stays and works her own farm. Over the next several months, Emma proves to Kyle she is not the spoiled girl he remembers.
     Emma’s sudden re-entrance into Kyle’s life only conjures long-buried painful memories. Kyle does his best to avoid her, needing to keep the pain at bay, and stopping her from reminding him of their last moments together before bullets shattered their world. But, he is unsuccessful. The love he denies is too strong, and soon Emma and Kyle are tumbling headlong into the past and passion.

Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome hero Kyle Lonnigan and his creator, Kara O'Neal. 
First up is Kyle. Where are you from? Pikes Run, Texas
Tell us a bit about Welcome Home. In one night, I lost everything that meant anything to me. Because of that, I was angry. Really angry. And then the love of my life comes to Texas, askin’ for forgiveness, and turns my world upside down.
What did you think the first time you saw Emma Prescott? She was seven. I was twelve, and she was the wealthy boss’s daughter. She seemed like a princess to me.
And your second thought? She had the most beautiful eyes I’d ever seen, and I knew, if I wasn’t careful, those blues of hers would talk me into anything. Damned if I wasn’t right.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? No. I was only twelve and didn’t have thoughts concernin’ adult feelins’.
What do you like most about Emma? Her will. She is much stronger than she looks. If she hadn’t been as determined as she was, we wouldn’t be together today. Many times I’d described it as stubbornness, and the trait irritated the hell out of me, but now, I couldn’t be more thankful for it.
How would you describe her? She breathes life into everything. She is happy. And affectionate. Goodness and light. Sometimes easily distracted. She loves a good party. And I love to watch her enjoy them.
How would Emma describe you? Hell. I have to answer this one?
Well, yeah. I guess the first word would be stubborn. The second, hardheaded. I think she would also call me a protector, though. I make her feel safe, and I would do anything for her.
See? It wasn't so hard once you got used to it. But, we digress. What made you choose farming as a career? It’s what my father did. It’s a way to be close to him.
What is your biggest fear? Simple. Anyone I love dyin’, especially if I could’ve prevented it. I’ve already lived that, and it’s a hell I never want to visit again.
How do you relax? I spend time with my family. Eatin’, fishin’, playin’ stick ball, it doesn’t matter as long as I am with them.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Apparently it’s Mr. Darcy, according to my wife and cousin. However, I know that it’s really Huckleberry Finn. I wouldn’t mind floatin’ down a raft with Jim, going wherever I please.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Trust my instincts. If I had done that sooner in my life, Emma and I would’ve found each other much quicker.
Thank you, Kyle, for your insight and wisdom. Now, we'd like to chat with Kara and ask her what movies or books had an impact on her career as a writer. Anne of Green Gables is a major influence on me, as is Little Women, but these came early in my life. As an adult, I found Jane Austen, and her novels are truly literary magic.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? It wasn’t an event. It was a person. My sister influenced the story and the title. She is a determined person in a tiny package. I’ve always admired her strength.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Resplendence Publishing was accepting historicals that weren’t Regency. I write Westerns, so when I saw that they were looking for something different, I quickly submitted. It was the right decision. My editors have made me a better writer.
What project[s] are you working on now? I am currently working on the sixth book in the Pikes Run series. It’s called The Soldier’s Love.
What's up next for you? More Pikes Run! I love these characters and before long every main player will have his, or her, story.
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To learn more about Kara O'Neal, go to:
Twitter: @KaraONealAuthor

Thanks for visiting us this week, Kara and Kyle. We enjoyed it very much.
Kat Henry Doran and Veronica Lynch