Monday Feature

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday Feature: Nicole Kimberling



C.S.: What do you write?
Nicole: I write genre fiction only: mystery, fantasy and science-fiction.

C.S.: Why do you enjoy these genres?
Nicole: Mystery is fun to write because to me it’s all about how interactions between people go horribly wrong. And speculative fiction is just fun in every conceivable way, (though a person does have to master expository writing in order to do it well, which takes years and is kind of a pain.)

C.S.: Tell us about your writing space.
Nicole: I write on my guest bed, which is a futon covered with a handmade quilt that Astrid Amara’s mom made for me. It has appliques of my spirit animal, the skunk.

C.S.: What sort of work-related items do you keep at hand?
Nicole: One of those “genuine mink” blankets that you find in Koreatown for when the cold fear of failure sets in.

C.S.: What’s the weirdest item you keep nearby that’s not at all beneficial to writing?
Nicole: I consider everything beneficial to writing.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘good luck’ charms?
Nicole: Only myself. I’m extremely lucky generally.

C.S.: What’s easily the most distracting item in your writing space?
Nicole: Facebook? It’s there on my phone all the time, waiting.

C.S.: What time of day are you most creative?
Nicole: At writing? Early in the day. At cooking its late at night.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘helpful’ pets?
Nicole: Not anymore, alas. Dearest Kaokitty has gone on to maim the voles across the Rainbow Bridge.

C.S.: What do you do to de-stress or enjoy that’s unrelated to writing?
Nicole: I like seeing what’s at different grocery stores. Also I play a lot of Pokemon Go.

C.S.: Do you drink or snack while writing?
Nicole: Never.

C.S.: Listen to music? If so, does the soundtrack change with projects?
Nicole: Sometimes, to help with focus.

C.S.: Question from the audience: Is there a genre you haven’t worked in that you want to, or alternatively, a genre you’d never touch?
Nicole: I don’t think I’d ever write a historical, as much as I enjoy reading them. I don’t have the patience to look up the number of details necessary for something like that.

 
Release Date: 01/10/2017

Blurb: The Final Mystery

Now that small-town reporter Peter Fontaine has gotten hitched to the man of his dreams, he thinks his days of solving crimes are over. But after a decades-old secret is revealed, a dead body is found and Peter’s husband Nick is at the top of the suspect list. Peter must harness his power of ultimate nosiness to find one last killer.





 

Author Bio: Nicole Kimberling lives in Bellingham, Washington with her wife, Dawn Kimberling, two bad cats as well as a wide and diverse variety of invasive and noxious weeds. Her first novel, Turnskin, won the Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. She is also the author of the Bellingham Mystery Series.






 Be sure to leave your own questions or comments for Nicole! Thank you for supporting indie authors.

C.S.
xo

Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday Feature: Shira Anthony



C.S.: What do you write?
Shira: I write just about every genre of gay romance, from contemporary to paranormal, to high fantasy. I write what I imagine and what I love to read myself!

C.S.: Why do you enjoy this genre?
Shira: When I was still singing opera professionally, I saw what gay men went through not only in our society, but also with their relationships. I love writing about “real” characters, and through my writing, I want to celebrate the wonderful gay men I know and love.

C.S.: Tell us about your writing space.
Shira: Since we downsized and moved downtown, my husband and I share our guest bedroom as a working space. It’s got lots of bright light from the windows and a super bright light for after dark.

C.S.: What sort of work-related items do you keep at hand?
Shira: Books, of course! Also lots of fun swag I’ve picked up over the years, and my collection of con badges and lanyards.

C.S.: What’s the weirdest item you keep nearby that’s not at all beneficial to writing?
Shira: I have a great collection of December Diamonds mermen ornaments.  They make me want to write more mermen stories, which I really don’t need to do right now!

C.S.: Do you have any ‘good luck’ charms?
Shira: Not really, although I love all my knicknacks!

C.S.: What’s easily the most distracting item in your writing space?
Shira: My computer. As in Facebook, Twitter, and Crunchyroll (anime streaming service). Totally tempting!

C.S.: Do you have any bad habits when you write?
Shira: I tend to jump around in stories. Sometimes it works, sometimes it ends up messy and I have a lot of cleanup work I need to do!

C.S.: What time of day are you most creative?
Shira: First thing in the morning. It’s also the quietest time to write for me.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘helpful’ pets?
Shira: Two wonderful dogs, one of whom loves to start howling for no discernible reason. Ugh!

C.S.: What do you do to de-stress or enjoy that’s unrelated to writing?
Shira: Sailing on our boat with my husband. Perfect for chilling out.

C.S.: Do you drink or snack while writing?
Shira: Sometimes I’ll have a shot of aged rum to help write a sex scene. No joke!

C.S.: Listen to music? If so, does the soundtrack change with projects?
Shira: Never. I’m a former professional musician and I can’t seem to let music be the background – my brain just naturally focuses on the music instead of the writing.

C.S.: Question from the audience: Have you ever taken trips for research purposes? If so, where did you go?
Shira: No, but I often use my vacations as settings for my stories. My latest, Forgotten Paradise, is set in the Dominican Republic, where I went scuba diving with my husband and we had a family retreat.




Release Date: 4/15/2017

Blurb: When a megacompany threatens to take over his family-owned business, programming prodigy Adam Preston escapes the stress with a much-needed vacation in the Dominican Republic. There he meets attractive, intelligent, insightful Jonah James, a scuba dive instructor, and what starts as a holiday fling soon blossoms into much more.
But Jonah has a secret: ten years ago he woke up on an island beach with no idea how he got there… or even who he is. Their paradise may not be as perfect as it seems. When Jonah’s memories come crashing back like waves on the sand, will it be Adam clinging to the proverbial life raft, or will the two men find a safe harbor to ride out the storm?



 
Author Bio: In her last incarnation, Shira was a professional opera singer, performing roles in such operas as “Tosca,” “i Pagliacci,” and “La Traviata,” among others. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle.

Shira is married with two grown children and two insane dogs, and when she’s not writing she is usually in a courtroom trying to make the world safer for children. When she’s not working, she can be found aboard a 36’ catamaran at the Carolina coast with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel.



 
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Thank you for supporting indie authors. Be sure to leave your own questions and comments for Shira!

C.S.
xo