Meet KM Jenkins

Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome KM Jenkins who has a brand new book out that she is going to tell us all about.

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  1. Hi KM, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an International Bestselling Speculative Fiction author that writes fantasy and paranormal romance. One day I might delve into the horror genre but that is later down the road. When I’m not writing you will find me with my kiddos. Yeah, I have twin boys and they are a handful. They keep me busy and tend to intervene when I’m supposed to be writing.

  1. When did you first start writing?

I’ve been writing off and on since my childhood. However, I didn’t publish my first story until September of 2018. I’ve been working on other works ever since.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

My traditional authors I love are: Mercedes Lackey, Tracy Hickman, Margaret Weis, Christopher Paolini, Rick Riordan, Kate Elliott, and Elizabeth Kerner.

My indie author favorites are: Renee Scattergood, Allison D. Reid, Tim O’Rourke, Ember Michaels and Aidy Awards.

  1. What inspires you to write?

I love reading books and they tend to help motivate me to write. Sometimes I meet people that inspire characters in my mind and hunger for the chance to write their stories. Another big inspiration is just my love for writing. I don’t do it for the money, even though that is nice to have, I do it for enjoyment.

  1. Tell us about your latest release?

My Tales of Ferrês bundle book is my latest release. It holds all the stories in my Tales of Ferrês short story series, plus a bonus story never seen before. The stories consist of several heroes that walk into the Forest of Ferrês, a kingdom of magical beasts that many never left alive. These heroes face adversity, create friendships, and find magic within themselves. There are: elves, fairies, dwarves, wolf shifters, twin-tailed foxes, and creatures that lurk in the shadows to feed.

  1. What attracts you to writing fantasy?

I have loved the fantasy genre since I was a kid. If it wasn’t for finding this genre I probably would never have picked up the reading habit. I love dragons the most of all fantasy creatures and can’t get enough of books featuring them. Probably the reason why I write a lot of stories and soon books with dragons in them.

Why do I love writing this genre? I would say it has to do with the ability to create my own world, creatures, and characters. The ability to create something from nothing is so exciting, it is hard to keep focused sometimes.

  1. Who is your favorite character you have written?

My favorite character so far would be Jeremy son of Blakis. He is a mischievous character that is always keeping everyone on their toes. Plus he is a comical character and that makes it fun to write his scenes.

  1. Do you have any pets? (If you do we’d love to see pics!)

Sadly no I don’t have any pets. I do have twin boys that crawl around on the ground and make animal noises. They are only two years old and make the idea of having a pet a nightmare. I have a big love for animals and actually had the boys dress up as a fox and wolf for play time. I have a few pictures included.

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  1. So what’s next? What are you working on?

Currently, I am working on my Gargoyle Sighted book. It is the first book in my Vortex Series. This book is being released chapter by chapter to my newsletter subscribers every month. The book is about a young cop named Cassie that finds out she isn’t exactly human who is having visions that tend to get her into trouble. She makes friends with a werewolf and has  a mother that keeps secrets from her and forces her into a world of supernatural beings. Cassie has to find her place in the world before she gets herself killed. Want to read this book as it is written sign-up here: https://www.subscribepage.com/y2i1x7.

  1. How can readers connect with you?

I have three main ways for readers to connect with me. The first would be my website/blog. The second would be my reader’s group and last would be my newsletter. These are the three places I keep up to date the most so easiest to follow along.

Website/Blog: https://authorkmjenkins.com/blog

Reader’s Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kmstreetteam/

Newsletter: https://www.subscribepage.com/y2i1x7

Check out the Tales of Ferrês (Legendary Tales Book 1) today!

Just $2.99

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Since the beginning of time, one kingdom in the world of Tarzinëa has remained a mystery. Very few have entered its depths and survived. Walk alongside our heroes and watch their tales unfold as they enter the Forest of Ferrês. Discover everything from wolves so large they look like full grown ponies, to devil creatures that lurk in the night. Expect the unexpected as you venture into the magical land of Ferrês where not everything is as it seems.

Pick up from your favorite Retail Store: https://books2read.com/tofbundlebook1

K.M. Jenkins is a published international bestselling author that writes epic battles, forbidden romance, and tales of fantasy and adventure. She has a big love for the fantasy genre and loves dragons above all creatures.When she is not writing, you will find her chasing her twin boys around the house. Between the three she has epic battles throughout the day and nothing ever gets boring.

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Meet Joseph Madden

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome science fiction writer, Joseph Madden. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Joseph.

I was born and raised in Queens, New York, but now I live in East Central Wisconsin with my wife, daughter and a plethora of fur-covered critters. When I was seven years old, my parents took me to see the original Star Wars for the first time. It changed my life. I became obsessed (in a good way) with it. I devoured anything science fiction that I could read or watch, and it remains a passion to this day.

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When did you first start writing?

I actually wrote my first story when I was about six years old. It was about the old Hanna-Barbera cartoon character, Muttley. Six or seven pages written AND illustrated. It has yet to see publication.

When I was twelve, I had a teacher who put a bunch of words up on the board (dragon, castle, wizard, etc.) and told us we had to use them in a story. Rather than it being a boring assignment, I took it as a challenge and turned in four hand-written, front and back pages. I had so much fun with it that I started writing stories just for fun. Been doing it ever since.

Who are your favorite authors?

I grew up loving Mark Twain. Arthur C Clark, Timothy Zahn, and Dean Koontz are all favorites and strong influences on me. Probably the earliest things I remember reading were Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics. I think I was reading him even in kindergarten.

What are you reading now?

I am reading The Pioneers by David McCullough. I have a deep-seated love of American history and McCullough is, in my eyes, the undisputed master of historical non-fiction.

What inspires you to write?

So many things inspire me. Movies, books, historic events. Music is a huge fount of inspiration for me. I love film scores. John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and others write such epic pieces and I will draw from those sources and sometimes I find myself writing scenes to match what I listen to. In addition, a good trip to Disney World is always a good way to get my creative juices flowing.

Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

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The Starhawk Chronicles: Rest and Wreck-reation is the sequel to my first novel (Also titled The Starhawk Chronicles). It was originally inspired by, of all things, a trip I took to Las Vegas back in the mid-nineties. I had put my characters through so much in the first book that I decided to give them a break in the second book and send them on vacation. Of course, chaos ensues as the become wrapped up in a planetary revolution while just trying to take some time off. It was the most fun I’ve had to date writing.

What was your favorite subject at school?

I always liked to read, even from a very early age, so English was probably my favorite (except for book reports). As I got into high school, I really developed my love of history, especially for the Revolutionary War and World War II. And, of course, I excelled at lunch.

Who is your favorite character you’ve written?

Kayla Karson, one of the characters in the first Starhawk Chronicles. She’s a maverick. A loose cannon, and you never know what she might say or do next. That includes myself, there are literally times when I go to write her doing one thing, and she just disobeys and runs off to do her own thing. She is also a perfect foil for my main character. She drives him absolutely crazy, and that interplay makes things really fun to write. Currently, I am in the middle of writing her own spin-off novel.

What attracts you to fantasy?

In Middle School, we had to read The Hobbit. I thought it was going to be the most horrible read. The first chapter moved so slow and I thought I would never be able to finish it. Once I got into the meat of the story, I flew through it and was the first in class to finish reading it. After that, I started reading TSR’s Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman. I was hooked on fantasy after that.

What are you currently working on?

In addition to the Kayla Karson novel I mentioned, I am working on the third book in The Starhawk Chronicles, another series about a band of fighter pilots engaged in a galactic war that predates The Starhawk Chronicles without being a direct prequel to it, a story about Earth’s first, successful off-world colony, AND an epic fantasy duology. Think Lord of the Rings but with much, much more humor.

Any big news you’d like to share with us?

Things are pretty quiet for now, until the release of my next novel, whichever that may be. I’ll have to let you know.

How can readers connect with you?

My Facebook page is probably my biggest go-to. (www.facebook.com/authorjjmadden) I try to respond within a few hours of any messages. I am also prevalent on Twitter and Instagram (both use authorjjmadden as my handles) and I have a blog, Getting My Geek On, (jjmadden.blogspot.com) where I rant about anything from writing, to science fiction, to writing science fiction, and whatever else blows across my mind at the time.

A big thank you to Joseph for joining us today. Check out his newest book on Amazon.

 

 

Meet Rich Linville

Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome, children’s author, Rich Linville.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, Rich.

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Born in 1946. Graduated and Married in 1968.
Wife: Sulastri Two sons: Jon and Kris
Two grandchildren: Mia and Kai
For 48 years, I enjoyed teaching elementary, middle school, high school, and college. I retired in 2016. Since 2016, I have published on Amazon over 70 ebooks and paperbacks. Plus, I have published over 50 audiobooks.

That’s an awesome and inspiring list, Rich. Tell us when did you first start writing? 

When I retired from teaching in 2016, my wife suggested that I start writing children’s books. I asked my grandchildren what kinds of books they liked.

Who are your favorite authors?

My favorite authors are Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) and Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel). Both reread many times.

(Two of my favorites – in fact I read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland over and over again when I was a kid and made it the favorite book of my main character in my series. DMK)

You have a LOT of books out. How do you come up with your ideas? What inspires you to write?

I might start with a question like “Why Are There Bullies and What Can You Do About Them.” Also, when I taught a fable or a folk tale, I would ask the students to think about its meaning. We would discuss it at the next class meeting. At that time, each student would give what she/he thought was the meaning. I explained that the meaning of a fable or a folk tale has changed over centuries. It means what you think it means.

Which is your favorite book or books you have written?

The one that I’m writing at the time is my favorite. (Is that a writer’s cliché?) If I had to choose, they would be “Growth Mindset for Kids” and “Why Are There Bullies and What Can You Do About Them.”

How are your books illustrated? Do you illustrate them yourself, hire an illustrator or something else? 

As a teacher, I used PowerPoint with clipart when it first came out because I could teach using the Socratic Method. On the first slide with pictures, I asked the students a question, let them discuss and guess the answer. On the next slide I would show possible answers with pictures. For my ebooks and paperbacks, I set up PowerPoint slides set at 6.138 inches width and 9.250 inches height. I purchase clipart and use Photoshop Elements to modify the clipart if needed.

What are you currently working on?

“Murphy’s Laws for Kids”

If you had a superpower what would it be?

The ability to stop all wars.

(Yep, that definitely would be a good one. DMK)

Do you have any pets? (Feel free to include pics if you do. My readers love pet pictures.) And if you do have any of them ever appeared in your stories?My wife and I have five rescued cats and one dog. Choco is short for Chocolatte. He’s half hairless chihuahua and half toy poodle. We think he’s a gremlin because of his ears and fur. We don’t give him baths or feed him after midnight (LOL)

How can readers connect with you?

My email is teachersask@yahoo.com .
I manage two Facebook groups:
Books for Children
https://www.facebook.com/groups/549460848889850/edit/
Free Audiobook Codes for Honest Reviews
https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreeAudiobookCodesForHonestReviews/

You can check out Rich’s books on Amazon. He truly has something for everyone.

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Meet YA author, Megan O’Russell

Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome prolific writer, Megan O’Russell.

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  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Megan.

I am a Young Adult author with three series currently available: Girl of Glass, The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, and The Tale of Bryant Adam. I’m also a blogger at LifeBeyondExaggeration.com and the playwright/lyricist for Princess Camp: The Musical.

  1. When did you first start writing?

I first began seriously writing about seven years ago. I was in a show where I was really miserable, and I needed an outlet to keep me sane. Writing became a normal part of my life, and now I can’t imagine giving it up!

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

Madeline L’Engle is my all-time favorite author. I grew up reading her books, and they really shaped how I associate with fantasy. My more recent obsession is Leigh Bardugo. Her Six of Crows series is impeccable.

  1. What inspires you to write?

I really love storytelling. Bringing an audience into a world they haven’t experienced before is a truly amazing thing.

As for bits of inspiration that actually float into stories, those come from everywhere. I once made my husband stop at a gas station for twenty minutes because I couldn’t think of the right words to describe the way the flag was hitting the flagpole. I have a huge case of wanderlust, so things from Thailand, Ireland, and tons of other places both in and out of the United States have wiggled into my books.

  1. Tell us about your latest release?

Boy of Blood is my most recent release. Book two in the Girl of Glass  series, Boy of Blood dives deeper into a mid-apocalyptic world of chemically-induced vampires and explores the end of the world from the point of view of the privileged one percent.

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  1. I see you write both fantasy and dystopian. Do you have a favorite of the genres? And what is the main challenge when switching hats so to speak?

I love dystopian and fantasy, but if I had to choose one genre to write in for the rest of my life it would have to be fantasy. There are just too many enticing possibilities to give up magic and new lands.

The hardest part about switching genres for me is the subtle change in voice and mood. Finding first love while the end of the world is looming is a very different story to be told than finding love at a masquerade of fairies.

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  1. So when you’re not writing you do musical theatre I see? What has been your all-time favorite role?

That’s a tough one.

If I had to pick just one it would have to be Mavis in Stepping Out because who doesn’t love a play with tap dancing?

  1. If you could play any role what would it be?

I would love to be anyone in Come From Away. The music and story are both so compelling, I would be honored to be any role in that production.

  1. So what’s next? What are you working on?

Right now, I’m editing a new Young Adult manuscript for my agent, editing book two in The Tale of Bryant Adams, and working on the script for a new children’s musical. It’s a lot to have going on, but I am having a ton of fun.

  1. How can readers connect with you?

You can find me on my website: https://www.meganorussell.com/

Blogging my little heart out: https://lifebeyondexaggeration.com/

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORussellauthor

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8061709.Megan_O_Russell

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MeganORussell

On Instagram as: ORussellMegan

And all links to audio clips from my lyricist work can be found at: https://www.russellcompositions.com/shows-music

Meet YA Author – Mindy McGinnis

Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome Mindy McGinnis, eclectic YA author and kitty-lover!

Hi Mindy, so happy to have you here today. Tell us a little bit about yourself:

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I write across multiple genres – everything from post-apocalyptic survival to fantasy to contemporary and mystery. I have lived in Ohio my whole life and absolutely love it here.

So when did you first start writing?

I wrote when I was a child, experimentally. I never finished a novel until I was in my mid-20s.

Who are your favorite authors?

I grew up reading Stephen King. Some of my more recent favorites would be Frances Hardinge and McKenzie Lee.

What inspires you to write? 

I’m fortunate in that ideas just seem to fall out of the sky. They can occur out of nowhere, and I don’t question that.

Which is favorite title you have published so far and why?

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Probably my fantasy titles, GIVEN TO THE SEA and GIVEN TO THE EARTH. Fantasy is by far the hardest genre I’ve ever tackled. The world building is key, and I found that executing that took every ounce of talent I have.

If you could hang out with one of your characters who would you choose and where would the two of you go?

Probably Lynn from NOT A DROP TO DRINK and we would just hang out in the woods.

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What are you currently working on?

I’m in between books, having just turned in the copyedits for my Winter 2019 release, HEROINE.

What do you like to do to relax?

It’s so rare for me to get to do so, but… reading.

Tell us about your kitties? I hear you have quite a few?

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I have NINE cats, if you can believe that. I had the normal amount of cats (four) until one of the farm kitties abandoned a litter and I ended up bottle raising a group of five. You can’t do that and then “find a good home.” So yeah… now I have nine cats.

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How can readers connect with you?

The easiest way to find me is to check out all my social media on my site:

 http://mindymcginnis.com/books.html

Meet Michael W. Huard

Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m happy to introduce science fiction and fantasy author, Michael W. Huard.

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  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Michael.

I’m a big sci-fi and fantasy fan; grew up playing D&D and ran games and became a storyteller at a young age. I’m also a second generation martial artist and use this in all my books. As far as locale, I was pretty much born and raised in Maine, which has been a nice place to live. It offers several seasons of beauty and helps fuel one’s imagination.

  1. When did you first start writing?

I did some non-fiction years ago – mostly newspaper articles, magazines etc., then some self-help bully prevention and women’s self-awareness/defense books. Over the last several years I have been able to fully concentrate on fiction writing which is my passion.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

Tolkien, Martin, Salvatore, to name a few.

  1. What inspires you to write?

I have this creative energy inside me. It’s a great release of the constant everyday life pattern and really is fun for me.

  1. Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

I just put out a novella called Rising. The little book is the prequel to my hit novel, Land of the Free. It tells the futuristic tale of one women’s journey becoming a mother to all exiles and rebels in a dystopian America. She goes on to start a sisterhood of strong women, who end up fighting for true freedom in the far future.

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  1. What attracts to writing sci-fi and fantasy?

The escape! It’s so nice to travel to other worlds and be free and explore.

(Love this. That’s exactly why I do it too. DMK)

  1. What are you currently working on?

The sequel to Land of the Free which is called Hope Bringers. It continues the sisterhood’s fight for freedom and introduces a new generation of kick butt female kids that have joined the fight.  I will also have a short story, The Metal Girl, in an upcoming anthology with some other wonderful sci-fi and fantasy authors.

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

I like to go sit on the rocks by the Atlantic Ocean. I also enjoy reading and of course writing.

  1. If you could have any superpower what would choose?

Ha, I think I would pick the ability to be invisible!

  1. How can readers connect with you?

I use Facebook a lot. Check out my author page.

And my books on Amazon.

 

I want to thank you, my dear, for doing this interview

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(Very pleased to have you – DMK)

 

 

Meet Andy Peloquin

Today on Paws 4 Thought we are excited to welcome fantasy author, Andy Peloquin. Andy just released his newest title, Queen of the Night Guild, which is now available  on Kindle.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself, Andy.

I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist–words are my palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. I’m also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the pages of fantasy novels.

When did you first start writing?

My author career “officially” started in 2014, but I’ve been writing off and on since the age of 10 or 11. I had an elementary school teacher who loved the arts and sciences, and we had all sorts of amazing theatre productions, science fairs, and writing contests as part of our regular curriculum.

Who are your favorite authors?

The scope of Brandon Sanderson’s writings, like the Stormlight Archives, are something I envy and aim to one day emulate. Scott Lynch’s characters are more vibrant and “real” than anything I’ve read elsewhere.

What inspires you to write?  

I come from an artistic family, so I have this driving urge to create passed down from both of my parents. Given that I can’t paint or draw to save my life, writing is the one outlet I have for the innate creativity bottled up inside me.

Tell us a little bit about your upcoming new releases.

I just finished releasing Queen of the Night Guild, the final book in my Queen of Thieves series. It’s an epic, breathtaking, and fast-paced ride to complete the story of Ilanna, the world’s most bad-ass thief. Now, I’m putting out Traitors’ Fate, an unofficial sequel that connects Ilanna’s story to my other character, the Hunter of Voramis, who is the protagonist of my forthcoming Hero of Darkness series (coming May 2018).

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What attracts you to writing fantasy?

Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It transcends age, gender, religion, race, or lifestyle–it is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand new way.

What are you currently working on?

I’m trying to finish up the Hero of Darkness Books 5 and 6 before I start releasing the first book in May. I intend to release all six books within three or four months, so it’s going to take a lot of top-speed writing and editing to get it done in time.

What do you like to do to relax?

I love reading, and I’ve become a bit of a TVphile. I love watching TV and using it to learn how to craft better stories, both visually and in terms of drawn-out plot lines.

So what are your current favorite TV shows?

I LOVE the Marvel TV shows, both the Netflix shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and the Punisher and the cable TV shows like Agents of SHIELD. They’re a whole lot of fun, and they have awesome action scenes. The DCTV shows (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow) are also a whole lot of fun. It’s interesting to watch the character journeys from the beginning, and it helps me to keep my characters moving forward in development arcs.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

The ability to type 350 words per minute. I could turn out SO MANY books if I had that typing speed! Or, better yet, the ability to simply put all the words from my head straight onto the page without the need to type. Now that would make for some awesome output.

How can readers connect with you?

I’m all over social media:

Fan Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1383986274994456/

Website: http://www.andypeloquin.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndyPeloquin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andyqpeloquin

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8KnIEoUDWRJkAhJ16CN5Dw

Reader List Sign-Up: http://andypeloquin.com/join-the-club/

Fantasy Fiends Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFantasyFiends/

Follow on BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/andy-peloquin

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/andypeloquin