J is for Joey Marks

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“G’day everyone! I’m so happy to be here today! I’m Joey Marks and when I’m not a kid, I’m a kangaroo! Isn’t that cool? I come from Australia and attended the P.A.W.S. Institute of the Outback. It’s there that I perfected my animagus form.

Then one day my teacher Wemberly (he’s a wombat) suggested I try this contest and guess what, I won. The prize was a scholarship to the P.A.W.S. Institute of the Midwest in St. Louis, MO in the USA. I was so excited to come here and have loads of friends – there’s Sean, (he’s a shapeshifter horse) and Theo (he’s an animagus squirrel).

When I’m not in my classes I like playing board games, making puzzles, and learning magic tricks. There’s this clown that hangs out in Forest Park sometimes, the Great Bobbert and he’s been teaching me.

Please come visit me at the P.A.W.S. Institute of the Midwest and check out my interview from the Umbrae blog tour.

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Other P.A.W.S. characters beginning with I and J:

Ian – A chimp animagus who lives in St. Louis Zoo in a luxury enclosure in the old monkey house. He acts as a liaison between P.A.W.S. and the zoo residents and is very fond of bananas and monkey jokes.

Jacob – Werecat who was trapped in Umbrae and then returned to the upside world by Griddlebone to be a friend for Finny. Mottled grey. Grandson of Esther.

Jamie Barnes – A young werewolf, originally from Alistair’s pack. Fled after his death to Indianapolis where he lived on the streets until he decided to move on eastwards. He ended up at New York P.A.W.S. after he was friended by Chester.

Jenna Wynn – One of the few female members of Alistair’s pack. Small and shy. Was brought originally to the packhouse by her brother, Ryan. 

Jenetta Bones – Andrew’s mother, who had a dalliance with Alistair.

Jenny Daniels – Miri’s childhood friend in the Lower East Side who lived in the apartment below hers.

Jeremiah Bumsqueak – Beatrice Bumsqueak’s brother. Healer at NY P.A.W.S.

Jessamyn – Head of the Midwest Institute of P.A.W.S. A powerful magician of Illusion. She has bright red hair and emerald eyes and takes on the forms of various birds, though her favorite is the eagle. She originally flew from Ireland with Quentin when she was just thirteen years old.

Jillian Daniels – Jenny’s mother.

Jonathan Daniels – Jenny’s father. Has a fondness for old horror movies.

Jorge Delgado – Alpha of the Central Park Zoo pack. Scraggy tan wolf.

Jonas – Large black wolf (not a werewolf) that lives with the St. Louis Zoo wolf pack.

Josh Sinclair – Werewolf, mentor and friend to Miri. Josh was first turned by Alistair at the age of nine. He was rescued by Gerard Schwarz who became his mentor at P.A.W.S. A solid reliable force at P.A.W.S. Josh divides his time between the Institute and the zoo pack.

Josie – Animagus bird student at St. Louis P.A.W.S. that came from the P.A.W.S. Institute of California.

I is for Ian the Chimp

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“Howdy! I’m Ian, the resident chimp animagus at the St. Louis Zoo. I act as a liaison between the zoo animals, the wolf pack, and P.A.W.S. I don’t have a regular enclosure at the zoo of course – I have a luxury apartment with a huge flat screen television. Great for watching reruns of my favorite Tarzan movies.

If you come visit, please be sure to bring me a bunch of bananas. I can’t get enough of those delicious yellow fruit, and I make a mean banana daiquiri. I’m also collecting monkey jokes – do you know any good ones? If you do send them over to my page.

I was recently interviewed by a fellow simian, Travis. I really enjoyed his visit and you can read his interview here.

There’s even a picture of me in my best tuxedo. Thanks so much to Kayla Matt for drawing me.”

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Meet Tiger Hebert

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome fantasy author, Tiger Hebert.

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

Give me pie and nobody gets hurt! Just kidding—sorta. I do like pie though; Apple, cherry, or even blueberry.

Okay, all kidding aside. Debbie, thank you for having me.

My name is Tiger, and I am the author of The Chronicles of Aurion & Dragon’s Fire. More importantly, I am a husband, a dad (3 kiddos & 2 kitties), a veteran, and a Christian. I have often been guilty of getting lost in my own imagination, and I don’t feel bad about it either. I try to live with no regrets, but I do wish I started writing 20 years ago. By now I would probably be in a position to make my living from it. Instead, I burn the midnight oil to make it happen!

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  1. When did you first start writing?

I think I always wanted to write some grand epic fantasy novel. I never really knew exactly what it would be, just that it would be chock full of awesomeness. Throughout the years, I sat down to start my novel probably half a dozen times or so, but I had no clue what I was doing. So I don’t think I ever got more than a paragraph or two before giving up. I was so afraid of failure, that I wouldn’t allow myself to even try.

Fast forward to 2001. I had just finished basic training in the Air Force, and I hated it. I needed a way vent, so I finally turned to writing. What started as song lyrics turned into poetry, but I still didn’t start writing what would ultimately become Dragon’s Fire until Christmas of 2012.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

I must start with the obligatory Tolkien mention, because it was Middle Earth that I first fell in love with. I know that modern fantasy has evolved a great extent, but he laid such a magnificent foundation for us to build upon.

My favorites among the living are currently Brandon Sanderson and Steven Erikson. The sheer scope and meticulous attention to detail in their worldbuilding is a marvel to me.

  1. What inspires you to write?

Making the impossible possible.
The grand adventure. The impossible odds. The unbeatable foe. Unlikely heroes. Light in the midst of darkness.

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

The Chronicles of Aurion was released last summer. It is a short fantasy novella which is set in the same world as my series, Beating Back the Darkness. It is actually a prequel to my first release, Dragon’s Fire.

One of the things that sets TCoA apart from other books, is that it is written in this historical framework where you follow the journey of these two dragon-cult priests. Their journey is only part of the tale though, as the reader soon finds there are stories within the story. So as the reader, you get a history lesson, without feeling like you had a history lesson. Plus, it’s full of war and malevolent sorcery!

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  1. What attracts to writing fantasy?

I guess I have just always preferred swords to guns, castles to sky scrapers, and dragons to jets.

  1. What are you currently working on?

I am working on three projects at the moment.

The first is The Halls of the Fallen King, which is the next installment in The Beating Back the Darkness series. The heroes from Dragon’s Fire embark on an quest to uncover the source of a magical disturbance that is emanating from an abandoned dwarven kingdom. I expect it to be out this year.

Tales from Darkness, my second project, is a small collection of short stories from the same world as TCoA and Dragon’s Fire. These small vignettes serve as an introduction to some new faces that will appear in the series. Tales from Darkness is not required reading for those who want to read the series, it’s just a collection of fun little side excursions—besides, it’s going to be free for all my subscribers. I also expect it to be out this year.

My last project is a brand-new fantasy thriller called The Republic, and it is actually going to be released in an episodic format. The Republic is the story of a young man named Dirjek Harns, and his struggles to take care of his family during the rise of a gilded, corrupt empire. Politicians and aristocrats have subverted the spirit of the of nation’s democracy, locking its people into oppressive poverty. The family business alone won’t feed his family, but stepping outside the law will. The Republic is a story of magic and mayhem, and is a Patreon exclusive. The 1st chapter is free, and will be released this month (January 2017).

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

I rarely get the opportunity to do it, but I absolutely love hiking. Being surrounded by nature is so soothing. Hopefully I’ll get to explore some of the mountains here in NC and maybe even in TN this year.

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

When I was a little boy staring up at impossibly tall pine trees in the Maine woods, I wanted nothing more than to be able to fly—well that and to shoot cosmic rays of doom!

Now that I’m older, I’d have to say healing would be my choice. Lame, right? I know. This world needs more healing. So I’d be a healer—who flies and shoots beams of cosmic energy.  😉

  1. How can readers connect with you?

I love connecting with readers!
www.TigerHebert.com
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Twitter
Instagram
YouTube
Goodreads
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Say Hello to Sarah Wilson

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome science fiction author Sarah K. L. Wilson. Tell us a little bit about yourself Sarah.

I’m a thirty-ish writer with a wicked sense of humor and a love for the incredible.

When did you first start writing?

I wrote my first science-fiction short story when I was fourteen, but my teacher critiqued it so harshly that I didn’t write fiction again until I was in my twenties.

Who are your favorite authors?

Terry Pratchett, Robert Jordan, David Weber, Tanya Huff

What inspires you to write?

Human nature. I love putting my observations about how people tick in my fiction.

Tell us a little bit about The Ex-Pacifist.

It’s the story of a girl with an intense internal moral code who suddenly discovers that her world isn’t what she thought it was. Over the course of this book, and the next two, she has to decide what to do with her disillusionment, the way her family has destroyed her future, and the threat they pose to innocent lives. Her conviction drives her, but she couldn’t do any of it without her bodyguard and their secret mental link.  And the way that mental link develops over the course of the books is one of the hidden gems of this series. I’d pay big money to have something like that in my head and I think most readers would too.

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What attracts you to science fiction?

I love that you can do anything in sci-fi. Nothing is truly impossible, so the only limits are your imagination and your characters. I can’t limit myself to the real world.

(Me neither – DMK)

What do you like to do to relax?

I like to fish. Seriously. And read e-books while I fish. I also binge watch comedy on Netflix and troubleshoot truck problems with my husband.

If you had a super power what would it be?

Reading minds.

If you could have dinner with anyone real or fictional who would you choose?

Lord Vetinari, ruler of Ankh Morpork (see Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books for details)

(Excellent choice, DMK)

Here at Paws 4 Thought we love to meet our writer’s pets. Do you share your household with a furry friend?

Yes, this is Thistle. She is very shy normally and doesn’t like the camera so much.

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How can readers connect with you?

Visit me at www.sarahklwilson.com, join my facebook group Blackwatch & Beyond (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1129521380420459/) or my mailing list (http://www.subscribepage.com/c7h1j7) Any one of those things would make my day!

Pick up your copy of The Ex-Pacifist today!

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And check out all of Sarah’s titles on Amazon!

Maddox Files – Blog Tour – Meet R.J.

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome R.J. Davis Mornix, author of the recently released Maddox Files.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, R.J.

I was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; I had lived in Toronto for a few years (it is where I met my husband) and currently I reside in the Sault Ste. Marie. I have been writing since I was 8 years of age, (if you ask my mother she would say I was telling stories since I was 6) day dreaming, creating, developing characters, places and tales of woe. Attended Sault College, started out in Police Foundations and then graduated from Computer Engineering.

I am constantly researching story ideas, conversations, and scenes in ratty notebooks, napkins and slips of torn coffee stained envelopes. Most favorite questions start off with “What if” … what if this happens, what if that happens, what would it be like if this was real? Or what if that was real? I like reading theoretical physics books, science fiction and hanging out with my favorite minions, my husband Dave and two sons, Dave Jr. and Denziel (self proclaimed ‘Denziel the Best!’).

2. When did you first start writing?

I wanted to be a writer/author at the age of 8.

3. Who are your favorite authors?

There are just too many to name them all but some that have influenced me along my career has been:

Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, H. G. Wells, John Wyndham, Douglas Adams, Anne McCaffrey, Robert A. Heinlein, Russell T. Davies, Stan Lee, Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, as well as Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku.  This is my short list.

4. What inspires you to write?

Everything around me can cause inspiration. My ideas will just pop in my head out of no where so it seems but then everything just comes together and makes sense as if it was meant to be that way to begin with.

 5. Tell us a little bit about your latest book.

Maddox Files: Back to Business is the first book of the Maddox Files Series. We get introduced to our main character, Dice Maddox, and some of her friends. This book is where she finds herself by getting back into a business she loves. She’s 26 years old, lives in Toronto, Ontario, had been a P.I. before but after her uncle who was her partner died in a car accident her family and friends urged her out of the business. Dice has some challenges in the first book but she’s stronger than she thinks.

I have seven books lined up for this series so far, 1-4 has been written, working on 5 now and 6 and 7 are fully outlined. (Wow, DMK)

6. What attracts to writing in your genre?

I have always loved Science Fiction even as a kid, particularly Star Wars and Star Trek. I gravitated towards those types of shows and books.  The sense of adventure and awe that comes with this genre appeals to me.

7. What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on the first draft of Book 5 for the Maddox Files Series, Maddox Files: The Light Snuffer.

8. What do you like to do to relax?

I love hanging out with my family, my husband Dave and our two sons Dave Jr. and Denziel. We watch anime or play video games. I also love reading.

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

Teleportation where I can travel anywhere and any-when would be awesome!

10. How can readers connect with you?

They can connect with me on any of my social media platforms. Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc.

Here’s the list:

Please sign up for my newsletters/giveaways/updates: http://www.rjdaviesmornix.ca

Follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/R-J-Davies-Mornix-Author-253530731521799/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rmornix

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rjdaviesmornix/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rjmornix/maddox-files-back-to-business/

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14997808.R_J_Davies_Mornix

 

Maddox Files: Back to Business – A riveting jacked-in dreamy mind-bender by R. J. Davies Mornix

 

Dice Maddox was once a great private investigator. As fate would have it, her partner died in a car accident. Dice ended up in a dead-end job with a cheating fiancé. She has had enough and would like to reclaim her old life or a piece of her old life. The problem is going back to work as a private investigator; she is facing many unforeseeable challenges. She wonders if she can do this kind of work again. Then Ryan Winters walks into her office; she isn’t sure if he is crazy or sane, but he needs her help. After a recent car accident, he finds himself married to a gorgeous woman he has never met before. She’s hiding something. The closer Dice looks into the case, the more she finds herself wondering whether the woman is a demon or an alien. What has she gotten herself into?
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Meet G. K. DeRosa

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome YA author, G. K. DeRosa, the author of the supernatural novel, Wilder.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, G.K.

Well for starters my name is Genevieve and my last name is even longer and harder to pronounce which is why I go with GK DeRosa (K is the first letter of my last name and DeRosa is my maiden name). I’m a total teenager at heart, in fact one of my husband’s favorite things to say to me is “Grow up!” At which, I turn to him resolutely and shout “Neverrrr!!” I grew up in beautiful sunny Florida and like Celeste, I went to Catholic school from pre-school through high school. I had some awesome English and Literature teachers in middle school that really instilled in me the love of reading. Though I kind of lost track of it for quite a few years when I went to college at The University of Florida (Go Gators!) and decided to follow the more conventional route and study International Business and get jobs in the corporate world. Travel and food are my other two passions so hence the “international”. I am also obsessed with way too many TV shows to mention and most of them are for teenagers of course. My favorite is The Vampire Diaries (the TV show, I didn’t love the books) and it was the source of my inspiration when writing Wilder. Come on, who wouldn’t swoon for Ian Somerhalder?

  1. When did you start writing?

I actually just started writing in September of 2014. I remember it clearly because it was just a few weeks before my birthday and on a whim, I sat at my laptop and began typing away. I had no outline and no real idea of where I was going with it. I had been reading a ton of books at that time, from Twilight to 50 Shades of Grey to Game of Thrones, if it was popular I read it. But it was the YA fantasy that I loved most. I got sucked into series after series – The Sookie Stackhouse series, The Mortal Instruments, Hunger Games, Divergent, The Vampire Diaries, Vampire Academy, etc. etc. And it was around that time that I decided that instead of spending so much time reading, I should try my hand at writing something myself. I found it to be so much fun that I just couldn’t stop! I had a full time job at the time and would write when I was on my lunch break (or if it got really quiet at work ;)) and on weekends. It took me about 3 months to write the first draft of Wilder but I didn’t publish until almost 6 months after that. It was a totally new and exciting experience and also very overwhelming, especially when going the indie route and trying to do everything on your own. But I couldn’t be happier with my choice.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

I love Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare. I love the fantasy worlds they create and the fun characters. Hunger Games is probably my favorite series of all time, so by extension I like Suzanne Collins too.

  1. What are you reading right now?

That’s a tough question because I am reading so much right now. My to-be-read list in Goodreads is ginormous. Lately I’ve been reading mostly indie stuff – you gotta support! I just finished Badly in Blood by J.N. Colon, an awesome indie author I met through a Goodreads group and I absolutely love her urban fantasy series. I just started Shearwater by D.S. Murphy who is another new and very up and coming indie author. It’s a paranormal mermaid adventure romance, which is something new for me. Outside of the indie world, I’ve been dying to start The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I want to go see the movie too, but I have to read the book first!

  1. Tell us about Wilder?

Why I’d love to! Celeste Wilder is the heroine of the story, a normal teenage girl trying to finish out her senior year of high school and figure out her place in the world when the handsome and intriguing Constantin brothers fall into her life. She’s immediately drawn to them and senses they are keeping secrets from her and needs to find out why. As she grows closer to them she finds out about not only their supernatural past but her own family secret kept tucked away from her for her whole life. It’s a fun coming of age story with romance, adventure and edge of your seat excitement. And the best part is that Celeste’s only just learning about her new life and there is much more to come in the rest of the series.

  1. What attracts you to writing YA?

Like I said before, I’m a teenager at heart and just love that time of life. There are so many possibilities and you have your whole future ahead of you. It’s an extremely exciting time. And I absolutely love young love, I’m a total sucker for romance and all good YA must have some in my opinion!

  1. If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?

As far as superpowers go, I’d like to be a witch. They get to practice magic and do all kinds of amazing things, but they’re still human so they don’t have to worry about drinking blood to survive or turning into a wolf on the full moon. As a matter of fact, I think my next series will be about a young witch. I’d really like to explore more about that!

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

Growing up in Florida, I absolutely love the ocean. There’s nothing more relaxing to me than grabbing a good book, slathering on some sun tan lotion and lying out on a lounge chair at the beach. I could stay there for hours and be completely happy.

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

I’m currently working on the fourth and final book of The Guardian Series. Wilder Destiny and Wilder Revelation are both out now and I plan on finishing up the series this summer. It’s very bitter sweet for me as this was my first venture into writing, and it has turned into the most amazing thing. Celeste, Roman, Nico and the rest of the crew have become like family to me and putting an end to their story is extremely difficult. But as I mentioned before, I do have another idea for a new urban fantasy series in mind so I’ll probably start working on that in the fall. I’m also working on a YA urban fantasy/paranormal romance bundle that I’m putting together with a few super talented indie writers. It’ll be a fun compilation of some of the best stuff that’s out there right now. Keep a look out for that in early May.

  1. How can readers connect with you?

In oh so many ways!

Website: www.wilderbook.com

Email: gkderosa@wilderbook.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wilderbookseries

Twitter: www.twitter.com/vampgirl923

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/14097535.G_K_DeRosa

Instagram: www.instagram.com/gkderosa

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Wilder by G.K. DeRosa
(The Guardian Series #1)
Publication date: June 12th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis:

All that Celeste Wilder ever wanted was to find someone who would sweep her off her feet like she had seen in countless romantic movies. When she meets the gorgeous and mysterious Constantin brothers her senior year of high school, she gets much more than what she had bargained for. As they introduce her to an exciting supernatural world that she never imagined existed, she makes a startling discovery about her own family legacy and is forced to make a decision that will change her life forever.

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Meet Renee Scattergood

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome Australian author Renee Scattergood.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself Renee.

I live in Australia with my husband and daughter. I’m a homeschooling mom. My daughter has ASD and ADHD and has severe insomnia and a hard time functioning in a normal school environment. As you can imagine, it makes finding time to write a little difficult, but I wouldn’t change her for anything. She’s a great kid! 😀

  1. When did you first start writing?

I started writing when I was in high school, really, but I wasn’t serious about it until my late 20’s. I didn’t have a lot of confidence in myself as a writer until people started reading my stuff and complimenting it.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

Terry Goodkind, J.K. Rowling, and Lindsay Buroker

  1. What inspires you to write?

My overactive imagination. Seriously… if I don’t write, I go nuts!

  1. Tell us a little bit about your book series.

Shadow Stalker is a serial about a girl, Auren, who is prophesied to enslave the people of her world. The leader of the Galvadi Empire, Drevin, had a vision before she was born, and now he’s determined to kill her before his vision can come to pass. Auren struggles to survive while attempting to end Drevin’s tyranny.

  1. What are you currently working on?

I’m currently writing Episode 15 of my Shadow Stalker serial and planning the first novel in my Savior of the Serpent Isles series.

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

Writing helps me to relax, but I also love to read and watch movies.

  1. If you had a super power what would it be?

I would love to be able to heal people.

  1. If you could have dinner with anyone real or fictional who would you choose?

Yoda… I’d love to pick his brain! 😀

  1. How can readers connect with you?

My website, Renee Writes (http://reneescattergood.com) is a great place to start. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Pick up your copy of Shadow Stalker today!

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Say Hello to Henry Herz

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Today of Paws4Thought we welcome picture book author Henry Herz. Henry earned an engineering BS from Cornell University, an engineering MS from George Washington University, and a political science MA from Georgetown University – none of which help him write picture books. Aided by his two sons, Henry authored the picture books MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES and WHEN YOU GIVE AN IMP A PENNY. He’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Henry hosts a blog on KidLit, fantasy, and science fiction at http://www.henryherz.com.

When did you first start writing, Henry?

I self-published my first children’s book in 2011, and have been writing ever since.

What was your favorite book as a child?

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak. “We’ll eat you up, we love you so!” (Love that one too – it was a staple in my house when my kids were small. DMK)

Tell us a bit about your new release, When You Give an Imp a Penny.

Before you lend an imp a penny, there’s something you should know—such a simple act of generosity could set off a side-splitting chain of events! A colorful picture book full of mythology, mischief, and magic, WHEN YOU GIVE AN IMP A PENNY shows us just what happens when an accident-prone—but well-intentioned—imp comes along asking for favors! The same writer/illustrator duo that brought you MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES brings to life a comedy of fabled proportions.

From tracking mud on the floor to setting the broom on fire, this clumsy little imp causes accidents wherever he goes, but he’s determined make things right again. The only thing it will cost his host is a little patience—and maybe a bit of time cleaning up some messes! It won’t be long before this troublemaker has won over the entire family (except for the cat) with his irrepressible charm.

What attracts you to writing for children?

Fantasy is my favorite genre, so I like the idea of hooking kids on fantasy, the way I got hooked by WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and LORD OF THE RINGS. I feel like my picture books can serve as a the gateway as kids mature to the fabulous fantasy novels written by Tolkien, Lewis, Riordan, Zelazny, Hearne, Sanderson, Martin, Pratchett, Hobb, Stiefvater, Caine, Novik, and many others.

So what’s next? What are you currently working on?

After WHEN YOU GIVE AN IMP A PENNY, I have three more picture books scheduled for publication. LITTLE RED CUTTLEFISH (Pelican, 2016) is an aquatic retelling of LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, but with a sassy cephalopod protagonist. MABEL & THE QUEEN OF DREAMS (Schiffer, 2016) is a bedtime picture book inspired by Mercutio’s soliloquy in Romeo and Juliet. Little Mabel was an expert at not going to sleep. But Mom had the Queen of Dreams in her quiver of bedtime tales. The Queen paints children’s dreams, so she only visits when their eyes are closed. DINOSAUR PIRATES (Sterling, 2017) is a comical mashup of two kid favorites. A T-rex with a piratey patois!? Cap’n Rex leads his dinosaur pirates in search of booty. As they encounter obstacles in their quest, the apex predator “encourages” his crew to think outside the box. When the treasure is found, Cap’n Rex wants to keep it for himself, but the clever crew turns the tables on him.

I’m always writing and submitting new picture books. I have high hopes for NEVER FEED A YETI SPAGHETTI and for a story with a dung beetle protagonist. (That sounds like a whole heap of fun! DMK)

What do you like to do to relax?

What does “relax” mean? Seriously, I like hanging out with friends and reading… fantasy! For turning off the brain, nothing works better than watching TV. Working in the yard is also very relaxing and gratifying.

I’m thrilled to be moderating a children’s literature panel at WonderCon in Los Angeles on March 26. The panelists will be award-winning authors and illustrators Bruce Hale (CLARK THE SHARK), Jon Klassen (THIS IS NOT MY HAT), Laura Numeroff (IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE), and Dan Santat (THE ADVENTURES OF BEEKLE: THE UNIMAGINARY FRIEND), and Antoinette Portis (WAIT).

If you could choose a superpower what would you choose?

Mystique from X-Men can mimic the apperance, voice, and abilities of humans and animals. So, that’s like multiple superpowers (flying, sonar, breathing underwater, night vision, camouflage, regrow severed limbs, etc.) for the price of one!

Ninjas or Pirates?

That is not a black and white choice. What about Ninja Pirates!? Ooh, that’s a good picture book idea…

How can readers and parents connect with you?

Blog: http://www.henryherz.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/henry.herz/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nimpentoad

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Meet J.E. Feldman

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  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve been writing since the age of three and while most little girls wanted to be princesses, I wanted to be an author even then. I grew up in a little town called Walhalla in South Carolina, and it was my whole world until I was moved to Florida at the tender age of eight. That’s around the time when I really started focusing on writing to channel my emotions. I was writing novels left and right during the summers at my grandma’s house, when I wasn’t out in the woods building forts with the neighborhood boys. The first novel I published (The Dragonscale) was written when I was fifteen but I waited until I had all my publishing ducks in a row before sharing it with the world in 2014. I have hundreds of stories that are already written that I plan to publish along with the new ones I keep accumulating along the way.

  1. When did you start writing?

Sometime in the year 1997. My first story was about my grandma’s three poodles befriending a blue whale and going on adventures together.

  1. What attracts you to fantasy?

The Medieval world is what originally attracted me to the Fantasy genre. I obsess over dragons, elves, dwarves, drow, kingdoms in turmoil, spell casters, and so much more. I dabble plenty in other genres but always come back to Fantasy.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

This is always a hard question since there are so many. RA Salvatore, Margaret Weiss, Tracy Hickman, Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory, JRR Tolkien, Cornelia Funke, Eoin Colfer, Brian Jacques, Ed Greenwood, James Patterson, Stephen King, Philippa Gregory, Chris D’Lacey, Rick Riordan, PB Kerr, Richard A Knaak, George RR Martin, Dan Brown, Madeleine L’Engle, Anna Kashina, Christopher Paolini, Kristin Cashore, Elizabeth Haydon, Jonathan Stroud, JK Rowling, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Carolyn Keene, Nora Roberts, CS Lewis, Julie E Czerneda, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, Andre Norton, Kathleen Duey, Derek Benz, JS Lewis, Kate Brian…This list goes on for forever but that gives you a very good general idea.

  1. Tell us about your latest release?

My latest release is “Lothelannor: A Cassandra Avocet Story.” It’s the prequel to “Virthrandel,” which was published in 2014. I created the vampire Cassandra Avocet story for a writing workshop group I was part of because it was my first time meeting with them and I wanted to present something fresh. Thus, the legend was born. The series is a mixture of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. It’s a quick read but once all five stories are completed, they will be compiled into a single novel-sized collection.

  1. If you could hang out with a fictional character, who would you choose?

Out of all the characters in the world, I would have to choose my own character, Vampire Queen Valacotayda from the Arbedenion Trilogy. She is one of the most fleshed-out characters I have ever created and ultimately, she represents the dark side of me.

  1. Ninjas or pirates?

Definitely pirates. I have always had a childish fantasy to simply jump on an old sailing ship and sail away over the horizon. Picking up bounty along the way would definitely be a plus.

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

My normal things to do is to either listen to music and write or spend some time at the local park to decompress in nature. Both are extremely inspirational for the writing process.

J.E. also likes to hang out with her kitty family!

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

I have several projects that I’m currently working on and plan to publish this year:

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Strangers From Enamyre: Book Three of the Arbedenion Trilogy

Ella: The Godmother Diaries #1

(So far unnamed) 2016 Fantasy Writers Anthology

Florenze: A Cassandra Avocet Story #3

Halillan: A Cassandra Avocet Story #4

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  1. How can readers connect with you?

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/J.E.-Feldman/e/B00O0H8NPS/

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/dragonqueen321/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8608818.J_E_Feldman/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Dragon_Queen321/

Blog: https://dragonqueen3.wordpress.com/

 

Meet L.J. Higgins

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. First and foremost, I’m a mother to two gorgeous children that at times know how to drive me crazy, but I love them to death. Secondly, I am a wife to a very supportive husband, then I am a writer. As well as writing I love to paint and draw and of course read. I’m addicted to Green Tea and I’m easily distracted from my writing by my new little kitten Buster, because he’s just too darn cute.

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Here’s Buster – isn’t he adorable!

When did you start writing? I’ve been writing short novels and stories since I was twelve. I use to take my drafts to my teachers who would give me feedback. I feel sorry for them now because reading back over them they were pretty terrible, but they always encouraged me to keep at it.

What attracts you to writing YA? The age group it covers. I think it’s the period in most of our lives where we are trying to figure out who we are and what we want to do with our lives, chuck in a crazy twist or plotline and you have a makings of a great story.

Who are your favorite authors? I try to read books from as many different authors as I can to hear their different styles and help my own writing. But my favourite series would have to be Harry Potter by J K Rowling. I’m in awe of how she managed to weave the storylines through each book.

Tell us about your latest release? Fall of the Dreamer is the second book in the Dreamer Trilogy. After the events of book one (Dawn of the Dreamer) Amelia and her friends are settling back into their lives when the threat they thought they had destroyed reappears.

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If you could hang out with a fictional character, who would you choose? Harry Potter! He could magically do my housework while we snuck out to ride hippogryphs and see dragons.

Ninjas or pirates? Pirates, I’ve always wanted to be a pirate.

What do you like to do to relax? I love relaxing on the beach when I can, reading and painting or drawing.

So what’s next? What are you currently working on? I’m currently working on Book Three of the Dreamer Trilogy so that it can be released in the second half of 2016. I have another few works up my sleeve, but I’m not going to say much about them at this stage.

How can readers connect with you?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ljhigginsbooks

Twitter & Instagram: @lj_higgins

Website: www.ljhiggins.com

Wattpad (for sneakpeaks of my writing): https://www.wattpad.com/user/LindaHiggins1

And my Amazon page is: http://www.amazon.com/L-J-Higgins/e/B0120ARKFA/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13804669.L_J_Higgins