Interview

Four Time Rita Nominee, Diane Farr!

It’s my pleasure to interview Diane Farr, four time Rita Award Nominee, YA and Regency Romance Author of eleven books!  She’s not only a fantastic author, but she is also a proponent of the arts and works for the California Arts Council.  Her Wicked Cool/Scary Cool paranormal YA series is among my favorites, following the adventures of a seventeen-year-old spell spinner named Zara and of course, with so many awards, I need not tell anyone how wonderful her Regencies are.

Anyway, without further ado, here is my video interview with Diane Farr!

Thanks so much for coming today Diane!

In honor of Diane’s newest release, Scary Cool, We’d love to know what makes you love a romance hero? Is your ideal the good guy who always has your back?  Or is the edgy, dangerous kind of guy, like Lance in Scary Cool, more your type?  Let us know!  One lucky commenter will win an e-copy of the first book in the Spell Spinner’s series, Wicked…
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Bring a songwriter to the pond: Welcome Julie Butler!

Ask a writer what inspires them and often the answer you’ll get is music.  Naturally, I’m curious about the artists behind these inspiring songs.  I recently poked my nose into the Nashville area and asked the gorgeous voice and richly talented songwriter, Julie Butler, to sit down and have a chat about her “songwriter” self.  Her answers blew me away.   Be sure to check out the lyrics she wrote about mermaids at the end!  Yes, she’s pretty fabulous.

 Me: Hi Julie!  Let’s jump on in the water.   Can you start things off by sharing a little about your “artist self”?

Julie: Carlene, my artist self and my “daily-grind self” struggle with each other on a regular basis. There is some very real pain connected to my creativity. There’s guilt (for not doing enough creatively). There’s a lack of confidence (because my mom is the creative one – not really, but I thought so for many, many years.) There’s…
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Passion, Wigs & Double Stuffed Oreos with Avery Flynn

The Waterworld Mermaids are thrilled to have one of our own back in the lagoon today. Welcome, Avery Flynn!

Avery has just released her third book, Passion Creek. She was kind enough (or crazy enough) to chat with me on Facebook about this hot and steamy thriller. Let’s get right to it…. 

 

Kerri:I think we have to start out with the REALLY big thing everyone is talking about…

We’ve noticed your hair has changed. Care to comment?

Avery: The color of my underwear?

Kerri: Oh this chat is gonna be good!

Kieran Kramer Interview

Today we are joined by the fabulous, Kieran Kramer. Kieran is a double RITA finalist and a USA Today Best-selling author of light-hearted Regency Historical Romance for St. Martin’s Press. In addition to writing wonderful, fun, engaging stories with memorable characters, Kieran is a former CIA employee, a journalist and an English teacher who enjoys karaoke and has appeared on multiple game shows.

Kieran is well known for her Impossible Bachelor Series and will be releasing Loving Lady Marcia, the first book in the House of Brady Series on August 28th.

I hope everyone enjoys the video interview. Kieran and I had a blast making it despite a few technical glitches – all my fault, of course. To make it easier to view, I’ve divided it up into 6 to 14 minute segments you can see by following the links. Enjoy!

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Guy Day — International Style

As a writer it is always important to tell a good story, but a large part of that is world building. If you do not portray a believable backdrop, accurately reflecting the place and culture your characters live in, then it doesn’t matter how great your plot is or how dynamic your characters are… your story will fall flat.

Today is guy day and in honor of all the sexy, diverse men of the world I thought we’d give it a more international twist. I have called on friends throughout the world and they’ve agreed to help by answering a few probing questions about the culture they live in, their daily routines and their views on marriage and family. So let’s give these brave men a round of applause for being so forthright with their answers and see what they have to say.

1.  What would you typically have for breakfast in…
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Rescuing the Too Stupid to Live Heroine: an Interview with Candice Gilmer

Candice Gilmer leads a dangerous double life as a mommy and a writer. In between diaper changes and boo-boo healing, she writes stories — usually to the tune of children’s television shows.

Living in the Midwest, Candice stays close to her family, especially the ones with basements when the tornadoes come around. The author of seven romance novels, she’s worked as a hairdresser for over fifteen years, and brings her laptop to work so she can write between clients.

All in all, she stays very busy, but really, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Well,” she says, “maybe a little less children’s television.”

Please help me welcome, Candice Gilmer!

Diana:  I love Rescuing Rapunzel!  What prompted you to write it? 

Candice: Rescuing Rapunzel started out, of all things, as a challenge by my daughter. After reading the original Grimm’s fairy tales, she informed me I…
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Faith and Love: Why We’re Still Here

A visit with first time author and my grandma, Shirley Faith Touchstone.

Hello friends.  I hope this post finds you feeling something good in your bones, little or large, as long as it’s in there somewhere.  Mine are, quite frankly, bursting.  And it’s got everything to do with the fact that one of the stops on my recent 5,200 mile cross-country road trip was to my Grandma Shirley’s home in Van Buren, Arkansas…Where I got to hold her book, Why Am I Still Here?

 

 

We spent a few days together talking about how excited and busy she is at 77 years young to have seen this, her first book, to publication.  For anyone struggling with perseverance to stick with your dreams or anyone hurting from loss, Grandma and I hope…
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Lynne Silver Swims with the Mermaids…Hot Science!

Well have I got a Thursday treat for you!  Lynne Silver, author of the newly released and super-hot novel, HEATED MATCH, (Ellora’s Cave Publishing) is swimming with us today!  She’s such a great lady and a tremendous sport.  When I asked her to pretty please come to Waterworld Mermaids so we could talk about her awesome book, I believe I said, “If I interview you, the questions will probably be weird and random, so what do you say?”  Well, not only did she happily and bravely agree…she’s brought the super-irresistible couple from HEATED MATCH, Adam and Loren, to the pond to help answer.  Did I mention Adam’s a genetically enhanced soldier?  Yep, yummy!  Enjoy 😉

                                                                                     

Me: Hi there!  Diving in to the nitty gritty…I love the genetic matching idea behind your new CODED FOR LOVE series.  What sparked your interest in mixing DNA with steamy romance?  What did you do to get a good handle on the scientific…
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4 Questions for Eloisa James

 

NY Times best selling author, Eloisa James sat down with me at a conference at McDaniel’s College.  She gave advice for new writers, told me about her family, her career, and discussed genre fiction versus literature as well as her latest book, The Duke is Mine.  What a treat!  I couldn’t wait to share this with you readers and all my sisters in the mermaid pond.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thank you Eloisa.

Hugs!

Diana Belchase

UPDATE:  Eloisa James is on vacation in a remote area, but she’s going to try to find a place with service this afternoon and stop by.  So, remember to check back later.  Thanks for visiting!  (Remember, to leave a comment just hit the word COMMENTS under the date at the top of the page in the left margin.)

 

In this first interview, Eloisa gives some sage advice…
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Hey There Darynda!

I’m honored to welcome the fabulous Darynda Jones to the lagoon today.

I’m ashamed to say I didn’t listen when I was told I just had to read FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT.  But I’m glad to say that when I did, I could immediately buy SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT.  For the first time in my life, I paid full price for a hardback book.  It was worth every penny.   Many times over…

Then I—along with all of Darynda’s other fans—had to sit and (im)patiently wait until THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD came out.

I’ve stalked her on Twitter.  I’ve visited her website so many times for updates on her books that I’m sure to get banned from there soon.

Imagine my surprise when she so generously agreed to be interviewed by me—with nary a restraining order in sight.

In 2009, Darynda’s unpublished manuscript (FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT) won RWA’s Golden Heart award for Best Paranormal Romance.  Less than…
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