Showing posts from December, 2007

[Interview] Kristen Collier

Kristen Collier 's first children's book, Joy the Jellyfish (Dragonfly Publishing, 2007) is a 24-paged picture book that tells the story of an almost invisible and shy jellyfish called Joy who is on a mission to make new friends. The picture book was followed by Dreamchaser (Guardian Angel Publishing, 2007), a novel for young adults which Kristen co-authored with her husband, Kevin. In a recent interview, Kristen Collier spoke about her concerns as a writer. When did you start writing? Five years ago, in September, I was at the library waiting to take a test for a job. I’d heard that if you wrote your goals down you were more likely to achieve them, so I took out the only piece of paper in my purse -- an envelope -- and wrote on the back of it my goals. The next day the story for my novel King of Glory came to mind. And now, five years later, I finally have a publisher, not for my novel, but for a picture book called Joy the Jellyfish . What did you do to achieve

[Interview] Karl Stuart Kline

Poet and author, Karl Stuart Kline is a past president of Epilepsy Concern, a coalition of self-help groups; a past president of the Greater Miami Avicultural Society and a lifetime honorary member of the Florida Sheriff’s Association . He made his debut as an author in 2004 with the publication of Poison Pearls , an 88-paged collection of poetry and prose which explores issues that include forced labor, modern-day slavery, human trafficking and prostitution. He followed this up with Going Without Peggy (PublishAmerica, 2005), another collection of poetry and prose about his marriage of 17 years and the bond that existed between him and his first wife, Peggy; her struggle with breast cancer and the effect her death had on him. His latest book, Brain Stemmed Roses (PublishAmerica, 2006) is also a collection of poetry and prose and includes some of his early work from the 60s and 70s as well as poetry about romance and friendship in Eastern Europe and a section dedicated to his

[Interview] Sheila Roberts

Sheila Roberts lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three children. She has been writing since 1989. Her debut novel, On Strike for Christmas was released from St. Martin’s Press late this year.. Currently, she is working on a second novel. In a recent interview, Sheila Roberts spoke about her writing. When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? I don’t know that I ever officially decided. I was writing stories in the third grade. As an adult, I was still writing. I probably realized I wanted to be published when I was in my early twenties. How would you describe your writing? Women’s fiction probably describes it best. I definitely write for women since I write about things that are important to women, like relationships. And chocolate. You can’t forget chocolate. I’ve written all kinds of things over the years under different names, but On Strike for Christmas is my debut in women’s fiction, and I’m very proud of it. I think St. Martin’s Pr