Who’s That Indie Author? Glen Craney

Author name
:  Glen Craney

Genre:  Historical Fiction and Mystery-Thrillers

Books: The Fire and the Light: A Novel of the Cathars; The Spider and the Stone: A Novel of Scotland’s Black Douglas; The Virgin of the Wind Rose: A Christopher Columbus Mystery-Thriller; The Yanks Are Starving: A Novel of the Bonus Army; The Lucifer Genome: A Conspiracy Thriller (with John Jeter)



Bio:  Glen is a novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and lawyer. He holds degrees from Indiana University School of Law and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He practiced trial law before joining the Washington, D.C. press corps to cover national politics and the Iran-contra trial. His books have taken readers to Occitania during the Albigensian Crusade, to the Scotland of Robert Bruce, to Portugal during the Age of Discovery, to the trenches of France during World War I, and to the American Hoovervilles of the Great Depression.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I love to travel to and research the historical sites featured in my books.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Wearing two hats–creative artist and businessman–at the same time.

Favorite bookThose by Nigel Tranter, Sharon Key Penman, Gore Vidal

Contact Information:
Author Website:  glencraney.com
Facebook Author Page:  @GlenCraneyAuthor
Twitter: @glencraney
Blog:  historyintofiction.com

Awards/special recognition:

  • Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship Prize for Screenwriting
  • Chaucer Award First Place Category Fiction
    Foreword Reviews Book-of-the-Year Honorable Mention/Finalist (3 times)
  • Best New Fiction, National Indie Excellence Award
    indeBRAG Honoree (2 times)
  • Nautilus Silver Award Winner
  • IPPY Silver Award Winner
  • Eric Hoffer Finalist/Honorable Mention Winner
  • Da Vinci Eye Award Finalist

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Blog views and other obsessions – what happens to the blog when life gets in the way?

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I didn’t believe it when I read that it might take me two weeks to recover from the flu.  I was sure that I could beat it after a few days, maybe a week.  So during that time, I put all non-essential activities on hold.  My head was in a fog.  I didn’t feel like reading.  I couldn’t tolerate a computer screen or a phone.  Social media roared on without me.  And to my horror, I developed a disinterest in blogging.  My obsessive need to check my stats, reach out and comment sat alone and ignored on a distant shelf.

Bloggers have a funny relationship with their real life and their blog life.  We all know that the real life takes priority, but we need the other part too, so our feet are in both worlds.  And getting the flu, while temporarily dramatic, is a blip in the routine.  People have much bigger problems.

It has taken the full two weeks, but the fever is gone and the fog is lifting.  So watch out, because I’m feeling like my old self again.  I want to know all your news and tell you mine!

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Who’s That Blogger? Norah Colvin

:  Norah Colvin

Blog names:  Norah Colvin and readilearn


Type of blog:  NorahColvin: education focus; readilearn: early childhood education teaching ideas and resources

Where in the world?  Australia

Blogging since when?  Norah Colvin August 2013; readilearn August 2016

What’s your story?  When I started thinking about self-publishing stories and teaching resources, I did a lot of online research and attended many writing seminars. The collective intelligence promoted blogging as the primary avenue for writers to make connections and establish audience, and insisted on the importance of doing so prior to publication. Social media was also important, but secondary to blogging. At that time, I didn’t know much about social media and had no idea about blogging. Some of the course presenters suggested bloggers to follow, so I quickly got started and developed an understanding of what blogging was about. I was then keen to get my own blog started, and haven’t looked back. While I began with a particular purpose in mind, and that purpose is definitely still there, what keeps me going is the feeling of community, of connection with others, that I have established through my blogging with my blogging friends.

What types of blogs do you follow? My choice of blogs to follow is quite eclectic, but reflective of my interest in education. Education is rather a broad topic after all. I read blogs with any connection to education including early childhood education, children’s literature, psychology, neuroscience, general science, writing, and literature. It is impossible to list all the types of blogs I read. But the ones I follow are those that engage in discourse, who are interested in developing a relationship and being part of an online community. I am very fortunate that I have met many wonderful bloggers who fit this description. A few years ago I coined a phrase to describe us: S.M.A.G. Society of Mutual Admiration and Gratitude. Anyone can join. You just need to be supportive, kind and encouraging.

Early bird or night owl? I’d love to be a night owl and an early bird, but my candle doesn’t stand straight if I now try to burn it at both ends. I am fortunate that I no longer need to work full time for another employer so, although it doesn’t actually feel like it with the schedule I create for myself, I have the luxury of a little more time to devote to my writing. I have maintained a schedule of posting twice a week since I began blogging in 2013. Since the launch of readilearn last year, one of those posts is now published on the readilearn blog, and reposted on NorahColvin.com. I prioritise writing the blog posts and creating the teaching resources which are explained in the readilearn post, so this generally comes first in the morning – but not too early; usually after breakfast and housework if I can’t think of a good excuse to delay the housework for one more day (week or month).

Coffee or tea? Peppermint tea for morning tea, coffee after dinner.

Most recent binge watch: My grandchildren playing! 😊

Check out these recent posts on Norah Colvin and readilearn:

Easter holiday wishes – Readilearn
But why?
Can you guess:  Who am I?

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Calmer Secrets by Jennifer Kelland Perry

Calmer Secrets
Jennifer Kelland Perry


Samantha and Veronica Cross had to start fresh when they moved with their mother Darlene from Newfoundland’s Calmer Cove to St. John’s.  Attending a new high school and making friends were their first challenges and soon they discovered the charms of Ben Swift, a handsome local boy with his own troubles.  As the sisters rivaled for his attention, jealousy and misunderstandings threw the Cross family off balance into a spiral of disaster.

Calmer Girls is Perry’s first coming-of-age novel about the Cross sisters.  Calmer Secrets picks up in 1998, four years later.  If they thought the teenage years were turbulent, they are now learning that relationships in their twenties can be just as complicated.

Veronica is a single mom to three-year-old Henry and Samantha is an art student at Grenfell, seven hours away.  Their old friend Ben may be far away at the moment, but he’s on the minds of both girls, for different reasons, and it will be a long time before the sisters forget what happened.  Veronica copes by finding, then quickly discarding boyfriends.  And while on break, Samantha takes up with her old friend, Kalen O’Dea.  He’s charming and gorgeous, and fronts a popular cover band in town, but there’s something puzzling about his behavior.  Veronica warns her, but who is she to give advice?

The real elephant in the room, however, is Darlene’s drinking.  She’s met a new man, Cash, who owns the Bambury Tavern and the two work side-by-side.  He’s a great guy, but can he see the problem?  How long can the family look the other way?

Calmer Secrets is an excellent story about the difficult and unsettled years that are the twenties.  As with all quality writing, Perry’s storytelling flair is enhanced by her descriptive talent.  Reading about St. John’s makes me want to move there and, thanks to Perry’s introductions, I feel like I already have some friends in town.  As with Calmer Girls, Calmer Secrets includes many enjoyable and relatable details about the 1990s, as well as local customs, foods and phrases, giving the Calmer series a unique brand.  In addition, Perry integrates themes of family, friendship, love and second chances, giving the reader a great deal to think about afterwards.  I especially enjoyed seeing her characters transform and step up when they are needed most. And an extra treat are the quotes from classic literature at the beginning of each chapter, a smart detail that ties her story to larger ideas.  I’m looking forward to reading more about the Calmer sisters!

I recommend Calmer Secrets to all readers who like realistic stories about family and community in a friendly and colorful setting.

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Click here for a review of Calmer Girls.


Who’s That Indie Author? Eliot Parker

Author name
:  Eliot Parker

Genre:  Mystery/Thriller

Books: Breakdown at Clear River, Making Arrangements, Fragile Brilliance, Code for Murder (to be released in September 2017 by Black Rose Press)


Bio:  Eliot currently teaches writing and literature at Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, West Virginia. He received the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in 2015 and was honored by the West Virginia Community College Association (WVCCA) for Outstanding Contributions to Community College Education. Eliot is also a teacher consultant with the National Writing Project and his a certified online course reviewer for Quality Matters. Eliot also hosts the television show “Chapters” across the Armstrong Television Network, which profiles authors, editors, and publishers in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Click here to view episodes of the show on YouTube’s ArmstrongOneWire. Eliot is the proud pet-parent of two loving, and spoiled cats, Layla and Buddy, and enjoys sports, traveling, reading, and movies when he’s not writing.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Creating stories and characters

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Marketing

Favorite books:  all books by John Steinbeck, Pat Conroy, C.J. Box, and Lisa Scottoline. I love the non-fiction/history books written by David McCullough and Doug Brinkley as well.

Contact Information: eliotparker.com

Awards/special recognition:  Eliot’s latest novel, Fragile Brilliance, was a finalist for the Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize (part of the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize) in Thriller Writing. In 2016, the National Literary Habitat Organization awarded Eliot with the Bronze Award for mystery/thriller writing. His short fiction has appeared in One Story Magazine, Apex Books, Evil Jester Press, and others. In October 2016, Eliot was awarded the Literary Merit Award from the West Virginia Library Association for his books and stories.

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Out with the flu – new post tomorrow!

Image: Pixabay


I got slammed with the flu and have not been able to post.  But stay tuned for a new post tomorrow.  I’ll be back in the blogging world soon…

Image: Pixabay

…and next year I’ll get a flu shot even though I tend to faint when I get a shot!

Thank you for reading.  Here’s what’s coming up:

A new Who’s That Indie Author

A review of Calmer Secrets by Jennifer Kelland Perry
Great follow-up to Calmer Girls!

A review of The Seneca Scourge by Carrie Rubin
Wild and exciting medical thriller!

See  you soon!


Who’s That Blogger? Ruth at Silver Screenings

Blogmaster:  Ruth

Blog name: Silver Screenings at silverscreenings.org

Type of blog: Classic film reviews and occasional book reviews of Hollywood history

Where in the world?  Canada

Blogging since when?  2012

What’s your story?  My loved ones politely asked me to stop editorializing while watching movies; they suggested I find a non-vocal outlet for my clever opinions. Which I did. Now everyone watches movies in peace.

What types of blogs do you follow? Film, Writing, Food, Photography

Early bird or night owl? Early Bird – I’m one of those people who wake up cheerful and bursting with energy.

Coffee or tea? Tea, with honey

Most recent binge watch: The Crown, although halfway through the series I decided I didn’t really like it, but it was too late to back out. I was in too deep!

Check out these recent posts on Silver Screenings:

Gary Cooper as the Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth
Jack Lemmon Rages Against The China Syndrome
Director Leni Riefenstahl: Artistry and Propaganda

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