Who’s That Indie Author? Pamela S. Wight

Author name:  Pamela S. Wight

Genre:  Fiction (romantic suspense, women’s fiction) and children’s picture book

BooksThe Right Wrong Man, Twin Desires, Birds of Paradise; {In process: As Lovely as a Lie (fiction); Molly Finds Her Purr (picture book)}

      

When did you begin your writing career?  Beginning my “writing career” is different than beginning my “writing” (high school friends tell me I wrote stories in class, which I don’t remember!). My first job out of graduate school was as a writer/editor for a feminist newspaper called “New Directions for Women.” From there I became a medical editor for a medical publishing company, Slack, Inc., and then the editor/writer of medical journals and books. I savored creativity, though, and finally began writing short stories in the creative writing classes I began to teach 30 years ago (and still ongoing in the Boston and San Francisco areas).

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  Oh, how I’d love to plan my plots. But my characters send me in all directions, and since they’re in charge, I’m a pantser.

What’s your working style – morning or late-night writer?  I begin writing by 6 a.m., usually working on my blog or preparing lessons for the creative writing classes I teach. By 8, I’m ready to work on my next novel or children’s book. I break for exercise and household errands, then resume in the afternoon. But I always take a “reading” break during the day. William Faulkner said: “Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. . .”

Do you work at a computer or write long-hand?  Most of the time I work at my computer; but I find that I love writing in long hand at times also. When I write in long hand I tend to not edit as quickly but to just let the writing flow. Then I edit the story or chapter when I type it into my computer file.

What gets those words flowing, coffee or tea?  Green tea first, then an Earl Gray tea latte, then iced tea. I have my “tea routine.” :–)

Favorite book:  My favorite book is generally the one I’m reading at the moment. Currently, it’s Louise Penny’s Kingdom of the Blind.  If I’m not engaged with a book within the first two chapters, I drop it back off at the library (or delete from my Kindle). Too many great choices out there to be stuck in one that doesn’t create great characters/setting/description/plot. I don’t read horror or psychological suspense – I get too involved….and scared.

Favorite movieGone with the Wind

Favorite musicians:  The Beatles, Beethoven.

Links:
Blog: roughwighting.net
Facebook:  facebook.com/roughwighting
Instagram: instagram.com/pam94920
Twitter: @pamelawight

Awards/special recognition:  My illustrated children’s book Birds of Paradise was a Finalist in the International Book Awards (for children’s literature); Certificate of Merit: Writer’s Digest Zine Publishing Competition.

I receive special recognition each time a reader picks up one of my books, reads it, and writes me (or writes a review) about how much she or he has enjoyed it. Makes my day!


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Who’s That Indie Author? HL Carpenter

Author name:  HL Carpenter

Genre: We’re multi-genre authors. We write mysteries for adults, young adult and middle grade fantasy, coming of age, and mystery novels and novellas, space operas, and short stories. All of our books are family-friendly, with minimal offensive language and sweet romance.

Books:
Murder by the Books, mystery
Taxing Pecksniffery, space opera
The Ghost in The Gardens, middle grade mystery
“The Demise of Fyne Literature,” allegorical short story
Walled In, middle grade/young adult
A Cause for Murder, cozy mystery
Pirate Summer, middle grade/young adult fantasy
The SkyHorse, middle grade/young adult fantasy
Jack and The Fountain of Youth, middle grade/young adult fantasy
Dream Stealer, a middle grade/young adult fantasy

When did you begin your writing career? Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Or maybe just yesterday. We lose track of time when writing and each story is a fresh beginning.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner? As you can probably tell by the varied list of genres above, we resist being boxed in. We like the freedom provided by structure, and we also like freedom from structure. This is one of the true benefits of writing with a partner—we balance each other.

What’s your working style—morning or late-night writer? This depends on the flow of the story. When the words of the first draft are tumbling over each other, the writing session that begins in early morning can last until late night.

Do you work at a computer or write long-hand? The computer for intense sessions; long-hand for those times when random ideas strike.

What gets those words flowing, coffee or tea? Water, please, either plain or with a twist of lemon. And hot chocolate on cold days. With whipped cream. Lots of whipped cream! 🙂

Favorite book: [Loud discussion arises] We have to pick just one? [Hems and haws around for a few minutes] Okay, this question should not be so difficult. Let’s just tell the truth here—our favorite book is the one we are currently reading.

Favorite movie: The last movie we watched in the theatre was Mission Impossible #4,569. Probably not a fave, though we do like Tom Cruise’s acting. We did get a good chuckle out of the longest motorcycle chase in the history of movies.

Favorite musician: This can vary depending on the book. Handel’s Water Music plays a role in our cozy mystery, and we enjoyed listening to it while writing.

Links:
Website: hlcarpenter.com
Twitter: @hl_carpenter
Pinterest: HL Carpenter, Author


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Who’s That Indie Author? Diana Stevan

Author name:  Diana Stevan

Genre:  Women’s Fiction

Books:  A Cry From The Deep and The Rubber Fence

  

Stevan’s latest book, Sunflowers Under Fire, will be published in May 2019.

When did you begin your writing career?  I seriously took up writing after I retired from my psychotherapy private practice about twenty-five years ago.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  I’m a bit of both, but mostly a pantser. I’m not great at mapping everything out ahead of time. I like the characters to take me on unexpected journeys which lead me to re-imagining my story.

What’s your working style – morning or late-night writer?  I get up early and write throughout the day.

Do you work at a computer or write long-hand?  I use a computer to write. I’m afraid if I used long-hand, I’d have difficulty reading my writing.

What gets those words flowing, coffee or tea?  Coffee is my go-to drink. If I continue to write in the afternoon, I switch to tea.

Favorite book:  I have many favorite books. Among them are Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, You Went Away by Timothy Findley, and my novel, A Cry From The Deep.

Favorite movie:  Casablanca

Favorite musician:  Roy Orbison

Links:
Website: dianastevan.com
Facebook: Diana Stevan
Twitter: @DianaStevan


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Who’s That Indie Author? Anne Marie Andrus

Author name:  Anne Marie Andrus

Genre:  Paranormal Romance/Adventure

Books:  Raimond, Monsters & Angels

   

When did you begin your writing career?  In the bleak winter of 2013, following Superstorm Sandy, I starting writing a “story” as a personal escape. I had no idea that little story would become a novel and spark an entire series.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  I wrote Monsters & Angels as a complete pantser. It was a creative adventure every time I sat down to write. I met characters who stepped out of the smoke and took center stage, exactly when I needed them.

As I began Raimond (the prequel to Monsters) I started outlining out of necessity. The series is currently planned to be four books—and a bit too complicated to be a pantser…but I miss that rush.

What’s your working style – morning or late-night writer?  I’m a night shift worker, so my most creative hours are during the dead of night. My editing is much better during the day.

Do you work at a computer or write long-hand?  I usually write on a computer but I wrote an alligator-wrestling scene by hand while sitting on a New Orleans roof deck. That scene is nearly word-for-word Chapter 35 in Monsters & Angels.

What gets those words flowing, coffee or tea?  Coffee to start. Bourbon to finish.

Favorite book:  The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden. The third book in that series will be released in January 2019.

Favorite movie:  Either Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves or Top Gun…depending on my mood.

Favorite musician:  Tough question…either Meat Loaf or Lady Gaga…depending on my mood.

Social media links:
Twitter
Anne Marie Andrus Facebook
Monsters & Angels Blog
Instagram
AnneMarieAndrus.com

Awards/special recognition:

  • 2nd Place Winner of Word Weaver Writing Contest May 2017
    for The Crescent
  • 2nd Place Winner of Word Weaver Writing Contest September 2017
    for Cobalt Point
  • 4th Place Winner of Word Weaver Writing Contest 2018
    for Where The Power Hides

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Who’s That Indie Author? Amie Irene Winters

Author name:  Amie Irene Winters

Genre:  Supernatural and Horror Fiction

Books:  Strange Luck, The Nightmare Birds, A Darling Secret. Forthcoming: Summoner of Sleep

      

When did you begin your writing career?  I was always excited about creative writing in elementary school but didn’t start writing an actual book until college. I wrote a few “practice books” throughout my undergraduate and master’s degrees and ultimately published my first book (Strange Luck) a few years after that. I’ve been writing books ever since.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  Panster.

What’s your working style – morning or late-night writer?  Morning.

Do you work at a computer or write long-hand?  Computer.

What gets those words flowing, coffee or tea?  Black Coffee.

Favorite book:  Chocolat by Joanne Harris and Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Favorite movieThe Dinner Game by Francis Veber

Favorite musician:  Type O Negative is my all-time favorite band. A close contender is Summoning. I listen to them whenever I write.

Social media links:
Website:  amieirenewinters.com
Facebook: @aiwinters
Twitter: @AmieIWinters
Goodreads Author: Amie Irene Winters

Awards/special recognition:

A Darling Secret: Fantasia Reviews Best Story of the Year (2017)
The Nightmare Birds: Cybils Award Nominee (YA Speculative Fiction), Fantasia Reviews Best Story of the Year (2016), Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award Nominee, Amelia Bloomer Project Field Nominee
Strange Luck: Indie 50 Top Book, Library Journal SELF-e Selection, Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award Nominee


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Who’s That Indie Author? Kristin Ward

Author name:  Kristin Ward

Genre:  YA SciFi/Dystopian

Books:  After the Green Withered and the sequel, Burden of Truth

When did you begin your writing career?  When my 7th grade English teacher likened my writing to Saki, the author of The Interlopers, I was hooked. That defining moment began my foray into mad scribblings of terrible poetry and story starters galore. From that point onward, writing has been a passion though not a profession. Three sons, a career, and many, many years later, the closest I had come to that pinnacle of achievement was writing a published curriculum piece for a zoo and a graduate course in science.

 My first book, a dystopian fiction titled After the Green Withered, was officially published in May 2018 and won the 2018 Best Indie Book Award in young adult fiction. This novel was truly a labor of love and a long time coming! Of course, they say that good things come to those who wait, so I suppose this was one of those things that needed more time. Following the release of my award-winning novel was the sequel, Burden of Truth, published in November of 2018. There are so many more stories swirling through my mind, aching to be put on a page and enjoyed (hopefully) by others.

As I make personal goals for 2019, I plan to publish two or three more books and hope to broaden my readership by connecting with readers from all walks of life!

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  I’m a procrastinator. In fact, I’d wager that most authors are. Having that particular character trait, I find myself diving into a piece of writing with a skeletal plan and letting the story take me where it wills. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t have an overarching vision. I do. I know exactly where and how the story will end, but I find that my characters take little side trips along the way that I didn’t originally anticipate. This is what makes me a classic pantser!

What’s your working style – morning or late-night writer?  I would love to have a set time to write. The truth is, I write when I can. Being a mother of three sons and having a full-time career leaves little time to plant myself in my writing chair and craft my masterpiece (I’m trying that whole positive-self-fulfilling-prophecy-thing by talking myself up *wink, wink*). The truth is that I write when I can which is often at night or on the weekends when my crew is busy running amok.

Do you work at a computer or write long-hand?  I cannot imagine having to write by hand. The very thought is rather horrifying considering my hand cramps after having to write multiple checks for scout dues, fieldtrips, and school fundraisers. If I didn’t have my wonderful, little laptop, there would be piles of balled up paper all over the house and the air would literally be clouded in profanity-laced thought bubbles.

So, the short answer is: computer. Yeah. That’s my medium.

What gets those words flowing, coffee or tea?  Coffee and dark chocolate are my drugs of choice. I do like a good cup of tea laced with honey, but I typically enjoy that when I’m relaxing with a good book rather than writing one.

Favorite book:  I’m a classic re-reader. The true test of whether I love a book or just like it is if I will re-read it. One of my favorite books to read every couple of years is The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. This epic saga is a rollercoaster of action, emotion, intrigue, corruption, and storytelling that takes me back to a world I love to visit every time I read it.

In my own young adult genre, my favorites are The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Favorite movie:  I’m a bit of a movie nut and I quote movies. A lot. My favorite movie to quotes come from The Princess Bride. If you were to come to my house and utter the phrase, “No more rhyming now, I mean it!” There would be a chorus of, “Anybody want a peanut?” Yep, from The Breakfast Club to The Karate Kid, my movie favorites come out in numerous quotes and references.

Favorite musician:  I have a rather eclectic taste in music. I grew up loving 80s pop and 90s alternative music. Depeche Mode to The Cure were my constant companions as a teenager and I went to many concerts, back when you could afford to attend. The music I listen to now is heavily influenced by my current mood. I’m apt to turn on anything from Twenty-One Pilots to Air Supply!

Social media links:
Website: writingandmythreesons.com
Twitter: @YA_Author
Facebook: @KristinWardAuthor
Instagram: kristin_ward_author
Amazon Author Page: Kristin Ward

Awards/special recognition: Winner of the 2018 Best Indie Book Award in the young adult fiction category


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Who’s That Indie Author? 2018 Profiles

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or for your next great read, consider these indie authors and the books they have published. The indie and self-published market is loaded with talent and these authors are often busy working full-time and writing at night and on weekends. In addition, they face the time-consuming challenge of promoting their books in person, on their websites and on social media. So say hello to these hard-working writers, click on the links and pay them a visit – they will be glad to meet you!

2018 Indie Authors
(in order of appearance)


   

G.M. Barlean
mainstream fiction, suspense, cozy mystery, short fiction


 

   

Brysen Mann
psychological thrillers, mystery, suspense, science fiction


   

Annika Perry
contemporary fiction, short fiction


   

Diana Tarant Schmidt
speculative fiction


  

Connie Lacy
young adult, historical fiction, magical realism, climate fiction


  

K.C. Tansley
young adult time travel mysteries


  

Geoffrey M. Cooper
medical thriller


  

Martha Miller
travel memoir


  

Janice Spina
children’s, middle-grade, 18+, mysteries, thrillers, paranorm


  

Michelle Burke and Lilamani de Silva
nonfiction – motivational, self help


  

N.A. Granger
cozy mystery


  

Janice J. Richardson
nonfiction, fiction (mystery)


  

David Liscio
crime fiction


  

Michelle Scott
supernatural thriller and romance


  

Gigi Sedlmayer
children’s fiction


  

Alethea Kehas
fantasy and memoir


  

Robbie Cheadle
children’s fiction, poetry and supernatural/horror for adults


  

Karen Hugg
literary mystery


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Who’s That Indie Author? Karen Hugg

Author name:  Karen Hugg

Genre:  Literary Mystery

Book:  Song of the Tree Hollow is about a young woman named Vero who moves back home to care for her sick cat Sophie while her mom is in rehab. But after Sophie dies from a heart attack and is revived by the vet, she leads Vero to a tree hollow that hums whenever she touches it. Unsure whether it’s haunted, Vero has to figure out its mystery, which ends up revealing a dark family history. In the end, she has to save her mom before she dies at the hands of a person who knows what’s buried beneath the tree.

When did you begin your writing career? Technically I began my career not long after college when I worked as an editor at small publications and doing some freelance writing, but I started seriously writing fiction around 2006.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner? I’m definitely a planner. I worked as a garden designer for over 10 years so I’m always “designing” my novels and stories. If I don’t, I get anxious and worried.

What’s your working style – morning or late-night writer?  I write whenever my kids are at school or the house is quiet!

Do you work at a computer or write long-hand? I compose on a computer because I’m so messy from crossing words out and rewriting little bits as I go.

What gets those words flowing, coffee or tea?  Tea though I love a perfectly constructed latte.

Favorite book:  It’s so difficult to pick! I love literature of the 19th century, the romanticism and focus on the struggle of the poor or marginalized in Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens’s novels. I also love those books because they combine great sentences and an interesting plot. So, any author who does that will be a favorite.

Favorite movie:   I gravitate toward sweet indie films. Films that tell a small, slice-of-life story.

Favorite musician:  Music is a huge part of my and my family’s life. I was a musician in college, my husband’s a pianist, and my kids all play instruments. I love all kinds of music. In 2018, I dove into the world of Tchaikovsky, who wrote some of the most emotionally tense and beautiful pieces. He was also a troubled soul, which makes him fascinating to me. His Piano Concerto No. 1 is at the heart of my book, Song of the Tree Hollow.

Social media links:
Website:  karenhugg.com
Twitter: @black_salvia
Facebook: Karen Hugg
Instagram: karenhugg
Pinterest: Karen Hugg

Awards/special recognition:
Semi-finalist, the Del Sol First Novel Prize contest
Second place, Mothers Always Write, micro-essay contest


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Who’s That Indie Author? Robbie Cheadle

Author name:  Robbie Cheadle

Genre:  Children, poetry and supernatural/horror for adults

Books:  The Sir Chocolate series of books for young readers (3 to 9 years): 1. Sir Chocolate and the Strawberry Cream Berries; 2. Sir Chocolate and the Baby Cookie Monster; 3. Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees; 4. Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River; 5. Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Cave

The Sir Chocolate books are about a little man who lives in a world where you can eat everything, even the houses and the trees. I co-authored these books with my younger son, Michael. Sir Chocolate and his friend, Lady Sweet, have adventures together as various problems crop up in Chocolate Land such as the Baby Cookie Monster who has lost his mother and who is causing havoc while he searches for her and the Condensed Milk River which mysteriously dries up. The Sir Chocolate books are aimed at providing entertainment for parents and children and include simple recipes and biscuit art that children love making.

Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town (8 to 10 years) is a story and includes step-by-step instructions on how to make fondant art figurines and flowers and five lovely party cake recipes and instructions.

While the Bombs Fell (9 years upwards) is a fictionalized autobiography of my mother’s life as a very young girl growing up in the English town during World War II. It includes a few authentic WWII recipes.

When did you begin your writing career?  I was first published in August 2016 and started writing a few years before that.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  I have the basic story line in my head when I start and then I go from there. I suppose that makes me a bit of both as I go off in new directions when I start writing.

What’s your working style – morning or late-night writer?  Definitely morning, I am not a good night time person at all.

Do you work at a computer or write long-hand?  Long-hand? What is that? Just kidding, definitely I write on a computer.

What gets those words flowing, coffee or tea?  Tea, I get up at 5 a.m. most days and make tea before I do anything else.

Favorite book:  The Shining by Stephen King (Adult) and Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (children)

Favorite movie:  I don’t watch movies or TV.

Favorite musician:  I like Queen (Freddie Mercury)

Social media links:
Blog: robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com
Goodreads Author Page: Robbie Cheadle
Facebook: @SirChocolateBooks
Twitter: @bakeandwrite

Awards/special recognition:  Word Weaver competition Honorable Mention for my children’s short story. Two short stories in Dark Visions, an anthology of horror stories which was a #1 Amazon best-selling book pre-Halloween.


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Who’s That Indie Author? Alethea Kehas

Author name:  Alethea Kehas

Genre:  Fantasy & Memoir

Books:  The Labyrinth, book 1 in Warriors of Light series & A Girl Named Truth, a memoir

 

When did you begin your writing career?  I was mostly a closet writer (with a few published pieces) before I went back to school to get my MFA in creative writing about a decade ago.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  I suppose a little of both. I let the inner guide lead as much as possible and with my fantasy series I don’t know what’s going to happen until I write it.

What’s your working style – morning or late-night writer?  I’m fortunate to work mostly from home as a healer and yoga instructor, so I write whenever I have the time and motivation.

Do you work at a computer or write long-hand?  Computer. I have horrendous handwriting and can type much faster than I can write by long-hand.

What gets those words flowing, coffee or tea?  Tea, definitely tea. I love tea.

Favorite book:  Impossible to say. As a young girl, my favorite books were by L.M. Montgomery, in particular her Anne of Green Gables series. In adolescence, I fell in love with The Catcher in the Rye, in college, the romantic poets, especially Keats. Now, it’s really any well written book with a good message.

Favorite movie:  Another tough one. I’m honestly not sure I have a favorite movie. Can I go with a TV series? I absolutely love the Avatar series. I think they’re absolutely brilliant and probably helped inspired my Warriors of Light series.

Favorite musician:  Deva Premal

Website and social media links:  website: aletheakehas.com
Facebook: @InnerTruthHealing and @AletheaKehasAuthor
Twitter: @AletheaKehas
Instagram: truthheals and warriorsoflightclub
Pinterest: Aletheakehas


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