Seeking NaNoWriMo author interviews

Hi Everyone,

Summer is almost over, and at my library job we are getting ready for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Not sure what NaNoWriMo is?

National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world register to write 50,000 words of a brand-new novel. You can find out more about NaNoWriMo here.

Last year, our library published this interview with author Jill Weatherholt, whose Whispering Slopes series began as a NaNoWriMo challenge. This year, we are looking for more published authors whose novels began with NaNoWriMo. You can be indie, self-published or traditionally published – we want to hear from you!

If you fit into this group and want to share your story, email me a bvitelli2009@gmail.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Who’s That Indie Author – you’re in the spotlight!

 

Are you a self-published or indie author looking for a way to tell the world about your books? Who’s That Indie Author is a great way to introduce yourself to readers. It’s also an opportunity to connect with bloggers and expand your network through connections on WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and many other social media and business platforms.

And it’s free! So why not take advantage of a chance to showcase your talents? Submit an author profile with your answers to a brand new set of questions and see your name and books travel from blog to blog and tweet to tweet!

Email Book Club Mom at bvitelli2009@gmail.com to request an author profile template.

Open to all self-published and indie authors.

Who’s That Indie Author is designed to introduce authors to the reading and writing community and to give others the same opportunity to be featured. Therefore, each author is limited to one Who’s That Indie Author feature on Book Club Mom.


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Looking for indie authors – is that you?

We all know how hard it is to write and promote yourself. How many writers are also book publicists? Even if you are both, do you have time to do both? Probably not. That’s where Book Club Mom comes in.

Who’s That Indie Author is a regular feature on Book Club Mom. It’s a free and easy way to promote yourself and your books and, at the same time, allow readers to know a little bit about you. Because we want to know how you got started, when you write and whether you prefer coffee over tea!

Who’s That Indie Author is also a great way to meet other writers and book lovers as they check out your profile, leave comments and share your information on social media.

After you submit your information, Book Club Mom will publish your profile on WordPress, Twitter and Facebook, the way to go when you want to get people to know you.

Take a look at these recent profiles on Who’s That Indie Author:

Matthew Williams

Ritu Bhathal

Cage Dunn

Kit Falbo

Amy Tasukada

For more information, email Book Club Mom at bvitelli2009@gmail.com.

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Sweetness by Jeff Pearlman – thoughts on NFL legend Walter Payton by Austin Vitelli

I like when I read a book and feel the need to discuss it, but I mostly cover fiction and fiction book reviews tend to stick to what’s on the pages, with commentary about characters, plot, writing style, etc. It’s harder to find opinion pieces that take the subject of a book to the next level, but biographies are a great way for readers to develop and share ideas about a person’s life story.

Today I’m sharing a post by Austin Vitelli about the life of NFL legend Walter Payton. He wrote it after reading Sweetness by Jeff Pearlman, a biography about Payton. If you’re not a football fan, you may not know the name, but Walter Payton is the namesake of the annual NFL Man of the Year award. Each year, the NFL honors a player “for his excellence on and off the field. The award was established in 1970. It was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton. Each team nominates one player who has had a significant positive impact on his community.”

Vitelli writes,

One thing I struggled with throughout the book was weighing the good and bad in Payton’s life. Payton was likely one of the nicest and most genuinely caring NFL players ever. But he also made lots of questionable decisions that seemingly get left out in many people’s stories of him.

Click here to read the rest of Vitelli’s thoughts on Walter Payton’s life and career. And visit austinvitelli.com for more about Austin’s career in journalism and editing.


Like sports biographies? Check out Gunslinger by Jeff Pearlman
and this Q&A with the author.


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Looking for indie authors – is that you?

We all know how hard it is to write and promote yourself. How many writers are also book publicists? Even if you are both, do you have time to do both? Probably not. That’s where Book Club Mom comes in.

Who’s That Indie Author is a regular feature on Book Club Mom. It’s a free and easy way to promote yourself and your books and, at the same time, allow readers to know a little bit about you. Because we want to know how you got started, when you write and whether you prefer coffee over tea!

Who’s That Indie Author is also a great way to meet other writers and book lovers as they check out your profile, leave comments and share your information on social media.

After you submit your information, Book Club Mom will publish your profile on WordPress, Twitter and Facebook, the way to go when you want to get people to know you.

For more information, email Book Club Mom at bvitelli2009@gmail.com. I’ve prepared a brand new set of questions that are sure to get people interested!

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Author Interview – Jill Weatherholt

Please welcome my author friend, Jill Weatherholt, to Book Club Mom today. Jill is a talented writer and an active promoter of bloggers and writers on her blog and across many social media platforms. By day, she works for the City of Charlotte. At night, and on the weekend, she writes contemporary stories about love, faith and forgiveness for Harlequin Love Inspired.

BCM: Hello Jill and welcome! I think everyone has a story or two in their heads. Some people have written stories their entire lives, even as children. When did you begin your writing career?

JW: It’s hard to pinpoint an exact time as I’ve always enjoyed writing and journaling. For me, writing has always been a way to relax and destress. In 2010, I participated in my first National Novel Writing Month contest. I frantically wrote 50k words during the month of November. That ugly and very rough start to a first draft became my first published novel, Second Chance Romance in March, 2017.

BCM: How did you become a writer for the Harlequin Love Inspired series?

JW: In March of 2015, I made a last minute decision to enter Harelquin’s Blurb to Book contest. As I advanced through the stages, I frantically rewrote that 2010 NANOWRIMO project and in August of 2015, I was offered a contract. It was an amazing experience and one I’ll never forget.

BCM: I was struck with how Second Chance Romance, in addition to inspirational romance, fits into several categories. I think that’s because your characters face modern and often complex problems, just like real people and characters in other genres. I believe your specific genre is popular because of this and because readers simply like to read a book with a feel-good finish. What’s your favorite genre to read? Do your reading tastes cross into other types of books?

JW: When I was in college, I read a lot of Stephen King and true crime stories. As I got older, I guess I turned into a big chicken because I couldn’t read stories like that and fall asleep at night. These days I enjoy reading romance and women’s fiction. I do enjoy a happy ending, but some tears along the way are okay, too.

BCM: I very much enjoyed reading “Memories of the Lighthouse Keeper” and congratulations on being the Dream Quest One First Writing Prize Winner for this moving story! Many writers begin their careers by writing short fiction. Some stay in that genre while others move to writing longer fiction. Do you like both? Any short stories in the works?

JW: Aw…thanks so much, Barbara. “Memories of the Lighthouse Keeper” is a special story to me. It was written shortly after my mother was diagnosed with dementia. I enjoy the challenge of writing short stories. I’ve been writing and submitting short stories to Woman’s World Magazine for several years. After numerous rejections, I sold my first story to them in December, 2017. It was a story inspired by my mother and father and their dating years. I recently sold a second story, also inspired by my mother and using her maiden name. I’ve told her she’s my little lucky charm.

BCM: I see a lot of hummingbirds on your website and on social media. They are such beautiful birds and very fun to watch! Do you have a special interest in them?

JW: Many years ago, I saw my first hummingbird while on a golfing vacation in Arizona. Since then, I’ve been fascinated by these amazing creatures. As someone who has a difficult time relaxing, watching these guys whiz around our backyard gives me peace.

BCM: How would you describe your approach to writing your books? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?

JW: I’m very much a creature of habit. I like my routine and can become quite cranky when it’s disrupted. That said, when it comes to writing, I’m a total panster. Once I come up with characters and their internal and external conflicts, I let them tell their story.

BCM: How do you come up with ideas for the Harlequin Love Inspired books you write?

JW: Often my stories are inspired by something I’ve read in the newspaper or a magazine.

BCM: Tell me about your experiences with submitting short fiction to magazines.

JW: My first published short story was a result of a writing contest offered by Southern Writer’s Magazine. Shortly after, I started submitting to Woman’s World Magazine. I probably submitted 20 or more stories to them before getting published.

BCM: Do you enter a lot of writing contests?

JW: I don’t really enter contests much these days. I did enter Second Chance Romance for the 2018 Golden Quill award and was a finalist. As someone who got their first publishing deal through a contest, I highly recommend them to writers, especially contests that offer feedback.

BCM: What is your approach to marketing and publicity? Do you take on a lot of it yourself in tandem with your publisher?

JW: I am the worst at self-promotion and don’t like to be the center of attention. As I tell my father, I don’t like to toot my own horn. Thankfully, my faithful friends, like yourself, in the blogging community and on Twitter have helped to spread the word about my books.

BCM: I’m not sure if I met you on Twitter, WordPress or Facebook. What’s your favorite social media? Do you think any one of them is better for book publicity?

JW: I think we probably connected through WordPress. Blogging is definitely my favorite form of social media. I’ve met so many wonderful people who’ve become great friends. Facebook is my least favorite. When I need to clear my head, Twitter is my go to place. I do think Twitter is the best platform for book publicity. My sales numbers really spiked when I became more active on that site.

BCM: What’s your working style? Are you a morning person or late-night writer? Do you write on your computer or long-hand? Comfy chair or straight back at a desk?

JW: Since I work full-time during the week, I’m definitely a weekend warrior writer. When on deadline, I might write after my work day, but typically the bulk of my writing is accomplished over the weekend. I do write blog posts during the week. I’m kind of a nomad with my writing spots. During the spring and summer, I like to be out on the patio with the hummingbirds. During winter months, I switch between my two offices and the kitchen or dining room table. I love to write short stories in longhand, so I usually settle into a comfy chair.


And now some fun stuff because everyone wants to know!

Coffee or tea?  Both! I drink strong black coffee in the morning and on the weekend, while writing, I drink tea…also straight up.

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?  Definitely dark!

Muffin or bagel?  I don’t really eat bread, but if I had to pick, I’d choose a bagel.

Steak or shrimp?  I love a good steak. Throw in a lobster tail and I’m set!

City or country?  I’m definitely more of a country girl than city.  I don’t like crowds or traffic.

Cat or dog?  I don’t have either now, but I’d say dog.

Hat or visor?  While playing golf, usually a visor. When at the beach, I’ll wear a hat.


BCM: Thanks so much for taking the time for this interview, Jill. I’m looking forward to reading your new book, A Father for Bella. What’s next for you?

JW: I’m working on more books for my Whispering Slopes series, but I do have plans to venture into writing women’s fiction.  Thanks so much for hosting me today, Barbara. I’m so happy we’ve become friends.


Jill’s latest story, “A Pair of Lovebirds” is in the August 27 issue of Woman’s World Magazine. It’s a heartwarming story of a chance meeting and a promise of something more!

Be sure to visit Jill’s website at jillweatherholt.com. You can also find her on the following social media platforms:

WordPress: jillweatherholt.wordpress.com
Facebook: @jillweatherholtauthor
Twitter: @JillWeatherholt
Pinterest: @JillWeatherholt

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Author interviews – what would you ask?

    

               

Have you ever imagined you were in a room with one of your favorite authors? What would you ask? Talking to writers is so fun that that I’ve conducted many interviews in my head. How great to be able to ask about their books, their characters, their research and methods and maybe one or two off-topic questions!

If you could ask these famous authors one question, what would it be?  Here’s what I’d like to know:

Truman Capote:  Were you flattered that Harper Lee made you a character in To Kill a Mockingbird?

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Why did Hemingway dislike Zelda so much?

Ernest Hemingway:  Was Hadley Richardson your favorite wife?

Harper Lee:  Did you feel betrayed by the publication of Go Set a Watchman?

Margaret Mitchell:  You described yourself once as an “unscrupulous flirt” and you were engaged to five different men.  Were you a little bit like Scarlett O’Hara?

Ayn Rand:  Why did you quit writing fiction after Atlas Shrugged?

Herman WoukYoungblood Hawke is my number one favorite book.  Were you as disappointed in the movie as I was?

Although I never had the chance to ask those questions, I’ve done a few author interviews for my blog. And now I’m preparing questions for a new interview. Soon I’ll be talking with Jordanna Brodsky, author of the Olympus Bound trilogy, a great new mythology series.  Check out my reviews of The Immortals and Winter of the Gods.


And if you like reading author interviews, take a look at these from the archives:

Heather Walsh, Dented Cans and The Drake Equation 12/28/13
Dianne Salerni, We Hear the Dead, The Caged Graves and The Eighth Day Triology 12/31/13
Susanna Daniel, Stiltsville and Sea Creatures 2/26/14
Tracy Ewens, Catalina Kiss, Premier 4/8/14
Bill Dedman, Empty Mansions 5/21/14
Kristina McMorris, The Pieces We Keep 6/18/14
Tracy Ewens  10/27/14
Lawrence H. Levy, Second Street Station and Brooklyn on Fire 10/12/15

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Author interview – coming soon!

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What does it take to self-publish a book?  What are the challenges?  Do you need an agent?  How do you market yourself?  How do you get people to read and review your book?

These are some of the questions I will ask Heather Walsh, author of Dented Cans and The Drake Equation.  Are you a writer who is trying to get noticed?  Check back soon to learn more about Ms. Walsh and her experiences in the self-publishing world!

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