May’s Featured Author:  Debra Shiveley Welch

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1) Your Journey as an Author…..A multi-generational poet, I have always enjoyed the beauty and flow, the cadence and flavor of words. I remember lying upstairs in the old farmhouse, snuggled down in a feather bed, buried beneath layers of homemade quilts. Fully awake, I would listen to my family, their voices drifting up to me through the heat vent in the floor. I enjoyed the music of their speech, the meter: the up and down patterns and the inflections and tones of each individual. Many of the patterns were the same. But some had moved away, as my mother had, to the “big city” and her speech had changed – evolved. Mawmaw: “Well, I’ll red up the table.” Her voice is deep in her throat, resonant and rich. Mom: “Okay, Mother.” this said much lighter and higher in the throat. Aunt Louise: “Fetch them dishes on over here, Mam-maw.”  Like Mawmaw, she speaks deep within the larynx, emitting the same sonorous sound. Beautiful! Exhilarating! Who could sleep with this verbal lullaby just one floor below? With this wealth of dialect and poetry surrounding me, it was no wonder I became a writer. What else could I do but scribe the music of my family’s voice?

2) What reading means to you…..Reading has always been essential to my life. At first it began out of curiosity, and I started to read at age five. I simply wanted to know what was in books. Later, as my life became a struggle to survive, I read to take myself away from what was happening to me. In a book I could be safe and loved, enjoy sumptuous feasts, fly on the wings of a bird and be free! My journeys through books kept me sane and kept despair at bay. When I moved out of my parent’s home at 17, three weeks after graduation, I began to read, not only to assuage feelings of loneliness, but to again feed that hunger to know. I even read an entire encyclopedia set, including the medical section! Finally, I reached a point in my life where I simply read for pleasure, for the privilege and the joy of it. When I finally made it to college at age 30, I took all of the literature courses I could, and an entire new world opened up to me. To this day I consider a library to be a banquet hall and the books within a feast.

3) Whats next for you…..I have begun the sequel to Spirit Woman, titled Brave Heart Woman, which will focus on Rosie and her daughter Shelagh. Brave Heart Woman takes off where Spirit Woman ended and readers of the Cedar Woman Saga will learn what happened to Nickie Bahiti Greene the main character in Spirit Woman. I am also working on Memories of an Old Farm House which is a micro memoir about the memories of my family’s ancestral farm, a cook book called Christopher’s Family Cook Book, which will include recipes from Chopped Champion Christopher Thames and Chopped Junior Champion Daniel Kligmann, and am now promoting my latest release, Swinging Bridge, a memoir told in a collection of articles, excerpts from my award winning memoir Son of My Soul – The Adoption of Christopher, essays, short stories and poems.




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April’s Featured Author: Chris Tetreault-Blay

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1) Your Journey as an Author…..It all began back in 2013, the day that I found out that I was going to be a father. Something clicked in me, spurred me to want to write things down. I started to write a diary to my unborn child(ren). Then I caught the fiction bug. For years, ideas for stories had formed in my mind, by-products of movies and TV series I had watched or music that I had listened to. What emerged were three short stories, which eventually came together to form the main thread for The Wildermoor Apocalypse trilogy, beginning with ‘Acolyte’. I continued to write on my lunch breaks and then decided to participate in NaNoWriMo in 2014, to bring life and – hopefully – closure to ‘Acolyte’. I completed my 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo and finished the story in January 2015. Fate would then take control in the form of an ad that appeared on my Facebook from Bloodhound Books, asking for submissions. I took a chance and the rest is history. Thankfully, they liked my book enough to take me on at the first attempt and published ‘Acolyte’ at the end of June 2015. Since then, I have completed work on another three short stories (more novelette-length) which comprised my first self-publishing release, ‘House Of Courtenay’.

2) What reading means to you…..Reading is my means of escape. Not that I ever want to run away from the life I have; I would never give that up for anything. But after the usual stresses of the days, being able to lose myself in someone else’s world for a few hours, or even minutes, helps me relax. Reading is also the main source of inspiration for my own writing, as it is the most powerful tool in getting my imagination flowing.

3) Whats next for you…..I am currently preparing for the release of the sequel to ‘Acolyte’, called ‘The Sowing Season’, which will hopefully be released at the end of April. I have decided to self-publish this title also and am so proud with what I have been able to produce this time round, and how the story of The Wildermoor Apocalypse is developing. From there, I will be taking a break from writing before returning to conclude the Wildermoor series with the third and final instalment at some point in 2017.




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March’s Featured Author: David Wind

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1) Your Journey as an Author…..when I was 12 and discovered science fiction and fantasy through Edgar Rice Burroughs, Doc EE Smith, and Andre Norton, to name a few. This grew into an obsession the older I became, which spread into many genres, but held to one type of reading, fiction (My favorites are sci-fi/fantasy & thrillers). By the time I was fifteen, I began writing, but to be truthful, I was horrible. I gave up for a couple of years. (Writing, not reading – reading I consumed 3-5 books a week) I started writing again in college, but what I wrote was so bad I wouldn’t show to another person. Again, I put it aside. Then, when I was thirty, I decided to write a novel just to see if I really could. I did: it sucked, but it was better than the last three novels I’d read, so I started forward. Not with that book, but with another. It took a couple of more years to be published, (There was no Amazon then) and I did! In the mid-eighties, I wrote a fantasy and asked my then agent, if she could find a way to have Andre Norton read and give me a cover quote. Somehow, she did, and the quote came in and it was lovely. Andre had always been my idle; even after I discovered he was a she, who had broken into Science Fiction by using a man’s name. We began writing to each other and over a course of years and during that time, she mentored me and taught me more about being a writer than I’d ever known. That brought me to the next stage of my career, which is…writing because I love creating, and writing what I want, not what a publisher thinks will sell!

2) What reading means to you…..Reading opened my eyes to the world. Reading turned my brain from a pre-pubescent addle-brained boy into someone who was able to visualize the world, not as it was, but as he wanted it to be. Reading entertained me when there was nothing around. Reading would lift my spirits and ease any depression. Novels were my teachers; but most importantly, reading taught me how to write, and taught me as well, how to write the types of books I love to read!

3) Whats next for you…..I’m finishing up the third and final short story for the back-story of Tales Of Nevaeh. Each of these short stories has been released as a free book.  When this is put to be, I think I’ll take a break before starting the next Tales story and write another thriller.  Perhaps it’s time to bring back one of the protagonists from one of my thrillers.  Maybe Raymond Hyte of The Hyte Maneuvers, or Gabe Storm, of Angels In Mourning.  I’ll see when the time comes.  (Ideas are percolating as I type this).




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Books can expand our minds, giving readers higher levels of creativity than non-readers. The many benefits experienced by regular readers are higher self-esteem and greater self-acceptance. One in four readers say that a book has helped them realise that other people have shared their life experiences. So we like to give a shout out to the creators of books: Authors.

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Know Your Author is a new Monthly Feature for authors to showcase themselves as a person and not just a writing machine. If you would like to be featured you can submit your name and book HERE and one lucky author will be randomly chosen each month.