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Author Spotlight – Lia Fairchild

Happy Friday everyone! I would like to welcome Indie Author, Lia Fairchild to my blog today! She is the author of “In Search of Lucy”, “Special Delivery” and the murder mystery series, “A Hint Of Murder”. She has quite a bit of experience in the world of self-publishing, and it is an honor to have her on the blog today discussing her books and her journey as an Indie Author!

INTERVIEW WITH LIA FAIRCHILD, AUTHOR OF IN SEARCH OF LUCY AND A HINT OF MURDER SERIES

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Southern California so I love the sun and prefer the heat. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a multiple subject teaching credential. I married my high school sweetheart and we have two kids, ages 13 and 15.

What do you do when you are not writing?

When I’m not writing, I’m learning about writing, meeting people, getting the word out about my books, managing three blogs/websites and reading. When I pull myself away from the literary world, I love to hang out with my family, playing games, watching movies and traveling.

Is there anyone who has influenced/encouraged you to write? Who and how/why?

Before I wrote my first novel, In Search of Lucy, I didn’t have someone that I looked up to or was motivated by. It was a whole new world to me. But now, I’ve made so many author friends who’ve inspired me and have really been helpful in my journey. My biggest supporter from the beginning has been my husband. He cheers me on when things are going smoothly and picks me up in my setbacks.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Once I started publishing my works, reading changed for me. Every book I read is no longer just for enjoyment. I’m learning, absorbing, picking apart storyline, word choice, character. Sometimes it’s frustrating, but mostly I’m thankful for it. The biggest impact an author has had on me recently was Jodi Picoult. I’d never read anything like her writing before. She’s just so amazing, insightful, poetic even. I was also very impressed with the Hunger Games.

Can you give a brief synopsis of your journey to publication with your first novel?

I’ve always loved creativity and always wanted to create something big and lasting. That feeling intensified when I started having children. I guess that’s what happens when you see your replacement. I had been trying to find my place in a career and made two major career changes, but I still wasn’t content in what I was doing. It dawned on me that I needed to put all of the ideas running through my head to good use. When I finally made the commitment and the idea of In Search of Lucy came to me, I felt such a drive to write the story. The most important thing to me was that I didn’t give up and I saw the project through to completion.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I do an outline, but only after I’ve started writing. I don’t like to think and plot while sitting at the computer so I walk or do something else while I plan scenes in my head. Once I have a basic idea of where the story is going, then I do a brief outline of events.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel “In Search of Lucy” or getting it published that you would change?

Yes. I’d take my time. Sit with the story for a while. I was in a rush to get it out there and then I looked back on it wanting to change or
add certain things.

How did you come up with the title for your novel?

Really I had a basic idea of what I wanted. Then I came up with about four choices and had my husband, mother and friends vote on them.

What is different about this book compared to others you’ve written?

My first novel, In Search of Lucy, was Contemporary fiction. Since then I spent some time writing short stories. I wrote a very short story, romance, called Special Delivery. Then I wrote a murder mystery series (also short stories) called A Hint of Murder. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback on the mysteries as fun whodunits.

Have you ever considered writing a book in first person with a male lead character?

I’m working on a romantic comedy that is first person but a female. I think it would be fun to do a male lead and might consider it down the line.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

For sure the toughest criticism has been negativity in reviews. I’m supposed to know that it comes with the territory, that everyone has different tastes, but sometimes people can be very cruel in their critiques. Maybe they forget that an actual person is on the other side reading those words. The best compliment is just hearing directly from the fans. When they take the time to message me how much they loved my characters, or liked the story, it really means a lot.

Can you tell us about your upcoming project/book?

I have two books in progress. I recently finished a thriller about an ex-cop vigilante that I’m currently editing. I’m also in the middle of a romantic comedy I hope to finish by the end of the summer.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

I have two pieces of advice for anyone wanting to publish a book. First, learn as much as you can about the business of selling your book, marketing, and social media before you get your book out there. If not, you’ll feel like you are playing catch up. It can be very stressful to have your book completed but not know what to do with it or worry that people are not seeing it. Second one is simple: READ.

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MEET AUTHOR LIA FAIRCHILD

I am a native Californian who loves reading, writing, movies and anything else related to the arts. Writing is something I’ve thought about all my life, so the completion of my first novel, “In Search of Lucy” is truely satisfying. I hold a B.A. degree in Journalism and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. My most enjoyable moments are spent with my family, traveling, spending time outdoors or simply laughing and being together.

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ABOUT LIA’S BOOKS

In Search of Lucy and Special Delivery by Lia Fairchild

IN SEARCH OF LUCY

Lucy Lang’s life is spiraling out of control. For years she sacrificed her own needs to care for her half sister and alcoholic mother, only to be abandoned by both. Now, at age 30, Lucy finds herself held back by memories and regret as she struggles to find her own purpose in life. But when her sister needs a kidney transplant, Lucy is the only one who can save her life.

With the help of new friends and a man who won’t give up on her, Lucy sets out on a journey to reunite with her sister and find the answers she so desperately needs. Can she get past her emotions and have a chance at happiness? With its colorful and endearing cast of characters, In Search of Lucy takes readers on a rollercoaster of emotions from sadness and heartache to happiness and hope.

SPECIAL DELIVERY

Free flowers every month for a year! Recently widowed Amy was delighted to find that she had won. Flowers have always been a big part of her life. But delivery driver Dave brings more than just bouquets. Can he help Amy find happiness again? Will Amy get even more than she bargained for? Find out in this short story about love, loss, friendship and flowers.

A Hint of Murder Series
A HINT OF MURDER SERIES

“A Hint of Murder”  is a short story murder mystery series and includes, “The Writer”, “The Doctor”, “The Bouncer” and an “Anthology” that compiles all three “A Hint of Murder” stories in one book. Also included is one bonus mystery entitled “Homeless” and excerpts from the novels of these mystery and thriller writers: Libby Fischer Hellmann, Valerie Maarten, Mel Comley, Sibel Hodge, Faith Mortimer, and Seb Kirby.

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YOU CAN FIND LIA FAIRCHILD HERE

Website:  http://www.liafairchild.com/

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/lia.fairchild.author

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/LiaFairchild

Books available on:

Amazon Author page:  http://ow.ly/bf7c4

B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/lia-fairchild

Author Spotlight – Darlene Jones

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Darlene Jones, author of “Embattled” and “Empowered”!
With a wave of her magic wand and the dream of a better tomorrow, she has written an exciting two-part story that delves into a world of Sci-Fi magic and Romance! Read on to learn more about Darlene
and her books…

INTERVIEW WITH DARLENE JONES, AUTHOR OF “EMBATTLED” AND “EMPOWERED”

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a retired educator and have to say I loved working with junior high kids. All my elementary teacher friends thought I was crazy.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I read of course and spend time with my granddaughter and I body board when I’m in Mexico. I also workout regularly as writing involves too much sitting.

Is there anyone who has influenced/encouraged you to write? Who and how/why?

Writing is something I always wanted to do, but my writing partner is the one who keeps me going. We exchange files for critiquing. The process of giving and getting feedback is so motivating.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Not really any one book, but all of the books I liked and thought were well written have influenced me to try to achieve that level of writing skill and expertise.

Can you give a brief synopsis of your journey to publication with your first piece of
fiction?

Ah! It’s a long story (http://emandyves.com/writing_blog.html). The short version is that I went to a writers’ conference in Portland and all the talk was about self-publishing. When my writing partner and I got identical rejection letters from one of the agents we met there for two very different books, we decided to self-publish.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I didn’t think genre at all. I told the story to myself in bed at night when I suffered from insomnia. It didn’t help me to sleep and eventually I just had to write it down.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

With the first book I just wrote. Now I use a general outline. Much more efficient.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting
it published that you would change?

Yes! I wouldn’t bother going through all the stress of trying to get an agent.

How did you come up with the title for your current novel?

Titles are so hard. I chose the “em” words, EMBATTLED and EMPOWERED, for my heroine, Em.  My third book is EMBRACED and will be available soon.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or
idea you’d love to work with?

I’d love to work more with the theme of making our little corner of the world a better place however we can.

Have you ever considered writing a book in first person with a male lead character?

No, but you’ve given me some food for thought. I’m reading one like that now and it’s well done.

What is your favorite part about being an indie author?

Having the control for my work.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been
the best compliment?

Good reviews are always the best compliments. Here’s part of one I received recently. “A fascinating and original novel by Darlene Jones, EMBATTLED, wraps the reader in its tendrils the within in the first few chapters.” Nice, eh? None of the criticisms have been really tough, because they have been valid points and have helped me to improve the next book.

Can you tell us about your upcoming project/book?

In EMBRACED, Abby hears clicking in the fillings of her teeth and thinks they are messages from outer space.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Join critiquing groups and have a writing partner. You really need that second set of eyes and the best ones belong to a fellow writer. They know what to look for, what you are going through and are best able to help.

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MEET AUTHOR,  DARLENE JONES

Author Darlene Jones
A long time ago, I lived in Mali. Every single day, I wished I could wave a magic wand to relieve the heart wrenching poverty. My experiences there led to the writing of this story. Some aspects of EMBATTLED reflect my desire to wave that wand and make the world a better place—if only wishes could come true. And of course, every novel needs its love story, so along with the sci-fi magic, I’ve added the
requisite romance.

Initially, I intended to write “a” novel. The story and characters took over and the ending of EMBATTLED demanded another. EMPOWERED is that “other.” I’ve always believed we can’t be the only beings existing in the vastness of the universe, There must be others “out there somewhere” and I’d like to believe they’re not all that different from us. Those beliefs are reflected in my writing. My novels stay, for the most part, within the realities of our world, but I’ve found that I love the magic the sci-fi element of other beings could bring to a story.

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ABOUT DARLENE’S BOOKS

Embattled and Empowered by Darlene Jones
EMBATTLED

With blood on her hands, strange words coming out of her mouth, and her face all over the media, Em knows that she did stop the jungle battle, storm into the armed courtroom, face and defeat the zealot soldiers. But, “working” for the powers controlling her, she is haunted with not knowing about or being connected to her own life. And, at some point she will have to decide which of her two lives are her true destiny.

Yves, her controller, has his own set of problems as a rookie learning to be a Power, trying to communicate with Em, facing her doubts and questions as well as his own, and struggling to control the onslaught of emotions that arise from his association with humans. He risks losing his chance for advancement, his chance to free his people, even his life, by falling in love with Em.

EMPOWERED

The power of Jasmine’s childhood visions convince her that she cannot be harmed. But trusting these visions can lead her into danger, possibly even death. Jasmine pursues Victor relentlessly, believing he is her soul-mate. But, the visions promise much more than a lover. They warn of a threat to Jasmine’s perfect life. She will wrestle with unknown forces that drive her, and with the knowledge that she has lived before. Who was she in that other life? Why is she so sure she is invincible? Where will her beliefs lead?

And Yves? He is the celestial being assigned to watch over her, and to provide the people to protect her. He must experience again the agony of losing the woman he loves to another as Jasmine and her lover fulfill their destiny. Will Yves jeopardize his rise in power by going to her on Earth? Will he give up his love? Or, will he bring her back in yet another reincarnation?

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YOU CAN FIND DARLENE JONES HERE

Website:     http://www.emandyves.com

Books available on:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Jones/e/B005ZVH88G

Smashwords:     http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/144851

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