Saturday, August 30, 2014

Author Spotlight - Veronica Forand

Veronica Forand
4D Characters in a 3D World

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Alana Cash

Today on Pinky's Favorite Authors, I am lucky enough to have Alana Cash author of Saints in the Shaddows.

Where are you from originally?

Texas – I was born in Texas into a military family. 

Tell us your latest news?

Saints in the Shadows will be in Publisher’s Weekly in August.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?

Collette                           Oscar Wilde

F. Scott Fitzgerald           Edith Wharton

Rumi                               Karen Blixen

Margaret Mead

[I love Margaret Meads quote:  Until you’ve lost your reputation. You never realize what a burden it was.].

What books or authors have influenced your writing?

I have kind of a peculiar style.  I can’t say who influenced it.  I like all the authors that I mentioned for the dinner party, but it would be wishful thinking to compare myself to any of them.  I have read everything that has been published under Ernest Hemingway’s name. And I think my style is pretty spare.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?

Ann Patchett.  I would like to ask her how she works.  Bel Canto is a phenomenal book.

What book are you reading now and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?

I’m reading: 

When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone  (nonfiction)

Flights of Memory Days Before Yesterday by Peter Megargee Brown (memoir)

A Child of Montmartre by Paul Leautaud  (memoir)

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

I always read hard copy books.  For one thing, I’m in love with bookmarks and I make them sometimes.

Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing?

I started writing in college, but I didn’t publish until after I started teaching, which amuses me.  I didn’t really have any credentials for teaching, but I had a knack for it and after two years at it, a PBS producer found me and asked to profile me on “A Writer’s Exchange.”

I also wrote and directed some films.  My documentaries on women in science (Anna Freud, Marie Curie, and Mileva Maric) are in libraries and universities worldwide.  That surprises me, actually.  The Anna Freud documentary was translated into German and aired in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Even more surprising.

Where do you get your ideas?

The idea for Saints in the Shadows came to me when my son told me that on a flight to New York he sat next to a psychic who said he had just done a reading for a very famous TV celebrity.  I wondered, “What would someone who appears to be so successful want to ask a psychic?”

Pretty much all my stories germinate from me asking a question.

Can you tell us a little bit about Saints in the Shadows?

Maud Strand is a young woman who once had an idyllic life in New Orleans, but her father died suddenly in a car accident, and she and her mother have drifted apart because of grief.  Maud moves from New Orleans to New York when her mother starts dating.

Maud can’t get any traction in her life until she meets a neighbor – Lina S├índor (aka Madame Budska) – a Hungarian physics professor turned into a psychic.  Lina’s clients are those very successful people I wondered about – a hedge fund manager, a political kingmaker, a TV celebrity, etc.  Lina charges nothing, but her clients leave envelopes containing $5,000-$10,000 each session. 

As a psychic to those people, Lina just reads body language and encourages them.  But with certain people stuck in tragedy, like Maud, she is a genius at helping them find the way out and forward.

How long did it take you to complete?

Seven months.

Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?

No. Not in this book.  Not one of them.  I know people like Madame Budska’s clients, but I didn’t use them in the book.  Curiously, I got a form of writer’s block early on and so I went online to see if I could find pictures of people who fit the description I had in my mind of the characters, and I did.  I printed the pictures and, for a couple of weeks, I looked at them whenever I started writing and that got me past the block.

Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters?

I write from one character’s point of view in every story I write.  So, I see the whole world through their eyes.  The trouble I have is getting out of the way.

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself? Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?

I have a friend named Mike Rosebery who is a marvelous photographer.  I looked through his flickr account to find a photograph that I thought represented the book.  Jim Rosebery (Mike’s brother) is a professional designer and he created the cover.   

What other authors inspire you and your work?

Harriet Doerr inspires me.  She published her first book, Stones for Ibarra, at age 76 and it won the National Book Award. 

Ok, now some fun questions….

Coffee or Tea?  Tea.  Loose tea. No bags.

White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate? 

Milk chocolate.  Although I try to avoid it, I’m not very successful.

What is your favourite colour?   

I love to look at the color green.  I like to wear the color pink.

Winter or Summer?  

I love summer, fall, winter, and spring in New York.  I like winter in LA, but the summer is so hot, I feel trapped by the heat until sunset, and then it cools off so much it’s like winter again.

If you could have one superpower what would it be? 

I already have it and it’s a secret.

If you could be somebody else for a day who would you choose and why?

Queen Elizabeth.  Who wouldn’t want to be queen for a day?

Where can we find you online?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Author Spotlight - Amber Garza


Amber Garza lives in California with her amazing husband and two hilarious children who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years.


Unexpected Love series
Star Struck series
Delaney’s Gift series
Prowl Trilogy
Falling to Pieces

Break Free
Break Through
Head Above Water
Confessions of a Harried Housewife


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Meet - Felicity Heaton

The Authors are stopping by thick and fast this week! 

I have just finished chatting to Felicity Heaton, and found out all about her latest release - 

Tempted by a Rogue Prince

Tell us your latest news?
I’ve just released the third book in my Eternal Mates series, Tempted by a Rogue Prince, and completed the next Her Angel series novel, Her Avenging Angel, which comes out in October. I’m currently planning the next Eternal Mates book, Hunted by a Jaguar, which has gone down well with my readers as I think they’re waiting for another fix. I’m planning to give them several fixes of this series all in a row next year, starting in January with Hunted by a Jaguar.

Can you tell us a little bit about Tempted by a Rogue Prince?
Tempted by a Rogue Prince is the third book in my Eternal Mates series and follows on from the second book in the series, Claimed by a Demon King. We are still in Hell, but this time we are following Vail, an elf prince who is wandering through the demon realms, maddened by the things that have happened to him and searching for an escape from it. Vail ends up captured by the warriors of the Fifth Realm, and dragged unconscious into the cells where he meets his destiny in the form of a beautiful female born of the same species as the woman who held him spellbound and tormented him for over four thousand years.

Rosalind took part in the war between the Third Realm and the Fifth Realm, fighting on the side of the third. During the war, she was captured by the Fifth Realm, and has been held in the cells of the castle ever since, forced to heal anyone that the demon king commands her to heal, including a handsome unconscious male in one of the cells. When Rosalind realises that he’s not only an elf but an elf prince, and that the prediction she was given by her grandmother might be about to come true, a prediction she’s tried to avoid triggering, she isn’t sure what to do but one thing is for certain—she needs his help to escape the demons.

How long did it take you to complete?
I’m not really sure. I tend to start writing a new book once I’ve finished work on another project’s first draft, and alternate between them. So it’s hard to say how long a specific book took, as I was probably writing or editing another novel at the same time. Most of my novels take around two and a half months if I roll all the planning, first draft writing time, editing, and proofreading into one lump of time.

Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
None. I don’t tend to base characters on people I know. I prefer to make them unique. I just let them walk into my head and tell me about themselves and we go from there.

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?
Yes, I made the cover for Tempted by a Rogue Prince. I make all the covers for my books as I am trained as a graphic designer. My degree is actually in that art, even though I then moved on to web design and programming before becoming a writer. I absolutely love making my covers and graphics for my books. It’s a nice change of pace and a different outlet for my creativity. After painting pictures with words, I get to make an actual picture to embody those words.

Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?

The ether, I think. I tend to have an image in my mind of what I want for the cover, so it really conveys something about the book, and then I do my best to make that image happen. Sometimes it’s easier than others. Sometimes I can end up spending a whole day looking for the right image to use as part of the design. It’s a fun process though and I enjoy it, especially when I manage to create the image I wanted for the cover. I like to challenge myself to make a better cover than the last one I made. 

Ok, now some fun questions….

Coffee or Tea?
Tea, but I do love coffee. I was raised on tea, being British.

White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?
Dark Chocolate.

What is your favourite colour?

Winter or Summer?
Winter, although really I would go with autumn.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Teleportation or a healing ability.

If you could be somebody else for a day who would you choose and why?
I don’t know. I’m quite happy being me. I don’t really feel I need to be anyone else, not even for a day.

About Felicity Heaton:
Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Meet - Ava Branson

I was lucky enough to catch up with the very talented Ava Branson this week. Here's what she had to say.

What inspired you to start writing, and when?  Stories have been spinning in my head for years!  But what spurred me on to start penning them was a HUGE change in life – divorce, single parenthood and a realization that life was going to keep on chugging whether or not I grabbed a hold of it. 

What is your preferred genre?  Romance, hot and steamy and a HEA. 

Tell us your latest news?   Working on a trilogy releasing this fall that is going to be grittier than anything I’ve done.  So excited about it!  And the second installment is already chomping at the bit to come out!

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest work? New Adult series beginning with three college friends and how they enter their adult lives and how twists and turns take them sometimes pretty far from what they anticipated.

How long did it take you to complete?  Still WIP, book one will release this fall so stay tuned!  Invitation is open to say hello on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Wattpad and follow the glimpses as they come.  Pinterest has some eye candy that will give you a hint of the story.

Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?  Yes! *wink*

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself? Cover is not designed by me but I love how all three are going to tie together.  Stay tuned for that as well!

Where did you get the inspiration for your cover? The interwoven theme and the symbolism.  You’ll see!

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?  Both.

Do you write under a pen name?  Yes

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out?  I’m still a student...I have sooo much to learn but I would offer that patience is a big help.


Ok, now some fun questions….

Coffee or Tea?  Coffee, black

White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?  Dark.  And yes, thank you, I’d love some right now. 
What is your favourite colour?  Sunset red-orange

Winter or Summer?  Both...but more summer than winter.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?  I’d enable everyone to have tolerance. 

If you could be somebody else for a day who would you choose and why?  Giselle Bundchen – after having two kids – for obvious reasons.  I can’t remember what my hips really look like.  Or my rear end.  And my stomach...  *heavy sigh* ...

What are three things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?  Sunglasses, sport bottle of iced water, and my Garmin.

Are you a technology buff (i.e have every electronic gadget known to man)?  No.  I struggle with what I have.

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and enjoyed?  Don’t judge me...”A Fish Called Wanda” last night.  Kevin Kline as Otto?  John Cleese?  J - (Pinky - I love this movie !!)

Author Bio:

Ava Branson's a pretty staunch believer in finding humor wherever and whenever possible, so this won't be any exception.

After perusing brilliantly talented author's websites to get a taste of what the Big Kids do, she found there wasn't a great deal she had in common there. No, she hasn't been writing since she first learned to grip a pencil properly. No journalism major either. Closest she could come to writing fiction was her ten year law background. One could argue there was an element of fiction present there. She was known to write fiendishly good demand letters.

With still no literary career in sight, she left that working world to stay at home and raise two beautiful daughters. That was the toughest - and BEST - job ever! But after countless years of stories buzzing through her head, growing more vivid and relentless in their demand for attention, only then did she listen to what her mother had always told her..."You should write!" she'd said.
So, the beautiful daughters were growing up and Ava decided it was past time to take control over her own happiness. She became single mom after 24 years of marriage, and finally began to put pen to paper.

She calls Florida home with her two girls and 2.5 cats.

If you want to find out more about Ava, you can find her here:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Pinterest

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Meet - Komali Da Silva

Tell us your latest news? 

Angels Dawn, my debut novel was re-released through Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing on the 29th of July. 

At the moment I’m writing Fight for Dawn, book 2 of the Dawn Trilogy. It will be published in March 2015. 

Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Angels Dawn is the story of sixteen-year-old Dawn Huntington. On her sixteenth birthday she gets attacked and that changes her entire life. 

It is a YA Paranormal Romance with a dark twist. 

How long did it take you to complete? 

It took me almost one year to finish the manuscript. 

Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?

Yes and no, some of the characters do have similarities with my family members, but they have their own story to tell. 

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself? 

My cover was done by Kellie Dennis from Book Cover by Design. She is an amazing artist. I love her work. 

Where did you get the inspiration for your cover? 

The photos were taken by Mandy Hollis from MH Photography and the model is Karissa Clark. I had the perfect pic in my head and I described them to Mandy and Kellie. They created it exactly the way I wanted. 

Ok, now some fun questions….

Coffee or Tea?

Tea for sure. 

White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate? 

Swiss Milk Chocolate :D 

What is your favourite colour?

I would say, it depends on my mood. But I’d say it’s red or peach. 

Winter or Summer?

Definitely Summer. I love snow, but I can’t take the cold. 

If you could have one superpower what would it be?

Mind reading. 

If you could be somebody else for a day who would you choose and why?

Hmmm, that’s a difficult one. I wouldn’t want to choose. I believe in destiny and fate. The life I have is amazing. Anytime I want to be somebody else, I start writing a story. So I get lost in their world.