Monday, July 21, 2014

Interview with author Claudy Conn.

 Hi everyone, I recently decided that I wanted to start a regular segment on the blog in which I interview writers about their craft, something that as a writer, I am fascinated with. Plus, I get to chat with some amazing people!

 Today, I have the greatest pleasure in introducing Claudy Conn author of over 40 BESTSELLERS for Random House, Doubleday, and Zebra in the past, but now she has become an Indie Author.
I love absolutely love her writing and admire her talent so much after reading several of her books namely, Lady Star, Shadowlove-Stalkers, Myriah Fire, and Runaway heart.

One of the best things about being a writer is connecting with other writers, and I am totally obsessed with what makes them tick and how they came into being! Before, I begin the interview can you please tell us a little about yourself?

Absolutely, I live in NC just over the border in Myrtle Beach. I am a native New Yorker, and I live with my husband, Bob, our wolf, Cherokee, and his son Rocky Man, who weighs approximately 190lbs
. I love horses and riding. I raised my ten-year-old gelding Southern Pride from birth. I also love gardening, swimming, skiing, hiking, and travel as well as reading, writing, but No arithmetic!
 Jen-Thanks for sharing that with us. You have a wolf!!!
Claudy-We have a friend who lives near Asheville, NC. He rescued McKenzie Grey wolves years and years ago and then to help their upkeep, he started a breeding program with German Shep. and Belgium Sheps. and sold the pups to police all over the country as police dogs. Our wolf is a 3/4 wolf 1/4 german shep. But she has no characteristics of a dog. her son (we bred her to a Beligum Shep of his) and had 5 puppies from her but were only able to keep one for obvious reasons. He is huge, 200 pounds and as tall as a small pony. She is also huge, 120 pds. She is so interesting, but it isn't anything I would recommend to anyone. Takes so much understand as they are not obedient. Very independent and 20% smarter than a dog. Her son is all dog. We can't find her in him at all. And sometimes, she confuses him. Very fun.

One of the things that always fascinate me about writers is how they decided to write?
 Claudy-I was in my early twenties when the need to put all the things in my head onto paper.
 Jen       -I think that is great that at such an age you knew what you wanted to do and went for it. I didn’t start writing until much later, but felt that desperate need to off load the ideas bouncing around inside my head.

How do you research for a new story?
Claudy- I need to know the history, read letters of the times (if it is a historical) so that I get a feel for the spoken language. I research the myths and the legends for my paranormal until I know them without having to flip a page.
Jen-Me too!

You write in different genres, namely paranormal and historical, is it easy to swap hats like that or does one require more work than the other?
Claudy-Yes, for me it is. When I am in one of my historical stories, I as I said, have a feel for the language of the era and just block out anything else.
Jen-I would love to try to write a historical novel as I love reading them. I just finished reading Barbara Bretton’s Fire’s Lady which I loved! Great story, and strong characters. A page turner.

Which genre do you prefer to write in?
Claudy- Paranormal. I like a kick-ass heroine and you just can’t do that (totally) in my historical romances.
Jen-My first full length novel is a romantic fantasy and my WIP is a paranormal, not sure if I have a favourite.

 I have read several of your books that are part of a series. Do you plan the series from the first book or do you write the first book and see where it leads before you know what will happen next?
Claudy-I know when I start a series, where I am going and how I want to get there.
Jen- With Children of Annwn:The Promise, the first book in a trilogy, I had an idea, but not set in stone. Working on book 2 I have a better idea of where I am now headed, but things can still change!

How many books do you write a year?
Claudy- Ooh, I don’t count.
Jen-I love that you don’t count, you write a lot!

Why do you give away some of your stories?
Claudy- I love my readers and before they have to spend a dime, I like to introduce them to my style and give them a chance to decide if they want more of my work.
Jen-I think that is great if you are a prolific writer and have many books to let your reader’s sample. However, my first book has taken me 5 years to write to give it away for FREE would break my heart. Maybe, for like a day for a special offer, I don’t know I’m not there yet!

How do you market your books?
Claudy- Hmm, it is a competitive market and very difficult to reach readers, so one has to be versatile. Social media, some romance sites, bloggers.
Jen-I’m very new, so I spend time connecting on all social media sites and will be arranging I guess book signings and aiming to get my books in the libraries.

Are you a RWA member and if so what are the benefits?
Claudy- I am not. I am not much of a herd animal. I scribble all the time. I write whenever I can and then I send it off to my editor and get it into production when it is ready.
Jen-I am not a member, but I am considering joining for the connections.

What is the future for you as a writer?
Claudy-I love writing. It is who I am. Even if the world came to a sudden halt, I would go on writing.
Jen-Well said! I love writing too and as long as I have ideas for stories and I am granted time to write them this is what I plan for my future too!

Thank you so much for the lovely interview and I wish you all the best with your future stories, and thanks for connecting with me. is my website where your readers can sign up for my news and find my links. LATEST BOOK.

To get her monthly news, her reviews for all her new paranormal romances, and excerpts, come on and visit her at her website: To see pictures of Cherokee—and her shepherd-wolf son!—have a look at her Facebook page:!/pages/Claudy-Conn-Paranormal-Romance-Author/135826686471445

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Author Alert!


I have decided to include a new author or aspiring writer segment hopefully at least once a month, if not twice.
Anyone, who would like to be included, please contact me, my links are at the bottom of the page.
Please, give a warm welcome to new author Robin A. Stevens whose first book called Delivered is available for purchase and the links are below. 

                                                                   Robin A. Stevens

Tell us a little bit about yourself

 I was born and raised in Greensboro, NC and this is where I have made my home.  I share it with my wonderful son, Michael who is about to become a father.  I am so looking forward to the birth of my first grandchild in September. Our family is expanding and I could not be happier.  When I am not working and writing, I love nature walks and visits to the beach and the mountains. This is where I get most of my inspiration to write.  Back in 2000 I was in an abusive relationship and it was from this that I started to write.  Writing has been a way of escape and a tool for healing.  It is where I find most of my peace.

Thanks Robin for sharing your story and I'm so glad that out of an abusive relationship you were able to create something wonderful. Congratulations, on your book release, what an achievement, and congratulations on becoming a grandmother, how exciting.   

1. How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since December of 2000 and have written over 40 stage plays and skits.  I have also written many song lyrics, poems and monologues.  This is my first novel.

2. What do you write about?

I mainly write about human relationships.  Most of my stage plays are about issues that arise in family, couple, and church relationships, issues that otherwise would cause a person to turn away from love and acceptance and even forgiveness.  My book is about a secret between two adults that cause division in their family and lead a young girl down the wrong path.

3.What age is your book aimed at?
My plays, book, aims at people between the ages of 30 and 60.  I find that in this age range, we have most of our situations that bring about separation from each other and from God.

4. How have you found the journey to publication?
The journey to publication has been wonderful.  I have been busier with promoting the book and scheduling signings but I have enjoyed every minute.

5.How long do you spend writing?
 On a typical day, after working 9 hours on my day job, I may spend several hours writing.  When I have an idea in my head or new revelation for a book or play, I may spend every evening writing the story until I am finished.

6.What sort of books do you read and do you have a favorite author?
I read fiction and non-fiction books but my passion is love stories and mystery novels.  I do not have a favorite author, but enjoy Jackie Collins, Zane and James Rollins to name a few.

8. Where do you get inspiration from?
I have to say most of my inspiration comes from God.  My life has been filled with ups and down, joys and sorrows and it from these situations and circumstances, I have found my pen.

9. How do you deal with self-doubt?
The way I deal with self-doubt is to take a moment to look at all I have accomplished, to meditate and pray and then encourage myself by calling my best friend, or others who constantly encourage me.

10. What does the future hold for you?
I have already started writing a second novel and will write my autobiography in 2015. 

11. What is your book called and what is it about? 

Delivered is a fiction novel about a woman named Heaven, who from the time she could talk had questions about her identity. This was because she did not favor anyone in her immediate family and others outside of her family questioned whether she was adopted. Family secrets tore her family apart.   Because of this, Heaven traveled down the road to being every man’s desire.  She felt that because they worshiped her, this was her life’s mission, her destiny.  

Thank you so much Robin for giving us your time and I wish you all the luck in the world with this release and all your future books. Keep in touch and would love to hear back from you in the future to let us know how things are going. Hugs and kisses. Good luck on your book signing. 

Delivered can be purchased on, and  

You may also visit my author page on and there are excerpts available on

If anyone would like to be featured in the New Author segment, please message me on my FB page, cheers Jen.