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Family First And Foremost

Joe Clark Author Interview

The Walshes follows a housewife who’s given a writing assignment to go undercover to investigate the sex industry in DC and finds it’s harder to get out then in. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

As a young engineer back in the 70’s, I took a visiting contractor to dinner. At some point in our conversation he told me he was divorced and that he and his ex-wife had belonged to a group of swingers. The whole nine yards – porn, wife-swapping, etc. He ended by commenting that all of the couples in that group was divorced. That seemed like a good starting point for my second novel. But gentlemen’s clubs and prostitution seemed easier to deal with than a group of suburban swingers.

April Walsh is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her character’s development?

April is a writer, mother and a housewife in that order. She has enjoyed more success as a mother and wife partly because she has suppressed her drive to succeed as a writer. She is very intelligent, curious and extraordinarily verbal. Law and politics have always been part of her life. When she gets “to know people who are getting a raw deal … [she comes] out swinging.” When pushed, she pushes back – her husband’s high handed reaction to her first outing as a topless dancer stiffens her resolve to go through with the project.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Family first and foremost. Joe and April’s marriage is the centerpiece but her large extended family plays a part. Her little brother Bill is her ally and best friend. Her mother is her rock. The family home is safe refuge. Mothers fighting for their children: Bridget is on a reform program so she can hang onto her children because her mother delivered an ultimatum. April let’s Joe have his divorce but she fights for custody of their children. Her mother proves formidable when she steps in to support April in the court battle. The questionable application of moral and ethical guidelines in borderline situations. Sexual conduct and misconduct are targets, of course, culminating with Eve declaring that she’s going to join the atheists so she doesn’t have to worry about Christian morals. Law and order in her debate with Jack over prostitution. Racist and sexist attitudes in our society. Attitudes toward guns.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I have just completed “MacGregor’s Final Battle” a fictionalized memoir. Mac gets a lot of history from my life but there are important differences. His wife has died and he has been informed that he has stage 4 brain cancer. He meets nurse Katherine Graham who decides that joining him will be a win-win situation. He needs her help and she will be able to escape her dead end life. Projected release date is early December 2022. I have started working on a Civil War Saga based on my great grandfather’s war experiences from 1861 thru June 1864. I would like to release the first volume in 2023.

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Attempted murders, intrigue, and scandal are all in a day’s work for Eve, one of DC’s most sought-after escorts. Her admirers include corporate executives, DC cops, and other smitten johns who have seen her dance at the Tahiti men’s club. None of them know her secret. She’s April Walsh, a housewife and writer who has gone deep undercover to investigate DC vice from the inside. Her first priority has always been her marriage. Her writing career has had to take a back seat. That changes when April is assigned to write a story about the sex industry. Her marching orders are to get inside and get the real story.

Exit April, and enter Eve. She’s a glamorous dancer and escort who won’t back down from a fight. Her wit and charm make her highly desired at the local men’s club. As April embraces her Eve persona, she finds more and more to like about the new life. She enjoys feeling sexy and wanted. She makes new friends: a former call girl, a wise cab driver, and a hard-nosed cop. Will she be able to find her way out, or is April destined to sacrifice herself and her family for the sake of a story? Will the good wife or the firebrand emerge victorious?

When She Finally Took Flight

Alisa Wagner Author Interview

Gaining Her Strength follows a butterfly who learns that strength is more than just physical abilities, that everyone has different areas of strength to use. How did you come up with this idea and develop it into a story?

The first book in the series is about Laia’s birthmark. Laia, the Butterfly Princess, has a flame-like birth mark on her lavender wing. Her parents, King Papa and Queen Mama, were fearful that Swift Swallow would see her red birthmark and be tempted to gobble her up. So they pleaded with Laia to keep her wings shut tight. So for the first part of her life, Laia crawled along in the shadows, watching as all the other butterflies enjoyed flying in the meadow. Finally, one day, she decided that she did not want to hide in the forest anymore. She opened her wings and discovered that she rather liked her birthmark. When she finally took flight, Swift Swallow did not pursue her, for she was too quick for him. I, Alisa, have a red, flame-like birthmark on my right hand and arm. I used to be embarrassed by it, but I finally decided to see it in a different light. I realized that I, in fact, liked my birthmark because it made me unique. Once I wrote the story, I found out that my illustrator, Albert Morales, also has a dark birthmark on his right hand. It is interesting that the tools we use as creative people (our hands) have both been beautiful marked.

The art in this book is fantastic. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Albert Morales?

Albert Morales normally draws more masculine characters for comic books, like Wolverine, Spiderman, Venom, Fantastic Four, etc. However, we have known each other since we were kids, so I asked him if he could draw butterflies. Albert is an excellent artist who is always challenging his skills. He has illustrated numerous books for me, and he breathes life to my imagination with his art. I honestly think he can draw anything.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The first two books of the Butterfly Princess Series, Spreading Her Wings and Finding Her Friends, tackle topics on body differences, accepting others, and embracing how God designed each of us. In the third book, I wanted to show how being smart, innovative and fearless can be just as or even more powerful than physical strength. My hope is to illustrate to children that they can overcome great obstacles by working with others and thinking outside the box.

Will there be another book with Laia the Butterfly Princess, and if so, when will it be available?

Yes, I am writing the next one, Freeing Her Crown, which is slated for Winter/Spring 2023.

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The tale of Laia, the Butterfly Princess, is a body image parable for children inspiring them to appreciate the uniqueness of their design. Laia has overcome many obstacles, but now she wants to explore the world around her. As she soars into adventure, she runs into trouble when an angry alligator frustrates her plan to cross the river. Although Laia is small and not so strong, she faces her fears to help a new friend, and she gains an inner strength of compassion, smarts and grit.

The Bonds Between Women

Patricia Bossano Author Interview

Herencia Encantada follows a 17-year-old orphan girl who is stuck between the human and fairy world and struggles to avenge the death of her parents? What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Beyond the fantasy, adventure, and the dash of romance in “Herencia Encantada” you’ll find that it explores and highlights the bonds between women in a hybrid faery-human family, a clan very much like my own. And although this story is physically set in the western Pyrenees, on the border between France and Spain, the faerie realm depicted is inspired by scenery familiar to me, like the Andes mountains, in South America where I grew up, and beautiful Bear, Lake in Utah, where I lived for twenty years.

Celeste faces the challenges of being a teenager, an orphan and part of the fairy world. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

PB: Celeste’s character arc is a beautiful one because throughout her growing pains, she chooses to follow her heart. She has a stubborn streak, a competitive nature, and she can be impulsive and selfish at times, but as her story progressed, the negativity in those traits was flushed away, laying bare the fulfilled, loving, bright individual she became. I hope Celeste’s story and her choices inspire readers of “Herencia Encantada” to always follow their hearts.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this coming of age and fantasy book?

Two things for sure: believing in ourselves, and the importance of family.

As the foundation of her future self, family influence is a critical aspect of this philosophical fantasy in which confidence allows our heroine to acknowledge and appreciate her family ties, while improving them and moving forward. When Celeste’s dual familyship is threatened, and when, at seventeen, her future seems muddled, she counts on her heart (full of human-faery love and wisdom) not to lead her astray.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Although I’m not writing a new novel, I do have two ongoing projects: I’m translating book 2 of the Faerie Legacy Series, Cradle Gift, into Spanish, and publication is slated for Summer 2023.

I am also evaluating cover and interior art for a children’s picture book, also in Spanish. I’m hoping to release this stardusted little treasure, “Polvo de Estrellas,” in time for Christmas 2022.

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A los diecisiete años, La Soberanía de las Hadas es el único mundo que Celeste conoce. En su corazón, atesora el sueño de convertirse, algún día, en una de ellas.
Pero los hechos revelados por su madre antes de morir desvían sus ilusiones.
Huérfana y ansiosa por tomar las riendas de su destino, Celeste vacila entre sus certezas de antaño y las nuevas.
¿Es la princesa humana que su madre formó o es el hada-humana que anhela ser?
¿Va a vengar a sus padres y honrar el compromiso de matrimonio que la espera en el mundo mortal o debe obedecer a su corazón y permanecer junto al extraño que acaba de entrar en su vida?
Celeste elige vengar la muerte de sus padres, incluso si eso significa reconocer el lugar que le corresponde en la dimensión humana.
Motivada por la princesa de las hadas, Nahia, y amparada por la Corte Luminosa y por su verdadero amor, Celeste se propone desenmascarar a la insidiosa hechicera Arantxa.
Confía en que nada impedirá su regreso triunfal a la Soberanía de las Hadas… Nada hasta que la identidad de su prometido es revelada.

The Power of True Love

Heather Koelle Author Interview

Invisible Thread follows the lives of two families as they move through life and, through an unknown force, are being drawn together. Was there anything from your own life that you put into the characters in your novel?

A great deal of my autobiography is in the book. Part 1 is what I wish my life had been (minus the rape of Lindsay) and was inspired by a genuine friendship that is love but overcomes. Great obstacles. Part two is my true autobiography in the first three chapters. These events happened when I was a young child. The children’s and grandchildren’s experiences were based on some of my own children’s experiences, and some were made up.

What were themes vital for you to explore in this book?

The power of true love, no matter how impossible, can sustain the many challenges it has to overcome. This overcoming of life’s challenges was where the paranormal powers of Evan and Otelia came in.

What is the next book you are working on, and when will it be available?

My sequel,” The Cure,” is in process. The same characters are in the book, but an unpleasant character is redeemed this time through his battle with terminal cancer.

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Suzanna Wilkes and Helen Charlesworth live on opposite sides of the United States. Each has a separate life that eventually includes marriage, children, and grandchildren. But little do they know that there are unusual forces at work in their lives. Unaware of their lives hurtling toward each other, Helen and Suzanna experience adventures and family crises, all of which are leading toward the unwinding of the Invisible Thread.
At first,each family occupies one part of the book, but near the end a connection is formed conjured up by two people who possess supernatural gifts, feeding out the invisible thread until it finds its home.

My Story of Struggle and Service

Author Interview
Arlene McCain MD Author Interview

Embrace Grace is an impassioned memoir that shares your struggles and triumphs and shows how you established McCain Whole Health Care. Why was this an important book for you to write?

In a world divided by opinions, stories offer a way to look at common human experiences and bind us together at the heart level. Physicians are feeling burned out, patients are feeling disconnected from physicians, and the COVID pandemic exacerbated feelings of isolation and frustration for everyone. I have been on a personal journey of healing that opened opportunities to create a new way of offering medicine that was transformative for me. I was hopeful that by sharing my story of struggle and service, I could contribute to the healing of the healthcare system and those who participate in it.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

The hardest thing for me to write about was love. As a physician, it felt extremely vulnerable to share my feelings and fears, rather than evidence-based medicine. However, in order to offer holistic healthcare and meet people where they are, I had to be comfortable speaking with others at the mind-heart-body-soul levels. By doing so, I learned about the power of vulnerability.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is struggling to enact change in their life?

It’s too hard to do it alone, and you don’t have to! I recommend gathering, over time, a healing tribe of at least 12 people (professional mind-heart-body-soul providers) who can be nonjudgmental mirrors to all the paradoxical parts of you. Twelve is a large number, and I speak to the specifics of that in the book. These people can hold a safe space for you while you are discerning who you are being as you are doing. Are you being true to yourself or your ego? Are you acting out of love or fear?

What is one thing you hope readers take away from your story?

Life is about participation, not perfection. We are asked to offer our gifts to the world as an act of love. Love is messy and imperfect. It also inspires us to creative action, rather than keeping us frozen with the fear. Love asks us to continue opening our hearts to ourselves and others until we recognize that we are all one in the work of love. Takeaway? Open your heart. Embrace grace!

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While the first part of the book is a more conventional memoir following the narrative of Arlene’s life, the second part is focused on the establishment of her unique medical practice and consists primarily of letters, Facebook posts, and journal entries. This story transitions to the establishment of McCain Whole Health Care, the first direct primary care practice in the central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, as an outgrowth of her spiritual and religious calling.

Someone Who Could See The Monsters

Carolyn Watson Dubisch Author Interview

The Dragon in The Closet, Dragon’s Journey follows a dragon as he sets off on an adventure to defeat his family’s curse; along the way there is danger and mysteries to solve. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The first issue of The Dragon in the Closet, The Curse is about a cursed little boy who is constantly attacked by monsters. His Nana is a witch who comes to his rescue. I wrote it during a dark time with my daughter who suffers from suicidal ideation. She was so bad they were recommending she be hospitalized but we couldn’t afford it and our insurance covered almost nothing. The character, his Nana, is what I wish I was. Someone who could see the monsters and had the tools to protect their child.

In the second issue, the dragon, who can see through time and is kept in the family closet to predict monster attacks, finally breaks free of his prison. This issue is a natural progression of the story as Orin, the boy and dragon travel north facing monsters on their own with his Nana there with him.

What were some of the trials that you felt were important to highlight the character’s development?

My goal is to show Dragon as he enters the real world for the first time, While he could always see what the world is like because of his psychic gifts, in this book he not only sees the sky with his own eyes, he flies through it. Navigating the world vs watching from a distance are two very different things and he makes mistakes like when Orin gets attacked by Cave imps.

This is also an important part of the story for Orin as he is away from his Nana and counting on someone else to protect him, feed him and keep him safe. In upcoming stories he needs to learn to keep himself safe, but he’s getting there in stages.

When you first sat down to write this story, did you know where you were going, or did the twists come as you were writing?

The twists have come as I am writing. I write a few issues ahead of the drawing of this book. I work from an outline so I know where it’s going. I create a few pages at a time and post on the webcomic every Saturday.

Will there be an Issue #4 to continue Dragon’s journey, if so when will it be available?

Yes, Issue #4 is in progress now and will be out late next year. At the beginning of 2023 I will also release the first graphic novel for this series that compiles 1,2, 3 and some chapters of 4. In the meantime you can follow the story on the webcomic at

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Dragon has left the closet and can finally see the sky. Now he’s flying north to help Orin face his monsters and defeat his family curse. A big storm and terrifying monsters like Orin and Dragon have never seen await them both. Will his Nana find them in time to save them from these horrors?
The Dragon in The Closet is a thrilling comic book series for kids full of magic and mystery.
2022 Winner of the Silver Literary Titan Book Award!

A Slow Burner

J.C. Moore Author Interview

Hidden by the Dark follows a sheriff who’s investigating a series of murders and must find out who or what is causing them before it’s too late. Did you plan the tone and direction of the novel before writing or did it come out organically as you were writing?

Yes, I approached the story with tone being central. I wanted to create a slow burner with a ton of tension.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

How people can rise above the evils in the world and care for one another.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Dead In The Shadows (Pine Creek Thriller Book 2). It is out September 4th.

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Something terrifying has awakened in the mountains…

A sheriff and his deputy investigate several brutal murders in a coal mining community where fear and terror have struck. As the investigation continues, they piece together a shocking and terrifying puzzle that leads him to believe that the murders may be the work of a serial killer.

Or is it someone from out of town? Or worse yet, is there something even more sinister?

The murders seem to have no pattern or motive, leaving them struggling to find answers. With time running out, the sheriff must find the killer before he strikes again.

If you are a fan of Dean Koontz, James Rollins, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Stephen King, or Michael Crichton, you will love Hidden By The Dark.

This book is the first in the Pine Creek Thriller series.

My Own Experiences

Angela Herrera Author Interview

Above Us: Cuando Miramos Hacia Arriba teaches children to look at the world around them and observe everything they can. What was the inspiration for your story?

My inspiration comes from different sources. First, I got inspired by my own experiences; as a child, I used to see the world through my dad’s car window. Then, one day, I realized how far everything looked, how big the buildings were, the trees, and even how far the sky was. Moreover, I have two super active daughters who like to play in the swing, reach the ceiling, and look at the sky at night. Finally, five years ago, I moved to Florida, and the beauty of his sky spires me to talk about nature and its interaction in our lives.

What inspired you to write a bilingual children’s book?

My family is bilingual. We speak Spanish and English all day at my house, so I thought why not? to write a book for other families like mine. We also read bilingual books to my daughters. I believe that reading is a very important skill that kids need to achieve at a young age, the development of the language and the connection with the parents during reading time is essential, so I wanted to present a book that invites families to read together.

The art in this book is fantastic. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Alvaro Agurto?

The illustration process was a little long but excited. Once I contacted Alvaro, he started working on the sketch. In the beginning, I shared with him some ideas I had, like simple illustrations or images for some pages while he was creating new scenarios, characters, and places. He had a clear idea about the perspective and angle of some images that had to look from above. Alvaro is very professional, patient and understanding. We were a good team because our communication was always respectful and positive.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am working on the opposite notion of “Above U” s; I am not sure about the title yet, and I hope to publish it next year.

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2022 Book Award Winner Firebird – Bilingual/Dual Language (Children’s)
2022 Literary Titan Book Award Winner

Have you ever asked yourself how children see the world above them?
What do they see, how do they feel, or what do they like that is above them?

From a high five to a look up to the sky, this story narrates a particular view of the world and what surrounds us. In this book, you will find beautiful descriptions of common situations that will allow children to learn and improve in language proficiency.

Ganador del premio del libro 2022 Firebird – Bilingüe/Idioma Dual (para niños)

¿Alguna vez te has preguntado cómo ven los niños el mundo que está sobre ellos?, ¿qué es lo que pueden ver en él?, ¿cómo se sienten al mirarlo?, o ¿qué les gusta más sobre lo que pueden encontrar al mirar hacia arriba?
Actividades tan simples como chocar los cinco hasta ponerse a contemplar el cielo. Esta historia narra un punto de vista particular del mundo y de todo lo que nos rodea. En este libro podrás encontrar cómo situaciones de la vida diaria son descritas de una manera hermosa, lo que permitirá que los niños puedan aprender y desarrollar el dominio del idioma.
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