Friday, December 16, 2011

Author Spotlight - Nick Giannaras!!

Please enjoy my interview with author Nick Giannaras!!!

When did you feel called to write?

When a lady spoke into my life, saying that there were untapped talents that needed to be revealed, I haven’t stopped since.

Have you dealt with writer's block? If so, how did you overcome it?

Hmmm, the main way I deal with it is I sit down with my wife and verbally discuss the story up to the sticking point. On many occasions she has come up with an idea or a tidbit that sparks new ideas for the story to continue. Gotta love her!

Do you find a part of your personality sneaking into any of your characters?

Yes. In my trilogy, Relics of Nanthara, I’ve found several of my traits in more than one character. Odd that it played out like that, but I try to spread the love.

Were there any scenes you found difficult to write? Made you angry or made you cry?

There wasn’t anything too difficult to write. Although the scene of the alliance fleeing Annotin after their confrontation was a bit unnerving as I pictured myself in the scene.

What do you want your readers to take from your book(s)?

I want their hearts touched by what the characters experience
to the point of wanting to change their own lives for the better. Although it is YA, I try not to sugar coat the stories, and I am not afraid to portray real world strife and horror in my stories. It’s not hidden from the kids today, so why hide the truth in words?

Can you share any upcoming projects with us?

Currently, I am finishing up Relics of Nanthara: Dawn of the Apocalypse, Book 3 in the trilogy, and I have several other projects in the works at various stages of completion. One is a Sci-Fi superhero, The Nuclear Fist Chronicles; three take place in Nanthara, The Onyx Tomes (taking place 30 years after the trilogy); Sons of the Trident (most likely a trilogy); and We Came To Die (a mercenary seeking revenge after being left for dead). I also have a historical fiction, Enemy Within The Ranks.

Where can readers find your books and contact information?

For The Relics of Nanthara trilogy, my website is Once the others show, I will either create a separate site or link them.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Author Spotlight - Adam Graham

Please enjoy my Q & A with author Adam Graham!!!

How long have you been writing?

Since I was eight, almost nine years old. Before the San Francisco Earthquake, I was writing Batman-Superman Fanfiction.

Do you find a part of your personality sneaking into any of your characters?

Here and there, probably the clown and sarcastic tendencies are the ones most likely to appear.

Were there any scenes you found difficult to write? Made you angry or made you cry?

I’m working on a Short Story that’s trying to become a novelette and the final confrontation scene was very tough. The story deals with child abuse and I kept wanting to handle the whole thing more clinically. What we finally ended up writing after much coaxing from my wife, was something that packs more of a punch, and did make me cry writing it.

Tell us a little about yourself. What do you like to do when you are not writing? What is your temperament, etc.?

I love old time radio and radio drama in general. Spend a lot of time listening to that and producing podcasts on old time radio.

When creating a character, where do you begin? Do you give them a background even if it may never be mentioned in the storyline?

I really try to get to know the character organically, through telling the story and listening to them. I tried once writing down all the details and I never got through all the details and never wrote the story.

Can you share one or two nuggets of wisdom to those wanting to travel down the writing road?

In modern writing, there are two types of rules: 1) rules that are absolute and hard and fast and 2) things that are a matter of opinion and style but get stated as rules. A good writer has to be able to tell the difference.

Where can readers find your books and contact information?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Author Spotlight - Yvonne Anderson

I hope you take the time to read my Q & A with author Yvonne Anderson!!

What is your writing routine? Do you need peace and quiet, soft music, or does it matter?

It takes me a little while to get into the story each time I go back to it, and I need to be isolated from distracting things like TV, music, conversation, etc. I don’t need complete silence, though. I do a lot of writing sitting on the front porch with the world going past the house. But those sounds, I can block out.

When creating a character, where do you begin? Do you give them a background even if it may never be mentioned in the storyline?

Yes, I give my characters a history, but I tend to work backward. That is, I decide first what I want the character to do, and then I figure out what her background and motivation is, and build her history that way. That’s all done mentally before I start writing. Then once I get started, she’ll sometimes react in ways I hadn’t anticipated, but it’s always consistent with the backstory I gave her early on.

With a full schedule, how do you find time to write?

I used to squeeze it in whenever I could, and it was very frustrating. Thankfully, I’m now in a position to write full time. It’s not like having a full-time job, because I don’t get a paycheck. But at least my time is my own.

Do you use outlines or let the story develop on its own?

I’m a seat-of-the-pants plotter. However, before I start writing, I know the beginning, the end, and two pivotal events that will take place along the way, as well as the major characters. But other than that, I’m as surprised about what happens as the reader is. It’s fun.

What do you want your readers to take from your book(s)?

I want people to enjoy my books and find things in them to think about after they’re through. Mostly, though, I hope they’ll see God’s truth reflected in my stories.

Can you share any upcoming projects with us?

In January 2011 I signed a three-book contract with Risen Books for a space fantasy series, Gateway to Gannah. The first book, The Story in the Stars, was released in June; Book #2 will probably come out in December, and I expect the third to be released in the middle of 2012. I’m currently revising #3 in preparation for submitting it to the publisher, and I also have a good idea in my mind of what’s going to happen in Book #4. I have no contract for anything beyond the third book, but I expect I’ll keep writing more in the series for the next few years, because I have several story ideas still to work out.

Where can readers find your books and contact information?

Readers can connect with me through my blog at The Story in the Stars (and later, subsequent titles in the series) can be purchased in paperback or e-book formats at Amazon ( or through the publisher’s website (

Friday, November 04, 2011

Author Spotlight - Paul Baines

Please enjoy my visit with author Paul Baines!

- Tell us a little about yourself. What do you like to do when you are not writing? What is your temperament, etc.?

I love to watch a good film, or listen to some music. When I’m not relaxing I am usually exercising, or watching sport. I used to be a fitness instructor so cannot imagine not being fit. I’m not a fitness fanatic, but I do like to train.

- With a full schedule, how do you find time to write?

I commute six miles to work and back on my bicycle every day, which means I have about an hour-and-a-half with nothing to do other than watch the world roll by. What I started doing a few years ago was to write my novel on the way to work. I would run through plots and narrative and dialogue in my head, and then write them down as soon as I got to a computer. It is quite effective.

- Do you spend time in prayer before you write or begin a project?

Yes, enormous amounts, especially for any work that I consider a part of my ministry. I feel that, as a Christian writer, I should do nothing without God’s blessings. My prayer used to be: please let my book be published. Now it is: please don’t let my book be published, unless you want it to be.

- What is your writing routine? Do you need peace and quiet, soft music, or does it matter?

I actually do most of my writing during my lunch break at work. My office can get quite noisy, so I usually listen to music through my headphones. I like Rachmaninoff, or a movie soundtrack if I need some inspiration.

- When creating a character, where do you begin? Do you give them a background even if it may never be mentioned in the storyline?

I tend to concentrate on the main characters. I don’t do an outline, but I imagine what they are like, and how they fit into the story. Then I let them grow organically with the story, adjusting and tweaking as I go. Sometimes this means rewriting a part of the novel, but that is just a part of writing so I don’t mind.

- Were there any scenes you found difficult to write? Made you angry or made you cry?

The hardest scene for me to write was a church scene. I was desperate to avoid being preachy, yet the scene was essential for the story. I think I managed to avoided making it preachy in the end (at least I hope I did). As for making myself cry, I did manage to make myself choke up one time. I was reading a chapter that seemed to make everyone who read it a bit teary. I wanted to see if I could identify exactly what it was that triggered the emotion. While reading it, I choked up. And, yes, I did identify the trigger.

- Can you share any upcoming projects with us?

Hmm. Well I have two finished stories with my publisher at the moment. Plus a long humorous poem for kids, written in the style of Dr Seuss. At the moment I’m busy writing a sequel to my debut novel Alpha Redemption. And I have another story waiting to be written, plus an old story that I want to rewrite and another that I am thinking about.

- Where can readers find your books and contact information?

My personal site:
My publisher:

- Thank you for visiting with us today.

Thank you for having me.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Please enjoy my Q & A with author Cindy Koepp

- How long have you been writing?

Oh, most of 33 years. My mother has an old short story I wrote when I was six or seven. The hobby continued on since then.

- What are your thoughts on critique groups?

I’ve been in a few. One was ultra-competitive. That was pretty useless. The deal was that you’d upload a chunk of text then review others’ works on the site to earn credits so yours would be reviewed. Writers reviewed each other and ranked the work on a 5-star system. That sounds interesting, but many people ran afoul of glowing feedback to go along with low ratings. Some people were the recipients of a copied-and-pasted review. There was some handy feedback, but it was a lot of work for a little return.

Another group critiques on a volunteer system. That works okay.

The third group has been really useful. We take turns critiquing half-novels. I get the most useful feedback from this group. It takes ~8 months to get feedback for a whole novel, but what I get has been immensely helpful.

- Who is your favorite author?

One is definitely Gordon Dickson. I enjoyed the Childe Cycle. Each story stands alone but all of them work together for an ultimate purpose. Bruce Hale’s Chet Gecko series is hilarious. Jude Watson’s Jedi Apprentice series had excellent characterization.

- Do you find a part of your personality sneaking into any of your characters?

Definitely. Many of my lead characters are disabled in some way. How they deal with their physical ailments is often related to how I deal with mine. One of my stories has two characters with my weird sense of humor. Another has a lead character who doesn’t want to fit in with society’s “normal” view of girls.

Very often people I know make it into my stories, too.

- Can you share any upcoming projects with us?

I have a book called Remnant in the Stars under contract with Under the Moon. It’s about a navigator searching for his missing child and a pilot dealing with an undiagnosable illness. If all goes according to Hoyle, we’ll finish the editing process by the end of December, and it should see print in the spring of 2012.

I’m also working with a group of writers on an anthology.

- Tell us a little about yourself. What do you like to do when you are not writing? What is your temperament, etc.?

When I’m not writing or doing prep and paperwork for school, I sew, crochet, do needlework, play computer games, and try to find recipes for things I can actually eat.

I tend to be the quiet, keep-to-myself type, but I can get pretty goofy when I’m with people I know well.

At work, though, I’m more out-spoken. Diplomacy is not a skill I was gifted with.

- Where can readers find your books and contact information?

I have a Facebook author page.

I also have a webpage at and two blogs that I update when I have something interesting to say: and

- Thank you for visiting with us today.

Great fun had by all!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Author Spotlight - Caprice Hokstad

Please enjoy my Q & A with author Caprice Hokstad!!

- Where do you get your ideas for your stories?

I really don’t know. I have a very weird brain and thoughts pop into it without any return address.

- Was it hard to develop a writing style?

Huh? I’m not even sure I know how to develop a style. I just write. If I have a style, I didn’t do anything to impose it. It’s just me.

- Do you find a part of your personality sneaking into any of your characters?

Yes. More with villains than heroes. But isn’t that what makes it fun? It’s socially acceptable to plot the perfect crime for a character to pull off. Characters can say and do what I can’t.

- Do you use outlines or let the story develop on its own?

I didn’t use an outline for The Duke’s Handmaid at all. I made a very rough one for Nor Iron Bars a Cage, but even when I use outlines, they are very loose and I do a lot of seat-of-pants fill in.

- What do you want your readers to take from your book(s)?

I want them love the story. I want them to feel elated for the climax, but sad because it’s over. I want to leave them hungry for more. I want them to pass it on to a friend or two or five. I want them to feel strongly enough that they go post a review on Amazon or sit and write me an email just because they feel like they need to talk about it.

- Can you share any upcoming projects with us?

My short story/mini-novella “Fettered Soul”, which is a prequel to my novels appears in the bestselling anthology “Aquasynthesis” from Splashdown Books. My seaQuest fanfiction is presently available for free at I am finally writing the third book of my Ascendancy Trilogy, as yet unnamed, but should be released in 2012.

- Where can readers find your books and contact information?



I would like to thank Caprice Hokstad for taking the time to participate in this author spotlight.

You can find my spotlight on her website -

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Author Spotlight!!!!

Starting October 7th, I will be posting a Q & A session for several authors from the Lost Genre Guild.

We all write different genres, but we serve the same God and desire to glorify him in our writing.

I pray you enjoy the different interviews and hopefully find a new author to add to your bookshelf.

Many blessings!!

Sincerely - Kimberli

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Is it possible to stay true to yourself as a writer and NOT use words or descriptions concerning race, beliefs, and/or appearance that would tear down a reader?

Do you take the chance that someone may or may not take it personally?

Are there boundaries?

I'm asking.

I'm a sensitive person, but I've learned to let things roll. However, I think there are times when I don't think I should have to.

What do you think?

Blessings - Kimberli

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Second Book - Almost Done!!!!!

Redemption: Shayia's Adventures - Book Two

I had a chance to see the cover of the book. It is coming together. I am excited! This second book is full of nonstop action.


Here is the blurb on the back cover:

Jolon, Izahrik’s apprentice, has escaped capture. Now he has unleashed his fierce beasts to demonstrate his greatest weapon – FEAR.

Shayia holds one person responsible – himself. Wielding his inheritance, the Sword of Light, guilt-ridden Shayia embarks on a quest to end Jolon’s reign of terror. However, along his journey, his faith will be shaken.

When all hope seems lost, will Shayia put his trust in the Creator or become snared in Jolon’s plan and surrender the Sword of Light?


I will keep you updated!!!

Blessings - Kimberli

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


It has been awhile since I worked on my WIP. No excuses. Even though it is the first draft (getting the story out of my head and onto paper), after reading it, I wanted to throw away half of what I had written. So I did.

Has that ever happened to you?

Sometimes it is best to continue until the draft is complete, and then go back and do the rewrites. But in this case, the story didn't feel right.

I encourage you to keep writing!

Blessings - Kimberli

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Author Spotlight

I am not the only writer in the world. :) I want to support others wanting to glorify the Lord with their writing.

In a few weeks, I will feature other Christian authors from different genres.

I am looking forward to their interviews and I hope you are, too.

Happy reading and writing!!!!!!

Blessings - Kimberli

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Setting a "finished" story aside for a few weeks can be beneficial.

I thought my second manuscript was ready for print. It had been through the fire by several people and I gave it a quick one last glance. After months passed, I began to hear the inner calling from the Lord telling me to look at the manuscript. I didn't. He continued, so I stopped fiddling with other things and obeyed.

As I slowly read through the manuscript, finding error after error, I stopped and gave thanks to the Lord (after apologizing for procrastinating) for telling me to give it another look. I found three pages worth of things that needed to be fixed.

Now, I know that even after making the changes, there will still be mistakes. That's just how things go. But, at least there will be a few mistakes and not over thirty.

So, I encourage you to please do two things...

1. If possible, please set your manuscript aside for a few weeks.
2. Dust it off and read it nice and slow...with a pen and paper handy.

Blessings to you!!

Sincerely - Kimberli

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Would you like a chance to win a copy of my book? You would? Awesome!!

All you need to do is check out my interview at The Christian Scroll and leave comment. The rules are posted at the end of the interview.

AND...if you missed my first interview, you can check it out as well...since you're reading anyway. :)

Here are the links:

The Christian Scroll -

The Writing Life for Me -

OK, see you there!!!!

Blessings - Kimberli

Thursday, March 17, 2011


We have been working on the book cover for the second book for a while now. There is so much that goes into making the cover. After seeking the opinion of others, we have finalized the cover. We are another step closer to releasing my second book...

REDEMPTION: Shayia's Adventures ~ Book Two

I can't wait!!!!!!!

Blessings - Kimberli

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Moving Forward

Slowly, but surely, I have been plowing through the rough draft of the third book in the Shayia's Adventures series.

I think it is time to bring chapter nine to a close. I am not happy with the chapter at all, but the more I think about it, the worse it becomes.

As this is the first draft out of my head, I'm not sweating it. If I move on and focus on something new, it will give my brain a chance to deal with chapter nine when the time comes.

So...chapter I come!!!!!

Blessings - Kimberli

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Making A Difference

As an author, I believe it is important to try to make a difference in the world...for the better.

My first book, The Sword of Light: Shayia's Adventures - Book One, is my small start. Even though it is an easy-to-read chapter book, I believe it has much to teach our young people.

First, the book's main focus is that all things are possible through Christ. I want our young readers to learn that they should not rely on their own strength, but the power of our Lord. Second, we are not alone. With the support of family and friends, we can accomplish much. Third, reading can be fun. There are so many children that struggle with reading for different reasons - boring, too overwhelming to read long chapters, too confusing. The list goes on. I want the Lord to use me to write stories that are fun and full of page turning adventures.

So, please partner with me as we are called to write and make a difference. Let us bring fun and adventure to our young readers as we teach them about the Lord.

Blessings - Kimberli

Saturday, February 05, 2011


We have been working to prepare my second book, REDEMPTION: SHAYIA'S ADVENTURES - BOOK TWO, for print. Unfortunately the unexpected happened and dates were pushed back.

Now, I can get frustrated and allow bad attitudes to creep in, making things more difficult.


I can continue to put my trust in the Lord.

I choose to do the latter. He is the reason I write, so no matter what happens, the Lord is my main focus.

The Lord blessed me with awesome people to work with. I am extremely thankful for every single one of them.

So, when the unexpected happens to you, I encourage you to keep your focus on the Lord.

Keep writing!!!

Blessings - Kimberli

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

iPad for Writers

Right before Christmas, the Lord blessed my husband with a free iPad. I had been wanting one since they were announced. Instead of keeping it for himself, he shared it with the family.

I use it more than anyone else in the family. (I think they are being nice.)

Although the iPad is fun to play with, I mainly wanted to use it for writing. At first, I was getting discouraged because I couldn't find any writing apps that worked for me, and typing on it turned out to be another challenge.

Now that I have had more time with it, I haven't really used the laptop or desktop. Once you find the right apps, you are pretty much set. As for typing, it gets easier as you continue to use it.

Here are some of the apps I use:

- Pages
- Keynotes (for creating book trailers)
- Docs To Go (premium)
- Printer Pro
- neu.Notes

If you have any apps to recommend, I'd love to know about them.

Blessings - Kimberli

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Back To Writing!!!

After the holidays and several birthdays, it has been nice getting back to working on my third book.

Right now, the main character and his friends are praying fervently. It draws me into worship.

I am praying that all the emotions that go into writing this series transfers into the story, so the readers will feel that they are on the journey.

Happy reading and writing!

Blessings - Kimberli