It is with great pleasure and thanks that we publish the following authors interviews.
I hope you find them as interesting as we do.
Brian Morgan spent 20 years as an accountant and manager for national and international companies in Australia, chalking up some pretty impressive achievements. He opted for this because he could not work out how to pursue his writing dream and feed his family at the same time.He finally broke out of the business world by starting his own magazines – some regional and some national. To start, he did all the writing, advertising sales, prepress work, dealing with printers and delivery of the magazines – all with the support and willing work of his wife, Judy.
They also started a printing and publishing business and a seminar and exhibition production company, all within a five-year period. Not surprisingly, he then had a heart attack.
Recouperating, Brian became angry with himself and landed on the doorstep of his local newspaper, where he asked for work – any work as long as it was writing. They gave him a job and his promotion was rapid on a range of newspaper and magazine mastheads.
He collected a stack of national and state awards for journalism, editing and publishing in a 20-year career in that industry. He gained an enviable reputation and genuine peer recognition with titles including editor, editor-in-chief and managing editor.
Twenty years later, he decided (with his wife’s encouragement and support) that the time was tight to really chase the dream and work for himself as an author.
Never one to be half-hearted, he threw himself into it and is enjoying a third career right now. Along the way, he collected a prestigeous national literary award, became a sell-out best-seller in the US, the UK and Japan, had his work translated for Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese readers and mentored writers around the world.
He has eight books in print and more as eBooks, and published books for others.
Brian Morgan has a particular quirk. He tries to leave everything better than he found it. He thinks we should earn our place in our family, our community, our workplace and on this planet. So, he now runs an organisation called Professional Independent Publishing Standards (pipsverified.com) set up to make self-publishing and indie publishing better.
Ailsa Abraham retired early from a string of jobs, ending up teaching English to adults. She has lived in
France since 1990. She copes with Bipolar Condition,M E & a twisted arthritic spine with her usual wry
humour: “well if I didn’t have all those, I’d have to work for a living, instead of being an author, which is
much more fun.”. She writes pagan magical realism and detective fiction.
Kim Fleet holds an MA and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews, and worked as an Anthropologist in Australia for a number of years, helping indigenous people to claim access to their traditional lands. She is a freelance writer and writing coach, and the author of four novels and over 75 short stories published in the UK and abroad.
Rachel Dove is a former adult ed teacher now writing full time and raising her family. She is the winner of the 2015 Prima and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition and writes romantic novels, articles and short stories.
Sylvia Riojas Vaughn is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. She has been selected as a Houston Poetry Fest Juried Poet three times. She belongs to the Dallas Poets Community. Her work appears in Red River Review, Triadæ, HOUSEBOAT, Diálogo, Desde Hong Kong: Poets in conversation with Octavio Paz, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems (Dos Gatos Press, 2016), The Arachneed Journal, Highland Park Poetry’s The Muses’ Gallery, and anthologies and journals in the U.S. and abroad. Her play, La Tamalada, was produced in Fort Worth.
Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 22 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary Bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 21 other books. Mystery Blogger Award for 2017. A to Z Blog Challenge Survivor in 2016. March 2016 Empress of the Universe title – winner of the “Broken Heart” themed contest and the “I Love You” themed contest on Poetry Universe. SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers’ Poll. Nominated in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 10 Authors on AuthorsDB.com.
Stella Sawyer was born on the outskirts of London well actually it was a London Borough with an Essex postal address so a bit of an East-ender and bit of an Essex girl. No she doesn’t have any white stiletto’s, though come to think of it she did once own a pair of white heeled shoes in the 80’s. She was the youngest child of four born in the mid 1950’s and used to love reading especially The Famous Five. As she got older her reading choices changed anything from adventure to romance even the odd Mills & Boon would pass through her hands & eyes! Then in Later years still enjoying romance but also thrillers like Martina Cole and the odd autobiography. Writing poems for fun is what she has been doing since the late 1970’s at times for others, personal events, or episodes within her own life. Writing a Novel has been in her thoughts and with many attempts for over 35 years. Now she has finally published been in March 2016 a short book of life Poems and in June she published her first novel ‘Mummy Loves You’ based on true events from the 1970’s, about a Mothers love and fight for her son during a traumatic divorce from a control possessive/obsessive husband.
She now has the bug for writing and is in the middle of writing her next novel a Fictional Romance ‘For The Love of Mary.’
Bestselling author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary fiction with occasionally unexpected themes.
The Christmas Promise rose to #1 in the Amazon Kindle chart and Just for the Holidays was an
Amazon bestseller, too. The Wedding Proposal, Dream a Little Dream and Is this Love? were all
nominated for Readers’ Best Romantic Read Awards and Darcie’s Dilemma for Readers’ Best Short
Romance. Love & Freedom won a Best Romantic Read Award and Dream a Little Dream was
nominated for a RoNA in 2013. Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the
Romantic Novelists’ Association and editor of its two anthologies.Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles and writing ‘how to’.
Suzanne Lambert lives in the North East of England with her husband. Her daughter and grandchildren live nearby bringing constant joy and laughter. She discovered the delights of blogging and in her spare time enjoys writing short stories both
fictional and true. Throughout all the challenges, fears and the harshness of the 1950’s and the early 1960’s there was a magic that her mother created wherever she went. Suzanne is now working on a children’s book based on all the magical stories her mother told her and she is enjoying it very much indeed.
Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina is an award-winning author with seventeen books, nine are young children’s books (PS-Grade 3), five are MG/PT/YA books, part of a detective series, and two novels and a short story collection for 18+. She has been writing since age nine with poetry and greeting cards. She has received six book awards for her books to date, one Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards, four Pinnacle Book Achievement awards, and an Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite.
Passionate about the role of books in today’s society, Barbara is happiest working with young would-be writers, and is frequently invited into primary and secondary schools, talking and working on aspects of story writing. In 2016 after writing a dozen books for children and young adults, Barbara embarked on her first adult novel … Broken.
Sandy Paull was born in north Queensland, Australia, and is married with three adult children. She has led an active sporting life; loves archery, shooting, and boxing, and has twenty years’ experience in martial arts.
Sandy discovered her passion for writing crime/action/suspense many years ago, and her hard-hitting scenes make any of her four books difficult to put down. http://www.sandypaull.com
Linda J Pifer is an only child, born and raised in Ohio; writing from an early age to occupy time, she was encouraged to continue in high school. She wrote for newsletters and professional education through her career as a hospital risk manager.
Her first national publication nonfiction was in Country Magazine 2003; The Cloverfinder, a story about her uncle Harlan and his ability to find 4-leaf clovers. Since then she’s written several short stories, a memoir, and four fiction novels.
She lives on Florida’s west coast with her husband and family.
Melissa A. Joy is a new fantasy author who challenges the conventional expectations of fantasy and takes them to a whole new level. It is no secret that she believes in the existence of all things fantastical, and that anything is possible. She began building the world of Aeldynn and started writing seriously aged approximately 13, and has since developed it into something truly magical worth sharing. Tall ship sailing on the high seas is perhaps the most adventurous and striking of her hobbies. After researching the designs and functionality of tall sailing ships to develop an idea for her writing, In 2016 Melissa graduated at the Open University with a Balchelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, and also holds a diploma in proofreading. She attended Costessey High School between 1997-2002 where she achieved 10 GCSEs, and City College Norwich between 2002-2004, achieving an A-level in English Language and Literature. Official website: http://aeldynnlore.com