Speed Dating for Readers #8
All of today’s authors come from a place that creates unique stories. Because of their path through life, their champions take us to a place that may feel familiar yet strangely new. They are creative, funny and always ready to spin a yarn. Of course that’s true of all writers. Navigating who best fits what you like in today’s book market is sometimes confusing. With my series, Speed Dating for Readers, you can discover your next favorite author without leaving home. You can even connect with them through social media. Take time to follow up with these amazing people. I would also love to hear from you.
Hi, I’m Lisa Ricard Claro, and I’d like to thank Tierney for allowing me to introduce myself to you. I’m an award-winning author with published articles and stories spanning multiple media. I live in Georgia with my husband of 35 years, and I’m mom to a ruggedly handsome son and two stunningly beautiful daughters—okay, so I may be a tad biased. My other great love is fur-babies! I have a huge heart for rescues, and though I’m partial to dogs and cats, over the years we’ve made room in our home for fish, hamsters, hermit crabs, parakeets, snakes, and rats. So far, I’ve included only rescued dogs and cats in my novels. They may play a substantial role, like the mutt, Pirate, in my new release, Love Built to Last, but sometimes they’re just bit players (as in two upcoming novels, Love to Believe and Love to Win). I write contemporary romance because I believe in happily-ever-after, and I include pet companions because I think the presence of a dog or cat, however limited, adds heart to any story. When not writing novels or blogging, you’ll find me spending time with my family, reading, or daydreaming about living at the beach.
Cross Examinations by John Hegenberger
“How long does it take to publish a book?”30 years? Three years? Three months? Three days? Three hours?For me when I recently published Cross Examinations, a collection of short private eye stories, the answer was all the above. I wrote the first draft back in 1988, which is still today the setting for the tales. Not long after, I encountered a series of personal needs involving my family and friends and found it best to put the manuscript into a drawer and build a career that assured us all a steady income. It all worked out beautifully, because about 27 years later with a career completed and three children grown, I was nearing retirement and it was time to reopen that drawer.
Thus in 2012, I entered a whole new world of electronic publishing. The book went through a three weeks of rewrites.
But then came the daunting task of learning to properly format and post an eBook. After another three days of studying, I pressed the Send button and launched my book into the world.
Ah, but then… came the agonizing three hours wait before the book became fully available on the website. Finally, success was mine! The collection of short stories is out there now available to a wide audience, available at www.amazon.com/dp/B00XT5F562
So, as you can see, the process contains many stages, but at each step along the way, I knew I was getting closer to the fulfillment of my dream.
Meet Eliot Cross, Columbus-based P.I. in 1988.
A series of serious crimes: Kidnapping. Murder. Art Thief. Blackmail. Comic Books?
I’m the eldest of 37 (yep, you read that right: 3 and 7) children. My family resembles three generations of the United Nations meets Special Needs, so writing came about in an attempt to find “me” time amidst the chaos. I came into my family at 12, and was adopted at 14, and early on learned life left you with two choices: roll with life’s punches or stand up and hit back. I struggled to my feet and hit back, an attitude reflected by my characters. I’m the proud partner of a geeky god (okay, “god” may be pushing it, but he’s all mine, so hands off!) and the mom of two awesome young men who are destined to leave a unique mark on the world. To balance the gender ratio in my family, we recently brought two lovely, furry princesses into our desert home.
Besides writing, chocolate, coffee, and my family, I’m also one half of Wicked Dragon Writer Solutions, which offers two editing beasts who’ll polish your written gems for the price of one. I have two series available: an urban fantasy series with Black Opal Books, The Kyn Kronicles, and a paranormal romantic suspense with MuseIt Up Publishing, PSY-IV Teams.
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Iwas born in Richmond, Virginia and grew up in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I've always loved sports and am proud to say that I was the starting shortstop for the 1968 College of William and Mary baseball team that was the northern division winner of the Southern Conference. I know what you're thinking - I'm old. Don't remind me. I ran marathons as a younger man, finishing several in under three hours.
I was always an indifferent student, but loved reading and writing as far back as I can remember. I was also an elementary school spelling champion. There's a talent that won't make you rich.
In 2007 I retired from a varied career in the investment business as well as social services. With more free time available I rediscovered my love for writing and began submitting my short stories to publishers. I sold my first short story in 2008 and signed a contract for my first novel in 2011. I've written four more novels since then.
I live in Newport News, Virginia with my wife of 45 years (We got married at the age of five. See, I'm not really so old.)
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