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Sharon Hamilton

This is the seventh Q and A in our series at the Lachesis Publishing Daily Blog – featuring interviews with bestselling authors. Today we feature the warm and super talented New York Times and USA Today best-selling author SHARON HAMILTON. Sharon writes a very popular romance series about Navy Seals. She also writes paranormal romance about vampires and immortal guardians. 

What was your first book that hit a bestseller list? What was the list, where did the book rank when it first hit, and how high did your book get?

 SH: My first USA Today list was with Ultimate SEAL Collection, which is books 1-4 in my SEAL Brotherhood Series, along with two bonus novellas. I have been in about 10 boxed sets and other anthologies over the past 12 months, and I believe 8 of them have made USA Today or NYT lists.

What were you doing when you found out you hit the bestseller list? And how did you celebrate or mark the occasion?

SH: One time I was at the beauty parlor. Another time I was having a massage and people were trying to text me. LOL. Shopping.

What does being a “successful author” mean to you?

Sharon Hamilton spending time with two of her loyal readers/friends: Mary Thomas and Tamatha Prince.

SH: Being successful is being consistent in producing high quality books fans love. I’m not interested in being a flash in the pan. Not interested in hanging out and being the best at social media, or being everyone’s best friend, although that comes with a loyal following and good fan base. I’m more interested in writing books that expand my readership, loving the new readers as well as loving the old ones. A successful author’s touch and work expands, not contracts. I’ve given up the idea that one book, one series will launch my career. It’s a marathon, NOT A SPRINT.

Some authors are great at it, while others can’t find the right formula, but in order to be a success in today’s market, you have to do promotion. So, what are the top three things that you do consistently when it comes to promotion?

SH: I have a great Street Team and I update and cull them frequently. I don’t make them do things, but encourage participation through “gifts” and other incentives. We try to have a good time. I try to post on my FB page (both author and profile pages) every day, and answer back as many as I can. At this point I can, but later, I probably will not be able to, so I’m just doing it while I can to show readers I care about them. 

Sharon Hamilton with actor/narrator J.D. Hart at a signing.

I use my world-class narrator, J.D. Hart, to do promotional teasers, book trailers and he comes to some event signings (because he’s a great guy and a handsome actor as well). He is my best friend, and my partner in the audio books portion, which is very successful for me, so I like to include him, and am glad he likes and is able to do it.

What is one thing you absolutely LOVE about being an author and one thing that makes you BONKERS?

SH: I love the stories, especially from military families, how my books have touched them in some way. I wish I could remember them all so when I meet these people at signings, I can relate to what they’ve written me, and I just can’t (so if you’re one of those remind me, okay?) These heart-felt communications are I think the reason I write. I love living in the Cinderella fantasy. Here’s my recent blog post on Living In Cinderella. How love stories and writing love stories is just part of my DNA.

What makes me bonkers is people who win prizes at events, free prizes, and then get greedy or annoyed when things take a little bit to get to them, or (very occasionally because we try very hard) get snippy with me. Hey!! It’s free stuff!! I’ll gladly send things if we messed up, but don’t beat us up, please! We’re working hard, AND IT’S FREE!!

Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

SH: I have lots of favorite authors as friends. I don’t think I’m qualified to say they are my favorite authors, because we all write differently, and my style might not be theirs. But as far as people: Kaylea Cross, Cristen Harber, J.M. Madden, Robyn Peterman, Donna McDonald, Cat Johnson, Nailini Singh, Suzanne Brockman, Ruth Cardello, Marina Adair, Hannah Jayne (aka Hannah Schwartz), just to name a few. These people all have done

things for my career, and I consider most of them great friends. They don’t all write in the same genres.

What are you currently working on?

SH: Band of Bachelors, the new series in my SEAL Brotherhood Series, which launches in a big party 8/4/15 Cat Johnson’s Hot SEALs in Kindle Worlds. The novella: Band of Bachelors: Lucas, will be in this world, followed by the full length book coming out in October under my own branding.

I am also working on another series that will preview in an anthology coming out in September: True Blue SEALs, the novella True Navy Blue will be my contribution to this anthology, Protect and Serve: Soldiers, SEALs and Cops.

I have more books coming in the Bad Boys of SEAL Team 3, as well as some paranormals I’m working on.

In your daily work routine what do you do first and why?

write/plot/creative: First hour at least. Usually 3-4

Sharon Hamilton’s desk. Hmm… looks like a wine bottle. 😉

social media/promotion: After first post of the day, not until noon.

email/admin: quick check in to make sure no emergencies, then after noon.

What would I find on your desk at this very moment? (See picture on right)

Finish this sentence: I’m a writer because . . .

SH: I think my recent post on Living In Cinderella sums it up. I’ve done everything else I was supposed to do, raised 4 kids who are now having kids of their own, contributed to our household by running two successful businesses, one I founded and have turned over to my husband and daughter, am a good wife and life partner. So now it’s time for me. I started late in life, but I wanted something just creative and something uniquely mine, something for me and my own mind, not for someone else.

Funny thing is, now, instead of a family to please and take care of, I have thousands of fans. I take my commitments seriously, and promise not to let them down!

Connect with Sharon Hamilton via her website, facebook author page, pinterest, goodreads, and twitter.

 

Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing. She loves chai tea, and chatting with wonderful authors.

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OUR QUESTION OF THE WEEK IS: WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO JUNK FOOD SNACK?

This week we’ve been featuring the work of Lachesis Publishing author Jessica PenotJessica Penot is the author of the paranormal The Accidental Witch, and the horror novel, Circe. Her books are scary and delve into the world of witchcraft but also the psychology of the human mind. But her characters also have more light-hearted “weaknesses”. The Accidental Witch features a heroine who has a love of junk food. Phaedra, the heroine, is often munching on cookies and Cheetos and drinking Diet Coke. So what do you love to munch on when you’re stressed out or wanting something to crunch?

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As the author of Circe and The Accidental Witch, I have integrated many similar thematic elements into my work.  The biggest thing my books have in common is that they are about psychologists that are pulled into supernatural situations.  This is because I am a practicing therapist with a master’s degree in clinical psychology. Although my career hasn’t been as straight forward as my protagonists, I draw much of my character inspiration from my work.

Searcy State Hospital, in Alabama, now closed.

In The Accidental Witch, my heroine is a psychologist working at a small inpatient psychiatric facility in rural Alabama. I wrote this book while I was working at Crestwood Behavioral Health in Huntsville, Alabama. Many of the situations Phaedra finds herself in are inspired by situations I found myself in at Crestwood. Although I am careful to keep the confidentiality of all my patients safe, I do use my experiences in my practice to inspire me. In Circe, my protagonist is Eric Black, A psychologist working at a haunted state psychiatric hospital in Southern Alabama. I drew my inspiration for Circe from working at Searcy State Hospital outside of Mobile, Alabama. The Hospital shares the same tortured history as the hospital in Circe and its haunted past continues to fascinate me to this day.

Tree of Life Behavorial Health (Alabama)

Recently,I opened my own clinic in Alabama. Tree of Life Behavioral Health has been my dream for a very long time.  It is a small clinic that offers sliding scale services for patients that can’t otherwise afford mental health care.  I base what the patient pays on what they can afford and am able to help the very patient population that Phaedra had to use magic to help in The Accidental Witch.  I work with another counselor and with my husband, our physician, and every day we feel we are able to make a difference in people’s lives.  Even my husband has said that there is no way you can work in this environment and not be inspired. I deeply love what I do and I can’t deny that Tree of Life Behavioral Health will probably appear somewhere in one of my next books.  Phaedra may even find her way into opening a practice of her own in my next book in that series and that practice may resemble the work I am doing now. My work is my inspiration and Tree of Life is the best inspiration I have had yet.

Image from The Tree of Life Behavorial Health Alabama website

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Jessica Penot is the author of the paranormal The Accidental Witch, and the horror novel, Circe. Her books are scary and delve into the world of witchcraft but also the psychology of the human mind.

SPECIAL DEAL OF THE WEEK! You can buy Jessica Penot’s THE ACCIDENTAL WITCH right here at Lachesis Publishing for only .99 cents. You can also get it for this week only at .99 cents (or less) at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Kobo.

Connect with Jessica Penot online on her web site and on facebook and twitter.

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Jessica Penot is our Q and A guest today.  She is the author of the paranormal The Accidental Witch. Jessica has also written a horror novel for Lachesis Publishing called Circe. Her books are scary and delve into the world of witchcraft but also the psychology of the human mind.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and why?

I have wanted to be a writer as long as I can remember.  When I was a little girl I lived in my imagination and stories and books were my great escape.  There was nothing else in the world I could have wanted to be more than a story teller.

 Describe your favorite place to write? 

I don’t get to pick a favorite place to write.  I am a working mother of three children and any place or time I can write is my favorite place.

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What would I find on your desk at this very moment?

I have a Tardis mug filled with green tea, my serenity rock, a lot of pens and pencils, my iphone, and an owl bowl filled with Hershey’s kisses.

What is your tea/coffee beverage of choice when you’re writing?

I love cinnamon spice green tea.

 What do you love to read?

I go through author and book phases.  Right now I’m loving Simone St. James, but if you had asked me a year ago I may have said that Bernard Cornwell was my favorite author.  I always love Christopher Moore and A. Lee Martinez and I’m always waiting for their next books!

 What is some good advice you can give to an emerging writer?

Finding a good agent is the best advice I can give any author. It makes all the difference.

What do you do after you finish a book? Do you celebrate or take a nap?

I’m a napper. I always prefer a nap. That might change when my kids are older, but right now, I dream of sleeping when I sleep.

You have written a horror and a paranormal for Lachesis. What draws you to the dark side?

I’ve always loved the dark side. I’ve been watching horror movies since I was a very little girl and Anne Rice was my favorite author by the time I was ten. I always loved old haunted mansions and fairy tales with a dark twist. I can’t say why, but it seems like these have always been my passions. Even when I was very young, I preferred nightmares to good dreams.

Your amazing paranormal The Accidental Witch is rich with lore and spooky stuff but you balance that so well with such a loveable heroine. Where did the idea for this book come from and how did you approach the research?

I wrote The Accidental Witch when I was working on the inpatient psychiatric floor at Crestwood Behavioral Health.  I was always wishing there was some kind of magic I could use to help my patients. In Alabama, there aren’t many mental health resources and I would dream of any kind of dark art that could conjure some resource to help my people.  Sadly, such magic didn’t exist, but for Phaedra (the heroine) it did.

What are you working on next? 

I am currently working on a middle grade series, The Monster Hunter’s Manual, for Our Street Books and finishing the sequel to The Accidental Witch.

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This week’s DEAL OF THE WEEK at Lachesis Publishing  The Accidental Witch by Jessica Penot (paranormal with romantic elements). It’s funny, scary, clever, and features a heroine that you will just love to bits.

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What it’s about:

Phaedra Michaels is a small town psychologist who is beginning to lose hope. Two of her patients at the local hospital in Dismal, Alabama have just killed themselves, she’s still reeling from her divorce and what turned out to be a disastrous marriage, and her father has died, leaving her without any notion of who her real mother is.

Just as Phaedra decides to commit herself to a serious drinking problem and an eating disorder, or two, a mysterious spell book arrives in the mail. Feeling desperate, Phaedra uses it to cast spells to save her fading patients. Suddenly, good things start happening.  Phaedra’s patients begin to get better and she even starts dating the sexy doctor from the hospital.

Phaedra is so happy she doesn’t notice the small things that start to go wrong in Dismal, or the dark creatures slithering out of the shadows near her house. When Phaedra finally realizes her spells have attracted every card-carrying demon from hell, she has no choice but to accept help from a slightly nerdy, 500 year-old warlock with a penchant for wearing super hero T-shirts and a knack for getting under Phaedra’s skin. Now, if only she could get the hang of this witch thing, she might be able to save her town.

EXCERPT:

I carefully pulled the twine and the brown paper fell off. Beneath the paper was a large, leather bound book. It looked like an old journal or recipe book. It was tied together with a red ribbon and the ribbon held numerous pieces of paper. I ran my hands over the smooth leather and read the title of the book. It simply said Spells.

I laughed and pulled the red ribbon that held the book together. The book fell open. Inside, it was like a recipe book a mother would pass on to a daughter. There were old typed pages with handwritten notes in the margins. There were pages added with handwritten spells on them and drawings.

“What the hell?” I said as I leafed through the old book. There were potions and summoning spells and candle spells. In-between pages, there were pressed flowers and herbs and some of the pages were stained with old candle wax.

I set the book down and went into the kitchen and opened the fridge. At least the kitchen was done. It looked like any other modern kitchen. It had granite counter tops and marble floors. I’d spared no expense making it look like something that belonged in an old southern mansion. I wanted the house to be perfect and I had Johnny Boy’s money to help me achieve that dream. The lights flickered when I entered. I would have to talk to Lawson about that in the morning. I took a beer out of the fridge and opened it. I had a sip and grabbed a roll of cookie dough. Armed with the cookie dough and beer, I returned to the book. It had fallen off the counter, to the floor, and was opened to a page. I laughed again. The page it had opened to was love spells. That was just what I needed.

I sat down and ate and drank and leafed through the book. I stopped at a page with an interesting picture on it. The spell was an awakening spell. It awakened you to the supernatural world. I hesitated and looked at the script around it.

Something fell upstairs and the lights went out. I fumbled around and found the nearest flashlight and switched it on just as the lights flickered back on.

“Lawson, you asshole,” I said as I turned the flashlight off. “The wiring is done in the parlor, my ass.”

A sudden wave of fatigue washed over me and I picked up my mess and carted my sorry butt upstairs. I climbed into bed with my flashlight. I still had the book of spells. It had been so long since someone had given me something that I had forgotten what it felt like. I knew the book was more than weird. It bordered on creepy. A normal woman would probably burn the damn thing, but I wasn’t a normal woman. I was a lonely divorcée living in a house known to be haunted, but I loved it the way most people love their pets. I was the daughter of a man who had made it clear that he loathed me, with a step-mother who’d bought me toilet paper for Christmas. The creepy book was wonderful to me. It meant that someone out there, even if they were a freak, cared about me, and freak love was better than no love at all.

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This is the sixth Q and A in our series at the Lachesis Publishing Daily Blog – featuring interviews with bestselling authors. Today we feature the oh-so-funny, definitely wise, and truly talented New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala. Sharon writes romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and paranormal romance. Sharon also writes under the pen name Dinah McCall.

What was your first book that hit a bestseller list? What was the list, where did the book rank when it first hit, and how high did your book get?

SS: I don’t remember when my books first hit the USA Today list, but my first New York Times book was DARK WATER, November 17, 2002. It hit #15.

What were you doing when you found out you hit the bestseller list? And how did you celebrate or mark the occasion?

SS: My agent called me. She’d found out during a lunch with another agent and called me. She was standing in front of her office building laughing and shrieking and I could hear cabs honking and people talking and it felt like a dream. To celebrate, I took a bunch of my friends from my local RWA chapter out to dinner one night. It was so much fun to celebrate with them because they knew how hard a writer has to work to get there.

What does being a “successful author” mean to you?

SS: Being able to sell my books and make a living at it.

Some authors are great at it, while others can’t find the right formula, but in order to be a success in today’s market, you have to do promotion. So, what are the top three things that you do consistently when it comes to promotion?

At the 2013 RWA Rita Awards with fellow nominees: Maggie Shayne, (best paranormal) Sharon Sala (best romantic suspense), Jean Brashear (best long contemporary times two!)(from MaggieShayne.com)

SS: I hate promoting. I hate selling myself. I am not good at it and the last person to ask about what to do.

What is one thing you absolutely LOVE about being an author and one thing that makes you BONKERS?

SS: I love being able to make a living at what I love and I hate the piracy aspect of publishing. I wish every person who knowingly downloads a stolen book a lifetime of fleas.

Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

SS: I like Robert Crais, Kay Hooper, John Hart and Allison Brennan, to name a few. The why is universal with all four. It’s the depth of suspense, the imagery of their prose, and the fact that I can get lost in the stories without thinking about how they were told.

What are you currently working on?

SS: I’m working on THE GATHERING, it’s the 3rd and last book in a self-pubbed , Prophecy series. It’s Native American paranormal romance set in ancient times. It’s also the culmination of a dream of mine to have my Native American stories with actual Native American cover models on the book covers. WINDWALKER is the first in the series. The model is Rick Mora, a Yaqui/Apache model/actor from Hollywood. THE DOVE is the second book featuring Rick Mora on the cover again and my granddaughter, Logan Sala, Muscogee/Creek. THE GATHERING will have Rick and Logan on it as well.

In your daily work routine what do you do first and why

write/plot/creative – SS: This is probably the last on my list because I tend to the business of my life before I tend to the business of my work. I work/write more in the evening and night because I’m not interrupted by phone calls as much.

Sharon Sala’s desk, and her Dr. Pepper.

social media/promotion – SS: I do this second. I have a presence on Facebook and enjoy the connections I make with readers and fellow writers. I do next to no promotion for myself. I don’t like it and I’m not good at it. It’s like trying to sell myself and it just feels weird to me.

email/admin – SS: This is the first thing I do each morning. I download email and go through it, answering all of the work-related questions, etc . . .

What would I find on your desk at this very moment?

SS: Anyone who knows me will not be surprised by this. LOL

Sharon Sala’s new contemporary romance (one of several new releases)

Finish this sentence: I’m a writer because . . .  SS: I was given the gift and I’m not supposed to waste it.

You can connect with Sharon Sala via her website, on facebook, and twitter.

P.S. Sharon writes the most wonderful, heart warming, poignant posts on facebook about her mother whom she calls Little Mama. She also shares tid-bits of wisdom, love, and laughter about the ups-and-downs of her daily life with her friends and followers. 

Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing. She loves chai tea, and chatting with wonderful authors.

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Award winning author Christina Holt has been in our spotlight this week. She’s readily admitted to having a sweet tooth and includes home made Rice-Krispie squares as one of her go-to treats when writing. So we are asking you today – what is a treat that you remember from your childhood – made by your mom or grandma or someone in your family – that you absolutely loved and couldn’t get enough of? Leave your answer here or on our Lachesis Publishing Facebook Page and you could win a free eb00k copy of Christina Holt’s YA Paranormal VANISHED.

Christina Holt has written two YA paranormals for Lachesis Publishing: Second Chance and Vanished. Her books delve into the supernatural world but are very grounded in what kids and teens experience growing up. Christina recently won the Darrell Award award for her YA, Vanished.

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Christina Holt has written two YA paranormal novels Second Chance and Vanished  for Lachesis Publishing – both books have an element of mystery to them. It’s understandable since she is an avid fan of mystery novels. Well, who doesn’t love a good whodunnit? But Christina has gone one step further in her quest to solve a good mystery . . .

One of my personal favorite genres to read would be mystery and suspense books. Especially when the story has unexpected turns and keeps you guessing up until the very end. I think most people feel a sense of personal victory when they are able to solve the ending (or figure out the bad guy), before it is actually revealed in the book.

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I think that is why I got so excited when my husband first introduced me to The Great Escape Room game. (If you haven’t heard of this, you should look it up online to see if there is one near you!). There are several locations in various cities, and each one has different rooms all with unique themes. The staff locks you into a room with a group of friends and you have one hour to solve a series of puzzles in order to unlock the room. They let groups of seven people in at a time, and you definitely want different personalities in your group. The time I went, it worked out  really well, because we had different types of people, some that were very quiet but smart, some that were always looking for all the details everywhere, some that were leaders, some just following directions.

The room we did was called The Heist, and it was all about stolen paintings, and we had to find our way through 3 different rooms in order to find the stolen art work and find where the real art was hidden. If you get stumped, they give you clues along the way. It was so much fun. 🙂

The next one we are doing is called The Mayflower, and it’s about a serial killer who has been nicknamed The Mayflower because of the ship in a bottle token he leaves by his victims. The discription says that the killer messed up and left evidence which leads to his apartment, which is where the game starts.

It really feels like walking through a mystery novel and you and the people in the room are the characters in the book.

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Award winning author Christina Holt has written two YA paranormals for Lachesis Publishing: Second Chance and Vanished. Her books delve into the supernatural world but are very grounded in what kids and teens experience growing up. Christina recently won the Darrell Award award for her YA, Vanished.

Connect with Christina on her website and on facebook and twitter.

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Today we chat with YA paranormal author CHRISTINA HOLT. Her book  VANISHED is our Lachesis Publishing Deal of the Week. ONLY .99 cents! Right here at Lachesis Publishing. Click on this link to purchase.

What was your favourite book as a child and why?

My favorite book when I was a small child had to be Peter Goes To School, by Wanda Rogers House. It’s now considered a 1950‘s Vintage Wonder book, but I remember reading that book or hearing my mom read that book every day when I was little. It must have been pretty special for my brother as well, because years later when we went through our childhood belongings and stumbled across that book, we had a tough time deciding who got to keep it.

Who was your favourite teacher growing up and why?

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This question is an easy one to answer, yet tough at the same time. In all my years of school, I can honestly say there is one teacher that stands out above everyone else, my 7th grade science teacher Mrs. Betty Sheesley. She made class fun for her students, and I learned so much from her that year. I had so much respect for her as a teacher and for her teaching style. The reason this question was a tough one to answer, is because I found out she passed away two months ago. Although it has been many years since I sat in her classroom, the news of her passing hit me harder than I could have ever imagined.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Why?

For me, I feel like writing found me. I never set out to become a writer. It could be because I wasn’t the best student in school, I had to work really hard to get average grades, so teachers often overlooked me. I did enjoy writing, but it wasn’t until after I finished college before I started writing  for enjoyment. My first book, was actually based on a dream I had back in high school that I always thought would make a great book. I guess it just took me a little longer to find my voice.

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Who in the writing/publishing world do you admire and why?

Very tough question. There are so many, I don’t think I could pick just one. Overall, I would have to  say I admire all the writers who have not been published yet and have spent years of their lives devoted to this art because they love it and believe in it. It’s easy to point out the great authors of the world, but I am rooting for the ones that don’t give up on their dreams.

Tell us about your daily writing routine – what do you typically do every day?

When I am deep into a story, I am very strict on myself on setting up a daily routine. I will get up each morning at the exact same time, and once I have my coffee, I immediately get straight to writing before I can get distracted with anything else for the day. In-between books, I still try to write often, but I’m not as strict with myself.

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What is your favourite snack or guilty pleasure food that you (may or many not 😉 indulge in when writing?

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I have a weird love of gummy bears. I have the biggest sweet tooth ever and will eat myself sick on sugar if I’m not careful when I really get going on writing something. I’ve also been known to eat Peeps or homemade Rice Crispy Bars 🙂

What does “writing voice” mean to you? Describe your own writing voice.

An author’s writing voice is their own personal writing style, which could reflect their own personality traits, or maybe a hidden dark alter ego 😉 Most important, it means their story is personal to them. My writing voice tends to be a bit nostalgic as I often reflect back on experiences from my youth so I can see through the eyes of my young characters. Writing science fiction and paranormal, I also get to write on a slightly creepy side, without being too scary.

What do you want to accomplish in the next five years in your writing career?

I would love to say I want to publish a new book, but sometimes I have to wait on a story to come to me before I feel it’s perfect, I don’t aways get to pick the timeline for that 😉 So I mainly focus on promoting the two books I currently have out and making sure my fans are happy.

What are three important things that a writer needs to do to promote himself/herself?

First, social media is the biggest tool out there these days if used properly. It’s easy to use and                reaches a lot of people. Second, since I write young adult books, I try to get into the middle                         and high schools in the area. Recently I was a featured guest at one of the area schools as a local                     author for their young writers club. Third, branch out and do book reviews and have others review your book. The more reviews you do, the more websites you will be featured on. Just be ready for constructive criticism or negative comments. Sometimes even negative attention will make people interested in wanting to read it for themselves.

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Ice cream or popsicles? Why?

Ice cream. Definitely ice cream. There are so many flavors of ice cream, and different ways to make it! Milk shakes, ice cream sundaes, ice cream cones, coke floats, etc etc. Don’t get me wrong,  popsicles are great on a hot summer day by the pool, but ice cream is the clear winner 🙂

Award winning author Christina Holt has written two YA paranormals for Lachesis Publishing: Second Chance and Vanished. Her books delve into the supernatural world but are very grounded in what kids and teens experience growing up. Christina recently won the Darrell Award award for her YA, Vanished.

Connect with Christina on her website and on facebook and twitter.

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WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Ten years ago, Emily Miller went missing when she was only five years old. Everyone in town thought she had either drowned in the lake near her house, or had been kidnapped. Some even whispered that her father, Frank Miller was responsible.

No one suspected the old boathouse behind the Miller property, except Emily’s father. Frank Miller knew what had happened to his little girl. He knew the boathouse had her.

Ten years later, thirteen-year-old George Morgan wanders into the same boathouse and discovers a magical secret. At first he’s thrilled. He reveals his secret to his fifteen-year-old brother Eddie, thinking it will bring them closer together. After all, George and Eddie used to be best friends, before they moved to town, and before Eddie started hanging out with a bunch of older boys—the same boys who make it their mission to bully George on a daily basis. But, when Eddie tells his friends about the boathouse, everything starts to go wrong.

Suddenly the cool, magical secret of the boathouse isn’t a secret anymore, and the mysteries of the past come back to haunt them, putting their lives in great danger.

Award winning author Christina Holt has written two YA paranormals for Lachesis Publishing: Second Chance and Vanished. Her books delve into the supernatural world but are very grounded in what kids and teens experience growing up. Christina recently won the Darrell Award award for her YA, Vanished.

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