Author Interview - Teena Stewart

Posted on Friday, May 30, 2014 12:00 AM

Hello Everyone!

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Teena Stewart, co-author of Brave New Century and Mothers & Daughters: Mending a Strained Relationship

Hi Teena, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I am an author / artist with three grown children. I’ve lived all over the U. S., was born in NC and grew up in Viriginia. About 5 years ago my husband and I moved back to NC and I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with my southern roots.

What were you like at school?

Painfully shy, horse crazy, creative and very artistic.

Were you good at English?

I was strong in creative writing. Always seemed to catch the teacher’s eye but wasn’t as strong in grammar—too right brained.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I think these days I feel more drawn to write for women, whether it is fiction or non-fiction, and in the fiction realm more drawn to women’s fiction.

So, what have you written?

Tons of articles, inclusion in a bunch of short story inspirational book compilations, quite a few books that are ministry related, and then the two mentioned above. I have a romantic suspense that is being shopped to publishers right now. Brave New Century if my first fiction book and it’s co-written with three author authors. Mothers and Daughters came from my own painful experience with my mom.

Or go to my website to see the complete list.

Loren Mathis

Guest Post, Jessica Dall

Posted on Friday, May 23, 2014 12:00 AM

POVs and Opinions
Jessica Dall

While I have always enjoyed writing (stretching back to just about as soon as I was able to hold a pen), compared to a lot of writer friends I have, I figured out that being “a writer” was something I wanted to do rather late into the game. Where I was dragged into creative writing club by a friend, I was actually a drama kid in high school—much more focused on the school play than my writing.

Heading into college, I still loved drama, but it was then that my writing really started to take off. And really, the two activities were not all that different. Both involved trying to get into someone else’s head—just now I was controlling those people rather than following someone else’s lines.

And perhaps that is what I like most about writing. I have always been fascinated by other people—their thoughts, their motivations. Writing gives me an excuse to spend far too much time thinking about those things in new, creative ways.

It is not always easy, however, when you’re creating entire worlds of new people. There are a number of ways to character build, everyone has something that works for them, but what too often seems to get missed is that the world has not only affected the characters, but your characters affect the world.

Loren Mathis

Author Interview, Marquita Herald

Posted on Friday, May 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Hello Everyone!

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Marquita Herald author of Stepping Stones to Emotional Resilience.
Hi Marquita, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
What inspired you to write your book?
I write about emotional resilience, and that interest represents a life-long passion. A lot of people grow up in dysfunctional families, in fact I often joke about how fear didn’t just run in my family - it galloped. At some point as a kid I became fascinated watching the people around me deal with fear and trauma and curious about why people react so differently to similar difficulties.
What brought it all together for me was a man I met several years ago by the name of W. Mitchell. Mitchell has overcome not one, but two horrific accidents that left him in a wheel chair, the fingers burned off his hands, and scars over most of his body. Mitchell’s motto is “It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do about it.” He not only helped me understand the power of emotional resilience but inspired me to share the value of cultivating these characteristics with others.
Later, when I decided to try my hand at writing a book, there really was no question that it would be about the benefits of emotional resilience.
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
I am pretty single minded in my passion about personal freedom and accepting the power and authority we each have to create our own live experience, so this is the central theme in all of my writing.
How much research do you do?
I work hard to keep up with the latest studies in the various areas of emotional resilience so I read a lot of research - piles and piles of studies. Not the most exciting material, and sometimes I have to reread a report a few times before I get all the technical jargon, but we’re talking people’s lives, so it’s important to me that the advice I share with my readers is based on proven scientific research. I also follow several personal development journals, and of course I’m active in social media which helps me to stay current on trends.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
No matter where I am in the world I naturally wake up on or before 4am, in fact I haven’t owned an alarm clock in years. My morning routine is always pretty much the same let my dog out, check email and the news over coffee and then I write until noon. Later in the day I work on my blog or other business related activities.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Writing in the self-help genre is tricky because you can’t just write what inspires you. You have to constantly monitor trends to see what issues people are grappling with and then - if it fits with your particular niche - come up with realistic ways to solve problems and offer encouragement.
At best self-help can inspire a reader to take action and provide a path, but ultimately it’s up to each of us to take that first step and it all boils down to how motivated someone is to make the most of their life.

Loren Mathis

Guest Post, Oswald Wallace

Posted on Friday, May 9, 2014 1:59 PM
She was lying. He knew from the way she kept moving the things in the kitchen. He knew from the way her hand kept touching her neck, like it always does when she's nervous. And he knew from the way she kept avoiding his eyes. But most of all, he knew because he had seen her.
"So, you haven't met anyone?" he asked her for the second time ....

That was an excerpt from my book A Cuckoo by the Window, which you can find at Smashwords ( with all my other works which are FREE! Well, I'll leave you now by sharing my limited view on writing.

Writing a book is, I think, like raising a child.

You never quite finish, it's just taken out of your hand. And suddenly, even if you aren't the one who ends it, you find yourself saddled with that uncanny combination of happiness and sadness when you realise it's done.

Follow me at twitter (@OHemmingsW) and on Wattpad ( So long and thanks for all your time!
Loren Mathis

Blog Tour - Nina Mason: Queen of Swords, GIVEAWAY!

Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014 12:01 AM


When Graham Logan, a Scottish earl turned vampire by a dark wizard’s curse, draws the Queen of Swords, he knows he’s about to meet the love of his life. For the third time. But surrendering his heart will mean risking her life…or making her what he is. Neither of which his morals will permit him to do. Graham, who believes he lost his soul to the curse, rages at God: Why give her back only to take her again?

Cat Fingal, the third incarnation of Graham’s twin flame, won’t let him escape so easily. As soon as they meet, she feels she knows him and begins having past-life flashbacks. A white witch, she casts a spell to summon him, wanting answers and to fill the void she’s felt all her life.
Graham has other problems, too. Like the seductress who wants him for herself and the dark wizard who cursed him and killed his beloved the first two times.

Will he find a way to save her this time around? Or will she save him?

12th May. Visited Caitriona tonight for the first time since becoming a monster. She slept, unaware of my presence, & for a time, I was content simply to observe. As the hours passed, I began to wonder what might happen if she awoke to find me in her room. Would she think me a wraith? Would she think it a dream? Desiring to know, & to get closer, I sat down on the corner of the bed, alert for any stirrings. Seeing none, I crawled up the bed until I reached her side. Still she did not stir. Ever so carefully, I set my head upon the pillow next to hers. She slept on. Drinking in her scent, I felt contentment for the first time since fate & Fitzgerald tore us apart. I closed my eyes & must have drifted off, because next I knew, her arm fell across my chest. Startled awake, I found her blinking at me in disbelief.

I lay there, still as death, waiting for her to react. Her hand moved up my chest to my face. She dragged her fingers across my jaw, pressed them against my lips, touched the end of my nose, my eyebrows, my forehead. As she combed back my hair, she whispered: “This must be a dream. But you feel so real, so alive. I don’t ken how such a thing is possible; nor do I care. I only pray I shall never awaken.”

I kept still. I could hear her heartbeat, smell her blood, but her blood was not what I craved. She set her head on my chest & started to sob.

Loren Mathis

Guest Post - Lis Ann, The Indigo Quill

Posted on Friday, May 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Guest Post: Lis Ann from The Indigo Quill

Basics of Self-Editing

I have many books that come across my table, several of which Ive  observed similar mistakes throughout. My goal today is to make note of a few things that you as a writer can do to make your editor happy and practice healthy habits for yourself.


When providing media kits, especially in terms of the cover of your book, make sure you have sent a decent size, 300 dpi, and jpeg in format. This is the longest withstanding and easiest arrangement to work with. It also makes you look more professional as the images appear clearer and much more defined. Send your photos the way you wish for them to appear.


Make sure that your information and grammar is correct. I know, it seems so simple, but youd be surprised at how many people overlook these things! If youre recalling historical events, places, people, or things, double check your facts.


Please be sure to consistently use proper forms. Keep There Theyre and Their straight. Ive actually had authors use the wrong form throughout their entire book. Your grasp on the English language is vital for your craft. If you need to brush up on your basic knowledge of effective writing, grab a book and study!

Try to stay away from: that, as, has been, this, just, had, words ending with ing or ly (especially at the beginning of sentences), I or he/she, got

Look at the first word of each sentence to be sure you didnt repeat them. Read your work out loud to hear if it sounds correct and if it can be well communicated to a reader. If needed, consult a Thesaurus to approach a phrase differently.

Make strong writing! The more you practice adequate writing habits, the easier it becomes and the more skilled you will be. You will also make your editor a very happy camper! :)

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