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Love is blind interview with Deanna Dee

love is blind author interview


NAME Deanna Dee…………………………………………………….

Do you believe love is blind ?
I believe love can be blind. People will forgive a lot for love, and they are often willing to overlook things in the ones they love that they wouldn’t in other people. That said, I think it’s important to actively work to make love see. Falling into a pattern and taking someone for granted can be the beginning step of a relationship’s demise. Keeping an eye out for these things helps to nip them in the bud and keep the relationship strong. Sure, we might see some things we don’t like in the process, but personally, I’d rather know and be happy anyway.
What about love at first sight…do you believe in this…has it happened to you?
Honestly, I’m not sure. It hasn’t happened to me, but other people say it’s happened to them. I don’t like discounting anything in life, so my short answer to believing is “maybe.”
Have you ever had a date from Hell? What happened?
Sadly, I have not. It’s an experience that seeing in the movies doesn’t do justice, and it would have been interesting to experience firsthand.

Is there much love/romance or sex in your stories? If so how is it conveyed?
My Games of Love series doesn’t have sex in it. I made that choice because I wanted to focus on the emotional growth without the complications sex can bring to a relationship. It’s a very interesting angle to write from, especially in a romance novel.

Is there any music or films that you associate with Valentine’s day or love in general?
Disney princess movies. I know, some people say they give terrible messages to kids, but they will always be my first experience with the romance story line.



Roma Gray’s 2015

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Name…………Roma Gray………………………………….

What has 2015 meant to you as a writer?
2015 has turned into my break out year! I’ve sold 11 short stories, self-published a collection of my work (Gray Shadows Under a Harvest Moon), AND I had a novel (The Hunted Tribe: Declaration of War) picked up by a publisher. I was also picked up as a staff editor at the same publishing house. This year has been pure gold for me.

What world events in 2015 moved you?
Wow. So many things. The Paris attack makes the top of the list.

Were there any leading events in your life in 2015?
I was just sick of my job and not living the life I wanted to live.

What great films did you see in 2015? Did they have any influence on your work?
Jurassic World tops the list. Scared me to death and reminded me that dinos are still scary. I have several dinosaur stories this year, so it did help.

Is it good riddance to 2015 or more au revoir?
au revoir

What are your hopes for 2016 as a writer?
To continue or exceed this trend.

Do you have any regrets concerning 2015?
I would have not spent money on a professional promotional company. My efforts were far more effective than their efforts.

Tell us about anything funny that happened to you/or friend/family during 2015
I received a book for xmas last year called “Apex Predator: The Chain” by S.A. McKernan. A few months later I met this author on Facebook (used her real name) and we become good friends. It wasn’t until later that I realized I had her book.

Give us a prediction for 2016 that will amaze us…(Donald Trump is going to morph into a Buddhist monk)
We will finally have proof that ET exists (a planet that is capable of supporting life was discovered this year. It is only 14 light years away.)


Justin Bienvenue’s year

Name: Justin Bienvenue
What has 2015 meant to you as a writer?
It’s been a great year and I feel I’ve developed and grown more as a writer. There were ups and downs but both have made me more aware and more inept as a writer. It’s given me a new perspective on certain aspects of my writing and promoting that I have otherwise ignored or wouldn’t have considered until this year. The best part is it’s helped me shape a fine outlook and promising future for next year.
What world events in 2015 moved you?
In all honesty I don’t really pay attention to the news or world happenings and if I do while I may feel bad for them I wouldn’t say they move me or impact me. There were a lot of events that took place and they’ve all been either upsetting or heartfelt.
Were there any leading events in your life in 2015?
The completion of my fourth novel was probably my biggest event. I really worked hard perhaps harder than I have worked for previous novels and I think it definitely speaks volumes as a leading event for the year.
What great films did you see in 2015? Did they have any influence on your work?
I saw quite a bit of films this year but I can’t remember them all or one that stands out. I’ve also started watching a lot of new shows. I’d say bits and pieces of the films and shows have played a small impact of inspiration on my works.
Is it good riddance to 2015 or more au revoir?
Au revoir, it was a good year and I’m sad to see it go so definitely not good riddance.
What are your hopes for 2016 as a writer?
Good question. I hope to really implement some promotion and marketing tactics that I’ve picked up along the way of 2015. There’s been so much that I’ve learned that I haven’t really known when to look into it so there’s some tips and tricks and ideas I’m saving until next year to try such as promoting with Facebook Ads, Fiverr, trying to build a more established e-mail list, be more blog-happy. Basically just do what I’ve either already done better or try new things to build my name as an author. I hope to release two more books but am aiming toward at least one as one never knows how busy one will become during the new year.
Do you have any regrets concerning 2015?
If anything I regret not getting out more and socializing or even promoting my book around town. I told myself I’d try both but I felt as though I had so much to get done and time and other things got in the way. So I’d say overall my biggest regret of this year would be not using my time wisely.
Tell us about anything funny that happened to you/or friend/family during 2015
Well a few months back I kept getting phone calls saying my computer had many errors on it. It was always the same guy and he talked in a thick indian accent and so fast that I never really got what he said or believed him. Especially since I bought this computer this year. Well one day I finally decided to see what he was talking about. I asked him if he knew who I was and he said yes and said my mother’s name to which I said no thats not who I am. I then said, how are you gonna tell me somethings wrong with my computer when you don’t even know who I am? you don’t know who the hell I am do you? And the guy said back, who the hell are you in a bewildered voice and hung up. I thought it was hilarious.
Apparently he had my old computer on file from like 2004 which I haven’t used in years. It was quite a funny moment.
Give us a prediction for 2016 that will amaze us…(Donald Trump is going to morph into a Buddhist monk)
There will be flying cars taking off at some point during the year, more cars driving by themselves, Uber drivers will equal or eclipse taxi services and there will be a football team back in Los Angeles for the first time since 1994.

Tiffany Apan’s 2015


Tiffany Apan Interview

What has 2015 meant to you as a writer?
2015 was quite a productive year in which I saw several long awaited projects start coming into fruition. I released the first couple installments of my gothic paranormal series, The Birthrite and there were also music and film projects released to the public. In addition, I decided which direction I wanted to take my blog, interview web series, webzine, and podcast in. So at the end of it all, I can honestly say that I am overall happy with how this year played out.
The year 2015…
…was a year of stepping stones and I look forward to stepping up to the next level.

What world events in 2015 moved you?
To be honest, although I am aware of current events, I don’t pay much attention to the media because there is (for the most part, at least) a dark negativity that resides there. I also find a lot of reports to be very one sided. Therefore, how do you know that you are even getting the whole story or the real story at all? As I said, I keep myself aware enough of current events, but I much prefer reading and doing my own research. And in doing that I have found quite a bit that has moved me. I researching history as much as I do, I have discovered that there is a lot more that actually unites us and that is where I choose to set my focus. Not news stories that only create more division.

Were there any leading events in your life in 2015?
This was the year I also started work at a historical museum and integrated that into my writing, as well as my music and acting work (as a costumed interpreter). I share some of my experiences in this line of work at my blog, including learning how to spin yarn on a spinning wheel. Since much of what I write has a historical backdrop, this has also helped tremendously with my writing. Check out http://depreciationlandsmuseum.org.
What great films did you see in 2015? Did they have any influence on your work?
I tend to watch a lot of older films that range from the turn of the 20th century and up into the early 1990s. As I stated earlier, I tend to watch a lot of older and period films, based on the historical context of my works. I also write dark fiction, therefore much of what I watch tends to also lean toward “the dark side.”

Is it good riddance to 2015 or more au revoir?
Au revoir to 2015. This was a year of stepping stones and I’m looking forward to putting much of that into action in the new year.

What are your hopes for 2016 as a writer?
I don’t want to announce too much just yet, but I do plan to release the next couple installments in The Birthrite Series, and I also will be revisiting my short story series, Stories from Colony Drive series. There will also be more exploration of history on my blog, along with interviews with other artists and reviews of their works. I also plan to do more with putting my own written works into an audio format and start up my paranormal/historical podcast to go with my webzine, The Parting of Veils. You can keep up with me at my website (where you can also subscribe to my free mailing list), blog, facebook, twitter, and YouTube.
Here are the links:
Official Site: http://tiffanyapan.com
Official Blog: http://tiffanyapanwritingproject.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/tiffanyapanfanpage
Birthrite Series Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/birthriteseries
Twitter: http://twitter.com/TIFFANYAPAN
YouTube: http://youtube.com/TiffanyApan
The Parting of Veils Webzine: http://partingofveilswebzine.blogspot.com

Do you have any regrets concerning 2015?
Not really. 2015 was, overall, a very positive year for me. Of course, there were a few ‘down moments’ (which you’ll have any year), but I choose to think of them as lessons. No regrets!

Tell us about anything funny that happened to you/or friend/family during 2015.
I don’t know about funny, but another turning point in doing what I do was getting to play real life accused (and eventually acquitted) witch Mary Bliss Parsons for a Halloween event at the museum. It prompted me to do more research on the witch trials and hunts, and many of the details might surprise people (the whole things aren’t always what they seem comes in to play quite a bit here). I also share these findings at my blog as I discover new information, so be sure to swing on over and check out what I have to say! 🙂

Give us a prediction for 2016 that will amaze us…(Donald Trump is going to morph into a Buddhist monk)
Strictly off the top of my head, George Bush and Lady Gaga will get married with Barack Obama officiating and Buddhist monk, Donald Trump as the best man.

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1.) When did you first get serious about writing?

A.) I moved to a remote village in Austria. It was not far from Vienna, but a very oppressive and strange environment. I thought I should try writing a book. I launched into it…nothing came of it. I do many creative activities, painting as well as writing music. Writing lay dormant, put to one side. Then later, living in Paris at this point in time, via an advert, I made contact with a man called Alan Clark, who had a literary magazine called “Rat Mort” (dead rat).  I submitted four short stories for this magazine, encouraged by Alan, I began to write more and more short stories, and developed a style…I have written many short stories of varied length.

2.) What is the hardest part for you about writing?

A.) Keeping cohesion.  Keeping the intensity from the start of the story to the end.

3.) How did you feel upon publication of your first completed project?

A.)  It is quite a big moment, it’s like when you get given your first one man show in a proper Art Gallery,  or have your first track released by a record company on vinyl, you have a sense of personal satisfaction.  You spend hours looking at this story on a computer and it is strange to see it in this new format, in paperback.  Also I was intrigued because I did the illustrations as well as the cover for my book, so I wanted to see how they turned out.

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