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Kellie Coates Gilbert-Showing Strength and Dignity


Kellie coates GilbertLast year, Kellie Coates Gilbert said in an interview with Tina Ann Forkner, “Over the course of my lengthy legal career, I spent a lot of time in courtrooms working on high profile cases. People are often at their most vulnerable in these tense situations where much is at stake, and I gained a unique perspective on the human psyche.  Early in my writing career, I recognized there could be value in telling stories about women facing relationship fractures, betrayal, and loss and what it looks like to exhibit strength and dignity in these journeys.”

I don’t know if her experience in these situations formed her abilities to be a great story teller or if her childhood with a grandmother who nurtured her granddaughter’s love for reading books created those abilities-perhaps both. Perhaps both combined help to create the books that hook us into these wonderful worlds Kellie Coates Gilbert creates.

We are so pleased that Kellie could visit with us today.

Kellie, your debut novel MOTHER OF PEARL released in 2012. Tell us a little about this story. It has been noted this book is “emotionally riveting and profoundly moving.”

Mother of Pearl “MOTHER OF PEARL brings us into the heart of a mother bound by an incredible burden, who ultimately finds she must recognize her own vulnerability and learn to trust in something much bigger. My character Barrie Graeber has two great kids, a loving husband, and a respected job as a high school counselor in her close-knit community. Without warning, everything unravels when her teenage daughter, Pearl, is betrayed by friends and lashes out.

“Nothing prepares this mother for the helplessness that follows when her attempts to steer her daughter back on course fail and Pearl shuts her out . . . or when she discovers the unthinkable about her nemesis, the football coach.”

woman of fortune Then  A Woman of Fortune  released in 2014. Tell us about it.

“In this book, Claire Massey’s world is turned upside down when her cattle broker husband is arrested for fraud. The question is how will she respond when her security no longer rests in her checkbook. We never know what we’re really made of until we lose everything. This Texas socialite is living the dream-designer clothes, luxury cars, stunning homes. But everything comes crashing down when her charming cattle broker husband is arrested for fraud. Suddenly she finds herself facing attorneys, a media frenzy, and a trail of broken hearts. Betrayed and humiliated, Claire must face incredible odds to save her family–and discover a life worth living.”

What some people may not know about your background is you were a former legal investigator and trial paralegal who investigated the largest cattle fraud case in US history, giving you an insider’s view into how people react under pressure. This is a great book Kellie. One in which you  can’t put down until you finish it.

where rivers partThis year in February your new book, Where Rivers Part: A Texas Gold Novel was released. Tell me about this. I heard there were lots of twist and turns.

I think you will enjoy it. It’s an emotionally complex and gripping novel exploring the seduction of success, the fear of giving up control, and the redemptive power of learning to forgive those who have hurt us most.

The character, Dr. Juliet Ryan, has devoted her considerable scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions-and affording her plenty of perks along the way. It’s not the path her estranged father would have her take, but then Juliet finds it difficult to maintain respect for a man she cannot trust. She’s on her way up in the world, and she’s not going to let anything drag her down.

Then when a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal, lives are at risk including those of some of the people closest to her. As she scrambles to find answers, she must face her deepest wounds and join forces with the one who has hurt her most in order to expose a far-reaching conspiracy.

Cover March 2015 medSouthern Writers Magazine highlighted you in the March/April 2015 magazine in the “What’s The Story”. Thank you for participating. We enjoyed having you.

For readers who want to know more about you, they need to go to your website and see the “fifteen things people don’t know” list.

 Can you describe for us what you feel when you get your book that you’ve written and is just published and they deliver it to your doorstep?

The doorbell rings. The dog barks. I open the door to find my Fed Ex man standing in his uniform smiling. “Looks like another box of books, eh?” he says. I smile. “I think so. Hey, if you want to wait and see, I’ll sign one for your wife.”  He quickly checks his watch. “That’d be great. She loved the last one.”  I leave the door open and grab scissors off my desk and hurry to slice the tape off the top. The Fed Ex guy and I both lean in as I slowly open the cardboard flaps. And there it is…my new baby. The one I’ve spent nearly a year creating, editing, and thinking about. I hold my breath and look up at the Fed Ex guy. “Well, look at that,” he says. I gently lift one from the box. Tears form. I can’t help it. I grab a black sharpie….and sign the first one for the first reader. The Fed Ex guy’s wife. He pulls it to his chest and thanks me before heading back to the truck. I slowly shut the door, with a lump building in my throat. I’ve just experienced a taste of heaven here on earth!

Kellie what do you want your readers to take away from your books?

I am meant to write stories for women that focus on relationships, and the deep places in life. People have many layers, and never more than in family dynamics and hard times. I’m intrigued with the coping mechanisms we employ to fill our empty places—that space inside of us designed to be inhabited by God. These are the stories of my heart. I hope that when a reader closes the last page of one of my books, she is strengthened to continue her journey filled with hope and resolve.

A reason to stay9780800722746_p0_v1_s260x420Watch for Kellie’s new book, A Reason to Stay: A Texas Gold Novel that releases in October

Thank you Kellie for your visit today. I know everyone has enjoyed it.

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Christina Yother–Part of A Journey


christina yotherChristina Yother is a historical and contemporary romance writer. She says, “I grew up in “quarter-pony” town in Ohio, at least that’s what my grandfather called it.” Christina blessed with fresh vegetables, seasons of sitting in front of the TV yelling during the football games and the time to spend writing–you could always find her with her journal under her arm. Moving South in college she said, “I had found my home.”

You will find this full-time writer living in Georgia with her family. She has carved out a niche for her writing and her family that works nicely together.

We are delighted to have you visit us today.

Let’s talk about your books.

reverieIn 2014, your book Reverie was released. The first book in the Hollow Hearts Series.

“Reverie is about a girl orphaned at a young age, her name is Hetty. She  is convinced that her circumstances make her unworthy of having a family of her own. When a job opportunity as a housekeeper presents itself Hetty accepts believing that working for Isaac Wheeler and his family is a welcome, if not temporary, surrogate for her own family dreams. As she’s faced with learning to trust, she discovers that wanting a family and building a family are two very different things. Will she learn to see herself as worthy of God’s gifts? Or will she return to the solitary existence that defined so much of her life?

“Isaac Wheeler, successful furniture maker and dishonorable bachelor, finds Hetty’s presence in his home to be disturbing and a haunting reminder of his past sins. As he struggles with his growing and unwanted feelings, he can’t help but torment himself with mistakes from his past. Can he navigate the family tensions, infidelity, and sudden choices destined to keep them apart? Or can Isaac endure each struggle and seek forgiveness before discovering what truly makes a family?”

Interesting. I like the creation of the orphan background.  

Three months letter in 2014 your second book in the Hollow Hearts Series was published, Reliance.

reliance  “Reliance is about two strangers. One clandestine wedding. Many hidden stories. Discouraged by his limited prospects and tired of trying to find a bride in a traditional manner, Elias Wheeler places an advertisement requesting a mail-order bride and mother for his young daughter. Rebecca Malone, eager to escape an abusive past, travels to Montana to become Elias’s wife despite only exchanging a few letters. Learning to care for one another proves easy; learning to trust proves much more difficult. Elias and Rebecca must navigate the waters of blending families while learning to depend on one another with confidence, loving support, and faith. Together they must learn to rely on each other and what they hope to build while accepting that perfection isn’t the goal; love is.”

I’ve always thought mail order brides was fascinating, how that worked, if it worked.

Now, in March of this year, your third book in the Hollow Hearts Series Reconcile was released.

reconcile   “Reconcile–Facing the truth of the past. Accepting the hope of the future. It’s about Joshua Miller’s struggles to care for his ailing father, run the town livery, and meet the demands of a spoiled fiancé. When an unexpected woman enters his life and exemplifies true compassion, he begins to question the path his life is taking. When changing his plans means destroying all he has built, Joshua will have to decide what matters most.

“Lilly Johnson arrives in her sister’s home in the frontier town of Hollow, Montana hoping she left the shame of divorce behind her. With her sister’s support, Lilly begins to build a new life and gain a sense of independence. After accepting a job as a caregiver for Joshua Miller’s father, she discovers it’s more difficult to keep her heart closed than she imagined. But when her past catches up with her, she must reconcile her beliefs in order to brave an uncertain future with an open heart.”

I really like this description, looking forward to reading this book.

Christina was a guest in Southern Writers Magazine 2015 March/April issue in “What’s the Story” Section. Thank you so much for participating in that segment. It was nice to learn more about the writing of the story of Reliance.

Cover March 2015 medFor those of you who would like to read that article you can get the magazine here.

In your writing, you have a beautiful talent of being able to capture the stories and strength of families you write about. Truly you are a woman who has pursued her dreams.

Tell us something some of our readers may not know about you.

“I am a big supporter of women learning how they can build community online. Whether it’s motherhood, writing, adoption, health and wellness, or a variety of other areas I believe women can find authenticity and camaraderie in an online forum.  In 2012, I finished my Ph.D. by writing one of the first dissertations to examine how women build communities online and how that changes or enhances the discourse surrounding their journeys.  From there I built Project Underblog, a blog dedicated to allowing all voices (no matter their social media following or website statistics) a safe and welcoming place to share their authentic stories.  The site is now three years old and we are featuring three unique stories each week without ever focusing on branding or monetizing. It’s just about good stories.”

Christina, we love to ask authors how they feel when their new book is delivered to their home. Fresh off the presses, as it were. Tell us how you feel when your books are delivered. 

“Holding my book in my hands is very surreal.  When that box arrives and I know it’s holding copies of my book I almost fear opening it.  Seeing it, touching it, smelling those pages makes is so much more alive.  I usually have to take a deep breath, find a quiet place, and try to savor the feeling of cutting through the cardboard and removing the packaging.  But when I do put my hands around it for the first time I feel butterflies – and it’s wonderful!”

What is the one thing you want your readers to take away from reading your books?

“I hope that my readers leave my books with a feeling that the time reading was well spent. I also hope that my readers understand that a spiritual journey is not stagnant. It’s constantly evolving and changing – and my books are just a piece, a small look at part of that journey.”

Thank you so much Christina for visiting with us today. It was a pleasure having you and learning more about your books and life. We look forward to hearing about your next book. So please let us know when it comes out.

Be sure and visit Christina Yother on her website, Facebook and Twitter. Addresses below.


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Kathy Bryson-A Writer With A Twist

Today, Award-winning romantic fantasy author-Kathy Bryson is visiting with us.

kathy brysoncropped-photo-on-6-11-14-at-11-35-am31Kathy Bryson said, “Shakespeare may have brought a long-standing feud to light in 1590-something with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it’s heating up in the modern-day Midwest. What’s an ordinary, little town to do when the legends we’ve all heard – the fairytales and the folklore – turn out to be living next door? Civil war will break out at the end of 2015, so catch up today on who’s aligned with whom.”

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

“I knew when I finished reading through our elementary school and local children’s libraries and I spent 20 years honing my skills–marketing brochures, websites, and several unfinished manuscripts before going into teaching and finishing a book with all the stuff I enjoy most – from coffee to love to Shakespeare.”

Feeling LuckyShe won the 2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award for Best First Book with  Feeling Lucky. Her book Restless Spirits she said, This book was specifically drawn from Shakespeare’s The Tempest.”

This book is also a Finalist for the EPIC 2015 eBook Awards in Fantasy Romance, congratulations.

Forget your image of Leprechauns…Kathy lets us in on a secret in her book Feeling Lucky about what they really look like and who they are. You don’t want to miss reading this book. She is also going to tell us where they are today. And you are going to be surprised.

Tell us about this book Kathy.

It’s about Megan O’Malley who pinched a cute guy and accidentally captured a leprechaun. Who’d have thought a perfectly normal guy – okay a bit short – would have such a bad attitude about giving away his money? Megan may be millions richer, but she’s also got an angry leprechaun camped out on her sofa, trying to keep her from becoming the business mogul of her dreams.

Fergus O’Reilly cannot figure out what he did to upset the Queen of the Fairies. He was playing a wedding when a drunken lady pinched his rear end and the Queen declared him caught. Now he’s broke, homeless, and hustling to stop the lovely lady with the wandering fingers from spending his money! This would be much easier if she wasn’t cute, caring, and determined to help with his so-called money addiction!

No wonder it won the award. Can’t wait to read this story. I like the fact it’s kind of quirky. 

Restless spiritsYou then wrote, Restless Spirits.  Tell us about this book.

Well in this book, Marilee Harper is desperate to find another job after she accidentally set fire to the home of the richest woman in town. Converting an old hospital into a bed and breakfast seems like a golden opportunity. But faucets and lights turn themselves off and on, and old baseballs fly without help. Stressed and aggravated, Marilee wants nothing more than to redeem herself, even if it means hands off her sympathetic boss!

John Smith has every confidence in the bossy, strong woman he hired to launch his bed & breakfast. She handled difficult customers at the bank and now she’s handling electricity and plumbing and whatever unseen force keeps throwing baseballs. Who can blame him if he starts to admire the woman in more than strictly professional terms? But when the angry, treacherous King of the Fairies shows up, can Marilee become his champion?

Your Restless Spirits is a Paranormal Finalist in Colorado Romance Writer’s 2015 Award of Excellence Contest, congratulations.

I really like the sound of this one too. So I will have to read it when I finish Feeling Lucky

What are you working on now for your next publication?


I’m thrilled to have completed the final installment in my leprechaun trilogy. It’ll be available by Christmas, but it’s not exactly a festive story. You know how the King of the Fairies made the Queen fall in love with a donkey in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Well, that really happened, but no, the Queen did not just quietly get over it! Full-scale civil war is breaking out in the Midwest even if ordinary mortals don’t realize it.

In Fighting Mad, Carla is laid off from the bank and turns to her friends for support, only to find they’re more concerned about their jobs. The one person she can count on is a local bartender named Murphy, but what kind of example is that to set for her daughters? Having learned the hard way, Carla’s not depending on any man, even if he is cute, charming, very kind, and some kind of leprechaun?

Murphy is used to sneers. Clurichauns are the redheaded stepchildren of the leprechaun world and then there are the late night throw downs at his bar. What he wants, however, is to protect the dainty, little mom who ogles him when she thinks no one’s looking. He knows she’s fighting overwhelming odds, but she’ll need more than bravery when the conflict between the King and Queen of the Fairies becomes outright civil war!

This Sounds very interesting.

I know as an author you have to market your book so I would like to ask you what  you think authors need to help them market their books better?

Several years ago when Florida was going through a rash of bad storms, the news had to caution people about a drinking game that has arisen around their use of the phrase ‘hunker down.’ Some days I think we should reinstate that game every time someone says ‘Amazon!’

But seriously, most marketing theories agree that you need multiple channels to market successfully. For authors, this can mean Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive, Flipkart, Oyster, Scribd, etc. It can also mean promoting on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tsu, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, and so on. It’s a very big world out there when you don’t focus on just the biggest player.

It can also be an overwhelming number of choices, so I recommend partnering. Networking with good editors, cover artists, formatters can lighten your load and help spread the word about your work. You’ll have to experiment to find what works for you, but don’t get discouraged if you’re feeling lost in the masses.

What is your day like when you are writing?

When I taught online, I could spend a few hours typing, then take a break. I tried to work every day. I’m working full-time now, so I’m becoming a ‘weekend warrior.’ I settle down with a nice cup of coffee, type a bit, bounce up to do something while I think, then sit back down again. I have to be more disciplined when I have fewer days, I can’t have stare into space days, but a full day works out better when I’m on a roll and the words are flowing. Mostly, it’s just that constant push. Write, write, write, then go back and rewrite!

What specifically delights you most about your writing about leprechauns?

Leprechauns are wonderful to work with because they’re completely irreverent and can say what they think. There aren’t a lot of preconceived perceptions about leprechauns aside from their height. It comes as a bit of a shock for readers to realize they’re not actually little, green men, but warriors of legend. The name comes from Lugh, the Celtic god of war. But aside from that, they’re not known for being mysterious like vampires, wise like elves, or fierce like werewolves. They are whatever individuals they are, responding to circumstances as they see fit, and they don’t hesitate to say exactly what they think!

Oh people also know that leprechauns have gold. It’s their greatest joke. Everyone wants some, but no one takes leprechauns seriously, so no one comes looking for their treasure!

Very enlightening.

Cover March 2015 medSouthern Writers Magazine showcased you in the March/April 2015 magazine in “What’s the Story” section. You were shared with us where you got the story for your book Feeling Lucky. Excellent, I enjoyed it very much.

For those of you who haven’t read it, you will want to get a copy and read. It is very interesting. Just click on the magazine.

Be sure and check out Kathy Bryson’s sites below. She would love to hear from you.

Thank you so much for visiting with us today.

Amy Clipston-Knows the Meaning of Success in Life

clipstonpublicity    Today we are delighted to have Amy Clipston visiting with us. Amy is an Amish and Christian Author. She is a native of New Jersey, but on graduation from high school, she and her parents moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she met her husband, her senior year in college at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk.

Tell us about the beginnings of your writing.

I was surfing the Internet for a professional editor’s group one day and accidentally found a local fiction writing group, Chesapeake Romance Writers. I attended a meeting and met writers in all stages of their careers. They helped me realize I did want to be an author, and it was my dream to see my name on the cover of one of my novels. Through this group, I learned how to plot, write, and edit a novel, and how to pursue an agent. I signed with Mary Sue Seymour at the Seymour Agency in 2006, shortly before Joe and I moved my parents and our sons to North Carolina.

giftofgrace_thumb“My dream came true when I sold my first book in 2007. Holding my first book, A Gift of Grace, in my hands was exhilarating and surreal.”

Tell us how your Amish series came about.

I love writing about the Amish. An Amish friend in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, reads my manuscripts for accuracy. I was always fascinated with the Amish when I was a child. I remember visiting Lancaster County, and my father, who was a German immigrant, told me that the Amish speak the same dialect of German as my relatives. I was drawn to their simplicity and faith. Due to my German heritage, I feel a loose connection to the Amish and their culture.

“My plots come straight from my heart and all involve family issues intertwined with faith.”

We are always asking our author visitors what is something they would like their readers to know about them that they don’t know. Amy Clipston graciously shares her answer with us.

Some readers may not know that my husband, Joe, has endured two kidney transplants. Joe received a kidney from his brother in 2004, and it only lasted four years.  In 2008, he went back on dialysis, and he was very ill. I was willing to donate to Joe, but I wasn’t a perfect match. Instead of donating a kidney to Joe, I found another way to help him.

I donated a kidney through the paired donation program on June 14, 2011, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through my donation, my husband, Joe, received a second kidney transplant. My husband and I matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. I donated a kidney to a woman, and in exchange, her husband gave a kidney to Joe. I wrote a memoir called A Gift of Love, which tells our story of how we fought Joe’s kidney disease.


Due to Joe’s kidney struggles, I’ve become an advocate for both organ and blood donation. I volunteer with the National Kidney Foundation, and I run blood drives at my church. If you are healthy and able, please give the gift of life and donate blood!

Gift of love You share yours and your husband’s story in a memoir called A Gift of Love that released March 2014.

“Anyone is free to email me and ask me what it was like to be a kidney donor. It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. If you’re healthy, please donate blood! Also, become an organ donor.

Wow, thank you Amy, first for sharing that with us and for becoming an advocate for organ and blood donations.

Every author has a memory about how it feels to hold their book when it is published and sent to them. Amy describes what if feels like for her.

Oh, there’s nothing like it!  I jump up and down and screech like a child on Christmas morning when I see the boxes waiting for me on the porch.  I then call my sons and ask them to help carry in the boxes. Once a box is open, I pick up the book, touch the cover, hug it, and breathe in that awesome smell of new book. It never gets old, and I’m thankful for each book.

Your also write Young Adult books. Tell us about those.

“I wrote my first Young Adult book, Roadside Assistance in 2011 and the sequel, Destination Unknown 2014. The third book in the series, Miles from Nowhere release in April 2015.roadside_thumb    destination_unknown_thumb   MilesfromNowhere-small

You are an author who has learned how to balance her family life and her writing life. I understand you are a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America.

“Yes, and I work full-time for the City of Charlotte. My chaotic home includes my husband, Joe; two sons, Zac and Matt; mother, Lola; and four spoiled rotten cats…Molly, Rico, Jet and Lilly.”

When authors are writing their books and see them published we like to know what that author would like the reader to take away with them after reading the book.

I believe the recurring themes in my books are faith and hope. I think those themes are subconsciously woven into my books due to what I’ve endured with my husband’s kidney disease. We faced some tough times, but we persevered with our faith.  I hope that my books will give readers a sense of peace and help them find a renewed hope and faith in God.

You were just highlighted in the March/April 2015 Southern Writers Magazine in What’s The Story. Thank you for participating in the magazine.Cover March 2015 med

 We also thank you for coming today and can’t wait until your next book releases.  Please drop us a note about it.

 Visit Amy Clipston at her website and learn more about her.


Susan May Warren-Building and Dreaming

susan may waren54106Susan May Warren is an Inspirational romance author. She is the RITA award-winning novelist of over thirty novels. A five-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA finalist, a multi-winner of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award and the ACFW Carol Award.

Welcome Susan.  You were just interviewed in Southern Writers Magazine, March/April issue where you talked about dreams do come true. You also talked about your writing and mentoring other writers. We enjoyed your interview.Cover March 2015 med

I especially liked where you talked about writers also have to market. Your quote was, “There is nothing self-promoting or greedy about telling the world you wrote a great book.” That quote all writers need to hear.

You have a new book coming out, June 18, please tell us about it.

Wonder-CoverIt’s called The Wonder of You. It releases June 18. It’s about Amelia Christiansen. She is mortified after her semester abroad is cut short and she has to return to Deep Haven, certain she isn’t brave enough for the adventures she’s dreamed of. The last thing she expects is for the man who broke her heart to cross the Atlantic and beg forgiveness.

Heir to a European hotel dynasty, Roark St. John has trekked from one exotic locale to another, haunted by tragedy and the expectations that accompany his last name. Amelia is the first woman to give him a reason to stop running. He’ll do anything for a second chance―even contend with Amelia’s old flame, who is intent on sending Roark packing.

While one surprise after another leaves Amelia reeling, Roark’s continued presence only highlights the questions pursuing her. Like him, is she running from the life God has called her to? Could finding her new place mean leaving home behind?

Can’t wait to read the book and find out those answers.

For you writers, Susan loves to help. Writing is a gift that Susan shares. Visit her website to learn more about what she offers and to learn more about her.



The Master of Thrills-Steve Berry


NEW Steve_Berry_3242 (1)  Meet author Steve Berry.  His trademark is a mix of history and suspense, 90% fact and 10% exciting speculation. He takes this combination and creates riveting thrillers. Some of our readers may not know that he is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of more than 2,600 thriller writers from around the world.


We are so excited to have Steve Berry as our visitor today. To welcome him we have prepared a Mocha Morning Drink. 

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6 cups hot brewed coffee, ¾ cup half-and-half cream, 6 tablespoons chocolate syrup, 7 teaspoons sugar, 6 cinnamon sticks, whipped cream (optional). In a large saucepan, combine the coffee, cream, chocolate syrup and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is heated through. Ladle into six large mugs. Stir with a cinnamon stick. Garnish with whipped cream if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

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Good morning Steve, welcome to Authors Visit. Your newest book, The Patriot Threat just released. Tell us a little about the book. 

Patriot Threat - final  The 16th Amendment to the Constitution is why Americans pay income taxes. But what if there were problems associated with that amendment? Secrets that call into question decades of tax collecting? In fact, there is a surprising truth to this hidden possibility. 

My protagonist Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired and owns an old bookshop in Denmark. But when his former-boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top-secret Treasury Department files–the kind that could bring the United States to its knees–Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four hour chase that begins on the canals in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia.

I’ve read the book, and I have to tell you, it was riveting. It has your non-stop adventure trademark. It was a great thriller…and the question you posed about income tax being illegal left me dumbfounded. I really liked the appearances of Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, and the painting that hangs in the National Gallery of Art. The part with the $1 bill…well, I immediately went to get a $1 bill and looked…I won’t give that away right here. We’ll let others find it as they read your book. And it is a must read.

You obviously have a passion for history as it lies at the heart of your novels.

Yes, it is my passion, one I share with my wife, Elizabeth. It led us to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 we have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and writers workshops. To date, over 2,500 students have attended those workshops and we’ve raised nearly a million dollars for preservation.

In 2012 and 2013 your devotion to historic preservation was recognized by the American Library Association, they named you the spokesperson for National Preservation Week. Among his other honors are the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award; the 2013 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award given by Poets & Writers; the 2013 Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and the Silver Bullet, bestowed in 2013 by International Thriller Writers for his philanthropic work. A 2010 NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.

I know your books are research intensive. Can you tell us a little about it?

I utilize many second-hand volumes, visiting old bookshops around the world.  I use around 200-300 sources for each novel. Sometimes on site research is necessary in order to fully develop the story.  With The Patriot Threat, I went to Venice, Croatia, And Washington D.C.  I flew to Russia for The Amber Room and The Romanov Prophecy and to Rome for The Third Secret. Time in France was necessary for The Templar Legacy. A visit to the abbey at Belem, in Portugal, helped complete The Alexandria Link. Trips to Venice for The Venetian Betrayal and Germany for The Charlemagne Pursuit were also productive. For The Paris Vendetta  I spent four days in the city of lights. To create The Jefferson Key, I visited Virginia, North Carolina, Washington D.C., and New York City. The Columbus Affair required a few days in both Prague and Jamaica, where I discovered an interesting link between those two locales.  For The King’s Deception, I made two trips to London and its surrounding communities.

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I have heard that it is a possibility that your Cotton Malone books may come to TV in a series.  Without giving too much information, can you comment on that?

The Cotton Malone series has been bought by Alcon Entertainment. So there is interest in a television series focused around the books and Cotton. Hopefully, that development effort will prove successful and Cotton might come to life on the small screen.

I have to tell you, I for one would be thrilled. I love the Cotton Malone character. I know you have many reader fans that would be watching that series. I hope you will keep us posted on that as it moves along.

Cover March 2015 medYou were just interviewed in Southern Writers Magazine’s March/April issue and you were on the cover. I really enjoyed learning about your writing techniques. I especially learned a lot about your character’s voices–– in how you keep them from getting lost amid the other voices. 

It’s important that the characters not sound the same.  You achieve this through a careful use of diction and syntax — the choice and order of the words.

I appreciated you sharing that technique with us on how you accomplish this. For writers who are interested in checking this out just click on the magazine above. 

What’s next for Steve Berry?

Cotton Malone will be back in 2016 and 2017 with more exciting adventures.  The 2016 novel is finished and I’m writing the 2017 book.

I want to thank you for joining us today. Again, I really enjoyed your new book. So did my husband. I like your writing style, especially since it keeps me interested all the way to the end. Thank you for such interesting books.

Please come back and visit soon.

Be sure and check out Steve Berry’s website and learn more about him.

Until Next Time-Happy Reading!



Robin Lee Hatcher’s Sharing Love, Loves and Loving

robin lee hatcher photoWelcome Robin, it’s so nice of you to drop by and bring us up to date on your new books.  

Thanks for having me Susan. I’m excited to share my new books and how they came about.

Robin Lee Hatcher, author of two new books is visiting today. One of her new books is Whenever You Come Around. Tell us a little about that book.

Whenever You Come AroundThe idea for the heroine’s dog to cause the hero to fall and injure himself so that he can’t work was the initial impetus for this story. I pictured it so clearly in my mind. The accident. The guilt. And then the heroine being obliged to help him while he is immobilized. It seemed the perfect set up for romance.

This is the 2nd book in the Kings Meadow Romance series and the third book set in that location. It  tells the story of Charity Anderson, a successful novelist, and Buck Malone, a wilderness guide. Charity has avoided returning to her hometown over the past decade due to a painful secret that has kept her an emotional prisoner. But flood damage to her Boise home has forced her to come to Kings Meadow for the summer so she can concentrate on finishing a new book. When Charity’s dog causes an accident that leaves Buck with a broken ankle and wrist at the start of prime tourist season, Charity has little choice but to render aid while he recuperates.  Soon Buck becomes the inspiration for Charity’s hero, both on the page and off. The question is can he also help her face and overcome her fears so they might find their own happily ever after?


The other book is titled I Hope You Dance. Tell us about that one.

I Hope You DanceThe heroine of this novella is a dance instructor, and the hero, who needs to learn to dance for his friend’s wedding, has two left feet. The heroine dreams of her own wedding day and wants a big family, and the hero, the second of ten kids, has no plans to ever marry and definitely does not want kids of his own. Of course they are made for each other. NOT!

This book releases in  July 2015 in the Year of Weddings novella series and the fourth book set in Kings Meadow. Grant Nichols is a genius in the kitchen and a klutz on the dance floor. But his friend’s wedding is shaping up to be a shindig the likes of which Kings Meadow has never seen—including dancing. Lots of dancing. Then he learns a local dance teacher, Skye Foster, is offering dance lessons for the wedding party. What does he have to lose?

Oh how funny Robin. What made you choose this particular storyline for your books?

Most of my stories begin with a little glimmer of the premise, one that will not let go, one that forces me to keep thinking about it. Then the characters begin to develop in my mind. And once the main characters fully blossom into “real” people, I let them tell me their stories. So the short answer is, the stories choose me, not the other way around.

Were there any challenges in writing either book?

When I started writing Whenever You Come Around, I thought that Charity’s high school crush on Buck was at the root of what would be the crisis. But eventually I realized that Charity had much deeper and serious hurts than unrequited love. It led to an overhaul of the story that was sometimes difficult to accomplish and more time-consuming than I would have liked.

On the other hand, I Hope You Dance may have been the most fun I have ever had while writing. I loved Skye and Grant from the get-go. I loved the way they interacted. I love the way they fell in love. It was a joy to show up at the computer each day to see what would happen next.

How did you choose the plots for both books?

I’m an intuitive writer, and my books are very character driven. Which means most of the plot development happens in my subconscious, and it’s the characters who decide what will happen to them. I honestly cannot tell you where the idea of Whenever You Come Around first tugged at my imagination, but at the beginning, I thought it was going to be the story of high school sweethearts whose love went wrong. But it didn’t become that at all.

It is a little easier to identify the genesis for I Hope You Dance. For this second Year of Weddings, rather than telling the stories of the actual brides and grooms, the authors are telling love stories about the people who help make the weddings happen. I chose to tell the story of a dance instructor who is in love with love and who dreams of her own wedding–if she can ever meet the right guy. With that setup for the heroine, it was obvious to me that the hero had to have two left feet (to start with). Everything else blossomed from that beginning.

You do such a beautiful job of writing and I have enjoyed every book you’ve written. Can’t wait to read these two.

Tell me, what’s next for you? 

Keeper of the Stars. This book releases in January 2016. It’s the 3rd book in the Kings Meadow Romance series and the fifth book set in Kings Meadow. It tells the story of Penny Cartwright and Trevor Reynolds, whom Penny blames for the death of her brother. It was difficult for Penny to understand when her younger brother chose to join a country singer’s band rather than return to Kings Meadow after college, and the separation strained their relationship. Then a car accident made certain her brother could never return. Trevor has chased stardom in Nashville for more than a dozen years, but it remains out of his reach. After an accident kills his young drummer, Trevor goes to Kings Meadow to keep a promise—and perhaps to discover what truly matters in this life.

Oh, that sounds wonderful. Looking forward to this book too.

Thank you so much for dropping by and telling us about your two new books. They sound wonderful, and when I leave here, I am going to go get both of them.

Be sure to check her website to keep watch for new books releasing. Real the wonderful information Robin shares with her readers about herself and her books.


Until Next Time, Happy Reading.