Archive | November 2015

Dan Verner-A Multi-Talented Writer

dan verner31jJsuCSLZL._UX250_Dan Verner, you truly are a multi-talented writer. From your 32-year career teaching English and creative writing to high school students, and writing, human relations and computer skills to adults. You’ve scored essays for the College Board, contributed columns and articles to local papers, and managed Free Lance Writing, your own writing, editing, and consulting business. You’ve authored over 1000 short essays and devotionals on a variety of subjects, and maintain three blogs.

That is impressive. I would love to have your energy.

Thank you for visiting with us today. We’ve made your favorite drink for the winter, a hot cup of coffee.

Your third book in your Beyond the Blue Horizon Series, On Wings of Angels,  was released this year. Tell us a little about it.

wings of angels This book continues the saga of Otto Kerchner, the airplane-obsessed Wisconsin farm boy who becomes a hero of World War II.

What brought about the writing of this story?

 I have had an almost life-long interest in aviation and World War II. When I saw a picture of a young bomber pilot from that war, I felt I knew all about him and could write a novel about his life. That image helped inspire a series that now numbers three books, with another on the way in January.

 Is there a purpose behind the story that you want your readers to know?

My purpose was to tell a good story that would honor the members of the Greatest Generation who gave us the world we know and enjoy today.

What was the most challenging part in writing this story?

The most challenging part of this and my other novels is finding my way at the midpoint. I work without an outline, letting the characters and historical events guide the narrative. Once I overcome this challenge, it’s downhill from there. But I do have a few anxious moments.

 Did it require a lot of research and if so what kind?

In a sense, I have been researching this book since I was five. More recently, I used online sources, books, movies, articles, television programs and, most valuable of all, interviews with World War II vets and their families. Talking with them was an honor.

What’s next?

On Wings of the Morning is the first book in a series called Beyond the Blue Horizon. On the Wings of Eagles (Book Two) and On the Wings of Angels(Book Three) are out, while On the Wings of Grace (Book Four) releases in January. On the Wings of Faith (Book Five) is in manuscript and On the Wings of Midday (Book Six) is half written. I’m fortunate that these books come fairly easy to me, and I can write a first draft in about three months.

Thank you for visiting with us today. I am anxious for your new book to release in January 2016.

 Remember, visit Dan at his website www.danverner.com   and

https://www.facebook.com/dan.verner.3?fref=ts

 

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Jordan Dane-Wrapping Us In Suspense

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Meet Jordan Dane, author of  suspense. She knows how to develop those gritty plots that keep you turning the pages. We are delighted to have Jordan here today to learn more about this new book, The Last Victim.

To welcome Jordan we are having one of her favorite coffee drinks, (she loves chocolate like so many of us do) a Mocha Morning coffee. Here is the recipe, fix you a cup and join us.

  • 6 cups hot brewed coffee
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 6 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 7 teaspoons sugar
  • 6 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • Whipped cream in a can, optional

Directions: 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. (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/mocha-morning-drink)

Thank you Susan.

Tell us a little about your newest book, The Last Victim.

last victim51z0j3LWBlL._UY250_A hunting guide from a remote island in Alaska is found  murdered, FBI profiler,  Ryker Townsend and his specialized team investigate. A nightmarish clue brings Ryker closer to a killer who knows how to hide in plain sight and will see him coming.

Wow. Sounds like a book you want to curl up with in the winter for sure.

What brought about the writing of this story? Is there a purpose behind the story that you want your readers to know?

 I’ve never written a psychological thriller or a story about a serial killer, so I took it as a challenge. (I like writing books that keep me off-balance and slightly unsure.) I chose this story-line to put my spin on it and set the novel in one of my favorite settings – Alaska – where I lived for ten years. Many of my main character’s experiences (FBI profiler, Ryker Townsend), a city guy in the remote wilds of Alaska for the first time, were drawn from my own experiences. I was an urban goddess who is lucky to have survived. While in Alaska, I camped and backpacked, climbed mountains, kayaked, fished, and flew in very small planes, often taking off and landing on iced rivers and lakes. I was a checkpoint operator on the Iditarod Trail in the dead of winter for the International Iditaski Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe race.  I  experienced many close encounters with bears and moose. So I wrote my thoughts and feelings into Ryker but added the frightening layer of hunting a serial killer on foreign turf. Personally, facing a grizzly might be a better bet.

What was the most challenging part in writing this story?

The biggest challenge was trying to even remotely understand the evil human beings can inflict on one another. I tend to write novels that seem ripped from the headlines because I want my books to read as authentic. In The Last Victim, for example, I write about a software app that is frightening when put into the hands of a criminal. That app is real, unfortunately. (I only changed the name.) I discovered the app in my research and asked the important writer question “what if…”. Scary to think of something so innocent could be used for such a heinous purpose, or that someone posting to social media could put themselves in the path of a killer.  Crime fiction authors have fertile minds for mischief and mayhem. I scare myself often. We should all give serious consideration to therapy.

Did it require a lot of research and if so what kind?

I did quite a lot of research in profiling and serial killers, focusing on non-fiction authors with a long successful career in FBI profiling. I even attended a lecture from a former FBI profiler (turned Criminology professor) who had shared his haunting interview with Charles Manson. Such insights helped me mold the darker elements to my story. It’s not easy delving into the sinister side of the human mind. I have much respect for real profilers who have to unleash their dark side to hunt such evil.

What’s next?

I’m focusing on the next book in the Ryker Townsend series. I’m getting great response from this first book with readers wanting more. I had an American version of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes (Masterpiece Theatre/BBC America) and actor Tom Mison’s Icabod Crane from Fox’s SleepyHollow in mind when I developed my main character (Ryker Townsend) but added a psychic twist to the character that made him a tortured soul driven to keep his secrets. I love him being in my head. No matter how crazy that makes me sound, at least I’m never alone.

Ane Mulligan-We Know Her as “Southern Fried Fiction”

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We are delighted to have Ane Mulligan visiting us today. Not only one of the nicest people you’ll meet, she also has a great sense of humor.

In honor of your coming today Ane, I tried to find your favorite coffee, Millstone’s Chocolate Velvet coffee, but they don’t have  k-cups. So instead I will welcome you with Homemade Cinnamon Mocha Coffee.

The ingredients and directions are below so our readers can brew  a cup and join us.

mochaexps37454_TH950745D101/2 cup ground dark roast coffee, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 5 cups water, 1 cup 2% milk, 1/3 cup chocolate syrup, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, whipped cream, (optional). Directions: In a small bowl, combine the coffee grounds, cinnamon and nutmeg; pour into a coffee filter of a drip coffeemaker. Add water; brew according to manufacturer’s directions. In a large saucepan, combine the milk, chocolate syrup and brown sugar. Cook over low heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Stir in vanilla and brewed coffee. Ladle into mugs; garnish with whipped cream if desired. Yield: 6 servings. (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/homemade-cinnamon-mocha-coffee)

Thank you Susan.

Chapel Springs Survival CoverAne, we are so excited about your new book, Chapel Springs Survival. Tell us about it.

A mail-order bride, a town overrun with tourists, and illegal art ~ How on earth will Chapel Springs and Claire Bennett survive?

Well, it has my attention. What brought about the writing of this story?

I received a phone call from our eldest son, who said, “Mom, I emailed you some pictures. Look at them, then call me back.” Click.

He’d hung up. I quickly opened email and there was a photo of a lovely—very Latin young woman. The next photo she was in a wedding dress. I hit speed dial. It seemed our son got himself a 21st Century mail-order bride. And didn’t tell his mother about it until a year had passed.

I told him, “For not telling me, it’s going in a book.” And it did. That’s where the similarities end. In real life, our daughter-in-law is the best thing that ever happened to our Michael. We love her and did from day one. But that wouldn’t make a good novel. So I took that idea, of a modern-day son who gets a mail-order bride and how it wreaks havoc in his family.

Is there a purpose behind the story that you want your readers to know?

That love can conquer the steeliest of hearts. Then we can win over someone without words.

What was the most challenging part in writing this story?

It didn’t quite go the way I thought it should, so when the characters hijacked it, I hung on, hoping it would end right and I wasn’t facing a 90K word rewrite. Fortunately, my characters were right. The ending was perfect.

Did it require a lot of research and if so what kind?

­Not as much as some of my stories. Since it’s the second in the Chapel Springs series, I’d done a lot for that one. This did require a little medical research, though. My main character fell and hurt her knee. At first I thought she had a broken kneecap, but after some research, I nixed that. It’s a whole lot worse than I thought!

What’s next for Ane Mulligan?

The third book in the series will be out in May. It’s called Home to Chapel Springs. I have a hard time deciding which I like best, the second or third books. Right now, I’m writing the fourth and last book in that series, Life in Chapel Springs.

Well, I will be sad for the characters to go…thanks for entertaining us and thank you for stopping by today. Good luck with your new book.

Be sure and drop by Ane Mulligan’s website:

http://www.anemulligan.com/

Just click on her book above and it will take you to Amazon.com to her page.

Stop by her Facebook page and like herhttps://www.facebook.com/ane.mulligan?fref=ts