Archive | March 2016

Elaine Marie Cooper

Elaine Cooper   If you like to read historical fiction, you will enjoy reading Author/Speaker Elaine Marie Cooper’s novels 

Welcome Elaine. I read where you described yourself as a geek.

Yes, I’m definitely a history geek because delving into the little known facts of our American History is pure fun for me. My bookshelves are filled with volumes about the American Revolution. I became fascinated with this era when I was growing up in Massachusetts.

You have two award-winning books, Fields of the Fatherless, a Young Adult historical book and Bethany’s Calendar, which is a memoir of your daughter’s battle with brain cancer.

Before we talk about your historical writing, tell us about your book, Bethany’s Calendar. This book released in December 2014, correct?

Bethanys Calendar Cover Yes.  My world was turned upside down in January of 2002 when my then 23-year-old daughter was rushed to the local emergency room and subsequently diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. My husband and I took care of her for a year and nine months in our home. While we hoped and prayed that she would recover, the Lord had other plans. Bethany’s Calendar covers each month of her illness, what she went through and what our family went through. I did not hold back on the fears we experienced nor the faith that God helped strengthen in us during that time. It was an emotional journey that still brings tears to my eyes. Yet I know someday I will see her again. Praise God.

That must have been a hard book to write. Your passion for your family and your faith played a big part in this time of your life I am sure. 

Without my faith in the Lord, I’m not sure I would have survived this event. It was very painful to write Bethany’s Calendar yet the Lord made it clear to me that He wanted me to do so. Since it’s release, I have heard from numerous readers who thank me for sharing this story. That’s when I realize how important my daughter’s testimony is and how her legacy still lives on.

Your most recent publication is Road to Deer Run, a historical romance set in Colonial America in 1777. It is Book 1 of the Deer Run Saga and this will be followed by Promise of Deer Run in June 2016. Legacy of Deer Run in December 2016 and Saratoga Letters will release in October 2016 and will be a historical romantic suspense set in both 1777 and 1977.

This is very exciting to learn what you have in store for your fans.

Tell us about your book, Fields of the Fatherless.

fields of the fatherliess9781938499920_cvr_v2-193x300  This book was the winner of the 2014 Selah Award, YA Fiction; the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Best Religious Fiction; and winner of the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Best YA Religious Fiction. It is also based on a true story.

The real events depicted in Fields of the Fatherless actually occurred right down the street from where I grew up in Arlington, MA. I never forgot the old house on the corner and, as an adult, decided to find out about its history. Well that piqued this writer’s interest and I knew it was a story worth telling.

Here is the synopsis:

In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by British troops. Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well? Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his wife, children and grandchildren and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst. But not even the American militia could have predicted the bloody massacre that was about to occur right on the Russells doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered?

 

Road to Deer Run - Cover  Next Road to Deer Run Released. Give us some background on this one.

This book is actually inspired by my own 4th great grandparents during the American Revolution. It definitely made the writing a personal endeavor! Here is the synopsis:

 The year is 1777 and the war has already broken the heart of Mary Thomsen, a nineteen-year-old colonial woman from Massachusetts. Her brother, Asa is dead — killed by the King’s army—so when she stumbles across a wounded British soldier, her sense of right and wrong is challenged. Should she help a soldier of the enemy who took her brother’s life, or let him die, cold and alone?

The war has also broken British soldier Daniel Lowe’s spirit. A severely wounded prisoner of war, he escaped his rebel captors while on a death march to Boston. As the pain in his injured leg worsens, he wonders if the young woman looking down at him is an angel or the enemy.

Need and compassion bring these two young lives together, but will the bitterness of war keep them apart? Or can they find their way to love and forgiveness on the Road to Deer Run?

These were great books, especially for those of us who like historical fiction set in these periods.

Thank you so much. I personally love to read historical fiction as well!

Thank you so much for dropping by to visit with us. I know your fans are excited to hear you have books coming out this year.

Thanks so much for having me as your guest!

Keep us posted on your books.

Elaine would love to hear from you so be sure and catch up with her on her blog:

http://www.elainemariecooper.com/blog/

And her website:

http://www.elainemariecooper.com/

Until next time, Happy Reading.

 

lambphoto How do you write thriller suspense novels? You take one part J. J. Lamb and one part Bette Golden Lamb, and then step back; books are written like Sisters in Silence, Heir Today and the newest collaboration, Bone Dust.

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We are delighted to have J. J. and Bette visiting with us at Authors Visits today.

Tell us how this all started.

j j labm051b82a It all started with an I-have-this-great-idea;-all-you-have-to-do-is-write-it situation. Over the years, it’s become a very productive cohabitate-collaborate partnership between two creative people. Bette in addition to being an RN, is an award-winning sculptor, ceramist, and painter. I’ve made a career of writing–journalist, publicist, copywriter, and fiction writer.

Do you work in the same room/office?

We do have separate offices since Bette requires silence to write and I always have music playing in the background (jazz or classical).  There are many trips back and forth down the hallway, though. Plotting, character development, settings, and that sort of thing are open to discussion anywhere, at any time––meals, driving, on vacation, shopping, etc. We’ve learned the hard way, though, to always stop and scribble a few notes. One time we didn’t and lost a whole short story.

Working close together, do you ever argue?

Of course. But so far it hasn’t resulted in a single bruise; well, maybe to the ego now and then.

Give us an example of your collaboration.

The “voice” thing always works itself out. One of us does the first draft of a story, with input from the other (and help from our critique group) on plot and characters, plus other discussions along the way. The other does the second draft, with more discussions. When we’re ready to do the final (hopefully) draft, we literally sit down side by side at the computer and go through the ms. word by word, sentence by sentence, chapter by chapter. In the end, it’s a third voice, so much so that friends and fellow writers can seldom distinguish who wrote what. In any case, the voice of a Lamb co-authored novel never resembles anything we’ve written individually.

Your book Bone Dust. Tell us about that.

Bette-Heatshot-1_blog-edited-2-200x300   BONE DUSTis the fifth book in the Gina Mazzio RN medical thriller series. This time a flu epidemic slams San Francisco, pushing medical facilities far beyond normal limits. The chaos masks deadly blood-letting by a sociopathic phlebotomist, who makes Gina a prime target. Just where it ought to be safest, is where it is most dangerous.

Tell us about The Killing Vote Bette. 

killing voteKVFrontCover300dpi-200x300   It’s a taut political thriller where they have seven days to stop a political-corporate scheme from legally murdering poor, infirmed and powerless patients through selective euthanasia.

 

These are great sounding books. I know your fans want to know what’s next for you two.

bonecrackdraft Final Final_edited-Chels  The sixth book in the Gina Mazzio series, Bone Crack, should be available the last week of March (2016). This time Gina’s the target of a doctor who doesn’t want her revealing his less-than-ethical medical practices; he goes so far as to hire a professional hitman.

Thank you both for visiting with us today and sharing how the two of you write together and giving us more information about your books. We hope you will come back and keep us posted on books releasing in the future.

Visit J. J. and Bette at

http://www.jjlamb.com/

http://www.bettegoldenlamb.com/

 

 

Shelly Frome-A Man of Many Talents

 

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Shelly Frome, author of Murder Run, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, play write, director, columnist, just to name a few hats he wears. I’m told he has written over twenty-five plays in addition to articles, novels, and non-fiction.

We are so delighted to have him visiting with us today. Thank you Shelly.

It is a pleasure to visit with you Susan.

Murder Run 

Your fiction includes Twilight of the DrifterThe Twinning Murders, and Lilac Moon. His Hollywood crime caper Tinseltown Riff and your latest crime novel Murder Run, which was released in August.

Your non-fiction works are the acclaimed The Actors Studio and texts on The Art and Craft of Screenwriting and writing for the stage. Many people would love to know how to become a screenwriter. What is your book about exactly?

Unlike many handbooks on the subject offering surefire methods that often contradict one another; this book is an attempt to offer a variety of approaches in view of differing aims and sensibilities.  To accomplish this, in addition to my own experiences and understanding, I interviewed a range of insiders. As a result, the introductory chapters cover basic essentials. The second part deals with options, such as engaging in a host of genres, indie films and adaptation.  Part Three is a collection of the revealing interviews I engaged in in Hollywood and elsewhere in order to get deep within the realities.

Well indeed this would be a good book for people to read and study who want to be a screenwriter.

I want to get back to your newest novel, Murder Run. Tell us about it. Murder Run

It’s a crime novel in which I wanted to explore what happens when a rank amateur unwittingly gets caught up in circumstances beyond his or her control. In this case, I picked the most unlikely amateur detective–a wayward handyman who finds himself grappling with the suspicious death of his employer, a fragile choreographer who secluded herself in the Litchfield Hills. As the fallout mounts, more mayhem takes place and leads begin to connect to the handyman’s past, the reader is taken to various locales in and around Manhattan, an escapade in Miami Lakes and back again to the hills of Connecticut until this twisty conundrum is finally laid to rest.

You got a great review from Peter Lefcourt, who won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

I was lucky. Peter just happens to hail from the mean streets of New York before he became a fixture in Hollywood. In fact, there’s a full interview with him in my book on screenwriting relating to his background and unique vision. As for my crime novel, he said, “A terrific read, fast and funny, with well-drawn characters and a good deal of ambiance and charm.”

Tell us about your directing.

I directed my original screenplay The Royal Palm Ragamuffin Blues for Time-Warner’s Cable 5. I’ve also directed over sixty college, Community Theater and high school productions and thirteen original dance/theater pieces.  You could say, my days as a New York starving actor, teaching acting and film at The University of Connecticut all those years, and the original plays I’ve written along with my directing experiences have a lot to do with my sense of what makes stories come to life on the page, stage and screen.

You are truly a busy man. We are so delighted you visited with us today. Please come back and keep us posted on your next book release.

Thank you, Susan, I surely will. In the meantime, I’m always happy to receive feedback from my column on screenwriting in Southern Writers Magazine.