Month: March 2016

Fun Fact with Evelyn Allen Harper

Evelyn Allen Harper, shared with us a fun fact, one that is part of her inspiration behind her newest book’s title, Sweet Adeline.

She sang in a trio to work her way through Anderson College (now Anderson University). They bought them a car, made the itinerary, and then sent them out to represent the college over weekends. In the summer, they toured the country, arriving back in time to start the fall semester. The three of them still stay in touch, and spend time with each other even though they live in different states.

Evelyn continues to sing today, and one such singing group that she’s involved  in, you guessed it, Sweet Adeline!

Meet the Author

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Evelyn Allen Harper was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of a coal miner. She earned her undergraduate degree from Anderson College, and later a master’s degree from Wayne State University. She taught school until the birth of her two children and after they were old enough for her to work outside the home, Evelyn sold residential real estate for the next fifteen years. Evelyn and her husband, Barry, retired to Traverse City, Michigan, and ten years into retirement, she started writing. Sweet Adeline is her 9th published book, and her third with Ink Smith Publishing. Her other two books, The Coat and The Collarare available for purchase on the Ink Smith website.

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Author Interview with Evelyn Allen Harper

Ink Smith: Where do you do most of your writing? What is your process like?

Evelyn: The view out of the picture window by my desk is a small lake called Pearl. No matter the season, the view is always beautiful. I write at no special time as I have been fortunate to survive well into retirement and all the free time that brings. How I write is another story. I don’t know too many writers, so I don’t know if anyone else writes the way I do. When I start a book, I invent characters and a setting, and then sit back and watch them. I just record what I see and what I hear. I’ve written nine books using this method, so it works for me.

Ink Smith: Who are your favorite authors/books? Why?

Evelyn: What I like to read depends on my mood and what is going on in my life. Sometimes I like to read thrillers, and other times when I pick up a book and terrible things are happening, I can’t read it. Deep dark complex writing that I have to reread several times to figure out what could have been said in simpler terms doesn’t appeal to me at any time. There are so many books out there to read that if a book hasn’t captured my attention in the first couple of chapters, I don’t finish the book. In my younger years I used to read to the bitter end, no matter what. Old age has taught me that I don’t have to finish the book if I don’t like it. So who is my favorite author? Any writer who gets my attention and keeps my attention.


Ink Smith: How did you come up with the idea for Sweet Adeline? How long did it take you to write it?Sweet Adeline Cover

Evelyn: Knowing several couples who reunited with their old love at a school
reunion, I used that information to begin my story. I would say it took me about a year and a half to complete the book. I have sung with Sweet Adeline International for twenty-five years and for that reason I named my character Adeline. When her boyfriend harmonized with three other guys to sing the chorus of “Sweet Adeline”, it was just natural to title the book, “Sweet Adeline”.

 

 Ink Smith: When did the “writing bug” as you call it, bite?

Evelyn: The writing bug didn’t bite me until I was well into retirement. But once it bit, it became an obsession. To me, a day without writing is a day without sunshine. I had never written, not even a short story, but once I started, I couldn’t stop. The first venture into my new hobby was writing six books in The Accidental Mystery Series, followed by a two book series, The Coat and The Collar.

I write every day.

 

Meet the Author

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Evelyn Allen Harper was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of a coal miner. She earned her undergraduate degree from Anderson College, and later a master’s degree from Wayne State University. She taught school until the birth of her two children and after they were old enough for her to work outside the home, Evelyn sold residential real estate for the next fifteen years. Evelyn and her husband, Barry, retired to Traverse City, Michigan, and ten years into retirement, she started writing. Sweet Adeline is her 9th published book, and her third with Ink Smith Publishing. Her other two books, The Coat and The Collarare available for purchase on the Ink Smith website.

Meet Evelyn Allen Harper

0-For back of Sweet Adeline-cEvelyn Allen Harper was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of a coal miner. Money was scarce, but she managed to earn her undergrad degree from Anderson College, and later a master’s degree from Wayne State University. She settled in Michigan where she met Barry Harper at a wedding and later married him. She taught school until the birth of her two children and after they were old enough for her to work outside the home, Evelyn sold residential real estate for the next fifteen years.

 

Evelyn and her husband retired to Traverse City, Michigan. Ten years into retirement, she started writing. Sweet Adeline is her 9th published book, and her third with Ink Smith Publishing. Her other two books, The Coat and The Collarare available for purchase.

Fun Facts with Rod Baker

  • I play 2nd base and pitch for an over-50 traveling softball team.
  • I also played 3rd base for one of the over-50 USA teams.
  • We won the Pacific Rim Championship Games in Las Vegas in 2015.
  • I like to play classic rock ‘n roll tunes on my guitar.
  • I produce, write and direct short dramatic films and commercial/industrial/marketing films for businesses.
  • I play golf and love to hike.

 

Meet the Author
Rod BakerRod Baker is an Emmy Nominated, NAACP Image Award and Youth in Film Award winning television writer (with Glen Olson). Rod also co-authored the 10 book children’s series The Adventures of Gabby Bear.  He has a BA in Radio, Television and Film and lives in Thousand Oaks, CA with his wife. Rod is a member of the Writers Guild of America, west. His most recent work Devil’s Scribe is now available for purchase!

Author Interview with Rod Baker

Ink Smith: Where do you do most of your writing? What is your process like?

Rod: I write on my computer in a large room on the ground level of our home. I use two monitors–one screen for the manuscript, the other for research.
 

Ink Smith: How did you come up with the idea of this book? How long did it take you to write?

Rod: I am a big horror film fan. I love the A-Horror films as well as the B Horror Devil's Scribefilms. In the past, I wrote many TV police shows. I wanted to mix a police story with horror and paranormal activity. This triggered the “idea bank” in my head I guess. The idea started small and singular but then branched out as I outlined it until it became the complete Devil’s Scribe. I was busy in life with other things when I started jotting down notes for the book before I could start writing it. I would say actual writing time was 12-18 months.

 

Ink Smith: Who are your favorite authors/books? Why?

Rod: When I started my writing career, I read everything that William Goldman and Richard Matheson ever wrote. I love the way they write, their style. I also read Dean Koontz and Stephen King. I like Clive Cussler—the way he uses a historic event as the catalyst for his stories and the big adventure that results. But what attracts me to a book is usually not the author. It’s the story. If the story grabs my attention, I will read the book no matter who wrote it. Good stories always have the best characters in my opinion.

 

Meet the Author

Rod BRod Bakeraker is an Emmy Nominated, NAACP Image Award and Youth in Film Award winning television writer (with Glen Olson). Rod also co-authored the 10 book children’s series The Adventures of Gabby Bear.  He has a BA in Radio, Television and Film and lives in Thousand Oaks, CA with his wife. Rod is a member of the Writers Guild of America, west.

Meet Rod Baker

Rod BRod Bakeraker is an Emmy Nominated, NAACP Image Award and Youth in Film Award winning television writer (with Glen Olson) whose credits include multiple episodes of the original Hawaii Five-0 series (classic fan-favorite Hookman among them), the new  Hawaii Five-0 series, Charlie’s Angels, The Streets of San Francisco, Wonder Woman, multiple episodes of Black Sheep Squadron, story editor for CHiPs, and six novel adaptations for ABC Weekend Specials.  Rod also co-authored the 10 book children’s series The Adventures of Gabby Bear.  He has a BA in Radio, Television and Film and lives in Thousand Oaks, CA with his wife. Rod is a member of the Writers Guild of America, west.

Fun Facts with Julie Flanders

  1. I have been a regular visitor to Martha’s Vineyard since I was a child as my family owns a cottage there, so this book serves as my love letter to the island.
  2. I love animals of all kinds and got started with writing by volunteering to write features for Best Friends Animal Society.
  3. I have a dog named Clancy and a cat named Nate.
  4. I’m a little obsessed with The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones
  5. I’m more than a little obsessed with Ohio State football. Don’t bother me in the fall when my Buckeyes are on! 🙂

 

Meet the Author

Julie FlandersJulie Flanders is an academic librarian by day and a writer all the rest of the time. Julie is a television addict, an avid walker, and an obsessive fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Although a lifelong Ohio resident, Julie nevertheless has an ongoing love affair with the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Julie’s novels include the paranormal thrillers Polar Night and Polar Day as well as the historical love story The Ghosts of Aquinnah.  Julie is a history buff who loves incorporating history into her stories, which she affectionately calls “mysteries untethered by time.”

Find Julie at www.julieflanders.net or visit her blog at julieflanders.blogspot.com. Also visit her on Twitter at @JulesFlanders or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/julesflanders/.

Author Interview with Julie Flanders

Ink Smith: Where do you do most of your writing? What is your process like?

Julie: My favorite place to write is my couch. I love to stretch out with my laptop and snuggle with my dog and cat while I write. They are my writing buddies.

I don’t really have a set process. I write down ideas as I get them for both the plot of the book and the characters. I like to have a structure for the story before I begin writing but I have never been any good at outlining the story before I begin. I am a total “pantster,” meaning I tend to “fly by the seat of my pants” while writing.

 

Ink Smith: How did you come up with the idea of this book? How long did it take you to write?

The Ghosts of AquinnahJulie: I first came up with the idea when I was planning a trip to Martha’s Vineyard back in 2010. I was looking at an island website and found a webcam that overlooked the beach and the lighthouse at Aquinnah. I started thinking, what if I looked at this webcam again and again and always saw the same person? I dropped the idea for a while but then it came back to me again. This time, the person was a woman and I asked myself, who is she? What does she want? The story came together from there. I wrote the first draft of the story during NaNoWriMo in 2011 and after that it probably took about 6 months to get a complete manuscript.

 

Ink Smith: Who are your favorite authors/books? Why?

Julie: George RR Martin/A Song of Ice and Fire Series

JK Rowling/The Harry Potter Series

Stephen King/The Dark Tower Series

Those are just the first three that spring to mind. I am totally amazed by the imaginations of these authors and love that I get totally drawn into the worlds they’ve created when reading their books.

 

Meet the Author

Julie FlandersJulie Flanders is an academic librarian by day and a writer all the rest of the time. Julie is a television addict, an avid walker, and an obsessive fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Although a lifelong Ohio resident, Julie nevertheless has an ongoing love affair with the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Julie’s novels include the paranormal thrillers Polar Night and Polar Day as well as the historical love story The Ghosts of Aquinnah.  Julie is a history buff who loves incorporating history into her stories, which she affectionately calls “mysteries untethered by time.”

Find Julie at www.julieflanders.net or visit her blog at julieflanders.blogspot.com. Also visit her on Twitter at @JulesFlanders or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/julesflanders/.

Meet Julie Flanders

Julie FlandersJulie Flanders is an academic librarian by day and a writer all the rest of the time. She is also an animal lover and has written features about pets and the importance of animal rescue for media outlets such as Best Friends Animal Society and Cat Fancy. Julie is a television addict, an avid walker, and an obsessive fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Although a lifelong Ohio resident, Julie nevertheless has an ongoing love affair with the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Julie’s novels include the paranormal thrillers Polar Night and Polar Day as well as the historical love story The Ghosts of Aquinnah. She is also the author of the horror novella The Turnagain Arm, and her horror short story “Cardinal Sin” is part of the Mayhem in the Air anthology. Julie is a history buff who loves incorporating history into her stories, which she affectionately calls “mysteries untethered by time.”

Find Julie at www.julieflanders.net or visit her blog at julieflanders.blogspot.com. Also visit her on Twitter at @JulesFlanders or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/julesflanders/

Polar DayPoalr NightThe Ghosts of Aquinnah

Fun Facts: Wade Beauchamp

Scream if you wanna go faster5 Fun Facts About the Author: 

  1. Did the illustration for the book’s cover, using his wife as the model.
  2. Is a mild-mannered restaurant designer by day.
  3. Works on a 1967 Mustang Fastback, and sometimes even drives it.
  4. Has opinions about barbecue.
  5. Kissed his future wife for the first time in a 1972 Ford Galaxie 500.

 

 

 

Meet the Author

Wade Beauchamp bioWade Beauchamp is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He and his wife, Ronda, have one daughter. His writing is heavily influenced by fellow Southerners Junior Johnson, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Devil.

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