Saturday, February 28, 2015

FIVE BURNING QUESTIONS ABOUT CHERYL PIERSON! by CHERYL PIERSON


These are the burning five questions we must know about Cheryl Pierson. Are you ready?

What’s weird about your name?

I have two weird things about my name that I’ve had to explain all my life. My first name is not pronounced SHARE-yl, like 99% of the rest of the world with that name. My parents must have sat around for ages figuring how to pick a name that would be just enough “off” to require a double take every time I introduce myself. It’s CHAIR-yl, with a “hard” CH—like chicken, church, or CHAIR.

The second weird thing is my middle name. (Yes my parents were on a roll here!) It’s Kathlyn. I have met a total of two other people in my life with that name. This is why my daughter is named JESSICA.

What was the car you learned to drive in?



My parents bought a ’63 Impala that I shared with my sister who had moved back home after her divorce. It was white and one of those fantastic old cars that I wish I still had. Even though it was old when I got it, I loved that thing. (I was 16 in 1973.) The car I learned to drive stick shift on was a mid-year special edition Capri. Racing red and NO air conditioning. Still the “car of my heart.”



How many states have you lived in?


Only two. I was born in Oklahoma and lived here until I was 17. My dad worked for Baroid, an oil company, and was transferred to Charleston, West Virginia, the summer before I started my senior year of high school. I met my husband there, and Fate stepped in. He worked for the FAA, whose training facility is in Oklahoma City. So we moved back out here and have been in Oklahoma for the past 29 years.

Favorite food?

Fresh home grown tomatoes. With or without salt. They even beat chocolate out!

One book you couldn’t live without?

To Kill a Mockingbird. The great American novel has already been written.


Got a question you want to ask? A comment you want to make? Let's hear it! I'm giving away a pdf copy of my short story, "HIDDEN TRAILS" to one commenter today!

Contact Cheryl at prairierosepublications@yahoo.com
Cheryl's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/cherylpierson

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day ~ Meet Author Cecilia Corona

Happy Valentine's Day


My name is Cecilia Corona. 
I’m a massage therapist out in Redlands, and I love it. To make people feel better is an amazing accomplishment. When I’m not massaging I love to sing. It’s one of the things I miss most about high school. I sang a lot and we performed at different places throughout the year.

Writing has opened up my mind a lot, and I enjoy losing myself in those places I’ve made up. It helps on those days that aren’t going quite right and you just need to get your mind off it. It has definitely been a safe haven for me.

I’ve only just begun my writing journey, but I would have to say my most recent novella, At First Snowfall, is my favorite story. I got to make up my own little world. Funny story about that is it all came to me in a dream. I woke up and immediately wrote everything down. My favorite character in the book is actually my heroine’s love interest Mauricio. He’s a man's man, loyal, and very much in love with Xiomara. That’s what I love about him. Also he’s a werewolf. How can you not like that? 
[At First Snowfall is featured in the 2014 Christmas Collection from Victory Tales Press]

My writing process is crazy. I dream of things, write them down, and then think that would be a great story, and just go with it. So I guess you can say I fly by the seat of my pants, and roll with it. I also throw ideas at my family and see how they like it. I ask them: Does it make sense? Does it sound boring? Things like that. Sometimes, I get lost in my head and it makes sense, but when I get the idea out sometimes things don’t add up. So I have to bounce ideas off people. Then it all comes together.



I am very excited to say I have two projects I’m going back and forth on. One is a fantasy novel about a mermaid and a vampire and the other is about a psychic medium that is a massage therapist. That is all I can say for now. I am looking forward to bringing you a full novel soon.
  
The most important part (of my writing journey) is also the hardest part, criticism. I am a very sensitive person and it was hard to take any type of criticism, but in the end it makes you a better writer. So I can't complain. All I can do is take it with a grain of salt and move on. 


When I’m not writing I love spending time with not only my best friends and family but also snuggling with my three fur babies: GaGa, Papi and Boe, and watch all my fantasy TV shows and movies. My favorite all time movie has to be The Little Mermaid. When I’m not dreaming of swimming with the dolphins, I love to read Dean Koontz novels or J.R. Wards' Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Their characters are amazing. My new favorite author is Gena Showalter. I've read her White Rabbit Chronicles and fell in love. From book 1 to 3 she had me laughing, crying, even angry. It's those rollercoasters of emotion that I enjoy riding on.

Hilary Duff - 2009

I would love to meet Hilary Duff. I grew up watching her first on Casper meets Wendy and then she went on to star on a poplar Disney TV show called Lizzie McGuire. Then later, she had a music career. Through all that she has been a roll model for me. She is kind and does a lot of charity work whether it’s for kids or for animals. If I ever had the opportunity to give like that, I would. Also she was born about three weeks after me, which is also pretty awesome to see how much she's accomplished in such a short time.



Description and Brief Excerpt from At First Snowfall:



May all your dreams come true, takes on a whole new meaning when Xiomara finds out she's an Oracle with Fae witch powers, and her boyfriend is a werewolf from another realm.
When her half-brother shows up on her doorstep with his prophecy, the true nightmare begins. She must stand beside him in the battle of Galant or the evil Queen will destroy the kingdom.
Some faerytales are all too real, but if she can unleash her powers and learn to control them before the first snowfall, she just might find her happily ever after.



"When do you expect the first snowfall?" Mara asked. "Will we have enough time to get an army together to fight these things?"

"We have a week," Jayce said. "Unlike the human realm, weather is predictable here."
"My birthday..." she murmured before she looked at them, each in turn. "Chaos would be unleashed on my birthday? Christmas!" Mara shook her head as if she couldn't take anymore. 
"I don't want to hear this. Not yet... not now... Just…just stop talking about me and what I need to do." She started ahead of them as if she wanted to be as far away from them as possible.
"Xiomara, wait!" Adelaide yelled after her daughter.
 
Available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PRQ5PUM
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/494101
and most online book retailers. Also available in print.

Ms. Corona also has a story featured in the 2014 Autumn Collection titled
Day of the Dead ~ (Dia de los Muertos)

The Day of the Dead takes on a new meaning, when the dead don't stay dead. Dr. Valentina Bellmonte, a cancer survivor, is the new coroner at Hope Memorial. Her faith is put to the test when a body arrives at the morgue drained of blood and the man responsible for the crime is sporting fangs. Could vampires be real?
Her good friend, Dr. Xander Carlisle seems to know the truth, but he's unwilling to confide in her. He has a secret of his own and it's not just how he feels about her, but something else entirely, something he's forbidden to reveal.

Also available at Amazon, Smashwords, and most online book retailers.


To learn more about Cecilia Corona and her works in progress, please visit her at these locations:
http://authorceciliacorona.blogspot.com/ 
http://www.facebook.com/cecilia.corona007
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/12754654-cecilia-corona

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet Ms. Cecilia Corona...
 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WHAT'S ON YOUR READING LIST? by Cheryl Pierson




“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools)to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen King

Before I read westerns, I read a LOT of Stephen King. I started with Carrie, and was enthralled from start to finish by the girl who could call down wrath on the people who mistreated her.

The more I read, the more I admired the way King was able to pull me right into the story he was telling. (This was before I knew anything about POV or any of "the rules" of writing that King is so good at bending and breaking to write his bestsellers.)

In the afterword to his acclaimed guide On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King shares his own reading list of 96 books of fiction and non-fiction titles.

http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Memoir-Craft-Stephen-King-ebook/dp/B000FC0SIM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1396040195&sr=1-1&keywords=on+writing+stephen+king

Here's what he has to say about his choices:

These are the best books I’ve read over the last three or four years, the period during which I wrote The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Hearts in Atlantis, On Writing, and the as-yet-unpublished From a Buick Eight. In some way or other, I suspect each book in the list had an influence on the books I wrote.

As you scan this list, please remember that I’m not Oprah and this isn’t my book club. These are the ones that worked for me, that’s all. But you could do worse, and a good many of these might show you some new ways of doing your work. Even if they don’t, they’re apt to entertain you. They certainly entertained me.


This list was put together several years ago, when his book "On Writing" was published. How many of these have you read? If you were asked to create a list of the top five books you've read, what would be on your list?

1.Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
2.Peter Abrahams, Lights Out
3.Peter Abrahams, Pressure Drop
4.Peter Abrahams,Revolution #9
5.James Agee, A Death in the Family
6.Kirsten Bakis, Lives of the Monster Dogs
7.Pat Barker, Regeneration
8.Pat Barker, The Eye in the Door
9.Pat Barker, The Ghost Road
10.Richard Bausch, In the Night Season
11.Peter Blauner, The Intruder
12.Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky
13.T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Tortilla Curtain
14.Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods
15.Christopher Buckley, Thank You for Smoking
16.Raymond Carver, Where I’m Calling From
17.Michael Chabon, Werewolves in Their Youth
18.Windsor Chorlton, Latitude Zero
19.Michael Connelly, The Poet
20.Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (Project Gutenberg)
21.K.C. Constantine, Family Values
22.Don DeLillo, Underworld
23.Nelson DeMille, Cathedral
24.Nelson DeMille, The Gold Coast
25.Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist (Project Gutenberg)
26.Stephen Dobyns, Common Carnage
27.Stephen Dobyns, The Church of Dead Girls
28.Roddy Doyle, The Woman Who Walked into Doors
29.Stanely Elkin, The Dick Gibson Show
30.William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
31.Alex Garland, The Beach
32.Elizabeth George, Deception on His Mind
33.Tess Gerritsen, Gravity
34.William Golding, Lord of the Flies
35.Muriel Gray, Furnace
36.Graham Greene, A Gun for Sale (aka This Gun for Hire)
37.Graham Greene, Our Man in Havana
38.David Halberstam, The Fifties
39.Pete Hamill, Why Sinatra Matters
40.Thomas Harris, Hannibal
41.Kent Haruf, Plainsong
42.Peter Hoeg, Smilla’s Sense of Snow
43.Stephen Hunter, Dirty White Boys
44.David Ignatius, A Firing Offense
45.John Irving, A Widow for One Year
46.Graham Joyce, The Tooth Fairy
47.Alan Judd, The Devil’s Own Work
48.Roger Kahn, Good Enough to Dream
49.Mary Karr, The Liars’ Club
50.Jack Ketchum, Right to Life
51.Tabitha King, Survivor
52.Tabitha King, The Sky in the Water
53.Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
54.Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air
55.Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
56.Bernard Lefkowitz, Our Guys
57.Bentley Little, The Ignored
58.Maclean, Norman: A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
59.Maugham, W. Somerset: The Moon and Sixpence (Project Gutenberg)
60.Cormac McCarthy, Cities of the Plain
61.Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing
62.Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes
63.Alice McDermott, Charming Billy
64.Jack McDevitt, Ancient Shores
65.Ian McEwan, Enduring Love
66.Ian McEwan, The Cement Garden
67.Larry McMurtry, Dead Man’s Walk
68.Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, Zeke and Ned
69.Walter M. Miller, A Canticle for Leibowitz
70.Joyce Carol Oates, Zombie
71.Tim O’Brien, In the Lake of the Woods
72.Stewart O’Nan, The Speed Queen
73.Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
74.Richard North Patterson, No Safe Place
75.Richard Price, Freedomland
76.Annie Proulx, Close Range: Wyoming Stories
77.Annie Proulx, The Shipping News
78.Anna Quindlen, One True Thing
79.Ruth Rendell, A Sight for Sore Eyes
80.Frank M. Robinson, Waiting
81.J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
82.J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban
83.J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
84.Richard Russo, Mohawk
85.John Burnham Schwartz, Reservation Road
86.Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy
87.Irwin Shaw, The Young Lions
88.Richard Slotkin, The Crater
89.Dinitia Smith, The Illusionist
90.Scott Spencer, Men in Black
91.Wallace Stegner, Joe Hill
92.Donna Tartt, The Secret History
93.Anne Tyler, A Patchwork Planet
94.Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus
95.Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
96.Donald Westlake, The Ax