Meet Ashley I. Hansen, an author, book nerd, and chocolate lover. She is the author of the YA novel Thaw. She is currently working on a middle-grade novel that involves magic, tricky fairies, and gnomes with names that don’t fit their personalities. One of her favorite books is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. When she isn’t writing you can usually find her exploring the mountains, curled up with a good book, or eating chocolate. You’ll love her view of writing as a battle over procrastination, her business-smart friendship with the librarians, and her 15-minutes-a-day writing trick.
Countess Sparkle VonUnikkorn the 1st is a writer of things sometimes. Just kidding, her name is Leslie Burton-Lopez. She likes to pretend. She is published in When to Now: A Time Travel Anthology, an extremely entertaining and devastatingly cool short story anthology with a time travel theme (available on Amazon!) You’ll love her passion for flipping houses, make-believe holidays, looped stories, and critique groups. Let’s dive into the interview, shall we?
Meet Andrea Nourse, an author, blogger, working mom and wife. She is currently working on a contemporary, women’s fiction novel about a woman who learns her entire life has been a lie. Andrea is an avid reader and is a fan of historical fiction, women’s fiction, thrillers and paranormal/supernatural novels. Her favorite authors include Jennifer Weiner, Katherine Center and Rea Frey. By day, she works in retail marketing for a regional chain. You’ll love Andrea’s inside look into how ideas become stories, how to overcome comparison and self-doubt, and how to stay motivated.
In her book The Writing Life, Annie Dillard explores the ups and downs of being a writer. Her beautiful prose will capture all of your writerly emotions and leave you feeling a little less alone. She’ll somehow express all of your frustrations and triumphs, your courage and fears, your craziness and determination (sometimes all in one paragraph). If you are a writer looking to understand or be understood, turn to Annie Dillard. She’ll slap you in the face and give you a hug all in one motion.
Meet Louisa Dwyer, a fantasy author, business owner, and fanatical reader. When she is not working on the final edit of the second novel in her Firebird Trilogy series, she is helping to run both online and offline book groups and working her way through her ever-expanding 'To-be-read' list. Her first novel, The Firebird's Trail, was published in May 2018 and she describes being able to hold her own book in her hands as one of the proudest moments of her life. If you’ve had a hard time getting back into writing, Louisa’s story (not to mention her writing mantra) will inspire you to start now. You’ll also love reading about how she gets ideas and her experiences with self-publishing.