Showing posts with label Author Spotlight. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Author Spotlight. Show all posts

23 October 2020

Author Spotlight || Loren Rhoads

Today's Author Spotlight is horror author Loren Rhoads!

Read on for the full interview.

18 October 2020

Author Spotlight || Gene Kendall

Today's Author Spotlight is Gene Kendall, paranormal fiction author! 

Read on for the full interview.

12 October 2020

Author Spotlight || Richard Thomas

Today's Author Spotlight is Richard Thomas, dark fiction and short story author! 

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30 September 2020

Author Spotlight || Gene Kendall

What's your latest release? 

Love is Dead(ly)

Can you start out by telling us a little about your latest work? 

Brad Burns has a big problem.

Not his crippling credit card debt.

Not his ex-wife, and current business partner, who still blames him for the messy break-up of their marriage.

Not his lovable but spiky personality, that keeps him alive, but alone.

No, Brad’s big issue is that he sees dead people. And those dead people are starting to fight back.

Brad is a paranormal investigator who uses his powers to shepherd the lost souls of the newly-departed to the light on the other side. In return for a fee. Naturally.

But when a case goes badly wrong, Brad finds himself the prisoner of those he’d usually be hunting. Can he use his unique talents to save not only his own skin, but all of humanity?

Because Brad Burns is the Paranormal Desperado. And he’ll be damned if he’ll let a bunch of pesky ghosts get in between him and those he loves.

Although maybe “damned” is tempting fate a bit too much...

Where did you get the inspiration to write this story?

The earliest genesis of the story comes from the writing prompt where you write a conversation between two characters, with absolutely no forethought. You write no surrounding prose and work out no backstory beforehand—just write the conversation. The characters reveal themselves as you write their dialogue.

The opening conversation in the novel is, after many edits, that writing prompt. While writing the conversation, I had to decide if this Brad Burns really could talk to dead people or if he was running a con on this man. It seemed like a far more interesting story if Brad truly could do these things, so by default, he became a psychic and not a con artist.

I’d also watched something about the making of Ghostbusters around this time that revealed Dan Aykroyd demanded a scene featuring his character being, ah, “spectrally seduced” remain in the film, even though the rest of that sequence had been cut and it really makes no sense in the finished movie. Aykroyd’s firm in his view of ghosts as seductresses, so he refused to cut this. This was likely in my head when creating the corner of the afterlife Brad visits.

When you developed the characters, did you already know who they were before you began writing or did they develop organically?

I discovered the characters while writing the story, then returned to earlier chapters to make necessary edits to make the cast consistent.

Which of your characters was your favorite to write and why?

They're all my favorite and least favorite at certain times when writing. Sandra is probably the character I'd most like to spend time with in real life.

What was more important to you when you were writing: character development or plot?

Always character.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I enjoy reading reviews. Bad reviews are fine, but reviews that outright state things that aren't true about the material are always bewildering.

What led you to start writing?

I was often bored as a kid, terrible at sports and likely perceived as slightly odd by my classmates. Reading was probably less of an “escape” and more of a way to kill the time. Summers were spent at the library, where I consumed Choose Your Own Adventure and Encyclopedia Brown books. My father also grew up reading compulsively, and made sure I was familiar with writers like Mark Twain. Comic books were an early obsession, once I realized many of the cartoons I watched also had comic versions.

At around the age of 9, I began to craft my own stories, sometimes just in my head and other times on lined notebook paper. Even from an early age, I was intrigued by ideas like story structure, studying when a novel paused for a chapter break, or those mini-cliffhangers on TV shows before the commercials. I would incorporate these concepts into my imaginary Transformers stories, always careful to obey the rules I’d set for myself.

What's one of your favorite words?


What are you currently reading?

I gave up today on a "Prime Reads" or whatever Amazon calls those free books you get with a Prime subscription. Allegedly a thriller, but the lead character spoke like she was live-Tweeting the events and I just couldn't take it any longer.

A lot of authors have a soundtrack while writing. Are there are songs you had on repeat?

Well, the title of my novel was inspired by a song. "(You're) So Deadly" from the band Self.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Fast food references. Can't explain it.

Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you? What are your links?

@NBX_Tweets on Twitter. And review copies are available here.

Thanks so much for participating in the Author Spotlight! Anything you'd like to add?

I hope everyone checks out Love is Dead(ly) and leaves a review. I'd love to read your thoughts!

Gene Kendall has lived many places, but is usually surrounded by more deer than people. His work explores drama, music, and pop culture with wit and no small amount of sympathy for the losers and also-rans. He’s drawn to protagonists that say the wrong thing, actively resist their character arc, and possibly save the day by accident.

Currently, Gene’s contributing to’s “Comics Should Be Good” blog, and you can find him on some horrific website called Twitter.

23 September 2020

Author Spotlight || Georgina Jeffery

Do you love fantasy based on folktales? 

Georgina Jeffrey, today's Author Spotlight, might have just the book you need!

18 September 2020

Author Spotlight || Christopher D. Ochs

Today's Author Spotlight is Christopher D. Ochs, author of YA Urban Fantasy/Horror 

Read on for the full interview.

What's your latest release? 

MY FRIEND JACKSON, a YA Urban Fantasy/Horror, is available for pre-ordering Kindle on
September 15, and available in print on October 1.

Can you start out by telling us a little about your latest work? 

MY FRIEND JACKSON centers on Jasmine Price, an inner-city teen who suffers daily psychological, cyber, emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her new school's queen bees. When the rivalry and jealousy reach a fever pitch, a deadly force intervenes.

Where did you get the inspiration to write this story?

I was doing research on girl bullying for a short story "Book Worm" in the Bethlehem Writers Group's 5th anthology "Once Upon A Time." I picked up Rosalind Wiseman's "Queen Bees & Wannabes," thinking I'd read one or two chapters to bone up on the bare minimum. I found her work so riveting, that I devoured the entire book. I knew I had to write a much larger story incorporating the subject.

When you developed the characters, did you already know who they were before you began writing or did they develop organically?

I knew what the 'Monster' had to be. Its place of origin and its mythology guided the development of the 'Mentor' and Jasmine characters. That trio drove the creation and crafting of everything else.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned (about your story, about
yourself, etc.) while writing?

Because the story revolves around several women of color, I hired a Diversity/Sensitivity Editor. It was during that same period that the tragedies of Breonna Taylor's and George Floyd's deaths occurred. Even after our work was done, I engaged in long conversations with her about racism, both outright and systemic. I will always remember her comment about dealing with racism on a daily basis -- "It's
exhausting." I may never fully understand her experiences or those of any person of color, but I'm trying to learn.

What books or authors influenced your own writing?

H.P. Lovecraft rattled my soul down to its roots, and I admired Kurt Vonnegut's wry observations on the human condition.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

That is a long and involved story. Maybe when I do a full interview.

What attracted you to the genre(s) you write in?

I was psychically scarred as a child by the original Twilight Zone and the Outer Limits television series. And I loved it!

What's one of your favorite words?


What are you currently reading?

"The Heroes" by Joe Abercrombie. I need to up my game when writing hand-to-hand fight scenes for the next "Pindlebryth" novel.

A lot of authors have a soundtrack while writing. Are there any songs you had on

I require silence. I cannot write while music plays. I am a classically trained organist and composer, and as a result, I cannot merely listen to music. I am drawn into it -- analyzing it, cringing when I hear a misplayed or off-key note, singing along with it, stealing riffs, or just plain rockin' out.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Don't take criticism, rejections, or bad reviews personally. 
But don't ignore them either. Learn from them if you can.
Grow a thick skin.

Would you rather live in a haunted mansion or a cottage surrounded by fairytale

My home is one block away from an ancient Iroquois walking trail. I've already had several friendly visits from the forces and spirits that linger along that route. But I'd give a firm "No!" on the fairytale creatures. I've studied Grimm and Perrault. Those faerie critters are right bastards.

Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you? What are your links?

You can also like/follow me on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.

Thanks so much for participating in the Author Spotlight! Anything you'd like to add?

A pinch of itching powder, and a shot of laughing gas?

Christopher D. Ochs’s foray into writing began in 2014 with his epic fantasy Pindlebryth of Lenland: The Five Artifacts. He combined his knack for telling stories in the Lehigh Valley Storytellers Guild with his writing style to craft If I Can’t Sleep, You Can’t Sleep, a collection of the mirthful macabre.

His short stories have been published in several anthologies: GLVWG Writes Stuff, Write Here Write Now, The Write Connections, and Rewriting the Past, by the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group; along with Untethered, Finalist in Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion, and Once Upon a Time, by the Bethlehem Writers Group; and last but not least, Meanwhile in the Middle of Eternity by Firebringer Press.

Chris has too many interests outside of writing for his own damn good. With previous careers in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering and software, and his incessant dabbling as a CGI artist, classical organist, voice talent on radio, DVD, audiobook, podcast and the Voice of OTAKON, it's a wonder he can remember to pay the dog and feed his bills. Wait, what?

Christopher, thank you so much for being a guest on Cats Luv Coffee Book Reviews!

19 August 2020

Author Spotlight || Madison Wheatley

Today's Author Spotlight is Madison Wheatley, author of paranormal thriller Ambrosia! 

Read on for the full interview.

18 August 2020

Author Spotlight || J.D. Sanderson

Today on Cats Luv Coffee is J.D. Sanderson, science fiction writer and author of a new anthology uniquely influenced by 1950s radio.  Read on for the full interview!

15 August 2020

Author Spotlight || Kerry E.B. Black

Today's guest on Cats Luv Coffee is Kerry E.B. Black! Kerry is a horror, supernatural thriller, and fantasy author. Her latest work is a short story anthology of one of my favorite things—reimagined fairy tales. 

Read on for the full interview!

11 August 2020

Author Spotlight | Spencer Hamilton

I'd like to welcome supernatural horror author Spencer Hamilton, author of The Fear, to Cats Luv Coffee today!  Read on for the full interview!

04 August 2020

Author Spotlight || Pamela Morris

I'd like to welcome horror author Pamela Morris to Cats Luv Coffee today!  I love what she has to say about gatekeeping in the horror community. Read on for the full interview!

29 July 2020

Author Spotlight || L.C. Barlow

I'd like to welcome L.C. Barlow, author of the Jack Harper Trilogy today! Her first novel, Pivot, has a very interesting origin! Read on to find out more. 

22 July 2020

Author Spotlight || Kristen Brand

I'd like to welcome Kristen Brand to Cats Luv Coffee today as she tells us about newly released novel Poison and Honey!

19 July 2020

Author Spotlight || Wilmar Luna

I'm super excited to be starting a new feature on Cats Luv Coffee: the Author Spotlight! Hopefully, it gives us the chance to find out a little more about our favorite authors.

Today, Wilmar Luna, author of The Silver Ninja tells us more about his newest release and has some great advice for authors about the dreaded 1-star review!