Author Visit with Chris McGarry

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What is your favorite place to eat? 

CM – Boston Pizza

What is your favorite junk food vice?

CM – I don’t usually eat bad foods. But, if I’m going to cheat once a week, I will indulge in a hamburger and French fries, pizza or ice cream.

Do you have a favorite book or film?  

CM – Red Dawn and First Blood are among my favourite films of all time.

Any movies that you really want to see?

CM – I’m looking forward to seeing Rambo: Last Blood when it comes to theatres in September.

What’s on your reading list right now?

CM – Right now, I am reading We Own Tonight by Corinne Michaels.

Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do?

CM – I really enjoy swimming and lifting weights as well as photography and travelling.

What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun?

CM – The main things I look for in a book before sitting down to read it is a good, well-structured story, lots of action and excitement.

Who are your favorite authors?

CM – My favourite authors are James Wesley Rawles, Matthew Bracken and James Patterson.

What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?

CM – Hardworking, energetic, adventurous, kind, and assertive.

When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head to first?

CM – I usually head to the travel or fiction section of the book store.

Do you have a job other than being an author?  If so, what is it?

CM – I have a couple of jobs. I do labor work as well as freelance writing and work once a month as an invigilator for a college in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

What has been the strangest thing that a reader has asked you?

CM – In all honestly, my mind draws a blank when I think about that one.

What are some of your favorite genres to read and to write?

CM – My two favourite genres to write in are crime fiction and dystopian, post-apocalyptic military thrillers. I am also looking to expand into nonfiction in the near future.

What do you do when you are not writing?

CM – When I am not writing, I am usually working at my other jobs or doing odd jobs around the acreage I live on.

Please tell me about your novel. 

CM – The most recent novel I have written is called Innocent Rage. In this story, Don, an easygoing architect from New Orleans, is falsely accused of murdering his wife. After he’s sent to prison, he devises an elaborate escape plan to break out and track down those responsible for framing him.

What do you listen to when you write?  

CM – I need complete quiet when I’m writing. Therefore, I don’t listen to anybody.

Which is your favorite character in your book and why?

CM – I would have to say the main character, Don Gregory. I believe he has a great personality and refuses to be a pushover.

Dream big… Your book has been purchased to be turned into a movie script and you have been asked to list the people you would most like to play each role.  Who do you choose?

CM – That’s a tough question. As far as modern actors go, Ryan Reynolds might be a good fit to play Don. Perhaps Jennifer Lawrence or Brie Larson could play his wife, Helena.

What else do you have in the pipeline?

CM – At present, I am writing the first book in a duology about a future United States torn apart by civil war.

What genre do you consider your book(s)? 

CM – Innocent Rage is crime fiction.

How did you come up with the title? 

CM – The name just popped in my head one day out of the blue.

How long did it take you to write this book?

CM – It took me about four months to write Innocent Rage.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your first book? 

CM – My first book, Unforeseen Fury, was written in 2011. I would definitely change many things about the story, simply because I was a newbie at the time and didn’t write as well back then as I do now.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book(s)?

CM – I have learned that the entire writing process entails more than simply writing a book. There is editing involved, as well as research and finding a good cover artist. Then there’s the marketing and promotion side, which is another matter entirely.

Did you have any teachers in school that encouraged you to write? What was their advice?

CM – A teacher I had in Grade 6, Mrs. Linda McGuire, inspired me to write. To this day, she is the best English teacher I’ve ever had.

Interview of Jason Foss

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Meet Jason Foss, blogger and author.

Want Jason’s book? Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Hourglass-Jason-Foss-ebook/dp/B00LNQ2X8M

Want to visit Jason’s blog? Go here: http://empowered-individuals.blogspot.com

1) What is your favorite film? Jerry Maguire

2) Any movie that you really want to see? Bumblebee

3) Please tell me about your novel.  “The Hourglass” is about a character by the name of Jake Trust.  In college, he was the captain of the basketball team and very popular.  However, as soon as he graduated he has a regular office job like everybody else.  Out of frustration he reaches out to his best friend Josh and asked him to gamble with him.  If they WIN they can save their money and figure out what else they can do with their lives.  If they lose at least they gave it a shot.  Jake had no idea that Josh used to have a gambling problem. 

4) Which is your favorite character in your book and why?  Jake Trust is my favorite character in my book because he has a big heart and all these great ideas but he also feels stuck at a job that doesn’t appreciate him.  He takes a lot of risks and it can hurt or help a lot of people depending on what happens from his choices.  To carry that burden and take those chances for the better good of him and his friends makes him my favorite character.

5) How did you come up with the Title?  This is a quote of mine in the book that answers why I came up with the Title The Hourglass. “Hey, mom the hour’s over, look at the hourglass!” She smiled.  “Very smart son, and remember you’ll never get that hour back.  Don’t waste your time being angry at the little things.  Don’t wait to enjoy your life.  Do it now.  Pretend there’s an Hourglass.  That way you’ll have no regrets.”

6) How long did it take you to write this book?  About a year and a half.

7) What is your favorite motivational phrase?    “The Journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step!” -Lao Tzu


What’s New

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What’s New?  I’ll tell you! It has been very busy here behind the scenes, where an illustrator is working on my first children’s book, I have finished a new book in the Secret Watchers universe and it is going through the first round of editing. In addition, the amazing team at Wyvern’s Peak is interested in the Secret Watchers series. My heart is full and I am busy, busy, busy to bring you more fun,adventure, and awesome stuff to read.

As always big hugs to my crew, my family, my friends, the team at Wyvern’s Peak, and my fans!  Y’all rock!!!

 

Author Visit at Judson Middle School 5-23-2018

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Dear students of Mr. Wright’s classes,

Remember that you are special. Remember that you are amazing. Congratulations on the completion of your wonderful magazines. Thank you so muh for letting me visit, and for sharing your writing with me!  I’ll talk with you about reading and writing any time. Until we meet again… go be wonderful!

Make It Count by Tamar Sloan

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Make It Count by Tamar Sloan (young adult, paranormal, romance, friendship, family)

5* Wow. This is a book I had started months ago and set aside after the first few pages. I’m really glad a picked it back up. Casey’s gift/curse or as she and her friend, Em, call it the “gurft” is just that. Casey struggles to find a way to cope with the gurft when she meets the boy of her dreams. The problem is that his number is twenty-one. Can she change it? Should she? As she gets closer to him she does everything she can to save him and shares her wisdom, insights, and lessons she learns along the way through her Blog (which is a really creative way to share what is going on in her head). I really loved how the author included a brief four year fast forward to how Casey is doing in the near future.  If you like this book, I would also suggest “When” by Victoria Laurie. You can also find my review at:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2180693935

It’s Red Mitten Bazaar time!

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It’s my favorite time of the holiday season!  We celebrate Christmas at my house but nothing gets the mulled cider flowing like a trip to Canby Oregon’s Red Mitten Christmas Bazaar! The twinkly lights and baking goodies make me happy the moment I walk in the door!  Meet local authors and find wonderful handmade holiday gifts created by local artisans!

For those purchasing one of my books this holiday season, you will receive a link to obtain a free eBook from my new publisher Wyvern’s Peak!  What’s better at Christmas than a gift, right?  Cookies and cheer come to mind too… did I mention that cookies are baked on-site?  Oh! and lunch is served daily too!

Preview night is Wednesday, November 29th from 5 pm to 8 pm.

The Red Mitten Bazaar run from Thursday, November 30th to Sunday, December 10th.

Thursday and Friday’s hours are from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday hours are 9 am to 7 pm, and Sunday hours are from noon until 5 pm.  SEE YOU THERE!

10100 S New Era Rd, Canby, OR 97013

Author Face to Face Event in Canby Oregon!

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Need a paper copy of one of my books?  Meet me in Canby Oregon for the Autumn Leaves Fall Bazaar!

Autumn Leaves Fall Bazaar Facebook Event Link

and  Autumn Leaves Fall Bazaar Page

Get your home ready for the cooler weather coming soon. School is back in session, Halloween is just around the corner.

Shop for unique, high-quality, handmade gifts. Children’s items, vintage wares, amazing fused glass creations, jewelry, yummy soaps and lotions, home décor and more. Local authors will be available for book-signings throughout show. Support your local authors, crafters and businesses while getting a jump-start on your holiday shopping!

Lunch and goodies available daily.

Open TWO Weekends–Sept 28th thru Oct 1st and Oct 5th thru 8th

Thurs-Fri 10 AM – 6 PM, Sat 9 AM – 7 PM Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM

Interview with, Bailey Ordiway, Author

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Welcome to my interview with, Bailey Ordiway, author of American Holdovers, Blackout, and Entertainment 100.

Hello, Bailey!

I’m glad you’re here! First some fun trivia.

Do you have a favorite book or film?

My all time favorite book is Looking For Alaska by John Green. My favorite film is Silver Linings Playbook, though it is a good book as well!

When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head to first?

First I look to see if I’m in the store at all. If I am, I sign a couple copies. Then, I go to the young adult section because I will always have a soft spot for that genre.

Do you have a job other than being an author? If so, what is it?

Yes! I actually own a small vape shop. I do most of my writing on the couch there while waiting for customers.

What do you listen to when you write?

I usually listen to a mix of classical and electronic. No words and relaxing in different ways.

What genre do you consider your book(s)?

I actually try to expand out into multiple genres so I don’t get stuck in a niche, but they all kind of remain around Young Adult.

What advice do you have for authors looking to find and connect with a wider base of fans?

Start a blog! I have my entertainment blog that has become just as important to me as my books. On top of that, it keeps you busy when you have writer’s block.

What has been your favorite part of being an author?

Probably getting to tell people I’m an author! It never gets old, really.

Are you a plotter, a planner, or do you prefer to dive right in?

I am a plotter for sure. I have a problem focusing and if I don’t write out a very thorough outline then I will ramble and get sidetracked.

Find The BaileyBee Blog Here!

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Thanks for stopping by, Bailey!  It was great to meet you.

Enter For Your Chance To Win “8 Best of YA Dystopian” Paperback Books

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Please visit my publisher, Wyvern’s Peak Publishing to enter!  You have until August 4th.  http://wyvernspeak.com/enter-for-your-chance-to-win-8-best-of-ya-dystopian-paperback-books

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The Recalcitrant Project is Available Now!

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