Get to Know Me Tag #Author

I’ve never done anything like this on my blog and thought I’d share a bit of insight about myself for any one who’s interested (no one is, but let’s pretend you are *wink*). So here’s to you learning more about me, the author/blogger/random posting person that is me *smile*

Get to know me tag:

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Inge Saunders

Who are you named after?

One of my aunts (on my mother’s side) was really into the German language at one point in her life and loved the names ‘Inge’ and ‘Ulrike’, and she insisted on giving them to me. At that point she didn’t have children yet. So my full name is Inge Ulrike Saunders, courtesy of my aunt. Thanks. A lot. I love this for me. German names with an English surname. Yay colonialism. *laughs

Do you like your handwriting?

Nope. My handwriting has never been the best, and since I’ve become used to typing everything, it has become worse over the years. When I used to be a teacher and had to write on the white board the kids would always complain…so yeah. Not good. Not something anyone would want me to do. Definitely not a superpower.

What’s your favorite lunch meat?

That would be chicken, preferably with crisp salad and lashings of mayonnaise.

Longest relationship.

*pauses* Uh…do I have to make a statement here…uh…*starts nervous laughing*

Do you still have your tonsils?

Yep.

Would you bungee jump?

No. Hard no.

Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

If I have shoes with laces on, yes.

Favorite ice-cream?

Ooh, so many so little time. Ha. Though if I was required to eat one flavour for the rest of my days I’d say I could tolerate vanilla without getting bored of it.

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

I do believe the eyes are the windows to the soul, so I notice the eyes first.

Football or baseball?

Football? As in soccer? Or American’s version of rugby? Ha, I can do this all day. Either way I’m not into these two sports. A sport I would prefer above them is tennis *smiles*

What color pants are you wearing?

Pink shorts.

Last thing you ate?

Had Curry Roti for lunch. So YUM.

If you were a crayon what color would you be?

Sky blue.

Favorite smell?

Fresh citrus scents. They instantly wake me up.

Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?

A building contracter.

Hair color?

Born with light brown hair that became dark brown as I became older, and I used to dye it chocolate brown with highlights, but I now have gone full on black. So hair color is black. For now.

Eye color?

Brown, or in romance writer’s world, chestnut brown.

Favorite food to eat?

I could live off South African braai food for the rest of my life *laughs* That’s barbeque for the rest of the world *wink*

Scary movies or happy endings?

I’m grew up loving both. Getting the pants scared off me and melting at chick flick endings…eeek! Also Bruce Willis. And sci-fi movies.

Last movie you watched?

Captian Marvel.

Favorite holiday?

Christmas!

Beer or wine?

Neither. Bubbly. Irish Coffee. Non-alcoholic cocktails.

Night owl or early bird?

Night owl.

Favorite day of the week?

Wednesday.

Three or (four) favorite authors you want to learn more about?

Carole Mortimer. I follow her on Twitter and think we’re friends on Facebook.
Penny Reid. Love her intelligent, funny as heck, romances. Brenda Jackson. I’m so late to this wonderful author.

And that’s me in a nutshell! Hope that answers some of your burning questions (that you never had about me lols).

Oh and here’s my nephew and his favourite hero..btw don’t tell him I know Spiderman is named Spiderman and not Spiderboots. I like messing with him *laughs*
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Interview: Harlequin Author Katie Meyer

http://michelleguzman.com/

Today I welcome fellow Hearts on Paper: Writers Supporting Writers member Katie Meyer!

1. Tell me a bit about yourself.

Well, I’m a Florida girl, so if you ever run into me I’ll probably be in shorts and a t-shirt, no matter what time of year it is. What else…oh, I’m an animal lover. I actually worked in veterinary clinics for about twenty years, starting when I was just out of high school, and some of my best friends are still in that field. I also had my own dog training business for a while, which was a ton of fun. Sometimes I miss it, but I am plenty busy—I’m homeschooling my three children, and of course, there’s my writing.

In true confessions, I only really started writing a little over a year ago, and had never actually finished a novel before Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest. I thought writing was something other, smarter, more talented people did. I have always been a reader though, and grew up with a nose constantly in a book. I even used to read while riding my bike home from school!

3. What project are you most excited about right now?

I’m really excited about my current work in progress, the third book in the Paradise Animal Clinic series. Mollie, the main character, is really spunky and that makes her a blast to write. And the premise is kind of unusual, Noah, the hero of the story, is on a solo honeymoon after his fiancé ditched him. He drowns his sorrows on the plane to Florida and lets just say he’s a bit unsteady on his feet when he meets Mollie for the first time. I actually got the idea one day when I was driving in the car and Dierks Bentley’s song, “Drunk on a Plane” came on. In fact, I’m pretty sure there is at least one novel waiting to be written in most country songs.

4. Which authors are you currently hooked on? Any recommendations.

Oh goodness! I do tend to binge read, mostly romantic suspense. I’d say some favorite authors in that genre are Melinda Leigh, Kendra Elliot, and Lisa Jackson. I also recently started reading Toni Anderson, and her stuff is great too. For slightly less scary stuff I’m in love with Rosalind Jame’s Kincaid family books, as well as the newer one set in Paradise, Iowa. Catherine Anderson is an old favorite, I like the family bonds shown in her books. As for Harlequin authors, Regina Kyle and Jesse Hayworth keep me coming back for more.

5. If one of your books could be made into a movie, which one? And why?

That’s a tough one. The Puppy Proposal has a lot of gorgeous scenery, and Murphy the mischievous border collie would be fun to see onscreen. But, on the other hand A Valentine for the Veterinarian (expected release date in Feb. 2016) might be even better. It has a smart but vulnerable heroine, a cute kid, a heroic dog, and a very sexy cop. Then there is my current project, with a lot of funny situations that would be great on film. Maybe it can be a trilogy?

*Sounds like a nice romance trilogy, Hollywood should look into that! Thank you for stopping by Katie*

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Buy link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0373659180?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0373659180&linkCode=xm2&tag=katiemeyernet-20

Where you can find Katie:
http://www.katiemeyer.net
@Ktgrok
Www.facebook.com/katiemeyerbook

Author Interview/Feature with Sue Searles

For the month of July I’m going to feature/interview authors on my blog and not all of them strictly in romance. First to my July posts is author Sue Searles! So let’s kick this off *smile*

 

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1. Tell me a bit about yourself.
I love my family, God, writing, crafts, and anything to do with pugs. I’ve had a passion for writing from as early as I can remember. As a kid I was always tinkering with different types of stories, and poems about the stories I’d written. I had notebooks filled with the stuff. I think I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer. It’s what I was born to do.
2. What inspires you to write?
It’s hard to say exactly. Writing is a constant passion that kind of bubbles inside me, so when a great plot idea pops into my head, I can’t stop myself from fleshing it out and creating interesting characters, sub-plots, and unexpected twists. I’d say I’m always working on some story or another – even if I haven’t physically started one yet, there’s an idea I’m mulling over, building the characters and storyline in my head before I put it to paper. For me, writing is such a great creative outlet.
3. What project are you most excited about right now?
I’d have to say Lucia’s Web. It’s my latest release and came out just two weeks ago!It’s about three girls who share an apartment, but there’s something creepy and sinister about one of them. The genre is kind of mystery/suspense/romance with a humorous twist. The protagonist advertises for two tenants to share her upmarket apartment, but she’s such a naïve, sheltered thing that she isn’t prepared for the weird and interesting housemates she’s about to take on, or the series of cryptic events that unravels. (Okay, let me stop there. You’ll have to read it for yourself…)
(See excerpt from the book.)

 

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4. Which authors are you currently hooked on? Any recommendations?
I love Lynn Austin’s books. She writes stunning historical fiction and I find myself relating to her style of writing. She’s taught me a lot about significant historical events that I never knew before.

 

5. If one of your books could be made into a movie, which one? And why?
Hmm… I’d probably say Finding Freedom. It’s a story I wrote a few years ago about two women thrust into the underworld of human trafficking.The reader learns early in the book that the younger woman was snatched on the day she was born, and is forced to learn the reasons for her “parents’” desperate act. The older woman has had to endure a hellish existence as a trafficking victim, and when she finally finds the courage to escape, begins a search for the child she was forced to give away eighteen years ago. Each has to embark on a journey of sorts, both in search of themselves and each other, hoping their paths might eventually collide.
With its elements of drama, action, suspense, and romance…Finding Freedom is just crying out to be made into a movie.

*Sounds really interesting and like a very dramatic story!*

Where you can find Sue: 

http://www.suesearlesbooks.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/Sue-Searles-Author/1434957063477372?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/sue_searles

 

Excerpt from Lucia’s Web:

I sucked in a deep breath and held it, then wiped sweaty palms on my trousers. I’d only arrived home ten minutes ago and hadn’t relaxed enough to freshen up or change out of my work clothes.
Get a grip, Ali. I shouldn’t be so nervous—this was my apartment, my advertisement. So I was in charge.
It took me a little over eight seconds before I snapped myself out of my trance. If Lucia James had seemed distant and sociably inept on the phone, meeting her in person only solidified my impression of her.
Pin-straight hair, dyed jet black with purple streaks, hovered just above a sorry pair of sagging shoulders. A thick, black fringe fell across an insipidly white face, barely hiding brown eyes bordered top and bottom with a heavy band of eyeliner. Black lipstick sapped the girl of any natural color and made her look deathly pale. She clutched a brown leather bag across her chest, and a black leather jacket and studded jeans rounded off the look. The girl bit her lip and dipped her chin, her nervousness palpable.
I closed my mouth when I realized I’d been staring. “Um, sorry…come on in.”
I stepped aside to let Lucia enter. Her brown eyes darted furtively around the spacious lounge, then focused on an invisible speck on the hardwood floor.
“So, do you live nearby?” My eyes remained on her as I asked the question and tried to size her up.
“No, I’m not from around here. I don’t know many people in Umhlanga yet.” A shoulder raised two inches, then went back down.
“Where are you from?” I studied her, trying to draw the girl out of whatever spell she was in.
“Eastern Cape.” Her eyes remained averted, the brown leather bag clutched like a lifeline across her chest. The long fringe hung like a thick, black curtain over her right eye, and I had to resist the urge to reach out and pull it aside.
“So, what brings you to Durban?” I honestly wasn’t trying to sound pushy, just curious. Besides, it was a reasonable question, not so? When Lucia didn’t reply, I crossed the room and closed the front door to give her time to answer. Just as I turned back to face her, she jerked her head away and averted her eyes back to the floor. I felt my frustration levels start to rise. So Lucia could quite easily look at me, as long as I wasn’t looking back at the same time?
I held my palms together and tried to shake off the girl’s unsettling presence. “All right, so…the rent is fourteen grand, split three ways. With water and lights, say an extra grand, we can round it off at five grand each. How does that sound?”
Lucia bit her lip hard and her eyes darted around the room briefly. “Sure. Whatever.”
“Rent’s due by the first of each month.” I tried to keep it upbeat, to sound much friendlier than I felt. “I’d like to check references before I make a final decision.” I gave Lucia a pressing look, one intended to communicate that I wasn’t too convinced about her yet. And in case she hadn’t been looking, I’d made sure she heard the threat in my tone.
“That’s no problem, you don’t have to worry about me not paying or nothing.” My warning didn’t seem to rattle her one bit.
I drew in a deep breath and gathered my thoughts. “Right, so we have a domestic worker who comes in once a week. Name is Thandi.”
Lucia met my eyes for the first time since she’d stepped foot in the place. “A-a cleaning lady?” There was measured trepidation in her voice.
“M-hmm. That’s okay, right? With all three of us girls working—”
She waved her hand. “That’s okay, I’ll clean my own room.” Lucia returned her grip to the bag and her gaze to the floor.
I narrowed my eyes at her, unsure how to respond. For somebody trying to gain approval, she was being surly and aloof, if not downright rude. “Well, if you’re sure. Just let me know if you change your mind.”
She gave a quick nod, obviously just to appease me.
Lucia’s tone was as colorless as her complexion, and lacked any kind of verve or energy whatsoever. The girl was as insipid as a jellyfish, with a personality to match.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lucias-Web-Sue-Searles-ebook/dp/B00ZQMOEQI
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lucias-web-sue-searles/1122137024?ean=2940151276801
Kobo Books: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/lucia-s-web
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/551150