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Happy to Welcome Author Clark Farley!

I’m pleased to present author Clark Farley! Thank you so much for joining us here, Clark. I look forward to learning more about you!

About Clark:

Real Estate Broker. (one-time commercial fisherman and short-time cab driver… in the bio section of my query letter I refer to my professional resume as an example of a ‘liberal arts work history’.)

Clark’s Work:

‘Blogdominion’ and ‘Almira’. Neither yet published, they are available to read online at http://www.jukepop.com.

Connecting With Clark:

 Blog (Primary internet touchpoint)

‘Blgodominion’ 

‘Almira’

And now we dive into Clark’s head to discover more about him! 🙂 

What do you write, Clark?

Historical fantasy

What’s your favorite book of the books you’ve written?

‘Blogdominion’

Who is your favorite character in one of your books?

Almira (Ristani) Gulch from the book ‘Almira’

Please tell us a little about your current writing project (your work in progress)

‘Almira’ is the story of Almira Gulch, the character played by Margaret Hamilton in the movie, ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The story opens with Dorothy Gale, upon her return home after her first year in college (Sarah Lawrence), learning that the new high school had been dedicated to the same Mrs. Gulch who tried to take Toto, Dorothy’s dog away just hours before the terrible Storm of ’37 destroyed much of the small town of Circe, Kansas. Unfortunately for Dorothy, Mrs. Gulch is in the hospital in what appears to be a coma. Dorothy tries to reconcile the differences between what she thought was true and the reality she faces, including how she could have missed the fact that it was, ‘Mrs. Gulch’ not ‘Miss Gulch’.

Our story quickly branches to Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912 where we meet 16-year-old Almira Ristani . We follow as Almira, a remarkably intelligent and strong-willed girl grows up in the New England mill town amidst the birth pangs of the workers rights movement in America. After the tragic death of a friend during the Bread and Roses Strike, Almira leaves with her husband-to-be, Sterling Gulch. We follow the young couple through their life all the way up to 1939.

We follow Dorothy Gale through the summer of 1939 as she discovers secrets about her family, the way of life in a small mid-plains town and, ultimately the reason why the woman sleeping in a narrow bed in the charity ward of the local hospital did what she did.

Dorothy Gale learns about life and family, Almira lives a dream and dreams of family. Two characters that many people are familiar with are part of a story that is both familiar and startlingly different than what we all believed we knew about this beloved tale.

Who is your favorite character in a book written by someone else?

It sure isn’t Auntie Em! (‘Almira’ joke, you’ll laugh once I complete the book and get it published, of course.) (Hee, hee–sounds intriguing!!! -Amanda)

I’ll have to go with don Juan Mateus, the protagonist in Carlos Castaneda’ s wonderful series of mysto-anthropologic novels, ‘The Teachings of Don Juan, A Yaqui Way of Knowledge’. The character of don Juan as protagonist, is both wise and funny; a killer combination in any character.

Please share a few details about your writing process.

So far, my writing process has been totally ‘seat of the pants’.

Blogdominion (and current wip, ‘Almira’) were written a chapter at a time and posted, once a week on the http://www.jukepop.com. The story unfolds for me by the chapter and as I learn it from the characters in the story. Sort of like daydreaming except grammar and spelling counts.

Where have you traveled? Where do you hope to travel?

Meteor Crater, AZ

The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park CO

Rosedale, MS

Bonneville Salt Flats, UT

Key West, FL

Hope to get to:

The places occasioned by the characters of my stories. For ‘Blogdominion’ that will entail going to Maryland, Massachusetts, Utah and Illinois. ‘Almira’ will produce a simpler but more far-flung itinerary: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Kansas, Philadelphia, Missouri and France. (damn you! Gavrilo Princip)

Are you a Mac or PC person?

PC (and that choice does indicate a difference among those who might answer it sincerely. Yes, the Wakefield Doctrine again)

Android or iPhone? Or are you more of a flip phone kind of person?

Android

Black socks, white socks, or funky colored/patterned socks?

Patterned black, white and beige

How do you take your coffee or tea?

Flavored coffee, except for Sunday morning writing time, then it is fresh brewed with heavy cream.

What did you want to be when you grew up at age 5?

A real person*.

(*a trick answer but nevertheless a sincere one. The trick part is that to understand how it is a sincere (and, oddly enough, true and correct) answer requires an understanding and appreciation of the Wakefield Doctrine. (Which, by the way, would also provide an answer to the Tee shirt question.))

What motivated you to write what you write?

I started a blog to see if I couldn’t popularize the Wakefield Doctrine ( a personality types system). The blog was reasonably successful, especially in exposing me to more people who enjoy writing than I would otherwise have come into contact with, here in the ‘real’ world. Being essentially a written medium, writing blog Posts and participating in various activities online, such a writing contests and bloghops, I found my comfort zone expanding, so naturally I thought I should write a book. (lol) After several less than successful attempts, I decided that I needed to increase my skills in ‘the writing thing’. Since practice makes perfect, I started to write ‘Blogdominion’ as a serial story, the requirement to produce on a schedule providing much need accountability. Funny thing about my wip ‘Almira’, the basic idea for the story came out of a bloghop. There is a (weekly) bloghop called, ‘Six Sentence Story’ and, for whatever reason, one week’s prompt word resulted in a story about how the new high school in Dorothy Gale’s hometown of Circe, Kansas

(replacing the old high school destroyed in a certain F5 tornado) was dedicated to Almira Gulch. The book started there and I’ve been trying to keep up with the story ever since.

What makes you choose a particular character to develop? Do you have any special techniques for developing characters?

Not aware of picking characters, they seem all to be ‘walk-ons’. Except when there is a reality tie-in, as is the case with ‘Almira’. In this story there were already characters populating the world (of the story), i.e. some, but not all, of the people from the Wizard of Oz movie.

What do you want to be remembered for?

The Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)

Wow, Clark, great stuff here! I look forward to reading your stuff! 🙂 Thanks for allowing me to interview you! -Amanda 🙂 

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Three Cheers for Kenzie Rose!

Welcome to our wild and wacky Author Interview, featuring the lovely Kenzie Rose. Thanks for joining us, Kenzie! 🙂

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About Kenzie:

Kenzie Rose lives on the Central Coast of California with her husband and grown children where she is surrounded by ideas and inspiration for her books. When not writing, you will find her sitting on the deck reading romances and listening to the waves.

She also loves to cook and throw parties for friends and family so this is her excuse to spend way too much time on Pinterest. She loves talking to readers and connecting with them on Social Media.

Kenzie’s Books:

*Everlasting Love, Book 1 in The Vineyards of Love Series

iBooks

Amazon

Barnes & Noble 

Kobo

*She’s My Destiny, Book 2 in The Vineyards of Love Series (tentative release December 27, 2016 (Cover reveal November 21, 2016)

*Unexpected Love a Vineyards of Love Novella (Tentative release February 21, 2017)

How to Connect With Kenzie:

*Facebook

*Twitter 

*Instagram: @kenzieroseauthor

*Facebook Readers Group

*Email: info@authorkenzierose.com

*Snap Chat: authkenzierose

*Website is under construction.

And now it is time to introduce my friend, author Kenzie Rose! Thanks for stopping by, Kenzie!

What do you write?

Contemporary Romances with HEA’s set on the Central Coast of California where I live.

What’s your favorite book of the books you’ve written?

Right now, it’s Everlasting Love, the first book that I wrote.

Who is your favorite character in one of your books?

Abigail Anderson, she lost her boyfriend who she loved in High School suddenly and decided that she couldn’t take a chance on love again because of the possibility that she might lose someone else too. But she is no match for Anthony.

Please tell us a little about your current writing project (your work in progress)

 This book is different than book 1, it has a little bit of action but it has been fun to write. Sam and Marco are a very earthy couple.

Here’s the synopsis:

Samantha thought she had finally found love – her bad high-school relationship only a memory. But memories have a way of coming back to haunt as Samantha’s old boyfriend is determined to stick around. Even his mere presence is threatening to derail her newfound happiness…

Marco has waited years to find “the one” and he knows that he’s found her in Samantha. With a new business, barely off the ground, he knows he has a lot to prove and the last thing he’s looking for is for her former ex to change his destiny – the destiny of him and his love.

Only Fate can decide if Samantha and Marco will be together and if their true love will conquer all.

Who is your favorite character in a book written by someone else?

That’s a hard one. I think Madeline Keller from Second Chances by Bernadette Marie. She is a very strong woman who battles Breast Cancer and learns that Second chances are possible.

Please share a few details about your writing process.

I have always been a visual person so believe it or not it all starts with a dream. I dream about the book, very vivid dreams, then I wake up and write. I also do a lot of research. I love it when I can read a book and visualize it. So, I pay attention to details. I write a chapter then my editor will read it then edit it so when I finish my first draft I can start right away on the editing. With this WIP it has been different, I wrote scenes or chapters while I was writing book 1, my ideas can come from hearing a song or seeing something like a winery or a hotel.

If you have pets, please share a memory—can be funny, poignant, sad…whatever you choose!

No Pets….

Please describe your ideal reading spot. Does this differ from your ideal writing spot?

I can read anywhere but my favorite place is in a bubble bath. I write anywhere the mood hits me.

If you won millions in the lottery, what would you do with it?

Quit my job and write full time and travel.

Where have you traveled? Where do you hope to travel?

I have been to the East Coast (Delaware and Pennsylvania) Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Nevada and Arizona. I would love to go to New England in the Fall and England, Ireland and Scotland. Now that I have written a book about some very Italian men I dream about going to Italy. Specify Tuscany and Lake Como.

If a movie was made about your life, who would play you? What would the title be?

Julia Roberts and it would be called My Way.

What’s your favorite candy? Favorite baked good? Favorite vegetable?

Favorite Candy is Peanut Butter Cups; Baked goods would be Brown Butter Cookies. Favorite Vegetable would be fresh green beans.

Do you have any hobbies? What are they?

I love to craft, make jewelry. I made Christmas Ornaments that are from my books again this year.

Do you collect anything? If so, what? 

Besides signed books I collect cookbooks. I love to cook.

If you could have a two-hour lunch with anyone (living or dead, fictional or real), who would it be?

E.L. James and Kelly Elliott. (I couldn’t pick just one.)

If you were to design a t-shirt with your life motto, what would it say?

You got this!

What animal best reflects your personality?

A cat.

What should we make for dinner tonight? Do you have a favorite recipe you can share?

Chicken Piccata

Ingredients 4 split (1 whole) boneless, skinless chicken breasts Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup all-purpose flour or more as needed 2 extra-large egg 1/2 tablespoon water 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs Good olive oil 6 – 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (4 – 6 lemons), 1 lemon sliced in reserved 1/2 cup dry white wine

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap and pound out to 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Mix the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a shallow plate. In a second plate, beat the egg and 1/2 tablespoon of water together. Place the bread crumbs on a third plate. (I use aluminum pans for easy cleanup.) Dip each chicken breast first in the flour, shake off the excess, and then dip in the egg and bread crumb mixtures. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium to medium-low heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 2 minutes on each side, until browned. Place them on the sheet pan and allow them to bake for 5 to 10 minutes while you make the sauce. For the sauce, wipe out the sauté pan with a dry paper towel. Over medium heat, melt all but 2 tablespoons of the butter and then add the lemon juice, wine, the reserved lemon slices, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Boil over high heat until reduced in half, about 2 minutes. Off the heat, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and swirl to combine. Serve 1 chicken breast on each plate. Spoon on the sauce and serve with a slice of lemon. I serve this with white rice but my daughter makes it and serves pasta.

Enjoy.

(Yum! I’m going to add this to my menu this week! -Amanda)

Who is your favorite book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Josh (Faithful by Kelly Elliott)

What’s your favorite sport or physical activity?

Baseball

Are you a Mac or PC person?

PC

Android or iPhone? Or are you more of a flip phone kind of person?

iPhone

Black socks, white socks, or funky colored/patterned socks?

Depends on the mood

How do you take your coffee or tea?

Southern Sweet Tea

What’s your idea of an incredible date?

Dinner and then my husband taking me to the bookstore.

What did you want to be when you grew up at age 5?

Olympic Gymnast.

What motivated you to write what you write?

I was told growing up that I had dyslexia so I just should plan on being a housewife. I wanted to prove them wrong, so I devoured books. Then I became a book blogger and an editor. Then one day I sent my best friend 4 chapters of something that I had written. She told me she wanted more. 6 months later Everlasting Love was finished and I had several books planned by then.

What makes you choose a particular character to develop? Do you have any special techniques for developing characters?

Nothing special I just write what wants to be written.

What would you say is your greatest success in your career so far?

Finishing Book 1 and hitting publish.

What do you want to be remembered for?

My family always comes first.

Please tell us something about yourself that hasn’t been covered in any of these questions.

I love to plan parties; doesn’t matter what kind of event I just have fun planning them.

Thank you so much for joining us here on my blog, Kenzie! Happy writing! xoxo, Amanda 🙂 

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