Matthew Dennison is simply brilliant. His writing is exquisite. In this interview we talked mainly about Beatrix Potter, who is an inspiration to all writers. Get his books and enjoy!
Ann Z. Leventhal is a spirited woman who proves that one should never give up. Her fascinating book about a girl, whose mother lied about being a Jew and a Holocaust victim, will have you turning the pages.
Looking for inspiration? Then read Andrea Avery's book, Sonata, A Memoir of Pain & the Piano. It's a moving story of how a young girl, a talented pianist, faced the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis with courage far beyond her years. Heart-wrenching, this beautifully written memoir is told with a sense of humor and a passion for life and music. Using Franz Schubert and his beautiful Sonata in B Flat as a backdrop for the story, Andrea creates a compelling story that you won't want to put down.
Claiborne Hancock, the founder of Pegasus Books and Jessica Case, the Deputy Publisher joined me for a great interview. You can have fun listening to them and then go to their website and scroll through their impressive client list...
This author made me cry! When I saw Sanya Richards-Ross win the Gold Medal for the 400 metres in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, tears were running down my cheeks. Run with Me: The Story of an Olympic Champion, her new book is inspiring. A perfect gift for ever kid in your life -- and for you! Sanya writes with great warmth and love about her family and her husband, Aaron Ross. It was an honor to have her as a guest on Joy on Paper.
It was fun to have Joe Yazbeck come to the studio to talk about his best selling book, No Fear Speaking. He is so enthusiastic about helping authors learn how to get out there and sell themselves--and their books.
Here is a link to his website. You can buy his book there and find out how you can meet with him for an 'off the clock' preview of what he can do for you.
I love YA Fiction and books set in Florida so I was so happy to have Rod Martinez visit the studio to talk about his books.
Love the cover for the Juniors! Go to his Facebook page: authorrodmartinez.
His books are available at Amazon.
Chris Kullstroem has turned her passion for the 'scare' scene into a fascinating book that explores the darker side. She traveled to eleven countries to learn about the way different cultures approach the fear factor. From Japan, where she got to dress up as an Oni, to Germany, where she followed in the footsteps of Faust, she has had an amazing adventure. Her book is a fun read.
Click here to visit her website, which is appropriately named, www.monstersandbooks.com
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It is always fun for me to talk to new authors -- so it was JOY to have Lynn Silvernail and her illustrator, Kham Loraamm, join me in the studio to talk about their first book: THE ADVENTURES OF JULIAN AND SQUARK: Egypt.
It was serendipity that the two of them got together and they make a great team. Kham, who has never done any illustration work before, jumped into the project and brought Lynn's story to life. Some things are just meant to be! This is the first book in what I know will be a great series.
It was a real treat to talk to Jazz Anders. He is just nine years old and is an amazing book reviewer. I am so impressed with his recommendations. He plans to be an astrophysicist when he grows up. Check out his Snazzy Reads on YouTube.
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Mark Laporta is a very compelling author. There is great depth to his writing and I so enjoyed talking to him about his sci-fi trilogy, The Changing Hearts of Ixdahan Daherek. Book 3 is Mirror at the Heart of Time and it is a great character driven story.
Perfect summer time read for the teens in your life. Give them this book and they will stop texting for at least a day...
Fascinating story of a trend forecaster. I forecast a best seller!
Jessica Strawser is absolutely delightful. Her debut book is suspenseful and a real treat.
Not many books keep me up until 3 a.m. in the morning -- but I couldn't stop reading this book. I love how Peg Herring does a slow reveal with multi-layers. It sets this book apart. Twists and turns keeps you turning the pages.
The bonus for me is that Peg is from Michigan and she has been to my home town: Baraga.
She also has a great appreciation for the wit and intelligence of Yoopers -- so she's high up there on my list of new favorite authors.
His new book, The Argus Deceit, is an intriguing. Once you read the prologue you won't be able it down.
I also recommend The Phoenix Descent with his strong female character, Caitlyn Wagner, a pilot with the call sign Sif, who recounts a disastrous Mission to Mars and back to Earth...
It was so much fun to talk to Margaret again. Her new book about Nero is another in her line of great historical fiction. In this interview we talk about her research and why there is a tortoise in her book. Did you know Margaret has written a great kid's book? It's a perfect gift...
(Interview will be up in a few days...)
Eric Elfman - Author & Writing Coach
Looking for a great writing coach? Eric is well known for his participation in Andrea Brown's Big Sur Writing Workshop. The Accelerati Trilogy, a YA series that he wrote with Neal Shusterman is a great read. I love the opening chapter of Hawking's Hallway.
Margaret Maron - Mystery Writer of America Grand Master
The Bootlegger's Daughter is the first in the Deborah Knott mystery series. Following the heartwarming conclusion of this series a few months ago, she has moved on to her second series featuring NYPD detective Sigrid Harald in Take Out, which will be released in June. Click for her website.
Alex George - Setting Free the Kites
What a fascinating writer -- a British solicitor who picks up and moves to Missouri. I really enjoyed talking to him.
Bonnie Paull - Lincoln's Neighborhood
Bonnie is so much fun! Lincoln's Neighborhood is a treasure trove for everyone interested in history.
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