It’s time for another Meet The Author Moment! This month Melanie Robertson King is up! Read on to learn more about her…
[MK]: I have to say yes and no. Some of my stories are based on fact or around an actual event, but not from my life or starring any one person I know but an amalgamation of a number of people.
My short story, Always a Home Girl, in my anthology The Consequences Collection is the story of a young girl sent to Canada from the UK during the child migration movement. My father was one of the roughly 100,000 children sent out to Canada. Although, he died when I was young, he never hid that fact like so many of these children did. I used some of his stories and others that I’d heard from descendants of other “Home Children” to come up with my main character, Elizabeth McIntosh.
[AC]: What books have most influenced your life most?
[MK]: I read such an eclectic range of books, it’s really hard to pinpoint a few that stand out above the others. Influenced my life? If you mean my writing life, I’ve always either spent my time writing or talking about being a writer so I’m going to blame that on the Nancy Drew series of books. I spent a lot of time at the local library growing up and that was one of the series of books I devoured.
[AC]: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
[MK]: Hands down, it would be Maggie Jagger from the Ottawa chapter of RWA. She’s been extremely helpful along the way and offers services to newbies like I was at the time.
[AC]: What book are you reading now?
[MK]: This will likely sound daft but I’m reading my own (the sequel to A Shadow in the Past) and summarizing it chapter by chapter so I can write the synopsis. I don’t outline or any of that organized stuff. I more or less fly by the seat of my pants although, I usually start by writing the end of the book. At least that way, I know where I have to end up and it’s an adventure getting there. Subject to the title being changed by my publisher, it’s currently known as Shadows from her Past.
[AC]: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
[MK]: Angela Marsons. I love to read crime set in the UK and her debut novel, Silent Scream did it for me. I’ve bought her second book and have pre-ordered number 3 in the series.
Fabulous! Read on to learn more about Melanie’s books!
What To Read Next…
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Welcome to another edition of Meet The Author Moment! Today, we’re featuring Janice Horton.
[JH]: I’m about to start working on a new novel set in the Caribbean for summer 2016 release. I’ve been doing a bit of research and I’ve been waking up at night with plot inspiration, character insights and narrative. That’s how I know I’m ready to start!
[AC]: What draws you to this genre?
[JH]: I love to read adventure romance novels – and so that’s what I choose to write.
[AC]: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
[JH]: Castaway in the Caribbean is my most recent book and I could easily see Matthew McConaughey as Travis and – I think Kate Hudson as Janey – I loved them together in the movie ‘Fools Gold’.
[AC]: How much research do you do?
[JH]: Lots! I love the research as much as the writing and nowadays there is no limit to the research I will do. For my novel ‘Reaching for the Stars’ which was about a disgruntled celebrity chef, I interviewed celeb chefs in their kitchens and my research resulted in my debut TV appearance and the subject of a ITV news documentary. I shared the research I did in the Caribbean last year for ‘Castaway in the Caribbean’ with my friends and readers on my social networks and the novel became a #1 Kindle Bestseller. If peeps are interested I’ll do the same again this time around as I’m back in the Caribbean right now researching the islands.
[AC]: When did you decide to become a writer?
[JH]: I aspired to be a writer as a child because I was an avid reader for a young age and I thought being a writer and making up imaginary stories must be the best job in the world. I’ve had many other types of jobs over the years before and during the time I became a professional writer – but I was right – it is the best job in the world!
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Hello rockstars and Happy Tuesday! Welcome once more to The Author’s Café, where we blast the music, refill your coffee, and talk books–endless books. This week I was in the mood for some spooky stuff–and if a little romance is thrown in, all the better! Read on for info on these great titles from Janice Horton and Linn B. Halton.
Excerpt From How Do You VooDoo?
Excerpt From Never Alone
Recipe of the Day
So I was thinking today…since How Do You VooDoo is set partly in Glasgow, Scotland, we might have a bit of Scotch coffee? What do you think? Here you go…
- One shot of espresso
- A shot of your favourite single malt Scotch Whisky. (Keep in mind that whiskey is not Scottish. So if you want to be authentic, lose the e.)
How To Make The Magic Happen
- Combine espresso and Scotch Whisky in your favorite mug.
- Steam the milk until it has a light, frothy foam.
- Pour the milk over the combined ingrediants in your mug.
Music of the Day
I’ve been listening to rock n’ roll all day and honestly, there could be no other song for today… Enjoy!
We love a great party here at the Author’s Café! Nothing’s better than a book birthday, though! So join us in wishing Janice Horton a happy one for Castaway In the Caribbean! It’s already release day in Janice’s home country of Scotland, so why not get the party started?
Castaway In the Carribean
Vacationing on the beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua, Janey Sinclair is persuaded by her magazine editor boss to do a quick island hop in order to supervise an impromptu photo-shoot for the front cover. With no flights immediately available, Janey is directed to the harbour.
Captain Travis Mathews hates tourists, although he’s not above making a bit of money off a prissy and sharp tongued young British girl when she’s desperate to get to the neighbouring island of Tortola.
After striking a deal, they set off together in Travis’s weather-beaten old boat. When the vessel comes to a sudden full stop in the sea, the mismatched pair end up as castaways on an uninhabited island.
In this fast moving romantic adventure about a vacation that turns into a tropical nightmare there’s more fun than you’ll find in any travel brochure.
I thought this was such a great post from Janice’s bio that I decided to include it here. Read on!
A message from Janice:
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Before you head off to spend some time with your sweetie, how about some delectable reads from the café? Today’s post features reads from Linn B. Halton and Janice Horton.
Get ready for cupcakes and hot master chefs!
Excerpt From Sweet Occasions
Excerpt from Reaching For the Stars
Recipe of the Day
Author Linn B. Halton says she loves coffee with Tia Maria Liquor. That sounded yummy! I did a little digging and found this gem of a recipe courtesy of Tia Maria themselves. Check out this recipe for Tia Espresso:
- 30 ml TIA MARIA
- 30 ml ESPRESSO
- 30 ml VODKA
- 15 ml LIQUID SUGAR
- COFFEE BEANS
- Combine all ingredients together with cubed ice in a boston and shake. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with coffee beans.
Music of the Day
When I asked our authors about their playlists for these books, Janice Horton had this to say:
In my ‘celebrity chef’ novel, Reaching for the Stars, the stars mentioned both in the title and in the story are based on the famous Michelin star system, the highest accolades awarded to a chef. My title is also a double entendre, of course, meaning that to achieve at the top you have to aim high. I did lots of research for this novel in Michelin-starred kitchens and I spoke to lots of top chefs but didn’t have a music playlist as such during the writing stage. However, I found it very interesting to note that while I was launching my own ‘Reaching for the Stars’ the rapper Will.i.am was making history with his song ‘Reach for the Stars’ when it was played from the surface of Mars and beamed back to Earth on the Mars rover Curiosity – becoming the first song ever to debut from another planet. It certainly got his song noticed and made me wonder how hard it would be to have a book launch in space?!”