Questions Authors hate to hear!?!?!

Questions Authors Hate To Be Asked

  The questions I hate to hear when people find out I’m an author.

  1.  Really? (Nope I’m lying to you.)
  2.  What do you write?/What’s that? (Paranormal–urban fantasy — look it up, go do it now I’ll wait here, go do it now…GO NOW!!!)
  3.  Do you know so and so? So and So is such an amazing author…(nope, never heard of them, never ever! *fingers in ears lalalalala)
  4.  So are you going to quit your day job now or something? (head on desk *sigh)

 And to the people that know I’m an author

  1.  Will you put me in your next book? (yes, do you mind if I kill you off?)
  2.   Shouldn’t you know that, I mean your an author and all? (Because authors know everything!?!? EVERYTHING I SAY)
  3.  I sure wish I could just sit around and “imagine” stuff for fun. (You can with the right type of medication)
  4.   When are you going to be done writing your next book? (I have no snarky remark for this, at any given moment I have so many ideas rolling around in my head. So many works in progress. Or god forbid I have nothing at all going on. And everything is silent. Either way this question has me wanting to drive a steak through your heart.)
  5.  So are you going to quit your day job now or something? (head on desk (repeatedly)*sigh)

 Are you an author? What questions do you hate to hear? Let me know below.

Where you can find me

My Website
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Email me: christiepalmer.author@yahoo.com
Twitter: @christieauthor
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Where the hell did the Hero go?


Is it just me, or have hero’s in popular fiction become less a hero and more a sidekick?
  And who the hell wants a sidekick for a hero, I want a hero to be just that the hero. I want him to swing in and save the day. I want him to jump off the page and save the day. I want him to be bigger then the book can contain, I want him to overwhelm me and take my breath away. I want the each and ever encounter to be breath taking and I want it to be the pricpess of the roller-coaster  Not the faithful sidekick giving advice and faithfully sticking at the side of the heroine to back her up on her quest for glory.
  Now don’t get me wrong, I want my heroine to be kick ass as well. And the fact that more heroines are being written in YA, NA as the main role is wonderful. But why does the hero have to be put as the sidekick? How the hell did that happen? 

  But is it possible to have two kick-ass characters in one book? HELL YES!! Why the hell not? 


 –The Bone Season — Paige totally kick ass Warden totally kick ass 

 –Sirantha Jax Series, — Jax kicking space butt and taken names while flying space ships. March doing the same!!

 Lets go old school fantasy Tiger and Del by: Jennifer Robertson Tiger and Del are both cutthroat butt kickers. 

  Okay so now that examples have been provided I just want there to be equal footing given. And I know that I have named qualities above that are seriously unattainable and unrealistic even in fiction. But seriously what the hell happened to the HERO?
  Where Have All the HERO’s Gone?

Don’t miss my live interview with Heather Lyons author of A Matter of Heart on Sunday July 7th 11am

Live Interview Sunday July 7th @ 11am MST

It’s A Book Thing is proud to announce Coffee with Christie interview with author Heather Lyons

Heather is currently on tour promoting the second book in the Fate series 
A Matter of Heart. 

Get all your questions and more answered plus give-a-ways on Sunday. 

A Matter of Heart

No longer in high school, Chloe Lilywhite is now living and working in Annar, the Magicals’ city-state plane of existence. Since moving, she’s joined the Council, gone on missions with the Guard, moved into her own apartment, and enrolled at the University of Annar. Plus, she’s happily engaged to be married to Jonah Whitecomb, the literal man from her dreams, not to mention her Connection. While she still struggles with aspects of her craft, Chloe feels like she’s finally coming into her own, especially after a difficult year that had her questioning nearly everything in her life.

After a brutal attack by the Elders, her life is turned upside down once more. Accusations fly throughout the Council and Guard, forcing Chloe to confront her worst fears about what’s she’s capable of as a Creator. And then there’s the matter of Kellan Whitecomb, Jonah’s twin brother and Chloe’s ex, who resurfaces after disappearing months before. Although Chloe chose Jonah, and despite their best efforts, the two find it hard to stay away from one another.

But no matter what Fate throws at her, Chloe is determined to take charge of her life, even as it begins to spiral out of control.

*This is a New Adult title, suitable for readers 18+

About Heather…

Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

How author Haley Fisher finds the time to write…

How author Haley Fisher finds the time to write…

  The honest answer? I write when I’m really supposed to be doing other things… Not the best plan, I know, but that’s seemingly when I’m always the most inspired. Somehow, in my head, my brain interprets, “I really need to get (insert other thing here) done” into “OMG, I just had the best plot idea”. So normally whatever I’m supposed to do get pushed off to the side for minute so I don’t forget whatever I came up with for my story.
  Truthfully, for me, writing time is hard to come by. Not only because the world we live in is so busy, but because I do so many things. I am a student, a church volunteer, a babysitter, an employee, and then of course a friend, family member, and avid reader/TV watcher. It’s difficult to do all those things fully while also having plenty of time to write. Most of the time, I find the time to write in my in-between moments. Sometimes during a classroom lecture. Sometimes on breaks at work. Sometimes while watching a show or movie I already know and love enough that my attention can be divided. Between classes. Really late at night. Those are my writing times. I have a hard time carving a chunk out of the middle of my days just to write. But sometimes I manage that, too.
  Overall, I write when I’m inspired. At those times it isn’t so much finding time to write as making time. If I really want to write, then I write. If it’s ten minutes, or two hours, I write. When there is a sudden scene that I can’t wait to get on paper, I drop whatever I’m doing, and I write. That is pretty much the only writing schedule I go by. Now that it’s summer break, I should have much more time to work on scenes and chapters throughout the middle of the day rather than worrying about it keeping from doing more necessary things like homework.
  Hopefully someday I’ll have the time—without school or babysitting—to just spend days and days jumping from restaurant to coffee shop to park so I can write to my heart’s content, maybe getting a story finished every six or seven months. For now, I have to work around everything else I’ve got in my life. And while it’s working, it isn’t easy.

About the author: Haley Fisher

 I’m Haley Fisher, a college student in Kansas, and I’ve just signed a contract with a company called Silver Tongue Press to publish my first book!
 For as long as I can remember I’ve been an avid reader and an aspiring writer, but the step toward actually getting a book published is an enormous one for me. This is a big deal. And, as I’ve been told, the next step to being successful is getting the word out that my book exists.
 So, though it’s not in print yet—it’s coming out February 14th—I’d love for people to keep an eye out for Rising Calm. It’ll be the first in a series of books about a young girl who finds out her life and her fate are far bigger than she ever realized. At the risk of giving too much away, the most I can tell you for now is that there is magic, prophecy, new worlds, and a cast of characters who I love to write.

You can find her at:
Haley Fisher’s Website


a Rafflecopter giveaway 

This was a great read! It’s geared toward young adults but even as an old adult I loved the story and found the characters smart and engaging. I am very much looking forward to the next installment! – Midge (Amazon)
Haley Fisher does an amazing job of really bringing the story to life with her words. She is a very talented young author. I can’t wait to read the sequel to this book. – Patriot (Amazon)

Purchase at Silver Tongue Press – http://www.silvertonguepress.com/shopping-center.html

What Inspires Me to Write with Lisa Binion — Softly Tenderly Book Tour

What Inspires Me to Write

by: Lisa Binion

A lot of people think money is the inspiration for authors to write.  Well, maybe it is for some of the big names out there, but if you aren’t well known, you will starve if you depend on the income from your writing as a means of support.  Money is definitely not what inspires me to write.  So what does?

The events in my life are part of what inspire me.  A lot of my ideas come from the crazy things that go on around me, but writing about them isn’t always the first thing I think about.  If what happens is traumatic, I usually just want to lose myself in a book and get away from everything and everyone. 
The basic inspiration for Softly and Tenderly was obviously the death of my mother, but she died 39 years ago.  The idea for the story I wrote came to me after something a friend said to me, but I honestly can’t remember what she said.  I just know that it lit a fire inside of me, and I had to get the story written or explode.  The novella I wrote is only the beginning of a much larger story.  When it picks up next, Lori is five years older.  The beetles have pretty much left her alone for the past five years, but now they are back.  They have so much in store for her yet.
The inspiration for another book I’m writing, Whisper, came from when a spider crawled back in my ear and spent most of the day there.  Truth be told, I didn’t know it was a spider.  If I had known that, I probably would have gone straight to the doctor and had him get it out of there, just so I didn’t cut my ear off.  All I knew was that some bug had climbed back inside my ear.  When I finally washed it out with hydrogen peroxide that evening, – and yes, I had tried that several times throughout the day – my daughter informed me it was a spider, and the little beast was still alive.  Then she proceeded to put the culprit in a jar and keep the spider as a pet until it died.  I about hyperventilated.  I couldn’t let the situation go to waste, so I decided to write a story about an evil spider.
Now something happened in my life the other day that actually inspired me to write a story that wasn’t scary.  I guess there really is a first time for everything.  Well, it’s not scary to me.  The story is aimed at children.  My puppies got lost in the sea of grass that our pasture has become.  The grass is so tall that I refuse to walk in it.  A few parts might have some kids sitting on the edge of their seats, but it does have a happy ending.
I’m even inspired by the books I read.  I have the opening part of a book written out that came to me while I was reading a short story by Rene Folsom.  Before I was through the first sentence of her story, an idea slammed into me and wouldn’t leave me be.  I even wrote an article about it – Why Authors Need to Read.  One day I will pull the opening back out and develop it more.
So basically what inspires me to write is life:  daily happenings, conversations, the things I read.  Strange, exciting, and terrifying things happen all around us throughout each day.  All an author needs to do is to pick up on them and write about them.  Don’t write these events as they actually happen, but use them as a basis for your story.  I did not see beetles crawling out of my mom while she was in her casket, neither did she sit up and grab hold of me.  And I have a perfectly normal family.  But what really happened just wouldn’t make a very interesting story.

About the author: Lisa Binion 
Lisa Binion is a writer, editor, and wife. She makes her home in the beautiful state of Kentucky. Her two children are now grown, but she has been blessed with two beautiful grandchildren, Tyler and Zoey. Her family also includes four dogs, four cats, and two goats. As the Fiction Writing Editor for BellaOnline, she writes articles, reviews fiction books, and interviews fiction authors. She is also an editor for Silver Tongue Press and Edit 1st. In her spare time, she attempts to clean house and relax. You can find her at:
Silver Tounge Press,
and Edit1st

How I Know I am a Writer

How I Know I am a Writer

I was sitting at breakfast going through emails and Facebook and saw a fascinating picture of a woman wearing nothing but her tattoos and brandishing a sword in each hand.

I show the picture to my husband and ask, “What is the point of this picture?” 

I was really expecting something along the lines of a story line.

His answer, “It’s a picture so?”

My mouth dropped open. I couldn’t believe he didn’t see a story there. A reason for the tattoos and her fighting stance. I couldn’t believe he didn’t see more than just a picture, but a story full of fighting and strength. A women, fighting for who and what she was, against great odds. A family, or love waiting for her to triumph over evil. 

When I explained that to my husband looked at me as if I was the person with a problem?!?

And then I realized, he doesn’t see the world in a picture of stories and plot ideas. How is that possible? 

I was left starring at my husband of 19 years as if I had never seen him before. 

How is it possible that people don’t see stories in pictures, in art, in music in the guy waiting at the same light with you, in the woman crossing the street? I really thought this was how everyone saw life. In varying shades of story lines. 

I live in a world of imagination and have to live with the fact that not everyone lives their lives in the world of make believe. How sad is that? I would think life would be so boring not seeing something more something unimaginable in everyday things. So that is how I realized I was a writer, a story teller a believer of things that others don’t see. 

Yes I live in a world of make believe and damn it’s a good place to live.

Guest Post with S. J. Brown — What characters do you relate to and that come out in your writing?

What characters do you relate to and that come out in your writing? by: S.J Brown
  The characters in Close Ups & Close Encounters are the animals or critters as I call them. I relate to most of them in one way or another and I try to have that evident in my writing. My writing is a way to share the connection I feel with most wildlife.
  A coot, mentioned in Venturing Out was enjoying the solitude of a private pond. I also enjoy quiet moments alone outdoors with just me and mother nature. Taking time out from the busy world around me tends to help me re-energize.
  I encounter and write about small groups or herds of deer. White Tailed Deer in general are timid creatures that just seem to go about their daily routine. They go for hikes in the woods, which is something I enjoy doing. Hiking with family and friends helps me to connect others with my love of nature. I encounter deer a lot when they have paused to enjoy a meal. While our diets differ, I do enjoy having a good meal with family and friends.
  I write about migrating birds as well . They have a home base, but also travel to other areas. I enjoy the freedom of traveling. Leaving the familiarity of home and traveling to another locations is very appealing to me. There are a multitude of wild locations each with it’s own unique appeal. Some locations offer dozens of towering trees filled with curious critters like squirrels and chipmunks. Other places have acres and acres of fields filled with berries that attract bears, or grains that appeal to small rodents and the larger critters that pursue them. Ponds and lake offer serene surrounding that appeal to a variety of animals.
  Yes, I can even relate to the elephant in the chapter entitled the Playful Pachyderm. He simply wanted to introduce himself to a new friend. Although his intentions disturbed others, he didn’t really mean any harm.
  I also include animals that elude the lens when I write about my experiences. Like them I have times that I simply don’t want to be bothered, like when a telemarketer calls.
  In general I don’t write about characters I don’t relate to in some way. Without some type of connection to a subject the writing seems to lack something. I think readers pick up on this and it diminishes the quality of the work.

~Close Ups and Close Encounters~

On a whim, S. J. Brown decided to embark on a career in wildlife photography. Armed with an inexpensive 35mm camera and a love for the natural world, her adventure began. Accompanied by her spotter and husband, she ventured to a variety of locations.
The couple soon learned that there was more to this than just camera settings, lighting, and getting the right angle. Not all wildlife is agreeable to having their picture taken, and many are not easily accessible.
Camera in hand, S. J. Brown encountered delicate butterflies, bears, birds, deer, wild horses, and more. Along the way, there are successes and failures, cooperative critters, curious subjects, and some close calls.
As a wildlife photographer S. J. Brown took her cues from her subjects. Their body language let her know when to step in for a closer shot and when to back away. When she was out in the field, she strove to observe and record not to interfere. The exception to this rule is when people pose a threat to wildlife; then she will take time to relocate a road dwelling critter to its location. Brown has saved snapper turtles from soup and other creatures from the taunts and teases of unwise humans, but she will not interfere with Mother Nature’s food chain unless it involves a domestic animal pursuing a wild creature. With this in mind, she has sent many a cat away from a bird feeder and saved many a squirrel from a curious canine.
S. J. Brown’s book Close Ups & Close Encounters features over fifty of her wildlife photographs as well as the stories behind getting those images. S. J. Brown’s photographs and written words are her way of sharing her experiences. Introducing others, such as her granddaughter, to the field is one of her primary goals and loves. She hopes her work will give others an appreciation for the natural world.  

Kindle Version is available on Amazon.com:Close Ups & Close Encounters: A View From Behind The Lens

The print version, also filled with beautiful full color photographs, is also available: Close Ups and Close Encounters: A View From Behind The Lens  

Really loved this book. The pictures were fabulous and the stories were well written and kept me glued to the pages. This book is for every age group and I am so glad I purchased it. Parents can even read this book to their children and the pictures that accompany them are beautiful. I would gladly recommend this book to anyone. – J. Gonce (Amazon)