Author Meet & Greet!

Author Meet & Greet

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Connect with authors through their social media links (if they choose to share them), learn about their writing process, and purchase their works.

The 4 most current interviews are posted here. Older ones may be found under the Archive: Author Meet & Greet on the main page of this blog by the author’s last name.

**Jack Ketchum’s Interview from December 2017 is PINNED at the bottom of this page**

So, without further ado, let’s get to know

Meet & Greet Author:  #167

Kristine Raymond

Your Name: Kristine Raymond

Genre(s) of your work: Historical western romance, Erotic drama, Contemporary romance, Cozy mystery

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):

Hidden Springs series – historical western romance

2013 – Here to Stay

2013 – Hearts on Fire

2014 – Abby’s Heart

2014 – A Chance on Love

2014 – A Will of Her Own

2015 – Dancing in the Dark

2016 – Worth the Gamble

2017 – Coming Home

2018 – Enduring Traditions

Celebration series – contemporary romance

2015 – By Dawn’s Early Light

2017 – Reservations for Two

2017 – Under the Mistletoe

Standalones

2018 – Seasons of Love – contemporary romance

2018 – Tempted – erotic drama

Non-fiction

2015 – ‘write words’ A Year in the Life of an Indie Author

Finn’s Finds series – cozy mystery

2019 – Finn-agled

Bio:

It wasn’t until later in life that Kristine Raymond figured out what she wanted to be when she grew up, an epiphany that occurred in 2013 when she sat down and began writing her first novel.  Over a dozen books in multiple genres later, there are a multitude of ideas floating around in her head thus assuring she’ll never be idle.

When a spare moment does present itself, she fills it by navigating the publishing and promotional side of the business.  When not doing that, she spends time with her husband and furbabies (not necessarily in that order) at their home in south-central Kentucky, gardens, reads, or binge-watches Netflix.

To find out more, please visit her website at www.kristineraymond.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and BookBub.

Kristine is represented by Mickey Mikkelson at Creative Edge Publicity.

Why do you write in the genre that you do?

I’m a romantic at heart (when I’m not plotting murder – fictionally speaking, of course), so it wasn’t a stretch for me to begin my career writing about happily-ever-afters.  As my storytelling evolved, so did my desire to branch out into other genres.  Or, maybe my characters are to blame.  They’re the ones who tell me what to write.

How has writing changed/altered your life?

I’m more willing to take chances, both professionally and personally.  I chalk this up to beginning a new career after the ripe age of forty-five…lol.  I have more confidence, and am no longer afraid to ask if there’s something I want.  Case in point – while dining with my hubs at our favorite pizza place, I saw a guy who was the embodiment of the hero in my then-WIP.  So what did I do?  I walked up and asked him if he’d like to be on the cover of a romance novel.  He said yes, and just like that, I had the model for A Will of Her Own.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

There are too many to name.  James Herriot will always be a favorite.  I absolutely adore his All Creatures series.  Dean Koontz was my first introduction into horror, though I don’t consider his stories horrific.  Twisted and creepy, yes.  I read Kathleen Woodiwiss regency bodice rippers well before I was old enough, and Sandra Brown, Karen Robards, and Linda Howard fulfilled my quest for romantic suspense in early adulthood.  Nowadays, I read everything P.J. Tracy releases and I crave Dawn Hosmer’s psychological thrillers.

Do you believe that audiobooks are the wave of the future, more of a passing fad, or somewhere in between and why?

Not so much a wave but the current tide.  I don’t think they’re going anywhere, given how convenient it is to listen to a book while driving, working out, or cooking dinner.

What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?

As far as I’m concerned, any bookstore is a good bookstore.  I know there are some that discriminate against indie authors, but there are just as many that don’t, and by filling their shelves with mainstream books they counterbalance independent bookstores.  Profits and favoritism and corporate shenanigans aside, they fill a need and I hope they’re around for many years to come.  And more independent bookstores!!

What have you found to be a good marketing tool? A bad one?

I’m awful at marketing on my own which is why I hired a publicist…lol.  Seriously though, there are thousands of marketing tools out there and it’s up to the author to research and find the one(s) that works best for them.  A few of my favs besides Creative Edge Publicity are Kindlepreneur, BookBub, and Bookfunnel.

Where can people find you and your work?

Check out my website at www.kristineraymond.com for links to all of my books, more about me, and previous interviews and appearances.

You can also find me on:

Facebook

Bookbub

D2D Author Page

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Marilyn Kriete

Your Name: Marilyn Kriete

Genre(s) of your work: Memoir

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):

Paradise Road: A Memoir   published March 2021 by Lucid House Publishing

Bio:

After a colorful life spanning four continents and 16 cities, earning her keep as cook, chambermaid, waitress, fisher-woman, missionary, speaker/teacher, tutor, and academic writing editor, Marilyn now lives in Kelowna, BC, Canada, with her charitable husband and three demanding cats. Their two grown children were adopted from Mumbai, India and Athens, Georgia. Besides her favorite activities–writing and sleeping– she enjoys hiking, cycling, blogging, reading, playing word games, watching documentaries, and cleaning other people’s homes. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Lyric, Storyteller, The Eastern Iowa Review, The English Bay Review, and Brevity Blog. Paradise Road is her first memoir.

Why do you write in the genre that you do?

I love memoirs! My life has been full of rich and unusual experiences to write about.

How has writing changed/altered your life?

I’ve always known there was a ‘writer inside’, but for many years there was no space in my life for writing. Now I’m finally doing it, I feel as if I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing. And readers are responding extremely well.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

Bill Bryson—because he makes me laugh while learning so much about other places and topics.

Margaret Atwood—I love her creativity and intelligence.

So many others…Lionel Shriver, Barbara Kingsolver, Barbara Gowdy, Rohinton Mistry, T.C. Boyle…writers whose books tend to be offbeat and unusual.

Do you believe that audiobooks are the wave of the future, more of a passing fad, or somewhere in between and why?

To be honest, I haven’t really given this much thought, though I’m aware that audiobooks have gained more fans during the pandemic. Perhaps that trend will continue. For me, one of my all-time favorite activities is long-distance driving with a great audiobook. But that’s generally the only time I listen to them.

What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?

I rarely go to any. My favorite place to buy books is in second-hand bookstores and thrift stores.  I wish we had a cozy little indie bookstore nearby, but we don’t.

What have you found to be a good marketing tool? A bad one?

My book was just published, and I’m just figuring out how to market. So far, I’ve reached a lot of friends/acquaintances through Facebook and have sold through that. I have yet to try Instagram, Twitter or other platforms.

Where can people find you and your website?

www.purplesplashofglory.com

www.MarilynKriete.com

 Marilyn’s Memoir Celebration | Facebook

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Liz Butcher

Your Name: Liz Butcher

Genre(s) of your work: Horror/Dark Fantasy/Speculative Fiction

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):

  • 2018, After Dark (Short stories)

  • 2019, Fates’ Fury

  • 2020, LeRoux Manor

  • 2021, Never, Never

Bio:

Liz Butcher resides in Australia, with her husband, daughter, and their two cats. She’s a self-confessed nerd with a BA in psychology and an insatiable fascination for learning. Liz has published a number of short stories in anthologies and has released her own collection, After Dark, in 2018. Her debut novel, Fates’ Fury released September 2019, soon followed with LeRoux Manor in September 2020 and Never, Never in 2021.

Why do you write in the genre that you do?

It wasn’t really a conscious decision. I just started writing the stories that popped into my head and this just seems to be the genres with which I naturally align. Though there is crossover with other genres.

How has writing changed/altered your life?

Immensely! It’s given me the opportunity to pursue my greatest passion in a full-time capacity.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

There are so many! I would have to say Stephen King is the forerunner, as I started reading his work when I was about ten, so he was really my first adult author. I love that he writes across a number of genres too. Anne Rice is another favourite of mine.

Do you believe that audiobooks are the wave of the future, more of a passing fad, or somewhere in between and why?

I think they’re the wave of the future in the same way that kindles etc were a few years ago. There will always be people who prefer to hold a physical book, but with our busy lifestyles there is such an appeal to the freedom of listening to a book while multitasking.

What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?

Honestly, I don’t really have one. I just love bookstores regardless.

What have you found to be a good marketing tool? A bad one?

Marketing is something which is still a massive learning curve for me and I’ve yet to come close to nailing it.

Do you believe writing should be censored – that some topics should remain taboo?

No. Never. I feel that writing about topics that are considered taboo or confronting can help shine light on those topics. Start conversations, create interest, learning and understanding.

Where can people find you and your work?

Website: https://lizbutcherauthor.com.au

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lunaloveliz

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lunaloveliz/
Tiktok: @lunaloveliz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Liz-Butcher-1394868604152823/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13845425.Liz_Butcher

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/lizbutcherauthor/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00X6XN5O6

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Dr. Pam Munter

Your Name: Dr. Pam Munter

Genre(s) of your work: Fiction (also nonfiction)

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):

Almost Famous, A Life in and Out of Show Biz (Westgate Press, 1985)

When Teens Were Keen: Freddie Stewart and the Teen Agers of Monogram (Nicholas Lawrence Press, 2005)

As Alone As I Want To Be (Adelaide, 2018)

Fading Fame: Women of a Certain Age in Hollywood (Adelaide, 2021)

Bio:

Pam Munter has authored several books including When Teens Were Keen: Freddie Stewart and The Teen Agers of Monogram, Almost Famous, and As Alone As I Want To Be. She’s a former clinical psychologist, performer and film historian. Her essays, book reviews and short stories have appeared in more than 150 publications. Her play, “Life Without” was nominated for Outstanding Original Writing by the Desert Theatre League and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Pam has an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts, her sixth college degree. She lives in Palm Desert, CA.

Why do you write in the genre that you do?

All of my books have touched on Hollywood in some way. Fading Fame is the first full-length work of fiction.  It has been both fun and challenging to insert myself into the possible thinking of iconic women of a certain age who worked in an industry I adore. How did they navigate the perilous waters of the inherent sexism in show business and what were the costs? Such speculation can only life in the world of fiction.

How has writing changed/altered your life?

It was a writer who convinced me to go to college at all! I can’t remember when I wasn’t writing something – a neighborhood newspaper when I was nine, a radio drama at 12. As a memoirist, writing provided a platform to explore my own history, even while discovering the surprising universality of the struggles. In Fading Fame, writing allowed me to fuse my love for an imagined old Hollywood while integrating the wisdom acquired as a former clinical psychologist.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

Robert Caro: a consummate and prodigious researcher, and an expert translator of information into fascinating works. I’d read anything he wrote.

Meghan Dahm: an agile essayist with the enviable facility to superimpose a tart sense of humor on to the sadness of her life experiences.

Sheila Weller: a thorough biographer with the capacity to delve deeper into stories about famous people we thought we knew, bringing them alive in the process.

Vivian Gornick: an essayist who deftly seduces her reader into her world in New York, making us feel a lucky accompanist on her journey.

(and so many more!)

Do you believe that audiobooks are the wave of the future, more of a passing fad, or somewhere in between and why?

Technology is changing, and we are, after all, an ADD society. Will people continue to take the time to sit and listen to a book, rather than read it in increments? Perhaps in the future, audiobooks will become like newspapers, alive for a specific audience. For me, I prefer an ebook as I find a voice reading to me distracting and soporific, demanding too much of me. It’s easier to pick up and put down, too.

What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?

With the decline in the mom-and-pop bookstores, Amazon, et al, serve a valuable function for an increasing part of the population. The pandemic has underscored their dominance. More sales will likely be done online, however, even if the website is corporate.

What have you found to be a good marketing tool? A bad one?

Social media is the way to go. Any way a writer can instantly reach a large audience is a bonus. Print media has become almost an anachronism, serving a diminishing population and not cost-effective.

Do you believe writing should be censored – that some topics should remain taboo?

No and no. But I think when topics potentially offend, trigger warnings would be appropriate.

Where can people find you and your work?

Amazon.com / http://www.pammunter.com

www.pammunter.com

Pam Munter on Amazon

https://www.facebook.com/pam.munter.3

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Jack Ketchum

(PINNED – Interviewed in December 2017)

Name: Dallas Mayr

Pseudonym (if you use one): Jack Ketchum

Genre(s) of your work: Horror and Suspense (and the occasional Black Comedy.)

Titles/Year of Published Work(s):  Writing professionally since 1970, first fiction 1976, first novel, OFF SEASON, 1981.

Bio: see my website http://www.jackketchum.net/and add to that, Most Recent Novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF SOULS, written with Lucky McKee and Most Recent Collection, GORILLA IN MY ROOM.

Why do you write in the genre that you do?  

I grew up loving fantasy, and horror is the dark side of fantasy.

How has writing changed/altered your life? The usual perks of self-employment — no punching the time clock, no damn bosses hovering over your desk.  But in addition to that, writing mandates continual periods of self-examination.  You don’t easily get away with lying to yourself on the page.  It requires you to scour your history and your present for your deepest faults and pleasures, to reveal and revel in them, to find the strengths in your life and work from there, reaching outward.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

Far too many to list here.  I read all over the place and consequently my favorite writers come from all genres and backgrounds, from Henry Miller to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, from Raymond Chandler, Elmore Leonard and John D. MacDonald to Thomas Hardy, Philip Roth, Michael Chabon, Joyce Carol Oates, Peter Straub and Stephen King.  Why?  Because they’re smart, empathic, courageous.  Because they’re good!

What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?

I wish we had a lot more mom-and-pop, brick-and-mortar bookstores.  I seriously miss browsing.

What do you hope your readers will take away from your work?

The need for empathy and tenderness in the world, that the souls of beasts and humans matter.  And a few hours of just plain fun.

How much does personal experience play in your written work?

Depends on the piece.  Some, like THE GIRL NEXT DOOR and RED, are highly personal, others…?  I don’t know where the hell they came from!

How do you find the motivation to complete a book/story?  

Finishing a piece is almost always easy.  It’s getting started that’s hard.  Getting all your ducks in a row and then having the balls and suspension of disbelief  to say to yourself, this is really going to work.

What makes you NOT finish reading a book?

I give books a first paragraph test.  If it passes, then a first chapter test.  If it passes that, I’ll almost always finish the book — I can tell from there that I’m going to want to.   If it fails I scuttle it immediately.  Very occasionally, too much repetition will make me dump it.  I don’t want to waste reading-time.  Too much good stuff out there.

Do you believe writing should be censored – that some topics should remain taboo?

Nothing should ever be censored.  Everything is worth discussing.  How long a discussion is another matter entirely.

Any pet peeves in writing? In reading others’ work?

 Life’s short.  I don’t bother with peeves.  If I’m bored, I just close the book.

Where can people find you and your work?

Website, see above. I have a list of published works there.   Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/jackketchumofficial/ Twitter, https://twitter.com/jackketchum Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Ketchum

What can I say?

I am honored to have snagged a bit of Jack Ketchum’s time, for him to share his thoughts and words with me (and my readers), and for his participation in a blog such as this one. Thank you so much – for the interview as well as your writing. It has and continues to be an inspiration.

Readers, I implore you to look into Jack Ketchum’s work, especially if you are a horror/suspense fan. From the mouth of Stephen King – “Who’s the scariest guy in America? Probably Jack Ketchum.”

28 comments

    1. Hi Donna;
      My pleasure. As an independent author myself, I know that marketing is key and getting the word out by any means is crucial.
      Thanks!
      Sue

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  1. Hi Sue. Thank you for including me in this roundup of four writers. I read all the interviews with pleasure. The CWA includes so many interesting members. I enjoyed meeting my fellow interviewees via your blog.
    Susan Bass Marcus

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  2. It’s nice to see Teri here — always good to know a little more about her. I had to laugh about her friends being more careful about what they say. 😀 It’s funny how many people worry they’ll be “in the book” when they learn you write. Hugs!

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  3. I definitely have some new books to order (Zombie turkeys – still chuckling). I just finished my fifth book and I’m taking a year off to just read and read and read. Thanks for the great interviews.

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    1. Thanks, LB! That’s the point of the interviews – to give everyone a chance to find out about each other. Thanks for reading and feel free to spread the word! 🙂

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