Author Interview with Shawna Robison Young

Welcome to another eventful Tuesday. Are you enjoying your week? I have been struggling with keeping everything in order between writing and my day job. Wish me luck as I continue the journey. Now to bring you some entertainment, I am sitting down with debut author Shawna Robison Young in her very own interview. Hope you enjoy the read and keep your eyes peeled for her very first book to hit the stores here soon.


Author Interview

Tell us about yourself?
Hello. I’m a Navy veteran’s wife, a preschool teacher, and a busy mom of four children and two dogs. I love all things chocolate and could spend the entire day writing, lost in another world. I enjoy watching my kids participate in theatre, soccer, basketball, softball, voice, cheer, and anything else their hearts’ fancy. My guilty pleasure is the Bachelor. The ladies and men drive me crazy, but for some reason I watch it every season. Ha. Ha.

What genre do you write? Why?
Contemporary Fiction with a big dose of romance. I enjoy writing stories that make the reader feel deep in their soul. Stories that show we can make it to the other side of unexpected tragedy and heal. Also that we are more than our past mistakes. And of course I always have to throw in a love story.

What is your favorite hobby?
Going to craft shows and fairs. I mainly browse, but I love to see people’s creativity, and eating all the delicious foods is a plus too.

What is your favorite food?
Pizza. I could probably eat it everyday. Thin crust, sausage is my favorite.

What is your favorite type of fantasy creature? Why?
I do like the unusual, so for me my favorite fantasy creature would be anything hybrid that is part human part beast who is fighting against it’s evil side to find it’s humanity. Those stories of good vs. evil intrigue me.

Do you like to write with a pen and paper or computer?
I prefer the computer, but during any process of writing a story I have handwritten notes all over the place.

Who is your favorite character you have created?
Chuck Stone, the Navy Officer missing in action in my book Waiting Aming Ashes. He’s a protector, handsome, and strong and has loved his wife for as long as he can remember. Hopefully, this book will release in the next year.

Who are your top favorite authors?
I love Nicholas Sparks, Kristin Hannah, Gina Holmes, but I don’t have one particular genre I like over the other. Give me a good story with a little romance and I’m hooked. My other guilty pleasure is speculative type stories with romance: The Twilight Saga, Sunday’s at Tiffany’s, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and The Hunger Games to name a few.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?
My book, The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers, will release in February/March. I’m looking at February 27th, my birthday. What a present that would be, but it depends on all the behind the scenes details. I’m also going to continue working on several manuscripts and hope to release at least one more book in 2020.

Do you have any special closing statement you would like to share with your fans?
Like the song, Reasons by Unspoken says, “This year has felt like four seasons of winter…”, it’s been a hard one, but spring is on the horizon and I’m excited for what is blooming in my writing career for 2020. When all hope seemed lost I didn’t give in and I kept reaching for my goals. Thank you for taking a bit of your time to learn a little about me.


About the Author

36228608_2274366012616145_8725219189876326400_nFollow Shawna on her writing journey. Her love of storytelling began in fourth grade when she wrote her first short story for a young author’s contest through her school. Throughout the years she’s written numerous stories. Most recently she’s completed several full-length contemporary fiction novels.
Shawna is the mother of four, a preschool owner and teacher, and a former children’s minister. She is the wife of a navy veteran, and lover of all things chocolate. Whether it’s singing the ABCs, sharing what she’s learned with new writers, or passing along Bible truths to her children’s ministry classes, she’s a teacher at heart. Her novel Waiting among Ashes was a finalist in the 2012 Women of Faith contest, and her short story Michael was a finalist in the 2012 Christian Choice Writing Contest.
Shawna enjoys writing a little bit of the unexpected. Why be normal? In a world of conformity, a touch of something out of the ordinary can make a work of art astonishing.

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The Book

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Interview with Pat Nichols

Happy Tuesday! Today I am sitting down with Contemporary Fiction author Pat Nichols. Hope you will join us as we get to know her and her books. Happy reading.

The Interview

Tell us about yourself?
After retiring from a twenty-seven-year corporate career, I am proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams. I was born in Illinois, grew up in Orlando, and have called Georgia home since the eighties. My high-school-sweetheart celebrated our fifty-fourth anniversary in June. We’re still best friends. Although Tim doesn’t like to read, he listens to my chapters during the draft process, gives me excellent feedback, and answers an important question, “Would a man say that?”. We have a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren—one is with the angels. We’ve been fortunate to travel to all our favorite places in the world—Italy topped the list. Now we’re homebodies enjoying time with family and friends.

What genre do you write? Why?
During my corporate career I worked with hundreds of amazing women from all walks of life. Their life stories compelled me to write contemporary fiction about women pursuing their dreams amidst life’s challenges.

What is your favorite hobby?
I enjoy reading and watching movies. Every so often I tackle a jigsaw puzzle. The last one had 2000 pieces. Took two months for my husband and me to finish it. When I ride in a car, I enjoy Sudoku. Fortunately, it doesn’t involve math, just patterns.

What is your favorite type of fantasy creature?
Any talking dog.
Why?
Although we no longer have pets, when our children were home had black Labradors. I loved those dogs and often wished I could read their minds.

Do you like to write with a pen and paper or computer?
I write with a laptop. Funny thing, I took typing courses in college and nearly failed the class. Who’d have guessed I’d learn to type with speed and accuracy. Oh, did I mention the value of spellcheck and the fact that I can’t read my own handwriting?

Who is your favorite character you have created?
That’s a difficult choice, but Sadie Liles edges out the others because after spending thirty years in prison, she had had the most to .

Who are your top favorite authors?
Two of my favorite authors are Francine Rivers and David Baldacci. Quite different genres and styles. I’m also a fan of Ane Mulligan, and newer authors Lindsey Brackett, Marilyn Marriott Howton, and Sherri Stewart.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?
Book two in the Willow Falls series—The Trouble in Willow Falls—will release in October and book three in 2020. Later this year I will plot book four. When a reader asks how many books I plan for the series, my answer is God and my characters will let me know when to stop.

What would you like to say to your fans?
Your comments and reviews touch my heart and encourage me to continue perfecting my craft. I wish I could personally meet each of you and thank you for reading my debut novel.


Pat Nichols

IMG_E0145Retired from a twenty-seven-year corporate career, Pat Nichols draws on her experience in seven different management positions working with hundreds of amazing women from all walks of life to create stories about women facing challenges in the pursuit of their dreams. Her debut novel, The Secret of Willow Inn, Willow Falls series book one, was released January, 2019. Book two in the series is scheduled for release October 2019 and book three in 2020. Pat received a 2018 NGCWC Georgia Peach Award for her short story, The Vet and Valentine’s Day and the 2017 CRW Woman of the Year Award. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers International.

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The Secret of Willow Inn

TheSecretofWillowFallsCoverTwo women fighting for their dreams—one who’s long lost hers—are united by tragedy and a long-held secret.
Pregnant with her first child, Emily Hayes is eager to help her mother finish transforming an estate into the Willow Inn and write a novel about Willow Falls’ colorful history. A tragic event threatens her parents’ plans to refurbish an abandoned hotel and transform the obscure Georgia setting into a tourist destination.

Sadie Lyles left Willow Falls a murderer who’d killed the town hero. She returns as a despised felon and seeks solace in the town’s café. Emily struggles to unite the close-knit community and becomes Sadie’s biggest advocate. She strives to uncover the truth about the crime and save her town from dying.

To appease her father, Rachel, a VP in his Atlanta real-estate-development firm, relegates her acting dream to secret performances for imaginary audiences. After meeting charming, flirtatious Charlie Bricker, manager for Willow Falls’ future vineyard, she vows to break free from her father’s control.

The tragedy and Willow Inn’s secret past launch Emily and Rachel on a collision course with destiny and truth.

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Interview with Jen Lowry

Happy Thursday everyone, hope you’re having a blessed day. Today I am sitting down with YA Contemporary Fiction author Jen Lowry. I’m eager to get to know more about this author. What about you? Check it out below.

The Interview

Tell us about yourself?
I’m a momma in a blended family of seven, Literacy Coach, English teacher, podcaster, business owner, and homeschool mom.

What genre do you write? Why?
I started off writing YA contemporary fiction, and Sweet Potato Jones will be published in 2020 with Swoon Romance, but have evolved over the past year and challenged myself to explore different genres. It has been so rewarding. I will say that my favorite to write is horror/paranormal, contemporary fantasy and historical fantasy.

How does your normal day look like?
Crazy. On the way to work, I host a daily podcast for authors on my drive. I am a Literacy Coach, English I teacher at a large, metropolitan high school. After work, it’s homeschool time to my two fabulous boys, and I have to squeeze in cooking and napping in there, too. I write after the day is done, try to upload a YouTube video, and keep all of my social media up to date. On the weekends, I have “Homeschool Adventures,” as we call them in my house, so after we are finished up with that, I head back to writing before UFC. Sunday is church and errand day, so I’m always on the go.

What is your favorite hobby?
Hands down, watching UFC. Every Saturday, you’ll catch us around the big screen, eating snacks, and enjoying the fights.

If you could be one person who would it be?
Me. I could never be anyone else because that would mean I wouldn’t have my children, and they are my heartbeats.

Monarch Logo 2019.pngWho is the main character in your book? Tell us a bit about them.
Lyric Harper is finishing up her junior year when she receives the letter she’s been waiting for all year. She was chosen for a special summer program at Harmonic Arts Center and will spend her senior year with musical geniuses from around the world. She plays guitar (Daisy), writes music, and thinks of herself a little weird the way the music plays in her head.

What does your writing process look like?
My summer months are spent writing, usually 18 hour days (no joke) because when school hits, I’m too busy to push out novels. I bank them and set them to preorder. So, now my fall schedule is set with books for my readers to enjoy.

What do you have in the works right now?
I’m currently working on my second book of illustrated poetry called, Heartbeats, have to write my first adult sweet romance before the end of September to meet a deadline, and am compiling an anthology of 20 authors called, Everyday God Things, where all proceeds will go to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

What should we expect from you in the coming months?
Stick around because the Holy Spirit is always at work. Honestly, I surprise myself, so follow me to find out!

Do you have any special closing statement you would like to share with your fans?
Never stop writing. Have the courage to push through any self-doubt and continue to improve your craft each day. Don’t compare yourself to others. Be you. Honor your blank page. Write your story.


Jen Lowry

Author Bio J LowryJen Lowry is North Carolina born and raised, still holding on to that country slang that is unique to the small town of Maxton she loves so much in Robeson County. She is an avid enthusiast of all things horror, UFC, and binge watches old episodes of Quantum Leap. She finds herself comfier in a pair of pajamas and would make all public appearances in them if she could get away with it. When she isn’t literacy coaching, author coaching, or homeschooling her two fabulous boys, she can be found napping or singing loudly, probably napping. Jen has her doctorate degree in Christian Ministry and is a member of Raleigh First Assembly. Check out Jen’s official author sites all over the net from podcasts, YouTube, Instagram, and more by searching up Jen Lowry Writes or follow her on @jenlowrywrites. Contact Jen for special author appearances and teaching opportunities or stay up to date with her journey at http://www.jenlowrywrites.com.

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Lyric Harper & the Harmonic Bridge

LYRIC HARPERLyric Harper, musical genius, is about to embark on her senior year at the most prestigious arts school in the world nestled right in the pines of North Carolina. Harmonic Arts Center, this hidden gem of talent and artistry, has another mission than to equip talented young musicians with the heart for greatness but to test and develop their inner spirit to bring out their mythological nature. Seven youth are selected for an early admittance summer program under the guise of performing at the opening showcase in the fall. They are called for a greater purpose and shapeshift, train, and work as one flock to combine their gifts to defeat the creatures threatening to cross the Harmonic Bridge into our world. Birds of a feather fly and rock together in this new MG Contemporary Fantasy set in 1985.

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