Getting to Know Chrissy Lessey, A Novelist with a Purpose

Enjoy getting to know, Chrissy Lessey:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing. 

Poignant, humorous, relatable

Your book, “Crystal Coast: The Coven” is set to release on 4/30/2014. Share a passage (a paragraph or less) that you’d like for us to see before the rest of the world.

Stevie watched Charlie as he scooped a handful of sand and let it sift slowly through his fingers. Golden ringlets of hair fell around his face, hiding his pale blue eyes. Just a few years ago, those eyes shone bright with curiosity. Now, they were clouded by a need for routine and a lack of connection to the world around him. His dimpled cheeks were overshadowed by a furrowed brow, evidence of the countless fears and worries tormenting his young mind.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Having a bestseller would be a dream come true, but giving up writing is unthinkable. I’d have to keep on writing and pass on the bestseller.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

I’d live in a small town and travel, which is pretty much what I’m doing now.

Okay, how about in an amusement park or an airport?

Definitely an amusement park. I’m a huge fan of roller coasters!

And how about Australia or Scotland?

Scotland. I think I’d find a lot of inspiration there.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

The Black Crowes and Pearl Jam.

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

Possibly the band Fun. There’s tremendous talent there and lead singer Nate Ruess reminds me of Freddie Mercury.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is The Office)?

Big Bang Theory never fails to make me laugh.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I’m working on the next installment of the Crystal Coast Trilogy.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

I’d love to ask Anne Rice about her choice to bring Lestat back after all of these years. Specifically, I’d ask if her perception of the character has changed since we last saw him.

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Ocean

Yogurt or ice cream?  Ice cream

M & M’s or Skittles?  M & M’s

The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? The Daily Show

Happy or sad ending to a novel?  Happy

Beer or wine?  Wine

Flying or driving?  Flying

Hemingway or Twain?  Twain

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

My practical side is going to show through on this answer. I’d bring a knife and a ball of twine. I’d leave my family safely on the mainland and bring survival expert, Bear Grylls. I’d also ask Anne Rice to come along, so she can tell me stories while we wait for rescue.

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?

I’d meet with Abraham Lincoln at the White House. We’d discuss his plans to go see that play.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be? 🙂

Time. I’d love more time with my family and more time to write.

  

Chrissy Lessey is an autism advocate, a coffee junkie, and an avid reader. She lives on the coast of North Carolina with her husband, two children, and their ill-mannered dog. Her debut novel, The Coven, and her short story prequel, The Secret Keepers, will be released in April from Pandamoon Publishing. For more information, visit her website.

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Charmain Z. Brackett’s Interview of Jackson Paul Baer

Charmain Z. Brackett interviewed me on her blog. She’s the author of several books, including The Key of Elyon, and writes for the Augusta Chronicle. Check it out by clicking on the photo below:

 

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Meet the Author: Tanya Taimanglo

Today, we’re sitting down with the talented, ambitious, and incredibly clever, Tanya Taimanglo. She recently released a romantic comedy and was kind enough to swing by for an interview. Sit down, take off your eyeglasses, and put them back on if you require them for reading.

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You’re the author of SECRET SHOPPER. Share a line/passage with us that the world needs to read.

“I was too preoccupied with my family and being home, that Thomas was really a small blip in my thoughts. Well, okay he was more like streaming classical music that played softly in the background every minute of my day, but my heart and mind could only focus on dad now.” –Phoenix Lizama

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author but can never write again or write forever but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

This is so easy. Best-selling author…just kidding. I would have to say I want to write forever, but not have a bestseller. Writing is as important to me as eating my multi-vitamin. And a one time bestseller is honorable, but equivalent to a one hit wonder, yes?

Ummm, I’d say yes 🙂

If you could live on a college campus and never leave or in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

I’m 39, college is a distant, boring memory. I’d rather be in a small town (which is my reality now and I love it) and be able to travel.

Okay, how about Scotland or Iceland?

I’d say Scotland. I’d like to learn more about kilts and sip tea in J.K. Rowling’s castle, talk shop with her perhaps and dance to some Celtic jams.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

I have so many, but it’s the Stone Temple Pilots. In fact, it was a goal to see them in concert before debauchery and excess ended any of them. Happily I did that in 2010 in California.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (I love The Office and Seinfeld)?

I’m very into New Girl with Zooey Deschanel. I love, love Schmidt and find myself sounding like him when I’m scolding my children, which is frightening. But I also dig Jake Johnson’s characterization of Nick. He represents the awkward kind of guy I find endearing.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Is there anything I’m NOT currently working on. Story lines invade my mind constantly. But, when I finally focus and get some quiet time (usually when the entire house is asleep), I write. Two projects are undergoing construction, one is a YA level novel I drafted during NaNoWriMo 2012, 50,000 words in 30 days deserves some follow through. It stems from my love, well obsession for Wonder Woman, entitled Wonder Summer. Another is a third of the way completed, another romance. Keeping the storyline under wraps for now.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

Jane Green. She wrote Jemima J. It was the first time I felt connected to a character, one who was curvy, who wanted or thought there was only a good life for the thin. My question: Was her character, Jemima based on herself? (Mainly because Jane Green is a lovely, slim lady…okay, I really want to know if her thighs were ever fluffy enough to rub).

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Oceans. I’m a Chamorro from Guam, a lovely tropical island-Google it folks. Always, oceans.

Peaches or plums? Peaches when they are firm, but sweet.

Skittles or M & M’s? Peanut M & M’s (I cheated there).

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy, which is why I haven’t read a Nicholas Sparks novel lately, he broke my heart one too many times, so I just watch his books on film.

Beer or wine? Sweet wine (Moscato d’asti) or none at all.

Flying or driving? Driving, until safe teleporting is invented.

Mystery or fantasy novel? I hate surprises, so fantasy.

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

I would take my journal and a pen. Two people? Sorry husband, but I’d take my two kids, they still need their mommy.

You’re able to sit down with any president in United States history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house or meet at the White House?

Abraham Lincoln. He’s my 8 year old son’s favorite. We would talk about his family life and how it made him the man he is/was. I would rather be in the White House, but not the 1800’s version, the 2013 version.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only (not world peace and no more wishes)! What’s it gonna be?

Financial freedom.

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Get Secret Shopper (A Romantic Comedy); available on Amazon.com-paperback or Kindle eBook

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Secret Shopper SUMMARY:

After moving to California from the tropical island of Guam, Phoenix Farmer’s marriage to her high school sweetheart, Bradley unravels. Forced to find a job, she retreats into the world of SECRET SHOPPING and thrives. As Phoenix discovers her true self without Bradley, she becomes an unwilling goddess with the help of her best friend Rachel. She snags the attention of Thomas-the creative, handsome and persistent target she has been assigned to evaluate. Can she hold off Thomas’s charm until her divorce becomes final? What will she decide when her father falls ill unexpectedly and pulls her back to Guam?

This romantic comedy will have you cheering for Phoenix as she rises from the ashes and becomes a shinier version of her former self.

 

Author BIO

Tanya Taimanglo is a Navy wife and mother of two. Originally from Guam, she’s freezing her buns off in Washington State, but adjusting well—now having an excuse to wear fancy scarves. A former high school English and Creative Writing Teacher, Tanya now enjoys writing up a storm for herself. She had a stint as a Secret Shopper for 4 years. Tanya loves Wonder Woman and Bruce Lee equally and hopes to attend San Diego Comic Con for the third time. Taimanglo also published a children’s book, Sirena: A Mermaid Legend From Guam and short stories, Attitude 13: A Daughter of Guam’s Collection of Short Stories.

Meet the Author: J.D. Rivera

Today, we’re talking to the lovely J.D. Rivera. She’s a new author with her debut novel set to release in less than a week! Stand up, sit back down, and enjoy getting to know this up-and-coming star.

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Your first book, TRYING TO GET OVER YOU, will release on June 25th. Share a favorite line/passage with us that reflects the heart of the story.

“…I would do anything for the baby. Including, giving up the love of my life.”

You’ve got the chance to be a best-selling author or live forever, which scenario sounds more tempting?

Probably best-selling author unless all of my family and friends get to live forever with me.  If they can, I would definitely choose living forever.

If you could travel through every state in America or each country in Europe, which one would you choose?

Each country in Europe.  I’ve already travelled most of the U.S. so I’d give up what I haven’t seen to travel through Europe.

What is your favorite spoof movie (I like Scary Movie)?

Hot Shots!  Loved it!

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I’m working on Cooper’s story from Trying to Get Over You.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

I love way too many authors to have a favorite.  If I could ask any of them a question it would be: Is being an author everything you dreamed it would be?

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Ocean

Chicken or steak? Chicken

Skittles or M & M’s? M & M’s

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy

Beer or wine? Wine

Flying or driving? Driving –I LOVE road trips.  You get to see so many more things!

C.S. Lewis or Nathaniel Hawthorne? C.S. Lewis

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take only three things with you. What are you bringing?

My husband and two boys. If it has to be material things: my iPad (it has my e-reader), sunscreen, and a bottle of wine. 

You’re able to sit down with any president in United States history. Who would you choose and what would you talk about?

George Washington: I’d ask if the way our country is now is anything like he thought it would be.

More about her new book:

Choices in life are hard.

College student Emily Reynolds has been in a three year relationship with Cooper Thomason but one awful night has left their relationship shaken. She soon finds out she is pregnant and Cooper can’t give up his partying ways. Emily leaves Cooper and tries to find a life without him. She finds out a life without Cooper is harder than she thinks. Will Emily be able to move on from Cooper and find a relationship with another man or run back to him?

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J.D. Rivera lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two boys. Her life consists of school projects, homework, cartoon shows and little league sports.  She loves Diet Mt. Dew, the OKC Thunder, costume jewelry, the beach, and of course reading.

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Meet the Author: Lindy Spencer

Today, we’re sitting down with Lindy Spencer, author of THE BOOMERANG EFFECT. She’s smarty, funny, and driven- the perfect trifecta! Take off your slippers, pick up your cup of coffee, and enjoy getting to know this soon-to-be, familiar face.

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Tell us a little bit about your novel, THE BOOMERANG EFFECT. Share a favorite line/passage with us and anything else we should know.

I’m so excited to talk about my book!  It’s the perfect murder, several times over, and the best part is nobody knows!!  Well, except the person behind it all, but that’s a given, right?  My favorite quote is by Andrea Parker, one of my characters.  She said, “Karma is a well-thrown boomerang.”  I have to agree.  Karma will always come back and get you when you throw something out there that deserves retribution.  The Boomerang Effect has karma woven through and tucked in every corner.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to live in a different country or grow up in another century, which scenario sounds more tempting?

Hmmm… to live in a different country, I would have to say.  Ireland sounds like a fabulous place to live, though I’ve not been there personally so all I have is what I’ve read and the pictures I’ve seen, but I would love to live in a castle with the rolling hills that go on for miles.  I’m sure that sounds like a fantasy to anyone who has visited or lives there now, but it’s my fantasy so the castle is always at the perfect temperature, nothing breaks and nobody does anything remotely bad.  🙂

My wife and I went to Ireland last year for our 10-year anniversary; good choice!

If you could live in California or New York, which one would you choose?

California with its earthquakes and surfers or New York with its snow and fast pace.  Give me sunshine, give me California!

Okay, how about Spain or France?

Spain brings to mind Flamenco dancers and the running of the bulls while France creates a visual of wine and croissants.  They both sound intriguing.  I don’t speak Spanish or French… so can’t count on that to get me through.  Oh, who am I kidding, give me wine and croissants – I’ll take France!  Can I watch a show about Spain while I’m there?

What is your favorite book you read in high school (mine was a little known novel called MEN OF KENT)?

Wow, that’s a tough question!  In high school I devoured books by the hundreds.  Every one of them was my favorite while I was reading it; I tend to immerse myself in every book I read.  Having said that, one book still stands out though I’m not sure if I read it in high school or after; it’s ‘Butterfly’ by Kathryn Harvey.  I say that with one caveat: I wouldn’t recommend anyone under the age of 18 read this book; there are some topics covered that should be reserved for adults only.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Several projects are ongoing in my world right now.  I’ve got an anthology of short stories I’m writing for, a sequel to The Boomerang Effect, and a stand-alone book has a basic outline finished as well.  There was also one day over the weekend that had the neighbor breaking out his chain saw, and while I complained about his breaking my concentration it was suggested that I stop working on what I was trying to write and use the chain saw noise to inspire a different story.  That was a brilliant suggestion by one of my fans, and I whipped out a short story from it.  Still needs polishing and probably some fleshing out, but wow, what a great idea that was!  Kudos to Sarah for suggesting it!

 Clever 🙂

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

I’ve got two favorite authors, though for this question I’d pick J.D. Robb and I’d ask her what her method is for keeping all of her bazillion characters straight.

 Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Neither – cabin in the woods please

Apples or oranges?  Apples

Snickers or Skittles?  Snickers

Happy or sad ending to a novel?  Happy

Beer or wine?  Wine

Flying or driving?  Driving

Sherman Alexie or Junot Diaz?  Had to do a little research… Sherman Alexie, I like his quotes

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take only two things with you and two people as well. What and who are you bringing?

Wine, toilet paper, my husband, and MacGyver

You’re able to sit down with any world leader in history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house or at their place of royalty?

Abraham Lincoln.  We would talk about everything from how he abolished slavery to how he would attempt to fix the crises America is dealing with now.  We’d totally meet at his place, as it was then, so I could see for myself how things were during that time in history.

Thank you so much Lindy for your time and your amazing sense of humor. I’ll give you the last word (s) 🙂

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Thank you for interviewing me; this was fun!  I enjoyed your questions and some of the answers surprised even me!  (I just washed my hands, can’t do a thing with them…)

The timing for this interview is perfect; between June 15th and June 21st I’m hosting a giveaway to thank my fans for helping my Facebook page reach 1,000 likes; copies of my book are up for grabs as are many other books from fellow authors.  If you’d like to join in the fun, here’s a link to the giveaway:  Boomerang Effect Giveaway

The Boomerang Effect can be purchased at any of the following links:

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