Patricia Kiyono taught music, elementary classrooms, and middle school before retiring so she could travel and write. She now teaches part time at a nearby university to fund her travels. Her trips inspire her stories. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, near her children and grandchildren. Patricia Kiyono's Website Patricia Kiyono's Blog: Creative Hodgepodge Find Patricia Kiyono on Facebook Find Patricia Kiyono on Twitter
Chynna Laird is a freelance writer and multi award-winning author. Her passion is helping children and families living with Sensory Processing Disorder and other special needs. She’s authored a children’s book, two memoirs, a Young Adult novella, a YA paranormal suspense novel and an adult Suspense/Thriller. She will be doing a book giveaway with the option of signed copies of Not Just Spirited: A Mom’s Sensational Journey With SPD, White Elephants, or Out Of Sync or Blackbird Flies in Kindle. Chynna Laird's Website Chynna Laird's Blog: See the White Elephants Chynna Laird's Blog: The Gift
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Brea Essex was born in Gilroy, California, called the “Garlic Capital of the World”. She graduated college with a degree in Medical Assisting. She lives near San Jose, CA with her husband, their dog and three cats, and enough books to start a library.
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Joselyn Vaughn lives in the Great Lakes state with her husband, three rambunctious children and two barking Beagles. When not suffering the woes of potty training three toddler/preschoolers, she enjoys reading, running (sometimes it's fleeing the potty training), reconstructing clothing, thrift store shopping and surfing Pinterest.com. She will be doing a book giveaway: A PDF of Hauntings of the Heart. Joselyn Vaughn's Website Joselyn Vaughn's Blog Find Joselyn Vaughn on Facebook Find Joselyn Vaughn on Twitter
Ruth J. Hartman is a published author and a licensed dental hygienist. She lives in rural Indiana with her husband of 29 years and their two very spoiled cats. Ruth’s sweet, humorous romances revolve around dentistry, cats, or both. She will be doing an eBook giveaway of "Better Than Catnip." More about her books and writing can be found at Ruth Hartman's Website & Blog Find Ruth Hartman on Facebook
Author Tara Manderino loves to create stories and situations for the people running around in her head. She first began writing in third grade when she realized she couldn't afford her reading habit. Tara also likes to bake, watch old movies, and do a variety of crafts. She will be doing a book giveaway: Soul Guardian. It can be downloaded from Smashwords. Be sure to enter the coupon code on checkout, making the ebook free. Promotional price: $0.00 Coupon Code: QR72W Expires: May 28, 2012 Tara Manderino's Website Tara Manderino's Blog: Living with the Muse Find Tara Manderino on Facebook Find Tara Manderino on Twitter
A former English teacher, Lynette Sofras left teaching two years ago to focus on her writing. Her first award-winning contemporary romance was ‘The Apple Tree’ published last December. ‘Wishful Thinking’, released April 2012 reached No. 1 in the UK Amazon Kindle lists. ‘In Loving Hate’, a romantic suspense, is due in October. She is happy to offer a Kindle edition of either ‘The Apple Tree’ or ‘Wishful Thinking’ as preferred. Lynette Sofras' Blog Find Lynette Sofras on Facebook Find Lynette Sofras on Twitter
Multi published romance author Sherry Gloag adds a twist to her stories when she takes her readers to the heart of romance. She also enjoys crafting, reading, walking and gardening, and loves to hear from her readers. She will be doing a book giveaway: PDF versions of Valentine Novella The Wrong Target. Sherry Gloag's Website Sherry Gloag's Blog: The Heart of Romance Find Sherry Gloag on Facebook Find Sherry Gloag on Twitter
Lindsay Downs: After much trial and a lot of errors I developed my own, I sincerely hope, unique style or voice. Of course, my style now includes writing parts of my books in a POV which threw my editor for a loop until she realized that a collie was the hero of the stories. Lindsey is doing a book giveaway: either a Kindle or Nook version of A Body in the Attic.
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J.F. Jenkins: It depends on the two characters. Today I'm going to be focusing on the characters of Denver, Orlando, and Darien. All of which are from different books. Denver and Orlando would get along. I don't think either of them would be friends with Darien though. He's too much of a softie for their tastes, as well as too 'good'.
Patricia, what if two of your characters (from two different novels) went out for coffee, what would they talk about? Would they become fast friends?
Patricia Kiyono: The characters from my three stories are very different, but if two of them were to have anything in common, it would probably be Leigh (from The Legacy) and Francie (from Aegean Intrigue), because they're closer in age. Jess (from The Christmas Phoenix) is in her late thirties and has a teenage son, but Leigh and Francie are both in their mid-twenties, both college graduates, and both interested in other cultures. I guess they'd talk about traveling, comparing the different places they've been or read about, and of course, they'd talk about the men in their lives!
Chynna, what about your characters?
Chynna Laird: I think if Payton from Blackbird Flies and Freesia from my upcoming YA suspense/paranormal Dark Water they would have a lot to talk about. They have both gone through a lot at very young ages and passionate about moving forward despite the odds they’ve faced. Plus they both have wicked sense of humor. It would be a lot of fun.
Brea, how important is physical appearance of the characters in your books? Do you have a specific reason for creating a character with red hair or greens eyes etc.?
Brea Essex: With Logan and Andrei from Foreshadow, I wanted to stay away from the typical blonde hero and dark-haired villain. So, my hero has the dark hair, and my antagonist is blonde. Also, Logan's eyes are green because it's Rae's favorite color.
Joselyn, tell us what would happen to two of your characters? Would they become fast friends?
Joselyn Vaughn: So far all my books are inter-related, so most of the characters are friends or at least acquaintances. Most likely they would talk about the rest of the characters, but I doubt any of it would be true.
Let’s go to another question. Ruth, if you could change one personality trait or character flaw of one of your characters, what would you change and why?
Ruth J. Hartman: Roxy is a total klutz. Sometimes that can be embarrassing!
I’ve been known to have my klutzy moments…definitely embarrassing but now recalled with smiles! I think we’re going back to the first question for a moment. Looks like Tara wanted to add something.
Tara Manderino: I can picture Lucien, the vampire from Soul Guardian, and Tyler, from my inspirational romance, Taking Chances, getting along just fine. In spite of appearing to be different sides of the coin, Lucien and Tyler have a lot in common. Both believe God and goodness hold the answers they seek. Faith plays a major role for both of them, and I could see they could get into a great philosophical discussion.
Philosophical discussions…I’d love to eavesdrop on that conversation. Lynette, did you want to respond?
Lynette Sofras: If Juliet from The Apple Tree, met Christian from Wishful Thinking, I suspect they wouldn’t understand the first thing about each other! She’d probably like Greg from my WIP though, as he’s witty, intelligent and so full of confidence, he would probably force her to take stock of her life much sooner than she does.
Sherry, how do you think your characters would fare if you paired them up differently—for example, heroine from your first novel with let’s say, hero in your current release or any other way you’d dream up, shaking the status quo of your novels?
Sherry Gloag: Wow this is an interesting question. I am going to take the heroine from my first published story, The Brat, published by The Wild Rose Press in Oct. 2010 and pair her up with Prince Henri, the hero in my current novella, His Chosen Bride, published by Astraea Press in Feb. 2012. Oddly enough I think they would have made an interesting paring. Trudi battles against selective amnesia so has no recollection of her daughter’s father, and Prince Henri doesn’t care who he marries and until he meets Monica, was prepared to accept his father’s choice of bride as the future queen of his country.
Lindsay, if you changed the name of one of the characters in your novels, would that impact the storyline or not?
Lindsay Downs: I don’t think changing a character’s name would impact the story. I tend not to choose names based on the individual. Many times I’ll pick a name out of thin air, unless they are from another country. Only then will I look for names that are familiar to that country.
Some of my characters’ names have important meanings in my books, but not all of them.
J.F. Jenkins: I honestly don't think I would. Why? Because that flaw is one of the things that makes the character unique. For example, Tai, my female lead in “Legend of the Oceina Dragon” drives me up a wall. But if I did anything to change her, to fix her flaws, she would no longer be Tai and the things that are beautiful about her would no longer exist.
Patricia, how do you think your characters would fare if you paired them up differently?
Patricia Kiyono: Thinking of the couples in my stories, I can't imagine a different pairing actually working in the long run, but if it was just a matter of attraction, it might be Francie (Aegean Intrigue) and Andy (The Legacy) because of Andy's samurai heritage. Since Francie is an archaeologist, she would be interested in his past, and Andy might be drawn to Francie's intelligence and drive. But in the long run, I'm not sure they would work as a couple. They wouldn't have much in common.
Chynna, if you could change one personality trait or character flaw of one of your characters, what would you change and why?
Chynna Laird: I don’t think I’d change anything about any of my characters, even the bad guys. If I did it would change who they were, how they interacted with the other characters and essentially change the story a bit too. Nope. I like them all exactly the way they are…flaws and all.
Brea, if you could change one personality trait or character flaw of one of your characters, what would you change and why?
Brea Essex: I'd make Logan from Foreshadow more sarcastic. I enjoy what sarcasm he does have, but I wish I'd ramped it up.
Joselyn, if you had to pick one secondary character from any of your novels—to fashion a novel around, with him or her as the main character—who would you select and why?
Joselyn Vaughn: I’ve done this in almost all of my books. Sucker for a Hot Rod focuses on the romance of Judi and Bryce from CEOs Don’t Cry. Minnie in Hauntings of the Heart is featured in Sucker for a Hot Rod and CEOs Don’t Cry. It has been a lot of fun to explore the backgrounds of the other characters, especially Minnie. She had so many things in her history that I never imagined as I wrote CEOs Don’t Cry.
Ruth, what about your characters?
Ruth J. Hartman: Teresa Lynn. She’s Roxy’s best friend and deserves her own story.
I think David, Sebastian’s brother, from my book, Mr. Shipley’s Governess, deserves his own story as well. Maybe one day, I’ll write it! Tara, which character would you select?
Tara Manderino: Wow, this is such a tough question – only because the choices are too numerous. J But I’ll keep it to two. Josef, if Bound by Blood, is Alex’s friend. I didn’t expect him to show up as often as he did. Also a vampire, Josef’s take on his existence is very different from Alex’s, but he makes it clear he has always been content no matter what decade or century he was in, even, as Alex observed, Josef didn’t always seem to realize time had moved on.
The second character who really needs his own story is Michael, from The Heir, a Regency. When I first came up with the story line, Michael was in it, but I had never envisioned such a strong role. He turned out to have a quirky sense of humor and strong sense of doing the right thing. Since he had just been introduced to a very like-minded woman at the end of the novel, I only feel he should have a chance to tell his story.
Lynette, back to the character flaw question…would you change anything about any of your characters?
Lynette Sofras: A reader made a very interesting point to me about the heroine of The Apple Tree who goes through a good deal of soul-searching about her career as she was not enjoying medicine. The reader pointed out this was selfish after occupying a place in Med School which could have gone to a more deserving applicant. I must say I hadn’t looked at it in that way and I would now like to unpick this character flaw in more detail so my heroine doesn’t come across as being selfish.
It is interesting to find out what our readers think about our characters. Sherry, would you change any traits or flaws in your characters?
Sherry Gloag: This is a hard question, but the reality is even tougher. I have a WIP, working title Megan’s Story, where the heroine has been voted too ‘wishy-washy’ which means a major, and I mean major, re-write of the whole story as her present and future actions and reactions to events will have a ‘major’ impact on the story.
Lindsay, how important is physical appearance of the characters in your books?
Lindsay Downs: With the character Emily Dahill the only specific physical appearance I wanted was her height-5’1”. I want to show my readers that size doesn’t matter.
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