It’s time to share another Red’s recommended author with you. Joz Maxel’s books were introduced to me when I first started my blog in January 2018. I have became a fan instantly. Let’s find out a bit more about Joz.
Hi Joz, Thanks for agreeing to stop by today. Let’s start with what Genre you write.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
1) When did you start writing ?
Joz: October of 2016
Red: Wow not too long ago. I’m glad I was able to find you. You know I love My Absolution. I have fangirled over you for the past year.
2) Do you have a favorite book that you have written?
Joz: Probably My Absolution because it was to prove to myself I could do it…and I did. And people actually like it.
Red: I am so glad you wrote it! LOVE THAT BOOK!
3) How about a favorite character from your books?
Joz: I don’t have a favourite because I love them all.
Red: OK, I will let that answer slide. It’s a good thing I love you or I would make you choose.
4) Do you have a specific way you choose the characters names?
Joz: Names are from characters in my favourite movies and kids’ names are usually what I had in the running to name my kids.
Red: What a great way to use those favorite names. I always wanted a girl name Aurora Rose. I have 4 sons. Aurora would not have worked for them. Maybe if I ever write a book I can use it.
4) What is your favorite part of being a published author?
Joz: Interacting with people all over the world.
Red: Like me.
5) Where is the strangest place you had a book or character idea come to you? (more…)
Hi Kristine, Thank you for letting me interview you today. I love finding new to me authors and sharing them with others. Let’s get started.
1) What Genre do you write?
Kristine: Romance, both historical western and contemporary, for now…..
2) When did you start Writing?
Kristine: Labor Day weekend 2013. A momentous step into this journey I find myself on.
Red: I love that you call it a journey.
3) Do you have a favorite book that you have written?
Kristine: Whichever I’m writing at the time because it’s all shiny and new …lol. Seriously, though, I don’t think I can pick a favorite. I love all of my books for different reasons – some due to the stories themselves and others for the emotions I felt while writing them.
4) How about a favorite character from your books? Do you have a specific way you choose the characters names?
Kristine: This question I can answer with a ‘yes’. Jack Tanner from Hearts on Fire (and the rest of the Hidden Springs series) is my favorite. There’s just something about his personality that I fell in love with the moment I created it, and I haven’t written one to match his since.
As far as coming up with names for my characters, that happens in a variety of ways. Some are family names, some I choose by looking in the phone book (yes, I still have one of those lying around), some randomly pop into my head, and sometimes I refer to the lists and lists of baby names I have saved on my computer.”
Red: I never thought to look at baby names for suggestions.
5) What is your favorite part of being a published author?
Kristine: Sharing my stories with the world and when readers love the same parts of my stories that I do.
6) Where is the strangest place you had a book or character idea come to you?
Kristine: Strangest? I don’t know. A lot of scenes are written in my head while I’m mowing my lawn. Spending an hour on a riding mower has a way of clarifying things for me – though I’m out of luck in the winter. I’ve had scenes and characters come to me in dreams. That’s always neat – to wake up and know what happens next.
Red: I can picture you on a riding mower with a pad of paper on the steering wheel taking notes lol.
7) I am sure you don’t sit with a timer but if you had to guess how long does it take for you to write a book?
Kristine: It depends on the story. Tempted took me four years to write, though I wasn’t working on it the entire time. Snowflakes in Winter, from the Seasons of Love collection, took me five days. I guess I’d say, on average, two months. That’s without writing every day. When my characters decide to stop speaking to me (which happens all of the time. I don’t know why. I’m a delight to be around), it can take a week or more for them to cozy up to me again.
8) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Kristine: Not so much any more. I used to obsess over them before realizing that regardless if they’re good or bad, I can’t do anything about them. A review is one person’s opinion based on their personal viewpoints and experiences and while I always hope they enjoy my story, that they ‘get’ what I’m trying to say, not everyone is going to like the plot or the characters or my style of writing.
9) What do you do what you suffer from writer’s block?
Kristine: Cry. No, not really, but when my imaginary friends stop speaking to me my feelings do get hurt a little bit. Being unable to fashion together words in a meaningful way when I have a story to tell is frustrating, but I’ve found that trying to force them out doesn’t work for me. So, I take a step back, work on a project that isn’t book related, and wait for the words and my brain to sync up.
Red: I’ve had a lot of authors agree that stepping away can reset your brain. Makes sense.
10) Which of your books do you wish more readers were aware of?
Kristine: All of them. I know that sounds like a pat answer, but it’s true. I’ve written over a dozen books encompassing four different genres. That’s a lot of variety for a reader to choose from. Any and all are a good pick!
Red: Let’s hope this chit chat will bring some new readers your way!
11) Did you have a mentor when you started?
Kristine: Several. Laramie Briscoe showed me the ropes – what I needed in order to self-publish (cover designer, formatter, etc.) and she answered my endless questions. LL Collins came to my rescue when I was uploading Here to Stay to Amazon. It’s amazing how scary that is the first time you do it. And there have been numerous others who’ve helped me along the way and continue to help me. That’s what I love about this journey. Though writing is a solitary endeavor, there is an awesome community – authors, bloggers, readers, designers, formatters, editors, betas – just outside the door, so to speak, offering help and encouragement. I don’t think there’s a single one of us who does this alone.
Red: Thank you for the shout out to all of the people it takes to raise a book baby.
12) What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Kristine: Write what’s in your heart. Learn as much as you can about every aspect of the process, but make sure your words are authentically yours. Write your book. It’s okay to be scared but do it anyway. Write what comes from your soul, not what you think people want. Soak up every bit of advice you can, and then do it your way. It’s okay to not follow the crowd; to go off in a different direction. It’s okay to try new things. If it doesn’t work, try something else. Never stop learning. And never stop writing.
13) Tell us something fun. Anything that can make us smile or giggle. Life is too short, lets spread some smiles around.
Kristine: I want to be Betty White when I grow up.
Red: BEST ANSWER EVER!!
14) Anything Else
Kristine: Just, thank you. Thanks for helping out authors like me, for taking time out of your life to share about our books. I appreciate it more than you know. Thanks for the interview, Red. It’s been lots of fun being here.
Thank you so much Kristine. Having you here with us has been great!
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Enduring Traditions: A Hidden Springs Novella by Kristine Raymond
It’s the turn of the century and progress has made its way to Hidden Springs.
Leaving his hometown two decades earlier to become a physician, Micah Tanner has returned, eager to educate folks in the ways of modern medicine. However, what sounds like an easy task is anything but when he discovers his neighbors prefer seeking help from the local medicine woman instead of sending for the doctor when they’re ill. Determined to put an end to her ancient customs, he’s unprepared for the effect she has on his heart.
**This is the final book in the Hidden Springs series
Tel-e-ka, or Ellie as she’s known to the townsfolk, is a young Yavapai medicine woman struggling to find a balance between the old ways of her ancestors and the new advances in the field of healing. It doesn’t help that the new doctor thinks herbal remedies are a thing of the past and has no problem telling her so, or that she finds herself attracted to him. A medical emergency outside the scope of her experience changes how she views her own beliefs – and his.
When age-old traditions meet modern-day practices, the sparks that fly rival those of the town’s New Year’s celebration. Can a couple from two different backgrounds share a love as enduring as their traditions?
About Kristine Raymond
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Hi Marsha, Thank you for stopping in so we can get to know you better. You said your genre is more Young Adult but that your anthology stories might not be suitable for the average YA reader. Maybe for a more mature audience. That is great to know. Congratulations on your first book, The Triplet’s Curse – Hope’s Story: Book One. I can’t wait for you to tell us more about you and your books.
1) Do you have a favorite character from The Triplet’s Curse?
Marsha: I really enjoy Hope. She reminds me of how I was when I was a teenager and I had so much fun writing her story.
Red: How interesting to get a peek into your teen years while reading this book.
2) What is your favorite part of being a published author?
Marsha: I love gaining new fans and being able to talk and interact with them.
Red: Fangirling is a real thing. Trust me, just doing this interview with you I have to control myself. Authors are superstars in out world.
3) Where is the strangest place you had a book or character idea come to you?
Marsha: I had a series idea come to me on the way to the dentist, lol. I thought that was quite funny.
Red: I ask this question of each author and I have to say that this a first for the idea box.
4) I am sure you don’t sit with a timer but if you had to guess how long does it take for you to write a book?
Marsha: This completely varies, I work full-time, taking online college courses and have a toddler, so with the help of my boyfriend I get writing done, but it’s not every day and not always a lot at a time.
Red: Sounds like me when I am trying to clean house. Writing is much more fun than cleaning up after a toddler.
5) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Marsha: I do read them. Thankfully I’ve only had good reviews, but I wouldn’t mind bad as long as there’s a reason why. I don’t see the point in giving a book one or two stars, but not explaining or contacting me about what you didn’t like about the book. I want to make my book an enjoyable read, and I can’t do that if I don’t know where mistakes are being made.
Red: Very well said. The star rating system is severely flawed in my opinion. Here at The Redhead’s Book Blog we don’t use stars. The written content in a review is what is important in determining the opinion of the reviewer. Ok, I am off my soapbox now. As you can see this is something I have put a lot of thought into.
6) What do you do when you suffer from writer’s block?
Marsha: I have thankfully not had to suffer through writer’s block as of yet.
7) Which of your books do you wish more readers were aware of?
Marsha: I currently have The Triplet’s Curse – Hope’s Story released. A novella in Dark Waters: A Mermaid Anthology and The Triplet’s Curse – Destiny’s Story(Book Two) rereleased Aug 2018.
Red: You have been busy.
8) Did you have a mentor when you started?
Marsha: I did not. I was a reader and participated in Facebook events before starting back writing.
9) What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Marsha: Go for it. It can be scary and nerve-wracking. You may worry about if anyone might like your story or not. The best thing I can say is…do it for you. There will be people who like it and people who don’t. If you enjoy writing the story and it’s something that you would read, then more power to you. Have faith in yourself. Even if you’re book isn’t well liked, you accomplished a goal in writing a book, and there are people out there who would be willing to help make it better by working with you on it. So never despair.
Red: That is awesome advice. I had some tell me to carry a notepad and if I felt like writing a few sentences to do it. It’s fun to go back a look at those little bits from months ago.
10) What can we expect from you in the future?
42 & Beyond: A Space Opera Anthology is available for preorder and is releasing Oct 12, 2018. I’ll be working on the 3rd book of the trilogy. Fingers crossed I’ll get it released by the end of the year. I do have about 4 or 5 other anthologies I’ll be part of this year, all of varying genres and story lines. I have a YA Fantasy stand alone I will be working on as well as a series I’m hoping to start next year.
11) Anything Else
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The Triplet’s Curse – Hope’s Story: Book One
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When the moon is full High above the Earth
Three daughters shall be born
On their 16th birthday, their destiny will begin
One daughter, born with the knowledge of the future, yet blind of those closest to her
Hope, your normal teenage girl, other than being one out of a set of triplets’, dreams about the day she turns 16 and can get her license.
Unknowingly, as her 16th birthday draws closer, a curse that has been around for centuries will activate, causing her to have visions, giving her knowledge of the future. The things she sees, she hopes are just hallucinations.
New guy Bryce, comes to town, knowing of the curse. He’s part of a group that prepares their whole lives to train the triplet sisters, who are unlucky enough to have it befall them. Hoping, the town he moves to doesn’t have the sisters they are looking for, once his eyes rest upon Hope, he knows without a doubt that his life will be changed and with the spark at contact, he knows it will be changed forever.
With Bryce’s help, Hope must accept these changes and train, learning how to control her ability and preventing more visions from becoming a reality. As the fight hits closer to home, will Hope be prepared to defeat the evil, making the world safer, for just a little bit longer?
About Marsha Black
The anthologies I am part of, even my stories may not be acceptable for teens, so make sure to check the ratings of anthologies if looking to get them for teens.
Adults, I prefer writing clean YA/NA. I can write make-out scenes as far as anthologies or possible co-writings may go.
Please keep these in mind going forward, since I don’t want any of my fans blind-sided by a descriptive make-out session within a story or anthology the is not rated PG-13 or below.