eBookMall Author Interviews

eBookMall interviews authors of all stripes: independent, up-and-coming, and bestselling. We love to hear more authors about their writing process, favorite books, weird experiences, and anything else they want to share!

Chrys Phillips Interview

Excerpt: What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your writing career?

"Being an Australian writer, I found that Australian publishers wanted me to write about ‘Australiana.’ The challenge there was to stick with what I was passionate about and meet with a publisher in the USA that loved my stories." read more

Ross Richdale Interview

Excerpt: What is the best writing advice you've ever been given?

"Point of View. One cannot have jumping heads... i.e. A reader cannot jump from what one character is thinking to another person's thoughts, all within one one sentence or paragraph. In my more recent novels, I tend to write most of the novel from one character's point of view. If the plot needs something to happen away from this character, I will use a different chapter to change the POV." read more

Rachel Starr Thomson Interview

Excerpt: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

"Write. Make time to think and breathe and daydream, because those things are your fuel. And listen to writing advice, but don’t lock yourself into any framework for writing or creativity or storytelling that is too rigid. There are lots of people trying to push the way to write a book, and there’s no such way. There’s just the way you write." read more

Angela Buck Interview

Excerpt: After reading Angels Walk With Me, what do you want people to take away with them?

"That in spite of our mistakes, tragedies, hurts, disappointments, and unfair dealings that come our way and we seemingly have no control of, yet against all odds God can and will help us and turn around everything in our life that seems so wrong and work it out for our good. And if we will keep our faith in God it will all turn out all right in the end." read more

Kimberly Halcomb Interview

Excerpt: After reading The House Of Kyle, what do you want people to take away with them?

"God is not just a figment of our imagination or some made up character to make one feel good. God is real. He knew us before we were even born and our paths in life are ones he has preordered. It is up to us to choose the right one." read more

Hank Rose Interivew

Excerpt: After reading LUST LIFE: An Adult Memoir, what do you want people to take away with them?

"That adult personas reveal real people who have much to say beyond the XXX scorn of scarlet letters. I want readers not to discount the writing of erotic luminary figures based on their ratings genre or rank scale in pop culture. Profound and poignant literary expression can be found in the most unlikely places. Just open your heart and mind and let humanity balance out the media stereotypes and the social stigma." read more

A. Katie Rose Interview

Excerpt: If you met an alien from another planet and were asked to recommend one or two books to him/her/it that would summarize humanity, which books would you choose?

"I’d rather recommend not just one or two books, but an author. Stephen King. To me, he’s a genius and, for the most part, an excellent writer. But most of all, he really can see into not just the darker aspects of human beings, but also what is great and good in all of us. So many of his characters have the noble spirits of true heroes that can speak to the heroes many of us wish we could be." read more

Gunnar Backstrom Interview

Excerpt: What advice would you give to students going into mathematics and/or physics?

"I should encourage them to engage in research and innovation in fields that are of immediate interest for humans." read more

David S. Luton Interview

Excerpt: Is your book Spanish Made High School Simple more suited for the Spanish spoken in Spain or Latin America?

"I would say that it’s equally appropriate for both as I give alternate vocabulary or explanations where differences exist. I’m fairly knowledgeable concerning Spanish both as it’s spoken in Spain as well as in Latin America, as I’ve lived in Spain for the last four years, but did my studies abroad in Mexico. I also taught Latin American Spanish for several years as a high school teacher in the the U.S." read more

Simon Lelic Interview

Excerpt: If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

"Tough one. The nature of the art is that all the interesting ‘goodies’ are forced to endure something of an ordeal, so it would probably have to be a ‘baddie’. Tom Ripley has fairly good time, and at least gets the chance to travel. Can I be him?" read more

Robert Appleton Interview

Excerpt: If you had the opportunity to live on another planet, would you?

"Absolutely. That would be the ultimate adventure, to build a new civilization from scratch on a new planet—but I’d have to be able to return to visit this one whenever I wanted. What can I say, I need my Sunday roast dinners. And I’d want to be in charge of immigration. Jennifer Love Hewitt lookalikes only allowed." read more

Victoria Dahl Interview

Excerpt: What book were you forced to read at school that no child should have to study?

"I’m a firm believer that Shakespeare should never be read as a book. It should experienced for exactly what it is. A play. Entertainment. It should be performed and enjoyed. I never understood the beauty of Shakespeare until I had an English teacher who read the lines with real passion. I finally GOT IT! I love it when Shakespeare is presented in a more modern, relatable setting. The Romeo + Juliet movie really blew my mind. Same exact language, but suddenly these silly gangs of arguing gentlemen become dangerous. The situation becomes fraught. You understand what the stakes are and the motivations of the players. So wonderful for teenagers." read more

Christine Seifert Interview

Excerpt: When you were little did you want to be a writer when you grew up?

"I remember being very intrigued by an author (whose name I don’t remember now) who visited my kindergarten class. I thought he was an “arthur,” and that seemed like a cool job. More than anything, though, I wanted to be a teacher. I ended up being both a teacher and a writer; I feel pretty lucky." read more

Allan Topol Interview

Excerpt: What was the book that most influenced your life and why?

"The Source by James Michener because it gave me an appreciation for the land of Israel, which is the most incredible piece of real estate in the world in terms of its history, religious and political developments. I have set a number of my novels in this part of the world." read more

Pippa Wilson Interview

Excerpt: After reading Letting Go of Ed, what do you most want people to take away with them?

"That you can completely let go of an eating disorder and have a happy, balanced relationship with food and with your body." read more

Olivia Brynn Interview

Excerpt: Was it difficult to get your first book published?

"Yes. I spent years (decades, even) writing my first book, and then months querying agents and publishers.  Luckily I sent my manuscript to digital-first and digital-only publishers along with the traditional avenues. I think digital publishers are much more willing to take a chance on an unknown author." read more

Trish Dudek Interview

Excerpt: If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

"Elizabeth, one of the main characters in my next novel, The Heart Of A Woman. She is going to be a rare woman as she matures from her late teens to middle-aged. I liked Margaret in Taima’s Woman. But, I love developing Elizabeth – she is the kind of woman I would like to be." read more

Debbianne DeRose Interview

Excerpt: After reading What I Did On My Midlife Crisis Vacation, what do you most want people to take away with them?

"A smirk. And maybe, just maybe . . . a remembering that life is supposed to be fun and that they are the voluntary and uber-powerful architects of their own experience. But that’s kind of a tall order, so we’ll go with the smirk." read more

Deborah Smith Ford Interview

Excerpt: After reading The Little Apple, what do you want people to take away with them?

"I want children, and adults alike, to come away (over and over again) with the idea that not all farms have livestock and especially the idea of how wonderful it is to feel the warmth of being a part of something, something bigger than even planet Earth – a farm and a family – especially a family." read more

Nessa Carey Interview

Excerpt: What do you think is the most exciting potential application of epigenetics?

"Creating replacement tissues that are completely compatible with the patient who needs them from their own cells. These won’t rely on organ donors or embryonic stem cells." read more

Andrew Klavan Interview

Excerpt: What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your writing career?

"Well, the easiest way to popularity with the reading public is to give them good guys who are all good and bad guys who are all bad;  to convince them that the horrors of life — like poverty and war — can be overcome if we just learn to live together or get the right government programs in place; to make righteous action lead to happiness and wicked action lead to misery . . .  and of course none of those things is in keeping with reality.  My greatest challenge has been offering a vision of human life that's layered and complex and sometimes even tragic in stories that nonetheless are thrilling and have popular appeal. It's hard work!" read more

John Donohue Interview

Excerpt: What is the best writing advice you've ever been given?

"Just write. Don’t worry too much about it. I’ve taught writing and I often tell my students that one of the biggest blocks for writers is worrying about the fact that their writing isn’t good enough. It means that you spend all your time worrying and none of it writing. And since you’re not writing, you’re not getting any better at it and that means you worry some more ...

It’s like in kendo (Japanese fencing): if you spend all your time worrying that someone is going to hit you with the sword, then it paralyzes you and chances are pretty good someone is going to hit you with a sword ...

So first day of writing class I tell everyone, 'Relax, it’s not Shakespeare. The fate of the Western world does not rest on our shoulders, Let’s just do some writing and maybe we’ll get better at it.'” read more

Gale Laure Interview

Excerpt: When you were little, did you want to be an author when you grew up?

"No. I know I loved to tell stories. I used to make up stories and all the neighborhood children would come over. I would assign each one a part to play in my story. They loved it and came over quite frequently begging me to play one of my stories." read more

Randi M. Sherman Interview

Excerpt: When you were little did you ever imagine being an author when you grew up?

"Never. I dreamed of being a famous actress or maybe a cowgirl, or a ballerina or a nurse, but never an author. Being a writer seemed to be too much like having homework ALL of the time." read more

Robert J. R. Graham Interview

Excerpt: Do you ever base characters on real people you have known?

"In part, yes. As truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, it would seem almost too easy to extract characters from everyday life and have them interact on paper. However, when writing I am not so literal nor would I want to offend those close to me by misrepresentation. I mainly take the most interesting components from many real or fictional personalities or scenarios and combine them with a slight twist. This usually gives me an interesting starting point for creating rich characters, dialogue and plots." read more

Stephanie Pappas Interview

Excerpt: If you could give only one tip to someone new to yoga, what would that be?

"That it is NOT about flexibility. Yoga dates back over 5000 years to India and the goal of the practices were always to become more aware and enlightened mentally. The physical practices are there to support the health and well being of the vehicle, which happens to be our body." read more

Sara Jayne Townsend Interview

Excerpt: How much of your writing is based on things you see in real life?

"Quite a lot, actually. Writers are naturally nosy. Snippets of conversations I overhear on the train often find their way into novels. Occasionally people I know inspire fictitious characters. Sometimes a story starts because an ordinary event triggers the 'what if...' question." read more

Jerry M. Burger Interview

Excerpt: What do you remember the most about the first time you returned to your childhood home?

"The most amazing thing for me was how seeing even an insignificant place would trigger a vivid memory. As I walked around my old neighborhood and schools, it seemed every corner, every bench, every tree reminded me of a conversation that had once happened in that exact spot. These were not important conversations, but rather experiences that might never have come to mind without putting myself in the place where they happened." read more

James Andrus Interview

Excerpt: Which is scarier: tracking down bad guys or trying to finish and publish a book?

"Easily meeting a deadline for a book. Experience has taught me to be comfortable in police work but publishing is still new to me. There is a clear line between the art of writing and the business of publishing. Deadlines are terrifying and editors can be quite demanding. Overall I enjoyed both experiences." read more

Christer Holloman Interview

Excerpt: What is the greatest challenge that you feel businesses face with social media?

"Finding the balance of just getting on with it and involving more departments outside marketing. Social Media has traditionally been owned by the marketing department but to make the most of social media it should be used by more functions like sales, customer service and product development but the more people you involve the longer everything takes." read more

Toni Griffin Interview

Excerpt: What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your writing career?

"Probably myself. As I mentioned I hated English at school, I was always so much better at Math. Even my everyday full time job resolves around numbers. When I decided, out of the blue, to try and write my own book I had absolutely no idea If I could actually finish it. Now I’m seven books down and still have no idea how the hell I’ve managed that." read more

Tom Milton Interview

Excerpt: What's more scary: being in a country that's recently broken out into war, or trying to get a book published?

"In my career I was often in countries when war broke out, or a revolution began, or a government cracked down on the opposition, and as scary as those situations were, they were not as scary as trying to get a book published. Your chances of getting out of those situations alive are much greater than your chances of getting published. Luckily, publishers turned down my earlier novels, which now I’m glad were not published, and the ones I think are really good are being published." read more

Frank R. Santariga Interview

Excerpt: In your opinion, is there more evidence to support the existence of UFOs or hauntings?

"As for UFO’s, we have in our (secretive government) possession more than enough evidence to prove we are not alone in the universe. However, I’m still not totally convinced on so called hauntings." read more

Harry W. Carpenter Interview

Excerpt: If you could give people only one tip on how to achieve their goals, what would that be?

"The smartest way to achieve goals is to give the job to your subconscious mind.  Your subconscious mind is eleven times bigger; a magnitude times more powerful; has millions times more computational capability; works 24/7; is more creative than your conscious mind; and the best part is that using your subconscious mind is effortless. The methods of using your subconscious mind are easy.  But to be successful you must learn  how it works and the laws it obeys.   I don't think you'll find another book with all that in it." read more

Gemma Malley Interview

Excerpt: What do you think is more frightening: the atrocities of our past, or the potential for horrors in our future?

"Oh both, for sure. People are capable of horrific things; we know that not just from history but from what's happening around the world right now. But we are also capable of some wonderful things, too. Will we ever truly learn from history? Probably not. But enlightenment, learning, a focus on logic and rationality over superstition… these are all things that make it more likely that we'll live better. If people are educated, fed, and feel empowered, then they tend not to commit atrocities. But of course the opposite is true of people who are frustrated, angry, hungry and uneducated." read more

Margie Gelbwasser Interview

Excerpt: If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

"What a great question! Hmm...I would love to be Hermoine in Harry Potter. To explore Hogwarts, learn magic, and go on adventures with Harry and Ron would be amazing." read more

B. A. Chepaitis Interview

Excerpt: Do you have any pet peeves about science fiction writing?

"I've often been on panels where discussion centered around whether science fiction should be based on 'character' or 'concepts', and I do have a peeve with that. How can any book be written with just one or the other? And how can you separate the two, since character is the vehicle for ideas? In my Jaguar Addams novels, I'm exploring states of consciousness, so I have an idea, but it would be nothing without Jaguar and Alex and all their friends. I think the notion that you can have one without the other grows from the origin of the genre in the world of science, but as it's matured - and particularly as women have entered the field - I hear less and less of that argument." read more

Judy Hall Interview

Excerpt: What was the book that most influenced your life and why?

"Christine Hartley’s A Case for Reincarnation. I was having very vivid past life recall experiences – but had never heard of the concept of reincarnation so was very confused - and when this book fell off the library shelf onto my head it literally opened up a new world for me. I read it through twice at one sitting then contacted Christine who became my mentor." read more

Nancy Warren Interview

Excerpt: Do you ever base characters on real people you have known?

"Nope. However, I sometimes notice someone's eyes or a certain habit they have, or style of speech or dress and that one detail may end up as part of a character. For instance, I had a manicure/pedicure the other day and my esthetician told me she used to be on the national boxing team. I loved the contrasts of this pretty, delicate woman who works in the beauty industry having this kick ass, macho hobby. One day I might write a heroine with a similar background." read more

Susan Klauber Interview

Excerpt: What made you decide to travel to India?

"My husband sparked a long-forgotten dream I had to go to India. His business had wound down, and we had the chance to travel again for long periods of time. After many years of meditation and interest in spiritual development and enlightenment, India was a natural fit. As I wrote in the introductory pages of the book, 'Stories of saints and holy places still circle the globe calling collect to whoever wants to accept.'" read more

Susan Veness Interview

Excerpt: What is your favorite secret about the Disney parks?

"The ones I like best are the secrets guests can see right in front of them but have no idea what they represent, such as the For Rent sign in Hollywood Studios or Prince Min on the rooftops in Epcot’s China pavilion. But my favorite secret has to be the concentric circles on the floor inside the Temple of Heaven in the China pavilion. People’s faces when they figure out the secret are just priceless!" read more

Wayne O. Chase Interview

Excerpt: What gave you the idea to write How Music REALLY Works! ?

"When I was a producer and arranger, musicians’ lack of vital knowledge about music and lyrics struck me as seriously unfortunate. So I decided to do something about it." read more

Pat Pattison Interview

Excerpt: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting with music or lyric writing?

"Don’t be afraid to write crap – it’s the best fertilizer. The more you have, the more likely something wonderful will spring up. Pay attention as you write. Listen. Imitate at first, then, go from there." read more

Anitra Lynn McLeod Interview

Excerpt: If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?

"Ooo, I already have the ability to make it rain by washing my car, but I’ve learned everyone has this particular power so I’d really like to have the ability to cheer people up with a thought. Seriously. I don’t drive or shop often but when I do I see so many people who are so sad and miserable. I’d like to be able to make them giggle just by sending a thought their way. I think the world would be a much nicer place if people simply smiled more." read more

Linda Joy Singleton Interview

Excerpt: Do you ever base characters on real people you have known?

"Absolutely! Josh from THE SEER was based on an old boyfriend who was being apprenticed as a stage magician. Hero Dominic is based on my outdoorsy husband. And Thorn in BURIED: A GOTH GIRL MYSTERY is based on a goth teen who was in my ballet class years ago. read mor"e

Jocelyn Adams Interview

Excerpt: If you could be any type of fantasy creature, what would you be?

"I admit I’ve always had a love affair with vampires. And no, I’m not talking about the sparkly kind, more the tortured soul types you might find in the works of Laurel K. Hamilton. I’m always intrigued by the inevitable struggle between humanity and the beast, between their dark instincts and doing what’s right. It makes for a deep and interesting character." read more

Cole Gibsen Interview

Excerpt: If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

"Professor McGonagall. I adore everything about her from her wit to her sense of humor. But on the flip side, when I’m in a bad mood, I think about how much fun it would be to go completely evil-crazy like Bellatrix. I’d be so dangerous with a wand. *sinister grin*" read more

Walter C. Conner Interview

Excerpt: What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your writing career?

"My fear of having someone actually read, and therefore judge, what I wrote. Really hard to get something published if you don’t send it to a publisher, you know. There’s an exchange in Chariots of Fire in which Harold Abrahams says, “If I can’t win, I won’t run.” And Sybil Gordon responds, “If you won’t run, you can’t win.” I finally decided I had to figuratively run if I wanted to get published." read more

Ken McClure Interview

Excerpt: If you had a book club, what would it be reading and why?

"Stephen King’s On Writing. Once they’d read that it would help them so much in assessing anything they read in future. Absolutely brilliant." read more

Kate Bussmann Interview

Excerpt: Do you believe it is important for authors to have a strong online presence?

"Yes - more and more it's expected so it's odd if you're not on there, but it's also great to be able to interact with people who've read your book, and to say thank you when people recommend it to their friends. I'd strongly suggest to other authors that they download Tweetdeck and have a search column set up with the title of their book so you can see what people are saying, even if they don't "@ mention" you when they talk about it. It's very interesting!" read more

T. Byron Kelly Interview

Excerpt: The idea of combining poetry with music and paintings is very interesting. How exactly do you display your poems with a piece of music or a painting?

"My paintings are often illustrations of my poems and are framed and hung next one another in a gallery setting. Our band spectral arts has also performed music with the poems sung and spoken (much of it spontaneously) at many of my exhibits over the years. We also use a digital projector to display both paintings and poems during our shows." read more

James Beverly Interview

Excerpt: If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

"I would choose the little hero of my books, Seamus the Sheltie. I would love to live in his fictional world where the good always prevail and have his many adventures, friends, and optimistic viewpoint on life." read more

Catherine Spencer Interview

Excerpt: If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?

"Courage. Being brave enough to tackle impossible odds and not give in at the first sign of defeat is, to my mind, the mark of a true hero or heroine." read more

Tony Sweet Interview

Excerpt: If you could give beginning photographers one tip, what would that be?

"Learn everything you can about photography and composition. Master Photoshop. Learn video and Final Cut Pro." read more

Naomi Benaron Interview

Excerpt: Even though Running the Rift is a work of fiction, it is on an important topic. What made you decide to write a book about the issues in Rwanda?

"Many reasons. I have always been a writer of issues of social justice; I grew up with it in my blood because my mother lost most of her family in the Holocaust. I knew I wanted to write about an African athlete who was running from war--figuratively and literally--and when I went to Rwanda as a tourist and discovered the bones of genocide victims on the shore of Lake Kivu, I knew Rwanda would be the country I wrote about. I held the bones in my hand and realized that they were not just bones, they were stories, and that those stories needed to be honored with a voice." read more

Nina Benneton Interview

Excerpt: Did you ever read a book and then wish you had all that time back?

"No. I'm the woman who was inspired to write my first novel from reading the tabloids, so I can't be too high-minded about anybody's work, can I? I never think anything I read is a waste of time, even if it's the rambling, stream of consciousness of a paranoid schizophrenic. (Wait, that would actually be the first thing I'd read, out of curiosity)." read more

Jerry B. Jenkins Interview

Excerpt: You own the Christian Writers Guild. In which way is a Christian author different from a non-Christian author?

"Worldview is the major difference. The Christian writer’s ultimate theme should always be hope. That doesn’t mean tying everything in a bow and concluding that everyone lives happily ever after. The plot can be gritty and real, but a Christian writer’s story should never end in total despair." read more

Sharon Ann Rowland Interview

Excerpt: Do you base characters on real people you have known?

"I study people when I am out in the world. I look for odd mannerisms, distinctive voice patterns and anything that catches my eye. The more interesting of my work colleagues have supplied the various personality traits of my characters, however, I have never completely replicated one particular person. Significant dreams I have had since the age of 13 have shaped the characters within ‘The Crystal Channelers’ book series." read more

Neale Sourna Interview

Excerpt: Do your friends and family approve or disprove of the content of your books?

"They approve and think it scandalous fun; but, I'm not certain they actually read them. I sent everyone a copy of my first to publish, "Hobble," and have gotten praise for completing it and continuing; and my schoolmate Amy said she'd put it somewhere the kids wouldn't get into it." read more

Karen Ramsburg Interview

Excerpt: What do you think are the main parallels between 1765 and today's political landscape?

"An incompetent government that is totally unresponsive to its citizens." read more

Lyn Kelly Interview

Excerpt: Name a book that you'd blush to be seen reading on the bus.

"No offense to the legion of fans out there, but I would not want to be seen reading The Twilight Series. My wife, my daughter, my mom, my mother-in-law, and basically every other female I know loves the series. Everyone has tried to explain the allure, but I just do not get it." read more

David Hoffmeister Interview

Excerpt: How did you first encounter "A Course in Miracles"?

"I found it at a Humanistic Psychology Conference near San Diego California in 1986.  Two students of Tara Singh, a Course In Miracles teacher, presented it to me." read more

Tessa Harris Interview

Excerpt: Why do you think that the subject of cutting open dead people attracts readers?

"You're asking an author who faints at the sight of blood! OK, so there are one or two gory scenes, but essentially The Anatomist’s Apprentice is a suspenseful murder-mystery that aims to intrigue. Publishers Weekly said that 'even veteran armchair puzzle solvers are likely to be surprised.' As far as the medical details go, I like the idea of writing about science in a prosaic way. Nowadays, there’s always a clear line between the arts and the sciences, but in the 18th century there wasn't such a gulf." read more