All posts filed under: Interviews

Q&A with YA author, Bren MacDibble

Following on from this year’s incredible success of two of her books, I want to introduce you to my friend, Bren MacDibble, whose work is earning her rave reviews and awards. Starting with the usual first question: Why do you write? Probably for the same reason I read… and drink for that matter, it makes little connections in my brain fire and I feel good. Of course the reason I attempt to get the writing published is more about the irrational belief that I can create stories from a unique angle that connect with other people and something in their brains will fire and they will feel good too, and then they might say, “That MacDibble, she’s all right.” Which sounds like the worst possible way to seek approval… did I mention, I’m irrational? What genre do you feel most comfortable working in? Science fiction most definitely, and I write for all age groups. What was the first thing you remember writing? When I was a child I wrote a story about a kitten that …

Q&A with Kevlin Henney

First up, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself and background? I live in Bristol — one wife, two sons, three, no cats or dogs — and work as a software development consultant. I’ve written books, columns and articles on software development. A few years back, after a brief hiatus (of a couple of decades…), I decided to get back into writing fiction. This was possibly some kind of manifestation of mid-life crisis. Software development and flash fiction, is there a correlation? Not sure there’s a direct correlation, and I’m not sure it applies to all software developers or to all flash-fictioneers, but for me there are many connections between the two, some logical and some personal.

Q&A with author Colleen Gleason

First of all Colleen, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself, and what got you into writing to begin with? I’ve been writing stories since I was very young, in elementary school (one of my first efforts was a version of my classmates and me in a Gilligan’s Island sort of story. It is long buried!) I wrote all through high school and college, but didn’t actually finish a book until after I’d graduated college and was working full time. I went on to write eight books in total, trying to sell each of them to a publisher, until I wrote and, with the help of my agent, sold my ninth book to a division of Penguin Books in late 2005. That book was released in 2007, and since then I’ve written and published eleven novels (five as Colleen Gleason, three as Colette Gale, and three as Joss Ware). Sometimes, I’m not sure who I am when I wake up in the morning!

Q&A with author Steph Broadribb

The first question has to be, how did a girl from Birmingham (in the UK) end up training as a bounty hunter, in the US? It was all in the name of research! Once I knew that Lori Anderson would be a bounty hunter I knew I needed to find out as much as I could about the realities of that job – and about how it felt being a woman in the largely male dominated profession of bounty hunting – in order to make Lori as a character, and the story itself, as authentic as possible. I researched it online and via books and TV, but there’s no substitute to getting out there and finding things out first hand. By flying over to California and training with a really experienced bounty hunter, and in getting to speak with some great women who do the job for real, I felt better able to write about Lori’s world and all the challenges she faces. What part (if any) of your training as a bounty hunter formed …

Q&A with author Kathleen Kent

First of all, would you like to tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in Texas and attended UT at Austin studying literature and history.  What I wanted to be was a writer, but my dad, who was a very practical man, convinced me that being a starving artist was not all it was cracked up to be.  Instead, he argued, I should study business, get a “real” job and write in my spare time.  Which is what I eventually did.  After college I lived and worked in New York for twenty years:  10 years working for the former Chairman of the Commodity Exchange, and then for another 10 years as a civilian contractor to the U.S. Department of Defense in Russia facilitating defense conversion work, converting military plants into civilian use.  I wrote a lot during those 10 years, but almost all of it was factual progress reporting to my coordinating CO in Washington. I did very little creative writing as my job was all consuming, leaving not much time, or energy, to commit to writing a …