Sunday, February 18, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Rise and Run (RJ Plant)


Rise and Run (RJ Plant)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Science-Fiction / Thriller Rise and Run by RJ Plant.

Rise and Run is a Broken Man novel. It's fun (dark at times), action packed, but it's also setting the stage for what comes next. Rise and Run explores the relationship between brothers and between father and son.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook - 277 pages - released in February 2018.


About the Book

Felix and Conor Quinn are brothers at odds. After starting life as a less-than-ethical government experiment, the brothers now share the same body. When their adoptive father, illegal trades mogul Rian Connell, receives a tip that his niece is in danger, he sends Felix to track her down. The assignment brings up bad memories for Felix. It also threatens to bring Conor’s dark secrets to light—secrets that necessitate the manufacture of a drug to suppress his genome.

More pressing problems arise once Felix finds Kaitlyn. He soon realizes that Government Directive International (GDI)—one of the last governments of post-War 2042—has disturbing plans for him. By the time Felix realizes that Kaitlyn was only bait to lure him in, it’s already too late. GDI’s Agent-in-Charge doses Felix with a lethal, fast-acting virus, bringing Conor to the surface.

Rise and Run (RJ Plant)
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Immune to Felix’s virus thanks to his genomic difference, Conor must take up the mantle of uncovering the secrets of his past... before they get everyone around him killed. Every instinct tells Conor to run like hell, but in the end, his only choice may be to outsmart GDI.

Or bring the organization crashing down.


About the Author

Author RJ Plant
Author RJ Plant

RJ Plant is a Birmingham, AL native and recent Williamsburg, VA transplant.

After playing the famed "Struggling College Student" game, she came away from the University of Alabama at Birmingham holding a BA in English with a Creative Writing concentration and a Professional Writing minor.

When RJ isn't reading or writing, she can be found practicing the violin, cooking whatever pops into her head, or hitting the martial arts gym.






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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New Indie Book Release: In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes (Abby Rosmarin)


New Indie Book Release:
In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes - Abby Rosmarin
Women's Fiction / Humor (290 Pages - February 2018)

In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes is a biting comedy about weddings, love, communication, and family. The book touches upon the subtle and all-too-real heartbreaks that happen when we attempt to protect those we love. The main character goes through obstacles that are familiar to every twenty-something struggling in the real world.

- "My Best Friend’s Wedding with a rainbow twist! From the first page, readers will be sucked into Nicole Winger's world. Smart, funny, new-grad Nicole wrestles with territory all too familiar to twenty-somethings [...]" - Reader Review


About the Book

In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes (Abby Rosmarin)
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It’s the wedding of the century. Her big brother – the man who was a second father to her after their dad passed – is the groom. And Nicole is fighting just to keep her head above water.

She’s surrounded by an aloof bride-to-be, a psychotic mother of the bride, ridiculous bridesmaids, and a town that feels like a parody of Americana. Her own family is perfectly fine with everything – with the exception of her wise-cracking cousin Ella, whose antics only serve to get Nicole even further into trouble. The wedding stress is invading all aspects of her life, including her own relationship. Nicole only wants what’s best for her brother – but what if that involves her brother leaving his fiancĂ©e at the altar?

As the wedding day approaches and tensions continue to rise, Nicole is forced to figure out what love, loyalty, and honesty mean – before it’s too late and she loses everyone she loves.





About the Author

Author Abby Rosmarin
Author Abby Rosmarin

Abby Rosmarin is a writer, model, and yoga instructor.

She is the author of Chick Lit & Other Formulas for Life, I’m Just Here for the Free Scrutiny, and No One Reads Poetry: A Collection of Poems.

She’s been featured on the Huffington Post, Bustle, Thought Catalog, and others.

While always a Bostonian at heart, Abby currently lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with her husband and their array of animals.




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Monday, February 05, 2018

New Indie Book Release: The Bruja (Michael Molisani)


New Indie Book Release:
The Bruja - Michael Molisani
Horror / Dark Fantasy (288 Pages - January 2018)

The Bruja will be unlike any take you've read before, it won't be found in the YA Fiction section, and it absolutely will not leave you sleeping comfortably. The Bruja is a dark fantasy/horror taking place in a post-apocalyptic setting where magic, ghosts, and dark creatures exist.

- "[...] There is a naturalness written into this story, you are aware that ghosts walk the streets and gods might just decide you are worth there attention, and it does not feel false or unusual. I quickly fell into this world and admire Maggi as a witch, a mother, and a leader. Read this book!" - Reader Review


About the Book

The Bruja (Michael Molisani)
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Decades have passed since the Collapse. Our world has twisted and twined into something unrecognizable. The ruination of civilization was compounded by a return of impossible powers, ancient myths and forgotten tales. Conjuring and cunning exist side by side and a dangerous, lascivious, new reality that is whispering its seductions to some whilst rending others apart.

When the world collapsed in on itself, a young witch named Maggi Lopez fled east with her partner and child. The mistakes she made in youth now serve to damn her as she races against the clock of her own mortality to save her son’s future; crossing magic-laden, ghost-infested, post-apocalyptic America in a riveting journey of redemption, sacrifice, and ancient gods.

At the end of her journey, the greatest horror she may need to face is herself.



Friday, February 02, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Midnight Secrets (Ditter Kellen)


New Indie Book Release:
Midnight Secrets - Ditter Kellen
Paranormal Romance (187 Pages - January 2018)

Midnight Secrets is full of angst, steam and draw dropping scenes, guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat.

- "I commend Ditter on her ability to weave a paranormal fairytale in such a way that you forget that vampires and shifters aren't real. The characters have depth and personality and the storyline draws you in. Ditter Kellen's books are also a wonderful escape from reality. [...]" - Reader Review


About the Book

Midnight Secrets (Ditter Kellen)
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Simon Le Blanc is a two thousand-year-old, tall, dark and snarky vampire. Since the slaughtering of his family centuries before, he has spent his entire undead life avoiding his maker—and anything to do with love—at all costs. That is, until he meets Madison Wilson. No one can push his sarcastic buttons quite like the infuriating redhead. But when Simon’s maker sets her murderous sights on Madison, Simon vows to protect the fiery-haired beauty at all costs. Even if it means his life.

Madison Wilson is strong, efficient, and sassy as hell. Employed by a vampire, she’s been around enough supernatural creatures to know she wants no part of Simon Le Blanc. He’s sarcastic, sadistic, and sexy as sin. But when he risks his life to save her from a dark stranger, Madison quickly finds herself in his debt—and in his arms.

Now she’s in a predicament she has no control of. With her life and her heart on the line, Madison does the only thing she knows to do—run. But there’s nowhere she can hide from the blue-eyed vampire or the feelings he ignites within her.




Saturday, January 27, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Twisted Threads (Kaylin McFarren)



Twisted Threads (Kaylin McFarren)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Erotic / Psychological Thriller Twisted Threads by Kaylin McFarren.

Twisted Threads is about Akira Hamada, a beautiful Japanese geisha, failed at killing Kaito Mitsui two years ago — the same yakuza gang leader who destroyed her lover and forced her to become an assassin. 5-STAR Stand-Alone Psychological Thriller.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon CreateSpace and is available as eBook - 370 pages - released in November 2017.


About the Book

Akira Hamada is driven by past failure. Two years earlier, she had a chance to kill her greatest enemy--Kaito Mitsui. Instead, the Yakuza boss forced her to become an assassin in his employ. Now Akira carries out the bloody business of the notorious crime syndicate and hates herself more each day.

When Mitsui hears that his sister's murderer will be on the cruise ship Starfish, he immediately tasks Akira with eliminating the man once and for all. This is what Akira has trained for, but a series of strange events on the ship tests her resolve and shows her a way to redemption.

Devon Lyons, on the other hand, has nothing to do with assassins. He's merely accompanying his aunt and uncle, Sara and Paul Lyons, on a free cruise. Little does he know that the two are the true targets of the charming Japanese tourist he has just met!

Akira knows that either Sara or Paul is the killer but doesn't know which one. She hopes seducing the handsome Devon will lead to better intel, but she is surprised to find herself trusting him. And soon, the pair finds themselves fighting for their lives on the high seas.

Twisted Threads (Kaylin McFarren)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Readers will want to follow this book all the way to the end and should have no problem doing so after being gripped by its memorable characters and suspenseful storytelling. Whether you're new to this series or just getting started, this book will leave an impression and keep the audience guessing all the way until Akira's final showdown." - Michael Radon (US Review of Books)

- "Twisted Threads delivers a story full of suspense, lively, complex characters, and a sexy, fun-filled adventure. Followers of McFarren's Threads series will be thrilled, and readers of this divertingly different, first-class murder mystery will be too." - Angela Fox

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Respect (Aleatha Romig)


New Indie Book Release:
Respect - Aleatha Romig
Romantic Suspense (415 Pages - January 2018)

Respect is a standalone novel in the bestselling Infidelity series. It can be read alone as it all occurs prior to the Infidelity series. It is The Godfather meets Love Story. If you like intrigue, devotion, sacrifice, mafia, family, and love...RESPECT!

"RESPECT is an emotional ride that is worth every tear I cried. Even hours after I closed this book- Oren hasn't been far from my thoughts. He has been permanently embedded in my heart and soul. - Reader Review


About the Book

Respect (Aleatha Romig)
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"Standing at what I believe is the precipice of my life, I, Oren Demetri, was too young to understand that it wasn't and too old to imagine that it couldn't be.

The already hefty accumulation of my successes and failures, bravery and fears, and rewards and suffering, had brought me to this point. It was hard to contemplate the things I'd done, and yet, in reality I'd only begun to learn the possibilities.

I suppose that's how it was for me at twenty-nine years of age on the brink of all I'd ever wanted without fully realizing the price I would pay. Yet in that moment, I knew there would be no cost too great or sacrifice I wouldn't make. I had no idea how far-reaching that moment of self-discovery would be; because as the congregation's murmurs quieted, bleeding into silence and allowing the thump of my heart to be the only sound I heard, I was a man filled with love and adoration, emotions in stark contrast to those I needed in the world I'd built or the one I was about to enter.

Angelina Costello was my dream and now my reality. I'd worked diligently to move beyond the actuality of being a dockworker's son to becoming a self-made, successful entrepreneur, all in an effort to earn the right to call her my own. I'd overcome servitude to others, collecting their paychecks and lowly praises, to being the one who signed the paychecks and offered the accolades when they were rightfully earned.

The world was my oyster and walking toward me on the arm of her uncle was my pearl. I'd found her amongst the empty shells life had offered. There was no need to pry open another possibility. Angelina was all I wanted. Yet my path was uncharted. There was more for me to earn, lose, and willingly give.

The top of that list was respect."

From New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a stand-alone novel based from her beloved Infidelity series. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new epic romantic thriller will delve into a world where family takes on new meaning and even the inhabitants are suspicious of the next chapter.

Have you been Aleatha'd?



Friday, January 19, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Please Don't Ask Me Why (Jill Billeter)


Please Don't Ask Me Why (Jill Billeter)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Memoir / True Story Please Don't Ask Me Why by Jill Billeter.

Please Don't Ask Me Why is a Journey to Mental Wellness. This true story will make you cry, it will make you laugh, and, most important, it will give you hope that there is a road to recovery from mental illness.

The Book has been self-published via Potomac Creek Publishing, LLC and is available as eBook - 170 pages - released in December 2017.


About the Book

Jill awakens in the mental health unit of Norfolk General hospital to the realization that she has failed once again to end her own life. To her way of thinking, it was unfortunate that the EMTs had managed to revive her from the overdose of powerful prescription drugs she had swallowed the night before. Her call to the suicide hotline would be considered by some a cry for help, but she just didn’t want to die alone.

How did it come to this? What has led her into this house of mirrors? How will she find her way out? Follow Jill’s journey into a world of counselors, doctors, hospitals, and psycho-pharmaceuticals and, ultimately, to the therapist who saves her.

Please Don’t Ask Me Why is a powerful tale of one woman’s fight against the forces of depression and a tribute to the man who taught her the artful tools for her survival.

Please Don't Ask Me Why (Jill Billeter)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Jill Billeter’s memoir, Please Don't Ask Me Why, is an insightful look into the everyday struggles a person has with mental illness, their struggle with friends and family’s reactions to the disease, and an inside look at how the mental health system works. This memoir will make you feel a wide array of emotions but most of all it will leave you inspired." - wvsinatag (Amazon)

- "Authentic and specific, funny and sad, yet with no trace of self pity. Jill Billeters story is important in so many ways. If you or a loved one have ever suffered depression or any other mental health issue I urge you to read this book. Enlightening and genuine." - Kellie Walsh

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Twisted Threads (Kaylin McFarren)


New Indie Book Release:
Twisted Threads - Kaylin McFarren
Erotic / Psychological Thriller (370 pages - November 2017)

Twisted Threads is about Akira Hamada, a beautiful Japanese geisha, failed at killing Kaito Mitsui two years ago — the same yakuza gang leader who destroyed her lover and forced her to become an assassin.
5-STAR Stand-Alone Psychological Thriller.

- "Readers will want to follow this book all the way to the end and should have no problem doing so after being gripped by its memorable characters and suspenseful storytelling. Whether you're new to this series or just getting started, this book will leave an impression and keep the audience guessing all the way until Akira's final showdown." - Reader Review


About the Book

Twisted Threads (Kaylin McFarren)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Akira Hamada is driven by past failure. Two years earlier, she had a chance to kill her greatest enemy--Kaito Mitsui. Instead, the Yakuza boss forced her to become an assassin in his employ. Now Akira carries out the bloody business of the notorious crime syndicate and hates herself more each day.

When Mitsui hears that his sister's murderer will be on the cruise ship Starfish, he immediately tasks Akira with eliminating the man once and for all. This is what Akira has trained for, but a series of strange events on the ship tests her resolve and shows her a way to redemption.

Devon Lyons, on the other hand, has nothing to do with assassins. He's merely accompanying his aunt and uncle, Sara and Paul Lyons, on a free cruise. Little does he know that the two are the true targets of the charming Japanese tourist he has just met!

Akira knows that either Sara or Paul is the killer but doesn't know which one. She hopes seducing the handsome Devon will lead to better intel, but she is surprised to find herself trusting him. And soon, the pair finds themselves fighting for their lives on the high seas.



Friday, January 12, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Please Don't Ask Me Why (Jill Billeter)


New Indie Book Release:
Please Don't Ask Me Why - Jill Billeter
Memoir (170 pages - December 2017)

Please Don't Ask Me Why is a Journey to Mental Wellness. This true story will make you cry, it will make you laugh, and, most important, it will give you hope that there is a road to recovery from mental illness.


About the Book

Please Don't Ask Me Why (Jill Billeter)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Jill awakens in the mental health unit of Norfolk General hospital to the realization that she has failed once again to end her own life. To her way of thinking, it was unfortunate that the EMTs had managed to revive her from the overdose of powerful prescription drugs she had swallowed the night before. Her call to the suicide hotline would be considered by some a cry for help, but she just didn’t want to die alone.

How did it come to this? What has led her into this house of mirrors? How will she find her way out? Follow Jill’s journey into a world of counselors, doctors, hospitals, and psycho-pharmaceuticals and, ultimately, to the therapist who saves her.

Please Don’t Ask Me Why is a powerful tale of one woman’s fight against the forces of depression and a tribute to the man who taught her the artful tools for her survival.




Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Warlord of the Forgotten Age (Charles E. Yallowitz)


New Indie Book Release:
Warlord of the Forgotten Age - Charles E. Yallowitz
Epic Fantasy / Sword & Sorcery (380 pages - December 2017)

Warlord of the Forgotten Age is the epic conclusion of the Legends of Windemere fantasy series. The book focuses on the final battle between the champions and the evil Baron Kernaghan. All of the heroes reveal that they are still afraid even though they are determined to fight a man who terrifies the gods. The goal of this volume is to give closure to the characters, readers, and the author.

- "[...] a top notch fantasy novel. The author has an excellent grasp of the elements that all good high fantasy books should entail. His world is rich, descriptive and filled with dazzling sights that have not been visited time and again. He utilizes more than just the common senses that we typically see in characters, and that made this a pretty mind blowing experience. [...]" - Reader Review


About the Book

Warlord of the Forgotten Age (Charles E. Yallowitz)
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Whether in darkness or light, every path inevitably comes to an end.

As Gabriel, the Destiny God, determined centuries ago, his chosen will face Baron Kernaghan for the fate of Windemere. Through many victories and losses, the champions have stood together and prepared for this great battle. Now that the Baron’s influence stirs those with evil hearts, they have run out of time and must travel to Shayd. Yet, there are more secrets for them to uncover before entering a battle where the only way to survive is surpassing limits and putting everything they have on the line. Through it all, Gabriel’s statement that he made them destined to fight, but winning was not set in stone rings in their minds.

Will the champions usher in an Age of Heroes or become the sacrifices for an Age of Darkness?



Saturday, January 06, 2018

3 Tips to Indie SUCCESS from 3 Successful Authors


Asking successful Indie Authors:
3 TIPS TO SUCCESS FROM 3 SUCCESSFUL AUTHORS

Indie Author Tip
We’re a few years into the rocket ship that is independent publishing, so most of us have read countless articles and books on the ‘how to’ and ‘what not to’ and ‘try this’ types of tutelages. The Indie Author has become a successful one-man and one-woman show. We’re educated in the fields of production and marketing. So of course many of these tips and articles have proven effective! But because our industry has grown with so many success stories out there, we can now start asking deeper questions on the motivation that has driven these successful authors.
As cover designer, illustrator and writer I’ve worked with countless independent authors and publishers. On this journey with them all I’ve seen some authors enjoy incredible achievements.
However, how do we measure an author’s success? Is it the amount of books sold, awards won – or is it the mere fact that so many authors have to overcome various challenges to complete a book, or even series?

‘Success’ is NOT just one thing. Its many things.

In my humble opinion, I would say it’s all of the above. ‘Success’ is NOT just one thing. Its many things.
It has been my privilege to work with these three authors, from diverse genres, who have gone onto publishing numerous books, won awards and even kick-started a whole product range!
So I asked them this question: “How did you go from ‘Wanting to write a book’ to now having published and doing so much more?”
All three answered generously (and authentically), and it’s my honor to share their insights with all authors out there, new or established. Each of these answers resonate with me, and I KNOW every author will find an echoing thought and driving inspiration.


HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE YOUR WRITING SUCCESS?

A.J. CULEY -Young Adult and Children’s Book Author
(@ajculey)

Tweet-worthy: “It’s not about reaching the peak. It’s about the journey to get there and then the journey to the next one.” – A.J. Culey

Author A.J. Culey
Author A.J. Culey
I think for much of my life I was waiting for the stars to align – for me to have the energy, the time, the inspiration AND the motivation all in the same moment. This is how years passed with plenty of ideas and tons of story starts but no finishes. Eventually I realized the stars would never align, at least not perfectly, for me to ever feel like this was the one moment I had to write. And that was my big lesson – realizing the moment had always been and always would be now.

So I started taking classes and I joined writers’ communities and I began to take my writing seriously. I think that's the big thing. We have to take ourselves seriously, as artists, as writers, as creative thinkers. And in that process of taking myself, my craft and my dreams seriously, one book led to another and another until one day I woke to the realization that I was an award-winning author with twelve published books in three different genres and several more on the way.

But to say “I woke” to that realization is to somehow imply that it just happened, which really isn’t the case at all. The truth is I invested the time and money in developing my career. I focused on the goal, invested financially in amazing book covers and illustrations, not to mention promotions, and committed my time to writing quality stories. I just plain did the hard work. And I think the big thing for me moving forward is to keep doing that hard work. I can’t stop to rest on my laurels. I have to constantly work at developing my craft and reaching for that next great story.

It’s not about reaching the peak. It’s about the journey to get there and then the journey to the next one.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Indie Author Interview: Wanda Adams Fischer


Indie Author Interview with Wanda Adams Fischer - Author of the Sports Fiction Novel Empty Seats.

Wanda Adams Fischer has loved baseball since she was eight years old. She's parlayed that into her first novel, which is not necessarily about her favorite team, the Boston Red Sox. When she's not writing, she's listening to folk music for her show on WAMC public radio, "The Hudson River Sampler," which she's done since 1982.

Interview with Wanda Adams Fischer

Author Wanda Adams Fischer
Author Wanda Adams Fischer
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): How would you describe your writing background?
Wanda Adams Fischer: I was first a journalism major, then switched to English when journalism wasn't available in college (I had to finish my degree at night while working full-time). I spent most of my nearly 40-year professional career in public relations/marketing/media relations, although I made a few side trips into radio broadcast journalism. Prior to writing this novel, I hadn't attempted to write fiction since I was in the ninth grade--and that was a long time ago. I've taken a few writing workshops since I retired, most notably one with Martha Frankel in Woodstock, and she introduced me to Kitty Sheehan, who edited this novel.
When I was 15, I thought I wanted to be a sportswriter. Back then, options for women in sports-writing were slim. One day, after a game at Fenway Park between the Red Sox and the then-California Angels, I had a chance encounter with Rick Reichardt, who was then an outfields for the Angels, and told him of my plans. He cautioned me at the time that it would be a very difficult career path, given potential attitudes of professional athletes at the time. I replayed that "little movie" in my head, and, several days later, I wrote him a letter, thanking him for that advice, which changed my entire perspective on what I wanted to do with my life. I think, had I not taken his advice, I would have lost my love for sports. I did not have a thick enough skin to break that glass ceiling.

Who are your favorite writers, and who or what are your writing influences?
My favorite writers include Edwin O'Connor, Anne LaMotte, Willa Cather, Grantland Rice, Delores Kearns Goodwin, Sinclair Lewis, Robert Frost, and John Millington Synge. One of my favorite books is Edwin O'Connor's "The Edge of Sadness." Another is Willa Cather's "My Antonia." I also loved LaMotte's "Bird by Bird." I enjoy reading plays as well, and am interested in Irish literature, including plays and the short stories of Frank O'Connor.
I'm a singer and occasional songwriter. I study song lyrics as literature. When selecting music for my long-running folk music show, I need to find compelling lyrics in order to make songs fit together. If I cannot distinguish lyrics because songs are too overproduced (in my opinion), I often pass by that song in favor of something else in which the lyrics and meaning are crystal-clear. That's the only way I can put together a cohesive radio program.

"I've been writing since I was in the second grade."

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I've been writing since I was in the second grade. That's when I wrote my first letter to the editor! I don't know how good it was, or if it was even published, but I can remember putting it into an envelope and placing a two-cent (yes, that's how long ago it was) stamp on it, and stretching to get it into a mailbox. I wrote for my high school literary magazine and have written letters to the editor for as long as I can remember. I wrote for my high school yearbook and have written both professionally for my job in PR and what I would call "recreationally" for my own fun for years.

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
I make every effort to write two hours per day, more when baseball's not in season. Yes, I confess, I am a baseball addict. I watch baseball on TV, and I go to minor league baseball games, so I do take notes about baseball to use in my writing. Now, in the off-season, I write more than two hours per day, except on Saturday, which is the day I do my radio show every week. I'm in my 70th year of life on this earth, so I need to preserve my energy for the radio show on Saturday.
Mostly I write at home with a laptop on my lap. Sometimes, if my house gets too chaotic (e.g., if we have workers at the house or if the grandchildren are visiting), I go to the library and write there. After having worked in a busy newsroom years ago, I can write just about anywhere. I need more quiet when I'm proofreading than when I'm writing. My desk/workplace is basically anywhere I have a laptop and anytime I have time. This comes from days in which I had to eek out a little time here or there to get things done. In radio, I've always been surrounded by clocks, ticking off not only minutes but also seconds, and I've learned to make those seconds count.

"The greatest joy of writing for me is creating characters [...]"