Meet Lakewater Press Author, Sam Boush

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

Name and LWP affiliation: Sam Boush, Author

Your blog (url): http://cyberwarbooks.com/blog/

Where do you live? Portland, Oregon

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Nearly zero. Probably the same chances as me finding a suitcase full of cash and winning lottery tickets under a bench at the zoo.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? My favorite part is getting that Douglas fir through the front door. It makes the house smell like Christmas.

Egg nog: Yes or No? Yes. But I take mine with Lactaid and bourbon.

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? Paper and tape. The utilitarian approach.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? The list of titles is long, but let me pull one memory out of the ol’ Santa hat.

It was 1995. I was living in France, an eighth grader far away from friends for a year. Generally, I hated it. Then my uncle sent me a box of books for Christmas.

It was a windfall.

English-language paperbacks cost about $40 in today’s money, and were only available in one store. Obviously, I couldn’t afford any of them. So those dozens of Philip Jose Farmer, Michael Crichton, and Orson Scott Card titles were like gold. I re-read them until they fell apart.

What is your earliest book-related memory? I wrote a Winnie the Pooh themed “book” when I was about four years old. And by “wrote” I mean I drew the pictures and dictated what I wanted it to say to my Mom. But somehow the pages got all mixed up and my Mom threw my creation into the trash. (No one recycled back then.) So, obviously I was deeply scarred and that incident led to the tortured poor-life-decision of pursuing a writing career.

And, being a parent myself now, I strongly suspect the “accident” that took down my masterpiece was an inside job. Mom, I’m onto you!

Do you write/work during the holidays? I try to spend family time with my family. But if the muse pulls me onto the dancefloor, I won’t turn her down.

Can you share what you’re working on now? It’s mostly marketing now for ALL SYSTEMS DOWN, which comes out in February. But realistically, “marketing” means scrolling through Twitter trying unsuccessfully to come up with something witty. Then drowning my failure in cheap Mexican beer.

But – and this is important – is there such a thing as expensive Mexican beer? I’m going to go out on a limb and say there is not. Coffee. If you’re going to pay too much for something, coffee is where you should spend your money.

What are your goals for 2018? My main goal is to get a lot of people to read ALL SYSTEMS DOWN. I don’t care how they get it, just so long as there are eyeballs on it.

Not literally. That’s disgusting.

 

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And Now It’s MY Turn!

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

Name and LWP affiliation: R. L. Martinez, LWP author

Your blog (url): https://robinLmartinez.com

Where do you live? Central Oklahoma

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Meh, Oklahoma is tricky. So, I’d say about 50%, just to be on the safe side.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? When I was a teen, we started having two holiday celebrations. On Christmas Eve my mom would cook a big Asian-inspired meal: gyoza, teriyaki steak kebobs, and lots of desserts. We were permitted to open 1 present that night and then we would play board games (Monopoly mostly). It actually was more fun than Christmas Day!

Egg nog: Yes or No? Yes! but I can’t have eggs any more so now it’s a wailing NOOOOOOO!

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? Uh… gift bags all the way. I’m horrible with gift wrap

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember?

One year I received a blue duffel bag (with yellow straps) filled with books. I believe The Neverending Story (all-time favorite) and Matilda (another favorite) were among the offerings.

What is your earliest book-related memory? I actually remember writing my own book when I was in elementary school. Our teacher gave out thin, white blank books and I wrote (and illustrated) a story about a black horse. I’ve still got it somewhere!

Do you write/work during the holidays? Sure. Since moving to Oklahoma, we don’t have any family nearby. So our holidays are very low key and casual.

Can you share what you’re working on now? Book 3 of the Witchbreed

What are your goals for 2018? I have a lot of WIPs to finish. Projects that I’ve been putting off. I have one contemporary fantasy romance novel that is finished and just needs to be cleaned up. I’d like to start sending it out to more agents & publishers. I have a fantasy-romance featuring dragons that I’ve been trying to finish for years now. And several other books that have pieces

written but nothing more. My ultimate dream goal would be to break into the romance genre by securing a traditional publishing deal.

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Meet Lakewater Press Author, Rebecca Carpenter

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

 

Name and LWP affiliation: Rebecca Carpenter, author of Metamorphosis Trilogy & Copy Editor for Lakewater Press

Your blog (url): http://www.thecaterpillargirl.wordpress.com

Where do you live? In the state of craziness and senility. But if you must have a physical place, Grand Junction, Colorado (the western slope of Colorado) is where I’ve called home my entire life. As a matter of fact, the hospital where I was born later became an Alzheimer’s unit where I

worked in my late teens. Is it an omen? I don’t think I can base anything off …where was I going with this thought?

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? I’d say there’s about a 50/50 chance for snow on Christmas day. But I’d sure like to increase those odds. If only the weather would cooperate. So far, Grand Junction is three inches below our average rainfall for the year. Anybody own a cloud-seeding machine? We could use some moisture over here. I’m feeling pretty scaly and itchy, and I’m sure I’m going to shed my skin any day now. Maybe if we all sing a song, Mother Nature will oblige. Sing it with me:

Hello Winter, what do you say?

Are you gonna bring us some snow today?

White and pretty and sparkly too.

So we can build a snowman and go sledding too.

Hello Winter, what do you say?

Please bring us some snow today!

One inches, two inches, just won’t do.

We need at least four to close all the schools.

Snow day, hurray!

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? Opening one present on Christmas Eve, and after we open presents on Christmas day I make a big brunch and we chill the rest of the day watching favorite Christmas movies like “The Family Man,” “Die Hard,” and of course, “A Christmas Story.” Hubby will inevitably take an afternoon nap, and I sit down with my laptop and write.

Egg nog: Yes or No? Jingle my bells, yes!!! Fill her up!

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? When I first start wrapping presents, I’m a wrapping-paper connoisseur, so talented I could apply for a position at the North Pole. And I tape the crap out the gift—no one will peek on my watch. But by the end of the present-wrapping swaray , I just slap that crap on and say to heck with it. It’s all going to be ripped off in two seconds anyway, so what’s the point? To be honest, I much prefer gift bags. Simple. Easy. No skill required.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? Every year, before we could open gifts, my mom or dad read the story of the First Christmas. One year I received “Tiger’s Eye” for Christmas. I loved that book and read it over and over and over until the spine broke and pages started coming loose.

What is your earliest book-related memory? I grew up in a religious family, and my parents read the Bible with us every night before bed. But I also remember my dad reading “Great Expectations” to us when I was maybe six or seven.

Do you write/work during the holidays? I run a large child care center/preschool and work year round, only closing for major holidays. I use every opportunity to write over the holidays, and I look forward to the large block of time to channel my muse. Some of my best writing occurs during the holidays because I can write uninterrupted. Bring on the holidays. Bring on the creativity. Bring on the writing.

Can you share what you’re working on now? Right now I’m working on book three in the Metamorphosis Series, a young adult contemporary science fiction, but I haven’t decided on a title yet. I’m continuing the dual point of views from book two, and I am excited to tie up some loose ends, throw in a few unexpected plot twists, and finish the series. Will Jeremiah and Bethany end up together? Can a first love be forever?

I’m also revising a middle grade contemporary that takes the reader on a journey through a young girl’s interpretation of her grandmother’s Alzheimer’s disease. With humor and heartbreak, this book is one of my favorites so far.

What are your goals for 2018? Release the second book in the Metamorphosis Trilogy, Butterfly Blood.

Laugh more. Live more. Love more. And get more sleep.

And I’d like to take a tap dance class.

I also hope to do a better job with promotion and marketing, and finish Butterfly Bones book three, as well as query the middle grade.

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Meet Lakewater Press Author, Mia Kerick

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

 

Name and LWP affiliation: Hi, everybody! I’m Mia Kerick, a YA author of LGBTQ fiction. I look forward to Lakewater Press’ release of All Boy in October of 2018. I actually can hardly wait! (Not particularly patient here.) I LOVE my characters Jayden and Callie. Their story needs to be told.

Your blog (url): I have recently created a new YA blog! It is www.miakerickya.com. I had so much fun putting it together—I used a “diverse people” theme, which runs throughout the blog. Check out all of the tiny adorable people illustrations on each page—they are EVERYWHERE! I made all of the designs on canva.com myself. (Creating this blog was kind of like playing with paper dolls, which was something I loved as a kid and possibly would still enjoy as an adult.)

Where do you live? I live in Gilford, New Hampshire (USA). It’s a small town and is very rural—no malls or tall buildings, and not even a Starbucks or Panera! L But there are plenty of hiking paths… J (which I stay away from during hunting season.)

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Chances are pretty good that we’ll have a “White Christmas.” In fact, I can remember plenty of white Thanksgivings and one surprisingly white Halloween. Snow starts early in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? We end up running around to visit relatives for all of the holidays in search of good meals, since it’s commonly known that I can’t cook. We go to my in-laws’ house for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My sister’s house for Thanksgiving and Easter. But I love it when all four of my kids come home and we all hang out together. I pick the first day of their Holiday Break that we all can be in the same place at the same time—more challenging that you may realize with four kids ranging from high school to college to law school— to decorate a tree that we grew in the back yard, and my husband chopped down and stood in our living room. Most of the ornaments we have were purchased for my kids… by me… and reflect their changing interests. I still buy them each one every year that reminds me of what they like or are currently involved in. Once decorated, our Christmas tree ends up looking like the Land of Broken and Misfit Toys, because over the years the ornaments have been dropped and broken by little hands. Lots of dancer ornaments with missing limbs—when dropped, extended resin arms and legs snap off easily—hang on our tree. We have a Ronald McDonald ornament that reflects my son’s three-year-old’s obsession with the hamburger clown sporting a huge crack across his bright red waist band and more headless puppy dog ornaments than you can count. We never throw the damaged ones away, though, because the memories are priceless. I treasure this annual event as it brings us together and allows us to celebrate ways we’ve grown and changed and in some cases, stayed the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mia’s four kids’ at home, Christmas 2016

 

Egg nog: Yes or No? Yes, but I mix it with skim milk to cut down on the calories. And I refuse to think about raw eggs while I’m drinking it. Not my thing…

And sometimes I mix it with rum. Hehe…

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? I am the Gift Bag Queen.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? I actually made tiny book ornaments for each of my four kids’ first Christmas’, in which I described their first Christmases from morning til night, complete with pictures. When the(now young adult) kids find them each year in the big red holiday bin, they rush to show them to me, and I gush over what adorable babies they were. Truthfully, I still think Ali, Demi, Sisi, and Chris are pretty cute. And they’ll always be my babies.

What is your earliest book-related memory? I would have to say that the first book I remember having a major impact on me was Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. I sympathized with the desperate predicament of the lost baby bird looking for his mom. It affected me, probably too much. However, we need a new version of this book that takes adoption and non-conventional families into account, don’t you think?

Do you write/work during the holidays? I write and work when I am motivated and when it is necessary, for example, if I have a deadline. But I’m sure to spend “quality” and “quantity” time with Mr. Mia and the kids whenever they’re around. I’m kind of sentimental that way.

Can you share what you’re working on now? I am in the editing process for a YA LGBTQ novel, My Crunchy Life, which will release next summer from Harmony Ink Press, as well as another YA book with a new publisher who hasn’t announced me yet so I can’t spill the details, although I really want to. LOL. I look forward to starting the editing process with Lakewater Press for All Boy, which will release in October of 2018 on National Coming Out Day.

I have also started a new YA LGBTQ novel called Dead Sea, but editing and promotion for other books keeps pulling me away. Here’s a little sample from Chapter 3:

Kyle

 

I usually only remember the dreams I have about Grandpa. I can’t call them nightmares—I’m not prone to that kind of thing. They’re detailed dreams—lifelike, I guess. Ones that wake me up—cold, but also sweaty—and make me think about shit I usually ignore. Like what’s right and what’s wrong… and why I do the twisted crap I do. But I remember last night’s dream, probably because I couldn’t get back to sleep after it shook me awake. And it wasn’t a nightmare, either. Last night’s dream had nothing to do with Grandpa, but it got to me somewhere way down deep—like a punch in the gut.

It started with David’s eyes. And what’s most messed-up is that we weren’t drowning in the ocean when the dream started, so I wasn’t gawking at him like he was the last living being I’d ever feast my eyes on. We were at school, in the lunchroom. I been there a thousand times, but this time was different. Maybe it was different because I wasn’t working somebody over for lunch money or sweet talking the lunch ladies to see what they’d fork over for free. I was sitting in the back corner by the window, across the table from David Dubinsky, eating tacos. And though tacos are a personal favorite, they’re not what is memorable about the dream either. It’s his eyes I remember.

When I first looked at them, they were blue and wide. I wanted so bad for them to seem thankful, because, shit, I saved his ass. But his gaze was blank. Soon his eyes grew narrow and dark and pissed-off, though, like how he looked when he first saw me in the ocean on Saturday afternoon, and got the picture that I wasn’t going to leave him there to drown. I wanted to know why he looked so mad—and if

it was me he was mad at—but we were eating, not talking, and I got that I had to figure it out without asking questions. But before I could come up with a reason, his eyes turned blue again… I watched them morph from black to gray to dark green to blue. And I waited for the emptiness to seep back in, but it didn’t. I just saw pain in his eyes, and I hated it. I felt guilty, like I was the one who hurt him—and knowing me the way I do, I probably did. Still, I couldn’t look away. His gaze trapped me, which sounds completely nuts, especially for a guy like me, the king of assholes, but there it is.

What are your goals for 2018? Okay, I’m going to be honest… I want one of my books to win an award. I love the books I have written that are releasing in 2018. I think they are some of my best. I’ve accomplished this goal in the past with lesser known literary awards—but I want a big one this year. Is that too much to ask for?

And I want to continue to #RESIST… I hate to be political, but then, no I don’t. As a liberal Democrat, I want ALL of the HUMAN RIGHTS. For EVERYBODY.

 

 

 

 

 

Mia at in-laws’ house, Christmas Day 2016

 

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Meet Lakewater Press Editorial Director & Angel, Kate Foster

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

Name and LWP affiliation: Kate Foster, Editorial Director

Blog URL: http://lakewaterpress.com/index.php/blog-2/

Where do you live? Gold Coast, Australia

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Well, absolutely zero if I stay home! Christmas is during the summer on this side of the world which means hot, humid, and delightful! Back in England, where I lived in the south east of the country until my mid-thirties, it snowed once on Christmas Day; otherwise it was cold, grey, and drizzly. L

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? Christmas Day has changed a little for me since moving to Australia. It’s the same but different, and I’m pretty happy to embrace the new traditions we’re creating as a family. I mean, a lot is the same, like we always start the day opening the prezzies Father Christmas left in our stockings; then we pile into the lounge together in the hope he’s left more under the tree. My husband and I enjoy a cappuccino and a glass of Buck’s Fizz whilst the prezzie opening occurs. Breakfast is always pain au chocolat with strawberries and blueberries! But from then it has changed immensely, because during the next few hours whilst dinner is prepared and we chill, we phone England to wish the family merry Christmas and tend to have a swim because it’s usually so freaking hot! However, to answer the question a little more precisely, my favourite part of the day has to be the evening tree presents. My dad’s family always handed out a final flurry of quirky gifts in the evening when the sun had set, and it’s a tradition we don’t want to let go of.

Egg nog: Yes or No? No. It’s Buck’s Fizz for me!

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? Basic paper and tape, I’m afraid. But I’m a wrapping machine and it’s all about quantity not quality! I see the whole experience as a type of therapy: bottle of wine/beer, big pile of gifts, wrap and move, wrap and move.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? No specific holiday memories really, but I don’t believe I’ve had a Christmas go by when I haven’t received at least one book as a gift! My book haul each Christmas is impressive. The one title that definitely draws those Christmas smells and feels from the bank at any time of year is The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. There was some woodland close to my home in England and when it did snow or was freezing during those winter months, the whole place would ice over and sparkle and light up like Narnia.

What is your earliest book-related memory? The Enormous Turnip. I remember reading it over and over and over again but they are very distant memories, only snippets. A clearer memory is from when I was probably six and reading Enid Blyton behind my raised desk lid in class!

Do you write/work during the holidays? My kids have their big summer holiday over Christmas so I definitely don’t produce as much work then as during other times of year, but I always try to spend time on my own projects, as well as keeping in touch with the Lakewater team, networking, socialising with readers, and so much more. So, erm, yeah, I work!

Can you share what you’re working on now? Well, maybe … I am in the midst of reading and editing several titles Lakewater will be releasing next year. Some are sequels and some from new authors. We have spies, friends, blood, and love, to name some of the themes.

What are your goals for 2018? To continue bringing more incredibly entertaining titles to the hands of readers, and meeting and mingling with more amazing readers and authors every day.

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Meet Acquisitions and Marketing Assistant and Sass Master, Jodie Gallegos

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

QUESTIONS:

Name and LWP affiliation: Jodi Gallegos Acquisitions & Marketing Assistant

Your blog (url): Jodigallegos.com

Where do you live? Grand Junction, CO

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Pretty slim in my opinion, and based on my research (because I love to research!) my town has had only 18 Christmases with more than a trace amount of snow since 1893, and only 3 of those had more than an inch of accumulation. (*considers moving north*)

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions?

My husband, sons and I usually start the Christmas season on Thanksgiving night when we watch Christmas Vacation for the first of several times. We host a potluck for our extended family on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day is all about relaxing (after the early morning wake-up call & present unwrapping)

Egg nog: Yes or No? Yes

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? Wrapping paper & tape. With my kids though, all my wrapping paper is superhero or Star Wars theme. We have very little feminine or “pretty” paper.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? I remember the glow of the Christmas lights on my very first Little House on the Prairie books. Several years later I remember the thrill of opening my first two Stephen King books: Cujo and Christine. They were all I’d asked for & it was so hard to decide which to read first (I settled on Christine).

 

What is your earliest book-related memory? I remember going to the book-mobile with my babysitter every week during summer. My best memories though, are of laying on the floor of my mom’s side of the bed reading her books (Clan of the Cave Bear & Flowers in the Attic). She never said anything about it. I like to think she was of the enlightened belief that as long as I was reading, it didn’t matter what.

Do you write/work during the holidays? I stay busy with my day job during the holidays. I don’t usually write or edit though. I take the slower pace of those few days to relax, read & watch movies.

Can you share what you’re working on now? I’m revising my YA light fantasy. I’m also working on a sequel to my NA romance that is releasing Dec 5th, 2017.

What are your goals for 2018? To have two new books ready for submission. Find at least one more top notch submission for Lakewater Press. Read lots. Vacation.

 

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Meet Lakewater Press Author, James Weaver

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

Name and LWP affiliation: James L. Weaver – LWP Author

Your blog (url): www.jameslweaver.net

Where do you live? Olathe, Kansas – a suburb of Kansas City. The name means beautiful or fine, and Olathe served as a stopping point at the Oregon, California and Santa Fe Trails.

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? As of now, “a wintry mix” is possible which means we’ll be sure to get a mix of rain or sleet to make the roads treacherous for traveling and embolden my desire to move to Phoenix.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? We have the holiday present opening tradition of going in order from youngest to oldest. The next person cannot go until the previous person has had ample time to unwrap, admire and thank the giver of the gift profusely. During big family gatherings, this can be an exhausting experience.

Egg nog: Yes or No? Dear Lord, a thousand times no. Step One of drinking egg nog? Throw the carton in the trash.

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? I am a warrior. As long as the paper covers the gift and there is so much tape that the opener can’t locate a seam to start the unwrapping process, I am happy.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? One of my favorite memories involves the Lord of the Rings books. One Christmas, we bought my dad a J.R.R. Tolkien calendar that had this really cool artwork from Lord of the Rings. I sat on my dad’s lap and he told me the stories of each one of the pictures.

What is your earliest book-related memory? Reading “The Hungry Thing” by Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler when I was in kindergarten. We did a school play where I got the role of The Hungry Thing and asked for shmancakes and tickles and feetloaf and gollipops. I think the costume was just a bed sheet and a cardboard sign hung around my neck that said “Feed Me”.

Do you write/work during the holidays? I seem to have a hard time using my vacation throughout the year, so I usually take off work for the two weeks around Christmas and plan on getting quite a bit of writing done.

Can you share what you’re working on now? Right now, I’m working on Book 4 of the Jake Caldwell series. I’ve written a few chapters as I knew exactly how it would start, but was a little fuzzy on how it would end. I’m working on outlining the rest of it as we speak. I have the ending done (since you have to know where you’re going) and am plotting the middle to get me there. I don’t want to give too much away on the plot since it follows directly on the outcomes of Blackbird Road which is Book 3 of the Jake Caldwell series.

What are your goals for 2018? 2018 should be a great year! Blackbird Road will be released in early 2018 and Book 4 later in the year. Two books in one year will be pretty ambitious, but we’re going to do it! There’s also some potential fantastic news about my first self-published book Jack & Diane that I’m hoping to share. It’s been polished and revamped (and available on Amazon). I also plan to start outlining a book featuring Bear Parley, Jake’s best friend and everyone’s favorite character from the Jake Caldwell series. So, it should be a very busy writing year in the Weaver house!

 

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Meet Creative Director and Rockstar, Emma Wicker

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

Name and LWP affiliation: Emma Wicker. A/NA acquisitions and creative director.

Your blog (url): www.elwicker.com

Where do you live? On the US Star Ship Voyager.

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Slim, but not impossible.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? Yes! I love eating pigs in blankets on Christmas morning for breakfast.

Egg nog: Yes or No? I’ve never tried it! It’s not really a ‘thing’ here in Britain on the US Star Ship Voyager.

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? I try to be artistic, I really do. So… I would say I’m a failed artistic gift wrapper. The replicator does a great job, though.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember

? I once got The Complete Works of Hans Christian Anderson for Christmas from my Aunt. That was cool. Might try a holo-novel this year.

What is your earliest book-related memory? Probably when I threw a tantrum because Bilbo wasn’t the main character in Lord of the Rings. I refused to read on when I discovered that. Stubborn.

Do you write/work during the holidays? Of course!

Can you share what you’re working on now? I don’t know. Do you have level 10 clearance?

 

What are your goals for 2018? I want to find a stunning romance for Lakewater Press. Something like Mia Sheridan – you know, grips your heart from start to finish and makes you ugly cry but cheer with happiness too. That’s a big goal of mine.

 

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Meet Lakewater Press Author, Barbara Quinn

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

Name and LWP affiliation: Barbara Quinn Author

Your blog (url):barbaraquinn.wixsite.com/barbaraquinn

Where do you live? I split time between Bradley Beach, NJ and Holmes Beach, FL

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? I’m usually left Dreaming of a White Christmas..about 20% chance of snow in my NY/NJ area.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? I come from a large Italian-American family so FOOD is a religious experience, especially at Christmas time. Christmas Eve is a seafood

extravaganza.On Christmas Eve we celebrate The Feast of the Seven Fishes, but it can rise to 13 after arguing. It’s a wonderful night, filled with all manner of fish dishes, embarrassing stories, and much laughter and yelling.

Egg nog: Yes or No? Nooooo!

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? Um..gift bags are my savior.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? I liked reading The Night Before Christmas to my son. And now I enjoy reading it to my Grandson.

What is your earliest book-related memory? I was about 5 years old when I boarded the book mobile for the first time when I was growing up in the Bronx, NY, I couldn’t wait for the day the book mobile, a van filled with books for lending, made it’s stop on our block. I loved climbing the steps up, studying all the shelves and oh, the smell of paper and anticipation My favorite book as a kid was The Light Princess. I remember my dad reading it to me at bedtime. It’s a story about a princess who lost her gravity and had to be tethered to the earth.

Do you write/work during the holidays? Yes I write during the holidays, but not as much as so much is going on.

Can you share what you’re working on now? I’m working on a retelling of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.

What are your goals for 2018? To write more!

 

The pictures are of me in my Christmas finest with my Grandmother. I soon removed the dress and stole, er, borrowed, my brother’s Viking outfit present which held more attraction than my own doll gifts

 

 

 

 

 

 

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