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Interview with Dana Provo

 

Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you! I’m back today with a guest! Her name is Dana Provo and she has a new book that’s coming soon, titled “Bleeding Hearts!”  I thought I’d introduce her and give all of you a heads up about her! Below is her interview! Check it out!

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Author Bio: Dana Provo has always loved books and reads everything from young adult fantasy to adult historical romances. When she’s not reading or writing her next novel, Dana can be found riding her horses and getting ready for competition. Dana lives with her husband and two house plants in Richmond, Virginia.

 

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?

 

I am an outliner. When I come up with a story idea, the characters come first then the plot. I write down everything from looks to personality to favorite color so I know exactly what kind of character I’m writing. As for my plot outline, I write down one or two sentences for each chapter, then I let the words flow.

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  1. What inspires you to keep writing?

 

I love to write and although it’s a love I found later in life, I wouldn’t want to not do it. The idea of stretching my imagination and seeing what I can create so others have fun reading is what inspires me to write.

 

  1. What advice would you give an aspiring author?

 

My favorite phrase: Don’t procrastinate. If you have deadlines or goals you want to accomplish, don’t wait until the last day to complete them. It feels so good to finish early.

 

  1. Who inspired you to keep writing?

 

There isn’t one person who inspired me to keep writing. I sort of do it for myself. It makes me happy.

 

  1. What genres do you read?

 

I’m a romance junkie so as long as the book has a romantic element, I’ll read it. I’m into contemporary romance and young adult right now.

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  1. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

 

Negativity. Sometimes, I’m surrounded by negative people and it can bring you down. Sometimes they don’t realize they are negative, but to an optimist like me, it’s draining. I wish we were all optimistic.

 

  1. If you could sit down to dinner with one author, who would it be? And why? What would you ask him or her?

 

I’m a big fan of C.C. Hunter, author of the Shadow Falls Series and I’d love to meet her. I want to know her secrets for crafting up such a great series and I want to tell her my favorite parts of her books!

 

  1. What is your ideal vacation spot?

 

Anywhere near the mountains. I’m not much of a beach person, but I enjoy everything about the mountains.

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  1. Do you have any writing quirks that help you write?

 

If you give me something to munch on, twizzlers, chocolate, anything really, then I do better.

 

  1. What is your favorite time of day to write?

 

I’m a morning writer. I would rather wake up at 4am to start writing then to wait all day.

 

Now, a little bit about her coming release! Sorry, she doesn’t have a cover yet!

Title: Bleeding Hearts

Blurb: Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.

Red roses, a reminder of her parents’ killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.

Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?

 

Excerpt: 

My hand trembles as I grip the cool handle of my pistol, keeping a firm grasp to ensure it doesn’t slip out of my sweaty hand. It usually stands sentry in my left nightstand to scare the nightmares away. But this isn’t a dream. The room is dark and hides the face of the man whose intent is to kill me. But I know who he is. A metallic taste fills my mouth; I want to gag. My blood drips off the blade in his hand in slow, steady beats on the carpet. My arms shake as I lift the barrel and point it in his direction. He doesn’t move. His heavy breaths alert me to the meager distance between us.

We’re at a stalemate.

A soft glow from the lamppost just outside my window casts a sliver of light on his face. His dark, beady eyes that I have grown to know rake over my body like I’m a just another one of his many victims. He lifts the edges of his mouth into a smile. My heart plunges into my stomach. I know what that sinister expression means, and I think back to all the times he had looked at me like that before. I had been so blind.

Before I react he lunges at me, grabbing onto my waist and twisting me to the ground. I shriek as my head slams against the bed frame. Black spots flood my vision. I squeeze my hand only to find it empty. My gun is gone. The sound of the knife clattering on the floor gives me slight hope. Not much though. He climbs up my body trying to pin my arms to the floor. I thrash my fists around, desperate to knock him off.

“Get off!” I scream, pulling on his shirt and kicking him off balance. Wrapping his hands around my arms, my attacker cuts off the circulation of blood. Rug burns flare across my skin as he drags me across the carpet. He closes his hands around my neck, shutting off my air supply. I pull at his hands but it’s no use; he has always been stronger than me. My pulse drums a frantic beat in my ears. The air slowly leaks out from my lungs, killing any hope I may have left. I search for the gun around the room; it may be my only savior now.

“Why are you doing this?” I struggle to get the words out. He squints his dark eyes. I’m wondering if there might be a chance that he will stop this madness. I am wrong.

“It’ll be over soon, sweetheart.” His hands again tighten around my neck, blocking the air from entering my lungs.

 

Where you can stalk Dana!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authordanaprovo/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanaProvo

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/icehorses12/

Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/DanaProvo

Blog: https://authordanaprovo.wordpress.com/

Tumbler: http://icehorses12.tumblr.com/

Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/115997761074256146273/about

 

Thanks for stopping by and checking out Dana’s new release, and thank you, Dana for being a guest!

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Please Welcome David Chuka!

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you! Today I have Children’s Author David Chuka as my guest! I’m excited he’s here sharing a little of himself and his books with us! Take it away David!

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1)    What inspired you to write your series? The Fartastic Adventures of Billy and Monster was never originally intended as a series. However, after the positive feedback I got from readers after I published the first book and the realization that there was a lot of mileage with Billy and Monster, it was only a matter of time before more stories were birthed. The story in the first book is about a little boy who is an only child and creates this imaginary character called Monster who those everything with him. Billy loves Monster and Monster loves Billy. There’s only one thing that threatens their friendship. Monster farts a lot and everyone blames Billy for it. You’ll have to read these funny books for kids to discover how lessons on moderation, honesty, self-control etc. are weaved into Billy and Monster tale.

 

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2)    What do you love most about being a writer? I love the fact that I can create these unique characters in unique situations and invite readers to share in a story that I find fascinating.

 

3)    Who is your favorite author? Wow! That’s a loaded question Lisa J I like reading books from different genres and at the moment, I’m reading a lot of mystery books. My favorite author at this point would have to be Tim Ellis.

 

B2 Cover Image4)    Describe an average day in the life of David Chuka. Get my children ready for school in the morning, drop them off, catch a train to work, either read or write while on the train, do the same on my way back home in the evening, chill with my wife and kids in the evening or attend events.

 

 

5)    If you could offer any advice to other writers, what would it be? I think Stephen King said it best when he said ‘Read a Lot and Write a Lot.’

 

Billy 3 Cover - Aubs6)    Do you illustrate your books as well? I wish I could but I engage the services of my illustrator to bring to life the images I see as I write.

 

7)    If you could invite one famous author to dinner, who would it be and why? I think at this moment it would be Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who created the Sherlock Holmes series. I would ask him what was the inspiration behind Sherlock and how he managed to give a distinct voice to the characters in his books.

 

8)    If you could travel through time, where would you go and why? Hmmmm….I think I would love to see the battle between the Israelites and the Philistines where David used a smooth stone to conquer the Goliath.

 

9)    What’s next for David Chuka? I’m currently working with my illustrator on the fifth book in the Billy and Monster series. It’s titled ‘Billy and Monster Meet the President.’ It is going to be a July 4th special edition and should be ready mid-June.

 

 

10) Where can we find you on social media? It’s been an absolute pleasure being with you today Lisa and your readers can connect with me at one of the links below:

 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Author.David.Chuka

Twitter – https://twitter.com/DavidChuka

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6872534.David_Chuka

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKbSJqQe5FQaJHvj-n5R4Gw

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/boldtrends/

Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/David-Chuka/e/B00AV6UT9U

 

You can get a copy of the books in the Billy and Monster series by clicking one of the links below

 

Billy and the Monster who Loved to Fart

Billy and Monster: The Superhero with Fart Powers

Billy and the Monster who Ate All the Easter Eggs

Billy and Monster’s New Neighbor Has a Secret