Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Voices of Fiction - Influences on Life/Writing - Part Four

Welcome to another edition of Voices of Fiction.

We have another wonderful group of authors here today to discuss those who have influenced them in both life and in writing.

Please welcome our guests.

Jade Varden is the author of the Deck of Lies series, a collection of YA mystery books that show what happens when dark family secrets are exposed. Jade also provides professional writing tips to other indie authors on her blog. Blog, Twitter

Karina Kantas is the author of five titles, including Huntress which is published by MMP. She originates from the UK but now lives in Greece with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Website

Pat Andres - author of MAGGIE: A SAVANNAH DOG, Roseanna the Savannah Squirrel, LOVE FROM the ASHES, and It’s Hard to Be Crystal: Life in the Tranny Lane. Website

Vicki Batman likes to kick back with a diet Coke and write crazy things for her characters. She has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories. She is a member of RWA, and the DARA, Elements, and RWA-WF chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??" Blog, Blog, Link

Welcome Authors! It’s wonderful to have you back for another round.

Now the question is: Who has been the biggest influence in your life? in your writing?

Jade Varden: V.C. Andrews, to both. I knew I wanted to be a writer when I read “Flowers in the Attic,” her first book.

Karina Kantas: The author S.E.Hinton was the first person to inspire me to write. The amazing talents and awesome music from Iron Maiden continue to inspire me.

Pat Andres: Other female writers since I was very present at the feminist movement of the 70s. Favorites are Toni Morrison, Anne Seton, Clarissa Pinkola Estes (we share a Hungarian heritage) and Anne Rivers Siddons.

Vicki Bateman: I've been very lucky to have several people in my life who care about my writing. My friend who sparked my interest. My sisters, sons, close girlfriends who have cheered me on. Handsome (husband) who continues to say and do "interesting" things and have found their way into my stories.

Thank you all for joining us today and sharing your influences in both life and writing.

Readers feel free to ask questions concerning this topic in the comments. Also feel free to send questions to chergreen@chergreen.com Subject: Voices of Fiction Question, and have them answered by the participating authors in later editions.

There’s also room for more authors to participate. Drop me an email, Subject: Voices of Fiction.

(Disclaimer - Bios and answers have been posted as submitted by author) 


Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Thanks, Cher, for introducing such versatile writers. I'm definitely going to check out Jade's books for my grandchildren. I hope things are getting better overall in Greece, Karina. And Pat, Marilyn French was a huge influence on my writing when I first started. Hi Vicki, yes, family and friends are a great support group.

Best of luck, everybody.

Cher Green said...

Joylene, Thank you for your continued support of the series and the authors.

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