Friday, May 31, 2019

10 Questions with Thriller Writer C.W. Lemoine (@CWLemoine)

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Thriller Writer

C.W. Lemoine

Author of

Fini Flight



C.W. Lemoine is the author of the military/espionage thriller novels SPECTRE RISING, AVOID. NEGOTIATE. KILL., ARCHANGEL FALLEN, EXECUTIVE REACTION, BRICK BY BRICK, STAND AGAINST EVIL , ABSOLUTE VENGEANCE, THE HELIOS CONSPIRACY, I AM THE SHEEPDOG and FINI FLIGHT.

A Louisiana native, Lemoine is a graduate of the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans. After graduating college, Lemoine joined the Air Force Reserve where he flew the F-16 and accumulated one thousand hours including a combat tour in Iraq.



Lemoine later transferred to the Navy Reserve where he flew F/A-18A+ Hornets for four years. He currently flies for a legacy U.S. airline and is a POST-1 certified reserve deputy sheriff.

1.How did you get into writing and why do you write?

It started as a coping mechanism after my mom passed away when I was twelve years old. That turned into a novella that I thought would make me the youngest author in the history of ever.

Turns out, there’s a lot more that goes into it than just emailing it to the first agent I could find. When the agent rejected me, I figured that was the end of it.

Years later, my fiancée started writing and I decided to pick up the keyboard once more. I wrote five chapters and then shelved it as life took over until I transferred to the Navy Reserve and moved to New Orleans.

I had a bit of down time, so I started writing again.  With the encouragement of my good friend, Dr. Doug Narby, I kept going.  Eventually that became SPECTRE RISING, which kicked off the SPECTRE SERIES.

I sent out hundreds of queries to agents, but never could get any to bite. I went the self-publishing route and never looked back.  Ten novels later, and it’s been an amazing journey.

2.What do you like best (or least) about writing?

My favorite part of writing is the feedback. I enjoy interacting with fans and discussing characters and storylines.

I hate editing, picking the title, and writing the blurb on the back.

3.What is your writing process? IE do you outline? Do you stick to a daily word or page count, write 7 days a week, etc?

I usually have a vague outline in my mind, but I like to say the characters write the story. I often have no idea where it’s going until I start writing.

I usually shoot for 1-2k words per day – writing whenever I can.

4.Who are some other writers you read and admire, regardless of whether they are commercially “successful?”

The late Vince Flynn was a great writer. I loved his writing style and the story of how he became a writer is inspiring. His death was a tragic loss to the literary world.

5.Should the question mark in the above question be inside or outside the quotes?

My editor and I go back and forth about this, but the correct answer is inside.

6.What’s your stance on the Oxford Comma?
Agnostic.

7.What is your book FINI FLIGHTabout and how did it come to fruition?

FINI FLIGHT is my latest novel. It’s my tenth book and the eighth in the SPECTRE SERIES.  It was an idea that I had as an adversary pilot in the military.

With the current drama in North Korea, I tried to make it as “ripped from the headlines” as I could imagine.

8.What’s your current writing project?

I’m taking a break right now, but my next project will be the third book in the Alex Shepherd Series.

9.What book(s) are you currently reading?

Sadly, none at the moment. With my various jobs (cop, fighter pilot, airline pilot, author, vlogger), I find very little time to sit down and read.

10.Who or what inspires your writing?

Life and experiencing new things. I’m fortunate to have had the experiences I’ve had in the military, law enforcement, and aviation.  I like to write about what I know and apply my experiences to “what if” scenarios based on real world current events.

They say the truth is often stranger than fiction, so I try to do my best to bridge that gap.

Finally, is there anything you’d care to add? Please also include where people can read your published stories, buy your book, etc.

FINI FLIGHT is now available in print and eBook.  It’s book 8 in the SPECTRE SERIES, but can be read as a standalone novel.

Readers can check out my weekly vlog MONDAYS WITH MOVER every Monday on YouTube. 


Thanks for having me on your blog. I appreciate the opportunity.

You're welcome, C.W.  Keep up the great work. Fellow pilots such as myself always enjoy reading stories in which aviation is prominently featured.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

10 Questions with Author Sandra Glosser (@baccibone1)

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Sandra Glosser

author of
My Name is Bacci Bogie: Frequent Flyer Extraordinaire



Sandra Glosser has enjoyed a 30-year career as an international motivational speaker/trainer with expertise in law enforcement training. When she moved to Aspen, Colorado, she wrote a newspaper column and then penned a book about a local police officer who moved to the community as an undercover agent. She also enjoyed a fourteen-year experience as a host for her local television show. Writing became a hobby as she pursued her speaking career traveling across the country with her magnificent 'jet pet' Bacci Bogie.

Sandra & Bacci

1.How did you get into writing and why do you write?


One might say with a sense of humor, “from the ground up.” My first writing gig was with the Dallas Morning News as an obituary writer.  I had met one of their reporters in a journalism class.  He suggested it would be a great place to get my feet wet.  I had a chance inbetween obits to write some color stories and rather enjoyed it.  My ambition was to write a television sports show for women; however, got off track when I decided to move to Aspen, Colorado. 

I proposed to one of the local newspapers a weekly column and enjoyed that for three years.  During that time, I heard about an Aspen cop who came to the community as an undercover and thought this might be a springboard for a novel.  And, I pursued it and wrote a 500-page novel called Penguin

2.What do you like best (or least) about writing?

Writing is a great way for me to spend unstructured time.  I feel connected when I write.  What I dislike are the rewrites.

3.What is your writing process? IE do you outline? Do you stick to a daily word or page count, write 7 days a week, etc? 

Actually, I am most drawn to write about things that I know about and the words come easy. 

4.Who are some other writers you read and admire, regardless of whether they are commercially “successful?”

Hemingway, Eckert Tolle, Rollo May.  I enjoy several writers who also speak.  Hmm, wonder why as I enjoyed a 30-year career as a public speaker/trainer.
  
5. Should the question mark in the above question be inside or outside the quotes?

You got me on that one.  I think inside but I’m not positive. 

6. What’s your stance on the Oxford Comma?

Don’t really like it.

7.What is your book about and how did it come to fruition?

My Name Is Bacci Bogie: Frequent Flyer Extraordinaire is based on travels with my ‘jet pet’. Bacci, a four-pound, adorable Maltese dog, traveled over 500,000 air miles with me and had an extremely exciting life.  His antics made him the center of attention wherever he went.  The book is focused on his experiences as my companion and I wrote it from his point of view and in his voice.  A real challenge for me to think and react like a dog. It was a natural that I would write about it as I lived it.



8.What’s your current writing project?

I’ve just published this book and have 20 short stories locked away just waiting for my attention.

 9.What book(s) are you currently reading?

I’ve been too focused on this book.

10.Who or what inspires your writing?

My life has inspired my writing and the way I have lived it.  My 30-year career as a motivational speaker specializing in law enforcement groups, has given me much material for many more books.  I also enjoyed a 14-year run as the hostess for my own television show on a local Aspen TV station.

Finally, is there anything you’d care to add? Please also include where people can read your published stories, buy your book, etc.

My book is available on Amazon.  Choose Books, put my name, Sandra Glosser, in search and magic happens.  If you are a dog lover, you can’t help but fall in love with Bacci and his story.  Everyone who has given me feedback, says the same.  He is also inspirational in nature, clever and funny.  You can get a sense of him even before you read the book by visiting www.baccibogie.com

Thank you, Sandra! It's a delightful book everyone is sure to enjoy.

Be sure to purchase a copy of  My Name is Bacci Bogi: Frequent Flyer Extraordinaire today!