Scheduled Questions



January 1, 2015

1/1-15/14 – You are addressing a group of newbie writers, what would you most want to tell them? Why?

Guest Quill: Susan Jean Ricci – NOW LIVE!

Susan Jean Ricci and her husband Joe live in a lovely New Jersey town near the sea. Together they have seven children and nine grandchildren.

An award-winning, internationally read, From Womens’ Pens author and humorist, Susan is best known for her series of works titled Cindy’s Crusades that includes two novels, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and The Sugar Ticket, the short chronicle Twilight and Chickadees, and a collection of short stories titled Heart Marks the Spot.

She has also published what she refers to as her sometimes controversial rants in the Asbury Park Press. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in Parenting Teen Magazine, Aim Intercultural Magazine, and Good Dog Magazine.

Susan has won several awards via the Writer’s Digest 78th Annual Writer’s Contest and the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference.

Her short stories A Super Sandy Christmas and Two Miracles for Christmas will appear in Annie Acorn’s 2014 Christmas Treasury. The Christmas Cardinal will appear in Annie Acorn’s 2015 Christmas Treasury, and her A Valentine’s Day to Remember will appear in Annie Acorn’s 2015 Valentine’s Day Treasury.

Susan blogs at You can friend her at, and you can follow her at @Susanjeanricci. Her books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.

January 16, 2015 – Now Live!

1/16-31/15 – How do you individualize your characters?

Guest Quill: Tammy Ferguson

Tamara Ferguson is a graduate of Illinois State University. After giving up a successful career as a Horticulturist, to be better able to care for her severely autistic son when he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, she began writing.

Her first novel, Tales of the Dragonfly Book I: In Tandem, was a 2012 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner In Suspense as well as Romance Finalist in the 2013 Indie Excellence Awards.

The novel that followed, Tales of the Dragonfly Book II: In Flight, was a 2013 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner In Suspense, a Second Round Romance Contender in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and was recently announced as a Romance Suspense Winner in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.

Her new release, That Unforgettable Kiss, the first in the Kissed By Fate Series, recently reached #11 as a Bestseller (#Free Promotion) on Kindle in Fiction Sagas. (@Tammysdragonfly)

Amazon Author Page:

Or Individual Books:

Tales of the Dragonfly Book I: In Tandem

Tales of the Dragonfly Book II: In Flight



That Unforgettable Kiss (Kissed By Fate Book 1)


February 1, 2015 – NOW LIVE!

2/1-15/15 – How do you approach creating a new world for your readers?

Guest Quill: Theresa Snyder

Theresa Snyder is a multi-genre writer ( ) with an internationally read blog ( ).

She grew up on a diet of B&W Scifi films like Forbidden Planet and The Day the Earth Stood Still. She is a voracious reader and her character driven writing is influenced by the early works of Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard. She loves to travel, but makes her home in Oregon where her elder father and she share a home and the maintenance of the resident cat, wild birds, squirrels, garden, and occasional Dragon house guest.

You can connect with Theresa on Twitter at @TheresaSnyder19 and on Facebook at TheresaSnyder14

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February 16, 2015 – NOW LIVE!

2/16-28/2015 – How do you find the courage to trust yourself to go with the flow of a story, rather than wrestling it back to your original ideas?

Guest Quill: Juliette Hill

Juliette Hill is the pseudonym for a creative writer who is passionate about all things vintage, traveling with her husband and exploring family history. She enjoys treasure hunting at local antique markets and estate sales, searching for her next great ‘find’ that will spark her imagination. Her desire to discover the story behind each treasure motivates the writer within.

Juliette’s other interests include planning family gatherings, scrapbooking, cooking, shopping and dining out, to name a few.

Her works, including Pink Lemonade Diary, Finding Christmas Love, The Christmas Quilt, Country Cabin Christmas, Two Beaux for Christmas, Christmas Shoppe Magic, Christmas Shoppe Magic Revisited, Christmas Shoppe Magic Continues, The Christmas Spirit of Starlight Cove, and A Taste of Love, involve multi-dimensional characters and generational plots which bridge the gap between the past and present.

She is a founding member of From Women’s Pens and is currently working on several projects for Annie Acorn Publishing.

Ms. Hill also collaborates with Annie Acorn on the Captain’s Point Stories series, which they write as Charlotte Kent. She authors the blog at

You may follow Juliette at both @JulietteHill1 and @CharlotteKent20.

March 1, 2015 – NOW LIVE!

3/1-15/2015 – There’s both writing a story and constructing a story. How do you approach the two?

Guest Quill: Angel Nichols

Angel Nichols is an accomplished illustrator, author and graphic artist who juggles a busy working schedule with family, friends and her passion for the arts. She has been a hobbyist writer for much of her life, before being asked to author for Annie Acorn’s 2012 Christmas Treasury in which her short story, Christmas in the Mojave, appears. Her Christmas Love Exchange is included in Annie Acorn’s 2013 Christmas Treasury, and her Jolly Old Spook can be found in Annie Acorn’s 2014 Christmas Treasury.

Her The Ghost of Christmas Present and Other Stories has thrilled an international audience, and Annie Acorn Publishing LLC was pleased to be able to include her A Rose by Any Other Name in the Annie Acorn’s 2015 Valentine’s Day Treasury. She is a member of From Women’s Pens.

Ms. Nichols is the exclusive cover artist for Annie Acorn Publishing LLC. Her award-winning covers have been seen on the Barnes and Noble’s bestseller list, as well as in Amazon top categories. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication and Digital Design from AIU.

You can follow her at @Angel_Nichols.

March 16, 2015 – NOW LIVE!

3/16-31/2015 – What led you to write in the romance genre, and how does it differ from writing in other genres?

Guest Quill: Christina Paul

Christina Paul is married to her childhood sweetheart and lives with him and their three children in New Jersey. She loves escaping into the written world of her characters and enjoys watching the stories unfold as she writes, letting them surprise her as they do her readers.

Ms. Paul is currently working on the next installment in the Bradford series as well as several unrelated stories.

She authors the blog at Get Your Creativity Flowing…

You can follow her on Twitter as @ChristinaPBooks

April 1, 2015 – NOW LIVE!

4/1-15/2015 – What media and internet formats have you used to promote your books? Thoughts?

Guest Quill: Ron Shaw

Ron Shaw is an Atlanta, Georgia, native who currently resides in Gwinnett County, Georgia, with his wife and daughter. He attended Roosevelt High School in Atlanta and continued his education at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia for two years. Ron met his future wife in Atlanta after his second year at Mercer and transferred his junior year to Georgia State University.

In 1973, with new responsibilities, he became an Atlanta Police Officer while attending college full time. Ron attained a BA degree in English Literature from Georgia State University in 1974. He retired from the Atlanta Police Department in 1996 after a very fulfilling and prolific career.

He is the author of the Cramped Quarters series, and his short story The Dead and the Dying will appear in Annie Acorn’s 2015 Spirited Tales.

You can follow Ron at @RonGizmo on Twitter and friend him on Facebook. He is the author of the blog at

You can interact directly with Ron each Monday night at 8:00 p.m. as he hosts the Ron Shaw Show on Artist First Network.

April 15, 2015 – NOW LIVE!

4/16-30/2015 – What would have helped you the most as a writer trying to make your way?

Guest Quill: Merrie Housdon

Merrie Housdon is a newly published author and a proud member of From Women’s Pens. Having always had a vivid imagination, Merrie naturally took to writing as an outlet from a demanding job as a juvenile corrections officer. With a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, she now spends her days as a case manager at a busy law firm and her nights as a devoted wife and passionate writer.

Ms Housdon’s short story, A Prince for Valentine’s, is included in Annie Acorn’s 2015 Valentine’s Day Treasury. Aside from working on her own projects, she also runs a website dedicated to helping other authors spread the word about their books.

You can follow Merrie at @mehousdon. She is the author of the blog

May 1, 2015 – NOW LIVE!

5/1-15/2015 – As an author, what do you personally look for in books that you read for pleasure?

Guest Quill: Judy Probus

Judy Probus lives in the heart of Kentucky, land of the “Unbridled Spirit,” the same spirit that she incorporates to write fantasy/adventure. A native of Louisville, “Derby Town,” “The Possibility City,” she resides near the mighty Ohio River with her husband, Bill, an avid sports fan. They devote their own hearts to a close-knit family that includes two daughters, their husbands, two grandchildren, three great-grandparents, and their respective dogs, Buster, Chewy, and Moose.

During her lifetime, Judy has studied and served as a volunteer in numerous arts related fields. She reads a hodgepodge of material that includes scientific journals, history, biographies, and fiction. Her other hobbies include gardening, music, and cooking.

Long story short, Judy’s first airplane flight sparked a creative fuse that burned into a debut novel. Her story is born of personal experience, forged in her imagination, and takes flight into the Milky Way galaxy. On this intergalactic quest that blends fact and fiction, three young people from Earth join royal dragons, unusual trolls, and a cast of colorful characters and monsters that collide in the eternal fight of good against evil.

Judy’s dragon tale was initially intended as a bridge over the generational gap, in lieu of a personal diary, but her unique style has delighted a wide range of readers from various walks of life. Her fans encourage Judy to keep writing and there is no end in sight. She’s met amazing people on her writing quest and is especially grateful to her team of artists, editor, typesetter, and printer from Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Argentina.

Judy’s ultimate writing mission is to emphasize the importance of creativity, the power of the imagination, the value of ingenuity, and the amazing ability each of us possesses to overcome our own fears and inspire courage. She enjoys speaking to classrooms of students about the challenges and rewards of writing, research, and their personal quests – whatever fires them up! Let’s fly!

Step into Judy’s ImagiNation at or Twitter @JudyProbus

May 16, 2015 – NOW LIVE!

5/16-31/2015 – What makes humor work in your writing, and what advice would you give to others?

Guest Quill: Anna Burke

Life is an extravaganza! Figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge.

On my way to Oahu to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had married in Tijuana, I was nabbed as a runaway. Eventually the police let me go, but the rock band broke up. Our next stop: Disney World, where we trained to be chefs. More education landed us in academia at The Ohio State University.

For decades I researched, wrote, and spoke about a number of gloriously nerdy topics. Retired now, I’m still married to the same sweet guy and live with him near Palm Springs, California.

I write The Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set here in the Sonoran Desert, a spectacular place to ponder life’s mysteries while relishing the delights of the desert resort cities. Book 1, A DEAD HUSBAND, Book 2, A DEAD SISTER, and Book 3, A DEAD DAUGHTER, are out now.


BLOG PAGE:!blog/c1dh1



June 1, 2015 – NOW LIVE!

6/1-15/2015 – What led you to write in the mystery genre, and how does it differ from writing in other genres?

Guest Quill: Peggy Teel, writing the Niki Edgar Mystery series as Denise Hays

Peggy Teel was born and raised in Alabama, where she graduated from the University of Alabama with a Humanities degree and Depth Study in Creative Writing.

She is the author of three books under her own name: God and Grandma, Pottery Lessons, and Know Alabama. Her Christmas story, The Best Worst Christmas Ever is available for Kindle and Nook and appears in Annie Acorn’s 2011 Christmas Treasury.

As Denise Hays she has authored the RomCom mysteries, Niki Knows the Dirt and Monkey Business, and the Christmas short, Merry Christmas Minus One, which also appears in Annie Acorn’s 2012 Christmas Treasury.

She has written articles for Invite Magazine and Senior Living Newspaper. Her works have also been published in Whatever Remembers Us by Negative Capability Press, The Sampler, by Timberline Press, and in the Birmingham Arts Journal.

Her poem “On Death” won First Place in Birmingham Quill Club’s Contemporary Poetry contest. “The Weaver” won Second Place in their Traditional Poem category, in the Quill Club’s Winter, 2006, contest. Her poems “The Nonagenarians” and “I Am From” won First Place in the Contemporary and Traditional Poem categories in May of 2007. She was awarded the World Congress of Poets Award by the Alabama State Poetry Society in 2007 for her poem “Violin.”

Ms. Teel is a member of the Alabama Writer’s Conclave, The Alabama State Poetry Society, and the BAWG writing group. She is a founding member of From Women’s Pens, a cooperative of women writers.

In addition to writing, Peggy enjoys playing the violin, making pottery, exercising, reading, gardening, and eating. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

You can follow Peggy Teel at @PeggyTeel and friend her on Facebook and Goodreads. She also authors the blog at

June 16, 2015 – NOW LIVE!

6/16-30/2015 – What do you remember most from your first experience working with a professional editor? What did you take with you?

Guest Quill: D. A. Grady

D.A. Grady has spent much of his life in the west. Growing up, high school summers were spent chasing mustangs or wild horses, just outside of Reno, Nevada, where he and friends captured and broke them to ride, later selling them for school money.

A veteran, old school cowboy, he is most at home in that world, including, hunting, fishing and spending time with his animals.

After joining the U.S. Navy in 1962, he received a Presidential appointment to the Naval Academy, after which he rejoined the fleet and became part of America’s space program.

While stationed aboard the USS Lake Champlain, he worked in air traffic control and was a member of the team used to recover Gemini III and Gemini V space vehicles.

Later, he joined the news staff of KSWO-TV in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he anchored the news desk for several years, during which he received the Salvation Army’s National Service to Mankind Award for a documentary he produced on nearby Snyder, Oklahoma, after it was devastated by a tornado.

In years to follow, D.A. entered U.S. Army civil service at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, as a logistician working in emergency management, designing and operating a first of its kind emergency operations center that played a key role in Operation Desert Storm.

During that time, he undertook the training of specialized dogs used in the detection of narcotics and explosives. He and his dog, King, were known nationwide for their efforts in detecting contraband in both military and federal law enforcement.

Later, he transferred to Ft. McPherson, Georgia, to become the Chief of the Army’s Away Team – a rapid response deployment unit, providing on-site management and reporting to the highest levels of the Pentagon.

Recruited by Dell Computer, D.A. came to Austin, Texas, where he worked as operations manager for its federal division.

Two years later he formed Solutions for Older Americans, LLC, a consulting firm, working exclusively with America’s senior citizens in an effort to help them improve their quality of life.

Mr. Grady lives in Cedar Park, Texas, with his wife, Emma. His sons, Ken and Carl, live in Houston and daughter Angela lives close by.

He can be found at his website: and also at his blogsite: You may follow him on Twitter as @dagsnotes.

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