Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ARIA BLOG TOUR DAY 3: Gail Eastwood

Hannah:  Hi, Gail.  Welcome to day 3 of my week to host the Association of Rhode Island Author (ARIA) blog tour. Tell me a little bit about yourself and where you're from.

Gail:  Thanks so much for this opportunity to meet your fans! I’m a native Rhode Islander –grew up in Barrington and have lived in Cranston, South Kingstown and Exeter. I’ve wanted to write all my life. I was a journalist and freelancer for almost 20 years before I finally wrote and sold my first novel.  It was published in 1994. I wrote and sold six more novels following that. After taking ten years off from fiction writing to deal with some family matters, I am happily back at it again.


Hannah:  What are you working on these days and what’s the current status of that project?

Gail:  I’m suddenly very busy these days! Five of my out of print backlist books have been reissued as ebooks in the last couple of years, but I have just released the first new print editions of two of my books, available on Amazon, and I’ll  also have those at the RI Authors Expo on November 8.  I’m also part of an ebook boxed set project with five other authors that’s climbing the best-seller charts on pre-orders. It’s called Regency Masquerades and releases on October 13, just in time for Halloween! All six novels are about characters who are masquerading as other people, for various reasons, and with varying success. These are romances, so as you might imagine, falling in love under those circumstances can create all sorts of issues.

Hannah:  Can you tell the audience what inspires you to write?

Gail:  Part of it is the desire to teach and to entertain –the same urge storytellers have had for all the ages. Part of it is the joy of creating –of capturing a vision through a chosen medium. The challenge of massaging words on a page into a sharply focused world with appealing characters and gripping events that speak to a reader is a natural addiction for me. I think writers are born with the inclination. Like other kinds of artists, our brains are wired a little differently!

Hannah:  What genre do you enjoy writing the most?

Gail:  I write romance with a twist of suspense or adventure, set in the Regency period in England. Think Jane Austen, or the Napoleonic Wars –early 19th century. I love history –I love bringing the times alive by the combination of imagination and research. Fiction is the closest thing we have to time travel! I’ve dabbled a bit with writing contemporary romance, but haven’t been happy with the results so far.  Maybe I’m just not very contemporary, LOL! I’m drawn to romance because I think love is the most powerful force in the universe, and also one of the most mysterious. The way it works on people can be endlessly fascinating to explore through stories.

Hannah:  Any upcoming projects we should know about?

Gail:  I’m working on a Christmas/12th Night novella, and also a new full-length novel that will be the start of a series.  The hero is part of a secret club that has some basis in fact. I’d hoped the novella would be done in time for this year’s holiday season, but it doesn’t look like I’ll have it ready.  So, 2015!! Updates will be posted on my website, GailEastwoodAuthor.com.

Hannah: Favorite movie?

Gail:  Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry. Or, The Princess Bride. How’s that for eclectic?

Hannah: Favorite food or dish to make?

Gail:  I’m better with words than with food. But I make a fantastic broiled swordfish the same way my mother always made it.

Hannah:  Favorite place you have ever visited?

Gail:  I have to choose? I love to travel. But I have to say England. More specifically, I’ll pick Stonehenge in the ‘70’s before all the crowds and barricades, or The George in Chatham, a neighborhood pub (since the 15th century!) that is a one-bedroom B&B with the loveliest people.

Hannah:  Favorite music band?

Gail:  This is a throwback answer -- Steeleye Span.

Hannah:  Favorite book?

Gail:  LOL! There’s too many. I’m going to say Bewitching by Jill Barnett. Oh, or True Blue by Luanne Rice. Too hard!!

Hannah: Is there anything you would like to leave us with?

Gail:  The RI Authors Expo is going to be such a fun event and such a great opportunity for fans to meet authors of all kinds. I hope they are planning to come! I love to talk to readers, so I hope they’ll stop by and say hello.

Please follow the links below to get in touch with Gail and most importantly, buy her books!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 2: ARIA BLOG TOUR: Kelly Kittel

Hannah:  Kelly, welcome to day 2 of my week to host the Association of Rhode Island Author (ARIA) blog tour. Tell me a little bit about yourself and where you're from.

Kelly:  I’m a mom, author, and part fish. I live on Aquidneck Island with my husband and three of our five living children where I write and, like most fish, swim in the ocean daily.

Hannah:  What are you working on these days and what’s the current status of that project?

Kelly:  My memoir, Breathe, was published in May so I’m very busy with the marketing of that right now.  

Hannah:  Can you tell the audience what inspires you to write?

Kelly:  I was born with a book clutched tightly in my little fist and as a toddler spent my days in my playpen surrounded by books. Books are still some of my best friends and reading is what often inspires me to write.

Hannah:  What genre do you enjoy writing the most?

Kelly:  Nonfiction. I have no imagination.

Hannah:  Any upcoming projects we should now about?

Kelly:  Soon I’ll switch gears from marketing to writing my next book, a travel memoir about living in Costa Rica.

Hannah: Favorite movie?

Kelly:  Braveheart

Hannah: Favorite food or dish to make?

Kelly:  Cookies

Hannah:  Favorite place you have ever visited?

Kelly:  Any warm, white-sand beach and I’ve visited and lived on many

Hannah:  Favorite music band?

Kelly:  The Who

Hannah:  Favorite book?

Kelly:  Like asking a kid in a candy store to pick one, I can’t, but A Prayer for Owen Meany is up there and my favorite this year is Me, Who Dove Into the Heart of the World.

Hannah: Is there anything you would like to leave us with?

Kelly:  We write our stories to save our lives.


Monday, October 20, 2014

ARIA BLOG TOUR WEEK 2, Day 1: FEATURED AUTHOR: Rachael McIntosh


Hannah:  Hi, Rachael. I’m happy to kick start this week’s Association of Rhode Island Author (ARIA) blog tour. 

Rachael:  Hello Hannah, and thanks for doing this Blog Tour thing.  I’m originally from Cranston.  I now live in East Greenwich (insert Jeffersons theme song “Movin’ On Up” here).  Anyhow, I have a set of twins that I homeschool and I write.


Hannah:  What are you working on these days and what’s the current status of that project?

Rachael:  I’m focused on marketing my trilogy, Security Through Absurdity.  It’s based on my real life experiences working at a defense contractor and how that prompts the main character (who amazingly bears a striking similarity to me) to get involved with politics (which I did,) and she tries and fix all the stuff she saw working for the defense company.  Naturally, this leads to a lot of intrigue, and, as a fiction writer, I am able to disperse some fun facts that may not have shown up in the news at that time. I am now listed under “New Journalism” or “Creative Non-Fiction”.  But whatever they want to call it, I like that big GENERAL FICTION printed on the back of the book because that means I probably won’t get sued. 

Hannah:  Can you tell the audience what inspires you to write?

Rachael:  I think because I’m GenX, I’m prone to seeing the ridiculousness of things.  I’m also, and I admit it, a news junkie because part of my job at the defense contractor’s was to place stories and advertisements.  So, I always have ample inspiration.  Because, well, stuff on the news, umm...from what I’ve experienced, stuff doesn’t make national news unless it was affecting someone’s stock holdings.  But, you know, everyone else is moving along like it’s cool, and I don’t want to rock their world too much.  So, I write fiction.

Hannah:  What genre do you enjoy writing the most?

Rachael:  This “Creative Non-Fiction” (aka General Fiction) thing I’m doing now is pretty cool.  It’s sorta like a double negative and what’s not to like about that?  Basically, it’s all true except for the parts that are fake.  I feel like I’m purging in a safe way.  And I know people feel more comfortable picking up and consuming a novel than some sort of didactic whistle blower thing or even a newspaper.

Hannah:  Any upcoming projects we should now about?

Rachael:  After getting these three books out on their own, I’m going to get heavily involved in writing a one man play about interpersonal relationships and the new American reality of franchise families (ie third spouse / second set of children), telecommuting, and online relationships.  Long story short: the guy goes mental. 

Hannah: Favorite movie?

Rachael:  Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels

Hannah: Favorite food or dish to make?

Rachael:  !!!! SUSHI !!!!!  Honestly, I should have been born a seagull.

Hannah:  Favorite place you’ve ever visited?

Rachael:  It’s a toss-up between the mountains in Costa Rica and the mountains in Switzerland. 

Hannah:  Favorite music band?

Rachael:  Currently, FUGAZI

Hannah:  Favorite book?

Rachael:  Et Tu Babe by Mark Leyner

Hannah: Is there anything you would like to leave with us?

Rachael:  I never thought I’d be a writer, but now I’m into it...after the play gets written and the audio book of Book One : Little Yellow Stickies FINALLY gets finished.  (I’m doing my own reading. I must have been high on crack thinking I could read my own book, that I wrote, in english in front of a microphone in a recording studio).   I’ll be doing up two more books in the Security Through Absurdity series.  AND hashing out two other plot lines for two other series that will be more darkly humorous, more explicitly violent, but still as fun and fact filled as this current trilogy.  Stay tuned!




Please follow the links below to get in touch with Rachael and most importantly, buy her books!

Links For Rachael:
Her books.
Her website.
Her Facebook page.