December 2022 Author of the Month: JORDAN RILEY SWAN

Does the romance genre have room for male writers? Definitely, and this month's author -- Jordan Riley Swan -- is proof of that. Swan is the alter ego of Bernie Miller, a self-proclaimed 'wild word hunter' who also writes with a crew to produce romance novels as well as epic fantasy tomes. In addition to running successful business concerns and writing, Swan has served as president of the Central Ohio Fiction Writers organization. His interview provides a delightful glimpse into his world that includes dropping [...]

By |2022-11-30T18:21:53+00:00November 30th, 2022|Author of the Month|0 Comments

November 2022 Author of the Month: MARISA DILLON

Joining the Central Ohio Fiction Writers group has been a positive experience for me, a chance to meet and bond with other authors, learn from the monthly presentations, and expand my list of books to read. I also had the privilege of working on the COFW Ignite the Flame Contest with the lovely Marisa Dillon, whose marketing expertise coupled with her writing provided a new direction for my own work. Dillon's novels are historical romance fiction set in Scotland. Her interest in writing about faraway [...]

By |2022-10-31T17:39:55+00:00October 31st, 2022|Author of the Month|0 Comments

October 2022 Author of the Month: CARLOS K. MARSHALL

Fall is definitely in the air around our neighborhood and so is the excitement surrounding this month's author, Carlos K. Marshall, whose debut achievement - God's Mighty Men The Christian Man's Guide to Love, Leadership and Life, is  aimed at providing young Black men in our society with the support and foundation they need to achieve success in their personal and working lives.   Janet Irvin: Welcome, Carlos. Let's start with getting to know you better.  Can you share with us some of your early [...]

By |2022-09-30T17:14:45+00:00September 30th, 2022|Author of the Month|0 Comments

September Authors of the Month: MARY NEWMAN and CONSTANCE KIRKER

This author of the month feature is among the most fun activities I do in my writing life. Every interview yields new information about the writing life and expands my horizons to include writers of every genre. This month is no exception. I'm so pleased to welcome September's authors, sisters Mary Newman and Constance Kirker, who have written books about food and the cultural history behind its use. These amazing food gurus have serious academic credentials, a passion for travel and adventure, and a deep [...]

By |2022-08-31T16:44:04+00:00August 31st, 2022|Author of the Month, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Author of the Month: Celebrity Chef KEITH D. JONES

August 2022...We might be in the dog days of summer, but I'm so excited to feature my first celebrity chef and author, Keith D. Jones, as the subject of this month's author interview. I admit to being a 'food snob,' not in the sense that I have to have gourmet meals, no, but in the vein of healthy, fresh ingredients prepared with love and care and a touch of the creative. That's exactly what Keith brings to his table -- a dedication to eating healthy [...]

By |2022-07-31T16:28:32+00:00July 31st, 2022|Author of the Month|0 Comments

July 2022 Author of the Month: TONYA MITCHELL

July is sizzling and so is A FEIGNED MADNESS, the historical fiction debut novel of this month's featured author Tonya Mitchell. The novel tells the story of undercover reporter Nellie Bly’s ten harrowing days inside a women’s insane asylum in 1887. Mitchell has a degree in journalism from Indiana University. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Copperfield Review and Glimmer and Other Stories. Our author confesses to being an Anglophile with a particular fascination for all things Victorian. She [...]

By |2022-06-30T15:18:42+00:00June 30th, 2022|Author of the Month|0 Comments

June 2022 Author of the Month: TRACE CONGER

Welcome, June, and welcome to crime writer, Shamus award-winning author, and fellow Ohio University grad (Go, Bobcats!) Trace Conger, whose novels explore murder in the crime, thriller, and suspense genres. I've had the opportunity to share space with Trace at Mulberry Street Books in Lebanon, Ohio, and pick his brain a little about the writing process and this writing adventure we share. He is the author of the Conner Harding and Mr. Finn series   Janet Irvin: Trace, let's talk about choosing this writing path. [...]

By |2022-05-31T15:10:08+00:00May 31st, 2022|Author of the Month, Uncategorized|0 Comments

May 2022 Author of the Month: MELISSA W. HUNTER

Every once in a while a novel comes along that stirs your heart. Melissa Hunter's debut novel What She Lost is that kind of story. Based on the real-life story of her grandmother, the novel follows the efforts of a young woman to survive the Holocaust during WWII. Melissa is a Cincinnati, Ohio, girl who studied creative writing and journalism at UC, where she received a BA in English literature and a minor in Judaic Studies. She has been a blogger and contributed articles to [...]

By |2022-05-10T10:51:23+00:00May 1st, 2022|Author of the Month|0 Comments

April 2022 Author of the Month: ROCK NEELLY

April ushers in wet weather, early blooms, and a new release from this month's special author, Rock Neelly. If you follow my writing journey, you already know that I seek out fellow authors wherever I roam. I met Rock at Mulberry Street Books in Lebanon, Ohio, and invited him to sit down for a chat with me this month. Neelly hails originally from Hutchinson, Kansas, and grew up spending weekends on family farms in both Oklahoma and Kansas. The son of teachers, he grew up [...]

By |2022-03-31T15:56:50+00:00March 31st, 2022|Author of the Month|0 Comments

March Author of the Month: TARA TYLER

I love Book Fairs and Book Signings, not only for the opportunity to talk with readers and the public in general but also for the chance to interact with fellow writers. I met Tara Tyler at Mulberry Street Books in Lebanon, Ohio, where proprietor Angela is incredibly supportive of local authors. Tara, a sci-fi fantasy and adventure author, impressed me with her stories aimed at the middle-grade reader. She describes herself as "a math teacher who writes to share her passion for reading with others. [...]

By |2022-02-28T17:01:18+00:00February 28th, 2022|Author of the Month, Featured, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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