3 Quotes – Mary Pope Osborne

Mary Pope Osborne, American writer
born:  Mary Pope

genre(s):  children’s picture books, fantasy, myths and fairy tales retold, American biography and fictional diary

born:  May 20, 1949 in Fort Sill Oklahoma, USA

known for (among others):  Magic Tree House series

Website:  http://mthclassroomadventures.org/


I get ideas from my own personal experiences, from my imagination, and from my research and from old stories.
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I love reading all kinds of books. I usually have about ten books going at any one time – books about the past, the present, novels, non-fiction, poetry, mythology, religion, etc. Reading is my favorite thing to do.
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I discovered writing children’s books was a way to keep living in my imagination like a child. So I wrote a number of books before I started ‘Magic Tree House.’ Then, once I got that, I never looked back because I could be somewhere different in every single book.


Which is your favourite quote by Mary Pope Osborne?  🙂



Author Q and A: Daley Downing

Dear friends and readers,
Meet Daley Downing for a little Author Q&A:

The Invisible Moth


Just what it says on the tin… These are from my Goodreads author page.

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Watching too much “Supernatural” and reading too much “Warriors”. (Honestly.)

How do you get inspired to write?

Mostly by what I read and watch. But also by song lyrics and things like paintings and photographs. Visual beauty.

What are you currently working on?

Volume 2 of the series. (As yet untitled, because I have the decision-making power of a sleeping llama.)

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Just keep trying. Don’t give up. Even when you feel like everything you produce is utter rubbish, don’t doubt your ability to create something important and special. It does take a lot of literal sweat and tears (and blood if you count papercuts on your hardcopy editing manuscripts). Listen to Churchill – “Never, never, never give up.”


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3 Quotes – Jeffery Deaver


Jeffery Deaver, American writer
(mystery, crime, thriller)

May 6, 1950 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA

known for (among others):
The Lesson of Her Death, The Blue Nowhere, Lincoln Rhyme series

Website:  http://www.jefferydeaver.com/


I’ve often said that there’s no such thing as writer’s block; the problem is idea block.
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The best way to learn about writing is to study the work of other writers you admire.
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So I work hard to present the human side of my characters while not neglecting the plot.


Which is your favourite quote by Jeffery Deaver?  🙂



10 Statements – KM Fortune


KM Fortune first decided to write an epic post-apocalyptic novel in a serial format when her favorite nephew begged her to write him a science fiction book “with lots of characters and cool stuff but don’t make it too long.” Trying to accommodate the millennial’s psyche, she created a dangerous new world filled with heroines and heroes, mutants and monsters. Drawing on her years of professional business writing experience, the intrigue and adventure quickly unfolded onto the pages of her exciting, short novel, Awakening – Book I: The Forever Winter Chronicles. KM Fortune lives in Salem, Oregon with her family.

Find me…






My personal motto:

Both are writing related at the moment. I have them on a sticky note beside my bathroom mirror.

“It takes time.”

“And it all adds up.”

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… a 5 AM wake up so I can knock out an hour of writing while the house is quiet, followed by the feeding of our multiple litters of foster kittens.
  2. I lose track of time 2. working in the yard or one our house remodel. I tend to let my mind drift to plot twists for novels further down the line on my series and lose myself completely.
  3. I have always… been a huge fan of Stephen King horror novels. I have been reading his books since I was very young and was inspired to be a writer by his book The Stand.
  4. I have never… seen the Northern Lights. I have travelled to a number of places on the planet, but so far the timing has never been right. It is on my bucket list.
  5. Home means to me… curled up on the couch with a warm blanket and a good book.
  6. I am inspired by… music. All kinds. It speaks to me and I listen to it constantly, especially when I am writing.
  7. I would like to meet… Oprah Winfrey. If I were meeting her, it means I have probably made it as an author, plus her interviews are always such fun.
  8. My worst character trait… fretting. I worry about everything and for absolutely no reason. My life is wonderful and I am so blessed.
  9. My best character trait… kindness, or so I hope. I believe it is the greatest gift we can to each other.
  10. The best advice I was given… “Live in the moment, don’t wish your life away.” My mom still reminds me regularly.

Awakening – Book 1

Book I: Awakening is the first installment of the serial novel “The Forever Winter Chronicles”.

The world is an empty wasteland where only the strongest and most cunning survive.

A woman’s body is pulled from the ice, preserved for generations. Believing she may have lived before the great plague, a scientist pleads with the council within his colony for permission to revive her. If the woman can be reanimated, the genetic treasure she carries within her could save humanity.

But not everyone believes humans are worth saving.

Book I: Awakening is the beginning an epic post-apocalyptic story written in the serial novel format. If you like a quick read filled with intrigue and adventure, mixed with conflict and heroism, then you will love KM Fortune’s new page-turning book. Explore the world of “The Forever Winter Chronicles” today and begin an unforgettable journey with Book I: Awakening.

Print length:  118 pages

Published:  2017-04-27

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/m2XWN1







10 Statements – Angela Bennett

Angela Bennett grew up in Minnesota and received her BSN from Mankato State University. After graduating, she decided it was time for a scenery change and moved to sunny Southwest Florida, where she began her nursing career.

Seeing firsthand how short life can be, she began working towards her desire of becoming a writer one day. In 2011, she took the leap, changed gears and began writing full-time.

Falling in love with the people, the arts and energy of New York City, she and her husband split their time, living in the Big Apple and the Sunshine state.

Her psychological thriller, Dark Road Home, captures the complexity of family dynamics, the unconditional love parents have for their child, and the bond between a father and daughter that is tested and broken by lies, deception and family secrets.


Find me…

Website:  http://www.AngelaBennett.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AngelaBennettAuthor/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AngelaBauthor


My personal motto:

“No pain, no gain.”

“Attitude is everything.”


10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… coffee and a five mile walk.
  2. I lose track of time daydreaming and listening to music.
  3. I have always… wanted to live in Italy and always been a sap for romantic comedies.
  4. I have never… found an excuse NOT to drink wine.
  5. Home means to me… family, cooking, solitude, and wine.
  6. I am inspired by… those who confront and conquer their fears.
  7. I would like to meet… Clinton Kelly from the CHEW . . . I’m a foodie and he cracks me up. Viola Davis, she rocks as an actress, and authors, Lisa Jackson and Linwood Barclay—they’re my current addictions.
  8. My worst character trait… impatience.
  9. My best character trait… compassion for others.
  10. The best advice I was given… when it comes down to it, the only person who needs to believe in you, is YOU.

Dark Road Home

Victor Simone, head of a hit man organization, murdered Belle McBain’s corrupt father. Following in her dad’s career footsteps, Belle becomes an attorney, but she can’t seem to move beyond the whispers of her crooked father’s corruption or his failures to his family. Instead of building a career in law, she escapes to a life of drugs and lives off her trust fund.

Unable to cope, Belle attempts suicide and is soon admitted into a rehab clinic where she tries to heal. However, her wounds run deep, so the healing takes time. Once released and three years sober, Belle begins a new life as a private investigator in Jersey City with the help of a friend in law enforcement. Sixteen years have passed … until everything changes.

One of Victor Simone’s cronies is in FBI custody and makes a deal. He says he’ll tell where the fugitive Simone is hiding if Belle agrees to meet with him. When she does, she begins to wonder if her father was ever a dirty attorney at all. As she searches for answers, Belle discovers more than she bargained for, including something more unbelievable than she could have imagined.

Print length:  254 pages

Published:  2017-03-08

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