Gloria Alden's latest publication is nonfiction. Boys Will Be Boys: The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys. Edited by Cher'ley Grogg was recently released and available on Amazon. Gloria wrote three essays and two poems in her chapter included in the book.
Congratulations to four of WWK’s bloggers whose books were released in the last two months. Look for Jim Jackson’s second Seamus McCree novel, Cabin Fever; Linda Rodriguez's new Skeet Bannion mystery, Every Hidden Fear; KM Rockwood's new Jesse Damon novel, Brothers in Crime; and Gloria Alden's third Catherine Jewell Mystery, Ladies of the Garden Club. All of the novels are available at bookstores in print and ebook.
Paula Gail Benson's short story "Confidence in the Family" is featured in the Mystery Times Ten 2013 anthology, which can be bought at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Times-2013-Linda-Browning/dp/0984203583/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1387240857&sr=8-2
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
An Interview with Author June Shaw
JS: I’m so glad you read them, Elaine. DEADLY REUNION, the third book in the series, comes out in July. I can’t wait!
JS: Widowed Cealie “thinks” she wants to avoid her hunky ex-lover so she can rediscover herself. But he opens Cajun restaurants wherever she travels, and she is so bad at avoiding tempting dishes and men.
EBD: Do events in your life end up in your books?
EBD: Author Kaye George remarked that she can’t use where she lives as a setting for her books. You changed your setting in both novels. Why?
JS: My main character, Cealie, travels a lot. I need to go with her and see what trouble she gets into. Then I have to help her get out of it.
EBD: You feature Cajun food in your books. Are you of Cajun descent? Do you cook and like Cajun food?
JS: Yes, I’ve always lived in Cajun country. My mother and her mother spoke French. I love Cajun food. My squeeze Bob is a terrific cook. I like to cook if I have nothing else to do—but when does that happen?
EBD: Five Star published your first two novels. Will you continue with them?
JS: Yes, Five Star is great. They will publish the next book in my series. Harlequin bought reprint rights for one of my books. They are great, too.
EBD: Five Star targets libraries. Do you think gaining readership, especially at the beginning of your career as a novelist, through libraries was advantageous?
JS: It is important. Libraries buy mainly hardcover books, which Five Star publishes.
EBD: As I understand, (correct me if I’m wrong) Five Star only publishes print books. Since eBooks are gaining in sales, have you published your books at the electronic venues?
JS: Relative Danger is available as an e-book. Killer Cousins will come out that way next.
EBD: Why would a publisher not want electronic rights?
JS: I imagine Five Star found its niche and does not want to spend the time on fewer electronic sales, but I’m not certain.
EBD: If you were unpublished in today’s market, how would you go about getting published? Would you consider self-publishing?
JS: I would query and try to meet agents first. There are also some publishers that writers can query themselves. I would have to learn more about self-publishing before I’d decide.
EBD: What is your marketing plan for the next book?
Thank you for inviting me. All my best, June
Thank you for joining us. June. We’ll be on the lookout for DEADLY REUNION, which is due for release this July. Maybe June will come back this summer for another visit on WWK.