D.R. Graham + Put It Out There

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TITLE: PUT IT OUT THERE

WRITTEN BY: D.R. Graham

WANTED FOR: Contemporary YA

DESCRIPTION: The first book in the Britannia Beach series, perfect for fans of Katie McGarry. ‘Did you miss me?’ Returning home to Britannia Beach a year after her life was shattered is bittersweet for Derian Lafleur. Although some things settle back into place, others don’t click like they used to…especially her friendship with Trevor Maverty. Derian suddenly wishes the boy next door would see her as more than just a kid sister type. She tries to be everything she thinks he’s looking for— bolder, more experienced – but is that who she wants to be? With the fate of her family’s historic inn on the line and Trevor making life more complicated by the day, Derian struggles to manage her unexpected feelings, and deal with a past she’s not quite ready to leave behind.

Welcome to the Fresh Files, D.R.! Thanks for stopping by and sharing a few interesting tidbits about yourself and your writing because Readers and Writers want to know the 411! So let’s start off by talking about a totally awesome scene in your novel, PUT IT OUT THERE…

D.R. I have a lot of favourite scenes in this series. I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a motorcycle scene that will leave readers swooning over Trevor. My favourite scenes to write are the Search and Rescue action scenes and the “almost-kiss” building romance scenes.

Sounds great! What’s one of your favorite quotes in your book?

“Do you trust him?”

“With my life.” I leaned back against a tree trunk.

He stepped forward until our cheeks were touching and whispered, “Then trust him. If it’s meant to be, you can get together when the timing is right.”

What do you do with those new story ideas that suddenly pop into your head when you’re out and about? Do you keep a journal? Write them quickly down, or tell yourself to remember then totally forget!

D.R. Most of my ideas pop up when I am walking on the beach, driving to work, showering, or in that dreamy state between being asleep and awake, so I can’t usually write them down. It’s okay, though, because I don’t need to write anything down if I am still in the writing stage. Creative ideas will always come back to me once I’m at the computer. However, I do have to write down my ideas for corrections when I am in the revision phase. For some reason, specific corrections are easier to forget than plot ideas or dialogue. So, I have about twenty journals and note pads scattered all over the house for revision time.

I love books and television! What are some of the television shows that you watch or even the ones that are no longer playing on TV?

D.R. I am currently in love with Vikings. The cinematography and character development keep me hooked. Sometimes when I’m at work on a Thursday I get a burst of motivation because it’s Viking night. I also have a soft spot for Heartland because it is set on a horse ranch that is very similar to my grandparents’ place where I spent my summers growing up.

So you are an awesome writer…name another talent or hobby of yours.

D.R. One of my favourite hobbies is hiking in the area around Britannia Beach and Squamish. I went hiking on The Chief in Squamish on my first date with my husband. And a few years later he asked him to marry him on the peak above Britannia Beach. It is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

So sweet! Thanks again for sharing with us, D.R. Best of luck with this awesome Britannia Beach series!

D.R. Graham is an author for HarperCollins and Entangled Publishing. She worked as a social worker with at-risk youth before becoming a therapist in private practice. The clients she works with are children and teenagers, and her novels deal with issues relevant to young and new adults in love, transition, or crisis. She is also an award winning columnist for the Richmond News. She currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband. Visit her website, www.drgrahambooks.com.

Chris Cannon + Trial By Fire

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TITLE: TRIAL BY FIRE

WRITTEN BY: Chris Cannon

WANTED FOR: Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

DESCRIPTION: Bryn’s hopes for a peaceful new semester at school go up in smoke when someone tries to kill her—again. She’s not sure which is scarier, facing the radicals who want to sacrifice her for their cause, or her impending nightmare of a Directorate-arranged marriage to her nemesis, Jaxon.

The one bright spot in her life is Valmont, her smoking-hot knight who is assigned to watch over her twenty-four hours a day. Is what she feels for him real or just a side effect of the dragon-knight bond? At this point, stopping the impending civil war might be easier than figuring out her love life.

She may have to live in their world, but she doesn’t have to play by their rules.

Welcome to the Fresh Files, Chris! Thanks for stopping by and sharing a few interesting tidbits about yourself and your writing because Readers and Writers want to know the 411! Care to share a quick tip on plotting or characterization?

C. When naming characters, I write out the alphabet on piece of notebook paper and use only one character name per letter. I also jot down the characters description so I remember eye color and body type. I keep this next to my laptop for quick reference.

Do you have a writing routine or just go with the flow?

C. After work I come home, drink a cup of coffee, and pet my dogs. After dinner I drink another cup of coffee and then sit down to write. I try to write every day.

Writers are snackers, right? I mean, sometimes you just can’t stop to eat so you might just bring the crumbs to the keyboard. What’s your fave writer snack while writing?

C. A spoonful of peanut butter, preferably Jif. Sometimes I have to stop typing to wipe peanut butter off the key board.

*chuckle* Yes, eating at the keyboard can be messy. So I love books and television! What are some of the television shows that you watch or even the ones that are no longer playing on TV?

C. I love Superatural, Doctor Who, The Originals, Sherlock, and Big Bang theory

*Raising hand* Supernatural fan, here! How about an all time fave book series you read every year?

C. Harry Potter

Thanks again for visiting with us on The Fresh Files, Chris!

Award winning author Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or snarky romantic comedies. Visit her website, www.ChrisCannonAuthor.com.

Eileen Cook + With Malice

 

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TITLE: WITH MALICE

WRITTEN BY: Eileen Cook

WANTED FOR: YA THRILLER

DESCRIPTION:  For fans of We Were Liars and The Girl on the Train comes a chilling, addictive psychological thriller about a teenage girl who cannot remember the last six weeks of her life.

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron’s senior trip to Italy was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. And then the accident happened. Waking up in a hospital room, her leg in a cast, stitches in her face, and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be, Jill comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident in her travels abroad. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

Welcome to the Fresh Files, Eileen! Thanks for stopping by and sharing a few interesting tidbits about yourself and your writing because Readers and Writers want to know the 411! So let’s start off by talking about a totally awesome scene in your soon to be released novel, WITH MALICE…

E. How does anyone pick just one scene? I will admit I love the scenes in my book that take place in Italy. This is because I managed to go to Italy to do some research as well as I love having the main character Jill trying to recall what happened there when her memory for that time is gone. She’s hearing different stories from people who were on the school trip with her and she has to figure out what is true and what motivation people might have for what they’re saying.

What do you do with those new story ideas that suddenly pop into your head when you’re out and about? Do you keep a journal? Write them quickly down, or tell yourself to remember then totally forget!

E. I used to go with the assumption that I would totally remember and then forget and beat myself up mentally for days for losing what I was sure was the idea of the century. Now I keep a notebook with me to jot down ideas or I also use the record function on my phone. This is how I end up with random recordings that say things like: “Santa was just the clown at Jesus’s birthday party,” and no other context.

Writers are snackers, right? I mean, sometimes you just can’t stop to eat so you might just bring the crumbs to the keyboard. What’s your fave writer snack while writing?

E. Cookies! I am pretty sure Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster is my spirit animal. Mmmm…Chocolate chip. Or peanut butter. Oooooh I have a good recipe for an Earl Grey Shortbread cookie that is darn tasty. Now I want to bake something.

Yeah, now, I want to EAT something. haha! I love books and television. What are some of the television shows that you watch or even the ones that are no longer playing on TV?

E. I love watching the most random things on Netflix- especially crime dramas from the BBC or weird subtitled Danish mystery shows. I’m also a huge fan of Orphan Black, The Walking Dead and Castle.

So you are an awesome writer…name another talent of yours.

E. I’m a knitter. Give me some yarn and a couple of sticks and BOOM you’ll have a scarf or a pair of socks. I feel this will be a very handy skill should the zombie apocalypse ever come to pass. I also find the act of creating something that I can see and touch (versus all the time in my head with my imaginary friends) is a great outlet.

Great, Eileen, thanks so much for sharing about WITH MALICE on the The Fresh Files!

Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV.  She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her newest book, WITH MALICE, will be out in June 2016. She’s an instructor/mentor with the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program. You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

Sean Beaudoin + Welcome Thieves

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TITLE: WELCOME THIEVES

WRITTEN BY: Sean Beaudoin

WANTED FOR: Short Story Collection/Literary Fiction

DESCRIPTION: “A young man spends a whole day lying naked on the floor of his apartment, conversing casually with his roommates, pondering the past, considering the lives being lived around him. In the odd and funny, sad yet somehow hopeful conceit of Sean Beaudoin’s story “Exposure,” are all the elements that make his debut collection, Welcome Thieves, a standout. In twelve virtuosic stories, Beaudoin trains his absurdist’s eye on the ridiculous perplexities of adult life. From muddling through after the apocalypse (“Base Omega Has Twelve Dictates”) to the knowing smirk of  “You Too Can Graduate with a Degree in Contextual Semiotics,” Beaudoin’s stories are edgy and profane, bittersweet and angry, bemused and sardonic. Yet they’re always tinged with heart.”

The Fresh Files kicks off with author Sean Beaudoin. Thanks for stopping by and sharing a few interesting tidbits about yourself and your writing because, Sean, Readers and Writers want to know the 411! So what’s the story behind Welcome Thieves? Why did you write this collection?

S. I’ve been writing and re-writing some of these short stories for more than fifteen years. I just kept going back and revising between other projects. It was only in the last few years that I felt like they’d reached a professional level. And by that I mean, stripped down and honed and without an ounce of fat on them. Short stories are interesting to me because they require discipline and exactitude. Each sentence needs to be it’s own meta-story. Every word has to deliver something, or work toward the endpoint (or lack of). Nothing can just sit on the page, as writerly affectation or laziness. The form is unforgiving, but on some level I think stories deliver epiphany and revelation in a way that most novels can’t.

Please share one of your favorite quotes in Welcome Thieves…

“Penny cuts the Tarot deck. The Consigliere of Selma. Lavelle has a gold hoop in his left ear, just like the guy in the picture. She leans down and sweeps up a handful of safety glass. The shards are beveled, refract the asphalt a dirty pink.

“I seriously want to take a bath in these.”

Lavelle laughs. “You one of those sensitive arty chicks, huh? All full up on deep thoughts?”

Penny wonders if not answering is a conformation or denial. Voltaire once said all language was an elitist ruse. On the other hand, Voltaire was a dead French asshole and Penny was here, now, in an empty parking lot with a very large man.”

Writers are snackers, right? I mean, sometimes you just can’t stop to eat so you might just bring the crumbs to the keyboard. What’s your fave writer snack while writing?

S. I don’t eat when I write. Keyboards are filthy. Fingers are filthy. The two should never meet. Although sometimes I do soak my fingertips in whisky, like those old Palmolive commercials, and then idly suck on them while waiting for the next line to appear.

Have an all time fave book series you read every year?

S. Every once in a while I have to go back and read Heart of Darkness, Lolita, Henderson the Rain King, Handful of Dust, The Quick and the Dead, and Basketball Diaries. Usually back to back.

So you are a incredibly awesome writer…name another talent or hobby of yours.

S. I play saxophone, can juggle three bowling balls, have a degree in film, make a killer pasta sauce, love chess, have a far-too-large vinyl collection, frequently garden, love Vietnamese food, can quote Schopenhauer at length, know “The Man Who Sold the World” on guitar, and hate both the phrase “It is what it is” and pharmaceutical commercials.

Sean Beaudoin is the author of five novels, including the zombie black comedy love story The Infects, and the rude punk rock opus Wise Young Fool. His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the Onion, the San Francisco Chronicle, Al-Jazeera America, and Salon. His short story collection, Welcome Thieves, hit shelves March ’16 from Algonquin Books. He is a founding editor of the Arts&Culture site TheWeeklings.com.

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