Thursday, August 15, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Fear Justice (The Fear Chronicles Book One) by C.C. Bolick

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Fear Justice by C.C. Bolick. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have a great excerpt for you as well as an author interview. There's also a tour wide giveaway! Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more excerpts, interviews, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
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Title: Fear Justice
Series: The Fear Chronicles Book One
Author: C.C. Bolick
Publisher: Dirt Road Books
Publication Date: April 25th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
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Seventeen-year-old Rena Mason counts the days until she can leave for college. Every night her father drinks himself to sleep, leaving her to care for her younger brother. When her father is kidnapped by terrorists, her dreams of freedom become a nightmare.

Stunned that her father has a history with these terrorists, Rena knows she must run or be their next victim. She learns the tough guy at school has a reason to look after her - he's working for a government agency with the same goal as the terrorists: find a woman who disappeared eighteen years ago. Time is running out since only this woman's special gift can save the world from a looming nuclear attack.

Rena can't trust anyone, especially not the stone-cold agent she's falling for. Can they save the world before Rena's feelings trap her in an agent's fight for justice?

Fear Justice contains elements of fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal, with a clean romance. It's the first book in an exciting new series called The Fear Chronicles.

**The eBook will be on sale for $0.99 during this tour!**

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EXCERPT:
“Rena,” Dad said. “Are you okay?”

I turned to where he stood, a few feet from the camper’s door. “It’s nothing. Thought I heard a noise in the woods.”

He walked to the edge of trees and peered into the darkness beyond. In his right hand, he held a bottle of water. His left hand, bent and scarred making his fingers barely able to move, hung at his side. “There’s nothing here but a squirrel. Surely you’re not afraid of a squirrel.”

“I’m not afraid of anything,” I said.

Dad smiled and walked toward the water’s edge. “I believe you on that one.”

I moved to stand by his side. “Did you fix the pool?”

“Good as new or until someone else loses a retainer and stops it up. Are you thinking of going swimming?”

“Not tonight.”

“What are you thinking of, Rena?”

“Where did Coach Andrews find you?”

“Sleeping off a hangover in the back room of a bar down on Railroad Street. Jacob told me you were worried, and with good reason. I promise not to let that happen again.”

“I thought something might have happened to you. I should have called you when—”

Dad put an arm around my shoulders. “No, I should have called. I let my demons take over and I wasn’t here to look after you and Alfie.”

“We were fine.”

“Because of you. I never imagined you growing up without your mother. I always knew the day would come when you realized what I really am inside. Your brother still has a way to go.” He looked down at me. “Thank you for not making him hate me yet.”

“No one hates you, Dad. We just want you to be here. Really here, with us all the time, not out drinking.”

“I deserved that.” Pulling away, Dad moved closer to the water. “You’re strong, Rena, like your mother. And smart. Thank goodness you didn’t turn out like me.”

“I’ve been applying for scholarships. My counselor thinks I’ve got a good shot at getting money for school. I’ve kept a 4.0 in every class and I want to get into a school that teaches aerospace engineering.”

“You want to be an engineer?” His eyes stayed on the water. “That would make your mother proud.”

“What about you?”

“Everything you do makes me proud.”

“I want out of this town,” I said, barely above a whisper. “I don’t want to live like this.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

C.C. Bolick grew up in south Alabama, where she’s happy to still reside. She’s an engineer by day and a writer by night—too bad she could never do one without the other.

Camping, fishing… she loves the outdoors and the warm Alabama weather. For years she thought up stories to write and finally started putting them on paper back in 2006. If you hear her talking with no one to answer, don’t think she’s crazy. Since talking through her stories works best, a library is her worst place to write… even though it’s her favorite!

C.C. loves to mix sci-fi and paranormal—throw in a little romance and adventure and you’ve got her kind of story. She’s written nine books including the Leftover Girl series, The Agency series, and The Fear Chronicles.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:
- Any weird things you do when you’re alone?
I dream up stories while trying to keep others from thinking I’m crazy. Maybe that’s no so weird. I’m OCD in ways that I try to hide except when I’m alone. I write notes on the back of receipts and even my hand if there’s nothing else to write on. My time with my friends and family belongs to them. My time to myself belongs to creating stories. When I’m not writing, I’m always reading at least a half-dozen books.

- What is your favorite quote and why?
If it weren’t for the bad times, the good times wouldn’t look so good. Got to have balance in life. If you need more of an explanation, watch The Matrix and listen as the agent explains how whole crops of people were lost when they couldn’t accept their programmed paradise as the real deal.

- Who is your favorite author and why? 
Stephen King, but not for the reasons you’re probably thinking. I’ve read several of his books, but my favorite is his memoir On Writing. I bought this book on a whim at a bookstore in Canada – figured I’d have some light reading on the plane back to Atlanta. No other book has transformed my view of writing and life so drastically.

- What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
The story has to draw me in. Since I like reading dialogue most, that’s what I spend the bulk of my time writing. I don’t incorporate long passages of details into my writing. And I know that’s not for everyone. As a reader, I sometimes skip long passages and go straight to the dialogue. I’ll re-read the other parts if vital to the story. I like fast-paced stories where I’m frequently required to use my imagination.

- Where did you get the idea for this book?
The character, Rena, came to me in a dream. Here was this fearless seventeen-year-old arguing with a government agent and falling for him at the same time. The young agent couldn’t touch her no matter how much he wanted to.
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GIVEAWAY:
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181 comments:

  1. My family and I all appreciate you bringing to our attention the book description of another great book to read. Thanks so much!

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    2. Thanks for checking out my interview on All the Ups and Downs blog today!

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  2. Thanks for hosting my tour stop today and for the interview questions. Post looks great!

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  3. Looks like an interesting series.

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    1. This book has been a fun start to a new series, with three more books to follow. Rena is fearless and I loved exploring that trait alongside a government agent who's tasked with protecting her from terrorists.

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  4. Love the cover sounds like a great read.

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    1. Glad you love the cover! Of all my books, it's one of my favorites.

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    1. Thanks. Hope everyone can have as much fun reading along with this adventure as I've had writing it.

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  6. How many days a week do you spend writing?

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    1. Great question. I write every day, even if it's only a paragraph or two. Many days I try to complete a chapter. If I have to take time off, it's a struggle to get back into the groove.

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  7. Sounds great, I like the cover.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Glad you like the cover!

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  8. This book sounds like an awesome read.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the post today.

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  9. I really like this excerpt!!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Kim! Glad you like this excerpt. It shows how much Rena wants to get a scholarship out of that town. If only she knew her Dad isn't who he seems and her life is about to change forever.

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    1. Glad you liked the post! I appreciate the chance to answer some questions about myself and show readers my new book.

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  11. What in the world is going on with her hands there on the cover? Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. The blue you see is what makes Rena Mason special - she'll have to discover this power if she has any chance of saving everyone she cares about. Good luck with the giveaway!

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  12. Thank you for sharing the interview, the cover looks great

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    1. Thanks for checking out the interview. Glad you like the cover!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Dale. Wow, this book has been a blast to write. I can't wait to introduce readers to fearless Rena as she's forced to flee the only life she's ever known. If only she could trust the agent who's been assigned to protect her.

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  14. I like the cover. It seems the missing woman might not be the only one with a special gift.

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  15. what other genres would you like to write ?

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    1. I write sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, and romance; I often mix several genres in the same book. So far all of my books have been young adult and I have several new ideas in the works. Really I write what I like to read - whatever it takes for me to enjoy the story.

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  16. i do enjoy the paranormal and it has a nice cover. thanks for the giveaway
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    1. Yes, I love paranormal and also the chance to tell stories the way I enjoy them. That's why I often mix genres. Good luck with the giveaway!

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  17. I keep stalking this tour. I might have to one-click this book, like really soon.

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    1. Thanks for checking out this stop, Kim. I enjoy interacting with people who love to read like I do. Keep the comments coming - much appreciated!

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  18. Intriguing interview!

    --Trix

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    1. Thanks for checking out this fun interview. I especially liked the question about weird things I do when I'm alone. I don't know who ever got the idea a writer might do weird things :-)

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  19. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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    1. Glad you like the cover. Thanks for checking out my tour stop on All the Ups and Downs blog!

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  20. what would you like to see in your new book?

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    1. Without giving any spoilers, I'd like for Rena to find the answer to a major question from Fear Justice. I want to see her grow and embrace who she was meant to be.

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  21. this sounds interesting can't wait to read

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  22. Congrats on the release! I like the cover.

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    1. Thanks so much. This book was exciting for me, starting a new series with a strong character like Rena. Glad you like the cover.

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  23. This sounds like it's a great book. Congratulations on the release.

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    1. Thank you. Fear Justice was fun to write, especially the scenes with Rena and the agent tasked with protecting her. He has no idea what he's gotten himself into.

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  24. Thanks for sharing another great reading experience. Awesome post.

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    1. Glad you liked the post - thanks for checking out my interview on All the Ups and Downs blog.

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  25. Publisher: Dirt Road Books. What a cool name for a publisher. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. Oooo, sounds like a cool read! And has a good cover!

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    1. Thanks for the comment. The cover is one of my favorites.

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  27. what do you like about writing ?

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    1. I enjoy dreaming up these characters - they're like part of my family by the time I'm done with a book. The characters are definitely my favorite part, but I also like the freedom of telling the story I can't find anywhere else, in the way I want to tell it.

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  28. Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

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    1. Readers contact me through my website www.ccbolick.com and through social media - I have a Facebook page for my books https://www.facebook.com/CCBolick/ and I'm on Twitter @ccbolick. Often they want to hear what's coming up or they check in to let me know what they liked and want to see more of in my books. I try to answer everyone who reaches out. I want readers to know how much I enjoy talking with them.

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  29. What sparked your interest to write?

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    1. I've always loved to dream up stories, especially when I was a teen and felt like I didn't fit in anywhere. So, I'd invent my own world. I never had the patience to put the stories on paper until I was 29. For the last ten years, I've enjoyed writing and wish I'd started sooner.

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  30. How do you do research for your books?

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    1. I try to find what I need online. I like for details to be correct, especially when I'm describing technology or how something works. Sometimes I'll consult other books. At times I've written about places I've visited, but I usually change the name unless it's a well-known landmark or major city.

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    1. I get along pretty well with my laptop and a notebook I keep by my bed to write down ideas. I use LOTS of sticky notes, enough to fill up an entire wall. When I start a book, I lay out the outline and characters on a 24" x 18" drawing pad - that way I can take it all in with one view. I also keep a Thesaurus on my desk that my husband bought - best gift ever.

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  32. What does success mean to you? What is the definition of success?

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    1. I write a book, someone reads it, and they let me know. Success! The rest is just part of the process.

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  33. "Every night her father drinks himself to sleep, leaving her to care for her younger brother."

    Nothing worse than a dysfunctional family. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. For some reason, I can't seem to write a book without a dysfunctional family. I wonder what that says about me. Good luck with the giveaway!

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  34. Is writing your full-time career? Or would you like it to be?

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    1. No and maybe. I'm an electrical engineer by day. I write machine programs (which I enjoy) but it's different than writing a book.

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  35. "When her father is kidnapped by terrorists, her dreams of freedom become a nightmare."

    Wow, that's scary. Sounds like a great plot. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  36. On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

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    1. At least two hours but sometimes as much as eight if I'm not working the day job.

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  37. Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?

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    1. I'm active on several platforms. The links are listed on this page above the author interview. I love to hear from readers so please reach out!

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  38. Which character gave you the hardest time, while writing?

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    1. Rena because I wanted her to be fearless. I'm afraid of everything!

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    2. I would think this would be the best thing for you. I mean you can have her be super fearless and know that she's going to be okay.

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  39. would you ewrite a screenplay for one of your books ?

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  40. Not sure but it would be fun to try.

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  41. what part of the book do you enjoy writing the most and why?

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    1. The dialogue is my favorite. I love to set up a scene and feel the emotion as if I were one of the characters. I often talk through the scenes which can get weird if someone hears me.

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  42. When you’re writing an emotionally draining (or sexy, or sad, etc) scene, how do you get in the mood?

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  43. Did you have a say in what your book cover would look it?

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    1. Yes. The cover is exactly how I pictured Rena and her power.

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  44. Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

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    1. Don't stop, even when you think no one cares or will ever read your book. If you feel a burning passion to write, don't let anyone convince you it's a waste of time. I wrote for eight years before publishing my first book. During that time, I learned how to write better - each day I learn more. Writing a book takes practice and persistence.

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  45. How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

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  46. It's tough, a real roller-coaster. There are days when I can't get the story out fast enough. Sometimes I struggle when I need to be in one mood for the scene but feel the opposite. If I can't write the scene, I move to another and leave a placeholder for later.

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  47. How do you handle literary criticism?

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    1. I'm thankful when people take the time to say anything about my books. It's all a learning experience.

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  48. How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing?

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    1. I typically spend several months on the plot and character backgrounds before I write the first word, sometimes years.

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  49. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing the story?

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    1. Most of the work occurs before I start typing the chapters. Writing the story is tough, but I want to know the characters first. I want to know their motivations and where this story will start and end.

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  50. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

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    1. Ten so far. Fear Justice is my favorite because I love the conflict between Rena and the agent who's tasked with protecting her. I always strive to make each book a little better than the last.

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  51. What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?

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  52. What has publishing a book meant to you?

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  53. Oh this one sounds deep...dealing with an alcoholic parent is tough

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  54. Have any of your books been made into audiobooks? If so, what are the challenges in producing an audiobook?

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  55. Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

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  56. Tell us about your first published book? What was the journey like?

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  57. Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?

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  58. If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?

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  59. If you could cure a disease, what would it be?

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  60. If you were a tour guide, what would you like a visitor to see and what impression would you want them to take away with them when they leave?

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  61. What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

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  62. What did you do for Valentine’s Day? Is Valentine’s something you like to celebrate?

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  63. If you were running the 100 yard dash with a new writer, what writing, publishing wisdom would you bestow upon him/her before you reached the 100 yards?

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  64. If you could spend time as a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

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  65. What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

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  66. What has been the best compliment given to you as an author?

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  67. What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?

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  68. What book that you have read has most influenced your life?

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  69. What is the most amusing thing that has ever happened to you?

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  70. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

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  71. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

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  72. What is the first book that made you cry?

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  73. What's the furthest you've traveled from home?

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  74. What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

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  75. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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  76. What was your favourite book growing up?

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  77. What are common traps for aspiring writers?

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  78. Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

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  79. Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

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  80. Ever fallen asleep before anything important?

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  81. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

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  82. What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

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  83. When was the last time you truly laughed?

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  84. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

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  85. When have you been the most pissed off?

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  86. Have you ever had a prison penpal?

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  87. What type of weather inspires you to write the most?

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  88. What are your plans for this weekend?

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  89. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

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  90. I've heard some people tend to feel more inspired when they have a couple drinks. Have you found this to work?

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  91. Is the cover something you thought of or something someone else came up with?

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  92. I really like the cover of this book!

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  93. What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?

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  94. What is your favourite family holiday memory?

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  95. This sounds like a very good book.

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  96. There are a lot of interesting elements going on in this book. Thank you for sharing. Best wishes to the author on her book.

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  97. sounds like a fun one

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  98. Love the blurb...and the cover. Draws me right in and makes me want to read right now.

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  99. This sounds like a great book thanks for sharing!

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  100. You are an engineer and a writer? Wow! Impressive!

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  101. What's your favourite spooky story?

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  102. What are your plans for the weekend?

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