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Life of a Firefly - An Interview with Author Sandra Brown-Lindstedt

Life of a Firefly - An Interview with Author Sandra Brown-Lindstedt

April 16, 2021

Pic_Sandy_Brown78wpb.jpgSandra Brown-Lindstedt was born and raised in Chicago and moved to Portland with her three children when she was thirty-three. After working as a medical secretary for many years, she decided to go back to college and her my degree graduating  from Lewis & Clark College in Portland Oregon with bachelor's degrees in Theater and English.

She’s also worked in New York, on stage productions, art and design. She’s won two first place short story awards and three poetry awards, publishing the work in literary journals. She’s written and directed numerous plays in the US and in Sweden. Sandy resides in Sweden with her husband. Life of a Firefly is her first children's book.


Topics of Conversation

  • About winning several awards for her debut book.
  • Inspiration behind the story.
  • Writing for a young audience.
  • The sequel to Life of a Firefly
  • Advice for emerging authors


Life of a Firefly

LifeOfAFirefly.jpgThis award winning children's book, is both fun and exciting. It's written for kids of all ages to build strong character and help boost their self esteem. Girls as well as boys will see themselves in almost every situation that Sandy finds herself in, when she and her firefly go on amazing adventures that captures the imagination. As she continues on her incredible journey, each person she encounters teaches her another lesson about friendship and family.

This beautiful collection of moral stories will remind children, no matter how bleak a situation may look, a little faith and a firefly, can take them a long way. It also gives children of color a mirror of strong characters that look like them, and others a window to experience the African American community in a whole new way.


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Deciduous - An Interview with Author Michael Devendorf

Deciduous - An Interview with Author Michael Devendorf

April 3, 2021

MichaelDevendorf.jpgMichael Devendorf served as a chief executive for a national organization and crafted corporate communications for the business community and the workforce. He traveled from coast-to-coast meeting fascinating people and visiting remarkable places presenting his message on company culture to audiences that included industry leaders and political figures. Those events have fallen into the crevices of his mind and sometimes crawl their way out to influence his writing today. Captivating storytelling that clings to the soul has always been his passion. After years of letting life and career get in the way, he chose to step away from business and technical writing to devote himself to creativity instead. Michael is inspired by writing about juxtaposing emotions and provoking the reader with stories that defy strict categorization and blend genres. In addition to writing, he is a passionate animal welfare advocate. He and his family split their time between Dallas, Texas, and northern Wisconsin.


Topics of Conversation

  • Inspiration behind the storyline
  • Writing from the female perspective
  • Building a story with juxtaposing emotions
  • A twist you won't see coming
  • Research and writing
  • What Michael likes to read
  • His next book



It has been ten months since forest conservationist Sienna lost her daughter in a tragic home accident when she was the only other person around. Kira's death transforms Sienna into an overprotective mother to her son. But then Kai dies under similar circumstances. Desperate to keep from losing her mind, if only to preserve the memories of her children, Sienna climbs into the treehouse where Kai took his last breath. 

While meditating to connect with him, terrifying images of a "mother tree," a nurturing hub tree Sienna studied in an isolated meadow near their lake house, corrupt all memories of her kids. No longer a majestic, colorful sentinel, the tree menaces her with its limbs draped in leaves that morph into skeletal hands. As Sienna's thoughts fester, convincing her that her children's deaths were not simple accidents, those around her try to persuade her she must be guilty of harming Kira and Kai, even if she can't remember. Anxious to unveil the terrible truth hiding in her psyche, Sienna instead finds herself in very physical danger as secrets come to light.


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A Web of Deceit - An Interview with Author Gary D. McGugan

A Web of Deceit - An Interview with Author Gary D. McGugan

March 23, 2021

Gary_McGugan_2014-small_b3fot.jpgWriting started for Gary D. McGugan after a 40-year career in the world of business. He’s worked in supermarkets, sold appliances, distributed motorcycles, launched an automobile dealer network, and provided financing to help businesses grow. Every industry was very different from the other. Each company had a distinctive culture and character, but all were units of large corporations with operations around the globe.

Travel has always been a large component of his business roles and he’s now visited more than 650 towns and cities in more than fifty countries for either business or leisure.

Experts say we should write about things we know best. In Gary’s case, those subjects are business, travel, and people. As an author, his goal is to entertain readers around the world — one at a time.

Topics of Conversation:

  • Technology, organized crime, and other inspirations for a novel of intrigue
  • Female protagonists in fiction and writing from the perspective of the opposite gender
  • Killing off his characters
  • The influence Gary's worldly travels have on his writing
  • Exploring options outside fiction and what's next


AWebOfDeceit.jpgA Web of Deceit

Fate, misfortune and opportunity entangle three rivals in a quick-paced suspense thriller. It's a jet-setting, exhilarating trek across five different continents where the risks can be fatal but the payouts oh-so-rewarding.

Connect with Gary McGugan!

Facebook:  @gary.d.mcgugan.books
Twitter: @GaryDMcGugan
Instagram: @authorgarydmcgugan 

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Awakening the Soul of Power - An Interview with Author Christian de la Huerta

Awakening the Soul of Power - An Interview with Author Christian de la Huerta

March 16, 2021

Award-winning author Christian de la Huerta is an acclaimed speaker at various settings,christian6.jpg including universities, conferences, corporate training, spiritual communities and the TedX stage. Audiences find Christian's message particularly relevant in these times. Christian also practices as a spiritual coach and a leadership development consultant whose work ranges from individuals and couples in private practice to major corporations and non-profit groups.

Topics of Conversation:

  • What is the Soul of Power?
  • Why women's empowerment is so important in the world today.
  • What are the different types of power?
  • How do we take back our power?
  • Deepening your experience

Awakening the Soul of Power, the first book in the Calling All Heroes series, rethinks whatAwakeningTheSoulOfPower.jpg heroism means in the 21st century and reveals practical tools to help you embark on a journey to personal freedom. If you long for healthier relationships and a life filled with meaning and purpose, this book holds the keys to unlocking the secrets of personal empowerment and unleashing your inner hero.

Awakening the Soul of Power focuses on personal empowerment because the way you embody, express and relate to power impacts every area of your life.

If you long for healthier relationships and a life filled with meaning and purpose, this book holds the keys to getting what you want. 


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A Gay Man’s Guide to Life - An Interview with Author Britt East

A Gay Man’s Guide to Life - An Interview with Author Britt East

February 25, 2021

BRITT EAST is an author and speaker who uses his experience, strength, and hope to challengeBritt_East_-_Headshot9io84.jpg and inspire change-oriented gay men to get down to the business of improving their lives. With over two decades of personal growth and development experience in a variety of modalities, such as the 12 Steps, Nonviolent Communication, yoga, meditation, talk therapy, and the Hoffman Process, Britt is committed to building a personal practice of self-discovery that he can then share with gay men everywhere. He lives in Seattle with his husband and their crazy dog.

Topics of Conversation

  • Using his experiences to establish a platform to help others 
  • Britt's personal experience growing up gay in the South
  • Using "A Gay Man's Guide to Life" for personal transformation
  • Coming from a place of service for personal growth
  • Realizing your full potential
  • and more...

AGayMansGuideToLife.jpgA GAY MAN'S GUIDE TO LIFE presents an approachable, no-nonsense path for gay men, to set down the excuses and get to the business of improving their lives. No new-age mumbo jumbo or wishy washy self-help jargon. Just real work focused on real results to unleash our true selves and unlock our best lives.











Supreme Betrayal - An Interview with Author Mark M. Bello

Supreme Betrayal - An Interview with Author Mark M. Bello

February 18, 2021

Mark M. BelloAs an attorney and civil justice advocate, author Mark M. Bello draws upon over 40 years of courtroom experience in his Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series.

A Michigan native, Mark received his B.A. in English Literature from Oakland University and his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. After working extremely high profile legal cases, Mark wanted to give the public a front-row glimpse of what victims face when standing up for justice.

Combining his legal experience and passion for justice with a creative writing style, Mark not only brings high-quality legal services to his clients but captivating novels to his readers.

When Mark’s not writing legal and political novels, he writes and posts about fairness and justice in the civil justice system on his website, Legal Examiner and Injury Board. In his spare time, Mark enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. Mark and his wife, Tobye, have four children and 8 grandchildren.



  • Drawing inspiration from today's headlines
  • Social justice issues
  • Sexual assault reporting before and after the MeToo Movement
  • Creating characters we love and those we love to hate
  • Writing two novels at one time
  • What's next?

SUPREME BETRAYAL is a dynamic and action-packed journey of injustice, betrayal, murder and revenge as white privilege, partisan politics and greed take precedence over the truth.



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You’ve Got Some Nerve - An Interview with Author Derryen Plante

You’ve Got Some Nerve - An Interview with Author Derryen Plante

January 5, 2021

DERRYEN PLANTE is a survivor who battled back from a traumatic brain injury and redefined herself in the wake of a horrific attack that altered the course of her life.DerryenPlante.jpg

Derryen received her BS from St. Lawrence University in 2015 (mathematics-economics combined and psychology), her master's degree in criminal justice from Boston University in 2019, and is currently working on her doctorate degree in business administration from Northcentral University. She currently works as a Principal Revenue Agent for the State of Maine, where she resides with her two adorable cats, Kanga and Roo.

She wrote this book to create a connection with others suffering with an invisible injury and to offer them strength to build a new life post-injury. From the broken pieces, she was able to create something beautiful. She hopes she can inspire others to do the same.

To connect and learn more about Derryen visit her website at



  • The 20-second attack that changed her life forever
  • Writing about her experience as a way to help others
  • How her experience changed her perception of depression, PTSD and other invisible illnesses
  • Recovery - Expectations vs. Reality
  • Coming to Terms
  • What life looks like now



YouveGotSomeNerve.jpgDerryen Plante knew her destination in life long before she reached it: she was going to be a special investigator for the federal government working on high-level crimes. Every step she took was in preparation for one day achieving that dream. Then, without warning, her dream was shattered.

While completing a unit check at the juvenile prison where she worked, Derryen was violently attacked by one of the inmates. She suffered a traumatic brain injury that sent her into a spiral of PTSD, depression, and multiple medical interventions. As she navigated her life after the attack, Derryen struggled to accept her new reality. She’d built her entire life around a dream that no longer seemed possible. Without that, who was she?

You've Got Some Nerve is Derryen’s real, raw, and honest account of how she redefined her life, navigated the challenges unique to brain injury recovery, and found support in unexpected places. Her journey offers keen insight into how each of us can support those suffering with the long-term effects of an invisible injury.


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The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola - An Interview with Author Melissa Muldoon

The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola - An Interview with Author Melissa Muldoon

December 4, 2020

Melissa Muldoon is the author of Dreaming Sophia, Waking Isabella, Eternally Artemisia, and MelissaHeadshot.jpgThe Secret Life of Sofonsiba Anguissola.

She is an artist, designer, and creator of the Studentessa Matta Dual-language Blog and Youtube channel. Through her many projects and her programs to study in Italy, Melissa promotes Italian language and culture.

She has a B.A. in fine arts, art history, and European history and a Master's in art history. She studied painting, language, and art history in Florence.

Melissa's four books set in Italy celebrate art and creativity. They tell the stories of women and their journeys of self-discovery to find love, uncover hidden truths, and follow their destinies to shape a better future.

For more information about Melissa Muldoon and her books, visit her website at


  • Her inspiration behind the story of Sofonisba Anguissola
  • Creation of the world's first "selfie"
  • Sofonisba's spirit, independence, and self-worth paves the way for female artists and all women
  • Writing Historical Fiction
  • Writing and marketing during a pandemic.
  • Next for Melissa


Sofonisba Anguissola was a woman who dared to dream far beyond the limitations set for women during her era – truly a woman before her time. Her story demonstrates the power behind the sentiment, “anything is possible” and her achievements helped pave the way for generations of women to come. That Sofonisba is “the most famous woman you’ve never heard of” as indicated in the subtitle, is representative of the way she left her mark on the world – humbly, through hard work, humility, resilience, integrity, and respect. Through Melissa Muldoon’s exquisite rendition the world can see – 500 years later, that Sofonisba Anguissola was a true heroine and role model for all women on the road to equality.


For more information visit Melissa’s author webpage: & Amazon Author page

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Soul Seeker - An Interview with Author Kaylin McFarren

Soul Seeker - An Interview with Author Kaylin McFarren

October 30, 2020

KaylinMcFarren.jpgKaylin McFarren has received more than fifty national literary awards, in addition to a prestigious RWA Golden Heart Award nomination for Flaherty’s Crossing—a book she and her oldest daughter, New York Times/USA Today best-selling author Kristina McMorris, co-wrote in 2008.

Prior to embarking on her writing journey and developing her popular Threads psychological thriller series, she poured her passion for creativity into her work as the director of a fine art gallery in the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon; she also served as a governor-appointed member of the Oregon Arts Commission and currently oversees interior design projects for the Yoshida Group of Companies.

Her self-published books are written in multiple genres and include award-winning romantic thrillers, mysteries, a time-travel adventure, and now, a paranormal fantasy. She hopes that her stories are entertaining and that they linger in the minds of readers long after her final twists are revealed.

In addition to writing, when she’s not traveling between homes in San Diego and Portland or spoiling her two pups and three grandsons, she enjoys giving back to her community through participation and support of various charitable, medical, and educational organizations, and encourages others to do the same.

To learn more about Kaylin McFarren and her work, visit her website


Topics of Conversation

  • Stepping outside her normal genre – writing about the supernatural world
  • Why she pushes her characters to their limits
  • Bringing relevant social issues into the mix – women’s rights
  • A woman as the ruler of hell?
  • Writing and publishing a book during a pandemic


Crighton Daemonium arrives in the peaceful town of Lochton, Illinois, searching for wicked souls to add to his count. Benjamin Poe, a devoted husband, father and firefighter, finds himself in a battle of wills against this evil, manipulating demon, while protecting his only son. Ultimately, Poe is tricked into committing murder and Crighton is rewarded with the soul he was sent to retrieve. Following Poe’s execution, Crighton continues his dark malevolent duties, until he's kidnapped by members of The Sovereign Sector. This group of scientists, notorious for experimenting on supernatural creatures, forces Crighton into a soulmate relationship with the very angel he was sent to capture for the King of Hell, Lucifer. With secrets revealed, darkness rules and loyalties shift. The demonic soul-seeker soon becomes the target of Lucifer's revenge, and his journey to redemption and freedom—or eternal enslavement—begins.








Crimson at Cape May - An Interview with Author Randy Overbeck

Crimson at Cape May - An Interview with Author Randy Overbeck

October 8, 2020

Randy_Overbeck8r87g.jpg Dr. Randy Overbeck is a veteran educator who has served children as a teacher and school leader. For more than three decades, his educational experiences and responsibilities ranged from coach and yearbook advisor to principal and superintendent, and he’s lived the roles of many of the characters in his stories.

An accomplished writer, he has been published in trade journals, professional texts and newspapers, as well as in fiction, now with his third published novel.

As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop.

When he’s not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.

To learn more about Randy Overbeck and his work visit

Topics of Conversation

  • The paranormal world and believing in ghosts
  • Choosing a new location for each mystery
  • Writing in a different time period
  • Favorite part of research process
  • Centering your mysteries around a social justice issue.



No matter how far you run, you can never really escape a haunted past. Darrell Henshaw-teacher, coach, and paranormal sensitive-learned this lesson the hard way. Now, with his job gone and few options, he heads for Cape May to coach a summer football camp. The resort town, with gorgeous beaches, rich history and famous Victorian mansions, might just be the getaway he needs. Only, no one told him Cape May is the most haunted seaport on the East Coast. When a resident ghost, the Haunted Bride, stalks Darrell, begging for his help, he can't refuse, and joins forces with Cassie, another sensitive. As Darrell and the street-wise teen investigate the bride's death, they uncover something far more sinister than a murder. Can Darrell and Cassie expose those behind the crimes before they end up becoming the next victims?



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