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It’s a Wrap: My 2019 Writing and Author Appearances Recap

I hope you all had a nice 2019 and that 2020 is even better. Here is a recap of my writing and author appearances in 2019 with my tentative calendar for 2020.

On April 6, I attended the Long Island Local Author Fair at the Tilles Center at Long Island University’s C.W. Post Campus.

On April 24, I appeared on Between the Covers TV Show with fellow guests from the Book Fairies. Here is a link to the episode.

On May 4, I published my standalone psychological mystery, Sea Scope.

In May, I was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for my cozy mystery, Love on the Rocks.

From May 15 to 18, I attended the Cat Writers’ Association Conference in St. Louis, Missouri where I spoke on a panel with three other members who write cat mysteries: Sandy Murphy, Patricia Fry, and Mollie Hunt.

In May, I also attended the Romance Writers’ Association luncheon at the Fox Hollow Inn in Woodbury, New York.

On June 5, a front-page story appeared about me and my new release, Sea Scope, in the Hicksville News.

On August 10, I appeared at the Sip This Coffee House in Valley Stream with fellow authors, Lisa Diaz Meyer and Tracy Auerbach.

On August  15, I spoke at the Hicksville Library about Sea Scope.

On September 21, I attended the South Huntington Library’s Fall Fair with three other members of the Long Island Authors Group.

On September 29, I published a short mystery eBook, The Mistaken Mission.

On October 19, I appeared at the Kitten Kadoodle Coffee Cafe in Selden, NY with fellow authors Lisa Diaz Meyer, Elaine Donadio, and Andrea Roche.

In November, I published the article, “Keeping Your Indoor Pets Safe from Household Hazards” that appeared in its print edition and online blog.

On November 2, I appeared at Mongo’s Coffee in Syosset, New York, with fellow authors Lisa Diaz Meyer, Elaine Donadio, Andrea Roche, and Tracy Auerbach.

On November 16, I hosted, spoke, and signed books at the St. Stephen’s Fall Author Fair in Hicksville, New York with 8 other local authors including Roland Allnach, Nika Rhone, Tracy Auerbach, Catherine Mairiosi, John Krahn, Lisa Diaz Meyer, Janet Rudolph, and James Cudney IV.

On November 30, I published two short mystery eBooks: Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery and Murder Unwrapped.

So far, for 2020, I will be answering questions at the Hicksville Library’s book club discussion of my book, Sea Scope, on January 15.

On February 1, I will be appearing at Barnes and Noble in Massapequa, New York with 8 other mystery authors.

On March 28, I’ll be appearing at Starbucks in Bay Terrace, Queens with fellow NY authors, Elaine Donadio, Andrea Roche, Lisa Diaz Meyer, and Tracy Auerbach.

On April 25, I’ll be appearing at Barnes and Nobel in Selden, New York with fellow NY authors Elaine Donadio, Andrea Roche, Luisa Diaz Meyer, and Tracy Auerbach.

In July, I’ll be attending the Cat Writers’ Association Conference in New Jersey.

I also have two complete manuscripts I am hoping to publish in 2020 and am working on some short stories. I appreciate all the support of my readers and fellow authors and those who have hosted me at local author fairs and events.

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Meet Me and Other Local Authors This Fall at a Cat Cafe, Coffee House, and Church

If you live on or near Long Island, you might be interested in some of the upcoming author events at which I’ll be participating with other local authors.

My first event, on Saturday, October 19, is at A Kitten Kadoodle. Coffee Cafe  with three other members of the Coffee House Tours from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you like books, cats, coffee, and/or refreshments, come on down to see me and three other authors who will be happy to chat with you and autograph a copy of our books.

In November, I’ll be attending two author events. On Saturday, November 2, I will be at Mongo’s Coffee Roastery and Lounge with four other members of the Coffee House Tours from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you haven’t been to this coffee house in Syosset yet, you’re missing a wonderful experience. Unlike most coffee houses, Mongo’s is a large space that hosts many literary events and roasts their coffee on the premises. Come see for yourself and treat yourself to a cup of Joe with five authors.

On Saturday, November 16, I’ll be hosting the Local Author Fair at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church from 2 to 5 p.m. The President of the Long Island Authors Group, Roland Allnach, will be a speaker, and there will be twelve authors of various genres signing books at tables. In addition, each author will talk about their writing, and there will be raffles for prizes. Admission is free, and raffle proceeds will be donated to a local charity. It should be a fun day and a great opportunity to purchase some autographed books for yourself or as gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

I hope you can join me at one or all of these events. Thanks for your support.

Posted in Author Spotlight, New Releases

Author Spotlight: Andrea Roche

authorspotlightWelcome to the Literary Library Lounge where I interview fellow authors. Today, I am chatting with  Andrea Roach who writes under the pen name Andrea Roche. Andrea comes from biopic-2a “small village called Middle Village in the Big Apple (New York).”limitlesslibrarylounge

Thanks for joining me, Andrea.  Please take a seat and make yourself comfortable.

How long have you been published? What titles have you published and with which publisher? Have you self-published any titles? Please give details.

  • nights-arose-001-1Nights Arose is my very first published novel. It is out with Solstice Publishing. I am excited that you and I were discovered by Solstice during the Pit2Pub Twitter Challenge this July. You are like my publishing sister!

Indeed, Andrea. I also live on Long Island which is not very far from you.

Tell us a little bit about your books — what genre you write, if you write a series, any upcoming releases or your current work-in-progress. If you have an upcoming release, please specify the release date.

  • Nights Arose is a Historical Paranormal Romance, this is my very favorite genre. I love anything Fantasy really. I am making a second addition for this story which takes place several months after the first book ends. The first book ended with a happily for now kind of feeling. Not quite a cliffhanger but it leaves the reader wishing to learn more. Where does her story go from here? What will happen to the happy couple? I love that in books, and is integral for any series.
  • Nights Arose is releasing today, November 28,  ready for download after the pre-sale which began November 18, 2016. It’s opening on Cyber Monday. I’m hoping readers will discover the story and scoop it up with the flurry of sales that are happening today.

I wish you luck with that, Andrea. Maybe this author spotlight about you will help.

Describe your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?

  • My goal is really to entertain readers with a great story. I want them to delve into the world I have built within Nights Arose and enjoy the wild ride my MC, Arose, has.
  • In the next few years, I hope to be wearing sunglasses and a big floppy hat in Tuscany. Lunching in a quaint brocherie next to a cobblestone street.
  • To make this come true I hope to capture the imaginations of readers who aspire to be like Arose. Strong and capable but at the same time sweet and worthy of such love and admiration.

Sounds like you’ve created an interesting main character.

What type of reader are you hoping to attract?  Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?

  • My writing is almost lyrical. I hope there are people who enjoy reading a story in prose. Writing fantastical stories, the story will attract people who enjoy stories of spirits, magic, dragons, enchanted stones and the Astral Plane. I hope to appeal to young women who need a hero that is themselves.  I want to make them their own hero! Trust in their own strengths, and overcome their own fatal flaws, as my MC does.

  • I think that story will have wide appeal among today’s young women.  

What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?

  • Read, write, sleep, dream with your eyes open then write some more. Never give up learning, polish your skills. We are in a field where there are no masters, we are constant students always learning, always writing.
  • That is so very true and why writing is so challenging and yet so rewarding.

What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?

  • My story from its inception did not fit the mold of the typical romance story. There are some beliefs that there is some kind of formula for a romance story. Most times the POV would be in the male hero’s, mine’s not. The femme fatale. Perfect body, weak and in trouble. My MC is far from the shrinking violet, but she learns how to trust and work together with the man she loves for her happily for now ending.  I have been told by so called experts the story line is not what they are used to, didn’t fit the formula. I thought it was time for something fresh, maybe something never seen before can be a new trend.
  • It’s great to experiment with your writing. I believe authors should follow their own voices and not feel they need to conform to anyone else’s style.

Have you taken any writing or publishing classes? If so, please provide information about them and if you feel they helped you further your professional skills.

  • I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing and English Literature. Strange combination, I know. But I always needed to write and in college took so many writing classes I qualified for English Lit for my degree minor.

My first creative writing class was in the fourth grade. My teacher suggested to my parents I take a special class. Being old school my parents expected it to be extra help. They were very disappointed in me. I was thrilled!  Then I realized my classmates were some of the brightest students I had ever met. They dressed like me, talked  about strange subjects like I did, and thought freely, just like me. I realized they were no different than I. It helped to boost my self-esteem greatly, making me brave enough to let my thoughts flow onto the paper. I have been hooked since.

I was an English major myself. Your Marketing courses will serve you well in promoting your books.

What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?

  • I love to cook. I have been cooking since I was tall enough to reach the kitchen table. Every time my mother started cooking I insisted on being next to her watching everything she did. I actually added some cooking references into Nights Arose. Describing meals with such intense detail it makes your mouth water.
  • I’m not much of a cook, but people have told me they enjoyed the scenes in my Cobble Cove mysteries in which my characters dine out or eat at home. They also liked the special PB&J sandwich that is one of the character’s secret family recipe. In my recent release, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, one of my readers won a prize for including a tasty PB&J sandwich, but it isn’t the secret recipe from the book.

What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?

  • I love writing as a whole– writing and having written.  My toughest challenge though is dealing with critics that are deconstructive rather than constructive. What do you get out of a critique of “You can’t put two words together to make a sentence,” what is that supposed to do but discourage a writer?  I would like to say it gave me the “Thicker skin” as some people tell you to have, now I laugh at myself for letting them get to me and allow myself to think they were better than me.
  • I will continue to write no matter what happens, even if I never get my lunch at the brocherie by the cobblestones, in my wide brimmed hat and sunglasses I will keep writing and learning.
  • Good for you. Determination and thick skins are both important qualities for authors to develop.

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Thanks so much for the great interview, Andrea, and I wish you lots of luck on your debut release today and your future books.