Jan 10 2012
Greetings, Cool Peeps:
Happy New Year! It’s been a while.
Here’s the news from my neck of the woods. On December 1, 2011, the ebook edition of Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! was published. It’s available on Amazon, BN.com, Kobo, Apple, and many other sites. The paperback edition should be out in January 2012. If you want to know about my life beyond the blogs, you’ll find that I spill all kinds of personal secrets in the novel. And perhaps you’ll be able to answer the eternal “Is Molly Hacker really too picky?” question for yourself.
Remember all of those wonderful guests I interviewed in 2011? Well, several of them have come back to visit with us today and give us an update on what they’ve been doing since their original interview. I’ve provided links to all of the original interviews, so click away on as many cool peeps as you’d like.
I’d also like to let you know that I will be continuing my interviews in 2012, though they will not be weekly as they were in 2011.
All updates regarding Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! can be found on the home page of this site.
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING, COOL PEEPS?
TIFFANY KING – Original Interview April 5, 2011
It’s a pleasure to be back with the wonderful Molly Hacker and I am honored she allowed me to be a part of her one-year extravaganza. This past year has been a crazy year for me and it’s hard to believe I’m quickly approaching my one-year book birthday for Meant to Be.
In one year’s time, I released my baby Meant to Be and watched it grow into what it now is. I finished the sequels Forgotten Souls and The Ascended closing the series up. I feel more like a writer now, than I ever have before but I am still truly amazed when someone takes the time to look me up to tell me how much they enjoyed my books. I will be forever grateful to all of them for making my crazy pipe dream become a reality.
This last year has been extremely exciting for me made up of great opportunities. I have met some truly phenomenal people this year and consider myself very lucky to be able to call so many of them my friend, including the fabulous Molly Hacker. If I’ve learned anything this year, it is that the writing and book blogging world are one-of-a-kind, made up of truly fabulous people. They are supportive, encouraging, and always the cheerleader you may need.
Thank you Molly and everyone else for allowing me to become something that never seemed possible <3
OLIVIA WILDER – Original Interview July 26, 2011
Oh, Molly, how nice of you to ask!
I have been busy painting, (see some of my work at my website), doing celebrity interviews on my internet radio show at blogtalkradio, and I recently brought back my former poodle, Ms. Sabine’s popular website, that can be seen by clicking on the little poodle on any of my website pages.
And, like you, Ms. Hacker, I continue to be picky! Is there any other way?
CHRISTA POLKINHORN – Original Interview July 12, 2011
Hello Molly and cool peeps,
I can’t believe that six months have already passed since I got to chat with Molly —who, in the meantime, became a famous character in the novel, Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! Congratulations, Molly. It was so much fun reading about you!
What I have I done since then? A lot, it seems, but as far as my writing goes, I am in what you could call a gestation period. I am working on the third part of my “Family Portrait” series. When I wrote the first book, I had no intention of writing a whole series. However, I can’t seem to get rid of the characters I created. They keep following me around and beg me not to let them die. We’ve been arguing back and forth. I tell them they had their chance and I would always think fondly of them, but I needed to move on. I wanted to write something totally different but every time I began to write, Karla, Andreas, Laura, or Tonio invade my mind and whisper to me: “Hey, guess what I just did? You should write that down.”
Well, we settled on a compromise. I promised to continue working on the third part, but I wanted the freedom to also explore other forms of writing. So here we are.
While struggling with my creative writing in English, I went to Switzerland for three months and was able to finish the translation of the first book, An Uncommon Family, into German. The title of the book is Eine ungewöhnliche Familie and the eBook version is now available on all the Amazon sites, including Amazon.de. Paperbacks will be available in the near future.
You can find out all about me and my books on my new website (I had to recreate it from scratch, but that’s another story):
Thanks, Molly, for the opportunity to say hello again!
JEFF BENNINGTON – Original Interview September 20, 2011
I’d be glad to tell you what I’ve been doing since you interviewed me last fall. To begin with, I’ve been remodeling my basement in my free time and still helping my wife homeschool our four children. Those are my priorities, superseding everything I do. With the time I dedicate to writing and platform building, I started another blog called The Kindle Book Review to help promote well reviewed indie and small press authors. I’ve also bee doing a lot of blogging at my home base, The Writing Bomb.
As far as my writing is concerned, I recently released another supernatural thriller called Twisted Vengeance and it is really taking off. In fact, it went into the top 5,000 on Amazon within the first two weeks. Reunion, my supernatural thriller about a group of kids who go through a school shooting and reunite twenty years later, hit the Amazon #1 spot for the ghost category. So all in all I’ve been very busy… maybe too busy. But I’m enjoying the ride while I can, trying to make every minute count.
Thanks again for your support of authors at all stages of their career. You are much appreciated.
LAURA CHEADLE – Original Interview September 13, 2011
Great to catch up with you. Well, my official bio describes me as “not just a thoughtful singer-songwriter, and not just a soulful funk diva, but a musician who offers audiences a lively performance filled with upbeat introspection.”
I’m a New Jersey native with four successful albums, including a Christmas album. I have opened for The Jonas Brothers, Sister Hazel, Spin Doctors, Ryan Cabrera, Kasim Sulton, Terrence Simien, Garland Jeffreys, John Oates/Hall and Oates, Average White Band and Constantine Maraoulis of American Idol. I was featured on Philadelphia’s 6 ABC’s “TUNED IN” segment as their very first Viewer’s Choice where my music and I were recently profiled. The Hit Radio Station 93.7 WSTW voted me “Best Female Singer of 2009” and “Best Female Artist of 2010.” Because of my active charity work, I was named a “super Woman of South Jersey” in South Jersey Magazine. I am sponsored by SENNHEISER Microphones and am an advocate for children who are less fortunate through various charities. My latest studio album “Change (It’s Alright)” as well as my latest new LIVE ALBUM, “Laura Cheadle: Living On” are now released and available at my website and on iTunes.
JOY KATZEN-GUTHRIE – Original Interview June 28, 2011
Molly, since we last talked, I have published the second in my SpiritVoice Greeting Card/CD series, Profound Blessings and Gratitude, with thanks giving poetry, guided meditation/affirmation, and traditional and original hymns (BlessBodyStore). I’ll serve as performer and Scholar in Residence on my coming Jewish Heritage Tour of Turkey, October 15-28: (TurkeyJewishHeritageTour), visiting many of the world’s oldest Greek, Roman, Jewish, Christian and Islamic archaeological sites. I have announced an eclectic 2012 schedule of Broadway, Big Band, Folk, and Spiritual concerts along with classes in humor, satire, history, biography, philosophy, television, film, and stage. In February, I join the Tampa Bay Area Cantorial Association in our 2012 Annual Cantorial Concert.
On a personal note, my dear mother Bess passed away recently, only weeks before her 90th birthday, so it has been a time of reflection and grief for me as well. Molly, she really loved reading and sharing our last interview. I want to thank you for that, and for the generosity you have extended in sharing my life’s work with others.
MICHELLE HALKET – Original Interview May 10, 2011
Thanks so much for following up with me. Things have been quite busy around here, we launched several books this fall, both in print and digital editions and are excited about them all. Our newest book is a change from what we normally do, it’s a book of poetry and photography by the acclaimed and very popular creators of the blog: I Wrote This For You. Come the new year, there will of course be more new releases, including the next in the series for Cold in California, Lily, Can You Hear Me Now, and the next in the Devlin Caine detective series.
We also have a few little things up our sleeves – and you being a reporter, well I guess I’ll tell you. We will be starting a new imprint called Central Avenue. Two of our books are already published under that imprint, but we’ll be moving more to that imprint, as well as our new releases.
We’ve had another record-breaking month so far here and we’re excited for what the new year will bring. I wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year and I look forward to reading more about your very crazy, but fun life…
TOM OLIVER – Original Interview May 17, 2011
Since I last talked with you, I’ve been painting quite a bit and have had a few more shows LA art venues like the Cactus Gallery in Eagle Rock and the Monkeyhouse Toys and Gallery in Silverlake. I’m currently doing a series of paintings on the LA Farmer’s Market and the Grove. When they added the Grove shops to the Farmer’s Market I was worried that it would ruin the character of the Market. It had a great ambiance unlike any other Market. It was a gathering place for all kinds of people — movie stars, retirees, and hipsters, joined by the fun element of all the tourist buses that dropped by. However, the Grove has only enhanced the character of the older area by bringing in more people. In fact I think it has saved the Farmer’s Market from dwindling away, and has given some culture to people who usually stick to mall-type settings.
Coming up in February I have have a show scheduled in San Dimas at the 2nd Story Gallery in the Walker House on East Bonita Avenue, and in May I’ll have a whole room at the Long Beach Arts Gallery. If you would like to see some of my paintings in person right now, you can check them out at the Cactus Gallery, or buy them on Etsy.com. And of course my website is where you can find info about me.
MARIA SAVVA – Original Interview August 23, 2011
Hi Molly, it’s been a while since we last had a chat. Congrats on publishing your new book; I hope it’s a bestseller! Can’t wait to read it! Since my interview with you in August, I’ve been very busy writing. I’ve finished the first draft of my new novel, and am currently editing that. I’m also having fun designing the cover. I’ve decided to do an acrylic painting inspired by the work for the cover. It’s quite a dark book, bordering on the paranormal but with a crime/psychological thriller theme. Since we last spoke, Bestsellerbound has produced two more short story anthologies and I have short stories in each volume. In Volume 2 I have a story called, ‘Isolation’, based around the theme of loneliness; and in Volume 3, I have a story called ‘Winter Blues’, which is a contemporary fiction tale with a humourous twist. Hope to catch up again with you soon, Molly. You can get all the latest news about my writing from my official website. Bye for now, Maria
DAWN KIRBY – Original Interview May 3, 2011
Hi, Molly! It’s so exciting to see you in print. I can’t even imagine how thrilled you must be. So many wonderful things have happened since we last talked. I signed a contract with Dark Dragon Publishing Company for the first book, SECRETS in my Paranormal Romance series in August. Edits are well underway now and it’s set to be released later in 2012. In October I was fortunate enough to have one of my shorts, DATE NIGHT appear in the 13 TALES of the PARANORMAL anthology published by Firefly and Wisp. The Seven Deadly Sins Anthology I was asked to participate in alongside six other brilliant authors is near completion and we hope to have it released very soon. Currently when I’m not editing I’m working on transitioning the TURNING serial I’ve been writing For Sabrina Ogden’s review site into a novel. I hope to be able to publish it on my own and donate a portion of the proceeds to a charity of her choice. So far 2012 is looking to be a terrific year.
MARGOT KINBERG – Original Interview August 9, 2011
Thanks for asking how I’ve been. Since we last spoke, I’ve been working awfully hard. I’ve finished my third Joel Williams novel and I’m very excited about it. Right now it’s in someone’s hands and I’m waiting for feedback on it. I’ve also been doing some big freelance projects (Did I ever tell you I do freelance writing?). That’s been taking up a lot of my time, but I’m still making some progress on my own writing, too. For example, I’ve gotten started on a non-fiction book about crime fiction. I’m hoping to get that done this coming year. Also, I recently had a memorable trip to New Zealand where I presented a paper on using crime fiction as a literacy-development tool. So as you can see, I’ve been keeping awfully busy!
DEBORAH RILEY-MAGNUS – Original Interview September 27, 2011
Hi Molly! Since we last chatted in September of 2011 my non-fiction, Finding Author Success: Discovering and Uncovering the Marketing Power Within Your Manuscript was released, and boy it’s keeping me busy! I’ve been answering author questions at The Author Success Coach wesbite and have scheduled online workshops there for authors seeking better book sales success. I’ve been booked to speak and teach a Book Business Plan workshop at the Pennwriters Conference this May, am blogging away as usual, writing more fiction – a sequel to my urban fantasy, Cold in California, entitled Monkey Jump scheduled for release this spring. Also on the computer monitor are a new YA series and a paranormal woman’s fiction. Begging for front burner attention is the tingling seed of a romance too. Busy, busy … so what else is new. *wink*
ROB DINSMOOR – Original Interview April 26, 2011
I’ve been quite busy since last we spoke. I’ve been amassing a new series of stories called “32 Dogs,” full of gritty and absurd autobiographical stories, including being air-dropped into the midst of a horribly dysfunctional family for a “vacation.” It will include a dog in every story and the gritty cover will be designed by my artist friend Helen. Helen and I are collaborating on a kid’s book about my earning the trust of her rescued Border Collie Dixie, and Helen will be doing the illustrations. Finally, my back burner project is a book about my continuing friendship with Dr. Amy Bishop Anderson, the so-called “Alabama shooter,” who gunned down her colleagues at a faculty meeting early in 2010. I want to show her other side — the sweet, brilliant, funny woman I’m still proud to call a friend and who continues to be “there” for me.
LAURA SCHULTZ – Original Interview October 11, 2011
It’s so nice to speak with you again this close to 2012. 2011 was an exciting ride for me. In September, my first book was published entitled Arise and Shine: Laments from the Darkness, Songs of the Light. It is a transformational journey via verse that reflects my personal philosophy about poetry and life in general in that we are here to serve others, mutually share in our love for life, and be there for each other during our struggles.
A few months later I was asked to contribute to the new release entitled “Casey Anthony Murder Trial” by Claudette Walker for which I wrote the postscript encompassing a psychological profile of Ms. Anthony. I continue to review books in the areas of true crime, self-help, memoirs, poetry and some fiction for the New York Journal of Books and enjoy this immensely. I am working on both a memoir and a true crime book, both of which I’m passionate about.
You can visit me and my work at my website. All of the links to purchase my book are there.
LILI TUFEL – Original Interview September 6, 2011
It is great to talk to you again, Molly. I have wonderful news to share with you. I signed a contract with Fantasy Island Book Publishing and they edited and published SAND as an ebook and paperback. It will soon be on Barnes & Noble bookshelves!
Also, on December 17th, SAND hit #20 in Action & Adventure on Amazon’s paid Kindle store, right below Lee Child. This is very exciting for me because it is a male-dominated genre.
Thanks again, Molly! *hugs*
LK GARDNER-GRIFFIE – Original Interview August 31, 2011
Hey Molly! It’s so good to see you again. I just finished reading your memoir about the year you’ve had and the ending is … SQUEEEEEEE!!!! *Locks lips and throws the key away* But I promise, NO spoilers. I will say this—I have been trying to read a chapter a night to keep me reading as my schedule has been so hectic lately, but with your book I was never content to stop with one. In fact, I’d read far later than I should have so a couple of the bags currently under my eyes belong to you.
What’s happened since August? Time-wise just a few months ago, but I’ve been so busy August feels like ancient history to me at the moment. You might recall I spoke of a fall launch of No Boundaries, the 3rd book in the Misfit McCabe series. Well, as you are probably familiar with, things in life don’t always work out as we have expected. No Boundaries changed names to Tattered, which suits it better, and released the same day as your ebook, December 1st so we share a book birthday. Technically the fall of 2011, but once we pass Thanksgiving, I always think of it as winter. For the launch, we did an eleven day blog tour, which was a lot of fun, and Katie got to do most of the talking—which made her happy. Tattered is a book near, and dear to my heart, not only because of the amount of growth I had as a writer during the process, but also because of the issues it covers—bullying, teen drinking, friendships, relationships, and making life choices. With the launch of Tattered, there are two books left in the series, and I’m currently mid-draft of book 4, currently titled One Way Ticket Home.
What else? Well, let’s see, finishing, finalizing, launching, and promoting a book, working on the next book in the series, searching for a home for my completed Middle Grade (MG) contemporary with magical elements, The Journal of Angela Ashby, and working on a new MG action/adventure book which is kind of like TAPS meets National Treasure, but set in the seventh grade. On top everything else, there’s the full time job to contend with, and the time needed to give love to my girls (pups). With all that, I don’t even have time to have a nervous breakdown.
ELLE AMBERLEY – Original Interview November 8, 2011
What? It’s a new year already! I wish you much success riding the Amazon charts. My latest novel is out in this February, just in time for Valentines’ Day. Natasha Parker is now married with two children. After barely surviving a tragic event a childhood memory puts her back on track, find out how she regains her “joie de vivre” in Lost In Your Time. Another story with a strong theme of being lost and finding yourself again, perhaps my most personal novel so far.
Ah, the dangers of the internet! We’ve all been warned, but do we take notice? When Natasha clicks on a link, her whole life is turned upside down. A flash from the past, a chance meeting with a gorgeous French rock star…A chance to start over and forget the pain and misery from the last two years.
But can Natasha let go? Will she accept this new twist in her life?
More information about my new novel can be found on my website.
RYNE DOUGLAS PEARSON – Original Interview July 5, 2011
Molly, thank you for the note following up on our interview. To be frank, a lot has happened since we chatted. First, I have fulfilled my lifelong ambition of watching an entire marathon on TV. After that, it was hard to keep the adrenalin pumping, so I had to take drastic measures. Yes, I bet you know what I’m talking about. I finally did it. I took that Ferret Grooming course I’ve been thinking about for years. Now, I can professionally style ferrets and bring them into the 21st century where pseudo-rodent aesthetics are concerned. Finally, to kind of slow things down a bit, I took a trip to Westover Glenn, Indiana, to visit the Swine Skeleton Exhibit at the Sakamano Museum of Swine. Glorious doesn’t begin to describe the beauty. In closing, I hope all is well with you. May the pork be with you.
CHAD RENFROW – Original Interview June 21, 2011
Molly, Molly, Molly… MOLLY! how is your picky rump doing? haha Your ebook edition is all out there for everyone now! Nice! Just wanted to drop in and let you know that I’m doing fantastic. Chaddy got his life all straightened out, and I decided to get back into wrestling for the first time in five years! Training hard everyday, ready to whoop ass and win gold. Acting is still on my plate, and I plan on pursuing those jobs when the opportunity presents itself. That dream will never die!
Take care, honey, and congrats on your success!
MARTA MORAN-BISHOP – Original Interview May 31, 2011
I am so happy to see you again. I just bought your book and am so looking forward to reading it. It will be fun to read all about you and your life. A bit of turnabout, you might say. I am in the process of the final edit of Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal. Soon, it will go out to my editor for the final tweaks, before publishing. I hope to have it out by spring 2012. I must say it has been difficult to get DInky to talk about some parts of his past. He isn’t excited about remembering much of his early life. He puts his ears back and gives me a dirty look when I ask. Oh, you ask, do I really think a horse can understand and answer questions? Well, if you looked at his expressions, you would believe he could too.
Wee Three: A Mother’s Love in Verse, continues to sell well, getting great reviews.
I have missed you Molly, thank you for asking about me.
DELLANI OAKES – Original Interview November 15, 2011
Hi, Molly! Just a short note to let you know what I’ve been up to since our fun and fact filled interview. Boy, have I been busy! My second book, Lone Wolf, came out in the fall of 2011. I’m currently working on editing the next book in the series, Shakazhan. That’s making me a little crazy, but it’s coming along.
In addition to editing my novel, I’m working on the sequel to my historical novel, Indian Summer. Not entirely sure when it will be complete. I ran into some research snags. You know how that goes, we girls have to keep our fact straight!
Not only to I love and live to write, I love to read. I’ve been reading books by other authors and writing reviews for them. I’ve started a review site where I post them and short interviews with the authors. I hope you’ll drop by and take a look!
I’m still doing my talk shows on Blog Talk Radio. I interview the authors and illustrators of children’s and YA books on the second Monday of every month. (Dellani’s Tea Time) On the fourth Wednesday of every month, I speak to authors who write for adults. (What’s Write for Me)
So excited to hear there’s a new book out about you. Maybe I can interview you next time!
GABRIEL BARBARO – Original Interview November 1, 2011
Hi Molly — thanks for the followup! I have some good news. Since we last spoke, my music video for Cherry S/T’s song “Greatest Disaster” aired nationally, for two months on Cable TV’s Music Choice On Demand. I have to say, it was surreal to see my music video play on my parent’s Cable TV! I also created a pro Facebook page. Currently, I’m shooting a comedy pilot for a comedy competition in NYC. Once I’m done, I’m planning to post it on my YouTube channel. That’s all for now Molly, thanks for your support. Good luck with your new book!
JOEL BLAINE KIRKPATRICK – Original Interview August 16, 2011
Molly! Hello Dear,
Since we last talked, I’ve been swamped by my real life. Playing author has been too much fun, but my family was ready to bury me in the back yard if I didn’t get back to normalcy.
The local college thought I was cute enough to hire, but gave me three dozen faculty to take care of. To slake my ego, they gave me two offices on campus. It’s no more difficult than working for engineers on some pipeline job, and the professors actually smile a lot. Getting back to work was easy, the culture shock was the hard part.
I’m still deeply involved with JournalStone Publishing, too. Before Christmas, we released a short story anthology; 90 Minutes to Live. That took a couple of months to assemble. Plus, we have just launched our massive 2012 Horror Novel Competition. It really does take almost a year to accomplish a contest of that size. Add to that all my regular duties—I still read all the queries and submissions from hopeful authors. In whatever hours I can stay awake in the evening, I write in my fifth novel. That nasty book needs a better author. Ha!
My sixth novel has been tickling my brain—the title will be Clouds of Green and Blue, another period piece. That book is more than a year away…I haven’t a clue exactly when I will finish novel five!
Thanks for asking about my current life, Molly. I’m in a competition with Lisette to be the busiest person alive.
L.M. STULL – Original Interview June 8, 2011
Hi Molly! Thanks so much for having me back on you site! What’s that, you say? Oh, what have I been up to? Oh, you know, just completely changing everything up, that’s all! As you are well aware, when I visited you last I wrote paranormal romance. Well… I don’t anymore. I know, I know, it’s all a little crazy. You see, I gravitated to that genre in the beginning because it was what I read. A lot. So, I wrote a few stories. But something seemed off and no matter how much I tweaked and reread, I just wasn’t all that happy. There had been a story that had been bobbling around in my head for a while. What is it? A Thirty-Something Girl. I abandoned everything I was working on and began to write completely from my heart. With passion. About life and all the things that it encompasses. A Thirty-Something Girl is heartwarming and heartbreaking. It’s a story about life, friendships and romance. About continuously trying to stand tall when faced with adversity. I’m happy to announce it was released in December as both an e-book and paperback, and is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!
SHYKIA BELL – Original Interview August 2, 2011
Hi, Molly: Since our August interview, I have gone on to publish CAMILEON: Beyond The Veil, released for Kindle in late-December 2011! I am presently working on the next installment of the saga as well as a possible spin-off. My current book is available through Amazon, from which you can sample nearly 5 chapters for free! To learn more about me and my work, check out my website.
RANEE DILLON – Original Interview July 19, 2011
The New year brought big changes for me, but with change comes new opportunities. I’m now living in Virginia with family. The first novel in The Binding of Twelve series is complete. I began sending queries out in December. It’s an exhausting process, but feedback has been great. I’ll begin the second book this month. Hope this New Year brings joy and light to your life as well as new friendships. Oh, and don’t forget to bubble dance once in a while. Trust me, it’ll put a smile on your face.
PETER POLLOCK – Original Interview May 24, 2011
Wow, it seems so long ago that you interviewed me! I can’t believe it was only May.
Since then, my business, NewBlogHosting.com has continued to grow and we had the excitement this last December of reaching our goal of raising $2600 to buy a well in Africa ($15 from each new hosting plan we sell goes into our well fund).
This last year has been amazing in many other ways, too. I started speaking at blogging conferences and had the honor of speaking at the Type-A Parent’s Conference in NC in June and then at BlogWorld L.A. in October. Speaking is a blast and it means I get to share what little knowledge I have with others and hopefully help them with their blogging.
It also introduced me to a whole new group of people, who are all awesome… kind of like you!
This year I hope to speak at three conferences and we’re pushing forward trying to help as many people as possible with a leg-up into the world of self-hosting for their blogs and websites.
AL BOUDREAU – Original Interview June 14, 2011
Since we last spoke, I’ve been working on my second,
yet to be titled, mystery thriller. Progress is slow, but
steady, as it involves a great deal of research. I’m really
enjoying the process, and actively helping to promote
fellow author friends along the way.
CHRISTY LEIGH STEWART – Original Interview October 4, 2011
Hi Molly! I am working on a cyberpunk romance novel and a childrens book of Satanic bedtime stories.