Friday, March 25, 2011

Guest Interview with James Hatch

Interview Questions for James L. Hatch, Author of The Substitute and Oh, Heaves, Miss Havana

1. Tell us what inspired you to write The Substitute and a little about the plot.

I was between novels when a hilarious dream woke me laughing. I immediately dashed to my computer to begin writing a book that could rival the dream. The plot is complex. Miss Havana, a beautiful substitute teacher, leads such a shady double life that three of her enemies kill her one evening, two not knowing she had already been murdered. Everyone associated with her death is comically killed, and Miss Havana is called before Lucifer with her killers in tow. Lucifer is charmed by her beauty and evil nature, leading to his downfall, but not before they have a child, Lilith. More evil than Miss Havana, Lilith moves to displace them both in a side-splitting, double-dealing tale of beguilement heaped on deception.

2. Do you have a favorite character you have written?

Oh, yes. Miss Havana, hands down. I did not set out to have a pseudonym, but she is rapidly becoming one.

3. What are you currently working on?

Solstice Publishing is currently editing my novel, Oh, Heavens, Miss Havana!, the sequel to The Substitute. I am working on the third novel in that trilogy called, The Training Bra. All are paranormal comedies.

4. How long have you been writing? What influenced you to start?

I’ve been writing seriously for about five years, but started eight years ago. The events of 9/11 got me going, as a vent for internal anger as much as anything. I spent three years venting my 9/11 rage on the only novel I’ve not published, Kill Zone. I’m still softening Kill Zone, but plan to submit it for publication consideration later this year.

5. How do your family and friends feel about your writing?

Friends and extended family: great. Wife: mixed. Writing takes a lot of time. Conflict between household chores and writing is inevitable. When I’m hot on an idea, I tend to lock out the rest of the world, including my wife. That causes trouble at times. Reaching an acceptable balance can be difficult.

6. Where do you hope to be in five years?

I’d like to have a best seller. I believe The Substitute has potential, as do the follow-on paranormal comedies. The genre is new, and the novel has received several five-star reviews. The world needs to laugh. The Substitute and the remainder of the trilogy can help.

7. Do you have any advice for new or aspiring author?

I consider myself in this category, so anything I say should be taken with circumspection. First, believe in your work. Then make it so good an editor won’t reject it. Everything matters. Spelling, punctuation, present tense, show vs. tell, and non-attributed dialog to name a few. Once the work is accepted, the publisher’s editors will help improve it, but the author must make the writing professional enough to pass the initial Editor in Chief review.

8. What is your favorite book and why?

I liked Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz because it’s a great paranormal story written in first person. I write almost everything using first person point of view because I was so impressed with Odd Thomas.

9. On the fun side, what is your favorite television show and why?

Dancing with the Stars! My wife and I ballroom dance. We know how difficult it is. I enjoy seeing others try to perfect their skill, and try to learn steps from the dancers on the show as well.

10. Where can readers find you? (Web page with blurbs and excerpts) (Five-star review) (Miss Havana advice column)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Follow me on twitter here:!/lizzystevens123

I think there was something wrong with the last link I posted. This one should work.!/lizzystevens123

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Follow Solstice Publishing on Twitter

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Guest Author: Gary Peterson

Gary Peterson
The Old Miller Place
Available at Solstice Publishing

1. Tell us a little about The Old Miller Place, what inspired you to write the novel?

This is a story set in the early 1960’s and involves an average family faced with some very difficult situations. They buy a haunted house where objects move by themselves and voices seem to come from nowhere. The hero, George Peabody, researches the old house’s history and learns of grizzly murders that had taken place there. In the process of doing this an attorney is bludgeoned to death and a murdered woman ends up in the back of his truck. He is placed on trial for both murders and it seems he will be found guilty. He is suddenly kidnapped by the real murderer and his detective friends, Gary Wise and Henry Thayer, search for clues to find him. You will need to read the book to learn who the real villain is and how it ends!
My inspiration for this novel stems back to when I was 17 years old, which was in the early 1960’s by the way. My family moved into an old farm house that everyone thought was haunted. Dark shadows frequently appeared on the walls from windows that were too small for the structure. The floors creaked when you walked on them and the doors groaned when opened. There was an old painting on the wall that we thought were the original owners. With my imagination running wild you can see how I came up with the floating salt shaker, footprints disappearing in the snow, and voices that came from nowhere. Since I love mysteries I also had to add a dead body or two.

2. Do you have a favorite character you have written?

My favorite character is George Peabody. He is average looking and not a superstar in any sense, but is above average in intelligence and uses his reasoning skills to solve murders. This is someone we can all relate to and a reminder that anyone can overcome difficult circumstances if he or she does not give up..

3. What are you currently working on?

I am working on a sequel called The Millpond Murder Case. George Peabody must match wits with a murderer who chops off the hands and feet of his victims and poses them by a millpond in the small town of Timber. It should be finished sometime this summer.

4. How long have you been writing? What influenced you to start?

I have used my writing skills all of my adult life to prepare work related reports. Since I’m getting close to retiring from my day position I decided to try something different and wrote a mystery novel. I found this to be a lot of fun and plan to continue doing this as a second career.

5. How do your family/friends feel about your writing?

Everyone is excited about my writing a novel and wants to read it as soon as it published. Most of them have asked me why I didn’t start doing this a long time ago.

6. Where do you hope to be in 5 years?

I plan to write a series of George Peabody mysteries and a lot of other short stories along the way. Hopefully, someone will recognize the quality of these stories and make a movie out of one of them. Later on, I plan to write a story about the adversity my mom faced trying to raise four children while caring for a dying husband.

7. Do you have any advice for new or aspiring author?

Write what you know and care about. Also, don’t guess when you are not sure of your facts. There’s a lot of good information on the internet and you can find most of your answers there.

8. What is your favorite book? (one that you have read) and why?
"I like the old classics; especially the old Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie books as they were popular when I was a kid. The language they used was particularly rich and colorful. Agatha Christie also would emphasize particular points by repeating key words in a unique way."

9. On the fun side, what is your favorite television show and why?

I love the crime dramas mostly; CSI (whatever version), Hawaii 5”O”, Murder She Wrote, etc. Mostly I like to see how the hero uses his reasoning skills in solving the murder of the week.

10. Where can readers find you _________? (Include all links you want, facebook, twitter etc....)

My website is:
My blog is:
I am on Facebook:
Also twitter:
I have two e-mail addresses:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Meet me in New York!!!!

I will be at Book Expo America in New York on May 24th, 25th, 26th 2011. I'll be autographing copies of "Secrets Of Snow Hollow" and giving them away for FREE!!!!

Stop by the expo and meet some of the Solstice Publishing authors.

We can't wait to see you there!!!!