AuthorChat with Blue Stour & Anita Cox 3/17/14

Before finding her true passion of writing, Anita Cox’s life could possibly be said to have been quiet and ever-changing. After several different attempts at employment and dreaming, that’s all changed.

Some of the roles Cox has played in her life have been only in her mind. Others have been trial-and-error processes of moving on. She’s been an astronaut, Spider (Wo)man, princess, Aqua (Wo)man, marine biologist, business person, legal secretary, car salesperson, and even the wife of “Lucifer.”

Anita Cox

Anita Cox

“I wanted to be a marine biologist – you know, because dolphins,” the remarried mother of four children–two step–said. “Then, in high school I sucked at biology and nearly failed chemistry. I went to college to get my degree in Travel and Hospitality Management. I continued my education in business through Indiana Wesleyan because I still had no idea what the f*ck I wanted to do.”

That’s until she started writing.

Deep-down, it appears that Cox always knew she wanted to be an author. She’s spent her entire youth and young adult life as a creative person. After acting out various roles, see above, she took to putting the roles into word; now that’s creative.

“When I started writing, I found my passion; I found me,” Cox said.  “That is what I want to do when I grow up.”

Currently, she writes mystery, suspense, paranormal fiction, and crime fiction. Under her pen name, Anita Cox, she writes erotica. Cox created the name so she could publish erotica and not confuse her fans. Whatever genre she is writing, rest assured that the dedicated author always gives 100% for her readers.

“When I write, I pour my blood, sweat, tears, time, and money into the novels,” the Indiana native said about her personal writing process. “I’ve received bad reviews before; it makes me feel like I failed a fan.  But, then I get on with it.  Granny used to say, ‘You can be the tastiest, juiciest green apple in the world.  Not everyone likes green apples, though.’”

That’s some very useful knowledge passed on by her nana; did she know her grandbaby was going to be an author?

Today, making Grandma proud, undoubtedly, Cox has learned a more appropriate way to deal with a negative review–“cuss and move on.”

Meanwhile, the woman who’s won blogger awards for her writing skills still says that a reader’s individual compliment is the biggest thrill for a writer.
Flattery from her readers is immeasurable, according to Cox. No matter how much of a struggle writing seems at times, it is something that she has no plans of stopping, ever.

“This is me; this is who I am,” she said with enthusiasm. “I will always write. I’ve had to take other jobs when royalties were down, but I’ll do this until I’m too senile to do it any longer.”

Additionally, Cox wanted to pass some advice onto the newer, struggling authors. After all, she was there, too. In her eyes, there is no other profession where fellow employees are so supportive.

“If you don’t have thick skin, don’t publish; it’s a dog-eat-dog world. On the other hand, if you’re strong and determined, the writing community is the most helpful and supportive you’ll ever encounter. Ask authors to join; the water’s warm, and the vodka’s cold,” the heavy-metal lover, i.e., Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Soundgarden, offered before announcing—surprisingly–a favorite artist.

“J. K. Rowling.–Sh*t your pants, didn’t you?– Why? Because whether or not you’re into down-on-your-luck, pre-pubescent, teenage-wizard angst, Rowling embodies our dreams: for our books to go viral, for us to go from rags to riches (like her) . . . and to get the recognition that a hard working author deserves.”

The erotica enthusiast who spends 2-9 hours per-day writing, “depending if the husband and kids leave me the hell alone,” summed up our interview with a hilarious comment I’d be lacking if I didn’t share. When asked if she won ten-million dollars, what would she buy, only one word was needed.


Cox’s creative words and humor are conveyed in her first erotica series, Dirty White Candy; the first book was released almost three weeks ago. Information about the series and other facts and sales concerning the writer from a portion of Indiana that “can’t be found with GPS,” can be found with the following links:

Blog:  http:/


“Candy, the main character, really takes charge of her sexuality,” Cox expressed about her first erotica release. “She also learns the importance of communicating with your partner; that’s what I want.  If you want your nips tweaked or a butt plug, just say so.  Take control of your sex life and the joy you feel from it. Don’t be afraid to live out loud. The time for women to fear their sexuality is long gone;  erotica has become more mainstream. They can strap on that leather bustier and wear it with pride.”

Finally, how does she want to be remembered when she closes the keyboard a final time?

“That b*tch went out with a bang.”

AuthorChat with Blue Stour & Eve Rabi 3/1/14

Author Eve Rabi comes from The Land Down Under, “where women glow and men plunder.” Being one-of-seven children in her familyImage,

, the romance-writing South Africa-native wasn’t originally planning to be an author. One of her teachers even told her that she should be a TV reporter because she was such a confident speaker.  Another was at the opposite end of the spectrum, telling her if she kept “up this type of behavior you’ll be in jail, soon.”

Rabi veered away from both scenarios. The mother of two has definitely backed her claim that she is an all-out dreamer. It’s something in which she takes a lot of pride. Being a trained nurse and midwife, she left the field to pursue her . . . dream.

“Seriously, I’m a dreamer and whatever I’ve dreamed, I’ve achieved,” the outdoorsy, extreme sports lover said. “So these days I dream big; I’m not afraid to take chances and my strength is that I’m quite fearless–My weakness is also that I’m quite fearless. So, when I decided on a whim that I wanted to make a change, career-wise, I just did it. Writing has been my best career move, ever.”

Rabi told her husband, whom she is now divorcing, about a story that she read, which involved a U.S. soldier in the hands of Iraqi militants. The female soldier fell in love with one of her captors who eventually helped her escape. The two started a steamy affair, and she returned home with a big secret. The only problem was that the soldier was already married—to a U.S. Police Commissioner.

Rabi’s “soon-to-be ex” was extremely interested in the story and wanted to know more. She couldn’t believe that he was so interested in such a story.

Then, the dance-a-holic, who once taught Latin dancing, told him that it wasn’t a story plucked from the daily news, at all. In fact, it was an idea she had been toying with in hopes of writing the book. The very next day, he bought her a laptop and recording device, and he ordered her to write; hence, the author was born.

Rabi, who said she writes an average of four hours per-day, now, would wake up at 3:00 a.m. and write until 6:00 a.m. when she had to get the kids ready for school. She wrote everyday until her first book was published in 2012.  Since then, she’s published a staggering twenty-one books.

“It was hard being creative with two kids, a home and a business,” said the writer who claims to completely “give a rat’s *ss,” about negative comments, “but I now write full time. So I’m really grateful with the way my life turned out.”

To her, now, stopping the creative juices would be like not breathing. Writing has become something she has to do.

“Never once in my life did I feel like giving up on writing,” Rabi added. “Writing is my life. When I get up in the morning, I have to write for at least an hour or I feel like I haven’t had my morning coffee.”

Readers can learn more about Rabi and check out and her books the following ways:



Amazon page:

“I have two books I plan to release late-April/early-May,” the woman with a wide-ranging variety of 1,200 songs on her iPod said. ”I’m loving the stories and I have a sneaky feeling, my readers will love them, too.”

P.S.  Mrs. Rabi, I have to ask for all of us back in the States. Will you now tell us how to make a Vegemite Sandwich?


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AuthorChat with Blue Stour & Julie Morgan 2/28/14

If you’ve been following AuthorChat, we hope you find it fascinating like we do when we uncover how writers become authors. We’ve seen several scenarios describing different author routes. However, Julie Morgan gives us a new, unique, and never-to-be-heard-again trek. (I think I can guarantee that.)


“As a child, I wanted to be a (wait for it, wait for it) mermaid and live in the water,” Morgan admitted. “Then, when I realized my make-believe wouldn’t happen,  I just wanted to live in Florida. . . . Here I am.”

The computer science degree owner from Everest College has always enjoyed writing her thoughts. In fact, she’s always been a writer and reader. However, it wasn’t until June of 2012, when she decided to publish her work. Subsequently, Morgan talked a lot about the frustrating aspects of being published.

“I think we’ve ALL said ‘screw this!’ but the voices/characters continue to come back. If (writers are) on the edge of jumping, take a step back and look at the bigger picture,” the nine-year wife and mother of a daughter said. “Don’t force it. Get the creative juices flowing again and sit back. . . . Then, allow the voices to speak to you, again. If all else fails, sit on the book for a while and consider starting a new one. Sometimes taking a break from it is all that’s needed.”

Thus far, that process is working wonders for the Texas native. Morgan has kicked off her published writing career with a series, Chronicles of the Fallen. The debut work, Fallen, is available now. The follow-up, Redemption, and second in the series, will be available in just two weeks.

The die-hard Dallas Cowboys’ fan said she spends at least an hour each-day writing. Sometimes, she smiled, she gets an entire afternoon or evening to work. In addition, since the paranormal romance author is in the published author category, she constantly deals with those author ego boosts or eternal downers, a.k.a. reviews.

“As an indie author–now with a small press–we live off of our reviews” said the music lover from grunge to country. “I appreciate them, even the one-star. Constructive criticism helps us grow and build ourselves. The other side is where the reviewer is actually bashing the author; I don’t stand for that. I ignore the hate and move on. Unfortunately there are a lot of people out there like this.”

Morgan can be reached the following ways:



Twitter: @JulieMorganBook


Even after readers are finished with one of her books, Morgan hopes they’re already thinking about the upcoming story.

“I’d like to hope they’re thinking about what may be coming next for the characters in the stories,” she added.

Not a bad feedback philosophy for the author who once only dreamed of living under the sea, under the sea. (There’s a song in there somewhere; I KNOW it. 🙂  )

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AuthorChat with Blue Stour & Stevie MacFarlane 2/25/14

Growing up in a divorced family, Stevie MacFarlane lived with her mother, three older sisters, and grandparents in the family home, in central-New York. Being the youngest, she admittedly enjoyed all of the luxuries that go with being the most spoiled child.

As she aged, MacFarlane wanted to be a nurse, teacher, writer, or “a million other things.” The one thing that she wanted to be more than any other was a mother. At the age of twenty-eight and five children later, she had fulfilled that need. Then, she decided it was time; at that point, she enrolled in college.

“I did it a little backwards,” the author of Domestic Discipline/Romantic Spanking Fiction said about her decision to have children and then go to college before pursuing her writing career. “I think of my writing now as erotica, but if you look at what’s available and acceptable in today’s market, my writing is pretty mild.  I am working on a paranormal romance so I’ll have to wait and see where the characters take me.”


Since her flourishing writing career began, she has published seven books. It’s a difficult chore to write one or two books. However, to publish seven? That’s an accomplishment that comes with peaks and valleys the author admits.

“It’s (writing) not an easy job, and anyone who thinks it is better think again,” MacFarlane stressed. “There are times I’m convinced that what I’ve written is total crap and other times when I think I’m a genius; of course, neither is true.  It’s depressing, exhilarating, frustrating, rewarding and I firmly believe that all writers are just a little crazy.  So be crazy!  Write what you feel, write from the heart. Most of all cut yourself some slack and have patience.  Everything is a WIP, (work in progress) including you.”

Even though the die-hard Buffalo Bills fan said social media is not her strongsuit, she still makes use of the sites, offering her readers plenty of choices. The following is a list of her works thus far, along with the contact and learn-more options:

Changing Her Mind

Little White Lies

The O’Malley Brides

The Not-So-Lucky Bridget O’Malley (a St. Patrick’s Day novella)

The following are a series, Sugar Babies, Inc.

Book One, A Sweet and Sassy Match

Book Two, Match Me If You Dare

Book Three, Matched For Keeps

Currently, she is working on a fourth book in the series with a release date  unknown.



Twitter:  Steviemac1175



MacFarlane’s books are written for the purpose of entertaining her readers. She writes strong and independent, yet loving and caring men. Her female characters tend to also be strong and independent, yet they choose to surrender to their men—sensing a theme?

Lastly, Stevie admitted that she tries to write what she likes to read, “feel-good stories.” According to the one-time spoiled brat, life is always hard, so “curl up with one of my books and escape; that’s my motto.”

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AuthorChat with Blue Stour & Lisa Paul 2/21/14

Sometimes, there are certain ways of speaking to sound professional. Then, there are other ways of speaking to just be you. Essentially, it’s kind-of like the informal/formal transformation.

The public records will show that Lisa Paul’s venture into a career of authoring was in her blood. After all, her grandmother was a published poet. Also, Nana had a complete manuscript that was never published. According to the granddaughter and mother of two, writing has always been her way of “purging, bleeding, breathing, dreaming, without judgment or fear.”

Then, there’s the other reason that Paul was sucked into the writing game; it sounds a lot more realistic, less climactic, and lifelike.

While attending the University of Pittsburgh, Paul was faced with the inevitable decision of choosing a major. Even though she would go on to earn a Bachelor’s of Social Work, she failed to realize that it was writing which influenced her decision.

“When it came time to declare a major, I was torn between psychology and social work,” the life-time Pennsylvanian said. “I ended up choosing social work because I loved writing papers and essays; all of the exams were written. In psych, they were multiple choice; I stink at multiple choice. I chose social work because I could write.”

Based on the two scenarios, if anyone asks, Paul became an author because it was in her blood. Incidentally, though, she did go on to earn her M.A. in Social Work, from Temple University.

Having learned that, Paul becoming an author shouldn’t be a surprise. Even as a child, she considered the option of being an author. In fact, she’ll admit that she’s written all of her life. In her youthful years, she had aspirations of one day being a few different things–all of which included her being in the spotlight–writing was still toward the top of that list.

“I wanted to be a famous singer, an actress, or a writer–but a famous writer like Danielle Steele,” the erotic roman author said. “I wanted people to know exactly who I was and want to be around me ALL THE TIME. . . . Now, as a mom, I covet the quiet time.”

Though she’s writing only one genre, she was quick to point out that she is not limiting herself in the future. In the meantime, she’s happily learning the ropes and not about to slow down.

“I’ve never thought of doing anything else, but getting exposure is and has been a complete nightmare for me; I can’t seem to figure it out,” said the author who began as strictly a blogger and book reviewer. “The reviews of both of my books are really, really good, even great. My advice to those who are thinking about jumping (off the Writing Wagon) is believe in yourself; YOU have to. If you don’t, no-one else will take you seriously.”

Thankfully, Paul spoke pretty passionately about her experience in writing book reviews. According to the huge Philadelphia Phillies fan (C’mon; it’s only because her dad was a Phillies die-hard or else I might not have been able to write the article (Blue humor; Blue humor)) she would never leave a negative review. If she didn’t care for a book, she’d simply email the author, explain the problems she felt it had, and post nothing. If she posted anything, it was a sincere appreciation. Under no circumstances would she leave the thing authors should loathe, the dreaded “fake review.”

“I can’t tell you how often I have purchased a book based on the 150 five-star reviews and been left to scratch my head wondering what the heck those people were thinking,” Paul said. “That being said, I see no reason for people to be so damn cruel in leaving nasty reviews either. I can’t tell you the hurtful and hateful things I have seen written in reviews; people can be truly horrible. Honestly, one can say, ‘I didn’t like this book’ or ‘This book needs editing,’ without demeaning the author and the author’s intellect.”

The dedicated book reviewer-turned-author now spends hours writing—or sometimes none. Paul admitted when it’s “flowing,” she can write about twelve hours, nonstop. However, there are other times when she can go for weeks without writing a word. Basically, the lyrics-girl who loves any type of music which possesses strong lyrics says that it just depends on when the mood strikes.

Her writing, thus far, has yielded two books in her Charistown Series. The first, Thursday Nights and the second, Storm Front, are available on The third in the series which will run at least four books long, Breaking to Breathe, is slated for a June, 2014, release.

Paul can be reached on the following sites:


Twitter: @Lisanpaul3


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AuthorChat with Blue Stour & G.E. Stills 2/18/14

Rarely does it happen that children actually become what they want to be when they reach adulthood. Even in the cases that do, many regret. Before becoming an author, G.E. Stills fulfilled his childhood ambition.  However, it wasn’t writing, nor was it what he had envisioned.

“I wanted to be a soldier. My dad was a war movie buff, so in my childhood I watched a lot of war movies,” the owner of a technical automotive degree said. “At that time, more of the movies had a WWII setting and I idolized the heroes. I became a soldier, but after two tours in Viet Nam and being told my next duty station would be in Shima, Alaska, I changed my mind about being a career soldier.”


Through the years, Stills, a lover of various types of music, has dabbled in writing but mostly for his own enjoyment. Family and career got in the way of writing for the thirty-year husband, father of two, and grandfather of two. However, in 2008, Stills starting writing with the intent of being published.

“I primarily write erotic romance books in the paranormal and science fiction genres,” Stills added. “I have also written contemporary, science fiction and paranormal stories that are non-erotic. All of my stories have a happily-ever-after ending.”

Now that Stills is full-steam ahead, there are nothing but happy endings in his future.

“Sometimes I get frustrated–most of us (authors) do–but the thought of not writing is terrible to contemplate,” said the writer who doesn’t set limits on writing each day because he just lets it flow. “I can’t picture my life without writing in it.  If it is in your blood you can’t quit. Write on.”

“Write on,” he has. His distinctive writing ability is displayed on his page. Readers can find his assortment of books on the following link: Addisitonally, there are several ways to contact or just check up on Stills.


Facebook, author:

Facebook, personal:


Following his flourishing author career, the Nebraska native wants readers to remember his work one way.

“(I want to be perceived) as an author who enjoyed creating worlds and characters for his readers,” the long-time New Mexico resident added. “My books are written for entertainment. I hope they’ve been able to dive into a world of adventure and enjoyment I’ve created.”

AuthorChat with Blue Stour & Carrie Mattern 2/10/14

Growing up, “when TLC and Salt-n-Peppa ruled the radio stations,” Carrie Mattern Shay ruled the softball diamonds and classrooms; she was a sensational pitcher and a stellar student. Astoundingly, her academic accomplishments rivaled her impressive athletic dominance in the softball circle. So masterful she was, in fact, she received a scholarship for both.

After graduating from high school with honors, she accepted the athletic and academic scholarships from Saginaw Valley State University. As Mattern enrolled, she still ignored the fact that she was destined to follow in her mother’s footsteps as an educator.


“I saw (my mom) come home with so much work, and I didn’t want that burden,” the former SVSU pitching ace reflected about witnessing her mother’s teaching profession. “I also saw how hard she worked with little recognition; I felt she deserved more. Little did I know, less than ten years after vowing it wasn’t the job for me, I’d be teaching teenagers in a small town called Brown City, located in the thumb of Michigan.”

As a youngster, though, Mattern wrote, but had no plan of becoming a teacher. Instead, it was Hollywood that swept her into an ideal career. When she first saw Indiana Jones, the Michigan-lifer dreamed of becoming, you guessed it, an archaeologist; there was no other option. The Hollywood marquees were going to read, Indiana Jones and Carrie Shay. Ultimately, though, she grew out of that phase and vowed to become a marine biologist.

Then, she realized how much schooling that would entail, not to mention the fact that she noticed “how far I’d have to move from my parents.” Quickly, Mattern aborted that plan, also. As her career options changed, she just knew there was still that one profession that she would never pursue–Mom’s job.

Fast forward through her collegiate career, and after graduating with a strong athletic and academic resume, Carrie began teaching at Brown City High School. Then, she met Paul; three beautiful children later, they’ve been married for eight years.

As far as the high school English teacher’s writing career goes, she has her parents and her aunt to thank for the push. In all, it’s been a life-long journey.

“I’ve always written.  My Aunt Candice used to buy me a new journal every year for Christmas when I was little,” the writer of children’s books, young adult fiction, adult fiction, and non-fiction said. “In sixth grade I published my first story, ‘Jenny has to Move’; it wasn’t a best-seller, but I remember feeling so special. Then, my parents surprised me by publishing Papa, Why Does the Wind Blow after I gave it to my dad for Father’s Day, years ago; it was a delightful surprise!  That is when I considered myself a full-fledged author.”

To date, Mattern has three children’s stories and two young adult novellas available. In addition to her first works, she is working on an anthology, a children’s follow-up to Papa. Also, the Ace pitcher has a book of “humiliation essays” in the works.

Slowly but surely, Mattern is gaining more and more recognition as an author. In fact, just recently she received, what she calls, her biggest compliment, yet.

“My husband was getting our oil changed the other day and after he paid, the girl asked him if he was married to the author, Carrie Mattern,” she proudly said. “She was reading my YA book at Mott Community College; super-cool author moment.”

The woman who profoundly says “readers are saving books and reviews are saving authors,” spends more time writing than one would think, considering she works a stress-filled, full-time job teaching high school students.

The English teacher spends a couple of hours each day on emails, lesson plans, grading papers, writing comments, and evaluations. Then, for “funsies,” she writes another hour each day. Surprisingly, she may do her best writing, not on paper.

“I tend to write the complete book in my head and then type it out in a few sittings,” the music lover of too-many-artists-to-list said. “This works well when you have a full time job and three children under ten.”

Mattern has the following books available:

Papa Why Does the Wind Blow

Welcome Little Leo

All About Jane (

Never (Spring 2014)

The Magician’s Daughter (printing now)

Furthermore, the writing darling of Burton, Michigan, is easily accessible.


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Though she’s in the midst of an ever-expanding writing career, Mattern already knows how she wants her works to be remembered. Simply put, she sees her work being labeled as timeless.

“I want my writing to speak volumes to people at any age and at any point in time, without any clarification or validation on my end.  I want them to take their own experience with my words, have their unique interpretation, and be satisfied.”

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AuthorChat with Blue Stour and Alexa Grace 2/6/14

When die-hard sports fans hear of the educational institution Indiana State University, only one name comes to mind. That’s the French Lick, Indiana, phenom, Mr. Larry Bird.

Following her childhood dream of teaching, romantic-suspense author Alexa Grace is now reeling in readers like Bird reeled in fans. The transplanted Floridian who owns a Master’s Degree in education is now writing 6-8 hours per-day as a proud independent author, her “full-time job.”

“I wrote a romantic suspense novel in 1985, went the traditional route, and it was not published,” said the James Patterson fan. “I made a career change that year and I devoted myself 100% to my corporate training management positions.  When I lost my job in 2011, I did a lot of Internet research in self-publishing.  Indie authors like Theresa Ragan and John Locke have really motivated me to take the Indie route. Like them, I wanted to retain control of book design, writing, marketing, etc.  Thus, my Indie journey began.”

When she was mapping out her life as a child, Grace used to say that she’d become an author when she stopped teaching. Today, she’s doing just that. In fact, she’s enjoying her writing profession so much, she doesn’t see anything changing.


“Writing is my passion, the Lady Gaga lover added. “If writing is your passion, you must do it.  Life is short and it would be such a waste if you spent it doing anything but what you love.”

Grace has been busy churning out books for her fans. Her works are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Smashwords, Kobo, Sony, Diesel and more.  The following is a list of works:

  • Deadly Trilogy: Deadly Offerings (now Free), Deadly Deception, and Deadly Relations (Deadly Holiday is a novella written on the request of her readers. The book includes all of the Deadly Trilogy characters.     
  • Profile Series: Profile of Evil, Profile of Terror, and Profile of Fear.  Profile of Terror and Profile of Fear aren’t available, yet; they’re scheduled to be released later this year

The “invaluable” feedback from readers is propelling Grace

“I take them seriously because good feedback is invaluable to a writer,” Grace talked about the importance of readers’ reviews. “I believe that readers have a right to their opinion and sometimes give me valuable input for making changes.  Mostly, I concentrate on the feedback of readers who love my books.  I want to keep doing the things they want in my writings.”

In addition to subscribing to her newsletter, readers can keep abreast of Grace’s current goings on through her website, Twitter and Facebook; all are viable options. She can be contacted through the following:


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AuthorChat with Blue Stour & Christa Lynn 2/3/14

“He pulls away after nibbling on my bottom lip, and gently pushes me to my back, lowering his toned body over mine. I suddenly don’t care about the muffin top and love handles that adorn my body. All I can think about is having this man on me. In me.                                                                                                                        excerpt  — Running from Destiny by Christa Lynn


If readers watch CSI, Criminal Minds or any other crime show, they may have wondered what happens to the prospective crime-scene detectives who choose not to hack it? In one writer’s case, she turned to the world of writing.

With childhood dreams of becoming a criminal profiler, the married mother opted for another career path, instead. After giving college a shot, Christa Lynn fell into marital bliss seventeen years ago, two years before giving birth to her 15-year-old son, a die-hard hockey player–as she put it, “There is still hockey in the south.”

“I never even imagined it nor thought of it,” Lynn answered when asked if she had ever given much thought to writing as a career choice. “One night I was lying in bed thinking about a really bad book I had tried to read and thought, ‘I can do this.’ So, the next day I started on my first book, which currently hides in the bowels of my laptop collecting dust.”

The mature adult/erotic romance writer admits she loves writing. Also, though, she admits it’s been quite a struggle at times.

“I think about jumping off (a bridge) every day,” the lifelong southerner joked.  “It’s a dog eat dog world out there and for a newbie like me, it is extremely hard to compete and get the exposure that the better-known authors get.”

While working a full-time job through the week, Lynn reserves her weekends for writing . . . when she’s not attending hockey games. Her first book, Running from Destiny, and its sequel, Accepting Destiny, are both available on in the Destined Series.

Furthermore, the Stephen King fan has another work in progress. Thus far, Lynn is 30,000 words into it.

When readers are finished with one of her books, the weekend writer knows exactly what she wants them to feel. The more she kicks out, she hopes readers will look at her, essentially, as the little engine that could.

“I want readers to feel complete,” Christa pointed out about her erotic romances. “I want them to want to spread the word after the story left them satisfied.”

Christa Lynn is accessable through the following:



Twitter: @authorclynn

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AuthorChat with Blue Stour & Anne Maxtom 1/30/14

If you look up the word rape in the dictionary, you’ll find something like a forced sexual encounter. However, what you won’t find are the ramifications—sometimes lifelong–from such a disgusting act. Oftentimes, the victim is forced to live a life of unnecessary embarrassment, shame, and even guilt.

For Author Anne Maxtom, she was forced into that category. The Indiana native was raped at 28 by a date.  After living with shame and hurt for fourteen years, she’s finally realizing that it wasn’t her fault. Strangely enough, it’s her first erotic-romance novel, Fire and Ashes, that she has to thank.

“When I started writing Fire and Ashes I had planned it to be a ‘fun’ read,” Maxtom noted. “The more I wrote, the more my past began to take shape and a flood gate opened. I actually told a dear friend about the rape before it made it onto the pages of Fire and Ashes.”

Her debut novel is about a woman, Norah Sinclair, overcoming issues that Maxtom has hurdled. Like the author, also, the main character hides from her pain.

“Norah hides behind her carefully constructed brick wall of hatred and fear,” the Indianapolis Colts (and Peyton Manning) lover explained about the novel. “Finn Asher is a controlling, loveable ass who takes a sledge hammer to the bricks and mortar of Norah’s existence.”

The telling of her own unfortunate tale through Norah has lifted a weight off of Maxtom’s shoulders. More determined than ever, the animal lover with three cats and a dog is releasing Fire and Ashes to, March 21, 2014. The original idea for her debut book came about a year earlier, but she didn’t start putting pen to paper for another four months.

Unsurprisingly, F&A isn’t her first work. No one will ever read that book, unfortunately. As a 14-year-old Hoosier, she had the completed novel stolen when her family’s car was heisted from a church parking lot. The car was later found submerged in water.


“I remember crying more over my lost work than the car,” the Maya Angelou fan added.  “I don’t think I have to say that the manuscript was lost, forever.”

Angelou’s expertise was brought up because Maxtom says the poet’s words have more-than inspired her.

“’Still I Rise’ a poem about overcoming the stigma of slavery and poverty but for me it has become my life poem,” Maxtom passionately pointed out. “I first read that poem at fourteen amidst a huge uncertainty and again after being raped fourteen years ago; it saved me!”


Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.


Maxtom is also working on a “complicated” love-triangle story, Cake, involving two women and a man. No matter how readers slice it, Maxtom plans to continue writing even after Cake is complete for at least two reasons. She’ll write as long as she has the opportunity to help others find their voice and share their story.

Don’t forget: Mark your calendars and look for Fire and Ashes, coming to, March 21.


Twitter:       @annemaxtom

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