Angelique Migliore

February 14th, 2020

I asked Angelique where she would like to talk:

We are in Ybor City, the historic Cuban and Italian neighborhood of Tampa Bay, Florida. We are sitting outside at a little wrought-iron table with matching chairs in front of El Centro, the center of town at one point in history. The painted table is chipped on the sloping top, revealing years of layers in pastel colors. The sun is setting as the warm breeze tickles the hems of our cotton gauze skirts. The smell of cigars and mojo pork with plantains hangs heavy in the air, irreverent of the tropical breath from the bay. A server with a big smile and light sheen of sweat brings us two mojitos and tells us to enjoy. He makes his way back into the cafe via stepping to live mamba music that fills the streets. I politely remove my sunglasses and invite you to begin the interview.


Laura Mae: What inspired you to enter the world of writing?

Angelique Migliore: When I discovered the impossibilities of using my MA in Religious Studies as a career, I decided to write instead. 

L: How long have you been writing for?

A: I attended my first writer’s conference in 2013, and that’s when I new I wanted to write for the rest of my life. 

L: What are you currently working on?

A: I am currently writing my third contribution to Tirgearr Publishing’s City Nights Series. They are Romance novellas (with a very high heat level) that let you stamp your passport around the world as they feature the city as much as the relationship. 

“One Night in Portland” published on August 21st of this year. “One Night in Tampa” should publish in February (contract is signed). “One Night in XXX” well, you’ll have to follow me for the announcement of that title when I sign that contract. Subscribers on my website will be the first to know! Stay tuned!

L: What has been the most challenging for you so far? 

A: I think this is true for any creative out there: no one will ever take your work as seriously as you do. If you intend to make your work public, you have to accept a certain “business” aspect of your product, because that’s what it is. And when it comes from the heart, that can be a necessary difficulty. 

L: What is your favorite writing trope? Least favorite?

A: I don’t have a favorite trope. I appreciate them most when they’re subverted or blended. I appreciate them the least when they are written to the point of being cliché. 

L: Besides writing, what is it you like to do?

A: When I need to think things through in my writing, I will do something else that is creative to help. Sometimes I bake or cook; sometimes I craft. I will make magic wands or bird houses out of wine corks, etc. 

L: Are there any regrets you have or anything you wish you knew sooner?

A: I would have attended an established writers’ conference sooner. About three years sooner. 

L: In a brief statement, have you self-published or traditionally published? What was your experience?

A: I am published with a small press. If you could blend the worlds of traditional and independent publishing, that’s what it feels like. 

It has been an amazing learning experience. I’m that person who will ask a million questions until I feel comfortable with my understanding of a situation. (My poor publisher!) 

L: What are you currently reading?

A: I’m late to the party, but I’m plowing my way through the Rita Award winners and finalists for 2018 (published) right now. I’m sprinkling this massive list with books by writer friends.  

L: What genre do you read?

A: I will read anything from literary to most genres. My favorites are Romance, Horror, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian, and anything Steampunk. 

L: What does a typical day of writing look like for you? Any rituals or ‘must-haves’?

A: I begin every day with my cup of caffeine and writing a haiku or tanka with the #vss365 prompt. It jump starts my brain into creative mode. 

L: Any songs or type of music you need to listen to when you write? 

A: While I’m plotting, I put together a playlist for every novel or novella that I write (and I publish them to Spotify for my readers when the book goes under contract). I will listen to the playlist before I begin to write, but then while writing I move to music without lyrics. Sometimes it’s meditative music; sometimes it’s karaoke versions of songs that embody the mood of the scene. 

L: Who is your favorite literary character and why? 

A: Jo from “Little Women” was my first favorite literary character. I’ve had many since her. Funny story, I was actually named after “Angelique” the heroine protagonist from a series of Historical Romances written by Sergeanne Golon, a husband and wife team. My mother was pregnant with me when she was reading them, hence the namesake.  

L: Where would you say you get most of your inspiration? 

A: Readers are by far the biggest inspiration for me. I have great reviews, and I love every one of them. But I’ve gotten several personal messages about my book(s) and characters, and those private messages are gold. When readers fall so deeply into the wonderland that I give them, and they want to know more about the characters, etc., it’s the best whip-crack I could ever get. Maybe that’s not the best analogy…

L: For aspiring writers out there, what would be the best advice you want them to know?

A: There is not only one path to publishing. Don’t get stuck on the hamster wheel of that narrative. Find the path that works for you. Or create it.


Ever the optimist, Angelique believes the best is yet to come, sharing a meal is the quickest route to peace, and love conquers all. We are all far more alike than we are different. Although she was born and raised in the paradise that is the Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle, not traveling has never been an option for Angelique. It’s a small world, after all, and we have but a limited amount of time on this beautiful planet of ours to experience it firsthand. Religion and Linguistics are her first true loves. She also adores rugby and board games. And champagne. With fresh raspberries, if you please. Kissing is her favorite pastime.

Find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, Goodreads and her website.

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One Night in Portland: City Nights Series: #37 – Bridges traverse worlds.

Army Captain and surgeon, Finn O’Grady, returns from a field training exercise exhausted and defeated; two soldiers were injured in an accident and one didn’t make it home.

Quilt artist, Lee-Lee Song, storms out of a date with yet another good Asian boy her parents have set up with only to run smack into Finn.

Their worlds—which could not be further apart—collide on a street corner in downtown Portland, and neither is in a hurry to return to their own realities. Finn craves the distraction of Lee-Lee’s creative and colorful world. Lee-Lee wants a man who is one hundred eighty degrees away from her parents’ choices.

As Lee-lee and Finn venture together across the many bridges of Portland and share their favorite places around the city, they grow more attracted and closer.

Will this special day together force Lee-Lee and Finn back into their own worlds, or will they build one more bridge in Portland—one to each other?

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R.F. Hurteau

September 27th, 2019

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I asked Renee where she would like to talk:

“Starbucks, really? That’s the best you could come up with?”

We sit on the patio, the deep green umbrella already rolled down for the night like a giant morning glory curled up to await a new dawn. Some tune I’m not familiar with is being mangled by the sub-par outdoor speakers, competing with the symphony of late summer’s insect population. I don’t want to tell her that I spent three hours obsessively pouring over Yelp reviews to find the perfect hip café, and that in the end it was too overwhelming. Starbucks was safe…familiar.

“It was easy to find,” I reply, trying to sound casual as I shove a ham & cheese croissant into my mouth, a cascade of crumbs tumbling down the front of my graphic tee.

“Why did you want to meet at night? It’s dark, I can hardly see you.”

“With five kids, you get used to having treats in the dark. It’s the only time you’re safe from greedy eyes and smacking lips.”

The croissant, an overpriced and underwhelming choice to be sure, is already gone. I brush my hands together but some of the fragments still cling to my palms, which have begun to sweat.

“Besides, you know what they say. Better to have snacked in the dark than to never have snacked at all.”

“I don’t think that’s—”

I clutch my Cinnamon Dulce latte in both hands, inhaling its comforting aroma. “Maybe we should just get started.”


Laura Mae: What inspired you to enter the world of writing?

R. F. Hurteau: At risk of sounding cliché (and perhaps it’s only a cliché because it’s so often true!) I think it’s in my blood. In second grade I wrote a story that began, “Wow! Up there in the sky!” and the teacher was so impressed that she typed it up, bound it in a pretty cover, and had it put in the school library. That was where my desire to share my stories was born…that was where the quest began.

L: What are you currently working on?

R: I’m not sure when people will be reading this, but at this particular moment in time I’m gearing up for next week’s launch of the first book in my series. Antiquity’s Gate: Three Days Till Dawn. I’m so excited to share it with the world! I’ve planned a rapid release of the first four books of the series, so I’m all set to put out one per month for four months. After that will be a short interlude before the last four. I’m currently working on the sixth book, and the last two are all outlined and ready to go, it’s only a matter of writing them down. And, you know. Editing, revising, editing, revising, and editing again. But let’s not get hung up on the details!

L: Are there any books or authors who inspire your work?

R: Oh gosh, there are so many. C.S. Lewis, Wynne Jones, L’Engle, Tolkien, Michael J. Sullivan, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Orson Scott Card are just a few who really inspire me and my work. 

L: What has been the most challenging for you so far?

R: In the process as a whole, the biggest challenge was finding the right cover artist. My husband is deeply invested in my books, so together we had a joint vision that amounted to quite a demanding set of requirements. It actually took two years before a friend pointed us in the direction of @nushdraws, who ended up being perfect for us!

As far as writing itself, though, the biggest challenge was definitely coming to terms with the fact that if I wanted to write a very intricate series of books, I would have to hang up my “let’s see what happens!” ways and craft some kind of outline, even if it was only sticky notes on the wall of my office. And you know what? It’s a beautiful sticky note array, even if I hated doing it. It’s probably comforting to my readers to know that I know exactly what’s going to happen every step of the way, too!

 L: What is your favorite writing trope? Least favorite?

R: Honestly, I am a complete sucker for a nice guy/bad boy love triangle, particularly when the bad boy wins. I haven’t written one and probably never will, but I like reading them! I also like brother-against-brother or any variation thereof.

As far as least favorite, pretty much anything involving vampires. I’m sorry! They just aren’t for me, and neither are their blood-sucking tropes.

L: Besides writing, what is it you like to do?

R: Home improvement projects. I really enjoy the rush I get from tearing something down and building something new, or learning a new skill, or trying something different. My husband & I work well together on these sorts of creative things, and have added some really neat things to our homes over the years. But I won’t expand on what, since this is supposed to be an interview about writing & I could go on for days about projects!

L: What would you say is your favorite book or series of all time? Why?

R: Michael J. Sullivan’s The Riyria Revelations. It’s one of those series I read over and over, and every time he releases something new in that universe I pounce on it. The characters speak to me, exuding everything I long for in a friend. The descriptions are beautiful, the emotions run deep, and there are so so many little details hidden throughout. No matter how many times I read them, I always catch something I never had before!

L: Are there any regrets you have or anything you wish you knew sooner?

R: Yeah. I’m thinking of writing the definitive work on the subject. Stay tuned! Lol.

L: In a brief statement, have you self-published or traditionally published? What was your experience?

R: I’m glad you specified brief, I’m sure most of us have a lot of feelings on this topic! I am self-published and I’m really glad I chose this route. It was absolutely the best choice for this series and I’m certainly enjoying the experience. So far, so good!

L: What are you currently reading?

R: Glazed Suspicion by Allison Pearl. The neatest part of the Twitter writing community, for me, has been meeting and interacting with authors of all different genres and in turn expanding my reading horizons!

L: What genre do you read?

R: Usually fantasy, less science fiction than I’d like but definitely some of that, too. I’m open to anything, really, I just tend to stick to my comfort zone if no one pushes me out of it. I have a real soft spot for genre-mashing, and love when aspects of all sorts of genres can be beautifully blended into each other.

L: What does a typical day of writing look like for you?

R: I have a very hard time writing in tiny spurts. Where some have the enviable ability to take 20 minutes and turn it into something beautiful, I find myself using that 20 minutes to stare into the middle distance and ponder what’s to come. So when I write, my husband is in charge of the rest of the household and I just chug away for 5, 6, 7 hours at a time. I must have coffee and silence. Everything else is just a bonus.

L: Any songs or type of music you need to listen to when you write?

R: No, I prefer silence. I can’t concentrate with music on, all I hear is the lyrics. And if it’s got no lyrics, all I hear is the tone of the music, which irritates me if it’s not the tone I’m trying to portray in any given scene. Music is too powerful! I just like quiet for writing.

L: What’s a word or phrase that people say that always irritates you?

R: There aren’t any, really. Though I do have a strange aversion to the word “beef.” Don’t ask me why. I like to eat it. I just don’t like the word.

L: Who is your favorite literary character and why?

R: Royce & Hadrian (I know you asked for one but they’re inseparable!) from The Riyria Revelations I mentioned before. A close second would be Sherlock & Watson, or Frodo & Sam (Is anyone seeing a pattern here? Haha.)

L: Where would you say you get most of your inspiration?

R: As far as the things I write about, honestly I find a lot of inspiration through television. It’s usually, but not always, sci-fi. Some of the shows in my treasure trove are Star Trek, Stargate, Fringe, Defiance, Sherlock, Merlin…all of these have so many really incredible aspects to them that I wanted to explore in my own way.

L: For aspiring writers out there, what would be the best advice you want them to know?

R: Don’t let anyone fool you—we are really all just blindly feeling our way along, figuring it out as we go. There’s no one right way to be a writer. Just write. Don’t let rules stifle your voice, but don’t let pride stifle your ability to grow.


authorphotoIn the amount of time it takes you to read this, R.F. Hurteau will have finished yet another cup of coffee. More caffeine than human, she harnesses the powers of this magical bean juice to create stories that explore worlds unknown through the lens of that age old curiosity that drives all creatives: the human condition. She lives in New England with her husband, five kids, and an impressive array of animal friends. Her ultimate mission is to craft light, character-driven science fiction that is accessible to all, and by doing so slowly turn everyone into nerds.

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510Sm1YKFILAntiquity’s Gate: Three Days Till Dawn – Antiquity’s Gate forced two realities to collide—what followed tore one of them apart.
Now those who remain coexist beneath the shelter of a domed Antarctic city, held together by a tenuous peace and an increasingly dystopian hierarchy. Any hope of one day leaving the confines of Sanctuary is little more than a fading ember.
A mid-level systems operator, Ripley does his best to stay out of trouble. His best friend Felix, an irreverent half-breed shunned by society, can’t seem to do the same. When Felix’s family is targeted by an unjust law, there’s nowhere to run. The city of Sanctuary had once been a safe haven— now it has become a cage.
Ripley’s desperate attempt to help his friends escape tragedy uncovers a conspiracy that envelops the last refuge of mankind in an ever-tightening net.

The people of Sanctuary have never seen a sunrise.

If Ripley and Felix aren’t prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, none of them ever will.

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Dawn Hosmer

August 16th, 2019

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I asked Dawn where she would like to talk:

It is mid-afternoon on a warm summer’s day and we are in the restaurant Moonbeams in Malibu. We are seated at a bar that overlooks the rocky coast of the Pacific. There are no windows so the fresh ocean breeze blows our hair as we chat. The crashing of the waves is our background music, and as we talk we watch a pod of dolphins swim along, jumping playfully into the air. We are both dressed for the beautiful, sunny California weather in sleeveless dresses and sandals. I am drinking a Pineapple Mojito, minty and refreshing, and feasting on the fresh sea scallops. Even though the restaurant is crowded, the chatter is drowned out by the roaring ocean, so it feels as though we’re alone. The bar juts out over the water and when the waves crash just right against the rocks, we can feel a slight mist from the waves. It is a little piece of heaven on earth. The atmosphere is so soothing that none of the staff seem stressed or hurried by the crowded restaurant. When I mention the beauty to the waiter he says how therapeutic it is to come to work each day and be surrounded by the water. For dessert I order maple crème brulee and one of the best cups of coffee I’ve ever had, in a mug that fits perfectly in my hand. Even though we’ve finished our meals, we stay for hours enjoying the peace and serenity of our surroundings. Our time spent here has helped us to forget the stress and worries of the outside world.

Laura Mae: What inspired you to enter the world of writing?

Dawn Hosmer: Writing has always been my passion for as long as I can remember. Writing gives me a place to dump my fears and anxieties and helps me make sense of the world around me.

L: How long have you been writing for?

D: I wrote my first book in the 1st or 2nd  grade, called The Lame Girl and The White Steed. It was so sad and depressing. I wrote some children’s books about 15 years ago and queried them but none of them got picked up. I wrote my first novel 13 years ago – The End of Echoes – which will release on August 17, 2019. Writing has always been a big part of my life whether through journaling, poetry, or fiction.

L: What are you currently working on?

D: I am working on last minute details for the release of The End of Echoes. I am also working on continuing to market Bits & Pieces. I am trying my hand at something WAY outside of my comfort zone – a romance —  which I’m about 30,000 words into right now. I also have the first draft done of my next novel (a suspense), but need to do some major re-writes.

 L: Are there any books or authors who inspire your work?

D: So many authors inspire me but I’d say some recent ones that serve as an inspiration are: Jodi Picoult, Ruth Ware, Chevy Stevens, Mary Kubica, Wally Lamb, William Landay, and Liane Moriarty.

L: What has been the most challenging for you so far?

D: Marketing is a beast. I feel like it takes constant work and innovation to keep my book on the radar so that readers can find it and choose to read it. I feel like there’s no one set way that works to market books and that good marketing strategies vary from author to author, book to book.

L: Besides writing, what is it you like to do?

D: I love to travel, play board games, spend time with my family, read, and watch HGTV or true crime TV.

L: Are there any regrets you have or anything you wish you knew sooner?

D: I wish I would have joined Twitter and found the writing community sooner. The support and encouragement I’ve received has been amazing and has propelled me forward with my writing. I also wish I would’ve considered non-traditional routes of publishing much sooner. There are so many ways to get your books out into the world nowadays and I clung to the idea that I had to be traditionally published for far too long.

L: In a brief statement, have you self-published or traditionally published? What was your experience?

D: I’ve decided to publish my first two novels with small, independent publishers. Overall the experience has been a positive one. They handle all of the things I’m not experience with, like cover design, editing, formatting, uploading to Amazon, etc. With independent publishers, the process also moves very quickly. With my most recent book, The End of Echoes, I signed with Gestalt Media and had an amazing book cover within 2 weeks and will be published in less than 2 months. I love being able to keep creative control of my work while having others alongside to help me with all of the details and some of the marketing.

L: What are you currently reading?

D: I’m currently reading Next Girl to Die, by Dea Porier which is excellent. I’m also reading Fliers by YOU! 

L: What genre do you read?

D: I don’t stick to a particular genre but my favorites to read are Thrillers/Suspense and Contemporary Fiction. Although since joining the writing community on Twitter, I’ve branched out and found so many new authors and genres to read. For the past year, I have read mostly books from fellow Indie authors.

L: What does a typical day of writing look like for you? Any rituals or ‘must-haves’?

D: Because I’m a mother, I don’t get to be picky about writing rituals and must-haves. I can write through just about anything, although I prefer quiet (that’s hard to find). I recently made a writing space in our spare bedroom which helps so much to be able to go in there and shut the door. When I’m in there, I know it’s time to focus and get to work. (And not time for Twitter!)

L: Any songs or type of music you need to listen to when you write?

D: I can’t listen to music while I write because I like to sing along. Even if I try instrumental music, I’ll make up words to it. Ha!

L: What’s a word or phrase that people say that always irritates you?

D: “It could be worse”. As someone with a chronic illness, I feel like that phrase is often used with good intention to help me focus on the positive but instead, all it does is negate my pain and my experience. I have to stop myself from saying it to myself sometimes too. I firmly believe in practicing gratitude for the blessings in our life while at the same time honoring our reality for what it is. I’ve had to learn that it’s okay, once in a while, to just be sad about my health issues without berating myself or trying to tell myself that I shouldn’t feel the way I do. I also try to practice daily gratitude. There is always something to be thankful for, even on the worst of days.

L: Where would you say you get most of your inspiration?

D: Most of my inspiration comes from real life. I’ve spent my career in social work and gotten to know so many amazing, resilient people who have had to deal with circumstances no one should ever have to face. Much of my inspiration comes from their stories or from true stories I read about or watch on TV.

L: For aspiring writers out there, what would be the best advice you want them to know?

D: Allow yourself to write an imperfect first draft. Just get the words on the page, even if they’re awful. Get the story out and once that first draft is down, then you can make it shine.


headshotDawn Hosmer is a lifelong Ohioan. She is married and has four children, three of whom are now adults. Dawn has spent her career in Social Work; however, writing has always been her passion. Her debut novel, Bits & Pieces, is a Psychological Thriller that released in November 2018. Her second novel, The End of Echoes, is a Thriller and is scheduled to release on August 17, 2019. Dawn enjoys traveling, reading, writing, watching true crime TV, and coffee. Dawn is busy working on her next novel. Dawn is also a Crohn’s disease warrior.

 

You can find Dawn on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Pintrest, Bookbub and her website.

Bits & Pieces front cover (2).jpgBits & Pieces – A chance encounter with a stranger traps Tessa within the mind of a madman.Tessa was born with a gift. Through a simple touch she picks up pieces of others. A “flash” of color devours her—the only indication that she’s gained something new from another person. Red equals pain; purple, a talent; yellow, a premonition; orange, a painful memory; and blue, a pleasant one. Each flash blurs the lines between her inherent traits and those she’s acquired from others. Whenever she gains bits of something new, she loses more pieces of herself.While assisting in search efforts for a local missing college student, Tessa is paralyzed by a flash that rips through her like a lightning bolt, slicing apart her soul. A blinding light takes away her vision. A buzzing louder than any noise she’s ever heard overwhelms her, penetrates her mind. As the bolt works its way through her body, images and feelings from someone else take over. Women’s dead eyes stare at her as her hands encircle their throats. Their screams consume her mind. Memories of the brutal murders of five women invade her.Will she be able to find the killer and help save the next victim? Can she do so without completely losing herself?Bits & Pieces is a fast-paced, riveting Psychological Suspense with supernatural elements that leaves the reader guessing until the end.

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The End of Echoes Cover.jpegThe End of Echoes – Two families, forever linked by tragedy.
Ruby Dunkin is in an abusive marriage. Her best efforts aren’t enough to shield her two children from an abusive father whose cruelty knows no bounds. Their volatile situation ends in tragedy when Ruby’s eldest son, Billy is torn away from everything he loves. Consumed by hatred and self-loathing Billy becomes the thing he hates the most—his father.
Chelsea Wyatt, a senior in high school, goes missing after work one night, never to return. Her parents are devastated, only knowing this kind of tragedy from the news. Crimes like this are unheard of in their quiet, midwestern town. Consumed by the tragic fate of their friend, family member and neighbor, their lives and futures are forever altered.
For over eighteen years, no one knows the connection between Ruby Dunkin and Chelsea Wyatt. A journey through time reveals the common thread stitching their heartbreak together. Yesterday echoes throughout each character’s life as they decide how, and if, they will break the chains of the past.

Will they continue to leave a legacy of pain and loss for future generations? Will they break the cycles of abuse that have destroyed so many lives?

*Trigger Warning**
This book contains scenes of domestic violence and mention of sexual assault.

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