Marti Pieper_HeadshotGreetings from not-as-warm-as-you-might-think Mount Dora, Florida, where our temperatures have been in the thirties this week (if you live in Boston, please ignore this, as well as the fact that on some days, our temperatures have risen to the seventies). Whether sunning or shivering, I sometimes have the privilege of posting interviews with authors I haven’t yet met. Carla Rossi is one of those. But in the process of preparing this interview, I explored her website and found out that one of her novels highlights a protagonist named “Marti.” Clearly, we’re a match made on the page (if not in heaven).

In any case, I’m confident Carla’s fun, informative answers will provide authors and aspiring authors with some wise insights and information, and I’m delighted to share her thoughts with you.

Welcome, Carla. How did you get into writing? How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?                            Carla Rossi Head Shot resize

I wrote a poem in fifth grade that won a prize. I was hooked. I have four full-length books and several novella-length stories available. My latest book is Unexpected Wedding.

That title makes me want to read the book. How did you get your first book contract?

The old-fashioned way: write, edit, pitch, query, repeat. . .

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Marti Pieper_HeadshotBalmy Christmas greetings from Marti Pieper, writing from sunny Mount Dora, Florida. Here, the strawberries are ripening, the orange trees growing heavy with fruit. And what may seem like unusual Christmas scenery only enhances the beauty of this season.

But I have the idea that the landscape looks a bit different in Cincinnati, Ohio, which author Diane Stortz calls home. She has lots of information to share with us along with some exciting news about her own Diane1-smallpublishing projects. I know you’ll want to glean from her wisdom and experience.

How did you get into writing? How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

In June 2006 I left my editorial position with a Christian publisher to freelance—editing and writing. I had written a number of children’s books for the publisher during my years there, mostly board books and picture books, sometimes under a different name. Since 2006, I’ve published seven books, with three more due out in the next six months. The Sweetest Story Bible for Toddlers releases December 9, and Words to Dream On: Bedtime Bible Stories and Prayers releases February 3, 2015. A third book, for babies and toddlers, releases in June 2015.

You took a brave step, Diane. And congratulations on the new and upcoming releases! Tell us: how did you get your first book contract?

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Marti Pieper_HeadshotA warm hello from Marti Pieper, writing from beautiful (and equally warm) Mount Dora, Florida. In this month of Thanksgiving, many of us are taking time to count our blessings.One of the blessings in my writing life is my friendship via social media and email with author Donn Taylor. We’ve never met in person but have enjoyed mutual support and encouragement over the past few years. I’m both grateful and delighted to share my friend with our CAN readers today.

Greetings, Donn! I’m glad to welcome you to your encore interview with CAN. Let’s get started. How many books do you have published?                                          Donn Taylor portraits 12/7/07                 


That’s great. What are a few of your latest titles?                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

I have two suspense novels, The Lazarus File and Deadly Additive; a mystery, Rhapsody in Red; and now a historical, Lightning on a Quiet Night. I also self-published a book of poetry because I wanted to make a point about writing poetry of a kind different from current fads.

And I appreciate your poetry, too. You were last featured on the CAN blog in 2010. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

I can summarize that in one sentence: Learn marketing or die. Read More →


Fall felicitations from not-so-frigid Florida! We are having what we consider fall weather here in the greater Orlando area, although I’m not sure our temperatures qualify as truly autumnal. In any case, I want to invite you to pull up a chair, sit down with a cup of hot tea or apple cider, and enjoy this interview with brand-new CAN member, Kimberly Rose Johnson. Kimberly is new to CAN, but not new to writing, and I know she has some helpful book marketing tips. Welcome Headshot_Pieperto CAN and to this interview, Kimberly!

First of all, let’s get to know you and your books. How did you get into writing?                                                                                                                                                 

I love to read and I’m naturally creative, so one day I just decided I wanted to write. I had a story in my head begging to be let out, and the rest is history. Read More →


Pieper1Greetings! I’m always delighted to interview one of my fellow CANners, and this month, I get to refresh your acquaintance with an author you’ve already met here: Miralee Ferrell. She has lots of new information and ideas for us, and I’m delighted to welcome her back to the CAN blog.

So, without further ado, welcome, Miralee! How many books do you have Author Photo_Ferrell published?  Nine total.

What are a few of your latest titles? The most recent are all part of the Love Blossoms in Oregon series: Book 1, Blowing on Dandelions; Book 2, Wishing on Buttercups; Book 2.5, a 160 pg novella, Forget Me Not; and coming Oct 1, the final book, Dreaming on Daisies.

Those are great titles—I read Blowing on Dandelions not long ago, in fact (loved it!). You were last featured on the CAN blog in 2009. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

That I must pace myself. I can’t spend too much time on promotion or my writing suffers. I must make a certain amount of room for publicity, or there won’t be any future writing. It all must mesh togetherto work correctly.

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