An Interview with Authors of Bookstagram

As an active member of the Bookstagram community, I have the opportunity to network with many fellow authors and book lovers. Recently, when planning some new Reels content, I decided to broaden my network and get to know my fellow writers a little better. Over the course of twelve weeks, I asked interview questions.

Now I’m compiling all of the responses I received so you too can discover new authors and add to your reading list.

If you are an author, interested in an interview about a current or upcoming book, please complete the form on the Contact Me page.

Q: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

A: If young Gaspare is to find his place in his changing, ancient tribe, he must understand his greatest fear. – Sharon Krasny, author of Iceman Awakens.

A: A woman confronting her past to save a teenager, soon discovers that nightmares don’t always end when you wake up. – J A Higgins, author of FINDING RUBY: A Nell Montague Mystery

Q: What motivated you to write this book?

A: I was inspired by my family’s history, surviving the Russian Revolution, the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, WWII in Shanghai…and more! – Kyra Robinov, author of HiSTORY: Global Citizen, Remarkable Life

A: To answer your question- my 1st series i wrote because I like to vacation on cruise ships. My 2nd series i wrote because I enjoy riding on motorcycles and have a fascination with motorcycle clubs. – Jill Shannon, author of Midnight Oasis collection and The Celtic Demons series

Q: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

A: Solomon, Selah’s grandfather is my favorite. His love and devotion to his grandson broke my heart. He nurtured, taught, and guided Selah as best he could to prepare him for a future he wouldn’t see. And when Selah was lost, he crossed time and space to lead him home. – Rose Carmel Gaspard, author of Selah: The Book of Books Chronicles

A: I have a few characters I love, but Rachel aka Angel is my favorite. She’s tough when she needs to be, yet soft at the same time. Jill Shannon, author of Midnight Oasis collection and The Celtic Demons series

A: My favorite character is Clay. He’s a great example of moral ambiguity. His journey alongside Joy’s parallels hers in so many ways, and I love how they learn from each other time and time again. – Audrey Wilson’s debut thriller is WRONG GIRL GONE,

Q: Which was the most challenging character to develop and why?⁠

Unfortunately this question did not receive any responses.

Q: Tell me about the inspiration for your cover art.⁠

A: My latest novel is entitled #celestialpersuasion. It is a prequel to Jane Austen’s #persuasion, but it is also a #jewishregencyromance. My protagonist, Abigail Isaacs, is an astronomer. She finds herself traveling across the Atlantic to the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata. I wanted the cover to showcase the majesty of the Milky Way. I know it’s not the typical Regency cover. It may lack romance and femininity for this genre; however, I fell in love with a chromolithograph plate from 1881. It’s entitled “Part of the Milky Way” and the original artist was E.L. Trouvelot. I just did a little color editing, found a “romantic” font, and I was done. – Mirta Ines Trupp, Celestial Persuasion

Q: Is there a message in your book you’d like the reader to grasp?⁠

Unfortunately this question did not receive any responses.

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Q: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers?

A: “Historical fiction at it’s best,” “well-written,” “compelling.” – S.J. Schwaidelson author of The Pomegranate,

Q: What makes your writing style unique?

A: I like to try write what I’m seeing in my head, so the reader sees what I see. I also try to give my heroine a job a woman wouldn’t normally have. And finally, I try to touch on a subject people can relate to, drugs, suicide, human trafficking etc… – Jill Shannon, author of Midnight Oasis collection and The Celtic Demons series

Q: What inspires you to write?

A: I’m inspired to write the same way the body is inspired to breath. It’s apart of who I am; to deny the creation of the stories that live inside me would be akin to suffocation. I write because I have to in order to fully live. I also, clearly, love metaphors and stringing words together in a beautiful and powerful way. My book, Time for Once, explores the pain and beauty we all experience in life and relationships. – Jes Smyth, debut novel ‘Time for Once’ due 2022,

A: I got tired of reading the same story lines, so I wrote what I wanted to read. – Jill Shannon, author of Midnight Oasis collection and The Celtic Demons series

A: What motivates me is curiosity. I want to know how the story will end. Gotta start writing the story in order to get to the conclusion. I mean, as the writer, you may know the basic ending of the story you want to tell, but how will you tell it? Will it be effective? Resonate for the reader? Meet your expectations as the author? The ending of a story is really important. You gonna slam that door shut, or leave it open for a second book? I’m a door slammer. The story in The Cosmos in Her Hand comes to an end. That’s the way I like my stories. – Jennifer Cyphers, The Cosmos in Her Hand

Q: What was the most challenging thing about writing your book? ⁠

A: I’m going to be brutally honest with my answer to this question and say that the most challenging part about writing my book, The Cosmos in Her Hand, was the lack of support I received from my immediate family members. My friend group was super supportive, so I focused on their encouragement rather than let myself lose enthusiasm for the project. My immediate family was, at best, disdainful of my goal. It’s amazing I actually wrote the book. I completed it in four months in an effort to get it finished as quickly as possible in order to put an end to the conflict. On a happier note, I continue to have faith in myself and my personal ambitions. I have a very loving and supportive network of friends off line in my real life who are extremely enthusiastic about my writing goals. Maybe someone out there reading this needs to know they can do it too, even if there are people around them telling them they can’t. – Jennifer Cyphers, The Cosmos in Her Hand

Q: What’s on your current reading list?⁠

A: I have The Silent Patient in my lineup right after I finish my comfort read All Creatures Great and Small Sharon Krasny, author of Iceman Awakens.

A: The Smoke Tree by Stefanie Nici. – Jill Shannon, author of Midnight Oasis collection and The Celtic Demons series

Q: What’s your next writing project?⁠

Unfortunately this question did not receive any responses.

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