LiteraryCO Spotlight: A.G. Henley

A.G. Henley

A.G. Henley is the author of the young adult series, THE SCOURGE. She is also a clinical psychologist, which means people either tell her their life stories on airplanes, or avoid her at parties when they’ve had too much to drink. Neither of which she minds. When she’s not writing fiction or shrinking heads, she can be found herding her children and their scruffy dog, Guapo, to various activities while trying to remember whatever she’s inevitably forgotten to tell her husband. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Connect with AG Henley on www.aghenley.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

What Colorado tourist traps do you take your out of town guest to, even though you would typically never go there yourself?

Casa Bonita. It is such a spectacle, and really, the food isn’t that bad …

If you had one super power what would it be?

Writing faster. It would seriously come in handy these days. But what would my alter ego name be? Fleet Fingers, perhaps?

Do you have any non-book related hobbies?

I play soccer twice a week, and love to ski and snowboard in the winter and hike in the summer. Does sleeping count as a hobby?

What book had the most effect on your life, whether as a writer or in general?

There were two: The Count of Monte Cristo, and Pride and Prejudice.

I decided to read The Count of Monte Cristo on my own while in high school. As I look back on it, that decision was the first step to my becoming a writer; I began to study, through reading, what made great books great. I read a ton of classics in high school and college, although I didn’t major in anything particularly literary. I didn’t begin to write for publication for many more years, but I’ve always had that base of classic literature to pull from.

Pride and Prejudice was the first book I truly loved with all my heart. I had many favorites as a child and teen, but there was just something about Jane Austen that spoke to me as a young adult (even though I had already found my Mr. Darcy, my husband, Ryan). I whipped through her novels after reading Persuasion for a college course. P and P was my favorite.

Books open up infinite worlds, what book would you love to live in?

This is probably so unoriginal, but I’d totally live in Harry Potter’s world. Set me up at Hogwarts with a wand and a butter beer, and I’d be happy.

What is your favorite part of being involved in the book world? (the signings, the people, the fact you get to write for a living, free books, etc…)

Definitely writing. It’s hard work, but it’s also so much fun. I’m really enjoying my current WIP – creating new characters and a new world is a blast. Each time I do it I try to stretch my wings a little further, and experiment.

What is your movie/book/TV guilty pleasure?

It has been The Vampire Diaries for a while, but I tend to lose interest in series – novels or TV shows – after about three or four books/seasons. So I’m ready for a new one.

What is next on your reading list?

I’m reading Oliver Twist right now. It’s been a while since I read a classic—I tend to read mainly in my genre (young adult) these days—but now’s the time to revisit Dickens. I’d forgotten how funny his writing was, and how he used humor as a weapon of social commentary. He’s a fantastic muse.

LiteraryCO Spotlight: Stuck in Books

Stuck in Books

Valerie runs the book blog, StuckInBooks.com. You can find her on TwitterFacebookGoogle +, and Goodreads.

 

If you had one super power what would it be?

I’ve always thought I like to read thoughts.  Could be a tough one but I think I’d like it.

Do you have any non-book related hobbies?

Are there non-book related hobbies?  Really. Interesting.  No, I’m a techy girl.  Love the computer…stuff.

Ski condo, mountain cabin or downtown loft?

Mountain cabin

What book had the most effect on your life, whether as a writer or in general?

Harry Potter.  I don’t remember ever following a series before that one.  Now it seems to much a part of things.

What is your favorite part of being involved in the book world? (the signings, the people, the fact you get to write for a living, free books, etc…)

The people that share my passion for sure.  I love talking about books and it’s so nice to talk to peeps that get that.

What kind of books do you wish there were more of (ie, books with love triangles, social commentary, zombies, etc…)? And conversely, what type of books do you wish were just done?

I love all the paranormal stuff.  Give me more urban fantasy with some romance on the side.  I’m over the love triangles and dystopia.

Take a hike, see a Broncos game or chill out by a mountain lake?

Love them all but Broncos game tips it.

What online guilty pleasure causes you the most procrastination? (ie, Pinterest)

Twitter

What is next on your reading list?

Crash/Clash by Nicole Williams

This Colorado Life #4: Our Colorado Faves

This Colorado Life

Did you know?

Denver is the mile high city. The 13th step of the state capital building is exactly at 1 mile above sea level. Did you know that Denver won the vote to become state capital against Golden by one vote?

All right time to gush (or rant)! What is your favorite (or least favorite, or do both) thing about living in this state? (ie, the weather, the people, the sports, nature, etc…)

There is a feel to the seasons here that I’ve never experienced anywhere else. Summer nights in Downtown Denver, fall in the mountains, the lights at Christmas, the bi-polar weather of spring… it’s like they have their own scent, their own emotional tone. I love it.

There are so many things about this state I love… but the thing I love the most, is that it’s home.

– Jessi

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LiteraryCO Spotlight: Amber Lea Easton

Amber Lea Easton

Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published fiction and nonfiction author. For twenty years, she’s worked in the fields of journalism and advertising with a brief detour into the financial industry.Although she holds a BA in Communications & Journalism, she is a perpetual
student of life who enjoys taking classes on a wide variety of subjects when time allows.Smart is sexy, according to Easton, which is why she writes about strong female characters who have their flaws and challenges but ultimately persevere. She currently has two romantic suspense novels out in the world, Kiss Me Slowly and Riptide, with four more slated for publication in 2013.In addition to fiction writing, Easton also edits and freelances via Moxie Girl Writing & Editing.  She also speaks on subjects ranging from writing to widowhood.  Some of her videos on romance writing have appeared on the international Writers & Authors television network.  Current radio appearances are linked for replays via her website http://www.amberleaeaston.com and her blog Kisses, Caresses & Whispers in the Night.

Easton currently lives with her two teenagers in the Colorado Rocky Mountains where she gives thanks daily for the gorgeous view outside her window. She finds inspiration from traveling, the people she meets, nature and life’s twists and turns. At the end of the day, as long as she’s writing, she considers herself to be simply “a lucky lady liv’n the dream.”

What Colorado tourist traps do you take your out of town guest to, even though you would typically never go there yourself?
Well, I’ve visited Pikes’ Peak about 18 times now so that tops the list. I’ve sworn that I’ll drop future visitors off at the train and shop in Manitou Springs until they’re back down.

If you had one super power what would it be?
Invisibility. I’d love to lurk and listen in on certain people, cause some mayhem.

Do you have any non-book related hobbies?
Belly dancing, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, going to movies, hiking, listening to live music whenever possible.

What book had the most effect on your life, whether as a writer or in general?
Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

What is your favorite part of being involved in the book world? (the signings, the people, the fact you get to write for a living, free books, etc…)
The best part of being a professional writer for me is the freedom to work around my life schedule rather than living around a work schedule. What’s sweeter than that?

What is your movie/book/TV guilty pleasure?
Oh, I have many guilty pleasures. I’d say watching the Beverly Hills Housewives is one of my guiltiest. Usually while watching I wonder why I can’t look away.

What kind of books do you wish there were more of (ie, books with love triangles, social commentary, zombies, etc…)? And conversely, what type of books do you wish were just done?
I am so sick of Vampire books and people trying to rush in to catch the craze. I used to love Vampires–the Anne Rice kind.

What author do you wish you could write more like or who inspires your writing the most?
I like writing like myself and wouldn’t ever try to be anything but myself. As far as who inspires me, I’d say early Nora Roberts, Heather Graham, Jennifer Cruisie and (this will date me) Sydney Sheldon from way back when. I also admire David Sedaris, but I’m purely a fan. What he does very few people can do. His talent and wit blow me away.

LiteraryCO Spotlight: Brenna Yovanoff

Brenna Yovanoff

Brenna Yovanoff was raised in a barn, a tent, and a tepee, and was homeschooled until high school. She spent her formative years in Arkansas, in a town heavily populated by snakes, where sometimes they would drop turkeys out of the sky. When she was five, she moved to Colorado, where it snows on a regular basis but never snows turkeys. She holds an MFA in fiction from Colorado State University and is the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement and The Space Between. Her lastest novel, Paper Valentine, released in January of 2013. She currently lives in Denver with her husband. Visit her online at www.brennayovanoff.com.

Ski condo, mountain cabin or downtown loft?
Loft!

What is your movie/book/TV guilty pleasure?
Oh man, I love—lovelovelove—watching Arrested Development over and over again. And not feeling guilty AT ALL.

What author do you wish you could write more like or who inspires your writing the most?
The list is so long. Neil Gaiman. Nova Ren Suma. E. Lockhart. More people. Too many to list.

Take a hike, see a Broncos game or chill out by a mountain lake?
Broncos. Definitely.

What online guilty pleasure causes you the most procrastination? (ie, pinterest)
Tumblr is eating my life! (But in a nice way)

What is next on your reading list?
Prodigy, by Marie Lu

LiteraryCO Spotlight: Cindi Madsen

Cindi Madsen

Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is the author of YA novels All the Broken Pieces and Demons of the Sun and adult romances Falling for Her Fiancé and Cinderella Screwed Me Over.

If you had one super power what would it be?
Flying. I have family that lives way too far away, and I’d like to be able to fly over and see them whenever I wanted.

Do you have any non-book related hobbies?
I love music. I like to dance to it, write to it, and in the privacy of my own home, I’m often singing.

What is your favorite part of being involved in the book world? (the signings, the people, the fact you get to write for a living, free books, etc…)
I love the escape of writing or reading a book. And then it’s so fun to find other people who’ve read the same book and talk it out. I’m also lucky enough to get to write for a living, and in my opinion, it’s the best job in the whole world.

What is your movie/book/TV guilty pleasure?
I got pretty obsessed with Veronica Mars. I own all three seasons on DVD and pull them out when I want to escape for a while. I also have what I call Cheesy Movie Night Tuesdays, when I watch chick flicks. I never know if they’ll end up being good or bad, but it’s nice to have a night for that.

Take a hike, see a Broncos game or chill out by a mountain lake?
All of those sound awesome, but chilling out by a mountain lake sounds nice (In summer. Right now, it sounds freezing cold)

What online guilty pleasure causes you the most procrastination? (ie, pinterest)
Twitter. Definitely twitter.

What is next on your reading list?
About twenty books at once—anyway, that’s what it feels like. As soon as I turn in my current manuscript, I get to read Jus Accardo’s Tremble, which I’m super excited about, and then Sophie Kinsella’s I’ve Got Your Number.