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Author Interviews

Author Spotlight Interview: Ian Dickerson

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on December 10, 2019

Today, we’re continuing our series of author interviews by chatting to Ian Dickerson – who has written amazing guides to some of the most iconic characters in literature and television including The Saint, Sherlock Holmes and The Falcon. Based in beautiful Hampshire, England, Ian kindly spent a bit of time telling us about the unique path that got to see his name in print, attached to some of the fictional characters who inspired and entertained him and thousands of others growing up.   HG: So, tell me who YOU are, how you describe yourself! ID: How would I describe myself? Oh, husband, father, writer, juggler… HG: …director, producer, writer… Any other feathers in your cap? Man of mystery? With a furled umbrella and secret, buccaneering dreams? ID: Haha! HG: So, you write books about really cool things – Sherlock Holmes, the Saint, the Falcon. How did you end up doing… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Daniel Gibbs

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on November 26, 2019

This week we chat with Daniel Gibbs – author of the Echoes of War series, which seamlessly blends hard science fiction with deep and emotional questions about faith, morality, and religion. With dozens of rave reviews across the series, Gibbs is fast becoming one of the most respected authors in his genre – and it’s fascinating to learn a little more about the inspirations and process that led him to embark on this epic, galaxy-spanning saga. HG: Okay, so who is Daniel Gibbs? Who is the man behind this star-spanning science fiction saga? DG: An interesting question indeed! I’d say I’m a big time nerd and something of a goof. I love college football (Go Noles!), and have probably a thousand plus sci-fi novels on my various bookshelves, both paperback and hardback. I’m a defense contractor when I’m not writing military science fiction and space opera stories. Getting dangerously close… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Kevin Honeycutt

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on November 12, 2019

This week, we continue our series of author interviews by talking to an author who approached writing in a very different way than most. Kevin Honeycutt is a former teacher turned keynote speaker, who travels the world educating teachers about how to integrate more inclusive styles of teaching to the classroom, and make technology and the digital environment part of kids’ learning experience.  in 2015, Kevin published his first book – a biography and memoir talking about his traumatic youth and how it shaped his mission today. We sat with Kevin to discuss this writing process, where his book fits into the larger picture, and what’s next for his publishing career.   HG: Who Is Kevin Honeycutt? How do you describe yourself and what do you do? KH: Well, I used to be a classroom teacher. I was an art teacher for Pre-K through 12th Grade in a small district… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Laura Powers

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on October 29, 2019

Today’s interview is with celebrity psychic and author Laura Powers, who pens delightful books on spirituality and the divine while traveling the world. We caught her on a brief moment between travels and asked about her ideas, inspirations, and how she puts words onto the page. HG: I’m interviewing you about your books, but I have to start off with the total Laura package! It seems like your writing is a seamless part of your business and passion. So, to start off – how would you describe yourself to our readers who might not be that familiar with you? LP: I am a psychic medium, entertainer, and explorer and I love to use my gifts and abilities to help people lead the best life possible. Ever since I was little I have sensed ghosts and the spiritual realm and now I use my abilities to see what others aren’t and… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: J.C. Paulson

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on October 15, 2019

This week we continue our series of Author Spotlight interviews by speaking with Canadian mystery writer J.C. Paulson, author of Adam’s Witness and two more titles in the Adam and Grace series. Hailing from the prairies of Saskatchewan, Paulson’s writing blends the crisp prose of her journalistic background with the optimistic promise of a satisfying ‘ever after’. HG: I’ll start with the basics! Who is JC Paulson? When you’re not crafting mysteries, what do you do? Where do you live? How do you take your coffee? How do you describe yourself? JCP: Right. How long would you like me to go? HG: Longer than a Tweet, but shorter than Atlas Shrugged? JCP: I can handle that! I’ve been a writer for my entire career. I started by writing ad copy — needed a job! and I did like it — before becoming a journalist, first with the daily paper in my… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Julie C. Gardner

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on October 1, 2019

This week, we got the chance to speak to Julie C. Gardner, a #1 Amazon best-selling author, and writer of beautifully crafted women’s literature titles like Forgetting Ophelia and Letters for Scarlet. We asked Julie about her inspirations and ideas, and how she helps her narrative flow into the written word. HG: First off, for readers who might not be familiar with you, who IS Julie C. Gardner? JG: Good question. I wish I knew the answer – ha! I guess I can say the most important thing to me is family — my husband, two kids, and two rescue dogs (we’re rescuing a third in two weeks — a Labrador puppy)! But outside of the home, my life has always revolved around books: reading them, teaching them, writing them, and now lending them out. This is because my three careers have been as a high school English teacher, an… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Dwayne Gill

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on September 17, 2019

It today’s interview, we chat with thriller writer Dwayne Gill, author of the fast-paced Written By Blood series, which weaves a thrilling tale against the backdrop of a grim near-future; and introduces us to some truly original and memorable characters in a race to save the lives of those they love the most.     HG: Let’s start at the beginning – who IS Dwayne Gill? How would you describe yourself? DG: I’d say that I’m about as ordinary and normal as a person can be. You certainly wouldn’t pick me out of a crowd and identify me as an author. I love simplicity and routine, and most of all, I love my wife and eleven-month-old son. Any time I’m not writing, there’s a very good possibility you’ll find me inside of my son’s playpen, letting him crawl on me while we watch his favorite movie, Horton Hears a Who…. Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Scott Bell

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on September 3, 2019

Today’s author interview is with Scott Bell, the brains and talent behind a number of thrilling adventure stories like the Abel Yaeger series. Scott’s background as a fraud examiner set him up perfectly to understand the devious mindset of the adversaries in his fast-paced novels, and his writing has been compared to authors like Lee Child and earned him a spot as a finalist in the 2017 American Book Fest (Science Fiction category). We were thrilled to be able to chat to Scott to learn more about what inspires his writing, and how he goes about putting words to paper. HG: So, for the blog readers who might not be familiar with you – who is Scott Bell? How would you describe yourself? SB: I came late to writing, after putting it on hiatus while my wife and I raised our kids. After they grew up, I really wasn’t thinking… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Larry Igbon

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on August 20, 2019

Today, we’re chatting with Larry Igbon, the British author of taut thrillers Bringing Hell, Project G and Beyond Vengeance. Formerly on Her Majesty’s Service, and a third Dan grade in Shotokan Karate, Larry brings real world experience to his thrilling books; and subscribers to Hidden Gems were thrilled when they got a chance to read his work for FREE as part of our community. HG: So, Larry – for readers who haven’t checked out your books yet, how would YOU describe yourself? LI: I’m a fan of thrillers, action thrillers, crime thrillers, and suspense thrillers – thrillers that feature and depict humans on Planet Earth, past or present. As such, that’s the genre I also like to write in. I like to write about what I see and experience wherever possible. My novel, Beyond Vengeance, is based in my home town of Manchester and includes facts about an actual family… Read More >

Author Spotlight Interview: Jordan Vezina

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on August 6, 2019

Today, we’re chatting to former-Marine turned action/adventure and thriller author Jordan Vezina. Author of the electric Jericho Black series, and it’s addictive spin-off series about Jacob Mitzak – the “Hammer of Israel” – Vezina manages to combine his military experience, intensive historical research, and a cast of truly compelling characters to create a fully immersive world that fans of Lee Child and Clive Cussler will love. From the moment I picked up the first book in Jordan Vezina’s Jericho Black series, I was hooked. They stem from a truly original premise – the grandson of a decorated Nazi becoming a Mossad-trained assassin, hunting down those from the Third Reich who thought they’d escaped the punishment they deserve. With its debut set in a vividly-realized 1970s San Francisco, Vezina’s books combine action, adventure, and accurate military experience – the stuff favored by fans of authors like Lee Child – and blend… Read More >