Get to know Carolina Cordeiro

Carolina Cordeiro joins me today. I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I have.

  • When did you first start writing?
I have always thought that every single person is a writer. Now, whether you actually do it or not or if you publish or not, it’s a different thing. So, I have written short stories and poems for as long as I can remember. Only this year did I get to be published (so far, the poetry). Still waiting for the answers on my novel.
  • What did you do with your earliest efforts? Did anyone read them? Did you still have them?
I still have them. All but one that got lost in cleaning the office. Most of them, my closest friends have read and found it funny. Juvenile, all in all.
  • What made you choose to write in the genres/time periods you write in?
My novel is set in the Azorean period of the late XVIII, early XIX century (the best financial period of our archipelago) and I chose to write about that because this specific time/period since I feel quite connected with it. I cannot explain the whys but every single time I see/read/hear something of that period,it hooks me quite bad. :) Continue reading

Get to know Nancy Bilyeau

Nancy  Bilyeau

Today I am welcoming author Nancy Bilyeau to my Sunday guest spot.  I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I have.  Nancy is a native Midwesterner,  now living in New York City with her husband and two kids. Currently she is the executive editor of DuJour magazine.

When did you first start writing?

I remember feeling good about writing when I was eight years old. My husband says I am one of the lucky people who figured out what they want to do early and stuck with it. For the majority of my life, though, I’ve written and edited nonfiction. I worked on high school and college newspapers; I worked for newspapers briefly after graduating; and then I worked in the magazine business for years. It took me five years to write my first novel, The Crown, because I was working full time.

What did you do with your earliest efforts? Did anyone read them? Did  you still have them?

I wrote some poems and short stories in high school–no one read them except my creative-writing teacher, Mrs. Erickson, who was always very nice, and the classmates sitting in the room who had no choice but to listen. Wow, I don’t have them anymore. I honestly did not write fiction again until about eight years ago. The Crown is my first novel, but I did write a couple of short stories in an online fiction workshop. They were pretty bad. They were also modern era–I would love to try a short story set in the past. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately.

What made you choose to write in the genres/time periods you write in?

I’ve been obsessed with English history since I was a teenager, and the 16th century was my favorite. I’ve read every biography I could get my hands on. So when I decided to try fiction, I wanted to set it in the 1530s because to me that was a time of incredible events. I wanted to work with the inherent drama of England in the midst of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Continue reading

Get to know Anne Barnhill

 I have recently gotten to know author Anne Barnhill and I would love for you to get to know her too.  Her personal story is as fascinating as her novels and she has stopped by today to share a little bit of both.  Anne Barnhill

  • When did you first start writing?

I’ve been interested in writing since I was a child and scribbled poems in all my notebooks.  In junior high, I continued this habit, writing really terrible, sappy love poems.  I was a great reader early on and have always been intrigued with stories of all kinds.  In college, I grew more serious about my writing and began to dream of being a writer.

  • What did you do with your earliest efforts? Did anyone read them? Did you still have them?

My grade school efforts are long gone.  I still have a couple of things from high school and a few from college.  My profs read some of my work and were very encouraging, as were a couple of high school teachers.  It has taken me a long time to develop as a writer; life got in the way.

  • Your first book was a nonfiction, about your sister. What made you decide to write that book and what effect did writing it have on you.

            I always knew I’d write about my sister, Becky, who is autistic.  I thought I would write a novel about our childhood, but when I was in graduate school, I took a creative nonfiction class with Paul Wilkes.  He wanted us to choose a project that could become a book.  Writing about my sister was the last topic I gave him, after spending weeks trying to find one he liked.  I didn’t really want to write about it, but he insisted.  I’m glad he did because writing the memoir really healed a lot of places within me.  My sister and I had some hard times because she was misdiagnosed.  Back then, autism was not heard of the way it is now.  So, our childhood was spent trying to find the right school, system, magic pill to fix her problems, for which there really was no fix.  We were separated for about four years and that held a lot of pain for both of us.  There are a lot of tears in that book. Continue reading

Get to know Philippa Jane Keyworth

I’d like to introduce you all to a new author today, Philippa Jane Keyworth. Her first book, The Widow’s Redeemer, will be coming out later this year.  I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I have.


When did you first start writing?

I don’t really remember when I started writing to be honest. All I know is that I used to write stories on pretty much every scrap of paper and in every notebook I could find. The first full-length story I wrote was started at 12 and finished by 15.

What did you do with your earliest efforts? Did anyone read them? Did you still have them?

I have all the stories I’ve ever written (at least I think so) They’re in a big lever-arch file in a trunk with all my keepsakes and there are others in about four different notebooks on my bookshelf. My first book, which was a complete rip-off of the Animal Ark books, is written on notebook pages in various coloured glitter gel pens and tied up with gold string:

There are some which no one but me has read and a few which my dedicated friends, who have struggled past the grammar and mistakes, seem to like.

What made you choose to write in the genres/time periods you write in?

Well, I write in both the Regency Romance genre and Fantasy. The Regency Romance came about because my parents had a lodger who had Pride and Prejudice the BBC version on VHS and they let me watch it. Since then I’ve always liked Jane Austen but found her hard to read until I was older. I then found Georgetter Heyer whose work I love and after thinking I wasn’t clever enough to write a Regency I just suddenly one day decided, ‘Yes, I will write one and just see how it turns out!’

The Fantasy stories I write come more from my imagination. It’s always been vivid ever since I was a child and I guess growing up reading Brian Jacques Redwall and the Oswain and Narnia tales just made it overflow to writing my own myths and legends. The negative side of that imagination is that I do get rather worried about things as my ever-patient husband would tell you! Continue reading

Get to know Barbara Tiller Cole of Darcyholics

Barbara Tiller Cole is my guest today! 

Barbara Tiller Cole

Barbara Tiller Cole

It is inherent in the truth of the matter that when you name your blog Darcyholic Diversions, you must be one yourself. The subheading of my blog states that if Darcy is the problem who wants a cure.  That has certainly seemed to be the truth for me since I first saw the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice in 2001 on VHS while recovering from surgery.  I don’t do things by half!  I take my addiction seriously and hence have a blog and an upcoming book celebrating my condition.  I recently recounted the foundation of my addiction, which I today call Darcyholism. Continue reading