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PD Alleva

    About the author Tell us your story? What made you start writing? I’ve been writing since I was knee high to a grasshopper. I remember writing short stories as early as second grade, and used to write fan fiction after seeing movies that I really enjoyed, like Ghostbusters, or The Goonies. Wrote my first novel at the age of twelve, so I’ve always been a writer. I’ve spent the last two decades as a hypnotist and psychotherapist specializing in treating PTSD and have had stellar success in the industry. A few years ago, I started taking a smaller role in my private practice to switch careers and live as a writer, which is the only time I seem to find peace. If I’m not writing, I notice those stories seem to spill over into my personal life, so if you ask me, I’m never more satisfied than when I’m writing. I’ve got a creative itch that drives me batty if I’m not writing. I love the creative process and there’s nothing better than putting a book together. What do you wish other people knew about you? I overcome depression and PTSD symptoms by using a simple behavior modification system that changes the internal default mode emotional frequency vibration. That doesn’t mean that I never feel depressed, but what it does mean is that when the depression takes hold I have the skills to transition the depression from what would be a ten on a 1-10 scale to a four, which… Read More »PD Alleva

    Giancarlo Roversi

      About the author Tell us your story? What made you start writing? I’m a musician and a computer engineer. Since I was a child, I loved art. I dreamt of being a singer and an actor. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but when I was ten years old, I suffered an accident on a small train—I was unable to walk for a year and almost lost a foot. During those months when I couldn’t even get up, I wolfed down dozens of books by Agatha Christie and other authors. I also wrote my first short story. It was in the horror genre, and I always pictured the main character running away from a horde of zombies with the first part of the song “Magnetic Fields I” by Jean Michel Jarré playing as a background music. What are you passionate about? Oh, my passion is music, cosmos, literature, and philosophy. What is one thing that instantly makes your day better? Excellent question. So many things. A good pizza, a good conversation. Also, anything positive related to the Pulstarverse, other earthlings, and the people I care about. Oh, of course, a sublime song, book, or series-movie. If you could choose one superpower, what would it be? Well, I’m not a fan of superheroes, but if I could choose one superpower, it would be to be able to roam the cosmos at my own leisure. Come on, what can beat that? If you had a warning label, what would yours say? Hehe, this is… Read More »Giancarlo Roversi

      L. Diane Wolfe

      About the author A professional speaker and author, L. Diane Wolfe conducts seminars, offers book formatting, and author consultation. She’s the senior editor at Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. and contributes to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.http://www.spunkonastick.net/ – Spunk On A Stickhttp://www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com – Spunk On A Stick’s Tipshttp://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/ – Insecure Writer’s Support Group Tell us your story? What made you start writing? I was always a reader—read the most books in my class almost every year. When I picked up a copy of the newly-released The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey and read it, I was enthralled. And I made the decision right there and then that I would be an author one day. What is the best gift you have been given? For my 50th birthday, my husband took me to Orlando for a week and we stayed at a resort on site at Universal. I visited both parks daily, even went to Sea World one day, but the best part was riding the Minions ride (many times) and attacking their gift shop. (I am a HUGE Minions fan.) If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? I’m going to say 1975. Back when things were simpler, there was still innocence and values, and none of the insanity of the past couple years. What’s your favorite family tradition? Christmas Eve, we exchange one present, eat a dinner of cheeses and other snacks, and then we watch The Muppet Christmas Carol. If you had a warning… Read More »L. Diane Wolfe

      Kate Messick

        About the author Tell us your story? What made you start writing? Long story short – I wasn’t getting enough sex in my marriage, so I wrote my husband a guide in the form of a romance novel. It didn’t improve my sex life, but I found I really enjoyed writing. If you’re looking for a bit more: I’ve always been an avid reader. I wrote a terrible novel in high school (USA); my Dad and teachers were brutally honest about it. I was in the special education program because of dyslexia and a hearing impairment, so writing wasn’t easy for me. I put the concept out of my mind and focused on more attainable goals. Fast forward twenty years, I’m now a displaced classical clarinetist living in England – away from my family, my friends, and the orchestra (Symphonic Anime Orchestra) that I founded and wrote a ridiculous amount of music for every year. I’d gone from a career-oriented woman with big goals to basically a decorator wife. It was fun for a bit, but wow, not having my creative outlet got really old, really fast. Which also messed with my marriage. In a fit of rage, I just barfed all my issues into a story and gave it to a friend, who was really encouraging. That led to another book, not about my issues, which led to my first trilogy. Writing words lights up the same happy creativity that music notes did in my brain. I’m still married,… Read More »Kate Messick

        Alex Austin

          About the author Tell us your story? What made you start writing?* I’d always been an obsessive reader, cereal boxes and warning labels, comic books (bought or stolen), then short stories and novels, but I didn’t write much (except, countless repetitions of “I will not talk in class.”) After high school (and a brief stint in the shipping department of the Peter Pan Swimwear Company in Newark, New Jersey), I joined the Navy. In the service, I enjoyed penning letters to family, buddies, and girlfriends. I liked riffing off my environment, the setting and people around me, using some detail I hoped would surprise or amuse my correspondents, perhaps make them laugh. I liked making stuff up. Honorably discharged from the military, I decided to advance my education, took the SATs and did okay, which I attribute to my obsessive reading. I enrolled in a local college, where it was suggested I major in history. Sure. In one of the required English courses, I wrote a character sketch the instructor liked so much he suggested I submit it to the college literary magazine. I did, and it was promptly rejected, but with faint praise—enough to raise some hope. A year later, I moved to California and attended UCLA, where I would get a BA in history, but by then my interests had turned to less academic writing. So, while I was reading Huizinga’s The Waning of the Middle Ages, I peddled satire to alternative weeklies. I also took a few… Read More »Alex Austin