Marie Saint-Louis

Why do you write?: I write because the people I was meeting asked me to write a book. As a psychic medium, I meet people when they are often at their lowest. They are dealing with failed relationships, unfulfilling careers, pondering relocation, family members causing havoc in their lives, and others. Basically real life for all of us. I wanted to share with people that everyone is fighting their own personal battles.

Describe where you write.: Wherever I go, either to a party or an event, I pack a handful of pens and notebooks to record my experiences in a journal. Later, I head for my home office, and with my two cats to keep me company, I begin to write about my experiences that evening. I want to keep everything fresh in my mind.

Who or what is your muse?: My clients were my inspiration. They have constantly asked about me about my psychic readings and kept asking me when I was going to write a book about them. This was something I had never thought of. After much thought and encouragement from my brother, my book was born.

Three wishes . . .: Good health. A productive second half to my life filled with positively touching other people’s lives. To meet all my readers in person.

Favorite childhood book, and why?: Clifford The Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell As an animal lover, I always loved the fact Clifford was the runt of the litter but grew up to be this enormous dog that everyone loves. Clifford is a friendly and outgoing dog but he also got into a little bit of trouble. I have been known to not always follow the rules, so I am bit like Clifford.

Explain when is your ideal time to write.: I mainly write in the evening, after my appointments with clients. I usually stay up until 3am, even though I’m not really a night person. I live in Arizona, and love nothing more that opening the windows and hearing the coyotes howl!

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why.: I have a lot of favorite books but the one which brings me good memories is The Pact: Three Young Men Make A Promise and Fulfill a Dream: by Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt At the time, I had a classroom of over 40 high school students who hated to read and couldn’t read well. I only had one copy so we passed the book around and everyone read a sentence or paragraph. If anyone laughed because a student couldn’t read I’d kick them out of class. Never had one student leave the room.

E-book or print? Why?: Both. I’ve been asking readers which they prefer and it’s a tie

Favorite magazine, and why?: Just one? I love magazines and will read about anything that catches my eye. They are a quick read. I’m the person at the supermarket with milk, eggs, and cheese in my basket while I’m reading an article in aisle seven.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?: “We all have uncertainties about our life direction and purpose.” I’ve have the pleasure to meet and guide people from all walks of life; college students, teachers, accountants, police officers, surgeons and even adult film stars. All of my stories make for a more interesting experience for my readers. Throughout the book, readers will witness people coming to me when they are searching for direction and needing hope. We all have been there before; when our relationships are breaking apart, we are unfulfilled in our careers, family members causing havoc, and wondering if relocation will give us new opportunities and a new lease on life. There are many people having a similar struggle within their own lives. It may not be the exact situation, but they are hurting as much as you or even more . “Value your time with loved ones and make peace with them if you need to.”What I hear from clients is that they wished they had spent more time with loved ones before they passed. I love the part in the book where I read at a festival for a young man from Detroit, Michigan. Dion was unsure about having his first psychic medium reading but once he sat down, I read for him for over an hour. I still remember when I connected Dion to his deceased brother Bernard. At one point during the session, Dion looked at me and said. “Damn, the last time I saw my brother we fought over something real stupid. I wish I could take it all back because weeks later Bernard was murdered.”

Marie Saint-Louis

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Patty Farrell

Why do you write?: Personal entertainment, fantastical reverie

Describe where you write.: Side-by-side laptops on the couch when possible

Who or what is your muse?: life’s ridiculousness

Three wishes . . .: peace, happiness, fantastical reality

Favorite childhood book, and why?: The Giving Tree… say no more

Explain when is your ideal time to write.
: When focus is in the air

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why.: Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs… pure pleasure

E-book or print? Why?: Print… no emissions

Favorite magazine, and why?: Us Weekly… fun smut

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?: A smile in fun, in release… escaping reality

Patty Farrell

Devon Trevarrow Flaherty

Why do you write?: Because I love to! It’s also my job, but it’s nice that those two things can go hand-in-hand. It’s also the way I communicate best.

Describe where you write.
: On the couch, on the futon, at a desk, at a table, in a coffee shop, at the library, in the car…

Who or what is your muse?
: I have never been asked that and I have never thought much about it. Life inspires me, in every corner and around each surprising turn.

Three wishes . . .
: 1. To make enough money this year to keep being able to write full time. 2. To be able to travel more. 3. To have a good, long writing career.

Favorite childhood book, and why?: “Anne of Green Gables,” because it’s awesome.

Explain when is your ideal time to write.: When my kids are at school. Otherwise, it would be all day every day.

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why.: I re-read Anne of Green Gables and Harry Potter just about every year.

E-book or print? Why?
: Print! I’m a touch and smell person, so there’s just no substitute for me.

Favorite magazine, and why?: Food Network Magazine. Then maybe Poets & Writers. I am a total die-hard foodie.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
: Thoughtfulness. Introspection. Inspiration. Freedom.

Devon Trevarrow Flaherty

Colleen Caitin

Why do you write?: I have a hard time expressing my emotions, so writing means a great deal for me, because it’s my way to show how I feel. It helps me get through hard times, bad days or some confusion or problems. It’s also my way to relax or to let off some steam. I always loved books, because they are able to lead us away from reality into a whole new world and creating something like that is the best thrill there is…

Describe where you write.: Mostly at home (on the bed or in my totally awesome armchair)

Who or what is your muse?: Well, you could say that life is my muse. Most of the things I write come from own experiences…

Three wishes . . .: making my hobby (writing) into my one and only job, a ski chalet in the alps, being able to honestly say that I’m happy and live without regrets

Favorite childhood book, and why?: “Guess how much I love you” by Sam McBratney; I probably loved it so much, because I always had a thing for rabbits. They are just so cute!

Explain when is your ideal time to write.: I guess my ideal time to write is when I want to write. I’m not the kind of person who writes a story-outline or sits down and goes “now I’m going to wrote something”. As soon as I get an idea I write it down and that can be whenever…

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why.: Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling; I know it’s a bit of a cheat, because it’s a series (and if I would have to choose I would pick the third one ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), but I could read all of them over and over again. And of the sake of honest, it’s what I do. I think I read all of them at least four times. For me, Harry Potter is just awesome and a genius idea. And honestly, who wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts?!

E-book or print? Why?: Print. Apart from the fact that I think it’s more comfortable to read, I just like the way it feels. Having a book in my hands and seeing all of them on the shelves is just something entirely different than owning an e-reader.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?: I hope that my readers can identify themselves with the characters or with some aspects of the stories and therefore learn that they are not alone and that the most important thing is to stand up for themselves and be true to who they are. In the end, it’s not about how many books I’ve sold or how many ‘fans’ I have. It’s about the people that can honestly say, that my books mean something special to them because they learned something from it or because it helped them through a hard time. That’s what is important to me!

Colleen Caitin

Werner Stejskal

Why do you write?: I always loved to write little stories. My first fairy tales came into being when I was seven years old. I have been an avid reader since the beginning and simply wanted to write something myself. In later life I considered writing books, but found that I did not have it in me. It took “divine intervention” to create this series. One sleepless night after a West to East flight from Europe to Australia, I was suddenly given the idea to write this children’s series. My daughter has a black cat, which may have influenced this decision. I started writing one story after the other to end up with about 60 stories in two month. Finding illustrators was the next step. The main purpose of this series is to provide simple entertainment for little kids. I like to include some lessons in them as well, but it is not foremost. The strength of this series are the illustrations, which should appeal to everyone. I don’t believe to write in kiddy language, but rather depend on mum to read and retell her child according to its age. Altogether writing and producing this series gives me the satisfaction of providing a creative contribution to society and children in particular. It fills my days of retirement with the joy of an imaginary world.

Describe where you write.: I use my Ipad to write my story, sitting with my legs up on the sofa.

Who or what is your muse?: I always loved Disney movies and magazines. I decided to adopt that style for the illustrations in my series.

Three wishes . . .: Finish the series, offer printed books, do TV series

Favorite childhood book, and why?: Pippi Longstockings series. I admire people breaking out and dare to be different.

Explain when is your ideal time to write.: I usually write at night. Being retired I have the priviledge though to endulge myself any time.

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why.: Gine [sic] with the wind. Again I love an independent character like Scarlett. I always used to identify with her.

E-book or print? Why?: I publish as ebooks simply because it is easier. I will follow up with print-on-demand for the same reason. I believe the chance for success for normal printed books is minimal unless you are famous already.

Favorite magazine, and why?: The Money magazine, because you can always learn something.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?: The foremost purpose of my series is to offer small children an alternative to current popular books. I like to keep the stories simple, colourful and with some small lessons to learn. I prefer to treat small children more like grown-ups and ask for their cooperation as well.

Werner Stejskal

Jennifer Cook

Why do you write?: I write because it is fun and God whispers little stories to share...or prompts.
I write because it makes me feel free.
I enjoy writing about our family, motherhood, faith, and seeing my own stories evolve.

Describe where you write.: in our home office at a PC

Who or what is your muse?: our family

Three wishes . . .: To visit Italy, To cruise to Alaska, and to live happy long life

Favorite childhood book, and why?: The Secret Garden, It took me to a place of friendship and beauty I dreamed possible

Explain when is your ideal time to write.: early a.m. -- pre dawn

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why.: Bible, always new nuggets and so long and complicated I can never master its full Truth

E-book or print? Why?: print, I like to hold books...although my own writings and yours are E-books...so I guess I enjoy both

Favorite magazine, and why?: Southern Living, dream homes and recipes that will never truly be mine but seem awesome

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?: encouragement and joy

Jennifer Cook

Bayleigh Stockman

Why do you write?: I write to express myself.

Describe where you write.: I write best when I’m by myself in a quiet place.

Who or what is your muse?: A quiet place.

Three wishes . . .: Money, Fortune, and Fame.

Favorite childhood book, and why?: Three Little Pigs, because it always kept me entertained.

Explain when is your ideal time to write.: I prefer to write at night, or when I’m alone.

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why.: 50 Shades of Grey, because it really keeps you interested.

E-book or print? Why?: Print, because I like the feeling of flipping the pages, and seeing how far I’ve read.

Favorite magazine, and why?: Cosmo Girl, because I’m a girl and I find it interesting.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?: For them to be entertained.

Nick Yung

Why do you write?: I write so I can share memories of what I have encountered in life so far. All of my writing stems from prior experiences.

Describe where you write.: I write in my dorm room.

Who or what is your muse?: My family

Three wishes . . .: First wish, no college loans. My next wish is for college to never end. My final wish is to be highly successful in life.

Favorite childhood book, and why?: I liked all of Mike Lupica’s sports stories. I couldn’t pick a favorite. I enjoyed all the tales of the inspiring athletes.

Explain when is your ideal time to write.: My ideal time to write is after a life-touching experience.

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why.: I would reread any of the Harry Potter novels. The story never gets old.

E-book or print? Why?: E-book because you do not have to worry about transporting a collection of books.

Favorite magazine, and why?: Sports Illustrated. I like to read the stories of athletes’ journeys.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?: That putting hard work into anything will lead to results.

Adrianna Pantano

Why do you write?: I write to express my creativity. I write so I can have a way to let my imagination run wild. When I write for fun, ideas start flowing and I never want to stop because I feel like I should add more and more.

Describe where you write.: Sometimes I write in my bed, otherwise just any other relaxing environment.

Who or what is your muse?: My sister, Nicole

Three wishes . . .: 1. To have a successful career where I am happy doing whatever I am doing. 2. Enough money to build a nice home theater when I am older because I am a movie addict. 3. Have a huge family where everyone is always together and visiting. (Lots of children and grandchildren)

Favorite childhood book, and why?: All the Junie B. Jones books. She was young like I was, and I enjoyed reading about all her different experiences

Explain when is your ideal time to write.: Late at night. Right before I go to bed, I sit and reflect a little about the day, so sometimes new ideas pop into my head.

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why.: The Great Gatsby!!!! I am a sucker for older books and love stories. Reading about all the things Gatsby did to be with Daisy was incredible and I loved it!!

E-book or print? Why?: Print. I feel more connected to the book if I can physically hold it in my hands. It just feels more natural since that is the traditional way. Also, E-books give me a headache because I am focusing so hard on the screen.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?: Happiness. When I write for fun, it is usually something random but positive.

Ari Collier-Waiomia

Why do you write?: I write to improve my grammar and improve my ability to be creative. I also write to remember positive and important memories in my life.

Describe where you write.: My bedroom

Who or what is your muse?: My grandfather, and past events

Three wishes . . .: peace, equality, health

Favorite childhood book, and why?: Mr McGee Goes to Sea by Pamela Allen

Explain when is your ideal time to write.: Middle of the night, so peaceful

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why.: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

E-book or print? Why?: Print. I get too easily distracted on electronic devices.

Favorite magazine, and why?: National Geographic as it is very informative.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?: Information, and possibly a slight feeling of happiness