Friday, December 28, 2012

Huz Interview: The Inside Scoop on Author Deborah Rainey




Today we welcome Ken Raney, husband of author Deborah Raney.



Deborah Raney is the author of  The Hanover Falls novels and The Face of the Earth from Howard/Simon & Schuster. You may visit her website at www.deborahraney.com.

Welcome Ken!

Where did you meet Deb and how long have you been married?

 
My brother was dating Deb’s best friend in high school and they set us up on a double date with them. We ended up beating them to the altar and have been married for 38 years now.

 
Who lives at home with you (children, pets, other)?


We’ve been empty-nesters for almost four years now, but we raised four kids and now have four grandkids. We have a cat named Sundae, the latest in a long line of Raney cats.

 
Did you know Deborah was a writer before you were married?


She’s always done some writing, but we’d been married almost twenty years before she started working on her first novel.

 
What is your occupation and how long have you been working at that vocation?


I started my own business four years ago after being laid off from my job as an advertising manager for a company I’d been with for 25 years. Now I run Clash Creative, a graphic design firm that does a lot of book cover design and other graphics for authors. I also run Clash Entertainment, an entertainment website for Christian teenagers.

 
What are a few of your favorite books and authors? (Not including your wife's.)


I’m fascinated with true stories of World War II, and Unbroken is a recent favorite. I also like reading biographies, creation science, and apologetics. Edgar Rice Burroughs (of Tarzan fame) is my favorite author.

 
Have you ever read any of your wife's books?  If so, do you have a favorite?

I’ve read them all. I think my favorite is probably Remember to Forget.

Where does Deborah write?


All over the house. At the kitchen counter, on the sofa, in her office, out on the deck in the summer, and sometimes if I’m bugging her too much (since we both work from home) she goes to a coffee shop to write.


What does she wear when writing?


My shirts. Her writing “uniform” is baggy men’s shirts. And bare feet. She never wears shoes in the house.
 

Is there anything unusual that she ever asks you to do relating to her writing?


I’m her go-to graphic designer, but also, she rearranges her office (and the whole house for that matter) every other week, so she’s always asking me to help her move furniture. 

 
What activities do the two of you enjoy doing together as a couple?


We work out together every weekday morning, watch a movie together almost every night, and we like working in our yard and gardens in the summer. Recently we’ve been traveling a lot to teach at writers conferences and to visit our kids.





Now, from Deborah:

Does your husband write? If so, please tells us about it. 

Ken is one of the most creative people I know. He sees himself as more of an illustrator than a writer, but he’s had two children’s picture books published, and has written a trilogy for middle grade kids. He also does a lot of writing for the articles he posts on the Clash Entertainment website.

As an author, what is something exceptional that you appreciate about your husband relating to his support of your career.

Ken could not possibly be more supportive of me and my writing. Besides reading every one of my books and always being available to brainstorm ideas with me or give business advice, he’s also super sweet about helping out with housecleaning, making his own dinner if I’m on deadline, and rarely griping about it. More importantly, no one can make me laugh like he does. He’s always helped me to not take myself too seriously and to lighten up when things are stressful.



Thank you for visiting, Ken and Deb!


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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmastide


Wishing you all the blessings of Christmas! I'll be away until the new year, but I hope you will stop by on Friday for the next husband interview.


Please join me at Colonial Quills for a special installment of A Forted Frontier Holiday ~ Christmastide by Carrie Fancet Pagels, Susan F. Craft, and Elaine Marie Cooper. You'll see my characters from Carving a Future of Colonial Courtships and a special gift they share at Christmas.

Blessings to you and yours!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Huz Interview: The Inside Scoop on Author Karen Witemeyer



Today we welcome Wes Witemeyer, husband of author Karen Witemeyer.




Karen Witemeyer is the author of Short-Straw Bride and To Win Her Heart.  You may visit her website at www.karenwitemeyer.com.


Welcome Wes!

Where did you meet Karen, and how long have you been married?

We met at church during college. Karen was a freshman and I was a sophomore. I remember a conversation I had with my roommate at the time. After meeting Karen I said to my roommate, “That is the kind of girl I could marry.” It took about 6 months, but eventually our friendship turned into something more and we have never looked back. This past year we celebrated 20 years of marriage.
Who lives at home with you?

We have 3 children, currently 14, 12, and 10, and we have no pets. 12 years ago, my parents retired and moved to the town where we live. Our neighbor at that same time got transferred to a different city and was looking to sell his house. After talking to Karen and me first, he offered to sell his house to my parents. They still live next door to us today. It takes a special person to live next door to their in-laws, no matter how good the relationship is. Early in our kids’ lives, you would ask them how many people were in our family, and they would answer 7, to include my parents as part of the family.
Did you know Karen was a writer before you were married?

No.  She has, however, always loved to read and was always making little notes about things she liked as she read.  Karen has always been someone who has been willing to do what needed to be done, and it is such a thrill to see her be able to write and minister through her writing because she has such a love for it.

What is your occupation and how long have you been working at that vocation?

I am currently working as an Analyst for the Advancement Division at Abilene Christian University.  I have held this job for the past 9 years; however I have been employed by the University for a total of 17 years.

What are a few of your favorite books and authors?

I love to read fantasy and science fiction books.  I have a nice collection of Star Wars books.  I also like to read R. A. Salvatore and Terry Brooks.  One other series I really enjoy reading is the James Bond books.

Have you ever read any of your wife's books?  If so, do you have a favorite?
 
I actually have not read any of my wife’s books.  And yes I do occasionally catch some grief from people about that fact. However my wife is very gracious about it.  I do have her first book downloaded to my iPhone, so who knows maybe I will get to it.  If I had to pick a favorite, it would be her first book A Tailor-Made Bride, since it is dedicated to me.

Where does Karen write?

A lot of writing happens in the office at her day job during down time.  However, occasionally she will need to spend some time writing while at home and that always occurs in our bedroom sitting on our bed.  During some long trips, occasional writing can occur in the car.  I did buy her a laptop several years ago just for her to use for writing and she is very protective of it and uses it quite often.

What does she wear when writing?

I don’t think there is a specific “writing outfit” for Karen.  It is usually just whatever she happens to have on at the time.


Is there anything unusual that she ever asks you to do relating to her writing?

Nothing unusual.  She will close the door while she is writing and I will do everything I can to keep the kids from disturbing her.  Having said that, knowing that she is writing romance stories, I do occasionally try to up our personal romance factor secretly hoping that it may help in some small way.




What activities do the two of you enjoy doing together as a couple?

We both love to be out in nature, but the chances to enjoy those things are few and far between given the stage of life we are in with our children.  We do manage to get away occasionally and really enjoy just spending our time together.  After the kids are in bed for the evening, our favorite thing to do together is to sit in our recliners and see who can fall asleep during a TV show the fastest.  Karen usually wins.

Now, from Karen:
 
Does your husband write? If so, please tells us about it.  

My husband is not a writer, unless you count writing computer script. Even when he's preparing to teach a class at church, he goes for the minimum notes possible. He can be a deep thinker, though, and I will sometimes talk through ideas with him when I'm working on a new plot.
As an author, what is something exceptional that you appreciate about your husband relating to his support of your career?

Wes is supportive in so many ways. He keeps copies of my books and promotional materials on display in his office. He has photos of my books covers on his phone that he whips out to show anyone who asks. He even talks up my books with his online gaming friends. Even computer nerds have wives and mothers who read, you know.

Before I ever made any money at writing, he encouraged me to attend writing conferences, and even now he is the first to tell me to go for it when travel and speaking opportunities arise. He steps in to take care of the kids and never begrudges me the time I need to meet a deadline. He may not read my books, but his support is undeniable. He's my hero.

 Thank you for visiting, Wes and Karen!


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Friday, December 14, 2012

A Visit with the Huz: The Inside Scoop on MaryLu Tyndall




Today we welcome George Tyndall, husband of MaryLu Tyndall.

MaryLu Tyndall is the author of 11 historical romances, the most recent one being, Veil of Pearls. You may visit her website at http://www.marylutyndall.com.

George, thank you for coming by!

Where did you meet MaryLu and how love have you been married?

We met at IBM, where we both used to work, and we just celebrated our 20th anniversary last July.

Any children, grandchildren, or pets in the family? Who lives at home?

We have 6 children and two grandchildren. Our youngest son still lives at home while he finishes up his Physics degree at college. We also have 3 crazy cats. 

Did you know MaryLu was a writer before you were married?

No, I would have never guessed she had a talent for writing. When I met her she was programming computers!

What is your occupation and how long have you been working at that vocation?

I am a Scientist with a PhD in Physical Chemistry and I’ve been working in my field for 31 years.

What are a few of your favorite books and authors? (Not including your wife's.)

James Mitchner Hawaii, James Clavell Shogun, John Grisham. Other favorite authors include Vince Flynn and Ben Coes. I also enjoy Joel Rosenberg, Brad Thor, and Daniel Silva. As you can tell, I mostly enjoy military spy thrillers. 

Have you ever read any of your wife's books?  If so, do you have a favorite?

No. I decided early on that I’d better not read her work because I’m a very critical reader and I didn’t want to cause unnecessary problems. 

Where does MaryLu write?

In one of our spare bedrooms that is set up like an office.

What does she wear when writing?

Hmm. Usually jeans and a t-shirt or sweat shirt.

Is there anything unusual that she ever asks you to do relating to her writing?

Fill out this interview!  But also, I’m a carpenter hobbyist and she asked me to make one of our bedrooms look like a Captain’s cabin aboard a tall ship. I’m working on it and eventually it will become her new writing room. 

What activities do the two of you enjoy doing together as a couple?

Movies, vacations, dinner out, and watching our favorite TV shows. 



Now, from MaryLu:

Does your husband write? If so, please tells us about it.

No. He used to write scientific papers but he doesn’t do that anymore. Besides, I never understood a word of them!

As an author, what is something exceptional that you appreciate about your husband relating to his support of your career.

As he mentioned above, he’s making me the coolest writing room with oak flooring and wainscoting and an antique book shelf built into the closet and even wooden beams on the ceiling!  I’m going for the nautical captain’s cabin look, and I can’t wait to see the finished product.
George has always been supportive of my writing and always asks me how my books are coming along and takes an interest in the process.

Thank you George and MaryLu! It was so nice to have you here at WTD!

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Author's Husband Interviews!


Today I'm visiting with my friends over at Inkwell Inspirations and talking about the husband interviews I've been featuring here on Fridays. I hope you'll stop by and say hello! And please let me know if you are a published author who thinks their huz would be game for giving the inside scoop on your life as a writer.

http://www.inkwellinspirations.com/2012/12/husband-interviews.html

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Visit with the Huz: the inside scoop on the inside scoop on Myra Johnson



Today I'd like to introduce you to Jack Johnson, husband of author Myra Johnson.



Myra Johnson is the author of One Imperfect Christmas; Gateway Weddings (anthology including Heartsong Presents novels Autumn Rains, Romance by the Book, and Where the Dogwoods Bloom); A Horseman’s Heart; and A Horseman’s Gift. Coming in January: A Horseman’s Hope. You may visit her website at www.MyraJohnson.com.


Jack, thank you for stopping by!

Where did you meet Myra and how long have you been married?

Myra and I met while we were both working for the telephone company in McAllen, Texas.  We have been married 40 years. We have two married daughters and six grandchildren.

Who lives at home with you (children, pets, other)?

The two of us, plus two dogs.

Did you know Myra was a writer before you were married?

At the time we dated and married, Myra was working elsewhere and was not into writing as a vocation. She first got serious about writing in 1983 and sold her first short story in 1985.

What is your occupation and how long have you been working at that vocation?

Retired from AT&T in 2002 (30 years ) and continued in telecommunications for another 10 years (total of 40). For the past year I have been substitute teaching at a Christian school in between working on projects around the house.

What are a few of your favorite books and authors? (Not including your wife's.)

The Shack, The River, anything by Clive Cussler, W.E. B Griffin, and Dale Brown.   
 
Have you ever read any of your wife's books?  If so, do you have a favorite?

I have read them all.  I really enjoy the Historical Romance category and the research involved. My favorite is When The Clouds Roll By, the first of the Till We Meet Again Series to be published by Abingdon Press. Book one is scheduled for release October 2013. 

Where does Myra write?

In her office upstairs.

What does she wear when writing?

Shorts, sweats, most anything very casual.

Is there anything unusual that she ever asks you to do relating to her writing?

Probably not unusual, but I go to most book signings, etc., along with getting into the historical research.

 

What activities do the two of you enjoy doing together as a couple?

Church choir, church handbell choir, going to movies, eating out

Now, from Myra:

Does your husband write? If so, please tells us about it.

LOL! My husband “writes” email to his countless cousins and fraternity alumni.

As an author, what is something exceptional that you appreciate about your husband relating to his support of your career.

I think it’s quite exceptional that he is finally learning to cook simple meals for supper, which allows me an extra hour or so of writing time every afternoon! He’s also pretty much taken over the grocery shopping and other errands. I also greatly appreciate having him accompany me to author events, mainly for the moral support but also for helping me navigate to unfamiliar locations and toting my books and giveaways.

Thank you Jack & Myra for joining us at WTD!

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