Interview with Khalid Muhammad


Today’s interview is with Khalid Muhammad, author of Agency Rules: Never An Easy Day at the Office, a political thriller set in Pakistan.

Khalid MohammedTell us something about yourself, Khalid. 

Sure, Lela. First, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to speak with me about my writing and my debut military/espionage thriller, Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office.

In terms of my background, I was born in Pakistan, raised and educated in the United States and returned to Pakistan in 1997 to pursue emerging business opportunities. I’ve spent my time in the country comparing the on-ground Pakistan with everything that I heard in the media. What a difference! There are times when I think they make up the stories that are written about my country.

I suspect they do, Khalid, for American political reasons.

As an entrepreneur, I have been able to build…

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Interview with CMT Stibbe


Today’s interview is with C.M.T. Stibbe, author of Chasing Pharaohs and The Fowler’s Snare, exquisitely written historical fantasies set in ancient Egypt.

CMT StibbeTell us something about yourself:

Hi Lela, thank you so much for interviewing me. I’m originally from Berkshire, England. My father was a housemaster at Bradfield College for many years before becoming Head Master of the King Edward School in Norwich. I think it was his courage to survive a war, his stories and his love of English literature that inspired me to write.

I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1995 and I have been there ever since. They call New Mexico ‘the land of enchantment’ and for those of us who have never found our way home, ‘the land of entrapment.’ My husband is American and my son is half Navajo.

What do you do for a living?

I’m doing a course to qualify as…

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The Willow Branch


Front Cover Update“The best entry into speculative fiction this year” -The Booktrap

“Gripping and vividly written” – Kristin Gleeson

“In a time when so much fantasy being published is grim and dark, it’s refreshing to find a book that returns to the beauty of high fantasy, with lyrical prose and an alternative history” Ted Cross

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Kaira Lansing Interviews Lela Markham


Interview with Author Lela Markham

Lela Markham Davidson Ditch CorrectedYour Name and/or Pen Name.

Lela Markham is a pen name for Alaskan writer and blogger, aka Aurorawatcher.

What have you written?

The Willow Branch is an epic, sword-and-sorcery fantasy with Celtic influences.

Who are your target readers?

Anyone who loves fantasy.

Do you write daily?

Pretty much. I have a full-time job, but I fit writing into lunch hours and any other free moments. I even draft stories while I’m doing mundane work.

 Do you aim for a certain amount of words/pages?

No. I set a date goal and try to stay on track for that, but there is no goal per day because life gets in the way.

Do you work to an outline or plot, or do you just prefer to see where an idea takes you?

I always start with a character that…

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Meet My Character – Gregyn


Gregyn is a very complicated character who could develop into a hero or into a formidable enemy. His origins are mysterious — he’s not even sure how old he is and although his first memories are of the slums of Llyr, he doesn’t have any family to confirm that is where he was born.

Gregyn isn’t a cold-hearted villain … yet, but he is ambitious and has been raised with less than adequate moral boundaries. Readers can love him or hate him and they can want the best for him or the comeuppance he deserves.

But do not take this young mage lightly because he is very powerful and his strongest loyalty is to himself.

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Interview with Becky Akers


Today’s interview is with Becky Akers, author of Halestorm and Abducting Arnold, two works of fiction based on a refreshingly different take on American history. I heard Becky interview on Patriot’s Lament, a Saturday morning radio program on KFAR AM 660 (Fairbanks Alaska) that explores anarcho-capitalism and a lot of other liberty subjects. I liked what she had to say so much that I tracked her down and asked her if she would let me interview her.

Tell us something about yourself, Becky.

For starters, Lela, I’m honored to talk with you today! Thanks so much.

As for the salient facts, my favorite meal is dessert and my favorite sport, reading; I adore storms—meteorological ones, that is; you can usually find me at either my computer’s keyboard or a piano’s; and if we could choose where and when we’re born, I’d have picked Boston in 1758.

How long have you…

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