Crossing into the Mystic by DL Koontz

  1. What does your writing process look like?

I hold a full-time job, so I get up at 5 a.m. to write. That is when I am most productive. The house is quiet, the world is still, and nothing disturbs me. I’m not behind on anything yet for that day, so I can focus on the book guilt-free. I can’t even listen to music. My environment must be quiet. Usually I work in my office, with a cup of coffee at my side.

  1. Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

After I write for an hour, it’s time to exercise, so I head out for a three-to-four mile walk, and I always carry a pen and paper. That is my best thinking time. I can usually solve plot dilemmas then.  You’ll also find tablets in my car, beside my bed, and beside the shower.

  1. What book do you wish you could have written?

Lonesome Dove. Yes, it’s a western and yes it’s more of a guy-type book, but it is epic. The characters, the research, the plotlines, the incredibly unique dialogue – all are just amazing.

  1. Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Pat Conroy, Thomas H. Cook and Kate Morton, to name a few. Their descriptions and command of words are incredible.

  1. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

Quirky as this may sound, I find a good source for names is a cemetery.  Also, research online…when I was choosing names for Crossing into the Mystic, I wanted names that reflected the Civil War era….I found several I just loved – Braxton, Asa, Jubal, Fergus. The latter name sounded harsh, so I made him the bad guy.


Crossing Into the Mystic:
A Civil War Paranormal Romance
The Crossings Series
Book One of a Trilogy
D.L. Koontz
Genre: Inspirational Fantasy, paranormal (contains Christian themes)
Print Length: 258 pages
ISBN: 1941103030
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing
of the Carolinas
Book Description:
Three years after losing her family in a car crash, Grace MacKenna is set to inherit her stepfather’s ancestral estate among the mountains of West Virginia. Seeking solace and healing, Grace discovers the ghost of William Kavanaugh, a dashing Civil War captain in Virginia s 17th Infantry, haunts the property. When William charms Grace into investigating the mystery that led to his death a hundred and fifty years ago, she finds herself drawn into a world of chivalry and honor, but also deception with secrets too dark to speak aloud.
Meanwhile, Clay Baxter, home from service in Afghanistan, fights his own demons and ghosts. When Clay senses Grace falling deeper into the realm of the dead, he seeks to pull her back. But is he too late?
Torn between her love for two mysterious young men – one living and one dead – Grace stands in the shadows of the Antietam Battlefield with a choice: one that could leave Grace lost forever, “crossing into the Mystic.”
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About the Author
D. L. Koontz was born in Pennsylvania, but with her husband, now splits her time between their home in mountainous West Virginia and their cattle ranch in coastal plains Georgia. She has a son and a stepdaughter. A member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors), she is a former journalist, business consultant, spokesperson, and college instructor. After several non-fiction books, Crossing into the Mystic is her first novel.

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Armchair BEA Interview :)

Welcome to Lisa’s World of Books!  I am so glad that you stopped by to learn a little bit about me, well us, more on that later!  I am very excited about Armchair BEA, the plan was to head out to New York this year but as usual in my life that fell though so here I am.  I still have 3 days off work this week so I plan to spend a lot of time visiting blogs and getting to know some new bloggers.  Anyway, on to my self interview.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Well, I am Lisa, but I am sure that you could have guessed that.  What you might not know is that my husband, David, also reviews for the blog and you will occasionally, hopefully more this summer, see reviews from my boys who are 10 and 11 years old.  I am from Michigan.  I have been blogging since November 2010.  I kind of feel into the community and have always loved reading and sharing book so I figured that this would a great outlet for me.  It gives me creative outlet and a great hobby.   Like you all know it is a ton of book but it is so much fun.  It has also lead me to a great position as the assistant for Bewitching Book Tours.  I am learning a lot more about the book business and enjoying every minute!
If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
I could have a thousand answers for this one but since I am listening to the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, I think that I would love to have dinner with Claire.  I have so many questions about her time travel and how she made the adjustment between the 1940’s and 1740’s.  I love history and would love to pick her brain about so many different things.  Not to mention the time travel itself.  Such an interesting series if you have not read it!
What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? 
I would love to visit Inn BoonsBoro.  For those of you who do not know this is an inn owned by Nora Roberts and also the location of her newest trilogy.  All of the rooms are based on literary couples, Marguerite and Percy, Nick and Nora, Jane and Rochester, Elizabeth and Darcy, Titania and Oberon, Eve and Roarke, Westley and Buttercup.  In my early 20’s, Nora Roberts was who kept me reading.  That was before I discovered the blogging community and my views expanded.  The second reason I would love to visit her is that my dream job would be to run a bed and breakfast, I would love to see this location in full swing.  It has to be amazing!
What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
The people!  I have meet some of the most helpful and amazing people!  People who get me! Get my obsession with books.  I don’t have to try to be someone that I am not in the book blogging community.  It is very refreshing.
As far as change, I hope that there will not be the need to talk about plagiarism and the like.  Also, I hope that we can all work together and it won’t seem as though there are clicks.  Hey. there are in every part of life but I can always hope.
Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How? 
Yes, and honestly this really surprised me.  I figure that I would probably read more which had held true.  But I had no idea that I would enjoy YA as much as I do.  If someone had said you are going to love YA , I would have thought them to be crazy.  I am so happy I found YA!
Well, that is a little bit about me.  If there is something you would like just ask me.  Have fun during Armchair BEA!

Interview: The Devil’s Game by S.L. Pierce & Maren Kaye

The Devil's Game by S.L. Pierce

The Devil's Game by S. L. PierceTHE DEVIL’S GAME

by S.L. Pierce & Maren Kaye

Published June 29th 2011 by Pierce-Kaye Books

Is a stranger who stalks your stalker a friend or your worst enemy? Rachel Pendelton is determined to break from her small town past and stake out a new life for herself with a dream job in the big city. But hard work and determination are no match for whoever is working against her. When anonymous gifts show up, she’s flattered. When they appear in her locked apartment, she starts worrying. What can she do when everyone she turns to for help looks suspicious? What she doesn’t know is that a game has begun. A game with rules as baffling as they are deadly. A game that will pit her against the criminally insane. And only one can finish alive.

interview with the authors: s.l. pierce & Maren Kaye

Lisa: Where did the idea for The Devil’s Game Come From?

S.L.: The idea came while I was people watching at Starbucks. I saw a couple where the man seemed really into the woman but she did not seem to feel the same way. So I started thinking about him stalking her (my dark writer side) and then I thought about how I was watching them and what if a stalker stalked a stalker.

Lisa: Who was the hardest character to write?

S.L.: For me the hardest character was Patient X. It’s not so easy to keep everything about a character secret but still keep you interested in them. Maren: I agree, Patient X was challenging. I also had a hard time working with Carl. He morphed several times throughout the process, but now I think he’s my favorite character. Maybe because I spent so much time with him.

Lisa: The easiest?

S.L.: Probably Dr. Pike – we just took whatever a therapist might do and then went to an extreme. Maren: Rachel was inspired by one of my kids, so that was the easiest for me. My kids have always been very independent, which is a good thing, but I have to admit, it was fun feeling like I had some control. Even if it was only in my mind.

Lisa: Did you always want to be in an author or was there something else you dreamed of?

S.L.: I spent 10 years getting a PhD in engineering so there was that, I guess. But I never really loved it once I started working. That’s when I started dreaming about becoming a writer. Maren: I never thought I could write, I always struggled in English class. My spelling is very ‘creative.’ I fell into a job as a newspaper photographer when I was 23 and was fortunate enough to have an editor that demanded everyone in the department write. I was too young to know any better so I did what the big scary boss told me to do. I owe him so much.

Lisa: What is harder for you writing or editing?

S.L.: Definitely writing. I find it so much easier to fix an idea than to create the story. Maren: Ditto for me, although and think S.L. is the creative one as far as thinking up new ideas.

Lisa: Tell us about your publishing story.

S.L: Maren and I had started working on the The Devil’s Game last September, but things had stalled with the holidays, kids, life, etc. and we were having a hard time getting motivated again. So, in February, I decided to test the self publishing waters with a book of two short stories I had written called The Hate. Of course I thought it would instantly be a hit (insert laughter). It wasn’t, but it was exciting. And, more importantly, I felt the potential self publishing had. It motivated me to start working on The Devil’s Game, and I think that, in turn, motivated Maren, which motivated me even more and, well, you get the idea. We finished the book in May, had it edited in June, and published on June 31st.

Lisa: Who inspires you on those rough days?

S.L.: Maren – that’s one of the reasons we are so good together. When I’m ready to call it quits, she tells me how great the story is or she comes up with some great new direction which then inspires me. Maren: Same for me! There is no way I would have finished a book without her encouragement. Also, I think knowing someone is depending on you makes all the difference between should I write or should I do something else important, but unfulfilling like dishes and laundry.

Now some quickies:

S.L.’s answers: Dog or Cat? Dog – always Coke or Pepsi? Coke Almond Joy or Mounds? Neither! Mac or PC? PC-I’m used to it. Laptop or Desktop? Laptop-Starbucks here I come Spring or Fall? Fall Movies or TV? Movies Black or White? Black – I have four kids!   Maren’s answers: Dog or Cat? Prrrr… I’m all about low maintenance Coke or Pepsi? They both give me the hiccups Almond Joy or Mounds? Almond Joy Mac or PC? The artist in me loves Mac, the part of me that likes to buy food and clothing prefers PC Laptop or Desktop? Desktop, I need a giant screen to be fully content. Spring or Fall? Tough call. In North Carolina spring is better, mainly because the bugs haven’t hatched yet Movies or TV? Movies, but then TV satisfies my inner addict better. Black or White? Black, it goes with everything


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