Judy Ann Davis Finds the Key to Loving Writing

 

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JD: Thank you for having me on Polka Dot Banner. I’m delighted to be here, particularly since I’m very fond of Polka Dot Banner and Jamie Saloff’s dedication to helping authors get their books recognized.

PDB: Judy, I’ve often found that an author hides somewhere between the lines of their stories, which of your characters do you find yourself the most at home with in your heart?

JD: I am a mongrel of Marcus Ashmore in Red Fox Woman and Elise Springer in my new novel, Key to Love. Marcus is humorous and fun-loving, and Elise has a strong desire to get things right. My motto is: “If you don’t have time to do it correctly the first time, how will you find time to do it over?”

PDB: When did you know that writing was a part of your inner calling; at what point did you know that’s what you wanted to do?

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Alexander Galant Shares Secrets of the Titanic, Titan, and the Art of a Good Mystery

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When I was about nine years old my grandmother bought me a big book from Reader's Digest called Strange Stories, Amazing Facts.  It detailed things like unexplained occurrences in the Bermuda Triangle, the man who was the true-life inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, and the one that caught my eye, the book Futility by Morgan Robertson, and its connection to Titanic.  From then on, I wanted to know more about this great disaster, so I found more books in my school's library. I was hooked.

PDB: Welcome Alexander Galant, author of Depth of Deception: A Titanic Murder Mystery. Congratulations on becoming a Featured Author on the Polka Dot Banner!

AG:  Thank you, Jane! I'm flattered and honored to be a Featured Author on Polka Dot Banner.

PDB:  Alexander, please tell us about Depth of Deception, an Award-winning Finalist of the 2012 International Book Awards in the E-Book: Mystery/Thriller/Adventure category.

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Walter Coffey Knows the Civil War

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"The true cause of the war was not slavery..." says author and historian Walter Coffey as he talks with Dr. Jane White about the Civil War, writing, and his books featuring the War Between the States. 

PDB: We had the pleasure of interviewing Walter Coffey, author of The Civil War Months: A Month-by-Month Compendium of the War Between the States, as our Featured Author for August. Welcome, Walter! Please tell us about your book.

WC: My book is a comprehensive history of the Civil War. Now there are lots of books out there about the conflict, but my book is unique because it's formatted so that each chapter represents a month in the war. The first chapter is January 1861, and the final chapter is May 1865. Avoiding emphasis on specific dates, each chapter is broken down further into significant events in that month. This summarized chronology gives readers a general insight into all the different events--military, political, economic, and social--that were taking place simultaneously throughout the war.

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