Recently I ran a series Public Relations for Authors which focused on how we are perceived by those who view our profile photographs, biographies and presence on social media. This included guest posts on other writer’s blogs. Here is an opportunity to not only promote your own blog or books, but those of someone you admire as well.
Is there an inspiring individual, blogger or an author you would like to give a boost to who might enjoy joining you for a coffee and a piece of cake with us all?
Details on how to participate are at the end of this next post in the series.
Today author Pamela S. Wight has brought fellow writer Amy M. Reade as her guest and I am sure you will enjoy joining them for a cup of coffee.
Pamela and Amy on their 2021 annual meet up..
Introduction by Pamela S. Wight
Reading the post about Darlene and Nancy, how they met, and how they support each other, gave me the idea of including Amy Reade as my guest. Authors Darlene Foster and Nancy Blodgett Klein
Amy and I have read each other’s blogs for years. Then, about six years ago I realized that Amy lives near the town where I vacation with my family once a year in Ocean City, NJ. (It’s a 7-hour journey for my family-crew, which includes daughter and SIL, three grandchildren, and any friends they bring along.)
So I e-mailed Amy and basically said, “hey, I’m in your neck-of-the-woods (more like water) in August. Would love to meet for a cup of tea/coffee during that week if you’re available and interested.” Amy replied immediately, and for the past five summers we’ve met at a casual lunch spot and shared writing tips/worries/publishing woes &successes/blogging fun & suggestions over our grilled cheese and iced drinks (oh, and yes, perhaps over a French fry or two). We usually meet about mid-week of my time with active, high-energy grandkids and too much sun and biking and walking the beaches, so for me, that lunch break is a needed and appreciated breath of (ocean) air.
Amy and her story of how she became a (successful) published author inspires and awes me. She was a lawyer by trade but after starting a family, wondered if this was truly the right career for her. So with single-mindedness and dedication, she began a career in writing instead (calling herself a recovering attorney). Her first books were published by a “mainstream” publisher under the genre of Gothic mystery/Gothic suspense (three of them as the Malice Series) and three standalone novels under the genre of contemporary gothic.
She then stretched out to become an Indie author so she’d have more ability to write the kinds of books and series that she choose. Along came Cape Menace, the first of her Cape May Historical Mystery Collection, and her wonderful Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series, cozy mysteries that I read the minute each one comes out – five so far.
So, see why Amy inspires me to keep going in my own writing? To believe in our ability to shine as independent authors? Read any of her books, and you’ll be inspired also.
About Amy M. Reade
Amy M. Reade is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling mystery author who practiced law until she realized it was way more fun writing fiction.
She writes cozy and Gothic mysteries under the name Amy M. Reade and historical mysteries under the name A.M. Reade. She lives in New Jersey with her family and loves reading, cooking, traveling, playing with the dog, quilling, counted cross-stitch, chocolate, wine, and cheese, though not necessarily in that order.
If you’re looking for her and she’s not in her office, check the kitchen. If she’s not there, she’s definitely in the laundry room.
A selection of books by Amy M. Reade
One of the recent reviews for Mayday
Iris Chacon Fabulous return to the Juniper Springs family & friends Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2021
Lilly Carlson has planned the perfect wedding for her brother to her best friend. It’s in beautiful Colorado on a gorgeous spring day, the 1st of May. “Mayday” takes on additional meaning, however, when a plane buzzes the party then crashes nearby. Then the caterer’s murdered body is discovered, placing everyone present under suspicion. While her brother is away on his honeymoon, Lilly will find all kinds of trouble and danger as she tries to unravel May Day’s tragic events.
The great fun and mystery of this novel is even better because the reader comes home again to the quaint town of Juniper Springs and the characters we love from previous books by Amy M Reade. If this is your first Juniper Springs holiday novel, you’ll want to read them all. And soon!
About Pamela S. Wight
Pamela Wight is a successful author of romantic suspense novels as well as two illustrated children’s book, BIRDS OF PARADISE and MOLLY FINDS HER PURR, enjoyed by readers ages 3 to 93.
Her first book, THE RIGHT WRONG MAN, got rave reviews for taking readers “on an exciting adventure with lots of intrigue, unexpected plot twists, and romance.” A year later, Wight published her second novel, TWIN DESIRES. “Lots of suspense, plot twists, romance, and excellent character development makes this a fun read!”
The gorgeously illustrated BIRDS OF PARADISE, finalist in the 2018 International Book Awards, has received many enthusiastic reviews: “This creative, compassionate story about birds will inspire children to notice the everyday adventures of backyard birds.”
Wight’s second picture book, MOLLY FINDS HER PURR, published Fall, 2019, follows Molly the Cat, who can’t find any friends. And almost worse, she can’t find her purr. After looking for friendship in all the wrong places, Molly learns that making friends is as easy as looking up in the trees and on the ground, where other lonely creatures are hiding in plain sight. Whether hard-shelled or soft as a bunny, everyone needs friendships that help them find their purr.
Pamela earned her Master’s in English from Drew University, continued with postgraduate work at UC Berkeley in publishing, and teaches creative writing classes in Boston and San Francisco.
She lives in the Boston area with her “right man” and hikes the New England trails while concocting her stories. Wight travels frequently to the San Francisco Bay area for additional inspiration. She speaks to book clubs, schools, and libraries in both locations.
Books by Pamela S. Wight
One of the recent reviews for Flashes of Life
“Flashes of Life” is a charming collection of real-life tales. Ms. Wight shares micro-stories that are broken into eight sections and come from all stages of her life. Each one is a quick read that touches on everyday life. I could relate to each story. I found myself shaking my head in agreement with some of these tales, and a couple had me laughing out loud. I appreciated the gratitude weaved in, and it left me pondering on my blessings. The well-crafted writing brought me into Ms. Wight’s world, and I felt like I was sitting next to her on the beach, talking about life. A fantastic glimpse into the world of a daughter, mother, wife, friend, and grandmother. I highly recommend reading about these “extraordinary ordinary” tales!
I hope to hear from you with the information about your guest and your work (if you have not been featured here before).. thanks Sally.
Some ideas of the guests you might bring to coffee.
- An author you have just read for the first time who you would like to introduce us to.
- A blogger who is very supportive of your own blog or books.
- A new blogger who you would like to showcase
- An author or blogger who inspires you and your work.
- A blogger who goes out of their way to support others by reviewing books and promoting on social media.
- Someone in the public eye who is inspirational to others in medicine, charity, education, who has overcome challenges to succeed.
- Anyone you feel deserves a boost.
The format of the post
- An introduction by you of around 200 to 400 words about your guest. Be creative and tell a good story
- Their photograph, biography, Amazon or book links and if you have them their social media links. I will find if not.
- Your photo, biography, Amazon or blog links and social media links (if you are in the Cafe and Bookstore I will have those).
Send your introduction and the links to email@example.com and we can sort out a date to air your post.