Real You: Welcome Author Meg Waite Clayton

I'm so excited to welcome my friend, the New York Times bestselling author Meg Waite Clayton who is celebrating the publication of her newest novel, The Wednesday Daughters, to my blog.  Below Meg explains the history of her writing career - and her firm belief in the comfort of writing friends. Wednesday Daughters NYTBS Cover

Take it away, Meg:

The history of my own writing starts with a purse. Like the character of Linda in my novel, The Wednesday Sisters, my first writing teacher—at a college extension class—dumped hers out over the table and told us to write for five minutes about anything that spilled out.

Ok, wait. The truth, if memory serves, is that my first writing teacher actually brought a brown paper lunch bag full of interesting things. The purse is fiction. But you get the idea. And perhaps I should say I was well into my 30s by the time this happened? In case you’re imagining, say, an eight-year-old with missing teeth.

At any rate, my teacher swore we wouldn’t have to read (just as Linda does in The Wednesday Sisters when she’s pushing the sisters to write at the picnic table in the park). Then she called on me to read first.

Which is the good news. If she hadn’t, I’d have ducked out before she could. It had taken all the nerve I had just to get to that class, to admit that, yes, I dreamed of writing novels.

To make a long story short from that point, it took me ten years to get my first book published. It took me several just to get a short piece in a magazine. The thing that kept me going was writing friends. I’ve gathered with writing groups of one sort or another in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Nashville, and Palo Alto, which are the three places I’ve lived as a writer. Would I have kept writing without their support, or would I had slunk back to the law and lived out my days in 6-minute billable increments? I don’t know, and I’m sure glad I’ll never have to. Being a published novelist is my dream come true. And my best advice to other writers remains to find kindred souls. We all lose heart at some point in this process. We all need support.

So it’s perhaps no surprise that the novels I write are about friends supporting friends when life gets tough. In The Wednesday Sisters, it was five moms helping each other become writers as they made their way through other challenges. In my new novel, The Wednesday Daughters, it’s three of the daughters of the original Sisters, carrying the support to the next generation. There is a lot of writing advice in this new book just as there was in The Wednesday Sisters. Much if it this time comes from Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter, in whose English Lake District home the novel is largely set.

But the heart of the story is friends helping friends as they deal with the things we all deal with in life. Love. Loss. Grief. Awkwardness. Embarrassment. Motherhood. Dealing with our own mothers. And did I mention love? At it’s heart, The Wednesday Daughters is a love story. Or two. Or actually, probably five.

Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels: The Wednesday Sisters, The Wednesday Daughters, The Four Ms. Bradwells, and the Bellwether Prize finalist The Language of Light. She’s written for The Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Miami Herald, Writer's Digest, Runner's World, The Literary Review and public radio, and for Ms. and Forbes online. Come say hello on facebook (, twitter (@megwclayton) or at


"The present and the past intertwine beautifully and inevitably in Meg Waite Clayton's winning follow-up to The Wednesday Sisters. From the beguiling Lake District setting, to a completely charming (and spot-on) portrayal of Beatrix Potter, to the way the Wednesday daughters strive to unpuzzle both their own choices and their mothers' legacies, every layer of the novel delivers. Utterly rich and satisfying. —PAULA MCLAIN, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE PARIS WIFE


Real You: The 7-7-7 Challenge! How fun!

I was tagged by the delightful author Cathleen Holst to participate in the 7-7-7 Challenge which gives readers a sneak peek at some of their favorite authors' latest works! Here are the rules:

1. Go to page 77 of your work-in-progress or latest book. 2. Count down 7 lines. 3. Copy 7 sentences that follow and post them. 4. Tag 7 other authors

Here are the seven lines from page 77 of ALL THE DIFFERENCE:

"Lyle, Janet called." "Cool. Is she OK?" "She's fine." "So great. I'm sort of in the middle of something, um, do you want me to call you back later or -" Maddie hung up on him, imagining him turning his attention back to whatever was more important than her.

"Lyle has the depth of a rock. A flat skipping rock," Maddie said to Ellen, who answered Francis's line. "Forget about Lyle. Tell me more about Janet. When did she call you? Are you sure she wants us to visit?"

And to complete the challenge, here are my seven lucky authors!

Amy Hatvany Jenna Blum Beth Hoffman Katrina Kittle Claire Cook Talli Roland Melissa Foster

Real You: Author Interview! Meet Geraldine Solon

I met Geraldine through the WoMen's Literary Cafe and have enjoyed the warmth of virtual friendship ever since! If you haven't heard of her yet, here's your chance to meet this wonderful author! Tell us about your novel, Chocolicious.  It's a book about love, loss and a mother’s sacrifice. I was craving a rich-filled,  three-layered chocolate cupcake when a vision of a woman in distress flashed  through my mind. As the story began to unfold, I knew that chocolate had to play a significant role to the novel.  It took me three months to finish my first draft, another month to write down notes and complete my second draft.  I sent it to my editor to edit, then it took me another month to do some rewrites and finalize her edits.  The whole process took six months.

Tell us about your other work: My first book, Love Letters, is a Romance novel about second chances. I just finished my third novel, The Assignment, which is about love, betrayal and forgiveness. My editor is editing the book now and I hope to release it by early next year.

Where can readers connect with you? 

On Facebook, Twitter or my website at:



Real You: Author Interview! Meet Christine Cunningham

Christine and I met on the WoMen's Literary Cafe and have been social media buddies ever since. It's my pleasure to welcome her here!

What is your favorite season? Why?

I love all of the seasons! I love Spring because it’s the true beginning of the year for me. Flowers are blooming and I get the itch in my fingers to play I the dirt and garden. I love Summer because it’s so warm and friendly. There are fruits and vegetables straight from the garden that are superb and I can write outside again. I love Fall because I feel all snuggly and cuddly. It’s the time when I see my family the most. With four sisters and two brothers that’s no mean feat. I love Winter because that’s when I do a lot of soul searching and goal setting. I feel even more inclined to be giving and creative in how I do so.

If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be? Why?

I would like to live under the ocean near a fissure in the Earth’s crust where the water is warm. I love the story 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I would love to live amongst all the sea life that has remained undiscovered to this day.

 Tell us about your writing:

I have been seriously writing since February 2011. Writing found me when I was too sick to work. I have now let it become my occupation. I write when I feel inspired. If I write just for the sake of upping my word count I find I usually end up deleting what I wrote.  When it’s warm I love to go to area parks and write. The outdoors are a constant inspiration to me. It’s cold now so I usually brew a wonderful pot of tea and dance my fingers across the keyboard.

Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?

It depends on what I’m writing about. With Eternal Beginning I wrote it in a journal at area parks that were mostly deserted save a few children and mothers/care takers. When I wrote First Snow I constantly listened to Christmas music to make sure the right mood was set. I find now that I prefer no background music most of the time because it’s easy for my curious mind to get distracted and neglect the task at hand.

Tell us about your book:

I’ve always liked homey, small-town stories. Maybe it’s because I lived in one until I was eight years old. I read a series by Robin Gunn when I was in my early twenties and thought to myself I can do that. So, I have taken my experiences with love (with some artistic license) and plopped them right down in the middle of Willow Reed. First Snow took me about 1 month to agonize over and 3 months to complete. It’s about Nell. She’s so confident that she wants a family, but she hasn’t met the right man. When Hasan enters her life bells and whistles go off. Then, right before Christmas, Hasan tells Nell that he doesn’t want children. What will Nell do?

I have published Eternal Beginning this past June and will be releasing a companion workbook within the next couple of months. I donated a children’s story to Equipe that will be released this Spring called, Fluffy. I will also be releasing the next book in the Willow Reed series, Spring Argyle.

I love connecting with readers! Here are a few ways we can make that happen:








Where can we buy your books?

Eternal Beginning:


Barnes & Noble

Signed copy

First Snow:


Real You: Author Interview! Meet Stacy Eaton

Welcome to my first-ever author interviAuthor My Blood Runs Blue seriesew on my blog! I wanted to return the favor since one of my new author friends, Stacy Eaton, hosted me on her blog a month ago! So, without further ado, here's Stacy: Kaira – First let me thank you so much for allowing me to visit your blog!  It is such a pleasure  to be here today!!!

Tell us a bit about yourself :  I love forensics – and I love photography.  Forensics keeps my interest at my full time job, while photography helps me relax and reminds me about the small moments in life that pass us by quickly!

Describe yourself in one word: Controlled

What is your favorite season? Why? I am a summer person. I love the heat – love to feel the sun on my face and the breeze in my hair.  I hate being cold – it makes me miserable and grumpy – so when the sun is out and the heat in the air, I’m happy!

If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be? Why? I’d live at the beach – where it always is warm!  I’d go to the Caribbean someplace and find a small cottage that gave me a view of the ocean and the sun and breeze in my hair. Being near the beach actually helps center myself.  You get all the elements there – the air in the wind, fire from the sun, earth from the sand and water from the ocean. It brings it all together.

Tell us about your writing: Actually – I just fell into it.  I got an idea, I sat down – I wrote it and now here I am.  When I was in high school I wrote poetry, but I never did anything with it.  While I was always good at English – I actually hated having to write stories and reports.  Now, I love it!  It is like that first story plot line opened up a whole new side of me and I wouldn’t want to close it for anything!

Normally when I do write, the thoughts come to my mind quickly and I have to sit and write to get them out.  I don’t write notes or make outlines, so when thoughts come - I sit and write them out. When that happens, I can quickly write out a few chapters.  It’s the editing that takes a lot of the time. When I get ideas, I can be anywhere – most of the time I am at work driving around and they come to me and keep my company in the dark of the night.  Sometimes I have dreamt the ideas and find my characters waking me up. I always write in my office – it is the most relaxing to me right now.

Tell us about your book: My Blood Runs Blue is the first book and it is a series.  Book 2, Blue Blood for Life was  release September 30 and book 3 is in the works.  I believe there will be a total of 4 books in the series, I am not totally sure yet. The idea came from a very tired and deranged mind at about 2 o’clock in the morning while I was working night shift and standing outside of my patrol car getting some air. I was standing in the park one night and saw eyes looking  back at me from the tree line.  We stared at each other for a while and then it left.  I got back in the car and drove away. After that – the thought of vampires working with police came to me and the plot was born.

Officer Kristin Greene is a very strong woman who likes to be in control.  She doesn’t like her choices taken away from her, and she fights for what she wants.  In My Blood Runs Blue, her world is turned upside down when a young woman is murdered. Kristin starts the investigation and find way more then she expected, including some major things about herself. Julian Hutchinson and Alexander Armstrong are vampires that work for a vampires security force. They are working on the same homicide that Kristin is and when the three lives cross all kinds of crazy things happen.  Many of which Kristin has no control over and she has to learn to deal with them. In Blue Blood for Life, Kristin’s life taken even more twists after Alexander is kidnapped. Julian, Gabe and Trent help to locate him and there are more issues with choices and the consequences of those choices.

 Your other work: I currently have 5 other projects going on!

Where can readers connect with you? I’m just about everywhere these days!


Twitter: @StacySEaton



Where can we buy your books? You can get signed copies of my books on my website:  and copies of both of my books are available for Kindle and Nook.

What's Next? I want to tell everyone about this great event I am doing on my blog from December 13th – 24th  It’s called “Holiday Sirens”!  It is 10 authors whot all write great crime novels from the perspective of law enforcement!  Make sure you all visit us and check out the books that are available!!