Episode 06 – Julie Campbell

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Julie writes fantasy novels. When she’s not out riding her horse, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer with a cat on her lap and her dog at her side. You can find out more at www.writerjacampbell.com

The Bio:

Julie was born in Iowa in a pumpkin patch next to the Duck Creek mall. Her parents were out Christmas shopping one day and stopped by. Somehow she managed to fool them into taking her home. They put her under the Christmas tree where she turned into a baby. Baffled, her parents have never since bought a pumpkin for Christmas, though she does have one other sibling, a younger sister who was born in the spring 6.5 years later.

She moved to Ohio with her family when she was young where she met one of her BFF’s and spent the better part of 14 years. She grew up around boats and spent as much time with horses as she could. She doesn’t remember learning to ride and has since concluded that she probably learned to ride before she was born.

She learned to be a voracious reader after she and her BFF hated each other for a summer. Her BFF spent the summer reading, and once they were BFFs again the next school year, Julie picked up the habit.

Her first masterpiece was a picture book about Willy the Bookworm. Amazingly enough, this masterpiece survives today, and she even thinks she knows where it is. This was followed by many Nancy Drew style mysteries in elementary school, followed by a longer science fiction piece in high school. She never intended to be a writer, she was going to be a paleontologist. Her 6th grade reading teacher was the first person that planted the seed in Julie’s head that she was going to be a writer some day. Thanks Mrs. Fox… it’s not all your fault, but you sure helped the process along. Julie didn’t believe her at the time, but she believes her now.

In college Julie studied Geological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines until she found out she could get a degree in horses. Firmly set on that plan, she moved to Fort Collins and got her BS in Equine Science. After she graduated, she naturally got a job working in the computer/internet industry.

She’s had many jobs over the last few years but a few things have remained consistent in her life: her love for horses and her passion for writing.

Julie has several critters in her life. Her first cat Tux, a polydactyl black and white barn cat, claimed her when he was a kitten. He allowed her to bring him home when he was 8 weeks old from the barn she later bought her horse from. Six months later he decided he wanted a playmate and Sabaska (Julie’s horse) was just a little to big for him so he sent Julie to the pet store. She thought she was going for fish food and came home – a bit confused – with an adopted kitten from a local rescue. Tux was pleased. Solstice, the crazy calico, was also pleased and they began to plan for world domination.

Several years later Julie was again claimed by another cat. Sophie, a beautiful tabby, worked her way into Julie’s life. Tux and Solstice were not pleased, but over time they grew used to her, and while they don’t include her in their plans for world domination, they do play with her now and again.

The last member of her furry family came to live with them in June of 2010. Kira, a border collie puppy arrived in her home with the intent of foiling the world domination that was brewing from the cat trees. She has succeeded in disrupting those plans, but only time will tell if her mission was successful.

Julie now lives in northern Colorado with her horde and her significant other, the Irish Sailor.

 

 

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Episode 05 – Bonnie Paulson

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Born and raised in the Inland Northwest, Bonnie has a degree in Radiology Technology – yes, you can bring broken bones her way – as well as multiple years experience in the medical transcription field.

Six children and a yummy husband chase through the hills with her on dirt bikes in pursuit of the perfect trail. Dirt and mud are no deterrence. In fact, Bonnie prefers the rain.

 

She’s discovering she likes writing dark and twisty and can’t help but wonder why.

The characters in her stories beg to be let out and it’s all she can do to keep up. You’ll find different storylines where the hero and heroine tell their own story. Bonnie is just as surprised as you by what happens. She’s cried writing a scene or two. Heck, she’s jumped, too!

Sometimes, she thinks she is Joan Wilder.

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I look forward to see you again in the next story!

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Episode 04 – M.R. Polish

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mr polishM.R. Polish was born in Idaho, a long, long, long, maybe not that long time ago…. Writing has always been there for her. Growing up, her mind was filled with stories, some she shared and others she filed away to write down later in life. It wasn’t until 2011 that she decided to publish her stories for everyone to enjoy. Her first award and when writing became more than just an idea was in the 5th grade. She won the scary story contest for the school newspaper. It is one story she still has tucked away for memories. Her teacher told her she could be anything she wanted and that she had a talant for writing, being creative and drawing people into her stories. M.R. took that to heart and continued to write, although mostly in secret until recent years.

Now you can find her enjoying life with her family – wrangling her four kids, setting traps in the house with toys for unsuspecting victims (aka, her husband) and writing down all her crazy and fun stories.

“Life is too short to stand by and watch everyone else live your dreams. The bigger the dream, the bigger the adventure!” ~ M.R. Polish

With a death starts a new beginning… Eighteen-year-old Esmerelda thinks she’s just a normal girl, but all of that changes the day of her mom’s funeral, when a warlock, intent on using her special powers, kidnaps her. Powers she didn’t know existed. Thrown in the middle of a magical battle, Es struggles to learn her magic while fleeing both vampires and warlocks, at the same time, hunting for the witches that can help defeat her adversary. The only problem is that they are dead. Thankfully, she has the help of Jarak—her Guardian—who quickly captures her heart, but she wonders if she can win his? Just when she thinks Jarak is the one for her, Ian appears with daggers drawn to save Es from a vampire attack. Ian is cocky and rude, but there is something magnetic about him—something that attracts her to him. With her heart torn between two men, she faces the foes that are out for her blood. Can Es do the unthinkable and awaken them from their graves before time runs out?

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Episode 03 – Elaine Fields Smith

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Author Elaine Fields Smith, drawing on real-life experiences, vividly captures the joy and the pain of young adulthood…and how the friendships that helps us get through it can last a lifetime.

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Episode 02 Amy Leigh Strickland

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Amy Leigh Strickland was born Amy Leigh Albro on June 8, 1986 in a hospital in Nashua, NH. She was raised for eighteen years in Townsend, MA, participating in Drama Club, Girl Scouts, Art Club, Flight Student Literary Magazine, and the National Honors Society. Amy graduated as a Gold Award Girl Scout, as President of her school’s chapter of the NHS, and received the Flag Award for citizenship.

After graduating High School, Amy enrolled in the Savannah College of Art and Design. Amy earned her BFA in Performing Arts at SCAD, and she starred in Sharon Ott’s 2008 production of Oliver Twist as the title role. During this time, she also took advantage of her electives, studying writing, Shakespeare, and World Mythology. It was here that she met her future husband, Kyle Strickland.

In the summer of 2008, BFA in-hand, Amy returned to Townsend, MA to plan her wedding. She began writing her first novel while working retail and doing freelance web design work. On April 24, 2010, Amy married and became Amy Leigh Strickland. Days after returning from her honeymoon, Amy packed up and moved to Alabama.

Amy’s first published novel, Olympia Heights: The Pantheon, was released in July of 2011. Its sequels, Olympia Heights: The Weight of the World and Olympia Heights: The Blood of Athens followed.

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