Judith Keim

“Stories with heart” is how you’d describe Judith’s books. A USA Today Bestselling Author, she writes women’s fiction with a touch of romance, featuring strong women facing challenges and finding love along the way.

She is a prolific author and has over thirty-five books either published or available for pre-order.

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

I’m lucky enough to have an office to write in and I write every day. The early hours are spent taking care of social media, administrative things — and then I tell myself I must write 1,000 words per day. I usually do.

What do you do when you hit a wall with your writing?

Warm showers, walks, and even watching TV or reading can spur ideas. Sometimes I simply have to let a plot idea sit for a while.

Do you plan your book in advance (plotting and outlining) or are you a “discovery writer” (AKA “writing into the dark”)? Or are you somewhere in between?

I’m definitely a pantser. I have a story idea, a title, and then write character studies for the main characters so I know them well enough to begin to tell their story.

What’s on your To Be Read pile?

I can’t count the number in my Kindle. I try to read friends’ books, but love to have a variety of others.

What advice do you have for readers?

If you read a book you like, please do the author a favor and leave a review. If you find something you don’t like, don’t be mean, simply don’t review.

What’s the first book you can remember reading on your own?

A Dick and Jane book

What books and/or authors have most influenced you as an author?

  • Barbara Taylor Bradford (A Woman of Substance)
  • Nora Roberts
  • Phyllis Whitney
  • Mary Steward

What do you most enjoy about being a writer? What do you least enjoy about being a writer?

I love the freedom of creating a story. I sometimes don’t like the endless work of creating the story…and then I’m happy when I can write The End.

What would you tell a new writer?

Read as many books as you can in all genres and write every day even if it’s just notes about the book you want to write or are writing. That counts, too. Writing becomes an every day thing.

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Glida Bothwell

Most recently capturing 19th century America’s struggles in the time-travel historical fiction story Abbey’s Journey: A Long Trail Home, Glida has written screenplays, short stories, flash fiction (including participating in Fiction 101), and memoirs.

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

No routine, but I like to write in the morning. I write whenever I have an idea that needs to be put on the page, or when I can motivate myself to start. I write in my “office” — a space in our sunroom. But with my laptop, I can write anywhere. Sometimes I like to write in longhand as it helps me with the flow.

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Michael Corrigan

Michael Corrigan was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He holds an MA in English from San Francisco State and attended the American Film Institute to study screenwriting. He was nominated for a Pushcart prize for the short story, “Free Fall.” He often draws upon his Irish heritage in his works, which include:

  • Mulligan: A Celtic Romance
  • In the River Bottoms
  • Brewer’s Odyssey
  • A Year and a Day
  • Confessions of a Shanty Irishman
  • Down the Highway
  • These Precious Hours

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

I usually write in the morning at a quiet computer lab at the university. I like having that silent space to write, which includes articles for the local paper.

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Margo Kelly

Looking for a gripping YA thriller delving into the tricky area of trust? Margo Kelly has you covered with her books:

  • Who R U Really?
  • Unlocked

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

I typically do freelance editing in the morning, then my own writing and revising in the afternoon. My favorite place to write is in my office next to my window, which looks out into my garden full of berries: raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries.

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Bonnie Dodge

Author of several novels, a book of essays, co-author of two anthologies and a children’s book, Bonnie’s titles include:

  • Goldie’s Daughter
  • Waiting
  • Hauntings from the Snake River Plain (written with Patricia Santos Marcantonio)

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

I have a corner office in my home and write there but I have a laptop computer so I can write anywhere and have often. I don’t have a set schedule any more, I used to, but now I write whenever I can get a chance to sit down. I try to write something every day.

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Donna Fletcher Crow

How could you not be enthralled by meticulously researched, entertaining novels of romance, history and mystery in an engaging you-are-there style that lets you live the history? Writing in several genres, her titles include:

Historical fiction:

  • Glastonbury: The Novel of Christian England – her best-known work
  • The Daughters of Courage family saga trilogy: Katherine, Days of Struggle and Triumph; Elizabeth, Days of Loss and Hope; and Stephanie, Days of Turmoil and Victory

Mystery:

  • A series, The Monastery Murders, which includes: A Very Private Grave; A Darkly Hidden Truth; An Unholy Communion; A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary; An All-Consuming Fire; and Against All Fierce Hostility
  • Another series, Lord Danvers Investigates: A Most Inconvenient Death; Grave Matters; To Dust You Shall Return; A Tincture of Murder; and A Lethal Spectre
  • And the Elizabeth and Richard Literary Suspense series: The Flame Ignites; The Shadow of Reality; A Midsummer Eve’s Nightmare; A Jane Austen Encounter; and A Most Singular Venture

Historical Romance:

  • The Where There is Love series: Where Love Begins; Where Love Illumines; Where Love Triumphs; Where Love Restores; Where Love Shines; and Where Love Calls

Short Story Collection

  • A Lighted Lamp

The word “prolific” comes to mind!

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

I write in my office, upstairs in our home, Monday-Friday, from mid-morning till 3:00. Then we stop for afternoon tea. After that I like to read or garden.

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Stacey Guill

Ms. Guill writes of our past: Idaho’s history. Her work includes:

  • The House in the Cañon: Mary Hallock Foote and A Vision of Home in the West
  • Numerous articles in the scholarly journal, “The Hemingway Reader”
  • Contributed a chapter to Ernest Hemingway in Context (Literature in Context)

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

I write best at my office at my desk. This is where I can get into my “work/concentration mode.”  I like to start early (by 8 a.m.) and stop around 2 or 3 p.m.

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Mary Ann Fraser

A recipient of many awards for her books — including Junior Library Guild Selection, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Book Links Book of the Year, IRA Young Readers Choice Award, and American Booksellers “Pick of the List” — Ms. Fraser has written and/or illustrated over seventy fiction and nonfiction books for children.

Her most recent title is her young adult (YA) debut, Mortal Remains.

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

 I am definitely a morning person, so I do my best to get an early start on my writing. In the case of my last novel, that meant as early as four in the morning sometimes. If I’m on a roll, I will continue working late into the night.

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Kelly Jones

Author of six published books, Kelly Jones grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho. She attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in English and an art minor. Her first novel was released in 2005.

Her titles are:

  • The Seventh Unicorn
  • The Lost Madonna
  • The Woman Who Heard Color
  • Lost and Found in Prague*
  • Bloodline and Wine*
  • Evel Knievel Jumps the Snake River Canyon
  • (Angel Boy is the third in a mystery series* and will be released in late 2021)

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

When I first started writing with the goal of publication, I was admittedly much more disciplined, but I still find mornings are the best for creativity and first drafts, afternoons for revisions. I’m definitely not a night writer. I’m lucky to have a home office where I do most of my writing, though, like most writers, I’m always writing in my head wherever I am.

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Rick Just

You’ll find Mr. Just’s books spread throughout several sections of your local bookstore. A prolific writer, his titles include:

  • Young adult
    • Wizard Chase
    • Wizard Girl
    • Wizards’ End
    • Ghost Writer
  • Adult
    • Keeping Private Idaho
    • Anjel (science fiction/fantasy)
  • Idaho history
    • Idaho Snapshots
    • A Kid’s Guide to Boise
    • Fearless — Faris Lind, the Man Behind the Skunk
    • Images of America, Idaho’s State Parks
    • Symbols, Signs, and Songs (book one of the Speaking of Idaho series)
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