GHP Counts Down to Summer! - featuring Mary Fan



The countdown to Summer 2017 is almost over, and we already have sun-kissed cheeks and noses (well, let’s be honest--it’s more like a sunburn...)! The smiles on our faces as we walk in the sunshine couldn’t be any bigger, and we’re hoping there are nothing but blue skies in the forecast. Maybe with some of those puffy white clouds....

And for those of us who live in fire-prone areas, a rain storm every two weeks or so.

I mean, that’s not asking for MUCH, right????

Next up for our author countdown to summer interviews is Mary Fan, who didn’t grow up experiencing what many of us might deem a “traditional” summer, and doesn’t have the same kind of American nostalgia for summer vacation that many of us have. But she does admit that “sunshine is nice. And beer. For some reason, beer is more satisfying in the summer.”

I think we can all agree on THAT.
Although Mary is a bit of an indoors and non-traditional kind of person (who readily admits that summer is second to fall in her book), she still enjoys summer and the increase in social commitments it brings. Read on to hear more about her non-traditional, nerd-inspired summer plans!

What is the THE event that you’re most looking forward to this summer?

GEN CON!!! This will be my third year making the trek out to Indianapolis for four days of nerdy goodness and peddling books. I always have loads of fun, and usually sell a good number of books, so it's equal parts work and play. I get to revel in my nerdiness and be productive all at once! And I get to wear all my crazy nerd outfits...

Where do you live? Describe this winter in your area in three words.

Jersey City. Winter: Slush, slush, everywhere.

What do you hope to accomplish in your writing over the long summer days?

Well, since I work 9-6 whether it's summer or not, my summer days are no longer than in any other season (actually, my writing time gets shorter since I agree to more social activities). I have a feeling I'll be doing more publicity-type stuff than actual writing on the book front this summer, since I've got two new releases forthcoming (one's an anthology I'm editing about girls in STEM, and one's an indie sci-fi romance).

What trend or catch-phrase are you going to start this summer?

HAH! I'm the least trendy person in the world. I've been old since I was a kid. But I am going to a music festival (Firefly down in Delaware), so that’s pretty cool... And my goal is to make Star Wars apparel acceptable festival wear for Instagram. :-P

What is the BEST summer story from when you were a kid?

My memories are too scattered to pick out a singular moment, but I've always loved spending time on the water. Splashing in a lake with my parents as a kid, canoeing at summer camp, kayaking alone down the canal as a teen...


What is the WORST summer story from when you were a kid?

Being. Stuck. In. China. UGH. I'm sure my parents had the best of intentions when they sent me and my sister to live with our grandparents in China over the summer for a few years, but as a kid, it sucked! I was too young to really appreciate being exposed to another culture, and day-to-day living wasn’t fun like vacations are. All my friends were in the US, and the only books I had were what I brought with me, so I got really, REALLY bored.

Summer blockbuster you are most looking forward to watching and why:

Pirates of the Caribbean 5! The original Pirates was my favorite movie (after Star Wars, of course) in high school. I must have watched it one hundred times... I could recite all the dialogue and point out the behind-the-scenes details of every shot. It was pure fun; it knew it was a ridiculous pirate movie, and embraced that. Now the sequels were objectively terrible, and I'm sure number 5 will be no different. But I aim to embrace the horridness. No one watches a Pirates movie for its cinematic merits, after all.

Rapid Fire Questions:

The All-Time Best Song of Summer is: Summertime (I'm old school)

Your Summer Guilty Pleasure: Drinking beer outdoors

Daylight Savings Time for Summer: yes or no? NOPE

Beach or Mountains? Yes, please

Swimsuits: yes or no? Only if I'm going into the water

Sandals or Bare Feet? Bare feet

Ice Cream or Popsicles? Sorbet

Memorial Day or Independence Day? Either way, it's a day off of work

Put these words in order: Swimming, Baseball, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Air Conditioning, Vacation

Vacation, Air Conditioning, Swimming, Ice Cream, Hot Dogs

What's baseball? :-P

Sum up Summer 2017 in five words: Hipster music and nerdy events

Learn more about Mary Fan, her books, and the upcoming anthology she is editing by visiting her website and following her on social media!

Glass House Press author Mary Fan
Website: www.MaryFan.com

Twitter: @astralcolt


Instagram: @astralcolt

GHP Counts Down to Summer! - featuring Sonya Craig



Rain rain go away, come again another day.


That spring rain may make things grow, but we have had enough! Who else is ready for some warmth and SUN?


During the summer, there’s nothing better than lazing around in the warm air, preferably with a nice, gentle breeze. In a hammock, on the beach, in a hammock on the beach- either way, summer is a great time of year to catch a few zzz’s while the sun is still up!


Our next (almost) summer author interview is with Sonya Craig, who can’t wait for summer to take a nap! And more naps! In fact, we are not even sure that she is waiting for summer to do that. Maybe it is more of an all-year, all-the-time thing for her?


Read on to find out about her favorite summer things and … taking naps!


What is the THE event that you’re most looking forward to this summer?


Nap marathons. This is a real thing BTW. You’re welcome.


Where do you live? Describe this winter in your area in three words.


Austin, Texas. Barbecuing in shorts.


What do you hope to accomplish in your writing over the long summer days?


I want to finish editing all seven of my books in my series (65 percent there), write a phenomenal short story, and read many excellent novels. And some hard-core napping.


What trend or catch-phrase are you going to start this summer?


T-Rex pizza delivery.


What is the BEST summer story from when you were a kid?


An old book, but I loved it: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.


What is the WORST summer story from when you were a kid?


This may be controversial but I really disliked The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. All I could see was a tree that needed a better friend than a selfish boy who could only take and take and take from it. I felt, even at a young age, that it was a bad message that idolized unhealthy relationships.


Summer blockbuster you are most looking forward to watching and why:


Wonder Woman. The trailer looks awesome. I think it will provide an excellent message and a kickbutt hero for girls.


Rapid Fire Questions:


The All-Time Best Song of Summer is: The song of frogs on Florida nights.


Your Summer Guilty Pleasure: Weeeeeeellllll, life is too short for guilt over harmless pleasures so ENJOY ALL THE NON-HURTFUL THINGS.


Daylight Savings Time for Summer: yes or no? I have no opinion. Probably because naps are a thing.


Beach or Mountains? Beach.


Swimsuits: yes or no? Swimming in my Star Trek uniform is kinda tough so ... yes.


Sandals or Bare Feet? Bare feet on the beach.


Ice Cream or Popsicles? Popsicles. Preferably grape.


Memorial Day or Independence Day? Yes.


Put these words in order: Swimming, Baseball, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Air Conditioning, Vacation


First you eat hot dogs and copious amounts of ice cream, then you gleefully disobey your mom and go swimming afterward, then you play baseball, preferably with water balloons because it’s really hot, and then you go have an air conditioned vacation. Did I do that right?
Sum up summer 2017 in five words:


Read, write, nap, Fang-the-Kitten-of-Destruction, repeat. I am obviously a very exciting person. Also, I’m not great at math or following rules. Love you!


Learn more about Sonya Craig and her sci-fi book series by visiting her website and following her on social media!



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GHP Counts Down to Summer! - featuring Linda Foster


Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, is just a few weeks away, and we can’t wait! Summer means family vacations, camping, and toasting marshmallows (or burning them)-and our next author has a little story of her own about those yummy, puffy, pillows of goo!

Linda Foster loves summer because her work ends for the year (she works at a school, which means she gets summer break!)  and gets to write all she wants, hang out with family, and sleep in! (But she does admit that she looks forward to fall football and milder weather, too. Just for the record. Partially because she’s obsessed with the Green Bay Packers.)

Read on to find out about her best (and worst) summer memories and what she’s looking forward to this summer!


What is the THE event that you’re most looking forward to this summer?

I only have one thing I REALLY look forward to every summer and that is my sister, niece, and nephew coming down from Canada! I spend all July with them, and it’s the only time I see them all year, so we make up a year’s worth of activities in one month. We have Christmas in July, celebrate birthdays, and cram in every fun activity we have spent all year planning. It’s the best!

Where do you live? Describe this winter in your area in three words.

I live in Colorado. My three words to describe THIS particular winter would be … sunny, unpredictable, and warm. Colorado hasn’t had this little snow in a very, very long time. I would never have described a Colorado winter with those words. Climate change, indeed.

What do you hope to accomplish in your writing over the long summer days?

I work at a school so summer is my time away from work, and even with my family coming into town this is when I have the most time to write. I hope to finish up edits on Abandoned Angel and Fallen Reclaimed, my last two shorts that lead up to Soul Bound. I hope to have Soul Bound to my editor by the end of summer as well! I have a lot planned.

What trend or catch-phrase are you going to start this summer?

The trend of not wearing a uniform for two whole months!

What is the BEST summer story from when you were a kid?

I spent all my summers in Wisconsin when I was a kid. Honestly they were all pretty fun. Camping, fireworks (not allowed in Colorado), going to the bait shop for ice cream... At some point every summer I would have one major injury, which is funny to look back at now. One year we were camping and roasting marshmallows, and my cousin’s caught on fire and he started flailing wildly in an attempt to put it out. Instead it flew off the stick, landing on my hand while it was still on fire! We were at a campground so I ran around looking for water, desperately trying to peal the crisp, still hot goo from my fingers. I have scars across three fingers. I know it’s not what most people think of as the topic for a BEST story, but it’s pretty humorous now that I’m older. Then there was the year the horse bit my butt…  

What is the WORST summer story from when you were a kid?

I was bit by a tiny little dog right below my eye and had a ton of stitches. I still have that scar, too.

Summer blockbuster you are most looking forward to watching and why:

Thor. I love superhero stuff. Always excited to have another movie in a series.


Rapid Fire Questions:

The All-Time Best Song of Summer is: Walkin’ on the Sun by Smashmouth

Your Summer Guilty Pleasure: Mocha ice cream

Daylight Savings Time for Summer: yes or no? No. I dislike daylight savings time very much.

Beach or Mountains? Mountains! But I wish I could have both.

Swimsuits: yes or no? No.

Sandals or Bare Feet? Bare Feet, sandals aren’t comfortable at all.

Ice Cream or Popsicles? Ice Cream

Memorial Day or Independence Day? Independence Day

Put these words in order: Swimming, Baseball, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Air Conditioning, Vacation

Vacation, Ice Cream, Air Conditioning, Hot Dogs, Swimming then Baseball.

Sum up Summer 2017 in five words: Relaxing, Sunny, Family, Writing, and Fun




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GHP Counts Down To Summer! - featuring Richard Schall



Today is the first day of May, which means May Day! Where did the time go? We are hoping those April showers bring May flowers and warmer weather! Regardless, it’s time to begin daydreaming about and planning those summer vacations!

Next up in our Glass House looks forward to summer interviews, we’re talking to author Richard Schall, who writes MG of all sorts--high fantasy, space opera, pirates, aliens... Richard says, “Summer in NYC is the best. You have everything you want right at your fingertips … in really nice weather.”

He has some big events coming up that he’s really looking forward to, including his June birthday. Read on to hear what he’s looking forward to, and his favorite things about summer!


What is the THE event that you’re most looking forward to this summer?


Being the best man at my brother's wedding and producing my sister's summer stand-up comedy tour around the country.


Where do you live? Describe this winter in your area in three words.


New York City. Totally random snowfall.


What do you hope to accomplish in your writing over the long summer days?


I hope to finish Lee Fahrenheit and the Gracian Pirates, my newest MG, and get it ready for the public.

Lee Fahrenheit and the Gracian Pirates follows eleven-year-old Californian runaway Lee, who means to run away from home … but is instead, much to his dismay, kidnapped by a rogue gang of aliens who are striving desperately to not only escape his planet, but save their people from a lifetime of slavery … and the universe itself from domination. Danger lurks around every corner as Lee and his new allies encounter friends and foes--many of whom resemble creatures from Earth's myths and legends--in their race to save not only the rest of the Gracians, but the universe itself.


What trend or catch-phrase are you going to start this summer?


Everything is going great!!!!


What is the BEST summer story from when you were a kid?


My best summer summer was when I was eight years old. My whole family went to Disney World, and I was ecstatic! My mother and brother headed off in one direction, my grandmother and I went off in another, and my dad and my sister stayed by the pay phone (so my dad could make business phone calls). I took my grandmother to Space Mountain. She thought it was a kiddy ride since I was eight and wanted to go on it. Then she saw the sign that said not to go on if you have back problems, were pregnant, or had a heart condition.
She thought that was to scare people.
When we got into the shuttle and zoomed off, though, she held on for dear life. She said that she didn't want to scream because she didn't want to scare me, but she now says that it was the scariest moment of her life. When we got back to my family, my parents said that she was as pale as a ghost and was shaking for the rest of the day. These days I tell her that for her ninety-fifth birthday I'm going to take her back. She always tells me no. =)


What is the WORST summer story from when you were a kid?


None! Every summer was a blast!!!


Summer blockbuster you are most looking forward to watching and why:


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 because who doesn't like a tiny tree as a good guy?


Rapid Fire Questions:


The All-Time Best Song of Summer is: Wipe Out by The Surfaris


Your Summer Guilty Pleasure: The Last Ship TV show


Daylight Savings Time for Summer: yes or no? Yep!


Beach or Mountains? Beach


Swimsuits: yes or no? Yep!


Sandals or Bare Feet? Sandals


Ice Cream or Popsicles? Ice Cream


Memorial Day or Independence Day? Independence Day


Put these words in order: Swimming, Baseball, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Air Conditioning, Vacation


Air Conditioning, Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Swimming, Baseball, Vacation


Sum up Summer 2017 in five words: YES! Everything is going great!!!!


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GHP Counts Down To Summer! - featuring Kimberly Mitchell

We are now more than halfway through April, which means summer is lurking just around the corner, teasing us with those extra sunny, warm spring days!


Our fifth summertime interview is with another new Glass House author, Kimberly Mitchell, who says that if it is between the hours of 2pm and 4pm during the summer, you can bet that she has found her way to a local Sonic for Happy Hour half-price drinks and slushes.


Kimberly is looking forward to the long evenings and swimming this summer, but also admits that fall is her favorite season. The hot, humid days in Arkansas can certainly put a damper on a lot of outdoor summer activities.


“August used to be my least favorite month of the year, but my daughter was born in August so it's moved up on the list!” she says. With the birth of her daughter, perhaps summer is now a close second to fall?


What is the THE event of this summer that you’re most looking forward to?


We're heading to Colorado at the end of the summer for a little Yemen reunion--friends we knew when we lived in Yemen for three years. It's been over ten years since we've seen them, so yes, we're excited!


FOLLOW UP Q: Why were you in Yemen?!


I spent three years in Yemen teaching English and studying Arabic. It was probably the most pivotal experience of my life, at least up to that point, and it also got me started writing. I had a lot of free time in the evenings and finally started writing the book I'd always wanted to try to write. It was also the inspiration for Traders of Incense, a middle grade series to be published by Glass House Press.


Where do you live? Describe this winter in your area in three words.


I live in Northwest Arkansas and this winter was warm, dry, and disappointing!


What do you hope to accomplish in your writing over the long summer days?


By summer I should have the second book in the #Dreamers series finished, so I'll be outlining the third book in that series, as well as looking over the #Traders series! A writer's work is NEVER done.


FOLLOW UP Q: Tell us more about Dreamers.


Seven years ago, the Nas attacked my people, the Abed. Water is scarce in my land. The Nas mostly live in the City and leave us alone, but when the Abed refused to allow them access to the wells that have been in our villages for centuries, the Nas firebombed our villages. My brother and I, along with the other children, fled into the desert. My parents and the other Abed were either killed or rounded up and taken to the City to live in refugee camps … but we survived in the desert. After the war, the giftings came. I'm a Dreamer. I dream of the water hidden in the desert that helps us stay alive another day--and I’m wanted by the people hunting us for that very reason.


What trend or catch-phrase are you going to start this summer?


I don't know. But I do usually know when it's Sonic Happy Hour and where the closest Sonic is.


What is the BEST summer story from when you were a kid?


My best summer memories are of things we did all the time. Swam all summer. Stayed up late playing outside with the neighbor kids. Listening to the frogs and whippoorwills sing. Visiting grandparents in southern Arkansas. We took vacations every year with the family, and some of the most memorable are the marathon driving trips to Washington, D.C. and Yellowstone.


What is the WORST summer story from when you were a kid?


Probably getting stuck on Lake Ft. Gibson in a two-man sailboat with my twin at sailing camp. The wind died and we spent nearly all day on the lake, until the ski camp finished their day of waterskiing and came to tow us in. Stupid water skiers. Also, sunburn. Ouch.


Summer blockbuster you are most looking forward to watching and why:


I'm so busy with the baby/writing/farm I don't even know what's coming out this summer!


Rapid Fire Questions:


The All-Time Best Song of Summer is: Here Comes the Sun b/c The Beatles ALWAYS wins best song.


Your Summer Guilty Pleasure: Happy Hour cherry Cokes from Sonic or Coke slushies from the gas station. Oh. Man.


Daylight Savings Time for Summer: yes or no? YES. All that light!


Beach or Mountains? Mountains (and we're going this year, so I'm excited!)


Swimsuits: yes or no? Yes, please, yes.


Sandals or Bare Feet? Sandals. I used to love being barefooted as a kid. But gravel. And rocks. And dirt. And BUGS.


Ice Cream or Popsicles? Ice Cream. I mean, who would choose popsicles?


Memorial Day or Independence Day? Independence Day has the fireworks so...


Put these words in order: Swimming, Baseball, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Air Conditioning, Vacation


Swimming, Vacation, Ice Cream, Air Conditioning, Hot Dogs, Baseball


Sum up Summer 2017 in five words:


Hot, Humid, Head for Mountains!


Catch up with Kimberly on social media and visit her website for more information about her upcoming books:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimberlymitchellauthor/

Twitter: @KSMitch17

Instagram: @KSMitch17

Website: http://www.kimberlymitchell.us/