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/

GHP Counts Down To Summer! - featuring R.K. Brainerd

Springtime means RAIN, but summer means SUN and we here at Glass House need our Vitamin D!


Our next Glass House author, however, admitted that summer IS NOT her favorite season (gasp!) because she doesn’t like to be overheated. Though she says she’s still looking forward to the warm up of spring! For R.K. Brainerd, Memorial Day is waaaayyy more exciting than the 4th of July … due to the meaning behind it.


She also thinks baby goats in the spring are the cutest, and is excited about using her goats to build a business this summer (anyone in the Portland area need some brush cleared in a sustainable, eco-friendly way?)! Lazing around, writing, and watching her goats munch is her ideal summer day!


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


Ah, jeez. To be honest, I'm a big ol' introvert, so going and ... interacting with people ... takes a bit of effort. How do you look forward to that? (Ha) But no seriously, I really enjoy the Willamette Writer's Conference -- and I love County and State fair (I used to show my goats there all the time!). I'm also hoping to launch a part-time business this summer, does that count as an event?


FOLLOW UP Q: OOH… What kind of business?


So I really want to start an eco-friendly brush-clearing business -- with goats. I think it would be kind of perfect: I'd load up all the goats, take them around to eat brush, get paid to feed them this yummy brush, and have some time to write while I'm watching them. The only problem is ... I don't think I have enough goats. I probably need at least fifteen to make it worthwhile for me (and clients!), so I'm either going to have to adopt a bunch more goats, or figure something else out.


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


I live outside of Portland, Oregon. To sum up the winter: Too much snow (I love snow, but enough is enough with us unprepared we-never-get-snow people)! ‘Unprepared WestCoast people’ also works.


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


Editing! I want to get the first INITIUM book at least through developmental edits (my editor might be laughing at me now). And I want to get a first draft of the prequel that I am now writing done. Oh, and I want to finish writing the first book in another one of my series... it only has a few scenes left and I think I can finish it.


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


Oh, trends, YUCK. No I'm kidding. Um, how about anything having to do with being environmentally sustainable?


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


Going to Hawaii with my grandmother and whole extended family. We hiked, hung out on the beach, stood in thunderstorms, and generally ate enough mangos to have hives.


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


Well, when we went to California once I got so sunburned I killed the nerves in my back. I had to hang out in the pool most of the night just to keep my skin cool, and when my nerves came back online about a week later, it felt like someone was slicing up my back with a knife.


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


Ooo. Okay. I really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy as it didn't take itself seriously and played off a lot of cliches, so I'm looking forward to the sequel. I am REALLY looking forward to Wonder Woman... but I can't get my hopes up too high because DC has been missing the mark on a lot of these. I also heavily enjoyed the first Kingsman, and I'm really hoping the second one won't disappoint.


Rapid Fire Questions:


The All-Time Best Song of Summer is: There's no way I can choose!


Your Summer Guilty Pleasure: Napping in the sun with my goats!


Daylight Savings Time for Summer: yes or no? END ALL DAYLIGHT SAVINGS. THE EXTRA HOUR IS NOT WORTH THE LOSS OF THE HOUR EARLIER. Ha!


Beach or Mountains? Beach. But only because I have so many good memories with family there...


Swimsuits: yes or no? Sure why not?


Sandals or Bare Feet? Bare feet. ALWAYS.


Ice Cream or Popsicles? Popsicles!


Memorial Day or Independence Day? Memorial!


Mostly because of the concept behind them (uh oh, going to get political). While the 4th of July makes sense at face value, yay freedom and separation from Britain (and I'm not downplaying how revolutionary or amazing that all was), I feel it's blatantly ignoring the fact that there were, I don't know, other people already living here. Colonials took the US from Native Americans, and while the 4th could be fudged to say the Natives were also being freed from British rule... I don't know, I don't think people think about that. What came after was pretty sickening when you look at it from the Natives’ perspective, so it really taints the whole holiday in my view.


This is opposed to Memorial Day, which is honoring those who've died in military service for the US. It's easier for me to feel like celebrating it, because whether or not the wars that these people fought were justified or right isn't so much the point -- they still sacrificed their lives. (Sidebar, going along with the Native American theme, did you know that Natives serve in the US armed forces in greater numbers per capita than any other ethnic group, and they have served with distinction in every major conflict for over two hundred years?)


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


Vacation, swimming, air conditioning, ice cream, hot dogs, baseball


Sum up Summer 2017 in five words:

Hoping to create new life.



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Twitter: @awakedragon (R. K. Brainerd)

GHP Counts Down to Summer! - featuring George Ebey

The calendar may say April 3, but some of us live in places where it snows on April 3 (huge flakes coming down RIGHT NOW!), and all we can think of is the day we hop out of bed and don’t have to worry about GETTING WARM!


This is our third summertime interview with another of our authors, George Ebey, who has a dystopian story being published in the upcoming second edition of Brave New Girls, PLUS new novellas and potentially a full-length novel out this year from GH. He’s ready to spend the long days dressed in shorts and sandals, without having to worry about how cold it will get.


“Short nights. Long hikes. Campfires. Picnics. Sunshine. What's not to love?”


We asked him some of our standard questions to get a feel for what HE’LL be doing this summer!


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


My story in the next Brave New Girls anthology, out this August!


Brave New Girls is an anthology featuring girls who use their smarts to save the day. All proceeds go to a scholarship fund to help girls interested in pursuing a career in STEM. My story is set in a dystopian future where technology and science are shunned, and is about a girl who defies the rules to help cure a local plague.


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


Northeast Ohio. It was cold.


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


Finish editing Helen of Mars book 1 and finish writing first the draft for Helen of Mars book 2.


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


Dessert first.


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


Trips to the arcade to play Space Invaders, Pac Man, and whatever pinball machines they had.


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


Running out of quarters after about ten minutes of gameplay.


FOLLOW UP Q: If you were given unlimited quarters and a retro-arcade opened in your town … what would you do? Which game would you play first and for how long? Would this become your new writer's block?


I would walk in, close my eyes, and just bask in the joyful noise of the many blips, beeps, and buzzes that were chattering all around me. Then I'd take my unlimited quarter and probably hit up Pac Man at first, just to get warmed up. Then it would be on to Centipede, Zaxxon, Space Invaders, Q-Bert, Frogger, and whatever else they had. For sure each and every pinball machine would have to get a few rounds. Yeah, a place like that would be productivity kryptonite for me. I wouldn't get anything done.


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


The Dark Tower. Super curious to see how they’re going to pull that one off.


Rapid Fire Questions:


The All-Time Best Song of Summer is: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding


Your Summer Guilty Pleasure: Catching fireflies at dusk.


Daylight Savings Time for Summer: yes or no? I’m cool with it.


Beach or Mountains? Beach!


Swimsuits: yes or no? Going to go with yes.


Sandals or Bare Feet? Bare feet in the house, sandals everywhere else.


Ice Cream or Popsicles? Can I have one of each?


Memorial Day or Independence Day? Independence Day, as long as the aliens stay away.


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


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


Sum up Summer 2017 in five words:
So long snow, hello sun.

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GHP Counts Down To Summer! - featuring Nikki Vogel

The Glass House countdown to summer continues! We don’t know about you, but as we enter the last few days of blustery March, our thoughts are turning more and more toward sandy beaches and sun-kissed skin. We are TIRED OF BEING COLD!!!!!!


Our second summertime interview is with another new Glass House author, Nikki Vogel. She is most looking forward to summer because her two favorites sports, tennis and cycling, are much more fun to do outside! After an entire winter of spin class under the tutelage of Olympic gold medalist, Lori-Ann Meunzer, Nikki is ready for summer in order to hit the open road.


Nikki lives in Canada and knows the meaning of a cold, dark winter’s day. She grew up in sunny California and could do summer year-round, “no problemo.” But she does love the long daylight hours living in the north. “There’s nothing like sitting out on the deck until 10:30 at night with light in the sky,” she says fondly.


We have to think that’s even better if it’s WARM.


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


I’m looking forward to being outside as much as possible. Living this far north, the winter is very long and my favorite sports––tennis and cycling––are more fun outside.


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


Edmonton, Alberta. On, off, on.


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


Finish the edits on my novella and the first book in the series, and begin writing the second book.


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


Cycling as much as possible.  


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


I don’t know if it’s the best story, but we used to play hide-and-seek outside all summer long, hour after hour, until the sun went down. It was so much fun.  


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


One time I was at a friend’s house for a sleepover and we decided to do some toilet-papering. I got caught by the police. It scared the crap out of me. I thought they were going to take me to jail. My parents weren’t even mad, though, and they let me go back to the sleepover. So I guess this is a part bad, part good story.


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


The Dark Tower. I’m as excited for this one as I was when Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings started being released. I’ve read the Dark Tower series beginning to end at least three times, and Stephen King is one of the writers I admire most.


Rapid Fire Questions:


The All-Time Best Song of Summer is: Let the Good Times Roll by The Cars


Your Summer Guilty Pleasure: Prosecco on the deck


Daylight Savings Time for Summer: yes or no? NO


Beach or Mountains? Mountains


Swimsuits: yes or no? Neutral


Sandals or Bare Feet? Sandals


Ice Cream or Popsicles? Ice cream


Memorial Day or Independence Day? Canada Day ;)


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


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


Sum up Summer 2017 in five words: Time on the road bike.

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GHP Counts Down To Summer! - featuring Kristalyn Vetovich

Today may be the first day of spring, but here at GH we are ready to count down to SUMMER 2017! Spring really is just a layover before summer, after all. As a part of our countdown, we will be featuring interviews with our authors about what they are most looking forward to this summer.

First up is one of Glass House’s newest authors, Kristalyn Vetovich. Kristalyn has already told us that her favorite time of year is when the sun rises at 5:30am and sets at 8pm, so she seemed like the logical place to start. The longer days make her (and all of us) feel more energized and happy!

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

Going to Malawi and seeing if I'll survive the three-hundred-mile bike ride.

I'm doing the bike trek as a fundraiser for a group called Urban Promise, which supports kids in Malawi. We'll also get to hang out with some of the kids while we're there.

I haven't been on a bike since I was eight. I could never master the balance and steering, so I decided to just wait until I could drive. But I'm planning on conquering it by July so I can manage the full three hundred miles. I have a feeling I'll surprise myself!

KristaLyn's Go Fund Me page to donate to Urban Promise: https://www.gofundme.com/malawi-childrens-ministry

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

Central PA: Winter Storm Stella

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

I'm hoping to finish one manuscript and develop my outlining technique. I never thought I'd love outlining, but I totally do!

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

I'm probably the least trendy person you'll ever meet, but I'd love to make puns cool if I could!

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

Playing "I Spy" with my grandma and choosing a specific blade of grass as a charm to ensure my victory.

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

I am a bee magnet. They have a radar for me or something, and there were very few summers when I would escape without a bee sting. I was terrified of them. Still kind of am!

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

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. I guess you could say I'm hooked on a feeling...

Rapid Fire Questions:

The All-Time Best Song of Summer is: Good to Be Alive by Andy Grammar

Your Summer Guilty Pleasure: Staying inside and watching TV... :)

Daylight Savings Time for Summer: yes or no?
Yes. Unpopular opinion, I know, but I have so much more energy when the sun is up. As soon as it gets dark, I start to crash. Winter is rough for me that way.

Beach or Mountains? Mountains!

Swimsuits: yes or no? If I'm swimming, absolutely.

Sandals or Bare Feet? Sneakers. I'm not a fan of feet.

Ice Cream or Popsicles? Ice cream! Mint chocolate chip for me!

Memorial Day or Independence Day? Independence Day.
Our town does a fireworks show that accidentally catches the mountain on fire almost every year. It's fantastic.

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

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

Sum up Summer 2017 in five words: Warmer than winter, thank goodness!






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KristaLyn's Go Fund Me page to donate to Urban Promise: https://www.gofundme.com/malawi-childrens-ministry