The Paul Anthony Collection

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Chatting with CS Miller


Chatting with CS Miller



My pleasure today to introduce you to a prolific crime fiction writer from Mexico – Charles S Miller - who writes as CS Miller.

Welcome to my home in cyber-space. Thanks for dropping in to see us.  
Tell me, whereabouts do you live, Charles?
A.  I live in San Miguel de Allende, a 500-year old Spanish Colonial city located in central Mexico.
Q. Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job?
A. I have been a full time writer for several years.
Q. What kind of work did you do before you became a writer?
A. I was a reporter in Washington, DC, but did my mystery writing in my off hours.
Q. What inspired you to become a writer?
A.  I always wanted to be a writer, and have been out it a very long time.
Q. Do you use experiences from work to build plot and character in your crime fiction?
A.  I’m sure I do, but subconsciously.  I was at one time a criminal court reporter.  In Washington, I covered the Court of Appeals, and the US Supreme Court, as well as being correspondent for the Department of Justice.
Q. How long have you been writing? Central Mexico
A. In that we have had our house in San Miguel for nearly a decade, I’ve been writing in Mexico for a period of almost 10 years, even though I would mostly be there on holiday.
Q. Do you base your characters on real people you have met or are they a product of the imagination.
A. I would say imagination.
Q. What is your favourite genre to write in and why?
A. Mystery

Q. Are you a reader yourself and if so what kind of books do you enjoy?

A. I enjoy mysteries, mostly police procedurals, etc.
Q. Do you have a particular writing discipline that you can share with us?
A. I try to write several hours a day.  My rule has been that even on the worst of days that I spend at least a half hour at the keyboard.
Q. What do you see as the biggest challenge to being a writer today?
A. The writing market, especially the mystery genre, is saturated.
Q. If there is one thing you could change in the world, what would it be?
A. Not sure. We would all say have peace among nations.
Q. Are you currently published or do you have a ‘work in progress’ you can tell us about?
A.  I am currently published (seven books published), and am in the midst of another book (have about 30,000 words plus.)
Q. Did you design the book covers or did someone do it for you?
A.  I have a cover designer.
Q. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A. I live where I want to be.
Q. What hobbies do you have?
A. Besides writing, I love reading mysteries, and watching mysteries, especially British, Nordic mysteries.
 Q. Where can we find out more about your work?  
A. Besides Amazon Kindle, my books are available on Kobo, and Barnes and Noble’s Nook format.

Q. And where can we follow and support you on social media sites?
A.  I have a blog – www.csmillerbs.blogspot.com, and people can email me at csmillerbks@yahoo.com

Thank you for chatting today and good luck with your work.
Thanks for the opportunity.
  


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Chatting with Kathy Reynolds

Chatting with KATHY REYNOLDS.

Today, I'd like to introduce you to one of America's most prolific writers of 'mysteries' whom I am pleased to say I have something in common with -  we both write stand-alone crime mysteries. It's my great pleasure to welcome the author of the Liz Stone Mystery Series - Kathy Reynolds.

Each of her books is a stand-alone tale featuring the same main characters throughout.


  

Welcome to my home in cyber-space, Kathy. Thanks for dropping in to see us.  Tell me, Kathy, whereabouts do you live?
A. I live in north central Connecticut with my husband, teenage daughter and little dog Lulu Jane.
Q. Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job?
A. I write full time.
Q. What kind of work did you do before you became a writer?
A. I like to say I was in charge of the production and maintenance of young human beings. Others call that a stay at home Mom.
Q. What inspired you to become a writer?
A. I woke up one morning with a story in my head. I got up and did the dishes but the story kept nagging me. I drove the teenager to school, did the grocery shopping, came home and put everything away. All the while, the story nagged me. Finally, I gave in and wrote it. Nobody was more surprised than me, when I finished it and it wasn’t terrible. So at the age of sixty three I started a new chapter in my life.


Q. How long have you been a writer?
A. I’ve been writing for about a year and a half.
Q. Do you base your characters on real people or are they a product of the imagination.
A. All my characters are imaginary, but then again I think they are all parts of me.
Q. What is your favourite genre to write in and why?
A. Cosy Mystery. I write the kind of books I like to read.
Q. Are you a reader yourself and if so what kind of books do you enjoy?
A. I love to read. Mysteries, and if there is a child and dogs in them I like them more.
Q. Do you have a particular writing discipline that you can share with us?
A. I am quite the undisciplined writer. To motivate myself I keep a whiteboard next to my bed and update my word count before I go to bed. That spurs me to make sure the number changes every day. I also have more than one story going at all times. This way I can go back and forth and avoid the dreaded writers block.


Q. What do you see as the biggest challenge to being a writer today?
A. Fear. We all have those moments of self-doubt. We ask ourselves, ‘Am I good enough.”  However, we’ll never have an answer to that question unless we try.
Q. Are you currently published or do you have a ‘work in progress’ you can tell us about?
A.  I have seven books in my Liz Stone Mystery Series. The First Stone, Touchstone, Ironstone, Grindstone, Ragstone, The Christmas Stone, and Throwing Stones. I’m currently working on two more Stone Cold Hearts, and River Stone.



Q. Did you design the book cover or did someone do it for you?
A.  My husband takes the photos and I make them into my book covers.
Q. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A. I’d stay right here in Connecticut but I might take my winters somewhere warmer. Key West sounds nice.
Q. What hobbies do you have?
A. Life is my hobby. I love interacting with all kinds of people in all kinds of situations. Other humans are the most fascinating creatures there are.





 Q. Where  can we find out more about your work?
A. The First Stone Book 1
 Touchstone book 2
 Ironstone book 3
 Grindstone book 4
 Ragstone book 5
 The Christmas Stone book 6
 NEW - Throwing Stones book 7



Q. And where can we follow and support you on social media sites?

Thank you for taking the time to chat to us today and may we wish you good luck with your work.


Sunday, 1 March 2015

The February Collection

Derwentwater by Gillian Easterbrook
Welcome to the February Collection - a bag full of images from a retired police officers' group who enjoy photography. The February competition was sponsored by Paul Anthony Associates and won by Gillian Easterbook with the above photograph of Derwentwater, near Keswick, Cumbria. But the competition was fierce as you can see from a remarkable collection of snaps below.
Old Packhorse Bridge,Carrbridge near Aviemore by Mike Crozier
The Commando Monument, Spean Bridge by Paul Brown

Lioness - Botswana by Jules McFee
Pillar from Ennerdale by Paul Turner

Full Moon by George Nevins

Carlisle Airport by Adam Clembo Cleminson

Bowness by Steve Sharpe
Sparrowhawk by Jules McFee

On Hadrian's Wall, near Lanercost by Mile Crozier
Honister by Ray Gregory

Cathedral Cave, Little Langdale by Christine Nelson

Ice on the car by Anita Owen

Icicles in the Pond by Anita Owen


The River Leven, Dumbarton

Skiddaw from Braithwaite by Andy Brown

Sparrowhawk by Steve Sharpe

Earnslie Bay, Walney Island by Sue Bowman

Orton Scar by Bob Pallas
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Sunset at Brampton by Paul Crabtree

Don't forget - Have you got these books yet? Coptales and Uncuffed? Proceeds towards our charity. And a new donation - Sunset, a collection of police poetry from the Sixties to the turn of the century.





Thursday, 26 February 2015

Scougal

SCOUGAL
The Votadini Crest of the Family Name

SCOUGAL
Published by Paul Anthony Associates
March, 2015
Genre: Non Fiction: History / Reference / Social History

Quick Links:
In Print: Lulu
In Kindle: Amazon

A Global book for a Global family….
This is a true story which traces the Scougal family of names to the land of their origin. From the beginning of recorded history this book visits ‘Scougal’ in South East Scotland during the Iron Age before identifying the real roots of the family name. Via Mynddog the Wealthy, the Votadini tribe, the Roman occupation, the Anglo Saxon Invasion, the Old North of ‘Hen Ogledd’, Bernica, the Angles, the Norman Conquest, Magna Carta, and the wars of Scottish Independence the work dissects the history of our people. 

SCOUGHALL

Warrior Headgear

To penetrate the Scougal heritage the Battles of Carham, Bannockburn and Flodden are examined. Along the way we examine the oldest Royal Charter in British history to find a Scottish King who ceded the lands of Scougal to our ancestors. Then, gradually, the book traces the migration of the Scougal family of names across the globe as the impact of Scougal in America, Alaska, Mexico, Canada, Australia, America, South Africa, and elsewhere is assessed. Finally, we raise individual Scougals from across the planet and visit timelines produced by the people who carry that name tag. From religious offices to military postings, and from land owners to Royal painters, this novel highlights those who carried the name and made history as well as those who shamed the name and regret it. We even touch upon the horros of ‘Hiroshima’. If you are interested in how the local fits into the global this is a history book for you as well as a book of true genealogy. If you are called ‘Scougal’ – it really is a ’Mustread’.
Brigante King

Edinburgh Castle

Extract:
You will not find the future in this book. You will only find the past. You are the future….
… No one person makes a name, a family, or a family of names. Such an entity is made from a million little pieces that are brought together over time to frame and develop ‘someone’.  We are merely pieces in the jigsaw of life but when we are counted, sorted, itemised and individualised we can – as you have seen - really make a difference to the life and times in which we live. We can contribute, aspire, inspire, and make the world a better place in which to live.
      



The Badlands
South Dakota, USA


Holy Island, Lindisfarne

I know what you're thinking. The Scougals are from Scotland.... Wrong, my friend... But close...
No, our roots lie in another land, and in another place.

'Haec Ornant'


Monday, 9 February 2015

The January Collection

Blencathra by Paul Brown
Welcome to a random collection of images extracted from an amateur photograph competition for a group of retired police officers in Cumbria. The competition is as much about social interaction between retired individuals as it is about amateur photography. The above photograph was adjudged the worthy winner - Blencathra by Paul Brown.

But here is a random selection of great photos from the 'January' competition depicting and promoting our favourite county - Cumbria - with a few 'extras' thrown in.



Sprinkling Tarn
by John Forrester


The Cumbrian Fells above Ullswater
by Paul Crabtree


The Langdales
by Jo Fawcett
Hynam Bridge over the River Gelt, Castle Carrock
by Paul Crabtree


Haweswater
by Mark Yielder
Ratherheath
by Steve Sharpe


Arnside
by John Chester


Snow Patrol
by Adam Clembo Cleminson


Sea King at Barrow
by Phil Renney


Splash at High Force Waterfall, Middleton In Teesdale
by Gilian Eilbeck


Swallows
 by Carol Jeffreys


Bramshill Staff College
by Jo Fawcett
Bramshill
Jo Fawcett


Badged
by Ray Gregory


Woodpecker Time
by Dave Hook



And our charity books Uncuffed, photogrpahed by Ian McCrone and Coptales by Margaret Scougal