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Guest Interview: Kalah McLaughlin

Thank you, Kalah for giving me the opportunity to interview you for my blog, Coffee & Penning Words!

Q1. Tell us something interesting about yourself.

A. I’m a singer and in high school performed in Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris, France) and St. Paul Cathedral (London, England). In college my a cappella group, Shockwave, competed in the Quarter Finals for the ICCA’s- just like Pitch Perfect!

Q2. What does “being creative” mean to you?

A. Using your imagination to create something beautiful

Q3. What gives you the inspiration or drive to write poetry?

A. As a singer, I’ve been writing song lyrics for as long as I can remember. There isn’t really a “drive” per say, I just have words that flood my brain that I have to put down on paper.

Q4. I saw on your website that you are starting a new project, what can you tell us about it?

A. Yes! I’m writing my first novel. It’s turning into something completely different than I had set out to write. I might say that it’s writing itself! It’s about a lonely young woman going off to college to find herself, only to find that someone else has been watching her every move. She starts receiving anonymous letters forcing her to do things she’s never done before. In her quest to find herself, she learns more than she bargained for and travels to unknown depths to get there.

Q5. What is the difference between your writing voice and your speaking voice? Does it combine together or is it totally separated?

A. They’re definitely separated. I’m very introverted and anxious, so my words tend to stumble out. I wish I could write everything I want to say on a daily basis so everything would come out the way I wanted it to! Lol

Q6. What advice do you have for any new poets or authors out there just entering the world of writing?

A. Don’t ever give up. Use those rejection letters as fuel to edit wisely and keep submitting!

Now let’s have some fun!

Q7. Who is your favorite author or poet? And why?

A. J.K. Rowling, because I aspire to write a series as compelling as Harry Potter.

Q8. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

A. Italy or Thailand. I feel very drawn to both cultures and would just love the opportunity to explore and write about my adventures!

Q9. What is your favorite book that has been turned into a movie, TV show or miniseries?

A. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and the Harry Potter series (obviously)

Q10. What is your favorite drink when you are digging into writing your next chapter or poem?

A. I love chai! It always gets me going.

What is your favorite place to write? And why?

A. I live in an apartment, so the best escape I have is to sit on my balcony. I love it because I have a view of pine trees and a grassy yard. There’s a road adjacent and the cars driving by has a white noise effect on me. Plus I can bring my puppy out there and she’s happy to not be stuck inside 🙂

Now back to business!

Q13. Why do you write? How old were you when you knew you wanted to become an author or poet? Who influenced you?

A. I write because my brain narrates every moment of my life. If I didn’t write, I think I’d go nuts! I have always dreamed of writing my own book. After being laid off from my first job out of college, I had this urge to go back to my creative roots and work for myself. I’ve been writing poetry and getting into the space socially by connecting with other writers ever since. If anything, I influenced myself!


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Kalah McLaughlin


Interview with Author Heather L. Cassaday

Follow Author Heather L. Cassaday as she blogs about her experiences at being a new writer on the scene and her support of other authors in the writing community.





Q1. Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I am a new work-in-progress writer who is figuring this out as I go. I wrote two chapters and emailed them to a couple of friends and they raved about them so I plucked up the courage to share them publicly. That’s how In The Coming Time on Facebook came to be. As I wrote and released more chapters, I wanted to grow my audience and so Twitter was the next step. I met so many authors that had advice and experience to share. It was amazing. Someone pitched the idea that I needed a site to properly share my work. They were quite correct and now I run my blog as well! It’s been such a positive experience to grow and share.


Q2. What does “being creative” mean to you?

To me, being creative means taking the step of turning your thoughts into a tangible thing you can share with the world.


Q3. What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

I love all science fiction, but by far, I have been a lover of Star Trek and Gene Roddenberry’s vision of what humans can become since I was very young. It’s rare when you find a philosophy that believes we can be more than we are and aren’t doomed to die out as a selfish failure of a species.


Q4. Do you have any current or future projects?

I am constantly working on In The Coming Time. There are seven completed chapters up on my site and an eighth in the works. I am also, always in search of authors who would like to do interviews for my site as I do my part to support the writers community. I do have a short story series I am starting but it’s too soon to share.

Q5. What is the relationship between your speaking voice and your written voice?

They argue quite a bit, in person I have the awful habit of being a potty mouth sometimes and I don’t want my work littered with it.

Q6. What is the best advice you have for other authors?

As a newbie myself, all I can say is that every single person I have ever asked that exact question to answered: READ. Read a lot, read across genres, read fiction and non, and then read some more.


Q7. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging as a way of having my work organized, a central place for people to find my chapters. It evolved through my attempts to get more traffic to my site and to give back to the friends I’ve made in the community. It’s been a fantastic journey and I’m grateful to everyone who’s been willing to share their work with me or leave a comment on my chapters. And, as an added bonus, I’ve received a bunch of positive feedback on my personal experience posts.


Q8. Do you have any blogging tips?

The best thing I did was to check out other bloggers. There’s literally a blog out there for EVERYTHING, including how to blog. I don’t claim to be an expert but a good amount of research will go a long way.


Q9. Who is your favorite author? And why?

There are so many… If I had to pick a single writer it would be Michael Crichton. I became a lover of sci-fi as a kid watching classic black and white movies and Star Trek reruns with my Dad and I remember watching Andromeda Strain. It scared me, but it fascinated me as well. As soon as I was at an old enough reading level I was given Jurassic Park and that was it. I had to read them all. I don’t know if I can perfectly explain it, something just clicked. Today it’s about the memories of sharing a love of his books and movies with my Dad.

Read Heather’s book while she writes each chapter

Chapter 7

Chapter 6

Chapter 5

Chapter 4

Chapter 3

Chapter 2

Chapter 1



Interview with Author & Artist Ellie Douglas

Welcome Author & Artist Ellie Douglas! She is an amazingly talented author of four books on Amazon. If you love horror, blood, sex and fear then you need to check out her books!


Q1. Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I not only write books but am a cover designer for authors all around the world. I also design coloring books too.

Q2. What does “being creative” mean to you?

For me, being creative means enjoyment. I absolutely love creating art and writing books. Pure enjoyment.

Q3. What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My greatest inspirations are; my children number one. Other writers of all genre’s inspire me and believe it or not, movies and t.v shows – in fact I find inspiration in everyday life, it could be a walk in the park, a visit to the mall, a drive by the beach, you name it a lot inspires me J

Q4. Do you have any current or future projects?

Yes, excitedly I sure do. I have three more novels on the go and another coloring book in the works.

Q5. If you could just feature one title, what would it be?


Q6. What is the relationship between your speaking voice and your written voice?

It is very good, usually what goes on in my head comes out in typed written form easily.

Q7. What is the best advice you have for other authors?

Research – that is my key advice for any author. Always do your research.

Q8. Who is your favorite author? And why?

Good question since there is so many, currently I’d have to say Kass Morgan, she combines fantasy, sci-fi and a little bit of horror all into the one set of books.

Please enjoy her biography and follow her on her social media for updates and more!

Author Ellie’s Bio:

I’m Ellie Douglas, and like you, I love horror, everything about horror, the goriest and most gruesome of horrors is the ultimate. I can’t get enough. So much so that I write horror. That need to be graphic, and explicit with my horror scenes makes me stand out. I give what I want to read to others, so now they can enjoy a true horror story.

I’m not all about just being graphic, I also build characters that the readers will love and or hate, so they can feel pulled right inside of the story that they are reading. It gives me so much enjoyment when I hear remarks like, ‘You made me want to puke,’ ‘I have nightmares every damned night –thanks,’ and ‘Quentin Tarantino and Steven King made a baby, YOU!’ when I hear comments like that, I know then I’ve succeeded, that also pushes me into writing more and becoming even better.

I’m fun loving, generous and very mysterious. I enjoy spending time with my family, and have four children to keep the horror writing alive. I enjoy helping others and volunteer my services to help Autistic children, I love cosplay and the chance to dress up as a monster, zombie or some other gritty character is fun, oh so much fun.

I love summer, and well…I hate winter. I live in New Zealand and feel often too far away from all the cool stuff going on in the world. I love helping people all the time. I’ve got my hands dipped in a few things, I write books, but I also make professional book covers for other authors, I also create adult coloring books and I have a gambling app that I designed on the apple store 🙂 I’ve always got a project going, be it writing or creating, that is who I am and I love it 🙂

My ultimate aim is to give back, paying it forward, to constantly better myself and give the audience amazing stories. Let me scare you…








Author Ellie’s Hounded Series:


When Calloway Foster woke up that morning, he never expected it to be a deathblow to life on earth.

Nothing can prepare him for one of the world’s most loved species to turn into the undead. Four-legged zombies now run rampant-hungry and intelligent, they are merciless to those still struggling to survive.

Follow Cal on a turbulent journey filled with horrific loss, new love, and unbelievably terrifying events.

Will he find his twin brother in time? Can he keep his family safe?

A terrifying surprise twist will test the survivors to the brink of humanity’s very existence.



Bellamy Foster leads his group of survivors on a perilous journey. Not only must he find a sanctuary for them all, but he is also on a quest to find his twin brother, Calloway.

Currently being stalked by raging, hungry, vicious zombie dogs, they become aware of a new, more sinister, threat. The infected SB-16 coma patients are now becoming vile, ravenous, and monstrous human zombies.

Will the survivors find a new sanctuary in time to save themselves and what remains of the shattered world around them?

Hounded 2 is an explicit horror – full of spattered slaughter, love and loss, fast-moving action, and a maze of unexpected destruction, that is sure to keep you turning pages late into the night. In this, her second novel, Ellie Douglas proves there’s plenty of rot to ooze out of the zombie genre.


Author Ellie’s Other Great Reads


They believed their phobias were just nightmares…


They believed Dr Felix Bloom would cure them.


They were…SO WRONG!



Imagine waking up from a blackout, your memory betraying you as to where you have been or what you have done. This is what happens to beautiful and sexy, 24 year old, Annabelle Worthington.

Growing up, Annabelle’s life was anything but normal. Living with loveless parents, she was subjected to unimaginable abuse and torture at the hands of those who should have protected her. Her saving grace was her relationship with Ivy and Eva.

As an adult, she met Brett Campbell and finally her world became filled with the happiness, stability and love that she had never known. Then something unthinkable happens that destroys her idyllic life and fills her with rage. Annabelle’s blackouts increase and memories of her abusive childhood threatens to imprison her.

When Ivy and Eva comes back into her life, Annabelle elicits their help to rid the world of all cheating bastards.

Is there anything that can stop them before they wreak havoc on California? Which of them really poses the most danger to those who least expect it?

How many lives will be lost because of sexual desires and memories from the past?


JAnn’s Review

on May 22, 2017
This book was packed full of excitement and steamy scenes and murderous plots. Throughout the story is every type of chaotic events a reader would want, The pace of the story is in full force. Ellie’s writing is so engrossed with talent on creating each chapter of charters that just continued to build till the end. Ellie’s imagination had to be captured onto paper for all of us to enjoy her characters of Toxic Desire, the overall feeling of the book is a turbulent ride of flashbacks with the urge to get even.
The cover of Ellie’s book is what drew me to choose this book to read. Her color scheme was eye catching and the image of the city with a lurking view of a girl intrigued my thoughts of wanting to read her book. The title definitely fits the book with toxic desire of wanting to get even and rage of hate.
I give big kudos to Ellie for her writing is so easily paced and so chair griping. I would highly recommend anyone who is looking for a hot steamy murderous read to grab her book and enjoy over a weekend read!

Author Ellie’s Adult Coloring Books






Author Benjamin K.M Kellogg



An illustrated children’s book telling how Noah and Logan tidy their room.



Noah and Logan Learn To Share – an illustrated children’s book.


Noah and Logan Learn To Share – an illustrated children’s book.
Author’s Bio:

Benjamin Kellogg, born in 1991, is an autistic adult and a life-long resident of a small village in central New York State, USA. He graduated summa cum laude from Cayuga Community College in 2012 with an Associate Degree in Arts in Humanities and Social Science with a concentration in writing.

Since his graduation, he has been pursuing a career in freelance writing. For nearly three years, he wrote a biweekly column about his experiences as an autistic adult for an online autism resource. He also maintains a personal blog,, where he shares his thoughts and perspectives about movies, television, books, videogames, professional wrestling (especially WWE), and anything else on his mind.

Benjamin created the “Noah and Logan” children’s book series as a way to help children with autism learn the social and life skills he struggled with as a child. He sincerely hopes his written works are of help to and enjoyed by readers everywhere.



Noah and Logan Children’s Books Series



Ben’s Website