Priscilla's Author Spot

Priscilla's Author Spot

Author of God's Poetic Treasures

This blog has been created by Priscilla McGee as a tool to feature and talk about great reads and books of different backgrounds, that she has read. Priscilla McGee welcomes and encourages your participation.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June Featured Author


Linda Strader

Originally from Syracuse, New York, Ms. Strader moved to Prescott, Arizona with her family in 1972. In 1976, she became one of the first women on a U.S. Forest Service fire crew in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.
Summers of Fire: A Memoir of Adventure, Love and Courage is her first book, released on May 1st, 2018 by Bedazzled Ink Publishing. She is currently working on a prequel.
In addition to writing, Ms. Strader is a landscape architect, certified arborist, and watercolor artist. She currently lives in the same area where her Forest Service career began.

About the book:

Linda Strader became one of the first women hired on a fire crew with the U.S. Forest Service. A naïve twenty-year-old in the mid 1970s, she had no idea that she was entering a strictly man’s world, and would soon discover she’d face many more challenges than “just” fighting wildfires. Told with honest emotion and authentic dialog, Summers of Fire is an adventure story beyond battling fires and discrimination. It is a vibrant story of love, strong friendships, and heartbreak, over her seven years pursuing the exciting, although sometimes exhausting, soul-fulfilling job she loved.

Here are the links to her blog, social media, and where to buy her book:

Friday, April 6, 2018

Featured Author

 Julie Thomas

She lives in Michigan and she has two children. She is 54 years of age and she is an author of two books. Tales From a Closet and The Legacy of Christ are the two books she currently has available. She has also done some  freelance writing  for various newspapers in the past and writing is her  passion. Julie is a purpose driven women of faith who I feel will be writing for years to come. 

The Legacy of Christ


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Thursday, March 1, 2018

James Gault Interview

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hi Fiona, Nice to meet you.My name is James Gault and I’m a (hopefully)young 71.
 Fiona: Where are you from?
Originally I’m from the west of Scotland, where I went to University in Glasgow, studying Maths and Computer Science. It seems like an odd education for someone who now writes novels, but if you think about it, it involves the same kind of logical planning process as creating the plot of a story.  Now I live and work now in the South of France except when I go back the UK to visit my children and grandchildren.  
 Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My 3rd novel ‘The Redemption of Ann Petrovna’ is just out on Amazon.  Currently, I’m writing my fourth novel and I’m also in the process of launching an on-line magazine about books and writing called ‘Vox Lit’.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Well everyone begins to write at school, but for me writing is something that has been building up all my life from a small beginning. I started with letters to magazines, moved on to writing English Language Teaching Textbooks, short stories and articles, and then it was novels. I have always written because I have something I want to say.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That’s a tough question.  What is the right criterion for claiming you are a writer? The first time someone publishes your work? I can tick that one off. The first time someone hands over money for what you’ve written? I’ve had that too.  Seeing one of your books on the bookshop shelves? Yes, I’ve been lucky enough to pass that milestone. Getting a public prize for something you’ve written? Another lucky break I’ve had.  Every little achievement is encouraging, but until I get to the top of the best seller list or sell a novel to a film producer, I’ll always think of myself as just working towards being a writer.     
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was an ELT book which I wanted to write because I had some strong ideas about how to teach English to foreigners that I wanted people to try. I was lucky enough to get a commission to do it.
 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title for this one was decided by the publisher.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I try to be able to vary my style to the needs of the book, but I am governed by the belief that writers you show readers the world form a point of view that others don’t have.   And also, I try to make my fiction at least amusing if not funny.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I see fiction as exaggerated reality. So people and events in my life are the starting point, but then the imagination has to extend them.  I wouldn’t say any of my novels are ‘romans à clef’.  
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I’ve travelled a lot and I’ve worked in Scotland, The Czech Republic and France. I don’t travel in order to write, but my travel experiences influence my writing. I always set my novels in places I have spent a lot of time.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
In another life I was a marketing manager, so I have been designing the covers of my indie novels myself.  But maybe that isn’t a great idea. I’ll probably write a brief and get a professional designer the next time.
 Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I hope there are messages in all my novels. In my latest, the messages are about corruption and reconciling goals and ambitions with moral principles in such an environment.
I wouldn’t be able to write if I didn’t have something to say.  I always hope that my readers will see things just a tiny bit differently after reading my work. 
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
This is the kind of question I am no good at answering. There are so many new writers and so many great writers I wouldn’t presume to pick out one as a favourite.  I love Charles Dickens, for instance, because I was brought up on TV adaptations of his work,  but when you get into his books themselves they are wonderfully witty and insightful, which is something that the adaptations have never managed to capture.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Many of my friends, my first publisher, the publisher who read but rejected one of my books but then wrote a very encouraging and helpful analysis of it.  But I think that it is an author’s personal drive and ambition which counts most. 
 Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Not at my age – my books might be a legacy for my grandchildren.  But I see writing as a way to point out things that they may not have noticed to others
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yes yes yes!! But I know of some writers who have never published because they keep going back to change things. I’m 99% satisfied, and on to the next book now.     
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
You learn something new every time you do anything.  This last novel was the longest and most intricate I have written, and it brought home to me how valuable an editor can be in pointing out what you may not noticed yourself.
 Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I’m a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow, but she may be a bit too old now.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep at it!  Especially for a novel, it’s a lot of work and easy to give up.  I have about 10 false starts of novels still sitting in my computer.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Apart from ‘Buy my books’, I would just like to tell them to be open-minded about everything.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right at this moment, I’m reading an interesting non-fiction book about world history called ‘After Tamerlane’ by a British academic called John Darwin.  It’s a long and  difficult read, but the interesting thing is that he explores modern history (from 1400) not just from a UK, European or Western point of view, but from Musim and Asian viewpoints also.  It fulfils my need to see the world though more than my own eyes.  
 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, can anyone really?  I remember reading ‘Biggles’ books when I was young.
 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I don’t cry very much and laugh at almost anything.  I am very lucky.  
 Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
This is another ‘favorite’ question which is hard to answer. There are a lot of politicians I would like to meet just to ask them what they think they are doing.    
 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Writing.Family. I also still write computer programs.
 Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Above all, history documentaries on TV and spy films.  The ultimate joy is a TV documentary on cold war spies
 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?
No favorites, but I do like Opera.
 Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Read?? But I think I will always be writing something.
 Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
‘Reserved for an occupant who is not quite ready yet!’
 Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers? is my on-line magazine, and I have a Facebook page at

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Friday, February 9, 2018

New Author Alert

Upcoming Author Troy Michalski

Name: Troy Michalski(pen name T. F. Chowski)
Age: 23

When I started writing: I became a story writer last February, but I’ve written lyrics since I was a young child.

Why I chose to write fantasy/adventure: I grew up spending countless hours playing video games and watching Harry Potter movies so the day I chose to write a book it was an easy decision to choose the fantasy genre.

Fun fact: I was born with transposition of the great arteries, meaning my heart and veins were tangled backwards at birth, which caused me to have two open heart surgeries. Of which, I died on the table of the second surgery.

If you wish to contact or follow Troy:  

Title of book: Realms of Aura: Rise of the Infected


        Zaleon is a twenty-five-year-old prodigy next in line to join the council controlling the six realms. Each realm powered by a different magic called an aura. The six realms are a peaceful society with a dark tradition. Multiaurables, people that could utilize the auras of more than one realm, are hunted down in fear they have too much power to be allowed to live. Zaleon discovers he is a multiaurable in a secluded location but is quickly thrown into a life of lying and running in an attempt to hide his ability. On his journey, he meets three other multiaurables, Bjorn, Maya, and Juju.
While running from the fearsome Hunters' Heads, and their equally deadly comrades the Hunters, they are forced to travel in the Doomlands of the realms. Along their travels, they face the mighty Beasts of Ruin, eight powerful beasts that used to be the alpha-beings of the realms long ago.
As the biggest festival of the year approaches, a danger grows deep in the Doomlands of the Tundra of Trudendale. The Hunters fall under attack more and more often forcing them to expand their numbers, thus creating more threats to Zaleon and the other multiaurables. As some of the Beasts of Ruin begin displaying the abilities of some of the different auras' magic they pin the six realms against the wall forcing them to call upon the assistance of the four multiaurables to help them stop the rise of the infected beast and the man who seems to be controlling them.
Six realms

The six realms are each powered by a different aura although all six auras are present in each realm in various amounts. The realms are Cloud Temple(Teal aura), Tundra of Trudendale(Navy aura), Caverns of Crossfire(Scarlet aura), Hollows of Shadowsfall(Violet aura), Canals of Silohan(Emerald aura), and Shores of the Storms(Nyanza aura).

Side note: This is the first book in a three, possibly more, part series. The second is in the beginning stages of outlining. It has also undergone editing before the query process. This is his first novel

Friday, January 26, 2018

This weeks Book review

From Faith to Faith: A Daily Guide to Victory  -     By: Kenneth Copeland
I enjoy reading devotionals because they give you a reading plan and they usually have a table of contents where you can look for topics that you need or want to know about.

The Authors description: 
Enjoy a faith-filled message of encouragement every day of the year! Addressing the daily struggles you face---including weariness, irritation, children, finances, overeating, worry, and more---the Copelands show you that by applying the Word of God you can make changes for victory in every area of your life. Includes a Bible reading plan and topical index. 384 pages, softcover from Harrison House.
My thoughts:
Although this book has a devotional reading for each day of the month, this book has a topical index which has topics of inspiration, with the days you would find the topics in the devotional. In the beginning of the book there is a prayer of protection from Psalms 91. 
The daily devotions in the book are scripture based, interesting and they will lead you to a closer walk with God. I enjoy reading this book because it is faith base and it will build your faith in God. 
At the end of the book it gives another index with the months of the year, with every scripture referenced in the book. There is also a prayer for salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit which will help an individual to get a closer walk with God. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Author Bio

Priscilla McGee was born and raised in Salisbury N.C. She graduated from Salisbury High School in 1989. She has been writing poetry for 20 years and when she gave her life to the Lord her writing style changed. Priscilla McGee began writing about God and it eventually became poetic expressions.   Priscilla McGee would like to share these poetic expressions with the world. She has four beautiful children, Appollonia Rankin, Whitley Rankin, Shakela Litaker and Duane Thomas (Davontae Isaiah). Her father, James M. McGee and mother, Junnies McGee raised her in the church. She has been a follower and leader in the body of Christ since 1997. Priscilla McGee is a certified Childcare Teacher. Priscilla McGee has been a lover of poetry since High School and she has been writing these creative expressions since 2007. She was then inspired in 2008 to transform them into a book and God's Poetic Treasures was born. Priscilla has recently began writing children's literature and her first published work is Colors of the Sea. .It is a book for preschool aged children ages 1-3 and it will help your children to learn about sea life and the colors in the sea. She has recently written a second revised edition of God's Poetic Treasures Her published works are God's Poetic Treasures and Colors of the Sea.