About The Author

Katie Salidas is a USA Today bestselling author and RONE award winner known for her unique genre-blending style.

Since 2010 she's penned five bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, Chronicles of the Uprising, and the all-new Agents of A.S.S.E.T. series. As her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

In her spare time Katie also produces and hosts a YouTube talk show; Spilling Ink. She also has a regular column on First Comics News where she explores writing from a nerdy perspective.

Author Spotlight with Lisa Rusczyk

About Lisa:
Lisa Rusczyk is the author of The Blue Pen, Sam the Night Person, Full Moon in December and A Dream of the Past. She lives in North Alabama with her husband and six beloved cats.

K.S.  Hello and welcome to the blog. I am very excited to have you here. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself. 

I live in North Alabama with my husband and six cats. One of my cats is going to have kittens soon! I have a terrible cold right now and can’t seem to get healthy this year so far.

K.S.  Any interesting writing quirks or stories you would like to share with my readers?

With most of my books, I write half of them and put them away for a few years. Some I finish and some I don’t.

K.S.  When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What sparked the desire to pen your first novel?

When I was in my early twenties, I was very depressed. I started daydreaming and eventually decided to try to turn some daydreams into written stories. Writing got me out of that depression.

K.S.  What genre do you write?

I write urban fantasy, fantasy, science fiction, general fiction, and experimental literature.

K.S.  What would you say has inspired you most in your writing career? Or, who is your favorite author and why?

My favorite author is John Steinbeck. I love his books. His stories suck me in and I fall in love with his characters.

K.S.  What does your family think of your writing?

They are all supportive and happy for me.

K.S.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book?

When I first started writing, I’d get stuck thinking I couldn’t change what I wrote down. Once I got past realizing I had control of the story and could do whatever I wanted through editing, writing got much easier.

K.S.  What inspired you to write your novel?

I saw an ambulance pass and wondered if there were people in the world who follow ambulances to see where they are going. I wondered what kind of people would do that.

K.S.  Can you tell us a little about your novel?

Chasing the Dark is about Melanie, an aspiring artist, who starts chasing ambulances with a couple of friends. Unloved is a collection of shorts by seven authors about bullying and suicide.

K.S.  Where can we find your novel?

Both books are available at Amazon or passionatewriterpublishing.com

K.S.  Do you have a website, fan site, or Blog that we can visit?

I have a blog. I mainly write about my cats: http://lisarusczyk.blogspot.com/

I also run a Web zine for cat fiction, cat poetry and cat art: http://hazardcat.blogspot.com/

K.S.  Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers?

Keep writing and enjoy yourself. Make your characters go through the worst possible and come out the other side stronger.

About Chasing the Dark:
Melanie’s a budding artist always looking for the next high. She finds it one night when Sora and Josh take her on an ambulance-chasing ride. They watch a gruesome scene as the bodies are removed from the wreckage. Melanie doesn’t know why, but she is both attracted to this new pursuit and afraid of where it will take her.
The chasing brings Melanie closer to the mysterious Sora, his secret past, and the darker things that happen in the city at night. Along the way Melanie must face her own demons while escaping the drug dealing business.
Join Melanie and her friends Shara, Manny, Max, Sora and Josh as they confront and chase away their own personal demons.

About Unloved:
Bullying was once considered a harmless rite of passage. Some were either bullied in school or they were the bully. What was once considered an acceptable practice has now been drawn into the limelight by the national attention of highly publicized suicides due to bullying.
Bullying can take on different forms. Bullying is not just a physical act but can also be an emotional, written, or verbal act as well. Bullying can take place in the workplace, school, online, and even while we are traveling in our vehicles on the road. Bullying is a form of abuse that has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and civilized nations across the globe.
When bullying goes too far, the end result is sometimes suicide. Suicide should never become an option. One life lost to this senseless way, is one too many!

Seven authors (Jo Davis, HD Hatcher, Omegia Keeys, Autumn Prince, Lisa Rusczyk, KJ Thompson, and Vogue) have joined forces to send one message. That message is, “You are not Unloved!” Unloved is an anthology dedicated to those who have been the victim of bullying, or know someone who has been bullied.
All proceeds from Unloved will go to charities in support of Bully Prevention and/or Suicide Prevention.
Press Release:  http://www.prlog.org/11290644-chasing-the-dark-virtual-book-tour.html