My name is Trish Hubschman. I live on Long Island, New York with my husband, Kevin, and the new dog, Henry. I’m deafblind.
Do you work at another job? If so tell us about fitting in the writing/cover design/editing. No, I left my job on Disability in 2006. I was a typist for a New York State agency.
Do you have a family? What do they think of your job? Do they assist you? We don’t have children. My husband proofreads all my writing. He helped with the cover design of my last book, Ratings Game. He also helps me on the computer a lot.
Kevin and my mom are very proud of me and like my writing
Are you organised? In a way, I guess I am. I need to know where things are so I can find them again. That holds true with things on the computer too.
What time do you get up/go to bed? I’m an early bed, early to rise person. 8 pm or so at night, 6 am in the morning.
Do you find it hard to fit everything in? Definitely, there aren’t enough hours in the day.
What is your ideal working environment? I need quiet, no TV or music on. I wear headphones on the computer and I can’t stand distractions for many reasons. The ringing phone drives me nuts.
What do you eat for breakfast? Coffee first, then maybe scrambled eggs or cereal and a second cup of coffee.
Give us a brief rundown of your average day from getting up to going to bed. Coffee first, then I go into my computer room to flip on the PC and put on my shoes, eat breakfast, then the exercise bike for 20 minutes, shower, then check my email and Facebook, I might play with the dog a bit, let me him out, take a nap, but I always go back to my PC to work.
Would you recommend your chosen craft to those interested in doing it? I love to write. It gives me a feeling of wholeness. Yes, I would recommend it.
Find out more here:
About the Author
Trish Hubschman has published three books with America Star Books: a short story collection of time travel and romance stories called Through Time and the first two books in the Tracy Gayle/Danny Tide series: The Fire and Unlucky Break. Trish attended college at Long Island University’s Southampton campus, earning a BA degree in English with an emphasis in writing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and two dogs.
A Romantic Suspense Novel
Stiff Competition (Miss America): A Tracy Gayle Mystery
by Trish Hubschman
In e-book ($2.99) and print ($9.50) on Amazon and other bookselling sites.
227 pages in print.
Cover, free text sample, author bio, direct buying links, and more: https://www.dldbooks.com/hubschman/
About the Book
America’s favorite rock band, Tidalwave, is playing the Miss America pageant. Band leader Danny Tide is emceeing the event. All is going according to schedule. The judges have picked the 10 semi–finalists. Suddenly, everything comes to a halt. Miss New Jersey is missing. Nobody knows what happened to her or where she is. Danny calls his longtime PI friend, Tracy Gayle, and asks her to come down to Atlantic City to help figure things out. In need of her best friend for personal support and eager to get to another case, Tracy agrees. There’s an all–out search of the hotels on the boardwalk. They find Miss New Jersey, but it’s not good. Her kidnapping leads to another assault and murder. The big star and the lady PI work together on this one, so that the Miss America pageant can continue as usual.
Author name: Trish Hubschman
Please tell us a little about yourself. What makes you a unique author (or artist)? I live on Long Island, New York, US, with my husband, Kevin and dog Henry.
Please tell us about your publications/work. I write the Tracy Gayle mystery series, Stiff Competition (a Miss America mystery) and Ratings Game (Talk Show Queen). Tracy is a Long Island private detective. Her sidekick is a rock and roll musician. She was hired by Danny Tide to find out who set his band’s summer tour bus on fire. They became close friends that eventually developed into more.
What first prompted you to publish your work? I love these characters and this series. I created Danny Tide in 1998. Tracy came years later. They came together by accident. The chemistry between them was wonderful. One mystery/eventual romance led to the next. I had to share it with others. Right now I’m working on the prequel to the series
As a disabled author how do you overcome the extra challenges involved with producing your work? Let me start out by saying I’m deafblind. I’m not a tech genius. I do what I can do on the computer and I’m learning little by little. I can’t do promotional things like podcasts and book signings are very difficult. I love to write and I want people to read my work but I don’t like being that heavily in the spotlight because of my disabilities. I use a screen-reader and magnification. I do everything by email, talk to people, interviews, handle publishing, etc.
What have you found the most challenging part of the process? Do you think the publishing world is disability-friendly? I don’t disclose my disabilities in my author bio. I’m not ashamed of who I am, but I want to be counted on my merit , not my disabilities. I have a wonderful publisher, DLD Books in Denver. They work with disabled authors. They do everything, edit, formatting, cover, They put the book on all the sites, etc. The most challenging part of writing for me is the synopsis.
What’s your greatest networking tip? I’m on facebook. I have a timeline and a special page for my books where I showcase my writings, short stories and essays. I still have a lot to learn about Facebook, blogging, websites, technology, but I’m doing my best.
How much research do you do for your work? What’s the wildest subject you’ve looked at? The world of music, rock and roll is a lot of fun, but it’s also hard work. I know musicians, so I can ask questions, and my husband is a music encyclopedia.
What’s the best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing? Just do it and don’t give up. A lot of the roads along the way are rocky. Don’t let them stop you.
Which authors have influenced you the most? I love reading mystery/romance. My favorite author is Lisa Gardner. I love her Boston cop series. I’m into women cops and detectives and macho man FBI agents
What is your writing space like? I’ve got a 27-inch computer monitor, a nice clean raised button keyboard, headphones attached to a stereo box and a bottle of water on my desk.
Tell us about your latest piece: Ratings Game, it’s about my hero, Danny Tide’s, second wife. Blair Nelson is a popular New York talk show hostess. She ingests a drug overdose but survives. Somebody is trying to kill her. Why would anyone want to kill the Queen of daytime TV? Tracy will assist the police again in finding out who.
What’s your next writing adventure? I’m working on the prequel to the series, Tidalwave (That’s Danny’s band’s name). It’s how Danny and Tracy met and the first mystery they’re involved with together
Are indie/self-published authors viewed with scepticism or wariness by readers? Why is this? I think the traditional publishing world feels that self-publishing is somehow second-rate. As they see it, we’re not putting forth legitimate stuff. DLD does not allow typos in their work. My book covers are so incredible.
What is your greatest success? Holding the two books I published side by side and knowing that they’re top of the line.
How important is writing to you? Writing is all I do, creating stories. It’s my life.
RATINGS GAME (TALK SHOW QUEEN)
by Trish Hubschman ((c) 2019)
In print ($9.50) and e-book ($2.99) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.
The e-book is text-to-speech enabled.
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Trish Hubschman has three previous Tracy Gayle mysteries in print: The Fire, Unlucky Break, and Stiff Competition (Miss America).
Synopsis of Ratings Game:
The Danny Tide story continues.
Somebody’s trying to kill the rock star’s second wife, talk–show hostess Blair Nelson. Danny and Tracy, now a couple expecting a baby, get pulled into it because Danny finally agrees to do an interview with his ex–wife. She’s been bugging him for a while.
That evening, after a draining day at Blair’s studio, when Danny and Tracy are home in bed, Danny’s phone goes off. It’s his and Blair’s daughter, Liz, announcing that she found her mother unconscious on her bathroom floor. Blair ingested a drug overdose.
Who would want to eliminate the talk show queen, and why? Could the perpetrator be Blair’s housekeeper? Her personal assistant? The owner of the television station? The show’s producer? Even Danny and Liz are on the suspect list.
Everyone had opportunity, but no one has a motive. They’re all devoted to Blair. They need Blair to wake up and give them some answers.
Editing, cover design, print layout, and e-book conversion are by DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services, www.dldbooks.com. Cover photo is by Joshua Hanson on Unsplash
Eclectica A Short Story Bundle
On Preorder – available from 13th April 2019.
From fantasy to space adventure, pirates, mystery, horror, historical fiction, romance and coming of age you’ll find short, snappy reads herein. There is something for everyone in this lucky dip.
19 short stories and collections from multiple authors.
Blown – Diana Deverell
Socks and Pins and Aliens – Thea Hutcheson
Tales of Blood and Ink – Kate MacLeod
Tales of Tomorrow – Debbie Mumford
Shaken, Not Stirred: A Dawna Shepherd Short Story – Diana Deverell
City Shadows – Chuck Heintzelman
Outside the Walls – A.L. Butcher and Diana L. Wicker
Tales of an Altered Past Powered by Romance, Horror, and Steam – Donald J. Bingle
Dear Brother – Felicia Fredlund
The Cache and Other Stories – Sherry D Ramsey
Sword Oath – Jackie Keswick
The Hooded Man – Barbara G. Tarn
S F & H – Harvey Stanbrough
Resonant Bronze – J.M. Ney-Grimm
Hitomi’s Path – M.L. Buchman
Children – Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Jhyoti Planetside – Marcelle Dube
Petra and the Blue Goo – Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Tears and Crimson Velvet – A. L. Butcher
Author name: Linda Maye Adams
*Please tell us about your publications, specifically the story in this bundle:
My story is “Dark, From the Sea.” It was part of a Writing in Public feature I ran on my blog—I wrote a scene each day and posted it until the story was finished. It was partially inspired by Japanese pearl divers, and also by some research I did on lighthouses.
I’m also the writer of the GALCOM Universe series, which is about a woman who leaves Earth for the first time because the military pays her to deal with alien ghosts. There are three books in the series, and a fourth coming that’s got a lot of action. I get to blow things up!
What other bundles are you involved with?
I was in the 2018 Military Science Story Bundle curated by Kevin J. Anderson with the first book in my GALCOM series, Crying Planet. My short story “Watcher” Ghost is in the BundleRabbit Short Flights (of the Imagination), and my Desert Storm memoir, Soldier, Storyteller was in the Remembering Warriors BundleRabbit.
Are you a ‘pantser’ or a ‘plotter’?
I’m a pantser, though I don’t particularly like the term. I just don’t plan anything out for my stories. I don’t even know how it ends until I get there. It’s sort of like taking a road trip without a planned destination. You hop on the road and follow it. There’s this sign…looks interesting. You pull in and it isn’t quite what you thought, so you pull out of the rabbit hole until you find something else—and that one you spend a lot of time following. It’s a lot of fun writing like this because it makes the story unpredictable.
What piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you started your publishing journey?
That description is not a bad thing. That gets mispresented a lot in writing books and shows up on top ten lists for “don’t do a lot,” instead of learning how to do it.
How much research do you do for your work? What’s the wildest subject you’ve looked at?
I start with subjects I’m already familiar with, so I don’t have as much research to do. My GALCOM series came out of my military experience. I’m also working on a mystery in 1940s Hollywood. I grew up in Los Angeles in the 1970s and devoured everything on Hollywood I could find. So the majority of my research tends to be on the spot—how cold is it in space (over 450 below zero)? What is it like in zero-g? What causes an aurora?
What’s the best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing?
It’s to have fun (which is from Dean Wesley Smith). Writers can get so focused on getting published that they forget that writing has to be fun.
What’s the worst piece best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing?
That you must outline. I started out writing when I was eight, and it was natural to me to put pen to paper and simply write. Everyone around me thought I was doing it wrong because I wasn’t outlining. There’s such a lot of pressure on pantsers—everyone looks at how we write and they don’t understand how it can be done like that. It scares everyone, and they try to convert the pantsers over to outlining. I always cringe when I see “I’m a reformed pantser,” because it makes me wonder if that person is still writing.
Tell us about your latest piece?
I just finished Last Stand, the fourth book in my GALCOM Universe series. Colonel Graul catches a contagious flu and ends up in quarantine on a space station. Then disaster happens and the space station is attacked! So it’s a lot of action, and I blow up spaceships. The aliens look like creepy bugs I saw when I was growing up, potato bugs. Fitting that they are aliens. We never thought they looked real.
What’s your next writing adventure?
Non-fiction: Writers Toolkit: Research on the Go For the Fiction Writer. This book blends my experience as a travel administrator and how to research when you travel.
Golden Lies: The first book in my Al Travers Mystery series. He’s a private eye in 1947 Hollywood, at the point where the studio system was about to collapse. He’s also a veteran of World War II, and his secretary was a nurse over there. So they both have the effects of the war as they try to find a missing actress.
With the influx of indie authors do you think this is the future of storytelling?
It has to be. Traditional publishing is going to run out of writers. When they gutted the mid-list writers, they cut off the water supply. Those writers could be developing the skills to become best sellers in the future, and they’re either indie or no longer writing. That only leaves the current best sellers. One day, those writers going to start dying off. There’s a lot of disruption, and traditional publishing is pretending like it’s 1980 and everyone will go back to the way it was. By the time they come around, it’s going to be too late.
Are indie/self-published authors viewed with scepticism or wariness by readers? Why is this?
While I still hear from a few people who think of the old days when you self-published a book because you couldn’t get published, I think most readers just want good books to read. They don’t care where it comes from.
Is there a message in your books?
I don’t do message stories. As a reader, I don’t want to be lectured to. If I smell it from the description, I won’t even buy it. I’m all about escapist fiction…grab the popcorn and sit down for a good read.
Linda Maye Adams was probably the least likely person to be in the Army—even the Army thought so! She was an enlisted soldier and served for twelve years and was one of the women who deployed to Desert Storm. But she’d much prefer her adventures to be in books. She is the author of the military-based GALCOM Universe series, including the novel Crying Planet, featured in the 2018 Military Science Fiction StoryBundle.
Connect with Linda Online:
Linda’s fiction site: https://lindamayeadams.com/
Dark, From the Sea features in Here Be Merfolk
Part of the Here Be Bundle Series
Title: Second Sight
Author: Debbie Mumford
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Main character description (short): When Zach Douglass’ best friend dies in his arms from a psychic trauma, he finds himself devastated and beyond his abilities. He must enlist help to solve the murder.
Jenny Murdoch repressed her potent psychic talent for years, believing the tiger that stalks her mind killed her parents. Unwilling to trust that tiger, she must face her own ability and accept her past.
Zach Douglass, a psychic with minimal ability, must work with powerful but untrained Jenny Murdoch to gain control of her vast powers and discover who committed two brutal murders, one of whom was his lifelong friend. And maybe along the way Zach and Jenny can find each other.
Brief Excerpt 250 words:
Death has a unique stench, unpleasant and distinctive. The moment the elevator doors slid open, a whiff of the sickly-sweet, slightly rusty tang alerted Zach Douglass he’d arrived at the correct floor of the posh downtown Portland hotel. He strode down the thickly carpeted hall, followed closely by his partner. They rounded the corner into the hotel’s east wing and the heavier reek of feces assaulted his nostrils. He grimaced, erected a mental barrier against the offensive odor and paced off the final steps to the open door of the room.
The uniform stationed in the hall stood with legs braced and thumbs hooked under his gun belt. His stance bespoke authority, but the green cast to his skin and beads of perspiration on his upper lip screamed unease. He glanced warily at Zach, dilated pupils darkening his eyes. Zach tightened his mental shield, nodded to the man, flashed his security clearance and slipped under the bright yellow crime scene tape.
The spacious room hid its secrets behind a swarm of investigators performing their meticulous duties. A quiet buzz of voices whispered into individual recording devices, providing a white-noise barrier to the outside world. Zach elbowed his way in, clearing a path for his petite partner. Moving with hive-like choreography, the crowd shifted to reveal a man’s naked body in all its grim degradation.
Why should readers buy this book? It’s a riveting paranormal romance, laced with murder.
Available for pre-order now:
Barnes & Noble: Barnes and Noble
Coming soon in print!
Debbie’s Website: http://debbiemumford.com/
Title: Don’t Look Back (Book Two in the Land’s End Series)
Author: S.W. Frontz
Genre: mystery, romantic suspense
Main character description (short). Kellyn Grindstaff, forty six years old, college professor and former sex crimes cop
Synopsis: Last autumn Sheriff Andy Patrick rescued his wife, Samantha, after being kidnapped by Matt Ruiz. Since then, Samantha has retreated into a protective shell. She won’t leave her home, and worse, she has pushed away the people that love her the most.
Her daughter, Delaney, decides to enlist the help of family friend, Kellyn Grindstaff. As a former sex crimes cop, therapist, and now professor of psychology, Kellyn has had plenty of experience helping victims of sexual crimes. Kellyn comes to Land’s End, unknowingly bringing her own troubles with her. By saving Samantha, will Kellyn be able to save herself?
Brief Excerpt 250 words: prologue
Coral Gables, Florida
Christmas Eve, 1995
Kellyn Garcia snapped the lid shut on her husband Danny’s lunch box. She had just finished packing it full of Christmas goodies, along with a couple of sandwiches made from the meat of the roast pig that had finished cooking earlier in the day. Usually the traditional Cuban way was to roast a whole pig outdoors on the day before Christmas Eve. Kellyn was eight and a half months pregnant and Danny was working the third watch, which meant he went to work at four p.m. and didn’t get off until midnight which made it difficult for them to be able to roast the pig outside. Kellyn had decided to put one in the oven late the night before.
Danny came into to the kitchen buttoning up his uniform shirt. He was a patrolman for the Coral Gables Police Department. The two of them had met about three years ago at the police academy. They both started as patrol but where Danny was content to stay in uniform, Kellyn was ambitious and wanted to become a detective. A spot had opened up in the sex crimes unit and she had applied. It wasn’t the sort of position that many people wanted because of the type of cases that were investigated so Kellyn got the job.
Danny and Kellyn had gotten married two years ago, and Kellyn became pregnant in the spring of this year. She had worked up until her seventh month and the doctor told her to go home and take it easy.
Danny walked up to her and put his arms around her. Kellyn stared up into his dark brown eyes framed by outrageously long eyelashes. His hair was almost black and he kept it cut short.
He stroked her blond hair away from her face and said, “I guess it’s time for me to leave for work. I hate to leave you here alone with your due date so close.”
“I’ll be fine,” Kellyn replied. “Don’t worry about me; You take care of yourself and come home to us. Just think, this time next year we’ll celebrate Christmas with our baby.”
“I know,” Danny said. “I can’t wait.” He kissed her cheek and said, “I gotta go.”
Kellyn picked up his lunch box and gave it to him. “I put in a couple of roast pig sandwiches.”
He smiled and made a big smacking noise as he kissed her cheek again. “Babe, you’re the best. I can’t wait until lunch time.”
She walked him to the front door and watched as he pulled out of the driveway. She went back to the kitchen to clean up her mess.
Danny called her on his supper break to thank her for the sandwiches and tell her how delicious they were. He told her he loved her and would see her about 12:30 a.m.
Kellyn was dozing on the couch in front of the Christmas tree when a sharp rapping noise woke her up. Disoriented, she stumbled to the front door and looked out of the peep hole. There stood Danny’s partner, Kevin, looking at the ground.
Title: When the Morning Comes (Book One in the Land’s End Series)
Author: S.W. Frontz
Genre: mystery, romantic suspense
Main character description (short). Samantha Patrick-mid-fifties-wife, mother, grandmother. She is a survivor, having lived through her mother’s savage murder, and being kidnapped and raped as a teenager.
Synopsis: Samantha and her husband, Sheriff Andy Patrick live on the quaint island of Land’s End. They moved here thirty-seven years ago to start a new life after Samantha’s father committed a horrible crime that got Samantha’s mother murdered and Samantha kidnapped and raped. Samantha had kept a secret all these years but when her past comes back to haunt her, there’s no way to keep her secret without putting her family in danger.
Brief Excerpt: Samantha Patrick’s eyes popped open and she sat up abruptly in bed, breathing like a locomotive. She looked around the room, disoriented, not sure if she were still in the old warehouse or in her room. She sat there for a minute. She put her hand out to her right, patting the bed to see if her husband Andy was there. Touching the softness of his white hair, she sighed in relief. It was only the nightmare. Thankful that she was safe in her own bed she glanced at the clock. The red numbers glowed at her. One fifteen a.m. Sighing, she reached behind her to plump the pillows and she settled back down under the covers. No more sleep for her. She had gotten another letter this morning. It said: “I’m watching you.” She didn’t want to disturb Andy so she turned onto her left side to wait for the morning to come.
Why should readers buy this book? It has something for everyone, mystery, crime, romance, and a pretty decent ending with the promise of more to come.