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Interview with Author Ryan Dalton

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

               

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 Today we have an interview with Ryan Dalton, author of Year of Lightning. Check him out, then make sure to join the giveaway below!

 

When did you first decide you wanted to write?

I’ve loved books and writing since the day I could read, but the determination to write came around when I was ten years old. A family friend published a sci-fi novel and I was totally blown away that we knew someone who’d actually written a book. As a younger kid I’d written little “books” in my school notepads. Until my friend, though, I’d never considered the fact that real people wrote the books I saw on bookstore shelves. When I realized that, it didn’t take long to realize that I wanted to be one of them. So I started writing poetry and short stories more frequently, and from that point on I never stopped wanting to write.

 

What is your favorite genre to read and/or write?

I have favorite books in every genre, but my heart belongs first to sci-fi and fantasy. We experience enough of normal life during our average day, so I love literature that transports me elsewhere. Whether it’s a place that’s dangerous and exotic, or that’s just a little bit off-center of our own universe, I love the adventure of discovering those differences. I like meeting people who can do extraordinary things, whether by inborn ability or uncommon effort. That’s what gets my adrenaline flowing.

 

Do you have a favorite author?

It’s impossible to pin down one all-time favorite, but here are a few that top my list:

Alexandre Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo is my all-time favorite book

Isaac Asimov – especially the Foundation series

Nick Harkaway – I think The Gone-Away World will end up being considered one of the great books of our generation

Madeleine L’Engle – I credit her A Wrinkle in Time series with sparking my love for sci-fi books. It’s the first series of its kind that I can remember reading and loving as a kid.

Brandon Sanderson – His work strikes a wonderful balance between compelling characters and drama, heart-pounding action/adventure, and thoughtful and clever world-building. His story twists also manage to surprise me on a regular basis, which is so much fun. I especially love his Mistborn series, and he was able to complete The Wheel of Time masterfully.

 

What was it like writing The Year of Lightning?

I had an absolute blast writing this book, and I’m having an equally great time writing Book 2 of the trilogy. The Year of Lightning took me about two years to write. The idea started with a picture that popped into my head – an old abandoned house with no doors, only windows, and while teenage twins are walking by they see a face in the window. I loved the creepy feeling I got from that picture, so I started asking myself questions about it. Who was in the house and how did they get there? What were they doing? What else was happening? So massive lightning storms began breaking out all over town, and as the twins saw more of the person inside the house with no doors, the lightning storms also got worse. Since the twins were the only ones who realized what was happening, they took it upon themselves to investigate. I loved the combination of sci-fi and mystery, and I think the finished product is really fun.

 

Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet?

I mainly write sci-fi, but it’s such a malleable genre and I want very much to explore its boundaries. I’m always jotting down new story ideas and many of them have a sci-fi element, but I wouldn’t necessarily classify them as solely sci-fi. Some are dramas with sci-fi, some are romances with sci-fi, others mysteries and still others fantasy. The Year of Lightning is very much a mystery, and elements of that mystery incorporate sci-fi ideas. I think it’s fun to test the limits of what “sci-fi” can actually mean and how it can blend with other genres.

 

What is one silly fact about you?

I sing. Mostly alone, but occasionally I can be convinced to do it in front of people. I took classical stage training for three years, so I totally love music and performing.

 

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

The most fun character to write in The Year of Lightning has been a guy named Fred Marshall. He’s a secondary character that starts out in a fairly ridiculous way. He’s over the top and boisterous and goofy without meaning to be, but as the story goes on we see his layers. There’s more to him than there appears to be at first, and it was super fun to write a character that has both comic relief and hidden depths.

 

Is your writing influenced by people in your life?

Most writers are sponges. We absorb our surroundings, whether people or events, and they all go into a big creative masher machine in our brains. You never know when or how something may contribute to the writing, so it pays to be aware and sometimes even stop to jot down random notes. I do this often enough that my family and friends no longer question it. They know what I’m doing and why.

 

Anything you want to say to the readers of my blog?

My YA sci-fi mystery novel, The Year of Lightning will be released on December 8, 2015. Here’s a brief plot description:

 

When 15-year-old twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert moved to a new town, they never imagined that the old house across the street could bring them so much trouble. Inside the old house, a secret machine with the power to pierce time has reawakened. Meanwhile, lightning storms are breaking out all over town. They’re getting worse every week, and seem to enjoy striking kids who just want to pass science class and mind their own business. When Malcolm and Valentine discover a connection between the house and the storms, their situation goes from mysterious to crazy-stupid dangerous. Someone is controlling the great machine, and their purpose is nearly complete. In a race against time, the twins must uncover the chilling plan, the mastermind behind it, and the force that’s driving the deadly storms. They’ll hunt a powerful enemy that threatens their town’s existence, and the only clues are written in the sky.

 

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Interview with Author Kurt Chambers

Friday, June 12th, 2015

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Joining us today on our countdown to the Poems, Lyrics, Psalmos Book Launch Event is Author Kurt Chambers. He graciously agreed to talk about his book Truth Teller  which is available right now for free. Make certain to check out the interview, then head to the event and join in the giveaway below!

 

 

When did you first decide you wanted to write?

 

I have to confess, I’m not one of these authors who wanted to write the moment they were old enough to pick up a crayon. I was in my late thirties when I decided I wanted to write children’s novels. I worked as a volunteer at the time, helping to run a Brownie pack as a member of Girl Guiding UK. Anyone who works with children will know what an inspiration they are.

 

What is your favorite genre to read and/or write?

 

I’m a big fantasy fan. I started reading high fantasy novels at about the age of twelve and became hooked straight away. But I wasn’t that great at reading and sometimes struggled with some of the hard core fantasy novels. When I started writing my first fantasy series, I wrote it in a way I would have wanted to read it when I was a child.

 

Do you have a favorite author?

 

Yes, Terry Brooks is my all-time favourite author. I have read most of what he has written. I admire him as an author. He is just so great at what he does. The Sword of Shannara series was an inspiration for me to write fantasy.

 

What was it like writing Truth Teller?

 

That is a good question! Truth Teller was the first novel I wrote, and I was amazed at what a roller coaster journey it is to write a novel. Well, it was for me, anyway. You put so much of yourself into a novel. It affects your every emotion. Before I ever wrote a novel, I assumed you just write a story, but there is so much more involved than that. You become close with the characters you’ve created, experience all their experiences, the good and the bad. They become part of your real life. To you as an author, they have to be real or you could never convince a reader they are.

 

Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet?

 

I have considered a few times about writing an adult horror story. I like to think I am a descriptive writer and think I could do this very well. At the moment, I only write children’s stories because I love the inner child in me. I love the innocence of children, their most endearing quality. I love showing this side of myself as an author. But if I wrote horror, I would have to show my messed up dark side to a reader. I think I will stick to writing middle grade. It’s way more fun. There is enough horrible stuff in the world without me adding to it.

 

What is one silly fact about you?

 

I am a massive Sponge Bob Square Pants fan! I love the childish sense of humour. My wife thinks that’s pretty silly. How can you not love Sponge Bob? He’s the funniest sponge ever! I was on holiday once visiting a Sea Life centre with my kids. There was a man who had some star fish in a bucket. He invited me and my daughter to touch it while he told us star fish facts. He explained that star fish don’t have brains. I replied, “Is that why Patrick on Sponge Bob Square Pants is so stupid?” He thought for a moment and said, “I guess so. I never really thought about it.” My wife just rolled her eyes and walked away.

 

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

 

I absolutely love my two main characters in Truth Teller, Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. But I have a special fondness for one of my rogue characters, Blaine, a dwarf Entertainer. He only makes a short appearance in book one, but he has a much bigger part in the second book, The Wrath of Siren. He just makes me laugh. I would have to pick him.

 

Is your writing influenced by people in your life?

 

Yes, I think this is the case for all authors, even if not directly. One of my characters is a real person. The rest are made up fictional characters, but I am sure they all have traits from real life people you meet in the real world. People are a big influence in everybody’s life.

 

Anything you want to say to the readers of my blog?

 

I would just like to say thank you for taking the time to visit and read this interview. The first book I have been talking about, Truth Teller, is free to download on any reading device. Even if you are not a big fantasy fan, I’m sure you would love this heart-warming all action story. Despite being a children’s novel, it has been enjoyed by all age groups from eight to eighty. Who knows, I might even convert you to a fantasy fan.

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Interview with Author Joseph Eastwood

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

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We’re still celebrating the book launch for Poems, Lyrics, Psalmos and the countdown to the giveaway – make sure to check out the event and the giveaway below!

Today, joining us in the countdown is Author Joseph Eastwood ^.^ He graciously agreed to be interviewed for the blog – check it out below ^.^

 

 

How long have you been writing?

Forever. I guess my earliest memory was around 7 or 8 when I used to buy these 55p jotters (notepads, but I remember them being these thick square yellow pads of paper called “jotter” and I used to save up for them). In these I would write and draw small comics, some were similar to the Captain Underpants page flickers.

 

What made you decide to become a writer?

It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, I can’t say there was a definite defining moment when I wanted to, I just have.

 

What’s your next project?

Well, my current project is Dead Girls, it’s a thriller, my debut thriller as I’ve usually always written fantasy and young adult, so I’m nervous and excited.

 

What was it like writing Night Falls?

Well, Night Falls is a fantasy of mine, it’s the first in the Night Falls series. It’s something that I wrote, and then rewrote, and it was really cathartic in some ways because it was first person.

 

Name 5 favorite movies. Why?

Immediately, I think of ‘Covenant’ I watched it when I was about 14 and I loved it. It had fantasy, a storyline, and it was everything to me. I even bought the DVD, and I never buy DVDs. Pitch Perfect, because music. All of the Harry Potter films; and books, for some very obvious I heart fantasy reasons! American Hustle, it has Jennifer Lawrence in, and it’s a good film. The Departed, I think that’s what it’s called, there’s just something about plot twist films that I love.

 

What’s your favorite love story? (movie or book)

My love for writing – it’s a true story, based on fiction. Ha!

 

What’s your favorite line from any movie?

“Thank god for me” from American Hustle, it was spoken by Jennifer Lawrence.

 

If we Googled your name what would we see?

Maybe a whole lot of selfies.

 

You were just given a yacht. What would you name it?

Kali; something I love about the name. Although I hear it’s the name of a goddess and means “dark female” so maybe not the best name for a yacht.

 

If you could have been told one thing that you weren’t told when you were a teenager, what would you like to have heard?

Your real parents are multi-millionaires. Ha!

 

You’ve just been hired to a promotions position at Kellog Co. What would you put in a new breakfast cereal box as a gimmick?

A selfie. Who doesn’t want a selfie?

 

If you were attending a Halloween party, what would your costume be and why?

Cat! I love cats. But then also maybe something to do with blood.

 

Are you a morning or night person?

I can be both, but I like the night, but then I also like to sleep and wake up early.

 

If I wasn’t afraid I would _________ (What?)

Go to the gym!

 

Someday, I want to _________ (What?)

Be an underwear model, I mean, who doesn’t want to be an underwear model.

 

If you could be a pair of jeans what style would you be?  Why?

They’d be those tight jeans that you have to squeeze yourself into because you love them so much.

 

You have multiple personalities, describe some of them.

My multiple personalities are actually my characters; there’s Brandon, he’s the ‘I want answers’ and ‘this family is crazy, let me leave’ guy. There’s Grayson, ‘overachiever’ and ‘I promise I won’t let you down, give me one more shot, I will do everything’. Wren, he’s quiet, he’s thoughtful, he can be quite emotional at times, but he’s most powerful when he’s thinking. Daniel, is definitely the immature side, he’s somewhat drunk with power.

 

What is the best thing you have done in your life?

Being born. No, uhm, publishing, and taking that plunge to publish.

 

What are your favorite hobbies?

Swiping on Tinder. Anything that involves my iPad really. HA! I get addicted to games online A LOT.

 

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Or, love at first swipe wink

 

Does Prince Charming exist?

In fairytales.

 

List five adjectives to describe yourself.

I’m very ambitious, I believe I’m funny, friendly, and for the most part I’m happy, but of all, I’m humble.

 

What are your pet peeves or interesting things about you that you dislike?

People who chew with their mouth open. YUCK.

 

Name one of your favorite things about someone in your family.

They’re related to me. Ha!

 

Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.

I can lipsync the house DOWN.

 

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?

A mix. I like rom-com, fantasy, it would be a new breed.

 

If I could be anybody besides myself, I would be…

I can’t choose. Probably Colton Haynes, or Dylan O’Brien, trying to think my age bracket and hot.

 

Would you eat vegetables on a veggie table?

Nope. Can’t remember when I last ate veg.

 

Have you ever had the feeling you were being watched?

All the time. I hate that my computer has a webcam, it makes me feel very paranoid.

 

Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter?

Please share why. ALL OF THE ABOVE. Birthday – summer, no hayfer in fall, winter is Christmas, and spring has Easter.

 

What’s your favorite material object that you already own?

Phone, and my iPad.

 

What item, that you don’t have already, would you most like to own?

Mac. And a check for a million dollars.

 

If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be? (Example: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow, we all die.)

Be happy with who you are, because nobody else is going to be happy for you.

 

What would you do if you were the last person on this earth?

Walk around the house naked.

 

If you could live anywhere on this planet, and take everything that you love with you, where would you choose to live?

Tell the group about your choice. Tropical beach where it’s always warm.

 

If you were a genie, what wish would you absolutely not grant?

The wish for more wishes.

 

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Interview with Editor Lynn Worton

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

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As a writer, it’s very important to interact with writing groups to network and build relationships. The writers you meet in these groups will become your cheerleaders, your critics, and your support.

One group that I enjoy participating in is Wanda’s Amazing Amazon Reviewers. I was lucky enough to meet an editor there named Lynn Worton, and she graciously agreed to an interview. Check it out below and make sure to participate in the giveaway at the bottom!

 

What made you decide to become an editor?

 

I have always had a passion for reading from being a young girl. As I grew older, I decided I would love to be a proofreader, but never followed my dream until recently.

 

Do you like to write? Or do you prefer the editing process?

 

I don’t write books or articles, but I do write reviews, which is how I finally decided to follow my dream of being a proofreader and editor. I enjoy the editing process a lot. I find it quite challenging at times, but it is also very rewarding.

 

In your view, what is the role of an editor? 

 

The role of an editor is to support an author by assisting with not only proofreading and correcting spelling errors and punctuation, but offering constructive criticism or suggestions with regards to storyline, content, character development and pacing to enable the book to be published to a high standard.

 

What kinds of editing (or what part of editing) do you most (and least) enjoy? Why?

 

I mostly do copy editing. I make suggestions and comments to the author about the sentences and scenes within the story. I look at the whole book and will change content slightly if I feel the story is being either bogged down with too much description, or there is not enough. This also affects the flow, so I have to make sure the pacing fits with what’s happening within the story. I really enjoy doing this because I can see where the author wants the story to go, but sometimes they struggle to see wood for the trees. Having an objective eye helps.

The least enjoyable part of editing is how time consuming it is. Editing is not an easy thing to do and cannot be rushed. It takes hours upon hours to edit a book.

 

When someone gives you something to edit, what do you do?

 

Once I receive a manuscript, I usually just jump right in. Other editors do a read through before they begin to edit. I tried that but, I couldn’t help myself and started making corrections straight away. I take it a sentence at a time and, if it doesn’t sound right or the punctuation or spelling is wrong, I correct it there and then.

 

What kind of education is required to edit work successfully?

 

There is no special education needed, apart from a firm grasp of whichever language you are working in, whether it is English, German, French or Swahili; good spelling and grammar are also required. But, it helps if you are an avid reader and enjoy different genres. This, I think, gives an editor a better understanding of how a story should flow depending on the subject matter. I found it is mostly passion for the written word which is the driving force behind most editors, myself included. I decided to do a professional proofreading and editing course, which offered me a diploma at the end of it. This piece of paper will hopefully open a few more doors which would have remained closed to me otherwise.

 

What is the difference between proofreading, copy editing, and the substantive part of editing (such as revising for purpose, audience, organization, clarity, or accuracy of ideas)?

 

Good question! I’m still working that out for myself but, I will try to answer to the best of my ability. The difference between proofreading, copy editing and substantive is:

Proofreading is basically a comprehensive sweep for errors, including formatting problems, spelling, grammar and inconsistencies.

Copy editing includes proofreading, but also involves making suggestions and comments and asking questions to ensure clarity and consistency (e.g. definitions, structure and organisation, argument), and making editorial changes that will improve the overall quality of the work.

The substantive part of editing such as revision for purpose or fact checking is more complex and involves searching through the internet or reference books to make sure the author will not include false or libelous statements within their work. This is not something I have had to do yet, nor do I offer this service at the moment. I am still a relative newcomer to the editing world, but I may offer this service once I feel more competent in doing so.

 

What are some conflicts or difficulties you experience as an editor?

 

As I have previously stated. I am a relative newcomer and haven’t edited more than a handful of books. So I have yet to find myself in conflict with an author but, I am sure that if a problem did occur in the future, I would be able to work through the issue in a professional manner.

The only difficulty I have experienced has been to find the time to edit! 

 

What would the ideal editing job be for you?

 

The ideal editing job for me would be a book that presents me with a challenge, but where I find myself totally engaged with the characters and the scenes involved. If I can picture the characters and scenarios clearly, as well as feel the emotions as I edit, then I know that the book is good and worth publishing.

At one extreme, editors can fight for every comma; at the other extreme, they can cave in at the least resistance from a writer. Which way do you tend? How do you determine when to stand up for an editorial change that someone challenges?

 

This is another good question! I don’t really know the answer but, I suppose I am one of those who will fight for every comma. I think proper placement is important. I haven’t had to stand up to a challenge yet but, if I had to, I suppose it would depend on the author’s intent and my interpretation of the sentence. If the author feels that his or her intent has been compromised, then I would consider backing down; it is their story after all. But, I would make my opinion known; diplomatically of course.

What does a typical day for you look like?

 

I was working full time, but since leaving my job to follow my dream of becoming an editor and proofreader, I now work as a part-time temp, two days a week. But recently, I have been working a four day week as I have no editing jobs on at the moment. So when I am editing, I have to take that into consideration. If I have a book to edit and, depending on whether household chores need doing, a typical day starts off as any other. I get up, have breakfast, get washed and changed. I do any household chores needed and then I set up my laptop, either on the kitchen table or on my lap on the settee (couch), and open the file for editing. I generally sit in front of the computer for up to six hours (apart from the few toilet breaks and tea/coffee/water trips and lunch). If I feel like doing more editing, I will then go back to the computer and do some more. However, that is maybe only for another hour or two. I will then stop editing and pick up the latest book I am reading. I write reviews too; I think I may have mentioned this above somewhere. Sometimes I listen to an audio book rather than read after doing edits; this is so I can rest my eyes. I then prepare and cook dinner. After dinner, I’m back on the computer, but this time I’m checking my e-mails, writing reviews and/or preparing blog tours and promotional advertisements on the different social networking sites I frequent. My day ends around Midnight (UK time, as that’s where I live) and I then go to bed so I can be ready to start the next day’s round of editing.

 

Tell us something no one would ever guess about you.

 

I’m generally an open book, so there is not much people would ever guess about me. I am struggling to come up with something! But here’s one:

 

I used to love crewing on sail boats when I was younger. My dad had a one man dinghy he used to race on the local lake (which also happened to be our water supply for the city) where we used to live in Zimbabwe. I used to crew for one of his friends on his two man dinghy. Unfortunately, he became ill (he wasn’t a young man, he was in his sixties, but he had been sailing for quite a long time before my dad joined the sailing club) and had to stop sailing, so my crewing days were over as there was no one else with a two man dinghy at the lake. I haven’t set foot on a dinghy now for over 30 years. If I did now, I’m sure I would find it extremely uncomfortable. I’m not as flexible as I once was for a start. But, I have fond memories of the experience.

 

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Interview with Author Christoph Fischer

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

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We’re on the last legs to Poems, Lyrics and Psalmos: Wooing Muse Book launch event with only 8 more days to go! We’ve got another awesome author named Christoph Fischer who was gracious enough to let me do an interview. Check it out and then make sure to check out the giveaway below!

 

Tell us about your book “The Gamblers”
“The Gamblers” is an easy to read thriller about money, friendship, love and trust. Ben, an accountant, wins the lottery and finds that the money makes his life more complicated than hebargained for. It’s a fun book but not without some serious undertones about gambling and trust.
Have you written any other books?
Yes. I have written four historical novels, mainly set in Central Europe during the first half of the 20th Century; two contemporary dramas about Alzheimers’ and mental health, and one medical thriller, “The Healer”.

 

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
About five years agoI started writing a short story, only to see if I could do it. The thought of finishing a whole novel seemed actually rather arduous to me and I didn’t think I’d see it through. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.

 

How long does it take you to write a book?
If all goes well, the first draft for a novel can be done within three weeks (after research if needed) but then there aremonths of editing and re-writes. Working full time, with beta readers and editors at my full disposal,I’d say it takes about four months from the first word to the printed book in my hand.

 

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Tough, because there is also marketing and publicity work to be done. I get up early and walk the dogs, then I sit down and ideally I write until I need a break or run out of steam. Then I do the marketing. It’s easy to forget to eat or go shopping during those phases.

 

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I prefer writing in the morning, when it is quiet, with my dogs by my feet. I need a PC and a mouse to copy and paste fast enough so that I won’t lose my train of thought.

 

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Most books that I’ve written were inspired by subjects that fascinated me naturally, such as ancestry research, historical facts or family issues (i.e. Alzheimers’). I read up on them out of interest and the plot ideasdeveloped from there.
The idea behind “The Gamblers” came from real life. My partner and I talked about what we’d do if we won the lottery. I’m quite content with my life andcouldn’t think of much I would want to buy or change on my life. In fact, the thought of having multiple houses and staff felt like too much hard work for me. Wealth and looking after it can be a burden and can take away your freedom.  The idea of Ben, the stingy accountant and reluctant millionaire, and of all the things that happen to him in my novel was born.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Walking my dogs, exercising, reading fiction books and non-fiction (I’m interested in politics and psychology). I also like a good laugh and enjoy comedy programs on TV.

 

What does your family think of your writing?
They are very supportive, even though writing and marketing often cuts into family time. I’m very lucky.

 

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

How important book covers are. Ever since I got involved in making them I pay more attention to them and learned how much I judge the books by their covers.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I get some questions and feedback from readers via Goodreads and the blog (but not enough yet to hire an assistant). Some want to discuss historical details, ask about my research and further suggested reading, others mention favourite characters or scenes – or typos they’ve found.
The highlights arethe personal letters by people who told me how well they related to some of the stories.One woman in particular stood out. She was undergoing chemo therapy and identified with my cancer patient Erica. That was an amazing and difficult moment for me.
Do you have any suggestions for other writers? If so, what are they?

Go for it. Keep writing, don’t be discouraged and work on your craft.

 

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Interview with singer Natalie Rogers

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

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Interview with Author Jeff LaFerney

Monday, May 18th, 2015

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Only 13 more days until Poems, Lyrics, Psalmos: Wooing Muse Book Launch party, and we’re continuing the must-read-author-list in celebration of the Giveaway and the Event! Author Jeff LaFerney joins us today to showcase his work ^.^ And don’t forget to check out the giveaway and sign up below!

 

Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! So, first question – if you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

I’ve written a time-travel book and studied all the geniuses who have numerous scientific “rules” for time travel. They all say you can’t go back in time. So that’s where I want to go. I’m such a rebel. I think forward might be scary, and I think backward would be informative, and it would tick off the experts. J

 

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I just finished Lost and Found (well, just published it…I’ve been revising forever, it seems). At the end, I left a way to write a sequel, but it remains to be seen if anyone wants one. J  My second time-travel book is 6 chapters complete. Maybe I’ll finish it. I have a unique idea for a love story adventure with a married couple. If I get courageous, I may write that one.

 

What TV show do you watch that you’d be embarrassed to admit?

So you’re trying to embarrass me? I sneak away on my Kindle and watch Orange is the New Black on Netflix. I watch it entirely for the drama, of course.

 

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?

John Steinbeck. I’d like to mess with the guy—write some funny lines or have a happy character. Maybe if he wrote with me, we’d surprise some readers with a twist in the plot and the theme wouldn’t be life sucks so tragedy is inevitable. How about John Steinbeck with a happily ever after ending?

 

If you could take over the world, would you?

Not a chance…unless I had super powers.

 

Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?

I used to write a lot to music, but I’m kind of out of the practice. Music doesn’t distract me at all; however, I often wonder if I was truly alone…in solitude…if maybe I could be magically inspired.

 

Something your readers would never guess about you?

Somethings?? I’m 53 years old (most people don’t believe it). I hate prunes, beets, vinegar, coffee, vampires, Duke, Michigan winters, and quitting (who would even think to ask about those things?).

 

If you weren’t a human, what would you be?

How about an eagle? Protected…I could fly…symbolic… Oh, wait. How about a good dragon? I can never decide these things.

 

What’s your favorite word?

It must be “was.” It’s all over my books. I have to edit out hundreds and hundreds of them.

 

What books do you love that don’t get a lot of hype?

I love The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton, The Eyes of the Dragon and The Colorado Kid by Stephen King, A Painted House by John Grisham, Wish You Well by David Baldacci, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, and The World According to Garp by John Irving. I could name more. J

 

How many books are in your TRB pile?

Probably close to 100. I subtract and add…add and subtract, and it’s always too big to deal with.

 

Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books?

Friends barely. Enemies never. There are bits of me, things I personally enjoy, and experiences I’ve had in my books, but I rarely write anything about anyone I know.

 

Where is your favorite spot to write?

I have an office…sort of like a man cave filled with sports memorabilia. It has a couch and a fake tree, a window and a huge desk, a comfy chair and lots of bookshelves.

 

What drives you insane about the writing process?

Two things drive me batty. 1) Every time I read my book, I change things, so I only know when to quit when I can’t get myself to read it again. 2) I swear that errors grow of their own accord. How can I and many, many other people read something over and over and we all miss ridiculous errors that once they’re found are so totally embarrassing?

 

What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?

I never have one answer do I? 1) Getting that first printed edition in my hand is always awesome. The sense of achievement is hard to compare.  2) Having people tell me they loved my books or they can’t wait for my next one is the affirmation that makes the whole process worthwhile.

 

I’ve written five novels. Loving the Rain, Skeleton Key, and Bulletproof are in the Clay and Tanner Thomas suspense/mystery series.  Jumper is a fun time-travel adventure. Lost and Found is a mystery/treasure hunt with some historical ties.

 

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More Prep ^.^

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Poems, Lyrics, Psalmos: Wooing Muse

 

 

Everything’s starting to gel as the day of the Poems, Lyrics, Psalmos: Wooing Muse Book Launch event grows closer.

Barnes and Noble FINALLY posted up the book. It took a full 24 hours after I submitted the document for it to be processed. I took a moment to calculate which sites publish works the fastest and, so far, here are the winners:

Smashwords wins 1st place with a lightening fast turn around time of less than 10min.

Amazon takes second place with a publishing time of around 4-5hours.

Barnes and Nobles takes third at a full 24hours.

Kobo, sadly, takes last place – the book hasn’t even posted yet after 24hours.

 

Whenever Kobo gets around to finally decide to take the moment to actually publish my book – I’ll let you know.

I’ve also done a little remodeling of the site. I’ve created an Interviews page where you can go back and check out all the authors and musicians I’ve interviewed over the lifetime of this blog. The Books tab has been merged with the Author tab, and I’ve also included a listing of works in progress that you can check out. Make sure to take a sec and read the excerpt for Dawn of the Dead.

In any case, the giveaway is still revving to go! Feel free to check it out below ^.^

 

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Interview with Author Jeffrey Daniels

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Only 14 more days until Poems, Lyrics, Psalmos: Wooing Muse Book Launch Party and we’re on a roll with the next awesome author on our reading list, Jeffrey Daniels! Check out the blurb for his series and the interview below.

 
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Blurb: Jeremy Shuttle Adventures is about a boy (guess who) who is gifted a sketchbook that he soon finds out makes anything he draws in it become real.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t always turn out to smartly. He is aided by his best friend, Natalie, who views him as raw potential, but clueless about romance. Jeremy decides to use the sketchbook to find his missing Dad and in the process discovers some amazing things about his Dad, the sketchbook and himself. The series has a little of everything, ants, dinosaurs, aliens, space travel, time travel, regular travel and a budding romance…sort of.

 

When did you first decide you wanted to write?

In my best Sir Robin voice (you have to have seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail)… That’s easy!  About as soon as I could write, I wanted to write.  No, really.  Reading was my first love but it was just something I did.  Writing was something I could create with.  Plus, the more I wrote, the more words I learned and the better chance I might one day beat Grandma at Scrabble (never happened).

 

 

What is your favorite genre to read and/or write?

Fantasy and Science Fiction are my favorite reads and, naturally, my favorite writes.  Occasionally, when I’m in the mood for a short story, I’ll usually try horror (not gory stuff, more in the suspenseful “Gasp!” vein).

 

 

Do you have a favorite author?

Jack Vance – a magician and artist with words.

 

What was it like writing Jeremy Shuttle Adventures?

Hot.  That’s because I did most of it in a folding chair at the beach.  Very inspiring (and perspiring).  It was also fun, frustrating, freeing, frightening, fabulous and lots of other words beginning with “f”.

 

Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet?

I’m taking a 15,000+ mile, 39-city, 73-day road trip to every major league baseball park (and some national parks) over the summer.  I expect that should make an interesting tale.  Then it’s back to my staples, including a sci-fi novel that’s been bouncing around in my brain (there’s room) and a sequel of sorts to my trilogy.

 

What is one silly fact about you?

I can’t stand coffee, but my favorite ice cream is coffee ice cream.

 

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

Unquestionably it’s Mitch the Ant (don’t call him an ant!).  When you read my first book, you’ll see why.

 

Is your writing influenced by people in your life?

There was a little tendency to think of certain people as I created the characters, but they quickly developed their own personalities and should not create any legal danger to me now.

 

Thanks for agreeing to do this interview ^.^ Anything you want to say to the readers?

You should have a blast reading all about Jeremy, his amazing sketchbook and, frankly, his amazing best friend Natalie.  The adventures he goes on are imaginative and increasingly dangerous, but the biggest discovery he makes is about his best friend and how he feels about her.  It should be fun for anyone 10 and up (or so the “old people” who have read it have told me).

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 Also sold at Barnes & Noble, Booklocker.com and a plethora of imaginary sites that probably order it from one of the above three.

 I’ve got a website, www.jeffreymdaniels.com where I blog about stuff that rarely has anything to do with writing.

 

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Interview with Author Nancy Loyan

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

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The countdown to the Poems, Lyrics, Psalmos: Wooing Muse Book Launch Party continues, and in the meantime, I’m having tons of fun interviewing some pretty awesome authors. Next up on our list of must-read authors, is Nancy Loyan! She has a large listing of B – E – A – U – T – FULLY covered romance novels ^.^

So, without further adieu, here we go!

 

When did you first decide you wanted to write?  

I have been writing since composing picture books for friends in elementary school. It is something I have always done, like breathing.

 

 What is your favorite genre to read and/or write?

I don’t have a favorite genre, per se. I enjoy women’s fiction and single title romance.  As a teen, I devoured Barbara Cartland’s historical novels, gravitated toward Sidney Sheldon, James Michener, Arthur Haley, Jacqueline Suzanne, early Danielle Steel (The Promise, Fine Things), and Nora Roberts.  I like plot, characterization, setting and, of course “happily ever after.”

 

Do you have a favorite author?

I really don’t follow authors but prefer to read books that seem interesting to me.  I like to read different styles with different approaches. Variety is the spice of life.

 

What was it like writing  A Kiss in the Rain?

This is my latest novel, to be released on May 25. It is special because it’s my first complete foray into the realm of self-publishing and because it takes place at my favorite location in the United States, The Chautauqua Institution in New York State. It’s a romantic suspense featuring an F.B.I. agent and an innkeeper.

 

 Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet?

There isn’t one thing. I actually have a file of ideas. One novel at a time …

 

 What is one silly fact about you?

Superman and I have a lot in common.  We are both from Cleveland, Ohio. By day, we are bespectacled writers. At night, he transforms into Superman. I transform into the exotic Nailah, Middle Eastern belly dancer.

 

 Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

I love all of my characters. However, Philippe, the hero in Champagne for Breakfast is close to my heart.  Because I began writing the novel when I was seventeen, I created him as my ideal man and still view him as such.

 

Is your writing influenced by people in your life?

Sometimes. I’ll take bits and pieces from people I know or meet. My writing is probably more influenced by my travels. I like to incorporate interesting locations into my novels. My characters actually create themselves as I write my books. They “talk” to me, reveal themselves and lead the plot.

 

Thanks for agreeing to do this! Anything you want to say to the readers of my blog? 

First, thank you for having me as your guest.  I would just like to say that being an author is an honor, a “real” job and profession. The arts are important. People will always need a respite from the bad news and sadness of life. The arts … music, dance, photography, painting, and books offer such an escape. Society seems to put so much value on science, math, analytics but the arts are equally as important. Creativity is a gift that should be shared and not stifled.  I write “fairy tales for adults” because I believe in “happily ever after.”

 

 

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