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Interview with LA Starks, author of The Second Law: Lynn Dayton

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Today we have an interview with LA Starks, author of The Second Law: Lynn Dayton.

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Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)? L. A. Starks/Texas

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? The Second Law: Lynn Dayton Thriller #3/thriller

3) What is the book about? Cyber-sabotage of the country’s energy “spine” via its internet-connected industrial control systems. The characters and the action:

 

TriCoast Energy executive Lynn Dayton is visiting the company’s San Francisco refinery when it comes under attack. Saddened by the fiery deaths of several workers, she traces the explosion to software malfunctions and contacts cybersecurity chief Kanak Singh to track it back to the source. The second law refers to the second law of thermodynamics: it means that in an isolated system everything tends towards chaos.

Lynn is still reeling when a TriCoast lease bidding manager is killed in New Orleans. The seeming motive is the theft of his computer containing billion-dollar secret offshore bid plans. Then her long-time mentor and good friend is gunned down in front of her in a Louisiana swamp. What terrible plan lies behind all these crimes? Lynn races against time to uncover a complex plot that stretches from murder in Vienna to a natural gas terminal attack in the Baltic to a major Caribbean oil installation off U.S. shores. Lynn is baffled as she learns of a high-stakes takeover bid by a mysterious group called the Second Law. Who are these people? Worse, who is the mole inside TriCoast that is feeding them so much deadly information? Unless she can find out, thousands more are scheduled to die.

4) Where did you come up with the idea? Despite a love of writing and reading that was in full force by the time I graduated from high school, I needed to be very certain I could support myself financially. I became an engineer; this path was not unusual for men or women in my science-focused hometown. So, creating the technical parts of the plot was straightforward. More generally, most of us have experienced hacking, identity theft, machines gone wrong, cyber-sabotage, or theft of intellectual property. I drew on that and developed it further. And finally, to be honest, the high-dollar worldwide stakes of rogue players in the energy biz, including threats of massive, fiery explosions, intrigues me way more than it probably should.

5) How long did it take you to write it? The time from publication of the second book in the series until publication of THE SECOND LAW was four years. During that time, I also juggled family responsibilities and publisher changes for the first two books with writing THE SECOND LAW. If measured on a compressed, full-time basis: two years.

6) Did you learn anything from the project? I write books to be prescient and reality-based entertainment for readers, but I can still be surprised when I accomplish just that. A simple example: since the time I began writing THE SECOND LAW five years ago, our understanding of the huge importance of China has grown to be the size China is in the book’s plot.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video? For your U.S. readers, the Kindle edition of the first book in the series, 13 DAYS THE PYTHAGORAS CONSPIRACY, LYNN DAYTON THRILLER #1, normally priced at $7.99, will be on sale in the U.S. for $0.99 between January 30, 2020 and February 5, 2020.

 

My author website is lastarksbooks.com. Book videos for the first two books in the series, 13 DAYS: THE PYTHAGORAS CONSPIRACY and STRIKE PRICE, are available there and on YouTube.

 

I write an occasional blog at Goodreads and use social media (Facebook & Hootsuite for Twitter and LinkedIn) for special announcements, like the upcoming Kindle discount.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? Beta readers and professional editors help you tell your story to your audience. For first-time authors, using a professional editor is a particularly important kindness to both your readers and your own career.

 

I have been fortunate to work with New Zealander Jeroen ten Berge for my most recent book covers. For those interested, he can be reached via e-mail at jeroenslimited AT gmail.com

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? Thrillers, mysteries, suspense, some science fiction, and current-events non-fiction.

 

I read and review (mainly on Goodreads) only 50-70 books/year, including the latest from my favorite authors. For books by new authors, I consider published reviews, take recommendations from two of my family members who read widely, and occasionally check what other Goodreads readers like. 

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? We read, and need, books that speak to our own experiences. In my case that book was SISTER: A NOVEL, by Rosamund Lupton. While it would be painful to call it my favorite, reading it was breathtaking because at the time I had just lost my own sister to cancer.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? Yes, a Sheltie (dog)

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? Yes, I like reading from a Kindle when I travel—though I previously published in Nook & Kobo editions also. With all the screen time required now, I do find reading print editions relaxing.

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Interview with Ajay Nair, Author of Droplets

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Today we have an interview with Ajay Nair, author of Droplets.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Ajay Nair-  I live in Vancouver, B.C- Canada. I moved from southern part of India from a state called Kerala, otherwise, known as GODS OWN COUNTRY. 
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The latest one which just came out in January 3rd 2020 is a children’s book, titled CUTIE FOX WENT TO TOWN. Great for younger minds aged between 3 to 8 years. This book actually got materialized because of my both sons. They wanted me to write a book for children after my first book DROPLETS came out. I asked them, what should I write about? My younger son came up with the character and its name “Cutie Fox”. We together wrote this book  and story is developed by our effort together. So I am a very proud father.
Now both books are out, I am working on a novel. This I have high expectations on it. Story is happening in India during un-touchablility existed and caste division was practiced. Story of a woman who faced many hardships. Truly a inspirational story for women. I am not sure when I will finish. But it is coming soon this year for sure.
3) What is the book about?
Droplets- It is a memoir. I have to say this, when I moved from India to Canada. I saw how happy kids are here at school. I right away saw, how hard it is for us in India. I felt like telling my story. I had seen and read many news, where kids suicide in India, just by the pressure they get from schooling. The society needs to open their eyes and do something about it. So as a citizen, I felt the need to tell my story. So I did. It will touch our hardships with a pinch of humor. That is why I survived and I am here to tell my story.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
Its my life. So I didn’t have to come up with anything. But starting to write was the huddle, I did not have the confidence. I am told many times, that my writing is not good. OR my way of communication is not what people want to see or hear. I had to overcome that criticism to positivism. That took a while. But I am content.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
One year to finish the book. That is because, I am not a disciplined writer. Also, I do have full time job plus my household responsibilities. I write whenever I feel like. Some days, I don;t write at all even though I had the urge to do so. I am getting better at it now.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes, Life is a journey, one cannot plan or reserve tickets. This is what I learned. You clear your own path. Do not allow others to see only your flaws and fall for it. Move forward with the plan. You will succeed. I never thought, i will be an author. But the hard work today got me where I am. 
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Yes, I do have a blog site, which you an call as an author website as well.  It is https://onewhohatedbooks.com
Please do follow me if you like to read positive thoughts only. 
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Those who want to write and become an author. Start writing. Do not hesitate. No point in doing that. If you don’t start, you will never reach the goal. So write, write and write.. That is the only tip I go for you guys.  
I did not use any editors so far. But for the children’s book I used an artist to do illustraions. His name is Melcasipit. He is good and did an amazing work for me.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I will read any thing with a story. I am not too keen on research stuff.  I will love to read new authors book and review them. Recently I did review one book named “The Long Road”. It is posted in my blog. Any one interested, please do approach me. 
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
Ramayan and Mahabharat. Both are hindu mythologies. I am fascinated by the characters and their side stories. It is the most complicated yet very interesting books i have read. I have yet to see a movie come out where all the characters in this books are played. They cannot do it. It is very vast and I believe may be a 10 series movie needs to be made. 
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I had a dog when I was young. I cannot see them die. So I don’t have one now. 
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Yes, I do have a kindle. I do like it. But I still like the feel and smell of the book. Kindle may be easy to carry it around. Books are definitely the one I still go for.

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Interview with Amanda Adams, Author of Don’t Hold Your Breath! A Protagonist’s Poetic Catharsis

Hello,

Today we have an interview with Amanda Adams, author of Don’t Hold Your Breath – A Protagonist’s Poetic Catharsis.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)? My pen name is Amanda Adams; I live in Illinois, far-western suburbs of Chicago.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?  Don’t Hold Your Breath: A Protagonist’s Poetic Catharsis, Genre – Poetry
3) What is the book about? It is about the four phases of relationships: longing, love, loss, and liberty. Each day, we wake up and perform on the stage of our lives. In doing so, we develop the need to express the feelings conceived in our minds about our relationships. This book gives the reader a unique opportunity to express themselves. It not only allows them to read poetry, but also to write their own thoughts, feelings and poetry about their relationships. I included thought questions and lines to write responses – (that was my brilliant daughter’s idea)!
4) Where did you come up with the idea? I used to give an annual “Don’t Hold Your Breath” party for my girlfriends when I lived in New York. It was a time for defining our troubles, expressing our fears, soothing our wounds and renewing our spirits. Although we were very different, we had a common link: we held our breath in hopes of Mr. Right. Some of us found Mr. Right and some of us found Mr. Right-now, however we continued to hold onto our truth, “Boyfriends, lovers and husbands come and go, but your girlfriends, they are forever!“ My poetry reflects the feelings I experienced in my relationships along life’s way.
5) How long did it take you to write it? I wrote the poetry over a 25 year period. It took me about 1 year to compile, edit, design, and publish the book.
6) Did you learn anything from the project? I learned that relationships usually fit into four phases; longing for love, feelings of love, loss of love, and the liberty of loving ourselves.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?

No book video, but I do have a video of a TV interview I did about women working in technology and my books are also discussed.  They are posted on my LinkedIn page:

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? The best advice I can give authors is to write your hurt.  What I mean by that is, write about things that keep you up at night, things that have caused you pain in your life. Every book that I write is with the intent of inspiring women to look at where they are in life and if they don’t like what they see, to make a change. My goal is to be a catalyst of change for women, everywhere.
I worked with a great graphic artist, Kelly Webb (kawebb2@yahoo.com), for the cover of my first book, The Sangrita Club.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? I like to read the short stories of J. California Cooper, the legal thrillers of John Grisham, the crime fiction of Sidney Sheldon, the poetry of Maya Angelou and many more. Yes, I am open to reading new authors and reviewing their work.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? Aside from the Bible that is so rich with poetry, history, and short stories, and my first book, The Sangrita Club, a novel, I would say “Homemade Love” by J. California Cooper is my favorite.  She inspired my writing style of examining deeply personal and taboo topics, but unexpectedly dropping in a comedic curve ball to throw the reader into a laughing fit.  I truly loved her work and her rich characters.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? Yes, my daughter has a bunny named Salted Caramel.  She is so sweet, but she also has a salty side!
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? If I need to read an ebook, I usually use my iPad or iPhone. My preference is to flip through the pages with my fingers and dog ear the corners.
Bonus: What’s next? I am in the process of writing three books, all of which are different genres.  My goal is to write a book in as many genres as I possibly can.  I am a multifaceted person with many interests, therefore I want to be a multifaceted author. My next book to be published is entitled: Rewriting Relationships: A Divas 52-week Devo.
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Interview with Becky Villareal, Author of The Broken Branches

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Becky Villareal, author of The Broken Branches.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vince

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Becky Villareal Texas
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The Broken Branches YA Fiction
3) What is the book about?
About a young girl’s journey to find out about her family history and genealogy
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
Several years ago we had a severe ice storm in the Dallas area.  Many of the trees were destroyed by the ice but some survived. I thought this was a good way to compare how women (young and old) can spring back from bad circumstances in their lives.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Approximately two years.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes, I learned about Hispanic celebrations, old jewelry, and moving into the United States from Mexico, and more about my own family roots.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Genealogy for Children: www.beckyvillareal.com
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?  I had a wonderful cover artist for my children’s book, Gianna the Treasure Hunter. Her name is Jessica Balli. The best editor I’ve ever had was Jessica Schmeidler from Golden Wheat Literary.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? I love women’s fiction my favorites authors being Karen White as well as Catherine Cookson. As an early childhood teacher, I grew to love children’s books, particularly picture books, and am open to reading new authors and reviewing their work at any time.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte because of the hardships this young woman had to endure and the strength she displayed through it all.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? I have three albino frogs and a gecko. No names have been given out at this time. 😦 I’ve also had multiple cats and dogs who I’ve loved and lost along the way.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? If you count a Nook, that’s the device I have. However, I also use Kindle because of the freedom to read late into the evening without disturbing anyone else with the lights from the lamp. It’s also a great way to sample new author’s work.
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