Monthly Archives: April 2020

Interview with Dennis A. Smith, Author of How to Commit Suicide (How to Kill off Your Negative Self Image)

Hello,

Today’s interview is How to Commit Suicide by D.A. Smith. (How to kill off your negative self image.)

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-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

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Interview with Yasmin Esack, Author of The Ancient Scientist

Hello,
Today’s interview is with Yasmin Esack, author of The Ancient Scientist.
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)?
Yasmin Esack, Trinidad and Tobago
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The Ancient Scientist- Science Fiction/ Mystery/ Religion. To place the genre is a little difficult to be honest.
3) What is the book about?
The book is about an American Scientist who searches for knowledge about the universe in ancient Coptic texts, scientific knowledge that modern scientists have suggested is quite plausible and possible but not yet provable like a parallel universe or that humans have alternate lives. He uncovers ancient wisdom about our universe and ourselves that was given to mankind but forgotten over time because it was not understood.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
From my own thoughts about the universe and my obsession about who we really are. I believe it was all revealed in ancient books like hidden gospels but somehow got forgotten or left out of our more conventional teachings.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Very long. More than five years.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Enormous insights about ancient knowledge which I hope to share with readers.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Goodreads only.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
At this point in time, no. Maybe, try not to be too complicated in your writing but adopt simple ways to communicate with your readers. What is the point of writing if people do not understand. You are not writing for yourself but for others to read. I am learning this the hard way it seems.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read both fiction and non fiction books that have elements of philosophy, history, mystery. Yes, I would.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
That is an unfair question. There are many great writers and books. It is difficult to choose one. Irvin Wallace’s The Word is an fairly old book but stands out because it shows us how much we may have misunderstood and misinterpreted ancient wisdom and knowledge. We need to go back and look again at ancient manuscripts with a more open mind. Maybe secrets were revealed. I wonder how many people today remember Lobsang Rampa or even Herman Hesse and their amazing revelations. Interestingly, it was Albert Einstein who said religion without science is lame and science without religion is blind. I cannot say exactly what he meant by his words but I believe within both lie the truth of who we are.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Yes, two dogs that I adopted from shelters.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
No I do not own any electronic reading device.
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Interview with Steven Pustay, Author of 0-0-Dead

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Steven Pustay, author of 0-0-Dead.

Please see it below.

Best,

-Vincent

 

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Steven Pustay – Canton, OH
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
0-0-Dead  – Murder Mystery/Police Procedural
3) What is the book about?
Marc Nixon manages a pickleball league in a gated community in Naples, Fl. He imagines the game, the league and the warm summer evening play perfect. He is perfectly wrong.
A murder brings secrets and horrors to light and blurs deeply Marc’s idea of perfection.
Detective Thomas Fraiser and his partner Fran Degardo pass through the gates and into a community that imagines it has protected itself from the violence and evil of the outside world. Thomas Fraiser knows the security gate offers no such protection. He knows this, because his own demons have come along for the ride.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I’d written a statistical book for pickleball players (Inside the Game: The Madness, Metrics, and Methods of Winning Pickleball) and a friend and fellow player whod read it challenged me to write a murder mystery with a pickleball theme.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
7 months
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I wrote the project as a serialized novel and gave members of our pickleball club (hofcpickleball.com) several chapters each week from October through December. Writing a serialized book is a challenge. Each episode needs to be its own story. Each episode needs to have some hook (cliffhanger) to draw the readers back again. Each episode needs to be polished, edited carefully, made ready for the public. Knocking those out every week was a challenge and required real literary and physical discipline. No days off from writing!
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
No videos but a website / blog (https://pustays.wixsite.com/towardthemark)
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Treat writing like work. Approach it with discipline, pride in your work. Consider it a craft and make every effort to polish your skillset. Read everything.
Cover Artists – My son and I collaborate on Covers. He’s a skilled photoshop editor. His P.H.D thesis was published and he designed the cover. Brilliant! He’s helped with all four of mine (I’m working on Mob Girls: Genesis, my fourth book currently.)
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
Mystery. Thrillers. Detective Fiction. I find real pleasure in Craig Johnson’s Longmire Series. Grand Schemed classics. Middlemarch, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis. Steinbeck, Hemingway. I have reviewed lots of books and am open to do that.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
 
East of Eden  Steinbeck – The scale. The time period. The idea that monster’s do indeed exist. The caprice of timing and how all can be won or lost on some knife edge of history. That family bonds are both fragile and lasting.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
None now. But cats, lots.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I read all my e-books on an old but very useable iPad.

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Interview with Jason Acar, Author of Easter Egg

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Jason Acar, author of Easter Egg.

Please find it below.

Best,

-Vince

 

Interview Questions:

 

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
I actually just use my real name, which is Jason Acar, and I am South African. I’ve never left these borders, but hopefully one day I’ll get a chance.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The title of my book is Easter Egg, and it’s a thriller packed with suspense.
3) What is the book about?

Tormented cop Rick Sorano is on a brutal path of redemption and salvation. Along with Detective Jane Dover and video game junkie, Denver Collins, he is sucked into a twisted augmented reality where a serial killer uses an online game to commit his crimes. In a race against the clock, they must track down the murderer by solving the digital clues.

As the body count rises in this deadly cat-and-mouse chase, Rick is pushed to his emotional limits by the merciless killer. His marriage has fallen apart and he is slowly losing grip on reality. However, when all seems lost, the case of seemingly random murders might not be random at all.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
This books is really a combination of my two favourite things, writing and gaming. After writing my first screenplay, I wanted to narrow my focus in an area that I loved and understood. So it started with knowing that I wanted a gaming element, and my overactive imagination did the rest.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
I actually wrote this story as a screenplay too, and then decided that I loved it so much, I wanted to turn it into a book. Being stuck on the tip of Africa and not having connections abroad can make it difficult to break into the film industry, and the exchange rate means that you have to have deep pockets to enter various competitions. Because I had the story down as a screenplay, it made it easier to progress quickly with the book, and it took me about 5 months (working on it mostly in the evening or on weekends), but I’ve had the story with me for a few years.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
A whole lot, and I’m learning every day. I did everything for this book. I designed the cover, I’ve even made a trailer. I’ve worked as a journalist for over 15 years, but this project finally allowed me to get my love of writing back. Creative storytelling is what I enjoyed doing from a young age, and being sucked into the corporate world meant that there were years that went by without writing simply for enjoyment. I’ve picked up skills in new software, formatting, marketing and more during this process, but it has been awesome.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I’ve made many websites for work, but right now I don’t have an author website up. The best would be to check out my author page on Amazon, follow me on Twitter (@acarjd) or make friends on Goodreads. As mentioned above, I do have a video trailer for my book, which is on my Amazon author page.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
I’m fairly creative and have been writing professionally for a long time, so I took on a lot of the design and editing tasks. I also made use of personal friends who are within the industry to assist with editing, so unfortunately no recommendations on contacts. I suppose my main tip would be for aspiring writers to ditch the fear and procrastination around putting your work out there. If you have an idea, follow through and finish the book. If your story affects one person’s life, it has done its job.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
Thriller and comedy are probably my two favourites. I am definitely open to reading and discovering new authors, and I’m happy to share my feedback on their work. It’s tough to get that when breaking through, I know, but I understand how getting feedback can be a real boost of confidence.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
This may seem odd, but The Witches by Roald Dahl. I loved his books as a youngster, and this title was the first hardcover book I ever bought. I must have read it over 20 times. His work inspired me to write stories as a kid, and that is something I’ll always be grateful for.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I do have pets. I love animals. I have a basset hound named Tango (he was adopted and I didn’t give him that name), and a cat named Marley, because when we collected her Bob Marley was playing on the radio.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?

I do not own one, but I actually use the Kindle app on my phone. I love technology, so I enjoy it, also because I can sneak in some pages any time.

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Interview with Allan J. Katz, Author of Hey! What About Me?

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Today’s interview is with Allan J. Katz, author of Hey! What About Me?

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Best,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview Questions:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?  Allan J. Katz, Memphis, TN

 

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?

Hey! What About Me: How to make yourself and others a priority in a world of indifference, impulsivity and distraction.  Genre: Addiction Recovery

 

3) What is the book about? The book is about how to achieve freedom from modern day slavery to technology, work, other people and emotions.

 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?  At the Passover meal last year the theme was freedom and I thought what are we enslaved to today that we need freedom from.  I came up with four ideas and make a mind map of them and thought this would make a great book.

 

5) How long did it take you to write it? 6 months.

 

6) Did you learn anything from the project? I learned that I probably put too many elements into the writing; addiction recovery, character trait enhancement, exercises and priority.

 

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?  Yes, http://allanjkatz.com.

 

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?

Editors: Samantha Dawkins on Linkedin

Cover Artists: Nora Childers at http://norachilders.com

Success Tips: I once asked Scott Turow how do you write a book and he said, “just begin writing.” One tip is to make an outline first and then spend time figuring out your target market; who is this book really written for and make sure there is a way to market to them.

 

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? Psychology, Self-Help, Psychological thrillers.

 

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? Artist Way by Julia Cameron.  This book changed my life and gave me the courage to become a writer.

 

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? No

 

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? Yes, my phone to read Kindle. I still like paperbacks better but that’s because I’m older.

 

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Interview with J.M. Bingham, Author of The Marvelous Mrs. Z

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Today’s interview is with J.M. Bingham, author of The Marvelous Mrs. Zaronsky.

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)?
 J.M Bingham and I live in Utah.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
 The Marvelous Mrs. Zaronsky, science fiction.
3) What is the book about?
The Marvelous Miss Zaronsky is about a boy named Tim who gets Miss Z the scariest teacher in the school. He soon finds out that she is not what she seems. Miss Z has built a time machine to fix the past. But things go wrong and Miss Z I stuck in the past and her teenage self comes to the present along with Tim’s parents. Tim must try to fix things while trying to bypass Napoleon, Witch hunters, and barbarians.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
A lot of it came experiences I had as a kid. I also am interested in history and wanted to introduce historical figures to kids.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Awhile. I went through at least four or five revisions before I was satisfied.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I did. I’ve learned how to edit better and how to become a better writer.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I do. My website is jmbing.simplesite.com. You can also follow me on Twitter.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
I think it’s important to read as much as you can. Study the best authors and focus on their style. I haven’t used a professional editor but I plan to soon.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love reading biographies, history, and classic books. I have been a book reviewer in the past and am open to reading new stuff.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
My favorite book is Memoirs of a Geisha. I have always loved Japanese culture and it was interesting to see into their world.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I have a lynx/Siamese cat named Ez. he is really fun. But no other Pets.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
 I used to have a kindle but I’m not sure what happened to it.
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Interview with Natalie P. Jenkins, Author of After the Storm

Hello,

We have another interview today, this time with Natalie P. Jenkins, author of After the Storm.

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Best,

Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

1) What is your author name?

My author name is Natalie P. Jenkins and I live in the state of Kentucky.

2) What is your book title and genre?
The title of my newest book is After The Storm, and it’s an autobiographical novel. In simpler terms it’s my life story in a novel!
3) What is the book about?
As I mentioned above, this is my life story and a love story. It starts at the point where my fiancé was killed in a car accident and ends with me meeting my current boyfriend.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I decided that I needed to write my story pretty soon after Jason died. However, I waited until I was in my right mind before wrote my first book. I always knew that I wanted to share my love story with the world when I met someone else.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
It took me about 9 months to finish it completely.
6) What did you learn from the project?
I learned a lot throughout this process, most of which was patience. It’s better to take your time and give the story justice instead of rushing through to be published quicker.
7) Do you have an author website?
I do have an author website! It’s www.nataliepjenkins.com. There will be some videos about my book coming soon! So keep an eye out for them.
8) What advice could you give to authors?
The best advice I could give to anyone is build an audience. I made the mistake of not doing that with my first book and it definitely impacted my sales.
9) Would you review books by new authors?
yes, I do like to read works from other authors. I’m always open to a good book! My favorite genre is true crime, but I’ll read the occasional romance novel every now and then.
10) What is your favorite book?
My favorite book of all time is the Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
11) Do you have pets?
Yes, I have a pet. I have black cat named Buddy. He’s been the best comfort to me and I don’t know how I made it this far in life without him.
12) Do you have a e-reader?
I have a kindle that I use for reading! I prefer it over reading on my phone. Though, when it comes to reading, I prefer paperback most of the time.
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