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Interview with Anthony S. Author of Paradise and the Pandemic

Good morning,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Anthony S, author of Paradise and the Pandemic.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

#1 What is your author name? Author Anthony S (Texas)

#2 What is the title of your book and the genre? “Paradise and the Pandemic” (Genre) children’s book

#3 What is the book about? A female character named “Paradise” who entertains and educates our youth. (virtual learning book series)

#4 Where did you get the idea for it? I was inspired by my niece

#5 How long did it take you to write it? It took me six weeks to write it… not including editing

#6 Did you learn anything from it? I learned quite a bit from the project… as always, taking things into consideration.

#7 Do you have website? I have a website www.booksbyanthonyS.com I am currently working on the animation I anticipate launching in three to four weeks.

#8 Do you have any tips for authors? Yes, (use) editors and cover artists. 

#9 What genres do you like to read? I like drama, suspense, spirituality, and fiction with a message.

#10 What is your favorite book or author? Rick Warren…Inspiring, compassionate, empowering, encouraging, hopeful…keeps me well rounded.

#11 Do you have any pets? Used too…K-9

#12 Do you use an electric reading device? No…but I’m open! 

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Interview with Joannes Rhino, Author of The Unseen Face

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Joannes Rhino, author of The Unseen Face.

Please see it below.

Thank you,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Joannes Rhino. I live in Bali, Indonesia.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The Unseen Face. It’s a drama-psychology/suspense semi-fiction novel.

3) What is the book about?
The Unseen Face is about memory loss, facing the demons of the past and questioning everything.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
The Unseen Face is actually based on my close mate’s testimony about his disease. He had struggled with mental disorders since the loss of his loved ones. His story was very triggering for me to come up with The Unseen Face. However, it also elicited a lot of unexpected responses, negative or positive. For that reason, and to protect my friend’s personal life, I decided to twist up some of the facts. The content of The Unseen Face, however, is 80% based on actual event.

5) How long did it take you to write it?
Honestly speaking, the writing process didn’t take that long. No more than 6 months I got it done, roughly. However, the research and editing process took a lot of time, money and efforts.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
The key word of the spiritual message in The Unseen Face is forgiveness. We have to remember that everything is giving by purpose. Hatred and revenge are not the best friends in our spiritual journey. Non ability to deal with negativity is leading to serious crimes, psycho problems, crumpled life and as an end result – wrong direction and wrong Spiritual Choices.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I don’t have the time to do that, yet.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Be yourself! Write only with your own writing style, not others. There is no bad writing. There’s just that, writing. Everyone has own style! Don’t be afraid to share what’s inside your head.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love writing and reading psychology/thriller/suspense because when it comes to someone’s psychology, it’s amazing what I discover. There are a lot of things to discuss and share. Yeah, I am open to reading other’s works.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
Paulo Coelho with “The Alchemist” and a motivational book by Rhonda Byrne “The Secret”. Those books really changed my perspective about life.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I have a Labrador, Rottweiler and German Shepherd.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I’m an old-fashioned person. I still prefer books on hand.

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Interview with the Author of We Shall Be One

Author interview: Hector Fenwick

1) What is your author name?-My pen name is Hector Fenwick

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?-‘We Shall Be One’ is a paranormal mystery novel.

3) What is the book about?
-Marcus is a teenage boy with amnesia and a disfigured face. He is found nude on a skerry without anyone knowing who he is. Marcus falls in love with Alexia, a teenage, immensely wealthy heir. However, those events are just the introduction to a vortex of twists and mysteries. I know the book doesn’t seem very interesting, judging from what I have told you so far. I wish there was a way to make you realize what a masterpiece it is without spoiling the plot, but there is not. Just trust me, buy it and give it a few chapters. Also, never spoil the plot of this paranormal feast that nobody must miss.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?-I dreamt of a part of the plot. Another part was inspired by a special ability an anime character has, but I cannot tell you what ability, because I would spoil the plot.

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

6) Did you learn anything from the project?-That I’m all alone in this.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? -Here is my blog. https://historystories123.blogspot.com/

8) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?-I have read books of practically all genres. I’m open to reviewing as long as it’s not on Amazon, because, to post reviews on Amazon, one has to spend at least 50 dollars on Amazon products, which is 50 fewer dollars than I have spent so far!

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
-May I select one I have written? If I cannot, I choose ‘By His Bootstraps’. The time travel trope handled in a masterful way.

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Interview with Richard Messinger, Author of The Man with the Jagged Red Scar

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Today’s interview is with Richard Messinger, author of The Man with the Jagged Red Scar.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1.Author Name and Location:

Richard Messinger / Long Island New York, Palm Beach County Florida

2.Title of Book:

The Man With The Jagged Red Scar, Historical thriller/bio-fiction

3.What is the book about?

It’s not every day that a Nazi U-Boat surfaces off the coast of Long Island as it does in this historical work of bio-fiction. Follow the saga of an illustrious legal family as they encounter escaped Nazis living in post WWII America. From the Nuremberg Trials to the Warren Commission, from Giverny and Paris to the darkest days of the death camps of Nazi Germany to peace and calm of the East End of Long Island that is shattered when a small band of Nazi saboteurs land on the shores of Amagansett in 1942 taking the reader on a roller coaster ride as the story of “The Man With The Jagged Red Scar” enfolds.
Based on the true story known as the Amagansett Incident of 1942, the only time in American History that an enemy force actually succeeded in landing on our shores, Forrest and Ellie Mills confront escaped Nazis from Nuremberg Prison living side by side with them in the “cottages” that dot the coast of the Hamptons as well as on the Upper West Side of Manhattan including a crazed Nazi Psychiatrist, who after having facial reconstruction, ends up treating a young Lee Harvey Oswald in NYC in the mid 1950’s. Several other story lines all converge during the July 4, 1942 Independence Day Celebration and Regatta at the Mills family compound, when the U-Boat surfaces and rams the Esmeralda, the family’s schooner, creating untold havoc and panic for years to come.

4. Where did you come up with the story?

Having had a military history in our family over several generations including my dad, a WWII gunner in the Army Air Corp who was shot down by the Nazis over Northern Italy, saved by local partisans and then spending years in VA Hospitals, coupled with losing many family members to the ravages of Nazi Concentration Camps probably percolated in my head as I wrote the book over several years.

5. How long did it take you to write it?

3-4 years. I am currently working on a sequel or book 2 of THE CRYING KANGLING OF GOD series. By the way, a Kangling is an ancient Tibetan instrument made from a human femur and plays a pivotal part of another storyline in The Man With The Jagged Red Scar. More specifically, Adolph Hitler, or Adi, as he is described in the book had sent Himmler, his Vice-Fuhrer to Tibet in the late 1930’s in search of the perfect Kangling, which ends up serving as a “death” symbol throughout the book.

6. Did you learn anything from the project?

Having grown upon the 1950’s reading THE GREAT BOOKS OF THE WESTERN WORLD, I didn’t think that after having completed the book that I would be so enamored with the world of the Far East including it’s history and religious thought. Also, perseverance.

7. What is your website:

Web-site under development…THEMANWITHTHEJAGGEDREDSCAR.COM. Also active, Twitter:The Man With The Jagged Red Scar and Face Book page under same name.

8. What advice do you have for authors?

Keep reading. Maintain detailed note file.

9. What genre do you like to read?

I read everything. FIction/non fiction, thrillers, biographies, science fiction, mythology, religion, natural history and art.

10. What is your favorite book?

I don’t have a favorite book. However, I am currently re-reading THE HARE WITH AMBER EYES by Edmund De Waal. A tremendous complex work that uses a certain Japanese object, the Netsuke, or “prop” as a story telling device. In my novel, I used several literary props, including the Kangling, the missing fragments of the Bayeux Tapestry, and a Michel Bouvier Vitrine as mechanisms or props to carry the reader through several centuries of European and American history.

11. Do you have any pets?

I am a dog person. We have had many dogs over 45 years of marriage. Now that we split our time between Florida and Long island we no longer have a dog. But if I could I would like either a Wheaten Terrier or a Bouncin’ Bearded Collie.

12. Do own an e-device for reading?

Everything Apple/imac/ipads/macbookairiphones -my book is on APPLEBOOKS

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Interview with Adam Jordan, Author of Imposition (Book 1), and Rupture (Book 2)

Good morning,

Today’s interview is with Adam Jordan, author of Imposition (Book 1) and Rupture (Book 2 – shown above).

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 name is Adam Jordan and I live in California.

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

  • Series: No Man’s World (Post-apocalyptic, Sci fi)
    • Book I – Imposition
    • Book II – Rupture

3) What is the book about? 

  • Premise: A ravaged Earth, eleven years into the apocalypse. Civilization collapsed after humanity’s encounter with another people from across the stars. These aliens had lost their world as well, and were left lost and stranded in the deep black of space, until they found Earth. As the world’s governments argued and fought over access to this stranded fleet, they destroyed themselves. Left with a planet on the verge of death, the alien species terraformed its face, cleansing the rot and radiation. A new world was given life; primal, beautiful, and dangerous. The remnants of humanity emerge from the shadows, without the shield of society. What will become of them?
  • Book I: A small group ventures out in search for their lost friend, and find themselves caught between two ruthless factions.
  • Book II: When a young warlord’s beast escapes, he heads off into new territory. On his search, he stumbles upon a city and discovers the world is much larger than he thought.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

  • It started off with a character, then a scene, and it blossomed into this insane world. It is an amalgamation of inspiration, from my life, and the stories I knew and loved.

5) How long did it take you to write it?

  • The first book took me six years, and the sequel was another two.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

  • These being my first published works, I learned a lot about the process; how to go from idea to finished product. It requires a lot of patience and focus.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?

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

  • Maybe I’ll have some more at that point. I would encourage other authors not to compromise with your story. If an editor points out a plot hole, it is good to listen and see how to fix it, but if anyone demands fundamental change to your original idea, I would strongly urge to resist. In the end it is your story.
  • My editor, Courtney Andersson and my cover artist, Jeff Brown (brand = Jeff Brown Graphics) are incredibly talented and professional, and I would encourage authors on the look to reach out to them via Reedsy.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?

  • I like sci fi, fantasy, survival, and post-apocalyptic stories. I don’t like forcing myself to read, and tend to spend a long time on one book that I find interesting, almost savoring it.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 

  • My favorite books are the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Kenneth Oppel’s Dark Wing. You cannot go wrong with Tolkien’s legendary work. They have everything, incredibly compelling characters, a vast world that felt constantly built upon, and an overall unforgettable journey.
  • Dark Wing is probably the most fascinating book I’ve read to date; in a setting rarely seen in any medium, a world where dinosaurs are dying, and mammals are taking their first steps toward domination. I read Oppel’s Silverwing trilogy as a kid and fell in love with his world of superstitious bats, rats, and birds. I was blown away with their anthropomorphic cultures and conflicts. Dark Wing, the series’ prequel, brought it down to a more primeval level. The brutality, as well as the heartwarming moments were unforgettable.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?

  • I have a cat. She is black and brown, and striped. Her name is Princess Bubblegum, or either Peebs or PB for short. She is named after my favorite character in the cartoon show, Adventure Time.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?

  • I sadly do not, as of yet.

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Interview with Genni Gunn, Author of Permanent Tourists

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Genni Gunn, author of Permanent Tourists.

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)?
Genni Gunn. I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My latest book is Permanent Tourists, a collection of linked short stories.    

3) What is the book about? 
The stories in Permanent Tourists feature protagonists connected through a support group, all dealing with loss precipitated by elusive fathers, husbands and lovers, by a wife’s death, a lost child, sibling rivalries.. Tourists in their own lives and paralyzed by emotional inertia, they flee to evade responsibilities, failed relationships, their own shortcomings. Although the stories take place in Canada, the USA, Thailand, Cambodia, Mexico and Italy, my characters are less thrill-seeking tourists on vacation than they are P.K. Page’s “terrible tourists with their empty eyes longing to be filled with monuments.” What they’re looking for cannot be not found in any postcard destination.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I am an avid traveller, and often write while travelling. One of these stories, and perhaps the origin of them all, was a story commissioned by Danel Olson for his Exotic Gothic anthology series. Two of my stories ended up in Exotic Gothic Volume 2 and volume 4. Those two stories became one combined story in this collection, entitled “Solitudes.”

5) How long did it take you to write it?
I wrote some of the stories some years ago, and five of them over about 18 months. I am not a quick writer.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I found that the more I edited, and the more I connected the stories, the more I found connections that were already embedded in the text, which surprised me somewhat, because it was as if my subconscious knew more than I did in my conscious writing state. So all that was a thrill. I strongly believe in the subconscious, and in the fact that when we write, often we’re not even sure why we’re writing a particular thing. Yet later, we can see that it makes perfect sense, that we have intuited the connection between things.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?My author website is www.gennigunn.com, and you can click here for my Permanent Tourist book trailer.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
I have taught creative writing for many years, and have always encouraged young authors to read, read, read. Every author I know reads constantly. It is one of the most illuminating pastimes one can have. And it is ultimately the best teacher for writers. Every time I read a fabulous book, I am inspired to go further in my own work. This does not mean imitation, but rather that great writing makes one strive harder to make great writing.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read widely. When I was in the 30s, I made a new years’ resolution that I would read a book a week for the rest of my life, and I have striven to do this every year since. I manage most years. I read literary fiction, historical fiction, probably most of the prize-winning books in English Language, such as the Booker Prize winner, the Pulitzer, the National Book Awards, the International Dublin Literary Award, etc. It keeps one pretty busy!

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
This really changes as time passes. Right now, a book that has really stayed in my mind, despite having read it several years ago is Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of things. This book was published in Australia in 2015, and haunts me still. It is a Kafkaesque story of ten young women who awaken from a drugged sleep to discover they have been abducted and taken to the Australian outback. They have no contact with the outside world, and only slowly begin to discover why they have been abducted and taken there. I will give nothing away here, but to say that this is one of the most affecting and haunting books I have ever read.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Oh yes, I have one polydactyl white cat, who in a couple of weeks, will turn 21! It’s the oldest cat I have ever had. She is, unfortunately, not too well at the moment, but hanging in there. She has been a joy in my life, affectionate and sweet as can be. She had a little sister, NuNu – a Siamese – who died a couple of years ago at the age of 17. Cats have always been an important part of my life.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I have a kindle, but actually, I download a massive amount of books and read them all on my phone. In the past couple of days, I have downloaded, The Friend by Sigrid Nunez, Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connelly (because I saw a fabulous review of this old book in The New Yorker), Virgin Wander by Leif Enger and Here the Dark by David Bergen. Because I travel a lot – though not right now during Covid times – reading on my phone has been my primary reading mode.

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Interview with Veronica Pittman, Author of The Adventures of Paris and Cali

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Veronica Pittman, author of The Adventures of Paris and Cali.

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview:

  1. Author name?

Veronica Pittman San Francisco, Ca

2. Book Title?

The Adventures of Paris and Cali: The First Day of School (Childrens Book)3.The series is about two sisters and their everyday adventures. This particular book in the series discusses starting a new grade at school. Kids can get pretty nervous on the first day of school. This book discusses the different types of  emotions children experience as well as how Paris and Cali handle them.


4. How did you come up with the idea?

I came up with the idea because I remember being nervous on my first day of school. I want children to know that they are not alone and it is okay to be nervous and have feelings. 


5. How long did it take you to write it?

Between 1 and two months.

6. Did you learn anything from the process?

It’s important to pay attention to children and their emotions.

7. Do you have a website/links?

 storytimecircle.blogspot.com,  @theadventuresofparisandcali on Instagram and Facebook8. Plan carefully, don’t rush into things. Fiverr is great for people who need help with editing.

9. What types of books do you like to read?

Self Help , Childrens Books,  and books on Religion. I love hearing about new authors and I am interested in many different types of books. I also love giving and receiving feedback.

10. What’s your favorite book?

The Bible

11. Do you own any pets?

A dog name Ricky (terrier)

12. Do you own an electronic reading device?

A kindle. I actually like it but I prefer physical books.

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And here is a link to Veronica Pittman’s Book (Volume 2):

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Interview with Carol Orange, Author of A Discerning Eye

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Carol Orange, author of A Discerning Eye.

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)? Carol Orange. I live in Chicago, Illinois.


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


3) What is the book about? The novel takes off from the real theft of 13 precious pieces of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. My protagonist, Portia Malatesta, is an art dealer and a docent at the Museum. She analyzes the paintings that were stolen – why this and not that – and constructs a psychological profile of the thief. She is introduced to someone in the FBI and they discover her profile matches someone in their database. They hire her to work with them in Medellin, Colombia where she has worked before and has contacts. She accompanies them on a high stakes sting. Portia’s role is to befriend Maria Alfonso the married daughter of the local drug lord. It is a dangerous time there with drive-by shootings, but she does go with the FBI and Interpol. 


4) Where did you come up with the idea? I was an art dealer in Boston and was very angry about the stolen paintings.  This robbery happened over thirty years ago and they have not yet been found. The intricate suspense novels of John Le Carre inspired my premise, although nothing like is in his novels. 

5) How long did it take you to write it? 10 years

6) Did you learn anything from the project? Yes, it is hard to write a novel.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? My web site is www.carolorange.com How about a book video? No. But an audio version will be completed soon.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? Be persistent and believe in yourself. How about any great editors/cover artists? Elizabeth Rosner is a good editor. I met her at a Writer’s Conference in Kauai.

9) What genres do you like to read? Literary fiction, suspense, memoirs.  Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? Yes

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?  Madame Bovary. I read it in both English and French. I think Flaubert captured the voice of a woman who was stuck in a stultifying environment. 

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?  No. I love English bull dogs.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? No, I like real books.

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Interview with Amelia Marriette, Author of Walking into Alchemy – The Transformative Power of Nature

Hello,

Today I’m very pleased to bring you this interview with Amelia Marriette, author of Walking into Alchemy – The Transformative Power of Nature.

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 name is Amelia Marriette and although I am British I
live in a small town called Bad Sankt Leonhard in
Southern Austria.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Walking into Alchemy: The Transformative Power of
Nature is a Non-fiction book: a memoir, a story about
relocation, love and finding one’s path in life. It has
passages about nature and the landscape. It includes
some Shakespeare and a bit of Art History too. 

3) What is the book about?
The central theme of the book is my personal journey
following redundancy, financial problems, depression and
ill health and my fortunate relocation to Austria. The
book has three other main areas of interest: a love story;
a nature story and a book about art, culture and the
wider world. The love story is one concerning my
chance encounter with my now partner Katie which led
to our relocation to her home town in Austria. I was
surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Carinthian
region, and my love of nature was rekindled. I sought repair and rejuvenation through the completion of fifty-
two, thirteen-mile walks in the span of one calendar
year. This act of repetitive walking enabled me to study
the changing seasons and explore the flora and fauna
of the area; I was able to return myself to health by
considering and reconsidering personal experiences,
emotions, ideas and memories. I also returned to my love
of photography. As the weeks passed, I began to find my
sense of place and my new path in life. I realised that I
was walking into alchemy, mining for gold as I went. It
was then, as a former curator and Shakespeare scholar
that I began to see connections everywhere, and I was able
to invest my walks with meaning from paintings,
musical passages and lines of verse.
I hope that my book Walking into Alchemy will inspire
readers to find their own paths in life, wherever that
might take them.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I came up with the idea after I had completed my first few
walks; it was going to be a blog, but I believe in the
written word and the power of printed books. I also
wanted to work on something over a period of time,
editing and polishing it and include images. I approached
the project without a clear idea of the outcome – which
was deliberate on my part; I wanted literally to take
the idea for a walk and allow my ideas to ferment and
develop.

5) How long did it take you to write it?
It took me exactly a year to walk fifty-two walks in fifty-
two weeks and a further two years to write the book –
much longer than I expected. I also completed one extra
walk and included it at the end of the book to give the
book a sense of closure.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I learnt so much! I learnt a great deal about the changing
of the seasons, especially in a climate that is much colder
than I am used to. I learnt about local customs and met
local people I otherwise would never have met. I learnt
that as an author “taking one’s story for a walk” really
does open up new and unexpected possibilities. I also
learnt to be calmer, more content and happier with
myself. At the beginning of my journey I found it hard to
recognise beauty in life, by the end of the year I was
looking for and finding beauty in both the minute and the
epic – mining for gold as I went. I also can now appreciate
that there is such a thing as a nature cure.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a
book video?

I have a website – (I am also a playwright, radio
presenter and a Shakespeare lecturer):
http://www.ameliamarriette.com

I also have a blog and I blog about once a month on
average.
http://www.ameliamarriette.com/blog

I am currently recording a series of four Zoom talks about
my book. I think that using how technology is helping
authors and I am embracing this idea. I also provide more
information about why I wrote my book and expand on
some of my themes.
My latest Zoom Blog about my book, and authors and how
Zoom can technology is helping to bring new audiences.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6da9wDRkQpY&t=45s

Here is the link to the first YouTube video about my book
using the images that I took on the walk.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEUnw4n5Heg

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors?
How about any great editors?
 
My friend, who is also a writer, began the editing process
for me with great tact and kindness. Later, my editor at
Mereo Books, a small publisher in Cirencester, very kindly
made helpful suggestions or pointed out errors again very
gently. We all need editors, but I believe that we also
need to protect ourselves from having our confidence
shattered. I also think that it’s vital that an editor respects
and retains the authorial voice.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading
new authors and reviewing their work?

I like biographies, books about trees and nature. Anything
Shakespeare related – modern re-workings of
Shakespeare’s plays for example: Ewan’s Nutshell, Jane
Smiley, A Thousand Acres) and I also loved Headlong by
Michael Frayn – any book that looks at paintings in a
tangential and new way appeals to me and Frayn is also
an excellent comic writer.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
My favourite book of all time is the Complete Memoirs of
George Sherston – George Sherston is the pen-name of
Siegfried Sassoon. I first read The Memoirs of A Fox-
Hunting Man, followed by The Memoirs of an Infantry
Officer when I was in my twenties. I am against fox
hunting, and I am a pacifist, yet both these books opened
up worlds to me which I then inhabited, roamed about in
and explored. My mind was expanded and opened. I didn’t
change my views, but I did understand much more and
could see both issues from another point of view.  

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
My partner and I have a pet snail called Brian who lives in
the garden; we put a dab of nail varnish on his shell and
he has been hanging around for over two years – I think
he likes us! We see him once or twice a year – he is no

trouble. We have several hedgehogs, but we rarely see
them.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device?
If so, what kind and how do you like it?

I am so old school when it comes to books! I spend a
great deal of time at my laptop and in my study, so I like
to take a book and be away from technology. Maybe one
day I will buy a Kindle – because I do like e-books as I
like to search for words and ideas and the search facility is
great for that!

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Interview with JT Milford, Author of Evocation (To Love, To Hope, To Dream)

Hello,

I’m pleased to bring you today’s interview with JT Milford, author of Evocation (To Love, To Hope, To Dream)!

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)?

J T Milford, Louisiana

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

Evocation, Inspirational and religious.

3) What is the book about? 

These poems express certain times, feelings and moments in the life of J T Milford. They touch on light, music, nature and things often hidden. Five sections divide the book. Some sections wander through images and places in the authors past. Some are feelings from two previous marriages, others are meditations on war, violence and peace. “Evocation” is a potpourri of thoughts, images and feelings. It will make the reader feel nostalgic for
moments past and wonder for the moments to come.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

This is very strange, no one particular idea. All of a sudden a poem would appear and demand to be written. Understand, I was a terrible student in school. In fact, one of my poems is titled School Days in which I write about 70 years of school nightmares.

5) How long did it take you to write it?

30 years. I previously wrote a chap book, but did not like my writing, so I threw the poems away and started over.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

A lot. What I did not know about writing poems, grammar, punctuation, putting together a book, work on formatting and a hundred other things. In fact I knew nothing. I also, know little about computer software.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?

My son is working on a web site. No video. Web site-evocationbook.com -password evocation!20

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

Read BEFORE you start, How to read poetry like a professor. By Thomas C. Foster   I was very happy with Bookbaby’s work.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?

I stopped reading novels a few years ago, but now at my age I prefer poetry. Yes I am open to reading new authors. I am not really qualified to review an author’s work.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 

No one book, but every book I read greatly enhanced my life.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?

One cat, Name White Cat, A large male stray.  We get along because I follow White Cat rules.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?

Lap top computer, that is it.

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