Author Archives: Vincent

Interview with Courtney Moore, Author of Moonlight Walkers – Forbidden Lands

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Courtney Moore, author of Moonlight Walkers – Forbidden Lands.

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)?
Courtney Moore, Texas.
 
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
MOONLIGHT WALKERS: FORBIDDEN LANDS, Middle Grade Fiction/Fantasy.
 
3) What is the book about? 
Short summary: It’s about a young, unique wolf name Sakura, her hidden ancestral history, and the dragons that will do anything to control it. 
 
Full summary (blurb): Young Sakura has always wondered why her family kept a tight leash on her and her younger brother, never allowing them to leave the pack boundaries. Deep inside, she knows that she’s meant for more than the comforting shelter of her secluded forest.
Her belief is put to the test when a group of ruthless, powerful dragons invade her home and kidnap her pack. The dragon’s king desperately wants to find the Wolves Amulet, a sacred item of the wolves that he believes will grant him freedom from his enchanted prison. After escaping the claws of capture, Sakura, her brother, and a childhood friend set out on a treacherous search for their family, abandoning the familiar boundaries of their home for the first time.
When Sakura learns of her ancestral background – being a descendant from a supernatural wolf and the only one capable of unlocking the power within the amulet, the stakes become greater. With her true identity now revealed, she becomes the wolf king’s greatest asset and the dragon king’s main target, forcing Sakura to decide on the fate of her life and the world as she knows it.
 
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
This all started back in High School, over fifteen years ago. I love reading fantasy books that take the reader to far off worlds. So, I decided to create my own. 
 
5) How long did it take you to write it?
The rough draft was written over fifteen years ago, but most of the story was compiled recently and took me about a year and a half to finish (between adding more plot, character development, and editor reviewing).
 
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes a lot! Especially from my editors. I learned to keep an eye out for the small things that can be overlooked, sometimes making a big difference in the story.
 
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Author website: Courtneymooreauthor.com
Twitter: @Cmooreauthor
 
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
Tips for future writers that want to be authors: Never give up. Don’t take no from an agent or publisher. Keep reviewing and editing your manuscript, eventually you will shine to the right person and/or publisher. Everyone has different tastes for what they are looking for (and that is why it’s a good idea to research the agent and/or publisher to make sure they are the right fit for your manuscript’s audience). Also, it’s a good idea to invest in an editor. They will find things that you never thought to look for. They are a huge eye opener and great knowledge source. A great editor I recommend is Raven Eckman. 
 
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
My favorite genres are fantasy and adventure. I would love to review other authors work and give my feedback.
 
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
Hmm, a very hard question! I have so many books, especially from when I was younger, that I adore! One that was my first novel series is the WARRIORS series by Erin Hunter. This series was also an inspiration to me in creating my own world, but with my favorite animal – wolves! 
 
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Yes, my husband and I love animals. We currently have two Quaker parrots and two lizards.
 
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I unfortunately don’t own a reading device.
*As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Interview with Julian Adorney, Author of The Dragon’s Curse

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Julian Adorney, author of The Dragon’s Curse.

I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?

I write under my real name–Julian Adorney.

 

I live in Colorado but I want to travel the world 🙂

 

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

The Dragon’s Curse is a stand-alone fantasy romance novel.

 

3) What is the book about?

Here’s the synopsis:

 

When Princess Esmerelda stumbles onto a secret buried in the depths of her floating city, the God of Fate curses her. Within seventy days, she will die and her beloved kingdom will fall.

 

If Esmerelda is to survive, she’ll have to unravel the secret of why she was cursed and learn to beat a spiteful God at its own game.

 

Complicating her struggle is Parius, a dashing stranger with a mysterious past. He’s brave and noble and unpredictable, and she finds herself falling for him. But he has dark secrets all his own, secrets their budding relationship may not survive.

 

Their quest takes the pair to forgotten magics, beautiful witches in sleepy villages, and the ancient caverns of the dragons. But time is running out. Can the lovers defeat the God of Fate, or will they lose everything they hold dear?

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

It took me awhile to figure out what the book was about honestly, because writing is so much an exploration for me. It’s not like I decide what the book is about and then set pen to paper to write it…it’s more like I’m exploring the story as I go! So first I thought the story was about a princess who learned to fight, and I played around with a few different ideas before I realized it was about a woman who fought against a brutal destiny.

 

At the time I was struggling a lot with the idea of fate and free will, so it makes sense that I was called to write this story.

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

A little over two and a half years from start to publication. And it was an absolute blast the whole time 🙂

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Tons! This is the first novel that I’ve published, and I’d never worked on a story this complex before.

 

I learned to trust my Muse–my Muse knows the story a whole lot better than my left-brain logical “Me” does. I also learned to not try to predict where the story was going to go–a lot of the really fun moments came because I was discovering this story right along with the characters, and when Esmerelda got herself into a tight spot I didn’t know how she would get out again!

 

Finally I learned that writing fiction is weird–and that’s okay! Amazing, actually. I remember one time I was trying to get a handle on the character of a talking tiger. And it just hit me one moment–I’m walking down the street in broad daylight, having a vivid (but silent) conversation with a talking tiger and asking him why he’s mad at a sorcerer. It was fun!

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

Here’s my author website: https://julianadorney.com/, although I don’t blog a ton. No book video at the moment.

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

My main piece of advice, like I said above, is to trust your Muse. It knows the story, so sit back and let it tell it.

 

I used Amygdala Designs for my cover art, and Ida was fabulous! I don’t get anything if you use her, but I highly recommend checking her out.

 

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

I’m very open to reading new authors! I can’t promise a review unless I like the story, just because I know that different folks have different tastes and I don’t want to leave a negative review of a good book just because it wasn’t my cup of tea 🙂

 

I love reading fantasy stories and romance stories. I love any stories with a good romance in them. I also read some sci-fi!

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

The Harry Potter series, because it’s just so magical. If I had to choose a favorite book, I would say Prisoner of Azkaban–I love the big reveal about Sirius!

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

I really want to get a cat! But no pets right now.

 

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

I don’t honestly, I just use my laptop or physical books. I really love physical books.

*As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Interview with Roland Sato Page, Author of Eating the Forbidden Fruit

Hello,

We have another interview today, this time with Roland Sato Page, author of Eating the Forbidden Fruit.

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)? Roland Sato Page and I reside in St. Louis Mo.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Eating the Forbidden Fruit and it’s a urban crime fiction. Even though the novel is based on true events I chose fiction to protect the privacy of friends and family.
3) What is the book about? It’s loosely based on previous events in my past life including my rise and demise as a St. Louis police officer convicted of federal crimes. My charges stem from my affiliation to childhood associates. Also a person I considered somewhat family.
4) Where did you come up with the idea? I battle depression from time to time therefore I write to maintain my sanity. Something my wife and kids encouraged me to do so i don’t spiral out of control. Effectiveness requires passion so I wrote about situations I have knowledge on. A journey of life is the best topic for me. A story of karma, confession, and redemption. A man’s legacy is important. I want to leave my family with the truth so they don’t make the mistakes I have. Eating the Forbidden Fruit is my true testimony.
5) How long did it take you to write it? Actually only six months and that’s because I wrote journals during my trial. It was a distraction from my woes.
6) Did you learn anything from the project? Definitely we all fall from grace sometimes more than once. How we rebound is what define us. I lost my mother last year I needed to honor her with the completion of my book. Doing the book helped archive all the great memories from my past.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video? Yes all available on my website www.authorrolandpage.com
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? I’m not ready to call myself a author not quite yet. I have to earn that title. I’m a artist and former tattooist. I created my own cover art with the help of Korner Ent.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? I read all genres. One need to expand their mind. What I said I only like soul food without trying other ethnic dishes. That’s not right. I love to support new authors because they may be the stars of tomorrow.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. It’s a story of bullying, being a outcast, a hero, and the underdog became the hero. I was young so it was the first novel that keep my attention. Besides comics.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? Yes a French Mastiff name Hachi.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? No I don’t have on.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Interview with Marie Lavender, Author of Chasing Ginger (The Misfits Series)

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Marie Lavender, author of Chasing Ginger.

Please enjoy!

Thanks,

-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 Marie Lavender. I live in Indiana, actually.

 

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

 

Chasing Ginger is my latest book release. This novel is a steamy romantic comedy – adult contemporary/chick lit/BBW romance/billionaire romance.

 

3)      What is the book about? 

 

The book is about Ginger’s journey, which includes meeting a new man she likes, and deciding what she wants for her life – dreams and all. But it starts with her getting involved in a drug trial. What happens next is just chaos, and it triggers the rest of the story.

 

4)      Where did you come up with the idea?

 

Well, I was inspired by a conversation I had with a reader on social media. I’d posted some random meme about wishing the side effects of medications were cooler instead of unfortunate. In this case, the desired side effect was ‘extreme sexiness’. I just took it from there and added a plus-sized main character.

 

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

 

A year to a year and a half, but only because I was struggling with random bouts of depression from a loss in the family.

 

6)      Did you learn anything from the project?

 

(Laughs.) Yeah, for future reference, I probably shouldn’t approach a rom com project in that kind of mental state.

 

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

 

Of course!

Official Website: http://marielavender.com/

Blogs: http://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/  – I Love Romance Blog
http://marielavender.blogspot.com/ – Writing in the Modern Age

http://marielavenderbooks.blogspot.com/ – Marie Lavender’s Books and Other Things

This is the book trailer for Chasing Ginger:  https://bit.ly/2vyy1Bc

 

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

 

I would say ‘patience and perseverance’. Both of these traits will get you through a lot of hurdles and headaches. The writer’s journey is never easy, but knowing you can achieve a goal despite the odds will help considerably.

Some great cover artists I’ve had are Kayden McLeod, Dawné Dominique, Select-O-Graphix, Deborah Melanie, SwoonWorthy Book Covers, Spellbinding Designs, Avdal Designs, and LDM Graphics.

The editors/proofreaders I liked include Shawna Williams, Kathi Sprayberry, Cynthia Ley, Kathy Collier, Anthony Kohler, Fred Crook, Tracy Guzzardo, Melissa Manes, Jennifer B. Gaubert, and Belinda Y. Hughes.

 

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

 

I’ll read anything, I guess, but I prefer any subgenre of romance. I don’t like nonfiction all that much (unless it’s motivational or I’m reading it for research purposes). It’s difficult for me to get into hard science fiction, and erotic horror is just too weird for me (I don’t mind the two genres separated). My top likes would be paranormal romance, historical romance, and contemporary romance.

I was doing reviews for a while on my romance blog, but my TBR list got too big and I had to shut down requests until I can get caught up. So, right now, it would be a hard NO. It’s not because I want to, though (I am a major bibliophile), yet it’s just necessary so I’ll be able to fulfill the promises I made to review those other books. This is my latest book review.

 

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

 

I still have a weakness for J.R. Ward’s Dark Lover. Wrath is a total book boyfriend to me.

 

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

 

Yep! I have two cats, one calico and the other is almost all black with a few white spots. Emma and Katerina are my babies.

 

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

 

Sort of. I have a Samsung tablet which I use to read my Kindle books and the ebooks I’ve gotten through contests and newsletter sign-ups. I do like it. My problem, however, is that I’m still a bit old school, and I prefer to read a paperback or hardcover. Not to mention that being an epileptic as well as a migraine sufferer, it will always be easier for me to focus on reading an actual page rather than an electronic screen.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Interview with Dirk D. Griffin, Author of War and Pieces (Poems)

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Dirk D. Griffin, author of War and Pieces.

Please see below.

Thanks!

-Vince

 

Interview

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?

I use my legal name on my work: Dirk D Griffin. I live in New Albany, Indiana which is, in many ways, a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky (just across the Ohio River).

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

My newest work is a collection of poems titled “War & Pieces.”

3) What is the book about?

I’ll quote from the back jacket as it very succinctly gives the overall impression:
“Travel through lives touched by the every day sacred and profane. Be transported into the pain, hope, loss, gain and transcendence as you go.”

Poetry is mostly about journeys, and my collection is very much laid out like one. 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I rather spontaneously write poetry, but I tend to be in a certain frame of mind when I do. I often will have a spark and from there it is a matter of shaping that thought until I have a complete idea. The collection was a series of poems that, with the help of my editor, Marian Allen – of Per Bastet Publishers, helped me shape the book into a coherent whole. As I was searching my creative mind, I stumbled on the title, which also helped in selecting sections and order of placement. It was very much a jigsaw puzzle without a picture of the what it should look like when done. As the picture took shape, it became easier and easier to determine what the final form should be.

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

Well, the poems are a selection of what I consider my best work over the last decade of writing. I am, at best a slow writer, and poetry is especially difficult to nail down. While a majority of the work I pulled from was whole, it definitely benefited from the editorial process. So, from poem selection to final book was probably about 6-8 months of slow formation and editing.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

I believe so. I am now tackling long form work in a novel, and while I’ve also done short stories (which are available in several different volumes of Southern Indiana Writers [SIW] collections). Those short stories may be collected into a single volume sometime in the future.

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

Per Bastet helped me set up a writer’s page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dirk-D-Griffin/e/B081VV66H1/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1 and a blog may show up there this year, though I’m not sure what form it will take.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? T. Lee Harris did the cover for War & Pieces as well as many of the SIW collections and the work is top notch. I also found Ms. Allen a truly great editor and easy to work with. Both Allen and Harris are authors who have aencouraging attitude and a fantastic eye for text.  

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

Well, I like history and biography, and am quite partial to SF and Fantasy. I cut my reading teeth on Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, Issac Asimov, and James Blish (in the form of Star Trek collections). As of late, I’ve been trying to get to some classics like Les Miserable, Jude the Obscure, Don Quixote, and such. But I’ve also been reading some obscure things like The Little Book of Stoicism, How to be a Hermit, The Seventeen Solutions, and The Search for Cosmic Justice. I’m sort of all over the place and am always up for a new reading experience.

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

It is a lot like asking my favorite restaurant; it often depends on mood. It usually comes down to a few books: Dandelion Wine by Bradbury, Watership Down by Adams, or American Gods by Gaiman.

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

Currently, I am sans pet, but do love them dearly. I have reached a point where losing them is so painful, that I can no longer take the loss. My housemates though have two dogs that are, by extension, in my care as well. A beautiful, sweet, Husky named Isis, and Mr. Quin, a feisty, little Shih Tzu who is quite a wacky little guy.

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

I currently have a Kindle Paperwhite and really love it. I have always read about three books at a time – I’m ADD and I’m a slow reader. I am encouraged by the completed percentage tally. My Kindle makes it very easy to keep my shifting between books. I haven’t tried anything else other than reading on my laptop or computer using the Kindle app, so I can’t make comparisons.

 

*As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Flow – Poems of Faith by Vincent Lowry

I’m leaving a post here to let my subscribers know about my newest book, Flow – Poems of Faith. 🙂

Per Amazon:

Flow – Poems of Faith is a spiritual journey about the sections of the New and Old Testament. Whether you are experiencing pain, anger, depression, loss, confusion, or change, you are invited to find God’s peace and love with the poetry found in Flow.

You are also encouraged after each poem to contribute your own God-inspired creativity with a poem, song, or prayer.

Flow – Poems of Faith is Vincent Lowry’s sixth book. His other works are American Vineyard, #LucysLetter – The Children of the Greenhouse Age, Surfing the Seconds, Dreams Reign Supreme, and Constellation Chronicles – The Lost Civilization of Aries.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Interview with Brent A. Anders, Ph.D, Author of The Army Learning Concept, Army Learning Model: A Guide to Understanding and Implementation

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Brent A. Anders, Ph.D, Author of The Army Learning Concept, Army Learning Model: A Guide to Understanding and Implementation.

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 author name is Brent A. Anders, Ph.D. I was living in Kansas but am now living in Yerevan, Armenia for a while, working with the U.S. Embassy for the time being.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My newest book is called The Army Learning Concept, Army Learning Model: A Guide to Understanding and Implementation. It is a non-fiction information book.
3) What is the book about?
This book presents interesting and applicable insights into how the Army views education and the process of learning. It is written in an easy to follow manner and explains different educational concepts and techniques for anyone to use to enhance the instructional and learning process. Its four main concepts revolve around Motivation, Interaction, Critical Thinking, and Experiential Learning. In addition to detailed explanations, first-hand accounts/stories, and visuals, usable implementation guides are provided to help readers harness the Army Learning Concept, Army Learning Model to enhance their educational endeavors to improve learning, the educational experience, and long-term retention.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I currently serve in the U.S. Army and wanted to create a document that would help Army instructors, facilitators as well as civilian professors and corporate trainers improve their instructional capabilities and improve the overall educational experience for both teachers and the students.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
I’ve been actively taking notes and slowly putting together this book for the past 5 years. It is a culmination of my years as a certified Army instructor and Senior Noncommissioned officer across multiple deployments all over the world.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes, I believe that anyone can learn something if they take the time to write it down. We learn a lot through researching for a project as well as through reflection and understanding of our own thoughts and feelings. I used a multiple of stories to help illustrate different thoughts and ideas throughout this book; that required a lot of self-reflection and contemplative thought.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog?
I have an author website that also serves as an educational blog. Viewers can learn about me, read my educational articles, and find out more information about my other books at http://sovorelpublishing.com
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
First, create an outline/table of contents to serve as a road map for your writing overall. Other than that, my main success tip would be to treat the book writing project as a scheduled part of your day. From this certain time to this certain time should be your writing/research time. This way, slowly but surely, you will get closer and closer to your end goal. I designed and illustrated my own books and my beautiful, highly educated, and attention-to-detail wife works as my editor.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I mainly read books dealing with education, critical thinking, and presentation skills. Yes, I would be open to reading new authors and reviewing their work.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
That’s a tough question. I have read and enjoyed many books so it is hard to pinpoint a favorite. I don’t think I can fully narrow it down. I learned a lot from “Motivational Design for Learning and Performance: The ARCS Model Approach” by John M. Keller, as well as from the Holy Bible and its different techniques of presenting information such as through direct instruction, allegory, storytelling, etc. I also really enjoyed the fictional work “Ready Player One,” by Ernest Cline. It made a lot of references to the ’80s and ’90s which were a major part of my childhood.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
No pets for me.
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 Fire HD and I very much enjoy it. The screen is very clear and easy to read. I would recommend it to everyone.
*As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized