Interview with Christine Reynebeau, Author of Home

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Today’s interview is with Christine Reynebeau, author of Home.

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)?
Christine Reynebeau, Wisconsin
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Home, Children’s Books
3) What is the book about?
Change and how to handle transitions
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I had a friend recommend writing a book about moving, and when I asked what the lesson in that would be, she said that change can be okay. And I’ve always been bad at change, so helping others to practice the skill early felt important.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Probably about 6 hours over the course of two to three months.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Every time I work with a new illustrator I learn different ways to manage a project and work with different people to bring my story to life.
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?
My biggest advice is to do your research, protect yourself and don’t let anyone pigeonhole you in a publishing journey that doesn’t fit you.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love a good fiction novel, and always I am open to reading from new authors and reviewing work, it’s so important for authors to support each other.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
That’s so tough, but They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky by Benjamin Ajak. Because it is a story of human will to survive and the best lesson of my life, I learned from that book. There’s a beautiful humanity those portrayed in the desire to simply survive. And while I have never been faced with the risk of not surviving, it is always humbling to remind ourselves how capable and determined our bodies are to survive.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Walter, he is a German Shepard/Terrier Mix and featured in two of my books!
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Absolutely not, I have never been able to get on board with electronic reading devices. I do produce ebooks, but I personally like hard copy books. I’m an old soul.
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Interview with Linda Gray, Author of Costa Rica: My View From The Saddle

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I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Linda Grey, author of Costa Rica: My View From The Saddle.

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)?  Linda Gray. I currently live in Costa Rica, but am planning to move back to the US when my house sells here.  I’ll be going to the Eastern Shore MD.  
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?  Costa Rica: My View from the Saddle.  It is an autobiographical nonfiction memoir. 
3) What is the book about? It tells the very funny and sometimes tragic stories of my life over 15 years in Costa Rica, from two perspectives: living in a small Tico mountain village and developing my 200-acre farm, and later, in thriving mostly-Gringo beach community.  
4) Where did you come up with the idea?  When I had a horseback tour business in the mountains, I used to amuse my guests with my stories about living here.  I decided I had better start writing them down before I got too old and forgot them!  
5) How long did it take you to write it? About 3 months.  I used to be a technical writer, so I can type as fast as I can talk.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?  I learned a lot about publishing, marketing, and the book business!  
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?  I currently have a website/blog www.lindagrayauthor.com  but no book videos.  
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? Write from your heart, you can’t go wrong.  I had a friend, Trish Spinelli, do my editing. She has published several books under the name Joan St. John.  I also found a great cover artist through Booklocker, Todd Engram. I published my first book, “The Story of Rancho Tranquilo,” through Booklocker, but when I rewrote the book I used Amazon Direct.  
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?  I like mysteries and historical novels, but I’m open to reading just about anything. I go through a book a day sometimes, and I’m happy to write reviews.  
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? The entire Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I have been a super fan of her books since they first came out.  I have first editions of most of the hardcovers, some signed by the author, but unfortunately the weather in Costa Rica has done a number on them.  I even went on an Outlander-themed horseback trek through Scotland a few years back with my sisters, who are also fans. I was amazed to learn how much of the book is actually based on true stories or legends — not just the historical Jacobite stuff, but also the little stories that I assumed were fictitious based on the characters.   
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?  Right now I have two dogs: a Weimeraner named Shadow, who is the star of the beach, and a hound dog named Hunter.  Both were rescue dogs here in Costa Rica.  I had up to ten horses while I lived on my farm and had a horseback tour business, but my bones are too brittle now and I got tired of living on crutches and in casts, so I no longer have horses.  But I miss them.  
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?  I use my iPad and the Kindle reader to read books.  I subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, and I like that I can get a large assortment of books for free. In Costa Rica, getting books in English is nigh on impossible. Prior to ebooks, we were limited to “somebody’s” collection of paperbacks, which we passed around hungrily, eager to have anything to read. I got so tired of reading “boy books,” i.e. Tom Clancy and military genre, but would struggle through them anyway because there was nothing else LOL. When ebooks came out, it was a total revolution for me.  I bought a Kindle immediately and was amazed to find I could get any book I wanted, instantly. What a concept, especially in the jungle!   

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Interview with Randy L Scott, Author of Awakening – Will the Circle be…

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I’m very please to bring readers and authors this interview with Randy L. Scott, author of Awakening – Will the Circle be…  Randy talks in great length about creating audio books in his interview. It’s very informative stuff so check it out!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

  • What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)
    1. Randy L Scott, I live in northern California, in the rural foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Sometimes it’s the state of confusion, other times it’s a state of pure bliss!

 

  • What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
    1. My newest book is Awakening – Will the Circle be… It is the closing book in my three novel series, The Dream Messiah. The genre is Adventure Fiction with Magical Realism – think Jack London meets Carlos Castaneda

 

  • What is the book about?
    1. This conclusion finds my main character with a new identity, and still not sure if he’s falling into psychosis or a world where he’s the chosen one. He needs to find the truth and finds more than he bargained for when he chooses to live with the Punan Dyaks of Borneo
    2. In the previous novels, Jake Barnes was introduced to lucid dreaming and told of a tribe of nomads in remote Borneo who are preparing for the end of the world, manifesting a messiah to take them to the next life. Jake escaped a 20 year prison sentence for murder in Alaska. He was given the opportunity for a new life, but wasn’t sure if he was dealing with a guardian angel, or the devil. After committing a heinous act, Jake was free to go anywhere but home under his new name. But trouble and the police, were never far behind. Jake runs to Indonesia and the island of Borneo in his quest to find the Punan Dyaks, understand their prophecy and his place in the world.

 

  • Where did you come up with the idea?
    1. The idea came fast. I was hiking across the Superstitious Mountains in Arizona in the 100+ degree heat and stopped to rest under the shade of a cactus. While watching the clouds blow by, I thought about a recent PBS Adventure Series I’d recently seen where the Blair brothers were documenting their travels through Indonesia and went in search or the Punan Dyaks. I tied that into some of my own experiences building a homestead site in remote Alaska.

 

  • How long did it take you to write it?
    1. Over thirty years since I first put pen to paper and began to outline the story. It started as one novel that kept growing. Finally I was convince to break into a series of three. I did lot’s of re-writing on advice of my developmental editor and had to make sure each installment had it’s own arc in addition to the overall story arc.

 

  • Did you learn anything from the project?
    1. Oh so much! I learned I need to get a developmental editor early on to guide the story and make sure I’m on track with the genre and structure. I learned that even after line editors and a professional proof-reader, there a still LOTS of spelling and grammar mistakes. Now I print a half-dozen author’s proof copies (cheap) and give to friends who are great about finding those little mistakes, marking them in the print book and sending it back to me – before publication!
    2. I wish I’d have gone in Kindle Unlimited for the first ninety days or more to get more reviews and page reads, before going wide.
    3. Everything takes longer than you think. At some point you need to let go and get it out. There is a happy medium between putting out flawed work and never getting it out because you can’t stop editing. Don’t skimp on spelling, grammar and formatting. You’ll never reach perfection with the storyline so don’t nitpick over and over and over again.

 

  • Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
    1. My website is https://randco.me I do have a blog on the website with information about the books, my life and writing, along with book reviews of novels I’ve read. I don’t have a book video yet. Once I’ve finished producing the audiobook version of this series, then I will have a trailer made.

 

  • Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
    1. The biggest tips are about editing. Check out The Story Grid method, by Shawn Coyne. Get your genre figured out first, what the tropes are and how to keep your readers turning the pages. Print lots of cheap copies of your (completed) work to give away to a team who will root out all those little errors that made it past your proofreader. Reading your book out loud, or having your computer read it to you, will also find awkward phrases.
    2. Although I enjoyed my last team of editors, I’ll be going with one of the Story Grid editors for my work in progress.
    3. Don’t go cheap on your cover or book blurb. No one will open your book if they don’t past these first to exposures to your work. I used Maria Sinclair for my book covers. I think she did a great job and love the way they are link thematically. I recommend her, but she is no longer taking on new clients.

 

  • What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
    1. My reading has always been all over the map. I love literature, adventure, thriller and humor and history. Lately I’ve been reading more thrillers because that’s the genre of my work in progress.
    2. I love finding new authors and discovering great stories with good writing. For the last two years I’ve been posting reviews of nearly every book I’ve read in that timeframe. The few I’ve read that were pure crap – I don’t leave a review.

 

  • What is your favorite book of all time and why?
    1. My favorite book changes from day to day. One book that just came into my mind is Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore. I like a book because the story is great, or the writing is fantastic and witty. I’ve given away half a dozen copies (careful who I give it to) and everyone has remarked that at some point(s) they have doubled over or fallen on the floor laughing.
    2. Nobody can turn a phrase like Tom Robbins or Douglas Adams.
    3. The best audiobook I’ve listened to is Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides, read by Kristoffer Tabori. It is the pinnacle of voice acting and narration.

 

  • I read you are narrating the audiobook version of your series. Please let our readers know more about that process– from the start to the finished product!
    1. I consider myself one of the exceptions to the rule: Authors shouldn’t narrate their own work.
      1. I have a background in professional, on-stage storytelling. I know how to read well and voice act. I’m still getting vocal/acting coaching and wouldn’t recommend anyone to narrate either fiction or non-fiction without a coach.
      2. I am also an audio engineer. I’ve had my own home studio for a decade with the proper equipment, recording room acoustic treatment and the software to edit and master to a final, polished product.
  • My computer sits outside the vocal booth. Inside, along with the microphone, I have a remote monitor screen, Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. On one third of the monitor is the manuscript. I highlight (in different colors) the dialogue so I know who is speaking. It’s easy to silently scroll through as I read. The other two-thirds of the screen is my recording software (DAW or Digital Audio Workstation).
  1. I record using the PNR (Punch and Roll) method. As soon as I make a mistake, I roll back the audio and re-record the last phrase.
  2. Although my room is well treated acoustically to deaden echoes or reverberations and drastically cuts down the outside noise – there is no way to keep it dead silent. While recording, I have to turn off the refrigerator and stand-up freezer (located in the garage directly below my booth) and the pool pump. During summer hours an attic fan comes on automatically from early/mid morning till well into the evening, so I can’t record during those times. That makes it early morning or late evening to record. We live in very quiet area so traffic noise is not a concern. No one around here has a lawn, but leaf blowers and chainsaws always halt the recording process.
  3. I can edit the recordings to quiet breathing, adjust space between words and phrases, etc. any time of the day. I also have the proper audio repair software so I can eliminate the outside noises that sneak through like inadvertent squeaks of a chair, rubbing clothes, knocks against the desk, a dark bark or my cat letting me know he needs attention.
  • The biggest challenges are: keeping the pacing consistent, with a few exceptions where the action calls for ramping it up. Keeping the character voices consistent and being able to change when there is a scene with four characters all interacting.
  • When I come across an awkward phrase or spelling/grammar mistake that still slipped through, I can change the manuscript right then. When I’ve finished with the first novel of the series, I can resubmit the manuscript to Amazon and Draft2digital. Anyone who gets the ebook or print version after that will have the new, improved, error-free edition and it will be Whispersynch ready!
  1. The last bit of quality check is to send the chapters to an audio proofreader who will read the manuscript while listening. They will note any missed words, contractions, mispronunciations and pauses that are too long or short.
  2. The standard formula is that one hour of ‘finished/mastered’ audio takes six to eight hours to produce, not included prepping the manuscript, eg color coding dialogue, marking places to speed up or slow down, etc. The actual narration is about two hours or more to record an hours worth, due to mistakes and taking breaks. Then that hour of narration will go through four to six hours of editing and mastering to get the audio to the specs required by any of the reputable audiobook distributors.
  3. My first novel in the series, Freedom – Just Another Word… is approximately 110,000 words. It will be about twelve hours of narration. If I’m slow, using the 8:1 ratio, I will put in ninety-six hours into this project. I already have the equipment so my only out-of-pocket expense will be for ‘proofing’. My cost is low, but time commitment is high.
  • I was planning to release the first audiobook in November 1029. There was a two-week interruption when the power company turned off the electricity here in northern California during the wildfire threat. Today is the 17th of November and I can see that it will take me till the end of the year.

 

  • Fun Question: Do you have any pets?
    1. Sam, the cat, may argue that he has us. We’ve been together for nine years and lived in three different houses.

 

  • Fun Question 2:  Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
    1. I have an older Kindle and an iPad. I enjoy both. The Kindle is easier to hold while reading in bed at night if I’m lying down. When sitting up, the iPad is a better experience. On the Kindle I’m not tempted to check email or social media while reading. Both of them suck in bright light outdoors.
    2. I still enjoy have a physical book in my hand too, and the look of our bookshelves full of books.

 

I’m happy to give a free e-copy of the first novel in the Dream Messiah series to your readers at: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/lawml1popp

 

Website: https://randco.me

Email: Randylscott@randco.me

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randylscott2/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Randrifter

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1718157118

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Interview with J.M. Lanham, Author of The R.E.M. Precept

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Today’s interview is with J.M. Lanham, author of The R.E.M. Precept.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

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Interview with Kevin G. Chapman, Author of Deadly Enterprise

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Today’s interview is with Kevin Chapman, author of Deadly Enterprise.

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)?

Kevin G. Chapman – West Windsor, NJ (USA)

 

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

Deadly Enterprise (Mike Stoneman Thriller #2).  This is crime/thriller, police procedural.

 

3) What is the book about?

Mike Stoneman, the titular character, is a NY City Homicide detective.  He’s a somewhat crusty veteran and in the first book of the series, he was paired up with a young Black detective named Jason Dickson.  In this next book, (avoiding spoilers), Mike and Jason have two parallel investigations. One is a pretty straightforward murder of a Bronx bodega owner who wouldn’t play ball with the local protection and money-laundering racket.  They have a pretty good idea of who the killer is, but they are not getting any support from the task force working on the larger organized crime syndicate.  Meanwhile, the death of a young woman is flagged as suspicious by the Medical Examiner, Michelle McNeill, who also happens to be Mike’s love interest (a romance that started in book #1). Cause of death is a heroin overdose and drowning, but Michelle thinks it might be murder.  When Mike and Jason try to look into that, they discover that the young woman may not be the only victim.  But, again, their efforts are impeded by internal obstacles, as files are missing and they get no cooperation from the vice unit, and it appears that she, and at least one of the other possible victims, were visited while in lock-up by a mysterious man impersonating a detective.  When Internal Affairs gets involved, and when the sister of the dead girl shows up in New York, the investigation becomes anything but routine.  Mike and Jason have to figure out who the bad guys are, and some of them may be other cops.

 

 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

The core of the story was inspired by real events.  In the spring of 2018, a group of New York cops, including a retired vice detective, were arrested and charged with running a prostitution and gambling operation in Queens.  The active cops helped shield the retired detective’s operation from detection. The bad cops were vilified (properly) by the Poilce Commissioner and the head of the Internal Affairs division.  The news stories about that police-run prostitution ring led to the Mike Stoneman story, in which a young woman who got caught up in the scheme winds up dead.  The cops have to cover their tracks and certainly don’t need Mike poking around in their business.  This shell story provided the superstructure for everything else, including the development of the characters, and in particular the relationship between Mike and Jason.

 

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

Publication of Deadly Enterprise will be just over one year after publication of book #1 in the series.  Not bad for somebody with a day job.

 

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

I had to research details about the NYPD for the story, which was fun.  Mostly I learned that trying to market one book while you’re writing the next book is hard!

 

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

My website is http://www.KevinGChapman.com.  My blog, which includes reviews of other people’s books, resides there. I have not created any videos about these books, although it would be a wonderful project.

 

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

My editor is wonderful. She’s freelance and is super thorough and has a good eye, particularly for female-centered issues that I am sometimes blind to.  She is great with story development and characters.  I can recommend her highly.  http://www.samanthachapmanediting.com.  (Full disclosure, she’s my daughter, but she really is terrific.)

My book covers have been designed by Bespoke Bookcovers (www.bespokebookcovers.com).  Peter is very easy to work with and very responsive.  I drove him a bit crazy on this cover design because there is an image of a dead girl floating in the East River and we had to get the image right and then figure out how obvious to make it.  In the end, he suggested an opaque image that is visible, but which doesn’t jump off the page at you.  His service is wonderful and the price is quite reasonable.

 

The biggest lesson learned on this project is to give it enough time.  I announced the date for the book launch (Dec. 2) because I wanted to have the books available for the holiday season, but I now wish I had not announced the date until I was further along in the final editing process. I’ll make the deadline, but I’m rushing a bit now and I’ve missed some marketing opportunities, including getting some pre-publication reviews, because there is not enough time before publication date.  Next time, I’m going to be more patient.

 

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

I regularly review other authors’ books. I enjoy science fiction and legal drama, as well as crime. I’m a lawyer, and I’m happy to give advice to authors who are not lawyers who need a check on legal procedure etc.  I also love sports books.  I have really enjoyed working with the authors who have given me pre-publication quotes for my book cover, and I’d be happy to do the same for others.

 

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

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein.  It’s technically science fiction, but it’s really about society and justice and religion and morality.  Heinlein used the SciFi genre to write a social commentary that still stands up after 50 years.  I love the characters and the cynical wisdom.

 

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

Sadly, our Bichon Frise, “Bunches,” passed a while back and we have not replaced her with a new dog.  My wife and I are definitely dog people.

 

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

I was a late convert to the Kindle Paperwhite, but now I don’t go anywhere without it.  As much as I still like paper books, lugging around multiple books on vacation, or loading down my briefcase with a paper book for the train adds unnecessary weight to my commute.  The Kindle is easy to use, easy to read (even outside), and I never have to worry about what will happen if I finish a book during a trip – there is always another one waiting.

 

 

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Additional questions:

 

Q:        Do you have any law enforcement in your background or in your family?

A:        No.  My father was a sportswriter in a small town in the state of Washington.  I have three brothers, but none worked in law enforcement.  I’m a lawyer, but practicing labor & employment law on behalf of employers is pretty far from criminal defense.  My writing about detective Mike Stoneman and his cohorts in the NYPD Homicide division are purely the product of my imagination, supplemented with a little research.

 

Q:        Is there anything in the current novel that is out of your personal experience?

A:        There are a lot of physical locations in the book with which I am personally familiar.  Mike Stoneman’s apartment, for example, is where my wife and I used to live in Manhattan, on 68th street between Amsterdam and Broadway.  Mike’s jogging route and the other scenes on the Upper West Side of Manhattan are not imagined – I’ve been there.  In Deadly Enterprise, I have Mike and Michelle take a roadtrip to my home town of Port Angeles, WA, which was fun to write about.  But, the characters are all totally fictional, and the the murders, the cops, and everyone else are completely imagined.  I used a few names that are similar to names of real people I know, but the characters bear little or no resemblance to them.

 

Q:        Where is the relationship between Mike and his love interest, Medical Examiner Michelle McNeill going?

A:        In book #1, Righteous Assassin, Mike clumsily starts his romance with Michelle.  By the end, they were definitely dating, but the end of that story created some doubt about whether the relationship would continue.  Some of my readers were very worried about them, which is great because it means the readers care.  Now, in this book, they are a couple, but still with some rough patches.  If you read my first novel, Identity Crisis, and examine the relationship between the primary character, Rick LaBlonde, and his long-time girlfriend, you’ll see a relationship that is both solid and on the verge of breakdown because Sybil wanted to get married and Rick was stringing her along.  We’ll see if Mike and Michelle get to that point about ten books from now.  For the moment, their romance is still in its early stages, so we’ll let them have some fun with it before we worry about exactly where it’s heading.  The more interesting question is where Jason’s love life is headed.  Stay tuned for an answer to that question in book #3.

 

Q:        Did you have the ending in mind when you started writing?

A:        Actually, yes.  I wrote the ending first, although a few things changed along the way. The book came together more like a screenplay, with each scene linking to some other part of the story, not necessarily in linear temporal order.  But I always knew where it was going and how it was going to end.

 

Q:        What other authors or books have inspired you?

A:        As a kid I read a lot of science fiction, and loved Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Isaac Asimov.  And, of course, Tolkien.  As an adult, I read a lot of mystery/detective stories and love Sara Paretsky and Michael Connelly.  There’s a little bit of Harry Bosch in my Mike Stoneman character.  The main thing for me is a good plot and a story that I can really follow and get involved with.  I think Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land” may be my favorite book, partly because of the depiction of the legal system of the future.

 

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Interview with Tyler Colins, Author of Forever Poi

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Tyler Colins, author of Forever Poi.

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 Tyler Colins and currently I reside in Canada (Toronto, to be exact), but my aim/wish/desire/plan/intention/dream is to live in the great U.S. of A.  🙂

 

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

My latest book is Forever Poi, which is the fourth in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series.  The mysteries fall in the cozy realm—with grit.

 

3)    What is the book about?

The three female private eyes—JJ, Rey, and Linda—set out to determine who torched two Chinatown art galleries (and left a couple of bodies in the rubble).  They soon discover there are a sundry of potential culprits … with dark histories and not-so-nice secrets.

 

4)    Where did you come up with the idea?

I had written a TV script (never sold) years ago about an insurance adjuster who solves mysteries/murders.  Instead of letting it collect dust in a drawer, I thought, hmmm, why not take some of the scenes and create a “case” for the TTIA gals to solve?

 

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

A year and some (I have a full-time job and Mom-care, so finding time to write can prove challenging).

 

6)    Did you learn anything from the project?

I did in terms of the research component—about insurance, arson, and the art world.  I also “learned” that I really want to do this full-time.

 

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

My blog is A Writers Grab-Bag – https://thewritersgrabbag.com.

 

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

Success tips?  Hmmm.  I think the most important thing is to keep the faith—do what you love and let that passion guide you.  There are so many ways to promote yourself now: blog tours, for example, are an amazing way to get your book seen by different people.  I’d also suggest joining different author communities; there are some good (supportive) ones on Facebook.

Editors?  LOL  Currently, I edit 2-3 books for a publisher, so I’m biased (coz I think I’m pretty good).  Because my books are with a publisher, I no longer have to worry about covers or finding an artist to do them.  I used to have one, but she’s no longer in the business, so I can’t provide her name.  For those in the market for a cover artist, I suggest looking at books to start. Get an idea of what you want.  Reach out to the author for a name and/or advice (they’re quite accessible and many are very happy to help).

 

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

I love mysteries, of course, but intrigue makes for enjoyable escapism, too.  I would definitely read new authors and happily do the odd review (given time constraints).

 

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

I have a lot of favorites . . . hmmm . . . today, I’m going to go with To Kill a Mockingbird.  It’s a wonderful book that pulls you into another time and place.  The twists and turns, and believable (well-crafted) characters make for an extraordinary read.

 

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

I used to have cats.  I love animals!!!  Right now, given Mom-care, it’s not doable.  One day, though, I’d like to have a potbellied pig.

 

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

I don’t.  LOL   You know, I love books—the feel and smell of them.  Turning pages is pleasurable.  I guess that makes me rather “old school”.  Ah well.  So be it. 🙂

 

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Interview with Kaitlynzq, Author of Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu

Audio Set_Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Kaitlynzq, Author of Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

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

My author name is my first name, Kaitlynzq, and I currently live in northern California, and have a love for soft, gentle breezes and calm climates.  Trees, flowers, the ocean, and mountains are all extremely important to me with how I connect.

 

 

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

My writing forms into books that are connected as a set of interconnected stories with elements from each story that interweave in one another as heart’s wave, heart’s song, heart’s breath.  Characters with the same feelings, needs, dreams, desires while each book holds its own unique form.  Instead of a chronological set, the books included in a series are inter-connected, meaning interior connected.

 

My first series, Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu includes Ancient Script of Lovecontu audio poem, Legend of Song de Light audio book, Legend of Song de Light audio play, and Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set.

 

With interior poetic stanzas hinted at in Legend of Song de Light that bloom into full poems in Ancient Script of Lovecontu to then step within notes of love within Legend of Song de Light, as a “Yes, …, I, …, will meet you tonight.”

 

And, all three of these books are held gently in my book Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set, and written with poetic prose and touches of romance.

 

 

3) What is the book about?

Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set holds the internal vocabulary of a character’s heart, that beautiful space of needs, desires, dreams, feelings, with the undercurrent of the depth of lovecontu a continual rhythm within a heart.

 

Lovecontu touches as flowers, sounds of a pink glow, song of radiant chords, and continues within the series of interconnected stories Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu.

 

For the vocal synopsis of this audio set, and more about the series, the following link will guide you to the playlist on my audio streams for Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu

 

https://soundcloud.com/kaitlynzq/sets/lovecontu-song-de-light-lovecontu-series

 

 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

Within my books, I include delicate symmetry of colors, music, and flowers.  Sometimes as symbolic metaphors, and other times as literal connections, within a character’s experiences that at times, link with another character’s experience.  Moment by moment, layer by layer, that become a story.

 

My inspirations come from the interior spaces within my heart, within other people, and within precious natural elements like the layers inside of a tree.  And, in the night time depths of my heart the idea for this series continued to unfold to join in the daylight hours to reveal even more as I wrote.

 

 

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

Each book is unique, and typically begin to form well before I put pen to paper. Once I do begin to write what my imagination holds, it takes about one to two years.

 

 

6) Do you have an author website and/or blog?

kaitlynzq.com

kaitlynzq.boutique

 

blog & audio streams newsletter signup form:  http://eepurl.com/dN-AFj

 

 

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

I love adult literary fiction, poetry and romance, and these are the same genres that I write in.  New authors are as wonderful as any author along the spectrum of their life and artistry.

 

I don’t review authors’ work; however, I have created a collective book box subscription that focuses on the beautiful depths of poetry, and highlights the full color wheel of poets.  If any poets are interested in being included in one of the editions for hearts’ poetry, more information is available here  kaitlynzq.com/poets-center

 

I would be honored to have a conversation with you about the opportunities to include you in hearts’ poetry…

 

a special extension and collection of the artistry of poets

each of their heart’s natural language, imagination’s dance

their words stream into sounds of lyrical compositions that form the stanzas

lines and notes that connect together into poems as their unique

heart’s wave, heart’s song, heart’s breath

heart’s breath, heart’s song, heart’s wave

and are woven into each month’s hearts’ poetry

 

 

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

I don’t have a pet; however, I connect with many animals…butterflies gentle way they float in the air, snow leopard and their soft, intense depth of their eyes, horses and their elegant way, bigfin reef squid and its beautiful way of bioluminescence in the sea, a hummingbird’s dance, eagle’s long wingspan, axolotl and their kind expression, little blue penguin’s precious tenderness, and my list goes on and on.

 

And, my love of these precious beings are part of something that I’ve designed called giving tree, where 25% of sales goes to a charity within books, theatre, radio and nature.  For more information about this community sharing extension, and to synchronize your purchase with the current month’s giving tree moments, please visit these pages

 

kaitlynzq.com/giving-tree

kaitlynzq.boutique/giving-tree

 

#kaitlynzq

 

 

 

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