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Interview with Anthony Aaron Richards, Author of A Transfer of Vengeance – Volume 3 – The Switch Pops

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We have an interview today with Anthony Aaron Richards, author of A Transfer of Vengeance – Volume 3 – The Switch Pops.

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)? 

Anthony Aaron La Forgia – Florida 

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

A Transfer of Vengeance Volume 3 – Mystery 

3) What is the book about?  

A young female Architect, who finds out she has a sister no one has told her about and just after they meet – the sister is murdered. Raven is taken to the crime scene by the FBI and New Orleans Police were she has a psychological break – and she begins the hunt for the person that killed her sister, finds him, dates him, and kills him – Raven never expected to become a serial killer chasing other serial killers. She finds a strange connection between the serial killers and her and Sara’s bizarre past. When the family secrets finally come out of the summer cabin, no woman is safe…  

4) Where did you come up with the idea? 

I’m a retired Counselor, dealing with women and the abuses they endured and helped them get free and start new lives – I guess it’s my way of fighting back for all the Didn’t Make It’s out there. 

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

Well, it’s a seven-book series – still going, I came up with an idea for each book to have four volumes (quick reads) which keeps a good pace. I’m in book one – volumes 1 & 2 are published and volume 3 will be out next week. I do have book 2 done, book 3 almost complete and sections of the rest in progress. 

6) Did you learn anything from the project? 

OMG – The world of human trafficking is one hell of a dark road – I had to find a way to bring it to the forefront in a different way – I was told my subject was a hard one for publishers. 

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

Yes, website – aarichardswrites.com and use Instagram (tony.laforgia.7) for what I call Story Pic’s, it my own art that relates to the books – and I give little hints as to what’s happening. 

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

  1. Set a time to write that fits you and stick to it. 
  1. Always have an editor, that you can work with – always, always… 
  1. Don’t go cheap on your cover 

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

Actually, I read a little of everything – including Childrens and Sci-Fi – feed the mind with as much imagination as possible. I started writing children’s stories when I began.  

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

Allen Folsom/Day of Confession, for some reason it hooked me, and I couldn’t stop – good story and writing. But the big but is John Grisham, I read Folsom first and the next book I picked up was one by Mr. Grisham. Through his books (which I read everyone I get my hands on at the time, early 90’s) I learned that you could have a cause and fight for it in your stories. Thanks to him my world opened.  

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

A six-pound Chihuahua Terrier mix – I call her my assistant. 

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

Well, I fought it at first, I was hard on HARD COPY… but I’m also a junior techie and have an iPad/iPhone/Mac – I love the ability to pull up a book at any time and READ, READ, READ…  

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Interview with Ty Jordan, Author of Red Scott Blue

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Ty Jordan, author of Red Scott Blue.

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live?

Howdy! My name is Ty Jordan and I live in the abyss, otherwise known as Florida.

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

The title of my book is Red Scott Blue and it’s a fantasy/action/drama combo-deal.

3) What is the book about?

Ah, my favorite part! Red Scott Blue is about a guy that gets pulled into another dimension, which exists in what was intended to be a dystopian YA novel. The demon who created said dimension is out to kill the protagonist, but wants to use that new environment to deteriorate his mental health first. The guy meets a colorful cast of characters along the journey to escape the demon and find a way back home. However, the fantasy of being a hero in this world that seems to revolve around him can be too alluring at times. Even knowing how things could turn out for him if he stays, he contemplates if this short lived fantasy would be better than his miserable reality.

4)How long did it take to write it?

It took three years to finish writing, then another year to get through the publishing process.

5)Did you learn anything from the project?

I learned so much from this project. Writing dialogue and reactions that were believable for those respective characters took a lot of research, which is something I carry on to current projects. Also, self-care is important and takes many forms, but you should at least take breaks and get rest whenever you can. I neglected my health for a while during the time I wrote this book and I’m still paying the price for it now. I’ve made many mistakes, and I’m not done yet, but it never hurts to relax every now and then.

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

I have a tumblr blog, @tyjordanshairline. I’m quite the minimalist online. The other place I put behind the scenes work is on instagram @dangerfandango. That’s all.

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

Be ready to fail by other people’s standards. Keep in mind that life isn’t a race, and if you’re diligent your work will pay off in time. Be kind to others. Don’t just be cordial because of what you believe others can do for you; be kind and respect others for who they are. You’re not entitled to anyone’s time, and of course, no one is entitled to yours. Plan out your stories in whatever way that helps you personally. Notebooks? Doodles? Songs? Character and event outlines? Do what helps you progress in your work. It doesn’t matter if it’s unconventional or considered wrong by formal writing standards. I personally looked up writing techniques that should be avoided and did a few out of spite. Just do what comes naturally for you.

I did most of the editing myself because there was a very specific way I wanted things to be handled so that the tone would be consistent. The rest was done by my publisher. I also did the main part of the cover art. The finished product was a joint effort from the publisher and myself, and I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. In this regard, I suppose I’m not the best with recommendations. Apologies for that one.

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

I haven’t read any romance or horror novels yet, but outside of that I’m familiar with many genres. I don’t have a favorite genre per se, but I do favor books that aren’t too heavy on prose. I read a lot of nonfiction for research, so that’s what I’m accustomed to now, but I’m always open to reading more lighthearted things. I would love to review projects from other authors! In fact, I’ve done so two months ago, and I used to review manuscripts for a bit in the past.

I love seeing other writing styles because it’s like getting to know someone in a new and unique way. I’m careful not to criticize a story for it not having what I personally would’ve done. I get a feel for the author’s voice and what ideas they are trying to convey, then I try to help them improve on that. If you’re looking for a helpful review that gets to the point and spares harsh words, one could throw a request directly at my email, tyjordanshairline@gmail.com, or on my blog.

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

I don’t use definitive terms when it comes to my favorite things because as I change, my interests may as well. Time isn’t over for me yet, but I do have some odd favorites. The Wizard of Oz is a great book that’s underrated in terms of humor. It’s vibrant and whimsical, especially the original version with W. W. Denslow’s illustrations. If you’ve only seen the movies, do yourself a favor and read the original.

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

I have an invisible walrus named Rufus. They’re more of a roommate than a pet, but I use that term since it’s easier for people to understand.

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

I wish I could say I own one and be honest, but alas, it would be a falsehood. I Ty Jordan do solemnly swear that I do not own an electronic device dedicated to reading

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Interview with Patrick D. Carlson, Author of The Winged Lion: Marion’s Match

Hello,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview today with Patrick D. Carlson, author of The Winged Lion: Marion’s Match.

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)?
Patrick D. Carlson, Minnesota


2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The Winged Lion: Marion’s Matchdystopian fiction

3) What is the book about? 
In the year 2090, the Commonwealth, the tyrannical world government headed by Premier Kerioth, has a stranglehold over all its citizens. General Nathaniel Marion leads the nonconformist resistance forces, with the ultimate goal of toppling the dictatorial regime.
Peter Barclay is a prodigious teenager who is trying to find his place in this society in which he is so different from his peers. His intellect and profound “gifts” make him admirable to some and vilified by most. Peter’s mysterious role in the larger plot to take down the Commonwealth eventually becomes known through the many unexpected turns within the tightly woven plotline.
What will win in the end, freedom or tyranny? You’ll have to find out.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I wouldn’t say there was one specific catalyst with regard to the idea for my book. I have always been deeply interested in politics in the U.S., geopolitics, military history and technology, and ideological struggles in history. I am kind of a movie buff of sorts (mostly older movies), so I probably got some bits and pieces from things I’ve seen over the years too.

5) How long did it take you to write it?
I started contemplating writing a book in 2013 and started writing a different storyline. I didn’t like it, so I started over and began writing the first chapter of “The Winged Lion: Marion’s Match” in the fall of 2015. I would say if I were to add up the bits and pieces over the last four and a half years of writing, it would probably be a solid eighteen months to put the storyline together, then about twenty-four months of editing and revising. That was the best I could do given my other dedications in life: my marriage, my three sons now, and having a full-time career as a home care physical therapist in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
By and large, I enjoyed the writing process. I would say it’s much easier to write five pages or more than to write one page because once I was able to get inundated in the characters’ minds or within the story, then the words flowed much more easily. Being “in the zone” was probably the most vivid part of writing from me. From time to time, especially when I had a longer period of time during which I could continuously write, as I was writing, it felt like I was in a movie of my own creation, so that was pretty cool. The most difficulty certainly came from the editing process. I know the finished product (although, finished is debatable, and I realize this is a problem for most authors–never being completely satisfied with their work) arrived after at least eleven revisions after having gone through the whole story over and over. I certainly became a better writer as I learned how to refine my craft through this difficult editing phase. My wife and dad were probably my greatest editors-in-chief, aside from myself. My publisher, Page Publishing, helped me move forward to present a much better version than what I initially had, so I am grateful for them as well.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I am still in the process of determining the kind of website I’d like to have created. I do have one on the Page Publishing website.  https://www.pagepublishing.com/books/?book=the-winged-lion
No book video or blog yet, although I’m sure I’ll do something like that in the future.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
I would say that one major form of writer’s block that I had to overcome was getting too consumed by researching. I’m a fairly detail-oriented person, and so I would research geographical locations where the storyline takes place, military technologies, etc. I found that my desire to find more and more information would, at times, take away from the actual story writing itself. So, my advice would be to always continue to write something down to keep the project moving forward. Technical details can always be added later.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I do quite a bit of reading on any given day, but Ironically, almost all of what I read are articles and non-fiction books. I read a lot of U.S. and world history books, military history, Catholic apologetics, and some other theological books as well. I haven’t really read a whole lot within the genre of dystopian fiction. “Starship Troopers” is probably the only one I’ve read.
I would be open to reviewing aspects of new authors’ work as my time allows.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
My favorite book of all time is Theology and Sanity, by Frank Sheed. It enlightens the reader about what it means to be human, and what our place is in the order of creation. After reading this book, you’ll never look at life the same way.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I don’t have any pets

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I prefer a physical book, so I don’t own an electronic reading device.

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Interview with Jim Henderson, Author of Early Mantis

Hello, I’m pleased to bring you this interview today with Jim Henderson, author of Early Mantis.

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)?

Jim Henderson, Colorado, USA

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

Early Mantis

Science Fiction

3) What is the book about? 

In Early Mantis, each crew member’s life, career, and back story is explored, including the robots and the ship itself. See the action, the career progression, the missteps, the relationships, and challenges that shaped all your favorite characters. Hear how a robot, or a starship, experiences their creation and assembly. Listen to the humans and non-humans summarize key points of their lives and careers.

What does the backstory of a robot look like?

What’s the backstory of an artificially intelligent starship?

What happened to make Ximon or Elsbeth the way they are?

What is a robot actually thinking?

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

The book is part of a larger series of books called the Mantis Saga. The saga details the adventures of the KSS Mantis and her crew.

This book derived from a desire to further detail the backstories of all the crew members we see throughout the saga.

The rest of the Mantis Saga can be found here:

https://mantissaga.space/

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

About 3 months off-and-on.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Yes, the book turned out to be an interesting experiment in writing in first-person from numerous characters. Feeling the change in tone and feel was quite interesting.  I’ll definitely use the technique more.

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

Yes, a great deal of information about the Mantis Saga can be found at:
http://www.mantissaga.space      

Additional information can be found on a Mantis Saga Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/JimHendersonMantis

This is a short release video for the book:

More videos about the books of the saga can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCheDOML36vY0qLtOA0rdtlQ

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

Sure, a few:

  • If your book has a lot of diagrams, maps, or pictures, consider using someone for formatting.  I spent a lot of time fighting with Kindle Create to try to get pictures to work correctly.
  • Go to writing conventions when you can. You can learn a lot just by perusing the tables and more by the sessions and by just talking to others. Then, when you feel ready, you can consider participating in panels and such.
  • Use a professional editor of some level. I didn’t do so at first because I felt confident it my writing ability and proofread myself.  I later used an editor and learned a great deal.  I’ve used several different editors and learned from each.
  • Consider a professional proofreader, especially if you don’t use an editor. They’ll generally give you more complete feedback than family and friends. I’ve found Rachel Welsh to be wonderful – she provided almost as much insight as an editor
  • For editors, I’ve learned a lot from Joie Davidow, Christina Ferko, Christina Butts, and Peter Weston. Peter is also great at formatting.
  • Ian Stead is a great spaceship artist and I’ve incorporated his work into multiple covers. 
  • I generally design my own covers and find Canva to be a good tool for that.
  • Take some time to build your world and your characters. There are a lot of classes or documents out there to assist in that. Among others, you might try Stant Litore’s books on those two subjects.

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

My favorite is science fiction, but I also read fantasy, history, and technology non-fiction.

Yes, I’d be open to new authors and reviewing their work, though I sometimes find it hard to find the time to read a physical book.

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

That’s a tough question. I guess I might say Riverworld by Farmer. That opening, awaking scene is so interesting, and the world gives rise to innumerable options.

On another day I might have listed

  • Pride and Prejudice by Austen (wonderful dialogue)
  • Foundation by Asimov (grand design)
  • Lord of the Rings by Tolkien (epic adventure)
  • The robot short stories by Asimov (interesting insights and logic)

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

Yes, we have two dogs, who are both getting to be rather ‘old men.’  Fred is some kind of husky mix. He is scared of thunder and fireworks. He is quite lazy and will plop down somewhere and not move regardless of what’s going on.

Buddy is a chocolate lab/Weimaraner mix. He likes to watch TV with us, will often go crazy if there are horses on a show, and will come running to watch dogs on commercials or shows.

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.  I enjoy it as a tablet and for reading.

However, I do most of my reading via Audible on my phone or my home Echo.

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Interview with C. Thomas Cox, Author of Memories Never Die

Good afternoon,

Today’s interview is with C. Thomas Cox, author of Memories Never Die.

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)?
I write as C. Thomas Cox, and I live in Maryland.


2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
MEMORIES NEVER DIE is my recently released debut novel. It straddles the fine line between suspense and thriller.

3) What is the book about? 
MEMORIES NEVER DIE is, at its core, a story about redemption. As is the case for most of us, though, redemption is hard to find when one is haunted by the soberingly-bad decisions of his or her past.
For most of his adult life, Jim Richmond, an aging Vietnam War vet, has attempted to forget the memories of his time on the front lines. His PTSD doesn’t help.
He won’t admit how much the flashbacks and related anxiety control his life and fracture his relationships — particularly his marriage. When the Vietnamese farmer he murdered shows up and threatens him, however, he’s forced to confront his past.
As Jim races to protect his family from the farmer’s thirst for vengeance, he must finally deal with the memories that have never stopped haunting him.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I came up with the idea for the beginning of MEMORIES NEVER DIE from my time watching my sons play youth baseball. After seeing one too many overzealous parents yell at the umpires, I thought, what if one of those parents took things too far. That idea became the first chapter of the story.
When I started to write the book, I wasn’t sure what would happen after that initial scene. As I wrote, though, I uncovered more and more about the characters and where their journeys would take them.


5) How long did it take you to write it?
I completed the book in about nine months, with the final three months dedicated to fixing the mistakes I made when I wrote the first draft.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
While writing about a character with PTSD, I felt his struggle with his awful memories…his memories that truly would never die, regardless of what he did.
I also realized that every human being makes bad decisions, but we cannot let such decisions define us. Instead, we must learn from them and, in turn, become better people.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
You can find me and my works at https://ctcox20.wixsite.com/cthomascox/.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
I created my own cover on Canva and edit my own books, so I don’t have any suggestions from that perspective.
As for success, I’m still working on that part!

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love reading suspense and thrillers, and often I find those with a religious bent particularly interesting.
I’m definitely open to reading and reviewing new authors, particularly if they write in those genres. 

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
The HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins is my favorite book because reading it rekindled my love of reading, and it reignited my desire to write.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
My family has a golden retriever named Scout. He’s seven-years-old and slowing down, but he still has much more energy than me!

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I read on my iPhone whenever I read eBooks. I’m too cheap to purchase a separate reading device!

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Interview with Samuel Yaw Jian Fong, Author of Unicorn Farmhand

Good morning,

Today’s interview is with Samuel Yaw Jian Fong, author of Unicorn Farmhand.

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)?
I still use the same name as I do IRL: “Samuel Yaw Jian Fong”. I come from Negeri Sembilan, located in Malaysia.


2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My most recent book is known as “Unicorn Farmhand“. It is a science fiction book, with bits of adventure.


3) What is the book about? 
My book is mainly about a horse who likes to write messages to his owners. After they try to make him a celebrity, they also make him attend a jousting competition; but he also writes messages to his human owners, seeking their help to get rid of his nightmares.  

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
This book was based on a high school assignment about fantasy creatures from a few years ago that I decided to pick up. It was also inspired by the TVB Cantonese dramas from Hong Kong that I used to watch when I was a boy, my love of horses and poking fun of cliches about unicorns, and (to some extent) MLP:FiM.  

5) How long did it take you to write it?
It took me almost a year to finish my novel, roughly 9 months after beginning at around the start of 2019.  

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Perhaps it is that if you keep on working on something, it might yield results, better than doing nothing.  

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I have two: DeviantArt and the Rabydosverse wiki. In the latter, you can learn more about the setting of my stories.  

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
As Winston Churchill said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” It is also better to keep a good reputation to earn more friends.  

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I usually like to read science fiction, fantasy, atlases, and encyclopedias. If I have enough time (and money), surely I would like to review others’ works so more people can find them.  

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
My favourite book of all time is the Silmarillion, because of its deep stories and lore. That story also inspired me to create my own worlds and their histories.  

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I have a small dog, a Silky Terrier-Shih Tzu mix known as “Prince”. He tends to be mischievous.


12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I do not have an electronic reading device. I once downloaded a Kindle to my computer, but it does not work in Malaysia.

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Interview with Marie Feather, Author of PEACE

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Marie Feather, author of PEACE.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

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

Hello Vincent! Thank you for giving me the chance to get featured on your blog. I write under pen-name Marie Feather and currently live in Toronto, Canada. I am a student at the University of Toronto.

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

The title of my book is P.E.A.C.E. and it is a self-help book.

3) What is the book about?

This book would be useful to anyone who has gone/currently going through a rough time or just trying to find ways to achieve inner peace and gain confidence. It takes you on a journey from realizing that you have a problem to finding ways to heal yourself, learning how to love yourself and accept yourself for who you truly are, and finally towards setting brave goals without being afraid to follow your dreams no matter what. This book has 5 chapters and 50 quotes and each chapter is a step forward towards finding peace within yourself.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

Inspiration came from many different directions. It came from movies I’ve seen, books I’ve read, songs I’ve heard and people I’ve met, but most importantly it came from my own story. I started studying abroad, away from home, when I was 15. It was something that I felt I needed to do, and my parents supported me in this decision as they have throughout my whole life. They are the people who I can always count on and who always got my back no matter what.

When you study abroad you spend most of your time away from your family and this grown-up life teaches you lessons that you can never learn by staying in your comfort zone. I never thought how hard it could be for me and I made this decision anyway. I had depression for 4 years since the year I left home, some of it was the result of people I met during that time but mostly it was the loss of confidence, fear that I won’t manage studying and homesickness. 1 year ago, I realized that this is not something that has the right to continue and I locked myself at home for a month trying to figure out who I am, why am I hurting still and what can I do about it. My parents have supported me always but it was me who had to gain back belief in myself and love myself again in order to feel better. It worked when I realized the most important thing: never ever ignore your pain no matter how busy you are, face it instead, spend time dealing with it letting all your emotions out, then you will feel better. I ignored my feeling for far too long, tried to keep myself busy all the time instead, and that was the biggest mistake I’ve made. One-on-one time with my pain worked and I finally felt at peace. I overcame depression, got my old- (but better and stronger)-self back and wrote this book to help everyone out there to feel better, by sharing my thoughts and my story.

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

I’ve spent about two months writing it and another month editing it.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Of course, I did. As I said I used other sources of inspiration throughout the process as well as looked for quotes, that could fit within the topic of my project and communicate the message well. I found a lot of motivational speakers, psychologists, and writers who shared the same point of view that I had.

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

I do have an Instagram blog (https://www.instagram.com/marie__feat…), where I try to write inspirational/motivational posts whenever I get time, studying it can be challenging sometimes. I also use it as a platform to connect with readers and promote my book. My DM is always open to anyone who wants to talk especially if it’s someone who is struggling as I did not so long ago.

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

I worked and still am working with Pageturner, press, and media and so far, they have been more than helpful and supportive. They took my sketch for the cover to a whole new level and my literary agent is always there to support me with my book and marketing. One of the things they did was also getting my book featured in the magazine. The advertisement for it should soon be published in “Publishers Weekly” magazine.

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

I love reading self-help/ psychology-related books, I also enjoy reading detective novels and my favorite author is Agatha Christie. Although I’m always in search of something new and always ready to explore new genres and authors.

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

It’s always hard to distinguish one book from every other book you’ve ever read but I would say that simply because of how much this book impacted me and touched me as well as helped me to get out of depression – it’s “Inward” by Yung Pueblo.

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

I always wanted to have but never gotten an opportunity, maybe in the future.

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

I am old-fashioned when it comes to reading and I love paper more than anything else.

Thank you for the interview and for this opportunity.

My heart goes out to everyone who is struggling right now. I hope that my book helps you at least a little because if it does then one of my most important goals in life will be achieved which is using the pain I had to help others avoid it.

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Interview with 100 Lick, Author of TEDESKIMMA

Hello,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview with 100 Lick, Author of TEDESKIMMA.

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)?

Hi Vincent. First of all, thank you so much for giving me this opportunity. I really appreciate it. I write under the pseudonym 100Lick and I am currently based in Washington D.C, USA.

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

My first book is called TEDESKIMMA. This book is primarily literary fiction.

3) What is the book about? 

I like to think of TEDESKIMMA as a collection of 11 stories that are interconnected, with each story belonging to a different genre. A couple of these stories are tense, action packed adventures, while others are centered around important conversations that form the characters within them. A few of the parts are focused on the long, harrowing journeys that their protagonists undertake, while others are coming of age stories.

I love the way Indiereader.com described the book in their review:

“If Lord Of The Flies, The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, and beloved children’s classic Knuffle Bunny were tossed in a literary blender, the result might read like TEDESKIMMA by 100 LICK.” – IndieReader

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

The book was mainly inspired by an idea that occurred to me one day – multiple characters connected by a single object. This idea is what forms the basic premise of TEDESKIMMA. To this day, I’m not sure what gave birth to it.

As I began working on this idea, I began thinking of what the stories of these multiple characters will be. At the time, there were multiple events I witnessed happening around me that shocked me. Many of them made me feel helpless, and this book was my way of processing them. I felt like there was nothing I could do about the atrocities I was witnessing, except write about them, hoping that what I wrote would move others enough to rise up and do what I could not on my own. These events helped me find the emotional core of this work.

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

It took me close to a year to write this story. I then spent two to three months reading through the story a few times and doing my own edits, after which I sent it out for editing.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Yes, I did. The research for TEDESKIMMA gave me a lot of insight into the many social ills that our planet faces. It also helped me understand the history and underlying causes of many of the atrocities I saw in the news at that point in time, which I had been struggling with, in addition to helping me process them. Working on this book also made me realize that writing helps me organize my thoughts better, and allows me to work past the various conflicting ideas and viewpoints in my head and arrive at a conclusion.

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

I haven’t taken a dive into book videos yet. I’m hoping to get to those in the coming months. I do have a website (www.100lick.com). I don’t blog frequently but I have started to use Medium for blogging (https://medium.com/100lick) and I will be adding a blog to my website in the coming months. Currently, I am using my Medium blog as a serialized fiction blog where I post sample chapters of the various books I put out. My goal is to start publishing articles about various topics in the coming months as well, while continuing to post book chapters.

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

At present, I’m still new to self-publishing, and I’m still trying to figure things out myself. So I have no success tips to share when it comes to selling books. I have no editors or cover artists to recommend at this point either (but I will be sure to recommend any I come across on my website and my blog). However, in terms of writing and putting your work out there, I will say this. Be truthful with yourself about why you are writing. If you write for the love of it, and because you have an urge to create stories, then write what you want and publish it how you want. But if you’re writing to create a business, then make sure you treat it like one. Approach writing just like you would approach any other business idea you were trying to implement.

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

I read all genres, though, when given a choice, I tend to lean towards science fiction more than others. And yes, I’m open to reading new authors and reviewing their work.

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

I have no clear favorite because there are just so many books to choose from. However, if I had to make a choice, I would pick “The Gormenghast Trilogy” by Mervyn Peake. I read it when I was a teenager, and no other book has come close to the vivid images this particular work created in my head. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk would be a close second. I can still recollect how both these works made me feel when I read them, even though I cannot recollect a lot of details about the content of these works themselves. And that, to me, is exactly what great art does. It always stays with you, and you can never completely forget the way it made you feel when you first experienced it.

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

Unfortunately, I have no pets right now. I do plan on getting a cat, followed a dog, in a year or two. Someday, many years from now, when I am an experienced enough pet owner, and I have much more free time and a large backyard, I would like to get a couple of wolves.

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

I own a Kindle currently. I also read using a few apps on my phone and on my tablet. I like electronic reading devices for their convenience and because they have a minimal footprint. However, for me personally, they still have a long way to go before they even come close to the feel and experience of a physical copy.

 

Thank you once more for giving me this opportunity. And thank you to all who took the time to read this. I hope you all have a great day, no matter where you are, especially in these difficult times.

Stay Safe,

100Lick.

 

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Interview with Margaret Walker, Author of His Most Italian City

Hello,

I’m please to bring you this interview today with Margaret Walker, author of His Most Italian City!

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)?

Margaret Walker. I live in Sydney, Australia.

 

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

His Most Italian City. (Through Forests and Mountains, about a girl who wants to be a partisan, will come out next year.)

 

3)    What is the book about?

His Most Italian City is about revenge. The protagonist is in love with the wife of my favourite character (he’s not the protagonist, sorry). When she is killed in the inter-ethnic violence of Mussolini’s Italy, the husband stalks him as a traitor and an adulterer.

 

4)    Where did you come up with the idea?

The story world is based on my family history. I started the novel because I wanted to record my history, then I went on a submarine tour and became so obsessed with submarines that I decided to have one in the book. The rest developed because I enjoy writing about relationships.

 

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

A year to write it and a further half year for revisions after it returned from the manuscript assessor.

 

6)    Did you learn anything from the project?

Yes, I needed all the professional help I could get! I recommend a manuscript assessor and a professional editor.

 

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

Author website: https://www.mwalkeristra.com/

 

Here’s the blog about the submarine tour:

https://mwalkeristra.blogspot.com/2020/01/terror-on-high-seas-tour-of-hmas-ovens.html

 

And the promotional video:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rWADTMj2_3rbJb5j3rZRRBjDyQ03CMKM/view

 

 

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

Most important: patience, patience, patience. Read books that are well written to help with your own prose. I’m a huge fan of Dickens. I read him whenever I’m stuck and he always gets me going again. I love his style.

My editor from Penmore Press was Lauren McElroy and the cover design is by Christine Horner, Book Cover Whisperer. Both were wonderful.

 

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

I read history non-stop, also modern languages. I enjoy historical fiction, thrillers and crime fiction. A huge draw card within these genres is romance, relationships and magic realism. FInally, if you can get inside your characters’ heads, you’ve really grabbed me.

 

I review independent books for a London reviewer. (Unpaid, but I enjoy it. I’m a teacher so I try to be encouraging and objective.) Some of the books are very good indeed, and deserve to be published and marketed by mainstream publishing houses.

 

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

Either Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

 

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

I have a big boofy dog called Vladi (think Dracula).

 

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

I have a Kobo e-reader that I won in a library raffle. It is brilliant for rare books. Sometimes a book I want has only three copies in the world yet you can get it in an electronic form. Do I like it? Um, yes, but I prefer hardcopy.

 

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Interview with Ahiddibah Tsinnie, Author of Yes, I Took My Meds (A Memior)

Hello,

Today I’m please to bring you this interview with Ahiddibah Tsinnie, author of Yes, I Took My Meds.

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 Ahiddibah Tsinnie. I live in Nevada.
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2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My book called Yes, I Took My Meds. It is a memoir.
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3) What is the book about?
Yes, I Took My Meds, follows my life through my trauma, and later diagnosis of bipolar. Through story and diary entries, it shows my progress through my illness and my wellness of being bipolar. Within all of that, the book also discusses my single, teenage parenthood, the traumatic loss of my brother, family history, and my cultural background of being Navajo.
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4) Where did you come up with the idea?
My book started off as a blog. I started writing these journal entries while I was sick or after I had an episode. I kept a diary. Some of that went into my blog. Some of it went into my diary. I decided I wanted to write more and more. I created a timeline of my life. I would just pick and choose what part I wanted to write about. I started having my friends and family read the blog. They really liked it and encouraged me to turn it into a book. With the help of my editor, Margaret, I did.
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5) How long did it take you to write it?
I wrote the first draft is six weeks. It was a burst of manic energy. Then my editor got ahold of it and deconstructed it. Then began the process of really creating the book and rewriting and adding content. Making it a true book. That process lasted another six months.
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6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I learned I have more to learn from writing. I learned I need to have another editor proofread for final typos. There were about twenty typos if not more in the book that were pointed out to me. I was able to correct that but the damage was done. It was very frustrating. the more you stare at a project, the less you can see your error. You need to enlist more help. Even my editor had missed it. I should have had another person proofread it.
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7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
My author’s website is ahiddibah.com. It is a website and a blog. There is book content and a blog about mental health or writings. It varies.
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8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
I would have to say, work with professional editors and cover artists. It makes a difference in how your book is received. Even though my book had typos, I recognize that I should have done one more edit with another person. Margaret Diehl was my editor, and without her, I wouldn’t have a book. It was her idea to format it in the way it was written. She has a great eye. David Miles did my cover art. He was easy to work with. Generous with his time. He supplied me with art for everything I needed. Both people I found on Reedsy.com.
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9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read a lot of young adult fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi. I would read anything if I had the time and my brain was cooperating. I sometimes have trouble with the bipolar not helping me. I cannot focus and do my work. Reading becomes a challenge and I find it difficult to focus. Sometimes that interferes with my ability to write as well. But, I would like to help any new authors if possible.
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10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
That is a REAL tough question. As an English teacher, I have read a lot of books. There are classics and new literature that touches my heart and awakens my brain. But I suppose, I’m going to have to go with the master. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. I feel that every fantasy book owes something to Tolkein. His world-building, character arcs, languages, and overall story is the heart of fantasy. He didn’t create elves and dragons but he gave them a new life and a new world. Something that writers would use forever in their works. It is one of my fandoms that I absolutely love. I admire Tolkien’s mind. His translation of Beowulf is also amazing.
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11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I have three dogs. Bella, Edward, and Kitty. Bella and Edward are sort of named after the Twilight characters. We named the Yorkie Bella, because my son, Jesse, liked the name Bella. Then we got Eddie and he was a Maltese and all white. I figured if we were going to have partners, Bella would have to have her Edward. So now, we have Bella and Eddie (Edward). My last puppy is a black lab. Her name is Katara but we call her Kitty. She is scared of everything and barks at strangers while running away. She is not a very good guard dog but she is very sweet.
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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 of some of my reading by using the Kindle App. I enjoy it so I can read books in bed at night or up at the cabin at night. It also doesn’t bother my eyesight as much. Paper books tend to hurt my eyes after a few hours these days. I have forty books to get through on my shelf. I may have to move them over to my Kindle App.
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