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Interview with Anna Lorenzi, Author of Meeting Laura – A novel loosely and partially inspired by the life of…

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Anna “Annina” Lorenzi, author of Meeting Laura – A novel loosely and partially inspired by the life of…

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 Anna Lorenzi, but friends and family call me “Annina”. That’s why my author name is Anna “Annina” Lorenzi. I live in Milan, Italy.

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

The title of my newest book is: Meeting Laura – A novel loosely and partially inspired by the life of… 

It’s in the genre of contemporary fiction.

3) What is the book about?

My book was professionally and amazingly translated by Starleen K. Meyer from the Italian, Incontrando Laura…, and was released this last May 19th as a Kindle eBook and paperback. It’s available on all Amazon stores.  

It’s dedicated to “…those minds wanting to think, to those hearts wanting to beat, to the brave and the crazy.”

The protagonist? A young writer with a dream to follow and a challenge that he can’t *not* accept. The ending? A surprise for many readers. The blurb intrigues: “An unusual trip, seemingly simple, … narrated among thoughts, memories, emotions, and clear images depicting her, Laura, really that same Laura that the whole world knows and acclaims… (or maybe not?).” 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

Various things inspired me to write this book. The idea was born suddenly when here in Italy we began to hear of bachelor and master degrees for being influencers; some concepts (described in the pages of my novel) that are a profound part of me and for which I felt like I wanted to narrate them in other forms, again; and the knowledge – if “virtual” – of the real Laura who contributed, as an example of a type of woman, to the development of the idea of this project.

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

Considering that I usually write when caught up in the spirit of the moment, almost as if it were a need to satisfy, following the flow of images and ideas that I suddenly see so clearly in my mind, the gestation sometimes is as long as the actual writing, so all in all, it probably took me just about a couple of months for the very first draft. This then became four months while looking over some aspects little by little with my proofreaders, and then a few months more for the English translation.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Fortunately, yes! Since it was my first self-published project, I had to investigate the many options available and to try to understand and learn the mechanisms, how to do it well before, during and after the publication, and so on and so forth. There’s a lot of effort required, and it never ends!

In addition, having categorically decided immediately that my book was to go out in both Italian and English, I also learned how to work in a professional way with a translator, something I had never done, before. What can I say? For sure I was completely lucky in meeting a person like Starleen K. Meyer, who is fantastic personally and professionally (and from whom, I confess, I’m also learning to improve my English!).

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

Sure I do! I have a blog dedicated to my creative writing – annina19.com – that has been partially translated (by Starleen, naturally) into English for things not directly related to my book, while everything about my book – posts, interviews, articles – has been translated by her into English. On the blog, it’s also possible to find a preview video in English and Italian about the book. The link is on various pages, for example, on this page at the end of a great Q & A session with my followers in which I talk about myself, my book that was about to be published at that time, and… about Laura. I highly suggest them: https://annina19.com/meeting-laura-anna-annina-lorenzi-author-novel-interview/.

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

I think that others will decide if they are “successful,” or not, but they certainly are sincere. Suggestion n. 1: write, write, write, but – possibly – only when you feel the “need” to do it. Suggestion n. 2: follow your instinct and your emotions, don’t think about what the reader might want from you, feel free to express yourself 100% and in your own words, and always be honest with your readers. Suggestion n. 3: be at one and the same time enthusiastic about your writing, but also self-critical; yes, keep in mind the “container,” but absolutely do not ever forget the quality of the content. Finally, suggestion n. 4: stay humble, and keep an open mind.

Regarding external collaborators for your project, well, try to find people you trust, with whom you can work well, and with whom you have the right “feeling.” Everything will be better this way.

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

The genre that I prefer is fiction, but I also like mysteries, poetry, the classics… every book that can capture, captivate, transmit something profound, move me, and – why not?! – make me reflect.

About your second question, honestly, I’d like to read new authors and review their work, but the reality is that my time is extremely limited, and if you’re talking about something written in English, unfortunately for me the reading isn’t so easy and natural, so doing a review well would be very tiring. I’m quite sorry for this; I’d like to be able to exchange ideas, suggestions and opinions with my American, English, and Canadian and other “colleagues,” especially since I get the feeling that the idea of what constitutes “good narrative” could be quite different from what could be an Italian idea about it, or maybe my idea about it.

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

This is really hard to say. Maybe instinctively and coming from the heart, a book that my dad and I used to read together comes to mind: Pinocchio. I think that the reason lies in its ties to happy memories of my childhood.

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

Yes, I have two marvelous beagles, mother and son. They are my shadows (or maybe even my “suckerfish”) 7/7 24/24, LOL!

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

I usually prefer reading printed books, but as an alternative, I have used my Mac or iPad to read pdf files or Kindle books.

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Interview with Mary Langford, Editor for Author Meryl Hershey Beck’s Book, Loss, Survive, Thrive: Bereaved Parents Share Their Stories of Healing and Hope

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I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Mary Langford, editor for Author Meryl Hershey Beck’s book, Loss, Survive, Thrive: Bereaved Parents Share Their Stories of Healing and Hope (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

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 Mary Langford. I live in Cincinnati, OH

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
I am a writer/ghostwriter/editor. While I’ve not yet authored a book, I’m extremely proud of the developmental editing and editing I did for Author Meryl Hershey Beck’s book, Loss, Survive, Thrive: Bereaved Parents Share Their Stories of Healing and Hope (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

3) What is the book about? 
It’s a compilation book about grief containing stories by 27 parents who have lost a child, survived, and gone on to thrive.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I didn’t; Meryl did. After she lost her 35-year-old son Jonathan to suicide in 2011, Meryl found books about grief lacking the kind of comfort and hope she was needing. It was during a conversation with her best friend, Robin, a few years later that the idea of Loss, Survive, Thrive was conceived.

5) How long did it take you to write/edit it?
When I first came on board as editor, Meryl asked me to also help develop some of the stories. Including Meryl, only 7 of the book’s contributors were published authors, so it took close to 8 months before Meryl and I were happy with the manuscript she’d be turning in to the publisher.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes. The death of a child is not only survivable, it’s possible to be happy in life again, and thrive.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
The website for the book is losssurvivethrive.com. My website is TheWriteMary.com.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to other authors?
I stay in close touch with my clients throughout the editing process. It’s my goal to ensure that every author with whom I work comes away from our time together a better writer.

9) What genres do you like to read?
My favorite genre is biography, including autobiography. I also enjoy reading nonfiction books about recovery and spiritual matters.

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

Sidney Sheldon’s Master of the Game. Before I got hired by Mr. Sheldon in 2001 as his personal assistant, I had not been an avid novel reader. At the time, I was much more familiar with his work as creator of three of my favorite TV series – The Patty Duke Show, I Dream of Jeannie, and Hart to Hart. I hadn’t understood the true meaning of “page turner” until I took a
copy of Sidney’s book, Master of the Game, home to read. When I dragged myself into work a day and a half later, he wondered what had happened to me. “You kept me up all night!” I shouted. Though the book was well over 500 pages long, I could not put it down. I don’t remember stopping to eat and barely got any sleep. It was then that I realized how compelling
great novels are, especially those written by the Master Storyteller himself. Working for my beloved Sidney Sheldon changed the trajectory of my life.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I don’t have any pets of my own, but I get to be surrogate mom to the most amazing, loving, adorable cat I have ever known – Annie. She lives with me for four months each year while her parents winter in Arizona. Annie is white and black and the most precious little kitty in the
world.

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Interview with Clarissa Kae, Author of Once and Future Wife

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I’m pleased to bring you another interview today, this time with Clarissa Kae, author of Once and Future Wife.

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)?
Clarissa Kae and I live in California


2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Once And Future Wife, historical fiction with paranormal elements


3) What is the book about? 
Immortal men like Rhys Glyndwr belong to forgotten fables—along with his reincarnating wife—but instead, they haunt the mind of a modern scientist, Isla Belle Thorne. Like an old blanket, visions of the healer servant and his wife, the daughter of a duke, have comforted Isla Belle, the only constant in her unstable childhood.When her mother is hospitalized for a mental breakdown, Isla Belle fears for her own health and keeps the visions a secret. As Isla Belle starts her new job at a renowned medical organization, she comes face to face with Rhys—the same man from her visions.She’s told an impossible tale of a love that death cannot kill. Surrounded by science but faced with an implausible legend, Isla Belle must decide what to believe and what to leave behind.


4) Where did you come up with the idea?
When most people get married, they hear the words till death do us part but what if death never came for one of the parties? And what if the couple was bound—what would that look like…and down the rabbit hole I went.


5) How long did it take you to write it?
This particular book was a little tricky as I was also working as an editor. It was a lot of starts and stops—not until I closed down my editing/consulting practice did it finally get the attention it deserves. From first idea to polished several years—however, in the 18 months since shutting down my practice, I’ve written two other books and am drafting my fourth.

 
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes, that writing is so much harder than editing.


7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I do! www.clarisskae.com and the blog is www.clarissakae.com/blog


8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
Everyone needs an editor. And be kind to yourself. No one is a great writer, we’re great re-writers.


9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
Absolutely. Historical fiction, historical paranormal, historical romance 

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
Oh, that’s a tough one. I have so many. Anything by Susanna Kearsley but one book I’ve treasured since childhood was The Giver. That book was so influential to a budding empath. It was long before The Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched…The Giver was simple and powerful to my younger self.


11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I have a ton! I have four horses (one Percheron, one Morgan, and two Quarter Horses), four dogs (three Australian Shepherds), six cats, and roughly thirty chickens.


12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I do but I still correlate reading on a device as work from my editing days so I’ve nothing super positive to say about my devices. I’ve been a Mac lover so I suppose my ipad/iphone?

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Interview with Karen Pinney, Author of Golden Days & Velvet Nights

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I’m very pleased today to bring you this interview with Karen Pinney, author of Golden Days & Velvet Nights.

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview Questions:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?         
Karen Pinney.  I currently live in Tampa, Florida

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?        Golden Days and Velvet Nights.  The title came from a tag line my husband used to describe our relationship.  The book is a romance, a real life romance.

3) What is the book about?          
The book is a memoir about two people whose lives intertwined at a time when they’d given up ever finding their love of a lifetime.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?         
I’ve always wanted to write a book.  When I met my husband I was 64 years old.  When he died, I wanted to share an incredible experience that changed me forever. 

5) How long did it take you to write it?         
5 years….working full time as a cosmetic specialist at Macy’s.  I worked the night shift and wrote during the day.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?        
 Writing a book isn’t as easy as it looks.  Letting others ready it, an even bigger challenge.
         
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video? 
My blog “Three Score and Then” is a life message to seniors and adult children from my experiences as the executive director of assisted living communities.   My website is a work in progress, but will be named after my book.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?     
My greatest success at this time is completing my project. I worried that life would get in the way and prevent me from finishing, and I wrote nearly every day even if only for a short time. I wish I’d had more help editing.  I will be more proactive at finding someone for my next book. The cover is a photo from my husbands library of digitals he’d taken and edited. 

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?    
Historical Romance has always been a favorite.  I enjoy new authors.  Times have changed and their writing is simple and easily digested.    

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?           
My number one reference is   “And the Ladies of the Club”  by  Helen Hooven Santmyer.   Besides being a wonderful story, Ms Santmyer was 87 when it became a best seller.  I can relax; I have plenty of time left.
My all time favorite book is “God is an Englishman” by R.F. Delderfield  

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?            
My miniature schnauzer Raleigh is my significant other.   She turns 14 in July, and age had taken it’s toll.  Each day is precious. 

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device?
If so, what kind and how do you like it?  I read most books on my computer or my iPhone.

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Interview with Henry Millstein, Author of Speaker for the God


Hello,

Today’s interview is with Henry Millstein, author of Speaker for the God.

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 Henry Millstein (but my friends call me Hank), and I live in California.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? 
Speaker for the God, historical fiction

3) What is the book about?
Speaker for the God tells the story of the biblical prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah’s career fell in the last decades of the seventh and the first decades of the sixth century BCE, a time when the kingdom of Judah lay increasingly threatened by the new and aggressive Babylonian empire that finally in 587 BCE overran and sacked the small state. Jeremiah, claiming to speak for the national god Yahweh, sought futilely to warm his people of impending doom; caught up in a firestorm of political intrigue, he earned for himself only rejection and persecution. Speaker for the God expands on the spare details of Jeremiah’s life given in the Hebrew Bible, depicting his struggles with kings, priests, and people, with his god Yahweh, and with a goddess of unattainable beauty who has haunted him since childhood—and who in the end holds the key to his destiny.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
A good many years ago, I was hanging out with my spiritual director (also a writer). I had been writing science fiction and happened to mention that I was itching to write something more directly related to my Christian faith. She suggested a novel about the prophet Elijah, and I countered by saying I’d like to try Jeremiah. What initially attracted me about Jeremiah was the fact that he remained celibate throughout his life in a culture where that was unheard of, and that led me to think about what his personality and sexuality might have been like. (Hence, in contrast to the usual run of “biblical fiction,” there is some explicit sex in the book; it opens with a lesbian love scene.) And that led me to look at his life in the light of contemporary historical research, where I learned, among other things, that Judah in Jeremiah’s time was not yet monotheistic and that goddess-worship was very much a part of people’s religious and emotional lives. So the book ties in with contemporary concerns about religiously based patriarchy, recovering the divine feminine, and so forth, which greatly interest me (and my wife, who is a United Methodist pastor). I believe, however, that Speaker for the God will appeal to readers of historical fiction in general, including those who normally wouldn’t touch “biblical fiction” with a ten-foot pole.

5) How long did it take you to write it? 
Way too long! I think I started in 1989. I took several years to complete my first version, largely because I kept getting stuck at every plot turn—and then what I came up with was an unwieldy and unreadable 1600 pages! So I scrapped it and began anew, finishing in the late 90s. I had it read by a developmental editor, who was very encouraging. I tried getting an agent for it and had no luck. So I just let it slide for some time, wrote two other novels (not yet ready to see the light of day), got a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, and discovered that self-publishing had become respectable since the dim dark days of my agent queries, so I did some minor retouching, and here it is.

6) Did you learn anything from the project? The first thing I learned was: learn how to plan! I know there are some writers who can go ahead and just start with page 1 and write more or less smoothly to the end, but I’m not one of them. That’s why I kept getting stuck with Speaker (and why it took me over a decade to write). I found a very helpful book in this regard to be Scene and Structure by Jack Bickham. The second thing I learned was: don’t give up! I queried 50 agents about Speaker; perhaps if I had queried 100, someone would have taken it, and it would have come out years ago. And then I left the book sitting in a (figurative) desk drawer, wasting years (for the book, though not, fortunately, for my life). And, I suppose, the third thing I learned was: it’s never too late.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Go to www.hmillstein.com. I started on a blog but have gotten stalled for the time being. A book video? I’d love to do one!

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
I don’t have much yet in the way of outward success to show for my work—except that I did write and publish a novel, which is certainly something. But what I would say to fellow authors is: determination! St. Teresa of Avila used to say that to succeed in a life of prayer one needed a muy determinada determinación—a “very determined determination.” That’s certainly needed just as much by anyone who wants to build a life of writing. Oh, and I know a great cover artist, Joleene Naylor. She not only does a great job, she’s easy to work with and keeps her rates low.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I’m a big fan of science fiction. And I love historical novels, particularly those set in the ancient or early medieval worlds. And I’m a sucker for well-wrought and believable (or even slightly unbelievable) thrillers. As for reading and reviewing the work of new authors, yes; in this business, as in life, you have to give back. I do have to warn, however, that writing is only one of the things I do in my life, so my time is at a premium and I’m likely to be quite selective in what I undertake, particularly since I take this role seriously and wouldn’t want to do a slapdash job.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The Bible is for me an unending source of wonder and challenge. Of books I love for what may be termed purely “literary” reasons, Vergil’s Aeneid is hands down my favorite book of all time.  Not only is it unrivaled in the beauty of its language (I’m thankfully able to read it in Latin), but I resonate deeply with the sense of yearning and hope that pervades the whole book.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
We have a dog named Jess, a cocker spaniel and golden retriever mix, who ranks just behind our daughter in our affections (and perhaps somewhat ahead of me in my wife’s affections at times, particularly after my feeble efforts at housecleaning). We used to have cats, but they are all deceased. I’m planning on getting another one as soon as I can convince my wife that I will take care of it.

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 Fire but rarely use it. I do most of my electronic reading on my phone. I love carrying a substantial library around in my pocket and being able to whip it out whenever I please. I look forward to the day when hard-copy books will be obsolete (this is after packing some 80 cartons of books for a move).

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Interview with Nancy Strom, Author of Scooter and Friends Take a Vacation

Hello!

Today’s interview is with Nancy Strom, author of Scooter and Friends Take a Vacation!

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 Nancy Strom and I live near Seattle, Wa – although I’m about to embark on a 6 month to a year journey in a motorhome with my husband and dog.  We’re going to try and see every state in the lower 48.

 

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

  • Scooter and Friends Take a Vacation is a children’s picture book, which is written in rhyme and beautifully illustrated

 

3. What is the book about?

  • The book is a story where four animal friends – a red fox pup, a hedgehog, a beaver, and a raccoon – go on their first vacation and find a bit more adventure and excitement than they originally anticipated. The story is a fun romp for the entire family, and contains some valuable life lessons.  It celebrates diversity, through the inclusion of a variety of animals, both female and male.  It shows children the importance of working together, and how teamwork is reworded.  It shows the value of listening, taking advice, and to not be afraid to try something new.

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4. Where did you come up with the idea?

  • I have loved Kenneth Graham’s Wind in the Willows since I first read it as a young adult. I have read this book to my grandnieces and nephews over the years, and taken them on many mini-adventures, as well.  Also, over the years, I have written a lot of new lyrics to existing melodies for events like birthday and anniversary parties.  So once I retired I thought it would be fun to connect three things I have enjoyed for so long –  reading to children, taking them on adventures, and rhyming lyrics – by writing a children’s book that would be an animal adventure story written in rhyme.

 

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

  • Once I sat down and got started writing it went rather quickly. And then once I found the publisher with whom I wanted to work, I realized the work wasn’t finished but rather just beginning.  From writing the book, and then going through the publishing process, it took a little over a year. (obviously, as a 2200 word children’s book, my timing was much shorter than what many will experience 😊)

 

6. Did you learn anything from the project?

  • The entire publishing process was one huge learning experience: I found out about the evolution of the publishing industry, from 75 years ago when traditional publishing houses had a virtual monopoly on what got into print, to today- where 80% of fiction and non-fiction published is by one type of self-publishing or another.  I’ve learned what the publishing process itself entails: everything from  getting an appraisal to the editorial, illustration, and formatting processes.

And finally I’ve learned so very much about marketing my story – I’m taking a marketing class that I started in May of 2019, and I still have 2 sessions remaining!

 

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

  • My website is nancystrom.com    On the website is my Video Book Trailer, and a few blogs. There one can also find a celebrity endorsement, a Rotary president’s testimonial, beta reader reviews, etc. of Scooter and Friends Take a Vacation. 

 

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

 

  1. ALLi – the Alliance of Independent Authors – is a goldmine, in particular for the novice to the self-publishing world.  I found my publisher – Ocean Reeve Publishing – through ALLi.  On the ALLi  website there is a particularly valuable index where ALLi rates any publisher or individual associated with the independent publishing industry.  One can find full-service publishers, as well as individual editors, appraisers, proof-readers, publicists, illustrators, formatters, marketing specialists, agents, etc. etc.  I can’t say enough about how valuable this ALLi “find” was for me!
  2. Get an Appraisal done of your manuscript. The Appraisal I received was a systematic and objective study of the marketability of my book, as well as an assessment of the revisions, rewrites, updates, and changes that would be needed to ensure that my book would be of the highest quality.
  3. My illustrator, Carolyn Van Hosen, is a wonderful artist, who took a lot of time to find out what my vision was for my characters. She did my cover art, as well as my 16 full-color illustrations, and my animal portraits that appear on page 3 of my book.  Once Carolyn had the characters as I envisioned them and I signed off on the final versions,  I got the idea to have portraits done so that as we proceeded through the illustrations she could refer back to them as a guide.  And I decided to put them on page 3 so the reader and those to whom they were reading could see the animals “front and center” and know what each looked like –  like “meet the stars of our show”.
  4. The appraiser and the editors with Ocean Reeve Publishing are great. And an author can cherry pick what assistance he or she wants.  No contract to sign with Ocean, you pay only for the service(s) you need/want.

 

(Number 9 below is a continuation of the interview questions.)

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

Just for pleasure (as opposed to book club books) I love international intrigue – Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, David Baldaccci.  And historical fiction by W.E.B. Griffin.  He has several series, including two great ones on the OSS – one series takes place in the European theater and the other in South America.  I have enjoyed each of Griffin’s series – he has about 10 different ones.

I also love stories with animals – The Art of Racing in the Rain is a big favorite of mine.

I would be very open to reading new authors and would definitely be willing to give reviewing their work a try.

 

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

  • Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, because it is full of wit, wisdom, fun, and love. And when it comes to the movie version, there is none better than the A&E version with Colin Firth –  he will forever be Mr. Darcy to me.

 

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

  • I have a black lab named Molly. She is an absolute hoot, and a sweetheart, and we love her!   My favorite cat of all time was named Newt.  He was the son of a stray who adopted us (we live on a farm, which is a great place for cats and dogs), and Newt actually thought he was a dog.  He played fetch; he went on walks with me; he came whenever I called him.

 

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. It’s great for traveling, but I still love to hold a book in my hands when I’m at home.

 

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

Hello,

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

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

 

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Interview with Steven Pustay, Author of 0-0-Dead

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

Please see it below.

Best,

-Vincent

 

Interview:

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

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

Hello,

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

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-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview Questions:

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Editors: Samantha Dawkins on Linkedin

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Hello,

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

Please enjoy.

Best,

-Vince

 

Interview:

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