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Interview with Dr. Sheldon D. Newton, Author of Genna’s Fight and Specific Kinds of Prayer

Dear Readers,

I’m very pleased to bring you this interview with Dr. Sheldon D. Newton, author of Genna’s Fight and Specific Kinds of Prayer.

Please see the interview below!

Thank you!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

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Interview:

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

My name is Sheldon D. Newton and I live in Nassau, Bahamas.

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

As an author, I have written both fiction and non-fiction. My fiction is “Genna’s Fight,” a novel which deals with domestic abuse and one woman’s struggle to survive. My latest non-fiction book is on the subject of prayer, “Specific Kinds Of Prayer,” which shares practical principles on prayer which one can apply and experience real answers.

3. What is the book about?

Genna’s Fight is concerning a beautiful lady named Genna, who was abuse continually by her husband, Tom. However, she was not new to abuse. She experienced it as a young girl growing up as well. She struggled to regain her sanity, being tempted to committed suicide and end it all. Reader’s Favorite Arya Fomonyuy gave it a 5 Star rating saying, “Genna’s Fight: Will She Be Able to Discover Her True Self & Get Her Son Back In Time? by Sheldon D. Newton begins in a way so that the reader can’t help but keep reading. The hook is very powerful: “I am divorcing you Genna. You are leaving my house tonight, and you are leaving alone. You will not be taking Samuel with you. He is staying with me. You will not be carrying anything but the clothes on your back…” The story starts right in the middle of a dramatic situation. Genna, who has suffered all forms of abuses, is getting the hardest blow of her life: her current husband is divorcing her and he does so in the clearest and harshest of terms. She’ll leave with nothing, but what hurts most is that she might not leave with her only child, Samuel. This time, will she allow any man to trample on her dignity or will she stand up for herself and the one person she loves the most — her son? This is a story that will bring tears to the eyes of readers, a story fraught with realism that speaks of the pain that millions of women suffer behind closed doors. But it is a story of a woman’s journey to real freedom.”

4. Where did you come up with the idea?

My mom experienced abuse in her marriage. Perhaps this is where the inspiration for the book may have come from. Because of our past in that regard, I hate abuse in marriage, whether it is coming from the husband against his wife, or the wife against her husband. I have witnessed abuse in marriage several times through the years and it still deeply affects me and hurts my heart. It is my prayer that those who have gone through such torment, fear, terror and pain would gain a sense of hope, healing and wholeness.

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

I wrote Genna’s Fight within three months. Some of my books took much longer to write. However, it seems as though when one has a real passion to write in an area, the words just flow.

6. Did you learn anything from the project?

As a writer, I learned to flow with the ideas and thoughts that come and to always have something to write on with me, because these ideas and ‘moments of inspiration’ can come at any time.

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

I have a website, but I am having work done to it. I presently use my Facebook Fan Page, www.facebook.com/authorsheldondnewton. And I am working on a professional video for Genna’s Fight. Should be ready in short order. I should stress that it is vital that an author has a workable website. It helps people to locate you better and learn more about you and what you do. I just recently took mine down to make some changes. Will be back up in short order. For right now, Genna’s Fight and my other titles can be found on Amazon.com just by going there and putting in, “Books by Sheldon D. Newton.”

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

Yes I do. Here are just a few tips: 1. Ensure that you do your homework and know your subject. In a novel, you are permitted and encouraged to be creative, but to keep the objective or your subject in mind. 2. Do not be your own editor. You are the writer. Find a good editor to take care of that aspect. (One that I have found is Deborah Moore of Moore Editing Services. She is busy so she can only take a certain amount of authors at a time. By the way, my cover designer is GLA Graphics, here in Nassau, Bahamas). 3. Lean the importance of marketing. Regardless of how good a book may be, if it is not properly and effectively marketed it may not go far. I learned that lesson from a New York Time Best-selling author I wrote for advice. He told me, “Never Stop Marketing.” I write more advice in my book, ‘Lessons I Learned As An Author.’

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

I love reading non-fiction Christian genre books and self-help books. As it pertains to novels, I like investigative stories and suspense novels that keep my attention. I love novels that shows how one may have come from hard times or a hard life and got over the top or had something good happen in the end. I love stories with a positive spin. And yes, I would read seasoned as well as new books as long as it can keep my attention.

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

That is a loaded question. Primarily, my favorite book to read is my Bible. Second, if we are speaking of novels, I really, really, really enjoyed Mark Victor Hansen & Allen’s book, “The One Minute Millionaire.” On the left, it has a story that honestly grabs your attention from beginning to end, for those who love novels. And on the right hand side of the book is the practical principles to apply to better your life for those who love non-fiction. That fictional story is perhaps my favorite to this day. It speaks to me for it shows the power of desperation and determination in such a thrilling manner when a lady faces the possibility of losing her children and what she has to do to ensure that she keeps them. I will not spoil the story for you. But, it is awesome.

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

Yes, we have a Shih Poo. He is really my daughter’s dog, but we all love him. His name is Pumpkin.

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

I have a Samsung Tablet. I like it for watching movies and for reading too. However, along that line, I am getting a Kindle Fire next week because I prefer it for reading.

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Interview with Diego Ricardo Jourdan Pereira, Author of Bible Power Puzzles

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Diego Jourdan Pereira, author of Bible Power Puzzles.

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 full name is Diego Ricardo Jourdan Pereira, and it’s seen many combinations over the years (Diego Jourdan, Diego Pereira, Diego J. Pereira, etc.), but editor Jason Schneider (1975-2019), suggested Diego Jourdan Pereira (three words make the best online searches), and it stuck. I was born in Uruguay, but have been living in Chile, since 1991.

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

That would be my BIBLE POWER PUZZLES volume (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/168… ), which also happens to be my first Christian book (not counting the 2016 anthology Revealed: A Storybook bible for Grown-Ups, to which I contributed four woodcut prints).

3) What is the book about?

It’s a mixed bag of 500 large-print puzzles, designed mainly for seniors, but suitable for adult Christians of every age group and denomination.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

Author William Sunners (1904-1988) mentioned the Christian market to be the biggest niche market for puzzles in his 1981 How to Make and Sell Original Crosswords and Other Puzzles, and after doing my own little research I confirmed that is still the case.

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

I made the puzzles, wrote texts and definitions, and designed the whole book (cover to cover!) in a record five months. Editor Jessica Burch’s eye for detail and revisions also played a key part in the final product.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

The book itself is a big part of my return to the Christian fold, after losing my faith and walking away for too long a stretch in my life. My faith still amounts to less than a mustard’s seed, but with God’s help I put it to use in something worthwhile.

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

I have an online portfolio (http://diegojourdanpro.mystrikingly.com) and CV (http://diegojourdanprocv.mystrikingly…), and I’ve recently begun to blog a little at Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/diegojourda…). This week, in fact, I asked my brother Gonzalo, a skilled animator, to help me with a video or two, which I hope to post on Amazon soon.

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

Rather than seeking self-expression, try finding ways to service others through your books, and the rest will sort itself out.
On the editorial front, I previously mentioned Jessica Burch, who I really can’t praise enough. Coming from an illustration and graphic design background, I’m my own best cover artist/designer, but I would suggest looking at books from the past for layout and general design clues (I find most modern ones muddled and “artsy” in a bad way).

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

For one reason or another, I’ve left fiction behind and become a non-fiction reader through and through. I’d say History and Biography are my favorite subjects. Always open to discover new, solid nonfic prose, and reviewing it on Amazon when I find the time. That said, my own books are 500-600 page long on average, so I don’t find a lot of spare time these days.

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

Well, I don’t have a single favorite. Other than the Bible, my non-fiction shelf is topped by Pressfield’s The War of Art, Croc’s Grinding It Out, Mann’s 1491 (and 1493), and Carlson’s Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Atop my fiction list you’ll find Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not, Eliade’s Youth Without Youth, and Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Those books made and continue to make the biggest mark in my life.

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

Live with an indomitable tabby cat named Saura!

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

Used to own a Kindle and loved it, but sold it as my own writing workload increased and I began to seriously curate the reading material I choose to spend my time with, eventually falling back on cheapo, yellowing second-hand paperbacks.

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Interview with Kerrian N. Adebanjo, Author of The Oil of Joy

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Kerrian N. Adebanjo, author of The Oil of Joy.

Please see it below!

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 Kerrian Adebanjo. I live in Brussels Belgium.

 

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

The Oil of Joy: Scriptural principles for a joyful life.

 

3)    What is the book about?

It’s about joy. A vital ingredient of life which is severely lacking in our society today due to the pressures of life. The book tells you how to learn to be joyful despite circumstances and how to fight back to the lack of joy.

 

4)    Where did you come up with the idea?

I was inspired by a sermon by Bishop David Oyedepo coupled with a few challenges I was facing at that time.

 

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

I believe it took me about 4 months. But after completing the manuscript I had it sitting down for a while before I published it.

 

6)    Did you learn anything from the project?

Yes, a lot mainly that procrastination is the theft of time. If you want to do something just do it and don’t put it off.

 

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

I am working on them now.  You will eb updated once they are completed.

 

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

I use freelancing websites mainly fiver. Make sur you go for freelancers who have clearly stated that they can do they job you want to get done.  Go for ones with high reviews.

 

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

I like to red Christian romance and Christian detective.

 

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

Rescued from Destruction by Pastor Faith Oyedepo. It reminds that Jesus still heals today.  

 

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

No, I have no pets, but my son has asked me for a fish, so I am going to get that for him. The fish might just become my pet as well.

 

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

Not anymore. I had Kindles before and they got damaged. Since the last one I have not yet replaced it. I will get another. I believe the reason I have not replaced it yet is because I want to limit my screen time daily.

 

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Interview with James D.A. Terry (Solomon Knight), Author of Be Careful What You Wish For!

Hello! I’m please to bring you another author interview, this time with James D.A. Terry, the writer of Be Careful What You Wish For. (See the book at the bottom of this interview!)

Enjoy!

-Vincent Lowry

 

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

My name is, James D. A. Terry. I write the Paladin Project series of mystery/adventure books, liberally laced with tongue firmly placed in cheek humour, set in England under the penname, Solomon Knight.

 

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

“Be Careful What You Wish For” is a mystery/adventure book, liberally laced with tongue firmly placed in cheek humour, set in England.

 

3)      What is the book about?

One reviewer wrote: ““Be Careful What You Wish For” is a hilariously rip roaring mystery/adventure. There is enough of a mystery buried in here to allow this book to be nominated for an Arthur Ellis award but I doubt it will even make the shortlist unless there were a category for Comedic Mystery which perhaps there should be. This is really a very well written satirical take on historical mysteries and superhero books with a dash of romance, a different look at some historical events, some great atmospheric descriptions and a smattering of social commentary thrown in. I thought that this was a hootin’ great action adventure story that I quite enjoyed and it sure was a break from the various mystery, suspense, thrillers and even cozy mysteries that I normally read. And OMG the names! I’m still laughing – c’mon – Gowan Inn! Now I’ll have to try some more Paladin Projects just to see if they are all as hilarious as this one.”
A fictional look at the Scottish bid for independence and the innate desire, of every citizen proud of their heritage, for national sovereignty.
The Divine Order of Refiners and Creators or DORC dominated by the Grand Overseer of the Order of Freedom or GOOF threaten the very existence of the United Kingdom.

 

4)      Where did you come up with the idea?

The idea was born out of watching as Scotland and Quebec launched referendums on separation and lost but continue to threaten separation.

 

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

About eight months.

 

6)      Did you learn anything from the project?

I learned that Populism, a political approach that appeals to ordinary people who feel that they have been disenfranchised by the established elite, has risen rapidly as a dominant global force. The masses have placed their support behind concepts they might not fully understand, but play to their mind-set of entitlement and that channel the emotions they are feeling; distrust, anger, and fear. Make no mistake: This trend is about more than just a few election results. There is a widening chasm in perspectives between establishment institutions and the masses that is very worrying.
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. ~ Proverbs 14:12 NIV

 

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

Yes: https://www.jamesdaterryauthor.com/

 

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

Write the book that you want to read.

 

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

I like to read, what I describe as “cerebral” mysteries written by authors such as Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Martha Grimes, Sarah Graves, Robert Thorogood, G. K. Chesterton, Caroline Graham, T. E. Kinsey, Alan Bradley and others. The Paladin character is inspired by Doc Savage created by Henry W. Ralston and Lester Dent. I grew up reading The Hardy Boys by Franklyn W. Dixon and Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene.
I publish a monthly newsletter, The Paladin Project, in which I interview authors and review their books. My latest review is “Never So Alone” by Barry Finlay and I’ve just finished reading “When It’s Time For Leaving” by Ang Pompano.

 

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

I know this is cliché but there truly are so many it’s very difficult to choose but I’d have say, the Bible. It is after all, the Maker’s manual. However, if you’re looking for my favourite book in my preferred genre “A Quiet Life in the Country”, by T. E. Kinsey

 

Here are the book links below!

 

 

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