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Interview with Genni Gunn, Author of Permanent Tourists

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Genni Gunn, author of Permanent Tourists.

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)?
Genni Gunn. I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My latest book is Permanent Tourists, a collection of linked short stories.    

3) What is the book about? 
The stories in Permanent Tourists feature protagonists connected through a support group, all dealing with loss precipitated by elusive fathers, husbands and lovers, by a wife’s death, a lost child, sibling rivalries.. Tourists in their own lives and paralyzed by emotional inertia, they flee to evade responsibilities, failed relationships, their own shortcomings. Although the stories take place in Canada, the USA, Thailand, Cambodia, Mexico and Italy, my characters are less thrill-seeking tourists on vacation than they are P.K. Page’s “terrible tourists with their empty eyes longing to be filled with monuments.” What they’re looking for cannot be not found in any postcard destination.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I am an avid traveller, and often write while travelling. One of these stories, and perhaps the origin of them all, was a story commissioned by Danel Olson for his Exotic Gothic anthology series. Two of my stories ended up in Exotic Gothic Volume 2 and volume 4. Those two stories became one combined story in this collection, entitled “Solitudes.”

5) How long did it take you to write it?
I wrote some of the stories some years ago, and five of them over about 18 months. I am not a quick writer.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I found that the more I edited, and the more I connected the stories, the more I found connections that were already embedded in the text, which surprised me somewhat, because it was as if my subconscious knew more than I did in my conscious writing state. So all that was a thrill. I strongly believe in the subconscious, and in the fact that when we write, often we’re not even sure why we’re writing a particular thing. Yet later, we can see that it makes perfect sense, that we have intuited the connection between things.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?My author website is www.gennigunn.com, and you can click here for my Permanent Tourist book trailer.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
I have taught creative writing for many years, and have always encouraged young authors to read, read, read. Every author I know reads constantly. It is one of the most illuminating pastimes one can have. And it is ultimately the best teacher for writers. Every time I read a fabulous book, I am inspired to go further in my own work. This does not mean imitation, but rather that great writing makes one strive harder to make great writing.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read widely. When I was in the 30s, I made a new years’ resolution that I would read a book a week for the rest of my life, and I have striven to do this every year since. I manage most years. I read literary fiction, historical fiction, probably most of the prize-winning books in English Language, such as the Booker Prize winner, the Pulitzer, the National Book Awards, the International Dublin Literary Award, etc. It keeps one pretty busy!

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
This really changes as time passes. Right now, a book that has really stayed in my mind, despite having read it several years ago is Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of things. This book was published in Australia in 2015, and haunts me still. It is a Kafkaesque story of ten young women who awaken from a drugged sleep to discover they have been abducted and taken to the Australian outback. They have no contact with the outside world, and only slowly begin to discover why they have been abducted and taken there. I will give nothing away here, but to say that this is one of the most affecting and haunting books I have ever read.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Oh yes, I have one polydactyl white cat, who in a couple of weeks, will turn 21! It’s the oldest cat I have ever had. She is, unfortunately, not too well at the moment, but hanging in there. She has been a joy in my life, affectionate and sweet as can be. She had a little sister, NuNu – a Siamese – who died a couple of years ago at the age of 17. Cats have always been an important part of my life.

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, but actually, I download a massive amount of books and read them all on my phone. In the past couple of days, I have downloaded, The Friend by Sigrid Nunez, Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connelly (because I saw a fabulous review of this old book in The New Yorker), Virgin Wander by Leif Enger and Here the Dark by David Bergen. Because I travel a lot – though not right now during Covid times – reading on my phone has been my primary reading mode.

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Interview with Carol Orange, Author of A Discerning Eye

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Today’s interview is with Carol Orange, author of A Discerning Eye.

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)? Carol Orange. I live in Chicago, Illinois.


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


3) What is the book about? The novel takes off from the real theft of 13 precious pieces of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. My protagonist, Portia Malatesta, is an art dealer and a docent at the Museum. She analyzes the paintings that were stolen – why this and not that – and constructs a psychological profile of the thief. She is introduced to someone in the FBI and they discover her profile matches someone in their database. They hire her to work with them in Medellin, Colombia where she has worked before and has contacts. She accompanies them on a high stakes sting. Portia’s role is to befriend Maria Alfonso the married daughter of the local drug lord. It is a dangerous time there with drive-by shootings, but she does go with the FBI and Interpol. 


4) Where did you come up with the idea? I was an art dealer in Boston and was very angry about the stolen paintings.  This robbery happened over thirty years ago and they have not yet been found. The intricate suspense novels of John Le Carre inspired my premise, although nothing like is in his novels. 

5) How long did it take you to write it? 10 years

6) Did you learn anything from the project? Yes, it is hard to write a novel.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? My web site is www.carolorange.com How about a book video? No. But an audio version will be completed soon.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? Be persistent and believe in yourself. How about any great editors/cover artists? Elizabeth Rosner is a good editor. I met her at a Writer’s Conference in Kauai.

9) What genres do you like to read? Literary fiction, suspense, memoirs.  Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? Yes

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?  Madame Bovary. I read it in both English and French. I think Flaubert captured the voice of a woman who was stuck in a stultifying environment. 

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?  No. I love English bull dogs.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? No, I like real books.

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Interview with Renee Garrison, Author of Anchored Together

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I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Renee Garrison, author of Anchored Together.

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)?
My name is Renee Garrison and I live in Central Florida.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
“Anchored Together” is a Young Adult book.

3) What is the book about? 
It is a sequel to my award-winning first book, “The Anchor Clankers.” Being the only girl in a private boys’ boarding school has its advantages: There’s not much competition for the cheer-leading squad. (And plenty of opportunities to flirt and fall in love.) But it has disadvantages,
too, especially if your father is an alcoholic. Sixteen-year-old Suzette LeBlanc moved into the Sanford Naval Academy when her father became the school Commandant. She’s gaining confidence, but her father’s drinking is on the rise, a fact her mother seems to ignore. She finds strength in her friends and finds love with the battalion commander (a.k.a. senior class president) who also must deal with an alcoholic parent. They share their pain, their coping strategies, but can they share a future?

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I grew up with a father who abused alcohol, yet it wasn’t until after college I realized the impact his drinking had on me. During bookstore and book club visits, many readers of my first book, “The Anchor Clankers,” confided they, too, had an alcoholic parent. We shared these traits:
Do you constantly seek approval and affirmation? Do you fail to recognize your accomplishments? Do you fear criticism? Do you overextend yourself? Do you have a need for perfection? Are you uneasy when your life is going smoothly, continually anticipating problems?
I decided to write about the issue in the hope that it might help others who are struggling. No one should feel they are alone if they grow up with an alcoholic dad or mom. As a teen, I wish I’d known that while I couldn’t control my parent’s drinking, I could talk about it. And I should have.


5) How long did it take you to write it?
It took nearly three years because I put the manuscript aside for a couple of months and then read it again with fresh eyes.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
The best way to beat writer’s block is to write something every day – even if it’s just a few paragraphs or lines. I interviewed author Andrew Gross for The Tampa Tribune. He told me his best work (and probably mine) comes on the second or third draft of a story. But you can’t edit a blank page…
You have to enjoy the process or you have chosen the wrong field. It is very solitary and very difficult work, and often slow to show results. It has become harder and harder to get work published, but unless you keep at the writing – and polish your words – you’ll never get to the
finish line. And once you do, and you are fortunate enough to be published, it’s a great thrill.
Read, read voraciously – because good storytelling is inspirational, and seeing how other writers use the language is hugely helpful. No more procrastinating!

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog?
My author website is http://www.reneegarrison.com and my blog is
http://www.reneewritesnow.wordpress.com I also have an author page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/anchorclankers/

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
Please don’t follow the advice of writers who think self-publishing or indie publishing means you don’t need outside professional help. To be perfectly candid, if you’re planning to publish, it’s going to cost money. It doesn’t matter that you majored in English or worked for a newspaper, you cannot edit or proof your own work. And the tragedy is that a reader who
catches your mistakes in those first pages or chapters will never buy another one of your books.
Working with Elizabeth Babski of Babski Creative Studios on the covers of both my books has been a joyful experience. I highly recommend her.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
Young Adult, of course, but I’m also a fan of mystery books and I love discovering new authors!
All good storytellers influence my writing.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
Wow – that’s a tough one. One made an early impression on me – Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. At 11 years old, Harriet carefully observes others and writes her thoughts down in a
notebook as practice for her future career. (Maybe that’s why I chose to be a newspaper journalist?!)

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I adored my feisty, five-pound peke-a-poo (Pekinese mother + poodle father) who crossed the rainbow bridge one month shy of her 17th birthday. I’m currently filling the void she left in my life by dog sitting for lots of friends who travel.

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

NO! I’m ridiculously old fashioned and I love to hold a book in my hands. I haunt my local library and love the smell and texture of paper pages. (I even collect book marks.)

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Interview with Ron S. Nolan, Author of Met Chron New-Humans

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Ron S. Nolan, author of Met Chron New-Humans.

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)?
Ron S. Nolan, Ph.D. has lived in Aptos California near the Palo Alto ship wreck on Sea Cliff Beach since 1990

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Met Chron New-Humans (Book 2 of the Metamorphosis Chronicles Series). It is a hard science, space technothriller.

3) What is the book about?
Set in the year 2030, the novel tales place in a world near the global warming tipping point and humanity’s survival is threatened by raging wildfires, android wars, floods and viral pandemics. Ironically, there is a new discovery that could dramatically lengthen the human lifespan causing rampant economic and social chaos. Timing is everything. If the intern at the Lunar SpeeZees Lab hadn’t accidentally selected the wrong sequence of avatars in a training program, the world’s first New-Human would not have been 3D printed and brought to life.…and without Chron’s genius, the strategy of developing a space elevator to convey pods of seawater into space and generate snowfall over tropical seas would never have been implemented.

Furthermore, if Chron had not assisted her longevity research, Dr. Astra
Sturtevant would never have made her game clinging discovery of how to control the genetic clock and arrest the aging process. Meanwhile, the AI androids that had mutated in the high radiation zones following the nuclear detonations in the Bay Area have launched campaigns to gain their independence and annihilate all organic humans.


4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I have had many unique experiences, like camping on the most radioactive spot on the Earth’s surface, working with a bonafide psychic and building artificial reefs in Micronesia for my doctoral research, that have given me a plethora of plot ammo. To reveal the connections between the past and the present in my stories, I have set up a backstory website: https://planetropolis.blogspot.com./

5) How long did it take you to write it?
One year to write. Two months to revise.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
AI androids and robots are on the rise. Beware, they are smarter, stronger and better suited for space travel than us organics.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Ron S. Nolan’s website: https://planetropolis.com/

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any
great editors/cover artists?
I use Misty Mountain Productions for eBook formatting and highly recommend attending Vincent Lowry’s book marketing workshops.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I was an avid Sci-Fi reader, but stopped when I began to produce my own stories because I want my ideas to be original. However ,I do read many scientific journal articles and frequently consult Wikipedia for technical information.


10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
That’s easy, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway published in 1952. It is powerful and eloquent. I believe I read it in Mrs. Baker’s 6 th grade class when I attended Pinckney School in Lawrence, Kansas. But, little did I imagine then that four decades later I would become close friends with Jack Hemingway and his daughter Margot (Ernest’s son and granddaughter). One of the highlights of our many adventures was a tarpon fishing trip to the Florida Keys where Jack told us stories about his childhood as we soaked up the ambiance and drank cold beers at Sloppy Joe’s in Key West—a bar once favored by Papa.


11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
A couple of crows come by for almonds, which I throw from my deck.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? I have a vintage Dell Workstation which a local nerd has juiced into a supercomputer that reads and edits most eBook formats.

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Interview with Carol Van Den Hende, Author of Goodbye Orchid

Hello,

Today I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Carol Van Den Hende, author of Goodbye Orchid.

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1)    What is your author name?

Hi, I’m Carol Van Den Hende, which seems like a mouthful but is pronounced just the way it looks. Fun fact: if you meet me in person, you wouldn’t necessarily associate me with a Dutch last name (hint, I married into it!)

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

I’ve written a contemporary novel with romantic elements evocatively titled “Goodbye, Orchid.” True story: my editor and I brainstormed the name over cocktails and Zoom.

3) What is the book about? 

Just as successful entrepreneur Phoenix Walker is falling for beautiful half-Asian marketer Orchid Paige, he suffers a traumatic accident. When he wakes in the hospital, Phoenix longs for Orchid. Then, he remembers how much she’s already suffered. Alone, broken, he’s faced with the hardest decision of his life…whether loving her means saying…Goodbye, Orchid.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I was inspired by combat-wounded veterans. These soldiers leave for duty at the top of their game, then some come back from military tours with life-changing injuries. But Goodbye, Orchid isn’t a story of pity. Like many of these vets’ lives, my book is about human optimism and resilience.

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

I penned the story during an intense, caffeine-fueled nine to twelve months. …And then the editing, marketing and publishing? Well, that took several times longer than the writing!

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

I learned so much from writing and researching Goodbye, Orchid. I learned about empathy and the capacity to love no matter what. I can’t thank my sensitivity readers enough. Like Purple Heart-decorated Sgt Bryan Anderson who gave my writing high praise when he said “she gets my experience.” And Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott, who raises money for people injured by trauma, and loved Goodbye, Orchid.

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

Come hang out with me at www.carolvandenhende.com. There, you can sign up for my newsletter and learn that besides being a writer, I’m also a speaker and marketer (in chocolate, sweet!) You can see me in action through video clips of speaking engagements at writers’ conferences. For up-to-date author info, you can also follow me at fb.me/CarolVanDenHendeAuthor

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfd3hQ4FIY53zafnVOlM81Q

https://www.instagram.com/carolvandenhende/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54297964-goodbye-orchid

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

After twenty years in marketing, strategy and insights, I do have tips for authors. At the highest level, I always recommend starting with what you stand for (your personal brand), how that translates into your visual identity (design), and planning your objectives before jumping into tactics. If you’re hungry for more, check out the blog on my website, and note that I do take on select clients.

As far as professional recommendations, I’ve loved working with Ellie Davis at Pressque (she’s fun even without cocktails or zoom!), and the adorable husband-wife team at Chykalophia for my website design. Before I signed my publishing contract, I thought I might hire my own cover designer and fell in love with Lauren Harm’s work. Of course, always undertake your own due diligence, as each author’s needs and work style can differ.

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

When I was a kid, I treasured my stacks of library books. Nowadays, I sneak time for fiction and business non-fiction, but my time’s fairly spoken for.

I feel lucky that life is so full, with work I love, my twins and humorous hubby, and serving on a non-profit Board. That means, though, while I’d love to read more new authors’ work, I simply won’t be able to. For now, I pay my good fortune forward to new authors in other ways, like sharing my knowledge at conferences and workshops.

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

The answer is so temporal. In my experience, a certain book is right for a certain time. When I was a child, “A Secret Garden” spirited me away to a lovely hidden place. As an edgy teen, Ayn Rand’s hyper-independence appealed to me. Now as an adult, I’m moved by a book’s truth. I recently recommended Mary Louise Parker’s book of essays entitled “Dear Mr. You,” but I could easily name dozens of others that have likewise touched me, expanded my world, and filled my heart.

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

Our family dotes on our Siberian rescue cat. She alternates between skittish and lovey, which has trained us to coax sweetness from her with Shrimpy Shrimp Temptations. Note to self: buy more treats.

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

I read books on my iphone late into the night. Take it from me, don’t try this at home. The blue light will screw up your circadian rhythm.

…Unless you’re using your iphone to sign up for my newsletter. In that case, hey, it’s always great to live a little!

Best,
Carol

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Interview with Steve Searls, Author of My Travels with a Dead Man

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Hello,

Today’s interview is with Steve Searls, author of My Travels with a Dead Man.

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)?

Steve Searls. I currently live in western New York State.  I was born in North Carolina, however, and then moved to Colorado when I was seven. I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Colorado State University, and the University of Colorado, Boulder, School of Law, respectively.           

My wife and I moved to New York State in 1988.

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

   “My Travels With a Dead Man” is a multi-genre literary novel that that blends magical realism, fantasy, alternate realities, romance, mystery and suspense in the coming of age story of the main protagonist, Jane Takako Wolfshiem.

3) What is the book about? 

            Jane is a naïve young woman of half-Japanese, half Jewish American ancestry who suffers a seizure and is saved by an enigmatic man calling himself Jorge Luis Borges, the same name as the esteemed Argentinean literary figure.  When next they meet, nearly two years later, Jane inexplicably falls passionately in love with Borges. Soon however, he reveals a dark side to his character that frightens and confuses her. After visiting the Daibutsu, a bronze statue of the Buddha in Kamakura, Japan, with Borges, a demonic figure she names “the man in black’ plagues her dreams with nightmares of a violent nature. These nightmares and Borges’ manipulative treatment of Jane nearly drive her mad, even as she learns from him that she has the power to travel through space and time to alternate realities. Jane also receives visitations from the ghost of Basho, the famous Japanese haiku master, and the Daibutsu who appears in Jane’s dreams. Both offer cryptic advice warning her about Borges. Borges’ violent and manipulative treatment cause Jane to fear him, but all attempts to break his control over her fail. Ultimately, Jane learns Borges’ is exploiting her powers to fulfill a dangerous prophecy, one she’s led to believe by Ulrikke, Borges’ mother, will result in Jane’s death and threaten humanity’s future. Unable to know who to trust, Jane must decipher the true nature of the prophecy so she can take action to prevent it from coming to pass.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

            I originally wrote a short story about a young woman who encounters a homeless man named Borges in 2013. At some point in late 2014, I began to expand the story into a novel. I didn’t work from an outline, but just let the characters dictate how the story developed. It was an organic process in the sense that each time I came to a dead end I would think of a new character to add to the novel, and more of the plot would reveal itself to me. At this time I was re-reading many of Jorge Luis Borges’ stories and Basho’s famous haibun (a combination of haiku and poetic prose developed in Medieval Japan), Oku no Hosomichi – often translated as The Narrow Road to the Deep North.  Both writers had a major influence on the story’s development.

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

            It took me roughly 5 years to complete. During that time I was working on another novel, a multi-generational saga, but I stopped work on that book to focus my efforts on completing “My Travels With a Dead Man,” which I deemed would have a better chance at getting published as an unknown author.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

            Quite a lot. I learned how to better hone my craft in order to write a compelling story that would interest publishers to take a chance on a first time writer. And my research into various subjects, including Buddhism, Norse mythology and the history of the Vikings, and the works of Borges and Basho, all proved invaluable in developing the major themes of my book.

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

            Yes, I have an Author’s Facebook page. It’s Steve Searls, Author at https://www.facebook.com/SteveSearlsAuthor.  My website, also named “Steve Searls, Author,” includes a blog of my longer form essays, along with pages devoted to some of my short fiction and poetry. The link to the website is here: http://www.stevesearls.com/.

            At this time, I don’t have a video, nor do I plan to hire someone to make one. That’s not because I dislike book videos, but I made the decision to use my limited marketing budget in other areas.

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

            As a debut author, I’m still learning as I go, but if I had one piece of advice, I would say, be persistent.  

The only other thing I’d add is don’t use too many adverbs.

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

            I’ll read almost anything, from all genres of fiction and non-fiction, having been a bookworm since I was a young child.  I am constantly checking out new authors, and have reviewed a number of the books from authors old and new.

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

            I’ve had a number of favorite books over my lifetime. It’s impossible to limit myself to just one book. Here are a few fiction titles I’d recommend:

“Collected Short Stories” by Hemingway

“As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner

“The Stranger: by Albert Camus

“Lord of the Rings” by Tolkien

“Dune” by Frank Herbert

“The Man in the High Castle” by Phillip K. Dick

“Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf

“Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier

“The Rings of Saturn” by W. G. Sebald

“2666” by Roberto Bolano

“The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles” by Haruki Murakami

“The Blind Assassin” by Margaret Atwood

“Blood Meridian” by Cormac McCarthy

“The Broken Earth Trilogy” by N.K. Jemisin

“The Dispossessed” by Ursula K. LeGuin

“House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielewski

As to why? Because they are all fabulous reads.

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

            I’ve had dogs as pets in the past, but not at present.  Regrettably, I cannot be around cats, as I am deathly allergic to them. And by deathly, I mean I need an epipen handy at all times, because they caused anaphylactic shock that required me to rush to the hospital one time when I was visiting an aunt who has several cats.

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. Most books I buy these days are e-books because I own so many print books I’ve run out of space to put them all. For the present, my Kindle meets my needs.

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Interview with Lily Lawrence, Author of Watching Jennifer

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Lily Lawrence, author of Watching Jennifer!

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 Lily Lawrence and I live in a small town in Indiana.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? Watching Jennifer is categorized as clean romantic suspense.
3) What is the book about? Watching Jennifer is about a woman from a small town navigating relationships, both romantic and familial. However, a stalker is watching Jennifer’s every move and he may or may not be someone she already knows.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?  I have always loved a good romantic suspense novel that keeps you guessing until the end. This story just seemed to meld all the things I would enjoy reading about.
5) How long did it take you to write it? The book itself only took me about 4 months. The story was basically written in my head and had been for a while. It was just a matter of putting it into word. Now publishing took a bit longer, I actually wrote this book in 2015. I had shelved it while I began a new project.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?  The main takeaway is that forgiveness is possible. Along with that theme, family relationships can be very complicated.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video? I do not currently have a website or a blog, but I do have a facebook page, an author page on good reads, and an author page on Amazon.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? The only tip that I have is to read your project aloud after you get it back from the editor and prepare to finalize. Sometimes reading aloud helps you discover things that you might not have noticed.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? I enjoy a wide variety of books including, but not limited to Romantic Suspense, True Crime, Paranormal, Family Dramas, and Cozy Mystery. I would absolutely love to read and review new authors work.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? Hmmm..I find it very difficult to pick just one.  I would say that my favorite book would be Don’t Tell by Karen Rose. I enjoy reading about strong female leads that overcome difficult circumstances to not only survive, but also thrive.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?  I have 4 dogs.  2 were rescues- a basset hound mix and a chihuahua. Then, I have 2 rat terriers that I inherited whey my mother passed.
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 tablet the most. I currently have the IPad 6 and I really like how it functions.
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Interview with J.M. Lanham, Author of The R.E.M. Precept

Hello,

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

Please enjoy!

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-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

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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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