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Interview with Julian Adorney, Author of The Dragon’s Curse

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Julian Adorney, author of The Dragon’s Curse.

I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

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

I write under my real name–Julian Adorney.

 

I live in Colorado but I want to travel the world 🙂

 

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

The Dragon’s Curse is a stand-alone fantasy romance novel.

 

3) What is the book about?

Here’s the synopsis:

 

When Princess Esmerelda stumbles onto a secret buried in the depths of her floating city, the God of Fate curses her. Within seventy days, she will die and her beloved kingdom will fall.

 

If Esmerelda is to survive, she’ll have to unravel the secret of why she was cursed and learn to beat a spiteful God at its own game.

 

Complicating her struggle is Parius, a dashing stranger with a mysterious past. He’s brave and noble and unpredictable, and she finds herself falling for him. But he has dark secrets all his own, secrets their budding relationship may not survive.

 

Their quest takes the pair to forgotten magics, beautiful witches in sleepy villages, and the ancient caverns of the dragons. But time is running out. Can the lovers defeat the God of Fate, or will they lose everything they hold dear?

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

It took me awhile to figure out what the book was about honestly, because writing is so much an exploration for me. It’s not like I decide what the book is about and then set pen to paper to write it…it’s more like I’m exploring the story as I go! So first I thought the story was about a princess who learned to fight, and I played around with a few different ideas before I realized it was about a woman who fought against a brutal destiny.

 

At the time I was struggling a lot with the idea of fate and free will, so it makes sense that I was called to write this story.

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

A little over two and a half years from start to publication. And it was an absolute blast the whole time 🙂

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Tons! This is the first novel that I’ve published, and I’d never worked on a story this complex before.

 

I learned to trust my Muse–my Muse knows the story a whole lot better than my left-brain logical “Me” does. I also learned to not try to predict where the story was going to go–a lot of the really fun moments came because I was discovering this story right along with the characters, and when Esmerelda got herself into a tight spot I didn’t know how she would get out again!

 

Finally I learned that writing fiction is weird–and that’s okay! Amazing, actually. I remember one time I was trying to get a handle on the character of a talking tiger. And it just hit me one moment–I’m walking down the street in broad daylight, having a vivid (but silent) conversation with a talking tiger and asking him why he’s mad at a sorcerer. It was fun!

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

Here’s my author website: https://julianadorney.com/, although I don’t blog a ton. No book video at the moment.

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

My main piece of advice, like I said above, is to trust your Muse. It knows the story, so sit back and let it tell it.

 

I used Amygdala Designs for my cover art, and Ida was fabulous! I don’t get anything if you use her, but I highly recommend checking her out.

 

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

I’m very open to reading new authors! I can’t promise a review unless I like the story, just because I know that different folks have different tastes and I don’t want to leave a negative review of a good book just because it wasn’t my cup of tea 🙂

 

I love reading fantasy stories and romance stories. I love any stories with a good romance in them. I also read some sci-fi!

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

The Harry Potter series, because it’s just so magical. If I had to choose a favorite book, I would say Prisoner of Azkaban–I love the big reveal about Sirius!

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

I really want to get a cat! But no pets right now.

 

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

I don’t honestly, I just use my laptop or physical books. I really love physical books.

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Interview with Boluwatife Oriowo, Author of Letters from Midia

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Boluwatife Oriowo, author of Letters from Midia.

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 Boluwatife Oriowo, however in internet circles I can often be found going by the moniker, aesthetic-derelict. I’m a New Jersey based sequential artist, though if you’re curious about where my name is from, I’m Nigerian by birth.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
 
The title of my book is Letters from Midia. It is an all-ages fantasy/adventure graphic novel.
3) What is the book about? 
 
Letters from Midia follows Jason, a young knight of few words and many actions, as he traverses a land of magic and monsters in search of his kingdom’s missing princess, Midia. The two had fallen in love shortly before Midia’s wicked duke uncle and a traitorous court mage kidnapped her in hopes of harvesting her latent magical abilities.

With nothing but a sword, a shield and his trusty steed to help him, the newly knighted Jason fights his way across a myriad of strange environments, savage beasts and magical foes in order to rescue his one true love.

Guiding Jason on his journey are the letters Princess Midia leaves along his path, brief notes left behind as her captors take her across the country side, each one meant to form a trail that may one day reunite the pair.

I’ve heard it be described as the story of the world’s most dangerous long-distance relationship, and I think that’s fairly apt. It is a tale of love, perseverance and the pain of isolation over a period of time.

Letters from Midia is a spin on the age-old tale of the traveling knight, bringing a fresh, new perspective to a familiar plot structure.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I have always been a big fan of video games, especially fantasy or role-playing games. One of my favorite franchises happens to be Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda, which also offers unique spins on familiar fantasy tropes. Letters from Midia’s genesis initially came from me wanting to capture the feeling of my experience playing these games in comic form. The thrill of adventure, the peril of facing a new enemy, the joys of seeing your character get new weapons and the excitement of getting more story progression after conquering a difficult boss battle, are all elements of that experience that I worked to boil into the narrative.

In many ways, Letters from Midia is a bit of a video-game book, though it never outright says it. Attentive readers can and have pointed out the many different ways that I have alluded to this video-game inspiration throughout the story.

As I began to develop the story, I was also heavily invested in the works of French illustrator Moebius and Genndy Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack cartoon. These creations often featured vast, interesting worlds with larger than life characters, and it was in emulating those artists that I was able to give the world of Letters from Midia a quirky charm.

 
5) How long did it take you to write it?
I initially came up with the idea in January of 2018, but I didn’t have the courage to fully dive into making it until that November. From concept to complete illustration, the book took nine months to complete.

Much of it was made in my free time, in-between jobs and freelance assignments.

 
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
It would be a bit of an understatement to say that I had learned a thing or two making my first graphic novel. Letters from Midia is by far the longest story that I have ever made, clocking in at twice the size of my previous long project.

In making it, I not only handled the writing duties, I penciled, inked, colored and lettered the whole thing too. As a result, I had to do a lot of learning along the way, picking up things on characterization, action choreography, cinematic lighting and coloring as I went on.

It’s also the first story that I have ever colored, and the jump from greyscale to full color was a whole new beast for me. Developing appealing palettes for print was a major challenge.

I feel that, as an author, it is important to have a hand in all aspects of the creation of a book, especially so that you understand all the different parts that go into making the finished product.

 
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
My main website is https://boluoriowo.wixsite.com/oriowoportfolio. I also have a Twitter profile where I share my art and updates on upcoming projects. That can be found @aesderelict.
 
 
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
I’m a fairly new author myself, so it might be a bit much to claim any of these are “success” tips. I do have a few main ideas that helped me along the way, though.

My main one is that you should always have an idea about what your story is about. I don’t mean having a basic idea of what the story is, or a list of all the events that happen, but rather what your story is trying to say. What is the feeling that you want your readers to leave the story feeling? What questions do you want to have raised, explored and answered for them throughout your tale? When you think of this, your stories tend to have a grander feel of connectivity and avoid feeling like nothing more than a series of loosely connected events. It makes you think of themes, character actions, scenes and can only lead to a better final product.

As far as cover art, there are two ways to go about it. You either pick a big, marquee moment to place on the front of your book to reel people in. If your protagonist fights a dragon, find a way to put that dragon on the front. If someone is dangling from a cliff, you put that cliff on the front. It’s a nice, simple way to get attention, which is often the only way to ensure that a reader gets invested enough to follow through and read on.

The other way to go about it is to try to create a scene or image that communicates the major themes and characters of your story, without outright spoiling a key scene. I took this approach for Letters from Midia, opting to showcase the central characters of the story while posting a smattering of the different lands Jason explores throughout his quest. A good amount of the excitement from the book comes from the dramatic reveal of new threats, so I didn’t want to spoil anything plot crucial on the front.

Additionally, never go with the first idea for a visual. Writing requires plenty of drafts and creating compelling imagery is no different. It is important to take an iterative, multi-layered approach to developing your book’s visual identity, as this is almost always going to be what potential readers see first.

 
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I usually like to read some form of fantasy, science fiction, mystery or horror story. If it has an element of adventure, I’m all the more interested. I’m always open to reading new authors and giving my own two cents on how I feel, but I’d argue that any review I give would be heavily on the subjective side.
 
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
Tough question. I’ve read a lot, so I can’t quite narrow it down to one. Growing up, I was always a big fan of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events series. They had a sort of dark humor to balance out the creepy atmosphere of the adventures that the main characters went on, and I believe that it was these stories that really made me want to write.

Picking my favorite graphic novel of all time is an even harder choice, often depending on what’s really connected to me recently.

 
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
 
No pets right now. As a kid, I had two pet lovebirds named Crash and Coco. They were very loud and drove my siblings up the wall. Later on, my family would get two dogs named Max and Roxie.

Max was a very shy Chihuahua/ Dachshund/ Yorkshire terrier mix and Roxie was an all-too-energetic Jack Russel. The two sadly passed on while I was working on the book, but I definitely tried to capture their behavior in how I wrote Jason’s horse, Argo.

Why a horse would act like a dog is anyone’s guess, but I thought it added a light-hearted nature to the young knight’s loyal steed.

 
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I don’t have a dedicated electronic reading device, but I do tend to read books through my iPhone. I commute a lot for work, so having something small to read through is often the way to go, for me.
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Interview with Jayne Martin, author of Tender Cuts

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We have another interview today, this time with Jayne Martin author of Tender Cuts.

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)?
Jayne Martin and I live in California.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The book is titled “Tender Cuts.” It’s a collection of literary microfiction, 38 stories each under 300 words.
3) What is the book about?
In these 38 real and surreal tales, everyday people do their best to manage the wounds life inflicts on all of us: A six-year-old beauty pageant contestant strives to please her demanding mother; a woman marries a 1985 Buick LeSabre; in a laundromat bored wives fall under the romantic spell of a lobster; a grown woman is still being fat-shamed by her deceased mother via a Ouija board; a widow carries her husband’s ashes around in Baggies. With pathos and humor, these and all of the characters in this collection speak to the reader’s own wounded heart.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I’ve been writing and publishing flash and microfiction in literary journals since 2010. Several had been nominated for Best Small Fictions and Pushcarts. In 2017, I began to see a thread weaving them together emotionally as a collection. I brought on illustrators to do simple line drawings to accompany the stories and somewhere in each you will find a tiny heart to carry on the theme of wounded hearts.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
I wrote these stories over several years. The title story is about a character named “Julie-Sue,” a Jon-Benet Ramsey type child forced into beauty pageants by her mother. When I put the book together I realized I need a structure, a thread, to hang all the other stories onto, so I wrote three more stories about this character taking her to a tween, then to 16, and the final story which is told by Julie-Sue’s grown daughter after Julie-Sue has died. The voices in all the stories follow that arc from young to old.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
As a writer, every time you inhabit a character you learn something about the human condition. As for the construction of the collection, I had never realized how difficult it would be to determine the order of the stories. After several attempts, it felt like trying to “herd cats,” but I finally figured it out.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Yes. It’s www.jaynemartin-writer.com. There is a book video on the site and also as my pinned Tweet on Twitter. On the home page, I have a slide show of inspirational sayings from the likes of Toni Morrison to Tiny Fey that I hope will encourage and lift the spirits of those who visit. There are also links to all the book’s reviews and my interviews. On the blog page, I written several craft essays on how to write flash/microfiction. And, of course, you can order the book. I recommend ordering from the Powell’s link to support indie bookstores, but it’s available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Nothing succeeds like persistence. Rejections feel personal, but they’re not. What one editor may decline, another will eagerly accept. Keep sending out those submissions. It’s largely a numbers game. I like to say if you fling enough spaghetti at a wall, some of it will stick, so fling away!
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read literary fiction mostly as I’m a lover of beautiful language. That, more than anything, will draw me in. I read all the online lit journals and it’s always exciting to me to discover a new voice. Reviews are not my thing, only because I’m not a “critical thinker.” I respond to something or I don’t, and I’m not very good at articulating my reasons.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I absolutely fell in love with “H is for Hawk,” by Helen MacDonald. It’s a memoir about her relationship with a goshawk named Mable that she trained to deal with her grief after her father’s death and it’s absolutely exquisite. Helen is also a poet so, much like Ocean Vuong, author of “On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous,” the language is gorgeous. I’ve read it twice and listened to the audio read by Helen. I’m certain I will do so again.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I have two dogs and a horse. The dogs are Dixie, a 13 year old Chihuahua, and Miss Pickles, a 5 years old Yorkie mix. They are my heart and soul. My horse is a 28 year old Thoroughbred named Levi. He used to be my jumper when we competed over fences. Now we just hack around.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I have a 10 year old Nook — one of the very first — that is still going strong. I also have a Kindle app on my phone. I like them because I live in a very small house without much room for books (although they are stacked everywhere). When I can get a book on digital, I do, but many of the small indie presses don’t offer it.
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Interview with Wilfredo Gonzales, Author of Clay Hats

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Today’s interview is with Wilfredo Gonzalez, author of Clay Hats.

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 Wilfredo Gonzalez. I live in Rochester, New York.

 

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? My newest book is entitled Clay Hats. Christian suspense, Spiritual fiction.

 

3) What is the book about?  Clay Hats is a story about a neighborhood. Brian Ford and his family are new to the city neighborhood, and through his eyes we experience how a tragedy galvanizes a community transformation.

 

4) Where did you come up with the idea? Clay Hats highlights some of the goodness I experienced growing up. The city of Rochester, my home, is teeming with folks devoted to the well-being of our neighborhoods.

 

5) How long did it take you to write it? I wrote Clay Hats in about four months. I wrote mainly on the weekends when I wasn’t working. I woke up very early before my kids and wife woke up.

 

6) Did you learn anything from the project? I learned how connected one can get to characters you’ve created. At the end of the book, I often thought about most of the characters, as if I could call and check on them. I learned that this project would always be special to me.

 

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

You can find me on Goodreads. Here’s a Promo video of Clay Hats.

 

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?  Write to learn, and know that the learning never stops. Learn from mistakes, and don’t get discouraged. The sun slowly rises when you start the journey.

 

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? I like to read all sorts of genres, so long as it’s not over the top horror. I’m currently reading a J.F. Penn thriller. I like classics, short fiction, Sci-fi. Anything that is interesting, I’m open to. I review new authors as well. I know the value of a review.

 

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? The Bible is my favorite book of all time, but in case that doesn’t count, as far as fiction goes, if I must narrow it down, it has to be the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Special shout out to Louis Sachar’s book Holes, which was magic to me as a youngster.

 

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? Blue is my Beta fish. He’s pretty cool. My kids think it’s a miracle he’s still alive after two years. That’s all. No dogs or cats. My three kids keep me busy enough.

 

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 phone a lot these days. Android, Kindle app. Works fine for me. I do still prefer flipping real pages, the smell of an actual book. But I appreciate e-books much more than I did before.

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Interview with Mansu Edwards, Co-Author of Plush Couches

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Today’s interview is with Mansu Edwards, Co-Author of Plush Couches.

Please see it below.

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-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

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Interview with L.D. Wosar, Author of the Kit Weston Chronicles

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Hello,

Today’s interview is with L.D. Wosar, author of the Kit Weston Chronicles.

Please see 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)?
     L. D. Wosar and I live in Nevada
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
    I have a series out – the Kit Weston Chronicles.  Crooked Halo and the Badge: Volume I;  Wight Angel:  Volume II;  Frayed Wings: Volume III.  They are in the Western genre
3) What is the book about?
    The series is about a nearly condemned outlaw girl whose life changed after given the ultimatum of getting hanged or getting married.  Obviously, she chose the latter or there would not have been a series of three books.  However, there is a woman, Sophie Wilson,  who has a prophecy of getting rid of the Mueller family who brought her family down and Kit must stop Sophie before she makes her prophecy come true.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
    I had come up with the idea years ago to write a Western, taking place in Tehachapi, California – a place that still lives in my heart.  I toyed with so many ideas and finally, this one just fell into place due to the inspiration of family members and my granddaughter gave me the inspiration for the villain, which thank goodness, the real Sophie is the polar opposite of the woman I wrote. 
5) How long did it take you to write it?
    It was a few years in the making, but in all honesty, it took me at least 2 months to write it once the story came to fruition.  I know authors spend years writing a single book, but this one just happened naturally and I was obsessed with getting the story written.  
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
    What I did learn was my brand, I write Western Action novels.   I learned I am terrible at writing romance, for I flourish at writing action and conflict.  I also learned I will never write hardcore sex novels because those are the worst written chapters in these books.  Most importantly, I learned to become a master at self-editing, although a few snafus had fallen through the cracks here and there. 
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
    I do have a site:  http://www.crookedwightwings.com   
    I have been toying with the idea of making a videocast, I just do not have the know-how to do it or the equipment.  There is a podcast that I post in the Facebook group called KitCast.  
    May, I also mention that Crooked Halo and the Badge is available on audiobook.  Wight Angel is close to going live and my superstar narrator, Justin Mills, is recording Frayed Wings at present moment.  
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
    Writing is the easy part of the process, but to be successful – make sure you have a perfectly formatted book and edit with a fine-tooth comb.  I don’t have a billion dollars to pay for editing and publishing, so it’s been done on my own.   Also, give the readers what they want and don’t leave them hanging.  I learned on ‘Wight Angel’ that a cliff-hanger ending wasn’t as successful as I thought it would be.  
    For editors, I have no idea; honestly, I have yet to work with one.  But cover artists, I did my own covers.  Make a cover that pops and that people will notice first thing.  A book cover is kind of like food – presentation is everything.  
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
    I typically love Mystery and Suspense – mostly James Patterson, who has always been an inspiration to me.   Of course, I am open to reading new authors and reviewing their work. 
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
    I would really have to say Cross Country by James Patterson.  This book had the intensity and the brutality, so well written – of course, it is by the master himself. 
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
    I have 1 pup – an amazingly calm, lazy, funny and super smart American Pit Bull Terrier named Kane after Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks.  
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
    I use my iPad as my electronic reading device – utilizing Kindle, of course. 
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Interview with May J. Panayi Brighton, Author of Tales from the Library of a Twisted Mind

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Today’s interview is with May J. Panayi, author of Tales from the Library of a Twisted Mind.

Please find 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)?
May J. Panayi Brighton UK
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My most recent book is a collection of dark/horror shorts- Tales from the Library of a Twisted Mind
3) What is the book about?
It is a collection of dark and twisted short stories
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I have these stories running through my head near constantly. Considering I also write romance novels, my darker side is like an alter ego.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
About a year.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
There is no idea that cannot be developed or distorted, and ideas come from everywhere. One day I was driving past an archeological site [called La Tenta] with an elderly Aunt, and she suddenly shrieked ‘don’t go to La Tenta.’ That birthed a horror story right there. Though I think her actual fear was being forced to look at old remains instead of shiny shops!
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
https://mayjpanayi.wixsite.com/books    https://youtu.be/opbT0vcLyzk   The blog links are on the website too.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Keep at it, never give up.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love to read horror, any really. But I also love writers like Jodi Picoult and Joanne Harris. I read and review new authors on my kindle all the time.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The Stand- Stephen King. The world and characters he creates are so real. It has been my favourite since I first read it in 1982.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
None since my cat Panpuss passed in 2011 and my heart broke. I have NSA [no strings attached] holiday cats now. I love lizards and squirrels too.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
2nd iteration of kindle a paperwhite this time. I love it for travelling, but read paperbacks at home. I travel a lot so my kindle gets quite a bit of use. I usually keep about 50 to read titles on it.
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