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Interview with A.W. Baldwin, Author of Diamonds of Devil’s Tail: A Relic Novel

Hello,

Today’s interview is with A.W. Baldwin, author of Diamonds of Devil’s Tail: A Relic Novel.

Please find it below.

Thank you,

-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)?

A.W. Baldwin.  I live in Wyoming.  My books are all available on amazon and also can be ordered through any bookstore.

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

Diamonds of Devil’s Tail – outdoor thriller

3) What is the book about? 

It centers on how people behave when an opportunity for great wealth presents itself, in this case, diamonds in a remote canyon — how they handle the urge for that wealth and what they are, or are not, willing to do to get it.  Wealth without work can lead to violence and injustice, and it does in this story.  The deeper characters of the actors are revealed in their struggle and the final resolution.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I’ve always wanted to write a story involving a cast of strangers on a trip together and the whitewater excursion was perfect for that.

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

About 12 months

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

I feel like I’m always learning, especially about plot lines and getting a good rhythm going for high action scenes and character interactions.

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

Yes. awbaldwin.com. I have a trailer for both Raptor Canyon and Wings Over Ghost Creek.

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

Daniel Thiede does my book cover art and he’s fantastic.  The design, the color, and the theme that runs through each of the covers are really great.  As for tips, I’d say write what you want, work on your craft, and enjoy the process.  If that’s not working right, none of the rest will, either.

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

Thrillers and mysteries, mostly, but yes I am open to new authors and reviewing their work if I have the time.  I like a novel with lots of action but with good humor, too.

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

I don’t know about a favorite book of all time, but I grew up on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ stories of Tarzan.  More currently, Clive Cussler is a guiding star, as is Wilbur Smith – masters of the high adventure.

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

Not at the moment but I am a long-time “dog” guy – English Setters, Golden Retrievers, mostly.

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

No.  When reading, I like the feel of a paperback best.

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Interview with Angie Hundley, Author of A Recipe for Bad Lemons – Ingredients for Success from Life’s Sour Moments

Good morning,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Angie Hundley, author of the memoir: “A Recipe for Bad Lemons – Ingredients for Success from Life’s Sour Moments.”

The link to purchase the book is found above!

Please enjoy!

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)?

Angie Hundley, Kansas

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

A Recipe For Bad Lemons: Ingredients for Success from Life’s Sour Moments 

Memoir/Autobiography 

3) What is the book about? 

My memoir describes 8 “bad lemon” scenarios and my personal ingredient for overcoming each one. My first chapter talks about overcoming physical and sexual abuse resulting in 18 months of foster care before my sisters were adopted in separate homes. My subsequent chapters talk about a fatal car wreck where I had to overcome PTSD in efforts to drive again, pregnancy in college and finishing my degree as a mother, divorce, scary pregnancy, cancer scare, meeting my birth parents and my final chapter talks about how I turned a business mess into success. The chapters are summed up with a recipe for life’s success.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I decided to write a book after I realized that the success rate of foster children is less than five percent. I didn’t realize I fell in a small statistical category and wanted to inspire others to find their success.

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

I wrote the first thirty pages and then put it down for five years. I wrote the final 125 pages over the winter of 2019/2020. 

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Prior to publishing my memoir, I was unaware of all the efforts that goes into the publication process. I was fortunate to have a well-versed publishing team to assist me with my final product. 

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

My website has everything on it: https://angiehundley.com/

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

I fell in love with the text to voice option on Microsoft Word. Often times, our brains will insert missing words as we read so having that capability definitely helped with the editing process. Also, I have been asked several times how to write a book and I always suggest to build a strong outline with detailed notes. I lived off of mine!

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

I like memoirs and autobiographies. 

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

I have read so many but I would say The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I’m currently reading Small Ball Big Results by Joel Goldberg. 

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

I have a Doberman puppy. She is currently 3 months old and her name is Piper. She’s quite spoiled!

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

I do not. 

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Interview with Beverly Oliver, Author of Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali

Good morning,

Today’s interview is with Beverly Oliver, author of Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali.

Please enjoy!

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 Beverly Oliver and I live in California.

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

My newest book is Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali. It’s nonfiction: part memoir, part social commentary.

3) What is the book about?

Alfred Bowman (Dr. Sebi) lived in the United States among Black people for more than fifty years, longer than in his birthplace Honduras, Central America. He married and started his family in New Orleans so he knows the health, culture and food customs of the United States as well as anyone who was born there. His asthma and impotence, and the state of health and nutrition in the United States, propelled him to become the natural healer and alkaline herbal medicine specialist we affectionately call Dr. Sebi. The new book briefly recalls that journey. It mainly focuses on what dembali means and why Dr. Sebi urged me to write the book. Dembali is a word he coined to draw attention to why people reject recommendations in matters of health, race, family and culture. He observed these challenges through dembali’s lens. But it’s the same manner he viewed solutions, such as his African Bio Mineral Balance therapeutic method and his nutrition guide. It’s full of alkaline food recommendations. 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I was in Honduras when Dr. Sebi introduced me to dembali. He felt health and nutrition in America, especially Black America, hadn’t improved much since he retired. He wanted the book to explain why and he wanted to offer solutions. 

In Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali, he encourages readers to understand why we choose the food we eat, know how race and culture affect food choices, health and behavior, be aware of the slow, cumulative effects of acid and hybrid food on the body, and finally, know that eating comfort food (20%) is fine but it’s alkaline food (80%) your body needs. 

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

Dr. Sebi introduced me to dembali in 2008. I started developing the book in 2018.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Yes. I learned that even though he was charismatic and eccentric at times, his key traits were patience, compassion, empathy and understanding. I also learned he was proud of his daughter Xave and her expertise in natural healing. As they say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” 

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

Yes. The websites are https://www.sojourntohonduras.com and https://www.sevendaysinushavillage.org. Dembali’s landing page is on the first website. The book trailers are on YouTube, on the SojournHonduras1 channel. The videos are titled Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali trailer and Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali release trailer. 

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

I’ll echo what others have said about editors—You need one. Fresh, professional eyes are key to book development. Without fail editors catch something authors missed. I’m grateful for editorial assistance from The Artful Editor. 

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

I like to read memoirs, biographies, personal development books and inspirational texts. Yes, I’m open to reviewing a new work or two and would appreciate someone doing the same for Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali.

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

Sorry, too many in that category but I will mention Sidney Poitier’s Measure of a Man and Clint Hill’s Mrs. Kennedy and Me. 

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

I don’t have any pets right now.

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

Other than my cell phone, I read stories on my laptop.

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Interview with Kanika Saxena, Author of Gift Yourself a Smile

Good afternoon,

We have an interview today with Kanika Saxena, author of Gift Yourself a Smile.

Please see it below and enjoy! (The link to the book on Amazon is found above!)

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 Kanika Saxena. I live in India.

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

“Gift Yourself a Smile” is a non-fiction, self-help book.

3) What is the book about? 

This book is an attempt to make people realize the importance of being happy and smiling. I think that this book is relevant in today’s scenario when most of us are stressed out due to different reasons. This book emphasizes the power of the smile to help one de-stress, build relationships, boost immunity, and enhance the quality of life. This book stresses the fact that we don’t exactly need our wishes to be fulfilled to smile and feel happy. We need to gift ourselves that smile to make our lives more beautiful.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

The idea came to my mind when I happened to read a What’s App message from a friend. It was a motivational message about smiling and staying happy. The message was interspersed with emoticons of smiles. It was shared by a friend who does not exactly strike me as a happy person or one who smiles too often. It got me thinking about how we have become a generation that is too eager to share smileys and inspirational messages with others without actually “practicing what we preach.” I thought of how communication through devices has become popular in a world that seems to be losing “feelings” and emotions. I thought of writing this book to remind my audience about the importance of connecting on a “human” level instead of through devices. According to my a smile is one of the best ways to connect with others. It not only makes the one smiling happy but also spreads joy to others around. Smiling also brings a host of health benefits. So, this book is my humble attempt to make people smile!

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

It took me about 10 days to write this book.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Being a professional content writer, I tend to dig a little deep into the topic I am writing on. So, it was while writing this book that I realized the health benefits a simple smile brings. 

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

Yes, I have an author website kanikasaxena.com. I am proud to say that I have created this website myself. I created this site in the first week of December and it still needs some finishing to be done. I love to share self-help blogs on my website. I am also in the process of setting up Email marketing for my website so that I can interact on a personal level with my readers. 

This is the second book that I have self-published. The first was “A Lockdown Story” which I had self-published in June. My third book is with the publisher. It is called “Are Teeny Tiny Stress Triggers Troubling You?”

I do have a video of my interview which was conducted after the release of my first book.

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

Consistency is one of the most important things when it comes to writing a book. Make sure that you allocate fixed timings for writing the book. And, even on the days when you don’t feel like writing, try to pen down a few words, maybe 100-200, just to keep up the momentum.

Try to avoid editing in between. Complete the entire manuscript and then edit. This is something that I find difficult to follow myself.

People do judge a book by its cover! So, a well-designed cover is a must.

The title of the book is also an important factor for its success. Make sure that you spend enough time to think of a unique and catchy title.

Just writing a good book is not enough. If you want your book to reach a larger audience, you need to dedicate time to market it also. 

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

I like to read non-fiction books. I prefer books on self-management and success. As far as fiction books go I like to read crime thrillers.

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

The Bhagwad Gita. On the face of it, this book seems to be a religious text. But it is way more than that. This book teaches some vital lessons that can transform one’s life. It can change our complete perspective on life. This book brought me to a state of “living” from that of “surviving.”

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

I do not have pets. But other than my family, I do have living things in my life that I take care of my plants. I love greenery and flowers. I even create organic compost using kitchen waste for my garden. So I guess my plants could qualify as my pets!

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

I do not have an electronic reading device because I guess I am a little old-school when it comes to reading. I enjoy having a book in my hands and reading it.

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Interview with Cindy Burkart Maynard, Author of Finding the Way

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Cindy Burkart Maynard, author of Finding the Way.

Please enjoy!

Best!

Interview:

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

Cindy Burkart Maynard   Tucson, Arizona

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

“Finding the Way”   It is historical fiction

  1. What is the book about? 

Set in 1250 in the Basque Pyrenees of northeastern Spain, it’s the story of a young Basque girl, caught in the personal and cultural friction between traditional folkways and Christianity. Her devastating personal tragedy propels her to undertake a quest along the Camino de Santiago. So far I’d characterize it as a cross between an action/adventure novel and a Canterbury Tales. https://www.cindymaynard.net/

  1. Where did you come up with the idea?

In 2017 I walked the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage route across northern Spain. In 2017 over 200,000 people walked the Camino, a number equal to those who walked In 1250 AD. I wondered what it would it have been like to walk this path in 1250.  After a year of research and reading I set pen to paper. Finding the Way is my answer to that question.

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

It took about 2 years months to write.

  1. Did you learn anything from the project?

It’s historical fiction, so I learned a lot from my research. I learned a lot from walking the Camino. I learned more about honing my writing skills. So I learned a lot, both personally and professionally

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

I have a website: HOME | Writer/Author (cindyburkartmaynard.com)

I do not have a book video

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

I have only one tip, from a friend who wrote a book in a month for NaNoWriMo. We are all very busy, but it’s amazing what you can get done in two hours. Just squeeze an hour or two into your schedule five or six day per week. Take time off once in a while to recharge your batteries.

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

I love historical fiction above all else. But I read and/or listen to anything I think is well written.  I don’t read romance, fantasy, erotica, cowboy-and-indian style westerns,

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

No fair! I can’t begin to remember or compare all the wonderful books I’ve read. In the last few years my favorite is “Where the Crawdads Sing,” Delia Owenss

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

I have two cats, George and Gracie. They keep me amused. And my husband, Bob. Does he count?  😊

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

I own a kindle. I love it. I can take many books with me wherever I go, and it fits in my purse. I do still love the feel and smell of a real print book

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Interview with Marin Darmonkow, Author of The Epic of Gabriel and Jibreel

Good morning!

I’m pleased to bring you this interview today with Marin Darmonkow, author of The Epic of Gabriel and Jibreel!

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)?

Marin; I am a children’s book creator living in Canada.

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

My latest book is titled The Epic of Gabriel and Jibreel, which is going to be launched this month (December 2020). It is the fourth title in the 2GETHER book collection so, like all my other works, it is a children’s picture book. 

3) What is the book about?

It is a poignant story about two young boys — one a refugee and the other a youngster from a wealthy suburb – who meet under unexpected circumstances, become best friends and form an unyielding bond. As unforeseen as their adventure is, so is the finale of the epic — sending a powerful and thought-provoking message to young and adult readers alike.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

Although I have always been a ‘glass-half-full’ person, I learned at an early age that life is not fair. We all often hear about but quickly forget statistics concerning millions of displaced people in the world. This thought helped me envision how the two extremes, the haves, and the have-nots, can find a common ground and possibly connect on a deeper level. After all, we are all in the same boat called Earth.

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

Although I do not report my ‘billable hours’ to anybody but myself, I highly respect the time since I am responsible not only for writing the story but for creating the illustrations, working on the book layout, selecting the soundtrack, searching  for voice-over artists, producing the book trailers, recording the audio version, updating the author’s website, etc. For this reason, it is hard for me to determine the exact time it took me to write it in this rather elaborate process.  

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Yes, absolutely: I have the propensity to employ a fairytale element for younger readers so they can digest, with some ease, the surprises which life may offer. At the same time, with many other elements in the book, I tend to engage the attention and the interest of parents/adults.

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

My website’s domain name is Fontreal.com. I also maintain a blog on Goodreads — this way, I am part of a community of avid readers and book connoisseurs. All my books, including this one, come with book videos available on my website as well as on YouTube and on Goodreads.

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

My humble advice to fellow authors is: Write the book you want to read. I also want to remind them what Albert Camus said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself”. If you believe he was right, please keep on writing. As for recommending certain professionals, I seldom provide such as selection criteria are deeply personal.

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

I am a literary omnivore. I find genres to be a construct and often serve as superfluous frames some authors try to squeeze their works into.

I welcome new and unknown authors. Concerning a review of their work, I am definitely interested, though at the moment my time is preoccupied with many creative projects. 

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

It is impossible to pick up only one. 

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

When our children were growing, we had many pets in the house – an elegant black cat, numerous hamsters, and an iguana. Currently, I am a pet-less individual.

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

Apart from a well-equipped desktop computer, I am rather indifferent to other electronic tools.

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Interview with Joannes Rhino, Author of The Unseen Face

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Joannes Rhino, author of The Unseen Face.

Please see it below.

Thank you,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Joannes Rhino. I live in Bali, Indonesia.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The Unseen Face. It’s a drama-psychology/suspense semi-fiction novel.

3) What is the book about?
The Unseen Face is about memory loss, facing the demons of the past and questioning everything.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
The Unseen Face is actually based on my close mate’s testimony about his disease. He had struggled with mental disorders since the loss of his loved ones. His story was very triggering for me to come up with The Unseen Face. However, it also elicited a lot of unexpected responses, negative or positive. For that reason, and to protect my friend’s personal life, I decided to twist up some of the facts. The content of The Unseen Face, however, is 80% based on actual event.

5) How long did it take you to write it?
Honestly speaking, the writing process didn’t take that long. No more than 6 months I got it done, roughly. However, the research and editing process took a lot of time, money and efforts.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
The key word of the spiritual message in The Unseen Face is forgiveness. We have to remember that everything is giving by purpose. Hatred and revenge are not the best friends in our spiritual journey. Non ability to deal with negativity is leading to serious crimes, psycho problems, crumpled life and as an end result – wrong direction and wrong Spiritual Choices.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I don’t have the time to do that, yet.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Be yourself! Write only with your own writing style, not others. There is no bad writing. There’s just that, writing. Everyone has own style! Don’t be afraid to share what’s inside your head.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love writing and reading psychology/thriller/suspense because when it comes to someone’s psychology, it’s amazing what I discover. There are a lot of things to discuss and share. Yeah, I am open to reading other’s works.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
Paulo Coelho with “The Alchemist” and a motivational book by Rhonda Byrne “The Secret”. Those books really changed my perspective about life.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I have a Labrador, Rottweiler and German Shepherd.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I’m an old-fashioned person. I still prefer books on hand.

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Interview with Carol Orange, Author of A Discerning Eye

Hello,

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 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

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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 Jez Cajiao, Author of Brightblade

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Jez Cajiao, author of Brightblade.

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview:

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

I go by own name, as it’s a lot simpler for everyone, plus I kinda liked the idea of people I used to party with seeing my name on a book and having a ‘what the hell??’ moment…

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

My First book is Brightblade, a LitRPG dark adventure, with my second book, The Forgotten Faithful releasing on the 5th of August..

3) What is the book about? 

It follows the Main Character Jax, as he searches for his brother in the UnderVerse, a realm at the center of reality, where all our dreams and nightmares are born. Jax is kidnapped, and given the option of performing a task for the father he’d never known, or dying… slowly. He takes the job when he’s told his missing brother was given the same task, only to find out the first step is to defeat the other noble houses chosen champions int he arena first. Twelve will enter, only one can leave… 


4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I’ve always been a huge fan of fantasy and I considered gravity, it’s a force strong enough to compress stars, and yet we can ignore it at will (for a short period of time) by jumping, one theory is that this is because it bleeds away through the multiple realities that surround us. I considered what if we can ‘feel’ those realities? Sometimes interact with them in our dreams. What if H.R. Gieger was seeing that realm and drew the things he saw?

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

The first draft took two years, mostly because it was an hour here, and an hour there.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Massively yes, I wrote it in part as therapy, as recommended by a friend, after an industrial accident, and it massively helped. Plus, I read some truly awful books on occasion, and thought, can I do better? (Probably not!)

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

I have a Facebook group, it’s very new, and is theunderverse2020 (Just the UnderVerse was taken, damn their eyes!)

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

I’ve been told that great artists and editors are a top-secret resource, but I will say, check out ArtStation, that’s how I found my artist, he’s amazing! It’s the first impression you make, so never, ever skimp there! (And I name my Editor and Artist inside my book, as thanks…) 

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

I split my time between new authors and established, as I love to read, I’m also aware of how important a review is, so I always make the effort to leave one! 

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

My favorite SERIES is the Wheel of Time, without a doubt, but my favorite book? Hmmmm…. Possibly ‘Legend’ by David Gemmell, because the characters were so well rounded and individual

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

Yes! I have three cats, a human, and a second pet human on the way, and I hope to get another Bedlington Terrier soon, as we sadly lost ours last year…

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

I use my phone! I have an iPhone Max and use that as the screen is just the right size, plus that way I’ve always got books with me wherever I go!

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