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Interview with Tyler Colins, Author of Forever Poi

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Tyler Colins, author of Forever Poi.

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 Tyler Colins and currently I reside in Canada (Toronto, to be exact), but my aim/wish/desire/plan/intention/dream is to live in the great U.S. of A.  🙂

 

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

My latest book is Forever Poi, which is the fourth in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series.  The mysteries fall in the cozy realm—with grit.

 

3)    What is the book about?

The three female private eyes—JJ, Rey, and Linda—set out to determine who torched two Chinatown art galleries (and left a couple of bodies in the rubble).  They soon discover there are a sundry of potential culprits … with dark histories and not-so-nice secrets.

 

4)    Where did you come up with the idea?

I had written a TV script (never sold) years ago about an insurance adjuster who solves mysteries/murders.  Instead of letting it collect dust in a drawer, I thought, hmmm, why not take some of the scenes and create a “case” for the TTIA gals to solve?

 

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

A year and some (I have a full-time job and Mom-care, so finding time to write can prove challenging).

 

6)    Did you learn anything from the project?

I did in terms of the research component—about insurance, arson, and the art world.  I also “learned” that I really want to do this full-time.

 

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

My blog is A Writers Grab-Bag – https://thewritersgrabbag.com.

 

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

Success tips?  Hmmm.  I think the most important thing is to keep the faith—do what you love and let that passion guide you.  There are so many ways to promote yourself now: blog tours, for example, are an amazing way to get your book seen by different people.  I’d also suggest joining different author communities; there are some good (supportive) ones on Facebook.

Editors?  LOL  Currently, I edit 2-3 books for a publisher, so I’m biased (coz I think I’m pretty good).  Because my books are with a publisher, I no longer have to worry about covers or finding an artist to do them.  I used to have one, but she’s no longer in the business, so I can’t provide her name.  For those in the market for a cover artist, I suggest looking at books to start. Get an idea of what you want.  Reach out to the author for a name and/or advice (they’re quite accessible and many are very happy to help).

 

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

I love mysteries, of course, but intrigue makes for enjoyable escapism, too.  I would definitely read new authors and happily do the odd review (given time constraints).

 

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

I have a lot of favorites . . . hmmm . . . today, I’m going to go with To Kill a Mockingbird.  It’s a wonderful book that pulls you into another time and place.  The twists and turns, and believable (well-crafted) characters make for an extraordinary read.

 

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

I used to have cats.  I love animals!!!  Right now, given Mom-care, it’s not doable.  One day, though, I’d like to have a potbellied pig.

 

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

I don’t.  LOL   You know, I love books—the feel and smell of them.  Turning pages is pleasurable.  I guess that makes me rather “old school”.  Ah well.  So be it. 🙂

 

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Interview with Kaitlynzq, Author of Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu

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Hello,

Today’s interview is with Kaitlynzq, Author of Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

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

My author name is my first name, Kaitlynzq, and I currently live in northern California, and have a love for soft, gentle breezes and calm climates.  Trees, flowers, the ocean, and mountains are all extremely important to me with how I connect.

 

 

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

My writing forms into books that are connected as a set of interconnected stories with elements from each story that interweave in one another as heart’s wave, heart’s song, heart’s breath.  Characters with the same feelings, needs, dreams, desires while each book holds its own unique form.  Instead of a chronological set, the books included in a series are inter-connected, meaning interior connected.

 

My first series, Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu includes Ancient Script of Lovecontu audio poem, Legend of Song de Light audio book, Legend of Song de Light audio play, and Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set.

 

With interior poetic stanzas hinted at in Legend of Song de Light that bloom into full poems in Ancient Script of Lovecontu to then step within notes of love within Legend of Song de Light, as a “Yes, …, I, …, will meet you tonight.”

 

And, all three of these books are held gently in my book Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set, and written with poetic prose and touches of romance.

 

 

3) What is the book about?

Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set holds the internal vocabulary of a character’s heart, that beautiful space of needs, desires, dreams, feelings, with the undercurrent of the depth of lovecontu a continual rhythm within a heart.

 

Lovecontu touches as flowers, sounds of a pink glow, song of radiant chords, and continues within the series of interconnected stories Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu.

 

For the vocal synopsis of this audio set, and more about the series, the following link will guide you to the playlist on my audio streams for Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu

 

https://soundcloud.com/kaitlynzq/sets/lovecontu-song-de-light-lovecontu-series

 

 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

Within my books, I include delicate symmetry of colors, music, and flowers.  Sometimes as symbolic metaphors, and other times as literal connections, within a character’s experiences that at times, link with another character’s experience.  Moment by moment, layer by layer, that become a story.

 

My inspirations come from the interior spaces within my heart, within other people, and within precious natural elements like the layers inside of a tree.  And, in the night time depths of my heart the idea for this series continued to unfold to join in the daylight hours to reveal even more as I wrote.

 

 

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

Each book is unique, and typically begin to form well before I put pen to paper. Once I do begin to write what my imagination holds, it takes about one to two years.

 

 

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

kaitlynzq.com

kaitlynzq.boutique

 

blog & audio streams newsletter signup form:  http://eepurl.com/dN-AFj

 

 

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

I love adult literary fiction, poetry and romance, and these are the same genres that I write in.  New authors are as wonderful as any author along the spectrum of their life and artistry.

 

I don’t review authors’ work; however, I have created a collective book box subscription that focuses on the beautiful depths of poetry, and highlights the full color wheel of poets.  If any poets are interested in being included in one of the editions for hearts’ poetry, more information is available here  kaitlynzq.com/poets-center

 

I would be honored to have a conversation with you about the opportunities to include you in hearts’ poetry…

 

a special extension and collection of the artistry of poets

each of their heart’s natural language, imagination’s dance

their words stream into sounds of lyrical compositions that form the stanzas

lines and notes that connect together into poems as their unique

heart’s wave, heart’s song, heart’s breath

heart’s breath, heart’s song, heart’s wave

and are woven into each month’s hearts’ poetry

 

 

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

I don’t have a pet; however, I connect with many animals…butterflies gentle way they float in the air, snow leopard and their soft, intense depth of their eyes, horses and their elegant way, bigfin reef squid and its beautiful way of bioluminescence in the sea, a hummingbird’s dance, eagle’s long wingspan, axolotl and their kind expression, little blue penguin’s precious tenderness, and my list goes on and on.

 

And, my love of these precious beings are part of something that I’ve designed called giving tree, where 25% of sales goes to a charity within books, theatre, radio and nature.  For more information about this community sharing extension, and to synchronize your purchase with the current month’s giving tree moments, please visit these pages

 

kaitlynzq.com/giving-tree

kaitlynzq.boutique/giving-tree

 

#kaitlynzq

 

 

 

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Interview with Damian Maximus, Author of Barry the Rogue Baguettiere

Good evening,

Today’s interview is with Damian Maximus, author of Barry the Rogue Baguettiere.

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 Damian Maximus. I currently live in a little village in
southern England.

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

My newest book is called Barry the Rogue Baguettiere: and other strange tales from the city of Dondolon. Just Barry the Rogue Baguettiere for short. It’s a three-way split between comedy, action, and thriller.

3) What is the book about?

The book is about a ruthless – ‘ruthless’ – bacon thief in the fictional
town of Dondolon and it follows his escapades as he is hunted by the
authorities.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

The idea of a comical bacon thief was created years ago when I wrote a mock review and complained about a lack of bacon in my chicken and bacon sandwich. Then about a year ago it was suggested to me that I expand upon the idea. And thus Barry was birthed.

The novel is actually written in partnership with an Instagram story along the same vein where the Instagrammer tries to track down Barry the Rogue Baguettiere. The stories can be read together or separately. Neither requires the other to make sense. The Instagram story can be found at @huntingforbarry.

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

Without edits, about six months. With edits, about nine months.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Ya. Alliterations are fun.

The book was created to be a break from the seriousness of literature. It was designed to be fun, like those books you read as a kid. It’s a kids’ book for adults. And I learnt that sometimes you have to throw out the rulebook when it comes to techniques you can and can’t use. Alliterate too much. Rhyme. Make up words if it makes sense to (Baguettiere is made up). Have fun.

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

I have a website: www.damianmaximus.com; and an Instagram account:
@Damian_Maximus.

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

Read the boring books about grammar and about literary techniques. Come up with your own opinions on grammatical techniques. Learn about merism and diacopes and zeugmas. Discover why we remember ‘Bond, James Bond’ or ‘get busy living, or get busy dying’.

Everyone knows Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss. Another is Making a Point by David Crystal. The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth is good for those literary techniques.

As far as choosing an editor or cover artist, I’d say just shop around. Find someone honest and constructive. Also, give the editing and designing a go yourself. You won’t be as good, but you’ll learn a ton (just make sure you still go with a professional for the final version).

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

I am definitely open to reading new authors and reviewing their work. I like to jump around genres and I’m a sucker for the classics. There’s a reason they’ve survived the test of time and I can learn so much from them. But I also know that certain modern authors will in the future be considered classics.

I don’t really do horror though. There are some good horror books out there, it’s just not a genre I’ve moved towards.

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

It’s cliché but The Great Gatsby. It isn’t the best book ever but my goodness can Fitzgerald throw down a line. When I find myself rereading sentences over and over again I know it’s a good book.

Either that or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. It’s just incredible. The London theatre production of it is amazing too.

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

A brown and white terrier mutt named Watson (from Sherlock Holmes). He’s a rescue dog, has tons of energy, and sometimes prances around the forest like a deer. He’s hilarious.

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

Remember those Nooks that were the competitors to the Kindle? No, well that’s ok. I have one of those. All it does is store books but that’s all I need it to do. None of this fancy modern stuff.

 

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Interview with Jon Ray, Author of Gorp: Defender of the Realm

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Jon Ray, author of Gorp: Defender of the Realm.

Please enjoy.

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author’s name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Jon Ray is my author’s name and I live in Sydney, Australia. However, I’m a native Texan and my hometown is Tyler. 
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My newest release is the 3rd and final book in the Gorp the Goblin trilogy called “Gorp: Defender of the Realm”. It’s high-fantasy. 
3) What is the book about?
It’s the final book and concludes the story about a humble goblin named Gorp who begins the series as a lowly goblin janitor. From the title of this book, you can surmise he doesn’t remain a janitor for long. 
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I’ve played Dungeons & Dragons since the age of 13 and for most of that time, I’ve been the local Dungeon Master, running my own games. It was a combination of my time spent playing the monsters and NPCs in D&D and a PC game could Dungeon Keeper that inspired me to finally tell the story of what happens on the other side when adventurers come looting and tearing up the dungeon. 
5) How long did it take you to write it?
The bulk of the book was written in 30 days during the 2018 NaNoWriMo event. 
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes, what it feels like to finally complete a trilogy and how well complete sets sell compared to just one or two. 
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I have an official website at http://author.jonray.net/ and an author page on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/JonRayAuthor/
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
When you plan to write something, I highly recommend making yours a bullet point outline of the entire story/book from start to finish. If you know how it ends or beginnings, fine, write those first. Then go back and fill in the missing pieces. Have a complete story outline before you ever write the first paragraph will help you complete your projects. I know a lot of would-be authors who love to write but never can finish a project. This proven method has kept me on track plenty of times. I just write the extra stuff in between my major plot points. 
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I primarily enjoy reading fantasy, but I also enjoy sci-fi. My time is somewhat limited with all the book projects I have going on, but I do love to read fantasy and sci-fi and have been getting into LitRPG lately. If I read a book, I eventually give it a review as well. 
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I do not have one, it’s always changing so I will say my favorite genre is Fantasy, I just never get tired of those types of books. 
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
None of my own at the moment, but when I do, they are usually a dog. 
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Absolutely! But I haven’t had it for long, late to the crowd I didn’t have an eReader until last year. It’s a Kindle and I love it for reading novels and fictional stories. For technical or how-to books, I still prefer an actual paperback/hardback book. 
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Interview with Carmela Yom-Tov, Author of The Sophisticated Monkey – Why We Make War, Not Love

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Carmela Yom-Tov, author of The Sophisticated Monkey – Why We Make War, Not Love.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

1) What is your author name and where are you from?
Dr Carmela Yom-Tov from Perth Western Australia
     2) What is the title of your book and what genre?
The book is titled “The Sophisticated Monkey – why we make war, not love.”
           Non-Fiction – Evolutionary Psychology
      3) What is the book about?
The book looks at the causes of war from every perspective – our born with  DNA and instincts, which ensure aggression to protect WE from THEY; our               need to   belong and so conform – even if the leaders’ decisions are stupid and irrational and even if morally we are not too comfortable (experiments with healthy students have shown the lengths one goes to to obey and not to rock the boat); our cultural acceptance of war as a strategy (even children’s’ fairy tales tell of aggressive acts); how scarce resources, religion, ideologies, land and power polarise humanity. In short, the book explores the biopsychosocialinternational factors which lead to war. It is written in conversational style for the general reader and incorporates anecdotes from my work as a Clinical Psychologist and rather fascinating social experiments.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
In 2009 I saw, on TV, the distraught face of a woman during the Kosovo war which filled me with utter distress and the question of why the heck can’t human beings, with all their amazing achievements, stop fighting wars. Surely, I thought, this was a conflict resolution strategy for primitive man, not for modern man! I started with haste to research the topic: read books, articles, attended lectures, libraries, discussed the issues. There was so much information chaotically structured that I decided to organise it in a coherent, readable form. Hence the book.
   5) How long did it take you to write it?
From the point of starting to research the topic – when there was no plan to write a book, rather to answer the riddle of why wars simply persist throughout human history – until publication, nine years passed.  During this period,  I was working full time, had surgery and treatment for two cancers, had surgery to save an eye due to a ruptured cornea and had a family tragedy. Still I persisted because the issue of the unnecessary deaths, injury, destruction and dispossession of millions of people through war continues today and I wanted to understand why and wanted others to understand so that maybe we could put a stop to this irrational, primitive way of solving conflict.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
What I concluded sadly was that man is still too low on the evolutionary ladder to stop wars. We are just sophisticated monkeys!
Nevertheless, all is not doom and gloom. We may not have to wait until humankind becomes extinct or mutates into an unknown species to end wars, I do offer some optimistic possibilities. But we had better hurry up!
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I get great pleasure reading historical fiction. It allows me to understand human behavioural evolution through human stories. I would be quite happy to read 
new authors and to review their work.
10) What is your favorite book of all time?
My favourite book of the moment is Bob Biderman’s “Eight Weeks in the Summer of Victoria’s Jubilee”. Being set in the East End of London in the late 19th century, it captures the devastating and humiliating  experience of refugees. (It could apply to any of the currently millions of refugees who flee their war-torn countries). The humanity of the poverty stricken and hopeless mass is experienced through the souls of individuals. These are real people, with hopes and dreams. The narrative is of a murder and the justice (or lack there of) of the British judicial system at the time with its hierarchy, prejudice, political leanings and biases. The interwoven plots, the intriguing characters, the deep human understandings of our behaviour (sometimes ridiculous or evil) and the wonderful prose make this book a masterpiece. 
11) Fun question 1: Do you have any pets, and what kind if so?
Always had a dog at home as a child and as an adult. Pepi and Kelsie have their final resting home in our courtyard. Have many lovely memories about our doggie children. Since retiring and travelling a bit, with independent adult children, no longer have carers for our furry children so no longer have a furry child. A propos, wish all parents would first consider if they have the emotional and financial means to care for a child before they decide to have a child. In Australia there are too many children in alternate care.
12) Fun question 2: Do you own an electric reading device, and if so what kind?
For many years I have used my  iPad for reading ebooks – either on Kindle or through  Overdrive to access books at my local library. I have a smallish Kindle device which I sometimes use if I want to take it with me and to fit it in my handbag. It always fascinates me that I can access a book with the press of a button!
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Interview with B.R. Bentley, Author of The Banker’s Box

Happy Friday!

Today’s interview is with BR Bentley, author of The Banker’s Box.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

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

B.R. Bentley (pseudonym). I live in British Columbia, Canada.

 

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

The Banker’s Box – Mystery/Crime

 

What is the book about?

The unanticipated consequences of a casual remark leading to the unexpected disappearance of a flamboyant banker.

 

Where did you come up with the idea?

All my novels are inspired by real events as is this one – inspired by the disappearance of a local banker.

 

How long did it take you to write it?

About two years – interrupted fairly frequently by my boxer dog. High energy and very demanding.

 

Did you learn anything from the project?

Crime and politics are a continual influence on our everyday lives.

 

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

Author website is www.brbentley.com No book video.

 

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

Read Stephen King’s book – On Writing…it’s my writing bible. Have used several editors all of whom added value. Also used Beta readers – essential. Latest cover designer did excellent work on interpreting what I I tried to outline verbally.

 

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

I read pretty much anything. I’m studying Novel Writing and writing my next novel at the same time so limited time for reading and reviewing new authors. That said I’d be happy to engage for brief conversations (skype, WhatsApp  etc.) if it helped another writer with their work.

 

What is your favorite book of all time and why?

Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Peyton. I loved the ‘voices’ in the book. Smacks of authenticity.

 

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

Dog and cat. My wife also has a horse.

 

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

Still prefer paper. So hard copy books although I do read university and other material on my Samsung laptop.

 

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Interview with Susana Imaginario, Author of Wyrd Gods

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Susana Imaginario, author of Wyrd Gods.

You can find it below.

Thanks,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

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

Susana Imaginário. I live in Ireland.

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

Wyrd Gods is a (grim)dark fantasy with hints of satire and mystery.

3) What is the book about?

It’s about falling from grace and the thin line between selfishness and self preservation. How limited each individual’s perspective is and the consequences of assumptions and miscommunication. It’s about predation and redemption.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I saw this ancient yew tree in an old graveyard, all gnarled and hollow amongst the faded gravestones, and tried to imagine how it all would have looked like when the tree was young. This led to a series of incomplete stories about time travelling through trees. I liked the concept, but failed to make it work, so eventually I used the plot of another unfinished novel written years before that, a sort of Clash of the Titans set in Niflheim and (after many drafts, revisions, edits, tears and curses) Timelessness was born.

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

Three years altogether. I had to stop and restart several times for ‘real’ life always takes priority.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

So much! I’m still learning. Not just about writing and publishing but about myself and those around me. It has been a life-changing experience.

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

I have the simplest website. For now.

http://www.susanaimaginario.com

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

Just write. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Learn from them, fix them, and then write some more. Listen to the advice of everyone who seems to want to help you but don’t believe everything you’re told and don’t try to please them all either. You’ll fail. At the end of the day, you’re the one who has to take responsibility for your work, not them, so you better be proud of it (yes, that also includes the mistakes).

The book was edited by Lisa Gilliam (https://www.lisagilliam.com) and the cover designed by Design for Writers https://www.designforwriters.com

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

Fantasy, scifi and historical fiction are my favourite genres, but I’m always up for reading anything new and different. And sure, I’ll be happy to review.

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

The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. It’s a flawed and incomplete masterpiece. I find it soothing. It’s not the sort of book to read through in one go, but to keep on your nightstand instead and randomly open when there’s no one to talk to. A must have for every introvert writer.

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

Yes, I have a very spoiled Portuguese Water Dog named Locke.

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

My old fourth generation Kindle is still my favourite device. I don’t like the glare of any of the new ones (including paperwhite).

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