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

Dear Readers,

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

Please see the interview below!

Thank you!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

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Interview:

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

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

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

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

3. What is the book about?

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

4. Where did you come up with the idea?

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

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

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

6. Did you learn anything from the project?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Interview with Rick Moskovitz, Author of Shared Madness

Hello,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview today with Rick Moskovitz, author of Shared Madness. (Psychological Thriller)

Please see the interview below and 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)?

Rick Moskovitz, Florida

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

 Shared Madness; Psychological Thriller

3) What is the book about?  

Zack, a psychiatrist, admits to the hospital an agitated young Saudi American, in the midst of what appears to be a psychotic break. Youssef has been hearing voices and was found hiding with his laptop in the woods from unidentified assailants whom he believes are trying to kill him. He’s found coded messages on the laptop that he suspects portend a terrorist plot.

When Youssef is found dead either by suicide or murder, Zack develops symptoms similar to Youssef’s, hearing voices and catching glimpses of his dead patient, whom he believes is trying to kill him. He becomes entangled with Youssef’s widow Jamilah in her efforts to solve the mystery of her husband’s death and the coded message, but nothing in Zack’s world is as it appears as he swings between concern for her safety and suspicion that she is responsible for Youssef’s death and part of the terrorist plot that he suspected.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?  

It came to me after 9/11 as I contemplated the dilemma of balancing a psychiatrist’s duty to maintain confidentiality with the duty to prevent harm if a patient were to share information during treatment that might forewarn of a terrorist plot. Having the patient in the throes of a psychosis would complicate the doctor’s ability to determine the validity of the threat. As I played with the story, it occurred to me that if the doctor were also to develop hallucinations and delusions, his ability to discern the truth would be further compromised. And, of course, a mad psychiatrist at the center of the story would make it all the more engaging.

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

Either 15 years or 6 months, depending on how you look at it. I wrote a half dozen chapters in 2006, got stuck and filed it away in Dropbox. After I published my Brink of Life Trilogy in November 2019, I stumbled upon the file and decided to have a shot at completing it, having honed my skills as a novelist over the past decade writing science fiction. The rest of the story flowed easily from its beginnings as the characters came alive in my imagination.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

It was the first time I wrote in the first person. While sacrificing the ability of the narrator to get into the other character’s heads, I found that writing in the first person lent depth to the protagonist’s story and his experience. In the end, it was a worthwhile trade-off, particularly with a character in the midst of a psychotic break.

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

I have two websites:rickmoskovitz.com was originally designed for my non-fiction self-help book Lost in the Mirror and the original version of my psychological novel about recovered memories Carousel Music, which I’ve just republished in a Revised Edition.brinkoflife.com was dedicated initially to my science fiction trilogy Brink of Life and now includes Shared Madness and the Revised Edition of Carousel Music.My blog, Visions of a Carbon Based Life Form was started while writing science fiction and deals with science based issues, but occasionally veers into social issues and politics. The title refers to the dichotomy between silicon based AIs of the future and humans and the class conflicts it generates in the future social order.I’ve made book videos for Shared Madness, Carousel Music, A Stand-in for Dying, and The Creators, all of which are on my YouTube channel

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

Be patient and persistent. It takes 10,000 hours to become proficient at any worthwhile creative endeavor. That certainly goes for writing. And marketing has a similar learning curve. Consider it a marathon, not a sprint, and don’t be afraid of making mistakes along the way.I have been delighted with the covers of Shared Madness and the new edition of Carousel Music, both designed by The Book Cover Whisperer. I found her reasonably priced, wonderfully intuitive, easy to work with, and fast. My socks are still on the floor across the room!

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

Science fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction. Oddly enough, I read slowly and find anything longer than 350 pages daunting. (some exceptions: Michener’s The Source and The Goldfinch by Donna Tart, which kept me engaged to the end) So I’m willing to read and review occasional short new author works. (I’ve also leaned toward writing novella length works for the same reason.)

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

“Of all time” is a tough call, given my age! Catch-22 comes to mind. Brilliant, incisive, incredibly funny and tragic at the same time, and timeless.

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

No pets. I prefer to have the freedom to travel (at least pre-COVID-19). But I live on a bay, kayak regularly, and have frequent close encounters with dolphins, manatees, and all manner of exotic sea birds. Video clips from my dolphin encounters are featured on my book trailer for The Creators.

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

I read most often on the Kindle app on my iPhone, which I find convenient and, of course, portable. I recently bought a Kindle Fire, which is OK, but the short battery life has been frustrating. I do enjoy the larger screen.

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Interview with Patrick D. Carlson, Author of The Winged Lion: Marion’s Match

Hello,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview today with Patrick D. Carlson, author of The Winged Lion: Marion’s Match.

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)?
Patrick D. Carlson, Minnesota


2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The Winged Lion: Marion’s Matchdystopian fiction

3) What is the book about? 
In the year 2090, the Commonwealth, the tyrannical world government headed by Premier Kerioth, has a stranglehold over all its citizens. General Nathaniel Marion leads the nonconformist resistance forces, with the ultimate goal of toppling the dictatorial regime.
Peter Barclay is a prodigious teenager who is trying to find his place in this society in which he is so different from his peers. His intellect and profound “gifts” make him admirable to some and vilified by most. Peter’s mysterious role in the larger plot to take down the Commonwealth eventually becomes known through the many unexpected turns within the tightly woven plotline.
What will win in the end, freedom or tyranny? You’ll have to find out.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I wouldn’t say there was one specific catalyst with regard to the idea for my book. I have always been deeply interested in politics in the U.S., geopolitics, military history and technology, and ideological struggles in history. I am kind of a movie buff of sorts (mostly older movies), so I probably got some bits and pieces from things I’ve seen over the years too.

5) How long did it take you to write it?
I started contemplating writing a book in 2013 and started writing a different storyline. I didn’t like it, so I started over and began writing the first chapter of “The Winged Lion: Marion’s Match” in the fall of 2015. I would say if I were to add up the bits and pieces over the last four and a half years of writing, it would probably be a solid eighteen months to put the storyline together, then about twenty-four months of editing and revising. That was the best I could do given my other dedications in life: my marriage, my three sons now, and having a full-time career as a home care physical therapist in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
By and large, I enjoyed the writing process. I would say it’s much easier to write five pages or more than to write one page because once I was able to get inundated in the characters’ minds or within the story, then the words flowed much more easily. Being “in the zone” was probably the most vivid part of writing from me. From time to time, especially when I had a longer period of time during which I could continuously write, as I was writing, it felt like I was in a movie of my own creation, so that was pretty cool. The most difficulty certainly came from the editing process. I know the finished product (although, finished is debatable, and I realize this is a problem for most authors–never being completely satisfied with their work) arrived after at least eleven revisions after having gone through the whole story over and over. I certainly became a better writer as I learned how to refine my craft through this difficult editing phase. My wife and dad were probably my greatest editors-in-chief, aside from myself. My publisher, Page Publishing, helped me move forward to present a much better version than what I initially had, so I am grateful for them as well.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I am still in the process of determining the kind of website I’d like to have created. I do have one on the Page Publishing website.  https://www.pagepublishing.com/books/?book=the-winged-lion
No book video or blog yet, although I’m sure I’ll do something like that in the future.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
I would say that one major form of writer’s block that I had to overcome was getting too consumed by researching. I’m a fairly detail-oriented person, and so I would research geographical locations where the storyline takes place, military technologies, etc. I found that my desire to find more and more information would, at times, take away from the actual story writing itself. So, my advice would be to always continue to write something down to keep the project moving forward. Technical details can always be added later.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I do quite a bit of reading on any given day, but Ironically, almost all of what I read are articles and non-fiction books. I read a lot of U.S. and world history books, military history, Catholic apologetics, and some other theological books as well. I haven’t really read a whole lot within the genre of dystopian fiction. “Starship Troopers” is probably the only one I’ve read.
I would be open to reviewing aspects of new authors’ work as my time allows.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
My favorite book of all time is Theology and Sanity, by Frank Sheed. It enlightens the reader about what it means to be human, and what our place is in the order of creation. After reading this book, you’ll never look at life the same way.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I don’t have any pets

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I prefer a physical book, so I don’t own an electronic reading device.

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Interview with Courtney Moore, Author of Moonlight Walkers – Forbidden Lands

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Courtney Moore, author of Moonlight Walkers – Forbidden Lands.

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)?
Courtney Moore, Texas.
 
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
MOONLIGHT WALKERS: FORBIDDEN LANDS, Middle Grade Fiction/Fantasy.
 
3) What is the book about? 
Short summary: It’s about a young, unique wolf name Sakura, her hidden ancestral history, and the dragons that will do anything to control it. 
 
Full summary (blurb): Young Sakura has always wondered why her family kept a tight leash on her and her younger brother, never allowing them to leave the pack boundaries. Deep inside, she knows that she’s meant for more than the comforting shelter of her secluded forest.
Her belief is put to the test when a group of ruthless, powerful dragons invade her home and kidnap her pack. The dragon’s king desperately wants to find the Wolves Amulet, a sacred item of the wolves that he believes will grant him freedom from his enchanted prison. After escaping the claws of capture, Sakura, her brother, and a childhood friend set out on a treacherous search for their family, abandoning the familiar boundaries of their home for the first time.
When Sakura learns of her ancestral background – being a descendant from a supernatural wolf and the only one capable of unlocking the power within the amulet, the stakes become greater. With her true identity now revealed, she becomes the wolf king’s greatest asset and the dragon king’s main target, forcing Sakura to decide on the fate of her life and the world as she knows it.
 
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
This all started back in High School, over fifteen years ago. I love reading fantasy books that take the reader to far off worlds. So, I decided to create my own. 
 
5) How long did it take you to write it?
The rough draft was written over fifteen years ago, but most of the story was compiled recently and took me about a year and a half to finish (between adding more plot, character development, and editor reviewing).
 
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes a lot! Especially from my editors. I learned to keep an eye out for the small things that can be overlooked, sometimes making a big difference in the story.
 
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Author website: Courtneymooreauthor.com
Twitter: @Cmooreauthor
 
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
Tips for future writers that want to be authors: Never give up. Don’t take no from an agent or publisher. Keep reviewing and editing your manuscript, eventually you will shine to the right person and/or publisher. Everyone has different tastes for what they are looking for (and that is why it’s a good idea to research the agent and/or publisher to make sure they are the right fit for your manuscript’s audience). Also, it’s a good idea to invest in an editor. They will find things that you never thought to look for. They are a huge eye opener and great knowledge source. A great editor I recommend is Raven Eckman. 
 
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
My favorite genres are fantasy and adventure. I would love to review other authors work and give my feedback.
 
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
Hmm, a very hard question! I have so many books, especially from when I was younger, that I adore! One that was my first novel series is the WARRIORS series by Erin Hunter. This series was also an inspiration to me in creating my own world, but with my favorite animal – wolves! 
 
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Yes, my husband and I love animals. We currently have two Quaker parrots and two lizards.
 
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I unfortunately don’t own a reading device.
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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.

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

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Interview with Randy L Scott, Author of Awakening – Will the Circle be…

Hello,

I’m very please to bring readers and authors this interview with Randy L. Scott, author of Awakening – Will the Circle be…  Randy talks in great length about creating audio books in his interview. It’s very informative stuff so check it out!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

  • What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)
    1. Randy L Scott, I live in northern California, in the rural foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Sometimes it’s the state of confusion, other times it’s a state of pure bliss!

 

  • What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
    1. My newest book is Awakening – Will the Circle be… It is the closing book in my three novel series, The Dream Messiah. The genre is Adventure Fiction with Magical Realism – think Jack London meets Carlos Castaneda

 

  • What is the book about?
    1. This conclusion finds my main character with a new identity, and still not sure if he’s falling into psychosis or a world where he’s the chosen one. He needs to find the truth and finds more than he bargained for when he chooses to live with the Punan Dyaks of Borneo
    2. In the previous novels, Jake Barnes was introduced to lucid dreaming and told of a tribe of nomads in remote Borneo who are preparing for the end of the world, manifesting a messiah to take them to the next life. Jake escaped a 20 year prison sentence for murder in Alaska. He was given the opportunity for a new life, but wasn’t sure if he was dealing with a guardian angel, or the devil. After committing a heinous act, Jake was free to go anywhere but home under his new name. But trouble and the police, were never far behind. Jake runs to Indonesia and the island of Borneo in his quest to find the Punan Dyaks, understand their prophecy and his place in the world.

 

  • Where did you come up with the idea?
    1. The idea came fast. I was hiking across the Superstitious Mountains in Arizona in the 100+ degree heat and stopped to rest under the shade of a cactus. While watching the clouds blow by, I thought about a recent PBS Adventure Series I’d recently seen where the Blair brothers were documenting their travels through Indonesia and went in search or the Punan Dyaks. I tied that into some of my own experiences building a homestead site in remote Alaska.

 

  • How long did it take you to write it?
    1. Over thirty years since I first put pen to paper and began to outline the story. It started as one novel that kept growing. Finally I was convince to break into a series of three. I did lot’s of re-writing on advice of my developmental editor and had to make sure each installment had it’s own arc in addition to the overall story arc.

 

  • Did you learn anything from the project?
    1. Oh so much! I learned I need to get a developmental editor early on to guide the story and make sure I’m on track with the genre and structure. I learned that even after line editors and a professional proof-reader, there a still LOTS of spelling and grammar mistakes. Now I print a half-dozen author’s proof copies (cheap) and give to friends who are great about finding those little mistakes, marking them in the print book and sending it back to me – before publication!
    2. I wish I’d have gone in Kindle Unlimited for the first ninety days or more to get more reviews and page reads, before going wide.
    3. Everything takes longer than you think. At some point you need to let go and get it out. There is a happy medium between putting out flawed work and never getting it out because you can’t stop editing. Don’t skimp on spelling, grammar and formatting. You’ll never reach perfection with the storyline so don’t nitpick over and over and over again.

 

  • Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
    1. My website is https://randco.me I do have a blog on the website with information about the books, my life and writing, along with book reviews of novels I’ve read. I don’t have a book video yet. Once I’ve finished producing the audiobook version of this series, then I will have a trailer made.

 

  • Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
    1. The biggest tips are about editing. Check out The Story Grid method, by Shawn Coyne. Get your genre figured out first, what the tropes are and how to keep your readers turning the pages. Print lots of cheap copies of your (completed) work to give away to a team who will root out all those little errors that made it past your proofreader. Reading your book out loud, or having your computer read it to you, will also find awkward phrases.
    2. Although I enjoyed my last team of editors, I’ll be going with one of the Story Grid editors for my work in progress.
    3. Don’t go cheap on your cover or book blurb. No one will open your book if they don’t past these first to exposures to your work. I used Maria Sinclair for my book covers. I think she did a great job and love the way they are link thematically. I recommend her, but she is no longer taking on new clients.

 

  • What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
    1. My reading has always been all over the map. I love literature, adventure, thriller and humor and history. Lately I’ve been reading more thrillers because that’s the genre of my work in progress.
    2. I love finding new authors and discovering great stories with good writing. For the last two years I’ve been posting reviews of nearly every book I’ve read in that timeframe. The few I’ve read that were pure crap – I don’t leave a review.

 

  • What is your favorite book of all time and why?
    1. My favorite book changes from day to day. One book that just came into my mind is Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore. I like a book because the story is great, or the writing is fantastic and witty. I’ve given away half a dozen copies (careful who I give it to) and everyone has remarked that at some point(s) they have doubled over or fallen on the floor laughing.
    2. Nobody can turn a phrase like Tom Robbins or Douglas Adams.
    3. The best audiobook I’ve listened to is Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides, read by Kristoffer Tabori. It is the pinnacle of voice acting and narration.

 

  • I read you are narrating the audiobook version of your series. Please let our readers know more about that process– from the start to the finished product!
    1. I consider myself one of the exceptions to the rule: Authors shouldn’t narrate their own work.
      1. I have a background in professional, on-stage storytelling. I know how to read well and voice act. I’m still getting vocal/acting coaching and wouldn’t recommend anyone to narrate either fiction or non-fiction without a coach.
      2. I am also an audio engineer. I’ve had my own home studio for a decade with the proper equipment, recording room acoustic treatment and the software to edit and master to a final, polished product.
  • My computer sits outside the vocal booth. Inside, along with the microphone, I have a remote monitor screen, Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. On one third of the monitor is the manuscript. I highlight (in different colors) the dialogue so I know who is speaking. It’s easy to silently scroll through as I read. The other two-thirds of the screen is my recording software (DAW or Digital Audio Workstation).
  1. I record using the PNR (Punch and Roll) method. As soon as I make a mistake, I roll back the audio and re-record the last phrase.
  2. Although my room is well treated acoustically to deaden echoes or reverberations and drastically cuts down the outside noise – there is no way to keep it dead silent. While recording, I have to turn off the refrigerator and stand-up freezer (located in the garage directly below my booth) and the pool pump. During summer hours an attic fan comes on automatically from early/mid morning till well into the evening, so I can’t record during those times. That makes it early morning or late evening to record. We live in very quiet area so traffic noise is not a concern. No one around here has a lawn, but leaf blowers and chainsaws always halt the recording process.
  3. I can edit the recordings to quiet breathing, adjust space between words and phrases, etc. any time of the day. I also have the proper audio repair software so I can eliminate the outside noises that sneak through like inadvertent squeaks of a chair, rubbing clothes, knocks against the desk, a dark bark or my cat letting me know he needs attention.
  • The biggest challenges are: keeping the pacing consistent, with a few exceptions where the action calls for ramping it up. Keeping the character voices consistent and being able to change when there is a scene with four characters all interacting.
  • When I come across an awkward phrase or spelling/grammar mistake that still slipped through, I can change the manuscript right then. When I’ve finished with the first novel of the series, I can resubmit the manuscript to Amazon and Draft2digital. Anyone who gets the ebook or print version after that will have the new, improved, error-free edition and it will be Whispersynch ready!
  1. The last bit of quality check is to send the chapters to an audio proofreader who will read the manuscript while listening. They will note any missed words, contractions, mispronunciations and pauses that are too long or short.
  2. The standard formula is that one hour of ‘finished/mastered’ audio takes six to eight hours to produce, not included prepping the manuscript, eg color coding dialogue, marking places to speed up or slow down, etc. The actual narration is about two hours or more to record an hours worth, due to mistakes and taking breaks. Then that hour of narration will go through four to six hours of editing and mastering to get the audio to the specs required by any of the reputable audiobook distributors.
  3. My first novel in the series, Freedom – Just Another Word… is approximately 110,000 words. It will be about twelve hours of narration. If I’m slow, using the 8:1 ratio, I will put in ninety-six hours into this project. I already have the equipment so my only out-of-pocket expense will be for ‘proofing’. My cost is low, but time commitment is high.
  • I was planning to release the first audiobook in November 1029. There was a two-week interruption when the power company turned off the electricity here in northern California during the wildfire threat. Today is the 17th of November and I can see that it will take me till the end of the year.

 

  • Fun Question: Do you have any pets?
    1. Sam, the cat, may argue that he has us. We’ve been together for nine years and lived in three different houses.

 

  • Fun Question 2:  Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
    1. I have an older Kindle and an iPad. I enjoy both. The Kindle is easier to hold while reading in bed at night if I’m lying down. When sitting up, the iPad is a better experience. On the Kindle I’m not tempted to check email or social media while reading. Both of them suck in bright light outdoors.
    2. I still enjoy have a physical book in my hand too, and the look of our bookshelves full of books.

 

I’m happy to give a free e-copy of the first novel in the Dream Messiah series to your readers at: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/lawml1popp

 

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Interview with T.G. Campbell, Author of Bow Street Society – The Case of The Toxic Tonic

Hello,

Today’s interview is with T.G. Campbell, author of Bow Street Society – The Case of the Toxic Tonic.

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 write under T.G. Campbell and I live in the United Kingdom.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My newest book is The Case of the Toxic Tonic and it’s predominantly crime fiction with historical fiction elements.
3) What is the book about?
When the Bow Street Society is called upon to assist the Women’s International Maybrick Association, it’s assumed the commission will be a short-lived one. Yet, a visit to the Walmsley Hotel in London’s prestigious west end only serves to deepen the Society’s involvement. In an establishment that offers exquisite surroundings, comfortable suites, and death, the Bow Street Society must work alongside Scotland Yard to expose a cold-blooded murderer. Meanwhile, two inspectors secretly work to solve the mystery of not only Miss Rebecca Trent’s past but the creation of the Society itself…
The Bow Street Society is a fictional group of amateur detectives operating in Victorian London. Each of its civilian members has been enlisted for their unique skill or exceptional knowledge in a particular field derived from their usual occupation. Members are assigned to cases by the Society’s clerk, Miss Trent, based upon these skills and fields of knowledge. This ensures the Society may work on the behalf of clients regardless of their social class or wealth; cases that the police either can’t or won’t investigate. From an artist to a doctor, from a solicitor to a journalist, the Bow Street Society’s aim is to provide justice by all and for all.
The Case of The Toxic Tonic is the fourth instalment in the Bow Street Society Mystery series of novels.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I think I was at work when I decided to use a hotel for the mystery’s setting. I work part-time as a receptionist. I like to ponder new ideas and iron out plot kinks etc. on rare, quiet days to keep my mind occupied.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
It took me approximately 4 months to plan the plot and research the historical context. The actual writing took me approximately 6 months. Following this, it was beta read for a month and then edited before finally being released on the 31st August 2019.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I’m keen to make the historical elements of my fiction as accurate as possible. This often includes the scientific knowledge and expertise which the fictional police surgeon possesses in my Bow Street Society books. In The Case of the Toxic Tonic, the surgeon (Dr Percy Weeks) and a member of the Bow Street Society, Dr Lynette Locke, must determine the victim’s cause of death. They suspect aconite poisoning but the scientific tests for detecting poisons—which would’ve been available to them at the time—were unreliable when trying to identify this substance. Thus, Dr Weeks is forced to resort to the only test available to him; a taste test. This surprising ‘technique’ for detecting aconite poisoning was one I discovered while doing research into the real-life scientific techniques of the time, and something I was unaware of prior.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Website:
Rather than an author website, I have one dedicated to the Bow Street Society: www.bowstreetsociety.com It’s where readers may find out more about the Society’s members, sign-up to the free, monthly newsletter, the Gaslight Gazette, and read blurbs and reader reviews for the first 3 books in the series (The Case of the Curious Client, The Case of the Lonesome Lushington, and The Case of the Spectral Shot. Details of the Bow Street Society Casebook collections, The Case of the Shrinking Shopkeeper & Other Stories and The Case of the Peculiar Portrait & Other Stories may also be found there.
Blogs:
There’s also two blogs on the website. The first is my monthly blog that covers a wide range of topics from the Victorian origins of the word “copper” to my reviews of crime-based television dramas. The second is called The Writers’ Wing where I interview crime fiction, thriller fiction, suspense fiction, horror fiction, and true crime nonfiction writers within the setting of an imaginary prison wing. Inspired by the long-running BBC radio show, Desert Island Discs, my blog asks each guest (or ‘inmate’ the same three questions: Who is your cellmate and why? Which four books would you choose to pass the time with and why? And Which of your literary creations would you choose to visit you and why? Guests are featured for free on my blog and I’m always on the look-out for more to interview.
Book video:
Last year, I wrote, produced and directed a live action book trailer for the first Bow Street Society Mystery, The Case of the Curious Client. It also explains what the Bow Street Society is and how it’s perceived by the police.
The Case of the Curious Client book trailer: https://youtu.be/UVvXKqSFRZo
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
The two most important tips I could give my fellow authors are: always have your work edited and proofread by a professional editor, and never be afraid to be different.
Susan Soares is an Editor at SJS Editorial Services who has edited every Bow Street Society book and short story to date. She’s thorough, great value for money, and highly professional. I’d recommend her services to any of my fellow authors.
SJS Editorial Services: www.facebook.com/SJSEditorialServices
Heather Curtis designed the Bow Street Society logo that has featured on all Bow Street Society books and short story collections to date.
Freelance artist Peter Spells has created the illustrations which have been featured in the centre of the covers on all Bow Street Society books and short story collections to date.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I enjoy reading crime fiction, historical nonfiction, and true crime nonfiction books. I’m certainly open to discovering new authors but I don’t usually review authors’ works on either of my blogs. If any crime fiction, thriller fiction, suspense fiction, horror fiction, or true crime nonfiction authors would like to be featured on my Writers’ Wing blog they may either complete the form linked on the Writers’ Wing page (see previous answer) or email me at info@bowstreetsociety.com.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite! My favourite series at the moment is the William Quest books by John Bainbridge. My favourite nonfiction book currently is The Queen’s London, printed in 1896. Depicting photographs and paintings of London from this time, it helps me to describe real-life places when I feature them in my writing.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I currently have no pets. I did have a canary called ‘Tweeps’ but he sadly passed away last year.
Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Yes, I own an Amazon Kindle Fire. I find reading on the Kindle a great deal easier than a paper book. This is due to the fact I have a degenerative eye condition. I therefore tend to read books in an enlarged, white font on a black background. This allows me to read comfortably without straining my eyes. I have reference books which are in paper form but I often have to use a magnifying glass in addition to my reading glasses in order to see the print in these. Font size is something few publishers consider when formatting a manuscript for release but it’s one of the most important elements in my opinion.
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Interview with Jeanette A. Fratto, Author of No Deadlier Destiny

Hello,

Below is my interview with Jeanette A. Fratto, author of No Deadlier Destiny.

Please enjoy!

Thanks,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Jeanette A. Fratto (Bernard is my husband and he doesn’t write) I live in California
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
“No Deadlier Destiny”    – mystery, set in southern California
3) What is the book about?
It is the third in my probation officer series. A convicted felon escapes while being transported to prison,
and sets his sights on revenge. Probation officer Linda Davenport wrote his sentencing report, which the
judge followed, and her life is now threatened. She goes into hiding. When she thinks she’s safe, she isn’t.
Not knowing whom to trust, she takes matters into her own hands and risks everything dear to her, including
her life.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I had a 26-year career with the Orange County, California Probation Department. My experiences gave me
many ideas.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Over a year. I don’t write every day.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes. Writing a novel is a lot of work and the marketing is even harder. I felt rewarded when many readers
told me they liked learning about probation, an aspect of the criminal justice system rarely written about
by mystery writers, while reading an engrossing story line.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
No video. The website for my novel is: www.outskirtspress.com/nodeadlierdestiny
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
I wish I did have success tips. Depending on your genre, find your audience, offer to speak at book clubs, library events,
get your book on consignment in local bookstores, ask for interviews in local papers, and have a nice business card
made up with your book and your contact information. People can’t buy your book if they don’t know about it.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
Mysteries are my favorite, although I read other fiction. I’m open to new authors and doing a review, but
I don’t care for fantasy or science fiction and could not give a fair review for that genre. I reviewed your book,
“Surfing the Seconds.”
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I’ve read hundreds of books and can’t really pick a favorite of all time. I’ve loved “Snow Falling on Cedars,”
“The Time Traveler’s Wife,” and “Molokai.”
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
No pets. Years ago I had two cats. They passed away at ages 14 and 15.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I have a Kindle. I rarely use it. I much prefer a book.
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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 Donald Firesmith, Author of The Secrets of Hawthorne House

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Donald Firesmith, author of The Secrets of Hawthorne House.

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 Donald Firesmith and I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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

My newest book is The Secrets of Hawthorne House. It is a young adult modern urban fantasy.

 

3) What is the book about?

On moving next door to a dilapidated Victorian mansion, 15-year-old Matt meets Old Lady Hawthorne, the town’s infamous recluse who is said to be a witch and a murderess. When her niece arrives with her three children, something extraordinary happens. Matt meets Gerallt, the strange boy destined to become his best friend. And when Gerallt divulges the Hawthornes’ family secret, it changes Matt’s life forever.

This is the story of an unlikely friendship, the clash of two radically different cultures, secret magic, and a search for the lost Hawthorne treasure.

 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I wanted to show how two boys from totally different backgrounds and with opposite beliefs could eventually become friends and learn to accept each other.

 

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

About 15 years. I worked on the book for a couple of years until I was about 90% done, but I could not think of the right ending. I put the manuscript away and wrote five other books. One day, I pulled out the manuscript, re-read it, and realized that I knew how it ends. It took me about another year to complete and go through the rewrite and editing process.

 

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

I learned that sometimes the best way to complete something difficult is to put it aside and do something else. That not only gives you a new perspective that helps you solve the problem; it also gives you time to practice and hone your craft so that the end result is much better than it would have been otherwise.

 

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

My author website is http:/donaldfiresmith.com, and my blog is part of it. I’m in the process of producing a trailer for my most recent book.

 

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

Keep writing because even if practice doesn’t make perfect, it does make improvements. Each one of my books is better than the previous one. The Secrets of Hawthorne House would not have won the 2019 Readers’ Favorite silver medal in the young adult urban paranormal category had I completed it over a decade ago.

Be an indie author; it is very easy with ebooks and print on demand. It also gives you so much more artistic control and better royalties.

Use editing tools (e.g., I use Grammarly and AutoCrit) in addition to human editors. Also, the more beta readers, the better. No matter how many people edit and read your book, some mistakes will always slip through, which is another reason to be an indie author. Each time someone  points out a problem, I go in, fix it, upload the new files, and the new version is available in a matter of hours.

Rudi Parfaite did the cover of The Secrets of Hawthorne House, my most recent book. He is the lead environmental artist for a Paris-based gaming company. He took my architectural drawings of the old mansion and perfectly recreated it. His cover deservedly won a best cover of the month award.

 

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

I write the kind of novels I like to read: speculative fiction such as science fiction, traditional and paranormal urban fantasy, steampunk, and horror (with monsters, not psychopaths). I read a lot of authors who have not yet made a name for themselves. Knowing how critical reviews are, especially for indie authors like myself, I always leave a review for each book I read.

 

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

The Tolkien trilogy (yes, I know it’s not one book but three) because I can be read over and over again without it ever getting old. When I spent a year studying in Germany, I wanted to immerse myself in written and spoken German. Tolkien was the only English-language book I allowed myself to take with me.

 

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

Our family has two dogs (one quite neurotically needy) and a wonderful cat.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I own a Kindle Fire, and I love it. Not only is it a great way to read; it is surprisingly inexpensive for being such an unexpectedly powerful tablet computer.

 

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