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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 Symone Dashell, Author of Stigmata

Hello,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Symone Dashell, author of Stigmata.

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 Symone Dashell. I live in Atlanta, Georgia.

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

The title of my book is “Stigmata”. It is a psychological thriller and Christian fiction.

3) What is the book about?     

When Mya experiences a traumatic event that results in a fatality, she enters a whirlwind of a psychological nightmare that requires her to live her life with a dark and disorienting secret. Her existence in two different lives, two different eras, and with two different personas, begins to expand until, finally, it explodes.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?   

My interests in mental health grew through my formal education. I came to understand the importance of it as I moved forward and even went through bouts of depression which pushed me into advocacy. I also have found myself researching the more severe mental disorders. I decided that my interests in mental health and my faith in God should come together in a novel.

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

It took me almost a year to write this book.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?   

I learned quite a bit from this project. I learned about my persistence, resilience, and patience. I learned that writing would be my lifelong hobby and career. I also came to understand the way that God interacts with me and confirms those things that I need to do in my life. 

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

I do. Symonedashell.com is my website. Included on my website is a blog and a video under “works”.

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

I would say to not allow fear to stop your from following through with your work or from those things that you want. 
    I worked with an Australian artist by the name of Loui Jover for my book cover art. He was extremely nice and did an amazing job. I would recommend him to anyone.

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

I like to read psychological thrillers. I am open to reading new authors and reviewing their work. 


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

Supermarket by Bobby Hall (Logic). This book appears to be something totally different on the surface. Once you get to the core of what is actually taking place, it draws you in and opens up your mind to the impacts of mental illness. It also incorporates humor.

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

I do! I have a yorkie named Bentley.

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

I really don’t. I have my phone and my computer where I downloaded the kindle app. I would like suggestions for the best one, though. 

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Interview with Carrie Hayes, Author of Naked Truth

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Carrie Hayes, author of Naked Truth.

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 Carrie Hayes and I live in New Jersey.

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

The title of my book is Naked Truth or Equality, the Forbidden Fruit. It is historical fiction.

3) What is the book about?

Naked Truth is based on the true, but little known story of sisters Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Claflin who started out as spiritualists. Victoria was the first woman to run for President of the United States in 1872, almost 50 years before women had the vote.

4) Where did you come up with the idea? 

I read a biography about them by Barbara Goldsmith, called OtherPowers. Then I read another one about Victoria called Mrs. Satan, and then another and another… I became obsessed. And part of what was so tantalizing, was that the story of these sisters, Victoria and Tennessee was outrageous…. at first, they were famous for being famous. Then the next thing you know, they are the darlings of incredibly influential thinkers and activists. By 1870, Victoria was making headlines as the face of the suffragist movement. By 1872, when she was running for President, on election night, she and Tennessee were in jail.

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

It was almost five years.

6) Did you learn anything from the project? 

I learnt humility! I had to learn the lesson that not everyone thinks my ideas and my efforts at writing are the end all and be all which certainly set me back a little bit. I finished the book for the first time in 2016, and was pretty consistently ignored and/or rejected for about two years. By 2019, I still hadn’t landed the book deal in the sky, so I began working with an editor. It helped the manuscript ALOT…. but, while agents expressed mild interest, I just didn’t have any takers. Soooooo, I started to move forward with the idea of self publishing.

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

I do have a website, www.carriehayes.net and I sort of use Medium as my blog. I think I’m going to try and get a video together…

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

Yes. If you feel that you’re going to be going it alone, really spend a minimum of 3 months, beforehand, deciding on how you’re going to market this thing. I didn’t plan it out properly at all. When the pandemic hit, I was pretty clueless on how to proceed. I really recommend Eva Natiello for coaching and marketing the book. I really recommend Nicole Bokat for editing. I really recommend Cherub at 100 covers. All of these people were so kind and professional and helpful. 

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

I love historical fiction, I love thrillers, so long as they’re not too gorey. Yes, I love reading new authors and yes, am open to reviewing.

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

My favorite book tends to change from year to year. This year, I was blown away by Fleishman is inTrouble by Taffy Brodesser Akner. 

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

I have a super spoiled dog named Toby and an even more spoiled cat named Francois.

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

I have a clunky old paperwhite Kindle. I guess I’m ready for an upgrade. I do prefer books, because only in a book can you feel the geography of the experience, and quickly find anything you’ve forgotten or need to remind yourself of… I’m sometimes feel lost when I read on my kindle….

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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 Dick Rothschild, Author of The End Game

Happy Friday!

Today I’m very pleased to bring you this interview with Dick Rothschild, author of The End Game! I’m sure reading it will inspire you!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

Title: THE END GAME

Genres: Fiction, Romance

What is the book about?

THE END GAME is a tale of love and loss, the experience we share,
though our life paths diverge. Specifically, the novel is the tale of Bob and Coco, teenage lovers, estranged for fifty years, who find one another again, try to rekindle their romance but struggle with thwarting physical and emotional baggage they have taken on in the intervening years.

Where did you come up with the idea?

How did I even come up with the idea of writing a debut novel well into my nineties? I wish I could tell you that I experienced an epiphany but the reality is less dramatic. After having written bylined newspaper columns for thirteen years, one morning, facing a deadline, I realized that I was burnt out with that. But I knew I still wanted to continue writing. A novel came to mind, I think because I was aware that my own expiration date was coming up before long and I wanted to leave a piece of myself behind. The idea for the plot came as I was ruminating about my own life and wondering how different it might have turned out, had I married my teen-age girl friend. That melded into the idea of a fictional story of two teenage lovers, reunited after many years.

How long did it take you to write it?

The first draft took about eighteen months, after which I had it evaluated and critiqued by a real pro, Stacey Donovan. I made changes, then had Don White, another consummate professional, copy and line edit the manuscript. The whole process took
about two and a half years.

Did you learn anything from the project?

Yes, I came to understand that while each of us follows a different path through life, that we share the need to find love and, having found it, the need to cope with the loss of that love.

Do you have an author website or blog?

No¸ but I do have an active Facebook page, which covers a broad range of interests including the latest about THE END GAME, such as the recent release of an audiobook version, expertly narrated by Steve Miller.

Any tips to pass along to fellow writers?

Yes, I do. Make writing your top priority and schedule it at regular time, daily. Don’t let other activities interfere.

What genres do you like to read?

Open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? I especially enjoy contemporary and classic fiction, biography, and non-fiction dealing with big ideas. And I’m open to reading and reviewing the work of new authors in the genes of romance, new and literary fiction. Your favorite book of all time and why? That’s a tough one but if I had to choose just one, I guess I’d chose, Ivan Turgenyev’s “Fathers and Sons.” Why? Because it deals with the eternal conflict between the ideas of the older generation and the younger and because it is so masterfully written.

Do you have any pets and what kind?

Life would be diminished without the devotion of our beloved pet, Cat Ballou, eighteen pounds of unalloyed pleasure. Independent yet caring, he enriches our life.

Do you have an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?

I do. Its an Amazon Fire tablet with a screen about the size of a paperback page. Useful to bring books along while traveling without taking up space in my suitcase.

 

 

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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 Cole Bruce, Author of Ruler and the Gods and the Athanatos Stone

 

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Hello,

Today’s interview is with Cole Bruce, author of Ruler and the Gods and the Athanatos Stone.

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)?Cole Bruce. Tennessee.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? Well, I have tons of books out already. So, if this for the book to show up, it’s ‘Ruler and the Gods and the Athanatos Stone‘; oldest book out of them.
3) What is the book about? Jesse Talley is chosen to go into the Greek World to face against Hades. On his adventure, he meets Athena and Ares; he’ll also meet Gods and Goddesses, fight Greek Mythology Monsters and see creatures. But, what makes this book series unique is my very own Fantasy characters, creatures and worlds.
4) Where did you come up with the idea? Back in 2009, I had a notebook plan called ‘Ruler’s Ring’, but in 9th Grade at my High School, my English Teacher showed us ‘The Odysee’ and that’s when ‘Ruler’s Ring’ turned into ‘Ruler of the Gods’. The ring turned into the Magical Timeline Transporter and the magical world combined into Greek Mythology. In 2012, ‘Ruler of the Gods’ changed to ‘Ruler and the Gods’.
5) How long did it take you to write it? 9 years on Notebook and a few attempts on computer, but on Oct.2017, I finished it.
6) Did you learn anything from the project? It really helped me love History, create more stories, come up with more imagination.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video? ‘Ruler’s Greek World Crossovers and Others’ Facebook Page shows it all! Books, Links, Videos, etc
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? Right now, I’m still trying to get my work out. I’m the Editor and Book Cover artist (in a way. I went on Canva.com, but zoomed it in to make it something else)
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? I love mostly Fantasy, Adventure and Sci-fi, but also Classic Literature, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy, etc. I do like to see new Arthors and connect with them.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? Even though, I’m a Potterhead (Harry Potter Lover), my favorite book is ‘Of Mice and Men’
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? 3 Cats, 2 Dogs, 2 Guini Pigs and a Hampster (My sisters)
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? Amazon Kindle and only care about the music. I don’t care about Ebooks and Digital Books. Only way I would use them as a sample of my books.

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Interview with Susanne Leist, Author of Prey for the Dead – Book Two of The Dead Game Series

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Susanna Leist, author of Prey for the Dead – Book Two of The Dead Game Series.

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)?

 

Susanne Leist

New York

 

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

 

Prey for The Dead, Book 2 of The Dead Game Series

Paranormal suspense

 

3) What is the book about?

 

Prey for The Dead is the second book in The Dead Game Series. My main character, Linda, and her friends find themselves faced with the return of The Dead vampires. These vampires aren’t as peaceful as the vampires living in Oasis, Florida. A love triangle develops where Linda is caught between a hybrid—half vampire and half man—and a vampire. Their adventures take them to an exclusive club in Disney World and the swamps of southern Florida to defeat the evil vampires.

 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

 

Vampires living in Florida came from my overactive imagination.

 

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

 

The book took me a year to write, a year for others to proofread, and six months for me to edit.

 

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

 

My publisher edited my first book, The Dead Game. I used the ProWriting Aid program to edit my second book, Prey for The Dead. The program gave a more comprehensive edit than the Outskirts Press’ editor. I felt confident enough to send my book for a Kirkus Review. The reviewer liked the story and the supernatural mystery. 

 

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

 

My author website is https://www.susanneleist.com/

My blog is https://susanneleist.wordpress.com/

 

I have book trailers. My newest one is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pILNxaD5XlI

 

 

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

 

My best tip for a new author is to have your promotions prepared in advance before you launch your book. I learned this from experience.

 

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

 

I read all genres. I don’t stick to the same authors. I enjoy reading books written by different authors.

 

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

 

My favorite is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. This book led me to read mysteries, and it set my expectations for future books. For me to enjoy a book, it must have plenty of twists and turns. Thank you, Agatha Christie.

 

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

 

I have a Maltese. His name is Nounous, which means a teddy bear in French. My daughter gave him his name.

 

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, but I read e-books on my computer. I prefer paperback books.

 

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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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