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Interview with Anthony S. Author of Paradise and the Pandemic

Good morning,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Anthony S, author of Paradise and the Pandemic.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

#1 What is your author name? Author Anthony S (Texas)

#2 What is the title of your book and the genre? “Paradise and the Pandemic” (Genre) children’s book

#3 What is the book about? A female character named “Paradise” who entertains and educates our youth. (virtual learning book series)

#4 Where did you get the idea for it? I was inspired by my niece

#5 How long did it take you to write it? It took me six weeks to write it… not including editing

#6 Did you learn anything from it? I learned quite a bit from the project… as always, taking things into consideration.

#7 Do you have website? I have a website www.booksbyanthonyS.com I am currently working on the animation I anticipate launching in three to four weeks.

#8 Do you have any tips for authors? Yes, (use) editors and cover artists. 

#9 What genres do you like to read? I like drama, suspense, spirituality, and fiction with a message.

#10 What is your favorite book or author? Rick Warren…Inspiring, compassionate, empowering, encouraging, hopeful…keeps me well rounded.

#11 Do you have any pets? Used too…K-9

#12 Do you use an electric reading device? No…but I’m open! 

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Interview with Joannes Rhino, Author of The Unseen Face

Hello,

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

Please see it below.

Thank you,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Interview with Richard Messinger, Author of The Man with the Jagged Red Scar

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Richard Messinger, author of The Man with the Jagged Red Scar.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1.Author Name and Location:

Richard Messinger / Long Island New York, Palm Beach County Florida

2.Title of Book:

The Man With The Jagged Red Scar, Historical thriller/bio-fiction

3.What is the book about?

It’s not every day that a Nazi U-Boat surfaces off the coast of Long Island as it does in this historical work of bio-fiction. Follow the saga of an illustrious legal family as they encounter escaped Nazis living in post WWII America. From the Nuremberg Trials to the Warren Commission, from Giverny and Paris to the darkest days of the death camps of Nazi Germany to peace and calm of the East End of Long Island that is shattered when a small band of Nazi saboteurs land on the shores of Amagansett in 1942 taking the reader on a roller coaster ride as the story of “The Man With The Jagged Red Scar” enfolds.
Based on the true story known as the Amagansett Incident of 1942, the only time in American History that an enemy force actually succeeded in landing on our shores, Forrest and Ellie Mills confront escaped Nazis from Nuremberg Prison living side by side with them in the “cottages” that dot the coast of the Hamptons as well as on the Upper West Side of Manhattan including a crazed Nazi Psychiatrist, who after having facial reconstruction, ends up treating a young Lee Harvey Oswald in NYC in the mid 1950’s. Several other story lines all converge during the July 4, 1942 Independence Day Celebration and Regatta at the Mills family compound, when the U-Boat surfaces and rams the Esmeralda, the family’s schooner, creating untold havoc and panic for years to come.

4. Where did you come up with the story?

Having had a military history in our family over several generations including my dad, a WWII gunner in the Army Air Corp who was shot down by the Nazis over Northern Italy, saved by local partisans and then spending years in VA Hospitals, coupled with losing many family members to the ravages of Nazi Concentration Camps probably percolated in my head as I wrote the book over several years.

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

3-4 years. I am currently working on a sequel or book 2 of THE CRYING KANGLING OF GOD series. By the way, a Kangling is an ancient Tibetan instrument made from a human femur and plays a pivotal part of another storyline in The Man With The Jagged Red Scar. More specifically, Adolph Hitler, or Adi, as he is described in the book had sent Himmler, his Vice-Fuhrer to Tibet in the late 1930’s in search of the perfect Kangling, which ends up serving as a “death” symbol throughout the book.

6. Did you learn anything from the project?

Having grown upon the 1950’s reading THE GREAT BOOKS OF THE WESTERN WORLD, I didn’t think that after having completed the book that I would be so enamored with the world of the Far East including it’s history and religious thought. Also, perseverance.

7. What is your website:

Web-site under development…THEMANWITHTHEJAGGEDREDSCAR.COM. Also active, Twitter:The Man With The Jagged Red Scar and Face Book page under same name.

8. What advice do you have for authors?

Keep reading. Maintain detailed note file.

9. What genre do you like to read?

I read everything. FIction/non fiction, thrillers, biographies, science fiction, mythology, religion, natural history and art.

10. What is your favorite book?

I don’t have a favorite book. However, I am currently re-reading THE HARE WITH AMBER EYES by Edmund De Waal. A tremendous complex work that uses a certain Japanese object, the Netsuke, or “prop” as a story telling device. In my novel, I used several literary props, including the Kangling, the missing fragments of the Bayeux Tapestry, and a Michel Bouvier Vitrine as mechanisms or props to carry the reader through several centuries of European and American history.

11. Do you have any pets?

I am a dog person. We have had many dogs over 45 years of marriage. Now that we split our time between Florida and Long island we no longer have a dog. But if I could I would like either a Wheaten Terrier or a Bouncin’ Bearded Collie.

12. Do own an e-device for reading?

Everything Apple/imac/ipads/macbookairiphones -my book is on APPLEBOOKS

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Interview with Adam Jordan, Author of Imposition (Book 1), and Rupture (Book 2)

Good morning,

Today’s interview is with Adam Jordan, author of Imposition (Book 1) and Rupture (Book 2 – shown above).

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 Adam Jordan and I live in California.

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

  • Series: No Man’s World (Post-apocalyptic, Sci fi)
    • Book I – Imposition
    • Book II – Rupture

3) What is the book about? 

  • Premise: A ravaged Earth, eleven years into the apocalypse. Civilization collapsed after humanity’s encounter with another people from across the stars. These aliens had lost their world as well, and were left lost and stranded in the deep black of space, until they found Earth. As the world’s governments argued and fought over access to this stranded fleet, they destroyed themselves. Left with a planet on the verge of death, the alien species terraformed its face, cleansing the rot and radiation. A new world was given life; primal, beautiful, and dangerous. The remnants of humanity emerge from the shadows, without the shield of society. What will become of them?
  • Book I: A small group ventures out in search for their lost friend, and find themselves caught between two ruthless factions.
  • Book II: When a young warlord’s beast escapes, he heads off into new territory. On his search, he stumbles upon a city and discovers the world is much larger than he thought.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

  • It started off with a character, then a scene, and it blossomed into this insane world. It is an amalgamation of inspiration, from my life, and the stories I knew and loved.

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

  • The first book took me six years, and the sequel was another two.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

  • These being my first published works, I learned a lot about the process; how to go from idea to finished product. It requires a lot of patience and focus.

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

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

  • Maybe I’ll have some more at that point. I would encourage other authors not to compromise with your story. If an editor points out a plot hole, it is good to listen and see how to fix it, but if anyone demands fundamental change to your original idea, I would strongly urge to resist. In the end it is your story.
  • My editor, Courtney Andersson and my cover artist, Jeff Brown (brand = Jeff Brown Graphics) are incredibly talented and professional, and I would encourage authors on the look to reach out to them via Reedsy.

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

  • I like sci fi, fantasy, survival, and post-apocalyptic stories. I don’t like forcing myself to read, and tend to spend a long time on one book that I find interesting, almost savoring it.

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

  • My favorite books are the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Kenneth Oppel’s Dark Wing. You cannot go wrong with Tolkien’s legendary work. They have everything, incredibly compelling characters, a vast world that felt constantly built upon, and an overall unforgettable journey.
  • Dark Wing is probably the most fascinating book I’ve read to date; in a setting rarely seen in any medium, a world where dinosaurs are dying, and mammals are taking their first steps toward domination. I read Oppel’s Silverwing trilogy as a kid and fell in love with his world of superstitious bats, rats, and birds. I was blown away with their anthropomorphic cultures and conflicts. Dark Wing, the series’ prequel, brought it down to a more primeval level. The brutality, as well as the heartwarming moments were unforgettable.

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

  • I have a cat. She is black and brown, and striped. Her name is Princess Bubblegum, or either Peebs or PB for short. She is named after my favorite character in the cartoon show, Adventure Time.

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

  • I sadly do not, as of yet.

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Interview with Genni Gunn, Author of Permanent Tourists

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Genni Gunn, author of Permanent Tourists.

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)?
Genni Gunn. I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My latest book is Permanent Tourists, a collection of linked short stories.    

3) What is the book about? 
The stories in Permanent Tourists feature protagonists connected through a support group, all dealing with loss precipitated by elusive fathers, husbands and lovers, by a wife’s death, a lost child, sibling rivalries.. Tourists in their own lives and paralyzed by emotional inertia, they flee to evade responsibilities, failed relationships, their own shortcomings. Although the stories take place in Canada, the USA, Thailand, Cambodia, Mexico and Italy, my characters are less thrill-seeking tourists on vacation than they are P.K. Page’s “terrible tourists with their empty eyes longing to be filled with monuments.” What they’re looking for cannot be not found in any postcard destination.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I am an avid traveller, and often write while travelling. One of these stories, and perhaps the origin of them all, was a story commissioned by Danel Olson for his Exotic Gothic anthology series. Two of my stories ended up in Exotic Gothic Volume 2 and volume 4. Those two stories became one combined story in this collection, entitled “Solitudes.”

5) How long did it take you to write it?
I wrote some of the stories some years ago, and five of them over about 18 months. I am not a quick writer.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I found that the more I edited, and the more I connected the stories, the more I found connections that were already embedded in the text, which surprised me somewhat, because it was as if my subconscious knew more than I did in my conscious writing state. So all that was a thrill. I strongly believe in the subconscious, and in the fact that when we write, often we’re not even sure why we’re writing a particular thing. Yet later, we can see that it makes perfect sense, that we have intuited the connection between things.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?My author website is www.gennigunn.com, and you can click here for my Permanent Tourist book trailer.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
I have taught creative writing for many years, and have always encouraged young authors to read, read, read. Every author I know reads constantly. It is one of the most illuminating pastimes one can have. And it is ultimately the best teacher for writers. Every time I read a fabulous book, I am inspired to go further in my own work. This does not mean imitation, but rather that great writing makes one strive harder to make great writing.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read widely. When I was in the 30s, I made a new years’ resolution that I would read a book a week for the rest of my life, and I have striven to do this every year since. I manage most years. I read literary fiction, historical fiction, probably most of the prize-winning books in English Language, such as the Booker Prize winner, the Pulitzer, the National Book Awards, the International Dublin Literary Award, etc. It keeps one pretty busy!

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
This really changes as time passes. Right now, a book that has really stayed in my mind, despite having read it several years ago is Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of things. This book was published in Australia in 2015, and haunts me still. It is a Kafkaesque story of ten young women who awaken from a drugged sleep to discover they have been abducted and taken to the Australian outback. They have no contact with the outside world, and only slowly begin to discover why they have been abducted and taken there. I will give nothing away here, but to say that this is one of the most affecting and haunting books I have ever read.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Oh yes, I have one polydactyl white cat, who in a couple of weeks, will turn 21! It’s the oldest cat I have ever had. She is, unfortunately, not too well at the moment, but hanging in there. She has been a joy in my life, affectionate and sweet as can be. She had a little sister, NuNu – a Siamese – who died a couple of years ago at the age of 17. Cats have always been an important part of my life.

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, but actually, I download a massive amount of books and read them all on my phone. In the past couple of days, I have downloaded, The Friend by Sigrid Nunez, Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connelly (because I saw a fabulous review of this old book in The New Yorker), Virgin Wander by Leif Enger and Here the Dark by David Bergen. Because I travel a lot – though not right now during Covid times – reading on my phone has been my primary reading mode.

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Interview with Renee Garrison, Author of Anchored Together

Hello,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Renee Garrison, author of Anchored Together.

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vince

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
My name is Renee Garrison and I live in Central Florida.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
“Anchored Together” is a Young Adult book.

3) What is the book about? 
It is a sequel to my award-winning first book, “The Anchor Clankers.” Being the only girl in a private boys’ boarding school has its advantages: There’s not much competition for the cheer-leading squad. (And plenty of opportunities to flirt and fall in love.) But it has disadvantages,
too, especially if your father is an alcoholic. Sixteen-year-old Suzette LeBlanc moved into the Sanford Naval Academy when her father became the school Commandant. She’s gaining confidence, but her father’s drinking is on the rise, a fact her mother seems to ignore. She finds strength in her friends and finds love with the battalion commander (a.k.a. senior class president) who also must deal with an alcoholic parent. They share their pain, their coping strategies, but can they share a future?

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I grew up with a father who abused alcohol, yet it wasn’t until after college I realized the impact his drinking had on me. During bookstore and book club visits, many readers of my first book, “The Anchor Clankers,” confided they, too, had an alcoholic parent. We shared these traits:
Do you constantly seek approval and affirmation? Do you fail to recognize your accomplishments? Do you fear criticism? Do you overextend yourself? Do you have a need for perfection? Are you uneasy when your life is going smoothly, continually anticipating problems?
I decided to write about the issue in the hope that it might help others who are struggling. No one should feel they are alone if they grow up with an alcoholic dad or mom. As a teen, I wish I’d known that while I couldn’t control my parent’s drinking, I could talk about it. And I should have.


5) How long did it take you to write it?
It took nearly three years because I put the manuscript aside for a couple of months and then read it again with fresh eyes.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
The best way to beat writer’s block is to write something every day – even if it’s just a few paragraphs or lines. I interviewed author Andrew Gross for The Tampa Tribune. He told me his best work (and probably mine) comes on the second or third draft of a story. But you can’t edit a blank page…
You have to enjoy the process or you have chosen the wrong field. It is very solitary and very difficult work, and often slow to show results. It has become harder and harder to get work published, but unless you keep at the writing – and polish your words – you’ll never get to the
finish line. And once you do, and you are fortunate enough to be published, it’s a great thrill.
Read, read voraciously – because good storytelling is inspirational, and seeing how other writers use the language is hugely helpful. No more procrastinating!

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog?
My author website is http://www.reneegarrison.com and my blog is
http://www.reneewritesnow.wordpress.com I also have an author page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/anchorclankers/

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
Please don’t follow the advice of writers who think self-publishing or indie publishing means you don’t need outside professional help. To be perfectly candid, if you’re planning to publish, it’s going to cost money. It doesn’t matter that you majored in English or worked for a newspaper, you cannot edit or proof your own work. And the tragedy is that a reader who
catches your mistakes in those first pages or chapters will never buy another one of your books.
Working with Elizabeth Babski of Babski Creative Studios on the covers of both my books has been a joyful experience. I highly recommend her.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
Young Adult, of course, but I’m also a fan of mystery books and I love discovering new authors!
All good storytellers influence my writing.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
Wow – that’s a tough one. One made an early impression on me – Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. At 11 years old, Harriet carefully observes others and writes her thoughts down in a
notebook as practice for her future career. (Maybe that’s why I chose to be a newspaper journalist?!)

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I adored my feisty, five-pound peke-a-poo (Pekinese mother + poodle father) who crossed the rainbow bridge one month shy of her 17th birthday. I’m currently filling the void she left in my life by dog sitting for lots of friends who travel.

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

NO! I’m ridiculously old fashioned and I love to hold a book in my hands. I haunt my local library and love the smell and texture of paper pages. (I even collect book marks.)

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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 Thomas Rupp, author of The Hell of Mumbai

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Thomas Rupp, author of The Hell of Mumbai (A true story).

Please see it below!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview:

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

I have no special author name, my name is Thomas Rupp, But you can call me Tom. I live in Sonthofen in Germany, that’s near the Lake Constance in the south of Germany. I’m from near Munich in Bavaria, that’s where the “Lederhosen,” the “Wiener Schnitzel,” the “Brezel,” and the “Oktoberfest” come from. 

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

The title is “The Hell of Mumbai.” It’s a real life crime story. I was involved in a terrorist attack with my flight crew.

3) What is the book about? 

It’s about the Mumbai Attacks of the year 2008. Maybe you know the Hollywood-Blockbuster “Hotel Mumbai.” It’s about the attacks which took place In the Taj Mahal Hotel in the November of 2008. I wasn’t in the Taj Hotel but in the Café Leopold, another hotspot of the attacks. That was the location where the attacks began. We were hiding under a table when the terrorists with their guns drew nearer and nearer. We could hear their steps from under the table. That was really breathtaking in the negative way. We were frightened to death!

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

Writing  a book in my traumatic situation was an effective way to heal my soul. And in fact it helped me to digest the terrible events.

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

I wrote only about four months on it because everything was still so fresh in my mind. Then I had my book corrected by a friend whom I had told my story before and who was very curious about the details I had left out when I told it to him immediately after my experiences in Mumbai.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Yes, I have experienced how important it is to talk about things which really burden us.

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

Yes! https://www.facebook.com/ThomasRupp1969Tommy/?modal=suggested_action&notif_id=1594110281579413&notif_t=page_user_activity#

And:

https://thrupp2.wixsite.com/meinewebsite

I have a video about my film on www.youtube.com with the title: “The Hell of Mumbai.”

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

No, because I’m a self publisher, on www.amazon.com: Thomas Rupp, The Hell of Mumbai.

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

Yes, I would do this if anyone asked, of course. I was very grateful when my friend reviewed my work. It’s always helpful to have a second opinion from a literature expert for reviewing. I like criminal novels, science fiction, thrillers and novels from foreign countries like India or China.

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

My favorite book of all time is the novel Clockwork Orange because  Anthony Burgess uses such hilarious expressions and the story is so fresh and fascinating.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living from Dale Carnegie as a non-fiction book because it’s so optimistic.

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

Yes, we have an aquarium with platy fish. They are so small and therefore absolutely fascinating.

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

Yes, I have a kindle reading advice. But normally I read ebooks on my IPad. I like reading ebooks very much because I don‘t know where to put my paperbacks and hardcovers any more!

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Interview with Eileen A. Bjorkman, Author of Unforgotten in the Gulf of Tonkin: A Story of the U.S. Military’s Commitment to Leave No One Behind

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Today’s interview is with Eileen A. Bjorkman, author of Unforgotten in the Golf of Tonkin: A Story of the U.S. Military’s Commitment to Leave No One Behind.

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)?
Eileen A. Bjorkman, I split my time between Washington State and California. If you can only put one state, please put Washington!

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Unforgotten in the Gulf of Tonkin: A Story of the U.S. Military’s Commitment to Leave No One Behind. It’s a narrative nonfiction book in the categories of military history and biography

3) What is the book about? 
The book is about the thrilling rescue of a Navy pilot whose aircraft was hit over North Vietnam. It also weaves in a short history of combat search and rescue, along with the continued search for the 80,000+ Americans still missing in action from previous wars.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I was working on a magazine article about a Navy plane, the F-8, which I tripped over a YouTube video that provided a thumbnail sketch of the pilot’s ejection and rescue. Planning to write an additional article about the rescue, I tracked down the pilot. But it was too much material for an article and it turned into a book.

5) How long did it take you to write it?
From idea to turning in the manuscript was four years. The bulk of the actual research and writing once I had a contract was about a year.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes, I learned a lot about the history of combat search and rescue, and also the POW/MIA movement that began in the US in the late 1960s. I was aware of that movement since I was in high school at the time and some of my classmates had fathers who were POWs or MIA, but I didn’t really appreciate the full history until doing my research. 

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
My author website is at https://eileenbjorkman.com
My book video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7sO_F_w20w&t=18s

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
Get your writing out there! I started out with some freelance articles that gave me credibility when I went to pitch my first book to an academic press. That first book and my articles help me land an agent and then publisher for this book. And be persistent! I had a lot of rejection letters before I got my first publisher and then my agent. 

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read mostly nonfiction, although I do like a good detective novel or mystery at times. I am open to reading new authors and reviewing their work.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
This is a tough question because I like so many books for different reasons. But if the number of times I have read a book is an indication of favoritism, it would have to be Jon Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air.” The book is so gripping that it’s hard to put down. I’ve done a lot of hiking, but I’m fascinated by the tales of mountain climbers. His writing style inspires me as well.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? I have one cat, a black and white tuxedo.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? I don’t own an electronic reading device, but I have the nook and kindle apps on my iPad mini. That works better for me since I travel a lot (although that has slowed down with the pandemic). I like the portable aspect of the iPad and it’s also great for books I’m using for research since the ebook version is usually less expensive. But overall, I prefer print copies of books because I like to take marginal notes, skim certain topics, and move back and forth at will (which I commonly do with nonfiction books).

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Interview with Ron S. Nolan, Author of Met Chron New-Humans

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Ron S. Nolan, author of Met Chron New-Humans.

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)?
Ron S. Nolan, Ph.D. has lived in Aptos California near the Palo Alto ship wreck on Sea Cliff Beach since 1990

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Met Chron New-Humans (Book 2 of the Metamorphosis Chronicles Series). It is a hard science, space technothriller.

3) What is the book about?
Set in the year 2030, the novel tales place in a world near the global warming tipping point and humanity’s survival is threatened by raging wildfires, android wars, floods and viral pandemics. Ironically, there is a new discovery that could dramatically lengthen the human lifespan causing rampant economic and social chaos. Timing is everything. If the intern at the Lunar SpeeZees Lab hadn’t accidentally selected the wrong sequence of avatars in a training program, the world’s first New-Human would not have been 3D printed and brought to life.…and without Chron’s genius, the strategy of developing a space elevator to convey pods of seawater into space and generate snowfall over tropical seas would never have been implemented.

Furthermore, if Chron had not assisted her longevity research, Dr. Astra
Sturtevant would never have made her game clinging discovery of how to control the genetic clock and arrest the aging process. Meanwhile, the AI androids that had mutated in the high radiation zones following the nuclear detonations in the Bay Area have launched campaigns to gain their independence and annihilate all organic humans.


4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I have had many unique experiences, like camping on the most radioactive spot on the Earth’s surface, working with a bonafide psychic and building artificial reefs in Micronesia for my doctoral research, that have given me a plethora of plot ammo. To reveal the connections between the past and the present in my stories, I have set up a backstory website: https://planetropolis.blogspot.com./

5) How long did it take you to write it?
One year to write. Two months to revise.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
AI androids and robots are on the rise. Beware, they are smarter, stronger and better suited for space travel than us organics.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Ron S. Nolan’s website: https://planetropolis.com/

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any
great editors/cover artists?
I use Misty Mountain Productions for eBook formatting and highly recommend attending Vincent Lowry’s book marketing workshops.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I was an avid Sci-Fi reader, but stopped when I began to produce my own stories because I want my ideas to be original. However ,I do read many scientific journal articles and frequently consult Wikipedia for technical information.


10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
That’s easy, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway published in 1952. It is powerful and eloquent. I believe I read it in Mrs. Baker’s 6 th grade class when I attended Pinckney School in Lawrence, Kansas. But, little did I imagine then that four decades later I would become close friends with Jack Hemingway and his daughter Margot (Ernest’s son and granddaughter). One of the highlights of our many adventures was a tarpon fishing trip to the Florida Keys where Jack told us stories about his childhood as we soaked up the ambiance and drank cold beers at Sloppy Joe’s in Key West—a bar once favored by Papa.


11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
A couple of crows come by for almonds, which I throw from my deck.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? I have a vintage Dell Workstation which a local nerd has juiced into a supercomputer that reads and edits most eBook formats.

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