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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.

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-Vincent Lowry

 

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Interview with L.D. Wosar, Author of the Kit Weston Chronicles

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Today’s interview is with L.D. Wosar, author of the Kit Weston Chronicles.

Please see 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)?
     L. D. Wosar and I live in Nevada
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
    I have a series out – the Kit Weston Chronicles.  Crooked Halo and the Badge: Volume I;  Wight Angel:  Volume II;  Frayed Wings: Volume III.  They are in the Western genre
3) What is the book about?
    The series is about a nearly condemned outlaw girl whose life changed after given the ultimatum of getting hanged or getting married.  Obviously, she chose the latter or there would not have been a series of three books.  However, there is a woman, Sophie Wilson,  who has a prophecy of getting rid of the Mueller family who brought her family down and Kit must stop Sophie before she makes her prophecy come true.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
    I had come up with the idea years ago to write a Western, taking place in Tehachapi, California – a place that still lives in my heart.  I toyed with so many ideas and finally, this one just fell into place due to the inspiration of family members and my granddaughter gave me the inspiration for the villain, which thank goodness, the real Sophie is the polar opposite of the woman I wrote. 
5) How long did it take you to write it?
    It was a few years in the making, but in all honesty, it took me at least 2 months to write it once the story came to fruition.  I know authors spend years writing a single book, but this one just happened naturally and I was obsessed with getting the story written.  
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
    What I did learn was my brand, I write Western Action novels.   I learned I am terrible at writing romance, for I flourish at writing action and conflict.  I also learned I will never write hardcore sex novels because those are the worst written chapters in these books.  Most importantly, I learned to become a master at self-editing, although a few snafus had fallen through the cracks here and there. 
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
    I do have a site:  http://www.crookedwightwings.com   
    I have been toying with the idea of making a videocast, I just do not have the know-how to do it or the equipment.  There is a podcast that I post in the Facebook group called KitCast.  
    May, I also mention that Crooked Halo and the Badge is available on audiobook.  Wight Angel is close to going live and my superstar narrator, Justin Mills, is recording Frayed Wings at present moment.  
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
    Writing is the easy part of the process, but to be successful – make sure you have a perfectly formatted book and edit with a fine-tooth comb.  I don’t have a billion dollars to pay for editing and publishing, so it’s been done on my own.   Also, give the readers what they want and don’t leave them hanging.  I learned on ‘Wight Angel’ that a cliff-hanger ending wasn’t as successful as I thought it would be.  
    For editors, I have no idea; honestly, I have yet to work with one.  But cover artists, I did my own covers.  Make a cover that pops and that people will notice first thing.  A book cover is kind of like food – presentation is everything.  
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
    I typically love Mystery and Suspense – mostly James Patterson, who has always been an inspiration to me.   Of course, I am open to reading new authors and reviewing their work. 
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
    I would really have to say Cross Country by James Patterson.  This book had the intensity and the brutality, so well written – of course, it is by the master himself. 
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
    I have 1 pup – an amazingly calm, lazy, funny and super smart American Pit Bull Terrier named Kane after Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks.  
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
    I use my iPad as my electronic reading device – utilizing Kindle, of course. 
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Interview with Christine Reynebeau, Author of Home

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Today’s interview is with Christine Reynebeau, author of Home.

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)?
Christine Reynebeau, Wisconsin
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Home, Children’s Books
3) What is the book about?
Change and how to handle transitions
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I had a friend recommend writing a book about moving, and when I asked what the lesson in that would be, she said that change can be okay. And I’ve always been bad at change, so helping others to practice the skill early felt important.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Probably about 6 hours over the course of two to three months.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Every time I work with a new illustrator I learn different ways to manage a project and work with different people to bring my story to life.
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?
My biggest advice is to do your research, protect yourself and don’t let anyone pigeonhole you in a publishing journey that doesn’t fit you.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love a good fiction novel, and always I am open to reading from new authors and reviewing work, it’s so important for authors to support each other.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
That’s so tough, but They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky by Benjamin Ajak. Because it is a story of human will to survive and the best lesson of my life, I learned from that book. There’s a beautiful humanity those portrayed in the desire to simply survive. And while I have never been faced with the risk of not surviving, it is always humbling to remind ourselves how capable and determined our bodies are to survive.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Walter, he is a German Shepard/Terrier Mix and featured in two of my books!
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Absolutely not, I have never been able to get on board with electronic reading devices. I do produce ebooks, but I personally like hard copy books. I’m an old soul.
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Interview with Linda Gray, Author of Costa Rica: My View From The Saddle

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I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Linda Grey, author of Costa Rica: My View From The Saddle.

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)?  Linda Gray. I currently live in Costa Rica, but am planning to move back to the US when my house sells here.  I’ll be going to the Eastern Shore MD.  
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?  Costa Rica: My View from the Saddle.  It is an autobiographical nonfiction memoir. 
3) What is the book about? It tells the very funny and sometimes tragic stories of my life over 15 years in Costa Rica, from two perspectives: living in a small Tico mountain village and developing my 200-acre farm, and later, in thriving mostly-Gringo beach community.  
4) Where did you come up with the idea?  When I had a horseback tour business in the mountains, I used to amuse my guests with my stories about living here.  I decided I had better start writing them down before I got too old and forgot them!  
5) How long did it take you to write it? About 3 months.  I used to be a technical writer, so I can type as fast as I can talk.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?  I learned a lot about publishing, marketing, and the book business!  
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?  I currently have a website/blog www.lindagrayauthor.com  but no book videos.  
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? Write from your heart, you can’t go wrong.  I had a friend, Trish Spinelli, do my editing. She has published several books under the name Joan St. John.  I also found a great cover artist through Booklocker, Todd Engram. I published my first book, “The Story of Rancho Tranquilo,” through Booklocker, but when I rewrote the book I used Amazon Direct.  
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?  I like mysteries and historical novels, but I’m open to reading just about anything. I go through a book a day sometimes, and I’m happy to write reviews.  
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? The entire Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I have been a super fan of her books since they first came out.  I have first editions of most of the hardcovers, some signed by the author, but unfortunately the weather in Costa Rica has done a number on them.  I even went on an Outlander-themed horseback trek through Scotland a few years back with my sisters, who are also fans. I was amazed to learn how much of the book is actually based on true stories or legends — not just the historical Jacobite stuff, but also the little stories that I assumed were fictitious based on the characters.   
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?  Right now I have two dogs: a Weimeraner named Shadow, who is the star of the beach, and a hound dog named Hunter.  Both were rescue dogs here in Costa Rica.  I had up to ten horses while I lived on my farm and had a horseback tour business, but my bones are too brittle now and I got tired of living on crutches and in casts, so I no longer have horses.  But I miss them.  
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?  I use my iPad and the Kindle reader to read books.  I subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, and I like that I can get a large assortment of books for free. In Costa Rica, getting books in English is nigh on impossible. Prior to ebooks, we were limited to “somebody’s” collection of paperbacks, which we passed around hungrily, eager to have anything to read. I got so tired of reading “boy books,” i.e. Tom Clancy and military genre, but would struggle through them anyway because there was nothing else LOL. When ebooks came out, it was a total revolution for me.  I bought a Kindle immediately and was amazed to find I could get any book I wanted, instantly. What a concept, especially in the jungle!   

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Interview with J.M. Lanham, Author of The R.E.M. Precept

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Today’s interview is with J.M. Lanham, author of The R.E.M. Precept.

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-Vincent Lowry

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Interview with Kevin G. Chapman, Author of Deadly Enterprise

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Today’s interview is with Kevin Chapman, author of Deadly Enterprise.

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)?

Kevin G. Chapman – West Windsor, NJ (USA)

 

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

Deadly Enterprise (Mike Stoneman Thriller #2).  This is crime/thriller, police procedural.

 

3) What is the book about?

Mike Stoneman, the titular character, is a NY City Homicide detective.  He’s a somewhat crusty veteran and in the first book of the series, he was paired up with a young Black detective named Jason Dickson.  In this next book, (avoiding spoilers), Mike and Jason have two parallel investigations. One is a pretty straightforward murder of a Bronx bodega owner who wouldn’t play ball with the local protection and money-laundering racket.  They have a pretty good idea of who the killer is, but they are not getting any support from the task force working on the larger organized crime syndicate.  Meanwhile, the death of a young woman is flagged as suspicious by the Medical Examiner, Michelle McNeill, who also happens to be Mike’s love interest (a romance that started in book #1). Cause of death is a heroin overdose and drowning, but Michelle thinks it might be murder.  When Mike and Jason try to look into that, they discover that the young woman may not be the only victim.  But, again, their efforts are impeded by internal obstacles, as files are missing and they get no cooperation from the vice unit, and it appears that she, and at least one of the other possible victims, were visited while in lock-up by a mysterious man impersonating a detective.  When Internal Affairs gets involved, and when the sister of the dead girl shows up in New York, the investigation becomes anything but routine.  Mike and Jason have to figure out who the bad guys are, and some of them may be other cops.

 

 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

The core of the story was inspired by real events.  In the spring of 2018, a group of New York cops, including a retired vice detective, were arrested and charged with running a prostitution and gambling operation in Queens.  The active cops helped shield the retired detective’s operation from detection. The bad cops were vilified (properly) by the Poilce Commissioner and the head of the Internal Affairs division.  The news stories about that police-run prostitution ring led to the Mike Stoneman story, in which a young woman who got caught up in the scheme winds up dead.  The cops have to cover their tracks and certainly don’t need Mike poking around in their business.  This shell story provided the superstructure for everything else, including the development of the characters, and in particular the relationship between Mike and Jason.

 

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

Publication of Deadly Enterprise will be just over one year after publication of book #1 in the series.  Not bad for somebody with a day job.

 

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

I had to research details about the NYPD for the story, which was fun.  Mostly I learned that trying to market one book while you’re writing the next book is hard!

 

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

My website is http://www.KevinGChapman.com.  My blog, which includes reviews of other people’s books, resides there. I have not created any videos about these books, although it would be a wonderful project.

 

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

My editor is wonderful. She’s freelance and is super thorough and has a good eye, particularly for female-centered issues that I am sometimes blind to.  She is great with story development and characters.  I can recommend her highly.  http://www.samanthachapmanediting.com.  (Full disclosure, she’s my daughter, but she really is terrific.)

My book covers have been designed by Bespoke Bookcovers (www.bespokebookcovers.com).  Peter is very easy to work with and very responsive.  I drove him a bit crazy on this cover design because there is an image of a dead girl floating in the East River and we had to get the image right and then figure out how obvious to make it.  In the end, he suggested an opaque image that is visible, but which doesn’t jump off the page at you.  His service is wonderful and the price is quite reasonable.

 

The biggest lesson learned on this project is to give it enough time.  I announced the date for the book launch (Dec. 2) because I wanted to have the books available for the holiday season, but I now wish I had not announced the date until I was further along in the final editing process. I’ll make the deadline, but I’m rushing a bit now and I’ve missed some marketing opportunities, including getting some pre-publication reviews, because there is not enough time before publication date.  Next time, I’m going to be more patient.

 

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

I regularly review other authors’ books. I enjoy science fiction and legal drama, as well as crime. I’m a lawyer, and I’m happy to give advice to authors who are not lawyers who need a check on legal procedure etc.  I also love sports books.  I have really enjoyed working with the authors who have given me pre-publication quotes for my book cover, and I’d be happy to do the same for others.

 

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

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein.  It’s technically science fiction, but it’s really about society and justice and religion and morality.  Heinlein used the SciFi genre to write a social commentary that still stands up after 50 years.  I love the characters and the cynical wisdom.

 

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

Sadly, our Bichon Frise, “Bunches,” passed a while back and we have not replaced her with a new dog.  My wife and I are definitely dog people.

 

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

I was a late convert to the Kindle Paperwhite, but now I don’t go anywhere without it.  As much as I still like paper books, lugging around multiple books on vacation, or loading down my briefcase with a paper book for the train adds unnecessary weight to my commute.  The Kindle is easy to use, easy to read (even outside), and I never have to worry about what will happen if I finish a book during a trip – there is always another one waiting.

 

 

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Additional questions:

 

Q:        Do you have any law enforcement in your background or in your family?

A:        No.  My father was a sportswriter in a small town in the state of Washington.  I have three brothers, but none worked in law enforcement.  I’m a lawyer, but practicing labor & employment law on behalf of employers is pretty far from criminal defense.  My writing about detective Mike Stoneman and his cohorts in the NYPD Homicide division are purely the product of my imagination, supplemented with a little research.

 

Q:        Is there anything in the current novel that is out of your personal experience?

A:        There are a lot of physical locations in the book with which I am personally familiar.  Mike Stoneman’s apartment, for example, is where my wife and I used to live in Manhattan, on 68th street between Amsterdam and Broadway.  Mike’s jogging route and the other scenes on the Upper West Side of Manhattan are not imagined – I’ve been there.  In Deadly Enterprise, I have Mike and Michelle take a roadtrip to my home town of Port Angeles, WA, which was fun to write about.  But, the characters are all totally fictional, and the the murders, the cops, and everyone else are completely imagined.  I used a few names that are similar to names of real people I know, but the characters bear little or no resemblance to them.

 

Q:        Where is the relationship between Mike and his love interest, Medical Examiner Michelle McNeill going?

A:        In book #1, Righteous Assassin, Mike clumsily starts his romance with Michelle.  By the end, they were definitely dating, but the end of that story created some doubt about whether the relationship would continue.  Some of my readers were very worried about them, which is great because it means the readers care.  Now, in this book, they are a couple, but still with some rough patches.  If you read my first novel, Identity Crisis, and examine the relationship between the primary character, Rick LaBlonde, and his long-time girlfriend, you’ll see a relationship that is both solid and on the verge of breakdown because Sybil wanted to get married and Rick was stringing her along.  We’ll see if Mike and Michelle get to that point about ten books from now.  For the moment, their romance is still in its early stages, so we’ll let them have some fun with it before we worry about exactly where it’s heading.  The more interesting question is where Jason’s love life is headed.  Stay tuned for an answer to that question in book #3.

 

Q:        Did you have the ending in mind when you started writing?

A:        Actually, yes.  I wrote the ending first, although a few things changed along the way. The book came together more like a screenplay, with each scene linking to some other part of the story, not necessarily in linear temporal order.  But I always knew where it was going and how it was going to end.

 

Q:        What other authors or books have inspired you?

A:        As a kid I read a lot of science fiction, and loved Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Isaac Asimov.  And, of course, Tolkien.  As an adult, I read a lot of mystery/detective stories and love Sara Paretsky and Michael Connelly.  There’s a little bit of Harry Bosch in my Mike Stoneman character.  The main thing for me is a good plot and a story that I can really follow and get involved with.  I think Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land” may be my favorite book, partly because of the depiction of the legal system of the future.

 

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Interview with Tyler Colins, Author of Forever Poi

Hello,

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

Please enjoy.

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

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

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

 

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

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

 

3)    What is the book about?

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

 

4)    Where did you come up with the idea?

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

 

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

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

 

6)    Did you learn anything from the project?

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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