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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 Amitabh Sarwate, Author of Humorously Yours! (Tales from the Gymkhana)

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Amitabh Sarwate, author of Humorously Yours! (Tales from the Gymkhana)

The link to buy it on Amazon is above!

Please see it 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)?
Author’s name: Amitabh D Sarwate. Residence address: Los Gatos, CA, USA


2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Title of book: ‘Humorously Yours’. Genre: Humor


3) What is the book about? 
It’s a collection of 11 hilarious short stories inspired by real life events and characters. It’s a PG Wodehouse meets Indian Curry brand of humor :)Since its recent debut on Amazon, it has hit the Kindle bestseller list on several occasions.


4) Where did you come up with the idea?
The PG Wodehouse character Mr. Mulliner was the inspiration behind the book. I conceived a Mr. Mulliner kind of character in a very Indian setting. Thischaracter is a storyteller who operates from a famous sports clubhouse in a large Indian city, and regales his audience with quirky and witty stories often on their own dime.


5) How long did it take you to write it?
It was a 2 year long effort


6) Did you learn anything from the project?
A debut fiction book is a labor of love – from writing, editing, finding an agent and then a publisher – all takes time, but when you hold your first copy in hand, you realize it was all worth the trouble. From this particular project, I learnt to appreciate the art of picking up the traits of people from life all around us, the sights and sounds of the cities we live and work in, and use them to paint the stories in the book. It develops your powers of observation and the ability to absorb everyday situations and find humor in them.


7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/amitabh.sarwateBook video is available at: https://www.facebook.com/amitabh.sarwate/videos/10158371477819605

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
Commit the time to the writing process and enjoy it! The drafts, the editing, search for an agent, publisher – enjoy the process! Rejection is an inevitable part of the journey, but trust yourself, trust your writing and don’t give up. More than ever before, writers can find numerous platforms to publish their work.


9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I like reading Humor, Spirituality and Non-fiction. I can assist new first time authors and share my learnings with them.


10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
Hard to pick one! So many.. 🙂


11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
A dog. His name is Einstein. He is an adorable golden-doodle @ 5 years old.


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

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Interview with Guy Morris, Author of Swarm

Good morning,

Today’s interview is with Guy Morris, author of Swarm.

Please enjoy!

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)?

Guy Morris lives in Washington with a view of the Puget Sound

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

SWARM is an action -thriller with AI, conspiracy / espionage themes

3) What is the book about? 

               Swarm is an action-packed thriller with advanced artificial intelligence weapons set in a divided, post-pandemic country struggling to maintain social and national security. 

China has unleashed a devastating AI internet virus forcing antihero hacker Derek Taylor into a deadly conspiracy of digital identity control, and end-time prophecy. When a US AI weapon system goes rogue only a fugitive AI called SLVIA with a terrorist hacker group known only as SNO can prevent Armageddon.

Exploring the morality of artificial intelligence weapons while navigating church and political corruption, debut author Guy Morris’s sharp and frighteningly realistic storytelling will leave readers questioning what their future holds in this ambitious, edge-of-your-seat cyberthriller.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

               SWARM was inspired by a true story of a program that escaped the Lawrence Livermore Labs at Sandia (NSA spy lab for cryptology/ signals) – and was never recaptured.  Not lost, not stolen, not corrupted, the AP article said it had escaped.

               I spent months working on what kind of program could escape a government lab, and why would it.  Then I created an award-winning fictional webisode series in 96’ called ‘Cracks in the Web’ featuring SLVIA, my imagined AI. Hugely popular, and optioned by AOL, until the FBI came to my home to ask me to take the site down.  Apparently, I had correctly interpreted much of the functionality of the lost program – and it was top secret. Secondary confirmation came in 2016 when the Russians hacked an older CIA cyber tool kit, and it contained nearly every one of the functions that I had assigned to my fictional AI named SLVIA. 

               The rest was a simple matter of bringing the characters forward into the current day, looking around at the interconnected problems that will be impacted by AI including cyber war, AI weapons, infrastructure, ID access, and asked the question – what would happen if. 

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

               SWARM took years to fully research.  The story premise, at least the story world and key characters have existed since the 90s’. Once I decided to write with a new premise, I spent 2+ months outlining, six weeks on draft 1, and then 8 months editing, rewriting, polishing, refining with beta readers before hiring a professional editor and cover designer. 

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Oh my gosh, where to begin?  Yes, starting with the extensive research into areas of advanced/experimental AI, quantum computing, DARPA AI weapon systems, cyber security and vulnerabilities, and then end time prophetic references to align with current events, plus location and culture research.  One of the reasons I love to write is that I love to explore, and to learn.

On the writing side, SWARM was my second book, but the first one where I started with a clear, detailed character profile, and outline. In other words, I started by knowing my characters, and a plan of what happens to them, and how they react.  Not too detailed, but enough to weave multiple threads together. Wow, what a difference. For a complex plot with lots of characters, places and timelines – an outline saved my sanity.  Now of course, I made numerous changes along the way, but I had a map to follow, and it made the trip easier, and more enjoyable.

Once I had a good first draft, I took a series of Master Classes from David Baldacci, James Patterson, Ron Howard, and Dan Brown.  I learned so much that I re-wrote SWARM yet again.  Beyond the course material, I took 12 pages of lessons. The changes super-charged the ‘thriller’ impact, and connected the threads to fit perfectly.  Working on the sequel now.

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

Yes to all.

My website Guy Morris Books -Contemporary Action-Thrillers includes a blog, plus direct links to Amazon, all of the consolidated SWARM reviews, and a recent article from Master Class featuring SWARM.   The site features tons of addition media on SWARM and my next book Curse of Cortes’. 

I also maintain a separate blog on Good Reads, but I don’t know how to connect the two together. 

On a book video, I have a Wix produced freebie promotional video, nothing fancy.  The video provides location images and reviewer quotes, but provides no story line. I have the video pinned to the top of my Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/officialguymorrisbooks . 

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

As a debut author, I’m still learning and looking to others, but I do have a few thoughts.  

No amount of marketing, cover design, or promo will turn hum-drum writing into bone chilling. That takes polishing, editing, critique, editing again, and again until you have a story that resonates beginning to end. Take your time on the product before you spend a penny on publishing or promotion.  Let’s be real, it will cost to market and promote and you don’t want to do that for a mediocre book.

Finding good cover designers, editors and formatters can be really hard unless you know the business.  Each genre requires a different type of cover.  I needed a thriller cover that would grab you. For me, I found success on Reedsy.  That said, I am still a babe in the woods learning about promotion, marketing reviews, bloggers, and how to build sales.

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

I write thrillers because I love thrillers.  Dan Brown, Steve Berry, Michael Crichton, James Rollins and others of that caliber excite me.  Why?  Because they will always write from deep research to present an interesting premise based on science, archaeology, history or technology.  You learn something on the thrill ride. The biggest challenge with being an author is that it cuts into good reading time. Find me a book that will take me on a thrilling adventure, and teach me something interesting, and challenge my morals or perceptions along the journey.

That said, when I am working on a new manuscript (like now), most of my reading revolves around research, and can vary widely from Graham Hancock pre-history to Welcome to Leningrad, a book on Putin and his criminal empire, a book on the Copper Scroll, or the Illuminati. Sometimes interesting, sometimes weird, but you need to read  a TON looking for that gem of information, that flaw, that mystery or quirk, or little known fact that can be leveraged into a credible, imminent crisis.

I welcome reviews of SWARM, and open to reviewing other thriller authors.  My only caveat is that I have several books in the queue while I am currently eye balls deep in the research mode for my next manuscript. Patience.

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

Seriously? Is this a trick question?  I would say, impossible to say.

It would be easier to say who are my top five favorite authors. I fell in love with reading in college. Classics from Mark Twain, Hemingway, Poe, and Shakespeare to my favorite authors Dan Brown, James Rollins, Michael Crichton, Steve Berry, Dan Silva and a dozen others. 

But a book? Seriously? I could never pick just one book with a straight face.  Da Vinci Code, Timeline, Jurassic Park, Pelican Brief, Sherlock Holmes, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Amazonia are perhaps top in the top ten percent, but that would be a seat-of-the-pants ranking.  

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

I married an angel with five cats, but we are now down to one exceptionally spoiled, demanding, neurotic and psycho prince of purrrrrsia.  Seriously, our cat Raven needs an entourage to keep him entertained.  We understand each other, which is to say that he has me trained. Speaking of which, mien FUR-er calls – gotta go. 😉

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

No sir!  This conspiracy writer is strictly old school, pages in hand, bookmarks in yellowed print, and probably a little dusty. Besides, the FBI may still have an eye on me, and in the end, don’t we all deserve a little privacy.  

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Interview with Phyllis Kerr, Author of Wildcat (A Texas Romance Series)

Good morning!

Today’s interview is with Phyllis Kerr, author of Wildcat (A Texas Romance 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)?    
Hello. My name is Phyllis Kerr and I am a native Texan. 

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?     
I have a new book in my A Texas Romance Series titled Wildcat and it is a story about a girl searching her way through a difficult time in her journey to womanhood.

3) What is the book about?      
Sugar’s path is particularly difficult because her mother left the family when Sugar was only four years old. Her father, Cattle Baron Quint Riley, made sure she learned all the skills needed to someday inherit the ranch in her turn and carry on his legacy in his name. But not the skills to deal with a husband in name only and her awakening feelings of the need for a mate to love and create a family. She needs to find the missing parts of her femaleness in order to set her life on a balanced path to reach her life goals.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?     
I started thinking about this story after reading a true story about a girl forced into marriage at the age of fourteen and how she coped with her circumstances throughout her life. Her story touched my heart and Sugar’s story grew from that foundation.

5) How long did it take you to write it?    
When I wrote my first book, I sharpened a pencil and found a yellow legal pad and wrote from beginning to end. I did buy an electric eraser about a quarter of the way through, so that helped speed things up. That one took about two years. This time I bought a new computer, read as many planning your writing books as I could get my hands on, planning software that I could manipulate to suit my needs and finished right at four months.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?          
I learned so much from this project. Mostly that writing is fun when you set your characters free to be themselves. I love watching them work their ways out of the situations they get themselves into.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?  I have a new website. It’s really basic right now because I don’t have a clue about how to make technology work for me. I know the Help staff fights over who has to help me next time. You can find me at phylliskerr.com and email–phylliskerrbooks @phylliskerr.com.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?    
As far as success goes, writing is like any other endeavor in your life, how hard are you willing to work to achieve what you consider successful? I have a great Cover and Website Designer. I love working with her, she’s terrific. Carrie at cheekycovers.com.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?     
New authors are awesome. I actually do love reading their work and writing reviews. But when I am working on a book, my book becomes my main focus and takes most of my time, day and night.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?      
Of course, I love to read. I have my degree in Literature because I find it fascinating. So, of course, my favorite book is a long list of wonderful books that grows longer every day. But as a romance writer I would have to say I fell in love with Pride and Prejudice at an early age. There’s just something special about that Mr. Darcy.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?     
I have a large orange cat named ChaCho that refuses to leave my side when I am writing. He’s always there, supporting me in bad times and good. He is an excellent listener.

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 paperwhite, I think it’s called. It’s always in my purse when not in use so I never go out without it. I like the size, it’s very small. But the screen can be aggravating when your big fingers keep touching certain parts of the screen and sends you off somewhere unexpected. Thank you, I enjoyed talking to you. Happy writing!

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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 Mansu Edwards, Co-Author of Plush Couches

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Mansu Edwards, Co-Author of Plush Couches.

Please see it below.

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

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Interview with D Siva Rama Krishna, Author of Smiling Baiter

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Hello,

Today’s interview is with D Siva Rama Krishna, author of Smiling Baiter.

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)?
D Siva Rama Krishna
I m from Hyderabad, India.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Name of my latest book is Smiling Baiter. 
This is a romantic mystery.
3) What is the book about?
Smiling Baiter is a story of a royal family and three friends. 
It also narrates frank sensual sex lessons for the prince, kidnappings, tiger hunting in the jungles and also murder of an innocent pregnant wife for Royal treasure buried under the fort.
It will perhaps appeal to readers of Harold Robbins and Earl Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason) and anyone who celebrates diverse books. 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
On a holiday trip to a fort in India.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Almost one year
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes. a lot. It is easy to write a book but very difficult to get it published.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I have no website or blog. 
Yes, I am working with a professional company for both of them.
 
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
There is no short cut for success. If writing is your passion, just go on writing it and enjoy your work. One day your work will be recognized.
My favorite editor is Niyati Joshi and artist is Mishta both working with Lead star Publishing.(my previous book publisher)
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read all books. 
Yes, I am willing to read new authors and review them.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The Thorn Birds which I read in the late seventies during my college days.
The authors description of characters and places is so vivid and makes you feel that you are there and part of the story.
The book is not only an entertainment to but also inspires you to write like the author.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
No. But I always wanted a parrot
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
No. None.

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

Hello,

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

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Website: https://randco.me

Email: Randylscott@randco.me

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

Hello,

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

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

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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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