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Interview with Susana Imaginario, Author of Wyrd Gods

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Susana Imaginario, author of Wyrd Gods.

You can find it below.

Thanks,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

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

Susana Imaginário. I live in Ireland.

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

Wyrd Gods is a (grim)dark fantasy with hints of satire and mystery.

3) What is the book about?

It’s about falling from grace and the thin line between selfishness and self preservation. How limited each individual’s perspective is and the consequences of assumptions and miscommunication. It’s about predation and redemption.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I saw this ancient yew tree in an old graveyard, all gnarled and hollow amongst the faded gravestones, and tried to imagine how it all would have looked like when the tree was young. This led to a series of incomplete stories about time travelling through trees. I liked the concept, but failed to make it work, so eventually I used the plot of another unfinished novel written years before that, a sort of Clash of the Titans set in Niflheim and (after many drafts, revisions, edits, tears and curses) Timelessness was born.

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

Three years altogether. I had to stop and restart several times for ‘real’ life always takes priority.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

So much! I’m still learning. Not just about writing and publishing but about myself and those around me. It has been a life-changing experience.

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

I have the simplest website. For now.

http://www.susanaimaginario.com

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

Just write. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Learn from them, fix them, and then write some more. Listen to the advice of everyone who seems to want to help you but don’t believe everything you’re told and don’t try to please them all either. You’ll fail. At the end of the day, you’re the one who has to take responsibility for your work, not them, so you better be proud of it (yes, that also includes the mistakes).

The book was edited by Lisa Gilliam (https://www.lisagilliam.com) and the cover designed by Design for Writers https://www.designforwriters.com

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

Fantasy, scifi and historical fiction are my favourite genres, but I’m always up for reading anything new and different. And sure, I’ll be happy to review.

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

The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. It’s a flawed and incomplete masterpiece. I find it soothing. It’s not the sort of book to read through in one go, but to keep on your nightstand instead and randomly open when there’s no one to talk to. A must have for every introvert writer.

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

Yes, I have a very spoiled Portuguese Water Dog named Locke.

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

My old fourth generation Kindle is still my favourite device. I don’t like the glare of any of the new ones (including paperwhite).

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Interview with Melinda Field, Author of The Nest of Our Being

Today’s interview is with Melinda Field, author of The Nest of Our Being.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

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

My author name is Melinda Field and I live in Northern California.

 

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

The title of my book is THE NEST OF OUR BEING, the genre is fiction with a touch of magical realism.

 

3) What is the book about?

Although this book can be read as a standalone the story takes place five years after my first novel, TRUE.
 In the summer of 2004 Julien Smith returns home to the mountains of far Northern California broken and morally injured. As his journey unfolds over the course of a year, we come to know his  family, his mother’s circle of women and the interwoven stories of the beautifully flawed people of Green Valley.

 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

The idea for the story grew out of my realization that both wonder and terror impact our lives, but the solid bedrock of family and our connection with wild nature, strengthen  the ties that bind us to our fragile yet miraculous humanity.

 

 

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

This novel took around four years to complete.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

I learned how to write both a standalone book and a sequel. How to build suspense and how to create the mysterious creatures that inhabit the mountains of Green valley.

 

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

My website is melindafield.com

 

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

It’s never too late!

 

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

My fav genre is fiction

 

 

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

My most beloved book is Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.

 

 

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

My horse Maverick passed last year…miss him so

 

 

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

I have an ipad and love it.

 

 

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Interview with E.G. Moore, Author of Rowdy Days of Dom Sanders

Hello,

Today’s interview is with E.G. Moore, author of Rowdy Days of Dom Sanders.

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)?

Hi! I’m E.G. Moore, and I dwell in Idaho, USA. The land of the lakes, which inspire me.

 

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

My newest book is entitled Rowdy Days of Dom Sanders. It is a modern crime/adventure retelling of Tom Sawyer.

 

3) What is the book about? 

Main character Dom Sanders lives a charmed small-town life until his new neighbor Taylor moves in. Dom witnesses a drug-related murder, and his identical boot prints and some other evidence makes Taylor the prime suspect. Dom must decide to let his bully take the fall or speak up and risk his safety to do the right thing. Lots of country fun mixed into this one… horses, chores, tough girls, barn fires, etc… A lot of my adult readers say it has a nostalgic feel they love.

 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

At first, I had read about how middle grade boys were reading less than any other part of the population (about seven years ago), and how obsolete the classics were because current generations couldn’t relate to them. I adore retellings, so I wanted to rewrite a classic in a way that would attract and appeal to that audience. Some of the adventure elements also came from stories my husband, brother-in-law, and in-laws told me about my husband’s family living a low-income, high-innovation lifestyle. It grew and morphed into this fun, crime adventure that I hope everyone will enjoy.

 

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

Dom went through about six years of changes. I wrote the first draft my second year of National Novel Writing Month, and it’s been through about one dozen rewrites, and then had scenes moved around and changed after that. My husband took a picture of me with notecards spread all over our living room rug. I had an agent and all the major publishers considered it and offered personalized rejections that softly stated they didn’t want to deal with a couple sensitive topics within its pages. Eventually, I decided that self-publishing was the way to go.

 

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

I learned so many things about writing. This was my second completed manuscript, but it felt like an attachment of myself. I really played with and enjoyed discovering how to make each character incredibly unique and memorable. I also fell in love with middle grade, the wonder and joy of the character arcs that come from that audience’s age category. This debut novel taught me a lot about the self-publishing realm. My previous experience in marketing and promotion helped, but indie authors have so many options at their disposal and choosing the best for their work can be both daunting and fulfilling.

 

 

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog?

Yes, both of them can be found at https://egmoore.wixsite.com/website. I’ve also got a teacher and student newsletter in the works because I think teachers need resources to help them be the book representative superstars that they are.

 

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?  The best tip I can give fellow authors is to demand the best for your work. Be the best author you can, pay for the best covers and editors if you’re an indie author, and give your words the hard work that both them and your readers deserve. My book cover artist is pretty fantastic www.kingscustomcovers.com. Darrin really listens to what you want and isn’t afraid to let you get involved in the creative process. He’s also patient about changes in deadlines, as books occasionally do. Tell Darrin that Emily sent you!

 

I have three amazing editors that I highly recommend!

 

Michelle Hauck, story weaver extraordinaire. She will make your story better. Period. (Note: Currently not taking editing projects. Her books are amazing too!)

 

Jenny Leo – She’s all about the details.

 

Alena Orrison – Tough love that whips your grammar into shape.

 

 

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? I’m an avid reader of British classic fiction (think Austen and Bronte), fantasy, Sci-Fi, and non-fiction on certain topics. Every once in a while, I dip into clean mystery and unique, realistic dystopian. I may or may not have a slight conspiracy theorist streak.

 

I’m not against reading new authors and reviewing, but I tend to quit reading if it’s not catching, and I’m an honest reviewer. If I don’t like it, I say so. Also, lyrical writing and characters beat plot for me every time. Note: I read a lot of teen fiction because I’m a wimp when it comes to graphic violence or sex due to past personal experiences.

 

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

Oh, this question. I utterly fail at this answer every time. Every time. I’ll go with the one I read annually and then my most recent favorite. If you adore culturally rich myths, you MUST read Juliet Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest. Seriously. Go get it right now. Library. Amazon. Whatever. It’s worth it. All the sensory details and how much the Sorcha speaks without saying a word is magical.

I would encourage fantasy lovers to check out Eliza Tilton. She’s created a world I got sucked into and gobbled up in her Daath Chronicles. She’s working on several series now and I’m telling you, she can make you feel and see all the things. All of them.

 

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Interview with Obed Ladiny, Author of Cracked Flutes – Blues from the Soul

Today I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Obed Ladiny, author of Cracked Flutes – Blues from the Soul.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

1. What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
My name is Obed Ladiny and that’s the author name I use for my books at this time. I live in the lively city that never sleeps–New York.
2. What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My newest book is titled “Cracked Flutes: Blues from the Soul – Volume 2.” It’s a contemporary poetry book.
3. What is the book about?
Cracked Flutes: Blues from the Soul – Volume 2 is about maturing and facing the ups and downs of life as a teen, adult male, husband, and father.
The thoughts don’t all necessarily represent how I currently feel, but how I felt, viewed myself, the situations and life at the moments of writing each poem. I think they’re worth reading as they enlighten me, other men, and just about anyone else–male or female reading them. As men, we are taught to never show vulnerability by displaying fear or worry. I believe in staying positive and portraying strength, but I also believe that we should be allowed to express our deepest longings and what makes us vulnerable emotional human beings. I believe there is a place to vent and let go of hidden emotions and the things that affect us as men, which often times the opposite sex may not realize or ignore. Though we are men, we are not security robots without feelings. And that we should not be placed in a stereo-typical box that defines what we are suppose to behave like and accept simply because we’re men.
4. Where did you come up with the idea?
I had in mind to gather my poems into one volume, but as I went over them, I realized that doing so without some type of purposeful organization would confuse the reader. That’s when I spent time thinking about the place of each poem. Also I soon realized that at least two volumes should be published as I went through them in an effort to organize them. I then realized that a thematic route is the best way to go. And so, all these poems in this volume fall in line in the direction of a theme and narrative that presented itself as I went over my poems.
5. How long did it take you to write it?
It’s a progressive body of work, the sum total of months and at least 3 or 4 years of poetry writing.
6. Did you learn anything from the project?
I learned that we as humans should take the time to take a long look at ourselves individually so we can move on, live and grow.
7. Do you have an author website or blog?
My books can be found in a variety of market places or retail stores online including Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, Books-a-million, apple, kobo, and many other places both nationally and internationally available through more than one distributor in the format of e-books and Paperbacks.
8. Do you have any successful tips to pass on to fellow authors? Have any great editors or cover artists?
I will say to fellow authors to keep at it and continue believing in yourselves. Work on perfecting your craft, learn from mistakes which will inevitably happen anyways, and grow. Never give up on your dreams. Read. Research. Write. And find a purpose that makes it all worthwhile.
As for great editors or cover artists, there are so many avenues to search these days. So it all depends on your genre, tastes, purpose and so forth.
9. What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I enjoy a variety, really; but these days I find myself reading lots of Non-Fiction books and poetry. My favorite courses in college were literature courses, so I’m open to reading fiction as well on occasions.
I’m open to reading the works of new and old authors. I’m opened to sharing my thoughts on a particular work if requested to do or if I feel moved to do so.
10. What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I like many literary works regardless of the period they were written in. But if I had to find myself in an isolated island for many days with only one book that I must choose, it would have to be the Holy Bible. I see the Bible as containing different genres and libraries of timeless books between its covers. It’s filled with entertaining stories, facts, and moral principles. It is also known to help the brain to relax. All in one.
Now after the Bible, here are those honorary mentions such as poetic works from Maya Angelou’s complete poetry collection, Nikki Giovanni’s poetry, Langston Hughes’ poetry, Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago Poems”, Billy Collins poetry, Ted Kooser, Mary Oliver, and so many more.
11. Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
No. I don’t have any pets. If I did, it would probably be a dog–a puppy.
12. Fun Question: Do you own an electronic reading device?
No and Yes. My phone is my only current electronic reading device at the present moment. I may go back to a kindle or Nook in the future or whatever the latest device will be. Right now, my phone uploads books with the kindle app pretty well, though I miss using other devices I once had.
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Interview with C.L. Mannarino, Author of Singers of Atlantis

Today we have another author interview, this time with CL Mannarino about the book Singers of Atlantis.

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 C.L. Mannarino, and I’m from Massachusetts.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My newest book is called SINGERS OF ATLANTIS, and it’s the sequel to my teen romantic fantasy story called SWANS OF ATLANTIS.
3) What is the book about?

For the first time since she returned to the vacation town of Atlantis, Kat hates the magic of soul mates. They’re complicated. They take a while to find. And they’re not even all you hoped they would be. She wants nothing more to do with them.

But when she and her childhood crush, Matt Michaels, find out that he has a week to fix his severed soul, or be considered incurable, she wants nothing more than to find the girl who started all this, and demand of her that she fix it.

Except now, that girl has gone missing, and not even the ones who know her best can find her. To make matters worse, she’s also been ingesting the same poison that’s hurting Matt’s soul. By the time they find her, it might be too late for her to do anything.

Will she and Matt be able to find the girl in time? Or will the history between the girl and Matt only get in the way of their finding a healing solution?

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
After I finished SWANS OF ATLANTIS, I wanted to know what happened next. When I started drafting, I looked at all the questions I hadn’t answered in book one, and did my best to find answers.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Even though I knew what was going to happen pretty early on, it still took me over a year to get the story in writing.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Every book is different from every book you’ve written before. Sometimes, a story just takes more time.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I do! My author website is clmannarino.com
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
A tip would be to just not quit. Even if you have to go slower than everyone else, as long as you keep writing, you’ll do well.
For editors, I’d recommend Susan Bischoff of Forge Book Finishers, and Sara Kocek of Yellow Bird Editors. They’re smart, insightful women who really know their stuff.
For artists, I adore Najla Qamber Designs, as well as OkayCreations. They both do beautiful, stunning work!
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love fantasy, and I’m always interested in reading something new.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
Ella Enchanted, which has held up as a wonderful story ever since it first came out. I still love all the characters, and I still find myself getting lost in the kingdom of Frell, both of which I consider the hallmarks of a great book.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
My family has cats and dogs alike.
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, and it’s fantastic!

 

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Interview with Bryant Reil, Author of Elf Doubt

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Bryant Reil, author of Elf Doubt.

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)?
Bryant Reil, and I live in BC, Canada.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The most recent book is Elf Doubt (Book 2 of Elf Mastery). It is a YA Fantasy and sequel to Elf Mastery. I am currently writing the third and final book, Elf Righteous.
3) What is the book about?
Elf Doubt follows the aftermath of Elf Mastery (in which Kyla Nim stopped Erebus, god of darkness, from eliminating all light from the world.) The World of Order is fracturing from political upheaval and rebellion. Kyla Nim, on her way to inform the King and Queen of Erebus’ defeat, is met by a mysterious patron who sends her on a series of dangerous quests. The revelation as to her patron’s identity, her frustration with Queen Titania, and her own personal tragedy sends Kyla into a spiral of doubt. As the government faces world-changing internal threats, Kyla’s safety and reputation suffer in the turmoil, and she finds herself on the wrong end of higher powers.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I initially came up with the setting: our modern world, but nature and science are the results of work by fairies and mythical creatures. However, I wanted a character-driven rather than setting-driven story, so I came up with Kyla Nim, essentially a naive small-town girl with little experience or knowledge of the world at large. Though she begins the first book naive and a bit ignorant, her willingness to tackle problems head-on quickly gains her wisdom and experience. My focus in this trilogy is her character development.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Each book has taken 2 years. In my defense, this was done in conjunction with work and going back to school for a Master’s.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I learned a tremendous lot. First, I did a lot of research regarding the mythical beings in the story (such as curupira, ciguapa, etc). I honed my writing skills, as would be expected, but also learned to format for both ebooks and paperbacks. I learned a bit of marketing (still in progress). I learned to not only accept but actually appreciate criticism. I was initially a bit afraid of feedback from beta readers, for example, but learned to really appreciate it and take criticism as a way to improve my storytelling as opposed to taking it personally. I also learned (and am still learning) the value of a disciplined long-term mindset. Writing a book means committing to writing things down, even if I’m going to delete the later. Little by little, the book will eventually be finished.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Yes, I blog at www.elfmastery.com. I do not yet have the editing wherewithall to make a book video. 


8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Success tips? Not yet. My proudest moment so far is that Piers Anthony reviewed my books for his newsletter. All I had to do was ask. So, don’t be shy to put yourself out there. And don’t be afraid of rejection either! That paralyzes people into never getting anything done.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
Fiction-wise I prefer fantasy/sci-fi, but I’ve also read and enjoyed a lot of classical fiction (ie. Paradise Lost, Shakespeare, classical myths, etc). I like some non-fiction, but don’t read a ton. House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout was a life-changer for me. I like history but not usually historical fiction. I also read science magazines and journals, even if I don’t always understand them. I have a journal written by cognitive psychologists about literature and it’s amazing.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
Tough. The books that have impacted me the most growing up were probably The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. However, I don’t know if I loved them the most at my age. I like Terry Pratchett. His world-building and characters are a lot of fun. Again, House in the Sky affected me on an emotional level more than most books I’ve read.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I do not. I had a Siamese cat when I was young. If I were to get a pet now, I think I’d like a turtle. Or a platypus, but that’s just dreaming.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
No. I don’t even have a smartphone. I prefer reading on paper, or audiobooks for long drives.

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