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Interview with Courtney Moore, Author of Moonlight Walkers – Forbidden Lands

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Courtney Moore, author of Moonlight Walkers – Forbidden Lands.

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)?
Courtney Moore, Texas.
 
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
MOONLIGHT WALKERS: FORBIDDEN LANDS, Middle Grade Fiction/Fantasy.
 
3) What is the book about? 
Short summary: It’s about a young, unique wolf name Sakura, her hidden ancestral history, and the dragons that will do anything to control it. 
 
Full summary (blurb): Young Sakura has always wondered why her family kept a tight leash on her and her younger brother, never allowing them to leave the pack boundaries. Deep inside, she knows that she’s meant for more than the comforting shelter of her secluded forest.
Her belief is put to the test when a group of ruthless, powerful dragons invade her home and kidnap her pack. The dragon’s king desperately wants to find the Wolves Amulet, a sacred item of the wolves that he believes will grant him freedom from his enchanted prison. After escaping the claws of capture, Sakura, her brother, and a childhood friend set out on a treacherous search for their family, abandoning the familiar boundaries of their home for the first time.
When Sakura learns of her ancestral background – being a descendant from a supernatural wolf and the only one capable of unlocking the power within the amulet, the stakes become greater. With her true identity now revealed, she becomes the wolf king’s greatest asset and the dragon king’s main target, forcing Sakura to decide on the fate of her life and the world as she knows it.
 
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
This all started back in High School, over fifteen years ago. I love reading fantasy books that take the reader to far off worlds. So, I decided to create my own. 
 
5) How long did it take you to write it?
The rough draft was written over fifteen years ago, but most of the story was compiled recently and took me about a year and a half to finish (between adding more plot, character development, and editor reviewing).
 
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes a lot! Especially from my editors. I learned to keep an eye out for the small things that can be overlooked, sometimes making a big difference in the story.
 
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Author website: Courtneymooreauthor.com
Twitter: @Cmooreauthor
 
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
Tips for future writers that want to be authors: Never give up. Don’t take no from an agent or publisher. Keep reviewing and editing your manuscript, eventually you will shine to the right person and/or publisher. Everyone has different tastes for what they are looking for (and that is why it’s a good idea to research the agent and/or publisher to make sure they are the right fit for your manuscript’s audience). Also, it’s a good idea to invest in an editor. They will find things that you never thought to look for. They are a huge eye opener and great knowledge source. A great editor I recommend is Raven Eckman. 
 
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
My favorite genres are fantasy and adventure. I would love to review other authors work and give my feedback.
 
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
Hmm, a very hard question! I have so many books, especially from when I was younger, that I adore! One that was my first novel series is the WARRIORS series by Erin Hunter. This series was also an inspiration to me in creating my own world, but with my favorite animal – wolves! 
 
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Yes, my husband and I love animals. We currently have two Quaker parrots and two lizards.
 
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I unfortunately don’t own a reading device.
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Interview with Marie Lavender, Author of Chasing Ginger (The Misfits Series)

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Marie Lavender, author of Chasing Ginger.

Please enjoy!

Thanks,

-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 Marie Lavender. I live in Indiana, actually.

 

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

 

Chasing Ginger is my latest book release. This novel is a steamy romantic comedy – adult contemporary/chick lit/BBW romance/billionaire romance.

 

3)      What is the book about? 

 

The book is about Ginger’s journey, which includes meeting a new man she likes, and deciding what she wants for her life – dreams and all. But it starts with her getting involved in a drug trial. What happens next is just chaos, and it triggers the rest of the story.

 

4)      Where did you come up with the idea?

 

Well, I was inspired by a conversation I had with a reader on social media. I’d posted some random meme about wishing the side effects of medications were cooler instead of unfortunate. In this case, the desired side effect was ‘extreme sexiness’. I just took it from there and added a plus-sized main character.

 

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

 

A year to a year and a half, but only because I was struggling with random bouts of depression from a loss in the family.

 

6)      Did you learn anything from the project?

 

(Laughs.) Yeah, for future reference, I probably shouldn’t approach a rom com project in that kind of mental state.

 

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

 

Of course!

Official Website: http://marielavender.com/

Blogs: http://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/  – I Love Romance Blog
http://marielavender.blogspot.com/ – Writing in the Modern Age

http://marielavenderbooks.blogspot.com/ – Marie Lavender’s Books and Other Things

This is the book trailer for Chasing Ginger:  https://bit.ly/2vyy1Bc

 

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

 

I would say ‘patience and perseverance’. Both of these traits will get you through a lot of hurdles and headaches. The writer’s journey is never easy, but knowing you can achieve a goal despite the odds will help considerably.

Some great cover artists I’ve had are Kayden McLeod, Dawné Dominique, Select-O-Graphix, Deborah Melanie, SwoonWorthy Book Covers, Spellbinding Designs, Avdal Designs, and LDM Graphics.

The editors/proofreaders I liked include Shawna Williams, Kathi Sprayberry, Cynthia Ley, Kathy Collier, Anthony Kohler, Fred Crook, Tracy Guzzardo, Melissa Manes, Jennifer B. Gaubert, and Belinda Y. Hughes.

 

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

 

I’ll read anything, I guess, but I prefer any subgenre of romance. I don’t like nonfiction all that much (unless it’s motivational or I’m reading it for research purposes). It’s difficult for me to get into hard science fiction, and erotic horror is just too weird for me (I don’t mind the two genres separated). My top likes would be paranormal romance, historical romance, and contemporary romance.

I was doing reviews for a while on my romance blog, but my TBR list got too big and I had to shut down requests until I can get caught up. So, right now, it would be a hard NO. It’s not because I want to, though (I am a major bibliophile), yet it’s just necessary so I’ll be able to fulfill the promises I made to review those other books. This is my latest book review.

 

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

 

I still have a weakness for J.R. Ward’s Dark Lover. Wrath is a total book boyfriend to me.

 

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

 

Yep! I have two cats, one calico and the other is almost all black with a few white spots. Emma and Katerina are my babies.

 

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

 

Sort of. I have a Samsung tablet which I use to read my Kindle books and the ebooks I’ve gotten through contests and newsletter sign-ups. I do like it. My problem, however, is that I’m still a bit old school, and I prefer to read a paperback or hardcover. Not to mention that being an epileptic as well as a migraine sufferer, it will always be easier for me to focus on reading an actual page rather than an electronic screen.

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Interview with Jayne Martin, author of Tender Cuts

Hello,

We have another interview today, this time with Jayne Martin author of Tender Cuts.

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)?
Jayne Martin and I live in California.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The book is titled “Tender Cuts.” It’s a collection of literary microfiction, 38 stories each under 300 words.
3) What is the book about?
In these 38 real and surreal tales, everyday people do their best to manage the wounds life inflicts on all of us: A six-year-old beauty pageant contestant strives to please her demanding mother; a woman marries a 1985 Buick LeSabre; in a laundromat bored wives fall under the romantic spell of a lobster; a grown woman is still being fat-shamed by her deceased mother via a Ouija board; a widow carries her husband’s ashes around in Baggies. With pathos and humor, these and all of the characters in this collection speak to the reader’s own wounded heart.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I’ve been writing and publishing flash and microfiction in literary journals since 2010. Several had been nominated for Best Small Fictions and Pushcarts. In 2017, I began to see a thread weaving them together emotionally as a collection. I brought on illustrators to do simple line drawings to accompany the stories and somewhere in each you will find a tiny heart to carry on the theme of wounded hearts.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
I wrote these stories over several years. The title story is about a character named “Julie-Sue,” a Jon-Benet Ramsey type child forced into beauty pageants by her mother. When I put the book together I realized I need a structure, a thread, to hang all the other stories onto, so I wrote three more stories about this character taking her to a tween, then to 16, and the final story which is told by Julie-Sue’s grown daughter after Julie-Sue has died. The voices in all the stories follow that arc from young to old.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
As a writer, every time you inhabit a character you learn something about the human condition. As for the construction of the collection, I had never realized how difficult it would be to determine the order of the stories. After several attempts, it felt like trying to “herd cats,” but I finally figured it out.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Yes. It’s www.jaynemartin-writer.com. There is a book video on the site and also as my pinned Tweet on Twitter. On the home page, I have a slide show of inspirational sayings from the likes of Toni Morrison to Tiny Fey that I hope will encourage and lift the spirits of those who visit. There are also links to all the book’s reviews and my interviews. On the blog page, I written several craft essays on how to write flash/microfiction. And, of course, you can order the book. I recommend ordering from the Powell’s link to support indie bookstores, but it’s available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Nothing succeeds like persistence. Rejections feel personal, but they’re not. What one editor may decline, another will eagerly accept. Keep sending out those submissions. It’s largely a numbers game. I like to say if you fling enough spaghetti at a wall, some of it will stick, so fling away!
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read literary fiction mostly as I’m a lover of beautiful language. That, more than anything, will draw me in. I read all the online lit journals and it’s always exciting to me to discover a new voice. Reviews are not my thing, only because I’m not a “critical thinker.” I respond to something or I don’t, and I’m not very good at articulating my reasons.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I absolutely fell in love with “H is for Hawk,” by Helen MacDonald. It’s a memoir about her relationship with a goshawk named Mable that she trained to deal with her grief after her father’s death and it’s absolutely exquisite. Helen is also a poet so, much like Ocean Vuong, author of “On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous,” the language is gorgeous. I’ve read it twice and listened to the audio read by Helen. I’m certain I will do so again.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I have two dogs and a horse. The dogs are Dixie, a 13 year old Chihuahua, and Miss Pickles, a 5 years old Yorkie mix. They are my heart and soul. My horse is a 28 year old Thoroughbred named Levi. He used to be my jumper when we competed over fences. Now we just hack around.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I have a 10 year old Nook — one of the very first — that is still going strong. I also have a Kindle app on my phone. I like them because I live in a very small house without much room for books (although they are stacked everywhere). When I can get a book on digital, I do, but many of the small indie presses don’t offer it.
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Interview with John Reinhard Dizon, Author of Redemption

Hello,

Today’s interview is with John Reinhard Dizon, author of Redemption.

Please see the interview 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)?
John Reinhard Dizon, permanent resident of the Great State of Missouri!
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Redemption is a suspense/thriller that could also be classified as women’s fiction.
3) What is the book about?
It’s the first two-part book in the series. Sabrina Brooks is a masked vigilante known as the Nightcrawler. International crime syndicates have placed a ten million dollar bounty on the vigilante. The media has publicized the fact that Sabrina, the CEO of the Brooks Chemical Company, is suspected by Homeland Security of having ties to the Nightcrawler. As a result, the cartels initiate a series of attacks on her to draw the vigilante out of hiding. Her factory is bombed, her fiancee killed and her best friend crippled. She goes into seclusion, traumatized by the losses. In Part Two, she decides to take revenge against the perpetrators. She renounces her campaign principle of fighting her battles unarmed. As a result, these become the most action-packed episodes in the four-book series.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
As I mentioned, this could be categorized as women’s fiction because of Sabrina. The entire series is about her personal conflicts, which include her ongoing struggle to survive in the chemical manufacturing industry as a young female CEO. There is also the irony that the world thinks the Nightcrawler is a man. For her enemies, anything else would be unimaginable. Her relationship with NYPD detective Hoyt Wexford and her mentor and partner Jon Aeppli gave her a sense of balance in her life. Without them, her repressed anger is unleashed. As is said, hell hath no fury as a woman scorned.  
5) How long did it take you to write it?
About a year. Part One was originally intended as a stand-alone book in the series. However, as authors know, sometimes your characters take over the storytelling. Sabrina wasn’t letting this go, she had scores to settle.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
The Harlem section of Upper Manhattan in NYC is a major setting in each of the novels. As the tales are meant to be socially relevant and time-sensitive, my research required me to keep abreast of neighborhood developments. I continue to be impressed by how Harlem changes with the times while keeping its character and traditions intact. It is a wondrous community with strong and ambitious residents.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
The best place is my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/johnreinharddizonUSA — I also have a dedicated Sabrina page at https://www.facebook.com/sabrinabrooksnightcrawler/
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Write, write, write and NEVER throw anything away. Writing is a lifetime effort, a gift that should be fully appreciated, a skill that must be developed. My publisher, Miika Hannila at Creativia, has done more than anyone to bring the Nightcrawler to the world market. My own enterprise, SPOILER Publishing Company, features some of my more obscure projects. Marcha Fox is the cover artist and editor that brings those works to life.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I’m at the stage of my life where the Bible is all that’s truly worth reading. However, I delight in finding gems in the works of my fellow authors. I am always open to a review swap (GASP!) and fairly well guarantee that I will give the other party the best of reviews. I am an expert reviewer and stand by my work.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The Bible is the guidebook to human existence, the only one co-authored by the Holy Ghost. It is ironic that the second-greatest books of all time, the works of Shakespeare, are written in Old English. You can’t speed-read your way through to find the treasure. For technique, I’ve admired Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond) and Robert E. Howard (creator of Conan the Barbarian). They were greatly inspirational and influenced my style. 
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I believe Jigsaw has his own fans among my Facebook friends and family. He is the Greatest Cat Who Ever Lived and has stood up to every dog he has ever met.
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12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Nope. I’m a hardcover and paperback guy. I review PDF novels on my PC. My phone is in the truck in case of emergencies. Walking around with wires sticking out of my ears is not my style.
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Interview with Sophie Jupillat Posey, Author of The Four Suitors

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We have a second interview today. It is with Sophie Jupillat Posey, author of The Four Suitors.

Please see it below.

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
I am Sophie Jupillat Posey and I live in Florida.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The Four Suitors. It’s a medieval mystery/romance fantasy for young adults.
3) What is the book about?
It’s about a spoiled brat of a princess who gets roped into being courted by 4 suitors chosen by her parents. She must do so, or she won’t get the crown. There’s an artist, astronomer, philosopher and necromancer. She balks against their teachings. But as she does so, she finds that her kingdom is falling apart. Has been falling apart for a while and it’s accelerating. The newest debacle is the increase of deaths in the peasantry. She needs all of her suitors’ help to uncover who is behind the rising deaths of her citizens.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I came up with the idea after talking with my husband about my adopted mother; who always bragged about how many boyfriends she had when she was younger. Four at a given time to be precise. Suddenly an image of a spoiled princess with 4 suitors came to my mind. From there, I knew I wanted to craft a mystery and a way for the character to redeem herself gradually. The rest filled itself in as I wrote.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
It took 2 years to write and 1 additional year to re-edit.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
This story started as a novella. I was satisfied with it, but felt I could add more. Several months later I did add more and made it a full novel. I learned that writing novels is hard but thrilling; I’d only ever written novellas and short stories up to that point. And that editing is just as important as getting the story down.
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?
Success tips: my most important tip would to never give up; it’s cliché but it’s true. There will be plenty of inner and outer obstacles you face as a  writer. There are many excuses to give up writing. But it is much more fulfilling to plod on and finish that book. And also to let a project sit for as long as it needs. Too many people are so impatient to publish they skip crucial steps. Time is important, because you can better see errors whether they are grammar ones, or plot holes.
I was fortunate to have my work edited by David Curran, a friend of mine and former journalist. His eagle eyes spotted more than one error others and myself had missed. IndieDesignz made my cover art and I love it. She is my go-to designer.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, and paranormal works for young adults or adults.I also sometimes enjoy horror, if it’s more cerebral. Not a fan of gore. I enjoy poetry too but am very picky about which kind. I am open to reading new authors when I have time. I am currently a part-time student, a full-time teacher, a composer and a writer. It’s not something I can do on a regular basis but I’d be willing to do it every so often.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
That’s a really hard question: I have so many. I would say my favorite is Ivanhoe. It made me fall in love with medieval era stories from a very young age. The romance, the adventure, the disenfranchised main character, the strength of the women in the novel, the style… It was all stuff I hoped to one day be able to write, in my own way.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Currently none. But growing up, my family had 5 cats, 1 dog, 2 turtles and 1 bird. Later on we had 2 ferrets, 2 rabbits and we even fostered 5 raccoons.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Nope. I borrow my husband’s if he gets a digital story. I’m more of a hardcopy girl. 
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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.

Please see it below.

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-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

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Interview with Heather Hale, Author of How to Work the Film and TV Markets

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Today’s interview is with Heather Hale, author of How to Work the Film & TV Markets.

Please see the interview below.

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-Vincent Lowry

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