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Interview with A.W. Baldwin, Author of Diamonds of Devil’s Tail: A Relic Novel

Hello,

Today’s interview is with A.W. Baldwin, author of Diamonds of Devil’s Tail: A Relic Novel.

Please find it below.

Thank you,

-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)?

A.W. Baldwin.  I live in Wyoming.  My books are all available on amazon and also can be ordered through any bookstore.

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

Diamonds of Devil’s Tail – outdoor thriller

3) What is the book about? 

It centers on how people behave when an opportunity for great wealth presents itself, in this case, diamonds in a remote canyon — how they handle the urge for that wealth and what they are, or are not, willing to do to get it.  Wealth without work can lead to violence and injustice, and it does in this story.  The deeper characters of the actors are revealed in their struggle and the final resolution.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I’ve always wanted to write a story involving a cast of strangers on a trip together and the whitewater excursion was perfect for that.

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

About 12 months

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

I feel like I’m always learning, especially about plot lines and getting a good rhythm going for high action scenes and character interactions.

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

Yes. awbaldwin.com. I have a trailer for both Raptor Canyon and Wings Over Ghost Creek.

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

Daniel Thiede does my book cover art and he’s fantastic.  The design, the color, and the theme that runs through each of the covers are really great.  As for tips, I’d say write what you want, work on your craft, and enjoy the process.  If that’s not working right, none of the rest will, either.

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

Thrillers and mysteries, mostly, but yes I am open to new authors and reviewing their work if I have the time.  I like a novel with lots of action but with good humor, too.

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

I don’t know about a favorite book of all time, but I grew up on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ stories of Tarzan.  More currently, Clive Cussler is a guiding star, as is Wilbur Smith – masters of the high adventure.

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

Not at the moment but I am a long-time “dog” guy – English Setters, Golden Retrievers, mostly.

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

No.  When reading, I like the feel of a paperback best.

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Interview with Bill Boggs, author of The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Bill Boggs, author of The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog.

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)?

Bill Boggs. I live between New York and Florida.

  

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

“The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog:” as told to Bill Boggs. It is satire, social commentary in the Jerry Seinfeld vein, absurdist humor, and a touch of personal memoir regarding my life as a TV talk show host, narrated by fiction’s funniest canine.

 

3) What is the book about? 

The madcap adventures of a dog and his master who become TV and social media stars and the price they both pay for fame.

 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I had a very funny dog on my morning TV show, “Southern Exposure with Bill Boggs,” in High Point, N/C. His name was Spike and he was a big hit on the show and very popular throughout the south where the show was syndicated. Before leaving for NYC and my big break hosting “Midday Live” Spike was killed by a drunk driver. I thought, what if Spike hadn’t died and came to NYC with a guy like me in today’s world and became a big hit….and that’s how it all started.

 

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

Three full years including two comprehensive edits and the continued addition of more comedy..called “punching up” in the business.

 

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Yes many things. First, it is still possible to satirize our culture, although it frequently appears to be satirizing itself. Second, that I could block out the time to write even though I have a busy life. Third, that the narrative came to me and I was writing in the voice of my central character who was a dog, that was a huge insight. I can think like a dog who comes across as an observational comedian.

 

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video? (There are videos on the various social media platforms.)

Twitter: @SpikeWonderDog – https://twitter.com/SpikeWonderDog

Instagram: Spike the Wonder Dog ­ https://www.instagram.com/spike_wonderdog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wonderdogTV

YouTube–Bill Boggs TVs – https://www.youtube.com/user/BillBoggsTV

Amazon Link – Orderspike.com

Website – https://spikethewonderdog.com/

twitter @realbillboggs.com

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/379950.Bill_Boggs

billboggs.com

 

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

It is very important to have as much social media following as possible. Make sure your publisher sends books to the NYT and other national publications weeks in advance of publishing date. I can suggest a good cover designer if needed.

 

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

I most like to read biographies and history and books written by my friends. If I know someone who has written a book, I always buy it. Of course, I am open to reading new authors, someone has to replace Steven King eventually. I am currently deep into writing the sequel to “The adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog,” and not available to review books, but I would be in the future. I do not read other fiction when I am writing fiction.

 

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

“ACT ONE,” by Moss Hart. A rags-to-riches story written brilliantly. 

 

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

I’ve had many but right now, it’s just The Wonder Dog in my mind.

 

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

I listen to audio books on my phone and have an iPad on which I can read, but I prefer the printed page a little bit more.

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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 Angie Hundley, Author of A Recipe for Bad Lemons – Ingredients for Success from Life’s Sour Moments

Good morning,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Angie Hundley, author of the memoir: “A Recipe for Bad Lemons – Ingredients for Success from Life’s Sour Moments.”

The link to purchase the book is found above!

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)?

Angie Hundley, Kansas

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

A Recipe For Bad Lemons: Ingredients for Success from Life’s Sour Moments 

Memoir/Autobiography 

3) What is the book about? 

My memoir describes 8 “bad lemon” scenarios and my personal ingredient for overcoming each one. My first chapter talks about overcoming physical and sexual abuse resulting in 18 months of foster care before my sisters were adopted in separate homes. My subsequent chapters talk about a fatal car wreck where I had to overcome PTSD in efforts to drive again, pregnancy in college and finishing my degree as a mother, divorce, scary pregnancy, cancer scare, meeting my birth parents and my final chapter talks about how I turned a business mess into success. The chapters are summed up with a recipe for life’s success.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I decided to write a book after I realized that the success rate of foster children is less than five percent. I didn’t realize I fell in a small statistical category and wanted to inspire others to find their success.

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

I wrote the first thirty pages and then put it down for five years. I wrote the final 125 pages over the winter of 2019/2020. 

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Prior to publishing my memoir, I was unaware of all the efforts that goes into the publication process. I was fortunate to have a well-versed publishing team to assist me with my final product. 

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

My website has everything on it: https://angiehundley.com/

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

I fell in love with the text to voice option on Microsoft Word. Often times, our brains will insert missing words as we read so having that capability definitely helped with the editing process. Also, I have been asked several times how to write a book and I always suggest to build a strong outline with detailed notes. I lived off of mine!

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

I like memoirs and autobiographies. 

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

I have read so many but I would say The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I’m currently reading Small Ball Big Results by Joel Goldberg. 

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

I have a Doberman puppy. She is currently 3 months old and her name is Piper. She’s quite spoiled!

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

I do not. 

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Interview with Kaylin McFarren, author of Soul Seeker

Hello,

The second interview today is with Kaylin McFarren, author of Soul Seeker.

The interview questions can be found below.

Thank you,

-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 pen name is Kaylin McFarren and I’m living primarily in San Diego, California, although I have a second home in Portland, Oregon where I visit my children. 

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

The title of my latest novel is SOUL SEEKER. It is Book 1 in my Gehenna Series and is described by readers as a new urban paranormal, romance-adventure taking you to the world of celestial politics, supernatural demons, guardian angels, soul collectors and other dark, maligning creatures referred to as humans. 

3) What is the book about?

Here’s a one line description: While awaiting his execution on death row, Benjamin Poe meets with his lawyer and shares the unthinkable story of his battle against Crighton—the manipulating, soul-collecting demon that tricked him into murdering his own son.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I love supernatural stories, murder mysteries and thrillers and SOUL SEEKER came to me in a dream that begged to be written. 

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

I spent the better part of six months working on this 373 page story and about two months editing it before submitting it for publication.  

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

I researched religious material, horror fiction, and biblical references and was surprised to learn the history of Lucifer and about his closeness to God. 

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

I have a website, a blog and a book trailer. Here they are: http://www.kaylinmcfarren.com (website); https://kaylinmcfarren.blog (blog); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJG9_9xUQUA (book trailer) 

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

I can only suggest to read like there’s no tomorrow. Reading gives great insight into the types of books and genres you enjoy and would perhaps enjoy writing as well. I have a great editor by the name of Aimee Long and my cover artist for all of my books is my daughter Amanda Tomo Yoshida, a Gnomon graduate with incredible talent. 

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

I’m a huge thriller fan, which led me to write in this genre. I also enjoy discovering new authors and occasionally review their work. 

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

Memoirs of a Geisha and Shogun are two of my favorite books. When I’m reading, I enjoy learning interesting information and discovering historical facts that are taboo, buried and rarely discussed. 

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

I have two rescue puppies, although they’re both 11-years-old. One is a Malti-poo and the other is a Lhaso-poo. They’re both black and white and have the same markings, and sweet, easy going disposition.  

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 loaded with lots of books that I love reading when I’m traveling back and forth to Oregon and California or relaxing by a pool on vacation. I also enjoy watching movies and social networking on it. 🙂

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Interview with Susan Taylor-Reeves, Author of Return to the Garden

Hello,

Today I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Susan Taylor-Reeves, author of Return to the Garden.

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)?

Susan Taylor-Reeves, I live in Brisbane, Australia


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

Return to the Garden. It is a fiction novel for young adults.


3) What is the book about? 

The first created creature in who wakes to find himself in The Garden, he is all knowing, and alone, so he thinks! The animals in The Garden witness the fall of man and are forced to live outside of the garden that was created for them. These are the tales of Lowey and Savannah who lead their fellow creatures, helping them adjust to life in a new community called The Clearing, while they search for a way to return to The Garden and back into the peace that they had once known.


4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I have always had a love of animals and our planet and finally became a Vegan 5 years ago after driving behind a truck of cattle bound for the slaughterhouse (I assumed). Since that time I have become involved in animal rescues and in particular QLD Guinea Pig Refuge in Brisbane. I foster guinea pigs and have many foster fail guinea pigs of my own. Earlier this year I lost four of my little ones over a couple of months and wrote a poem about ‘A Party over the Rainbow’, a place that many people refer to when their pet passes away. I have always beleived that animals have a place in Heaven, and as a Christian always pray for the creatures in my care. A dear friend Lynne Hudson, is an artist and I commissioned her to paint a picture of my guinea pigs in heaven.  In the Book of Genesis after the Great Flood, the Lord makes a covenant with all living things, Genesis 9:5 so I decided to write this book inspired by the Word of God and the creation story.

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

It has taken me 4 months to write the book.


6) Did you learn anything from the project?

This being my first book, it has been a very steep learning curve, especially in the area of new ideas and editing. I am currently writing book two and am much more organised!!


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

My website is www.chuckleinn.com Once the book is available, Lowey the main character in Return to the Garden will have his own blog.


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

Believe in your characters and let them come alive in your life, I talk about my characters like they are real people, even friends.


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

I enjoy reading non-fiction, biographies but also young adult thrillers and science fiction/fantasy.


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

When a Monster Calls.  I really enjoy young adult fiction which incorporate animals for example The Narnia series. When a Monster Calls is so incredibly deep, I found myself so caught up in the emotion that Connor, the main character experiences and takes you into world of fantasy. It covers many issues that so many young people face today and gives a message of hope. Even the story behind how the story came about is powerful.


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

I have many pets, all rescue animals, two dogs, Bramwell and Ruby, two cats Simba and Baby Joey, a tank full of fish and 36 guinea pigs.


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

I use the kindle app on my iPad, however it cannot be compaired to holding a good book, and smelling the pages, and of course never needs charging!

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Interview with Marin Darmonkow, Author of The Epic of Gabriel and Jibreel

Good morning!

I’m pleased to bring you this interview today with Marin Darmonkow, author of The Epic of Gabriel and Jibreel!

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)?

Marin; I am a children’s book creator living in Canada.

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

My latest book is titled The Epic of Gabriel and Jibreel, which is going to be launched this month (December 2020). It is the fourth title in the 2GETHER book collection so, like all my other works, it is a children’s picture book. 

3) What is the book about?

It is a poignant story about two young boys — one a refugee and the other a youngster from a wealthy suburb – who meet under unexpected circumstances, become best friends and form an unyielding bond. As unforeseen as their adventure is, so is the finale of the epic — sending a powerful and thought-provoking message to young and adult readers alike.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

Although I have always been a ‘glass-half-full’ person, I learned at an early age that life is not fair. We all often hear about but quickly forget statistics concerning millions of displaced people in the world. This thought helped me envision how the two extremes, the haves, and the have-nots, can find a common ground and possibly connect on a deeper level. After all, we are all in the same boat called Earth.

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

Although I do not report my ‘billable hours’ to anybody but myself, I highly respect the time since I am responsible not only for writing the story but for creating the illustrations, working on the book layout, selecting the soundtrack, searching  for voice-over artists, producing the book trailers, recording the audio version, updating the author’s website, etc. For this reason, it is hard for me to determine the exact time it took me to write it in this rather elaborate process.  

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Yes, absolutely: I have the propensity to employ a fairytale element for younger readers so they can digest, with some ease, the surprises which life may offer. At the same time, with many other elements in the book, I tend to engage the attention and the interest of parents/adults.

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

My website’s domain name is Fontreal.com. I also maintain a blog on Goodreads — this way, I am part of a community of avid readers and book connoisseurs. All my books, including this one, come with book videos available on my website as well as on YouTube and on Goodreads.

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

My humble advice to fellow authors is: Write the book you want to read. I also want to remind them what Albert Camus said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself”. If you believe he was right, please keep on writing. As for recommending certain professionals, I seldom provide such as selection criteria are deeply personal.

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

I am a literary omnivore. I find genres to be a construct and often serve as superfluous frames some authors try to squeeze their works into.

I welcome new and unknown authors. Concerning a review of their work, I am definitely interested, though at the moment my time is preoccupied with many creative projects. 

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

It is impossible to pick up only one. 

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

When our children were growing, we had many pets in the house – an elegant black cat, numerous hamsters, and an iguana. Currently, I am a pet-less individual.

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

Apart from a well-equipped desktop computer, I am rather indifferent to other electronic tools.

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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 Anthony S. Author of Paradise and the Pandemic

Good morning,

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

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hello,

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

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1.Author Name and Location:

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

2.Title of Book:

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

3.What is the book about?

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

4. Where did you come up with the story?

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

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

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

6. Did you learn anything from the project?

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

7. What is your website:

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

8. What advice do you have for authors?

Keep reading. Maintain detailed note file.

9. What genre do you like to read?

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

10. What is your favorite book?

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

11. Do you have any pets?

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

12. Do own an e-device for reading?

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

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