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Interview with W.L. Wright, Author of Iolon Star

Hello,

Today’s interview is with W.L. Wright, author of Iolon Star.

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)?
W.L. Wright and I reside in the great state of Nevada.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The newest novel I wrote is Iolon Star and it is a science fiction/thriller.
3) What is the book about?
Iolon Star is the star that keeps all machines in an alien world running until it threatens their very existence. Sallo works in a menial job while he moonlights obsessively on his invention until he finds himself in a fight for the very survival of the Rektarian civilization. 512 is Sallo’s robot doing menial household chores happily until it feels forced to join the robot rebellion. Every Rektarian believes the geniuses will solve the robot rebellion problem just like they solved every other problem in the past, but time is running out for all of them while they wait.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I love science fiction but I am not a planner so I don’t plan a novel out before I write it. I sit down and write and if the story keeps going I keep writing. However, I did have the idea to write a book without any human beings in it before I wrote this one.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Iolon Star took about four months to write.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I learned quite a bit more about stars and what might happen if you blew one up. The novel includes the actual reality of the possible outcomes of blowing up a star.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
My biggest tip is keep writing, my next biggest tip is you need to promote and paid advertising works better than everything else. I do my own covers and edit myself but I work very hard at both. I work as a full time writer, very indie, so my budget is always tight for now.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love all sorts of genres and anything that is a thriller/suspense story. I am open to doing reads and reviews for other authors.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The Shining, it kept me up at night and visually, wow what a story.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I used to have a ton of pets but I travel a lot all over the country now so I have one dog, a big giant wonderful German Shepherd named Klaus. He is the smartest dog I have ever owned.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I used to have an IPAD but Klaus jumped up playfully and it fell to the floor and cracked into pieces. But, he’s still the best dog in the world.
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Interview with Mike Yarbro, Author of Children Alone

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Mike Yarbro, author of Children Alone.

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)?
Mike Yarbro—-Mississippi during winter—-North Carolina mountains during summer.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Children Alone—-Non fiction
3) What is the book about?
A brother and sister at ten & eleven years old who were kicked out of the family house and farm by an evil stepmother on a bitter Tennessee Winter in the 1880s and never allowed to return the rest of their lives. They raised themselves in the forest and became sucessful and pillars of the community.
4) Where did you come up with the idea? It was told to me first hand by the characters themselves who were my grandfather and his sister when I was young and a teenager. I knew the facts of the story like the back of my hand.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
One year.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes. Times and situations change, but people never change. There isn’t much difference from the way people acted 2,000 years ago and today.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
This book was just made into an Audible audiobook and was released last month. I have Amazon author central and Smashwords bio pages.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Get in a quite remote area to do your work. Write and rewrite as many times as necessary your rough draft. Then write and rewrite your story. Try to make your cover stand out and depict a part of the story if possible. Steven Walker is one of the best editors out there. My cover artist lives in Brazil.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I like non fiction and occasionnaly fiction. Yes I will review other authors work and leave reviews.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The bible. It is the only operators manual of how we should live our lives.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
No pets now, but use to own hundreds of horses and a few dogs.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Yes. A Kindle. It is wonderful and seems to be the way of the future. Plus, it brings the book costs down.

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Interview with Damian Maximus, Author of Barry the Rogue Baguettiere

Good evening,

Today’s interview is with Damian Maximus, author of Barry the Rogue Baguettiere.

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 Damian Maximus. I currently live in a little village in
southern England.

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

My newest book is called Barry the Rogue Baguettiere: and other strange tales from the city of Dondolon. Just Barry the Rogue Baguettiere for short. It’s a three-way split between comedy, action, and thriller.

3) What is the book about?

The book is about a ruthless – ‘ruthless’ – bacon thief in the fictional
town of Dondolon and it follows his escapades as he is hunted by the
authorities.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

The idea of a comical bacon thief was created years ago when I wrote a mock review and complained about a lack of bacon in my chicken and bacon sandwich. Then about a year ago it was suggested to me that I expand upon the idea. And thus Barry was birthed.

The novel is actually written in partnership with an Instagram story along the same vein where the Instagrammer tries to track down Barry the Rogue Baguettiere. The stories can be read together or separately. Neither requires the other to make sense. The Instagram story can be found at @huntingforbarry.

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

Without edits, about six months. With edits, about nine months.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Ya. Alliterations are fun.

The book was created to be a break from the seriousness of literature. It was designed to be fun, like those books you read as a kid. It’s a kids’ book for adults. And I learnt that sometimes you have to throw out the rulebook when it comes to techniques you can and can’t use. Alliterate too much. Rhyme. Make up words if it makes sense to (Baguettiere is made up). Have fun.

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

I have a website: www.damianmaximus.com; and an Instagram account:
@Damian_Maximus.

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

Read the boring books about grammar and about literary techniques. Come up with your own opinions on grammatical techniques. Learn about merism and diacopes and zeugmas. Discover why we remember ‘Bond, James Bond’ or ‘get busy living, or get busy dying’.

Everyone knows Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss. Another is Making a Point by David Crystal. The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth is good for those literary techniques.

As far as choosing an editor or cover artist, I’d say just shop around. Find someone honest and constructive. Also, give the editing and designing a go yourself. You won’t be as good, but you’ll learn a ton (just make sure you still go with a professional for the final version).

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

I am definitely open to reading new authors and reviewing their work. I like to jump around genres and I’m a sucker for the classics. There’s a reason they’ve survived the test of time and I can learn so much from them. But I also know that certain modern authors will in the future be considered classics.

I don’t really do horror though. There are some good horror books out there, it’s just not a genre I’ve moved towards.

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

It’s cliché but The Great Gatsby. It isn’t the best book ever but my goodness can Fitzgerald throw down a line. When I find myself rereading sentences over and over again I know it’s a good book.

Either that or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. It’s just incredible. The London theatre production of it is amazing too.

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

A brown and white terrier mutt named Watson (from Sherlock Holmes). He’s a rescue dog, has tons of energy, and sometimes prances around the forest like a deer. He’s hilarious.

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

Remember those Nooks that were the competitors to the Kindle? No, well that’s ok. I have one of those. All it does is store books but that’s all I need it to do. None of this fancy modern stuff.

 

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Interview with Jeanette A. Fratto, Author of No Deadlier Destiny

Hello,

Below is my interview with Jeanette A. Fratto, author of No Deadlier Destiny.

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)?
Jeanette A. Fratto (Bernard is my husband and he doesn’t write) I live in California
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
“No Deadlier Destiny”    – mystery, set in southern California
3) What is the book about?
It is the third in my probation officer series. A convicted felon escapes while being transported to prison,
and sets his sights on revenge. Probation officer Linda Davenport wrote his sentencing report, which the
judge followed, and her life is now threatened. She goes into hiding. When she thinks she’s safe, she isn’t.
Not knowing whom to trust, she takes matters into her own hands and risks everything dear to her, including
her life.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I had a 26-year career with the Orange County, California Probation Department. My experiences gave me
many ideas.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Over a year. I don’t write every day.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes. Writing a novel is a lot of work and the marketing is even harder. I felt rewarded when many readers
told me they liked learning about probation, an aspect of the criminal justice system rarely written about
by mystery writers, while reading an engrossing story line.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
No video. The website for my novel is: www.outskirtspress.com/nodeadlierdestiny
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
I wish I did have success tips. Depending on your genre, find your audience, offer to speak at book clubs, library events,
get your book on consignment in local bookstores, ask for interviews in local papers, and have a nice business card
made up with your book and your contact information. People can’t buy your book if they don’t know about it.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
Mysteries are my favorite, although I read other fiction. I’m open to new authors and doing a review, but
I don’t care for fantasy or science fiction and could not give a fair review for that genre. I reviewed your book,
“Surfing the Seconds.”
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I’ve read hundreds of books and can’t really pick a favorite of all time. I’ve loved “Snow Falling on Cedars,”
“The Time Traveler’s Wife,” and “Molokai.”
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
No pets. Years ago I had two cats. They passed away at ages 14 and 15.
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. I rarely use it. I much prefer a book.
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Interview with Jon Ray, Author of Gorp: Defender of the Realm

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Jon Ray, author of Gorp: Defender of the Realm.

Please enjoy.

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author’s name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Jon Ray is my author’s name and I live in Sydney, Australia. However, I’m a native Texan and my hometown is Tyler. 
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My newest release is the 3rd and final book in the Gorp the Goblin trilogy called “Gorp: Defender of the Realm”. It’s high-fantasy. 
3) What is the book about?
It’s the final book and concludes the story about a humble goblin named Gorp who begins the series as a lowly goblin janitor. From the title of this book, you can surmise he doesn’t remain a janitor for long. 
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I’ve played Dungeons & Dragons since the age of 13 and for most of that time, I’ve been the local Dungeon Master, running my own games. It was a combination of my time spent playing the monsters and NPCs in D&D and a PC game could Dungeon Keeper that inspired me to finally tell the story of what happens on the other side when adventurers come looting and tearing up the dungeon. 
5) How long did it take you to write it?
The bulk of the book was written in 30 days during the 2018 NaNoWriMo event. 
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes, what it feels like to finally complete a trilogy and how well complete sets sell compared to just one or two. 
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I have an official website at http://author.jonray.net/ and an author page on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/JonRayAuthor/
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
When you plan to write something, I highly recommend making yours a bullet point outline of the entire story/book from start to finish. If you know how it ends or beginnings, fine, write those first. Then go back and fill in the missing pieces. Have a complete story outline before you ever write the first paragraph will help you complete your projects. I know a lot of would-be authors who love to write but never can finish a project. This proven method has kept me on track plenty of times. I just write the extra stuff in between my major plot points. 
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I primarily enjoy reading fantasy, but I also enjoy sci-fi. My time is somewhat limited with all the book projects I have going on, but I do love to read fantasy and sci-fi and have been getting into LitRPG lately. If I read a book, I eventually give it a review as well. 
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I do not have one, it’s always changing so I will say my favorite genre is Fantasy, I just never get tired of those types of books. 
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
None of my own at the moment, but when I do, they are usually a dog. 
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Absolutely! But I haven’t had it for long, late to the crowd I didn’t have an eReader until last year. It’s a Kindle and I love it for reading novels and fictional stories. For technical or how-to books, I still prefer an actual paperback/hardback book. 
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Interview with Stephanie Ross, Author of Tears of the Unicorns

 

Good morning,

Today’s interview is with Stephanie Ross, author of Tears of the Unicorns.

Please enjoy.

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

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

My author name is Stephanie Rose, it is my maiden’s name. I thought of keeping it as my pen name since I already published under this name before my marriage. Would have been weird to change my author name. I am located in South Germany near Stuttgart.

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

My newest book is called “The Tears of the Unicorns”. It is a Fantasy trilogy and the final volume will be released on November 15th 2019.

3) What is the book about? 

“The Tears of the Unicorns” is about the angel Caylen, who gets lost in his despair about the injustice of the world. He strives to destroy everything in order to create a better, more just world for all beings, especially those that are different. His sister Miriel has to find a way to stop the destruction her brother caused and safe the world.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

The first ideas for this series came to me at the spur of the moment during a little project – a role play – I did with my best friend. It was a love story between the elements of Water and Fire. This story finally inspired me to pick up the idea of elemental magic and create a mystic new world of my own.

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

If I remember correctly, it took me about 2 or 3 years to finish it – with looooots of disruptions.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

I’d say it cleared my mind and helped me realize what I want to do with my life. It inspires me to go on.

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

I do have an author website which is bilingual (German and English) – www.searose-fantasy.de

I’ve always dreamed of a book video, but I haven’t found the right inspiration for one so far.

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

First, I’d say never give up on your dream. If you want to be a writer be a writer, with all your heart, and for the main part write for yourself, not to please others. Write what you want to write and not what others want you to. Put all your heart in it.

Since I had to find out the hard way that all that glitters is not gold, I decided to do the cover work for my books myself – and I think I am doing a pretty good job with it. It is – somehow – part of my real job (advertisement design).

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

I LOVE Fantasy stories! It is my favorite genre and I am always open to reading new and unknown authors if I like their story idea. There are so many good books out there that need to be discovered. I am no big fan of mainsteam literature though.

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

I don’t think I have an all time favorite book. There are a few books I enjoy reading over and over again though.

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

Does my husband count? 😀

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

I do have an eBook reader – a Kindle HD Fire – but I am not really into reading eBooks. I prefer the touch and smell of a real book.

 

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Interview with Clifford Browder, Author of The Eye That Never Sleeps

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Clifford Browder, author of The Eye That Never Sleeps.

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)?
Clifford Browder New York
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The Eye That Never Sleeps historical novel
3) What is the book about?
The ambiguous friendship of a dapper young bank robber with the
sober, churchgoing private detective hired by the banks to
apprehend him.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I read about a real bank robber in nineteenth-century New York
City who made his way into high social circles, until he was
exposed and arrested.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
No idea. But once I started, it just flowed out.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
The intriguing ambiguities of opposites attract. These two
opposites, who have to be enemies, really develop a friendship.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book
video?
My blog: No Place for Normal: New York. Weekly posts about
anything and everything New York, past and present. It has given
me two nonfiction titles, with a third on the way. No website,
though I may create one. No book video. Tech-wise, I’m an
ignoramus.

 

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors?
How about any great editors/cover artists?
For first-time authors: Brace yourself for an inevitable bad review
or two; we all get them. Also, don’t expect your friends to buy your
book; some will, some won’t. Remember: they haven’t sign a
contract to do so.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new
authors and reviewing their work?

I read more nonfiction than fiction, and especially like history. Not
much time for new authors, though occasionally I review them.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
A tough question. Can’t cite just one. The King James version of
the Bible is a runner up; the poetry overwhelms me. Maybe
Joyce’s Ulysses, which I can reread endlessly; its mastery of style
and character are brilliant. In poetry, Ginsberg’s Howl and
Rimbaud’s Bateau Ivre (not in translation) are favorites, plus the
first two books of Milton’s Paradise Lost. Early Wordsworth holds
up well, as does T.S. Eliot’s Hollow Men. I’m all over the place,
aren’t I? Apologies.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Sorry, no pets.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading
device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Sorry, no such device. I keep free of gadgets as much as I can.

 

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