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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 Dirk D. Griffin, Author of War and Pieces (Poems)

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Dirk D. Griffin, author of War and Pieces.

Please see below.

Thanks!

-Vince

 

Interview

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

I use my legal name on my work: Dirk D Griffin. I live in New Albany, Indiana which is, in many ways, a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky (just across the Ohio River).

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

My newest work is a collection of poems titled “War & Pieces.”

3) What is the book about?

I’ll quote from the back jacket as it very succinctly gives the overall impression:
“Travel through lives touched by the every day sacred and profane. Be transported into the pain, hope, loss, gain and transcendence as you go.”

Poetry is mostly about journeys, and my collection is very much laid out like one. 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I rather spontaneously write poetry, but I tend to be in a certain frame of mind when I do. I often will have a spark and from there it is a matter of shaping that thought until I have a complete idea. The collection was a series of poems that, with the help of my editor, Marian Allen – of Per Bastet Publishers, helped me shape the book into a coherent whole. As I was searching my creative mind, I stumbled on the title, which also helped in selecting sections and order of placement. It was very much a jigsaw puzzle without a picture of the what it should look like when done. As the picture took shape, it became easier and easier to determine what the final form should be.

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

Well, the poems are a selection of what I consider my best work over the last decade of writing. I am, at best a slow writer, and poetry is especially difficult to nail down. While a majority of the work I pulled from was whole, it definitely benefited from the editorial process. So, from poem selection to final book was probably about 6-8 months of slow formation and editing.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

I believe so. I am now tackling long form work in a novel, and while I’ve also done short stories (which are available in several different volumes of Southern Indiana Writers [SIW] collections). Those short stories may be collected into a single volume sometime in the future.

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

Per Bastet helped me set up a writer’s page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dirk-D-Griffin/e/B081VV66H1/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1 and a blog may show up there this year, though I’m not sure what form it will take.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? T. Lee Harris did the cover for War & Pieces as well as many of the SIW collections and the work is top notch. I also found Ms. Allen a truly great editor and easy to work with. Both Allen and Harris are authors who have aencouraging attitude and a fantastic eye for text.  

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

Well, I like history and biography, and am quite partial to SF and Fantasy. I cut my reading teeth on Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, Issac Asimov, and James Blish (in the form of Star Trek collections). As of late, I’ve been trying to get to some classics like Les Miserable, Jude the Obscure, Don Quixote, and such. But I’ve also been reading some obscure things like The Little Book of Stoicism, How to be a Hermit, The Seventeen Solutions, and The Search for Cosmic Justice. I’m sort of all over the place and am always up for a new reading experience.

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

It is a lot like asking my favorite restaurant; it often depends on mood. It usually comes down to a few books: Dandelion Wine by Bradbury, Watership Down by Adams, or American Gods by Gaiman.

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

Currently, I am sans pet, but do love them dearly. I have reached a point where losing them is so painful, that I can no longer take the loss. My housemates though have two dogs that are, by extension, in my care as well. A beautiful, sweet, Husky named Isis, and Mr. Quin, a feisty, little Shih Tzu who is quite a wacky little guy.

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

I currently have a Kindle Paperwhite and really love it. I have always read about three books at a time – I’m ADD and I’m a slow reader. I am encouraged by the completed percentage tally. My Kindle makes it very easy to keep my shifting between books. I haven’t tried anything else other than reading on my laptop or computer using the Kindle app, so I can’t make comparisons.

 

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Interview with LA Starks, author of The Second Law: Lynn Dayton

Hello,

Today we have an interview with LA Starks, author of The Second Law: Lynn Dayton.

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)? L. A. Starks/Texas

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? The Second Law: Lynn Dayton Thriller #3/thriller

3) What is the book about? Cyber-sabotage of the country’s energy “spine” via its internet-connected industrial control systems. The characters and the action:

 

TriCoast Energy executive Lynn Dayton is visiting the company’s San Francisco refinery when it comes under attack. Saddened by the fiery deaths of several workers, she traces the explosion to software malfunctions and contacts cybersecurity chief Kanak Singh to track it back to the source. The second law refers to the second law of thermodynamics: it means that in an isolated system everything tends towards chaos.

Lynn is still reeling when a TriCoast lease bidding manager is killed in New Orleans. The seeming motive is the theft of his computer containing billion-dollar secret offshore bid plans. Then her long-time mentor and good friend is gunned down in front of her in a Louisiana swamp. What terrible plan lies behind all these crimes? Lynn races against time to uncover a complex plot that stretches from murder in Vienna to a natural gas terminal attack in the Baltic to a major Caribbean oil installation off U.S. shores. Lynn is baffled as she learns of a high-stakes takeover bid by a mysterious group called the Second Law. Who are these people? Worse, who is the mole inside TriCoast that is feeding them so much deadly information? Unless she can find out, thousands more are scheduled to die.

4) Where did you come up with the idea? Despite a love of writing and reading that was in full force by the time I graduated from high school, I needed to be very certain I could support myself financially. I became an engineer; this path was not unusual for men or women in my science-focused hometown. So, creating the technical parts of the plot was straightforward. More generally, most of us have experienced hacking, identity theft, machines gone wrong, cyber-sabotage, or theft of intellectual property. I drew on that and developed it further. And finally, to be honest, the high-dollar worldwide stakes of rogue players in the energy biz, including threats of massive, fiery explosions, intrigues me way more than it probably should.

5) How long did it take you to write it? The time from publication of the second book in the series until publication of THE SECOND LAW was four years. During that time, I also juggled family responsibilities and publisher changes for the first two books with writing THE SECOND LAW. If measured on a compressed, full-time basis: two years.

6) Did you learn anything from the project? I write books to be prescient and reality-based entertainment for readers, but I can still be surprised when I accomplish just that. A simple example: since the time I began writing THE SECOND LAW five years ago, our understanding of the huge importance of China has grown to be the size China is in the book’s plot.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video? For your U.S. readers, the Kindle edition of the first book in the series, 13 DAYS THE PYTHAGORAS CONSPIRACY, LYNN DAYTON THRILLER #1, normally priced at $7.99, will be on sale in the U.S. for $0.99 between January 30, 2020 and February 5, 2020.

 

My author website is lastarksbooks.com. Book videos for the first two books in the series, 13 DAYS: THE PYTHAGORAS CONSPIRACY and STRIKE PRICE, are available there and on YouTube.

 

I write an occasional blog at Goodreads and use social media (Facebook & Hootsuite for Twitter and LinkedIn) for special announcements, like the upcoming Kindle discount.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? Beta readers and professional editors help you tell your story to your audience. For first-time authors, using a professional editor is a particularly important kindness to both your readers and your own career.

 

I have been fortunate to work with New Zealander Jeroen ten Berge for my most recent book covers. For those interested, he can be reached via e-mail at jeroenslimited AT gmail.com

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? Thrillers, mysteries, suspense, some science fiction, and current-events non-fiction.

 

I read and review (mainly on Goodreads) only 50-70 books/year, including the latest from my favorite authors. For books by new authors, I consider published reviews, take recommendations from two of my family members who read widely, and occasionally check what other Goodreads readers like. 

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? We read, and need, books that speak to our own experiences. In my case that book was SISTER: A NOVEL, by Rosamund Lupton. While it would be painful to call it my favorite, reading it was breathtaking because at the time I had just lost my own sister to cancer.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? Yes, a Sheltie (dog)

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? Yes, I like reading from a Kindle when I travel—though I previously published in Nook & Kobo editions also. With all the screen time required now, I do find reading print editions relaxing.

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

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Hello,

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

Please see the interview below.

Thanks,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

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Interview with Kaitlynzq, Author of Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu

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Hello,

Today’s interview is with Kaitlynzq, Author of Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

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

My author name is my first name, Kaitlynzq, and I currently live in northern California, and have a love for soft, gentle breezes and calm climates.  Trees, flowers, the ocean, and mountains are all extremely important to me with how I connect.

 

 

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

My writing forms into books that are connected as a set of interconnected stories with elements from each story that interweave in one another as heart’s wave, heart’s song, heart’s breath.  Characters with the same feelings, needs, dreams, desires while each book holds its own unique form.  Instead of a chronological set, the books included in a series are inter-connected, meaning interior connected.

 

My first series, Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu includes Ancient Script of Lovecontu audio poem, Legend of Song de Light audio book, Legend of Song de Light audio play, and Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set.

 

With interior poetic stanzas hinted at in Legend of Song de Light that bloom into full poems in Ancient Script of Lovecontu to then step within notes of love within Legend of Song de Light, as a “Yes, …, I, …, will meet you tonight.”

 

And, all three of these books are held gently in my book Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set, and written with poetic prose and touches of romance.

 

 

3) What is the book about?

Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set holds the internal vocabulary of a character’s heart, that beautiful space of needs, desires, dreams, feelings, with the undercurrent of the depth of lovecontu a continual rhythm within a heart.

 

Lovecontu touches as flowers, sounds of a pink glow, song of radiant chords, and continues within the series of interconnected stories Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu.

 

For the vocal synopsis of this audio set, and more about the series, the following link will guide you to the playlist on my audio streams for Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu

 

https://soundcloud.com/kaitlynzq/sets/lovecontu-song-de-light-lovecontu-series

 

 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

Within my books, I include delicate symmetry of colors, music, and flowers.  Sometimes as symbolic metaphors, and other times as literal connections, within a character’s experiences that at times, link with another character’s experience.  Moment by moment, layer by layer, that become a story.

 

My inspirations come from the interior spaces within my heart, within other people, and within precious natural elements like the layers inside of a tree.  And, in the night time depths of my heart the idea for this series continued to unfold to join in the daylight hours to reveal even more as I wrote.

 

 

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

Each book is unique, and typically begin to form well before I put pen to paper. Once I do begin to write what my imagination holds, it takes about one to two years.

 

 

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

kaitlynzq.com

kaitlynzq.boutique

 

blog & audio streams newsletter signup form:  http://eepurl.com/dN-AFj

 

 

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

I love adult literary fiction, poetry and romance, and these are the same genres that I write in.  New authors are as wonderful as any author along the spectrum of their life and artistry.

 

I don’t review authors’ work; however, I have created a collective book box subscription that focuses on the beautiful depths of poetry, and highlights the full color wheel of poets.  If any poets are interested in being included in one of the editions for hearts’ poetry, more information is available here  kaitlynzq.com/poets-center

 

I would be honored to have a conversation with you about the opportunities to include you in hearts’ poetry…

 

a special extension and collection of the artistry of poets

each of their heart’s natural language, imagination’s dance

their words stream into sounds of lyrical compositions that form the stanzas

lines and notes that connect together into poems as their unique

heart’s wave, heart’s song, heart’s breath

heart’s breath, heart’s song, heart’s wave

and are woven into each month’s hearts’ poetry

 

 

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

I don’t have a pet; however, I connect with many animals…butterflies gentle way they float in the air, snow leopard and their soft, intense depth of their eyes, horses and their elegant way, bigfin reef squid and its beautiful way of bioluminescence in the sea, a hummingbird’s dance, eagle’s long wingspan, axolotl and their kind expression, little blue penguin’s precious tenderness, and my list goes on and on.

 

And, my love of these precious beings are part of something that I’ve designed called giving tree, where 25% of sales goes to a charity within books, theatre, radio and nature.  For more information about this community sharing extension, and to synchronize your purchase with the current month’s giving tree moments, please visit these pages

 

kaitlynzq.com/giving-tree

kaitlynzq.boutique/giving-tree

 

#kaitlynzq

 

 

 

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Interview with T.G. Campbell, Author of Bow Street Society – The Case of The Toxic Tonic

Hello,

Today’s interview is with T.G. Campbell, author of Bow Street Society – The Case of the Toxic Tonic.

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)?

I write under T.G. Campbell and I live in the United Kingdom.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My newest book is The Case of the Toxic Tonic and it’s predominantly crime fiction with historical fiction elements.
3) What is the book about?
When the Bow Street Society is called upon to assist the Women’s International Maybrick Association, it’s assumed the commission will be a short-lived one. Yet, a visit to the Walmsley Hotel in London’s prestigious west end only serves to deepen the Society’s involvement. In an establishment that offers exquisite surroundings, comfortable suites, and death, the Bow Street Society must work alongside Scotland Yard to expose a cold-blooded murderer. Meanwhile, two inspectors secretly work to solve the mystery of not only Miss Rebecca Trent’s past but the creation of the Society itself…
The Bow Street Society is a fictional group of amateur detectives operating in Victorian London. Each of its civilian members has been enlisted for their unique skill or exceptional knowledge in a particular field derived from their usual occupation. Members are assigned to cases by the Society’s clerk, Miss Trent, based upon these skills and fields of knowledge. This ensures the Society may work on the behalf of clients regardless of their social class or wealth; cases that the police either can’t or won’t investigate. From an artist to a doctor, from a solicitor to a journalist, the Bow Street Society’s aim is to provide justice by all and for all.
The Case of The Toxic Tonic is the fourth instalment in the Bow Street Society Mystery series of novels.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I think I was at work when I decided to use a hotel for the mystery’s setting. I work part-time as a receptionist. I like to ponder new ideas and iron out plot kinks etc. on rare, quiet days to keep my mind occupied.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
It took me approximately 4 months to plan the plot and research the historical context. The actual writing took me approximately 6 months. Following this, it was beta read for a month and then edited before finally being released on the 31st August 2019.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I’m keen to make the historical elements of my fiction as accurate as possible. This often includes the scientific knowledge and expertise which the fictional police surgeon possesses in my Bow Street Society books. In The Case of the Toxic Tonic, the surgeon (Dr Percy Weeks) and a member of the Bow Street Society, Dr Lynette Locke, must determine the victim’s cause of death. They suspect aconite poisoning but the scientific tests for detecting poisons—which would’ve been available to them at the time—were unreliable when trying to identify this substance. Thus, Dr Weeks is forced to resort to the only test available to him; a taste test. This surprising ‘technique’ for detecting aconite poisoning was one I discovered while doing research into the real-life scientific techniques of the time, and something I was unaware of prior.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Website:
Rather than an author website, I have one dedicated to the Bow Street Society: www.bowstreetsociety.com It’s where readers may find out more about the Society’s members, sign-up to the free, monthly newsletter, the Gaslight Gazette, and read blurbs and reader reviews for the first 3 books in the series (The Case of the Curious Client, The Case of the Lonesome Lushington, and The Case of the Spectral Shot. Details of the Bow Street Society Casebook collections, The Case of the Shrinking Shopkeeper & Other Stories and The Case of the Peculiar Portrait & Other Stories may also be found there.
Blogs:
There’s also two blogs on the website. The first is my monthly blog that covers a wide range of topics from the Victorian origins of the word “copper” to my reviews of crime-based television dramas. The second is called The Writers’ Wing where I interview crime fiction, thriller fiction, suspense fiction, horror fiction, and true crime nonfiction writers within the setting of an imaginary prison wing. Inspired by the long-running BBC radio show, Desert Island Discs, my blog asks each guest (or ‘inmate’ the same three questions: Who is your cellmate and why? Which four books would you choose to pass the time with and why? And Which of your literary creations would you choose to visit you and why? Guests are featured for free on my blog and I’m always on the look-out for more to interview.
Book video:
Last year, I wrote, produced and directed a live action book trailer for the first Bow Street Society Mystery, The Case of the Curious Client. It also explains what the Bow Street Society is and how it’s perceived by the police.
The Case of the Curious Client book trailer: https://youtu.be/UVvXKqSFRZo
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
The two most important tips I could give my fellow authors are: always have your work edited and proofread by a professional editor, and never be afraid to be different.
Susan Soares is an Editor at SJS Editorial Services who has edited every Bow Street Society book and short story to date. She’s thorough, great value for money, and highly professional. I’d recommend her services to any of my fellow authors.
SJS Editorial Services: www.facebook.com/SJSEditorialServices
Heather Curtis designed the Bow Street Society logo that has featured on all Bow Street Society books and short story collections to date.
Freelance artist Peter Spells has created the illustrations which have been featured in the centre of the covers on all Bow Street Society books and short story collections to date.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I enjoy reading crime fiction, historical nonfiction, and true crime nonfiction books. I’m certainly open to discovering new authors but I don’t usually review authors’ works on either of my blogs. If any crime fiction, thriller fiction, suspense fiction, horror fiction, or true crime nonfiction authors would like to be featured on my Writers’ Wing blog they may either complete the form linked on the Writers’ Wing page (see previous answer) or email me at info@bowstreetsociety.com.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite! My favourite series at the moment is the William Quest books by John Bainbridge. My favourite nonfiction book currently is The Queen’s London, printed in 1896. Depicting photographs and paintings of London from this time, it helps me to describe real-life places when I feature them in my writing.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I currently have no pets. I did have a canary called ‘Tweeps’ but he sadly passed away last year.
Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Yes, I own an Amazon Kindle Fire. I find reading on the Kindle a great deal easier than a paper book. This is due to the fact I have a degenerative eye condition. I therefore tend to read books in an enlarged, white font on a black background. This allows me to read comfortably without straining my eyes. I have reference books which are in paper form but I often have to use a magnifying glass in addition to my reading glasses in order to see the print in these. Font size is something few publishers consider when formatting a manuscript for release but it’s one of the most important elements in my opinion.
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