The Loss of a Great Grandfather (A Short Story)

Those damn bagpipes haunt my dreams, every single night. While the horned version is heard throughout the town every afternoon at seventeen hundred hours. That tune signals the end of the day and that the fallen have returned home. It has to be the saddest song in the world, in the history of music.

A the song blasts through my hearing, I can see him. Thin and frail, his tattered uniform resting, folded neatly on his chest, my family had opted to put him in a white t shirt and overalls for the great-grandchildren to recognize him. The funeral home tried their best to put a soft smile on his face, but it did not turn out quite right. His full head of white hair was combed perfectly to represent the gentleman he was, even if it was against Army regulation length.

I haven’t felt much of anything since the day my dad received the phone call from the hospital telling us that my great-grandpa had past away. I remember having to ask two or three times for him to repeat the message, because I couldn’t believe it. I had just seen him two days before and he was fine. Well maybe not that fine, he did say something about great-grandma being there next to me and the best friend he lost in the war was looking out the window saying something about “the U-boat’s about ready Jackson.” He was having one of his bad days, but not so bad that he didn’t recognize me. I was grateful for that moment.

At the funeral I did okay up to the point of the graveside service. Beautiful summer day, what would have been his 88th birthday, and the nameless preacher prattled his “ashes to ashes” speech that I didn’t listen to…or don’t remember listening to. My eyes were glued to the dark brown casket draped in the red, white and blue flag. I couldn’t get my mind to move past the thought that this man had survived D-day at Gold Beach, shrapnel from enemy fire and the loss of his childhood sweetheart, to be brought down by the flu.

Again all was fine until they played that blasted song and three men, just three men, pulled their trigger seven times. Even though they aimed for the open sky, each shot was a fresh wound in my heart. My body trembled with every bang, until I couldn’t take anymore and had to walk away. They presented my great-uncle, the jerk of the family who hadn’t seen him in the five years before his death, with his flag. And just like that, my great-grandpa’s life was officially over. The family scattered like roaches in the light of a fridge before he was even lowered into the ground.

Now no one ever talks about him. What he did for his country or family. If it wasn’t for pictures and fading memories, no one would know he even existed.

20 years later and I’m at my husband’s funeral. Staring at an almost exact casket and mentally preparing for the seven gunmen. I learned my lesson the first time around, always get seven. Our big military family surrounds me on all sides as the preacher gives the almost identical speech I don’t remember from back then. The only difference I see is great-grandpa was surrounded by Army uniforms, now I am in a sea of Marine blues.

 

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#FindingFamily Chapter IV

Carefully I skip down the stairs to the restaurant, admittedly giddy and loving the feel of the long wool coat flapping on the back of my legs.

Worry crosses my face when I see just how fancy the place was and how under dressed I am in an old black mini skirt, stiletto heels and a newer dusky-green tee-shirt. “I’m sure whatever you are wearing under my coat is fine.” I heard him whisper in my ear.

I jumped, “Mr. Barrowman, can you hear now?”

He chuckled, “Yes, they took out the hearing devices about an hour ago.” He glanced at his watch.

He placed a hand on my back, “This really wasn’t necessary, I appreciate it immensely but really not required.” I started rambling on, I don’t want to hurt his feelings.

“Anytime my colleagues get chewed out by someone trying to help me, I have to take them out.” His easy going demeanor was relaxing my nerves and I was starting to realize he really is just a sweet normal person.

“Oh no, they told you? I’m sorry. They just ticked me off and I flew off the handle, if I need to I can go back and apologize.”

“No need for that, they needed the wake up call and I’m glad I got to see someone stand up to them for those who are afraid or unable to.” John ordered us each a Beef Wellington, after being talked out of shrimp as I am allergic, and a bottle of Medoc red wine. “So what is your story? How did you end up on that crosswalk tis morning?”

“It’s not pleasant dinner conversation Mr. Barrowman.” I smiled weakly and sipped the delicious wine.

“John, please, and I think  that someone like you would have an interesting story.” He gave me his gorgeous grin and  my crumbling resolve was falling faster than a bowling ball two inches off the ground.

“Umm…not much to tell really, grew up in Missouri, a very small town. My parents should have never been together, volatile is the word that comes to mind with those two. Saved up my money, graduated high school and got admitted to Oxford. Those are the highlights.” I chugged my glass and refilled it in the awkward silence.

“What happened to your mom?” he asked quietly, his demeanor changed from his happy usual self to one of solemn.

Suddenly my seat was uncomfortable, I squirmed around. “umm… my…father kind of a took care of her two months ago. He is in prison now.” I keep my eyes focused on the white table cloth, picking at imaginary threads.

“I’m sorry. You are right, not a good dinner talk. I’m sorry you’re father was an arse. It sounds like it is behind you now and you are rising up from the ashes.” It was is turn to squirm. He was changing the subject, “What are you going to study at University?”

“Music. I’m pretty good with a cello, but I would like to be a classical music professor.” I feel the blush rising in my face, I’m still embarrassed about my choice of career. “My family has never thought of it as a good choice, but it’s where I want to be.

“Are you just into classical music or do you like other music?” He must have noticed that it was a touchy subject and tried to change it.

We talked for four hours through the great dinner and the most amazing chocolate lava cake ever. After he helped me put my coat on, he called for a car and decided to escort me back to the hostel.

 

Tune in next week for Chapter Five and don’t forget to like my Author page for updates on this and more!

#ASI: ErinTrejo

Hi Erin, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?  I’m a stay at home mother of 4. I was born and raised in Illinois before my parent’s moved us to Georgia. I’m happily married to an amazing man. For the most part I’m a goofball that just enjoys writing.

Discuss your newest book. My newest book is Tank Fallen Angel’s MC 2. It’s the second book in the series. Tank is your typical alpha but has a heart of gold. His family means the world to him but his definition of family is different than most peoples.

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I was listening to some music and an idea just kind of popped into my head and I went with it. It helps calm me to be able to write. Music is great inspiration!

What are your current projects? My current projects vary. LOL. I have a few I’m working on that are a little more dark romance than my normal books. I hope they turn out well!

What books have most influenced your life most? I don’t read a lot surprisingly.

 What inspired you to write your first book? Music. I think that music is a huge factor in my writing. It’s very inspirational. lol true!

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Tank is an alpha male. He views his family as the people that mean the most to him. His family isn’t always blood-related and he knows that.  He plays a big role in the MC world.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? There is! It would that family is what you and who you make it.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? Vin Diesel! He would be amazing! Definitly Alpha male material!

When did you decide to become a writer? About a year ago.

Why do you write? Writing helps me calm my brain. At times I feel like my head spins in circles and writing helps me calm it.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I thought that I’d try it one day. It helped a lot and it gave me a freedom to write whatever came to mind. I loved that.

Do you write full-time or part-time?  In between! Lol. I don’t have a regular job so I guess full time!

What is the hardest thing about writing? I would say the hardest thing would be how hard I am on myself. That self-doubt is horrible! I’m always asking for opinions when I feel like something isn’t good enough. I’m my own worst critic.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Deciding how to end it. I wasn’t sure which direction to take the ending. Endings can be tricky.

What is the easiest thing about writing? The easiest thing about writing for me is that I can make it into what I want it to be. I can twist the characters or plot into what I want it to be.

What book are you reading now? Sadly, I’m not reading anything at the moment.

What is one random thing about you? Just one??!! I’m a very random person. LOL. My favorite color is black. Always has been. Oohh! It’s a good color, so many things bring about its darkness.

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? Strictly computer.

What does your writing process look like? I usually write at night so after all the kids are in bed, I climb in too with my laptop.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? Strange? No. I do yell at my characters out loud. LOL. Sometimes I have to send myself a random text to keep an idea.

How important are names to you in your books? Names aren’t really important. I think you can turn any name into a story.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? As I said before, I’m my own critic so I think that letting something go and moving on is a challenge for me.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I haven’t found any mistakes yet. Everything we’ve tried as seemed to be helpful in its own way.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? THE CROW! “It can’t rain all the time.”  It holds many meanings to me.

What is your favorite book and why? I couldn’t pick one.

Do you have any advice for other writers? The only advice I would give would be to not give up. If you love it and it means something to you that’s all that matters. You can’t please everyone so please yourself. You are the most important.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I spend time with my family. I also have 2 bearded dragons that are my babies!

From where do you gain your inspiration? Music. All kinds of music. There isn’t just one genre that I listen to.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? That’s a tough one. I was never published with a company so I’m not really sure about that. I think self-publishing is amazing though. You can choose your platforms and marketing.

How do you market your books? I personally use facebook, twitter, etc.

Why did you choose this route? Social media is a big industry. There are so many ways to connect with new people.

Would you or do you use a PR agency? I haven’t! If I found an agency that worked well with indie’s, I may look into it.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Just share. Anywhere and everywhere. If you’re not sharing no one will see your books.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? Not much. I’m more into my writing than marketing.

What do you do to get book reviews? To get reviews I sometimes give away copies. I hold random giveaways on my page and things like that. If I get a new like to my page I like to send them a book of mine, kind of like a get to know me sort of thing.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? Not too bad. I don’t have many but I’m proud of the ones I do have.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? Not really. I will sometimes ask friends to ask friends and things like that.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? There all reviews! I think the bad ones help me to see what someone didn’t like. That way I can go back and look it over. Maybe it wasn’t working for that story. If I get a bad review I take it as a learning tool.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? NOT YET! LOL. I’m sure there will be in the future.

What’s your views on social media for marketing? I think it’s great. As I said early, there are so many ways to reach new people with social media.

Which social network worked best for you? Facebook. Facebook has so many groups that you can get into and promote and meet new people.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do? Don’t be pushy. Don’t expect to get a hundred 5 star reviews instantly. It’s a hard long road to gain a few reviews. Be patient.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? As far as press release, I’ve only used facebook. I ask blogs for support on release day.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? Kurt Cobain. I think he had a powerful mind and I’d love to pick through it.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? I don’t think I could pick one. I wouldn’t want anyone else’s work but my own.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Keep your head up. It takes a long time to get noticed. I’m still working on that part. It isn’t instant success and it is hard work.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Facebook! Amazon! Twitter! I’m kind of all over. A quick search of my name on any of those and you will find me!

In case you don’t, here’s my links 😉

Erin’s  newsletter sign up url: http://eepurl.com/bKFqqb

Erin’s website: http://erintrejo.my-free.website/

Facebook like page: https://www.facebook.com/indieauthorerintrejo/?fref=ts

Facebook friend page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009168797091&fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/trejo_erin

Amazon url: http://amzn.to/1OLCYUm

 

#ASI: Kat Green

Hi Kat, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? Hi thank you for having me. I was born in November 1979 into a military family and moved around a lot during my childhood. This shaped me into the person I am today. My family roots are from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. I now live with my husband and son on the south coast of England, Portsmouth. I don’t pretend to be the best, I am still growing as a writer and having lots of fun along the way. I love books and have a busy imagination. My love for music plays a big part in my first novel called Strings. I love to watch live bands and can usually be found at gigs around the UK. In 2010 I lost my mother to blood cancer and it was time to put my words on a page and stop worrying about what people might say ‘Life is too short and precious to waste’ is my motto. Writing is my passion and my escape. I’m sorry to hear about your mom.

Discuss your newest book. I have two books out at the moment.

Strings & Encore, part 1 & 2 of my trilogy. It’s a rock romance with a twist of mystery, thriller and suspense.

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve always wanted to do it, always been in my head. I wrote a story at 11 but never showed it to anyone. Handwritten to and 150 pages and it was very similar to Strings just without the rock band side of things.

What are your current projects? I am working on book 3, the final part of my trilogy

What inspired you to write your first book? My mum was a massive inspiration. If she could smile through the pain of cancer. I could write a book. Self-doubt stopped me for a long time but when I lost my mum to blood cancer everything changed and I realized life was short and I didn’t want to have regrets. I decided to live life to the full and be brave.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Melissa Webb is a normal girl one minute, next she’s public property dealing with a lot of things that come with fame, but she never lets it change her. She stays strong and true to herself and her friends no matter what get thrown at her. She’s beautiful inside and out.

 Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes, friendship, family and having loyalty can get you through any dark times. That no matter what happens you can survive.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? That is really hard because I have tried to put together a cast list so many times. I actually can’t decide as for me there isn’t anyone I feel is perfect for the roles. These are people who I’ve created and don’t exist.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? The loss of my mum. Once my grief had eased I decided to go for it.

Do you write full-time or part-time? Part-Time. I would love to be able to do it all day every day but with family life and a family business it isn’t possible right now. I write mostly in the evening.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? As it is the final part of a series, not letting my readers down and making sure they get the ending they’ve been waiting for.

What is the easiest thing about writing? I find coming up with a basic plot quite easy but it’s getting the whole thing to work and flow is the tricky bit.

What book are you reading now? I recently finished, Girl on the Train and I loved it.

What is one random thing about you? I’m scared of planes. It isn’t just about flying, it’s the actually planes that make me shudder. If we were meant to fly, we would be born with wings, is my thought.

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? Computer is my tool.

What does your writing process look like? I write the first draft without worry too much about it being perfect. Then I read it through over and over, editing along the way until I am 100% happy with the finished the final draft.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I don’t, boring I know.

How important are names to you in your books? Really important. My two main characters had several names at the start. I really think about the characters and the name has to fit.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? The only thing I remember at the very start was using twitter to gain followers, it worked really well but there were a few occasions where I did the ‘read my book’ mistake. People don’t like that and I quickly realized that the best way to get readers is to engage with them. Get to know people and once you’ve built up a relationship they will take a chance on your book. That has been the most important lesson. Your readers are important so make sure you treat them well.

What is your favorite book and why? I don’t really have any favorites. I like many different genres and styles of writing but I did go through a stage of reading Dean Koontz about 10 years ago. I loved Twilight and The Mortal Instruments. I also love horror and crime books.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Spending time with my family. Blogging for unsigned bands. Music is another passion of mine.

From where do you gain your inspiration? Music and life in general.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? It seemed the easier option. I wanted to get my work out there and getting a publisher is not easy. I like having control over my work and being my own boss, in a sense.

Any decisions can only be made by the individual and what they are looking for. Both options are great but if people decide on Self – published they will need to be ready to work hard to promote. It is time consuming and sometimes things don’t always go to plan. As long as you can shake it off and carry on you’ll be fine. When it does go well it’s the best feeling in the world.

How do you market your books? Social media and word of mouth.

Would you or do you use a PR agency? I do everything myself. I self- publish and for the time being I am happy with how things are going.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Firstly, be brave and go for it. Join events online that are designed to promote and connect you with readers and other authors. Social media has been a major fact in getting my name out there. Book blog tours are really good for getting exposure and being active with readers.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? I try to market as much as possible with events etc. There are days where I am promoting which can mean less writing time but it has to be done.

What do you do to get book reviews? How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? I have been very lucky with reviews so far, most have come from readers who happen to download my book. There have been some that have been from book blog tours where reviews have been part of the package.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? I don’t have a strategy, I feel that reviews are something that is down to the reader and I feel very humbled for everyone I get.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? Everything has gone really smoothly for the most part, however there is an American author with the same name. We have on occasion been mixed up. I was booked in for a takeover at the start and hadn’t had any notifications, it turns out they’d been tagging the wrong Kat Green into things. It was quickly sorted out.

Which social network worked best for you? Facebook has been amazing as this is where most of the events I have talked about take place.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? I use my social media pages to make people aware of my work, although now I’ve gained more knowledge, for book 3 I will switch things up a bit. I have a street team now so I have more back up.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? Marilyn Monroe. I would love to know who she truly was and what really happen.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? I really don’t know, so many but maybe Twilight, only so could have hung out with Robert Pattinson. Ha ha

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Just be brave and write what is in your heart. Enjoy it and most importantly be at peace with the fact not everyone will like your work. Once that fear of criticism is faced you can do anything.

How can readers discover more about you and you work? They can follow me via the following links

http://bit.ly/1gjY7u1

 

https://www.facebook.com/KatGrn00/?fref=ts

 

http://bit.ly/1K7evq9

 

https://www.amazon.com/Strings-Black-Eagles-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00KZ6DO8O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463347914&sr=8-1&keywords=kat+green

 

 

 

#ASI: J.S. Snow

Hi J.S., thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? J.S. Snow began her literary obsession at the tender age of eleven with the first voluntarily read book Dear God It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blum.  Only a few years later her fascination with fictional offerings really took root as she stepped into the mind of one of her heroes Stephen King through his work, Christine.

Now seriously considering a twelve step program for her e-Reader addiction, she feeds her fascination for make believe with new literary offerings via said e-Reader, has a passion for dark chocolate, sweet tea and Heavy Metal music.  She is the proud mother of a downright spectacular daughter (who was head banging in the belly) and lives with the belief that the mind where the imagination lives is a far more entertaining place than TV or movies ever will be.

J.S. Snow currently resides in Central Florida and has been in the administrative office field for thirty years.

 

Discuss your newest book. It’s the fourth full-length novel in the series and one book does lead into the other and needs to be read in order.  That is Redemption, Resurrection and Reconciliation.  There are also two stand-alone novellas in the series Trepidation and Attraction.  Here is Temptation’s synopsis:

None of us are immune from a particular course of action in this lifetime, it surrounds us and is a constant presence.  It all began with Eve in the garden and forever reminds us, it’s tough to resist.

Our choices in this lifetime define who we are and how we are to be remembered, and Alex’s journey continues with five tattooed, foul-mouthed, sexy and talented men comprising of the greatest Heavy-Metal band in the world.  New surprises unfold with this gregarious bunch and even bigger choices now have to be made.

When it comes down to it, it’s a huge bite of the apple for some, but for Alex, could it be too much?  Succumbing and giving in to the urge to do the opposite of what you believe in is the ultimate test and for most, the easy way out.

This continues to be Alex’s story, these continue to be her choices and now she comes face to face with…

 

TEMPTATION

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’m an avid reader and have always had it in the back of my mind to write.  I guess it stems from wanting to read what I would find interesting but isn’t out there.

 What are your current projects? In 2016, three works will be published.  The aforementioned Temptation and after that will be the third novella in the series, Admiration due out this fall.  Finally, the series will come to an end with the fifth and final novel, Isolation which is due out around Christmas. Keep an eye out!

What books have most influenced your life most? I wouldn’t say certain books, but writers who have shown individuality and out of the box thinking is okay.  No one does this better than the King himself.

What inspired you to write your first book? Alex’s story had been in my head for over twenty-years by the time I went to put it down on paper.  It was after reading a widely successful trilogy where I learned about character development that I decided to give this a shot. Wow, it’s good to let a story marinate before bringing it to life.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Thanks for the segue, I think the synopsis to my first book Redemption sums it up nicely:

How does a child musical prodigy who was left for dead by the mafia at the age of three in a cardboard box discarded next to a blue dumpster in a South Philadelphia neighborhood alley wind up becoming the lead guitarist for one of the world’s most successful Heavy Metal Bands… Hells Redemption?

The beginning of Alex’s young life was tragic and should have been the end, but a Nun and a Priest who ended up rescuing her then later raising her determined that surely a predetermined destiny wasn’t to be for Alex. Despite her conservative and secluded upbringing, Alex wants to prove herself to be anything but a foregone conclusion, especially when she strives to not only succeed, but dominate the music genre that she loves more than anything with her natural God given talent.

With dreams of becoming nothing but one of Heavy Metal’s Music’s most legendary guitarist’s of all time, and at the same time proving that a woman can indeed melt faces off just as well as any man, Alex is determined and focused to let nothing stand in her way, not even her past. Can Alex achieve her dream while keeping her anonymous wants while still maintaining her integrity and the values she was raised with?

We can choose to allow our pasts dictate who we are or who society decides we are destined to be, or we can embrace that we truly are only defined in this life by the choices we make now.

These are Alex’s choices, this is Alex’s story and in turn become’s Alex’s… Redemption Sounds very interesting!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Absolutely, forgiveness.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? Considering Alex’s young age, it would more than likely have to be an unknown actress.  This role would catapult her career, that’s for sure. Certainly.

When did you decide to become a writer? As mentioned before, the story has been in my head for a very long time.  It was after my daughter graduated High School and I had more time on my hands that I decided it was time to put down on paper what was running through my head.

Why do you write? It’s cathartic for me and allows me to express my individuality in a sane and rational way.  I think most people will find that writers are introverts and tend to suffer a bit of anxiety.  This is therapy for most of us in my opinion and saves money at the same time expensive doctor visits to tell us what we already know… we just on this side of nuts.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? It goes along with the inspiration question you asked earlier.  Seeing how a character can be developed, taught me a lot.  Not that she made it look easy, but she didn’t make it look all that hard either.  I figured, what the hell, and out poured the words.

Do you write full-time or part-time? Part time, unfortunately, the bills have to be paid one way or another.

What is the hardest thing about writing? Not having enough time to do so and lacking the tremendous typing skills of Clark Kent to be able to churn out books faster to keep up with the ideas in my head.

 What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? All of my books, even the novellas are rather long.  Alex’s story is relatively complex, so higher word counts are norm.  With my current one, I set a goal to keep the chapter lengths at a not to exceed word count and that has been challenging.

 What is the easiest thing about writing? There’s actually something easy?  Oh, do tell, I’m dying to know over here!

 

What book are you reading now? I just finished Lexxie Couper’s Heart of Fame series and have several on my Nook patiently waiting for me to get to, but when I’m in full-on writing mode with a deadline looming over me, I have to put reading off to the side and focus on the character’s world.  I’ll take it back up when the book is done.  J.R. Ward’s latest is taunting me mercilessly.

What is one random thing about you? All of me is random and just like my main character, I refuse to be a foregone conclusion.  I don’t think anyone will ever figure me out.

 What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? Tablet at lunchtime due to portability and laptop when I’m home.

 What does your writing process look like? Extremely unglamorous and rather boring really.  I write on my lunch breaks in a deserted parking lot next to my work and then at the coffee table when I’m home after work.  First thing in the morning before the world awakens I’m on my bed in my bathrobe chugging away.  You’re welcome for the visual. Thank you. The parking lot is a new one.

 Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? Just full on out loud conversations with my characters in the car as I’m heading to work.  I just hope the other drivers think I’m talking on the phone or something as they watch me chit chat away and I’m the only one in the car.

 How important are names to you in your books? Extremely, they have to be both derivative of my character and where they are from.

 Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Giving a voice to the many characters this series contains and not forgetting anyone.

 Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I signed up for a few book promotional things via Twitter which never panned out.

 What is your favorite motivational phrase? We can choose to allow our pasts dictate who we are or who society decides we are destined to be, or we can embrace that we truly are only defined in this life by the choices we make now.

What is your favorite book and why? The Stand, by Stephen King.  Honestly, do I really to go into why?  It’s pure genius! It’s on my to read list.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Quit sweating the small stuff and just write.  Eventually, you’ll get it all figured out, but don’t let the little things stop you from being great.

 What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I’m a big music fan, so wherever it is, I’m there.

From where do you gain your inspiration? Anything to a writer is fair game to their imaginations.  We’re always looking at something and wondering if we could mold it into a story that would work.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? I didn’t know any better at the beginning of this to be honest with you.  Self-publishing was just the way, considering I had no clue how to get a publisher.  For A-type personalities such as myself, it’s perfect though, full power and control.  I don’t like being told what to do or how to go about it.  However, as time has gone on, the stress of the constant self-promotion is grating on my last nerve.  There’s a publisher interested in my series, and I’m looking forward to handing it off and letting them deal with it all. Good luck.

How do you market your books? The standard way I guess, I’ve become a self-proclaimed social media whore.

Would you or do you use a PR agency? I don’t, and probably wouldn’t.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Not really, because I have yet to figure it out for myself.  Oh, other than, don’t buy followers or reviews.  It’s unethical.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? I utilize tools that take up very little of my time so I can write.  I have to invest in roughly four hours a week in cueing up posts which will go out throughout the month.

What do you do to get book reviews? Pray whoever reads it will be kind enough to actually leave one.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? Not very, and from what I’ve learned so far, how others are getting their’s is not always on the up and up.  I find it disconcerting that they can actually look at themselves in the mirror everyday and be okay with the fact they had to buy them versus gaining them based on the merit of the work they wrote.

 Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? No, and I’ll just stick to the eternal hope those who do read it will recommend it to others and they’ll read and review it.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? It’s a report card.  You get a lot of insight by what they have to say and can gauge logically how you are to proceed with future works.  I hope that those who have left a review are honest and are not blowing sunshine up my ass.  It serves nothing if what I wrote doesn’t work and I continue churning out bad stories.

What’s your views on social media for marketing? It’s really the only viable and free source for indie writers.  We are tiny fish in an extremely big pond.

 

Which social network worked best for you? A toss up between Facebook and Twitter.  Both have been highly lucrative for me.

 Any tips on what to do and what not to do? Keep it short, simple and to the point.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? No, I just talk about it a lot and trust in my loyal followers that they’ll continue to pimp me out.  I do takeovers to assist with this and to hopefully gain new readers.

 Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why? To be in the presence of any of the authors I model after would be a dream come true.  I’d just suck in their aura’s and hope their magic, will come out in my own work.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? No, the literary masterpieces were written by those who were supposed to.  I’m not about to wish for a god given gift that doesn’t belong to me.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Yes, you are nuts.  Yes, this is a bad idea.  Yes, you are about to enter a world you can not even fathom how complicated it really is.  Yes, you will suffer.  Yes, you will second guess yourself.  Yes, in the end, it’ll all be worth it, especially when you hold your book in your own hands.  Not a lot of people can say they’ve written a book, but you’ll be able to.

How can readers discover more about you and your work? JS Snow is working hard on finishing her fourth full-length novel in the acclaimed Five Star Metal Prodigy Series, Temptation, due out May 31st.  In the meantime, if you haven’t already checked her out, she invites you to hop on board her own crazy train at her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jbstspbooks

#ASI: Kew Townsend

Hi Kew, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

I am a widow with a wonderful daughter, an educator, travel, and movie buff, and write romantic music fiction set in the 1960s-1980s rock scenes in the Affairs of the Heart Series. I live in sunny Southern California and when there is time, love to read under a palm tree with wave’s crashing along the shoreline.

My love of rock music began at a very young age when I returned glass Coke bottles for change to buy 45 rpm records. My interest moved from the music to the musician, and living in Hollywood, interviewed the Beatles for KABC television when they landed at Los Angeles International Airport. I acquired a taste for the funny Englishmen and began dating one of the Rolling Stones that exposed me to sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Later my memories surfaced in the Affairs of the Heart Series where I weave my behind the scenes anecdotes with my long love of fairy tales and castles, mysteries, lightning, and thunder into a romantic suspense story. WOW!

Discuss you newest book/series.

Over the last three months, I have released five books in the Affairs of the Heart Series – London, a rock star romance. BETRAYAL is Part 5 and the final book in that series.

Affairs of the Heart Series ~ London 

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How far would she go for love?

What if you were falling in love but not with the man, you’re engaged to?

Step into a modern fairytale, and get lost in love, betrayal, and revenge, where your “VIP all-access pass,” takes you behind the scenes, to sex, drugs, and rock n roll, with the most gorgeous men and women in rock music. Love it!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

The late 1980s, I was working as a law clerk at the corporate headquarters for a major motion picture and television studio. I recalled some of my adventures to a woman that transcribed for a romance author. She offered to format my stories if I was willing to write them down.

What are your current projects?

Preparing for a summer release of the second series of four books in the Affairs of the Heart SeriesHollywood.  

What would she do when her secret was out?

What if you could have everything you ever wanted – but not what you want most?

What books have most inspired you to write your first book?

Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles was popular at the time is began writing. I admired her first 3-book boxed set. I remember wanting that someday.

Give us insight to your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Holly Hill, a paralegal, is the main female character. What makes her special to me is though she has suffered a devastating trauma and closed her heart as a shield from pain, she is trusting, and willing to believe in the best of other people.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I haven’t approached my writing to have a message, but if there is one – be open, take a chance and be adventurous.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I didn’t decide but began writing in the late 1980s.

Why do you write?

I have strong characters in my head that have a story to tell and won’t shut up until it’s told.

Do you write full or part-time?

I seldom write, I always edit, so I’d say, full-time editor.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Editing, editing, editing. Did I say editing?

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book/series?

Nothing with writing other than keeping up with the characters, but with the editing, cover creation, and formatting for the paperbacks has slowed me down. Tough choices to be made.

What book are you reading now?

I’m not reading a fiction book; I read mostly non-fiction about publishing and promotion.

What is your preferred medium of writing?

Computer, though I have thousands of pieces of paper littering my desk, purse, and bed stand with thoughts jotted down. Mixed media can be very helpful.

What does your writing process look like?

Rock music is sensual so I need a sensual setting. I set the mood with low lighting maybe candles, rock song or ballad that fits the chapter, and some kind of scent, be it candle or oils. I prefer to write late in the quiet and dark of the night when rock in roll is strongest. I read the last page written and then continue to follow the characters. I sense a possible Poison fan!

How important are the names in your books?

Tough to answers as the character’s name themselves, so I’d say they are very important to them.

Anything particularly challenging in your writing.

Yes, keeping the timeline straight as the storyline stretches from the 1950s to 1990. Timelines are so wibbly wobbly and timewimey anyway!

Did you make any marketing mistakes?

Yes, zillions. I originally did the big five route in the 90s when that was the only option. Then a few years ago, I discovered self-publishing. As a rookie, I didn’t understand the process and made many, many mistakes. After five years, innumerable workshops and on-line courses I decided to take the series and re-brand, re-title, re-edit and re-release.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes, ~ write your story, the one you would want to read.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love to cruise on ships though I usually end up editing while sitting on a deck chair. Tends to make the job a bit easier. lol

What are the main advantages of self-publishing?

I am the boss, it is done my way, my story, my covers, my series.

What are the disadvantages of self-publishing?

Marketing, and promotion – they take a lot of time.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?

Positive. I have five stars reviews so I am very happy with reader response.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

At the end of the books, I invite readers to post, and I have my books placed in reader groups.

What are your views on social media for marketing?

I think Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, and promotional social media opportunities from distributors are wonderful tools to have available to an author.

Which social network worked best for you?

Facebook is my first go to.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

My website and join my newsletter http://www.kewtownsend.com/

My blog Rock Stars and Hollywood http://www.kewtownsend.com/blog/

Contact me at kewtownsend@gmail.com

Like my author page on FB https://www.facebook.com/pages/K-W-Townsend/143032285812319

Like and join my Street Team https://www.facebook.com/groups/1612894818997224/

View my book trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4DGLcQOUCo

Support Affairs of the Heart Series eBooks and Paperbacks:

http://www.amazon.com/KEW-Townsend/e/B019YJRSBG

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1087245170

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/kew+townsend?_requestid=219360

https://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=kew+townsend

I want to thank you, Courtney, for taking the time to have me here in Author Spotlight and to share my Affairs of the Heart rock star romance series. You have a very special blog and I really enjoyed answering your questions.

You rock!

Kew

#ASI: David Coons

Quickly I would like to apologize for the misspelling that has now been corrected!

Hi David Coons, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? First off I have to say, best author photo I have ever seen!

Hi, and thank you for the opportunity to do one of the things that I love: talking about myself. First off, I am originally from a small town in Idaho, but now live in San Diego, Ca. I am a military veteran (Go Navy!) and I love all things horror. I would say more here, but I have a feeling we will be getting to a lot of that during this interview. Anchors Away!

Discuss your newest book.

My newest book right now is Chaplain. It is only my second completed work, but hopefully 2016 will not pass us by without one – maybe two – more books being released. Chaplain is a tale set during the American Civil War and it follows a boy named Winny who gets captured by Confederates fleeing the battlefield at Gettysburg. Of course, this being horror, that kidnapping quickly becomes the least of his worries.

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Not exactly, for I was very young. I have had a passion for writing since I was a kid and often found myself writing small little stories here and there. I often joke that the only homework assignments I ever completed in high school were for my creative writing class. Speaking of class, one of the first stories I can recall was for a class project way back in elementary school. We had to write a story – any story – based on Madeleine L’Engel’s A Wrinkle In Time, so I wrote a story about Indiana Jones traveling through the Tesseract. I’m sure if I was able to read that story today, I would laugh at how awful it was, but I’m still proud of myself for trying.

What are your current projects?

I am currently working on two projects. One is planned to be another novella, though it could easily grow beyond that. That one is set in the art world and was thought up after I was dragged to an art show. The other one I have actually been working on since I released By The Hour, which was over a year ago. I’m about 70% done with the rough draft and it is shaping up to be an epic length novel. This story idea is one that I have been fostering for over ten years, but was never sure exactly how to write it and hadn’t yet gotten my motivation to seriously try. I’m hoping to get it out by the end of the year, so keep an eye out for it. It’s called Sixteen Years Ago and I believe it’s going to be one helluva good read.

What books have most influenced your life most?

So many books; so many authors. I have read everything from Tom Clancy to Stephen King to many small independents. A lot of action and a lot of horror. Definitely my two favorite genres. Early on, in the 90s, it was more on the action side, but more on the horror side since then. It would be hard for me to say that any one book had a profound impact on my life, though when asked, I’d name a few that have most made me want to become a writer. Stephen King’s The Stand immediately comes to mind. Several books from David Hagberg got my engines fired up early in life, as well. One called The Swarm by Frank Schatzing – originally written in German – caught me by surprise while I was on a ship in the Persian Gulf. That is a novel that I often think of when people talk about “the best.” More recently I have been hugely inspired by the Infected trilogy from Scott Sigler as well as the Pine Deep trilogy from Jonathon Maberry. Both are excellent reads if you are into horror.

What inspired you to write your first book?

This question would be more accurately phrased as: What finally got you off your butt and inspired you to write something!? First off, I think part of what was holding me back was the intimidation factor. Writing a long novel is no easy feat; getting it published even less so. Most of the stories in my head tended to be of the longer variety (hence the Sixteen Years Ago mention above) and I was feeling overwhelmed before I had even began. Then, one day I was randomly clicking through Amazon and I came across an author named Matt Shaw who had these black cover books with all sorts of enticing warnings on them. “Contains extreme horror, sex, and gore,” for one. I decided to give a couple of his books a try and I was impressed. The stories were good and his warnings were definitely well-founded, but what really got me was the fact that these novels were fairly short – around 150 pages – and they were published independently without any nods, welcomes, or financing from the big publishing institutions. I began investigating the Amazon KDP platform and I quickly realized that one of my biggest fears (finding somebody willing to publish) was no longer a concern. That, and after using Mr. Shaw as a springboard to many other independent horror writers, I established that shorter stories like novellas and novelettes were selling fairly well and were perfectly acceptable for a platform like Amazon. All of this knowledge was what finally overcame my fears and prompted me to put that first word on the page.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

For the first book, By The Hour, the main character is a man named Michael Gorman. Initially, he’s just a normal guy. He likes to party and have a good time. Of course, as you read on, you realize that he also has other desires. Dark ones.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There is, but I’m pretty sure that message is obvious by the time they reach the end.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

For Chaplain, the main character is a nine year old boy, so I don’t have any ideas who would play him. Hollywood has been pretty good at casting child actors recently, so I am sure they would do a fine job selecting somebody. For the title character, however, I can see Max von Sydow killing that role.

Why do you write?

I write because I love it. I love entertainment; whether it be movies, television, or books. I have always felt that I would be good at entertaining and have held a burning passion to do just that. There are so many stories in my head that I feel the need to share.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Definitely part-time, for now. I still have a day job that eats a lot of writing time, whether it be time spent at work or just a tired state afterwards. I like to write when my mind is at its best and I find that difficult on most work days. I am due for a career change in about five years, though, so if any of my stuff starts taking off, maybe I’ll be able to begin dedicating much more time to the craft.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Getting over your own self-criticism. I like to do everything right the first time. I find that I’ll fight myself over things; simple things. Sometimes as simple as the use of a certain phrase and it’ll quickly eat up time and motivation. Especially the motivation part; once that starts to wane, everything can quickly come apart on you. I keep hearing that I should just get the ideas down on paper and worry about the editing later. Great advice, but hard for me to follow. Of course, no matter how well I think I have done at the end of the day, I’ll look over those words later and find mistakes. There really is no such thing as a perfect first draft, no matter how hard you try. Don’t you just hate it when yourself gets in the way of your writing? I know I do.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

The hardest thing about writing Chaplain was having to constantly stop and fact check things about the Civil War era. Small, menial things like: What kind of oil did they use in their oil lamps? What kind of tools did the army medics have? I am by no means a Civil War expert and I had to do a lot of lookups to try to minimize the inaccuracies. I’ll admit that it is probably not perfect, but I’d like to think that it’s more than adequate for a fun horror novella. The Devil’s in the details.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

Coming up with overarching story ideas. The details to make it work are definitely harder, but generalized story ideas seemingly hit me daily.

What book are you reading now?

I am currently reading John Connolly’s A Song of Shadows. I’ve been reading him for over a decade now. I love his work. His main book series, the Charlie Parker books, are mostly realistic mysteries with small dabs of the supernatural sprinkled in. His other books pull a 180 on you, though. Read The Gates and you’ll see that he can write with an incredible wit as well.

What is one random thing about you?

I love Heavy Metal music. So much so, that I always capitalize Heavy Metal when I write it, even though that is technically incorrect. However, that alone is not my random fact. My random fact is that – like even the most blood-gushing, hellraising Metal musicians out there – I have cats that I absolutely adore. Aww…a softie at heart. I won’t tell. 😉

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer?

My handwriting is atrocious! So, I am definitely a computer guy. As far as tablets go, I wrote the first few chapters of Sixteen Years Ago on my iPad. I eventually switched back to a full computer, because I just don’t like typing on those little Bluetooth keyboards that tablets use. And their on-screen keyboards? Most definitely not. Lol I know the feeling.

What does your writing process look like?

I generally write in the morning. I’ll wake up, grab something caffeinated, and check my email and Facebook. I’ll take about five minutes to gather my thoughts and notes, and then I dig in. Some mornings, I will only manage about 500 words; but others I can sometimes hit 5,000.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

Nothing too strange. If I am actively writing and I get stuck on something, I’ll take a break on my porch for a few minutes and enjoy the fresh air while letting my mind wander. If I’m between writing sessions, I love to plan my next moves while on the move. Mainly walking. I received a Fitbit for Christmas and I have hit five miles almost every day since. Walking in the cool, night air – Heavy Metal pumping in the earphones – allows my mind to be free and lets me connect the dots for an upcoming scene. Cool.

How important are names to you in your books?

Some are very important. Main characters, mostly. Especially the villains. For instance, when I came up with the idea for Sixteen Years Ago all those years ago, I instantly had the name for the main character jump into my mind. I have thought about changing that name many times since then, but I haven’t been able to. That’s his name! A lot of supporting characters are not as important. I just try to keep the names from being too similar, so that way the read will be less confusing.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

When I have a bad day of writing and I look back on my work to see that the words just aren’t flowing. They feel forced or inadequate. Motivating myself to revisit that section later for a rewrite is hard for me. I am not a fan of the editing process.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?

I haven’t been marketing long enough to have really learned any hard lessons. I also haven’t stretched myself too far in getting my books marketed. Not yet, anyway. Once I finally release Sixteen Years Ago, I plan on marketing the hell out of that. While novellas and novelettes are perfectly viable forms of writing these days, novels still sell far better, so I am holding off on any intense – and expensive – marketing campaigns until that book’s release. When I begin to go down that road, however, I am sure I will start learning many hard lessons and will be able to answer this question much more thoroughly.

What is your favorite motivational phrase?

There’s a line from a song called “Deadly Sinners” by a Metal band named 3 Inches of Blood. The line is: “Enemies of Metal, your death is our reward.” Now, while that doesn’t sound very motivational, I have always taken an inspirational meaning from it. Since the first time I ever heard it, I have always taken that line to mean that you should do what you want to do – write, play, or listen to whatever you want to – while not letting the judgement of others influence or deter you. I know that my stories aren’t for everyone, just like my choice of music is not liked by most, but I will never let that stop me from writing the stories I want to write or listening to the music I want to listen to. I can see that from the lyrics and it is good advice. I honestly think heavy metal can get a bad rap.

What is your favorite book and why?

I honestly cannot answer this. There are so many books that I love. One that I didn’t mention above is a book called Society of the Mind by Eric L. Harry. As far as I can tell, this author hasn’t written anything in over a decade, but when he did, he wrote mostly military-themed novels. Society of the Mind, however, was completely different. That book was a well-written science fiction tale about the dangers of artificial intelligence and the human response to that intelligence, which has the potential to be far different from our own type of intelligence. I haven’t read that book in many years, but I have been intending to read it again. In fact, I was in high school when I read it and I enjoyed it so thoroughly that I lent my copy to my English teacher at the time. She was a great teacher and a huge inspiration to me. If she ever reads this, I’m sure she’ll know this is directed at her. Anyway, to sum up my point, she loved it as well. #Power2theTeachers!

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Start writing now! There has never been a better time for writers than now with all of the options available to get your work out to the masses.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

We’ve already established I like listening to Heavy Metal music, so need to go into that further. I love movies of all types, though cheesy horror (never better than in the 80s) has always been my guilty pleasure. I own over 1,000 DVDs and more than 300 Blu-rays. And that’s with me not having purchased more than a dozen in the last four years. I also am a huge fan of NFL football. Go Dolphins! That is a lot of movies! I’m a Packer fan, living with Chiefs fans…

From where do you gain your inspiration?

All the above really. Movies, music, and other books. Of course, life experiences of all varieties come into play, as they do with every author. Luckily, for the most part, my life experiences are far different than those of my characters.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

Self-publishing Advantages: 1) Freedom to write what you want. 2) The ease of getting your work out to readers for them to enjoy.

Professional Publishing Advantages: 1) The potential to reach a much larger audience. With the marketing of the large companies and their relationships with multiple booksellers around the world, far more people are likely to read your work.

How do you market your books?

Self-Publishing. Currently, my books are only available on Amazon, but I will most likely expand to other markets with Sixteen Years Ago.

Why did you choose this route?

The ease of the process and the surety that my work will be available to anybody that wants to read it. It’s a great place to start and if it someday leads to a contract with a professional publisher, I will be okay with that too.

Would you or do you use a PR agency?

I do not. Maybe someday in the future, but for now, I have no plans to do so.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?

If you’re just starting out, don’t overlook the value of Facebook. Create a Facebook author page and start an ad campaign with it. It’s a relatively cheap way of attracting readers. Just be sure to have an enticing ad that will get people’s attention as their hurriedly scrolling down their news feed.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?

My writing time and my marketing time are usually separate. I do most of my writing in the morning and most of my advertising in the evening. By advertising, I mostly mean checking on the ads that I already have out there, and seeing if any improvements can be made. Also, I try to post something on my Facebook Author page daily, or at least a few times a week.

What do you do to get book reviews?

I put reminders out on my various author pages encouraging people to review my books. Other than that, I just try to attract more readers. More readers = more reviews.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?

Not very. I assume people just don’t want to take the time to leave a written review. I can’t blame them; I haven’t left a lot of reviews myself. I am starting to take the time to leave more reviews on independently-published books, now that I understand the struggle.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

Not really. I have researched various book reviewer sites online, but it seems that most of them have a backlog of submissions more than a year long.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Obviously, I love getting a good review. I have received one mediocre review on Amazon.uk that I think is unjustified, but that’s part of the game. If I get bad reviews, I plan on using their criticism to learn and hopefully make my future works better.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?

Not yet, but I’m hoping for lots of funny stories dealing with marketing. Ideally, good stories about how marketing worked for me, but good stories can be funny too.

What’s your views on social media for marketing?

I think social media is one of the best – and most inexpensive – ways for young authors to start building a following. I highly recommend it. Plus, it can be a fun way to interact with your fans

Which social network worked best for you?

I’ve only used Facebook for the most part, though I will soon be expanding to other networks. You can never have too many followers.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do?

Read through this interview and I have given lots of tips.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

I have not yet, but I plan to with my next releases. I have been building up my page on Goodreads and will be heavily utilizing it for my next release.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

So many…Everybody from the pharaohs of Egypt to Kurt Cobain. There is so much to learn and so much curiosity to be sated. And those are just the dead ones. For the living, any of the authors I have mentioned. I feel that I could learn a lot about the craft from them.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

Probably The Stand. That is such an epic novel and I love epics.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Read this interview and get motivated!

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

The number one source is my Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/davidcoonsauthor/ . I am frequently posting updates on there and I am always willing to answer any questions the fans may have.

Also, my Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/David-Coons/e/B00SUS44EM

And Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/DavidWCoonsJr