#UpcomingTitle: Home Sweet Home by Elizabeth Cash

🏚Home Sweet Home🏚
***COMING 9.20.2017***

Come, dive into the minds of 3 very different people: The Victim, The Innocent Bystander, and The Monster behind the Mask. Do you have what it takes to see what is behind door number one?

TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35624231-home-sweet-home

Monsters don’t hide under your bed or in your closet.
They don’t jump out of the darkness and scare you.
They don’t wear masks and tattered clothing.
They don’t wait for you to fall asleep to give you nightmares.
They stand in front of you. Smiling. Holding your hand.
My monster has dictated my entire life. He lurks in the scarier parts of my mind because I refuse to acknowledge who he is. I haven’t seen him in seven years, but just the mere thought of him brings me to my knees in fear. I used to think he loved me at one point, but that thought is never enough to salvage what he has left of me. An ounce of love from him is worth a pound of hate from the Devil himself. Wanna know what I used to call this monster?

Dad.

#ASI: Bernadette Marie

Hi Bernadette Marie, thank you for agreeing to this interview. 

Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

I’m a Colorado native. My husband and I have been married for 23 years and we have 5 hockey playing sons. I’m a full-time author, CEO of 5 Prince Publishing, Private Moments Publishing, and Illumination Author Events. I love yoga and eating good food…so it’s a wash. Love Colorado, so beautiful.

Discuss your newest book. 

My newest book, WALKER BRIDE, is the 3rd book in my Walker Family series. The Walker Family series is based around two sides of the Walker family, and this book is Pearl Walker’s story.

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 

I remember falling in love with the TV miniseries which were based on books, when I was about 13. I decided I wanted to write the books that became the mini-series, and then of course star in them.. 

What are your current projects?

Currently I am finishing up the 4th Walker Book, WANDERLUST. I’m also working on the 2nd book in the Denver Brides trilogy. Also, I’m working on a 3 book mini-series withing my Aspen Creek series. Whew, busy little beaver!

What books have most influenced your life most?

They’d be the ones that made me fall in l’ve with reading. Those are THE THORN BIRDS and IF TOMORROW COMES.

What inspired you to write your first book? 

Again, it was the mini-series aspect. So my friends and I wrote letters in notebooks, but we were characters. Eventually I took my character and began to write her story. I’ve never published that first book, but it’s being rewritten into that mini-series for my Aspen Creek series. 

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

The main female character in my up coming WANDERLUST, is special because she comes from Lucca, Italy. I fell in love with Lucca on a trip there last year, so I had to write about it.

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

In all of my books I try to portray the thought, be true to you. Also, all of my females are strong, because women are strong, physically and mentally. Also, most of my male characters are gentle. I want women to know that men can be sensitive too. Breaking sterotypes, love it.

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

This is always hard for me because I don’t see real people in my characters. Well…except at some point, all of my male characters come across to me as John Corbett.

When did you decide to become a writer? 

When I was 13 years old. I knew it was what I wanted to do.


Why do you write? 

I write because if feeds my soul. I can’t go without writing. My head spins out of control if I don’t write. I’m obsessed.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? 

Because I knew I could and someone said it was good. That fed me for years and years.

Do you write full-time or part-time? 

I write full-time.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

For me, it’s stopping. I usually fall asleep with my hands on the keys.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? 

The hardest part about WALKER BRIDE, was keeping everyone important to someone else’s story. That’s the hardest part when you write family series.

What is the easiest thing about writing? 

Editing. You can’t find your own mistakes. Agreed

What book are you reading now? 

Nora Roberts, BLOOD MAJICK

What is one random thing about you? 

My neck is always cold so I often have scarves on even if I don’t have on a coat.

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

My trusty laptop.

What does your writing process look like? 

I just go with the flow. I don’t have to give it much thought to get a book going or finished. And I write all the time, so as for a process, it’s whenever I’m not driving.

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

I think the only strange thing I do is make a lot of faces at the computer to try and get an expression down, but I know all authors do that.

How important are names to you in your books? 

They are very important. Each character is a child to the author. You want a name that means something and you don’t mind typing a thousand times. Kind of like naming a child, I’ve heard before you decide on a name to say it in different ways to make sure you can live with it.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

After 26 books, I suppose it would be trying to keep everything fresh.

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

Do not accept a contract proposal from a publishing house that comes after you. Authors approach publishing houses, not the other way around.

What is your favorite motivational phrase?

Don’t hold back from doing something because of the time it will take. Time will pass anyway.

What is your favorite book and why? 

My favorite book would be IF TOMORROW COMES by Sidney Sheldon. I just fell in love with it and have read it multiple times. Every part of it sticks with me.

Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Never, ever, ever give up on your dream of writing if that’s what you want to do. And no one gets to make the decision to go forward or backward but you.

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

I’m usually watching my kids play hockey.

From where do you gain your inspiration? 

Everything inspires me, but country music has the most influence. Finally someone else who likes country music!

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

I’m a huge advocate for self-publishing, even though I’m a publisher. Being in control of your creative process is wonderful, however, the downside is you have to maintain persistence. It’s a whole lot of work! I’m not saying agents aren’t important, and I think there are certain genres where they are more important, but I think the industry has changed enough that if you can cut out that middle man the profit is greater that’s coming to you.

How do you market your books? 

I do a lot of social media…a lot!

Why did you choose this route? 

I chose this route because I wanted control. If I made mistakes, they were mine. If I failed it was my own fault. But I succeeded.

Would you or do you use a PR agency? 

I have used big PR agencies in the past, but for romance, I think that using the smaller ones that utilize social media are very worth the money, if they are organized and have a good following.

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

If you stop talking about them, they stop looking for them. The best marketing tool is to keep writing. Who cares if you’ve only written one book if they’ve read it. People want more if they enjoyed it.

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

Sadly, a lot more than I do writing. I’d say at 1/4 of my day is spent marketing.

What do you do to get book reviews?

I have always been very lucky in this aspect. I have an established reader base and reviews come quickly and are plentiful. But blog tours, beta readers, and street teams are great for getting reviews.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? 

It’s been fairly easy for e.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? 

As I stated before, blog tours, beta readers, and street teams are great places to get reviews.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

They’re all good. Bad reviews sometimes point out legit items that need fixed. Yes, most the time they are not even real reviews. But I don’t read reviews. Reviews are for the reader, not the author. I’ve had some stellar 1-star reviews and some really bad 5 star reviews. You can’t get caught up on them or you’ll stop writing.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? 

I can’t think of any.

What’s your views on social media for marketing? 

Social media marketing in today’s society is crucial!

Which social network worked best for you? 

Facebook has been a gem.

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

Do not over do the memes!!! After a while your audience just keeps scrolling by. Don’t whine about your views either. 

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

We do press releases and host release parties for our book launches. And yes, they work well.

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

I’d love to meet Oprah. I’m just very inspired by her.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? 
Harry Potter! I love seeing the success it has had and what has come from it. (But I can’t make stuff up like that.)

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 

Let people read your work and send it out! Stop editing it. You need to puke out your story, polish it once, and then send it off.

How can readers discover more about you and you work? 

They can find me here:

www.bernadettemarie.com

www.facebook.com/authorbernadettemarie

www.twitter.com/writesromance

#ASI: David Coons

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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

#ASI: Jen Winters

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

Hey Courtney! I am a stay at home mother of two with one on the way. Little Blobby is about 12 weeks along now and looks healthy on the ultrasounds. I have a background in religious studies and ancient languages, so you will discover in my books that I use a LOT of ancient cultural and religious references. Congratulations!

Discuss your newest book.

My most recent publication is Falling Angels which is free from March 25th to March 29th! This one is about Ambrose, a Fallen Angel with a grudge against basically everyone. While this is a paranormal romance, it reads more like an Urban Fantasy where the romance takes second place to the plot.

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Free book link!

Amazon: US, UK, AU, CA, IN

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My BFF in high school got me started writing. We wrote together for years before I took it up solo and started publishing.

What are your current projects?

I am working on Raising Hell, the third of my Guardian series. I am also working on a novella in my Guardian series starring the infamous Candi Fox, and I have a Young Adult Urban Fantasy series I am excited to be keeping on the downlow. But if you ever hear me mention Hannah, she’s my YA main character and she is going to knock your socks off.

What books have most influenced your life most?

Easily the Bible. I’ve been a Christian my whole life and that book has certainly influenced nearly ever path I have taken as both a youth and an adult.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I figured I could do what Sherrilyn Kenyon does. I wasn’t correct about that. Sherrilyn Kenyon writes straight up PNR, whereas I love my UF enough that my PNRs definitely read like urban fantasy. So much so, I am thinking of changing genres for book 3.

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

Let’s talk about Ambrose:

Ambrose’s main problem is that he can remember every moment in history from the beginning of the universe to it’s very end…except that he remembers it before the war in heaven that damaged the perfection of the universe. So now, he’s struggling with the idea that the world isn’t as it’s supposed to be. Which leads into the next question in this interview:

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

Absolutely! Kissing Demons, Falling Angels, and Raising Hell are all about REDEMPTION. I don’t believe that anyone is beyond redemption, so I have made my characters the stereotypical types that you might think can never be forgiven: a werewolf/demon, a fallen angel, and a demon.

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

For Ambrose? I’m thinking the hunk would be perfect: Jason Mamoa!

When did you decide to become a writer?

This wasn’t really a decision I made, so much as a person I grew into during my adolesence. When did I decide to become an author? When my daughter was 8 months old and I was suddenly a single mom with no prospects.

Why do you write?

Sometimes I write because I have to, and sometimes I write because I need to. Either way, I enjoy writing.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I am a full-time mom. I write when I can and that has been less lately than usual. Normally, I write about 3 hours a day.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

For me, when I get about two thirds into my books, I start to hate them. So much so that I cannot continue writing on them. That is the hardest for me. I have to stop and then I have to force myself to restart.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

The one I am currently working on, Raising Hell, is sitting on my computer untouched for the last two-ish months because I hate it. I really, really, really hate it. I am having a beta reader read it and tell me why I hate it so much. She knows me. She will be able to tell me where I went wrong with it, but I think I saved someone I shouldn’t have.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

Letters become words; words combine in a logical progression; sentences form; ideas come to life.

 

What book are you reading now?

Uh…looks at Kindle…Infinite (Xandrian Circle Book 1) by Allainia Daniels

 

What is one random thing about you?

These days I am becoming more and more vegetarian because Blobby hates meat, apparently.

 

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

Give me a keyboard. I can get my thoughts down as fast as they come this way.

 

Which social network worked best for you?

Facebook is where I hang out. I have twitter and tumblr and pinterest, and a blog, and G+, but the fact is, I prefer Facebook. I’ve been using it since before it went public.

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

Do write what you want. Do not publish without a professional edit.

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

 

Have enough contact with bloggers, authors, friends, and family that when I publish I have it out there on a crazy number of sites. I haven’t had to pay for promotion yet, but I am going to start with Raising Hell. I have goals, and it is now time to start paying for ads.

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

Gawd… I don’t care about celebrities… I guess… maybe… I have no idea! I can’t think of a single famous person I want to meet.

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

Nope. I have no real desire there either.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write every day. Read what you write. Make yourself better. Take other writer’s advice, but not to the point you lose your unique voice. And EDIT! Edit, edit, edit. I can’t read unedited books. If there is a problem in the first chapter, I DNF, because as books go on the editing can start to get worse. EDIT.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Like I said earlier, I am EVERYWHERE! But if you want connect, here are the ways you can! Feel free to message me on any of these platforms (though I barely even look at Twitter).

Amazon, Facebook, 2nd Facebook, Smashwords, WordPress, Tumblr, Twitter, GoodReads, Email: jenwintersne@yahoo.com

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#ASI: Gabriel Woods

Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Thanks Courtney for asking me to do this interview. I`m working as an author but I am also a qualified life coach. I was born in Ireland. I like traveling and I have lived in Dublin, London and Edinburgh. I have traveled widely throughout mainland Europe including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Netherlands and Germany with a focus on areas of cultural importance. I have also backpacked in Australia and India.

Discuss your newest book.

I have published a kindle book Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers the Call for Ireland`s Freedom. It`s a story about a family involved in a struggle for independence in Ireland. I was inspired to write it by an older woman whose father, aunt and uncle had taken part in the Rising. There`s also fictional aspects to the story, a character called Mother Mary who is psychic and a doctor who get caught up in the events.

I will have a novel published also, The Golden Age Dawns, by the end of March in Amazon. It will be free to Kindle subscribers for five days. This is a fiction book. There are dark forces that are determined to defeat humanity. The Protectors of the Light, immortals that protect humanity, combat the evil that threatens to overwhelm the world. They have a mission to guide humanity and individuals as the human race develops. The Protectors of the Light, travel back and forth to The Great Source, the force that creates all worlds and earthly dimensions, as they carry out their mission.
Susan is in a race against time to save London from the outbreak of a new virus that threatens to spread throughout the world. Linda, a successful clinical psychologist but a lonely woman, decides to travel in search of love. Colin is a young man from a poor family in Ireland and has been looking after his mother who has severe depression for most of his life. He travels with his friends to escape the world he lives in. He discovers he has to face events he never imagined. Colin encounters situations of social unrest that test his mental and physical strength.
The story is about how the three main characters deal with the events they are faced with.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

At school I was told by most of my teachers that I was not very intelligent and that I would not be suitable for college. I studied an honors psychology in University College Dublin, Ireland and achieved a 2:1. I was thrilled to achieve the grade because not only did I prove my teachers wrong but I also received what I believed to be a top class education in UCD. In school I had one teacher who said was a brilliant writer and in my degree I know that the lecturers there appreciated how I wrote essays and assignments. So I always liked writing.

What are your current projects?

Currently I`m publishing The Golden Age Dawns. I am also promoting my book Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers the Call for Ireland`s Freedom.

What books have most influenced your life most?

I have been influenced by a wide variety of different types of books. As a teenager I read fantasy books a lot, I loved Tolkien`s book The Lord of the Rings. I have always liked psychology books (anything to do with psychology really). I came from a rather messed up background and I had a lot of difficulties as a teenager and young adult. Psychology books taught me new ways of thinking and acting that were beneficial to me. I gained a better understanding of myself. I read quite a lot of books by Stephen King and Anne Rice when I was not reading psychology books. Both these books have influenced my current style of writing.

What inspired you to write your first book?

Nine years ago life became very difficult for me. It seemed as if my whole life was falling apart and I was struggling to hold onto my home. I had at the same time broke my leg in three places and was in a lot of pain as I was going through rehabilitation for my leg. I was very fortunate to have good friends and my mother helped me too. I was reading certain books at the time about angels that comforted me. I was in so much pain that I turned to something bigger than me, spirituality, and I was desperate for help. So I learned methods to help me. I learned facts about myself and about life and thought about what I could do with this information. All these experiences inspired me to write.

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

The main character is Linda. She is a very successful woman from a wealthy background. However she is lonely, all her friends are married with children and she is all alone. She leaves for Europe to have fun and maybe find a lover. Linda is faced with a nightmare scenario and finds strength within herself that she never knew existed. Linda behaves in ways she never thought herself capable of. She becomes open to influences not of this world.

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

I would be so happy if readers picked up just one message in the book. I would like people to know that there is no need to be afraid of events or people in their lives, or afraid of something about themselves. That reader`s will receive the help they need, if they are open to it and if they are humble enough to ask for help. Whatever form help arrives in, help will come.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
That is a difficult question! You are really making me think with these questions! To be honest I am not sure. I would like an actress who would have the skill to understand Linda`s character. Linda is complicated and an actress would need to be able to convey the depth of Linda as well as her sensitivity and love of people.
When did you decide to become a writer?
Exactly a year and a half ago in March when I started writing The Golden Age Dawns! I did not really decide, it was just a natural progression from all that went before. Then I had a burning desire to sit down and write, I had written many notes about my novel and put them together to form The Golden Age Dawns.
Why do you write?
I write mainly to amuse people. I write because it is the natural thing for me to do. I have always written in one form or another-poems, a diary, essays, reports and now blogs and all sorts of social media.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

I wrote in response to one of the above questions that I went through a very difficult time in my life and I learned certain things. I then wanted to distill all this experience into notes that I could remind myself of what to do if life got difficult again. Then I thought about writing a book. Most of all I wanted to entertain people with a good story. Life can be tough and I wanted to create something to get people`s minds off their troubles. It turned out that that ‘something’ was books. My books are not educational books though there are facts in them. If people pick up on messages in the book that is great. My books are written to entertain primarily, to give people a break from their problems and be amused.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write full time and I hope to continue to write full time. Social media takes up a lot of time and then when that is put together with the time it takes to write my books it really is a six hour a day occupation, sometimes more hours than that.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
I have a difficulty with writing in that sometimes it is hard to stop writing. I sometimes have to force myself to stop. I can forget to take breaks during the day. When I am not writing I am thinking about what I will write next, what I will put write about the character or the next chapter. Switching off is difficult but I do manage to do so.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
My two books are being published at the same time. Easter 1916 Rising A Family Answers the Call to Freedom was difficult because, although there are entertaining events that I wrote myself, I researched the book. Learning about what actually happened at that time when some Irish people desired independence from England and the consequences of that was disturbing. The high level of violence was horrifying to read.
The Golden Age Dawns was hard to write in some ways because a lot of my personal experiences, particularly my spiritual experiences, went into the characters and into the events. I was faced with my own self at times as I wrote the characters thoughts and feelings. Writing The Golden Age Dawns helped me to rid myself of some painful thoughts and feelings that I needed to let go of.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
The easiest thing about writing is that I nearly always find it fun. Even if I am writing about something serious I tend to focus completely on my writing. The hours and days fly by!

What book are you reading now?
I am reading a book by Anne Rice The Wolves of Midwinter

What is one random thing about you?
I have traveled a lot and I tend to adopt some characteristics from the people I spend a lot of time with. I know a lot of people from different parts of Ireland. Some have very different accents and I’ve adapted some of their accents. What accent I have depends on who I am speaking to, as I will speak with their accent. I do this to such an extreme that it is random!

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer?
I write ideas for books on the notes section on my mobile then I send them to my e-mail and transfer them to a word page. I do have a note book but that is if a have an idea about publishing or promoting that I want to write down so I will not forget.

What does your writing process look like?
I do not have a process as such. I write notes as they come to me. I have a rough idea of what I want the beginning and ending to be and the dramatic points in-between and I try to stick to that.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
Not that I am aware of!
How important are names to you in your books?
Names are important. I convey where a character is from by their name.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The challenging thing is developing a piece of work that a reader can understand. To make sure I am conveying the story effectively. The editing process I find challenging. It is not as fun as writing a story!

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?
I hired an editor last year and she turned out to be a scammer. I paid her a lot of money and she did no work for me. I found an excellent editor after that. Check out anybody that you consider hiring, thoroughly. Check their references, actually speak to the people that give the references or e-mail them because the services websites may be dishonest.

What is your favorite motivational phrase?
This is one I just use for my own motivation: “Do not fear all is well”. It reminds me that I may not understand why something is happening to me but I will learn from it and I will be safe.

What is your favorite book and why?
I have books in my home, spiritual books, that I always read if I`m worried or stressed.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
As I said above make sure you check out thoroughly editors, graphic designers, anyone you hire to work on any aspect of your book. Websites may look well but do not be fooled by a flashy website.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like going to the cinema. I workout six days a week.
From where do you gain your inspiration?
Everything really. People I see, things people say, an idea a song gives me.
What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
I have made no effort to approach a publishing house. I am really grateful that I can manage all aspects of my books. Nothing has been taken from the stories or characters to suit the needs of a publisher. Your story can stay the same all the way through the process if you want it to. I think that is fantastic!
How do you market your books?
I am on a steep learning curve with marketing! I am beginning with social media because I have been writing my two books so it is easier to use social media. I will be branching out to newspapers and radio in the next two months. I think I am doing okay so far, Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers the Call for Ireland`s Freedom is selling at one or two books a day so I must be doing something right!
Why did you choose this route?
I chose self-publishing because I wanted to preserve the story of my novel. The characters and events all have significance and I wanted the story to stay the same.
Would you or do you use a PR agency?
No I do not use a PR agency.
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
There is a lot of talk about targeting your audience and only using media where this audience will be found. I think it`s possible to market your book in a way that your book will sell but also make it match what you like to do or who you like to do. I do not think marketing has to be serious all the time. It is nice to have some fun with it!

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

I promote my book in the morning and write my books in the afternoon.
What do you do to get book reviews?
I am working on that at the moment. I am using social media currently. Hopefully I will receive reviews for Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers the Call for Ireland`s Freedom from readers on Amazon.
How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
Since I have been publishing my two books I have not concentrated on obtaining book reviews, I will do that when the novel has been published. Getting the publishing right is the most important thing for me at the moment. My followers in Tumblr are very helpful in promoting my novel.
Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
Not yet. Positive word of mouth I think is important.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, what a reviewer says may or may not be true. I think it`s helpful to keep in mind what reviewers might say, is there some adjustments that can be made to future books that might improve them.
Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?
I am just beginning to market so not just yet!
What’s your views on social media for marketing?
I believe social media is very effective. There are other media that are important too I think. I think radio shows, papers, launching local events, are all important too.
Which social network worked best for you?
Tumblr is very definitely working out better for me and I have fun using that site too!
Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
Be careful of editors. After my experience with the scammer I looked up other authors experiences. Most of them at some time or another had problems with editors. This phase of writing a book is fraught with incompetent or scamming people. Be really careful who you select!

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

Not yet. I will promote my novel in these ways when it is published by the end of March. Amazon has got a lot of methods to market books when you publish with them.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
I would like to meet Katy Perry. I really like how she dresses in costumes, she seems to be having fun. I think it is important to have fun in what you do.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
I would like to have written JK Rowling`s books about Harry potter. I really like the details she writes into her stories and the concepts she writes about like Hogwarts College. She has a great imagination and you can see it in her books

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

I am only starting out myself so I cannot really speak from experience. Write what you feel like writing because people will pick up on the passion that you have for what you write and that may help them to like your book. People like passion!
How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Connect to Gabriel Woods at the addresses below:

Amazon

gabrielwoods.tumblr.com
gabriel854@wordpress.com
gabrielwoods777.blogspot.com
gabrielwoods@gmail.com
Facebook: Gabriel Woods
gabrielwood771.twitter.com
gabrielwoods777@gmail.com

#ASI: Beaux Cooper

How many books have you written? Many throughout my youth just for fun, but Dust is my first published.
Congratulations!


Which is your favorite? Definitely Dust.
The first one is always special to us.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I think it’s always been there. I can remember my parents telling me how I would write plays and stories with a vocabulary my spelling hadn’t yet caught up with.

What are your current projects? School for right now, but I have a few books on the backburner that I need to pick up. The most urgent being the follow up to Dust.

What books have most influenced your life?  There haven’t been many that were earth shattering for me, but there are a few that have made me truly appreciate the craft of writing such as Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures, Jane Eyre, and anything by Zane Grey. I have learned much about my own craft as a writer from these books such as how to break the rules, building strong characters, and paying close attention to the landscape.
These sound worth a look, I can’t say that I’ve heard of them. Except Jane Eyre and Dust of course.

What inspired you to write your first book? It’s just something I’ve always done. Being published was a lifelong goal.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? There are quite a few, actually, but the most important being that we were never meant to be just one thing in our lifetime – chase dreams and explore your inner self. Go to school for the subject you’re interested in, not because it’ll make you money… with the way today’s economy is, whether you get a business or art degree you’ll still probably end up working at Starbucks. So do what you love and never waiver.
Beautiful message, one that needs to be stressed more often.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Forgiving myself for not writing gobs of words every day. Some days only one sentence comes out and others are 5000 word days. It evens out in the end and so long as you are moving forward, you’re making progress.

What book are you reading now? I have my nose in a few books (mostly textbooks for school). When I do find leisure reading time, though, I spend it with my current fiction by Elizabeth Wein, Rose Under Fire.

Do you ever experience writer’s block? All the time and anyone who says they don’t is lying or not trying to write anything worth reading. Some days are better than others and I can usually cure it by working on a different story in a different genre with completely a different plot. While writing Dust I also wrote a story about the shipwreck of an old luxury cruise ship turned economy cruiser in the early 1920s.
Sounds interesting as well!

What is one random thing about you? I don’t have a sense of smell.

What is your preferred medium of writing? Typing because my fingers can keep up with my brain much faster than I can when I’m writing.
Cool. I have to say that you are the first author to answer this question in the manner I was looking for. 🙂

What does your writing process look like? Experience plays a huge part in my writing process. There are just some things you need to see, feel, do for yourself before you can write about them. Most recently, I went to a cattle branding on a ranch as way of research. Either during or after experiencing something I’ll write it down, take notes, jot down any inspirational quotes that come my way.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? Not that I’m aware of. Most of the time I have to turn off my wifi so that I don’t get distracted by the internet, but that’s about it.

How important are names to you in your books? Fairly important. I like to take at least a little time researching certain names and making sure their meaning fits the character, but I don’t hinge everything on that. There are names that just fit.
I agree, sometimes a name can mean everything and sometimes it is jut a gut feeling.

Do you read your reviews? Absolutely. I want to see what people like and didn’t like about the work and if it holds merit, do something about it in my writing.

Do you respond to them, good or bad? If I catch someone on social media or their website reviewing my work I’ll swing by and say “Thank you” no matter how flattering the review is, however, I don’t respond to Amazon reviews because it would just take too much time.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? My biggest weakness in writing is the ability to write honestly and authentically. The idea of being vulnerable on paper for others to read is terrifying, but absolutely necessary. Then, too, there are times when I worry I will sound too pretentious or too big for my britches; that people will say something like “who does she thinks she is? She isn’t Hemmingway…” It’s a big challenge, but I’m working on it. Dust has been a great exercise in writing authentically for me and I’ve grown a lot because of it.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I’m still pretty early in the game so I haven’t seen the true ramifications of my marketing actions. My online release party was a hit, though, so I’m quite proud of that.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? “What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?” – Erin Hanson

What is your favorite book and why? Hands down, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Just stunning.

What is your favorite quote? I really don’t have one. Every now and then I will come across a sentence I wish I had written, but nothing quickly comes to mind.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Definitely Jane Eyre. I love the building of the story, the strength of Jane’s character, and trials she endures. It’s a beautiful story.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Do your thang, baby! Write honestly and authentically rather than conforming to the rules of a style, theme, or genre. Your authenticity is what will make your work stand out from others.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Read, binge watch British television shows on Netflix, travel, and go out to eat!

How can readers discover more about you and you work? I have a fairly active social media suite and I update my website daily. You can find me here:
Website: http://www.beauxcooper.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CooperBeaux/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/beauxcooper
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/beauxcooper
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/beauxcooper
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BeauxCooperAuthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/beauxcooper

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The Paladins of Naretia Press Release by TP Keane

To those of you who have been following me as I interview authors and their books, it’s now my turn. EEEKK. Yes, with trembling knees and fingernails bitten to the quick, I take my first steps into authordom and ask myself the same questions I posed to them.

Following the brave authors before me, I am releasing my debut novel, The Paladins of Naretia, (book one of the Naretia series), a young adult fantasy novel.

TP

What is the book about?

A vision sparks the beginning of treachery and war in the kingdom of Naretia.

The story is told by a nearly three hundred year-old wizard, Olórin, and a seventeen-year-old tyrannical queen, Aria. Olórin knows only one thing for certain: that his adopted son, Aramus, will end all life if things are left the way they are. He must scour the kingdom for otherworldly ingredients to make a potion that will save him. If he cannot, then by his eighteenth birthday Aramus’s father, Dantet, will send his dark army to kill his son and take Aramus’s powers for his own. The evil God will be free to walk upon mortal soil and incinerate all who live there.

Olórin is optimistic, however, that Aramus’s human side will prevail over the rising darkness within him. He also hopes that his love for his son will be enough to steer Aramus away from the darkness. But underhanded deeds by traitors within the wizard caste prevent Olórin from achieving his goal, and Aramus turns before the potion is ready. Olórin is faced with an impossible choice: his son’s life, or all who dwell in the kingdom of Naretia.

What was the inspiration for this book?

I woke up from a dream one night, after having witnessed a strange and dynamic world (which was later to become Nareita) fall into chaos in my dream. In it, I saw the fiery winged figure of a young man with amber eyes. I began to wonder what an ominous, but obviously torn, figure would have to do with the destruction of the world and how it might affect him. So, in truth, the world was created by my unconscious brain and everything else just fell into place after that.

What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?

I also write in science fiction and I’m working on a book as we speak. Science fiction and fantasy interests me the most because I’m not limited by the bounds of reality. Should I decide that there are three moons in the sky, then there are three moons. I’m only limited by my imagination and that’s the kind of freedom I love to write in. Not only that, but I love to figure out the dynamics of the different characters between each other and the strange environment they have been put into. Working out the logistics of the science side of things for Scifi is a bit more daunting, however. But I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge.

Can we expect more?

This is just the first book of the Naretia series, of which I’m expecting about 4 in total. Also, the Scifi novel I’m working, Kepler One, on is a trilogy. My love of literature, and strange worlds, won’t allow me to stop writing, so, yes, you can expect a lot more.

Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?

In my youth, I was a terrible student, not for the lack of brains but rather for the lack of interest. I remember every parent teacher’s meeting, my poor parents would come back exasperated with me because every year it would be the same. “She could be fantastic, if she only tried a little harder.” Little did they know that my lack of interest stemmed from a lack of an ability to be able to spell. There is a history of dyslexia in our family, although I’m not sure if I am dyslexic. But I’ve struggled all my life with reading, writing, directions, and my confidence suffered because of it. I learned to work around my issues and mask them as best I could. The only thing outing me was reading in public, so I avoided that at all costs.

Despite my lack of effort, I never lost my interest in hearing the teacher reading fantastical stories. It was the best part of my day as a child. I would relive those tales at night when I couldn’t sleep and I made up my own stories, but never told a soul. It wasn’t until I had my own two children that I began to tell the stories bubbling around in my noggin. My confidence grew, and soon I began to write them down (thanks in large part to spellcheck). After writing a couple of books, I finally found my groove and out came The Paladin of Naretia.

I love quirky authors, or books where the worlds ooze imagination. That, of course, is only second to a good story. My favourite authors are, Douglas Adams, JRR Tolkien, Jonathan Stroud, Ransom Riggs, John Green and, of course, JK Rowling.

Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?

I have so many. My favourite books are the ones that remain with me after I’ve read them for one reason or another. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Charles Dickens – A Christmas Tale, Mrs. Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs, or most recently, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – NK Jemisin.

Have you written other books we should know about?
I have written other books, but this is to be my debut novel.

If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?

When you live inside your head as you make sense of your make-believe world, don’t forget to come up for air. Inspiration can be found in the world around you, and the biggest characters of all are not on paper. Believe in yourself, and remember, those who love your work will keep it in their hearts much longer than those who don’t.

Where can we find your books?

My book has yet to be published. The release date for it is Feb 28th 2016. But you can join me at the release party and enter a chance to win a fab prize, on Facebook by clicking HERE.

Where can we find out more about you?

I’m all over social media, most of my links can be found on my website

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