Author Spotlight- Meet Ted Galdi

It’s my pleasure this week to introduce author, Ted Galdi!

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1)Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
I’m a twenty-nine-year-old debut author living in Los Angeles.  I’ve been working in the software 
industry for the last few years and recently decided to write my first novel.  It’s a thriller called 
Elixir, which will be released this summer. 
2)Where can we find you on the internet? 
The official website for Elixir has some good content on it, including the book trailer, 
three-chapter preview, and even a featured-song playlist.  Check everything out at 
3)Why did you chose the genre you write in and how would you describe your writing style? 
I’ve always been interested in fast-paced gritty stories and Elixir, a thriller about a teenage 
genius battling to put together a cure for Ebola, naturally emerged from that interest.  Unlike 
many other thriller writers however, I put a big emphasis on character development.  A lot of the 
effort in writing the book went into making the characters layered yet realistic.  As for the 
writing style itself, I use a very direct, stripped-down approach (ie, no filler or fancy words) and 
avoid lengthy expository passages.  The result is a story that gets out of its own way. 
4)Tell us about your latest book. 
Elixir is about Sean, a teenage prodigy who just wants to lead a normal life.  However, his 
extreme intelligence makes this difficult.  For instance, the US government exploits him so he 
can break computer codes for the NSA.  This winds up leading to some disastrous situations and 
Sean swears off mathematics and academics in general.  However, four years later he’s forced to 
embrace the life he’s been trying to run from when his girlfriend becomes mysteriously ill; he 
realizes he’s the only person on the planet smart enough to put together a vaccine in time to 
save her.  Though the story is filled with action and suspense, at its heart it’s a coming of age 
book about a teenager’s quest for personal identity and first love. 
5)If you could live in any world from a book or movie which would it be and why? 
The normal present-day world is crazy enough for me.  I’m content here. 
6)What was your favorite book growing up? 
The Catcher in the Rye. 
7)The infamous question- what advice would you give to any aspiring and new authors out there? 
Try to choose protagonists you can relate to.  This makes the writing not only easier but more 
realistic.  For instance, even though I am not a super-genius like my protagonist Sean, I was in 
deed an 18-year-old boy once and this made writing about another 18-year-old boy pretty natural.  
This is not to say you can’t write about sensational, off-the-wall people.  You can.  Just make 
sure they have a link to something real in your life, even on some level. 
8)What are your preferred method to use while writing and environment? 
I prefer writing in private at the desk in my home.  Music and coffee are both musts. 
9)What are your favorite games (tabletop and/or video)? If you’re not too much into gaming (even 
monopoly counts!) what are your other hobbies? 
I’m not much of a game player.  So much of my free time goes into writing so I’m pretty busy 
with that.  As for hobbies, I love skiing and going to concerts. 
9)What can we look forward from you in the future? 
I still haven’t decided what I’m going to write next.  I just finished Elixir last month and am 
focused on getting the word out.  However, I do have a handful of ideas that have been brewing.  
Thanks Ted for taking the time to answer my questions.
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Author Spotlight 4-27-14- Gail Campbell

In today’s Spotlight it’s my pleasure to introduce author, Gail Campbell.

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1.  Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live in a small pennine town on the edge of the moors in England, UK.  I spent my early career as a member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (Wrens) travelling from base to base.  Unfortuntely in those days women didn’t go to sea like they do today, so I only travelled around the UK.  It was a great time in my life and I met some wonderful people.

Since then I have had a long career in sales, travelling throughout the UK, Europe and occasional trips to Massachusetts, USA.  I also love travelling on a personal level and I am in love with the Far East!  I’ve yet to get to Australia and New Zealand, but they are on my bucket list!

As well as travelling I love to write and have written short stories and poems from being a small child.  “Fractured Minds” is my debut novel.  I also love photography and walking with my husband and our Norwegian Elkhound dog.

2.  Where can we find you on the internet?

Facebook:  “Fractured Minds by Gail Campbell”
Twitter: @galian2
Amazon.com (paperback) : http://www.amazon.com/Fractured-Minds-Gail-Campbell/dp/1291743235/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398255132&sr=8-1&keywords=fractured+minds+gail+campbell
Amazon.com (eBook): http://www.amazon.com/Fractured-Minds-Gail-Campbell-ebook/dp/B00IEG83BU/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

3.  Why did you chose the genre you write in and how would you describe your writing style?

I have always loved the fantasy/horror genre.  Stephen King is a big influence, his writing ticks all the boxes for me.  His novel “Insomnia” had me in tears at the end,  I just get so involved with his stories!  I have a very vivid imagination and dream an awful lot, usually quite weird and wonderful dreams.  It was my dreams that inspired me to write my novel.

My writing style is character driven.  I would like people to feel they really know the characters, how they feel, how they think, but I do like to throw in some surprises.  My horror element is not gory, more psychological which I think can be more frightening.

4.  Tell us about your latest book?

My novel Fractured Minds uses the idea that mental illness can cause the mind to fracture, leaving little cracks that can allow evil forces to take control.  Here’s a synopsis:

Melissa is troubled by severe headaches, low mood and disturbed sleep. She has the same recurrent nightmare in which a young girl, Rebecca, pleads for help to escape from a dark force, Noctilious, who has found his way into her mind and taken her from the real world to his.

 

Rebecca reveals that Noctilious has taken many people, and Melissa is one of his intended victims. Unable to convince Melissa that the dreams are real, Rebecca takes desperate measures and attacks her. When Melissa awakes the next morning she is shocked to see bloody marks on her arm. Melissa confides her fears to her husband, Adam, but he thinks she is ill and urges her to visit the doctor as he feels that she is becoming paranoid and unbalanced.

 

Embarking on an investigation Melissa tracks down Rebecca’s family and is shocked to discover that Rebecca disappeared from her home in mysterious circumstances over five years ago. Melissa quickly realises that her dreams are in fact reality and her unique ability to move from one world to the other is the only hope for Rebecca to escape and return home to her grieving family. But what is it that Noctilious wants, and can Melissa rescue Rebecca before it is too late?
My book is suitable for adults and young adults.

5.  If you could live in any world from a book or movie which would it be an why?

It would have to be “Back to the Future” – I love the 50’s, the style of clothing, the cars, the bright colours.  I could spend some time in the 50’s and then zoom off somewhere else, in the future or the past.  I could really see some amazing things and meet some great people!

6.  What was your favorite book growing up?

I think I have to say “Black Beauty” – I adore animals and I so wanted a horse at that time!

7.  The infamous question – what advice would you give to any aspiring and hew authors out there?

I would say never give up on your dream.  To actually spend the time writing a book and then to publish it is a wonderful thing.  Everyone has a gift, whatever that may be, and if you think your gift is writing then do it.

8.  What are your preferred methods to use while writing and environment?
 
I like to just punch out my thoughts on the computer as they come.  I try to jot down key points of the main characters, just so I don’t forget.  I like peace and quiet to write, I don’t even like the radio on.

9.  What are your favorite games (tabletop and/or video)?  If you’re not too much into gaming (even monopoly counts!) what are your other hobbies?

I’m not a gamer at all I’m afraid, it just doesn’t appeal to me at all.  I do love entering competitions though, and I’ve been lucky enough to win trips to Thailand, Vietnam and Tenerife as well as lots of other useful and not so useful gadgets!  I also love photography and walking with my Norwegian Elkhound dog.

10.  What can we look forward to from you in the future?
 
Well, my book is a stand alone book but can very easily lend itself to a sequel.  I have lots of ideas to carry the story forward and I will be starting this real soon.  I also have the idea of a completely new story with dogs featuring very strongly!

Thanks Gail for taking the time to answer my questions!

 

Author Spotlight 6-21-14 Introducing Rita Lee Chapman

This week it’s my pleasure to introduce author, Rita Lee Chapman!
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1)Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
Hi Tiffany.  I am Rita Lee Chapman and I was born in London, moving to Australia in my 
early twenties.  I write as Rita Lee Chapman because there was already someone writing 
under Rita Chapman.  I wrote my first book, Missing in Egypt, when I retired to 
Queensland from Sydney.  
Missing in Egypt is available as an ebook and paperback at Amazon 
and as an ebook from Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/263417 
2)Where can we find you on the internet? 
I have a website at http://www.ritaleechapman.com where I host a different guest author each 
week.  If anyone is interested in being interviewed please contact me through the website. 
Facebook: https://www.rita.chapman@facebook.com 
3)Why did you chose the genre you write in and how would you describe your writing style? 
I love travelling and had recently visited Egypt, which is very impressive and so different to 
other destinations.  It seemed an ideal place to base a story and so Missing in Egypt, a 
romantic travel mystery, evolved from my holiday.  My second book, Winston – A Horse’s 
Tale is for horse lovers from teenagers upwards and is told by Winston himself.  He is, of 
course, an Australian horse.  I would like to think my writing style is easy to read. 
4)Tell us about your latest book. 
Winston is a good-looking palomino horse whose life involves several different owners and 
many adventures.  As you read his story, told by Winston himself, you will appreciate horse 
ownership from the horse’s point of view.  Born on a country property in Australia, Winston 
tells of his breaking-in and education and the different people he encounters – good, bad 
and ignorant.  As well as his own story, Winston includes the experiences of other horses he 
meets along life’s way.   
 
Whether it’s jumping, eventing, hunting or just hacking, Winston tries hard to please his 
rider. Follow his successes and his failures from his breaking-in to his show jumping win. It 
is an eventful life – the story of one Australian horse out of thousands, but one that you will 
remember! 
 
Winston is available as an ebook and paperback from Amazon at 
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G9QOZGE and from Smashwords at 
5)If you could live in any world from a book or movie which would it be and why? 
It would have to be Winston – A Horse’s Tale because I love living in Australia. 
6)What was your favorite book growing up? 
Why, Black Beauty of course! 
7)The infamous question- what advice would you give to any aspiring and new authors out 
there? 
Just do it.  Now that you can self-publish you too can see your book in print and it is the 
most wonderful feeling.  My second piece of advice is edit, edit, edit. 
8)What are your preferred method to use while writing and environment? 
I like to be able to sit at my computer and for the words to flow.  With Winston – A 
Horse’s Tale this was exactly what happened.  However Missing in Egypt was more of a 
struggle to work out where it was going and I am finding the same with my latest book, 
which is more of a mystery/thriller.  Once I have the plot sorted in my mind then I can sit 
and write.  I like complete peace to and often settle best when it’s raining – the great 
outdoors doesn’t appeal then! 
9) What are your favorite games (tabletop and/or video)? If you’re not too much into gaming 
(even monopoly counts!) what are your other hobbies? 
Table tennis, although I don’t play very often.  As a child I played chess with my grandparents 
but I have forgotten how and keep meaning to learn again. 
10) What can we look forward to from you in the future? 
Hopefully a best seller eventually! 
Thanks Rita for taking the time to answer my questions.

Author Spotlight 6-13- Meet Angelo Falanga

This week’s spotlight shines on author, Angelo Falanga.

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1. Tell us a little about yourself

By Labor Day 1995 I had been living in Brooklyn, New York for three months with my maternal grandmother, helping as she recovered from open heart surgery. Celebrating the holiday, a block party had been organized by too few of the neighbors to bother getting a permit to close off the street. I was cooking chicken using a barbecue grill wheeled up onto the concrete in front of my grandmother’s stoop when a neighbor sat down in a beach chair set up behind me. That neighbor was Frank A. Stokes. What began with a one hour conversation once the chicken was cooked would become fifteen years of work and friendship with the late composer and bandleader. Stokesified! is my memoir of the experience, based on more than 20 hours of interviews I recorded beginning in 2001. I studied Political Science at California State University, Long Beach. I left college for a job on the NBC game show, Time Machine, while studying comedy writing with Get Smart writer Dee Caruso at UCLA. I worked from 1985 to 1992 for the late lighting designer Wally Russell as a personal assistant and in the stage management of the Los Angeles Opera while Mr. Russell served as the company’s Technical Director. (See The Wally Russell Foundation and The Wally Award, bestowed for excellence in lighting design) I lived and worked in Germany from 1992 to 1994, traveling throughout the continent during these years. For Mr. Stokes, I assisted in the home studio where three albums were produced and with the booking then staging of live performances while managing Mr. Stokes’ web presence, also serving as a photographer and videographer. I live and work in Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
2. Where can we find you on the internet?
To purchase my e-book Stokesified! or download the first 5% free:
 
To purchase my e-book Stokesified! for your Apple devices:
 
3. Why did you choose the genre you write in and how would you describe your writing style?
My book is a memoir not a biography because the man I wrote about did not live to see it completed. Frank A. Stokes went into his fatal heart attack while sitting next to me on a December morning in 2010. My book about his life and career was supposed to end with the release of the album Mr. Stokes left less than half completed and the shows he was preparing to perform in the summer that neither he nor his wife would live to see, as she would pass away from cancer in the spring of 2011. One of the musicians I interviewed, a Native American drummer who had known Mr. Stokes for decades and also recorded for Pink Floyd on The Wall also passed away, having gone into his fatal heart attack onstage behind his drums. I never expected to inject as many of my own observations into the work as I had to out of necessity. The book is based on 24 hours of interviews with Mr. Stokes and others that I painstakingly transcribed. Early on I realized that what Mr. Stokes and the people around him were saying was far more important than what I had to say. One of my friends who saw the work before it was released said that I was functioning more like a court reporter than an author. As for my writing style, I’ve always been a speed reader, and the fast flow of words through my head definitely effects the way I write. Grammar classes were always a nightmare to be endured and forgotten. Grammarians didn’t like the way I tend to write in long flowing sentences. 
 
4. Tell us about your latest book
Frank A. Stokes was a brilliant composer and so much more. It took years of me working for him before I dared ask if I could write about him. On the afternoon of Friday, June 15, 2001 as Frank was preparing in his Brooklyn, New York apartment to play a three hour, three set gig of his original music in SoHo, downtown Manhattan, I finally asked. Frank A. Stokes was Navajo, with his paternal grandfather having been born in Wyoming in 1876 then removed to the east coast to go to an Indian school at age 11. Frank’s grandfather lived long enough to teach him the ways of his people, having been a race car driver and a black faced vaudeville dancer. Frank had a paternal uncle who ran Brooklyn’s RKO Theater, so, from as soon as he could stand the theater became in effect his babysitter. Frank would be backstage among the musicians and see the original Rock N’ Roll shows of Alan Freed and Murray The K. His childhood was like a dream until his parents, who never married, separated. Frank went into foster care and emerged to find his mother had married a violent alcoholic. This is why I waited so long to seek Mr. Stokes’ trust in telling the story. His is the most vicious tale of child abuse I have ever personally know of. Mr. Stokes’ would be quick to point out others had it far worse than him. Mr. Stokes spoke for the book with amazing candor. He would grow up to play the electric bass and found himself in the heart of the 1970’s New York City underground scene centered around CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City. Even as he was breathing fire and playing the heaviest music in the city with later to be famous punk acts opening for him, Frank A. Stokes wanted to create jazz. By the time I met him in 1995 he was taking the first steps to assemble the world class group of players that would feel like an extended family, saxophone player Dave Morgan, who worked with Ornette Coleman and for years on the Tony Awards, drummer Dan Walsh, a Berklee graduate of remarkable talent who is the best possible drummer for something as demanding as what Mr. Stokes envisioned, Mac Gollehon, perhaps the world’s most recorded trumpeter, having played with everyone from Hector Lavoe to Mick Jagger and David Bowie. With Mac Gollehon, Dan Walsh and Dave Morgan Mr. Stokes would also play in a side project that appeared at Carnegie Hall with Gil-Scott Heron and Dizzy Gillespie’s drummer, the New School professor Charli Persip, whom I also interviewed for the book. Things were going well, then, as Frank was minutes away from recording in his home studio the keyboard part to carry the recording of his daughter’s favorite of his song, the World Trade Center was attacked. Mr. Stokes would have the debris of the World Trade Center rain down upon his home. The neighborhood where he made his living was devastated. His response was to expand his musical family by bringing in the Native American musicians, singers and dancers that would be with him to the end of his life. Frank A. Stokes had a term he coined, Stokesified, to describe how any sound he heard he made his own. When I asked Mr. Stokes what he thought the subtitle would be, he said, “Standing On Mother Earth, Sliding On A Bass String.”
 
5. If you could live in any world from a book or movie which would it be and why?
With all I’ve seen in show business since I was introduced to Bill Cosby at age 13 backstage at the Las Vegas Hilton and I knew I had to get into the game, it’s felt like I live in an alternate universe. I’m very grateful for the experiences I’ve had. If there’s one entertainment universe that’s been a constant in my life, I’ve been a Trekker since age 3. My father took me to the first ever Star Trek Convention at the Americana Hotel in Manhattan. The ideas of life having value and dedication making justice possible were instilled within me by The Great Bird Of The Galaxy. I would also have loved to have been a 1969 New York Met.
6. What was your favorite book growing up?
Growing up in Brooklyn and on Staten Island until our family moved to California when I was 11 you’d see the water, you’d smell the ocean. I had thoughts of being a sailor, so I’d read military histories and sea stories like Alastair McLean wrote. In my early teens I found The Razor’s Edge. The bulk of my reading was newspapers and magazines, but by high school I found Gravity’s Rainbow, On The Road and Naked Lunch. These are my three favorite novels.
 
7. The infamous question – What advice would you give to aspiring and new authors out there?
People make way too big a deal out of the mechanics and the ritual of writing. It’s true that my speed reading and command of the language gives me an advantage, but, they’re all the same words, we all know them. What makes a good writer is the ability to achieve the suspension of disbelief. This can be done simply by talking into a tape recorder and getting readers used to the flow of your voice. This can be done also by realizing there is an artistry that goes along with writing, an ability to slip details in that make people feel as if the experience is real. People who don’t have much experience writing tend to under-write, to not set scenes firmly enough, and then it can get like a chain reaction car crash as the underwritten scenes make stilted dialogue stand out like a sore thumb. Another piece of advice that may seem odd comes from my speed reading. I tend to take a longer view and watch the patterns in the writing. To me, Thomas Pynchon and Gabriel Garcia Marquez are the ultimate masters of writing that flows and is well constructed. Beginners tend to have a pattern of stops and starts, as if only being able to see two sentences ahead as they’re going along. 
 
8. What are your preferred method to use while writing and environment?
All I need is a computer and Charlie Parker. I’ve tried writing by hand and it didn’t work. It wasn’t fast enough and since I’m also my own editor the way I make substitutions isn’t practical on the pad. I wouldn’t recommend going as far as I do editing myself to people starting out, but, I had some great teachers from the worlds of journalism and advertising, again, another advantage I’m grateful for. When I write I need to have the background noise eliminated. I can’t have lyrics being sung, as the point of eliminating the background noise is to not hear things people are saying as I concentrate, so, I have a 10 CD set of Charlie Parker I use most often. I can also use the 4 CD Re-issue of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, or the 4 CD set of John Coltrane like at the Village Vanguard.
 
9. What are your favorite games? 
Again, this question goes back to working with Frank A. Stokes. When Frank was fourteen a drunk driving friend of his mother’s first husband snt the car Frank was riding in the front seat of into the back of a truck and sent him through a windshield. To keep what remained of his vision, Frank was using video games from when he first got his computer in 1997. Frank loved the game MechWarrior3 and I played it online with him as well. One of the people we played this game with was lost on September 11, 2001 as a passenger on Flight 93. As the debris was falling on us in Brooklyn, our friend was lost in Pennsylvania. You’ll beat me at chess and there aren’t any other games I play. I escape into books and films like Akira Kurozawa’s Dreams.
10. What can we look forward to from you in the future?
I have two novels underway, one inspired by being around the days of 1980’s computer programming and the other a piece of sci-fi about the problems and culture of an alternate world. I hope to have them both done by the end of 2014, but I’m not exactly a deadlines kind of guy… 
Thanks again Angelo for answering my questions!

Author Spotlight: Meet Elizabeth Los!

In this week’s spotlight, it’s my extreme pleasure to introduce the author, Elizabeth Los!

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1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a cancer registrar by day and a writer by night, plus a wife and mother full time.

2) Where can we find you on the internet?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SantaFlash
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/santaflash
My blog: http://www.elizabethlos.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorELos
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6624486.Elizabeth_Los

3) Why did you chose the genre you write in and how would you describe your writing style?
A friend challenged me to write a story where the villain was actually the hero. For me, it just made sense to keep him in the world of fantasy.

4) Tell us about your latest book.
Second on the Right is the story of a man who has everything taken from him. Hell bent on revenge, the reader will see him change from the man he once was to a man whose name strikes fear (or delight) into the hearts of all who hear it: Captain Hook.
5) If you could live in any world from a book or movie which would it be and why?
I couldn’t pick just one. I see fun in a lot of worlds, such as Middle-earth, Doctor Who universe, Victorian period with Sherlock HolmesI could go on and on, but I’ll spare you.
6) What was your favorite book growing up?
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, though I’ve enjoyed all of the Sherlock Holmes stories. More recently, it’s been Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. If you enjoy a good monster movie, you probably would enjoy Relic.
7) The infamous question- what advice would you give to any aspiring and new authors out there?
Before putting your name and work out there, make absolutely sure it is of the highest quality possible. Don’t just rely on family and friends to help. Seek out professional editors. Try not to be in a rush to publish.
8) What are your preferred method to use while writing and environment?
I’ve written in all types of settings: local coffee shop, doctor’s office waiting room, lobby at the auto shop, while camping, sitting on the beach and at home. I use music to help focus on the story.
9)What are your favorite games (tabletop and/or video)? If you’re not too much into gaming (even monopoly counts!) what are your other hobbies?
I used to play City of Heroes before it was cancelled. That was a fun game. I’ve been known to play board games (Monopoly) and card games (Munchkin!). I’ve enjoyed playing Disney’s Infinity, but only when using Davy Jones or Hector Barbossa. 😉
10) What can we look forward from you in the future?
I’m working on a series of paranormal mysteries novels that I hope to release in the next few years.

Thanks again Elizabeth for taking the time to answer my questions!
Second on the Right is available on:
Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/4427270 (available on May 9th)
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/406005
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18459893-second-on-the-right
Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Second-Right-Elizabeth-Los-ebook/dp/B00K7I9YXE/
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5-30 Author Spotlight- Introducing Brian Woods

For this week’s spotlight it’s my pleasure to introduce fantasy author, Brian Woods!
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a computer programmer during the day who weaves works of fiction at night. My dual life allows me to earn a decent living but still put my heart and soul into my dream.
2) Where can we find you on the internet?
3) Why did you chose the genre you write in and how would you describe your writing style?
I decided on Fantasy because I enjoy reading it the most. I dabble in other genres here and there just to get a feel for what else is out there. Variety is the spice of life.
4) Tell us about your latest book.
With so many going at the moment, I guess I will tell you about the latest released. A Werecat’s Journal: First Life is the beginning of a nine part series about a Werecat in the southern states. It follows all 9 of his lives as a cat. It is a paranormal mystery / urban fantasy that has received all good reviews at the moment. It’s a quick read, easy to follow, and a great series by myself and Roy C. Booth.
5) If you could live in any world from a book or movie which would it be and why?
Arrakis, Dune, the desert planet. A man is judged by his deeds and intentions.
6) What was your favorite book growing up?
The Pern series as well as the Dune series. Hard to pick just one book, or just one series. I do enjoy reading and have read quite a few books in my short years.
7) The infamous question- what advice would you give to any aspiring and new authors out there?
Don’t be in a hurry… for anything.
8) What are your preferred method to use while writing and environment?
I like it quiet and comfortable. A library with nice chairs, a small coffee shop, at home with no kids, whatever I can find to give me privacy, peace, and quiet.
9)What are your favorite games (tabletop and/or video)? If you’re not too much into gaming (even monopoly counts!) what are your other hobbies?
I still play Ultima Online occasionally. The free server, http://www.uorenaissance.com , is where I spend my gaming time on PC. I also play D&D board games when I get groups together. And I am a sucker for No Limit Texas Hold’em
10) What can we look forward from you in the future?
Now that is quite a long list. I have 14 current projects that are either in edit, 2nd draft, or waiting to be published. On top of that, I have 27 more projects that have been outlined, rough drafted, or started into production. I am working with 3 co-writers at the moment: Roy C. Booth, Jesse Duckworth, and Taylor Woods. Of course Second Life (A Werecat’s Journal), Chords of Charis (A Song Matron Novel), The Valkron Saga, and Points are on the list to release in the near future.
Thanks Brian for answering my questions!

Author Spotlight 5/24*- Meet Nadine Keels!

First a huge apology to Nadine for being late in posting this spotlight, helping people move this past week and having to get up after three hours of sleep wasn’t a good combo yesterday. Without further ado it is my pleasure to introduce author Nadine Keels!

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1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m Nadine, a lifelong bookworm-turned-author with a particular passion for fiction. I’m becoming as much of a film lover as I am a book lover—it all stems from my love of storytelling. When I was thirteen, reading a novel saved my life (John Nielson Had a Daughter by Ruth Livingston Hill), and I now write to help people: to bring hope, to change minds, to expand imagination, to provide entertainment, and to save lives, all of which other authors’ books have done for me.

2) Where can we find you on the internet?

My website is Prismatic Prospects, http://prismaticprospects.wordpress.com/. I’m also on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

3) Why did you choose the genre you write in and how would you describe your writing style?

As far as fiction goes, my favorite books tend to have romance in them, even if they’re not strictly in the romance novel genre, so writing books with romance (or love stories) in them is a natural, even inevitable, choice for me. As far as my writing style, I’m a poet and a lover of words. We live in a media-driven culture of quick sound bites and 140-character limitations, and I believe there should always be books where readers can delve into the depth and height and breadth of language. Sometimes taking the scenic route and enjoying the ride in literature is a great way to paint a compelling, lasting picture for reading audiences and thinkers, something I find and appreciate in much of the classic literature I read—something I don’t want our society to lose. I don’t yet have the command of language I’d like to have one day, but I’m working on it, and my writing reflects my love of words: concise with license.

4) Tell us about your latest book.

The Movement of Crowns is a novella series of royalty, romance, war, and hope, set in the fictional kingdoms of Diachona and Munda. The three books center on an indomitable princess, a beautiful prankster, and a young, untried ruler of a powerful Realm: three people whose destinies are entwined. An epic journey awaits each of them, after which they’ll never be the same.

5) If you could live in any world from a book or movie which would it be and why?

I can’t say I’d want to live in any world besides the one I live in now, but I’d like to visit the world of Anne of Green Gables on Prince Edward Island to see some of that splendid nature L.M. Montgomery does a magnificent job of describing in her books.

6) What was your favorite book growing up?

My favorite book for much of my childhood was Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary. Even as a “pest,” Ramona is so relatable!

7) The infamous question- what advice would you give to any aspiring and new authors out there?

My main piece of advice that I repeat for any writer is simple: know the specific reason(s) why you, the individual, write, so that you’re writing (and living) on purpose. Be able to clearly articulate your purpose for writing to yourself and to other people. Whenever you experience discouragement anywhere in your writing, publishing, or book business process, you can revisit the reason(s) why you write, which will motivate you to keep on doing what you’re doing, and to do it well.

8) What are your preferred method to use while writing and environment?

Quiet room indoors, sitting at my laptop. If it’s sunny outside, I prefer to sit where fresh air and lots of sunlight can come in, but I don’t necessarily want to go outside while I’m writing. Too many pleasant distractions out there.

9) What are your favorite games (tabletop and/or video)? If you’re not too much into gaming (even monopoly counts!) what are your other hobbies?

My favorite board games are Monopoly and Pay Day—but only when Monopoly is played by the House Rules my family used when I was growing up, and only if the Pay Day game is the nice, homey, old-fashioned version that came out in 1975.

10) What can we look forward to from you in the future?

My plan: more inspiring fiction with romance until I’ve written all such books I can write! I’m currently trying my hand at a Chick Lit title. We’ll see how it goes.

Thanks again Nadine for taking the time and answering my questions.

Author Spotlight 5/16 – Meet Thelonious Legend!

It’s my pleasure this week to introduce scifi/fantasy author, Thelonious Legend!

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I guess you can say it’s hard to pigeon hole me.  I enjoy rock climbing, boxing, fishing, chess, MMA and of course reading.  I am a certified personal trainer but my day job is managing a software team(I use to be developer).  Most of my off-hours are devoted to taking my daughters to band practice, orchestra practice, tennis, track, and basketball.  When I do get some free time I love movies especially independent art house film.

2) Where can we find you on the internet?

I’m all over the Internet!  Below are my links…

https://www.facebook.com/TheloniousLegend?ref=hl

http://theloniouslegend.blogspot.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Thelonious-Legend/e/B00II6GJZS/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1395672908&sr=1-2-ent

 

3) Why did you chose the genre you write in and how would you describe your writing style?

I’ve always been a fan of fantasy and sci-fi and as luck would have it so are my daughters. But unfortunately there not a lot of heroes/protagonist that look like my daughters so I thought it would be fun write a book where the hero resembles my girls.

4) Tell us about your latest book.

Well to summarize I guess you can call it a girl empowerment novel for tweens and teens, and adults. It follows the antics of three sisters in what I hope is a humorous way as they attempt to fix what ails them.

5) If you could live in any world from a book or movie which would it be and why?

Not sure.  I guess it might be Harry Potter’s world.  JK Rowling did such a great job of world building it’s hard not to envision yourself skipping classes at Hogwarts.  And I think I would absolutely kill it at quidditch!

6) What was your favorite book growing up?

I have to say the Wizard of Earth Sea.  And I still love that book

7) The infamous question- what advice would you give to any aspiring and new authors out there?

Don’t wait!

8) What are your preferred method to use while writing and environment?

Silence!

9)What are your favorite games (tabletop and/or video)? If you’re not too much into gaming (even monopoly counts!) what are your other hobbies?

I don’t play video games. I got in trouble while in college and have been cold turkey ever since.  I guess my three favorite board games are chess, risk, and monopoly.

10) What can we look forward from you in the future?

More zany adventures of the Parker Sisters!

Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions Theonious!

 

Author Spotlight for 4-25-14, Meet Julia Legian

A bit late this week on posting, but without further ado it is my pleasure to introduce author, Julia Legian!

1)      Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Julia Legian. I was born in 1972 in South Vietnam, though truth be told nobody in my family really knows my real date of birth. During the war time I suppose people had other priorities than birth registries. My childhood was pretty tough, and that is the subject of my memoir The Ugly Daughter. In the early 80s my family managed to escape Vietnam as “boat people” and after a few years in a refugee camp, we immigrated to Australia, where I live till this day. I’m happily married to my husband, Simion and I have a wonderful son, Jeremy.

2) Where can we find you on the internet?

http://www.theuglydaughter.com/ would be a good start and also on https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7827024.Julia_Legian and on facebook.

3) Why did you chose the genre you write in and how would you describe your writing style?

I’m not a professional writer. I am just an ordinary person with an extraordinary story I’d like to share with the world in the hope of inspiring others. My writing style is brutally honest, simple and sincere and it’s written from my heart.

4) Tell us about your latest book.

The Ugly Daughter is my memoir. It covers the early years of my life from a young age till the time we escaped Vietnam and headed to Australia. I had what many would consider a horrific upbringing and despite all that, I managed to survive and become a successful person in my own right. I wrote the book to demonstrate that anything is possible as long as you have firm faith and believe in yourself. I also hope I can inspire and encourage others to persevere and better their lives.

5) If you could live in any world from a book or movie which would it be and why?

I’d love to live in that beautifully house by the river in the movie called The Notebook. The property was set in an idyllic and serene country town. I love water and peace.

6) What was your favorite book growing up?

The Little Mermaid and other Vietnamese fairytales

7) The infamous question- what advice would you give to any aspiring and new authors out there?

Do what you love. Work hard and never give up on your dream.

8) What are your preferred method to use while writing and environment?

I write at home in bed. The moment I wake up in the morning. I lie in bed and try to recall as many memories as I could. I have a notebook next to me and as soon as a new memory resurfaces I start to write it down. Later on during the day I go through my notes, sort them chronologically and refine the words until I am satisfied with the result. I have my favourite Buddha chill-out meditation music playing in the background to keep me calm and focused.

9)What are your favorite games (tabletop and/or video)? If you’re not too much into gaming (even monopoly counts!) what are your other hobbies?

Cash Flow 101 and 202

10) What can we look forward from you in the future?

The Ugly Daughter Part 2.

Thanks again Julia for taking the time to answer my questions!

Author Spotlight 4-18, Meet Mark Woods!

In this week’s spotlight its my pleasure to introduce, author Mark Woods!

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1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Mark Woods and I have always wanted to be a writer but never did anything about it. Instead I simply reviewed books on Amazon and goodreads. A couple of years ago I wrote a series of reviews for catt dahman and her z is for zombie series. She told me I had a way with words and not knowing my dream of being a writer, encouraged me to write something. Now I have had several shorts published and work as an Editor for Catt at her publishing company, J.Ellington Ashton Press, as well as writing and working full time as a chef.

2) Where can we find you on the internet?

My Facebook author page can be found at www.facebook.com/markwoodsauthor. I also have an Amazon author page and my own blog at http://sparkymarky1973.blogspot.co.uk/

3) Why did you chose the genre you write in and how would you describe your writing style?

My writing style varies on what I’m writing but I have been described as having a unique UK voice. I tend to write mostly horror and sci-fi because those are the books I enjoy reading but I also write erotica under a pen name. Those stories I began writing because I wanted to write and share stories I found arousing myself. There is not enough really good, well written Erotica out there and I wanted to try my hand at something totally different and outside my comfort zone.

4) Tell us about your latest book.

Time Of Tides is a Lovecraftian inspired horror set on the UK Norfolk Broads. Amidst mass flooding and the worst storms ever to hit the planet, one family set out on a boat to try and escape the worst of the damage to their home. As they flee, looking for salvation, they quickly realise nowhere is safe and that there are just as many threats to their survival on the water as there is on land. It is a short novella but has gotten rave reviews from those who have read it ANC I have received excellent feedback so far!

5) If you could live in any world from a book or movie which would it be and why?

I would love to live in Robin Hobb’s Six Duchies. The world that she has created in her books is so magical and well imagined and I absolutely adore every one of the novels she has written about Fitzchivalry Farseer and the dragons of that world. She is quite simply one of my favourite authors now of all time and has been ever since I picked up her first book, Assassin’s Apprentice!

6) What was your favorite book growing up?

IT by Stephen King and The Talisman by him and Peter Straub were and remain two of my favourite books of all time. Another I always loved was Boys Life by Robert.M.McCammon

7) The infamous question- what advice would you give to any aspiring and new authors out there?

Write. Just write. I wasted too long of my life not writing because I didn’t think I was good enough. Now I have been told I have a real future as an author if I continue to produce at the same standard. That is a very refreshing thing to be told and very reassuring. If you believe writing us something you want to do with alas soon, you should just go for it!

8) What are your preferred method to use while writing and environment?

I find it difficult to write with other distractions around me, but I often have a notebook and pen on me to make notes, jot story ideas. J.R.Lansale says that those who don’t have time to write are just making excuses. Every time I have a spare 5 minutes on my hands, I find myself thinking about writing or jotting something down now.

9)What are your favorite games (tabletop and/or video)? If you’re not too much into gaming (even monopoly counts!) what are your other hobbies?

Well, I have an obsession with GTA, but I don’t get much time for Xbox any more what with writing and editing.

10) What can we look forward from you in the future?

I am trying to expand my short story, Hand Built By Robots, into a full novel and am writing a horror book about genetically manipulated false widow spiders. Also I am part of a six author vampire collaboration coming out in a few months hopefully, called Feral Hearts. This book attempts to make vampires scary again and less sparkly and features other authors such as Edward Cardillo and Amanda.M.Lyons as well as Catt Dahman, Michael Fisher and the absolutely awesome Jim Goforth!

Thanks again Mark for taking the time to answer my questions.