Author Interview 116 – Charles F. Bond

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Welcome to Charles F. Bond

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born in Basildon, Essex, and having moved around a lot, working on various pig farms throughout the UK, yes, Scotland as well, I’m now living in Suffolk, where I have the opportunity to earn some money whilst working with pigs, and have enough time off to write.

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc.I like fantasy stuff, so that’s where I’m most happy writing, but I also like ghosts, and write about these in other stories, most of which have been short stories to date. Buried was an exceptional write, and I still enjoy reading it at writer clubs that I attend.

Beyond Endless Tides is a fantasy tale told within the ocean, and my debut series if you like. I love the fact we don’t know everything about our water world, and that appeals to the writer in me to be creative when making up a story.

Are your characters based on real people? No, simply because I can’t imagine them with tails. There is an exception, of course, and though I won’t embarrass her by mentioning her name, I did have an image of a friend I knew years ago who had long hair which flowed to the nape of her back and a little beyond. I saw her as a mermaid, in some of my dreaming, and though she didn’t make the cut as it were into the casting, I did dream of swimming and meeting her as a mermaid.

Have you ever used a person you don’t/didn’t like as a character then killed them off? [Chuckles] It’s a writer’s prerogative isn’t it, but no, I haven’t drowned anyone, as yet. In the future novels which will come, I may find a way to do so.

Is there a message conveyed within your writing?  Do you feel this is important in a book? I write books to tell stories. No hidden agendas, no messages, just story. I know many great books with this element, but I’m not a fan of putting it in my own worlds. This may change as the years roll on, however. As to their importance, I’m easy where it comes to other authors, if they have a message and they want to convey it in their storytelling then I guess it’s important enough to that individual author to do so.

In what formats are your books available? (E-books, print, large print audio) Are you intending to expand these and if not, what is the reason? I’m glad you asked. So far anyone can get copies of my books as e-book and print paperbacks. Now that I have completed the third novella, which falls just short in word length to a novel, I’ll be looking into getting a narrator to read each story for their individual audiobook.

For anyone who may have looked over my website, you may know the reason behind my dedicating Beyond Endless Tides to Andrew. For those of you who don’t, Andrew was my first ever best friend, and when he went away on holiday, I was distraught when he didn’t return. You see he was on the Herald of Free Enterprise on 6th March 1987, and was one of the 193 passengers and crew who didn’t make it. Next year heralds the thirtieth anniversary of the disaster, and I’ll be creating an omnibus edition, which will feature extra scenes, and maybe a few ones that I cut. I’m undecided but will probably go for a hard back copy, though may run leather bound editions for a short time, too. Whatever I do they will be released on 6th March 2017.

Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? Yes, I self-edit, you have to after a first draft, and then you edit, and edit again until you are happy with the story. But this isn’t what you meant. Every story, no matter who writes it, being a first-timer or a veteran needs some form of outside influence. The writer is just too close to his own works to make the necessary changes to improve the reading experience. He/she him- herself may be the world’s most avid reader, but where it comes to their own work, they need other eyes to show them where things are and aren’t working. Editors are a must for any author, indeed they are.

I think most early authors, myself included, are so eager to get their works out there, they fail to take the time to get any form of editing services. You can tell.

Do you think indie/self-published authors are viewed differently to traditionally published authors? Why do you think this might be? I think certainly this used to be the case when self-publishing first took off, predominantly because indies were thought to be bad writers who couldn’t get a traditional book deal. This of course wasn’t the truth on the most part; it was just that their story, at that time wasn’t seen as a good investment for one reason or another. There are many reasons publishing houses reject submissions, and many aren’t seen at all in some cases because the author didn’t follow one guideline or another in their approach.

But the world is a changin’ and indies are becoming more and more sought after in the marketplace, some even get the traditional deal they want after their books prove to be a success. Indeed there are many successful indies out there, and this falls to the previous question, editors. Indies know they need them to create a marketable end product. The writing serves its own reward for the author.

Do you read work by self-published authors? Yes, and I am delighted with the books I’ve read. I know plenty in the business through social media.

What are your opinions about authors commenting on reviews? How important are reviews? Reviews are a necessity for discoverability. You are doing any author a huge favour by leaving a review: it’s a little like putting him/her on the news where people see their face and know more about what they do. And authors who reply to these reviews should always be professional, polite and courteous. No author should ever fall into the trap of responding to bad reviews. Reviews are a person’s personal experience of the title, leave them be.

What are your reviews on authors reviewing other authors? We are all readers, too, and have our likes, dislikes and such, and should have our say on the time we spend in another’s world.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? I’ve had this discussion with many people. To me, reading words on a page will always allow the reader’s mind to create its own image of a scene. I sometimes, hate when a book I’ve loved is made into a film, because what I see in my imagination through reading isn’t going to be the same as the setting on a movie. When I’ve read a good book, what I have in my head is my own private account of what I was given from reading the pages, and it’s mine, no one else’s.

What three pieces of advice would you give to new writers? First and foremost, read. Some say you should not read in the genre you are writing, and that may be true when you are actively writing, but when you are between books, read that genre, too. Read consciously, sub-consciously, good stuff and bad, it all helps you become a better writer.

Find yourself a good illustrator. I have now, and for my next book I’m willing to shell out on a good book cover image. People do judge a book by its cover, so it is paramount you make it the best you can.

And remember, writing is always rewritten, once the first draft is done, you should always go back and retype. Edit your words as much as you can until you are happy. We are our own worst enemies where it comes to our creations, so you have to make it as good as you can, and then seek out a good editor to find the parts you, as the author of the story, are just too close to notice.

Most authors like to read, what have you recently finished reading? Did you enjoy it?Yes, love reading. The most recent read that I finished was Theif’s Magic by Trudi Canavan. She is an Australian author whose author voice I adore because, in places, she has poetic prose. This book has a talking book with a twist, and no I won’t spoil it and tell you what that is.

My current read is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I bought this book a month ago and have been putting off reading it for no other reason than I had other books to read whose authors I’ve read before. Had I known Rothfuss’s words would sing to me, as they do, I’d have read this a lot, lot sooner.

What are your views on authors offering free books? I have mixed views on freebies. It’s a good idea to run a free promotion on an earlier book of a series prior to a new release, doing so in the run up to ‘book day’, but permanently free is another matter. I don’t think authors should be giving away their hard work, not for long periods. Promoting your brand is fine, but in little bites.

Do you have a favourite movie? Some of you may already know this, but my favourite movie is Waterworld. “Good morning, or night, whichever the case may be”, is one of my favourite quotes from the film.

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? I’ve always had a vivid imagination, even as a child. My big sister knew this and told me many silly facts. The one that sticks with me to this day is that she once told me if the blood from my nose bleed touched either of my feet, I’d die. I believed her.

 

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The Gradonzaras is out 3rd October. Pre-orders available for e-book editions, though paperbacks are live and you can purchase these ahead of release date.

 

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E-book Links are for The Sea Dragons (English Vernacular Edition). My original idea was to make up some mer-words for Beyond Endless Tides, but some early reviewers said these were too confusing when reading on ereaders, though a glossary was included, and I think I have done enough around each word for readers to understand them as they go. In most cases a few clicks will take you to the original idea I’m sure.

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Cover Reveal – Rogue – Tonya Coffey

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Clytie, a Valkyrie, finds herself questioning Odin’s orders when Psyche comes for a shape-shifting panther, Storm. He rescues Clytie from a giant and something inside her changes. A spark ignites, triggering an emotion Valkyries are forbidden to experience. Following her new feelings, Clytie turns her back on all she knows to be with Storm. She knows it’s only a matter of time before Odin puts a price on their heads.
Odin furious with his Valkyrie for disobeying him, and proving the Well right, accepts the War is coming and Clytie will be the goddess who dethrones him, unless her sister stops her first.
Publication date will be September 27, 2016
Size: 6×9
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Author Interview 116 – A J Dalton – Fantasy

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Welcome to A J Dalton

 

Where are you from and where do you live now? From Croydon, now living in Manchester, UK. I also live online a lot. My website is www.ajdalton.eu, which is a portal for those who like fantasy, and which gives plenty of advice and steer to aspiring authors. And I’m on facebook and twitter, blah blah.

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. I’m the UK’s leading author of metaphysical fantasy, mainly cos all the other writers are dead. It wasn’t me. I wrote the first new-wave zombie book back in 2008, called Necromancer’s Gambit. I then did a trilogy for Gollancz, starting with Empire of the Saviours, which sold very well in Germany for some reason (they either have good taste or no taste). Now, I’m doing a trilogy for Grimbold Books: The Book of Orm (2015), The Book of Angels (2016), and The Book of Dragons (2017).

Research can be important in world-building, how much do you need to do for your books? Do you enjoy this aspect of creating a novel and what are your favourite resources? My fantasy novels tend to be second-world and psychological, so I don’t need to do much research. Mind you, I’ve taught English all round the world, and other cultures definitely influence my writing. I’ve also learnt a number of martial arts – I’m one of your better authors when it comes to writing a bloody fight scene. But the only book I’ve ever done historical research for is ‘I Am a Small God’, because it’s about a minor Greek god who survives through different eras – so I had to get human historical details right. I don’t enjoy researching that much, as it slows down the writing. Unlike Hilary Mantel, I prefer the writing to the research.

Is there a message conveyed within your writing?  Do you feel this is important in a book? Yes, a number of philosophical themes, including the impossibility of true freedom. I actually coined the sub-genre of ‘metaphysical fantasy’, which is now a category of fiction within the Amazon website.

Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? I self-edit because I’ve been an English language teacher for like 20 years. I have better grammar and punctuation than anyone my publishers can supply. BUT I do use a reading group to spot typos and continuity errors – and they give me emotional support too (very important during long winters).

Do you think indie/self-published authors are viewed differently to traditionally published authors? Why do you think this might be? Yes. There is a (false) idea that self-published work is inferior to stuff published by the mainstream. This idea is wrong, and probably an idea put round by those with a commercial agenda. Basically, publishers reject commercial-standard manuscripts on a daily basis simply because the publishers (falsely) believe the market is only looking for certain things. Look at Marlon James (Booker Prize Winner) – his books were rejected by everyone. Charlaine Harris’s True Blood series was rejected by every single publisher until vampire fiction was suddenly fashionable again.

What are your opinions about authors commenting on reviews? How important are reviews? I think authors should be able to comment on reviews, especially reviews that are unfair. BUT that’s not how things work, I’m afraid. Any author commenting on a review gets accused of silencing free speech, etc. It’s a shame.

What are your views on authors reviewing other authors? Ha. Authors are often very enthusiastic about the genre in which they write. They’re readers too. They often want to share their enthusiasm. BUT if the review isn’t entirely positive, the reviewing author will suddenly find their own books start getting reviews that aren’t entirely positive too. Tit for tat. It’s a shame.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? Well, F. R. Leavis said a book was ‘active entertainment’ but a movie was ‘passive entertainment’. I tend to agree. A book makes you work harder than a movie. But a book and a movie serve different functions. They both have their strengths.

What three pieces of advice would you give to new writers?

  1. Develop your selling skills – cos writing it is far easier than selling it
  2. Ignore feedback unless you’re getting similar feedback from a range of readers
  3. Learn to master narrative perspective and avoid ‘intrusive author voice’ – if you’re not sure what that means, check my short essay and the cited examples in Art of the Novel, by Salt Publishing.

Most authors like to read, what have you recently finished reading? Did you enjoy it? My guilty pleasure is Gotrek and Felix, by the Black Library. Very strong characters, with well constructed moral dilemmas, and good fight scenes.

What are your views on authors offering free books? If an author has a range of titles, then giving one away for free can win you readers for your other titles. Look, authors make very little money as it is, so we’re not doing any of this to make money really. We’re doing this cos we have something we want to share with people. Giving away a few books never really hurt. And if the person who got the free copy passes it on, they’ll help recruit new readers for you and your other titles.

Do you have a favourite movie? Rollerball, James Caan. The individual fighting the world… and winning.

 

 

 

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Character Interview Number Thirty-Nine Jamela Thomas, et al

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Name (s) Jamela, Ms.J and LJ Thomas (nonfiction)

Describe your appearance in 10 words or less. Medium height African American woman

Do you have a moral code? If so what is it? Yes. I treat people the way I want to be treated.

Would you die for those you love? Yes. I value life and the people I love add value to the world so I would die to save their life.

Do you have any relationships you prize above others? Why? Yes, I prize my relationship with my mentors in life. These are spiritual mentors. They help keep me grounded and guide me through difficult time.

Do you have any phobias? Yes, bridges and heights.

Please give us a little information about the world in which you live. I live with multiple sclerosis and have been for over 20 years. I am a proud wife, mother, and grandmother. I am a co-owner of a music production company and I enjoy cooking, singing and crocheting in my spare time. I volunteer a great deal in my congregation and cherish time with family and friends.

Name and describe a food from your world. Hmmm a food from my world. That would have to be baked macaroni and cheese. This is pasta, milk, eggs, a little butter and cheese. After the pasta is cooked, everything is mixed together and placed in the oven for 30-40 minutes. This is comfort food.
Name a couple of myths and legends particular to your culture/people. We all like fried chicken and watermelon. We are all on welfare or do drugs. We are all uneducated. We all have talent in sports.
What is the technology level for your world/place of residence? What item would you not be able to live without? The technology my world is parallel to society. I have to say that I would not be able to live without my cell phone. I spend a lot of time talking to family, friends, clients, and others.

 

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Book(s) in which this character appears plus links
Kidnapped in Love (http://amzn.to/2bPVPS2)
Kidnapped in Love2:Backfire (link coming later this month)

Author name: Jamela

Website/Blog/Author pages etc.
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Website: http://info74085.wix.com/jamela
Jamela/Ms. J has been writing for 35+ plus years. She currently resides in the Atlanta, Georgia Metro with her musician/videographer husband. She reads almost anything and writes mainly fiction. She dabbles in poetry, prose and other non-fiction works. She has been published in regional magazines and newsletters. She released a medical book on Multiple Sclerosis in 2012. Her collection of short stories which focuses on women surviving relationships, And I Trusted You, was released in 2013. She released a 2nd edition of What Is This World Coming To? (a collection of YA sci-fi short stories) in 2014. In 2014 she also released Kidnapped in Love, Because I Love You, Unknown Factor and Run Trilogy. She enjoys, reading, singing and obviously, writing. Jamela/Ms. J believes everything good will take hard work and is worth having, especially if it benefits others.

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Trisha has dealt with the death of her husband and being kidnapped. Her life is good now and she and her children are happy after losing James. She can finally breathe again and let her guard down. She does so and falls in love with the man of her dreams. It was unexpected, to say the least. But, things are not always what they seem. Trisha will do anything to protect the children she loves and the life she has built. But she has skeletons in her closet which threaten the happiness of her entire family. Will she end up paying for past sins, real or imagined? Will her children suffer? Or will Trisha come out on top, again?

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Release Blitz for In the Flesh by K D Grace

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Out Now! – In The Flesh: Book 1 of The Medusa Consortium

 

 

In The Flesh Blurb:

When Susan Innes comes to visit her friend, Annie Rivers, in Chapel House, the deconsecrated church that Annie is renovating into a home, she discovers her outgoing friend changed, reclusive, secretive, and completely enthralled by a mysterious lover, whose presence is always felt, but never seen, a lover whom she claims is god. As her holiday turns into a nightmare, Susan must come to grips with the fact that her friend’s lover is neither imaginary nor is he human, and even worse, he’s turned his wandering eye on Susan, and he won’t be denied his prize. If Susan is to fight an inhuman stalker intent on having her as his own, she’ll need a little inhuman help.

 

 

 

 

EXCERPT 3 In The Flesh: Susan’s Secret Writings:

I wasn’t alone in the dark. I knew that the first time I entered the crypt at Chapel House. I could feel a presence there, almost as though someone stood just behind me, about to reach out and touch me. The shiver over my skin was not so much from fear, though certainly there was an element of fear, as it was from longing, bone-deep longing. I could barely breathe for it, I could barely stand under the weight of it, and I couldn’t imagine how such an ache, such a hunger could exist inside my flesh and not tear me apart. I was astonished that Annie seemed completely unaware of anything out of the ordinary, and to be quite honest, I wasn’t anxious to share it with her.

She continued to chatter on about her plans to make Chapel House over with a state of the art kitchen—she who didn’t cook, and a master suite that would rival the finest hotels in London. Strange that I could listen with one part of my brain and comment on her ideas for an open plan living space, for a library in the choir loft, for a wet room in the sacristy, while with another part of my brain I felt like every cell of my body was responding to whatever it was, whoever it was that I was certain waited there in the darkness, just beyond the beam of Annie’s Maglite.

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The departmentalizing of Annie’s plans and the feel of the presence in the darkness became much more difficult when I felt the closeness of a warm, hard body against my back and the humid nip of a kiss on the nape of my neck. I explained away my little gasp of surprise to Annie by saying I’d almost lost my footing. I should have been frightened. I should have been terrified, and believe me, I was. But by the time I felt a large hand splayed low against my belly, by the time I was certain of the maleness pressed hard and low just above my butt, I was far more intrigued than I was frightened. Even if terror had won out, I don’t think I could have forced myself to move as the hand in the darkness migrated to cup my breasts and thumb my nipples, first one, then the other, and the slow grind and undulation from behind became more demanding.

“The roses, they smell lovely.” I managed a breathless response to Annie’s ramblings about plans for the overgrown mess of a garden. “You might want to consider a scent garden.”

She laughed. “I can’t smell anything, but then you were always the one with the sensitive nose. Of course I’ll make sure there are lots of roses.” She knew they were my favorite, but I couldn’t imagine her not smelling them; the scent was nearly overwhelming in the tight space of the crypt. To my surprise, as she rambled on about a patio with a Jacuzzi, the smell of roses was subsumed in my own scent and the humid, piquant scent of a man well aroused. The hand on my breast began a slow, torturous descent, and I wanted nothing more than for Annie to keep talking, keep planning, anything to keep her from dragging me away from this place, at least for a few more minutes.

I asked about the Jacuzzi, hoping that would give me another minute. By the time she got started about the sites she’d looked up online and the builders she’d talked to, I was rocking back against the hardness, craning my neck to yield as much bare skin as possible to teeth and tongue and lips all soft and warm and wet and sharp and hard and demanding. Oh,

I tried to be as unobtrusive as possible, but looking back, I wonder how the hell Annie couldn’t see? How could she have missed it? But she rattled on and on about some builder just up the road near Keswick who was supposed to be really good, some guy named Michael. Like I gave a fuck.

The study suddenly felt stuffy and overheated, and Michael’s grip on my hand convulsed. His jaw tightened, but he didn’t look at me.

Magda paid little attention to either my discomfort or Michael’s. She just kept on reading.

He was cute, Annie said. That led to observations about this Michael’s broad shoulders and nice arse and speculation as to whether or not he would be any good in bed, and was it wise to seduce him before he put in her Jacuzzi or wait till after and seduce him in it. All the while I nodded and pretended to be interested.

I was thankful for the extra time, but Christ, how could she not notice me standing there, legs apart, rocking back and forth and shifting from foot to foot like I had ants in my knickers? In truth, what I wanted in my knickers surely couldn’t actually be there, and yet I felt it, fucking hell, how I felt it! I swear, I could feel muscle and sinew. Hell, I could feel the actual shape of an erection as though we were both naked, as though all he need do, this dark being who surely was just my imagination, was bend me over and open me, me struggling to keep my breathing quiet, me struggling to focus enough attention on my friend that she wouldn’t suspect I was about to come. Oh yes, I was terrified. I would have, should have, run, if I hadn’t been so intrigued, so turned on. I just wanted one more second, and then another and another.

In desperation that shocks me even now as I write this in the dark silence of Annie’s flat, I grabbed onto a wrist that I swear was as solid and warm as my own and guided the caress, the tease, the fondling of fingers and palm down my belly toward where I really needed it to be.

Annie yammered on about this Michael, all the things she’d heard about him, all the things she wanted to do to him—at least I think she did. My God, my whole body felt alive, every cell, every molecule. I could damn near feel the coursing of my own blood through my veins. You have no idea what an exhilarating combination fear and arousal make. I lost track of what Annie was saying, and the air was filled with the scent of sex. I could smell him, actually smell this phantom man, who was as near release as I was, and I was sure, as my knees gave beneath me, I felt the warm wet of his orgasm against my lower back. And then for an instant everything around me was silk and darkness, so perfect, so ecstatic. But just beyond that warm tight space, I knew. I knew as well as I know my own breath, I was terrified, and what I felt was like no terror I’d ever known before and, holy God in heaven, I want to feel it again.

And then I was shivering on my knees against the stone floor in the crypt at Chapel House.

“Susan? Susan, you’re scaring me.” Annie’s worried face invaded my field of vision before she half-blinded me with her Maglite. “Are you all right? What the hell happened?”

“Sorry, I got a little lightheaded there. Probably just blood sugar. I missed lunch,” I lied, stumbling quickly to my feet, making a quick swipe at the back of my skirt, surprised to find it was dry. Glancing over my shoulder into the narrow beam of the Maglite, I saw only the empty darkness of the crypt and the tunnel that led back to the rusted barred door. But I was certain someone was there, someone I hungered for way more than I hungered for food. And I was equally certain that I would have Him.

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About K D Grace

Voted ETO Best Erotic Author of 2014, and a proud member of The Brit Babes, K D Grace believes Freud was right. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. And nobody’s happier about that than she is, otherwise, what would she write about?

When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening. When she’s not gardening, she’s walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband have walked Coast to Coast across England, along with several other long-distance routes. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots. She also enjoys martial arts, reading, watching the birds and anything that gets her outdoors.

KD has erotica published with Totally Bound, SourceBooks, Xcite Books, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Sweetmeats Press and others.

K D’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels include, The Initiation of Ms Holly, Fulfilling the Contract, To Rome with Lust, and The Pet Shop. Her paranormal erotic novel, Body Temperature and Rising, the first book of her Lakeland Witches trilogy, was listed as honorable mention on Violet Blue’s Top 12 Sex Books for 2011. Books two and three, Riding the Ether, and Elemental Fire, are now also available.

K D Grace also writes hot romance as Grace Marshall. An Executive Decision, Identity Crisis, The Exhibition, Interviewing Wade are all available.

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Author Interview 115 – Jamela

Welcome to Jamela.

Where are you from and where do you live now? I am originally from South Carolina, but live in the Atlanta Georgia metro.

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. I write both nonfiction and fiction. I prefer fiction short stories. My latest release is the final part of a series called Kidnapped in Love2:Backfire.

Where do you find inspiration? I can find a story in anything. A phrase, a picture, a memory or anything.

Do you have a favourite character? If so why? I do not have a favorite. But, if I had to choose a most admired character, it would have to be, Danielle Steel’s Annabelle Worthington. I love the resilience of Annabelle and the way she succeeded regardless of the obstacles she faced.

Do you have a character you dislike? If so why? There is no character I dislike. However, I have to say that James is the character I feel has the most ruthless traits.

Are your characters based on real people? My characters are never based on real people.

Have you ever used a person you don’t/didn’t like as a character then killed them off? No. Generally, I do not kill of characters. This series is an exception because there are two deaths in the first book.

Research can be important in world-building, how much do you need to do for your books? Do you enjoy this aspect of creating a novel and what are your favourite resources? I enjoy researching and all aspects of it. I am a life-learner so anything I am curious about or do not know is great for me. I use Google to pull up search results. Then I go through and click the scholarly peer-reviewed articles to read. If none of these are available, I use the gov, edu, and professional reference site. I never use about.com, any wiki sites and rarely .com sites.

Is there a message conveyed within your writing?  Do you feel this is important in a book? The message conveyed is that the things we do come back to us. I do feel this is important because I hope readers will think about how they treat others.

Sort these into order of importance: Great characters; great world-building; solid plot; technically perfect. Can you explain why you chose this order? (Yes I know they all are important…)

  1. Solid plot
  2. Great characters
  3. Great world-building
  4. Technically perfect

In what formats are your books available? (E-books, print, large print audio) Are you intending to expand these and if not, what is the reason? My books are always available in trade paperback and eBook. I do not do large print or hardcover since I want the books to remain affordable. However, if I get enough requests for other formats from the readers, I will make them available.

Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? I do self-edit, because I am an editor. However, I have several others read the book before it is made available to the public for sale. I do believe every book should be professionally edited. Someone who is objective and a professional should edit the book. The author is too close to the story and will not see all of the errors. This is the main reason a professional editor should edit any book rather than the author.

Do you think indie/self-published authors are viewed differently to traditionally published authors? Why do you think this might be? I think traditional authors may feel in the back of their mind that self-published authors have either taken the easy way out because they did not want to put in the work to get published by a traditional publishing company.

Do you read work by self-published authors? Yes.

What are your opinions about authors commenting on reviews? How important are reviews? I do believe reviews are extremely important. However, I do not feel authors should dignify reviews by trolls (persons who purposely place only negative reviews). I do feel authors should interact with readers.

When buying a book do you read the reviews? I read one or two reviews. However, the reviews do no weigh in the decision as to whether or not to purchase the book.

What are your reviews on authors reviewing other authors? I feel that authors are uniquely qualified to review a book. As writers, they have a better understanding of how a plot should flow and how characters should be developed.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? Books tend to give more detail. Movies and games much provide an experience within a specified timeframe. This is not the case with a book and the author is able to really develop he plot and characters to their full potential for the story.

What three pieces of advice would you give to new writers?

  1. Write, write, write
  2. Read, read, read
  3. Never give up

What are your best marketing/networking tips? What are your worst? My best marketing/networking tip is to engage readers/fan/followers/friends and pay attention to what the trends are. Make sure you use social media. My worse tip would have to be don’t worry about marketing/networking.

Most authors like to read, what have you recently finished reading? Did you enjoy it? I recently completed reading the Bible. Yes, I enjoyed it very much.

Can you name your favourite traditionally published author? And your favourite indie/self-published author? My favorite, indie/self-published author is a tossup between Aija M Butler and Karen D. Neal. My favorite Traditional author is James Patterson

What are your views on authors offering free books? I think free books are a good way to exposure readers to an author they may not usually read.

Do you have a favourite movie? I have two favorite movies 1. Oh Brother, Where Art Thou and 2. The Color Purple

Do you have any pets? No.

Can you name your worst job? Do you think you learned anything from the position that you now use in your writing? My worse job was as an inserter for a local newspaper. I learned that the workplace is full of varied personalities and little snatches of conversation rarely tell the whole truth. I use this in my writing to this day.

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? I love to watch cartoons, Tweety and Sylvester

 

Book links:

 

And I Trusted You

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Kidnapped in Love

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What Is This world coming To? 

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Run Trilogy (Hit & Run, You Better Run and Who’s Running Now all in one volume) http://amzn.to/2cduZr6

 

Includes the following:

  1. Hit & Run http://amzn.to/2bZaJIV

 

  1. You Better Run http://amzn.to/2bR3Adl

 

  1. Who’s Running Now http://amzn.to/2c7eXvm

“The past finally catches up to Jeff and the running may not be the same.”

 

AMB Shorts http://amzn.to/2c7e5qy

This is a collection of flash fiction and short stories, quick reads that will keep you on the edge of your seat and then some. Get ready for your action fix to be satisfied. Roll call; betrayal, conspiracy, lies, drama, crime and more. Are all present.

 

  1. Cruel Intentions http://amzn.to/2bAAErh

 

  1. Your Love http://amzn.to/2caq4nW
  2. Quickie http://amzn.to/2c3sLrW

 

  1. Mr. & Mrs. Santiago http://amzn.to/2cdu3mq

 

  1. Unknown factor http://amzn.to/2c7f9Lo

 

  1. Family Gathering http://amzn.to/2bzMPpr
  2. Run Trilogy (Hit & Run, You Better Run and Who’s Running Now all in one volume)

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website/blog and author links:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/9727897-lj-jamela

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ljthomas1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jamela/568449613189000

Website: http://info74085.wix.com/jamela

 

Author Interview 114 – Milton Davis – Sci/fi/Fantasy/Black Fiction

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Welcome to Milton Davis

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Where are you from and where do you live now? I’m originally from Columbus, Georgia. I currently live in Metro Atlanta, Georgia

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. I’m a research and development chemist by training and a science fiction and fantasy writer by choice. I write science fiction, fantasy, steampunk and other types of fantastic fiction based on African/African Diaspora culture, history and tradition.

Where do you find inspiration? I get inspiration from a variety of sources; current event issues, music, art, reading history and other sources. You never know when the muse will strike.

Are your characters based on real people? My characters are very seldom based on real people. I don’t want to piss off anybody I know. I have based a few characters in my historical fiction novels an real people, usually historical figures.

Have you ever used a person you don’t/didn’t like as a character then killed them off?No. That’s a waste of time in my opinion. Besides, I wouldn’t want someone I don’t like to soil the pages of what I do for enjoyment for any reason.

Research can be important in world-building, how much do you need to do for your books? Do you enjoy this aspect of creating a novel and what are your favourite resources? I have a collection of historical reference books where most of my info originates. I also do a lot of research on the internet. I also utilize the Auburn Avenue Research Library archives. They have one of the largest collections of books by and about people of African/African Diaspora descent in the country.

Is there a message conveyed within your writing?  Do you feel this is important in a book? Mine is a message of inclusion. It’s simply if you don’t see yourself in something, put yourself there. That’s what I do with my books.

Sort these into order of importance: Great characters; great world-building; solid plot; technically perfect. Can you explain why you chose this order? (Yes I know they all are important…) For me the story is the most important thing. So I would say solid plot, great world-building, technically perfect, great characters.

In what formats are your books available? (E-books, print, large print audio) Are you intending to expand these and if not, what is the reason? My books are available in e-book and print format. I’m considering audio but haven’t made the leap yet.

Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? I hire editors but I also edit after the editors. I want the editor to look for typos and/or grammatical errors or some logical issues. Other than that don’t touch the story. I self publish so my stories will reach people exactly the way I write them.

Do you think indie/self-published authors are viewed differently to traditionally published authors? Why do you think this might be? We are. There is this belief that you must suffer through the gauntlet of mainstream publishing to be a true writer. That’s bullshit. There also the image that if you’re self publishing it’s because your writing wasn’t good enough for a ‘real’ publisher. That’s bullshit, too.

Do you read work by self-published authors? Yes. As a matter of fact the majority of the books I read are by self publishers, mainly because they are writing the type of books that I’m interested in reading.

What are your opinions about authors commenting on reviews?How important are reviews? Reviews are important but I don’t think writers should comment on them. It sets a bad precedent and can work against the writer. People will be reluctant to not only  review but also read a book by a writer if they have to fear retaliation.

When buying a book do you read the reviews? Yes.

What are your reviews on authors reviewing other authors? Another author is just a reader when he or she reads. So they should be allowed to review another writer. In many cases their reviews may be more insightful because they practice the craft.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? A book is a more immersive experience. It has the room and the time to build a more complete world and draw the reader deeper into the story.

What three pieces of advice would you give to new writers? Write every day, write to finish, and don’t spend forever on the first draft. Writing is revising.

Most authors like to read, what have you recently finished reading? Did you enjoy it? I just finished reading Everfair by Nisi Shawl. It’s an enjoyable alternate history tome.

Can you name your favourite traditionally published author? And your favourite indie/self-published author? My favourite traditionally published author is Charles R. Saunders. My favourite indie author? That’s tough. I’ll say it has to be between Balogun Ojetade and Ronald Jones.

What are your views on authors offering free books? I don’t agree with it except on rare occasions.

Do you have any pets? No.

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Book Promo – ‘Legends of Windemere: Charms of the Feykin’ is Live! — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Return to Windemere in Charms of the Feykin! To make a champion fall, one must wound their very soul. Nyx is leading the charge to rescue Delvin and Sari, who have gone missing in the southern jungles of Windemere. Battling through the local predators, the champions are surprised when they reunite in the Feykin city of […]

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Why Authors Need to Be as Accessible as Possible — Memoir Notes

Originally posted on A Writer’s Path: ? by Katie McCoach As an author today, you know that every reader is valuable. You love your readers; you want to keep the ones who are loyal and reach new ones. That’s what promotion and growing a business is all about – reaching new consumers. That’s why…

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Now Available in Audio: Shattered Mirror by @libraryoferana #poetry #books #audio

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Here’s my latest book spotlight:)

POTL: All Things Books, Reading and Publishing

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Title: Shattered Mirror – A Poetry Collection

Author: A.L. Butcher

Genre: Poetry

Book Blurb:

A short collection of poems dealing with politics, war and the vagaries of life.

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Excerpt:

 

The Glass Eyed Monster

© A. L. Butcher

The monster reaches,

To tear the poison sky.

The poet’s wife

Weeps tears of blood within her grave

A prophecy of Promethean fire.

The monster’s glittering eyes, multifaceted

Reflecting an eternal desolation.

Creatures within the steel belly,

Slaves to the god of commerce,

In the service of the damned.

A foul concrete skin

Mocks the soul of the mother of creation

Hideous spires, like claws through Heaven.

A modern monster

Born of the hand of man.

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Now Available in Audio —

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Author Biography: A. L. Butcher is the British author of the Light Beyond…

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