Swift Six Author Interview – Lee Matthew Goldberg

Name: Lee Matthew Goldberg

What attracts you to the genre in which you write? I typically write thrillers, but I also have a Sci-Fi and a Young Adult series coming out this year so I like to think I write whatever moves me at the moment. That being said, all my books have some thriller elements to them because the stakes are always raised and for me they are the most engaging to read.

What piece of writing advice do you wish you’d known when you started your writing adventures?

Not to get too bogged down by rejection. Rejection is necessary, all writers experience it, and it only makes you a better writer. I got too caught up in it early on when it was really the best thing that could’ve happened to me.

If you could have dinner with any famous person or character who would you choose?

Probably F. Scott Fitzgerald. He’s always been my favorite writer and even though a dinner with him would be impossible now, if I could raise him from the dead for the meal, I choose him and we could just talk about The Great Gatsby the whole time and how it’s a perfect book.

Who has been the greatest influence on your own work?

Probably David Lynch. I remember watching Twin Peaks as kid and it defied what I knew stories could do. There’s an ominous foreboding to his work where anything can happen, and I try to use that for all of my books too.

Do you think the e-book revolution will do away with print?

No. They can exist side by side. There might be less print books but people will always want to own physical copies. An e-book just isn’t the same. That being said, I probably sell more e-books than print, so I’m glad it exists.

Which 3 books would you take to a desert island and why?

Great Gatsby for the reasons I said before.

The Beach because it’s a fantastic thriller kind of about a desert island.

Catcher in The Rye – It may be cliché, but it’s one of my favorite novels and I’ve reread it ever few years since I was twelve. Each time I discover new things about it.

 

Author bio and book synopsis

Please introduce yourself (250 words or so):

 Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE ANCESTOR, THE MENTOR, THE DESIRE CARD and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the Prix du Polar. His first YA series RUNAWAY TRAIN is forthcoming in 2021 along with a sci-fi novel ORANGE CITY. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in The Millions, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, LitReactor, Monkeybicycle, Fiction Writers Review, Cagibi, Necessary Fiction, the anthology Dirty Boulevard, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City. Follow him at LeeMatthewGoldberg.com

 

Tell us about your book(s) – title, genre etc (short)

Upcoming:

Orange City – Sci-Fi/Dystopian

Orange City – Print

Orange City Kindle

Imagine a secret, hidden City that gives a second chance at life for those selected to come: felons, deformed outcasts, those on the fringe of the Outside World. Everyone gets a job, a place to live; but you are bound to the City forever. You can never leave.  

Its citizens are ruled by a monstrous figure called the “Man” who resembles a giant demented spider from the lifelike robotic limbs attached to his body. Everyone follows the Man blindly, working hard to make their Promised Land stronger, too scared to defy him and be discarded to the Empty Zones.   

After ten years as an advertising executive, Graham Weatherend receives an order to test a new client, Pow! Sodas. After one sip of the orange flavor, he becomes addicted, the sodas causing wild mood swings that finally wake him up to the prison he calls reality.

A dynamic mash-up of 1984 meets LOST, Orange City is a lurid, dystopian first book in a series that will continue with the explosive sequel Lemonworld. 

 

Runaway Train – Young Adult

Runaway Train

They told me I was an out-of-control train about to crash…

Everything changed when the police officer knocked on the door to tell me – a 16-year-old – that my older sister Kristen had died of a brain aneurysm. Cue the start of my parents neglecting me and my whole life spiraling out of control.

I decided now was the perfect time to skip town. It’s the early 90’s, Kurt Cobain runs the grunge music scene and I just experienced some serious trauma. What’s a girl supposed to do? I didn’t want to end up like Kristen, so I grabbed my bucket list, turned up my mixtape of the greatest 90’s hits and fled L.A.. The goal was to end up at Kurt Cobain’s house in Seattle, but I never could have guessed what would happen along the way.

At turns heartbreaking, inspiring, and laugh out loud funny, Runaway Train is a wild journey of a bygone era and a portrait of a one-of-a-kind teenage girl trying to find herself again the only way she knows how.

 

Social media

http://www.leematthewgoldberg.com

https://twitter.com/LeeMatthewG

https://www.instagram.com/leematthewgoldberg/

https://www.facebook.com/leemgol/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8001634.Lee_Matthew_Goldberg

 

Swift Six Character Interview – Graham Weatherend

 

Name Graham Weatherend

Which book/world do you live in?

Orange City

Tell us about yourself: (Name, race/species, etc.)

Graham Weatherend/White/Human

I’m an adventurer – why should I recruit you to accompany me?

Well, I may come off as meek but I started an uprising in the City I was sent to when I learned the terrible things they were doing to their citizens, so I’ve become an adventurer. I can show you the way…now.

Tell us about your companions?  How do they see you?

My companions are Marlena and Mick. Marlena is my girlfriend. We’ve been through a lot, mostly because of the soda addictions from my ad campaign, but we’ve weathered that storm. Mick is a former friend who sold me out. He used to think of me as spineless, but now he sees how powerful I can be when I put my mind to something.

What’s your most heroic exploit to date?

Rebelling against The Man and the City that kept us under its thumb. After ten years of oppression, it was time. 

What’s your greatest failure?

Probably the way I treated Marlena when my addictions got the better of me. It hurts me to know that I had the ability to behave in the way I did.

Where do you think you’ll be in a decade?

Right now, I’m off to return to the Outside World. It has been ten years so I don’t know what it will be like but I can’t imagine it will be worse than the City. Hopefully I will still be with Marlena and we’ll have children and I hope, happiness. We deserve it after so long.

Do you have a great love?

Again, Marlena. She’s the reason I started an uprising against the City. She’s the reason I do everything and have become a better man.

 Links to book etc

Orange City – Kindle

Orange City Print

 

 

Swift Six – Author Interview – Queenie Black – Erotic Romance

Interview with Queenie Black. @queenieblackwr1 #authorinterveiw #amreading #eroticromance

Name: Queenie Black

What attracts you to the genre in which you write?

I’m fascinated by love in all its variations and I particularly love the power play behind the D/s dynamic. I’m intrigued by submission and how something that seems to be a weakness is, in reality, strength, and also the degree of trust and caring required to make such a relationship work. Writing about these sorts of situations is a way of exploring many different scenarios – more than I could live in a lifetime.

What piece of writing advice do you wish you’d known when you started your writing adventures?

Hmmm, interesting question. There are two I can pinpoint. One is write everyday. Make it a discipline and don’t wait for inspiration. The other is to be true to the story and don’t try shaping it for a ‘market’ or a publisher.

If you could have dinner with any famous person or character who would you choose?

The Greek Goddess Athena who gave her name to the Greek city of Athens. She was awesome. First-off her symbol is an owl, right? Who can resist owls? Her second symbol was the olive tree – long-lived, useful and beautiful trees that symbolise peace. Finally, she was kick-ass strong but clever with it, independent and known as the goddess of wisdom, warfare and handicraft-three things every woman should be proficient in. I reckon if we could get past the language barrier we’d hit it off and I’d learn a lot!

Who has been the greatest influence on your own work?

There are three women who have helped me get to this point in my writing. My auntie, who tried to write a Mills and Boon when I was about nine. I remember her talking about it and showing my mum these pages and pages of blue pen. This made me realise that it would be possible for me to write a book. My mum who never scoffed at my auntie or at my efforts throughout my childhood and was always supportive. Finally Jane Holland, an author who writes many different genres under many different names – Beth Good, Elizabeth Moss, Jane Holland, Victoria Lamb. Her writing discipline, output and dedication made me realise that being a writer is 80% hard work, 10% talent and 10% inspiration with a salting of luck.

Do you think the e-book revolution will do away with print?

Never.  Print books may become more of a luxury and we may see books going back to being works of art or they may be printed on recycled or bamboo paper and become more tree-friendly and disposable, but there will always be print books.

Which 3 books would you take to a desert island and why?

Only three? Eeek.

Well then let’s see…in no particular order, it would have to be:

  • Agnes and the Hitman by Crusie and Mayer, for sheer hilarity and uniqueness (the heroine has anger management problems). Think an old house, mafia, a wedding, hitmen, a dog with a jewelled collar, a flamingo, and murder with a barbecue fork.
  • Julie Anne Long’s What I Did for a Duke, also for hilarity, sharpness of dialogue, a May September romance that is totally awesome and for twisting tropes,
  • Finally…..drum roll……Cherise Sinclair’s Edge of the Enforcer. Let me just say, feisty heroine, sexy, sexy, did I say sexy? hero, insurmountable odds, a kink club and BDSM. ‘nuff said.

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Author bio and book synopsis

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Please introduce yourself (250 words or so):

I’ve always loved writing and I won my first prize for a short story when I was still at primary school. I’m an avid reader of romance and erotic romance and if I’m not writing I can usually be found with my nose in a book. The dynamics and sheer variety of human relationships fascinate me, and this is what I like to explore in my writing. I live in North Yorkshire with my husband, cat and five hens and I enjoy running and Tai Chi. I’m currently working on a sequel to Hard Pressed (watch this space) and on a romantic suspense novel.

Tell us about your book(s) – title, genre etc (short)

My latest release, Hard Pressed is out now.

Master Lucien has one night at Club Hard.

One night…to show bodyguard Rose Dainty that he can be the Dom she needs,

One night…to show her that submitting to him doesn’t make her weak, that true submission requires strength and trust.

Will pushing Rose to her limits prove to her she can trust him with her body and heart, and can she let go of her deepest fears long enough to enjoy her surrender? `

They both have everything to prove and everything to lose.

Buy links:

Amazon USA: https://amzn.to/2lXpCSP    

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2kswibm  

Evernight:  https://www.evernightpublishing.com/hard-pressed-by-queenie-black/    

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/958783  

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/hard-pressed-18  

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/hard-pressed/id1480423303

Social media :

Twitter: https://twitter.com/queenieblackwr1

Website: http://www.queenieblackauthor.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/queenieblackauthor/

 Giveaway

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Swift Six Character Interview – Teneyros – Chronicles of the Mages’ Guild/Here Be Magic Bundle #Magic #Characters #fantasy

Name Teneyros

Which book/world do you live in? Chronicles of the Mages’ Guild

Tell us about yourself: (Name, race/species, etc.) My name is Teneyros and I am a human wizard in the world and the Wilds.

I’m an adventurer – why should I recruit you to accompany me? I have text tattooed onto my body so I can ready-cast spells more easily. Rather than needing to scramble for a book to grab words to apply my Will to.

Tell us about your companions?  How do they see you? It depends on who you ask. Other wizards think I’m too chatty and probably not serious enough. Possibly lacking in focus. But, my best friend Mac, she’s the Guild Master for the Mages’ Guild still keeps my company. Even though she thinks that I enjoy causing trouble. It’s not so much that I enjoy causing it, it’s more that I tend to find trouble around every corner whether or not I’m looking to cause it.

What’s your most heroic exploit to date? I’m not anyone’s hero.

What’s your greatest failure? I failed to become the Elder of Scrolls and in the process…well. I may or may not have cursed my brother William into a map.

Where do you think you’ll be in a decade? I have no clue. Doing something interesting, I hope.

Do you have a great love? (This could be a person/trait/item) I love my leather jacket. I spelled it so that it is linked to my apartment in London. Easy access to my books.

 

Link to Bundle

Chronicles of the Mages’ Guild:

Torin’s Legacy, Book 1

The Guild Master’s Quest, Book 2

Shakespeare’s Curse, Short Story

About the author:

Karen C. Klein is a disabled non-binary writer who writes across speculative fiction sub-genres. She is the author of Torin’s Legacy, which is the first book in her series Chronicles of the Mages’ Guild. She also enjoys writing short fiction and novellas.

Swift Six Author Interview – Felicia Fredlund – Fantasy/Eclectica

Name: Felicia Fredlund

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What attracts you to the genre in which you write?
I write in several genres, but I mostly write fantasy. When I write I want to go on an adventure, to somewhere different and interesting, and perhaps a bit dangerous. Wonders like magic can exist. I love the idea of going on an adventure.

What piece of writing advice do you wish you’d known when you started your writing adventures?
Entertain yourself / have fun. Keep the fun and when it starts to go away, cut away the worries and fears and keep seeking the fun. Writing as a way of making a living means a lot of work with no guarantee of money at the end of all that effort. So to make the effort always worth it, fun is the needed ingredient.

If you could have dinner with any famous person or character who would you choose?
So I’d have different answers depending on what I’d want to achieve with the dinner! For just a fun and interesting time, I’d probably pick Aly from the Tricksters series by Tamora Pierce. As a fine spy, I bet she knows all kinds of interesting things. But, I guess she might not be famous. Ops!
The writer Nora Roberts would be another pick. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting her but I think it would be fun and I could learn a lot from her. I really love her In Death series under her open pen name J.D. Robb.

Who has been the greatest influence on your own work?
For the genre I write (fantasy) and the mainly female main characters I create, I guess I can thank Tamora Pierce and her book Alanna: The First Adventure, which is the book that made me fall in love with reading and featured a girl want to be a knight. I loved that book as a kid. As an adult I favor the last book in series more (Lioness Rampant).

Do you think the e-book revolution will do away with print?
Considering we are about a decade into the revolution and print is still strong? Probably not for a while yet. Do I think we will always have print books like we do now? Probably not, we don’t use papyrus much anymore. My point being that technology do change over centuries and millenniums.
But do I think print will disappear anytime soon? It doesn’t seem likely at the moment, but that could change tomorrow.

Which 3 books would you take to a desert island and why?
Only 3 books? Does my kindle count as one book? Because I’d take that, haha.

The Deeds of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon, because it is an excellent fantasy adventure book (trilogy that is always sold as one book nowadays so I’m counting it as one!). It just hits all the notes for me to make a great fantasy book and it goes dark without going into horror.

Eat. Pray. Love. by Elizabeth Gilbert (I’m sensing a trend in author names…). I didn’t read it for the first time when it got famous. I read it a few years later when it showed up on my radar for some reason I can’t remember. I love Gilbert’s writing, what I’ve read of it I mean. It is a story of a physical, emotional, and mental journey that I already know I’ll want to come back to periodically (I’ve reread it once so far).

The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings. Constraining me to three books means I have to make different choices than I might otherwise. I wanted another fiction book on the list, another meaty one preferably, but since it could only be one, I couldn’t choice any of my favorite series that I might have chosen otherwise. This is still a great choice. Another fantastic adventure, with a lot of humor this time, so more light-hearted than Paksenarrion. A more comfortable ride, which is what is needed when life throws too many hard balls.

Author bio and book synopsis
Please introduce yourself (250 words or so):
Felicia Fredlund writes fiction about entertaining adventures and emotional journeys of interesting people. She currently lives in Japan after a period of traveling.
She writes one series, a dark fantasy series called Sorceress Islands. Her short stories have appeared in several Fiction Rivers.
She also edits. She edited Fiction River: Last Stand with Dean Wesley Smith.
Learn more about her on her website www.FeliciaFredlund.com, and join her newsletter for up-to-date information about all her books.

Tell us about your book(s) – title, genre etc (short)

My story in the Eclectica bundle is Dear Brother, which is a contemporary short story about dealing with grief. A young man has lost his brother and is trying to come to terms with it.
Another contemporary short story of mine is At the Traffic Lights. And for more fantasy (the main genre I write), there is A Soul Calling (urban fantasy), You Can’t Walk Your Rabbit Without a Leash (humorous fairy tale), and Sorceress Islands series (dark fantasy).

Links: www.FeliciaFredlund.com, https://www.feliciafredlund.com/newsletter/
Social media (I don’t use it).

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Swift Six Author Interview – Mary Anne Yarde – Historical Fiction

Name: Mary Anne Yarde

What attracts you to the genre in which you write?

I grew up surrounded by the rolling Mendip Hills in Somerset — the famous town of Glastonbury was a mere 15 minutes from my childhood home. Glastonbury is a little bit unique in the sense that it screams Arthurian Legend. Even the road sign that welcomes you into Glastonbury says:

“Welcome to Glastonbury. The Ancient Isle of Avalon.”

How could I grow up in such a place and not be influenced by King Arthur and his Knights?

I loved history from a very early age, and this passion has grown rather than diminish. I wasn’t ever going to write anything other than historical fiction. I love the research and the romance of bringing a time long gone back to life.

What piece of writing advice do you wish you’d known when you started your writing adventures?

Be patient and be prepared to make a lot of mistakes, particularly when it comes to marketing. It really is a huge learning curve, and there are always new things to learn. Writing a book and publishing it is a marathon, it is not a sprint.

If you could have dinner with any famous person or character, who would you choose?

Just one? Oh no, if we are going to do this, then we are going to do it right. I would host a party and invite everyone!

Who has been the greatest influence on your own work?

That is a difficult question to answer. I am not sure. I think I was fortunate growing up where I did. History and legends surrounded me. Would I have written an Arthurian series if I had not grown up where I had? I am not too sure.

Do you think the e-book revolution will do away with print?

I think there will always be room for both. Personally, I favour ebooks. For the most part, they are not as expensive, and they don’t take up so much room.

Which 3 books would you take to a desert island and why?

Only three?

I am going to have to choose carefully. Let me think…

The first book that I would take is surprisingly not a work of historical fiction. I would take The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans. I love this book. The Horse Whisperer is a very emotional book. It is a story about love, loss and hope.

The second book I would take would be Jane Austen’s, Mansfield Park. Mansfield Park has always been a firm favourite. I am not too sure why I just like the story.

I would also try and sneak a series into my backpack if I could, and that would be Bernard Cornwall’s Sharp series. This is my all-time favourite series. The narrative is so rich, and the story is brilliant.

 

Author bio and book synopsis

Please introduce yourself (250 words or so):

Mary Anne Yarde is the multi-award-winning author of the International Bestselling Series — The Du Lac Chronicles. Set a generation after the fall of King Arthur, The Du Lac Chronicles takes you on a journey through Dark Age Briton and Brittany, where you will meet new friends and terrifying foes. Based on legends and historical fact, The Du Lac Chronicles is a series not to be missed.

Born in Bath, England, Mary Anne Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury — the fabled Isle of Avalon — was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.

 

Tell us about your book(s) – title, genre etc. (short)

The Du Lac Prophecy (Book 4 of The Du Lac Chronicles) By Mary Anne Yarde

Historical Fiction

Blurb:

Two Prophesies. Two Noble Households. One Throne.

Distrust and greed threaten to destroy the House of du Lac. Mordred Pendragon strengthens his hold on Brittany and the surrounding kingdoms while Alan, Mordred’s cousin, embarks on a desperate quest to find Arthur’s lost knights. Without the knights and the relics they hold in trust, they cannot defeat Arthur’s only son – but finding the knights is only half of the battle. Convincing them to fight on the side of the Du Lac’s, their sworn enemy, will not be easy.

If Alden, King of Cerniw, cannot bring unity there will be no need for Arthur’s knights. With Budic threatening to invade Alden’s Kingdom, Merton putting love before duty, and Garren disappearing to goodness knows where, what hope does Alden have? If Alden cannot get his House in order, Mordred will destroy them all.

 

Links

Amazon.com

Amazon UK

Amazon CA

 

Social media

Website/Blog: https://maryanneyarde.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maryanneyarde/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/maryanneyarde

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Anne-Yarde/e/B01C1WFATA/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15018472.Mary_Anne_Yarde

 

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Blog Tour and Character Interview – Campbell Ryan Quinto/Mary Ramsey Paranormal/Ghosts

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Name:  Cam

Which book/world do you live in? Dakota Son

Tell us about yourself: (Name, race/species, etc.) Hi, my name is Campbell Ryan Quinto and I’m a ghost.

How do you see your world? For the first few years after my death, I saw the world like a movie; watching the worst of reality happen in front of my eyes with no way of helping the people I care about. But now, after meeting Sean (my sister’s new boyfriend, her new saviour,) I’m able to leave the hospital and follow him as his guardian angel. Although there is still a limit to the people I can actually communicate with, my world has been opened significantly.

What part do you play in this tale? When I was 18 I chose to end my life, rather than keep fighting the ongoing war with cancer. I left behind my parents and my little sister. My mother blamed my father for my choice and my sister Jen rebelled as she grew into a teenager. I was stuck watching it all play out; my own personal hell. When Jen was 14 she was beaten and raped by her now ex-boyfriend, for defending the disabled kid. Not that Sean is disabled. Cystic Fibrosis is legally considered a disability, but one look at the guy you would never guess the tall, high school athlete was anything other than a normal teen.

Dakota Son, is his story. You’ll have to read it to find out more of his side of the narrative. All I know is: I’m now his guardian angel, attached to him so I can use his physical form as a means of interacting with the world of the living.

Do you consider yourself a good person/creature? I try to be.

Do you follow any religion? I lived and died a Catholic. I believe in God, and hopefully one day he will allow me to cross over.

What is your favourite colour/food/music (pick one)? Blue; the colour of the sky, the ocean, the world of the living.

 Links to book etc

Dakota Son Amazon

Dakota Son – Amazon UK

Barnes and Noble

Google Play

Kobo

Find out more about the author at :

https://dourdan.wordpress.com

https://twitter.com/pisforpearl

https://www.deviantart.com/dourdan

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Swift Six Character Interview – Marie McCathy

Name: Marie McCathy (was Susan)

Which book/world do you live in?

You’ll find me in Marie’s World, which is one of the books in the Susan Family series. Susan is the name of our family.

Tell us about yourself: (Name, race/species, etc.)

I’m a dancer, who’s just had all her secrets outed to the whole world. I’m the star of a reality TV show about dancers. My dance partner is Derek who is finding out all the secrets I kept from him. Like my estranged husband and someone who has been chasing me for eight years. I own several dance studios throughout the US and one in Scotland. I have returned to Aberdeen as it’s my safe harbour in which I plan to ride out the storm and hide from Harold. He’s my estranged husband and the owner of a huge wrestling company. He’s also the man my father owed a huge debt to.

I’m a mix of Canadian and Scottish.

How do you see your world?

I live in a Shark world where its very cut throat. Dance always have a code to take care of each other, but Hollywood is the cutthroat part. I often have people staying at my home in Los Angeles and Chicago. I just don’t ever rent out the house I share with Layla in Aberdeen.

My world is very fast pace and sometimes people get lost in it.

What part do you play in this tale?

I’m the beating heart of this family. I’m the reason that Layla has become bitter and so angry. I have always been the person that stands in front of my family to protect it. Now I might not do that. I might just walk away. I’ve carried them all for long enough now.

Do you consider yourself a good person/creature?

Yes. Most people don’t get to see the real me. I guess they will get to see everything that I have been trying to hide my whole life. I don’t know what they will think of me now.

Do you follow any religion?

Catholic.

What is your favourite colour/food/music (pick one)?

I have to eat a diet designed for dancers. I’m into Country and hip-hop music. I like red and black, funny that is my hair colour.

 Links to book etc

Swift Six Set 3 – Character

Name: Marie McCathy (was Susan)

Which book/world do you live in?

You’ll find me in Marie’s World, which is one of the books in the Susan Family series. Susan is the name of our family.

Tell us about yourself: (Name, race/species, etc.)

I’m a dancer, who’s just had all her secrets outed to the whole world. I’m the star of a reality TV show about dancers. My dance partner is Derek who is finding out all the secrets I kept from him. Like my estranged husband and someone who has been chasing me for eight years. I own several dance studios throughout the US and one in Scotland. I have returned to Aberdeen as it’s my safe harbour in which I plan to ride out the storm and hide from Harold. He’s my estranged husband and the owner of a huge wrestling company. He’s also the man my father owed a huge debt to.

I’m a mix of Canadian and Scottish.

How do you see your world?

I live in a Shark world where its very cut throat. Dance always have a code to take care of each other, but Hollywood is the cutthroat part. I often have people staying at my home in Los Angeles and Chicago. I just don’t ever rent out the house I share with Layla in Aberdeen.

My world is very fast pace and sometimes people get lost in it.

What part do you play in this tale?

I’m the beating heart of this family. I’m the reason that Layla has become bitter and so angry. I have always been the person that stands in front of my family to protect it. Now I might not do that. I might just walk away. I’ve carried them all for long enough now.

Do you consider yourself a good person/creature?

Yes. Most people don’t get to see the real me. I guess they will get to see everything that I have been trying to hide my whole life. I don’t know what they will think of me now.

Do you follow any religion?

Catholic.

What is your favourite colour/food/music (pick one)?

I have to eat a diet designed for dancers. I’m into Country and hip-hop music. I like red and black, funny that is my hair colour.

Links to book etc
Amazon UK: Amazon UK

Amazon US:Amazon US

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Swift Six Author Interview -Kristal McKerrington – Romance

 

Name: Kristal McKerrington

What attracts you to the genre in which you write?

Wrestling has had a big influence on me my entire life. I have longed to make their lives better just like I did when I was a dancer for other dancers. I love dance, romance and this was the only chance my friends who have passed on could have their dance characters finish a great adventure. An ending they would be proud of.

What piece of writing advice do you wish you’d known when you started your writing adventures?

Write every single day, you’ll get better with practice and don’t let whatever publishers stop you for having your story out there. Read every day, watch something like TV or a movie at least four times a week. These are the tricks that will improve your writing. Keep notes, ask your characters questions and keep a notebook where you write down things about the characters that make them whole.

If you could have dinner with any famous person or character who would you choose?

I would choose to have dinner with Dwayne Johnson, Jeff Hardy, Vince McMahon for the famous people. I would rather have a WWE dinner party. If its a character then I have to say I would like to have dinner with Claire from the Morganvile Vampire series by Rachel Caine. I’d like to have her for dinner.

Who has been the greatest influence on your own work?

My husband, Rachel Caine, Catherine Cookson, Shane Helms, Rhyno, Joe E Legend, Rick Riddle, Raphaello to name a few. I have others to thank – like Katherine Tegan, Lydia Sharp, Melissa Miller,  Kathi Sprayberry and Emma. I would like to think Jane Austen has a hand in my writing style. Debi Glori for getting me started down the writing trail. Barney Cohen for being what a lot of us writers long to be. Colleen Hoover for her excited behaviour.  Alyxandra Harvey for keeping my spirits up when I have been at my lowest. Dinner party at my house, open invitation for you always.

Do you think the e-book revolution will do away with print?

No, I don’t think it will, because there is a huge number of people who are always going to like the feel and smell of the book. You don’t get that with an ebook. I think that is what keeps us readers loyal and special.

Which 3 books would you take to a desert island and why?

I can’t take just three, but I would take three series. I would take the Lakehouse saga by Rachel Caine, Alyxandra Harvey’s Vampire Chronicles and Sherrlyn Keyon’s Dark Hunter series. That should keep me busy for a really long time.

Author bio and book synopsis

I’ve had Arthritis since I was 2 1/2 years old, I’m 29 now. I spend most of my writing with my cat Bob. I like reading with my soon to be husband Ian. I just completed start writing fiction, Jane Austen module, Maternal Health and introduction to screenwriting. I’m doing more courses through future learning.

I’m a keen blogger and have a blog where I review books.

 Links

 

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Etsy

Social media

https://www.facebook.com/kristalsmckerringtonsfanpage/

https://www.facebook.com/SusanFamilySeries/?ref=bookmarks

 

 Marie's World eBook 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links to book etc
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Maries-World-Kristal-McKerrington-ebook/dp/B077J3Q6VP/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1526829340&sr=8-1

 

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Maries-World-Kristal-McKerrington-ebook/dp/B077J3Q6VP/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/McKerringtonMerch/listing/586809824/maries-world-book-1-kristal-mckerrington?utm_source=Copy&utm_medium=ListingManager&utm_campaign=Share&utm_term=so.lmsm&share_time=1526914602405

Swift Six Author Interview – Simon Williams – Sci-fi/Fantasy/Specfic

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Name: Simon Williams

What attracts you to the genre in which you write?

I guess I’ve always been attracted by escapism, something that I think is more important than ever (for the sake of one’s sanity) in the age in which we live. The fantasy and sci-fi genres allow for a broad template of speculation and imagination which I think is unparalleled.

What piece of writing advice do you wish you’d known when you started your writing adventures?

Probably the advice I received a while back, to do my own thing and be master of my destiny rather than to try and write books that I think publishers might want. I think for an author finding your true voice and writing according to that (in other words, writing what you feel you’re best at and which you feel happiest doing, rather than trying to chase some rather nebulous commercial tail) is essential. Luckily I decided about seven years ago to do just that.

If you could have dinner with any famous person or character who would you choose?

I think I’d choose a character from one of my books (either Nia or Vornen, from the Aona books). If I chose a famous person I’d probably spend the whole time worrying about not being interesting enough to hold their attention at all. Whereas, meeting your creator… you’d hope that would be interesting for characters. Or maybe not…

 Who has been the greatest influence on your own work?

Authors as diverse as Alan Garner, Clive Barker, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Tad Williams, CJ Cherryh and others – it’s difficult to pick one, but the author who made me decide I had to follow this curious path was Alan Garner, when I was aged about 9 or 10.

Do you think the e-book revolution will do away with print?

I think it obviously affected sales at first, but there will always be people (myself included) who prefer print copies. In fact I believe sales of print copies of my new book have been slightly higher than Kindle versions so far, which is a pleasant surprise.

 Which 3 books would you take to a desert island and why?

I’ve been meaning to read Clive Barker’s Great & Secret Show and Imagica for a while so it would be a good opportunity to chill out and be absorbed in his unique universe for a while. I think the other might be CJ Cherryh’s Chronicles of Morgaine, which I read as a teenager and loved.

 

Author bio and book synopsis

Please introduce yourself (250 words or so):

I’m a UK-based author of fantasy, science fiction and horror (usually a blur of all three in one form or another). I wrote the five-book Aona dark fantasy series which is now complete, and YA fantasy / sci-fi adventure Summer’s Dark Waters, followed by its sequel The Light From Far Below, which was published in Spring 2018. I also write short stories on occasion although not that often, and compiled some of these into Disintegration, an anthology I brought out a few years back.

I try not to be bogged down by the limitations of genre and often start books from scraps of ideas and dreams, concepts and characters. Somehow, sooner or later the whole thing gels into a more cohesive plot and I work from there. I think strong, multi-faceted characters are essential and endeavour to make them central to whatever I happen to be writing.

Tell us about your book(s) – title, genre etc (short)

The Light From Far Below is the sequel to my YA fantasy / sci-fi adventure Summer’s Dark Waters. It’s set a year and a half after the events in the first book and things have moved on for the two central characters, Joe and Amber. So has the world itself. It’s difficult to go into detail without giving too much away but this sequel is more epic and darker in tone and deals with some of the uncomfortable truths about humanity – all seen from the eyes of two young teens.

 

Links

The Light From Far Below:

 Amazon.co.uk

 Amazon

UK Amazon Author page

(US): Amazon author page

Social media

Website

Facebook

Twitter: @SWilliamsAuthor

Goodreads: Goodreads

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