Author Interview: Caytlyn Brooke @caytlyn_brooke #ya #interview #scifi #contemporary

To celebrate the recent release of her new book, Wired, I’m sitting down with award-winning author, Caytlyn Brooke.

Welcome!

Question 1) What part of the world do you come from?

Caytlyn_BHC_WebHello! My family is from English decent and I have the freckles and pale skin to prove it. I have lived in six states, but currently reside in the Southern Tier of New York where camouflage is the epitome of fashion and everyone drives a Ford F150.  I’m working on convincing my husband to move south to the beach, but for right now I’m enjoying rolling hills and cornfields.

 

Question 2) What do you think makes a good story? 

It’s amazing how much thought and planning goes into creating a story. My favorites, in both what I read and write, are stories that make you feel as if you’re right there running alongside the characters. Description is the biggest thing for me. I want to be able to picture everything and everyone as if I’m watching a movie. I enjoy books with a fast-paced plot that make it impossible to put down. I especially love cliff hanger endings! I know many readers who like deep, complicated plots that make you think and analyze, however that’s not me. I don’t have a lot of time to read, so I prefer exciting stories with an immediate hook that aren’t afraid to jump right in.

Question 3) What inspired you to write your first book? 

Dark_Flowers_C_Brooke_FCI’ve wanted to be a writer since third grade. I loved when my teachers would assign a prompt and let our imaginations go wild for half an hour. My friends would barely craft a paragraph and I’d be on my fifth piece of paper. Growing up, I was obsessed with fairies, goblins, nymphs, you name it. If it involved any mythical creature I was hooked. It was out of that love that I created my first novel, Dark Flowers. Every little girl dreams that she finds fairies in the woods, dreams that she dances with them and is invited to be one. I took that idea and layered it with a touch of darkness. I’m a big fan of the Grimm Brothers and enjoy taking innocent stories and twisting them to keep my readers on their toes. Not every story has a happy ending and in Dark Flowers I changed the beautiful fairies everyone is familiar with, to sinister creatures that will make you rethink walking alone in the woods.

Question 4) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? 

Trying to find time to write is a job in itself! I have two small children and a full time job so most of my writing gets done on my lunch break and at ten o’clock at night after I get everyone to bed. As you can imagine with that schedule it’s pretty slow going so I taught myself how to type pretty fast. Most nights I’m up past midnight writing, but I love it. I feel bad for my husband because he waits up for me and my, “I’ll be done in ten minutes” always turns into another hour and a half.

Question 5) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? 

Hmm an interesting writing quirk. I guess that all my novels originate from my notebook, old school pen and paper. I always keep a notebook by my bed because most of my story ideas come from my dreams. As soon as I wake up I jot down the idea or image and then expand upon it from there until I have a solid concept. Then, I just start writing. Rather than create an outline and detail step by step what will happen, I just sit down and let my mind wander and craft the story as I go.

Question 6) Tell me about your latest book. 

Wired is a mix of YA contemporary/scifi.

Question 7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book? 

Wired_Caytlyn_BrookeOne of the most surprising things I learned after writing Wired was how spot on my imagined world was! I started writing this novel three years ago and back then cell phone usage and dependency was annoying, but nothing to the degree it has reached today. In the slightly futuristic world I created, people have iJewels which are essentially Smart Watches. I remember last year hearing my co-workers talk about how they had to have the new Apple Smart Watch and my eyes bulged. It was exactly like the technology from my book! Wired focuses on cellular device addiction and when Maggie isn’t “connected” she experiences the same withdrawl symptoms as a drug addict. Come to find out, people are actually going to rehab for cell phone addiction and there is even a term called Nomophobia that explains the intense fear and anxiety people have if they become separated from their phones. I wrote this book because I noticed an unhealthy dependency people were forming with their phones and now it’s actually coming true. Maybe this means I’ve predicted the future?

Question 8) Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?

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I look around at everyone seated. All of them are staring at me blankly, colorful Vertix H2’s all implanted successfully on their necks. It’s like they’ve been brainwashed. My heart rate speeds up as fear grips my stomach. “I want to leave,” I whisper, pushing back further in my chair, but the feet are stopped and when I turn around, another rep is staring down at me.

“It’s an incredible experience,” Brad says, his smile growing wider. “And you’ve already paid for it. Just try it. If you still don’t like it, we will give you a twenty-five percent refund.”

I can feel the rep behind me grip the back of my chair and I realize he’s sliding me forward, back to the table. The copper device still whirs in my hands, the green light seeming to grow brighter and brighter. A cool breeze grazes my neck and I stiffen as the rep pulls my hair away from my neck, depositing the heavy bulk onto my chest.

“Have fun,” he whispers in my ear before stepping back.

Brad is still staring at me, waiting for me to follow his instructions. With shaking hands I lift the copper Vertix to the back of my neck, wincing as the searching sensors brush my fingers. It’s going to be fine, you’re going to be fine, I tell myself over and over again as I breathe steadily through gritted teeth. Just do it for a minute, then they’ll let you go.

The device slips from my sweating fingers and lands with a solid thud onto the back of my neck. Involuntarily, my hands grip the smooth edge of the table and I close my eyes, anticipating the sharp pain I witnessed everyone else endure to make the connection. The bug-like legs dance atop my skin, settling into place. Then, without a sound, the sensors still and then plunge into the soft skin on either side of my spinal cord.

My eyes flash open and my fingers stiffen into claws as a burst of pain washes over me. I can feel the sensors inside my body, reaching, reaching for some unknown destination. A moment later, all four seize upon my brain stem and the Vertix H2 deepens its hold. My vision blurs and the eerie blue up lighting spins and swirls as the Vertix infiltrates my brain.

The connection has begun.

Question 9) What can we expect from you in the future? 

More books! I have several in the works, including a YA fantasy trilogy that I’m super excited to release next year. My other novels revolve mostly within the fantasy realm with mermaids, trolls, and witches and all border on the darker side. You can also check out Dark Flowers, if you’re into creepy fairies and muggy swamps. 

Question 10) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? 

DI4oQC2VAAEfEEpThe best money I ever spent as a writer was when I went out to South Dakota last year for the Literary Classic Book Awards. Dark Flowers won the silver medal in the YA Horror category and I was invited to attend the awards ceremony. I didn’t win a cash prize, but I was able to tour the Black Hills of South Dakota, wear a pretty gown, and meet a fantastic group of authors from all over the country. That was such a fun experience and I’m hoping I get the chance to go out there again.

Question 11) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

You can find me on Facebook and Twitter at the links below. Some days I have some fun things to say:

https://www.facebook.com/Caytlyn-Brooke-659444394222760/

https://twitter.com/caytlyn_brooke

You can also find me at my publisher’s website www.bhcpress.com to learn more about me http://www.bhcpress.com/Author_Caytlyn_Brooke.html and http://www.bhcpress.com/Books_Brooke_Wired.html

Thanks for having me!

 

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Author interview with Ginny Clyde #Tuesdaybookblog

Today I’m fortunate to present Ginny Clyde, author of The Rose Chronicles series.

Hi Ginny, thanks for agreeing to this interview. 

Question 1) What part of the world do you come from?

61n8i3d8uML._UX250_Ginny: I am Indian, but spent a great amount of time in Scotland, finishing my higher degrees. 

Question 2) What do you think makes a good story?

I love stories that make me want to know more. I like plot twists and unexpected results, something that I could not have thought of when I had first started reading the book.

Question 3) What inspired you to write your first book?

Ginny: The first thing I wrote was fanfiction. It is the untold stories of my favourite anti-heroes that sparked my imagination and drove me to write about them. 

Question 4) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Ginny: I write whenever I get time. All things in my regular routine have to get done before I even sit down to write. This means that I would generally start writing in the evening, take a break to prepare and eat dinner and then write for a few more hours before I hit the bed.

Question 5) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Ginny: That’s hard to say. I believe it is something for others to decide!

Question 6) Give us the title and genre of your latest book.

51q9eKyWJsLGinny: My latest book is Immortal Rose which is the third part in my ongoing series. The genre is Gothi paranormal romance. 

Question 7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

Ginny: I was unsure if I could write violent scenes depicting torture and murder but now that I am working on my draft, I would say it has turned out rather well.

Question 8) Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?

Ginny: Sorry, no spoilers!

Question 9) What can we expect from you in the future?  

Ginny: More books that have paranormal elements in it. I enjoy writing romance, adventure and horror but they are all in a supernatural world. 

Question 10) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? 

Ginny: Definitely for advertising my book.

Question 11) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Ginny: My Amazon page

Email: forests.daughter@gmail.com

 

Fans Interview Author Mackenzie Flohr

Welcome B2B CyCon readers, authors and publishers to my author blog!

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You’ve reached the next stop in the B2B CyCon Fantasy Blog Hop Hunt.

On March 10th, Mackenzie released the first book in her exciting new young adult fantasy series titled The Rite of Wands published through BHC Press. Her book has already gathered hype and received some incredible reviews!

Mackenzie recently gave her fans the opportunity to ask her questions about writing and The Rite of Wands.

Learn about what all the hype is about by following along!

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Blurb:

One boy…one Rite… And a world of deadly secrets that could change the course of history—forever.

And so begins the tale of Mierta McKinnon. When a horrible fate reveals itself during his Rite of Wands ceremony, he must find a way to change not only his destiny but also the land of Iverna’s.

Forbidden from revealing the future he foresees to anyone, he is granted a wand and his magical powers, but still must master the realm of magic in order to save himself and those he loves.

But Mierta is not the only one with secrets…especially when it’s impossible to know who to trust.

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Interview:

Question: What is the first thing potential readers should know about The Rite of Wands, that will draw them into the story?

Mackenzie: That’s a great opening question! I would say it’s the fact that witches and warlocks in the world of Iverna are not born with their magical powers. They must endure a harrowing ritual, named after the title of the series, in order to receive them.

Question: Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Mackenzie: I wouldn’t say I came up with anything, it more like came to me! When I’m traveling, I often stare at road signs to see if I will come across any names that just kind of jump out at me, and this one particular sign did more than just that. It gave me a story!

Question: How long did it take you to write The Rite of Wands from idea to publication, and a general timeline of each stage of writing.

Mackenzie: Oh gosh! I actually started writing The Rite of Wands thirteen years ago, and it honestly looks nothing like what I had originally envisioned. It is sometimes hard for me to believe it was even the same story! The problem was I  kept finding issues that needed to be fixed, so I would do re-write after re-write after re-write. It honestly became like an obsession to me.

Fall of 2015 is when I technically started forming the book into how it appears now. I submitted a portion of my novel to BHC Press in March 2016, and by November, I was in the beginning stages of editing. I spent the next three months expanding my novel and by the end of January, my novel was submitted to my publisher.

Question: What made you decide to write a YA novel?

Mackenzie: That’s actually an interesting question because I wasn’t intending on writing a YA novel. My intention was to write for those who grew up with Harry Potter, but as the book evolved, I started to feel it was actually more appropriate for YA. That was validated when my editor said the same thing!

Question: Who is your favorite character to explore throughout the series?

Mackenzie: This will probably come across as bias, but it would be Mierta. I find myself having to be loyal to this character because without him in all honesty, The Rite of Wands wouldn’t have ever been finished.

In majority of my rough drafts, this character was completely omitted. In fact, he only starting to appear about 3 years ago when I imagined him to be completely different than he actually turned out to be. For example, I originally called him Girard, and he was mostly in the background, having others perform his dirty deeds. To quote author Rachel Aaron, if there’s a problem with your book it usually is your bad guy. And that statement is so true! I discovered Girard wasn’t the bad guy. The problem was he needed a “face” and a new name.

I am one of those people who believe that people come into your life for a reason. I can honestly say if I hadn’t gotten the opportunity to meet actor Matt Smith at Wizard World in Chicago, IL, back in 2014, this book would be still sitting somewhere in my writing office unfinished. Matt has some kind of “magic” about him, I can’t really explain. But whatever it was, seems to have cast a spell on my muse. So, instead of fighting it, I went with it, and turned Matt, so to speak, into a wizard, and thus Mierta McKinnon was born. And you know what? Wizards are cool!

Question: What is the hardest type of character to write?

Mackenzie: For me, it probably was Orlynd because of his very strong Scottish burr. I wanted him to sound different than everyone else to emphasize him being an outsider. I also did it to poke fun about a Scottish actor who was accused of mumbling when he starred on television series in America. He actually never mumbled, the problem was the audio on the show was overpowering!

I was also inspired by the dialect found in Irvine Welsh’s series, Trainspotting. The entire book is written that way so it’s not an easy book to read, but once you understand that everything is written out phonetically to emphasize the dialect, eventually you get used to reading it, therefore you can write it.

Question: Who does your editing?

Mackenzie: My editor is the amazing Lisa McNeilley. She is actually CEO of Writer’s Alley, which is dedicated to evolving into a full service writing center that will serve the needs of students, professionals, teachers, parents and writers.  She really helped me develop my vision by helping me understand what young adult readers may think or come to expect.

Question: Tell us about the cover… Who designed it? What was the process like? Any cute little tidbits that tie just right?

Mackenzie: My cover was designed by my publisher, BHC Press. When we were first discussing ideas for the cover, they gave me a questionnaire to fill out, which helped them understand my vision. I really honestly only told them one specific instruction as a requirement – put my wand on the cover! I wanted fans to be able to associate that wand with my series.

An interesting tidbit is that wand, in fact, was hand-crafted exclusively for my series by Magical Alley – Wand Makers, located in the state of Washington. I wanted something I could remember the series by, and I couldn’t think of a better way, than by having a replica of my main character’s wand. I thought that would be extremely cool to have Mierta’s wand as a souvenir!

Another interesting tidbit is the character, Mierta, was inspired by English actor Matt Smith. What’s really awesome is I had the pleasure of meeting him at Wizard World Cleveland in 2016 and not only did he sign that wand, I got to watch him briefly play with it, and he acted just like I imagined he would.

Question: I have been admiring your marketing. Do you find it has cut into your writing time and how have you managed that aspect?

Mackenzie: OMG, yes! Authors I know who have published books warned me that it was like having another full-time job, and it really is. Nothing really can prepare you for what to expect as an author when it comes to how much you have to put into your marketing. It’s even tougher as an indie writer, in my opinion, because you’re essentially a nobody, and have to quickly adapt in order to be something.

I have honestly not been doing that great of a job lately managing my time when it comes to writing. What readers may find interesting is I have a full-time job as a phone bank representative. Lately my days have consisted of getting up, working on marketing, going to work, and then coming back home to continue working on marketing till about 4 in the morning. I  get a couple hours of sleep and then do it all over again. However, I have started a couple writing projects, including the second book in the Rite of Wands series.

Question: Which is mightier? The pen or the wand?

Mackenzie: That’s a really tough question! As much as I want to say the pen, I have to go with the wand! I mean not many authors can say they had their wand signed by the actor that inspired their main character – it’s something permanently infused with inspiration.

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I want to thank you again for stopping by! Please stop by my booth on Goodreads to learn more about me, my novel, enter some contests, and just have some fun!

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Interview with R. Castro #Tuesdaybookblog

Today I’m fortunate to present R. Castro author of A Shining Star and Elemental Linx, book one in TheTetrad Prophecy Series.

Hi Rose, thank you for agreeing to this interview!

Question 1) What part of the world do you come from?

41ScoWv1OFL._UX250_Rose: I’m from the USA, the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Puget Sound region. But I’ve lived many places, including Mexico. My parents didn’t like being anchored down for too long, so we moved a bit. I tend to call Mexico home, mostly because that is where we settled the most.

Question 2) What do you think makes a good story?

Rose: Oh gosh! It feels like a loaded question. LOL! OK, in all seriousness, for me it has to be captivating. The first chapter has to hook me to keep me reading. As a prolific reader, I appreciate originality, although, I have enjoyed a few retellings.  

Question 3) What inspired you to write your first book?

Rose: I know this may sound cliché, but I’ve always wanted to write and publish at least one book. As a young child, I’d write short stories, and I moved onto sappy poems in my teens. But it wasn’t until I faced my current health challenges and a lingering threat of going blind that I hunkered down to make my dream come through. I’d researched enough to learn that self-publishing was a viable option. I’ve always been a “dreamer, ” and I’m sure growing up an only child nurtured this, at least for me. I’m the type of person who walks by a mossy evergreen, and a thousand ideas run through my mind. Life inspires me, every moment of every day.

Question 4) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Rose: Oh, I hate to admit to this, but I’m a very undisciplined writer. Most of this stems from my health. So there is no rhyme or reason to my writing. I write when I can, although I do try to write (or right now, edit) a minimum of fifteen hundred words a day.

Question 5) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Rose: I chew on ice. I know! It’s so bad. Disclosure: Please don’t try this at home, kids. LOL! But it’s true. My hematologist say’s it has to do with my blood disorder and anemia. For whatever reason too some of us who suffer from this, ice just tastes SO good. Yes, I know, most people find ice flavorless; I don’t.

Question 6) Give us the title and genre of your latest book.

51Kolib4vzL._SY346_Rose: The title is Elemental Linx, and it’s book one in The Tetrad Prophecy series. It’s my first official work in progress, but this past NaNoWriMo pushed me into realizing A Shining Star, a contemporary inspirational romance as my debut as an author.

Question 7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

Rose: It takes A LOT of work. For those who are serious about the craft, whether you have formal education/training or not, you find you are often your worst critic. It’s been an emotional roller coaster ride, for me. I’ve wanted to throw in the towel so many times, but thankfully, I plugged into some superb writing communities where I’ve forged some incredible bonds with very talented writers. It’s helped me recognize this isn’t a simple hobby for me; I’m sincerely driven. If I never make money, I’m OK. The excitement of sharing something I’ve created is enough.  

Question 8) Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?

Rose: “That is the Emperor’s family. Today a bloodletting ritual will be performed.”

            I noticed his clenched jawline through the side of his mask, as he fell silent.

            “What does that mean?” I continued.

            “Silence now!  You will displease the Gods with all this questioning.” I had noticed an ancient temple in the distance earlier, and now as we approached it, I could see crowds of ornately dressed people surrounding it.

The clamor grew louder by the moment as we approached the crowd, and I experienced a deep sense of confusion accompanied by a dull pain in my chest; anxiety I thought, as I purposely took long deep breaths in an attempt to calm my nerves.

             Strategically placed fires blazed throughout the city, and beautiful earthenware pottery decorated the walkways. The geometrically designed buildings demonstrated impressive skill and artistry. The numerous canals were beyond belief, even rivaling Venice, but with a more rustic appeal.

             In the distance, I could hear the sound of mournful wailing. It grew louder as we neared the temple, causing me to cringe a little. I noticed Tadeo casting glances in my direction.

            Tadeo gave instructions in a native dialect. I wasn’t exactly sure what the dialect could be. However, he proceeded to explain to me in plain English, that we were taking our positions for the ceremony on the steps of the temple as The Shorn Ones. I suspected this was part of whatever festivity was about to take place.

             A priest led the procession, followed by the Emperor, the Emperors’ family, and finally, The Shorn Ones were now in position. I had no idea what was happening as I searched my memory for various history lessons, and finally settled on Mesoamerican history; The Aztec Empire, of course! I recalled they spoke Nahuatl, a native dialect.

            I was watching the priest’s preparations when a cold realization came over me; I was about to witness a sacrifice, the ritualistic blood sacrifice of a human being.

            “NO!” I shrieked inwardly and felt myself about to faint as Tadeo and a couple of the other warriors pressed in on me from all sides to shield me from the dignitaries and keep me standing upright.

            An ominous voice spoke inside my head. “Birth, death, and rebirth…all is destroyed, one will choose…born again through sacrifice, the cycle will end and bring forth a new age.”

            I felt myself falling.

Question 9) What can we expect from you in the future?

Rose: I have four contemporary inspirational romance novellas scheduled to release, one in each quarter of 2017. Also, I will start working on book two, Five Pendants of Creation, of The Tetrad Prophecy series. That’s already outlined, so I’m hoping this one will go much smoother. 

Question 10) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Rose: For me, it’s both an Editor and Cover Designer. I know my weaknesses when it comes to writing, and there is no way I could put out a product that is close to marketable, on my own. Regarding cover art, well, I’m one of those people who does “judge a book by its cover.” Although I’ll be the first to admit, there are some great reads out there which by the cover alone would not have drawn me to read them.    

Question 11) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Rose: Facebook: www.facebook.com/itsrosecastro/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoseCastro

Instagram: itsrosecastro

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share a little about myself!

Interview with R.A. Andrade #Tuesdaybookblog

Today I’m fortunate to present R. A. Andrade author of The Field Trip.

Hi Ron, thanks for agreeing to this interview.

Question 1) What part of the world do you come from?

Ron: First, I would clarify that the world I come from is planet Earth to dispel anyB1uXJ7qnXrS._UX250_ rumors to the contrary. I was born and raised in New England, and then moved to Michigan after graduating college.

Question 2) What do you think makes a good story?

Ron: If people enjoy reading a story, it is a good story. What is a story people enjoy reading? I believe everyone guesses at the answer to that question, or write what they like and get pleasantly surprised to discover other people like it as well.

Question 3) What inspired you to write your first book?

Ron: There was a point in time when I became addicted to reading novels at any opportunity. I would read anywhere and anytime, even if only there was only a fifteen minute window. Primarily reading science fiction and mysteries, many of the plots became repetitive and all too familiar. Hungering for something different, the urge to try writing my own story overtook me…so I did. I worked on that novel in the same manner I had been reading…nonstop. When finished, I considered it great; in need of little editing, which I could surely do myself.

Reading through that first novel now, only one word comes to my mind…trash.

Question 4) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Ron: There is no schedule. I write when I make the time, which can be any time of day or night. I usually write daily in blocks of time that fit opportunity and flow of thoughts. This most often occurs late night but the story still works in my mind during other daily activities that allows me to escape to my work. 

Question 5) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Ron: Nothing terribly interesting, but most short fiction I write begins with an idea intending to be a science fiction story. Somehow, I lose control of the stories along the way and the results are something else…a spooky murder where a crow is the victim…Santa Claus straightening out management at a corporate staff meeting…and of course a superhero squirrel tale.

Question 6) Give us the title and genre of your latest book.

Ron: The Field Trip. The back cover states it is “An adventure mixe23702427d with a touch of fantasy. Add a twist of love.” Some readers classify it as science fiction.

Question 7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

Ron: That my spelling improved dramatically. This was unintentional since I have always bragged about being a poor speller. Fortunately, there are some words I continue to misspell although used thousands of times.

Question 8) Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?

Ron: These are a few paragraphs from an upcoming novel:

Glen backed the Mustang to the park entrance road, and then proceeded in. They passed the deserted collection booth, following the arrows that indicated the route to the lake. Parking at the edge of the lot that would have normally been crammed with a hundred or more cars and trucks on a hot August day, they sat alone.

They all got out of the car, Sunshine and Glen pulling bags, a cooler, and a blanket from the trunk. Traci watched the two in disbelief, her hands on her hips. “The world is coming to an end and you two are going to have a picnic?” She looked down at the T-shirt she was wearing that Glen had found for her, pulling it away from her body. “And who the hell is John Denver? I would die if anyone saw me in this.”

Closing the trunk, Sunshine said to Glen, “When I get my memory back I hope I don’t discover I have children. They are a pain in the ass.”

Traci mouthed “what”, and then yelled, “You know I’m standing right here.”

Sunshine chose a location on the side of a small hill overlooking the lake. Spreading the blanket on the well-manicured grass, she knelt looking across the water. The fog bank traversed the lake, hiding the far shore. She shivered.

Question 9) What can we expect from you in the future?

Ron: A novel entitled, “Sunshine at the Oasis.” The excerpt in the last question is from that story. It may be science fiction, or maybe a mystery, or maybe….

Question 10) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Ron: That is an easy question. Undoubtedly, the money spent for my laptop. It transforms thoughts into printed words. All I need to do is place my fingers on the keyboard and it writes stories for me. Very cool.

Question 11) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Website: raandrade.com

Goodreads: R.A. Andrade

Amazon: Author page

Interview with @Jsagreenauthor #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’m fortunate to present Julian St Aubyn Green, author of Suffrage – Book 1 The World Key Chronicles.

Hi Julian, thanks for agreeing to this interview.

Thanks for inviting me.

Question 1) What part of the world do you come from? picture1

G’Day. I’m an Australian, born in Perth W.A.

Question 2) What do you think makes a good story? 

Stories are the method in which an artist tries to connect and communicate with their audience. For me a story that has a clear underlying message, or a message that is revealed during the narrative is really important. I love those a-ha! moments of clarity when everything becomes clear.

Question 3) What inspired you to write your first book?

Oh dear, now you’ve done it. How much time do we have? I’ll give you the short version. I worked in Finance for many years and the one event which impacted my generation, like the Kennedy assassination was for my parents, was 9/11. Being in finance I had a closer view than a lot of other people in Australia. We were at arms-length from what was happening. Just, terrible images on the TV. And I watched as the world change in response to it. What people did to try and feel safe. On the ten year anniversary, this idea for a story snuck inside my head and wouldn’t go away. I had to write about it, and the idea has personified in my head as a Muse called Wonda, which is short for Wondevil, both wonderful and evil at the same time. She likes to pummel my brain with ideas.

Question 4) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Well, I love Nanowrimo. I wish it had been around when I was a kid trying to write my first novel. I tend to do the bulk of my writing during the month of November, which is this insane period of time where sleep, food and sanity is secondary to words, but there is a bunch of other authors riding the crazy wave with you. That sense of community is great. Outside of November I’m still writing, just not at the same intensity.

Question 5) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

My beta readers and editors tell me I do great scene transitions. I like to use scene ends to amp up the tension. It’s far more fun to drop a hook and leave the reader wondering what is going to happen rather than spelling it out for them.

Question 6) picture3Give us the title and genre of your latest book.

It’s called Suffrage, a word which literally means ‘the ability to choose’ and is the first book in a series. I actually struggled for quite a while with the genre. It takes from a lot of places, but the strongest elements would be science fiction and fantasy, although it also blurs lines into other genres.

Question 7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

Ha ha, well I’m a huge planner. My outline for the novel is a couple of thousand words long. During the 1st major edit, I decided to rewrite some stuff at around the three-quarter mark of the book. I wanted two characters to meet, and when they did, they liked each other. I’m like ‘What the hell? But… you can’t.’ And all the while Wonda is standing in the background growling than this needed to happen. It actually stopped me in my tracks. I had to sit down and really think about why they were attracted to each other, and what it would mean, not just for this book, but the other books in the series. Here I was thinking the author is in control of the characters; finding out they can sometimes flip you off and do their own thing was a surprise, but probably something only another author can appreciate.

Question 8) Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?

But book two is still first draft! It’s not ready! It hasn’t been edited! Okay, I’ll share a little bit about Tariq. He’s a new character in book two and I’m having great fun writing him.

“Where did those rascally rebels go?” Tariq said as he sliced through the heavy pressure door.

“You are such an idiot sometimes Tariq.”

“I’m wounded Belya. Turn the other cheek. No, I mean it literally I can still see a hole, it’s freaking me out.”

“Just get that door open.” Belya touched her cheek as the flesh mended. Much of her hair on one side was now ash, filling the air with its acrid scent.

At the clang of metal as the door slammed onto the grating, Belya pushed past him and immediately stepped through, burning her hands on the red hot edges. A gust of roast pork smell fought for supremacy over the pungent aroma of burnt hair and molten steel as the slag burned into her.

“Phew. I’ll never get used to that smell. Reminds me of when Father sentences Lifers. Disgusting.”

“Will you stop reminiscing about your childhood and hurry the fuck up?” Belya snapped as he stepped through.

“Certainly.” Tariq made a small glowing ball of flame that he moved ahead of them like a mobile torch.

Question 9) What can we expect from you in the future?  

I’m working on the mountain. The series is four or five books and I hope to get one out a year, but I’m also writing some short stories. I was challenged by an author friend to write outside my normal comfort zone and do a horror flash fiction, which was really fun to write. I started writing more in the same world and one of those stories has been accepted into an anthology called Futurevision, which will be released in September 2017.

Question 10) What was the best money you every spent as a writer? 

I’m a big believer in using other people’s skills where it would take a long time to learn them on your own. I did a book marketing course with a great guy called Ocean Reeve and it’s helped me leapfrog a lot of pitfalls I think, and have confidence about what I’m doing.

Question 11) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

The best place to go is my website.

www.juliangreenauthor.com

https://twitter.com/jsagreenauthor

https://www.facebook.com/suffrageworldkeys/

https://youtu.be/xpykrMfx0yA <- Book trailer

If you are one of the first 1000 people to purchase a paperback, you go in the draw to win the art that the cover is based off. All first thousand paperbacks will be signed by the author and postage is free within Australia if you buy through the website.

Interview with @Tjay_green #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’m fortunate to present TJ Green author of Tom’s Inheritance and Twice Born.

Thank you for agreeing to this interview!

 iamgeQuestion 1) What part of the world do you come from?

Dudley, Just outside Birmingham in the UK. However about 10 years ago I moved to NZ, and I live in a gorgeous valley called Pinehaven, just outside Wellington.

Question 2) What do you think makes a good story?

Engaging characters who act in believable ways. I also enjoy a good plot, something with depth and a little mystery, and good pace. I enjoy most types of books, the only style I’m not really a fan of is romance.

Question 3) What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve always enjoyed writing and I challenged myself to write a short story beginning with “Once upon a time.” That introduced the characters of Jack and Fahey in Tom’s book1Inheritance, and from there I wanted to know what happened to Tom, so I slowly – very slowly- started to write Tom’s Inheritance. The short story was stripped back and became the prologue. I also wondered what it would be like to write for someone. I have a nephew called Tom, so that’s my main character!

Question 4) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Intermittent. I work full time, so I try and write most evenings and on weekends, but it doesn’t always happen. However I find that if I write more frequently my writing is much better. Unfortunately marketing can get in the way of writing too.

Question 5) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’m not sure I have one! I’ll write anywhere I can, but my preferred space is my study. I use the computer for writing, but use paper for notes and ideas, and working through issues. I have a notebook for each book.

Question 6) Give us the title and genre of your latest book.

Twice Born is the sequel to Tom’s Inheritance. It’s a teen/YA fantasy that follows Tom’s adventures with King Arthur in the Other. It’s a sort of reworking of the King Arthur myths following his awakening on Avalon, as well as new stories and characters.

Question 7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

I’m not a plotter. Although I have vague nebulous ideas for the story, it’s not until I sit down and start writing that the story becomes concrete. Writing is a very intriguing process!

Question 8) Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?

This is from Twice Born, released on the 10th February 2017:book2.jpeg

“We’d better find Woodsmoke and Arthur. Woodsmoke said he would try to check into the Quarter Way House,” said Brenna. She pointed to a big building with balconies on the far side of the square, built against the bank and onto the field at the top. “It’s more expensive than most, but it guarantees a clean bed and good food.”            

They found Woodsmoke and Arthur sitting in a bar to the side of the main entrance. It was an oasis of calm after the bustle of the square, filled with an assortment of tables and chairs, and screened from the square by thick-limbed climbing plants covered with flowers and a coating of wind-blown dust.

“Well, don’t you two look relaxed!” Brenna said, hands on hips.

“The rest of the deserving after a hard day’s work!” Woodsmoke said with a smirk as he and Arthur stood to greet them. “Tom – you’re here! And you’ve grown.” He walked around the table and grabbed him in a bear hug. “I wasn’t sure if I’d ever see you again.”

“You have no idea how pleased I am to be back,” Tom said, giving Woodsmoke an equally big hug in return.

Tom turned to Arthur, who gripped the top of his arms and stared at him. “You look well, Tom. It’s good to have my great-great-great-something-relative here,” and he gave him such a crushing hug that Tom struggled for breath.

Now he was reunited with all five of his closest friends in the Other (or anywhere else), he really felt he was back. Unlike Brenna and Beansprout, Arthur and Woodsmoke looked reassuringly the same. Although Tom had grown, they were both still taller than him, Woodsmoke lean and rangy, his longbow propped next to him at the table, and Arthur muscular, Excalibur in its scabbard at his side.

Question 9) What can we expect from you in the future?  

There’ll be a third book, a sequel to Twice Born and Tom’s Inheritance. I’m writing that now. I’d also like to write an adult magic/mystery book, but I only have vague ideas for that at present!

Question 10) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? 

Hiring a professional editor and cover designer. Both have been fantastic and I highly recommend using one. If you can’t afford both, get an editor. However if your cover’s awful, no-one will buy it anyway!

Question 11) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I have a website where I post on all bookish things, including reviews, – http://www.tjgreen.nz/p/home.html

I’m also on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/tjgreenauthor/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/tjay_green

Pinterest – https://nz.pinterest.com/mount0live/my-books-and-writing-author-name-tj-green/