Author Interview with Dora Gonzalez

I present to you all Dora Gonzalez!

1. What genre are your books?

I write in many genres, fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, and romance. Under my real name I mainly write fantasy and modern fantasy.

2. What draws you to this genre?

Fantasy has always been an extra bonus in the reading to escape, reading to entertain concept. Huge fan of magic, dragons, knights, and everything that is beyond the normal that is why I am a big fan of science fiction. Fantasy is just the easier of the two and you can get away with more.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working on book two of The Five Kingdoms of Severi series and wrapping up a fantasy/modern fantasy story under my alias, Estela Avery.

4. What’s it about?

Book Two of the series picks up about a month after The Five Kingdoms of Severi. The story continues with Edwin trying to recover what he lost and Alden unable to refuse helping him. New threats arise for our heroes and other main characters. Book Two promises to have a great reveal like the first one and I am thrilled to be writing it.
My other book, A Prince From Another World, written under my alias is about a young man who stumbles across a prince, you guessed it, from another world. He must find a way to get him back and fight off the evils trying to kill them both.
There are sword fights, magical creatures of lore, and magic in both stories.

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

Edwin starts off ordinary, or at least he was brought up that way, but he is far more than that. He is the last of the two remaining Royal Protector, beings of magic whose sole purpose is to protect their royal counterparts. His village is attacked and he is injured. Though driven with guilt and sadness of his parents’ death, he finds the courage to do what is right and wise. He soon discovers what makes him so special and the sacrifices he must make to save the Five Kingdoms of Severi.

6. Have you written anything else?

Yes, but unfortunately they all aren’t quite ready for publication. Some are in the mist of revision, editing, others still in their first drafts. The Five Kingdoms of Severi will be my first book that has been completed.

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I love to write, don’t know how I took so long to do so or why I ever stopped. I hope to continue delivering stories others look forward to reading. I plan to wrap up The Five Kingdoms of Severi with four books, the last one being its prequel, completing A Prince From Another World with two books but leaving it open if I ever decide to return to the characters and worlds. There are many genres I want to write in, many ideas to explore, so here is to countless years of writing and publishing.

8. Which writers inspire you?

I have read countless books, many which inspire me years after I have last read them, but the ones that I always return to are those by Stephen King, Piers Anthony, R.A. Salvatore, and Brian Jacques. On the more romantic side I have to go with Nora Roberts.

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I decided to pick up writing and see it through to the end no matter how many bad reviews I might get, how many disappointed comments, in January of 2012. That was the year I turned my fan fiction readying days into fan fiction writing ones and never looked back. Many writer’s blocks, a few bad reviews, and countless encouraging ones, I decided to write my own stories and The Five Kingdoms of Severi was born.
After two years, going to three, I continue to write for the same reasons I read. I love to discover new worlds, fall in love with characters and cheer them to victory. I write because I enjoy it, if others enjoy my works that gives me the courage and desire to write even more.

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

No, I used to have a schedule but besides being a writer, I am also a cover illustrator and artist. I also record the audio to The Five Kingdoms of Severi series and dabble in any other artistic endeavor I can get my hands on. That leaves me to write when and where I can, it be early or late hours of the day, when my son is at school, asleep, or preoccupied with homework or playing.

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

I get my inspiration from all around me, the countless books I have read, the movies I love to watch, and day to day things that seem to spark an idea. I write all these tidbits down as prompts for when that idea starts to unravel into a story I have a reminder and a guide.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I am a pantser all the way. I only start with the basic thoughts and what the ending will be. I know point A to point Z and fill in the rest along the way. There are times that some of those points get revised many times over or deleted all together.
I have tried outlines, but only very basic ones for several scenes or chapters when I seem to get stuck or at a loss to keep writing.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

Oh yes. I remember the first time I ever got writer’s block. I wrote nothing for almost two weeks. A bad comment in one of my stories zapped the desire and ability to write. I overcame writer’s block by following Dorothea Brande’s words of advice from her book Becoming A Writer. I thought about the scenes that were to follow day and night, while I ate, worked, and slept. I thought about it all the time until I couldn’t wait to write it down. Every time I find myself falling into writer’s block I pick up that book and read a few chapters and think of my unwritten scenes.

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Editing. I am thankful that I am not an editor. Punctuation, grammar, syntax has never been my strong suit, in fact it was the subject I least liked in high school. My sister once told me I held the record for the longest run on sentence. Good thing my writing has improved drastically these past two years.
Revising is another. I used to cling to each word I wrote and refused to delete it. Now, deleting entire scenes is done in a blink of an eye, at times by accident.

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

I like holding cover reveals, book launch events, and blog interviews. I think word of mouth is the best way to get your book known and I love interacting with readers and authors alike. Why not make friends along with a reading audience?
That doesn’t mean I don’t partake in advertising and other marketing tools, I just enjoy these get stuck or at a loss to keep writing.

16. How much research do you do?

I really hate research only because I am scared to get it wrong. What if I research the wrong time period, or looked up the wrong item? Since I mainly write fiction and prefer to make up a large amount, the time spend on research isn’t as much as other authors.
I research various time periods concentration only on their attire, what they ate and drank, etc…things that will help make my world more believable and yet not restrain me. I base the rest on what I have seen or read in other books and shows.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Computer, I type very fast. Though I do tend to switch to longhand from time to time. I would say Computer 90% of the time and longhand 10%. Writing longhand is another great way to beat writer’s block.

18. What are some of your favorite books?

My two favorite books are Rulers of Darkness by Steven Spruill and Wings of a Falcon by Cynthia Voigt.

19. Are you currently reading any books?

Yes, I just finished Warriors of Camlann by Doug Goodman and Mer by Jade M. Phillips and am reading A Soldier’s Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why) by Jean Johnson. All interesting books.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

I tend to hang out on Facebook and have my own writing blog where I review books, do cover reveals, and post excerpts of my works. Would love to have you all stop by any of my hangouts or website. You can also find me over at my publisher’s website BigWorldNetwork.com.

Website: http://weblightdreams.synthasite.com/
Blog: https://enchantedtalesoftheromantickind.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDoraGonzalez?ref=bookmarks
Twitter: @van_maniac

“The Darkling Tide” by Travis Simmons

5-Stars! Just like with the first one, Plague of Shadows, I couldn’t put this one down either. If all nine books were currently out, I would have to call in sick to work just to finish reading them all. The monsters are addictively creepy and sometimes even a pretty face in the dark shouldn’t be trusted. In this book, Abagail and her companions find this out the hard way. I highly recommend this book to everyone searching for a fresh thrilling series.

Copyright © Travis Simmons
Copyright © Travis Simmons

“A Plague of Shadows (Book One)” by Travis Simmons

First off, the reason for a 4-star review is because this book had parts in the beginning and briefly towards the middle that confused me as if there wasn’t a clear plot. After pushing past that, I became so caught up in Abagail’s story that I literally couldn’t put the book down. This book introduces new creatures that go bump in the night and that will raise the hair of any adult. Wanting to know the purpose of these creatures and what variety of them are in this novel, I read its entirety and was not disappointed by what lurks in its pages. I am starting the sequel, Darkling Tide, tonight and don’t think I’ll be able to put it down either. I highly recommend this to everyone that loves a dark thrill between their book pages!

Copyright © Travis Simmons
Copyright © Travis Simmons

Author Interview with Lee Duigon

May I present to you all Lee Duigon!

1. What genre are your books?

They are a certain kind of fantasy in which I try to generate wonder without recourse to magic.

2. What draws you to this genre?

I’ve always loved myths, legends, tall tales, and fantasy. I guess I just never outgrew Sinbad stories. Also, I find fantasy gives me scope to tell the kind of story I want to tell. In fantasy, within limits, anything goes.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

The Glass Bridge, Book #7 in my Bell Mountain series, was just published late in January, and in a few months we’ll get into editing Book #8, The Temple. Come spring, I hope to be ready to start writing the next book in the series. But for the time being, I’m just recharging my novel-writing batteries.

4. What’s it about?

Well, I’ll have to continue the story from where I left it in The Temple. The series is about religious upheaval and revival, political chaos, and the fortunes and adventures of a number of main characters. One good thing about an ongoing seriesyou always have a logical starting-point. But when it comes to details, as yet I have no idea what the new book will be about!

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

Writing eight books leaves you with a lot of main characters. Let me just mention a few of them. Jack, a poor boy, and Ellayne, a rich girl: they climbed Bell Mountain in obedience to God’s calling, and have survived many adventures since then. Ryons, a slave boy: descended from the last anointed king, he finds himself made King of Obann by the grace of God, with an army composed of men from many nations of the Heathen, and a destiny he can’t begin to understand. Gurun, a girl from a faraway island in the North: it seems her destiny is to be queen of a country that her people know only from the ancient Scriptures. Martis, a former assassin for the Temple: originally sent out to murder Jack and Ellayne, he has taken an oath to defend them for as long as he lives.
What they do that is special is to surviveunder very difficult circumstancesand to try to carry out God’s will, even when it’s hard to understand. They have to do it without magic, without super-powers or magical implements: by courage, by hard work and endurance, and by faith.

6. Have you ever written anything else?

You should see the pile of my novels that were never published! Some twenty-five years ago, I did succeed in getting four of my horror novels published; but that stopped when the horror market collapsed. The sheer quantity appalls me. I’m not counting the writing I’ve done as a newspaper man.

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Principally, to create a body of work that will be of lasting value to readers, that will live longer than I do, and that will give glory to God and be useful in His service.

8. Which writers inspire you?

ManyWalter R. Brooks, L. Frank Baum, Kenneth Grahame, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Agatha Christie, Arthur Upfield, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, of course, Sir Thomas Malorythe list could go on for quite a ways.

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

By the time I was ten, I was making up monster stories to amuse my friends. I was brought up with a love of reading, and this made me want to create good books and stories of my own. By the time I was in high school, I saw that writing and story-telling were the things I was best at. In fact, I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t writing.
I think I write because I have to. My head would explode if I were somehow prevented from writing. I don’t think there’s any other kind of work that would make me happy. After all, we all want to do what we do best. Don’t we?

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

When I’m writing a book, I like to work outside during spring, summer, and fall.

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

Mostly I pray for it. But everything is grist for the millmy own life experiences, history, movies, books, current events, and the Bible. I try to steep myself in the Bible, in hope that it will inform the kinds of stories I write. Also, I get a lot of ideas from dreams.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I used to outline like nobody’s businessthorough biographies for each and every character, and rafts of index cards, color-coded to the subplots so I could put them in lots of different arrangements until I found the best one.
Now I merely tell the story as it comes to me. I can hardly believe I do that. It shouldn’t workand yet it does.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

What with my books, my daily blog posts ( http://leeduigon.com/ ), my weekly column for News With Views, and my regular assignments for my employer, The Chalcedon Foundation, if I ever came down with writer’s block, I’d be in big trouble. But I think having so many different things, and different kinds of things, that I have to writereally have tostops writer’s block before it starts.

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

For me the hardest thing is not knowing whether my work is having any impact. And once I’m in the zone, I find it hard to deal with interruptionspeople calling you up to sell you stuff you don’t want, quarrelsome neighbors, etc. When my wife sees I’m really into it, she does her best to shield me.

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

You could take a stray cat off the street, and it would know more about marketing than I do. My focus is very narrowcontent, content, content. Nevertheless, my publisher, Storehouse Press, is so small that they’ve made me responsible for my own publicity, etc.areas in which I am not skilled at all. I’m grateful they’ve got all my books up on amazon.com and provided me with a blog which is supposed to stir up interest in me and my work, I should live so long…

16. How much research do you do?

If you’re writing fantasy, everything you read about and see and hear is research. After all, you want the reader to be able to believe in your fantasy, so you have to make it realistic. So if you’re writing about, say, dragons, which don’t really exist, read everything you can find about dragons so you can imagine and then create a dragon that’s believable. Preferably one that doesn’t talk like a 12-year-old text messaging.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

My first draft is always longhand, on a legal pad, and my finished product is typed on the computer. I would never try to compose an original on the computer: it’s too fast, not enough time to think.

18. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

C.S. Lewis, “The Chronicles of Narnia” Tolkien, “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” Agatha Christie, the Miss Marple mysteries (amazing! an unarmed detective who can’t beat up the bad guys or even run away) Edgar Rice Burroughs, “The Chessmen of Mars” (totally wild and crazy, and yet totally believable) Jules Verne, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”
Gee, look at thatit seems I read mostly old stuff. Well, that’s one way you know it’s good stuffbecause it’s still here, and still a great read, after such a long time has passed.

19. Are you currently reading any books?

I’m always flabbergasted when I encounter someone who wants to be a writer, and yet doesn’t read much. The only way you can learn how to be a writer is to read incessantly! There’s no substitute for it. So of course I’m currently reading booksjust now, Inspector Ghote’s Good Crusade (1966, more old stuff) by H.R.F. Keating, which I missed the first time around, and which is royally entertaining me.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Well, um, they could read my books! And there’s always my blog, http://leeduigon.com/ , where you can click “Books” to see cover art, blurbs, and sample chapters from all my books. Plus there’s a new post every day; quite a few of them have to do with my take on the art of writing fiction.

Author Interview with Gwen Selix

I present to my lovely readers my awesome friend, Gwen Selix!

1. What genre are your books?

Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

2. What draws you to this genre?

I like that I can make it up as I go there are no rules for me to really follow.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

I am working on several. I am currently editing House on the Hill my next major novel. I am also working slowly on Premonition book 2 in the Evermore Trilogy. As well as a few other projects that are to be titled.

4. What’s it about?

House on the Hill is my major project right now.
No one ever forgets their first time in the House. But for Rebecca it is an escape from the Hell she lives in. Will she find meaning to her poor life or will the Monster come to claim her yet again.

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

Rebecca is a young girl who has lived in a nightmare her entire life. She desperately wants to escape the life she has been living but doesn’t know how. Not until one rainy night she takes a chance and winds up on the ride of a life time.

6. Have you written anything else?

My first book Shadows of Pandora was released last year and is currently being edited to go back up for a second edition.

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I want people to be touched by my work. And honestly my dream is to have my own Fandom.

8. Which writers inspire you?

J.K.Rowling, F Scott Fitzgerald. Jane Austen, Shelly Crane, Cassie Mae, Jessica Verday, J.R.R. Tolkin

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I decided I wanted to become a writer when I was really little around the age of three actually. I write because if I don’t my brain may actually explode. I have so many ideas swirling around in my head and I love it.

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

I write whenever I can. No really special time. I like to sit on my best friends bedroom floor and write with her.

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere. Music, Pictures, art, life around me.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I prefer to see where my ideas take. I get stuck if I outline and keep a plan of where I am supposed to go.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

I get it way more than I care to admit. I usually take that as my time to read and refresh my brain. Stephen King once said “To be a great writer you have to be a great reader.” I take that to heart and read as often as I can. I also use Harry Potter. When I am having a really bad block I will pop in one of those movies and it clears my brain and inspiration hits.

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Getting a book finished. I am always getting more ideas in my head and I want to write the new story. I have to force myself to focus.

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

I make banners and promote online as much as I can.

16. How much research do you do?

Depends on my book. With Shadows it was months of research on Greek Mythology.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Computer and long hand usually. I love writing long hand I get less distracted that way. I wish I had a typewriter. I have been begging for one for ages now. Someday I hope to have one. I want a good old fashioned one.

18. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

The Great Gatsby is my all-time favorite book. I have read it so many times. I honestly have no idea why. I also love the Harry Potter series. I find most of my inspiration from there. Alice in Wonderland, Secret Garden, and A little Princess. Are some of the earliest books I can remember reading.

19. Are you currently reading any books?

Several, I am reading  Gemini by Penelope Ward, Blythwood by Carol Goodman, Switched by Amanda Hocking.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Website:  http://gwenselix.com/
Blog: gwenselixsnovelblog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gwenselix
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GwenSelix
Lnkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?trk=hb_tab_pro_top
Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/gwenmalfoy/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Gwen-Selix/e/B00J783Z12/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1423255954&sr=8-1
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7787961.Gwen_Selix
Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/GwenMalfoy

Author Interview with Michael Rockwell

Here is an interview with my good friend, Michael Rockwell.

1. What genre are your books?

It varies depending on the book at hand. My current book that has my attention mostly is a light romance novel with some magic thrown in there. While the other one, including the ones that follow it, is a mix of many genres into one. Most of my books tend to be a mix.

2. What draws you to this genre?

Personally I am not a fan of sticking with just one specific genre. I think limiting myself to one genre puts a strangle on myself as to what I want to do in the story itself.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

Currently I am working on two books. The Fox And The Wolf is currently the one I am focusing on and plan to publish first.

4. What’s it about?

The story is about a guy named Wolf, who ends up meeting this mysterious woman in his life that ends up changing him for the better. It’s a very simple story, a short story, but it has more depth to it then it seems.

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

I like to think the most special thing about this character, is that there isn’t anything special. He’s the only main character I have thought up who is just a regular guy who just dreams big in life.

6. Have you written anything else?

I have written in the past but nothing has ever come about them. One day though, they will be released onto the world.

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I hope to achieve a sense of inspiring people in a way. In every story I write, I try to create and underlining message to the reader in hopes they learn something. Be it about love, getting over death, overcoming your greatest fears. Another thing I hope to achieve is that a reader messages me or tells me face to face that I made them shed a tear because of what they read. If I can do just that, I know I am doing something right.

8. Which writers inspire you?

In all honestly, I never read much growing up. I used to think reading was a chore for book reports. So granted, not a lot of writers inspired me. The only two that come to mind that inspired me would be JK Rowling and Tom Clancy. Though if I had to count more than book writers, I would also count many screenplay writers for games and films.

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

This one is confusing to answer specifically because I had gone back and forth for so long that it’s hard to keep track haha. It wasn’t until two years ago that I finally decided that writing out these stories into books was the way to go. When this all began for me, it was fifth grade. I had just began my artistic life and ended up creating my first original character, who will eventually get his own book down the line. So ever since then, I have strived to tell people the stories that ooze out of my skull. I went from wanting to make my own comic books, to making my own films. It was until High School that the thought of writing a book came to mind, and even then I was unsure. To me, it felt like a lost dream, that maybe it would never happen. I know though that when you have a mind of a writer, a mind I know too well, you can’t keep these ideas in your head. You need to let it out, let people see what lurks inside that crazy mind of ours. That’s why I write.

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

I like to write during my lunch hour or right after work. It’s best to do it then because I feel more awake. On my days off I feel more tired and exhausted.

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

I’ve gotten my inspiration from all sorts of things be it books, comics, films and video games. My two current books were actually inspired by music and a dream.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I work on an outline, but I don’t tend to write it down. It’s all stashed away in my memory.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

I do at times. The way I overcome it is taking breaks. That’s one thing I can’t do is write constantly. I have learned in the past that if I focus so much attention on a book, I’ll drive myself insane. So when I do take my breaks, I use my time while working at my job to think on where I am at in the story, and think of how to fix it. Usually I end up fixing it in a day or two.

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Making sure dialogue sounds natural and real. I hate making things sound forced.

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

Well I haven’t begun marketing yet but once I get closer to my first publishing date, I plan to use my Youtube channel to market it off. There are still certain things I am trying to figure out as well, but for now Youtube will be my big marketing area.

16. How much research do you do?

Well for my current book, I am not looking to do much research. I am wanting it to be accurate, but at the same time I don’t want to limit myself too much. The book is being written for a reason, a reason I can’t say right now. So because of that, certain things were done to be more in tune with what I am aiming at. But books like my main series, I try do as much research as possible.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Computer

18. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

The Harry Potter series holds a big magical wand to my heart.

19. Are you currently reading any books?

I was currently reading “Gone Girl”, but life put that on hold. I have so much stuff going on in my life that I really don’t have much time just enjoying myself. I have writing, Youtube, a job, and a girlfriend to put all my focus on so I don’t have time to read or watch movies as much as I used to.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

For now I do not have a Facebook page for my writing. When I do though, you can always follow me on my Facebook page linked below.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Man-Of-Justice-21/171794436234445
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ManOfJustice21

Author Interview with Eli Carrow

I present to you all an interview with a dear friend of mine, Eli Carrow.

1. What genre are your books?

My primary genre is Fantasy but I also write thrillers and horror.

2. What draws you to this genre?

Ever since I first read Lord of the Rings as a 10 year old I have been hooked on the whole fantasy thing from reading through to roleplay.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

Provisionally titled Kosar’s Legacy, it’s a mish mash of Lovecraft, zombie apocalypse and epic fantasy.

4. What’s it about?

The underlying theme is that all actions have consequences. We see the consequences of Kosar’s actions have their ultimate effect hundreds of years later on the lives of Kallian and Lysanne, two ordinary young lovers whose lives are irrevocably torn apart.

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

Lysanne is the adopted daughter of a blacksmith who by chance absorbs the essence of a dragon and begins to exhibit many physical changes and strange abilities. Before long it becomes apparent that she is far more than she used to be which comes in handy as the….oh, don’t want to reveal too much! I’ll stop there!

6. Have you written anything else?

An apocalyptic Superhero story set in the last few days before an overwhelming alien invasion. A hitman love story written in the first person. A serial killer crime thriller. A galaxy spanning sci-fi epic and a couple of others. Most are in first draft at the most but I’ll finish them soon enough!

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Aim for the stars, hope for the moon. I want what every writer wants of course- to be the next J K Rowling!

8. Which writers inspire you?

Patrick Rothfuss, Dan Worth, Dan Abnet, Brian Lumley, Tolkien, Lovecraft, Terry Goodkind, David Eddings and the many writers of the Dragonlance novels.

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I’ve always had a proclivity for story telling, the ideas floating around in my head all hours of the day. Prior to 2011 I used to scratch that particular itch with table-top roleplaying games but at some point in 2011 I just said to myself, I’m going to write a novel…

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

No I don’t but I do have to write with music playing quite loud. Once I get started the music helps blot out the continual noise from my overactive min- ooh shiny!

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

From all around me. Every TV programme I watch, every book I read sets off a dozen trains of thought.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I do a bit of both, usually, when an idea resonates enough for me to get writing I just write with no clear direction. If it turns out well I usually do an outline and carry on, if it doesn’t it gets filed in the “maybe later” pile.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

I rarely get it but when I do I simply do something else that requires a modicum of concentration and BAM!

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Adverbs…I love them. Can’t get enough of them and everybody else is telling me to drop them!

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

Ask me again in 6-8 months!

16. How much research do you do?

Don’t mean to sound at all facetious but I do as much research as I need to do. I do find though that it’s only the minutia that I need to research. I’m lucky in that I have a very cinematic mind and can visualise quite vividly.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I type, my handwriting is barely legible! I am toying with the idea of dictating software though…

18. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

Anything by the authors I listed before. I love the Progenitor Trilogy by Dan Worth and adore Pat Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles. Like many other people I am crying out for Day Three!

19. Are you currently reading any books?

I’m about half way through the last book in the Progenitor Trilogy at the moment, must be the fourth time I’ve read them.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

At the moment I only exist on Facebook but will soon be starting a blog as Kosar’s Legacy nears completion.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EliCarrow

Author Interview with Debbie Manber Kupfer

I introduce to you the author of “P.A.W.S.” and “Argentum.”

Copyright © Debbie Manber Kupfer
Copyright © Debbie Manber Kupfer

1. What genre are your books?

My main series is YA fantasy, but I also write puzzles for magazines and dabble in different genres in short stories.

2. What draws you to this genre?

Fantasy is my absolute favorite genre to read. Also with magic you can go anywhere, do anything – I like that.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working on two projects. The first is book 3 of my P.A.W.S. series, which is tentatively called Maze of Shadows. The second project is a book of logic puzzles, Paws4Logic, that should be released in a month or so.

4. What’s it about?

Miri’s journey takes her to Israel to discover the secrets hidden inside the book she received in Argentum. By reading the hidden story she begins to understand how her omama, Celia, and her opapa, Max, used their magic to escape from the Nazis.

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

Miri is a lot like me. She was bullied for being different when she younger, but the experience has made her stronger. Her magic is formidable, but she still struggles to use it effectively. She cares deeply for her friends and Maze of Shadows finds her in a situation where she is isolated from them. (I won’t say too much as I don’t want to spoil it for my readers.)

6. Have you written anything else?

Yep, apart from P.A.W.S. and Argentum I have stories in a number of anthologies including Fauxpocalypse, Darkly Never After, Sins of the Past and Heroes & Villains.

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Just to finish and publish my series and hope that it’s read and enjoyed by a lot of people.

8. Which writers inspire you?

Long list here, but it includes Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Cassandra Clare and Cornelia Funke.

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

Probably “decided” to become a writer when I was about eight years old and wrote a series of school stories in a bunch of notebooks. I write because I’ve always written. I enjoy putting words onto paper and seeing where they lead me.

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

Not really – with two kids I just fit in the words whenever I have time.

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

I love to sit in cafes and people watch. I get a lot of inspiration from my observations.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I’m mostly a discovery writer. I might jot a few ideas down in a notebook before I write, but mostly I just let the story take me where it will. The only exception is that as I’m writing a series I do keep an up-to-date timeline and character list. Consistency is really important when you have historical events intertwined with fiction.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

A little. I find going for walk helps. I think better with fresh air and a change of scenery.

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Not being distracted. The internet and Facebook in particular are dangerous for me. When I know I have something to complete I don’t let myself go on the internet until I’m done otherwise I can waste a whole day that way.

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

A combination of stuff online and local events. For example I was part of a fantasy writer’s blog tour in January and will be doing another in June. I’ve also done local book signings at indie bookstores and libraries.

16. How much research do you do?

I research as needed and enjoy the process. For Argentum for example I virtually visited Wales and Ireland, worked out how long it would take an owl to fly across Europe and studied the history of the teabag!

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Mostly directly into my computer, though occasionally I will write stories or chapters longhand on paper while I’m out and the type them up when I return home.

18. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy, Douglas Adams; All of the Harry Potter series (but particularly book 3); Terry Pratchett’s Thief of Time; The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak; Inkheart, Cornelia Funke; Davita’s Harp, Chaim Potok; Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.

19. Are you currently reading any books?

Just finished A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen (a birthday present from a good friend who knew I would love it) and currently reading The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Blogs:
Paws4Thought (writing) – https://debbiemanberkupfer.wordpress.com/

Paws4Puzzles (puzzles) – https://paws4puzzles.wordpress.com/

Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/DebbieManberKupferAuthor?ref=hl
P.A.W.S. https://www.facebook.com/PawsInstituteOfTheMidwest?ref=hl

Puzzles: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paws4Puzzles/255518324584444?ref=hl

Twitter: @CiciCat42
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-Manber-Kupfer/e/B00DHPNJ5I/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1421944889&sr=8-1

Book Links:
P.A.W.S. http://amzn.com/B00DNJP4UG
Argentum: http://amzn.com/B00OVEA52E

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7142164.Debbie_Manber_Kupfer

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: There will be a $0.99 sale on Argentum Feb 13th-15th!

Author Interview with Johan Fleetwood

Here is an interview with Johan Fleetwood.

1. What genre are your books?

Focus on my books is a combination of soft and hard science-fiction with a lot of elements from fantasy, horror and drama. There is a lot of magic, erotica and blood in my books as the species and societies has gone back to a more primitive living despite their developed senses. Too be a part of nature and accept all living things as one.

2. What draws you to this genre?

I have always loved genres like science-fiction, fantasy and horror. I have loved reading it, writing it and watched movies in these three genres. Probably it is because I am a thinker, a philosophical individual who love to be lost in thoughts and dreams. Being able to creating places and be away from the reality I did not want to be in.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

My current project is set in the near future, in the megalopolis known as Cypress city placed in Northamkrin. Here there are many different cultures and species from all places around the universe of Romanorum, gathering and living in a beautiful but violent world. The project is called Wave (one of seven military schools the Government set up to train new kinds of troops who will defend Earth from unknown threats).
The Miniseries Wave is one of several miniseries during the Strain age (about year 2065-2085) in the large project Chronicles from Romanorum. As usual, in this miniseries I do not have characters sorted in good and bad sides because all characters have a bad and a good side. Every choice they make is affecting someone somewhere in the city, in a small or big way.

4. What’s it about?

The miniseries Wave is focusing on the conflict between Cyborgs, Superions and Clones. Three different species who think they are the cosmic perfection created in labs during the Past and Future technological eras of Mankind. They all want something for themselves in order to save their own species, but to survive they need help from other species around Amkrin, even from fractions that are scattered around the globe. As the military schools is developing their arts of warfare and training new troops the hatred among the individuals in the major species is growing.

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

I have four main characters in this miniseries, two males and two females. They have different backgrounds and come from different places with different views on life, which makes them dangerous to each other but they need each other in order to survive the hard reality they are facing.
The female characters are a Nature and a Superion. They accept each other as soon they meet and choose to fight against all evil in order to protect Life and the universe. They are driven by ideas that were created thousands of years ago and never want to change in that way. Their powers are divined and in all way they are greater than anything alive, which gives them many enemies.
The male characters are a Cyborg and a Clone. These two hate each other because of the conflict between their species. They hate each other because they have to and sworn to protect the individuals whom they love the most. Not an easy task because these two individuals are bound to each other and because the outer threats from both common enemies and cultural norms, they need to survive in some way.
It can seem like a lot of clichés when I write about them in this way, but I try to write about their ideas and feelings in a greater picture and how the individual act from these feelings. How they interact with each other and how their different views creates conflict between groups and species, but also creates conflicts within themselves.

6. Have you written anything else?

I have some old stories from my childhood, mostly fan-fictionish stuff and some horror short stories, which I am about to use in my project Chronicles from Romanorum.

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

For the moment I just want to write as a hobby and finishing my books in the way I want to finish them, but in the future I want to publish the books and hopefully get some readers that enjoy the universe I am creating.

8. Which writers inspire you?

The writer who has inspired me most is C.S Lewis, the author of Narnia. I have loved Narnia since I was a little kid and still I love the books which are a beautiful combination of the modern era with mythologies and religion in a beautiful world that never seems to fade.

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

It started when I was very young and maybe it has to do with my philosophical part. I did not decide to become a writer; it just came to me naturally. I write because it is a part of who I am and without writing I lose a great part of my identity.

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

I can write anytime, but I have favorite moments when I write. Mostly it is in the morning or in the evening when my brain is most active. When I am writing it could be in any place, like on the bus, in bed, at my desk in the bottom floor of the house, the library. It doesn’t matter where I am, the most important is that I get the writing done.

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

I have a lot of places in where I can get inspiration. Reading books or having a walk in nature, watching movies, watching pictures of natures and animals, listening to music give me a lot of emotions I can use while I write.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I prefer to see where the idea takes me before I work on an outline. I hate to have a structure for my writing and want to make the worlds to grow by themselves, like a big garden of life and adventures.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

It happens sometimes. Not often, but it happens. When it does I just try to accept it and let it pass as I do other things I love to do, like watching movies or listening to music. After some days the block has cracked and I can return to my writing. It is all about acceptance.

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Endings. The hardest thing about my writing is to come up with a great ending that really marks the readers of what really happened and making the reader wanting more of the story. Also, I do not want to write an ending that feels to cliché or something that totally crash the feeling I try to create in my books.

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

For the moment, I only have my author pages on FB (one swedish and one english). For the moment when I do not looking for publishing my books, I just take things slow and only talk a little about them and my progress in my writing on these author pages. Things will probably change if I manage to publish the books.

16. How much research do you do?

When I start a book I do not do much research in different subjects, but when I know more about the story and what subjects the book is going to have I start to make a deep dive into books and on the Internet so I can find out as much as possible about that specific subject. For example, it can be cloning, warfare, weapons, aero planes, mythology or religion.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I write on my laptop and longhand.

18. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

For me I have only two: C.S Lewis and Rosemary Kirsten. They write in an easy and magical way that makes you want more about their worlds and the characters that are living in them.

19. Are you currently reading any books?

For the moment I read The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirsten, the first book in a fantasy/science-fiction-series about Rowan, a Steerwoman and a truthbearer. You will follow her adventure to find about the truth and origin of magic, the only thing she doesn’t know anything about. On her adventure she meets a lot of danger and different kinds of people, but will be helped by a female Outskirter…

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Facebook: Johan Fleetwood – Author, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Johan-Fleetwood-Author/307802496063576
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/johanfleetwood