Meet J.E. Feldman

Here’s my interview hosted by Author Debbie Manber Kupfer!

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  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve been writing since the age of three and while most little girls wanted to be princesses, I wanted to be an author even then. I grew up in a little town called Walhalla in South Carolina, and it was my whole world until I was moved to Florida at the tender age of eight. That’s around the time when I really started focusing on writing to channel my emotions. I was writing novels left and right during the summers at my grandma’s house, when I wasn’t out in the woods building forts with the neighborhood boys. The first novel I published (The Dragonscale) was written when I was fifteen but I waited until I had all my publishing ducks in a row before sharing it with the world in 2014. I have hundreds of stories that are already written that I plan…

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Interview with Author Janni Styles

12647754_986783758080658_714619892_nPlease join me in welcoming author Janni Styles!
  1. What genre are your books?

Fiction and poetry

  1. What draws you to this genre?

The freedom to create, the broad scope of creativity and artistic license. Not a fan of reading non-fiction or writing it much because it is so “dry” to me, hard to do.

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

Currently working on a book about living with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Have four other fiction novels to polish for publication… someday… lol

  1. What’s it about?

This little book is going to be about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, who gets it, ways to survive it and learn, as some of us must, to just live with it.

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

For this I’ll choose a fiction novel I have written. The main character Joyce is special because she never stops loving those who hurt her worst.

  1. Have you written anything else?12583884_986784314747269_215325930_n

My first collection of short stories “One Part Good” and my first collection of poetry “Spiritshine” are both available as free ebooks on Smashwords right now. I’ve won awards for fiction and poetry and non-fiction.

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I hope, as we all do, to one day publish a bestselling book so I can move to a rural setting and just write the rest of my days away in peace.

  1. Which writers inspire you?

Oh! So many. Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Jane Hamilton, Timothy Findley, Alice Munro, John Irving, Paula Sharp, Alistair McLeod, Wayson Choy, Rabindranath Maharaj, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice, Tolkien, Dickens, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, CS Lewis, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Joyce Carol Oates, just could go on forever…

  1. When did you decide to become a writer?

When I was six years old I told the teacher I want to make books when I grow up. Why do you write? Because I cannot stop. When I was thrust into PTSD by shocks/trauma in 2011 and a physical assault in 2012, writing literally (pun intended) saved my life.

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

Not really. But I love the quiet. In the quiet I can think and that often means I want to write something.

  1. Where do you get your inspiration?

Observing humans, nature and life in general. Almost anything can be a source of inspiration, good or bad; there is always something to say about things.

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

For poetry it’s totally free falling. Non-fiction has to be outlined somewhat and for fiction, it can go either way. Sometimes I have a loose outline and find my characters taking me down a totally different road so I just go with it.

  1. Do you ever get writer’s block?

Yes. Often.

How do you overcome it?

I take a break from writing and usually find my voice again soon enough. Nature is my “go to” for inspiration when all else fails.

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

It is not very profitable. In fact, it really, for me, is not profitable at all. It’s purely therapeutic at the moment and I accept that. Maybe it will be different someday but that’s what drives me to write most these days.

  1. How do you market your books?

I was fortunate to be connected to some great writing groups online and that helped. Although sometimes it’s like preaching to the choir and we all want the same thing so it’s probably not very effective.  I have a trailer and book covers and book blurbs all on line. Why did you choose this route? It was more the route chose me. I didn’t have a clue about marketing and am still not really good at it. Being featured as author of the month January 2016 may have helped get the word out about my writing but my first two books remain free because I cannot “sell” myself. Hopefully there will be better opportunities for writers.

  1. How much research do you do?

Not a lot because my stories are character driven. I like doing research though so if I had to do more, it would be fine by me. My eyes can wear out fast so I have to watch it.

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

I used to do all of those but now just the computer. Sometimes I do write something longhand if I am so inspired but it’s usually a short story or a poem.

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

Book titles: Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Bastard Out of North Carolina, The Shining, The Diviners, Crows Over a Wheat Field, Fall on Your Knees, Book of Ruth, The Last of the Crazy People, Perfection, The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye, Surfacing, Dance of the Happy Shades, To Kill a Mockingbird, Who Do You Think You Are? Again, just so many, I could keep going forever on this answer.

  1. Are you currently reading any books?

Yes, I am reading some stories by Toni Morrison and a fictional work by Nicole Lundrigen called The Widow Tree.

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

Website: http://jannistyles.wix.com/prosepoetrypretties
Blog: https://jannistyles1.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jannistyleswriter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jannistyles1 @jannistyles1
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jannistyles/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Janni-Styles/e/B00N9K6VOM
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JanniS
Book Links: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/475450 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/475640
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8471912.Janni_Styles

Interview with Author Debbie Manber Kupfer

Please give a warm welcome to author Debbie Manber Kupfer! She currently has a free e-book ongoing until Tuesday (1/26/16) here: 26th. – http://amzn.com/B00V596SRY
  1. What genre are your books?12571383_10206067969478119_516381914_n

My main series P.A.W.S. is Young Adult Fantasy, although I also like to experiment in other genres, such as science fiction and horror, in short stories.

  1. What draws you to this genre?

I love fantasy both to read and write. I think it’s probably because I love to dream – I want to believe that magic is real and we just have to discover it and by creating my own fantasy world I’m halfway there.

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

I’m currently working on two projects. The first is book 3 of my series and the second is a children’s picture book, Adana the Earth Dragon.

  1. What’s it about?

Well in book 3 of P.A.W.S. we get to travel to Israel (a country I lived in for 8 years) with Miri while she searches for the story hidden in the mysterious book she picked up in book 2.

Adana the Earth Dragon is the story of a small brown dragon who thinks she is boring compared to the other dragons who have the powers of water, air, and fire, but when a giant comes into the land of the dragons and starts destroying the flowers, Adana discovers that even a small brown dragon is capable of doing great things.

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

Miri (my main character in P.A.W.S.) has powerful magic that emanates from the silver cat charm that she received from her grandmother on the day before she died. Apart from her shapeshifting abilities she has the power of empathy. She can read the emotions of others, amplify them, and return them. Her power can be used to help or as a weapon depending on the situation. But the P.A.W.S. saga is not just the story of Miri, rather it weaves the tales of many shapeshifters and spans generations.

  1. Have you written anything else?

Apart from P.A.W.S. I’ve written a number of short stories that are published in anthologies and also created a puzzle book, Paws 4 Logic, that I put together with my son, Joey.

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

My main goal is to finish my series. I’m not sure how many books that will entail, somewhere between 4 and 8. I know where the story is leading (I’ve even written the epilogue of the whole series). However I’m not clear how we’ll get there, but am enjoying the journey.

  1. Which writers inspire you?

JK Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Cornelia Funke, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.

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

I write because I need to write. I’ve been doing it ever since I was a small child, but I only started taking myself seriously as a writer a few years ago. At the time I’d had a terrible year: my father had passed away and I’d been going through chemotherapy for breast cancer. I’d always wanted to write a novel and had started plenty but never finished. I felt I had all the time in the world to do that. Maybe later after the kids had left home, maybe then? But cancer made me realize that I wasn’t immortal that if I wanted to write and be published I needed to do it now.

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

No, as a mother I tend to fit in writing time whenever I can.

  1. Where do you get your inspiration?

From anything and everywhere. Although I write fantasy there’s a lot of real stuff in there: people I’ve known, places I’ve been. I also love to people watch and can create whole stories from a look and a caught fragment of conversation.

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

I don’t outline. I have a basic idea where my series is leading, but I’m just as surprised as some of my readers as to where it takes me. I’m excited to keep writing because I want to know what happens!

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

Two things help. Showers (lots of ideas come when I’m in the shower) and walks outside. I think it’s inevitable that the best ideas come when you don’t have a way of writing them down!

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

Distraction, mainly from the internet and Facebook in particular. When I really need to work either on my writing or my puzzles I sometimes turn off the wifi altogether and won’t let myself go back on until I’ve completed a certain amount of words or finished writing a particular puzzle.

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

This is the bit I don’t like so much, but generally I try to stay low-key with my promo. I also try and do stuff that’s fun, so for example I attended a local sci-fi con (Archon) last fall and participated in a panel and in the dealer room. My thoughts are that if I’m going to spend money on promo I want it to be something that if I don’t sell books, that’s OK, I still had fun. Marketing is a time-suck and distracts you from creating content, so you have keep tabs on it.

  1. How much research do you do?

As much as is necessary for each story. For the first book of P.A.W.S. that was very little, but for Argentum (book 2) I researched some really odd things including exactly how long it would a hawk to fly from Vienna to Wales and the history of the tea bag!

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

Computer mostly, but occasionally I’ll write longhand if I’m out somewhere and my muse demands it.

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

All of Harry Potter (but particularly book 3), Douglas Adams – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman are some of my absolute favorites.

I’ve also read a lot of fantastic indie authors in the last couple of years including Misha Burnett, Michelle Proulx, M.A. Ray, Jen Ponce, and Fiona Skye.

  1. Are you currently reading any books?

I’m currently reading a graphic novel (a departure for me), the first in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series. I was fortunate to pick up this copy for just a couple of dollars from the dealer on the next table to me at Archon.

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

Blog: Paws4Thought: http://debbiemanberkupfer.wordpress.com/

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

Twitter: @CiciCat42

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-Manber-Kupfer/e/B00DHPNJ5I/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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

 

Book links

P.A.W.S.  http://amzn.com/B0129GG6YQ

Argentum  http://amzn.com/B00OVEA52E

Back to Home Base

It appears that the post office is my home base as I have since tried to leave it by getting jobs at Amazon, a hotel, and EGS. Each time, I end up back at the post office. It’s nearly as bad a magnet as my late grandpa’s house, which we moved in and out of five times. Yes, five times. That’s quite a bit for one house. Since I’ve been back, I’ve gotten very sick and have been so since a week before Thanksgiving. It’s now to the point where I’m unable to work and am on the fourth round of medications. It’s looking more serious by the day so here’s to hoping I don’t have to be hospitalized after my doctor visit tomorrow…

Interview with Author Kyra Dune

Many thanks to Kyra Dune for taking the time to do this author interview!

  1. What genre are your books?

Fantasy. I write YA, NA, and adult in a variety of subgenres.

  1. What draws you to this genre?

I’ve loved to read fantasy books for as long as I can remember, so I guess it’s only natural that’s what I write.

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

Right now I have six projects in the works.

What The Heart Wants (A Dual Realm Novel): NA Paranormal Romance

Godstone (Godstone Chronicles): Pirate Fantasy

Eye Of The Storm: High Fantasy

Cataclysm (Prophecy Of The Cataclysm #3): Epic Fantasy

Inferno (Dragon Within #5): YA Urban Fantasy

Untitled Dual Real Novel: NA Paranormal Romance

  1. What’s it about?

What The Heart Wants and the Untitled Dual Realm Novel, are both about the Dual Realm, which is our own world and the world connected to it. In the novels, I describe them as being like the flip sides of a coin, connected yet separate.

Godstone is the story of a mythical stone with the ability to grant godhood to whomever possesses it.

Eye Of The Storm is about two people with telekinetic powers.

Cataclysm is the final installment in a trilogy about a young woman who is destined to destroy the world.

Inferno is the final installment in a series about a teenage girl who discovers the truth about dragons and has her whole world turned upside down.

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

What The Heart Wants: Patrick can discharge lightning from his fingertips.

Godstone: This story is told from multiple viewpoints, so it’s hard to pin down a main character. But I do have a couple of warriors, some pirates, and an evil Emperor.

Eye Of The Storm: Both Gellen and Marisa have the ability to move objects with their minds.

Cataclysm: Again, a multi-viewpoint novel. I have a mad god, some higher powers, an assassin, some mercenaries, a nobleman, and an archangel.

Inferno: Abigail has power over the four elements.

Untitled Dual Real Novel: Amberstone is a shapeshifter with mind control abilities.

  1. Have you written anything else?

I have written 27 fantasy novels.

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Mostly, I just want to write lots of books that people like to read. Although, I wouldn’t say no to a movie contract.

  1. Which writers inspire you?

Stephen King. Margaret Weis. Tracy Hickman. J.K. Rowling. Suzanne Collins. I’d say those are my top influences.

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

I started writing when I was nine years old. I write because I have too. Otherwise the voices in my head would drive me insane. Ha Ha. In truth, though, I write because I love it. It’s my single greatest passion.

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

I write pretty much all day long at my desk in my room.

  1. Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere. Nowhere. That’s always the hardest question for me to answer, because most of the time I honestly don’t know.

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

I’m a total pantser. I just sit down and write whatever falls out of my head. Makes for a messy first draft, but it’s the only method that works for me.

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

I used to, but I solved that problem by always having multiple projects going. Keeps the creative juices flowing.

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

Not listening to that little voice of self doubt that’s always trying to tell me I’m not good enough, that nobody will want to read what I’m writing, that I’m wasting my time. No matter how many books I’ve written or how much praise I’ve gotten, that voice is still there. It’s the single greatest hurdle I have to get over.

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

Ah, marketing. I hate marketing. I’m sure I’m not the only one. It’s so hard to know what to do, what’s going to work. You just have to try anything and everything you can think of. If there’s even the slightest chance something will get word of your book in front of new eyes, you have to jump at it.

  1. How much research do you do?

Not much. It depends on the book.

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

Computer

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

Firestarter by Stephen King. The Chronicles Trilogy by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, The Como Chronicles by Kate O’Leary. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Monochrome by H.M. Jones. I could go on and on, but I’ll just add that Stephen King has been my number one favorite writer since I was twelve and stop there.

  1. Are you currently reading any books?

Right now I am reading Castaways Of The Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques.

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

Website: http://kyradune.weebly.com/
Blog: http://theshadowportal.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kyra-Dune-136273741952/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KyraDune
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kyradune/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kyra-Dune/e/B00A5WOHGQ/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1437859997&sr=8-1
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5350164.Kyra_Dune

“Shattered Secrets” by Karen Harper

Shattered_Secrets_frontWhen I first picked up the paperback version of this book, I instantly loved the convenient size of it and the thinness of the pages. Once I began reading, it dragged me in. The author only gives you bits and pieces of information throughout so it takes a while to fully piece together what happened that day of the kidnapping. It’s not your usual mystery where you can immediately tell who did it. This one took me until 2/3rds of the book to figure it out and it was a wild guess. Fans of mystery mixed with romance will love this story and I highly recommend it for all of the wonderful plot twists it holds.