Interview with Author – Dave Preston

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About Dave Preston:
Dave Preston is a writer and musician, born in North Yorkshire where he lived on a farm and was raised by a mother who worries too much. After studying agriculture, engineering, and computer science he leapt across the ocean to live and work in Canada.

Dave spent many years as a food columnist, entertainment reviewer, and travel writer. He is the author of four books (and contributor to several others) and four plays, as well as hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and columns. He’s an award-winning brewer and winemaker, and also admits to writing at least two volumes of poetry.

Weekends often find him playing guitar and singing in a rock and roll band (though his mother worries that he’s getting too old for all this, and his knees tend to agree).

He lives on Vancouver Island, BC, with far too much garden, and almost too many dogs.

What inspires you to write?
Life is short, but rich with things to write about and savour. So many things happen to us as individuals, and we often witness and interpret events alone, and it’s only natural we should want to share this experience. So I try to.

Tell us about your writing process.
Although family and friends have given me many beautiful notebooks and journals over the years, I never take notes. I sit down at the computer, with tea, coffee, or wine, and write. I create works using a patchwork quilt approach – I write in snippets from 100 to 1000 words in length, then try and find a place for them in a larger pattern.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are sometimes an alamlgam of people I know, or have overheard in conversation in public. And sometimes they are truly fictitious creations. And yes, they have minds quirks, and desires of their own, and they speak to me, not always explaining their actions (but I trust them).

What advice would you give other writers?
Read a lot, and write a lot. And never be too lazy to edit, or too quick to think you’ve done your best.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have used and worked traditional publishers and have often been disappointed with their commitment and quality of work. I’m also impatient and impulsive so if I have a work to share I like to get it out there, as soon as possible, to make room for something else in my head and on my screen.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There will always be people who prefer printed books but the technology that helps us publish digital works is fast and cheap, so that is a boon to independent publishers. I wish every local library had print of demand facilities to be used by authors and readers, and used bookstores, together with the free book exchanges we see in neighbourhoods, are essential for getting readers to see new works.

What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scripts, songs.

What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook

Website(s)
Link To Dave Preston Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Daniel Eagleton

About Daniel Eagleton:
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Born in Oxford, England, raised by a community of teachers, nurses, poets and drinkers. Has lived in New York and London, working as a barman, chef, waiter, projectionist, theatre-usher, home-tutor, DVD store-clerk, receptionist, movie-extra, furniture-remover, factory-worker and pharmaceutical company guinea pig. Graduate of the Bath Spa Creative Writing MA.

What inspires you to write?
A healthy sense of self-loathing…

Tell us about your writing process.
Like most writers I avoid it at all costs…

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I stick to real people. Anything else would be wilfully strange…

What advice would you give other writers?
You’re a soldier…

How did you decide how to publish your books?
Well, my literary agent went out of business, so I thought, hmm, let’s see if there’s anything to this Ebook thing. Turns out it’s totally rock and roll. Punk rock and roll…

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future is bright.

What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: Thriller

What formats are your books in?: eBook

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Interview with Author – D. K. Hamilton

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About D. K. Hamilton:
My name is Lyndsay, but I write under the pen name D. K. Hamilton. I’m an engineer by day, runner, country music fan, & beach lover fulfilling my dream to be a writer. I’m also slightly addicted to Snapple iced tea and Starbucks mochas. I was born and raised along the southern part of the Jersey Shore, and after college, I moved right back to my hometown. I love it here and wouldn’t want to live any place else!

I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little girl. I have memories as an 8 year old reading Baby-Sitters Club books every spare minute I had! By the time I reached my late 20s, I decided to make my dream a reality and write a book. So far, I’ve self-published my debut novel, The Other Side of Later, and I’m working on its sequel, which I hope to publish by the end of the year.

What inspires you to write?
I’ve been a resident of the southeastern corner of the Jersey Shore my entire life, and I love it. The people, the places…I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. A great piece of advice I received when I first started writing was to write about what you know so that’s what I did. My latest (and only so far) book, The Other Side of Later, takes place in a small town on the Jersey Shore. The places and even a lot of the characters reflect what I know best. Someday, I hope to step out of that comfort zone, but for now, I like that my stories reflect where I come from, but for now, I think it gives them a sense of authenticity.

Tell us about your writing process.
I wish I were more organized when it came to writing. Most of the time, I get an idea and I just take off with it to see where it goes. It’s great from a creative sense because there have been times I’ve written a couple thousand words in no time, but I usually end up having to go back and work an outline so that all events mesh together. I also usually listen to music as I write. With each book, I create a playlist and I find myself associating certain songs with particular scenes of the book. By the time I’m finished writing, I have a soundtrack for the book.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely listen to them. Sometimes I feel as though a scene between characters starts to write itself. I hear the characters and the words just flow onto the page.

What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice I can offer is if you love to write, just keep writing!

How did you decide how to publish your books?
Writing isn’t my full time job. I still have a day job so I decided self-publishing, where I could set the pace, was the way to go. It’s not easy, and if I’m being honest, I’ve still trying to find my marketing grove a year after I self-published my debut novel.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing is here to stay, but I also think the traditional publishing houses will stand the test of time. Self-publishing isn’t for the faint of heart, and there’s a lot to be said about the market reach large, traditional publishing companies have. That being said, I still plan to stick with self-publishing for the time being.

What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers, None of the above 🙂

What genres do you write?: chick lit, romance

What formats are your books in?: eBook

Website(s)
D. K. Hamilton Home Page Link
Link To D. K. Hamilton Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Clay Gilbert

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About Clay Gilbert:
Clay Gilbert has been hearing the voices of aliens, vampires, and people from the future since about the age of four. It wasn’t long before he started to think taking notes on what they said might be a good idea. This has led him many places—through the halls and classrooms of many schools, where he’s been both in front of the teacher’s desk and behind it, himself—to presenter’s podiums at conventions, and, most often, to the comfortable chair behind his writing desk at home, where he uses his Dell computer as both a beacon and a translator for the voices that still find their way through from countless worlds and planes of existence. Clay is the author of Annah: Children of Evohe, Book One, Dark Road to Paradise, and Eternity, as well as the Chief Editor for PDMI Publishing. These days, the place he calls home is Knoxville, Tennessee, where his cat, Bella, and his ball python, Ash, keep him company between visits from a teenaged alien named Annah, an undead, blood-drinking English professor named Martin Cabot, and a boy from the future named Eternity. And it’s a good thing, too—life is busy. And Clay’s still taking notes.

What inspires you to write?
I started when I was four, because I liked to read, and I realized the books I read were written by people like me. I write because I enjoy telling stories–stories that, although they may seem on the surface to be about aliens or vampires, are really a way to express my own experiences and thoughts about the world around me and what I think about life and being human. I think that no matter what story you’re telling, it should be something that moves you and has something to say to your readers.

Tell us about your writing process.
I start with characters–the people my story is about. Beyond having the character in mind or, ‘on stage’ if you will, I don’t really plan out the events of the story, I know about my main characters and their world, and what they’re interested in–their wants, needs, fears, dreams and desires. Story comes out of what the characters are driven by–the things they’re in pursuit of, and what gets in their way while they’re trying to reach their goals. I don’t outline. If I do that, I feel like I’ve already written the story. Stephen King once said, “I write to find out what it is I will have written.” I agree with him.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely. The stories are about them–I’m just taking dictation. Sometimes, they have different ideas about where they want the story to go than I do, and they’re always right. When I was writing “Annah”, the first novel of my sci-fi series Children of Evohe, there was a point at which Annah, the teenage alien girl who is the series’ main character, was going to go to her village elders to ask about something–or so I thought. Midway through writing that scene, and having a lot of trouble with it, I distinctly heard Annah’s voice in my head saying, “I do not know what you think I am going to do, but I am only eighteen cycles old. I am going to the homeground of my parents and ask them about this–not the Council of Elders.” Annah’s way worked better, and now, working on the second book in the series, I do things her way.

What advice would you give other writers?
Be regular. Sit down to write in the same place, at the same time, every day. If you train your mind to get into the right gear for writing, the work will come easier. I’ve never experienced writer’s block, and I don’t believe it exists. I think some authors run into it because they expect to, and they give themselves permission to be blocked. I don’t. I have work to do.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I grew up in the late Seventies and early Eighties, when self-publishing didn’t exist, and I’m also from a background in academia. So, to me, being published has always meant having one’s work accepted by a publisher. I like having the knowledge that someone else thought my work was worth their footing the bill to put it out into the world, and also putting their name on it and standing behind it. I think that the backing of a publisher also allows you to get your foot in the door in certain markets where self-published authors still are not welcomed. I think that while the publishing industry has changed and continues to change, traditional publishing still has the most options to offer authors.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that while the book industry will continue to evolve, brick and mortar bookstores, as well as traditional publishing, will remain viable business models. The difference in the future is likely to be that they will increasingly be less dominant on the landscape of the industry.

What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: Science Fiction, Horror, Urban Fantasy

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Clay Gilbert Home Page Link
Link To Clay Gilbert Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Carlos Malbrew

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About Carlos Malbrew:
Carlos Malbrew is the founder of C.R.M. International Publishing. He holds an MPA and bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University and Xavier University of New Orleans. He is also a graduate of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

What inspires you to write?
Writing is my great love because I connected to it immediately through my first love, reading. The opportunity to tell stories like the great ones I read from The Hardy Boys and the Choose Your Own Adventures was a great joy. And I’ve never lost that fire. I like to tell/write stories because I love to read them. Publishing is like being a part of a special fraternity. Books are a powerful tool for educational development yet simultaneously can be pure FUN. The chance to get kids interested in reading is a true thrill for me and watching their eyes light up when I visit schools is priceless.

Tell us about your writing process.
As a kid the process was stream of consciousness and this is reflected in works such as The DANGER! Kids and Super C and Cool Dude which were both conceived over 20 years ago when I was 12. Currently by writing process regards studying film and reading books on the art of writing then applying the concepts to story lines I’m currently working on. Once it’s writing time, block off time and go chapter by chapter putting together these literary works. I am an internal outliner. I like to identify the key moments and begin forming the book from there.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters. I don’t ask them what they want to do, I basically let them decide. Sometimes when reviewing my material, I’ll notice certain action speak to a particular character’s arc more and I may change who does what. I think the author should have a good handle on the core characteristic of his major characters and HOW THEY FIT THE STORY. Once you have this and listen the characters do indeed speak.

What advice would you give other writers?
The key to finishing is STARTING! The key to starting is starting with… a short ebook. Ebook are known and expected to be shorter than novels in fact they can be as small as 20 pages long. By getting one completed work in, you will feel much better about the longer dream work that you want to publish. So start with a fun light ebook. It can be a memoir of your favorite moments from college or a celebration of something you hold dear, but that will get you going…

How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I found out about Amazon and Kindle’s opportunity too self publish; I had to jump on it. Worldwide distribution and a 70% royalty option. As a writer I could not pass up this chance to get in the game.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that it will continually get easier to publish but that because of this, there will become significant barriers to self published authors being respected. Which is even more reason to start now so that as the market continues to be flooded you’ll become a professional whose books and material stand out.

What do you use?: Professional Editor

What genres do you write?: kids action adventure, faith, relationships

What formats are your books in?: eBook, Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Carlos Malbrew Home Page Link
Link To Carlos Malbrew Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Calista Skye


About Calista Skye:
Calista Skye has always been fascinated by the idea of worlds other than our own. She uses her writing to explore galactic civilizations, sexy alien warriors, and the women who love them. Her books are filled with a healthy dose of action and adventure, steamy romance, and the hope of true love amidst the stars.

What inspires you to write?
Life should be an adventure. I’m always amazed at the amazing things people do and the connections they make to the world around them, and more importantly, to one another. I believe that heroes exist, and that good books can help us experience more of that world … and even the worlds that only exists in our imaginations.

Tell us about your writing process.
I generally get a spark from … somewhere. Sometimes a theme in a book or movie resonates with me. Sometimes I’ll read an article about an interesting development. Other times, ideas just burst forth from somewhere deep in my subconscious. At that point, I put them through the wringer to see if there’s anything there, and then develop them accordingly.

I always start with my characters, because good characters are at the heart of every story. I ask myself what kind of people they are, and most importantly, what they need. Then I make it as difficult as possible for them to get it. As long as my characters are growing into better people by overcoming obstacles, I’ve got a good story.

What advice would you give other writers?
There’s never going to be a perfect time. You’re never going to be “ready.” And as long as you’re waiting for magical author fairy to fly in, bonk you on the head, and give you permission, you’ll never get any writing done. In other words, start before you’re ready. The only way you’ll improve is by getting into the trenches and putting your words in, day after day. Study writing craft. Read a lot of books.

There has NEVER been a better time to become a professional writer, and there may never be again.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m all in with indie publishing. Yes, I’ve always been a rebel at heart, and I decided that I didn’t need the approval of anyone but my readers. More importantly, I wanted full creative control of my career and my work. As an indie-author, I’m far better able to respond to my readers than I would be with a traditional publishing house.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Indie-authorship has gone full mainstream. Competition is tougher than ever — and that’s a GREAT thing for the readers. It means we’ll need to continue to write and produce the best possible books we can.

What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: Science Fiction Romance, Action Adventure Romance, Fantasy Romance, Science Fiction

What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook

Website(s)
Calista Skye Home Page Link
Link To Calista Skye Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Brian Lakins

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About Brian Lakins:
About the Author

BRIAN LAKINS was ingrained into the Christian faith as a young child…then seeking his own ways for a season, the prodigal returned to Jesus with a God-given passion to write and speak to Christians and seekers to inspire them to live holy in an unholy world. He earned his degree in Biblical studies from Liberty University.

Wisdom was gained in the trenches of life, and the passion for Brian to address deep questions of faith beyond surface teachings was produced. Through years of personal study, the original Millions Vanished vision was birthed in 2005.

If you desire an in-depth study tool to discover truths from Genesis through Revelation surrounding the topics of the Raptures and Resurrections, then this book series is for you!

Other Books Being Released In 2016-2017:

From The Millions Vanished Series:

Unveiling Raptures and Resurrections (Part 1)

7 Rapture Views (Part 2)

The Watcher’s Guide (Part 3)

Signs of His Coming (Part 4)

Billions Left Behind (Part 5)

From The Obedient Christian Series:

My Road to the Path (Part 1)

Eternal Laws From God and Christian Warnings (Part 2)

Eternal Security’s Evidence, Conditional Salvation’s Verdict (Part 3)

The Billions Who Lost Salvation From Genesis Through Revelation (Part 4)

Tough Christian Questions, Tough Biblical Answers (Part 5)

The Lost Pillars of Conditional Salvation (Part 6)

What inspires you to write?
Everyone I have ever met or ever will meet is/has going to end up in one of two places. I have had my best childhood friend die in 2001 at the age of 22. He was not living for God and I believe he is in hell. I never told him the salvation message.

I promised that would never be something I will live with again.

Fast-forward to May 16, 2016, a dear friend of mine killed himself. I hadn’t seen him in years, but the last thing I spoke to him about was Jesus. I mourn for him, but I have no blood on my hands.

I write for all of us who are alive and still have time to understand the plan of God for man-kind. We all have the ability to live holy lives while it is still day. My motivation is for obedience unto God and His Great Commission first, and then for my fellow man to repent and live soberly and holy, watching for the blessed hope and the return of God and His Son to come to earth.

Tell us about your writing process.
I outline on paper (old school). I then just start writing, knowing very well that the entire outline will change by the time the book is finished. This has to happen though. This is my process! I thank God for computers. They allow me to copy, paste, delete, everything. I’m not sure how anyone ever wrote with a type-writer?!

What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice I would give a new author is to just begin! Write for 20 minutes a day at minimum. I started writing with no idea how to do so. All I knew was I was supposed to write. If you have this passion, then start doing it and you will be qualified sometime during your journey. Never wait until you are qualified my anyone’s standards, even your own. Just start doing it and you will grow in ways you never thought could be possible!

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I always planned to publish when I was writing my first book in 2007. I have finally published a book May 22, 2016. So what happened you may be asking? Well, my book categories are RELIGION > Biblical Studies > Prophecy; RELIGION > Christian Theology > Eschatology; RELIGION > Biblical Studies > Soteriology; RELIGION > Christian Theology > Soteriology; etc. Unless you already have a following, traditional publishers won’t take you serious and I didn’t have thousands of dollars to self-publish. Fast-forwarding to 2016 and I started to revisit self-publishing, which would have been a black hole for me in 2008, when I finished my first book. With today’s technology and acceptance of indie authors, Self-publishing is something anyone is able to do if they have passion and are self-motivated.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the future of book publishing is geared for online self-publishers. This is where the trend has been directed. Many still would rather have a hard copy than read online, I get that a lot, but they are usually older in years. The generation coming up now has been exposed to reading online for so long that it doesn’t bother them at all. Portable devices are every where and come in all kinds of sizes. EBooks are the wave of the future, but I will still strive to get my books out in hard copies in case of an EMP attack, which is supposed to inevitably happen according to ex-CIA directors and other experts.

What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?: RELIGION, Biblical Studies, Christian Theology & Eschatology, Soteriology

What formats are your books in?: eBook

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Interview with Author – Brenda Murphy

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About Brenda Murphy:
Brenda Murphy is the great-granddaughter of Irish immigrants and the author of twenty books about American literary and cultural figures. Besides 19th-century Irish immigrants, her subjects have included American women writers, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, and many others. Brenda taught American literature and drama for a number of years, first at St. Lawrence University and then at The University of Connecticut, where she became an avid fan of women’s basketball. Recently, she has concentrated on writing criticism, biography and fact-based historical fiction. She and her husband make their home in Connecticut.

What inspires you to write?
To start me on the path to writing, it usually takes hearing something particular about an incident or person that sparks an intense desire to know more. In my recent book, After the Voyage, it was the engraving on a ring that had belonged to my great aunt and a newspaper story giving some details of her life that I just had to write about.

Tell us about your writing process.
When I’m writing historical fiction, biography or memoir, I try to steep myself in the time period and anything I can read about the lives of people who were like my subject. I read history, biography, letters, lots of contemporary newspaper stories, diaries and journals if I can find them, and fiction from the period. This gives me the context in which my characters start to talk and interact. I outline on paper constantly.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t like to start writing about a character until I can see her hear her talking in my mind. I have a scene well in mind before I start to write it, and when I’m lucky, the dialogue just comes automatically because I’m so familiar with the characters.

What advice would you give other writers?
I think the best advice is just to write about what’s important to you. It’s hard work, and terrifically harder if your heart is not in it. In terms of process, I use little tricks to keep me going, like not getting bogged down in trying to write something perfectly the first time. My mantra is, “I can always come back to this.”

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve published 20 books with trade and university presses. Recently my husband and I started a micropress for books that don’t fit into the established categories recognized by commercial presses as channels for selling books. This has been a great experience and a chance to learn an incredible amount about the new realities of publishing. Being able to control everything about the books from formatting and cover design to marketing is a new and very rewarding approach to publishing.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
This seems to be a time when anything could happen. Things have changed so dramatically in the 21st century. The consolidation of trade publishing into 5 big corporations has meant that new ways of publishing just had to break out, and they have. The Amazon platforms are a game changer because they allow authors and readers to connect directly, without the middlemen of agents, editors, publicity departments, and professional reviewers. It’s become a much more democratic landscape. A bit chaotic, but the possibilities are exciting.

What genres do you write?: historical fiction, fact-based fiction, memoir, biography, literary criticism, theater history

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Link To Brenda Murphy Page On Amazon
Link to Author Page on other site

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Interview with Author – Bobby Nash

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About Bobby Nash:
An award-winning author, Bobby Nash writes novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a number of publishers and production companies including IDW Publishing, Sequential Pulp Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Moonstone Books, Airship 27 Productions, Pro Se Productions, Raven’s Head Press, Stark Raving Press, Farragut Films, Dark Oak Press, Avatar Press, Fight Card Books, Radio Archives, BEN Books, and more. A comprehensive list of Bobby’s published titles and upcoming releases can be found at on his website.

Bobby is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers.

He was named Best Author in the 2013 Pulp Ark Awards. Rick Ruby, a character co-created by Bobby and author Sean Taylor also snagged a Pulp Ark Award for Best New Pulp Character of 2013. Bobby has also been nominated for the 2014 New Pulp Awards and Pulp Factory Awards for his work. In 2015, Bobby’s novel, Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt won a Paranormal Literary Award in the 2015 Paranormal Awards.

What inspires you to write?
I love telling stories. I am constantly working up plots and scenes in my head. If I were not writing, those ideas would still keep coming so I do what I can to mold those ideas and get them out to the world.

Tell us about your writing process.
There’s nothing special about my writing process, really. It’s simple. I plant my butt in the chair and start writing. I don’t outline because it just doesn’t work for me. I do make notes, but for the most part, the story is in my head and I start writing. By not having a strict outline, I can follow my characters where they lead me. It’s made for some interesting twists.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Always. Character is key. I follow them and see where they will take me. Not all characters handle situations the same way so knowing your characters will inform how they will act in any given situation. My characters and I have spent many an hour going back and forth on various plot points, which I never thought made me sound crazy until I typed it out. Ha! Ha!

What advice would you give other writers?
Ask yourself, “why do you write?” and set your writing goals accordingly. Do you write for fun? Great. Want to write as a career? That’s great too. Each of those goals requires a different path so once you know what you want to do, you can work on a plan to get there. If you want to write as a career, you have to treat it like a job. If you write strictly for fun, you can treat it like a hobby.

Just remember, there’s no right or wrong goal to have. You just need to know where you want your writing to take you so you make sure you’re on the right path to get there.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
There are a lot of factors I considered. Does the publisher have good distribution? Do they market? What’s the publisher’s reputation? Do they pay? If so, how much and when? Are they easy to work with? These are all good questions I ask when approaching or am approached by a new publisher. Never be afraid to reach out to other writers who have experience with the publisher you are about to talk to and get insight.

I don’t self publish often, but there are a few novels that did not have homes so I decided to do them myself.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The publishing industry seems to be in a constant state of flux. In this ever-changing business, I hope for good things. I would love to see the number of books purchased rise, whether print, ebook, or whatever the next big reading platform will be. I don’t know what it is, but I suspect there’s another shift in how people read coming.

As a writer and reader, I hope publishing is around for a long time to come.

What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?: action, thriller, crime, mystery, sci fi, pulp, horror, supernatural, noir, detective, police, p.i., historical fiction, adventure,

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook

Website(s)
Bobby Nash Home Page Link
Link To Bobby Nash Page On Amazon
Link to Author Page on Smashwords

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Interview with Author – Austin Crawley


About Austin Crawley:
Austin Crawley is an English civil engineer who has written stories for more than ten years, usually involving ghosts, demons or spirits in some form. He is currently refining his collection of writings with a view towards publication in 2015.
He lives in East Buckinghamshire with his wife and three children, as well as a menagerie of outlandish creatures generally referred to as ‘pets’.

What inspires you to write?
ANything and everything. I always seem to have a story going through my mind.

Tell us about your writing process.
I get an idea and start writing down notes, then I struggle a little to decide how to start the story and usually work my way mentally through until I get to some action and start the story there.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not yet, but give me a few years to go doolally.

What advice would you give other writers?
Get someone else’s eyes onto your work. You can’t see the typos!

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I looked at all the options and decided Amazon’d KDP Select would suit me best and Createspace for paperbacks.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future is now!

What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: Horror

What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook

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Austin Crawley Home Page Link

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Interview with Author – Anthony Caplan

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About Anthony Caplan:
Anthony Caplan is an independent writer, teacher and homesteader in northern New England. He has worked at various times as a shrimp fisherman, environmental activist, journalist, taxi-driver, builder, window-washer, and telemarketer, (the last for only a month, but one week he did win a four tape set of the greatest hits of George Jones for selling the most copies of Time-Life’s The Loggers.)

Currently, Caplan is working on restoring a 150-year-old farmstead where he and his family tend sheep and chickens, grow most of their own vegetables, and have a small apple orchard.

His road novels, BIRDMAN and FRENCH POND ROAD, trace the meanderings of Billy Kagan, a footloose soul striving after sanity and love in the last years of the last century. LATITUDES – A Story of Coming Home, released in the summer of 2012, is a young boy’s transformative journey overcoming dysfunction, dislocation and distance. SAVIOR, a dystopian thriller, published by Harvard Square Editions in April 2014, reached the top spot on the Amazon list of psychological suspense books. And his latest, THE VICTOR’S HERITAGE, features a teenaged heroine in a dystopian thriller one reviewer called “a definite must-read, no matter your age!”

What inspires you to write?
I write because it’s the best drug in the world, a total immersion in a fantasy world that comes alive every time I set to work.

Tell us about your writing process.
I am a hybrid writer. I started out as a seat of the pants sort, but have evolved in my approach over the years. Now I start out by doing lots of research on my subject area: time period, technology, etc. and at the same time am developing major plot outlines and character sketches. But once I get started I let the process take over and continue to evolve the plot and characters right through the first draft.
I generally make notes to myself on the document as I am writing whenever I think of something that might impact the story development.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters come alive as i write. They are alive on the page. In my head they are like puppets, dormant, perhaps with an interior life of their own, but I only hear them once I begin writing.

What advice would you give other writers?
Keep reading. Keep writing. Refine your niche. Define your markets. Network with other writers. Travel.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
By a process of elimination. I always start out looking for a publisher to take on my books as I prefer to write rather than market my books, but fortunately or unfortunately, the publishing world has evolved so that self-publishing is an increasingly viable, though crowded, option.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the future is wide open. We are not going back to the days of a few major publishers having the exclusive filter on what the reading public has access to. The freedom of readers and writers will only increase as technology continues to open up new opportunities.

What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: literary, contemporary, science fiction, thriller, dystopian.

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Anthony Caplan Home Page Link
Link To Anthony Caplan Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Anita Louise

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About Anita Louise:
Anita’s husband comes from a large and loving family of nine children, and they were the inspiration for the Adler Family Series. She’s always been an avid reader of love stories, and her passion for romance found another outlet when she discovered how much fun it was to write about her own smart and sexy heroes and heroines.

She is also an ardent and devoted student of personal development. Weaving the life changing principles that guided her to the love of her life and to a happy marriage is an important aspect of all of her books.

Anita was born in Louisiana, but grew up and still lives in Michigan with her husband and Maggie (a well-loved and spoiled kitty, who thinks she owns the place). Feeding the birds outside is fun for everyone in the family – including Maggie.

What inspires you to write?
I’ve always been a reader, and romance novels have been my book of choice for most of my life. I am inspired by my family and friends, as well as both established and new authors.

Having a positive impact on my reader’s lives is a big reason I chose to start writing. With that in mind, I like to have an underlying theme to my novels. So far, I’ve touched on nudity, spousal abuse, special needs children, and date rape. In my next book, we’ll be exploring the near-death experience.

Tell us about your writing process.
I think all good writers were first avid readers. Not only do I write every day, I also read every day. Since I am writing a series about a large family, I draw on the personalities of the siblings and parents to bring the people in my books to life. The career of the main characters and their background helps me to put myself in their shoes—to think like they think, to feel like they feel. When my emotions are touched by reading what I’ve written, I know I’ve done a good job.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely! The people in my books become my friends. Of course there are also those who show up that aren’t the kinds of people I would choose to keep in my life. (Every book has to have at least one “bad” guy or gal – right?) It’s always interesting when I think the plot is going to go a certain way, but someone in the story decides not to stick to the script!

What advice would you give other writers?
I think all good writers were first avid readers. Whatever genre you choose, it should be one about which you’re passionate. Write at least a little every day. Find a good editor and make sure your book is as mistake free as possible before publishing. In today’s world, you have to learn how to market and promote your work. If you love to write and are writing about something you love, there are people out there who will want to read it. Have faith and keep on writing!

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish because I personally know someone who did very well and even made the New York Times Bestseller list as a self-published author. (Her Last Letter by Nancy C. Johnson) In addition, I’ve become aware of several authors who had publishers and dropped them. In my opinion, the days of having an agent and/or a publisher who takes care of everything for a new author to make them successful are all but gone. More and more of the responsibility for marketing is being left to the author.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I truly believe that self-publishing and promoting is the wave of the future in the book industry. The sales of eBooks are far outnumbering those of physical books. It is my opinion that audiobook sales will continue to increase. Those long, slow drives to and from work while stuck in traffic are made much easier by listening to a good book!

What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?: Romance, Contemporary romance, Erotic romance (Romantica), Inspirational romance

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Anita Louise Home Page Link
Link To Anita Louise Page On Amazon
Link to Author Page on Smashwords

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