Interview with Author – Diana Anderson @DianaJAnderson1

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Author Bio:
Diana Anderson, a native Oklahoman, now lives in northwestern Mississippi with her husband and their Jack Russell Terrier. Her previous works include, Faded Rose (mystery/thriller/romance), and A Vanilla Christmas (holiday romance), and books one and two in A Southern Country Novel series, Happy Valley and Mississippi Gambler (mystery/thriller/humor). Her latest release, Remember When, is a mystery/thriller/romance. Diana enjoys, reading, portrait art, and photography.

What inspires you to write?
I’ve always had an active imagination. I write what I enjoy reading, mystery thrillers with a touch of humor and romance. I can’t really say what inspired me to write Famous in a Small Town. Being a portrait artist and photographer, I study people and while studying people, I wonder about their life story, where they come from, their childhood, and the secrets they hold. Secrets that they’ve never told to anyone. So while studying them, I make up stories in my mind and if it’s interesting enough, I run with it.

Tell us about your writing process.
I decide the main plot and subplots and then outline to keep my time frame in order (the order of events). As I create my character, I make note of what they look like, hair color, eye color, and general characteristics and what relationship they are to the main characters.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both. I can hear them talking. Being that most of my characters are southern, I write much of their dialog in the vernacular.

What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up your dream. Don’t let one nasty review make you crawl into bed and cover your head. There are always going to be people who do not like your writing just as there will be those that love your writing. If you’ve got mistakes in your already published books, fix them and then move on to your next novel. Read well-known authors who write the genre you write and learn from them.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
After having several rejection letters from agents, I decided to go it alone. I wasn’t going to let go of my dream. Amazon and Createspace have been very good for me. Having an agent may have its perks, but being my own agent has its perks too. I’m not under pressure or a deadline unless I set one for myself.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s a mad house now for indie authors. Everyone is trying to make it in the industry. I have noticed, though, that many well-known published authors are using some of the promotional sites that were once only used by indie authors.

What do you use?
Beta Readers

What genres do you write?
Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Humor, Southern Gothic

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Diana Anderson Home Page Link
Link To Diana Anderson Page On Amazon
Link to Author Page on other site

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/469743.Diana_Anderson
https://www.facebook.com/DianaAndersonAuthor
https://twitter.com/DianaJAnderson1
http://www.pinterest.com/dianajanderson/

Interview with Author – Susan Navas @avas1

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Author Bio:
I am the author of the Agnil’s Worlds series of fantasy adventure books for children aged 7-10 years. The first two, ‘The Rise of Agnil’ and ‘Agnil and the Wizard’s Orb’ have already been published by Ant Press and the third, ‘Agnil and the Tree Spirits’ is due out in a couple of months.

At the moment, life is a balancing act between my work as a primary school teacher and my work as a writer. After the summer, however, that’s all set to change as I take the plunge into being a full-time writer. When I’m not working, there’s nothing I like better than taking my camera for a walk. Photography has been my hobby for a number of years.

What inspires you to write?
Small details and big themes give me the ideas for writing. In my second book, for example, I interweave the themes of bullying, racism and apartheid in a story about elves! I use visual details from somewhere I’ve been or something I’ve seen to help me build my worlds. My photographs helps me a great deal as I have a large bank of images to draw on.

Tell us about your writing process.
First of all I have to “see” my world. I go for walks, find pictures, both from my own resources and online, which help me to create that world in my mind. I will sometimes write descriptions of some of the settings, not all of which end up in the book. The world will often suggest the story to me but usually they develop side-by-side. When I start to write my first draft, I have a good idea of where it’ll end up. I don’t write an outline as the story tends to be more organic and the characters often take me off in surprise directions. I have moments of revelation all the way through the writing process. It’s very exciting!

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have to listen to my characters! They are elves and they will often “visit” me in the middle of the night to tell me something that I need to change or put into the story. If I try to ignore them, they keep nudging me until I do something about it. They are very insistent!

What advice would you give other writers?
1. Believe in what you are writing. If you don’t believe in your own work, you can’t expect anyone else to either.
2. Make sure you get the services of a good editor and proof reader. I consider myself to be quite good at these processes but I still have one. It’s very important to let someone else look at your work for you. Sometimes your writing style needs a helping hand and a proof reader will pick up those silly errors that have slipped under your own radar.
3. Keep writing!

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was lucky enough to find a small indie publisher, Ant Press, to take my first book. If I hadn’t found anyone, I definitely would have self-published. You get a lot more control over what happens with your books if you self-publish. I’m really lucky because I think I get a lot of that even though I have a publisher. We have an excellent working relationship.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
We’re already seeing a huge move towards self-publishing and I am sure that’s set to continue. On the debate over ebooks v. print books I believe that they will continue in parallel for a long time yet. My children’s books sell as paperbacks in much greater numbers than ebooks because that’s how children mostly read at the moment. However, I know a large percentage of children are now being given ereaders/tablets in one form or another and I think the numbers of ebooks sold to them will increase over time. Alongside this, I believe the trend will be towards a much greater multimedia experience with sounds and animation incorporated as well as words and pictures. Links to a game-like experience built into the book or an option to zoom into an image to explore a setting in more detail could all be possible.

What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?
children’s fantasy adventures

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Susan Navas Home Page Link
Link To Susan Navas Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7704510.Susan_Navas
http://www.facebook.com/agnilsworld
http://twitter.com/Navas1
http://www.pinterest.com/sueclamp/pins/

Interview with Author – G.X. Chen @gxchen1

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Author Bio:
G.X. Chen is a freelancer who lives in Boston (both of her mystery novels are based in Boston); permanently moved from China to the US after Tiananmen Massacre in 1989. Previously published books include The Mystery of Revenge (a mystery novel) and Forget Me Not: A Love Story of the East (a historic fiction/romance) and several other novels in Chinese.

What inspires you to write?
Stories that I want to tell, opinions that I want to express – I could be opinionated as my daughter keeps telling me.

Tell us about your writing process.
I like to make up a story and then change it according to how I feel when I’m writing it. I tend to make it more realistic than fanciful. For mystery novels, I need a good plot so I can make up the rest.

What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing if you have a good story or stories to tell.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish because I want the flexibility to set the price, do a promotion and have the total control over my product; also urged by my daughter who told me I should set the price ultra low for the young people her age who love to read but don’t have money to spend on expensive books.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
eBooks will outsell the paperbacks and more and more authors will choose self publishing.

What genres do you write?
Mystery, fiction, romance.

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
G.X. Chen Home Page Link
Link To G.X. Chen Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6978127.G_X_Chen
https://twitter.com/gxchen1

Interview with Author – Patricia Gligor @PatriciaGligor

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Author Bio:
Patricia Gligor is a Cincinnati native. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, touring and photographing old houses and traveling. She has worked as an administrative assistant, the sole proprietor of a resume writing service and the manager of a sporting goods department but her passion has always been writing fiction.
“Mixed Messages,” “Unfinished Business” and “Desperate Deeds” are the first three novels in her Malone Mystery series. They are available at amazon.com, postmortem-press.com and B&N.
Visit her website at: http://pat-writersforum.blogspot.com/

What inspires you to write?
From the day I learned to read, I always had a book in my hands, usually a Judy Bolton or Nancy Drew mystery. When I was ten years old, a poem I’d written was published in my Sunday School magazine. The second I saw my byline, I knew that I “had to” be a writer and that mystery/suspense would be my genre.

Tell us about your writing process.
I am a plotter! My process starts with a single idea and grows from there. I jot down notes on scraps of paper as things occur to me. Then, I incorporate those scraps into typed notes. Next, comes the chapter-by-chapter outline, which lists what absolutely must happen in each chapter. Once that’s completed, I begin my first draft. Sometimes, as I write, I need to adjust my outline to accommodate my characters and/or plot. My first novel was written longhand but, since then, I’ve learned to create on my computer.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are real to me. When I drive by the house that inspired my Malone Mystery series, I half expect to see one of my characters sitting on the front porch or waving to me from a window.

What advice would you give other writers?
1. Have someone (not a family member or close friend) read and critique your book.
2. Create an online presence and website and/or blog before contacting a publisher because they want to publish books by writers who will promote.
3. Never give up!

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I took the long road to being published. For years, I tried to get an agent but failed to do so. Finally, I looked into the world of small press publishers and found what I’d been searching for.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’ve read many articles saying that paper books will become obsolete in my lifetime. I don’t want to live in a world without books! I believe we all need to do our part to make sure that doesn’t happen. In other words, definitely buy eBooks because they’re less expensive and you can buy more of them BUT don’t forget to buy a paper book now and then.

What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?
Mystery/Suspense

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Patricia Gligor Home Page Link
Link To Patricia Gligor Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
https://www.facebook.com/patriciagligor
https://twitter.com/PatriciaGligor

Interview with Author – Suzanne Jenkins @suzannejenkins3


Author Bio:
Suzanne Jenkins is the author of the Pam of Babylon series, The Greektown Trilogy. Alice’s Summertime Adventure, The Savant of Chelsea and Atlas of Women. Her short story Vapor will appear in Willow Review, Spring 2013. A retired operating room nurse after living in New Jersey, USA for thirty years, she’s now a resident of the west Michigan lakeshore where she lives in the woods with her husband, dogs and sheep.

What inspires you to write?
So many things! My relationships, art, just life in general.

Tell us about your writing process.
I write ten to twelve hours a day, and usually by the seat of my pants, although I never thought of it that way. I usually work on three books at a time and take a break when I get stuck or the research is too intense.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No but I think I’ll start!

What advice would you give other writers?
Try not to care what the reviewers say. Keep at it.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m sixty-two so I didn’t feel I had a lot of time to worry about rejection, etc. A friend told me about self-publishing and I never looked back.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Its the rubberband effect…everyone who wants to publish a book will do so, and after a while, it will revert back to just those who write will publish.

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

What genres do you write?
adult fiction

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Author Home Page Link
Link To Author Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5058200.Suzanne_Jenkins
https://www.facebook.com/suzannejenkinswriter
https://twitter.com/suzannejenkins3

Interview with Author – Benjamin Smith

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Author Bio:
Benjamin Smith is the author of Atlas, the first police procedural in a trilogy set in a dystopian San Francisco in the later half of the 21st Century. He is also a working playwright and author of the stage comedy June Cleaver: Sexual Deviant. He lives and works in and around his home town of Wichita, Kansas. In 2013, he became a father for the very first time. He is currently hard at work on the sequel to Atlas, as well as several stage plays and a stand alone novel based on the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. For those of you who happen upon these books, please remember to take the time to like or review them in support of this independent author’s efforts.

What inspires you to write?
I draw inspiration from everywhere I can. I like philosophy, quotationaries, art, music, attending social gatherings and community events to watch the people and catch snippets of their conversation. Life is very inspiring if you live it on a regular basis instead of sitting chained to a desk waiting for the next witty bit of dialogue to pop from the ether.

Tell us about your writing process.
To call writing a process is to betray it. I’m a person who “pre-writes” a lot at random with a main theme or sets of plot elements in mind. I then compile my writings until a story starts to take shape. It’s kind of like constructing a bell-curve with bits of writing coming together in the middle to make sense.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Writing is a socially acceptable form of Schizophrenia. The hard part about it, is that you time creating characters you truly love and admire and then you spend the rest of your life torturing them with unspeakable agony so that your readers can see them constantly struggle with the conflicts of life.

What advice would you give other writers?
Stop writing so that there’s less competition for me. No. I’ll admit, folks, if you’re an indie like me, you’re going to hit a wall that makes you think dirty selfish thoughts like that eventually. The chief rule of writing it this, do it cause you love it, not because you want to be loved for doing it. It’s not a race or a competition or a get-rich-quick scheme. Write stories you want to read and have fun doing it. All that other stuff isn’t as important as sitting down and having fun with a story.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
Well, I was rejected 200+ times over 2 years with not a single note telling me my book sucked. “We would love to, but…” was the common phrase. Basically, I got rejected because no publishers were in a position to “date” me because they were either already involved with other authors or they felt they were not in a position to commit to me on the level I needed. So, I self-published. Maybe some day they’ll start hitting me up for contracts. All I know is putting myself out there and getting reader feedback took a lot of pain out of all those form rejections and impersonal notes from New York Literary Agents and Publishers.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
That readers and authors will become important again when it comes to determining who gets published. Snooki, your days are numbered.

What do you use?
Beta Readers

What genres do you write?
Science Fiction, Speculative, Detective Mystery, Police Procedural

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Benjamin Smith Home Page Link
Link To Benjamin Smith Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5934422.Benjamin_R_Smith

Interview with Author – Kashyap Raja @kashraj19

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Author Bio:
I was born in New Delhi, India. I grew up there and for my graduation I went to Mumbai and then for work to Pune. Currently I am based in London where I work as an Oracle Consultant.

I am one of the writers who doesn’t have a very high profile or a powerful educational background to go with. Only thing I know about is writing. My only achievement is to keep a reader intrigued.

I have written plays in my college days. I have even written some poems and update my blog regularly with them. Tangled – a riddle of short stories, is my first novel and the first giant step towards an idea of a being a great writer.

What inspires you to write?
Reading. I started reading fiction since I was a kid. Earlier I would pick up when any novel and start reading. As I grew up, I became selective. I started looking for books based on particular themes and idea. When I realized such books haven’t been written, I decided to write them. The constant flow of ideas and themes in my mind made me realize that writing was the most natural part about me.

Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t follow any standard process. I just pick up a notepad and write whatever comes up in my mind. The only aspect of fiction which I plan before hand is how the novel is going to start and how I am going to end.
I am very particular about characters. I outline them even before I start writing the book.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I keep myself in shoes of the characters and then write the character’s dialogues and their conversations. Every story has a central character so to keep the character as real as possible sometimes I live as the character is living in the novel.

What advice would you give other writers?
If you have ideas start writing now. Pick up your pen or a laptop put words to your thoughts. Writing is the most soulful activity you can do.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
Publishing is a lengthy procedure. For a new writer it if lengthier. But due to self-publishing companies, markets have started changing now. I decided to self-publish my book rather than queuing outside the giant publisher’s offices.
My first novel is now published by a self-publishing firm and I am now marketing it and trying to create a name in this field. This will provide my subsequent novels an established fan-base.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Book publishing is a field which is going to grow with time. The literacy level in the world is increasing. People are moving from one place to another at a fast rate. They wont be aware about world and the books are the best source of knowledge.

What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?
Mystery, Drama, Romance, Thrill and Comedy.

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
KASHYAP RAJA Home Page Link
Link To KASHYAP RAJA Page On Amazon
Link to Author Page on other site

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20611786-tangled?from_search=true
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tangled-The-Book/1450144551875593?ref=ts&fref=ts
https://twitter.com/kashraj19

Interview with Author – Guy Pettengell

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Author Bio:
Guy Pettengell was born in in Hertfordshire, England in December 1965. After leaving full time education he obtained a professional qualification in purchasing and supply management, going on to build a successful career in both the private and public sectors. But despite winning a number of high profile awards for his work in procurement, he grew increasingly aware of the one thing he wanted to do above all else – write.

One of his greatest influences during his formative years was his training in the Martial Arts. He began training when he was just 11, teaching from the age of 19 before obtaining his 5th Degree Black Belt in 1998 and still trains today.

Guy is happily married and lives with his wife, Helen, in Cambridgeshire where he spends as much of his free time as possible writing. Initially conceived as a screenplay, before being written as a novel, Dominant Species is his first published book.

Guy also loves spending time with his wife in America and you will see this influence throughout his books from the setting of Dominant Species in New York, to the hotter nights of Miami where his next novel, due in the summer of 2014, is based. Retribution is the first in a new series of books starring Jack Vincent, a man with a dark and sinister past.

Guy’s next novel, due in the summer of 2014, promises to be very different:

What inspires you to write?
Everything! I love writing and always have; although for many years I think I forgot that one simple truth. For me writing is magic… word alchemy if you will.

The ability to create is probably the driving force behind my love of writing – a chance to create and breathe life into characters who will tell their story, hopefully in a way that engages with the reader, all whilst creating a fictional environment in which the reader can become totally immersed.

My wife jokes (well I hope she’s joking) that it sounds like a need to control, but in reality sometimes I don’t always feel ‘in control’ of my stories, or my characters for that matter, it’s as if they get a life and voice of their own and in that are able to make their own decisions and choices, taking the story in their own direction. Even when I know how it’s supposed to end… I often look forward to finding out how we’ll get there!

I sincerely hope you do too, but above all, I hope you enjoy and gain some pleasure from the words I place on a page.

Tell us about your writing process.
Once I have an idea, I always start with a general outline, a road map of the story if you will. I do have software, but tend to be a bit old fashioned and mostly use pen and paper. Then I think about who’s going to tell the story and how. I write a brief character sketch, but I don’t like to plan too much as I like to let the characters run with their own voices and choices. Sometimes they surprise me. In truth although I know (roughly) how the story will end, I often look forward to finding out how we’ll get there!

When I’m writing, I don’t stop, don’t go back if I can help it until the flow has finished – often I re-read what I’ve done and am pleasantly surprised – often I think, ‘oh wouldn’t it be good if X happens, only to find out that I’ve already written it that way – I suppose some of the writing must be subconscious.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I often speak the words out loud, become the character (but I don’t put on different voices – honest!)

What advice would you give other writers?
Write – pure and simple. Just do it.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started writing screenplays and had some ‘almost successes’. But as they say a miss is as good as a mile. So I had some material piling up. I knew I liked writing, liked the creation and liked the process, but wasn’t sure where to turn next. I thought why would anyone buy into a non-published author? Then I looked at self-publishing and thought: I can do this and maybe if I get some interest, someone out there will see my work and give me the break I need – so that’s exactly what I did.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Yes, often. And you know what the more I think about it, the more I see eBooks as a bigger part of the future… and something I want to be a part of.

What genres do you write?
Horror, Fantasy and Action / Thriller.

What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print

Website(s)
Guy Pettengell Home Page Link
Link To Guy Pettengell Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/27871334-guy-pettengell

Interview with Author – Gemma Brocato @GemmaBrocato

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Author Bio:
Gemma’s favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a ’round tuit,’ and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she’d write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to ‘Dear Author’ were gratifying.

After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue an avocation as a romance author.

Her gamble paid off when she was a 2012 Finalist in the prestigious Golden Pen contest for Romantic Suspense and she received contracts for her first and second book.

What inspires you to write?
I’ve been a reader for longer than I care to admit. And I’d always imagined how great it would be to write a complete novel, just to say I had. Once I realized I could do it, I was hooked. I love to share a story, and feel as if I’ve moved the reader with the level of emotion in my books.

Tell us about your writing process.
I use index cards to highlight scenes and chapters when I’m thinking about how I want the story to progress. I also have some worksheets I use on Character Development, so I can make sure the characters grow during the course of the story. I also do an inventory of characteristics for my main characters, plus the town where they live. It’s a lot of details to keep straight and having a cheat sheet along the way saves a lot of time.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I dream about my characters. They come up with some crazy ideas and situations, but almost always find their way out of them by the time I wake up. Occasionally, they’ll pop up during the day as I’m writing and remind me about the awesome adventure they had while I was sleeping.

What advice would you give other writers?
Consider all five senses when you are writing, and don’t forget to add movement in during long stretches of dialog.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
Once I decided I wanted to write and publish, I never really thought about going the self-pub route. I consider myself too lazy to face that challenge. Although now that I have some experience under my belt, I’m giving the indie idea way more consideration. What I didn’t figure out until after my first novel was published was that this job is really a 24/7 kind of gig.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the possibilities are endless. Change will happen. That is inevitable. But I learned a long time ago, I can capitalize on it, or capsize under it.

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

What genres do you write?
Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance

What formats are your books in?
eBook

Website(s)
Gemma Brocato Home Page Link
Link To Gemma Brocato Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7229886.Gemma_Brocato
https://www.facebook.com/gemma.brocato?ref=hl
https://twitter.com/GemmaBrocato

Interview with Author – Doobie Shemer @Doobie_Shemer

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Author Bio:
Doobie’s incredible life journey has begun in his birthplace, Kibbutz Givat-Brener, Israel. His thirst and passion to explore life’s meanings carried him through living in and traveling across mystical India, origin of an ancient cultures and philosophies, living in the beautiful island of Cyprus, a birthplace of Goddess Aphrodite, to California where Walking with Elijah, A Fable of a Life Journey and Fulfilled Soul, finally came to life.

During the last 20 years, by studying and applying the wisdom of ancient methods and philosophies, Tai Chi, Reiki, and Shamanism, Doobie helped his family, friends, work colleagues, and complete strangers, to heal, to improve their relationships with themselves and with others, and to live a better life.

What inspires you to write?
I was a successful corporate executive when Elijah, my Spiritual Teacher, awakened me during a mesmerized weekend in New Orleans.

I decided to join him on a journey through the mysteries of living and dying and to record the answers Elijah shares with me about the bliss and wonders of our existence.

Tell us about your writing process.
As a non-fiction writer, my writing process is somehow different.

My main “tool” is spiritual Shamanic journeys on life key questions, like why are we here? What is life’s purpose? What is Love? What is a Soul? What is the meaning of life?

The subjects, mostly being decided only at the time of the journey, when I meet my spiritual teacher, Elijah.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Well, for me, a non-fiction writer, it is quite easy :) My writing, in essence is result of spiritual Shamanic journeys I do to meet my Elijah, my spiritual teacher and about our conversations on various topics, such as Life, Love, Souls, Angels and much more, so I better listen to them, carefully…

What advice would you give other writers?
New writer – there is plenty learn (a lot!) either you choose self-publishing or the traditional way.

My best advice, based on my experience, during the publication of your first book you will (trust me!) make many mistakes. So before writing your main masterpiece, publish a small book, poems (like I did), or short stories, as your first book so you learn all about the publishing process and gain confident about it.

Only then, once your start selling your first book, start publishing your BIG novel.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publishing is the only option to keep full control over the publishing process of your book, yet the main drawback is the marketing, but I do see it evolving rapidly.

For me, it is essential to maintain complete control on the entire publishing process.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self-publishing will streamlined and will flourish while the traditional publishing will struggle to accommodate with the rapid change with the mass reader behavior.

What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?
Poetry, Spiritual mysticism Non-Ficction

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Doobie Shemer Home Page Link
Link To Doobie Shemer Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8121413.Doobie_Shemer
https://www.facebook.com/Walking.with.Elijah
https://twitter.com/Doobie_Shemer
http://www.pinterest.com/DoobieShemer/

Interview with Author – Amanda M Lyons

Author Bio:

A longtime fan of horror and fantasy Ms. Lyons writes character driven novels that while influenced by her darker interests, can also be heavily laced with fantasy, romance, history and magic. Amanda M. Lyons has lived her whole life in rural Ohio where she lives with her fiance and two children. Eyes Like Blue Fire is her first novel.

What inspires you to write?
What doesn’t? I get inspiration from all sorts of things from watching my kids play to reading a good (or REALLY bad ) book or watching a film that gets my gears going. Some great music, a nice breeze and enough quiet space to write also help though.

Tell us about your writing process.
I’ve never been able to get much from outlining with my work. I think the closest I get to using any sort of planning is to jot down ideas and maybe a character sheet I can build from. Other than that it’s pretty spur of the moment. This is one of the bigger reasons I keep a writing journal. It makes it easier to keep track of what I was able to do and where I was thinking of going. I thrive on the inspired days. I can get as much as 12 or 16 pages in a couple of hours.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not often actually. In many ways it’s as if a little movie is playing itself out in my imagination. I take the imagery and write it down as it comes to mind. In a lot of ways it’s like I’m receiving the story and translating it into words.

What advice would you give other writers?
1) Read! : Never stop reading everything you can get your hands on. You never stop learning how to improve yourself based on what another writer can teach you. Yes, even the bad ones.

2) Take Good Advice When You Can Find It. In Fact Seek it Out: Lots of good writers have blogs and social media accounts where they share advice on how to improve your work in all kinds of ways. They’re also very open to talking to readers as long as you’re not rude or too demanding. Make use of that. If you can find your favorite writers anywhere on the net look up what they have to say and utilize it.

3) Never Be Rude: Your reputation is one of the few things you can thoroughly hang yourself with as a writer. This goes for talking to anyone reader, writer or guy on the street. If you behave badly you make a bad name for yourself and you lose people’s respect. Once that happens it becomes a lot harder to prove you’re not the negative person they think you are. It also makes you a lot of enemies who can sway other people against you. Do your best to be courteous and respectful. it not only pays off it’ll make it a lot easier to get advice from other writers and solid, honest reviews from readers. Integrity is a large portion of your value as a writer.

4) Never Stop Trying!: It takes a LOT of work to get published and it takes a LOT of work to promote it once you have. That goes for major house publication and double for self publishers. No matter how hopeless it feels keep doing everything you can to get your work out there. If it needs improvement, improve it. If nobody seems to be buying it do all you can to promote it. If promotion ideas are running out go look for some more. There are always fresh ideas, new ways you can improve the piece and ways to find your readers. Don’t give up!

How did you decide how to publish your books?
From the moment I started writing I wanted to be a published author. I read all kinds of books on how to improve my writing, where to submit my work and how to market it. Well even with all of that information I was very afraid to submit my work. When I finally did I found it very hard to market my book Eyes Like Blue Fire because it’s honestly a bit cross genre. It’s true of all of my books thus far actually but none would be as hard to market (when they’re complete) as this one has been. As a result, and with the advice of my friend Susan Simone and Todd my fiance I decided I’d give Createspace and Amazon a shot. That’s what I’m doing right now, seeing how this book will do before I finish it’s sequel and working on my other books in the meantime.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think right now it’s a little crazy. There are a lot of authors out there going to small press and self publishing format and while some of are succeeding many others are getting eaten up in the mass push. The sad part is that a lot of those writers are just as good as the ones succeeding. In fact many of them are better writers than some of the ones getting published by the bigger houses. This means that everyone has to find a good way to market their book and get it out there.

As self publication and ebooking become more popular I think it’s going to get easier to get books out there but I do wonder if it’ll make it harder to make a living from it. As a new writer I have to consider that.

What genres do you write?
Gothic Horror

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Link To Author Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7035440.Amanda_M_Lyons
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-M-Lyons/357528661024257
https://twitter.com/AmandaMLyons

Interview with Author – Rhonda Paglia

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Author Bio:
Rhonda Paglia, also known as “Grammy Pags,” is a retired elementary and gifted support teacher from Hermitage, PA. She and her husband, Tony, have three children and five grandkids. After she retired, Rhonda started writing stories for her grandchildren. They loved them so much, she decided to published a few. Her newest book, “Three Little Gnomes and a Boy Named Orion,” will be released on May 24. She is thrilled to have the talented artist, Ratna Kusuma Halim, as the illustrator for this Easy Reader picture book.  For more information about Rhonda’s book or to receive her newsletter, message her at grammypags1@gmail.com.

What inspires you to write?
My grandchildren have inspired me to write stores for them – since 2009. I never intended to share any of my stories publically. However, after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, during my prayers for the victims, I was literally “GIVEN” a children’s story that became, “The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission.” I didn’t ask for this story – it just came to me. It haunted me until I wrote it down. There is more to the back story, but I wrote down and illustrated what I was given to the best of my ability. I needed help and God literally provided me with a student illustrator, so we finished the project. I kept getting nudged to do more with the story, so I self-published. People kept hearing about my book and wanted copies, but I decided I couldn’t keep a penny from the proceeds so I started a scholarship for kids graduating from the Newtown School District. The scholarship is called the “Angels in Charge Scholarship Fund,” in honor of the fallen teachers. The scholarship goes to a student or students from Newtown who are pursuing a career in education. I was able to award a scholarship for $2500 to an outstanding young woman, a senior from Newtown, who is now pursuing a career in elelmentary education. I will be awarding another $2500 this school year. I am waiting to hear who the recipient or recipients will be. With the success of the “Little Lambs” book, I decided to share a few of the other stories I have written. Three Little Gnomes and a Boy Named Orion was written in 2009 for my grandson, Orion. The story being released on May 24 is an updated version of the original story.

Tell us about your writing process.
I see pictures in my head. I write about the pictures, then tie the story together. I am not an outliner – unless I can see the beginning, middle, and end. Not much of a plan, is it?? :-)

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I become the characters! They talk to me – I talk to them. We have sort of a skitzo relationship, but we have a good time. I LOVE my characters!! When kids read my books, like my new story, “Three Little Gnomes and a Boy Named Orion,” I hope they can hear the characters. One of the older gnomes is hearing impaired and he talks loud. I hear him! Mrs. Ladybug is very no-nonsense and motherly – I hear her. Wormy – is criptic – he only talks in 2-word phrases – I hear him too. I guess these are all multi-facets of my silly self. I love these characters!!

What advice would you give other writers?
Gosh, I’m just learning myself, so I really don’t have any advice yet. I’m happy to take some, though! I never intended to write stories for the public, but here I am. My grandchildren love my stories and I want to share, so I’m just following this dense path to publishing and marketing and seeing where it leads.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had a challenging experience with my story, “The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission.” I kept getting the internal prod to publish. I didn’t know what to do, but found Balboa Press, that is connected to Hay House. I was familiar with Louise Hay and her spiritual books and thought maybe Balboa would be the place for my sweet Little Lambs book. Long story short, Balboa is now a Pay to Publish operation – beware!! It was going to cost me much of my savings to publish with Balboa with no guarantee of selling one book. Just beware!! After that experience, I found out about self-publishing and that is the route I have taken for all of my books. Marketing is very difficult and a huge challenge, but at least the out of pocket cost is less and I have complete control of my book and where it goes.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I haven’t been in this arena long enough to discuss the future of publishing, however, for now, I’m going to self-publish and possibly pitch some of my books at a later date.

What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?
Children’s fiction, children’s spiritual, fun, adventure, fantasy, creativity

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

Website(s)
Link To Rhonda Paglia Page On Amazon
Link to Author Page on other site

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/27447165-rhonda-paglia
https://www.facebook.com/grammypagsstories