Interview with Author – Zeba Clarke

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About Zeba Clarke:
I wrote my first story age 5, I tried my hand at castaway adventures, wrote my first (unsold) novel at 19 and my first published short story in my mid-20s. I’ve written eleven novels and one book on natural gas, and I’m currently finishing my twelfth. I’m also a teacher. Probably my biggest claim to fame is that I directed a production of Hamlet which was performed on the Great Wall of China.

What inspires you to write?
Pictures and photographs really kickstart my imagination. I love art galleries and sitting in places like cafes and parks to people-watch. While I’m writing, I listen to a lot of different music. I build long playlists for each of my books. I also love epic poetry and mythology. I recently re-read a book of mine because I wanted to see whether, now I’ve got the rights to it again, I wanted to self-publish it, and I realised that I had borrowed names, appearances and sometimes a little dusting of personality from both students and colleagues that I’ve worked with.

Tell us about your writing process.
Although I would like to be a strict outliner, I know I’m not. The openings of my books tend to be a particular moment that I’ve had in my mind’s eye for some time, and I always know roughly where I’m going to end up, but in between can be a roller-coaster. I like being surprised by both the choices my characters make and by the consequences of their choices. I’ve tried to use a whole different range of software for planning, Trello, A Novel Idea, IThoughts, Index Card. I’ve got used to using Storyist, which I really like, but mainly for planning it’s huge sheets of cards, post-it notes and Sharpies. I still tinker with software. I always have a folder for the WIP where I put research, photos, collage, character studies in first and third person, but when I’m writing, it’s all about the big white card, which gets filled with quotations, names of characters, unexpected connections, family trees.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’m an eavesdropper. I do listen to my characters all the time, but they don’t know I’m there. I watch them, try to give them alternatives, play around with how they might react to a particular bit of news. When I’m in the middle of a scene, it is almost a case of just recording their behaviour and speech. They are very real for me. I hope I make them half as real for the reader.

What advice would you give other writers?
Write from the heart. Go for a first draft with no turning back, no editing, no re-reading. Just go for it, and let your heart take you where it will. Let the unexpected and surreal happen, let your people off the leash, spend days building up their world. Then proof-read, edit, revise, redraft, reshape, and don’t be afraid to cut, slash and burn. So, plant the jungle, feed the jungle, then shape the jungle.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have always published through others. I’m at the point with my five romances that I have my rights back and I’m considering self-publishing, but it will be a lot of work, because I will have to revise and rewrite quite a bit to tighten them up. I wrote them in a hurry, and I think it shows!
Self-publishing is a hard road to travel. To build a committed audience, produce a terrific quality product with amazing writing and attractive covers is hard work and very time consuming. Even with a traditional publisher these days, writers have to spend a lot of time working on marketing and sales, speaking, going out into schools if you are a YA/children’s writer, offering workshops and so forth. So my feeling is that if I can build a partnership with a good publisher that will protect my writing time, then that is worth sharing the rights and royalties. But if I were in a better position to give up the day job and produce my own books, I would go down the self-publishing route, I think.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
We live in an amazing time. People are forever proclaiming the death of the book, but more people are literate now than ever before in human history, and every year, more people learn to read. However, I don’t think the current situation where writers are squeezed more and more by publishing houses and by very low prices is sustainable. People want good quality stories – it’s not always possible to produce those.

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

What genres do you write?: YA, Fantasy, Historical, Romance.

What formats are your books in?: eBook

Website(s)
Zeba Clarke Home Page Link
Link To Zeba Clarke Page On Amazon
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Interview with Author – Vali Tsironi

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About Vali Tsironi:
She was born in Athens Greece. She is a Medical doctor, poetess, novelist and essayist. She is starting writing and publishes poetry when she was seven-eight years old in many Greek and other countries literature magazines and newspapers.

Her poetry published collections books are: “This earth called Spring”, “Amphorae’s of the sea” , “In the garden with the sky” , “Painting the day”, “Those, we spent on a dolphin”.

Her essays published collections books are: “Blocking Paths”, “Argue me!”, “Before the things, exist the great”

and a book with sort stories under the title “Α pencil and a head”

She had collaborated with numerous of literary journals by publishing poems and essays and she had written many of award-winning poems and poetry collections. She taught poetry for years in Municipality of Hiraklio Athens, Greece. She representative Greece in Biennial of Art and Literature in Stockholm Swedish in 1997 and in the Biennial in Vienna Austria. She had award with the Great Poetry Cup of Academia Di Scienze Lettere ed Arti of Italy. For her work in literature, she received the Great Award of Athens Greece from Centre Culturel de La Ville D’ Athens. Her latest poetry collection, award as one of the best book of 2015 and selected to travel to Los Angeles Book Festival.

She was one of the founders and editors of NOWELTY WAVE literary magazine and a founder of POETS AND WRITES AND ARTIST FOR A DIFFERENT WORLD movement.

She received the “GOLD METAL OF WISE” in 1992 and a number of other literature awards in Greece and other countries.

What inspires you to write?
Everything! From a flower to a cloud, from a people to a film, from a word to a book I read, from a song to a real life scene, from a beverage to a mountain… Everything at all!
An example:
To tell the audience the trough, it has been one particular person that afraid my book of essays and demand to read it first (no idea of course about my rights!) and he try to afraid me with his words. So he did everything not to circulated my book “Before the things exist the great…”… An example how our works can effective the world… Of course he didn’t have a success. But his fears where so strong…. I strong suggest people to read that book of mine and tell me then what was his afraid really? As a matter of fact I will make a survey in my fans in my social media pages to try find it out! And now his behavior provide me with a theme for my new book of essays: “The fear of a sparkle” !

Tell us about your writing process.
I take my notebook and my pen in a coffee-shop with fast internet connection, order a very large cup of hot chocolate and a sweet, watch the people and hear their conversations and voila! The books is in the pages! After that, every page I write, I take a snapshot with my phone and upload to my social media pages. A kind of addiction I suppose but I allow it to myself, after all … I like to share…

Or sometimes I just sit in front of my laptop with all my social media pages open and writing…

What advice would you give other writers?
“If something inside you says: “I couldn’t live without writing, then write and do not listen anyone!” ”
It was the first advice I have ever heard!
Oh, and to read as many books as they can! Reading will build worlds in the minds, the fantasy will grow up!

How did you decide how to publish your books?
Well, in my case really matter to have a person that understand me in my life in general and in the field of books and one person that we can collaborate clearly and effectively.

I like to honor myself and my conversation with others, so I like a publisher who likeσ to honor himself and to keep his word. I like persons and collaboration with them, so I prefer a publisher that will tell me his opinion for my books and he knows his work. After all the editions is a work for publishers and the writing is for the authors. Otherwise authors wouldn’t have time for writing at all! And beyond of all that, I like to belong in my life. I am an emotional person, so I will choose every time a traditional publishing house for my books. As for publishing forms, I haven’t any problem. I like all types of reading.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
That is a question that I make in a Greek book editor years ago. He answered me that the future is now and if we wonder for tomorrow we wouldn’t publishing today. So let us publishing today with every way we have and let us publishing now for the tomorrow! And the future will tell us it s needs. Simple and clear..

What genres do you write?: Poetry, sort stories and essays

What formats are your books in?: Print

Website(s)
Vali Tsironi Home Page Link

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Interview with Author – Alexis Nicole White

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About Alexis Nicole White:
Alexis Nicole White is an entrepreneur, author and inspirational speaker. As a graduate of Purdue University, Alexis dreamed of climbing the corporate ladder. However, life and relationship experiences have birthed another passion in Alexis. Today, this writer and speaker is passionate about raising awareness about emotional abuse in relationships. Her memoir, The Covered, highlights her journey with experiencing emotional abuse and how she survived and thrived. Her goal is to help other women, young and old, do the same – survive and thrive.

What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write when I am allowed to tell a story in its integrity and depth. I want readers to connect with their characters.

Tell us about your writing process.
I am a non-traditional writer; I don’t have a process. I sit in front of the computer and I begin to write.

What advice would you give other writers?
Do your research before you began to consider any publishing company, promotions company, anyone that will say they will or can be of benefit to you and your project.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish to continue to build the Alexis Nicole White Media brand, which is a subsidiary of my company An Executive Solution.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is changing very fast, which is why I believe it is important for one to do their research.

What genres do you write?: Biographies & Memoirs

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

Website(s)
Alexis Nicole White Home Page Link

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Interview with Author – Lila Silvern

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About Lila Silvern:
Lila Lee Silvern is a retired educator who directed a program for immigrant students, created many educational materials, and also appeared in a TV series, “The World Comes to Los Angeles”.

After retiring from a long career as a writer of educational materials for children, Lila Lee Silvern created a new image of herself entertaining at a weekly story salon held at a local coffee house.

She was surprised to learn that her young audiences were delighted with her seven minute, ribald stories about seniors still enjoying sex, romance and a good laugh about themselves.

She hoped to inspire the older crowd to drop some of their inhibitions, get more enjoyment out of life after sixty, and give the younger people a more hopeful look at the future. Sensuality after sixty seems to be the last taboo that TV and the movies seem reluctant to explore. This book may embarrass some, but hopefully it will titillate others to drop a few hang ups and grab what’s left of their lives with gusto and giggles.

Lila Lee Silvern is a graduate of the UCLA Theatre Arts Department and received a Masters Degree in Bilingual Education from California State University. Northridge. She has had educational materials published and appeared in a KLCS series called, “The World Comes to Los Angeles.” She is the mother of two sons.

What inspires you to write?
A desire to share a happening in my life that will entertain or touch the heart of a reader

Tell us about your writing process.
I’m an over-writer. I let the whole story pour out and then spend weeks cutting, polishing and weaving main threads.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
In my screenplay, I put makeup on every time I was about to write scene with the leading man.

What advice would you give other writers?
Enjoy a glass of Chardonnay to overcome writers block.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started by reading my stories to an audience surprised by the subject matter. They felt it was a hot topic that needed to be published and being an older person, I need to hurry up.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Changes are happening. More people are publishing their own books. I’m busy reading all the books of people who have bought my book.

What genres do you write?: humor and entertainment

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

Website(s)
Lila Silvern Home Page Link
Link To Lila Silvern Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Anne Lange


About Anne Lange:
Shoes are my addiction, but books are my passion. I grew up with a love for reading. I read constantly. Probably too much some days. I read many genres of romance, but prefer to write sexy stories. I try to add some humor, and certainly my stories come with a side of those sinful pleasures your mom never told you about. Oh, and always a happily ever after.

I juggle a full time job and a family. Not always successfully. Clean house? Who needs one? And what’s wrong with cereal for dinner? I live in Ontario, Canada with my wonderfully supportive husband, three awesome kids who are growing up way too fast, and Rocky the bearded dragon.

Plenty of ideas are rolling around in my head all the time. So I can’t wait to write that next story.

What inspires you to write?
Reading! Books are my passion. I’ve been reading since I can remember. From the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew to Anne of Green Gables and Danielle Steele. I did my stint with horror and crime and finally discovered my mom’s stash of Harlequins. Reading is my escape, it’s how I decompress. Sometimes, I will admit, I get so engrossed in the story, I forget about everything else around me. I just love stepping into the shoes of the heroine I’m spending my time with, and dream about getting lucky with the sexy hero! I mean, who wouldn’t?

But I have to say, I never ever considered that I’d one day become an author myself!

I read most genres of fiction, my favorite being romantic suspense. I prefer to write sexy stories, often with a dash of humor, and usually with a side of those sinful pleasures your mom never told you about. And always – always – with a happily ever after!

Tell us about your writing process.
I write stories as they come to me. I have a general idea of the story, and I know a bit about the main characters, but it really develops as I write. That said, I’ve been asked to prepare a synopsis for stories I haven’t yet created, so I’m forced to do some plotting. But I will keep it very high level, touch on the conflict and goal, but not go into depth on the details, because I just don’t know them yet. And in the end, I might (probably) will change my mind to some degree.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I first started writing, I signed with a publisher, because I didn’t know what else to do! Now I’m published with Etopia Press, Totally Bound Publishing, hotRom publishing, Secret Hungers, and Sexy Scribblers! Whew!

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think for most genres, the main advantage in the future of book publishing is the flexibility of choice on how you become published. You can decide to go large or small press, or self-publish. You don’t necessarily need an agent. You can be a hybrid. Essentially, you can do what works best for you. This is still relatively new, and I think self-publishing is only going to grow more and more popular as time goes on!
One of the challenges that is becoming more and more prominent is the speed of delivery required. With everything else transitioning to instant digital results, readers expect the next book immediately. As an author, especially if writing is not your full time job, this is very difficult to accomplish, especially if you write longer novels. It’s just not possible.
For erotic romance itself, one of the newer challenges we face is the limitations that have been put on our covers by some distributors. It’s becoming extremely restrictive which makes it difficult to create a cover that portrays the essence of the book. I’m all for no nudity, I don’t think that’s necessary. But I do think everything else can be accomplished quite tastefully. I’m a reader as well, and I want to see covers the represent the story being told.

What genres do you write?: romance, erotic romance

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

Website(s)
Anne Lange Home Page Link
Link To Anne Lange Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Lloyd Vancil

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About Lloyd Vancil:
I am a Vietnam veteran and world traveler. I have been married to the love of my life for over forty years and we have three wonderful children. A large red parrot, named Scarlett often accompanies me and helps keep me in line.

What inspires you to write?
I have written all of my life. I write to get the stories I tell myself out of my head.

Tell us about your writing process.
Inspiration, perspiration, frustration, relief. I try to write a few words every morning before I go to work. Sometimes I write at night as well.
I outline, and plan and write without the outline. My wife has a motto.
“DSTSSJWID Don’t sweat the small stuff, just write it down.”
I use Scrivener from http://www.literatureandlatte.com on a mac.
I tend to create characters on the fly.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
YES. I’ve said that the main reason for writing is to get them out of my head.
Sometimes, it’s like they are telling me the story. When I write in the first person I sometimes fell like I’m watching them write.

What advice would you give other writers?
Write.
“DSTSSJWID Don’t sweat the small stuff, just write it down.”
Write.
If you use a computer.
Use Scrivener
Write, never stop writing.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I won a writing competition.
and then discovered CreatSpace.com.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ebooks, Multimedia books. Books with links to wikis, graphics, maps and sound files. Even short videos. Also very short “flash” fiction from sites like https://www.patreon.com.

What genres do you write?: Thriller, mystery, SciFi, Sword & Sorcery, Fantasy

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

Website(s)
Lloyd Vancil Home Page Link
Link To Lloyd Vancil Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Bruce Edlen

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About Bruce Edlen:
Bruce Edlen, M.A. ed., is the author of Jazz Mergirl, The True Story of Jazz Jennings, a Transgender Girl Born in a Boy’s Body is his first book. He was a teacher for 20 years. Having worked with students as well as adults provided him with the background and skills necessary to make this story accessible and engaging to both teens and older readers. Even after “retirement” he still thinks of himself as an educator. “Once a teacher, always a teacher.” He continue to keep up on issues in education, and often shares what he has learned with others, both in the teaching world, and with many more people who hold similar interests and concerns. In his spare time, he follow a number of education and political e-zines and newsletters, and enjoys reading a variety of books (mostly nonfiction). He I also listens to an eclectic mix of music, takes photos of his travels, do a bit of gardening, and feed a bunch of feisty backyard hummingbirds. Some of my quiet time is spent at a rustic, hike-in cabin in the mountains.

What inspires you to write?
Because Jazz Mergirl is my first book, I can only speak to that experience. Well, maybe add in the comments I might pen in reply to a blog, article, or op-ed that moves me enough to respond.
I came across Jazz Jennings’ story and felt strongly motivated to share the moving and inspiring biography about this transgender teen activist and TV star. As a teacher, I also saw this as an opportunity to educate readers (teens 15+ to adult) about this most interesting and important topic. Another motivation was that I came to be supportive of Jazz’s TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, so my book’s profits are going to that organization.

Tell us about your writing process.
I’m not into formal outlining, but for Jazz Mergirl, I did put the parts together in my mind, organizing the material into chapters, and the resources into appendices in the book’s back matter. I ended up doing a number of revisions to the rough draft, improving the arrangement and flow of the narrative.

Since Jazz Mergirl is a biography, the basic organization is, of course, chronological. But early on in the writing process, I realized I would also need to insert both additional chapters and sections within chapters to provide the healthcare and medical science background required by readers to best understand Jazz’s life experiences and the transition she and her family have undertaken. In those instances, for clarity’s sake, one technique I employed was to add in visual breaks (*****) within chapters, indicating to readers that what follows is a break in the narrative, going more deeply into the topic at hand.

There are also whole chapters each devoted to one aspect of Jazz’s story, such as an exploration of her incredible, artistic “Jazzworks,” a chapter about her groundbreaking children’s picture book, and one chapter that relates the two-year legal battle Jazz and her parents fought for her to be able to participate in girls’ soccer matches. (That victory has had a profound effect on youth soccer teams across the country.)

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
this is not applicable to my book.

What advice would you give other writers?
I suppose it’s a cliché to say this, but “Write the book you want to read, yet can’t find.” That is how I came to author Jazz Mergirl. It makes sense to write that which you know about, care about, want to share about. Find something that attracts your interest and passion.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
My book is self-published through the Amazon publishing arm CreateSpace. After carefully looking into the pros and cons of self-publishing vs. the traditional path, I felt that, for my purposes, this would be the most efficient and straight-forward way to proceed. That decision was made only after I talked with other authors, read guides to self-publishing, and attended writers’ workshops on the subject.
Not having gone the traditional publishing route, I can’t say for sure how such an experience would go. That being said, I found a number of advantages to self-publishing Jazz Mergirl. The timeline is much shortened. No need to prepare a proposal and seek an agent, which I’m told can sometimes be a daunting endeavor, and then finding a publisher may be difficult too.

In addition to skipping those steps, you can be your own copy editor and book designer, if that is your want. I liked being able to determine for myself every single aspect of the book’s interior, from the wording, to the formatting, to the choice of font, to where each and every punctuation mark was placed, and how the book’s photographs were edited and laid out. I discovered that there is quite an art to this whole process, and doing all that myself was a challenge I enjoyed.

But for those who want to self-publish without taking on responsibilities beyond writing the story, expert help is just a click away, (for a reasonable cost). Book cover designers, editors, formatters, web designers, these and more services are readily available. Although I did not avail myself of these services, my impression is that, for example, CreateSpace has a huge support network / community available to meet these needs. One more benefit of self-publishing is that the royalty structure may be more profitable to an author than that available through a traditional publishing house.

Of course there are reasons for authors to choose the traditional publishing approach. Again, this is not the path I followed, so I’m not as knowledgeable about it. Going with a large publishing house has the advantage of providing the author with an experienced staff of editors, publicists, art designers, and other professionals, who can give the author support in making their book be the most successful possible.

Having an established, well-known publisher behind a new title might at first give it more credibility and gravitas than self-publishing.
Another advantage of traditional publishing is that first editions are more likely to be printed as hardbacks rather than the softcovers usually provided by CreateSpace. Some readers may prefer hardcover editions if available.

Also, for Jazz Mergirl I would have preferred that the photo section be in color, but that would have been cost-prohibitive when self-publishing with CreateSpace. It appears to me you are more often likely to find color inserts and hardcover books available from traditional publishers. But these are just my impressions made without having worked with a traditional publisher.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Over the past few years I have heard dire predictions about the impending death of brick-and-mortar independent book stores, and about the end of the analog, hard copies of books we have for centuries known and loved. Only ebooks and online distribution would remain. But so far, time has proven that grim prophesy to be wrong. And I am thankful.

I believe that for the foreseeable future, publishing will continue to offer the same mix of printing and distribution as currently available. While the newer ebook medium is very attractive to many readers, they remain less popular than traditional hard copies. In fact, I read that over the last year, ebook sales have fallen 10 percent.

And for the first time in several years, the trend of the decline in independent booksellers has been reversed, with an increase last year in new store openings. Even mighty Amazon recognizes these trends, opening their first brick-and-mortar store in Seattle, featuring hard copies of all the latest and best sellers by category, as well as staff “best picks.” They have initiated a fascinating new business model that I’m eager to see firsthand.

Just as intriguing are the changes in the publishing process itself. I’m no expert on this, but it’s my understanding that some traditional publishing companies are experimenting with farming out select titles for “print-on-demand” (POD) by such self-publishers as CreateSpace. That business model should prove much more cost-efficient than the old-fashioned print runs and warehousing of each title’s newest edition.

This leads to my next prediction – that the old-school publishing paradigm will eventually be overtaken (but not replaced) by the much more flexible, author-friendly, and efficient self-publishing approach.

What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?: biography

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

Website(s)
Bruce Edlen Home Page Link
Link To Bruce Edlen Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Michael David Anderson

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About Michael David Anderson:
Horror and suspense novelist Michael David Anderson was born in Sevierville, Tennessee, in 1985. He graduated from Karns High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2003, and he possesses degrees in both Psychology and English.

Anderson is the author of the Teddy Dormer novels, Teddy and Wake, and several books of poetry. In addition to writing, Anderson is an avid reader, gamer, and stand-up comic. Bandit, his dog, is a German Shepherd/Retriever mix and serves as a constant distraction from his writing.

What inspires you to write?
I have always possessed an overactive imagination. As early as elementary school, I was writing short stories. It started as a hobby, but as I grew older, I realized I wanted it to be more than a mere hobby. My inspiration for writing is to tell stories I would want to read.

Tell us about your writing process.
I have a loose idea of where the story is going when I write, and I’ll usually have concepts for scenes I want in the tale. Beyond that, I discover the story page by page. I discovered early on if I outline my stories, I get bored easily, and the story either suffers or goes on the back burner while I shift my attention to another project. I can write almost anywhere, but it’s best if I have instrumental music to eradicate any pesky oppressive silence!

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
If we’re being honest, I revert to childhood play when I’m alone: I mostly talk to myself and work through ideas that way. I also tend to do a lot of my thinking in the shower.

What advice would you give other writers?
My above is to find your voice and write something about which you’re passionate. If you don’t like what you’re writing, no one else is going to enjoy reading it; your attitude shows in your prose.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
With my first novel, I spent a year and a half researching. I queried agents and publishers alike. Ultimately, I decided to self-publish in an effort to get my work to the widest audience possible and retain my creative freedom. I opted to cut out the middle man, at least for now.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Publishing houses are not going away, and neither are physical books. But independent publishing and e-books have dramatically changed the landscape of literature forever.

What do you use?: Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: Horror, psychological suspense, thriller, science fiction, fantasy

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

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Michael David Anderson Home Page Link
Link To Michael David Anderson Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – D.U. Sivri

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About D.U. Sivri:
I was born and grew up in Hackney, East London. Being a multi-cultural and diverse borough, it really helped me to gain a deeper insight and understanding of different cultures and different people.
My family originate from the beautiful mediterranean island of Cyprus where I still have many friends and family.
Having travelled extensively and having lived in many countries, I have adapted ideologies and principles from many different cultures and different backgrounds into my work, both as a qualified psychotherapist and as an author.
Being a renowned motivational expert and life coach, as well as a Psychotherapist has meant that all my books reflect both my educational background as well as my working background. This is important as all my books are about personal development, personal growth and self-help.
My mission over the years has been to help as many people as possible through my work and through my books, and I am also a great advocate for mental health and emotional well-being.
I have also appeared on many TV and radio shows in many countries over the years, as well as in many print publications.
My life experiences have played a great part in my work also, and having lived in many countries, this has helped me to gain even greater understanding of life and of spirituality.
My published books include:
The Secrets of Confidence and Success
The Secrets of Calmness and Inner Peace
The Secrets of Existence and Fulfilment
The Secrets of Life and Beyond
I have also finished book five in the series and I am currently working on book six!
Happy reading…

What inspires you to write?
Lots of things inspire me really.
My job as a psychotherapist involves me helping, motivating and inspiring others, and this in itself is a great inspiration for me.
As I write about self-help and personal development, my education and life experiences inspire me immensely…

Tell us about your writing process.
I find it easy to write. Of course you need to be in the mood, but sometimes you just have to sit down and get on with it… as you can’t always be in the mood… Once I start I can write for hours!
I have lots of notes that I have collated over the years and I spend time working that into a book format.

What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up and always believe in yourself…
Its an old cliche but true… Remember that nearly every successful author has been rejected many times!!

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I think you need a publisher to start with as it helps immensely. However self publishing is always good as you are then guaranteed to be published and you can always be discovered later on.
Better still, a mix of both traditional publisher and self publishing is always best I feel as you have the best of both worlds.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It looked like print publishing would be struggling at one point with the advent of ebooks, etc…. But printed books will never really die out as everyone loves reading a book… Either as a present, or buying one for yourself… After the initial buzz of ebooks died down, many people returned to buying traditional books…
Having said that, on an electronic device you can have as many books as you like!!

What do you use?: Professional Editor

What genres do you write?: Self help, Personal Development, Personal Growth, Motivational, Spiritual, Mind Body Spirit,

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

Website(s)
Link To D.U. Sivri Page On Amazon
Link to Author Page on other site

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Interview with Author – Daniela Costea

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About Daniela Costea:
“The sky’s the limit.”

This is my motto, and I have lived by it ever since I realized there is more in life for me: more things to learn, places to see, people to meet, and love to spread out into the world.

My two main passions are the English language and seeing people who are happy, loved, and loving—people who are living the love life they most certainly deserve. I’ve been fascinated by romantic relationships for as long as I can remember. I love being in love, as well as listening to other people’s love stories.

As an adult, I’ve had my fair share of heartache. In spite of this, I don’t consider my experiences to be bad, hurtful, or something to be ashamed of.
Quite the contrary: they have taught me invaluable lessons that helped me transform my love life from the inside out. I’ve attracted a wonderful partner as a result.

What I like most about myself is my openness, empathy, compassion, and the easiness I feel whenever I communicate with people. I definitely call myself a people-person, but I am also fond of spending quality time on my own.

I love walking in nature, spending time by the sea or pool, reading, listening to people share valuable lessons, and learning new things.

My most valuable treasures are the people I love, my health, my sense of humor, and the riches inside my heart.

What inspires you to write?
My main sources of inspiration for my nonfiction books are my own life experiences in the field of romantic relationships, as well as my journey towards becoming a more evolved person.
I also love talking to people about their love lives, the lessons they have been able to learn, and how how they view intimate relationships with another human being.
At the same time, I am certain that creating the best possible relationship with our own self is the first and most important step anyone of us needs to take. All the other relationships are just the direct result of it.

Tell us about your writing process.
The first book I have ever written has been easy, but the second and the third, not so much. It must be that my writing is, hopefully, improving and this means the process becomes more elaborate.
I believe that writing consistently, on a daily basis, is vitally important for any author. I have discovered that writing is just like any other job: I need to get up, sit in front of my computer, and start writing. Even if sometimes I don’t feel particulalry inspired to write, I know that finishing a book requires hard work, persistence, and determination.
I always create a rather elaborate outline of the book before starting the actual work. And I always self-edit my books twice before sending them to my editor.

What advice would you give other writers?
If you feel you have a message to share with the world, just go ahead and write it. You don’t have to be perfect to start; you can even write in a language that is not your first one, on condition you have an editor who is a native speaker, and your language skills are very good.
It’s also extremely important to have a group, or at least one person, who could act as your accountability partner to keep you on track with the results you set out to achieve.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have read and studied a lot about self-publishing and decided to take this route, mainly because you can send your books into the world faster and it is much cheaper.
However, you are going to need professional help with editing your book, designing the cover, and formatting it for mobile devices, in case you decide to publish an eBook.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that more and more people will start reading on mobile devices, although printed books will still have their fans.

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

What genres do you write?: Nonfiction- Love and Relationships

What formats are your books in?: eBook

Website(s)
Link To Daniela Costea Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Ella Carmichael

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About Ella Carmichael:
I was born in Ireland in the 1960’s, but only toyed with writing when I was young. Toyed might be too kind. I goofed about with a pen and paper when I was a child and teenager, but never wrote anything longer than a silly poem. You really have to fight for your dreams in this life, and I didn’t fight for mine. The thought of doing so never even crossed my mind back then.

What inspires you to write?
I love to take the simple everyday incidents that we all take for granted and turn them into an adventure. A queue at the bank. An overheard conversation on a train. Women griping about their partners. I often flip individuals that I meet. A short rather plain man often becomes a tall glamorous woman when given the Carmichael touch. 🙂

Tell us about your writing process.
I just sit down and write. I do tend to outline, although it would be almost impossible for me not to do so, given the nature of my novels.

Take an average looking woman with an office job. Give her an eye watering sum of tax-free cash and unleash her on the world. Then let slip the secret that this is no ordinary person. This lady will read your mind and probe your soul if you allow her too close.

Now write her story, starting in January 2011 and finishing in December 2012. Her fears, challenges, adventures, highs and lows. Don’t forget the great overpowering love affair that threatens to consume both parties. Now carve up that story into 10 fairly equally sized chunks and call them novels. Do you think you could do that without an outline? Unlikely.

I use a spreadsheet for my outlines so that I don’t forget a crucial scene. I am fascinated by the idea of other writers using whiteboards. Crikey! Kudos,guys. Way to go with the technology. I have a charming collection of scraps of paper that say things like, ‘Find Roy a hot girlfriend’ ‘Examine Jack’s medals’ ‘Is tantric sex boring or just very very time consuming?’

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I follow my characters. Simple as that. They lead me a merry dance but I know better than to try and reign them in or get in the way of their journey. This is their story.

What advice would you give other writers?
Create an imaginary circle in your mind. Put all your friends, family and those closest to you into that circle. Slowly walk around the perimeter and pause to enjoy the occasional smile or nod at a close pal or relation. Now, slowly but deliberately turn your back on them all. Still standing on that imaginary borderline, face the rest of the world.

These are your readers. These are your prospective audience and possible future fans. Write for yourself and your readers. Do not attempt to impress those closest to you or expect support from them for it will only end in disaster and disappointment. This is your journey and nobody can take that away from you. Always look outwards and to the future.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
Publishers and agents aren’t interested in a series unless the writer follows a number of very strict criteria. I have broken those rules. My books are best read in order. The story progresses in each one and spans the two year period between January 2011 and December 2012.

Once I understood that no publisher would touch me, I decided to go it alone. I am too old to sit around and wait for a letter that will never drop onto the doormat. I signed up with KDP and uploaded every manuscript except the final one. It’s finished. I’m just not ready to let it go.

Some new authors get lucky, and many more are young enough to hang around and wait for a traditional publisher. If you feel that you don’t have time to waste, then don’t waste it! Get it written and get it uploaded. The process is an adventure in itself.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t believe paper is going anywhere for a long time yet. That said, I do believe that traditional publishing will decline even future over the course of the next 20 years. Any business that refuses to take risks will stagnate.

The successful indie authors will continue to be offered deals, some good, some bad, some offensive. I say successful because an author does not have to be good in order to be successful, yet those are the ones who will ultimately be offered the deals.

What genres do you write?: Literary fiction, supernatural, adventure, contemporary fiction, romance.

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

Website(s)
Ella Carmichael Home Page Link
Link To Ella Carmichael Page On Amazon
Link to Author Page on other site

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Interview with Author – Zach T. Smith

About Zach T. Smith:
Zach T. Smith is your typical nerd who has a love for stories. Whenever he is not working he is writing stories, reading stories, or playing through stories in the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia. He also enjoys music and spending time with family and friends.

What inspires you to write?
I have always had a love for stories. I love seeing characters mold and found that i liked molding them myself. I then began writing ideas I had from growing up on some stories and everything just started falling into place. Deep stories and their writers were a big inspiration for me. The more connected and attached i can get to a story, the better.

Tell us about your writing process.
I just start with the general idea. I get my idea down on paper, then I write a sample mini chapter or segment and see how I feel about it. If i like it i will start contemplated where i can start with that idea and where i can go from there. Then i start planning a synopsis for the story at large. Mostly where i want the story to be at when it reaches the middle and where i want it to generally end. Once i have that down, I will then start working chapter by chapter. Each chapter I begin, I plan a synopsis for that chapter. That way I do not find myself writing random things that do not fit.
Once those chapters are done and the first draft is finished, I have already had a couple people reading the story just to make sure it is flowing well. Once the first draft is finished, I then focus on the editing. That way I don’t kill myself editing while I write. I then finish a second draft (and sometimes a third depending on how much is done on the second draft). This helps to do this so that when you have someone else edit it, they have less work to do. Therefore, saving you precious money.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters. I ask myself, “What would someone in this setting and situation be like” or “What would this be like if these scenarios were in play.” This helps me almost take on my characters thoughts as I mold their story/ parts.

What advice would you give other writers?
If you have something in your head, write it. Never let an idea go to waste. Put it on paper. It does not need to be very long, but you never know what idea will become your next book/ story.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I looked at my options and i found self-publishing to be the best route for me. I just want to write and get something out there with my name on it. I am not seeking fame or money, nor do I expect it. This format also helps me have more say-so in my books and marketing and so for.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
If it be by my hand alone, then print shall not die!

What do you use?: Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: Psychological Thriller

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

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