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An Interview with Lewis Harrison

 

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Welcome to Author Talk. Today I have the wonderful pleasure of interviewing Lewis Harrison of “Ask Lewis” fame.

  1.  What are your ambitions for your writing career?
    To make a difference in the lives of others through motivation, inspiration and information.
  2. How long have you been writing?
    49 years
  3. Which writers inspire you?
    Lao Tzu, Suzuki Roshi, Alan Watts
  4. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
    Bruce Willis
  5. What is the easiest thing about writing?
    Writing
  6.  How long on average does it take you to write a book?
    30 days
  7. Do you ever get writer’s Block?
    No
  8. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
    Mostly Wikipedia and online research. I.B. Singer
  9. For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper/hard back books?
    Traditional
  10. What & whose book/s are you reading at present?
    “Genius” about the physicist Richard Feynman By James Gleick
  11. Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
    Someone else
  12. Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
    Sometimes
  13. When did you decide to become a writer? What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
    I knew at 10 years old that that was what I wanted to be. My mother gave me a copy of “Writers Market” and that was it.
  14. Why do you write?
    I can’t help myself.
  15. Do you write full-time or part-time? Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
    I write 12 hours a day
  16. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? How successful are you at achieving that goal?
    I work on 20 books at a time. ½ hour daily per book.
  17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? Do you use a special writing program, or just type away?
    Computer
  18. Where do the your ideas come from?
    In dreams, epiphanies, debates with friends about ideas.
  19. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
    All flow in fiction. From an outline for non-fiction
  20. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
    I have less faith in what people consider facts. And look for the contrarian view.
  21. What is the hardest thing about writing?
    For me…spelling and grammar
  22. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Always being drawn to think out of the box.
  23. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route? Speaking and Social networking. Publishing is radically changing
  24. Would you or do you use a PR agency?
    I would
  25.  Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
    FB, Twitter, study how to market books through social networking
  26. What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?
    I post what I write as blogs so there is not much division
  27. How do you relax?
    Writing, watch a movie each night, cook, argue about politics and economic with my wife
  28. What is your favourite motivational phrase.
    “If you live in the material world the dark side is your agent and gets a 25% cut of everything.” This gets me through challenges
  29. What is your favourite positive saying?
    All you need is love
  30.  What is your favourite book and why?
    The Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu. Pure mystic and practical wisdom
  31. What is your favourite movie and why?
    House of Games. It is all Game Theory and I love game theory
  32. Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
    Doing the same but wiser and richer
  33. What advice would you give to your younger self?
    Don’t change a thing.
  34. Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
    Buckminster Fuller. He understood what was really going on
  35. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
    The Bible. Too many contradictions. Jesus got it right. The Apostle didn’t

Well, thank you About Your Books

  1. What genre are your books?
    Self Help, Personal Development, Human Potential, Alternative Medicine, Political Science, economics, World Affairs
  2. What draws you to this genre?
    My passion for ideas
  3.  How much research do you do?
    Large amounts
  4.  Have you written any other books in collaboration with other writers? If so, with whom?
    Yes. D. B Lawrence, Laura Jones
  5.  Why did you do decide to collaborate and did that affect your sales?
    One was my business partner, the other a student collaborator. No effect on sales
  6.  What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
    Unless I get a large advance I can do what a publisher can do unless they have a strong private list of buyers
  7. What do you do to get book reviews? How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? I have people post reviews on Amazon
  8. Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
    Yes. I give free copies to those who will review the book
  9. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
    They matter
  10.  Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? I often do free life coaching. Some of my students begin study groups in library book clubs and use my books
  11. What’s your views on social media for marketing? Which social network worked best for you?
    The absolute future is in social media. I use it extensively
  12. Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
    Face, Google plus, twitter, You Tube, Instagram
  13. Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
    No but I would
  14. Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch? Yes. I also have my own show on an NPR affiliated station WIOX 91.3 FM. It streams at WIOXRadio.org 4-6 on Thursdays (EST)
  15. Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
    Giving talks
  16. Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?
    Giving away free copies to the wrong people
  17. What do you think of “trailers” for books?
    They are good
  18. Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
    I will create one
  19.  Do you think that giving books away free works and why? Sometimes
  20. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
    Read great writers and your own writing will naturally improve
  21. Where do you see publishing going in the future?
    On-line

Thank you Lewis. I have seen your inspiring posts on both Facebook and

Finally, we’d all like to hear mAbout Your Current Book

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
He is a Trickster who can see things going on physically that everyone seems to miss.

 What are you working on at the minute?
Filling out this questionnaire.

The Official Barter Book

There is Hope (About mental illness)

Extraordinary Days in an Ordinary Life: Biographical Short Stories

 Book of Power and Influence

Make Choices, Not Excuses: Tools, Techniques and Strategies for Solving Your Problem: Done

 Healing Depression Naturally  (an update)

 The Trickster Project: (Alternative Title – “The Noble Trickster Guru’s Guide to Creating a Functional Reality” Done

Connecting the Dots: Conspiracy Theories and 1984: Is Orwell’s Reality Here?

 Lewis Harrison’s Applied Game Theory: Systematic Strategies for Prospering in a Chaotic World

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: 200 Visionaries, Heroes and Game Changers

The Visionary Project: Tools, Tips and Strategies for Thinking Like a Visionary

That was Zen, This is Tao: Teachings,  Stories, and Koans refitted for the 21st Century

Understanding the Middle East- DONE

Living the Good Life: How to Live Like the 1% When You Are Part of the 99% DONE

The Problem Solvers (A novel about anonymous eccentrics who belong to a secret society of problems solvers). Game Theory

 The Tao te Ching: A Micro Analysis on the Writings of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu with additional

 Lucid Dreams: A Stream of Consciousness Novel 

Is this book part of a series? What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
Some are. I have a series of e-books called“Ask Lewis”

Did you format your own book? In what formats is your book available?
I use outside vendors

If formatted by someone else, how did you select them and what was your experience?
Fiverr. I try many grogs before i find my prince

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about. Who designed your book cover/s?
Fiverr

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Sometimes

How are you publishing this book and why?
Both

How can readers discover more about you and you work? www.asklewis.com, www.chihealer.com or just call me at 212-724-8782

Please list all of your published books here.

  • Massageworks – 1983 (Co-Authored with D. B. Lawrence (Putnam Books)
  • Helping Yourself with Natural Healing – 1987 (Prentice- Hall)
  • Making Fats and Oils Work for You -1990 (Avery Books)
  • 30-Day Body Purification – 1994 (Prentice-Hall)
  • The Complete Fats and Oils Book – 1996 (Avery Books)
  • Hands-on-Healing: Massage for Total Health the Shaman’s Way – 1998 (Kensington Books)
  • Master Your Metabolism – 2003 (Source Books)
  • Healing Depression Naturally – 2004 (Kensington Books)
  • Wealth Without Cash: Barter, Reciprocal Trade, and Alternative Economics – 2005 (Self Published Manual)
  • Live Like a Millionaire on $17,000 a Year – 2009 (Blooming Twig Books)
  • Harrison’s Massage Manual: A Book of Multicultural Approaches to Touch for Advanced Massage Practitioners and Mental Health Professionals – 2013 ((Self Published)
  • Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times (Self Published 2014)
  • Building Your Business in the New Digital Economy (Motivational Press 2014)
  • Gamification for Business (Motivational Press 2014)

Website: www.AskLewis.com
Blog:www.chihealer.com
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/realuguru/?ref=br_rs
https://www.facebook.com/askLewis
https://www.facebook.com/LewisHarrisonsNaturalHealingAcademy/?ref=br_rs
Twitter: Twitter@AskLewisH
Google: https://plus.google.com/100989044867743006979
Amazon Author Page:http://www.amazon.com/Lewis-Harrison/e/B001H6W6Y4/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1427990374&sr=8-2
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/lewisharrison1

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The second photo is with 100 year old “professor” Irwin Cory one of the great comedians of the 20th century and a mentor of Lenny Bruce and George Carlin

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The fourth photo is with Spaulding Grey a pioneer in Perfromance Art

The forth photo is with the great Talmudic scholar – Rabbi Mintz

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An Interview with S M Spencer

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Welcome To Author Talk. Today I have the pleasure of interviewing author S. M. Spencer

Please tell us a little about yourself and your background
I’m originally from California, but now live in the outskirts of Melbourne with my husband, horses, cats and dogs.

I’ve always loved to write, and consider myself extremely fortunate to be in a position to dedicate the time needed to make it happen.

I’ve also always had a soft spot for all things paranormal. And while I certainly maintain a healthy scepticism about many aspects of the unknown, I also know there are lots of things that science can’t currently, and may never be able to, explain. 

Thank you S.M. You sound like my kind of person. Now let’s jump in and learn more About You as a Writer 

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
    I enjoy reading many different genres and look forward to trying my hand at a variety of them.
  2. How long have you been writing?
    I’ve been writing off and on for many years, but have taken it much more seriously over the past five years.
  3. Which writers inspire you?
    There are many writers who have inspired me … Daphne du Maurier, Ray Bradbury, J R R Tolkien … the list goes on and on with examples from a wide variety of genres.
  4. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
    I suspect if my trilogy were to be made into movies, the actors would be new actors. I would love to see the series picked up by a boutique Australian film company
  5. What is the easiest thing about writing?
    Letting my imagination run wild.
  6. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
    The first draft doesn’t take too long—perhaps three to six months—maybe less. But it is the editing and fine tuning that takes more time. Rereading the story to make sure every sentence says what it should and that all aspects of the story remain consistent throughout. Absent Shadows was my first serious book, and I’ve learned a great deal through the process so I suspect each new book will be a little bit easier.
  7. Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
    I don’t think I get writer’s block in the traditional sense of that expression. I sometimes lose interest in writing due to other things I’m interested in, but I don’t consider that writer’s block. When I’m in the mood to write, I write, and when I’m not I simply don’t beat myself up about it.
  8. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
    I go through various genre moods. I devoured Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia (didn’t everyone?) but also enjoy finding an author with a continuing series, like Patricia Cornwell, John Lescroart and Janet Evanovich. I particularly enjoy a good mystery/thriller with a romantic element. At this very moment I’m reading fellow indie authors, from both the Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC) and indieBRAG Medallion website. 
  9. For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper/hard back books?
    Now that I’ve gotten used to them, I really do prefer e-books. Paperbacks would be next for me. I think hard backs look great on the book shelf, but I read in bed a lot and find them too heavy.
  10. What & whose book/s are you reading at present?
    Right now I’m reading a book called Dear Maude by a fellow indie author named Denise Liebig. I’m trying to mostly support other indie authors, from both the Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC), and indieBRAG. 
  11. Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
    I have friends read them and that helps a great deal, but then I edit and re-edit them myself.
  12. Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
    Definitely. Probably a bit longer than that in actual fact—the longer the better.
  13. When did you decide to become a writer? 
    I think the desire to be a writer started in my teens. I read a lot and would often get caught up in the characters, living their stories long after I’d finished the books. I had a great deal of respect for authors that could do that, and I wanted to be like them.
  14. Why do you write?
    Because I love doing it!
  15. Do you write full-time or part-time? Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
    I write when the mood strikes me—generally during the day, but sometimes I get inspiration at night and have to write for a time. There is certainly nothing structured or disciplined in the way I write.
  16. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? How successful are you at achieving that goal?
    No—I might write five thousand one day, then nothing for the next two or three or whatever.
  17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? Do you use a special writing program, or just type away?
    I write on my lap-top, but I also write on scraps of paper or a notebook if I just have a few ideas I want to jot down.
  18. Where do your ideas come from?
    For the Absent Shadows trilogy, I was working around the corner from Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Markets, up near the Flagstaff Gardens. Walking around at lunchtime, I started sensing that I was smack dab in the middle of the perfect setting for ghosts and vampires—and the story just developed from there. Of course, the late night ghost tour I’d done in the area, where I’d learned the history of the cemetery under the market’s carpark, really helped. And like many, I was caught up in the resurgence in popularity of vampires.
  19. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
    I do a bit of both—I have a general plot in mind, but am not afraid to let the characters take me in other directions either.
  20. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
    I have found that the more I write, the more I notice the subtle things happening around me. Ever since I decided to take my writing more seriously, I’ve  seen possible scenes in everyday happenings—the lady at the post office, the girl behind the counter at the chemist, the couple walking down the street—I just view things from a different perspective now.
  21. What is the hardest thing about writing?
    Nothing. I don’t find it hard, because I enjoy it so much.
  22. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Waiting to hear back from the agents/publishers that I’d contacted.
  23. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route? So far, it has been through word of mouth, Facebook, book blogs like yours, Sandy, and taking advantage of the promotions that Amazon offers.
  24. Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
    I’m just learning myself so I guess the only advice is to be open to new ideas.
  25. How do you relax?
    I think riding my horse is my favourite way to relax—that’s when I feel in touch with nature. And of course, reading a good book is always a great way to relax.
  26. What is your favourite motivational phrase?
    Every cloud has a silver lining.
  27. What is your favourite book and why?
    One of my favourites is Peter Straub’s Floating Dragon. That book was so scary—I remember thinking I could see things moving just on the edge of my peripheral vision. Scary stuff! But there are many, many more that I would call favourites.
  28. What is your favourite quote?
    That is something up with which they will not put.” Unfortunately, I can’t recall who said it (and Google isn’t helping me), but I doubt I’ll ever forget that sentence!
  29. What is your favourite movie and why?
    There are lots that I would call favourites, like Avatar, Lord of the Rings, and anything with Sandra Bullock in it—but if I had to pick one it might be Gladiator. A lot of the reason Gladiator is up there is the music—it is a wonderful story, but Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack and the beautiful tones of Lisa Gerrard, really made the movie special for me.
  30. Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
    Helping the aforementioned boutique Australian film company turn my books into movies. [Symbol]
  31. What advice would you give to your younger self?
    Trust your intuition.

Thank you S. M. I love your favourite quote. It rather sounds like a Churchill quote to me. he was a great lover of language as well as an author in his own right.

Now, to read About Your Books 

What genre are your books?
The Absent Shadows Trilogy is a paranormal romance. I call it YA because it has no overt sex or violence and the main character is only nineteen.

What draws you to this genre?
I grew up watching the eerie television shows of the 60’s: Dark Shadows, The Twilight Zone, The Invaders and Outer Limits being among those I remember best. What imaginations those writers had! So science fiction, fantasy and mystery stories have generally been my favourite. Throw in a romantic element, and you have the perfect story!

How much research do you do?
Enough to be sure anything purporting to be a fact is correct, but that’s the beauty of fiction—most of it comes from the imagination.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
The major advantage of self-publishing is being in complete control, and the only deadlines are those that are self-imposed. But the disadvantage is you don’t have a publishing house’s marketing teams and expertise to help you make a big splash. Some self-published books have made it to the big time, but I have no doubt that there are many really great self-published books that will never go far simply because the authors don’t have the time, experience or inclination to push them along.

What do you do to get book reviews? How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
I’m just getting started with this, so check back in twelve months and I’ll give you an answer.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
I’d rather have a bad review than no review, but of course all authors like the good ones!

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?
I didn’t do any sort of pre-launch and that seems to be something that works for others. This is something I might consider next time I’m ready to launch a new book.

Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Yes, to some extent. Word of mouth can be a big tool, and no better way to get this than to have lots of readers talking about your book.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Firstly, ignore the negative commentary about there being too many books out there. If you have a story to tell, and you believe in it, tell it. There will be people who will be glad you did. But having said that, before you submit it anywhere, make sure your book is the best you can make it. Read books or articles about self-editing.  When you think your story is as good as you can get it, set it aside, then sometime later re-read it and edit it again.

Where do you see publishing going in the future?
I think there is a fantastic future for well-written self-published books, particularly with the help of organisations such as indieBRAG (which, if you’re not familiar with it stands for indie, or independent author, Book Readers Appreciation Group and can be found at www.bragmedallion.com ). These organisations rate self-published books to help give readers confidence that the books they are buying are well written, and worth purchasing.

Thank you S. M. I really appreciate your detailed answers. I am looking forward to hearing something About Your Current Book 

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Lili is a typical nineteen year old girl who wants to make a difference with her life, but isn’t sure how she’s going to do it. When Lili is given a wonderful opportunity to visit her aunt in Australia, the land where her father was born, she discovers what she wants to do with her life. Sounds pretty simple, right? But then again, can anything to do with vampires and ghosts really be simple?

What are you working on at the minute?
Right now I’m in the midst of a rural romance

Is this book part of a series? What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
I’m hoping to make it a series, but given I haven’t finished the first book yet, I’m not entirely sure where the rest of the series will head. 

Did you format your own book? In what formats is your book available?
At this time, the Absent Shadows Trilogy is only available as Kindle books, on Amazon.  

How are you publishing this book and why?
I’m an indie author. I canvassed a number of agents and a couple of e-book publishers and got responses that varied from cold to lukewarm. The main message coming through was that the genre was very crowded, so I figured I was wasting my time trying to get a publisher to put their money into the series. But with encouragement from friends and family I decided to simply bite the bullet and do it myself.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Follow me on Facebook—and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you have any!

Please list all of your published books here.  
Book Title: Absent Shadows Trilogy:  Destiny—Book One, Sacrifice—Book Two  &  Deception—Book Three
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance

Links:
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/SMSpencer.writer
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/S-M-Spencer/e/B00PGE0G9U

Book Links: 

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com.au/Destiny-Absent-Shadows-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00O6WL9IA

http://www.amazon.com.au/Sacrifice-Absent-Shadows-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00Q2AVXUI

http://www.amazon.com.au/Deception-Absent-Shadows-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00QKRNJQ4

http://www.amazon.com/Destiny-Absent-Shadows-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00O6WL9IA

http://www.amazon.com/Sacrifice-Absent-Shadows-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00Q2AVXUI

http://www.amazon.com/Deception-Absent-Shadows-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00QKRNJQ4

IndieBrag  http://www.bragmedallion.com/medallion-honorees/2015-brag-medallion-books/destiny-absent-shadows-trilogy

 

Lastly, I would just like to thank you, Sandy, for this wonderful opportunity to share a little about me, and my books, with your readers.

 

 

 

You’re very welcome S.M. I look forward to following your books, and your Facebook Page. Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

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She loves to escape and relax in her own books.

An Interview with Kellie Wallace

 

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Welcome to Author Talk. Today I have the wonderful honour of interviewing Kellie Wallace

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. My father used to read to me when I was a child so I guess that birthed my love of writing. I wrote my first ‘series’ when I was 12 and didn’t write again until I was 17. In 2015, I’ll have six books published. I’m aiming to release one or two every year. My ultimate dream is to find that one agent, sell that one book and catapult my writing career. I can only dream, right?

Wow! That is so inspirational Kellie. I wish you all the best for your dreams and aspirations! Now I want to find out more about you

About You as a Writer

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
    My ultimate dream is to find an agent, sell a book to the big six and live off my writing. I don’t want to be ‘famous’, but I would like to be well known.
  2. How long have you been writing?
    I’ve been writing professionally for a few years, but I’ve been writing as a hobby since I was a child.
  3. Which writers inspire you?
    Tami Hoag
  4. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
    That’s a good question. I have two books coming out in April. Only one I can envision actors. Garrett Hedlund would be perfect for my male MC for my dystopian.
  5. What is the easiest thing about writing?
    I don’t think there’s anything easy about writing but I think once the final proof is at the editor, I can breath a moment of relief.
  6. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
    Lately its been taking me over 6 months, but I’m hoping to get that down to 3 months
  7. Do you ever get writer’s Block? If so, Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
    I get it all the time. My advice is to step back and a take a moment away from your work. This can be a few hours or a month. I go for walks, start other projects and back away for a little bit.
  8. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
    I don’t read as much as I should, but I’m very inspired by US author Tami Hoag.
  9. For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper/hard back books?
    You can’t beat a paperback but for convenience e-books.
  10. Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
    Once I finish a book, I edit it about 3 times, then head it over to beta readers. They are amazing!
  11. Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
    I’m very impatient. As soon as I finish a book, I go straight to editing it.
  12. When did you decide to become a writer? What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
    I can’t really pinpoint it, but it’s always been my passion. A few years ago, I knew I really wanted to do this for a living.
  13. Why do you write?
    I don’t have an answer to that question! I guess I write to escape. I get to travel and live other lives in my books.
  14. Do you write full-time or part-time? Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
    I work full time, so I write during my spare time.
  15. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? Do you use a special writing program, or just type away?
    I write on a computer and rely on my phone to write down notes if I think of them when Im away from the computer.
  16. Where do the your ideas come from?
    This is probably my most asked question. I get ideas from the smallest things, from movies, tv shows, other books, an advertisement. Once I get an idea, I like to sit on it and then stem the book from there.
  17. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
    A bit of both. I get the general plot and then write it. I usually come up with things as I go. If I haven’t thought of anything passed chapter three, I don’t panic yet. It will eventually come to me.
  18. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
    My creativity has changed so much since my first book. I put it down to my getting older, reading other books, meeting writers and exposing myself to the industry.
  19. What is the hardest thing about writing?
    Research!
  20. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
    Research.
  21. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?
    I market my books through blog posts and social media. I find this is how readers search and locate possible books to read. This way they can find an author they like and become loyal to their work.
  22. Would you or do you use a PR agency?
    Possibly.
  23. Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
    Know your audience and don’t spam people. You will put them off.
  24. How do you relax?
    I write!
  25. What is your favourite book and why?
    Cry Wolf by Tami Hoag. It changed my life. Her writing is exceptional and it ignited my love for Southern America. I think I read it 40 times over ten years.
  26. Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
    Hopefully with an agent and a great book deal with the big 6
  27. What advice would you give to your younger self?
    Be positive and work hard
  28. Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
    Rita Hayworth because she epitomes the 1940s and was a goddess.

I love your straight forward approach to your writing. You seem so unaffected by all the hype. You are a prolific reader, if you continue the way you want to be, you will have many books on the shelves. Now, moving on to learn more about

About Your Books

  1. What genre are your books?
    I can’t stick to one genre, but the two I write most are historical fiction and fantasy.
  2. What draws you to this genre?
    I love anything to do with the 1940s and have a good knowledge on it so I like to express that passion and interest in my books.
  3. How much research do you do?
    Lots. My latest book was set during the London Blitz so I had to do a lot of research and read people’s accounts to ensure my book was relevant.
  4. Have you written any other books in collaboration with other writers? If so, with whom?
    No
  5. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
    I once read an article from an author who said if you get negative reviews, you’re officially a professional author.
  6. What’s your views on social media for marketing? Which social network worked best for you?
    I use social media for promotion and I’ve found that has helped with sales. I use Facebook and my website. Being on social media allows my readers to interact with me and keep up to date with my published works.
  7. Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
    Post on a community site.
  8. Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?
    Do not spam your readers, it will put them off.
  9. Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
    I have developed a good working relationship with a book store near me where I’ve given away a few copies of my books. I think it’s a good way to expand your brand and interact with your readers. I don’t do what I do to get paid – I do to write.
  10. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
    Work hard and don’t let rejection dampen your spirit
  11. Where do you see publishing going in the future?
    Digital seems to be the dominant medium nowadays and I think its here to stay.

Kellie, I can’t wait to find out more about your current book. I must look for your books in my bookshop.

About Your Current Book

  1. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
    My character Alex Locke from my New Adult dystopian Edge of Tomorrow is a leader with a good heart. He lives in a post apocalyptic world where tyranny rules. He loves his family and friends but only wants the best for them. I wanted to create a character who readers can relate to and root for when things go tough. I’m proud of how he turned out.
  2. What are you working on at the minute?
    My first science fiction. Its a very fun medium to write. A lot of creativity freedom.
  3. What’s it about? (*if relevant)
    The title is pending but my sci fi is about an assassin who begins to question his belief when he kills his latest target. Its a work in progress.
  4. Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about. Who designed your book cover/s?
    I have very talented book cover designers!
  5. Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
    Definitely. If a cover is good quality, its like a beacon. It will draw potential readers to your work.
  6. How are you publishing this book and why?
    Traditional. I like having the support of a publisher and their tools to aid my writing career. (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
  7. How can readers discover more about you and you work?
    They can check out my website at http:///kelliewallacebooks.com

Thank you Kellie for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. I really appreciate it. I wish you all the best for the future.

Please list all of your published books here.

  • Darkness Before Dawn
  • Skylark
  • To Lean On Falling Men
  • EarthWalker
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Her Sweetest Downfall
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An Interview with Andrew Jonathan Fine

 

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Welcome to Author Talk

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Andrew Jonathon Fine.

Please tell us a little about yourself and your background

My name is Andrew Jonathan Fine. I am 52 years old, and I am a stay at home father disabled with autism and other inherited conditions. I don’t really consider the autism all that disabling. I even skipped grade to start high school at twelve, finishing with a master’s degree in computer science by my early twenties. Unfortunately, my career had been greatly limited due to discrimination. When I lost my final job in 2005 I was never able to recover my career. I have a beautiful wife and a brilliant eleven year old girl who loves me regardless, and they are what give me purpose in life these days. I became an author mostly by accident. Desperate for a sense of purpose I had even hospitalized myself for depression a couple years ago and found myself required to reveal my life in painstaking detail on page after page of forms. This made me realize that were I to transfer this experience into fictional characters I could express my experiences without fear of putting my family on display. There’s a little bit of my life and experience in all four of the main characters I re-imagined from the Depression-Era story I read at age 11, a copy which lapsed into the public domain and therefore I could use.

Wow Andrew, that is quite a summary of your life before you started writing. I am so glad that you decided to put your experiences into a novel. There is a great deal more awareness these days of depression. I can’t wait to read the answers to this interview and find out more about you.

About You as a Writer

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
    Just to be read, maybe to be popular. Money is not my primary focus. I simply want to leave a legacy for the live I have lived.
  2. How long have you been writing?
    Maybe about two years, but not full-time. This is a hobby for me.
  3. Which writers inspire you?
    C. S. Lewis, Piers Anthony, Catherine Asaro. But there are entire anime series not ascribable to any single author which also inspire me, and there are even cartoons such as My Little Pony and Adventure Time which are serious dramatic fantasy fiction.
  4. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
    I’d rather see unknowns play my lead characters. That way, a new generation of actors could have their own chance. I’m writing serious and heart-wrenching coming-of-age and first-love stuff which would nauseate me to see the likes of Disney sanitize and bowdlerized into a made-for-TV drama or comedy. This would make a poor movie outside of an art house.
  5. What is the easiest thing about writing?
    Having the time.
  6. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
    I’ve so far taken about two or three years to write this one, about half time. My primary duty these days is being a full-time homemaker.
  7. Do you ever get writer’s Block? If so, Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
    To me writer’s block means not having enough ideas to get my character from one point to another, so what I do instead is starting writing a different section of the book. Sometimes a different idea from a future section of the plot will justify the past part of a plot I want to complete.
  8. What & whose book/s are you reading at present?
    People with whom I am trading free reviews. I can’t afford to buy books anymore.
  9. When did you decide to become a writer? What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
    That actually happened by accident. I was laid off by Honeywell Aerospace in 2005 and never was able to find a job since due to discrimination against my autism. Over a process of years I became slowly suicidal due to feelings of being useless. A couple of years ago I hospitalized myself for clinical depression. I was required to write reams of notes about my personal life in the course of therapy. When I was released I realized I had common themes in my notes which might make a good story in the right framework.
  10. Do you write full-time or part-time? Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
    Usually in the morning I take care of correspondence, in the afternoon I do my chores, in the evening I prepare dinner for my family, and at night when everyone else is asleep I try to write for a couple of hours before I turn in.
  11. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? Do you use a special writing program, or just type away?
    I like the LibreOffice suite as it can produce any output format needed by a publisher. For cover design I like using GIMP. Both are open source tools. It’s a lie that you need commercial ones to make good manuscripts or covers.
  12. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
    Finding a way to find a credible manner in which to advance the plot. Sometimes you wind up painting yourself into a corner.
  13. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?
    I self-publish. I am 52 years old. I would be dead of old age by the time any brick-and-mortar publisher would accept my submissions. I also feel said people would discriminate against me for having autism. I’d rather trust the public to tell me why work sucks rather than keep getting rejected by editors who would give nothing but a standard form letter. I’ve been rejected by too many business owners when looking for software work to want to trust any of them any more for any other reason.
  14. Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
    Don’t look at me for advice. I don’t know the first thing. All I can do is advertise on Facebook and Twitter because those are free.
  15. How do you relax?
    My favorite way is to just spend some quality time with my wife.
  16. What is your favourite movie and why?
    It’s an anime known as ‘Yamato 2199.’ A predecessor of it back in the 70’s gave me the courage to stand up to my parents and create my own life for myself. My mother, knowing I had autism, felt I was better off staying a child by her side forever. The themes in these movies help me defy her.
  17. Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
    In 5 years I plan to be 57 years old.

Here is a video made of Alouette’s Song.


You have a great sense of humour Andrew, we’re moving right along to hear more About Your Books

  1. What genre are your books?
    I prefer to have them called “cross-genre speculative fiction”
  2. How much research do you do?
    Fairly thorough. Online sources and some friends in the right places.
  3. What do you do to get book reviews? How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
    Usually I either apply for them through review sites, or offer trades. Trades are actually more likely to happen. It’s slow, but sure.
  4. Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
    I usually have to be fairly persistent in finding review blogs. It’d say if you’re accepted by one out of every hundred you are doing good.
  5. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
    My three through five stars are pretty fair. Occasionally I get the troll who just like to anonymously provide a one or two star with a gratuitous reason, just to ruin my potential for getting shown on amazon. I just can’t understand people like that.
  6. What’s your views on social media for marketing? Which social network worked best for you?
    It’s not really a matter of best more than like only. Facebook is the only way I can communicate with potential readers at no cost. Twitter is hit or miss.
  7. Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
    Local newspaper, a couple years ago, for my first author signing. The sheer novelty of a first release in a small town of less than 2000 people made my book sell out. Sweet. But the bad news is you can easily saturate your local market that way.
  8. Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?
    I’m still learning and making plenty of mistakes daily 🙂
  9. Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
    My current strategy is to give books away to a known affinity group, other people with autism like my self, in the hopes they will tell their own circle of friends and generate some word of mouth. It’s a great way to get immediate feedback. Only time will tell if that actually generates more sales.
  10. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
    There’s no such thing as aspiring. There’s only perspiring (grin). You have to be crazy to write a book because there really is no profit in it for the average person. Tell the story you have your all-consuming passion to tell, then move on with your life and do something else with it.
  11. Where do you see publishing going in the future?
    Brick and mortar book-stores will be extinct in 20 years or less. As the cost of paper books increases to be priced out of reach to those who can’t find jobs that can sustain them and their families, the pages will be cut off their spines, scanned, and pirated by outraged anarchists. All novels will become free. No one will have the incentive to create quality text-books for schools, and you already see this happening from books being designed by committee to fit Common Core curriculum standards and religiously fundamentalist school boards. I pretty much see our future as being one where no one can earn a living of any kind being a writer. This will only accelerate the USA’s downward slide into economic neo-feudalism already being triggered by the off-shoring of high-paying professional jobs and the extinction of entire categories of high-paying occupations altogether.

Here is another video Andrew made of the background to Alouette’s Song.

Well Andrew, that certainly ended with a depth of feeling. I certainly hope you’re not right about all of that. For one thing, there is definitely an increase in people writing novels and being self published. Anyway, we will move on to read more About Your Current Book

  1. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
  2. The ‘main character’ is actually a team. I partially follow the sentai formula where each member of the teenaged team is special in some way, such as faith, ingenuity, valor, or compassion.
  3. What are you working on at the minute? 31. What’s it about? (*if relevant)
    The sequel. It’s set a generation later. The new heroes are the teen sons and daughters of the older ones. The latter serve as mentors, teachers, and supporters for the new, who form the next sentai team.
  4. Is this book part of a series? What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
    I’m thinking that Alouette’s Song, and it’s sequel, Alouette’s Dream, will be dovetailed bookends. Dream answers a lot of questions which Song asks.
  5. Did you format your own book? In what formats is your book available?
    Kindle and paperback. I use Sigil to format the precursor EPUB for the Kindle. I use LibreOffice and GIMP to create the proofs for the paperback.
  6. Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about. Who designed your book cover/s?
    I created an abstract cover myself using Corel Draw and GIMP, of a logo, since I don’t know how to draw free-hand art. Nobody liked that cover because it didn’t tell enough about the story. A dear friend of mine drew a cover for a pivotal scene, and I used it for a while, but the trolls slammed that one as looking infantile. I now have a professional illustrator to donated a week of her time to create a truly creditable cover, and it contains all the important elements of the story.
  7. Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
    It seems people are incredibly fickle these days. What with the outrageous competition between self-published authors it seems that covers are now like resumes… if the resume can’t catch attention in under five seconds then forget it.
  8. How are you publishing this book and why?
    Print-on-Demand through Ingram Spark. I hope to have my book on bookstores someday, and that means I have to follow the rules the booksellers set.
  9. How can readers discover more about you and your work?
    Search Amazon and Barnes&Noble. I also have a Facebook novel page www.facebook.com/alouettesong

Please list all of your published books here. Book Title: Alouette’s Song Genre: Romantic Action/Adventure

ISBN: 9781942574125
(ISBN) B00V0YQPWC (ASIN)
Author: Andrew Jonathan Fine
Distributor/Seller: Ingram-Spark, Amazon

Website: http://wix.com/andrew-jonathan-fine
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alouettesong?fref=ts
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/eternalsquire
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/iamextremelyuse
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/ANDREW-FINE/e/B00JIBHFLO
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8123913.Andrew_Jonathan_Fine

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alouettes-song-andrew-jonathan-fine/1119344642?ean=9781942574125

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An Interview with Author C. L. Moore

 

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Welcome to Author Talk

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing C L Moore.

Please tell us a little about yourself and your
background?

Hi, and thank you for the interview.
I am a Universal Channel, Psychic Consultant,
Reiki Master, Metaphysical Teacher and an Author!
I was born “awake” and I remembered many of
my past lives from a very young age. Sometimes it seemed that one life ran into another. They are so prominent in my present I sometimes have to check where I am!
In 2008 I was interviewed by a NSW Detective Constable in regards to my visions and precognitions.
Every one of which was reported on in the media, exactly as I foretold
For 10 years I ran a German Shepherd Dog breeding Kennel, Shepmore Kennels. Also showing and Obedience training my dogs. I am a qualified to Black class Obedience Trainer.
I am also a granny of 5, and waiting on another addition to the family. Oh, and I am a Supernatural “Dean” girl.

Thank you for that C L, Now some questions
About You as an Author

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
    For my books to become Movies.
  2.  How long have you been writing?
    All my life, starting as soon as I could write.
  3.  Which writers inspire you?
    Stephen King, Margaret Mitchell, Cassandra Claire, Daphne De Maurie, Jane Austin and there are so many more.
  4.  Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
    My most recent book was ‘Rosalie; I can’t actually pinpoint any actress that
    would suit her role, she is unique.
  5. What is the easiest thing about writing? 
    Listening to the voices. They tell me what to write.
  6. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
    Sometimes a month, some have taken a year.
  7. Do you ever get writer’s Block?
    If so, Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

    No.
  8. For your own reading, do you prefer e­books or traditional paper/hard back books?
    Books I can take to bed and hold, smelling the paper and ink.
  9. What & whose book/s are you reading at present?
    None at present, too busy writing!
  10. Do you proofread/edit all your own books or
    do you get someone to do that for you? 

    Some I get others to edit.
  11. Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
    No, that is pure torture.
  12. When did you decide to become a writer?
    What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

    I had no choice. The people in the story wouldn’t stop talking at me until
    I wrote down what they said.
    They are still just as persistent.
  13. Why do you write? 
    Because I have no option, I write because it possesses me.
  14. Do you write full­time or part­time?
    I write full time, in with my Spiritual work.
  15. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? No structured time, I like to sit up all night and write, then all day as well when my
    schedule allows.
  16. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? 
    No
  17. How successful are you at achieving that goal? What comes, is what is written. That can be a hundred words or 5 thousand.
  18. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
    Do you use a special writing program, or just type away?

    Just on the laptop, but I did used to use my great Aunts typewriter.
  19. Where do the your ideas come from?  
    Mostly from dreams. That is where the people who want their story told first contact me.
    Then they come and talk until the book is done.
  20. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
    Never plot or outline, I like to see where the story goes.
  21. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? 
    Yes
  22. What is the hardest thing about writing?
    Getting interrupted when I’m on a roll
  23. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
    Finding that I was at the end of the story.
  24. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?
    Mostly Facebook and I promote and sell on my travels
  25. How do you relax?
    Ridding houses of Ghosts, no joke, that is what I do to relax!
  26. What is your favourite book and why?  
    Stephen Kings Salems Lot. The only book that ever scared me silly
  27. What is your favourite quote?
    Do, or do not. There is no try” ~ Yoda
  28. What is your favourite movie and why? 
    Gone With the Wind. Who doesn’t love Rhett and Scarlet?
  29. Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
    In New York at the premier of a movie made from my books
  30. What advice would you give to your younger self? 
    You are on the right path, never doubt yourself
  31. Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
    William Wallace. What a man. I love his passion for Scotland and his staunch belief in Freedom,
    even in the face of his impending death.
  32. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
    I wish I had written Wuthering Heights. Dark, foreboding, full of angst and
    hardship. Perfect

Wow! That is great C L. Now we’re going to move on to
Talking About Your Books.

  1. What genre are your books?
    They are mostly Paranormal, Time Travel, Erotic, Romance, with some Horror for good measure
  2. What draws you to this genre? 
    I am a hopeless romantic who loves a strong man. As long as he lets me have the sword or gun!
    Paranormal, because that’s just how I roll everyday, that’s my normal
  3. How much research do you do?
    I do when I want to check on facts or dates
  4. Have you written any other books in collaboration with other writers? If so, with whom? 
    No
  5. What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-­publishing against being published or the other way around? 
    The main advantage I have found with self pub, is that you have total creative
    control. I dislike anyone changing my vision of how I see my work.
  6. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? 
    I write because I have to, Good reviews are nice to have, but good or bad they won’t change how I write.
  7. What do you think of “trailers” for books? I like them, Caryn at Watzbooks and Teasers makes mine for me
  8. Do you think that giving books away free works and why? 
    No, I don’t think it works.
  9. What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 
    Never give up and never let anyone tell you that you aren’t good enough.

You sound like a very independant author, C L. Thank you for sharing your opinions. We have the last section to discuss now.Talking About Your Current Book.

  1. What are you working on at the minute? 
    The Treasure ­ The Guardians Trilogy book 2
  2. What’s it about? (*if relevant) 
    It centres on the Henry Family and the Knights Templar. it has good, evil, angels, demons,angst, love.
  3. Is this book part of a series?
    Yes, its part of a Trilogy
  4. What are your thoughts on writing a book series. 
    I like seeing how the characters develop and getting to hear more of their story
  5. Did you format your own book? In what formats is your book available?
    Yes. epub, paperback and mobi
  6. Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.
    Who designed your book cover/s?

    I have had Artist Shane Deguara and Kate Robbins cover design for my books,
    but I created Rosalie myself.
  7. Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process? 
    Yes, the reader has to be drawn to your book
  8. How are you publishing this book and why?
    Self Pub, cause I am a control freak. (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
  9. How can readers discover more about you and you work? 
    See my websites, call me, email me private message me!
  10. Please list all of your published books here. 

Book Titles:

  • The Healer
  • Rosalie
  • Louisiana Heat
  • Gettysburg
  • Belmont Falls
  • Working with the Archangels
  • Psychic and Spiritual Development for the New Age
  • Spiritual Development for the Golden Age
  • Traditional Usui Reiki (Shoden, Okuden and Shinpiden)
  • Celtic Wisdom Healing System
  • Unlocking the Tarot
  • Exploring Crystals
  • Angel Whispers Oracle
  • Spiritual Tranquility Oracle
  • Temple of Isis
  • Oracle and Healing system
  • Grail Legends Oracle
  • Writing and Publishing your own book.

Well, thankyou so much for your valuable time, C L. Moore, it is greatly appreciated. You certainly are a prolific writer. And many different genres as well.

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