Interview with author Maria ST Clair And Novella Low

Book: Bambolina Adventures: Little Doll Adventures

Q1. Hello Maám, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

Dear readers, my name is Maria ST Clair, and I recently wrote my newest adorable children’s book “Bambolina Adventures”! I was born and raised in southern Italy, but have been living in Virginia since 1984. I am bilingual and my book is available in English, Italian, and Spanish. My love for creativity, my lovely granddaughter and her mom, Novella Low (co-Author), is what inspired me to write this adorable picture book. I am also an advocate for education and support children who love to read. When I learned that my granddaughter was going to a local library at the age of one, well, that did it. I decided she should have her own book. In fact, it is her book, she is the main character and the stories are based on true events. I just put it in ink and tweaked it a little bit with beautiful little fairies, just to make it more fun and magical for little readers. In addition, I love to cook, a few years ago I wrote my first cookbook: Eat Better, Feel Better.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing the ‘Bambolina Adventures: Little Doll Adventures’ book?

The main challenge I faced while writing Bambolina Adventures was the formatting, but thanks to my awesome illustrator, Caroline Webb, and co-author, Novella Low we put it together beautifully. And what a great experience it was!! Seeing the book come alive before my eyes was an unforgettable feeling. The other challenge was the translation: although I am fluent in Italian, well translating a book is quite intriguing. Many thanks to Barbara Dalla Villa and Virginia Magri’ for the Spanish translation, also a challenge.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

No author or book influenced me in my own writing. Although I love Harry Potter by JK Rowling, I find her books imagination mesmerizing. In addition, I love Magical Adventurous Little Heer, by Amita Momi, her creativity is astounding.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

Southern Italy, I was born there and with the breath-taking architectural history, I cannot get enough of it.

Q5. Are there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

Yes, a lot of thinking, processes, and planning.

Q6. How long did it take you to write the ‘Bambolina Adventures: Little Doll Adventures’ book?

That was the easiest part because the stories are based on true events and they are short, it only took me two days.

Q7. On what all platforms’ readers can find the ‘Bambolina Adventures: Little Doll Adventures’ book to buy?

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart (Spanish Edition) #2ncnewportnews #BNNewportnews # #picturebookplaydate #bluebirdgapfarm #mariastclair #bambolinaadventures #walmart #amazon #barnesandnoble #bnhamptonva #youngreaders #bambolina_adventures

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Bambolina Adventures: Little Doll Adventures’?

The front and back cover are real photos, and Bambolina is a real character. That made it easier.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

In my case: (children’s books) more magical, adventurous, and creative!
To all my readers: read it, love it, and kindly leave a review! See you in Bambolina’s next adventure coming in 2022 Thank you!!

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Interview with author Lara McKenzie

Book: Virtual Insanity

Q1. Hello Maám, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

I’m Lara, and I am a former management consultant who works full-time and writes part-time. I am from Australia, but live in the UK. I have two children, who are adults now although I have a painful story of losing custody of them many years ago. My inspiration for writing came out of a childhood dream of wanting to be a writer. I have written four books: Virtual Insanity, a memoir published in 2020, two children’s books, Lest We Forget and Wizard Company published in 2021 and a sequel memoir being published in early 2022. I have recently submitted a manuscript to my publisher called My Dream, The Republic of Australia, Our History, Our Hurt, Our Country for release in 2022. I am also working on my debut fiction novel.
I live with my partner in Hampshire, UK. I have a passion for writing.
And a little secret I hold is that my daughter inspires me to write, and I write my books for her too.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Virtual Insanity’ book?

Virtual Insanity was my first book, and is a memoir of my life and descent into mental illness. I wrote whilst I was unwell in psychosis so that I could illustrate the challenges of mental illness. Writing my memoir was hard because I revealed so much about my life; very personal details which I felt ashamed about at the time. But after it was published I felt a lot of healing and peace. No longer was I silent about my life, my illness and the things that had happened to me.
In Virtual Insanity, I described how I felt under surveillance by intelligence agencies and terrorised by a drug cartel. There is a part of me that still believes my story is true and that these things were occurring. However, I have found peace and joy in my life again.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Elyn Saks, an American, who is Associate Dean Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould Law School was my greatest inspiration for writing my books. Elyn Saks lives with schizophrenia and wrote a book about her experience with the illness in her award-winning best-selling autobiography, The Center Cannot Hold.
I am diagnosed with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder and I read Elyn Saks autobiography in 2018 and it gave me the inspiration and courage to tell my story.
My other favourite author is Jane Austin whose works I find romantic and divine. She has inspired me to write my first fiction novel that I am currently working on.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

I am from Australia and my favourite spot in Australia is the Gold Coast. White sandy beaches and the aqua ocean always give me a sense of calm. It’s a beautiful spot and brings back my childhood memories of playing in the sand and diving into the surf.
As I live in the UK now, my favorite spot to visit is in Cornwall. We go camping there, visit the old ruins of castles and go to the beaches and rock pools. I find delightful beauty in the UK countryside and love hiking through woods and visiting historical places.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

I always plan the book out before writing. As a former project manager and cannot help but planning it out! Often my books require research and brainstorming sessions to develop the plot and characters and I will spend quite a bit of time doing this. I also like to read other books with the same genre which inspire me in my own writing.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Wizard Company’ and ‘Lest We Forget’ books?

Wizard Company and Lest We Forget are children’s books for 5-10 year olds. Lest We Forget is an educational book teaching children about Remembrance Day and all those past and present who have served in our Armed Forces and given us our freedom.
Wizard Company is about four children who find a magical book and are transported to a magical land where they have to overcome dark forces and solve a riddle to return home. It’s a fantasy story but teaches children to have courage.
Both books took me six weeks to write.
Virtual Insanity, my first memoir, to me one year to write.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find your books to buy?

Virtual Insanity is available on Amazon in eBook, Audiobook, Paperback and Hardback. All my other books are available in Paperback and eBook.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the cover and the title of your books?

Titles I find difficult to come up with. The title of Virtual Insanity I chose because I wanted to reflect the brink of insanity I experienced with my mental illness. That is, I virtually became insane. I have recovered now though.
The titles for Wizard Company and Lest We Forget are titles that I chose because they reflect the themes of the book.
All My Stars, my sequel memoir being released in early 2022, was a title I was wary of choosing but I came up with it because it reflected the spiritual experiences I have had which I have outlined in the book.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

When I’m writing I take breaks – sometimes long breaks. During these breaks I do other activities and go on long walks. This gives me time to reflect on my writing and allows me the ability to change the plot, characters, storyline or find a twist that I need to add. I also sometimes create vision boards (a board with pictures from magazines) which I use to inspire me with my writing.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

I guess one little secret I can divulge which I share in my sequel memoir, All My Stars, is that I found love again. In Virtual Insanity, my first memoir, I end with being alone. But my life changed so much since then and I reunited with my former partner which I ended with in All My Stars.
I guess the message is, that no matter what, no matter what you go through, no matter what happens to you, you can recover and love can be found again. Love reigns supreme. I recreated the gorgeous life that I live now.

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Interview with author Charde Vera

Book: She Is

Q1. Hello Ma’am, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

My name is Charde Vera. I am from New York but have lived and travelled many places because I was in the military. I am a wife and a stay-at-home mom to an incredibly talented daughter named Nayomi, who also co-illustrated my first children’s book “She Is.” My passion, dream and purpose have always been for writing. I have been journaling since I was five years old and still have them all to this day! I am an advocate for mental health and self-love and want to use my writing to guide woman and children into believing, trusting and loving themselves fully.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘She Is’ book?

The most challenging part of writing this book was the discipline to keep going when things got hard, confusing and overwhelming. As well as finding and readjusting balance while writing this book, being a stay-at-home mom and wife and other responsibilities. Once I got in a good flow it was great because putting out this book is my dream.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Joyce Meyer has really influenced my writing because of her own story and all the amazing books she has written have helped me through the process of writing my own book. Books such as “Never give up” or “The Confident Woman.” She even has amazing children’s books.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

New York City is my favorite place to visit. What makes it so special to me is the diversity of the people, the sightseeing, the activities and places to visit. There is so much to do there, it’s beautiful. It also happens to be my home city.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

Yes, there are so many things to know. However, I believe if someone wants to write a book they should just start writing. Make an outline and write all ideas about what the book will be about. Have a plan for your purpose in writing this book, why are you writing, what do you want to share or do with this book? During that process you can research and reach out to other authors to help with everything that goes into the writing, publishing, and marketing part of it, especially a self-published author.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘She Is’ book?

Once I started writing the book it took me about 4 months for everything, including the illustrations. However, this book has been in my heart for 5 years before that. So, once I started, I was ready for the world to see it and worked hard to complete it.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘She Is’ book to buy?

On my website http://www.chardevera.com as well as amazon for right now. I plan to have my book in many stores including Barnes and Noble and Walmart to name a few.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘She Is’?

The title “She Is” came to me when I began putting all the affirmations together for my book. It is a positive affirmation book for girls reminding them that they are each of them, e.g. Beautiful, Strong, Valuable. That’s when the name came to me because whomever she may be, She is Beautiful and She is Valuable. The cover of the book came to me because my daughter was my inspiration. She also co illustrated the book and it is her on the cover. She is surrounded by the flowers which represent each girl and the affirmation assigned.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Research, and that can mean searching online, talking to different people, putting ideas together and taking time to create and learn what people enjoy and what they need.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

The book is very diverse. I wanted to represent many different girls and, although each girl on every page has an affirmation on that page, every girl in the book, and in life, are all those things and more.

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Interview with author Daniel Greenwell

Book: Tyranny Reborn

Q1. Hello Sir, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

My name is Daniel Greenwell, I was born in 1987 in Darlington, a large market town in the North East of England which is approximately 225 miles from London.
I am from a large family and, being the step-son of a RAF Officer, we moved around the country but we returned to live in Darlington a number of years ago where I currently work as a Warehouse Operative.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Tyranny Reborn’ book?

One of the main challenges I faced whilst writing Tyranny Reborn was keeping it as realistic and up to date as possible whilst, at the same time, entertaining.
Many Government Departments, procedures and locations featured in the book are based on reality but, as it took me a long time to write, I had to go back and change things because procedures or departments had been altered. I was determined to keep it as realistic as possible.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I have always been intrigued by the world of spies, conspiracy theories and terror attacks and am an avid fan of James Bond.
I have read a wide range of books by various authors on these subjects.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

London is my favourite place to visit in England. Trinity Square, which is a little-known Memorial Park in the Tower Hill district is a particular favourite of mine.
To me, London stands out from other capital cities I have visited around the world. It has a different feel – you can feel the history as it has a fantastic combination of gothic and modern architecture.
I feel at home there – there is so much to do and see and, even though I’ve visited London dozens of times, I still haven’t seen everything it has to offer.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

Before I begin writing, I like to conduct as much research as possible to keep my work realistic.
I investigate everything that I believe I will touch upon then I flesh out the plot, bringing it all together. I look into everything to make sure all the dots are connected before I start writing, to determine that it makes sense and I know which direction I am going in.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Tyranny Reborn’ book?

It was in 2005, not long after my first solo trip to London during my final year in college, that I started to write Tyranny Reborn.
Whilst 15 years seems like a long time to take, there were, of course, many times over many months when life got hectic so I didn’t write at all.
The plot over the course of this time has changed and evolved many times!

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘Tyranny Reborn’ book to buy?

Tyranny Reborn is available on Amazon Kindle and paperback.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Tyranny Reborn’?

The front cover was a last-minute idea. I had not thought how my front cover would appear at all. When I had to come up with the decision, I wanted to portray the image of Britain on the brink of collapse, just a subtle image that would stand out to the reader, the image of the ripped and burning England flag came to mind. The entrance of the MI5 building below the title to show who the main protagonists in my story were. As for the title, I came up with the title rather late on, about ten years into my writing. It merely popped into my head, I can’t explain why it did, no reason or rhyme to it. It just came to me and I liked it.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

For me it takes hours and hours of research and not being afraid to go take a slightly different direction if necessary, that’s what keeps things fresh for me.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

The only thing I will say is…when you think you have worked it all out, you’ll be proved wrong!

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Interview with author Sue Lawrence

Book: Harry: A Cat’s Tale

Q1. Hello Ma’am, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

My name is Sue Lawrence, children’s author of two published children’s book based on my twenty year old tabby cat called Harry.
I grew up in London and recently moved to Hampshire where I continue to write tales.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Harry: A Cat’s Tale’ book?

When it came to writing the stories I found that easy, but the challenges arose when trying to imagine the artwork alongside the story.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing.

From a young age I was inspired by Beatrix Potter, in particular the tales of Peter Rabbit. I was inspired not only by her writing but also the way in which she brought her animal characters to life and her beautiful watercolour illustrations.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

One of my favourite places is the Lake District in the North of England, not only because of the location’s connection to Beatrix Potter but also for it’s outstandingly beautiful landscapes.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you dive in and start writing a book?

No, not really. The work begins for me once the story has been written.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Harry: A Cat’s Tale’ book?

Well that’s a tale in itself…

Q7. On what platforms can readers can find ‘Harry: A Cat’s Tale’ book to buy?

The book is available to buy on my website and also book shops such as Waterstones, WHSmiths, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.


Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Harry: A Cat’s Tale’?

There was a large oak tree in the field next to my garden and harry and I used to watch the hares just before sunset in the farmer’s field. So I imagined Harry and Hare sitting together in front of this tree.
For the title it just came to me.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Every time I meet a new animal I imagine a new character. I’m surrounded by nature and inspired by my beautiful surroundings of the English countryside which I never tire of.

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Interview with author Mark Maurer

Book: Master Of The Sales Universe


Q1. Hello Sir, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

My name is Mark Maurer. I am originally from Texas, but I have been living in Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for the last twenty years. In 1997, I started selling timeshare weeks at a resort in Texas after college. I wanted to live a leisure resort-type lifestyle and enjoy beach, ocean and sun and found that lifestyle on a beach in Mexico. For twenty years, I have been one of the most consistent and highest performing salespersons in Mexico timeshare industry. The Master of the Sales Universe was written to provide deep insight into the parameters of reality and how to turn the knowledge into personal and financial growth.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Master Of The Sales Universe’ book?

The challenge to writing the book was staying committed to writing during any downtime available, but once I started to get momentum and encouraged by how the book and concepts were shaping up, I created a pace that helped me complete it slightly before the date I had set to write it within.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

As a salesman, I have a tendency to read self improvement type books as I am always looking to increase my potential.
Think and Grow Rich, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and more recently The Growth Mindset are examples of the influential books that I enjoy to read.
I have found much knowledge in places like the Tao Te Ching, the Bible, Siddhartha and many other religious and historical texts.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

One of my favorite places in Mexico is a beach facing the Espíritu Santo Island, called Tecolote Beach in the Sea of Cortes. Just outside of La Paz, Baja California Sur.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

There was much research that went into writing the Master of the Sales Universe. Because the book revolves around the irrefutable laws of the universe, I wanted to provide key examples and deep support for the major principles and themes.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Master Of The Sales Universe’ book?

From start to finish, I wrote Master of the Sales Universe in approximately six months, but the knowledge and skill sets discussed in the book took more than two decades to be cultivated.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘Master Of The Sales Universe’ book to buy?

Master of the Sales Universe is for sale on ebook and paperback on Amazon books. The Podcast, which covers the themes from the book, is available on Spotify, Apple, Amazon and many other forums.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Master Of The Sales Universe’?

The cover for the book was actually made last minute, as the original design was not compatible with the Amazon format. The name for Master of the Sales Universe started as a playful title, but quickly became the perfect title. The intent of the book is for the reader to become a Master of Sales through the knowledge of the universal laws.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Part of the challenge to writing the Master of the Sales Universe was having compelling stories and data to weave in and around the storyline and keeping each chapter like it’s own mini book. That is how I keep the book moving from chapter to chapter.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

I believe there are countless ways to capitalize from the information in the book, but I would encourage any and all to apply the Law of Vibration suggestions that I provide in the book. Recognizing you are broadcasting your frequency to all others around you at all times is a way to be aware of what and how you are communicating with the world around you. That alone, is life changing.

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Interview with author Prometheus Worley

Book: Wisdom From The World’s Greatest Gurus

Q1. Hello Sir, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

Hello everyone, I’m Prometheus Worley, an Environmentalist and Sustainability Specialist by trade. For the most part, I own/run several businesses as well as a Commercial Voiceover business that allows me to share my time between the United States and Europe. My passions include Climate Activism, Philanthropy, Fine Art & Antiques, Hiking, Backpacking, Meditation, Yoga, and international cultures.

I simply adore literature, in all its forms. When I am not working on a project, traveling, or visiting Monasteries, Temples, Art Auctions, or galleries, you will likely find me and my family of 5 hiking, backpacking and /or restoring vintage Victorian properties.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Wisdom From The World’s Greatest Gurus’ book?

Where do I begin…Lol. Well, I’d have to say simply finding the time to read, research, write drafts, and effectively go over them, while being a full time Dad with two teenage twins and a rambunctious adorable Autistic 5-year-old was quite the challenge in and of itself, when I initially began working on the book back in 2019. When the global pandemic hit last year, all activities, writing, etc. for both myself as well as my wife came to a screeching halt, as we had to frantically rush all over the place to try to get our children (2 twin teenagers) safely out of Italy (they were in the middle of a year-long study abroad program), when the global-wide lockdowns began. Terms like hectic, unbelievable, and surreal cannot quite fully capture the rollercoaster of uncertainty that we as a family were experiencing as 2020 progressed into 2021. And my writing projects, the current book as well as several others I’m simultaneously working on, simply had to take a brief hiatus while my family and I adjusted to the new ever-present COVID reality.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Awesome question!!.. There’s quite a long list of authors from all over the world whose works I’ve read and greatly admired, but the immediate ones that come to mind are J.Krishnamurti, Mooji, Sadhguru, Mirra Alfassa, Bae Suah, Pema Chodron, Zora Neale Hurston, Ernest Hemingway, James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, Cornel West, Rumi, Camille Paglia, Seneca, Oscar Wilde, Virgina Woolf, Thich Nhat Hanh, Montaigne, Ovid, Mary Shelley, Malcolm Gladwell, Jane Austen, Toni Morrison, Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvoir, and Rabindranath Tagore.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

The Adirondack Mountains /Upstate New York. What makes it so special for me is that, of all the places I’ve been fortunate enough to hike and backpack through, it’s the one place that I have experienced some of the most unforgettable wonderful memories with my family.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you dive in and start writing a book?

Usually I’ll engage in quite a bit of resource reading, research, documentary watching, and note taking way before I even sketch a potential book outline.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Wisdom From The World’s Greatest Gurus’ book?

Back in the Fall of 2019 I briefly worked off and on the book. I had drafted a 490 page manuscript by Spring 2020, but ended up cutting approximately 160 pages from it on the advice of my Copy Editor who also just happens to be my loving partner and wife.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘Wisdom From The World’s Greatest Gurus’ book to buy?

Amazon, Google Books, Hampton Court Press (www.hampton-court-press.com)

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Wisdom From The World’s Greatest Gurus’?

Well, for many years I had read the various works of the wise sages I mention within the book (Sadhguru, Gurmukh, Mooji, Ram Dass, Yogananada, Mirra Alfassa, Gurumayi, and J.Krishnamurti), as well as, had read The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Mahabharata, Dhammapada, The Tao Te Ching and various other books on ancient wisdom from cultures all around the world. So, the title just seemed to evolve organically as a result from all that reading. And since both my wife and I highly regard the concept of Shiva /Shakti (Masculine & Feminine) divine energies being the creative catalyst for many of our successful joint ventures, using the image of the powerful Hindu God Lord Shiva just made sense to us.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Hmmm…that’s a good question. I guess I’d have to say I try to keep things fresh by challenging myself to continuously learn new and exciting things from reading international literature as well as visiting foreign countries as often as I can.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

At the moment, none really come to mind, with the exception of this; regardless of whatever challenges or obstacles you may face within your life, how you view the problem will determine how and if you will overcome the challenge.

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Interview with author Eddie Brophy

Book: Nothing To Get Nostalgic About


Q1. Hello Sir, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

My name is Eddie Brophy, I am a published and award-winning writer and poet. My poems have appeared in several print and online literary magazines which include The Parliament Literary Journal, Terror House Magazine, Better Than Starbucks, In Parenthesis Literary Magazine, and Ghost City Press. I have a short story entitled “The B.K.R. Killer” that was published by Haunted MTL. I am the author of Nothing to Get Nostalgic About which is my debut novel that was inspired by my childhood growing up between 1994 and 1998.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Nothing To Get Nostalgic About’ book?

Revisiting traumatic events in my life and having to relive a lot of the pain that I had spent a significant chunk of my life trying to mitigate through escapism and self-medication. There came a point where I could not write entire chapters without being completely manic or hysterically crying. I just felt that it was something I could no longer elude for the sake my six-month-old son at the time. I did not want him to grow up the way I did, and I feared that if I didn’t find some way to purge all of the negative and detrimental feelings about my childhood it was going to be detrimental to his life…almost like a cruse that I had no intention of passing on.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Its hard to say that no books or authors directly influenced my writing because anyone who reads this or has read if will surely pick up on some notable Stephen King vibes. What can I say? I grew up in New England. Historically? This place has a VERY spooky history. I grew up with a penchant for the macabre, so I was drawn to 80s horror films, Stephen King, and grunge music. Initially, I had wanted to be a poet/lyricist based on my love of Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Maynard James Keenan’s lyrical content.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

Growing up as a kid, one of my favourite places to go was Pine Banks Park. I do not know why; I just took to this place immediately. When I was younger, I used to love seeing the animals they used to have. As I grew older, I just had an affinity for walking around in the woods with my headphones on. Maybe I found some sort of serenity there, I am not too sure. I just loved sitting on the rocks with a notebook and pen and enjoy any moments of clarity of creativity came from it. When my oldest son was born, I used to take him to the same playground I used to play at and take him to the water to see if we could spot any turtles or frogs. For someone who does not like to consider himself nostalgic I guess I cannot help it when positive memories of my childhood take me to a better moment in time before so much of my life turned upside down.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

I would not consider myself a very disciplined person when it comes to approaching a book. I know lots of authors and writers who subscribe to a myriad of different techniques before diving into their work. I have always been a big fan of stream of consciousness. I guess I think the more preparation I try to put into something the more likely I am to talk myself out of committing certain thoughts or choices to paper. It can also be spontaneous or sporadic how ideas or material manifest. I might hear a song or see something, and it’ll resonate with me so profoundly that I am able to create an entire narrative around it.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Nothing To Get Nostalgic About’ book?

The initial writing started in the fall of 2017. I was a new dad, had just turned thirty and still reconciling over the lack of emotional and mental resolution that lingered after my father passed from cancer in 2014. We had a very contentious relationship and his death brought up several existential concerns and memories that I realized I could not ignore or outrun. In that sense the story’s primary protagonist Charlie is very much me. I reached a point where the book just became so exhausting that I had to walk away from it. Prior to this manuscript I had already finished four previous manuscripts that had been rejected by hundreds of agents. In the spring of 2018, I found myself compelled to finish Charlie’s story and close the proverbial chapter on my own life. When it was finished, it was met with the same futility of all the other manuscripts I tried to land an agent with. In 2019, I nonchalantly just decided it to submit it to Atmosphere Press with zero expectations. They were the right publisher at the right time. Typically, it can take me anywhere from two to six months to finish a manuscript. This one was more challenging because of how autobiographical a significant portion of it was.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘Nothing To Get Nostalgic About’ book to buy?

It is available through Indiebound.com which I love because it helps support independent book stores. You can also find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, etc. Indiebound is the one I try to promote the most due to the fact that I love the idea of supporting local businesses and smaller book retailers.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Nothing To Get Nostalgic About’

The cover was created by Josep Lledó who works with Atmosphere Press. Nick Courtright (the founder of Atmosphere Press) asked me to send him some covers of books that I really loved so he could get an idea of what I wanted conceptually. I wound up sending him a lot of old horror paper backs from V.C. Andrews, Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, etc. I really wanted a cover that would either entice readers based on the strength of the artwork or scare them so badly they would be morbidly curiously about the content of the book. I was showing the mockups to my wife, and she immediately felt a connection to this one. It checked off all the boxes for what I wanted. It did not give anything away about the book and it looked like a paperback that I would have found in my big sister’s closet in the 90s (she was a hardcore horror novel nerd).

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Even though the story dealt heavily with the 90s, I wanted to make subtle gestures to notable events that were going on in present day. Particularly the ubiquity of fear going on in the country. Initially, the Jimbo stuff was ENTIRELY different. It was based off my relationship with a good friend of mine and our respective battles with depression. I had gone into a liquor store one night to self-medicate and as I approached the counter the clerk who had become something of an acquaintance had started talking about the potential of a civil war and had offered for my wife and baby to go up north to stay at a bunker he had. I remembered walking out of the liquor store thinking…what in the actual hell is going on? Yet, that moment felt oddly apropos of where I was in the writing. Charlie is a man who can’t outrun his past and yet, his future seems destined to resemble so much of the toxicity he grew up around. I grew up with a glorified sociopath who once threatened to burn the house down that his ex-wife and children were sleeping in. At that point and time, the world felt like one perpetual version of that very scary night in 1992 when I was a young boy.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

The house and the lore around the house are very real. I grew up in a haunted house with a sordid history. Frankly, I don’t know if my family was always bound to turn into a train wreck or if the house managed to exacerbate some of the issues that had been subdued prior to living there.

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Interview with author Rachel Pegler

Book: The Biscuits

Q1. Hello Mam, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

Hi I’m Rachel I have been an artist / illustrator for 30 years I live on a farm near a small village in the Cotswolds. I spend my days doing art work and caring for my daughter who has a chronic illness. All of the proceeds from my art and these books goes to her fund. She was undiagnosed with a life threatening illness for 14 years. She is now 22 & has a poor quality of life because she became so poorly due to non diagnosis. I am hoping The Biscuits will become a thing so I may give her all of the medical treatments and medications she needs to make her well again, here is a link for more about Molly http://www.mollysmiracle.co.uk. I’m also mum to another 3 children Primrose poppy & Joshua & have a husband called Martin. We have lots of animals & live in a beautiful part of the world.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘The Biscuits’ book?

I came up with the idea of the Biscuits a long time ago… it came about as my son was dunking a Biscuit. Duncan Biscuit was born. The only challenges I found whilst writing this first book Mr Richard Tea was managing everything else around me. We were in lockdown at the time because of covid. As molly was clinically extremely vulnerable we were all very very worried & fearful for her. Other than that it was a great stress relief.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I think Roahl Dahl has to be my most favourite author, his sense of humour and creative mind was just brilliant.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

I think our favourite spot in the country other than home has to be Cornwall. We visit Cornwall for our summer holidays as we have never been able to take Molly abroad. It has uch a beautiful cost line and the beaches are fantastic ( if of course the old British rain holds off)

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

I normally illustrate books so have been doing the job for quite some time. I found that to invent all of the characters first was very helpful as I could see them in my mind when writing the story.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘The Biscuits’ book?

It took about a year on and off mainly because the illustrations take so long. I also did a few too many illustrations which I have put on the website I know my page numbers now I’m writing book 2. My publisher was really good with the knowledge he has and so I’m glad to have him on board. I find it so much easier to write the story illustrate each page and then re write the story, this is how it all eventually comes together

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘The Biscuits’ book to buy?

The Biscuits Mr Richard Tea is available on Amazon, in shops locally and will soon be ready to order from bookshops. It’s also available on the website http://www.thebiscuitsofcrumbleton.co.uk

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘The Biscuits’?

The cover is simply the character Mr Richard Tea. There are 20 books in the series I am currently working on Custard Queen. Each cover will have the character on the front as to who’s story it is

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I find so much inspiration from just general life really. There is always something going on here on the farm…. like my husband chasing an escaped horse down the lane, the sheep escaping & running loose all over the place. The cows once came in to my garden & dug up the new lawn… these things go on constantly and with my big family well they are always up to mischief too… I have so much material I’m sure I could write Biscuit books for the rest of my days

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Interview with author Bethany McAlpine

Book: Bad Dreams

Q1. Hello Maám, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

My name is Bethany, I grew up home-schooled and an only child ‘til I was 10. Then my little brother came along and he was better than being an only child. My Mum would read to me every day and my Dad told me stories every night before bed so I grew up telling myself stories and making people repeat themselves multiple times before I heard them from inside the book I was reading. One day I’d like a pet Aardvark. And otter. And lion. That’s not too much to ask from life right?

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Bad Dreams’ book?

Bad Dreams was a kids book so the main problem I had with it actually getting the whole story written. I tend to write a chunk of something down then write the rest in my head and never put it on paper.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

The Bible has wonderful language and expressions in it so I probably got my first appreciation for the English language from that. As a kid I loved, and continue to love, books like The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell, Seven Little Australians, Enid Blyton books, Narnia… anything that could pull me completely me into its world or had especially beautiful writing. Recently I discovered Tolkien and he’s probably had the biggest direct influence on my writing.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

Any beach. I think the beach is my favourite part of God’s creation. You can walk on it, sit beside it, explore, listen to it… It never gets boring.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you dive in and start writing a book?

Yes and no. I have heaps of ideas that I’ll write down either in one of my writing books or my phone and that’s easy. But actually putting it into a proper story format takes a LOT longer because I don’t have a lot of spare time.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Bad Dreams’ book?

I can’t actually remember how long it took me to write it. I wrote it a few years ago and I wrote a couple of others pretty similar all around the same time. I probably wrote the main idea in one go and then came back a few times to edit it.

Q7. On what platforms can readers find ‘Bad Dreams’ book to buy?

It’s being sold on Book Depositary, Amazon, Ebay, from Austin Macauley, and BookTopia.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Bad Dreams’?

The book cover was mostly the illustrator. The only thing I’d really thought about was the lettering of the Title. I called it Bad Dreams because… that’s what the story was about. Looking back I would have called it something VERY different but, clearly I didn’t think creatively about my titles when I was younger.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I’ve never really had the problem of wondering how to keep things fresh for my readers. I’m still VERY new to this whole… author thing. Frankly I’d be quite happy to have that problem because that would mean I did HAVE some readers! I do worry about character development in the stories I have in my head, can I actually create individuals with their own personalities that will be realistic or am I just making boring cardboard copies?

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

I don’t know about secrets but the illustrators very kindly changed the dog in the book from a small dog to a big dog. We have a big dog and I thought it’d be nice if Liam’s dog was big too.

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