Interview with author Natalie Lopez.

1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.

Hello! My name is Natalie Lopez. I started writing down thoughts here and there when my boyfriend was shot and killed in 2018. I decided to publish it on my 24th birthday, two years later, because my boyfriend was 24 when he died. I am a special education teacher and will be receiving my masters soon!

2. What do you hope your readers take away from your book “The art of Healing”?

The main thing I want readers to take away from my book is that healing looks different for everyone but you are not the only person going through something. There are other people out there you can lean on. I hope at least one person is able to learn something from me and my process.

3. Who motivated you to release your diary to the world?

I was motivated to release my diary because I shared bits and pieces with my close friends and they made me feel like someone out there could benefit from my words and my feelings.

4. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love to write and these days I have started jotting down some things that MAYBE will end up in my second book. However, if I am not writing, I like to watch movies, read, and spend time with family/friends.

5. Do you maintain a journal? If yes, how do you find time to write it?

I do maintain a journal. I use it for different purposes. I have a journal for my thoughts and feelings. I also have a journal that I use to keep up with my biblical plans. I find time to write in it by making time. Writing is therapeutic for me. I try to dedicate my mornings to my biblical plans and some time at night for my personal journaling.

6. What is your favorite Quote?

My favorite quote right now is “if someone makes you feel, let them” by Reyna Biddy. I think this is important because we can get so wrapped up in wanting to be alone when really we need to allow others to help us if they are willing.

7. Any relationship advice you want to give to your readers?

I want my readers to understand that love is a complicated thing. It is okay to fall in love with one person and then another. I also want my readers to know that pain and suffering is inevitable but healing is up to you. Forgive those that hurt you even if they don’t physically or verbally apologize. You owe it to yourself.

8. Who are your favorite living poets?

I love Reyna Biddy and Rupi Kaur. I read their books countless times for inspiration.

9. How do you come up with the cover of your book “The art of Healing”?

I worked with a friend to self-publish my book. Cheyenne made a few covers for me and sent me options. The cover that is on my book really captured what I had in mind. It is dark but comforting

10. Lastly, who is your inspiration in life and why?

I am my own inspiration in life. I don’t mean this in a cocky way. I have gone through a lot in my life and my boyfriend dying wasn’t even half of it. However, I always show up for myself. I protect myself. I allow myself to feel and grieve. I am a strong person and I am thankful that the only person I am trying to be better than is the person I was yesterday.

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Interview With Author Deborah Stone.

1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.

I read English Literature at Durham University. I live in North London in the UK with my husband, two sons and my gorgeous dog, George. I work as a strategic consultant, specialising in advising companies on developing the best products and services for older people. I am an author of two books, ‘The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People’, which helps families caring for older relatives with important information and advice and ‘What’s Left Unsaid’, a novel about a family who hide a number of secrets.

2. When did you decide to start writing books?

I have always wanted to write, but only started about four years ago.

3. What do you hope your readers take away from your book “The Essential Family Guide To Caring for Older People”?

I want people to feel supported as they age and as their relatives age. It comes to all of us, but with forward planning, older age can be far more manageable. I want people to understand that everyone struggles as a carer and that it is a tough job. They are not alone.

No one wants to think about getting older.At any age, when things are moving along normally day to day and everyone seems fit and well, there seems no reason to think about future problems that your friends and relatives might (and probably will) come across as they age. In fact, it might even seem a little morbid to think such thoughts, or possibly even tempting fate?

Yet there will come a time when you must raise these issues and, ideally, this should be before any problems arise. The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People is the ultimate source of information and help for families with care responsibilities. 

4. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I read a lot of books. I love to bake. I also go to the theatre and the cinema and I walk my dog every day.

5. How long did it take you to write your book?

My novel took around 2 years and the care book about a year.

6. What is your favorite Quote?

“Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.”
― 
Victor Frankl, ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’

7. What are you working on next? Are you planning to release another book soon?

I am writing another novel, but it is not quite coming together yet!

8. Any favorite writers that inspired you to write?

So many that I find it hard to choose, but I love Anne Tyler, Maggie O’Farrell, Jane Austen, Vikram Seth, John Boyne, Sebastian Faulks, Charles Dickens to name a few…

9. How do you come up with the cover of your book “What’s Left Unsaid”?

I spent a long time searching for the right cover, but when I found the illustration, I knew it was then right one.

10. Lastly, do you want to give any advice to someone wanting to write and publish book?

Have the courage to write and do not give up. It is a tough thing to do and you need courage, but you can do it.

Author Name: Deborah Stone

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Interview with Maxi James Carter, author of Red Flag

1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.

I’m 32, just, yesterday in fact! I live in a place called Chelmsford, outside London but still close enough to go in and get into an adventure. I spend a lot of my time with my friends, talking absolute nonsense, which occasionally leads to a story, which I wrote down and now it’s a book!

2. What do you enjoy the most about writing?

I love that it’s a pastime that encourages daydreaming and just spending quality time with your own imagination. The best part is that I don’t need anyone, or even anything (maybe my laptop, love my laptop) to do it, I can do it alone… All I need is me and some time, fantastic. It’s the antidote to boredom.

3. What do you hope your readers take away from your book “Red Flag”?

I hope they have fun and judging by the reviews that word keeps coming up, so I’m thrilled with that. I also love the idea that the reader will form a bond with some of the characters, because I plan for them to be around for a long time!

4. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I’m a big music fan, love live shows though obviously this year they’ve all been put on hold, so I’m watching a lot of music documentaries and full shows on YouTube. Love a good crime documentary, or film, or show. Yeah a lot of Netflix, too much perhaps but it’s all research isn’t it? That and spending time with my amazing friends, honestly their lives are mad enough that if I were to write their stories down they would be panned for being unrealistic!

5. Are your book characters inspired by any real person?

Absolutely. I’ve said before I feel almost like I cheated really because the main crew are all lifted from my friends. They’re such great people, and they’re all so eccentric and wild, I’m very lucky to know them at all and glad I could include them all in this.

6. What is your favorite Quote?

John Lennon – Time you enjoyed wasting was not wasted time. I live my life by that

7. Red Flag is plotted in so many beautiful places. Which is your favorite city in real and why?

I do love my hometown, which is now technically a city: Chelmsford. I was born outside Edinburgh which is stunning! But in my humble opinion, London is where its at, every type of human and every kind of adventure is waiting there for you!

8. How you got your book published?

I decided to self-publish, mainly because I wanted to have a little more control over the process and timeline. I started the publishing process at the beginning of lockdown and I wanted it to be released before I went back to my day job!

9. How do you come up with the idea to write a fiction based on jewellery heist?

It’s my favorite genre, and I think its underrated. I always believed id be a great cat-burglar as well, I loved the imagery of one woman doing the job of the entire oceans crew. I felt like without glamorizing it I could show it as a lifestyle choice of one very intelligent and skilled group of misfits.

10. Lastly, how do you come up with names for your characters?

A lot of my friends named their own characters without knowing it, we were having a quiet night out at a pub and we started talking about becoming a criminal organization (we were 90% joking) and they all picked their own names. Saying that, I’ve had to introduce some more characters in the sequel and picking names is a nightmare, having to google them all to make sure they’re not a real person!

Red Flag by Maxi James Carter

Interview with author Alyssa Milani

1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.

I’ve been a writer all my life. The moment I was able to hold a crayon, I’d invent pictures with stories behind them. When I was able to write, the stories just poured onto the page and never truly stopped. I wrote my first novel in high-school and eventually self-published it as my second release. I went on to study Law for two years, and then decided that I needed to nurture my passion fully and switched Majors. I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and English Literature. Since then, I’ve been writing non-stop, day in and day out. I make sure to try and write a minimum of 500 words per day, be it a continuation of a novel, or just a blurb of something new. I self-published my first novel of assorted works from my years at University. The novel features short stories, poems, and plays, with a few drawings I had done throughout the years as well. The more time went on, the more my writing flourished and grew to what it is today. A Truth Be Told is my most successful novel, and seeing my work on a bookshelf in an actual chain of bookstores is beyond belief, and I couldn’t be more proud of myself.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?

When I saw how easy the words flowed out of me…the bizarre and interesting things I was able to create and put onto a page, I thought ‘if I can do this, and create such stories and such worlds, people need to read them’. There is no other explanation than that. I always felt like I was born to do this. 

3. From where did you have the idea/inspiration to write “A Truth Be Told”?

It started as a dream. I found myself locked in a room with a strange person I didn’t know, and their face was so blurry, but the feeling/connection to them was so strong. I remember waking up after seeing one of the creatures lunging at me, and when I woke up the clock read just passed 5:00AM. My husband was still sleeping, so was my son, and I just started writing and my fingers couldn’t stop.

4. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Aside from playing with my three-year-old son, usually I read (currently tackling IT by Stephen King), or watch movies. We’re big movie buffs in our house, only problem is our taste in movies are so entirely different. I love the thriller/horror type, my husband is more comedy/fantasy/sci-fi, and well, my son is any cartoon that makes him laugh.

5. What are grotesque creatures? Have you seen them in real?

No I haven’t seen them in real life, although while browsing the internet, I came across artist Jerad Marantz, and his artwork of the “Blind Ones” is literally what I had seen in my dream and what I had created the creatures to be. It amazed me how distinctly accurate his drawings were and how simply frightening the similarities were as well. 

6. What is your favorite Quote?

It is the end line of a Stephen King story “Secret Window” (as you can see I’m a major Stephen King fan), the quote goes as such: “what happens to the wide-eyed observer when the window between reality and unreality breaks and the glass begins to fly?”

7. What are you working on next? Are you planning to release another book soon?

Yes, I have two in the works. One is to be released this fall called ARCANE, its another thriller/horror/sci-fi type novel. The other is a compilation of all the pieces I wrote during the quarantine (from novellas to short stories) and that’s called ASYLUM OF DICTION, this will be released next year.

8. What do you hope your readers take away from your books?

I love when people get a reaction from things they read. So if my work can spark anything from fear, to uneasiness, to anything in between, I know I’ve done my job and my words truly spoke to them.

9. Who is your favorite horror author?

Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.

10. Lastly, do you want to give any advice to readers and aspiring writers?

Advice I was given from many of my professors, who were also writers, was never give up. Even if you’re having an off day and you think the words you wrote are complete and utter garbage, don’t erase them, keep them and move forward. That’s what the editing process is for. Write every day, and don’t let writer’s block get you down.

Books by Alyssa Milani:

What Is And What Once Was: A Series of Assorted Works

Lylie

A Truth Be Told

Interview with Natalie Nascenzi, author of Out Of Chaos

1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.

Hey there! I’m Natalie! I’m a poet, copywriter, and author living in Manhattan, New York City.

But I’m also a sunrise enthusiast, sunset chaser, word collector, ukulele player, and amateur astrophysicist. Oh, and a veggie lover, big-time science geek, and the neighborhood bird lady. (Team #feedthebirds !)

I’m a total word nerd. My love for alliteration, word play, and rhyming patterns is displayed loud and proud through my writing style. If you’re interested in “dancing with words” then you’ve found the right poet! I like to believe that a sentence is like a symphony…to which the words should dance; with each other, off of the page and around in your mind. 

My goal is to inspire others, promote hope, and deliver the message: No matter what you go through, you are not alone. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel and a shoulder to lean on.


You can follow me on Instagram: @nncenzi
or reach me at nnascenzi147@gmail.com

2. What inspired you to start writing poems?

I’ve always been a writer. It’s in my bones. When I was younger I loved writing poems but somehow I fell away from it. My love for words led me to pursue a career in advertising as a copywriter, but I continued to write short stories and prose as a hobby.

Then, chaos happened. Poetry fell back in my lap. Through a series of wonderful chance encounters, I was inspired to continue writing poetry (but that whole story is in my book!) Here’s the main message everyone!! Fate always finds a way to bring you back to where you’re meant to be!!

3. What do you hope your readers take away from your book “Out Of Chaos”?

My greatest hope is that my readers are inspired to do the thing they’ve always been afraid to do. I hope they find that no matter what they go through there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. There is always hope. Above all, they are not alone in any hardship they may face.

My goal is to connect with each and every reader on a personal level and deliver the message: Out of any chaos, there is change. There is hope. There is victory.

4. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

You can usually spot me wandering the streets, making friends with strangers, or writing in random spots all over New York City.

OR, I’m seeing the sun somewhere, playing my ukulele, and learning about physics. Mostly, I find places to sit around the city to read and think. I love to lay in the park and watch the clouds pass.

5. Which is your favorite poem from your book and why?

Ahh!! I like all of them for different reasons. Usually, I’ll get a random poem stuck in my head (kinda like a song!) and that will be my favorite poem for like, a week.

Right now, I have two poems stuck in my head “The Inverted City” and “The Duality of Selves”

The Inverted City is very special to me! I consider it the turning point in my entire poetic journey. The story of this poem and it’s importance is in the back of my book! So, when you read it, you’ll find out!!
Hint: It was inspired by a painting
🙂

The Duality of Selves is just stuck in my head lately. Not sure why!

6. What is your favorite Quote?

If you remain calm in the midst of great chaos, it is the surest guarantee that it will eventually subside”
-Julie Andrews

7. What are you working on next? Are you planning to release another book soon?

Another book?Hmmm…Maybe. Who knows what’s next!!

Other than that, I’m working on a few side projects with ii Publishing! They are currently accepting submissions so if you’re interested in becoming an author, hit them up on Instagram! @iipublishing

8. Who are your favorite living poets?

My favorite poets are the ones I’ve met throughout my poetic journey. They are all exceptional writers and people!! Here are a few: Tonii (@tonii2eyes), Donavan McNeil (@macadonbk), TJ McGowan (@theeverydaybite), Kira Stephens (@Words4food) and Dara Kalima (@kaliskamera)!

9. How do you come up with the cover of your book “Out Of Chaos”?

The cover is one of my favorite stories of making Out of Chaos! Tonii, founder of ii Publishing, and I were sitting at my favorite coffee shop brainstorming ideas for a cover.

I was throwing out the CRAZIEST ideas (all of which were definitely not possible). We were having a blast laughing at all my wild ideas. Then, Tonii opened his iPad to show me some of his ideas. His background caught my eye (it was an image very similar to the cover now.) He said it was his original artwork.

In that moment, we both KNEW it was perfect.

The cover is mean to be art. That’s why there is no title! The image is an abstract interpretation of the sun over the ocean and it represents duality. It’s colorful (like me!) but it demonstrates the juxtaposition of darkness and light. Not only is this cover extremely symbolic in many other ways, it’s downright… REALLY pretty!!! So, shoutout to Tonii for his amazing art!

10. Lastly, do you want to give any advice to someone wanting to write and publish poetry?

This is my favorite thing to say to everyone:

Write.
Write.
Write.
As much as you can!!
Believe in yourself.
Don’t second guess.
Trust the process.

Don’t be discouraged by the setbacks. Any challenges and obstacles that you face will make you stronger, but only if you refuse to let them hold you back or stop you from reaching your dreams. It sounds cliche’ but trust me when I say, absolutely anything and everything you put your mind to is POSSIBLE. 

ABOVE ALL, never stop writing.

Interview with author Zachary Ryan

1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.

My name is Zachary Ryan. I’m a LGBT, Young Adult, Coming of Age author. I’m thirty years old, and I currently live in Chicago. I recently got married to my husband.

2. Congratulations for your recent book Silent Screams. How do you come up with names of its characters?

Thank you so much. I honestly just randomly come up with the names. I’ll be on Instagram, and I’m like I like that name, so I’m going to go with it. The only one that I was hard press was Zachary. I’ve always wanted to do a female character named Zachary, and I was like it’s my 50th novel, so I might as well.

3. What are your favorite part and least favorite part of the publishing journey?

I think my favorite part is hearing people say how connected they get with my books. I think that is why I want to write. I try my hardest to write characters that are relatable. I think the hardest for me is when I first started out, I was writing novels that I didn’t really enjoy. People destroyed me for that. The reviews can be hard sometimes.

4. What are your hobbies apart from reading or writing?

Going out with friends or binge watching the Housewives franchise.

5. Which is your favorite season to write in and why?

My favorite season of all time is Fall. I think it’s nice to go to a coffee shop and sit outside and just write. But I also love when it’s snowing, and you have your bag full of your writing stuff. I love the romance of it all.

6. What is your favorite Quote?

“What do you plan to do with this one wild and precious life,” Mary Oliver. I might have butchered the exact wording. I discovered it in Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider.

7. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I’ve written 52 novels at this point. I have two favorites because I have two different styles of writing. Silent Screams would be one because it’s my 50th novel, and it’s something extremely special to me. The other would be my newest novel that I just finished called Cutthroat Cheerleader. It’s super campy, and I love it.

8. How do you do research for your books?

I usually don’t do much research for my novels. I will look up people on Instagram and use them to describe my characters.

9. Can you share something your readers don’t know about you?

I’m actually a twin, and I have six brothers. Everyone always is stunned when I tell them that.

10. Lastly, who inspires you the most and why?

I think music inspires me the most. With Silent Screams, I heard this song called Prom Queen by Katie Turner, and I was instantly thinking of this novel. Music puts me in the mood to write. It makes me feel my characters, and it makes me connect with the emotions I’m going for with each chapter. My goal with one of my books is to write as the chapter names the song I listened to when I wrote the book.

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Interview with Author Brandon Clarke

1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.

My name is Brandon Clarke and I am the author of the “Dark Mysteries of the Paranormal” series. I live in the United States of America, and I really enjoy writing, being creative and I also cosplay.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?

I first realized I wanted to be an author when I knew I had a story to tell. Doing cosplay I would often invent original characters that came from the imagination of my mind. I would create a back story for them. One day when I was reading a steven king novel it clicked in my head that I wanted to tell my own story and create a novel and since then I have had a blast doing so..

3. From where did you have the idea/inspiration to write “Dark Mysteries of the Paranormal Saga”? Do you believe in ghosts?

I got the ideas from when  I cosplay and since childhood I have always been a big fan of the horror and supernatural genre. I loved Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, ghost face and shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Ghost whisperer. Also yes I do believe in ghost. There is definitely forces beyond this world that we don’t really know much about and so I absolutely believe in ghost.

4. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

When I am not writing I am hanging out with friends, I love going to the movies, going out to eat and love cosplaying.

5. What is the most difficult part of your journey as an author?

The most difficult part of my journey is since I am an independent author everything falls on my shoulders. Creating advertisements so that my books can be seen is a lot of money and work. Its sometimes discouraging when you feel like your not moving forward as an author because no one is buying your books. I try to keep a positive mindset and believe that this will pan out for me and I will get to enjoy the fruits of my labor.

6. What is your favorite Quote?

“Never invest in someone who doesn’t have as much to lose as you do.”

7. What are you working on next? Are you planning to release another book soon?

Yes I am currently working on my third novel called “The Rainbow Dimension”  Its the third installment of “Dark Mysteries of the Paranormal” I want to say I can have it released in the next month or so. But I don’t want to rush because there is no need for rushing. I have the option of taking my time with it and adding things to the story to making it better. But the book has been finished its just needs a little extra care. I also finished the fourth installment of the series called Atlas and his Amazing Wonders. I have been working on both and will try to get it done before the end of the year.

8. What do you hope your readers take away from your books?

I hope they love the characters, I hope they can see that stories can be told from different narratives and perspectives. As a member of the Black LGBTQ community I feel like our perspective in never shown as often and I want to prove that you can have a gay character as the focus of the story and the story can still be amazing and riveting. We don’t have enough characters of color and part of the LGBTQ community who are witches or mermaids or werewolves. I mean have shows like chilling adventures of sabrina where the character ambrose is not only black like me but he is also bisexual. I love that. I feel like we need more characters that show different walks of life. And that is what I am going to strive for in all of my books. Diversity and representation for the ones who are left in the shadows.

9. Do you read or write daily?

I don’t necessarily read daily. The last book  I read was Stephen kings “The outsider” I really enjoyed that book and the tv series. I write most days because I am writing a ten book series. So that keeps me pretty busy.

10. Lastly, do you want to give any advice to readers and aspiring writers?

I think the only advice I can think of is write what you are passionate about. There is an audience for everything and when you write about things that spark your flame the writing comes out better and you just have fun doing it .

Books by Brandon Clarke:

The brave and the wicked

The ghost of kyle sugarbaker