Interview with author Marie Ballif

Book: The Flying Warthdog: A Modern-Day Parable

Q1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.

My name is Marie Ballif. I homeschool my four children and I love to teach. I am married to my best friend. I love learning, reading, influencing and helping children learn to love themselves.

Q2. What is your inspiration behind your book “THE FLYING WARTHOG: A Modern-Day Parable”?

My inspiration for this book is the feelings that, I believe, every one of us experiences at some point. It’s easy to compare yourself to others, but I think by doing so, we miss the beauty and individuality of ourselves. I want anybody who reads my book to love themselves a little more when they are done.

Q3. When did you realize you want to be an author of Children’s Book?

I have always loved to write. I wrote short stories all through grade school, poetry and songs through high school. Once I had my first child, I knew that I wanted to actually write and publish books.

Q4. Are you planning to release your next book soon?

Yes! I am very excited! I am working on my next book and hope to have it released in the next 4-6 months!

Q5. For which age group your books are suitable?

Truthfully, I like to think that my book is suitable for all ages because all of us need a bit of love and encouragement at some point. But, If I have to be specific, I’d say age 5-10.

Q6. What is your favorite Quote?

It is difficult to choose just one quote, but I will try.

“A child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.” -Pablo Casals

Q7. What do you like the most about your country?

The beauty and the people.

Q8. What suggestion you want to give to parents of little readers regarding a reading habit?

My suggestion is start. Just start reading to them and allowing them time to read.

Q9. What does literary success look like to you?

Literary success to me is an impactful book in the hand of every child so that children can love themselves and love others.

Q10. Lastly, who is your inspiration in life and why?

My family. My husband is so supportive and encouraging. My children whom, I write books for and about. My parents.

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Interview with author Annabel Harz

Book: Journey

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

My name is Annabel Harz. I’m a career teacher, burgeoning editor and emerging writer. I am Australian and have lived (and worked) around Australia and overseas. I live in the country because I love the lifestyle.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing your ‘Journey’ books?

Definitely the biggest challenge in publishing both my books was facing my past: as I wrote in the Preface of Journey into the Shadow and the Sunshine, ‘Do I really want to peer into the most difficult times of my life again, to pry them open for public view?’

These works are autobiographical, therefore, publishing them puts my vulnerability openly in public view and this can be uncomfortable and confronting. Gradually, through the publishing process — especially during the editing — each poem transforms from ‘purely raw emotion’ to ‘ready for the public’, which makes it easier for me to release to the world.

I would like to reassure readers that my books have happy endings! In addition to the poems about being broken and lost, there are plenty of positive poems about strength, resilience and happiness (one reviewer described them as ‘beautiful love poems’).

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

It’s hard to name one author or book which has influenced my writing: I am always reading, and I read widely, across genres: I gain something from every title, so am influenced by every book and every author I read.

The authors which influence my own writing the most are those whose writing challenges my thinking and broadens my perspectives: I relish books which show me new ways of being, and (for fiction) have unexpected twists and turns which I can’t predict. Perennials are Kathy Lette, Ben Elton, Paulo Coelho; two new authors I have recently discovered are Claire Ishi Ayetoro and S.M. Stevens: stunning work!

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

Gosh, that’s a hard one! There are infinite beautiful places in Australia, which are highly varied: we have fragrant eucalypt forests, humid temperate and tropical rainforest, stunning coastlines, heavenly mountains, sandy desert and sparsely vegetated semi-desert … I guess my favourite spots to visit are where I feel at peace, and that includes anywhere in nature. I’m especially fond of places I have lived in, where I have seen the land in different seasons. Another favourite spot to visit is my family, which is strictly not one single place, although it acts as a landscape in my heart: my connection to family is strong and I am uplifted when I share time and place with them.

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

Definitely! For me the planning process very much involves readying myself to put my work out on public view, especially as the content is very personal. I take time over the format and layout, which informs my decisions about what to include overall: this process of sifting the content continues into the editing process, where I have removed poems that niggle (alerting me to that they don’t quite fit) fairly late in the process, when much of the book feels complete.

Q6. How long did it take you to write your ‘Journey’ books?

Both my books contain poetry and pictures which illustrate my journey from depression to wellness as a teenager-young adult, so the content is largely from that era.

It therefore took me ‘decades’ and ‘a year’ to write each one. Once I had put the content together, the actual publishing process was inside a year.

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

My books are available in physical bookstores and online, from the following places:
INDEPENDENT BOOK STORES (Print) 
The Book Wolf, Maldon, Vic
Torquay Books, Torquay, Vic
Lorne Books, Lorne, Vic
Collins Booksellers Ballarat on Lydiard, Ballarat, Vic
Everybody Knows Books, Ballarat, Vic
The Independent Bookstore, Ballarat, Vic

ONLINE (Print / eBook)
Balboa Press (USA)
Balboa Press (AUS)
Amazon
Goodreads
Booktopia
ecampus.com
Adlibris (Sweden)
bol.com (The Netherlands)
Rakuten (Japan)
Rakuten Kobo

CHAIN STORES (Print / eBook)
Dymocks (Australia)
Angus & Robertson (Australia)
Barnes and Noble (USA)
Bokus (Sweden)
Walmart (USA)
Smith&Son (aka WH Smith, Paris, France)
Libreria Gandhi (Mexico)

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

I published Journey into the Dark and the Light in 2017. Given that Journey into the Shadow and the Sunshine focuses on the same topic, this book deserved a similar title. Both books take the reader on a journey, from the depths of depression to the positivity of wellness, so putting Journey into the title was an easy decision to make. To create the remainder of the titles I followed my heart, ensuring that both the sad and glad experiences of the content were reflected. The audience vicariously experiences both sides of the yin-yang symbol on the covers and I wanted to portray this duality in my titles.
The artwork for the cover took some consideration: for both books, I wanted to use an original piece, to allow the audience to easily predict what to expect from the inside content. It was a matter of deciding what would be attention-grabbing, interest-piquing and, above all, relevant to all sections of the book.
The torn-paper look was created by the design team at Balboa Press. I was enchanted when I received the first draft of Journey into the Dark and the Light. The cover showed my artwork while withholding some of it, it wasn’t a full reveal – mirroring the mystique of many of the poems and pictures within. It fitted so well, stylistically, that I requested the same look for Journey into the Shadow and the Sunshine. When something is perfect, why change it?

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

I keep things fresh by judging each item on its own. Each and every poem must earn its place within its section (alongside nine other poems), and within the overall book. I apply the same scrutiny to my artwork: I strive to provide a variety of artwork styles for the audience.

During the editing phase I ‘read as a reader’: I approach each poem and picture as an outsider who has no prior knowledge of my story. This enables me to work out which text needs more clues to be understood, as well as sorting out what doesn’t contribute to the collection as a whole. I tweak individual poems at line-level, ensuring that every word value-adds; I evaluate the match of each picture to its poem; I rearrange the order until it works. Each item must therefore stand on its own as well as enhancing the whole, and if it’s not … it’s discarded.

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

There aren’t really any secrets in my book: the strength of my poetry and artwork is that it is raw and honest, it displays my vulnerability openly. This aspect of my work can make it challenging to consume, as there is really no place for me as the author or the reader to hide from the unsettling brutality that a condition like depression engenders; yet as it is ultimately cathartic to see how far I have come, it is also inspiring (to quote multiple reviewers). I am glad to provide happy endings in my books, mirroring my life: I have overcome my depression and can now appreciate the multitude of joys that life has to offer.

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Interview with author Suzanne Arden

Book: My Vagina Doesn’t Do The Dishes

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

I am a breathwork coach, mindset coach, EFT Practitioner, and Womb Healer! I love inspiring women to live boldly and to live lives they love! I have three fabulous children, one grandson, and a husband who supports me. 

Q2.  What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘My Vagina Doesn’t Do The Dishes’ book?

It took me 5 years to be brave enough to finish it and publish it. I was going to write under a pen name because I wasn’t sure I wanted the world to know me.

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

I love Heather Amara and Jen Sincero – They are both very honest to the point writers. No bullshit.

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

I live in Canada and I love to visit the Okanogan! It has everything I love – Mountains, lakes, sunshine, and last but not least – my daughter!

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

This book came to me in spurts of inspiration over the last five years. It changed and rearranged several times! Part two is coming in more effortlessly. I think you have to be open to inspiration! I do my best writing when I wake up at 2am with an idea and get up and follow it!

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘My Vagina Doesn’t Do The Dishes’ book?

5 Years – But really working full time on it was about 3 months.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘My Vagina Doesn’t Do The Dishes’ book to buy?

Anywhere you buy your books online! Amazon, Chapters, Indigo, Balboa Book Store, Barnes and Noble!

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘My Vagina Doesn’t Do The Dishes’?

Considering I did not want my name on the book to start with, it took some convincing to get me to put pictures of myself on it! I do love it though! My husband took the pictures, we were just goofing around! I love how it turned out though! The name came up while talking to a friend about her husband doing NOTHING around their house and they both worked full time and had three kids – my response was actually “Why? Does your Vagina do the Dishes?” The book grew from the title.

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

I kept it real. I did not add fluff or bs just to make it longer. I wrote with my own voice and my own passion. I did not want to sound like anyone else – my voice, my style, is what keeps my book authentic and unique.

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

Sure! Balancing your masculine and feminine energies creates massive shifts in not only your life but in the world! I give small challenges in each chapter to help readers to create changes and to look at where they may be stuck in lives that are unfulfilling or fragmented.

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Interview with author Adam Klein

Book : Unlawful Games

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

My name is Adam Klein. I am so proud to have completed my first novel, which is something I have wanted to do since I was 12. For one reason or another, I never actually took the time to devote to writing, but last year, I felt the time was right. My urge to begin writing was intensified when I completed my master’s degree in higher education leadership in 2018. I had to write a paper every week and enjoyed doing it. Once I got settled in my current position of Director of Admissions and Recruitment, I felt it was now or never.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Unlawful Games’ book?

The biggest and maybe only challenge for me was finding the time to write the book. Between work and school (I am going for my Doctorate in Leadership), it was very difficult to find enough time. However, once I got going and the story really began to develop, I found myself making time to write getting easier.

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

I love suspense/thriller novels, which is why I decided to write one. James Paterson is my favorite author and I used a lot of his writing styles to influence me. He is so gifted in the way he tells a story, it is truly inspiring.

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

I have been fortunate enough to have been to a lot of cities across the United States, but my favorite spot is Miami, Florida. I am a warm-hot weather person and love the scenery of palm trees and South Beach. Every time I go to Miami, I have a new experience, usually better than the previous ones.

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

I am sure there is for most authors, but surprisingly, I did not plan anything out in my book, except the ending. All the dialogue, plot ideas and characters came as I was writing each chapter. I love telling stories and I had this story in my head for so long, I sort of already knew how I wanted to tell it. There were some instances where I had to write a page or two because I didn’t like what I wrote, but that was the extent any difficulties I had.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Unlawful Games’ book?

It took me just over 4 months to write Unlawful Games.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘Unlawful Games’ book to buy?

Unlawful Games is available only on Amazon at the moment. It is offered in eBook, paperback, and hardcover formats.

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

I wanted a cover that would grip the audience’s attention, while giving a subtle hint as to both the book’s plot and main antagonist. I also wanted the justice system represented, along with blood. The cover artist I worked with captured everything I wanted and more. I could not be happier with how it turned out.
The tile took a long time to come up with. I wanted to wait until I finished the book to come with the title because I did not want any influences in my writing. I wanted the title to have something to do with the law and the fact that one of the characters loved playing games with people. My wife assisted me with coming up the title. She came up different variations of games, but I ultimately came up with Unlawful Games.

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

I try to put myself in the readers’ shoes and think of what I would want from the story. I have read so many thrillers over the years, that I tried to incorporate certain aspects that I enjoyed. I love plot twists and turns, especially those I did not see coming. I wanted to tell a different story with a different type of plot twist, which hopefully will be refreshing for the reader.

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

Without giving too much away, all I can say is your mind will be continually going a mile a minute trying to figure out the mysteries. The feedback I have received from numerous readers is that they thought they had everything figured out, but in fact were completely wrong.

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Interview with author Danielle Mazzilli

Book: A Broken Crayon Still Colors

Q1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.

Hello readers! A bit about me and my background. I graduated from Suffolk University in 2016, with a Bachelor’s in Communications and Public Relations. After graduating, I was working in various Client Service roles in Boston, and eventually, New York City. In August of 2019, I left the corporate world to pursue my dream of becoming an educator. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a Dual Certification in Special Education at Bank Street Graduate School of Education. Last semester, I was student-teaching in a 4s/5s UPK classroom in NYC. This semester, I am student-teaching in a 2nd-grade classroom in NYC.

Q2. What is your inspiration behind your book “A Broken Crayon Still Colors”?

A Broken Crayon Still Colors was inspired by my own childhood experiences dealing with divorce. As I reflected on that time, I remembered how scared and confused I was. I questioned what my family would look like with my parents living apart. However, I did not have books or resources that reflected what I was going through or how I was feeling. So, I sought to change that.

Q3. When did you realize you want to be an author of Children’s Book?

During my 2021 Spring Semester at Bank Street, I was enrolled in the course, Language, Literature, and Emergent Literacy in the Primary Grades. This course truly allowed me to examine the role of literature in children’s lives and understand the role of literature in language development in children’s primary and new languages. Exploring the ways to use literature from a wide range of genres and perspectives, honoring and stimulating children’s storytelling, and deepening their learning across content areas, was the catalyst for creating A Broken Crayon Still Colors. While this book started as a final project for school, it has turned into a dream come true.

Q4. Are you planning to release your next book soon?

I hope to create many more children’s books, inspired by my own experiences, and the experiences of those around me. I am in the process of working on another children’s book, which focuses on autism (ASD). While I am in the very beginning stages of this book, I want to focus on stories that reflect and honor the lives of ALL young people.

Q5. For which age group your books are suitable?

My books are suitable for children 8 and under. However, my hopes for this book are to provide a resource for children, grown-ups, and educators, that acknowledges the complex emotions often associated with divorce, separation, and changes within a family, yet explain that even when we feel “broken” those feelings are not forever. This story also serves as a way for children to recognize that “family” looks different for everyone. As a way for children to express their understanding and how they make meaning of the story, the last page of the book encourages readers to draw their family portrait.

Q6. What is your favorite Quote?

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” – Maya Angelou

Q7. What do you like the most about your country?

Diversity. Without the diverse lived experiences of those in our country, we would have no stories to tell, no traditions to share.

Q8. What suggestion you want to give to parents of little readers regarding a reading habit?

One suggestion I would give to parents of little readers is to really think about the books you are choosing to read with your child and/or books you purchase for your child. Make sure you are choosing books that empower and affirm all identities. Recognition of a child’s identity in books can have a powerful effect on how they view themselves and how they view others.

Q9. What does literary success look like to you?

To me, literary success would be knowing I impacted someone’s life. Whether that “someone” is a child, a parent or guardian, an educator, etc., success is knowing that A Broken Crayon Still Colors positively influenced a life.

Q10. Lastly, who is your inspiration in life and why?

My inspiration in life cannot be attributed to a single person, as so many have touched and influenced my life in so many different ways. However, my inspiration to continue to learn, to grow as an educator, and to keep writing, is simply drawn from all of the children who I have had the pleasure of being around.

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Interview with author Frederick Douglass Reynolds

Book: Black, White, And Gray All Over

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

My name is Frederick Douglass Reynolds. I am a retired LA County Sheriff’s Homicide Sergeant. Named after Frederick Douglass, an African- American abolitionist in the 1800s, I was born in Rocky Mount, Virginia and grew up Detroit, Michigan where I became a petty criminal and was involved in gangs. I joined the US Marine Corps in 1979 to escape the life of crime that I seemed destined for. I ultimately became a police officer with the Compton police department, working there from 1985 until 2000 before transferring to the sheriff’s department where I worked an additional seventeen years until I retired in 2017. I live in Southern California with my wife, Carolyn, and our daughter Lauren and young son, Desmond. We have six other adult children and nine grandchildren.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Black, White, And Gray All Over’ book?

Facing my own inadequacies and deficiencies. There were so many scenes that were difficult to write, starting with my father’s alcoholism, my upbringing, and the contentious relationship between my parents. I went down a dark path that involved drugs and jail time, I was homeless for a time, and was working the night two of my friends were murdered by a street gang member. I often found myself crying as I struggled to put my feelings on paper.

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

I love Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Beck, and Carl Sagen. I also love Ta-Nehisi Coates and Mitch Albom. The autobiography of Frederick Douglass is probably the book that influenced me the most, but I probably learned how to truly write from Marvel comic books. Did you know that Frederick Douglass’s given name was Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, but after escaping from slavery he changed his last name to Douglass from a poem by Sir Walter Scott titled, “The Lady of the Lake”? Which is also ironic because my sister’s married last name is “Bailey.”

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

My favorite spot if Lake Tahoe, Nevada. It is so serene and beautiful, especially in the winter months. It is also the place where I got my first formal introduction to my wife’s family.

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

Not for me. When I sit down and start writing, I will write for days on end. Nothing really motivates me. A lot of times I will just be sitting around, watching tv, listening to music, or maybe even reading a book when I just feel the urge to start writing.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Black, White, And Gray All Over’ book?

Probably about two to three, solid years altogether. I had been writing off and on for about twenty years, but I was just jotting down notes and ideas. After I retired, I started putting everything in some type of order. But after I had a heart attack in 2020, I realized that I could have died without finishing my book. After that, when I recovered, I started in earnest and finished in early 2021. Rewrites and editing took about six more months.

Q7. On what all platforms can readers find ‘Black White And Gray All Over’ book to buy?

Amazon, Target, and Barnes and Noble.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Black, White, And Gray All Over’?

I had the title for the book before I even started writing it. I chose the title because my life has never been about just Black, or White. It always seemed like I lived in the gray area. Cop cars are Black and White, there has always been issues between Black and White people in America, and I believed that for us to bridge that gap, we had to somehow become one and Gray comes from a mixture of black and white.

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

Well, this is my first book and the topic I was writing on; my life as a Black cop, was a polarizing one. Because of that polarization, the topic itself always remained fresh due to the climate.

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

I would love to share them with my readers, but I won’t. I don’t want to spoil the rollercoaster ride. I want you in the front seat with your hands thrust above your heads in anticipation of that first, ridiculously steep drop. I will say that I have left clues in the book that will lead certain readers to answers to bigger questions.

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Interview with author Tamar Johnson

Book: Where Is The Sun?

Q1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.

My name is Tamar Johnson. I live in New Jersey with my family and our 3 year old Maltipoo Teddy. I work at a Montessori Preschool as a director. I am very silly and over the top, whenever I can be. I am known for going overboard with plans and events, especially when it involves the students at my school or the children in my family. I love having the children in my family with me making blanket forts, having pizza parties, or just watching our favorite movies. Cartoons are not just for children! I love to travel even though I’m bad at it. I hope to see as much of the world as I can, but not as a tourist, as a local. Reading and writing is how I escape the day to day. My favorite genre to read, watch, or write is fantasy adventure, because those types of stories are the best to escape into. They are so far out of the realm of possibility that they pull you completely out of reality and into the fantastical.

Q2. What is your inspiration behind your book “Where Is The Sun?”?

I was inspired to write this book, because of my students and their families during lockdown.
All of my parents were having trouble explaining what was happening in the world to their young children. One family in particular was having a very rough time. Both parents were first responders with two preschool age children, trying to navigate this new world. While also not letting it affect their or their children’s emotional well being.

Q3. When did you realize you wanted to be an author of Children’s Books?

I arrived late to the game. I had always toyed with the idea of writing a book about me and my cousin when we were little (which is the premise of my first book The Adventures of Bree and Tae: The Great Golden Banana). So when we were locked down at home, I decided to take the opportunity towrite.Itookafew onlinecoursesonhow to write a children’s book,and the rest was history. Now I absolutely love seeing the finished copies of the stories I had floating around in myhead.

Q4. Are you planning to release your next book soon?

I have written several other children’s books and can’t wait to release them. Including the second story in The Adventures of Bree and Tae series. That will be the next book to be released. Coming soon. 😉

Q5. For which age group are your books suitable?

My books are great for children ages 3 to 8 years old.

Q6. What is your favorite Quote?

My favorite quote from the book is: “The sun missed having fun. It missed people and color and noise. It missed warming picnic blankets, or peeking through the leaves of a tree. It missed shining on kites as they reached up toward the sky. It missed laughter.” This is how I felt being stuck at home. Separated from the people and places I loved. Being locked down just put into stark perspective the little things in life that we all took for granted. I knew once the lockdown was over I would try my best not to take a single moment for granted.

Q7. What do you like the most about your country?

I love the blend of cultures, people, and experiences. I was born in one of the most culturally diverse places in the country (New York City), and it has shaped the way I see and interact with the world.

Q8. What suggestion do you want to give to parents of little readers regarding a reading habit?

Keep reading! No matter what, read everyday and read everything. My mother read to me every night no matter how tired she was. Eventually, I started reading to her. Please don’t stress on the type of literature. If they want to read a comic or graphic novel over a thought provoking literary classic in their free time let them! They are still building on comprehension skills, vocabulary, and creativity. Start the habit and the love now, and it will continue as they get older.

Q9. What does literary success look like to you?

Literary success is having one of my stories be a child’s favorite. I think we all had that one book we could read over and over again, and I would love for one of my books to be that for a child.

Q10. Lastly, who is your inspiration in life and why?

My mother is my inspiration. I know that’s probably not very creative, but she was everything I hope to be. Loving, patient, and strong. She touched so many peoples’ lives in a positive way, and I hope everyone I encounter can say the same about me. She was loved by so many for her giving heart that even though she has passed I am still running into people who knew and loved her.

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Interview with author K.T. Jayne

Book: Serial Dater

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

I write psychological thrillers, having always been fascinated by stories with ‘unreliable narrators’. I used to be an independent filmmaker and turned by hand to writing a few years ago. I live in Surrey, England with my husband and son and I love to run, swim, walk and get out into our lovely countryside. And craft beer. I love that too.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Serial Dater’ book?

Serial Dater is the first novel-length story I’ve written, so my key challenges were keeping track of its twisty storyline – I had lots of planning and plotting sheets! Aside from that it was mainly battling my own lack of confidence, which is something I think every writer struggles with.

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

I grew up on the books of James Herbert and Stephen King, being a diehard horror fan. These days I enjoy Gillian Flynn, Sarah Pinborough and Will Carver. But films have been a huge influence – David Cronenberg especially, he’s the master at creating heroes with warped perception.

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

I’m lucky to live on the doorstep of the North Downs. We can step outside our door and be in the most beautiful rolling countryside within minutes. The Lake District is also dear to me from my childhood. The Screes at Wast Water are breathtaking.

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

I’m a plotter rather than a ‘pantster’ so I prefer to write a scene plan before I start. I’ve just finished the first draft of my second novel and have found it better to just get the story down, using the plan as my guide, but resist editing. I’ll then fill in any gaps in my research as I do my edits.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Serial Dater’ book?

Five years to get to the first draft! Finding time to write is always a challenge, but I do as much as I can when I can. Writing is a constant learning journey and one that I do for the ride, more than for the destination.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘Serial Dater’ book to buy?

Serial Dater is available worldwide on Amazon.

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

The title came before the book. The story is about a guy who uses a dating app to meet women who, unbeknownst to him, then go missing, so Serial Dater was perfect for it. For the cover, I’m very lucky that one of my amazing friends is also a print and web artist. She read the book so knew the story and its tone. We sat down together and threw some ideas around, but the credit for the fantastic cover art is entirely hers. Thank you Hiromi.

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

I think reading within and outside of your genre is the secret to that – also watching quality films and TV series. Learning how to write great stories is best done by studying how others have done it before you. Plus it sparks your imagination. Then when you come to write it down, draw on personal experiences.

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

Well, I’m not going to give away any twists – but there are a fair few! All I will say is that my intention in writing this story was to create a main character that you really want to trust, but are just not sure you can. The rest I will leave to readers to make up their own minds about!

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Interview with author Florie Parker

Book: The Shadow Of The Rowan Tree

Q1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.

My name is Florie Parker, which is the pen name I have chosen for my trilogy of children’s fantasy books. Florie was my father’s grandmother and Parker is my mum’s maiden name. I am a mother of four and work as an orthopaedic surgeon for the NHS in the UK. I enjoy walking my dog, running, cooking and skiing. I am a true believer!

Q2. What is your inspiration behind your book “The Shadow Of The Rowan Tree”?

Just over two years ago I changed my job at work and literally overnight decided I wanted to write a book! I didn’t quite know what I wanted to write about, but on long dog walks the idea of writing about a parallel fairy world came to being. Inspired by my own personal experiences and those I have observed of my entertaining children, the story of Daisy and Margot appeared.

Q3. When did you realize you want to be an author of this Book?

I think the book found me!

Q4. Are you planning to release your next book soon?

The second book in the trilogy, ‘Escape to Dorland’ is currently with the publishers production team.

Q5. For which age group your books are suitable?

The story is aimed at 9-11 year olds (and all other believers!).

Q6. What is your favorite Quote?

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams – Eleanor Roosevelt

Q7. What do you like the most about your country?

I most enjoy the changing seasons and our British heritage.

Q8. What suggestion you want to give to parents of little readers regarding a reading habit?

Make reading a habit! Start early – little and often, at a regular time of the day (for us, snuggled on the sofa after supper!)

Q9. What does literary success look like to you?

Someone (literally anyone!) enjoying my story and allowing themselves the time to believe in dreams.

Q10. Lastly, who is your inspiration in life and why?

I am surrounded by inspiring people. Whether it be my family, friends, patients or colleagues, I have much to learn from all. I try to take time to listen and find what I can learn from others is truly inspirational!

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Interview with author Wendy Roberts

Book: Burning Hope

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

I live on the West Coast of Canada and when I’m not at home, I like to travel in my camper van and hike. Much of my recent book was written while on the road.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Burning Hope’ book?

All of my books are set in Washington State which is usually a quick trip across the border for me. During the pandemic I couldn’t cross into the U.S. to do my usual research trips. Because of this, instead of setting the story in a real place, I invented the town of Hope Harbor.

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

I read a lot and across many genres but I’d say Charlaine Harris and Tana French have influenced me.

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

I love to visit waterfalls. One of my favourites is the Sombrio Beach cave waterfall on Vancouver Island. It feels magical!

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

When I start a new book I don’t do a ton of research. Instead, I focus on the protagonist and her special skill. In the case of Burning Hope, Red Hooper’s special skill was a psychic fire seer.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Burning Hope’ book?

It took me about 5 months to write the first draft and another couple of months to edit before I sent it to my agent.

Q7. On what platforms can readers can find ‘Burning Hope’ to buy?

Burning Hope is initially available in all e-reader formats: kindle, kobo, nook, ibook etc. In a few months it should also be available in paperback.

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

I am blessed to have my publisher, Carina Press, design the cover for Burning Hope. The title was the working title and, to my surprise, the publisher said we could keep that name. That doesn’t happen often!

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

I try to come up with twists and turns to keep readers guessing. While writing, I don’t plot the ending so I have no idea who the killer is until I am about three-quarters through the first draft. This keeps me interested as well!

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

I will say that the protagonist’s skill of fire seeing came to me after talking to a psychic who shared this happened to her.

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