Interview with author Stephen Peter Oldham

Book: Philosophical Muse And Stuff ‘N’ Nonsense

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

Hi everyone. I am Steve, living here in Cambridge near my three grown-up children and my Westie dog. I am originally from Liverpool, but life has taken me to many parts of the UK and the world. I would say that I am well-travelled, and I enjoy new experiences in life. Being a Writer and Author is a new experience for me, and like all new experiences at times it seems daunting, but once I realise that it is my dream then I realise that I have found my purpose in life and am at a very happy point!

Q2). What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing a book?

Most of our waking lives we spend thinking about stuff. People tend to do what they think they should do rather than what they really want to do in life, forced into things by the need to earn money! I chose the type of work that I did whilst I was forming my books, in order to be able to write. It was hard, but the most surprising thing I discovered was that I could do it, and I did it!

Q3). What inspired you to write your book?

Each story, or muse, or poem has its own inspiration. I write about real people and real events, and I find that it is people who inspire me! I always think that if you can find inspiration in your mundane world then that is a key, or a cornerstone to a happy path!

Q4). What are your hobbies apart from reading or writing?

My life can get a bit stressful at times as I try to do too much at once. I must constantly remind myself to focus on one thing and do it well. That goes for my main hobby, which is fishing. I can always find some kind of inner peace whilst gone fishing, and of course I have my memories of my father and his great pals and our fishing trips. These days I go with my son, George! I always played football, up until recently, and I do miss playing sport, but I am always active in the garden or walking the dog and carrying fishing tackle from the car to the river can turn out to be a weightlifting experience!

Q5). What was your favourite part of the publishing journey?

I absolutely love editing. I love to get everything correct and perfect. Until you do it you would not realise just how complex a paragraph is. When I am editing mistakes jump out at me from the page. Now that I am here, I am enjoying the marketing stage. My background is in Sales and Marketing in the Pharmaceutical industry, and I have an MBA. I have had an interesting life, and I am enjoying getting to know and understand the ‘Book World’. One thing that I like is that ‘Book People’ absolutely love books!

Q6). Are you from a literary background?

Not at all. I consider myself to be lucky in life. I grew up in Liverpool in a poor social family that was joining the new middle classes. I went to Grammar School, and I saw glimpses of the ‘good life’, but I can always remember my mum and dad working seven days a week to make my life possible. I like to thing that I am naturally literary, and I always wanted to be a Writer. I remember writing my Autobiography at school aged eleven. I still have it. I suppose, now, I am beginning to see the big picture, literature is not just about words on paper, but a whole world of people all with that same ‘love of books’ thing!

Q7). How is life in Cambridge?

Life, most of the time, now, is relatively comfortable. It has been hard to get to this point, but now I can begin to enjoy it. Cambridge is cosmopolitan and steeped in history and acidaemia. It has two faces, the colleges and the real people that has a strong London influence. I love it and I love the breadth of choice of things to do and most of all different people and cultures to see!

Q8). Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I am currently writing a sequel to Philosophical Muse, which is my daily fodder, since I can write and complete a poem, or story, or muse in a day! I am also working on two novels. One is autobiographical and at times I feel like I will never finish it! The second is about internet love fraud, called ‘The Poet and The Whores’, and is again a true story written as ‘Real Fiction’. I also have a few more projects which will culminate in books. So, in five years I hope that people have a full picture of me as I stand as a Poet and Writer with the trappings of success associated in the industry, and as someone who needs to be listened to!

Q9). When did you first realise you wanted to be an author?

I have always dreamed romantically of being a Writer. The Beatle’s record, ‘Paperback Writer’ holds special significance for me, as I am sure it does for millions of people. I was a Sixties child, and I can remember that feeling of excitement at that time. Artists were springing out and a rebirth in culture was beginning. I always knew that I wanted to be an Author from then, and I look at my life sometimes as a kind of hindrance to that purpose, but I always end up saying to myself in my philosophical way, ‘but if I had not have experienced that then I would not know and I would not be able to write about it!’ I like the fact that it is happening now that I am older, as I think I understand it more!

Q10). Lastly, who inspires you the most and why?

My two most inspirational figures are John Lennon and David Bowie. I think Lennon’s stuff is obvious and I think I am very similar to him. After all, all we really need is love! I just love David Bowie as an artist. His lyrics and performance are amazing and if there is one dude, I want to copy on stage it is David! But perhaps the biggest thing I learned from him is that completing a project is not about getting up at 8am every day and eating breakfast, completing a project is about doing what it takes in order to get it done! That takes sacrifice whatever way you look at it, but in terms of Writing nothing compares to being an Author and looking at your own book and what it means to you!

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Interview with author L. Margetts-Bullock

Book: The Aria Of She

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

My name is Lauren, writing as L. Margetts-Bullock, but you can call me Loz. I’m a 34-year old office assistant living just outside of London, UK, with my wife and our three dogs. I’m a self-taught author; I have no formal education in language or literature, only a deep passion to share my creativity with the world. In addition to being a writer and an office assistant, I’m also a singer and a makeup artist. When I’m not working, you’ll find me in the garden, meditating, reading tarot/oracle cards, making perfumes, playing with crystals and herbs, or talking to my dogs in ridiculous voices.

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

Time was my biggest obstacle! I wrote the first version of ‘Aria’ in my early teens and I didn’t revisit the story again until my mid-twenties. After such a long time of not writing at all, I found it extremely difficult to return to a creative headspace and tune back into the Crecita Universe. Once I found my flow again, I then had the difficulty of fitting my writing time around a full-time job and studying for my professional qualifications. It wasn’t until I left my career as an insurance broker in 2018 that I was finally able to commit as much time as I wanted to the project.

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

J R R Tolkien has been my most influential author since I was a child. My mother read The Hobbit to me many times when I was growing up and it was my first experience of the High Fantasy genre. I collected the Goosebumps and Point Horror novels through my childhood, and as a young teen, I was introduced to L J Smith’s Night World series that I’ve read more times than I can count. It was through these books that I fell in love with the Urban Fantasy genre. The idea of all these supernatural beings existing around us in secret as we go about our daily lives fascinates me! I knew early on that these were the sorts of books I would always gravitate towards as a reader and when I began writing, Urban Fantasy came more naturally than any other genre. As an adult, Deborah Harkness has become one of my all-time favourites.

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

I’m too curious to keep returning to the same place! I’m fortunate enough to live next to a nature reserve, so I have miles of beautiful scenery on my doorstep that I take advantage of regularly, but if I travel out to explore somewhere, I always pick somewhere new. The UK may be quite a small island, but there are far too many exciting places to explore to keep going back to the same place.

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

Everyone has their own processes, but for me, I do a lot of groundwork before I start. I begin with pages of notes, concepts, snippets of conversations, research, etc., which I then condense into a synopsis. I need an outline to follow so I don’t lose track of what I’m doing as I work. Writing itself is a very instinctive process for me and I often don’t know the exact details of what I’m about to write until I’m actually writing it. Many times, I’ve thought I’ve known how a chapter will play out, only to find something completely different has happened by the time I’ve finished the draft.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘The Aria Of She’ book?

It was written in several evolving parts over the course of 19 years – but I don’t plan to take that long with the rest of the series!

Q7. On what platforms can readers find ‘The Aria Of She’ book to buy?

‘The Aria of She’ is currently available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, and directly from the publisher, AuthorHouse. It is available in paperback, hardback, and eBook formats.

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

It was almost published under a different title but my editor really pushed for something more unique, and I’m so glad they did. My wife came up with the title after I worked my way through several temporary titles that didn’t work. The word ‘Aria’ is Italian for ‘song’ and in musical terms, it is a solo vocal performance, usually found in operas. The capitalised ‘She’ refers to the Blaise’s Siren spirit that she wrestles against through the book.
For the cover, I had a quite a clear idea from the outset how I wanted it to look, and the graphic designer did an excellent job with the instructions I gave. I prefer abstract artwork, and wanted to create an illusion that tied into some of my concepts, rather than a literal interpretation of the plot.

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

Although Crecita is a fictional planet filled with mythical creatures, I think it’s really important that readers can still relate to what is happening to the characters. In the real world, we are living through a time of enormous social change. We are having conversations in the public forum about mental health, racism, sexism, sexual and gender identity, etc., in ways we never have before and I like my writing to incorporate that.

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

I don’t want to give too much away because the plot takes many twists and turns from start to finish and that’s all part of the excitement. The story touches on LGBTQ+ relationships, abandonment, mental health, domestic violence, murder, and much more. And once you’ve read it, if you think you know how the rest of the series might play out… you’re probably wrong!

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Interview with author Phoenix Gibbs

Book: 365 Days of Affirmations For The Mind, Heart, Body and Spirit

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

My name is Phoenix and I am an Affirmations Author of “365 Days of Affirmations for The Mind, Heart, Body, & Spirit which is a book based on my life in the form of affirmations.

Q2. What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing a book?

The most surprising thing I discovered while writing my book is my resilience of never giving up on myself despite all of the challenges I have experienced and how I am able to turn them into triumphs.

Q3. What inspired you to write your book “365 Days of Affirmations For The Mind, Heart, Body and Spirit”?

I felt compelled to share my story to help others believe in themselves and to empower them to speak their truth and live their on their own terms regardless of what family, friends, or even society would say.

Q4. What are your hobbies apart from reading or writing?

I love dancing, watching documentaries, hanging out with my wife, and trying different foods.

Q5. What is your favorite affirmation from your book?

I honor my weaknesses and my strengths. “I work on them daily, as I am a perfectly imperfect human being.”

Q6. Are you from a literary background?

My background is actually life coaching and fashion production

Q7. Please tell us about your work as a Spiritual Mentor.

I am the Daughter and Spiritual Conduit of Goddess Isis offering guided messages, deeper knowledge and rituals to her children and initiates for them to implement in order to experience her powerful presence and guidance.

Q8. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I see myself opening a small cafe/sanctuary for beautiful souls to have an outlet for spiritual self discovery and master their spiritual abilities.

Q9. When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?

I realized I was an author in 2013 on a trip to Puerto Rico when I went to visit a museum of Dona Fella Rincon who was the 1st female president and her spirit spoke to my heart and soul that it brought me to tears and her message to me was that I have a story to tell that will impact the world and for me to share my story by writing a book. I followed her message and started writing and publishing my 1st book in 2014 and now my second book in 2021.

Q10. Lastly, who inspires you the most and why?

My wife Sabrina inspires me daily with her resilience as she had a really bad accident in 2009 that almost left her paralyzed but she refused to give up on living a fulfilled life. Even-though she experiences ongoing pain, she does not let it stop her from doing the things she loves and that to me is pure inspiration and the power of true resilience.

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Interview with author Christina Chisholm Ward

Book: London Loves His Opposites

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

Hello! My name is Christina Chisholm Ward. I am a native of Queens, New York; though most of my teenage and adult years were spent in Atlanta, GA. My family and I currently reside in San Diego California. I am a mother of two (London, 9 and Logan 5) and happily married to my college sweetheart of 21 years, Cedric. I am an Autism advocate, trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), and a mentor to parents with children that have extra needs. I am an active leader in my church and am currently in my last year of seminary, working toward my Masters of Divinity.

Q2. What is your inspiration behind your book “London Loves His Opposites”?

My life is my inspiration. I am an autism mom and an autism aunt (my son and twin nephews are autistic). Everyday, I witness firsthand both the beauty and difficulties that come with doing life with someone on this magnificent spectrum. Though every person is different and thus, every parent’s experience with their extra-needs child is different, the one thing all of us parents/loved ones/caregivers/teachers have in common is the desire to step into our child’s world. We hope to learn how they think, so that we can help them navigate this life. Rather than trying to force those who are atypical to conform to what society deems to be “normal”, this story challenges the reader to not only accept what is different, but to celebrate and even participate in those differences.

Q3. What are your hobbies apart from writing?

I enjoy spending time with my family. I absolutely love to cook! A good meal or yummy dessert is how I show love to my family and neighbors, and my kitchen is my “happy place”. I also love to sing, dance and paint.

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

Yes, I have already started!

Q5. For which age group your book “London Loves His Opposites” is suitable?

Kinder to 3rd grade, primarily.

Q6. What is your favorite Quote?

“Normal is boring.”

Q7. What makes your city special?

San Diego is beautiful! The weather is nearly perfect most of the time, there’s lots to do, and…TACOS (literally the best Mexican food I have ever had in my life. Whoever invented carne-asada fries should be entered into sainthood lol!)

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

Make reading exciting! Act things out or take your littles to their local library to participate in reading groups. So many books are made into movies now. It’s a great motivator to read a book along with your child and then make the film a reward!

Q9. What does literary success look like to you?

An autistic little boy I gifted my book to read it and came to me the very next day and said “you’re the author? I liked your book! It made me feel good to be me.” On another occasion, a neurotypical boy read my book and remarked “I really love it! It’s about this boy who is happy being different and I like that because we should all appreciate differences.” That meant the world to me…that is success.

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

It is difficult to choose one person. I have been blessed with so many amazing people in my life. The matriarchs of my family have taught me strength and resilience. My father, though deceased many years, left a legacy that inspires me to work hard and love sacrificially. My children inspire my creativity, joy and drive to be all that God has purposed. Last, but not least, my husband inspires me to be my very best self and love who I am.

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Interview with author Ann Martino

Book: Adventure in Alphabet Land

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

My name is Ann Martino and I am an educator with more than 20 years of International and Canadian teaching experience combined. I am an Ontario Certified Teacher , employed by one of Ontario’s largest school board . Currently I teach Kindergarten students. I love reading and travelling especially road trips.I enjoy spending time with family.

Q2. What is your inspiration behind your book “Adventure in Alphabet Land”?

As an educator I wanted to enhance the learning experiences for my students by having them imagine being on the adventure with Kate and Jake as they explore Alphabet Land while learning the names and the sounds of each letter. Quoting one of my students , “I wish I was in Alphabet Land, I want to go there.”

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

I realized I wanted to be an author of Children’s book about 5 to 6 years ago after years of observing certain learning behaviours of my students.

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

I am in process of writing a follow up series to Adventure in Alphabet Land.

Q5. For which age group your book is suitable?

Ideally for 7 years and under but can be used for ESL students and for remedial reading.

Q6. What is your favourite Quote?

Attitude is a choice

Q7. What do you like the most about Canada?

The neighbourhood layout with nearby amenities so one doesn’t have to go far. Also the walking and bicycle trails.

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

Reading daily and asking questions to ensure understanding. Do picture walks and talks in books for younger kids.

Q9. What does literary success look like to you?

Literacy success for me is when children are able to demonstrate the skills they have developed and being able to read, write and express themselves to convey understanding.

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

My inspiration in life is my mother because she has always been a kind and caring person with the capacity to love her children and making each one think they are her favourite child.

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Interview with author Kathy Weyer

Book: Stitches

Q1. Can you please introduce yourself to the readers?

I am a former HR professional and Marriage and Family Therapist. I was married in 1980 and inherited three children I had never met six weeks after my wedding; we survived! I am retired, creating and living in Palm Springs. Stitches is my first book, and the first in a series of six based on Historic Park in San Diego, where I grew up.

Q2. From where did you have the idea to write your debut book Stitches?

There is a village of old, important houses that have been put together in Heritage Park in Old Town. The houses have been boarded up for years after being used as historical sites, then Bed and Breakfasts, then just abandoned. There are six houses, beautiful old Victorians, that are just sitting there. I went to see them about six years ago and when I sat under the old coral tree I wondered what I would do if I were in charge – I’d turn the village into an art colony! Each house would be dedicated to one form of art.
Stitches is the first house dedicated to needle arts; I’ve identified which house I think would fit on the back cover. Canvas will be the name of the second house, and Pages, the third. I have three more to write to fill out the village of six houses.

Q3. Please tell us something about STITCHES which is not in the blurb/book summary.

Stitches revolves around a young bride; she wants her aunt (Jen Conrad, the owner of the shop Stitches) to make her wedding dress – not sewn, but hand-knitted, to fit a sketch someone made of her in the imagined dress. Jen’s pursuit of perfection is affected in the making of not one but two dresses; perfection turns out to be not quite so important. It also turns out (spoiler) the artist who drew the sketch is the bride’s true love, not the man she’s marrying. He shows up later and in fact is the manager of the art store that is centered in Canvas, the next book (coming July 13).

Q4. What does literary success look like to you?

I know that writers don’t do it to get rich, but it would be nice to have my books known and appreciated for the social issues that are featured in each of them. In Stitches, it’s about grief and self-identity; having to reinvent yourself after living a life “as expected.”

Q5. You currently live in Palm Springs. Please tell us what makes it special?

The desert air, the almost-seasons, the resort atmosphere. Plus, there’s no traffic like in L.A. or San Diego!

Q6. How do you select the names of your characters?

They really just come…they drive the action as well.

Q7. Could you please tell us something about your experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist?

I specialized in grief and bereavement counseling; the stories in Stitches came from my experience in talking to women who really had no idea how to go on after being married for so long. I learned a lot from these women.

Q8. What are your hobbies apart from reading and writing?

Knitting, of course, and recently I’ve gotten into paper crafting, art journaling, and watercolor. It is physically impossible for me to sit in front of the tv without something in my hands to create.

Q9. How long does it took you to write your debut book?

About a year; it was published first by a vanity publisher, but I didn’t like the end product; cheap paper and the cover art wasn’t right. It took six years to get moving on revisions and hiring someone to do the cover and formatting professionally. I am pleased with the revised edition. (The first one only went to friends and family.)

Q10. Lastly, who inspires you the most in life and why?

Women in the past who have blazed the trail for the rest of us like suffragettes and women like Eleanor Roosevelt, Ruth Gruber, RBG, and Heddy Lamarr, who went against all odds and made a real impact on the world. I grew up with the feminists in the 60’s making noise; that had an impact on me as well, and I now understand how much of a risk they took in getting us where we are, which is not quite far enough, but we’re getting there. I’m beginning to talk about them in my YouTube channel.

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Interview with author D.W. Whitlock

Book: Crucible of Fear

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

Hello! My name is D.W. Whitlock. I’m a professional animator that writes thriller novels. I love spending time with my family, video games, watching films and riding my Triumph Scrambler motorcycle. And reading, of course.

Q2.  What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Crucible of Fear’ book?

I’ve written many short pieces to practice and learn, but writing full-length novels has always been my goal. The biggest challenge I think was wrangling a tight, compelling story from tons of research material I gathered and the various ideas I had. There is a ton of stuff that didn’t make it in to the book, but what did make it in is that much stronger.

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

Books by Michael Crichton, Robert McCammon, Michael Connelly, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and so many others from Arthur C. Clarke to Margaret Atwood, but I’d say these writers and their works have influenced me the most.

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

I grew up in the local mountains of California, so I go back to those types of areas as much as I can. The clean, clear air, the smell of pine and sage and the absolute quiet is like nothing else.

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

Absolutely. I do a lot research after deciding on what type of story I want to write. Many of the elements that form the basis of the story are revealed through this process. Technology, locations, potential situations, elements of danger, along with character motivation and what types of skills and flaws they have.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Crucible of Fear’ book?

Working about 1-3 hours per day, I was able to finish Crucible of Fear in about six or seven months, from outlining to final pass after beta reads. When I’m not writing, a lot of time is spent thinking about the story and characters while I’m on motorcycle rides, in the shower, trying to get to sleep! Some of the best ideas happen when you’re NOT at the keyboard.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘Crucible Of Fear’ book to buy?

Amazon.com and all Amazon international markets. It is also available to Kindle Unlimited subscribers for free.

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

I wanted the cover to be simple yet striking and not too typical of the thriller genre, which usually has the silhouette of character running against the backdrop of a monochromatic city in either punchy red or orange. I hired an artist to create the image and it showed promise, but I wasn’t really happy with the final result so I reworked it into the version you see now.

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

I ask myself, what is the most interesting or exciting thing the characters can do in this scene and still make it believable? I also have a hard and fast rule: No Deus Ex Machina saving the characters. They always figure a way out themselves, but it will most likely cost them.

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

Nope!

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Interview with author Greg Morgan

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

Originally, I come from a screenwriter and independent filmmaking background with over twenty years of experience in the arts and entertainment industry. My directorial debut was entitled, 17 & Under, and won my first awards, garnered successful distribution and landed me squarely on the filmmaking map. Since then, I’ve been a part of many successful productions, with my latest film The Boatman. I won Best Director Idyllwild Film Festival among many other wins and a Best Director and Best Film nominee of the prestigious 33rd Annual Imagen Awards. Now I like to turn my storytelling skills into long-form narrative fiction. My first novel is entitled, Weeper. Weeper is the multigenerational story of the relationships between the members of two 19th century Appalachian families; the True’s, a family of “warners” (early funeral directors), and the Fenn’s, a family of “weepers” (paid mourners). My current is Collodion. It is the second in a companion series after Weeper. All three will submerge into the macabre world of the nineteenth century death industry; postmortem photography & embalming.

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

My first novel was a huge learning curve. Adept at screenplays, novels posed a challenge. I learned from editors over and over again, with multiple versions. I got a little better with Collodion

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

Charles Frazier (Cold Mountain) Pat Conroy (Prince of Tides) I don’t even come close to the prose these guys produce, but they are an inspiration.

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

I’m a man of water. I love lakes, beaches, streams, rivers. I like visiting any place that has those.

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

Yes. I’m a plotter and plot out the entire story first. But I know it will change after many drafts. Something doesn’t work out, so you have to change it over here and so forth. Since I’m a historical fiction writer, research into history helps me bring in interesting facts and many times helps with plot.

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

About six months with many more months of revisions.

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

Both of my books are on paperback, Kindle and Audible audiobook.

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

I want something ironic or something that would make a reader say, “What is that?” The title of Collodion comes from the substance that is used both in wet plate photography and in embalming, the two professions of my two main characters. The cover for my second book is an interesting story: The two people on the cover I found in nineteenth century tintype photographs. They are real people that lived long ago. I bought them and used them on my cover of Collodion. I do not know who they are. Just regular people that lived long ago.

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

I need a story I’ve never heard of before. I don’t want to write a story that is a different take on another story. That’s not my style.

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

Many of the characters, places, ships and things in the story were true historical people, places, battles and things. In the kindle edition you can use their “X-ray” and click on their names and it gives a ton of interesting facts about the place or person or thing.

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Interview with author Chris Perreira Jardine

Book: Hairy Back Jack And The Three Little Hairs

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

My name is Chris Perreira Jardine and my wife’s name is Rachael Perreira Jardine. We love art, fashion, interior design and pretty much everything that allows us to be creative including painting- which we both did a lot while living in Costa Rica. Rachael has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Arts and Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce Marketing Degree along with a Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development. Our three children keep us quite busy in our spare time!

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Hairy Back Jack And The Three Little Hairs’ book?

We wrote Hairy Back Jack and the Three Little Hairs nine years ago, while living abroad, teaching English in Costa Rica- where we lived for two years. Since returning to Canada, we had not stopped thinking about bringing this book to fruition, so we did! If there is a silver lining of this global pandemic, that would be it! It allowed us to come together creatively and get both the publishing and illustration process underway.

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

Hairy Back Jack and the Three Little Hairs is a children’s picture book for children of all ages. In a recent interview, the interviewer quickly did the math… “nine years ago, and your oldest child is five- so this means that you wrote this book way before having children!”. At that time, when writing this book, it just felt right. We knew at some point that we wanted to have children, and why not create a magical experience of our own that both of our children and ourselves can be proud of. In retrospect thinking back, we were probably inspired by both Pinocchio, for the magical fairy tale component and Goldilocks and the Three Bears for the name- those are true classics, who isn’t inspired by those books?

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

Our favourite spot to visit in Canada is a little town called Mattawa, which is located in the Canadian province of Ontario and located in the Nipissing District. When we are in this little quaint town, which is usually once a summer, we stay at the Nature’s Harmony – Shamayim Cabin, where we can unwind, relax as a family, get creative and breathe in everything that nature has to offer.

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

For us, the process was a little bit different- we dove in and wrote the book while we either sat pool side or beach side, at that point in Costa Rica, where we had complete mental clarity. The process of actually publishing and illustrating came later, as we mentioned, nine years later. It is important to do your research to find the right publisher that makes the most sense for your goals and objectives. It is also imperative to find the perfect illustrator that can make the visuals in your head come to life- with the most appropriate style of illustration.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Hairy Back Jack And The Three Little Hairs’ book?

We worked on it for probably a month or two- fine-tuning the language and sentences. Once we were on a roll, we were on a roll and we super motivated to keep it going, both adding new ideas and concepts to the plot and story line.

Q7. On what platforms can readers find Hairy Back Jack And The Three Little Hairs for purchase?

You can find Hairy Back Jack And The Three Little Hairs on Amazon, Wal Mart, Barnes and Noble, Chapters Indigo.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Hairy Back Jack And The Three Little Hairs’?

The title was a given. Could there be any other name than Hairy Back Jack And The Three Little Hairs?! As for the cover. We designed a quick sketch with a stick figure- it was almost as if we were in the same brain (Chris/Rachael), thinking the same thing. We knew exactly how we wanted it to look. See below. From beginning to end.

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Interview with author Solomon Andre Dawson Morway

Book: Delsar: The Champion & The Hero

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

My name is Solomon Andre Dawson Morway and I live in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts. I loved to play baseball and do karate. I even managed to get myself a black belt in Kenpo. After I finished my high school, I joined the Army National Guard at 19. That didn’t last long due to medical complications, but it did allow me time to write my book. Two weeks before I turned 22 I began my new adventure. My hope is that it brightens the day of even just one person, like writing it brightened mine.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘DELSAR: The Champion & The Hero’ book?

Starting a new scene or chapter. I always knew where I wanted to go with the story, I just didn’t always know how to get there.

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

My favorite book series has to be ‘Republic Commando’ by Karen Traviss. It was a series that never finished and it was my dream to finish it for her. Then I wrote something completely different.

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

Not necessarily a specific spot, but one of my favorite things to do is attend Renaissance fairs. Here in New England they have them all the time. They’re some of the best places to unwind and enjoy fantasy.

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

Sometimes, it’s as simple as just sitting down and beginning. Other times, it’s something someone said that inspires me or something I’ve seen. Once I have that drive, it’s very difficult for me to think of anything else.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘DELSAR: The Champion & The Hero’ book?

To write, edit, and publish DELSAR, it took me six months.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘DELSAR: The Champion & The Hero’ book to buy?

It’s all over the place…. Barnes & Noble, Nook, Amazon, Kindle, Writers Republic, Books-A-Million, eBay, Kobo, LibroWorld, Booktopia, and Waterstones. These are all online. We are currently working hard to get it in the book stores.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘DELSAR: The Champion & The Hero’?

The cover went through a couple phases. The first looked very fake and didn’t quite fit the aesthetic of the book. We used that first cover as the concept for the final cover. I felt the cover really speaks what the book means.

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

I like to add real conversations with friends, family, or anyone else I’ve spoken to recently. It’s never word-for-word, but I feel it helps keep dialogue organic and flow nicely. It also helps make the characters feel ‘human.’

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

There are a lot of Easter eggs and foreshadowing on events to come. A keen eye and solid sleuthing skills may allow you to figure a few things out. Trust me, if you enjoy Book 1, you’re not going to want to miss Book 2.

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