Interview with author Caroline Madden

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

Hi, my name is Caroline Madden. I am a film critic who has written for IndieWire, Reverse Shot, and Screen Queens. I work at Passion River Films and Video Librarian. I am also the Managing Editor of BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies. Before I became a writer, I studied acting at Shenandoah Conservatory. After doing an internship in educational theatre, I decided to get my Masters in Cinema Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design where I set my sights on being a writer and working in the film industry. I was born and raised in New Jersey (just like Bruce!) where I currently live with my fiancé and puppy. Bruce Springsteen has been a big part of my life ever since I was 10 years old!

2. How do you come up with the title and cover of your book “Springsteen as Soundtrack”?

It just came to me suddenly one day. I felt it simply encapsulated exactly the kind of questions I wanted to ask my readers: What does it mean when Springsteen’s music functions as a soundtrack? How does it change the visuals or narrative of a film? How does his music illuminate the story we see on screen?  I did not design the cover of my book, which is taken from a scene in Philadelphia with Tom Hanks that I discuss. I love the bold orange color, it really stands out on a bookshelf.

3. Do you write while listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this book?

Of course I would have to listen and analyze Bruce’s songs as part of my research, but while I was doing actual writing I listened to film scores from Interstellar, Atonement, The Lord of the Rings, and more. The pure instrumentals help me concentrate and stop my mind from wandering, which is sometimes hard to do when writing in silence or listening to music with lyrics. While doing some of the more tedious legwork such as citations or the bibliography, I listened to my usual playlist of Bruce Springsteen, classic rock, and Broadway musicals.

4. What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your book?

I learned a lot about Bruce’s early musical career from the early 1970s. Many of the songs I listened to I had never heard before, and I was amazed to see they had particular themes that still endured in his music today.

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

It took me about two years to write. I did research for a few months and the rest of the time was writing and editing. However, my research was constantly evolving because at the time, Springsteen on Broadway was just premiering. That production would go on to shape my interpretation of Springsteen’s canon and legacy.

6. Did you enjoy writing the book? Readers would love to know more about your writing journey.

Writing my book was one of the most challenging and rewarding things I have ever done. It was often difficult to balance a professional and social life while writing. At the time, I was completing internships and working in New York City. A lot of times I had to sacrifice socializing or attending events because I had to stay home, write, and meet my deadline.

7. Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?

I’m currently in the research phase for my second book which surveys the representation of virginity in the American teen film from the 1980s to the present. The coming-of-age film is quite possibly my favorite genre, and I’ve always been fascinated by the period of adolescence. I’m very excited to be synthesizing research on sex education, feminism, and youth development which have always been interests of mine. My book will reveal how films are moving towards more positive representations of teenage and female sexuality.

8. Any favorite writers that inspired you to write?

A few years ago, I was selected to be a part of the Critics Academy at Film at Lincoln center. I got to work with some phenomenal film critics such as Michael Koresky and Devika Girish who made me think about writing and cinema in a completely new way. My professors at SCAD, Drs. Tracy Cox-Stanton and Chad Newsom inspired me daily and helped me hone my skills. Without them I would not have written my book!

9. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I have a very specific way of writing. Since I am a morning person, I tend to do my best writing then. I can usually only write for a few hours a day before running out of steam. I either have to wait until the next day or the late evening to return to what I’m working on with fresh eyes. I first begin with an extremely rudimentary outline and brain dump. If you saw what my very first draft looked like, you would think a little kid wrote it. Like an abstract painting, it’s very rudimentary and doesn’t even make much sense. Then, like a sculptor, I slowly chisel away to form something more coherent with each draft. My favorite part is editing, because the bulk of what I want to say is already there, I just need to figure out how I can say it better.

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

My advice would be to really know  what sets your book apart from everyone else, because that is what publishers are going to be looking for the most, aside from the quality of the content. Why does your book need to be on bookshelves? In the case of academia, what are you discovering that is new? Fortunately for me, it was simple—there was no major book about Bruce Springsteen and film available.

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Interview with author Hannah Corbin

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

Well I am Hannah Corbin. The author of flying by the seat of my pants. I’m a stay at home mom that is dealing with quite a few disabling conditions. I’m a lover of Christ and a lover of people. My two kiddos mean the world to me and I couldn’t imagine my life without them. I have been married for nigh on 9 years and through that time I have gone through more stuff than your typical woman of 28 years. So I decided to put it into a book. The book is my life story and it’s how God has used all of my experiences to show himself sovereign.

2. What inspired you to start writing?

Well people for years every time I started sharing my testimony, said I should write a book. So I did. But I have been writing since I was 12 years old. I always had high aspirations to write and be published but I had never been able to finish anything. But last December the Lord put it on my heart to write and get my story out there and boom in 2 and ½ months my story was written and 8 months from starting I had a published book! Fulfilling my dreams that I have had since I was 12 years old.

3. What do you hope your readers take away from your book “Flying by the seat of my Pants”?

I am hoping that by reading my book that people enjoy the raw and honest real life emotions that are in the book. Every incident and every story that I have shared always leads back to the way the Lord has seen me through. It’s sharing that it is okay to not be okay. That if you need help don’t be afraid to ask. It’s being raw and real with things that people find taboo all the time. My biggest hope is that people realize they are not alone and there are people just like them just as messed up as they are.

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

I love playing music and hanging out with my kids. I used to love mermaiding but since my seizures started last October I haven’t been able to do many strenuous activities like I used to. But music is my outlet as well as watching movies with my kids.

5. What was the worst incident in your life till now? What you learnt from it?

That is a very debatable question. I mean quite a few of the incidents that I have been through have been very bad. Relatively quite a few of them were the same in intensity. But that all boils down to perspective. I mean the worst incident was probably the shooting but there in too my heart broke worse when I lost my babies to miscarriage. So I mean if you read the book you will have quite a few choices to pick. All in all God was with me through all of them so they may have been bad but they were over before too long, and the Lord helped me heal/ is still helping me heal from all of them.

6. What is your favorite Quote?

Gen 50: 20a But as for you, you thought evil against me but God meant it unto good…

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

Currently I have 3 children’s books finished of the 8 I have planned. Just needing an illustrator, and I am working on a trilogy called the Ember saga. It’s an action adventure crime drama.

8. What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?

That it’s hard to have memories of rough times brought back up. But it’s very cathartic.

9. How do you come up with the title to your book “Flying by the seat of my Pants”?

Because I feel like that was truly the story of my life. That every time I turned around I was flying by the seat of my pants because God always had a better plan than I did.

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

Be kind to yourself. If you need help, ask for it. You are definitely not alone. There are plenty of people that are feeling the same as you are just no one wants to talk about it.
And to aspiring authors. Don’t give up. The timing may not be quite right at the moment, but make sure that you continue to follow your dreams. Because that moment when you hold your very first book in your hand is a feeling like none other. Keep on keeping on. AND I love you all!

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Interview with author Gabriel.

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

Heya! My name is Gabriel, which is a pseudonym but also part of my real-life name. I am German, male, 22 years old and have been creating stories in my head ever since I could think. Difference is: I’ve only started actually writing them down at the delicate age of 20. Since then, I’ve been writing every day for two years, with no intention to stop! Writing gives me life and Neon Red is the fruit of my efforts. 🙂

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

I think it was specifically last January. I looked at my little 11-page manuscript and got excited while calculating. “Oh man, if I put x amount of time into every day, I could get 40 pages by the end of January, and then maybe even 100 by April, and if I keep going…” et cetera. I loved the idea of actually holding something physical in my hand that once only existed in my thoughts. It’s what fueled me ever since, and the thrill never stops. Now, I don’t want a single book, I want a full series! It’s quite addictive!

3. From where did you have the idea of two Realms – human and demon in “Neon Red”?

I like subverting tropes. Portal Fantasy isn’t super rare, but it usually follows the tropes of ‘main character falls into parallel world, obtains magic, assembles band of people and saves the world’. The raw idea isn’t bad, but I like to twist it a little – in this parallel world, next to nothing comforting exists. There is nothing to be saved, only a savage environment to be explored and survived. Demons are the embodiment of danger – but also moral choices, since not all of them are necessarily evil. And seeing the story start with the main character returning just sounded too cool to not be tried! A feral boy in a modern city bumbling about, on the lookout for his family. I love this idea.

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

Running! It’s essentially mental detox, and it also keeps my body in shape. Other than that, gaming. Always have been a huge gamer, especially for Action-RPGs. My editor sometimes compares Neon Red (functionally) to a game more than a book, which I quite like and can see why he thinks so. Especially Flow (the hard magic system of Neon Red) is something I could absolutely see in an RPG that uses custom characters.

5. How do you come up with names of your book characters?

Hahaha, my names are despised by my editor. He uses rather normal names for his writing, but I like to use normal names with some meaning behind them and twist them a little bit. Albert becomes Alberc, Sonya becomes Zonya. Slight tweaks that make the characters feel at home in this slightly tweaked version of Earth.

6. What is your favorite Quote?

‘The 20th of March also marked the day that Dion finally came to appreciate the sticky rice of Juniper’s food court. At long last, he understood Shimon’s love for it, filling his stomach to the brim with endless seconds. Hunger was the best flavor after all, he realized.’
It’s an inconspicuous and seemingly non-important quote, but it’s a big development for Dion in the context of the book. It also finally frees him of the pit of depression he fell into. It’s simple, but in my eyes quite beautiful.

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

Neon Red II!
Yup, totally planning to complete this book series! Six books are planned, and Part 2 will follow soon! I’m stoked to release it one day and I’m genuinely enjoying the writing I’m doing daily for it. I feel like I’ve improved a lot since Part 1, and working with already established characters and scenarios is so much fun. I can finally go all-out!
Expect it Early 2021! After that, I will likely take a break from Neon Red and do smaller projects.

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

Determination. Perseverance. Hope that their efforts will not be in vain, even if it may seem so. No step we take is ever for naught, for they build our character regardless. Feel the pain and transform it into strength to move forward stronger than before. That is Neon Red I’s message.

9. Are you a sci-fi fan since childhood?

Can I tell you something? I never really cared for Sci-Fi, haha. Actually, I was quite surprised when reviewers described Neon Red as Sci-Fi. It’s a genre I never really touched (for no reason in particular). But I absolutely want to get into it soon, I believe it will broaden my horizons in a positive way!

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

‘Just write.’
Hahaha, no, everyone has heard that one before. It’s valid advice, but it’s hard to manifest for oneself. My personal favorite advice was to just move forward. Write something every day. One word is sufficient. It’s a step. Inch forward every day toward your dream. You’ll improve and get better every day, believe me. It’ll get easier, far easier, and you’ll be surprised at how much you can grow by just inching. Keep going. You’ll get there, just keep going, step by step.

Author Name: Gabriel

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Interview With author Karen A Miles

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

My name is Karen A. Miles. I am a 52 year old English woman currently living in Barcelona. I am the proud mother to 3 amazing kids and when I’m not writing I teach English professionally. I have spent 32 out of my 52 years living abroad, which is an incredible blessing.

2. What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your books?

While I was writing I discovered two surprising things, one is that my best work is done during the night, my peak inspirational times are between midnight and 3am. The second is that writing about things that happened to you, even many years ago, is the best therapy in the world. You ‘exorcise’ bad experiences from your mind to the pages.

3. How do you manage being a mother, a teacher and an author?

It’s not easy juggling writing, teaching and above all being a single mother. My children have always been my priority, but now two of them are in their mid- twenties they are independent, so it’s a little easier. I am incredibly lucky to have a job that I love, so that helps a lot, and I write when I feel inspired, and have time, so not as often as I’d like.

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

My hobbies are swimming, taking long walks, especially along the beach here in Barcelona and listening to music. I always have music playing at home.

5. You are currently living in Barcelona, how do you come up with the idea of setting a plot in Singapore in your book “Torn Between”?

Torn Between is semi-biographical. It’s based on some of my experiences of living in Singapore when I was 19. It’s not all true, but a lot of things are. I keep which is which a closely guarded secret and prefer the reader to try and guess.

6. What is your favorite Quote?

My favourite quote is one of my own memes. “In order to become a better version of ourselves, we first have to admit we need editing.”

7. What has been the most difficult situation in your life which you finally overcame?

I’ve had more than my fair share of difficult situations in my life, but I think it’s my second divorce. It’s difficult to cope with one divorce but the second feels more of a failure. I’ve been divorced now for 4 years and have made a very nice life for myself and my youngest daughter here in Barcelona.

8. How do you do research for your books?

In order to write about the topics in my book, the most important source of information is
experience. For the parts that are missing from my own experiences I have a wide group of friends with many tales to tell.

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

I have always enjoyed writing. I used to write poems as a small child, and English Language and literature were always my favourite school subjects, alongside drama, I used to dream of becoming a famous author or an actor.

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

I am constantly inspired by my children, but externally I am inspired by the resilience of human beings in general. We all face adversity every day, and this year has been particularly difficult as we know. Somehow, we all keep going and are able to laugh…It’s inspiring.

Author Name: Karen A Miles.

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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.

Author Name: Natalie Lopez

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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!

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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.

Zachary Ryan Author’s Profile

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