Author Interview Kristin’s Ghost Tour

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I’m hosting an interview with Wayne A.D. Kerr, author of MG paranormal adventure “Kristin’s Ghost”. My questions are bolded, the author’s responses are in regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?
The hardest part of being a writer, for me, is the giving the final approval for publishing.  I could rewrite and make subtle changes forever.  However, sooner or later you have to let go of your work and move on to the next project.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Kristin‘s Ghost?
Almost every night, seventh grader – Kristin Fontaine, is being visited by a mysterious apparition at her bedside.  When Xander and Yzzie discover that their classmate is being haunted, they make it their top priority to help her.  As the investigative pair try to figure out who or what the ghost could be, Kristin becomes Xander’s first girlfriend.  Is the ghost good or evil? Is it asking for help?  Or is there some other explanation altogether?  the truth surprises everyone.
What inspired you to write this book?
I enjoyed writing the first book, in what has become a series, immensely.  I liked the characters so much that I had to keep writing about them.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I spend 3-4 hours everyday working on my novels.  My goal is to write 500-1000 words daily while working on the first draft of a book.  Once the rewriting and editing phase begins I don’t pay any attention to word numbers.
Name your top five favourite books.
My favorite picture book when I was small was ‘The Pony Who Couldn’t Say Neigh’, my next favorite book was ‘My Friend Flicka’, after that I read so much and enjoyed so many great books that I can’t really name favorites.  My favorite authors as an adult include: Dan Brown, Clive Cussler, Vince Flynn, Thomas Perry, Robert Ludlum and many more.
What are you working on now?
I just completed the third X + Y Files book – ‘Escape From Area 51’ and am currently working on an action/mystery for adults.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me better.  Keep reading my friends.

About The Book

Kristins-ghost-1600x2400Title: Kristin’s Ghost (The X+Y Files #2)

Author: Wayne A.D. Kerr

Genre: MG Paranormal Adventure

Night after night a strange apparition appears at Kristin’s bedside. Is it dangerous? Is the dancing spirit trying to send her a message?

When Xander and Yzzie discover that their friend is being haunted, the seventh graders make it their number one priority to solve the mystery of Kristin’s Ghost.

The truth will surprise them all!.

 

Author Bio

Wayne A D Kerr was born and raised in Canada, but has lived in the United States for the past twenty years.  When not writing or reading adventure novels, he is most likely hiking, biking or playing tennis.

 

Links

http://www.waynekerrnovels.com/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kristins-Ghost-Files-Wayne-Kerr-ebook/dp/B00MSUD72S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415866108&sr=8-1&keywords=kristin%27s+ghost

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Author Interview First Experience & Weekend Experience

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What’s the hardest part of being an author?

It’s challenging to come up with a good story idea, but that doesn’t need to be done very often. And, I enjoy the writing, and find it relatively simple. Even the formatting and publishing – although a pain – is not difficult, and only takes a short time. It’s the marketing that I find to be the most difficult part, at this stage. I’m just learning about social networking, and haven’t started out with a huge fan base, or mailing list. It’s difficult to get your book noticed, when there are tens of thousands of other books in your genre (more than 200,000 in erotica). Marketing is currently taking about half my time, and I feel guilty that I’m not spending even more time on it.

Can you give us a short synopsis of “First Experience” and “Weekend Experience”? What inspired you to write these books?

The Experiences series is the story of Sam (50) and Kelly (25), who are both seeking sexual adventure in their lives. The story is initially narrated by Sam (Books 1, 2), and then both Sam’s and Kelly’s perspectives are provided (Books 3, 4, 5,6). In later books, the perspective shifts to mostly Kelly’s, as she becomes the dominant one in the relationship.

Sam’s background, provided in the prequel, “Origins of a Fetish” (Book 1), is that of a happily-married professional, about to retire. He’s developed fantasies based on childhood experiences that have evolved into specific fetishes – mainly submission, spanking, and medical sex. When he loses his wife, he has some friendly, non-sexual adventures with neighbors, but by the end of book 1 Sam realizes he needs a younger woman to ‘play’ with. One who is strong, intelligent, and self-confident.

In First Experience, Sam meets Kelly, a graduate student – the daughter of old friends, who sees not only sexual adventure with Sam, but gains a sense of his values, including trust and openness. Sam takes Kelly through an intensive day of submission training, and finds that Kelly is definitely intelligent and self-confident. In fact, when Sam hits one of Kelly’s buttons, he allows her to punish him … and they find out that Kelly gets turned on by being the ‘top’ more than by being the ‘bottom’. While nearly the entire book is ‘non-sexual’, based on Sam’s definition of ‘transfer of body fluids’, it is incredibly sensual, and Sam and Kelly find an unexpected bond.

In Weekend Experience, Sam and Kelly spend a long weekend together, exploring new fantasies and fetishes. Some are ‘edge’ play, and the characters don’t like everything they try. They have a romantic first-lovemaking experience. Two of Kelly’s friends visit, one for a special ‘birthday spanking’, and they demonstrate much more enthusiasm and openness for Sam and Kelly’s fetishes than expected. Kelly has her first Brazilian waxing experience. When Sam and Kelly are skinny-dipping in a local pond, they meet two interesting women, Alex and Fiona.

The next book, Birthday Experience begins with Kelly and Fiona modeling in a special photo session for Sam, and Fiona educating Kelly and Sam about piercings. The rest of the book chronicles Kelly’s birthday party, which includes Sam and three of Kelly’s closest friends. Sam has many things planned, including some exotic party favors, and some special ‘games’ that introduce the girls to some of Sam’s interests. A slumber party caps off Kelly’s birthday experience, and Kelly pursues her growing interest in being close to one of her female friends, while Sam ‘satisfies’ the other birthday guests.

I am currently writing European Experience, where Sam takes Kelly on a European tour, meeting friends, and showing Kelly some of the local ‘culture’, including mixed saunas, and sex clubs. The next book, Friends’ Experience, will chronicle the training of Kelly’s friends by Sam. And, after that, in Island Experience, Sam takes the girls to Kauai, where they participate in a varying ménage of sexual activity. There are several more books planned after these.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

If it’s a ‘writing day’, I put in at least 6 hours, and sometimes as much as 18 hours (!). I get on a roll, and can put in 5-6 days of 12-16 hours in a row. But I also have breaks of several days when I need to focus on marketing and admin duties. At my best, I can write about 10,000 words per day of focused work; but on average, I might write half that … so a 100,000-word novel takes about 3 weeks to draft, with another week for editing, formatting, and publishing on the various platforms. The story flows from my head, as envisioning a movie; but along the way I need to do a substantial amount of research. Does that count as ‘writing’?

Name your top five favorite books.

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What are you working on now?

I’m working on the Experiences series, which I anticipate will include 10 books, totaling nearly 1,000,000 words! It will be an epic love story between Sam and Kelly. I’m currently completing Book 5: European Experience, and will be starting Book 6: Friends’ Experience soon. I’m targeting the writing and release of one full-length novel per month.

About The Books

First Experience

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FIRST EXPERIENCE is an intimate exploration of kinks and fetishes by an unlikely couple, with thoughtful and philosophical discussion by the characters, and graphic descriptions of their erotic adventures.

Sam meets Kelly, a beautiful but troubled woman half his age, leading to a ‘first experience’ exploring the surreal world their fantasies.  Sam realizes that he desires more than a play partner.  And Kelly knows that she needs more than a lover:  Someone to whom she can expose her inner soul; someone whose values transcend the ordinary; someone who will fulfill her own dark fantasy world.

The Experiences series is an epic love story of erotic relationships and sexual desires. Written in a ‘literary realism’ style, the series introduces Sam in the prequel, and the blossoming of his intimate relationship with Kelly as the series progresses. Fantasies and real-world adventures coalesce to mold a unique bond between unlikely lovers. Where needs are mutually satisfied in an open, creative and trusting environment. Where physical and mental boundaries are pushed. Where the concepts of love and sex are never confused, but sometimes confusing. Where openness is required and intimacy is expected. And where fair-is-fair, regarding the punishment of transgressions.

Contemporary erotic romance: Suitable for mature readers, aged 18+ years.

Experiences:  Book 2 is 111,000 word, 17 chapters, 374 print pages

Acclaim from reviewers:

“Erotic, sexy, imaginative, and descriptive”

“The dialog in this book is top notch”

“Origins of a Fetish is well written, fast paced, and a true page turner”

“After reading Origins of a Fetish, I truly wanted more”

“An extremely sexy novel that is filled with substance”

“Will leave you questioning your own beliefs on sex”

WARNING!

This work contains mature content, including graphic sexual descriptions and scenes, and is provided for adults only. The Experiences series contains scenes of psychological and physical submission, discipline, and medical fetish.  The characters explore various fetishes, which evolve throughout the series.  ALL CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK ARE 21 YEARS OLD OR OLDER, and all activities are consensual.

Weekend Experience

Cover Weekend FRONT 140812Beyond 50 Shades … Way Beyond!

WEEKEND EXPERIENCE is an intimate exploration of kinks and fetishes by an unlikely couple, with thoughtful and philosophical discussion by the characters, and graphic descriptions of their erotic adventures.

Sam and Kelly have role-played some of their most intimate fantasies in an atmosphere of openness and trust.  Now, Sam wants to share with Kelly new kinks, fetishes and sensual pleasures.  Kelly is more than a willing participant:  She is the mirror by which Sam sees that his openness and submission is as important as Kelly’s.  A visit by her friends leads to new fantasies for both of them.

The Experiences series is an epic love story of erotic relationships and sexual desires. Written in a ‘literary realism’ style, the series introduces Sam in the prequel, and the blossoming of his intimate relationship with Kelly as the series progresses. Fantasies and real-world adventures coalesce to mold a unique bond between unlikely lovers. Where needs are mutually satisfied in an open, creative and trusting environment. Where physical and mental boundaries are pushed. Where the concepts of love and sex are never confused, but sometimes confusing. Where openness is required and intimacy is expected. And where fair-is-fair, regarding the punishment of transgressions.

Contemporary erotic romance: Suitable for mature readers, aged 18+ years.

Experiences:  Book 3 is 101,000 words, 17 chapters, 336 print pages

Acclaim from reviewers:

“Erotic, sexy, imaginative, and descriptive”

“The dialog in this book is top notch”

“Origins of a Fetish is well written, fast paced, and a true page turner”

“After reading Origins of a Fetish, I truly wanted more”

“An extremely sexy novel that is filled with substance”

“Will leave you questioning your own beliefs on sex”

WARNING!

This work contains mature content, including graphic sexual descriptions and scenes, and is provided for adults only. The Experiences series contains scenes of psychological and physical submission, discipline, and medical fetish.  The characters explore various fetishes, which evolve throughout the series.  ALL CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK ARE 21 YEARS OLD OR OLDER, and all activities are consensual.

 

About The Author

SimoneFace Small 140811An adventuress and traveler, Simone is a sensual being who loves to read stories that excite her.  She takes exception to authors who promote their works as ‘dirty’, ‘filthy’, or ‘smutty’:  She believes that sex is wonderful in all of its incarnations, and doesn’t shy away from graphic descriptions of realistic sexual experiences, no matter how messy.  Her writing is mainly in the ‘literary realism’ style – i.e., it is wild (even outrageous) … but could really happen to you!  She values openness in relationships, and demonstrates this through her characters.

Prior to becoming an author, Simone was a nurse.  One of her pet peeves is reading erotica that gets simple anatomy wrong!  She is continually bewildered by women who haven’t explored their own bodies.  Another pet peeve is the mostly hung-up Victorian society prevalent in the U.S. and U.K., and she tries to do her part to change that by introducing people to new sexual and sensual experiences through her erotic writing.  The activities in Simone’s books are quite realistic, as she has participated in most of these in ‘real life’, as surreal as it may seem.

Simone is currently completing the Experiences series, which will run an estimated 1,000,000 words!  That is why she refers to it as an ‘epic’ romance, although each volume is intended to stand on its own, with a ‘happy for now’ ending.  Experiences combines literary style and philosophical discussion by the characters with graphic portrayal of sex in all of its kinks and fetishes.  You may not like all of the things Simone’s characters do … but neither do they.  Their exploration of new experiences will hopefully motivate some readers to explore their own sexuality to a greater extent.

Simone loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.   In fact, she hopes you will feel ‘free’ sexually and spiritually, as well.  Please follow her on social media and her blog.  On her website, you may interact directly with the main characters in her books, including asking them questions in order to understand their perspectives in more depth.

You can sign up to her mailing list to learn about new releases, and take advantage of promotions.  All readers on the mailing list will be sent an excerpt from each of her next novels, prior to publication.

You can contact Simone at sf@simonefreier.com

Visit Simone’s website:  http://simonefreier.com

Friend Simone on her Facebook page:  http://facebook.com/SimoneFreierAuthor

Or, tweet Simone at:  http://twitter.com/simonefreier

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Author Interview The Leopard King Saga Tour

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Today I’m interviewing T.A. Uner, author of historical fantasy “The Leopard Vanguard” and “The Leopard Stratagem”. My questions are bolded, author’s responses are in regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?
For me it is getting recognized. Despite receiving many great reviews, I’m still pretty much unknown.
Can you give us a short synopsis of your book?
The Leopard King Saga series takes place in First Century Rome and is Historical Fantasy.
What inspired you to write this book?
Seriously, it came from the heart, so I went with it.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
It depends on my mood. Usually 1 to 3 hours, sometimes more, sometimes less.
Name your top five favorite books.
War & Peace, King Rat, Musashi, Pillars of the Earth, & I, Claudius
What are you working on now?
I just finished the second book of my newest series, “Mindcop Dossiers”, so I’m taking a short break before starting up again.

About The Book

The Leopard Vanguard

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Author: T.A. Uner

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Set during the early years of the reign of the Mad Emperor Caligula,this first installment of the Leopard King Saga introduces us to Tullus, a gifted Roman Centurion who resigns his elite position in the Praetorian Guard to join a troupe of circus performers and learn more about his hidden magical talents. Along with his new partner, a magical Leopardess named Celestra, he re-invents himself as The Leopard King, the most famous entertainer in all the Roman Empire. But when Tullus’ friend and Circus Ringmaster, Paullus Gabinius, is killed, Tullus and Celestra find themselves immersed in political intrigue and up against Paullus’ killers. Their struggle to avenge Paullus will also cause them to cross paths with corrupt Roman politicians, who know Paullus’ deadly secret-which has the power to destroy the Roman Empire.

The Leopard Stratagem

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Author: T.A. Uner

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Camus Scorpio, the vicious criminal overlord, who for years tormented the good merchants of Rome, is dead. His ruthless army of thugs and bloodthirsty killers wiped out by the avenging force of Tullus the Leopard King, the Leopardess Celestra, and their Troupe.

But the victory is a costly one. Anna, Tullus’ lover, is dead, and her departure serves as an open wound to all her friends in the Troupe. Needing time to collect himself and continue developing his magical abilities, Tullus decides to seek out the wisdom of a reclusive wizard named Hradack, also known as the Leopard Master and a product of the Age of Paladins.

In Rome Eliana becomes involved in political intrigue and finds herself caught up in a conspiracy involving a persecuted race called the Dryads.

Decimus, now a prominent Centurion in the Praetorian Guard, is assigned to a new Roman Legion in Switzerland, where he faces the biggest challenge of his military career.

As Tullus’ power in Elemence grows, he foresees a hideous plot by an unknown enemy called Serpentus, who has kidnapped his Troupe friends and is holding them hostage on the island of Capri.

Unbeknownst to Tullus, Serpentus seeks revenge against the Leopard King and Celestra, and has armed himself with arcane powers. Under the tutelage of a fanatical cleric, Serpentus harbors plans of destroying the Leopard King and Celestra before embarking on a destructive path of conquest.

Author Bio

AuthorPicT.A.UnerT.A. Uner is a former Management Professional who spent over 15 years working for various fortune 50 companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

An accomplished public speaker and event promoter, he is also a graduate of George Mason University, and holds a Bachelors degree in Speech Communication and History.

A finalist in The 2010 Moonlight Mesa short fiction contest, his first short story, “The Banker’s Wife,” was published internationally in an anthology titled, Award Winning Tales. Mr. Uner lives in Virginia. He is the author of the Leopard King Saga and other works.

He looks forward to more readers discovering the life-like characters that inhabit his stories.

Links

http://www.leopardkingsaga.com/

http://www.amazon.com/T.A.-Uner/e/B00EOSNR9K/

Author Interview One Last Hold

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I’m interviewing Angela Smith today, author of romance / suspense “One Last Hold”. My questions are bolded, Angela’s responses are in regular font.

Q: What’s the hardest part of being an author?

The hardest part of being an author is having to work at my real job full time. Although I do love my job, it’s hard when I’m really in the middle of a story when I’m writing in the mornings and I have to quit so I can get to work on time.


Q: Can you give a short synopsis of your book? What inspired you to write this?

Champion auto racer Wesley Webb’s world turns upside down, once again, when Caitlyn Daniels reenters the picture—and this time she’s out for a story on him. He’s being investigated for murder, and Caitlyn knows all about his secret past. When Caitlyn is assigned to do an exclusive story with the reluctant race car driver she once loved, she believes this could be her purging. But chemistry tears apart her resolve to stay strong. Can they work out their differences and fall in love again, or will tragedy keep them apart?

The characters inspired me to write this. Their voices became too strong to ignore. Also, I loved the thought of writing about second chances.


Q: How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I don’t really have set hours per day that I write, and I have been known to skip writing at times, but I do try to spend a couple hours a day writing. Sometimes I might get in an hour in the morning an hour in the evening.


Q: Name your top 5 favorite books?

Do I have to only pick five? Ugh, there’s so many. I love Sandra Brown and every single one of her books is a favorite. Fat Tuesday really stood out to me because I read it around the first time I started romantic suspense. The Bible, because you could read a different story out of it every day and there’s so many different stories to be read. Romance, adventure, inspirational.  Karen Robard’s Beachcomber (another one that really instigated adding suspense to my writing, along with my job). Gone with the Wind will always be a favorite. And Stephen King On Writing


Q: What are you working now?

I’m working on a new romantic suspense novel about an undercover investigation. And that’s all I’ll say for now! It’s way too new to share!

About The Book

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Author: Angela Smith

Genre: Romantic Suspense

He has a shaded past…

Wesley Webb is at the pinnacle of his auto racing career when his main rival is murdered hours after their confrontation. That, along with evidence found at the scene, shades him as prime suspect. Now he’s under intense press scrutiny, particularly from Caitlyn Daniels, an ex-girlfriend who knows all about his secret past.

And she’s the one woman who could expose him…

Caitlyn thought to never see Wesley again. Now, his life could be in her hands. Ten years ago, a tragedy tore apart everything she held dear, including their relationship. When she’s assigned to do an exclusive story with the reluctant race car driver she once loved, she believes this could be her purging. But chemistry tears apart her resolve to stay strong. Can they work out their differences and fall in love again, or will tragedy keep them apart?

Author Bio

During her senior year in high school, Angela Smith was dubbed most likely to write a novel, and that has been my dream ever since her mother read ‘Brer Rabbit’ to her and her sister so often that they were able to recite it before being able to read. Before venturing into writing, she fell into the perfect job in criminal justice and later became a certified paralegal. When not caring for her small farm or spending time with her husband of two decades, she loves to craft, read, go off-roading, and dream of all the places she’ll visit one day.

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Author Interview The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

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Interivew time! Today I’m interviewing CJS Hayward, author of creative non-fiction / religion “The Best of Jonathan’s Corner”. I hope you enjoy the interview.

What’s the hardest part of​ your path as an author?
Once I was trying to help a friend’s son look into colleges, and yesterday he handed me the phone, really excited, and said, “You have got to speak with these guys.” I fumbled the phone, picked it up, and heard, “—online. We offer perhaps the best-rounded of degrees, and from day one our students are equipped with a top-of-the-line Dell running up-to-the-minute Vista. We address back-end issues, giving students a grounding in Visual Basic .NET, striking the right balance between ‘reach’ and ‘rich,’ and a thorough groundings in Flash-based design and optimized for Internet Explorer . Throw in an MCSE, and marketing-based communication instruction that harnesses the full power of PowerPoint and covers the most effective ways to make use of animated pop-ups, opt-in subscriber lists, and—”

I interrupted. “Internet Exploder 6? Minesweeper Consultant and Solitaire Exp—excuse me, but what is your organization called?”

“The A-rist-o-crats.”
The joke is told ​about technology. It could also be told about the institution where I tried to earn my PhD, the hardest part of my path as an author yet and much worse, in my opinion, than cancer and chemotherapy with it.
As far as talent goes, I ranked, for instance, 7th in the nation in the 1989 MathCounts competition; I’ve been told I’m smarter than most Nobel prize laureates, and “the average Harvard PhD has never met someone as talented as you.” And I washed out of the program; my GPA was 3.386 after grading I found strange, and 3.5 was required to continue. End of discussion.
But I walked away from that with something better than a PhD; I walked away, for that matter, with something better than rooms full of silver and gold; I walked away with my life. And with all that happened, I’m not sure I should have emerged with that much.
And the fact that I’m not writing for refereed academic journals is probably good for my writing. It takes me a lot of effort to write; I might have less energy free if my effort was being siphoned by the rigors of another kind of writing competing for my energy. The Best of Jonathan’s Corner is more richly populated than if I were succeeding in academia, and the terrain I hoped to cover in my thesis is available to all in “Religion and Science” Is Not Just Intelligent Design vs. Evolution, included in The Best of Jonathan’s Corner.


Can you give us a short synopsis of The Best of Jonathan’s Corner?
 
The Best of Jonathan’s Corner is a collection of my best short works in theology, religion and spirituality across twenty years. Its contents are varied; in some ways it is more of a miniature library than a single work.
What inspired you to write this book?
 
For me, it really has been a process of inspiration, one that I can cooperate with but cannot summon. That is why I spend little time writing; I would spend more on my best works if I could, but the option is not open to me with how I create.
Let me give the inspiration process for the oldest and the newest pieces I have written this way. For the oldest, I was an undergraduate and had read Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in an Age of Show Business, and heard of Immanuel Kant’s Religion Within the Bounds of Bare Reason, and then attended a church service that was the very definition of why Postman said, “I am not worried about religion becoming the content of television. I am worried about television becoming the content of religion.” It even imitated television in having a banner above the pastor that looked like what you would see on television. And after trying to write down what bothered me (and having the preacher say “I’ll continue what I’m doing, unchanged”), there was a seed that blossomed and grew into the satire of Religion Within the Bounds of Amusement.
More recently, I had a general sense of concern about a dark side to technologies, and Vince Homan wrote, and included in a newsletter, an article about Facebook as including a significant threat to marriage. That left me almost reeling, and helped crystallize “Social Antibodies” Needed: A Request of Orthodox Clergy.
In both cases, besides any external stimuli, there was a process of spiritual listening, of sounding something out, and wrestling both to master the creation and to get myself out of the way so the creation can voice itself–which are one and the same thing, not two. Once things going, despite what I have written above, the process is much less about the external stimulus and much more about prayerfully attending to what is crystallized.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?
 
This is probably going to earn me status as a black sheep, but on the average, maybe two to three. Inspiration is a high point of my life, but it occupies a few days, maybe more, every few months. I wrote voluminously when I was in high school; now I write emails every day and will write something technical if an employer wants such, but however much moments of inspiration may be a defining moment, they are not my bread and butter. I’ve heard the famous saying that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, but in my experience inspiration carries the day when it is there, and when it is not there, perspiration without inspiration is just perspiration.
Name your top seven favorite books.
 
One would be The Best of Jonathan’s Corner. It has, gathered together, all of my favorite works, and I write the kind of works I would like to read but can’t find.
The next three are all collections: the Bible, the Philokalia, and the Ante-Nicene Fathers / Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers collections. I am presently going through the many volumes of the last collection; I’ve read perhaps a quarter of the works that interest me.
Last to mention are C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, Madeleine l’Engle’s A Wind in the Door, and Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land. I have moved increasingly further from all three of these, as well as others like Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary, but they all, in their own ways, were captivating to me, and shaped me as a man and as a writer.

What are you working on now?

Honestly, I’m working on getting a regular job. Do you know anyone who’s looking for a Jack-of-all-trades web developer? I’d love to hear!
What do you consider the most beautiful thing you’ve written?
That’s easy: nothing in The Best of Jonathan’s Corner. I’d pick my letters to my Grandma and Grandpa, who are getting on in years, and I try to write them one letter each day. They aren’t especially eloquent, or profound, or even interesting, but I don’t know of anything I’ve written that’s better than them.

About The Book

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Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: Creative non-fiction / many genres / religion and spirituality / Eastern Orthodox

The Best of Jonathan’s Corner, newly expanded ​ after getting five star reviews​, is a collection of varied works of Eastern Orthodox mystical theology. It spans many topics and many different genres of writing, but it keeps coming back to the biggest questions of all. It is inexhaustible: the works are independent, and you can read a few, many, or all of them to suit your taste. Fans of CS Lewis and GK Chesterton will love it.

Author Bio

wardrobe_full Christos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “C.J.S. Hayward.”

Called “Jack of all trades and master of many” by one boss, he also wears many hats professionally: open source / IT generalist, front end developer, JavaScript programmer, back end web developer, Pythonista, PHP and Perl user, Django developer, end to end web developer, Unix/Linux/Mac wizard, LAMP guru, SQL generalist, Unix shell (both using existing shells and implementing a new shell), system administrator, researcher, technical writer, usability advocate, UI developer, UX/IA enthusiast, and more.

Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).

Links

http://tinyurl.com/best-of-jonathans-corner

http://CJSH.name

http://amazon.com/author/cjshayward

http://JonathansCorner.com

Author Interview with Troubled Spirits

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I’m hosting an interview with Teri Lee, author of YA paranormal “Troubled Spirits”. I hope you enjoy the interview. Thanks for Teri Lee for answering my questions.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

The hardest part of being an author is juggling what I have to do with what I want to do. What I want to do is write every single day. I could lose myself in my story and never stop, not even to eat!  But life in the real world doesn’t disappear. I have a husband and children (although they are all adults now) and my writing doesn’t feed me  (yet) so I work as an ER nurse. Thankfully, that’s something I love. 


Can you give us a short synopsis of Troubled Spirits?  

After the death of her father, teenaged Annie Waters moves from her home in Florida to Shady Cove, Maine.  She is quickly befriended by Harmony, a ghost obsessed teen. Despite Annie’s disbelief in anything supernatural, she joins her friends in an attempt to contact the spirit of the Caldwell School. The spirit they awaken terrorizes Annie and her friends.  But when Harmony is nearly killed, Annie realizes her only hope is to solve the fifty year old mystery surrounding two boys – one missing and one dead.  
What inspired you to write this book?
A few of my coworkers invited me to join them on some ghost adventures. I almost said no, until I decided that it might be fun to write a ghost story. Although the group fizzled, Troubled Spirits had taken root.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
That varies. I work 10-12 hour shifts 3-5 days a week. If I get home before my husband I can squeeze in about 2 hours. On my days off, its not unusual to spend 6 or more hours writing.
Name your top five favorite books.
1.  One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey – I love the illustrations and the story. I read it over and over to my children when they were little.
2.  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – It’s just such a magical adventure.
3. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – I think I’m addicted to this story – I’ve read it at least eight times and if you set it out front of me right now, I’d pick it up and start reading again.
4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien – I know it’s three books, but I’m counting it as one because how can you finish the first and do anything other than move onto the next. Tolkien was a master at creating worlds that the reader can lose themselves in.
5.  Harry Potter (all seven books) by J.K. Rowling – I read the first book to see what all the fuss was about (I’d heard that there were actually Harry Potter Book burnings!) and I loved it and moved right on to the next. I never did figure out what the fuss was about.
What are you working on now?
Im working on three stories–Whispering Spirits (a sequel to Troubled Spirits), Wijia – To Belong, which is a young adult fantasy/ adventure and I’m polishing my first story which is a middle grade fantasy. 

About The Book

troubledspiritscoverTitle: Troubled Spirits

Author: Teri Lee

Genre: YA Paranormal

Ghosts aren’t real.

That’s what Annie Waters believed before she snuck into the abandoned Caldwell School. Before the dark presence followed her home. Before she realized, her only hope was to believe.

 

Author Bio

authorteriGrowing up in Maine, Teri Lee spent most of her time reading and exploring in the woods. And that hasn’t changed. When she’s not writing, you’ll still find her lost in a book or out hiking. And if she’s not there, try the ER. But don’t worry, she’s the nurse, not the patient. Teri has three grown children and still resides in Maine with her husband.

 

Links

www.teri-lee-author.com

@TeriLee_author

https://www.facebook.com/author.TeriLee

Purchase: http://www.blackrosewriting.com/childrens-booksya/troubled-spirits

Author Interview The Benighted Tour

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I’m hosting an interview with A.M. Dunnewin, author of fantasy romance “The Benighted”. Welcome to my blog, and thanks for answering my questions.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

            Writer’s block, and convincing people to read my book. It’s one thing to write a story, but it’s another to try to talk to people about it without giving away too much detail.

Can you give us a short synopsis ofThe Benighted?

            The Benighted is basically a story of a young woman named Skylar Mandolyn who is the last royalty alive in her kingdom of Correnth. Her brother was mysteriously killed, pushing her into the role of Princess Royal and heir to the throne. When her father is viciously murdered, her knight and only ally, Sir Harlin Brien, is framed for the King’s death. She helps him escape the prison that he has been kept in, only to find herself locked behind the prison walls. Isolated and tortured, Skylar is given the only option of marrying the youngest prince of a rival kingdom in exchange for her freedom, which she repeatedly denies. This rival kingdom, known as Bellumortis, has advanced itself in technology and warfare, and Skylar’s only thought is of how destroyed her people would be if they controlled Correnth. While she’s isolated in darkness, she’s forced to remember the series of events leading up to her arrest: her brother’s death, the inquisition of her people, and the demise of the King’s advisor, Cross Lutherus. But behind the prison walls, Correnth is stirring, and Skylar feels the restlessness in the mysterious tremors that have started to crawl up the stone foundation. The mystery really was never how Harlin escaped; it’s how he’ll return.

What inspired you to write this book?

            To be honest, I was playing the videogame Dishonored for the first time and couldn’t pass the first level where the player has to escape out of a prison. Because I couldn’t pass the level, I decided to take my frustration out in writing, which turned into a story about a girl trapped in a prison.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

            I’d say a couple hours a day, or at least every other day. When I was writing The Benighted, I had spent up to 5-7 hours per day writing. I can average about 40 hours a week when I’m on a roll.

Name your top five favorite books.

            “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier, “The Looking Glass Wars” series by Frank Beddor, “Timeline” by Michael Crichton, “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” by Peter Hedges, and anything by Edgar Allan Poe or F. Scott Fitzgerald.

What are you working on now?

            I’m currently working on the sequel to The Benighted, called The Illusory. I’m also trying my hand out on a horror story, and am currently finishing a serial novel that I’m planning to have published in early 2015. The serial novel is called I, Assassin.

The Benighted

benighted paperback coverTitle: The Benighted

Author: A.M Dunnewin

Genre: Fantasy Romance

The King was dead. His body was found slain in his room, only months after his son had been brutally murdered. Skylar Mandolyn, his daughter, has now become the last heir to the throne. But instead of becoming Queen, she was imprisoned for helping in the escape of Sir Harlin Brien, her knight who was framed for the King’s murder.

Confined to darkness, Skylar’s captors have given her no choice but to yield to a new kind of enemy: a domain that has advanced in both technology and warfare. It’s only when she refuses that the prison uses other means of persuasion. Though unmerciful, the whip lashings and isolation can’t suppress her memories. She’s forced to face again both her brother’s death and her father’s emotional decline, though even the darkness can’t hide the deceptive hands that have tormented them all. Advisor turned adversary, Cross Lutherus has brought the ancient bloodline to its knees, and Skylar is the only Mandolyn left to feel his wrath.

With two kingdoms on the brink of war, and the end of her life drawing near, Skylar’s only hope is in the person who haunts her the most – Harlin, the knight who was sworn to protect her. His presence surrounds her when the darkness screams louder than the prisoners, when Death smiles a faceless grin in between the cracks of the stone. And it’s his strength she embraces just as the tremors start to rise from the deep, crawling up through the prison’s walls to terrorize the benighted realm and all its souls.

The mystery was never how Harlin escaped. It is how he will return.

Author Bio

Author PhotoA. M. Dunnewin inherited her love for mysteries and thrillers from her family, which motivated her to pursue a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Although her stories cover a wide range of genres, she primarily writes historical fiction and thrillers. An avid reader at heart, she’s also a passionate collector of both antique books and graphic novels, and has been known to search for stories in the most random places. She lives in Sacramento, California.

Links

My blog: http://amdunnewin.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/A.M.Dunnewin)
Twitter: http://twitter.com/AMDunnewin)
Goodreads: (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5405098.A_M_Dunnewin).
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/A.-M.-Dunnewin/e/B007321LV0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1395615354&sr=8-1