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Author Interview: ‘The Unity Game’ and ‘The Woman Behind the Waterfall’ by Leonora Meriel

 

“The Unity Game” is science fiction with philosophy

About the Book:

WHAT IF THE EARTH YOU KNEW WAS JUST THE BEGINNING?

A New York banker is descending into madness.

A being from an advanced civilization is racing to stay alive.

A dead man must unlock the secrets of an unknown dimension to save his loved ones.

From the visions of Socrates in ancient Athens, to the birth of free will aboard a spaceship headed to Earth, The Unity Game tells a story of hope and redemption in a universe more ingenious and surprising than you ever thought possible.

Metaphysical thriller and interstellar mystery, this is a ‘complex, ambitious and thought-provoking novel’ from an exciting and original new voice in fiction.

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Reviews for The Unity Game

“A complex, ambitious and thought-provoking novel.” ~~ Kirkus Reviews

“Elegantly written, expertly crafted and a moving message. I found this book very hard to put down. Moving and poignant.” ~~ Lilly, Amazon US reviewer

“An engrossing, unique, and totally bizarre tale! I could not stop reading it once I started. Such a beautiful take on the afterlife, and its connection to those still living. A unity game, indeed!”~~ Brenna, Goodreads reviewer

 

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“The Woman Behind the Waterfall” is literary fiction and magical realism

About the Book:

Heartbreak and transformation in the beauty of a Ukrainian village.

For seven-year old Angela, happiness is exploring the lush countryside around her home in western Ukraine. Her wild imagination takes her into birds and flowers, and into the waters of the river.

All that changes when, one morning, she sees her mother crying. As she tries to find out why, she is drawn on an extraordinary journey into the secrets of her family, and her mother’s fateful choices.

Can Angela lead her mother back to happiness before her innocence is destroyed by the shadows of a dark past?

Beautiful, poetic and richly sensory, this is a tale that will haunt and lift its readers.

 

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Reviews for The Woman Behind the Waterfall

“Readers looking for a classic tale of love and loss will be rewarded with an intoxicating world” ~~ Kirkus Reviews

“The language is lyrical and poetic and, in places, begs to be read repeatedly for the sheer joy of it… A literary work of art.” ~~ Fiona Adams, The Richmond Magazine

“Rich and poetic in detail, it is an often dreamy, oneiric narrative rooted in an exaltation of nature… A lovely novel.” ~~ IndieReader

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’m the author of two novels: The Woman Behind the Waterfall, which is magical realism and The Unity Game, which is speculative science fiction. I am originally from London but I have spent most of my life living abroad, in New York, Barcelona, Kyiv and other cities. I studied literature, but spent several years working on Wall Street and then founding and running my own business before I decided to write full time. Now, writing is my top priority.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

The time is always the morning – as early as possible, but the place can vary. If there is no one at home, then I write in my office or living room. However, if there are people wandering around, I’ll have to go out to a café. I’ll always choose a corner seat where I can observe the room, and one with loud enough music so I can’t hear other peoples’ conversations.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I have a very creative mind and I am almost always turning several ideas round in my imagination at one time. I suppose it comes from being utterly fascinated with everything – with the planet Earth that we live on, with the mysteries of everything we don’t yet know, with the universe around us. I love to discover and delve into new areas. There are so many extraordinary things happening in the world at any one time, and so many stories to be told that should be known about. As a writer, it’s amazing to have the power to combine ideas and stories and “what if” scenarios endlessly in books. So, I’d say the ideas come from a combination of my insatiable curiosity, my vast fascination with everything around us, and a creative mind that likes to play with pieces of information and arrange them in interesting patterns.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I start off with many different ideas in my head, and I simply try writing about all of them. Some story threads fizzle out after a few thousand words and I understand that I didn’t have a very deep interest in the themes behind them. Others expand until a novel starts coming into shape. I often then integrate the smaller ideas as themes into the larger works. A novel has to have a question or a theme so burning, that it will carry you through up to five or even ten years of your life, and thousands of words.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

When I started writing my novels I had no preconceptions of genre. I set out with passions and ideas and let the books emerge from these. It was only when reviews started referring to my work as “Magical Realism” that I accepted this for my first novel; with my second novel there were extraplanetary elements, so it clearly touched on Science Fiction. With the hindsight of two novels, I now understand that I write literary fiction and speculative fiction, however I would never like to set out with a fixed idea of what my novel will be. It’s a journey and an adventure to create and I would not limit this in any way.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

David, the main character of The Unity Game, is an intense and driven New York investment banker, whose world starts slipping away when he has some alien experiences. Christian Bale would be perfect for this, as he self-destructs so brilliantly. There is also an ethereal, non-sexual, highly evolved alien that Cate Blanchett would suit perfectly. She is mesmerisingly beautiful so the lack of action wouldn’t be a problem. The third character is an after-life guide for my London barrister who dies in the first scene, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather show me around the after-life than Tom Hanks.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read as much as I possibly can – probably a book a week on average. I love literary fiction the most, but I’ve started to read more science fiction as well, and I try to keep a balance of at least one non-fiction book per ten fictions. Authors I love start from literary classics such as Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, to current writers such as David Mitchell and Michael Cunningham and Eleanor Catton. I particularly love surrealism and great writing that heads in a strange direction, such as Haruki Murakami and Aimee Bender.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m coming to the end of American Rust by Philipp Meyer. It’s his debut and it’s absolutely phenomenal writing – huge and beautiful and devastating. I love reading debuts of talented writers because I know just how much they put into a debut – all of their dreams and ideas and passion. It’s also exciting to see the beginning of a writer’s career and imagine where they might go from there.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

That’s a really difficult question! I would have to choose 3 that I return to again and again. The first is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Its themes and language and beauty haunt me. The second is Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. When Michael Cunningham published his personal interpretation of this in The Hours, which also became a favourite. For my third, I would choose Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore as it constantly inspires me to be bold in my ideas, expression of motivations and language. It reminds me that in writing, everything is possible.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

You must take yourself as seriously as possible if you want to write professionally. If you are a short story writer, then set aside an hour each day to write those short stories. If you dream about a novel, then set aside an hour for the novel – more if you can. Take a writing course; subscribe to a writing magazine; enter competitions. There are infinite ways to become a successful writer, but they all involve hours and hours at a desk – writing.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

I am very accessible to readers. I am happy to have direct e-mails at leonora@leonorameriel.com or alternatively I am on Facebook – www.facebook.com/leonoramerielwriter and also Twitter – @leonora_meriel and my website is www.leonorameriel.com. I have a lot of readers contacting me and it is one of the best things about being a writer – after years of creating something in solitude, suddenly you can talk with people who have read and loved your work. It’s very special.

Direct links:

Website: www.leonorameriel.com

Blog: www.leonorameriel.com/blog

Facebook: www.facebook.com/leonoramerielwriter

Twitter: @leonora_meriel

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15852447.Leonora_Meriel

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Leonora-Meriel/e/B01LYU9KTO

 

About the Author:

Leonora Meriel grew up in London and studied literature at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and Queen’s University in Canada. She worked at the United Nations in New York, and then for a multinational law firm.

In 2003 she moved from New York to Kyiv, where she founded and managed Ukraine’s largest Internet company. She studied at Kyiv Mohyla Business School and earned an MBA, which included a study trip around China and Taiwan, and climbing to the top of Hoverla, Ukraine’s highest peak and part of the Carpathian Mountains. She also served as President of the International Women’s Club of Kyiv, a major local charity.

During her years in Ukraine, she learned to speak Ukrainian and Russian, witnessed two revolutions and got to know an extraordinary country at a key period of its development.

In 2008, she decided to return to her dream of being a writer, and to dedicate her career to literature. In 2011, she completed The Woman Behind the Waterfall, set in a village in western Ukraine. While her first novel was with a London agent, Leonora completed her second novel The Unity Game, set in New York City and on a distant planet.

Leonora currently lives in Barcelona and London and has two children. She is working on her third novel.

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Author Interview: ‘The Warehouse Industry’ by William Macbeth

About the Book:

Once there was a man.

When the man was a boy he killed a duck. He called the duck Peter, but it was too late. The duck was dead.

He got a job at a pie factory. Not a great job, but they didn’t ask too many questions, which was the main thing. He didn’t last long there, and left quietly without telling anyone.

The man is trying not to draw attention to himself.

He settled for a career in the warehouse industry. One day there was a delivery of cheap pillows, but the worst was yet to come.

The worst is always yet to come.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I am thirty-nine years old. I have brown hair. I like jazz but not too much.

I got into writing when I realised that I would never be a pop star or a professional football player.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

The kitchen table. I have a half hour window between putting the kid to bed and falling asleep.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

The idea for The Warehouse Industry came to me one day as I was walking to the shop to buy some milk.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I did with The Warehouse Industry. I knew exactly where it was going, and although I wasn’t sure initially how I was going to get there, once I started writing it soon became clear.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I didn’t set out to write in a particular genre. But I suppose my book could best be described as ‘Dark Comedy’, although it’s not always dark, and it’s not always funny. And I suppose I have been influenced by the work of Chris Morris, Julia Davis and Stewart Lee.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

A cast of unknowns, plucked at random. And I guess Martin Freeman would have to be in it, because he’s in everything these days.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read a lot. My favourite authors are Richard Brautigan, Muriel Spark and Hermann Hesse. I like short books about odd people.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I am currently reading White Teeth by Zadie Smith, which is definitely not a short book. I still quite like it though.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Sombrero Fallout by Richard Brautigan because it is unlike anything else I’ve ever read, and it made me smile and laugh and think. Plus it has really short chapters.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write a little every day, even if it’s only one sentence.

Avoid the internet. Don’t own a smartphone.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

None at present (see above). A Twitter account may be coming soon. We’ll see. Self-promotion is definitely not a strong point!

 

About the Author:

William Macbeth is a writer. He has written a book called The Warehouse Industry. And other things too, if you’re interested. He has brown hair and, while not exactly tall, is certainly above average height. He lives in London, in a house.

William Macbeth has never won any prizes, raffles, or competitions of any kind.

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Author Interview: ‘Escape from Yesterday’ by Frederic Petrovsky

About the Book:

The ultimate time travel adventure! ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW follows Den, a seventeen-year-old who has been a servant in Castle Kuthalds all his life. Den struggles with sexual awakening, and finds himself drawn to Oshana, the Vizier’s strong and alluring daughter. When this forbidden love is discovered by the cruel and obsessive Vizier, he becomes enraged. The Vizier incarcerates Den in the notorious Zakaz prison, and begins a campaign of murdering a generation of his subjects. To set things right, Den is brought to an ancient underground civilization of monstrous shape-shifters that sends him back in time. The plan fails, and Den is transported to an even earlier time. But during both visits to the past, Den inadvertently interacts with himself. This sets in motion a series of perilous escapes in three separate time periods—three different Dens, Oshanas, Umbras, and Viziers.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I was born in Memphis in the shadow of Graceland, the great grandson of a street peddler, the grandson of a corner convenience store shopkeeper in the poorest part of town, and the son of an insurance agent. Writing seemed an impossible, terrible thing . . . until I started doing it. To me, it’s the most precise and difficult art forms.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I write in stolen moments here and there. Waiting for a plane. Five minutes during work. Grocery shopping. I drop these small fragments into my phone and clean them up later. I’m an insanely slow writer.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I’m afraid of being bored. And I’m afraid of my readers being bored. I tend to look for strange ideas that need to be explored so that they no longer seem bizarre. I write books I’d like to read.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I start with a premise and start writing. If it continues to hold my interest and if the characters seem worthy, I will keep at it. I usually only know what’s going to happen a chapter at a time. I try to create interesting situations with three-dimensional characters who will tell me what they want to do next. Creating an outline or plot seems artificial and fake.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

My books span genres. Science fiction, fantasy, speculative science. Oh, I also wrote Bill Clinton’s private diary he kept while seeing Monica Lewinsky.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I don’t dream that big.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

Yes, I am always reading. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. John Cheever. Raymond Carver. Philip Roth.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

In Calabria, by Peter S. Beagle

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Hands down: One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Simply put, it’s the best book I’ve ever read.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Don’t do it unless you can’t live without it. Then rethink it. Rewards are rare.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

I have a terrible website at www.fredpetrovsky.com

 

About the Author:

Fred Petrovsky’s first novel, Frank, was published by Time Warner in 2001. His other novels include Don’t be Cruel and The Clinton Diaries. His work has also appeared in Midstream, Arrive, and The Ritz-Carlton Magazine. He holds an MFA from the University of Arizona.

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Author Interview: ‘Cold Flood’ by R.J. Corgan

About the Book:

For geologist Kea Wright, when a volcano erupts under and ice cap, it isn’t just a good time, it’s a living.Camped at the base of an icecap in southeast Iceland, Kea and her team are investigating landforms created by catastrophic floods. With only days left in the field season, bad weather on the way, and the volcano due to erupt at any time, the team is struck by a tragedy that threatens to shut down the entire project.As the team rushes to complete their work, the expedition continues to be plagued by setbacks, leading Kea to wonder if the initial tragedy was an accident after all. During her reluctant – and inept – attempts to investigate, Kea inadvertently stumbles upon a secret. One so valuable, someone is willing to kill to keep it hidden.

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Author Interview:

 

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I have spent a great deal of my academic career working on glaciers or volcanoes. Between school and volunteering I have been able to go to so many fascinating places in the world with scientists that most people can never go. By wrapping these settings and people into murder mysteries or thrillers I hope to allow people to share in these adventures.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Since I live in the DC area, traffic is often so bad that I hide out after work in a coffee shop and write.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I am very geospatially-driven. I let the setting (wildlife, physical geography, geology, weather, etc.) drive the events, and then put characters in them with a crisis and see how they react. Watching real life scientists conduct fieldwork in all manner of climates and weather, balancing personalities, logistics, finances and their families is simply amazing. Few people realize how much goes on just to get an expedition running. Everything I write is a tribute to them. They not only changed my life, but everyone they touch, both personally and professionally.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

My stories are very much driven by how fieldwork plays out in real life: plan heavily, start working, and then when it all goes to pieces, improvise!

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

While I love reading science fiction, fantasy, and crime, my books are very much sculpted around the fantastic work of Nevada Barr. A park ranger in real life, her murder mystery/thriller books are set in many of America’s National Parks. She describes the parks so vividly, and they are central to the plots, that they are almost characters in themselves. Since there are so many parks, I’ll never be able to visit them all in person, but through reading her books I get a chance to experience some more of them.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

In my head, the lead character (Kea Wright) is Gillian Anderson, very much in the mold of Scully from X-files. Kea, however, has much less confidence and personal skills. She just wants to be left alone and get her work done, but drama keeps sweeping her away.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

See number 5

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Currently reading How I Paid for College, a novel of sex, theft, friendship and musical theatre, by Marc Acito. It is hysterical.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Genius Loci by Ben Aaronovitch. It is a book about archaeology in space, and I can honestly say that not only does it to an amazing job of describing what real archaeological fieldwork is like, but every page seems to hold an amazing new concept that boggled my mind.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Spend the time and money to get a good editor. Once you’ve made the changes, hire another editor to proof the edits!

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

RJCorganbooks.com is my main site, but I post pictures of recent expeditions on Facebook and twitter under the same name.

Website: www.rjcorganbooks.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RJCorganBooks

Twitter: @RJCorgan

About the Author:

R. J. Corgan Books is dedicated to providing readers with the opportunity to learn alongside scientists all around the world, all while enjoying a good murder mystery.

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Release Blitz & Author Interview: ‘Shameless King’ by Maya Hughes

Title: Shameless King

A Kings of Rittenhouse Novel

Author: Maya Hughes

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: 28th June 2018

 

About the Book:

A deliciously steamy enemies with benefits romance.

Declan McAvoy. Voted Biggest Flirt. Highest goal scorer in Kings of Rittenhouse Prep history.
Everyone’s impressed, well except one person…

After a blow out in high school, Makenna Halstead and I were happy to never have to cross paths again. Except life has a way of knocking you straight in the teeth with a puck when you least expect it. She hasn’t just returned to my life, she crashed into it like a wrecking ball…into my college kingdom, into my class, and smack dab into the seat next to mine. My new lab partner to be exact.

For years we hated each other… I may be King on the ice, but she is the Ice Queen. She has no problem calling me out, doesn’t back down, and her piercing blue eyes have me picturing more than than just my arms wrapped around her.

Now we’re stuck with each other and there’s no getting around that fact that we have to work together. My hockey career hangs in the balance. Problem? Oh, yeah.

I can’t deny it. I want her. More than I ever thought I could want a woman. I’ve got one semester–only four months–to convince her everything she thought about me was wrong.

Will my queen let me prove to her I’m the King she can’t live without?

Only one way to find out…

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’m Maya Hughes, romance writer, mom of 3 and wife to an incredibly supportive husband. I got into writing when one of my friends got tired of me complaining about the stories bouncing around in my head and how I’d one day write them down. She just said, why not start today? Something clicked and I’ve pretty much written every single day since then.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

In the mornings always works best for me. I do it before the kids wake up and before I head out to work. Once I have even a few words done for the day, I can relax a bit and work on other things through the day guilt-free! I write anywhere I can, but usually in our office.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Anything, really. It can be a song. Someone I see on the street or something that comes completely from my imagination. Sometimes a story comes knocking and I HAVE to write it.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I generally start with an outline, but the story evolves as I write no matter how much I try to plan ahead. The more I write the story, the better I get to know the characters. The more I know about them gives their voice and the direction a much more powerful thrust.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

My books are mainly contemporary romance. My upcoming book, Shameless King, is a new adult and college romance, so that’s a little different, but they all have the same overall feel. I throw in some laughs, a few tears, lots of emotions and a story of two people finding each other, however that might be.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it too much. I’ve never really matched up my characters to any actors currently out there.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I don’t read too much anymore, which is a shame. I wish I could read more. Some of my favs in this non-exhaustive list are Kylie Scott, Penelope Douglas, Laurann Dohner, Theodora Taylor and so many many more.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m re-reading a lot of older books I’ve enjoyed reading before. I like to re-read when I’m writing because these are stories I know and they don’t stress me out!

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I don’t have one single favorite. I have so many different moods when it comes to my reading and one book might work one day or week or month and later it won’t as much.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write every day. Even if you can only write 50 words, do that and keep doing that until your book is finished!

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

Website: www.mayahughes.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mayahugheswrites

Facebook Group: bit.ly/MayaHughesGroup

Twitter: @mhugheswrites

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mayahugheswrites

Book + Main: www.bookandmainbites.com/maya

Bookbub: www.bookbub.com/authors/maya-hughes

Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/mayahughes

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cZoUzT

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About the Author:

Maya Hughes is a Jersey girl, no not that kind! And she also thinks it’s super weird to talk about herself in third person 🙂 I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, the music I listen to, and the people I know to create stories that sparkle and shine.

I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe and traveling with my family.

 

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