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Author Interview: ‘In-Laws and Outlaws’ by Kate Fulford

About the Book:

She knows what’s best for her son, and it’s not you.

Eve has an idiosyncratic relationship with the truth, is a borderline psychopath (according to her psychologist friend Claire), and has a rather colourful past. But her heart is in the right place. Having recently met Gideon everything seems, at last, to be working out rather well for her. Then he introduces her to his mother. Marjorie clearly believes that she knows what’s best for her son, and it’s definitely not Eve.

Over the next few months Eve struggles as Marjorie seems hell-bent on undermining her relationship with Gideon at every opportunity. Then, a chance meeting with someone very close to Marjorie confirms Eve’s worst fears – there are literally no lengths to which Marjorie will not go to get Eve out of her son’s life. Using her own ingenuity, and with help from some very unexpected quarters, Eve finds herself caught up in a very high stakes game indeed, in which there can be only one winner.

 

What people are saying:

“So many secrets, so many characters involved, and Eve was playing them like marionettes! Great read.”
Scarlett Readz and Runz (Reviewer)

“There is so much going on in this book to keep the reader engaged. The characters are great. It is funny, fun, and just made me smile. I really enjoyed this book.”
Karen Whittard (Reviewer)

“This book was a nice surprise.”
Claire Sherman (Librarian)

“A hysterical read… Eve’s narrative digressions are pure enjoyment… will keep you in stitches. In-laws and Outlaws is the perfect diversion.”
Underrated Reads

“This was a fun read… there were many twists and turns.”
Winding Words

“Do yourself a favor and read this funny book.”
Goodreads

“A clever and well written book that I would highly receommend.”
Rachel Kennedy (Reviewer)

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Author Interview:

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

I live in London, a city I love with a passion and can’t imagine ever wanting to leave. I have been a freelancer for many years, first of all in brand development and then as a copywriter. I really enjoyed freelancing as it gave me time to focus on writing in between contracts.

I’ve always loved writing. I realised I might have some skill when at primary school my stories were turned into ‘books’ by Mrs Greenhalgh, while a tutor at university told me that my writing skills were instrumental in getting me a degree, as I could make it appear that I knew much more about a subject than was often the case.

Then I met an Australian and for six months we lived on opposite sides of the world. Every week I wrote this Australian a letter. I loved writing these letters and the Australian loved reading them. When we were finally reunited* I realised that I wanted to keep writing, so I started writing fiction.

Now I write fiction full time, except on Mondays when I volunteer at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. If you call them on a Monday to make a donation it might be me you speak to.

*Reader, I married him.

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

I try to write to treat writing like a job, and so I aim to begin at around ten, break for lunch at one and then write again from two until about five. That makes it sound as if I’m very self disciplined, which is not true. Whoever said that the pram in the hallway was the enemy of art had clearly never come across the internet.

Where I write depends on the weather. On sunny days I follow the sun from room to room, and when it’s cold I sit by the fire. I don’t have a desk (it feels too ‘worky’) but sit in an armchair with my PC on my lap. I’ve never written in a cafe. They are too noisy, offer too many distractions, and the coffee is cheaper at home.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Anywhere and everywhere. Sometimes an idea might develop from something that’s happened to me, but then I take that and bend and twist into a narrative that I hope will engage people, as real life stories don’t tend to offer up perfectly formed story arcs without quite a lot of help.

Other times an idea might come out of a more abstract conceptual or philosophical idea that grabs my interest. I’m currently finishing a book inspired by the idea of the multiverse. This posits that there are infinite universes out there in which infinite versions of each of us exist. What might happen, I wondered, if you could visit these other universes?

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 usually have an overarching idea of the whole story. I will know a few of the key points on the way that I need to get my characters to, and I generally know how the story will end. From there a story will unfold, often in ways that are a complete surprise to me. Our heads are stuffed full of experiences, ideas, and connections that we aren’t consciously aware of. The process of writing, or doing anything creative, brings things into awareness that we didn’t even realise were there. It’s an amazing process.

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

I’m not sure I fall into a specific genre, although the best way to describe my writing might be contemporary women’s fiction. That doesn’t mean, though, that I write specifically for women. I hope that everyone can enjoy my stories. It is true though that my central characters, the ones that drive the story forward, are primarily women.

My heroines are intelligent, capable, resourceful women who solve their own problems. Romance might play a part in their stories, but it’s not the main driver. Women have an awful lot more other than romance and family concerns in their lives, and I don’t think enough stories reflect this. And funny, I can’t write serious novels, just can’t do it.

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

In-laws and Outlaws is written from the perspective of Eve, and as I wrote I kept hearing her speaking in Katherine Parkinson’s voice. She was in the IT Crowd on C4 and the first series of a comedy called Stop/Start on BBC R4. I think she is a brilliant comic actress. That’s as far as I got with casting I’m afraid!

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

I read all the time, but not always fiction. I love popular science books, and I’m fascinated by history. I’m never happier than when I learn something that gives me a new perspective on the world, but I like it when these books teach me things through people’s stories rather than by simply relating facts.

My first love is, however, fiction. To open a book and be immediately thrust into another, living breathing world, that seems as real as your own is as close to magic as it gets. I don’t have a favourite author, only books that have had a huge impact on me because they were so transformative and so immersive.

Some that come to mind include Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights trilogy, Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger, Wild Swans by Jung Chang, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke. In some cases it was the story that principally grabbed me, in others the writing, and in the very best it’s both. Where I read also has an impact on my feelings about a book. I can recall the experience of reading each of the books I listed almost as vividly as the book itself.

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

I recently went to Amsterdam and I’m now reading Amsterdam by Russell Shorto, an American ex pat who lives there. It’s a social and political history of the city in which Shorto uses a mixture of historical fact and vivid personal stories to describe the history of the city and how it became the liberal capital of the western world. Fascinating.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Without a doubt it’s Pride and Prejudice. A feisty, opinionated heroine, a plot that works like a dream, and it’s funny! A masterclass in writing and one of the few books I can read over and over again and still be delighted by.

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

First, write. I heard a composer say that the magic only happens when he is sitting at his piano, and I think that the same applies to writing. You simply have to sit down and get on with it. And don’t fill your head with other writers’ ideas about how you should work. Where, when and how you write is unique to you, there is no magic formula.

Second, edit. No one writes beautifully or totally coherently straight out of the blocks. Think of a book as Michelangelo thought of the marble that became David. You have to start somewhere, and you have to chip away at it for a good long time. A lot of what you write will be lost by the final edit, but if it isn’t there to edit, you’ve got nothing!

Third, take advice. I learnt as a copywriter not to be precious about my work. Everyone benefits from getting help, so long as it’s constructive and comes from people whose judgement you have reason to trust, just take it and use it to make the work better.

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

To read a few pages of my book and to buy it visit – www.tinyurl.com/inlaws2018

To learn a little more about me and my writing visit www.facebook.com/KateFulfordAuthor or Twitter on @kate_author

 

About the Author:

Kate has had a varied career that has encompassed working in sales and marketing in the software industry, for brand and marketing agencies, several years as a freelance copywriter, and some time as a foster carer. She gained her first degree from the University of Warwick in the late eighties, but an interest in psychology led her to return to study many years later, when she obtained a Masters Degree from Goldsmiths, University of London. She did this with the idea that it might lead her in a new direction, which it did, just not in the way she had envisaged. At the back of her mind had always been the idea that she wanted to write fiction and so, having given up work to study and therefore having learned to get by on a lot less money, the time seemed right to turn what had only ever been a hobby into a full time endeavour. She has a distinctive authorial voice that refuses to take anything too seriously, not because she doesn’t think life is a serious matter but because she believes that it is almost always better when leavened with humour.

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Author Interview: ‘Redferne Lane’ by Sarah Scholefield

About the Book:

Ezra had it all when he died. A good job. A nice house. His loving wife, Grace.

Grace doesn’t even realise she’s struggling to keep herself together. Until Torin turns up in Redferne Lane. It’s been nearly two years since Grace has seen Torin. Since Ezra’s funeral. Now Torin is back in her life, emotions from the past are resurfacing and Grace begins to realise elements of her life are going wrong. She’s not sure she can take control.

But Grace isn’t the only one with problems in Redferne Lane. Josie has a husband and young family to contend with. Ada is facing the difficulties of old age. Jerome thinks he’s found the perfect girl. Eliza just wants to grow up. And Torin isn’t sure he should have what he wants. They all begin to turn to Grace for answers. Can Grace look beyond her own difficulties and help those around her, even while she’s trying to save herself?

 

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Author Interview:

 

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

I live in Somerset, with my husband and children, and our lovely cats. I juggle my time between looking after my children, writing and working at the local library. And when I’m not doing those things, you’ll find me reading. And it’s reading that got me into writing. I didn’t start seriously reading novels until I started studying at Uni, discovering that I liked stories more than my text books. I realised I’d been making up stories in my head for as long as I can remember and I figured I should just start writing them down.

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

I’m very lucky to have a desk in a shed my husband converted into an outdoor room. It’s a little cave-like, with only a small window but it’s quiet and I don’t usually get disturbed. I like writing in the morning but often I don’t have the luxury of getting to choose when I write, so often it’s when I can steal a moment.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

All over the place! I’ll usually see or hear something someone says and it will trigger an idea. My stories usually begin with a character that takes a vague shape in my head. Then I take it from there, playing with setting, POV, tense and other characters once I start writing.

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?

It varies on each project, but I usually know the bare bones of what will happen in the story. Even if I start out with only a small idea of where the story is going, I usually find that I start plotting ahead to give each scene focus and meaning.

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

I write romantic fiction. Quite simply, because I love a love story. I want people to fall in love. I mean we all want to love and be loved. Relationships are an intrinsic part of life. And I like to explore all the many and varied ways we experience love and relationships.

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

I would love Grace to be played by Saoirse Ronan, I think she would be just perfect. James McAvoy would be Ezra. And Aiden Turner would be a fabulous Torin. Yes please!

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

I read every day. I love to get lost in a book. At the moment my favourite authors are Matt Haig, Maggie O’Farrell, David Nicholls, Jandy Nelson, to name but a few.

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

I’m reading ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman. It’s fabulous! Funny, sharp and perceptive.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

It would definitely have to be ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. I know it’s not the most original choice but oh, how I love it. Every time I read it, I find a little something else I hadn’t noticed before and as you may have guessed I adore a love story.

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

Write, every day if you can manage it, even if you don’t have a main project, just write about what you see, even if it’s the washing-up or the cat washing its butt. Read, as much as you can. Read every day, trying picking up a new author, try something in a different genre. And read your own work, out loud if you can face it. Find some other local writers. Join, or start your own writing group. It is so valuable to have feedback on what you’re writing. It’s good to realize early on, that everyone will have an opinion of your writing and some times it isn’t kind. It’s good to grow a thick skin.

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

You can find me here:

Website: www.sarahscholefield.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/scholefield.sarah

Twitter: @SJLScholefield

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/17692758.Sarah_Scholefield

Thank you for the fabulous questions, it was a pleasure to take the time to answer.

About the Author:

Sarah Scholefield initially trained as molecular biologist gaining a BSc (Hons) in Biology from The University of the West of England. After realising she wasn’t cut out for life in a laboratory she worked in numerous schools across the West Country.

She has always enjoyed making up stories in her head and finally began to write them down. In 2014 she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Redferne Lane is her first novel.

She lives in Somerset with her husband and children.

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Author Interview: ‘Crooked Principles’ by Kevin Cady

Book Two of The Warren Files

About the Book:

Elijah Warren was a workaholic for the FBI, but during his hunt for the vicious “Poetic Murderer,” he fell in love with Aurelia Blanc–a beautiful and erudite forensic pathologist–and they barely escaped with their lives. They’ve since left the FBI for slower days and a mountain cabin, but a desperate call from remote Alaska leaves them not a choice.

Grizzly is a town of less than a hundred people, and for twelve straight years one of them has been killed. No one talks about the murders, like long-ignored secrets. In fact, it seems no one talks at all. But there’s a sick change in the pattern of death, and a mournful mother wants answers after her five-year-old son is stabbed and bludgeoned to death.

Something is very wrong in the diffident town of Grizzly, and stranded by the winter, Elijah and Aurelia face the killer daily, with paranoia as real as the icy air of Alaska. This is nothing like they’ve faced before. Whose dark past will reveal Grizzly’s secrets?

 

What people are saying:

“Cady’s writing is superb … Dark, engaging, and fast-paced.”
-Urban Book Reviews

“Cady’s nuanced prose scintillates and intrigues from beginning to end … As every piece is unearthed, momentum builds and fear intensifies.”
-Foreword Clarion Reviews

 

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Author Interview:

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

I live in Colorado Springs and am from Oxford, Ohio, where I grew up and graduated from college. I moved to Colorado for a master’s degree, and began writing The Warren Files after that was completed. Rock climbing, rock concerts, and teaching high school English occupy the remainder of my time.

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

I have a few different spots that really appeal to me. Home is certainly one of them. I have a small office at the house where much of my writing is done, where I can see the mountains as a distraction, but there are several spots around town where I consistently write. I at times need a change in scenery, and this accomplishes such a task. Really, anywhere with a view, I enjoy writing.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I’ll see something in life that sends my mind racing, and then it will be there, ever developing. I think my ideas percolate and tumble until they boil over, and I’ve got to get some words down. For example, I’ve been thinking about one particular story for several years, and it consistently is on my mind, and at a certain point, I’ll write something for it. It might just be the first chapter. It might be quite a lot more. And it might not be for another few years, but it’ll happen. Just not yet. I think this process defines how and where my ideas develop.

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?

The previous question addresses this a bit, but it’s definitely a combination! I always have an idea of what the story will be and how it will begin and end, but the middle allows me to discover how it all connects. A prolific author uses the metaphor of uncovering a diamond from earth. You see hints of promise and you follow those, not sure what you’ll find, uncovering what’s hidden in the earth of your own story. If you are aware enough, you’ll be able to uncover amazing components you didn’t prior realize existed. So it’s a cool combination of pre-planning and discovery.

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

My books will always have an element of mystery to them!

I’ve always loved mysteries because of how they can deceive. A great mystery writer is a magician. The secrets are unseen until the end, but, once revealed, they can seem even obvious in reflection. I love the, “It was right in front of my eyes! moment!

Murder/mystery was natural for The Warren Files, and I’ll certainly return to the exact genre (as I have all the characters’ histories I can write about!), but I have some other projects that, I think, completely fit into my writing universe; they’re just different. Two novels are a bit more in the horror genre. One is my ode to haunted house novels—and its likely next for completion, though, with the other being a twist on the western, no promises. I’m excited about both!

I’m really just excited to continue writing quality material, consistently, and hopefully in my own unique style for my growing readership.

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

Haha!

Danie, my girlfriend, and I joke about this a lot. We’ve battled some of the answers. I think this is the final cast…

Elijah- 90’s Patrick Dempsey

Aurelia-Rosario Dawson

Adams-J.K. Simmons

Riff-90’s James Brolin

We’ve got a great person to play the killer in the first book, but for the sake of description and gender anonymity…I must not include that one. : )

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

I read a lot and like a lot of different authors and styles. People like Mark Danielewski or Steven Hall stand out as people doing something really unique with the medium. But those authors don’t have a vast catalogue of writing to choose from.

Authors I return to consistently are ones like Peter Straub, Clive Barker, and Chuck Palahniuk. These are authors which have their own unique style and universe, but each book is different from the one prior. These authors consistently put out work in their own style. They’re unapologetically writing their own way, and I strive for this same thing.

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

Speaking of Clive Barker! I’m amidst his monster narrative Imajica. It’s this amazing story about a parallel universe and its dominions, and how they’re interconnected with our own! It’s sexy and dark and adventurous, and it’s a brick of a book, but it’s awesome!

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I’m going to return to Mark Danielewski, who wrote House of Leaves. This book challenged me in ways I’d never been challenged, but it was exceedingly worth it. It’s best not to share much about it. Reading the House is an experience different from any other, and the more time you spend in there, the more you understand it.

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

Get good, get tough, and get patient. I still need to remind myself of these things, as I’m far from achieving my writing goals!

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

It’s easy to find me on Facebook with a search of Kevin Cady Author, or Twitter the same. My website is kevincadyauthor.com, and that will be the most informative location! You can also find me (and review me!) on Goodreads, and Amazon.

Website: www.kevincadyauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Cady-Author

Twitter: @kevincadyauthor

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15263209.Kevin_Cady

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Kevin-Cady/e/B01FWP3I4M

About the Author:

Kevin lives in Colorado Springs with his girlfriend, Danie, and their pets. He is a teacher at a local high school and earned degrees from Miami University, a bachelor’s in rhetoric, and Colorado College, a master’s in education. When he’s not writing, you’ll find him rock climbing or at the local metal shows. The books of The Warren Files are his first completed novels, with diverse side-projects not far behind.

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Author Interview: ‘Hell Holes Series’ by Donald Firesmith

What Lurks Below (Hell Holes Book 1)

About the Book:

It’s August in Alaska, and geology professor Jack Oswald prepares for the new school year. But when hundreds of huge holes mysteriously appear overnight in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle, Jack receives an unexpected phone call. An oil company exec hires Jack to investigate, and he picks his climatologist wife and two of their graduate students as his team. Uncharacteristically, Jack also lets Aileen O’Shannon, a bewitchingly beautiful young photojournalist, talk him into coming along as their photographer. When they arrive in the remote oil town of Deadhorse, the exec and a biologist to protect them from wild animals join the team. Their task: to assess the risk of more holes opening under the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the wells and pipelines that feed it. But they discover a far worse danger lurks below. When it emerges, it threatens to shatter Jack’s unshakable faith in science. And destroy us

 

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Demons on the Dalton (Hell Holes Book 2)

About the Book:

When hundreds of huge holes mysteriously appeared overnight in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle, geologist Jack Oswald picked Angele Menendez, his climatologist wife, to determine if the record temperatures due to climate change was the cause. But the holes were not natural. They were unnatural portals for an invading army of demons. Together with Aileen O’Shannon, a 1,400-year-old sorceress demon-hunter, the three survivors of the research team sent to study the holes had only one chance: to flee down the dangerous Dalton Highway towards the relative safety of Fairbanks. However, the advancing horde of devils, imps, hellhounds, and gargoyles will stop at nothing to prevent their prey from escaping. It is a 350-mile race with simple rules. Win and live; lose and die…

 

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Author Interview:

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

I’ve loved reading science fiction and fantasy books and short stories since I was a teenager, and I started writing short stories while still in high school. Most of those stories were pretty mediocre, and some were embarrassingly bad. I was unsuccessful at getting any published and gave up writing fiction for several decades. I am a mathematician by training, and have worked in software development since the late 1970s. I started writing software and system engineering books in the 1990s. Tired of only writing technical books, I started writing novels in my spare time about ten years ago. 

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

I work as a system and software engineer about 45-50 hours a week Monday through Friday. That leaves evenings and weekends for writing.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Let me give you an example. I read numerous science magazines and books. During the summer of 2014, I first read about the huge holes found in the frozen tundra of northern Siberia. They are very mysterious given that they are huge, are cylindrical with vertical walls, and exist in permafrost. The question is how could such holes be created in ground that has been frozen since before the last ice age, and where has all of the missing dirt gone? I asked myself, what if instead of three holes, there were hundreds of holes? What if instead of being located on one peninsula in northern Siberia, they existed around the entire Arctic Circle. What if instead of forming sometime during the previous year, they had all formed overnight? Thus, the series Hell Holes was born.

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 create an outline and block out what I want to go in each chapter. The outline may well change over time, but the general shape and story arc tends to be fairly stable. Things flow more in the individual chapters, and I sometimes learn what happens while writing a scene, so that writing is a combination of creation and discovery.

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

The Hell Holes series are apocalyptic science fiction, horror, and modern paranormal fantasy. I love speculative fiction’s freedom to explore new realities and play What if?

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

Amazingly, Hollywood producer Michael Chamoy has hired scriptwriter Leland Anderson to develop a movie script for a full-length feature film based on my book, Hell Holes: What Lurks Below. Once completed later this month, Mike will have one-year shopping rights to sell the movie to a studio and investors. The three main characters are Dr. Jack Oswald and Dr. Angela Menendez, who are a middle-aged married couple, and in spite of being 1,700-years-old, Aileen O’Shannon, who “appears” to be an amazingly beautiful woman in her early 20s. I would like to see Beau Bridges play Jack Oswald, Patricia Rae play Angela Menendez, and the 25-year-old Charlize Theron or Kate Beckinsale play Aileen O’Shannon.

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

I grew up on the grand masters: Asimov, Heinlein, and Clarke. I loved Tolkien so much that The Lord of the Rings was the only English language book I took with me when I spent a year studying at the university in Munich. I must admit to being a true fan of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I also love steampunk books. Beyond that, I have a huge number of authors I read. For example, I really enjoyed spending a year reading a ton of books with strong female protagonists that were written female authors in preparation for writing Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton, which is told first person by a strong female character.

8: What books are you reading at present?

I actually just finished a book on the bus ride to work this morning and am currently trying to decide which of dozens of books on my Kindle Fire to read next.

9: What is your favorite book and why?

It has to be Lord of the Rings. It is such a classic and has such depth that I can read it for the 10th time and still enjoy it and get something new from it. I love the characters and the world building.

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

Spend a huge amount of time both reading and writing. Writing is a skill, and like any skill, it requires a great deal of practice. Iterate, iterate, and iterate some more, because your first few drafts can always be improved. Hire a professional editor and have lots of beta readers.

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

The best place by far is my author website: www.donaldfiresmith.com

I’m also very active on Facebook (www.facebook.com/don.firesmith), where I do a lot of sharing of posts I like. Be forewarned; I’m a staunch progressive and share a lot of liberal political posts.

 

About the Author:

A computer geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He is also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat worrying whether the term “distinguished” makes him sound more like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still more red than gray.

By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs and cats.

Social media links:

Personal website: www.donald.firesmith.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/don.firesmith

Twitter: @DonFiresmith

Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Firesmith

Feuerschmied’s Wand Shoppe: www.magicalwandshoppe.com

 

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Author Interview: ‘The Zion Series’ by Brittany Nicole Lewis

Finding Freedom (The Zion Series Book 1)

About the Book:

Katie was born into a cult. Her family lived there for generations. As she got older, she realized the Elders were keeping secrets from the community. Risking everything, she leaves the cult and searches for the truth. With the help of outsiders, Katie and her young husband David are put in touch with an organization called Purple Haven, which provides medical care, shelter, counseling and job training to individuals who have escaped from cults. She soon discovers she’s pregnant. With the help of her husband, her therapist, and two friends, Katie learns what it means to have a relationship with God.

 

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Heir of Zion (The Zion Series Book 2)

About the Book:

Michael felt like his life ended the day his family left. In a way, it did. While he struggled to remain composed when he was in the company of others, he allowed his thoughts and anxieties to consume him when he was alone. Though the life that he had always known had ended, a new one quickly emerged, one that had been suppressed by the Elders for far too long. While Michael struggled to wrap his brain around the information he was learning about his true identity and the community he had grown up in, his heart continuously pulled him toward a young girl and his new found romance, while it simultaneously ached for the family he lost.

 

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Reunited (The Zion Series Book 3)

About the Book:

Just as Katie’s life is settling into a new normal after leaving Zion and the birth of her son, she is given news that will forever alter her reality.

Meanwhile, the moment that Michael has so desperately wished for, but never thought would come has finally arrived. He must make the hardest decision of his life, and if he doesn’t choose correctly, he could lose everything, forever.

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Author Interview:

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

I started writing when I was in elementary school and by the time I had finished high school I had written three books of poetry and two children’s books, as well as several short stories. I lost most of it when I moved when I was twenty, but later on I published a lot of the poetry. I always had trouble expressing myself verbally, and could communicate better through writing.

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

I prefer to write in the morning around six but that isn’t always possible, so right now I write whenever I can.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I was involved with a group of believers that had some rather strict beliefs about certain things. After I separated from that group I did a lot of studying and needed to figure out if I believed what I believed because it was true or because someone encouraged me to believe it. I wrote Finding Freedom so I could work out some personal things I was going through.

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?

Both. I have the general story planned out. Then I have a word count in mind. Then I say I want about 20 chapters, and from there I know each chapter needs to be roughly this many words. Then I break down the story into the beginning, middle and end and then map out the various scenes in each chapter. It isn’t abnormal for my books to change slightly as I am writing them, though.

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

I write Young Adult novels, children’s books and poetry books. Young Adult has always been my favorite.

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

I have no idea. I don’t watch very many movies and don’t keep up with actors and actresses except for the ones I’m friends with.

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

I try to read for about an hour every day. I don’t have a favorite author, but some I really enjoy are Chris Colfer, Lios Lowry, and Louis Sachar.

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

I am currently reading the last book in The Land of Stories series with my eight year old daughter.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The Giver. I felt like Lois Lowry did a great job painting that world and her characters were very well developed.

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

Don’t give up when it gets tough, because it will get tough. Expect to put in a lot of work in the beginning, for very little or no pay. Keep going, eventually it will pay off. Write every day, even if you don’t want to.

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

You can find me on the following:

Website: www.brittanynicolelewisblog.wordpress.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BLewis2008

Twitter: www.twitter.com/BLewis2008

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorbrittanynicolelewis

 

About the Author:

Best selling author of Finding Freedom, most well known for her YA series, the Zion series and her works of poetry. Brittany enjoys helping women and teens who suffer from depression and anxiety and she regularly donates copies of her books to ministries.

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