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Author Interview: ‘Escape Reality’ by Jasmine Gorton

About the Book:

Everyone is looking for a way to escape reality. Why not jump into someone else’s shoes for a change?

Fall into a world of wonder as it feels like you are standing right beside the character. From sprinting away from hoards of green-glowing skeletons to a simple kiss that could sweep you off your feet. Feel chilling goosebumps rise on your arm as you hear the deafening sound of doom slowly approaching!

This short-story collection offers a variety of unknown worlds to humankind. You will be sitting on the edge of your seat because you will need to know more!

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Author Interview:

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

I’m a 19-year-old girl who started writing at the age of twelve. I published my first book after I turned sixteen in 2019. I currently live in OH with my family. What got me in writing was when I had a sudden realization that I should write my own books. All I knew was that I loved reading, and thought I should become a famous author like the ones I read. Now that I’m thinking about it, it was an awe-inspiring moment that set me on my writing career path.

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

Well, for me I either have to be in the writing mood or I will typically write in the afternoon as I’m not a morning person. And I can write in just about any place.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

My ideas come from everything around me. Such as books, movies, people, places, etc.

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 do a mixture of both. For books I’ve been writing a long time, I like to plan it out if I don’t have a particular word count I want to accomplish.

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

I write in fantasy, sci-fi, and adventure. I write in those genres because I love reading those genres. And because those genres are just the easiest to write.

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

That is a tricky question. I really don’t know. I feel like my books would be more animated than live actions.

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

I read every single day, even if it means reading five minutes before I go to bed. My favorite authors would have to be Brandon Sanderson, Rick Riordan, Shannon Messenger, and Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

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

The books I’m currently reading are Spy Family number 6, Dune Messiah, and Cytonic.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My favorite book would have to be A Star Named Vega because I finished it in one sitting. I absolutely loved the characters, storyline, and the world-building Benjamin J. Roberts created.

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

If you’re becoming a writer, just know it takes time to craft your skills. And if you ever publish, make sure you have your book edited beforehand.

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

Here are my Social Media handles for people to find more about me and my work below,

Instagram: www.instagram.com/Ladyginnaandtheninjaseries

Twitter: @GortonJasmine

TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@JasmineMGorton

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ladyginnaandtheninjaseries

About the Author:

Jasmine M. Gorton is a young adult, who currently lives in Ohio now. She loves to write, read, and listen to music. She’s lives with a family of eight and is a huge fangirl for Marvel, DC, Star Wars, and other action movies out there. She loves reading graphic novels, manga, and novels. She is also a Christain who loves God. Her illustrator, Katherine E. Gorton, is her younger sister. She also has fan pages on Facebook and Instagram. The Facebook fan page is called The Ninja Series Jasmine M. Gorton. And Instagram is called Lady Ginna and The Ninja Series. She has four new books that are in the editing stages, and will be published later this year in 2021! Look out for the new reads, Imagination Land, The Chosen Sensei: A Ninja Series Prequel, The Chosen Purple Ninja: A Ninja Series Prequel, and a book called The One Shadow she is working with two other newly aspiring authors. Hope you all are having a wonderful day, and stay safe everyone!!

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Author Interview: ‘Meara’ by Anya Wylde

About the Book:

Meara lives an ordinary life with her eccentric grandmother and three siblings in a small Georgian house in Dublin. On her eighteenth birthday, her little sister is kidnapped by an incredibly powerful man, and her entire world turns upside down.

A whisper of someone like her being born has been discussed for aeons by the gods. The question is, who is she, and where is she?

Meara lives an ordinary life with her eccentric grandmother and three siblings in a small Georgian house in Dublin. On her eighteenth birthday, her little sister is kidnapped by an incredibly powerful man, and her entire world turns upside down.

Long hidden family secrets tumble out, and supernatural beings suddenly surround her. However, she thinks she is a side character, the hero’s friend and the heroine’s sister. After all, her nature is more girl-next-door than a tortured soul with ninja fighting skills.

Her only desire is to get her sister back and keep her safe but to do so, she must battle dangerous beings and reign in her treacherous heart, which has begun to beat for her family’s sworn enemy, a gorgeous demigod.

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Author Interview:

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

I always admired writers and was smitten with authors as a teenager while my friends were drooling over film stars. I assumed that once I retire, I will write for fun.

Then the big recession happened in Ireland and Dublin became a ghost town. It was eerie and reminiscent of the lockdown during covid. Jobs were lost and it was hard to survive. I read a lot during that time and finally decided to write the sort of book I would like to read but couldn’t find. Something light, funny, and completely madcap. 

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

I treat my writing as a day job which it is. So, I work from ten to six, preferably in my room but anywhere that is quiet will do.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Dreams mostly. At other times I turn to mythology, history and daily life.

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 think of the ending first and then plot the entire story before writing it.

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

I started with Regency cozy mysteries and romance, then veered off to contemporary romance, and now my latest book is my favourite genre, Fantasy. I want to write in every genre that I enjoy reading and hate being boxed in. It’s thrilling and a challenge every time I try something new. 

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

I find Turkish actors gorgeous. So hopefully, a beautiful Turkish man can play Kamraan, while a sweet Irish brunette can be Meara.

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

I love reading. I admire a lot of authors, too many to list. 

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

I am doing some research on Turkish mythology for my next book so reading stuff based on that. 

9: What is your favourite book and why?

It’s like asking me to pick a favourite child. I can’t!

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

Finish writing the book in your head. The first draft is always shockingly bad, but by the time you have revised it a few times, it will be decent and perhaps, a masterpiece. 

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

My website: https://anyawylde.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/anyawylde

Author central: www.amazon.com/Anya-Wylde/e/B008VOR9I8/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6466990.Anya_Wylde

About the Author:

Anya Wylde lives in Ireland along with her husband and a fat French poodle (now on a diet). She can cook a mean curry, and her idea of exercise is occasionally stretching her toes. She holds a degree in English literature and adores reading and writing.

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Author Interview: ‘Wand Smoke: Broken’ by MarQuese Liddle

About the Book:

Just outside a small coal mining town by the name of Village South dwells the bitter, blind, drug-dealing troglodyte, the self-styled cult leader and Lord of Fear, Canti. Together with his sole follower, the Serpent Cursed girl known only as Broken, these wannabe villains seek power in occult magic enough to take their vengeance on humanity—that is, until their leaden souls are turned to gold when both Canti and Broken become heroes after coming face to face with a real Spirit of Vengeance and Incarnation of Tyranny.

For fans of folklore, fairytales, weird pulp, and cult classics. H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard meet Cormac McCarthy and Mark Twain. Grab your copy to embark on a journey through fire and wand smoke today!

Broken is the first book of the Wand Smoke series, an endlessly sprawling set of episodic fantasy adventures featuring flintlock gunfights, occult alchemists, psychedelics, faeries, and folkloric monsters, with dialogue that will have you laughing despite the darkness, written in a lyrical, literary style dangerous to the faint of heart.

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First Chapter:

www.wildislelit.com/blackflameprerelease

Author Interview:

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

I’ve been told that I’m a strange combination of life experiences and interests. I grew up and still reside in Wheeling WV, which is a riverside skeleton-town pseudo-suburb of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. There isn’t really a single culture here, nor a multitude of subcultures, and so I had to incorporate influences from my individual interests. Those turned out to be martial arts and by proxy eastern philosophy, then western philosophy and lastly writing in turn.

As for what got me into writing, I don’t think it was anything in particular. It’d be more accurate to say that I discovered writing as a talent of mine which I could feasibly refine as a means to live out my interests, those being story telling and philosophy.

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

I write best in public, usually at my local coffee shoppe. The large windows and semi-busy street help to provide background stimulation which keeps me more awake and engaged. As for time, morning is best.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I like to think of my writing, my fiction in particular, as Frankenstein’s monsters. I take inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, and I take great pleasure in combining and transforming many elements as to create something new. For instance, my Wand Smoke series borrows heavily from traditional European folklore and medieval alchemy as well as classics such as Huckleberry Finn, more contemporary writers like Cormac McCarthy, and even films, comics, animation, and games. Music play a large inspiration too, particularly rap music, as the use of rhyme and rhythm play a huge role in my writing style. And did I mention my home own and martial arts practice? A reader will see spatterings of those as well.

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 try to plan as little as possible, as I find that the spontaneous generation of solutions to the characters’ problems to be an important purpose to fiction. Every story (anything with a plot) is an argument, whether it wants to be or not. The question is whether that narrative argument is honest and coherent, as opposed to false and contrived. The only way to achieve an honest and coherent story is to pose a problem that you don’t know the answer too, and then to try to answer the question from the perspective of the characters involved. So that’s what I strive to do.

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

For fiction, I write fantasy, though I’d say I’m trying for weird fantasy or at least a blending of genre elements. But why fantasy at the core? I suspect it is my attraction to archetypal imagery. There is something about the dreamlike quality achievable in fantasy stories that opens my mind to inspiration.

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

I can’t answer this question because I don’t really watch many films or television. I could count the number of actors I’d recognize on one hand (if that many).

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

I try to read as much as my schedule will allow, but that isn’t as much as dedicated readers. At fastest, I finish a book a month. As for who I read, mostly classic writers and philosophers. Twain, McCarthy, Dostoyevsky, and Nietzsche are some favorites, but so are Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Jung.

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

Right now, I’m reading multiple books: Twilight of the Idols, Musashi, Zhuangzi, Tao Te Ching (with commentaries by Takuan Soho).

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My favorite single book to read is Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy for the lyricism of the prose and for the eloquence of Judge Holden.

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

Don’t do what I did and start big. Do start with short stories, and a lot of them. Don’t worry about being good. Allow yourself to write a lot of bad stuff while at the same time reading as much as you can. You’ll start to notice what makes your bad work different from the good work you’re reading, and you’ll also start to see how other author’s work could have been done better. Keep this up and don’t give in. After a few years, you’ll find you’ve come very far from where you started.

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

You can find my across most platforms, but I’m most active on Minds.com and Instagram. My user handle at either one is @marquesedliddle.

Blog: www.wildislelit.com

Minds.com: www.minds.com/marquesedliddle

Instagram: www.instagram.com/marquesedliddle

About the Author:

I am originally from Wheeling, West Virginia where I grew up on a small island in the middle of the Ohio River. Inspiration for my stories comes from a myriad of sources including philosophy, psychology, traditional martial arts, classic literature, as well as music. I hopes my work becomes your inspiration to pursue your dreams whatever they are.

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Author Interview: ‘Invincika’ by Varun Sayal

About the Book:

She tries to save the world …

… but can she save herself?

Ulka trained besides the Sigma, but unlike them, her powers remained dormant.

Until a ballistic weapon finally awakened her hidden abilities and flipped her world upside down.

As Ulka struggled with her new found powers, a Magnetar raced toward earth, causing tides, volcanoes and tremors. The super-humans sent to counter the Magnetar never returned, and Ulka is the world’s last hope.

Even if she succeeds, there’s a much bigger threat lurking in the shadows, waiting to unleash a fate worse than death.

If you like superhero stories with riveting action sequences, you will love this first book in the series.

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Reviews:

A great superhero story. A great introduction to this universe. The story is good with a lot of potential to build on. ~ Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

I really liked this book and I read it in one evening. ~ Netgalley Reviewer

Story was engaging, fun to read, and I was intrigued to know What Next. ~ Goodreads Reviewer

Invincika is a fantastic superhero action-adventure novel with a blend of sci fi. This is the first book in the Superheroes of multiverse series. With a fast-paced plot and engaging narration, delve into the exciting world of action, superheroes and dangers. ~ Book Blogger

It’s a fast-paced, engaging, superhero book with the writer’s trademark combination of sci-fi and mythology. I enjoyed reading the book. ~ Goodreads Reviewer

Author Interview:

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

I am Varun Sayal, a science fiction author. I am currently staying in Redmond, Washington but I am originally from India. I have been professionally writing and publishing since 2018. I used to write plays and stories in my grad school back in 2007. I used to write Satire articles for an India satire website as well. In 2015 I started writing some stories and in 2018 I took the hard step to publish them. Haven’t stopped publishing since then.

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

On my bed, usually mornings. Early mornings.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I have extensively studied the prevalent story structures and there are a few I like. They form the back-bone of my story. Upon that back-bone I want to create situations which make a reader emotional, and invested in the story.

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?

When I start. I do have a rough plan, a tentative path that I wish to charter and then I build up a lot as I move forward. Sometimes the characters decide their own path. I believe it’s a good idea to have a mental sketch of your characters so that you stay consistent in their actions.

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

I love writing fantasy and my recent focus is on writing superhero fiction. I am a fan of superhero movies and TV series. Especially Batman the animated series, the Young-justice series and movies such as Watchmen had been my favourites for quite some time. Recent MCU and DCU movies have been great as well. Deep down, like other readers of this genre, I love how superheroes solve seemingly insurmountable problems. Superheroes for me represent an emotion of hope, the light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. And I have tried to shape my own superhero characters based on that philosophy.

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

Ah this a tough one. For the role of Ulka I’d want someone new, a fresh face. 

Guru Saum – Sir Ian Mckellen. 

Yagni – Zendaya. 

Rukmin – Joaquin Phoenix

Mohita – Margot Robbie

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

I love Issac Asimov as an author for injecting much needed simplicity into science fiction. I also like the way Christopher Nolan is able to yield simplicity to complex topics. From a superhero story perspective, I am a big fan of Stan Lee. His idea of giving character defects and problems to superheroes makes his stories very realistic.

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

Finished reading Make Time by John Knapp, Jake Zeratsky. In search for my next read.

9: What is your favorite book and why?

My favorite book has to be the Godfather by Mario Puzo. The kind of sharp emotions it brings in you, was amazing and unforgettable. When they prepare Mike (then a kiddo) to take on Sollozzo, oh man, that scene was amazing.

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

My advice to them would be very simple. Perfection is your enemy in the beginning, when you just start writing, and this very perfection becomes your friend towards the end of your writing process. Don’t look for perfection when you start writing, it will bog you down, slow your writing and may veer you away from the writing path completely. Instead, be scrappy in the beginning. Complete a work. Polish it later.

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

Website: www.varunsayal.in

Facebook: www.facebook.com/varun.sayal

Twitter: @vsa2

Instagram: www.instagram.com/varunsayal

Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/Varun-Sayal/e/B07F37Z7LX

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/18131196.Varun_Sayal

BookBub page: www.bookbub.com/authors/varun-sayal

About the Author:

Varun Sayal is a Data Science manager living in Redmond, Washington. He grew up in India on a steady dose of fantastical tales from ancient Indian scriptures. His genre of writing is science fiction and fantasy, blended with Indian legends and mythology. In his own words:

I live by the quote, ‘a true art calms a disturbed mind and disturbs a calm mind.’

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Author Interview: ‘The Artist’s Page’ by Debra Rufini

About the Book:

What would your response be to a group of small people, overlooking you,

to look at the masterpiece you’d lovingly made for them?

How would you feel by their admiration of your magnificent creation,

as they ignore your wonderfully creative hands?

Would you feel sad? Frustrated? Angry?

Imagine your relief when they leave your invisible side.

Picture your joy and gratitude with their replacement –

and appreciative group marvelling at your masterpiece,

undoubtedly produced by your love.

Would you feel glad,

grateful, relieved, believed,

like the Artist in this story felt?

In combining science and religion, this inspirational short story explores the evidence for God’s existence, and is brought to life through expressive illustration. It is ideal for those on a spiritual journey, spiritually seeking, or spiritually sceptical.

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Author Interview:

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

I am Debra. I host The Debra Rufini Show with ArtistFirst Radio, once a month, where I enjoy speaking with a variety of guests focussing on various issues…yet concentrating on Narcissistic abuse, which sadly too many people have been affected by. My aim is to bring awareness to this horrific thing, in order for there to be less victims. 

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

My initial yearning to write was due to the extraordinary talent of Bruce Springsteen…how would Bruce word something he was passionate about? And so I tried! 

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I am very much aware of how so many people get turned away from the church or the Christian faith, due to those who claim to love, worship, and represent an all loving, unconditionally loving Heavenly Father, but dismally fail Him. I wanted to write a little story exploring a Divine Creator who is simply saddened in the event His love gift or creative hands are not recognised, rather than sending them to an eternal torturous pit for their easy error of misjudgement. For those who do recognise Him, and are grateful for their gift…He is purely happy.

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?

There is a sequence to The Artist’s Page, titled: The Artist’s Rage. This story focuses on those who set out to judge their fellow human, rather than love them, as they were called to do by The Artist…in the process, saddening Him. 

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

I would say that this genre comes under ‘spirituality.’ I consider it to be an inspirational short story brought to life through expressive illustration – ideal for people on a spiritual journey, spiritually seeking, or spiritually sceptical. The Artist’s Page persuades the reader to seek evidence for a Divine Creator. The story invites the reader to consider the theist, atheist, and agnostic perspective.

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

I would like to see the late Alan Watts playing the role of The Artist. He was an English Philosopher, who was kind, caring, gently spoken, and terribly insightful.

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

I don’t actually read a great deal…but when I do, they tend to be autobiographies of people I want to find out about. People fascinate me. We can become the result of what life has thrown at us, which can either be to our advantage of disadvantage!

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

I am about to start reading the autobiography of English comedy actress, Daisy May Cooper. She is extremely talented and hugely funny.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I would say that my favourite book is: Girl on a Wire, by Libby Phelps. Libby is one of a few brave and fortunate escapees from the clutches of the horrific Westboro Baptist Church. She has done remarkably well, and come so far.

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

The advice I would give to any budding writer, would be to put your passion to paper. My word – that ages me! – Do we still put anything to paper in this day and age?! Personally, I have found an inner strength in writing…and when we have a heart on fire for a particular topic, that appears to be when we express ourselves the best. Go for it! 

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheArtistsPage2016

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/debrarufini

About the Author:

Debra C. Rufini was born in 1971 into a loving Christian family. Her Father is a retired church Minister. However, she has struggled with grasping the assurance of the love of God.

She is a woman of many parts: An artist, a thinker, published poet, former Samaritan, former Kate Bush look-alike.

She is the host of The Debra Rufini Show, with ArtistFirst Radio Network in New York, which covers a variety of topics, featuring a variety of guests. (Please see link.)

www.artistfirst.com/debrarufini.htm

As a survivor of female narcissistic abuse, she is an activist, raising awareness of female to female abuse, running a website to support victims. This features her brief contact with the late Caroline Roberts – brave survivor of Fred and Rosemary West in the 1970s.

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