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Author Interview: ‘Shattered Night’ by John Crofts

About the Book:

A large sum of money. A skilled Private Investigator. A missing book. How could any of these elements ruin one’s life? Quite easily, when the work follows you home, threatens to destroy all you know and love,and promises to unleash forces beyond humanity’s comprehension upon the world. James Riley is a man with secrets; some seemingly harmless, but when the doctors start forcing the memories to unchain, reality and the truth have only one conclusion… One shattered night.

 

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Author Interview:

 

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

I have always enjoyed stories and tales. I was a relatively lonely child. I had few friends. I still have few friends. I’m also an only child. So I have spent years living inside fictional worlds. I adore LEGO, action figures, train sets, toys, games, comics and so much more – I still do. I love films and shows and any other form of escapism; and I don’t trust people that do not like it.

I grew up in South Africa to an Anglo-Welsh father and an Anglo-Irish mother. As such I was an outsider with an Anglo-Celtic accent amongst Afrikaans speakers and the native African people of my town. As a child I lived for European history and culture. I love castles, Romans, theatres, pubs, going to gigs and so much more. Naturally, few of these things were available to me in South Africa – hence why I now live, study, work and love in England.

While sitting around in South Africa, with few prospects and not much to do, I decided to start writing when I turned 25. I then plotted out and wrote my first book. Which is now Shattered Night. It’s not perfect, but as a person with no official writer training I am quite pleased with my little achievement. In writing and playing with words I discovered a new area of interest and something different about myself. I am currently editing the sequel to Shattered Night, working on several shorts and poems, and writing two new novels.

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

When the mood takes me. I can force paint onto canvas. I can force a smile or a tear on a stage. I cannot force myself to write however. That is one thing that must come naturally.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

From the eldritch entities that dwell within the dream – forever moving upon rillets of time.

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 keep several notebooks filled with characters, plots and ideas. For my first novel “Shattered Night – A James Riley Thriller” I used printed maps, sheets of paper, strings, coloured pens, sticky notes, and a Dictaphone. For my current novel, I am using a thick notebook, and some coloured pens.

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

Supernatural, crime, thriller, horror, mystery, science fiction, comedy, cosmic horror, weird tales, fringe ideas. I adore a good mystery. I love a decent ghost story. I worship at the altar of futurist ideas. Fiction is in my mind, body and, if you like, soul. I don’t trust people that show no interest in stories and tales.

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

Fans. Regardless of their talents I would like to see passionate people embrace the works. I find the films from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society to be ideal. They are not professional actors, but they bring a passion for the work. I like that.

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

Constantly. I also adore audio books and radio plays. I don’t have any favourites – that’s childish. I appreciate any creative persons works. Creation is an act of will. To will any form of creation into life is worthy of applause.

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

At present I am reading the complete works of H.P. Lovecraft, complete works of Edgar Allan Poe, complete works of H.G. Wells; as well as John Connolly’s last two novels, the Warhammer 40 K books, Vampire the Masquerade (Old World) and recently I have started on a collection of Algernon Blackwood’s short stories.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Whichever one I am currently reading.

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

Do it.

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/category/Writer/John-Crofts-Artist-Writer-and-Actor

Instagram: www.instagram.com/john.a2.crofts

Amazon: www.amazon.co.uk/John-Crofts/e/B0872TPMJP

Publisher: www.foundationsbooks.net

 

About the Author:

John Crofts is a British-Irish writer from South Africa, having spent numerous years writing reviews for films, music and video games for numerous websites and webzines. John has also hosted events and geek-related cons in SA, as well as being a co-host on many podcasts and YouTube channels. John has dabbled in writing, art, acting, film production, and other creative fields for years. Presently, he’s co-director of a new theatre company based in south-east England. (Primal Clay Theatre).

John has several short stories, poems, and other novels in the works, with Shattered Night being his first traditionally published novel.

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Release Blitz and Author Interview: ‘Royal Decoy’ by Heather Frost

Title: Royal Decoy

Fate of Eyrinthia – Book 1

Author: Heather Frost

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Release Date: 18th June 2020

 

About the Book:

A SERVANT blackmailed into becoming a princess’s decoy.
A BODYGUARD determined to keep her alive.

 

A PRINCE forced to execute his father’s brutal laws.
A PRISONER used to keep him compliant.

 

A WORLD on the brink of war.

In one horrible night, Clare goes from kitchen maid to royal decoy. She has three months to become the princess’s perfect double so she can ensure her betrothal to an enemy prince. Desperate to survive, Clare throws herself into self-defense training, taught by her distractingly attractive bodyguard. The danger increases when a ruthless assassin begins stalking her, intent on ending the tenuous peace.

Across the northern mountains, Prince Grayson is his father’s ultimate weapon. He carries out the king’s harsh orders because the one person he cares about is his father’s prisoner. Grayson’s silent obedience is tested when his father plans to exploit the marriage alliance between two of their greatest enemies. If Grayson submits, the blood of thousands will spill. If he resists, the girl who means everything to him will die.

The fate of Eyrinthia hangs in the balance. Some want peace. Some want war. All will be thrown into chaos.

 

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Pre-order ROYAL DECOY and you can receive an exclusive bonus short story!

Grayson is his father’s ultimate weapon–but he wasn’t always. THE PRINCE AND THE PRISONER is the story of how a young Grayson met the little girl who would change his life forever.

To claim your gift, simply pre-order ROYAL DECOY and fill out the form linked below. (You will need to upload an image of your pre-order receipt.) After ROYAL DECOY releases, you will receive via email THE PRINCE AND THE PRISONER!

NOTE: Since you can only pre-order the Kindle edition of ROYAL DECOY at this time, I will also extend this to any physical copy purchases made on release day, June 18th!

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Excerpt:

Tears dashed down Clare’s cheeks as the carriage rolled toward the castle. Her teeth grated and her knuckles whitened as she gripped the toy soldier her brother had given her. To watch her. Protect her.

No one could protect her.

The storm broke and rain hammered the city, pelting loudly off the canvas roof of the carriage. It was only late afternoon but the storm cast the city of Iden into premature darkness. Clare thought of the blue-eyed soldier, drenched on his horse. Let him be wet. He’d been sent to ensure she didn’t run away. He deserved some misery.

A shout rent the air and the carriage lurched to a stop, nearly throwing Clare from her seat. Screams rose above the drumming rain and the agonized shriek of a horse pierced through the chaos. A chill raced over Clare’s skin, lifting the hairs on her arms and neck. The crash of metal striking metal echoed through the street.

The carriage was under attack.

Her heart kicked in her chest and her breathing spiked. She let out a strangled cry when something heavy—a body?—crashed into the side of the carriage, rocking it. The same adrenaline she’d felt when the princess had been ambushed rushed through her, and Clare grasped the door handle with a trembling hand. She wouldn’t wait in here to be slaughtered.

Clare crouched behind the opening door, using it as a shield as she dropped to the ground. She was grateful for the braided crown that kept her long hair out of her eyes; the sheeting rain did enough to blur her vision. A tall building rose directly in front of her, the thin opening of an alley only several paces away. The soldiers fought in front and behind the carriage, struggling against men with dark cloths tied around the lower halves of their faces. Even at a glance, Clare could see that the masked attackers horribly outnumbered the uniformed guards.

“Get back inside!”

Clare jolted at the shout, looking to the blue-eyed guard. He stood mere paces away, twisted toward her, expression hard as he gripped his sword. Rain soaked him, darkening his sandy hair and sluicing off his face and shoulders. “Get inside!” he repeated.

A masked man popped up behind him, raising his sword for a deathblow.

Clare’s heart seized. “Look out!”

The bodyguard whirled, ducking as he spun. He avoided the attacker’s blade and slashed up with his own, the two of them exchanging blows too quickly to track. Rain flew off the swinging blades, but Clare didn’t stay to watch. She bolted for the nearby alley, abandoning the carriage and the brutal fighting. She launched herself onto the narrow street, rain stinging her face as she ran. Beggars huddled against the alley walls, a feeble shelter from the storm. They stared as she darted past and one even called after her.

Escape. She needed to escape the danger and—

Escape.

She nearly stumbled. She could actually escape. She could run home and grab her brothers. By the time the king learned of her disappearance, it would be too late. And, thanks to the king, they had enough food and coin to make the journey possible. They could leave Devendra and her oath. Forever. She didn’t have to be the princess’s double.

It was a split-second decision, but Clare embraced it. She reached the end of the alley and turned left. Away from the castle, back toward home.

The street was crowded with people hurrying to escape the storm and Clare plunged through them, ignoring the bruising elbows and curses flung after her.

A scream shattered the normalcy of the street and Clare twisted a look over her shoulder. Her stomach dropped.

A masked man with a drawn sword shoved through the crowd, heading for her.

Author Interview:

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

Hi! I’m Heather. A little about me… I re-watch Lord of the Rings frequently and my favorite room in my house is my library. I have always lived in Utah, but I love to travel—some of my favorite countries I’ve visited are Italy, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Germany. I’m the second oldest child in a family with ten kids, so I grew up identifying with the Weasleys! I learned to read when I was four, and I have always devoured books. And even as a young kid I’d write short stories and entertain my younger siblings with made-up fairy tales.

I grew up in a small town with a small library, so by the time I was 11 I was running out of books to read. That’s when I thought, “You know what you like in a book. So write it.” And I did. I thought it was my masterpiece, and I finished it when I was 12. It was 240 typed, single-spaced pages. And I was so sad when I typed THE END, because I’d had so much fun with it, and I’d poured all my ideas into that one book. Then, of course, I realized I hadn’t used ALL my ideas, and so I started writing my next book. By the time I was 18 I’d finished 9 novels and had started 23 more, plus I had about a hundred other ideas jotted down in my notebooks. That’s when I decided I should probably take my writing seriously 🙂 I published my first book, Seers, when I was 21, and I feel so blessed that I can live my dream!

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

I love writing in the morning, because I feel like my creative energy is really active then. I write best in my office with soft music—usually soundtracks. Hans Zimmer is a favorite.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I get inspiration from a lot of places, including other books, movies, and even things I see in the news. It might be a character trait or a problem that catches my imagination, and then I start asking “What if” questions, which inevitably lead me to a new 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?

I never have all the details. Even when I try to outline, it never fully works 🙂 To start writing, I need to know the main character and the problem they’re facing. While brainstorming that, I figure out the setting, other important characters, and the main storyline. I know the end goal (even though sometimes details are hazy) and usually a twist or two. As I write, characters make decisions and details fall into place, and a story is born.

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

I write mostly YA, and fantasy is my favorite genre. Castles, swords, dragons, magic, princesses, thieves, assassins—that’s the stuff I loved as a child, and I guess I haven’t really grown up because I still love it. I love being in a different world, whether it’s urban fantasy, paranormal, or a new world entirely—with or without magic. I also include strong romance elements, because I’m a sucker for a good love story.

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

This isn’t the fun answer, but I’d really like to see a cast of unknowns so we can see new talent!

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

I read voraciously! Favorite authors are hard to pick, because I really have so many. But some are Mary E. Pearson, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sarah J. Maas, Marissa Meyer, and Ilona Andrews.

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

I’m currently reading “Serpent & Dove”, by Shelby Mahurin, “Maybe We’ll Remember”, by Amanda Luzzader and “Sapphire Flames” by Ilona Andrews

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Oh gosh, I hate this question. There are so many amazing books, and so many different genres! I often give the, “Whatever book I’m reading right now” line. But, today I’ll say “The Darkest Star” by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I love so many of her books, but that one blows me away. I’ve re-read it several times because, well, Luc 🙂

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

You’ll face moments when you will doubt yourself, your skill, your book—but you cannot let those moments stop you. Let your dream be stronger than your doubt. Do not give up, even when you face rejection. An author is a writer who didn’t give up. So keep going. Believe in you!

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

I love to connect with readers and fellow book fans! You can find me via your favorite social media platform below:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorHeatherFrost

Instagram: www.instagram.com/heather.frost.author

Twitter: @HeatherFrost

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/4983261.Heather_Frost

 

Other Author Links

Website: www.HeatherFrost.com

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Heather-Frost/e/B006AHGARO

Join Heather’s Mailing List via her website or this landing page: http://eepurl.com/gQh_aD

 

About the Author:

Heather Frost writes mostly YA fiction and has a soft spot for tortured characters, breath-stealing romance, and happy endings. She is the author of the Seers trilogy and the Fate of Eyrinithia series. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and ghost stories and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and hold Lord of the Rings movie marathons. She owns two typewriters, sings in the car, and dreams of living in a castle someday. She currently lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website: http://www.HeatherFrost.com.

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Author Interview: ‘They Lived They Were at Brighton Beach’ by Iván Brave

About the Book:

Amid loss, hope, and despair, They Lived They Were . . . is a story about the power to move on.

It begins with a show at Brighton Beach, New York, where Ilya Gagarin performs a set of original dance music to a crowd of loyal fans. They know him as a rising internet star, only 22 years old, and the resident DJ at one of Brooklyn’s sauciest nightclubs. And yet, at the apex of this performance, a text comes in from his girlfriend who just happened to find his stash of coke and crushed prescription pills. Feeling betrayed for the last time, she leaves him. Deletes him. And goes on to have her own successful career as a blues guitarist.

The rest of the summer becomes a struggle to get her back.

The best way and only way Ilya knows how is to launch the debut EP he has been putting off. Unfortunately for the DJ, the club where he works at teeters on fiscal collapse, plus the security manager is a jerk, blocking his every chance for a release party. Only a has-been, mentor-type DJ, encourages Ilya to finish the project, and share it with the world.

As he works towards his dream, the pressure to succeed, paired with the growing pains of a professional artist, reveals a dark truth: the loss of his mother. Soon, recurring nightmares haunt the DJ, alongside distant childhood memories. Only the power of music, together with an urge to regain his abandoned Russian heritage, both of which are described passionately in his journal, keep him afloat week after week.

Soon, Ilya meets a real life guardian angel. Someone twice his age, and Russian, too: the ethereal yet grounded Julia Levina, a celebrated news anchor with her own troubled past. She inspires him to finish the album and land a date for the launch. By midsummer, her pity turns to empathy, which itself turns into something more. An affair ensues. A smart one, they convince themselves, since it doesn’t implicate her 6 year old child, nor pull Ilya astray from the path he believes will win back his ex-girlfriend’s heart.

Close to the date of the show, however, the DJ suffers a relapse, this time with dire consequences. He isn’t able to finish the album in time for the launch party, which comes and goes, and culminates in even more tragedy. Though things look gloomy, it does serve as the reality check that concludes the misguided affair and ends his substance abuse. But not before one final twist.

 

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Author Interview:

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

It’s easy to look back and make sense of things in retrospect. Yet this remains a particularly poignant question for all writers. That’s probably why it is number one, no? My answer: it was during a quiet night in the fall of 2013, in Austin, Texas, bored and with nothing going for me in life, that I put together a one-page story about a father and a son. And everything feel into place. I felt so good after writing that page that I saw myself doing it the rest of my life.

Surely, for one ridiculous spark of creativity to have determined the course of my life, should tell you a little about who I am J

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

Currently it’s the hour between breakfast and starting my full-time job. It’s untouchable, and non-negotiable. I would say, in general, those are always my favorite times to write: quiet hours that no one can take away from me. Writing is sacred to me. As for “place” I have always preferred my bedroom. Cafes and libraries don’t really do it for me. I suspect this is for the same reason as “time,” because my writing place must be wholly mine.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Well, to paraphrase the fantasy author Ms Riley (www.readingnook84.wordpress.com/2020/02/24/author-interview-secrets-of-the-sanctuary-by-octavia-j-riley), who you interviewed earlier this year, I would say the majority of my ideas just come to me. It’s like a little voice in my head or heart, that I trust more than I trust myself sometimes. “Try this,” it says. I reply, Uh ok, and go for it. It might be a small image or a loud first line that comes. Other times it is a whole character. Rarely is the idea a whole book. Except when it is, like with my current writing project, then I must begin from the big picture and work my way down, painfully seeking sentences, chapters, ideas, which may or may not come.

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 guiding rule is to try something different every time I embark on a new story. So I’ve done it both ways. Why not? I certainly don’t feel like I’ve nailed the perfect recipe down, so I am still apprenticing in a lot of ways. But, think of it this way, even if we did stumble upon the ultra-formula, why would we stick to it? I would get bored cooking the same food in the same way every night. So it is with preparing a story, and enjoying it too.

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

Ahem! Literary Realism, something like that. Now, look, I know the Reading Nook finds its origins in Romance, Paranormal, and Fantasy . . . and I quietly whisper that those are not my forte so to speak. Nevertheless, I have always been drawn to the fantastical, to the para-freaky, and to love. The type of fiction that draws me, then, is the one which borrow elements from Genre and employs them in a General Fiction way. For example, instead of a school of wizards with a wand-wielding professor, I prefer a normal university setting with a professor whose lessons are so honest they pierce you like a lightning bolt. Instead of a werewolf who tears his victim to shreds in the middle of the night, I am haunted by the image of a hairy chested stud who breaks a young girl’s heart with his words on the night of a full moon. Etc.

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

I always told myself that I would want to ask the production house to hire fresh, never before seen actors, like first-time stars. The thought that my book launches someone’s career is just too attractive :). But heck, since we’re at it, in my latest book there are a ton of celebrity artists, so book them all for the script! And because I recently found out about her living in Romania, for the female true love interest at the end of the book, let’s hire Antonia Iacobescu. She would really make the audience hate the protagonist for ignoring her the whole story!

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

Do I read much huh? Even if I didn’t I wouldn’t be caught dead in the Nook saying something as deplorable as “I don’t read”!!! In fact, I can’t read enough!! Between writing, a full-time job, and spending quality time with my wife, it is an absolute necessity to carve out those quit 30 mins here and there to read. So yes, I do. On top of trying! In the most ideal of situations, however, I am able to go cover-to-cover on a normal book in 4-5 days if non-fiction, or 6-7 days if fiction. While a Gone With The Wind type novel may take 4-5 weeks.

Favor authors, in order of when they captivated me are Bukowski, Cortázar, and Tolstoy.

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

I’m currently reading Natsume Soseki’s I Am a Cat, the story of a nameless cat living with a middle-class family during early 1900s Japan, which if you may recall was a wild time for the country. The early chapters are kind of slow, but by the middle the book really, really picks up (isn’t that rare?). So good. I highly recommend it for anyone who find cats interesting, and would thus find their thoughts on humans hilarious.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I’m kind of like the kid from Perks of Being a Wall Flower who says his favorite book is the one he’s currently reading. But if I were pressed to pick just one, that had a huge impact on me and which I reread over and over, then I would say The Little Prince. So realistic, right?

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

I had to read your question like three times to come up with an answer. And it is this: “Stop thinking. Start writing.”

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

Down below are all the links I use, but my favorite right now is my own blog. It used to be Instagram, because I loved making picture collages and wordplaying descriptions . . . but for now my blog is the best place to keep up with me and find out more.

Website: www.ivanbrave.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ivan.brave.author

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ivanbrave_

About the Author:

Iván Brave lives in Bucharest, Romania, where he writes poetry, reviews and novels, as well as promotes language learning in multinational corporations. He graduated from The New School in NYC with an MFA in Creative Writing, after earning a Bachelor in Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin. Language, multiculturalism, and love, or anything that connects, are the themes dearest to his heart. In addition to winning prizes, such as the Writing Award from The Vera List Center for Arts and Politics, his writings have appeared in literary publications like The American Scholar and The Acentos Review. Iván’s second novel, They Lived They Were at Brighton Beach, is out June 16th 2020.

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Author Interview: ‘Not Yours, Truly’ by Giselle Chan

About the Book:

Not yours, Truly is a collection of ten short stories that centre around ten different women in very different circumstances. Through uncensored and haunting prose, the reader closely follows each woman’s battle against the inner and outer demons of her life. Some women emerge triumphant, while some women don’t. Not yours, Truly explores issues of abuse, sexism, and mental health of the women around us.

 

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Excerpt:

You feel it. You feel how dark it is. It’s sticky and sandpapery at the same time. Its skin hurts to the touch. Is it possible to defeat the thing without touching it? You imagine that the skin of your hand will blister and bubble upon encountering the thing’s skin, eventually disintegrating down to bone in less than a few seconds. You shove both your hands, in fists, deep into your pockets.

What if the thing follows you home, decides not to kill you, and lives there instead? It would probably damage all your furniture and knock over everything. Set fire to the walls, even. Melt the toilet with one touch. There is no way you can let this thing into your house. There is one more block until you reach home. One more block to deal with the thing behind you.

Half a block.

In a few more steps, it will be a third of the block. It’s now or never.

You take a deep breath and whirl around, ready to fight the ugly, tentacled, and hairy thing and tell it to fuck off.

Instead, you find yourself facing your best friend. This is where she takes a right to go to her street and goes home as usual. You can’t believe you were about to tell her to fuck off.

“Good night,” she says to you, donning her sweet smile that you’ve seen a billion times. You watch her as she takes a step back. She had the same sweet smile after she finished crying in grade six. She looked pleasant—serene even. You love her so much.

Good night, you say back to her, and give her a hug. You feel cold all over. It’s not because of the creature. You didn’t even touch it. You watch your best friend leave. The thing is no longer unseen. You can see it and it’s eating her face. It’s all over her face; the tentacles are everywhere and acid is dripping from its hair. It goes home with her.

 

Author Interview:

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

I am a Chinese-Canadian author based in Toronto. I am a university student studying classical piano. I started developing a love for writing when I was 9. I sat next to a boy in fourth grade who got really invested in one of my creative writing assignments about a piece of cotton candy named Sir Pink. (Thanks Matthew!)

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

I’m a night owl. I almost exclusively write either at night or when I’m taking public transit. For some reason, all my ideas usually come to me when I’m standing inside a bus.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

The bus. Or the subway. The public transit. I’m not kidding, I do this creepy thing where I will look at a stranger and make up a story about their life in my head. I also like to focus on issues surrounding women and mental health because those are both topics to which I feel deeply connected.

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?

Honestly, I try, but it almost never goes according to the plan. Even when I do follow the plan, I am usually unsatisfied with how it turns out. I guess spontaneous writing is the best writing! (for me anyway.)

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

I consider my books contemporary women’s fiction. Like I mentioned, I am inspired by issues that plague the myself and the community of women around me, such as sexism, abuse, and mental illness. I have always been very drawn to dark and gothic genres (such as the stories of Edgar Allen Poe) and I think it all started from there!

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

I cannot really imagine my book turning into a movie. It would be a traumatic and sad story to see on screen. I would not want to watch the movie.

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

Yes! I have terrible eyesight because my parents tried to stop me from reading when I was a kid, so I hid in the closet and read with a flashlight. My favourite authors are Edgar Allen Poe, Nancy Lee, Kim Thuy, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

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

I am currently reading Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. It talks about everything, yet about nothing. Read it—you’ll see what I mean.

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

Keep writing! You only have room for improvement. Finishing your manuscript is only the first step; you can worry about all the technical things about publishing after you have your final manuscript.

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theshortauthor

Twitter: @theshortauthor

Instagram: wwwinstagram.com/theshortauthor

BookBub: www.bookbub.com/authors/giselle-chan

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/20142110.Giselle_Chan

 

 

About the Author:

Giselle Chan is a young writer based in Toronto, Canada, as well as an accomplished athlete and pianist. Not yours, Truly is her first book and she is currently working on her second book.

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Author Interview: ‘Boulder Girl, Remember Me When the Moon Hangs Low’ by Cynthia L. Clark

About the Book:

Love story riddled with suspense in the foothills of the Rockies.

 

When young, pretty, successful Lana Ross divorces her indifferent husband of ten years, Cadillac dealer Lucas Chisholm, she randomly chooses a locksmith to change the locks in her home located in Columbine Point, nestled near the iconic Flatirons of the scenic Rocky Mountains and nearby Boulder, Colorado. The selected locksmith, sinister, grimy and smoky, Leon Alvarez, unbeknownst to Lana, was a former high school classmate who had been infatuated with her. Her renewed contact with him stirs his old feelings for her into lust and obsession and the demented belief that she will want him. After a series of calculated sinister events occur in her house, Lana asks Leon to set up a security alarm system. He uses the opportunity to place hidden surveillance cameras throughout her house to watch her in her most private moments. But his plans to win her affection are derailed when Lana meets dark and handsome Harley-Davidson dealer, Vincent “Roadking” Romano, on a writing assignment as the editor of the Boulder Essence magazine. There is an instant attraction between them that leads to an intense and deeply moving love affair that is accompanied by their mutual appreciation of classic cars and rock and roll. Leon’s wrath and jealousy of Roadking kindle an evil monster inside him that he believes is love and leads him down a path that begins with vandalism and evolves into murder. Boulder Girl, Remember Me When the Moon Hangs Low is a tale of spellbinding suspense which is interwoven with an unforgettable, compelling account of tender love set in and around beautiful Boulder, Colorado.

 

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Author Interview:

 

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

I am a Colorado native; born and raised in Boulder County, which is the setting of Boulder Girl, Remember Me When the Moon Hangs Low. I love music and to dance. I like gardening, yoga, and long walks. I have a BA in Economics and a JD Law from the University of Colorado Boulder. I always wanted to write because there are story lines circulating in my head that need to be put into words but I lacked the time, inspiration and confidence to take on a project the size of a novel. One day I decided that it was time and I sat down and wrote the first words of chapter one.

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

I like sitting with my laptop at my cherry writing desk in my home office, but I will write whenever the inspiration strikes me – during my lunch hour at work or while I am making dinner or when I’m alone and uninterrupted.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

It seems that when I am working on a book, the plot circulates in my head all the time and often ideas for the direction of a particular chapter just pop into my head. I grasp ideas from conversations or from musical lyrics, as is the case with another novel that I just completed, Dirt Road Main Street. The question “what if” drives the direction of the plot in my novels.

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?

Boulder Girl is my debut novel. I had always heard that creative writing instructors believe that an outline is an absolute necessity so I drafted an outline that only carried me through just a few chapters of the novel. After those chapters were written, it seemed that the story began to write itself – as if the characters had taken on a life of their own. It was like I was watching it unfold on a movie screen and then I put it into words as I watched.

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

Romance/suspense. Boulder Girl, as it initially appeared in my imagination, was intended to be a suspense novel. But as I was writing the story, it was clear to me that the characters would develop more fully with an intense romance intertwined with the suspense that had already begun to develop.

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

This is a hard question to answer because I have such a strong image of the characters in my head. But I would say perhaps, Nicole Kidman as Lana Ross, Keanu Reeves as Vincent “Roadking” Romano, and Joaquin Phoenix as Leon Alvarez.

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

I’m quite busy working and writing so I don’t have time to devote to reading as much as I would like. My favorite authors are “old school” – John Steinbeck and Charles Dickens.

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

None, just proofreading my novels.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Bridges of Madison County, because it is a story of a short love affair and the haunting painful aftermath for both parties.

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

Just sit down and start writing. You can always edit anything you write. A story worth sharing is worth writing.

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

Website: www.outskirtspress.com/bouldergirlrememberme

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Cynthia-L-Clark/e/B086FG9TGF

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/19929797.Cynthia_L_Clark

 

 

About the Author:

Cynthia L. Clark was born and raised in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder County, Colorado, where she continues to live. The tale of Boulder Girl, Remember Me When the Moon Hangs Low had circulated in her imagination for decades before she finally put it into words. She shares a love of rock music and classic cars with the characters in the story. She earned a BA in Economics and a JD Law degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. This is her debut novel.

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