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Author Interview: ‘The Divine Sedition’ by Martin Lundqvist

About the Book:

In the year 2872, a rebel-fugitive of The Martian Humanist Alliance, Keila Eisenstein crashes down on Eden, while running away from the Rear Admiral of Terran Council, Bjorn Muller; killing the God-dictator Abraham Goldstein and gaining the mind-control technology to dominate Eden’s population. Teaming up with Metatron, the Archangel guardian of Eden, Keila fakes her own death to fool Bjorn Muller to give up on his fugitive hunt.

Keila faces overwhelming odds trying to take down the overpowered Terran Council that has been dominating the solar system and oppressing most of humanity on Earth and Mars for over 500 years. She is governed by her primal instincts and premonitions, which made her the Chosen One: Her extra-terrestrial Divine connection. Her telepathic visions are leading her the way, and with access to The Divine Control Centre, Keila can unveil secrets of ancient Zetan civilisations that will help her free her people from the oppression of the Terran Council, Houses of evil plutocrats governing Earth and Mars. But with her Divine connection comes a price, so are the Zetans, using Keila as a puppet to gain control of Earth, or is it Rangda, the Xeno demon who lead her to the path of destruction instead, in fact better than the oppressors she seeks to dominate?

 

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Author Interview:

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

I have always been writing something, from blogs to school essays etc. Back in 2013, I was sick of blogging as it became repetitive and a friend suggested to me that I wrote novels instead as that gives more creative freedom.

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

I prefer to write things at home with as few distractions as possible. I like to go for a walk in the park or along the ocean pondering on plot lines, but the actual writing I prefer to do at home.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I think my ideas come from my brain but that they are deeply connected with the things I read and play. Most of my works have a lot of uniqueness to them for better or worse, but creativity doesn’t occur in a vacuum and it’s impossible to be truly unique in a world 7 billion people.

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 always start my major writing projects by writing a plot outline where I outline what is going to happen in the plot. I only follow this outline loosely, however, and the result is often quite a bit different from the original outline

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

So, I have written one crime story, two science fiction books, one kid’s book and one parody, so I would say I am genre fluid in that sense. I mostly gravitate towards science fiction and fantasy in my writing though as that gives me more creative freedom than other genres. I tend to be more interested in concepts than in visuals, and I feel like science fiction is a good genre for me to write for that reason.

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

I am not a fanboy and I usually don’t obsess about actors. I would love to see the Divine Sedition being made into a movie, and I have some thoughts on how I would like the movie to play out and what the actors should look like. Ideally, I would like less established actors so that the movie is the about the plot and not about the individual actor’s stardom.

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

I read a moderate amount, a lot of my reading is on forums such as Quora. I am not really into favourite actors, authors etc. and I more interested in the plot and what it is telling me.

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

I am reading the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and the Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama (Howard Cutler)

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I like the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkien, so I’ll vote for that one.

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

Just start writing. If you have an idea you should be able to get a full-length novel manuscript out in

200 hours or so. It might sound like a lot but subtract that time from when you are doing unproductive and stupid things like watching TV and it all adds up. As writing will be your hobby for now. Only write when you feel like it, but try to set aside time for it like you would any other hobby, (training, sports, holidays, religion etc)

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

Website: www.martinlundqvist.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/martinlundqvistauthor

 

About the Author:

My background:
I am a Swedish male born in 1985. I have been to Australia since 2012, and I have been with my partner Elaine since 2013.

My writing roots:
When I was younger I used to write blogs for the joy of writing and for attention. Unfortunately my blogs were pretty controversial and caused me more problems in life than I bargained for, so eventually I gave up on blogging.
In 2013 an acquaintance suggested that I wrote fiction instead of blogs. With a fair bit of enthusiasm I wrote my first book a psychological crime thriller James Locker: The Duality of Fate in a couple of months back in 2013.

Late in 2016 I decided to take up book writing again as it is a hobby with more potential upside than playing video games on my spare time. I finished my Science Fiction novel The Divine Dissimulation a year later

In July 2018 I released the Divine Sedition which is the sequel to the Divine Dissimulation. It is faster and slightly more mainstream than its prequel.

I have also written a children’s book as an experiment called “Matt’s Amazing Week” I am currently working on two projects The Divine Finalisation which is the third and final entry in the Divine Zetan Trilogy and Divine Space Gods: Abraham’s follies which is a light-hearted parody on the Divine Dissimulation.

My style:
My personal approach to writing is that I write what I feel like writing with limited regards to what others want to read. As my works are work of fiction I tend to include controversial topics, as I am not bound to political correct self-censorship.

My independence in book writing is not because I inherently want to rebel against what people want to read, but simply because I have no idea what people do want to read, hence I might as well write what I want to write and hope for the best.

The writing style is quiet different in my two novels. While James Locker is mostly character and dialogue driven The Divine Dissimulation is mostly driven by concept and world building. The Divine Sedition is a mix of the two styles.

 

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Author Interview: ‘Caina’ by Joe Albanese

About the Book:

Twins tend to be closer than typical siblings. They often share a bond that is oftentimes unexplainable.*

For some reason that bond didn’t apply to Grant and Lee Tolan. Grant was always the responsible one. Lee, on the other hand, was always in trouble and in jail, self-destructing to the point the twins hadn’t seen or spoken in years.

In trouble with the Irish mob who wanted him sleeping with the fishes, finding Grant dead of an apparent suicide, Lee did the only thing that made sense. He switched identities.

Instead of making life easier, Lee is plunged into a world the Irish and Italian crime families, the Mexican cartel and the DEA. Pitting one against the other, Lee enlists the help of friends to save his own life. He will need a miracle.

But Grant’s secret is the biggest shock of all for Lee and he must re-evaluate his entire life.

*Maureen Healy, author of Growing Happy Kids.

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Author Interview:

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

My name is Joe. I live in New Jersey. I write fiction and poetry. I have a novel, Caina, and a novella, Smash and Grab. I don’t like talking about myself, so this is borderline torture for me.

Years ago, my friend asked if I wanted to write a screenplay with him. It sounded amusing. He was high at the time. I don’t have an excuse. It turned out really bad, but I had fun creating something from scratch, so I kept writing and transitioned from screenwriting to prose and poetry.

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

Most of my writing gets done in the middle of the night at the kitchen table. That’s the only time it’s quiet, and there’s less TV and internet going on to distract me. But I do enjoy a rainy day spent writing.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

If I had a good answer to that, I probably wouldn’t currently be out of ideas.

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?

Mostly I plan. Smash and Grab is the only story where I just started writing with no real idea other than the opening. It kind of worked out because some of the twists surprised even me. For everything else, including Caina and the novel I just finished, I take a shit-ton of notes until a full story is in my head, then I do notecards to help organize, then outline, then write, then contemplate suicide, then rewrite.

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

There’s almost always a criminal element to them, and usually from the criminals’ perspective. I went to school for criminal justice, so that probably had some influence. But you can always have more fun with characters who blur the line between right and wrong.

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

For Caina, I think Sam Rockwell would deliver the comedic dialogue best. He’s probably too old though. I’d be a terrible casting director. Martin McDonagh would be my dream director for it though.

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

I used to read a lot, but I’ve barely read anything in 2018. The only writers I’ve read a lot of are Charles Dickens for fiction and Charles Bukowski for poetry. I try to read a variety.

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

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I read The Graveyard Book last Halloween and really liked it, and I’ve seen a few of his movie adaptations, so I figured I need to read more of his since he’s so popular.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

A Clockwork Orange. The language is so good. It takes a couple chapters to get used to, but it’s so good.

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

You start by laying the rope out like an S.

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

 You can find me on Twitter @JoeAlba88

 

About the Author:

Joe Albanese is a writer from South Jersey. He has had short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in the United States, Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, England, India, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, and Sweden. Joe is the author of “Smash and Grab” and “Caina.”

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Book Blitz and Author Interview: ‘The Poetic Murderer’ by Christoph Burmeister

Title: The Poetic Murderer

Author: Christoph Burmeister

Genre: Crime / Thriller / Mystery

 

 

About the Book:

A MYSTERY OF FOLLOWING YOUR DREAMS

“Fear will learn to fear you!”

Detective 00 Hansen is an enigmatic dreamer in the streets of Copenhagen, riding a fast antelope, and living a slow life (not to the delight of his wife).

In The Poetic Murderer, Hansen and Don Cindy’s first mystery, the duo are informed by Denmark’s Queen Marmalade II and Prince Sandwich about an unimaginable murder at the supermarket. The body is marked by violence and the murder weapon an unhygienic rainbow trout.

The police are baffled by the mysterious poem at the crime scene. But when Detective 00 Hansen applies his left elbow to the problem he uncovers a tragic tale of unrequited love and deadly lust… Will he stop the poetic murderer on the quest of a dream and fulfilment of his own destiny?

P.S. An unaesthetic fear of the unknown haunts us, namely the unforeseen. A fear that shapes our lives. No human can unlearn to fear; we all have to learn how to deal with it. By picking up this novel, the reader travels a new route and sparks enthusiasm to live a freer life.

What people are saying:

“… My transformation is profoundly obvious!”
–Anne Mone

“… Everybody must read this book!”
–Jessica Bananas

“I am just amazed with the positive energy I’m radiating now.”
–Miss Behave

“All my fears have been spirited away.”
–Brian D’Amage

“Chapeau! Great entertainment & much laughter.”
–Petra Panini

 

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Author Interview:

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

When I was a kid I fell in love with the sound of words. I would play with rhymes and alliterations and sort of bend their proper spellings just for fun. I also found it always very pleasant to twist reality in ways that would appeal to my imagination. However, I couldn’t see for myself that writing may be a path for me. Instead, I studied economics and worked as a treasury manager, although deep inside I always knew that this wasn’t what I really wanted to do in life. One day, I looked into the mirror and could not quite recognize myself. I quit my job. 2015 — Creative Writing at Cambridge University. It’s been such a joy to me sharing and feeling connected to people through writing, for which I decided to write a book.

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

Not really. I like to keep it fresh and switch places, whenever I have the feeling to sit in a museum and the imagination grows stale.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I like to write about immediate perceptions in a fantastic way. For instance, I saw a woman wearing high heels, who couldn’t wear them, walking like a T-Rex in marshlands.

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 novel grows organically, like life itself.

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

My debut novel fits into the genre Humorous Detective Fiction. My state of mind in those days drew me to that genre.

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

Hmm… Jim Carrie as bumbling detective and Anthony Hopkins in the role of the villain.

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

I do like to read extensively. Although things change, I am reading all the works of James Joyce, Hunter S. Thompson, and Dylan Thomas.

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

Currently, I am reading Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S. Thompson.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The Little Prince, because it is based on the boundless imagination of children.

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

Develop your own style. Finding your own style is everything. Let me put it that way: you’re not Andy Warhol, because you hang gay at the wall so, you’ve to figure out what you want to say and how you’re going to say it… read and write until the words are pouring out of you like wine from a bottle.

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/detective00

Instagram: www.instagram.com/cb_writer

 

About the Author:

 

Christoph Burmeister was born on the 16 April 1987 in Bad Oldesloe on the river Trave. That’s why he originally wanted to become a clown.

On school days he dreamed wholeheartedly. University was no hindrance to him; it was his hobby. He would carefully fashion his appearance as an eager student.

After graduation, the money bell rang, and he started working for a shipping company as a treasury manager. One day he took a glimpse into the mirror and did not recognise himself, so he left home and moved to Copenhagen.

All of a sudden: Hygge!

2015—Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge, then Improv theatre. Now his first novel: The Poetic Murderer.

Christoph likes Jazz and his simplistic life-style resonates with mystery and beauty. His right hand is the instrument of his daily writing practise.

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Author Interview: ‘Insincerity’ by Richard Godwin

About the Book:

Ex-military PI, Tammy Wayne, tracks serial killers for a living. With the help of her colleague Arlene she locates a killer known as The Pimp, who killed her sister Holly.

The Pimp has Tammy under surveillance, coming and going to her house as he wants, sending her Holly’s body parts.

The Beekeeper, a killer that abducts women and coats them in latex before killing them, enters the story.
Both killers collect body parts.

Karen Sincere is married to dangerous and disturbed Micky Sincere. His obsession with bees convinces her Mickey is leading a double life as a killer. She hires Tammy, who begins tailing Micky and discovers he is gay and is involved with a gangster named Gary Krane.

Karen meets the handsome Julius Gold in the exclusive Attic bar in Canary Wharf and starts an affair with him. The model Kitten Rogers, aka Ashley Greene – also having an affair with Julius – hires a detective. Ashley is convinced Julius is hiding something.

The Pimp closes in, abducting Tammy, Arlene and Ashley. Only Julius can save them – the man hiding his involvement with a gangster.

A novel replete with characters leading double lives, Insincerity’s secrets are not yielded until the final pages.

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

I studied English and American literature at university. I have been writing for 37 years. Reading Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Kafka’s The Trial as well as Carl Jung’s Archetypes as a teenager switched me onto the world of the Narrative and psychoanalysis. I knew then I wanted to be a writer, and so I started. Crime and Punishment is a seminal work of the greatest literature as well as crime fiction, Dostoevsky writes at greater psychological depth than anyone. Kafka’s work is sheer prophesy. Jung explained a lot about the mind. I was in touch with what I call the Grand Narrative. We all inhabit a story, we can make our own as well. Dickens was also key, for his style and characterization, and later Graham Greene, and James Lee Burke more recently. For drama Shakespeare, the greatest writer who ever lived, and Ben Jonson. Poetry, TS Eliot and Robert Lowell.

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

Mornings usually, my office, but I can write anywhere.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Life itself.

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

I start with an idea, then I let it unfold, I allow the story to develop organically. If I can hear the main characters talking then I have the story.

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

Crime, Noir, Mystery, sci fi, slipstream, erotica, horror, literary, avant-garde, experimental. As I am best known for my crime fiction, I will answer that. What drew me to it is the following. A liking for exploring what makes men and women who are not necessarily recidivists commit a crime, what makes them morally compromised. It is a good antidote to all the sneering cowardly moral hypocrisy that feeds the inner pretensions embedded in what we call society, and its social facades and lies.

Note I also write poetry.

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

Woody Harrelson, Johnny Depp, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Isabelle Adjani, Vivien Leigh.

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

I do when I have time. Oh boy, I’ll give you ten:

Dickens

Dostoevsky

Kafka

Conrad

Melville

Fitzgerald

Greene

Burke

Leonard

Marquez

And I’m missing out all the poets storywriters writers and playwrights!

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

James Ellroy – Because The Night.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

It is a hard question to answer, and ultimately a limiting one, because there is more than one, and so, I will give you two answers

  • 1) The most perfect and only perfect work of literature ever written is Shakespeare’s King Lear. Flawless.
  • 2) If I had to pick one Novel over all the others, Dostoevsky’s brilliant

Crime and Punishment. Seminal, iconoclastic.

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

Read as much as you can. Write every day.

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

Website: www.richardgodwin.net

Twitter: @stanzazone

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/3520555.Richard_Godwin

 

About the Author:

Richard Godwin is the critically acclaimed author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions Of A Hit Man, Paranoia And The Destiny Programme, Wrong Crowd, Savage Highway, Ersatz World, The Pure And The Hated, Disembodied, Buffalo And Sour Mash, and Locked In Cages.

His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them an anthology of his stories, Piquant: Tales Of The Mustard Man, The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Mystery, alongside Lee Child.

He was born in London and lectured in English and American literature at the University of London.

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Book Blitz: ‘The Venom Protocols’ by John Murray McKay

Title: The Venom Protocols

Author: John Murray McKay

Publisher: KCEditions

Genre: Crime / Thriller / Suspense

 

 

About the Book:

“You should have left me alone.”

Charlotte Corday was once called the most dangerous woman on the planet by the FBI until she retired. But it’s not so easy to remain retired when the past is determined to drag her back into the hell she wanted to leave behind her.

To uncover the origins of the mysterious Valkyrie program, Charlotte fights through her own dark past, dredged up by those determined to keep her out of retirement… or out of the business permanently… and to find solace in her own razor blade filled mind.

Her own words—her own warning—will come to haunt them.

They should have listened.

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Excerpt

They kept coming after us, whistling and shouting as they went. It was like time stopped and everything around me grew quiet. I could sense the brick as it left the man’s hand, feel the texture of the rough red grain as it flew through the air. In slow motion I pushed Peter to the side, feeling him fall away as I turned and felt the brick strike my chest. Chest thumping, blood dripping down my breasts, dress torn as I lay on the dirty pavement sucking in deep swathes of breath. I could not hear Richard’s terrified screams or the laughter of the men, just the torrent of blood in my veins racing faster and faster.

And then it stopped.

About the Author:

Well you’ve found my profile page, thus you’ve already qualified for an attaboy award (a pat on the head and a chuck on the shoulder).

Now comes the part where I tell you about myself (I’ll wait for you to get some popcorn and get comfy).

I am a 20 something writer out of South Africa (Howzit my lanies, ons klap dit stukkend hier!), I am a professional cat herder, with other words a teacher. My favourite authors are Clive Cussler and Terry Pratchett and I am a Marvel comics addict! My inspiration for writing starter with the Johnny Castaway screensaver which I took as inspiration for my first novel “Man on an island.”. I have moved onto the horror/ Sci fi fields now and I can proudly say I am a serial writer and I love doing it!

I love writing about people and strong female characters like Quentin does in his movies.

Something interesting about me? I am wanted for various unstated crimes by the Tunisian Sock Merchant Mafia

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