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Author Interview: ‘Afterdeath’ by Benoit Chartier

About the Book:

Death is a country we see through the tiny keyhole of an immovable door. Raised by their grandmother after their parents’ death, Chloe and Olivia Borders are now in mourning for Rose. The Alzheimer’s that forced them to be split into separate foster homes has taken their last living family member. As a way to rekindle their friendship, the twins commit to a road trip— which spells their demise. Now the question is: What comes after, and how will they get back to life?

 

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Author Interview:

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

I’m a French Canadian who shares his time between his home country and Japan, where my wife is from. I have two kids, one born there and one born here. I got into writing very young, when an author came to our school and it finally clicked that all the books in the library came from somewhere.  That week I wrote my first book. It was thirty pages long. I still have it.

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

Morning, at my computer in our room, when there’s no one in the house. I’ll drink green tea and plug away at the computer for four or five hours. I’m getting ready to leave for Japan again, so I’ll probably work on my new novel over there for a spell.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Out of the blue, mostly. They’re an amalgamation of everything I think about, and the new stimuli that comes knocking on my brain, out of nowhere. I once got the idea for the currency in the land of the dead from kids playing with pennies at a table a the restaurant.

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 know the ending before I start the long slog. I changes sometimes, but I have a fairly solid stick in the sand to aim for.

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

I like to write cyberpunk, fantasy and paranormal (for now). I was heavily into fantasy as a kid (Piers Anthony, Tad Williams, Robert Asprin). My father was more of a sci-fi nerd, so I started picking up his books from his shelf. A lot of Isaac Asimov, if I remember correctly. Then I got into more newish stuff, Orson Scott Card, Isaac Asimov, Jeff Noon. I really like weird fiction at the moment, and my favorite publishing house is out of Toronto: Chizine Publications. I’ve found everything they publish is gold.

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

In my latest, I would love to see up-and-coming young black actresses playing the twins. Maybe Fallon and Felisha King?  I can easily picture Morgan Freeman playing Toussaint, Idris Elba playing the Baron Dimanche, Sigourney Weaver as Larunda and Emma Watson as Angelina. Yeah. That would kick ass.

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

I try to read as much as possible. Right now, my favorite authors are my friends who are breaking through in the writing world. People like Meghan Negrijn and Craig Munro. They’re the best. Otherwise, I very much enjoy William Gibson, Robert Shearman, Helen Marshall and Neil Gaiman.

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

The Bones of the Past, by Craig Munro

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Sure, make me pick my favorite child. Okay, let me tell you about my favorite-book-as-artifact. It’s called “S.”. It is the most wonderful thing I’ve ever encountered in the literary world. Let me tell you about it. It comes in a box, so you can’t see what it looks like. It was written as a collaboration between J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. When I got it, I had no idea what I was getting into. I asked for it for Christmas. So I open the box, and inside, is a book that looks like it was printed in the 1950s. The book itself is an artifact. It’s made to look as if it’s a library book that’s been borrowed for years. There are stamps at the back, it has the Dewey Decimal sticker on the spine; the whole nine yards. The book itself says that it is called “The Ship of Theseus”, written by V.M. Straka. Inside the book, you will find, written in the margins, conversations between two people, for the duration of the book. Back and forth, back and forth, written in different penmanship and color, (making it easier to identify the writers). These two are a man and a woman who go to the same College. The man was kicked out, and sneaks back in sometimes to study the book. The woman is a student trying to figure out her life, who also likes Straka (as an author). Now, there is a mystery surrounding this book, and who the author is. The “original” story was written in German, and so there is a translator who leaves footnotes. The two readers discover more and more about the book, and a very present danger by secret societies still extant, and must figure out together what’s going on. Throughout the book itself, which, on its own, is beautifully written, there are clues. The translator points to them, and eventually the reader must figure them out him or herself. As well, the two leave each other little odds and ends inside the book (pictures, postcards, napkins with hidden messages, little newspaper clippings, obituaries, etc.), which add to the authenticity of the thing. You’ll never find this book in a library, just because of the bits of memorabilia that will get lost. It is the most wonderful little jewel, and the most complicated, that I’ve ever had the pleasure of wrapping my head around.

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

Read a lot, write until the thing is finished. Take the criticism. Improve. Learn. You’ll make it.

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

Website: www.trode.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/calumnist

Twitter: @chartier_benoit

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCfopDTGimofA7OAXoyu69zA

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7030391.Benoit_Chartier

 

About the Author:

Benoit Chartier is a Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal author who also does a podcast called Adventure In Your Ear and writes a philosophy blog. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada with his wife and two sons. He shares his time between Canada and Japan.

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Author Interview: ‘Jet Set Jeff: The Science Defender’ by Kenneth Harris

About the Book:

The City of Springdale is facing rising crime due to an economic setback. There are not enough first responders to help those in need or each other.

This is why 10-year old Jeff Morgan secretly creates a malfunctioning gadget suit to protect his mother, a police officer, and his father, a firefighter from the menace scientist Glue Dude and his squad of misfits seeking to terrorize the city. Can Jeff handle his defected suit in not only saving his parents but also stopping his nemesis Glue Dude from activating a secret weapon intended to destroy humanity?

In this humorous action-adventure chapter-book containing vivid illustrations, each chapter has an interesting stand alone story leading eventually to the final climax where Jeff not only learns of his true purpose but also must make a big decision he never expected in the never-ending battle against crime.

Jeff’s efforts in the struggle to use his gadgets to succeed is aligned to how anyone with positive values can eventually triumph over obstacles. This book is an ideal for children. Life is a rollar coaster ride. With determination and persistence, dreams can be fulfilled.

Jet Set Jeff: The Science Defender relates to children as heroes and the journey to make a difference in the lives of others during tough times.

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Author Interview:

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

My nourishment for literacy started as far back when I was 7 years old when the topic of comic book superheroes dominated my discussions with my three brothers. My father was a big Superman fan since he was a child and enjoyed reading comic books as a pastime like many baby boomers of his time. I guess it’s fair to say he passed on his likings of superheroes to his sons. Every Saturday, my brothers and I used our allowance money to go to the comic book store to purchase magazines of our favourite superheroes. Throughout a decade, we all probably owned a total of over a thousand comic books. This art is what propelled me to read. Reading eventually resulted in my desire to write my own stories of superheroes.

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

Currently, I am fortunate to work a split shift during the day for a health and human services agency. This gap of a few hours between provides me room to indulge in creative writing. I find no better setting than this period to work in my home office where I am afforded an opportunity to be an innovator in the thought process of drafting a story.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

The roots of some of my ideas grow from dreams. For example, few of them consisted of me flying over a country landscape. I assumed I was some type of superhero with loose screws and bolts raining down from my weird suit. I remember having this dream as a child and occasionally it returned during adulthood. It gave me the idea for my recent children’s chapter book, “Jet Set Jeff: The Science Defender.” Other times, ideas materialize from hearing people in conversation. A simple word or express of feelings in the workplace or at the store can trigger an idea for a potential 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 am a plotter. What that means is I have to know exactly where my story is going before I start the manuscript. I develop the characters with people I know personally or real-life actors. Afterwards, I develop 3 acts. The beginning, middle, and end. Separate obstacles for the protagonist fill those acts. I must know the ending in detail. All of this is the skeleton of my story. On a separate word file, I proceed with the verbal exchanges of the characters. After all is said and done, I go through this procedure again and again until the story structure satisfies me. Of course, some elements of this are deleted and new ideas enter the picture. It’s a long but fulfilling process that better prepares me for the writing journey when I began the actual manuscript.

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

My books are primarily for children with the emphasis of superheroes and action-adventure. I find such genres a great way to draw children into reading. The comic book formula is upon the education publishing market. Today, respectable industries like ABDO publishing has many titles featuring Spiderman, Iron Man, the Avengers, and so much more. When I was a kid, I don’t recall having access to these types of educational supplements. In my youth, I actually thought this was unfair considering America’s love affair with comic books. It was widely accepted during the Great Depression and World War 2. Now the availability of these superhero titles in the educational market propelled me to indulge in my own quest in writing and publishing my own heroes for this area.

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

Anyone who reads my book, “Jet Set Jeff: The Science Defender” and saw reruns of the sitcom Family Matters, would immediately see comparisons with the Steve Urkel character as Jeff Morgan. I made Jeff slightly more mature. Family Matters had a fine cast of characters. If a movie was being developed based on Jet Set Jeff, and I had a role in casting, I probably would look to cast Jeff parents like the ones on the show. I found the actors strong, funny, and symbolic of the American dream.

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

Aside from studying the history of comics, I read a lot of fiction. As a teen, I enjoyed Walter Mosely’s Ezekiel Rawls mysteries. “Devil in a Blue Dress” stands out as a story that keeps the reader in suspense until the final chapter.

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

Right now I am immersing in Maurice Horn’s “The World Encyclopedia of Comics”. This book is nearly a thousand pages and just as old as me and I can’t put it down. It’s full of comic history. I like comic history. It won’t be easy to put it down anytime soon.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

As I can’t seem to put down Maurice Horn’s “The World Encyclopedia of Comics” I guess for now this is my favourite book until something better comes along.

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

Write what you are passionate about.

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

I like to connect with my fans and talk with them about comics! I like to engage a big group of people on the subject of comic books and how it shaped and molded our existence in the literary world. Please visit my website at kforpartnership.wixsite.com/educ and let’s engage in educating each other on this wonderful art form. You can also learn more about me on my Amazon author platform at www.amazon.com/author/harriskenneth.

About the Author:

As contributing writer of a news magazine and a writer of action-adventure children chapter books featuring heroes, I have had a life long passion for the history of comic strips, comic book superheroes, and their creators.

As a substitute teacher, elementary school paraprofessional, and preschool teacher, I realized some educational markets like ABDO publishing, created supplements about super-heroes and made them available for elementary schools. Spider-Man. The Hulk. Captain America. The Avengers. So many of these figures are accepted and used as a tool for a theme or lesson in the classroom.

Naturally, since I have had a strong interest in comic books and the creation of it all, I felt I had a duty to not only write about my own hero creations, but also to develop a platform for others who have a passion for the history of comic strips and their creators. It’s a fascinating subject and I learn something new each time I study the topic.

Adults will never get tired of comics and graphic novels. There always have been a great appreciation for this art form.

That’s why I decided to create a new monthly newsletter titled, “Superhero Sandwich.” This is a great way to share some facts about the golden age of comics and to invite readers to share their thoughts, knowledge, or opinions.

Aside from that, the themes in my fiction and nonfiction action-adventure books can go along with the lessons children learn in school or summer camps and help mold cognitive development; especially in the field of English language arts.

My mission is to get the message out there about comic heroes and their creators and use their stories to share and reflect during a time when comics were falsely considered only, “kids stuff.” I like to connect with readers who have this passion for comics and the hard-working people behind the scenes who made it all work.

Check out my website at kforpartnership.wixsite.com/educ and subscribe to my FREE monthly newsletter. Let us talk about the history of comics. We can learn somethings from each other. Check out a podcast of my storytelling technique from a public competition at www.tinyurl.com/kluxvjm. I’m sure you will enjoy it!

Electrifying the appetite for comic history!

Email: kforpartnership@gmail.com

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Release Blitz: ‘Resisting Darkness’ by Amy L. Gale

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Other Worlds: A Limited Edition Collection of Science Fiction and Paranormal Romance

 

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Resisting Darkness by Amy L. Gale

 

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How can you destroy the world’s monsters when you’re in love with one?

 

Supernatural hunter, Dex Jager, will stop at nothing to find the vampire brood who captured his sister and take them down one by one. After a motorcycle accident lands him in the small town of Whispering Pines he finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation and partnered up with Cora Fisher, the beautiful town coroner. As Dex and Cora grow closer and secrets surface, Dex is faced with the toughest decision of his life. How can you resist the darkness when it’s the one thing you love?

 

Release Date: October 17, 2017

 

Price: $0.99

 

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Journey into a multiverse beyond the boundaries of your imagination…

21 award-winning and best-selling authors bring you the best of PARANORMAL and SCI-FI ROMANCE in this enticing boxed set of exclusive epic adventures.

Rogue spaceship captains, dark vampire lords, supernatural hunters, crafty hackers, uncompromising alien alphas, fearless shifters, and MORE await in this highly sought-after collection including BRAND NEW romantic, otherworldly tales!

Step into OTHER WORLDS as these fresh voices of SFR and PNR take you on a journey to immortal realms and extraterrestrial territories where your imagination takes flight and fantasies come to life. 

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Author Interview: ‘Aaru’ by David Meredith

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“…Death and the stillness of death are the only things certain and common to all in this future…”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

Rose is dying. Her body is wasted and skeletal. She is too sick and weak to move. Every day is an agony and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear.

She is sixteen years old.

Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive super computer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model.

Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale.
What unfolds is a whirlwind of controversy, sabotage, obsession, and danger. Rose and Koren must struggle to find meaning in their chaotic new lives and at the same time hold true to each other as Aaru challenges all they ever knew about life, love, and death and everything they thought they really believed.

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Author Interview:

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

I’m a veteran English instructor with 18 years’ experience both in the US and in Japan. I’ve always had an interest in writing. It started with crappy fan-fic back in middle school or high school, (that I’d be really embarrassed if anyone read now), and I had several false starts before I actually completed a novel, but I’ve always had the feeling that I’ve got these stories inside that need to come out. I just needed the writing and life experience to express them in a way other people would want to read.

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

Especially since I just finished my doctorate degree, I’ve been pretty busy. I usually work on my laptop whenever and wherever I have a couple of free minutes.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I get inspired from many sources. I often feel the creative juices flowing right after reading a great book or watching a really good movie. However, I also derive inspiration from real life experiences, both my own and those of others I hear about, and even dreams.

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?

Usually I have a plan, at least up to a point, but I also try to leave myself open to going where the story leads. Quite often I end up very different places from where I thought I was going at the beginning, but it always ends up being better that way, I think.

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

They vary, but all of my work includes an element of fantasy. Those were the first books I read as a kid and I’ve continued to enjoy the freedom the genre allows. There are just lots of things you can do in speculative fiction that you can’t in other genres.

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

Rose and Koren are pretty young, so I might be most interested in some up and coming actresses who nobody knows about yet, but maybe someone like a Taylor Momsen or Elle Fanning for Koren, and a Kira Kosarin, Demi Lavato, or Kristen Stewart for Rose. I think Keefer Sutherland would be great as Magic Man, the antagonist. He does sinister and creepy really well. Maybe Ben Kingsly as Mr. Adams, the scientist who approaches Rose’s family with the Aaru proposal, (I’d really like to see how he looks with hair 😊). Woody Harrelson would be great as Rose and Koren’s dad, Bill Johnson. Someone like a Cherlize Theron for Gypsie Johnson, their mother. It’s all fun to think about. I’d love to see Aaru made into a movie.

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

Most of my reading lately has been required course material for my doctoral program, but some of my favorite authors are Tad Williams, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Robin Hobb. I also like work by Robert Jordan, Liza Dolby, and James Clavell.

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

Life has been pretty hectic, so I haven’t had a lot of time for pleasure reading, but I am still about two thirds of the way through the first volume of Game of Thrones. It’s good, so hopefully I’ll find some time soon to sit down and finish it.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

If I had to pick I guess I’d go with The Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Trilogy by Tad Williams (The Dragon Bone Chair, The Stone of Farewell, and To Green Angel Tower). I first read it back in high school and still go back and reread it every year or two. I guess it’s because I can identify with the characters, who are all very well developed, believably imperfect, and human. Even the villains are complex and relatable, and I’m always drawn to strong characterization. It’s what I strive for first and foremost in my own writing.

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

Keep at it. False starts and failures are all part of the process. And mind your craft. You can always get better.

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

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/-/e/B013R6K5R6?ref_=pe_1724030_132998070

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/DavidMeredithWriting

Goodreads Author Page: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7383607.David_Meredith

 

About the Author:

David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee. He received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. On and off, he spent nearly a decade, from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English.

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Author Interview: ‘Bystanders’ by Phillip Murrell

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Colberton has a vigilante, named Votary, attacking the criminal element that operates in a city with a limited police force. A social climbing reporter, Claire Kennedy, is determined to discover the identity of this would-be hero to boost her station’s ratings and her own clout with her boss. Her investigation will quickly reveal that real-life vigilantes do not reside in the fantasy worlds that comics and movies allude to. Death and trauma affect not just Claire, but the other residents of Colberton. They include the police officers, paramedics, surgeons, criminal bosses, and teenaged fans of Votary. All of them will experience the lasting effects associated with over-the-top battles in the back alleys and residential streets. During it all, Votary will keep his identity a secret, even from the audience.

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

I’m 36-years-old and have been an active duty army officer for over 15 years. I am an Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician. I’m currently halfway complete with earning my MBA at Arizona State University. I also have and Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I’ve been happily married for 11 years to my wife, Jen. I also have three children. Tommy is ten, Sam is eight, and Cammy is six.

I’ve always enjoyed writing since I was a child. I enjoy telling stories. I started writing more significantly during my second deployment to Iraq. I bought a screenplay software and wrote scripts for movies. I eventually wrote a ten-episode television series called “Bystanders.” I realized that I had a lot of information, and decided to self-publish it as a book. I converted the script. I also wrote the manuscripts (without being screenplays first) for three more stories in this universe. This way I knew how everything had to intersect. I believe that a lot of exceptional stories are out there, but the inventors don’t necessarily have the money to get them out there. We have the passion and the creativity, but the purse strings are often closed by people who just want more of the same. The safe investment.

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

I write all day. I usually think up an idea and then create a treatment. It may take several weeks to then begin the actual writing process, but once I do, it usually goes quickly. When I feel the inspiration, I’m usually good for approximately 9,000 words a day. Obviously, it takes a whole weekend day to finish this amount, but it’s fun and I let myself imagine a reader’s reaction to a specific plot twist or revelation.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I’m a huge fan of all forms of storytelling. I enjoy novels, comics, movies, television, plays, and standup comic routines. Often, (my wife can confirm this) I can predict what will happen because of the “paint by numbers” method to storytelling we often find in the mainstream mediums. I then think of how I would give it a more realistic portrayal. For example, superheroes do massive damage to cities. Many people would die in these fights, but that is rarely taken into consideration. When it is, it usually means that the desperate victim will become a villain for the hero to fight. I wanted to point out that if a tank is thrown through an apartment complex, that many people are now homeless. Many more will need psychological counseling. I like to look for the cliché and give it a genuine feel.

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 have a plan for the major points. I know that character a must meet character b, so they can have a dinner date at a restaurant. However, when I write, I prefer to start from the beginning and go to the end. The conversations and specific actions will evolve as I write. Many times, I go back and add something and I find out that it helps to explain an obscure detail. My younger brother, Tim, likes to write, too. He tells me that this is the author in me subconsciously setting myself up for something better. I’m inclined to believe him.

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

I enjoy sci-fi and fantasy. I’m drawn to these genres because they are impossible to happen in the real world (at least currently). They still allow for the emotional development and jokes that other genres allow, but I’ll never see a pair of elves slay an undead ice dragon. If I want to hear about this, I have to get it from books. Some movies do an excellent job of this, but it’s a lot easier to allow my imagination to display it, than to get $300 million to make it look believable on a movie or television screen.

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

I have a lot of characters in my stories, but I always “cast” them before writing. I find it easier to describe and outfit or physical features by drawing on a real person. Some of the main characters in my book would best be cast as follows:

Claire Kennedy played by Sara Ramirez

Keith Douglas-Sanders played by a younger Jesse Williams (I’m not a Grey’s Anatomy fan, but that’s how it seemed to work out)

Benji Tanner played by Jack Black

Alex Williams played by Ryan Gosling

Donald Singh played by Aziz Ansari

Maria Pecos played by Selena Gomez

Karen Whitmore played by Lucy Lawless

Carlos Tanner played by Diego Luna

Father Tom played by Colin Hanks

Julie Trass played by Zhang Ziyi

Tina Sanders played by Angela Bassett

That being said, I don’t associate specific ethnicities to most of my characters. That way the reader can cast to his/her desire.

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

I do read a lot. Specifically, I’m a huge Star Wars fan. Therefore, I like Timothy Zahn, James Luceno, Karen Traviss, etc. I also enjoy John Steinbeck and J. R. R. Tolkein.

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

Like I said, I love Star Wars. I’m currently reading the Aftermath trilogy. I like to wait until all books are in print and the third one will be available in paperback next month.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My gut reaction is to say Bystanders. I guess it’s because I’m more intimately involved in every aspect of it. Technically, I would say the last book, Our Contest, because I believe each book in the series is better than the previous. Taking myself out of the running, my favorite stand-alone book, is The Hobbit. It was one of the first “real” books I ever read and it got me into the fantasy genre.

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

Write what you enjoy. The only critic that I must impress is myself. It’s clear that many people cut out what makes their story unique because they “think” the readers will want it that way. I can accept other people hating my book because of not liking the genre, or the profanity, or the violence. I can’t accept working this hard to create something that I don’t like. If you’re a fan of your own stuff, it’ll stay fun. That’s what’s most important.

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

I created accounts for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram because of this book. I’m as new to social media as they come. My Twitter and Instagram are “EODPhil.” My Facebook account is Phillip Murrell, but I invite everyone to also like my “Bystanders Saga” Facebook page, too.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/eodphil

Facebook Fan Page: en-gb.facebook.com/bystanderssaga

Twitter: @EODPhil

Instagram: www.instagram.com/eodphil

About the Author:

I am an active duty army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer who is currently earning an MBA. I have been married for eleven years and have three children who are ten, eight, and six years old. I love stories in all mediums, including books, comics, movies, and television. I also enjoy high adrenaline activities, such as skydiving, whitewater rafting, and roller coasters. Bystanders is the first of four books that I have written with these characters. I also enjoy writing screenplays and teleplays.

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