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Author Interview: ‘The Line Between’ by Tosca Lee

About the Book:

In this frighteningly believable thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee, an extinct disease re-emerges from the melting Alaskan permafrost to cause madness in its victims. For recent apocalyptic cult escapee Wynter Roth, it’s the end she’d always been told was coming.

When Wynter Roth is turned out of New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation.

As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she’s been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she’s feared all her life–until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there’s something far more sinister at play and that these samples are key to understanding the disease.

Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter herself.

Filled with action, conspiracy, romance, and questions of whom–and what–to believe, The Line Between is a high-octane story of survival and love in a world on the brink of madness.

 

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Author Interview:

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

The first time I ever blurted out the words “I want to write a novel” I was home for spring break my freshman year in college (this is 1989 for those counting ;). I was telling my dad how I loved that a great book was like a roller coaster with its ups and downs, twists and turns. And then I blurted it out: I want to write a novel.

That day, my dad made me a deal: he’d pay me what I would have made working as a bank teller that summer, if I spent the summer writing that novel and treated it like a job.

Today, 30 years later as I finish my 12th to-be-published novel, the dream is different. I still want to build roller coasters, but the reason has changed. Because I’ve lost track of the readers who have told me, sometimes through tears, how important novels have been during trying times in their lives: during a difficult marriage, while caring for an ailing parent, in the midst of illness, recovery, or psychological challenges. When they couldn’t work, felt alone, or otherwise simply needed to escape, if only an hour at a time.

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

I write in the upper level of the old, original farmhouse where I live in the country. It’s hot in the summer and cold in winter!

3: Where do your ideas come from?

In 2017, soon after Firstborn released, I met with my publisher in New York to talk about what was next. I had a short list of favourite story concepts—the idea of a cult escapee starting over and a pandemic rising from the permafrost among six or seven others. My publisher said, “I like both of those. I think you should put them together!”

It worked out strangely well! I wish I could take credit for the combination, but it was my publisher’s idea.

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’ve learned that I have to outline—or else face several rewrites.

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

This book—and the two before it—are thrillers. I love the concepts, the characters, and the pacing that is the hallmark of a thriller!

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

So I’m probably weird, but I never think of my novels in terms of celebrity casts. Even though I currently have several novels in development for television, this is the hardest thing for me to answer!

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

It just depends on what’s happening and whether I’m on deadline. I probably don’t have favorite authors so much as favorite books I’ve returned to throughout my life. Interview With the Vampire, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Mists of Avalon, Bird by Bird, and On Writing.

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

A World Lit Only By Fire

9: What is your favourite book and why?

This is very hard, but The Mists of Avalon is a long-time (30+ years) favorite of mine.

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

My number #1 rule of writing is: Write like no one is ever going to read it. Why? Because then you aren’t watering down anything with fear about what anyone will think. My #2 rule is: finish your article/essay/memoir/book. It’s the thing that separates those who want to make a career of it from those who actually do. Those who do it as a career finish—again and again. Also, surround yourself with the people you need: other writers to take this journey with you. Mentors, advocates, and encouragers who will remind you not to take everything so seriously. My husband is this person to me—the one, who reminds me, when it seems like everything is falling apart, to have fun. Because writing is a lot of work. If you’re not having fun, your reader won’t either. And then what’s the point?

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

Website: www.toscalee.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorToscaLee

Twitter: @ToscaLee

Instagram: www.instagram.com/toscalee

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/toscalee

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/427839.Tosca_Lee

 

About the Author:

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of ten novels including THE LINE BETWEEN, THE PROGENY, FIRSTBORN, THE LEGEND OF SHEBA, ISCARIOT, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages and been optioned for TV and film. A notorious night-owl, she loves movies, playing football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband.

You can find Tosca at ToscaLee.com, on social media, or hanging around the snack table. A SINGLE LIGHT, Tosca’s highly-anticipated sequel to THE LINE BETWEEN, releases September 2019 and is available for pre-order now.

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Book Blitz: ‘Fireside Chat with Grammar Nazi Serial Killer’ by Ryan Suvaal

Title: Fireside Chat with Grammar Nazi Serial Killer 

A psychological thriller with a female protagonist

Author: Ryan Suvaal

Genre: Crime, Thriller & Mystery,

Suspense, Psychological

 

About the Book:

Seventeen gruesome killings across the United States, within a span of six months and there was one clear connection among victims. They were all book authors. While media was decorating the murders with sensationalist stories, and law enforcement was playing catch-up, the homicidal maniac remained elusive and secretive. Things got very interesting, however, when one day she decided to appear on an internet talk show for an honest fireside chat. Her reason for being on this show was not a quest for fame, but something much more disturbing.

Suvaal weaves a fast-paced, dark, serial killer tale. It’s a story which is intense in parts yet comic on the edges and keeps the reader hooked in. A psychological thriller with a female protagonist.

Trigger Warnings: Few descriptions of violence and gore.

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Excerpt

Chapter 1 : Respect

Stella woke up in her bathtub and felt a little hazy. The back of her head and neck hurt like hell. Her vision was still blurry. She definitely was in her bathroom but the lights were dim. She tried to get up but couldn’t.

“Good morning, sunshine.” She heard a soft voice on her left.

She realized there was a mysterious woman standing on the left side of the bathtub. The woman had a sleek build and was dressed in a gray shirt, black trousers, and a black jacket. She was wearing blue clinical gloves and a dark black cloth mask. The mask covered her face from just above her nose all the way to the back.

Her two eyes gawked at Stella from behind the mask. Stella tried to move but she realized she was trapped in a sticky liquid. The bathtub was filled with a translucent, viscous fluid. And she was dipped neck deep into it.

“Oh, forget about moving now.” The woman chuckled. “This is thixotropic epoxy resin, max industrial grade. And you have been set only for a few minutes. Now, after our little chit-chat here, I am going to dip you completely in it. Then I am gonna put in a few thousand-watt light bulbs in here to heat up this place and hasten the curing process. Within 24 hours you should be 95% solid within this resin. The best part is that your kids are not here. They will be back only after a week. No servants, cooks or gardeners in here, so no one will come and disturb you in this remote village house where you were planning to pen down your next magnum opus. Whoever comes next, though, will find your perfectly laid, resin-preserved body here.”

“Please, I have two kids. Please … let me go,” Stella pleaded. She was still stupefied.

“Are you asking me a question or is that a declarative statement? I can’t decide.”

“Please, please, my family my kids, they are dependent on me.” Stella now started to cry. Who was this freak who had dipped her in resin and was threatening her life?

“Let me tell you I do feel sorry for you and your family. Though you can’t see my face from beneath my mark, tears are rolling down my cheeks as we speak. Perhaps they are not tears; I may have something in my eyes that I need to wash off.”

“Please let me go.”

“Oh no, I can’t. My compulsiveness has driven me to the point that I could not have taken your bullshit anymore.” The woman now sounded very angry.

“Bullshit? What are you saying? Why are you doing this?”

“Why am I doing this? Oh, this is my favorite part.”

The woman pulled out a book from inside her coat. Stella realized it was her recently published novel, The Fire-nest in My Belly.

The woman started to read. “On page twenty-nine you wrote, and let me quote you here, you wrote, ‘Polly inverted the pancake and she realized that it was now well done and she then took it off the gas stove and put it on Ramesh’s plate.’ You do remember this line from your book?”

Stella kept quiet; she did not want to say anything. She just kept looking at her book in the hands of that freak woman.

“This is your book, right? Stella Davidov, that’s the name on the cover.”

“Yes, it’s me.” Stella could just feebly mutter the words.

“IS IT YOU OR NOT?” the woman screamed.

“Yes, yes it’s me…” Stella again burst into tears.

“This is the bullshit you write? You do realize you are missing a few …

 

About the Author:

Ryan Suvaal is an American writer, passionate about writing page-turner psychological thrillers. His favorite hangout is a coffee shop where he guzzles in tonnes of caffeine and weaves characters pumped up with deadly intentions and worlds full of thrill, suspense, and gore.

“Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer” is one of the first in a series of Psychological thrillers which he has penned down during past few months, which will now be sequentially released on Amazon.

“A deep-rooted question always keeps broiling inside of me. This question is whether I am writing the story or the story is forcing me to write it? Am I the actor and story is the art, or story is the actor and I am the medium?”

Social Media Links:

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Ryan-Suvaal/e/B07LBZ79NL

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/18688583.Ryan_Suvaal

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Author Interview: ‘Initiated to Kill’ by Sharlene Almond

About the Book:

Two men from two different generations, both initiated into a powerful organization that throughout history has sought control and uses their power for destruction. They leave behind a wake of murder, manipulation and ancient secrets. The first man wreaks havoc in and around the Whitechapel district of London, England in the 19th century. While the other stalks his victims in the cosmopolitan city of Seville, Spain in the 21st century; knowing that only he could uncover the true motives of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers—Jack the Ripper.

 

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Author Interview:

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

I am a 31-year-old author and student living in Auckland, New Zealand, with my two Jack Russell’s, and my partner, Dan.

Both as a hobby and hopefully as a paid author, I spend my days writing. When I’m not writing, I have dabbled in quite a few courses that have taken my interest.

First studying as a beauty and spa therapist, I decided to go further a field, and study Dog Psychology and Animal Behaviour. I still had other interests I wanted to explore, which lead me to study Editing and Proofreading, along with Freelance Journalism.

Although, Freelance Journalism provided me with a writing backdrop, I still wasn’t completely satisfied. Always having an interest in psychology, I went for a course in Criminology. This began the process of wanting to learn more about the inner workings of people.

I certainly think at this point I was just addicted to learning, gaining as much knowledge as I could. Learning about people wasn’t quite enough. Another element that I wanted to explore, and have as my Plan B in case writing didn’t provide me with what I needed, I thought along the lines of becoming a counsellor. Which then guided me to study Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for two years, and expanding on that with learning Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and Body Language.

I wanted to provide a complete service for my clients, and I always found nutrition was an incredibly important element to incorporate into mind wellness, that led me to study Naturopathic Nutrition; which I have nearly completed.

After I have finished my nutrition course, I will then go on to study and specialize in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Dialectal Behaviour Therapy, and Facial acupuncture. All of these qualifications enable me to give a comprehensive service for my clients; whether it is one-on-one counselling sessions, or on-line counselling.

If I’m not writing or studying, I tend to spend a lot of time marketing my first novel, contacting publishers for my second, writing health and animal articles, and reading.

The last four topics have proven to be the most useful qualifications for my writing. My main character, Annabella Cordova is deaf, so she communicates through sign language, and of course, body language. So, studying body language has helped me to get a better insight to how Annabella sees things.

The Criminology Diploma has been useful as my books are psychological thrillers. Having a better understanding of the inner workings of criminals, in particular, serial killers certainly helps. Although, I am keen to do further study in criminal profiling as well.

I have written four novels; all are part-historical, and part-present day psychological thrillers. They are based in Spain, Romania, Egypt and Greece. Each book has Annabella Cordova as the main character; however, unlike in my first novel – Initiated to Kill, Annabella is part of an organization that hunts down the worst criminals. Each time bringing her into contact with Andres Valero, the detective in charge of the case of the missing girls in my first book.

Currently, I only have my first novel published, while contacting publishers to publish my second book – The Legend Returns.

Way back in high school, I was home-schooled through the Correspondence School, which encouraged essay writing instead of actual exams. This piqued my interest in writing, as I even enjoyed writing academic papers.

Throughout my teen years I dabbled writing a variety of things, including short stories and novels. However, life sort of got in the way, and I didn’t fully commit to writing an actual novel until I was about 21 years old.

From there, I finally completed my first novel, and continued to write three more. As well as a New Zealand travel E-book, and a variety of health and animal articles based around my training as a therapist and animal nutritionist.

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

Usually where sun is peering through, and where I can occasionally look out at nature. So in the dining room, or lounge, where we have a sun seat is a great spot.

I can put my coffee and water on the window ledge, spread out my research paper along the long length of the window seat, lean back against some cushions, and let the creative juices flow.

I find what works best for me is to get some writing down early in the morning. Doing a workout, shower, coffee, then writing. When I’m starting a novel, several hours a day is ideal. I don’t like to write for too long, as my brain tends to switch off. So when I’m not writing, I study or do research.

However, sometimes I just get the urge to do a bit of writing. Whether it be at lunch, afternoon or evening. If something comes to me, I like to quickly put it on the computer.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I first started to get my ideas from random things popping up in documentaries or on television, or even in other books. They tended to guide me down several paths of the kind of books that I wanted to write.

From there, my own thought processes and ideas kicked in on what I wanted to do with the snippets of information I heard about, saw or read.

History is one of my best inspirations for ideas. As it also lends credibility to the story line, so when the reader reads my book, the plot isn’t that implausible, hopefully making it even more thrilling. 🙂

My novels are not designed to create ‘copy-cat’ killers; merely the historical killers are connected in some way to the present day killers.

Locations are also a key part on where I get my ideas. Whether it is a place I want to go to, or just a place I literally pointed to on the map. That then leads me to research more about the location, and its myths and history on the location. Of course, every time plenty of information pops up, and usually more than one idea pops into my head of where I want to take the story line.

The conspiracy angle also gives me plenty of ideas, as it tends to be the base for the plot line, then I just expand everything from there. Whether it is several conspiracy theories or myths intertwined, or with some of my novels, the ideas materialized from my research. I begin to make connections between different events and people, building on the theory of what I think could have happened.

Finally, my main character Annabella Cordova, also allows me to create another aspect to the plotline through detailing how to read facial expressions and body language, and how to detect when someone is lying. Because Annabella is deaf, she has to hone her other skills to help solve the case.

For Initiated to Kill, I already had written a sentence for a story idea. I decided to run with that, and as I did more research, more ideas came flooding in. And like I mentioned above, the historical aspect on Jack the Ripper with the connection to the Freemasons – history had already written that. I just expanded on it. I try to bring the characters to life, and use the real events to create a fictional, and hopefully, exciting read.

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’m definitely a plotter. For Initiated to Kill, I started the process by putting a few ideas together for the overall feel. From there I did a one-page outline from the beginning to how I wanted it to end.

I also did character outlines – as in what they looked like, certain things about their personalities etc. Then I did character outlines of how they fitted into the grand scheme of things.

The last part of the process was using Word Excel to construct the chapter outlines. Writing out the chapters at the top of the document, then underneath a couple of sentences describing what should happen in those chapters.

Of course, throughout this process, I kept on researching, which just meant I kept adding to the chapter outline. Ironically, looking back at it now, the final product is vastly different to what I started with. However, the main characters have stayed the same.

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

My main genre is thrillers; however, sub-genres are historical, psychological and international. I love messing with readers’ heads a bit. Examining the psychology of the characters is fun because so much is unveiled – their flaws, their strengths.

I also like to be creative with the comparison to the historical killers to the 21st century killers. And writing about the places that the stories are located in.

I like to look at my writing as layers, which is a pretty common element in thrillers. Layer upon layer, little by little more is revealed, so by the end of the novel, what has happened makes sense. That is what is fun, to learn about the characters, myself included. The more I write, the more I learn about every character.

There are so many facets to my books, which is the only way I really like to write. Although, for some readers, they may struggle with that aspect of my novels, I would hope that at least it would be memorable for them.

Also, thrillers have plenty of action, twists and turns. However, one of my favourite topics in school and to read about is history. History and historical characters have always fascinated me. To learn about what happened in the past, and how it dramatically changed our future.

Combined with the conspiracy aspect, they allow the reader to explore the ‘what if’ possibility. “What if this was true?” “What if this conspiracy theory was actually based on fact?” Now that possibility could be terrifying.

Because I studied Criminology, and covered a bit in criminal profiling; combined with Cognitive Behavioural therapy, I enjoy probing into the psyche of characters, especially those that commit murder. Serial killers usually have a very complex past, investigating that past, bringing that past to life on paper keeps me coming back to that every time. Being able to better understand what drove these real-life serial killers to what they did.

The international aspect really enables me to research about places I would love to go, and to perhaps learn about places that have deep historical roots.

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

For Annabella Cordova, Scarlett Johansson. Andres Valero would be Jim Caviezel.

And Gary Oldman as the artist/Jack the Ripper.

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

Yes, I read a lot. I aim to read a book every 2-3 weeks. Psychological thrillers, historical and sci-fi are the genres I prefer to read in.

James Patterson, Dan Brown, Jeffery Deaver, Karin Slaughter, Stephen White, Jack Kerley, and Michael Marshal are all authors that I enjoy reading. All authors do an excellent job in delving into the mind of a killer, the sadistic crimes, and the on-the-edge-of-your-seat read.

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

I am reading a James Patterson novel, ‘Step on a Crack’.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

When I have been asked that before, I always struggled to answer – there are so many!

The authors that I mentioned above all fit in my top favourite books.

Although, a Voice in the Wind trilogy series, by Francine Rivers has to be up there for my all-time favourite read.

It is actually a religious book based in the Roman times of religious prosecution after Jesus was crucified. People may be surprised on that choice of book. However, the writer did an amazing job of creating a deep connection with all the characters, so when something happened to one of them, I really felt sadness or joy.

The books were a trilogy, with a variety of characters on different sides of the story – a Jewish slave, a Barbarian gladiator, a Roman citizen etc. Each character having his or her own individual voice, progressing through the story line, revealing the part each person played in the story.

Even as I write about it now, scenes crop up in my mind of what happened in the book, and it still has quite an impact. I have never reacted to a book like I did to those ones. There seemed to be something deeply personal about it. And at the same time, also covered a historical topic that is controversial to this day.

Even if a person is not religious, it is still a fantastic read.

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

Stick to what you love. If you love writing and entertaining people, then writing will never be a waste of time. Yes, you will be rejected and criticised countless times, but as the saying goes ‘whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’.

Take note of constructive criticism so you can improve on your writing. Every bad review may also have some valuable advice that you can take on.

Keep persisting. You will get a lot of rejections unfortunately, but it goes with what we do. If you love to write, you never know what might happen.

A good query letter is also key. You need to be able to hook the publisher pretty quickly. A query letter shouldn’t be long winded, but get straight to the point.

In the end, it’s easy to fit into the popular genre, it’s harder to actually write what you enjoy writing if it’s not so popular. However, like many books now, in which once a upon a time they weren’t popular, you never know when your one could be the next best thing.

Write, write, and write. The only way to really improve your writing is to constantly write a range of different things. Like any other skill or job, it takes time and practice to become a good writer. The more you write, the easier it will be to discover what works best for you.

Keep a notebook handy. Ideas may crop up at random times of the day (or night), having a notebook handy to quickly jot down ideas prevents you forgetting about an idea. Also, if you suddenly get an idea at night, it can keep you up, as you might worry that you will forget. Additionally, ideas can be combined together and inspire more ideas to flow.

Research, write, research, and write. This is the stage when you are actually intending to flesh out a novel, instead of just writing to improve your skill. Researching before, during and even after the first draft is not only useful for getting more ideas, but it makes it easier to remember things when you are writing, so you are as accurate as possible. I find the best way to prevent writer’s block is to have plenty of research to work from. That way you can pick and choose what you find necessary to include, and helps you come up with a wealth of ideas.

Snowflake Method. This is my favorite, and in my opinion most useful tip for authors. And not just ones that are starting out, I still have used this for my second, third and fourth novel. In my opinion, a good novel needs a detailed plot outline. You can just sit down and write; however, if you haven’t created an outline, the structure may be all over the place.

And you might waste time trying to think up what you want to write each day for the chapters. Events may not be cohesively linked. Using the Snowflake method can help to arrange all your thoughts and ideas. And in word excel, it makes it easier to rearrange chapters, and add to them, without having to do that after you have done all the writing.

Also, the chapter outline basically helps to schedule in what you need to focus on each day, by using the section under chapter headings to write a few sentences on what you want the chapters to include.

You will of course probably add to the chapter outline, remove other things etc. However, this just gives a great starting point. And it means you can even add what research you have collected so it fits into the story better.

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

Links to my social media:

Blog: www.sharlenefreelancewriter.wordpress.com

About.me: Blog: www.sharlenefreelancewriter.wordpress.com

Amazon Author page: www.amazon.com/Sharlene-Almond/e/B00K3ZK2ZA

Twitter: @SharleneAlmond

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sharlenealmond.co.nz

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/sharlenealmond

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6626652.Sharlene_Almond

LinkIn: www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=272284909&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

About the Author:

As an author of historical/21st century psychological, international thrillers, my books challenge readers to think beyond what they believe, as well as taking the reader on a journey throughout Europe and abroad.

Having studied in Criminology and Neuro Linguistic programming; in addition to doing a diploma course in body language, enables me to give an authentic feel to my characters, and the crimes committed. Because I’ve always been fascinated with human psychology, especially criminal psychology, I always include that element in every book I write.

My books don’t just cover the crimes committed, but what drove that person to commit those crimes? Examining their past, their weaknesses, and childhood; all building up to why some of the most infamous crimes were committed.

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Author Interview: ‘Reborn’ by Jenna Greene

About the Book:

The marks on Lexil’s skin state she is a Reborn – someone who has lived before. As such, she must toil in service to those who have only one chance at life. Sold at auction, she is fearful but accepting of her new life. Everything changes when she must save a young child from a fate worse than death. With the help of a new ally named Finn, she flees to the Wastelands. There she struggles to survive while discovering more about herself, the world, and what it truly means to be Reborn.

 

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Author Interview:

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

I was always a creative child, inventing stories and playing for hours on end with my She-Ra figurines or my Pound Puppies. Having a teacher in grade two tell my parents I had talent with writing gave me the boost to take a hobby and pursue it as a career.

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

I like writing in the evenings. I have an office/ library that I usually use but, honestly, I can write anywhere. I prefer wearing a tiara when I’m working, as it feels creative and keeps the hair out of my face.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Lots of different places. I can be inspired by a dream or something I see on the side of the road. My latest book was inspired by my mom, my freckles, and a meme.

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?

A bit of column A, a bit of column B. Most of the time I have a destination in mind, but often the characters have a mind of their own and take the story down paths I don’t expect.

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

I write YA, mostly fantasy. I love YA because I feel writers (and readers!) are able to be a bit more creative.

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

OMG. Can I have Emma Watson? She’s a bit too old, but we can build a time machine and film it ten years ago. (Plus, then we’d have a time machine!)

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

I read a lot. And I mostly read YA so it’s near-impossible to pick a favorite. But I love Westerfeld, Avi, Fergus, and Lowry.

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

Imposters by Scott Westerfeld. I’m super excited because I adore his Uglies series.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. It is a powerful story with a remarkable character that we can all admire. Each chapter leaves you wanting more, and I try to frame my novels in the same way.

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

Write. Just write. Don’t over-think every sentence, or every chapter. Getting words on a page is important, and they can be perfected later.

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

I love Facebook and Instagram and do my best to keep up with Twitter.

I have a website (www.jennagreene.ca) and can be found on Goodreads too.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jennabutrenchukgreene

Twitter: @jgreenewrites

 

About the Author:

Jenna Greene is a middle school teacher, dance enthusiast, dragonboat coach, and semi-professional napper. She lives with her husband, Scott, and daughter, Olivia, in Alberta, Canada.

Website: www.creative-edge.services

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mmcreativeedge

Twitter: @MickeyCreative

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mickey.creativeedge

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Author Interview: ‘Germs of War’ by Ketan Desai

About the Book:

A book where bioterrorism meets international intrigue, politics, and Islamic fundamentalism.

What if ISIS had biological weapons? This nightmare scenario was first published in Germs of War in 1999, which predicted 9/11. A fast-paced amalgamation of science, international intrigue with rogue CIA agents battling terrorists, and shady politicians. Only a lonely student can thwart it all. Will she be able to?

 

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Purchase Links:

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Author Interview:

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

I am a physician and scientist who went into the biotechnology world after graduation. I founded three companies in the radiology and biotech industries. I have been writing since medical school, initially as a gag, but with the encouragement of readers, gradually more seriously.

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

No, I write when and where the inspiration strikes.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

From all walks of life. It can be political, medical, spiritual. For example, the idea of my book Germs of War came to me when I was bored in a clinic with very few patients to occupy my time. The mind began to wander and pretty soon, the idea of bioterrorism based novel came to me. I wrote the book in a month.

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?

Mere nubbins of an idea. It develops as it goes along.

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

Mostly medical based thrillers. A cross between Robin Cook and Robert Ludlum.

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

Since the main character is a female, the lead would have to be a woman who can portray a strong woman. I don’t have any favorites there. Some Indian actors could pass of for the Afghan based terrorists.

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

Not as much as I like since running of three companies and seeing patients one half day a week keeps me busy. I’d rather write than read others.

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

None at the moment.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Collected stories of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conon Doyle. I really appreciate the attention to detail, solid plots, and deductive reasoning in the book.

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

Just start, and don’t give up.

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

I just started on Facebook. Was a skeptic of Social Media for a long time, and am just beginning to see the value of FB.

Link: www.facebook.com/people/Ashoka-Chakra/100019072092418

About the Author:

Ketan Desai, MD Ph.D., Ketan Desai is a physician, entrepreneur who has 3 biotechnology and cosmetic companies, and a writer for seekingalpha.com and talkmarkets.com

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