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Author Interview: ‘Insane – Who Are You To Judge?’ by Hollie Thubron

About the Book:

“My name is Avery Blake. I will be the hero for the next 300 pages. Well, in my opinion I will be anyway. After all, this is my story.

My primary occupation is as a pharmaceutical rep. I hate to say I do love the sales and I definitely love the cash… But it doesn’t send adrenaline shooting through my body and make me bounce up and down like a kid in a sweet shop.

No, the things that really get me going include painting, volunteer work, killing, tap dancing and golfing.

Yes, you read that correctly.”

One person’s crazy is another person’s reality, with so much in this world being left to interpretation, is killing really wrong? Are serial killers really insane? Anyway, who are you to judge?

The locals of Southhurst would never dare wonder the streets alone at night, since there has been a serial killer terrorizing the area for fifteen years. But Avery Blake isn’t afraid.

Avery Blake is a serial killer. She kills because she enjoys it. But how long can she go on like this, before someone catches on?

Insane is a psychological thriller addressing the different perceptions of morality and what influences them.

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Author Interview:

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

I live on the outskirts of London and have done all my life. I am a 19-year-old student of philosophy and maths. Along with this being my debut novel, I am also a singer-songwriter. I have 2 singles out and am currently working on an EPQ. I used to be an affiliated horse rider – but I gave it up to pursue music. But writing? That has been something I have always done. I have written several “novels” as a child, I always loved creating new stories.

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

My favourite place to write is in a library – I feel like I can fully concentrate there because everyone else is concentrating too! As for a time, I think a bad weather day. There is nothing worse than being cooped up inside on a lovely sunny day! When it’s pouring with rain, it makes me feel motivated to write! I think this is a little cynical!

3: Where do your ideas come from?

It varies. Sometimes I like to just write a couple pages with nothing in mind – and see where it takes me. Sometimes I like to have an idea for one character – and just let their life take me wherever. A lot of the time, I will be reading a book or watching a movie and I won’t like the direction they decide to go – either with the characters or the story. So, I say to myself “Why not write a similar story, but take it where I want!” Hannibal Rising actually somewhat inspired my debut novel “Insane” in this way.

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 first few stories I wrote – yes. I had a strict plan, I knew what was going to happen in every page of every chapter. But I realised – this is boring! The best part of writing is the creativity – and if you plan everything, then that disappears! Now, I know that I have to get from A to B, but I just let the story figure out how it wants to get there.

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

My debut novel is a psychological thriller – and I am definitely going to stay in this genre. I love the suspense – I think this keeps the story going at a nice pace. Mainly, I love being made to think – and making other people think. I want to make people question their beliefs – make them ask themselves “what would I do in this situation?” I think it is so powerful and it gives the book more meaning than just entertainment.

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

When I was writing Insane, I had photos of the main characters in my notes – I knew exactly who I imagined playing each of them! For Avery Blake – I would have to say Megan Fox. Harry Ellis – Mark Ruffalo and Him – Ricky Whittle. I have actors in mind for the other characters too, but they are less set in stone for me.

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

I have a weird pattern of reading. I will read ten books in two weeks – and then nothing for three months! I’m trying to be more consistent though. My favourite authors are Rachel Vincent, Clare MacIntosh and Ali Land – who has released only one novel, but it is amazing and I can’t wait to see what else she comes out with!

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

I’m currently reading “Faking Friends” by Jane Fallon and I just finished “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book is Malorie Blackman’s “Stuff of Nightmares”. This is because it is one of the first books I read, it is a very nostalgic one for me and I think it is just a brilliant story and the way she tells it is very clever. I haven’t read it in a while, though, so I need to again soon.

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

I have tried and given up on writing several books in the past – partly because I ended up not liking the story and partly because I had a lack of motivation. So, for me, I have found that tight deadline works best. With a strict deadline, you have to get the book finished, it means that your subconscious that take over and the story can write itself and you will also keep a good level of motivation.

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

My website is www.insanenovel.co.uk and on all social media platforms my handle is @InsaneNovel. I post frequently on them all, but I am most active on Instagram.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/insanenovel

Twitter: @InsaneNovel

Instagram: www.instagram.com/insanenovel

 

About the Author:

Hollie Thubron is a singer, songwriter and author from the outskirts of London and has been writing novels since she was child. It has always been her dream to be a published author and that dream has been achieved, with Insane being her debut novel. She is fascinated by the psychology of serial killers as well as the debate about morality and so she is studying Philosophy at the University of Bristol.

Learn more at www.insanenovel.co.uk  and connect with Hollie on social media – @holliethubron

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Author Interview: ‘Get Out Of My Dreams’ by Allan J. Lewis

Joe the Magic Man Series Book 1

About the Book:

Get Out Of My Dreams Alice and John Timberlake lead a quiet life in the suburbs of California. John is a prison officer at the California State Prison, and Alice assists the Agony Aunt columnist, with big dreams of becoming a reporter. One morning they awaken to their lives turned upside down—John is on the couch with no recollection of how he got there, the front door lock is unbolted, and the alarm is disarmed. Alice’s underwear is neatly folded on top of her slippers––she knows she went to bed wearing them. Fearing they may have been victimized in their own home, they contact the authorities. John and Alice discover they have been the latest victims of “The Magic Man,” a rogue hypnotist that gets into people’s dreams, makes them do his bidding, and has them reveal their darkest secrets. The FBI considers him a threat to the country. Some departments within the Halls of Justice want him eliminated; others think his talents could help solve crimes. They ask John and Alice’s help to bring the Magic Man to heel. None of them realize that their intended target is manipulating them. Everyone has secrets, and the Magic Man knows them all. When a steamy fantasy shared between Alice and the Magic Man unveils a unique connection between them, it changes the rules of his game. All Alice and John had ever wanted was for the Magic Man to get out of their dreams––but now, they can never go back to the life they had before… Get Out of My Dreams is the captivating first novel of Allan J. Lewis.

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Author Interview:

Photo by Mike Cunliffe Media Wales ; 180311 ; Allan and Eirlys Lewis from Regent Street Treorchy , Golden Wedding

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

Hi, my name is Allan J Lewis I am 78, married with two children that are both married and I have two grandchildren. My wife’s name is Eirlys (Eirlys is a Welsh name and it means Snowdrop) and we celebrated our 57th wedding anniversary last March. We live in the Rhondda Valley South Wales UK. Eirlys and I love our Saturday nights out dancing at the local social club (but we don’t jive anymore our knees won’t let us) And I have been playing darts since I was 18 and I still play in the Friday night and Sunday nights dart league. Although I wanted to be a writer when I was young I never had time, until I retired and I started writing as a hobby at first, and in 2014 I had my first book published.

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

We have a spare bedroom that I like to call my writing den, and Eirlys keeps me supplied with mugs of tea just about every hour to keep my little grey brain cells oiled. I am retired so I spend a lot of time in my den.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I have always had a good imagination so much so that I don’t get to write all the stories down that are running around in my head. Before I can finish the draft of the book I am working on, I have made notes for possibly the next two books. I am not sure where the idea comes from; I could be watching a TV film or the FBI Files and something will spark an 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?

Most of the time I have an idea for a story in my mind and I need peace and quiet to put it together, so I go and lie down on the bed and start plotting the story of where and when the story should take place. I get up to make notes of the location and especially when I have got a name for each character and what they should look like. And in my mind’s eye when the good guys and the bad guys come into my story, that is when the plot gets going for me. So I kind of daydream the story before I go on my laptop and write it, once it is out of my head and it is up on the screen, and those characters start to come to life then you can start adding in those extra details. When I am happy with the story I send it off to my editor and we will go over it together until we are both happy to publish it.

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

I write in two genres, Thrillers and Adult Romance. I have four books in a series of Psychological Thrillers and the first book is Get Out Of My Dreams it is about a gifted man that can read people’s mind, and once he has been in your mind he can get into your dreams and finds out your utmost secrets. The FBI could see how they could use that gift to fight crime and they named him “Joe the Magic Man” because of his gift. Joe also had an addiction to getting into young women’s dreams and has them play out their sexual fantasies. I had a few reviewers tell me that they liked Joe’s sexual adventures and that I should write a book about Joe’s dreams. I thought about it and I wrote a spin-off called Tale of The Inn Keeper’s Niece and I have two more that I am working on. What drew me to that genre? My first few books were detective stories (that are still in the first draft) and I wanted to write a series and as soon as I finished Get Out Of My Dreams I knew those characters could go on to solve many more crimes, so the series of “Joe the Magic Man” came about. They are “Kill The President’s Women”, “The Elusive Crime Fighter” and book four “Serial Killers Incorporated

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

Like most authors I would love to see one of my books turned into a film, but I think it would do better as a TV Crime Series called The Elusive Crime Fighter. There are five main characters in the series that are the FBI’s secret task force and they are. “Joe the Magic man” and I would love to see Johnny Depp play him because Joe is the Elusive crime fighter that has got to keep his identity a secret, has he leads a double life, and I think Johnny Depp could carry that mystic part off great. And Joe’s working partner is Alice Timberlake a freelance journalist, they are a bit like Clark Kent and Louis Lane as they try to keep their work for the FBI a secret. I would like to see Scarlet Johansson play Alice. And I would like to see Jennifer Lopez (well you did ask for a dream cast) play Special Agent Rosemary Burrows, she is a profiler and who’s idea it was to bring Joe and his gift to work for the FBI. And her partner Special Agent Ed Campbell he is a tough by the book agent, and I would like David Boreanaz to play him. And their boss is Frank Brubaker the Deputy Director of the FBI, so why not have Kevin Bacon to play him. I think with a cast like that it would be a big TV hit (well, there’s no harm in dreaming is there?).

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

I used to read a lot but I am finding the book marketing side of the business is taking up most of my time. My favorites are Wilbur Smith I have read all his earlier books I loved those African adventures. I love James Patterson, mainly the Alex Cross series. And last but not least, Lee Child’s series of Jack Reacher.

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

I am not reading at the moment I am working on two books of my own, but Lee Child has a new book out that I will read next, called “The Midnight Line

9: What is your favourite book and why?

There have been so many that I have enjoyed. “When Evil Calls Your Name” by John Nichol, “Windy City Heat” by Remi Hunter, but the one that jumps to mind is “The Pillars Of The World” by Ken Follett is a classic historical masterpiece set in the twelfth-century.

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

I would advise a new author to write a book in his/her own style and don’t get it published straight away, I know that would be hard. Put it aside and write your second book and when you have finished it, then go back to your first book and go over it with fresh eyes. It is surprising how you can see how to improve it here and there to make it a better read. Plus you can add at the back of the book that book two is coming out shortly. And always have a proofreader and editor go over your book with you.

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

Website: www.allanjlewis.com

Twitter: @AllanJLewis2

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllanJLewisAuthor

Pinterest: #Book Store Allan J Lewis Author 

 

 

About the Author:

Lewis was born in August 1939 in South Wales, U.K., where he still lives. He is a retired coal miner and part-time fire fighter. Lewis is married and has two children and two grandchildren. Since he was a child, Lewis’ ambition was to write adventure stories; however, he never found the time until he retired. “Get Out of My Dreams” is his first novel, and he is currently working on his next book.

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Book Review: ‘The Ghostwriters’ by Mickey J. Corrigan

Title: The Ghostwriters

Published: 2nd September 2016

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Author: Mickey J. Corrigan

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/5828647.Mickey_J_Corrigan

 

Synopsis:

She’s funny, cynical, and kinda crazy, but she knows how to tell a story.

A struggling writer living in Manhattan, Jacy McMasters is the first to admit she’s a terrific liar and a screw-up. Then the ghost of the famous novelist JD Balinger asks her to “channel” a follow-up to his classic coming of age book, The Watcher in the Sky. Along with her new boyfriend, a bear of a man who has no patience for mind games, the ghost in Jacy’s head forces her to confront a lifetime of secrets—dark secrets. Secrets she’s been keeping from herself.

 

Review:

So our girl Jacy has kind of hit rock bottom in a drunken wasteland of despair. While on another drunken night out she gets a helping hand by a friendly older guy called JD. It seems he has a proposition for her. A way to get her out of the rut she has found herself in and try to make something of her life. He wants her to help him write the sequel to his first worldwide hit. He just so happens to be the author of her all time favourite book. She is to ghostwrite the book for JD, as he can’t do it himself. You see well, he’s dead, so is contacting her through his spirit self. Seems her drunken stupor opened a way for her to connect with those on the other side. Now Jacy is either going to have to believe the ghost in front of her or she’s got to think of herself as crazy and having a mental break. It wouldn’t be the first time but this feels different and she really does want help. Wanting it and getting it are two different things and at the beginning it doesn’t take long before she falls back on old habits. Namely getting drunk and letting her ex Austin use her for only one thing. Talk about being an utter dick! You are glad when she sees the light but not everything is rosy for her.

To create the story she needs to fully embrace JD and let him write through her. They might clash on lots of things but he is trying to get her to see that she does have something to say. She has a lot of material to work with – the crazy antics of her family being top of the list. He just needs her to embrace it to see it.

Not quite over her drunken ways though she ends up meeting a nice guy while out, Firth. I say when out but she remembers nothing of the night, just the morning after at his place. He seems to think he knows her somehow and whenever they meet again suggests that he wants her to open up like she did before. He doesn’t want games, he wants the real thing and he thinks that might be her. Only problem is she holds too much back for fear the pain will take over. Everyone has always tried to control her so she pushes back and rebels – drinking and sleeping around being the main players. But with Firth it’s different. He’s nice and that’s something she isn’t used to. He understands she is writing a book with someone but doesn’t know the whole ghost part. Trust me its not going to go down well when she starts talking about it. I liked that when he had a cat that needed help he thought of her, as every writer should have a cat by their side – or you know on their laps, over their arms so they can’t write – when typing away at a computer. The story is coming along but her life seems to take a turn. Family troubles are key but what are they really? A health spa retreat to help or could it hinder when you need some alone time? Can she find her way back to who she was or try to be a better version of herself? The self those close to her saw in her potential.

Loved the back and forth antics between JD and Jacy. They seemed to click in a weird way, which was fun. The twist can be seen fairly soon but its still interesting to see how everything comes full circle. Connection with Firth was real and only when she let him in did she get what she truly wanted. Does grip you quite quickly with the style of writing and story itself. Once I started I couldn’t seem to put it down so it’s well worth a look. A ghost writer helping her ghostwrite a masterpiece to help her move on. Helps others too.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Author Interview: ‘WHEREWOLVES: A Realistic Werewolf Horror ‘ by John Vamvas and Olga Montes

About the Book:

Bullies, jocks, and geeks. A teacher. The woods. An unspeakable horror.

A fresh take on an old theme where nothing is what it seems.

What is out there? Can it really be werewolves?

Using a fun, explosive style, full of new slang and fresh dialogue, WHEREWOLVES is the story of a group of high school seniors, most “military brats”, who are headed for an army-type survival weekend.

The underdogs, Jeffrey and Doris, do not want to go as they fear for their safety among the disdain and cruelty of the popular students. Sergeant Tim O’Sullivan, their teacher, as well as their dysfunctional parents pressure them into going, but it is an unforgivable act by their peers that propels the pair to go. Likewise, Elie, a student resented because of his Arab roots, is even more determined to prove himself this weekend. In the background, a news report cautions of a wanted couple with alleged super-human strength supposedly brought on by a new drug on the streets.

In the woods, the students hike, hunt, camp, and soon act in unity as the forest brings them closer together. But does it? O’Sullivan leaves them alone for the night. The students bond, chant, tell campfire tales, and quickly lose their fears and inhibitions. HOO-AH! Though sexual tensions are high, it soon turns to violence and everything quickly turns sour.

When the kids start disappearing one after the other, the remaining begin to unwittingly “act like the natives” carving spears, ready to face whatever is out there. What has gotten into them?

Amid blood-curdling growls and gruesome deaths, the story’s underlying layers are revealed. We see how misconceptions, prejudice, greed, fear, and hatred bring out the worst and best in us.

 

What people are saying:

Kept me on the edge of my seat. Gets your pulse pounding.” –Author and award winning investigative journalist, Victor Malarek

“A provocative and chilling reminder of man’s latent inhumanity to his own species. Deserves 5star status.” –Author Dennis Coates, UK

“5 stars. It reminded me a bit of Lord of the Flies versus Silver Bullet but only way cooler.” –Angels in the Underworld Reviews

“5.0 out of 5 stars A ‘beastial’ adrenalin rush for the mind & body” –Film critic and renowned film lecturer, Domato Totaro

“SPARKLING DIAGLOGUE… The writing is SENSATIONAL.” –Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer, William Mastrosimone

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Excerpt:

Dilly runs. The deafening beat of her panting isn’t enough to drown out the monstrous growls and trampling that rumble behind her. Though she can’t see well enough to dodge the naked branches slicing into her, the full moon’s rays help her find the path. This way, the young woman tells herself, and takes a left. Now right! Her body veers. She slams her beaten shoulder against the thick trunk of a sugar maple. Ah, fuck! The pain electrifies her cells. Like sticking a finger in a thousand volt socket. She falls to one knee. Don’t you fucking stop! Move! Move! Move! She forces herself up and implores her feet to barrel forward.

There it is! The fallen stump that looks more like a giant claw! She makes a mad dash for it, hurtles over the trunk, lands on all fours, and snaps her head back. She gasps, “Yes!” eyes on the nest-like bundle cradled between the two lower branches of the tall yellow birch before her.

She can hear whatever is out there tearing through the brush.

She leans against the tree’s peeling, gray bark and kicks at the dead leaves on the ground. Come on! She screams in her head. And at last feels the line dig into her ankle. She yanks it back hard. Click.

A thunderous roar!

She throws herself to the ground and in the next instant, a burlap sack swooshes over her.

Slam!

A canine screech rips through the forest.

Dilly jolts, feels the ground, and snatches a heavy rock. She thrashes her head from side to side and strains to hear the danger, but hears only the sack’s long suspended rope creaking as it swings. She gets to her knees. A branch snaps, she spins to pitch the rock— Nothing’s there. “Breathe, girl, breathe,” she reminds herself. And inhales deeply. The prominent scent of balsam firs transports her to the weekend she spent with Brian in a cozy bed and breakfast last May. Her eyes well. Brian … She scans the beech, spruce, and birch tree outlines, caressing her ring—its diamond lost to the forest. We should have never … ahh … She brushes off tears. Be strong, she compels herself. She staggers to a stand and lumbers off.

A harrowing growl booms—her feet are in the air, her face smashes to the ground.

“No! Nooooo!” she screams, as she’s dragged across the underbrush.

Pebbles, leaves, and branches cut into her. Her fingernails claw a trail into the earth as she tries to grip at something—anything—that will anchor her long enough to turn over and hurl the rock she still has gripped in her hand. A trio of saplings gashes her chin and she grabs onto them, jerking to a stop.

She fears she’ll be rent in two as she’s tugged savagely. But she doesn’t let go. I’ve got to … She tries to twist—turn my … fucking arm … over …

Light shines through from approaching high beams. Distant, but just enough of a distraction. Yes!

She whips the rock.

A painful yowl!

“Fuck you!” she bellows as she scrambles to her feet and darts for the auspicious lights. She pushes her way through a thicket of juniper shrubs, waving and hollering—”Hey! Hey!”—and scarcely manages to catch herself. Shafts of light from the oncoming vehicle reveal there is nowhere to go but down. Down a ridiculously steep hill, she discovers.

The charging footsteps close in.

Shit! She glances over her shoulder—Fuck!—and drops to the ground. She gropes the ridge, clasps a sturdy root, and slides over the edge. Splinters stab into her hands. “Ahhhh!” she squeals—Shut up!—and hangs on. She cocks her head east to west. I need … something … else … to grab on … to.

The thicket rattles and cracks.

She winces. No! The rocks beneath her feet crumble. Oh my God, oh my God. Don’t you fucking let go. Her feet dangle. The roots dig deeper into her palms. “Ahhhh!” She presses her mouth into the dirt and feels the earth above vibrate. A pebble bounces off her head.

Beastly snorts and growls turn into sniffing and heavy panting.

She holds her breath. Go away, go away, go away!

The noises above her suddenly fade; all she hears is an eerie, unsettling breeze.

Oh my God! She listens hard. They’re gone. Breathe, she reminds herself again. She inhales and looks down. The slope is too extreme. She needs another path. She waits a long moment—God help me!—takes another mouthful of air, then musters the strength to pull herself up. Please don’t be there. Please don’t be there. Please—Fiery breath steams her forehead, and a snarl swells into a ferocious roar.

Dilly glimpses the blur of black, indigo, royal blue below. And lets go.

Authors Interview:

 

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

We started as an acting team, performing two-person plays across Canada and the US. We had been performing a beautiful play, The Woolgatherer, by William Mastrosimone and after the run we couldn’t find another two-hander that we liked. We called the William Morris Agency in NY and got in contact with Bill (Mastrosimone). We told him how much we loved his work and asked if he had another two-hander. He didn’t but he suggested a few by other writers. We told him we had looked into those but they weren’t our thing. So he said, “Why don’t you write your own?” So we did. And we ended getting picked Best of the Festival in most cities. So the next year we wrote another and we ended up writing and touring four plays in all. And having Bill as our mentor (and still do). From there we went to writing film scripts and WHEREWOLVES is our first novel.

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

No favorite time, per se, it’s more about feeling inspired. That comes at different hours of the day. Johnny’s woken up in the middle of the night after a dream a few times, woken me up and said, “I know where this is going.” We then run down to our office in the basement to write.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Social issues. There are some things we can’t seem to stop talking about because they are so troublesome.  We end up writing about them or weaving them into our stories to try to make some kind of sense of them. We aren’t the type of writers that like to make the themes obvious, meaning we try to use a fun, explosive, edge-of-your-seat style and decorate the issue into something entertaining.

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?

We start with a plan but, of course, once the characters really start coming to life, they end up taking you places you hadn’t considered. Or sometimes the characters just change completely.

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

WHEREWOLVES is a horror. Though our plays are dramas and comedies, we are huge horror fans so we wanted to try writing something in that genre. We also thought that given the social themes we touch upon, the horror genre would not only let us push them pretty far but shed them in a light that was not so serious. Regardless the theme, though, our writing style tries to entice and entertain not only avid readers but also those who wouldn’t be likely to open a book.

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

Being that WHEREWOLVES is a horror, the cast of teens would have to be unknowns so that you’re never sure who will be killed next. Michelle Williams would be incredible as Doris’s mother. Michael Shannon would be unbelievable in the role of O’Sullivan and Joaquin Phoenix to play his brother.

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

We read our fair share when we have time in between writing. We prefer to support indie authors – it wouldn’t be fair to point one out. We often stumble upon unknown yet incredible stories.

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

We are not reading anything at the moment as we are busy working on WHEREWOLVES TOO.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

John: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I love its survival of the fittest theme.

Olga: The World According to Garp by John Irving. I love the characters, how they don’t compromise themselves so they can be themselves.

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

Write your heart out! But make sure you give it to an editor. And: The hardest part of selling a book is selling a book. J

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

Our blog, where you can read the first two chapters of WHEREWOLVES, see the book trailer and so much more.

Website: www.wherewolvestheblog.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WHEREWOLVESbook

Twitter: @WHEREWOLVESbook

 

About the Authors:

Together for over 20 years, John and Olga started as an acting team but soon began to write their own scripts for lack of finding two-person plays they could tour across North America. They wrote and toured four full-length critically acclaimed plays to packed houses across Canada and the United States, including, Bad Boy, which they performed Off-Off-Broadway at New York’s Creative Place Theatre in the heart of Times Square. In 2001, they were approached to star in and rewrite the short film, Things Never Said in Playa Perdida. Playa won the audience award at the New York Short Film Festival in 2002 and tied first place at the Festivalisimo festival in Montreal. WHEREWOLVES is their first novel.

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Author Interview: ‘Crooked Principles’ by Kevin Cady

Book Two of The Warren Files

About the Book:

Elijah Warren was a workaholic for the FBI, but during his hunt for the vicious “Poetic Murderer,” he fell in love with Aurelia Blanc–a beautiful and erudite forensic pathologist–and they barely escaped with their lives. They’ve since left the FBI for slower days and a mountain cabin, but a desperate call from remote Alaska leaves them not a choice.

Grizzly is a town of less than a hundred people, and for twelve straight years one of them has been killed. No one talks about the murders, like long-ignored secrets. In fact, it seems no one talks at all. But there’s a sick change in the pattern of death, and a mournful mother wants answers after her five-year-old son is stabbed and bludgeoned to death.

Something is very wrong in the diffident town of Grizzly, and stranded by the winter, Elijah and Aurelia face the killer daily, with paranoia as real as the icy air of Alaska. This is nothing like they’ve faced before. Whose dark past will reveal Grizzly’s secrets?

 

What people are saying:

“Cady’s writing is superb … Dark, engaging, and fast-paced.”
-Urban Book Reviews

“Cady’s nuanced prose scintillates and intrigues from beginning to end … As every piece is unearthed, momentum builds and fear intensifies.”
-Foreword Clarion Reviews

 

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Author Interview:

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

I live in Colorado Springs and am from Oxford, Ohio, where I grew up and graduated from college. I moved to Colorado for a master’s degree, and began writing The Warren Files after that was completed. Rock climbing, rock concerts, and teaching high school English occupy the remainder of my time.

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

I have a few different spots that really appeal to me. Home is certainly one of them. I have a small office at the house where much of my writing is done, where I can see the mountains as a distraction, but there are several spots around town where I consistently write. I at times need a change in scenery, and this accomplishes such a task. Really, anywhere with a view, I enjoy writing.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I’ll see something in life that sends my mind racing, and then it will be there, ever developing. I think my ideas percolate and tumble until they boil over, and I’ve got to get some words down. For example, I’ve been thinking about one particular story for several years, and it consistently is on my mind, and at a certain point, I’ll write something for it. It might just be the first chapter. It might be quite a lot more. And it might not be for another few years, but it’ll happen. Just not yet. I think this process defines how and where my ideas develop.

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 previous question addresses this a bit, but it’s definitely a combination! I always have an idea of what the story will be and how it will begin and end, but the middle allows me to discover how it all connects. A prolific author uses the metaphor of uncovering a diamond from earth. You see hints of promise and you follow those, not sure what you’ll find, uncovering what’s hidden in the earth of your own story. If you are aware enough, you’ll be able to uncover amazing components you didn’t prior realize existed. So it’s a cool combination of pre-planning and discovery.

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

My books will always have an element of mystery to them!

I’ve always loved mysteries because of how they can deceive. A great mystery writer is a magician. The secrets are unseen until the end, but, once revealed, they can seem even obvious in reflection. I love the, “It was right in front of my eyes! moment!

Murder/mystery was natural for The Warren Files, and I’ll certainly return to the exact genre (as I have all the characters’ histories I can write about!), but I have some other projects that, I think, completely fit into my writing universe; they’re just different. Two novels are a bit more in the horror genre. One is my ode to haunted house novels—and its likely next for completion, though, with the other being a twist on the western, no promises. I’m excited about both!

I’m really just excited to continue writing quality material, consistently, and hopefully in my own unique style for my growing readership.

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

Haha!

Danie, my girlfriend, and I joke about this a lot. We’ve battled some of the answers. I think this is the final cast…

Elijah- 90’s Patrick Dempsey

Aurelia-Rosario Dawson

Adams-J.K. Simmons

Riff-90’s James Brolin

We’ve got a great person to play the killer in the first book, but for the sake of description and gender anonymity…I must not include that one. : )

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

I read a lot and like a lot of different authors and styles. People like Mark Danielewski or Steven Hall stand out as people doing something really unique with the medium. But those authors don’t have a vast catalogue of writing to choose from.

Authors I return to consistently are ones like Peter Straub, Clive Barker, and Chuck Palahniuk. These are authors which have their own unique style and universe, but each book is different from the one prior. These authors consistently put out work in their own style. They’re unapologetically writing their own way, and I strive for this same thing.

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

Speaking of Clive Barker! I’m amidst his monster narrative Imajica. It’s this amazing story about a parallel universe and its dominions, and how they’re interconnected with our own! It’s sexy and dark and adventurous, and it’s a brick of a book, but it’s awesome!

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I’m going to return to Mark Danielewski, who wrote House of Leaves. This book challenged me in ways I’d never been challenged, but it was exceedingly worth it. It’s best not to share much about it. Reading the House is an experience different from any other, and the more time you spend in there, the more you understand it.

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

Get good, get tough, and get patient. I still need to remind myself of these things, as I’m far from achieving my writing goals!

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

It’s easy to find me on Facebook with a search of Kevin Cady Author, or Twitter the same. My website is kevincadyauthor.com, and that will be the most informative location! You can also find me (and review me!) on Goodreads, and Amazon.

Website: www.kevincadyauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Cady-Author

Twitter: @kevincadyauthor

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15263209.Kevin_Cady

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Kevin-Cady/e/B01FWP3I4M

About the Author:

Kevin lives in Colorado Springs with his girlfriend, Danie, and their pets. He is a teacher at a local high school and earned degrees from Miami University, a bachelor’s in rhetoric, and Colorado College, a master’s in education. When he’s not writing, you’ll find him rock climbing or at the local metal shows. The books of The Warren Files are his first completed novels, with diverse side-projects not far behind.

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