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Author Interview: ‘Strawberries are Free’ by W. T. O’Brien

About the Book:

Some years earlier, Alec McNee hit the jackpot, winning a landmark Supreme Court decision against the use of cameras to issue traffic infractions. Buoyed by this success, he attempted his own crusade to alter the campaign finance laws of Washington State. In this endeavor, he met the enigmatic research lawyer Lukas Schmidt. Before Alec could determine exactly who this guy was, Lukas was abducted. Local authorities identified Lukas as a convicted sexual predator, but were unable to pursue him into Montana. Alec was drafted to do so. To solve the mystery of Lukas’ disappearance, Alec followed him into the most unusual of Federal prisons.

 

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Author Interview:

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

I was an early university dropout, and spent many years working in a great variety of odd jobs, until I eventually found a real job that I enjoyed and where I flourished, as a research consultant at a major university. I had many writing bouts over the years, short stories, a couple of screenplays, and even a little poetry. The impetus for the short stories and poetry was not estimable, it was usually a failed attempt to impress a female with my brilliance. I tried only sparingly to get the screenplays produced.

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

I write at home, at the desk in my den. In my earlier years I tended to write very late in the day, finishing well into the a.m. The rest of this commentary will be concerning the writing of my only novel, “Strawberries Are Free”. For this I was much more disciplined. I would edit and amend the previous day’s work in the morning, and add new material in the afternoon.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Most of the ideas for this novel came from my own convictions. There were three social issues I tackled, Big Brother and his cameras, campaign finance, and the quandary concerning sexual misconduct and punishment. The third of these was the last dealt with in the novel, but was the main instigation for the novel. Many of the anecdotes giving the novel some flavor were adaptions taken from my personal history.

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 wrote an outline, and tried to follow it, but the story took a life of its own. At times I felt like I reading a good book rather than writing, thrilled by what might be coming next. I would hope that every writer has that sensation at one time or another.

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

My intention was to write a political mystery. Because I created a legal outcome for the first segment mentioned above, Big Brother and cameras, I felt the need to go forward in time to put that in context. This added a mild piece of futurism to the novel, and the need to add some technological advances to society. This was totally unplanned.

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

I’m an old movie buff, so I’ll select accordingly.

Alec McNee – Robert Montgomery (Lady in the Lake)

Angela Nelton – Jessica Chastain (as a redhead)

Lukas Schmidt – Peter Lorre (Arsenic and Old Lace)

Roscoe Romar – Delroy Lindo (The Cider House Rules)

Spencer Dawes – Raul Julia (Presumed Innocent)

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

I read in spurts, and I tend to read specific genres in spurts. In my teens it was Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan, followed by the mysteries of John Dickenson Carr and Agatha. Then I got into science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke in particular. Later I read all of Hermann Hesse; some read like butter (A Journey to the East), and others were a severe challenge (The Glass Bead Game). I moved into spy fiction, my favorite was Frederick Forsyth. Lately it has been detectives, all of Michael Connelly.

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

I’m currently reading the speculative science fiction novel “Spiderworld” by Richard Bunning.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I like the classics. I was particularly fond of two books by Wilkie Collins, “The Woman in White” (1859), and “The Moonstone” (1868), often considered the first British mystery.

When I was in my science fiction phase in 1965, I found a copy of “The Sirens of Titan” in a used book store. I had never heard of Kurt Vonnegut. I was completely won over, I still believe this to be his best. I devoured all of his books after that.

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

Stop thinking about it and do it. You will find out pretty quickly if you are up to the task.

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

I have a “Goodreads” account, but that’s about it. I am backward in this regard.

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/17253991.W_T_O_Brien

 

About the Author:

W. T. O’Brien has written short stories and screenplays, Strawberries Are Free is his first novel. Prior to being a full time writer, he has worked at an extensive number of occupations from which to draw ideas. O’Brien is a lifelong resident of Greater Seattle, now living just north in Mountlake Terrace, WA. He enjoys his large family living in the surrounding area.

 

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Author Interview: ‘An Apprentice Dictator in the White House’ by Abner Clerveaux

About the Book:

A young, handsome, charismatic Southern governor is elected president of the United States in a landslide. He was so popular that world leaders were scrambling to attend his inauguration. Among the attendees were the pope, the queen of England, and other royalties.

He had, however, an Achilles’ heel–he was a philanderer. It will not take long for his misdeeds to leak out to the media and the opposition party. While he was being investigated, the noose was getting tighter around his neck.

Pressured by his wife to save his power, he decided to do the unthinkable.

He suspended the Constitution.

He dissolved Congress.

He fired five members of the Supreme Court.

He declared martial law.

How will the nation react to this wannabe dictator?

How long will he last?

Read on.

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

Since my teen years, I have been a political junkie. At 23, I started airing political opinion on my radio show up to this day. This is my first book.

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

I write late at night when everyone is sleeping.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I was inspired by the impeachment of President Bill Clinton to write this book.

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?

Originally, I wanted my story to be out as a movie but I realized that I have a better chance if the book is published first.

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

It’s a political fiction. I use fiction because it gives you more freedom to mix reality and imagination.

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

I cannot name anyone, but I’d like to use the best available.

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

I don’t have a particular favorite author but I am an avid reader of history and news magazines like Foreign AffairsMother JonesTime and newspapers (The Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times).

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

History of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The Bible because it’s a collection of books into one.

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

They need to have a mentor, especially if they’re going to self-publish because they will encounter hurdles.

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

Website: www.abcbook16.com

Xlibris: www.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdetail.aspx?bookid=SKU-001103439

Barnes and Noble: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-apprentice-dictator-in-the-white-house-abner-clerveaux

About the Author:

Abner Clerveaux is a political observer and radio commentator for the last three decades. Abner Clerveaux brings in this book a unique perspective by allowing the American people to glimpse at what a dictatorship looks like. His vast knowledge of third world politic helps him to combine two opposite political methods into one. A book full of suspense.

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Book Blitz and Book Review: ‘The Wolfe Experiment’ by R.W. Adams

Title: The Wolfe Experiment

Genre: Thriller

Published: 23rd March 2017

Author: R.W. Adams

 

Synopsis:

What if, as a child, you could move the world with your mind? Think of the possibilities. But what if you couldn’t control it, and buildings toppled in your sleep? Think of the consequences.

Ethan and Tilly Wolfe are special. It’s a cruel, devastating kind of special that causes death and destruction in equal measure. Nobody is safe. Not even those who love them.

Ethan is the older sibling, his telekinetic gift powerful but controllable. But Tilly is young, emotionally fragile and unable to stop the physical and mental damage she unleashes on other people with barely a thought.

And all it takes is a thought.

Pursued by the military, shunned by the authorities and running for their lives, this is the story of a medical experiment gone hideously wrong, and the lives of the two children trying to put it right.

 

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About the Author:

RW Adams had the good fortune to be born in 1978 to a teacher and an editor in a house full of books.

Having graduated in philosophy he realised nobody would pay him to philosophise, so he ended up having to settle for the excitement and glamour of a public sector IT career, which, despite what anybody might tell you, is as exciting as it sounds.

When not working or spending time with his wife and two daughters, he alternates between reading, writing and arguing with people about important things, unimportant things, and everything in-between.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A mystery or thriller. Intriguing right from the start with the way the story leads you and how Ethan and Tilly cope, or in this case don’t cope, with the skills that are growing inside them. Good mix of present day and past events that slowly create the thriller ride you are being taken on.

Ethan’s parents always told him that he needed to protect his sister and above all else keep their secret safe. Ethan and his sister Tilly are special. They have gifts and think that their parents are trying to help find a cure for them but when they die in a car crash it stops there and they don’t know what way to turn. Ethan is older and seems to be able to control his gift but Tilly is so much younger and her emotions take over making it harder to control. Even more when she is asleep and nightmares take hold, which can end up causing accidents without meaning to. After becoming orphans they start to bounce around foster care, homes and back again. They never stay somewhere for long as events and accidents seem to arise around them. Their social worker Sarah seems to easily find a connection with them and they trust her but only to a point, not enough to tell their secret, well not yet anyway. With more incidents occurring closer together they seem to catch the attention of the people their parents were going to work for.

Their parents it seemed were doing experiments on children to help with curing bipolar. The same ones they appeared to be doing on their own children from a young age. This research was what the MoD wanted them to expand on. Seems there were side effects with some of the trials they had children take part in and they thought that these side effects might be able to be used as a weapon. With the telekinetic abilities that the Wolfe children start show, whether they are completely aware of them or not, they pose to be useful to the MoD. They need to be contained and looked into but with being children and in care it needs to be done legally, well to a point.

The main people after them when it becomes clear they have some telekinetic abilities are Dr. Lewis and his superior the Colonel. When the Wolfe children get taken to the facility the tests start and only get more frustrating. Dr. Lewis and his team want to see whether they have abilities, if the parents really did try the meds on them, but they don’t play ball. Seems they needed to push the right buttons to get the reaction they want but the moment its done Ethan knows he needs to get Tilly to safety away from them. They wanted a show of what these children could do and they sure get it when a hole gets blasted through a wall. Escape was the easy bit but surviving is another thing entirely.

Still such young ages living on the streets was never going to be easy. Friends are hard to come by and also dangerous to keep as their safety is always at the front of their minds. With triggers for incidents coming quicker with buildings moving in Tilly’s sleep the trackers close in faster. The Colonel wants the situation to be handled and quickly without a major incident taking place but it seems that the methods Dr. Lewis uses aren’t the best. With these children’s gifts emotions are key and if Tilly gets scared and starts to cry you kind of need to run in the opposite direction as fast as you can. Though with how strong she is even that might not help. Dangers are coming in from many angles and they don’t know which way to turn. The story comes full circle ending in the place it began but it seems they should have been more careful of what they say in front of Ethan. His trigger was always going to be Tilly, he was going to do anything to protect her and once he really tap’s into his gifts he’s the one they need to watch out for.

Kind of leaves the story on a bit of a cliff hanger as you are not 100% clear on what happens with the children. I mean you sort of know what awaits them but with Ethan’s gift on full charge you just don’t know what he would have been capable of. Also a bit of an open end with the epilogue with where the story might go from there and what they really think these children might be capable of. They want them as weapons but when so you have test subjects so young you can’t be sure you can control them. Emotions are key and this thriller puts you through a lot of them.

Good style of writing that hooks you from the start. Suspenseful and thriller ride you are taken on from the very start. The Wolfe children were created but only just coming to realize it. If the can control themselves they can live normal lives but with being seen as weapons they can’t run far without others on their tales. They need to stay one step ahead if they want to get out alive.

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: ‘Based on Lies: It Begins…’ by Debarshi Kanjilal

About the Book:

Based on Lies: It Begins is the first in a series of two novellas. The series tells the story of a few emotionally and psychologically disturbed individuals whose lives are interwoven together.

In this book, we start uncovering stories from Anurag’s past.

An unassumingly personable young man in Calcutta, India, Anurag is a fairly rational individual who sometimes tends to get carried away by emotions; emotions, that he isn’t very good at expressing otherwise. He hasn’t been sleeping well, lately. And he has been writing a diary of his thoughts as he sits awake.

His thoughts revolve around his wife, Aditi, his former lover, Niharika, and a local café owner. They all have lives of their own, and they all have a life equation with one another. And they each hide secrets darker than the other. They have all been involved in several violent crimes where they are sometimes the victim, sometimes the criminal, and sometimes an accomplice. There are no innocent people.

At the end of this book, you may be left with some questions. If you are desperately searching for answers, don’t miss the finale that comes out in the summer of 2018, Based on Lies:

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

I hold a bachelor’s degree in economics and a masters degree in management, and use very little of either in my daily life. Born to a working class family in Calcutta, India, I have always found writing to be therapeutic in not letting my feelings overwhelm me. I hold a full-time job, so writing has taken a back seat in the last few years. But I am making a conscious effort to write more consistently now.

2017 has been a year of firsts for me. I wrote my first crime fiction book. I also got married early this year. The missus and I love taking road trips or spending time with some four-legged friends, whenever we can.

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

Time – generally pretty late at night when I have fewer distractions. Favorite place to write would be the secluded study table at corner of my home office.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Life, mostly. Fiction is but different permutations and combinations of various life events. Once I have a fit, it is about testing the elasticity of its realism.

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?

With this book, yes I had the ending planned ahead of time. There was a time when I used to start writing first and planning the structure later, but I have realized that that model is less productive.

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

The Based on Lies series is crime thriller, but I explore a variety of other genres. What generally transcends the genre in my writing is that my narrative tends to feel a little eerie and my characters are often pretty twisted. I found the Hannibal Lecter series by Thomas Harris quite fascinating, though; so, you could call that an influence.

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

The story of ‘Based on Lies’ is set in India, so the cast needs to be largely Indian. For global relatability, I guess Priyanka Chopra will be a good fit for the female lead. Having watched her work in Indian noir, I’m pretty confident that she’ll be perfect for the role.

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

I do read, but I will not claim to read much. I enjoy reading Jim Corbett, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Marjane Satrapi, Vivek Shanbhag, etc.

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

The Illicit Happiness of Other People by Manu Joseph. Have Sapiens lined up for after this.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The Maneater of Kumaon by Jim Corbett. It is fast-paced, fascinating, thrilling, and keeps me engaged till the very end. I’ve probably re-read this book more than any other.

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

Get to writing and keep at it. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you will be struck by creativity one moment and words will emerge. Make a conscious effort to have a new idea, and craft that idea into words. It is a tedious process, no different than any other work that you do. Pull a chair and sit in front of the laptop until you have made progress with your story.

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

For now, you can follow my Facebook page or my author profiles on Amazon or Goodreads. I just took down my blogs and am currently working to create debarshikanjilal.com, but that is a couple of months away.

About the Author:

Born to a middle class family in Calcutta, India, Debarshi Kanjilal is an indenendent author who has written poems, stories, and books that explore a wide range of emotions. With his first book, Arbit 26, a poem collection, he gave the world a glimpse into his boyhood days and the various moods that he had captured over the years. His second book, Based on Lies: It Begins, is the first of a series of two novellas. It is a psychological thriller and, perhaps, one of the darkest stories to ever come out of India. Based on Lies: It Begins will be available through Amazon from December 1, 2017.

A writer first, Debarshi is also a pet lover, an anti-religionist, a learning designer, and a free thinker. He believes that every individual’s life has a purpose and we should all live our lives to first find, and then fulfill that purpose.

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Author Interview: ‘The Xeno Manifesto’ by Brysen Mann

About the Book:

Deputy Frank Smirnov wants a peaceful life but fate has chosen a different path. He could never have imagined a course that not only gives him insight to his past but to the true origins of the human race. NSA Agent Zachariah Allmass’ job is to eliminate those who know too much, and those “Beings” with powers untold that have elected to remain hidden for all these millenniums, now possess evidence he needs for his true employer, the Committee. But Allmass has an agenda of his own.

Meanwhile, Roman Petrov is a violent man who puts his retirement on temporary hiatus after being left with collateral damage that leaves him no choice but to eliminate the “thorn in his side”.

When these men’s worlds collide, secrets that were never meant to be exposed will shake the very foundation of mankind’s existence.

 

 

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

For this question, all I can really say is that I had a story to tell…

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

I am extremely goal driven and focused so I devoted every opportune moment to writing The Xeno Manifesto. I prefer to write places where I can view the outside world, whether it is outside on a deck overlooking the Caribbean or simply having a view of the trees, snow and hills from the comfort of a warm, comfortable abode.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

The Xeno Manifesto was already written in my head, it was just a matter of putting it on paper. Just like the second book, the tale is ready…it’s almost time to transfer it into written words.

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?

As mentioned, it’s already embedded in my mind…almost a memory, you could say. I just let the words flow on the keyboard and tweak it accordingly.

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

My books are “classified” as fiction. But isn’t fiction and life the same thing sometimes?

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

I am not sure about a dream cast but it would be an interesting story if it came to the screen. I really enjoy the characters in The Xeno Manifesto and more of them will be revealed in the next book as well as an array of others. I believe the reader(s) will be intrigued as well as entertained but more so, they will be given reason to pause and reflect.

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

I use to read a lot when I was younger and many of the books from back then are still my favorites such as Les Miserables, Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.

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

I am not reading anything at present nor have I for quite some time. I don’t want anything to influence my story as it has to be my story, in my words written in a form that peaks my interest regardless how many times I have reviewed it.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My favourite is still Les Miserables. Why, I am not sure but it still draws me in.

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

All I can give for advice is my own experience. There is a lot of me in my character(s) and my narrative was very personal. A lot of soul searching was part of the process. But regardless of this, you can’t let criticism or negative consequences influence you. You must be prepared to give it all regardless. You have to believe in yourself and what you have decided to share with the world.

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

There is very little about me, the priority is the story. You can find information on Twitter “@brysen_mann” and Instagram “@brysenmann” or my website www.brysenmann.com

About the Author:

At what point, in a person’s life, do you say enough is enough? For me, that time has come.

I am at a juncture in my life where I can’t keep it locked inside anymore.

I mean when will it end?What price will have to be paid?

There is too much at stake. I, for one, have to speak out but will anyone listen?

Things are not what they appear. The veil that hides these secrets has to be lifted and let those that wish, read what is written and then give consideration to the plausibility of this saga. This is all I can offer and hope for.

The rest is up to you. It is time for you, the reader, to be judge and jury.

But you must know, my tale does not end here…there is more to be revealed.

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