Authors

"When it comes to authors,we may hide ourselves from others but within our pages, our true souls emerge." - Nicole Hill
"I want a Vampite of my very own. Until I find him, I'll just keep writing him into existence." -Nicole Hill
" I write like people talk. It may not be perfect but it's damn entertaining." - Nicole Hill

Friday, April 29, 2016

Release Day Celebration for Danville Horror By Laura Del

Release day Blog Post 
of Danville Horror
By:
Laura Del


SUMMARY OF DANVILLE HORROR: 

After nearly being killed, freelance writer Pat Wyatt is ready for some relaxation. Her father's wedding seems to be the perfect getaway—until it turns out to be a haunting affair.
She’s certain she'll bump into her bloodsucking ex-husband Samuel Satané, a vampire who enjoys haunting her dreams. They had a truce long enough to kill her ex-editor Elliot Sagmore, a werewolf, but now she has no need for his help or his existence in her world.
In fact, she wants a break from the supernatural all together—including her current boyfriend Mike Wolf, another werewolf who tried to devour her during the epic battle with Elliot. But as the new alpha of the pack, he’s ready to commit—that is, if she’s willing to become a werewolf too.
Will the horrors of her present subside long enough for her father’s wedding to go off without a hitch? Or will the ghosts of her past determine the outcome of the future?
Find out in this newest edition of the Pat Wyatt Novels, Danville Horror.

AUTHOR BIO: Laura Del is the author of Graveyard ShiftsDueling Moons, and the novella Ghosts Among Men. She lives in New Jersey.


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Monday, April 25, 2016

#IndieSpotlight of James Smith Author of The Shoe Box- A collection of short stories.

 James Smith
The Title of Your Work or Group: 
The Shoe Box – A collection of short stories

Where are you from?
Currently I live in the North East of England

In what genre do you write?
 The only work I currently have available would probably be classed as contemporary short stories – although they vary from being ‘true life’ to somewhat satirical in nature. I am currently trying my hand at a thriller/crime caper style novella – basically playing around with stories.

In your own words, what is your book about? If you were not the author and trying to explain this awesome book you just read to a friend, what would you say about it? 
The Shoe Box is a collection of five contemporary short stories examining the human ability to deal with adversity, maintain that special spark and our obsession with competition and celebrity. The stories are filled with richly developed characters and punchy humour. People who have reviewed my book comment on how authentic the characters feel, even though this is only a short story. It’s a lovely book to dip into before bed, commuting or during that well earned coffee break.

What is your writing style? Do you follow all guides and rules? Synopsis, outline etc. or do you just sit down at the computer and type to see what happens. 
  The stories just seem to appear. Sometime I am in the position of being able to write down the plot as the idea lands in my brain, but mostly it just happened (normally when driving or out running). I tend to find that when the idea has hit the writing becomes somewhat organic – it’s like the characters develop as I write (which can make editing a nightmare when you get to the end with this fully formed character and you have to go back and change their reaction to something you wrote earlier in the story). Although having said that things change from story to story with some being planned out before actually typing anything and others appearing as my fingers hammer the keys.

 Have you ever written anything and thought; " The world has got to see this!" ? 
I’ve never written anything and thought ‘this will be great’ or ‘amazingness is here’. I am often humbled by the fact people even buy the book, let alone spend the time to send me feedback – either through twitter or as a review. I am fully aware what a crowded market place the indie sphere is and whilst I have a confidence that what I have written could be enjoyed by someone else, I don’t take it for granted. I think when you start thinking that way you’re very soon going to come down to earth with a crash.

 Do you have an editor and Cover Designer or do you do this yourself? 
The first piece I wrote was edited by friends of mine before being submitted to a website that sold short stories – who edited it some more before putting  the piece up for sale. Unfortunately the site didn’t appear to get much traffic so after about sixth months I took the story down and looked to put it out there myself. Through a few things I have been involved with I have built up a bank of fellow indie authors who edit my work and I edit theirs. The cover etc I do myself using (mainly) Amazons software when I place the book up for sale.

Who is your favorite author. Not just someone that you read allot. I wanna know whose book you read that made you suddenly know that if you didn't do this for the rest of your life then you would never be happy. 
I have a number of favourite authors, some long dead, others who are still very much ‘banging out the hits’, but the ones that inspired me to try writing are the authors I found to be poor. I read a lot and I have lost count of the number of books I got o far through and thought this is rubbish – and I am not talking about indie authors either. I thought if these guys can get this drivel published then I should give it a go.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
 The real challenge to my writing is time. I am a full time teacher and I have a family. So finding time to make things up can be a challenge.

Do you write your characters or do they write themselves through you?
 Most of my characters develop as I write. Having only written short stories (so far) I have an idea of what that character has to do in the story, but then how they do it, their personalities, develop as I write them.

Do you ever write yourself into the characters? 
 I think all writers write about what they know and aspects of my personality, personal experiences or beliefs do appear in my characters – it’s possibly what makes them appear so lifelike to my readers.

Is writing your full time job or are you "Keeping your day job"? So to speak.
I’m a full time teacher and selling a collection of short stories for royalties that barely enter double figures means I have to keep the day job. I would love to write full time, but I am at the start of my journey so we shall see where we go from here.

 If you could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be? 
I have no idea who I would want to meet from history – sorry boring answer, but I have no idea.

There are millions of new books released every year. What in your mind makes yours stand out from all those millions in your genre? 
I don’t think there is anything that makes me stand out from anyone else in my genre. I think I write engaging fiction which people appear to enjoy reading, but at this point in my journey I guess I am nothing special – but then is anybody?

In the world of Indie, marketing is very difficult, especially if you don't have the funds to pay for it. Have you found a great free way to market your work that you think other Indies will benefit from? 
I found a fantastic way to market your books and raise money for charity at the same time. I worked with a group of authors who I ‘met’ via twitter and we wrote a couple of seasonally based short story collections. The royalties from each book were donated to a specific charity. We sold a lot of our seasonal short stories this way which obviously introduced a lot of new readers to our work – one of my contributions was even read out on a hospital radio station (not Radio 4 or anything but hey) – it also made the marketing a lot wider, as 10 + authors were publicising the work to their network of friends and ‘fans’. The only negative at that time for me was that I didn’t have a book to sell, so I was working hard marketing the story collections, receiving great feedback from readers, but didn’t have anything of my own to sell. I learnt a lot from that experience (I did a lot of the editing) and it did raise a lot of awareness – but I put the cart before the horse so to speak. If that opportunity were to present itself again I would definitely get involved with it.


Links:
Twitter
@james_sm1th

Monday, April 18, 2016

#IndieSpotlight of Alison Clifford Author of Roses and Retribution.

Name: 
Alison Clifford

What are the titles of your works?
I have two self-published books at the moment: Roses, and Retribution. They are the first two books of the White Rose series. Another two in the series will be published in 2016.

Where do you come from?
I currently live in Tasmania, Australia, but was born on the other side of the country in Perth. I moved around a lot when I was young, and spent most of my school years in country Victoria.

What genre do you write?
My books are romantic suspense/thrillers - not by choice, that’s just how they turned out!

What are your books about?
Rose and Retribution tell the story of Beth, an Australian forensic botanist living in Washington DC. Beth’s husband, FBI special agent Nick Markov, turns traitor and deserts her, leaving her to face the wrath of the FBI. Her life nose-dives until the only friend she has left in Warren Pearce, Nick’s old boss. But Nick hasn’t finished with Beth yet, and Roses tells of the twists and turns as Nick continues to play a part in the direction of Beth’s life. Retribution continues on from Roses, and Beth has to deal with the secrets of the past as they re-emerge to threaten her new found peace.
What is your writing style?
I prefer to plan my stories before I start, but only loosely. I find that the plot will change all the time as I write, quite often in unexpected ways. When I get close to the end, I do a detailed plan, mainly because it usually involves a fair bit of action and I need to get it straight before I write it. I don’t follow any writing rules - I dislike them intensely. I don’t think my writing can flow if I keep all of the supposed rules in my head. I have tried to keep some of the rules, but it’s too prohibitive, and that takes the fun out of the writing process.

Have you ever written anything and thought; “the world has got to see this!”?
Yes, but that’s only my opinion! Every story will resonate with someone, and I figure there is someone out there who will love mine (other than me, of course).

Do you have an editor and cover designer?

I have a couple of blunt (and sometimes brutal) friends who do my ‘first edits’. Once they’re done, I send my manuscript to a professional editor so that she can find the rest of the errors! I have designed my covers myself, with the help of my husband. I would love to be able to afford a professional, but I think we’ve done a pretty good job.

Who is your favourite author?
If I could only have one book to read for the rest of my life, it would be a Georgette Heyer. Her books are entertaining and her characters well crafted. I also appreciate the effort she put into research and she paints a wonderful picture of England during various historical time periods. Books like Simon the Coldheart, and The Conqueror, are as wonderfully written as her more popular Regency romances.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Self-doubt is by far my biggest challenge, which is why I never read back over my manuscript until the first draft is complete. If I read it any earlier, I would probably abandon it then and there. Once the first draft is done, I know I can pull it into decent shape for publication.

Do you write your characters, or do they write themselves through you?
I have no control. Absolutely none. I’ve argued with my characters and tried to get them to do things they don’t like, but it never works. They rule, and I leave them to it. I must admit they’re usually right…

Is writing your full time job?
No, and I’m not 100% sure I want it to be full time. I work as a payroll officer with a great bunch of people who fully support my writing ambitions, and the job gives me a lot of freedom. I don’t have to write to please anyone but myself, and I love that. The only problem I have with my ‘day’ job is that it takes up all of my free time!

If you could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be?
This was a hard one, but I’m going to say Winston Churchill. He was an intelligent man with a dry sense of humour, and he wasn’t afraid to say what he thought. I like that.

There are millions of new books released every year. What in your mind makes yours stand out from all those millions in your genre?

My heroine is an Aussie botanist in DC, and my hero a middle aged, balding (but good looking!) FBI senior agent. An unusual combination! They share a breath-taking ride of highs, lows, twists and turns, until they arrive at the end - or is it the end? I haven’t met characters like mine anywhere else, and they drive the story with their own, unique motives and viewpoints. Roses covers a period of over two years, though it’s an average length book. Retribution is over a much shorter time frame, but has its own incredible story that will keep you guessing until the final chapters.

Have you found a great free way to market your work that you think other Indies will benefit from?
I suck at marketing, but when Roses came out as a paperback, I took it to work to show my colleagues and left it lying on my desk. I had a steady stream of people come in to check it out - and I made a few sales from that! Leaving it lying around in plain view worked a treat! I’ve also found that posting regular content to my Facebook page has slowly grown interaction with my followers. Most of my posts are quotes of some kind, and not directly related to writing, and I think it’s a gentle way of getting people to regularly read what you post without it all being about my books. I don’t know about the rest of the world, but Aussies are inclined to be turned off by constant barrages of ‘buy this’. You tell an Aussie what to do, and they’ll do the opposite!

Connect with Alison:
Barnes and Noble:
Channillo: http://channillo.com/series/white-rose/

Alison's next book: Seeing Red will be released on Alpril 26th. You can find more information on her website.

Monday, April 11, 2016

#IndieSpotlight of Neil O'Donnell Author of Return of The Sagan.

Name: 
Neil O’Donnell




The Title of Your Work or Group:
 Return of the Sagan


 Where are you from? 
Buffalo, NY


In what genre do you write?
 Primarily Fantasy and Scifi


In your own words, what is your book about? If you were not the author and trying to explain this awesome book you just read to a friend, what would you say about it? 
The Generational Space Shuttle, the U.S.S. Sagan returns to Earth after nearly 300 without contact with Earth-bound populations. Discovering no remaining humans on the planet, a search party finds more questions than answers while fleeing from once-extinct creatures last seen during the last ice age.


What is your writing style? Do you follow all guides and rules? Synopsis, outline etc. or do you just sit down at the computer and type to see what happens? 
 I do outlines and a summary, but I also write a lot off the cuff.


Have you ever written anything and thought; " The world has got to see this!" ? 
I like to think all my books fall into this category or else I wouldn’t share the books. That said, my memoir of a lifetime battling OCD is the book I definitely wrote specifically to share (I just released a book on résumé writing for recent college and high school grads – I wrote this because many students were spending hundreds of dollars to have a résumé written by an “expert” only to be handed a very poor excuse for a résumé (I am a certified Career Coach and résumé writer – I priced the book at $.99/$5.99 (ebook/paperback) to save students money.


 Do you have an editor and Cover Designer or do you do this yourself? 

Amygdala Art is who I went with for the Return of the Sagan cover. Ida’s work is stunning!!!


Who is your favorite author? Not just someone that you read allot. I wanna know whose book you read that made you suddenly know that if you didn't do this for the rest of your life then you would never be happy. 
 David Eddings! He breaks rules and new ground. His fantasy work is original and he keeps readers invested in storylines AND characters alike. I character in one of my books becomes trapped on an island for life (a priest), and I gave that character a copy of the Bible as well as a copy of one of David Eddings’ series.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
 Finding time for all the ideas swirling around in my head!



Do you write your characters or do they write themselves through you?
 In most cases they write themselves, generated by my interactions with the world.


Do you ever write yourself into the characters? 
Most definitely. The lead in ‘Return of the Sagan’ is battling OCD like me – he is also an anthropologists and fantasy/scifi fan.


Is writing your full time job or are you "Keeping your day job"? So to speak. 
 Day job as a Counselor (career, personal & academic)


If you could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be? 
George Washington


There are millions of new books released every year. What in your mind makes yours stand out from all those millions in your genre? 
Heavy dose of realism in my books.


In the world of Indie, marketing is very difficult, especially if you don't have the funds to pay for it. Have you found a great free way to market your work that you think other Indies will benefit from?
 Get on Twitter and retweet others’ posts about books. Additionally, write articles/blog posts and Tweet about them with relevant hashtags.

Websites:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Neil_ODonnell

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