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  • Tanner Garnet Author interview

    A little introduction:

    Hello and pleased to meet you! My name is Tanner Garnet and I am a writer of fiction that fits nicely into the genres of suspense, crime-thriller and police procedural. In my secret identity, I have held a number of jobs, which include electrical power engineer, teacher of mathematics and science and educational consultant.

    I also have an extensive non-fiction writing resume, and while writing textbooks and technical newsletters can be fun, fiction writing is… Way. More. Funner.

    When did your love of books begin?

    Grade 3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Wow… what an impression that made! Later I discovered super-hero comics and then at the age of 14, I read The Dead Zone by Stephen King… and that was it: I became hooked forever on popular, and eventually, classic fiction.

    When did you start to have the wish to become an author?

    As far back as I can remember, I always enjoyed reading and writing. When the time came to apply for University, two of my applications were for Fine Arts programs: Dramatic Arts and English, and… one application for science/engineering (just in case). Well I chickened out on my first dream and ‘settled’ for a degree in Engineering Physics and a short, but successful career as a professional engineer.

    Quickly recognizing my literary talents, my supervisor at a high tech firm put me in charge of writing technical papers and a company newsletter. It was a kick to try to present technical information in a manner that was both informative and engaging.

    Next I went into teaching, which further satisfied my creative, artistic side. Once again I savored the challenge of presenting mathematics and physics content to sometimes-reluctant students in ways that did not bore them to tears. After a few years I was promoted to a board consultant’s position, which led to more writing opportunities with the school board, the Ministry of Education, and eventually textbook publishers.

    How have you found the process for becoming an author?

    Throughout my professional career in engineering and education the projects that pleased me the most usually involved writing. By this time I had become a voracious reader of fiction and I started to wonder about combining my two passions: writing and fiction. Could I do it?

    Once I started writing my first novel, I fell in love with the process. The story tumbled out of me, not in a linear fashion, but in fits and starts. Characters would create themselves in my mind and kept speaking to me, demanding their stories be fleshed out. I knew that I had to see this through.

    I took a very rigorous approach to my writing: for my first draft I just let the words pour out, writing whatever sections came to me on any given day, eventually sequencing chapters and stitching plotlines together. I boldly experimented with forward and reverse timelines. I was not going to do this half-measure… I threw everything into this!

    Then, revisions. Beta-reviewers. More revisions. Let it sit. Revisit. Proof-read. Clean up the manuscript, excise purple prose, tighten the plot. Is the story too confusing? Too simple? Are there enough clues? Revise again. More reviewers. Revise. Proof. Copy-edit. Get ready for publication. Format for eBook. Publish!

    Re-format for Softcover. Add design elements such as Chapter Ornaments. Publish!

    Wow. A labour of love, with an extra helping of labour.

    What would you say to those wanting to become an author?

    Follow your muse and let the rest sort itself out. As a textbook author I wrote what the publisher and teaching market demanded. Fair enough, they were paying the bills. But my fiction adventure was to be mine! I wrote the story I wanted to. I love the result, and I have received enthusiastic support from my reviewers. Whether the book becomes a best-seller or lingers in obscurity, I had a blast writing it. So that is what I would suggest: write the stories you want to and enjoy the ride!

    Tell us about your book/books:

    My first foray into fiction is the novel The Hands of an Angel, a self-contained story, which can, and likely will, lead to subsequent related tales. The novel can be enjoyed in many ways: a drug trade gang-war slug-fest, a coming of age tale of revenge, a cyberpunk martial-arts mash-up, a detailed police procedural. This story features a number of strong female characters. And I love them!

    A follow-up story is ricocheting inside my skull now, tentatively entitled The Blades of Heaven! This story will continue with surviving key characters from The Hands of an Angel and introduce a few new key players! Yes. I can’t wait to write it!

    What do you love about the writing/reading community?

    Writing my first novel was the easy part (really!). Getting it ready for publication was a ton of less rewarding, but necessary work. Now comes a vital step in the journey: promotion. In addition to Amazon and Goodreads, the social media writing community is a thriving, robust network of fantastic people. In the couple of weeks since setting up accounts/pages on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook I have received terrific support! Especially on Twitter: The #WritingCommunity is so welcoming and supportive.

    Next up, I plan to share some videos on TikTok and YouTube, and set up an author webpage that will link all social media accounts and offer additional content such as blog posts, writing updates and FAQs.

    My secret weapon, who is responsible for the cover design on The Hands of an Angel, is hard at work on video production right now! I am so excited.

    If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?

    Thank you for reading! That’s what it is all about. If you are sitting on the fence, give my work a try. I promise that you will be entertained!

    Where can people connect with you?

    Here is my growing list of social media profiles:

    Twitter: @TGarnetAuthor

    Instagram: tannergarnet_author

    Facebook Page: Tanner Garnet

    TikTok: @tannergarnetauthor

    Goodreads Author: Tanner Garnet

    Amazon: Amazon.com/author/tannergarnet

    Website and YouTube channel to follow.

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  • Liam Katt Author interview

    A little introduction:

    I was born in Dublin, Ireland. I later moved to various parts of the United Kingdom and also to the Isle of Man. Later I moved back to Ireland, again to the United Kingdom and then to Canada where I live today. I tried various careers before moving into mental health nursing where I stayed for the best part of four decades. I worked in prisons secure mental health units, long stay old fashioned mental health hospitals, community nursing and criminal justice mental health. I base quite a lot of my stories on personal experience. I live with my wife Ros and our cat Teddy. Ros is my very best critic. I have two daughters Faye, who lives in Northern Ireland and Siobhan who lives in England.

    When did your love of books begin?

    A long time ago in early childhood. A teacher once gave me a Ladybird fiction book ‘The Discontented Pony’. I still have it.

    When did you start to have the wish to become an author?

    I was always a storyteller. I would draw stories on blackboards and then progressed to school exercise books. When I was ten years old, a schoolteacher would let me write stories on an elderly Imperial typewriter while the rest of the class took part in the normal lesson. He encouraged me to write articles and draw cartoons for the school magazine, which I did.

    How have you found the process for becoming an author?

    I started to seriously submit work thirty-nine years ago in 1973 using an Imperial 75 typewriter. You had no spellcheck, grammar check etc. Mistakes could be changed by using Tippex but for a submission to a publisher, everything had to be perfect, and you would have to re-type a whole page just because of one spelling error. Almost everything you submitted would be read. These days the work of typing a manuscript is easier. The downside is that there is a ‘writer’ in practically every house and publishers and agents are overwhelmed with submissions to the extent that a lot refuse unsolicited stuff now.

    What would you say to those wanting to become an author?

    Believe in yourself. Do not be put off my critics. There are a lot of so called ‘literary people’ who think they have a God given right to pull your work to pieces just because they know that you are new to writing. If you have a story to tell and it is good, you will succeed. Keep trying and never give up.

    Tell us about your book/books:

    Katt of Ten Tales is a collection of ten short stories of crime, horror, haunting, demonic possession and mystery. It is available on Amazon and other online bookshops. My Family Ghosts is a collection of true ghost stories, paranormal events, time slips and a demonic possession that happened to members of my family and myself. Available on Amazon and other online bookstores. Another short story collection That Katt Could Talk! Will be out on Amazon very soon. I am also writing Acorn Cottage a full-length novel.

    What do you love about the writing/reading community?

    The first writer that I met was Brendan Behan who would stop and talk to us kids sitting outside of the Gate Bar pub in Dublin. I remember he was usually drunk and at the early age I thought writing sounded like a good job if you could be drunk as he was. The late and wonderful Sue Townsend was a friend and gave me terrific inspiration and support.

    If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?

    Buy my books please! If you enjoyed them, please tell me. I love hearing from readers and will always reply.

    Where can people connect with you?

    Liam Katt (Author of Katt of Ten Tales) (goodreads.com) 

    Liam katt (@liam_katt) / Twitter

    Liam Katt | Facebook 

    Amazon.co.uk: LIAM KATT: Books, Biography, Blogs, Audiobooks, Kindle

  • William Meikle Author interview

    When did your love of books begin?

    I started back in the Sixties. Tarzan is the second novel I remember reading. (The first was Treasure Island, so I was already well on the way to the land of adventure even then.) I quickly read everything of Burroughs I could find. Then I devoured Tolkien, Wells, Dumas, Verne and Haggard. I moved on to Conan Doyle before I was twelve, and Professor Challenger’s adventures in spiritualism led me, almost directly, to Dennis Wheatley, Algernon Blackwood, and then on to Lovecraft. Then Stephen King came along.
    There’s a separate but related thread of a deep love of detective novels running parallel to this, as Conan Doyle also gave me Holmes, then I moved on to Christie, Chandler, Hammett, Ross MacDonald and Ed McBain, reading everything by them I could find. 
    Mix all that lot together, add a hefty slug of heroic fantasy from Howard, Leiber and Moorcock, a sprinkle of fast moving Scottish thrillers from John Buchan and Alistair MacLean, and a final pinch of piratical swashbuckling. Leave to marinate for fifty years and what do you get? 
    A psyche with a deep love of the weird in its most basic forms, and the urge to beat up monsters.

    When did you start to have the wish to become an author?

    I didn’t choose writing, it chose me. The urge to write is more of a need, a similar addiction to the one I used to have for cigarettes and still have for beer. It’s always been there, in the background. I wrote short stories at school, and dabbled a couple of times over the years, but it wasn’t until I was in my 30s that it really took hold. 
    Back in the very early ’90s I had an idea for a story… I hadn’t written much of anything since the mid-’70s at school, but this idea wouldn’t leave me alone. I had an image in my mind of an old man in a graveyard watching a young woman’s ghost.
    That image grew into a story, that story grew into other stories, and before I knew it I had an obsession in charge of my life.
    So it all started with a little ghost story, “Dancers”; one that won me 100 pounds in the Writer’s News ghost story competition, then ended up getting published in All Hallows, getting turned into a short movie, getting read on several radio stations, getting published in Greek, Spanish, Italian and Hebrew, and getting reprinted in The Weekly News in Scotland.
    So, the first story came easy. It was only after that the rejections started to come in. But I’m nothing if not stubborn. I’ve been at this since 1991 and can’t see myself stopping now.

    How have you found the process for becoming an author?

    For me it’s mainly inspiration. I wouldn’t write at all if the ideas didn’t present themselves in my head. I find I get a lot of ideas clamouring for attention all at once. I write them down in a notebook that never leaves my side, and sometimes one of them gathers a bit more depth, and I get a clearer image. At this stage I find myself thinking about it almost constantly, until a plot, or an ending, clarifies itself. 
    Once I’ve written down where the story should be going it quietens down a bit. Then, if I find myself still thinking about it a couple of days later, I’ll probably start writing the actual story. At any given time I have about 20 ideas waiting for clarity, two or three of which might end up as finished works.
    That’s the inspiration part. And that continues when I start putting the words on paper. I’ve tried writing outlines, both for short stories and novels, but I’ve never stuck to one yet. My fingers get a direct line to the muse and I continually find myself being surprised at the outcome. Thanks to South Park, I call them my “Oh shit, I’ve killed Kenny” moments, and when they happen, I know I’m doing the right thing.
    There is also a certain amount of perspiration, especially in writing a novel. But I find if it feels too much like work, I’m heading in the wrong direction and it usually ends up in the recycle bin.
    And, yes, there’s a certain degree of desperation in that I want to get better, to make the big sale, to see my name in lights, all that happy stuff. But I try not to think about that too much. 🙂

    What would you say to those wanting to become an author?

    Park your bum in a chair and write. It’s that simple, and that hard.

    Tell us about your book/books:

    I have over thirty novels and over twenty novellas published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. I have books available from a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press and Severed Press, and my work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and magazines with recent sales to NATURE Futures and Galaxy’s Edge among others. 
    My current focus is on the very popular S-Squad series from Severed Press, which features a team of wee sweary Scottish squaddies fighting big beasties. There are fifteen books in print and ebook so far, number sixteen is my current WIP.
    I write mainly at the pulpy end of the market. Bashing monsters is my speciality.

    What do you love about the writing/reading community?

    It feels like family for the most part. We all hang out and talk bollocks, and we’ve got each other’s backs.  

    If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?

    Thank you for allowing me to live the dream. I’ve been full time now for 15 years, living in a house on the shore in Eastern Newfoundland. It certainly beats commuting into the likes of London, Glasgow and Edinburgh to work in IT which is what I did for the previous 25 years.

    Where can people connect with you?

    My home port is at williammeikle.com where I keep all the book details up to date.. 
    If you fancy a blether, I mostly hang out on Twitter @williemeikle. Mostly. 
    I’m also on Facebook as @williammeikle, but not as often.

  • Grace Carlisle Author interview

    A little introduction:

    My name is Grace Carlisle, and I’m a fantasy indie author. I’ve lived in Maryland my entire life. I try to read a little of everything and I enjoy writing all kinds of fantasy stories, especially those with supernatural creatures, such as faeries or vampires. I’m a lifelong geek, so when I’m not writing I’m usually playing video games or tabletop games. I’m very new to the professional side of writing—I published my first book in March 2022 and am currently working on the second in the series.

    When did your love of books begin?

    I can’t say for sure, because the love has been there for as long as I can remember. My mother read to me until I was reading on my own. I grew up in bookstores and libraries and spent school reading books under my desk when I thought the teacher wasn’t paying attention.

    When did you start to have the wish to become an author?

    As with my love of books, the desire to write has always been there. I’ve found journals from decades ago that contain the beginnings of stories I wrote, such as “a very long time ago there was a City.” I wonder where I was going with that when I was eight! 

    I knew I always wanted writing to be a big part of my life. But by the time I reached high school, I thought I needed to give it up and focus on a “real job.” When I got to college, however, I circled back around and decided if I was going to spend several years studying something, I was going to study something I enjoyed, so I ended up studying writing and professionally writing and editing.

    How have you found the process for becoming an author?

    There’s a lot of moving parts. Being a self-published indie author means that writing is only one part of the job. You have to do everything a publishing house generally does for traditionally-published authors. You make the executive decisions at every part of the book’s development, like formatting and cover design, and you have to decide what you can and can’t do yourself, and what you can afford to outsource to other professionals. You also have to handle marketing in order to actually get your book into readers’ hands. So it’s quite a lot, but I learn more every day about the process.

    What would you say to those wanting to become an author?

    Read. Read things that you enjoy. Read a lot in the genre you want to write. Make your reading diverse. Read things by authors of color and LGBTQ+ authors. Read outside of your comfort zone sometimes, just to see how other genres do it. While you’re reading, think about why authors make the decisions to write the way they do.

    And write. You don’t have to write every day if that doesn’t work for you. But I’ve found that giving myself a schedule and making myself stick to it is the best way for me to actually sit down and get words on the page. I like going to a cafe on the weekends where I can’t be distracted with TV or video games, but each author has their own rituals.

    Tell us about your book/books:

    My only book at the moment is Forest of Forgotten Vows, a fantasy set in a small town on the U.S. East Coast. It follows a young woman who returns to the home in which she grew up and discovers that her childhood “imaginary friends” weren’t so imaginary after all. The story explores generational struggles and relationships, mental health, and the transition to adulthood. And faeries. It’s the first in a series and I’m actively working on the second one.

    What do you love about the writing/reading community?

    I love the variety of tastes and opinions. Someone’s favorite book of all time can be someone’s least favorite, which means that no matter what you write or what you read, there’s something or someone out there for you. I’ve always found that uplifting.

    If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?

    Thank you so much. I’m always so humbled when readers take the time to let me know what they thought of my work. I hope you’ll stay-tuned, because I’ve got so many stories I want to share with you.

    Where can people connect with you?

    E-mail: grace.carlisle.author@gmail.com 

    Twitter: @GCarlisleAuthor

    Facebook: Grace Carlisle

    Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Grace-Carlisle/e/B09SJ24ZW4/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1 

    Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/hWycML 

  • Tonya Blessing Author interview

    When did your love of books begin?

    I can’t remember not loving books. When I was a little girl, before I could even read, my dad had a subscription to National Geographic. When the magazine arrived in the mail, I spent hours looking at the pictures and pretending that I could read and understand the distant lands and people groups described. 

    When did you start to have the wish to become an author?

    In middle school, I wrote a short story and was hooked on written story telling. 

    How have you found the process for becoming an author?

    Writing is a dream, but the process of editing, publishing, marketing, etc. is challenging. I love telling redemptive stories mainly about women but getting the stories in their hands and then their hearts takes work. 

    What would you say to those wanting to become an author?

    I would tell them that the journey is a wild ride – climb aboard, buckle in and soar with the eagles.

    Tell us about your book/books:

    The novel Whispering of the Willows is set during the late 1920’s in Appalachia. Life is hard for Emie. There are those in the holler who do not have her best interests in mind. Including her father, who wants to sell Emie into an abusive marriage. Will Emie be able to escape and find redemption?

    Although the novel Melody of the Mulberries is a sequel to Whispering of the Willows, it can also be read as a stand alone book. Set in the late 1920’s in Appalachia, women face limited opportunities and resources. Coral wants to move to Charleston. She is on a mission, but her family does not understand. Adventure awaits this quiet yet determined young woman. Will she fulfil her heart’s purpose?

    Soothing Rain is a women’s devotional. The book includes 52 short story/inspiring devotions with thought provoking questions. The book is also a great teaching platform for faith-based speakers.

    What do you love about the writing/reading community?

    Writers and readers share a heart for the written word. When engaging with one another creativity flows, heart issues flair, and ferocious and fanciful words are shared. 

    If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?

    Be inspired. 

    Where can people connect with you?

    christonyablessing@gmail.com

    www.tonyajewelblessing.com

  • Favian Segovia Author interview

    A little introduction:

    Hi! My name is Favian Segovia I was born in Bravo Mexico. I was brought to the US when I was one year old. We lived in several cities in Texas ranging from Rio grande valley and Houston. In Houston we lived there from 84 to 93 then we moved back to the valley in 93 up to now. 

    When did your love of books begin?

    As a child, I loved going thru the books at school even though my language was limited at the time I loved the art and the simple language of the books of that time. So I was feeding on those books throughout my elementary years. Then in my middle school years, I started writing letters to my girlfriends day in a day out so I always expressed myself thru letters. Then years later I met my wife and I kept doing what I did in middle school. I wrote love letters to my wife. After a few years of marriage, I joined a local band and played the guitar when we practiced. So writing music was my next venture. I wrote a few songs that I keep close to my heart today. Unfortunately, the band did not work because we could not do d the time to get together to play our songs. So I went my way. And in 2017 The Last Man? was born and it is what I want to do for the rest of my life. 

    When did you start to have the wish to become an author?

    2017 is when I wrote my book that time frame is when I decided that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.

    How have you found the process for becoming an author?

    It was complicated at first because I did not understand the process and steps that I had to take. But I researched with daddy google the steps to becoming an author.

    What would you say to those wanting to become an author?I would say being patient is the most important thing to do. Then hire a publisher that can help you with editing, proofreading, and cover design. This is the most important thing to do.The steps I took to write my book were the following: first, know your genre. Is it sci-fi, romance, etc… Second, timeline? Does it take place in the current world, medieval fantasy world, etc… Third, develop your plot on the world that you already built, and last develop your characters around the plot and work them out one by one. These are the steps I took for my book.

    Tell us about your book/books:

    The Last Man? is an action-adventure story, but it does have some elements of humor and romance. It’s my first installment of a three-book series. With a prequel on my thought if everything goes smoothly with all three. And a different genre for my future books.

    What do you love about the writing/reading community?

    The writing community is very supportive wish is very helpful. Although there are some perfectionists out there looking for any mistake an author makes to feel worthless. But we are not here to make freinds, we are here to make mistakes and learn from them. I remember once I told my uncle that he could not graduate because he was too old and he proved me wrong and I feel bad for my words. People change. So never give up.

    If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?

    Never give up your dreams and never let others interfere with what you love to follow your passion and don’t be afraid to spend the money to make it a reality. Remember you only live once so don’t waste it. Don’t be afraid of losing because you will regret it as I did.

    Where can people connect with you?

    Anytime they can reach me thru social media. My links are the following:

    Favian Segovia (@FSegoviaWrites)
    https://twitter.com/FSegoviaWrites?t=eJlGTBy2Q_2u-cMsffU-EQ&s=03

    I’m on Instagram as @fsmwriter. Install the app to follow my photos and videos. https://www.instagram.com/invites/contact/?i=3k243nqrr7jw&utm_content=6osogu

    Tiktokhttps://www.tiktok.com/@1980author?_t=8XLraU2qyjL&_r=1

    Snap chathttps://t.snapchat.com/Jc7JPDSc

    Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/FSegoviaWrites

    Website: authorfsegovia.com

  • Kevin Walker Author interview

    When did your love of books begin?

    I come from a humble background where there was not a lot of spare cash, so we didn’t have children’s books around. We did have two books in the sideboard in the front room that I was not allowed to get out on my own, mum or dad had to be with me. One was a novel called ‘When Charles I was King’, some of it was set around the villages where my mum was born, it was almost a holy book. The other was an encyclopaedia in one volume. It was old and bound in thin leather, the edges of the pages were gold which fascinated me. I loved looking through the pages and the subjects covered. We handled both books with such reverence, and it was such a treat to look at them.

    When did you start to have the wish to become an author?

    I am a very late starter. I have been a professional story teller for over twenty years. I have worked with children and families in many settings and the last ten years have been exclusively with adults. I decided to take a break from performance for a while and write collections of my stories, adding to them with new stories that I created. As a teller of stories, I had never written them down word for word, so it was a new skill to develop. So, I started writing at 66.

    How have you found the process for becoming an author?

    It has been an interesting journey so far. I spend a lot of time taking part in writing groups and workshops, especially online, in order to hone this new craft, but because I have been creating and then presenting my stories to live audiences for years, I already have my voice, how I tell stories. But I recognise I need writing tools too, especially as I am a queer writer.

    Finding a publisher for my first collection of short stories was remarkably straightforward. I knew the publisher and what sort of collections they were interested in, and because it was an unusual collection with a very targeted audience, we connected quickly. Because the first collection was well received, they were very receptive to my second collection, even asking me to design the cover and create thirty illustrations in black and white. The development of both books was at times a bumpy ride, but they worked out well in the end.

    I am working on my first novel at the moment, and I know that will be a different case, the current publisher does not publish novels, so I am going to have to find an agent or a publisher.

    I also received a grant from someone as part of my first book. I thought initially I would be self-publishing and the money was there to go towards that, but when I swiftly got a publisher, the doner said to use it as a contract to work with a writing mentor and editor. That was so useful, once I had got over the shock of their comments!

    What would you say to those wanting to become an author?

    Just go for it. Carve out a journey for yourself. Make a physical space to work, attend writing courses and link to other writers in your genre or area, find some trusted friends who can read your work and feed back to you, enjoy what you are creating, develop your own writing routines, don’t worry about how others work, do it your way, take your time and be patient.

    Tell us about your book/books:

    The first book is a collection of 15 short stories, each one includes significant characters from the LBGTQ community and each story is folk tale based….that is, includes magic of some kind, or a journey, choices newly created. Queer Folk Tales.

    The second book has over forty folk tales and they are all concerned with the Buddhist tradition. They are either re-tellings of ancient stories, traditional stories that reflect the Buddhist way, or newly created stories. I also designed the cover and created 30 black and white illustrations. Buddhist Folk Tales.

    I am currently working on my first attempt at a novel. It is also based on folk tales and tells the life story of Oberon, the king of faery.

    What do you love about the writing/reading community?

    The writing community is incredibly welcoming and supportive. I enjoy networking with other authors…Twitter is good at this. There are so many writing communities, depending on what you are looking for, can offer or need. Be open.

    If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?

    Thank you so much for having faith in me that I can entertain you. Thank you for giving me courage. And thank you if you leave reviews, they are so helpful, insightful, humbling/infuriating!

    Where can people connect with you?

    I have a general website www.kevinwalker-storyteller.com

    Or email  storyteller125@hotmail.com

  • K. Powell Author interview

    When did your love of books begin?

    My love for books began when I first received a copy of Sister Soujias the coldest winter ever. It opened my eyes and made me hopeful that I too one day could write a book. 

    When did you start to have the wish to become an author?

    I have been writing since I was 10 years old. I use write short stories and song lyrics. Writing has always been my outlet whenever I was feeling sad or lonely. I remember writing a story in a black and white composition notebook during my teenage years. I received amazing feedback from my peers but life took me in a different direction. During the pandemic, I had a lot of free time and I started to read more books and I got that same feeling that I had when I read the coldest winter ever. I never thought that I could pursue being an author because I already had a plan a, which was go to college and become a social worker. As fulfilled as I am with my career choice. Becoming an author always lingered in the back of my mind, but who says you can’t have two plan a’s.

    How have you found the process for becoming an author?

    I found the process to be somewhat challenging. Becoming an author is not just about writing but also about marketing. I am an introverted Awww aww person and I had to break out of my shell. I had to be comfortable being uncomfortable with promoting not only my book but myself as well. 

    What would you say to those wanting to become an author?

    If you want to become an author, talent and time should not be a deterrent towards your goal but be persistent and focus on the end result. The first draft is better than no draft at all, so write. 

    Tell us about your book/books:

    My first book Show You No Mercy was released on November 8! It is now available on amazon. This is an urban fiction thriller. This book surrounds the life of a well-known detective, Nora Woods, who has a shady past. Her happy life is interrupted by someone from her past who wants revenge for the life that was taken from them. Nora must race against the clock to save her family and herself.

    What do you love about the writing/reading community?

    What I love about the writing/reading community is the shared interest in creating intricate stories, the constructive criticism, which helps me to improve my writing skills. 

    If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?

    Thank you for your support. I am happy to share my stories with you all. Stay tune because there is more to come.

    Where can people connect with you?

    Instagram: @iamk.powell

    Twitter: @iamkpowell

    TikTok: @kpowellwrites 

  • M.N. Beck Author interview

    A little introduction:

    I am an avid reader and am constantly searching for new books to read while I’m putting off my own writing. I am currently pursuing my M.S. Ed in Clinical Mental Health. Exploring the complexities of the human condition has helped me in developing my characters. I love bad reality T.V., brownies, alpha males and headstrong and powerful FMCs. 

    When did your love of books begin?

    My earliest memories are of my mom making up bedtime stories to help me fall asleep. My love of stories really started there. As I grew older, I “accidentally” read one of my older sister’s romance novels and became hooked on angsty romances. I can remember staying up all night reading and pretending to be sick the next day so I could finish whatever book I was on. 

    When did you start to have the wish to become an author?

    I was always daydreaming, but I didn’t really crave to put the pen to paper until I was in my early 20’s. After I wrote my first book is when that dream started to form. Initially, my dream was to be a librarian. 

    How have you found the process for becoming an author?

    I have found the process to be a welcoming one. I have really embraced the writing community and I can’t tell you how much they have helped me. Now that I’m traditionally published, there is an added pressure because there is someone else’s bottom dollar on the line for taking a chance on me. 

    What would you say to those wanting to become an author?

    Do your research. Read. Read. Read. Understand your goals, are you writing to just put your work out there, or do you want it to be a business? Reach out to other writers. And last, be open to constructive criticism. Know when to take suggestions and trash them.  

    Tell us about your book/books:

    My new release is a planned dark fantasy trilogy. It’s about a demon-slayer who has to battle her own demons while she figures out her place in the world. Fire and Brimstone: The Prince of Death. 

    What do you love about the writing/reading community?

    I love how much they are willing to support and help other writers. I have learned so much from the writing community. And usually, they are highly entertaining and hilarious. 

    If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?

    Thank you. Thank you . Thank you. Every time someone reads my novels, I am touched they have given their time to explore the worlds I’ve created. 

    Where can people connect with you?

    People can find me on FB @mbeckbooks, Twitter @Mbeckbooksa, Instagram @m.nbeck, and TikTok @mbeckbooks

  • Adrian Zupp Author interview 3

    AUTHOR INTERVIEW 3

    How did it feel when you finished writing your book?

    My very first book (never published): I felt a sense of achievement but I was still immature as a writer. I wanted to produce a serious, dramatic novel but it turned out to be very “young adult.” Part of the learning process. Finding your voice. My second book, which I’ll publish next year, made me feel like I’d broken through, found my voice, and created something I felt was very worthwhile. My new book, out now: a feeling that I’d refined and added to what I’d developed, as a writer, with my second book.

    How do you feel when your book is going through the editing phase?

    I don’t really edit. I write very fast, pretty much “first thought, best thought,” then on the reread I may make some minor adjustments but it’s virtually the first draft. I know this goes against all the “laws of good writing” but to me the only law of writing is that there are no laws of writing. Do your own thing. Pour out what’s in you. I do proof very carefully and more than once. I may get someone else to proof it as well, but not to edit.

    You get a front cover for your book, it must be starting to feel more real now but that surely brings about a lot of emotions?

    It’s gratifying. The cover of my new book is super cool (in my opinion). The concept was mine but an award-winning designer friend of mine, Elizabeth DeMarco, brought it all together and added her touch. I loved the cover but didn’t feel high emotions. Just pride in the whole project.

    Your book has now got to ARC stage and it’s out with some readers now, how do you feel?

    I’m glad that progress is being made, but I’m feeling realistic. Once you cross over from the creating to the distribution/approval/money side of things, I’m a realist. I don’t get carried away. It’s a low percentage game and has little or nothing to do with the quality of the work. You are now dealing with people’s opinions.

    You now have everything ready to go and a release date set, how does it feel?

    Again, it’s great to make it to each stage. And once everything is well and truly ready and triple checked, there is a sense of accomplishment. Anything that happens from here on in is largely luck. The real achievement has been accomplished. You’ve created something. Something you can be proud of and something that will outlive you, even if only on one bookshelf.

    Where can people connect with you?

    Just email me at zuppadrian@gmail.com. The book also has its own website that was professionally designed and built, and is very visual and impressionistic (and has a good deal of biographical content as well): adrianzupp.com/all-of-my-friends-died-in-plane-crashes/ I will have another book (already written) coming out in 2023, and it will be added as a separate section of the website. So the website, social media, and all the other usual means will be used to announce the release of the book. Including Feed My Reads!