Allyson Lindt has been INTERVIEWED!!!

  1. What’s your name? Where can we find you? Blog? Twitter? Facebook?

A: Hallo! I’m Allyson Lindt. You can find me at allysonlindt.com. You can also find me on Twitter, I’m @AllysonLindt and on Facebook under https://www.facebook.com/AllysonLindt

  1. Other than writing, what is your favorite hobby or thing you enjoy for fun?

A: Tough question. So many things, like reading, trying new cookie recipes (making and eating). But I guess if I have to pick one, it’d be gaming. I love console role playing games, especially the old JRPG’s (Final Fantasy, anyone? J )

  1. How long have you been writing? How many books have you written? They don’t have to be published.

A: I’ve been writing since I was six. My first book was about two pages long, about a girl who was saving up to buy a horse. I’ve been doing it seriously (honing my craft, learning about publishing, things like that) for about eight years. In that time I’ve written… 22 books I think? (Some of them were novella length though).

  1. What genres do you like writing the most? And why? Is this genre the same as the one you prefer to read?

A: I love writing contemporary romance, especially office romances. And urban fantasy. Setting magical creatures to deal with modern life is so much fun. My favorite genre to read is urban fantasy, especially if it has a unique twist on angels, demons, and gods.

  1. Are you currently writing anything now? If so tell us about it? If not make something up…UrielsDescentCover_AllysonLindt

A: *laughs* I always have a project in the wings. Right now I’m wrapping up Ubiquity Book 2, Uriel’s Betrayal. If I say too much, it spoils Uriel’s Descent, but the tagline for the book is The Eternal Struggle Between Heaven and Hell has gone Corporate. It’s got new angels and demons, as well as the return of Lucifer, Michael, and Uriel, from Book 1.

  1. How do you typically begin your projects? Do you create outlines and character profiles or jump in head first with the initial idea? And do you focus on just one at a time?

A: I start with a really rough outline. I know where the story starts, and what happens in the middle, and sometimes have a rough idea of where it ends. I usually know a little about the characters, but not as much as I’d like. I tend to figure that out as I go along. The plot always changes from what I planned as I write. I write most of my books in dual POV, part hero and part heroine, so I’m in both their heads from the start.

  1. What aspect of your writing do you consider your strength? Your weakness?

A: I think one of my biggest strengths in writing is catchy dialogue and finding characters who have the chemistry to pull it off. On the opposite side of the coin, one of my biggest weaknesses is understanding my characters’ motivations.

  1. After publishing, the next trouble facing writers is marketing. What do you typically do when marketing your novel? Do you have tips you’d like to share?

A: When I started out, I had no idea how to do marketing. I was so frustrated, because it felt like I spent so much time spinning my wheels. Since then I’ve figured out a few things that work for me. Paid newsletter advertising is the best paid advertising I’ve found. Not all of them are built the same, but keep track of who you pay and which spots show results, and move on from the ones that aren’t working.

  1. What advice would you give a writer who is starting out?

A: Always be working on your next project. Write another book, and when possible build series in the same genre. Appreciate your readers. Even if the list starts small and grows, always remember readers are awesome and deserve your love.

The Ten Year Reunion

The Ten Year Reunion  by  T.S. Krupa  description:

Ten years ago, Danielle ‘Dani’ Jackson graduated from Coastal State University in Wilmington, North Carolina and left her heartache behind –for what she thought was forever.  Now a promising pediatric surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital she is invited back for her college reunion. With the encouragement from her best friend, Dani begrudgingly goes back and faces her past – the death of her friend and her broken heart from Jake Dillon, her first love. During her trip she revisits the four years she spent at CSU. Her applying to CSU defied her father and the ‘perfect’ plan he had for her which was to attend an Ivy League school before medical school but Dani had other plans. She traded in her father’s dream for an institution with sandy beaches, soccer and one that made her feel at home. Dani never questioned the decision- she knew she was right but she didn’t know was how hard growing up was going to be.

At the reunion she is reconnected with her friends Adeline ‘Addie’ Smith and Colleen ‘Callie’ Schumaker.  The girls met freshman year under Addie’s tenacity and quickly became inseparable but since graduation they have started to drift apart. The weekend is only further complicated when Jake shows up. Together they all realize that life has been hard on everyone and no one’s life has been perfect. The reunion weekend gives them the time to deal with the past and an opportunity for a second chance – for each of them.

10yr reunionThe Ten Year Reunion   3 STARS

This book was a little more serious than I prefer, but it had its’ sweet and even fun moments that made it well worth the read. Since it’s told in first person through Dani’s point of view, you get to go through the journey with her as she faces the past she’s been hiding from. I especially liked that it begins in the present, leading up to her reunion, and you get hints and pieces so you know something tragic happened in college and you can kind of figure out what it was beforehand. However, right when it gets to a pivotal moment, part 2 begins which takes us back to college with Dani, and we get to live through those events that have shaped her life. It added to the story that Krupa didn’t feel like she had to do the story in chronological order, and that she didn’t just try to do a bunch of flashbacks to get the picture. It really did a lot to make the book one that drew you into the situation, and make the growth of the characters that much more meaningful. All the characters were a good set to help move the story along. My problem though is with Krupa’s writing style. It felt very stilted in the way that she told the story, and lacking that little something that makes it feel alive.

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The Ten Year Reunion

In Harm’s Way COVER REVEAL!!!

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In Harm’s Way  by  M. H. Snowy

Coming June 1st, 2016

Nightmares or waking dreams? Only the keeper of the Legend knows…and it’s up to him to keep them from Harm!

By day, Jeffery is the best friend of Montague the magician. By night, he’s the powerful warrior, Harm, The Legend, who leads a band of Berserkers—ridding the land of evil while saving villages by the score. Only Montague knows the villagers also have to cough up a hefty pouch of coin for the privilege of being rescued!

All Jeffery knows is he has no memory of any battle he fights. Under the Spirit of Lohocla, he awakens the morning after the battle barely able to think for the pain in his skull and the lethargy in his body. The more Jeffery tries to discover his lost memories, the vaguer Montague becomes until it’s too late not to tell the truth—at least part of it. But how could Jeffery ever imagine his entire life may be smoke and mirrors…just ephemeral fragments of dreams?

IN HARM’S WAY– enter a world of magic, mayhem, and mystery you may never be able to leave…if the Spirit of Lohocla captures you in its embrace!

Available for preorder at Amazon just follow the link below.

In Harm’s Way: The truth must be kept from Harm!

Marriage is as Boring as Installing a Light Fixture

This past Saturday was my 5th wedding anniversary, and the sad thing was my husband and I weren’t even in the same state for half of it, but it was nice when he got back home. However, instead of doing some great celebration on Sunday to make up for it we found ourselves at Lowes looking for a new light fixture for the kitchen, because unfortunately instead of just a blown light bulb the whole thing was broken. So we find this really cool LED one with brushed silver trappings to match the rest of the stuff in our kitchen. Pretty exciting stuff I know.

So we get it home and get the old one down, not too difficult, and then we get to plugging the new one in. Easy peasy lemon oh my god what hell have we gotten ourselves into?!? The main problem was that this one was set up to be flush with the ceiling and all the wiring shoved up in the hole, so you had to pigtail the wiring before you could screw in the back to the ceiling, which means someone has to stand on a ladder and hold it up while someone else on another ladder does the wiring. Of course I’m stuck holding it up with my pitifully weak arms and my horrible fear of heights just making it so much fun. And the wiring didn’t want to pigtail and my arms gave out the first time. Down we go, and then the hubby comes up with a good idea of half way screwing in one side while I hold up the other end with a broom handle, but it ended up the screws just wouldn’t hold up like that. So once more I decide to suck it up and climb the ladder, but sadly I’m just not tall enough when I’m on the shorter ladder, and the taller ladder needed to be for the one doing the wiring.

It’s getting rough and I’m thinking that our marriage is gonna fall apart over a stupid light fixture and everyone is getting frustrated and angry and just not having any of it. Then, upon remembering I have been in a wiring class and pigtailing ain’t rocket science, though kind of an unfair comparison cause it sure isn’t just doodling in a coloring book either, I chose to go up even further into my fear of heights knowing that my husband will be there beside me to catch me in case I fall while also managing to hold up the fixture. After several failed attempts the wiring goes in, then the back gets screwed into the ceiling, and the cover after being an evil and horribly designed pain in the butt gets on so that our kitchen finally has light. Blindingly bright LED light.

My point to this story is that it’s kind of boring. I was thinking about it afterwards, and how I’ve read post and heard from people (usually single) that they think marriage is supposed to be full of passion and excitement, that it should be like those silly romance novels you can’t help but love. But it’s really just one day after the next of mundane activities and exciting stories that sound boring to everyone else, but they’re exciting to me. Because no matter what it is we’re doing, or even when we’re not even in the same state, we’re in it together. What happens to one of us affects both of us and that’s exhilarating. I have someone that I can share the mundane and the exciting with, who wants to be there for me no matter what, and that’s what real love is. Non stop passion would just be exhausting, but interesting tasks to laugh over later how overblown and insane they get, that’s the kind of life I’m enjoying, and I can’t wait to see what the years to come will bring.

Lucie Babikian has been INTERVIEWED!!!

  1. What’s your name? Where can we find you? Blog? Twitter? Facebook?

My name is Lucie Babikian and you can find me on:

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/luciebabikianauthor

Twitter

https://twitter.com/LucieBabikian

Goodreads

https://goodreads.com/LucieBabikian

  1. Other than writing, what is your favorite hobby or thing you enjoy for fun?

I love reading, traveling, fashion, and my morning muay-thai boxing sessions.

  1. How long have you been writing? How many books have you written? They don’t have to be published.

I’ve been writing stories since I was in college, but I’ve never published anything and never thought I would get the opportunity to do so. I have, however, written some articles to an English magazine in Saudi Arabia.

  1. What genres do you like writing the most? And why? Is this genre the same as the one you prefer to read?

Romance has always been my preferred genre when picking my reads. But in the Middle East, access to English-language literature was limited, until the advent of e-book availability worldwide. With this new access, I discovered erotic romance, and it became my favorite genre. The new access to and connection with erotic romance changed my writing style and inspired me to pen my first erotic romance, Belonging To Him.

  1. Are you currently writing anything now? If so tell us about it? If not make something up…LBBelongingBookCover6x9_HIGH

Thank you for your interest! Yes, my second book is in process.

The setting this time is in California and Las Vegas, two places which I’ve visited recently and loved.

The story centers around a woman whose life changes when her own family abuses her trust in the most terrible ways and she has a one-night encounter with a man in the most unbearable situations. Although she’s ashamed of what she’s done, she can’t deny her attraction to him, but one thought makes it all bearable; she simply will never see him again.

Years later, she has a great job and a secure life. But her whole life turns upside down and her stability is jeopardized when she meets that man again.

She’s not what he thought she was and his trust in her is nonexistent, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want her again. Only this time the game has changed, and with meeting again, both their lives will change forever. This work is still in its early stages and I’m currently working out the plot.

  1. How do you typically begin your projects? Do you create outlines and character profiles or jump in head first with the initial idea? And do you focus on just one at a time?

I usually have the initial idea and have a good knowledge of my characters, then I jump into writing and the story unravels as it goes.

  1. What aspect of your writing do you consider your strength? Your weakness?

With writing my characters, the better I know them, the easier and better writing my story becomes. My weakness is overcoming writers block, it’s a common problem I hear. I’m still trying to figure out faster ways to overcome it.

  1. After publishing, the next trouble facing writers is marketing. What do you typically do when marketing your novel? Do you have tips you’d like to share?

This is all so new to me and now I know how difficult it is as a writer to balance your time between your daily life responsibilities, marketing and writing your next book.

Online is my only source in marketing my book and I am lucky I’ve found a publicist to help me with this task. Social media, as well as reaching out to bloggers and reviewers, is a great place for me to find support and to connect with people who share my passion. And there are so many places where you can meet other amazing writers and readers as well, which helps with building connections and maybe even friendships. This is another dream for me, that I hope one day I will achieve.

  1. What advice would you give a writer who is starting out?

Talking from my own experience, it’s always been a dream for me to get my book published and because of where I live, I never thought it was possible. But I did it! And most definitely so can you! You just need to believe in yourself and never let any negativity get to you. You’ve written a book and that’s awesome! If you love what you do, and you want to share it with the world, never let anything stand in your way of achieving your goals. I wanted to share my book with the world and I’m happy I found the courage and determination to do it.

Darren Beyer has been INTERVIEWED!!!

  1. What’s your name? Where can we find you? Blog? Twitter? Facebook?

My name is Darren Beyer, and I’m a story teller. When I was six years old, my mother woke me in the middle of the night to watch one of the Apollo landings. I was hooked and knew at that moment I wanted to work in the space program. After I graduated from Virginia Tech, I was graced with a job offer from NASA at Kennedy Space Center. For nearly ten years I had one of the best jobs I could hope for: I got to crawl around spacecraft. I saw some amazing things including the Hubble Space Telescope and the first modules of the International Space Station. I climbed aboard  Space Shuttle orbiters just prior to launch to install experiments, and on landing did it again to remove them. I got to turn wrenches and operate cranes – all the things any kid at heart would love to do. After time, the excitement of the job waned and I moved on to more entrepreneurial ventures, but my fascination with space has not ebbed. Now I get to write about it, and I draw my NASA experiences to create realistic backdrops and technology. My name is Darren Beyer, and I’m a story teller. I can be found online at:

Blog: https://tek22.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tek22blog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarrenDBeyer
Web: http://www.DarrenBeyer.com

  1. Other than writing, what is your favorite hobby or thing you enjoy for fun?

I’m one of those people who must always have their mind going and I carry a number of interests. Sitting in my living room is a 370 gallon reef aquarium. I’ve been keeping saltwater aquariums for about 35 years and now I grow corals and keep happy fish. The “fun” of reef keeping doesn’t happen day to day – the corals grow so slow that you don’t get that instant gratification. But then 6 months or a year later when you compare photographs, you see just how much things have grown. I’m also an instrument-rated private pilot and try to stay in shape playing beach volleyball. I’m not sure I succeed at the staying in shape part.

  1. How long have you been writing? How many books have you written? They don’t have to be published.

The first time I put pen to paper for anything resembling fiction was during a creative writing class in college. I really didn’t learn anything other than how a “C” looks on a report card. The pen and paper were put away and I decided that writing must not be for me. Then about 15 years later I began to formulate a story and pulled back out that pen and paper – this time in the form of a laptop. That was a little more than 10 years ago. Telling a story is an art. Creating a story is like building a puzzle. I worked to create the most intricate puzzle I could as I believe realism lives in that intricacy, and realism is what makes a story believable. Casimir Bridge is the first of a three book series and is my first novel.

  1. What genres do you like writing the most? And why? Is this genre the same as the one you prefer to read?

I like to write what I call Smart Science Fiction. Rather than epic space battles and monster aliens, I like to focus on the character development, realism and technology. I want the reader to know what it feels like to stare up at something as grand as the Hubble Space Telescope, to feel your body shake and the air crackle as massive rockets carry a Space Shuttle into orbit, or to look out through the ruins of the Apollo 1 launch pad to waves crashing on the empty beach beyond. I strive to get the technology and science as correct as it can be. With so much misinformation floating around, if one of my readers can learn something real and true, then I’ve accomplished something.

When it comes to reading, I like “smart” novels as well. While science fiction, and to some extent fantasy, will always hold a place in my heart, I also enjoy thrillers and alternate history. I can work my way through a good Dan Brown novel in no time flat, and, as a student of history, the historic unknowns associated with stories from writers like Robert Conroy and Harry Turtledove have always fascinated me.

  1. Are you currently writing anything now? If so tell us about it? If not make something up…casmir

My debut novel, Casimir Bridge, is the first of the three book Anghazi series. As the first book, Casimir Bridge does much to set the stage, but only lightly delves into the true back story of the series. The second book, Desolation Bridge, is currently in work and reveals so much more about what’s behind all the plot twists and conspiracy. I literally can’t wait to finish this second novel and tell so much more of the universe it took me ten years to develop.

  1. How do you typically begin your projects? Do you create outlines and character profiles or jump in head first with the initial idea? And do you focus on just one at a time?

Before I begin a project, I have a core event envisioned, along with a basic idea of the backdrop. I then develop some key scenes and envision the characters that will work within them. From there I develop the main protagonist(s) and antagonist then just start writing. This is where the puzzle aspect begins to come into play. It’s like I’ve found all the straight-edge pieces and now I need to fill in the middle. I’ll develop a scene, or string of scenes, then find a gap. “That wouldn’t make sense because…” Then I create something to fill that gap, in some cases creating even more gaps that need to be addressed. By working through each of those puzzles with Casimir Bridge, I was able to create an intricate universe that comes across as believable.

  1. What aspect of your writing do you consider your strength? Your weakness?

My background in space travel and technology gives me insight that few others have into how the science part of science fiction really works. It allows me to insert realism into a fantasy setting. If I don’t know the answer to a technical question, I seek it out until I’m sure it is as close to correct as it can be. For Casimir Bridge, I needed to know more about nuclear forensics so I interviewed experts from a major government nuclear research facility. I wanted to make sure my assumptions on things like antimatter were correct so I interviewed a particle physicist from Fermilab, a U.S. facility that creates and studies antimatter. I feel that authors who gloss over the science, history and facts, or, worse yet, get them wrong, do a disservice to their readers.

When it comes to intimate or personal moments, I have a hard enough time with them in my real life, so it’s no mystery to me why I have such a difficult time writing about them in fiction. Fortunately I have an excellent developmental editor who helps me past some of my hangups.

  1. After publishing, the next trouble facing writers is marketing. What do you typically do when marketing your novel? Do you have tips you’d like to share?

Marketing is a universal problem – not just for writers. Some of the best ideas for business have failed simply because the marketing savvy wasn’t there to back them up. For writers it’s even more difficult because there is literally a sea of choices for readers to choose from. In my business life I learned long ago that if you don’t have the talent or know-how to do something very well, hire someone who does. Unless a writer is a book marketer by profession, then hiring a marketing/PR agency is a great move. Such a company will take a writer places they never would have gotten on their own.

  1. What advice would you give a writer who is starting out?

There is one piece of advice that I feel everyone should know. If you are writing your first book, hire a developmental editor after you get your first 25-30% of the manuscript done. Actually, hire the right developmental editor. I hired two. The first one came back with limited feedback. “Wow,” I thought, “I must either be a prodigy who hit a home run my first time at bat, or I need a new developmental editor.” I’m pretty sure I’m not a prodigy so I went to my second. You know those pictures of alien cattle mutilations? Child’s play. This editor eviscerated my manuscript – but in a very constructive way. At first I was crushed, but then I did a cover to cover rewrite and performed wholesale slaughter of certain characters and scenes. The result was far superior and is my debut novel: Casimir Bridge.

Liebster Award

Been a while since I’ve done one of these, but it’s nice to know someone out there is enjoying my blog, so thank you to Raney from Vook: Books + Video Games. Definitely an interesting blog worth checking out.

1. What inspired you to create your blog?

My friend M.L. LeGette suggested I start one up. I love reading books and I’d written plenty of reviews, and she thought I’d do good on a blog. And it’s been wonderful. I’ve gotten to meet a lot of amazing authors along the way, interviewing them and reading their books, and it’s nice to get to help get the word out there about their works. Plus as an aspiring writer, it’s good to know you’re not the only one going through such struggles. Having people to talk to that know all about the ups and downs of writing is helpful and supportive.

2. What is your favorite book? And what book did you read that you think is overrated and why?

My favorite book? Geez, that’s always the toughest question. I love so many books for so many reasons. Over the years my main choice has always been The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I love Burroughs’ writings, and this one in particular always held a lot for me. Fighting for freedom, and just being the normal gungho American swooping in to lead a country in a revolution.

poisonBut more recently I think I’d have to say my favorite has become Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I’ve read this book, and really the first 3 books, over and over again. I love how Yelena is in just the absolute worst situation you could ever imagine, and she drags herself up by taking every opportunity presented to her. She turns people who should’ve been enemies into loyal friends, and she fights for survival in a way that’s just inspiring. I love the book for so many reasons and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

Overrated… I don’t know. I’ve always said that no book is universally liked, and just because I don’t likwutheringe a book doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be liked by others. With that being said, the only one that comes to mind is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. While I definitely believe it should be considered a classic, and it is great writing, I think it’s overrated by those who consider it a good love story. In fact I do wonder if those people who’ve said such have actually read the book. It’s pretty messed up on so many levels, and I don’t consider any of the emotions in this book to truly be love.

3. What is your favorite animal? How did you come to love that animal?

I’d have to say a miniature schnauzer, but that’s probably just because I love my dog, George. She’s awesome, and yes it’s a girl named George. But they are super soft, extremely intelligent, and loyal. Sometimes she can be a real pain in the butt, but she’s brought me so much joy, and always there to cheer me up when I’m down.

4. What books are you looking forward to reading this year?

Oooo so many to look forward too. I don’t know necessarily about books that are coming out this year, if this is what it’s about. But I do know I got about a 100 books on my bookshelf to read, and way more than that on my Kindle, so really I’m looking forward to a lot of good stories this year.

5. What are your thoughts on video games? Why do you see video games in this way?

I like them, because they’re fun. Although I’m not much of a gamer. Though occasionally I’ll get sucked in. Like Halo: The Master Chief Collection on my new Xbox One 500GB Console – Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle, though I prefer playing that with my husband. Mainly cause I kind of suck at it, and definitely need a partner in there to cover me. Mostly I’m more of a Stardew Valley kind of girl. Growing me some crops and mining. Fighting the occasional slime monster. It’s how I roll.

6. What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced since creating your blog? How did you overcome that challenge?

Mainly just keeping up regular posts. Trying to knock out books quickly, but making sure I still take the time to enjoy them so it doesn’t just become a job. Really no big challenges. It’s been fun, and the people I’ve met have been nice and helpful for the most part. Helping me figure out how to get this all working like I need it too.

7. Recall one of your favorite places to travel. What do you enjoy about this place and what are some of your favorite memories that you’ve created there?

While I have in fact lived all over, I haven’t just traveled for the fun of it that much. Though I will say living in Alaska wasn’t so bad. Though I’d much rather visit than live there, cause all that snow is just too much for me to handle. But it is beautiful to see any time of the year, and I did meet my husband there.

8. What are some of your writing habits?

Well, I get an idea, and then I write it. I wish I had better habits, focused more, and maybe I’d finally finish writing a book one day. My writing is all over the place though. I have journals filled with ideas, and bits and pieces of stories. I have several different stories written. And then of course I write for the blog regularly. That is mainly focused on reviews, but I do often write about my own thoughts and opinions on different subjects. I like writing, and pushing myself to be better at it, and learning to better use the full breath of the English language to express myself.

9. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Why?

A night owl, and I think I was just born that way. But I’ve never been able to get up in the morning that well, and I’m always more creative at night. I can stay up till 4 in the morning writing or painting when I’m on a roll. Because if I’m doing good work then I don’t want to quit until I can’t keep my eyes open.

10. What are some of your favorite television shows, both from your childhood and currently? Why did you enjoy the shows you watched as a child and why do you like the shows you watch now?

Picking a favorite television show is almost as hard as picking a favorite book. I find it funny how a lot of people assume since I’m such a book nerd that I must not watch a lot of TV, but I pretty much watch non-stop TV.

When I was a kid probably like Bugs Bunny, because well those cartoons were amazing, and watching them now as an adult the jokes are so much funnier. Silly people worrying about adult humor in such is crazy, cause kids don’t get that junk but the adults having to watch with them get to enjoy as well. I mean honestly it’s hard to differentiate between when I was a kid and now cause I still watch a lot of those shows, and some I just started as an adult. Like Adventure Time, which that probably shouldn’t be watched by kids. But is AMAZING!!! It speaks to both the small child in men and the messed up adult. So wonderful.

However, more adulty shows would have to be Leverage. Got a good sense of humor to it, and I love how they trick people and con them, but all in the name of good. Really good role reversals, cause they should be seen as the bad guys breaking the laws, but you’re rooting for them and hope the law never catches them. Wish a team like that actually existed. Watched this show over and over again; thank goodness for Netflix. Though it’s hard to say about current shows because so many I love keep getting cancelled in the first season, thanks a lot stupid networks that won’t give anyone half a chance.

11. What is your dream job? What are you doing now to one day get that job?

Famous author. Writing books and doing the blog thing. I just know it’s gonna happen.

 

Alan Jansen has been INTERVIEWED!!!

Jansen1. What’s your name? Where can we find you? Blog? Twitter? Facebook?

My name is Alan Jansen. You can find me on LinkedIn and at my author homepage at http://www.alan-jansen-books.com

  1. Other than writing, what is your favorite hobby or thing you enjoy for fun?

I enjoy travel, the Scandinavian Solstice/Summer, dogs and cats, movies – science fiction and humorous movies especially, and reading of course. I also try and listen as often as time permits to nostalgic pop music of Abba, Beatles, and other British and American Pop music from the sixties onwards.

3.How long have you been writing? How many books have you written? They don’t have to be published.

I gave up a senior position at a Swedish Telecom Company to concentrate on a writing career a few years ago. Since then I have written and published my debut book One Flew over the Banyan Tree in 2015, available at all reputable online booksellers, both soft cover and e-book. I have two unpublished books that I have written and am looking around for a publisher.

  1. What genres do you like writing the most? And why? Is this genre the same as the one you prefer to read?

Humor is the genre I love best, although I enjoy writing in the science fiction and Gothic genre too. As far as humor is concerned I was/am deeply influenced by the great British writer humor writer P.G. Wodehouse’s wonderful books. I started reading them as a schoolboy, borrowing from the school library. My interest in the Science fiction and Gothic genres followed later on. In the science fiction genre I became interested after a letter exchange with the late Sir Arthur C. Clarke. My Gothic interest was sparked off reading the books of the American author Anne Rice.

  1. Are you currently writing anything now? If so tell us about it? If not make something up…

I am currently writing and editing my third book which is in the science fiction genre. It’s a sort of “ultimate” science fiction piece that would make a sequel impossible. The story is about the fate of the Earth as related by two energy-photon beings possessing super intelligence. The duo have been around since the Big Bang. As the Universe disappears into oblivion the two beings re-collect the major events that happened on planet earth – their favorite planet – up to the time of its destruction. In the last chapter they watch as the last star in the universe fades away into a gigantic black hole.

  1. How do you typically begin your projects? Do you create outlines and character profiles or jump in head first with the initial idea? And do you focus on just one at a time?BanyanTree

For me it’s actually some kind of auto-drive thing. A lot of my projects and ideas start off in my head at all times of the day as I reflect on certain characters I intend to write about. At that stage I have a rough idea of what and whom I am going to write about and expand on them as I chug along. Later on I put together a list of chapters and a book title adding text to my ideas – improving and editing the text as I move forward. In-between I do a lot of research on the subject I am writing to get most of my facts correct. This process is multiple – that is to say I have ideas for more than one book at a time. My friends always complain that I seem lost in thought and quite rightfully so. I am indeed often lost in the world in the world of the books I am trying to create.

  1. What aspect of your writing do you consider your strength? Your weakness?

I wouldn’t dare to compare myself to writers like O. Henry, Wodehouse, or Roald Dahl, but I do believe that I have a genuine knack of telling a good story that would appeal to most readers.  I don’t know what my weaknesses are right now, at least where writing is concerned. Maybe as time goes by I will discover them, for like most writers I am sure I have weaknesses that readers will point out eventually.

  1. After publishing, the next trouble facing writers is marketing. What do you typically do when marketing your novel? Do you have tips you’d like to share?

I guess hiring a professional publicity-creating company is a good tip for any budding writer. Established writers don’t have to worry too much about this as they have already established reputations and a vast fan following in its wake. For my first novel One Flew over the Banyan Tree I have hired a Publicity Company in the USA (Smith Publicity Inc) to do the honors. I am hoping that this kind of publicity will give a boost to my books popularity and eventually increase sales. Creating a homepage on the internet is also a way to market an author’s work, as are other social outlets.

  1. What advice would you give a writer who is starting out?

Don’t give up. If you truly believe, and are confident that you really are a good writer, don’t allow reviewers and individuals to dampen your enthusiasm with scathing comments. For me personally, I have received 2 excellent reviews from professional reviewers Clarion USA and Blue Ink USA, but there may be negative reviews too that I might discover later on. If you truly believe you are a good writer you must be prepared to take the good with the bad. Some reviewers can be downright mean and destroy an author’s reputation, but a true professional reviewer from an established newspaper or magazine will always try and give an honest opinion. This is my experience so far…

Photography

0075 yellow house smallSo my dad has talked me into taking up photography. This is the first photo I finished. It was a fun trip for several reasons. First off it was great just hanging with my dad, and seeing him so excited to show me how to use my camera and take photos properly. He’s very passionate about it. But also, it was cool because we decided going back to the town I grew up in to do my first shoot would make it extra special. I’m particularly glad this photo turned out well because it’s one of my favorite houses in town that I’ve walked or biked by a million times. Of course living in a historical district means there are a lot of pretty houses and plantation style places to look at. I’m currently using Adobe Lightroom for my editing, but since I’m having to do it on my laptop I’ve had to get a external hard drive so as not to take up too much memory. Because taking pictures in raw means they’re really big and take up a lot of room. So hopefully as I go and learn about this more you’ll see more pretty pictures popping up, and me being able to actually talk about them in a somewhat intelligent way.

To see the stuff I’m using or get it for yourself click the Amazon links below.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6

WD 1TB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 – WDBGPU0010BBK-NESN

Meddling with Murder

BOOK 1: Looking for La La by  Ellie Campbell

BOOK 2: To Catch a Creeper

Meddling with Murder   description:

Crouch End Confidential, the agency started by housewife, Cathy O’Farrell, with ex-cleaner Pimple, is failing badly. Hardly surprising when their only clients are little old ladies seeking lost pets. Until the strange case of the missing dog…

Soon Cathy’s multiple problems include stolen bikes, a possible murder weapon, the sabotage of her friends’ new shop, drug-dealing yobbos targeting her children’s primary school and being forced to pose as the world’s most inept maths tutor. Worse, best friend Rosa hires her to investigate fiancé Alec and – horrors – Cathy’s husband Declan is intent on moving himself, Cathy and kids to the safer climes of rural Norfolk. Suddenly Cathy is endangering her marriage, friendships and her life to untangle these messes. But that’s what you get for meddling with murder…

JacketBOOK 3: Meddling with Murder   5 STARS

This series just keep getting better and better. This is really the story it’s all been building up to. Cathy is finally a sort of real detective along with Pimple (can’t believe they’re still calling her that). With her new agency up and running, and her seeking to help people, it begins with one mystery after the next that all become entangled and really lead to a great story. Campbell did a great job of leaving little hints and clues that really add up, even if being from America the whole freak out over the gun thing really cracked me up. Oh us silly gun crazy Americans. Plus now all Cathy’s lying finally has a purpose, and she surprisingly does a good job of being confidential, even when it leads to a lot of misunderstandings. Very hilarious misunderstandings. But of course there’s more than just solving the case Cathy is working on, all her friends are up to something, many changing their lives, inspired by Cathy’s own bravery to chase her dreams. Plus Rosa being secretive and wondering about Alec, who is acting even more sneaky. And I must say that I love how Cathy and Declan are together, how no matter what craziness the other is going through they ultimately just want each other to be happy and it’s rather sweet. So much to enjoy and discover it was a great read, and I definitely hope there is more to come.

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Meddling with Murder (Crouch End Confidential) (Volume 3)