A Strikingly Unique Book in Content and Format

header1_An Author Writes

I read an amazing eBook this weekend and I want to tell you about it!

Content: It was definitely a page-turner; a murder mystery thriller with a heavy plot, and full of suspense which made for a character-rich reading journey.

Format: The short e-version with only 202 pages. There was no chapter separation, which made it literally a page-turner. It was a narrative storytelling book, which seemed to make the characters come to life before your eyes and…the author created a love/hate situation for almost all of the characters.

It’s a short e-read, but not for the galloping e-reader. Why? Because you won’t want to stop reading until you finish the book. You can’t read it while on the train on the way to work—just miss work. You can’t read it while getting coffee at Starbucks®—just use the Keurig®.

Has this author re-invented the writing process with this book when he published it March 31, 2015?

You heard it first from me, Cheryl Holloway. I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Yes, he will have a Guest Author Interview on this blog this summer (or sooner, if you insist).

The Murderers Smile

Title: The Murderer’s Smile

Synopsis: As the top-rated news anchor in all of Dallas, Tony Michaels has his smiling face on billboards all over the Dallas Metroplex, which proclaims him to be “The Most Trusted Man in Texas.” But when the dismembered bodies of his wife and son are found in his backyard, he is arrested and the media dubs him, “The Anchor of Death.” Tony insists on his innocence, but the evidence is stacked heavily against him and the prosecution believes he has motive. Facing the death sentence and now haunted by disturbing nightmares, Tony receives an unusual visit and enlists the help of friend and private investigator Ryan Samuels. Now, it is up to Samuels to find out anything the police missed in their investigation that can prove his friend’s innocence and save him from the lethal injection.

Author: Kevin D’Onofrio

Keeping my readers informed about great books!

_IHP2814 Hi Res Color  Signature Logo

Guest Author Interview – Quanie Miller

header1_An Author Writes          The New Mrs Collins

Title: The New Mrs. Collins

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis: In the small town of Carolville, Louisiana, no one knows that Adira Collins inherited mystic powers from her great grandmother. All they know is that she’s beautiful, poised, graceful, and ruthless—especially when it comes to love. And no one knows that more than Leena Williams, who was all set to marry the man of her dreams until Adira swooped into town and stole the man’s heart.

Being left at the altar is bad enough, but Leena and her ex share custody of their son, so she has to see the new Mrs. Collins on a regular basis.

And it burns every time she does.

But soon, Leena starts to suspect that there is more to Adira Collins than meets the eye. And it’s not because she owns some kinky lingerie shop or allegedly insulted the pastor’s wife—it’s the strange way she can make a door close without touching it, or take one look at something and make it drop dead at her feet.

Leena starts digging for answers and soon discovers that, unlike her public persona, Adira’s true nature is somewhere on the other side of grace. She also learns, a little too late, that some secrets are better left buried.

Q Miller

Author: Quanie Miller

CH: Welcome to my blog Quanie Miller. Quanie also has a blog with some pretty good writing tips. Her Blog is at QuanieTalksWriting.com. I suggest that you visit it…soon. Thanks Quanie for joining me on my blog.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book.

QM: It’s a page-turning thrill ride that you won’t be able to put down.

CH: Do you have an explanation for all of the odd/mysterious things
happening in Adira Collins life?

QM: Most of the things that happen to her are a result of her unique gift,
which was passed down to her by her great-grandmother. If you’re asking
how the gift originated, I don’t have an answer. But it’s something that I
might explore in another book.

CH: Where do your ideas come from for the paranormal romance? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

QM: I’m definitely one of those writers who ‘sees’ characters before I write
them. That’s exactly how I wrote Adira.  I got this image in my head of
this woman standing next to a lake, ringing out a towel. She looked
mysterious and I wanted to put her on the page to see what kind of secrets
she might have. And I do plot—extensively, as a matter of fact. I outline
chapter by chapter, by scenes. And even though I outline, there’s always
so many surprises for me as I write. The outline is really just a guide.
Stories will generally come to me bit by bit.  I’ll see a character in a
particular situation, and I’ll get an idea of how that scene relates to
the story as a whole. Sometimes the ending is nebulous, but that’s a good
thing: I don’t outline the ending because I don’t want to know it until
I’m there.

CH: Why did you decide to write this book?

QM: I grew up reading books by RL Stine and Christopher Pike, so I’ve always loved stories that were suspenseful, unusual, and spooky. I wanted to see a book like that (suspenseful, unusual, and spooky), about a character I
could identify with—a southern black woman from a small town. I also love
writing about strong women who can’t keep themselves out of trouble, so
creating a strong-willed character like Leena, who stumbles upon the fact
that there just might be a bit of magic in the world, I got really excited
about the story.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

QM: I didn’t.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life?

QM: It wasn’t hard. Once you know the world of the story, you put your
characters in situations accordingly and ask yourself, ‘Okay. What would
someone experiencing this moment really do right now?’

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters in this book?

QM: For the most part, I love writing about people, I feel like I know people
who are likeable and I can root for, so I do get a lot of inspiration from
my family in terms of mannerisms and dialogue for a lot of my characters.
But for Adira, my villain, I’m fortunate enough to say that I just dreamed
her up, because I don’t know anybody like that in real life!

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

QM: I’d definitely have to say Sister Jenkins. She reminds me a lot of my mom and grandmother with her humor and straightforwardness.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your paranormal writing?

QM: Many readers have said that it wasn’t the ‘typical’ paranormal story, or
that they don’t usually read paranormal but they loved my book. I think
it’s because of the world my novel is set in—a small town where everybody
knows everybody else’s business. It feels familiar. You know the place,
you know the people—and you like them—so even when things start to get a
bit strange in the story, you’re there with them for the ride because
you’re invested in them.

CH: What is your key piece of advice for new paranormal writers?

QM: I’d definitely have to say find your own voice and don’t worry about
‘trends.’ Be true to your story and your characters.

CH: Are there any paranormal writers that you consider your mentor?

QM: I mentioned this earlier, but I read a lot of RL Stine and Christopher
Pike growing up. They were definitely inspirations.

CH: Are there any other genres that you would like to write a book?

QM: I have ideas for many different novels: comedy, mystery, suspense, more paranormal, and something that feels like horror. I even have an idea for a novel that feels like science fiction, and I’m not very familiar with
the genre. I’m really just motivated by characters that intrigue me,
regardless of the genre.

CH: Quanie has been the recipient of the James Phelan Literary Award, the Louis King Thore Scholarship, the BEA Student Scriptwriting Award and the Vicki Hudson Emerging Writing Prize. You have won numerous awards for your writing and have only written two books. How do you feel that your accomplishments have inspired other new writers?

QM: Great question. I won a few awards in college for short stories that I’ve written (and a national, student scriptwriting competition). I think that really confirmed for me that I was on the right track to finding my true voice as a writer. If anybody takes anything from that it should be this: be true to yourself as a writer, study your craft, and eventually, you’ll get to where you want to be.

CH: So what’s next for you as an author? Do you have plans for a new book?

QM: Yes! I’m working on my next novel. It’s actually a child abduction story and I’m almost done with the first draft. If everything goes right, I hope to release it this year.

CH: Do you have a website?

QM: My official website is www.Quaniemiller.com. I also blog at
www.quanietalkswriting.com.

CH: Where is your book sold?

QM: You can buy the print book or ebook on Amazon. I also have it available for B&N Nook readers.

CH: Any closing remarks?

QM: I’d just really like to thank you for having me. I enjoyed answering your questions about my book. I love interacting with readers, so if you enjoy
the book, please reach out to me. I’m on Twitter @quaniemiller or you can
email me at Quanie@quanietalkswriting.com. Also feel free to leave a
review on Amazon, Goodreads, and B&N. Thanks again for having me!

CH: Thank you so much Quanie for joining me and my audience.

 

Don’t Keep this Blog a Secret…Tell Your Friends about it!

Note: Photos are compliments of Quanie Miller and the Internet.

Readers and followers, please share this post with your friends.

 If you find us deserving, please nominate us for Writer’s Digest “101 Best Sites for Writers.”  Email: writersdig@fwpubs.com with “101 Sites” in the subject line.  Type: “Cheryl Holloway Author Blog http://www.CherylHolloway.net/blog in the body of the email.  It’s that simple!  And “thank you” from all of us!

On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.                                                                                                                       ~ Cheryl Holloway

Mailing List_Image

Questions? Comments? Contact : AuthorCherylHolloway@gmail.com or Cheryl@CherylHolloway.net

Seven Sentence Sunday

header1_An Author Writes

Once Upon a Time

Hello, from time-to-time, I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. This one was inspired by a news show on TV. 

Title: A Nightmare

She met a handsome man who appeared to be the man of her dreams.

He treated her like a queen with a whirlwind romance.

She as swept off her feet and said yes when he proposed to her.

They married and some how the honeymoon went awry.

She figured it was a simple misunderstanding.

But before they could straighten it out, she found out that she was pregnant and they had a beautiful baby girl.

Suddenly, his old, violent, self immerged and he killed her…a dream that’s a nightmare in disguise!

Short Stories_2

Thanks for reading the story. Please give me some feedback and tell me if you like it or what you think about it.

Have a Great Writing Day!

Signature Logo

 

Guest Author Interview – Christina C. Jones

header1_An Author Writes     Release Me_Cover

Title: Release Me, If You Can

Genre: Suspense Romance

Synopsis: Secrets always have a way of coming to light.
Special Agent Renata Parker learns this the hard way, when the secret she’s held close for many years is finally revealed, exposing her as traitor to the team of thieves, spies, hackers, and federal agents who thought they shared a common goal — take down Damien Wolfe. Her dedication to their cause doesn’t quite stand up to scrutiny — especially for Quentin, a fellow hacker who was drawn to Renata’s quiet energy before her true identity was exposed.

With her loyalty in question, Renata finds herself in a position where she’s forced to rely on help from the very people she may have unwittingly betrayed.

Quentin wants to trust Renata, but repairing their friendship — and possibly taking it further — requires the healing of past wounds, answering unresolved questions, and revealing unknown connections that bring new light to Damien Wolfe’s misdeeds.

While Quentin and Renata search for common ground, Marcus and Naomi navigate unexpected circumstances in their budding relationship, and Inez tries to resist Kendall’s magnetic, dangerous appeal.

Romance, danger, a little hacking, and a bit of espionage ensue as the team struggles to be released from the traumas of their past.

*Dear reader, please note that this book does contain references to sexual assault. There are no details of the actual act, but I wanted to offer this brief trigger warning, in advance of diving in.*

(Release Me If You Can is book 2/3 of a continuous series. I would not recommend reading this one unless you’ve read book 1, Catch Me If You Can)

C Jones

Author: Christina C. Jones

CH: Welcome Christina C. Jones to my blog. Christina is an avid reader of African American Romance, as well as a writer. Thanks for joining me on my blog.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book/series. 

CCJ: Release Me If You Can is a story full of suspense, danger, romance, and the healing power of real love.

CH: Was your second book harder to write than the first?

CCJ: Yes!  The love story for this book was a much different, much more emotional dynamic, so it made it more emotionally draining.

CH: Where did you get the idea for the series?

CCJ: I LOVE action and suspense movies and TV, and couldn’t seem to find a romance in the African American contemporary that fit the type of story I saw played out on TV. So I wrote it!

CH: When you wrote the first book in the series, did you realize it would be a series then?

CCJ: Yes!  This was always a planned three book series!

CH: How much of your leading lady is based on you?

CCJ: With this book, the main character, Renata, is a hacker. I’m very, very into tech myself, and there are certain events in her childhood that closely mirror my own experience. That’s all I can say without giving spoilers!

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

CCJ: The people live in my head, and are born from nowhere and everywhere!  I can see someone interacting at the grocery store, or see something on TV, or someone can say something to me, anything!

CH: Is there a certain routine you implement when writing a series? What is it? 

CCJ: This is my first planned series, so I’m learning as I go. One thing I did learn from the first book to the second is that I need to plot to make sure I’m keeping up with all the twists and turns so that everything stays straight, and that I close up all holes.

CH: Do you have a book trailer? What are your thoughts on book trailers?

CCJ: I do have a book trailer, but only for the first book in the series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gtCQZ11w0A I think they’re a really cool promotion tool, because they’re fun for the readers, and give a nice visual for the book.

CH: Are you a self-published author?

CCJ: Yes, I am, and I love it!

CH: What was the most exciting thing to happen on your publishing journey?

CCJ: I don’t know that I have a single most exciting thing! Every time I hit publish, there’s a major adrenaline rush, and then waiting on those first reviews to see what the readers think…it’s stressful, but awesome!

CH: Do you write full-time or part-time?

CCJ: I consider myself very blessed to be able to write full-time.

CH: Most of your books are part of a series. Can you tell us why you decided to write several series?

CCJ: The If You Can romantic suspense series is the only one that was planned that way.  With the other, secondary characters spoke up, wanting to tell their stories, or sometimes the main characters come back to me later with more to say!

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

CCJ: Just that love is real, and available, and absolutely worth it.

CH: Have you always wanted to write?

CCJ: Ever since I was a little girl, writing stories down in notebooks to pass out among my middle school classmates.

CH: How do you keep each book a story in itself; yet, a part of a series?

CCJ: Most of them revolve around a different couple in each book, so there’s a new love story to tell each time.

CH: Do you have a website?

CCJ: Yes I do! www.beingmrsjones.com

CH: Where is the series book sold?

CCJ: They can be found on Amazon! http://www.amazon.com/Christina-C-Jones/e/B00H5FYEDC

CH: Any closing remarks?

CCJ: Just a thank you, so very much, for having me! It was a pleasure answering these great questions!

CH: Thank you so much Christina for joining me and my audience.

 

Don’t Keep this Blog a Secret…Tell Your Friends about it!

Note: Photos are compliments of Christina C. Jones and the Internet.

Readers and followers, please share this post with your friends.

 If you find us deserving, please nominate us for Writer’s Digest “101 Best Sites for Writers.”  Email: writersdig@fwpubs.com with “101 Sites” in the subject line.  Type: “Cheryl Holloway Author Blog http://www.CherylHolloway.net/blog in the body of the email.  It’s that simple!  And “thank you” from all of us!

On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.                                                                                                                       ~ Cheryl Holloway

Mailing List_Image

Questions? Comments? Contact : AuthorCherylHolloway@gmail.com or Cheryl@CherylHolloway.net

Cheryl Holloway Encourages You to Celebrate National Library Week April 12-18, 2015

header1_An Author Writes                      National Library Week 2

The 2015 Nation Library Week theme is “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.”

Facts: National Library Week was first sponsored in 1958.  National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries—school, public, academic and special—participate. Best-selling author David Baldacci will serve as Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2015.

From the time that I was first introduced to the neighborhood library until I graduated from high school, I went to the library every day. (Our hometown library was open on Sundays.) I read a book a day back then. I was a fast reader and later, before entering college, took the Evelyn Wood Speed Reading Program, which taught me how to read even faster with accurate comprehension. My reading led to writing. I always thought I could write a story ‘just as good, if not better.’

Even today, I still remain an avid reader and dedicated writer, who goes to the library on a regular basis. So, libraries have always been a part of my foundation. I still have a current library card in Indiana, besides my current library card in Maryland.

I encourage you to celebrate National Library Week!

Signature Logo

Don’t Keep this Blog a Secret…Tell Your Friends about it!

Note: Clipart is compliments of the Internet.

Readers and followers, please share this post with your friends.

 If you find us deserving, please nominate us for Writer’s Digest “101 Best Sites for Writers.”  Email: writersdig@fwpubs.com with “101 Sites” in the subject line.  Type: “Cheryl Holloway Author Blog http://www.CherylHolloway.net/blog in the body of the email.  It’s that simple!  And “thank you” from all of us!

On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.                                                                                                                       ~ Cheryl Holloway

Mailing List_Image

Questions? Comments? Contact : AuthorCherylHolloway@gmail.com or Cheryl@CherylHolloway.net

Guest Author Interview – Ellis Vidler

header1_An Author Writes

Prime Target _Cover

Title: Prime Target

Genre: Suspense

Synopsis: Suspense with a love story. Adult language and situations. After witnessing her husband’s murder, Madeleine Schier becomes a killer’s target. She flees her upscale New York life to become a name on a tombstone, relying on her wits and imagination to survive in a world where danger is everywhere. One wrong move could be her last. Should she trust the damaged recluse who’s always near? Before long, her new life turns into her old nightmare when crimes that were once distant horrors on the nightly news turn up on her doorstep.

 Ellis Vidler

Author: Ellis Vidler

CH: Welcome Ellis Vidler to my blog. Ellis loves creating characters and making them do what she wants, but then they take off on their own and leave her hurrying to catch up. Thank you for joining us and sharing your novel with my audience.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

EV: After witnessing her husband’s murder, Madeleine Schier becomes the killer’s prime target, relying only on her wits to survive.

CH: Tell us a little bit about your book. Where did you get the premise for the story? What inspired you to write Prime Target?

EV: Looking at Flickr, I stumbled across an enchanting photo of a deer eating apples in the snow. I live close to apple country and love the area. The more I studied the photo, the more the story came to me. I don’t know quite how it got from a New York City murder to a small orchard in North Carolina, but the basic story came from the picture—asking what if and why?

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

EV: I knew Charlie was damaged, and I was searching for a photo of shrapnel injuries when I found a blog picturing a scarred man (actually an actor made up for a part). I knew immediately he was Charlie Dance. I like visuals and usually search for photos as inspiration.

Madeleine came to me as a sophisticated, intelligent woman who’d lived a fairly privileged life. After the murder, she has no one to trust and has to make her way entirely on her own.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book.

EV: I hope Prime Target, though it has suspense and action, will touch your heart.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

EV: I think, quoting from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, ‘It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.’

CH: What sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?

EV: It has lots of suspense and a love story, but it doesn’t follow typical romantic suspense guidelines with conflict and banter. It’s about two damaged souls who learn to care for each other and find where they belong.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

EV: Yes, I visited some apple farms to learn what problems Madeleine might face, talked to some people working to stop human trafficking, and did a lot of online research. Google Earth is one of my favorite resources.

CH: I know several authors who use Google Earth for a resource. With your main character being a killer’s target, was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life?

EV: I kept asking myself what I would do in her situation. I looked up ‘how to’ do all kinds of things on the Internet—it’s all out there—and had her using libraries to find information all along the way. She was a mystery reader, so she already had some ideas.

CH: As a professor in Fiction Writing, how much of your own teaching do you apply to yourself and your books?

EV: My community college class, Elements of Fiction, was aimed at practical application of basic principles, and I do reread some of the material occasionally. Having to write out lessons helped me clarify some of the vague knowledge I had, and I learned as much as my students. I don’t always succeed, but I try to practice what I preach.

CH: How do you market your books?

EV: Badly.  For me, it’s the hardest part of being an author. I’m not comfortable tooting my own horn or asking people to buy my books. I use Facebook and Twitter but seldom mention my books. I have a blog, which I rarely use these days (but some of the lessons from my class are in the archives) and I have a website.

CH: Do you get feedback from your readers?

EV: I’m easy to find and I love to hear from people, but only a few write.

CH: Yes, I know how hard it is to get feedback. How long does it take you to write one of your books? How long did it take you to write your first novel and this book? 

EV: It took eight years to write the first book and about two years to write this one—I’m slow and sometimes get stuck.

CH: As far as accolades or achievements, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?

EV: Winning the South Carolina Writers Conference Award for Short Fiction. It gave me confidence that I could actually do it.

CH: Have you always wanted to write? 

EV: Yes. My parents always read to me, and I started writing my own stories as soon as I learned to write.

CH: I see that you have a promotion from April 10-12th,  and Prime Target is free. Readers will need to go to your website. Can you provide your website link?

EV: Yes www.ellisvidler.com

CH: Where is your book sold?

EV: Amazon, in trade paperback and digital formats, but I hope to have it on other platforms in the next couple of months.

CH: Any closing remarks?

EV: Thank you so much for having me, Cheryl. You asked good questions, and it was a pleasure being here. I especially liked your recent blog on Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday. You’ve done much to be proud of.

CH: Thank you so much Ellis for joining me and my audience.

 

Don’t Keep this Blog a Secret…Tell Your Friends about it!

Note: Photos are compliments of Ellis Vidler and the Internet.

Readers and followers, please share this post with your friends.

 If you find us deserving, please nominate us for Writer’s Digest “101 Best Sites for Writers.”  Email: writersdig@fwpubs.com with “101 Sites” in the subject line.  Type: “Cheryl Holloway Author Blog http://www.CherylHolloway.net/blog in the body of the email.  It’s that simple!  And “thank you” from all of us!

On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.                                                                                                                       ~ Cheryl Holloway

Mailing List_Image

Questions? Comments? Contact : AuthorCherylHolloway@gmail.com or Cheryl@CherylHolloway.net

Cheryl Holloway Shares A Laugh with Her Readers

header1_An Author Writes                      Letterbox stuffed with mail

I received this picture on April Fool’s Day. Why…because I’m always complaining that I don’t receive enough comments!  Laugh out loud…I thought I would share it with my readers.

Signature Logo

Guest Author Interview – Michele Kimbrough

header1_An Author Writes

Dangerously in Love

Title: Dangerously In Love

Genre: Suspense

Synopsis: During a sizzling-hot Chicago summer, landscaper and former attorney Hilton “Hill” Parker becomes dangerously involved with the sultry Caitlin Church, whose casual flirtation turns Hill’s world upside down. But Hill has no idea the sea of trouble in which he is about to swim, and that certain events are already set in motion for him to take the dive. He soon learns that Caitlin is more cunning than anyone ever dreamed.

M Kimbrough

Author: Michele Kimbrough

CH:  Welcome to my blog Michele Kimbrough.  Michele’s an author who writes before the sun comes up. She says that it’s the most quiet time of the day, the most peaceful time. Welcome to my blog, Michele.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book.

MK: For the scintillating and entertaining thrills.

CH: Where did you get the premise for this story?

MK: I got the idea for Dangerously in Love after watching an old movie that I love.

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write? 

MK: Usually, my ideas come from everyday things: people watching, riding the bus, overhearing a conversation or just standing in the shower.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing with so many twists and turns?

MK: That’s just it, many of my readers have said that they’ve come to enjoy the twists and turns in my stories, as well as the characters they love to hate. I’m a soap opera baby—meaning, I grew up with folks who watched daytime soaps. Apparently, those soap operas influenced me in more ways than I ever imagined. :-)

CH: Are there any writers that you consider your mentor?

MK: I don’t have a writer mentor, but I do have a writing partner who helps me flesh out the stories.

CH: What pitfalls have you run into as a new author?

MK: Sales and promotions. It’s a bear and the competition is fierce! Trying to get my slice of the pie still has me wading through crumbs. Ha! It’s a tough industry for an unknown Indie author.

CH: Yes, I know exactly what you mean! Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

MK: Not really. I researched landscaping terms and tools. But otherwise, I knew everything I needed to know to write this book. I tend to write about stuff that I know, at least right now, because it’s easier to be authentic and realistic.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life? 

MK: Some things in real life are so unbelievable. Some of the storyline was taken from FBI cases. The cases were so outlandish, I just had to write about one. I had a few people tell me ‘this is unrealistic.’ But au contraire—unfortunately (or fortunately for me as a writer), it’s real stuff.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

MK: The antagonist, Caitlin Church. Once she found her victim, she used her feminine wiles to ensnare him and sex to keep him distracted from what she was really up to. It was fun writing a character who I could never be.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

MK: Caitlin Church. While she was my favorite, she was also the most difficult because of the nuances of her character. She was complex but there was only so much I could reveal at first but I still had to be able to demonstrate the dark side of her without making her ‘dark.’

CH: As far as accolades or achievements, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?

MK: Encouraging so many aspiring authors to take the dive and just write. To me, helping someone else realize his/her dreams is equally as fulfilling as realizing my own.

CH: Was this book harder to write than the first?

MK: Yes. Much harder. This book is my first suspense. Writing suspense and keeping it thrilling is a huge but exciting challenge as a writer.

CH: Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey? 

MK: I actually started out as a small press publisher. I have since severed my relationship with that partnership to focus on my own books. For the most part, my publishing journey has been one of great learning, bas well as teaching aspiring authors what I’ve learned so far.

CH: Last but not least, why do you write, and what do you want readers to take from your novels? 

MK: I write because I love storytelling. My stories usually have some deeper meaning, some moral, I’m sure, but I really just write to entertain. We all live such busy and stressful lives that when someone picks up my books to read, I want them to be able to escape into a world that gives them some relief—make them laugh, even make them mad, but in the end, hope that they feel they’ve been on a fulfilling journey.

CH: Do you have a website?

MK: Yes. www.MicheleKimbrough.com

CH: Where is your book sold?

MK: Amazon/Kindle in paperback and ebook.

http://www.amazon.com/Dangerously-Love-Michele-Kimbrough-ebook/dp/B00TBCIUF0

CH: Any closing remarks?

MK: Thank you for having me. It’s been a blast. Join my mailing list to stay current on events, new releases, giveaways and whatever else I can dream up.

CH: Thank you Michele Kimbrough for joining me on my blog, it has been a real pleasure talking with you about your book and your writing journey. We all look forward to following your lustrous writing career. 

Don’t Keep this Blog a Secret…Tell Your Friends about it!

Note: Photos are compliments of Michele Kimbrough and the Internet.

 

Readers and followers, please share this post with your friends.

 If you find us deserving, please nominate us for Writer’s Digest “101 Best Sites for Writers.”  Email: writersdig@fwpubs.com with “101 Sites” in the subject line.  Type: “Cheryl Holloway Author Blog http://www.CherylHolloway.net/blog in the body of the email.  It’s that simple!  And “thank you” from all of us!

On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.                                                                                                                       ~ Cheryl Holloway

Mailing List_Image

Questions? Comments? Contact : AuthorCherylHolloway@gmail.com or Cheryl@CherylHolloway.net

Guest Author Interview – Tayvon Jackson

header1_An Author Writes

Forty Acres_Financial

Title: 40 Acres and Some Dividends

Genre: Financial

Synopsis: Why is money such a sensitive topic for many African Americans? Why do we think about retirement planning when it’s time to retire? Are banks the only option? Don’t worry, it’s not just you reading this back cover that is nodding your head right now. 40 Acres and Some Dividends is the perfect book for anyone that just wants to learn more about investing. Financial literacy is the difference between living comfortably or paycheck-by-paycheck. The decisions you make in your financial future today will affect multiple generations after you. Take an hour and read this book, and it will change your life forever. Tayvon Jackson is a financial advisor, author, mentor, and motivational speaker dedicated to helping his community learn the basics of investing. A triple major and former collegiate basketball player who bypassed a professional career overseas to perfect his craft as a financial advisor. With plans to help a community that is underserved with regards to finances. He is known for taking confusing concepts such as investing, and explaining it at a level that a child can understand. Helping people is his passion, and he is determined to break the cycle of not understanding investing, and help everyone reach financial freedom.

Jackson Bw

Author: Tayvon Jackson

CH: Welcome Tayvon Jackson to my blog. Tayvon is a financial advisor and has recently written his first book. Thank you for joining us and sharing your financial advice and book with my audience.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

TJ: My book is an investing book for African Americans that simplifies the basic concepts to build wealth.

CH: What was the main reason that you decided to write this book?

TJ: As a financial advisor, I saw a niche of affluent African Americans who make great income but still are unaware of the differences between saving and investing.  We are natural consumers who enjoy the beautiful homes and cars, but minimal net worth.  There are so many investing books, but none were tailored to the African American community.

CH: Are there any financial books that influenced you while writing this book?

TJ: Rich Dad Poor Dad made investing so simple.  Robert Kiyosaki, the author, took confusing topics and made it understandable.  Another book, Storyselling for Financial Advisors, was very helpful as well.  I learned that many people do not care about financial jargon or terminology, but just want the concepts to be simple and relatable.  The same information that you see in financial text books, which can steer some people away, can be easily told in a story.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

TJ: I polled hundreds of clients and friends to ask them what concerns they had with investing and what stopped them from investing versus saving.

CH: Did your knowledge as a financial advisor enhance the writing of this book?

TJ: My knowledge as a financial advisor enhanced the writing of the book because it made it natural.  Everything that is in my book has been discussed with my clients daily.

CH: Who, in your opinion, is a great financial author and why?

TJ: Robert Kiyosaki, author of the Rich Dad Poor Dad series, is a great financial author because of his ability to keep confusing topics simple.  I knew as soon as I read his books, they lit a spark in me to be great, and to not only focus on my own financial situation, but the financial situation of my family in generations to come.

CH: What do you want readers to take from your book?

TJ: I want readers to understand that you do not need a lot of money to invest, and that it is one of the easiest things to do.  The only challenge is managing your emotions and I feel my book will help them with there investing expectations.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the book?

TJ: People love that I kept the book short.  The book is less then 50 pages and it allows someone to read it in an hour and apply it to there life that same day.  The parents who bought my book love how simple I make it through storytelling and end up giving it to there young kids to read.

CH: Did you find anything challenging while writing this book? 

TJ: The biggest challenge in writing this book was coming up with the title and only focusing on the African American community when many of the concepts could apply to anyone.  I chose the title, 40 Acres and Some Dividends, because I knew that any African American would take a second glimpse of the book and may eventually pick it up.  I know there is a huge niche that I could help, so I decided to go that route.

CH: So what’s next for you as an author?

TJ: I expect, in late 2015, to come up with my second book, Poor Dad, No Dad.

CH: Do you have a website? 

TJ: Yes. It is www.TayvonJackson.com

CH: Where is your book sold?

TJ: My book is sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and for signed autographed copies, my website www.TayvonJackson.com.

CH: Do you have any closing remarks?

TJ: In closing, the financial decisions that you make today can have a huge impact on generations to come.  So get started, it’s never too late and you cannot afford not too.

CH: Thank you Tayvon Jackson for joining me on my blog, it has been a real pleasure talking with you.

Note: Photos are compliments of Tayvon Jackson and the Internet.

 

Readers and followers, please share this post with your friends.

 If you find us deserving, please nominate us for Writer’s Digest “101 Best Sites for Writers.”  Email: writersdig@fwpubs.com with “101 Sites” in the subject line.  Type: “Cheryl Holloway Author Blog http://www.CherylHolloway.net/blog in the body of the email.  It’s that simple!  And “thank you” from all of us!

On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.                                                                                                                       ~ Cheryl Holloway

Mailing List_Image

Questions? Comments? Contact : AuthorCherylHolloway@gmail.com or Cheryl@CherylHolloway.net

Cheryl Holloway Spent An Afternoon With Delta Authors On Tour

header1_An Author Writes

Delta Authors on Tour

Facts: Delta Sigma Theta’s National Commission on Arts and Letters sponsors the Delta Authors on Tour, a literary component under the Sorority’s Project Actively Redefining Together (ART) initiative in which local chapters raise money while supporting the arts; Delta authors sell and promote their books; and the Delta Research and Educational Foundation receives funds to support the Benbow-Noble Endowment for the Arts. The Delta Authors on Tour program was established in August 2000 by Sorors Stephanie Perry Moore, Trevy A. McDonald and Victoria Christopher Murray.

Delta

Yesterday, I attended the Delta Authors on Tour, Eastern Region in Owings Mills, Maryland where the Deltas highlighted the literary works and experiences of Delta authors. The audience included all kinds of people: readers, other authors, publicists, book clubs, friends, family, screen producers, and supporters in general. The authors talked about themselves, their books, and answered questions from the Mistress of Ceremony and the audience during the panel discussions. The best part of the day for most was buying an autographed copy of their favorite book by their favorite author.

One of the founding members participated in yesterday’s event, Victoria Christopher Murray. Most of the authors are working on their next writing project and most of the authors have websites—just google their name.

The literary genres were diverse and included both fiction and non-fiction. The list below provides the names of the authors who participated: Brandelyn N. Castine;  Dr. Melissa Clarke; J. J. Michael; Ruth P. Watson; Victoria Christopher Murray; Maxine Bigby Cunningham; K. R. Raye; Brenda Lane-Oliver; and Francesca Cook. Brenda Jackson, author of over 100 books, was unable to attend.

2015-03-21_14.39.08

Panel Discussion with some of the authors.

 

It was a wonderful afternoon spent in the good company of many great authors!

Signature Logo

 

Don’t Keep this Blog a Secret…Tell Your Friends about it!

Note: Clip art is compliments of the internet.

Guest Author Interview – B. J. Webster

header1_An Author Writes

Wonder Fire_Cover

Title: Wonder Fire

Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis: 1666, was called “Wonder Year,” despite it being a year of great calamity and disaster in London. The joke was, at least things weren’t worse than they were.

Wonder Fire is a fast paced historical fiction based around the actual events in 1666 before the Great Fire of London, through the dramatic fire and in the days after the blaze had ended and London wondered at their fate. Who really started the Great Fire of London? Nobody knows for certain. Was it an accident or a deliberate act? Wonder Fire assumes the latter is the case and delves into the motives of ambition, illicit affairs, unrequited love and political intrigue, none of which was a stranger to the court of King Charles II.

Feel what it was like to live in 1666 and better understand the intricacies of politics, power and class divide of the time. Be drawn in by the fascinating web of intrigue and how it plays out to create one of the most devastating events in history.

B J Webster

Author: B. J. Webster

CH: Welcome B. J. Webster to my blog. B.J. is an Australian writer who has a keen interest in both fiction and history, so it was a logical progression to produce a work of historical fiction. Wonder Fire is her first published novel. Thank you for joining us and sharing your writing world with my audience.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

BJW: Historical fiction love story that will entertain the reader, as well as, provide an interesting insight into history.

CH: You provide insight and possibilities as to why London burned in 1666. Did you have to do a lot of special research to write this book? 

BJW: Yes, I researched the period in detail, as well as, the specific location for about six months.  Research included the people, clothing, politics, housing etc…

CH: You do a wonderful job of presenting believable historical characters; and you provide insight into the different classes: Nobles and royalty, as well as, commoners and poverty. Why did you decide to write this book about a piece of history that happened so long ago?

BJW: I lived in London at the time and walked past the site of the fire every day on my way to work for years.  That particular event intrigued me, so it was a natural point to research and write about.

CH: Did you find anything challenging while writing this book?

BJW: Some of the inconsistency of the historical facts can be frustrating, though interesting and that’s where being a storyteller is useful.

CH: Are there any books that influenced you while writing this book?

BJW: Hilary Mantel and C. J Sansom’s work has influenced the way I write historical fiction.

CH: Hilary Mantel is the winner of the Man Booker Award and she reviews books for London and the New York Times. And C. J Sansom is a best-selling author who wrote a mystery about a fire in the sixteenth century. These are excellent writers to influence your writing. How long did it take you to write your book?

BJW: Six months to research, three months to plan and write, three months to review.

CH: The fire was the catalyst for the rebuilding of London and a lot of people are interested in this piece of history. So, what kind of feedback are you getting from readers of Wonder Fire?

BJW: Very positive.  They like the characters and feel as though they have a real sense of what it was like to live in 1666.

CH: This book is available only in eBook format. As an eBook author, do you find marketing your book harder or easier than with a traditional paperback book?

BJW: Much more difficult since this time I don’t have a publishing house employing their vast resources on my behalf.  There are so many possible avenues to reaching possible readers, but every little step will hopefully spread the word a little bit more.

CH: You have published two non-fiction business books. Did you want to test the waters before you published this historical fiction book? 

BJW: No, I wrote the business books as an accountant, as part of my love of writing.  Fiction is a different part of my brain and a more creative release.

CH: How long have you been writing?

BJW: Forever!  Ever since I could write, I have been writing stories to entertain whoever was around to listen and/or read them.  It’s something I have always loved to do and wanted to do, but I never thought it would be a full-time career, until now.

CH: Where are you from? Does your background have any influence on this book?

BJW: I am Australian and no I don’t think my background has much influence, except perhaps that being from the new world, the old world fascinates me.

CH: What’s next on the agenda in your writing career?

BJW: Historical fiction based in the Caribbean, where I currently live.

CH: What would be the best piece of advice you would offer a new historical author?

BJW: Research and plan, then do some more research.  Find an interesting real character and build a semi-fictional world around them, drawing on real facts. The details though must be correct, i.e., names, clothes, food, transport etc.  It adds integrity to the work.

CH: Can you tell us about your publishing journey for this book? Why did you decide to self-publish?

BJW: Because I wanted my book out there, and agents and publishers are accepting fewer and fewer works from unknown authors, especially at a time when ‘celebrities’ are penning their own books.

CH: Do you have a website?

BJW: No. It’s coming soon!

CH: Where is your book sold?

BJW: Amazon.com

CH: Any closing remarks?

BJW: I hope your readers will enjoy the escapism of my book, entertainment while learning something, what more can we ask for at a cost of $1.99?  😉

CH: Thank you B. J. Webster for joining me on my blog, it has been a real pleasure talking with you about a piece of history, your book and your writing journey.  I’m still reading and enjoying the book. We all look forward to following your writing career. 

Don’t Keep this Blog a Secret…Tell Your Friends about it!

Note: Photos are compliments of B. J. Webster and the Internet.

 

Readers and followers, please share this post with your friends.

 If you find us deserving, please nominate us for Writer’s Digest “101 Best Sites for Writers.”  Email: writersdig@fwpubs.com with “101 Sites” in the subject line.  Type: “Cheryl Holloway Author Blog http://www.CherylHolloway.net/blog in the body of the email.  It’s that simple!  And “thank you” from all of us!

On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.                                                                                                                       ~ Cheryl Holloway

Mailing List_Image

Questions? Comments? Contact : AuthorCherylHolloway@gmail.com or Cheryl@CherylHolloway.net

 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Cheryl Holloway

St. Patricks Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of our Irish readers, writers and friends!

May you be touched by a bit of Irish Luck today.

Signature Logo

Don’t Keep this Blog a Secret…Tell Your Friends about it!

Note: Clip art is compliments of the internet.

Guest Author Interview – Gigi Gossett

header1_An Author Writes

The Midwife Factor_Cover

Title: The Midwife Factor: A Lynn Davis Mystery

Genre: Mystery

Synopsis: Only a kindly midwife knows that Nicola Moldovan, a fifteen-year-old Romanian teenager living in Cincinnati, gave birth to identical twin girls nineteen years ago. The twins, separated at birth, have grown up on different continents, unwittingly sharing thoughts, feelings, and dreams with each other without any idea they are sisters. But just as the now elderly midwife, Flossie Walker, decides to pen a tell-all letter to the families involved, a sinister plot unfolds in a Budapest prison.

Morgan Wellington, the adopted daughter of a Nobel Prize winning physician and his wife, has always secretly yearned to know her true biological identity-even more so after her Hungarian roommate tells her about a look-alike in Budapest and invites her to visit the country to see for herself. Meanwhile, Morgan’s parents, curious as to why their daughter has spontaneously traveled to Budapest, hire private investigator Lynn Davis to discover the truth. While Lynn tries to make sense of several perplexing scenarios, a habitual criminal puts the final touches on an evil plan that will change everything.

In this international mystery, past secrets are revealed as two girls separated at birth attempt to find their way back to each other, with the help of a private investigator and the midwife who brought them into the world.

GiGi Gossett (1)

Author: Gigi Gossett

CH: Welcome Gigi Gossett, PhD to my blog. Gigi is a fresh, new mystery writer, who is interested in the subject of twin telepathy because of twins in her own family. Thank you for joining us and sharing your writing world with my audience.

CH: Tell us a little bit about your book. Where did you get the premise for the story? 

GG: The Midwife Factor is an international mystery that traces the trajectory of one family across continents and explores the phenomenon of twin telepathy.

19-year-old Morgan Wellington, an adoptee from a prestigious family in Cincinnati, Ohio, sets off on an innocent adventure to Budapest to find a look-alike she’d only recently heard about to see if she can explain the flashes of another’s thoughts, feelings and dreams that she has privately experienced since childhood.  Meanwhile, in Budapest, 19-year-old Ivona Palaki has had similar unusual flashes as Morgan.  Traversing from Cincinnati to Paris to Budapest to Bucharest, the book unveils lively characters along Morgan’s Path, including Flossie Walker, the kindly octogenarian African-American midwife who holds the truth of Morgan’s birth; Lynn Davis, the savvy, kick-butt private investigator; Nicola Palaki and Corina Moldovan who turn out to be Morgan’s biological mother and grandmother; and a sinister sociopath, just released from prison with an evil plan to capitalize on the family wealth—a plan that puts many lives in danger.

Fascinated with the notion of twins, and the ancient art of midwifery, I elected to combine these elements into my story.  For the storyline, I chose to focus on the actions of a memorable nurse/midwife, Flossie Walker, who delivered the twins.   An important part of the plot is that this book deals with mental telepathy among identical twins.  The midwife also had an identical twin with whom she shared a telepathic relationship.  I dedicated this book to my older identical twin sisters, both now deceased.    

CH: What made you decide to write an international mystery?

GG: As a global consultant, I have traveled extensively to several countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South America, and the Middle East.  I wanted to share some of my experiences outside the United States with my readers.  During my first trip to Budapest, Hungary, I remember riding from the airport to my hotel through both new and old parts of town and admiring the gothic architecture of the older sections.  Being there almost made me feel like I was stepping back into medieval times.  Budapest seemed an ideal setting for my story.

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write?           

GG: I look for situations and people that I, myself, find alluring and that are not your every day topics.  For example, my first novel, By Any Other Name, was about a powerful billionaire family.  The story had a strong inter-racial twist.  Based on the popularity of old television programs like Dallas and Dynasty, I believed that readers would find this storyline enticing as well.

Regarding The Midwife Factor, since so many people have twins in their immediate or extended families, I thought the idea of multiple births would appeal to the masses, especially, with the element of twin telepathy introduced.

CH: Your cover tells the story, twins with an international plot and the midwife in the background. Who designed the cover?

GG: My book was produced by iUniverse.  They gave me a website from which to select the stock photos for the cover.  I found the perfect face to represent the kindly, old midwife and the twins.  I also wanted the midwife’s picture on the cover, but not featured prominently.  The globe represented the fact that the twins grew up on different continents.  I presented the photos and my concept to iUniverse, and voilà!  They designed what I felt was a magical cover.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the book? 

GG: So far, I’ve had a very enthusiastic response from my readers.  My vision is that people would love the book so much, they wouldn’t be able to put it down.  So far, several readers have “complained” complimentarily that they couldn’t put it down.   My book has been referred to as a page-turner, thrilling, exciting, and fast paced.  One reviewer said after reading it, she passed it on to her granddaughter as she wanted her to see an example of powerful relationships among women and how strong women handle their problems from an empowered position.  Another reviewer said she didn’t want the phenomenal story telling to end:  It was masterfully crafted, from start to finish, with all kinds of twists in between—danger, romance, family ties, the unique world of twins on two sides of the coin, triumph over life circumstances, sadness, joy and so much more”  I have been very happy with the reaction.  It inspires me to write more and more.

CH: Do you have a book trailer? What are your thoughts on book trailers?

GG: I do not presently have a book trailer, but intend to have one developed.  I believe a trailer is an extremely effective way of showing what your story is about and getting people excited about it.  A video, like a picture, is worth a thousand words.  When I see other well done book trailers, it increases my interest in those books.

CH: The twins in the story are so alike; yet, so different. Was it hard to create their characters?

GG: It really wasn’t too hard.  I developed a profile for each twin based on her upbringing and culture and was able to stick to it.  What was a challenge was writing in the voice of a 19-year-old—one a spoiled rich American and the other a studious and at times defiant Hungarian whose characteristics I believe I was able to realistically frame due to having traveled to Budapest and Bucharest.   Whenever I wrote as one or the other, I put myself in her shoes and could see her mannerisms, hear her voice, and see her behavior.

CH: What sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?

GG: The diverse characters and interactions in my book reflect the makeup of our world, racially, culturally, ethnically, and age wise.  Furthermore, there have been a number of books about twins, and likewise, about midwifes.  However, I am not aware of a book about twin telepathy, nor one in which the midwife plays such an important factor in so many lives.  The Midwife Factor essentially contains three stories in one—the midwife’s life and times, the twins’ telepathic relationship and their search for each other, and the criminals’ who were intent on capitalizing on their “find.” As the story unfolds, I have been told that readers could actually “visualize” the events as if taking place before their very eyes.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your type of writing?

GG: With the complexity and intensity of my storyline, I give the reader the opportunity to become emotionally involved, entertained, and mentally stimulated.  There are parts of the story when I want the reader to feel the emotions experienced by my characters, ranging from excitement, to joy, to fear.  Furthermore, no matter how grim the circumstances, my stories tend to be uplifting, giving people hope, usually in a win/win fashion.   Because the story has many facets are intertwined, I keep the reader on his or her toes having to think about and wonder what is next.

CH: What advice do you have for aspiring authors?  

GG: This is where I may get too wordy.  I happen to believe that everyone has a story in them—either about their own life and experiences, or from their imagination.  First, come up with something unique to write about.  In fiction, create interesting and or unusual characters, because, after all, who wants to read about someone who is ordinary.  You have the power of the pen and with it, you can make your character do anything you want, even win the lottery.  You are only limited by your imagination.  And your plot should be impactful.

Next, start collecting your thoughts on paper.  Once you start this process, you will be amazed at the number of times when ideas will come to you in some fashion—either through magazine articles, random conversations, newspapers, television, events you’ve seen or heard about, etc.  And when you run across something related to your topic, capture it immediately.  Any of these ideas may have a place in your book.  Keep all your notes in one place so that when you are ready to begin, you will have many ideas to draw from as substance for your book, as chapters, events, characters, or developments.

Finally, it’s all done.  Now. edit, edit, edit.  Your work is never really finished.  If you are willing to acknowledge your imperfections, you will find many things to change with every reading.  And then, a professional editor will find much more.  In my first book, a non-fiction diversity book entitled Diversity Blues, How to Shake ‘Em, a professional editor cut my 240 page book down to 200 pages due to redundancies, wordiness, and things that were not necessary to say.  Do not get discouraged.  Make the changes and continue.

CH: Can you tell us about your publishing journey? 

GG: With Diversity Blues, How to Shake ‘Em, I knew nothing about getting published.  I sent a query letter to the Harvard Business School Press (HBP) and they wanted to take a look.  After reviewing my manuscript and making several recommendations for changes which I complied with, HBP had a personnel change and my new contact was not nearly as enthusiastic about my work. Ultimately, they declined it.  So I sent it out to other university and traditional presses. When I continued to receive rejection letters, I still had confidence that my book was worthy to be published because of the interest HBP had shown in it originally.  So I decided to self publish.  I taught myself the ins and outs of self publishing, spent a small fortune on things like editing, cover design, page layout, printing and promoting, but eventually the book was out and it turned out to be fairly successful among people in major corporations. I’m sad that the book is still needed in that we have made very little real change in eliminating racism and sexism or other isms since 2000, but I am very proud that that book is still in the public library system today.  I have continued to self publish, and my two mystery novels can also be found in the public library system.

CH: How long have you been writing? How did you start writing?
What is your next writing project?

GG: My first book was published in 2000.  It started as my doctoral dissertation but before it could be published, I had to convert it from a research document into a publishable manuscript. This book was non-fiction.  An agent who reviewed it commended my writing style and recommended that I try fiction. She told me that I had the ability to discuss difficult subjects (racism and sexism) in a non-accusatory; yet, compelling manner. She told me it was clear that I was passionate about diversity, and she wanted me to know that in fiction, I could still teach.  So, I embarked on my first mystery which had a diversity twist. The Midwife Factor is my second.  I will definitely write more, but I believe my next book will be non-fiction as I have a very meaningful topic to write about.

CH: Are there any books that influence you as an author?

GG: Books with storylines that are interestingly unique, unexpected and exciting and that enable me to feel, love, or even strongly dislike the main characters are the kind of books that influence my writing. I try to make my books memorable in this same way.  Not all books can do this, for I have read quite a few books that were merely enjoyable, but then, I forgot the plot, or even the author’s name or the book’s title. However, even these books have influenced me in a reverse manner by showing me what I do not want my books to be.

CH: Which writer, living or dead, do you admire most and why?

GG: I can honestly say that my most favorite writer of all time is Ken Follett.  I have thoroughly enjoyed his books, and I have read most of them. Pillars of the Earth was over 900 pages long and I was deeply sorry for it to end. I love his writing because he puts you into the story right away and makes you feel everything, plus you learn a great deal. A classic example is Eye of the Needle which was made into a movie. His main characters are charismatic, fascinating and bold and he makes you know them right away. I usually experience an emotional reaction or attachment to his characters and his plot. His vivid descriptions and conversations are stimulating and electrifying, his topics are extremely diverse and very interesting and the settings for his books cover the globe, ranging from St. Petersburg in Russia to Egypt to London to the U.S. and other locales.  His work is sometimes current and sometimes historic and always fascinating.

CH: What was the most exciting thing to happen on your publishing journey?

GG: I was very pleased when my first book, Diversity Blues, How to Shake ‘Em was purchased by Walmart to put in a large number of its U.S. stores which is quite significant because Walmart has more than 2,500 stores in the U.S.  At one time, my book was on Walmart’s 100 best selling books list. As an author, and particularly, as a self-publisher, that was thrilling.  I was equally thrilled when I was contacted by an agent who was interested in pursuing my first mystery, By Any Other Name as a movie.  He is still working toward that end.

CH: Do you have a website?

GG: Yes.  www.gladyshankins.com. A second website will be launched soon under the name www.gigigossett.com.

CH: Where is your book sold?

GG: Presently on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, iUniverse.com, and other online booksellers.  It is also available in e-book format.

CH: Any closing remarks?

GG: First of all, please note that GiGi Gossett is my pen name.  I use my full name, Gladys Gossett Hankins in my non-fiction writing.

It is important to me to write about characters and events that represent the world we live in. We all interact, sometimes daily, often intimately, with other races, cultures, ethnicities, religious groups, and genders, and the diversity of my characters will always reflect that.

Finally, Cheryl, I want to sincerely thank you for inviting me to be featured as one of the authors on your blog.  It is quite an honor to be among your chosen group, and I take it as a great opportunity to extend my reach to many that may not be familiar with me and my writing.  For that, I am most grateful.  I hope readers are pleasantly interested.  I wish you the absolute best in all your journeys.

CH: Thank you Gigi Gossett for joining me on my blog, it has been a real pleasure talking with you about your book and writing journey.  We look forward to following your writing career. 

Note: Photos are compliments of Gigi Gossett and the Internet.

 

Readers and followers, please share this post with your friends.

 If you find us deserving, please nominate us for Writer’s Digest “101 Best Sites for Writers.”  Email: writersdig@fwpubs.com with “101 Sites” in the subject line.  Type: “Cheryl Holloway Author Blog http://www.CherylHolloway.net/blog in the body of the email.  It’s that simple!  And “thank you” from all of us!

On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.                                                                                                                       ~ Cheryl Holloway

Mailing List_Image

Questions? Comments? Contact : AuthorCherylHolloway@gmail.com or Cheryl@CherylHolloway.net