Guest Author Interview – D. L. White

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Title: Dinner At Sam’s: A Ruby’s Novel

Genre: African American Romance

Synopsis: Vanessa Jackson is just trying to get her life together. It’s been a year since her marriage ended and her husband left her and their children destitute. If she could just divorce the son-of-a-bitch, the future would be bright, but Warren is fighting the process every step of the way. If she wants a divorce and to move on with her life, she will need an attorney.

Gibson Kincaid is the youngest of four brothers, all attorneys at Kincaid Family Law, operated under the watchful eye of Sylvia, the “Silver Shark” Kincaid. Gibson is the rebel, the one who’s never going to do what Mother wants him to do. Instead of serving the interests of wealthy and high profile Kincaid clients, Gibson prefers to serve the ‘down on their luck’ sector, earning him the nickname “community lawyer.” When Sylvia rejects Vanessa as a client, it’s a lucky break that she—literally—runs into Gibson.

The attraction between them is immediate, smoldering, mutual, and distracting. Vanessa’s just trying to get divorced, not pick up a new man, and certainly not her divorce attorney! Gibson is trying to do right by his new client, but he can’t lie; he wants to help Vanessa get divorced. So, he can have her to himself. But Warren still has a few tricks up his sleeve, and Vanessa is hiding a huge part of her past that she’s not ready for Gibson to know.

D. L. White, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is D. L. White. She wants others to share in the joy of writing. Welcome to my blog, D. L.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book? 

DLW: My books are a great escape of sweet heat for a few hours from real life.

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

DLW: They come from a variety of places—sometimes an overheard conversation, a song, a movie, or a situation. One of my books was born out of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, and another out of an eavesdropped conversation about a woman’s husband being investigated by the IRS for tax evasion. There are a lot of times I hear something and think…that has to go in a book.

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

DLW: Many of the situations my characters find themselves in come from real life. Especially, when someone says, ‘I don’t know if that’s believable.’ Then I tell them, oh, it actually happened, believe it or not. I generally take the base situation and change the circumstances. I use them for inspiration. I don’t take them straight from people’s lives.

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

DLW: The only ‘series’  I currently have is the Ruby’s novels. The first came, as I mentioned earlier from the Atlanta Public School Cheating Scandal. As I was listening to reports everyday on my way to work on NPR, my mind started swirling with what if…they were talking about indicting the Superintendent and I just thought, what if someone did something that got them into a world of trouble? Not the Superintendent, but maybe a Principal. What if…she made a mistake, someone found out and now she’s faced with her life falling apart. I was also part of a monthly brunch group of women of different ages from all walks of life and we got along, so well. I wanted to incorporate that sisterhood, give her a little bit of support, and add some conflict, when the friendship begins to stretch and strain through everyone’s life struggles.

The second book in that series is a romance featuring a minor character from the first book. Her life was SUCH a mess and I just wanted her to have a happy ending!

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

DLW: No. I’m not a series writer, so when I put a book to bed, I am done with those people and that world…but I did leave a lot open at the end of Ruby’s, just in case I wanted to write more about them.

CH: Which book in the series was hardest to write?

DLW: The first book. Ruby’s took me four years to write. When I came up with the idea and started writing, I really wasn’t ready to write the book. There was a lot of stumbling, mistakes, quitting and restarting. I finally got tired of feeling like a failure, so I ripped it apart and started over in 2014.

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

DLW: I like to think I’m a little bit funny, a little sexy, and very real. My characters aren’t billionaires or high society and even those that are well-off have problems that I don’t solve by throwing a bunch of money at them. I like to write stories where a reader can insert themselves and feel like it’s realistic—like it could actually happen.

CH: Since readers say that your characters are relatable and likeable, who was your favorite character to write? Who was the hardest character to write?

DLW: My fave AND the hardest was Maxine Donovan, from Brunch at Ruby’s. She’s not your typical friend/side-kick character. She is materialistic, but not shallow; one of those women, who says what’s on her mind even when she shouldn’t. Her personality wasn’t going to change, but she still had to have a character ARC. I love Maxine, because even though she is a pain in the butt, she loves hard and her love is genuine. She would lay down her life for those who are in her inner circle.

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

DLW: I identify a lot with Renee, the bookstore owner, but none of them are me. I make stuff up on purpose. I do live my life. The last thing I want is to write me or read me in a book.

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

DLW: I don’t write with a central message, just an entertaining couple of hours, but I always make sure that love wins in the end—any kind of love, whether friendship love, or romantic love.

CH: What type of feedback are you receiving from readers?

DLW: Most of them like my books, I am happy to say!  Realistic, sexy, believable, someone even said that they laugh a little at how some of my characters talk. I always have a character willing to hurt feelings to get a point across.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

DLW: More of the same! I’m working on ‘an enemies to lovers romance’ between dueling business owners in a small town, and another book in the Ruby’s world, following up on Renee, Debra and Maxine.

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

DLW: Getting to participate in a book signing. It was so much fun to meet readers face-to-face and see people excited to grab a copy of my book.

CH: If you could work with any author, living or dead, who would that be and why?

DLW: Oh, gosh, I don’t even know. I do LOVE Atlanta Author Tayari Jones. I’d love to just sit and talk writing with her, maybe Bernice L. McFadden, or Terry McMillan—those classic authors that capture black fiction, so well.

CH: How to Find D. L. White:   

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold? 

DLW: You can find all of my books in electronic format on Amazon or in paperback on www.lulu.com.

CH: Any closing remarks?

DLW: Cheryl, Thank you for this interview and for the interest in my books! It’s so appreciated! 🙂

CH: Thank you so much, D. L. White, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Vivian Ward

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Title: One Wild Night (A MFMM Ménage Romance)

Genre: Romance/Women’s Fiction

Synopsis:  What could possibly go wrong during a drunken game of truth or dare?

Some couples have their kinks, and Tom and Beth definitely have theirs. Being exhibitionists is a fun thrill that the two of them share, but Tom has a hidden fantasy that his wife doesn’t know about.
He’s always secretly hoped that one day a stranger would join them.

But then the perfect opportunity presents itself one wild night on a camping trip that his wife was never supposed to go on. When the couple starts playing drunken truth or dare with a couple of guys next to their campsite, things quickly get out of hand.

How far is too far when it comes to a dare?

Vivian Ward, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Vivian Ward. She has been writing and creating fantasy worlds most of her life. Welcome to my blog, Vivian.

CH:  Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

VW: It gives you an up close look at why people do the sexual things they do and how to deal with them.

CH: How did you come up with the premise of ‘truth or dare’ for One Wild Night?

VW: You might laugh at this, but I came up with the game of Truth or Dare for the story because of my kids. They’re always playing, and I play with them. I thought, ‘You know? This could be really interesting with adults, especially if they were drinking.’

CH: Is there a message in One Wild Night that you want the readers to grasp?

VW: The message in One Wild Night is that it’s okay to explore your sexual fantasies, especially with your spouse. Your partner should be the one person that you can trust and do anything with, including, but not limited to sexual exploration. Not only did Tom and Beth explore their sexual side, but they talked about it afterward—in great detail. Communication is always the key.

CH: Have you considered writing a series versus writing a standalone book?

VW: I’ve never written a series, but I do have a couple that I’ve been mapping out for some time. As for now, all of my books are standalone novels.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? 

 VW: People! I’m an avid reader, so sometimes I come up with story ideas from books, and sometimes they come from reading message boards. There have also been plenty of nights where I had a dream and woke up to email myself the dream—so I wouldn’t forget—because it was such a good story.

CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

 VW: I don’t have a standard formula. I try to make each book different.

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

VW: For me, it’s a challenge that I welcome. I like to find out what makes people tick and I like to ask, ‘What if?’

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

VW: I try to walk in my character’s shoes and give the readers an honest story. A lot of them are based on real life experiences—either my own or ones that I’ve read—and all of my characters have a little of me sprinkled in them. That always makes for an entertaining person. LOL

CH: Where do you get inspiration for your characters?

VW: When I wrote One Wild Night, I wanted them to be a fun, connected couple. I drew a lot of that from my own marriage because my husband and I are so close. What can I say? He’s my partner in crime.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

VW: Out of all of my books? Corbin from Rock-A-Bye Baby was the hardest to write. The reason for this is because I had a hard time connecting with him and because of that, I think my readers did, too.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

VW: Hmm. This is so hard. I can’t say any one character, but I loved writing Blake and Tasha from The Baby Is Mine and I loved writing Cathy and Brett from Our Dirty Secret. I might be biased though, because those are my two favorite books that I’ve written.

CH: Who would you consider to be a mentor for you as an author? 

VW: I can’t pick any particular author, but I use all authors as a mentor. You can learn something from everyone. I try to take away what I can and put my own spin on it. I do tend to favor Indie authors over traditionally published authors, but maybe it’s because I feel more connected to them.

CH: How long have you been writing in this genre?

VW: I’ve been writing contemporary romance since 2015. Before that, I published short erotica under several pen names.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

VW: Hot heros with strong heroines, who can lean on their (stronger) man and lots of HEA’s (Happily Ever After).

CH: How to Find Vivian Ward:

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

VW: My entire catalog is exclusive to Amazon.

CH: Any closing remarks?

VW: Cheryl, I appreciate the opportunity for the author interview and look forward to meeting new readers. I’m a social butterfly, so don’t be afraid to say ‘Hi.’

CH: Thank you so much, Vivian Ward, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Alexandria House

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Title: Stay with Me (Strickland Sisters Book 1)

Genre: African American Romance

Synopsis: Twice unlucky in love, natural hair vlogger, Angela Strickland, has settled into a life centered around avoiding men and relationships like the plague. Unwilling to risk another broken heart, she resigns herself to being a perpetually single woman.

Corporate man and self-professed womanizer, Ryan Boyé, doesn’t believe in relationships or love and thinks anyone who does is a fool. But there’s just something about Angela Strickland he can’t shake…

When these two cross paths, their attraction to one another is undeniable. Will they find that the love they’ve both evaded is exactly what they both need?

Alexandria House, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Alexandria House.  She loves writing steamy stories about real black love. Welcome to my blog, Alexandria

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

AH: You should read Stay with Me because I can guarantee it’ll make you smile, laugh out loud, and squirm in your seat.

CH: What a match—a perpetually single woman and a womanizer. How did you come up with the premise for this book?

AH: It honestly just popped in my head. I’m obsessed with all things YouTube, so I knew the heroine would be a YouTuber. I had the concept from day one, but a lot of the story kind of just unfolded as I wrote it.

CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

AH: No standard formula, really. The overall story comes to me, but I don’t know the details, until I start writing. I start out with a word-count goal, but never meet it exactly. I either go over it or fall just shy of it. I also know how I want the story to end and let the characters get me there.

CH: Since this book this is part of a series, I presume future books will include her sisters Nicky and Renee. Will any other family members, such as her mom, be included in the series?

AH: I just finished writing Renee’s story, and yes, Mom and Dad both make an appearance or two. I’ve just begun Nicky’s story and plan for them to pop up in there, too.

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

AH: Well, I have natural hair and I don’t play about my coins. And I’ve known heartache. Dang, I guess I’m Angela. Just realized that, LOL.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

AH: Ryan, hands down. He was a blast to create. He’s so funny and a bit crazy, but he loves his woman. Nicky would be a close second.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

AH: Actually, none of them were difficult to write. This was a chatty bunch, who virtually never shut up, LOL. The story kind of wrote itself. I think, I wrote it from start to finish in under three weeks.

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

AH: Well…my characters like to curse and have a lot of sex—A LOT, LOL. And then, there’s the humor. I’m a pretty funny chick!

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

AH: Yes, when love hits, you can’t dodge it, no matter how hard you try. The right one will break down all of your walls.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from your readers for this book?

AH: Overwhelmingly positive. People really seem to be enjoying it and I couldn’t be happier.

CH: What are your three biggest accomplishments in writing?

AH: 1) There are four books out there with my name on them because I wrote them all by myself; 2) People have read and enjoyed said books; and 3) There’s money in my account because people read said books!

If I could add a fourth achievement, all four books have portions written from a male’s perspective in first person. I’m not a man, so I definitely consider that an achievement.

CH: How important is social media to your marketing?

AH: It’s of the utmost importance. I don’t think, I’d have an audience without social media.

CH: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  How did you handle it?

AH: Hmm, that my work was a watered-down version of the work of a popular romance author. And get this, at the time, I hadn’t even read that author’s work! Ever! I didn’t respond to it, because my general attitude about most things like that is whatever, but I’ll say this now: everything I write is authentically me. It is not deep and super angsty because I don’t want it to be. I want to make people smile and swoon, make them believe in and know that black love still exists, and take them away from their problems for a bit, and if I can accomplish that, I’m happy.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

AH: Believe in Me (Renee’s story), Book 2 of the Strickland Sisters Series, is coming in July.

CH: How to Find Alexandria House:

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

AH: Yes, it is sold exclusively on Amazon and is FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

CH: Any closing remarks?

AH: Yes, Cheryl, thank you for having me! And never stop believing in #blacklove.

CH: Thank you so much, Alexandria House, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Rick Sulik

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Title: Death Unmasked

Genre: Mystery/Thriller & Suspense

Synopsis: A reincarnated evil is stalking the women of Houston. With each murder, the madman quotes an excerpt from the Oscar Wilde poem, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol.” A huge smokestack belching smoke, a ragged flea market double-breasted wool coat, and an old antique picture frame, bring the distant past back to haunt Houston Homicide Detective, Sean Jamison. With those catalysts, Jamison knows who he was in a past life and that he lost the only woman he could ever love. Searching for his reincarnated mate becomes Jamison’s raison d’être as he and fellow detectives scour Houston for a brutal serial killer. The memory of timeless love drives Jamison’s dogged search for a serial killer, determined to finish what he started decades earlier. Each clue brings Jamison closer to unmasking his old nemesis. Tenacious police work, lessons learned in the past, and intuition may be the only weapons he has in preventing history from repeating itself.


CH: Today’s Guest Author is Rick Sulik. He worked over thirty years as a policeman, before retiring.  Welcome to my blog, Rick.

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

RS: A Houston homicide detective investigates a double murder—his and his wife’s—in his next lifetime.

CH: Where did you get the inspiration for your novel? 

RS: The inspiration to write my story came from three entrancing tunes that dramatize the storyline in Death Unmasked. The songs are ‘Greensleeves’ by Mantovani; ‘Think of Laura’ sung by Christopher Cross; and ‘Mary in the Morning’ sung by Al Martino. These songs are all available on YouTube.com. I was also inspired by Oscar Wilde’s disquieting poem, ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol (Jail).’

CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

RS: I have no standard ‘formula’ for putting an ‘unusual’ novel together.

CH: Since this book also has reincarnation in it, how did you come up with the premise for writing this book?

RS: Through my own belief in reincarnation. When I was young, my mom and I would walk a mile in the evenings after dinner around a lake near our home. On our last walk together before she passed away, she looked up at me, and said with a sweet smile, “If I had to do it all over again for you, and your brothers, I would.” Instinctively, without her saying another word, the look in her beautiful hazel eyes communicated her thoughts, and it all came together ‘in-a-blink-of-eye,’ and I fully understood what my mom had meant…she had been my mother, in other lifetimes.

CH: Can you tell us a little about your belief in reincarnation?

RS: I thought it interesting, since Army General George S. Patton Jr., (born 11-11-1885) believed in reincarnation, that his Warrior ‘spirit,’ in foresight, would choose to incarnate (Free Will) back into the ‘physical’ on the date, 11-11. General Patton’s poem, ‘Through a Glass, Darkly’ is evident of his resolute belief in reincarnation. I quote, “So as through a glass and darkly, the age long strife I see, where I fought in many guises, many names, but always me.”

To Patton, who strongly believed in God, the date 11-11, might symbolize ‘spirits’ re-entering the ‘physical’ (earth) by way of the top left inside 11, and eventually departing by way of the lower right inside 11, back to the ‘spirit’ world, only to be ‘reborn’ again (a cycle) at some future date by using – The All Merciful Father’s (God) greatest gift to humanity…’Free Will.’

At 11:00 am, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, WWI came to an end, and it was to be the war that would end all wars…Patton lived half of his adult life at this point in history.

Patton’s Warrior ‘Spirit’ might have foreseen, before reincarnating on his latest birthday, 11-11-1885, that years after WWII, his birthday (November 11) would be remembered as a National Holiday and would honor all veterans, and that Armistice Day, would be eventually changed to Veterans Day.

“I’m a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight. There is only one proper way for a professional soldier to die…the last bullet of the last battle of the last war.”   General George S. Patton Jr.

CH: Is the main character, Det. Sean Jamison, a combination of any of your partners? Where do you get inspiration for your characters?

RS: The protagonist is a combination of police personalities (veterans) of all my Houston Police Department, Field Training Officers (FTO’s), during my training/probationary period in the late 70’s. They are Houston homicide detectives Sean Jamison, Roman Addison, and Captain Virginia Schaeffer,

CH: Did you have any challenges while writing this storytelling novel?

RS: Yes, I found it a real challenge to switch from ‘descriptive’ police report ‘fact’ writing to ‘creative,’ and colorful storytelling ‘novel’ writing.

CH: Is there a message in this book that you want the readers to grasp?

RS: Close your eyes, clear your mind, and meditate. Let your ‘mem-‘ory, shine through, so you can re-‘mem-‘ber. I quote, ‘Souls are poured from one into another of different kinds of bodies of the world.’ Jesus Christ from the teachings in the Gnostic Gospels.

CH: You have two out-of-print books, Cold Kill and Random Ransom. Of the three books, which book was hardest to write?

RS: Death Unmasked. It was like fitting small pieces together to a much larger puzzle.

CH: Is this book a reprint of a previously written book?

RS: The first edition of, Death Unmasked, was published by, Itoh Press, in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 2012. My publisher developed a health problem, and had to close her publishing company, and released all of her authors.

CH: You have combined poetry with your serial killer. Why did you decide to include poetry in your book?

RS: ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ by Oscar Wilde is a story within itself, and I felt the poetry added flavor, which enhanced the storyline.

CH: You have many reviews, so what kind of feedback are you getting from readers for your book?

RS: Mostly 5 star and 4 star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

CH: What can we expect next, is there a new thriller/suspense book in the making soon?

RS: I’m saving my next ‘unusual’ story, for my next lifetime.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

RS: I do not have a website. My publisher’s website is: http://christophermatthewspub.com/death-unmasked/ 

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

RS: It is sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-a-Million. It is also featured on Goodreads.

CH: How To Find Rick Sulik:

CH: Any closing remarks?

RS: Death Unmasked is a suspenseful mystery thriller spanning lifetimes, using reincarnation, karma, psychic ability, remote viewing, and out-of-body experience, to outwit an evil incarnated entity stalking women in Houston, Texas. Death Unmasked is an afterthought from my superconscious, which compares ‘physical’ ballistics to ‘spiritual’ reincarnation. Ballistics is the science of flight dynamics—the trajectory of an unpowered ‘physical’ object in ‘free-flight.’ I am not a skeptic. I firmly believe in reincarnation. It makes perfect sense. We cannot learn in a ‘blink-of-an-eye’ all about life in one lifetime. It takes many lifetimes for our spirits to evolve, and come around full-circle, in order to become completed spirits with Our Creator.

Cheryl, thank you for the interview.

CH: Thank you so much, Rick Sulik, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Selena Haskins

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Title: Yesterday Was A Long Time Ago

Genre: Romance/New Adult & College

Synopsis: Southern gal, Germaine Landry wants to become a writer in the big city of Washington, DC. She meets a privileged heartthrob and college football player, Angelo Pearson, who is used to having anything and every girl he wants. A loner by nature, Germaine is not easily impressed with Angelo’s bravado, but he eventually charms his way into her heart. This pair of opposites attract develops a friendship that catches fire. Their love is seemingly shatterproof until a malicious scheme leads them down a dark path that could end tragically. Twenty years later, thoughts of yesterday still haunt Germaine, until an unexpected encounter leads her to the pearls of truth. Germaine just may have a second chance at love or finally free herself from the memories of a long time ago.

Selena Haskins, Author

 

 

 

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Selena Haskins. She says that writing wakes her up to new ideas giving her an adrenaline rush. Welcome to my blog, Selena.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?  

SH: It’s a story that will wheel you in emotionally, fill your heart with nostalgia, break it, and heal it again.

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

SH: My ideas come from my five senses—anything I see, hear, taste, smell, and touch from life and nature, I can pretty much write a story about it.

CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

SH: I’ve always had a vivid imagination. I know it sounds cliché, but since I was a kid my mind was filled with imaginative things. I never knew what would become of daydreaming or playing make believe, but eventually it led to becoming a bestselling author.

CH: How did you come up with the premise for writing this book?

SH: This is a story that’s loosely based on my college experiences.

CH: Since you are a bestselling author, what is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

SH: I’ve been told my character development is spot on and that my stories closely resemble real life.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

SH: Germaine Landry was my favorite character to write about. She’s smart, humble, and kind of reserved. She stays in her own lane. It’s easy to write about characters with a good heart.

CH: Which character was hardest to write? 

SH: Lisa Dupree-Landry was the hardest to write about. She’s very pompous and shallow, the opposite of who I am as a person, but it was fun exposing her to the bare bones. LOL.

CH: What are your three biggest accomplishments in writing? 

SH: My three biggest accomplishments are I’ve been an Amazon bestseller; my readership is still growing, and I’ve met some wonderful people in the publishing industry to help me along the way.

CH: How important is social media to your marketing? 

SH: Very important. It’s an avenue that reaches people in places I’m not able to travel to in person.

CH: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  How did you handle it?

SH: I’m a perfectionist by nature, and sometimes that makes me a little impatient with the publishing process. I recognized this myself, but per the advice of others who’ve been in this business longer than I have, patience is truly a virtue. Anything worth having takes time.

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

SH: True love never fades away with the passing of time. It lives in our hearts forever.

CH: If you could work with any author, living or dead, who would that be and why? 

SH: I would love to work with Carl Weber. I love the twists and turns in his books, and if you add the emotional drama that I create, I could foresee a bestseller.

CH: Are there any writers that you consider your mentor? If so, who and why?

SH: There isn’t one particular person, but I have a few author friends in the industry, who I can turn to for advice.

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

SH: Positive feedback, so far!

CH: What can we expect next from you? 

SH: I’m working on a short story comedy for this winter (2017).

CH: How to Find Selena Haskins:

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

 SH: It is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and KOBO.

CH: Any closing remarks? 

SH: Thank you Cheryl for giving me this opportunity to share with your audience. Thanks to my readers, and also please purchase my latest novel, Yesterday Was a Long Time Ago, and kindly leave a review. You can follow me on Facebook @Author Selena Haskins, Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope @booksbyselena.

CH: Thank you so much, Selena Haskins, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Essence and Schertevear Watkins

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Title: Never Too Young To Dance

Authors: Schertevear Watkins and Essence Watkins

Genre: Children/Blooming Readers Reading Paragraphs

Synopsis: Everyone in Pointer Ridge loved to dance. Xena, was no different. But every time she asked someone if she could join in with their dancing, they’d shew her off and say that she’s too young. Will Xena ever find the perfect dance crew that’s just right? See how a little hope and determination makes things happen in,   “Never Too Young To Dance.”

 

CH: Today’s Guest Authors are Schertevear Q. Watkins and her 8 year-old daughter, Essence T. M. Watkins. They are planting seeds of  character, wisdom, unity and love. Welcome to my blog, Essence and Schertevear.

 

 

 

 

 

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

SQW/EW: Our book, Never Too Young To Dance, overall shows children that though there may be obstacles or a lack of support in reaching their dreams, you should never give up, because dreams do happen.

CH: What inspired you to write this charming children’s book?

SQW/EW: We wanted children to realize that they have to work at the things they want. Everything doesn’t always come easy, or on the first go around. They need to know that there is always a place for them everywhere, regardless of what others may feel they are capable of or where they should be.

CH: How did you find an illustrator?

SQW: I own my own Publishing Company, Baobab Publishing. Also, the first book that featured these same characters, I illustrated myself. On this go around, another illustrator just matched my characters.

CH: Can you tell my audience a little about the age group who is reading this book?

SQW: This book is actually an early reader, where the target age range is 4-6, or those that are now reading simple paragraphs.

CH: What inspired you to begin writing for children?

SQW: My love for children, their wonderful stories and the need for diversity, unity and inclusion in early childhood literature.

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

SQW: My writing style is realistic multicultural fiction, for the most part. This means I use human characters with regular situations and challenges that all children face and can relate to. As a teacher, mother and former resource parent, I think, I know children well. This makes it easy for me to write from their point of view.

CH: Does being an adult give you a different perspective on writing children’s literature? If so, how?

SQW: As an adult, I am able to see and explain the story from all perspectives. But again, by working with children, I’m able to relay my overall message from a child’s point of view, still allowing for the problem to be solved and lessons learned in the end.

CH: What do you find to be the hardest part of writing for children?

SQW: To me, it comes very easily. Often, I have so many ideas running through my mind that I have to suppress them because they become so numerous.

CH: Do you write books for different age levels of children?

SQW: Yes, Ages 3-10, but mostly ages 6-9.

CH: Is it hard to write a story on a child’s level?

SQW: No, not at all, only because of my background.

CH: Where do you come up with ideas for children’s story?

SQW: Some ideas come to me, and the words will just flow from my thoughts. I can write a 1,500 word book anywhere from 15 minutes to 3-4 days. Chapter books can take a week to 3 weeks to get the story down properly.

CH: What was the book you loved as a child?

SQW: I loved the Box Car Children Series and Charlotte’s Web. All of the Little Golden Books and Goosebumps.

CH: What are your favorite children’s books?

SQW: The Little Engine That Could, The First Doll and Hansel and Gretel.

CH: What kind of feedback have you received?

SQW: From anyone who has read and commented on my books, they have all given excellent feedback.

CH: Is this the first book that you and Essence have written together?

SQW/EW: No, we’ve written several books together.

CH: What can we expect next, is there another book in the making soon?

SQW: There are several brands that Author Schertevear Watkins writes under and they all have numerous series or books within them. This would include the following brands: Characters Like Me, Blooming Readers, Fairytale Endings, Color My World and more to come.

CH: How to Find Schertevear Watkins:

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

SQW: Amazon.com and soon, our website store will be ready. We also go to schools and organizations, who are looking for fundraising or book fair products.

CH: Any closing remarks?

SQW: I’d just like to say that, reading is the key to knowledge and the road to freedom. There’s not much that you can achieve without reading. Every child should own books. Each child should have at least 5 books, on their grade level. Also, any child who reads a book from myself or any other author under the Baobab Publishing umbrella, will receive a character building experience.  We are devoted to creating quality literature that stimulates the imagination, as well as, builds self-esteem, character, and encourages faith and unity.  Cheryl, thanks for the interview.

CH: Thank you so much, Essence and Schertevear Watkins, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Five Essentials of An Author Website by Cheryl Holloway

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Since I wrote the last article on Author Websites, many authors have written me and asked the question, ‘What Are The Essentials of An Author Website?’ So, today, I’m going to answer that question to the best of my ability.

  1. Think About the future of your website

Think ‘Big’ and act like you’re already famous. I can’t remember who said this, but the idea stuck in my head.  I know, as a new author, you may be on a limited budget, but think about the future. Do not limit the design. I suggest getting a website with yourauthorname.com or if someone has your domain name, get yourauthorname.net (like I did).

You can also use a free domain, such as yourname.wordpress.com. Or use a free website, such as wix.com

I suggest that most writers do as I did and do it right from the beginning by hiring a web designer and put your best foot forward. Remember, you only get one first impression. I advise you to have one page done right and you can expand it later, once you start selling books. Brand yourself and make your website and blog look alike, so readers can recognize you.  All of this means something to the reader—you look consistent and you look professional.

  1. Your Book Cover is Extremely Important

Make sure your book cover is done by a professional graphic designer. Do not try to do it yourself, unless you are a graphic designer. The cover will define your brand as an author. It will be the primary visual brand for your readers to identify you. You must put your professional foot forward. Do not ask your niece, nephew or grandson to design it.  Pay hard-earned money to have your book cover designed. There is no exception to this rule!

  1. Make Sure Your Website is Mobile Friendly

Today, most people use their phone to google an author, then they check out your website on their laptop. A few readers may even use their PC, but be prepared and make sure that your website looks good on any of their devices. Check mine out. This isn’t hard to do for a professional web designer, and they can do it fast. So, once again, get it done right!

  1. Your Author Website is not a Catch-all

Your website should target only readers of your books. Do not mix your passion for crocheting with your books. Get a separate website for your crocheting. So, your author website needs to remain true to your goal—your books and nothing else.

The only exception to this is if you write in two very different genres, such as Mystery/Thriller and Romance, or if you write under two different pen names, then you will need two separate websites. Of course, you can always provide a link between the two websites. Keep your author website just that—an author website—preferably for one genre.

  1. Your Author Website is there to Connect with Your Readers

This author website says it all.

The main purpose of your Author Website is to connect with your Reader Fans. Do I need to repeat that? The main purpose of your Author Website is to connect with your Reader Fans.

First and foremost, your Reader Fans need a way to contact you. I have my email address pasted all over my website and my blog. You can easily contact me with my easy author email address. AuthorCherylHolloway@gmail.com Do not use cute email addresses, such as. Pookie52190@yahoo.com or Twinkletoes15@hotmail.com. Your readers are not going to remember the cute email address. Personally, my pet peeve is a website where I send the author an email, never knowing whether they will answer it in the next 90 days or not. I suggest using an email address that the Reader Fan can easily contact  you. Use one that you will check at least every 2 days. You can always say that you are in the middle of a big re-write and will get back to them in one week, but do so. Remember, your readers are your bread and butter. Treat them like family (or better!).

Second, you need to be able to contact your Reader Fans when you release your next book. You can contact them and tell about your New Book Launch. Better yet, you can send them a free or reduced price book and solicit book reviews on Book Launch Day. Most of the Reader Fans will buy your new book and those are easy sales that you made with just a few emails. You can sell hundreds of books this way. Plus, book sales and book reviews on Book Launch Day push you up on Amazon’s Bestseller List. This is a win-win situation.

And last, but not least, you don’t need to be a social media junkie to have a successful author website. Your author website can connect you to social media by having a link to your Facebook page and your Twitter page. You can make your website sharable to both Facebook and Twitter.

So, that’s my take on the five essentials of an Author website. Let me know what you think about the topic.

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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Most of my readers enjoy Seven Sentence Sunday and often request the short stories. 

I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. 

Note: According to USA Today, at least 22 people died and 59 were injured after a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device at a concert by the American pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena in northwestern England on Monday night.

This is dedicated to those parents who lost their children in the bombing.

Title: The Death of A Child

There are no words on this earth that can describe how a parent feels when they have to experience the death of their child.

The age of the child does not matter—whether an infant, a small child or an adult child.

The fact of the matter remains that the child was a special part of the parent.

I think, the strongest love on this earth is the love that a parent holds so deeply in their heart for their child.

The mourning period varies according to the person who is grieving.

The love for the child will remain in the heart of the parent, until they meet again—in Heaven.

To my daughter, Nichelle, rest in heaven, until I join you—someday.

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Keep in mind that this is fiction. 🙂

“Hello, my name is James Patterson,” said the voice on the phone.

He continued before I could say a word.

“I know you never expected a call from me, as famous as I am, but I’ve been given your name, as someone who can help me write a book.”

He paused again, as if waiting on me to say something, but I was in total shock.

“Cheryl, I want to write my memoir and they said that you are the best writer/editor in the U.S.”

“I know how to write fiction, but I don’t know how to write about my life, so, can you help me?”

As I said, “Yes, I can,” I woke up.

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Guest Author Interview – Steve Snyder

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Title: Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth

Genre: History/Military/World War II

Synopsis: Winner of 20 national book awards, SHOT DOWN is set within the framework of World War II in Europe and recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane, piloted by the author’s father, was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over the French/Belgian border on February 8,1944.

Some men died. Some were captured and became prisoners of war. Some men evaded capture and were missing in action for months before making it back to England. Their individual stories and those of the courageous Belgian people who risked their lives to help them are all different and are all remarkable.

Even before the dramatic battle in the air and the subsequent harrowing events on the ground, the story is informative, insightful, and captivating. Prior to the fateful event, the book covers the crew’s training, their journey to England, what life was like on base as well as in London and the English countryside, and the perils of flying combat missions over occupied Europe and Germany.

Through personal letters, oral and written accounts, declassified military documents, and interviews – all from people who took part in the events that happened over 70 years ago (even the German Luftwaffe pilot who shot down the Susan Ruth) – the stories come alive. Adding to the feeling of “being there,” are more than 200 time period photographs interspersed throughout the book.

To add background and context, many historical facts and anecdotes about and surrounding World War II are entwined throughout the book so that the reader has a feel for and understanding of what was occurring on a broader scale. SHOT DOWN is an account about brave individuals, featuring pilot Howard Snyder, set within the compelling events of the greatest conflict in world history.

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is Steve Snyder, an author and military historian. Welcome to my blog, Steve.

CH: Can you sum up your book in two sentences?

SS: Set within the framework of World War II in Europe, Shot Down recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew, after their plane, piloted by my father, was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over the French/Belgium border on February 8, 1944. Their individual stories and those of the courageous Belgian people who risked their lives to help them are all different and are all remarkable.

CH: Since this is World War II history, can you tell us how you compiled the information for your father’s journey in aviation?

SS: My father had kept all his records and orders from the war. He wrote a diary, while he was missing in action, about his plane being shot down that was riveting. My mother had kept all the letters he wrote to her while he was stationed with the 306th Bomb Group at Thurleigh, England. In them, my father wrote about bombing missions, what life was like on the air base, and what life was like in England and in London. In 1994, I accompanied my parents on a trip to Belgium for the 50th anniversary of the country’s liberation from Nazi occupation and of his plane being shot down during which we visited many of the locations where the events took place.

My mother also kept letters written between family members of the crew after they were shot down and letters written by members of the Belgian underground, who hid my dad. In 1989, a memorial was erected at Macquenoise, Belgium in memory of the B-17 Susan Ruth crew. My father along with the three other members of the crew, who were still living, attended the dedication and waist gunner, Joe Musial, filmed the entire trip, during which the men told stories about their war experiences.

CH: Did you have to do any additional research for this book?

SS: Yes. I spent hours on the internet doing research and downloading declassified military documents, such as the 306th Bomb Group Mission Reports and the 369th Bomb Squadron Diaries. I also obtained a copy of a War Department War Crimes Report. However, the highlight was finding Hans Berger, the German Luftwaffe pilot, who shot down my dad’s plane and interviewing him for the book. Fortunately for me, Hans became a translator after the war, and speaks English. He provided me with wonderful information about what it was like to go up against the 8th Air Force. He’s 93 years old now, and last year I visited him in Munich, Germany.

CH: Did you interview other family members for their stories or recounts of what happened?

SS: Yes. During my research, I went on a quest to find as many relatives of my dad’s crew as possible. Through the internet, Facebook, obituaries, etc., I found relatives (brothers, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews) of all the crew, except bombardier, Robert Benninger. They provided pictures, written accounts, newspaper articles, and letters.

CH: What made you decide to include photos?

 SS: After the war, many Belgian people who helped hide my father from the Germans sent pictures to him. In addition, two Belgian gentlemen, who were young boys during the war and became local historians later in life, provided me with all sorts of pictures taken in 1944.  I know of no other story or book that has such unique, historical, and personal photographs taken in an occupied country. I also included many photographs taken by the Air Force and other military entities that are in the public domain.

Including photographs of the people, places, aircraft and other things described in the book makes it much more enjoyable and personal for a reader. There are more than 200 photos in the print editions.

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

SS: Most books about the air war are either very large in scope; addressing many bomb group, many crews, and many missions, or very narrow in scope; addressing one man’s experience, often as a prisoner of war. Shot Down addresses one ten-man crew and the different experiences of each man. It is also unique in that there is so much detail about the Belgian underground and resistance, who fought against the tyranny of Nazi occupation.

CH: Where did you get the idea to write this book? Did your background as an amateur historian help in writing this book?

SS: After I retired in 2009, I had the time to really delve into my father’s war history to find out more details. However, I had no intention of writing a book. I just wanted to go through all the material my parents had kept from the war years. After doing that, I was hooked. I started reading book after book about the air war over Europe and spent a tremendous amount of time doing research on the internet. I also joined several World War II organizations and went to their reunions, where I listened to veterans tell their stories. Finally in 2012, I decided to write a book, After all that I had learned, I came to the conclusion that the story of my father and his crew was so unique and so compelling that people needed to know about it and read about it.

CH: Is there a message in this book that you want the readers to grasp?

SS: What I want readers to grasp is the sacrifice of the men who fought and died for the freedom that we enjoy today. People need to be aware of what they went through. Although the story is specifically about the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth, it is also about the men of the 306th Bomb Group, the 8th Air Force, and in a sense everyone who served in World War II.

When the war ended, there were 16 million veterans of which 97% are no longer with us. Soon, we will no longer have the honor and opportunity to show them our appreciation. No other event in history affected more people than World War II. No one alive was untouched by it, and no nation was spared the cost and horror. World War II changed the course of America and the world forever. We must never forget the sacrifice of those brave, young men, who without doubt are ‘The Greatest Generation.’ “It is our duty to remember.”

CH: What was the hardest part of writing this book and which challenges did you face?

SS: It was a challenge to organize so much information and then put it all together in a logical fashion and make it a readable manuscript. I had no formal writing background, so I wrote like I talk, which is to the point without using a lot of flowery language.

Another challenge was trying to make sure that everything in the book was accurate and 100% correct. This was difficult because there is so much information and so many details included in the book, besides the story of B-17 Susan Ruth crew.

My final challenge was writing a manuscript that would not only appeal to World War II and history buffs, but also appeal to the general public. I didn’t want it to be just a war book for guys, but one that was about people and the human spirit, so it would be an enjoyable read for anybody.

CH: These men were American Heroes. Was it hard writing with suspense and excitement to tell their tale?

SS: I didn’t have to. The tale of the Susan Ruth crew members and the Belgian people, who helped them was filled with suspense and excitement. I purposely made no attempt to embellish it, whatsoever. It was their story, and it told itself. Although, everything in the book is factual and based on first-hand testimony by the people who were involved in the events that took place, it reads like a novel. As Mark Twain said, “Truth is stranger than fiction.”

I just organized everything and tried to put it together so it flowed. What I did add was a significant amount of historical information and anecdotes about and surrounding the war to put the story in context and give it background. Therefore, Shot Down is also a history book about the B-17 Flying Fortress, the 8th Air Force, the air war over Europe, and a little about World War II, in general.

CH: This book is the winner of 20 national book awards. Can you tell us a little about the awards?

Awards from 2014 thru 2017 included: Top Shelf Magazine Editor’s Choice; Independent Press Military Nonfiction; Online Book Club Book of the Year; The Author’s Show 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading; National Indie Excellence – US History and Military Non-Fiction; Beverly Hills Book – Non-Fiction Military; Global eBook Awards – Non-Fiction Military; Shelf Unbound Best Indie/Self-Published Book; Books and Authors Book of the Year  – Non-Fiction Military; Next Generation Indie Book –Military; International Book – General History: Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – Non-Fiction Historical; Kindle Book  – Non-Fiction; Next Generation Indie Book – Historical Non-fiction; Independent Publisher Book -US History; Independent Author Network Book of the Year – Outstanding Non-Fiction; NABE Spring Pinnacle Book Achievement – Best Books Military;  Non-fiction Book; eLit Awards – History; Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year – War & Military; USA Best Book – History General; USA Best Book – History Military; and Southern California Book Festival – Honorable Mention General Non-Fiction.

CH: What can we expect next, is there another book in the making soon?

SS: Not at the moment. I am working on making a Shot Down documentary. From a trip to Belgium and Munich, Germany last year, I have 16 hours of raw footage.

CH: What has been the best compliment you’ve received about your writing of this book?

SS: There are many spectacular ones which appear on Amazon, but by far the highest compliments I receive are from combat veterans of the 8th Air Force, who were there and went through it themselves. When they tell me how much they enjoyed reading Shot Down, it is the highest praise possible.

It’s also very gratifying when readers tell me that after reading Shot Down, they now have an understanding about what ‘their vet’ went through during the air war over Europe.

CH: What kind of feedback have you received?

SS: It has all been absolutely wonderful; both from reviewers and readers. Shot Down has a 4.9—a wonderful 92% of 5-star reader review ratings on Amazon.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

SS: On Amazon, Barnes & Noble; and any independent bookstore or library can order it. Signed copies are available on my website.

CH: How to Find Steve Snyder:

CH: Any closing remarks?

SSL Writing and publishing Shot Down has changed my life. I went from a relaxing retirement life to, now, basically having a full-time job again. I spend hours each day promoting my book. I make PowerPoint presentations to all sorts of different organizations, and I attend air shows around the country signing copies of my book.

Doing all this, I have the pleasure of talking with many World War II veterans, and I meet so many wonderful people. I am so very blessed to do what I do, which is to remind people to remember, and be thankful for the heroic efforts of a special generation of men.

Cheryl, thanks for the interview. It was absolutely my pleasure.

CH: Thank you so much, Steve Snyder, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Georgette Littlejohn

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Title: Miracle’s Destiny

Genre: Fiction/Family Life

Synopsis: Miracle had no clue that keeping her brother Joseph’s secret would blindside her marriage. She’s also holding back about Karma, her husband’s sister. Mychal isn’t without his own discretion and when faced with Joseph’s reality Mychal is peering in the closet at his own skeletons. Miracle is the confidant of the family and is expected to hold it together, but her life is evaporating before her eyes. Will Miracle heal from her untruths and get her hectic life back that she often complained about?

Georgette Littlejohn, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Georgette Littlejohn, a debut author. Welcome to my blog, Georgette.

CH:    Can you sum up your book in a few words?  

GL: Forgiveness is hard, but it’s liberating and powerful; however, when dealing with life challenges, you have to learn that your future isn’t defined by your past.

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

GL: I wish I did…I would be famous already. The ideas come from life. Honestly, I just let the words flow for this novel. I wrote it during Nano Month, so, it was about hitting my 50,000 words, but it worked. The ideas kept coming, so I kept writing.

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

GL: At times, it was hard. One scene in particular was challenging for me and I still think I could have written it differently. Others came naturally, because it was close enough to things I, or others I know have experienced.

CH: Will this book be part of a series?

GL: Possibly…maybe I’ll let the readers decide!  🙂

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

GL: No doubt, Patrick was my favorite character to write.

CH: Who was the hardest character to write?

GL: Mychal was definitely the hardest character to write.

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

GL: Lol…she’s a part of every women that I know.

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

GL: Yes, we all have a past, but do we let that define our expectations of the future? Also keeping secrets is ultimately damaging.

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

GL: A bit of reality with a touch of humor, while focusing on the principles of everyday life. We all go through things, but you must stay rooted in your faith and realize there is a higher power that you must turn to daily.

CH: Since you are a debut author, what has been the most exciting thing to happen on your publishing journey, so far?

GL: Even though, I was not selected by Amazon’s Kindle Scout Program, it opened the door of exposure and the support was ‘phenomenal,’ considering I’m a new author.

CH: What has been the hardest part of your publishing journey, so far?

GL: Formatting for the various websites and continually going back thinking I should have changed one more thing. And asking myself, is it ready?

CH: What can we expect next from you?

GL: If all goes well with Miracle’s Destiny and readers want more, there very well may be a follow-up book (hint..hint-wink). I have a couple of unfinished projects I’m fishing through. I like challenging myself with different genres, so we’ll see.

CH: If you could work with any author, living or dead, who would that be and why?

GL: Janet Evanovich…it amazes me how she brings her characters to life. Her characters are ‘freaking’ hilarious, as well. Her writing skills are off the chain!

CH: Can you give my audience your social media info:

  • Facebook: Author Georgette Littlejohn
  • Twitter: @geeloves2write
  • Instagram: Author Georgette Littlejohn
  • Email: authorgeorgettelittlejohn@gmail.com

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

GL: The eBook is currently sold on Amazon. Miracle’s Destiny can be pre-ordered for $0.99 and the Official Book Launch date is June 1st.

CH: How to Find Georgette Littlejohn:

CH: Any closing remarks?

GL: Words can’t express the overwhelming feeling I get when I see that I actually accomplished a dream that I’ve had for a long time. To be able to sit in your vision is amazing. I thank God for the journey, even though it wasn’t the path I would have chosen—each curve, bend, or side-swipe has made me a better person. I pray that I learn something new every day and I can use that to help others along the way! I hope readers enjoy Miracle’s Destiny and I look forward to giving readers more. Please post reviews after reading the book. I would love to hear from my readers.

Thank you because without readers there would be no authors!

Thank you for the interview, Cheryl.

CH: Thank you so much, Georgette Littlejohn, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Paul Hollis

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The Hollow Man Series

Title: The Hollow Man (Book 1)

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/True Crime/Espionage

 Synopsis: A terrorist’s plot, the assassination of a prime minister, holds the key to an apocalyptic plot to destroy Europe’s economy. It’s impossible to stop, but one man doesn’t know enough to think the world can’t be saved. He’s no hero; not clever or capable, talented or tested. The Hollow Man is just trying to survive in an uncertain climate where terrorism is changing the rules of how we live.

 

Title: London Bridge is Falling Down (Book 2)

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/True Crime/Espionage

 Synopsis: In an exhilarating blend of adventure and international intrigue, U.S. field analyst Doc and his partner, Zita, an MI6 agent, are drawn into the harrowing world of espionage where terrorism casts its ugly shadow over innocence. Doc and Zita are the most original characters to appear in years. London Bridge is Falling Down heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller – surprising at every twist, absorbing at every turn, and in the end, utterly unpredictable—right up to its astonishing conclusion.

Paul Hollis, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Paul Hollis. While Paul is an active member of International Thriller Writers and a world tourist, he brings his own unique viewpoint to his thriller series. Welcome to my blog, Paul.  

CH: Can you sum up The Hollow Man Series in two sentences?

PH: In over his head, a U.S. government analyst is no hero; not clever or capable, talented or tested. The Hollow Man is just trying to stay alive in an uncertain world where terrorism is changing the way we live.

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

PH: Finding ideas isn’t hard. Ideas come from our environment and personal experiences that bring them to life. Applying ideas to create believable characters that do what you tell them to do is much harder. And putting one word after another to construct sentences, paragraphs and finally chapters is the hardest thing a writer can do: making it interesting, making it new.

CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept? Did you have to do a lot of research?

PH: I don’t have a particular plot formula. Since my books are based on true experiences, the stories came to me as a whole concept. I lived with the consequences of those times for forty years. With The Hollow Man Series, there was a bit of research to get the facts reset and memory searches to refresh the sequencing of events but the plots were always there.

CH: How did you come up with the premise for writing this series?

PH: Based on true events during the early 1970’s, The Hollow Man Series traces some of my experiences as a young man traveling in Europe. At the time, terrorism was on the rise and I had been assigned to learn as much as I could about it. Most early acts of terror were specific, personal and damage was focused on a distinct, definable enemy. But terrorism was beginning to change its strategy to the familiar, senseless chaos we recognize today. The death of political figures no longer seemed to bother us, as much as these new, random attacks against our children. Targets of innocence became preferable, because they hit closer to our hearts and the fear inside us grew larger with each incident.

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

PH: The reader won’t find James Bond or Jason Bourne in these pages, but he/she will find a memorable read. I like to say 80 percent of my books are 90 percent true. In conjunction with flawed, yet, identifiable characters, vivid imagery, and nonstop action, The Hollow Man Series was made to be experienced with the senses. Smells and tastes are as important as sights and sounds. And if the reader comes away feeling something too, then I will be satisfied.

It’s important for me to completely immerse the reader, drawing him/her totally into each scene. I want the reader to see what’s going on around them, feel the excitement, and hear the voices. When readers tell me The Hollow Man Series should be on the big screen, I feel like I’ve made the story completely real.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

 PH: The Hollow Man Series is rooted in my personal experiences, so I’m sure you can guess the characters are derived from real people.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

PH: The terrorist, Chaban, was the most complex character. Though I knew him well, I didn’t know how he thought or what exactly drove him. Not being a stereotypical sociopath, I had to completely separate him from my own memories and feelings then look at him objectively. As I say at one point: ‘He (Chaban) was going to shoot me and go about his day. I peered into his steel-grey eyes and saw something I hadn’t expected. I wanted to see a total lack of empathy. I wanted to see the black bottom of fourth-world paranoia. I wanted to see swamp alligator crazy. Instead, the crystal-clear sanity of reason and right was staring back at me. I saw the calm intelligence he used to calculate and recalculate every brush stroke in his masterpiece. I saw the untroubled conscience allowing him to pull the trigger without another thought.’

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

PH: The main character was easiest to write. He is exactly like me when I was 24 years old. Doc is adventurous, more than a little impulsive, certainly headstrong, and probably reckless, as well.  He doesn’t know enough, to know what he doesn’t know. Doc is just a guy who asks more of himself, than the world believes he can do. But still, that’s not the kind of man we want responsible for protecting us.

Zita also easily came alive on the pages. As an MI6 agent, she is Doc’s counterbalance. She keeps him grounded and adds some sensibility to his lack of focus. She is smart, sensual, sexy, and a trained killer. These skills save their lives more than once in the dark, unfamiliar world of espionage. I left her a bit mysterious, since every woman should have her secrets.

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

PH: I intended to write one book and be done with it. But half way through The Hollow Man, I realized I was going to have a twelve hundred page War & Peace (or more precisely, War & War) epic or I needed to break it up into a series. There was a natural segmentation by country and assignment, so it became easy enough to separate the books into three full novels.

CH: Which book was harder to write Book 1 or Book 2?

PH: For me, The Hollow Man was more difficult than London Bridge is Falling Down. I was new to writing and needed to experiment with voice, characterizations, plot sequencing, phrasing—everything. Rewrites were difficult and plentiful, as I learned the finer points of the tradecraft. I finally found my voice and settled into a workable rhythm half way through the first book. Editing (all 26 versions!) was a struggle as I learned to rewrite and tweak my early experimentation.

CH: What is the hardest part of writing for you? (outline, draft, edit, write)

PH: I’m a pantser—little to no outline preparation. I write from a very shallow sketch, partially on paper and the rest bouncing around my brain uncontrolled. Because my work is mostly character driven, I’ve talked myself into believing this is an advantage. The plot is laid out in chapter boxes using a few sentences to keep the action moving with the characters. As the characters come to life, change, grow, etc., the plot changes in the same way.

Although, I try to remain true to my superficial plot outline, occasionally it strays because of character development. So, my biggest struggle is keeping the characters within the bounds of the hollow storyline. It’s important to me that plot and character exist in sync like words and music. Otherwise, a fully plot driven novel is just a story told without the sound and passion of real life and a wholly character driven novel is at best, characters looking for something to do to give their lives meaning.

CH: Is there a message in this series that you want the readers to grasp?

PH: My message is simple. Get out, see the world, and broaden your perspective. I’ve lived in some exotic places, such as London, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Anchorage, and many more. I’ve been fortunate enough to work in all fifty states and almost as many countries. If you’re thinking of your dream vacation spot right now, I have probably been there.

These experiences have allowed me to interact with people within their own cultures, experience their spiritual and political environments, and understand their hopes and dreams. Consumed with an overwhelming fascination to learn something from every person encountered along my journey, I was able to understand the world through their eyes; its animosities, ambitions, and motivations. As a result, The Hollow Man Series has a ring of realism that pulls the reader into the scene with the characters, whether it’s entering a dark alley in Madrid or sitting in a café on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

CH: What can we expect next, is there a book 3 in the making soon?

PH: My work in progress is Surviving Prague, the third installment of the series. A British MI6 agent and an American field analyst are running for their lives after being implicated in the murder of a high ranking government official. Trapped in a Communist country with no way out, the two are forced to find the killer to save their own lives. But the treacherous trail leading through the dark underworld of terrorism takes them right to the center of a plot to dominate Western Europe.

CH: What has been the best compliment you’ve received about your writing of this series?

PH: I have been lucky enough to enjoy many positive reviews and comments about The Hollow Man Series. Most reflect the following sentiments from one of my very first reviews:

“Paul Hollis is a very visual writer. I could see the countryside unfurling from the train window. I could picture the blood spurting from one of the many villains’ carotid arteries. I could picture the ghost, a murdered little girl forlornly gazing into a camera, or into the main character’s eyes.

“Speaking of cameras, The Hollow Man belongs on the big screen. I’m hoping the author ships this novel to either Indie filmmakers or perhaps to the titans in Hollywood. I predict that if this is adapted for film, it will be a mega hit.

“What audience will enjoy The Hollow Man? Fans of literary fiction will appreciate the craftsmanship. Male readers will love the pacing, the action, and the likable lead. History buffs will appreciate the early 1970’s time period, which almost amounts to a separate character in itself. Former intelligence officers will likely chuckle about the author’s take on the spy world. Anyone with a pulse will enjoy reading The Hollow Man.”

CH: Can you tell my audience where your books are sold?

PH: My books can be found in both electronic and paperback formats on Amazon.com, Createspace.com, and Smashwords.com to name a few. Barnes & Noble also carries the paperbacks. If they are sold out when you ask, they will happily order copies through their regular channels.

 CH: How to find Paul Hollis:

CH: Any Closing Remarks?

PH: Thank you for the opportunity, Cheryl!

CH: Thank you so much, Paul Hollis, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Tiffany Patterson

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****Warning: This is a BDSM romance. ****

Title: My Storm

Genre: Erotica/Romantic/Multicultural

Synopsis: Writing has always been Tasha Edwards’ means of escape. When the world around her was falling apart, and the adults she was supposed to depend on turned on her, it was her vivid imagination and storytelling that got her through the rough times. As an adult, it is this very passion for writing that has made her a New York Times’ bestselling author. She couldn’t ask for much more, with a thriving career and now being reunited with the older sister, who always looked out for her. Tasha’s on the cusp of writing the fourth book in her highly popular series. But what happens when the words stop coming? After months of writers’ block, Tasha looks to somewhat unconventional means to distract her from her inability to write; a distraction by the name of Jeremy Bennett, the very sexy cousin of her new brother-in-law.

Jeremy noticed Tasha the first time he laid eyes on her. He also told himself she was off limits. That look of sadness that always hid deep in those golden-colored orbs warned him that she had an ugly past. It takes one to know one. After one dance with Tasha at his cousin’s wedding, Jeremy promises himself he’ll keep away from the beautiful woman with skin the color of dark chocolate, killer curves, but a dark past. Now, if he can only keep her out of his dreams at night. He manages for a while, but when Tasha initiates the first move, can he turn her away? Is Tasha ready for everything that comes with being Jeremy Bennett; floggers, ball gags and nipple clamps included?

Tiffany Patterson, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Tiffany Patterson.  She writes diverse and interesting stories centering around women falling in love and being loved. Welcome to my blog, Tiffany.

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

TP: My Storm is the story of two people who’ve endured traumatic pasts to find love in one another, in an unconventional relationship.

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

TP: My ideas come from everywhere. I can have a conversation with a friend and get an idea for a book. Songs are another big motivator of my work. I don’t have a standard formula. Typically, a character will reveal themselves to me and the story develops around who the characters are.

CH: How did you come up with the premise for writing this book?

TP: I’ve wanted to write a BDSM story for a long time, but didn’t feel ready until now. When I first wrote about Tasha and Jeremy in This Is Where I Sleep, I knew it was time to write this story.

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

TP: Some aspects of the story I took from real life. I’ve read articles about young Black and Latina girls being sex trafficked and it being ignored by the mainstream media for a few years now. I often seek to bring issues that are happening in society into my work, so real life definitely impacts my writing.

CH: Was it hard dealing with the deeply rooted scars of abandonment for Tasha and Jeremy?

TP: It was hard to an extent. When I wrote about Tasha’s background or how Jeremy had to confront his mother, I could feel their pain, which is what I wanted to make it believable. But I was okay with writing the hard stuff because it is going through that, when the true healing can occur, which is what I hope I encapsulated in My Storm.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

TP: Everywhere: pictures, music, the gym, work, my family, friends, etc. I’m a people watcher by nature, so I can watch a random person and make up a whole story in my head about them. I’ve done that for years, long before I started writing.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

TP: Definitely Tasha’s character. She had been through so much as a child and teen and she was so vulnerable. I was also a bit fearful of doing victims of that type of trauma wrong, so I wanted to make sure I made her character believable and triumphant at the same time.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

 TP: This question is SO hard, but I think little Trudy is. She really has a wonderful spirit despite what she’s been through at such a young age. And I know she’s going to have a great life with Tasha and Jeremy.

CH: Since this is an erotica romance, where do you get inspiration for the passionate encounters in your writing and do you find them easier to write from the male or female perspective?

TP: I get inspiration from my interest in “the life,” as it’s called. I spent a lot of time researching and reading about what makes BDSM relationships work. The female perspective may be a little bit easier just because I am a woman.

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

TP: What I’m learning about my own self and my writing is that I am a teacher by nature. I love learning new things and sharing it with others. So, while you’ll always get a romantic love story from me, you’ll also learn some interesting facts about society along the way.

CH: Is there a message in this book that you want the readers to grasp?

TP: One, I want to make it clear that people who engage in BDSM relationships are not “abnormal” or solely come from “broken” childhoods and backgrounds. Also, I want to make it clear that BDSM is ALL about consent, trust and communication. We all get our pleasure in different ways and what is good for one person, may not be fun for you and that’s okay. But everyone should have their boundaries and pleasures respected, as long as they are not harming anyone else.

CH: Did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

TP: Not particularly. It did make me more aware that people would actually be interested in what I wrote. LOL.

CH: What have been the key factors to your success as a bestselling author?

TP: Hmmm…Giving the readers a good, fun, and interesting story. That is always the goal.

CH: What can we expect next, is there a book 3 in the making soon?

TP: My next book is going to be my first African-American romance which I’m super excited about! We’ll see some characters from past books pop up in that one. Then, I have a couple of series I’m thinking about writing. Lots of ideas percolating, so stay tuned!

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

TP: Amazon. All books are free via Kindle Unlimited.

CH: How to Find Tiffany Patterson:

CH: Any closing remarks?

TP: I would like to thank you for the opportunity to share my books and writing process with your readers. Also, I can be found via my website, on FaceBook as Author Tiffany Patterson, or email at TiffanyPattersonWrites@gmail.com

CH: Thank you so much, Tiffany Patterson, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Peter C. Bradbury

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Title: Burnt

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Synopsis: It was supposed to be a simple kidnapping with a quick exchange. They got the money, but then the kid recognized a tattoo.
It then turned into a multiple rape and murder, but one of the victims unexpectedly survived…Barely.

Horrendously burnt, Tiffany spends years recuperating, hoping to one day return home, and get justice for her family.

Peter C. Bradbury, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Peter C. Bradbury. Peter is an entertaining writer and he is a strong advocate against bullies, human traffickers and those who mistreat other people and animals. Welcome to my blog, Peter.

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

PCB: A kidnapping with tragic consequences, but moving and emotional.

CH: Since this book is about a kidnapping gone awry, where do your ideas come from?

PCB: Mostly from real life, especially, my earlier books. This one though, was because I wanted to do something around a severely burned person. I think they are sometimes forgotten about; yet, what they go through is horrendous and they then are subjected to ridicule from bullies.

CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

PCB: No, I don’t have a standard formula or a whole concept. It’s basically just a beginning and then, I take it from there. I’m quite open to changing the end I may have envisaged, if research and the character warrant it.

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

PCB: I do like to use real issues and lives when possible. I’ve done that since my first book, Stonebridge Manor, and continued with that. When I was half way through this story, I came upon a real life event that was very similar in some aspects. What happened to that victim, actually inspired the ending to the book.

CH: Did you have to do a lot of research for this book?

PCB: Quite a bit, yes. The medical issues that a burn victim develops were enlightening. You kind of think that when someone gets burned, that it’s mainly just skin issues. Most of the time, it is, but 3rd and 4th degree burns are something else and way more destructive to the internal body.

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

PCB: I write simply with very believable characters. My readers get hooked from the first page and read the books quickly. Even slow readers confess to reading my books in a record time for them.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

PCB: I always use real people, but change their names. I also change their descriptions a little, but not too much. It is the same with their characteristics. I usually have a certain person in my head, when I write about them.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

PCB: Tiffany. I’m so happy that a lot of my readers are women, and none of them so far, has said that I messed up with writing about a young girl.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

PCB: Again, Tiffany. I really enjoyed, if that’s the right word, getting into her head and understanding how it feels to be almost destroyed.

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

PCB: To understand that the person you may see, who’s face may have been deformed by fire, is not the monster. Don’t avert your eyes, give them a smile and offer your hand.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from your readers for this book?

PCB: I’m getting nothing, but love. They adore how the story evolves and twists. Not to mention the supernatural element!

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

PCB: Just the feedback I get. Hearing how much enjoyment a reader gets from my books is intoxicating, even when they don’t like the ending. (Prospects)

CH: If you could work with any author, living or dead, who would that be and why?

PCB: Either P.G. Wodehouse, so that we could do a Jeeves book together. I’m a butler by trade. Or Dan Brown, who mixes fact with fiction and it’s hard to determine, which is which.

CH: What can we expect next, is there another book in the making soon?

PCB: Yes. I have a lot of readers in the golf club where I work, and a few of them want me to kill them in a book. So, I’m doing a murder or two, at a golf community in a small town!

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

PCB: Amazon

CH: How to Find Peter C. Bradbury:

CH: Any closing remarks?

PCB: My books, according to my readers, are engrossing, fun, and very entertaining. I’m often asked why I’m not a best seller, or why they are not movies. That is the reaction I get all the time. For my part, I just want to entertain and make people aware of some issues that are important.

Cheryl, Thank you kindly for this interview.

CH: Thank you so much, Peter C. Bradbury, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Malcolm Colley

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Title: Gideon: Boer Blood

Genre: Adventure/Historic Fiction

Synopsis: By 1902 the war was over. It has taken three years and 330,000 soldiers to hammer 30,000 Boer men and boys into submission. The British employed a scorched earth policy and removed the women and children on the farms to stop the Boer Commandoes from obtaining supplies. Also with ammunition in short supply the Boers signed the Treaty of Peace of Vereeniging on May31 1902. The Boers were forced to surrender their arms and sign a declaration of allegiance to the Queen. Paul Kruger, the Boer leader, left the country, but prior to him leaving, he attempted to negotiate a deal with Holland and Germany for arms and ammunition in exchange for gold. The arms and ammunition reached the port of Lorenco Marques, but the gold, sent by Kruger, went missing. It never reached the port, so the ships sailed for home.

Into this chaos of the aftermath of the war with men, woman and children trying to make it back to the farms, Gideon Barron, an Irishman born in South Africa is accused of helping to steal the gold and hunted by his fellow Boers for treason. With the help of what becomes his friends, he attempts to prove his innocence. Travelling across, what was then, the Transvaal Republic they follow the path of the robbers. Meanwhile, the true robbers manage to get away with most of the gold, some travelling into the Portuguese Protectorate of Mozambique and some beyond, but some gold is left behind due to a misunderstanding.

This is just one of the many stories about the disappearance of the gold. According to many stories, the gold never left South Africa. Some say the gold was worth £500,000 in the value of that time. Some say that there was no gold, and that the boxes were filled with ammunition destined for the Boer Commandoes fighting on the front.

Malcolm Colley, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is International Author Malcolm Colley. Malcolm’s love of his native South Africa is apparent in the descriptive writing of his fifth book, Gideon: Boer Blood. Welcome to my blog, Malcolm.

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

MC: Gideon Barron is accused of being involved in the robbery of Kruger’s gold. Wounded, but he finally proves his innocence.

CH: Since this book is about history, how much is fact and how much is fiction?

MC: The fiction is interwoven with fact, so approximately 30 percent fact.

CH: Where did you get the inspiration for this book?

MC: The disappearance of Kruger’s gold has always intrigued me. There are many stories, myths and legends about the whereabouts of this treasure. In this work of fiction adventure, I have put forward one possibility. I grew up in this area amongst these people, whose stories to their grandchildren in the lamplight around the kitchen table, tell of the gold that may have changed the course of the war, told with the bitterness against the English.

CH: Did you have to do a lot of research for this book?

MC: All the locations were revisited by the author together with Google and book searches.

CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

 MC: The whole concept of the story is thought of and the detail is filled in as the story unfolds.

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

MC: I try to keep the story fast flowing with not too much fine detail and short enough to hold attention from start to finish.

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

MC: Having grown up with the type of characters in the story and having spent my teenage years in the bush, the situations were taken from real life and elaborated.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

MC: Inspiration of the characters came from memories of people that I knew and from my own experiences.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

MC: It was most difficult to write about the females, to try to think as a young lady. I was helped by my female editor.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

 MC: My favorite character is the main character.

CH: If you could work with any author, living or dead, who would that be and why?

MC: I would like to work with any historian because of my interest in most history.

CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?

MC: It is difficult to say which writer I admire the most. For style, I would say Louis L’Amour, and for pure pleasure I would say Lee Child.

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

MC: There is no intended message in the story.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from your readers for this book?

MC: My website is not yet set up, so I am not receiving much feedback, except from friends and family, which has been positive.

CH: What can we expect next, is there another book in the making soon?

MC: I have started two new stories. The first one has the Battle of Blood River as the background. The second one, which seems to be progressing, has the South African history of the 1980’s about a young man struggling to save his marriage by choosing between his occupation and family life.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

MC: I am in the process of setting up my website.

CH: How to Find Malcolm Colley:

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

MC: The book is available on all the Amazon sites in paperback and kindle.

CH: Any closing remarks?

MC: My writing comes from my love of history and adventure, at present of the South African bush, but could take place anywhere. Cheryl, thank you for the interview.

CH: Thank you so much, Malcolm Colley, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Cheryl Holloway Says, “An Author Website is Your Billboard to the World!”

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An Author Website is Your Billboard to the World!

If you are an author who is serious about your writing career, especially about making it a business and writing more than one book, then you need a website, so you can keep in touch with your readers and they can keep in touch with you. So, if you are a serious author, there is a requirement for you to have a website, because it is your billboard to the world!

Even in this age of social media, having a website is really very important to an author. Yes, having a website is one of the key ways readers can find out about new books by an author. Facebook and Twitter accounts help readers find an author, but in terms of new book discovery, author websites are much more influential and provide author credibility.

Nowadays, if you want to find an author, readers will usually just google their name. When you type in the author name, his or her website is the first thing that pops up. The first result in a Google search is reason enough to have an author website.

This visibility is priceless!

Having your own author website also gives you the opportunity to capture reader’s name and email address, so you can begin building your mailing list for future book releases or to build a newsletter list. The mailing list is extremely important for any author, new or established.  Readers who give you their name and email address are telling you that they are interested in you as an author and want to read your books.

If you have an author website, you can tell your readers facts about yourself that they may be interested in, which are not included in your bio. This creates a bond and friendship between the author and the reader. Today, many readers want connectivity with authors who write books that they love and cherish.

In a future blog post, I will share more information on an author website—a free website versus a paid website. Also, I will share more information on an author website with or without a blog connected to the website.

Just a thought…Authors Need A Website.

Let me know what you think about this topic.

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Cheryl Holloway Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day on April 29, 2017

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                    Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 29, 2017

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.

A Special Thanks to www.indiebookstoreday.com.

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Cheryl Holloway on International Pay It Forward Day April 28, 2017

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Today is International Pay It Forward Day and I pay it forward 365 days a year. I am Cheryl Holloway, author and writer, and I am always in the Pay-It-Forward spirit of gratitude,

As most of you know, I have been paying it forward to other authors for well over a decade. I began to pay it forward with the internet radio show, Just About Books Talk Show, where I provided a one-hour live interview with authors about their books. I started the show in 2005 because I had a hard time getting the information out about my book, A Forgotten Negro League Star: A Personal Look at Al Burrows.

Then, I started my blog in 2013 to promote my romance books: Cougar Tales: Father and Son; Cougar Tales: The Italian Basketball Player; Cougar Tales: Jamaican Love; The Proposal: A Leap of Faith; and A Sisterhood of Women Living Life: A Short Story Collection Book 1.  So, once again I decided to pay it forward with Guest Author Interviews for any author from unknown Indie authors to well-known celebrity authors.

Of course, I wanted to make sure that I interviewed the originator of Pay-It-Forward and asked Catherine Ryan Hyde to be a Celebrity Guest Author on my blog. She agreed and the rest is history.

You can read Catherine Ryan Hyde’s interview here: http://www.cherylholloway.net/blog/2014/07/25/celebrity-guest-author-interview-catherine-ryan-hyde/

Remember: Every act of kindness creates a ripple effect that spreads from person to person with no end in sight.

So, on my 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.

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Guest Author Interview – T. P. Miller

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Title: It Should Have Been You

Genre: African American/Romance

Synopsis: Joshua Coleman had it all—a good life, a good job and a great group of friends. The only thing that kept him up at night was the fact that he thought his girlfriend, Nycole, was using him for all she could. It wasn’t until he started looking in another direction when he realized that Nycole wasn’t her.

 

T. P. Miller, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is T. P. Miller. She decided to pick up her pen as a hobby and has been writing ever since. Welcome to my blog, T. P.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

TPM: I spend a lot of time trying to create realistic characters that go through real life things.

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

TPM: Different places—some come from real life, some come from random ideas, and others come from people watching. It just depends on what strikes me and interests me; and how I can shape the story and the characters.

CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

TPM: It depends on the book. Sometimes, I have the whole concept and I just outline and write. At other times, I have to write the beginning and I have to listen to the characters to see where the story goes.

CH: How did you come up with the premise for writing this book?

TPM: It Should Have Been You was a book that I came up with when I was first starting out. It was very loosely based on my husband and I. We were best friends before we dated and I wanted to show how love could grow.

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

TPM: What I think is different about my writing style is I try to create strong women leads. Women that establish themselves and aren’t afraid to work for what they want. Honestly, most of the characters that I write are strong.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

 TPM: In It Should Have Been You, my favorite character to write would have to be Nycole. She had so many issues! So many false ideas of what love should be.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

TPM: Joshua. This was the first time that I’ve written a book in the male point of view. So, I wanted to try to be as authentic as possible. I asked my husband a lot of random questions to piece together what the character would do.

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

TPM: In this book, my message is love is everywhere—if you take a chance and look in the right places.

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

TPM: Readers ask if there’s going to be more from these characters and I can’t say that I won’t come back to their lives. Any standalone could have a sequel.

CH: You’ve written a few books in different genres. So, what has attributed to your success in your writing career?

TPM: I think being able to write in different genres makes it exciting for both me and the readers. I love coming up with different storylines and seeing how the readers react to them.

 CH: Are there any writers that you consider your mentor? If so, who and why?

 TPM: I do have a few people that I consider my mentor. There are so many to name; however, Leslie Esdaile and KR Bankston are two amazing authors that I can say took time out to answer some of my questions when I first started out. I was fortunate enough to work with KR, so that’s a major accomplishment for me.

CH: Do you have any writing tips for new authors?

TPM: Do what comes natural. Don’t follow the fad and just write what you know and like.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

TPM: I’m working on the sequel to my urban paranormal novel and a book with my husband that we hope to have out this year.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

TPM:  On Amazon

CH: How to Find T. P. Miller:

CH: Any closing remarks?

 TPM: I hope that your audience will take a little time to live the world of Joshua and Cynthia and enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thank you so much for having me!

CH: Thank you so much, T. P. Miller, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – J. T. Hume

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Title: Saturday’s Child: An Emma Parks CPS Novel

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Urban

Synopsis: In her second book, CPS social worker Emma Parker is forced to face her turbulent past as she tries to solve a young girl’s kidnapping; yet, events are not as simple as they appear. Emma’s family is facing their own life and death struggles, but they won’t reach out to her because of their own dark secrets, plus the family’s powerful matriarch is in town demanding Emma’s attention and seeking answers. The worst revelation is the kidnapped girl’s neighbor may be the prime suspect, and he’s one of Emma’s bosses, the city mayor. Could Emma lose her job and her lover in the police department when the truth comes out?

J. T. Hume, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is J. T. Hume. His books are flavored with love and romance. Welcome to my blog, J. T.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

JTH: Saturday’s Child was written to remind us that while we may be victims of other’s mistakes, we can find the strength and maturity not to be victims for the rest of our lives.

CH: This book is contemporary fiction/urban life. So, where do your ideas come from?

JTH: Like every writer, I draw on personal and professional experiences, as well as, a random imagination that doesn’t quite sync up with the real world. On long walks, I juggle ideas like a circus clown, trying to fit disparate pieces together in some sensible combination. For my first book, Duties Faithfully Executed, it started with two polar opposite concepts: a government employee and the out-of-the-blue idea of, ‘How can a broken person become better than he views himself?’

CH: This is the sequel to your favorite book. Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

JTH: Both books, Hope Knocks Twice and Saturday’s Child, revolve around a newbie worker in Child Protective Services. I was fortunate to be employed in a supporting role to CPS workers, whose great strength and endless empathy for their kids can only be admired. In fact, that first book is dedicated to my former colleagues in CPS. The situations described emulate real-life CPS cases—both local and found on the internet—but are not exact copies of real-life situations, as that would be invasive to the victims.

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

JTH: Not even. I’m still trying to find my writing strength, candidly, so my books are sort of all over the place. One day, someone demanded a sequel to Hope Knocks Twice as a Christmas present, which was a relief. I’m a terrible shopper, and in this instance, it was easier to write the book than spend hours at the mall finding that one perfect gift. So, boom, an unplanned sequel.

CH: How did you decide to make the prime suspect her boss? Wouldn’t that situation make it hard to investigate?

JTH: Without too much spoiling, the main character and the boss have a negative history and quite a bit of unresolved business. This history shaped the main character’s life for years, and sent her down paths best not taken. Does this book resolve those issues? The reader must decide for themselves.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

JTH: Loved ones, colleagues past and present, acquaintances, the usual suspects. People are complex and multi-dimensional, and they don’t live in books, though that’s where we meet them. They are living, breathing creatures with memories, experiences, and feelings that can be expressed and hurt. My hope is that readers feel the characters’ emotions as they travel alongside the characters.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

JTH: Any of the negative people, I suppose. My worldview is individuals are good people, down to their souls, and that there is something redemptive and positive about everyone we meet. There are those who do not or cannot hear their higher angels, and their actions are ultimately guided by avarice and anger. I cannot relate to these personalities, and sometimes find it difficult to make them believable characters.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

JTH: The main character’s grandmother and family matriarch. I’m not ashamed or embarrassed to admit I used my own grandmother as a guide, as she continues to this day to be a role model for my family. Women of strength and good character should be lauded in print, and emulated in real life, as often as possible.

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

JTH: As I said, my imagination is not quite in sync with the world, and I try to push as much of that chaos into my books. The eternal struggle is to hold the noise down to a reasonable level. I’m a great believer in giving readers facts to believe the words in front of them, but adding enough seasoning so they can suspend their disbelief a tiny bit. I tend to err toward believability, a challenge I continue to work on in my current works in progress.

CH: Is this book considered a novella?

JTH: Technically, yes. The book rings in at a relatively short 202 pages. It’s a Christmas present, not the great American novel. But I caution folks about getting caught up in word counts and such. While I am not a Hemingway by any stretch, The Old Man and the Sea was a novella that changed the modern literary scene and won the Pulitzer. Whenever people start counting pages, they should start with The Old Man and the Sea  to shape the discussion.

CH: You’ve only written four books, so what has attributed to your success in your writing career so far?

JTH: Success is relative to each of us. If you count books and sales, my awesome daughter SM Reine is a far more successful writer than I’ll ever hope to be. My personal vision of success is getting my odd combination of words and phrases out into the public view where they may or may not make some kind of impact. Perhaps someday, I’ll make enough money to have to declare the dollars on my tax form, but for now, I’m content to write, publish, and move on to the next novel.

CH: Do you have a writing partner?

JTH: A partner, a muse, a lover, and a soulmate, all wrapped up in one person, Cassidy Carson, another would-be writer struggling to find her voice. We’ve been bouncing ideas off each other and building mutual memories for thirty-five years now. Saturday’s Child was written for her. Cassidy is stuck with me for the rest of my life, lucky for me.

CH: How long does it take you to write one of your books?

JTH: A month. I’ll usually have most of the book outlined and written in my head before I touch a keyboard. On the other hand, the editing takes three to four months. Editing is far more stressful than writing, and I do employ professional editors. To me, this is the phase that separates the professionals from the amateurs. If readers are going spend time and money on my books, then I believe I must do my absolute best to polish the final product.

CH: What has been the most important thing that you’ve learned about writing?

JTH: There’s no rest for the wicked. Writing is a 24/7 experience, and plot lines and character development are never far from my thoughts, whether I am at work or play. I’ve lost sleep because of ideas pinging inside the old cranium, but I wouldn’t have my writing life any other way.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

JTH: Maggie is a small-town sheriff in eastern Nevada trying to find a balance between life and work, all while trying to solve murders and keep the peace in the lawless West. The drafts of the first chapters are on my web site.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

JTH: Amazon Kindle.

CH: Where to Find J. T. Hume:

CH: Any closing remarks?

JTH: I’m deeply appreciative of your energy and efforts to give a voice to independent authors such as myself. This is a special service you’re providing, giving your followers a chance to see books and learn about authors who may otherwise be lost in the tidal wave of 21st Century publishing. Thank you and kudos!

CH: Thank you so much, J. T. Hume, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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