Author Fair, #AlteredCarbon, and Lois Lowry #bookfair2018

This past week flew by, and I don’t feel like I have anything to show for it.  I added nothing new to the WIP, but spent more time promoting The Gemini Connection and getting ready for a book fair I attended Saturday.

This was my first time at Kentuckiana Authors Book Fair in La Grange, KY, just outside Louisville.  Because of the rainy day, attendees weren’t stampeding the doors, but I made a few sales, met some new authors, and spoke with a couple I knew from other bookish functions.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the day was meeting Lucas, a huge fan of Sarah!  He and his mom read the book, then discussed it in ‘book club fashion’.  He thought it was really cool that my cat had inspired the plot for Sarah, and was excited to begin reading The Gemini Connection.  Hearing how readers enjoy your book makes up for all those frustrating writing sessions.

I’m about four episodes into Altered Carbon on Netflix, and knew in the first ten minutes of beginning the series that I’d be finishing it.  Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad, House of Cards) is compelling in this blend of sci-fi, futuristic thriller, and dystopia, and I’ve been a fan of James Purefoy since The Following.

Last Thursday night, our local library hosted Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, and I, along with hundreds of other people, had the pleasure of attending.  She spoke about her personal writing journey, revealed snippets of a current WIP, then shared early rejection letters she’d received from publishers and humorous letters from fans.  Such an enjoyable evening!  Sorry the picture is so small, but that’s the best my phone could do from that distance.

I have a lot of bookish events coming up this week.  I’m thrilled to be participating in the SOKY Book Fest this Saturday here in Bowling Green, and in connection with that I’ll be attending a literary salon on Thursday night, Children’s Day Friday, and an author reception that evening.  I’ll definitely be adding to my TBR – already have the list made!

 

#IndieAuthor Friday: Daithi Kavanagh #crimethriller #suspense

Hope everyone has their shopping done and can sit back and enjoy this holiday weekend!  Today we have Daithi Kavanagh wrapping up this year’s Indie Author Friday feature.  His Tadhg Sullivan crime thriller series consists of three books, but they can also be read as stand alones.

Garda Detective Tadhg Sullivan leads a special unit that investigates politically motivated crime. A man known only as The Deerstalker is a cancer who has infected the Irish political system. 

Sullivan teams up with journalist Helen Carty, and together they try tracking down the mysterious killer. Carty adds to Sullivan’s problems, when he finds himself falling in love with her. And further complicating things, he starts losing trust in his partner, Detective Pat Carter, who appears to be on the side of the Garda Commissioner, who Sullivan is rapidly falling out with. 

Sullivan’s case is further thrown into confusion when a copycat killer, Tommy Walsh, is shot dead by the CIA. When the CIA discovers that they’ve killed the wrong person, the two agents involved–Simon, who has become disillusioned by his time stationed in the Middle East, and Joey, a psychopath who confuses zealotry with patriotism–are also in pursuit of The Deerstalker. 

Sullivan finds himself in a race against time, if he is to arrest The Deerstalker before the CIA take him out, and use his death as a pawn in a political game of chess. 

Who will win out in the end?

Detective Tadhg Sullivan’s life seems to be falling apart, since being shifted to Clare from Dublin after falling out with the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner. His partner (Journalist Helen Carty) has moved out, unable to live with his bouts of depression and periodic alcoholism. He finds himself once again alone in a world that doesn’t understand him.

Suddenly Sullivan is knocked out of his lethargy when a teenage girl goes missing not far from Ennis where he has been stationed. Sullivan is asked to lead the hunt by the local Superintendent and is catapulted into a world of unimaginable horror. He is confronted by Lord Charles Cromwell the leader of a sadistic cult (The Brotherhood) that derives its pleasures from the torture and murder of young women.

Sullivan’s investigation is once again hampered by political interference. As he fights his way through one bureaucratic obstacle after another he discovers that The Brotherhoods tentacles have not only reached into corridors of power in Ireland but, they are being protected by powerful politicians worldwide.

To cut through this protective ring of steel Sullivan finds himself having to engage with some strange bed fellows. Which included an ex CIA agent (Simon Horowitz) who had saved his partners life during his last investigation and an IRA leader (Rory O’Connor) who has recently been released from prison.

Will this strange combination be able to destroy The Brotherhood before their murderous reign takes another young life or will Lord Cromwell destroy Sullivan and everything he loves?

Detective Tadhg Sullivan’s break away from serious crime comes to an abrupt end when he is pushed into investigating the murder of a retired Christian Brother. A newly elected left wing government fear that the media will hold them personally responsible for what is believed to be a hate crime against the Catholic Church.

Ella Kavanagh, the new Minister for Justice, hopes that placing Sullivan in charge of the investigation will help to distance the government from any mud-slinging by the media. However, no one is prepared for the litany of abuse and corruption stretching back decades, which is about explode in all of their faces.

Can Sullivan save this fledgling government, or will the sins of the past remain buried, and so doing destroy the future of everyone concerned?

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

 I would say believe in what you are doing and do not give up no matter what.

What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?

The characters I would be least likely to get on with would be the “powers that be” i.e. in all of my books Tadhg Sullivan has to deal with those in ‘authority’ for example Stuart Burns the Garda Commissioner who will do anything to stay at the top at the expense of others. Tadhg has an honest sense of what is just (I hope!) and I try to have that also.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

Since I started writing The Gun I think my writing style has progressed and I have learnt so much with each book. I have also gained much more confidence in my writing ability and as a result have currently started a completely different book away from crime fiction.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

Bloodline a series set in Florida about a dysfunctional ‘rich’ family with dark secrets which come back to haunt them. A great series.

How would your best friend describe you?

I think my best friend would describe me as reliable, loyal, down to earth, stubborn and determined.

Any unusual talents or hobbies?

I play traditional music in the local hostelries of Wexford, not too unusual but I only started when I was forty! I was able to turn my music into a business and it has served me and my family well until a few years ago. I play now as a hobby with my two children.

Author Bio

Daithi Kavanagh lives in Trinity, County Wexford with his wife and two teenage children.

He has worked for several years as a musician.

In the last couple of years, after taking up adult education, he began writing.

He has completed three stand-alone crime thrillers in The Tadhg Sullivan Series – The Gun, The Brotherhood and The Crucifixion.

Social Media

Twitter link:    https://twitter.com/Daithik3
Author blog link:    www.daithikavanagh@blogspot.ie

#IndieAuthor Friday: Trel W. Sidoruk #99cents #mystery #suspense

Happy Friday!  Today’s indie author is Trel W. Sidoruk.  Read about his cross-country adventure with his family and his simple plan for world peace that involves cookies (sounds good to me).  Do some holiday shopping at Amazon where Trel has The Alien Club on sale this weekend for $0.99!

Hell on Earth is a phrase that has been used to describe everything from war to gridlock. Now it will be used to literally describe Hell on Earth. The Bronx can be hard and hot, especially when you’ve decided to screw the mob in the middle of the summer. Professor Dunlop is a loser’s loser, posting a winless record over the past decade, both personally and professionally. He’s got one shot at the title, but as with most boxers with a glass jaw relying on a puncher’s chance, he’s no more likely to succeed than a snowball in Hell. The Mob wants him, but the Devil owns him. Nothing left to lose, including his soul, Dunlop goes to the mats on the very people that coined the term. All Hell breaks loose, even before, Hell breaks loose…

A truly mesmerizing journey created by a series of tragic and fanciful events that are thrust into motion by seemingly mundane issues that grip and alter the trajectory of an innocent youth. The Alien Club follows the path forged by a ten-year-old boy, blindly clawing his way through the confusing, frightening and utterly fascinating life afforded him via a magical neighborhood situated in suburbia USA, during the summer of 1979. The book tackles real world issues affecting today’s youth, i.e. peer pressure, child abuse, drugs, family dynamics, even your first love.  A handbook for a first time explorer, The Alien Club presents the naked truths, pitfalls and opportunities that present a young soul’s journey into the beyond.  Read as an adult, reminiscing and/or rehashing your youth, or read with your child as a guide to facilitate a meaningful dialogue.  A worthwhile tale!

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Be the journey.  Don’t be the kid that continually asks, “Are we there yet?”  Look out the windows and roll them down whenever possible.  Let the wind blow through your hair while you still have it.

The process of writing The Alien Club was a moment in time I will never forget.  I had started writing the book more than 25 years ago and picked it and discarded more times than I care to recall.  Fast forward to three years ago – We sold everything in New York (Wasn’t much…) and decided to travel the country for a year to find a new home.  My wife was able to home school all three children, due her being an English teacher prior to them entering the world, and of course, an amazing, loving mother. (3 separate curriculums, spanning 7 years in age… You think writing a book is hard?  WOW!)

Outside of affording them an education neither of us could have dreamed of giving them, I was able to finish the book (and take it to another level entirely).  My oldest daughter, Isabella Rose, became the Assistant Editor on the book.  Sharing our love of books and my youth during such a magical, finite moment in our relationship was an unexpected vision quest.  The intimate environment that only a 12 X 33 foot tin tube can afford a family, made the story I was writing, tangible.

I could see it every day.  The interactions between the children, their spellbinding imaginations and unfiltered desire to know the truth of everything.  I began to take inspiration from everything around me.  I relived my childhood through them, and then in turn poured those unfiltered feelings and memories into the story.  I began meaningful dialogues with my parents and sister, which was a major feat, considering they were all in Heaven.  Before writing the book, I would have thought that to be madness.  It wasn’t… It was therapeutic.  Writing was therapy… Until that happened, I didn’t know the true power of the pen.  The journey was epic.  Allowing myself to be fully immersed within the journey was the secret to finding my way home.  Remember young writer – When you’re on the open road, make sure to open the windows and stick your head out like a dog!

What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?

Being that I wrote the book with my Daughter, and developed the story into an important piece of literature (I believe so at least), it was extremely gratifying to have a father contact me with a heartfelt thank you.  He had begun reading the story and at about a third of the way through, realized the book was a perfect opportunity to bond with his 12-year-old son.  He used the book to open a dialogue about certain influences and self-evident truths that would greatly impact his life.  They read the book together over several nights, and on a rainy weekend when the family had gone up state.

When we spoke over the phone, I could feel his throat tighten as he remarked on how well their relationship was going ever since reading the story together.  How he felt more comfortable sharing tales of his youth, both happy and sad with his son, and how his son in turn had opened up to him.

Though similar scenarios via email and online reviews have happened several times since, this particular phone call will go down as one of the most memorable moments of my entire life.

What do you love most about the writing process?

I love leaving reality and getting inside the story.  I do not write a story, I witness it.  I am merely taking dictation, hoping to type as fast the characters talk.  I love following them… Seeing where and what they’ll do next.  Watching them, while being strangely vested in them, allows me to enjoy their success or failure in a uniquely intimate, but yet sterile way.

What’s your favorite kind of cookie and why?

Neiman Marcus Bars a.k.a. Vacuum Cleaner Cookies

My mom changed up the recipe back in the day and renamed them Vacuum Cleaner Cookies, because they would literally be sucked off the pan, before they were even cool enough to be put on a plate to serve.  Sooooo good.  My wife made them (Still does from time to time), but my oldest daughter makes them at least once a month, and the smell reminds me of LaRue Drive and a loving kitchen… If the world leaders got together tomorrow and were forced to smell warm butter, cream cheese and vanilla cake mix, there would be a chance at world peace.  Make a batch today and start loving life to its fullest!

Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?

I don’t want to sound like an expert on this, because in reality, I couldn’t fight my way out of a paper bag, but…  my last book, Hitman from Hell, did force me to workout extensive fight scenes between characters (There’s also a massive battle in The Alien Club).  As with all my stories, I allow the characters to fight for themselves.  What does that mean?  I do not predetermine the winner, even if it means a character I want to win, dies.  How do I do this – Similar in fashion to how I did it as a kid playing Dungeons & Dragons (a board game from the 70’s & 80’s).   I layout each characters’ physical and mental attributes, as well as if they have the element of surprise and/or weapons.  I then take those parameters and play a chess game – move, counter move – until one is standing and the other is not.

A huge element to Spiderman VS Batman would be the element of surprise.  And being that both Super Heroes have heightened senses (Spiderman literally has Spidey Sense), getting the jump on the other would be the most difficult aspect of the battle for either to accomplish.

In the end, I think Batman would win.  Batman is far more intelligent and ruthless.  In addition, if he had the proper time to prepare for the battle, he would have more than enough Spiderman specific weapons and countermeasures created to thwart Spider Man’s webs.

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Karsa Orlong – He is the ultimate man.  I have over the years (I’m much better since my mid-life crisis) been unhappy my physical attributes… Low self-esteem, coupled with an active imagination has left me second guessing myself on questions no one asked.  Karsa is a warrior, philosopher, dreamer, lover, leader, etc… Basically everything I want to be.  If you read some of the books he’s in, you’ll know he’s done some terrible things (so I will put an asterisk next to my selection, for I would like to omit those horrific acts of debauchery to my story), but maybe in the end, those moments define his character and journey just as much as the good he did.  Such is life in fantasy adventure…

Author Bio

Trel W. Sidoruk is first and foremost a family man.  Having been blessed with a beautiful life that started in Brooklyn, NY in 1973, his life has been a series of very fortunate and extremely unfortunate events.

Since leaving Brooklyn at the ripe old age of 18 months, Trel has lived in an old whaling town along the north shore of Long Island, a beach community in southern California, a ghetto in Boston, and an alfalfa farm in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Forged by the lessons learned wherever he roamed, Trel is now a business consultant (Project Manager) for international business & trade.  An avid outdoorsman, Trel enjoys the simple pleasures of nature.

A writer, painter, cook, and stonemason, Trel is best at creating things that people will enjoy for years to come.

Social Media

http://www.TheAlienClub.com

http://www.HitmanfromHell.com

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14926073.Trel_W_Sidoruk/blog

http://www.facebook.com/TheAlienClub

http://www.facebook.com/theHitmanfromHell

Buy Links

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#IndieAuthor Friday: Steve Conoboy #YA #horror #ghosts @SteveConoboy

Welcome Steve Conoboy, a YA horror writer, to Indie Author Friday!  Like most of us, Steve struggles with book promotion and getting reviews.  And I agree whole-heartedly with his statement about Arrested Development – “…if you have never experienced the delight of this impression (the chicken dance), for the love of all that’s good in the world, look it up.”

Macadamian Pliers seems pleasant enough. After all, the Raines shouldn’t judge him because of his stitched shut eye, that twist of a smile, the strange angles he’s made of. He’s sold them a beautiful house… and he’ll send them screaming from it if it’s the last thing he does.

Frank Raine loves ghosts, so the fact that there’s one in the house is totally awesome. His new friend, Jack, ain’t that bad either. So what if he’s the local firebug and a serious liability?

But these ghosts are not a game. They bite. Hard. And there’s a man of strange angles lurking at the bottom of the garden every night doing… something.

A car crash left Cherry physically weak, and bullying kids are getting her down. Does Cherry have any fight left? Because the thing is, Macadamian doesn’t take kindly to silly little girls…

Sometimes you really should judge a book by its cover…

Release date April 27th, 2018

The graveyard visible from Caleb’s bedroom window grows a little bigger each day. He sees funerals there every evening, but nobody is dying. Misha, the strange girl who lives there with her grandfather, takes an unwanted interest in Caleb, and he can’t shake her off. But he’s sure those peculiar mourners, the same ones at each graveside every time, are forcing her into rituals against her will… Caleb, still reeling from the death of his mother, soon finds himself deep in a world of the dead in this chilling YA horror novel; will it be too late for him to climb back out?

What’s the most constructive criticism you’ve been given in your writing career?

There’s two things, the first of which I’ve heard time and time again, most clearly from Stephen King’s legendary ‘On Writing’ (I reference King a lot in blogs and posts and I just don’t care). Drop the adverbs. Don’t be afraid to just say ‘she said’. Honestly, I think this piece of advice makes writing a lot clearer. Going through a passage a few times and taking out adverbs goes far in the removal of clunkiness.

The second thing, and slightly more abstract, was my introduction to General Semantics. Look it up, seriously. It’s where we get the notion ‘the map is not the territory’. I learned about it from this sci-fi editor who was attempting to get my short story writing up to the point where I was worth printing. He nearly managed it. But GS can teach you a lot about clarity, word usage and meaning. Basically, I was throwing too many words at the page without considering if they were getting my message across (there are those who say I over-extend my sentences now – I was way worse back when I started out). Writing stories is fundamentally an attempt at communication between myself and the reader, and I want them to get the image I’m trying to transmit to them as clearly as possible.

General Semantics is meant to bring clearer thinking, peaceful interaction and greater sanity. This is the complete opposite of my home life. Daughters and cats result in none of these things.

What do you wish you’d known before you were published?

Pretty much everything. It never really occurred to me that the book won’t get out there on its own. I started out with a small publisher, you see (I’m not self-published, I actually got someone to accept my work, which is astonishing after so many years and hundreds of rejection slips). The author has to push the book into readers’ hands, and that’s hard. I had no clue about promotion – and it’s possible that I haven’t got much better, although I guarantee I’m giving it full beans. You’ve got to be tough too. Sending out 30 or 40 review requests when you’re starting out and getting no response can be a real gut-punch. I’m hoping to do a better job with A Graveyard Visible – which is code for ‘I will not be lazy’.

The issue is that I absolutely love writing, so much that I will hurl myself straight into the next novel without pause. If you love the book you’ve written, though, then you’ve got to realise it’s existence means little if it’s not being read.

What do you love most about the writing process?

When a novel is actually working, it can take the author by surprise. I usually have a good idea of where I want the story to end up when I start – but that’s been known to change quite spectacularly, and it tends to happen when the characters are fully formed and allowed to do the things they would actually do. At that point it flows, it comes easy, and if the story doesn’t stick to the plan, so what? It becomes a journey then, you’re riding along with the characters – and at the end it becomes a real heart-wrench to let them go.

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

I read a lot of horror fiction, so I would definitely NOT want to be any of the guys or gals who star in those stories. Being chased by monsters and murderers is not my idea of a fine time. I think it would have to be Count Olaf from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. That guy has a lot of fun. He pretty much does what he wants, how he wants, and yes the kids give him a bad time, but he’s very true to himself. I appreciate that.

There’s a little bit of Olaf in Macadamian Pliers, I think. Mac definitely does whatever he feels like doing without one care how anybody might judge him.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

I’m not the big TV fan I used to be. My attention span is shocking these days. I like to have something on in background as I write, but more often than not now it tends to be music.

Recently I’ve started watching Arrested Development again on Netflix, only really because I want to see the chicken dance (if you have never experienced the delight of this impression, for the love of all that’s good in the world, look it up).

I’ve had a go at the latest season of American Horror Story, but I’m enjoying it about as much as all the previous seasons, which isn’t very much at all. It tries to be disturbing and scary, but all it ever seems to manage is odd and affected.

I love Fargo. Can’t recommend that enough.

The Great British Bake Off is my favourite, though. Seriously.

If you were a box of cereal, which one would you be?

Thought I’d finish on a weird one. I would be that box of muesli we’ve got in the bottom of the cupboard, the one in a blue box. Nobody wants to eat it, nobody can be bothered to throw it out, that therefore means that I will have a long and peaceful life.

Author Bio

With two kids, three cats, and a job in care, for Steve Conoboy writing fantasy fiction is a quiet respite from the madness of normality. Steve contributes to kidliteratureauthors.com, an initiative designed to encourage young readers and parents to promote books for children. Macadamian Pliers is Steve’s first published YA novel. The second, A Graveyard Visible, is due for release in April 2018. His short story credits include Polluto magazine, Voluted Tales, and Kzine. He lives in North Shields, UK.

Social Media

Author Website: www.steveconoboy.com

Blog: https://www.writerhaunted.blogspot.co.uk

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorsteveconoboy

Twitter handle: @steveconoboy

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Steve-Conoboy/e/B00FOJ62YK/

Buy Links

Macadamian Pliers available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Macadamian-Pliers-Steve-Conoboy/dp/1612964656/

A Graveyard Visible available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graveyard-Visible-Steve-Conoboy/dp/1785356682/

Macadamian Pliers website: http://ihatemacadamianpliers.weebly.com/

#IndieAuthor Friday Kathleen Jowitt #literaryfiction #LGBT @KathleenJowitt

Happy Friday!  I love it when the snow starts falling on the blogs – even though it was nearly 70 degrees a couple of days ago.  Welcome today’s indie author, Kathleen Jowitt with her novel, Speak Its Name!

A new year at the University of Stancester, and Lydia Hawkins is trying to balance the demands of her studies with her responsibilities as an officer for the Christian Fellowship. Her mission: to make sure all the Christians in her hall stay on the straight and narrow, and to convert the remaining residents if possible. To pass her second year. And to ensure a certain secret stays very secret indeed.

When she encounters the eccentric, ecumenical student household at 27 Alma Road, Lydia is forced to expand her assumptions about who’s a Christian to include radical Quaker activist Becky, bells-and-smells bus-spotter Peter, and out (bisexual) and proud (Methodist) Colette. As the year unfolds, Lydia discovers that there are more ways to be Christian – and more ways to be herself – than she had ever imagined.

Then a disgruntled member of the Catholic Society starts asking whether the Christian Fellowship is really as Christian as it claims to be, and Lydia finds herself at the centre of a row that will reach far beyond the campus. Speak Its Name explores what happens when faith, love and politics mix and explode.

What do you wish you’d known before you were published?

That I could trust my own judgement, and that there isn’t necessarily a correlation between the quality of a book and whether or not it gets published. I went through years of rejections before getting fed up and self-publishing – and winning a Betty Trask Award as one of the best debut novels by authors under the age of 35. These days – well, it’s an amazing ego boost to know that authors of such stature as Joanne Harris, Michèle Roberts and Simon Brett have read my book and liked it, but I’m glad that I’ve got beyond the point where I’m dependent on the approval of others. I write to please myself these days, and if anybody else enjoys it, well, that’s a bonus! I know now that I can trust that what I write is good.

What are your favorite books in your genre?

Mine’s a bit of a specialist genre. If I have one at all, it’s Barchester – named after Anthony Trollope’s classic series of novels –  in which the interplay between religion, politics (usually, but not necessarily, local) forms an important part of the plot, in which faith is dealt with critically but sympathetically, and in which the Church is very much a human and fallible institution. My favourite Anthony Trollope is probably The Warden. More recent examples of the genre are Susan Howatch’s Starbridge series and Catherine Fox’s Lindchester – both very addictive, and populated with characters you want to hug or to slap, sometimes both at the same time.

What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?

Readers have told me that I’ve made them laugh and that I’ve made them cry. That’s pleasing – I have always tried to look for humour and to make my characters human and relatable. What surprised me was that several people called it a ‘page-turner’: they neglected their work, they stayed up well past their normal bedtime, to find out what happened. I suspect that this was something to do with my very ruthless editing: I took out everything that didn’t need to be there, so what was left ended up more suspenseful than I’d expected.

What’s your favorite kind of cookie and why?

Oatmeal and raisin. They’re not too sweet, and they have an interesting texture. I like the cinnamon, too. Although if we’re talking about classic British biscuits, then it’s a toss-up between lemon puffs and fig rolls. Fruit, spice, and texture seems to be a running theme here!

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

I’ve got into figure skating recently, and have been following the Grand Prix series on Eurosport. This afternoon’s event is the Internationaux de France, so that will be the next thing! The last thing I watched was Only Connect – a quiz show where contestants have to find the connections between sets of clues. It’s one of the more difficult quiz shows on TV, so if I get anything right I feel quite pleased about that!

Book you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?

A long one! I usually say The Count of Monte Cristo, but I think that perhaps a very comprehensive anthology of poetry would be better: I could keep going back to it and always know that I’d find something new.

Author Bio

Kathleen Jowitt was born in Winchester, UK, and grew up deep in the Welsh Marches and, subsequently, on the Isle of Wight. After completing her undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Exeter she moved to Guildford and found herself working for a major trade union. She now lives in Cambridge, works in London, and writes on the train.

Social Media

My website: https://kathleenjowitt.com
Facebook page: https://facebook.com/kathleenjowitt
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KathleenJowitt
Instagram: https://instagram.com/KathleenJowitt

Buy Links

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Website

 

#IndieAuthor Friday Emily Williams #parenting #motherhood

Happy Black Friday!  You’ll never find me out there – I do 90% of my shopping online.  Much lower stress levels.  I probably won’t be able to answer comments today – it will be a miracle if this post goes through with the spotty wi-fi reception we’ve having.

I’d like to sit down and eat double chocolate chip cookies and binge watch the second season of Stranger Things (again) with today’s author.  Letters to Eloise have received some glowing reviews on Amazon.  Welcome Emily Williams!

 

Letters to Eloise by [Williams, Emily]

When post-graduate student Flora falls unexpectedly pregnant during her final year studies she hits a huge predicament; continue a recent affair with her handsome but mysterious lecturer who dazzles her with love letters taken from the ancient tale of ‘Abelard and Heloise’, or chase after the past with her estranged first love?

But will either man be there to support her during the turmoil ahead?

What’s the most constructive criticism you’ve been given in your writing career?

Learn how to use commas! I am awful at adding extra commas! I have got better but luckily have the eyes of a professional proof reader to spot any errors I miss. Mainly my criticism with my debut was to do with editing and I have learnt that it’s really hard to edit your own work so having professional eyes to look over the manuscript is essential.

What do you wish you’d known before you were published?

Before I was published I hadn’t embraced social media. I had shied away from using my social media accounts around the time my son was born and found that deleting them was a bad idea as I had no social media presence. I embraced it again quickly but wished I’d started this long before I was published to build up readers and support in the social media world.

What are your favorite books in your genre?

I struggle to fit into one writing genre. Letters to Eloise, my debut, was more literary fiction with a romance element and Rafferty Lincoln Loves… is a YA sort of romance. I have enjoyed reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and any romance or fiction by Cecelia Ahern I enjoy.

How did publishing your first book change your writing process?

I realised I could do it! Finishing a novel is always the hardest accomplishment but once one is done, then the other novels are so much easier to finish as you know you can do it!

What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?

I have been lucky to have some lovely reviews and there are several that stick out in my mind. One reader said my book Letters to Eloise was their favourite book of 2017, that certainly made my day/year/forever!

What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?

I think in ‘Letters to Eloise’ Brooke would annoy me immensely! She’s the complete opposite of Flora (and myself) in the novel and I think that’s why she was so fun to write. In ‘Rafferty Lincoln Loves…’ Liberty would be very hard to get along with and I’m not sure I’d have the patience to put up with her.

What do you love most about the writing process?

I love bringing the story to life. When the chapters begin to fit together and the characters take over, that gives me the most enjoyment in writing.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I used to be told that I overwrite and was too concerned with the individual words and trying to sound ‘creative’. Now I just let the story unfold and tell itself and the writing process has been a lot easier and more fun.

What do you do to get book reviews?

I have been lucky to find some amazing book bloggers and readers to read my novel and these have written some lovely reviews. It is always hard to get reviews but reading each one makes my day as an author.

What’s your favorite kind of cookie and why?

Anything with chocolate. The more double, choc chip the better! Just because it’s delicious!

Any unusual talents or hobbies?

I wouldn’t say I have anything too unusual but I hand rear baby cockatiels. I love birds. I also have two horses, though I haven’t ridden for a couple of years now due to an arm injury.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

We’ve just watched a series called ‘The End of The F*cking World’. Highly amusing, I’d recommend. Apparently was a comic first. I really enjoyed this. Now we are waiting for Stranger Things to start. I loved the first series and can’t wait to be scared again!

Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?

I’m not really a superhero fan. I hoped they wouldn’t fight as surely they are both meant to fight evil? But if I had to choose (based purely on the recent film) I’d choose Spiderman as he seems a nice young boy.

Author Bio

Emily Williams lives by the seaside in West Sussex with her family and a large menagerie of small pets. After graduating from Sussex University with a BA in Psychology, Emily trained as a primary school teacher and teaches in a local school. Letters to Eloise is her debut novel and has topped the bestseller chart. Her second novel, a psychological thriller, will be released later this year.

Rafferty Lincoln Loves…
Rafferty Lincoln doesn’t like horses. Not one bit. But when the girl of his dreams pulls him into a world of lead ropes and horse brushes, who is he to say no. Except this isn’t any old horse. This is missing racehorse Profit’s Red Ridge, Rafferty and three of his friends are hiding from the world. A witty and powerful coming of age story with tragic consequences.
Rafferty Lincoln Loves… will be out later this year. The novel was written for the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre and all proceeds will be donated to the charity.

Emily Williams

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#IndieAuthor Friday Genevieve Jordayne #Romance #History @GenJordayne

Today’s indie author’s story most likely developed from her ‘daytime job’ and the life experiences of her grandfathers.  Welcome, Genevieve Jordayne!

Frontline Angel takes its readers from 1940s Wisconsin to the Philippine Islands just prior to World War 2 and through the Japanese occupation and liberation. It tells the tale of Eliza-a small-town Midwestern girl with dreams of travel and adventure who enlists with the United States Army Nurse Corps despite her parents’ protests. Eliza will find the fun and adventure she desired as well as an unexpected romance with a handsome soldier. Yet all changes overnight as war destroys her tropical paradise. Our heroine must quickly adapt in order to survive the harsh, unforgiving jungle climate, and become a skilled combat nurse on the frontline. The story will take you from the fall of the islands through the terrible conditions endured by those placed in internment camps and their struggle for liberation. Can Eliza find the strength and courage needed to survive such horror and still emerge with her spirit unbroken?

Frontline Angel was recently named the Winner in the FIRST NOVEL (60,000-90,000 words) Category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA).

What do you wish you’d known before you were published?

I wish I would have had a list of great, reliable editors and would have understood that not all editors actually do the same type of editing. I didn’t realize there were content editors, line editors and probably more that I still don’t know about. Editing is so important but even when you cough up several hundred dollars it doesn’t mean the editor you chose is actually all that good.  There are so many of them when you do an online search!  So, from now on, I’m reaching out to other authors that I feel have well edited works and getting recommendations from them.

How did publishing your first book change your writing process?

With my first novel, I didn’t have much for structure or timeline in my writing. I was just so happy to finally get the story down on paper that had been running free in my mind for so many years.  Since then I’ve started to work on being more focused, creating outlines, and sticking more to a timeline for completing tasks.

What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?

What has been most memorable for me is when I meet a reader who has personally been alive and affected by events in my work (I write historical fiction) and shares with me the emotions that my stories brought out, the memories they evoked, and the gratitude they express in having someone share these stories with the world. That’s what it’s all about for me.

What’s your favorite kind of cookie and why?

Salted caramel stuffed chocolate chip cookies. My entire life my favorite cookie has been good old dependable, delicious chocolate chip cookies.  But now I discovered they come stuffed with this amazing sea salt concoction and after all these years I’ve had to upgrade my cookie choice.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

I’m currently part way through the Breaking Bad series. It has a plot based around very illegal business happenings but it is so fascinating watching the character development throughout.

Book you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?

It would be so hard to only have one book with me so hopefully they rescue me soon. But if I had to have a book to read over and over for a while I think it would have to be The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. It’s long enough to help pass some time and has such fascinating historical references as well as a fast paced, intriguing plot.

Author Bio

Genevieve Jordayne has proudly worked in the field of nursing for nearly a decade.  In addition to writing her novels, she is a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner and nursing history aficionado. Genevieve lives in rural Minnesota with her husband, three little boys, and two rambunctious boxers.

Genevieve became interested in war history from her beloved grandfathers–Don who was an avid reader and Richard who served in WW2 in Pearl Harbor. In nursing school she was challenged by a professor to learn about the roots of the nursing profession.  Through this exploration Jordayne was able to gain a larger appreciation for the struggles and triumphs of nurses throughout time.

Jordayne is currently working on her second novel.

Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/genevievejordayne/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GenJordayne
Website: http://genevieve-jordayne.com/

Buy Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Frontline-Angel-Genevieve-Jordayne-ebook/dp/B01MG0VZ50/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508344394&sr=8-1&keywords=frontline+angel

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/frontline-angel-genevieve-jordayne/1124751625