Category: Guest Posts (Page 1 of 4)

Author Lucinda Moebius and her New Book!

About the Author

Lucinda Moebius has been a writer since she was a child and was first published in 2010. Since then she has worked hard to create unique visions and stories. Her work includes novels in multiple genres including: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Children’s Books, Screenplays and Non-fiction. Lucinda has a Doctorate in Education and loves teaching, but her greatest desire is to help others understand how literature and writing can bring enlightenment and understanding to everyone. She offers book coaching and advice to everyone, whether they want it or not.

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Susan Elliott author of The Collision of Fire and Ice

The author of The Collision of Fire and Ice , Susan Elliott, is here with us today. Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.

I am a native Texan, finally living in my home state. I began writing at nine years old. My mom lit the fire inside me, and my husband encouraged it to grow. I love telling stories that I want to read, and creating characters that I love.

How did you go about getting published?

I am completely Indie published. I debated on going the traditional route, but so many of my author friends were leaving traditional publishers for Indie publishing. I felt like it was a better fit for me. I love it!

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Tomas Liedman author of Perilous Paths

The author of Perilous PathsTomas Liedman, is here with us today. Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.

I have always enjoyed writing but it was not until my late teens that I started writing short stories for friends who eventually managed to persuade me to write a full novel.

I was inspired to this particular novel was inspired by a combination of three different factors. The first was a several years long discussion about the nature of evil and how it was normally petty, narrow-minded and in the long run always on the losing side. The second was a series of books regarding drow elves where i felt that the society did not make sense fully and a desire to try to explore a dark elven society in greater detail. The last factor was feedback from a publishing house that recommended my to write a shorter novel than the 160k one I had submitted to them.

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Wesley Britton author of The Beta-Earth Chronicles

The author of The Beta-Earth Chronicles, Wesley Britton, is here with us today. Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.

I’ve been writing non-fiction, poetry, and sci fi for a very long time now–since 1983. A writer must write, and so I do. Fiction allows me to have free reign with my imagination, so that’s where I’m at now.

How did you go about getting published?

For non-fiction, I kept submitting to publishers who dealt with sort of thing. For fiction, I went to the publisher of my last non-fiction book who believed in me so we’re still together.

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Sandy Frediani author of Reclamation

A fellow author that has been banging at the stall doors, waiting for their work to hit the shelves as sitting idle does not suite. Sandy Frediani, tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.

I began writing in 1999 when access to a keyboard unlocked the imprisoned stories within the music.

How did you go about getting published?

By accident. I joined an online writer’s group in 1999 and in 2000 an epublisher who was also a member asked to publish my novella Emach’s Story, which is the original title of Reclamation. That epublisher ceased publishing in 2003 and closed his doors in 2006. I decided to change the title, add more to the story and am self-publishing.

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Mark N. Redmayne author of Hybrid: The Great Awakening

The author of Hybrid: The Great Awakening, Mark N. Redmayne, is here with us today. Before we get started, here’s the blurb for his book: 

A complex influenza virus has brought the world to its knees and the USA is under martial law. Growing up with a mix of Human and Alien DNA is not easy but it might just give Aura White the key to saving humanity from certain extinction. Will she save the worldfrom catastrophe? Only time will tell…

I must say, you’re illustrated cover is a bit refreshing compared to the covers that we are all partial to nowadays. So, tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.

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TJ Muir author of Before the Luck Runs Out

The author of Before the Luck Runs Out, TJ Muir, is here with us today. Before we get going, happen to have a cover and blurb for Before the Luck Runs Out image for us? 

Orphan. Homeless. Half-breed.

For fourteen years Jedda’s home has been in the shadows and alleys of Tatak Rhe- city of the wealthy, powerful, and corrupt. He scrounges for survival in dirty clothes that don’t keep him warm; and he relies in his nimble fingers to keep himself fed. But, buried in his blood lies the gift of magic: an invisible hand guiding his life.

Cold and hungry, he nicks the coin purse of the wrong man. Karrahk is, one of the city’s powerful rulers. The man looks into Jedda’s bright green eyes and sees the tawny-skin that betrays waif the hidden heritage. He makes a decision that will change a hungry boy’s life forever.

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J.S. Frankel author of Just Another Quiet Little City

The author of Just Another Quiet Little CityJ.S. Frankel, is here with us today. Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.

I started wrting very late–at the age of forty-eight–got published a year later, and I’m still writing. My son, who was around eleven at the time, saw a cartoon and mentioned something about talking trees, and it gave me the idea for my first novel, The Tower. That started it all off!

Awe, talking trees, oh how they’re dear friends of mine. So, how did you go about getting published?

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Author Interview with Mark R. Hunter

We have Mark R. Hunter, author of both fiction works such as Radio Red and a few non-fiction works, here with us today. Tell us, what do you do?

I’m a 911 dispatcher and volunteer firefighter. I used to be a weekly newspaper writer/humor columnist, until I got downsized to monthly.

Awe, dispatcher, not as easy of a job as many would have you believe. Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing. 

I live in small-town Indiana with my wife/editor/webmaster/cover designer Emily, our cuddly but scary looking dog Baewolf (yeah, that’s the spelling), and Lucius, a cowardly ball python.

I’m not sure I can say what inspired me to start writing: I was six when I dictated to my mother the story of my travels to the Land of Oz (my first fanfiction!) By the time I was twelve I was carving writing time out of my reading time, and by the time I was fourteen I knew I wanted to do it full time. Basically I just love to write stories–and have people read them.

Your wife sounds a bit like me, does way to many things to be considered a sane person… just kidding, kind of. Baewolf and Lucius sound fun, scary looking dogs are the best and ball pythons are pretty cool in their own right. 😉 So, how did you go about getting published?

With great difficulty. I spent many years studying the submission process and publishing industry and collecting boxes full of rejection slips. I got, and then lost, an agent. I wrote in several different genres and was a latecomer to the romance industry, after being convinced by my then-wife to try reading romantic comedies.

Eventually, during a particularly hard Memorial Day weekend in which my daughter totaled my car, I got an e-mail from Whiskey Creek Press with an acceptance of “Storm Chaser”. Being on the edge of exhaustion at the time and after decades of submissions, it was a bit anti-climactic.

Since then my published works have been divided pretty evenly between traditional and independent publishing–they both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Awe, independent publishing isn’t surprising with a wife like Emily. What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?

I *like* to write at home, on my couch. I do write anywhere: During downtime at work, at the kitchen table, in my car, on picnic tables or in shelters while my wife works her saddle barn job at a state park … sometimes even in my office. When my wife was in college I found a hundred good places to write around her campus. A working writer’s gotta write!

I hear you there! What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

In addition to my career as a 911 dispatcher, I’m a volunteer firefighter–and by the time those two and trying to write full time are done, there’s not a lot of time for anything else. Just the same, we try to carve some time out for camping trips–and reading, naturally. We hike a lot, which the dog loves because to him it’s just a longer, more scenic walk.

What’s your all time favorite animal? It can be mythical.

Dogs! I’ve been around dogs most of my life. Lately I’m spending time with horses, but only because my wife works with them. 🙂 I also like dragons, but keeping one of those as pets is murder on your home insurance.

And I thought finding insurance for flying car would be hard! A stone house would definitely be a must with a dragon. So, do you have a favorite myth?

I spent a lot of my reading time as a kid with the Oz books by L. Frank Baum, and it remains my favorite book series. Maybe, since they’re only 117 years old or so, those don’t count as a myth, so I may be mythtaken. Buy hey: They’ve got wizards, fairies, talking animals, even Gnomes … what’s not to myth?

Any advice for authors about book covers?

Marry an artist! It worked for me. Half my books were designed by the publisher’s artists, which is way easier but limits the author’s control–although I don’t have any complaints, because we’ve always worked great together. The other half were designed by my wife, who’s also a writer and has taken great pains to learn and understand the whole publishing process. If you didn’t happen to marry an artist and you’re self-publishing, then my advice is: Invest the money and hire a good artist who understands book covers. People shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but they do anyway.

That they do! As for marrying an artist, one could always just go to college for graphic design and learn to make exceptional covers there. Of course, while I’m thinking about it, let’s look at your cover for Radio Red. 

I like it, it has a nice proportional balance to it (yeah, I might be spending too much time in design classes). So, any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?

To steal a phrase, there are only three ways to market a book that work–but nobody knows what they are. I’ve spent considerable time marketing, and I don’t have a clue what’s working and what isn’t … I just throw a wide net and hope to catch fish. What works well for some and not for others, but either way you have to keep plugging away at it.

I would advise having a blog and a website. Try to gather readers early, way before your book comes out. Appeal to similar interests–for instance, if your book is about a firefighter who solves mysteries, you’ve got an way in the door with both mystery readers in general and emergency services personnel in particular.

Sound advice, yet again. Tell us about your next book project.

It’s about a firefighter who solves mysteries. Okay, I’m only kidding a little! Radio Red came out in March, and later in the year we’re planning to release another romantic comedy, Coming Attractions. I’m in the middle of writing a prequel to my Storm Chaser series, which is indeed about a volunteer firefighter who gets involved in a mystery. (All my published fiction works except Radio Red are set in the Storm Chaser universe.)

In addition I’m working on selling a YA mystery, and polishing a science fiction that might be described as a space opera story. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend a new writer crossing genres before they get established, but I’m doing it anyway.

Last question and then I’ll have to run to class. What are you reading now? And toss us some of your links while you’re at it. 😉 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

My website is at

And my Amazon page is

Oh look! A book I’ve actually read (I don’t get much reading time right now). A lot of people complained about the righting style of that one. Apparently the masses don’t like screen plays, who knew? Either way, looks as though I have time for one more question, have any events coming up?

I’ll be at the Avilla Freedom Festival (which, appropriately, is in Avilla, Indiana), on June 22, 23, 24, with an author’s booth. I don’t have the exact details yet, but we’ll have a canopy to protect from the inevitable Indiana scorching sun/thunderstorm.

As a former resident of Indiana, good luck with the weather! Sorry we couldn’t talk more, but it’s time I ran off for class! 


Nita Round author of Knight’s Sacrifice

Today we have Nita Round with us, tell us a bit about Knight’s Sacrifice. 

In short: Only one woman can close the gates to hell. But at what cost? There is a much longer version on my website.

I’ve skimmed over your website a bit, not too bad. Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.

I have always written stories, but no one saw them, except when I turned them into gaming scenarios. Or I wrote technical articles for the business. I suppose I always wrote something, it just wasn’t always fiction. When I stopped working in the hotel I found I had more time available, so I turned back to fiction. Writing, to me, is like breathing, it is something I must do… Or maybe it is more like an addiction. I can’t stop.

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