Category: Author Interviews (Page 2 of 4)

James T. Stewart author of King of a Thousand Suns

Jame T. Stewart here is the author of King of a Thousand Suns, why don’t you tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.

I’ve loved reading ever since I was a small child. My mother was a retired teacher and I was reading at a 3rd grade level when I began first grade. The “Wizard of Oz” was the 2nd movie I ever saw, age 4. In the second grade my class took a trip to the local library. They had ALL the Oz books. I checked out and read them ALL from September through mid December, i.e., before Christmas because my parents bought me the first 10 books for a Christmas present. I read them all many times. (I could tell those by L. Frank Baum were better than those with other authors. I decided I would like to be a writer some day.)

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Jay Shaw the author of The Hunted (Dragonus Chronicles II)

First, as someone has not yet read any of Jay Shaw’s work, let’s look at her blurb for The Hunted for a bit of insight before jumping into the interview. 

Abducted without a trace, Colonel Mark Holden remains in the clutches of Arcadia’s Grand Chancellor – a maniacal dictator who continues to enslave and experiment on X2 humans.

Meanwhile, far away on an alternate reality Earth, Julia Holden lives a life she no longer belongs to. She spends her days rescuing those who cannot save themselves, and pining for her lost love.

Can the Arcadians achieve galactic domination, or will Hayden rescue Mark before his genetic secrets are stolen?

And when Phoenix City calls, will Mark and Julia return to fight for the hunted?

Not half bad if I do say so myself. Now, on to the questions for you, dear Jay Shaw. Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.

Six years ago I’d been going through major life changes and wondering ‘where to from here?’ But it wasn’t until my uncle came to visit and asked a thought-provoking question. What I was going to do with the next phase of my life?

It was invigorating to have someone take an interest in what I felt and thought, and it opened the door for me to ask these questions of my self. I hadn’t done that in a long time.

A week after his visit, an image of a woman wandering along a deserted beach alone; enjoying how nature affected her senses and the peace it gave her, lingered in my mind. As I made lunches, waved goodbye to my children on the school bus, and hung out the washing; her thoughts about her work, her dreams, and her feelings, helped solidify the person she was and who she dreamed to be.

I carried the empty laundry basket back inside, passing by my computer, and I knew I had to write it down. How else would I clear my head for the million-and-one other things we mothers think about each and every minute of the day? So I sat and wrote what would, five years later, become the integral moment in “The Space Colonel’s Woman” and the opening up of an entire alternate reality to explore.

But it was the encouragement from a friend to join 2015 Nano which kicked my author career into top gear. I wrote “Wolfhaven” in a month and published it within three. It was safe to say I’d been bitten by the bug, and could finally answer the question of what I would be doing with this new phase of my life.

I’m glad you found your calling! Now I have to ask, how did you go about getting published?

One day I answered my door to a woman who said she lived across the road and asked if I would like to come to a New Year’s Eve party. I said yes, excited to meet more people in the semi-rural area I’d moved to. It turned out she was a published author and so were many of her friends. They are amazing women, eager to help and encourage. It is with their support and advice I’ve managed to find my way into this world. I’m still new and finding my way, but if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have made it this far.

As far as advice…trust your gut. There are incalculable options, both legit and dastardly, you’ll be spoiled for choice. So start small, establish your online presence, and write, write, write. For readers cannot buy books if they’re not written.

Sounds like you have an awesome neighbor. So, what is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?

Because I write everything by hand, I keep a stack of pads and a cup of pens by my bed and as soon as my eyes open I’m reaching for them. It’s not uncommon for me to be writing before I’ve even sat up. With this method I can average four thousand words a day, which I type up after the teens are in bed for the night and the house is quiet.

And here I thought my 3,000 was good and that’s only on a good day! Now, what do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?

Between being a mum to two teens, I love reading action/adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary, m/m or m/f romances. I have a passion for photography and just purchased a Nikon DSLR which I can’t wait to get outside and use this summer. I love movies, and dancing around the lounge with the music cranked up. And when I’m not doing all of the above, I’m going for walks, and attending two writing groups, or hanging with friends and family.

Sounds like the typical mother, with an added splash of awesome author fun. 😉 What’s your all time favorite animal? It can be mythical.

Real: Snow Leopard. Mythical: Dragon

See, this is why I would have problems picking ^^^ snow leopards are awesome and so are a ton of other animals and that’s before we even look at lovely things like dragons and pheonix. Okay, enough about my slight obsession with animals, tell us about what you’re working on.

My WIP is “The Shifting Tide” – book three of the sci-fi action/adventure romance series Dragonus Chronicles. It follows on from “The Space Colonel’s Woman”, and “The Hunted”. I’m aiming for a February/March 2017 release.

Other projects:

Birthright” – Duality 2.

A sexy wolf-shifter coming-of-age/action/paranormal/romance story following Rawlin Forrester as he rejects the future his mother and uncle arranged for him. Only to discover no matter how arduous and interesting the journey, you can’t run from who you’re meant to be.

“Savage Love” – Endangered Romance series.

The first of four stand-alone contemporary romances. “Savage Love” is set in Africa in the world of rhino-poaching. Jacquelyn Savage, or Jac as she prefers to be known, is ex-Army and training the anti-poacher teams. It’s a hard, gritty, and thankless job, but she’s doing her bit to defend an innocent species from extinction. Hunter Sinclair is Special Forces, hired by the WWF to go undercover in the Asian Cartels. If he can isolate the top-tier buyers, maybe they can short circuit the rhino horn trade.

Sounds like you have a bunch of romance stuff running around. Happen to have any links to share with everyone to wrap things up?

Awesome! Thank you for coming! 🙂 

p.s. her Pinterest is pretty epic… 

Nathalie M.L. Römer author of The Wolf Riders of Keldarra series

Nathalie M.L. Römer is an author of many books, including The Wolf Riders of Keldarra series, Subject (The Utopus Series), The Mystery of Priory Mansion, The Keldarra Series (novella spin-off series based on The Wolf Riders of Keldarra) plus a lot more in progress. That’s a lot, so tell us about your main series. 

My main series is The Wolf Riders of Keldarra, and it’s fantasy set in the land Keldarra. It is the story of Marrida and Alagur, who come from different backgrounds which are at odds with one another. She is a Keeper, a part of the secretive Order of Truth; he is a Wolf Rider, who gets wounded and ends up healed by her. Their chance meeting sets in motion events foretold in a prophesy of more than three thousand years ago, which until now by most is dismissed as “myth”. They discover that the prophesy is a lot more, that there’s a plot going on to bring back the events that caused Keldarra to become enslaved by “the northern invaders”, and by the end of book two war has started in Keldarra and that complicates things even more. In book three and beyond you’ll discover who is behind all these events, and why the Order of Truth is not quite the benevolent organisation it claims to be.

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Special Guest Interview Julian St Aubyn Green

Welcome, Julian St Aubyn Green, where did you hear about this lovely advertisement opportunity?

From the Dark Queen herself.

Hehe, if you can’t tell, Julian and I run some of the same circles on facebook… we’re a bit crazy over at SciFi Roundtable. Julian actually has a book, Suffrage – Book 1 – The World Key Chronicles, coming out soon. Want to toss the cover and blurb this way, Julian?

There is something hidden on Earth. A secret so immense it’s worth killing for. In a race against time, five travelers arrive, hunting a key that will change the balance of power in their world.

Jay’s birth father is a monster. He destroyed half her world and established a twisted version of utopia from the ashes, ruled by the Five Monarchs. But his blood flows in her veins, giving her power beyond any human. She has to prove that she’s not him; that she’s better. With the help of her teammates, she has to stop him from destroying her adoptive family and her world by finding the one thing that can make her his equal. But will the world key make her a monster, too?

Dr Stanford Ellis, an American scientist, is tasked with understanding these travelers. What does their arrival mean, for his country and the world? He must unravel the mystery before it’s too late.

Little do the travelers know, they were followed to our Earth. The Walker King has come seeking the rebels, and will let nothing stand in the way of his revenge. Freedom comes at a price.

I must say, I like your cover. Now, tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.

*Checks character limit* Ahh, short version then. I have a wondevil muse who likes to beat my brain. I don’t know exactly how she got inside my brain. But now I can’t get rid of her. But it’s all good, she likes to slaughter my doubt demons in her spare time. Just wish she didn’t track her bloody boots through my frontal cortex.

Hey! No fair, giving away the secret form format (college crunches my time a bit). How did you go about getting published?

I actually researched this question a lot. Eventually I settled on an assisted publisher, who allows me to bring in the skills I’m lacking in and self publish my book.

Research, I like you already. What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?

All words, all the time. Not quite true, but if you see me throw up a #amwriting hashtag, bother me at your peril. I’m an extreme plotter with a devil-may-care attitude that the plan will hold as long as I don’t get a bright idea that requires me to change my elaborate planning. Sometimes I think my muse give me ideas, just to see my chagrin when I have to change my plans.

Hm, I know that feeling… only plotting takes place in the margins of my notes for class so changing them is always fun. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?

I live in a world of words!! Something I’d like to do full time. I live two streets from the beach. I have a small tortoiseshell-coloured lion by the name of Missy.

Okay, now I’m slightly jealous… but enough of that, have a favorite animal?

Hedgehog. Where’s that clay?

Do you have a favorite myth?

Umm, no. I stopped playing and imagining in other people’s world a long time ago. I also keep getting my heart broken when writers come up with fun ways of interpreting old myths. *razzafrazzasparklyvampiresgonnaripshred*

I feel your pain on the vampires, but I may spend a bit too much time in art history classes with mythological creatures to let the old myths go… Back to the questions, any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?

I’m a noob at this. My cup is empty. Which means I’m willing to try any crazy idea. This is the year of yes. Always say yes.

I can relate to that. Now, tell us about your latest project. 

BOOK 2!!!! Nearing complete first draft. One more step taken out of the mountain of words my crazy Muse has committed me to.

Well, it’s about time for class, but before you go, tell us about this new book release you have coming up. 

Book 1 is currently in pre-order for paperback. If you are one of the first 1000 people to buy a copy, you go into the running to win a painting by the talented Rebecca Edwards, which my cover is based on.

That’s awesome! Toss me a few links and we’ll call it a day. 🙂


Interview with Author Jeffrey G. Roberts

The author of The Healer and Cherries in Winter, Jeffrey G. Robers, is here with us today. Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing. 

I was born in New York City, and graduated with degrees in writing and history, from Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, AZ. I began writing because I wished to create worlds that did not yet exist – but might; characters that were not in existence – but could be; and wondrous situations that never happened – but someday could. A writer is like a god: creating, destroying, altering, then creating again. I’ve often wondered, in my overactive imagination, if, when I go to sleep at night, my characters would keep looking at their watches- frozen in time- waiting for the morning- when their creator could breathe life into them once again – to move, to love–to be!

That leaves the mind to wonder just how much life have we breathed into our characters. So, how did you go about getting published?

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Author Interview with Steve Braker

Hey, Steve Braker! What do you do?

I write action adventure books, and work for the oil and gas industry in East Africa.

Adventure books, elaborate, what are the titles of your works? Happen to have a blurb for one of them handy?

African Slaver , African Treasure. These are the first two books in the series, William Brody African Ocean Adventure.

Rest, relaxation, and cool beers on the horizon…

Former Special Forces Major William Brody is finally due for some R and R. Just trying to clear the brutal shadows of the past from his mind, Brody’s next mission is clear: Spearfishing and Scuba Diving in warm clear tropical waters, with some cold beers on the beach. Living the dream…

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Interview with Author Shakyra Dunn

Author Shakyra Dunn, tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing. 

Hi there! I’m a writer by day (and honestly by blood), stocker by night. As a writer, I made this my dream because I have always wanted to inspire someone else to follow their dreams. As a child, my original goal was medicine, but writing was a talent I had always possessed. As a teenager, I looked back at my old works from around age seven and decided to try again. Plain to say, my mother wasn’t happy when I decided that I wanted to be a writer. But after convincing her, I took the plunge into this messy and amazing field. Through that strive and goal, I feel that no matter what stands before you, you shouldn’t abandon your dreams at any cost. It makes it all worthwhile.

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Interview with Author Michelle Murrary

Hello, Michelle Murrary, it’s a pleasure to have you here, tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing. 

I started writing in high school. I am a working mother of two fine young men. I love the outdoors, going for walks, and of course reading.

How did you go about getting published?

Currently, I am self-publishing.

Same here! So, what is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?

I write usually after dinner on the couch. I write everything long hand first. 

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Interview with Kristan Cannon

Today I have Kristan Cannon, author of Between Silence and Fire with us today! Tell me, what do you do?

A little bit of everything. I’m an artist and a writer, so I paint, sculpt, mix the two together, write and lots of other things.

 Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing?

I’m from Northern Ontario – I say that because I never really settled. I was born in Kirkland Lake, then went to school in North Bay, as well as Toronto. I moved to Blind River and was there for a decade, then all over Sudbury before I moved to Toronto (living in Downsview and then Mimico for awhile), and then moved back to Sudbury again because most of my family currently lives there or very close to it.

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Interview with Author Shaun L. Griffiths

Hey, Shaun L. Griffiths.As of the writing of this post, I’m about to crack open some of your books so I’m super excited to have you here! Please, tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing. 

I toy’d with the idea of writing all my life. I always enjoyed it, writing long letters to Pen Pals, school essays. I spent a number of years traveling and would write reams of pages to anyone who showed an interest as to where I was in the world.

I didn’t think about actually writing a book until about 2 years ago and then, after all the uncertainties of whether I could finish one, I did write it surprising quickly. It probably took me 6 weeks for the first draft, and another about 6 weeks to edit it.

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