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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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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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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

www.markrhunter.com

And my Amazon page is

https://www.amazon.com/Mark-R-Hunter/e/B0058CL6OO

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! 

 

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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Character Interview with Ikuko Takenokawa from At Yomi’s Gate

With us today is Ikuko Takenokawa from At Yomi’s Gate. Thank you for joining us, Ikuko Takenokawa. Tell us, do you have any family? If so, what’s your family like?

My late mother and father taught me everything I know about communicating with spirits and yokai. It was a lot to take in, certainly. But they were both very patient. Well, my father was. But then, he’d been raised to be a priest. He was a quiet, peaceful man. But I could always tell there was something hiding behind that smile he put on. Something awful happened to him, but I think it made him kinder as a result, you know? More compassionate to make up for… whatever he saw.

Mother could get frustrated sometimes, but being a spirit medium was never her chosen path in life. She’d prided herself on being an expert swordswoman before the accident broke her back. But I think she learned to accept her new path in the end.

What about your siblings? Do you get along?

*chews her lip* I have several sisters… though I haven’t seen them in years. Well, I mean- I see them every time I try to channel the underworld. Can’t really even keep them away. But it’s been a while since I’ve spent much time with them. I suppose they just miss me. But it’s hard to do my job when they try to drag me into Yomi every single time we meet.

My sister Aoi isn’t so bad, though. I’ve been seeing a lot more of her lately. Maybe I’ll help her come through the portal for a visit. Especially since she’s quite fond of my friend, Fumito-san.

*smirks*

He tends to have that effect on women. Even yokai women.

What’s your greatest fear?

I fear the pollution of my soul. I’ve seen what spiritual pollution does.

*looks around anxiously*

Please don’t tell Takashi-san I said that. I know it hurts him to hear me say that. It’s not his fault his family is forced to work with leather and dead bodies. I don’t think he realizes how much all that death infects their souls. They’ve been so good to me and my friends, though…

What do you hate most about yourself?

*tugs a lock of hair over her eye*

I worry that I’m too naive sometimes. I try, you know? Try to be smart about the world. But I spent so much of my life at my parent’s shrine. I didn’t see the outside world until I helped Miss Sakura escape from Lord Kotoheisei.

I also hate being so tall. I’m at least two heads taller than everyone I know. I feel like a monster sometimes.

What is your greatest strength?

*puffs up a little* well, I would say it’s my ability to communicate with the dead and with yokai. People are so afraid of ghosts. But you just need to talk to them, you know? They’re usually just lost and angry. They just need help.

Yokai aren’t so bad, either. I mean, some of them can be dangerous. But if you know how to reason with them, you can usually get them to leave you alone.

Do you have a weakness?

*blushes* Miss Sakura, I suppose. She takes some getting used to, but she’s got a good heart.

Is there something from the past that haunts you, keeps you awake at night?

*looks at the ground a moment* That night when Miss Sakura burned Lord Kotoheisei’s castle. She was so angry. So full of hate and revenge. He’d done so many awful things to her…

I know she didn’t mean to hurt anyone. Besides him. But…So many people died that night.

*looks into the distance for a moment*

I’m sorry. What were we talking about?

It doesn’t matter. What’s your favorite animal and why?

Baku are a delight. They look like- I guess you call them tapir? Yes, like tapir, except they can fly and they’re covered in scales. And they eat dreams.

I also like giant salamanders. We call them Oshanshouo. I used to daydream about riding one when I was a girl.

Thank you for coming Ikuko Takenokawa, that’s all we have time for. Don’t forget to check out Ikuko Takenokawa’s author at http://nocturnalseapress.com/

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. 🙂 

www.juliangreenauthor.com

https://twitter.com/jsagreenauthor

https://www.facebook.com/suffrageworldkeys/

 

Character Interview with Alice Pleasance Liddell from The Jabberwocky Book

With us today we have Alice Pleasance Liddel from The Jabberwocky BookHow old are you, Alice?

45…well, 60. Actually, I only look 30. Or 7. It’s complicated.

Do you have any family? If so, what’s your family like?

I have an older sister, Lorina Charlotte Liddell. My younger sister, Edith Mary, died many years ago. Lorina is a bit bossy, but kind-hearted. She knows of my adventures in Wonderland and Looking-Glass Land when I was a girl, but she’s sort of blocked her mind from them, since she certainly doesn’t approve. My parents are both dead, and I am divorced from my husband, Reginald Hargreaves. He never understood me much, either. I guess my only real family now is Dorothy Gale, but she spends much of her time in Oz, and is very hard to contact.

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Character Interview at the Bar?

This interview for Earth 105 is a bit different and I hope enjoy it as much as I did! 

earth-105

My name is Rex Wellington of Cetabri City Daily News. I am at the West Side Tavern and today I am interviewing three men who call themselves Immunes. Darek Kemp, Zander Chale and Jash Majeed. They allege they cannot die.  Good day gentlemen.

Darek: Dude, you know I’m going to erase your memories right?

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Character Interview with Nova Avery from The One Left Behind: Magic

Today we have Nova Avery from The One Left Behind: Magic with us. How old are you Nova?

Um… I’m 17… (at least in book 1)

Do you have any family? If so, what’s your family like?

Well, everyone has family, I suppose. But I can’t say that I really recall what most of my family is like. From what I do consider about them, the upbringing was strict and shaped me into the person that I am today. So I should thank them if I ever have the chance to see them again.

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Character Interview with Jedda from Before the Luck Runs Out

We have Jedda here with us today from Before the Luck Runs Out, a new release as of yesterday! So, tell me Jedda, how old are you?

I’m not sure. Maybe fifteen.

Do you have a family?

I’m an orphan, so I don’t really know what family means.

Oh, I see. Well, do you have any parent like figures?

The grocer by the market square, kind of looks after me a bit. I’d like to find out who I am, but no one in this city looks like me.

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