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Interview With Author: Jennifer Zamboni

Jennifer Zamboni has dabbled with various creative media over the years. A hair stylist and cosmetologist by trade, she enjoys adding a splash of color both on and off the page.

Currently a stay at home mom, Jennifer uses her spare time to write and spread the word about Indie Authors.

Now that I’ve introduced you to Jennifer let’s get to know her a little better.

Hello, Jennifer, and welcome. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?

I’ve always been in love with books. My parents read to me nearly every night as I was growing up. I also had (and still have!) an active imagination. In writing books, I get to explore that what if, before anyone else does!

Is writing your full-time profession?

Not yet, but it is definitely my goal. I’m currently a stay-at-home mom.

How long have you been writing?

Little things when I was just a kid, but I became more serious about it in junior high school and wrote my first full-length novel in high school.

How many books have you written?

Just one, so far, but I have two rough drafts ready for edits in the same series, and I’m hoping to publish book 2 next spring/summer.

Which genre do you write for?

Urban Fantasy

What do you find most challenging writing for this genre?

Hm… probably coming up with the rules and how they interact with the real world.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently taking part in NaNoWriMo and working on a series of young reader books for my kids. In December, I’m jumping straight into edits for book two.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

Oh, all over the place. My main girls are hairdressers, and I worked as one in a salon for about eight years, so I had lots of experiences to draw on from there! I initially wrote the basics of who they are, and as the story developed, I could fill in the blanks and add things to round them out.

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

Honestly? Just the fact that people are reading (and liking) my story!

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

I’m just getting started myself, so take this with a grain of salt: Get to know other authors. Read a lot. And read all different types of books, don’t just stick with your specific genre. Read horror, read romance, read women’s fic, read fantasy.

At least try a few books outside of your comfort zone, there is so much to learn from different genres. Support authors: review their books, message them and tell them how much you loved their books. Send them something (a meme or something is good!) to make them smile. And don’t get discouraged by the timing. Every bit adds up.

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Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?

Hm… well, I am a cosmetologist and an avid reader. I love reading just as much as I love writing! I live in the boondocks of Maine and I’m hoping to write full time soon!

What message are you sharing in your books?

I didn’t put deliberate messages in (I wrote to entertain myself and my readers) but it can’t be helped that some of my personal beliefs snuck in here and there, specifically about not judging people based on their looks, background, or gender.

What are your favorite books?

I’m a huge Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter fan! I also reread all of Patricia Briggs’ books regularly aswell as Kim Harrison’s Hollows Series. Francine Rivers (Pretty much all of her books), The Chronicles of Narnia, Ilona Andrews Kate Danials Series, Salem’s Lot by Stephen King…

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended editions!) (See a trend?) Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Scrubs, Bones, Criminal Minds… um… Teen Wolf, all the Marvel movies, Reign of Fire, Pride and Prejudice (Kiera Knightly version), Harry Potter, The Princess Bride (are you regretting asking me this question yet? Because I could keep going!)

When you’re not writing where can we find you?

Watching movies, reading, chasing my tiny tornadoes, playing with critters.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

I do!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/jenniferzamboniauthor

FB reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/205718393613304

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/jennifer-zamboni

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Zamboni/e/B07J1XSR3J

Instagram: https://instagram.com/write_read_tea

Twitter: https://twitter.com/write_read_tea

web: https://jenniferzamboni.blogspot.com

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jenniferzamboniauthor/

Where can we find your books?

http://bit.ly/beautyisthebeast (paperback and ebook) or you can order signed paperback straight from me here:https://jenniferzamboni.blogspot.com/p/store.html

Thank you, Jennifer, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success in the future and lots of luck!

 

 

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Interview With Children’s Author: Harsha Rao Sheelam

Harsha Rao Sheelam is an all around creative person who expresses herself through writing, music, and embroidery. She is a proponent of contemporary children’s issues and believes everyone should be treated with respect. Through her fantasy stories she hopes to empower young people and encourage timeless values.

Now that I’ve introduced you to Harsha Rao let’s get to know her a little better.

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Hello, Harsha Rao, and welcome.  Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thanks for having me. 

What inspired you to be a writer?

I always loved to write and my grandfather kept me on my toes by encouraging me to write.

Is writing your full-time profession?

No, but it’s a full-time passion.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been professionally writing since 2016. My debut book launched in 2017.

How many books have you written?

I’ve written four books until now. Three children’s short stories books and one juvenile fiction novel.

Which genre do you write for?

My genre is children’s fiction or juvenile fiction.

What is your favourite part about being a children’s author?

It involves a lot of imagination, creativity, and allows me to expand my horizon of thinking something different, unlike our monotonous life.

What are you working on now?

I’ve been working on a few articles regarding the economy, technology, and finance. These articles have been published in magazines and newspapers. You can find them here – https://sheelamharsha.com/category/news/

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

The encouragement and appreciation I received from my grandfather was the most rewarding experience. He was the best reader I could ask for.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Keep yourself motivated. Don’t dwell in numbers relating to sales and currency. You’ll grow when you have the determination to do so, come what may.

What message are you sharing in your books?

Contemporary morals children should know about: to be body positive, not bully others, love each other irrespective of color, race, or religion; to work hard, stay away from stealth and greed, the essence of festivals; to understand that appearances are deceptive, love and respect elders, protect those who can’t protect themselves, and appreciate hard work over beauty.

What are your favourite books?

Archie comics have been my favourite. I also used to enjoy reading the short stories in books called Chandamama, Panchatantra, and Tinkle. But my major source of inspiration is J. K. Rowling.

What are your favourite movies, TV shows?

Disney’s Frozen has been my favourite since its release. I’ll keep Olaf’s dialogue in my life forever. He said, “Some people are worth melting for,” just as he was melting by the fireplace for someone.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

Website- www.sheelamharsha.com

Facebook- www.facebook.com/harshasheelamm/

Purchase link- www.sheelamharsha.com/emporium

Thank you, Harsha Rao, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success in the future and lots of luck!

 

Interview With Author/Publisher: Ms. Tee

Ms. Tee has been around the block a few times and has the scars to prove it. Born and raised in Harlem, she has firsthand experience with 7th Avenue’s rough and tumble reputation.

She has endured and overcome life’s hardships, earning two college degrees while raising her child alone. She is a single mother, an author, a publisher, a realtor, and an inspiration to women who never give up.

Now that I’ve introduced you to Ms. Tee, let’s get to know her a little better.

Hello, Ms. Tee, and welcome. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?

I began writing five years after someone killed my brother. I needed to get what I was thinking out. Once I went over all the events that happened in my life I knew I had a story to tell.

Is writing your full-time profession?

No. I am a Licensed NY Realtor. I own my publishing company and have another published author under my company. Right now I work for ABC studios in Production. A good friend of mine sold a story to the EPIX network. So I’m working in Production learning the craft.

How long have you been writing?

I only began back in 2005. My book was published in 2015. I am in the process of writing another book. My schedule is just crazy.

How many books have you written?

one

 

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Which genres do you write?

Urban Novels, Non- Fiction, and Erotica.

What do you find most challenging about writing for these genres?

When I write I don’t want to sound like every other book out there. I am a very descriptive writer. I want the reader to see and feel my emotions. I don’t like books that are predictable.

What are you working on now?

An Erotica book.

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

The reviews from everyone have been great. Whether or not they agree with my past lifestyle people liked the story. Some of my readers say it should be made into a movie (I got an offer 2 years ago). They say they can visualize the story while reading and that I make them feel as though they are right there. That was my intention.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

I tell people to just write or record their work. When your mind is set on “I’m writing a book”, you get stuck with how to write it. I tell people to write and then hire a professional proofreader and editor and allow them to format it.

What message are you sharing in your books?

I share a message about life in the urban areas. I grew up in a two-parent household with strict rules and still got myself into situations where I was shot and tied up for money. I share a story about choices and consequences.

What are your favorite books?

I like urban novels and suspense. I like Sister Souljah and James Patterson books.

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?

I like an urban classic called Claudine. I like dramas and comedies.

When you aren’t writing where can we find you?

I take part in a lot of book fairs and vending events.

What inspires you?

My daughter inspires me. She’s always looking for ways to make money. She teaches me about stocks and bonds. She’s always studying to make herself better.

Can you tell us a little about your publishing company?

Royal-T Publishing is my company. My dad came up with Royal-T. It is both our names scrambled. My dad died in 2003, which is ironic because I never thought I would be a writer let alone own a publishing company.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

My website is www.msteebooks.net or www.royal-tpublishing.com

My Instagram and FB are harlem_heorine, harlem heroine

Where can we find your books?

You can find my books on Amazon. Kindle, ibooks, goodreads and other sites.

Thank you, Ms. Tee, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success in the future and lots of luck.