My Interview With Robin Woods

Thanks so much to Robin Woods for taking the time to interview me. She asked so many engaging and thoughtful questions. You can check it out here: robinwoodsfiction.com 

Interview With Author: Kimberly K. Fox

Kimberly K. Fox has lived in many places and worked in many professions. After working as a cocktail waitress, a secretary, a territory sales manager and a model, she returned to her first love—writing.

Kimberly lives in Connecticut with her husband and son. She enjoys listening to music, meeting new people, and making new friends. She also has a special interest in helping those who suffer from autism.

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

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

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid, ten or so. I just loved to read and starting to write was a natural extension of that.

Is writing your full-time profession?

Yes, I write full time. I’m currently writing my sixth novel.

How long have you been writing?

A loooong time!!

How many books have you written?

This is above. Five and working on number six.

Which genres do you write for?

I write all genres, most tend to have a touch of romance to them. I’ve written erotic, mainstream women’s lit, mystery/thriller and a historical/paranormal.

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

I like to challenge myself as a writer so I try to write different genres. I invent the characters and they help me write the story.

Photo courtesy of: Kimberly K. Fox

What are you working on now?

Right now, I am writing a sequel to my mystery/thriller Shattered Star. A Los Angeles lieutenant is tracking a serial killer with a new partner assigned to him.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

Everywhere. Mostly though, in my imagination. I don’t base my characters on any real person, my characters are imaginary. I have a vivid imagination; I suppose most authors do!

Photo courtesy of: Kimberly K. Fox

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

I was at a book signing and a woman wasn’t sure if she wanted to read the novel. It was To Be A Star, which is mainstream women’s lit, but also romance.

She told me she didn’t “read” romances. In the end, she bought the book. She came to my signing the next day and asked if I could find her a “Taylor”, the hero in my book!

Someone else told me they stayed up all night reading Shattered Star. When you hear how much your writing is appreciated by others that is a wonderful feeling. Also, seeing my name on a book cover is such a thrill! I WROTE that!

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Network with other authors, both in person or on social media. Any really good author will be happy to give you tips. My most important tip: believe in yourself. That will come through in your writing. A strong “voice” is also important.

Photo courtesy of: Kimberly K. Fox

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

I am always available to be contacted, my links: www.kimberlykfox.com and

kkfox.net are two sites you can visit. My email is: kchinarose@aol.com.

What message are you sharing in your books?

No particular message since my books are all fiction. It’s relax and enjoy, escapism time!

What are your favorite books?

I love a good mystery novel. Dean Koontz is a good one. J.D. Robb Eve Dallas In Death Series are great reads. Love Stephanie Plum Novels by Janet Evanavach, to name just a few. Many, many more!

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?

I don’t really watch TV. I DO love movies! Any kind- a comedy, a romance, a thriller, a mystery/thriller, science fiction. Anything but gore. Some favs: While You Were Sleeping, Moonstruck, The Hunger Games Series, all Star Trek movies.

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

At home, taking care of family. Or nose buried in a book!

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

Yes, websites are listed above. I’m at wwwfacebook.comkimberlykfox@author.

Where can we find your books?

Anywhere books are sold! B&N, Amazon, Books A Million, Good Reads, any online retailer.

Photos and links can be found on my website! Thanks for having me so much!

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

Photo courtesy of: Kimberly K. Fox

 

Interview With Author/Teacher: Robin Woods

Robin Woods loves vampires and English Literature. She enjoys the latter so much she studied the subject at college, taught it to her high school students, and has penned eleven books with more on the way.

A former high-school educator, her dedication to her students prompted her to write for teens and young adults. Born and raised in California, she still lives there with her husband and two children.

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

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

Thank you for having me.

Why did you become a teacher?

When I was fourteen years old, I decided I wanted to do two things—teach and write. I’ve been focused ever since. I taught right out of college and never looked back. That is, until this year, where I’ve made a huge change in my life. I’ve quit my day job. Eek! After two-and-a-half decades of teaching English (literature and writing), I’ve retired from teaching and am writing as a career (with the support of my fabulous husband).

What grade did you teach?

I taught one year of junior high. Bless all of you who have that gifting because I do not. I spent the rest of my career teaching high school (junior and seniors) and college. Mostly American and British literature. My editors tease me because I often get my British and American spellings mixed up when I write because of my twenty-three years of Brit. Lit.

How has your teaching experience influenced your writing?

My students are actually the ones who spurred me on. I had my incomplete manuscript for my first novel (The Unintended) on a table. One of my students picked it up and asked if she could read it. I nervously said yes. She sat there and read for forty-five minutes without getting up once. When she had to leave, she asked if she could come back the next day and continue. Long story short, one student turned into a group of students, and they wanted new pages each day. They pushed me until I finished. That group stuck with me through all six books in the series and pushed me to write faster and to be better. I am forever grateful.

Additionally, my creative writing workbooks are a culmination of my three loves: teaching, writing, and photography. I enjoyed writing bell activities and story starters for journal work. I channeled that love into my non-fiction.

What inspired you to become a writer?

I fell in love with Hobbits and dragons and vampires at a young age and wanted to create my own stories.

Photo courtesy of: Robin Woods

Which genres do you write?

I’m published in both young adult (urban fantasy) and non-fiction (creative writing workbooks).

What do you find most challenging writing for your genres?

Honestly, I think finishing is the hardest thing. I believe most writers struggle with this. It’s easy to get started, but it isn’t always fun to write the transitional scenes.

What are you working on now?

I have several other projects in the works. I’m toggling between two more Prompt Me Workbooks, co-writing a Rom-Com (with author Tamar Hela), a film script, and a Beauty & the Beast mash up (with Vikings). I don’t have enough hours in the day.

How many books have you written?

Currently, I have eleven books out. Prompt Me Romance will be out in early February just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Photo courtesy of: Robin Woods

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

I love that my creative writing books have helped some teens grow closer to their parents. I’ve received multiple thank you messages from readers who write with their kids.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Write often. Read often. Don’t worry about editing until you finish. Hire a professional editor. If you don’t write for a while, don’t beat yourself up—just get back to writing.

What message are you sharing in your books?

I try not to have an agenda, I personally hate being preached at when I read fiction. But I do have strong themes. The theme that runs throughout The Watcher Series is redemption. Some of my characters have to struggle to find not only goodness in the world, but in themselves. I also do my best not to glorify horrible behavior, but show them as destructive and have a positive alternative. Though obsessive behavior can seem romantic, it is ultimately damaging.

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

Traveling has always been a passion. My parents dragged my brother and I all over the country in a camper since we could crawl, so I think it’s hard wired. As a teacher, I would live like a pauper all year and save my money so I could travel all summer.

What are your favorite books?

I always feel that this is a cruel question. Ha. Here are a few I recommend to people: My Lady Jane (Princess Bride style snark and adventure), Shatter Me Series by Mafi (swoon worthy dystopian), Clockwork Angel by Clare (book boyfriend heaven set in Victorian England), Whine with Cheese by Wayne (smoking, hot rom-com), and The Scorpio Races by Stiefvater (one of the most unique books I’ve ever read).

What are your favorite TV shows/movies?

TV: Firefly, Friends, The Office, The Walking Dead, Suits, and Stranger Things.

Film: Austenland, Emma, Braveheart, Empire Strikes Back, and Zoolander.

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

Sorry, here is my shameless plug. If you love writing or need a gift for someone who loves it, check out the Prompt Me Series. They are all under $10. Happy writing!

Where to find more about Robin Woods

www.RobinWoodsFiction.com

Facebook Fan Page

GoodReads Author Page

Twitter

Instagram

Amazon Author Page

Pinterest

BookBub Author Page

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

Photo courtesy of: Robin Woods

 

 

 

 

 

Interview With Author: Bonita Gutierrez

Bonita Gutierrez is a storyteller through and through. She began her storytelling journey as an actress, then utilizing the narrative skills this profession provided, transitioned into writing with relative ease.

Don’t let these creative outlets fool you into thinking Bonita is a sedentary creative. She is quite the opposite, practicing martial arts and jogging regularly.

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

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

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?

Funny, I wasn’t always (at least in my own mind) a writer. I always had stories in my head but took the acting route. My husband is a screenwriter, and from time to time, I would pitch him my ideas.

He always thought I had a unique voice and encouraged me to write my own scripts and get my work out into the world. I eventually dipped my toe into writing with my short film Cantar.

I even did the festival circuit. But it wasn’t until my friend (and Empyrean Press collaborator), Camilla Ochlan, approached me with The Werewolf Whisperer idea that I began seriously writing.

Is writing your full-time profession?

Right now, I split my time between writing and running my entertainment business Nemesis Kitten Entertainment. But, I am feeling the acting itch again.

How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first screenplay (unproduced) over fifteen years ago. But I’ve only been in the author biz since 2012.

Photo courtesy of: Bonita Gutierrez

How many books have you written?

Under the Empyrean Press banner, I’ve co-authored five books (two main novels and three novellas) in The Werewolf Whisperer series with a sixth on the way.

Which genre do you write for?

I write urban fantasy with a bit of science fiction and humor mixed in.

What do you find most challenging writing for this genre?

The wonderful thing about fantasy is that you can let your imagination run wild, create worlds that never existed. But when you add in elements of reality — which to me is what defines the urban fantasy genre — you have to build a world that the audience not only recognizes but also relates to.

In The Werewolf Whisperer a virus is unleashed in Los Angeles, giving rise to the werewolf apocalypse. Of course werewolves are fantasy (or are they?), but the premise of a bio-agent causing cataclysmic events around the world is steeped in reality. It’s a fine line to draw. One that requires a lot of research… and believe me, we do a lot of research.

Photo courtesy of: Bonita Gutierrez

What are you working on now?

Camilla and I are feverishly working on Blood & Bones: The Werewolf Whisperer Book 3. And as an exclusive to our BEASTY BITES newsletter subscribers, we just put out a six-part serialized novella about one of our favorite characters — KAI.

And we’ve heard our readers’ many howls for a hard copy of The Werewolf Whisperer. So, we’re excited to announce that Book 1 will be available in paperback this December!

How has acting influenced your writing?

For me, acting and writing go hand in hand. They’re both forms of storytelling. My years of training, performing and reading countless scripts have taught me how to analyze characters and breakdown stories. And it’s through acting that I’ve learned the importance of good dialogue.

For a character to be relatable, he or she needs to sound real. When I’m creating a character, I have to hear that person’s voice to understand how he or she thinks and feels. Once I know that, I can write their story.

How long have you been practicing martial arts?

The martial arts are an essential part of my life, and I’ve been training off and on for almost two decades. I started out in Jeet Kune Do Kung Fu (Bruce Lee’s art), and recently earned my Black Belt in Kickboxing-MMA. I also train in Kali Eskrima (stick and knife fighting).

Does this also influence your writing? How so?

Absolutely. With The Werewolf Whisperer, our main characters are formidable women who are able to handle themselves in very dangerous situations. My firsthand knowledge in martial arts allows me to create exciting action-packed scenes that are still grounded in reality.

Photo courtesy of: Bonita Gutierrez

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

I never thought I’d be a writer let alone an author. The Werewolf Whisperer gave me the confidence to grow in new ways as an artist. And finding this once untapped, creative part of myself has been extremely rewarding. That fact that readers like my work and call it “exciting,” “compelling,” and “fun,” is icing on the cake.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Write and keep writing. And when the words don’t come (which is an inevitability), write down anything that pops into your head.

Read books; listen to music, clean house, or exercise (I get some of my best ideas jogging down the street.) to get your creative juices flowing again.

You never know where your inspiration will come from, so be open. And above all, relax. Don’t be so hard on yourself if you’re not spewing out 2,000 words a day.

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

I’m a huge Sci-fi and Fantasy fan. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Star Wars are my jam. Mix in a little Kung Fu and you’ve got my blog — Bonita’s Geeky Blog-Fu!

I write regular movie recommendations, highlight my favorite books and feature a little butt kicking for good measure. If you’re into all things geek-a-licious, you can find me at: https://bonitasgeekyblogfu.wordpress.com

And if you’re in to SF&F, Camilla and I have our Empyrean Press Facebook page where we share our favorite movies, T.V. shows and books. Come join our community. https://www.facebook.com/TheEmpyreanPress/

What message are you sharing in your books?

The overall theme of The Werewolf Whisperer is, “Evolve or die.” You must be able to adapt and never, never, never give up. And when you get down to the nitty-gritty the thing that keeps you going is family.

What are your favorite books?

I love to read. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn and Shakespeare’s Hamlet (I know it’s not a book, but it’s my all-time favorite play.) are tops on my list.

I also love listening to audiobooks (especially when I’m walking my dog Loki). I just finished Pierce Brown’s amazing Red Rising series on Audible.

I‘m also digging Greg Rucka’s comic book series, Lazarus, and Kieron Gillen’s The Wicked + Divine.

And in the spirit of supporting my fellow indie others, I try to read as much of their work as I can. I just finished Vanessa Ravel’s “deliciously demented” horror anthology Demon Dance.

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?

To quote the great Bill Murray, “Star Wars, nothing but Star Wars!”

But really, I have so many: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, Alien, Terminator, West Side Story, To Sir, With Love just to name a few.

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

If I’m not writing, I’m training at NoHoMMA or jogging down the street.

Photo courtesy of: Bonita Gutierrez

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

I love connecting with readers and my fellow authors. Find me here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEmpyreanPress/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BonitzMG

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bonitamg/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/bonita-gutierrez

Bonita’s Geeky Blog-Fu! Blog: https://bonitasgeekyblogfu.wordpress.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Bonita-Gutierrez/e/B00OFB9ZVK/

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BonitaGutierrez

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/angelcakes88

Where can we find your books?

The Werewolf Whisperer series:

Website: http://www.werewolfwhisperer.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/werewolfwhisperer/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wwwhisperer

THE WEREWOLF WHISPERER series is available on Amazon. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

Book Links: (* American, UK, etc.)

The Werewolf Whisperer (Book 1)

US: https://www.amazon.com/Werewolf-Whisperer-Book-ebook/dp/B00OAKIPX0

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00OAKIPX0/

The Alpha & Omega (Book 2)

US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016PIZWXA/

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alpha-Omega-Werewolf-Whisperer-Book-ebook/dp/B016PIZWXA/

Novellas

BEAST NAVIDAD

US: https://www.amazon.com/Beast-Navidad-Werewolf-Whisperer-Novella-ebook/dp/B00QEJAP60/

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beast-Navidad-Werewolf-Whisperer-Novella-ebook/dp/B00QEJAP60/

BEAST OUT OF HELL

US: https://www.amazon.com/Beast-Out-Hell-Werewolf-Whisperer-ebook/dp/B01II8CJDG

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beast-Hell-Werewolf-Whisperer-Novella-ebook/dp/B01II8CJDG

NO BEAST SO FIERCE

US: https://www.amazon.com/No-Beast-So-Fierce-Whisperer-ebook/dp/B07HLXQN9R/

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-Beast-So-Fierce-Whisperer-ebook/dp/B07HLXQN9R/

Sign up for the Beasty Bites Newsletter and get a FREE Werewolf Whisperer novella: https://mailchi.mp/60e8dc19ce80/beasty-bites

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

Photo courtesy of: Bonita Gutierrez

 

 

Interview With Author DC Gomez

What inspired you to be a writer?

I grew up watching my parents always reading and having books all over our house. From a very early age, I fell in love with books and storytelling. I knew from the time I went away to college I wanted to tell stories to people.

Is writing your full-time profession?

No, it isn’t. I usually joke with people that I’m a writer that moonlights as a federal employee to help pay the bills. I’m very blessed, since I love both of the day-jobs I currently have.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for over 20 years, but I have only been writing novels for over a year now. It blew me away when I realized that I have been writing for over half of my life.

Have you won any awards?

Death’s Intern recently won a 2018 Writer’s Digest Honorable Mention.

How many books have you written?

I currently have two published books in the Intern Diaries Series with the 3rd book coming out in January. I also have one published children’s book out with the second one coming also in January.

Which genres do you write for?

I write in several genres. I have an urban fantasy series that crosses over with thriller. This winter I will start a romance/dark comedy series, and I do educational children’s books.

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

For me the hardest thing about writing in any genre is making sure I’m meeting the reader’s expectations of the genre while creating an entertaining story. My goal is to pay each genre its proper respect. If I don’t feel I can do that topic genre justice then I won’t even try to do it.

What are you working on now?

It’s probably a blessing and a curse, I have more outlines of books than the time I have available. Right now my hot project is an origins story for my urban fantasy series. After that I plan to start on my romance novels and a fun high magic trilogy.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

A lot of my characters are a combination of people I know or traits that I admire in people. My goal is to create characters that have personalities readers can relate to.

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

Connecting with readers has been the most incredible experience of my life. When someone has read one of my books and they enjoyed it- that is a huge reward. There is something really exciting when readers have questions about characters or they have a favorite one they want to tell me about it. I feel like a little kid on Christmas.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

I would recommend any author starting out to take a leap of faith and publish their book. Create the best manuscript you can, work with a good editor that will help make your work shine, and then put it out there. Sometimes we want things to be perfect, and we never publish the book.

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

I’m originally from the Dominican Republic and English is not my first language. One of my goals is to encourage people to dream. If your dream is to write- then do it. If your dream is to become a chef- then go for it. Life is too short for us to be miserable. If a little girl from the Dominican Republic can make her dreams of writing novels come true, you can do it too.

What message are you sharing in your books?

One of the common messages in my books is the search for a family/tribe and belonging. As prior military, I learned that we all can create our own support system and families. Those families don’t have to be related by blood, but they are just as strong and connected. That is something I want readers to find, a support system that loves them just the way they are.

What are your favorite books?

One of my all-time favorites is The Alchemist. Probably because it‘s the story of a dreamer that makes his dream come true. Right now I’m crazy about Jim Butcher’s books and Sarah J. Mass.

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?

When it comes to movies and TV shows, I really enjoy action and superhero movies. I’m crazy about all the Marvel Movies, but my guilty pleasure is The Mummy with Brendan Fraser. TV series- I loved the BBC’s Sherlock Homes Series.

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

I have a low-key life style, so you could find me either cooking or reading.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

My website is www.dcgomez-author.com and readers can sign-up for my newsletter from there.

www.facebook.com/dcgomez.author

www.instagram.com/dc.gomez

www.bookbub.com/d-c-gomez

Where can we find your books?

Books are available in print on Amazon/Barnes and Noble or eBooks on Amazon. Death’s Intern is also available on audiobooks.

www.amazon.com/author/dcgomez

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

Photo courtesy of: DC Gomez

 

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!

 

 

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 Matt Brunnabend


Matt Brunnabend is a man who writes his dreams into reality. He works a regular 9 to 5 job but longs for the day when he can write full time. He and his Cockatoo live in a house that Matt is painstakingly remodeling into the ideal home.

Matt loves science fiction, Stephen King novels, spending time with family and friends, and honing his craft.

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

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

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?

In my last job, I did a fair bit of flying. When I would fly, I would take a Stephen King book with me. I loved to read his compilations of short stories.

One day, sitting on the tarmac in a plane while a storm passed by, I finished reading one of his stories and thought to myself, “Hey, I think I can do this.”

Now, the definition of a professional, is someone who makes it look easy. But that’s what inspired me to try and I must say, I love the art of writing.   It’s fun to play God, therapeutic to touch on subjects and topics that trouble me, and in the process entertain and excite others.

Is writing your full-time profession?

Not yet. But I fantasize about bouncing out of bed at 6 a.m. and hopping on the computer so I can write. I have no shortage of ideas for novels just the painful reality that I never have enough time to dedicate to my art.

Have you won any awards?

No, and here’s why. Fear. I have written five novels, but published one. After I wrote my very first novel I thought, “If I only have one chance of making it as a writer, I want that first novel to be a huge hit”.

My first novel, Life’s Dream is a fun story but I wasn’t feeling that it would that big hit. That’s when I came upon the idea of The Amant Chronicles.   It’s a four part sci-fi adventure series with romance and mystery. It’s my baby.

So I focused on writing that first volume, but after I wrote it, I was nervous about getting it published. It’s all me in those pages and I wasn’t ready to stand tall against any potential criticism.

It took me finishing five novels ( Life’s Dream, Amant Chronicles Volumes 1-3, and Bright Future ) to find the courage to push ahead and publish that first novel. So there hasn’t been enough time yet to garner any praise or awards, but there’s always tomorrow.

How long have you been writing?

It’s been about five years now. I know I can write more novels, but like any art form, they take time and that’s the most precious of commodities.

Balancing a regular 9 to 5 job, spending time with friends, remodeling my house by myself, working out in the gym, and spending time with my very needy Cockatoo, leaves only a scant bit of time to write…

Photo courtesy of: Matt Brunnabend

How many books have you written?

Five so far, ( Bright Future, Life’s Dream, The Amant Chronicles Volumes 1, 2, and 3.) Trying to finish the final volume of the Amant Chronicles.

Which genre do you write for?

Yes. Ha!   Well, my love is for Science Fiction, but I don’t hold strictly to it. I love Sci Fi, because I’m a Star Trek, Star Wars, and many others fan..

I enjoy astronomy and the thought that there is so much more out there. It fires the creativity in me and it also works well with my lazy side that doesn’t enjoy research.

Fiction allows me to just ‘create’ what I need. I also enjoy an adventure with some romance sprinkled in. What’s life without some romance?

What do you find most challenging writing for this genre?

Oddly enough, I don’t really have much of a challenge.   Instead of writer’s block, I have the opposite.

I have two other novels in my head right now that I’d love to be writing. And I know that once I start one of those two, another idea will sprout and grow, tormenting me while I write. That’s actually what happened while I was writing my first novel, Life’s Dream.

Just three chapters in, I had the idea for The Amant Chronicles and I would have spurts of ideas on scenes, dialog, and growing plot line every day. It got to the point where it was nagging me to drop everything and write it.

I’m one chapter shy of finishing Life’s Dream because I had to get the first volume of The Amant Chronicles down on paper.

What are you working on now?

I am currently 8 chapters into the fourth and final volume of The Amant Chronicles.

I put out a poll on the internet, asking reader’s that if they were looking at a four part series, would they buy the first volume and wait for the next three or wait until all four volumes were out so they could buy and binge read. Binge reading won by a landslide. So I’m busy trying to finish the fourth volume.

Release of Volume 2 should be by the end of November with publication of the 3rd volume soon after.

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

Speaking to a fan who read and loved my novel. She got everything I wrote, from the subtle humor to the romantic aspects and the building mystery. It was so enjoyable seeing my work appreciated so much.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

One, ask as many questions as you can. In publishing my first novel, it was an extremely costly and aggravating experience.

The vanity publisher I used made mistakes at every single point along the way. Even when it was all done and I received my first copy of my novel, it was actually someone else’s novel with my cover on it. I was floored.

I wish I had asked other authors more questions.   It was only through book events, where I had plenty of time to converse with fellow authors that I learned about the process of self-publishing, which is both a huge money saver and allows complete control of your novel.

Second, don’t listen to anyone but you when it comes to your writing. Write what you want, what makes you feel good, what gives you therapy. No matter the topic, fans will find you and success will follow.

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

Hmm, not really. If there’s anything they’re curious about, I’d say just ask. One of my favorite comedians goes by the nickname, Fluffy. I’m sure you know his name.

He gave a closing statement to the crowd at one of his concerts.

He said, “You folks make me. You enjoy my craft and pay me for the privilege of doing comedy. So don’t feel shy about asking for an autograph, or just saying hi.”

Granted, I don’t have that fame or success, but I’m always open to talk with anyone who has questions about me or my work.

What message are you sharing in your books?

One aspect I love about every volume of The Amant Chronicles, is that each volume is two stories. Of course, one is about the continuing adventure and mystery of Amant’s life.

But the reader is treated to a second storyline about another person in Amant’s lineage. So I can and do, have two themes in each novel. I speak out against racism, I reinforce the importance of duty and honor. I also champion the challenge of the fights in life.

What are your favorite books?

I never used to think about that. But when I reflect on the books I’ve read, I can say that I truly enjoyed Fahrenheit 451, The Stand, and several of Stephen King’s short stories.

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?

My top 3 all time movies: Field of Dreams, Shawshank Redemption, The Unforgiven.

TV shows.. hmm… I guess the newest Star Trek, Rick and Morty, and The Venture Brothers.

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

Some place in my house, remodeling. I’m hoping to have the house done in the next year. I am a firm believer in making a house a home.

So I take a few years to redo every room and add my touch in one way or another.. My current house, well, it’s been a huge project, including removing load-bearing walls and remodeling the entire kitchen.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

Absolutely. www.mjbrun.com
MJ Brunnabend on Facebook and Instagram.
I will be putting more time and effort into my website, and upcoming novel releases so please stop by.

Where can we find your books?

You can find them on Amanzon, Barnes and Noble and other booksellers.
But I highly suggest buying your soft-copy from my website, www.mjbrun.com, since you’ll save $5.00 off the price, get a free short story, and have it personalized for you and the author’s signature.

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