Here is my interview with Rue Volley

Name    Rue Volley

Age    46 going on immortal.

Where are you from    My ghost likes to travel.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc

I was born in Lima, Ohio on February 25th, 1970. I have three sisters and one brother. I also have three nieces and three nephews. I don’t have any children of my own so I live vicariously through them. I’m happily married to my best friend and we just celebrated our thirteenth wedding anniversary. We purchased our first home last Summer. It was built in 1904 and is probably too big for the two of us, but we love it and I was able to build my dream library in it. I graduated with a 3.8 GPA and studied creative writing and business management.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I’m working on Hellhound (Episode One: Dead is Dead). This novel is based on the film adaptation of the original script for Hellhound, which was released in 2013, with Hot Ink Press. I unpublished the original books so that I could expand the storylines and utilize the film adaptation. I plan on releasing the first novel early 2017.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing when I was five and decided to edit my Mother Goose book. I still have it and it makes me giggle. I studied creative writing in school, but I didn’t write my first novel until 2010. I’ve always had a deep love for storytelling and film. I’m also a huge graphic novel fan and I own about three-thousand comic books. I tend to write in this style because I always see my books on film.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’m not sure if I ever will. I consider myself a storyteller more than anything.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The death of my dad.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Organized chaos.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I have written forty-six books. Every title comes to me about half way through the book.

 

 
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There is a message in every book that I write. I share truth in every one of them, you just have to be able to read between the lines.

 

 
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Every book that I write has a small piece of me in it. I would have to say that my experiences in life play a huge part in every book that I’ve shared with the world. If I was writing purely fictional tales I would have to guess that the books would lack emotion and the reader wouldn’t be able to connect to the characters.

 

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

Catcher in the Rye.

Interview with a Vampire.

 

 
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who  is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I can honestly say I don’t have a favorite. I enjoy each author for their talent. New authors to me right now include Ransom Riggs and Holly Black.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I’ve treated it as a career for the last five years. Royalties go up and down so I wouldn’t tell anyone to quit their day job because most authors can’t live on royalties. (Unless you’re independently wealthy or have investors). I have neither, so I’m also a graphic artist and I run a clothing store. Sleep is optional.

 

 
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I would have written it this way the first time. My editing has changed. I used to release a lot of work that needed polishing. I don’t do that anymore.

 

 
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I turned forty and had a mental breakdown. lol

 

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

“Honestly, you don’t want to eat me. I eat terrible sh*t, like fast food. I’ll clog your arteries something fierce.” The pale faced demon cocked his hairless head and grinned at me. His black saliva oozed down his chin and dripped onto the hard asphalt. It bubbled and cracked like acid between his military style boots.

“Fine. Just fine! Could this day get any worse? Damn. First, I get killed, killed like dead, dead, well, not dead like you…with all the black ooze and flaky skin, honestly they have creams for that, but anyway, then Lucifer feels me up. Lucifer, you know, the devil, was all grab ass this and pinch that.” I shook my hands out in disgust.

“Master.” He hissed with conviction.

I rolled my eyes. “Don’t call him that, his ego is already huge.”

“Master!” He cried out into the night sky.

“Seriously, dial it down there, Nosferatu.”

He took a step toward me. “Master is good.”

I reached behind my back as he slowly approached me snapping his razor sharp teeth.

“I’ve got your master right here.” I lifted the gun and took dead aim between his soulless eyes.

He lunged forward.

“Tell that perv hi for me when you get there, mother fucker.”

~Halo Bay, Hellhound (Episode One: Dead is Dead) ©Rue Volley, 2016.

 

 
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I can write standalones, but I prefer series. I love creating characters and intricate plotlines and I have a terrible time letting them end.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I don’t schedule very many book signings. I did travel to Maine last year, but it was for a charity event. Between my day job, creating covers, and writing, I don’t have a lot of time to do them.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I design all of my own covers.

 

 
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I think the hardest thing about writing any book is editing the content.

 

 
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learn something with each book that I write. If I didn’t, I would stop writing.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

The promotional push starts as soon as you start writing your book. I know some people have strong opinions about marketing, but if you want to make money, you have to do it and do it well. I would also suggest saving up and starting a business account to handle everything that concerns your book/books. Be smart about your investments, investigate everything…including publishers, agents, publicists, blog tours, email blast sites and so on. Don’t just toss money at anything, create a business plan and be ready to adjust as you go. Not everything works for everyone, you have to be flexible. Pay attention to authors who do this for a living. Authors who hit top 100 (overall on Amazon, not in categories). Categories are great, I’m not dismissing those who rank in them, but top 100 on Amazon is where the large sales are. Keep an eye on that list and who is able to maintain it.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for supporting me. I know that I’ve grown over the years and I appreciate the fact that you chose to come along with me.

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The Darkest part of the Forest by Holly Black.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

To kill a Mockingbird.

 

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

Cape on. Because we can all be heroes.

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Our new home. I’m obsessed with the English garden that we’re planting. I just ordered 127 hedges to line our backyard. It should be a proper adventure. lol

 

 

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

TV;

Stranger Things, Gotham, Agents of S.H.I.L.D., @Midnight, Sherlock, Lucifer, Supernatural, X-Files, Hannibal, Firefly, Preacher.

Movies;

Constantine, 30 Days of Night, Near Dark, Underworld, Alien (All), Harry Potter (All), LOTR, Pacific Rim, Army of Darkness, Star Wars (All), Star Trek (All), and so many more.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Chocolate, Red/Black/White, Too many to mention.

 

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

Veterinarian..

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

http://www.ruevolley.com/

Bio:

Rue Volley resides on Earth with her husband, Von Erik, and their two pug sons, Momo and Oshi. She is an award-winning author, graphic artist, and screenwriter. She is also the Creative/Marketing Director for CHBB Publishing, and co-owner of Lovebites Production Company, which specializes in Dark Fantasy Films.

 

Rue released her first film, Hellhound, in November of 2014 and her second film, Awakening, in July 2015.

Awakening won Best Short Film at Scarefest in September 2015.

Links:

Email: ruevolley@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rue.volley

Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Rue-Volley/146299465525490

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RueVolley

Website: http://www.ruevolley.com/

G+: https://plus.google.com/+RueVolley/posts

Amazon author page: http://smarturl.it/RVamazonauthorpage

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf4USZKqJ0gVAThH–dIbKQ

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7043310/

 

My book links. 

The Devil’s Gate http://smarturl.it/TheDevilsGatebookone
Stardust http://smarturl.it/stardustamazon
Surrender http://smarturl.it/surrenderamazon
Paper Dolls http://smarturl.it/PaperDolls
Blood & Light Vampire Series http://goo.gl/T26k8A
Finding Mia http://smarturl.it/FindingMia
Finding Chloe http://goo.gl/yKp4MZ
A Witch’s Tale http://smarturl.it/WitchsTale
Budget Crafts http://smarturl.it/budgetcrafts
One Bite https://goo.gl/JUs8vJ
Hellhound Origins https://goo.gl/j8iY35

Here is my interview with Laura Henry

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Name  Laura Henry.

Age

I am 48 years old.

Where are you from Chicago, Illinois

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

I have been married to my husband for 23 years.  I don’t have any children but I have two cats, Rex and Clyde, and a lovebird, Frances.  Aside from my writing, I am an accountant.  I have an MBA in Financial Management and I am also a CPA.  Additionally, I am a Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Performance Nutrition, and a Specialist in Strength Conditioning.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I just finished my women’s fiction novel and am currently in the editing process.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I actually started writing when I was very young, although I didn’t understand the gift that I had of writing at that time.  I did have some poetry published in the yearly poetry writing book in high school.

I started to dabble in writing again about eight years ago, but I didn’t create any works at that time.

About three years ago, I started writing health and fitness articles and had them published in on-line forums for the health enthusiast as well as for the fitness professional.

Since then I haven’t stopped writing.  I found this is more than just a hobby for me.  It is a career and an enjoyment I have never experienced before.  I have since written three books.  A health and fitness book, my memoir, and my current women’s fiction novel.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I first considered myself a writer when I started to write my first book on health and fitness.  It was then that I realized writing was something I had to do.

 

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I was inspired to write my first book, the health fitness book, because most of my life I have struggled with my weight.  From morbid obesity to losing 120 pounds in eight months and developing anorexia, and then to gaining some of the weight back, I was looking for answers on how to lose the weight in a healthy way.  I stumbled upon a fitness and nutrition regimen that helped me lose most of the weight I gained back.  I wanted to know more, so I became a Certified Fitness Trainer in order to understand how I could continue losing weight and keep it off.  This is what compelled me to write my first book.  I figured I wasn’t the only one looking for answers on how to do this, and I wanted to offer that advice and educate others.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Writing comes naturally to me.  I don’t use an outline or have any ideas formulated.  I just sit and write and somehow it comes to me without any effort.   I have been told that I write like Sylvia Plath.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I came up with the title for my new book, Reap What You Sow, by thinking about the premise of the book and I felt that it best captured what the book is about.

 

 
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The message in my novel that I would like others to grasp is that no matter what your circumstances are, you can get through anything.  No matter how challenging and how daunting it may seem at the time.  There is always hope.

 

 
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

The book is very realistic and the experiences are somewhat based on events in my own life.  I feel that there usually is a little bit of the author in each book that is written.  Whether it is in some small way, the theme of the book, or on a larger scale, I think it’s only natural to hear the author’s voice in their work.

 

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

I recently read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.  After reading that book, I thought, wow, was he a phenomenal writer.  It left a great impression on me.

 

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who  is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My favorite author was Maeve Binchy.  My writing style is similar to hers as I have ready many, if not all of her books and I admired her as an author.

 

 
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

I was introduced to writing workshops through Writer’s Digest.  This has been the biggest help to me in catapulting my writing and helping me to pick up the pen and keep writing.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Initially I saw writing as more of a hobby.  However, since writing my first book, I now know that is a career for me.

 

 
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

If I had to do it all over again, there isn’t anything I would change in my latest book.  It was a great experience to be able to feel the characters and write for them and not for myself.

 

 
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I always had an interest in writing.  I just didn’t know how to express it on paper until I was an adult.

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

My current book is based on a woman who owns an art gallery.  She has had a difficult childhood and although she is successful as an adult, her past slowly starts to creep back into her life.  Through the challenges she faces, she learns how to deal with her past in a constructive way so that she could not just be a survivor, but someone who thrives.

 

 
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I don’t really find anything challenging in my writing.  It comes so natural to me that most times when I sit down to write, it just flows.  Those moments that I have where I am doodling on social media, is just the characters percolating and aren’t quite ready to tell their story yet.  Then when they are ready, the writing naturally flows again.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I currently don’t travel as it relates to my book.  Although I could see in the future that I may need to do a little bit of that to market and promote the book.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My cover hasn’t been designed as of yet.  I am currently in the editing process of the book.

 

 
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

The amazing thing I learned from writing my book was that the characters will tell you what direction to take.  I don’t have to think about anything when I am in the creative process.  It all comes from the characters and not from my own thoughts.

 

 

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead

If any of my books were made into a film, I would love for Naomi Judd to play the lead.  I admire her and her abilities.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

The advice I have for other writers is to just let the creative process take over.  Once you start thinking about it, I think the creative part is lost.  If you just step aside and let it flow, it will be an amazing experience.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

What I would like to say to my readers is that I hope your experience is as joyful reading as it was me writing the novel.  It is my desire that the reader walks away feeling good about themselves and humanity.

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am currently reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I don’t remember the first book I read, but I do remember that as a child, I fell in love with reading and getting into the character’s life.

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

What makes me cry is a good sentimental book.  I love to read and get lost in the characters.  When they have a significant moment, this tends to move me, and my emotions come through.

 

 

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

I would have loved to meet Maeve Binchy.  Because I admired her work and the creations she wrote, it would have been an honor to be able to meet her.

 

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

I would want written on my headstone, Here lies a writer who didn’t die with her creativity still in her.  She shared it with all.  I would want this on my headstone because this is how I intend on living my life.  I want to leave the reader satisfied after they have read my books.

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Other hobbies that I have are exercising.  Surprise, right?  I love to lift weights and that is one of my passions.  I also love reading, which I think goes without saying for any writer.

 

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I love watching the reality series The Real Housewives.  I think it’s eventful and full of drama, and I love laughing, and these shows do just that.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

My favorite food is crab.  Although it used to be lobster, it has changed over time.  I know it sounds cliché for a woman, but my favorite color is pink.  Lately I have been listening to a lot of classical music, although I also love jazz.

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

If I weren’t a writer, I would have liked to be an actress.  I think it would fun to play other characters and get lost in their life for a while.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

My website is https://laurahenrydotnet.wordpress.com .  You can also find my fan page on Facebook at AuthorLauraHenry.

Here is my interview with Karen McCann

Name Karen McCann

Age  65

Where are you from?

I’m a fourth-generation Californian, and like so many Americans, I’ve lived all over the USA. My husband and I have always traveled a lot, both for fun and to undertake volunteer work in post-war and developing countries. Eventually we discovered Seville, Spain, and after several visits decided to move there “for a year.” Eleven years later we’re still living there and still exploring the world. My writing has blossomed. I’ve published two best-selling memoirs, and my travel tips and adventure stories have appeared in Huffington Post, International Living Magazine, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, and Lonely Planet. I have a weekly travel blog on my website EnjoyLivingAbroad.com, where people from all over the world write me to discuss the pleasures and challenges of spending time in foreign lands.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’ve just completed a three-month trip through the Baltic States and Eastern Europe, traveling without reservations, a set route, or a fixed time frame. I’ve been living out of one small suitcase; it’s just 21 x 13 x 7.5 inches, or 54 x 34 x 19 cm. I packed only fast-drying, wrinkle-resistant clothes and did laundry constantly! It’s great to be back home in Seville, where I intend to stay put for a while and enjoy a somewhat larger wardrobe.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always been a writer; it was my favorite subject from the first day of school. I love reading fiction but never had the knack for writing it. I found my niche in non-fiction, which I try to make as engaging and exciting as the best sort of novel. My career has included journalism, marketing, public relations, editing, and other wordsmithing jobs.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I started getting paid for writing (although not always very much) when I was 19, so that’s when I officially became a professional. I didn’t call myself a journalist until I began working steadily for newspapers and magazines in my thirties. Later, in Seville, I began to write extensively about travel and expat living, and at that point I began to consider myself a travel writer.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Moving to Seville inspired my first memoir, Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Living Abroad. It takes its title from one hot night when Rich and I were sitting on the edge of a big stone fountain near our Seville apartment. Dabbling our feet in the cool water, pretty soon we were wading, then waltzing in the fountain. An old Spaniard passing by growled, “Hey you two, is that any way to behave? You wouldn’t do that back where you come from.” And that’s the whole point. Living overseas, you get to try things you’d never do back home.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Reviewers have described my style as inviting, immediately charming, and constantly entertaining.” Readers seem to connect with my personal stories and humor. I was delighted when Lonely Planet wrote, I must have laughed aloud at least once in every chapter.”

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title of the next book?

My second memoir’s title was more of a struggle. Rich and I had embarked on a long railway journey with no fixed time limit, no reservations, and only a loose itinerary; we wanted to see if we could still have the kind of spontaneous adventures we’d enjoyed in our youth. The results – often hilarious, occasionally harrowing, definitely life-changing – form the basis of the book. I wanted a title that reflected the excitement of the journey plus the fact that months of travel aren’t a vacation, they’re a lifestyle. And that’s when I thought of the title, Adventures of a Railway Nomad: How Our Journeys Guide Us Home.

 

 
Fiona: Is there a message in your books that you want readers to grasp?

Going abroad — for a short vacation, a long trip, or many years — isn’t as difficult or scary as you might think. Yes, there are logistical challenges to negotiate, but often the worst that ever happens is feeling ridiculous because you’ve taken some linguistic or cultural pratfall — such as forgetting that the Spanish word embarazada doesn’t mean “embarrassed,” it means “pregnant.”

 

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

I love Bill Bryson and Peter Mayle; they capture the madcap quality of becoming entangled with other cultures.

 

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors who have grabbed your interest?

George Mahood’s marvelous travel memoir Free Country made me laugh out loud.

 

 

Fiona: Name one entity (outside of family members) that you feel supported you.

The expat community of Seville was tremendously supportive when I first arrived and continues to be an inspiration and source of good fellowship and great friendships.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes.

 

 
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. But I have lots of new ideas for things I’ll do differently in the next book.

 

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

When LA Times travel editor Catharine Hamm interviewed me, she ended the piece by saying, “Travel requires you to be braver than you think you are, whether it’s for a week or a year, and involves the joy of finding a better, smarter, stronger self that lasts well past the day you put away your suitcase if, indeed, that day ever comes.” That is the theme of my next book.

 

 

 

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Coming up with titles.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your books?

I travel to get material, but I do all my promotion over the Internet. Every once in a while I give a talk to a travel group or book club, and that’s tremendous fun. But marketing is simply more efficient and effective online.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I did. Luckily, I made my living as a graphic designer for many years, so I have plenty of experience to draw upon.

 

 
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Cutting out favorite bits that there wasn’t room to include.

 

 
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book, and if so, what was it?

Writing a memoir requires digging deeply into your life; among all the comic moments you have to touch on important, sometimes painful relationships, decisions, and events. I learned to write about the “ouch” moments with greater honesty, and I make every effort to convey my sense of compassion for readers who may have been through similar experiences.

 

 

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Everyone tells me I look like Annette Benning. I don’t see it at all, but that’s what friends say. And of course, Annette must be hearing “You look so much like Karen McCann” all the time. So I’ve always assumed she’ll get the part.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write. Constantly. Don’t wait until you’re “good” to show your stuff to other people. Edit your stuff thoroughly. Most of all, never, ever, ever consider something finished until you’ve checked for typos. (This is good advice for when you’re getting tattoos, as well.)

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Enjoy life. It’s pretty entertaining when you think about it.

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Blackout, by Connie Willis. I love time travel stories. If the technology is ever developed, it will certainly spice up my job as a travel writer.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Charlotte’s Webb.

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Things that are funny/sad.

 

 

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would like to meet, and why?

Almost everyone. I have insatiable curiosity about what other people are doing and thinking.

 

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your headstone, and why?

I don’t really care, so long as they spell it correctly.

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Painting.

 

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I’m addicted to classic movies, especially the ones set in exotic locations, such as Casablanca, Dr. Zhivago, and Charade. I suspect watching them at an impressionable age inspired my lifelong wanderlust.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any favorite foods?

I love trying new foods wherever I am. There are organizations that connect you with locals who will cook you a meal in their home; that’s a marvelous way to get to know an unfamiliar cuisine and culture, and to make new friends.

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I would have liked to devote more time to my painting.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so, what is it?

My weekly travel blog, EnjoyLivingAbroad.com, is full of travel information and advice to help people plan their own adventures. My EnjoyLivingAbroad website has additional info about packing, taking zingy photos, finding the best travel apps, and other essential road skills.

On train in Ljubljana Slovenija

On train in Ljubljana Slovenija

Me in Seville

Me in Seville

Here is my interview with William Pattison

Name William Pattison (Also known as Eric Morse)

Age 52 (or you could say 30ish)

Where are you from?

San Mateo, California

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc

I’m a graduate of Aragon High School and did four years at The College of San Mateo studying Filmmaking and Business. It was at The College of San Mateo that I got my interest in writing. My entry score (I’m lousy at tests) were low, so I couldn’t get into the fiction writing class. So, I bought a copy of the text book for the class (The Craft of Fiction by William C Knott) and taught myself how to write.

I live with my sister and my niece in a four level Spanish style house. We inherited. I have three cats. One is a tubby American Shorthair named Balkazar Emperor of Evil, Child of Destruction. My next cat is a brain damaged (He somehow got in the clothes dryer) named Simply Tommy. My final cat is a paranoid grey tabby named Smokey. She is an outside cat but likes to take her meal in the kitty house I’ve provided on the porch of my house.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Currently I’m trying to get three of my books republished because a bunch of cyber stalkers attacked my publisher’s Facebook and forced her to pull my books. I’m having to self publish the books now. I’m currently waiting while a friend reformats the books, it will take a while because she is having to do them around doing her other contracted formatting projects.

Also I’m drawing cover art for all my prologue stories for the ultimate combined edition of my six part anthology, Symphony of Death. These pictures will appear after the series finally finishes its run on Kindle. They, along with an additional bonus story, will appear in the combined print edition.

Also, besides doing my monthly podcast on Blog Talk Radio, The Wolf Pack Presents, I’m also trying my hand as a horror host on YouTube with William Pattison’s Bloodbath Theatre. On this show I present two classic horror films and give trivia on each.

So, keeping busy…

 

 


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always had stories in my head it only when I got into college that I found a couple venues (Fiction writing and screen writing) to express myself.

At the time I was going to film school it was before digital cameras and editing programs open door for fledgling filmmakers. Due to the cost of film and film processing along with having to depend so much on other people to put the stories on the screen I found myself moving away from the path of directing into screen writing. It was also around this time I became interested in writing books, because I realized that a lot of books end up being adapted for the screen, so if I did screen writing and writing books I opened more opportunity to get my stories out into the world.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I was born a writer. I’ve had stories and scenes running through my mind since I was a little kid.  Now if you want to know when I considered myself an author, that is an interesting tale….

It was 1993. I was working as an early morning stock person at our local Kmart. One of the ladies I worked with was a lady named Charisma Jones. Charisma was a huge fan of science fiction and horror, like myself. We would spend hours while we stocked shelves talking about movies. One day Charisma told me that her relative (it was either her brother or cousin) worked for Berkley Books, a mainline publishing house and they had acquired the rights to do a series of book based on the Friday the 13th franchise. She said that her relative told her that they were looking for a writer to write the books. Supposedly she had brought me up to her relative and he told her to have me submit samples of my writing. I was reluctant because I was in the middle of writing my first novel, The Traveler: A Conflict of Interest, and had heard that the F13 franchise was pretty much dead due to the fact that the film Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday had come out and wasn’t received very well by the fans. This was before the Freddy VS Jason idea came out. So the thing was if I wrote the books and they failed it might affect my book I was in the middle of writing. Also, I would be writing for a dying franchise, which wasn’t a positive thing as well. It took both Charisma and my mother pressuring me before I finally caved and submitted some of my writing to Berkley Books.

In the end I did get the job. I asked Berkley Books to credit my under the pen name Eric Morse, just in case the book series failed.

Well, the book series did indeed fail, but not because of my writing. Berkley Books foolishly published the books as young adult horror, which kept the books from reaching Friday the 13th fans. Also, Berkley didn’t advertise or do book signings or have me at horror conventions to promote. So, after nearly killing myself having to write four books in one year (That was another thing they hid in their contract), the book failed to sell in the volume Berkley expected and they cancelled the next four books in the series and only paid me $1,500 of the $10,000 I was supposed to get for all my work. That was my trial by fire as an author.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Well, my first book, The Traveler: A Conflict of Interest, was actually inspired by the screenplay I wrote for my main film project I wrote in filmmaking class.

After I finished my class film the character of The Traveler kept coming to mind. I figured he had more stories, so I decided to do a series of books based on his exploits.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

You would have to ask my fans about that. From the feedback I get from fans my writing grabs them and plays out in their heads like a movie, except that they know and care about the characters more than a movie can. Also supposedly chapters build on each other so the reader get addicted to the story and have a hard time putting it down.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

With my first book, The Traveler: A Conflict of Interest, I knew the name The Traveler had to be a part of the title. Then I came up with the subtitle, A Conflict of Interest because in the story The Traveler is conflicted in regard to his mission because the person he must stop is his best friend.

 

 
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

For the answer to this question I will talk about my novel Psychotic State: The Novel. Psychotic State is about a twenty-eight year old man who has been bullied and mistreated all his life. After a series of events causes the main character David Coleman to lose his job and his medical insurance. He is left off his meds for his bipolar condition. He finds his moral compass twisted and he starts hunting down the bullies who have made his life hell and takes revenge on them. It ends with him tricking a bunch of his torturers into coming to a field party where he slaughters them.

Psychotic State is a statement on the situation of bullying on both children and adults and shows an extreme example of what can happen when these situations are ignored. In the real world bullies are pushing people to murder and suicide because both people and law enforcement are more willing to ignore rather than help in these situations.

An amusing side affect I’ve heard about is that victims of bullying that read this book feel a relief of their pain. It is like experiencing David taking his revenge frees them.

 

 
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

All of my books are fictional and exist in a hyper reality. I may tap into my personal experience to enhance the perceived reality of the situation. I know when I was writing Psychotic State I had to tap into my old buried experiences of being picked on and bullied as a child in school as well as taping to my feelings of being a grown man and being harassed and mistreated by my peers in the horror community.

 

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

In regards to books Siddhartha, The Razors Edge, To Serve Them all my Days, The Silent Flute, Moby Dick, A Tale Of Two Cities, The works of H P Lovecraft, The works of Edgar Allan Poe, The works of Ray Bradbury, The works of Clive Barker, The writings of Bentley Little, the writings of Issac Asimov, The writings of Harlan Ellison, The writings of H G Wells.

In regard to mentors, as in people who inspire me, Harlan Ellson, Issac Asimov, Ray Bradbury,  H P Lovecraft, Clive Barker, David Cronenberg, Bentley Little, Gene Roddenberry, Dan Curtis, John Stanley.

 

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

There are a couple newer authors that have my interest. One is Wayne Mallows. Wayne has written three wonderful vampire novels: Whitechapel Road, Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, and Unnatural Selection. The other author is Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill. Joe is the author of Horns, Heart Shaped Box, In Tall Grass, among others.

My current favorite author is Bentley Little. One thing I like about his work is each novel is unique and in its own world. One book I was royally impressed with was his novel The Store. This book is a vampire story without a vampire. It presents a retail big box store as a monster that sucks the life out of a small town.

 

 
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My fans are my support. Even when my haters try to rip me down my fans are there to keep me going. It is the love of my fans that give me strength during my lowest times.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It is more an obsession than a career. To me writing is life. I have to write. I must get out as many stories as I can before I die. Family and friends ask me why I continue since I don’t make much money off of it and it makes my life so complicated and frustrating due to the number of haters and cyber bullies I’ve amassed. For me I care more about leaving an enduring legacy over getting rich or being famous.

 

 
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Not a thing. My latest book, which is still in the que waiting to be formatted and published is exactly what I wanted to be, in fact even more. I’m excited to have it published and to hear what the fans have to say about it.

 

 
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

It started with me reading wonderful books by wonderful writers. That planted the seed and got my imagination running and characters were born in my mind that demanded life. I think of authors as gods in their own way. They create worlds and everything in those worlds and if they does their job right their worlds come alive.

That is my vision of God. He is a writer named Chuck.

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I’m currently in the middle of writing a six part horror anthology series titled Symphony of Death. The anthology will consist of six prologues that relate to the wrap around story and six main stories.

I’m currently working on the forth book in the anthology. The prologue in this book is titled Executive Assistance. It tells the story of Levy Jackson, the executive assistant of record mogal Vince Manfrenini. In the story Levy must watch helplessly as his boss slowly goes insane after he acquires the cursed sheet music of the Symphony of Death.

The main story of this part of the anthology is a story titled Shadowman VS The Undead. It tells the story of a former famous internet geek icon named Felicia Donovan. It is the fifth year of the zombie apocalypse and Felicia is insane and living in a fantasy world where she is in the forth season of a reality show about how to survive the zombie apocalypse. It is during one of her “demonstrations” of how to scavenge food that she is brought back to reality amusingly by a real life superhero called The Shadow Man. The Shadow Man saves her from a stampede of zombies. Then he takes her under his wing as his apprentice. It is then that the two of them must face a death cult that calls themselves The Undead. Their leader, who is named Hope, plans to kill all living humans and bring forth a world of the dead with himself as the head of its god totem. Now can a battle worn fifty year old real life super hero and a geek girl stop an army nut case death cult members and their pet zombies?

Sound intriguing?

 

 
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Filling an empty pages with black markings. All of writing is a challenge and a gamble. You might think you have the next great American novel only to find the rest of the world thinks it’s a dud.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I’ve traveled to Dayton Ohio in 2014 to be a guest and sign my books at a horror convention. I also did a convention in Rocky Mount Virginia to do a convention. But those are all I’ve done since I signed with my last publisher. Before that I was a guest at the first Days of the Dead convention in 2011 in Indianapolis, but I didn’t have books to sign then because my Camp Crystal Lake novels were out of print. Currently I have no plans to travel, because I have to wait for my books to be republished.

 

 


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

With the Camp Crystal Lake novels Berkley books designed the covers, which I get a lot of flack about from my haters. Now I have full control over the covers of my books. I designed the cover for Psychotic State: The Novel. My publisher with Linkville Press designed the cover for The Traveler: A Conflict of Interest, but I had final ok on it. For Symphony of Death I design the basic cover background and letter graphic, but artist Christopher James Benavides does the actual artwork.

 

 
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Finding the time to do any writing. I work a full time job and my sister is constantly wanting me to do things around the house. I’ll be in the middle of writing a scene and my phone will ring and I’ll have to stop to do something for my sister. Then it will take me time to reconnect to the characters and story.

 

 
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Every book is a learning experience. You always learn something about yourself and the world around you. I’ve seen and experienced the best and worst of people. I’ve delved into the dark pits of my very soul. I’ve made friends and enemies. Writing is more than writing, it is life leather bound.

 

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?

Hard to say. I know the studio would more than likely cast the wrong person. I would hate to see them pull on me what they’ve done with Stephen King and The Dark Tower film they are doing. I would hope they would look at the material and do it justice and show it respect.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

If you are looking to be the next Stephen King, give up. You will be disappointed. Be prepared to work your ass off for little return. Be prepared to have lots of headaches and have loved ones get frustrated with you because you have little time to spend with them. Be prepared to have narrow minded idiots insult your hard work and try to beat you down and make you quit. But also be prepared to feel the love of a few souls that will think of you as something special. Also, be ready to have people ask you to help them get what you’ve got. But also remember you are GOD. You create reality in your books. You create worlds and people you will be closer to than anyone in “the real world.”

 

 


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I love you.

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Unfortunately, with all the writing I’m doing I have no time to read. I mostly listen to audio books on the bus home from work. The last book I listened to was Joe Hill’s Heart Shaped Box.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No. That was too many years ago.  Can you remember any details from 30 years ago? How about 20? What color shirt were you wearing on June 27th 2016? What did you read in the newspaper on that day? Modern day to day culture and everyday events cloud our memories of the past.

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Comedy and tragedy.

 

 

Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?

Vincent Van Gogh. I would like to meet him a few months before he died and tell him how much is art meant to the world. Van Gogh died thinking his life’s work was garbage, not worthy of the price of a cup of coffee. It is stories like this that anger me. Too many artists die without getting the recognition or appreciation they deserve.

 

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

Here Lies William Pattison, Maker Of Worlds

I want this because it is the truth.

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I collect movies and movie memorabilia. I also paint and draw.

 

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Anything horror, science fiction, fantasy, comedy, or mystery.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

I’m addicted to hamburgers, Chinese, and Italian food.

Colors: Blue and red.

Good music. I hate Country and Polka.

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

Nothing else.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

You can find all the links to my various sites at:

http://authorericmorse.weebly.com/

Amazon Author Page for Eric Morse

https://www.amazon.com/Eric-Morse/e/B001KCGKWO/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1475068833&sr=1-2-ent

(note: I don’t currently have an Amazon page for William Pattison yet)

 

The Camp Crystal Lake Series

Friday the 13th: Mother’s Day

https://www.amazon.com/Mothers-Tales-Camp-Crystal-Lake

Friday the 13th: Jason’s Curse

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0425143392

Friday the 13th: The Carnival

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/042515825X

Friday the 13th: Road Trip

https://www.amazon.com/Road-Trip-Friday-13th-Crystal/dp/042514383X

 

As William Pattison

Psychotic State: The Novel

https://www.amazon.com/Psychotic-State-Novel-William-Pattison

The Traveler: A Conflict of Interest

https://www.amazon.com/Traveler-Conflict-Interest-Chronicles

(Note Print and Kindle editions will be back soon.)

(Note: Symphony of Death was a Kindle exclusive, so when it was pulled it was completely deleted from Amazon. It will be back on Kindle in the near future.)

 

Here is my interview with Stephen H. Provost

Name Stephen H. Provost

Age 53

Where are you from?

 Born in Fresno, California; living in Cambria on California’s Central Coast where I’m editor of The Cambrian weekly newspaper and pursuing a second career as an author. My wife, Samaire, is an author, as well.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

 My fantasy adventure novel “Memortality” will be out in February. It’s the story of a woman who can bring the dead back to life through the power of her eidetic memory and paranormal gift. It’s my first traditionally published novel and the first title on the new imprint Pace Press. It’ll be out Feb. 1 and is available for presale on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dqIJjJ. My second historical nonfiction work, on the history of Highway 99 in California, is also due out next year, on Craven Street Books. Meanwhile, I’m writing the sequel to “Memortality.” (I try to stay busy!)

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I took a creative writing class as a junior in high school and wrote an Arthurian spoof called “The Adventures of Krack.” I’ve been writing in one way or another ever since.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I began getting my stories published in the college newspaper at Cal State University, Fresno.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

That would be “The Phoenix Principle,” which I published under the name Stifyn Emrys. It was my attempt to figure out “where everything came from” – the political and mythological underpinnings of western religion.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Conversational. Action-oriented. I don’t want the reader to get bogged down in a lot of flowery description. I like to move the story along with lots of action and dialogue. And twists. If I’m writing fiction, I love a good twist.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

“Memortality” is a combination of the words “memory” and “immortality.” It came to me in the car when my wife and I were driving home from a book signing for my nonfiction book on the history of my hometown, “Fresno Growing Up.”

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Memories are important. If you can preserve the memories of the people and things that are important to you, you can, in some sense, keep them alive.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

 The protagonist, Minerva Rus, is paralyzed from the waist down. I drew some of the inspiration for her character from my mother, who was left paralyzed on her right side by polio as a young teen.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

Robert Lynn Asprin’s “Myth” series (I love a good pun); Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s “Good Omens”; Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book;” Tolkien (like nearly everyone who enjoys fantasy, I suppose); Terry Goodkind’s “Wizard’s First Rule,” and a bunch of others. No mentor. I’ve worked out my identity as a writer, for the most part, on my own.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

 Most recently (although he’s not really new anymore) Ransom Riggs with “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” I liked his combination of childhood innocence, an original idea and the connection to history he made through the old photos he found at garage sales, swap meets, etc.

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My publisher, Linden Publishing, has been great. Not only did they accept my unagented query for “Fresno Growing Up,” they did a heck of a job with the book and then, on top of that, accepted “Memortality” even though they’ve published very little fiction in the past. The fact that they created a whole new imprint and are kicking it off with my book still blows me away.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

As a journalist, it’s been a career for me for 30 years. Although much of that time has been spent a lot of that has been spent as an editor, I’ve always considered writing my first love. Working as an author is another aspect of that. I’m having a blast.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Nope. I’m very pleased with it. Of course, I’m still waiting for editorial suggestions, so we’ll see!

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

In that creative writing class. After that, I wrote a fantasy book longhand in my early 20s. It was very uneven, and I’ve never tried to publish it, but it was a good practice run for what I’ve done more recently.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

The tagline (which my publisher came up with) is, “Minerva Rus can raise the dead. And it might get her killed.” As you can imagine, being able to revive the dead can make someone the target of everyone from government agents to people with their own agendas. And that’s what happens to Minerva, a 21-year-old introvert who’s isolated herself because she’s been picked on by peers and neglected by her mother. The first dead person she happens to revive is her childhood best friend – who becomes her romantic interest. There are historical connections, fantasy worlds to explore and plenty of danger and intrigue.

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I write both fiction and nonfiction, and I’ve done far more of the latter. I find it easy because all the pieces are there: You just have to find them and put them together in an interesting way, like a puzzle. Fiction is the bigger challenge for me because you have to make things up out of whole cloth, then keep everything straight. I’m not big on formal outlines, because I want the story to take me where it’s going to go, but the more complex the world you build, the more meticulous you have to be in terms of consistency.

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

For my historical nonfiction, I’ve traveled quite a bit within California, because I do the photography for the books in addition to writing them. That’s been a lot of fun for both me and Samaire. We’ve gotten to visit the California redwoods and some other beautiful country. I’ve also done some traveling for book signings, and I expect to be doing more of that next year.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I designed my own covers for the self-published works (eight titles, both fiction and nonfiction) I produced under the pen name Stifyn Emrys. My publisher designed the cover for “Fresno Growing Up.” The cover for “Memortality” is by Claudia Lucia McKinney, whose work can be seen at http://phatpuppyart.com. I was struck by her work and suggested it to my publisher, who was equally enthusiastic. I love what they came up with for “Memortality.”

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

It wasn’t hard at all, actually. The story just flowed. It’s 89,000 words, and it took two months to write from start to finish.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

 That I’m not just a nonfiction writer. I can do this.

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?

That’s a hard one. Maybe Elizabeth Olsen, who played Scarlet Witch in “Captain America: Civil War.”

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Inhabit your world. When you’re writing, block out everything else and focus on your story as if you’re living it. Imagine you’re the protagonist. Then go for it!

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I think you’ll love “Memortality.” Whenever I write something, I try for something original, and I haven’t seen anything else like this out there. It’s not about ghosts or vampires or werewolves or zombies. It’s an entirely new kind of paranormal adventure.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Mike Fleetwood’s autobiography. I’m a music lover, and I get a kick out of reading biographies of rock musicians.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 “The Horse that Played Centerfield” by Hal Hidgon. I’m also a sports lover. I read it in summer camp because I realized I’d rather read than go horseback riding.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 Laugh: “The Big Bang Theory.” Cry: My father just died last month.

Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?

 Maybe King Arthur, because I’d love to find out how much of his story is history and how much is myth.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?

 Storyteller, philosopher, historian. Because that’s what I am.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Well, I don’t consider writing a hobby. It’s more of a passion. I enjoy going to concerts, watching football and basketball, traveling.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

 “Seinfeld,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Star Trek” (all incarnations), Marvel movies, “Once Upon a Time,” “Grimm,” “Pushing Daisies,” “The Twilight Zone.”

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Food: Mexican. Colors: Blue and forest green. Music: Symphonic rock (Nightwish, Delain); classic rock (Queen, KISS, Def Leppard); but I like some country, pop and classical music, as well.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I probably would have been a historian, because how we got from “then” to “now” fascinates me. 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Blog/author website: www.stephenhprovost.com.

Amazon page: http://amzn.to/2diX6kT.

Facebook author page: www.facebook.com/shprovost.

 

Here is my interview with Samaire Provost

Name              Samaire Provost

Age                 52

Where are you from            

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc                            

Raised much of my childhood in California, mostly San Diego. I attended UC San Diego. I now live with my husband and son on the central California coast.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?                  

I hope to soon have news about my next novel, which is in final edits.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?                  

I’ve been a lifelong reader and began writing at the age of 12, writing mostly Star Trek fanfic.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?                 

When my first novel hit Amazon. It’s called Mad World: EPIDEMIC and it’s the first in a trilogy. All three are available from Amazon.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?                     

My imagination

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?                      

I write stories with lots of action and excitement – you will never be bored reading one of my books

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?                      

My trilogy is a zombie apocalypse story, the trilogy is called “Mad World” because it’s a world gone mad. The three books are called” Epidemic, Sanctuary, & Desperation. They describe each part of the three-part story

 

 
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?          

Actually, the message could be “work together and take care of the people you love” and also “don’t ever go out unprepared”

 

 
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?                    

My Mad World trilogy is entirely fantasy

 

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?                 

Books that influenced me include “The Dark Is Rising” by Susan Cooper, “Into the Out Of” by Alan Dean Foster, “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle, and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman

 

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Two of my favorite authors are Neil Gaiman and Stephen King. Their boundless imagination and creativity strike me as invaluable.

 

 
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.         

My mentor Michael Knost has been a great help on my current book.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?                  

Yes, absolutely

 

 
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?      

No, I think it’s coming along nicely and I think readers will find it very enjoyable.

 

 
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?                

I’ve always been a huge reader from a very young age, I think I loved stories and books so much I wanted to create my own.

 

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?       

It’s a novel set in modern Seattle, involving vampires and a very ancient and historical family.

 

 
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?     

The hardest thing for me will always be finding the discipline to keep to a regular schedule and daily goals. But I believe if you aren’t very strict with yourself it will be very hard to accomplish what you want to. This is why I’m very strict with myself.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?                

Not yet, but I see travel and research in my future.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?               

The covers to my trilogy were designed by my creative team. My newest book will likely be designed by a different creative team.

 

 
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?            

Actually, I don’t find writing difficult at all, it’s actually very enjoyable. Letting my imagination run wild, making things up and writing them down, it’s all a very exciting and enjoyable experience.

 

 
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?         

Writing my trilogy was very educational, I learned may things about the research and trials that went on in Europe with the English excavation and also about the research facilities at Stanford U in Palo Alto, CA

 

 

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?          

I would love for Jennifer Lawrence to play Alyssa, the lead character in the first two books.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?            

Read a lot and write every day and never, ever, ever give up. Discouragement is rampant in writers, but the old adage is true: an author is a writer who never gave up.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?    

Please enjoy my Mad World trilogy available on Amazon, and be on the lookout for my newest novel coming out soon!

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?              

“The Fifth Season” by Jemisin

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?           

One of the first chapter books I ever loved and reread multiple times was “The Black Stallion” by Walter Farley

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Nearly everything makes me laugh. Death makes me cry.

 

 

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?   

I’d like to meet Stephen King, it would be wonderful to spend an afternoon with him.

 

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?           

“Storyteller”  – because that’s what I fancy myself

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?                 

Gardening, Academia, Reading, Traveling, Exploring

 

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?                 

I love watching The Big Bang Theory, Grimm, Once Upon a Time, Game of Thrones, and Vikings.  I love any science fiction movie. I’m a Trekkie from way back.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music        

Japanese food, Orange and pink and yellow, blue and green and purple, Celtic music.

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

If I had not become a writer I would have become a Physicist.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

www.samaireprovost.com/

samaireprovost.tumblr.com/

www.amazon.com/Samaire-Provost/e/B008PVTXMW

www.amazon.com/Mad-World-Epidemic-Samaire-Provost/dp/147831737X/

www.amazon.com/Mad-World-SANCTUARY-Samaire-Provost/dp/1479220094/

www.amazon.com/Mad-World-DESPERATION-Samaire-Provost/dp/1492904538/

 

 

 

Here is my interview with Nicky Peacock

Name: Nicky Peacock

 

 
Age: Old enough to keep that to myself😉

 

 
Where are you from: The UK

 

 
A little about yourself. i.e your education Family life etc
I’m an English author based in the UK and have two YA book series out through the publishers, Evernight Teen. I started my writing career in the short story market and gained over 30 publishing credits before I sold my first novel. I write horrors, urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but do enjoy a good genre mash-up so tend to be open about what I write. As long as it has a sharp, dark edge to it, I’m a happy author!

 

 
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’m currently still promoting my newest release, Lost in Wonderland, which is a contemporary supernatural thriller using the themes of Alice in Wonderland. I’ll also be doing a Twitter takeover for Young Entertainment Magazine on Thursday, Oct 27th 4-6pm EST for a Halloween tweet-feast https://twitter.com/YoungEntmag Everyone is invited!

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’m not sure I ever had that eureka moment. Literary apples didn’t konk me on the head one day. My mum had always wanted to be an author, and I think she passed that onto me at an early age. I loved writing at school; English was by far my best subject – it just came real easy to me. Especially with reading being a close second love to writing.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’d always considered myself a writer. Anyone who has the courage to put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard, deserves to call themselves a writer, but I considered myself an author, once I was published.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Bad Blood was born from me wanting to read a book that had vampires and zombies pitted against one another, but I couldn’t find it – so I decided to write it myself,

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m very action orientated, so my books are quite fast paced. I also have a very dry sense of humor that seems to seep into anything I write. I don’t like to just re-hash plot lines, so I’m always experimenting with different twists and turns.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Bad Blood (the first in the Battle of the Undead series) was always there; it works for both the zombie blood that vampires cannot drink and the bad feelings between the two main characters. Lost in Wonderland (the first in the Twisted and the Brave series) was down to the book being all about getting lost and a secret vigilante group that hunt serial killers called Wonderland – so that was always the working title too.

 

 

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I always have a theme and a message in my books, but it’s more fun for readers to discover it there themselves. I always hope that readers find my characters at just the right time in their lives when they need some guidance or a bit of fun to take them away from this dreary reality.

 

 
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Both my book series have supernatural elements, so thankfully very few aspects of either have autobiographical scenes. I do try to have relationships from my life echo through my books. When writing about the paranormal, it’s good to liberally sprinkle it with some reality, makes the crazy bits seem more real somehow.

 

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? A mentor?
I don’t have a mentor – I really wish I did. That’s why I run a local writers’ group to try to help fledgling writers with their own careers. When I was younger I loved the work of the classics like Poe and Lovecraft, I then moved on to Richard Laymon and Stephen King and Poppy Z Brite.

 

 
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that strikes you about their work?
I’m not sure she is considered new, but I’ve been reading Robin LaFever’s books. Fascinating to have historical supernatural stories for a YA audience. There had clearly been a massive amount of research into the time period, which I admire greatly.

 

 
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I’m actually going to struggle to answer this one! I grew up in a smallish town in the UK where there was little money put into the creative arts. That thankfully has changed now, but it wasn’t there when I needed it. I started my writers’ group 6 years ago now, just before I was published, so creating an atmosphere of like-minded individuals helped me.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Very much so. It’s a hard one that takes up a lot of time and gives very little back regarding salary (unless you hit it big that is!) but I won’t stop working on it until I do get that runaway hit that means I can write for a living and comfortably support, my family.

 

 
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
The reviews have been great for Lost in Wonderland. However, readers are saying that would have liked it to be longer – so perhaps I would add a little more in there, carry the story on for a few more chapters. I am currently working on the sequel, The Assassin of Oz, so I’m adding in more to that one to answer the open questions from Wonderland and give the readers what they want.

 

 
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My mum. She always wanted to be an author but never had the time. I guess it was in my DNA.

 

 
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m currently working on the sequel to Lost in Wonderland which is The Assassin of Oz and the third in the Battle of the Undead series called Bad Karma.

 

 
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Time. Finding the time not just to write, but edit and promote your author brand on social media and promote your work, it’s exhausting. I wish I could write full-time, but if I want the luxuries in life like food and shelter, I need to have a regular full-time job too!

 

 
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
If only! I always envy those writers that can just take off to far and wide exotic destinations to use first-hand experience. I just don’t have the time or the money right now. Thankfully Google Earth is free and much less time consuming.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publishers, Evernight Teen, had them designed. There’re some lovely and talented designers out there.

 

 
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I enjoy the whole process, but the toughest part is letting it go and letting your publishers read it for the first time. I just keep prodding the manuscript and working on it, knowing full well I have to let it go.

 

 
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
LOL, I’d like to say I did, but I always tell the truth in interviews, so probably very little apart from if you write when you’re tired, expect to spend twice as much time editing!

 

 
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
I’m a massive Game of Thrones fan so, for Lost in Wonderland’s Mouse it would have to be Maisie Williams.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Start small to learn your craft, go for the short story market in the first instance.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Please buy my books! LOL, but seriously, the more you buy, the more time I can spend writing them for you🙂

 

 
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Coffee Table Book of Doom by Steven Appleby & Art Lester -both educational and funny.

 

 
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Dracula by Bram Stoker. Because it was in the horror section, it felt like I was being naughty by reading it!

 
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
People falling over makes me laugh; I know I’m evil! Animals being mistreated makes me cry and get angry.

 

 
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Emelia Earhart. I’d love to know what really happened to her.

 

 
Fiona: What do you want to be written on your headstone and why?
Here lies Nicky Peacock, One dark and stormy night she will rise from this grave then come and get you!

 

 
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I work full time on a trade magazine and spend the rest of my time writing and promoting my work (a massive part of the modern author’s life) I try to exercise, but to be honest, my heart is rarely in it and I usually find an excuse – I’ve gotten quite a bit of writing done in the past trying to avoid the treadmill! I’m a big movie and TV addict and run a local writers’ group to encourage others that need help on the road to their literary dreams.

 

 
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Bitten, Vampire Diaries, Hunted (UK reality show about ordinary people evading capture by the government) and Lucifer on Amazon Prime.

 

 
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Chocolate, Green, anything except jazz.

 

 
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
An English teacher. At least then I could still be near creative writing.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Blog:   Twitter: Y  A Facebook Page:   UK Amazon Author Page:

US Amazon Author page:   Good Reads: Tumblr:  Authorgraph:

 

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Here is my interview with Sara Khan

Name Sara Khan

Age 47

Where are you from

I live in Yorkshire, England with my husband, who is my rock and has stood at my side in my fight for justice. We are the proud parents of two amazing young boys, who are our world and will protect forever. My blood family lost a daughter, sister and the world gained a mother figure.

As my 40th birthday was approaching I sat down and looked at memories of my life that was, that past and all those deep hidden tears that I shed silently behind closed doors.

They say life begins at 40 and that is exactly when my life started to take change. From that day, that precise moment I took that first step and started to work on my baby steps to put my past right. The tears that followed while I was sorting my past out was the hardest that I had ever experienced in my life. I was born into a family that was huge and never ending, brothers that I loved with all my heart and for those that I kept this honour intact so they could prosper in their life. Now it was my turn, I had carried that entire burden on my shoulders and now this daughter, sister wanted their help, So I started to knock on doors of my blood family, that family that said I was their daughter, I cried my heart out and begged, please it’s my turn, I need you to hold this daughters hand. They did say, yes we will be there for you, yes it’s your time now as you kept our honour, that respect that we so highly held in the community. However, when the time came, that time that this daughter dreamt about all her life, to be free of this hurt, they all walked away. One by one, all of them, family members became none. I was left with the small family that our creator had made for me, as he knew one day everyone was going to walk away, as that is how my destiny was written.

But I Sara didn’t stay quiet for long as that long lost voice, that voice that everyone tried to make silent came louder day by day. As it got louder, it reached out to other victims who had been still searching for their voice.

With strength and determination, I broke barriers, that stamina attached by our surroundings, that community that we call home, that place we call Izzat (Honour).

I showed others by my life experiences of what I had learned while I was searching for my answers, which I found were already within. I guided people that I met, in person or online that they too could move onto the next level. I used my steps that I took to show others the way forward. Everything that I learned I passed on the knowledge that was deep so deep inside me. I was a victim of child abuse and with me taking steps to put my life in order I became a survivor! I then encouraged other victims to do the same I showed them how, why and where I had gone for information. Most victims found it easier to communicate online as it gave them the security to stay anonymous. This has enabled other victims to reach out to me, ask me for help and guidance as there is this complete trust. I then use the connections that I have used, that journey that I took and send people in the correct direction to seek help. I do not only help victims; I am an inspirational life coach too and motivate people to take that first step in order to make a difference in their lives. It is not only online, as I talk to many people in Bradford when I am active. I approach people and start talking to them. Because of the person I am today, I have made friends from all walks of life, local, national and internationally.

I recently found my Islamic faith and I write my inspirational words on Social Networking sites, words that I get from my spiritual guides from the spirit world. I teach everyone that we are purely energy in a body that we call a shell and our thoughts can travel miles to reach recipient at the other side of the world. I have a vision, a dream of a peaceful world; I encourage others to send encouraging thoughts to who they wish, as they will get there. I have also been gifted a prayer book, a place where I write names and offer healing. When my prayers book is closed, all the churches, mosques and temples are praying for the people that are in my book. I also have a prayers site on Face book and together we write prayers for the oppressed.

To date I am a powerful advocate, a leader for those that are still searching for their lost voice. I receive referrals from all walks of life, which include sexual abuse victims and people with recurring nightmares where they see spirits. With my background, experience of the life that I have lived, I am able to offer spiritual guidance to them.

I have a gift and can emphasis and sense others feelings when I get letters from people, as the words jump out and speak to me via thought. I feel, what the writer is expressing in their letter, and when I give feedback, there is shock of disbelief. My passion is to heal and support anyone that comes knocking on my door; I have made this my purpose in life. I believe as God held my hand, I will be there for anyone that asks me for support and will put all my heart in helping others until they find the courage to walk their journey on their own. That is the promise that I have given to God, who walks with me on this amazing spiritual journey of pure love and peace.

My passion is to heal, help, and support with those words that come from within, which gives me strength to heal the world. I do most of my work, networking on my computer were I reach out to souls and build relationships, and with amazing results. I have a way of connecting with individuals and making magical transformations; I have being there and understand the pain that the victims are feeling. I also do one to one sessions, and victims are shocked when I reassure them with my answers. They have complete trust and faith in my abilities that I offer.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I can finely say that my book has been released and I’m ecstatically relieved and wary at the same time as I don’t know what reaction I will get.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing in 2010, after my 40th birthday and it came by pure accident really as at the time I was feeling so depressed and a friend had inspired me to write down my feelings into poems and out came all these amazing words that were filled with so much emotions.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When all these words in my mind, those thoughts would appear and I started to write them down and an author was born by complete chance.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I was browsing the internet and came across a website, where I began to write how happy I was, when someone asked me how I had gotten to that stage. As I started to answer their question, I had thought: “I could explain this in a book.” I felt a spirit presence as this thought was going through my mind. I often get visits from spirits, and lately, these experiences had been getting stronger each day. I believe I was led by the spirit world and by my gut instinct to write this book, to explain how I found my inner peace, which is so powerful: strong and yet so calming.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

My writing comes from the thoughts that I get and I do have to write them down before I forget what I have being given and I do believe that these thoughts come from the spirit world that are guiding me on this earth plane.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title, Life does get better was because my life did get better and peace within was a thought that I had. I can just picture that precise moment that I got that title, I was in my bedroom and these words flashed in my mind and I ran across to get a pen which was situated on my dresser.

 

 
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

This is my gift to all the victims out there; believe me it can be done – I am living proof of that. You will know when the time is right to begin your journey. My life DID get better and I have found my inner peace within. This is my story. My hope is that in some way, it helps others find their own inner peace.

 

 
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

The entire book is based on my own life events that have occurred.

 

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

I love The Secret by Rhonda Byrne as it talks you through how the universe works with us on this earth plane.

 

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

To be honest, I haven’t had time to read a book but will do when I have more time.

 

 
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

I feel that I have being guided by the support of my followers on my social network sites all around the world to find more of these amazing hidden words and it’s because of their support that I am on this beautiful path.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I see it as an extra tool to help me guide others that might be going through difficult times in their lives.

 

 
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I would rewrite it in Punjabi for my Asian readers and other then that I wouldn’t change anything.

 

 
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

It was what a friend had said to me, “Write down your thoughts” and out came all these wonderful words, followed by a website and then books.

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I am working on my latest book and it’s all about my spiritual awakening and where I am in life now.

 

 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

My grammar lets me down as I never really did well at school and didn’t learn how to write put punctuation in the correct places but I am learning slowly.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

At the moment I only sell online but am thinking of doing book events in the future.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

A great friend that I met online, Riaz Ahmed who is a photographer and you can find his work on his website www.studio68.org.uk

 

 
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

When it came to writing my second book, I found it hard to concentrate as there was too much distraction from all the other projects that I was working with.

 

 
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Life is a journey and we have all come here to learn lessons, so slow down and try to learn as much as you possibly can and don’t be scared to express the way you are feeling.

 

 

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?

Sonakshi Sinha, a great Bollywood actress, as I feel that she has my character and looks a bit like me in my younger days.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

If you feel that you want to write, just do it and let your heart direct you and don’t worry about finding publishers as it all will come together at the right time.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

The most important advice that I can give is, follow your heart and if something in your life needs sorting out, just be brave and take that step.

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m not reading anything, as I am in the middle of writing my second book which is taking most of my time.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I can’t remember any names, but I have this vision of a little girl sitting on the library floor reading a book and I did love that experience.

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Reading my old work and the errors that I have made back then but I have learned by those mistakes. I do cry when think back on my life and but bring myself back, as I am in charge of my life.

 

 

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

I would love to meet myself from the younger days to tell her to speak up and not to keep things in.

 

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

She lived her life in her own way and guided those that had no voice. Now she can rest in peace and enjoy the rewards that she has earned.

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I love watching Bollywood movies as I can get to live in a virtual world for a few hours and be free.

 

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

My favorite drama is Bandini and its about a young Indian girl who marries a elder man due to family honor which reminds me of my life in a way.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

I love making curries and my favorite color is red. Music has to be Hindi songs.

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

That’s a tricky one. Up until I sorted my life out, I had no dreams or ambitions and it’s only now that I have these desires to do something in my life.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

My blog on wordpress is https://sarakhanblog.wordpress.com/home/

My readers can find my book on Amazon

USA https://www.amazon.com/Life-Does-Get-Better-Within/dp/1530513790/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Does-Get-Better-Within/dp/1530513790/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474921671&sr=1-1&keywords=Life+Does+Get+Better%3A+Peace+Within+is+Found+Again

 

 

 

 

Here is my interview with A.L. Marchant

Name: A.L. Marchant

A.L. Marchant consists of two people – Sisters Andrea Katz and Laura Finley.  

Age:

Andrea is 39 years old, and Laura is 34 years old

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

Andrea: We were raised in Travelers Rest, SC. It’s situated right in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I think, at the time, I didn’t really appreciate it, but now I know it was a wonderful place to grow up. I earned a B.S. Degree in Biology. I’m married to the love of my life and we have two little boys. Like Laura, we moved quite a bit. First, Virginia Beach, then we moved to Carlsbad, NM, and we are now settled into beautiful Aiken, SC.

Laura: I was raised in a beautiful town called Travelers Rest, South Carolina. I married a wonderful military man and travelled with him a bit. We ended up settling back down in South Carolina. We have two children together. As far as education, I have an Associates in elementary education. However, I choose a different path and currently am an Optician. Did we mention that Andrea and I are sisters?

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Andrea & Laura: This past year has been a whirlwind for us. We were assigned to a creative-mind reading cover artist, all of our edits are complete, and Soul Search should be out soon. The latest news for us was the chance to participate in our own panel at Soda City Comic Con, Columbia South Carolina. It was the first time for both us, and way outside of our comfort zone. But we had awesome feedback, promotional opportunities, and proved to ourselves that we can do this.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Andrea & Laura: We are both avid readers – no joke. If given the chance, we could easily read a novel a day. I can’t remember the book or the Author, but a few years ago *cough ten years ago* we called each other talking about the novel. We were so mad at how it the plot was weak and predictable, the female protagonist was whiney, and the male lead was border line abusive. I specifically remember in that phone call conversation we had an awkward silence like ‘What now?’ We both spoke up at once in a ‘let’s do this’ conversation. Honestly, this whole series is a labor of love. We actually wrote the book with adults in mind, originally. Eerily enough, we can to the conclusion that it was not working, and scrapped that idea. Andrea had the idea of taking it back to the beginning, ie the teen years. Laura was surprised, as she was having the same thought. Thus, Soul Search was born.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Laura: For me, it was when we received our initial contract. We finished the original version of Soul Search, and approached agents. We got some amazing feedback, and reworked the story into what it is today. The whole process became real for me was the moment we signed the contract.

Andrea: Maybe, it hit me when I first me when we knew we were done with Soul Search and were ready to send it out to agencies and publishers. I remember telling Laura that it didn’t matter how many no’s we received, as we only needed one yes. Now, I have people already asking for autographed copies, and the book hasn’t been released quite yet.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Laura: I kind of answered that a few questions back. As far as inspirations for the actual book, Andrea and I both write what we know. We are both into to Science Fiction and Fantasy plots. I can’t answer for her, but for me once we had the different worlds defined-the story came together. *Laughing* That is once we listened to exactly where the characters wanted to take us.

Andrea: When we started talking about writing together, I lived in Virginia Beach, and I believe she was either in Rhode Island, or had just returned to SC. Either way, we were quite a distance apart. What struck me as odd was that we seemed to be having similar story ideas, and that the voices (or muses, depending on who you talk to) were very much the same. It was like fate saying, “You have to get this story out, and you have to do it together.” And that was right. We could not do this story without working together.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Laura: It is different when there is two of us. When we first started the characters, we had an interview with each of them. The questions were describing physical attributes, quirks, what ticks you off, what do you like, et cetera. Even though we somewhat scrapped the original Soul Search, our characters stayed true to the original interview questions. What is working for us, is we write chapter for chapter. We typically call each other and work out a plot, but for the most part we write alternate chapters. Andrea and I think crazy alike, so now going back through Soul Search I couldn’t tell you what she or I wrote individually. It’s all one author, AL Marchant.

Andrea: To take Laura’s statement one step further, one of us would write until the “voices” were done with us, then send what we had to the other sister. That sister was always able to pick up where the other left off. Almost like we were hearing the same “voices” at the same time. My husband still gives me the oddest looks, because I’ll stop in the middle of the most mundane task, and just have to tell Laura about this idea I just had. And, 9 times out of 10, she’s probably had the same idea.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Laura: Andrea did that. She is amazingly creative at putting the whole theme of the novel into those two words. She also thought of the second novel title.

Andrea: The title is really a 2 word phrase to sum up not just the theme of book, but what our main character, Reagan Harbin, is going through at the time of the novel. And now I’ almost blushing by what Laura just said. I don’t really know that I had to think hard about the title. It just came out of me one day, and we both were just very much, “Oh my God. That’s it!”


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Laura: For me, the theme that always pops in my head is that you always have a choice for your actions. Our protagonist, Reagan Harbin, is presented by many situations that will ultimately shape who she will become. At the end of the day, it is her choice alone that defines her actions. I hope that by the end of Reagan’s story, even though some will disagree with her choices, they will at least understand why she did what she did to become the person she needs to be.

Andrea: To take this a step further – Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The scientist in me just came out. Anyway, not just Reagan has choices to make. The choices that other made in the past influence choices that Reagan, and others, make.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Laura: Soul Search is in the fantasy genre, so as far as realism goes…it’s not necessarily realistic. However, we did choose the town we grew up and many of the locations in the novel are real. For the fantasy aspect, we chose to stick with many of the local legends of the area as defining points in the novel. Culturally, we felt it important to stay true-as much as a fantasy novel allows-to local myths and legends.

Andrea: If you are asking if any of the characters are based on real people, the answer is yes and no. Some characters we completely made up. Others, we kind of thought of people we knew, but then took it to a twisted extreme. So the original thought of a known person may have been there, but the character is no longer based in reality.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

Laura: This is hard. I love reading that much. As far as genre’s, I enjoy Fantasy (all sub-genre’s), Science Fiction, Romance, Alternative History, Mystery…if it catches my eye, I will read it. So, I would say not one particular book has influenced me, but reading as a whole. Growing up there are two books that are will always be my ultimate read: What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson and Ember From the Sun by Mark Canter. Those two books opened my love of reading and I haven’t looked back since.

Andrea: I very much enjoy fantasy and sci-fi. I guess, if I’m choosing influences, I’ll go with my favorite authors – Sherrilyn Kenyon, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kresley Cole, and a few others.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Laura: I don’t necessarily have a favorite author, but I do lately I have been sticking true to the fantasy/urban fantasy themes. A new author that has grasped my attention is Lauren Stewart, Hyde. What stuck with me was the re-envisioning of the concept of Jekyll/Hyde.

Andrea: Hmm…I don’t really think they are new authors, but I’ve recently started enjoying Heather Killough-Walden’s “13 Kings” series. Also, A.G. Howard’s retelling of “Wonderland.”


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Andrea: Wow, hard question. We are close to our family and they’ve very much supported us through everything. Friends outside the family have supported me, but I feel the biggest amount of support has come from family.

Laura: That’s not a fair question because our family is close, so all of our family has been supportive. My husband is the most supportive and the biggest cheerleader for me. I think that still counts as family, but I am sticking to that answer.

 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Andrea: Oh my, yes. That would be a dream come true. Take for granted that right now, both of us have jobs, and writing is on the side. But, if one day we actually could make a full time career of it, I’d jump all over it.

Laura: I never thought I would love writing as much as I do. So yeah, maybe one day it would be a career.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Andrea: We’ve already written Soul Search completely twice. This version of the book is what it was always meant to be, I wouldn’t write it again. The next book in the series is still a work in progress, so it’s still changing as the story continues. But Soul Search is a completed story.

Laura: No, I wouldn’t change anything. I have a feeling that if something would change then we would have to change the whole plot. I am not sure if I am up to writing Soul Search a third time.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Andrea: I don’t know exactly when my interest started. I just remember starting to hear the story in my head. I also remember that it just got louder until I finally wrote it down. I’m just thankful that Laura was having the same ideas at the same time, and we were able to fill-in any holes in the story the other had.

Laura: For me, I have always loved to tell stories and to talk to whoever would listen to me. It was a natural progression to transition what was coming out of my mouth to writing it on paper.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Andrea and Laura: How about this scene from Soul Search, about halfway through a dream sequence:

As I touched the black, it rippled like how water would ripple if you barely skimmed the top. Feeling brave I stuck my hand through and pulled my hand back. It cascaded like the water effect, but my hand was not wet. My heart threatened to pop out of my chest, but feeling a little braver (or stupid depending on your personal opinion), I closed my eyes and stuck my head through the darkness.

 

Inhaling deeply and not drowning, I opened my eyes. Interestingly enough, on the other side of the black was a long hallway. Since there was nobody in the hallway, I decided to be braver still, and step through. This could be the stupidest thing I have ever done, but it just felt like the right thing to do.

 

The hallway was narrow and about fifty feet long. In it were thirteen paintings. The paintings were tall rather than wide, and they all were shaped like doorways. Each painting showed distinctly different scenes. One was a beautiful green field with the beginnings of a forest in the background. Behind the forest was house with smoke puffing out of the chimney. One of the paintings was what I have always imagined medieval Europe to look like. Obviously no electricity, and exaggerated buildings in the skyline. It was just dark. I turned around and looked at the painting I stepped out of and realized for the first time that I must be having a wicked dream. That would be the only explanation. What I do know about dreams is that if I realize that I am sleeping, then maybe I can control it, and I can’t be hurt in a dream. Feeling more in control and a whole lot calmer, I take a deeper look at the scene I stepped out of.

 

The girl was still sitting there threatening Mikey’s life if he doesn’t show soon, and no longer paying attention to the dark energy. For some reason, I think she actually doesn’t see it; therefore, she isn’t moving. Since I feel a lot less threatened, I decide to step back through the painting and see where this dream takes me. When I stepped back through the painting, the girl gasped. I started to say hey again, thinking that maybe she heard me, but stopped myself when two different entities walked through me.

 

One was dressed professionally in a suit and tie and close cropped hair. He looked like an average banker-type, except that he was missing both his pinkie fingers, and when he turned around, I could see he had a rather long scar across his left cheek. The light of the one candle does not allow me to see any more detail. The other body was covered from head to toe in a dark robe, like what a monk used to wear. Every part of the being was covered. As it walked through me, it turned around as if it had felt me. For the first time since this dream started, I felt a vague sense of danger, and thought that I could actually get hurt.

 

The guy in the suit said in a gravelly voice like he has smoked one too many cigarettes, “Hey man, why are you stopping. We got to go.”

 

The being in the cloak leaned toward where I was standing and audibly inhaled a deep breath, as if it were breathing in and enjoying my scent. The girl then decided to show some false bravado and said with an attitude only a child can show, “Where the Hell did y’all come from?”  It stopped inhaling and slowly turned its head around. In comparison to how slow it had been moving, it walked relatively swiftly to the girl. It almost looked as if it were floating slightly above the ground.

 

“I wasna told I was gonna be fed,” the cloaked figure said with a very distinct Olde Irish or possibly Scottish accent. It sounded excited at the prospect.

 

The other guy moved toward him and put his hand on the cloak of one shoulder, “This isn’t Obyri, man. If you kill, O.A.T. will come after you.” He pronounced O.A.T in three separate drawn out letters.  It sounds familiar.  What the hell is O.A.T.?  I must be craving oats or something in reality.

 

“O.A.T. will tremble at me feet.” the cloaked figure said on in a less pronounced accent yet still an oddly formal old fashioned phrase. Apparently, he doesn’t get out much.

 

“Whatever, man.  If you insist, don’t leave too much of a mess,” said the guy in the suit. He shrugged his shoulders and started to walk across the bridge toward the road.

 

The guy in the cloak leaned down and picked the girl up by her throat from her seated position. She started struggling by kicking and clawing at his hands on her throat. Somehow, she sounded oddly quiet as she was gasping for air. He lifted her toward the opening face of his cloak and I couldn’t see what he was doing to her, so I moved closer. 

 

I moved closer because it looked as if the pervert was going to try to kiss her. But when I moved closer to her, there was an iridescent glow leaving her body. His inhale was pretty audible, and he inhaled that glow deeply, quickly, and audibly into his body. Feeling nauseated by this sudden turn in my dream, but still a little curious, I reached out to touch the glow he hadn’t quite yet inhaled. Once again, my hand moved through the glow and her. My hand did; however, touch the being’s cloak. In fact, I could feel the solid, muscular form underneath the cloak.

 

The cloaked figure never stopped what he was doing. He just kept inhaling the glow from the girl. It probably took less than a minute for the glow to stop, but the cloaked guy kept on inhaling. The girl’s body, obviously dead, started collapse in on itself. Her bone structure became more and more defined to the point of looking like a skeleton. The cloaked figure stopped inhaling, and touched the body’s cheek, and it disintegrated to grey powder-clothes and all. Other than what looked like ash from a fire pit, there was no evidence of the girl.

 

The figure grabbed my hand that was still resting on his arm. I jumped not expecting to be a player in this dream. “Who are ye?” the voice demanded. Not wanting to end up like the girl I tried to pull away from his grasp.


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Andrea and Laura: How far to push the lines in the Young Adult Genre. Soul Search is a YA book. Eventually, this story will cross over into New Adult themes, just for the fact that our main character is going to age with each book. But, right now, it’s figuring out exactly what point a book stops fitting into Young Adult. How far are we allowed to push that boundary before we know we can no longer say this is a Young Adult story, and say it’s an Adult book?


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Andrea and Laura: We’ve both lived all over the country, so you will see other influences outside of South Carolina in future novels. I don’t think we have travel to areas concerning out book, and it helps that we are Fantasy and much of this series may not take place in the here and now. As for us personally traveling for the book, so far, not much. We’ve gone to Columbia, SC for Soda City Comic Con, but that is very far for either of us.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Andrea and Laura: Great question. We are so lucky with who was assigned to us. Amanda Kelsey designed our covers. It’s like she read our minds and came up with the perfect cover art.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Andrea and Laura: This is an easy question, and we both agree – Listening to where the characters want to take the plot. We will start thinking the story is going one way, then our cast of characters take it in the complete opposite direction.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Laura: Another easy question. What I learned is to stop forcing plots. What that means to me, is to relax and get lost in the characters. If I trust that, then the stories will guide itself and more often than not, the store will end somewhere completely different.

Andrea: I mostly agree with Laura here. I learned that if you try to force the story to go where you want it to go, the story will not work. We did that with the first version of Soul Search. That lesson was quickly learned when we had to write the story all over again. I also learned that when the characters start having a conversation in your head, write it down, because they will just get louder until you either write it down or you have a headache,

 

 

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead

Andrea and Laura: This is hard one. Some of the secondary characters we’ve have picked out. The main character…not so much. We are both natural red heads, as is Reagan. We are both picky about how fake the color of dyed red looks on camera. So, we can’t find a natural red head that would fit Reagan. We are actively looking. Suggestions are both wanted and encouraged.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Andrea: You only need one yes, so don’t worry about all the no’s you will get.

Laura: Don’t stop at the first no.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Laura: When Soul Search comes out we really hope you enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed creating it. Please write reviews.

Andrea: I just really hope that people not only like the story and want to see where it goes in the rest of the series, but that they can also see how much we enjoyed bring Reagan’s world to life.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Andrea: The Demon King by Heather Killough-Walden

Laura: Crane by Stacey Rourke

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Andrea: Our grandmother gave me the first chaptered book I remember reading, and it may be an odd choice for someone in middle school, but I loved it: Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

L: The Forbidden Game series, LJ Smith.

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Laura: The weirdest things.

Andrea: Kinda depends on my mood at the time. I’ve been told that I can have rather twisted sense of humor.

Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?

Laura: Cleopatra. Why? I would love to know the real deal. Why it happened the way it did, why did she make her choices and then, *cough* I would write about it.

Andrea: Either Queen Elizabeth I or Catherine the Great, just to know how it felt to be the most powerful person in their world while still being in a male dominated society.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?

Laura: She was happy in life. Why? Because I want future generations to know that as long as you are happy then everything else doesn’t matter.

Andrea: She was loved. Because what is life without love?

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Laura: My husband owns a gun store, so I do enjoy shooting from time to time.

Andrea: Reading, hiking, watching my children grow up…

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Laura: I am loyal to Big Bang Theory, but currently my guilty pleasure is Lucifer.

Andrea: I love The Big Bang Theory and Lucifer, as well. I also absolutely love RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Laura: I love food-not particularly picky there. Favorite color is red because there is always so much more to that color. For music, my playlist has everything from classical to metal core. I currently have X Ambassadors Unsteady on repeat. That is a great writing song.

Andrea: I don’t really have a favorite, but I do enjoy baking cakes. My favorite colors are blue and green – they’re both just alive in my eyes. Music – I don’t really have a favorite kind. What listen to depends on my mood at the time.  

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

Andrea: I’m not yet writing full-time, but hopefully one day, that will happen. I’m not the most social person, but I do like to listen to people, so maybe I would do something with that.

Laura: Writing is currently not my full time career. But, outside of writing I like people. So, I would be doing something with the public.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Andrea and Laura: You can find us as www.almarchant.com or you can always find us on Facebook.

Here is my interview with Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D.

Name Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D.

Age 62

Where are you from New Mexico

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc

I am a husband of 40 years to a wonderful artist and art historian, Kate. We share the joy of four adult children, two writers and two artists, and a wild creature of creativity, our granddaughter – Zoey. I am a Ph.D. in clinical psychology specializing in adult psychotherapy for individuals in emotional and spiritual crisis, a therapist and writer whose writing has been both in non-fiction (psychology and spirituality) and fiction – thrillers, the first of which is The Unholy, a novel that explores the dark side of religion and the human struggle for spiritual freedom.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My latest news is that my next psychological thriller, Goddess of the Wild Thing, is completed and ready for release in about six months with my publisher, Sunstone Press. It’s a thriller about love and whether bad love is better than no love – a woman’s struggle to find herself and her discovery that love is a wild thing!

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I always wanted to be a psychologist and writer since I was sixteen years old. I read Freud, Jung, and William James along with H.P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood, and Arthur Machen. They were the old men that set loose a passion for the human psyche and creativity in the realm of therapy and writing.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

It really began when I was sixteen. I saw an image of myself in my mind as a writer. It’s never left and I hope it never will. It’s a good and replenishing thing.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first thriller was The Unholy. My wife, Kate, inspired me to bring my experiences in treating survivors of religious trauma into a story. Out popped The Unholy.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I feel that the old gothic writers like Blackwood and Lovecraft and Machen are guiding lights for me along with Hemmingway and Carver. I like things to be as lean and into the story as possible, to move along, tell the tale, and paint the picture of what can happen when things go wrong and how to set about dealing with it.

 

 


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Ahhh….religious trauma is The Unholy. It gets to the heart of things that violate the soul, human integrity and conscience. The title hit the mark of the darkness that the young medicine woman suffered and had to go up against and deal with in a way decisive and shocking.

 

 
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The message is – the dark side of religion kills. It’s about the soul being snuffed out and fear and despair setting in so deep a person feels there’s no way out. The dark side of religion kills, as The Unholy dramatizes, and it’s how the young medicine woman in the story dealt with it that’s totally riveting.

 

 
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Oh – The Unholy dramatizes real experiences of real people whose identities are obscured to protect their privacy, a novel about so many people that it is about no one person because it is about everyone at some time or another in life when religion has been questioned and the face of the dark side of religion jumped out front and center.

 

 


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

Like I said, it’s the novels of Lovecraft, Machen, Blackwood along with Hemmingway, Carver, and Castanaeda, with his workings of natural magic in the everyday world, that set my pen afire on the page.

 

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

The new indie authors that I have read such as Tamara Ferguson, Jeff Jackson, Alice Montalvo, Rayna Noire, Nuzo Onoh, David W. Wright, and Sean Platt are stimulating reads. All these folks are great writers, tell a good story, and clear out your head.

 

 
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

An entity that supported me – well that’s tough – gotta’ say there’s nothing that comes to mind in terms of anything outside of my own sense of self and my intimate relationships.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Oh…writing is a calling. It comes from deep inside. And, if it’s there you got to follow through and write out the words, tell the story, and speak your mind.

 

 
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Nope – The Unholy hits the dark side of religion hard. It’s riled people up. That’s what a novel is supposed to be – a new idea, a novel thought, that provokes and sets the wheels of imagination turning.

 

 


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Harries Channing did the cover along with my publisher Sunstone Press. I described the actual place of the Devil’s Throne and they did a bang up job of making the image into a surreal book cover.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

If you feel the urge, do the words. There’s something in you or you wouldn’t feel it in the first place. Do what you have to do and don’t look back.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

When you pick up the story of The Unholy, have a blanket close, wrap up, and get ready for a thrilling read and a wild ride!

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Website: http://www.pauldeblassieiii.com/

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