Here is my interview with Leann Ryans

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

I am Leann Ryans and I am 29 for the fourth time!

Fiona: Where are you from?

Born and raised in Texas though I spent eight years in Washington state when my husband was in the Army

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).\

Am I the only person who never knows what to say when someone asks me about myself? I’m a stay-at-home-mom with three kids. I have always loved to read and would devour anything involving dragons, so Anne McCaffery and Mercedes Lackey were my favourites for a long time. Nicky Charles’ The Mating was the first PNR I ever read, mainly because I didn’t realize it was a romance, and it made me realize the genre wasn’t all what I had expected it to be. I generally do not reread books unless its been long enough for me to forget the story, but her series is one that I could read back to back and still love.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Raider’s Bounty was my latest release and it has done far better than I expected for a book that was never supposed to be longer than about a thousand words. I’m glad my readers convinced me to finish the story and am considering continuing the series by giving one of the support characters his own book. Currently I am working on book two of The Hired series and it should be published mid September.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing in November of 2017. The first few lines of my debut novel, The Omega Prize, popped in my head one night as I was trying to go to sleep, and continued to plague me for weeks. The idea was one I wanted to read, so I decided I would try writing it even though I had never finished a story before, always losing interest a few pages into it. I started out on Wattpad where I could post chapter at a time and get feedback from readers. My New Year’s Resolution this year was to finally finish a book, and I began to write every day. It wasn’t long before I finished the story and published it to Amazon.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Probably not until The Omega Prize went live on Amazon. It was still a bit surreal until I received the first payment from them at the end of April. I honestly never expected to sell even a hundred copies, and I’ve blown that out of the water!

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The urge to want to read the book I had in my head, plus seeing other women in the group I was in posting their stories on Wattpad. They inspired me to take the chance of letting other people read what I wrote.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I wanted something that would make the genre I write obvious, and since she was being given as a prize, it just seemed obvious to name it The Omega Prize.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I honestly have no idea what my style is. I don’t use a ton of description, because I know as a reader, I imagine things my way no matter what the author said anyway, and my books are written simply for entertainment value. All of my stories are Omegaverse, which is a PNR subgenre, and not a lot of people know what it is. The majority of omegaverse novels are MM, and the MF books have a tendency to be very dark, but mine are much lighter and tend to be slow-burn. I think readers are used to getting to the juicy parts quickly, so I’ve had a few comments that my stories have less naughty scenes, and later in the books, so they were a little unhappy with it.

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

Well, since I write omegaverse there are parts that are obviously unrealistic. That said, a lot of it is drawn from experience or personal likes/dislikes. I use my husband a lot for inspiration during the naughty bits, and I use my favourite colors or scents and such for some of my characters.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

No. I don’t really write about the real world, so there’s nowhere I could travel to that would help me any. I write sitting at my dinning room table during the day, or sitting on the couch with a little lap-desk after the kids go to bed.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The Legion Omegas series were custom covers done my Mary Beth of MBM Designs.

The cover for Hired for Heat was a premade I bought from Fiery Graphic that just seemed to fit the story.

The cover for Raider’s Bounty was a premade from Ravenwill Designs that I had her change a little to fit my story better.

I am definitely big on my cover matching my story and I will change a story to match the cover if I need to. I’m probably a little weird in that I usually choose my title and have the cover before I have the story for it.

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

Not really. My books are a blend of erotic scenes with an actual storyline, but they are simply for enjoyment. I hope women can read what they enjoy, and not be ashamed about what they find exciting.

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

There is no way I can pick a favorite. I read a lot of different genres within Romance, and I have a lot of favorites. As far as new authors, Eva Dresden, Merel Pierce, and Ana B Starr are all ones that I plan to follow. We all kind of started on Wattpad around the same time and have worked together a lot since we all write omegaverse. L.V. Lane is another who may not be as new but is definitely one I enjoy reading and talking to.

Outside the omegaverse genre, I haven’t really had a chance to try out anyone new

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

I started doing this on my own. My husband and children are the only people who know me in ‘real-life’ that know I write. I’ve made friends since I put out my first book, and have support from other authors, but that first one…. that was all me. And maybe hubby helped a little.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely. I don’t think anything would be able to get me to stop writing now. I cant say that I will keep up the pace I have so far, but I wont stop. I’m lucky enough that my husband can support the household, so I don’t have to worry about anything other than the kids, and as the youngest gets older I should actually be able to write even more.

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

Umm, maybe? My latest book started from a prompt in a friend’s group. I posted it to wattpad and expected to drop it, but so many said they wanted more, that I continued to work on it when I was stuck on my WIP. I had written ten chapters before the characters even had names! I actually let the readers in my group name them for me. When I was about three-quarters of the way through, I had about four different ideas for what I wanted to happen. I was feeling a bit of pressure to end it so I went with a different one than I would have if I hadn’t had a deadline. I like the story the way it is, but it would have been a lot longer and much darker if I had gone the other route.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

That mead was made from honey! This was the first book I actually had to do a bit of research for to make it realistic for the time period it was set in, and I had always known about mead, but never realized it was made from honey. Made me what to give it a try!

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

I honestly don’t keep up with actors and their names, he just has to have an accent! All of the actors I can think of as playing Vikings or barbarians are all a bit too old now.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Just do it! Commit, every day, to writing, even if it’s only for fifteen minutes. I cant tell you how hard it is to get back into your story and write if you go too long without working on it.

When you’re stuck, don’t waste time. Go back to the beginning and reread your story. Edit as you go through so you are still doing something constructive, and it will help you find the voice of the story and show you the direction it’s going. If you don’t like that direction, you can find where it starts to deviate and correct it.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

You are what inspires me to keep going. I have quite a few story ideas, and I try to work on what it seems like you want, but the only way I can guess what that is, is by sales, reviews, or comments in my reader group on Facebook. Raider’s Bounty is proof that my readers can bully me into writing a story I had no plans for! LOL

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

L.V. Lane’s Controller series. Love her books and they keep getting better!

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Ha! Not a chance! There are a few books that I remember reading as a kid. Freedom’s Landing by Anne McCaffery was one of my favorites though I read her Dragonriders of Pern series first, I think. Elvenbane by Mercedes Lackey, which I never realized was a YA PNR. Talking With Dragons was a great one that I hunted down to read again not long ago. Watership Down was one of my favorites too and it’s on most high school’s required reading lists now.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Everything? Sometimes I’m surprised at what makes me laugh or brings me to tears. Maybe hormones are the better answer!

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Not that I can think of. I’ve never been one to idolize anyone, and while it would be cool to meet certain people, I wouldn’t really go out of my way for most of them.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Besides reading and writing? Not really. I don’t have enough time for anything else.

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

I’m not big into TV. I used to love House, Game of Thrones, Revolution when it was playing. I’ll watch pretty much anything as far as movies but I’m partial to Disney and horror movies.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Pepperoni pizza with black olives and extra cheese

Purple

Whatever is on the radio. I sung choir all through school while my parents listened to Pink, Prince, Ozzie, and Willy Nelson, so I can do anything from choral music to country to hip-hop.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

The only way that would happen is if I had to go back to work and had another kid so I’d probably go back to medical admin again.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

With my kids.

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

I have no idea. Most of the sayings you see on them are so bland. I’d rather have it blank than say something that didn’t have any meaning.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Just my group on Facebook. Leann’s Omega Den

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Leann-Ryans/e/B07NVLBH1T/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Leann-Ryans/e/B07NVLBH1T?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1565900569&sr=1-1

 

 

 

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Here is my interview with Siddharth Dalal

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie. 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age? 

Siddharth Dalal, just Sidd is fine. 40.

Fiona: Where are you from? 

I’m from Charlottesville, Virginia. Originally from India.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I’m a software engineer with a graduate degree in Computer Science. I live with my wife and 10 year old son in Charlottesville. I work for a tech startup – ChartIQ.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news. 

I just published my first book! It is called Elementary JavaScript – Programming for Elementary and Middle school kids.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing online for a while at my blog and various financial websites doing stock analysis. But this is my first time finishing a book. Definitely not the first time attempting one.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

In my mind, I’ve been a writer forever. But the first time I really considered myself as a writer is when I finished the first draft of my book.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve been working with my son to teach him code for a long time now. We’ve worked on many interesting projects and over the years I kept track of what concepts were easy vs. hard for him. Every project we tried, I tried different techniques to write code with him and as we progressed, I learned what kids can understand and how to keep things at a level that a 10 year old can grasp.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Two different things led to the title. First, my son is in elementary school. Second, my son thought that code was as hard as solving a mystery that only Sherlock Holmes can solve. But code should be “Elementary, my son”.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging? 

Straightforward, direct to the point and simple. I will quote Dogbert – “It is hard to write a whole book when you are as gifted as I am at getting to the point” :D. It is extremely challenging to boil down complicated concepts into smaller bits that are easy to understand.

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

As I said above, the entire book is based on what I learned about teaching programming to kids by trying things out on my son. He is probably scarred for life, learning a different way to do things with each project, but I hope his misery will benefit a lot of other children who are not blessed with a techie parent and want to learn.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process? 

Nope 🙂

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I designed the cover with my son’s help. He helped me choose colors and Fonts and I drew with the tools I know – shapes in Powerpoint!

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

Once you understand the basics, programming is easy.

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

My current Favorite author is Lee Child. What really strikes me about his books is that  not only do I like the genre and the stories are interesting, but most of all I like the direct straightforward attitude of the protagonist Jack Reacher. The logical reasoning behind solving problems is fascinating. Every complicated problem can be broken down into simple solvable bits by thinking about it. Jack Reacher solves crime, I want to teach people how to do that to write code. For Reacher Creatures – Tom Cruise is NOT Jack Reacher.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author. 

I have a lot of support and encouragement from friends and coworkers, many of whom have bought the book to support me. In fact, I’ve even had support from random strangers on twitter. My first positive review came for a draft version of my book from a person on Twitter!

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

No.

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

I’ll find out in a few months. There are a few small things I would change technically (Kindle Create addon for Word, I’m looking at you) but for the overall book, I’m currently stoked.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book? 

Writing is hard, especially when working full time. It requires a lot of support from everyone around you.

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

If Youtube tutorial qualifies as “Film”, I would love to have the children who use my book play the leads teaching each other code.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Do it because you want to and not for the money. Nobody wants to steal your book or your idea and if they do, better for you. Spread drafts out far and wide for free before you publish.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers? 

Anyone can code! Buy my book and take the challenge.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m reading two books:
How Google Works – generally I don’t read non-fiction but our CTO handed me this book and it turned out to be a page turner.

My son and I are both reading Flyte together, the second book in the Septimus Heap series

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The first books I remember reading are Noddy books by Enid Blyton. I’ve always loved reading. There were times when I read 50 books a year. That is what I miss most while writing a book – not having time to read.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I’m not the emotional type so can’t say what makes me cry. I’m still an 8 year old inside so whatever makes an 8 year old laugh is likely to get me.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why? 

Yes – Nikola Tesla, I want to grill him about the secrets of the Wardenclyffe tower.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies? 

Kung Fu, Reading, Converting people to Solar power and electric cars, I’m learning to play the guitar and now I’ve added writing to that list.

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

The last show I really enjoyed was La Casa de Papel. Can’t wait for season 4. Before that I enjoyed all the Marvel Netflix shows.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music? 

Thai! – I blog about food. The other two I’ve no prefernces.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Look at my list of hobbies. I only run out of time, not of things to do.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Eating some good food with my family.

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

I will not have one.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers? 

https://s1dd.com/

Barns and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elementary-javascript-siddharth-dalal/1132939987;jsessionid=9E40805CEC2CAAF223B1310EE5FE5862.prodny_store02-atgap11?ean=9781078708548

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Siddharth-Dalal/e/B07WMF2CT2/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Siddharth-Dalal/e/B07WMF2CT2?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1565817266&sr=1-1

Here is a 15% discount coupon to the eBook on my site: Link to the eBook:
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Coupon Code:
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The book is $5 cheaper at Barns and Noble than Amazon

Here is my interview with Xavier Harrington

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My name is Xavier Harrington and I’m 36 – slowly pushing toward 40.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I recently relocated to Wisconsin, but I have spent the most time in Massachusetts.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

That’s never an easy answer, but I am a recently-published author.  When I’m not writing orgasmic content, I’m promoting an agenda and thought process of individuality.  Time ago, I adopted two slogans:  “Fuck Censorship” and “Remove the Warning Labels.”  I also think of myself as being educated and knowledgeable about many topics, but not an expert in anything specific.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

As of Memorial Weekend, I had the honor, with the help of my incredibly talented PA, Raven Canely, of publishing The Xavier Harrington Files, which is a carefully-selected collection of my work from my early days to the current.  I can also report with excitement that I am working on my second book “Scandal In Churchville”.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I would say I began in the early 2010s and before I truly had much concept of writing fiction.  At the time I started writing and due to some personal experiences, I didn’t have much concept of plot development or telling a story.  We are six months away from the end of this decade and I managed to turn a random assortment of writing into an independently published book, complete with great fans to support it.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I would say it started during my upbringing.  I was always writing and brainstorming thoughts.  It is said that voracious readers become deep-thinking writers; seems that to be the case here.  I grew up reading a combination of newspapers and magazines, becoming fascinated with the sentence structure and the time it took to research the information.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

After putting out more than thirty stories of varying story lines and characters, and after networking with the author community via Facebook and Twitter, I decided it was time to publish something to expose people to my style of writing.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

In more than one way, the title is representative of the stories I created over the course of my writing career, but if you’ve seen the cover, it’s for the mature audiences.  If you combine the two, you get ten steamy, erotic, and orgasmic stories that have their own individual and unique story.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I would say that my style is a combination of “play-by-play” and direct impact.  I don’t use flowery language and I don’t beat around the bush with my dialogue.  I’m also the type that isn’t afraid to push boundaries.  I would say the biggest challenge is not allowing stories to spiral out of control – just because the scene might make it seem good or gut-punching, doesn’t mean it needs to be included.

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

I’d say while they’re a work of fiction, there’s a realistic component to each story.  The only exception to this rule is one of the stories in the first release that is actually an erotic write on a classic song – after hearing the catchy classic and watching the video, I knew something had to be done.  I do my best to research as much as possible about what I write so that it’s relatable and realistic.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

While I am obsessed with travel, I don’t necessarily need to, but being places helps me better construct scenes and characters.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My PA, Raven Canely.  She’s also the talent behind my teasers and reboot of my series called “X’s Steamy Mind.”

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

Not for the first release, since it’s a compilation.  I would say that you should be able to gain perspective into my style of writing, as well as the diversity of characters I can write.

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

When I was a voracious reader, I read indiscriminately.  I didn’t develop any favorites, but in combination with an upcoming career change into the legal field, I have become drawn to legal dramas, steamier romance novels, and to some degree, books about events in history.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

It’s really hard to pin it down to just one person because the support has been incredible.  It really was a team effort to push me to that finish line, so I’m sorry to disappoint in saying that I can’t just name one since I know I would alienate someone or some group unfairly.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I see it being a side gig to my eventual full-transition into the legal field, even if the sales and standing brought me to being able to live sufficiently on it.

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

Nothing.  The works that didn’t make it into the final product were excluded for a number of reasons.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I can’t emphasize this enough, but you need a team behind you from first draft to final product.  This should include a PA, street team, editors, and beta readers.  Additionally, you can’t expect to achieve fame and prominence after release; it takes time to promote work, especially when social media is your primary advertising vehicle.  Finally, when you have editors and beta readers read your manuscripts, you have to have thick enough skin to deal with criticism.

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

It may sound screwy, but I would cast actors who didn’t have an extensive resume.  They’d have to be comfortable with nudity considering the genre, and while they don’t need to be pornstars, there are plenty of not-famous actors that I’m sure would go for it.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write the book and its underlying components the way you want to see it appear.  If the characters swear a lot, let them.  If the scene involves sexually explicit situations, so be it.  If your character wants to be controversial, let it play out.  If a scene would be deemed socially unacceptable, write it anyway.  In the end, make sure you include appropriate trigger warnings and disclaimers; there’s no harm in warning a reader that a scene or character might trigger something sensitive.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Criticism is not your enemy.  When you ask people to critique or evaluate your story, be sure you ask them specifically why.  Be able to differentiate between criticism involving the work and a person’s opinion.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

At the moment, nothing, only because my time is currently filled up with classes and a wonky work schedule.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Probably the Hardy Boys.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Mocking absurdity makes me laugh and I would say that crying depends on the trigger – I can’t listen to the National Anthem without tearing up.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Probably Edward Snowden and not because of what he’s known for, but because of what he decided to do, whether or not one agrees with it.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Traveling obsessively.  I’m on a mission to see all 50 U.S. States, visit every Canadian province, and visit all seven continents.

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

Anything that pushes boundaries.  My favorite shows to date are Nip/Tuck and ‘24’.  My top three favorite movies are the American President, The Shawshank Redemption, and Se7en.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I’m a burgers-and-friends type, I don’t have a favoritecolor, and music, I tend to like metal and hard rock.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

That’s where the legal profession comes into play, but I’m going to assume you mean that I don’t have use of my hands – I would use technology to speak the stories and enlist of the help of my PA and others to turn those spoken words into text.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

I’d probably find a way to hijack the news media and go live exposing a lot of what people in power don’t want people to know.

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

Probably some quote from George Carlin.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Facebook Author page:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorXavierHarrington/

The Xavier Harrington Files on FB:  https://www.facebook.com/TheXavierHarringtonFiles/

The Xavier Harrington Files on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/xhfiles

The Xavier Harrington Files on IG:  xhfiles

My upcoming WIP, Scandal In Churchville:  facebook.com/sandalinchurchville

Twitter:  twitter.com/xaverharrington (note that there’s no “I” in the handle)

Instagram:  Xavier.harrington

MeWe:  https://mewe.com/profile/5b071c80a5f4e5367dafad5b

X’s Steamy Mind on FB, Twitter, and Instagram:  /xsteamymindx

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7446278.Xavier_Harrington

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Xavier-Harrington/e/B07VGXQJ4W?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1565750700&sr=1-1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Xavier-Harrington/e/B07VGXQJ4W?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1565750749&sr=1-1

Here is my interview with Robert Lee Johnston

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age? Fiona: Where are you from?

Gday My name is Robert Lee Johnston, I was raised on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland. I’m a 1972 model leaving me the wrong side of 40.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I currently own a farm not far from where i was bought up, My farm is small 30 acres but full of animals, some domesticated, some not so very much. Being the north of Australia I have resident crocodiles and countless species of wild life. I recently built the house i live in and scratched out the farm.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have completed two works, my debut is called Tribute, this is a very confronting, thrilling novel that moves quickly and is highly emotive. My second is a dark comedic novel that tackles, with originality, a very over used cliched topic. I added an Australian flavour and it’s humour, to create something universal and sweetly addictive. I have recently gained management in the United States and am leaving a mark on readers there as well as at home in Australia. Luckily my work has been reviewed wonderfully by National Radio here and a world wide distributed thriller/horror magazine. The glossary in my novels seems to garner a lot of attention as they describe my countries unique English language and slang.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

When and why i write… I never planned on being a writer, for some reason I kept stories and saying locked away in my head, to reflect on and think about later. I started to write those stories down before my memory faded, That was twelve years ago. I was badly injured and had a lot of time to think and write, then, i had many stories and finally enough for a book. I guess i tried to make the most of a bad situation.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I still don’t consider myself to be a writer. I like what I write and that’s the only confirmation I require. I still feel doubt about my writing skills. That’s why i think i write well, because i push to be original and never get complacent.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My friends lives and our time together is why I wrote and what inspired my debut. My farm reminds me how cruel nature can be and shows me how we are not so very removed from wildlife and savagery.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title was made so because it is my Tribute to all that caught my attention and heart.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I am badly educated, was held in custody and in boys homes as a child, then prison as a young adult. I am not well read. Meaning any recipe or map to writing success were blind to me, creating a new style that’s both raw and delicate, brutal but beautiful. Some of my writing is not out to make nice or friends. I am that wild Mustang or Brumby that you want to capture, But how do you tame something so wild, without loosing that which attracted you to it firstly? Read my work and you will soon see. The reality and graphic nature of my style is the hardest to write, because it hurts.

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

A terrifying amount of my work are people I loved, hated, knew, A terrifying amount of those characters loved, hated, knew me. In my debut only the names have been changed to protect the guilty.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I traveled Australia for a decade so I quiet often fall back on those memories to help with capturing a moment. I now am a traveler of the world and have been exploring it with great energy.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Robert Scholten designed my covers. He made excellent drawn art for me.

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

My message is that we become blind to things that are tough to hear, we need to hear tough things now and then, we need to listen harder. My work shows what happens if we don’t.

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

Henry Lawson is my favourite writer. He, like Mark Twain can capture moments of time we can still relate to. Henry Lawson is a beautifully artistic writer and reflects perfectly a young, epic, struggling Australia.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

My best mate Vaughan, we promised to write a book together. He never got to.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

A career? Ummmmmm yes i very much want that. Though what I want and what i get are two completely different matters.

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

I have a few regrets yes. i sacrificed perhaps to much, nevertheless i would change nothing.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I think so, I learned that I could do it twice.

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

For the role of Syd i would want the lead actor from an Australian movie called Wolf Creek. He’s a horrific bad ass..

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Just keep writing and exercise your imagination, it is like any other muscle in your body.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I would tell my readers to be brave readers.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

James A Mitchener Chesapeake.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I read my first chosen book in prison, Steven King it.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

People that think completely the opposite to me make me laugh. People that think completely opposite to me make me cry as well. Women being hurt and animals being hurt in front of me will make me most upset.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

I’d love to meet Tom Waits. His brain and use of language appeals to me.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I ride dirt bikes and am a drummer

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

Love Tarintino, War Horse is a great story. For mind blowing results Bad Boy Bubby is truly remarkable..Once Were Warriors is a New Zealand film that never gets enough attention.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Any thing from the 70’s i will listen happily to, Being a drummer I adore all styles of music. Black and purple for colours and nothing can beat a steak for me.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I would farm and be a hermit.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

I would spend that 24 hours eating and indulging in every substance and available woman known to mankind. Surround me with beauty and sinful amounts of decadence please.

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

On my headstone. He’s dead now.  Or   I told you i was sick…

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Yes i have twitter and instagram all can be found at robertleejohnston.com

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Lee-Johnston/e/B07PMVVLF7?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1565749324&sr=1-1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robert-Lee-Johnston/e/B07PMVVLF7?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1565749369&sr=1-1

 

Thank you so much Ms Fiona..

Robert Lee Johnston

Author of “Tribute” and “Lucifer on Leave”.

Join me at Farouk’s Olive in Thornbury on Weds 29th Aug from 8pm.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/book-launch-tickets-48358728258

www.robertleejohnston.com

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Here is my interview with Ritamarie Recine

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My name is Ritamarie Recine , I am 55 years of age

Fiona: Where are you from?

I reside in Quebec , canada with my husband Antonio ,daughter Bianca  son in law  Carlos and our two fur babies sir muffin garibaldi and sir p.k drogba.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I come from a big family .  my parents  the late sante recine , my mom Iolanda Bracaglia Recine

I  have 3 sisters , one brother , anna, mario adriana and floriana .

I am a twin with Adriana  . I  graduated at concordia university in 1986 with a major in Spanish and tourism

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I published open book where the road to serendipity in 2017  with Crystal L. Gauthier  and Southern Owl Publications LLC

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Literature  has always been one of my better subjects also at a young age. I began writing at 19 years of age . why did I begin to write ?

basically it was because I enjoyed it in addition to it being  a very good stress reliever .

within time it appealed to me more and more.

With age I became a visionary .

I began to take my writing abilities more serious collaborating in our local newspaper , online writing groups , speeches and finally 2017 came along  and a new venture began .

I currently am writing another book . the title has not yet been established

I do have two in mind,  from ribbon to women or love at first dance .

My next book which has not yet come to fruition  consists of two short stories , poems relating to dance, its history , costumes, alongside an interview  with Montreal ballerina Isabelle Crepeau .  etc..

Open book where the road to serendipity is a poetry book which I am most familiar with . I wanted to challenge ,myself , so I did .

I know and understand we should always write  what we know . well I do not know  anything about dance  nevertheless it was a subject which always interested me  from  a child  to adulthood .

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have considered  myself  a writer  upon my first online published work with poetry pasta , valeri beers and  the song is  with Marianne Slyke

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I do not have one inspiration but many , the centre of the earth , the skies , family, and more .

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

my title open book where the road to Serendipity  ends  came about for serendipity is defined as Fate or luck.  the road has ended for I have published my first book. My dream of being a published author became a reality for me after many rejections  and  many years of script .

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I do not have a writing style, although my writing is more of visualization and lyrical I do much  research  before I decide to put pen to paper .

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

My book is based on actual events . A description of my experiences .

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

No I do not need to travel ,although I am a night owl . I write best at night when all is quiet with less hustling and bustling with   daily activities

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The cover of my book was designed by my publisher Southern Owl Publications LLC.

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

The message I would like to relay is write with your heart , be expressive with the hopes that the next generations may also  continue  to dream.

If I have touched one person it will be suffice .. today with  technology reading a book  seems to be a thing of the past . In my eyes the flipping of pages while reading a good book still make s me smile

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

MY favorite writer is Nicholas Sparks. I can relate to his stories . His books are interesting , a very good read and it appears we become part of his stories.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

I received much from friends  and other fellow writers for  they understand  your highs and lows .

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes I do . It   is a part of me , the person I am .

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

NO I would not. I am pleased with my book exactly the way it is presented . thank you.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Yes I have learned that it takes time, hard work , and much patience , years and years of writing . I also came  to the realization that not all are interested in your passion . They are pleased but are not readers .

I am  some what bothered  by this.

In retrospect there are a number of persons who are inclined to give me constructive criticism  and positive feedback . If I had to give anyone advice I say follow your dreams no matter how far the stars may be ,stand by the vision which you see.

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

My book is a poetry book , although if there was one person who I would like to be using my works in a movie it would have to be oprah  or meryl streep . If it is to be  a man  I would have to say Richard  Gere , Morgan Freeman , a great narrator.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Yes, follow your dream . If you believe , you will achieve .

Success is based on what you believe it to be , not what society wants.

If one believes he has written one book , feels accomplished , successful then his or her feat has been established .

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I would like to say thank you for  choosing me  and my book

May you enjoy reading as I  have enjoyed sharing a minimal part of my journey .

Thank you for being a part of it . If you have a goal in mind, never relent .

It may be months , perhaps years . Open book where the road to serendipity ends took me 5 years  to write and 35 years  to be published . I was 53 .

thank you crystal L. Gauthier  and Genevieve  Scholl of Southern Owl Publications LLC.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

One  of the first books I recall reading was Dancing on my grave .

The Gelsey Kirkland story .

It is amazing how the story is about being a dancer , its pros and cons in the dance world. today i am writing about dance . perhaps I had the idea all along  subconsciously.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

I would like to meet the dalai lama for his spirituality, and wisdom.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I enjoy going to the theatre and reading

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

I enjoy watching documentaries and true to life stories

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Favorite color is green , favorite music  are   the oldies , soft rock and country .

Martina Mc. Bride is one of my favorite country artists.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Take care of babies . the most innocent .we learn much with children .

they bring life in our hearts. full of glee.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live  how would you spend that time?

Family and friends , a big  bash , then hopefully it would only be a dream and I would live for the next 50 years.

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

Live and let live, I am a survivor.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Rita’s house of poetry . You may go on amazon if anyone wants to purchase my book Thank you very much .

Have a nice day  to all .

Regards,

Author Rita Marie Recine.

Buying link USA https://www.amazon.com/Open-Book-Where-Road-Serendipity-ebook/dp/B076V84SVC/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1565684674&refinements=p_27%3ARita+Marie+Recine&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&text=Rita+Marie+Recine

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Open-Book-Where-Road-Serendipity/dp/1979173923/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Rita+Marie+Recine&qid=1565684742&s=books&sr=1-1

Here is my interview with Matt Nagin

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews.

 My name is Fiona Mcvie. Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Matt: My name is Matt Nagin. I’m 42 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Matt: I was born in Queens, NY. I grew up in the suburbs of NYC.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

Matt: I am a creative type, a bit of an intellectual, I guess, but I like to laugh and joke around and have fun. In terms of my education, I obtained a B.A. in English Literature at Cornell University and an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought at NYU. I also took some pedagogy courses at Long Island University, where I taught writing for many years. In terms of my family, I’m one of four brothers and I have thirteen cousins and a nephew. I also have a 99 year old grandma who turns 100 in January. We are a fairly close-knit family. That said, growing up, I always felt like a bit of an outsider–largely because I had very different priorities than my relatives. Writing filled a void.  It made me feel there was somewhere I belonged. It also gave me a chance to express myself, to be more authentic, and to find my own sphere of influence.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Matt: My latest poetry book, “Feast of Sapphires,” was released on Amazon, Barnes &Nobles etc. two months ago. It has obtained strong reviews, but I’m certainly looking for more (in case your readers might be interested). It is the follow up to my first book, “Butterflies Lost Within The Crooked Moonlight,” which was a similar type of poetry collection. I also have a humor book forthcoming from an indie press in the next few months.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Matt: I began writing at age 16. I was in high school at the time, at a summer program at Penn State. I took a creative writing course, and, once I started writing poetry, I was hooked. I filled up dozens of notebooks. Writing invigorated me. It seemed an antidote to loneliness. In some sense, after those first few weeks, I’ve never stopped.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Matt: I didn’t consider myself a writer, in any way, really, until after I graduated college and moved to Los Angeles. I was doing some script coverage and working as a production assistant. Additionally, in my spare time, I’d write scripts. I also took a Screenwriting course at UCLA. My professors there seemed to like my work. This encouraged me.I began taking writing seriously, working every day, and met with some agents. I also shared my scripts with friends and associates, who enjoyed my work. Because I was working hard, and the responses were mostly positive, I started to view myself as a real writer (even though I hadn’t yet had any success). I think there was nothing wrong with this. To me, anyway, you’re a writer when you think you’re a writer. It’s like being an alcoholic. All it takes is admitting it.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Matt: I’d written a number of books before my first poetry book, “Butterflies Lost Within The Crooked Moonlight” was published. The only thing I’d published, in book format, though, before this, was a humor chapbook called “From The Fridge To The Crackerjack Box.” The other novels and screenplays I’d either left unfinished or been unable to sell/get published. One exception was “Inside Job,” a short film I wrote and directed, that played the festival circuit and won some awards. Still, for the most part, I hadn’t gotten my stuff out there to the degree I wanted. “Butterflies Lost Within The Crooked Moonlight” changed all that. The response was mostly positive. This motivated me to publish a follow-up, “Feast of Sapphires,” my latest poetry collection.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Matt: I made a list of possible titles that could work. Then I reviewed them and picked the one that sounded best. I also considered how well the title conveyed the themes of the book. Finally, I consulted with friends and family, to see if the title resonated with them.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

Matt: My poetry has been compared to beat poetry. It has also been described as in the gnomic tradition. Definitely, I like somewhat non-standard poetry, poetry with unusual stanzas or spacing, really free free verse, work that defies expectations. For me, in most cases, the form of the poem should be determined by the content. By this I mean that, as a general rule, the content comes first and should be highlighted and emphasized.

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

Matt: Some of the poems are based in experiences that I had. Others are more imaginative/otherworldly. Still others are more akin to experiments where I play with language in unexpected ways.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Matt: I do not have to travel to craft my works–unless we mean to the library (which is a great place to work). I do need a relatively quiet place, though, as well a feeling that I am alone–or, at least, that no one is reading my work as I’m writing it–to work well. Needless to say, I can get this feeling almost anywhere–including on a NYC Subway. It’s the psychic distance I need from others–not really physical distance– although having the latter helps with the former.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Matt: Julia Noel Goldman designed them. We collaborated on possible design options and went through a number of iterations until I was happy with the final result.

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

Matt: It’s a poetry book. There are a number of messages in it. But I prefer the book to speak for itself.

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

Matt: A friend of mine, David Stein, wrote a book called “The Can-Man: My Five Cents Worth.” I’m impressed with it. It is excellent social satire and is humorous. I would not say I have a favorite writer. There are many that have inspired me though: Charles Bukowski, John Fante, Daniel Defoe, James Baldwin, Jonathan Swift, Emily Dickinson, Voltaire, Woody Allen. I could fill up pages with my influences, but the above is a good starting place.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Matt: I have had several long-term girlfriends that supported my desires to become a published author. I also have a number of writer, actor, and comedian friends who’ve been encouraging. Finally, I had a number of teachers, at various points, who lauded my work and made me think it wasn’t totally insane for me to consider pursuing writing.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Matt: I do see it as a career. It may never earn me enough money to live on. But there is nothing I am more passionate about. So, yes, to me it is a career–and more than that probably. It is basically a way of being-in-the-world, a choice of lifestyles, and, in a certain sense, an opportunity to grow spiritually.

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

Matt: There is nothing I would change in my latest book.  Sure, I think my newer poems are better, but this is always the case. We continually grow. We advance beyond our prior works and often can’t see how they might be meaningful to others. That said, I’ve learned to let go; to let the work speak for itself and move on; and, going back, and editing it further now would keep me from moving on to work that will be hopefully be even more fruitful.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Matt: Yes. I developed a better sense of my own voice. I also learned how to write with more depth and finish work more efficiently.

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

Matt: Sure. I’m an actor. What actor doesn’t want to play the lead? That said, not many films are being made from poetry books. Lol!

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Matt: Make a schedule for your writing and keep to it. Another thing that helped me, at least in the first draft, was using a timer when writing. The fact that I had to stop at a certain point, compelled me to work more quickly and get my thoughts out onto the page in uncensored fashion. It also made everything seem more vital and hence made creating dramatic resonance a bit easier.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Matt: If you buy a paper copy of my book, and DM me with a picture of yourself and the physical book, I’ll write you a personalized poem on any subject and/or answer any question you have about writing.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Matt: I’m reading David Stein’s book “The Can-Man: My Five Cents Worth.” He is an associate of mine, a comedian, and the book is a social satire.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Matt: I believe the first real book I read (outside of Dr. Seuss and stuff like that) was a volume in The Hardy Boys series.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Matt: Weird occurrences and dark thoughts make me laugh. Anything twisted is definitely up my alley. As per crying, it really depends. I remember when Steve Jobs died. I definitely wasn’t his biggest fan or anything, as, in all honesty, I’m a bit of a Luddite. Anyway, I walked by the Apple Store that day. There were candles out front. Post-it notes were all over the windows of The Apple Store on 14th Street in Manhattan with messages from customers thanking Steve for all he had done for them. This, to my surprise, made me cry.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Matt: Stanley Kubrick. I still rewatch his movies every year and constantly learn from them. I’d give anything for the opportunity to learn from a masterful artist like Kubrick who achieved such high levels of technical and aesthetic excellence.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Matt: I like to doodle. I enjoy watching classic films. Before I got injured, from getting hit by a car, I also liked to surf, ski, and play basketball.

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

Matt: I love movies like The Color Of Money, The Gambler, Barry Lyndon, Being There, Dr. Strangelove. I don’t watch as many TV shows, but classic shows like Breaking Bad and The Sopranos I always enjoyed. I also liked Sasha Baron Cohen’s newest character-based show, “Who Is America?” very much and found parts really hilarious.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Matt: Favorite food is probably spaghetti with white clam sauce. Favoritecolor is black–since I like things dark and brooding. I like classic rock and rap music. LynyrdSkynyrd is one of my favorite bands.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Matt: Make films. Act. Perform standup comedy. Or, if not any of that, travel a great deal. I also might have become a lawyer, as my communication skills could be applied to the legal field.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Matt: Reading and writing, most likely. With some reflection time at a beach or some gambling or maybe cuddling with my girlfriend thrown in for good measure.

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

Matt: Here lies an artist who strove to create excellence and was willing to do whatever it took to achieve his vision.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers? 

Matt: My website is mattnagin.com. You can find some of my former blog articles, now, up at Medium. Here is the linkhttps://medium.com/@mattnagin The best way to purchase my books, though, is to go to my Amazon Writer’s Page USA  https://www.amazon.com/Matt-Nagin/e/B01M6ZZV3J

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Matt-Nagin/e/B01M6ZZV3J?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1565684451&sr=1-1

Where you can see all my published books listed in one place. I really appreciate any and all support and hope readers contact me as I appreciate the interaction very much. Thanks again for this interview!

 

Here is my interview with JD Santibáñez

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My name is JD Santibáñez. I am sixty years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I am from Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).

I am a graphic designer, illustrator, novel and comicbook author. I am a teacher at a local university. Divorced, four children. I only feel alive when I am creating.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I am writing a sequel to my novel The Magician. It’s called Dead Eyes. It’s a supernatural thriller. And my sequel to Execute Tomorrow, calledExecute Power, will be published at Amazon pretty soon.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have always been creating. Always telling stories through comic books, but never actually acquired the discipline of sitting in front of a computer and write full, complete stories, until 1998, more or less.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I was in a three-year writing workshop with a great local writer. I learned a lot from him and my classmates. I was writing stories every day. I knew, then, I was a writer.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I always liked futuristic, dystopian stories. And I always wanted to write one. I love science fiction, but ground-based science fiction, if you could call it that.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I always liked Mickey Spillane titles: I, The Jury; Kiss me, deadly. They have a great sound to them. In my first novel there is Government police which people call The Executioners. The story is in the future, so Execute Tomorrow fit.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I have always been influenced by film. I write very “visually” and really enjoy writing dialogs. That is actually what I write first in any scene.

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

There is always corruption, bad politics, murder and evil everywhere. So to think up a dystopian society is not so hard. We see the bad stuff that surround us and just make it bigger and worse. And we put our protagonists in this world of ongoing conflicts.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I mostly write urban fantasy and futuristic noir. They are based on what I know, places I have been, mixed with imaginary stuff.So I don’t actually need to travel to write my stories.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I do it myself. Being a graphic designer becomes handy.

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

There is always hope. No matter how bad things are, there is a possibility of triumph.

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

I have had many favorite writers over the years: Lawrence Sanders, Robert Daley, William Goldman, William Caunitz. They are not with us anymore, unfortunately. Live ones: Dennis Lehane, Daniel Suarez, Felix J. Palma, Stephen King, Michael Connelly. I follow some booktubers to find and read new talent, but most of them talk about medieval fantasy and space opera books. I prefer Noir. Classic or Futuristic.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

A close friend gave me $1000 as a present so I could publish my first book. I will never forget. She really understood what writing meant to me.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would love to earn a living from it.

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

No. When I finish a book, I don’t want to go back to it.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

You should never leave a novel unfinished. It’s too hard to come back to it and follow a story you began long ago.

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

I always envisionedEsai Morales playing the protagonist of my dystopian novels.

 Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Just write. Don’t stop, ever. And read like crazy.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Give a chance to new, independent authors.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Control, by William Goldman. Rereading it, actually.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Not by name. They were very short pulp novels. Science Fiction, Crime, Westerns. I read maybe six or more a week.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Laugh: a good stand-up. Cry: so many bad movies today.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Stephen King. The king of genre writers.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Watching movies, reading good comics and novels. Nothing out of what I love.

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

I recently watched The Boys, based on the comic book by the same name. Quite entertaining. I also liked Preacher and The Umbrella Academy, based also on comic books. Too Old to Die Young, the Nicolas Winding Refn TV neon-noir series. Anything that’s well done, that has great dialogue and acting.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Food: Anything healthy.

Color: Blue.

Music:80’s music. Hall & Oates, Guns n Roses, ACDC, Michael Jackson, David Bowie.Hewie Lewis and The News, Blondie.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I would draw. A lot.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live.How would you spend that time?

With my loved ones. My children.

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

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

My books are at Amazon USA

https://www.amazon.com/JD-Santibanez/e/B00GM82G6A?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_5&qid=1565066139&sr=8-5

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/J-D-Santibanez/e/B00GM82G6A?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1565514325&sr=1-1

 And a Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/JD-Santib%C3%A1%C3%B1ez-Author-1003199819742068/

 

Here is my interview with Koos Verkaik

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we?

First I want to thank you for this interview, dear Fiona. My name is Koos Verkaik.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I am just a Dutchman. I was born in the neighbourhood of Rotterdam.

Fiona: A little about yourself.

And Rotterdam is a (harbor)city of workers – that’s exactly what I love to do: work, work and work on my books. Novels (Magic, Mystery and Adventure) and series of children’s books (Alex and The Wolpertinger, Saladin The Wonder Horse).

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Well, Fiona, that is the best news; Righter’s Mill Press published my new novel HIM, AFTER THE UFO CRASH and their other company, Three Corners Entertainment, offered me a contact for film – for this book and ten other novels. They will bring them under the attention of Hollywood producers. I am extremely grateful that they have so much confidence in my work. They are searching for the finest written works to develop for film and television; just imagine how happy I was when they offered me all these contracts! So, the big news is that they have published HIM, AFTER THE UFO CRASH and started working with it. And all the other books will follow. This year they will also publish Dance of The Jester, probably my very best book…

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Fiona, I have been writing since I was only seven. Told it often before: was Europe’s youngest writer of comic scripts (16 years) and wrote my first novel when I was 18 and it was published right away. Can you imagine how proud I was when I saw my own book (ADOLAR, a science fiction novel) in a shop window? I just stood there, gazing at my first book! And I was there when it got printed. Bam! Bam! All those sheets full of text. And then the cover and the book binding… And still I am very excited when a new books comes rolling from the presses!

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After the publishing of that novel when I was 18. The editor-in-chief of several magazines asked me to come and work as a chef for a huge Dutch company. I would work for a handful of magazines (Donald Duck was one of them) and could make time to write scripts for comic artists. But I said no and went my own way. I had ran away from home after serious conflicts, worked as a copywriter for a big Rotterdam agency and started writing book after book, novel after novel.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

This is a very interesting question. Now – 2019 – I read a lot of nonfiction about our future. Yuval Noah Harari, Richard Dawkins etc. About us, people, becoming semi computers… Back then, when I was just a boy, I wrote about that; about a young astronaut whom was asked to give his brain to science. Adolar, the leading character, refuses, but his friend says yes and his brain becomes a part of a space ship. Who is happier – Adolar or his friend…? Besides, I wrote that novel during a long weekend, I was so inspired, that was the right Sturm und Drang, as the Germans say. And I still have that in me. Write, write, write…

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Adolar means as much as eagle. And eagles fly – just as astronauts do.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I have my own, very special style, I write Koos Verkaik Books and never imitate other writers. Which is what every writer should do!

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

Where HIM, AFTER THE UFO CRASH is concerned, nothing is based on events in my own life. I studied the sixties, I know a lot about that time. The music, the race for the moon, the atmosphere, the books.

This is what the book is about:

The race for the moon.

Arthur Croft, great rocket engineer, will sent a special capsule into space, hoping that it will be intercepted by extraterrestrial creatures.

Then he commits suicide!

Arthur Croft and many others who deal with space travel strongly believe that UFO’s are a reality.

Jasper Froch, an American hippie, learns how to control the phenomenon of synchronicity and finds out that all kinds of coincidences lead him into a certain direction. A Swiss psychiatrist, asks Jasper to make friends with a special patient: a rich American by the name of Francis Lockhart.

Sanguine, Florida. A UFO crashes there.Sanguine changes: people act strange, and many of them turn out to be a genius!

There are also murderers who are so clever that they become a danger for the USA.

The army is ready to destroy the town, but then Jasper finds out about the influence of the UFO, about Arthur Croft and his own role in a very dangerous game…

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I mostly travel by car. From my home in The Netherlands it is easy to reach different countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland. But I don’t have to travel to craft my works. I have a couple of thousand books, mainly nonfiction, in my workroom and always know where to find the information I need.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The different publishers decide that, Fiona. But I am always allowed to say what I like to see and say yes or no. I am satisfied with all my covers. Especially when you see them all together!

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

A Message is a Big Word. I write to entertain. But you can read my books in different ways. Just for fun, or more serious – I have quite something to say and express my opinions. We live in a dangerous world, because we cannot predict our future and too many people love to get us under their spell. Science can be a bless, but can also be dangerous.

Just finished an important novel about that: Nicolaes Nimbus. It will be published soon by Outer Banks Publishing Group, North Carolina, USA.

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

Number one will always remain: Edgar Allan Poe.

Numbers 2, 3 and 4: Jack Vance, Theodore Sturgeon, Roger Zelazny.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Well, to be honest: no one. A ran away from home, went my own way and no one supported or taught me. I had to learn it the hard way and that went very fast.

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?

Not a single line. I am very concentrated when I write. And… I don’t write THE END, I write EINDE… Dutch! Then I start to translate my work into English and during that process I can change things as I please. And when I finally write THE END, the text must be perfect.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

You always learn when you write. You have to look up things, you have to search for facts, even when you write Fantasy books. HIM brought me back to the time of space travel, UFO’s, rocket engineers, hippies, old psychiatric tricks… I read a lot about history, psychiatry, alchemy, UFO’s, just name it and I have it in my library. Writing a book is always a Huge Adventure!

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

No… Three Corners Entertainment is talking to different producers right now, so that film might become reality very soon. I think I can act, but not a leading role. Would do it if one asked me – just a tiny little role, for fun!

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Yes and no. I mean; just write! It is a hard road, believe me. You have to go your own way.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Please, search for my website, search for my name on the internet, search at Amazon and you will find lots of books you will like to read. Without readers I would still write, I am sure of that, but let’s be honest – my readers are very, very, very important to me! And everyone is allowed to write me, I will answer all questions as soon as possible.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The Secret History of The World by Jonathan Black, about secret societies through the ages.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I was 5 and could not read and underlined all words in a children’s book, imagining that I understood what all those letters meant…

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I play several instruments, love my guitars. Record at home, compose songs.

For instance this one, via YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enpHqcvcBZQ

I combine books and music, this is a blues with the title of one of my best books: Heavenly Vision. Hope everyone likes it!

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Play guitar, drive a truck, who knows? Well, now you mention it; a traveling band, I would play lead guitar, blues and rock, and sing.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

I don’t smoke, hate drugs, only drink a cold beer every now and then. Just let me sit somewhere, all by myself. Sit there and stare. Enjoying the fact that I can still breathe. I will be wrapped up in thoughts when the curtain finally falls, Fiona.

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

He did what he wanted to do, he does not regret anything and really enjoyed his life.

 Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Koos Verkaik website: www.koosverkaik.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Koos-Verkaik/e/B001JXJGMA

Dance of the Jester for film: http://www.3cornersentertainment.com/project/dance-of-the-jester/

HIM, After the UFO Crash for film:http://www.3cornersentertainment.com/project/him/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Verkaik.Koos/?ref=bookmarks

If someone wants to write me, here is my e-mail address: verkaik@koosverkaik.com

Here is my interview with A. Aimee

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Answer:

A.Aimee is my author name – the A stands for Amy. I am the author of “Good Pussy Bad Pussy – Rachel’s Tale” and the follow-up “Good Pussy Bad Pussy in Captivity”.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Answer:

Born in the USA, today I live in Europe.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).

Answer:

A.Aimee is my pen name. In my so-called “real life”, I*m an international author with books published in many countries and in many languages. One of my books is an international bestseller now translated to more than 30 languages.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Answer:

I’d like to share some of my thoughts about writing the “Good Pussy Bad Pussy” books.

Besides wanting to try my hand at writing page-turning romantic and erotic thrillers, I wanted to write about orgasm as a portal to ecstasy and the flow state where we experience timeless awareness and the ecstatic feeling of being fully present in this now moment. I wanted to write about orgasm as the ultimate surrender which leads to the amazing blissfulness which each of us experience when we are finally able to let go completely. And then I wanted to add to this an exploration of the conundrum that arises if we have reached this blissful state of complete surrender in and through situations (and/or with people) that we don’t particularly like or find acceptable.

In other words, I wanted to explore what happens when the body experiences one thing while the mind is screaming something else? This can happen because our bodies are designed so that when we are stimulated sexually, the sensations are pleasurable whether or not we like the person we’re with or the situation we’re in. And this is something many people experience (though they may not admit it or talk about it) and it leaves them confused, ashamed and/or upset when it happens. Because how can something (in this case orgasm) be both objectionable and pleasurable at the same time? It’s a real dilemma. So how do we live with this experience and deal with it? What does it do to us? And how can we live with this both on a personal and social level?

And this is what happens to Rachel, the main character in the “Good Pussy Bad Pussy” books. In her attempt to escape an unhappy marriage, Rachel runs away and discovers and experiences great sexual release in ways that surprise and delight her but are not always socially acceptable. Hence the title of the books.

Then I also wanted all this to take place against the backdrop of our modern day society – with all its ideas about marriage, fidelity and monogamy which so often block or twist or pinch off our natural sexual drive/energy and our ability to experience our own Divinity through our sexuality.

So yes, I tried to mix all this together and from what readers and reviewers are saying, I can see I have managed to stir some of this up. Many readers/reviewers say they initially didn’t like the main character, Rachel, because of what she does, but then as they follow her through the story, they come to understand her and finally really love her and her journey.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Answer:

Writing is not something I do, it something that happens in and through me. When there is a message or story that is so strong it has to come out… When that happens, the book than writes itself. I am just so of the channel for the energy or message. So I’ve always been writing, all my life.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Answer:

Always.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Answer:

Life and all the amazing things that happened to me and all around me. The dramas, the conflicts, the challenges of being a human being. All this seems to continually shape itself into books which come through me. I was only 20 when I wrote my first book.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Answer:

The controversial title “Good Pussy Bad Pussy” grew out the story itself because it is the dilemma that Rachel – the main character – faces and tries to deal with through the story. She is torn between the way she thinks she “should” act and be and the way in which she experiences the powerful sexual energy in her body.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

Answer:

I just let it flow out through me…

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

Answer:

The line between fact and fiction is always hard to define. The Good Pussy Bad Pussy books are both works of fiction but no author can write convincingly about something he or she knows nothing about!

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Answer:

Yes it always helps to have been in the places you are writing about… so yes, I’ve been to all the many exciting places in the books … the French Riviera, Amsterdam, New York City, upstate New York, etc.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Answer:

Another secret!

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

Answer:

I think this excerpt from “Good Pussy Bad Pussy – Rachel’s Tale” tells a lot about the message of the book…

Good pussy bad pussy. Despite the traumatic events of New York and the deepening realization that all my actions had consequences, I also knew something else had awakened in me, something I’d never experienced before. A force, a power, a drive, an energy. Call it good pussy, call it bad pussy, call it whatever you will, but a life force had been awakened in me and I couldn’t put it (her) back to sleep again. Right or wrong. She was awake! She was alive! She wanted to live. And she wanted more.

   She, my pussy, was alive in me. I felt her moving in me, reaching out, right or wrong, proper or not. She wanted to taste and touch, to be tasted and touched. She wanted to feel the life force, the energy, moving in and through her. She wanted like liquid desire itself. She wanted because she was, life itself. She wanted because she was, the energy of life itself. And now that she – the genie – was out of the bottle, there was no putting her back again. She was untameable, wild; she wanted to be free, had to be free. Because she loved life, because yes, she was life itself. She was the life force in all of us… she was the creative power of the universe – and yes she was sex. Sex! Sex! Sexual! She was pure and beautiful and couldn’t be kept down or locked up. And now she was awake in me, awake! A ravishing beauty, a hungry cunt, a wantingness for the essence of life. And what was that essence? It was the ecstasy of knowing my own soul, my own being, which was somehow alive and felt like frolicking in that stream of liquid desire that carries one on and on unto a state of orgasmic bliss, which was somehow like coming home and finding a peace that was beyond all comprehension… home, home, home. That’s what I wanted, that’s what she wanted, that’s where she was taking me, taking me, taking me… and there was nothing, nothing I could do about it. No stopping her. No turning back now.

   She was me and I was her.

   And we were flying.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Answer:

My family never supported me being a writer. In fact, they turned their back on me and my work… but help and support has come from above… and from other unexpected places and people.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Answer:

Yes absolutely!

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

Answer:

Life and our understanding keep changing, growing and evolving so yes there is always something I would like to have done in a different way. Always

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Answer:

Tons – and mainly writing something as controversial as these books is not for the fainthearted.

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

Answer:

Ha ha!  Good question…

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Answer:

GO FOR IT! FOLLOW YOUR HEART – NO MATTER WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Answer:

Free giveaway:

To everyone who has read this interview – I will be happy to send you a free copy of the “Good Pussy Bad Pussy” e-book. To get your free e-book, just send me an email and tell me you saw this offer here in this interview and I’ll send you the e-book for free. Write to me at amy.aimee14@hotmail.com

You can check out my Web site here:

www.goodpussybadpussy.com

And find me at:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmyAimee14

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amy.aimee.52

Amazon Author Page USA : https://www.amazon.com/A-Aimee/e/B00GP3YHEG/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Aimee/e/B00GP3YHEG?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1565346791&sr=1-1

Buy Links for the Good Pussy Bad Pussy Books

Good Pussy Bad Pussy – Rachel’s Tale by A. Aimee

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Amazon UK – http://goo.gl/VfeaK7

Amazon AU – http://goo.gl/yMNtv0

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Good Pussy Bad Pussy In Captivity by A. Aimee

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Here is my interview with M. Ennenbach

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My name is Mike Ennenbach, but I shorten it to M. Ennenbach for writing. I am 43.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Originally from Illinois but now take up residence in Dallas Texas.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

High School graduate, spent some time taking philosophy courses only to use the new knowledge I had gained to question the point. Left that and began a career fixing electronics in bars and now repair mailing machines. I have the two greatest kids in the world, Maia and Dax.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

This is my first year as a published writer. My first collection, Notches came out in March. I’ve had two poems published as well. Dig 2 Graves vol. 2 has a short I wrote and there is another anthology coming hopefully this year with my take on my favorite Grimm’s fairy tale. Next year I have a secret project with Death’s Head Press coming. As well as hoping to see my novel and first collection of poetry hit the market.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began in high school writing terrible poetry. Then I stopped for a few years (20ish). In 2016 I started a blog to detail dating in the modern age but that quickly derailed into poetry and short stories. I’ve always battled depression and I found that through words I could give voice to the voiceless sense of dread and anxiety.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’m not sure I do yet. Not really. But in November of 2016 I wrote a twelve thousand words poem based on Persephone (included in Notches). When that was done I realized I wanted to give being a real writer a chance.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I wrote a small story, maybe a thousand words as a way to vent an idea. I went back to it and realized there was something to it. I fleshed it out and over a long month wrote my first novel. The collection of shorts was actually pushed by Patrick at Death’s Head. He said to throw something together and he would look it over. A month later I had a contract.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

For the collection, I was clueless. Too many different tales to have a common theme. Then I thought of the saying, another notch on the bedpost. I liked it and used it temporarily and it stuck. For the novel, the main character is named Arthur Hardly so I chose to use Hardly Fair as a play on that. The sequel I am writing is going under the working title of Hardly Ready.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

My shorts and poetry have been described as raw and naked. I bare my soul on the page. It isn’t challenging as much as painful. I just let the words fall as they choose and color them with my personality. The humor, the pain, the love; they are all me.

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

In Notches, there is a lot of me and my life in the darker pieces. The rest are influenced by day to day and exaggerated.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

No. The stories are already alive inside. I do a lot of research though. I get inspired the more I know about a subject.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The amazing Don Noble made the cover for Notches. I was asked what I wanted and all I knew was a pomegranate. He blew my mind with what he came up with.

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

We all suffer from feeling like we aren’t enough. But there is strength in knowing you are not alone in that feeling. And it is okay to laugh about it.

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

My favorite author is China Mieville. He is brilliant and insane. The way he tells a story and never slows down , just forces the reader to keep up and use their imagination is amazing. I am a big fan of Chris Miller and Kenzie Jennings. They have books out on DHP as well and they are wonderful.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

The guys at Death’s Head. I cannot stress enough that they had my back the entire time. They saw something in me I didn’t see. They gave a no name a chance to shine.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I hope so. It is all I want to do. I write on my phone and every chance I get I am doing it.

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

Not a thing.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

That no matter how you think a story is going, it will surprise you and veer off where it wants.

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

The main character, Arthur, is based on me so clearly Hollywood needs to either sign me or find my doppleganger. Hahahaha. Arthur is a smartass and has a faux bravado to him that Chris Pratt could embody for sure.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Listen to your gut. Let the words speak as well to you. Like the old saying, be like the willow not like the oak. And enjoy yourself when you write and what enjoy what you write. I like to be surprised as much as the reader.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you for all the support in my new career. It just gets bigger and better from here on.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Catfish in the Cradle by Wile E. Young and I always have something by Bukowski open.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Not the first one, no. But 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was the first one that blew me away and made me a lifelong reader.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My kids. They are a constant source of wonder to me. My friends as well. And any video on YouTube with someone overcoming adversity will sick me in the tear ducts.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

I would love to sit and have a bottle of wine with Charles Bukowski because he is one of my all time favorites. A bottle of Scotch with Hunter S Thompson as well.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I am an avid video game player. I sketch as well. Cooking is always a good time when I can force myself into the kitchen.

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

Mindhunter. Fringe. Deadwood. I like anything with deep story telling that pushes the boundaries.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Purple is my favourite color. Any punk, hip hop or outlaw country works for me. And Ryo Fukui is my go to jams while writing. Being from Chicagoland, I never can say no to a good pizza.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Try and be the best father possible and slowly go insane as the words rattle around in my skull.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Gather my loved ones and laugh. Lots of laughter, cuddles and stories.

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

He tried his best. Failed a lot, but always tried.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

https://mennenbach.com/   for daily poetry and news about future stories.

 Notches: A Collection USA https://www.amazon.com/dp/1950259102/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_FNysDb6F6RFTC

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Notches-Collection-M-Ennenbach/dp/1950259102/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=M.+Ennenbach&qid=1565170541&s=books&sr=1-3