Author Interview: Cory Martin

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CORY MARTIN is a graduate of the University of Southern California, Cory has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing, and spent time studying literature at Cambridge University in England. By the age of twenty-five, she had garnered writing credits on the hit television show, “The O.C.” and had been asked by Scholastic to pen three young adult novels based on the same T.V. series. She is the author of “Love Sick” a memoir about dating, life in Hollywood and dealing with MS. Her essays have appeared online with XOJane, The Mighty, and Elephant Journal. As a passionate yogi, Cory Martin is also a 500-hr RYT and a regular instructor at the famed Santa Monica Pier’s run and yoga program, ROGA. She teaches at various studios around Los Angeles and is the writer behind the documentary film “Titans of Yoga” and her book “Yoga for Beginners” was released in August, 2015 by Althea Press.

To find out more about Cory follow her on Instagram at @corymartinwrites or on facebook at fb/corymartinyog

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ABOUT HER BOOK:

 At 28, Cory Martin thought she had it all, a budding career as a writer in Hollywood, an apartment of her own, and a healthy obsession with yoga. But when she found herself on the floor of her apartment wailing into the phone, ‘but I don’t want to be sick,’ her entire world came crashing down.

A doctor had just revealed that she had multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease, her good friend was getting married that weekend and the only people she wanted to call were her parents. In a time when she was supposed to be coming into her own as an adult, all she could think was, who’s going to want to marry me now?

As she embarked on a medical quest, subjecting herself to countless MRIs and a painful spinal tap that landed her in the ER, Cory simultaneously threw herself head first into dating. But no matter how many doctors she saw or men she met there would never be a cure for MS or a surefire way to find “the one.”

Praise for Love Sick:

“Unflinchingly honest and vulnerable, Martin’s book says all the things people need to hear and few are brave enough to voice.  Full of humor, absurd situations, and wry observations, her story inspires us to never stop looking for love.” – Stephanie Savage, co-creator Gossip Girl

“I expected Cory Martin’s memoir about a girl’s diagnosis and struggle with multiple sclerosis to be heart-breaking, but I didn’t expect it to also be a hilarious, hip, and sexy trip through her adventures in dating and her unjaded quest for true love. You’ll cry but more importantly you’ll laugh.” – Marianne Wibberley, writer Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, National Treasure

“This is an honest book that does not hesitate in pulling its punches. Packed with emotion, it will leave you turning the pages in anticipation” – New York Journal of Books

“Love Sick is one of those books you start reading and can’t put down. Cory Martin’s story is told in a raw, honest, and raucous manner. She had me laughing out loud and crying all in one sitting.” – Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Amazon Studios

“Candid, wise, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately inspirational: in an unpredictable world, Cory Martin’s Love Sick reminds us of what really matters.” – Matt Ward, writerMadam Secretary, Suburgatory, My Name Is Earl

“Many women spend their thirties trying to get settled in their careers, friendships, and love lives, Cory Martin spent hers trying to do all that while dealing with an insane medical curveball. An incredible story told with honesty, humor, and hope.” – Leila Gerstein, creator Hart of Dixie

 KNOW MORE ABOUT HER:

 What inspired you to write your first book?

The first book I ever wrote was one I was asked by Scholastic to write, so I’m not sure that really counts. When someone gives you a contract and a check and a deadline you can get pretty inspired to start writing fairly quickly. But that’s a very rare situation. So instead, I’ll tell you what inspired me to write my latest book, Love Sick. I wrote this memoir because when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis I felt completely alone. There were no young women anywhere sharing their stories in a way that I could relate. It was really disheartening, especially because I was an avid reader and lover of words, so I thought maybe a book could be the one thing that helped me get through this all. I wrote about my journey with MS and dating and finding a career in Hollywood in the most honest way I could because I never wanted anyone to feel alone again.

What do you think is the hardest in writing?

The hardest part of writing is staring at a blank screen. You may have great ideas in your head, but when you’re faced with that blinking cursor and a white page something happens and ideas seem to disappear. A lot of times I have to tell myself to just write anything even if it’s terrible so that I can get past that blank screen. Once I do get something on the screen the writing comes a lot easier. Of course, that’s not to say that I never get writer’s block, but having something to look at always helps.

  Do you consider writing & reading the same?

I wouldn’t consider them the same, but I would say that reading is absolutely necessary to being a great writer. I read constantly and I read everything. From chick lit, to literary fiction, to non-fiction self-help type books to memoirs and short stories. I consider reading research. I have to know what’s out there in order to discover what’s missing, plus I love supporting other writers – those I know and those I don’t.

 What attitude must an author have?

I suppose an author has to have a pretty positive attitude. We spend so much time alone, or at least I do, that if I sat around in my office all day with a negative attitude I would be miserable all the time. I also think you have to be positive because you are constantly being rejected and if you can’t take the rejection you will stunt your creativity. I’ve gotten rejected so many times now that I don’t feel like I’m succeeding unless someone’s telling me no on a daily basis. That “no” can come in the form of a review on Goodreads or Amazon or it can be that my book got rejected by a media person for a review, or it can be that an essay I wrote got rejected. I look at rejection as my friend and if I didn’t have a positive attitude I think I’d be screwed and I’d never make it as an author. So, my advice to anyone who wants to be an author is to stay positive.

CLICK THE COVER IF YOU WANT TO READ THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS OF LOVE SICK:

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Q:A: Martin Wilsey

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ABOUT THIS AUTHOR:

Martin Wilsey is a writer, hunter, photographer, rabble rouser, father, friend, marksman, story teller, frightener of children, carnivore, engineer, fool, philosopher, cook and madman. He and his wife Brenda live in Virginia where, just to keep him off the streets, he works as a research scientist for a government funded think tank.

 

What can you say about @abookwithbea’s blog?

M: Thanks for the opportunity to talk about my writing. It is an important way to help get the word out. I really appreciate it!

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

M: I started writing my first novel as a result of a nasty injury to my spine. TV and Facebook get old fast when you are trapped, unable to move, in your recliner. I started writing to amuse myself, and suddenly I had a novel, and then a trilogy!

What kind(s) of writing do you do?

M: So far I am all about speculative fiction. Mostly science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Why did you choose this route?

M: I write the kinds of stories I would like to read. I read a lot.

 

If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?

M: I have a full-time job as a research scientist for a government-funded think tank. If I weren’t writing fiction, I’d probably be a movie critic. I love movies as much as reading.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

M: I will be well and truly retired by then. I will have a catalog of fiction published. I will still be drinking coffee and making stuff up. Plus I will have a dog or two.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

M: I am very proud of my first novel. It is far more popular than I ever thought it would be. The audio edition is amazing, and I can hardly believe I wrote it. And now I have done it again with a second novel. I have found the method, and it is all getting easier. (plus my son said the second one was even better than the first!)

How do you market your books?

M: Marketing is still a puzzle I have not solved. I guess social media is the answer. Frankly I am still amazed at how popular it’s gotten. It even hit number 1 on Amazon during one of my promotions.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

M: For me, writing is easy, editing is hard. The checking of spelling, grammar and punctuation is more like work for me.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: http://www.baytirus.com

Blog: http://wilseymc.blogspot.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/martin_wilsey

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

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Martin-Wilsey/e/B00VDKLJWE/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/martin-wilsey/b6/540/a65

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/mcwilsey

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

http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Cage-Solstice-Saga-Book-ebook/dp/B014SJ5940/

http://www.amazon.com/Still-Falling-Book-Solstice-Saga-ebook/dp/B011RA9FD4/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13730295.Martin_Wilsey

Q&A: Author P. Anastasia

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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 Anastasia is the author of the new YA urban sci-fi book series Fluorescence and several forthcoming fantasy-fiction novels.

Though she has worked in graphic design for well over a decade, writing has always been her passion and she began attempting to write her first novel at age 11. Later on, she wrote news and editorial columns as well as designed graphics for two different campus newspapers while working toward her degree college degree.

After graduating with a BA in Communications from Eastern Kentucky University, she followed her heart back to her publishing aspirations with her debut series, Fluorescence . On the side, she serves as a professional voice talent for radio, TV, audio books, and has produced over 3,500 recordings for businesses across the globe.

 

Q&A:

 

What do you do apart from writing books?

 

P: I’m a professional voice talent for commercials and phone messages all over the world so you just never know when that voice you hear might be mine. I’ll be recording my own audio books in 2016 as well. I also enjoy working in graphic design and creating promotional materials and posters to promote my books. When it’s time to rest, you’ll find me watching Bollywood movies and Disney classics on Netflix.

 

Why do you think should bookworms read your book?

 

P: My characters are not always perfect, but they are very real and deep. They have flaws, but those make them intricate and relatable. We all make mistakes which we learn and grow from – they shape our future selves and create an interesting story people can enjoy reading. I also believe the story arc throughout the Fluorescence Series is such an incredibly vivid and unexpected one, many readers will find themselves smiling and and tears, creating a lasting impression which can stay with them for years to come.

 

Where do you get inspirations?

 

P: The Fluorescence Book Series came to me as an incredibly vivid dream in which I was the main character, Alice, and my shoulder was aglow with brilliant green light. I’ve never before written a book based on a dream. This image was so powerful, though, I had to tell the story behind it and it evolved into a 4-book series.

Fire Starter (Fluorescence, #1)
Contagious (Fluorescence, #2)
Fallout (Fluorescence, #3)

 

Typically, most of my inspirations come from mysterious new characters that pop into my mind unexpectedly. I typically begin by asking them questions about their backgrounds so I can tell their stories to others. My characters are very deep and realistic and I can answer almost any question about them, down to their hobbies, favorite things to eat, etc.

 

 

Are you a full time author? Have you always wanted to be one?

 

P: I am mostly full-time, but I also do voiceover work on the side. I’ve wanted to be an author my entire life. Since I was a child, I’ve written poetry and stories and dreamed of having my books published and read by the world. My love for writing led me to take up work at a newspaper for a few years where I wrote editorials and news articles. It’s been in my blood for as long as I can remember and I can’t imagine a day without writing.

 

What can you say about abookwithbea’s blog?

 

P: I appreciate that it’s very diverse with multiple genres and reviews and not just reviews about one specific kind of book. I also like how Bea incorporated various social media platforms to take a more creative approach to book blogging – such as with Instagram and how it’s used to accentuate the books being reviewed in a visual way.

 

Where can we find you?

 

www.facebook.com/fluorescencebooks

 

www.FluorescenceBooks.com

 

www.twitter.com/FluorescentOnes

 

https://www.instagram.com/fluorescentones/

 

 

Q&A: Aaron Lerma

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ABOUT THIS AUTHOR:

My name is Aaron Lerma, I’m a Science Fiction/Fantasy author! I was born in the Midwest (Poplar Bluff, Missouri) to a family with a rich hispanic heritage that I cherish very much. I live in rural Missouri, having been in this area my entire life, but that has helped provide me with a huge imagination which I have always been proud of.

Since the age of eight I wrote several short stories and poems that went unpublished, dealing with these genres and creating new worlds for my characters to live in and explore. I grew up reading novel series like Harry Potter and Diane Duane’s Young Wizard Series. I recently published my first book, “Heir of the Ancestors” as part of “The Rogue Chronicles” series. I’m very excited to see where the series goes, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!

GET TO KNOW HIM:

What can I say about @abookwithbea?

A: Bea has a wonderful review blog to help authors from all genres acheive the goal they’re look to acheive. Bea’s blog is such an asset to the author community, especial those who have gone the independent route and need that publicity and to have their story told. I can not express my gratitude for Bea reaching out to me as a young author to help get my career started. Absolutely fantastic!

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

A: I prefer to write through my desktop. My thoughts are so many and it is easier this way for me to express them, and then go back and edit. I do write longhand sometimes, especially when I need to get away from home and write outside and so forth, but overall it is much more efficient for me to organize my stories and books on my computer.

Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

A: When I am completely finished with my book, I absolutely let it stew unless I’m on a time cruch. I often find that from beginning to end, my writing has gotten better. It’s important to me to make the entire book great, not just portions. So by letting it set for a while, I can go back and see my mistakes and see what literary styles I do not wish to incorporate anymore as well as just get an overall idea of how the reading flows. The latter is important. Who wants to read a choppy book? Or a book that is constantly taking you away from the story? These are my preferences, but writing the next draft is so much easier once I’ve had a moment away from it.

Why did you choose this route?

A: I choose this route due to my own needs in writing. If I continue to barrel straight into my next draft without time off, I’ll burn myself and lose motivation. I think it’s important to remember that writing is just as much work (even if it’s fun) as any other job on earth. It’s hard sometimes and you need to relax your brain and then go back into it with a fresh mind. You want to have fun with writing and allow yourself to breathe too.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

A: I have read my reviews and will probably continue to. I even read the bad. I have actually had people tell me bad things about my book to my face before and that’s okay. The key to dealing with the bad is determination. When someone finds something bad with my  book, I take a step back and I look at it from their perspective. I try to understand why they felt that way about it. Can I improve my next work by using this advice? Or is this just unwarranted criticism? Just remember, good or bad, you wrote your book and put the effort forth and that is a success by itself. You won’t be able to please everyone, so cater to those your book is for. Always remember that many successful authors have failed time and time again. Success is a result of many failures, and it is perfectly fine to fail – only as long as you get back up and try again.

What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

A: Writing and story-telling have a great impact on culture, ever since the dawn of humans. I think it has definitely evolved, but it’s fun to explore aspects of our culture through fantasy and other works. Even in fantasy works, someone from the Middle East could read an American novel and learn so much about our culture and lore, perhaps even spirituality. Authors open themselves and their cultures up to so many when they write and I think that is more valuable than anything. When we write, whether intentional or not, we’re influenced by the culture around us. And ultimately, that will influence our works and bring more people to research about our demographics and area.

Readers can find discover my work through Facebook, Twitter and Amazon. I am currently in the process of claiming my own domain for my book series as well as my own author blog! Here are some links:

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/TheRogueChronicles/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/airbearlerma

Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.com/Aaron-Lerma/e/B012M1LHCO/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Thank you so much, Bea. This has been a great pleasure. I’m attaching an ePub copy of my book to this email. I hope you enjoy!

 

Aaron Lerma

Q&A: Tammy Ferebee

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ABOUT THIS AUTHOR:

Tammy Ferebee, or Tams to her friends, lives and writes in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the proud mother of two, a hardworking grad student, and of course, has a deep love for writing.

She enjoys spending time with her family, going on road trips, fishing, dancing, eating unhealthy amounts of chocolate, wearing slippers in and out of the house, and watching re-runs of The Walking Dead.

KNOW HER MORE:

Can you give us writing tips?

  • Read! Reading educates, helps to build vocabulary, and can introduce a person to many different writing styles.
  • Create a comfortable atmosphere. Don’t write surrounded by unnecessary distractions.
  • Write often. No one will ever grow as a writer if they never write.
  • Take breaks. Forced writing never reads smoothly. If writer’s block hits you, separation may help.
  • Keep a notepad or journal close by. You just never know when that perfect quote or idea will hit you. You don’t want to forget it.
  • Accept constructive criticism.
  • Don’t fear being too weird. Your weirdness is what’ll likely start the next big trend.
  • Be fearless, be different, and write on!

 

Why did you choose to become an author?

Tammy: I wanted to share my stories with the world. For the longest, I wrote, and kept my work to myself. Then one day, I wrote something, really loved it, and thought others may love it as well. Turns out, after posting a few short stories online, people did love my writing. I realized that I was moving in the right direction and should pursue publication. There’s nothing like knowing your words touch people. There’s nothing like being an author!

Where do you get inspirations?

Tammy: I find so many things inspiring. Scenery, pictures, quotes, songs, life experiences. The smallest thing can bring about the craziest idea, and from there, my imagination just takes off.

Do you consider writing and reading similar?

Tammy: Yes. They’re both journeys. On a reading journey, you follow a story and meet new characters, not certain where things will end up. On a writing journey, you create a plot and a series of characters that you get to know as you move forward. Where the story will end up is unknown until you get there. I discover a lot while writing and while reading, so they’re both very similar for me.

Have you been into a book slump? If ever, how were you able to endure with it?

Tammy: I’ve been in many book slumps. There are those odd times when I just have no desire to read. Typically, I write through my slumps, or I’ll revisit a favorite book to break out of it faster.

Have you read the Harry Potter series? If ever, what do you think about it?

Tammy: This always seems to shock people, but I have never read a Harry Potter book. I usually don’t run for the super, popular books. And if I do read them, it’s when things have calmed down and no one is talking about them anymore. At some point, I’ll try one, I’m sure.

 

Who’s your favorite author and why?

Tammy: Geez… this is the hardest question on the planet for me. Truthfully, I don’t have just one. I have a few favorites. They are Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Eric Jerome Dickey, Stephen King, and Ellen Hopkins. I love them all because of their writing styles, the originality of their stories, and their raw authenticity.

 

Do you have strange writing habits?

Tammy: I don’t think my writing habits are strange. I drink lots of coffee, usually write in bed or on the couch, and I play my favorite shows in the background, but on mute. Seeing the actor’s expressions helps me with descriptions. I also say the dialogue out loud sometimes. It helps me to hear my characters. (That may be a little strange to some people)

How do you read?

Tammy: I read quietly, usually lying in bed or on my couch. I also have a favorite blanket that makes my reading experience even better. I’m typically a fast reader, and I always react loudly when I’m surprised.

Where to find Tammy Ferebee?

 

https://twitter.com/tammyferebee

https://www.facebook.com/Tammy-Ferebee-1030336110351033/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14228854.Tammy_Ferebee

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQG_cqtkT0q9jt3rmoIEryA

Wattpad Author Spotlight: PURPLEYHAN/Ann Lee [FILIPINO AUTHOR <3]

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ABOUT THIS AUTHOR:

I am a 21-year old awkward girl who loves to write stories, read books and mangas, watch anime and series, sketch characters, play the guitar, dance, and daydream about everything. These are some of my ways to escape reality, especially when I am stressed on my work and I want a peace of mind.

And this place, is my haven.

Welcome to my other world.

MORE ABOUT ME: Hi. You can call me Yhan or Ann.

| bookworm | demigod | anime/manga lover | coffee addict | procrastinator | insomniac | awkward & weird | obsessed with purple and its hues |

I love writing genres like:
– romcom • teenfic • drama
– mystery • psychological
– suspense • thriller
– action • adventure
– fantasy • science fiction
– historical fiction • dystopian

k i n g d o m u n i v e r s i t y s e r i e s :
• Campus Royalties
• The Arrogant Prince
• Crowned Princess (soon)
• MRL (soon)

k i n g d o m u n i v e r s i t y s p i n o f f :
• Love Tutorial

o v e r s e r i e s :
• Getting Over You
• SNO (soon)
• OTH (soon)

t r o u b l e s e r i e s :
• Engagement Trouble
• NBT (soon)
• CT (soon)

e r i t y i a n t r i b e s s e r i e s :
• Tantei High
• Seventh Sense
• Oh My Ice Goddess
• The Science of Spying

e r i t y i a n t r i b e s n o v e l l a s :
• Truce
• Rewind (soon)

s t a n d a l o n e s t o r i e s :
• 7th Unit
• A Ride to Love
• Hidden
• Guardians
• BM (soon)

f a n f i c t i o n s :
• Hello Maiden (maiden)
• Lost (jamli)

 BOOKS AS OF NOVEMBER 6, 2015:  

STAND-ALONE STORIES

7th Unit   A Ride to Love   Hidden   Guardians   Baby Madness   Babaylan   The Intelligence Project   Death's Kiss   The Genus Interaction

KINGDOM UNIVERSITY SERIES [ 4 novels ]

Campus Royalties   The Arrogant Prince   Crowned Princess   My Royal Lesson

KINGDOM UNIVERSITY SPINOFFS

Love Tutorial

OVER SERIES [ 3 stories ]

Getting Over You   Still Not Over   Over This Haven

TROUBLE SERIES [ 3 stories ]

Engagement Trouble   Nothing But Trouble   Chasing Trouble

ERITYIAN TRIBES SERIES [ 4 stories ]

Tantei High   Seventh Sense   Oh My Ice Goddess   The Science of Spying

ERITYIAN TRIBES NOVELLAS

Truce   Rewind   Winter   Genesis

CAFE SERIES [ 2 stories ]

The Reading Cafe   The Cosplay Cafe

PROJECT:X SERIES [ 3 stories ]

Neogenesis

BLOODLINE SERIES [ 3 stories ]

Awakened   Claimed   Enthroned

SEVEN DEADLY SINS SERIES [ 7 stories ]

Luxuria   Gluttire   Superbia   Invidia   Avaritia   Acedia   Ira

Q&A:  

 If you hadn’t become an author, what would you have done instead?

Ann Lee: Being an author is not really my ‘primary job’ but if say, I hadn’t become an author, I would be in the line of job of my college course (which is a secret haha)

Had you always wanted to be an author?

Ann Lee: Not really. Writing is just a hobby and one of my ways to escape reality.

What’s your favorite genre to write about and why?

Ann Lee: Right now, I love writing mystery/thriller, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and historical fiction plots because they are the most exciting genres to explore.

Do you like reading as well as writing?

Ann Lee: Of course!

Do you have a wattpad account? If ever, what did wattpad do to change your life?

Ann Lee: Yes. It serves as my training ground for writing and I learned so much on this platform. It also opened doors to opportunities and of course, I made friends and readers got to know my works.

What inspired you to write your book(s)?

Ann Lee: It ranges from my imagination to everything under the sun.

What urged you to become an author?

Ann Lee: I want to read a certain plot but I can’t find any stories about it so I decided to write it instead.

 

How do you write?

Ann Lee: Facing my laptop for several hours, with a playlist suitable for the chapter or scenes and a cup of coffee, around late night to dawn.

What advice can you give to those who aspire the same career as you?

Ann Lee: Write for yourself first, before for the public. Satisfy your self first before your readers.

Do you have future projects or plans regarding bookish stuffs? If ever, can you give me one?

Ann Lee: As of the moment, none.

Do you do lots of research for your book?

Ann Lee: Yes, especially those stories that involve technical, historical and scientific stuff.

What’s the hardest thing about writing?

Ann Lee: It’s hard to write when you’re not in the “zone.” Even if you want to, the scenes and chapters feel “dry” because you can’t connect with the characters.

What’s the easiest thing about writing?

Ann Lee: The prologue and epilogue and the major conflict because those elements are well-established from the beginning.

What can you say about @abookwithbea’s blog?

Ann Lee: Just visited it and wow. You’ve interviewed so many international and local writers!

Do you aim for the same word counts every time you write?

Ann Lee: For every chapter, I usually target 1,500-2,500 words.

If you already have published a book, how does it take to get your books published?

Ann Lee: Depends on the editing process and the publisher.

Is your book somewhat related to what you went through in life?

Ann Lee: Some of them.

How did writing this book changed you as a person and your life?

Ann Lee: Through writing, I was able to express myself better and it helps me release my stress from my work.

Can you post on any of your social media accounts promoting this blog fest?

Ann Lee: maybe on twitter

Where can we find you?

fb: facebook.com/purpleyhanwp

twitter: twitter.com/purpleyhan

wattpad: wattpad.com/purpleyhan

Q&A: P. Wish

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ABOUT THIS AUTHOR:

Wish is an author and blogger. She graduated with an honours degree in Law from the University of Manchester, UK.

She wrote her first ‘official’ novel at seven and since then, she hasn’t looked back. She spends most of her time writing, designing for her blog and making book trailers. When she’s not writing, she likes to paint, dance, meditate, research, watch movies and nourish her sweet tooth. She loves to read about a wide variety of topics like business, psychology, marketing, singing and self help.

KNOW HER MORE:

What can you say about my blog?

P: I like the layout of the blog. It’s easy to navigate and the design is clean. I also like the fact that there is a separate section for Q&As. I’m happy to be a part of your blog. Thank you for interviewing me.

BOOKS YOU’VE WRITTEN?

P: I’ve published two books as of today. My first book is called My Life in 3 Colours. I like to describe it as a picture book for adults. It is written and illustrated by me.

My second book came out on 28th October. It is a collection of short stories that I serialised on my blog. The book is divided into three sections- science fiction, comedy and human interest. If you like stories that make you think, give my book a try. It is currently available on Story Cartel for free download (until 24th November, 2015).

I also have two full length novels planned next year. The next one will most likely be a science fiction thriller. You can follow me on my social media for updates.

 

WRITING TIPS?

P: I don’t think I’m an expert to be dishing out advice. However, I’m doing a series on writing resources on my blog. You can visit www.pwish.net to find the articles. The best writing advice I have received is ‘write’. The more you write, the better you get. It is also important to get feedback. Feedback helps you improve as a writer. It is also important to enjoy the writing process. Writing can get monotonous. It is difficult to get by if you don’t love what you do.

Do you consider writing and reading similar?

P: No. Writing and reading are very different. I realised this when I wrote Into the Light. The kind of books I read are very different from the kind of books I write. I mostly read non-fiction but I write only fiction. In fiction, I love to read romances but I don’t write romance. I read things that challenge and expand my thinking. I write things I can identify with.

Writing is a longer process. You can read superficially but you cannot write superficially. Each book that you write changes you. A book that takes three hours to read takes months to produce. So, no, they’re very different. The similarity is that they’re both enjoyable.

Can you give us a brief story about your career?

P: I started my ‘career’ six months ago so, my career story is pretty brief. I have been writing since I was seven years old. I’ve been sending out manuscripts since ten. I have seen a lot of rejections in my life. I was always drawn to self-publishing but I only did it this year. I self-published my first book in May. These six months have been an intensive learning process. I’m sure there’s more to follow. I love to write and I love to learn so I’m looking forward to the challenges that the future brings.

 

Do you have strange writing routines?

P: I write at night. Ten to twelve every night. My daily routine ends by then and I can write without interruptions. I’m trying to be a morning person but I find that my mind awakens only at ten. As you can imagine, this disrupts my sleep schedule.

That’s a strange writing habit that I have. I write non-fiction and blog posts in the morning. I also edit in the morning but fiction writing is reserved for the night.

How do you read?

P: I try to read five to ten books a month. I read more than fifteen last month. I have been reading and writing all my life so I’m a fast reader. I do not skim read. I don’t concentrate on each and every detail either. I look at the big picture with some detail. When reading non-fiction books, I like to take breaks. I need time to digest the information. I also make notes. I read most fiction books in one sitting. I rarely come back to books I felt mid-way.

Have you read the Harry Potter series?

P: No. I’ve seen the movies though.

RANDOM QUESTION: What’s your long term goal?

P: I don’t have one. I’ll know when I get there. For now, I want focus writing and marketing my books better.

P to Bea: Thank you for interviewing me. It was a pleasure to answer these questions. All the best.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to find P. Wish?

Blog: https://www.pwish.net

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authorpwish

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

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/PWish?gvnc=1

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13852944.P_Wish

Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/p-wish/105/347/68b

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00YF8RPTM

Q&A: C.D. Verhoff

Scan Me 2015

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR:

 

I grew up in Indiana and currently live in rural Ohio. My resume includes retail, elementary school teacher, medical lab processor, the contemplative life, insurance and finance. Squeezed in there somewhere was marriage and two awesome children.

Back up a few years (okay, a lot of years), to my senior year of high school. I was working part-time in a legal office. On a slow week when the boss was on vacation, I started my first fantasy novel. Wow, I thought, who knew writing could be so much fun? The book was terrible, but an aspiring novelist was born. Unfortunately, getting published didn’t seem like a realistic goal. Being hopelessly pragmatic, I filed away the dream and worked toward degrees in business and education.

However, the stories in my head refused to die and I couldn’t stop thinking about them. Thanks to emerging eBook technology, I have found the means to share my imagination with the world. Old stories have been refined and new ones keep coming. My interests include weird trivia, funny sayings, quotable quotes, Saint John Paul II, landscaping, dogs, dragons, history, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, coffee and chocolate.

 

Q&A:

 

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

C: Ambition is the strong desire to achieve something, typically requiring hard work and determination. Every new character, setting and plot is an achievement, so whenever I’m working on a story, I’m realizing my ambitions. Creating fictional worlds populated with people, places and things born from my own imagination is a god-like power trip. Creating difficult situations, plopping characters down in the middle of them, and helping them escape (or not escape) is vastly entertaining.

Writing doesn’t feel like work or ambition to me. It’s simply fun. I’m only speaking of the creative process here—not marketing. Marketing is hard, soul-sucking work, but necessary if I want people to know my books exist. Naturally, selling more books is an ambition of mine. I would love to be able to support my family on the income from my writing, but that’s an unlikely scenario. The average self-published author averages between $500 and $999 a year. You would think a traditionally published author would be rolling in the dough, but no. They average between $3,000 to $5,000 a year, which is well below the US poverty level of $24,250 for a family of four. If being an author was solely about the money, I would have given up long ago. I write for the love of the craft.

Where do the your ideas come from?

C: I ask What If a lot and spend a lot of time coming up with the answers.

 

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

C: A few years ago, I would have answered no. Now I answer with an emphatic yes. I was 40,000 words into a new novel when the words stopped flowing. I stared at the computer screen for weeks and the inspiration never came back. I’ve abandoned that book and moved onto other things. I wish I could say it was just that one time, but I’ve run into blocks on other stories. Thankfully, they haven’t been that severe. My solution has been to distance myself from the process for a while. I might critique another author’s book, play a game, watch a movie, help with homework, take a walk or do housework as a very last resort. Ha. In other words, I focus on something other than the story at hand. By the time I revisit the story, my perspective has changed, and the block usually dissolves.

What book/s are you reading at present?

C: I am busy critiquing Bound to the Abyss, Book 3, the continuation of a fantasy series written by James Vernon. He critiqued Avant Nation for me and is currently helping out with the sequel. I’m also reading Writers of the Future, Volume 31, a collection of short stories in the fantasy and science fiction realm.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

C: Reviews are supposed to be written for the benefit of readers contemplating a purchase, not the authors or publishers. It’s is not the reader’s job to give me constructive criticism, but I’m grateful when they do. I try not to let ‘good’ reviews go to my head, but I do enjoy getting them. However, I’ve gotten 5-star reviews that make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside until I realize they’ve given every book they’ve ever read 5 stars. Somehow the praise isn’t quite as meaningful. On the other hand, I try not to let ‘bad’ reviews get me down. Some reviewers seem to get off on being mean, while others have legitimate complaints. In summary, my philosophy on reviews is this: You can please some of the readers all of the time, some of the readers none of the time, but you’ll never please all readers all of the time.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

C: My children.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

C: I am working on the sequel to Avant Nation. In book one, a beautiful young medic teams up with a ruthless soldier during a war over the human genome. When the two main characters begin their mission, they see the world in black and white. Their country is in the right. Everyone else is in the wrong. When the pair unbury a devastating secret, their convictions are put to the test. Book two focuses on what happens after they have completed their mission and return home as heroes to a nation they no longer believe in.

My next project depends on how The Wish Thief is received. It’s a stand-alone book, but I’ve already mapped out more adventures for the main character and friends. Young Adult Fantasy with a Christian edge can be a though sale though, so I’m taking a wait-and-see approach. If sales of book one are brisk, I will start on book two as soon as possible.

What can you say about @abookwithbea’s blog?

C: aBOOKwithBEA is a vibrant and informative blog about the latest in YA literature. Bea’s enthusiasm for books and life in general radiates from the screen like pure energy. Then again, she’s a coffee head like me, so maybe it’s the caffeine.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website:
Blog: http://cdverhoff.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/C-D-Verhoff-Author-106424996172224/?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CDVerhoff
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Pinterest:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/C.-D.-Verhoff/e/B009989JGU/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/cdverhoff
Book Links: (* American, UK, etc.)
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4038507.C_D_Verhoffh

SPECIAL GUESTS: Author Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, Author of Doon Series

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

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CAREY CORP

NY Times & USA Today Best-selling author, Carey Corp, wrote her first book, a brilliant retelling of Star Wars, at the prodigious age of seven. Since then, her love affair of reinvention has continued to run amuck. Writing both literary fiction and stories for young adults, she begins each morning consuming copious amounts of coffee while weaving stories that capture her exhaustive imagination. She harbors a voracious passion (in no consistent order) for mohawks, Italy, musical theater, chocolate, and Jane Austen. Her debut novel for teens, The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian, earned her national recognition as 2010 Golden Heart finalist and more recently made the N Times Best-seller list. Coming Sept, 2015: Shades of Doon (book 3 of the 4 book Doon series), a young adult series loosely based on the concept of the musical Brigadoon, used with permission from the Alan Jay Lerner Estate & the Frederick Loewe Foundation, and co-written with Lorie Langdon.

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LORIE LANGDON

A few years ago, Lorie Langdon left her thriving corporate career with a Fortune 500 company to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word. Her co-written four-book series, DOON, a YA reimagining of the Scottish legend of Brigadoon, will release beginning in August 2013 from Zondervan/Harper Collins.

BOOKS:

Doon (Doon, #1)

DOON…

Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for…or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

DOON is loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Follow the journey at http://www.DoonSeries.com

~Destiny awaits!

Destined for Doon (Doon, #2)

In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake—choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she’s received her Calling—proof she and Duncan are each other’s one true love—and it’s pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen needs her to return, Kenna doesn’t have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after.

Shades of Doon (Doon, #3)

After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away, leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.

Thrust out of Doon, the best friends are confronted with tormentors from their past and no way to return to their adopted land. When the MacCrae brothers rush to their rescue, the girls’ situation turns from nightmare to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness could be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all.

WATCH THE TRAILER:

 

RANDOM FACTS: [COURTESY OF DOONSERIES.COM]

  • Lorie and Vee both likes bad boys.
  • Carey and Kenna prefer the boy next door, good guy.
  • Lorie is not as angsty as Vee … Carey loves angst.
  • Both Carey and Lorie love musicals but Carey is the die-hard, Playbill-obsessed drama geek who lettered in theater.
  • Carey and Kenna differ greatly in their favorite Broadway musicals. Carey likes dark, angsty musicals the best while Kenna likes anything with great roles for her. Fortunately, then can agree on the awesomness of Sondheim.
  • Lorie has a bit of a fairytale obsession. Carey thinks she would make a great Snow White!
  • Like Kenna, Carey does spill things on her boobs. Unlike Kenna, Carey’s hair is brown.
  • Lorie saw Brigadoon at the age of 18.
  • Carey listens to show tunes A LOT! Her favorite musical is Spring Awakening. Kenna’s is Wicked.
  • Unlike Vee, Lorie was never a cheerleader. Like Vee, she was too scared to try out for plays. Now she is very, very brave!
  • Carey performed in Into the Woods, Children of Eden, Music Man, Hello Dolly, Once Upon a Mattress and many other musicals despite her inability to sing. She once had a director confiscate her tambourine due to lack of rhythm.
  • Carey’s favorite obscure musicals are Was (based on the novel of the same name by Geoff Ryman), Bat Boy: The Musical, and Aces.

Question & Answer:


What urged you to be an author?

Lorie: I’ve wanted to be an author since I read my first Judy Blume novel, but when I entered college that didn’t seem like a practical career choice, so I chose another path. It took many years of working in the business world for me to go back to my true calling.

Carey: I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I felt compelled to tell a story after having a crazy dream. I’d watched a live-action version of Peter Pan the evening before and after dreaming about it all night, I woke up and captured the dream. It became the first chapter of my book Shades of Neverland.

What’s your writing routine?

Lorie: I’m most creative in the morning. So as soon as my kids leave for school, I begin writing. I usually have a daily word count goal and try to meet or exceed that goal before doing anything else.

Carey: Like Lorie, I’m also a morning writer. I write from 5-7 am before my kids get up for school.

What’s the easiest and hardest thing about writing?

Lorie: It depends on the day! But in general, the easiest thing is coming up with new book ideas, the hardest is sticking with them until the end.

Carey: The easiest about writing is the ideas. For me, the hardest thing about writing is balancing out my schedule and making time to write. It always feels like when I’m writing I’m ignoring other needs … family, household (cooking, cleaning, etc.), work. It’s hard to block out everything else that needs to be done. That’s why a regular routine and schedule are so effective for me.

Do you do lots of research for your book?

Lorie: Carey and I both love history and enjoy research, but we typically research as we write and try not to spend too much time researching things that may not end up in the books.

Carey: Research can become a rabbit hole that authors disappear down. You’re never going to get every detail right. So if it’s not a quick thing Google, I put the story first and then go back and research anything I feel needs to be firmed up.

What draws you to write the genre you do?

Lorie: Fantasy romance is my favorite genre to read, so it make sense that I like to write it! J

Carey: For me, DOON is a little bit of everything I love: romance, fairy tales, pop-culture, zombies, Buffy, Supernatural, Broadway, humor, angst, Once Upon a Time, bromances, womances, magical realism, Scotland, and a good underdog story.

Do you aim for the same amount of words/pages each time?

Carey: No. I have chapter goals. However, when I finish a chapter, I always try to start the next one. I hate facing a blank page. If I’ve got an opening paragraph or even a snippet of dialogue, it makes it easier to springboard into the next chapter.

*Thank you so much Author Lorie Landon and Author Carey Corp for answering the interview questions I sent. It was wonderful contacting you!

Q&A: Bobby Foster

If you hadn’t become an author, what would you have done instead?

Bobby: whatever I felt like was my passion. I would chase it.
Had you always wanted to be an author?

Bobby: No, I wanted to be in the NBA haha.

What’s your favorite genre to write about and why?

Bobby: I like writing Young Adult but right now I’ve been into poetry a lot.
Do you like reading as well as writing?

Bobby: I love reading. In college I was told you should read twice as much as you write. It helps your writing, and gives you ideas for your own stories.

What inspired you to write your book?

Bobby: I’ve always loved video games and one day I was like I’ll write my own. So I started that day.
What urged you to become an author?

Bobby: My passion for writing.
How do you write?

Bobby: Sporadically, but I still get work done.

 


What advice can you give to those who aspire the same career as you?

Bobby: Follow your own path and take your time. Don’t compare yourself.

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