Saturday, 18 March 2017

* * * * BARRY FITZGERALD * * * *




Tell us a little about yourself and your background? I’m an author based in the most beautiful quarter of the Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland. A land with a living abundance of folklore and mythology in which I thrive. I’ve just finished my tenth book and final installment of an amazing trilogy which begins in Ireland before taking the reader to other parts of the planet which I’ve visited whilst starring in an American TV show up until October 2011. I find I resonate better in nature and the west coast of Ireland offers an enormous reservoir of stimulating landscapes which I openly abuse in my drive to harness my vision and deliver it onto paper.

What are your ambitions for your writing career? There are stories which need to be told, I open myself to channel those stories and as long as I’m alive I will write and it would be nice to see one of those works appreciated through the medium of tv though its not a driving force. I find writing can be a liberating experience and a quite mind is priceless.

What are you working on at the minute? I’m currently working on prequel to my trilogy. All three books have been known as possessing a different voice and this book is no different as it relates to a world unknown to us bar a very few.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when? No not at all, I write until that particular part of the story is done. This can be a day, a week a month. I don’t have a set pattern as this would not work with me at all.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? The book I’m currently working on is part of ‘The Council of Three’ series. The story delves into Irish folklore and the truths that hide therein. There is no smoke without fire and as the series continues we are taken on a roller-coaster of life and death into all aspects of the Irish mythology before being introduced to the global arena and the unique similarities our cultures share within this platform introducing the reader to a paradigm shift that will alter their perceptions.

How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both) I self publish because some time ago I provided a piece of work to a publisher who wanted to take it to print. The amounts of hoops I had to jump through I felt would have resulted in a irreversible destruction of the story delivery and I simply could not allow this to happen. 


Where can you see yourself in 5 years time? Abducted by aliens 😁



If you want to check out Barry's work (both his fiction and his research you can go to his WEBSITE, FACEBOOK , TWITTER or GOODREADS.
Today marks the launch of FRACTURE, the final installment in The Council of Three novella series.  If you haven't already ready started this series I suggest you get to Amazon and start.  I personally rated it 5*****.  If you love Irish Lore you will love this series with its contemporary twist.




Amazon USA - Link to Fracture


Amazon UK & EU - Link to Fracture

Friday, 17 March 2017

Thursday, 16 March 2017

* * * * * JULIE GRUIT * * * * *






Which writers inspire you? JK Rowling. I love the way she has inspired so many children to read, and brought their imaginations back to life. See children (and adults!) queuing for her books, rather than sitting in front of the TV or a console was magic in itself.

What genre are your books? Children’s adventure so far, but my next book will be moving into the later teen/YA fantasy realm.

What draws you to this genre? I love the freedom to explore and adventure, moving between real places and fictional ones, merging between legends and history and combining it with the modern day world. Seeing adventures through the eyes of a child felt even more exciting.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I had gone through a divorce and moved away from all of my family and friends to a place where I didn’t know anyone. I decided to join a creative writing course at the local college as a way to meet people and quickly became obsessed. I had moved to the seaside, so my weekends used to be spent sat in seafront cafes or on the beach, people watching and writing poetry and short stories about who they might be and what secrets their lives might hold.

Do you write full-time or part-time? Part-time, unfortunately. I’d love to write full-time, as I have so many books in my head that I need to write. However, I have a family and bills to pay, so I work full-time as a school business manager in a special needs school. The job is interesting, and it’s great to have the opportunity to work with the kids – I did my first ‘meet the author’ session only two weeks ago, and it was fantastic to have them asking so many questions about my books. It’s the next best thing until maybe eventually I can move to full-time writing.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I tend to write after my children have gone to bed, and sometimes at weekends if they are busy. I have my own little writing room so I can shut myself away if I’m in the middle of a book and my creative mind is in gear.

Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day? I usually just go with the flow and write as fast as my thoughts will allow me. The only time I set a determined structure for how many words to write was when I had my first attempt at NaNoWriMo last November. I amazed myself with a win (just!) of 50,085 words. Now, I am still working on the editing!

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you? Normally I just wing it, running with the ideas as they come. Sometimes I feel my writing is like a jigsaw puzzle. I get ideas for the outline, and chunks in the middle. I then have to go back and write from one piece to the next, filling in the gaps as I go. NaNo was different in that I actually carried out a lot more character plotting, scene setting, research, and structure plans before I started. I can’t say for sure how I will work in the future, but either is a possibility depending on how frantic the urge is to just create and write what flows from my pen.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? The Thomas Grey series is (at the moment) planned to be a set of three books. The first, Thomas Grey & The Lost City is about a 10-year-old boy who inherits his uncle’s mansion on the Cornish coast. The house is full of mysteries from his uncle’s travels, and discoveries lead Thomas on a journey to complete one of his uncle’s missions in the mountains of Tibet. However, things are not as simple as he hopes. As Thomas unlocks some of the secrets of the house, he disturbs something living underneath Foxwood Hall.

The second book, Thomas Grey & The Scarab Enchantress, links into some of the other artifacts discovered in the house. This time it the spirit of an ancient Egyptian who calls to Thomas, summoning him to Egypt to complete her quest among the ancient ruins of pyramids. The story follows her life as a child, growing up into a forced and unhappy marriage. She saves herself once, but now Thomas must save her again as their unlikely friendship builds and their lives become entwined.

What book/s are you reading at present? I have just downloaded H. Leighton Dickson’s Dragon of Ash & Stars: The Autobiography of a Night Dragon, and can’t wait to get started on it.

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about. I am lucky enough to work alongside an amazing artist at the school I work at. Like me, he has a day job to pay the bills, but his passion is for creating art. What started out as a conversation about him possibly creating one picture for me to try to catch the eye of potential publishers, turned into him asking if he could illustrate my whole book, cover and all. When I decided to publish as an indie, I took him up on his offer. Chris has now illustrated the first two books and will be completing the set when I have written Thomas Grey & The Smuggler’s Cave. Each chapter starts with one of his illustrations to help capture the imagination of the readers, and to give them plenty of little treats along the way!

How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, Traditional or both) 
Initially, I looked into the traditional publishing route but became disillusioned after being targeted by a vanity press. Fortunately, it was obvious that their contract was little more than a scam that would likely see my book discarded quickly after paying them a considerable amount of money for something I could largely do myself. I have published both books as an Indie, but would possibly consider the traditional route again at some point in the future.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? I like the control of being an Indie. The time frames are my own, and I have the freedom to select my own illustrator. I have also recently set up a fundraiser where I am giving 100% of profits from my book sales to 12 different charities over 12 months. I’m not sure I would have been able to do this, in the same way, had I been published, and so having control of my own books is a definite plus. However, the main disadvantage for me is the marketing side. I struggle to find time to market effectively around my day job, family life, etc. I’m still relatively new to self-publishing and have a lot to learn about how to promote my book and expand its reach.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time? Writing full-time and able to give it the focus it deserves. I only ever feel like I am doing what I am meant to be doing in life when I write.

To learn more about Julie you can check out her WEBSITE, FACEBOOK as well as TWITTER.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY - NOT LONG NOW!!



If you want to be in with a chance to win then you have to get in quick!
The giveaway ends on St Patrick's Day!
Eeek! 



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Forest of Ancestors by K.A. Denver

Forest of Ancestors

by K.A. Denver

Giveaway ends March 17, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Monday, 13 March 2017

* * * * GABRIELA VOELSKE * * * *





Which writers inspire you?  My inspiration always varies, but two solid figures there are R. A. Salvatore and Martha Wells. They both create such vivid stories, with rich characters and lush worlds. Salvatore also strikes a good balance between telling you too much and saying too little, allowing those that have never touched Dungeons and Dragons before to pick up his books with ease. That balance is especially important in Fantasy as your audience needs to know what’s going on, but you need to avoid boring them with excessive information.

What genre are your books?  I write Fantasy books, with my preference being high Fantasy, although I dabble in other genres in my mind and short stories.

What draws you to this genre?  I enjoy the freedom that comes with Fantasy. Dragons have always been a favourite of mine and obviously, they don’t exist (sadly!). I do, however, try my best to ensure that my Fantasy is logical to ensure I’m not explaining things as “magic” unless magic was the actual cause and the why magic was the cause.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  I always had the world of Fyir floating around in my head, but aside from doodles and daydreams, I had never done anything with it. I decided to try and role-play it on a game site I was on, where I found someone who really enjoyed the world and story I put to them. That gave me the confidence to start Crystalline Chaos, and now I’ve written my second book (and prequel to C. Chaos) Dangerous Times.

Do you write full-time or part-time?  I currently write part-time, but if the opportunity presented itself I’d love to become a full-time writer.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I usually write in my spare time between lectures or while driving somewhere (as a passenger). Otherwise, I tend to write when I’m feeling inspired.

Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day?  When I’m in the actual stage of writing, I like to aim for 500 words a day, although I can find myself writing a lot more. Sometimes instead of writing, I’ll take the time to sit and think out a scene if I’m having issues with it.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
For Crystalline Chaos I didn’t use an outline aside from a rough one in my head, but Dangerous Times I wrote out a full plan that ended up around ~6800 words of outline. I allow myself to deviate from the outline if I feel it adds to the story, but the core events remain the same regardless.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?  Crystalline Chaos is the first book in the Skies of Fyir series, with Dangerous Times being a prequel and The Northern Bloodline being the second book in the series. Fyir is rife with discrimination, due to its turbulent past which saw the angels viciously slander their once neighbors, the demons in a move to gain favor with the humans. Betrayed by their former friends, the demons went to war with the angels and created a permanent rift between the two races. Crystalline Chaos introduces to the world and the races of Fyir, set on the small continent of the Central Isles. The first book introduces an unknown threat which forces the three races to reconsider their past animosities if they’re capable of such a thing. The repercussions of the first book will be the start of a series of events, which is continued in the second book.

Dangerous Times, the prequel, focuses on the events of 25 years prior, back when Nathaniel was still the ruler of the demons. The height of his depravity is laid bare, detailing the events that are referenced in Crystalline Chaos.


What book/s are you reading at present?  Your own book, The Guardians: Forest of Ancestors! Well, I need to start it, I was about to when life decided to pull the rug out from under me again. I’m looking forward to it, though. (ooooh nervous now lol, I do look forward to your thoughts!)

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.  Crystalline Chaos’s cover features one of the mysterious creatures that appears in the book, the Globeholder (snake-like creature). As per its name, it’s holding onto a globe which pulses which aether, towering above jagged crystals of solidified chaos aether. In the background, there’s a corrupted aether storm. It basically showcases some of the features of the book, in a nice Fantasy package. I trialed many different designs, but this is the one that I settled on in the end.

Dangerous Times shows a dark, barely lit background that lies behind a pair of red-tinged hands that are aggressively encompassing a flame. The hands are Nathaniel’s, the tyrant King’s and the flame represents Amnur, his unfortunate and trapped Court Mage. I wanted the image to show the control Nathaniel has over Amnur, so I went for the close, entombing hands. I like to think it has that effect!

How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
Crystalline Chaos was indie published, and at the moment, I intend to do the same with Dangerous Times when it’s ready. I enjoy the freedom that comes with self-publishing, as I fear a traditional publisher may try and force certain things into my novels that I have no intention to add.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?  The main advantages are the freedom and the lack of agent/publisher rejections, but the self-promoting can be exhausting. I do, however, understand that not all traditional publishers heavily advertise you, so that may be more of a general issue. 

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time?  While I would love to be earning enough to not have to work, I am realistic and know that may not be the case. A more realistic goal would be to get at least one book fully published each year, as I’ve been failing that at the moment. Life sucks sometimes. One thing that would be really awesome would be to hear from fans about how they enjoy my books, the result of the work of building a fan base now.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?  Blogs, Twitter etc. will come along eventually, my internet is too slow to maintain them at the moment.

Here are a few place that you can find out more about Gabriela and her work, WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE, SMASHWORDS and GOODREADS.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

#IWD2017 at the IRISH WRITERS CENTRE, in Dublin

Today we forego the author interviews, because today was the day that I brought Eli and the guys to the Irish Writers Center in Dublin, Ireland, as part of #International Women's Day 2017.
The event was organised by a group of talented ladies in Women Aloud NI group on Facebook and hosted by the fantastic team in the Irish Writing Ctr.

The day started with a train ride from Belfast to Dublin with many of the ladies mentioned above.  As we traveled, each took a turn to stand and read aloud to the others in the carriage, a section of their work.  The talented ladies covered many genres and the prose ranged from poems to novels.

We reached the host location where we were greeted, and a copy of each of our works were left there within its library, a great honor indeed for any Irish author.

The day then continued with a volley of authors reading from their work in front of a gathering of like-minded and equally talented authors both male and female.  I, along with fellow author D. J. Doyle, were time keepers and every three minutes we signaled the change of reader, and so the day progressed.

The whole day was amazing.  I got to meet so many fabulous ladies in the field and from both Trad and Indie publishing backgrounds. It was an inspiration and I am quite proud to have been apart of it.

Now... it is time to close the laptop and take this tired authors ass to bed.


Friday, 10 March 2017

* * * * KILLIAN CARTER * * * *





Which writers inspire you?  In no particular order: 
Fantasy: David and Leigh Eddings, Robin Hobb, David Gemmell, Tolkein, Rowling, Dahl, Pratchett, Jordan, Feist, Abercrombie.
Science Fiction: Orson Scott Card, Joe Haldeman, Poul Anderson, Alfred Bester, Asimov, Herbert, Creighton, Bradbury, Clarke
I’m sure I’ve left loads of worthy mentions off the list but I’m drawing blanks. I haven’t read any of Stephen King’s stuff but his book on writing inspired me a lot. In fact, I owe that book for giving me the push I needed to finally take the plunge into writing.


What genre are your books?  Science Fiction and Fantasy. I also have a few children’s fantasy novels in the pipeline and ideas for a few non-fiction titles.

What draws you to this genre?  The freedom to let your imagination run wild. In science fiction the imagining is bound by a set of stricter laws that in fantasy, of course. But the future, the stars, the universe! Those are things dreams are made of. And everyone loves to dream.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?   I reached the ripe old age of 29. Seriously though, when I reached 29 I sat down and took a real long look at my life. What I saw was great. I had and amazing wife and two wonderful kids. I worked a full-time job I actually loved. Not only did I enjoy it but it paid really well and allowed my wife to stay at home and raise the kids, while focusing on her own writing career. In many ways, my family and I were (and still are) living the stereotypical dream. But when I hit 29 and seriously evaluated my life I still felt there was something missing. I guess as humans, we are rarely content with what we have. That was when I decided I had to publish a book by the time I hit 30. I started writing when I was a kid and had big plans for an epic fantasy trilogy since I was 14, but despite lots of writing never got around to finishing anything. So I sat down and read Stephen King’s book On Writing and that gave me the kick in the ass I needed. As it happens, I hit 30 tomorrow! I released my first short story collection, PARADIGM, two weeks ago and will be releasing my first full length novel on May 4th.

Do you write full-time or part-time?   Part-time with a view to full-time mid-2018.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I find that my creative energy is strongest earlier in the day. Since I have a family and full time job, finding time to write can be a challenge. This means making a special effort to “make” the time. I get up at 0600 most mornings, hit the gym for an hour, then grab a cup of coffee, have breakfast with the kids and lock myself in my cozy little home office for an hour before heading off to the day job. Well, ideally this is what happens. It doesn’t always work out that way. I also book off a week here and a week there from the day job so I can focus when a big deadline approaches. This means less time for holidays/vacation. But that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make to be able to write full-time in the very near future.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?  It’s very much a case of different strokes for different folks isn’t it? I tried “pantsing” for ten years and that’s why I haven’t been a writer until fairly recently. Full on “pantsing” just doesn’t work for me. I need structure. That being said I don’t believe in sticking to a strict, regimented system as that can inhibit creativity and prohibit new directions and ideas. So, I aim to strike for a balance between the two. I loosely write out my plot in scrivener using the structure K. M. Weiland teaches. That way, I have a rough idea of where I’m going. I often liken it to three different ways of getting somewhere. You can start with nothing but your starting point and a compass. You can start with an old fashioned road map. Or, you can start with Google Earth. I prefer the old fashioned road map.

For example: I’m half way through my first novel THE FURY AND THE STAR and just the other day I changed the first three chapters as a new and better idea occurred to me. It would be hard to do this if all the details were already filled in by Google Earth. I like it when nothing’s ever written in stone.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? The Fury and the Star is the first book in a series called The Lost Starchives. The story is told through the eyes of an outlaw and the marshal who’s been chasing him down. It’s set in a distant galaxy where the last remnants of the human race settled after almost being wiped out by an alien presence.

Very little is known about Earth and the early history of mankind. This information was loaded into, and preserved in, a set of disks known as The Lost Starchives. No one knows what happened to the disks. Some believe they were destroyed; others feel that they have been hidden by the oppressive political system that controls the star system. Some of Earth’s history becomes unraveled as the outlaw seeks revenge for the murder of his family. The book is action packed and contains plenty of twists, some of which even took me by surprise.



Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?  If truth be told, I’ve been struggling to read as much as I used to. I’m a slow reader as it is and at my current rate I’d be lucky to finish 12 books in a year. I still read material by the writers who inspire me. But lately my aim is to buy, read, and review as many indie titles by newer indie authors as my limited time allows. I’m a big believer in spreading the love.

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.  This is a tricky one. My wife is a designer and photographer by profession, so we are working on getting the covers made in house. The problem is I have a very definite idea of what I want and my and this includes a lot of illustrating. Think of concept art. That’s the style I’m going for. We are experimenting to see if we can pull off what I have in my head. If not, I’ve had a few excellent illustrators recommended to me by fellow authors.

How are you publishing this book and why?  (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
I’m indie publishing. Why? Because it gives me control. I decide when to release, how to market, what price to charge, what book cover to use. Most of all it allows me to engage with fans on a very personal level. As the cherry on top, I get a lot more royalties than I would if I went down the traditional path.
That is not to say I wouldn’t seriously consider a publishing deal if one were offered early enough and the terms were favorable. Self-publishing is A LOT of hard work. But the more you put in the more you get out.


Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time?   I’d like to give anyone reading this a tip. If you think in terms of “I would like to see myself in xxxx in 5 years’ time,” read MJ DeMarco’s book “The Fastlane Millionaire.” Here’s a secret: That book’s title is intentionally misleading. And even though it discusses large sums of money that is by no means the focus. The principles therein will help anyone to readjust their attitude to life.

This will sound arrogant, but it’s not a matter of where I WANT to be, but where I WILL be in 5 years’ time. I KNOW where I will be in 5 years. However, I’m more concerned with where I’ll be next year, which is working on my writing four hours a day and spending the rest of my time with my loved ones. My ultimate goal isn’t to become famous, or get rich. I simply want the freedom to spend as much time as I want to with my family, and if I get to help people by entertaining them with my writing along the way… What more could anyone hope for!
....(Well said Killian)

How can readers discover more about you and you work?  You can find me on my WEBSITE, BLOG, FACEBOOK and on TWITTER as well as INSTAFREEBIE (3 shots of Sci-Fi)

PARADIGM will be going up on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk in May. Sign up to my mailing list or check back to my website if you’d like to be informed of changes and new releases. 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

* * * * LORI THOMPSON * * * *





What genre are your books? Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Time Travel, Mystery, Paranormal. These are all the things I love to read about, so I used all the elements I love in my own writing.

What draws you to this genre? It contains all the things I love to read about. I love the idea of time travel and anything paranormal or fantasy.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I am a runner and the idea for the book came to me while I was training for a marathon. The more I ran the more the idea for the book evolved. The characters came to life and demanded I write their story so finally I gave in to them and wrote the book.

Do you write full-time or part-time? I write part-time. I would love to do it full-time, maybe one day.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I like to write in the morning, I’m most productive then. After working all day I’m too tired to focus on writing. I generally spend the weekends writing.

Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day? No, I just write until the ideas run dry. I can usually focus for 6 to 8 hours at a time on the weekend. The number of words vary depending on how well the ideas are flowing.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? I do some of both. I don’t write a full outline. Once I have the major plot points in each act I just start writing and see where the ideas take me.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? This book is the first in a series. I have the next two already planned. Julia is a very independent, strong willed person. She can see visions of the future and has a genetic anomaly that allows her to time travel. In the first book she has to travel back to Savannah 1862 during the Civil War and stop her Great Uncle, who has been seduced by evil, from committing crimes in the past that make him more wealthy and powerful in the future.

In the second book Julia makes a choice to return to the past to be with Reave, the man she loves, and a time where she finally feels she belongs and can make the most difference. Many unexpected things await her and she discovers new and powerful abilities. She is forced to face hate and superstition in order to save 2 young girls.

In the 3rd book she and Reave are front and center when Sherman marches to the South and occupies Savannah. They become spies for the Union in an attempt to end the war early spare the South from utter destruction.
I have not planned any further books for this series yet.


How are you publishing this book and why? After researching both I chose to independently publish in order to have more control of my book, and retain the rights to my story and characters.
(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? The learning curve!! I am a nurse practitioner by trade and writing and publishing is a whole new world. I find marketing being the most challenging. There is just so much I have to learn.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time? The author of at least 3 books with a successful following (I hope).

If you want to find out more about Lori you can visit her WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER and GOODREADS and if you wish to purchase her book simply click the link in the Amazon link above (UK site) or HERE (US site).

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

* * * * S K GREGORY * * * *




Which writers inspire you?  Stephen King and Kelley Armstrong

What genre are your books?  I write mostly urban fantasy or horror.

What draws you to this genre?  I love the idea of supernatural beings in the real world and no one knows about them.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  I’ve been writing since I was about seven. Probably because I wanted to write a story my way as opposed to the ones I was reading.

Do you write full-time or part-time?  Full time at the moment.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  Mostly in the evening time or when the mood strikes.

Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day?  No. Some days I might only write a line or two and the next I could write ten pages.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? Sometimes, but I usually end up abandoning it and going with the story.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?  I have the Daemon Series which features Mackenzie Murphy, a half demon who is pulled into the middle of a war.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?  Yes all the time. As well as Stephen King and Kelley Armstrong, I like Dean Koontz, Rachel Caine and Meg Cabot.

What book/s are you reading at present?  A few different ones as reviews.

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.  For my first two Daemon books the covers were created by an artist with Mockingbird Lane Press. I created the last two myself. I tried to stick to the fire theme.

How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)  The first two books are published with Mockingbird Lane Press and I am publishing the last two myself due to creative differences.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?  I’ve done both so I know that with self publishing you have control over pretty much everything but you are responsible for all advertising too.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time?  With a bestseller! Lol. Hopefully with a few more books under my belt.


If you want to learn more about Sam you can find her on her WEBSITE, BLOG and TWITTER.  You can also check out her other titles here on her Amazon Author Page.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

* * * * AUTHOR INTERVIEW - TOM CONWELL / UFOLOGIST * * * *




Tell us a little about yourself and your background? I have been an Electronic Technician with the US Navy and Honeywell, Inc. for 42 years, a Honeywell Temperature Control, Fire Alarm and Security Software Specialist, Biomedical Engineer (repair of medical related equipment), is Fire Alarm Level II Certified, a Metrologist (Metrology is the Science of Measurement not to be confused with a Meteorologist from Honeywell which is the study of weather phenomenon) and HVAC (Heating, ventilation and air conditioning) Engineering resource. I have a wide-ranging expertise with a keen awareness of physics, computer and internet software and a broad knowledge of electronics and how it intersects with the paranormal world and UFO’s. I am now retired.

What are your ambitions for your writing career? I did not start out after retirement to become a writer. It never occurred to me at all. I wanted to study UFO and paranormal phenomenon and give talks about these things. That is what fascinated me. I became part of a local paranormal team as an investigator and the team ufologist. I realized very quickly that I needed to have a body of work in ufology so I wrote a weekly blog for my paranormal team which took a single aspect of Physics as it likely related to a visiting race of beings, discussed it, and made the science easy to understand. I wanted everyone to comprehend the difficulty that faced an extra-terrestrial civilization in getting to our planet, living here, and what their motivations for continuing to visit may be. I plan to utilize these blogs (35 in all) in a book.

To give talks in the UFO field to groups in my area, I studied a UFO database looking for things to discuss. I quickly realized that there was a pattern in the sighting accounts that I was reading. I made a map (New York State) of what had been reported on this database, the pattern was unmistakable, and I needed to investigate further. The first map turned into two and shortly thereafter, the discussion of UFO sightings turned into a study of the US East Coast and my first book.

My first book turned immediately into my second (Central US UFO sightings), a third was started (Western States) and even a fourth one is in the planning stages.

What are you working on at the minute? I am doing database research on book #3 at this time. It involves reading sighting reports from over thirty thousand persons, judging whether the sighting seemed real, that it was identified correctly, and not repeated by another person. I have also created sighting maps from my research in book two and I am also backtracking on book one and filling out appropriate maps for every state along the East Coast.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I try to research in the morning. It is mind-numbing work and I need a clear head to perform this task. When I am actually putting words to paper, I do best while writing in the afternoon.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? This is a three part series of books that will eventually encompass the entire United States. I look for similarities and abnormalities in the sighting reports. Starting in book 2, I am also looking for correlations between Native American settlements, Ancient gods of the Native Americans, land geology, pollution including natural and fracking related, coal, gas and nuclear plants, Air Force bases in the area, and CO2 emissions relating to man-made global warming. I end book 2 with a prophecy by Native Americans from thousands of years ago. It is frightening even today.

In what formats is your book available? Book 1 is available in book form from Amazon and in Kindle. Book 2 has very intensive maps, graphics from rock art and other formats that would make it difficult to convert to Kindle.

How are you publishing this book and why?(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both) I wanted to get this book out and did not want to spend the majority of my time pitching to publishers. It was just easier to publish through Create Space/Amazon.

Where can you see yourself in 5 years time? I really want to give lectures and discuss the anomalies that I found through my database research. Books are an integral part of this process.

How can readers discover more about you and you work? I am continually advertising internet radio programs where I am speaking from my Facebook accounts and I do about ten or so events per year at paranormal conventions and I will be expanding into UFO conventions in the near future, likely early next year when my third book is written.

In the near future, my web page will offer .PDF downloads of my books. These will also feature maps in color within the downloaded file in addition to the web page.

Tom's research is second to none, and his books are incredibly detailed.  If you would like to know more about Tom's books or his current projects you can find them here on his WEBSITE, his AUTHOR PAGE on Facebook or his TWITTER.

This is for the Amazon .co.uk site but take a look...

Monday, 6 March 2017

* * * * CREATING A KINDLE COVER * * * *

I thought I would put together on this post a few pointers and links so that those of you who want to give creating your cover a go can have the tools there that are easy to use and that don't cost a lot (if anything).  Below you will find some useful links that will allow you to download stock images and allow you to alter them (the degrees will vary depending on your skill level of paint or Photoshop), upload them to a site that sizes them and lets you use preset fonts to achieve a professional looking cover.







This is a site called CANVA which 
allows you to create many things 
including covers and promotional 
materials for your book.





I would suggest that you play around with it for a little while and get used to it before trying in earnest to design your cover.







This is PIXABAY where you can access photos, vectors and illustrations that are free to download and free for commercial use. (Just be aware that unless you alter the image you run the risk of others using the exact same image).

I will follow this post up during the week with one on how to navigate the Template on Createspace.

(These are meant to guide you, I advise that you play around with the tool and be aware that some images on this site do come at a cost)

* * * * AUTHOR INTERVIEW - CHRIS RUSH - HORROR * * * *



What genre are your books? Horror/Supernatural.

What draws you to this genre? I have always had a love for horror as long as I can remember. I love how sounds, imagines and even words can haunt an individual long after they have finished reading a book or watching a movie. My self personally, I strive to break the rules, I want to incorporate the elements of an average person’s everyday life in my work and make them horrifying, to make the reader say to themselves – “That actually happens to me.”

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? It all began when I finished my degree in college back in 2013, being a huge fan of horror I decided to take the plunge and wrote a horror screenplay entitled Folklore, which I then converted to a book and I’m delighted to say it became a best seller.

Do you write full-time or part-time? I write part-time, however I would love to make a career out of my writing, as I have so many crazy ideas in my head, dying to get onto paper.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? With my first two books, I wrote mainly in the evening. I like having the feet up and the laptop in front of me and the TV on in the background, some may not like distraction, however I don’t see it as that. I see casting your eyes towards the TV as a form of thought processing, instead of staring blankly at a computer screen.

Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day? Usually I won’t be happy unless I get at least two pages of work done, however mostly it goes far beyond that once I get into the zone. However some of the best advice I ever got from both my good writing friends Lisa V. Proulx and Ann O’ Regan is don’t just write for the sake of writing, if you feel your story lulling, walk away and come back to the keyboard once you have got your thoughts together again.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? When beginning a new book I will always have the “general” arc of the story and the way it will play out. However while writing I like to see where the characters also take me, I have numerous drafts of my first two books and you would be so surprised how little details from one to the next have changed.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? My latest release All Shall Suffer is a standalone story. It centers around an elderly couple who have been ridiculed all their lives for been strange, mainly because the lady practices mediumship etc. where she can contact the dead. However unfortunately she comes into contact with a demonic force and inadvertently unleashes it into our world to wreak havoc. The reviews I have been getting on Amazon are unbelievable and I can’t thank the readers enough.  

What book/s are you reading at present? I’m currently reading a very interesting book by Chris McClintock, which gives an insight somewhat to the origin of Freemasonry. After this I am planning to read The Demonologist which is based on the career of Ed and Lorraine Warren.  

How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both) I have self-published my first two books and the reason I took this route is because it allowed me to get my name out there and I have to say I’ve been privileged enough to have had numerous book signings in Ireland and also one in America – thanks to my friend Lisa and also Tina Barcoe – who helped me launch All Shall Suffer on its release day in Wicklow Gaol. I am actually returning to the States this month (March) for an All Shall Suffer book signing. 

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? An advantage of self-publishing I suppose is that you are in control of everything, however it is a lot of work to promote yourself and get known in the writing world.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time? I would love to have a status across Ireland as being known as a good horror writer, and by that stage a published horror writer. For me it’s not about money, but rather achievement. I want people to pick up my work and say “That was very good!” or “Jesus that scared the hell out of me!” If I can do that, then I’ve already achieved what I set out to do in the first place.

If you want to find out more about Chris you can find him here on his WEBSITEFACEBOOK and TWITTER.


Sunday, 5 March 2017

* * * * AUTHOR INTERVIEW - CAROL MARSHALL * * * *




Which writers inspire you? 

A major inspiration for me was Darcey Steinke’s Suicide Blonde. The tone of that book, the rhythm of the characters made me sink into myself and realize the type of voice I wanted as a writer. Tom Perrotta’s The Leftover is what influenced The Women of the Grey series. I loved how The Leftovers had this supernatural event in the story, but that wasn’t what the book was about. The Leftovers was about the relationships and emotions of those left behind. I wanted that for my series, the science fiction and horror in the Women of the Grey series takes a back seat to the relationships these women have with humans, the rawness of their emotions.  After reading The Leftovers I knew what direction I wanted to take the Women of the Grey in. 

What genre are your books? 
My books are scifi/horror. Which turns some readers off, that label gives it a bad rap. I believe when you say horror people assume chainsaws, bloody guts or science fiction brings to mind the Alien face hugger thing. I’m none of that. My books do have science fiction and horror elements, but at my core I’m a wanna be sociologist that really likes character building. I want you to be the characters, hate them, love them, whatever but I want my characters to stick to you when you close the book. That’s my goal. 

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
I have written off and on since I have memory but I put it aside for many years while doing the college, work, marriage having baby’s thing.  At a particularly bad time in my life a friend of mine asked me “so what are you?” Take away the job, the hubby, the kids what was I? My answer to her was “a writer.” She then told me to go home and write. That weekend I took the idea of the Women of the Grey out of my head and started the series. 

Do you write full-time or part-time?
This year I have stopped working and am focusing on writing full-time.  I grind it out daily, in hopes of making a name for myself as an indie author. I have yet to see a dime of profit, but still have hope.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
WOW, this is going to sound scatterbrained, terrible, and unorganized but it works for me. I have an idea of the story, characters etc in my head, usually building for a year or so. When I get ready to write that story I sit down and just start writing not having a general direction. As the story unfolds I start notes on what will happen throughout the book. I keep a note at the end of the page that goes from page to page on what’s going to happen on the next chapter, after that chapter is written it gets deleted and new notes on the following chapter will happen. Once the book is written I send it to my editor, she has her way with it, then it comes back to me and if you can believe this I start reading it from the beginning adding, rewriting, correcting, from start to finish. After that it goes back to the editor for final check up’s. 

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
Starburst is book 1 in my Women of the Grey series. Red Drug book 2 will be released March 25th. 

How are you publishing this book and why?  (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
I started off as an indie that was looking to build a name for herself then query for an agent and publisher. I have since decided that I would be an indie. I have not queried for a long time. I hate querying, it’s awful to spend a day researching an agent or a publishing house, then spend another day sweating over a query letter, then you send it off and wait, wait, wait to see if you get an answer. I hated it so much I had to stop. I would much rather focus on building my name as an indie and focus on my craft. If an agent or publisher happens for me one day, then great if not then whatever. 

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time?
I would like to have my Women of the Grey series completed, along with 3 independent novels. Hopefully by then I’ve built enough of a name for myself that I see a steady stream of sales where I am not having to nickel and dime myself to get my next book out.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
My website caroljamesmarshall.com just went live on March 3rd, I plan to keep my blog on there busy with new posts. Also my Facebook Author Page is something I keep an eye on through the day. I invite readers to also check out my Scriggler page. I have been writing a memoir nonfiction series called Barflies about my years bartending in the middle of nowhere California.  

You can also find Carol on Smashwords, Twitter and Goodreads.




Saturday, 4 March 2017

* * * AUTHOR REBEL P JONES INTERVIEW * * *

Welcome today's author:



Which writers inspire you?
"...Nastradamos, Edgar Allen Poe..."


What genre are your books?
"...Fantasy, poetry,short story..."


Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
"...Between midnight and 5 a.m...."
(wow! I would normally be asleep by that stage, you must really love coffee Rebel)


If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
"...It's a series of short stories I'm writing a fantasy of sorts based on four characters, that shift in and out of dream states, and learning of these prophesies that the Raven and the Owl are telling the main character which is myself...."

How are you publishing this book and why?
(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both) 
"...Online wattpad.com The Raven and the owl series by Rebel P Jones..."

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Just as happy and passionate as I am today

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
"...I'm as mysterious as my work that's part of the fun. Lol wattpad.com Rebel P Jones The Raven and The Owl and Inside the Mind of a Madman, or Eliason Kendal on facebook..."


So if you are more a Wattpad user than a Kindle you should search for Rebel P Jones and check out his work!

Friday, 3 March 2017

**** 🤔 CAUTION 🤔 ****

**** WRITING COMPETITIONS ****

Writing competitions are great!
An amazing experience and always a great opportunity to showcase your work EXCEPT when in the very small print it states your writing is only 50% of the test... social media presence and some questions are the other 50%.

A friend had taken a brave step putting her story forward to one such competition only to be told she couldn't enter as her social media presence was not big enough nor did they approve of her answers to questions like (Who is your favourite author?)

(They don't want to have to promote the winner)

Thursday, 2 March 2017

*** Author D. J. Doyle Interview ***


D. J. Doyle published her debut novel The Celtic Curse: Banshee in October 2015 through Kindle and Amazon. From then she has been working on her second.  Below are a few questions I sent her via carrier pigeon and her answers give us insight into how she works and her next project.


What genre are your books? 
At the moment, I write Horror, Thriller and Paranormal. Many of the stories in my head are these but I do also have a drama, dystopian and comedy in my head. So I hope to get around to writing something out of my comfort zone.

Which writers inspire you? 
I have many writers that inspire me but for my love of horror and thriller, it has to be Stephen King. I am also a huge fan of Shakespeare, Stoker, Tolkien, Poe, Wilde, Austen (yes, Jane! I love her humour), and Hutson… these are all from my early years as a reader. Who inspires me now are all the Indie authors out there, doing what they do for the love of writing, no matter what publishers or agents tell them.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? 
To me, my stories are like the body (here is the horror coming out in me lol), I know the skeleton before I even start. Just before I go to write a scene or chapter, these are the organs and muscles. Then when I’m typing, that’s when the arteries, veins, ligaments come in. I have not needed to outline yet, but I intend to start. If I get to my dystopian, I will have to outline as it spans across continents and a long timeline.

How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both) 
Self-publish. When I started writing, I didn’t even know about self-publishing. I just wanted to tell a story and didn’t know what I was going to do with it afterwards. When it came closer the time, I did a bit of research and discovered I didn’t have to wait for an agent or publisher to take a year to go through their slush pile to tell me I may or may not be good enough.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time? 
I would like to have at least another 3 books released with maybe a few short stories or collection. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to become a full time writer and make money from it .. although that would be ideal, it won’t stop me from doing something I love…. and that is to tell a story.

If you want to learn more about D. J. Doyles work you can follow her on Facebook as well as Twitter, Goodreads and her new Website.

To Purchase her debut novel (which I highly recommend, it is a fantastic read with a compelling story and characters) then you can purchase here: