Author Interview: A.R. Marshall

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A.R. Marshall

Aaron is a children’s book author who has had a love of storytelling since childhood. In his Amazon.com author bio, he writes: 

“…no matter what a particular day holds, I want to be a little more heroic when the sun sets.” 

I love the quote and what a great lesson to teach the little ones. 

Without further adieu, here is Mr. A.R. Marshall.

BB&B: I loved Story Keeping: The Night I Became a Hero. It’s a quick, fun read for both kids and adults. What made you decide to write this story in the children’s genre?

A.R.: Great question. I’m really just a big kid at heart, so the genre is a perfect fit. I also think children’s books are a great way to wrestle with big ideas – like courage, or fear. They provide a safe context for experiencing light suspense, humor, relational conflict, etc. I know for our kids, children’s books often catalyze great conversations about stuff that matters.

BB&B: The story is engrossing and got me immediately thinking about some of my favorites like Neverending Story and of course the music vid from A-ha, Take on me. I have to ask – were either of these an inspiration? If not, what was your inspiration?

A.R.: Thanks! I don’t think either of those was an influence, but I did love the Neverending story as a kid. As a kid, I loved choose-your-own-adventure books, and I think the Story Keeping Series plays around with that idea. I hope the nostalgia resonates with adult readers. I also love Lewis’ Narnia books, so moving characters in and out of other story-worlds feels familiar.

BB&B: You managed to successfully pull off combining first person perspective and third person narrative, did you find it difficult to switch between two different story-telling techniques?

A.R.: Thanks, I did. When I started sketching The Night I Became A Hero, our oldest son was gobbling 1st person, journal-styled stories like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or Diary of a Sixth Grade Ninja. At the same time, our daughter was devouring Magic Treehouse Books. I enjoyed drafting the 1st person opening, but as the story took on its own life, I realized the “in-book” sections would need to be read by grandpa. I enjoyed tackling the challenge – and it proved more difficult to facilitate in the audio version than text.

BB&B: What do your kiddos think about the Story Keepers? Do they give you ideas for the next adventure?

A.R.: The kids love it, and they are my first beta-readers. They don’t offer enough criticism, but they let me know what’s working – is this scene scary? Is that scene funny – I just have to watch them read, ask good questions, and make adjustments. I am always pestering them for lists of things they want to read about, and they are always pestering me to finish the next book.

BB&B: What’s next for Riles, Sissie, Finn, and Grandpa?

A.R.: Great question. In their second adventure, The Night We Met A Dragon, the kids visit a medieval kingdom to unravel a mystery. Along the way, they learn more about Story Keeping, grandpa, and their parents. In adventures three and four (both slated for release this year) the kids dive into more nostalgia – helping an archeologist protect an Egyptian tomb and then battling sea sickness as scallywags on the most dangerous pirate ship to ever sail the seven seas.

BB&B: Do you have any tips for moms and dads on how they can encourage their kids to read?

A.R.: I guess read? At our house, reading is contagious. The more we read, the more they see us reading. The more we read to our kids, the more they want to read on their own. Our biggest challenge is carving time to read regularly with our kids – life has so many distractions, especially at this stage of family life, being intentional as a parent is exhausting.

BB&B: Thank you so much for spending time with Books, Blogs, and Bits. Any last words for your fans?

A.R.: Of course, thanks for inviting me. I am so grateful to my readers. Thanks for picking up the books, and for sharing in the adventures. If you ever have any questions, please reach out. I love connecting with readers. If you haven’t already, jump on my website and collect your free audiobook at www.armarshall.com

Thank you Aaron!

Be sure to check out Aaron’s website and stay up to date on the Story Keeping adventures. Click here to visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Release Alert from Amos Cassidy!

Books, Blogs, & Bits is proud to present: 

Scartlett’s Path 

by Amos Cassidy!

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Do not stray from the path.

There is magic in the forest, a serenity that calls to your soul.

The woods may turn your head, they may keep you forever…

Scarlett knows no peace. Fear and disappointment are her constant companions and hope is simply a word. A stepfather who watches her every move with desire, a mother who spends her days and nights in an alcoholic stupor, and a cottage too small to escape from it all. The forest is the only place Scarlett can breathe, the only place to run, until the final straw, until the final betrayal. Scarlett makes a choice that will change her life…

She steps off the path…

“The woods can turn your head… It’s easy to lose yourself in amongst the trees and you, my sweet Scarlett, are a delicious treat the woods would love to keep forever.”

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Amos Cassidy is the pen name for Richard Amos and Debbie Cassidy. Amos is a 31 year old Diva and Cassidy a 38 year old mother of three; well, four if you include the husband. A common love of all things Joss Whedon, Urban Fantasy, and a tug of war over Jensen Ackles, brought them together, and one cold February afternoon, over nibbles and coffee, their partnership was born.

You can find Cassidy hard at work in her fortress of solitude which has eaten up the majority of her garden, and Amos…well he’s still trying to get the invisibility gizmo he got off a friendly alien in exchange for a pair of earphones to work. Funnily enough he hasn’t been seen around much lately…

Frequent doses of sugary snacks, coupled with regular injections of caffeine aid in their production of a unique brand of cross genre tales. They are always writing, but are happy to take a break to chat with their wonderful readers, so drop them a line at amoscassidy.com, or just pop over to see what they’re working on and they’ll bust out the biscuit tin.

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Scarlett’s Path 

is available through all these awesome e-book retailers on

September 28, 2015:

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Don’t forget to visit Amos Cassidy at their website and see what this dynamic duo has brewing for your reading pleasure.

NEW RELEASES!!

We have been busy at the 12 Angels Publishing arm of this outfit.

Take a look! Four (4) new e-books released within a matter of a couple months and the great news is that both NANCY BROOKS and CECILY MAGNON are busy working on the follow up books to their respective serieses.

2015 is going to be raining with great new books.

Stay tuned.  We have a lot in store for you this year!!

For more information on the books pictured above, check out any of these links below:

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Nancy Brooks Amazon Author Page

Author Interview — Heaven Lyanne Flores

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HEAVEN LYANNE FLORES!!

10636243_860975823954956_3290758886484938541_nHeaven Lyanne Flores was born in Los Angeles, raised in Las Vegas, and now resides in sunny San Diego with her family.

She is currently going to school to become a nurse but loves to spend her free time reading and writing while also managing the book blog, Indie Authors, Books & More. She also loves anything Disney princess related and has an unhealthy obsession with zombies.

Let’s find out more about this young talent 🙂

BB & B: Tell us a little more about yourself. I know that in addition to becoming a published author, you are also a blogger with a steady and growing community. That’s an awesome accomplishment. Can you tell us about your blog and why you decided to create it?

Heaven Lyanne: Well, I am eighteen years old and a recent graduate of Chula Vista High School. I’m originally from Los Angeles, CA but lived most of my life in Las Vegas. It wasn’t until I moved to San Diego three years ago that I found my passion for writing but I have always been an avid reader. I am currently attending college to become a nurse. Hopefully one day I can be a full time writer and a volunteer nurse at a free clinic.

My blog is called Indie Authors, Books & More. I created [the blog] when I was fifteen just after I got swept into this indie world. I saw how much it meant for authors to get word of their books out to others and I thought I would try my hand at helping out. Never did I think it would be where it is now. I just love to know I helped someone get their book discovered and for someone else to fall in love with a new book they wouldn’t have otherwise seen.

BB & B: Your love of words is evident. Where does that come from?

Heaven Lyanne: I have always loved to read. It’s something that I have done for as long as I can remember. I was always the girl people could count on to have a book with her. I think it all started when I first moved to Las Vegas when I was around seven or eight. My elementary school library was like my home away from home. Everyone would find me there with a book in hand.

BB & B: What inspires you to write and how did those inspirations lead you to create your first novel, Anastasia?Anastasia Cover

Heaven Lyanne: I have always been a dreamer. Every time I go somewhere I am thinking of the perfect story to go with the setting I am in. I’m not going to lie it usually involves zombies.

When I entered middle school my English teacher had us always write little mini stories. I just loved that assignment and soon found myself writing outside of class whenever I could. My friends always said they enjoyed my stories but I would never write more than two or three pages of one story before I had to start writing something else that popped into my mind, which is why I had to force myself to stay with Anastasia and not start writing something new.

BB & B: What is Anastasia about and why is it special to you?

Heaven Lyanne: Anastasia is a story about a girl named Anastasia (go figure). She and her family are witches. They moved to this planet called Bolton where all supernatural creatures originate from. When she gets there she soon realizes her whole life has been a lie. Now she is the only person alive who can fulfill a prophecy and bring peace back to Bolton, but she isn’t so sure if she has it in her to do what everyone is telling her she has to.

Anastasia’s story has always been with me. I would always be thinking of it and after a while I begun to write it when I would get bored in class. It is so special to me because this is a story I have had roaming around in my head for years. I never thought I would finish it and getting to actually publish it is the best feeling in the world.

BB & B: Without giving away any spoilers, can you give us your favorite scene or quote from Anastasia and why.

Heaven Lyanne:
This quote is spoken by Anastasia to one of my favorite characters, Yelson. This is my favorite because it speaks the truth about life. It tells you that nothing is set in stone. I have read so many books where the good guy always wins and gets his happily ever after. This quote lets you know that anything is possible. It could end with a happily ever after or it could be that the bad guy wins.

“We have to think realistically Yelson. This isn’t some fairytale where you know the good guys will win. This is real life. Life where the bad guys have constantly won. There is always a chance one of us won’t make it.”

~Anastasia

BB & B: What can fans expect from you in the future?

Heaven Lyanne: Oh I have so many different writings currently in progress! Along with finishing the Bolton series I have planned and begun writing books about aliens, zombies, werewolves, assassins, and more witches. Also I am a part of a paranormal anthology coming out in June so they can be sure to look out for that.

BB & B: Any last words for your fans?

Heaven Lyanne: Just that I cannot wait for everyone to get the chance to read Anastasia. It literally has been in the works for years and to be having the chance for people to read it is unbelievable. I hope everyone enjoys the world I’ve created.

BB & B: Thank you so much for spending time with us Heaven Lyanne! Best wishes to you and all your future success!

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If you’d like more information on Heaven Lyanne, please go check out her Facebook pages by clicking the links below:

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Anastasia is going live OCTOBER 1st! Let’s help spread the word and give this book a good boost!

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Author Interview–Richelle E. Goodrich

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Richelle E. Goodrich!!

Richelle E. Goodrich lives in Washington with her husband and three boys somewhere in a compromise between country and city living. She has two BA degrees and possesses a wide range of interests in the creative arts.

Untitled-1 copyHer love for writing emerged later in life, first manifesting itself through children’s books geared at entertaining her boys. ‘Eena, The Dawn and Rescue‘ and ‘Eena, The Return of a Queen‘ (the beginning adventures in the Harrowbethian Saga) are Richelle’s first novel-length achievements.

This author will tell you that the greatest thrill of writing is to hear what readers have to say about the characters living within her enchanted pages.

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BB & B: I love this quote of yours, “Courage to me is doing something daring, no matter how afraid, insecure, intimidated, alone, unworthy, incapable, ridiculed or whatever other paralyzing emotion you might feel. Courage is taking action…..no matter what. So you’re afraid? Be afraid. Be scared silly to the point you’re trembling and nauseous, but do it anyway!” (Smile Anyway)

Can you tell us about this quote and what brought out these words of encouragement?

Richelle: Yes, I certainly can.  For the most part my quotes have been inspired by personal experiences and some unpleasant trials.  At times, however, they’ve resulted from a keen fascination for observing and evaluating human behavior.  I like to ‘people watch’, perhaps because I never cease to be amazed by the actions of others.  Smile Anyway FINAL COVER smallest

The quote you mention regarding courage came to me when I was facing a difficult challenge that resulted in taking a stand for what I heartily wanted despite strenuous opposition.  I’m no super hero, I’ll admit.  I cringe at the mere mention of anxiety, fear, and confrontation.  But I’ve learned that courage isn’t reserved for the brave and daring only.  Courage means taking action, period.  And even a timid personality can do that—albeit trembling the entire time.    

BB & B: I love fantasy and magic in my books and you definitely capture these elements so beautifully in your stories.  What inspires you when in the creation of your characters and the world they live in?

Richelle: I’m a daydreamer to the very core.  There are a thousand stories swirling in my head constantly, sort of like an inner library where I slip a book off the shelf almost daily for the purpose of entertaining an untiring brain.

If only I could write—had the time to write—all the adventures and fantasies that play on my mental view screen.  I have my favorites memorized, and I tweak their stories often, hoping someday to jot them down on paper.  I’ve always been this way, passing the time in another world, pretending to be some extraordinary character.  I have to laugh because I actually wrote a quote inspired by this truth:

 “I live in two unique worlds, traveling between both with just the opening or closing of my eyes.”

~Richelle E. Goodrich 

 That’s me.  What inspires these stories—the characters and the worlds they come from?  Well….what doesn’t inspire them?  In other words, just about anything can act as inspiration for me, depending upon what I’m thinking about at the moment.  A mangled tree once inspired an entire book, including the type of life that dominated a fantasy world.  A touching scene from a movie Dandelions Cover smallwas what sparked the idea for my book, ‘Dandelions’. 

Art seems to be a strong stimulation when it comes to sparking stories in my imagination.  I believe that’s because art is so highly interpretive, which means I must draw on my own creativity to evaluate it.  And once the creativity starts to flow, quite frankly there’s no stopping what develops from it.

BB & B: To what extent do your characters remind you of yourself or someone you know?

Richelle: I’m smiling at this question.  I am a firm believer that there is absolutely a portion of the personality of a writer in the main character(s) he/she creates.  My characters are not exactly as I am, but they most certainly do possess solid elements of ‘me-ness’ in them.  They must, because it’s me imagining how they would react and respond and reply to presented stimuli.  And all I have to go on is what exists within my experience; experience that has made me, me.   

BB & B: If you had to pick just one story or one character of yours.  Which or who would it be and why?

Richelle: Hmmmm.  Pick one for what purpose?  Do you want the character that entertains me the most?  Or the one I most relate to?  Or the one that I enjoyed creating most?  Okay, let’s see…

The character that entertains me most is probably Kira the Mishmorat from my stories in the Harrowbethian Saga or ‘Eena’ books.  Kira’s personality is nervy, edgy, and spirited—traits I normally repress.  She speaks at will, behavesEena1 cover boldly, is a striking beauty and an alluring nymph.  I love how she is.

The character that I most relate to would be Annabelle Fancher in ‘Dandelions’.  Not because I have ever experienced the abusive life she unfortunately endures, but because she and I both are dreamers and avid people watchers.  Despite Annabelle’s youth, she makes very astute observations about her peers and many adults.

The character I most enjoyed creating would be Eena, hands down.  That’s because she is me.  I am her.  At least that’s the way I always imagined it when I use to daydream about Eena and her other-world adventures as a high school student bored to death in class.

BB & B: Here’s another quote from Smile Anyway, “A daily dose of daydreaming heals the heart, soothes the soul, and strengthens the imagination.” I just love your quotes.  They’re inspiring and full of wisdom.  I can see that you are about positivity and living up to your true calling and not giving up. 

Can you share with us your tips for staying positive and keeping on course?  I think this can be especially challenging for those of us in the creative field.

Richelle: There are three things that help fuel my drive to succeed.  The first is an easy and simple habit; I do at least one thing daily to get me nearer to my goal.  On a busy day, that might mean writing just one sentence in a developing EENA 3 COVER FINAL smallest copymanuscript.  On a lazy day I might read for research purposes or scribble out an entry on my author blog.  The point is that I not allow myself to become stagnant.  Doing nothing achieves nothing, therefore I take at least one step toward my goal every day, despite how tiny the step.

 Next, I’ve come to realize that where dreams are concerned I have only two choices—give up or keep going.  If I were to give up, that would translate into sheer failure, and I do NOT want to fail.  Therefore, I’ve no other choice but to keep going, to keep striving towards those dreams.

The last habit I rely upon most heavily.  I pray.  I explain to my Heavenly Father what I wish to achieve, and I ask Him for inspiration, guidance, and His hand in making it possible.  And I believe assuredly that He can and will help me.

BB & B: Do you have any works in progress?  What can fans expect from you in the near future?

Richelle: Yes, as a matter of fact; I’m excited about this one!  I’ve begun a new YA book staring a genius boy-gifted girl duo.  They’re coerced by an old Mayan priest into opposing phantom villains who must be stopped at all costs or else…  (Wait a minute.  I probably shouldn’t give the entire story away.)  Anyhow, I hope to have this work completed by the end of the year. 

BB & B: Do you have any closing words you’d like to share?

Richelle: Sure, how about a quote to inspire?  This one is from my recently released book, ‘Smile Anyway’: 

 “Never give up. 
It’s like breathing—once you quit, your flame dies letting total darkness extinguish every last gasp of hope. You can’t do that. You must continue taking in even the shallowest of breaths, continue putting forth even the smallest of efforts to sustain your dreams. Don’t ever, ever, ever give up.” 
 Richelle E. Goodrich

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Thank you Richelle for your time!  Beautiful words indeed!

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Author Interview–Graham Downs

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GRAHAM DOWNS!!

Graham Downs was born in Alberton, in Gauteng, South Africa. He now lives in Germiston with his wife. He is a computer programmer in Rivonia, who has always had a passion for writing.

The stories he writes are not constrained by genre, length, or time period. They are the stories that are burning to be told, and unleashed onto the world.

BB & B: You are a very busy gentleman—author, reviewer and librarian for Goodreads, blogger, and a computer programmer!  How do you maintain a healthy balance between all these great things that you do?  Any tips for other authors who find themselves maintaining a full time day-job while trying to pursue their creative passion?

cover jpegGraham: Well, it’s not easy, I’ll admit. My day job keeps me busy for long hours, but I always find time to read. Reading is incredibly important, and I find that Goodreads keeps me focused and disciplined in my reading.

Since discovering that site a year and a half ago, I don’t read anything (except what I have to read for work) that I don’t review anymore. I really enjoy thinking of all the things that I’m going to say when I review books, as I’m reading them.

As for my writing, well, I’ve always been the kind of person who really struggles with discipline. I always have at least three unfinished projects (writing projects, programming projects, household projects) on the go at any given point in time, most of which I’m sorry to admit will never see the light of day! The reading helps with my writing as well (you’ll hear a lot of authors say that); it keeps my imagination ticking, and when I’m struggling to write a difficult scene, or an ending for a story, I turn to a good book to clear my head and motivate me to press on.

I also have an amazingly supportive wife, who has promised to support and back me in anything that I want to achieve. Having that kind of love and support is invaluable!

BB & B: You are a fiction author.  Your collection of stories range from fantasy to thriller.  This is quite a range. Tell us what you love best about writing in these genres.

Graham: To be honest, I don’t really think about what genre I want to write in; I come up with the story, and the genre comes naturally. My first book was a short story called A Petition to Magic, and I don’t think I could’ve told that story any other way. Next came Heritage of Deceit, which is a modern day thriller set in an office environment. The idea for Stingers just hit me, and I knew exactly how the story would play out before my fingers hit the keyboard. As for what’s next, who knows?

BB & B: What inspires your stories and your characters?  What fuels your creativity?

Graham: I think the best way for me to be creative is to just “switch off” froma petition to magic technology and the world. Again, I think you’ll hear a lot of authors say that–it really works!

I’ve always had a really vivid imagination, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve liked to tell stories. Growing up, I played a lot of table-top RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons, and I was always ended up being the “Game Master”, the one in charge of telling the story.

As to my inspiration, that’s a really difficult question to answer. Stories just come to me at the weirdest times. For A Petition to Magic, it was one particular scene where Solon was standing in his study preparing to cast his fateful spell. I dreamt about that one, one night, and it was really vivid.

Heritage of Deceit, not surprisingly, hit me one day at work when I was struggling with a particularly difficult programming problem and decided to step away from my computer for a few minutes. And as I’ve mentioned, Stingers came to me as more or less a complete story, all at once.

BB & B: To what extent do your characters remind you of yourself or someone you know?

Graham: Well, it’s not intentional, but I think there’s a little bit of me in all of my protagonists. Solon the Wizard is a mirror of my fears of trying new things, or “getting back on the horse” when I’ve made a horrible mistake (although thankfully, none of my mistakes have ever killed anyone!).

James Clarke is reminiscent of my Primary School days, when I was a bullied kid –although the bullying never escalated to the point that it did in Stingers.

cover jpegI guess that Lloyd from Heritage of Deceit is a lot like one or two people I’ve met in my career, whereas I fancy myself as being a bit like Robert.

There’s probably a little bit of us in all of our characters, for better or worse, and there’s a certain amount of “confession” that goes on in all our stories. Writing is a writer’s special kind of therapy, of getting things off his chest.

BB & B: You recently collaborated in a great children’s charity project—I am not Frazzle.  What inspired you to be so giving of your time? Would you do it again?

Graham: I just love to write. I saw a blog post by Darren Worrow (our editor on the project), looking for people to participate. His brief was very broad: A story, geared at adults, with at least one main character who’s a child. As I’ve already mentioned, when I read that brief, Stingers just came to me. I don’t know from whence it came, or why, but it just did. Before responding to Darren (and certainly before I knew whether he still had space, or whether I’d be accepted), I bashed out the first scene of the story, popped it off to him, and he loved it!

Would I do it again? Absolutely! It was a huge honour to be part of such a big project, and to work with all the amazing authors. Words cannot describe how I felt when Darren told us all that the project was going on sale. Even though I’m not making any money off of it, and I’d never heard of the charity before I embarked on the project, I have humbled and grateful to be supporting that worthy cause, in my own small way.

BB & B: Like many authors, you must have a ton of ideas for stories.  How do you decide which of your stories to bring to life and devote to paper?

Graham: I know what you’re thinking: you’re probably thinking that, as a computer programmer, I must have this carefully organised folder of story ideas, maybe I’ve even written a computer program to help me keep track of them all, and that I carefully choose what my next story will be from that list, based on market trends, genre, and so forth.

None of that is true, though. Most of my ideas aren’t even stored anywhere outside of my own head. The ones that get written are the ones that choose to be written when I sit down at my keyboard, stare at a blank screen, and start typing. You see, I don’t decide; the story does!

BB & B: Do you have any current projects and what can fans expect from you in the near future?

Graham: You know, every time someone asks me what I’m working on currently, they get a different answer!

I’m busy with a really short horror story, which I’m hoping is going to be accepted into a well known Independent Author Magazine. But I might not finish that, we’ll see how it goes. Then I have two ideas which might actually turn into novella length books, but I don’t think I’ll be any more specific than that, because by the time someone interviews me again, I may have forgotten all about them and be working on something completely different!

BB & B: Do you have any closing words you’d like to share?

Graham: Ooh, an open-ended question; those are difficult!

Readers, keep reading. If you’d include my stories in your reading, even better! Even better than that, though, is if you’d leave a review of each when you’re done. Reader reviews are independent authors’ bread and butter, and not just because we don’t have access to the insane marketing resources that big businesses do: we all tend to be an insecure bunch, and we’re never truly sure if anybody out there is actually reading what we’ve put out into the world. So, good or bad, please leave your thoughts on our stories. Every word of encouragement or criticism means that somebody has read our work and taken the time to say what they thought. You, dear reader, are the reason we keep writing!

Writers, keep writing! It’s a labour of love, and most of us will never get rich off it, nor even ever make enough to quit our day jobs. But it’s as necessary to us as breathing.

I find that I’m a lot like Graham in that my stories, my characters tend to take over and they dictate what’s next.  Thank you Graham for your time and we look forward to your next work!

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Author Interview–Jessica Kong

 Jessica KongBooks, Blogs, & Bits proudly presents:

JESSICA KONG

Author of Fiction, Fantasy Novels

 

Jessica’s Bio:  Jessica A. Kong lives in Somerset, New Jersey with her loving husband of twenty-one years and teenage triplets. She is an avid reader of fantasy, futuristic, and paranormals. When she is not reading she enjoys arts and craft, puzzles, crocheting, and playing video games.

 BB&B:  What inspires you to create a story?

Jessica:  I get my ideas from movies, books, and current events that blend at night and give me crazy dreams.  I keep notes on the more interesting dreams.

BB&B:  How do you decide on the setting of your story? 

Jessica:  I chose the setting for the first book I wrote.  All the books that came afterwards were decided by the characters and where their journeys take them.

BB&B:  To what extent do your characters remind you of yourself or someone you know?

Jessica:  Without mentioning any names, my characters do share traits with people in my life, and some traits I wish to find in people.

BB&B:   Can you tell us about one of your characters and what it is about that character that you like best? 

Jessica:  John McCall.  He is a tough as nails warrior with a kind heart.  He tries to hide it, but at times, it shows either in his eyes or in his actions. 

BB&B:  Which book has this character? 

Jessica:  I introduce John in A Lost Kitten.  A Lost Kitten

BB&B:  What do you love best about being an author?

Jessica:  What I love best is writing about the family I love, the Ruling Clan, and hearing that my readers are sharing my love.

BB&B:  What can fans expect from you in the future? 

Jessica:  I am currently editing the next installment in the Sea-anan Saga and the first installment to the Oceanan Saga.

BB&B:  Do you have any tips for new writers?

Jessica:  First of all, you can’t please everyone.  You will grow bald if you try.  The best thing to do is to write the story from your heart, polish it the best you can, and then let it go.  Some will like it and some will not.  It is just a fact of life you cannot change.  Secondly, whether you are an indie author or published with a publishing house, marketing your book is time consuming and tedious at times, but a necessity.  Always be kind and courteous to your followers.  And enjoy the journey.

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Author Interview–Nancy Brooks

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NANCY BROOKS

Author of fantasy, fiction, action/adventure novels.

Books by Nancy Brooks:

The Isle of Cipit

The Legendseeker

Bestia

In a Drink

The Caretaker

BB&B:  Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
Nancy:  I was born and raised in San Francisco to immigrant parents; my father was French-Canadian with ancestry in the British Isles, and my mother is from El Salvador, of Lebanese descent. I grew up within the Salvadoran culture, where I fell in love with stories from the ‘old country’, stories of dwarves, goblins, devils and witches. I wanted to share the Salvadoran tales I had heard, but as I began writing my novels I realized there were so many other cultures out there with similar stories and legends. My quest is to bring these legends back into the mainstream by fusing them with modern-day action-adventure.

B&B:  What inspires you to create a story?
Nancy:  A face. A moment. A song. Anything and everything can spark a storyline. I’ve even written a short story based upon a scent. When I was younger I’d ask my friends to give me a list of words, and I would write a story for them. Now I ask for a culture or a legend.

BB&B:  How do you decide on the setting of your story?
Nancy:  I travel a lot, especially to historical sites with my children. The Caretaker was inspired during a trip into Nevada. Seeing the desert and the abandoned mines awakened my imagination, and I could picture my main character living out his existence on a remote piece of land. I wrote The Legendseeker after a trip into Utah. I use San Francisco in my stories as well. I like writing about remote islands and rainforests , because you never know what’s been lying dormant.

BB&B:  To what extent do your characters remind you of yourself or someone you know?
Nancy:  It may sound silly, but I write my characters the way they want to be written. I can plan how I want their personalities to be, but it never turns out that way. I also try to write them the way I’d love to be: adventurous, brave, and loving. I have written characters based on people I know. I like adding the little ‘inside joke’ now and then, like a friend’s favorite expression.

BB&B:  Can you tell us about one of your characters and what it is about that character that you like best?  Which book has this character?
Nancy:  William Hohnney. LOL I love Bill. He first appears in The Legendseeker as part of a monster-hunting group called Walquer Enterprises. Bill’s life is all about fun and excitement, the thrill of the hunt, finding elusive creatures like Bigfoot, and drinking his five-country limit on beer (Corona, Asahi, Heinekin, etc) He seemingly has no cares in the world, except he’s secretly building a nest egg for his toddler son. I like that he’s persistent yet charming, and though things start to unravel for him, he’s quick to reconsider his situation and ends up doing the right thing. You can count on Bill in the face of danger, and he’ll never leave your side as long as you need him.

BB&B:  What do you love best about being an author?
Nancy:  I love having my own world. I love the fact that I can leave all of my stress and troubles behind, and just slip through the buttressed roots of a kapok tree in the Amazon. I can hunt for creatures among the hoodoos in Utah, or fight Coyote along the side of a road in the middle of Nevada. I love hearing the voices as my characters engage in dialogue, and I like the way one little idea can turn into a whole journey.

I especially love it when readers talk about my characters as if they were real. I LOVE that.

BB&B:  What can fans expect from you in the future?
Nancy:  They can expect to see more legends coming to life, more cultures being mentioned, more countries being explored. I’m currently editing a story that starts off in the Yucatan Peninsula and ends up on an island in the Philippines.

BB&B:  Do you have any tips for new writers?
Nancy:  Write. Just write.

If you are interested in finding out more about Nancy Brooks and her world, follow these links:

http://Legendseeker.com

https://twitter.com/Sonsofmil

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Legendseekercom