Adrienne Thompson | Interview With An Author

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About The Author:

Adrienne Thompson has worn many titles in her lifetime–from teenage mother to teenage wife to divorcee to registered nurse to author.

This mother of two young adults and one teenager currently resides in Arkansas with her daughter where she writes and publishes her stories full time.

What’s your favourite book and why? The Color Purple is my favourite book. Up until reading that book, I had mostly read romances. The Color Purple changed my idea of what a book could be and exposed me to a side of life I knew nothing about.

Tea, or Coffee? Tea, with lemon and lots of sugar.

What got you into your particular genre of writing? I have a heart for broken women and their issues and I am a true believer in love, so it was only natural for me to write inspirational women’s fiction and romance. But I do write general inspirational fiction, as well.

Why do you love writing it? Because I love crafting storied about love, self-acceptance, and redemption.

How many books have you written and what are they? I’ve written several and published 17 books. They are:

The Bluesday Series:

  • Bluesday
  • Lovely Blues
  • Blues In The Key Of B
  • Locked out of Heaven

The Been So Long Series:

  • Rapture
  • If
  • Been So Long
  • Little Sister
  • Been So Long 2 (Body and Soul)
  • Been So Long III (Whatever It Takes)

The Your Love Is King Series:

  • Your Love Is King
  • Better

Stand-Alone Novels:

  • When You’ve Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)
  • See Me
  • Ain’t Nobody
  • Home

As a series author, do you find it hard to keep the story fresh? Not really. My series installations could be stories about anyone, but they just happen to follow the same characters. I try not to recycle stories.

What tips can you give aspiring authors about writing a series? Keep the story fresh and allow your characters to grow. Also, try to wrap-up some parts of each storyline. Cliff hangers are okay, but it’s important for the reader not to feel like they are being strung along on an endless journey.

 Is there anything controversial or different about your writing? My work is Christian-based, but my characters are not perfect. They are flawed, they make huge mistakes, and not all of them are likable.

How do you manage your time? Is it hard balancing your writing life with your working life? I quit my job two years ago and am now a full-time writer and independent publisher of my work. I do have to balance time between writing and marketing, and I use my Google calendar to schedule everything I do. I am able to manage my time better with a good schedule in place.

Are you self-published or with an agent? Was this an active choice? I am self-published and yes, it was an active choice. I am a bit of a control freak, so I enjoy having creative control, not to mention he monthly royalty checks. J


You’ve got a new book out! What’s it about?

HomecvrsmallMy new novel is titled, Home. It’s the first book I’ve written from a male’s perspective. Here’s the blurb:

For ladies’ man Ivan Spencer, there really is no place like HOME.

A family emergency brings former rapper and current real estate mogul, Ivan Spencer, back to his long-abandoned hometown. While there, he must deal with his confused mother, his elderly, philandering father, his flaky sister, an unreliable aunt, and a face from the past who makes him question some of his earlier decisions. All he wants to do is to get things squared away and return to his life, but as it turns out, he must deal with his own issues first.

Any links or websites you would like my readers to visit? Sure, readers can connect with me on the following sites:

Website: http://adriennethompsonwrites.webs.com and http://pinkcashmerepublishing.webs.com/ 

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/A_H_Thompson 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/authoradriennethompson 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5051327.Adrienne_Thompson 

Instagram: http://instagram.com/ahthompsn/ 

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ahthompsn/ 

Tumblr: http://authoradriennethompson.tumblr.com/ 

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/muusikluvver

Email: tapestrywriter@gmail.com

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Interview With An Author: Matthew Drzymala *EXTENDED EDITION*

What got you into writing? Hmmm, that’s actually a tough one. I don’t remember when I started to write to be honest. I remember writing small stories when I was small. I also wrote a story about a haunted house in secondary school which was voted as the best story by the teacher.

After that I was a little more sporadic in my writing, mostly due to being an angst-y teenager. I do remember writing fan fiction on my Red Dwarf fan site. I suppose that was when my desire to write really started, if I had to pin point a time.

I knew I wanted to write but I never really knew what to do until a friend of mine told me to take part in NaNoWriMo in 2011. It was a wonderful experience and I managed to 50,000 word challenge three days ahead of the deadline. It left me with a huge feeling of accomplishment. True, the manuscript is still gathering dust after numerous attempts to tweak and fine-tune the novel, but hopefully one day I will get it finished and release it.

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I then decided to look for a creative writing course which I did when I moved from Manchester to Liverpool in 2012. I loved every minute of that course, it was so challenging. I thrived on the deadlines to write our stories by the following week, each piece had to be different and I wrote a lot of dark stories. I have never thought myself as somebody who would write dark tales, but I did on that course. However, I also managed to write some lighter stuff too, comedy mainly. That is what I enjoy the most.

I was nominated by my tutor for an Adult Learner Award and although I did not reach the final, I still received a certificate which sits proudly in my living room at home.

What’s your favourite book and why? I’m not sure I have one, to be honest. I have favourite authors. If I had to say one book that I just couldn’t put down, I would say The Green Mile by Stephen King. Having already seen the film a million times I thought I’d finally give the book a go. It is virtually word for word the film yet I couldn’t put it down.

Even knowing what was coming, I couldn’t wait to pick it up the next day. A fabulous book. I’ve only read it once but that one has to be up there with one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read.

What’s your writing routine? I don’t get a lot of free time. At the moment writing is more of a hobby than a lifestyle. I have lots of interests but I try to write for 3-4 hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Having recently moved into a new flat, my writing routine is almost non-existent. However, I do try and write a little but after work.

I don’t tend to sleep very well if I write in the evenings, though when I do this tends to set my mind racing and it is when I come up with a lot of story ideas. I should try and write in the evening more, but I have to balance that out with also starting a new job and fitting in my other interests. I think as time goes on I will become more focused on my writing and I believe that it will be more prominent and take over some of my other interests.

I’ve only been writing a year and I like to write when I feel like it, but I do try to fix those hours down on weekends to make sure I at least write something at weekends.

Tea, or Coffee? Tea, all the way.

What got you into your particular genre of writing? I write mostly light-hearted fiction. I am a huge fan of Pratchett and Wodehouse so I like to think I take some of the silliness from Wodehouse’s’ Jeeves & Wooster with Pratchett’s Discworld humour. While I could never claim my work should be named alongside these two greats, they are two authors I admire greatly.

I ended up writing these as I was mentally tired on my course after all the darker stories and I just decided to write something light. It has grown from there, really.

Why do you love writing it? I suppose because I love writing them. I really love the characters I have created, even the ones that are nosy-parkers and busy-bodies who you deserve a slap. I have one character that I could write all day and still find more to say about them. I never meant them to be a main character when I wrote the small story in night school but they have become pivotal to the entire series.

As a first time author, how are you finding the publishing process? It can be difficult, at times. Learning how to format my word document to upload correctly to Kindle was difficult and at times baffling. Even now it doesn’t always space correctly and can take some time to fiddle around with to get it right.

I would say that promotion is the hardest thing. Humour is so subjective that it’s not always an easy seller. I have one of my darker stories available and that one has sold more than my series all together. That probably tells me I should be writing psychological stories, but I enjoy what I am doing for now. I have some plans in the pipeline but I have to get around to them yet.

How many books have you written and what are they? I have written five stories, four of them from my ‘Bumpkinton Tales’ series. They are Last Christmas, Bittersweet, The Bachelor and Albert’s Christmas. The Christmas tales are just short story tie-ins, especially Last Christmas. I wrote that in a week as a last-minute festive extra to Bittersweet which I was releasing at Christmas.

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Bittersweet and The Bachelor and meatier novella’s and are the main stories in my Bumpkinton series. I tend to think of the Christmas shorts as extra’s rather than main stories from The Bumpkinton Tales.

Bumpkinton, as you will guess, is a fictional village and the stories are sometimes serious but they are littered with silliness, squabbling and a dash of pathos. There’s always laughs mixed in with a bit of sadness. There’s no swearing either. I want to make these stories available to all ages. They are very much something you can pick up after a tough, wordy novel and just relax for an hour or two of light reading before tackling another tough book again.

Last Christmas won the best short story in the Indie Book Bargain Awards 2013 while Bittersweet was voted as Runner-Up in the Best Novelette category. Something I am very proud of.

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My other story is a short called ‘Brainstorm’. It’s set in New York and follows the day in the life of Clinical Psychologist, Michael Eriksson. He is pretty messed up. I am thinking of a more action-based sequel and have the beginnings of story, but I don’t quite have all the pieces yet. It proved very popular and during a free giveaway shot to Number #1 on Amazon in its Suspense and Thriller chart.

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As a series author, do you find it hard to keep the story fresh? Not really. I have a whole village of characters to choose from. I do take time in picking a storyline. I have a number of characters who appear in every story. One especially is Father Whitworth O’Grady. He was meant to be a bit part player at the start but he has become the main character. I try and veer away from comparisons to Father Ted.

Some people have mentioned I have written him like him, I refute that completely. Father Ted is a selfish and unbelieving priest, while being utterly hilarious. I love that TV show. However, Whitworth, while being a bit impatient is a good priest who always tries to do his best. Okay, things don’t always go to plan but in essence he is a very caring character. He doesn’t poke fun at God and the Church like Father Ted does. To me they’re not even like each other other than that they are Catholic Priests.

I would also say not to worry, my Bumpkinton stories are not about religion. It’s touched upon now and again because Father O’Grady is a priest, but I don’t go into the daily routines of priesthood or anything like that. He’s the moral conscience of the village more than anything.

However, he does do something very Father Ted-ish in my next story, it’s something I’m wary of, but it’s a one off and I think it works well as a gag.

The stories are sedate and take place mainly in Bumpkinton and are about sweetshops and singles nights. Things like that. I have characters I am yet to use and have plans for them further down the line so I have ideas how to keep it fresh, including bringing in external characters. I can always bring in new people to freshen things up.

What tips can you give aspiring authors about writing a series? I would say to actually not worry if a character changes slightly. I think when you write a series people expect a character to be one way all the way through. However, when you start writing your characters change naturally as you write more stories in the series, either through circumstance or sometimes just because you think ‘Wouldn’t it be brilliant if they did or said this?’.

You do need to make sure you don’t contradict yourself though. Always make sure that you don’t mention a character did something in a previous story when it was a completely different character. I did that once but luckily I had a great set of proofreaders who pointed it out. It happens. You think a character said something and then you realise it was somebody else.

Above all else, enjoy them. You’ll find things out about your characters you didn’t expect, they’ll grow and some characters you thought would be peripheral figures suddenly take on more significance. Enjoy the ride. Oh, and never be afraid to kill anyone off!

How do you manage your time? Is it hard balancing your writing life with your working life? Yes, for me anyway. As previously mentioned, I have a lot of interests. I am a huge football fan. I love series and movies and watch things regularly. I read a lot as well as spend time with my fiancée. I would like to write more than I do, but I am happy with the time I do, for now.

Are you self-published or with an agent? Was this an active choice? I am self-published. Brainstorm I had a publisher for, but unfortunately they went under so it was pulled. However, self-publishing means I can get my writing out there. It’s unlikely I would ever have found one. Getting a novel published is so unlikely that self-publishing is only the real means for lots of writers to get their work out there.

I have proofreaders and an editor as well as cover artists (Or I purchase them) so I have a lot of help. It can be expensive and I haven’t made a profit from being an indie author. However, for me it’s not about how much money I can make and how quick. I don’t want to be famous. I’d love my stories to be read and loved by lots of people but it takes time to find the readers. I promote on Twitter and Facebook as much as I possibly can. I post on eBook pages where possible as well as my own website. It is very hard to get noticed but I’ve found some readers who have bought and enjoyed all of my stories (not just friends and family) which is lovely. I speak to them on Facebook and it’s nice to talk to these people who I never knew existed.

To receive a message about how much they loved my story is what I love. My writing tutor always told me to ‘Write for myself. It doesn’t matter if you never write a novel or become world renowned, as long as you write, that’s all that matters’. She was a great tutor. Completely bonkers, but a great tutor all the same.

Do you have a writing space? Tell us what it’s like! Not at the moment, we’ve just started renting a new flat so at the moment it’s all new. However, we have a spare room now with a little writing desk which I would love to write at with a cup of tea. However, there are suitcases and boxes in front and all over it at the moment. If I can get that cleared in the next few weeks it will be a nice quite haven for me.

How do you keep motivated? I just try and enjoy what I’m doing. If I’m not, I walk away. I ask my fiancée, Elaine, for ideas or tell her what I’m writing. She usually comes up with something to spark me back into life and I can get cracking on my writing again. Elaine always has faith in me so she keeps me motivated. All my stories are dedicated to her and always will be. She is my inspiration.

What did you struggle with the most when writing your new book? I think I’ll talk about what I’m currently writing rather than my last work. The last story I wrote was Albert’s Christmas and I found it quick easy to write. My next story in the Bumpkinton Tales series will be called ‘The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread’. I actually started it in the summer of 2013 and since then my ideas have grown.

Suddenly the title characters personality has changed so I have had to re-write him. I had some ideas about his past and the overall storyline in general and it just didn’t fit to how I had written him in that initial rough draft. He works much better now that I have started it from scratch. I’m keeping chunks of the original draft but I have to change vast swathes of his dialogue.

I think leaving it so long between the original start is the story has changed and it’s getting my head around how to make it work. Some aspects I really want to keep, but it’s making them fit the new story. Mostly it’s just a little tweak but some bits need a complete change around and I want to keep a certain one liner or scene without it jarring. I’ll get there. I was hoping to release it in October 2015 but I’ve left it open to a 2016 release. I set myself tight deadlines at times so this time I am taking it at a more relaxed pace until I am completely happy with the end product.

Do you have any hints for my readers about writing? Write. Nobody wrote a book by just wanting to write. Start writing. The first draft won’t be your final product. It can take a long time. It can be boring and frustrating, but when you’re done you’ll feel so happy you managed it all the days of not being able to figure out what to write next will be worth it.

That above will be enough for most people to decide not to bother, but if you want to write enough, you’ll get started, enjoy the days the words flow, get annoyed when you can barely string a sentence together the next and after months of editing be thrilled with the finished book.

Write. Write now!

Is there anything you wish you had known BEFORE you started your latest book? Yep, the change in story and title character! 😀

You’ve got a new book out! What’s it about?  My last book was called Albert’s Christmas and is a short story set in Bumpkinton. It’s the inaugural Christmas Market’s in Bumpkinton and all is going well, that is until General Lloyd-Barnes, the man playing Father Christmas calls in sick. Father’s Whitworth O’Grady and Harrison Stalker race around the markets.

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Amidst protests, flirty florists and a vindictive journalist, the priests are losing hope that is until one man steps forward to fill some very, big black boots. Somebody they did not expect….

How did you decide on cover art? Did you consult with a designer or is it all you? Luckily on Albert’s Christmas I found a website with the perfect cover. It matched my description of the Christmas Market stalls. However, my covers for Bittersweet and The Bachelor were hand drawn by my artist friend, Becky Ryan. I tell her what I want and she just produces it. She’s a very talented lady indeed. I like the drawings to be quite sketchy and a bit down to earth and simple and she just comes up with what I was thinking of.

Any links or websites you would like my readers to visit?

If anybody is interested in finding out more about my work you can visit the links below:

Website: www.matthewdrzymala.com

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

Twitter: www.twitter.com/mattdauthor

Thank you for the interview, it has been a joy! J

Interview With An Author: Marie Saint Louis

What got you into writing? My clients were constantly asking when I was going to write a book. Through the years, I’ve shared many of my true stories with them, but never thought of writing a book.

My brother suggested I keep a journal of the events and I soon realized I had accumulated many interesting stories. My book was born.

What’s your favourite book and why? Besides the Bible, I have a few thick books of the world’s best short stories. By reading these stories over and over, I have continued on improving my own writing.

What’s your writing routine? I write down details as they happen. Afterwards, I get busy in structuring the specific chapter and include the people I meet, the readings, and what is going on around me while I’m there. I want readers to feel like they are actually attending with me and have a front row seat!

Tea, or Coffee? Definitely Chai Tea!

What got you into your particular genre of writing? My book is a true account of the real people, places, and events I have experienced as a psychic medium.

Why do you love writing it? I believe writing is all about how your words impact another person’s life in a positive manner.

Yes, the psychic medium readings are a huge part of the book but the message is bigger than that. Every person who has come and sat at my vendor table has essentially bared their personal lives with me and has made my life more enriched. Now I am able to share those experiences with my readers.

As a first time author, how are you finding the publishing process? At first, I had no clue what I was doing and still continue to learn from the experts. Every night, I take the time to research a different self-publishing topic. These topics range from book cover designs to marketing ideas. This past year, I attended a few local writing conferences and spoke with other authors too.  I basically learned as I went through the process and still have a lot to study.

How many books have you written and what are they? RSVP From Heaven is my first book.

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As a series author, do you find it hard to keep the story fresh? No, for years I’ve been taking part in all types of parties and events. I have shared  psychic medium readings at fairs, festivals, private parties and many more. You just never know where I’m going to show up!

I’m already working on my next book in the RSVP from Heaven series.  The second book, will take readers on even more exciting journeys.

One chapter will be about my experiences sharing psychic medium readings with guests at a tattoo and motorcycle event. My vendor table was alongside tattoo artists, piercers, and a seamstress sewing on various types of patches on the leather jackets for bikers. Readers will once again be introduced to compelling people seeking guidance or longing to be connected guests to deceased loved ones.

What tips can you give aspiring authors about writing a series? Write about what your love to do and listen to your loyal readers.

 Is there anything controversial or different about your writing? Yes, many elements about my life and some of the events I take part in may be seen as controversial to others.

How do you manage your time? Is it hard balancing your writing life with your working life? Yes, I have two full time careers and the only time I have for writing is in the evening after appointments with my clients. I write many nights until 1am to 2am then have to get up at 6am to get ready for work.

 Are you self-published or with an agent? Was this an active choice? From the beginning I had decided to self-publish my book.

 Do you have a writing space? Tell us what it’s like! One of my favorite places to write was at night outside at this little 24 hour taco shop. I would sit for hours on timeworn orange picnic benches and write my chapters.

Now, I write in my comfortable home office with my window open. I love hearing the coyotes down the street howling!

How do you keep motivated? I made a promise to my clients I would finish the book for them. My mother has also been instrumental in keeping me motivated.

What did you struggle with the most when writing your new book? Writing is definitely a challenge for me because I place a lot of pressure on myself to ensure my readers enjoy the book. I had to work through a great deal of apprehension, comparing myself to other writers, and self-doubt in completing my first book.

Do you have any hints for my readers about writing? It’s important to write in your own voice. If you’re not being yourself, you’ll eventually will burn out. Once you find your voice continue to develop it. It’s the way you set yourself apart from the thousands of other writers out there.

You message needs to be heard and writing in your own voice needs to come within and in order to capture the true essence of what you are expressing to readers.

Is there anything you wish you had known BEFORE you started your latest book? The incredible amount of organization, rewriting, editing, and marketing it takes to create a book on your own.

You’ve got a new book out! What’s it about? RSVP From Heaven is about my life as a  psychic medium who has spent years sharing guidance and communicating with the deceased for her clients at the most amazing parties and unique events around. Some of these events may be controversial in the eyes of others. Of course, it wasn’t easy because I battled social anxiety, rejection, and sceptics along the way.

Readers will sit tableside with me during readings at an Arizona casino swap meet and have front row seats with costumed guests during three nights of dazzling Hollywood Halloween parties. You never will know where I will show up next!

Told in a down to earth and often intimate style, I share true tales of the compelling people I meet who are searching for direction in love, career, family, relocation, and other topics. In the midst of busy fairs and festivals, I pass messages on from deceased loved ones to the individuals seated at my vendor table.

RSVP from Heaven is a fresh new approach in spiritual books that will entertain and captivate readers around the world. It is a remarkable timeless tale about the shared emotions we experience as people and our quest to find answers while living our personal journeys.

How did you decide on cover art? Did you consult with a designer or is it all you? It took me over six weeks of viewing portfolios and I was becoming frustrated in my search. Then I came across the portfolio of local graphic designer Will Manchas. I was hooked as soon as I saw his prior designs for the fashion industry and the Phoenix Suns.

The first concept he presented me was exactly what I asked him to do. Then I “let him loose” to create something for me. The second design was selected after polling friends and family. https://www.facebook.com/manchasdesigns

Any links or websites you would like my readers to visit?

Later this month, I will have a personal website where people can visit and receive information regarding my progress on my second book, excerpts, contests, giveaways, personal appearances, and services.

My readers are valued and I want to be able to connect with them through my site.

Readers can discover me on the following social media sites:

Twitter:       https://twitter.com/IntuitiveFlow

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/mariesaintlouis8

Coming Soon… Interview with Jacob Shelley

*SNEAK PEEK*

As some of you may know, I’ve been working very closely with up-and-coming author, Jacob Shelley on his debut project: PUT TITLE HERE (see link for more details) and it’s time I tell you a little bit about him and his beautiful book!

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SO, I am pleased to announce that in the run up to the the release of his poetry anthology (March 7 2015), I will be INTERVIEWING the lovely Jacob about all things weird, wonderful and writing.

Keep your eyes peeled for more sneak peeks on both mine and Jacob’s blogs!

Interview: Billie Zahir

Here is an interview with Billie Zahir: writer, blogger and Twitter-friend of mine.

As a blogger, are you finding it hard to post every week?

Honestly, I don’t consider myself a blogger despite starting a blog on WordPress last year. I hoped, by creating it, I would be able to have discussions with others about the subject matter of the poems I wrote and posted. It did not take me long to discover, through observing other blogs and discussions with bloggers, discussions are not something which comes easy.

There is a whole technical skill set which has to be learned to create a blog so readers can find and follow your blog. For a while I tried to learn how. I got hung up on the whole concept if Branding myself as writer.

Eventually, I lost my drive and walked away to regain my focus. When I took the time to step back, I realized I lost interest because I was feeling forced to write to cater to the wants and needs of readers to be noticed as a writer. Which would be acceptable if I was wanting to be a professional writer.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I would turn down opportunity to be paid for writing my life stories and personal views. I’m saying I won’t allow what I write about be determined by others. I will not allow myself be denied ability to write about any and all aspects of myself. I’m a complicated person who does not have all the answers in life. I love that about me.

Saying all that, I do blog-like posts on Facebook and Instagram and get the discussion I wanted from starting my blog. Additionally, I’m excited about using Medium.com which seems to have addressed a lot of the issues I had with my WordPress blog.

Do you find it difficult to think of things to blog about?

I never find it hard to find things to write about. How can anyone who reads blogs find it hard? I believe if a person finds it hard they either are trying too hard to write to please others or not reading other people’s writing enough.

How important do you think Search Optimization is for bloggers? 

I believe very important, being able to write with Search Optimization is why I don’t consider myself a blogger.

As a Twitter user, have you noticed any significant changes in your connections to other writers?

I have made very few connections with other writers. I don’t think it’s because they are bad people, but the online personas of writers are not very pleasant. It seems to me they are always talking at people and never talking to people. On the bright side, the few connections I’ve made are wonderful. I find talking to them to be a genuine joy because the motivation for them conversing with me is not only for sake of promotion of his/her book. Which ironically makes me want to read his/her book even more. Hmmm…maybe that was his/her plan all along meaning they are delightful and uber smart.

Are you planning any novels/short stories/ poetry collections that you can tell us a bit about?

I’m currently working on a project to change the current norms being followed by many using Social Media. I believe right now it’s like the Wild West and there is a need for change.

I also have a desire to collaborate on a book with other Poets who have and write about his/her mental illness. My vision is all Poets going to Mental Health institutions and sharing our own poetry and stories with individuals then helping them write his/her own poetry as a way of coping.  I am also working on a memoir.

Can you explain “The Eye”? 

As a child, my Dad used to find my writing and get mad. The same eyes which saw the truth I tried to tell over and over and documented in writing again and again watched those words be destroyed time after time. The destruction of truth hurt. Took me years to accept I had a right to tell the truth I see with my eyes. That is why I like thinking of myself as Billie Zahir aka The Eye.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Billie.

To check out Billie’s social media and blogs, click the links below

https://billieazahir.wordpress.com

https://Facebook.com/Billie.Zahir

@annzahir (Twitter)

@meimperfectlyperfect (Instagram)

Meet The Author of “52 Weeks of Writing Tips”: Bob Nailor

Bio:
“My name is Robert S. Nailor but most people just call me Bob. Notice that I placed an “S” in my name. My father’s name was Robert and my #4 son’s name is Robert so to keep things straight, we had different middle initials. But enough of that.

I’m retired from the federal government. I was a computer geek and still do some programming yet today.

I live with my wife, Violet, in a ranch home snuggled into a small wooded acre in NW Ohio. I was born in Sioux City, Iowa but my parents moved to Ohio in 1953. I have four sons and currently have eight grandchildren – 6 granddaughters and 2 grandsons.”

 Random facts about Bob Nailor:

  • Interests: gardening, music, cooking and reading.
  • Owns an RV and loves to travel.
  • Has been in 46 of the 50 states, Hawaii included. “Traveling allows me to add the ambiance to my stories and to some of the characters.”
  • Loves New Age music and his favorite group is Mannheim Steamroller“and not just because of their fabulous Christmas albums.”
  • Used to work with the Boy Scouts.
  • Reads: “A lot of science fiction and fantasy although horror, romance, adventure and other genres are also great reads when they catch my attention.”

 

What got you into writing?

From about fifth or sixth grade, I got involved in fantasy, action, adventure fiction – namely Tarzan novels – reading everything I could get my hands on, even having the local public library ordering in the ones they didn’t have available.  I watched all the movies with Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe. Then, in high school, I was introduced to other novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs and I was a lost soul in a sea of wondrous books.

 

Do you have a lot of time to write?

One would think I should have plenty of time to write but I actually seem to have less now. So, to make sure that things work out correctly, I try to force myself to sit down and write. That doesn’t always work. Today, writing is fun and I find it relaxing. I get to visit those fantastic and strange places within my mind and well, if I don’t come back right away, there is no longer somebody behind me writing on a pink sheet of paper.

I hear you like the paranormal – tell me more?

I became interested in the paranormal and went to a “spiritual” meeting with a friend. I was contacted by my grandfather across the realms and he told me to write. Since my friend didn’t know about my grandfather being Irish and born in Dublin, when the “reader” told me this information, I was convinced – especially when she used the one term my grandfather had taught me (overheard several times) in Gaelic: jackass (so he claims!) – “Don’t be a ‘mahoena,’ Bobby.”

Let’s talk about “52 Weeks of Writing Tips”
It covers a large array of different topics for the writer. It runs the gamut from ‘how to improve dialogue’ to ‘doing edits’ to ‘addessing alien sex’ to ‘using marketing tricks to promote yourself.’
“52 Weeks of Writing Tips”  (to be released 5/1) is about writing. It is a collection of writing tips that started off as a once-a-week post on Bob Nailor’s wesbite.
“A friend suggested I take and combine them into a book so they could be easily accessed via an E-reader. After a little thought, I agreed and took 53 (giving an extra bonus tip) of them – did a little (very minimal) rewrite to offer to the writing public.  The book addresses many issues most writers face including dialogue, character descriptions, creating character depth, sex, aliens, marketing, editing and many other aspects.”
Nailor was a contributing author for “The Guide to Writing Science Fiction – Vol 1” which earned an EPPIE award. He has 4 books himself, 1 released with a co-author. He is also a contributing author to approximately 14 other anthologies and how-to books.
“”52 Weeks of Writing Tips” is my way of sharing the knowledge I have gleaned over the year with both the novice and well-published authors.”
Let’s have a cheeky look at the Contents:
Week 1: Thinking Inside The Box
Week 2: That As●Ing●Ly ~ Editing Tricks
Week 3: Character Descriptions
Week 4: Building A Believable Character
Week 5: Secondary Characters aka Walk-On Characters
Week 6: Sabotaging Character Believability
Week 7: Alien Sex or What To Do When Your Partner Isn’t Human
Week 8: Afterglow: The Real Power Behind A Literary Sexual Encounter
Week 9: Writing and Politics: Parallel Words of Perception
Week 10: Sparky: A New Angle On An Old Story
Week 11: Building A Successful Press Kit
Week 12: A Timely Thought
Week 13: Poetry Fun
Week 14: Youthful Poetry
Week 15: The Top 10 Things You Must Know About Radio Interviews
Week 16: Oh Horrors! Children’s Writing
Week 17: Use Climax In Writing
Week 18: Ten Points On Plotting
Week 19: A Couple Of Horror Secrets
Week 20: Author Websites
Week 21: Freelance: How To Sell Almost Everything You Write
Week 22: Dialogue And Detail
Week 23: Instant Einstein
Week 24: Whose Who’s Whose
Week 25: Point Of View aka POV
Week 26: Dumb Writer Edits
Week 27: By Zombies
Week 28: He Said, She Said
Week 29: POV Revisited – Part 1
Week 30: POV Revisited – Part 2
Week 31: A Good Writer
Week 32: What’s In A Job Title
Week 33: The Editing Process
Week 34: The Writer’s Stream
Week 35: August! The Christmas Rush Is Over
Week 36: How To Write Better and Faster
Week 37: How Much To Pay For Edits
Week 38: Mr. Thesaurus, If You Please
Week 39: Where’s The Caboose?
Week 40: Story Continuity
Week 41: What To Write
Week 42: What’s In A Name
Week 43: Time Warping
Week 44: Fragments
Week 45: Writer’s Conference – A Marketing Tool
Week 46: An Idea Generating Exercise
Week 47: Flashbacks
Week 48: Evil Villains
Week 49: The World According To…
Week 50: Writing A Series
Week 51: Character Details
Week 52: Reading and Writing La-La Land
Bonus Week: War and Sex
Appendix
About The Author
Other Books By The Author
Sample Read — Pangaea: Eden Lost
“As you can see, a rather eclectic selection of topics. My writing group (a local collection of authors who write fiction and non-fiction) loved “By Zombies” which helps a writer to realize when passive voice is used.”
Thank you, Bob for the interview, and I can’t wait to get a copy of “52 Weeks of Writing Tips” 
Bob Nailor’s website is http://www.bobnailor.com which is a triple combination site: Author – Editor – Speaker.  Each of them are connected by a “Main” page. 
“52 Weeks of Writing Tips”  is an ebook and will be available at Amazon.com on 5/1:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JL58CPA/.

 

Interview with an author: Plot121

Meet Plot121, he is a poet, an author and a very determined man.

Bio:

From his teenage years as a troubled youth, Plot121 has honed his craft by candle light. From dark passages of despair to inspirational poems that would drive him to become hardwired for the task of writing poetry. A man now fulfilling his childhood dream: to be something when all others said it could not be done.

Plot121’s work:

See Our World

See Our World by Plot121

See Our World by Plot121

This book is a compilation over 40 years of poetry that conveys the personal thoughts of Plot121 and his vision of how he views his life with people and society.

 

Book Many Facets of Love

Many Facets of Love by Plot 121

Many Facets of Love by Plot 121

This compilation of poetry focuses on the Many Facets of Love. The poetry relates to relationships that humanity endeavors to find when they feel that certain attraction we all call Love.

 

What got you into writing?

My mother was busy with running a residential care facility and my father was a hard man to talk to. My brother was busy with his life and I did not wish to bother my ever-busy grandmother with my issues. The issues of being taunted by my classmates left me with low self-esteem and a quick temper. To deal with it, I took to writing to sort out my dark thoughts. It was a coping skill.

What’s your favourite book?

I guess it would have to be Gary Jennings Aztec. The two stories of how a boy grew into a man then elder in the Aztec Culture were both dark and inspiring. The story telling was great and how it weaved the tale through factual events to fiction was great.

What’s your writing routine?

I have several books I work from so, I go by the type of poems that suits the book I am doing. I get up, get a cup of tea, do my posting for today and then start to go through my many projects to write the poems for the books. If I need to do research on a certain subject matter, I do it then. Then start the writing process.

You’re a poet: do you have a particular genre you stick to, or do you write about anything.  

I once called myself a Poet of Opinion because I have an opinion on everything so I write on just about everything – hardly anything is taboo for me.

What inspired your two poetry collections?

The first was inspired by pure determination and the loss of my mother two years back. She was always there for me, and told me to keep writing no matter what the cost. I had finished the book when she died but was not able to professionally put it out. After suffering a year of grief I decided to get the book out. After a while if having no success I finally found a lady that would help me promote and get my work out the public. The second book was easy because I had been writing it for a long time, so I had stock piled a great deal of my work already. I finished it off with a few new poems and compiled another book.

Are your friends and family supportive of your writing career?

When I was younger, I doubted any of my friends were supportive. It was my coach and Literature teacher that were. There were very few others that gave me the opportunity, and really show my interest in the craft of writing. My family on the other hand was more supportive. My brother bought me my first Thesaurus and read many of my first poems. He took it to my mother who also encouraged me on my new-found capabilities. My father came from a labor family and could not really see the value in my work. He thought it was a nice pass-time, but to him it was a dream that would never come to realization.

Do you have a full-time job, if so – what is it, and how do you manage your time?

Due to some personal health issues, I had to go on disability about 5 years back. Although, I have always written and worked but for the last five years I been aggressively promoting my work and writing.

Are you self-published or with an agent? Was this a personal choice?

I tried going at it alone, but found little to no success. My first book was out for about a year and didn’t sell. I had no clue how to market or even find my customer base. When I got together with my publisher she opened my eyes to what needed to be done. Yes it’s a learning process, but she has definitely made me see the error of my ways. Don’t get me wrong, you can go at this alone but it may take you longer then you thought. This is not a fifty yard dash or a hundred mile relay. This is a slow time grinding action that takes courage, knowledge, and most of all patience. If you like to do research and you’ve got all the time in the world; school yourself on all the facets of marketing before doing this. If you make a mistake out there you lose money not just your reputation.

Did you find it difficult trying to get into the industry?

I cut my teeth in this field as a crawl. I wrote, and then posted my work on poetry sites or communities. This gave me an idea of my good, and my bad points. It also gave me an idea for my personal voice. This is like a finger print in the writing world. It allows your reader to define you from others. All writers have them and it is so important to find your own. When I got more praises from my fellow poets it gave me the confidence to write chap books which led me to this road I am on now.

How do you keep motivated?
Motivation and determination seem to be the key to my personal voyage but to answer your question: I enjoy living and breathing. I use my coping skills to sort out all the negative aspects in life which grants me a picture of how things should be. My writing is just an action that defines life to me and hopefully gives value or knowledge to others. In short:  I live, therefore I must write.

 

Plot121 has utilized his life experiences in order to shape a writing career. If you would like to find out more, please go to: 

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