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Do you love historical romance? If so, have I got a great book for you! Once Upon a Haunted Castle is perfect for this time of year. And check out the giveaway, you won’t be disappointed!
In Eliza Knight’s LAIRD OF SHADOWS, a decade old vow and an attack of Vikings brings Lady Elle Cam’béal to Dunstaffnage Castle seeking the help of the new, handsome, provocative laird with a beastly temper—Beiste MacDougall. As battles and treachery rain down upon them, Beiste and Elle find an unlikely ally in a ghost, and discover that a few stolen moments of passion can bring light from the shadows…
In Kathryn Le Veque’s DEEP INTO DARKNESS, Findlater Castle in the Scottish Highlands becomes a place of mystery and doom for Jamison Munro and his wife,Havilland. Traveling across the highlands one dark and stormy night, they stumble upon a lonely Host in Findlater Castle, a pathetic soul waiting for his wife to return to him. It is a terrible tale of a tragic love story that the Host tells the travelers but when Havilland becomes curious about mysterious tapping sounds that go on in the middle of the night, she soon realizes the danger that she and her husband are in. It becomes a race against time for Havilland to free a trapped spirit and save both their lives in the process.
In Terri Brisbin’s UPON A MISTY SKYE, Alexander MacDonald and Isabel MacLeod were not supposed to meet or fall in love or marry. Now that they have, both of their parents plan to separate them, by any means possible. But the ghost of Duntulm Castle has other plans for the forbidden lovers and those who stand in the way of true love.
In Madeline Martin’s A GHOSTLY TALE OF FORBIDDEN LOVE, Gavin MacDuff is a laird with a cruel and bitter aunt he’s sworn to protect. Senara is the new lady’s maid at Castle of Park and has sacrificed everything for the betterment of her family. Their paths tangle and lead to a road of hidden longing and secret passion – all of which is threatened by the power of one ghost who is fixed on revenge.
In Ruth A. Casie’s THE MAXWELL GHOST, traitors, deception, murders and ghosts run rampant at Caerlaverock Castle. Jamie Collins, a man of reality not hocus pocus, serves Lord Herbert in exchange for a his own farm.  Laura Reynolds, the Herbert’s distant cousin comes to the castle to solve the murders and put the ghost to rest. The two, long-time friends find their destinies intertwined with hidden passions, but all is in jeopardy when Laura becomes the murderer’s next target. Jamie will find he needs some ghostly assistance to save Laura and declare his love.
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Dr. Newsome was raised in North Carolina farm country.  During his childhood, he learned a strong work ethic and a love of nature.

photo-6_19_14-1He received a BA in American history from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1971.  He received his medical degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine (now Wake Forest University School of Medicine) in 1975.  He completed his residency and certification in family medicine in 1978.  In 1992 he received his certification in Geriatric Medicine.

In 1978 he returned to King with his wife, Betty, to begin his practice in family medicine.  As part of his practice, he staffed the community hospital and the county health department.  He also began a county jail health program and continued to care for patients in local long-term care facilities.

He has two sons.  Carlton shares a love of writing and lives in Raleigh.  Justin lives in Winston-Salem and is an engineer at B/E aerospace.

Sam continues to live with Betty, his wife for forty-five years, in King, North Carolina. He continues to be fully involved in his medical practice.

His first novel, Jackie, was published in October 2013.  It chronicles the life of an unfortunate child with autism spectrum who was bullied and abused in school till he was ruled uneducable.  As a young adult he is discovered to have a near supernatural ability that propels him to a historic destiny.

His recent effort, Joe Peas, grew out of his experiences in medical practice and explores the increasing demands for conformity in our modern world.  He does this in the setting of a long-term care facility that gives him the opportunity to both entertain and educate.

Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Joe Peas. To begin with, can you give us a brief summary of what the story is about and what compelled you to write it?

joe-peas-jpegA:  James King is a family doctor who is bound by a life that is too full of structure and regulation.  His routine is interrupted by an itinerant Italian house painter, Joe Peas.  Joe’s free spirited life is a sharp contrast to Doc’s.  They bond, and eventually, after an accident, Joe becomes a rehab patient in Doc’s long-term care facility.  As Doc is drawn to his patient’s vagabond lifestyle, Joe begins to miss the family and human connections he never had.

The long-term care facility is populated by residents with problems including traumatic brain injury, stroke, colon cancer, and advanced age.  Joe’s infectious personality gets him involved in all their struggles and issues.

As Joe’s secret life begins to unfold, he creates a plot to help Doc with his own personal struggles. The Italian’s scheme is both unique and surprising.

Q: What do you think makes a good novel? Could you narrow it down to the three most important elements? Is it even possible to narrow it down?

A:  Let me counter by my own question.  Why write at all?
I write to send a message.  In JoePeas, the main message is that we are becoming enslaved by conformity.  A continuing theme is a celebration of the individual.

So, a novel sends a message. It may be subliminal, or it may have the power of a sledgehammer, but it should say something.

Second, it should entice the reader to turn the page.  Humor, excitement and greed are all factors that contribute to wooing the reader to continue.  Sex is also a popular legitimate means of holding attention, but I have no talent for writing erotica, so I largely leave that out.

Third, secondary stories (plots) that keep the reader guessing, “Just where is he going with that?”

The fun is in the trip with the expectation of arriving at a destination.

What else is there?  So much that my puny talent can’t begin to fathom!

Q: How did you go about plotting your story? Or did you discover it as you worked on the book?

A:    This story was character driven. It began with the four residents of a skilled nursing facility plus the Joe’s story.  Each character’s story was initially written separately.  Then they were woven together to provide interaction and, finally, the appropriate resolutions.

Q: Tell us something interesting about your protagonist and how you developed him or her. Did you do any character interviews or sketches prior to the actual writing?

A: My main character, Joe Peas, is based on a patient I treated for twenty years. The model for Joe was an adolescent during World War II and hidden by the resistance in Eastern Europe. After the war, like Joe Peas, he was given a choice. He could live in London, Toronto, or New York. He picked a very American name and became a New Yorker. That true story was too good not to incorporate in a novel at some point.

Q: In the same light, how did you create your antagonist or villain? What steps did you take to make him or her realistic?

A: There are two main antagonists in my story, as there are several simultaneous plots. One is so obvious, that I won’t expound on that here. The second is the extreme opposite of Joe Peas. He is a copy of every irritating front-row school student who continually asked questions to get noticed and raised the ire of the rest of the class. If Joe is the ultimate non-conformist, Professor Watley is a paragon of conformity.

Q: How did you keep your narrative exciting throughout the novel? Could you offer some practical, specific tips?

A: Having several story lines helps. I want to address serious topics in some detail, but I want to make a “good read” as well. If I think I’m getting too serious, I let one of the other characters carry his story for a while. I’ll occasionally throw in a light moment or have him tell a joke. That allows the deeper thought to percolate a bit before resuming the deeper subject. Shorter chapters are placed at the areas where attention may lag. That gives the reader a chance to turn over and begin to tan the other side before resuming the book.

Q: Setting is also quite important and in many cases it becomes like a character itself. What tools of the trade did you use in your writing to bring the setting to life?

A: Correct, the setting is an important part of my story. I describe the long-term care facility and the struggles of running a facility. Statistics show that fifty percent of us will spend time in long-term care. A sympathetic narrative should peel away some of the stigma associated with nursing homes.

Q: Did you know the theme(s) of your novel from the start or is this something you discovered after completing the first draft? Is this theme(s) recurrent in your other work?

A: The continued interaction of Joe and Doc was always the foundation of the story. The character studies were initially meant to be short stories. But I eventually felt they belonged as part of a single work and putting them into Joe’s story invites an interaction with a number of different people that highlights his Italian free spirited life-style.

Q: Where does craft end and art begin? Do you think editing can destroy the initial creative thrust of an author?
A: I think that art comes first, then craft. As I reflect on my own story, I jot or type the story as quickly as possible (I guess that’s art). Then I go back and rewrite as necessary (that’s craft).

Q: What three things, in your opinion, make a successful novelist?

A: First, is there something to be said? Otherwise, what’s the point?
Second, A novelist needs a grasp of what it takes to be a good storyteller. Can he successfully tell a joke?

Third, does he have the patience to methodically piece together? Can he see find imperfections and be honest enough to discard and rewrite?

Q: A famous writer once wrote that being an author is like having to do homework for the rest of your life. What do you think about that?

A: I don’t see that. I relate writing to an illness, an obsession—an obsession that is mollified by “writing it down.”

Q: Are there any resources, books, workshops or sites about craft that you’ve found helpful during your writing career?
A: Those would be great, and I fully intend to avail myself of those in the future. Like many authors, I am fully employed. I am, In fact over employed, so workshops will have to wait.

Q:  Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers about the craft of writing?

A: I’m not sure that there is a single formula for a great novel. There are as many different ways to construct a good story as there are novelists. Please write. Make good stories and enjoy the process.

  

 

Inside the Book:

Title: Sick to Death
Author: Greg Levin
Release Date: September 3, 2016
Publisher: White Rock Press
Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Dark Humor
Format: Ebook/Paperback

KNOWING YOU’RE DYING CAN BE MURDER.

When Gage Adder finds out he has inoperable pancreatic cancer, things really start to look up for him. He leaves his soul-crushing job, joins a nice terminal illness support group, and takes up an exciting new hobby: Beating the hell out of bad guys.

Gage’s support group friends Jenna and Ellison don’t approve of his vigilante activities. Jenna says fighting never solves anything. Poison, on the other hand… When the three decide to team up and hit the streets, suddenly no rapist, pedophile or other odious criminal in the city is safe.

They are the sickest of superheroes. Their superpower is nothing left to lose. But what happens when one of them takes this power too far and puts at risk the lives of hundreds of innocent people? Where does one draw the line when dying to kill?

Meet the Author:

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Greg Levin is an award-winning author of dark comedic fiction.

Greg’s first novel… meh, nobody but Greg really cares about his first novel.

His second novel, The Exit Man, was optioned by HBO for development into a TV series and won a 2015 Independent Publishers Award (a.k.a., an “IPPY”), earning a silver medal for Best Adult Fiction Ebook.

Greg’s third novel, Sick to Death, is out now and is being hailed by critics everywhere as one of the top three books he has ever written. Author Craig Clevenger (The Contortionist’s Handbook)calls Sick to Death “a tour de force dark comedy.”

Greg resides with his wife, daughter and two cats in Austin, Texas, where he reportedly is wanted by local authorities for refusing to say “y’all” or do the two-step. He is currently working on his fourth novel.

Visit him at http://www.greglevin.com

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Tour Schedule

 Monday, September 26 – Book featured at The Dark Phantom
Tuesday, September 27 – Book featured at Books, Dreams, Life
Wednesday, September 28 – Guest blogging at What Is That Book About
Thursday, September 29 – Book featured at CBY Book Club
Friday, September 30 – Book featured at The Bookworm Lodge
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Monday, October 3 – Book featured at My Bookish Pleasures
Wednesday, October 5 – Book featured at Write and Take Flight
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Monday, October 10 – Book reviewed at My Book Addiction and More
Wednesday, October 12 – Book featured at Book Cover Junkie
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Monday, October 17 – Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish
Wednesday, October 19 – Book featured at Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic
Thursday, October 20 – Interviewed at Literarily Speaking
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Monday, October 24 – Book featured at Mello and June
Wednesday, October 26 – Book featured at Bound 2 Escape
Thursday, October 27 – Book reviewed at Natural Bri
Friday, October 28 – Book reviewed at Fundinmental
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Monday, October 31 – Book reviewed at Falling Over Book Reviews

Becky JohnsonBooks are Becky Johnson’s passion and always have been. She used to get in trouble in school for reading during class!

Becky has Master’s degrees in social work and history, and for her day job she is a social worker. In her writing she tries to answer a question that is important to both social work and history: Why? She always wants to know why people do the things they do or feel the way they feel.

When not reading or writing she enjoys yoga, photography, cooking, and makes a pretty mean chili!

Her latest book is the mystery/suspense, Touching Death.

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About the Book:

Rachel Angeletti knows things. She always has. With one touch she sees secrets, emotions, lies. Her gift helps her to be the best museum curator in Chicago. It also makes her personal relationships difficult.
Touching DeathHer life is complicated enough when a run in with her ex and an unanticipated vision sends her reeling. One touch and she sees death. One touch and she is thrown into the midst of killer’s dark fantasy. Now Rachel is in a fight for her life against a killer she knows too little about.
With danger stalking her around every turn Rachel is in a thrilling race against the clock. Can she catch a killer before he catches her?
Touching Death will take you on a riveting, page-turning, journey into the mind of a killer and the heart of a survivor.

For More Information

  • Touching Death is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Would you call yourself a born writer?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid so I guess so. I wrote my first short story in 1st grade. I wrote it backwards so it wasn’t exactly easy to read, but the Amazing Adventures of Tommy and Ralphie were some of my favourite stories to tell when I was a kid.

What was your inspiration for Touching Death?

A few years ago I was walking through the Arms and Armory wing of the Philadelphia Museum of Art when I had the thought ‘what if someone touched one of these artifacts and could see the past?’ In that moment Rachel Angeletti was born.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

Growth and spirituality. I like to show characters learning to trust themselves, to forgive themselves, or to believe in themselves. People’s journeys are fascinating.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

The first draft went pretty quickly, I had it down in about three months. The editing took twice that long. With every book there is a time where it just clicks and I know the book is good. Sometimes that happens right away other times it needs to be massaged a little bit.

Are you disciplined?

Describe a typical writing day. I make myself write at least 500 words a day. If I didn’t still have my day job I would be able to write more, but right now with working full time it just isn’t possible. But every day after work I write. And on the weekends I write. Nora Roberts once said her best advice to writers was ‘ass in the chair.’ I try to follow that advice!

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

I talked before about waiting for the click that tells me the book is good. It took a long time for the click to happen. For whatever reason the story just wasn’t gelling. After speaking with a few of my betas and my editor I moved some scenes around and added some history and depth. Boom. Click.

What do you love most about being an author?

It gets the stories in my head out into the world which is just the greatest feeling. Plus, I get to work in leggings on my sofa with my cat at my side. What could be better?

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I decided to self-publish after talking with several other authors. With Amazon the process is very easy. The difficult part is that I didn’t know anything. My first book was definitely a learning process for me. I had to learn about editing, cover design, marketing. Overall, I’m very happy with my decision although if a good deal from a publisher came my way I wouldn’t say no.

Where can we find you on the web?

Facebook at www.facebook.com/bjohnsonauthor or my blog bjohnson-author.blogspot.com.

 

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Mason Alley Publishing – Release date: September 20th 2106

Available in trade paper (ISBN: 978-0692670446, $14.95) and eBook ($4.99) editions

 “a consistently entertaining crime thriller…The plot crackles with energy and suspense. The writing is crisp…clever.” –Kirkus

“Charm and humor permeate the pages of the surprising thriller. There’s little chance that anyone will turn the last page before developing a craving for the next installment.” –ForeWord Reviews

Award-winning novelist Robert Lane, who has drawn comparisons to John D. MacDonald, has created one of the most compelling characters in mystery today.  PI Jake Travis is tough, smart, wise and wisecracking. He’s hailed as “a winning hero”—and this time, Jake has an elaborate knot to untangle.

While trying to expose a corrupt Miami art dealer, Jake goes undercover for the FBI. The gallery’s owner, Phillip Agatha, is more enchanted with murder than he is with art. Aboard Agatha’s luxury yacht, the Gail Force, Jake is taken with Agatha’s hospitality—and with his alluring assistant, Christina, a woman who harbors her own secrets. Unknowingly, Jake plays into Agatha’s hands and initiates actions that could cause an innocent girl to die.

As Jake struggles to save the girl, unearth a rogue FBI agent, and bring Agatha to justice, his greatest challenge is to stay loyal to his girlfriend Kathleen—and to withstand the Gail Force.  As Jake himself observes, “After all, everything’s a game. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes you don’t know what game you’re playing.”  This game is on…

The Gail Force is crime fiction writing at its finest.  With a storyline that races from the opening page, characters that stay with readers long after the final page is turned, and the wit, wisdom, lust for life, and cynicism of Jake Travis, The Gail Force will leave readers breathless.

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Robert Lane resides on Florida’s west coast. His debut Jake Travis novel, The Second Letter, was received with critical acclaim and was awarded the Gold Medal in the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice: Fiction.  His other novels in the stand alone series are Cooler Than Blood, and The Cardinal’s Sin. 

www.robertlanebooks.com

 

Inside the Book:

Title: The Kept Woman

Author: Karin Slaughter

Release Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Format: Ebook/Paperback/Hardcover/Audio

Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.

Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.

The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.

Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn’t belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found.

Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.

But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.

Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with conflicted, fallible characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman is a seamless blend of twisty police procedural and ingenious psychological thriller — a searing, unforgettable novel of love, loss, and redemption.

 

Meet the Author:

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Karin Slaughter is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and the instant New York Times bestselling standalones, Cop Town and Pretty Girls. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print around the world.

Visit her at http://www.karinslaughter.com

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Tour Schedule

 Monday, September 19 – Book featured at A Title Wave
Tuesday, September 20 – Book featured at The Writer’s Life
Wednesday, September 21 – Book reviewed at The Bookworm Lodge
Thursday, September 22 – Book featured at The Dark Phantom
Friday, September 23 – Book featured at Voodoo Princess
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Monday, September 26 – Book reviewed at Cover2Cover
Tuesday, September 27 – Book featured at As the Page Turns
Wednesday, September 28 – Book featured at The Literary Nook
Thursday, September 29 – Book featured at From Paperback to Leatherbound
Friday, September 30 – Book reviewed at Doing Some Reading
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Monday, October 3 – Book reviewed at fuonlyknew
Tuesday, October 4 – Book featured at The Review From Here
Wednesday, October 5 – Book reviewed at The World As I See It
Thursday, October 6 – Book reviewed at Polished Bookworm
Friday, October 7 – Book reviewed at Chick with Books
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Monday, October 10 – Book reviewed at Shelley’s Book Case
Tuesday, October 11 – Book reviewed at I’m Shelf-ish
Wednesday, October 12 – Book reviewed at Fundinmental
Thursday, October 13 – Book reviewed at Cheekypee Reads and Reviews
Book reviewed at Deal Sharing Aunt
Friday, October 14 – Book reviewed at A Word at a Time
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Monday, October 17 – Book reviewed at Svetlana’s Reads and Reviews
Tuesday, October 18 – Book reviewed at Art, Books and Coffee
Wednesday, October 19 – Book reviewed at Authors and Readers Book Corner
Thursday, October 20 – Book reviewed at Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews
Book reviewed at Freda’s Voice
Friday, October 21 – Book reviewed at Why Girls are Weird
Book reviewed at The Book Tree
Book reviewed at Nay’s Pink Bookshelf
Book reviewed at True Book Addict
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Bob DornanRobert J Dornan is someone who wishes to leave a better world to his children. He realizes that the odds are slim but he will do whatever he can to increase the probability of success.  He is always open to discuss new and innovative ideas and hopes someday to see the building of a functional solar city as well as a fair and community-driven compensation system.

Robert’s latest book is the historical fiction, 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M.

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In the early morning of her sister’s wedding day, Mila Kharmalov stared in stunned silence at the coloured sparks streaming from Reactor Four of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant.  At that very moment, her life and the lives of everyone she knew changed forever.

23 MinutesYears later and on another continent, Adam Byrd was writing biographies for everyday people looking to leave their legacy in book form. When the woman he loved phoned from Kiev offering him the chance to write the story of a lifetime, he jumped at the opportunity not realizing that his voyage would be a bumpy ride through a nations dark underbelly. With the help of his friend’s quirky cousin, Adam is nudged into a fascinating adventure of love, greed, power and psychotic revenge, culminating with a shocking finale.

23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. is a work of fiction based on factual events from Chernobyl and villages throughout Ukraine.

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  • 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. is available at Amazon..
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Would you call yourself a born writer?

Definitely not but I am a born dreamer and that makes up for any shortfalls

What was your inspiration for 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M.?

I had written a lyric with the same title a year earlier but none of the musicians I knew would touch a lyric with fifteen verses.  Can’t say I blame them either.  Back in 2010, 2011, I was working on a couple of teen books so the thought of writing a more adult themed novel never crossed my mind.  March 11, 2011 changed all that.  A tsunami hit the coast of Japan and consequently, the Fukushima nuclear power plant caught fire and spewed millions of radioactive isotopes into the Japanese atmosphere.  I began extensive research on Chernobyl on that very day.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I like to explore relationships and loss.  Whenever I begin research on a new project, I will always look at the human element first.  Who was affected and for how long?  How deep was the misery?  Who profited and who lost?

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

I took four years but in all fairness, I was working on other projects would get sidetracked for months at a time.   In actual work time, I’ll say two years and a good portion of that was spent purely on research.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I’m not even remotely disciplined but when I get on a roll, I’ll write for days.  I love writing in the winter for some reason.  There seems to be a blanket hush across cities during the colder months and it helps with my concentration.  I’ll sit in front of my laptop for entire days and write twenty or more pages in a single day.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

I found the character Valeri Markov to be very challenging.  He is a brutal villain and creating his character was an untried and difficult process for me.  I researched websites and videos to get a grasp on how serial killers acted and tried to transfer this research into Markov’s character.  It was a learning experience and I’m pleased with the end result so everything worked out.

What do you love most about being an author?

Four days ago, I received email from someone who read 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. and she was so enthralled with the book that she started reading it again.  That’s what I like about being an author.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I went the self-pub route.  At my age I don’t suppose that Publishing Houses will barge down my front door so there is no animosity or expectations in that regard.  The industry has changed immensely and budgetary concerns are front and centre.  It makes more economic sense for any up and coming author to consider their personal franchise/branding and go it alone.

Where can we find you on the web?

I can be intensely private so I limit my exposure as far as my personal life goes.  I do have a website being constructed but it is centered on alternative energy, vertical farms and equality rather than just my books.  I can be reached at jackcityguy@gmail.com for the time being and I welcome all email about my books and about alternative energies; solar powered cities and social issues.  Thanks for your time!

 

 

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