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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.

For More Information

  • 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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Inside the Book:

Train Up a Child
Title: Train Up a Child
Author: Dr. Johnny Holloway
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Family & Relationship
Format: Ebook

Have you ever wished for a handbook that could help you train your children to become upstanding, responsible, and successful adults?

Unfortunately, many parents feel compelled to raise their children in the same way they were raised, despite the fact that the world is very different than it was when they were children. As a result they may be destined to repeat mistakes their parent’s made and they risk failing to give their children valuable tools they may need to succeed.

Dr. Johnny Holloway, the founder and senior pastor of Cup of Salvation Deliverance Church & Ministries in Durham, North Carolina, helps you transform your approach with this faith-based guide to parenting.

Learn how to:

• build relationships with children based on love and respect; 

• recognize when children are going through difficult times; 

• help children confront and overcome the problems they face; and 

• set high but reasonable expectations for children.

Even if you grew up in a loving home, you can improve upon the way you were raised and give your children the tools they need to navigate life’s toughest challenges.

Overcome your doubts and fears, and join the author as he looks back at his own upbringing and explores how to Train Up A Child.

About the Author

Dr. Johnny Holloway (pictured here with his mother) is the founder and senior pastor of Cup of Salvation Deliverance Church & Ministries in Durham, North Carolina. He is an internationally recognized theologian, a family and relationship counselor, and a spiritual father to many men and women. He and his wife, Pastor Deborah G. Holloway, have five adult children and fourteen grandchildren.

Tour Schedule

Monday, September 5 – Guest blogging at I’m Shelf-ish
Wednesday, September 7 – Interviewed at Harmonious Publicity
Thursday, September 8 – Guest blogging at Blogher
Friday, September 9 – Guest blogging at Inkslinger’s Opus
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Monday, September 12 – Interviewed at A Title Wave
Wednesday, September 14 – Guest blogging at The Literary Nook
Thursday, September 15 – Interviewed at The Review From Here
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Monday, September 19 – Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom
Tuesday, September 20 – Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Thursday, September 22 – Guest blogging at As the Page Turns
Friday, September 23 – Interviewed at The Writer’s Life
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Monday, September 26 – Guest blogging at Voodoo Princess
Wednesday, September 28 – Interviewed at Write and Take Flight
Thursday, September 29 – Guest blogging at A Taste of My Mind
Friday, September 30 – Guest blogging at Bent Over Bookwords
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JOhn Sibley WilliamsJohn Sibley Williams is the editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies and the author of nine collections, including Controlled Hallucinations (2013) and Disinheritance (2016). A five-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry, John serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: The Midwest Quarterly, december, Third Coast, Baltimore Review, Nimrod International Journal, Hotel Amerika, Rio Grande Review, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, RHINO, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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A lyrical, philosophical, and tender exploration of the various voices of grief, including those of the broken, the healing, the son-become-father, and the dead, Disinheritance acknowledges loss while celebrating the uncertainty of Disinheritancea world in constant revision. From the concrete consequences of each human gesture to soulful interrogations into “this amalgam of real / and fabled light,” these poems inhabit an unsteady betweenness, where ghosts can be more real than the flesh and blood of one’s own hands.

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

 

Would you call yourself a born writer?

I’m lucky to have been passionate about books since childhood. Perhaps it’s in part due to my mother reading novel after novel over her pregnant belly every day. Perhaps it’s in part due to my own restlessness, my need to make things, and my love of words. But I began writing short stories in middle school, and I continued in that genre until my early twenties. A handful of those stories found publication in literary magazines, which was eye-opening and oddly humbling.

I was 21 when I wrote my first poem. Before that, I had never enjoyed reading poetry and had certainly never considered writing one. It was summer in New York and I was sitting by a lake with my feet dragging through the current caused by small boats when suddenly, without my knowing what I was doing, I began writing something that obviously wasn’t a story. What was it? Impressions. Colors. Emotions. Strange images. I didn’t have any paper, so I used a marker to write a series of phrases on my arm. Then they poured onto my leg. Then I realized I needed paper. I ran back to the car, took out a little notebook, and spent hours emptying myself of visions and fears and joys I don’t think I even knew I had. That was 17 years ago. Since that surreal and confusing moment by that little city lake, I’ve written poetry almost every day.

What was your inspiration for Disinheritance?

Disinheritance was inspired by a few pivotal moments that occurred within a few months of each other, namely the illness and passing of my mother, a terrible miscarriage, and my wife and I’s struggles to move forward and redefine the landscape of “family”. To explore grief more fully in this collection, I adopted various unique voices, like those of our miscarried child, the hypothetical boy he might have grown up to be, my mother in her last moments, and my wife as she struggled to cope.

So Disinheritance shows a far more personal side than most of my poetry, though I hope the poems speak to larger, universal human concerns about how we approach mortality and what roles we play in each other’s’ lives.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

Though each poem and story possesses its own unique demands, my work is always heavily rooted in human attachments and disconnects: to others, to self-perception, to nature, to language, to the past and future, to grief and self-reclamation. All the more as I age and recognize losses and gains as part of a reciprocal, organic system, my creative mission is to examine human experiences and how we deconstruct and cope with them in order to foster honest conversation about what it means to interact with the world.

The topics through which I explore these themes are greatly varied and derive from a broad range of passions: family, tradition, art, culture, history, politics, landscapes, and seasons. The structures I employ are similarly varied, from narrative to experimental to ekphrastic, according to which structure best conveys the work’s specific goals. However, regardless of topic, I always try to express a sharable, universal experience by balancing concept with emotion and by focusing on layered metaphors and the innate musicality of language. My writing dually emphasizes form and sound, as rhythm carries a resonance beyond literal and figurative meanings.

How long did it take you to complete the collection?

The poems in Disinheritance were written over a nine to twelve month period. Then it took me about a month to weed out the weaker poems, find a fluid order for the stronger ones, and edit each piece to fit the overall theme of the collection.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

Although I don’t have a specific place or set times to write, I do write daily and am quite disciplined as it comes to carving out enough time. Of course, some sessions bear less fruit than others, and some poems take a few hours while others take months. But every time I sit down to write, however fruitful that session ends up, is a wonderful and necessary experience.

Ideas, phrases, and images emerge at the oddest times, so I’ve taken to carrying a pocket notebook everywhere I go. During my daily work commute. In the hospital visiting an ailing friend. While walking my dog. Even in the middle of a live concert or film. Though I tend to write best when outside, inspiration can come from anything. At its core, I think creativity is all about curiosity and how one chooses to communicate with the world. As adults, we’re programmed to think linearly, reactively, and, dare I say it, boringly. But if we retain a bit of that childhood innocence, that unabated curiosity, then we can find metaphors in everything. Why look at the night sky and think “sky, moon, stars”? Why can’t the sky be a river? Why can’t the stars be that part of our hearts we leave open to love?

My process is a bit different with every poem. Some pour forth as if on their own, leaving me the easier task of revising for sound and clarity. Other poems take serious effort, time, and struggle. But generally my approach is to have one or two notebooks filled with phrases and images splayed out before me. Whenever I feel stuck, I reread my old notes and see if any fit the poem I’m working on. Interestingly, that approach tends to yield results that even surprise me.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Most of my work is not overly narrative or overly personal, so it was an exciting challenge to write from a part of my heart still raw and healing. While writing these poems, I often struggled with how much real life information I should include vs. how much I should leave unsaid, how many details vs. how much ambiguity. As every reader has her own experiences to contend with and approaches the world from her own unique vantage point, there’s always that nagging challenge of finding the right balance between being true to my own experiences and being true to the experiences of total strangers. How can a poem be both personal and universal? I suppose that is always a significant (and fun) challenge, though all the more so with this collection.

What do you love most about being an author?

Definitely reader reaction. We have all read poems or novels that truly moved us, that made us reconsider ourselves, that illuminated the beauty and power of language. It has been indescribably rewarding to know my work has touched others in that way. When a total stranger who perhaps stumbled across your book or had it recommended to her contacts you out of the blue to say how much it inspired her, that is a potent feeling. When you’re giving a reading and you can see that glow in the audience’s eyes, that is unforgettable. Even after around 50 or so readings across the country, I am touched every single time someone goes out of their way to express their thoughts on my work. That’s what it’s all about. Trying to use language that lifts up off the page and resonates with people.

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?

Unfortunately, there are only a handful of big poetry publishers, so mid-size and small presses are really the best fit for poets who are not seeking self-publishing. My previous chapbooks and my debut full length collection were all published by small presses staffed by passionate editors. I feel very lucky to have worked with them. For this new collection, Disinheritance, I sought a slightly more prominent press, and I was honored to be accepted by Apprentice House, a great press run by Loyola University students.

I signed the contract back in November 2015, and both editing and design began a few months later. I was quite impressed by their openness to my input, which isn’t overly common with traditional publishing. They really listened to my thoughts on interior formatting and cover design, and they accepted my decisions on their editing suggestions. Though the book could have been published earlier this year, the press and I decided on a pub date of September 2016 to allow for an extensive Advanced Reader Copy phase. Apprentice House was kind enough to send out many ARCs to literary magazines for pre-review purposes. Working with them has been a wonderful experience.

Where can we find you on the web?

https://johnsibleywilliams.wordpress.com/

 

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