Meet the Author... AEM
AEM is the pen name of Amy Miller, mother of four and creator of magical realms. I like Amy a lot because she has a practical side and doesn’t like laundry either. And she writes about dragons. Did I tell you I like dragons? 😀 Let’s find out more about Amy’s books. They’re magical!
Amy Miller, who uses the nickname AEM to sign her books, is the author of the Endeavor Series and other random literature. While it’s rumored that she’s a homeschooling mama of 4 and wife of some dude who works with computers, most of the time she’s spotted with her nose in a book or clicking away on a laptop. Her main fantasy series, based in Oklahoma, blends old and new magical creatures and themes. Because seriously, the kind of bra worn while riding a dragon is important, ya’ll. Currently she’s working on book 5, Fervent Desolation.
Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book?
My Endeavor Series books, Phoenix Incandescent, Malignant Transfiguration, Apex Transcendence, Opalescent Immersion, and more to come, are about magic in the U.S.A. I wanted to bring the magic I experienced in children’s books to adult books. The first book introduces the magical world I’ve imagined, and is based in my home state, Oklahoma. Afterwards, the books hop about the United States and tell the stories of varies types of magical creatures.
The most recent book in my series, Fervent Desolation, is in the final round of getting ready to be released. The entire series is a reverse fairy tale, so it starts out with light and goes darker as the books go along. Book 5 is a turning point in the 9 book arc (there will be stand alones afterwards because as a reader I always want to know what happens after!). My main heroine, Charlotte, faces a new battle and makes a hard choice that will impact her for the rest of her life.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
For my latest book, I needed to know how long it took for a character to bleed out from an injury in a specific spot so I could have a good idea of how to pace the paragraphs. I’m still waiting for a search engine just for writers. Please and Thank You.
Do you have any difficulty writing characters of the opposite sex?
Nope, but I’m an odd gal, and I have a desire to have all kinds of guys and gals in my books. I always felt left out as a person, and so it’s my goal in literature to have guys who are tender hearted, for example, as well as guys who are rocks. And then there are guys who are various mixtures of both. I’m the same way with the gals. I don’t think that the only way to be a tough female is to feel close to nothing. I love girls who can wear a dress and wield a weapon, cry about it later, and still get up and fight again.
What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
I’m hoping she wouldn’t talk about that time I locked her and most of the rest of the cast up in the castle attic while I made plans for the future of the series. She hasn’t quite forgiven me for my choices, and she kinda took it out on one of the other characters when she found out what we had done. Not that he didn’t deserve it…
What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?
My primary villain. He’s a manipulator and I really can’t stand when people harm other people through manipulation.
What did you edit out of this book?
All the stuff that I thought was brilliant when I wrote it, and then realized that there wasn’t room for it in the story line, or that it really didn’t contribute to the story line, or that it was a bit more garbage than brilliance. But that’s okay. Generally the pain of editing is nothing compared to the awesomeness of the stuff I write when I rewrite. I’m a huge fan of rewriting.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I have details in my books that probably nobody cares about but me. For example, when I have a dwarf den, I decorate it with plants and animals from the region of the United States in which it is located. I love those kind of details. I don’t know if they matter to the readers or not, but it’s my geeky fun. There are also some secrets hanging about in my books, but I don’t know how hidden they are.
If you had to write yourself as a villain, what kind of villain would you be? What would you be named?
I actually think it would be interesting to have a villain named Amy. Amy is generally not a good villain name, and that’s why it would be great. I would be all the things I’m not in real life. Gorgeous and mean and I’d have all the cutting remarks to reply with. And a boat. I’d have a villainous boat and a villainous bikini. And henchmen. Hunky henchmen.
Speaking of, I actually have a short story on my website about a villain. It’s called the Overlord, and I had a blast writing it. Maybe I’ll expand it someday! Here’s a link to the short stories I’m writing on my blog to practice my writing skills: https://magicalworldweb.wordpress.com/random-literature/
What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?
I found that writing was the best way to learn to write. I’m a slow burn kind of writer, getting better as I go. The least useful thing for me was to read books about writing. Of course, I had written four or five books by the time I tried that, so most of the lessons I had already learned. (I still read those books now and then to pick up new skills and learn new things.) The most destructive thing about learning to write was feeling like I had to fit some kind of mold to be a writer. In the end, I just was and I just did, and that’s how my story went.
How do author friends help you become a better writer?
I cannot brag enough on my author friends. When I didn’t have author friends, I was terribly lonely. Now I know I’m not alone or weird and I have people I can ask for advice. Author friends have been where you’ve been, and can be a huge emotional support in the weak moments. Everybody needs somebody to tell them to Chin Up now and then, and I’m grateful for the writers in my life. Thank you!
Thank you so much, Amy, for sharing with us about your books, the character in your books, and about your writing experience. I totally agree that it is awesome to have writer friends. They understand us and help us through the tough times.
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Meet the Author… Sherry Leclerc
Sherry Leclerc is a science fiction and fantasy fanatic who lives in magical realms where swords and sorcery, action and adventure, seers, shifters and sorcerers abound. A teacher and mom by day, and an avid reader and writer by night, Sherry has a B.A. in Language and Literature, and a B.Ed.
What is your favorite childhood book, and why?
My parents had a big book of fairy tales that they would read to my sisters and me at night. Then as we got older I read it again myself—numerous times. I don’t remember what the book was called, but I remember some of the stories. My favorite story from the book was The Ugly Duckling. I was a shy kid, who never felt like I really fit in. I think that’s why the story resonated so strongly with me.
Then, in my teenaged years, I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It started as an Advanced English class requirement, but it soon turned into a passion. It’s what sparked my love for fantasy fiction.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don’t really remember a time when I wasn’t writing something, but the first short stories I wrote were a collection of three horror stories to try and scare my friends and family with at Halloween. I even drew some basic illustrations for the cover. They were paranormal stories with ghosts, spirits and poltergeists. They were handwritten on lined paper and stapled together into a booklet.
Who is your favorite author? How much is your work influenced by their work?
I have a few “favorite” authors, but the one who has influenced me the most is J.R.R. Tolkien. I remember having a difficult time getting into The Fellowship of the Ring when I first read it. There was so much back story and detail that the beginning felt slow-paced. Once the real action started in the book, I was glad for all the information that had come before as it made the story that much richer. By the time I finished the book, I was hooked on LOTR and fantasy fiction. I think I’ve read most of what he’s written since then.
Tolkien’s work made me realize that writing fantasy can be difficult and time consuming, but it can also be freeing. With fantasy, you are limited only by the depth of your imagination. The idea of being able to create a world and characters that feel real to the readers, that draw them in and allow them to connect with them, is both my goal and my inspiration in writing speculative fiction.
Have you read anything that has made you feel differently about fiction?
I have read many books over the years that have shaped and changed how I feel about fiction. Most recently, it was Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoire, part instructional book, it contained a lot of useful information and gave me much food for thought.
If you were deserted on an island, which three people would you want to have with you? Why?
One fictional character from your book: I would probably choose Maelona from my first book, The Guardians of Eastgate. She is a seer, a warrior and a hunter, and she has some knowledge of healing.
One fictional character from any other book: For a fictional character from another book, it would be a toss up between Dumbledore from the Harry Potter books and Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings. They are both wise and are very powerful wizards.
One famous person who is not a family member or friend: I think I would choose Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He is hard-working, motivating and inspirational. He’s funny and always seems to be smiling. He is also very strong, so he’d be helpful for all the manual labor that would need to be done, like building a treehouse like the one that was on The Swiss Family Robinson.
What are your books about? Can you tell us about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?
I currently have two self-published books available. They are The Guardians of Eastgate and The Dragon Shifters at Southgate, books 1 and 2 of the Seers Series, respectively.
The series is about a race of people, the Seers, who have been getting visions about an evil sorcerer who wants to take over the realm. There are four Seer Champions, each one named a guardian of a certain kingdom and its keystone. They must travel to the kingdom they are responsible for to try and protect that keystone, which is the first line of defense against the dark sorcerer. Along the way, they recruit others to stand with them in protecting the realm.
In book 2, my most recently published book, Seer Champion Talwyn must protect the kingdom of Southgate and its keystone. Along the way, she tries to recruit a group of reclusive Dragon Shifters to help her.
Aside from the entertainment factor, I try to tackle issues I myself feel strongly about in real life. For example, I try to make gender a non-issue in my books to in order to promote gender equality. There is also the idea of accepting others for who they are and seeing the benefit in welcoming differences between people as a way of strengthening the whole.
What genre do you consider your books? Have you considered writing in another genre?
My current two books are epic fantasy with love story sub-plots. I’ve also started a second epic fantasy series. I consider myself a speculative fiction author because I have plans to write a sci-fi book and a paranormal romance. I’ve also considered writing contemporary romance, but if I do that I will likely use a pseudonym.
Do you have any difficulty writing characters of the opposite sex?
I don’t have much difficulty in writing male characters when they are secondary characters, probably because I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy. However, I do have some difficulty when a male is the MC and I have to delve deeper into how they think and what makes them tick. I try to read a lot of novels written by men or with men as the MC to help me in this area.
What motivated you to become an indie author? How did you break into publishing?
A big part of my choice to publish independently is due to desire to have complete creative control over these stories that mean so much to me.
For my first published book, I used an assisted self-publishing service to help me. I had to do a lot of research to find an honest company that has the authors’ interests at heart. I did this because I had no clue about the process. I learned a lot from that experience, and for the second edition of that same book, I took more control, finding and hiring people myself to do the cover, editing and formatting. For the second book, I ran into a couple of speed bumps with people I hired, but in the end I took on more of the work than in the past, only hiring a cover artist and editor and taking care of the rest myself.
I had a huge learning curve, and had to do a lot of reading, online courses and workshops in order to learn the process, but I’ve enjoyed it very much and I plan to keep on learning and publishing.
What do your fans mean to you?
Since I write the kinds of stories I myself would like to read, I consider my fans to be kindred spirits. I started writing and publishing to make a life-long dream of mine come true. Hearing from fans—heck, even having fans—and knowing there are people out there who have read and re-read my work and loved it, means more to me than I would have thought. They are the driving force that motivate me to keep going during moments of self-doubt and times of difficulty. I don’t feel like I need a huge, adoring fan base. I’d be happy to have even just a few people who seem to get me and my work.
Thank you so much, Sherry, for sharing all this with us. You have been very modest not to mention that your first book, The Guardians of Eastgate, has won a Golden Literary Titan Book Award last year. Only books that have unique writing, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas get these awards, so I take my hat off to you!
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Meet the Author... Laura Daleo
I haven’t met Laura Daleo, but I like her already. She loves vampires, furry creatures, and even has been so bold to start her own publishing company! Laura has written four vampire novels. Let’s find out about Laura and her books.
Laura Daleo was born and raised in San Diego, California, where she majored in Fine Arts at Mesa College. She is best known for her love of animals and shares her home with three humorous Basset Hounds, Stuart, Morgan, and Dexter, her toughest critics. Laura has held positions in several industries, restaurant, telecom, biotech, research, and retail. Throughout Laura’s professional career, she furthered her writing skills by taking courses and by joining writers’ critique groups and Writers Digest. She is now the owner of Story Bound Publishing, a fresh voice in the supernatural realm of ebooks and traditional print, committed to publishing unearhtly tales of aliens, angels, demons, fairies, ghosts, shifters, vampires, werewolves, witches, zombies, and all other creatures that go bump in the night.
What is the biggest surprise you experienced after becoming a writer?
When I started submitting queries for my vampire book, Immortal Kiss, to agents and publishers, the feedback I received was they had no interest in another vampire book. Twilight was big at that time which I would have thought would drive up the need for more vampire books, yet agents and publishers said the opposite. In my opinion vampires will never go out of style. I did find one publisher who was interested and offered me a contract.
Who is your favorite author?
Anne Rice is my favorite author. Her book, The Interview With The Vampire, in my opinion changed how the world perceived the vampire. Her character, Lestat, is one of my favorite vampires of all time. When I’d finished the 4th book in her vampire chronicles, the 5th book wasn’t due out for a year. I couldn’t wait and the anticipation led me to create my own vampire series, Immortal Kiss.
Music or silence?
I like to listen to music to get ideas, but then turn it off once I start to write.
What is your favorite genre and why?
I enjoy dark fantasy and urban fantasy. I love a creature perceived as evil, yet they are given a vulnerable side which makes you care about them.
Can you give us an interesting fun fact about your book?
I took an Egyptian myth and used a variation of it to create how vampirism began.
Are you working on another book? Can you give us a small teaser?
I’m working on my 5th book, The Soul Collector. It’s my first non-vampire tale. Here is a teaser:
As I lay trapped inside this quiet realm,
my soul adrift, my body earthbound,
a magical book guards my flight,
though will it keep me safe till morning’s light.
What do your plans for future projects include?
My future projects are two more books in my Immoral Kiss series, The Ten and The Old Ones, and then a standalone book, The Doll.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
My first two books were published by a small press publisher. I felt that I didn’t have the creative freedom with covers, editing, and the time frame it took to publish. Once my contracts were up, I began publishing my own books. I’m very happy I made that decision. My writing has grown so much since then.
Do you do book tours, and if yes, what’s your experience?
Yes, I love book tours. It’s great exposure. You do have to do your research, though. Not all book tour services have a great organizer behind them.
Do you send out a newsletter, and if yes, what’s your experience?
I do send out a newsletter. I do a monthly giveaway for my subscribers and I think that keeps them happy.
Thanks so much, Laura, for letting us get to know about you, your writing, and your experience in the publishing world. It’s hard to get heard (or rather ‘read’). Good advice about book tours!
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Meet the Author...
I was looking for paranormal authors on Instagram and came across Hashmi’s account. I immediately sent her a message and was excited when Hashmi contacted me back, saying she was thrilled to participate in an interview. I was thrilled, too, especially because she’s a fellow ‘Scotsman’ and I may get to meet her one day, and, of course, because she’s a vampire novelist as well! Let’s get to know Hashmi Gor.
What do you do in your free time?
I rarely get free time to be honest. I work as a full-time, self-employed optometrist. However, when I do get time off, I can be found pottering around my garden which I find very relaxing. There’s a certain joy in watching a plant/seed/bulb you have planted flourish and grow. If, however, it is raining, which it often does in Scotland, then a movie or a documentary on wildlife would be on the agenda. I also dabble in henna tattoos hence my Pinterest name of GORgeous Henna.
Where did your love of reading come from?
I have to say it all stemmed from my Mum. She loved to read and had loads of books lying around the house. When I was you, there were no mobile phones and TV had two channels. If you weren’t playing outside, then you were indoors reading. It passed the time and opened up amazing new worlds you could escape into.
What is your all-time favorite book?
Wow, there are so many to choose from! The first adult book I read was Rage of Angels, by Sidney Sheldon, which was amazing. His writing style just pulls you in. One of my go to books when I want to be happy is Love in the Doghouse, by Molly Douglas. It’s a short book, but I absolutely love it. Bein a dog lover, it pulls at your heartstrings and makes you laugh and cry. In the classics, it has to be Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, for its wittiness and romance. Two other books that fall into my favourites category have to be See Jane Run, by Joy Fielding, for its brillian storytelling, and The Grand Sophy, by Georgette Heyer, again for its witty heroine.
What do you love most about writing?
I love letting my imagination loose. You never know what your mind is going to create next. It could be literally anything! A simple object can start to have magic, and when characters turn up, they can go places and do things you have only dreamed about. I think a lot of authors get to live the lives they want though their characters. Things that are impossible in real life become not only possible but real in your make-believe worlds. I think I love the feeling of almost being a child when writing because children don’t have the concept of what they can and cannot do and become. Everything and anything is possible when you are a child.
Which three people would you want on a deserted island with you?
The one character I would want from my books would be Samantha Lewis from Rules of Fate, my newest book. She is someone who always finds a way out of problems and has a wicked sense of humour which keeps everything light even when faced by crazy odds.
A character from another book would be Dirk Pitt from the Clive Cussler books because he is also a genius at improvisation, and I love the banter he has. I think Sam would get on well with him.
A famous person would have to be either David Attenborough or Lawrence Anthony, author of Elephant Whisperer, because I find both of them fascinating, and their lives are so diverse. Their experiences would keep me happy for months on end.
Tell us about your most recent book and why it is a must read
Rules of Fate is my newest book which is going to be released in the next few months. It is a sci-fi fantasy which is a completely new genre for me. I usually write vampire fantasy and African adventures. This book challenged me in so many ways that initially frightened me. I also write it in the first person which made it very exciting.
I love the characters that have come to life in the process. Samantha is one of the funniest characters i have created. She does, says, and thinks things that I somethimes feel I have no control over! Often she has made me laugh out loud until tears have literally rolled down my cheeks, which is why I don’t edit this book in public. Her banter with the other primary character is fascinating and hilarious by turns. It is difficult to brand this book in a traditional manner, but I think anyone who has a good sense of humour, enjoys fantasy, and wants lots of twists and turns would absolutely love it.
What gives you inspiration for your books?
Anything, really. I have found myself driving on a long, boring road at the end of the day when a scene just pops into my head. I think music has a lot to do with it. I tend to see my books as movies, with a soundtrack. For example, the soundtrack for Rules of Fate was Don’t you worry, Child, by the Swedish House Mafia, and Breathe, a song from Grey’s Anatomy’s soundtrack. The Blood Series was predominantly some of the Twilight soundtrack and Cold Water, by Major Lazer, while Edge of Dawn played out to Clint Mansell’s Boat Montage from the movie Sahara and other African tribal sounds.
What is your favorite part of Rules of Fate
There’s a scene where Sam gets shot at, and she’s trying to figure out why this random person has decided to shoot at her and her partner. Her partner doesn’t seem to find it unusual, and she’s getting frustrated by his blasé attitude. Here’s a small snippet:
‘...you sure you’re OK? I mean you were shot at.’
He shrugged like it had been a walk in the park. ‘I didn’t get hit.’
‘You sure?’ I wasn’t. Maybe the bullet had hit him in the head. That would explain his current blasé attitude and why he was smiling like an idiot.
This is one of the many scenes that made me laugh out loud.
Tell us about a favorite character you have written, and why it is your favorite
Muskaan Bajaj from Edge of Dawn is quite close to my heart. Her life is loosely based on mine, and her job as game ranger/tour guide is what I would love to do if I wasn’t an optometrist. She has the fire and tenacity needed to deal with the hard choices she has to make in Edge of Dawn. In fact, she may be making a re-appearance in a sequel at some point.
What would the main character have to say about you?
I think all my main characters would question my judgement and probably want to kill me! I make quite a lot of them suffer ordeals. Nichalas Rayne from the Blood Series would definitely have something to say about that. I have made the poor man go through a lot, from losing his love to almost dying and having to live in a cougar. I’m really sorry, Nick, but I don’t think the ordeal is over. There’s still a fourth book in the Blood Series that needs to be written!
Thanks so much, Hashmi, for the insight into your writing. It is a joy to read your writing gives you as much pleasure as my own writing gives me. I think we’re both very lucky that we’re able to enjoy one’s work so much.
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Read my interview with paranormal, Australian author Georgia Carter Mathers.
Meet the Author... Georgia C Mathers
I met Georgia Carter Mathers on Twitter, and we had some brief email correspondence. I can’t believe we have so much in common! She’s also Australian but writes in US English, writes paranormal romances, spent most of her youth in her room reading… The list goes on :D.
Unfortunately, she didn’t have the time for a proper interview as she’s working on publishing seven books at the moment. I have no idea how she is so organized (the one thing we don’t have in common!). She was very kind to direct me to her website, though, and I found some online interviews with her which gave me plenty of information for ‘the interview.’ Let’s meet my fellow country-woman, Toowoomba-based, Georgia.
Georgia Carter Mathers
Georgia is a busy writer, editor, mom, and wife. She studies publishing, writing, and everything in between. Altogether, she holds an Associate Degree in Creative Writing from Southern Cross University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New England, and a Graduate Certificate in Publishing at Sydney University. She is the author of The Devil Inside, Trelloran Seduction, and The Vampire’s Covenant.
How did you become an author?
As a teenager, I shut myself in my room and wrote stories, but I couldn’t show anyone. My family thought there was something wrong with me.
I remember one day, my mother kicked me out of the house and told me to go somewhere—anywhere—she told me I couldn’t stay in my room and write anymore. They were worried that I didn’t have any friends.
What genre do you write?
My main genre is romance. My first story from 2016, The Devil Inside, is a short paranormal romance. I published my first full novel, The Trelloran Seduction, in 2017. It is primarily a romantic fantasy story but has dark elements like our own world. My latest novel, The Vampire’s Covenant from 2018, is a pure paranormal romance.
Why do you write?
I write paranormal romance to chase happiness. There is so much hate and misery in this world, and I want to show that love can conquer all.
Some of my stories talk about issues that feel insurmountable, but my stories always end with a happy ever after. That is the point. No problem is too big.
My stories are written about those who conquer it all, and I hope you find hope and happiness within my books.
What is the definition of paranormal romance to you?
Very simply, paranormal romance includes a romance between one or more paranormal characters. These novels often, but not always, include urban settings and a mystery or quest of some kind.
The romance and mystery plots may occupy equal page time, although this
can vary from book to book. The romance can include all heat levels according to the intended audience. One could argue that the variables that exist in paranormal romances are identified through its sub-genres such as bear shifter romances, vampire romances or gods and angels.
Paranormal romance is distinct from urban fantasy. You’ll find that paranormal romances are constantly evolving. Many paranormal characters have multiple powers to shift or to use magic or as a seer for example. So, this represents an exploration of characters and an effort to push at the boundaries of the sub-genre.
Why do you write paranormal romance and not normal romance?
I write paranormal romance because the characters are more fun to write. I like the action and the suspense that comes with it too. I also write it because the characters could be described as monsters in some way. They are a mixture of things that both frighten and protect us. At the same time, these characters are very
vulnerable and lonely. And I identify with that. I’ve always felt inherently different. This feeling describes a trope that is particularly strong in this sub-genre.
Did you set out to write a novel after 'The Devil Inside'?
Absolutely not. Trelloran Seduction started out as a poem, after a vision I had between being asleep and wakefulness, then became a novella. It took me two years in total for it to become a proper novel.
What would be your advice for authors wanting to write in this genre?
I would say read widely in the sub-genre as well as outside of it, and find an editor who cares about your work.
This is Georgia’s 2019 publishing schedule:
Dragon Addictions: Firebreathers, March 2019
Witch Matched, April 2019
The Making of a Goddess: The Miana Prophecy, June 2019
The Making of a Goddess: The Pantheon, August 2019
Dragon Addictions: Fire Investigation Unit, September 2019
Kait & Wes, October 2019
Dragon Addictions: Fire Prevention, December 2019
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Meet the Author… Martin Tracey, author of supernatural crime suspense novels ‘Mind Guerrilla’ and ‘Club 27.’
I met Martin at The Darker Side of Fiction book signing in Peterborough. He had his stand next to ours and it was fun chatting with him during those few quiet moments. He’s a lovely man from the beautiful city of Birmingham who writes thrilling novels!
Martin Tracey is an author who likes to push the boundaries of reality. Even when injecting elements of the supernatural, the terror that grips you is very real. The events that feature in his work could – just could- really happen! He has a passion for The Beatles & Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. Both music and football/soccer often find their way into his stories. Martin lives in Birmingham, UK and is married with 2 daughters.
Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?
I used to play piano and play in a few bands. One highlight was when a duo I played in supported Roland Gift and The Fine Young Cannibals. It became a natural progression for me to augment my creative writing by scribing novels. I still love music, especially The Beatles, but don’t play so much these days. I’m an avid supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers and one of my songs Raging Bull appears on an official Wolves CD: Old Gold Anthems – the Songs of Wolves. The CD is still available on Amazon (click here to check it out).
Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?
Well it’s certainly not the genres I write in and it may surprise a few people. It was Noddy Goes To Toyland by Enid Blyton, and pretty soon I was reading the entire series of Noddy books. I loved Enid Blyton’s stories as a kid. Even now I can remember how I was able to get lost into a magical world as I read in bed. Her writing certainly fed my imagination. Even at that early age I was able to sense the special friendship that Noddy and Big Ears shared. One of my better traits is that I like to help people and the way Big Ears helped Noddy settle into Toyland most likely sowed a subconscious seed of some kind. I know it sounds a bit daft but I believe a lot of what we project as adults stems from childhood experiences.
Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
Reading Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons made me realise for the first time how fact can be weaved into a piece of fiction with dramatic effect. People who read my books will spot the influence.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Being a Wolves supporter a wolf of course! Two of my tattoos are wolf depictions and I have a wolf as my author logo.
If you could travel through time to visit a special time period or famous person, what or who would it be and why?
I’d love to have met John Lennon. His music was pioneering and the raw intelligence of the man fascinates me – just listen to some of his interviews on You Tube. So many of his off the cuff remarks have transpired to become evergreen inspirational quotes. I think the fact that he was willing to put his credibility on the line in the name of peace also has to be admired. Like all great leaders he saw the cause being bigger than himself. Sadly, the manner in which he left us is too tragic beyond words.
Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?
My most recent book is Club 27. It’s the second in the Judd Stone series and it explores the theories (some conspiracy, some not) behind the club’s famous members who all remarkably died at the tender age of 27: Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and many more. The protagonist, Judd Stone, finds himself catapulted into trying to prevent the club from claiming its next victim. Why read it? There are twists and turns within a unique page turning story.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
That’s like choosing your favourite child! I love them all equally, but I certainly have fun and a lot more writing mileage to go with Judd Stone.
What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?
In Club 27 there are a couple of characters but to prevent the ‘spoilers’ it would have to be Kaleb who is the parasitic boyfriend of Rock and Pop sensation Phoenix. He is a nasty piece of work and Judd has countless problems with him.
What do your plans for future projects include?
I already have two books lined up for Judd – I just need to write them! Lunar will be based around the legacy of the Lunar Society – a gathering of prominent figures who met in Birmingham between 1765 and 1813. The society included the most innovative and visionary industrialists, philosophers and intellectuals of the day…but Judd discovers an age-old murder which casts a shadow of their brilliance. The other book has no title yet but it will have a comedy theme involving tribute artists.
What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?
Mind Guerrilla was meant to be a substantial standalone novel in the vein of Stephen King’s The Stand(size not content –Mind Guerrilla is a hefty tome) but Judd Stone proved such a popular character in reviews and other feedback I’ve received that a series was destined to be born!
Where can we find you online?
Thanks so much for telling us about your musical prowess and your compelling mystery novels. I’m so glad we met at the signing! And kudos to Ares Jun, your cover artists. The covers look amazing!
SALE! All my novels in the Suckers Trilogy are on sale for 99c/99p during October! (eBooks only)
Because I love the fall, because I love Halloween, and because I love you to read my books, all of my eBook novels in the Suckers Trilogy are on sale during the month of October!
NOW 99c/99p only!
and in my shop, of course 😀
(sorry, but the discount for my shop won’t apply when the books are on sale)
My Interview with Angelina Kalahari is live! Check out my interview by this wonderful lady. We have more in common that we thought!
Have a listen to the interview with her. She’s a wonderful lady, and I so hope to be able to meet her at the London Fair next year!
Thanks for having me on your podcast, Angelina! xx