Danny Sousa (Author Interview)

Danny Sousa looks like a cool story.  Can you tell us a little about Danny?

Yeah Danny was born and raised in New York. He’s confident, impulsive, street-wise, and motivated by the pursuit of sex. He's in his early twenties and lives with his mum in a small apartment.

His goals are to make it rich and sleep with as many women as he can. And these motivators take him down some interesting paths to say the least.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

Yes. A draft is complete for the sequel, Danny Blade. Where Danny is so bored by married life that he goes on an extreme magic mushroom trip. Where sexy vampires try to chase him down for his seed to summon an evil God Emperor.


How long did it take you to write Danny Sousa?

About 3 months. Although the book is short, I really wanted every story to be unique, to the point, and fun. 


What inspired you when writing Danny Sousa?   

So many things. But I'd pin point it to three movies - Superbad, Tropic Thunder, and Idiocracy.

I miss the days of edgy comedy where people weren't so sensitive about every little thing.


Can you tell us a little about your writing method?

Whenever I have a good idea, I just puke it out on paper. Then hand it off to editors to handle the rest.


What will readers get out of your book?

They'll get a different perspective. And a lot of entertainment.


What motivated you to become a writer?

I've always been a writer but unsure about how I'd be received. Now I just don't care.


How did you come up with the story in Danny Sousa?

Hahaha!!! Well.. Danny Sousa wasn't intended to be a story in the first place. I initially created this character for fun and posted some short stories on Terror House Magazine.

My idea was that I'd put Danny in the most ridiculous situations and have him maneuver them, somehow…

I ended up having so much fun with this character that I just kept creating more and more ridiculous situations for him to maneuver through.

Within 3 months I had a book. To be honest this was really for my own amusement.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Danny Sousa?

No, because I just wrote it for fun.


What do you like to do when not writing?

Beer and a good meal. That’s what I like to do.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

You can check out some of my work on Terror House Magazine. I write under the pen name Fun Guy.

Relics of Dawn (Author Interview)




Relics of Dawn looks like an exciting series.  What can you tell us about it?

Two civilizations are fighting for survival, but they aren’t fighting each other, they’re fighting climate change—or so they think. Relics of Dawn is a sci-fi saga following two scientists and extreme, top-secret plans to save their worlds. Readers have said it feels like Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code wrote a science fiction mystery like Intersteller.

From intentionally setting off supervolcanoes to creating artificial meteor impacts, the time-twisting tales of Kaia Badra and Alan Pearce explore a hidden truth about the nature of life and the origin of civilization. The two stories intertwine in unexpected ways as superstorms rage and cities crumble to dust. Their worlds are dying, but who should they trust?


They each have amazing covers.  Can you tell us a little about them?

Thank you! I love all of them, but my personal favorite is the box set cover with an astronaut looking up into the sky as an upside-down pyramid descends. I use a lot of symbolism in the stories, so wanted that to come through in the covers. If you take a close look at each one, you’ll see strong hints to what happens in each book—from a chaotic, destruction eruption, and the astronaut seeming to call out in sadness as an asteroid hits the planet.


What inspired you when writing Relics of Dawn?
One doesn’t need to look far these days to see natural and unnatural chaos in the world. Despite all that, everyone still loves to be entertained. Instead of letting it get to me, or worse, arguing with people on the Internet. I decided to put a thought-provoking creative spin on ancient alien science fiction mixed with climate change fiction to provide a fun way to reframe the many important issues facing our society.


What will readers get out of your book?

Ultimately, I hope they will be entertained while also learning new perspectives. The primary plot revolves around climate change, which itself can be divisive. However, the way characters and institutions respond, either by plotting against it, or plotting against one another, provides a lot of fodder for a deeper conversation about how we’re addressing our own climate change challenges. I hope readers give the story a chance to play out and I think they will be pleasantly surprised by the end no matter where they fall on the issue.


What motivated you to become a writer?

I hesitate to call myself a writer even though I’ve written this trilogy! I work at a large technology company by day and people are always shocked to learn I have a whole other side. However, in both jobs, my tops skills are finding a common thread through a lot of disparate sources of information and data, then bringing it all together around a common narrative. Relics of Dawn is a clue-filled narrative puzzle that I hope readers will have a blast solving, even if I still struggle to think of myself as a “writer.”


How did you come up with the story in Relics of Dawn?

I began writing Relics of Dawn in 2012, but it really began in 1993 in my grandmother’s sunroom. To my little-kid-self, her enclosed back porch was a magical place filled with National Geographic magazines and kooky ideas she shared from Art Bell’s radio show, Coast to Coast AM, which aired long after my bedtime. I remember the 1977 cover with King Tutankhamun’s gold funerary mask and images of pyramids from all over the world contained in the pages of others. We would always talk about big mysteries, like bigfoot and Atlantis, or my favorite, ancient Egyptian pyramids. Now, I obviously know ancient civilizations built pyramids because it was the only way they knew to build tall, but it sure is fun to think about other explanations like the one in Relics of Dawn.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Relics of Dawn?

While it is speculative fiction, I wanted to root the story in hard science and real mythology. Both required massive amounts of research, but what was amazing is the way the connections between them seemed to form in front of my eyes. I felt like the story was writing itself. That said, I wanted Relics of Dawn to be an easy read, so I spent a lot of to get the balance right and walk the line between hard science fiction, historical fiction, and mythology.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I love spending time with family and being outside, ideally both at the same time. I also am still a technology nerd at heart, so I have a mildly unhealthy obsession with the latest gadgetry and am excited about the rapid pace of innovation happening on the Internet right now. Lastly, I love helping other indie authors learn this business. I’ve sold over 17,000 books in the Relics of Dawn trilogy and love sharing what I know, while freely admitting I still have a lot to learn!


Where can readers find out more about your work?

I’m most active on reddit, username timetoscience, and twitter at @awdavids

Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIq5sXG-1ow



Elude: Part One (Author Interview)



Elude looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about Vicente Vargas?

He’s a good kid, just made a bad judgement/decision in his early youth. Now as a young ex-con he wants to really make a go on finding himself, finding purpose and make something of himself. He has left the gang-life and works for a food delivery company to support himself and his sister, Caterina.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

Elude #1 is the first in a three-part series. All three novellas are on sale on Amazon & Kindle as well, you can hear all three on Audible, performed by the extremely talented S.W.Salzman.


How long did it take you to write Elude?

The novellas all together were published in about a year and a half.


What inspired you when writing Elude?

I was inspired by the great Stephen King novel Mr. Mercedes which was inspired itself by true events. I loved how he combined the horror genre with the grim detective story genre.


What will readers get out of your book?

It’s an original tale with a unique hero as well. The suspenseful tale gives you a lot of twists and turns and has a breath-taking finale.


How did you come up with the story and ideas in Elude?

I wanted to do a story that had horror elements as well as an exciting modern-day “Fugitive” story. I also used many sites around the city of Phoenix to give it a real sense of authenticity.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Elude?

Sometimes I worried that I wouldn’t be able to capture the scene the way I wanted or that it was too big for me, and it would not satisfy myself or my readers. But to date it is one of my favorite works and I’m truly pleased with it.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I am an avid video gamer and movie buff. I had a stroke a year ago so my exercise and athletic capabilities have been a bit limited, but I hope to one day play racquetball once again.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

As I stated above all my work can be found on Amazon, Kindle and Audible. Newer content is routinely released for free on my writer website at www.authorderekbarton.blog.



Chrononaut (Author Interview)



Chrononaut looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about John?

John is basically an average guy who is pulled into this unique situation by happenstance. The goal was to make him as relatable as possible while also giving him a unique personality.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

I was thinking about it. I could either do a direct sequel from the point of view of another character or an indirect sequel that takes place in the same world by is a new story.


That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Well, I wanted a cover that invoked the essence of the story. My goal was to have an image that anyone would see and say, "that looks interesting."

What inspired you when writing Chrononaut?  

It is story that I had in my mind for years. I first drafted for a class by making it a choose your own adventure type game. Then, I decided write the actual story. The game is still playable at raycobb85.itch.io/chrononaut


What will readers get out of your book?

I think readers will like how mysterious yet fun the story is. It's the type of book you can get lost it and finish fairly quickly.


How did you come up with the story and ideas in Chrononaut?

I actually came up with the idea watching the television show Heroes, where one the characters had the ability to freeze time, teleport, and travel through time. I thought, what if there was a world in which multiple people had these powers, and what if these people were at war with each other.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Chrononaut?

Since the game version of the story is told as if the player is in John shoes, the biggest challenge was converting that into a cohesive story told in third person.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I spend time with my family and friends. I am married with children, and work both a full-time and park-time job, so I like to get my time in with them where ever I can.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

All my books are Amazon.com. Also, anyone can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @mindthetypos

Sidhe: Of Danu Book One



College Freshman discovers she is a rare fae and is endangered by the fae and human machinations; protected by her beautiful Hawthorn Knight.

Ella Darling is seventeen and from Tennessee. During her first semester at Columbia, she befriends her dorm neighbor, Debra. Debra notices that Ella, like herself, is not human. On the Fall Equinox, gathering in the wilds of the Fairey forest, Debra decides to bring Ella to give her a crash course in what they are: fae.

While playing music with a large band of very colorful and diverse fae, Ella begins to shine-- literally. As she spends the evening reveling with the fae, the last seals are broken over her latent power, and she is revealed to be the first new Sidhe to be born in thousands of years.
Ella’s very existence proves threatening to more than just the royals and nobles of her people. A shadowy human group seeking to destroy the fae begins hunting Ella. Enter her sexy protector, Nieve (Spelled Niamh in Gaelic-Irish). She is a tall, beautiful fairy with large butterfly-like wings. She calls herself the Hawthorn Knight, and she swears to keep Ella safe from danger.

Ella also meets a centuries-old adoptive sister, who is now the head of a group that polices both worlds from the presence of an insidious organization called Sphinx, which uses immortal blood to achieve longevity, fairies being the most potent. Ella searches out the goddess Danu, forcing her return to the fae folk. She struggles to find a peaceful co-existence with several warring factions that don’t seem to have a single reason to permit her to breathe. She also digs deep into the mysteries as to why the fae are failing to have pureblood children, and the Sidhe are slowly fading away with each death.

During her inadvertent adventure into the world known as Fairey, Ella uncovers a plot to depose the Regent of the throne. Ella must protect herself, and her family, then she makes unexpected alliances (with the wild fairy centaurs and their God, Pan).

Her group of friends, and her very lovely Hawthorn Knight turn the tides of a major immortal human invasion into the fae court. Ella even catches the attention of the goddess Danu when she nearly dies saving the day from a traitorous Sidhe noble who fancied herself the next queen, even if she opened the portals to Fairey, to many of its worst enemies in the process.

The Singer (Author Interview)



The Singer looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about Scott Bailey?

Scott is a lawyer, and he’s also a singer and composer (like me, the author of the book and the composer of the songs). He’s married with 3 children.

A big city lawyer for years, he’s gotten burned-out in the grind and wants to move to a smaller town that has lots of music to pursue being
THE SINGER. (I sing the songs, but in the story Scott sings the songs and adds depth and personal impact to the story through the songs.


Any plans to turn it into a series?



How long did it take you to write The Singer

2 years, but I’ve composed the 12 songs over the past 10 years.


That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us a little about it?

The mountains represent Colorado USA (John Denver’s song: Rocky Mountain High)

The guitar represents the music: a 12 song soundtrack that follows the storyline of the book, thus adding personal impact and emotion.


What inspired you when writing The Singer?
I’m a lawyer, like Scott Bailey in the story, and I was a nightclub singer earlier (I built my law practice signing in nightclubs and bars, and passing out business cards at the breaks. What better place to meet people who need an attorney? The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News did articles on me: “The Singing Attorney” == “The Court Jester.”

Years ago (in what I call his ‘B.C.’ days – before he was a celebrity) I sang with singer John Denver for a few weeks. The lead song, ‘THE SINGER’ is written in tribute to him.


What will readers get out of your book?

Good feelings, hope, faith, peace and thoughts of restoration, even dealing with life’s problems (the story is adultery and reconciliation in marriage).

There is also a TEEN element in the book. Megan, Scott Bailey’s teen daughter plays a major role – confronting her dad’s hypocrisy as he urges her to remain chaste while he goes out and commits adultery.

It has a good, happy ending. Also, the book has a lot of good gospel thoughts and counseling for people dealing with problems.


How did you come up with the story in The Singer?

I’m both a lawyer and a singer / composer.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Singer?

No, except that a friend who read it in advance gave me the idea of including Megan, Scott’s daughter in the story for another perspective.


Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I just did somewhat: singer, lawyer, earlier working in nightclubs.
I’m married to Leenie for all my life. We’ve lived in Colorado for longer than I can even remember. 

We just purchased a lodge in Hill City, South Dakota USA, about 15 minutes from Mount Rushmore: www.MountainPeaksInn.com.

This was after operating a wedding venue in Evergreen, Colorado USA for years: www.EvergreenRedBarn.com  but just sold it recently.

I used to humorously tell people: “I used to be a lawyer, who got people divorced. Now I own a wedding business and get people married. I like it better and I know God likes it better.”


Where can readers find out more about your work?

I’m known on the internet as ‘the Gospel Life Coach.” I offer FREE Christian books (mostly shorter booklets): www.Rogers-Inspiration-Books.com
Jesus and Paul didn’t charge for teaching the gospel and I don’t either.



Our Lady of the Artilects (Author Interview)



Our Lady of the Artilects looks like an exciting story.  What can you tell us about it?

It’s been called “Catholic cyberpunk,” sort of a “the Exorcist meets Westworld” kind of story. 

It begins with the revelation that some artilects (androids) have recently experienced what appears to be a somewhat apocalyptic Marian apparition, similar to the one at Fatima in the early 20th Century. Authorities hope to dismiss it as a hoax, but then an artilect belonging to Amari Okpara, the wealthiest man in Africa, shows up at a basilica claiming to be possessed.  The Church sends Fr. Gabriel Serafian–an exorcist who used to be a neuroscientist–to Nigeria to investigate.

He pretty quickly finds himself swept up into a conspiracy of global, and possibly supernatural, scope. 


Any plans to turn it into a series?

 Yes, I’m working on the sequel, which will be titled “The Lucifer Particles.”  It will pick up shortly where OLotA leaves off.  Depending on what happens, there may also be a third book.


How long did it take you to write Our Lady of the Artilects?

That’s always such a loaded question! The short answer is 7 months.  The long answer is “my whole life.”

This is a deeply personal story of faith and doubt, the intersection of science and belief. I grew up an evangelical Protestant, studied religion in college, and lost my faith. I found my way back to it through science and ultimately converted to Roman Catholicism about 10 years ago.  I ended up going back to school for a master’s degree in data science–I’m about halfway through the program. The book is really a reflection of all those experiences.


What inspired you when writing Our Lady of the Artilects?

 I’m a huge fan of the writings of Malachi Martin.  He passed away some years ago, but he wrote some of the most chilling and accurate accounts of actual exorcisms ever recorded.  He was a towering intellect who also had some unique insights into the organizational structure of the conciliar Church and what I would call “sacramental history.”

Beyond that, my earliest memories of reading are of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.  Later on, I discovered metaphysical sci fi writers like Frank Herbert, Philip K Dick, Asimov, and the great Walter Miller, who wrote A Canticle for Leibowitz–the gold standard for Catholic sci fi.

I’m also a wannabe neuroscientist, and I think that VS Ramachandran is one of the greatest scientific minds of the last 100 years.  That’s saying a lot, given how far science has progressed in that time! His theories on mirror neuron evolution and the neuroscience of aesthetics were very influential.

Finally, there is a Sufi Shayk in Canada named Nur Muhammed who has fascinating ideas on the moral dimension of modern digital culture.  I really enjoy his YouTube videos.


Can you tell us a little about Father Gabriel Serafian?

 He’s a complicated character, and I hope an interesting one.  He had some neurological issues as a child, which led him to get “noetic implants” at an exceptionally young age. He had a brilliant career as an artificial neuroscientist and coder and was engaged to an astrophysicist. When he and his fiancee had a miscarriage, he left his old life behind to join the church, where he found himself apprenticed to an eccentric Irish exorcist. He’s naturally curious, but he struggles to reconcile his scientific knowledge and his commitment to God.


How did you come up with the story in Our Lady of the Artilects?

 It’s been on my mind for quite some time. I’m interested in the ethical and spiritual issues around transhumanism. As a Roman Catholic, I think transhumanism will be the single greatest challenge to St. Pope John Paul II’s theology of the body in the second half of the 21st century. So many moral arguments are rooted in the idea that human nature is immutable. Transhumanism strikes at the very heart of that, and it will require a vigorous response from not only Catholics but Muslims, Protestants, Hindus, Buddhists, and ethical humanists alike.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Our Lady of the Artilects?

 I wanted above all to write a book that honestly dealt with questions about faith and science, and what it means to be a human in the digital age. I have a point of view, of course, but I wanted to do justice to all of the arguments. There’s nothing worse than a preachy book!


What do you like to do when not writing?

 I work in digital marketing, so that keeps me pretty busy.  When I’m not working, I’m with my wife Cheryl and my two young boys Finn and Rowan.  I really should find a hobby.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

 The book is available on Amazon at the following link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09Z7F81WD

I also have a website at www.andrewgillsmith.com



Rain No Evil (Author Interview)



Rain No Evil looks like an exciting, true story.  Give us the gist in a nutshell.

After a powerful prayer for change, a portal opened in my home in West Virginia and allowed in entities that sprayed water inexplicably inside of my home where my police officer hubby and two boys lived with me. Friends and family witnessed this phenomenon along with other apparitions such as orbs and busted tires in locked garages. An out-of-body experience led me to a priest who exorcised the house and to a shamanic healer who removed the negative attachments to my energy field.

I healed from the panic attacks I was having and pushed passed trying to understand why this had happened to me and into acceptance that this entire metaphysical awareness was the catalyst for the change I desired.

This experience transformed my life from living a miserable life in a verbally abusive relationship to helping others to peer into the unseen realms and to discover their life path. I am excited to share this incredible story of transformation! I didn’t ask for this to happen, but I am glad it did. We don’t always know what we need but God, or the universal life force does.

What was this about a car named Leslie Mann hitting your car?  Talk about synchronicity! A lady backed into my car and as we exchanged insurance information, I find out her birthday is the same day as mine and she had just purchased her car that week and named it Leslie Mann after her favorite actress! I have always wanted Leslie Mann to play me if it became a movie! I reached into my trunk and handed her a Rain No Evil book! So she crashes into my car and I give her a book! That’s some good karma right there!

LOGLINE: A woman prays for liberation from a verbally abusive husband, but the demon in the mirror and the water drenching the inside of her home may cause her to lose her family, her mind and maybe even her life.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

No, but I can see a movie! The screenplay version is in the finals at the New York International Film Festival. It’s cool, creepy, sexy, funny and brings enlightenment to the forefront.


What was the highpoint of promoting this book?

I shared this story with over 3 million folks from all around the world on George Noory’s Coast to Coast. I sat in my mom’s floor and cried. It was quite healing to do this after years of having panic attacks when speaking.


What inspired you when writing Rain No Evil?   

I was compelled to share with everyone I met. I’d taught English for twenty years, so writing a book seemed reasonable. Laughing because I just dove in and thought okay, so I’m going to write a book.

Bonus: Signed copy of book when order directly from my website under PayPal or Venmo tab.  https://www.michelezirkle.com


How did you come up with the story in Rain No Evil?

I experienced this story first-hand. I wrote it as a creative fiction so I could escalate the pace to keep things interesting, not that the story was dull by any means. HA


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Rain No Evil?

Just making the time to write was challenging, but I did because it was an incredible, life-changing experience I needed to share with the world.


What do you like to do when not writing?

When I’m not life-coaching clients in my holistic healing business, I hit hot yoga, hike or travel. I enjoy family time and nothing sweeter than the smiles they bring.


Where can readers find out more about your work?






The Intransigence (Author Interview)



The Intransigence looks like an exciting dystopian fiction book.  What can you tell us about it?

The Intransigence is a Young Adult Dystopian fiction novel centering around a young woman, Rossana, who was cryogenically frozen and wakes up in a world devoid of language.


How long did it take you to write The Intransigence?

I started writing The Intransigence in 2019 and just finished this year, so about three years, with a break in the middle. The break allowed me to take a fresh look at the story, the characters, and the ideas themselves to format them into something that would work best for the intended audience.


What inspired you when writing The Intransigence?

When I started writing The Intransigence, I had been studying energy and quantum physics and became certified in something called the Emotion Code. This study inspired to me to see possibilities outside of our physical norm.


Can you tell us a little about the main character?

Rossana is 16 but was, essentially, frozen in time when she was cryogenically frozen before dying of cancer. She grew up an only child and was the center of her parents world. Throughout the novel, she comes to grips with how she views herself and how her parents viewed her to become who she truly is.


What will readers get out of your book?

My hope is that readers will see that life is more than the physical world around us and that there is so much outside our realm of understanding. The belief in miracles, supernatural, and more can help to bring hope to readers of all ages.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Intransigence?

For me, endings are often the most challenging because I base my stories off of real life, and real life doesn’t have any endings, not even in death really. So finding a way to bring the story to a close was definitely the most challenging.


What do you like to do when not writing?

When I’m not writing, I love being part of and watching anything musical theatre/Broadway. I also love spending time with my dog Hamilton and exploring outdoors with my boyfriend, Mike.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

The best place to find out more is currently on my instagram, @briannaposter. I’m happy to connect via DM too!



The Fluffy Kerfuffle (Author Interview)



The Fluffy Kerfuffle is a great name and looks like a great children’s book.  What can you tell us a little about the story?

The Fluffy Kerfuffle details the silly adventures of cats who live for the sole purpose of driving their pet humans insane.


What age group is the book for?

This book is content appropriate for the whole family to enjoy, but the reading level is for older kids. Younger kids will have an easy time understanding, so long as the book is read to them.


How long did it take you to write The Fluffy Kerfuffle?

It took several months to complete The Fluffy Kerfuffle.


What inspired you when writing The Fluffy Kerfuffle?   

The idea behind The Fluffy Kerfuffle came about while I was watching my cats play. It was the charming shenanigans that they got up to which inspired this debut book.


What will readers get out of your book?

This is humorous entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Also, any aspiring cat owners will get a sneak peek into what awaits them.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Fluffy Kerfuffle?

As this is the first novel I have ever published and as I had no prior experience in the book industry before The Fluffy Kerfuffle, it was a challenge to get this book published. But now that I have published my first novel, it makes all the hardships I overcame to get here worth it.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I mostly study, as I’m going to university in a couple years. I intend to get a degree in digital marketing, so I can spread my writing to readers globally. Aside from schoolwork, I enjoy spending time with my cats.