Aurelia and the Enemies of Pity (Author Interview)

 



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0918KHSJ5

Aurelia and the Enemies of Pity looks like an exciting fantasy story.  Can you tell us a little about Aurelia?

She is smart, curious, and fearless. Aurelia always wears her heart on her sleeve. She will fight and die if it means saving the people she loves. She is a social outcast because she can see through the power structures designed to keep people in line. Aurelia would rather spend her day in a library than go to a party. At the same time, I think she has a lot of character depth that allows various people to connect with her. She can see the world from many points of view and doesn’t judge people for their differences.

 

How many books do you have planned for the series?

 I am currently working on book two, with hopes for a third book. Everyone loves a good trilogy.


How long did it take you to write Aurelia and the Enemies of Pity?

A little over three years.

 

What inspired you when writing Aurelia and the Enemies of Pity?

 I wish I had a cool answer for this. The truth is a lot of things inspired me. I spent several months living on Fort Sam in Texas. While I was there, I saw a lot of wounded veterans and watched their struggles and triumphs. Being there will change your view on a lot of things. I also love Historical European Martial Arts. I teach sword fighting and enjoyed incorporating a lot of that into my books.    


What will readers get out of your book?

Hopefully, they will get to go on a fantastic journey. I tried to create a book that is an experience rather than a book you merely read.

 

How did you come up with the story in Aurelia and the Enemies of Pity?

I don’t know. The story wrote itself. I took a bunch of different things from history and life experiences. Then I combined them into a story that I enjoyed reading.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing?

 I wanted to create a beautiful piece of art and not just another bland fantasy story about dragons and senile wizards. I reworked the book at least fifteen times in the process.

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

Sword fighting and spending time with my wife and dogs.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Please stay up to date by following my author page on Amazon or find me on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heavy (Author Interview)

  


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Heavy looks like an exciting litRPG fantasy story.  Can you tell us a little about Terrence?

Terrence is the main character throughout the series. He is inexperienced, but open to learning new things and training to reach his goals. He has always wanted to be a Dungeoneer, but his family has sheltered him his whole life so he isn’t 100% sure what that really means until he leaves his small town and starts his adventure.

 

The Weight of It All series has three complete books.  Any plans for more?     

I’ve just finished the fourth book in the series, which is currently with a new editor and should be releasing October 8th if all goes well! The fourth is what I believe to be the best book in the series and really showcases a lot of what I’ve been setting up for since Book 1. Book 4 ends what I would call the first ‘arc’ in the series. The next arc is just as important, but I plan to finish it within 2 books. As such, the series should end with book 6!

 

How long did it take you to write Heavy and complete the series?

Heavy was the first story I’d ever written and it came to me rather quickly once I’d started writing. For a long time I’d been thinking about how I might write a story: the theme, the plot, the characters, etc. When I finally came up with something I felt would work, writing itself went rather smoothly. From start to finish, the first book was completed within 6 weeks.

Since I wrote it so quickly, I then made several mistakes in putting it out. I was so excited to have written something (finally!) that I didn’t spend any money to edit it properly or have people provide feedback. I was so anxious to have people read the series, and so worried that I wouldn’t make any money on it, that I didn’t pay an editor for book 1 until I’d finished book 2… Book 1 also ends without any major conflict, so many people felt it ended rather abruptly. Book 2 corrected several of my mistakes, and Book 3 is the best received in the series so far, but it’s been a process.

Despite my own mistakes, I’m still very proud of the series as a whole and people have been enjoying the books.

 

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

The series follows two main characters: Terrence, the young boy trying to become a Dungeoneer and Tom, the more experienced Dungeoneer who is on a trip to a Dungeon in the north with his team. Tom is Terrence’s Uncle.

Each cover shows either Tom or Terrence in a scene from the book. Book 1’s cover depicts Tom in his fight with one of the recurring monsters in his storyline, an Alpha Talon.

The covers have been and will all be done by Piere d’Arterie on 99designs.com. He has been amazing at translating my ideas into art, so I’m forever grateful to him. He is currently working on the covers for Book 5 and 6, which I am just as excited about.

Crisis Deluxe (Author Interview)

 




https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091BKKDJ1/

Crisis Deluxe looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about Alexander Street and the story?

Crisis Deluxe starts out with global financial markets on the verge of collapse.  Merger specialist Alexander “Dusty” Street is ordered to hop on a plane from Buenos Aires, where he’s just completed a huge deal, to fly to Hong Kong to try and save a failing acquisition worth billions. 

Dusty was just about to fly home to his wife and kids, and he’s already fed up with the exhausting, globe-trotting life he's chosen.  Dutifully, he flies to Hong Kong, torn between the wife and family in New York he never sees and the heavy responsibilities of his career.  

Shortly after he arrives in Hong Kong Dusty faces a completely unexpected development:  the appearance of Jacqueline, a woman he once loved 20 years ago, and has never forgotten.

Suddenly, Dusty finds himself struggling to navigate much more than a complex business deal.  Seeing Jacqueline again forces Dusty to realize he has reason to reconsider his life choices, both professionally and personally, at the most basic level.

As world financial markets continue to plummet, to his horror Dusty grapples with the growing awareness a defeat on this deal would crush his career, destroying everything he’s worked for—and yet to find a way out against all odds, Dusty must learn to calculate the true cost of career, family and love.

 

Any plans to turn it into a series?

Yes, as a matter of fact—early readers have all been asking if there’s another book coming, and are enthusiastic about finding out about the next adventure of Dusty Street.  In fact, while Dusty makes some hard choices in Crisis Deluxe, his life is very intense and complex, and he faces a whole new set of challenges when he moves to Sydney, Australia in the next book, called Crisis Down Under.  I’ve travelled to Hong Kong on business so I knew what I was writing about when I wrote Crisis Deluxe, but I lived in Sydney for 25 years and raised my children there, so I know exactly what Dusty’s about to experience.

 

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

Thank you!  I want to give a shout at to Tracy Lyn at Virtually Possible Designs:  https://www.virtuallypossibledesigns.com

Tracy is super-talented and it’s been fun working with her.

That’s a view of Hong Kong from Barker Road, which is a wonderful part of the city, and the cover dramatizes the way Dusty’s dilemmas are completely intertwined between the exotic, high-stakes world of Hong Kong, the temptations of his dream come true, and the brutal reality of a world in deep crisis with the livelihoods and well-being of billions of people at risk if Dusty makes a mistake—or neglects his personal responsibilities because of selfish personal reasons.

Angel's Advocate (Author Interview)

  


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097G2C4V7/

Angel’s Advocate looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about Justin Lanel?

Justin Lanel, is a high school student who is more of a shut in. A student that doesn’t want to continue to go to school and lacks motivation. I read from American Psychological that males are often depressed. I wanted someone for the reader to relate to or see a little bit of their perspective. Justin is learning that you can’t give up, you have to keep going.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

Yes, I am very passionate about turning this into a series and have the readers go down the rabbit hole with Justin.

 

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

Devil’s advocate is when a devil is over you shoulder, the devil tempts you into doing wrong. Angel’s advocate is when an angel is over your shoulder, persuading you into doing right.

The cover has that idea behind it, where an angel is over your shoulder, holding you lovingly.

 

How did you come up with the story in Angel’s Advocate?

I thought of the story as escapism from reality, like Neverland and Wonderland. To help readers to forget about reality and project themselves as Justin Lanel and go on this grand adventure. The story is inspired by biblical stories with my own twist.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Angel’s Advocate?

I knew exactly what I wanted to write for my book from beginning to end, I more so had a difficult time publishing it because I am a perfectionist and wanted to make sure my book was the best, I could make it to be.

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

I try to stay active by going to the gym time to time, funny enough, that is where I get some story ideas for my next book. I like to read as well; I get so absorbed into books.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work? 

.I am working on a author site to have updates for my next book, I am looking into amazon kindle vella for a future story. But currently you can find my work, on amazon.

 

 

The Chronicles of Dragon Special Edition

 




https://www.amazon.com/dp/1941208800/


Evil Beware. The son of the Dragon King doesn’t check his temper at the door. 

The impulsive youth, Nath Dragon, knows what he must do to earn his scales. Still trapped in human form, he hunts down the dragon poachers--that are killing and enslaving his kin--with a vengeance. Accompanied by a dwarf named Brenwar Bolderguild, the brazen warriors clash against the world full of orcs, elves, ogres, trolls, goblins, and men in order to save his brethren.

But unforeseen dangers lurk in the shadows. The sinister scheme of High Priestess Selene and her dragon master, Gorn Grattack, threaten all of dragonkind. And in a moment of violent fury, Nath is cursed for all time.

Now Nath--armed with the magical sword called Fang--sets out on a perilous path toward redemption. At its end, the ultimate battle awaits him, when he must confront the powerful evil lurking within and the wicked dragon army sworn to defeat him. And if Nath does not prevail, the fate of dragonkind is doomed.

If you love dragons of all sorts and sizes, young heroes with god-like powers in the Percy Jackson series, then you can’t miss with this fast-paced, action-packed, magic-filled, dangerously addictive fantasy adventure!

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Craig Halloran is a #1 Bestselling Amazon Author in the following genres and categories:

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The Supernatural Bounty Hunter Files (10 Books)

The Clash of Heroes (3 Books)

Zombie Impact (3 Books)

The Gamma Earth Cycle (2 Books)

The Red Citadel and the Sorcerer’s Power (5 books in 1)

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The Rennington Chronicles (Author Interview)

 



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The Rennington Chronicles look like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about Amyra?

Amyra-Rose Moore is the story’s protagonist and a very strong female lead.  She’s a tall, beautiful law student and the only daughter of her (west coast) town’s mayor.  Amidst a rising legal future, she, unfortunately, got caught up in a treacherous scandal that resulted in the murder of her biracial (African-American + Spanish) girlfriend. Although she was found innocent for the cause of death, she was still convicted as an accessory.  Yet instead of going to prison, fate placed her in the most unlikely predicament.  She was forced to serve her time as a hard-laborer for a bleak boarding academy, located in a dreary New England middle-of-nowhere backwater (town) called, “Rennington”. Yet unbeknownst to her, this was all planned.

 

How long did it take you to write The Rennington Chronicles?

RC took approximately 3 ½ years to create. The reasoning: When I started working for (US) municipal government, there were a lot of political events that surfaced, that inspired and contoured my work.

 

What inspired you when writing The Rennington Chronicles?   

Initially, I was inspired to write these chronicles after my spouse and I separated because I needed a healthier way to release my heartache and frustration(s). However, when writing the RC, I realized that many people (self-included) look to relationships/love to resolve their deeper issues not knowing that that assumed remedy could be the affliction. I hate love stories… they give false hope to a weak and fragile community logging to self-medicate their way through life because we can’t cope; none of us really. So my writing has evolved to help explain the aphotic cesspit of love, in hopes to inspire people to find other healthy venues to procure the peace and happiness they desire. Venues that aren’t tied to another human being, but one’s inner-self.

 

What will readers get out of your book?

My goal is for readers to learn, laugh, and live with the RC. Specifically:.

·         LEARN: I want readers to see how petty games of discrimination and cruelty only reciprocate one’s receipt of more malice and bad karma in their lives. It’s not my place to judge or change someone… just inspire through examples.

·         LAUGH: There are many comical moments in this Gothically thrilling tale; yet apart from being entertaining, the goal is for the reader to learn to laugh at life no matter what they're going thru or the stickiness of their situation; namely RELEASE. I wanted to add humor in the story to provide levity (to counter the tale’s darkness), but the overall goal is to remind people to find laughter in life, always.

·         LIVE:  In the story, Amyra’s grim predicament would drive anyone insane, possibly down a darker path than the situation renders. Yet, amid her dismal state of affairs, she rises above it by learning to accept her fate and take responsibility for her actions, thus, making the best of it. There is a lesson for us in this… We all go through sh*t; sometimes it can inflict a sort of social-PTSD that none of us can handle on our own. To such, we have to find ways to cure it, and (like Amyra), rise above it, practically. For example: In this story, our protagonist doesn’t judge her illegal (non-US) co-workers; but instead helps them, thus putting her grave situation aside for others.  In turn, she later becomes their champion, and everyone is all the better for it. Quite lovely!

The Ouiums Journey (Author Interview)

  




 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08H25DHVG

The Ouiums Journey looks like an exciting story. Any plans to turn it into a series?

Yes! I am currently working on The Ouiums Journey: The Rise which is the 2nd installment in the series. Originally, it was a standalone, but it developed into more. I have another side project which is writing a collection of short stories including Esa, Estelle, Kaspar and Skylar and their lives prior to the events in Hell Broke Loose.

 

What can you tell us about Esa Blyth, the main character?        

Esa is a wise witch beyond his time who suffered a great loss because of his actions. He had to learn the hard way and his journey shows that and him growing into his new powers. Guilt is a heavy emotion to carry, but he is strong and takes it in his stride. All he wants is for people like him, Ouiums, to be safe in the world and free from discrimination.

 

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

The cover concepts at the start were quite different to what it is now, originally, it was Esa and Thegon fighting in the realms of Hell. Instead, I included the main protagonists of the story with Thegon looming over them to show his power and colossal size. I loved how it turned out and it fits with the themes of the story.

 

How did you come up with the story in The Ouiums Journey?

I was sitting at my desk wondering how I could add a spin on witches, but more specially how their magic worked. Generally, in the fantasy genre, they are born or bestowed with energy to cast spells and must follow the rules of nature. I decided what if they had to break these rules against their will and ‘steal’ it from their surroundings. From there, I developed my main character, Esa Blyth and added a spice of dark magic, hell, and chaos into his character. After that coming up with the story, which was a challenge, but with hard work I created something I fell in love with.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Ouiums Journey?

This was my debut novel; it came with a lot of challenges, but rewriting and self-editing was challenging for me as I had little experience authoring a story of this size, but in the end, I produced a manuscript I loved. I love the characters and the growth that happens during the story.

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in Northern Ireland and currently live there. I am studying applied science with the hopes of going into medicine.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work? 

I only have one novel out and one coming out in the next few months. My audience and keep with my work on Discord which is a social media platform. You can contact me directly by adding me via my tag or joining my Discord server.

My tag is: @𝓓𝔂𝓵𝓪𝓷#6666

The server invite is: https://discord.gg/bhBeVWAn7J

Year 2059 (Author Interview)

  



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08XG6TS5P/


Year 2059 looks like an exciting story. Can you tell us a little about this alien virus?

The virus has trans-mutative abilities, capable of zombefying people.

 

How long did it take you to write Year 2059?

About 14 weeks.

 

What inspired you when writing Year 2059?

The resilience of the human condition and the will to survive come what may.

 

What motivated you to become a writer?

The desire to fashion out what is the semblance of truth, through storytelling.

 

How did you come up with the story in Year 2059?

I'd say the story quite unfolded itself along the way, given the circumstances of the world right now (the pandemic) and the possible reaction of humanity when backed into a corner.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Year 2059?

Specifics did come off as being somewhat challenging; particularly given that a futuristic theme was being dealt with.

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

Reading the works of great and emerging authors alike, sharpening my writing skills.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

·         Twitter: NaifAlruwaili2

·         FB: Naif Book

·         IG: Booknaif

·         Tiktok: naifbooks

       Email: Naif@naifbooks.com

       Website: www.naifbooks.com


·         Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/author?ref=dbs_G_A_C&asin=B08XKD69PK

Dellia (The Ever-Branching Tree)



https://www.amazon.com/dp/1645710009/

Dellia is an epic high-fantasy romance about ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances. It blends alternate worlds, action, adventure, and dire peril, with political intrigue, a generous dollop of romance, and a pinch of humor.

All Jon ever yearned for was a simple life with few responsibilities and someone to share it with. In the middle of an ordinary day, a shattering accident rips him from his uncomplicated life and plunges him into a baffling world that defies the physical laws he knows so well. Stuck in a world of impossible phenomena, terrifying creatures, and mystifying prophecies, his only hope of returning home is a harrowing journey that would propel him through three distinct realms.

But his arrival has not gone unnoticed. Suspicious of the circumstances of his appearance, a jittery ruling council requires someone to investigate. So they send the one warrior best suited to the job: the dedicated and compassionate Dellia. She lives to help people. It is what gives her life purpose and meaning, but as a protector, her duty binds her with an unshakable devotion to the council.

Dellia’s heart calls her to give the desperate Jon whatever aid he requires. Yet, how can she when every step walks a knifes edge between her own deeply held convictions and a nervous ruling council determined to see him as a threat?

Lost and alone in a vast world with no food or water and his all his technology broken, Jon is in dire need of help. Skilled and knowledgeable, Dellia is just the help he needs, if only he can keep from falling for the one woman whose duty might compel her to stop him.

Legend of the Dragon Runes (Author Interview)

 



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08TMVDZSL

Heroes of Atlantis looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about Roeg?

Roeg is one of two protagonists in the story. The other is Sephonei. Lets start with Roeg, who is an orphan boy, abandoned by his mother as a child, because she stole a powerful Dragon Rune from the Archmagus of Atlantis.

Sephonei is a Rune Hunter, pressed into service by the Archmagus to find another, more powerful Dragon Rune on the Mainland.

The book follows both stories and the only question is when do they intertwine?

 

Any plans to turn it into a series?

Yes. From the start, this is planned as a six-book series. The second book is called Heroes of Atlantis: Legend of the Fire Dragon and is almost complete, coming out mid 2021.

This series is written and illustrated by me, so you can bet that the amazing, legendary creatures, like Ork’s, Peryton’s and all other kinds of mythical creatures will get reimagined as I draw them.

 

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

Thanks. As well as illustrating the book, I take great pride in developing my own book covers. This one in particular was tricky because I struggled to get it just right, and designed over fifteen ‘draft’ covers before landing on this one.

Everything has significance, like the moon, the nightprowl’r’s (another legendary creature in the book), Roeg’s hand, and even his broken spear. (You’ll have to read to find out why!)

 

What inspired you when writing Heroes of Atlantis?   

I wrote Firestone: The Dragon’s Blood Prophecy in 2018-19, and released it, and actually, the audiobook is doing quite well on audible, but, Heroes of Atlantis, is a total re-write of that series.

Firestone, was my first novel ever published and although it received really good reviews, I wasn’t happy with the story, so, I reimagined it, renamed it, and changed the entire story to be much richer.

If you like Percy Jackson or Heroes of Olympus, you’ll love Heroes of Atlantis. Think of Heroes of Atlantis like a mash-up between Riordan and Tolkien.