I Am Rahab: A Novel (Trilogy Box Set) (Author Interview)


I Am Rahab looks like a great coming of age trilogy.  Can you tell us a little about the main character Rahab?

Rahab Auguste is a sweet and innocent young girl from Louisiana who happens to be a part of a dysfunctional family hiding dark secrets. When Rahab loses her grandmother, she's abruptly removed from the comforts of home and embarks on a journey down a path she never saw coming, with a mother she never knew. Thrown into the heart of the ghetto and forced to carry her family's burdens, Rahab must learn how to hustle for a living. Her soul cries for freedom. Ultimately, she has to decide either to continue dancing with the devil she knows, or take a leap of faith into the unknown.

How long did it take you to write I Am Rahab?

Five years, I wrote it while caring for my mother.

What inspired you when writing I Am Rahab

The characters came to life while I was writing. They entertained me and kept me from focusing on the fact that my mother's life was slipping away. The thought of creating a world where I could hide from this one provoked me to write as long as I did. The characters kept me company up until the very end.  My mother passed away but left me with a series to share with the world.

Why did you decide to become a writer?

Writing chose me. I'm shy/quiet so I have a lot to say.

What do you like to do when not writing?

I bake cakes. I'm a baker by trade. Owning a bakery is definitely on my bucket list of things to do.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

All of my work is available on Amazon and via social media and my website www.authorjcmiller.com

Death Comes in through the Kitchen (Author Interview)

Teresa Dovalpage was born in Havana and now lives in New Mexico. She has published ten novels (six in Spanish and four in English) and three collections of short stories. Her first culinary mystery Death Comes in through the Kitchen (Soho Crime, 2018) is set in Havana and features Padrino, a santero-detective. Her second mystery, Queen of Bones, was also published by Soho Crime in November 2019 and includes elements of Santeria and the Chinese presence in Havana.
Death Comes in through the Kitchen looks like a great mystery and crime thriller How many books are planned for the series?
Soho Crime’s Havana Mystery series has four books—up to now. Death Comes in through the Kitchen was followed by Queen of Bones, which is fresh out the oven (November 2019). It has some of the same characters, like Lieutenant Marlene Martinez and Padrino, the santero-detective that solves the case in the first novel. The other two will be released in 2020. Death of a Telenovela Star (June 2020) features again Marlene Martinez—the story takes place mostly on a cruise ship, not in Havana, though. The fourth is Death under the Perseids, which happens both aboard a cruise ship and in Havana.
Is each book standalone or do they need to be read in order?
They all are standalone but if you read them in order, you’ll see how the characters evolve. For example, Marlene Martinez goes from a National Revolutionary Police lieutenant in Havana in the first two books to the owner of a bakery called La Bakeria Cubana in Miami in the third and fourth novels.
There are thousands of mystery novels released every year. What makes yours unique?
My books, besides being mysteries, are Cuba travelogues. Born and raised in the island (I lived there thirty years) I can offer my English-language readers an insider’s perspective, from accurate descriptions of paladares (private restaurants) to the way casas particulares (private accommodations similar to B&Bs) operate. You’ll get a good picture of contemporary Cuba after reading any of my novels. Let me be your guide!
Why did you decide to become a writer?
Both my parents were avid readers so books were part of my life since childhood. Since I was what you would call “a nerd” (rata de biblioteca, library rat in Spanish) the transition from reader to writer was smooth and almost inevitable. I don’t remember a particular moment when I decided to be a writer, but even as a teenager I was writing short stories and enjoying the process.
How did you come up with the story in Death Comes in through the Kitchen?
It all started when my mom, who still lives in Cuba, asked me to preserve my grandma’s recipes in a cookbook. I told her no way, I am not a good cook—you can ask my husband. At her insistence, I ended up including the recipes in a novel I was working on. It was about an American journalist who goes to Cuba to marry a younger woman, based on a real-life case. I then added a bit of death and drama and the result was “a culinary mystery,” a term I didn’t even know back then.
You mean readers can actually follow your recipes and cook Cuban dishes?
Absolutely! They will learn how to make arroz con pollo (rice and chicken with all the ingredients cooked together, paella-style), picadillo (ground beef with raisins), a kind of stew known as caldosa, desserts like tocinillo (like a flan, but yummier) and many more.
Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Death Comes in through the Kitchen?
I ate way too much in the process. I made all the recipes prior to their inclusion in the book and gained several pounds before it was over. But my husband was very happy! His favorite dish turned out to be the caldosa because it has different kinds of meat and lots of vegetables—un poquito de todo, a little bit of everything.
What do you like to do when not writing?
I have a fulltime job at New Mexico Junior College where I teach Spanish and ESL. My husband and I love to go on cruises, which inspired Death of a Telenovela Star and Death under the Perseids. The shenanigans that go on aboard a cruise ship can provide plenty of material for several books.
Where can readers find out more about your work?

Dictates of the Heart (Author Interview)

Dictates of the Heart looks like a great coming of age story.  How many books do you plan for the series?  
Currently, I am working on the second installment of the series. It should be available for release by February/March of 2020. There will be three books in the series.

How did you come up with the story in Dictates of the Heart?  
The story evolved as I developed the characters and the plot, but the idea came from my own experiences growing up in Nigeria in West Africa. I wanted the share with the world, the joys of growing up in that side of the world. I also wanted to dispel some of the misconceptions that usually accompany ideas about Africa and show people the glamorous side of Nigeria, while also exploring the lives of the common people in juxtaposition with the wealthy.

What will readers get out of your book?
I want my readers to be entertained while also gaining a deeper insight about what it is like to grow up in West Africa.

What inspired you when writing Dictates of the Heart?  
I was inspired by vibrance and the richness of the Nigerian culture and I based some of my characters and the plot from that aspect.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I have always wanted to write all my life, and I was always commended for my writing style by all of my teachers at various stages in my life.

When writing Dictates of the Heart did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
It was always challenging writing the book, especially since I had very limited time, but plenty of ideas. I often wrote through the night into the next day and would go work without any sleep and then come home for a repeat of the same. I also had a bit of a problem coming up with the title since I started writing the book without a title. But as the book took shape, the title also emerged.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I love to dance and take long walks to stay in shape. I also love singing in my church choir and to spend time with my family.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
My website will soon be available as well.

The Spookoholic (Mastho Vamsee)

The Spookoholic looks like a great scary thriller.  Any plans to turn it into a series?  
Thank you. Yes, it’s surely a thrill ride of suspense with lots of ghosts and wacky, entertaining episodes at every turn. The feedback has been exceptional so far. And yes again, The Spookoholic is a series. Let me see if I could get you a feel of the Spookoholic here…
Surya, also known as the Spookoholic, is an Indian film director with a truckload of crazy traits to his character. He is fun loving, witty and has a habit of pulling off pranks on people around even in the midst of the deadliest of situations. What’s really special about him is, that apart from being a good hearted spiritual being, Surya is gifted with strange powers. For starters, he terrifies ghosts.
The Spookoholic has visited the mysterious ancient Indian city of Kanchi in 2017, in his first book. And he is back after 2 years, now in Mexico City. The Spookoholic: Demonic Whispers is the second installment in the series of The Spookoholic.
What will readers get out of your book?
An exalted inner feeling of Light, Love and positivity by the time the reader reaches the end. And a high dose of suspense, adrenaline rush, twists and scary ghosts that face their rudest nightmare called the Spookoholic. The book promises thorough entertainment in a super quick page-turner that would not leave you drained but instead bestow upon the reader, certain deep feelings of trust and tranquility, oddly, in a book filled with a battle of wits with horrific evil and myriad kinds of ghosts.

What inspired you when writing The Spookoholic?   
I am a meditator. Had been on the path since my childhood and I practice Kundalini Yoga, Mantra Yoga and as such.
I am also a kind of a misfit. I never think straight. My thinking has always been found to be wacky or weird.
And I had been into radio and visual media for long, churning out lots of creative humor all the time.
With this combination as a backdrop, one day I had a sudden flash of inspiration. We are all terrified of the ghosts. What if there is someone who terrifies them?
With that thought, and with some knowledge in spiritual practices and ancient most history, I came up with a nail biting thread of thought for The Spookoholic: Kanchi that was eventually released in 2017.
As for this one, the sequel, I honestly believe that I had been inspired by higher spiritual beings of the universe. There is a process called Mother Earth’s Ascension that’s now happening on this planet; a major, major change for humanity. And I guess, the idea and the unrelenting flow to write this book have come from higher Light sources that are fighting the dark entities. I am not kidding; I strongly feel the ongoing process.
And more so, I finished writing the novel in just 20 days, my own personal record. It wouldn’t have happened without the influence of the compassionate Gurus for a purpose, of course.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I wrote a screenplay a few years back, intending to sell it to Indian film producers. Marketing is not exactly my area of expertise and so the script began gathering dust. Inspired by my close friend one day, out of the blues, I felt I could write a novel out of that screenplay. I had only written short stories and published them in magazines at that time. Writing a novel was just unthinkable, but somehow, I was ready with it in less than a year, by December 2017. Once I published The Spookoholic: Kanchi, I understood that now no one could stop me, not even me J
Since 2.5 years, that’s June 2017 till end of 2019, I published 9 books and 6 of them are novels.  2 more novels are yet to be published and I am betting my life upon bringing one more to my readers, before the end of this year, 2019.

When writing The Spookoholic did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
Any day, writing a sequel is very challenging. Challenging because at every turn, you tend to compare it with the original.
And with The Spookoholic, the original is a classic as far as my work is concerned. It took me 2 years to break the block and figure out a screenplay for the sequel… 2 years of constant inner struggle and thousands of wasted thoughts and efforts on the computer.
Honestly, the very fact that I did come up with a concept, finished giving the plot a shape and ended up writing the novel with 90% satisfaction was nothing short of a miracle for me.
Actually, I had taken a vow for forty days last month, in November. I practiced certain austerities, performed rituals and stuff that were accompanied by a total inner cleansing with controlled diet. And this might surely have been the reason for me to become a channel for the work to flow through me. Gratitude.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I am into a lot of things. Actually, just too many things. My personality does not let me endure the routine or sticking to just one thing, I guess J
I act in YouTube fiction videos,
I host a LIVE show for Nuke Radio every evening,
I am slightly busy as a voiceover artist too, working in my personal studio,
I compose and sing for my Neo Kirtan albums,
I do Tarot readings for clients and
on occasion I do public training workshops.
My daily routine includes spiritual practices and meditation in the morning and evening.
And I catch up with almost every movie that’s released in town on weekends, with my family.
I watch very less television, just about 15 minutes a day, while I eat. No news channels for me, I watch English movies on HBO and others.
What I had not been doing for years now, is giving stage performances.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
My website has some interesting stuff. Be it free eBooks, sneak peaks into my work, updates of my upcoming novels, intriguing information about occult, and psychological aspects in my blog as also occasional contests… It’s all there on the site.

Also, please check out The Spookoholic: Demonic Whispers here:


To Crown a King (Author Interview)

To Crown A King looks like a great story of Christina Bruce in Scotland, 1295.  The cover is rather stunning, is there anything you can tell us about it?
I have yet to meet someone who does not love this cover! My vision for it was simple: I wanted it to be regal and bright. I can say with absolute certainty that my designer knocked it out of the park!

How long did it take you to write To Crown A King?
I wrote the book in about ten months, but it took much longer to research and plot out the story. This period in Scottish history is intricate and complicated by lack of records and differing opinions. My aim with To Crown A King was to portray a familiar tale but through a different narrative – one not well known, but equally as important.

What inspired you when writing To Crown A King?   
As a lover of history, and especially of untold stories of women in history, I wanted to do Christina justice. While very few facts are known about her, it is believed that she played a major role in the societal and political landscape during the Wars of Scottish Independence. What inspired me – and what continues to motivate me as I write the sequel to To Crown A King – is to give her the account she deserves – one that portrays her as capable, clever and strong. It is the best way I can honour her memory.

Why did you decide to become a writer?
I tried hard not to be a writer. My employment history is as varied as it is long. But when the muse just won’t leave you alone and the story ideas just keep coming, eventually you give in. I wrote my first novel Las Hermanas to get it out of my head. The relief was short-lived though. Christina Bruce invaded before Las Hermanas was done.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing To Crown A King?
The people! I’m certain many historical fiction writers say this, but the biggest challenge to this story was the real-life characters. During this time, the majority of Scottish noblemen owned land in both Scotland and England. So when the Scots lost a battle against the English, to save their English lands, these lords would simply bend the knee to King Edward of England and promise not to rebel against him again. But as soon as they could manage it, they would return to the Scottish side to fight the English once more. As much as this might seem like a good strategy to saving one’s land, the constant switching back and forth of these noblemen made it quite challenging for me to depict who was on what side at any given time without drowning the reader in unimportant backstory and explanation.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I have two rambunctious dogs (Bentley the beagle and Abigail the black lab). A large part of my day is figuring out how to tire them as quickly as possible so I can get back to work! If I’m not hanging out with them, you can find me building something in my garage, kayaking on the lake, or drinking coffee on the deck!

Where can readers find out more about your work?
I hang out in all the usual spots: Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and am failing spectacularly at Twitter (2020 goals here I come!). But the best place to connect with me is through my website: www.rjmbooks.ca. Drop me a note, send me your questions, or simply say hello. I’d love to connect with you!

Mosiro: The Three Forests (Author Interview)

Mosiro has an interesting title can you tell us about it?
Mosiro is actually the joining of two names, Mosi and Siro, two siblings of the Guara tribe, grown up in the Amazon forest. While Mosi, 14, is still living in the village under the forest laws, her brother Siro, 12, who attends the regional school, knows the new technologies and is skilled in using them. They belong to different worlds, but their relationship is very strong when they need to right the wrong or to help someone against bullies. When they join forces to defend the threatened environment, they are... invincible. Their mother uses to call them with this name, Mosiro, well aware that they are somewhere in the forest, always together.

How long did it take you to write Mosiro?Five weeks. What to write, however, took many months.

Why did you decide to become a writer?I'm a journalist and when you cope with scientific issues, mainly if you write for children, the gap between a journalist and a writer can be very small.

How did you come up with the story and ideas in Mosiro?As a longtime scientific journalist, I've read thousands of news about the environment and environmental emergencies. The rule is always the same: reality overcomes fantasy. The scientific river of the ideas is never dry.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Mosiro?I have a question always in my mind. Is a middle-grade girl or boy ready to understand the complexity of the environmental issues facing our fragile Earth? Yes of course if you look at Greta, for instance.

Any plans to turn the book into a series?The forests are still endangered, and there are so many problems. Luckily, there is also a lot of people ready to commit to protect the environment. So yes, I plan to turn this book into a series. As I've told earlier: the river of ideas is never dry.

Fallen Race: The Celestial Clock (Author Interview)

Fallen Race looks like it’s set to be a great mystery trilogy.  How far out is book three?  
I am working on Chapter Thirty-One of Book 3 right now. About 30,000 words. I have at least 60,000 word to the finish line.

How did you come up with the story in Fallen Race the Celestial Clock?  
I am a huge fan of conspiracy thrillers and get many of my ideas from writers like Dan Brown or James Patterson.       

Is Fallen Race: The Celestial Clock a standalone read or would you recommend Fallen Race: The Inheritance first?
I always recommend reading the first book before the second or third, because the first book sets the worldview and the foundation of the conspiracy or mystery. With that in mind, I write my novels as standalone stories.

What inspired you when writing Fallen Race: The Celestial Clock?   
I am intrigued by the scientific studies that are going on behind the scenes in the world. The Vatican is very involved in astronomy and science. They also participate with CERN which has become very controversial with conspiracy theorists. In reading these conspiracies, I began to wonder if the machine at CERN might have the capability to open portals all over the world, accidentally. That inspired this story. I’m also inspired by ancient ruins and archeology.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve been writing for a while, but I became serious about writing fiction eight years ago. Before that, I wrote articles for a songwriter’s magazine and I wrote songs.

When writing Fallen Race: The Celestial Clock did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
How might an underwater bio habitat could be set in place in the middle of the Caribbean? Thankfully, it is fiction. It would take a lot of money and time to do what I am writing about. Then again, money is what the Vatican has a lot of…

What do you like to do when not writing?
I hope to be a full-time writer eventually. When I am not writing I spend time working as an Executive Assistant at Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. Otherwise, I’m with my children and grandchildren.

Where can readers find out more about your work?


Steel Journeys: The Road To Patagonia

Join Abby Steel on a series of breathtaking international adventures with Steel Journeys – an all-female motorcycle touring company where she calls all the shots. From huts to hotels, it’s never the same adventure twice.
Book 1: The Road To Patagonia
To some people, home might be wherever you lay your helmet, but for Abby Steel, home was wherever she laid her ass. Today it’s a Harley. Tomorrow it might be a BMW or a Triumph or a Honda. Home was whatever bike fit the terrain. Home was wide open spaces tucked under an expansive sky. 
Home was the road.
It took a lot of miles to work through the hurts of her past, but she’s finally built a business she can be proud of. Women from all walks of life come to join in her adventures, for all sorts of reasons. Equal parts badass and life coach, Abby genuinely cares about the women on her tours, and they respect her for it. r
The Road to Patagonia finds Abby back home in California on a break between trips, when an unexpected visitor threatens to bring all the blocks tumbling down. 

Planting Wolves (Author Interview)

Planting Wolves is such an interesting title. How did you come up with it, and what does the title mean?
It’s a phrase I came across that refers to putting certain types of wolves whose population is lessening in places where they can mate and be conserved. Places they would not normally be. They plant them there, like trees or evidence. So many meanings.

What inspired you when writing Planting Wolves?
I’m not sure. It sort of wrote itself. I was the medium. It arrived through me. I did not plan it.

How did you stay motivated to finish the book?
Haha, I’m about sound like a nut- I was motivated by my desire to find out how it ends.

Which of the six protagonists are you the most fond of?
I like the horrible one, Nelly. Her complete absence of empathy and decency is mesmerizing...in a bad way. She’s fearlessly mean. It’s the confidence and isolation within which she just rips through the page. I love hating her.

When writing Planting Wolves, did anything stand out as particularly challenging?
I just hoped that none of them were all bad or all good. Even Nelly eventually became afraid and I felt for her. I love all these characters and their flaws and good intentions gone wrong. I really wanted you to love them with me.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I didn’t know I was a writer. I was just someone who had always written things down. Stories, memories, people I didn’t know would pop up and need to be written. I eventually had this hope that maybe people other than my friends would read the stories but that thought felt embarrassing and vain.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I really love long walks. Not in nature but on streets. I listen to music, walk, and look at houses and people. Then the writing happens in my mind and later, I put it to paper. Also, I have an eight-year-old daughter so I like her fascinating world. And I also spend time with the people I love. Real concentrated togetherness.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
Well, there isn’t much to find out. My work has been journalistic. I’m writing a new book so perhaps that will be the place to go. I love people and speaking to them. I feel like the way to find out more about my work is to know me. And that’s impossible for a reader. Maybe find me in the book, in between the lines- that’s where the ghost book is. I’ll find you there, too.

The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley (Author Interview)

The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley looks like a great thriller with spy and espionage elements. Will this be a series by any chance?
Yes. The book’s publisher bought two books from me based on the characters. The second book is ~67% complete and takes place in the thirty days immediately following the conclusion of the first Knucklehead book. As apparently there has been some early interest from Hollywood studios, the publisher has asked for more car chases, explosions and love scenes in Book 2.

Ralph is an interesting character. Can you tell us a little about him?Ralph Gibsen isn’t your typical spy. In fact, he may not be a spy at all. He's older, lumpy, blundering and abysmal at chatting up the fairer sex. Yet, he is attracting a significant amount of attention from the worldwide intelligence community. After all, as a 30-year Silicon Valley mainstay, he can phish your passwords, bust firewalls, and has developed software used by millions to circumvent government censorship. And now, he thinks he has stumbled upon a tech cabal who is pushing to misuse his own technology to create a weapon of mass persuasion.

What inspired you when writing The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley?I started writing adventure missives when I first moved overseas at the age of 25. Long distance phone calls were terribly expensive, so I’d type my missives onto a single page and fax them to friends and family. My imaginary friend (Ralph - from when I was four years old) became my stories’ protagonist. This was so I could tell risque/knuckleheaded/dangerous stories about my adventures travelling the world, without worrying my mother. A few years ago, when my mother was passing due to Parkinsons, she asked me to connect all of these stories into a narrative arc and publish a novel.
Almost all of the Knucklehead story and ideas are real life experiences with some added embellishment. I’ve traveled 7.3 million airline miles and lived outside the US for more than 12 years. I work as a venture capitalist and many of these new tech ideas used in the novel are companies I am currently involved or invested in.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley?
The writing was fun. The process of finding a literary agent and publisher was maddening. The process is arcane, silly and bound to be disrupted. Ten years from now, there will only be a handful of agents for diaper-wearing writers and dusty-old-school publishers.

What do you like to do when not writing?
Just like the protagonist in the Knucklehead story, I take great pleasure in continuously learning and laughing. They are worthy pursuits.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
Your local bookstore is probably best. They can order it for you. Or try https://www.amazon.com/Knucklehead-Silicon-Valley-Craig-Vachon/dp/1947521136/