MA'SITTER (Author Interview)



   

Ma’Sitter looks like a great mystery thriller.  Any plans to release similar books or turn it into a series?   
Yes, MA’SITTER is a four-part series. So, we are just warming up with the first book.

What will readers get out of your book?    
I hope entertainment! It’s a fiction book yet my main character Victoria Lewis is relatable to anyone who has struggled to make ends meet. While working for privileged individuals or super rich snobby corporate bosses. Every night millions of people dream and pray for a fruitful life. Or to sing and dance like Beyoncé, act like Hallie Berry, produce movies like Steven Spielberg or have an all-time best-selling book, movie and so much more like J.K. Rowling.

What inspired you when writing Ma’Sitter   
I started writing MA’SITTER in 2011 and I buried it not long after. My motorcycle accident on March 9, 2018 made me immobile, depressed, hopeless and bored. Therefore, my love DeLeón and sister-cousin Toroda encouraged me to complete MA’SITTER. Once, I started back writing I couldn’t stop. Writing and creating people (LOL) truly makes me happy. I love it!!!!!!
 I also kept hearing my 8th grade teacher Mr. Lewis telling me you’re going to be a writer one day.
Side note too teachers: MOLD AND ENCOURGAE OUR CHILDREN.
The words of my 8th grade teacher Mr. Lewis at Chastain Middle School in Jackson, MS have stuck with me all these years!!

When did you decide to become a writer?
I was ordained at the young age of 13. Summoned into an imaginary world where I could be whoever I wanted. And speak my mind to whom ever I felt. It wasn’t until my motorcycle accident that I pursued this career.

When writing Ma’Sitter did anything stand out as particularly challenging?   
I cried as I wrote about the character Zaka.

How did you come up with story for Ma’Sitter?   
Well, since you asked! LOL 
At the age of 23 I started my own private care sitting service. Therefore, I have seen and heard many things. Some of the people who signed my checks became the best inspiration and motivation. And not because they personally encouraged me but more so because they looked down on me. Therefore, I emptied my rage, feelings, thoughts, dreams and crazy ideas into MA’SITTER.

Rhapsody in Dreams (Author Interview)




Rhapsody in Dreams looks like a complex and interesting story.  Any plans to turn it into a series?  

No. This story is complete.

How did you come up with the story in Rhapsody in Dreams

This story is a result of my fascination with the subject of human memory and dreams. Being a musician and a history buff, I knew that my story could be set only is my favorite city of St. Augustine, the Oldest City, and that one of my heroes must be a pianist.

What will readers get out of your book?

That love is eternal, that each of us has a very unique and special purpose on this planet, and that family is everything 

What inspired you when writing Rhapsody in Dreams?   

Music and my family

When did you decide to become a writer?

I always wanted to write. I wrote short stories, plays and poetry since I was in elementary school.
But I didn’t consciously decided to become a writer: it kind of happened quite naturally after I dreamed about red-haired girl with a baby in a middle of the airport. She was scared and lost; behind her was a banner “Welcome to the United States of America.” And I knew her name, and her story, and I wanted to write it down. That’s how my first story, my Rostoff trilogy “Once & Forever” was ‘born’.
The rest is history.

When writing Rhapsody in Dreams did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  

Nothing comes to mind. I enjoyed writing this story.

What do you like to do when not writing?

Reading and listening to music. Literature and music are my two great passions in life.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

And my Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/stellamaywriter/?modal=admin_todo_tour



Til Death Do Us Part: A Promise Kept Novel (Book 2) (Author Interview)





Til Death Do Us Part looks like a fantastic suspenseful romance story.  How far along is book three?

I’m working on the outline for the third book right now. I tend to write the first few chapters then step back to create some structure which helps me complete the final product. I’d say I’m about half-way there but I’m also putting the polishing touches on another novel which I hope to publish in December.

How did you come up with the story in Til Death Do Us Part?  
           
The title, Til Death Do Us Part, is driven by the evolution of Jack and Quinn’s relationship. They’ve gone form being best friends to lovers and more. The title also gives you a little hint about the antagonist in this story, but I won’t reveal any more than that.

What will readers get out of your book?

Hopefully readers will get a compelling story full of suspense, romance and hope.


When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve been writing since I was in high school and published my first novel in 2015. I find myself consumed when these stories fill my head. I have to get them out on paper. After a while, I had so many stories outlined that I decided to challenge myself and finish a full novel so I wrote and published Storm Winds.

When writing Til Death Do Us Part did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  

It’s always challenging trying to maintain a balance between the romance and the suspense. On-one-hand, there’s a problem to solve or people will get hurt. At the same time, the passion between this couple must keep going which means the dial on the romance has to be turned up a higher and hotter but one can’t overshadow the other. I want to keep the readers interest from page one through the end.

What do you like to do when not writing?

I love taking long walks. I read a lot. I’m also a true crime junkie so I’m either searching for a new podcast or watching some crime show.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Readers can check out my other eBooks at Amazon or visit my website: ks-david.com



Order of the Eye (Author Interview)




Order of the Eye looks like a great mystery/supernatural thriller. Any plans to turn it into a series?  
That's the plan, I wrote it with the that intention. I won't leave the readers in suspense, already working on the next one.

What will readers get out of your book?   
They will get to explore a different kind of world of supernatural.  A world of Psychic's, Mystery, betrayal and customs passed down for generations. All happening in the largest continent Africa. The reader will get to see psychics in a new perspective often not see in Fiction.

What inspired you when writing Order of the Eye?   
Well, I saw a random post online about psychics and just like that, my gears went into a world I like. I quickly started putting a draft on my phone using "JotterPad"app. Now we are here! I'm just thrilled.

When did you decide to become a writer?
In my early twenties, many ideas about writing came to mind all different genres. It's actually interesting that Fiction is my entry to this world.

When writing Order of the Eye did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
Creating the world, framing the direction of the story and character paths.

What do you like to do when not writing?
Listening to music, Drawing or Painting and playing with my 1 year old. These creative activities energise me,and keep pushing me forward and my new family addition has been a great motivation to pursue my dreams.

Where can readers learn more about you and your books?
You can grab a copy on Amazon Kindle. Also available with Kindle Unlimited.
Below is a link to the book
Https://amzn.to/2YjMQjB


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Forever People (Author Interview)



www.amazon.com/dp/B07P929XCF    

Forever People looks like a great science fiction book.  Any plans to turn it into a series?   
I’m sure Forever People is a complete story. As much as I love the characters and the world, I don’t think it’s the right candidate for a series.
  
What will readers get out of your book?    

A lot of readers told me that Forever People offered a preview of possible future technology and its ramification for society. Some reviewers have said Forever People challenged their views of morality and the afterlife.

Forever People is a tale unique to our near future. It’s the story of what happens to a life-altering technology once the creators of the technology are long gone. Who steers the car when the driver dies? My goal was to have readers think about that question.

I also want my readers to love my characters because I love them.

            Forever People has an interesting concept. What inspired you when writing it?    

I read an article on emerging technology meant to help people with Alzheimer’s disease. The technology will store their memories in a digital format so the memories can be accessed after the disease progresses. The tech brought up so many questions – What’s the difference between a person’s memories and their consciousness? If memories can be stored, why not a whole mind? And what would the world look like if we could save our minds forever?

The last question led me to develop Forever People. I wanted to explore what society could look like if we were a digitally immortal. I realized the creators of the afterlife tech would have had to create a system to pass down once they were gone.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve been writing stories since I was a small child. I wrote my first book when I was seven, it was about a girl whose imagination was so strong all her dreams became real. Fingers crossed; you know.

I’m Glad You’re Dead (The Preternatural Chronicles Book 1) (Author Interview)




I’m Glad You’re Dead looks like a great urban fantasy book.  What was your inspiration for your series, the Preternatural Chronicles?   

The books are dedicated to, and starring, my best friend and doppelgänger, John. He always enjoyed my writing and one day made me promise to write a book about him. We grew up reading authors like Anne Rice, so when asked what he wanted to be, he told me he wanted to be a vampire. I promised — then he pulled a party foul and died, leaving me with no choice but to honor his memory, so I wrote I’m Glad You’re Dead.

After I finished book one, my brain raced and was already coming up with ideas for its follow up. I had no choice but to continue.


Why is your first book titled I’m Glad You’re Dead?    

This is the question I get the most when I tell people the story behind the series. Seems kind of odd to dedicate a book titled I’m Glad You’re Dead to your dead best friend, doesn’t it?

I’m Glad You’re Dead plays on a few levels. First: it’s a direct quote from the 1989 Batman from the man, the myth, the legend: Jack Nicholson. Batman is my — and was John’s — favorite movie of all time. We used to say it all the time to each other at random times. Honestly, our entire friendship was built on the foundation of movie quotes; and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Well, except…you know… the being dead part. I’d probably change that.

And B: John is a vampire in the series and he had to die to become immortal. But mostly that first thing I said.


How is your take on vampires different than what we have seen before?

Being urban fantasy, I wanted to do a different take on vampires. I was tired of the “hiss hiss bite bite” theatrics that have been played out. Instead, I gave John the ability to infuse his blood with his preternatural energy and create blood manifestations, like weapons and even armor. For example; instead of him biting someone’s neck for every kill, he can will a blood-dagger into his hand and stab the bad guy in their blood soaked liver to exsanguinate them. I also try to explain most supernatural abilities in a scientific way for the reader, to make it more believable. Why do vampires need blood to survive? What’s the difference between supernatural and preternatural? Did I leave the oven on? All this will be explained, and more, if you exchange your paper with words on it for my paper with words on it.


How many books do you plan for the series?    

There will be 13 novels in the series with a novella or two thrown in for good measure. I have all the books planned out, which is seriously a lot of fun because it allows me to sprinkle in breadcrumbs here and there. That seemingly inconspicuous action that happened several books ago surely won’t have consequences later in the series…right?

When did you decide to become a writer?

One does not just “decide” to be a writer. The Ghost of Halloween Past chooses you from one of those rotating cages that bingo players use — the name escapes me. You perform a series of quests with increasing difficulty, only to face your final task. Write a book. Then bam! You’re a writer.

When writing I’m Glad You’re Dead did anything stand out as particularly challenging?   

I suck at editing, and I’ve had terrible luck with editors; but enough is enough. I recently hired five editors to tear my novella, Deliverance, apart. I paid their fees and told them they will be competing for my love. I’m calling it the Editor Games. Five enter; only one leaves. The rest will be executed by firing squad…or never used again. Definitely one or the other.

How did you come up with the story in I’m Glad You’re Dead?   

I have listened to over 200 books on Audible from amazing authors like Stephen King, Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Dennis E. Taylor, Richard Kadrey, Neil Gaiman, Keith C. Blackmore, and Craig Alanson. I pay attention to story structure and dissect things that make me go “holy sh*t! I loved that!” I’ve also watched hours of YouTube and Masterclass videos from authors who describe their entire process from story ideas to publishing. Over the past few years, I have tried several different methods before finding what works for me.

Magdenia (Author Interview)



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QJTX95Q/   

Magdenia looks like a great fantasy book.  Any plans to make it a series?

Well, because of the long storyline it would have been  difficult for me to cover it all in one book,so I decided to make it a series. Dont know how many though just yet.

What will readers get out of your book?  

The storyline is all about family and sticking together during hardships. Especially about mothers, who sometimes can be overprotective to keep their children safe and would go against anything and anyone who would hurt them.

What inspired you when writing Magdenia?

I was always into fantasy books and movies with fiction heroes. So, I would say that I actually wrote something that I would be interested in reading.

When did you decide to become a writer? 

Well, I was always fond of writing and when I was asked to help a friend with some ideas for his book, he convinced me to give it a try   as he believed I was imaginative. So, with his encouragement I started  writing Magdenia.

When writing Magdenia did anything stand out as particularly challenging?   

The most difficult part was trying to put together the storyline correctly without missing parts so as not to confuse the readers and at the same time trying to make it unpredictable.

How did you come up with the story in Magdenia?   

The Angels of Resistance (Publication Review)




The Angels of Resistance
HUGEOrange Publication Review

The Angels of Resistance is a fantasy novel set in a once prosperous world now devastated and at war with demons from hell. They are determined to destroy mankind and also retrieve those who are unwittingly demons like themselves. I found the world well-conceived and easy to imagine, and wow, it’s a vast one. The humans must band together despite ancient conflicts and current animosities if they have any chance of defeating the Demon Plague. The story opens with the battle that began in the city of Pommel moving on to the city of Tinaria where the king and queen reside. After an almost complete ruin of the city during the hellish night of attacks from flying demons, shadow demons, and other really terrifying entities, the heroes realize that this evil army can only fight at night. They strive to stay alive until daylight when they can regroup and figure out a plan.
The fighting went on, but Tinaria never surrendered. As fate would have it, the most beautiful and treasured light appeared like a lost hero returning to his children. With hell invading Tinaria, the wonderful glow upon the horizon slowly rose above the trees. Slight rays of light began to cover parts of the kingdom.  The light colored the towns beginning from the east and gradually draped the west. A natural occurrence, often taken for granted, became profoundly cherished.
There is a hero (of course!), Michael, who works to unite everyone, humans and magic users. He has some close allies, in particular, Predella, a huntress with a cool magical ability, and legendary hero Maxim, who has been revived from death to help save the world. They leave the town with some soldiers and others who have keys roles in the disaster. Thus, begins the quest to rid the world of the monsters and discover why it is all happening in the first place. The book is divided into two parts. Between the parts, the author offers a ‘Poetic Intermission’ which I found unique and pleasing. Here’s part:
Amidst the sea of courageous hope,
the wind did carry sail and rope.
As one, they embarked, friend and foe,
to challenge an evil born ages ago.

On the vessel was time for understanding—
to brake the hate long withstanding.
Over the days, no land in sight,
but angst and fear wrenched in the night.

The author, David V. Mammina, has done a good job of making the characters relatable through their personalities and flaws. He excels at action scenes, fights and close encounters. Those are sometimes mesmerizing in their detail and realism. The book is a long one, with many characters, many events and a very busy plot. It would be easy to get into this story and not put the book down for hours. A book like this deserves to be read in an unstoppable flow.

Finding Sgt Kent (Publication Review)




Finding Sgt. Kent
HUGEOrange Publication Review, Five Stars

Finding Sgt. Kent is a story about Robert Kent who finds that leaving military service in war-torn Afghanistan is not quite the relief and new beginning it should have been.  The book opens with him spending pointless days in a VA inpatient unit for soldiers with PTSD and other issues. After fruitless sessions with the doctor trying to help him, he finally agrees to discover how his life has led up to his dissatisfaction and angst. He sets out to discover who his father was, a man he never met and never discussed much with his late mother. The doctor feels that discovering more about himself and his origins may help him adjust better into regular civilian life. But he emerges from the hospital with a changed vision of life, country and himself.
I didn’t trust the scan codes in the grocery store, the few people on the bus at night who looked at their shoes, people who wouldn’t look you in the eye. The headline on the magazines at the checkout, the stories about Afghanistan on the radio, all full of spin that the country was growing ever more democratic, ready to sit at the table with the grownups. Every day the Taliban murdered more people. If you couldn’t hold a truth in your hand, like a bullet, it didn’t exist. You couldn’t trust anything.
Although PTSD drives the story, it is not the full story. Robert has to confront his past and accept who his father was to move forward with his life. He encounters some truly awful people who just reinforce his outlook and hone his anti-social viewpoint further. And his self-preservation and defensive instincts are always at the surface, influencing and flavoring his every move.

The Choice (Author Interview)





The Choice looks like a great inspirational work of fiction.  Any plans to make it into a series?

I don’t want to write never-ending series without a profound message, that’s why I'd rather put everything into one book that is well worth the wait. As I have been working on it for years, I am sure that I’ve done my work properly. On the other hand, I didn’t feel that the subject in The Choice was closed for me. Because of that I have been working for the last six years on my third book called Revolution which will provide a similar subject, but with a new concept, style of writing and characters. One thing remains the same – you will feel that you are there, you will think that you are the main character. I may not win any Nobel prizes for literature this year, but I can promise you that you won’t stop thinking about this story long afterwards.

What do you think makes a great inspirational work of fiction?

If you want to inspire others you need to squeeze everything out of yourself. They have to feel that you truly gave them your all at that time. You need to dig deep into your own personality, fight your biggest fears and show your biggest dreams. People just have to feel that you are there with them, and they are actually having a conversation with you.


You became a full-time writer just seven months ago. What are your next plans?

I want to introduce The Choice to the rest of the world. There is a beautiful message which can help lots of people out there in the same way as it did in my country. We all deserve to be happy. Of course, I am writing new stories. I can’t imagine my life without that. This year I will be starting my fourth book.

When did you decide to become a writer?

When I was a child, I loved stories, always was dreaming about something and wanted to share it with others, but I didn’t know at that time how to do it. When I grew up, I started to read books about personal growth, spirituality and happiness, and I realized that my parents didn’t tell me a lot of things. After school I started my blog, where I wrote 100+ articles in five years. In 2011 the inspiration for my first novel came to me. It was a very strong and strange feeling, so many ideas, that I had to start writing The Choice immediately. Now I know that writing is the best way to connect to my soul and share it with others. I am sure that everyone has their own unique way to communicate like this.