Unbroken Silence (Author Interview)

 




 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09PCBG1DD/

Unbroken Silence looks like a great fictional book from the cold war era. What can you tell us about it?

It is a fictional book, but it is based on numerous actual events from this era. I am not making any claims that this book is completely correct, but with a bit of imagination, you could choose to read it as a theory of what went down in the Baltic Sea in the early 1980s.

 

What inspired you when writing Unbroken Silence?

I have had the idea of using this already exciting story as a basis for a novel since I left the submarine service in Sweden in 1998. As if the simple facts about what happened in the Baltic Sea in the 1980s are not exciting enough. When you add decades of debate, missing evidence and contradicting theories, the real story about this is absolutely fascinating, even without an author's imagination.

If you don't believe me, type "Whiskey on the rocks + submarine" into your search field and try not to be intrigued about what you find. This was Sweden's "Cuban missile crisis" and is described in the book's introduction.

In 2021, I found myself with six weeks between commitments, which turned out to be enough to pen the first, rough draft of what has now become "Unbroken Silence".

   

Is this a standalone book, or do you have plans for a series?

It started as a standalone book and ended as a book that will require at least one more to close out some of the issues that arise. I think that is suitable, not only based on what happens in the book but also that the issues of submarines in the Baltic Sea in the 1980s still are without a resolution, at least in the general public's eye.

 

How did you come up with the story and ideas in Unbroken Silence

I have used a lot of actual events about what happened. U-137 actually ran aground in Sweden in 1981. The sketch described in the book depicts an existing drawing. Evidence has actually gone missing as well. The list is long. I have tried weaving events together in a way that turns them into a complete story, explaining what happened and why.

I tried to plot the complete story first but did not progress at all. I then abandoned the plotting with a late-night inspiration from a Stephen King YouTube video and just went for it. I wrote the chapters in the order they appear, plotting with bullet points about one or two chapters in advance with no firm view of how this would end.

Needless to say, I loved it. Writing a story where you, the author, do not know how it will end is a somewhat weird feeling, but it was a lot of fun.

 

This happened forty years ago. Do you think the content is still relevant?

From a military standpoint, who operated in Swedish waters in the 80s is probably less interesting. I wouldn't know, but I would be very surprised if not both sides (Warzaw pact and NATO) have been sniffing around in the area. And as you say, who cares forty years later?

From a political perspective, I think it is still relevant to work out what happened. If, as some theories state, this was NATO posing as Soviet vessels to drive a political agenda, and it turns out that the Swedish military or opposition was aware. That is basically conspiring against the government and would be a major political issue, even today.

 

Do you think we will ever know what happened?

I don't know, but I hope so. It all has a 70-year confidentiality stamp so lets see if we are any wiser thirty years from now. Former Swedish Prime minister Carl Bildt was part of this back in the 80s and he did decline to be interviewed when the last commission looked into this in 2001. Maybe we could politely ask him again.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Unbroken Silence?

Keeping the timing and movements in order. Every scene has a time and place recorded. It helped me keep track of things, and I hope it will help the readers. However, it also required me to be careful when shifting times somewhat or referring to a time or place in the text.

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am not that interesting. I was born and raised on the Swedish island of Gotland. 19 years later, I was drafted and served on the Swedish submarine named after my island, the HMS Gotland. I was close to pursuing a career in the Navy but decided not to in the end. Mostly that was due to budgets. I had a feeling that the military was on a downward trajectory, and I would not be invested in. I don't know if I was right, but I did not regret leaving.

However, I kept a keen interest in submarines and what happened in the 1980s. Reading about it has been a hobby during my work-life and moved with me from Sweden to Switzerland to Australia.

I am keen to keep writing the next book on this topic, picking up where the first one left off almost.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Best sources would be to either look me up on Linkedin or to visit henrikekstrom.com

 

 

 

 

BASH: Love, Madness, and Murder (Author Interview)

  




https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09HQ2X7Q8/

BASH: Love, Madness, and Murder looks like a great thriller.  What can you tell us about Ashley?

Ashley Roper is a native son of Charleston, SC. He is a decorated veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. In civilian life he becomes a writer, but the flashbacks of war lead to nightmares and alcohol. After writing a successful memoir of his experiences, he enters recovery and starts his own weekly tabloid. His ever patient wife, Sally J has stuck with him through his personal trials at some personal cost to her. He tests her again by planning to enter a nearby hospital for the criminally insane undercover as a patient. What could possibly go wrong he tells her. Read the story and find out.

 

Can you tell us a little about the plot?

Ash enters the hospital with the help of reluctant security chief Lyle Dawkins who wants to get to the bottom of the causes of mishaps, injuries, a murder, and drugs entering the hospital grounds. Unforeseen circumstances lead to Ash being stuck in the hospital as a real patient. Sally J calls on high powered Charleston attorney and former lover Roswell Chamblee to help spring Ash. Bureaucratic roadblocks, legal complications, and unresolved romantic issues complicate the process. Hard drinking, blues playing psychiatrist “Doc” Kerrigan knows the difference between a reporter and a patient but ends up in the middle of the dilemma himself. In the meantime, Hurricane Cleo heads toward the Carolina coast which catches everyone off guard.

 

Any plans for a series?

“Doc” Kerrigan may appear again as a psychiatric sleuth teaming up with Ash who knows how to dig for a story.

 

How did you come up with the story in BASH: Love, Madness, and Murder?

I am a practicing psychiatrist who in the past was chief of staff of a large facility for the criminally insane. Although BASH: Love, Madness, and Murder is fiction, my experience with the criminally insane informed the story. Also, I lived many years along the South Carolina coast which influenced the locale and color of my writing

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing BASH: Love, Madness, and Murder?

Mentally ill people who commit crimes do bad things but they also have a human side and are deserving of compassion as well. It was important to find that balance.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I still see patients although not full time anymore. Also I like to play the piano, especially the blues, just like Doc Kerrigan, although I don’t drink as much.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

I have another recently published novel, Finding Lorena, which is a time travel adventure and romance. The premise is an unhappy middle aged school teacher is hit by a car in downtown Charleston and wakes up 30 years earlier as his younger self. Young again, he seeks to right the wrongs of his past and find the woman who was to be his true love but was tragically taken from him.

 

 

 

Catalyst (Author Interview)

 



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B095PYQZRZ/

Catalyst looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about it?

It’s about a woman who has a terrible accident and has to deal with a terrible personal loss and ongoing medical issues that are affecting her mind. She feels as though she is going crazy, but it turns out there is much more going on!

 

Congratulations on winning the Readers’ Favorite award.  Can you tell us about it?

Readers’ Favorite is a website that reviews all sorts of books. I was lucky enough to be included in their enormous catalog of reviews as well as receive a 5-star review from one of their staff. It’s a huge honor for me and I am so glad to have some validation that the book and story are good.

 

What inspired you when writing Catalyst?   

I have been fascinated with the concept of the möbius strip being related to time travel for some time. I workshopped a bunch of different possible storylines and approaches, but nothing really seemed to fit the way I wanted. Then it came to me one day that it isn’t so much about the concept (which I still think is cool) as it is about the people.

 

Can you tell us a little about Taylor?

Taylor is flawed. She was stuck in her life before the accident, but she didn’t really recognize that. Having lost both of her parents when she was relatively young, she is still a child in a lot of ways. She is selfish and dramatic, but she has a good heart. She just doesn’t clearly see her flaws when the story begins, so she can’t figure out how to work on them. When she starts to figure out what is going on with her, she has to address her desires as well as her flaws.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Catalyst?

I saw this as a one-off story. That is what I write, normally, so this was initially going to be the same. When I finished it, I sent it off to my beta readers and editors and sat back for the bit of respite between sending a book out and starting the work on the edit. I woke up in a panic one night because I had this horrible feeling that the story wasn’t over. Taylor wasn’t done. The end was too easy, and it didn’t feel like the end. So, the next day, I spoke with my editor and my marketer and told them I was freaking out because I think the story is really a trilogy. Everyone who read it agreed (except my dad, who said “Where can you go from here?” but changed his tune after he read book two and is now pestering me for book 3.) The biggest trouble with this revelation is that I had to go back and change Catalyst to fit with the larger narrative. There were things I had to change about the outline, which is a nightmare when you have a finished book. Usually, I spend three months on just the outline, then 1-2 writing the first draft. So, I take my outlines VERY seriously. I was going to release Catalyst in January of this year, but that one revelation pushed my schedule back four months. That was particularly hard.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I enjoy creative endeavors of all sorts. I have an MFA in photography, so I like to make images and play around with film and alternative processes – like tin types, cyanotypes, Van Dyke Browns – and of course just photograph the world around me. I have been a college professor for a decade, but jobs are slim right now because of the pandemic. So, I turned back to my good friend writing. I have also taken a drawing course on Udemy and am learning character drawing, and for the last month I have been frantically sewing to make my sons’ Halloween costumes. They wanted to be a witherstorm and a pokemon. So, I have my hands full – and my creative mind is pushed to its limit!

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

All of my books – including my technical photography books – are on amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=amanda+quintenz-fiedler&crid=3HVYA8GLNNH2&sprefix=Amanda+Quintenz-Fiedler%2Caps%2C114&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_1_23

I also have a website: amandaquintenz.com

And my publisher has a website: ravenandquailpress.com

You can also find my bio and other stuff on BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/amanda-quintenz-fiedler

And I have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaQuintenzFiedlerAuthor/?ref=pages_you_manage

I am personally most active on Facebook, but I have blogs and other stuff linked to various accounts!

 

Thank you so much for your interest in Catalyst: Book 1 of The Möbius Syndrome Trilogy!

 

 

Tomorrows End: The path of a savior (Author Interview)




https://www.amazon.com/dp/0615852378/

Tomorrow's End looks like an exciting science fiction story.  Can you tell us a little about Kevin Knight?

Kevin represents the everyman but also the sort of savior character.

 

How many books do you have planned for the series?

I have several books planned in the series. I would say at least 4. But I also have planned other side books that are connected to the series.

 

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

The cover somewhat not literal but represents symbols of what the book is about.

I designed it myself with the help of a couple of artists.

 

What inspired you when writing Tomorrow's End?   

I suppose certain philosophical ideas inspired me during the process.

 

What motivated you to become a writer?

I had story that i had in my head that I felt like I needed to tell.

One of the notions in life is this idea that "life is not fair." This book covers the idea that "what if life was fair?"

 

How did you come up with the story in Tomorrow's End?

It was a book I started in my first year of high school. Over the years i collected a bunch of ideas that made it what it is today.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Tomorrow's End?

Trying to fit a bunch of information in so you understand the ideas while also working on pacing. The point of this book is to be first entertaining and 2nd to understand deep ideas so that the concepts stay with you. I like stories that are both multi layered and entertaining.

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

Studying philosophy, watching movies, and playing video games.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

You can find out all you need to know at grmorrisbooks.com

You can subscribe and you won't get spammed constantly. As a matter of fact I dont have much time to do emails.

 

 

Octavia (Author Interview)

  


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09JRGSD4P/

How long did it take you to write Octavia?

Writing Octavia took me 2 years

 

What inspired you when writing Octavia?     

My dreams I was having


How many books do you have planned for the series?

At least 4


What will readers get out of your book?

To escape in a fantasy world and come along Octavia journey


What motivated you to become a writer?

I have always had a passion for writing


How did you come up with the story in Octavia?

A bunch of dreams put together


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Octavia?

Trying to not give away the ending

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a mother of 5 wonderful children. I live in sunny Florida. I love reading and writing books

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

I am setting up a website!

 

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The Horvitz Virus: At the Eleventh Hour, Together We Heal, Divided We Perish (Author Interview)


The Horvitz Virus looks like an exciting suspense story.  Can you tell us a little about Andy and Jasper?

It is a very exciting suspense story with many unexpected twists and turns and a strong positive message of unity, empathy, love and respect for one another. 

Andy and Jasper are the central characters of the story, as children they lived in the same town and attended the same school.  However, their socio-economic, racial and cultural circumstances are completely opposite.  Ironically, as adults they meet again but this time they must work together and put all differences aside to save the world from the worst pandemic ever in the history of mankind. 

If you want to get a sense for the book you have to check out the video trailer: https://jo.my/horvitztrailer1

 

Any plans to turn it into a series?

Not at this time. I have some ideas on additional topics of interest I’d like to work on first. I think that the story delivers the message of unity, empathy, respect and inclusion in a thrilling and exciting way perfectly as is. 

 

How long did it take you to write The Horvitz Virus?

Honestly, not sure. My concept of time these days is completely off, all of 2020 felt like a very long and endless Monday. In 2021 I am still trying to adjust and go back to normality and yet it feels like the weeks and years have just blended all together­ but for the record I’ll go with 6 months.

 

What inspired you when writing The Horvitz Virus?   

Certainly, this past year provided some good content as we have all been living through such an unimaginable experience together. As a result, and upon so much chaos and uncertainly, it was also a time to reflect and think about things in new ways.

Therefore, it felt like a good time to channel that energy to pull together creative threads and stitch it together in a way that offers a different perspective.

 

When did you decide to become a writer?

It just happened.  This past year has really reframed a lot for me, and the timing just felt right to tell this story. Having the technology available and accessible was also a motivator. The democratization of the publishing process provides so many opportunities and exchange of ideas globally.  This was an amazing experience from which I learned a lot from.

 

How did you come up with the story in The Horvitz Virus?

I have spent a lot of time thinking about the challenges that we were all facing and are still facing collectively and how we are all so interconnected.  It has become more evident than ever that, in order to solve global problems, we must come up with global solutions and see each other as collaborators playing important roles in making the world a better place.

I also drew from experiences from my childhood, the work I do today and my personal interests in finding solutions despite all odds, often in unexpected places to tell this story in a way that people can relate.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Horvitz Virus?

Obviously, we are not in the clear from this pandemic. So, knowing that in the backdrop was a challenge. It’s been quite remarkable to see just how vulnerable we are to something like this. We are not as superhuman as we think, the irony is that given the global health, climate threats, and massive political disinformation that we face, the biggest threat that we face is the increased polarization, division, and lack of empathy for one another. 

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

I am an entrepreneur at heart and therefore I am constantly learning and finding new ways to “up” my game.  I love to solve problems, and push myself both physically and mentally in the process of mastering new skills as well as helping others do the same.  I truly enjoy the process far more than the destination.

I am also very passionate about the online marketing space because it allows anyone to reach global audiences instantly.  I have received numerous requests to share my Silicon Valley experience in business and internet marketing to help others start their digital entrepreneurial journeys.  I have been blessed with an outstanding career filled with amazing and valuables experiences working for and consulting for some of the best technology companies in the world collaborating alongside the top tech minds of the planet.  I was able to thrive and succeed in this highly competitive environment by creating systems, designing and implementing strategies that generated over a billion dollars in revenue.  For as impressive as it sounds, the real beauty is that these are simple strategies that can be applied and implemented by anyone in a very cost-efficient way resulting in highly successful businesses.  It is for this reason that I have received so many requests to teach and share this knowledge and insights.

Since I really get energized by helping others, I am seriously considering spilling the beans and sharing all of those “success secrets” that tech companies and digital entrepreneurs don’t want anyone to know. 

Having said the above, what I enjoy doing the most is spending time with my family, going on road trips and other family adventures and playing a lot of sports together. 

I am also very passionate and involved in work related to DEI and social justice, I have been very fortunate to have lived a life of privilege in so many ways, and feel the need and urge to give back by helping those less fortunate have a voice, so that they are included and not only accepted but welcomed and respected for who they are.

Needless to say all of these things keep me pretty busy!

 

What makes you happy?

Spending time with my loved ones, being in the present moment, helping others, and standing up for what is right.  By the same token, I find fulfillment when I answer positively the following questions that I ask myself every night: Did I give my best and lived to my highest potential today? Did I do and defended what is right today? And finally, Did I treat others with love and empathy in the process?

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

By subscribing here https://jo.my/stayconnected  everyone can stay connected and be notified first about new ebooks, audiobooks, articles and all kind of cool and interesting content.

Call Me Lawless (Author Interview)

  


 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1667105434/

Call Me Lawless looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about Savannah?

I think my readers would find the book very exciting. Savannah Lincoln is a high profile criminal attorney. She’s  a woman of principles who has worked extremely hard to become who she is. She loves her family and will do anything to protect them.

 

Any plans to turn it into a series?

That’s a great question. Yes it’s a three part series.


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

I knew exactly what I wanted in the cover base on the story and title. A blinded lady justice signifies the blind eyes that is sometimes needed for people to receive justice.

 

What inspired you when writing Call Me Lawless?   

I always knew what I wanted to write about. It’s been in my head for a very long time. I thought of the idea because when I was a child I was almost kidnapped, the guy got away. And that bothered me. Knowing that he was still out there.

 

What motivated you to become a writer?

For my twelfth birthday, my mom bought me a book called Wind in the willows. I thought it was a beautiful story.  Mind you I didn’t like school. But always has a live for books. Not even my beat friend knew that.


How did you come up with the story in Call Me Lawless?

Haha well, I have a very dark sense of humor. I believe in equality for all. I don’t want to give the book away, but women can be badasses too.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Call Me Lawless?

Nothing particular. I experienced times of writers block like any other writer. Ideas would come to me at the strangest times. A lot of the book was written after waking up in the middle of the night.

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a homebody type of person. I enjoy my alone time. I like dark books and movies. Most of all I love being a mom.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Lulu.com, Amazon, B&N.

 

 

Enter the Light: Overcoming the Darkness (Author Interview)

  


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09GMTXTWV/

Enter the Light looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about James Stevens?

James Stevens is the main character in the story. The story begins with James in jail and totally at a loss on how he ended up there. I wanted James to be a hard-working guy who was trying to do all the right things but somehow end up in trouble that he couldn’t explain.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

Well that really depends on how well the audience takes to Enter the Light and if they demand more.

 

How long did it take you to write Enter the Light?

It took me a long time to write Enter the Light because it was a different type of book and a different style of writing for me as an author. I normally write nonfiction books where I can share my experience and knowledge regarding the subject matter of a book. This is a fictional story which is a totally different style of writing.

 

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

The cover is actually a follow on to my previous book “The Battle is on!” The Angel and the Demonic figure are meant to illustrate the Spiritual War that takes place between good and evil.

 

What inspired you when writing Enter the Light?   

I wanted to share a story about how common everyday people can be influenced and, in some cases, attacked by demonic forces. The primary purpose of this story is to entertain but I also want to force people to actually think of how they live and what forces could possibly be influencing their thoughts.

 

How did you come up with the story in Enter the Light?

What makes Enter the Light unique is that it is a follow up of a previous book I wrote entitled “The Battle is On!” The Battle is On was written to teach the reader about spiritual warfare. Once the book was completed, I had the thought. “What if I create a story to illustrate the principle in this book?” That was the birth of Enter the Light.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Enter the Light?

The most challenging thing in this writing was dialogue because I normally write nonfiction books. Creating characters and the dialogue between those characters was challenging.

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

I am retired from the military after 20 years of service and I am also retired from all of my other activities as an Instructional Systems Specialist, Corporate Trainer, Curriculum Developer, and Training Evaluator.  So, when I am not writing I am relaxing and enjoying life and retirement. I still get involved in a variety of projects, but it is at my leisure.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

If you want general information about my writings, you can always go to my Amazon Profile at https://www.amazon.com/Lance-Dickson/e/B077JJ2DGW

 

But if you want more detailed information you can go to my electronic portfolio at http://eport.online/lance_dickson.html

Mirror Mash (Author Interview)

  


https://www.almiteeworks.com

Mirror Mash looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about Jordan?

Jordan is a 14 year old boy, that is trying to cope the best way he knows how during a global pandemic.  He has become more and more introverted.  He is rebellious to his mom and to make matter worse his father disappeared while working on a cure for the pandemic.


Mirror Mash looks like it’s a relatable story for today's youth.  What age group was the book written for? 

I wrote the book for my grandson and my son, and both are 14.  I wanted to target kids between 10-14.

 

Any plans to turn it into a series?

I am contemplating that now.  More than likely it will be a series.


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

I work with an amazing illustrator.  I give her the story and she designs the illustrations according to the story.  She gets the vision

 

What inspired you when writing Mirror Mash?   

This story speaks to what the kids have been going through since the pandemic. Some kids were introverted and staying in their rooms prior to the pandemic.  But I am a witness to my grandson and son staying in their rooms losing themselves in videos games.

 

How did you come up with the story in Mirror Mash?

When I was going through titles Mirror Mash stuck out for me, and my son loved it.

 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Mirror Mash?

No really.  I knew what I wanted to write. I had it written down.  I worked with a editor/story writer to bring it home.

 

What do you like to do when not writing?

I work. I have worked for over 25 years for the federal government.  I also love to jog and spend time with my family.

 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

They can visit my website almiteeworks.com. the books that I have written are sold there. Also, I have another book I wrote called “I Can Potty Train With Princess Cali Reign”. It was written for my granddaughter. It is also for sale on the website.  I have a book coming out during Christmas.  It is amazing.