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. 

 

 

 

 

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)

  


www.jjthornbooks.com

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.