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 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


Death Clearinghouse won a science fiction award.  Can you tell us a little about that?
A friend advised me to enter the largest sci-fi contest in the world. I hadn’t entered any contest before, so to make a good showing I spent years studying craft books and editing.

Being that the Writers of the Future contest is judged by science fiction greats that I grew up reading, I wanted to give it my best shot. I feel honored to win the coveted Semi-Finalist Award, in the top 16 out of thousands of entries. This encourages me to keep writing.

Any plans to turn the book into a series?
Definitely! I envision many adventures in my mind with the spunky main characters, Geronimo and Bobcat. I admire the Apache spirit, and it tickles me to turn them loose in the afterlife.

What will readers get out of your book?
Great question! In Death Clearinghouse, readers will get a wild romp through the afterlife, led by fearless heroes. After all, we’re all going to face it one day. So I imagine there may be sincere interest.

People tell me my stories are tinged with a surreal quality.

Overall, my focus is giving readers a sensual experience with a satisfying emotional payoff.

What inspired you when writing Death Clearinghouse?
As a natural doctor working in ten countries, I've met many delightful people who inspire me. And in my stories, I strive to remain true to the voice of each culture. In the series "Death Clearinghouse," that's the awe-inspiring Native Americans of the Southwest.

The indomitable attitude of the Apache Indians is enough to inspire anyone. Also, I echo a lot of Bobcat’s sentiments. For example, he disdains the memory-wipe that comes with death. And he wants to make things better for everyone going through this ordeal. However, being a newcomer to his job in the afterlife, he makes some hilarious mistakes.

Also, my Dad’s reaction to the story inspired me to publish it. He told me, “Honey, reading this makes me feel less nervous about dying. Now I know there are regular people up there; they eat, they have jobs.” Obviously, I dedicated the book to him.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I started writing sci-fi stories at 12 years old. So much in love with my discovery of science fiction books! But at that time, I never heard of craft books and neither internet nor amazon existed. So without guidance, that passion slept like a dormant volcano for some decades until it burst forth recently.

When writing Death Clearinghouse did anything stand out as particularly challenging?
I could say everything was challenging in those first years! I had everything to learn about crafting a marketable story, what today’s market wants, how to write a scene that would appeal to all learning styles. I’ve been on a steep learning curve, but the good thing is I like it all. What’s challenging for me now is how to reach readers.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I’ve taken up painting! As an unexpected bonus, I find that painting helps me tune in to more subtle details around me. Like, the yellow and pink colors in clouds, the wavy reflections in water.

That carries over into my writing descriptions, which one of my mentors commented “are to die for.” (small pun)

Where can readers find out more about your work?
a.AMAZON: Follow me on Amazon
b.AMAZON: Download Death Clearinghouse: The Novelette free on Amazon and collect the free raucous bonus story inside (to join my newsletter)
c.WEBSITE: Check out my developing website

Horror Poetry (Author Interview)

Horror Poetry looks like a unique book that contains both scary stories and poems. You have a collection of similar themed books, what sets this one apart?
It was the first, it was written over several years, so the work is well planned out and I believe features two of my best short stories. I think if people would like Horror Poetry, then Scary Poetry (which comes out later this month) is a good follow up. I really did enjoy writing the poems as well. It gave me a much-needed diversion from my frenetic and often chaotic life.

How did you come up with stories and poems in Horror Poetry?
 I drew the short stories from real-life. Gone Before Me is pretty much a story that grew from a car accident. One early morning, I hit a deer that darted out in front of my vehicle. The deer lived, but in the inky blackness of the morning I turned off the lights and just listened. Then this crazy idea came to me. It just might work, I thought. It did. Bride of the Lake was about something I read online one day after I heard of a person drowning. The ideas just raced from then on.

What will readers get out of your book?
I think for their dollar it will be a fun ride. I tried to amp up the Suspense and make it more a Thriller in parts. From what people who’ve read it told me, I succeeded in my attempt to entertain.

What inspired you when writing Horror Poetry?
It wasn’t done intentionally. I just began writing poems while waiting in the parking lot for my sons at school. Eventually, it bubbled over to short stories. I merged them together to complete a simple theme. I have always been a big aficionado of Horror. I remember in my youth watching horror movies when I was a kid every Friday and Saturday night. One of my first books as a teen was Stephen King’s “Carrie”, followed by “’Salems Lot”. Both exceptional work even to this day.

When did you decide to become a writer?
Writers write. I write poetry. So, does that make me a writer or an author? What’s the difference? I think it was around 2001 when I got serious about writing and really pushed myself to write grammatically correct sentences. My wife always told me it lacked the emotion and power that some authors pack into their words. I read more and took classes. Ultimately, I found my way there, but it wasn’t as fast as I’d like.

When writing Horror Poetry did anything stand out as particularly challenging?
Time is always an issue. We never have enough and when we find free time, there is always something or someone else who occupies it. I get frustrated knowing I have a million ideas but until the kids go to sleep or until I wake up do, I truly have “free time” to write. That is when I write best. I am up with the spirits haunting my laptop with frightfully dreadful things. Also, I am older so what frightens me at my age, won’t frighten someone younger. The closer to the grave you get the more you realize that time is of the essence.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I am an artist type. That means that I have an insatiable urge to be creative. It doesn’t always have to be poetry or short stories. It can be painting or playing my guitar. Just something to feed the creative pangs that constantly badger me to do something constructive with my time. I am a father and husband so that occupies quite a lot of my time. I am also a full-time employee too. So, I work a regular job as well as write. Indie authors live a lean life, and at this point there is no way I could do this full-time unless I won the lottery. I am a realist too, I think that it shows.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
Readers interested in my work or knowing more about my work can visit my website (always a work in progress). The url is My books can be found on Amazon. I am also on social media but have a small presence there presently. There is only so much time to do all of the necessities to promote a book successfully, so I pick my battles accordingly. Thanks for the interview, I am grateful for this opportunity and appreciate any feedback you wish to share.


Night Whisperers! (Author Interview)

‘Night Whisperers!’ is the third book in the Rick O’Neil and Ted Troutman series.  Can you tell us a little about the title and what night whisperers are?  

“Night Whisperers!” was the hardest and most personal book I’ve written. “Night Whisperers!” deals with two main themes. The first theme is PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. I believe that every veteran that has experience combat, has PTSD. Some handle it well and live normal lives, while other veterans are paralyzed by PTSD, and require medication, therapy, and even electrical shock therapy. Sadly, after Vietnam the Veterans Administration was ill-prepared to help these veterans.

The second theme is how returning Vietnam Veterans were treated upon returning home. Thanks to the media and Hollywood portraying us as drug-addicted baby killers we were spat upon, physically attacked and treated with hostility. There is an incident in “Night Whisperers!” where Rick is denied free tuition. This incident actually happened to me and we did march on the college registrar’s office.

The way we were treated, is a national disgrace and has scarred many Vietnam Veterans. It took nearly fifty years before the government and the public began showing some respect and now everyone is tripping over themselves trying to make up for treating us badly so many years ago. For many veterans, it is too little and too late.

How comparable is Rick’s adjustment to civilian life to your own experiences?

Fortunately, I wasn’t subject to some of the abuse that many veterans were. As I did mention in the first question, I was part of a group of veterans that stormed the registrar’s office demanded free tuition and we almost threw the registrar out of a window, fortunately, he was saved by the Dean of Students. After that incident, we formed our own veterans fraternity. The word got around not to mess with us and we were left alone. There were still hostile stares and cold shoulders, but mainly I think the students were afraid of us.

There was another time when I was told by a World War II Veteran, “You guys didn’t fight in a real war.” The VFW didn’t accept us into their ranks, because we fought in an undeclared war. Because of this. I like other Vietnam Vets kept a low profile. So, it wasn’t just the college students who saw us as outcasts. We didn’t wear our uniform or talk about our involvement in the war, except with other ‘Nam’ Vets. One of the promises that a lot of my fellow Vietnam Veterans have made is that never again will our nation treat returning veterans the way we were treated.

How does the 3rd book differ from the other two?

As I mentioned this book is much more personal and harder to write. Each of my books in the Rick O’Neil - Ted Troutman Series has some real-life experiences from my past. However, “Night Whisperers!” really did open up old wounds.

The reason I wrote the book is that a number of my readers wanted to know about Rick and Ted’s experiences when they returned from Vietnam. I hadn’t planned on writing about it, but upon reflection thought it would help fill in some gaps in their history, fill out Rick and Ted’s character profile and explain why they are the way they are.

Although difficult to write, I am glad I did write it. It served as a sort of therapy for me and from the responses, I have so far, both non-veteran readers and veterans, readers enjoy it.

There is a Klu Klux Klan scene in the book, can you tell us a little about racial tensions after the war?

As an old history teacher, I believe that the late 1960s and early 1970s were some of the most traumatic times in our country’s history. Cities and college campuses were in flames. Martin Luther King & Bobbie Kennedy were assassinated. This and the Vietnam War protests combined to make this period one of our nation’s worst.

Racial tensions were very high in the Sixties. Despite the progress that was being made with the Civil Rights Act, segregation was still common in many Southern & Northern Cities. The assassination of Martin Luther King in March 1968 was the spark that enflamed Blacks. There were violent protests in nearly all the major cities. National Guard troops were sent to restore peace.

The Klu Klux Klan openly held rallies. I grew up in the North and remembered having Black children in our schools and on our sports teams. We really didn’t think much of it and just accepted them as part of our community/school. I, of course, knew about the problems in the South, but even in the service, I did not see the kind of hatred and discrimination that was common in Southern States.

To Hold the Throne: A Novel of the Last Maccabee Princess and King Herod the Great


Historical figures and events meet page-turning fiction in Joni Okun's compelling debut novel. To Hold the Throne breathes life into the extraordinary story of King Herod the Great and Mariamne, the last Maccabee Princess, told in alternating points of view. 
Fueled by shifting political tides in Rome, the Triumvir Marc Antony disrupts the longstanding Maccabee Dynasty of Judea when he crowns Mariamne's new husband, Herod the Great, as King, setting off a firestorm of power-grabbing, betrayal, and tragedy in the quest for the ultimate prize: the throne.
Mariamne never surrenders her belief that her brother Aris, scion of the royal line descending from King David, is the rightful King of Judea. She wrestles with her conscience and with family expectations about how far she is willing to go to oust her husband the king, who loves her with great passion even as he grows increasingly paranoid about her fidelity and suspicious of her disloyalty. 
When a Maccabee family member is found murdered, Mariamne is thrown into a whirlwind of accusations and terror. 

Da Nang Damned! (Author Interview)

“Da Nang Damned!’ is the 1st book in your O’Neil - Troutman action-adventure series.  Do you recommend reading the books in order or are they all standalone?

No, each book stands on its own, as the main storyline is different in each book. There may be a reference or two to events that occur in “Da Nang Damned!” however, these don’t interrupt the storyline.
I actually intended, to only write one book, it was readers’ positive comments after reading “Da Nang Damned!” that persuaded me to turn it into a series.

What kind of character is O’Neil?

Rick O’Neil is the kind of person we all strive to be. He’s honest, loyal, and although conflicted over events and mistakes he has made is determined to do the right thing.
Rick is by nature stoic and someone who keeps his emotions bottled up tight. This is one of his strengths, and a major weakness, as Rick tends to shut out those he loves.
In creating the two main characters Rick and Ted, I wanted to have two men who although polar opposites, form a strong bond of friendship. I think the differences between Rick and Ted make for a more interesting story.

You pulled a lot from your personal experiences.  Tell us a little about that.

Well, I was always told to write about what you know. My experiences in Vietnam and how returning veterans were stereotyped in the media and Hollywood have scarred a lot of veterans. Each Vietnam veteran has been affected differently and I tried to reflect that in my book.

 Vietnam serves as a backdrop to the story. The book isn’t so much about the war as the effects of the war on the four main characters.

I guess you could say writing “Da Nang Damned!” has been a sort of therapy for me. In 2014, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I was told the cancer was caused by Agent Orange. Agent Orange is a toxic chemical that was sprayed from planes over Vietnamese jungles in an effort to kill the vegetation. American servicemen and Vietnamese were exposed to this defoliant. Currently, there are fourteen diseases ranging from cancers to Parkinson’s which are caused by exposure to Agent Orange. I say it took me fifty years to write “Da Nang Damned!” and in a way, that is true. I always wanted to write a novel and it was the idea that even after all those years that Vietnam was still playing havoc with my life that compelled me to write.

I also lived in northern New Hampshire, so I’m familiar with the area, the lakes, towns, and mountains. Because New Hampshire and Canada share a common border, and because much of the border is remote and heavily wooded it makes a great backdrop for my stories, opening up a lot of possibilities.

The image on the back of the book of the airplane, does it hold any specific meaning?

Yes and thanks for asking, the photo is one I took on January 18, 1968, as we were boarding a Navy C-141 at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. It was a cold, blustery, snowy morning. Twenty-six hours later, we would land in Da Nang, Vietnam and walk out into a hot, steaming airfield tarmac. It was quite a shock.

I was originally going to use the photo of the plane for the cover but opted instead for the map of Vietnam.

You donate a portion of the profits to veteran charities.  That’s amazing.  Your readers can also donate directly.  What are the top two charities you would like to mention here?

Right now, I am donating a portion of my books’ profits to a local organization called the Carroll County Veterans Independence Project. This project is one of the first in the nation whose goal is to provide housing and training to returning veterans and assist them in transitioning back to civilian life. Currently, CCVIP is searching for a suitable facility to house and train the veterans. For more information, you can visit

Will there be a third book or another series started?

I just finished and published on Amazon, “Night Whisperers!” This book takes place in 1972. A number of readers asked that I write a book about how the guys coped with all the turmoil in the United States after returning home. “Da Nang Damned!” and “Death Is Never Pretty!” focuses on the present day. Night Whisperers!, fills in the gap between the men’s Vietnam tour and the present and deals with how Rick and Ted adjust to civilian life and the challenges they faced. Here is a brief description:

“After Vietnam, Rick was eager to forget about what he’d seen on the battlefield and go back to living a normal life. But upon returning home, he soon discovers it isn’t that simple. Haunted by the images of the past, and the incessant voices he calls the ‘Night Whisperers’, the memories of war color his every waking moment. With his marriage crumbling and his anger rising, Rick takes to the road in search of answers.”

I have at least one more book planned in the series and I am also working on a Western about an older Texas Ranger.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?  

To learn more about my books and to purchase one they can go to Readers can also visit my Facebook Page @ Peter A. Turner - Author.