Author Interview with Alex G. Zarate

Alex G. Zarate

Long (LONG) ago, Alex was born somewhere in Texas when a rip in space/time opened a dimensional rift that nearly wiped out all of humanity. (It might have been a little different but he was newborn and hadn’t thought to take notes.)

Alex writes books, creates worlds and ventures forth to take pictures of this planet he shares with you kind co-inhabitants of this lovely blue orb.  (Thank you for that. Y’all are great!)  It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so when he posts online, this is always at the forefront of his mind.  Some of the words he uses are shared wisdom and others are hopeful insights.

Feel free to check out the Instagram link below.  (Don’t be afraid.  It won’t bite.) 

Alex also likes to draw and illustrate his books.  He is constantly crafting stories in his head when he should be paying attention to the road.  But until he can stop time, (This is on his “To-do” list)  he will make do with the allotted hours at his disposal.

Despite the limited time span of each day and the grim reaper trying to sneak up on him whenever he gets distracted by shiny things, Alex follows his passions.

Most of all, he creates.

Whether it is the next book in a series, a blog topic to cover, a new place to take pictures that he just can’t get out of his head or new illustrations that continue to prompt him for more tweaking, Alex seeks out new and creative ways of expressing himself.

In the meantime, Alex travels to distant worlds, fights monsters on a bi-weekly basis, peers into alternate dimensions when they grab his attention and once in a while, when the inclination is upon him… he saves the world.

It’s a hobby.

Alex sleeps between blinks or when his eyes close unexpectedly.

He and Snoopy have word sprints for fun on weekends and holidays

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Massol, a small town on the moon.  No, not this one.  Around Saturn.  Nice little place but pricey.  I like it here more.  Better sunsets, interesting people.  Plus, the air is free!

Why do you write?

It’s a calling. I’m a creative. Writing is part of who I am.

What do you write about?

Other worlds, mysteries, fighting darkness and reaching for the light

Do you have a specific writing style?

My style falls somewhere between Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury and Edgar Allen Poe

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

Mostly allocating time to the task. Scheduling is key to any creative lifestyle.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

That my book was the best thing to come along when they needed help with overcoming life’s challenges.

How long have you been writing?

All my life

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

When I realized books were written by people

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

Mostly I write at night. I do some writing during the day but I write well into midnight every night.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I like to have classical music playing, a snack on hand and coffee or tea to sip

How long does it take to write a book?

Some have taken months and others, years. It varies depending on the project.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Read lots and write more.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? The challenge of describing what I see in my head. When the story is taking shape, I want to follow it full steam but describing every scene and character turns a complicated scene into a project in itself.

What do you think makes a good story?

Good characters, relatable situations and a worthwhile struggle by the end.

What does your family think of your writing?

My family always discouraged me from writing until I became a published author.

Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

I want you all to enjoy what I write. My Nonfiction is meant to encourage everyone on a daily basis. My Fiction has dark situations but will always have a happy ending to look forward to.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I always considered my self a writer. A writer writes. Am I a bestseller? No. A household name? No. Am I following my writing passion? Always.

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Upcoming Author Live Chat with Macee Carson

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Author Macee Carson Live Chat with Fans

Tuesdays: Your Next Page-Turner
23rd March 2021 8 PM CST on Facebook page (International Book Promotion)

Love: Different but Valid

Drop your comments/questions below if you have read her work and we will be happy to reply/answer them.

About the Author:

Macee Carson is a disabled, LGBT+ author who published Autumn’s Fire as her first novel. Her disability is due to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome which she has suffered from for 9 years. Though this obviously makes life difficult for her, she does her best to prevail against her disability and do what she loves. As for her LGBT+ orientation, she is Biromantic and Demisexual.
Macee lives in Colorado with her cat, Caine, and rat, Kevin, and spends her free time writing, sewing, gaming, and listening to podcasts. She loves writing and storytelling and hopes to make it a full-time job. Currently, she is working on the next book in the series, A Spark’s Light, and a new series, Zaoda. To support her in her writing, you can become a supporter on patreon or simply follow her on social media.

Patreon: patreon.com/mmcarson78
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Instagram: instagram.com/mmcarson78/
Twitter: twitter.com/doctorblanket
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Website: mmcarson78.wixsite.com/maceecarson
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084WP9TKF/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

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Blurb:

Autumn was a Meadow Elf that spent most of her life hidden away with her nose in a book. But everything changed when she met Chriol, a Wood Elf from a neighboring village and a lovable goofball. Their friendship adds brightness and company to her life as Chriol shows her the wonders of the Heinthral Forest, Wood Elf culture, and a budding romance. Not everything is wonderful in Autumn’s life, though, as every night she continues to be plagued by a nightmare she can never remember. The only hint she has as to what this dream is? A vague feeling of warmth on her skin. Join Autumn and Chriol in their fantastical friendship in this unique story that will leave you hoping, yelling, wondering, and crying over the journey that takes place.

Book trailer for Autumn’s Fire

Meanwhile, enjoy the written interview with Author Macee Carson

  • Where are you from?

Colorado Springs, Colorado born and raised!

  • Why do you write? 

It sounds bit cheesy, but because I have stories in me that I need to tell. I have at least 10 stories on the backburner right now and will probably have more the more time passes. Hopefully, I’ll get the chance to write them all!

  • What do you write about? 

Life, from the little stories to the big ones. Pretty much anything I can sink my teeth into and get emotion out of.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

I know that I tend to focus on emotion a lot because I feel it is the most important part of the character; how they feel is what defines them in my eyes.

  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

Writer’s block for sure, but also my disability. Ever since I got sick I’ve struggled with brain fog, and it definitely impacts my ability to write sometimes. But I do my best to give myself breaks where I need it and to force myself through it when I need that extra push.

  • What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

This is actually one of the quotes I have on my book’s back cover, but it always sticks with me: “I have lived everything from supreme peace to raw despair in the pages of Carson’s magical story” -Andreea Padurean

  • How long have you been writing?

I actually learned how to write and read two years later than I was supposed to, as when I was in second grade and everyone was moving onto chapter books, I still couldn’t read anything! So due to that, my journey into writing was a little delayed. But I really sunk myself into writing after I learned how, and I wrote everything from stories to songs. Anything I could put my little mind to!

  •  When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

I knew from a very young age that writing would be a hobby of mine, but it wasn’t until writing Autumn’s Fire that I realized that I wanted to make it a big part of my life. It really sparked something inside of me.

  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I write every day when I’m working on a book and am in the flow of writing. Sometimes, this goes great, and I get anywhere from one to six thousand words down a day. But most of the time, my disability or writer’s block gets in the way and I can only manage one to five hundred words.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I have a bad habit of putting commas everywhere and nowhere at all! Commas are always in the wrong place when I write!

  • How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)

It depends! Autumn’s Fire took about two months, but the sequel, A Spark’s Light has taken almost an entire year to write!

  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Write more often (practice makes perfect!), don’t get too caught up in everything being perfect on your first draft, and remember that your story matters and deserves to be written.

  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

I’m a perfectionist, so I have a hard time just getting done with the first draft. It took me a lot of practice to let myself write without obsessing over every word!

  • What do you think makes a good story?

In my opinion, its in the characters and their emotions. If they read like real people experiencing real emotions, then that’s the best you can ask for from a story!

  • What does your family think of your writing? 

My mom insists she is incredibly proud of my writing, and I find myself lucky to have such a supportive mom.

  • Do you see writing as a career?

Right now, it’s a hobby. I want more than anything for it to be a career, but that’s not happening right now. That’s okay, though, it won’t stop me from trying to make it into a career one day!

  • Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

If nothing else, I hope you find Autumn’s story interesting and worth the read.

  • When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I didn’t really consider myself a writer until I finished Autumn’s Fire. I needed that ‘proof’ in my hands, showing me that I had done something, no matter how small.

Upcoming Author Live Chat with Fans: Fictionalizing real stories based on childhood with family

Author Live Chat with William A. Glass

Author William A. Glass Live Chat with Fans

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22nd December 2020 8 PM CST on Facebook page (International Book Promotion)

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– Fictionalizing real stories based on childhood with family –

Join us for the live show and ask him your questions on the comment section and we will answer them, or drop your questions below:

About the Author:

William A. Glass, formerly a VP at Gallup, now coaches soccer at a small college in South Carolina and writes. He lives with wife, Bettina, who is a high school German teacher. They have three sons who have all moved away to pursue careers.

His book, ‘As Good As Can Be’ draws on the author’s experiences growing up in an out-of-control military family during the 1950’s and his own military experience.

Learn more about his work here https://www.williamaglass.com/about and https://www.amazon.com/As-Good-Can-Be/dp/1946005347/ref

Upcoming Author Live Chat with Author Terence K. Whitfield

Terence K. Whitfield

Author Live Chat with Fans

Fridays: Fresh From The Oven

27th November 2020 8 PM CST on Facebook page (International Book Promotion)

– Online Dating Over 50 –

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Terence wrote this book after finding himself on the verge of divorce after 30 years of marriage. He never imagined he would be in this position at this stage of his life, but here he was fighting to save or salvage a marriage that had clearly been over for a long time. What Terence eventually realized was he really wasn’t fighting to save or salvage a marriage, but rather he was fighting to keep something familiar in his life. Letting go of something you’ve known for most of your adult life can a bit scary, or even overwhelming to some. So as a result, he decided despite his reluctance to dive headfirst into the world of online dating which he credits with being a key component in helping him get through one of the roughest periods of his life. He even says that online dating was therapeutic.

If you’d like to stay anonymous but would like to ask question pertaining to this interview topic, feel free to submit your questions to us.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

Why do you write?

When I have a passionate thought and something to say. 

What do you write about?

Things that interest me enough to research it.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Online Dating Over 50

I don’t feel that I have a particular writing style.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

Temptation to get to the fun part too quickly.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

Someone said they wished my book had been around when they were going through their divorce.

How long have you been writing?

Since my late teens off and on.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

After writing this book.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

For some reason I only get the passion to write late at night.

How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one – published or non)

With me consistently writing something each day along with the research this book took me about 7 months

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Continue to write consistently and become a student of writing.

What does your family think of your writing? 

My family is extremely supportive of my book. In fact, my mother came up with a key idea for my cover.

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, now I can see writing as a legitimate career.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

Book 2 is in the works and this will be a part of an over 50 series.

Author Live Chat with Hosam Saeed

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We will be chatting with author Hosam Saeed on 18th November 2020 8.30 AM UK time here https://www.facebook.com/419892524804138/posts/3239918559468173/

Please tell us something about yourself.

I am 30 years old, I have Autism Asperger.

How did you get into what you do right now? Please tell us more about your journey.

I have been working on publishing my children’s book for over 10 years. I have finally been able to publish it on Amazon Kindle. It was a very hard and long road for me, looking for artists and editors and where to put it up. For a lot of people, it doesn’t become true. Still, I finally fulfilled my dream with the help of my determination and stubbornness and not losing hope. I am finally out there, and you guys can do it, make your dreams come true, never give up, and one day it will happen.

Who are your role models?

Erin Hunter, the author of Warriors, is my role model.

What inspires you?

My cat, Marco. He always finds a way to calm me when I am sad or angry.

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Please tell us about your book ‘Marco The Missing.’

‘Marco The Missing’ is a children’s book about a kitten that gets lost and abandoned and how he found his home. Book arts have been done by Rait Visual Works https://www.deviantart.com/raitvisualworks. 

What’s your most memorable experience?

Seeing my book on Amazon, my first book ever has been the most memorable experience.

Which social media channels work best for promoting your work? 

Facebook works best for me.

What’s your greatest fear?

My fear is receiving bad reviews.

Looking back, what’s one thing you wish you understood better before you ever got started?

The road is hard and filled with many challenges, just don’t give up.

What are the strategies that helped you become successful in your journey

I keep pushing myself and believing I will succeed.

What keeps you going when things get tough?

The thought of children reading my book and learning not to be abusive to animals.

Any message for our readers.

Don’t be abusive to animals.

How can people connect with you?

You can connect via email at hosam.Saeed@hotmail.com and also, check out my Instagram and Facebook.

Author Live Chat with Fans – Sunday 16th August featuring author Dawn Airhart Witte – Recipes for BEing: 7 powerful words and how they can positively shape you

Author Live Chat with Fans – Sunday 16th August

Recipes for BEing: 7 powerful words and how they can positively shape you.

Author Live Chat with Fans – Sunday series: Stories from the unsung heroes

Join us on Facebook https://buff.ly/3apM7Fj on 16th August 2020 8.00 – 8.30 PM CST and ask your questions on our live chat via comments.

Featuring author Dawn Airhart Witte, the co-author of Recipes for BEing: The Power of Seven.

About Dawn: Entrepreneur, author, international speaker and philanthropist Dawn Airhart Witte has a mission: to inspire people around the world to find their purpose and live it! She is a certified life coach and the founder of the Desire to Inspire Foundation, a non-profit organization that connects with communities around the world to break cycles of extreme poverty. Dawn has also penned several books, including Be…, which imparts an important message about perseverance, purpose and putting kindness out into the world.

Visit the Amazon page for more info on Recipes for BEing: https://buff.ly/3iH7GDX

Live Video Interview with Author Else Byskov and Barry Rice

Live Video Interview with Author Else Byskov and Barry Rice

It was an absolute fun to have Else and Barry, together with Gabby, who is Barry’s marketing agent. They were the participants of the May author interview for Spirituality and Religious genres, and having them sharing their experiences on Matinus’ teaching and life as a Vietnam veteran was an eye-opening experience for me. Check out the replay and leave us a comment on YouTube.

Do you want to be featured on video for an interview? Get in touch with us and we’ll schedule an interview for you.

Watch “Fantasy Author Eric Nierstedt speaks about writing a perfect-fit character for Danny Trejo” on YouTube

I’ve just interviewed author Eric through Google Hangouts and he has some interesting influence to share with us with regards to his writing journey!

Join us on the 9th of May at 8PM EDT for an interview with Dr. Wesley who speaks about how blindness affected his writing.

Watch it the interview with Eric here.

A Live Interview with Tracy Traynor

An Interview with Tracy Traynor

I was intrigued by this book by Tracy Traynor ! Check out her website at
tntraynor.uk

Drama, divorce, and dating. When you’re searching for that perfect match, just how many dates is too many?

Forty and unhappily married, Alix wonders if she’ll ever have something beyond her husband and her kids. After returning to college, she strikes up a friendship with Suzi, a happily wed woman who’s ten years younger. Together, they meet for girl’s nights to discuss school, scandal, and divorce…

As they talk over the possibility of being single and dating deadbeats, neither woman could have predicted the extraordinary events about to unfold. Thrust back into an awkward world of dinners, dates, and sizzling encounters, Alix and Suzi must rely on each other if they ever want to find their second chance at love.

Two Women & Too Many Men is an honest, hilarious chick-lit romance. If you like heartfelt dialogue, humorous dating mishaps, and steamy scenarios, then you’ll love Nancy Orchard’s poignant and passionate novel.

Author Live Chat With Erik Nelson and Liz Fernandez

August 29th, Friday at 18:00 (GMT -7.00) – Watch the Author Live Chat show with Erik Nelson and guest Liz Fernandez, hosted by Jas from IBP. Erik is a fantasy writer and he shares some of his experiences about writing and publishing books. Liz has read two of his books, The SomnAgent Vol.1 and Vol.2, so she speaks about that in this video.