An Interview With Oliver Phipps

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Oliver Phipps

Oliver Phipps is an author, entrepreneur and adventurer. He served as a Paratrooper in the United States Army and studied at MSC.

In the late 1980’s through mid 90’s Oliver pursued his love of music. He enjoyed travelling, playing percussion and writing lyrics for popular bands. During this time Oliver also began writing short stories and articles.

After playing for thousands through the fall and winter of 1996 Oliver’s band abruptly disbanded. In early spring of 1997 Oliver, along with a good friend and guitarist got together with the intention to form a new group. But rather than form a new band the two put together an expedition plan for travelling to Northern Canada and Alaska in order to prospect for gold.

Leaving in April of 1997 Oliver and company travelled up the historic AL-CAN highway. After exploring the Yukon and Northwest territories of Canada as well as the Arctic Circle the team travelled over the Top of the World highway to Alaska.

1999-2000 Oliver travelled through Asia, visiting Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan among other countries.

In 2004 Oliver published his first book and continues to write books, articles and short stories. Currently Oliver and family reside happily in the U.S.

It’s a pleasure for us to be interviewing Oliver and we hope that you’d enjoy reading this post while getting to know him better.

Describe yourself in five words.

Laid back, multi-tasking, adventurer.

How long have you been writing?

Well, my mother has a story that I wrote when I was around ten years old maybe, I’m not for certain on the age. Anyway, she tells me the story is great. I suspect it’s more of her being my mother than the story actually being that good. Nevertheless, it is a reference point for how long I’ve had an interest in writing and put forth an effort to do so.

As for the story, I’ve decided to take my mother’s word on it being great, rather than reading it again. I figure in this case, what I don’t know won’t hurt me.

Why do you write?

It’s a creative outlet for me. When I was younger I played drums and wrote lyrics in a number of bands. As I began to do that less and less, writing filled the void. I suspect we all have an artistic nature of some sort. For me, writing satisfies a need to be creative.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I suppose it was after The House on Cooper Lane hit the best-seller list. Even then it took a while to sink in. But, to see it as a best-seller gave me a sense of confidence that I could write and that people were interested in my work. Up to that point, I felt that I was a writer, but perhaps without any external justification to base it on. After my first best-seller, I knew it was for real.

How long does it take to write a book?

Generally, I would say a year to complete the first draft. I seldom work on one story at a time though. I’ll move back and forth from one project to another. A reason for this is that it helps me resolve plot issues or improve storylines. If I get to a point that I need to think about something for a while, I’ll put that story aside and work on another one. As I’m working on it, I’m also considering what to do on the previous one. It’s a system that works well for me. But it can also stretch things out. For example, the first novel to be released in 2017 has been three years in the making.

What writing are you most proud of?

At this time, the story I’m most fond or proud of would be A Tempest Soul. The story is not an overly complex plot. The main character doesn’t save the world or defeat a master villain. Yet, in her small universe, she overcomes almost impossible odds, and rises to impressive heights.

A Tempest Soul has been a number one best-seller in its category for almost a year now. Its not dropped below the top ten all year. So, I feel it’s special for a lot of other people as well. And, it is, as of yet, the most organic novel that I’ve produced.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Third person omniscient. It’s likely the only style I’ll ever use. I’ve tried several other techniques, such as first person POV. But there seems to be no other method that enables the freedom of third person omniscient. Though it has its drawbacks, it’s my style of choice and I’ll stay with it unless I absolutely have to change in order to relay a story properly.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

I try to review the positive things in my life rather than negatives. It could be the idea of taking a look at how far we’ve come every once in a while, rather than always looking at how far we need to go.

What does your family think of your writing?

My family has been great in regards to my writing. My younger brother has given me a lot of valuable feedback over the years. Everyone in my family has been supportive on some level. My mother has expressed some concern about content. But she’s not what you would call a science fiction or paranormal fan either, so that is to be expected I suppose.

How do you write – lap-top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

Well, in the light of modern technology, I’m a little embarrassed to say that I wrote my first book by pen and paper. My wife then typed it up on the computer and began the editing process. I would also like to mention that was fourteen years ago. I could use a computer and word processor at the time, but the writing had more flow as I hand wrote it.

Since that first book, I’ve moved to a computer and would have difficulty considering any other way. I have several desktops as well as a laptop that I use to write. On occasions I will even use my tablet. I generally write at a desk or at times sitting at our dinning table with my laptop. I consider it a type of work so I don’t get too relaxed or I would end up falling asleep mid-sentence.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?

I’ve found a place in my writing that success means enriching other people’s lives in some small way. Certainly, as writers we must have some form of financial success in order to continue in our art. But, I feel that setting the first goal as producing a quality work of art, intended to enrich the lives of others, is a pure and respectable endeavor for any artist. If I can achieve that on a broad level then I’ll consider my writing career successful.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?

Some of my fans may not know this, but I’m a gamer. I do watch some movies and read, but I have a number of games that I play to help me relax. I’m telling ya, after killing a few dozen monsters in an alternate reality, I’m feeling pretty good! My oldest daughter is a gamer and we have a lot of fun watching each other play or discussing tactics for a certain game.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone, dead or alive, who would you ask?

Oh, I would certainly ask George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla would get an invite, though I would need to keep them in separate rooms…. 🙂 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien and Mark Twain without a doubt. And, to give it some class, I think Marilyn Monroe, Josephine Baker and Goldie Hawn.

Check out these links below to get to know more about Oliver or to buy his book.

Amazon author page:
https://www.amazon.com/Oliver-Phipps/e/B00IBF564G/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Author website:
www.oliverphipps.com

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Oliver-Phipps-613242265417442/

An Interview With Lisa Loucks Christenson

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Lisa Loucks Christenson

Lisa Loucks Christenson is the second oldest of five children. Lisa’s love for books has been lifelong, with the earliest documented pictures of her with her books at around 2 1/2 to 3 years of age. Lisa’s love for writing and illustrating stories began at age 4 and Lisa’s love for photography began by the time she turned eight. By age 14, Lisa began marketing and publishing her images, winning her first national photo contest.

Since her youth, Lisa’s spent most her time reading, writing, or exploring the great outdoors with her camera’s. In the mid 80s Lisa worked for some area publishers in various departments from: sales, design, distribution, tele-sales, advertising, reporting, journalism, and later as a traveling photographer for another publisher.

In the late 80s Lisa formed her own photo studio/stock and writing agency. She was hired to travel around the country shooting photos and covering assignments for most major publishers, books, text books, corporations. Later, Lisa expanded into broadcasting and started a talk radio show, and enlarged her studio/stock agency to form a new division: a publishing company featuring her books, wildlife art prints, paintings, and original art.

Lisa writes fictional Children’s books, Young Readers, Middle Grade, Young Adult, and New Adult and non-fiction wildlife documentaries, articles, and presentations, exhibits from her outdoor experiences in the wild. Over the last decade, Lisa’s developed a handful of Christian imprints for her select works, each with its own intended age group. All of Lisa’s story releases have achieved International Amazon Best Seller status on various lists.

January 1, 2016, Lisa began her 12th year on Lisa’s Bald Eagle Documentary™, he journey covering the lives of bald eagles and their offspring in their wild environment. 2015 marked the 10th year of Lisa’s Walk the Talk Show™, a radio show featuring entertainers, celebrities, authors, businesses and in 2016, Lisa has added a new show to Book Divas for authors to promote their books.

Some of Lisa’s credits: IBM, HyVee, Harcourt, Heinemann, Disney, Self, Esquire, Woman’s World, Perspectives, Career World, Rigby, more.

Lisa is a member of the ASMP, RWA, NATJA, and SCBWI.

Lisa’s work has won many national writing and photo competitions and her wildlife documentaries, exhibits have been featured in print, television, local news, and rotating exhibits between her galleries and the National Eagle Center.

Lisa Fiction: Children books, mysteries, romantic suspense, Inspirational, and YA. She’s the author of the following series: Bow Wow Detectives®, Meow Meow Detectives™, Wolves of Whitewater Falls, Wa Pu Ta Creek, Minnesota (Lisa’s first book in the series: Hawk of Wa Pu Ta Creek was a 2014 Harlequin® Love Inspired® Search for the Killer Voice Finalist), Owls of Huoulah, and more.

Lisa’s Nonfiction: Lisa’s Bald Eagle Documentary™ is still in progress, twelve years with a wild pair of eagles; Winter Bugs! 1st Edition sold out but a second expanded edition will soon be released, Struggling for Existence, Spirit Trees of Whitewater, Hapless Harry: The Minnesota Muscovy Duck Documentary, Walk the Burn, Blue Eyes, The Paper Wasp Documentary, Lions in the Blufflands, Canada Goose Documentary, and more.

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Winter Bugs

Winter Bugs: Ten Year Anniversary Edition is a documentary filmed in the Whitewater Management Area on the land where the former town of Beaver, Minnesota once stood. A real Minnesota ghost town now shrouded by insects and wildlife who live and die each year, but as this books shows, death doesn’t always come during winter.

It’s a pleasure for us to be interviewing Lisa and we hope that you’d enjoy reading this post while getting to know her better.

  • Where are you from? I’m a native resident of Rochester, Minnesota.
  • Why do you write? I enjoy writing as a way to share stories that inspire and lift others and teach them about our wildlife, or give them a reading escape, a new fictional world to travel to.
  • What do you write about? Most of my work, both fiction and non-fiction is in someway connected to Christian topics, lessons, God’s hand in our daily lives and in our beautiful world. I like writing in many genres: mystery, suspense, cozies, thrillers, sagas, fantasy, dystopian and in many age groups: Children, Young Readers, Middle Grade, Young Adult, all ages.
  • Do you have a specific writing style? I always try to add inspiration or encouragement, whether fiction or non-fiction, it’s always there in every story —it’s a matter of discovering how to pull it out.
  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? Time has always been a hard thing to navigate. I closely adhere to three priorities in only in this order: God, family, work. It’s amazing how when you stick to this, words I’ve been trying to find ten minutes to write, literally burst out from inside me and pour out so I don’t worry about having writing time any more, like the verse.…Though it Tarry wait for it…it will surely come.
  • What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? I was at my gallery in Stockholm, Wisconsin. There were three brothers, the youngest was 6 and his older brothers were 11 and 12. The youngest boy had the most impressive ability to stand in front of my wildlife pictures and watch the pieces, almost like they might move if he paid careful attention. We started talking about my Bow Wow Detectives® books and what they liked to read. The youngest boy said, “I don’t like reading.” I couldn’t imagine my life without a book, so I asked him if I could read him a sample of my Bow Wow Detectives book I was working on. He listened as intently to the book sample as he did watching my art on the walls. I had 100% of his attention. After I finished, he said, “I don’t like reading but I’d read your books.” That’s when I realized art could be a hook, but our conversation gave us each a little movement that day.
  • How long have you been writing? All my life I’ve had opportunities to write different works: ads, copy, educational materials, fillers, short stories, scripts, articles, novellas, novels, and my documentaries. I thank god for such a garden of opportunities, and helping me change gates when I needed a different view.
  • When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?Writing fell into my life, through my photography, through my experiences, through opportunities that kept presenting themselves. I was in fifth grade when Wilson Rawls author of Where the Red Fern Grows came to our school. It’s still one of my favorite childhood memories, he changed my life that day and I knew in that moment I wanted to write stories and give others a story, whether fiction or non-fiction, and experience like he’d given me. To me it was the greatest gift I could offer without cost: photography was still costing me my allowance every week.
  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing? We all have busy lives. My life, as my father-in-law and husband joke that “Lisa is always going up the backside of the mountain, but what a view she sees.” My paths up the mountain change every day, my climb really does affect and present what view and path I take next. When I’m doing house work, running errands, visiting a friend, driving, or out on a family outing I think about the scenes and words I want to write. I memorize key words that will help me remember my experiences and later in the day I pick an area (I have many writing spaces) I can put a couple thousand words down in about 45 minutes. Editing is something I block time out for, later.
  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? Change. I like change and need a new writing environment, always. Sometimes I write in my woods, next time I’m in the woods by the river, my gazebo, my storage shed, my office, my kitchen table…I need loud music, no music, pets by my side, no pets, family near, family—I always need my family, even if we are a room a apart or a miles away.
  • How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)My documentaries can take years and I don’t rush them many are still in progress like my Struggling for Existence, one of my most important books in my life, showing how animals and nature struggle to exist, their battles, their losses. Winter Bugs! was written over one winter in Minnesota up to the very minute of spring. Now, I’m releasing the Winter Bugs: 10 Year Anniversary Edition, a complete book of the majority of my exhibit, the experiences, and how things have changed.
    A fiction book, like my Wolves of Whitewater Falls, I write those 50K-75K books during NaNoWriMo, each November, I’m just hitting 20,000 words now ten days in, for Book 7, For the Love of Termite Bridge. I had nothing outlined, nothing mapped, I didn’t even know what the story would be, but as I sat down to write it, every night a chapter comes to me. Other fiction stories, especially my children’s books are written in a few days, it’s the editing that takes so much time, and any illustrations.
  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? We can all learn from each other, read someones work you admire and re-read and read it again and then figure out what you liked, why you liked how the writer presented the words, then take your own experiences and do the same. We all have memorable experiences to pull from.
  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? I don’t have too many issues writing. If I get stuck on a chapter or concept, I skip to another scene or concept I want to write about, sometimes I change the point of view character. I don’t feel I need to write sequentially.
  • What do you think makes a good story? A good story to me is one that can get me thinking about the characters or the subject of the book and how they come out at the end. Whether the ending is good or bad I can usually find a gem inside the book.
  • What does your family think of your writing? Isn’t family remarkable? They can not only show you a path you can’t see on your own, but line it with every sort of expression that cheers you on to your finish line. My family has always supported me, I’m one of the lucky ones.
  • Do you see writing as a career? Yes, writing is in my soul. I use my both  fiction or non-fiction, with my art or my photography (documentaries) to create stories and document life as I experienced it.
  • Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? I’d like to thank each and every person who has taken their time to write, email, or wave a hello, encouraged me onward. Truly, your support, your honest opinions of my work are always appreciated, good or bad reviews are always something I can learn from.
  • When did you first consider yourself a writer? When my first feedback started coming in. My first story, my first essay, my first competition, my first … I hope I never run out of “firsts” that’s what keeps me thinking of more stories.

We’re so delighted to have you on our page, Lisa! Thank you very much for the wonderful interview and we enjoyed getting to know more about you. I believe our readers too feel the same!

Check out these links below to get to know more about Lisa or to buy her book.

Winter Bugs: 10 Year Anniversary Trailer:

https://video214.com/play/yTTCl0OgGBpIduIoHHRkmA/s/dark

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http://www.lisalouckschristensonpublishing.com/products/winter-bugs

http://lisalc.com

http://whitewolfcreek.com

Email: lisa@LisaLC.com

mailing address: Lisa Loucks Christenson, P.O. Box 9177, Rochester, MN 55903

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YouTube: https://youtu.be/eonvxEuzivE

EBook:https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Bugs-10-Year-Anniversary-ebook/dp/B01MQI8NQ4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1479356601&sr=8-2&keywords=winter+bugs+loucks

Hardcover:https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Bugs-Ten-Year-Anniversary/dp/1598191357/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479356601&sr=8-1&keywords=winter+bugs+loucks

 

An Interview with Xan Tucker

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Writings FROM THE SOUL

About the Author

Xan Tucker is a poetry and romance writer. She is from Hughes, Arkansas and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and dual Masters in Public Administration and Business Administration. She is a Business Analyst and entrepreneur by day. As lover of words, she is a writer by night. Xan’s creativity and ability to wordplay makes her a prolific writer. In addition to writing, she enjoys cooking, running, volunteering, and traveling.

 GettyImages-488260653.jpgWritings from the Soul – A Love Story is now available on Amazon.

Watch the Book Trailer for Writings from the Soul – A Love Story
An Interview with Xan Tucker

Describe yourself in five words: Reserved, adventurous, creative, ambitious, and loving

What do you write about? Love and romance

What do you think makes a good story? I think love, romance, and sex makes a good story.

Why do you write?  When I write poetry it is usually because I’m dealing with some type of emotion and that’s the best way I can communicate.  When I write romance novels it’s because I’ve been in a situation or heard of a situation that makes for a good story line.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? The best way to become a better writer is by reading and writing more. Having someone critique your work is very important as well.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? The most challenging aspect of writing is forgetting a really good idea.  I’m a spare of the moment kind of writer.  Sometimes, I see, hear, or read something that sparks an idea.  If I don’t write it down immediately, I will most likely forget it.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?  I face my fears and self-doubts head on.  It’s uncomfortable at first but I just like to take the plunge from time to time.  This isn’t to say I do it right away.  I usually ask myself, “What do you have to lose?”  This is after a couple of back and forths.

Have you always enjoyed writing?  I have always enjoyed creative writing.  Technical and academic writing not so much.  I don’t really like to follow grammar rules so creative writing works best me.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?   Marketing is definitely the hardest part for me.  I self-published and writing has always been fun for me.  Marketing my product has been hardest only because I never envisioned sharing my poetry.

 Do you find it hard to share your work? Sometimes, I do find it hard to share my work, especially with those who know me.  Because my work is some of my most personal experiences, I’m hesitant to share with those who know me for fear of judgement.

 What else do you do, other than write? Besides writing, I enjoy running.  I do a lot of running.  I also enjoy traveling.  Traveling contributes to some of my romance story lines as you will see in upcoming work.  I also like to cook, volunteer, and mentor.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? I usually get an idea out of the blue so most of my initial writing starts on my phone and I eventually transfer it over to my laptop.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  My most recent work: Writings from the Soul – A Love Story is a compilation of poems that are a summation of my dating and relationship experiences over the last decade. I wrote it because I read some of my other poems and the newer ones I saw a transformation that I hadn’t realized had taken place.  My earlier poems revealed insecurities, self-doubt, and emotional instability.  My most recent poems show emotional growth, self-confidence, and a different mindset when it comes to relationships and dating.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?  I hope people will be able to relate to the poems in the book.  I hope they will be able to read the book in its entirety and witness the emotional growth and self-confidence.

Writings from the Soul – A Love Story is now available on Amazon.

 https://amzn.com/1537108441 

author’s website: www.xantucker.com and FB page: www.facebook.com/authorxantucker

Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C. by Edward Galluzzi

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IBP is releasing author Edward Galluzzi’s cinematic book trailer for his book ‘Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.’

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The 5-star rated ‘Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.’ book now ranks #11,406,008 in the overall Amazon best sellers category. The categorical rankings are as follow:

#17204 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Political
#24460 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Spies & Politics > Espionage
#268475 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary

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Book blurb:

Under any circumstances, the role of the President of the United States is arduous and replete with challenges. The enduring patriarchy of presidents had ended with the first woman elected to this high office in America. This pioneering leader is delighting her supporters and readily converting her critics when she is kidnapped suddenly. But by whom? And for what reason? The unfolding plot is a matter of survival…not only personal survival, but also hanging in the balance is the endurance of the Presidency and the privilege of democracy in America. It will take a very special agent to expose this sinister plot. But whatever the costs, the President must be recovered . . . dead or alive.

https://www.amazon.com/Mirror-at-1600-D-C/dp/1594536260

Check out http://www.galluzzibooks.com/works.html to learn more about the author.

An Interview with A.S. King

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  1. What inspired you to write this book?

I love kids. I always have. I wanted to create a new kind of world that teaches lifelong lessons in a fun and adventurous way. In a way that they could understand and want to understand or understand without knowing it.

I’m not a big reader, and I wanted to create something that would pull others into it by just reading the first couple of pages, even the ones that, like me, don’t read that often.

  1. Summarize your book in one to three sentences as if you were speaking to someone unfamiliar with your book and its topic.

A young girl embarks upon a journey to find light and truth in a land filled with darkness.  Her quest brings her face to face with a shape-shifting apprentice and a master Knight.  She is also drawn into an ever-increasing awareness of both the visible and invisible elements of her world.

  1. What is the overall theme (central topic, subject or concept) of your book?

The search for truth and hope

  1. Where does this book take place?

The mythical land of Novus

  1. Who are the main characters and why are they important to the story?
  • Lady Aliatta is a spoiled young aristocrat whose life becomes entangled with the fate of Novus
  • Lavi is a young Transmogrif selected to embark on an important and dangerous mission which will affect the future of Novus
  • The High King is an unseen being who sees all that happens in the land.  The truth of who he is affects everything.
  • Erela are immortal, unseen crystalline beings who carry messages for the High King to the mortals on Novus. They act and speak only on his behalf
  • The Dark One was once as Erela. However, many years ago he left that life and now rules Novus with a dark and heavy tyranny.
  • Chashaks: Like the Erela, they too serve their master faithfully. Their master, however, is known as The Dark One
  1. Why do you think that this book will appeal to readers?

If you’re seeking Epic unique adventures that are clean, but also, action packed and well written. The Quest for Hope is for you.

  1. How is your book relevant in today’s society?

How is it not?  Many people continue to search for truth, light, meaning, hope in a world with headlines so full of the dark and ugly.  This book highlights the fact that even in the midst of the darkness, there is a light that can be obtained.

  1. What makes your book different from other books like it?

Well, these days’ fiction fantasy books all seem like they have the same core things. Magic, Evil characters, and Good characters, and the line between good and evil is often blurred.  Even so, you pretty much already know from the get-go who is going to win and who is going to lose.

The Invisibles Battles Series takes a different approach. We don’t have magic, there’s nothing that happens that can’t be explained. We draw clear lines between Darkness and Good. Yes, we do have the classic fantasy adventure core elements in there. Such as Evil characters and “Good” characters. And a unique world with different species and races wrapped up in an Epic twist that will leave you wanting more.

  1. What do you want readers to take away from your writing?

I want readers to be empowered, encouraged, uplifted, and realize that no matter what happens in their life, no matter where they are. There is a someone who is watching out for them and who loves them.

S. King is the pen name for a team of authors who collaborate and contribute to the Invisible Battles series. The Invisible Battles franchise expands beyond written works into video games and audio books.

Visit the author’s website and Amazon page to buy the book!

https://invisiblebattles.com

Find it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1MskuN6

An Interview With J Matt

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  • What’s your name and where are you from?

I’m known to my friends and family as Joey or Joseph (as that’s my given name), but online I generally go by the username J Matt. Seeing as my debut memoir ‘Cam Boy’ is so closely linked to my online persona, and the username I perform under, it seemed only natural to publish it under this moniker.

  • What‘s your most recent book about?

It’s called ‘Cam Boy’ and is an exploration into the world of online camming through my time spent as an webcam performer for a primarily gay audience.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

Straight to the point. Bold. Explicit. Controversial some might say…. My writing isn’t for everyone, but it’s honest and raw and it comes from the heart. I really do put my all into my work.

  • Whatare obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

I need to pretty much work in an environment that’s silent, or as close to silent as can be when I’m writing. Television, music and having other people around me in close proximity are big distractions for me.

  • Whatsthe most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

‘I noticed when I was reading your book that the time just flew by – I couldn’t put it down!’ – I think that’s one of the biggest compliments that any writer can get. I’d hate for anyone to call my work boring or repetitive.

  • Howlong have you been writing?

Since before I could write! I used to dictate to my mum what it was that I wanted each page of my story to say then I’d go and add the illustrations later on.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Quirk? I’m not sure about that one, but I learned an awful lot about some of my not-so-good writing habits when it came to the editing process of my debut book (after sending out advance copies for feedback). I genuinely hadn’t noticed any until I’d had them pointed out to me! I know I’m a decent writer but I always strive to be the best I can be and any and all constructive feedback is truly invaluable to me.

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

‘Cam Boy’ took me about 2 or 3 months to complete in total. It started off as more of an autobiography than a memoir but I found myself going off on longwinded, fairly irrelevant tangents that added little to the story. I realised that I had to find a primary focus so I ended up cutting out a load of the crap and focused on following a rough timeline of events leading up to, and following, my first year working as a cam boy. That made things far easier. Then it was just a case of editing, re-writing, and editing some more till I got to a point I was happy with it.

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

Don’t be afraid to share your work with others – whether in the form of rough drafts, the odd snippet/chapter here and there or whatever it may be. Sometimes you need an outsiders perspective to pick up on things you were far too caught up in your own self to notice. Positive feedback is great for your ego, but there’s always room for improvement. Facing up to the fact that some chapters might need a rewrite, or might be better off scrapped altogether is never a bad thing.

  • Whatdo you think makes a good story?

It varies from genre to genre. In memoir, I think being upfront and honest with your readers about your life experiences, showing vulnerability and not being afraid to admit to your mistakes is what generally makes for the best story.

  • Finally, is there anything you’d like to share with the readers?

Shameless plug – ‘Cam Boy’, my debut memoir is available to purchase on Amazon from April 1st 2016 at the following link – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cam-Boy-debut-memoir-J-Matt-ebook/dp/B01D7Y1KX6/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1458562540&sr=1-2

You can also follow me on Facebook at facebook.com/jmatt93 for updates 🙂

 

 

 

An Interview With Ronke Jegede

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Ronke Jegede is a Social Media and Reputation Management Strategist. She studied Law and later went on to graduate from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in 1994, this ignited her passion for corporate governance. She has been involved in Internet Marketing since 2001.

Ronke is the Founder and CEO of Ace Results Marketing and Reputation Maven. She wears a number of hats – Author, Business Consultant, Trainer, Coach and Speaker. Her first book is titled “Church where art thou? She wrote this out of her strong desire to have the church connect with today’s tech savvy generation. The second one is titled “Online Business Exposure” which is a gem for businesses that wants to learn how to position themselves on the first page of Google in order to generate massive exposure.

She is also a loving wife and mother of three grown children.

 

Describe yourself in five words.

I am a joyful, passionate, approachable, sociable and visionary person.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I absolutely love cuddly toys and can’t resist buying cute ones.

What makes you happiest?

Spending quality time with my family is definitely first on my list.

 Why do you write? 

 I love sharing information and practical tips that will be beneficial to people.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Yes, from when I was a child, but I kind of stopped writing for a long while.

 What writing are you most proud of?

Online Business Exposure.  It’s a self-help book for small businesses that will arm them with tools they need to get exposure and be found on Google, so they can generate business.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

I am mega proud of my three absolutely amazing children! They are absolutely fab! They bring so much joy, every time I think about them I smile and I am so grateful that I have them in my life.

What books did you love growing up?

I grew up reading romantic books such as Mills and Boon, Barbara Cartland, Jane Austen, Emily Bronte. I also enjoyed reading books from other authors such as Jeffrey Archer, James Hardly Chase Sidney Sheldon, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare

 How did you develop your writing

Simply by writing and self-critiquing.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

I believe marketing is the hardest of the three.

What marketing works for you? 

Social media marketing is my best strategy.

 Do you find it hard to share your work?

No, not really. I enjoy sharing my work.

 Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

My family is 100% supportive! I also have friends who support me as well.

What else do you do, other than write?

I am a Social Media and Reputation Management Strategist, so I run successful marketing campaigns for businesses using the latest social media strategies and I also help them manage their online reputation. I also conduct training sessions teaching and equipping organisations with cutting edge tools about these subjects.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

I studied Law so worked as a Lawyer for a short while; I have also run a few online businesses.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?

It would be computer programming!

 If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Hawaii, because of its unsurpassed Natural Beauty and Unmatched Laid-back Lifestyle!

Where do you live right now?

I live in London, UK 

Tell us about your family?

I have a wonderful husband; we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in January 2016. I also have 3 absolutely incredible grown children – 1 boy named Bolu – 22 years old, and 2 Girls – Fope – 20 years old and Tani -18 years old.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

Mostly, I write on my computer desk most of the time, but sometimes an idea will pop into my head while in bed and so I will write there and then.

 How much sleep do you need to be your best?

6 hours

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?

My husband – for his unending and tireless support!

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?

I enjoy having pampering sessions.

What is the best piece of writing advice you can give?

Find someone who will not shy away from giving constructive criticism no matter how tough it is. That’s the only way to get some honest feedback.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I like traditional paperback books as I like to be physically holding the book. I underline, scribble and make notes all over my books .

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

I get someone else to do it.

How many books have you written?

I have written two books so far and I am working on my third one.

Are you writing anything at the moment?

Yes I am.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

It’s about monitoring online reputation. A lot of people and organisations are focussed on getting on the first page of Google. However, it is important to ensure that what shows up is positive, otherwise being on the first page will end up being detrimental to that person or organisation. The truth is, negative information can be plastered online about anyone at any time, so if a monitoring system is not in place to curtail and prevent reputation damage then something that starts up small could spiral out of control and end up being disastrous.

Do you have any plans for more books or other ventures?

Yes I do, I am going to write more books in the area of reputation management. I am also going to be doing extensive work on an organisation that I have recently set up – www.digitallyeducate.org.uk. We are hoping to take digital education to every community including the remotest parts of the world.  

What book are you reading right now?

Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath

 

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: www.aceresultsmarketing.com

Blog: http://www.ronkejegede.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ronke-Jegede-162798290451151/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ronke_jegede

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronke-jegede-09948a110

Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/ronke_jegede/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Ronke-Jegede/e/B01CRYYB9W

Book Links: (* American, UK, etc.)

http://www.amazon.com/Online-Business-Exposure-First-Google/dp/0993450911

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Church-Where-Art-Thou-Google/dp/0993450903/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29437483-online-business-exposure