Author Interview with Lare’va Lemorte

Blue started as a dream I had, three years before the 2011 Tsunami in Japan. I remember how blown away I was when the event I wrote about actually happened. The dream was of myself, sitting in a movie theatre among others, watching this incredible story play out. It was such a profound encounter that I remembered it all the next day. Many of the details took a long time to research. Once it was finished I struggled with whether to publish it or not. There are a number of social issues in it that many people seem to find very uncomfortable. I believe that it is partly because they don’t know how to solve them.

Originally I majored in filmmaking. I have been doing under the radar promotional and advertising work since 2001. Once I decided to publish Blue, I spent a lot of time learning how to become a published author. I never really thought my writing was any good. My teachers thought it to be dark and disturbing, as did my family. I didn’t try to pursue any real kind of art career till I was in my 20’s.

In my novel, Maddie the tormented mermaid is trying to save the world from war. When it came time to make an author website, I wanted it to be something that was meaningful to me. The author’s website is supposed to reflect the author, and their publishing after all. I wanted my site to be fun, therapeutic and welcoming to all walks of life. I also want it stand for something, to act as a tool or reference in helping society somehow. While designing my site, I decided to dedicate it to someone who truly inspired it. I once told her in honor of our fight for a better humanity, that I was going to make a blog called How to Save the World. Little did I realize it would become so much more than that.

Where are you from?

Stuart Florida. A beautiful place by the Atlantic Ocean

Why do you write? 

To help people and society, find balance,truth,and to help solve some of the world’s problems.  I also spontaneously  make up stories and songs to entertain kids sometimes.

What do you write about?

 I’m sort of gifted that I can write about just about anything if I try.  But some of my favorite things to write about are, honest journalism and advocating for mental health subjects, horror stories; because they tend to make one feel grateful to be alive. I also spontaneously make up kid’s stories, poems and songs to entertain my children.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I would say that because everyone is different, that we form our own individual type of writing style.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

Being a disabled single mom with no supportive family around is probably my biggest obstacle. I would also include the spinal injury I acquired that made me disabled, due to a domestic violent partnership can be a painful distraction on some days. 

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

 “How did you make your book feel so much like the reader is watching a movie?”

How long have you been writing?

Since I was 9 years old. I used to write songs and poems and short stories.

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

The morning after I had the very vividly, detailed lucid dream I had about writing my first published  book.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

 I don’t really keep a schedule except for making the effort to write at night after my kids are in bed. But normally if i think of something at any random time of the day, I jot it down.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

My favorite place to write is outside where I can look up at the sky and see the stars, and satellites now thanks to Elon Musk and Space X. LOL

How long does it take to write a book?

Ultimately, it took me nine years from the time i wrote the first outline for Blue. I sat it aside, feeling unsure about writing it at first, partly because of some of its controversial content. Instead I  focused on being a good wife and stay at home mom. I did what a lot of people do in an abusive relationship. I tried to “fix’ him and help him with his mental illnesses. I didn’t get a lot of encouragement about writing Blue until I met someone many years later. Then when I sat down to write it, it took me three months. 

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

Keep writing and don’t worry about how many times you have to edit what you write.  That only means that you are improving every time. Blue went through the editing process at least six or seven times.

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

Ideas about my characters or the story popping into my head at inconvenient times, LOL like when i am cooking.

What do you think makes a good story?

I would definitely say the characters in the story. Once you have a well rounded, detailed bio about your characters and their history, it becomes like the glue that helps bind the story in the right places.

What does your family think of your writing?

Well when I was young, I came from an abusive household and  they thought something was wrong with me because I liked to write horror stories, and my poems were dark and full of teenage angst. LOL They haven’t presently given me any thought or opinion about my writing now.

Do you see writing as a career?

Technically yes, people do it as a career. But writers should always remember and accept that most authors don’t become rich and famous. LOL

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

I would tell them that if they liked my book and my writing, to please check out my website for more things that i write about or share that others have written about. There are also secret rooms in the symbols throughout my website, l that takes you to place that are soothing and therapeutic for when you need a break from stress and that promote healthy mental health.

For example, there is a room that takes you to a live underwater camera where you get to watch fish and sharks swim.  I would also tell them, that if they are struggling with anything similar to some of the topics in my book, to stay strong and don’t give up because they are not alone. And if they keep searching, they will find help, like I did. 

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The day my book was officially published.


Author Interview with Scott Kim

Scott Kim was born in London, UK, and majored Film Production at University. After working as an editor for a year, he decided that this was not for him and fled to South Korea. After finishing his Masters in TESOL, his love of storytelling was rekindled but this time he decided to focus on the literary aspects of storytelling, rather than the side that destroyed his health and mind. During this time, he has had numerous flash fiction stories published on fiction websites. His biggest influences are Phillip K. Dick, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Issac Asimov, and Stephen King.

  • Where are you from?

I was born in London, but my family is from Northern Ireland.

  • Why do you write? 

Honestly, I think writing can really help people. We can learn a lot about ourselves and others vicariously through the stories and characters in a book. So, while I write to entertain, I also write because I want to help people.

  • What do you write about? 

I write about how people and societies change over time and how, despite our advances, people can still hold on to the past. I mostly do this in a science fiction or horror setting.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

I’d say I have more of a simple, straightforward style. I want my readers to focus more on the characters, the story, and what is happening on the page. I also think this style immerses a reader in the book’s world.

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

The number one is ALWAYS Youtube! Other than that, I think the biggest obstacle, at least for me, is the outlining of the story. I mix and match ideas from things I like, so coming up with ideas is the easy part. But fleshing out the plot, characters, and setting and finding the conflict that links them together and makes them fascinating for the reader. I am currently outlining a new book, planning on releasing it at the end of the year, and it is teaching me how to tighten up my plot more and allow my readers time to get to know my characters.

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

The beta readers I had for my current book told me what they learned from it and how good it was while reading it. This was a big motivating factor for me.

  • How long have you been writing?

Ten years.

  •  When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I had my first flash fiction story publish back in 2015. Seeing how people reacted to it was the first time a truly felt like a writer.

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

When I am working my day job, I write at least 2,000 words a day. But during vacation this goes up to 10,000.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I have two. First, I must listen to music with lyrics (mostly soundtracks from movies or games). Second, I always speed-write in twenty-minute writing sprints.

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

If I’ve outlined well, and I’m on vacation, it usually takes two to four weeks.

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

Editing is the most important thing to improve your writing skill. Getting it on the page is one thing, but then being able to improve what you’ve done is another thing entirely. Reading books on writing and then applying those skills to your work is vital.

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

I think my biggest challenge when writing/creating a story is making everything work together well. For example, making the main conflict work with the characters, setting, and story.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

I think strong characters always make a story better. We need to follow these characters from beginning to end and we will only do this if they are compelling enough to make this journey with them.


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Author Interview with N. Joseph Glass

An Italian-American born in New York and living now in Milan, Italy. As a sci-fi fan I enjoy interesting stories that fire the imagination. I love new stories in the genres of sci-fi, action, thrillers, and drama. I enjoy reading compelling novels and have taken inspiration to create characters and expound a story from being captivated by reading series such as Dune, Foundation, and The Expanse.

My journey from reading to creative writing just happened. As ideas found their way into my mind, I began visualizing scenes and the people in them. As my musings added detail and depth, I put my fingers to my keyboard and started writing. The creativity became a cherished hobby at first.

Optimistic views of the future through art always interest me as I believe ours will be a bright one.

Are there any books or authors that inspired you to become a writer?

Most recently The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey. Before that Dune by Frank Herbert. I found in those fascinating stories that the characters were most interesting to me. In the case of Dune, the insights into their thinking were enlightening. In The Expanse I enjoyed the perspective or point-of-view, the reader having only the one character’s take on things, changing characters chapter by chapter, as the story unfolded. This most led to my imagination of characters and how I wanted to tell their story.

At what point do you think someone should call themselves a writer?

I hesitate to call myself that. What started as a hobby became a passion. To me, perhaps that’s more what it is about. If writing isn’t a career, that makes you no less a writer. If writing is a passion and a joy, an outlet for creativity, then you are a writer. I started writing with no illusions of becoming a known author, I didn’t even plan to publish when I started, yet I became a writer.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Strat with what interests you, your desires and joys. Do you ever imagine yourself doing things you’ve never done, perhaps never could? What would your friends and family members be doing in the same setting if there with you? I visualized scenes for quite a while before my fingers ever touched the keyboard to start writing them.

Do you prefer ebooks, printed books, or audiobooks most of the time?

I am a tech-savvy guy working in the IT field for decades. I do most everything on either a tablet, computer, or my phone. I lingered over a few ePubs on my tablet and wrongfully concluded that I wasn’t much of a reader. My mind wanders too much with fiction audiobooks, but I do prefer those for biographies and non-fiction. When I decided to read printed books I rediscovered a love of reading, the feel of the paper in hand and the inability to touch a screen or be distracted by it helps me become more immersed in the story. Paperback is my preferred medium.

How do you develop your plot and characters?

I love to read, watch, and write imaginative stories of the future; the near and realistic as well as the distant and far-fetched. I start with a basic scenario, settings, situations, and I envision how these would present challenges to people living through them, and then I start adding people into those situations.

For Colony’s Dawn it started with the push some are making now to colonize Mars. I wondered how life would be for someone born in a colony before any terraforming success would make going outside possible. What would life be like for someone who only knew that enclosed environment? What challenges would they face and what would cause people to become dissatisfied or disillusioned with the realities of that life? Then I added characters into the setting so I could follow someone through their days and see what they might experience.

Many of my characters are combinations of real people from those I know well to casual acquaintances. I avoid patterning them too closely to any one person but find a blending of characteristics, quirks, and unique traits from a few people can make for a most interesting character. It also helps me to keep their actions consistent with who they are as people.

How long did it take you to write this book?

It is not easy to define the time of writing as it can be subjective. The first draft took just over seven months with the first chapter I wrote consuming the initial three of those. As a self-published author, the editing process was part of the writing as I rewrote key scenes, reduced cluttered detail, even shortened the finished product by over eighty pages. If we consider all of that as the writing process, then I spent ten months on Colony’s Dawn. Book two, Colony’s Fall, taking considerably less time as I found my creative process flow with less rewriting.

If you’re planning a sequel, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

Colony’s Dawn was written as volume one from an outline of a trilogy. Without any spoilers for those who may be reading or would like to read it, book one completes a contained story while opening the way for the next volume in its final chapter. The epilogue teases how much the lives of our characters will change in the next volume.

If your book were made into a movie, which actors would play your characters?

In my musings over these characters, I pictured actors and others for each. Not with any ambitions for my work to be put to film but to help me picture them myself. While Gift began as a young Jessica Alba, I recently saw Kat Graham and thought she could fit the image my mind conjured up for the Nigerian-Italian young woman who is the central character of my stories.

Charlie could be played by someone like Alfred Enoch. I see Raffaella as Elena Santarelli and Mike fitting the image of Matt Bois. Marine Vacth would make a lovely Aimée and although I picture Tina more as Gina Torres, I think Sope Aluko would be a good match.

What are the essential characteristics of a hero you can root for?

I enjoy stories where the hero or main character is likeable, has redeemable qualities, and is someone whose actions and decisions I can believe and respect. They don’t have to be someone I could see myself having as a close friend, but they must be virtuous and care about others to make them someone I can be vested in and care about to make their story worth following.

What book (or books) are you currently reading?

After completing the nine volumes of The Expanse series I am reading the compilation of short stories in Memory’s Legion. I am also emersed in the murder-mystery thriller I Kill, the English translation of the best-seller by Giorgio Faletti.

What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?

For how my mind works the plot comes before the characters. Once I see the general situation, the issues, and challenges, I can picture the people living through them and what reaction various personalities may have to each. I need to see the problem and solution clearly before I know who will rise to meet them as their character develops, becoming the person they will need to be to overcome whatever that scenario brings.

What was your hardest scene to write, and why?

To convey the raw emotion of a death proved the most personal and the greatest challenge for me. For it to be impactful to a reader I knew we needed to care a bit for the person first. Writing from one character’s perspective also meant that the reader needed to sympathize with the impact of it on her, how they would feel in her place.

What’s your writing software of choice?

While I am a Mac guy and use Pages for most word-processing tasks, I found that I need more for fiction writing. I enjoy typing and creating the story in Pages, but then use Word on Windows as my Editor. Once the first draft is completed, one chapter at a time I copy the text into Word and use the ProWritingAid plug-in as my main editing tool. Once I am happy with the chapter, I move it into a Word document that will be the entire book. It may be clumsy, but it works for me.

Would you and your main character get along?

I believe so, as some of her personality traits come from me, while others are drawn from people very close to me in my personal life. A goal of shaping Gift into a character was to create a person I could like and respect.

Author Interview with Jonathan Carnley

Describe yourself in five words. Intelligent, Fun, Loyal, Adventurous and Funny.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? I am legally blind.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? I have had to deal with it my entire life due to my childhood and vision. I have just ignored it an understand that failure and success are both a possibility because you cannot have one without the other. If I fail, I keep trying until I succeed. If I am afraid I do it anyway and have always been able to overcome fear.

What scares you the most? Dying alone.

What makes you happiest? Bringing joy to others

Why do you write? I write to try to help others see the things that are often overlooked or to bring joy to others with my children’s books.

Have you always enjoyed writing? Yes, since I was young. It was always an escape from the bad things in my life.

What motivates you to write? People asking me for advice or about my story.

What writing are you most proud of? I am most proud of my book No More Relationshit because it has helped many of my female friends to make better choices when dating. It points out the red flags that they should be looking for and the various types of men.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? The way that my children have turned out.

What books did you love growing up? I read as many as I could and had a very eclectic taste in literature but due to my vision, I listen to more than I was able to read.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? That I was a good man that always helped others and never expected anything in return.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Marketing

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? I would continue my study of Psychology.

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

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? This book is dedicated to all the amazing women that have been both my inspiration and my friends; without you, your questions, critiques, and encouragement this book would not have been written.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in

writing look like to you? People saying that my book helped them in their review.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  Here is the introduction from the book. First, a little about me to give you some insight into why I decided to write this book. I was severely abused, both physically and mentally, and was bullied because of my eyesight. I was also molested when I was an adolescent. Due to these things, I have a unique perspective into the way that abusers and predators think. I wrote this book because I am tired of seeing so many great women being used, taken advantage of, and treated poorly. I was encouraged to do so by so many of my female friends, as according to them, I have given them great insights into the way men think and act. I have listened to all my friends, and when I heard some of the things that had affected them, I realized that I had personally done some of those things to others. That realization caused me to do a lot of introspection. I came to understand that even though I had not done those things with malice, I was still guilty. To be honest, I haven’t always been the best man. I have my issues and am definitely not a saint. However, through the knowledge that comes with age and mistakes, I have learned what not to do and have vowed to never make the same missteps again.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? I spend time with my pet wolf letting him meet new people and learning something new every day.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? I hope that they will know that they are not alone in their situations and that at least one man truly has their best interest in mind and expects nothing in return.

Where are you from? Kilgore, Texas

Why do you write? To help others and to make them laugh as well as let them know they are not alone. 

What do you write about? This book is about helping women avoid men that are not worthy of their time or attention.

Do you have a specific writing style? No, the books that I have written are very diverse.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? Putting my childhood out there so that people could understand how I could relate to the things they may have gone through.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? I had a lady come up to me in tears and hug. She told me that my book saved her and her kids because it clearly pointed out the signs of a child predator.

How long have you been writing? 2 years

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? 2 years ago.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing? I work for myself, so it is the same. My schedule is very flexible.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? Having to adjust to trying to be PC.

How long does it take to write a book? It took me 3 months for my first book.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? Write about what makes you happy and write from the heart.

What do you think makes a good story? Something that people can relate to.

What does your family think of your writing? They love it and are very supportive.

Do you see writing as a career? Yes, I hope so, I am writing a series of children’s books about my pet wolf.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? This book is not about how to find the right man or to point out the mistakes that you may have made. It is about helping you to see what you may have missed that lead to the wrong choice with some humor just when you need it to break up the seriousness.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I got my first request from someone to sign my book.

The Trader’s Path to Inner Wisdom: An Interview with Author Ronal Shah

Ronal Shah MBA, CFA has coached 1000s of professionals and consulted to dozens of companies. He is the Founder of FinTeXec Consulting, the premier Leadership, Business and Trading Consultant in the UK. Born in London, UK, after earning his BA Economics at Cambridge and MSc Mathematical Finance at LSE he headed up the international Equity Derivatives trading desk at a large global investment house and was the country head of the Japanese arm of a global insurance company. Subsequent to completing his MBA at London Business School, he established FinTeXec, rapidly establishing their premier reputation through his elite coaching. He is happily married and enjoys the spiritual energy practice of Sukyo Mahikari.

  • Where are you from?

I live in London, UK where I was born and raised. I have lived in Japan, the US, Netherlands, Scotland and my family ancestry goes back though Kenya in East Africa, and India.

  • Why do you write?

I write for two main reasons. The first is for clarity for myself. If I am swimming in some ideas or realisations that I need to structure, to clarify, I like to write to provide that lucidity for myself. The second is to allow others to access what I have learnt, if they wish. Sharing what I find valuable in my path of life and serving others, raising consciousness, is a powerful driver for my writing.

  • What do you write about? 

I usually write to initially clarify my thoughts. So I write about my experiences in life, my thoughts and how they fit together. If there was a theme about my writing through the years it would be ‘how do I raise consciousness in the real world’.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

I aspire to write like a combination of a clear thinking philosopher and a poet. I always want simplicity and clarity in my writing and also for the writing to evoke rich experience and juicy emotion beyond just a dry presentation of the words.

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

In writing this book I ended up doing a lot of inner work myself. Firstly, when clarifying my ideas, I had to further integrate the idea of success and spirituality in myself. Secondly, when it came time to publish, many hesitations came up – what if I am rejected or criticized – which gave another wonderful opportunity to do some self work.

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

I find that people find different parts of the book interesting depending on their focus. For me the core of the book is that you can be a great trader and improve your spirituality at the same time. One reader, Simon, was excited by the part that went into the different types of trader fears. To me that was a subsection but him that was eye opening. Very interesting for me to know that.

  • How long have you been writing?

I had my first article published in my school philosophy magazine more than 20 years ago. The article was about truth in writing to convey your ideas, rather than using writing to pump up your ego and hide behind opaque phrasing.

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

I want to spread the idea of raising consciousness. Writing is a means to do that. It was maybe a couple of years ago that I realized this.

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

Unlike what I think I am supposed to do, I only write when I feel inspired to or the urge to get my thoughts clear is strong enough to take action.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

As I process information visually, like a mathematician, I often need to visually map out my thoughts before I can start to write it in prose. This helps me to hold the whole book in my mind before articulating the details.

  • How long does it take to write a book?

I had the idea for this book about a year before writing but had several false starts. Then about 10 months in, I had a month where I did a lot of meditation and the ideas for the book naturally arranged themselves in my head. Finally, 11 months after I had the idea, I wrote the book and had it published within a month.

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

Write from your inner truth, your authentic being, first. Later you can shape the work to a specific audience and work on style and language and back-up research, but the first draft must be from inside.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

As I write non fiction, the key is for there to be an idea that makes the reader think and experience the world a little differently after reading it.

  • What does your family think of your writing? 

My wife supports me and is happy when she sees the excitement I emanate when I write.

  • Do you see writing as a career?

My purpose in life is to raise consciousness and so my career is anything that supports that purpose. Writing, speaking, coaching, being interviewed all support this career.

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

You absolutely can be successful and move forward in your inner growth and spiritual path at the same time. It does not have to be either / or. It will be both if you want it.

A descendant of Nigerian Royalty – Author Interview with Anikka Forbes

Born in the great city of London, England, Anikka Forbes always knew that she was different. Even down to her last name not belonging to either of her parents, its not a story you come across every day! 

Throughout her life this puzzled her in spite of her mothers’ reason as to why it was done, blaming it on her father when both are responsible.  It wasn’t until her mid-thirties that she discovered her father’s bloodline and that she was a descendant of Nigerian Royalty, whose throne traces back 900 years and her history was hidden to keep her Nigerian ancestry a secret while growing up in Britain.

Although technically a princess, Anikka has experienced the ups and downs of life like most.  In her debut book, you will enjoy Anikka’s journey as she allows you to glimpse into a few years of her eighteen years of recording (every day to some days) life events in the diaries she kept.

Her book will have you laughing, crying, intrigued and captivated as a ‘Lady of Colour’ whose ancestry traces back to royalty takes you into her most intimate thoughts and experiences.  In reading the book, The Journey of a Hidden Princess: A British Lady’s Path to Discovery of Her African Royal Bloodline, not since Princess Diana will a reader come up close and personal with a lady who in spite of her royalty is genuine, truthful and humble.

London, United Kingdom

I wrote more back in my teens and twenties because it was a mixture of having a lot going on around me, so I was able to off-load my thoughts, feelings, ideas etc in writing a bit like a counselling session. I do not write as much as I did back then but still do, maybe because my life since my 30s plus has mainly been me on my own, not around many people.

I write about any and everything from my own life experiences, what family friends are doing orgoing through, work, relationships… nothing is off limits. I am an Open Book!

My style of writing is real, to the point and with no filter. It is like I am talking to you with my writing. You are drawn in and left wanting more.

None that I know of, as I just write what I think. The only obstacle that I have had was writing this first book, due to having to unlock events from my past which are still sensitive and difficult to think about at times. Plus I was sharing parts of my life that I have never shared with anyone before, so to relive it in my mind was differently challenging, draining and emotional at times which is why it took me longer than expected to write. I kept stopping, starting and even considered not completing it
because it was more difficult than I could ever imagine. #NoRegrets


Having read the few reviews via my Amazon, there is one that had me thinking ‘wow’ written by Lauryn which read;
“The author holds you in a spell as she speaks her truth” That for me means that person was able to feel my words as I shared my experiences in detail. That is amazing.

I wrote my first diary/journal back in 1997/98 when I was between the ages of 16-18

Since the age of 16, I have always known I would write a book! I just didn’t know what about but one day the thought and vision would become a reality.

There is no schedule for my writing, I write whenever. 95% of my material is already written due to them being in my diaries.

I am not sure what my interesting quirk would be as I have never thought about it, would leave that question to the readers to decide, if there is any or not!

I would say it all depends on the individual and what they are writing about. I think when writing non-fiction is more challenging because it’s real-life experiences that you are writing about! Whereas fiction is made-up (though I am sure still challenging) but doesn’t come close to speaking your truth.

From my first experience of writing and publishing, though I did have a ghost-writer who proofread and added parts that she’d researched. Sabrina was American and obviously, theirwords, sayings etc. are different to the UK so I still went through and amended parts. She was a superb part of this book journey, she choose the Cover and the Title and will forever be grateful for all her help in making can confess there are typos and it’s not perfect English (nor did I want it to be) it expressed how I speak (which may not be for everyone, but I am not trying to be like any other author. I would certainly say when it is your first book don’t compromise on how you write it, do it your way. Because it can always be rewritten should a publisher be interested in it but make your first original the way you want. Make sure you still do get someone to proofread too


The only challenge I have come across so far from writing my first memoir was having to remember past bad experiences and relive the emotions that resurfaced.

True stories where the Author isn’t holding back are what make a great story. But though I love to write, I am terrible are reading but trying to improve on this (working progress).

I only know about 1 family member who has read my book and she was shocked by my life experiences, more so by my childhood with the abuse I experienced and being attacked by a family member. While also amazed by my truth and overcoming it all though still a healing process

It most certainly can be if you’re consistent with it and promote it well. Having bookstores sell it in their shops too is definitely, an added bonus.

Firstly I would like to say a big Thank You to anyone that does decide to buy and read my book, I appreciate the love and support. I am a ‘Lady of Variety’ and my book certainly is full of that. Think Prince Harry’s Spare Book (yet to read) though I don’t need to as I know (like myself) he is sharing his truth which many have an issue with, but why should any stay silent about what they have experienced? I know there are family members who will never read (or will read) but never admit to reading it because I have always expressed myself and some of what I have written they may have expected me to have kept private. But the way I see it if you’re mentioned in this book you should feel honoured because you were part of my life journey during that time (regardless of good or bad). Because what happens in the dark, will always come to light! And I would rather keep it real than be fake and hide behind lies or pretense! #YerISaidIt I also love Blogging so check out my blogs;
Watch this space for more books, currently working on my book sharing my (first and last) experience of being involved with a narcissist, for more check out this blog direct link;

When I pressed PUBLISH on amazon, back on the 12th Dec ‘2019 and they confirmed my book was available to the world. #WellDoneMe

Household Finance – An Interview with Author Thomas Hoy-Nielsen

I am a Copenhagen, Denmark native, living in Arizona since 2002 with my awesome and patient wife, Magali.

We went through the motions: raised kids, paid the mortgage, and navigated expensive child and health care, all while hammering away at student loans.

I was a corporate guy for fourteen years, and an entrepreneur for the last twenty, where I have been involved in multiple businesses: start-up, management, and sale. My life would have been boring if I’d made all the right moves, but thankfully, I made plenty of mistakes. I kept learning, and by my mid-40s, was able to semi-retire.

Today I work as a financial counselor in my practice. I help individuals and families create clarity around money – from monthly budgets to long-term life goals. I strongly believe in and encourage folks to pursue financial independence, something near and dear to my heart.

My formal training is as a commercial pilot, and I am also an FAA-certified flight instructor. This background in aviation has influenced how I think about money and beyond. For instance, a budget is akin to a fuel calculation, and in many interesting ways, life is like a flight plan, with its distance covered, phases of flight, change of direction, and different weather systems en route. The world of aviation holds many lessons and great metaphors, which you will find in my writing.

What do you write about?

Personal finance

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I have a background as a professional aviator.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

I try to ignore that. 
What scares you the most? 


What makes you happiest? 

When my kids do the right thing.
What motivates you to write?

To educate and help others.  

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

That I know I will be missed when I die.   

What books did you love growing up? 

Science Fiction, History

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 


Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? 

Grew up in Denmark, and Now I live in Tucson, Arizona

How did you develop your writing?

Over time, trial and error

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Marketing, by far.

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

Not at all – it is written to be shared.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

Very much so – I am blessed.

What else do you do, other than write? 

Coach individuals and families on personal finance

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

Pilot, business owner x 7

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


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

Portugal – moving there in a few years.

Tell us about your family? 

We are a Peruvian / Danish couple – so our kids are Danuvians 😉 

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

7 hours.

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

My family. They’d been Very Patient

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

Personally, it is to write about what you really care for. Commercially it is to write about what other people care for. 

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it? 

How we manage personal finance has a huge impact on our lives, yet it is rarely taught by parents or in the school system. I am doing my little part to bridge that gap.  

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

My Dad.

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

Mountain biking or flying. 

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? 

Encourages they can learn how to be great at managing their finances.  

Reflections on the US and Southeast Asia in the Trump Era – An Interview with Author Sally Tyler

Sally Tyler is an attorney and policy practitioner in Washington, DC, where she has worked in the U.S. labor movement for more than two decades. She is a frequent commenter on events in Southeast Asia.

Will you tell us about your book? Why did you write it?

The Durian Chronicles: Reflections on the US and Southeast Asia in the Trump Era is a collection of brief essays linking policy developments in the US and Southeast Asia, juxtaposed with the kaleidoscopic events of a turbulent era. My style is punchy and lively, and sometimes a bit provocative. The topics are varied – from criminal justice and the environment, to fashion activism and religious freedom.

Though the essays are sourced and the book is being used in some college classes, the work is highly accessible to the reading public. I wrote the book to help forge connections – between the policy and scholarly communities, between readers in the US who are seeking a broader global view and between readers in Southeast Asia who want to know more about how actions in the US can have repercussions in their own lives.

Can you say a little about your background? How has your professional experience related to your writing?

I have an undergraduate degree in English literature from Emory University and a graduate degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where I studied public policy and administration. I also have a law degree and am a barred attorney. I started out in my professional life as a journalist, but moved into politics. After graduate school, I moved to Washington, DC, to work for a Member of Congress. I eventually transitioned to working for one of the largest labor unions in the US, where I was responsible for helping develop policy and I am now part of the executive team.

I have always written in my jobs, whether it be political speeches or policy analysis memos, but this book is the first time I have published in my own voice and that is exciting!

How did you research the book?

I am an inveterate traveler (56 countries and counting), but I have a special connection with Southeast Asia and it is to that region that I continue to return, year after year. I have developed enduring friendships there and I have become a keener student of the history, politics and culture of nations in the region. But for me, experiential research is the best teacher and there is no substitute for being there. But the book is not solely about Southeast Asia, nor is it solely about the politics and policy of the US. It is about connections and reverberations between the two. It is important from my vantage point to live in the US and to travel to Southeast Asia frequently.

Although it was difficult being unable to travel during the pandemic, the necessity of being homebound afforded me the time and space to finish writing the book. I was so happy to have returned to the region in the Fall for the first time in two and a half years. I was anxious to see how the region has changed and what remained the same.

If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?

Would it surprise you if I said somewhere in Southeast Asia? 😉 Though work pressures sometimes limit me to flying into a city and quickly flying out again, I prefer slow travel when I have the time. I like local trains that are un-airconditioned, riding through the countryside with the windows open. And above all, I like slow boats, whether navigating the Tonle Sap from Siem Reap to Battambang or cruising down the Irawaddy from Mandalay to Bagan.

What do you like to do when you are not working or writing?

I try to stay fit and like being active. I am a certified teacher of yoga and Pilates, and I like sharing those forms of exercise with others when I can. I also took up pickleball during the pandemic. It’s an extremely popular sport in the US and beginning to spread elsewhere (Google it, if you’re unfamiliar). It is played with a lightweight paddle that I was able to easily slip into my suitcase when I returned to Southeast Asia this Fall, and I got to play in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, where the game is beginning to catch on. It was lots of fun and a great way to meet new people. When I’m home I also love films, music and just hanging out with friends.

What have been reader impressions of your book?

I have been really gratified by some of the comments from readers that underscore that The Durian Chronicles is resonating with people. One reader review noted, “Tyler clearly chose the road less traveled wherever she went, leading to original insights gained through careful observation and conversation.” Another one said, “More than a worthwhile read, it’s an important read.”

Has there been any media coverage that you want to highlight for readers?

The Southeast Asia Globe featured a book review and in-depth interview ( They wrote, “Tyler commits herself earnestly as an observer…Her on-the-ground approach and passion help her address sensitive cross-country political issues.”

How do you hope to connect with readers?

I am always happy to talk about the work and am appreciative for the insights of others who think about related issues. In the US, it’s a little easier to connect through public events, but I am also happy to do interviews for blogs or participate in podcasts, webinars or Zoom discussion panels. Anyone with specific engagement ideas can reach me through my publisher, Chin Music Press (chinmusicpress at

Where can people buy the book?

The book is available at many brick and mortar bookstores in the US and internationally, and is also available through online platforms, including Amazon.     

Author Interview with Brooks Washatko

Brooks Washatko is an American author and salesman who loves writing stories that inspire kids. When he is not working you can most likely find him hiking, surfing, or traveling. Brooks currently resides in the beautiful state of Montana.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?

The first critical period of development in humans begins around age 2 and concludes around age 7. This time period provides a prime opportunity to lay the foundation for success in kids! Unfortunately, theres a limited amount of learning material in our education system and the marketplace to teach children practical skills to help build a foundation for their future success. So, I wrote “Tommy Wants To Win” to help provide children with valuable information in a fun way. This book teaches children the importance of healthy competition, hard-work, and chasing after your dreams.

Brooks Washatko

Author Interview with Honerod

Honerod is an up-and-coming author who focuses on personal growth, self-development, and improving one’s life. “Life is an endless journey of learning” is among many of his favorite quotes. His passion for personal development started at a young age and has since then always been looking for opportunities for growth. His latest books, 701 Life Lessons & 701 Life Quotes, examine the importance of legacy and showcases his unique, witty voice. Both books bring out new and modernistic perspectives to life. These are just the beginning of Honerod’s journey as an author, as he plans to release more self-help books with new perspectives to challenge the chaotic world we live in.

  • Where are you from?

I’m from Norway.

  • Why do you write? 

As an introvert, I have found writing to be an effective tool for sorting out my thoughts and making sense of my emotions. Writing provides me with a space to process my thoughts and feelings in a way that feels natural and comfortable for me.

In addition, writing gives me the freedom and peace that I need to express myself creatively and authentically. Through writing, I am able to explore new ideas and perspectives, and connect with others in a meaningful way.

Overall, writing has become a fundamental part of my personal and professional life, providing me with an outlet for self-expression and helping me to navigate life’s challenges with clarity and purpose.

  • What do you write about? 

I write about personal development, personal growth, and self-improvement. My focus is on life lessons and inspiring quotes that encourage readers to reflect on their own experiences and to strive towards their personal and professional goals. I believe that everyone has the potential to grow and learn, and my aim is to provide the tools and inspiration to help my readers do just that.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

Yes, I do have a specific writing style. I strive to be inspiring and witty in my writing, capturing the reader’s attention and engaging them in a unique and meaningful way. I believe that writing can be both educational and entertaining, and I strive to find that perfect balance in my work.

By incorporating humor and wit, I aim to make my writing more relatable and enjoyable for the reader, while still conveying important messages and insights. My goal is to create a writing style that is both informative and inspiring, leaving a lasting impact on the reader and encouraging them to see the world in a new and exciting way.

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

As a writer, there are several obstacles that can come in the way of producing quality work. The first obstacle is finding the time to write, especially when balancing a full-time job. It can be difficult to set aside dedicated time for writing, especially when faced with other responsibilities and commitments.

Another common obstacle is losing motivation. Writing can be a challenging and demanding process, and it’s easy to lose sight of the end goal when faced with writer’s block or other creative challenges.

Finally, impatience can also be an obstacle in the writing process. Writing often requires patience and persistence, and it can be tempting to give up or rush the process when faced with obstacles or setbacks.

These obstacles can be difficult to overcome, but they are not insurmountable. With dedication, determination, and a willingness to persevere, it is possible to overcome these challenges and produce meaningful, impactful writing.

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

As I just published my first books, I have not yet had the opportunity to receive feedback or questions from readers. However, I am eager to engage with my audience and learn more about their experiences with my work. I believe that feedback and dialogue with readers is a crucial part of the writing process, and I look forward to the opportunity to connect with my audience in the future.

  • How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for 4 years now.

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

When I published my first books.

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

When I am writing, I follow a structured work schedule that allows me to be productive and efficient. I utilize the Pomodoro Technique, which involves breaking my work into focused 25-minute intervals, with short breaks in between. This helps me to stay focused and avoid burnout, while still making steady progress on my writing.

In addition to the Pomodoro Technique, I also try to write a minimum of 200 words every day. This helps me to build momentum and maintain a consistent writing pace, even when faced with distractions or other challenges.

By adhering to this work schedule, I am able to stay focused and productive, ensuring that I am able to make steady progress on my writing projects. Whether I am working on a longer-term project or simply jotting down ideas and thoughts, I find that this structured approach helps me to stay organized and motivated, and produces my best work.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

My interesting writing quirk is that I bring a modern and innovative perspective to my writing. I strive to bring fresh ideas and unique viewpoints to my work, making it both engaging and thought-provoking for my readers.

  • How long does it take to write a book?

That depends. It can take a day, week, month or year.

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

As a new author, there are several key pieces of advice that I would offer. Firstly, it’s important to be an avid reader. Reading extensively will not only help you improve your writing, but also give you a better understanding of your genre and the market you’re entering.

Another important piece of advice is to experiment with different writing styles. Don’t be afraid to try new things and see what works best for you. This exploration can help you find your unique voice and style as a writer.

Finally, it’s crucial to find your genre. This will allow you to focus your efforts and hone your craft in a specific area. Understanding your genre will also help you target your audience and market your work effectively.

In summary, my advice for new authors is to read a lot of books, explore with writing styles, and find your genre. By doing so, you will be well on your way to a successful writing career.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

Something unique. Everything original is worth reading.

  • Do you see writing as a career?

I see it as a hobby at the moment.

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

Yes, I have a specific message for my readers. I hope that you find joy and inspiration in my books, “701 Life Lessons” and “701 Life Quotes.” If you have any questions or feedback regarding my books, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I value your thoughts and would love to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to read my work.

  • When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I published my first books.