Author Interview with Nicholas Zacky

Nicholas Zacky is a pretty normal guy. He lives in Singapore, loves his family….and oh yeah, he’s been to almost every country in the world as a flight attendant for a major airline.

Nicholas doesn’t sugar-coat things; if you ever wanted to know what it’s really like to work as a flight attendant, now’s your chance. His honest and often hilarious insights will give you the real inside scoop on the business. Then, read about his adventures outside of work! This world traveler loves spending his holidays on solo backpacking trips. Follow Zacky to exotic locales around the globe and find out how all the different cities he’s visited have changed his perspective and allowed him to experience cultures different than his own. On the spiritual side, Zacky explains how solo travel can help you feel free and give your soul a much-needed breaksomething he experienced on his backpacking excursions. Then, on the more suspenseful side, there are so many crazy stories to share: Zacky is someone who goes all-out in his travels, staying awake for almost twenty-four hours at a time in order make the most of every single moment. With these adventures come risks, and he finds that he always seems to get himself into trouble when he’s overseas—he’s even almost died on three separate occasions in three different countries! From flight attendant to author, Blessed is an account of Zacky’s tales of worldly wisdom, wild nights out in cities all over the world, and so much more. Fasten your seatbelts! Blessed is the thrilling adventure you’ve been waiting for.

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Where are you from?

The sunny island of Singapore

Why do you write?

I’ve wrote the book blessed , My first and only book

What do you write about?

Blessed is basically a autobiography of mine which i wrote mainly during my 5 years as flight attendant traveling almost 3/4 of the world

Do you have a specific writing style?

The truth and nothing short of the truth.

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

When you get taken advantage off , cause what your doing is new, and you don’t know how the business works.

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

How are you still alive ?

How long have you been writing?

Have always had a habit writing randomly , can be just writing freestyle to some random story , or even writing a song

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

5 years ago, i was at some seminar and the guy that was speaking he made it sound so possible for anyone in the room to write room to write a book, crazy

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

After i got fired from my job, i spend the next 3 months staying at home not working not job hunting but just staying in my room writting. Even if i were to go out i would go to Starbucks or the library and that is also to continue writing. I was obsessed to get the writing content completed.

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

I’ve completed writing in a year. It took another to get done and published

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

Just get a pen and paper , and just write it all first don’t worry about anything else. That should be your first step, don’t worry about anything else.

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

Am i writing too much ? am i writing too little ? will they like it ? how will they see me after the book ?
overthinking generally in life is toxic, let your heart and soul do the writting.

What do you think makes a good story?

If it is coming from and it is real as hell, that’s a good story.

What does your family think of your writing?

They could not believe it, they thought i was messing around
the day when my book arrive on post and they saw it for the first time, they were speechless.

Do you see writing as a career?

It was so much work on the first book , i told myself this is the first and the last book
Now that i’ve gotten a hang of it, I don’t see why i should not be writing book number #2

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

In life sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and just do it, don’t tell yourself you’re gonna do it next week, next month , next year
just fucking do it today , like right now. Hesitation is always holding us human down from living.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When i saw the book cover, i was like god damm Nicholas Zacky is an Author . Wow!

An Interview with Author Alex McCann Johnson

Alex McCann Johnson

Alex McCann Johnson was born and raised in North Dakota. He has always been fascinated by myths and legends from all over the world, and that fascination played a central role in his quest to learn more about our world and this life from both a metaphysic and spiritual perspective. Alex is also the author of Shadow in the Light, a finalist in the International Book Awards LGBTQ category.

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Where are you from?
Williston North Dakota USA

Why do you write? 
I write because I have a story to tell. This story has allowed me to express myself in a way that I hope my readers enjoy. While it is a work of fiction, I hope people take from it the lessons learned from the characters that they relate with. I hope that I have fueled their imagination enough to make a positive change in the reader’s life.

What do you write about? 
I write about the journey. Some people believe that it is the ending that matters most, but I truly believe that it is the journey that paves the way to the end.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to make it so that the reader is able to use his or her imagination. While I can describe a character in detail, I still like to leave key characteristics of features to the imagination so that the reader can become more involved with the character.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
In a review, it was mentioned that “This author is striving to break moulds and has to be applauded for that. It’s refreshing to find a writer like this who dares to be different and who confronts his readers with an innovative and challenging universe.” And that is exactly what I want to be known for!

How long have you been writing?
I started creating stories when I was very little. I loved books, and when I learned to write words, I immediately started to put them together.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
Do we all get the luxury of setting aside time in our busy schedules? haha

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
Just start writing. Get it all out of you! We all have a story to be told.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?
My biggest challenge was trying to fit in too many ancient gods and goddesses! I had to cut some out because it got to be too many. I wanted to use them all!

What do you think makes a good story?
A good story comes when you really dig within yourself when you write.

What does your family think of your writing? 
My brother did my cover art! They are super supportive!

Do you see writing as a career?
It is my favorite hobby!

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?
I write these books for you!

Do you have links that you’d like to share for others to read? www.shadowinthelight.com

#FeaturedFriday Review -Jesse James Kennedy

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This week, we are featuring author Jesse James Kennedy from the Crime Novel genre

Biography:

Jesse James Kennedy is an American novelist and poet born in St. Louis Missouri. After a brief stint in the Army, he spent a good decade running wild, reading and sharpening his writing skills. His first novel, Missouri Homegrown, was published by Perfect Crime Books to strong national reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. His second novel, Tijuana Mean, has been accepted by the same publisher and is due to be released in late 2018. These days he can usually be found somewhere in the rural Midwest writing and consuming copious amounts of bottom shelf whiskey.

Tijuana Mean

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“Mean as ever . . . stepping over the bodies—a lot of them. . . . Kennedy’s involvement with his material has deepened. In heightened language, he explores the odd bond between cops and criminals, the poisonous tension between father and son. There’s a sixties vibe, too, with LSD visions and the Grateful Dead on car radios. These are gripping, beautifully executed scenes, and there’s still plenty of McCray business-as-usual: robbing corpses, chopping off arms, pushing lit cigarettes into open wounds. . . . How do McCrays handle competitors? “We kill them.” The American Library Association’s Booklist

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#FeaturedFriday Review -Cheryl Butler

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This week, we are featuring author Cheryl Butler from the Horror/Mystery/Thriller/Suspense genre

Biography:

I love character-driven tales with a psychological edge and aim to produce that kind of work myself, and I’m not afraid to tackle issues that some may find difficult… other than horror – I can’t read or write horror as I scare far too easily! Aside from writing and my family, my greatest passion is music, and I can easily lose myself in a favourite album or song, rather like I do within a book I’m writing or reading, and a musician’s ability to move you on any level is pure genius.

The Course Of Conviction

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Perfect!! I was attached to this book more than I was with book one – in fact, I became a little obsessed with the plot of this particular story! Things are darker than ever, there are twists and turns from the very beginning that leave you speechless and we see the disturbed minds of certain characters, as well as the consequences of their actions. I had to laugh at myself when I finished this book – I felt like I was such a prude reading book one, but this book has just sparked my obsession with this series in a way that I never thought possible! It just goes to show that you should all read books that are out of your comfort zone, as you never know what you might find. This series has been such a complex, deeply emotional and unexpected ride so far and the end of this book has made me pretty desperate for the final installment. Amazing!

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#FeaturedFriday Review – Paul D. Brazill

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This week, we are featuring author Paul D. Brazill from the Horror/Mystery/Thriller/Suspense genre

Biography:

Paul D. Brazill’s books include Man of the World, Last Year’s Man and Gumshoe Blues. He was born in England and lives in Poland. His writing has been translated into Italian, Finnish, Polish, German and Slovene.

Gumshoe Blues

Gumshoe Blues is a collection of four linked tales, the eponymous novella length Gumshoe Blues followed by three short stories Mr Kiss And Tell, Who Killed Skippy? and The Lady And The Gimp. In each our worn down private investigator attempts to rake in enough assignments to at least cover his bar tab – with the occasional Pot Noodle thrown in for sustenance – without getting on the wrong side of any of the local crime bosses and gangland hoodlums. For such a setup, the book has an unusual and deceptively gentle pace. Brazill excels at creating vivid scenes and locations, each one dripping with authentic detail, and maintains a strong sense of threatening unease. I could easily imagine myself alongside Ord in these deprived and forgotten Northern towns. Gumshoe Blues is as much an indictment of the sad state of contemporary England as it is a crime novel. That’s not to say that such a grim locale has resulted in a depressing read though – far from it! I love Brazill’s dry humour and scathing turns of phrase which contrast well with his eye for an absurd situation. All of his characters have a ring of authenticity to them with even people who only put in the briefest of appearances being utterly believable. Gumshoe Blues wasn’t at all what I expected it to be, but I appreciated its unique atmosphere and thoroughly enjoyed the read.

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An Interview with Avron Levine White

Avron Levine White
Avron White

Avron Levine White took his M.A.; and Ph.D. in Film, Music and Sociology at Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom. After his appointment as a Film Officer for the Plymouth City Arts Council he launched his first
publication: Lost in Music:Culture Style and the Musical Event (Published by Routledge and Kegan Paul United Kingdom). Among his other talents, Avron is an accomplished Jazz musician, having played professionally
in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. His career path has led him to many projects of music and Latin American Dance, most notable of which Is his passion for Argentine Tango. He currently teaches Tango in Florida and continues to live Internationally in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Peru.

Where are you from?

I am from the United Kingdom and the USA and I hold a dual nationality.  Most of my adult life has been in the United Kingdom and whilst I am a transcontinental hybrid, I mostly feel British, and American when I am in the mood.

Why do you write? 

Everyone is looking for a voice.  I have tried many, at different times of my life, including music, dancing, academia, martial arts, sports and  writing.  An art form is a tool of communication.  Much can be said through different mediums.  Each medium enables a capacity for expression, and I suspect the written word remains the most globally accessible.

What do you write about? 

I write about life experiences that reflect transitions.  Transitions from one phase of life to another is what interests me.  We are all like butterflies that have metamorphosed from a previous state of being. Profound personal experience in the form of enlightenment, tragedy, circumstance, or interaction with significant others, all contribute to change. What interests me is the process of change and the reasons for it.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I have written Poetry and I am currently writing a Novel.  Prior to this I have written many academic publications, the most notable of which is “Lost In Music.”  But that was some time ago.  As for a specific style of writing, I am always looking for engagement with the Reader.  I want my Reader to be able to follow, and feel, the flow of my words.  I look for ways to connect and find common ground with the person experiencing my work.  This book of Poems, “Just The Word” also links with a piece of Music I have written and performed for the book. You can access the music on your smartphone by clicking on the QR code. For me, and the reader, it is hopefully another dimension of communication that will perhaps mediate the sentiment of the Poetry.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

The biggest obstacle, for me personally, is time.  Life is about balance with your method of survival and your family life, if you choose to have one. Finding the time to write has always been my biggest struggle.  It requires some degree of introspection and in that respect, it can be self-isolating in a way that disconnects you from a certain kind of sociable consciousness. Your friends and family will be an important source of support and understanding for this.

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

The most memorable thing said, and the thing which meant the most to me is that the reader said they had recommended a friend or colleague to read my work.

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How long have you been writing?

I published short stories in school magazines and wrote short essays that were read on the Radio.  I have continued writing ever since.  But the purpose of the written word has changed dramatically from one life cycle to another.  When I was in business, I wrote like a lawyer, when I was an academic, likewise.  Transitioning to being an artist brings a dramatically different perspective to my use of the written word.

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

I was heavily encouraged to write in my earliest school years partially because my entire family were writers of some description.  During periods of my life when financial pressures were the greatest, I have put writing projects on hold and concentrated mainly on remaining financially solvent.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I set a word count target to work to every day.  That is how I wrote everything in the past.  Write first, and then edit later.  I schedule a time to do this and try to stick to it on a daily basis.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I often like to write my first drafts by hand rather than on a typewriter.  The process of manually writing the words on a page helps me to focus.

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

The decision to write the project is what takes the time.  Once decided, and committed, its possible to complete the project quickly.  Having said that, I have completed some manuscripts in months, whereas others have taken years; mainly because of my hesitation in my desire to complete the project.  Once you know that you want to complete the project in hand, it will flow.

Review

“A unique and quasi-iconoclastic scribe of transitional phases of everyday life. Flamboyant, provocative, poetic lifestyle parables of considerable signifiance”

“Modern Cosmopolitan Verse combined with images and intertwined with original music. Just the Word gives the reader an unusual opportunity to experience shades of meaning within poetry and explore a rich dimension of self-discovery whilst listening to original music composed by the author. Avron Levine White, playing piano and synthesiser, recorded the piece at The Blue in Green Studios in Cornwall, United Kingdom.


“Mr. White’s poems cast a bright light on the intricate and fragile desires, hope, and commitments that drive us toward and away from each other. Disappointment in both self and the other (“The Arrangement”), tenderness and ambiguity in loving (“The Love”), fear and revenge (“The Fight”), passion (“The Fcuk”), conditioned and thwarted violence (“The War”), and other human conditions, dreams, and longing come under the poet’s scrutiny in both free verse and rhymed poems. His theme is human nature—that which bonds us could just as easily separate us. We are vulnerable beings, but we do persist.”

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

The phrase my father always use to say to me whenever I said I was going to do something was this: “Don’t talk about it, just do it!

I suppose that is the best suggestion I can make.  Many people advise announcing their intention to all and sundry.  They recommend this because it makes you vulnerable to accountability.  People will constantly ask? “How is the writing going,” etc.  To me, that would put me off completely.  I prefer, to make the decision and get on with it.  The most important thing to do is to “schedule” when you are going to write and stick to it.  The other very obvious thing is to read, read, read everything in the genre you are writing in.  Think about the way the book is structured, how characters are developed, and most importantly how the “continuum of time and continuity” is presented.  Herein lies technique that you can learn from other authors.

Just The Word

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

Almost everything I write about is based upon some real-life experience of my own, or somebody else.  And some of that content is unnerving to say the least.  In the end, as an author, we want to connect with our readers and not alienate them.  Getting the right balance between the details and the narrative is, to my mind, the challenge.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good story, in my opinion, usually involves an unexpected event that presents a challenge.  A challenge that will push a protagonist and an antagonist to the limits of their capacity and ingenuity.

What does your family think of your writing? 

My family always wanted me to write and that support has been the most important source of stability and motivation.

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, definitely.

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

Thank you.  I would be so interested to correspond with any of you who have anything to say or have any ideas to share about what I have written or anything else for that matter.  I would love to hear from you.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When my first book “Lost in Music.” was published.  Then, yes, I took myself seriously as a writer.

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Upcoming Live Interview with D. L. Blackburne

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We are going Live with author D.L. Blackburne on Tuesday 8PM CST on Facebook. Watch us live and questions during the live session. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

D.L. Blackburne is a Connecticut based indie author/artist who began writing in October 2016. His debut book Office Pool: Orientation was later released on November 08, 2019 on Amazon and Apple books. The 20+ year professional artist turned author illustrated all the characters and cover work in the series. With his most recent book in the Office Pool Series now published August 01, 2020 (book #2 Extraction) D.L. is now currently working to complete book #3 the series final installment due out mid 2021. In addition to that D.L. is simultaneously working on another book series. The multi-book vast YA Fantasy Epic will called [Sons of the Severnn]

Q. Describe yourself in five words.
A. Curious observer appreciator of life

Q. What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
A. I really have no idea about that one actually.  It depends on their perceived notions about me or anyone I would imagine. that allows us all to be surprised about others I guess… 

Q. How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
A. By trying new things and failing again and again until the fear of failure and self-doubt is comfortable or gone, the only thing left to experience after that, is success.  

Q. What scares you the most?
A. The current state of the world in general. 

Q. What makes you happiest?
A. I don’t need much besides a quiet creative space, aside from that, being of service to other people, friends, family & strangers in need even. 

Q. Why do you write?
A. It is a very effective outlet for my ideas no matter how big they seem to fit, I enjoy painting for that same reason but some ideas can’t fit on canvases no matter how big they are..

Q. Have you always enjoyed writing?
A. Yes, in my short time doing it writing has been very good to me. 

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Q. What motivates you to write? 
A. The need to get ideas out of my mind taking up space and to make way for new concepts and ideas.

Q. What writing are you most proud of?
A. My third and final book of my current series although it’s still only halfway completed, I feel content with it so far.

Q. What are you most proud of in your personal life?
A. My children they’re all decent people, they could certainly be worse, I say decent to keep them a bit humble. To use the word wonderful would come off as biased and discourage their pursuit of constant self improvement and growth.  

Q. What books did you love growing up? 
A. I loved the brightly colored picture books with the cats and dogs as everyday people driving the firetrucks, cars, bikes and them going to the market etc.  Those and the Tomie dePaola books were favorites of mine.

Q. What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 
A. That he did the best with what he had or he was a person who helped others.

Q. Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?  
A. I live in, Connecticut, USA in a working class city and a pretty diverse area, not a small town or huge metropolis. I had a diverse group of friends, neighbors and classmates growing up. I’ve lived in different parts of the country. My first purchased home was in a very small rural village/town with a population of about 4800 people. I’ve also lived in a city with a population of about a million people. Each experience was different in weather, activities, density and demographics but the people in each place were overwhelmingly the same. 

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Q. How did you develop your writing?
A. Through trial and error, and watching and reading other more experienced and proficient writers.

Q. What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
A. Well, I guess that all depends on the individual I suppose, right?  For me I would say writing is a challenge that I enjoy very much, marketing too is something a self published recluse like myself recognizes as a necessity.  If I want to continue to bring and share my work with the public I have to adapt and get better at it as I go.  

Q. What marketing works for you?
A. Not sure yet I’m trying a bit of everything, if I ever become a bestseller,  I’ll certainly share what worked for me. 

Q. Do you find it hard to share your work?
A. No, not really because before its made public I have picked it apart with a few people I trust creatively to be objective. If it can stand up to that group of people and myself, then I’m satisfied that it’s made as well as I could make it. After that I can release it to the world. If it’s accepted I’m of course very, very glad the readers appreciate my best, if that same audience doesn’t,  I can be content I’ve given my very best.

Q. Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
A. While they don’t anticipate any book releases or anything, they do support me the same way they’ve supported me with my art over the years. They let me focus when I’m in a writing/ creative groove, and some will even read the books.   

Q. What else do you do, other than write? 
A. I enjoy falling off the face of the earth for a few days binging a great new series, or taking on a DIY project, painting, drawing, discovering new food or music, and indulging in rare teas.

Q. What other jobs have you had in your life?
A. I was an art gallery owner, a professional artist/ instructor well, I still produce art to this very day.  A graphic designer for a publishing company, a freelance illustrator, a medical equipment technician in my late twenties & early thirties and many more things.

Q. If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
A. Probably Oxford or Cambridge I’d say, I would have loved to study abroad. 

Q. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
A. Ushuaia, Argentina the southern most city on earth.  It’s picturesque backed by the mountains, you can see the southern lights and it’s on the sea.  Nicknamed “the end of the world” I’d love to retire there or at least spend some time writing or painting there when it’s all said and done.

Q. Tell us about your family? 
A. In a nutshell they are a large multi-cultured, loving God-fearing group of folks

Q. How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
A. Laptop at a desk 95% of the time the other methods are used if an idea strikes me, and I’m away from the desk.

Q. How much sleep do you need to be your best? 
A. Roughly 6-8 hours maximum, anything beyond that, for me personally is counterproductive.

Q. Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
A. My family, friends, readers and reviewers. 

Q. Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success inwriting look like to you?   
A. A decent size catalog or body of work, a slew of critics, and supporters I imagine. 

Q. It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?  
A. It’s important of course to target the right readers however, seeing how this book is really for everyone ages 9 to 99. On this particular series, the focus I feel doesn’t have to be so narrow this go round.

Q. Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
A. I wrote the new book in support of the debut book I originally wanted to write. After accomplishing that in 2019, I wanted to see if I could replicate the same quality or better the second time out.  

Q. If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
A. If we are talking strictly famous people it would be Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and Leonardo di Vinci I’d spend the dinner trying to convince them all to stay with us, long after dinner. 

Q. When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
A. Doing something mindless like watching a tv series, sports, movies, my kids grow up, or the sea

Q. What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
A. I hope they take something positive from the writing, I certainly would hope they are uplifted or entertained in some way. I would hate for it to be a burden or chore to consume. 

#FeaturedFriday Review

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This week, we are featuring author Donald Firesmith from the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre

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Donald Firesmith is a multi-award-winning author of speculative fiction including science fiction (alien invasion), fantasy (magical wands), and modern urban paranormal novels. Prior to recently retiring to devote himself full-time to his novels, Donald Firesmith earned an international reputation as a distinguished engineer, authoring seven system/software engineering books based on his 40+ years spent developing large, complex software-intensive systems. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs and cats.

The Secrets of Hawthorne House

This is a brilliant book. It’s about friendship, loyalty, secrets, magic, loss, and love (there’s a little romance in there too). It’s funny in places, well I thought parts were funny lol. It’s about two families from backgrounds which couldn’t be more different if they tried who come together. It even covers high school bullying and of course, magic. If you are a fan of Harry Potter and Bella Forest’s Spellshadow Manor series, you will love this book. The story-line has been well thought out and draws you in wanting to know what is going to happen next. It’s brilliantly written, and [I] really do recommend you read it if you like any books that involve magic and mystery. I think you will enjoy it!! I’m looking forward to reading the next chapter of this story. It would make a great series.

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This week, we are featuring author Judge Santiago Burdon from the Horror/Mystery/Thriller/Suspense genre

Biography:

On an unseasonably cool July morning in Chicago, equivalent to David Copperfield , Judge Burdon was born on a Friday. The Bronte Sisters, Keats, Burns and Dickens inspired his study of English Literature. He attended Universities in the United States, London and Paris directing his focus on Victorian novels and authors. His short stories and poems have been featured in; The Remnant Leaf, Stay Weird and Keep Writing, Independent Writer’s Podcast, Spillwords, The Beatnik Cowboy, Down in the Dirt Magazine, The Raven Cage, Eskimo Pie, Across The Margin, Story Pub, Scarlet Leaf Review, Horror Sleaze Trash, The Stray Branch and Anti-Heroin Chic. Judge’s first book “Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild Cautionary Tales.”was published in January 2020 by HST PRESS. He is presently engaged in finishing his Novel “Imitation of Myself.” A non-fiction story encompassing his experiences as a drug runner for a Mexican Cartel. Judge celebrated his 66th birthday last July and lives modestly in Costa Rica.

Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild Cautionary Tales

Wayne F. Burke Review of “Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild Cautionary Tales” Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2020 “clouds like art in the sky…the angel’s Play Doh.” these stories are expeditions into dangerous states of mind and body. Borrowing from the script of the godfather of “gonzo,” Hunter S. Thompson, Burdon has created something memorable. The narrator of these twisted and oftentimes hilarious tales is “Santiago” (“Santi”), an unregenerate and mostly unrepentant druggie and ex-jailbird. A roster of campaneros serve Santi as sidekicks on his nefarious journeys running drugs and seeking kicks. None–with a notable exception–bring to the narrative the same menace and deranged sensibility as did Raoul Duke’s partner in crime, “Dr. Gonzo,” Duke’s hulking Samoan “attorney” (in FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS). The exception is Santi’s ex-prison carnal Johnny Rico, a drug and alcohol-fueled loose-canon whose outrageousness rivals that of the “Dr” and leads Santi into all manner of adventurous mayhem…Burdon’s prose is clear, and language concise: spiced with the Spanish of his streetwise bilingualism, and not without serious intent either, as you can gleam from his sketch of New Orleans at night: “…the sun begins to set, permitting the night to spill its darkness into a jealous sky pouting over the absence of its stars, their sparkle obscured by the clouds bullying their way into the space left by the sun’s retreat. The moon grows larger and brighter as the earth turns, spinning night’s beacon of light into a brilliant white.” Serious and jokey by turns, though the black humor and indelible portraits of even minor characters, like Becky the fearful chatterbox of “Father Guy”; Andy the loser wanna-be drug-dealer of “Watermelon Round-up Run”; and the gas station attendant of “Weed”–make this collection something to get high on. For sure.

Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild

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Author Interview with Diana Garlington

Diana Garlington

Diana Garlington is the author of “She Wasn’t the One”. She is a community activist and speaker. Diana has a strong sense of community and believes in encouraging and working for disadvantage communities and youth.

After losing her daughter, Esscence, at the young age of 21 to gun violence, she has dedicated her life to teaching the principles and practices of nonviolence while empowering our youth and adult females with ways to re-create their struggles and expressions by using their voices to be heard, heeded and respected.

“We must not STAND on stricter gun sense and domestic violence laws, we must INSIST on it!” She continues to live her life consistent with her new motto, “Envy kills, love lifts.”

Where are you from?

I am from Providence RI, I was raised in a two-parent environment with five siblings.

Why do you write?

I write because it is a mechanism to keep my mind and thoughts tranquil. Losing Esscence was life-changing, but it also gave me the strength and courage to share her story, and change lives of others who choose to keep theirs suppressed.

What do you write about?

I write about my emotions and feelings in the moment. (Poetry) has afforded me to express the pains and tribulations I faced. The early demise of my daughter reflects an enormous amount of violence in my community and writing poems helps me in channeling ways to resolve the issues we are confronted with.

She Wasn’t The One on Amazon

Do you have a specific writing style?

My writing style is continuous writing, and then rearranging to bring my thoughts from paper format to fruition. Each time I write, it brings about solutions to many of the atrocities I have suffered.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

The obstacles to me writing is emotional barriers where I sometimes downplay the perception of my messages. In writing She Wasn’t The One, I wanted my audience to understand the truths and hurts that I endured for many years after my loss, but struggled with how it would effect others. Alternatively understanding the importance of revealing veracity.

https://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/20200131/my-turn-diana-garlington-prevent-more-deaths-like-my-daughters