An interview with Author Quinton Douglas Crawford

Mr. Quinton Douglas Crawford has been a happy but struggling educator that was born in Southern California. He was blessed with opportunities to teach in two private schools (one for wealthy families in Vallejo, California as a 5/6 combo grade class; another in Fairfield as a moderate-severe special education 6/7 combo classroom teacher; before they financially collapsed. Before serving as a Teacher-Trainer in the Teacher Training College called Watico in Sefwi-Wiawso in the Western Region of The Republic of Ghana. A few years after his return to California an offer to teach English in Shenzhen, China was extended. There was some miscommunication on his arrival time, but luckily a staff member of the organization was nearby and able to be reached by the designated hotel to respite from my long uncomfortable flight. Between these times and beyond he has done guaranteed work as a substitute teacher for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District in virtually all roles. He has been praised by most of the students he has taught, their parents, many school staff and administrators.

His education consists of several certifications, Associates Degrees, a Bachelors Degree, several Masters degree units and in pursuit of a Masters Degree and Credentialing through Alliant International University. Delay’s in reaching his goal of attaining his higher level degree of a Masters or possibly a Doctorate were positioned against him in several different years via college closures, a discrimination issue, and a nearly fatal traumatic hemorrhagic cranial stroke which forced me into having to endure a 2-week Coma, also during a critical time in my Masters of Education study time. He attributes his strong and medically noted quick recovery to several factors including prayers by friends and family of multiple cultures and faiths, reception of over 100 get-well cards from the 6th grade classes and a 3rd grade class of David Weir Academy in 2018. Having the vision of my deceased father at the border of heaven “ordering me to Go-Back” while I was in the Coma, and seeing what appeared to be a fading angel as I awoke one day could of all done nothing for me but help.

Describe yourself in five words

– Intelligent, Spiritual, Caring, Engaging, and Foreward-thinking.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

– I have a strong romantic side.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?  

– I embrace music with lyrics that speak the opposite terms.

What scares you the most? 

– The possibility of a major earthquake while driving across the center of a large bridge.

What makes you happiest?  

– I love teaching an engaging subject with smart interested students.

Why do you write? 

– I want to leave some type of legacy behind and always know I may be teaching someone.

Have you always enjoyed writing?  

– No, I began enjoying it after I began teaching it.

What motivates you to write? 

– I want the one I fell in love with to know I’m still alive.

What writing are you most proud of?

– I’m most proud of my book “The Global Situation” in part because I accomplished writing in the science genre.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

– I’m most proud that I have never given up trying to get my masters degree.

 What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

– Mr. Quinton Douglas Crawford directly influenced thousands of students with real life wisdom to pass to others in California, Ghana, China, and millions of others via the timeless knowledge expressed in the literature he had produced in his books and organization works.

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

– I grew up mainly on U.S. Air Force Bases in southern California, Spain, England, and Travis AFB.

How did you develop your writing?

– My first book came from a collection of my bachelors programs essays. That provided the biggest template for my other published writings.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

– The most challenging thing for me has been the writing, as it required a lot of backup research.

What marketing works for you? 

– Radio marketing and blog posts seem to work well for me.

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

– No

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

– Yes, each seems to support me.

What else do you do, other than write? 

– I am a teacher, Masters degree student of Alliant International University, and multiple health trauma survivor.

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

– I used to be a custodian for Solano County, a Library Assistant for Solano Community College, and a fast food worker for McDonalds.

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

– Astrophysics

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

– Philippines and Ghana

Tell us about your family? 

– Everyone has worked for a government agency.

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

– I use all of the above.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 

– I like to get 9-10 hours of sleep but can do well with 6-7 hours for work.

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

– Professor Manu Ampim

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

– My newest book to be published in November is my Autobiography. I wrote in inspiration by my favorite Author Relations Officer. Told me that my life story might help others.

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

– My dad, Tupac Shakur, Bob Marley, Guru, Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Prof. Manu Ampim, Prof. X,  Brother J, KRS-1, Stokely Carmichael, Kwai Chang Caine, Leonard Nimoy, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Kevin Hart

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

– Listening to music for inspiration and stories

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

 – I hope people will gain dynamic answers to the problems and issues I attempt to address in each of the books.

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An Interview with Author James Dittmar

James Dittmar

James Dittmar lives in Cedar Rapids, IA with his wife and two sons. When not writing or fishing, he can be found playing video games with his kids, trying to keep his motorcycle running and playing make believe in his head while he avoids any real work that he can, all with a dram of nice Irish Whiskey.

Where are you from?

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Why do you write? 

I have a deep respect for those that put things out into the world, artists, musicians, etc. I have always enjoyed telling stories, so I wanted to add my contribution to the world. 

What do you write about? 

Fantasy and Science Fiction mostly, but I try not to limit myself.  I enjoy reading many genres, so I figure why limit myself to writing only one?   

What books did you love growing up?

I loved anything fantasy or science fiction I would get my hands on.  Tolkien, Lloyd Alexanders Prydain series, Terry Brooks Shannara series, Dune, and The Books of Lost Swords series by Fred Saberhagen.  I was also a big fan of Stephen King and Dean Koontz growing up.  Many of my books were paperbacks from garage sales, so there were always a lot of their books available to me. 

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

Everyday life. Family, day job, responsibilities. There are a million things in life that will try to get in the way, the key is getting it done anyway.

How long have you been writing?

Writing? All my life.  Published?  Just this year. I have many unfinished manuscripts, but I finally found some stories that kept me involved and excited to see where the stories lead me.

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

When I was a young kid, maybe ten or eleven, we had a writer (Carol Gorman) visit our school.  She published what is now called YA, but back then it didn’t really have a label.  I had a ‘job’ in the school library twice a week, and she was friends with the librarian and let me read the manuscript for her next book before it was published.  The fact that a local writer could also be a successful nationally published author blew my mind and ever since then, I wanted to be a writer too.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I draft an outline and then get to work.  I try to work an hour or two a day when I am in the middle of a story.  I often find the story veering wildly outside of the outline, but that is what makes writing so exciting.

Who would you say are your influences?

Well, the easy answer is of course J.R.R Tolkien.  I first read the Hobbit when I was twelve I think and have been hooked on fantasy ever since.  R.A. Salvatore, William King are Dan Abnett are probably the biggest influences of my latest series of books.

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

My first published novel took me about 3 months from first draft to date of publishing

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

Just keep writing. Like anything else, the more you do something the more you excel at it.  You can’t worry about how well it is selling or reviewed.  As long as one person finds your book and is entertained by it, that is all that matter.

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

Pacing. There are times I know where I want my characters to go, but have to figure out how to get them there, and that sometimes ends up with pacing that doesn’t match the rest of the writing as I struggle to get them from plot point A to plot point B.

What do you think makes a good story?

Immersion. If you look up and are shocked to realize you have been reading for longer than you had thought or planned because you have become so engrossed in the setting and characters of a book.

What does your family think of your writing? 

They are supportive. 

Do you see writing as a career?

I would love for it to be, but even if that is not to be, I will be happy to continue it as a side project for as long as I have readers.

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

Review and share the books you love. There are so many books available now, and more every day, that it is easy for them to get lost in the mix. If you read a book and enjoy it, tell others about it, and put up a review on Amazon or Goodreads or just on social media, letting the world know about it.  As much as the publishing landscape has changed over the years, the one thing that holds still is that nothing moves books like word of mouth. Whether it is a mass-produced big-name author or a small self-published indie, the best thing that a reader can so to support authors they enjoy is to share that enjoyment.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I was reading a proof copy of my paperback and realized that if I didn’t know that I had written it, I would have genuinely thought it had come from one of the authors whose works I do enjoy.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

Marketing for sure. I was so worried about the writing and publishing steps, I never would have realized how difficult the marketing is, especially for an indie author.

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An Interview with Author Frankie Fegurgur

Frankie Fegurgur

Hi Everyone and welcome to the Family section of Frank Money Talk! I know that it can be difficult to discuss money at home. Whether it’s lingering beliefs from how we were raised, or fear that our children will judge us for our financial mistakes, talking about money quickly becomes off-limits. Time passes and then our children are adults, being forced to make complex financial decisions without basic knowledge about how money works. You want the best for your children, but how do you explain one of the most important aspects of life? People often tell me that they just wish they had some help breaking the ice. A way to explain any financial topic in simple terms so that children can have a solid foundation. I’m here to help! On this page and throughout this website, you’ll find free resources, including printable budget templates, savings challenges and even coloring pages from my children’s book about money!

Q: Where are you from?

A: I am from California and was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Q: What do you write about?

A:  I write about financial dignity, money mindfulness and how to retire with purpose. We need to start talking about financial literacy as early as feasible, so I began tailoring my message to a younger audience. First it was high school students, and now my latest book is for 7–11-year-olds.

Q: Do you have a specific writing style?

A: I want to distill the main ideas and cut out the fluff.  I like using examples or stories that convey an actionable message.  If the reader can’t walk away with practical tools or asking themselves better questions, then I wasn’t persuasive enough, or respectful of their time.

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

A: I began writing in middle school. I had a teacher who encouraged me, and that belief stuck. Writing is a skill that serves everyone, regardless of their career or interests. It’s been especially valuable to me in articulating complex financial topics in a simple, palatable way.

Q: Why do you write?

A: Writing is a creative outlet for me. There are so many possibilities when you let your imagination loose. You could fill a room with 100 people, writing on the same topic, and you’d end up with 100 unique pieces of work.

It’s also a great way to communicate with readers that I might not otherwise get to meet. It allows me to organize my thoughts and present them so that they can formulate their own opinions at their own pace. I like to provide my sources and encourage people to do their own research.

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

A: Write every day, even if it’s just for five minutes. You’ll find that once you get started, the ideas will flow.  Write without judgement of your work and don’t try to edit as you go. Write about topics you enjoy, or whatever comes to mind. That way it’s fun and makes you think.

Write how you speak, as if you were speaking to a friend. Treat your audience with respect, and you’ll connect with them instantly. That’s because there is someone out there that will only connect with the way you present something. Even if it’s something they’ve heard before, it will land differently coming from you.

Q: What do you think makes a good story?

A: A good story is simple, yet immersive. The characters must be relatable, and their plight must be familiar, as if the story was about someone you know. This allows the reader to be part of the action and anticipate what might happen next. When a problem or circumstance appears, the reader must be invested in the outcome. They need to have the space to interpret what is happening, and what the consequences are for the decisions that the characters make. I enjoy reading or watching a story where after it’s over, I wonder what I’d do if I were in their shoes.

Years later, the reader might forget some details of the story, but the feelings of that journey stay with them. When they tap into those feelings, the reader is reminded of the lessons learned. And if they were to read the story again, they’d even catch something new.

Q: Do you see writing as a career?

A: I absolutely see writing as a career. There are so many ways to earn a living while feeling fulfilled as a writer. There will always be demand for someone who can articulate concepts through writing. Writing can give a voice to people who would otherwise not be heard.

Writing doesn’t have to be a full-time career. There is nothing wrong with it being just a hobby, but to write professionally requires discipline. I’d recommend someone freelancing and building up their portfolio. They can get a sense of their niche, and even get paid to learn new and exciting things. Once they know they have developed the skills, the mindset, and the industry savvy, they can transition into full-time.

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

A: Success in writing for me is taking the action to turn my thoughts into things. Simply getting the ideas onto the paper is enough. My hope is that as I evolve, my writing evolves too. And that I’m always courageous enough to express my thoughts.

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

A: I want people to feel more capable. I want them to come through the journey with me and be more confident because of it. Regardless of where the reader is at in their life, from feeling at their best and most successful, to being in their most challenging times, I want to give them something to aspire to.

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

A: My new book follows four children who each receive $20 from their grandparents. They get to decide what to do with the money, and how each choice brings a different outcome. The pages are full color and designed to get readers thinking what they’d do in the characters’ shoes.

I wrote this book so that kids and their parents can start talking about money. Beliefs about money begin to be formed at an early age. Children are bombarded with advertisements and messaging that they need to have the newest and nicest things to be happy. This gets mixed in with the beliefs they learn from their family and form the basis for a lifetime of behaviors.

Too often young adults learn by trial and error, ending up in debt and feeling like they don’t have a lot of options. This book is the first step to having better conversations about how money works.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share? How can people learn more?

A: Head over to my website, where you can download free coloring sheets and spending trackers, learn tips to save money, and even ask me your financial questions on any topic. You can also find my latest book “What Would You Do With $20” on Amazon.

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Author Interview with Ferleen Verneuil-Joseph

My name is Ferleen Verneuil-Joseph.
I hail from the most Beautiful Caribbean Island named Saint Lucia,West Indies!
I love travelling and thus, lived in London for many years with my husband and two wonderful Teenage boys.
In 2014, I moved to the European country named Poland!
I love meeting new people, travelling, socialising and communicating.
I am a very caring individual who solely focuses on the most Positive and good things in life.
I am an Early years educator, TEFL Teacher, Special Needs specialist, with over 15 years of experience. I love working with children and young people.
I love writing and thus, write children’s reports and news letters. I decided to try writing some children’s books as well in the process.
I’ve written two books including a children’s picture book with an Awesome cover!

As a result of my positive thinking and Always being Hopeful, I decided to put together a book of ‘Inspirational Quotes’, to help families and people to keep their heads up when difficult situations arise!

The name of my books are called “So what if you have Failed”! Be Inspired and ‘My Wonderful Mama’!
A book of pure Inspiration and motivation, enabling you to get up, rise up and look forward to only the positive, rather than dwell on the negative.
The Children’s book is about Fera and her ‘Mama’, doing many positive things together, cooking, playing, eating, communicating and teaching her. Setting an example in including the multicultural community and embracing them!
It’s very Unfortunate that many individuals after they have fallen, decided to just give up and give in, rather than to embrace and appreciate their mistakes, then use it to move forward positively.
Please check out my books 📚 and be ready to Inspire yourself and others by its Powerful content.

Describe yourself in five words

God-Fearing, ambitious, hopeful, optimistic and creative

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

Well, actually it’s already happening. Many are surprised that I’ve written Not 1 but 2 books and indeed very fast!

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

Honestly, I try Not to doubt myself and many other things in life. I may tend to naturally worry a bit about a really Important issue but Certainly Never Fearful as I keep hope alive!

What makes you happiest? 

Waking up to see and know that I can actually start over again with No guilt.

Why do you write? 

I write because I’ve actually been writing for such a long time but almost Unaware of it!

So really, it’s because of my love for children.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Yes, I have. I was always writing way too much when asked to write a few words or sentences.

What motivates you to write? 

Due to my Frequent and constant assessments and reports about children on a weekly and termly basis, I’ve developed a Genuine love to just write for and about children!

What writing are you most proud of? 

Am very proud that I’ve written an Inspirational book that actually helps and can heal people in some cases.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

Honestly and Unreservedly putting God First in my life and decisions.

What books did you love growing up? 

Funny but I never really cared for reading except when I was in primary school on reading and spelling competitions.😄

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

Well for one she left her legacy of books behind and selfless, honest and Unselfish nature to immolate.

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

I hail from the most beautiful Caribbean Island 🏝️ called:  Saint Lucia 🇱🇨 West Indies. I grew up there with lots of friends and a large family. In my early 20’s I got an opportunity to go to the UK to babysit my very young cousin. After many years living there I got an opportunity to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) in Poland Europe.

How did you develop your writing?

Though am still learning, I can safely say that I find my writing to be decent enough through constantly writing weekly communication books and monthly newsletters, termly and year end writing final reports and assessments for children.

My Wonderful Mama

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Getting published was for me a bit much so I got a bit of help to do it.

Marketing can be tough without the right resources and or money.

For me writing is Never an issue even when one occurs.

What marketing works for you? 

For me once I can get anyway for my books to reach an audience, I will try it once I am abled of course! Social media, YouTube advert, Sharing etc. you name it!

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

Not at all as Everyone wants an opportunity to shine and rightly so!

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Yes! Very supportive and proud of my accomplishments. Friends and acquaintances have supported me but let’s face it; Not everyone can and will support!

What else do you do, other than write? 

Well, as part of my writing and job, I am a preschool and Nursery teacher, with a major in special needs and Safeguarding.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

I worked in the hospital and nursing homes as a Nursing auxillary and social care in some places. Taught English as a second language.

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

Actually, not if but soon I will embark on doing or finishing my Special Needs and early years Training to Masters level.

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

I would like to try out living in Dubai and or somewhere in Afrika!

Tell us about your family? 

Earlier I stated that I have a very large family. Yes, I have many siblings between my mom and dad. Hundreds of first and second cousins, all over in the Caribbean and the United States. My immediate family however, is my husband and 2 handsome teenage boys or say one adult son (18) and the younger soon to be 16 years.

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

Firstly, pen and paper roughly, then sit nicely down on my laptop to rule it out.

SO WHAT IF YOU HAVE FAILED!: Be Inspired

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 

Hmmm🤭🤔 let’s see. I most times go to bed almost day break on a daily basis. I also say you must know your body and how it functions in order to execute your style of writing and to bring out the best ideas. Regardless, am someone who performs and works very hard in spite of any present issue or circumstance.

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

I would like to shout out my beloved husband and my boys who Always encourage me to believe that I will soon see the fruit of my labour. Love you guys 💖💕and thanks a million!

Also, to my siblings and few good friends who has stuck with me through it all and Always cherish my friendship. Thanks for your love and support.

One Love! 💖🌄

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

My success in writing will be to inspire many people by writing a good few books and a basic to standard ‘Writing course’ online!  That’s just one of them though!

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? 

Well, my campaign is mostly focused on sending my message to the crowd generally who craves motivation, hope, reassurance and Confidence. For children who are targeted and who are usually faced with either race issues, Belonging, love and care, sharing and nurturing.

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

I have 2 books including a children’s book 📚. So, what if you have failed’! Be Inspired – this book was solely written as a result of covid and its Negative impact on our families and friends. Many passed away, committed suicide, left with no hope, lack confidence, fear of Failure etc. ‘My Wonderful Mama’– this book was written to inculcate and make Every little child feel loved and a sense of belonging, no matter their culture or background. It teaches about sharing, playing, eating together and getting strength to carry on 

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

Definitely my beloved late daddy! Oh how I miss him ever so often. This would have been my ideal dream come true. Sigh.

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

Am actually Always writing as am at school during the day and I come home to do more writing. 

However, I can see myself relaxing many times in a hotel or laying by the beach. Also, when husband rubs part of my body with Soothing ‘Lavender’ oil, my Favourite ointment by far 🔥😉

What do you hope people will take away from your writing?  I do hope and want very badly for everyone who gets a copy of my book or whoever comes across it, will

Remember and ponder on my quotes of; Never give up, smile, Forgive, be a leader, Never say Never, you are Not the only one and more!     (Please ponder on these few quotes)

How will your words make them feel?

Definitely more confident, zeal to move on, proud of themselves, life is worth living and feeling hopeful!

Author Interview with James G. Robertson (book sale starts from 9/8/21)

James G. Robertson

James G. Robertson is an award-winning Dark Fantasy, Dystopian, and Supernatural Horror author. He was born in a small town in Kansas, and also lived in Texas, Missouri, and New York, where he graduated college from SUNY Oswego in 2019, obtaining a bachelor’s in political science with a theatre minor. He has also received an associate’s degree in information network technology, which he received in 2012 from Pratt Community College. His first book, Afterworld, was published on May 1st, 2020. If you wish to know anything else, connect with him on twitter or using the contact page on the official website.

Where are you from?

I’m from the US. The two places I consider my home state are Kansas, or New York. Kansas was where I was raised for the most part, but New York is where I went to school and where I enjoy being.

Why do you write?

I write because I enjoy it. That’s as simple as it gets. I want to tell a story and have people think about the world around them. To question the unquestionable, and find the answers for themselves.

What do you write about?

I write dark fantasy! Dark, horror, splash of dystopian and Sci-Fi you’ve got it. I like to tell my potential readers think Stephen King meets the DC Universe, and you’ve got yourself the Next Life (the name for my series). Now on a more detailed level my stories are stem from the question “What if the gods are lying to us?” I can’t be the only one who has ever thought this, and I doubt I’ll be the last, but I base my fantasy world on this idea and it takes a life of its own from there.

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Do you have a specific writing style?

My writing style is think big picture. I have those big plot points in my mind, and my characters do their own thing as I write until they get to those points. It comes to me as I read. I’m a pansters/discovery writer.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

Time! I’ve got an enormous story to write. I’m thinking, hmmm 20 books? Hopefully that’s enough to finish the basic series. After that I want to do a few related stories, but nothing big. When you’re an indie author, doing his own audio books, and working on the series. It takes a lot of time, but that doesn’t stop me from writing. Luckily, I’ve got the motivation and drive to power through.

How long have you been writing?

Since 6th grade, really. Not consistently, mind you, but that was the first time I began a story. This series here? Since about 2012 is when I started it, went on a college hiatus and then finished this book during the pandemic in 2020. I’ve since finished the second book, and am working on the audio books for the first two and the third novel.

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

Good question. I guess it was when I finished the first book. I told myself, I can do this. You have the talent (or so I’ve been told); you enjoy it. So, keep it up until you’re finished!

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

When I’m writing I do at least 1,000 words 5 days a week, but it can range from there up to 3500 I believe is the most I’ve written in a single day for my fantasy world.

How long does it take to write a book?

My average length of writing is about 1 year. 1 year of really focusing on a book, writing it, and then it’s out the year after.

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

How to become a better writer? Well, that’s a good question, isn’t it. I would say read, read more, and edit, edit, edit. Other than that, it just takes patience and learning what works for you and what doesn’t.

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

The most troublesome part I’ve encountered was when I wrote my second book (The Ripper). I had to contain the story within a boundary. As a discovery writer, this was difficult for me to do. I would want my character to go do something else, but the time wouldn’t work so I would have to really think how to make it work, or have something similar happen to progress the story in the way I wanted.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good story is one someone enjoys. That’s it. You can’t ask for anything more from a story than to provide an escape and have it pull emotion from the reader (positive or negative).

What does your family think of your writing?

They see me doing something I believe in. Most are positive or neutral about it, but I don’t think they see how much work I’ve really had to put into this. The time sink in the audiobook alone has been about 6 months since I’m adding SFX & Background noises. It’s a lot of work. I’m hopeful it pays off.

Do you see writing as a career?

I’m very hopeful. As I’ve said, I have the drive. I’ve taken the steps to succeed it’s just getting over the initial hurdle of finding readers. I have a grand story to tell, and I think many can relate to it while having fun if they give it a chance! So yes, yes I do.

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

To the reader of this interview. Don’t give up on yourself or your dreams. Maybe you haven’t discovered what your dreams or ambitions are yet, but they will come. Have patience and you will find yourself doing what you love. Once you find it, don’t give it up for anything, even if it requires more work than the average person. Pursue it. To my readers, thanks for sticking with me. Hopefully, you’re enjoying the story. Please leave an honest review on amazon, good reads, and bookbub! They help so much! A review and word of mouth is the best gift you can give your author who you enjoy reading.

My award-winning book Afterworld (Next Life, #1) will be on sale from 9/8/21 to 9/15/21 on amazon.com and amazon.uk

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Author Interview with Rogette C

Rogette C

Rogette C:  I’m a computer tech by training and writer by passion. And when I am not dreaming up my next book you can see me, or at least my backside under a computer desk.

Describe yourself in five words:

Obsessive, Dreamer, Funny, Stubborn, Independent

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I spent four years in the US ARMY jumping out of airplanes

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

I talk to myself (mostly I yell at myself to knock it off!), then I will try and work through those little nightmares by writing them into a story.   

What scares you the most? 

Failure, I hate to start on something and not finish it. That’s my definition of failure, never finishing, or never trying something.

What makes you happiest? 

Early dawn morning writing when the flow is just right. The sun streams into the window and I my words are better than me.

Why do you write?

I can’t draw to save my life, I’m the worst artist in the world!  But in my mind I play out stories with romance in all it’s forms and adventure and I like to share a few of those. Words are my way. 

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

When I was a kid I hated to write. But, I got into computers in high school, and I started to use writing programs. Suddenly, I could put things down almost as fast as my mind worked. It was a revolution.

What motivates you to write? 

The act of creation. There is nothing more powerful than a blank sheet of paper. Anything is possible, words create universes.

What writing are you most proud of? .

Those stories that truly flow as I write them. The characters that fall into place, every time you write their dialog or actions it just seems ‘right’ you know? The tale builds perfectly. You mostly have to work to get a good story, but there are times when everything just clicks together. Those are my favorites. I wrote Head of the Class that way. 

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

Not allowing fear to dictate my actions. Too often people answer that question with a single event. I believe it’s when you face up to something and try it regardless of consequences. That is to be admired.

What books did you love growing up? 

I loved and still The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov, Dune by Frank Herbert.  Then, one day somebody handed me Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom series and I just pour myself into those. I like tales that open doors to new worlds.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

I lived well. I took chances, enjoyed myself, experienced many wonderful things that others in their life never get to do or see, maybe even looked good doing it!

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

I grew up in the Rocky Mountains, in Colorado. I have moved around from place to place both in Europe and the states. Now I’m back home in Colorado.

How did you develop your writing?

Reading the masters, Chandler, Steinbeck, Asimov, Bradbury. And; no surprises; I sit down everyday and I write, rain, sun, in the mood, not in the mood I write. You won’t develop unless you write. Nothing else will take the place of sweat equity.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

Marketing is the worst. I am the most un-sales person there is. I’m good at shopping! But having to sell an idea to a person just leaves me cold.

What marketing works for you?

The kind where I don’t have to do anything. LOLOLOL

Do you find it hard to share your work?

No I like to share what I’ve written. How else are you going to know if it’s any good? Sure you get told ‘not as good as your last piece’ or the dreaded ‘that’s nice’ but writing is a form of storytelling no matter what you’re writing. I think writers have a kind of weird autism. We’re awkward inside because our minds are dancing around with wonderful visions, in fact we prefer that place because we control all aspects of it. And the act of putting it on paper is our way of telling people how we feel, what we think, how we see the world. Don’t get me wrong I love to party, but there’s always a piece left hidden.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Not really, they don’t see it as work. Work is being a computer tech. Writing is something you do after work. 

What else do you do, other than write? 

I love to read. I know, yeah you got that already. I hike, bike, and love to travel. I love to meet and experience different people. Learn their passions, their kinks, even their hopes and dreams. Everyone in the world has something to teach. 

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

Let’s see, the shorter list might be what I haven’t done. LOLOL. I get bored easily so I just move on. I sold cars found out I was terrible at it.  I’ve washed dishes, been an editor on a minor ezine, web designer and programmer. And I have been a teacher, that was a job I really enjoyed.

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

History. You have to know the past to understand where you are now.

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

I have lived around the world. I like Colorado.

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

I write on computer. I have a desktop which is my perfered weapon. It’s really old runs Windows XP and I love it. I have a laptop running XP as well.  Hey, all I need is Microsoft word. I hate tablets tried that and really disliked the feel of typing on glass. BLICK!

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

It depends on what best I’m doing. Sometimes very little. Giggle

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

Paying my bills with a little left over for fun, solely from my writing.

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? 

I write about passion, sex, and romance. Not always in the order. And I write it from the female perspective. Why female? Because love to us girls is a story, it should sweep you off your feet.  So my marketing is to attract those women who like to escape for just a few hours to a place where beautiful people do beautiful things.

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

I wrote Getting By as a tale about how romance can find you at the worst possible moment in your life. How at first it screws up your goals and needs only to find it is your goal and your need.

Effie the main character was named for Euphema; Sam Spades’ secretary in the Maltese Falcon. I love old movies. 

She’s young pretty and desperately needs a job. She finds a passionate love instead.

She finds that one woman who fulfills her desires, strong and dominate. 

Margret however has never been into sex games and comes with a creep for a husband. 

I love the tension there, Effies’ fantasies vs. Margret’s reality. It makes for great story telling.

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

Raymond Chandler and Max Brand, great writers who were manly in their personal life.  I think that confidence in a man is very sexy, and if their good at what they do and you respect and want to emulate them in your own career that magic will inspire greatness in you.

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

How disappointed would you be if I said “I like to read?”  LOLOLOL.  I mean seriously when are you not writing?  If I’m on the road, I’m learning people’s points of view and lives that goes into my writing.  If I’m reading I’m learning technique.  If I’m fixing a network in an office building I’m experience a new environment to be use in my next story.  Short answer I never stop writing.

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

I want my readers to be able to escape the boredom of the familiar and be swept up into a romantic world where even a single word can change your life. I want my readers to believe such love affairs are possible.  Such things do happen. Just not often. Everyone, girl or boy wants to be wined and dined and to meet that one person that meets their fantasies, that changes their life for the better. I want the reader to root for the characters to get what they desire, to be invested in the tale.  When I can achieve that, I have created magic.

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Author Interview with Philip S. Riccobono

1. How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
Baseball English is my favorite book. I have written academic works but I had a great time writing this book as it allowed me to have control, autonomy, and use my creativity to help those interested in learning Baseball English.

2. What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing?
There’s quite a bit of baseball language used out there, and the most challenging part was prioritizing the most statistically significant words and phrases to introduce in the book.

3. What part of the book was the most fun to write?
I enjoyed screening videos of players, coaches, and umpires mic’d up and using that media to write listening, speaking and vocabulary exercises. I also loved interviewing people in baseball like Jessica Neitz of Cambodia Baseball, and former Dodgers general manager, Fred Claire, and creating reading and speaking activities based on those interviews.

4. Why did you write the book?
The book is an extension of my doctoral thesis on technical baseball vocabulary, so I wanted to write a more practical and less academic book that will help those interested in learning technical, esoteric baseball language.

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5. If you’re planning book 2, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?
Sure, as a publisher and author at Sports English Press, I will tell you that a few books will come out soon. First, we have a book about Rugby English similar to our Baseball English book. Rugby is one of the fastest-growing sports for women and men, yet like baseball, there’s the technical language that learners need to gain knowledge of.

6. What is a significant way your book has changed since the first draft?
The overall vision remained the same, but the graphic artist I worked with, Brandon, took it to the next level aesthetically.

7. What perspectives or beliefs have you challenged with this work?
I think I have raised consciousness that baseball has a lot of unknown language to many and for people to work more cohesively in the sport, communication needs to be paramount. This book will help facilitate improved communication in baseball.

8. Who was the inspiration to write the book?
After I defended my Ph.D. and they called me Dr. Riccobono, one of my professors, Dr. Sangmin Michelle Lee looked at me and said, “You need to write a textbook about Baseball English!”

9. How would you describe your book’s ideal reader?
The ideal reader for this book is one who wants to learn English for Baseball. It can be someone whose first language is not English as there are also general English tips and activities. However, those whose first language is English may not have knowledge of technical baseball vocabulary offered in this book and want to learn about language spoken behind the scenes, on the field, in the dugout, and inside the clubhouse. It’s a unique view inside baseball talk.

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Author Interview with Alan Vazquez

Alan Vazquez

Alan Vazquez spends most of his time as an audio engineer for TV and Film. The other most of his time is spent making way too many Spotify playlists. Intrigued by the odd and the unique, he hopes to bring stories to the world that are based in reality, while also pulling away from it. He currently lives in Nashville with his partner and a furry beast.

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

It’s a historical fiction taking place in the winter of 1872. A ship on its way to Gibraltar discovers another ship sailing awkwardly towards it, and after calling out to the mystery ship, there is no response. Two sailors venture to board the strange ship, and one of the greatest sea tales was born from the events that followed… I wrote it out of pure fascination with the real story. I was down a rabbit hole of creepy mystery videos on YouTube, and that particular one really stuck with me. I felt like I had to turn it into something.

What else do you do, other than write?

I work as an audio engineer for post production in Film/TV/Games. I also love making Spotify playlists for upcoming movies & random moods, (I’m getting frighteningly good at it). I also work with the Nashville Film Festival each year, which is always fun.

What do you think makes a good story?

For me, it can be so many things. I look for well written characters and a unique location. I think we all, one way or another, strive for connection with each other. Stories that highlight the human experience tap into something we all know and experience, so thats why characters are important to me.

What makes you happiest?

Honestly, going to see a new movie at the movie theater.

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

Archaeology. My ideal profession would be being Indiana Jones.

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

I have a fascination with Sweden right now. Either there or Norway. I’d love to live somewhere with heavy mythological roots/background.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

Just push it deep down. No just kidding, I try and think of those feelings as momentary and fleeting. I let myself feel them but remind myself they will fade. And in thinking that, they actually do.

Why do you write?

To me, its a form of release and expression that differs from other mediums. There is something therapeutic about it. It feels like putting a puzzle together, but with words that become a unique whole.

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

I grew up in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. I live in Nashville now. Interestingly enough, I hate the heat and crave cold weather. Although it did hale once in my backyard in Florida.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

I’d say, starting from most to least difficult its: Marketing, Writing, Publishing.

Is your family supportive?

Do your friends support you? Both are huge supporters. It’s honestly integral to having the confidence to make something and share it. I probably wouldn’t have, had I not felt so much enthusiasm from friends and family. I’m very thankful for that.

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

I’d love to talk with Alex Garland. He’s written and directed some of my favorite movies/shows, (Ex Machina, Annihilation, Devs).

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

I just hope it gives them an enjoyable break from reality. In terms of my new story, I hope they felt like they were transported to a brigantine ship, sailing the seas in 1872.

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

I’d say focus on trusting yourself. Write what you enjoy, odds are, others are looking for exactly that.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I want all my characters to feel like real people. Down to their thoughts, reactions, actions. I prefer to base everything in reality from a human behavior standpoint, and then play with that reality. Maybe that’s a style. Not sure.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

For me, its getting caught up with what a story is supposed to become, rather than what its organically becoming. It goes back to trusting yourself I think. With my latest story, I had to remind myself to enjoy the process and be open to where it was taking me. Not to worry too much about what I thought it was supposed to be early on.

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

Just a big ol’ thank you! I really hope the story made you wonder and you enjoyed reading. There are so many tales to hear and experience in the world, so thank you for taking time to hear one of mine. I hope we all continue searching for new ones.

An interview with Author Alfred Mead

My name is Alfred Mead. I am a creative writing undergraduate. I am an introvert acting extrovert when required. I have a personality disorder, so writing isn’t really a choice profession more a requirement, this outlet has saved my life. I don’t know how many words I’ve written over my brief three decades of life, I do know, however, that before I leave this Earth I will create one novel that, with all my strength and heart willing, be as timeless as the cosmos, so that the dust from my bones will not be forgotten.

Describe yourself in five words: ambivert, outlier, observer, sensitive, compassionate

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

I have a high functioning personality disorder

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

Knowing that regrets weigh more than fears

What scares you the most? 

Being enclosed in a small space without possibility of escape

What makes you happiest? 

Nature, spiritual activities, my dog, my finance

Why do you write? 

It allows catharsis and deeper explanation of reality

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Yes, it feels like a religious activity to me

What motivates you to write? 

It is the only time I can truly articulate myself, I feel the power of god in the universe of the page

What writing are you most proud of? 

My poetry

What books did you love growing up? 

Crime and punishment/ the bell jar/ the waves/ Genghis Khan series by conn iggulton/ the book of job/ Ecclesiastes/ Patrick Melrose series/ East of Eden

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

Loving, kind, patient, mild, humble, spiritual, and one book of art that will remain my timeless eulogy

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

Every person I’ve ever known including friendship/relationships. My best friend’s suicide, my dad’s death and destructive life course.

How did you develop your writing?

Practice/ reading/ creative writing degree

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Marketing, for me anyways

What marketing works for you? 

No idea. Haha

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

Absolutely, I’m a writer not a salesman.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Yes, but they aren’t readers

What else do you do, other than write? 

University, photography, look after my dogs, spend time with my family which is a big one (I’m one of five boys)

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

Wow so many, landscaping, window cleaning, dry lining, personal trainer, photographer the list goes on and on…

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

I’d like to continue writing to a MA or possibly PHD if my mental health allows…

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

Wow, I really don’t know, somewhere in Europe for sure. Perhaps Finland? I heard it has the largest forests on Earth… I kinda feel with this apocalyptic climate change these are the last of the natural world

Tell us about your family? 

One of five boys as I said, all very different lads. Mum is the glue to our family she is the strongest person I know. I’m talking hard as nails, iron of heart on her knees scrubbing floors clean while 7 months pregnant could probably give Genghis Khan a run for his money in toughness. Haha

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

First draft longhand in costa then on my mac undulating different locations. I tend to procrastinate at home.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 

Eight or nine.

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

Sure, Jackie Webb, my English teacher who’s read every crappy, grammatically incorrect draft, haha.

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

Listen, for me it’s all about emotional impact, I’ve set my book at the lowest possible costs. I get 20p per hard back and the kindle format is 2.99. I don’t care about the money, I want to share my art and move people the way I’ve been moved by works of fiction, by albums that give you goosebumps. I want to captivate people, make them see the world a different way.

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? 

I have no idea what I’m doing, hence why I’m on fiver at curious hours of the night, trying not to get scammed, I’m swimming with the sharks out here! Haha.

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

I was obsessed with the black mirror series and couldn’t get it off my mind. I needed catharsis for many things in my life. It came to me in a dream, the plot as soon as i woke up i promised myself i would carry it from conception to realization, no matter what.

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

Easy, Jesus, he had a hand creating the universe so I would like to pick his brains!

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

I find it very very hard to relax tbh. I walk my dog, listen to music, read, podcasts etc…

An interview with Author A.C. Morris

A.C Morris From Atlanta Ga is a Picture Book Author. has developed an children’s book series with an interactive website that focuses on mental health for children highlighting the use of positive affirmations, journaling and structured support. The mission is to empower children to be their unique positive selves.

  • Where are you from? Atlanta Ga
  • Why do you write? I write to inspire and create magic
  • What do you write about? I write inspirational works of fiction for children mainly for the ones who have visible and non-visible scars as a result of bullying and or abuse
  • Do you have a specific writing style? Picture book
  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? Making sure when you write it can be scenes also with just the picture, and making sure I’m reaching/relating to my targeted audience
  • How long have you been writing? I have been writing since an adolescent myself it is my go to for communicating writing helps the reader feel, see, hear and comprehend what I am trying to portray
  •  When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? When I was in college we had to do a lot of 5000 word essays so I started with short stories and poetry
  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing? I try to pick up my laptop whenever I am inspired some days I may write for hors and some days only a few minutes
  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? Hmm I try different writing sometimes I write with a pen some on my laptop and sometimes I use dictation depends on how I feel but I like mostly the pen or laptop because ei can feel the words much better
  • How long does it take to write a book? It can take two days or 6 months to a year depending on how many re writes you must do. It’s also dependent on if you get writers block sometimes I start on 3 or 4 projects so it may take me a year to complete all four because they all come with different task
  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? My advice if you start writing you will always become better I always tell other aspiring authors just write and write and re write until you can read and see exactly what your trying to say and of course always proof read for grammatical errors, that’s very important
  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? as an author/ writer the biggest challenge is character development we have to make sure the characters are unique and distinct in each story
  • Do you see writing as a career? Yes, very much so I have already made it my career every day I wake up trying to brainstorm an outline for a new story
  • Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? Be exquisitely you and you will always succeed
  • When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I published my first book that solidified the deal

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