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

Author Live Chat with Fans – Sunday 16th August

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

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

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

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

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An interview with author Pharaoh Jackson

Pharoah Jackson

Describe yourself in five words
Motivating, persistent, dedicated, innovative, determine.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
Intelligent 

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
By my daughters, and a constant reminder to stay grounded
What scares you the most?
Nothing

What makes you happiest?

Being with my children/family

Why do you write?

To inform, educational purposes only

Have you always enjoyed writing?

I enjoy sharing great ideas with my audience 
What motivates you to write?

Circumstances, lifestyle and environment

What writing are you most proud of? .

All of my accomplishments.
What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

Capital Freedom Foundation

What books did you love growing up? 

Fiction, nonfiction, biographies

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

Harvey, IL

How did you develop your writing?

school years/college

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Marketing

What marketing works for you? 

Social media

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

No

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Yes

What else do you do, other than write? 

Entrepreneur, business owner, property owner

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

Property owner, business owner

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

Accounting, computer science, music

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

Egypt

Tell us about your family? 

Very supportive mother and four male siblings

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

laptop, desk

How much sleep do you need to be your best? .

4-6 hours

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

my mother Yvonne Ross

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

A book that sells off the selves and that a movie is made out of.

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

Social media

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

My book is about credit repair how to obtain a business EIN etc, and I wrote it to inform my audience it’s for educational purposes only.

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

If I had a dinner party and I can invite two people who is no longer on this earth one would be my sister India Ali

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

hanging with love ones , friends, family, movies, making records.

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

To inform my audience with information that can help them or someone they know.

#Creditrepair
#CPN
#PersonalTradelines 

#BusinessTradelines 

#Creditprofilejumpstart at g mail . com

Capital Freedom Foundation

An interview with Julious Fletcher

Julious Fletcher

Julious Fletcher obtained his Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts (2005) and his BFA in Theatre Performance (2008). He is currently
obtaining his MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a
specialization in Expressive Art Therapy, with an emphasis in
Dance/Movement Therapy at Lesley University. He is also obtaining his MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Troy University as well as his Spiritual Life Coaching certification.

He has also penned Ministry of the Sacred Artist, which is a book
geared for those involved in the liturgical arts ministry.

Julious has worked with children (ages 3-12) for five years, including his time as an after- school teacher at an international school in the Buckhead area of Atlanta as well as a dance expressions intern at an after-school program in the East Lake area of Atlanta. He used his talents and skills to help the children to develop communication skills socially, emotionally and mentally along with homework assistance.

He also helped toward Black History and assisted choreographing
for the school’s production’s Willy Wonka. He released Raped, an
original poem that talks about sexual assault victims, and African-Americans in Education, a short film documentary that interviews African-American educators about current issues, such as HBCU education, segregation, racism and the importance of Black History.

Julious has been a dancer, actor, writer, director, producer, model, conference host and workshop facilitator. He has traveled
domestically and internationally, performing and teaching the
performing arts to the children.

Why do you write? 

I have a gift and passion for writing. I have been like this since I was a child. I enjoyed making stories and writing on various topics.

What do you write about? 

Right now, I am in the self-help/psychology arena. In the future, I plan on diving into the children’s books. I also write poetry, which I produced a poetic CD called Poetic Reflections and produced two poetic videos entitled Raped and Monsters Die, which is located on YouTube. 

A unique perspective on reviewing life lessons in a holistic way while utilizing human anatomy

Do you have a specific writing style?

When I am writing self-help books, I write in first person (I/We) because we all are growing and evolving; I am not different from the reader.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

Writer’s block is a huge one for me and I do not like it when I get stuck. For me to handle it, I step back, take a break, relax, focus on something and then I come back to it with a clear mind.

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

It touched them so much that they read it twice and will be reading it a third time.

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

When I am really focused, it takes me three months. That means I am clocking in 8 hours a day for researching and writing.

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

Be an avid reader and take writing classes.

What does your family think of your writing? 

My family, especially my parents, are supporters. They actually buy my books, read them and give me their feedback.

Do you see writing as a career?

I really do. I have a passion for it; I believe if you can use your passions as a pathway to create a career for yourself. It is important for your passion to be located first.

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

When you purchase Lessons from the Human Body, please read it with an open mind and an open heart.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have always considered myself as a writer. I became serious about it in 2007 when I used to do e-newsletters and I discontinued it back in 2010. Then, I published my first book, Ministry of the Sacred Artist, back in 2014. When I began my journey as a therapist and spiritual life coach, my writing themes changed, and I began to evolve as a person. When you evolve as a person, then your work will evolve as well.

Lessons from the Human Body

An author interview with Danny Gallows

Danny Gallows

D.C.L Galloway or “Danny Gallows” is a writer, poet, musician, actor, veteran and artist in many mediums. He lives in Portland, Maine with his black cat Mighty Muff. After an acting/performance driven high school life, he spent 4 years in the US Navy, and has since been working on both books and music of many genres. He is part of the essential staff work force, maintaining the role of a building manger for a cleaning company, and spends most of his time working on many creative projects and hiking in the forests.
He is the creator of the high fantasy series ‘Arcane Epics,’ as well as the Dark Crystal explained Youtube channel ‘Dreamfast with Me’

Who are you? And where are you from?

My writing name is DCL Galloway, but most know me as Danny Gallows. I am a Fantasy Writer, Artist, Musician, Poet, Vetran, Essential Worker and Youtuber! I live in Portland, Maine with my black cat Mighty Muff.

Why do you write?

One of the questions of the universe. But I would simply say, I write because I must. Ever since I was young, I’ve had a very strong desire to create. Didn’t matter what. Music, back yard movies, plays, models, drawings–I have always felt the need to be creative. So when I started writing seriously, I quickly discovered it was a way for me to fully utilize my imagination. The ideas keep coming, so I keep writing! 

What do you write about?

I’m an avid fantasy writer, that’s always been my forte. I like to say I was created by George Lucas and molded by JRR Tolkien. But I have also branched into sci-fi, fan fiction, poetry and much more.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

That’s hard to put my finger on, but I would say around the age of 15. I remember writing short stories about my favorite Star Wars characters, as well as ghost stories inspired my mother’s experiences.

Do you have a specific writing style?

With me, there’s a one-word answer for that: Dark. I grew up in the late 80’s/early 90’s with all of that amazing dark children’s fantasy, so I’ve always been inspired to craft evil, solemn tales.

What are some obstacles you see in writing?

The occasional writers block I suppose, or noisy neighbors! But if we’re going to go outside the process, honestly sometimes the writing community itself can be very challenging to exist in. Sometimes I feel as though there are way too many people who consider themselves writers, but don’t have the skill set yet to back it up. That can make things challenging for accomplished writers. But as long as you stay passionate and keep working hard, you will succeed!

What do you do besides writing?

I love to stay creative! Aside from writing I’ve been playing/recording music for 15 years, I paint and sketch, I do a bit of photography, I’m creating a board game, I love to travel, and I’m a cat dad. I also run one of Youtube’s only Dark Crystal explained channels. I do a lot of script writing for that!

What is the most memorable thing said to you by one of your readers?

You need a fan base for that! Unfortunately I haven’t achieved any status with my books yet, so i’m still waiting for something really memorable. But I have received a couple comments about my Fallen Order Star Wars book, stating that it was the best they had ever read. That was so wonderful to hear, I put a ton of work into it. 

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been seriously writing for over 15 years now. Hard to believe it’s been that long!

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

Probably around the age of 18. Even back then I was crafting outlines for animes and video games, or constructing short stories about my favorite movie characters. And even though I went straight into the Navy after High School, I knew I was going to keep writing and playing music, so I did. I remember staying up late in my rack aboard the ship I was stationed, keeping a hundred other guys around me awake with my incessant typing. It was my escape in many ways, and then I realized it could be other’s as well.

Do you have any interesting writing quirks?

I never learned to type properly. I type with my two index fingers.

How long does it take you to write a book?

That depends on what it is. With my fantasy series, it generally takes me around 6 months to completely craft and shape one 30K+ word novella, and I’ll be working on the entire series for the next 10 years most likely. On the other hand, I wrote my 18K word Star Wars story in about 2 weeks. Free time is a big factor. 

Any suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Two pieces of advice I always give people on that subject, is to be a good reader and a good actor. If you don’t read, you can’t understand how to write. And if you can’t act, you will struggle with situational dialogue and character development, two of the most crucial factors.

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

Too many ideas! I have notebooks filled with so many story ideas, but I never have enough time to realize them. Someday I will, but trying to accomplish everything I want to at once is very challenging. If I could clone myself, I would, and I’d just write all day.

What do you think makes a good story?

Simply put: Passion. Write what you want to, how you want to, when you want to. Aside from helpful friends and editors, don’t let anyone tell you anything. Write what you feel and what you know, the rest will come!

What does your family think of your writing?

They are very supportive of my work! I was lucky enough to complete my Nana’s memoirs as well as a book of her poetry before we sadly lost her this year. She was a very important aspect of my family, so those are the two books they know me best for. And I’m very proud of that. 

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely, since day one. If you write, you can create anything. My goal has always been to influence imagination. I think we are missing that today, especially in the younger generation. We need more people creating art, because that art can change the world!

Anything specific you want your future readers to know?

Right now my big project is my ongoing high fantasy novella series “Arcane Epics.” I would describe it as a mix between Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. I have two books done already, and halfway through book 3 now! I’ve built an entire galaxy of mythology, so it’s a project which will most likely take up the next 10 years of my life. I’m still searching for a fan base, so please consider starting a brand new adventure and supporting the series! Aside from that, I also write music, poetry, historical non-fiction, short stories, fan fiction, Star Wars books, and I’m continuing to craft my fast growing Dark Crystal channel every day. 

You can find everything through this page: Youtube.com/dreamfastwithme

Read all of my books for free on Wattpad here: Wattpad.com/DCLGalloway

And you can also follow my writing on Twitter @gallowsepics

An interview with Author Rasha Alajouz

Rasha Alajouz

“Wherever you stand, stand tall,

you don’t need heels, you just need a goal.”

– RASHA ALAJOUZ

A serial entrepreneur with a vision of positive global impact, Rasha Alajouz has started a number of business ventures with the intention of creating a philanthropic organization based around supporting the dreams of women and children worldwide.

For over 20 years, Rasha has pursued her goal through the creation of purpose-driven projects such as LadyLingua and R School, published books including English Train and Standing Tall Without Heels, and provided mentorship advice, career coaching, and motivational support. Each project she undertakes is in pursuit of her vision to create an inspiring environment for women and youth to find their “why” and impact their communities with mindful inclusion, diversity, and non- judgmental values

Describe yourself in five words:

Empathetic, Relator, Developer, Strategic, Responsible

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

By self-talk and telling myself that I have a God, and He will ease everything. I remind myself of that.

What scares you the most? 

The death of my closed ones.

What makes you happiest? 

When I help others.

#standingtallwithoutheels

Why do you write? 

To inspire people, and create a change I look forward to.

So, Why Am I writing #standingtallwithoutheels?

To demonstrate a big “no” for stereotyping and labeling.

To display a bigger “no” for living as a victim or with a victim’s mentality.

To show that women of different cultures and nationalities have their own problems and challenges to overcome. We should never compare or judge. We can clearly overcome challenges that have been set before us and do it with wonderful results.

To encourage readers to follow their passions and to show themselves that even after several failures, you can achieve success.

A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.

To emphasize that family comes first, and no sacrifices are needed in following your passion.

To encourage others to recognize there are a lot of variables in the world.

To share the knowledge and experience across different cultures.

To remind readers that faith and family shouldn’t be compromised to follow your passion. A person giving out on his roots can’t possibly create fruitful and fulfilling results. It’ll be groundless, and they won’t achieve happiness regardless of their successes.

Live your values, hold your ground, for, with enough faith, passion, and drive, you can achieve absolutely anything.

Live your passion, but don’t let it overcome you. It’s not about the ‘who’, it’s all about the ‘how’.

Pave the way for younger generations and show them where to go if they need mentoring.

We’re all connected, though we’re not in the same country or on the same continent.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Yes, I started writing when I was a child.

What motivates you to write? 

Whatever touches my emotions.

This book is dedicated to Arab women all over the world, Regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

But why stop there? This book is for all women all over the world.

What writing are you most proud of? 

All my writings, though finishing the first book that made me a published author was a particularly proud moment.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

Helping people through coaching and volunteering my time.

“If I can touch the life of one person, two people, ten people, then my work is definitely worth it.”

– RASHA ALAJOUZ

What books did you love growing up? 

Mystery books.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

Here rests a woman with a big heart.

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

I grew up in the MENA region, I saw many things I would like to change so I started my work and writing to create such change, which begins with shaping an environment where women and youth can achieve their dreams and pursue their “why”.

How did you develop your writing?

Reading and personal experiences.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Getting published.

What marketing works for you? 

Word of mouth, I do everything for people and love it when people get inspired.

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

Not really- I love being able to share information that will benefit others!

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Yes, my friends and family are supportive.

What else do you do, other than write? 

I have my own businesses you can visit my website here http://www.rashaalajouz.com

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

Data entry, data Specialist supervisor, and translator. I’m currently the managing partner of LadyLingua Ltd (www.ladylingua.org), an editorial and creative services company, and also, the Founder and director of R-School, an online educational platform for children and youth (www.r-school.co.uk).

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

Psychology.

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

European countryside.

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

I write at my desk using my PC on a word file.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 

8 hours, which rarely happens!

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

My mum and my husband.

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

Seeing the impact of what I write on many people.

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

Yes, it is. My current marketing campaign includes paid ads, a word of mouth campaign, and an active social media presence. For every woman out there, that is following her passion …etc (mentioned in the trailer too).

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

I wrote it to shatter all kind of stereotypes…you can read more about my intentions for this book in the acknowledgments and dedication.

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

My grandfather.

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

Kicking back and looking at the sky.

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

Inspiration, passion, and the will to do positive things.

www.standingtallwithoutheels.com

Where to buy:

#StandingTallWithoutHeels is available in these countries from Amazon🤩

Both #Paperback and #Kindle 👇👇

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Netherlands = https://www.amazon.nl/dp/B087DXTHSF

Japan = https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B087DXTHSF

Brazil = https://www.amazon.com.br/dp/B087DXTHSF

Canada = https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B087DXTHSF

Mexico = https://www.amazon.com.mx/dp/B087DXTHSF

Australia = https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B087DXTHSF

India (Ebook Only) = https://www.amazon.in/dp/B087DXTHSF

More about what I write is here: http://www.rashaalajouz.com/standing-tall-blog/

Here is also a talk I gave at a webinar which can give you more info about me.

webinar

An Interview with Author Rick Zazueta

Baja Air and Sea

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bajaairandsea/

Rick Zazueta resides in Baja California alongside his wife, Geraldine, and their two kids; Maximo and Larissa. When away from his duties, he plays professional croquet as a member of the Mexico national team. Baja Air & Sea is his first novel.

  1. What is your book about?

Baja Air & Sea is a novel about a stolen yacht and the adventures that happen aboard this vessel. The book, like everything in this world, is about the human condition.

Big Money. Big Yachts. Big Adventures.

Behind every great fortune there is a great crime. Julian Mayorca wasn’t always a billionaire. At one point he was an honorable port captain and legendary yachtsman, but a single temptation—a crime of opportunity—leads him down a path of betrayal, passion, power, and the sea.

Baja Air & Sea, a high end crime-thriller set in La Paz, Mexico, begins with the story of Julian Mayorca. As a port captain, he manages the harbor and oversees a fifty-million-dollar budget. His only mistake? Being incorruptible.

On a sunny day, his cousin, Alex Cuevas, who works for a notorious criminal, holds a gun to Julian’s head and forces him to sign resignation papers. A series of questionable decisions cause Julian to transition into the entrepreneur he never set out to be. What follows is six years of Julian’s life; his voyages, romances, mishaps, and how a need for revenge leads to immense fortune and adventure he never thought possible.

  • It is quite an adventure. What inspired the plot?

I was a yacht steward aboard a luxury yacht on the Sea Cortez. I met so many characters and had so many adventures during my time at sea. But it wasn’t just the life at sea that inspired me, it was living in this “other Mexico” that made it all the more interesting. There are two Baja Californias, the expat community and the locals, and as a Mexican-American bilingual person, I was able to seamlessly navigate these two worlds that seem so different. After some time, I began to realize that other than the language barrier, the two Bajas are essentially the same. So I started thinking about blending the two cultures and writing a book in that tone.

  • Why did you choose to have the story take place in Baja California?

I love Baja California. I’ve always been completely passionate about it. It’s a land so unique and so full of tales that I wanted to be a part of its folklore. The story only makes sense in Baja California, because of many factors; its proximity to the US, and the influence it directly has on Mexican culture, the climate, the sea, the desert, the tourism, the corruption, the food and lifestyle, for me it was just a perfect pot to stir.

  • You have a lot of colorful and creative characters. Did you think them up from scratch or were they inspired by people you know?

Stephen King said that all characters are a combination of three people; Somebody you know, yourself, and somebody you imagine. So, yes all characters are a play on that. I have always been a curious person and I’ve always been more interested in people than in anything else, so I like to observe human beings, how they are, how they react, their sense of humor, their sense of style, I can be a big extrovert, so I meet a lot of people and pay attention to their lives.

  • What are some of the more powerful themes that your characters struggle within the book?

Lust, revenge, selling out, greed, faith, love, and destiny. The characters I write are real people to me. I treat them with respect and I try to get to know them. I am aware that they have complex lives and I am grateful that they let me in to see what’s going on in their world.

  • What type of reader would enjoy this book?

I wrote this book to inspire people with a tale of adventure, passion, desire, and the sea. If life has gotten too predictable, if you need an escape into a tangible world of excitement and want to get completely lost in the waves of the ocean and in the luxury of big yachts and Eurocopters, then this book might be for you.

  • What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?

Writing a novel is a long journey, and I learned not to judge myself more harshly than I would others. I learned that if I treat these characters with respect, I have to treat myself and those around me with that same respect. So if I commit a mistake, I just erase it and continue.

  • Who is your favorite character and why?

Papa Fabio is the money man; he doesn’t get as much attention as he deserves, but for me, this guy is a huge success story. Born to a family of miners in the small town of El Triunfo, developed into a mathematical genius from a young age, got a scholarship to La Paz Technical Institute, and then a masters degree from MIT. Now an adviser to the UN on international tax code, a great financial analyst, rogue investment banker, and CPA.

An Interview with Author Niraj Sharma

Author Niraj Sharma

Niraj Sharma has always spent the majority of his time involved in academia and working alongside his family’s newspaper publication as an assistant editor based in Toronto Canada. In keeping in contrast with these two aspects which served him both in a professional and academic light; this is also where he developed his love and fondness for the creative world of writing. In keeping with the path to pursue this passion, he had many ideas in his mind which explored the concept and topics of love, fatality, poetry, philosophy and of course fiction. With combining all of these different ideas it forced him into a state of being trapped in a deep writing frenzy which thus gave birth to his first-ever novel the penthouse. Niraj, however, is not stopping here though as he is continuing to his life’s passion for writing and has big plans for the arenas of non-fiction, poetry, and self-help books to come!

  • Where are you from?

I am From Toronto Canada.

  • Why do you write? 

I write because really and truly I know it is my passion and feel what I was born to do. More over writing I believe is like what an instrument is to a musician. I see it as an extension of my body, mind and soul and it means everything to me. That why I love to write every day!

  • What do you write about? 

I write about contemporary fiction mainly my first novel The Penthouse is more a crime fiction Italian mafia genre but my second novel released just this a few weeks ago Pinstripe Lust is a romance/suspense novel.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

My writing style I feel is based on a lot of emotion as I try my best to paint a picture for reader and incorporate a lot of poetry into my writing. I want to keep my reader on the edge of their seat and fully engaged!

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

Some of the obstacles that come in the way of my writing are sometimes when I get “writers block” to a certain degree. It’s not to say that I get totally lost but sometimes in the middle of writing on a novel I do find there could be a particular scene that I am completely stuck on and cannot see pass. How I get over this is to write the first thing that comes to mind and go back restructure it. As a matter of fact I had this problem with The Penthouse and if I didn’t have the foresight to get pass this obstacle of not knowing how to deal with the scene and characters then I never would have completed the novel! So it does happen but the most important thing I find is to have perseverance and really stay positive and push yourself!

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

The most memorable thing that was asked by a reader about my work is they loved the ending to particular chapter as they told it had a brilliant ending. The word “Brilliant” really made me feel special and I hope I can live up to this name every time I sit down and write.

  • How long have you been writing?

I have been writing my whole life essentially, but professionally as an author has been for almost a year a now.

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

I realized I first wanted to become a writer as an author when I first had an idea in my head about a fictional crime story which was The Penthouse.  It was only an idea but what had happened actually or what give me the push I needed was when I saw a very touching documentary on J.K. Rowling and her story of how she wrote Harry Potter in which we all know. She was struggling with so many personal hardships and her script was rejected thirteen times and today she is the first female billionaire writer because of it! And I thought to myself “wow you know” that really inspired me to say to myself if that’s what it takes maybe my story is worth writing and that is how it all happened for me!

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

My work schedule when I write is wake up at 5 AM when I a most creative and after sipping some coffee or sometimes going for a morning walk. I take care of myself and after take care of my soul which is I do my prayers I then begin to write after on my laptop and I don’t stop until I am satisfied with what I have done.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I would say the one interesting writing quirk that I have is that I like to talk about my characters as if they were real! Like to me my characters like what actors are to directors. They are stars and like movie production I want them to shine and make people give them that feeling that make the engaged, laugh or even cry. I want to give that realness and live through their eyes.

  • How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non) My first novel took around 6 months to write and it took a few months to write my second novel.  I like to take my time and write and go back and take my time to review my writing.
  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

I believe like all things it takes humility to say that we all have things we could work on. For in terms of improvement I would sometimes I may be a little repetitive in how I go over things in a novel but I do this on purpose to make a point that like in real life we all have routines and I think that if I can possible curtail this a bit it will do some good in my writing style. 

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

Some of the challenges I face when I come across a story is using conflict or maybe how to angle a scene with slight deviation from let say a love story. But essentially it does get tough but it can be overcome with a little imagination!

  • What do you think makes a good story?

I think what makes a good story is emotion or good love story and that is why for this reason I want to continue to merge into writing romance novels!

  • What does your family think of your writing? 

My family to be honest supports me as a writer and do find some of the chapters surprising as they always ask me “how did you come up with this” so it really reflects my spark of creativity in which I want to continue to profile.

  • Do you see writing as a career?

I definitely do see writing as a career and by God’s grace my ambition is to become a best seller and world class author.

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

I would like readers to continue to stay engaged with me and of course my biggest goal and achievement is satisfying my reader’s palate. If I can entertain people with my writing and they enjoy it then I am very pleased! And thank you very much, Jasveena for taking the time for this interview!

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An Interview with Author Lily Nicole

The Quarter Percent by Lily Nicole

Why do you write? 

I write because I can. I wrote my first novel when I was 10 years old. It was a murder mystery, something like Agatha Christie. I made my aunt read and critique it for me. 

• What do you write about? 

I publish poetry, reflections essays, and fiction on my blog Sabiscuit’s Catalog. 

www.sabiscuit.wordpress.com

• Do you have a specific writing style?

My style is mostly descriptive and it depends on what I am writing. If I’m writing about my personal experiences, or offering opinions, I am less structured. 

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

Thinking too much about whether readers will remember that they are reading fiction and try to engage with the story as if it were factual. Based on the reactions I’ve had to some of my fiction writing, I realise that not everyone is capable of suspending their disbelief. 

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

Actually, on my blog, years ago, I published a series of short stories that form the basis of my novel, The Quarter Percent. A well-known author, who writes fantasy fiction, told me that she would buy the novel version if I published it. Her encouraging words are what led me here.

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

Writing has always been a part of me. I am an avid reader and I didn’t realise I had the ability to write poetry or fiction until I did. 

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

My schedule is, whenever I have some free time. If I have to sit in front of my computer, my time is going to be limited. Whereas if I can find 15 to 20 minutes to dictate a story and polish it up over several passes, that’s a lot more comfortable for me. I like to be relaxed when I’m writing. This means talking into my phone or my tablet. 

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Dictating entire scenes into my phone or tablet while I’m at my favourite coffee shop. And I don’t care who is overhearing. I also edit to a soundtrack. Each story or scene has its own soundtrack. This is a trick I used when I directed stage plays. Using a song helps to set the tempo of a scene, and keeps the actors moving along on cue.

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

Writing a short fiction story does not take a long time. But I will spend a lot of time editing. This novel took me two years to complete. One year to write, almost a year of not looking at it and then two months of redrafting and daily editing. That was because I wasn’t sure I was going to publish it. 

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

Yes. I always go back over my work and read it from the perspective of the reader. Also, I read from the perspective of the characters. And then from the perspective of a critic. I have spent a lot of time listening to people who critique films and they always complain about the writing more than acting or cinematography. Readers don’t always want an easy solution to a problem. A scene at the end of my novel has the Crown Princess trying to intimidate a national leader. My original version of the scene had him trembling at the prospect of being forced to make a public confession. But I asked myself if he would really back down that easily. I thought, “What’s the best way out of the situation?” And then I made them have that conversation. The unresolved conflict in this scene allows for a more satisfying ending because you find out what the Crown Princess was up to, starting with a Sunday morning breakfast meeting in the first chapter. 

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

For one thing, the futuristic technology that I created in my novel had to be based on real science. However, I needed to write it so anyone could understand exactly how it works. To do that, I made the most complex technical explanations conversational. For those scenes, I wanted the reader to overhear a conversation. You never feel you have to understand everything fully in a situation like this.

What do you think makes a good story?

The more you like your characters, the better your story is going to be. I deleted about five scenes from my novel because I didn’t think the conversation were that interesting. 

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

Yes. Thank you very much for reading this interview. I am grateful for your time. I hope that you enjoy reading the beta version of my novel. And I am looking forward to hearing from you.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I consider myself an artist first, with writing as one of the formats that I work with. I once did a three-month installation of fiction writing on my blog, entirely in dialogue format. I enjoyed that experience very much.

An Interview with Josie Harris

Undisputed Love by Josie Harris
  • Where are you from?

Orange County, CA

  • Why do you write? 

Passionate to write.

  • What do you write about? 

I write mostly true stories.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

My writing style is simple. I think of my titles, and write to them. There is no special order. I may start with chapter 5 and come back to chapter 9.

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

I have no obstacles, when I put my mind to something I focus and make it happen

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

I write just like regular people speak. I don’t choose to use words that cause people to Google it

  • How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since 1993

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

When I was in my early thirties.

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

I spend at east 2 to 4 hours a day writing or researching

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

It’s hard to say

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

I have written a 218-page book within 14-days, 10 hours a day

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

Writer must focus on their work. You cannot have a lot of things going on at the same time. If you choose to write then write. If you choose to dance then go dancing

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

My challenges have been noise. I like things to be quite. If I have music on it’s turned down so low only I can hear it.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

A story about real events and people

  • What does your family think of your writing? 

They love my writing because I never sugar coat the truth

  • Do you see writing as a career?

I do see writing a career and a passion of mine

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

To my readers. Enjoy the book you read because so much goes into writing and editing a book. Get into the story and place yourself in the characters shoes. Get lost in the story.

  • When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I became a writer when I published my first book in the late eighties.

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An Interview with Chris M. Jones

Chris Jones

Dr. Christopher Jones is an author that loves to read most of the time self-help, motivation, and technology-themed books. Dr. Jones has written many successful self-help books such as insight of perseverance and word to the wise that showed what can be achieved by anyone. Dr. Jones has come out of his shell and brought his knowledge and love of technology to the new fiction book SIMULATION – Intelligence is no longer artificial a tale of a societal cleansing by a tyrannical computer system is not only a riveting story of things to come.

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  • Where are you from?

Dallas Tx

  • Why do you write? 

Writing has always been a passion of mine I started with an autobiography then moved to self-help and I think I found my calling in fiction.

  • What do you write about? 

I am actual all over the map I have written 2 self help books a children’s book and how I am on fiction.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

Everything should flow and I write when I am at my best when there is no stress and my mind is free form distractions. Some may ask so you never write but I find time here and there to unplug.

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

Time is always an obstacle if you do not make time for your story it will never come true.

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

This was from my autobiography I had a lot of questions about me being an albino and about my vision impairment and if it affects me in my day to day life as well as writing.

  • How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for about 8 years now not publishing each year but that was the start of my writing journey.

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

I have never been a heavy writer but when I started my autobiography I wanted to tell a story about my struggles in life and form there I started this writing career. I say I realized this when I stared to get real feedback from my readers letting me know that my work helped them in some way.

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

Everything should flow and I write when I am at my best when there is no stress and my mind is free form distractions. Some may ask so you never write but I find time here and there to unplug.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I love to create things that are immersive such as music artwork or websites that draw not only the reader into the story but myself.

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

This depends on what type of book most of my books take about a year form start to finish and when it comes  to fiction books it can take longer for character buildup.

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

Becoming a better writer is not what others think about your writing it’s about doing something that you love. Never write just to sell books write to bring stories to life.

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

Since this was my first fiction book there was a slight challenge to make sure that I create characters that relate to present day as much as posable.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

Anything that sucks the reader into the story and have them, wanting more and to never put the book down. This is also a double edge sword because readers will always want more if the story is good.

  • What does your family think of your writing? 

They love it but never knew I had it in me to venture off into a fictional world that was so vibrant.

  • Do you see writing as a career?

Yes at first I wanted to stick with nonfiction but I think my calling is fiction.

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

I want the readers to thing deep about the stories I tell everything has a meaning and something to take from it every book I write I make sure that I am relaying a message.

  • When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have never been a heavy writer but when I started my autobiography I wanted to tell a story about my struggles in life and form there I started this writing career.

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