Author Interview with Thomas Reilly

Thomas Reilly
Thomas Reilly

Thomas Reilly is a retired biotechnology scientist and executive who holds a doctoral degree in microbiology. He is the author of numerous essays and articles on science and technology. CHASING TIME, his first novel, is a medical suspense story that captures many elements of the drug research and development processes. He lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife Linda.

Why did you write the book? What was your motivation behind it?
Two prime motivators drove me to write Chasing Time. First, an idea about using future events to shape present decisions had been circulating in my mind for years. This is the essence of Chasing Time. Second, after receiving so much positive feedback on my writing during my career (manuscripts, essays, reports and the like), I wanted to challenge myself and determine if i could write a full-length novel.

Who do you see as your main audience for this book and what do you hope they will get from reading your book?
I envision this suspenseful novel will broad appeal to a large population segment because of its universal themes of family, persistence, and devotion. In addition, Chasing Time should also appeal to those reader segments interested in magical realism and those who follow bioscience developments. Simply put, my goal as a writer is to enrich the lives of those who will read my work and enrich my own life as well.

How do you see this book being relevant today?
Aside from the universal themes of Chasing Time (family, persistence, devotion) that are particularly relevant in today’s society, the book clearly describes many of the medical breakthroughs of recent years that will shape all of our lives in the future.

Why do you think you the right person to write this book? How do you think your qualifications or experience make this a better book?
First, I had this unique idea of a time capsule from the past revealing events from the future. Exploiting this idea into a book is best done by the idea generator (i.e. me). Secondly, I am uniquely qualified to write about medical breakthroughs based on my education (Ph.D. and MBA degrees), and experience in working as a scientist and executive in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Can you share a little bit about the process of writing the book? Did you keep writing once you sat down?
I challenged myself to write a full-length novel based on one original idea, that is a time capsule from the past revealing events from the future that shape present decisions. Hence the name, Chasing Time. I would sit down for a few hours every day in effort to expand the storyline. Over a period of several months, the story seemed to catch fire as I weaved different ideas and components into a (hopefully) cohesive and entertaining storyline. Of course, there were many days when the writing did not click, and I wondered if I could ever finish. But over time, my writing style evolved to become more expressive and more consistent, and in about a year’s time, I had my completed work.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
The answer is easy- both.

Have you written any other books or do you have any books planned for the future? Tell us as much as you are willing to share!
Writing Chasing Time has inspired me to continue writing, and I am nearly finished with a second novel that, once again, describes the effects of a magical Janus key on the lives of everyday individuals in present time.

How many hours a day do you write?
Two to three hours per day is what I shoot for.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
Absolutely. My wife is a retired English literature teacher and has spent countless hours reading my work, editing, and making storyline
suggestions. My four children have read my book and offered strong support and encouragement.

What is your favourite childhood book?
In high school, it was the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. In college, it was Tokien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

An Interview with Author Arthur Archambeau

Arthur Archambeau lives in Baltimore. He writes primarily in the Military Romance genre. His other books include: Her innocent Marine (2018), Caged Lions Never Roar (2019), Sail Away (2020), Purple Hearts (2021) and Letters From 1969 (2021). Just Grace and Danny, his upcoming book, is scheduled for publication in either late 2021 or early 2022. You can best know him through his writing. His life story is in his stories.

Describe yourself in five words Just one word:

Authentic. I detest phoniness.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

I’ve never been inside a Taco Bell and have never had anything from their menu.
What scares you the most? 

Failure.

What makes you happiest? 

Animals. They live closer to God than most humans.

Why do you write? 

To move, amuse, and entertain myself. If I can make a little money in the process—great.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Yes.
What motivates you to write? 

A true writer writes because he or she has a story in them that is trying to almost literally claw its way out. It’s insisting to be told. And it won’t leave you alone until you tell it.

What writing are you most proud of?

I think my best writing is represented in my two most recent books: Purple Hearts and Letters From 1969. I can easily see that I’ve matured as a writer over the last year or two, and that my more recent stuff is clearly superior to what I was writing when I first started back in early 2018.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
 

That I’m a good Cat Dad. Animals are a very important part of my life.

What books did you love growing up? 

Truman Capote’s short story, “A Christmas Memory” is a favorite. Capote, to me, was perhaps the greatest writer of all-time. A truly brilliant man and quite a character. He was always authentic, which is rare, especially among those who are famous.

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

I grew up in Baltimore, a little big town. And thoroughly blue-collar. Which might be why I only write about blue-collar folks. No billionaires or princes in my romance novels. I detest those tropes!

How did you develop your writing?

By doing it. I believe all arts (and writing is certainly an art) are God-given Gifts. You can either sing or you can’t. You can either paint or you can’t. You can either write or you can’t. I’m not sure it’s a skill that can really be developed much, except by honing your natural talent by engaging in it.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Easily, marketing. With the advent of self-publishing and the emergence of small publishers, it’s easier than ever to get a book published. However, it’s literally harder than ever to sell a book. The market is flooded. Everyone thinks they can write. Readers have more choices than ever before, but it makes it very tough for writers to sell.

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

Tough question. On the one hand, I love sharing my work, hoping that it will invoke the same emotions in others that it invoked in me as I wrote it. But I’m also honest enough to admit that I’m sensitive to criticism.

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What else do you do, other than write? 

I watch sports and spend time with my cats.

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

Philosophy because it asks the Big Questions that concern us all, the Questions that really matter.

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

Where I do live, in the United States of America, the greatest country on the face of the earth.

Tell us about your family? 

I have two cats, Sasha and Nicole.

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

Desktop PC

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

Selling enough books to make a decent living and moving people with my words.

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

It’s a time travel romance set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Think Somewhere in Time meets Full Metal Jacket. It’s about a young Army officer, Mike Falco, who’s given an antique hope chest which contains love letters written in 1969 by a twenty-two-year-old Army nurse serving in Vietnam. It’s gotten some nice reviews and I think it really captures the spirit of that time well. The music The events. The culture. Everything. And it was inspired by a true story, the story of Sharon Ann Lane, who had the tragic distinction of being the only nurse during the Vietnam War killed as a direct result of enemy fire.

Anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? 

The four original members of KISS. I’m a fan and I think they’d have some great stories to tell.

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

I spend time with my cats and watch sports.

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

No messages. I hate preachiness in fiction. It’s very pretentious and self-important. My writing is just for entertainment.

Book Review: Jaben’s Rift (Far Land Trilogy Book 1) by G. David Walker

Previously published as “From a Far Land, Jaben’s Rift: Book One” by G. David Walker

Jason Bennett never planned on changing the world, his own or anyone else’s.

But sometimes, plans change.

After being transported to Teleria, an extraordinary world of might and magic, Jason becomes the prize in a dangerous tug of war between the ruling Circle of Nine and one of his own ancestors from three hundred years in his past. Adding to his dilemma, his arrival also intensifies a conflict between two of the godlike Altered, one of whom is secretly aiding Jason’s ancestor, violating a Covenant that has kept Teleria safe from their influence for over a millennia.
Unable to return home, Jason must learn to use power he isn’t convinced he has, keep from triggering a devastating war between the Altered, and most of all…survive.

JABEN’S RIFT takes the reader on a journey of honor and deception, betrayal and self-sacrifice, as Jason tries to figure out who is telling him the truth and who only wants to use him, before Teleria’s fate is sealed forever.

Review:

An excellent story with a great world building plot! As far as a YA novel is concerned, I think it is pretty much like any other stories with swords and sorcery tale, but nevertheless, I find this book to be unique and enjoyable. The book is about an almost-eighteen-year-old who gets thrown into a world full of magic while exploring a family land where he comes across the ruins of an old building. One of the doors inside is actually a portal to Teleria. On his way to the other world of magic, he meets his father who was trapped in the tunnel leading to the other end of the portal. When he arrives, there was a member of the community who began explaining about the world, and how some 1500 years ago, there was a war that changed everything. He meets many characters in his journey, which makes him more resilient throughout the challenges he come across.

A truly enjoyable read. 4 stars for the book

Author Interview with Shanice L. McLeish

Shanice L. McLeish

Shanice L. McLeish is a writer of her own stature. She specializes in conversations proving that children, too, have feelings. Shanice brings extensive experience and effective leadership in grieving. She first learned her lesson on grief at the age of 8 years old when her father suddenly passed away in a car accident. Ever since then, she has been a trailblazer in lending her voice to grieving children everywhere.

Shanice has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management, with concentrations both in youth recreation and sport event management, from Kennesaw State University and a Master of Science Degree in Sports Administration from Georgia State University. In her free time, Shanice likes to hike, cook, spend time with her loved ones, and volunteer alongside her other Kate’s Club buddies. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, Rocky.

What is your personal grief story?

I learned about grief early in my life. At the age of eight years old, my father suddenly passed away from a car
accident. Fast forward 13 years later, my paternal grandfather past away, and it felt as if I was experiencing
the death of my late dad all over again. 2017 offered a turning point in my grief story and I knew my journey
would never be the same.

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Grief on the Playground

How did you get into the grief community?

I started volunteering with an amazing grief organization that supports children and their families in Atlanta,
Georgia called Kate’s Club. Since then, I have met the most amazing people, who I now consider friends and
family that constantly remind me I am not alone on this journey. Creating my own space to share that feeling
with others led me into starting Grieving It – a unique voice in the grief community.

Why is Grieving It important to you?

Grieving It is important to me because it allows me to serve people everywhere. I feel blessed to have a
platform that support and meet people where they are.

What sets your company apart from others?

Grieving It is a brand that supports grieving people everywhere. We serve as a safe place for people to share
their mourning and lean into their grief journey. We’ve trademarked #normalizegrief to encourage a
movement where talking about death and sad feelings is ordinary. We offer free grief resources for both kids
and adults alike, to include: worksheets, coloring pages, journaling topics, and grief activities. Our children’s
book Grief on the Playground is a fun and adventurous tale that illustrates the grief roller coaster in action.

What was your inspiration for Grief on the Playground?

This story was birthed from my very own experiences. Through my dedicated service, I have connected with
kids and teenagers and their own grief journey. I wanted to give them something physical that made a lasting
impression on their grief. From there the story came together and wrote itself. Children all over the world
who has experienced a profound loss in their life are my inspiration. This book is my way to sit with them in
their broken place to let them know I am with them.

Why do you end your exchanges with “I look forward to grieving with you”?

To me this is a great ending to a conversation. It highlights that you are not alone on your grief journey. In
addition, I would like it lets others know that I am here sharing the tough space with them. Opens the space
for conversation to take place.

Any advice for those grieving hard right now?

It’s going to be hard and uneasy. Know that you are not alone and your feelings are valid. Remember this, it’s
not going to get easier but each day you wake up, you get a little stronger to handle it. Do all that you can to normalize grief.

How can people connect with you?

The best way to stay connected with Grieving It is to sign up for our newsletter at grievingit.com. You can also
connect with us on Instagram and Facebook.

An Interview with Author Laura Schaumer

Describe yourself in five words:

eclectic, creative, spontaneous, multitasker, silly 

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

I love 50s and 60s movies.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

My support team! My family and friends, as well as some incredible people who I have met on the self publishing journey.

Why do you write?

I write to express myself. That is the beauty of literature, we can translate our perspective into words and hope that it resonates with others and how they are feeling.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Yes. I love to write. It doesn’t matter what it’s for.

What motivates you to write? 

Anything that captures my imagination, thoughts or views. Something I have seen on a walk. A conversation I had with my daughter or family. A conversation I overheard on the bus.

What books did you love growing up?

I LOVED Barentstein Bear books growing up! 

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Marketing is a skill I am still trying to learn. It’s a continued learning experience that you always need to keep developing. 

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

My family and friends are extremely supportive! They are always there motivating me to achieve all my literary dreams. 

What else do you do, other than write? 

I like gardening, making fun arts and crafts with my daughter. BBQing with my fantastic husband and going for late night walks with my friends.

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

In hindsight formatting and photoshop! 100%

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

I would want to live in an RV and have the ability to travel and visit places all around the world. 

Tell us about your family? 

I have an incredible husband, Daniel. He always makes me smile and thereby help me focus. My daughter is hilarious and will be turning 5 in September. I have a puppy, Kita, named after my main character in my first book. And lastly Athena our cat. She is basically in charge of everything. Hahah.

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

I like starting all ideas with pen and paper. Then to develop them onto my lap top. I love writing in the early mornings or late nights with a big cup of coffee and a noiseless atmosphere.

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

My new book was inspired by the spontaneous road trips my dad use to take my siblings and I on. We called it the Magic Van Rides. We never knew where we would end up! 

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

I love going for walks, being outside with my family and watching a good TV show or movie with lots of snacks! 

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Author interview with Ana Radeboldti

Ana has degrees in education and teaches in public schools in New York City. She has combined this passion with her love of traveling by teaching in Kuwait, South Korea, and Mexico City. She has traveled the world over—her visits to Morocco, Italy, Croatia, Spain, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Israel have given her the opportunity to walk the paths of the characters she writes about.

Ana also enjoys life at home in the beautiful Hudson Valley area of Upstate New York. She’s a proud mother of a son serving in the United States Navy and the grandmother of three adorable grandchildren.

She has written three fiction books: Drawing Near to Paradise, Giving Entirely to Live, and The Passed Over Dinner: A Passover Tale.

  • Where are you from? I am from the United States
  • Why do you write? I write because it is cathartic, and I enjoy stepping into a new world with my characters.
  • What do you write about? I write about everyday ordinary events in the life of familiar people. And I have learned that sometimes these ordinary people lead extraordinary lives.
  • Do you have a specific writing style? I think I write like a talk. I am always telling stories, so I struggle with the show not tell style.
  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? My full-time teaching job can be an obstacle because when I come home from school, I am too tired to write, and I only have Sundays.
  • What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? I like that one of the teachers in my school came to my classroom door and said, “I’m not hating your book.”
  • How long have you been writing? Since I was nine so about fifty-five years!
  •  When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? In the fourth grade I wrote stories to entertain my classmates that became like a class soap opera.
  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing? I do my best writing at night and since I’ve been home with the Pandemic, I write from 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I think my most interesting quirk is I can’t write with an outline
  • How long does it take to write a book? My first self-published book took 6 months because I was working with a hybrid publisher, my second, third and fourth books took about two months each.
  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? Write, write, and write some more and get good feedback. Don’t pay for editing and then revise. It’s a waste of money.
  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? My characters sometimes choose their own destiny and I must go where they lead me.
  • What do you think makes a good story? A good story is when there is an element of surprise. A character flaw you didn’t expect or the character steps out of the stereotype.
  • What does your family think of your writing? It’s a hobby to them and they’ll say, “Oh so and so’s daughter/son wrote a book too.”
  • Do you see writing as a career? Writing for me will be a second career because my first love is teaching. Although honestly teaching is losing its luster.
  • Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? I think the takeaway from my books is that they should not try to force their story to be something It’s not, nor should they try to follow the formulas many self-writing books offer. They need to write in their own unique style and stop writing to impress. They’re not going to get rich by writing in these days. Unless Oprah endorses their book for her book club!
  • When did you first consider yourself a writer? I considered myself a writer when I attended a Writer ‘s Retreat in South Carolina. Everyone there was a published author, and I came with my notebooks. When I shared the draft of my first novel with the group they loved it and I remember thinking. Heh I am a writer I can do this.

Author Interview with Benjamin Fassbinder

I am is an office drone from the Pacific Northwest who loves writing and storytelling. I have a lifelong love of anime, manga, video games, science fiction and fantasy, and I love blending genres in my works.

Where are you from?

  • I am from Washington State, near Seattle.

Why do you write? 

  • I like to entertain people, and I love coming up with characters and scenarios. Sharing stories and ideas with other people also a great way to get to know people online.

What do you write about? 

  • I write genre fiction, usually with a comedic or satiric bent. My Confessions of the Magpie Wizard series is like a more adult Harry Potter with an unreliable, misanthropic, half-demon narrator, for example. I’m in love with redemption story arcs, in particular.

Do you have a specific writing style?

  • I like first person narration best. It lets me really explore a character’s personality, and it makes writing descriptions more fun, since you can see what they think of others around them. I’ll probably write something in third person someday, since some types of stories really don’t lend themselves to first person, but for now, it’s comfortable.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

  • Time and energy are the big ones. I have a day job, so it can be a challenge sometimes to block out enough time to keep on my writing schedule. 

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

  • It was one of my readers on Patreon. I had been posting the first draft of my third Magpie Wizard book for a year while I posted it a few chapters at a time. Somebody who had rarely commented before described it as “This series has absolutely lived up to and exceeded expectations!” It really made the hard work seem worthwhile, since that draft is going to be two books on Kindle once I’m done revising, so that was nearly a year of constant work!

How long have you been writing?

  • I’ve written on and off since high school, but I never really finished anything. I finished my first full book in 2017, and have been obsessed ever since.

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

  • I won a poetry contest in elementary school, but I don’t think it sank in until I started writing fanfiction in high school. I loved talking with people about my ideas and getting them down for others to read.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

  • I use a process called sprinting. You write with distractions turned off (I still listen to music, some say you don’t have anything on at all) for 15-20 minutes on a timer, take 5 minutes off, then repeat. I usually aim for 1,000 words on days when I’m able to write.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

  • I’ve read a lot of older British authors, like G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis (you can see The Screwtape Letters all over how the devils work in my books) and George MacDonald Frasier. It means I have I commonly use a few older turns of phrase that can throw off my beta readers sometimes.

How long does it take to write a book?

  • I write pretty long books (around 100,000 words), so the first draft can take me about 4-6 months. I usually write around 15,000-20,000 words a month, depending on how busy I am in real life. Keeping my Patrons reading keeps me working at a steady pace.

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

  • Keep writing, even if you end up tossing most of it out (I’m sure I’ve discarded 300,000 words of Magpie Wizard material over the years, at least). Think of your writing skill like any other muscle. You don’t lift a 50 pound weight over and over again at the gym because it’s accomplishing anything, it’s so you’re ready when you have to lift something heavy in real life. 

Also, read more published books and less webfiction if you want to work on your style. Fanfiction and other online-only writers can have bad habits, since they don’t go through as much editorial control. I had to unlearn some quirks that were just grammatical and punctuation no-nos.

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

  • The planning can get away from me sometimes. I know points A and C, but sometimes B can elude me. The characters can take on a life of their own and do the driving sometimes, which can make me have to rework C. One time, I had one character pat another’s head in a sort of patronizing matter, and I swear I heard her voice scream “NO” in my head, which completely changed how the scene went.

What do you think makes a good story?

  • Well developed, engaging characters in well constructed, plausible scenarios. I don’t mean realistic, since I’m writing about a half-demon at a wizard school. I mean settings and characters that keep to the rules established for them. Once you have that, you’re most of the way there.

What does your family think of your writing?

  • Since my Magpie Wizard books are about a sarcastic, womanizing half-devil learning how to be human, I tried to hide it from them for a while. I think I made them worried, since they thought I was just sitting alone in my apartment all the time doing nothing. They were extremely encouraging when I finally told them what was going on, which was a relief. 

Do you see writing as a career?

  • For right now it’s a side hustle, but I’d love to eventually make it my only job.

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

  • I write under a pseudonym that’s an inside joke to me, a leftover from when I thought I’d never tell my family about my books. Hint: look up what a Fassbinder is in German.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

  • When I finished my very first book draft to completion. I had always thought I was just dabbling, and that I’d dabble forever, but I finally found a project that inspired me to see it through to the end, and then keep going with sequels. I ended up having to revise and toss most of it out, but it ended up being the basis of my main Magpie Wizard series.

Here are my main pages: 

I have a Substack, which functions as my newsletter: https://dbfassbinder.substack.com/ 

My Patreon, where patrons can read stories earlier than anyone else: https://www.patreon.com/dbfassbinder 

My WordPress page, where I announce when stories are launched on the free sites or published on Amazon: https://dbfassbinder.wordpress.com/ 

My Amazon Author Page: 

https://www.amazon.com/D-Benjamin-Fassbinder/e/B08CJZ4GKC/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1 My Twitter: https://twitter.com/dbfassbinder

An interview with Author Bolivar T. Caceres

Bolivar T. Caceres is a New York City artist who writes poetry and fiction. He is the author of the chapbook Outside my Garret Window. It is available on AmazonHe writes for and edits the film blog, Film Studies 401, which analyzes a classic film every month. His poem, Rain in the Streets, appears on ShortEdition. Connect with him on social media @BolivarTCaceres.

1. Tell us about you and where are you from?

Hey! Before we start, I want to thank you, Jasveena, for this interview, and for giving artists like myself a place to share themselves and their work.

My name is Bolivar T. Caceres, and I live in the Bronx, New York. On my good days, I consider myself an artist. Although I dabble in all forms of creation — drawing, illustration, music, video making, etc. — my focus is composition, literature, and film history. My passion is storytelling. 

In 2019, Short Edition published my first poem, “Rain in the Streets.” You can read the poem on ShortEdition, and you can also watch the “Rain in the Streets” Poetry Video on my youtube channel. In 2020, I had the pleasure to release my first chapbook, “Outside My Garret Window.” It is a collection of poems written by a poet who searches for a way to connect with their world, using poetry as a tool for discovery. It is available on Amazon. One of the poems in this collection, “Untitled,” about identity, has an animation video you can watch. I create all my media, including the “Untitled” animation. 

I studied creative writing and filmmaking in college, and with that knowledge, I created my first blog, “Film Studies.” It is where we dissect sight and sound for pre-80s classic films. I work on this project with my good pal and editor, Mike Gates.

2. Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

In my mind, yes, but maybe this is something we should ask them. Haha. Facades being as they are and all. 

3. Why do you choose to write more above your other forms of creations?

It’s not that I choose it; it is that I have to do it. It’s like you have to eat or… or like you have to go to work to have food, a home, the amenities, right? Well, I have to write to be non compos mentis. Haha.

4. What writing are you most proud of?

Although I love all my babies, those that I published, that I shared with readers, hold the joy of a bird seeing its fledgling soar alone for the first time. 

5. Congratulations on releasing your first chapbook, “Outside my Garret Window.” What is it about?

“Outside my Garret Window” is a collection of poems nominally written from the perspective of the Garret Poet — an aspiring poet who lives in a poor and narrow attic. The chapbook is about discovery, love, hope, and independence; these themes glue the poems together. It’s also about paying respects to the bards and artists that wrote and created before me, which I try to do so with the language and allusions to classical literature and mythology. 

In his space, the Garret Poet desires to be a bard, but he aims to connect and understand the world around him — past, present, and future. In a way, I think we all want this. So, when the reader closes “Outside my Garret Window,” I hope they know what the Garret Poet learned, that one can be part of this world as themselves, may it be as a poet or… whatever you want.

6. Why did you write “Outside my Garret Window”?

Although there have been many poems written and many attempts at compiling a manuscript, I didn’t go out and initially plan to write a chapbook called “Outside my Garret Window.” — But I guess it’s been a long time coming. 

However, I ultimately wanted my first book to be a homage to classic literature and art. I also wanted to show how poetry can embody one’s spirit, voice, and passions. And how that spirit can connect us to everything in life — people, places, and things. I think Emily Dickinson’s poetry did this beautifully. From these thinkings, I guess “Outside my Garret Window” developed.

“Outside My Garret Window” Book Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfYf3zCBGOY&t=29s

7. What do you think makes a good story?

You. Readers are smart, and they know all the stories already. They see the twist, the turns, and although many remarkable writers keep readers on their toes, they know that no story is new. So, why do they continue to buy books? Why do they read? They come for you, your thoughts, your voice, your way with words. They come to see how you morph the old into something fresh. 

8. What motivates you to write? 

Not writing. 

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

When one closes “Outside My Garret Window,” I hope that a word, a phrase, a thought, lingers with them and grows like vines within them. I hope they are obsessed with these thoughts and feelings; So much so, they have to write to be free themselves. But the above is all is idealistic, right? All you should hope for is that the person who reads your books to be well. All one can do is to continue spreading positivity. For me, I try to do this with my creations, and I guess I hope my creations radiate it. 

10. Okay, last one, If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?

It can be me, you, Dickinson, O’Hara, Dick, Shakespeare, God, Ummm…Ummm. This is a hard question. I don’t want to exclude anyone. There are so many people. Can it be just everyone dead and alive? We can have a huge banquet, feast like how we imagine Viking gods did after a battle. Yeah! Everyone dead and alive at the banquet. Final answer. 

11. Do you have any closing thoughts that you would like to share with the world and our readers?

Bless. Yes. Thank you all for your time and for reading this interview. I hope you’ll go out and read my chapbook “Outside my Garret” and connect with me on social media. And lastly, continue being beautiful.

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An Interview with Author Dulee Paranavitana

Dulee Paranavitana
Dulee Paranavitana

Dulee Paranavitana, who also writes under the name D.R. Carmel, is the author of a poetry book, ‘My Musings’ and a novel ‘Jungle Jaunts’. Her books can be read and enjoyed by adults and children alike. Her next novel, titled ‘Midwood Magic’, will be coming out soon. Currently, she is working on her next book of poems ‘Ripples and Echoes’. She also writes on Wattpad as a hobby.

Describe yourself in five words:

Hardworking, dedicated, passionate, creative, and innovative

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I’m into marketing

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

I step out of my comfort zone

What scares you the most?

Butterflies

What makes you happiest?

My mother

Why do you write?

Because I enjoy writing

What motivates you to write?

I want to write a bestseller!

What writing are you most proud of?

My book Midwood Magic

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

Obtaining a degree

What books did you love growing up?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

She did the best and worked hard!

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

I live in Negombo, Sri Lanka! I still live there!

How did you develop your writing?

I watched online courses and I kept on writing!

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

Marketing!

What marketing works for you?

Social media marketing

What else do you do, other than write?

I work as a digital marketing executive

What other jobs have you had in your life?

Musician

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

English

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

England

Tell us about your family?

My parents are doctors and my brother is a med student

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

Laptop

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

8 hours

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

People liking my book

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

Yes! I don’t have one as of now!

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

Midwood Magic, It’s a fantasy book!

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

J.K. Rowling

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

Listen to music

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

Feel entertained and inspired!

An Interview with author Greg Haynes

Greg Haynes

Greg Haynes (born Nov. 2nd, 1982) is the author of the “New World” book series, fanfiction writer and youtuber under the name max acorn. Born in Houston, TX, Haynes graduated from Forest Brook high school where he made a small comic book with his best friend title “Dragonball Xtreme”, named after the famous anime “Dragonball Z”. It was in his senior year that he began his small career as a fanfiction author and gained a following both in the Digimon and Pokemon fandoms.

In 2009, he started his youtube channel where he did weekly reviews of professional wrestling under the name “Shintigercurl”. He would appear as a frequent guest on the “Wrestle-cast” weekly podcast and in 2017, was offered a co-host spot on the weekly wrestling comedy show “Riffdown live”.

In the summer of 2017, Haynes gained minor fame when gaming YouTubers “The Game Grumps” read one of his fanfics, “Zelda and Sonic’s Day-out” during on of their playthroughs, gaining a new following among gaming fans.

These days, his channel is more focused on videos about the lore of the table-top board game “Warmachine”, which “New World” takes some inspiration from.

  • Where are you from?

I’m from Houston, Tx. Born and Raised.

  • Why do you write?

I write because I’ve got a million stories to tell and two hands to tell it.

  • What do you write about? 

Mostly fanfiction. But professionally, science fiction and fantasy.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

Hmmm hard to say. When I’m working on my “new world” series, I’d say my style is quirkier. Some have said it reminds them of Doug Adams or Terry Pratchett.

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

Getting started and finding time to actually work.

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

Two things that I loved. One was a reviewer who said reading my work got him laid with his girlfriend. The second was when the game grumps read my fanfic on their channel. Got me a lot of fans from it.

New World on Amazon
  • How long have you been writing?

Since about 2000, when I was junior in high school.

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

When I was a kid. Not sure when but I know I had a lot to get out of my head.

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

If I’m really into a project, I do it like this: wake up, eat, do some chores, write for a few hours, listen to music, eat lunch, write some more, eat, write one more time and then sleep.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Hmmm probably how I work in unique swears. Like in “new world”, I worked in the word “hells”, since in the book, there are many faiths and thus many hells. 7, in total.

  • How long does it take to write a book?

Took me about 3 years to write my first book.

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

Just keep writing and keep getting honest feedback from fellow writers.

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

Mostly getting how the flow of a story goes. How to get from point A to Point B. I have scenes in my head, and I have to find a way to connect them.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

A good balance between interesting characters and a solid story. A story can be bad on a technical level but still have great character and story.

  • What does your family think of your writing? 

They are very proud. My nephew loves my book and shares it with his friends at school.

  • Do you see writing as a career?

I would like to if I can earn a bit of cash.

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

If you have a story, write. And when you start writing, don’t stop.

  • When did you first consider yourself a writer?

In high school. I wrote a comic book with my best friend. He did the drawings and I wrote the story. I think that was the first time I seriously started writing.