An interview with Ujjwall Uppuluri

I am an International Economist who enjoys reading in his spare time historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction novels. I studied economic history at the London School of Economics and the University of Edinburgh. I was fascinated by the history of the Byzantine Empire written by Treadgold and Ostrogorsky and I wished for this empire that once spanned two continents and was known for its diversity and wealth to once more be exposed to modern literary circles. To be added to my mailing list please send a message to ujjwalluppuluri@hotmail.com. To learn more about the novel and the characters in it, visit the following website: https://www.byzantinechronicles.com/

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc.

I was born in India and grew up in the United States, and studied in the United Kingdom. Currently, I live in Washington D.C. and attended to the University of Edinburgh and the London School of Economics for my undergraduate and graduate studies.

What inspired you to author your book?

I had always been interested in fictional literature—more specifically historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy novels—and as a kid, I grew up reading Steven Erickson, Isaac Asimov, and Harry Turtledove. I was also quite interested in counterfactual historiography and what-if scenarios, and I thought why not create a novel that combines my interest in an alternate history with my interest in fantasy. As strange as it sounds, in middle school, I had a dream, and it left such an impression on me that I decided I had to put what I had dreamt about on paper. Of course, that was back in middle school, and as my writing ability matured, the current plot is quite different from what it was back then, though the essence of what I had dreamt is still present in this novel.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

The inspiration for the book’s cover came from a graphic designer who I had hired to help design it. I felt that the sword and the crown best represented the nature of war and politics in the medieval period.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

A Japanese author known by the pen name Ryukishi 07. He wrote a horror-mystery novel called Umineko When They Cry, and his writing style is one that focuses on the idea of the world being a chessboard and the actors in it pieces. These pieces follow a set of rules and interact with each other, but they don’t know that they are pieces. In the meta world, there is the player, and there is the game-master. The player is the reader. While the game-master is the author, his books emphasize that the story is a game played by the reader and the author where the author creates an illusion around the true meaning that he is conveying with the story, and the reader tries to break through that illusion to understand the truth.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

The biggest challenge I found was that I would have times where the ideas would just flow, and I would make lots of progress, but at other times I would be stuck and not know how to proceed. Furthermore having to go back and edit a 100,000-word storyline by line was also challenging, but I overcame both challenges through perseverance.

Tell your readers about your book.

It’s the year 1071, and the Roman Empire is on the verge of collapse. Romanos IV Diogenes, the emperor, is overthrown by his military general Michael Ducas as nobles rise against the state. Smelling blood, and encouraged by the chaotic state of affairs in Constantinople, foreign powers vie to crush the once-mighty Empire. But not all is lost, yet. The Sword of Emperors, home to an ancient spirit, transports itself to another time and place hoping to find a worthy champion. Ending up in modern-day New York, it lands at the feet of the most unlikely candidate. Anil is a homeless, ex-operations commando making a living on the streets. Feeling the weight of his failures, all he wants is a chance at redemption. When Providentia, the spirit of the sword, appears to him, it shakes his world. Eager to redeem himself and to make his mark, he accepts the spirit’s request for help. Transported to 1071, he is the Roman Empire’s only hope. Will Anil survive long enough to prove himself and restore glory to the Empire or die trying? Through the lens of Anil and various historical figures, we are taken on a journey entwined with Imperial Constantinople, Hungary, Italy, the Near East, Persia and the Levant.

Who is your target audience, and why?

My target audience is fans of historical fiction and alternate history. The book has been written in a style to appeal to all ages, because I wish to share to the wider world the world medieval byzantine society. If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it? The reason why you should buy my book is that it is able to strike a balance between historical facts, adventure, and story, and war, leaving an impression in your mind about a once-great empire and the colorful historical figures who led it, fought against it, and who lived in it.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

My greatest success in life was when I successfully completed my undergraduate thesis at the University of Edinburgh. The effort I put into that thesis from collecting data to writing the final paper, I not only a learned much about the period I was writing, but I was able to hone my skills as a writer and thanks to the marks i received in this thesis, I was able to enter the graduate program of my dream university.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

One thing that sets me apart from other writers in historical fiction is that I am someone who tries to balance cultural diversity with character development and plot to create a book that not only tries to capture the state of a society in the past but does so with a focus on ensuring that the main and secondary characters grow as the story develops.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

I leave the book for a bit and do other activities such as going for a walk. I also listen to upbeat music and try to think about where the story should go next.

What one piece of advice do you have for new authors?

One piece of advice I give to new authors is. In this modern world we focus a lot on character identity and diversity. While this is important, make sure that the plot does not suffer as a result and make sure that what defines your book is not the external features of your character but who they are internally. This is because people connect far better to a well developed character than to a caricature. That does not mean you should have character diversity, but don’t make that be the focus at the expense of character development. After all, I am sure no author wants Mary Sue’s or Gary Stu’s in their novel. Tell your readers anything else you want to share. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. I look forward to you’re thoughts on the novel and this being my first novel I ever published, I would love it if you do purchase the book to leave feedback.

Author interview with Daniel Mainwaring

Thirty years ago I cut my teeth in writing fiction and enjoyed both sci-fi and historical fiction. A strange combination right? I agree. As time went on I found myself drawn away from fiction and spent many years working on factual matters related to travel and business. It kept me very busy and I enjoyed the research and the writing. But in recent years, I’ve slowed down on the steady work of “fact” and slowly returned to my first love: fiction.

I must confess that I have a certain devilish very dry sense of humor. This manifests itself in my books. I don’t strive to write comedy — far from it — but if you’re seeking something absolutely dry and heavy on science then you’re looking in the wrong place. If you’re looking for something with an actual scientific basis, careful research and just a dash of dry humor then I may be your man.

I’m interested in concepts but fundamentally I am far more interested in people. If a volcano erupts, that is interesting. But I’m more interested in how people react to it. I’m fortunate in that I have travelled the world and seen the proverbial good, bad and ugly. That is what drives my stories.

Describe yourself in five words

Tall, funny, eccentric, irreverent, nutty

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

I am a licensed soccer coach and referee

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

Meditation, long walks, going to the gym

What scares you the most? 

Spiders

What makes you happiest? 

Spending fun times with friends and family

When Babel Floods

Why do you write? 

Fiction that draws heavily one people and places I have experienced

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Always, since I was a very young kid I’ve had an active imagination

What motivates you to write? 

The idea of escaping from the monotony of life.

What writing are you most proud of? .

I have made a lot of money with finance publications but I much more enjoy writing fiction and that’s the work I am proud of.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

My daughter

What books did you love growing up? 

Science fiction books, and Charles Dickens classics.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

We made a mistake, he’s actually just sleeping

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

I grew up in London, but I live in Texas now. Same language but different worlds in so many ways.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Mostly they are supportive but you always get that one cantankerous “friendly” reviewer.

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

In a Bure in Tahiti

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

It’s been in the works for many years and I started it, stopped it, changed it over and over again while I finished many other projects. I finally got to the point in my life where I felt I could relate to each of the evolving characters and satisfactorily bring this book to a conclusion.

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

Charles Dickens, maybe someone like Stalin just to beat the crap out of him.

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

Hopefully it’s real enough to connect with but unpredictable enough to offer them some joy.

An Interview with Dale L. Roberts

Self-Publishing with Dale
Dale L. Roberts

Dale L. Roberts is an accomplished indie author and host of Self-Publishing with Dale on YouTube. Since 2014, Dale pursued a full-time career in self-publishing books and now shares his experience on his YouTube channel devoted to building a successful self-publishing business. His specialties include book publishing, video production, public speaking, and networking. Appearing on numerous YouTube channels and podcast interviews, Dale is always looking for ways to reach a broader audience to share the value of self-publishing books. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife Kelli and cat Izzie.

Q&A With Dale
  • Where are you from?
    Columbus, Ohio (U.S.)
  • Why do you write? 
    I’m a lifelong reader and simply wanted to scratch a creative itch when I was a kid. As an adult, I found it to be a natural high for me in helping other people succeed in life and in business.
  • What do you write about? 
    I used to write about health and fitness, but more recently pivoted to discussing the business of self-publishing. In 2016, I had my biggest breakthrough as an author, so I started helping other indie authors get their breakthroughs.
  • Do you have a specific writing style?
    I write much like a speak, so it reads as a casual conversation with a friend. My writing is informal while still remaining professional and informative.
  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 
    Ooo, I tend to not let much impede my writing these days. The biggest obstacles I have are managing my YouTube channel (over 42,000 subscribers) and keeping my email inbox at zero.
  • Whats the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
    It’s hard to cite any one reader since I see a lot of positive comments. More recently, I had readers say “Amazon Keywords for Books” was like their “Keywords Bible.” That made me chuckle and flattered me.
  • How long have you been writing?
    Truthfully, I haven’t seriously been writing very long. I started writing full-time in 2014.
  •  When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
    When I was a boy, I wanted to grow up to be a writer and even went to college to become a journalist. But, college wasn’t a good fit for me so I dropped out. Life got in the way and I stopped chasing my dream.
    It wasn’t until 2014 that someone challenged me to write a book about health and fitness. The rest is history!
  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
    I typically schedule chunks of time devoted to writing. Right now, it’s 4-hour blocks every Saturday. If I have a bigger manuscript I want to complete sooner, then I’ll write more often throughout the week.
  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
    I absolutely must have an outline. It’s not a big deal if I deviate slightly off the outline, but I cannot go without it. Otherwise, I write and write and write and it’s REALLY boring!
  • How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)
    I can complete a 20,000- to 40,000-word manuscript in a month. That’s simply the first draft and is a far cry from the finished product.
  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
    If you want to be a better writer, study the craft, practice regularly and hire a good editor. Having an editor has been critical in my development.
  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?
    Since I write primarily nonfiction, I have little trouble at all. My biggest challenge would be in citing my sources and fact checking. Instead of hiring out for that task, I do it all myself. So, it tends to be a boring process, but helps in creating a credible publication.
  • What do you think makes a good story?
    A book that leads with a good hook and closes in a way that leaves the reader thinking for long after finishing. I believe a good story should impact a person’s life in some meaningful way.
  • What does your family think of your writing? 
    My family is extremely supportive of my career as an author, especially my wife. I couldn’t ask for better friends and family who’ve been with me every step of the way.
  • Do you see writing as a career?
    It is! Being a writer is only one avenue I express myself. I’m also a video content creator. So, I guess you could call me a creative entrepreneur since I’m both an author and video creator.
  • Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?
    Never give up on your dreams! Follow your passions with relentless pursuit. It won’t always be great at first, but it’ll eventually all work out as it should.
  • When did you first consider yourself a writer?
    Since I was a boy. I took many years off between, but it all came full circle as it should have.

Do you have links that you’d like to share for others to read?

Yes, I’m promoting one of my latest releases, Promotional Strategies for Books which is available at https://dalelinks.com/promobook. Grab a copy to find out various ways to market and promote your book.

Also, you can follow me on my website at SelfPublishingWithDale.com.

Book Giveaway Alert: The Other Mrs. Samson by Ralph Webster

The Other Mrs. Samson by Ralph Webster

Award winning author Ralph Webster received worldwide acclaim for his first book, A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other, which tells the story of his father’s flight from the Holocaust. Voted by readers as a Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards Nominee for Best Memoir/Autobiography, A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other, his second book, One More Moon, and now his third, The Other Mrs. Samson, are proven book club selections for thought-provoking and engaging discussions. Whether in person or online, Ralph welcomes and values his exchanges with readers and makes every effort to participate in conversations about his books. Now retired, he lives with his wife, Ginger, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Please Contact Ralph to schedule via Zoom, Skype or in person for your book club.

A hidden drawer reveals the #secrets of Hilda, raised in turn-of-the-century #SanFrancisco, and Katie, whose life in #Germany is marked by 2 wars. One will make a startling discovery about the #husband they share. #Goodreads #Giveaway https://bit.ly/3fW5eJO @Ralph_Webster

Release date: Feb 15, 2021

Surviving two wars, sharing one husband, searching for answers…

A hidden compartment in a black lacquer cabinet left in an attic reveals the secrets of two incredible women: Hilda, born and raised in one of the wealthiest Jewish families in turn-of-the-century San Francisco, and Katie, whose early life in Germany is marked by tragedy and death. Their lives are forever entwined by their love of the same man, the brilliant and compassionate Dr. Josef Samson.

From the earliest, rough-and-tumble days of San Francisco, through the devastation of the Great War in Berlin and the terrors of Vichy France, and then to a new yet uncertain life in New York City, their stories span the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century. In the end, one of these women will complete the life of the other and make a startling discovery about the husband they share.

Enter to receive one of 100 Kindle advanced reader copies of this new book by 2016 Goodreads Readers Choice Awards Nominee Ralph Webster. 

Book Review: Dark River by Avery Jenkins

Dark River

Dr. Avery Jenkins is a former award-winning journalist and essayist who took a 25-year break from the writing world to become a chiropractor and acupuncturist. He holds a 2nd degree black belt in the martial art of aikido and is in his final year of training to become a Daoist priest. Dr. Jenkins lives in northwest Connecticut with his wife and two dogs of uncertain temperament.

Blurb:

Aging gray market dealer Asa Cire may not know exactly who he is or why he’s here, but he does know one thing: He’s going to find the murderer of the teenage girl haunting his visions, regardless of the cost.

Aided by Buddhist adept Tanya Ito and street-smart Neveah Arias, Asa tries to unravel the mystery surrounding the decades-old murder. His only leads are a small town drug dealer and a stolen manuscript that nobody can decipher.

Stalked by a Chinese mob that wants its manuscript back and the killer who wants to put Asa at the bottom of the river, Asa dodges disaster until he faces the brutal truth: To bring justice to the girl, he will have to die. Twice.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Review:

If you love books that have details on different cultures, you will definitely love this. Imagine reading books like The Ghost Bride. A cold case of mystery and thriller. That’s the kind of feeling you get when you read this book. Considering the fact that the author of this book is an award-winning journalist who is a chiropractor, acupuncturist, and is in his final year of becoming a Daoist priest. Some his background certain shines through in this book. I am very certain that you will have a satisfaction of reading this well-articulated and researched story when it comes to detailing aspects of foreign and spiritual culture.

Asa Cire is a man who owns an antic shop. He crosses path with Neveah who offers to help him out with the shop. Asa also attends Yoga classes with Tanya, who learns about Buddism. I like how diverse and interesting the characters are in this book, that offers you a new perspective into the lives of people from different cultures. Soon enough, Asa is haunted by a girl who first appeared during on of his daily meditation sessions and then in his everyday life. He learns that the girl was murdered and his attempt to resolve the mystery makes up the rest of the book.

A page-turner that keeps you hooked to the book from the beginning right to the end. A 5 star for this book.


Invitation for Children’s book authors to Join a Live Interview as a Guest Reviewer & Author

Invitation for Children’s book authors to Join a Live Interview as a Guest Reviewer & Author

Hello children’s book authors,

I’m Jasveena, from International Book Promotion. You joined our Group Author Interview for Children’s Book in 2019. 
I’m writing to you to invite you to join us for a live author interview of Hosam Saed, a children’s book author, tentatively on Tuesday, 17th of November 8 PM CST. 

Here’s the link to the author’s Amazon page https://www.amazon.com/marco-missing-hosam-saeed-ebook/dp/B08FZRFMZX

We need three children’s book author who could review the author’s book “Marco the Missing” and share your review during the live interview. The book has 22 pages. You would also get a short slot to talk about your own book.

The tentative date of the live interview would be 17th November, or any of the following Tuesdays 8PM CST. You can also update your availability if you’d like to join us.

If you have questions, do let me know 🙂 Looking forward to hearing from you.

Building A Unique Author Brand – With Gail Carriger…

on The Creative Penn: How do you intentionally create an author brand that resonates with your readers? How can you write the books you love and make a successful living as a full-time author? All this and more in today’s interview with Gail Carriger. Show Notes Travel as an important part of writing Writing about a […]

Building A Unique Author Brand – With Gail Carriger…

Indie Author Basics: Author Branding

Author Branding is more than just a logo. It’s showing readers what makes you and your books unique.

Indie Author Basics: Author Branding

The 10 Commandments of Author Branding -Shayla Raquel — Miranda Reads

If you haven’t heard about Shayla Raquel, she is one of the #authorpreneurs who focuses on #authorbranding a lot and you should definitely check the book out, and her website as well, for more motivation on author branding tips.

★★★★ ½ …your author brand is how and why readers fall in love with you and decide to read your book. Writing is a solitary sport, but marketing? That one needs a few hands on deck. Face it, you can write the world’s greatest book…but if no one is around to read it, you’re stuck up […]

The 10 Commandments of Author Branding -Shayla Raquel — Miranda Reads

An Interview with Author Ella Jayne West

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Goodbye Narcissist, Hello Self Love by Ella Jayne West

Ella Jayne West is extremely proud and excited to share her latest work Goodbye Narcissist Hello Self Love. The project might have been a lengthy one, but this was one story that really needed to be told. Inspired by true events, Goodbye Narcissist Hello Self Love provides you with an insight into one woman’s journey overcoming narcissistic abuse and finding the path to self love. It offers strategies and resources for your own healing and path to self love and learning how to recognise the signs and red flags of abusive relationships. It is an opportunity for you to set yourself free and finally understand it was never about the Narcissist, it was always about you and discovering how incredible you truly are.

To celebrate 🎉 the upcoming launch of Goodbye Narcissist Hello Self Love, ONE lucky follower of this page will be in the running to Win a Signed Autographed Copy of Goodbye Narcissist Hello Self Love – Check out the latest post on Facebook to enter the giveaway.

Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself

Ella Jayne West is an Indie author from Sydney Australia.

Ella has always had a passion for books and writing from a young age but only began her journey as an author with her first book, Goodbye Narcissist Hello Self Love.

Q. What do you enjoy during your spare time?

I enjoy bushwalking, camping and music and I’m often described as quiet (until you get to know me lol), kind, caring and compassionate by others.

Q. One surprising fact about you?

One surprising fact about me is that I read Tarot Cards.

Q. Do you experience any self doubts or fears?

I don’t usually have doubts and have experienced many failures so I tend to be pretty philosophical about life and what will be will be.

Q. Why did you write this book?

I wrote Goodbye Narcissist Hello Self Love initially as a part of my own healing process and self love journey, however felt led to continue on my writing journey to help others in their own healing and growth.

Q. What books did you enjoy growing up with?

When I was growing up, my days and nights were often spent reading books from a broad range of genres including Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton and yes even some romance novels lol.

It is my hope that I can leave behind a legacy that changes the world in some way and that I made a difference.

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

If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be where I live now. I love my country, Australia but maybe I’d consider a chalet in France for the Summer J

Q. Who would you like to acknowledge?

I’d like to acknowledge a few people that have supported me on my writing journey:

My Son Patrick, my dearest friend Linda and Mouse and Zil. There have been many people who have supported and encouraged me and I am blessed and filled with gratitude for them.

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

My book, Goodbye Narcissist Hello Self Love is due to be released this month and I promote the book on my Facebook page and YouTube videos and articles related to the theme of the book which is inspired by true events and is a semi memoir/ self help book.

Q. Tell us about your new book, why did you write it?

It is my hope that this book will support people who have experienced this abuse, recognise the signs and red flags and start their healing journey to self love.

Visit the author’s website at https://ellajwest.wixsite.com/ellajaynewestgoodbye

Follow her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AGuideToHealingYourInnerWoundsThroughSelfLove