FREE book alert & an interview with author Jerry Weaver

Jerry Weaver lives in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a veteran of the United States Army and now specializes in helping other veterans adapt and adjust to the civilian world while dealing with issues such as PTSD, depression, and substance abuse. Jerry was like many veterans, lost and confused after finishing his time in uniform. His life quickly spiraled out of control, and he was at the breaking point. It was during his recovery and regrowth period where Jerry discovered the healing power of writing. He began writing down his thoughts and processing feelings and has gone on to become a staunch advocate for veteran’s addiction and recovery. Jerry’s first book, the Addiction Manifesto is the product of his life. You can follow Jerry https://twitter.com/jrweaver0 , https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012290374512 Or checkout his website to learn more: author website https://authorsc.com/jrweaver/

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Describe yourself in five words: 

Living my best life possible

What scares you the most?

Relapsing, going back to the life that I fought so hard to escape.  I”ve lost too many friends over the last few years to overdose. 

What makes you happiest?

When I see somebody finally doing well after they struggled with addiction, watching the ‘light’ come on in their eyes. 

Why do you write?

I write to stay sober and to help others find their way back.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

No, I really didn’t pick up a pen until my last arrest

What motivates you to write?

I’ve seen the dark side of life and I know how powerful it can be, but I also know it can’t compete with the power of recovery.

What writing are you most proud of?  

The Addiction Manifesto, it will always be a special book to me because it was unexpected, it was written for me by me to battle my demons.  If it can help save me then it can help save others. 

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

My sobriety (4 years sober this November) and my engagement to my soul mate, Carrie Smith.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

S-O-B-E-R

How did you develop your writing? 

I think my style is special, I think people can ‘feel’ what I’m saying.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Marketing, you can write the perfect book to combat addiction but if nobody knows about it…..

What marketing works for you?

I depend on social media to get the word out. 

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

Yes, my amazing family and friends that didn’t give up on me when I was the worst possible version of myself. 

What else do you do, other than write?   

People say that getting sober is ‘boring’ but I beg to differ, I have done more in the past 4 years sober, I’ve been skydiving, white water rafting, surfing, kayaking, I’ve organized 2 recovery bridge walks.  I’m planning on hosting a Recovery’fest whenever this covid stuff goes away. 

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

My fiancé, Carrie Smith, she challenges me to be a better man (and also calls me out on my bs lol)

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

My success won’t be about money or fame, it’ll be about meeting somebody in recovery a few years down the road and they introduce me to their new family.  All because I kept preaching recovery and planting the seeds of recovery in them. 

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

I’ve done a few interviews, Kindle promotions, I’ll do a few more social media campaigns scattered over the next few weeks, I am wanting to find people in Europe, Asia, Russia, Middle East that could help me with marketing in their areas. 

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

“The Addiction Manifesto” wasn’t really planned, it just sorta happened because I needed to find a better way to stay sober.  Writing has really helped me find the areas of my life that I needed to improve if I wanted to stay sober.  I think my book is geared towards preaching a ‘whole life’ type recovery.  Its more than being abstinent from drugs/alcohol, its about rebuilding your life to be more balanced in all phases.

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

A better understanding about addiction, whether they are going thru it personally or they have a family member that’s struggling with it.  It’ll give you better insight to what addiction does and how to combat it. 

An Interview with author Mariah Allen

Describe yourself in five words

Bravery, leadership skills, liveliness, Resilience, goal oriented

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

I repeat affirmations, replay quotes meant to get me through self-doubt and remain positive knowing I have control of the situation

What makes you happiest? 

Having balance in my lifestyle

Why do you write?

I do not write or establish myself as a writer. I had years of journal entries of personal experience living with an autoimmune disease that I simply turned into a guide to help the community.

What motivates you to write? 

Thinking about the statistics of people who leave the doctors office for the first time after receiving their diagnose with no sense of direction. I was motivated to help the families that are ready to have balance in their lives by managing their disease and knowing their body.

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

I grew up in San Antonio, TX and now reside in California.

How did you develop your writing?

I was a communication major so I’ve always enjoyed the research and writing papers, I just have more opportunities now to expand on topics I am passionate about.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

I do have my family behind me 100% they’ve always been supportive of every projects and goal I’ve set out too.

What else do you do, other than write? 

You can find me cooking in the kitchen and creating new recipes. I am hoping to open a small events kitchen.

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

I would take my chances in the Mediterranean

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

I am hoping to reach men and women ages 18 to 35, inspire others to find balance and understanding in their lives to claim the lifestyle they want to live.

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

It’s here for you to take notes about your body and start treating accordingly because nobody’s going to help you if you don’t at least try to claim your life back. I wrote this book to give others a peace of mind of knowing they have a starting guide to help regulate their autoimmune disease. The book comes from personal experience as well so you are not alone and will feel the obstacles I had to accomplish.

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

My words will uplift their spirits and give them a sense of hope and clarity. I hope people are encouraged to start making the small changes starting on the exact day they finish reading my guide to adjusting your lifestyle to an autoimmune disease. Your family is depending on you but it’s your will to take the first step forward and live free because we all want freedom.

If you could change the genre of your writing what would be next?

I would start writing more recipe books as I love to cook and focus on my salsa obsession. I also enjoy canning pickling and fermented food.

An interview with Author Raymond Moore

Raymond Moore is a Registered Nurse, living and working in Saudi Arabia with his wife and three children. He also has a house and farm in Thailand. As well as being a writer, Raymond has been a record label owner, band manager and singer with a band. Born and brought up in Glasgow, he left his parents and moved to the Isle of Skye as a youngster, and his life changed forever.

  • Where are you from?

I’m originally from Glasgow, Scotland. When I was thirteen I went to live with my Great Aunt and Great Grandmother on the Isle of Skye.

  • Why do you write? 

It started off as Facebook posts. Telling stories of what it was like to grow up on an island in the late 1970’s. This developed into poems and then I found I couldn’t stop writing.

  • What do you write about? 

The Skye Stories Trilogy document my life on and off the island. I wouldn’t say that I have lived a conventional life. I’m currently typing this from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where I have lived and worked as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years. Recently I have just submitted my first novel to the publishers and I hope it will be out next year.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

The Skye Stories trilogy have been written in an easy to read format. Bite sized chunks that I hope will entertain folk.

The first person style I used in the trilogy I have also used in my novel and hope that it too will entertain.

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

The biggest obstacle is my inherent laziness. Since the pandemic began my family who lived with me in Saudi got stuck in Thailand and have been living there. My wife is Thai and she lives in our house that we built with my three kids. With no family to distract me I had no excuse!

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

What makes me happy is the thought of someone laughing about some mischief I got up to when I was young. I just wanted make people smile.

  • How long have you been writing?

I began seriously when I was in quarantine recovering from COVID19 last year.

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

I always had an idea to write but laziness and life stopped me!

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

I generally write in the evenings after my hospital work is finished and at the weekends.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’m not sure I have a quirk but I basically have tried to write the way that I speak. When you read a Skye Story it would be as if I was there beside you telling you it.

  • How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non). For the Skye Stories Trilogy it took around a year. Volumes 1 7 2 are already published. Volume 3 will be out in October on Redshank Books. The novel has taken me around 6 months to get it into shape. There is still a fair bit of work to be done when my editor has finished reading it.
  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Just write. Poems, stories, whatever. Get your idea’s down on paper. For example I’m now working on a ghost story and I didn’t really have a plot in mind just the title, Castledawn from that I’ve now written around 20k words. I’m lucky in that I have a very understanding editor who likes my sense of humour.

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

For me dialogue is a challenge. It’s something new for me and sometimes I’m unsure how best to present it.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

Anything that other folk can relate to. Even though my Skye Stories are about growing up on a Scottish Island it is also the story of a young teen going through young teen things. Doesn’t matter where you are in the world. We were all young teens once!

  • What does your family think of your writing? 

They have been supportive of me and are proud I’ve published a couple of books.

  • Do you see writing as a career?

I would love to be able to write full-time. Who knows?

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

Would just like to say thanks for taking the time to read this interview. And should they be tempted to buy a book of mine I would be honoured.

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.

Website: BtcArt.Co

Social Media: Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/Youtube

Why Did You Write The Book: Mackenzie Finklea

Mackenzie Finklea
Mackenzie Finklea

Beyond the Halls: An Insider’s Guide to Loving Museums

Mackenzie Finklea is an American Anthropologist and life-long museum enthusiast. She is a young professional who studied at the University of Texas at Austin earning a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, a minor in Architecture, and a certificate in Museum Studies. In April of 2019, she was invited to speak at the TEDx conference at UT Austin about her research on Internet Memes and cyberculture. She has a long history of previous leadership roles and a vibrant fascination with displays of human culture. Mackenzie is borderline obsessed with two things in life: museums, and her tabby cat, Owen. She was compelled to write her book, Beyond the Halls: An Insider’s Guide to Loving Museums as a way to share her passion for museums in a practical and fun approach so that everyone can have the opportunity to cherish and admire museums as much as she does.

Listen to a podcast of the author: Book Discussion: Beyond the Halls by Mackenzie Finkleahttps://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/nuwriters/book-discussion-beyond-the-EpzZgDos6Gc/

Why Did You Write The Book: John Saunders

John Saunders
John Saunders

The Optimizer: Building and Leading a Team of Serial Innovators

John Saunders spent more than two decades as a Wall Street Senior Vice President, sales team leader, and award-winning sales executive. He followed his passion for helping others grow and founded a coaching and consulting company, Forward Advisory Solutions. He holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Georgetown University. Additionally, Saunders is a member of Georgetown McDonough’s MBA Alumni Advisory Council, an active angel investor, and a formal mentor in the Georgetown Executive MBA mentorship program. As a lifelong learner, Saunders asserts that change is necessary in today’s business world and believes in empowering those with whom he works. In addition to writing, mentoring, and coaching, Saunders enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and exploring the outdoors.

Read an interview article on John: “Creating a Culture of Innovation with John Saunders” https://www.viima.com/blog/john-saunders

Why Did You Write The Book: Elizabeth Ivanecky

Elizabeth Ivanecky
Elizabeth Ivanecky

The Child in Us: A Collection of Stories about Happiness

Elizabeth Lucy Ivanecky is a Canadian creative writer who has a passion for the magic of storytelling. As a little girl, she would get lost in the fantastical realms of her wild childhood imagination through the bedtime stories her father shared, which cultivated her kind and playful spirit. Nurturing her inner child as a young lady, Elizabeth knows what a privilege it is to grow old, yet also pledges that her essence will never grow up. She hopes through her writing she can inspire others to be kinder toward and love one another. She sees her future filled with possibilities and plans to always write stories that will enchant the little girl dearest to her heart. Herself.

Read an interview article on Elizabeth: “Dundas author Elizabeth Ivanecky hopes to start a conversation about happiness” https://www.hamiltonnews.com/community-story/10329179-dundas-author-elizabeth-ivanecky-hopes-to-start-a-conversation-about-happiness/

An interview with author Angela J. Townsend

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Angela J. Townsend is a filmmaker and a traditionally published, award-winning author of gothic suspense. Angela is a member of the Author’s Guild in NYC and many other film and writing organizations. Angela is represented by the former Vice President of Paramount Pictures, M. Kenneth Suddleson. 

To learn more about her most recent release, Born of the Heart please visit– https://www.bornoftheheart.com
Or visit her website https://www.angelatownsendbooks.com

  • Where are you from?
    I’m from western Montana. A beautiful place known as the Big Sky Country. I grew up on a farm surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. My childhood was filled with glorious days of playing in the clear, cool waters of Flathead Lake and the Blackfoot river.
  • Why do you write? 
    I write because it brings me joy and a sense of peace.
  • What do you write about? 
    Fictional characters in unusual settings. I’m a fan of the Victorian as well as Edwardian time periods.
  • Do you have a specific writing style?
    Gothic. I love the classics. My favorite authors are the Brontë sisters, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, and L. M. Montgomery. 
  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 
    People. There have been a lot of negative people that have drifted in and out of my life. Thankfully I have a lot of loving, supportive friends and a strong family who uplift me and support my career.
  • What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? You changed my life in a positive way. I’m a very empathic person. I love helping others.
  • How long have you been writing?
    I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I started very early, around four or five.
  •  When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
    As a child. I couldn’t think of anything better.
  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
    Early mornings are my best time. I start writing while enjoying my morning tea. My dog is always at my side or curled near my feet. 
  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
    I can write anywhere and at any time. Noise or distraction doesn’t bother me. In fact, I’m very comfortable in crowded cafes or other busy settings. 
  • How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one-published or non)
    It takes me about a year and then the editing process, which is usually another month. I’m quite fond of writing screenplays which is what I do now full time.
  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
    Yes, keep writing and seek out a critique group. Listen to the feedback of others and consider it wisely. 
  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? Finding enough time to write when I’m busy with my movie projects.
  • What do you think makes a good story?
    Captivating characters and an interesting setting.
  • What does your family think of your writing? 
    I have the most loving and supportive family. I am a very fortunate person to have the support system I do.
  • Do you see writing as a career?
    Writing is my career. Although I love to write books, I am now in the motion picture industry.
  • Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?
    I would like to thank those who enjoy reading my books. Moreover, I am very thankful for their continued love and support. My readers are very dear to me.
  • When did you first consider yourself a writer?
    When I was old enough to hold a pen.

Why Did You Write The Book: Debby Nguyen

Debby Nguyen
Debby Nguyen

Pills, Teas, and Songs: Stories of Medicine around the World

Debby Nguyen studied Pharmacy and Data Science at Northeastern University, Boston. She is the fifth generation in her family to be involved in medicine and holds a deep reverence for the history of healthcare. While honoring her own heritage of Vietnamese traditional medicine, among other cultures, she hopes to inspire her readers to be inquisitive and informed of the medicine and wellness practices they incorporate into their lives. Debby is also a New York Times-featured poet and a passionate solo-traveler.

Read an interview article on Debby: “Interview with Debby Nguyen” https://theasianarticles.wixsite.com/main/post/interview-with-debby-nguyen

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!