Author Interview with Brooks Washatko

Brooks Washatko is an American author and salesman who loves writing stories that inspire kids. When he is not working you can most likely find him hiking, surfing, or traveling. Brooks currently resides in the beautiful state of Montana.

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

The first critical period of development in humans begins around age 2 and concludes around age 7. This time period provides a prime opportunity to lay the foundation for success in kids! Unfortunately, theres a limited amount of learning material in our education system and the marketplace to teach children practical skills to help build a foundation for their future success. So, I wrote “Tommy Wants To Win” to help provide children with valuable information in a fun way. This book teaches children the importance of healthy competition, hard-work, and chasing after your dreams.

Brooks Washatko
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Author Interview with Honerod

Honerod is an up-and-coming author who focuses on personal growth, self-development, and improving one’s life. “Life is an endless journey of learning” is among many of his favorite quotes. His passion for personal development started at a young age and has since then always been looking for opportunities for growth. His latest books, 701 Life Lessons & 701 Life Quotes, examine the importance of legacy and showcases his unique, witty voice. Both books bring out new and modernistic perspectives to life. These are just the beginning of Honerod’s journey as an author, as he plans to release more self-help books with new perspectives to challenge the chaotic world we live in.

  • Where are you from?

I’m from Norway.

  • Why do you write? 

As an introvert, I have found writing to be an effective tool for sorting out my thoughts and making sense of my emotions. Writing provides me with a space to process my thoughts and feelings in a way that feels natural and comfortable for me.

In addition, writing gives me the freedom and peace that I need to express myself creatively and authentically. Through writing, I am able to explore new ideas and perspectives, and connect with others in a meaningful way.

Overall, writing has become a fundamental part of my personal and professional life, providing me with an outlet for self-expression and helping me to navigate life’s challenges with clarity and purpose.

  • What do you write about? 

I write about personal development, personal growth, and self-improvement. My focus is on life lessons and inspiring quotes that encourage readers to reflect on their own experiences and to strive towards their personal and professional goals. I believe that everyone has the potential to grow and learn, and my aim is to provide the tools and inspiration to help my readers do just that.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

Yes, I do have a specific writing style. I strive to be inspiring and witty in my writing, capturing the reader’s attention and engaging them in a unique and meaningful way. I believe that writing can be both educational and entertaining, and I strive to find that perfect balance in my work.

By incorporating humor and wit, I aim to make my writing more relatable and enjoyable for the reader, while still conveying important messages and insights. My goal is to create a writing style that is both informative and inspiring, leaving a lasting impact on the reader and encouraging them to see the world in a new and exciting way.

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

As a writer, there are several obstacles that can come in the way of producing quality work. The first obstacle is finding the time to write, especially when balancing a full-time job. It can be difficult to set aside dedicated time for writing, especially when faced with other responsibilities and commitments.

Another common obstacle is losing motivation. Writing can be a challenging and demanding process, and it’s easy to lose sight of the end goal when faced with writer’s block or other creative challenges.

Finally, impatience can also be an obstacle in the writing process. Writing often requires patience and persistence, and it can be tempting to give up or rush the process when faced with obstacles or setbacks.

These obstacles can be difficult to overcome, but they are not insurmountable. With dedication, determination, and a willingness to persevere, it is possible to overcome these challenges and produce meaningful, impactful writing.

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

As I just published my first books, I have not yet had the opportunity to receive feedback or questions from readers. However, I am eager to engage with my audience and learn more about their experiences with my work. I believe that feedback and dialogue with readers is a crucial part of the writing process, and I look forward to the opportunity to connect with my audience in the future.

  • How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for 4 years now.

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

When I published my first books.

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

When I am writing, I follow a structured work schedule that allows me to be productive and efficient. I utilize the Pomodoro Technique, which involves breaking my work into focused 25-minute intervals, with short breaks in between. This helps me to stay focused and avoid burnout, while still making steady progress on my writing.

In addition to the Pomodoro Technique, I also try to write a minimum of 200 words every day. This helps me to build momentum and maintain a consistent writing pace, even when faced with distractions or other challenges.

By adhering to this work schedule, I am able to stay focused and productive, ensuring that I am able to make steady progress on my writing projects. Whether I am working on a longer-term project or simply jotting down ideas and thoughts, I find that this structured approach helps me to stay organized and motivated, and produces my best work.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

My interesting writing quirk is that I bring a modern and innovative perspective to my writing. I strive to bring fresh ideas and unique viewpoints to my work, making it both engaging and thought-provoking for my readers.

  • How long does it take to write a book?

That depends. It can take a day, week, month or year.

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

As a new author, there are several key pieces of advice that I would offer. Firstly, it’s important to be an avid reader. Reading extensively will not only help you improve your writing, but also give you a better understanding of your genre and the market you’re entering.

Another important piece of advice is to experiment with different writing styles. Don’t be afraid to try new things and see what works best for you. This exploration can help you find your unique voice and style as a writer.

Finally, it’s crucial to find your genre. This will allow you to focus your efforts and hone your craft in a specific area. Understanding your genre will also help you target your audience and market your work effectively.

In summary, my advice for new authors is to read a lot of books, explore with writing styles, and find your genre. By doing so, you will be well on your way to a successful writing career.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

Something unique. Everything original is worth reading.

  • Do you see writing as a career?

I see it as a hobby at the moment.

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

Yes, I have a specific message for my readers. I hope that you find joy and inspiration in my books, “701 Life Lessons” and “701 Life Quotes.” If you have any questions or feedback regarding my books, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I value your thoughts and would love to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to read my work.

  • When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I published my first books.

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Author Interview with Eric Coley

Eric Coley, late thirties military vet. Writing and art have been a passion as far back as I can remember. In a life of pursuing tangible things I’ve learned honing in on one’s own skills is the best thing one can do. Exploring who one is, loving that and expanding on those things despite everything around them. These are things which get us farther in life in the most healthiest of ways as an individual. Without this as key in portions of my life I could not see my true potential. With it though, I glimpsed the direction which allowed me to be able to finish stories and produce art which laid unfinished in storage for twenty years. But here and now, this is only the beginning of my story which you are being introduced to.

Describe yourself in five words

Calm  Cool  Collective  Motivated  Restless

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

Just how quiet I actually am around people I do not know.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

Over-think things at times while I call on God in other events which are just too great.

What scares you the most? 

Might sound funny but God. I don’t much have any fears concerning real life.

What makes you happiest? 

Knowing that something I did helped someone else.

Writing is one of my oldest passions. Some of my earliest memories were writing. 

It has always seemed as if it was something I was meant to do just like art. I honestly have so many thoughts in a day I could produce series of books just on memoirs alone.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Yes, I have always enjoyed writing. At an early age I began writing poems. I used to fill folders up with them, draw on the cover and give to a friend. Once I wrote enough poems I started writing rap songs. And by the time I was about to graduate from high school I moved on to producing rock songs. All the while I was storytelling developing worlds of fantastical characters I daydreamed about one night.

What motivates you to write? 

Several things all at once. On one end, it’s as if it has to come out and since I am so quiet how else would it? On the other hand, I sense it’s something I have to do and I only have my own time to do it.

What writing are you most proud of? 

The writing I am most proud of is Last Destiny. It represents a time so long ago now in my life which never let go of me even though I let it go. I started producing it originally over twenty years ago. I was a teenager then and didn’t quite understand at all what I was doing. I produced these stories which were dead serious and comedic all at once. I drew as much of their world as I could understand at the time. Then as I grew older I distanced myself from them. When I got back into writing them almost a year ago it was a breath of fresh air. I reworked the stories but it wasn’t problematic it actually was as if the characters and their worlds grew with me. I understand how to evolve their story.


What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

At this moment, I am most proud of my problem solving abilities concerning storytelling. To me it’s very rewarding being able to correct something and make it make sense. By the way, I am neither married nor do I have children so I only have my own accolades to be proud of.

What books did you love growing up? 

When I was a child I grew up reading comic books. I actually was given hundreds of issues of great value before I was a teen. The books were a generational gift. I had possibly thousands before I was an adult. I was a superhero fanatic. But also Frank Herbert’s Dune series left a lasting impression on me. I would go on to collect the entire series by the time I was a young adult.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

All that I think anyone can ask for their obituary to say is that they lived a good, whole life.

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

I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. I actually lived in Sacramento, California for a brief period in my early adolescence. I currently reside in Mobile, Alabama. But I also served in the military and have worked military contracting which has allowed me to travel all over the world.

How did you develop your writing?

I developed my writing by being actively spontaneous. Trying to push as many boundaries while telling stories which take place in other universes with characters who couldn’t exist how we do. At least, that’s how I have tried to go about it. Plenty of times though the stories I produce are grounded in our reality, just not our particular time period.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

I would have to say getting published is the hardest. I, myself, chose the Amazon route for getting my books published. Otherwise, I do not think my books would have gotten published or that something would have been forced to be changed which would have rendered it not what I had in mind. The writing was very rewarding for me. The hardest part of the writing to me was getting started. Now marketing has been hard. It’s a new job in and of itself and I personally was not ready for it. Slowly,though I am adapting.

What marketing works for you? 

Honestly, I am still learning but doing things like interviews, ads, etc seems the best option. Exposure to getting it out there because I really am proud of what I produced. Also, because there are more things which I believe I can do with what was produced.

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

No, I really don’t but I did over the years leading up to now. When I first came up with these stories I actually shared them a lot but I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going with them. I actually had multiple book companies which offered to produce my books back then when I was a teenager. I didn’t read into any of them as I should have.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Family and friends have always been supportive. But they are distant at the same time. These are things I am used to so I motivate myself.

What else do you do, other than write? 

Well, I am also an artist who learned how to produce digital art last year. I work in several mediums and plan to expand into more. Currently, I am a student learning new skills toward my future. Also, I am a military contractor.

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

I have worked various jobs throughout the years of my life. Retail, shipyard and military. Each one has their flaws and their rewards.

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

If I could study any subject at a university it would be to read. I enjoy reading to such a degree it is a passion in and of itself. It allows me to learn so much about the literal world we live in.

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

At the moment, the answer to this particular question is home. Mobile, Alabama, as a military contractor it benefits me financially to travel more so than to live at home. If only it were the other way around.

Tell us about your family? 

My family consists of two elder brothers, two elder sisters and the youngest is myself.

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

As I mentioned before, I am spontaneous with it. Anywhere an idea may come to me I attempt to write it down for later. When I am ready to put it all together, though, the laptop and desk (bed or couch) is the destination.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 

Due irregularities in my sleep patterns while early on in the military, not that much. In an average day probably five good hours and a workout is all I need.

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

The Most High, my Mother, siblings and close friends.

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

Success in writing to me only entitles the ability of the writer to entirely support themselves off of their earnings from books.

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

This is my first marketing campaign and it hasn’t been easy. I have been learning as I go. I can read about how others have done it but doing it myself and taking notes is the best way for me to develop my own formula. The portions which work I will definitely utilize again.

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

Last Destiny is the title. They are the stories of other worlds, defined by different laws. Where the characters find themselves on journeys which continue to unfold beyond their comprehension. While this is occurring we witness how they everytime figure out a way to pull themselves together and save their world (or their self).  Last Destiny was produced almost as a love letter to my childhood. A farewell to it actually.

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

When I read this statement, Marvin Gaye was the first individual to enter my mind.

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

I like to relax by laying down in the bed with everything off.

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

Hopefully, my words can spark a sense of joy in them which allows them to smile in the moment. Every story does not have a good ending but they all should hit the mark for which I had in mind when produced.

Author Interview with Nadine AuCoin

To readers all over the world,

My name is Nadine AuCoin. I’m also known as Maggie May. I like to use Maggie May for my children stories and my real name for novels.

I live in Northern Alberta, Canada. Yes! We are in the freezer here. It does get crazy cold, -46 and up.

I’m originally from a small Acadian French town in Nova Scotia and I miss it fiercely. The ocean and panoramic sceneries are incomparable. I do intend to have a cottage there someday for my adult children and I to escape to as often as possible.

My stories share a world of experiences between the lines of fiction. Many wonder if I’m the main character, or if some things ring true. I hope to keep my readers entertained and guessing. Welcome to my writer’s world where I have fun creating worlds.

I hope to interact with my readers often!

Describe yourself in five words.

Knowledgeable, empathetic, creative, vivacious, and determined.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I can be very self-conscious.

 How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

I pray and ask for God’s help. Often, I spill my guts to Jesus and have a good cry.

What scares you the most?

Fears for my children’s overall well-being and health. 

What makes you happiest?

Helping others and knowing my children are happy.

Why do you write?

Like breathing, I need to, and love it.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Yes.

 What motivates you to write?

I’ve a strong desire to be useful to this world; and at the same time, be a messenger – a voice to reckon with while spreading love & kindness.

What writing are you most proud of?

My forthcoming novel, “Tucked Inn.”

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

My three children, son-in-law, and granddaughter.

What books did you love growing up?

V.C. Andrews series, Nancy Drew, Sandra Brown, and the Encyclopedia Collection my parents had.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

“How do you like me now?” LOL, just kidding. I really have no idea. Hopefully, when my children write it, they will be 100% honest.

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

My first 8 years were spent living in my mother’s English-speaking hometown, Pleasant Bay. We moved 35 minutes away, over the French Mountain, to my father’s hometown in a small French-Acadian fishing village called Cheticamp in Nova Scotia, Canada. Life in The Highlands is a one-of-a-kind experience. When I was old enough to leave the nest, I moved to Halifax, the capitol of NS. Presently, I live in Fort McMurray, Northern Alberta, Canada.  

How did you develop your writing?

My studies at Dalhousie University incited better ways to express myself about social problems. And through inspiration, determination and a head full of what-not-to-dos, my writing took a change in the right direction.

What is hardest – getting published, writing, or marketing?

The hardest part is the process of getting published and marketing. Writing is easy because I’ve got quite the imagination! I’m full of ideas, but sometimes I lack the ability to finish things I start. I talk myself out of thinking anyone would be interested in what I have to say. 

What marketing works for you?

So far, I have not found the right formula—I’d love to see my books lined up on bookstore shelves, but it’s not easy. My two recently published novels have been submitted for physical delivery to some local stores, and these titles are already available for customers to order in many stores including Barnes & Noble, USA.

Do you find it hard to share your work?

Sometimes, I feel slightly embarrassed and a little self-conscious about it; but if I can reach around the globe, I think I stand a good chance people will like my work.

 Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

My family loves that I’ve an interest in something that could be productive. But neither they nor my friends read what I write. (Maybe they don’t take me seriously? Maybe they will never read what I write until I write a bestseller). It is said in the Bible that those in our own town won’t take us seriously and don’t support their own – it’s very true.

What else do you do, other than write?

I work as a general construction worker in the oil industry. It’s a decent living.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

I have worn many hats; tried many careers. I started as a babysitter, waitress, hair stylist, Personal Care Worker, Special needs caregiver, Teacher’s Assistant, sub daycare provider, cook, chambermaid, janitor, hydo-vac swamper, safety admin, pilot driver on ice-roads, general construction labourer, interior/exterior painter, security guard – and presently, Construction Labourer at Syncrude Oil patch in Northern Alberta.

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?

Off-grid.

Tell us about your family?

I love them for their uniqueness.

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

All of the above.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

At least 6 hours.

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

Yes. Morten Rand, editor of Novelty Fiction. Without him there’d be no magic in my stories.

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

Hitting the Bestseller list over and over again.

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

My mentor Morten Rand is in charge of it.

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

My new book, “Tucked Inn,” was written during a time when I needed to escape this world and show how evil can be overcome, because it seemed to be lurking everywhere in my life. I couldn’t control it and could only try make it happen in my Writer’s World. Good does win over evil!

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

My Nanny, Auntie Aggie May, my children, son-law and granddaughter, my parents, Paul & Dianne Holmes, Morten Rand, Heather O., …so many more! It would be a spectacular outdoor event!

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

I have “Nothing days.” I virtually do nothing except loaf around my place in a favourite pair of pyjamas. Read, watch a movie. Take a candle-lite bubble bath. Eat whatever I want. Have the fireplace lit and the many mini lights on and zen.

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

I hope my words make people feel—feel anything! It would please me immensely if they connect with my characters. And I wish they think about good conquering evil – God does exist!

Author Interview with Darren Askins

“So much universe, and so little time…” – Terry Pratchett

Darren Askins was born and raised in Orange County, California. He studied English and Creative Writing at California State University, Fullerton and currently works as an SEO manager to help people find treatment centers for addiction and mental health recovery.

At age 6, he discovered “The Boy Who Lived” and was instantly hooked on magic. Thus began a lifelong love of fantasy books that began with reading and then moved on to writing.

He has written every day for the past 5 years and has now completed his first novel, Against the Wind, a coming-of-age epic fantasy adventure that tells the story of Duvont Jessen as he masters his talent of controlling fire through thought.

Today, Darren lives with his bird and dog in Orange County but is open to making a move one day. In his free time enjoys gaming, with a particular interest unusual ones that are away from the mainstream, although Magic: The Gathering consumes a lot of his time, passion and cash. He is also active in local writing groups and likes to support local theatre by attending performances whenever he can.

As far as ambition goes, Darren intends to keep writing and create an interconnected series of books that fantasy readers will love. He has already began the complex task of creating the Otherverse, a series of connected stories that span thousands of years on a single planet, so watch out for more from him in the near future.

You can contact or connect with Darren Askins at

Website: https://darrenaskins.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheOneTrueDarren

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarrenAskins

Email: author(at)darrenaskins.com

Describe yourself in five words

Quirky, loud, outgoing, creative, driven.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

I can sing the ABCs backwards.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

Tons of self-reflection, introspection, meditation, and good old therapy. I spent almost three years in intensive psychotherapy to better myself.

What scares you the most? 

Not creating. Giving up on what I love and simply being complacent.

What makes you happiest? 

Writing! But, more specifically, telling stories about the worlds that I imagine. Going to places that no one has ever heard of before.

Why do you write? 

Because I have to. It’s a primal desire for me. Something that I know I need to do. There’s a whirlwind of stories always churning in my head, and writing is the only way to calm the tempest.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Absolutely not. In high school, English was my worst and least favorite subject. Even when I knew I wanted to write, it never came out the way I wanted and it frustrated me. Better understanding myself and accepting who I am really helped me to enjoy my process of writing and enjoy writing in general.
What motivates you to write? 

A couple things. First and foremost, I write because it is my passion. I feel I was born to write, and so write I shall. I know whenever I don’t write, I don’t feel well. My thoughts get clouded and life dulls. But a book isn’t complete until someone reads it, and so I also find motivation in fans and those who find enjoyment in what is written.

What writing are you most proud of? .

I’m proud of all my works in the Otherverse. Currently, that consists of two published works: The Boot Mage and Against the Wind. However, I do have nine novels that are yet to be released, all taking place in the same setting.
What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

Being a proud owner of every Nintendo home console. Actually, I’ve recently started a little video game collection of my own.

What books did you love growing up? 

The Harry Potter series got me into reading, and fantasy too. I also enjoyed all the old Dragonlance books immensely. Dragonlance has gone on to probably influence my own books the most, being a connected story and all.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

He lived. I don’t often think about death nor my legacy. It’s not really something that concerns me. Let the historians worry about all that.

How did you develop your writing?

I started writing back at the beginning of 2018. Since then, I’ve made it my goal to write at least 3,000 words every, single day. Keeping up with my writing goals means that I’m always honing my craft and improving my skills, and I think that’s really helped me find my voice and flesh out what a Darren Askins book feels like.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

It depends on who you are. For me, it was marketing. But after being exposed to it from a day job, I got comfy with the idea of putting myself out there and finding the relevant marketing channels for myself. Now, I expect it would publishing, but only because the industry really isn’t all that streamlined when it comes to publishing a novel. There are some good options, but there isn’t really a clear winner for where and how to publish a book.

What marketing works for you? 

Email, for sure. Seriously, if you haven’t started your mailing list yet, get on it. But also, since I write primarily fantasy, Facebook is where my audience is at. You just have to imagine where your audience is and go to them. They’re already looking for you.

Do you find it hard to share your work? 
Absolutely not! Stay up to date on all my work at darrenaskins.com! Seriously, I love talking about myself and what I do.

What else do you do, other than write? 

I love experiencing stories and challenging my known perspectives. For this reason, I play video games, read all the time, get super deep into TV shows and movies, and go to local theatre.

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

I currently work as an SEO specialist for a marketing company that helps connect substance abuse and mental health treatment centers with people who really need them. I’ve had various other roles in marketing.

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

I majored in English, but if I had to chose another, I would go with History. I’ve always had a fascination with how things unfolded. A lot of stories there.

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

New Zealand. Sometimes, I wish I was a Kiwi.

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

Gaming Desktop that I spent both too much money on, and not enough. Sometimes I’ll write from my laptop though. Definitely not pen and paper. My handwriting is atrocious. Even I can’t read it.

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

Best? 7 hours. Minimum.

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

I’d like to thank a life coach that put me on the write track. I’m convinced he’s the best life coach you can find in California, if not this part of the world. His name is Ralph and I owe pretty much everything to him. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without his guidance, wisdom, and support.

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

Getting to spend all of my working hours writing. That’s it. Seriously, all I want to do is hone my craft and keep improving myself. Is that too much to ask? I have big aspirations and it would be a same if I didn’t get to pursue them.

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

Against the Wind is a coming-of-age fantasy adventure that tells the story of Duvont, a former slave who needs to forge his own path in the world. He meets a wizard who promises to teach him magic. Duvont ends up learning that he has the ability to control fire, and finds out that his lessons have come at a terrible cost. He’s forced to choose whether or not he has to do the right thing, even when it means choosing the wrong thing for him.

I wrote Against the Wind because there were plenty of people in my life always trying to show me how to live my life, and I struggled to find out who to listen to. This book shows how a person needs to learn to trust themselves and forge their own way in the world.

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

Terry Pratchett, Brandon Sanderson, Ursula Le Guin, JRR Tolkien, Henry Cavill. I think that would be an interesting night.

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

Reading a good book in the jacuzzi is always my favorite way to unwind. Curling up under a blanket and playing some video games helps me out too.

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

I want them to get from my writing what I get from reading—I want to challenge perspectives. I want to push boundaries. When someone reads my book, I want them to enjoy it, take it, and then think of new stories for themselves. What pushed me to write was reading as much as I did growing up. I hope that I can inspire just a couple people to go on and do what I’ve done.

Love Marriage versus Arranged Marriage: Author Interview with Ujwal Shankar

Mr Ujwal Shankar is a Working Professional from India, with over fourteen years of demonstrated service industry experience. Skilled in People Management with a bachelor’s degree from Symbiosis Law School Pune and a master’s degree from the Institute of Rural Management Anand ( IRMA Anand). He is currently Pursuing Doctoral Studies in Human Resources Area from Xavier School of Management (XLRI), Jamshedpur.

  • Where are you from?

I belong to the state of Jharkhand in India.

  • Why do you write? 

Writing for me is a plunge into creativity. I also feel good, productive and engaged when I write.

  • What do you write about? 

I mainly write about my insights drawn from my observations of world around. Many of my writings involve the concepts of attitude, values and beliefs, while relating it with other psychological constructs including wellbeing.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

When I write, I tend to go by the impact of words and their placements , rather than rules of grammar ; so there is always a struggle between being creative , or being grammatically correct.

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

I tend to be perfectionist ; and end up discarding what I write for most of my time.

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

A reader messaged that felt that she fell in love with me when she read my book ; knowing that I am married, she wished I had written the book earlier

  • How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since a decade, but my work never got published, and never  saw light of the day as I always ended up in discarding what I wrote for lack of perfection.

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

Around 14 years back, my lady boss at that time, commented that instead of being banker ( I was working in Private Bank in India) , I should have been a scriptwriter, as I had a fascinating way to narrate events. This was when I became conscious that all my narrations used to be more lucid, mainly because of my keen observations of surroundings and people involved in an event.

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

In my case, when I start to write, I tend to do it continuously for 4-5 days, and then I take a break of 10-15 days to focus on my other works. When I start to write, I forget everything else, and time just stops. Sleep is the only break which forces me to stop momentarily. However, I am more productive for 5-6 hours till after I wake up.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I loathe to follow set rules when it comes to expressing myself through writing. Many a times I am misunderstood for wrongly constructing sentences, but , instead, I just omit to follow the rules to make the words more impactful at right places.

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

My experience has been, that when one writes from ones experiences, than many years of observations are needed before someone can write a book based on that. For my current book, I spent years observing and studying people and situations. However, once I decided to write, I wrote 20% in 4 months, and then rest 80% in 2 months.

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

Writing is an expression of how we look at world. A good writer has to develop both skills, i.e. – how they perceive the world more minutely than others, and how they are able to put it into words.

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

In the beginning, all ideas look great, after one day, all ideas appear rubbish.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

A good story is one which can inspire people, and to which people can relate to.

  • What does your family think of your writing? 

They have been telling me for years that I should write!

  • Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely, but it’s more like a hobby for me than work.

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

My experiences do not come from success, they come from failure. Same gets reflected in my writing, I write for people who face obstacles, but  want to overcome it. I write, because I want my experience from failures, to help other succeed, by not committing the mistakes I committed.

  • When did you first consider yourself a writer?

To be true, I wrote my autobiography as a part of submission in a course titled “Managerial Competency and Career Development” during my second year PhD. Credit goes to Prof Premrajan, who in a way forced me to write my own autobiography in days, which my lazy self would have taken years. Since it was an academic submission, unlike my other works, I could not just throw it in garbage for being not perfect. It was when I submitted it, I realized that maybe I need to move further with my writing.

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Dating ME: An Author Interview with Areatae N. McGhee

Areatae is a Certified Family Life Educator, Life Coach and holds a Master’s in Psychology with the emphasis in Life Coaching having over 20 years of experience of professional support to individuals around career exploration, life skills and mental health. She is known to challenge her peers with different perspectives and assist with support to navigate through life, business, and relationships. Currently working to start her own coaching business for solo parents. Loves being a mommy, a hot sunny day, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Where are you from?

Oregon – Pacific Northwest.

  • Why do you write? 

To share my experiences or another person’s perspective with the intent for an individual to learn, reflect and become life.

  • What do you write about? 

I write about my feelings and emotions of love I have experienced. However, I write about family, education, how I see the world and how the world can see me.

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

Overthinking is a big obstacle for me. It turns into procrastination which is even worse when I have task I want to complete. One thing I do is make sure I write out my plan before I start creating. I always make sure to complete 3 to 4 tasks within the time limit I work.

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

One person shares that they enjoy how I express myself. Not only in my writing but in person. They can see how passionate I am about helping others. 

  • How long have you been writing?

I’ve stated writing when I was a young girl about the age of 10.  

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

I enjoy creating and writing in between the hours of 10pm and 4am. No one is up and the world seems quite at that time.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I like to write with music playing low in the background, have a moving going, and I like having a cup of tea.

  • How long does it take to write a book?

This is great question, it can take years to write a book. I’ve written a book in 6 years and another book 9 months. It depends what is happening in my life and if words decide to flow out of me to write down.

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

Read more and write in every genre if you can. It does help to take a writing course. 

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

A big challenge for me happens about 30 % of the time when I plan to write. I sit at my computer and nothing happens. Literally, I can’t type and idea out or thoughts. Then I overthink, and I just say forget it. Lol

  • What do you think makes a good story?

A good story teller. A person who can write from another perspective, is observing and passionate.

  • What does your family think of your writing? 

My family is very supportive of my writing. Family is always buying my books, sharing my work and sending me suggestions to showcase my books. Their awesome!!

  • Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, that is currently what I am doing. Working to write a variety of genres of work. It’s part of being a creator.

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

Give a book a try. It’s all about reading a bit of everything and to view all the creative’s perspectives in the world or who are around you.

  • What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

That I love to do nothing sometimes. Nothing looks like… me on the couch with some snacks and a good move. Taking a nap. Playing music loud and just singing and dancing around the house. On the phone with my family and friends talking about our kids, life, food to eat, things to buy. I also love YouTube. So much information and videos to watch.

  • What makes you happiest? 

My kid, the Sunshine and mountains

  • What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

 Being a Mother. I love educating, loving and supporting my kid to do his best every day. Parenting is amazing.

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

Only 6 hours of sleep maybe 7 and I am at my best.

  • How did you develop your writing?

Attending college, reading a variety of books and not by chance because they were part of my assignment but I actually ended up likening them all.

  • What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

MARKETING!! Is the hardest thing to do. It takes so much time and money. Plus, you have to be consistent. I am always looking for ways to market my business.

  • What marketing works for you?

Social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are my top 3 and having my own personal website.

  • What motivates you to write? 

Life. There is so much happening every day. It’s easy to look at something, hear a song or just think of someone and write about it.

  • What writing are you most proud of? 

 My latest book Dating Me: The Wise, The Mature, and The Satisfied. It was a time in my life where I was in transitions moving from home to another state. I had to figure out life without my support system. It was challenge and scary at times but I am happy I did it.  I learned so much about myself and how I want my life to be.  I was happy to have family and friends to call on. My education and skills to secure employment to take care of myself. This book tells a lot about my journey and how I had to mature in many ways, grow and add self-care in the process.  I can say, it’s a great book and I am very proud I wrote it.  

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An Interview with Author J Michael Jarvis

J Michael Jarvis writes from his experiences as a professional jet pilot, yacht captain, and global adventurer with thousands of true, remarkable, and often hilarious stories of how he mucked things up. From roller-skating across France as a teen to escaping pirates as a yacht captain in the Caribbean Sea, Jarvis has lived a life even the most imaginative writers can only begin to fictionalize.

Jarvis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics. He is a captain of both air and sea. He holds an Air Transport Pilot license and a Coast Guard Master License, allowing command of yachts and airplanes through experiences from North and South America to most Caribbean island nations..

A survivor as a passenger of an airplane crash, Jarvis has lived by a twist in the old pilot’s adage: “Any landing you can crawl away from with broken arms and legs—on fire—is a good one.” Jarvis continues to fly and write about his adventures on the sea and in the sky. His humor is both inspirational and thought-provoking, with rare insight into the generosity we are given with each extended day of our fragile lives.

An active member of Southern California Writers Association, Jarvis lives just a few miles from where he was born in Newport Beach, California. Jarvis is happily married with four adult children. French Roll is his first book.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

In 1981, I roller-skated across 800 miles of France by myself with a backpack and ski poles.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

Be repeating the mantra “what would I do if I knew I could not fail.”

What scares you the most? 

Not getting all the books in my head on paper before I die.

What makes you happiest? 

Messing about in boats

Why do you write? 

I don’t write stories about myself. I write stories about the human condition.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Yes, since 3rd grade I’ve had a passion for writing.

What motivates you to write? 

The stories are unique based on a true adventurous life. The more I write, the more I find people want more to read.

What writing are you most proud of?

The love letters I wrote to the girl who became my wife.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

I am a professional jet pilot and a licensed yacht captain. Softly setting a 30,000 pound airplane on the runway at 125 miles per hour, or backing a large yacht into a slip, make me proud to have these skillsets.

What books did you love growing up? 

Illusions – Richard Bach.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

Prolific author of bestselling memoirs and action-adventure fiction.

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

Same place; born, raised and currently living in Newport Beach, California. I have lived in Avalon, California and in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

How did you develop your writing?

After receiving honest feedback that my writing stunk, I took college and online classes.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Although I run a digital marketing company (Interseller.com), I find marketing my own books challenging.

What marketing works for you? 

Recently Reddit engagements have brought new life to French Roll. Reader email groups and Facebook were my launch.

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

No. I sell it!

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

My friends are massively supportive and encourage a full-time career as an author.

What else do you do, other than write? 

I am a corporate jet pilot, Captain of an 8 passenger Bombardier Challenger 300. I run a digital marketing firm, InterSeller.com. I am a part time yacht captain, taking 60 foot yachts throughout the caribbean. 

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

Everything from paperboy to jet pilot. See https://www.linkedin.com/in/interseller/

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

Screenwriting

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

My home here in Newport Beach, California.

Tell us about your family? 

I am happily married with 4 adult children

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

I dock my laptop at a desk with large Apple monitor. When I’m on the road, I’ll find an interesting place in nature and sit with my laptop.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

7 hours

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

Carla Befera and Joel Cook – two friends with character roles in French Roll. Their writing was inspirational.  

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

My dream writing is to sit on board a yacht in Avalon for several early morning hours and then play in the harbor or drive a speedboat to a publishing meeting an hour across the sea.

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

With French Roll, I’m learning solo adventurers and roller skaters are enthralled with the high-concept, true life story. They want to experience the journey, and then find the humorous and heartbreaking story as part of that journey.

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

The Last Glass Bottom Boat Diver shows the human condition of a young man with a glamorous job in a vacation town, struggling with life, death and dysfunction in that not-quite-adult phase of life.

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

Boating and sportfishing

What do you hope people will take away from your writing?

I want readers to laugh, learn, and enjoy a fun ride at the expense of my stupid life mistakes.

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An author interview with Rogette C

An author interview with Rogette C

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

Describe yourself in five words:

Impulsive, ambitious, funny, smart, daydreamer

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I once had to work as a dishwasher in a French restaurant so I’d have enough money to get home.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

I talk to myself and ask this one question “What is the worst that can happen?” I face the worst try to avoid or prepare for it and move on.

What scares you the most?

Inaction, I am no good at sitting still! I always feel like I am wasting time or opportunity. I have to make myself relax. It sounds like a virtue but it isn’t. You drive yourself nuts trying to ‘finish’ everything.

What makes you happiest?

Those days when several books have been sold all at once. I get all giggly and skip around all day.

Why do you write?

I write for many reasons: Took get out doubts or fears, work through my own problems. But most times I feel a kind of pressure at the back of my mind to create. I can’t draw, paint sculpt, but I can write.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

When I was a kid I couldn’t write to save my life. But as I got older I started to put ideas down on paper. Writing is like exercise the more you do it the better you get and the more you find yourself needing to do it to feel complete.

What motivates you to write?

A story will pop into my head, or I feel the need to sit down and bang out some words. I see something on the news that makes me so mad I just have to write my own ending to it.

What writing are you most proud of?

For me it’s paragraphs or descriptions or characters that please me. Sometimes the whole story just falls together, no fighting, no cul-de-sacs just a story that plays out.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

I am living my dream to become a writer. I know that sounds trite, after all it’s what I am suppose to say right? But I have discovered I love telling stories to people. So when I have a new book out, or I get a good review, it makes the jobs I do to pay rent with worth it.

What books did you love growing up?

Dune by Frank Herbert, S is for Space Ray Bradbury, Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. Anything by James Blish and Alan dean Foster. Tony Hillerman’s series are fantastic. My favorites are Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

 Good Writer.

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

I am a native of Denver Colorado and I adore the American West. I’ve lived many places around the world but I always end up here.

How did you develop your writing?

I sat down one day and started to write. I have kept writing ever since. There is no short cut, no tricks, no special lessons or plans to being a writer. You just write. That and facing up to when you haven’t written very well, concede the point and learn from it.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

Marketing for me. I hate being in the public eye, my books fine not me.

What marketing works for you?

Consistency and variety. Hit in as many ways as you can Pinterest, FB, Instagram, Tik Tok, book reviews, Amazon, I hit everything.

Do you find it hard to share your work?

Naw, when I started to publish I made up my mind that it is a business and that I am selling my wares. I sound like a prostitute I know but hey if you’re writing solely for self enjoyment skip the hassles of publishing, marketing, worrying and downer days when nothing sells.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

Not really, they think I’m nuts. But they’d think I’m nuts whether I wrote or not. I am that family member nobody talks about because I don’t fit in. I like it that way.

What else do you do, other than write?

I climb, hike, tour, travel, and read all the time. All of these activities help me write better.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

 Let’s see: Dishwasher, Janitor, Salesperson (I really sucked at that), house cleaner, store clerk. A few others that were so short in duration they don’t matter. You know anything to keep room and board together.

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

History without question.

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

I am living there. I have itchy feet so I like to travel and I have seen many places. I like it here.

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

I have an old desktop computer running XP Pro that I keep going.  It’s easy for me you see.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

About six hours.

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

My BFF Lea who made so much of this possible.

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

Being able to pay the bills with my sales. Who knows maybe someday I can do that.

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

Simple tell everybody you can. You’ll find your audience. Too often I think writers are fooled into thinking there is some magical formula, the right niche marketing scheme or plan etc. That’s all BS, just hire good people to sell your wears everywhere. Think about it: Coke A Cola advertises in health food stores. Why? Someone in there wants a coke, promise.

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

Heels is a satire on myself. It tells the tale of a director of adult films who’s burned out and needs a new life path. I’m by no means burned out but there are absurdities to what I do that I just wanted everyone else to laugh at.

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

Everyone. I’ve never met another human being who didn’t have an interesting story to tell, about themselves, their past even their present. All you have to do is ask, and you get wonderful stories of triumph and failure. Some are famous many unsung. All are fascinating.

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

Better refer a little further up the page to: What scares you most! LOLOLOL

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

Like they got off a great rollercoaster, trepidation as you climb the hill to the crises, fear for the hero as they are slammed down the tracks helpless to stop their doom, excitement as the story unfolds  and, in each twist, and turn, finally relief when it all turns out for the best. That is the essence of   good writing.

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An Interview with Author James Trait

James Trait lives in upstate New York. He grew up loving science fiction and the adventures the characters had together. He enjoys writing stories that reflect family values and the struggles of real life. His science fiction reflects both the adventure and the family elements that readers will value and enjoy.

Describe yourself in five words

Goofy, Outgoing, Overthinking, Facetious, Industrious.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

I’m not the life of any dance party. I have nothing against it but I work way better in the background at a dance party helping the shy and introverted then I do in the center partying on.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

I talk out problems. Analyze them. And have found prayer helpful as well.

Why do you write? 

Since I was a teenager, I’ve had to deal with severe anxiety and bouts of depression. I found that when I couldn’t sleep writing was a great outlet for the stress. I couldn’t always control life but I could control my characters and stories. They were going to find a way through the struggle; so I could too.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

I did not like reading growing up, but my family did. My teacher insisted I break down the classic Jane Austin novel Pride and Prejudice. Why did Austin’s conversations flow so we’ll? What made her characters stand out? I didn’t know that that training would fuel my writing style. Focusing on characters, conversation, and relatability.

What motivates you to write? 

Anxiety, a dream to make money off a hobby, and to be proud of my work.

What books did you love growing up? 

Comic books. Not the superhero kind, but the funny. Calvin and Hobbes, and Foxtrot we’re my favorites growing up.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

He told a good one.

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

I grew up in a cattle town in Northern California. That small town feel is something I appreciated having now that I am older. Now I live in upstate New York. Still living in a small town, but again a small town with good people J.

How did you develop your writing?

I talked it out with others. I let it sit while I tried other projects. And then come back and give it a go again.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Published easily. Marketing has cheap options these days. And writing has never been my struggle. Finding a publisher who’s willing to look at your work is a true struggle for most authors

What marketing works for you? 

I’m testing out some things between book blogs like this one, working through individuals on Fiverr, and some websites.

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

Personally no. There can be a bit of nerves, but the reality is if someone likes it that’s awesome! If they don’t, I still had an adventure writing the story myself. Even if a writer is never published by a large company, they should be proud of accomplishing what most never will.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

My mother critiqued my first novel for me line by line. My friends are also open and honest about my work. A good friend of mine who was like an uncle growing up, helped me to understand my strengths.

What else do you do, other than write? 

I enjoy doing volunteer work. And a good time with a small group of friends is a good time for me.

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

I’ve been a landscaper, assistant to alarm technician, full-time volunteer, and done work in shipping receiving.

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

I actually love upstate New York. But for a long-term visit, I’d say Australia and New Zealand would make an awesome adventure.

Tell us about your family? 

I have an awesome mom and three supportive siblings. We were a real team growing up and learned how to work hard at young ages. We’ve got at least 4 writers in the family.

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

I write on my phone and edit from a computer.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 

9 hours is amazing. 7-8 is necessary. Any less and I’m emotional and grouchy.

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

My family and friends, who always encouraged my work.

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

Being able to make some cash, and enjoy the rewards of hard work is always nice. But true success as a writer, is just enjoying the journey, and finding a friend or too who enjoys your works too.

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

Shadow Link has been a book I’ve had in mind for a decade. The pandemic gave me the time I needed to finally complete it.

I wanted a book that would help answer the question of why there are so many struggling with mental disorders right now. My book tells the answer to the readers in a science fiction way, and also how one can work through their struggles regardless of their mind, genetics, or backgrounds.

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

Movies, Board games, and baking. I love creating foods and I love good conversations around the dinner table.

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

I hope people can see that they can overcome their struggles. Life truly is worth living and as we get by struggles we learn more about ourselves and others.