Author Interview with Thomas Emson

Thomas Emson has published eight horror thrillers, including Maneater, the Vampire Trilogy (Skarlet, Krimson, and Kardinal) and Zombie Britannica. He’s also self-published The Trees And Other Stories on Amazon, as well as How To Write A Novel In 6 Months, a guide to helps aspiring authors achieve their writing goals. You can contact Thomas on Twitter @thomasemson or on Instagram @thomasemsonhorror.. He’d be more than happy to come and talk to your writing group about his books and can teach you the ins and outs of his writing method in a couple of hours. Check out his website

Describe yourself in five words: Thomas. Emson. Writer. Of. Horror

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I speak Welsh.

What scares you the most?

My work is full of my fears, so if anyone wants a list of things that scare me, have a read. My novel Zombie Britannica contains a couple of scenes that convey my worst fear, actually…

What makes you happiest? 

Being with my wife and our dogs

Why do you write?

Because I love telling stories

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Always, yes, since I was a boy creating comic books on the living room floor.

What motivates you to write?

Large bills

What writing are you most proud of? A

All of it, but I am particularly pleased that my non-fiction book HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 6 MONTHS has helped so many people get their novels finished.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

My marriage

What books did you love growing up?

I read Enid Blyton; I remember loving Willard Price’s Gorilla Adventure. As a teenager, I went straight into Stephen King and James Herbert, kings of horror, and then a few years later, Clive Barker.

How did you develop your writing?

For years, it I didn’t really have a method. I wrote some books with outlines. I wrote some books without knowing where I was going. But after I got my eight-book deal and promised the publisher to write two books a year, I had to produce a plan—and that method is outlined in HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 6 MONTHS. It’s how I write all my books now.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

Marketing, definitely.

What marketing works for you?

I am a newbie to marketing, so I’m trying a few things—like doing this interview.

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

When it’s ready, not at all.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

They do indeed

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

Pub cleaner, journalists, TV and film runner, and I was a singer-songwriter too.

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

New York

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

PC or laptop, at a desk,

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 

six to eight hours.

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

My glorious wife Marnie, a fantastic ghostwriter.

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

I don’t know, but I’ve had more than twenty books published in two languages, traditionally published and self-published. And I get to my desk every day.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Fast-paced, colloquial.

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

The critic Scott Pack described my vampire novel SKARLET as “Twilight it ain’t,” which I took as a big compliment, because that’s exactly what I was trying to avoid—that angsty, romance vampire stuff that has emasculated horror.

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

When I read Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot as a teenager.

How long does it take to write a book?

Six months, if I follow the guidelines laid down in my book which I mentioned earlier.

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

Read a lot and write a lot.

What do you think makes a good story?

A character with a life-or-death goal facing insurmountable odds.

Do you see writing as a career?


When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I published my first novel in 1995

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

It’s a vicious little novella called Ironbones that started life as a screenplay more than 20 years ago, which was almost part of a horror anthology series—but the series got canned and Ironbones sat in my drawer for years. I revisited it over Covid lockdown and changed the screenplay into a short novel. It’s about a rejected author who writes with rage, and in so doing creates a monstrous psychopath who comes alive to slaughter anyone who dares criticize her books.

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

I want people to enjoy my books and be entertained. But I do write horror, and I think they should fear a little scared and distressed. My books are page-turners—hopefully—which I describe as action-horror, so hopefully readers find them exciting as well as horrifying.

Twitter: @thomasemson
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An Interview with Author T.A. Cruz

Raised in a small California farming town, T.A. Cruz spent his childhood honing an imagination as vast as the wheat fields stretching around him for miles. With 6 years of military service, and passport stamps from around the world, part of him will always be in that little town with a single stoplight and a population of 1500. A lifelong lover of horror, and things that go bump in the night, T.A. Cruz decided it was time to take that passion to the page to shock and terrify others for a change. He is an active member of the International Thriller Writers and is on the hunt for more groups to expand and connect with other authors that share his passion. When not diving face-first into another project, Cruz enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, two dogs, and axolotl. 

  • Where are you from?

I grew up in a small farming town in the pacific northwest, a town quite similar to the fictional town of Fulton. This is the setting for my thriller, Have You Seen Sarah Baker? The town had (it’s grown quite a bit since I left) a population of less than two thousand, a single stoplight, and a graduating class of eighty or so students. This place was extremely fun to revisit, albeit fictionally, while writing Fulton. Everyone knows everyone. The rumors, the gossip. To toss a murder and missing teacher into the mix, it made writing this story a treat.

  • Why do you write?

This is a tough one to answer. Why would I do something that I love while simultaneously hate at times? Maybe it’s because the stories constantly swim in my head and unless I get them on the page. Maybe it’s the thrill of it. To take a reader to a cabin in the remote wilderness watching a teacher fight for her life. To have someone completely engrossed in a story I created from nothing. It’s a drug, and it’s fucking addicting.

  • What do you write about? 

I tend to write what I enjoy or find interesting. As a horror fan, sometimes my writing teeters on the side of dark and twisted. Life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, after all, so where’s the fun in reading or watching that? Bring on the blood, the death, the times where you utter “holy shit” out loud! I write stuff that keeps me up at night because I know it’ll keep others up too!

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

Writing is such a wonderful thing, because you take what story is floating around your head and get it on the page in a similar fashion to your favorite author. Not a carbon or comma for comma copy, but if you consistently read a specific author’s work, you will end up emulating them in one way or another. While writing Have You Seen Sarah Baker? I turned to the thriller/horror master himself, Stephen King, and burned through enough of his books to fill a shelf. His prose is some of the best I’ve read and definitely an inspiration to my writing.

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

Life. Plain and simple. Life will always get in the way of writing. Right now? Promoting the release of Have You Seen Sarah Baker? is eating up all of my free time. One more week until the book launches, and part of me knows this is only the beginning. There aren’t enough hours in the day.  

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

I think I’ve received more WTF’s than anything. HA. Luckily enough, it was the response I was hoping for. The moment where everything the reader had in their head is flipped upside down becomes something even darker and more sinister than they imagined. Horror fan remember? Oh, my stories won’t be easy to swallow. You’ve been warned.

  • How long have you been writing?

I started writing my first novel in 2016. It shall forever be a book locked in a drawer, never allowed to see the light of day again. A good first attempt, sure, but I didn’t have to the right tools to put the furniture together, so to speak. It took years of research to finally get to a point where I don’t feel completely incompetent when it comes to writing. The most wonderful part about it is I’m still learning more and more each day. You will never stop learning with this craft.

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

When I was halfway through my aforementioned novel, I enjoyed cranking out chapters and sending them out to my small group of readers. Hearing their feedback—whether good or bad—I was hooked! You’re telling me I can get people excited or upset just with my words? Oh, that was when I knew I found something I truly love.

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

Get the words in whenever I can. Whether on a break during the day job or late-night thoughts I have to put in my notes app before bed. When I am all in on a book, I’ll find a way.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I think I’m a huge stickler for overused words. This quirk comes courtesy of the first editor I worked with on my debut novel. All I remember is just a horde of red highlighted words. It was traumatizing. I think at that point it really stuck out how often I use a certain word or phrase. Repetition. Wow. I learned a lot with that book.

  • How long does it take to write a book?

It depends. My first two books took a matter of months while my newest release, Have You Seen Sarah Baker? came to fruition after years of beta readers and rewrites until it was picked up by Tule Publishing (minus the breaks between writing it, of course). If I’m completely invested in the story, and I can manage to block out the background noise, I’d say a book can take anywhere from two to three months to finish, but that is best case scenario. 

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

Read. You have to read and read a lot if you want to be able to write and write well. You’ll pick up on so much reading things you normally wouldn’t. Prose. Sentence structure. Character development. Reading is just as important, if not more so than writing.

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

The biggest challenge for me lately, especially when I have the story mapped out in my head, is finding the to sit down and get it on paper. Writing can be very time consuming, and since I’ve been putting the majority of my energy into marketing my latest release, writing fell to the wayside.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

A good story is something fulfilling in my opinion. Doesn’t matter if ends on a cliffhanger, or every character you love perishes in some gruesome, climactic battle. As long as the reader can walk away feeling good, like the time they invested into a story was worth it in the end, that’s the finish I strive for with all of my novels.

  • What does your family think of your writing?

I have an amazing family that has gone above and beyond to support my writing endeavors. I’m so grateful for them.  

  • Do you see writing as a career?

I would love to write full time. All I’m waiting for is that one contract that’ll make my dream a reality. You’re telling me I can use words to transport readers into a different world and make a living doing it? SIGN ME UP!

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

If you’re picking up one of my books, namely my most recent release, nothing is what you expect. I’m going to do everything on my end to keep you guessing until you’re grasping at straws and skipping ahead in the book to find out. I won’t make it easy for you, but I promise you, the shock and how everything ties together in the end will be worth it!

  • When did you first consider yourself a writer?

There was a point in my first book when I glanced down at the word document and saw I had typed a hundred pages. My first hundred. I knew there was still so much story to tell, and I wasn’t going to be satisfied until I finished it. That was when I knew I found something I truly loved doing. That was when I knew I was a writer.

My thriller, Have You Seen Sarah Baker? releases May 4th with Tule Publishing, available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and all major retailers with an audiobook coming soon!


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Author Interview with Trinity Zook

Trinity Zook was raised in deep, dark, East Texas. Like all great American authors, Trinity passionately avoided the outdoors and amused himself with a childhood squandered watching horror, science fiction, cartoons, and Britcoms—living proof that too much television will rot your brain like so much zombie-enticing pâté.

Trinity has crafted over a dozen scary stories including DUST BUNNIES FROM OUTER SPACE, ATTACK OF THE KILLER CARTS, ABSTINENCE ANDY, and THE WRONG WAY MAN. Trinity’s audio play, “THE WIDOW LAKE MONSTER VS KILLCO,” was produced by the Pandemic Collective of Colorado.

When he’s not creating horrifying and bizarre tales of fiction, or assuring people that yes, Trinity is totally a guy’s name (he’s checked), he is the owner and producer of The Super Absurdist horror narration channel on YouTube. He currently thrives in The Lone Star State with his dogs, Jake and Levi, and is still cultivating that oh-so-delightful TV brain rot.

  • Where are you from?

Deep, dark, East Texas.

  • Why do you write?

I have over 40 years’ worth of stories I want to tell, and I fear my head will explode if I don’t.

  • What do you write about?

Characters who find themselves in absurd or outlandish situations.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

I like to toss different elements and genres into a blender and hit puree.

  • How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

I dive right into them. Self-doubt and fear have a way of keeping me motivated.

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

Finding the time to write. Stealing the odd minute or two to jot down an idea to return to later when I’ve secured enough time to actually get some writing done.

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

It was from my editor on Grandma the Barbarian, that he really loved reading it while he was editing it.

  • How long have you been writing?

All my life. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve been serious about making it a reality.

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

The first time I filled a notebook with crazy story ideas, I knew I wanted to be a writer.

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


  • What books did you love growing up?

It was mostly comic books. My mother raised me on a steady diet of Swamp Thing and House of Secrets, reading them to me as bedtime stories.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I do my best writing in my sleep. There have been so many times I’ve woken up in the middle of the night to quickly write out a scene or dialog I was just dreaming about.

  • What writing are you most proud of?

A short horror story I did called Abstinence Andy. It was about a murderous mascot using extreme measures to promote abstinence.

  • How long does it take to write a book?

Between the first and second drafts, beta readers, rewrites, editors, more rewrites, and formatting, it can take about 3 months to complete a book.

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

Read, read, and read some more.

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

Creating characters that the reader wants to follow on their journey.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

Compelling characters, stimulating situations, and lovely locations.

  • What does your family think of your writing?

They still think I’m just playing around on the computer.

  • Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely! I would love to make writing my full-time career.

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

I will let you know if I ever achieve that level of sleep.

  • What other jobs have you had in your life?

I’ve done a little bit of everything from digging ditches to tech support.

  • What else do you do, other than write?

I run The Super Absurdist horror narration channel on YouTube.

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

Buy books. Recommend them. Leave reviews.

  • Tell us about your new book.

Grandma the Barbarian is a hard-boiled bizarro fiction novella. The day a young boy had been dreading all year has finally arrived—the day his 10-foot tall, bikini-clad, battle-axe-wielding badass barbarian grandmother came for a visit. It’s a coming-of-age story with an urban fantasy setting.

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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.

Author Interview with Lare’va Lemorte

Blue started as a dream I had, three years before the 2011 Tsunami in Japan. I remember how blown away I was when the event I wrote about actually happened. The dream was of myself, sitting in a movie theatre among others, watching this incredible story play out. It was such a profound encounter that I remembered it all the next day. Many of the details took a long time to research. Once it was finished I struggled with whether to publish it or not. There are a number of social issues in it that many people seem to find very uncomfortable. I believe that it is partly because they don’t know how to solve them.

Originally I majored in filmmaking. I have been doing under the radar promotional and advertising work since 2001. Once I decided to publish Blue, I spent a lot of time learning how to become a published author. I never really thought my writing was any good. My teachers thought it to be dark and disturbing, as did my family. I didn’t try to pursue any real kind of art career till I was in my 20’s.

In my novel, Maddie the tormented mermaid is trying to save the world from war. When it came time to make an author website, I wanted it to be something that was meaningful to me. The author’s website is supposed to reflect the author, and their publishing after all. I wanted my site to be fun, therapeutic and welcoming to all walks of life. I also want it stand for something, to act as a tool or reference in helping society somehow. While designing my site, I decided to dedicate it to someone who truly inspired it. I once told her in honor of our fight for a better humanity, that I was going to make a blog called How to Save the World. Little did I realize it would become so much more than that.

Where are you from?

Stuart Florida. A beautiful place by the Atlantic Ocean

Why do you write? 

To help people and society, find balance,truth,and to help solve some of the world’s problems.  I also spontaneously  make up stories and songs to entertain kids sometimes.

What do you write about?

 I’m sort of gifted that I can write about just about anything if I try.  But some of my favorite things to write about are, honest journalism and advocating for mental health subjects, horror stories; because they tend to make one feel grateful to be alive. I also spontaneously make up kid’s stories, poems and songs to entertain my children.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I would say that because everyone is different, that we form our own individual type of writing style.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

Being a disabled single mom with no supportive family around is probably my biggest obstacle. I would also include the spinal injury I acquired that made me disabled, due to a domestic violent partnership can be a painful distraction on some days. 

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

 “How did you make your book feel so much like the reader is watching a movie?”

How long have you been writing?

Since I was 9 years old. I used to write songs and poems and short stories.

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

The morning after I had the very vividly, detailed lucid dream I had about writing my first published  book.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

 I don’t really keep a schedule except for making the effort to write at night after my kids are in bed. But normally if i think of something at any random time of the day, I jot it down.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

My favorite place to write is outside where I can look up at the sky and see the stars, and satellites now thanks to Elon Musk and Space X. LOL

How long does it take to write a book?

Ultimately, it took me nine years from the time i wrote the first outline for Blue. I sat it aside, feeling unsure about writing it at first, partly because of some of its controversial content. Instead I  focused on being a good wife and stay at home mom. I did what a lot of people do in an abusive relationship. I tried to “fix’ him and help him with his mental illnesses. I didn’t get a lot of encouragement about writing Blue until I met someone many years later. Then when I sat down to write it, it took me three months. 

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

Keep writing and don’t worry about how many times you have to edit what you write.  That only means that you are improving every time. Blue went through the editing process at least six or seven times.

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

Ideas about my characters or the story popping into my head at inconvenient times, LOL like when i am cooking.

What do you think makes a good story?

I would definitely say the characters in the story. Once you have a well rounded, detailed bio about your characters and their history, it becomes like the glue that helps bind the story in the right places.

What does your family think of your writing?

Well when I was young, I came from an abusive household and  they thought something was wrong with me because I liked to write horror stories, and my poems were dark and full of teenage angst. LOL They haven’t presently given me any thought or opinion about my writing now.

Do you see writing as a career?

Technically yes, people do it as a career. But writers should always remember and accept that most authors don’t become rich and famous. LOL

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

I would tell them that if they liked my book and my writing, to please check out my website for more things that i write about or share that others have written about. There are also secret rooms in the symbols throughout my website, l that takes you to place that are soothing and therapeutic for when you need a break from stress and that promote healthy mental health.

For example, there is a room that takes you to a live underwater camera where you get to watch fish and sharks swim.  I would also tell them, that if they are struggling with anything similar to some of the topics in my book, to stay strong and don’t give up because they are not alone. And if they keep searching, they will find help, like I did. 

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The day my book was officially published.

Author Interview with Scott Kim

Scott Kim was born in London, UK, and majored Film Production at University. After working as an editor for a year, he decided that this was not for him and fled to South Korea. After finishing his Masters in TESOL, his love of storytelling was rekindled but this time he decided to focus on the literary aspects of storytelling, rather than the side that destroyed his health and mind. During this time, he has had numerous flash fiction stories published on fiction websites. His biggest influences are Phillip K. Dick, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Issac Asimov, and Stephen King.

  • Where are you from?

I was born in London, but my family is from Northern Ireland.

  • Why do you write? 

Honestly, I think writing can really help people. We can learn a lot about ourselves and others vicariously through the stories and characters in a book. So, while I write to entertain, I also write because I want to help people.

  • What do you write about? 

I write about how people and societies change over time and how, despite our advances, people can still hold on to the past. I mostly do this in a science fiction or horror setting.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

I’d say I have more of a simple, straightforward style. I want my readers to focus more on the characters, the story, and what is happening on the page. I also think this style immerses a reader in the book’s world.

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

The number one is ALWAYS Youtube! Other than that, I think the biggest obstacle, at least for me, is the outlining of the story. I mix and match ideas from things I like, so coming up with ideas is the easy part. But fleshing out the plot, characters, and setting and finding the conflict that links them together and makes them fascinating for the reader. I am currently outlining a new book, planning on releasing it at the end of the year, and it is teaching me how to tighten up my plot more and allow my readers time to get to know my characters.

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

The beta readers I had for my current book told me what they learned from it and how good it was while reading it. This was a big motivating factor for me.

  • How long have you been writing?

Ten years.

  •  When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I had my first flash fiction story publish back in 2015. Seeing how people reacted to it was the first time a truly felt like a writer.

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

When I am working my day job, I write at least 2,000 words a day. But during vacation this goes up to 10,000.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I have two. First, I must listen to music with lyrics (mostly soundtracks from movies or games). Second, I always speed-write in twenty-minute writing sprints.

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

If I’ve outlined well, and I’m on vacation, it usually takes two to four weeks.

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

Editing is the most important thing to improve your writing skill. Getting it on the page is one thing, but then being able to improve what you’ve done is another thing entirely. Reading books on writing and then applying those skills to your work is vital.

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

I think my biggest challenge when writing/creating a story is making everything work together well. For example, making the main conflict work with the characters, setting, and story.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

I think strong characters always make a story better. We need to follow these characters from beginning to end and we will only do this if they are compelling enough to make this journey with them.


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Author Interview with N. Joseph Glass

An Italian-American born in New York and living now in Milan, Italy. As a sci-fi fan I enjoy interesting stories that fire the imagination. I love new stories in the genres of sci-fi, action, thrillers, and drama. I enjoy reading compelling novels and have taken inspiration to create characters and expound a story from being captivated by reading series such as Dune, Foundation, and The Expanse.

My journey from reading to creative writing just happened. As ideas found their way into my mind, I began visualizing scenes and the people in them. As my musings added detail and depth, I put my fingers to my keyboard and started writing. The creativity became a cherished hobby at first.

Optimistic views of the future through art always interest me as I believe ours will be a bright one.

Are there any books or authors that inspired you to become a writer?

Most recently The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey. Before that Dune by Frank Herbert. I found in those fascinating stories that the characters were most interesting to me. In the case of Dune, the insights into their thinking were enlightening. In The Expanse I enjoyed the perspective or point-of-view, the reader having only the one character’s take on things, changing characters chapter by chapter, as the story unfolded. This most led to my imagination of characters and how I wanted to tell their story.

At what point do you think someone should call themselves a writer?

I hesitate to call myself that. What started as a hobby became a passion. To me, perhaps that’s more what it is about. If writing isn’t a career, that makes you no less a writer. If writing is a passion and a joy, an outlet for creativity, then you are a writer. I started writing with no illusions of becoming a known author, I didn’t even plan to publish when I started, yet I became a writer.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Strat with what interests you, your desires and joys. Do you ever imagine yourself doing things you’ve never done, perhaps never could? What would your friends and family members be doing in the same setting if there with you? I visualized scenes for quite a while before my fingers ever touched the keyboard to start writing them.

Do you prefer ebooks, printed books, or audiobooks most of the time?

I am a tech-savvy guy working in the IT field for decades. I do most everything on either a tablet, computer, or my phone. I lingered over a few ePubs on my tablet and wrongfully concluded that I wasn’t much of a reader. My mind wanders too much with fiction audiobooks, but I do prefer those for biographies and non-fiction. When I decided to read printed books I rediscovered a love of reading, the feel of the paper in hand and the inability to touch a screen or be distracted by it helps me become more immersed in the story. Paperback is my preferred medium.

How do you develop your plot and characters?

I love to read, watch, and write imaginative stories of the future; the near and realistic as well as the distant and far-fetched. I start with a basic scenario, settings, situations, and I envision how these would present challenges to people living through them, and then I start adding people into those situations.

For Colony’s Dawn it started with the push some are making now to colonize Mars. I wondered how life would be for someone born in a colony before any terraforming success would make going outside possible. What would life be like for someone who only knew that enclosed environment? What challenges would they face and what would cause people to become dissatisfied or disillusioned with the realities of that life? Then I added characters into the setting so I could follow someone through their days and see what they might experience.

Many of my characters are combinations of real people from those I know well to casual acquaintances. I avoid patterning them too closely to any one person but find a blending of characteristics, quirks, and unique traits from a few people can make for a most interesting character. It also helps me to keep their actions consistent with who they are as people.

How long did it take you to write this book?

It is not easy to define the time of writing as it can be subjective. The first draft took just over seven months with the first chapter I wrote consuming the initial three of those. As a self-published author, the editing process was part of the writing as I rewrote key scenes, reduced cluttered detail, even shortened the finished product by over eighty pages. If we consider all of that as the writing process, then I spent ten months on Colony’s Dawn. Book two, Colony’s Fall, taking considerably less time as I found my creative process flow with less rewriting.

If you’re planning a sequel, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

Colony’s Dawn was written as volume one from an outline of a trilogy. Without any spoilers for those who may be reading or would like to read it, book one completes a contained story while opening the way for the next volume in its final chapter. The epilogue teases how much the lives of our characters will change in the next volume.

If your book were made into a movie, which actors would play your characters?

In my musings over these characters, I pictured actors and others for each. Not with any ambitions for my work to be put to film but to help me picture them myself. While Gift began as a young Jessica Alba, I recently saw Kat Graham and thought she could fit the image my mind conjured up for the Nigerian-Italian young woman who is the central character of my stories.

Charlie could be played by someone like Alfred Enoch. I see Raffaella as Elena Santarelli and Mike fitting the image of Matt Bois. Marine Vacth would make a lovely Aimée and although I picture Tina more as Gina Torres, I think Sope Aluko would be a good match.

What are the essential characteristics of a hero you can root for?

I enjoy stories where the hero or main character is likeable, has redeemable qualities, and is someone whose actions and decisions I can believe and respect. They don’t have to be someone I could see myself having as a close friend, but they must be virtuous and care about others to make them someone I can be vested in and care about to make their story worth following.

What book (or books) are you currently reading?

After completing the nine volumes of The Expanse series I am reading the compilation of short stories in Memory’s Legion. I am also emersed in the murder-mystery thriller I Kill, the English translation of the best-seller by Giorgio Faletti.

What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?

For how my mind works the plot comes before the characters. Once I see the general situation, the issues, and challenges, I can picture the people living through them and what reaction various personalities may have to each. I need to see the problem and solution clearly before I know who will rise to meet them as their character develops, becoming the person they will need to be to overcome whatever that scenario brings.

What was your hardest scene to write, and why?

To convey the raw emotion of a death proved the most personal and the greatest challenge for me. For it to be impactful to a reader I knew we needed to care a bit for the person first. Writing from one character’s perspective also meant that the reader needed to sympathize with the impact of it on her, how they would feel in her place.

What’s your writing software of choice?

While I am a Mac guy and use Pages for most word-processing tasks, I found that I need more for fiction writing. I enjoy typing and creating the story in Pages, but then use Word on Windows as my Editor. Once the first draft is completed, one chapter at a time I copy the text into Word and use the ProWritingAid plug-in as my main editing tool. Once I am happy with the chapter, I move it into a Word document that will be the entire book. It may be clumsy, but it works for me.

Would you and your main character get along?

I believe so, as some of her personality traits come from me, while others are drawn from people very close to me in my personal life. A goal of shaping Gift into a character was to create a person I could like and respect.

Author Interview with Jonathan Carnley

Describe yourself in five words. Intelligent, Fun, Loyal, Adventurous and Funny.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? I am legally blind.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? I have had to deal with it my entire life due to my childhood and vision. I have just ignored it an understand that failure and success are both a possibility because you cannot have one without the other. If I fail, I keep trying until I succeed. If I am afraid I do it anyway and have always been able to overcome fear.

What scares you the most? Dying alone.

What makes you happiest? Bringing joy to others

Why do you write? I write to try to help others see the things that are often overlooked or to bring joy to others with my children’s books.

Have you always enjoyed writing? Yes, since I was young. It was always an escape from the bad things in my life.

What motivates you to write? People asking me for advice or about my story.

What writing are you most proud of? I am most proud of my book No More Relationshit because it has helped many of my female friends to make better choices when dating. It points out the red flags that they should be looking for and the various types of men.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? The way that my children have turned out.

What books did you love growing up? I read as many as I could and had a very eclectic taste in literature but due to my vision, I listen to more than I was able to read.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? That I was a good man that always helped others and never expected anything in return.

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

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? I would continue my study of Psychology.

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

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? This book is dedicated to all the amazing women that have been both my inspiration and my friends; without you, your questions, critiques, and encouragement this book would not have been written.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in

writing look like to you? People saying that my book helped them in their review.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  Here is the introduction from the book. First, a little about me to give you some insight into why I decided to write this book. I was severely abused, both physically and mentally, and was bullied because of my eyesight. I was also molested when I was an adolescent. Due to these things, I have a unique perspective into the way that abusers and predators think. I wrote this book because I am tired of seeing so many great women being used, taken advantage of, and treated poorly. I was encouraged to do so by so many of my female friends, as according to them, I have given them great insights into the way men think and act. I have listened to all my friends, and when I heard some of the things that had affected them, I realized that I had personally done some of those things to others. That realization caused me to do a lot of introspection. I came to understand that even though I had not done those things with malice, I was still guilty. To be honest, I haven’t always been the best man. I have my issues and am definitely not a saint. However, through the knowledge that comes with age and mistakes, I have learned what not to do and have vowed to never make the same missteps again.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? I spend time with my pet wolf letting him meet new people and learning something new every day.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? I hope that they will know that they are not alone in their situations and that at least one man truly has their best interest in mind and expects nothing in return.

Where are you from? Kilgore, Texas

Why do you write? To help others and to make them laugh as well as let them know they are not alone. 

What do you write about? This book is about helping women avoid men that are not worthy of their time or attention.

Do you have a specific writing style? No, the books that I have written are very diverse.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? Putting my childhood out there so that people could understand how I could relate to the things they may have gone through.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? I had a lady come up to me in tears and hug. She told me that my book saved her and her kids because it clearly pointed out the signs of a child predator.

How long have you been writing? 2 years

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? 2 years ago.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing? I work for myself, so it is the same. My schedule is very flexible.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? Having to adjust to trying to be PC.

How long does it take to write a book? It took me 3 months for my first book.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? Write about what makes you happy and write from the heart.

What do you think makes a good story? Something that people can relate to.

What does your family think of your writing? They love it and are very supportive.

Do you see writing as a career? Yes, I hope so, I am writing a series of children’s books about my pet wolf.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? This book is not about how to find the right man or to point out the mistakes that you may have made. It is about helping you to see what you may have missed that lead to the wrong choice with some humor just when you need it to break up the seriousness.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I got my first request from someone to sign my book.

The Trader’s Path to Inner Wisdom: An Interview with Author Ronal Shah

Ronal Shah MBA, CFA has coached 1000s of professionals and consulted to dozens of companies. He is the Founder of FinTeXec Consulting, the premier Leadership, Business and Trading Consultant in the UK. Born in London, UK, after earning his BA Economics at Cambridge and MSc Mathematical Finance at LSE he headed up the international Equity Derivatives trading desk at a large global investment house and was the country head of the Japanese arm of a global insurance company. Subsequent to completing his MBA at London Business School, he established FinTeXec, rapidly establishing their premier reputation through his elite coaching. He is happily married and enjoys the spiritual energy practice of Sukyo Mahikari.

  • Where are you from?

I live in London, UK where I was born and raised. I have lived in Japan, the US, Netherlands, Scotland and my family ancestry goes back though Kenya in East Africa, and India.

  • Why do you write?

I write for two main reasons. The first is for clarity for myself. If I am swimming in some ideas or realisations that I need to structure, to clarify, I like to write to provide that lucidity for myself. The second is to allow others to access what I have learnt, if they wish. Sharing what I find valuable in my path of life and serving others, raising consciousness, is a powerful driver for my writing.

  • What do you write about? 

I usually write to initially clarify my thoughts. So I write about my experiences in life, my thoughts and how they fit together. If there was a theme about my writing through the years it would be ‘how do I raise consciousness in the real world’.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

I aspire to write like a combination of a clear thinking philosopher and a poet. I always want simplicity and clarity in my writing and also for the writing to evoke rich experience and juicy emotion beyond just a dry presentation of the words.

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

In writing this book I ended up doing a lot of inner work myself. Firstly, when clarifying my ideas, I had to further integrate the idea of success and spirituality in myself. Secondly, when it came time to publish, many hesitations came up – what if I am rejected or criticized – which gave another wonderful opportunity to do some self work.

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

I find that people find different parts of the book interesting depending on their focus. For me the core of the book is that you can be a great trader and improve your spirituality at the same time. One reader, Simon, was excited by the part that went into the different types of trader fears. To me that was a subsection but him that was eye opening. Very interesting for me to know that.

  • How long have you been writing?

I had my first article published in my school philosophy magazine more than 20 years ago. The article was about truth in writing to convey your ideas, rather than using writing to pump up your ego and hide behind opaque phrasing.

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

I want to spread the idea of raising consciousness. Writing is a means to do that. It was maybe a couple of years ago that I realized this.

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

Unlike what I think I am supposed to do, I only write when I feel inspired to or the urge to get my thoughts clear is strong enough to take action.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

As I process information visually, like a mathematician, I often need to visually map out my thoughts before I can start to write it in prose. This helps me to hold the whole book in my mind before articulating the details.

  • How long does it take to write a book?

I had the idea for this book about a year before writing but had several false starts. Then about 10 months in, I had a month where I did a lot of meditation and the ideas for the book naturally arranged themselves in my head. Finally, 11 months after I had the idea, I wrote the book and had it published within a month.

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

Write from your inner truth, your authentic being, first. Later you can shape the work to a specific audience and work on style and language and back-up research, but the first draft must be from inside.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

As I write non fiction, the key is for there to be an idea that makes the reader think and experience the world a little differently after reading it.

  • What does your family think of your writing? 

My wife supports me and is happy when she sees the excitement I emanate when I write.

  • Do you see writing as a career?

My purpose in life is to raise consciousness and so my career is anything that supports that purpose. Writing, speaking, coaching, being interviewed all support this career.

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

You absolutely can be successful and move forward in your inner growth and spiritual path at the same time. It does not have to be either / or. It will be both if you want it.

A descendant of Nigerian Royalty – Author Interview with Anikka Forbes

Born in the great city of London, England, Anikka Forbes always knew that she was different. Even down to her last name not belonging to either of her parents, its not a story you come across every day! 

Throughout her life this puzzled her in spite of her mothers’ reason as to why it was done, blaming it on her father when both are responsible.  It wasn’t until her mid-thirties that she discovered her father’s bloodline and that she was a descendant of Nigerian Royalty, whose throne traces back 900 years and her history was hidden to keep her Nigerian ancestry a secret while growing up in Britain.

Although technically a princess, Anikka has experienced the ups and downs of life like most.  In her debut book, you will enjoy Anikka’s journey as she allows you to glimpse into a few years of her eighteen years of recording (every day to some days) life events in the diaries she kept.

Her book will have you laughing, crying, intrigued and captivated as a ‘Lady of Colour’ whose ancestry traces back to royalty takes you into her most intimate thoughts and experiences.  In reading the book, The Journey of a Hidden Princess: A British Lady’s Path to Discovery of Her African Royal Bloodline, not since Princess Diana will a reader come up close and personal with a lady who in spite of her royalty is genuine, truthful and humble.

London, United Kingdom

I wrote more back in my teens and twenties because it was a mixture of having a lot going on around me, so I was able to off-load my thoughts, feelings, ideas etc in writing a bit like a counselling session. I do not write as much as I did back then but still do, maybe because my life since my 30s plus has mainly been me on my own, not around many people.

I write about any and everything from my own life experiences, what family friends are doing orgoing through, work, relationships… nothing is off limits. I am an Open Book!

My style of writing is real, to the point and with no filter. It is like I am talking to you with my writing. You are drawn in and left wanting more.

None that I know of, as I just write what I think. The only obstacle that I have had was writing this first book, due to having to unlock events from my past which are still sensitive and difficult to think about at times. Plus I was sharing parts of my life that I have never shared with anyone before, so to relive it in my mind was differently challenging, draining and emotional at times which is why it took me longer than expected to write. I kept stopping, starting and even considered not completing it
because it was more difficult than I could ever imagine. #NoRegrets


Having read the few reviews via my Amazon, there is one that had me thinking ‘wow’ written by Lauryn which read;
“The author holds you in a spell as she speaks her truth” That for me means that person was able to feel my words as I shared my experiences in detail. That is amazing.

I wrote my first diary/journal back in 1997/98 when I was between the ages of 16-18

Since the age of 16, I have always known I would write a book! I just didn’t know what about but one day the thought and vision would become a reality.

There is no schedule for my writing, I write whenever. 95% of my material is already written due to them being in my diaries.

I am not sure what my interesting quirk would be as I have never thought about it, would leave that question to the readers to decide, if there is any or not!

I would say it all depends on the individual and what they are writing about. I think when writing non-fiction is more challenging because it’s real-life experiences that you are writing about! Whereas fiction is made-up (though I am sure still challenging) but doesn’t come close to speaking your truth.

From my first experience of writing and publishing, though I did have a ghost-writer who proofread and added parts that she’d researched. Sabrina was American and obviously, theirwords, sayings etc. are different to the UK so I still went through and amended parts. She was a superb part of this book journey, she choose the Cover and the Title and will forever be grateful for all her help in making can confess there are typos and it’s not perfect English (nor did I want it to be) it expressed how I speak (which may not be for everyone, but I am not trying to be like any other author. I would certainly say when it is your first book don’t compromise on how you write it, do it your way. Because it can always be rewritten should a publisher be interested in it but make your first original the way you want. Make sure you still do get someone to proofread too


The only challenge I have come across so far from writing my first memoir was having to remember past bad experiences and relive the emotions that resurfaced.

True stories where the Author isn’t holding back are what make a great story. But though I love to write, I am terrible are reading but trying to improve on this (working progress).

I only know about 1 family member who has read my book and she was shocked by my life experiences, more so by my childhood with the abuse I experienced and being attacked by a family member. While also amazed by my truth and overcoming it all though still a healing process

It most certainly can be if you’re consistent with it and promote it well. Having bookstores sell it in their shops too is definitely, an added bonus.

Firstly I would like to say a big Thank You to anyone that does decide to buy and read my book, I appreciate the love and support. I am a ‘Lady of Variety’ and my book certainly is full of that. Think Prince Harry’s Spare Book (yet to read) though I don’t need to as I know (like myself) he is sharing his truth which many have an issue with, but why should any stay silent about what they have experienced? I know there are family members who will never read (or will read) but never admit to reading it because I have always expressed myself and some of what I have written they may have expected me to have kept private. But the way I see it if you’re mentioned in this book you should feel honoured because you were part of my life journey during that time (regardless of good or bad). Because what happens in the dark, will always come to light! And I would rather keep it real than be fake and hide behind lies or pretense! #YerISaidIt I also love Blogging so check out my blogs;
Watch this space for more books, currently working on my book sharing my (first and last) experience of being involved with a narcissist, for more check out this blog direct link;

When I pressed PUBLISH on amazon, back on the 12th Dec ‘2019 and they confirmed my book was available to the world. #WellDoneMe