Second Interview With Kelli Landon, Author of Summer Shack

Second Interview With Kelli Landon, Author of Summer Shack

• Where are you from? Peoria, Illinois

• Why do you write? It puts me in another world. One that I create with my own people.

• What do you write about? Murder mysteries, usually with women as the main characters.

• Do you have a specific writing style? I was writing in first person, but then finally started branching out into the third person narration. I use more dialogue than description.

• What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? If the story is set at a particular time, make sure that whatever is mentioned was invented by then (Computer games, a certain song or movie, types of automobiles). Watch basing characters off of real people, since some may be offended. Don’t repeat plots or characters (I have caught myself doing this by accident).

• Whats the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? My first review from Suzanne Parrott of Seattle mentioned that she would definitely read more from me and that Sudden Moves was the best YA mystery she’d read in a long time. That made my day!

• How long have you been writing? Thirty years.

• When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? When I was a teenager and loved starting out with a blank page and pen, just doing it for fun.

• What is your work schedule like when you are writing? I write after work (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm) and on my two days off. I use all morning to write, from 7:00 am on to the afternoon.

• How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non) For me, it’s normally about two months.

• Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? Read the genre you write in, watch how other authors’ flow and description work. Try to find a local writers group and do writing exercises. Prompts are great for practice.

• What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? When the characters and plot come to a stop. Sometimes I get hung up and cannot think of what to do next. I also have to introduce new characters into the story to help motivate my main character or give that person obstacles.

• What do you think makes a good story? I like to combine two ideas with one. It also helps to keep it fast paced with action or dialogue, so the story doesn’t lag in spots.

• What does your family think of your writing? My family never talk about it, if they like my work or not. I think it’s one area they don’t want to discuss for fear of hurting my feelings or bragging too much on their child, wife or sibling.

• Do you see writing as a career? It would be my dream career if I could live on it.

• Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? Please don’t take offense to an antagonist whom I describe as a “popular” high school cheerleader or a “jock”. These are the terms that’s used in my books and there are good and bad in every type of student. I feel that some who read my books are popular students themselves, and will hold my descriptions against me. I write through my main characters eyes, not my own. So if my character insults another person, it is not how I view someone of that stature.

• When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I had my first short story published by a local Peoria magazine and got paid $50! It was my story entitled Pizza Night that featured a prank that went too far.

An Exclusive Interview With Kelli Sue Landon

An Exclusive Interview With Kelli Sue Landon

Describe yourself in five words – Independent, quiet, impatient, happy, committed

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? I had a job once as a church secretary.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? Drink alcohol.

What scares you the most? Never being able to drive a vehicle again.

What makes you happiest? Finishing a novel.

Why do you write? I get excited when I get a new idea I think would work.

Have you always enjoyed writing? Yes.

What motivates you to write? When I write a chapter or scene, I email it to a couple of retirees that I know from the post office. They love to read and have more free time. After they read something, they email me back, saying how great it was and how involved they are in the plot. It is the biggest motivator, because I feel that I have got to continue the story and see what they think about it.

What writing are you most proud of? .My time travel novel, now in production. It’s the most original idea I have ever gotten.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? My happy marriage.

What books did you love growing up? Mary Higgins Clark mysteries

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? Local Author with the number of novels I had published.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? We moved a few times – Peoria, Illinois but in different areas. My mom and dad were split and they both moved a couple of times, putting us in four or five houses between them. I went from a neighborhood with other kids, riding my bicycle up and down the road to moving out in the country, secluded with no neighbors, and on a highway, so riding my bike was out of the question.

How did you develop your writing? Started with short stories as a teen, just messing around when I was bored, then longer stories as I got into my twenties and finally, a full length novel at the age of 40.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Marketing, because it’s hard to be known.

What marketing works for you? Having my books available everywhere, ebook, internet, book stores, libraries etc.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? My friends definitely do. They love reading what I write as I’m writing it. My family tends to just be hush up about it. Maybe they don’t like what I write, because they feel they are part of the characters, or they are surprised by the content of my stories (language, violence, etc).

What else do you do, other than write? I work as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service and work out regularly at a local health and recreation club.

What other jobs have you had in your life? Mostly office work – Kelly Temporary Services sent me all over Peoria. I also worked as a secretary/receptionist at a church and I was a data entry clerk at Bard Optical in Peoria before starting at the post office over twenty years ago.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? Journalism or multi-media.

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

Tell us about your family? My family is mostly split – my parents divorced way back before I remember and I have an older brother and an older sister who are 7-8 years my senior. I have two sweet nieces from my brother and I’ve been married for six years.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? lap top or computer, because I am a fast typist. I only write on paper when I am at work and have to jot down ideas or plot points.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? .6-8 hours.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? Yes! Kathy Orten, Laurie Smith and Tanya Olds – three retirees who have shown me the most support a local author could ever have! From making signs to reading my manuscripts, I would not be where I am today if not for these ladies.

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

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? The right readers are hard to target, because I have many of all ages. I advertise mostly on the internet, because I have tried newspaper ads and book signings and neither have worked. Book trailers, Twitter and Facebook and my own website have been my main marketing, except for what my publishers have done.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it? Summer Shack was a book that I basically started just for fun. It’s a throwback to the different types of short stories I wrote as a teen. It’s predecessor, Nightmare At Camp Forrestwood, was also a throwback. I did not expect to publish Summer Shack. It was just going to be for fun, but then as I wrote and had my friends read what I had written, they ended up loving the characters.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? With a glass of wine and the shows I DVR (Bates Motel, Dateline and 48 Hours Mystery).

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
I want my stories to grab them and give them a jolt near the ending.

Thank you Kelli for your exciting answers! It’s a pleasure reading your interview. To all those reading this post, feel free to join our book trailer release event here https://www.facebook.com/events/313025572187912/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

An Interview With Beverly Cialone, Author of The Medicine Man Series

Author of The Medicine Man series

Beverly Cialone, Author of The Medicine Man series

 

It’s a pleasure for IBP this week to release TWO book trailers for Author Beverly Cialone from #TheMedicineMan series. Both books hit the top #100 Amazon rank yesterday due to our book trailer release events happening right now on Facebook and G0ogle + ! We are so excited to host this event and it looks like everyone is having fun getting to know about her, the books and #NativeAmerican cultures as well. If you would like to know interesting facts about Cherokee heritage and their cultures, please visit the event today !

We also would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Celebrity Gerald Auger for his support towards Beverly. He is also a Native American.

Here are a few interesting answers we get from Beverly when we interviewed her last week!

  • Where are you from? South Carolina.  I have lived here my entire life.
  • Why do you write?  Writing is a drive, a passion.  It is something that I absolutely HAVE to do.
  • What do you write about?  I create people, places, and scenes based upon both reality and fantasy.  I write romance, erotica, and poetry.  I DO tend to draw upon some personal experiences in my writing.
  • Do you have a specific writing style?  No.  When I sit down to write, I just write.  I don’t follow any specific guidelines when it comes to writing.  I rarely, if ever, make outlines, and I am adamant when it comes to proper spelling and punctuation.
  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?  My day job, family obligations, and most definitely Facebook!
  • Whats the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?  I think that any time a reader reaches out to me with a question or comment, it’s memorable.
  • How long have you been writing?  I have been writing since I was nine.
  • When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?  In high school.
  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing?  The work schedule with my day job varies.  When I am working on a book, sometimes I will write steadily for hours on a daily or nightly basis.  Then again, sometimes I can go for weeks without writing.  I have to let ideas simmer in my head before I can finally sit down to write about them.
  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?  I absolutely HAVE to have music playing (I listen to headphones), and I must have a glass of cold sweet tea beside me, as well as my cigarettes and an ashtray.
  • How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)  It depends on what I’m writing and where I want the story to go.
  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?  Write. Write about whatever interests you.  Pay attention to people, places, and things.  For example, when you travel to the beach, pay attention to the sound of the waves rolling in.  Feel the sand beneath your feet.  Feel the sun on your body as you sunbathe.  If it’s rainy, pay attention to the smell of the rain.  Listen to the thunder.  Watch the lightning.  All of these things can be put into a book.  It’s also important to do research, whether you’re writing about something you know or something that is completely new to you.  If YOU don’t know what you’re writing about, the readers will know, and you won’t be viewed as “legitimate.”  That is a death sentence for any writer.
  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?  Coming up with creative names is one.  Creating an interesting plot is also a challenge.  You never want your work to be viewed as boring or cliché.  If you feel that your work is bad, or if something just doesn’t feel right, it’s perfectly fine to toss it and start over, or save that particular part until you feel you can make it better.  Creating interesting dialogue is also difficult at times.
  • What do you think makes a good story?  A good story must always include conflict and resolution, the classic beginning, middle, and end.  The reader must always feel drawn in by the story, so the writer has to make it interesting.  A great story can be told by using simple words and proper spelling and grammar.  If you feel that filling a book with long, hard to spell, hard to pronounce fancy words is going to make a great story, then you’re doing yourself and your readers an injustice.  Some of the best stories out there were written in a simplistic manner.
  • What does your family think of your writing?  My family is thrilled and supportive of my writing.
  • Do you see writing as a career?  At the moment, I consider my writing as something I just “do.”  When I get to a point where I am able to stay at home and indulge my passion of writing all day and be able to make a living at it, that’s when I will consider it a career.
  • Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?  Writers write to satisfy their own needs, but we also want our readers to like and enjoy what we have written.  It does us no good to write something if we are going to be the only ones reading it.  And yes, we love to be contacted by our readers, and we love getting reviews.  Even the bad reviews are helpful in that they show us where we need to improve as writers.
  • When did you first consider yourself a writer?  When I realized it was something I could never give up.

Check out her websites and links to her work here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Imaginary-Author-Beverly-Cialone/1487473618142057

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beverly-Cialone/182257978512695?ref=hl

Feel free to check out some of the other things I’ve written for Yahoo! Voices:  http://contributor.yahoo.com/user/1698887/uspslady.html

Here are some other things I’ve written for Scriggler.com:  https://scriggler.com/Profile/beverly_cialone

 

On Being a Small Press Author – Beverly Cialone

An interview with author Beverly Cialone published by Central Avenue Publication

Central Avenue Publishing

Running a small press is just like running a business with a group of employees – well almost. I don’t actually get to see them every day and we can’t gather around the water cooler to chat. Since we all see each other only virtually, I thought it might be nice to ‘introduce’ our authors to both each other and their readers via a series of short interviews. These interviews will run every couple of days for the next month or so – it’s a neat way of finding out how similar authors can be, and yet so different.
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Today, let’s get to know Beverly Cialone. She’s a master of romance and one of our original authors. Now, all her books are published under our Everheart Books imprint. I have had the pleasure of working with Beverly for over three years and she’s a prolific writer who keeps me…

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It’s a drive, a need. I literally either have to create something or go insane.

It’s a drive, a need. I literally either have to create something or go insane.

That’s what Author Beverly Cialone said when we asked her what motivates her to write! Can you relate to her answer? Check out the other responses from her when we post the author interview soon!

The #booktrailer release event is starting TOMORROW for #TheMedicineMan series by author #BeverlyCialone . These two books (Medicine Man 1 & 2) have a different book trailer each and these trailers will be revealed tomorrow!

If you are keen to explore #NativeAmerican cultures, check these events out and join the fun!!

Event of Google + https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ci8aeo6l8np1f9ttp4d6iab4b20

Event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1400600936884456/?source=1

Best Of Live Chat with Author Erik Nelson

Best Of Live Chat with Author Erik Nelson

I keep watching this interview again and again as it was so much fun doing this author interview with Erik Nelson! Now, watch the fun for yourself! Have a great weekend everyone!

Best,

Jasveena

Founder of IBP

Author Blog Tour

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I was invited by Annie Edmonds to take part in the writing process blog tour that was started by author; Regina Puckett. It’s purpose is to showcase different authors methods all over the world. 

Annie is an amazing woman and a wonderful author of an erotic romance, Second Chances Sammy’s story. She writes her blogs on aedmonds315.wordpress.com and http://naplesmarketreport.wordpress.com/. If you get a chance you should check out her blogs and books. 

So, here we go with my tour questions. 

My tour questions:

What am I working on?

I’m more a blogger than an author. I write about feminism, women, social issues, and everything else that crosses my tiny mind. If I think there is something that needs to be discussed, I will write about it on my blog. So, I write on current social issues. Things you see happening on a daily basis and things that matter. I will be publishing a blog post about Plus Size Models soon. You can follow my blogs on http://www.thoughtsandviewsthatmatter.blogspot.com , http://www.thoughtsandviewsthatmatter.wordpress.com and http://www.glipho.com/jasveena

How does my work differ from others of the same genre?

I’m a strong believer of gender equality and a good parenting. I believe that most of the social issues we face today is due to poor parenting skills. When you inculcate good values, those values will be passed down from one generation to another. I feel that as an individual, we all can make a difference to the world with our positive thoughts and values. 

With that having said, I aim to make a difference in the way people think so that they could find their own strength and spread good values. If you think my posts make sense, then I think I will be able to make a difference. 🙂

Why do I write what I do?

Everyone’s story is worth being told and so is mine. 

How does your writing process work?

I read a lot of articles discussing a particular issue before writing my blog posts out! I am happy that it educates people on some weird but true stories! I have to make a lot of revisions just so that I don’t get my facts wrong! 

What’s your story? Why do you write? Share this blog tour and spread the joy around!

Best,

Jas ❤

 

Jenny Hayworth: Then A Victim of Sexual Abuse and Religious Cult; Now A Survivor!

Jenny Hayworth: Then A Victim of Sexual Abuse and Religious Cult; Now A Survivor!

Thoughts And Views That Matter!

It’s our honour to showcase author Jenny Hayworth’s book this time. Jenny’s life has taken a rough path where she has been struggling to get out of the terrible emotional trauma due to sexual abuse and religious fundamentalism. She has been living a life ”inside” her imagination before she was able to finally express her feelings and face the world ”outside”. Hayworth has survived sexual abuse and religious obligations over the years. Now she is sharing her very own experience being a survivor and sending very important messages to everyone facing similar situations out there that there is life out there waiting to be embraced! Read her interview below:

Where do you live?

I currently live in Queensland, Australia. I was born in England, and emigrated when aged 2 years old to Australia under £10 scheme with my parents. At the age of 9 years my family moved to New…

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IBP’s Interview With Author Erik Nelson

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International Book Promotion is currently working on Erik Nelson’s book trailer and it is going to be really special as we are using the skills and expertise of many professional artists. The illustrations for Erik’s book is done by an artist from the Rhythm and Hues studio. He has worked on movies like Life of Pi and many other Hollywood animated movies. The voice over for the trailer will be provided by an American voice over artist with more than 26 years of experience. We have also hired a music composer to compose a music for the trailer. 

It is our pleasure to work with Erik for his book SomnAgent: The Snake and The Fox. While reading his book, we can only say that Erik has weaved his story so well that it will even hook you into the story even if you are not a fan of fantasy books. He has planned everything very wisely. We will also have a video and written review published on our blog later. 

Meanwhile, check out what Erik says when we interviewed him.

• Where are you from?
I’m from Southern California, and though I’ve traveled, I always come back to my home.

• Why do you write? 
I started writing when I was 13 to help me sleep. I had a mind that would not rest. Ideas would keep flowing into my head, so to sleep at night, I’d write them down to get them out.

• What do you write about? 
I write whatever is in my head. It’s almost always fantasy related and growing up I was kind of a day dreamer. Many times it’s just short stories or characters that I come up with that I might use for later.

• Do you have a specific writing style?
I like writing from a character’s point of view. I purposefully leave out detail that the character wouldn’t be aware of and include detail specific to how that character sees the world.

• What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 
For me staying disciplined in writing is always my biggest challenge. I am not a full time writer and mostly do it for fun. It was only a few years ago that I decided to take my writing a little more seriously. Since then I’ve tried to set a schedule for when I write, but I rarely stick to it.

• What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
I was surprised by how some people related to my characters and how one character in particular changed a person’s point of view. A fan, after reading my first book The Snake and the Fox, said that she hated Fippa when first reading about him. She didn’t like how deceitful he seemed. But by the end of the book she said he turned out to be her favorite, because she realized that if put in his shoes, she might have done exactly what he did.

• When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
I think ever since I started writing that I’d always wanted to be a writer. It was always a dream of mine that I never followed until recently.

• What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
The only schedule I really maintain is that I write on the weekends. I make sure to say that I’m writing so that I don’t get disturbed, but also to hold me accountable to make sure I write. Occasionally I write on weekday afternoons after my day job if I feel like it or if a new idea comes up while I’m at work.

• What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
It’s hard to talk about interesting quirks about yourself, but I suppose I’d say that I never really turn off the writing in my head. I’m always thinking of stories and characters and that never really goes away. So sometimes when I’m with family, I’ll randomly tell them about a character or something when in a conversation, just to help me stop thinking about it.

• How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)
For me it takes about a year to write a 500 page novel (more or less) and a few months for editing. I know that’s because I’m not a fulltime writer, and if I was that time would be much shorter.

• Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
Yes, as some of my fans have already heard. I tell them, “Just write it! It doesn’t matter if it’s good or not, because it hasn’t even been written yet!”

•What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?
One of my biggest challenges is trying to be as smart as some of my characters. In one story, a character is backed into a corner, and I had to come up with a way out for him, but I couldn’t right away. I really had to think about his predicament and how HE would find a way to escape. That took a lot more effort than I usually care to admit.

• What do you think makes a good story?
I always know a good story by how jealous I am after reading it. After reading a good story, I usually tell myself “I wish I had written that!” To me it’s the best compliment and I hope to hear that someday about my own stories.

• What does your family think of your writing? 
They have been more than supportive and patient, especially when I want to talk about a character or plot line. I’m always appreciative of them for that!

• Do you see writing as a career?
I hope to make it a career someday. It would absolutely be my dream!

• Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it? 
My new book is titled The Shadows and the Innocence and is the sequel to The Snake and the Fox. While The Snake and the Fox focused on the characters Slider and Fippa, The Shadows and the Innocence will focus on two other characters, Pitt and Lilium, even though the other characters will still be present in the story.

• When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? 
I often go to videogames or movies to relax when I’m not writing. However, I find that the more I do those things, the less creative I become, so I try to limit those activities. However, I know that many of my characters or stories have been inspired, even if a little, by video games or movies so I likely will never stop those activities completely.

• What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? 
If anything, I hope they find my writing engaging and thought provoking. Ultimately, I write about the human spirit and human capacity. I want my readers to identify with the characters, but also ask themselves would they do the same thing if put in the same situation. In any case, I hope my readers enjoy my stories most of all and feel hungry for the next one!

Thank you so much Erik! We value your patience in working with us! 

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Blurb:
Slider, an assassin in training, and his manager Fippa are simply trying to survive in the cracks of society in a realm where each city is run by fierce and corrupt Gangs. The land is struggling under economic pressure and the Royal House has weakened. This has made survival for everyone all the more difficult. However, one of the gangs proposes an offer the two cannot refuse. The terms: Slay the King. The reward: Wealth and Glory that would lift them out of the cracks of society forever with failure leading to death. As Slider and Fippa journey towards the castle to find their destiny, what was once a clear goal becomes clouded along the way as they come to realize that perhaps they have bitten off more than they can chew for not everything is as it seems.

Links to buy the book:

Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/The-Snake-Fox-SomnAgent-ebook/dp/B00ACNAEWY

Barnes & Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-snake-and-the-fox-erik-nelson/1113844186?ean=2940015780284

IBP’s Interview With Author Erik Nelson

Thoughts And Views That Matter!

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International Book Promotion is currently working on Erik Nelson’s book trailer and it is going to be really special as we are using the skills and expertise of many professional artists. The illustrations for Erik’s book is done by an artist from the Rhythm and Hues studio. He has worked on movies like Life of Pi and many other Hollywood animated movies. The voice over for the trailer will be provided by an American voice over artist with more than 26 years of experience. We have also hired a music composer to compose a music for the trailer. 

It is our pleasure to work with Erik for his book SomnAgent: The Snake and The Fox. While reading his book, we can only say that Erik has weaved his story so well that it will even hook you into the story even if you are not a fan of fantasy…

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