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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Interview with T. L. Scott

This interview was published by the author on his Smashwords site

You can expect to watch his official book trailer from us in a few days to come! Image

Interview with T. L. Scott

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I really believe in this story and these characters. I want to share them with you and the quickest way to do so was to be an indie author. The traditional publishers are extremely selective and do not publish many new authors. 

I have the paperback version of the story in the process of being published by Horton Jones. They are a new publisher to the industry.

Maybe after A Life Worth Living has its own following one of the major publishers will be interested in representing the story. I respect how broad their distribution channels are and hope in time you can find A Life Worth Living at every outlet that sells books.

That distribution reach is one of the things that really impressed me about Smashwords. They are definitely helping me to reach my goal of getting my story to as many readers as possible. Thank you Smashwords!

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
As I stated in another answer, one of the things that really impressed me about Smashwords was its ability to distribute my story to so many major outlets. In addition to that the process was easy to navigate through and fast. Once the manuscript was converted and the errors fixed Smashwords sent the e-book out for distribution in a matter of days.

Success is measured in different ways. I prefer to measure mine in milestones. With the help of Smashwords I have achieved my second step in the process. I am now a published author. The first step was completing the novel A Life Worth Living.

I will continue to publish with Smashwords as I really like their business model and their ability to get my stories out to you for your enjoyment.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is finding that the story is taking a different direction than I had planned. When the characters become real and they take the story to a whole new place. When that happens I am as surprised as I hope the reader is. I have come to realize that while I may be writing the story it is the characters that are really telling it. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, since the is the first story I have published I don’t really have any fans yet. I hope to have many fans of my stories. Fans of mine, well I have never aspired to that. I want people to enjoy the story and appreciate the characters for their strengths and their flaws. I promise any fans that I will always stay true to the story and aim to tell the best story I can.
What are you working on next?
I have just published the first two books in the Scary story series. The character Scary is a young girl that finds herself on a path in the woods on a Dark Dark night. She hears sounds that scare her. She must be brave and face her fears. She has to use her eyes and ears to understand what the dangers are and what she needs to do. Scary is a strong and smart girl that is also brave. In the second story Ride With The Wind (A Scary Story), Scary meets her new best friend and they go on a fantastic adventure. Scary is thrilled to find out that her new best friend just happens to be a unicorn. Come along and share the ride. I have finished 6 of the 10 books I have outlined for the series. If there is enough interest in the first two books I will work on publishing the rest. Please provide reviews.

I am also working on an adult novel that takes place in a small Texas town. A Bill and his fellow soldiers are in town to attend the wedding of his little sister. While they are relaxing at a café the morning stillness is shattered with the crack of automatic weapons fire. A madman is firing rounds in the air while he has a dark haired woman on her knees in the middle of main street.
It looks like their vacation will not be quite as relaxing as they had hoped. A gang has infiltrated this small town and is using it to launch their drug smuggling and human trafficking operation. The title is Fault Line. I will keep you updated on my blog as the release date solidifies. http://tlscotttheauthor.blogspot.com/

Who are your favorite authors?
The first book I remember falling in love with was by Anna Sewell. The book Black Beauty had great characters and a great story line. I was hooked. Mary Shelley blended the creepy Igor with the tragic monster. Jules Verne took me to places that I didn’t even know that I yearned for.
Some of my favorite authors, in no particular order are: Michael Palmer, Nora Roberts, Daniel Steele, John Saul, Wendi and RIchard Pinni and their Elf Quest series, R. A. Salvatore, Nicholas Sparks, Ken Follett, William Brinkley for The Last Ship, and Dean Koontz. Of course there are many and more authors that I have enjoyed over the years but the above have been my main sources of enjoyment. There is one more that I have saved for last as he is my all time favorite author. His writing has been my constant companion since the day I picked up a copy of Cujo. As a young man it was always the story itself that had me coming back for more. They were so exciting yet chilling. Over time it was the characters which drew me to re-read them. Each time I found more layers to the story and enjoyed them all the more. In my humble opinion Stephen King will always be my favorite author. Thank you Mr. King for a lifetime of laughs and chills.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Most days it is out of a sense of duty. I need to pay the bills and for now that is my 9 to 5 job. I enjoy it and I am grateful to have some really good colleagues. It is the days that I rise before the alarm clock with a thought for a story burning in my mind that I really enjoy. I would love to one day be in a position that my main job is writing.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I can usually be found with a book in hand. I am frequently reading 3 or 4 books at a time as well as writing one main story and developing other ones along the way. Yes it can get a bit crowded in my head at times but somehow everyone seems to get along most of the time. I also enjoy running. That time alone I allow my mind to just drift and have come up with some good ideas while taking one step at a time. I also enjoy spending time with my children. They are a true inspiration to me. Listening to a child puts a lot of things into perspective. They don’t complicate things. It is the way it is and that is it. A good lesson for us all.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look at the genre I am interested at the time and then check out the best seller area. I also look at new releases and read the descriptions. If possible I look at the reviews. Of course I read my favorite authors when they release new stories but I keep an eye out for new talent as well. We all start out somewhere. I have to admit that I do pay attention to the cover as well. If it catches my eye I will look into it more.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I did not really start writing until A Life Worth Living. I was content with being an avid reader. Now that I have gone through the process of writing a complete novel I am glad that I waited. I am sure that I was not ready to tell the stories until now.
What is your writing process?
I get inspiration from a lot of different things. Ideas form and then I see where they are willing to go. Some ideas I let simmer for years, other ones I have to immediately write them out.

I try to get as much information about each character down on index cards. I have found that it helps me to keep the facts straight. I will also use a loose flow line to track events. I have found that by doing so I can see if there are inconsistencies. There are times I have found it difficult to link main parts of the story together. When that happens I take a step back and look at the story as a whole. I have found that the chapter is better suited somewhere else in the story. That is one thing I love about writing, you can keep working the story until it is complete. It does not all come out at once. It takes encouragement and hard work to get it just right. When it does though it is a very powerful thing. When it is right it can engage all of our senses. It can share ideas and provide insight into things we never considered.
I hope you enjoy the stories I share with you.

Published 2013-09-01.