Monday, October 23, 2023

Sneaky peek at interview with J.O. Quantaman

My next author interview is with novelist J.O. Quantaman who has written four novels, spanning the genres of futuristic history, martial arts, coming of age, PTSD and social issues. 

We chat about his work and the challenges of setting stories against a future where climate change has ravaged the world.

Our interview goes live on the 1st November but if you'd like to know more about him, please visit his links below:

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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

New novella by Lawrence G Taylor

 More fab news, this time from Lawrence G. Taylor who has a new novella available. It's called The Ballad of Calle & Maja and he explains more:

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Author interview with Wendy A Edwards

This week I’m chatting with Wendy A Edwards who lives in Scotland with her husband and three children. She writes fantasy books and was first indie published in 2023. So, let’s meet her:

‘I love reading and for years I have always daydreamed and made-up stories in my head, but I never wrote any of them down. I wish I had now.’

At least she’s doing it now, but what was the catalyst that inspired her to follow her dream?
‘It was question I asked my kids, ‘If you could do or be anything what would it be?’ Kids being kids they turned the question on me. My answer, ‘I would love to write a book.’ It all started from there.
I wanted them to know that if you put in the work and give your all you can make your own dreams come true.’
I love it that they turned it back onto her! She’s achieved it the indie route so was that a preference, such as speed of publication, or did she approach agents/ publishers first?
‘I wouldn't know where to start if I wanted to go the traditional route. I never started out thinking I would publish for everyone to read. I just wanted a way to publish my story and hold it in my hands, maybe give some copies to my family.
When I started to research how to do that, I came across KDP and was surprised that I could self-publish and make it available for others to read. I thought, why not? Let’s give it a go.
I love that I have control over it all. Life is chaotic and I like the fact I can set my own timetable. Book 2 is coming along at a steady pace but my family comes first, so when they need me my writing goes on hold.’
That sounds the perfect fit! What does her daily writing routine look like?  
‘I write when inspiration hits, usually when the kids are at school or after they are in bed. I don’t really have a writing routine, this is all still new to me and sometimes I wonder how I ever found the time to write the first book.’
But she did and that’s the main thing! What about research, did she need to complete any?
‘There was a lot of things I had to research, some were easier than others like fighting styles or how fast a wolf runs. Others took some time like Piezoelectric flooring. I mostly did the research as I went.’
Writing is such a solitary endeavour - does she have a writing support network?
‘I agree it can be a solitary life, but I have found some great support from the writing community on twitter/X. With my first book I had a group of friends and family that read the book before I published. I never knew about how to get your book out there and seen. It has been a steep learning curve and I think I will look into Beta/ARC readers for future books.’
It sounds like she’s learnt a lot in a short time but now she’s doing it, what does she enjoy the most?
‘I love the point when it feels like the characters are taking over and the story takes unexpected turns, or when I read over what I have written and it brings a tear to my eye.’
And the hardest part?
‘I think the hardest part for me was trimming it down and deciding what wasn’t needed from the first draft.
The editing stage was also a huge learning curve and realising that you need to draw the line and call it done or it will never get finished.’
So true! She classifies her work as ‘clean’, was that to make it suitable for the youth market?
‘When I first imagined Hunter's Fated Wait it wasn't a clean romance, but I knew my kids wanted to be involved. They wanted to read my book so that was the reason I made this series suitable for all. My 13-year-old and my mother-in-law were the first people to read the book. It was my 13-year-old that made the artwork that is in my book.’
How lovely! I asked Wendy for a synopsis of Hunter’s Fated Wait.
‘Hunter never thought he would be an Alpha until a series of unfortunate events occur and he finds himself as leader of Pine Lodge Pack. The fate of the pack rests solely on his shoulders until an unexpected arrival turns his world upside down. Can he rise to the challenge and heal a pack that has been neglected for so long?
Alison returns to Pine Lodge Pack after three years away. She doesn’t want to make the same mistake twice, but fate has other plans. Can she come to terms with her greatest loss, and will she find her place in the pack she once called home?
Join Hunter and Ali on their journey to rebuild Pine Lodge Pack, one fight at a time.’
Ooh, sounds good! Here’s a tweetable version (tweet here):
‘Hunter never expected to become an Alpha. Ali never expected to return to Pine Lodge Pack. Can he keep a secret from the one person that will change his life? Can she get her vengeance?
Hunter’s Fated Wait link
Which scene was the hardest to write?
‘I don’t like to give away too many spoilers but there is a scene that Ali breaks down while doing laundry. Every time I came to this part while editing it would cause me to cry.’
Aw! She mentioned earlier there’s a book 2 - how far has she got with it?
‘It is almost at the edit stage. I also have another story in the works. It is hard to find time to write while I juggle marketing book 1 and family life.’
Does she read reviews of her books? 
‘I do read reviews. I appreciate the time someone has taken to read and review my book and I get a huge boost when someone has left a good review. I also understand that everyone likes different things and my book might not be for everyone.
I am thrilled with how well it is going and love that people are leaving reviews, Hunter's Fated Wait is a story I wanted to read and I hope going forward I will keep writing stories I want to read.’
Certainly the reviews I’ve read online have been exceptional, so she’s doing a great job! If you would like to learn more about this new author, please follow Wendy’s links below:

Twitter: @AuthorWA
Facebook: WAEdwardsAuthor
Instagram: @wendyedwards

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Friday, October 13, 2023

Sneaky peek at interview with Wendy A Edwards

My next author interview is with debut novelist Wendy A Edwards
who writes clean fantasy fiction. 

We chat about her work and how she juggles family life with writing. She also explains how her children made her realise her lifelong dream!

Our interview goes live on the 15th October but if you'd like to know more about her, please visit her links below:

Twitter: @AuthorWA
Facebook: WAEdwardsAuthor
Instagram: @wendyedwards

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Revisiting Simon Van Der Velde

🥳To finish off my celebration of 18 months of Tweetables, I'm revisiting the talented Simon Van Der Velde. I last chatted to him in November 2022 but I know he's had an exciting time, so lets find out what's happened since our chat.

'Well Jane, it's been a slightly crazy few months since we last spoke - mostly, in a good way. My debut literary crime thriller, The Silent Brother was longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger in April. I was delighted, of course - but I didn't quite realise the significance of the Daggers - and the Gold Dagger in particular, which has since been described to me as the premier English language crime writing prize in the world. So - wow! Then in May, they announced the shortlist, and I was on it alongside some of the greats of modern crime writing.

Within  a few weeks I had signed with my dream agent, Sara O'Keeffe from the Aevitas Creative Agency, who amazingly, in only a couple of months, is on the cusp of securing me a two book deal with a truly great crime publisher. At the time of writing the deal is not quite done, so my lips are sealed, but you can be sure my heart is beating hard. Not only that, but I've even been approached by literary scouts touting my book to TV companies, so - watch this space...'

Like I said, it's been a pretty crazy summer.

Oh wow, he's not wrong there! I imagine that's every writer's dream! What's next for Simon?

I had a great day out at Waterstones Newcastle a few weeks ago, chatting to some lovely staff and customers, almost all of whom were kind enough to buy my book. Hope you all enjoyed it! 

Since then though, I've had to put signings on the back burner and focus on working up ideas for my next literary thriller. As Sara, my agent says, The Silent Brother has opened a lot of doors, but I need a great follow up book to carry me through them. No pressure there then! At least, with Sara's help, I've got some hot ideas bubbling away.

So it's head down for me, and I'll surface again next summer with something worthwhile to show for it. I hope.

Best wishes, and many, many thanks to you and all the fabulous bloggers who give their time in the honest promotion of good literature. Both writers and readers owe you a debt.'

Aww, what a sweetie, albeit a super-successful one! If you'd like to find out more about Simon, you can read our original interview here or follow his links below:

Twitter: @SimonVdVwriter
Instagram: Simonvdvwriter

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Monday, October 9, 2023

Revisiting Jess Frankel (J.S. Frankel)

🥳I'm still celebrating 18 months of Tweetables and continuing to revisit some of the authors who have featured on the blog so far, just to find out what they've been up to!

I completed an interview with the lovely Jess back in October 2022 and was keen to find out what had happened since our chat.

'I have a few new books out. First up, my zombie duology: Odoru, The Dance of Death, and its sequel, Odoru, Rebellion. What happens when a virus turns ninety percent of the world's population into zombies? For students Carl Silverman and Amanda Worthington, their world is turned upside-down. School's out, survival is in. 

In fact, survival is everything, but it always comes at a price. (Link): The Dance of Death eBook : Frankel, J.S.: Kindle Store

In Odoru, Rebellion, Carl's back with a new girlfriend, Miranda, a vampire. Another virus has sprung up, turning forty percent of Earth's survivors into vampires. Unlike their fictional counterparts, these vamps exist on artificial blood, but they're segregated but the authorities. It isn't quite apartheid, but it's close. To make matters worse, a new street drug is killing humans and vampires alike, and the young couple is caught in the middle when they search for who's behind it all. And, of course, the zombies are still there... (Link): Rebellion eBook : Frankel, J.S.: Kindle Store

Another novel that will be released at the end of September--but is on preorder now--is The Backup Crew. When superheroes are no longer needed, some of them fade away, some turn to a different line of work, while others...turn evil. Zander Nelson and Millie Lennet, former teammates and lovers, have broken up, but when Zander is almost killed by a bomb and when Millie's apartment is also destroyed, they realize that someone has a vendetta against them. In a race against time, they search for the killer, and when they do learn who it is, it comes as the shock of the century! (Link): Backup Crew eBook : Frankel, J.S.: Kindle Store

My goodness, he's been so busy and they all sound so exciting! So how abut the future, does he have any more books in the pipeline?

Yes, The Replacement should be out by the end of the year, but there's no timeline on it as of this writing. 

Lorne Kimbrel, eighteen, needs money and he needs it fast. His parents have died, he's in debt, working part-time in a fast food restaurant, and his only talent outside of cooking is hurling knives and objects with unerring accuracy. When a man named Dass comes around with an offer that's too good to be true, Lorne takes it...only to wind up as a cook on a starport in a distant galaxy. He adjusts over time, befriends a woman named Mikidra (Miki) Menorkana, and they fall for each other. However, a race called the Outliers, a hideous group of ghouls, presents a real threat, and before long, Lorne finds himself in the fight of his life!

As for other novels, I'm about halfway through another zombie novel, I've finished The Destiny Equation--a fantasy about fate, destiny, fortune telling, and parallel Earths. It's on submission, as is And The Devil Take Ye, a YA Fantasy about a devil and angel teaming up to save the world. We'll see what happens with them.

Wow, that's so impressive! You can read our original interview and book review here or go to his links below to find out more:

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