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Book interview - The Big Unda by Nolcha Fox

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Please tell us a little about the book This book contains poems I wrote after my first book “MY Father’s Ghost Hates Cats” was published.  Where did the inspiration come from for your book? Family poems were inspired by a workshop I took through the International Women’s Writing Guild (IWWG). The rest were inspired by poetry prompts and life in general.  How did you find the experience of writing this book? I started writing and publishing poetry when I was 67. Since I’m closer to the end of my life than the beginning, I wanted to publish as much of my writing as possible. This book allowed me to do this. Did you draw any inspiration from any real life people with any of your characters? N/A If you could say anything to readers of this  book then what would it be? Enjoy! And don’t throw anything at me if you don’t like my poetry. Are there plans for more from these characters, or is it a stand alone piece? N/A Where can we purchase your book? https://amzn.to/3IxmJhY Please tell us wher

Book interview - My Father's Ghost Hates Cats by Nolcha Fox

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Please tell us a little about the book It’s a quirky little book of poetry. Where did the inspiration come from for your book? Family (two- and four-footed), love, death, life experiences (including dressing myself), and spirituality. How did you find the experience of writing this book? I didn’t write poetry to write a book. My friend, who kicked me in the butt to write poetry, decided to self-publish a poetry book. We talked about what she was doing, and when I looked at my folder of published and unpublished poems, I realized I had enough to put together a book, too. But I’m lazy and cheap, so I decided to find a publisher to do the work for me. About a week after I sent the manuscript to Alien Buddha Press, Red contacted me to let me know he wanted to publish it. Did you draw any inspiration from any real life people with any of your characters? N/A If you could say anything to readers of this  book then what would it be? Laugh and love every day. Are there plans for more from thes

Jeremy Gernhaelder interview

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW A little introduction: I am a small town kid through and through. In spite of my Agoraphobia and depression, I truly love to connect with people and hear their stories. I currently live in Lochaber, Quebec (Canada) with my beautiful partner, Anick Côté 💖 (who designed the original cover art and logo that inspired the team that published my work). We have a 5 year old Budgie named Kansas and a 4 year old pug named Kaiba. I love horror, thrillers, and mysteries, which I try to combine with my love for characters into my writing. Some of my favourite authors growing up have been Beatrix Potter, R.L. Stein, and Val McDermid. When did your love of books begin? I fell in love with both reading and writing at a very young age. I was born with underdeveloped fine motor skills that resulted in a speech impediment and an inability to grip things effectively. I had to learn from specialists over several years how to do many of the skills that others obtained at younger ages. As

Shannon Reber interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW When did your love of books begin? Childhood! My mom was always reading to me. I have cassette tapes (yes, I'm that old!) of Mom recording herself reading to me so I could play it back whenever I wanted. And she was always getting me audiobooks from the library. I've been obsessed with stories since birth, really. When did you start to have the wish to become an author? Junior year in high school. I'd always loved books, but all my English teachers before then had nothing good to say about my writing. Until Junior year, that is. Mr. Landy told me he'd be shocked if I didn't turn out to be a writer. My first published book was dedicated to him. I didn't start actually writing until I was in my mid-twenties, but I never forgot the one teacher who ever saw potential in me. How have you found the process for becoming an author? The process is grueling. Agonizing over getting the story out in just the right way, rewriting twenty-seven times, changing

Jessie McDonald interview

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW A little introduction: Hello, my name is Jessie McDonald. I am a single mother from Southern Indiana, and I am a Christian. I absolutely love children. Some of my hobbies include painting, writing, listening to music (and playing it), reading, and playing video games. Apart from working on the, "Where Destiny Decides" series, I write the occasional blog on Vocal or Reedsy.  When did your love of books begin? I have loved books for as long as I can remember. My dad and mom both read to me from infancy, and as soon as I was able to read on my own, I constantly did. They instilled in me a love of reading early on that has withstood the test of time. When did you start to have the wish to become an author? I have been a writer since early elementary school. Writing has always been therapeutic to me; I have journals and notebooks filled with journal entries, song lyrics, poems, and short stories. It wasn't until 2014 that I tossed around the idea of actually w

Bhoj Kumar Dhamala interview

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW A little introduction: Bhoj Kumar Dhamala (Nepal) is M.A, M.Phil in English Literature. He is a leading educationist, lecturer in English for undergraduate students, and the Founder Principal of Zone Academy Boarding School, Boudha, Kathmandu. He has published his articles and poems in different national and international media/journals. He is passionate about writing for social causes. He writes less but what he writes is always meaningful. He believes one cannot be the writer just jotting down the words. He is the published author of the poetry anthology “The Selfish City.” He is a social activist too and has been supporting Anirudra Memorial Geriatric Home, Okhaldhunga, Nepal, as Vice- Chairman. Some of his poems have been published from the USA, India, Nijeria, and Bangaladesh. He does freelance journalism apart from writing poems. When did your love of books begin? His fascination with books began when he was five. He was inspired to read the books by his creative

John Ryland interview

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW A little introduction: I am from Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, and have lived here most of my life. After high school, I joined the Navy and traveled a lot, then returned home. I pay the bills as a paint contractor, but my dream has always been to be a full-time writer. When I’m not writing or working, I spend time with my two sons, a 4 th  grader and a 9 th  grader. At 53, that in and of itself is a full-time job. I enjoy reading, movies, and gardening. I always enjoy the surprise of people when they see our backyard for the first time. It’s my happy place and it shows. When did your love of books begin? I have always loved to read. In elementary school, I read every one of the Hardy Boys Mysteries. (Did I mention that I’m old) There must have been a hundred of them. I like to think that those books were what started my love of reading. My childhood was less than idyllic, so reading was a wonderful escape. When did you start to have the wish to become an author? I guess

Sue Kainz interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW A little introduction: I'm a recently retired Senior Policy Advisor who previously worked for the Province of Ontario. I've got an honours (spelled honors, if you're American!!) in Public Administration and Governance and Human Resource Management. I know, nothing to do with writing whatsoever! I currently live in Toronto, Ontario. When did your love of books begin? I've been writing since I was a kid. I like to think it gets better with time, though! When did you start to have the wish to become an author? Since I was a kid. Seriously. How have you found the process for becoming an author? I've always felt like I was one. It's with me all the time. That's why I titled my first book "The Call of the Writer" ... it's something that's always been inside me.  Now ... the process for getting published? Well, that's the tricky part! What would you say to those wanting to become an author? Just start writing. The words will c

Book review - Iron Bones: Infection by Adam T Best

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Book -  Iron Bones: Infection Author -  Adam T Best Rating -  Review: As Frank and Steve get ready for the opening of their very own brewery, they are listening to a band called Skull Moths who are auditioning to perform at the opening night, when a large explosion is heard from a top secret government facility the chaos to come could never be imagined.  The beginning of the zombie apocalypse may just have happened. This book has a great premise and is well thought out but sometimes feels like it is a script for a play and then other times feels like a story you would read and this is one of the biggest stumbling blocks I think many people would find with this book.  I found that due to straddling the line between script and story the book did sometimes feel like it wasn't flowing as it should but overall I still found myself enjoying reading this and I think that this is a great place to start and I hope that the author will be able to use this as something to take onboard for fut

Book review - Concession Stand Crimes: The Ballpark Mysteries Book 2 by Nicole Asselin

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Book -  Concession Stand Crimes: The Ballpark Mysteries Book 2 Author - Nicole Asselin Rating -  Review: Just weeks after a dead body turns up at their ballpark the Abington Armadillos are once again thrown into turmoil as another body is found but is it really just a coincidence or is there more going on than could be understood? This book sees Madeline, the person who is in charge of the overall running of the team, having to deal with another dead body at her teams ballpark but also must ensure that she keeps herself out of trouble and so steer clear of trying to investigate the event herself but is that really possible for someone who is so hands on? Another well written and excellently delivered story and the small markdown is simply due to editing which is a frustration and something that I truly hope Pandamoon (the publishers) can get to grips with soon as the story stands out and this is a truly talented author who deserves the editing to be perfect.

Book review - And Away... by Bob Mortimer

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Book - And Away... Author - Bob Mortimer Rating -  Review: You may not be the biggest fan of Reeves and Mortimer but if you've ever seen Would I Lie To You? then you'd understand that Bob Mortimer is someone who has led a very interesting life and so why not check out more from the man as he tells you all in his autobiography? This book is well written and flows well thanks to Mortimer not attempting to break things down into sections so much as to tell his life as a story.  The story of his life itself is a funny one but also shows the lonelier and vulnerable times that he has gone through in his life and for me this is what makes this book stand out so much, it feels genuine. I am not one for checking out many autobiographies but found this one to be a really interesting read that was a real page turner.

Hunter's Fated Wait by W A Edwards

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Author: W A Edwards Title: Hunter's Fated Wait Genre/Genres:  YA Fantasy, Romance Synopsis: He never expected to become an Alpha. She 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? The year is 2077, about 45 years ago the world leaders declared a state of emergency for our planet. The Forever Forests were one initiative that took place to help solve the problem, they planted 2000 worldwide. The shifter communities saw it as a perfect opportunity to set up home. In return for planting and maintaining the forests, they were offered land to live on. The Forever Forests can’t be cut down and they are protected by law. Most of the people that set up the initiative never got a chance to see the benefits, Around 12 years after the Forests were completed, a deadly virus wiped out over half of the world’s human population. Shifters weren’t affected by it, but it did solidify our reasons to remain in