An Interview with Novelist Julie Young and her Fifteen Minutes of Fame

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I’ve talked with Julie Young a few times over the last few months and found her to be an interesting individual. Besides writing a book about the life of a young pop star, I’ve heard Julie can also belt out a few notes herself. Read on to find out just how eclectic and inspirational she can be.

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Hi Julie. Thanks for coming by the new and improved studio I have. Sorry I couldn’t let your entourage in. Now, sit back and tell us about your latest release, what gave your the spark for it, and what’s the best thing about it?

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Thank you, John. The set looks wonderful. Well, FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME is the story of Megan Taylor, a 15-year-old girl from Indiana plucked from obscurity and turned into a rock and roll superstar with a new name (MonAmi), a new image and a new life in which she has no control. On what was supposed to be the final night of her Farewell Tour, MonAmi becomes fed up and runs away from the life that made her into a global icon. She returns to her hometown of Kentwood, Indiana to reflect on her life and career and to try and make peace with her alter ego once and for all.

I was inspired by a number of things: the old cartoon Jem and the Holograms, the tragic stories of teen rock stars whose careers all seem tragically similar, as well as aspects of my own life as well.

In my opinion, the best part about the book is that it has the fun of a madcap rock and roll adventure, but there are grittier undercurrents as well. I often say it’s a cross between Hannah Montana and Roman Holiday, but in the real world of rock and roll, problems aren’t solved neatly in a few minutes thanks to a talented team of writers. It’s much more brutal than that. MonAmi knows she has a short shelf life and she has to do everything she can to stay on top before someone decides her “fifteen minutes of fame” are over. FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME is a behind-the-scenes look at manufactured superstardom and the trappings that come with it from the girl who sold her soul to rock and roll.

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What’s your favorite and worst thing about writing a novel?

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The best thing is that it’s a lot like writing music. As a former musician (well, I’m still a musician…I haven’t’ really given it up) you put your heart and your soul into something that is all your own and it’s a wonderful feeling when someone says that they love it. I get that feeling regardless of whether I am writing fiction or non-fiction because I always strive to put some of my own creativity into my work. With a novel, there is just more of an opportunity and it is amazing to create characters and plot lines that pepper your own little universe.

As for the worst thing…it is much harder to break into fiction than non-fiction and it is a very subjective field. Obviously there was a lot of rejection before I broke in with a small publisher, but I have learned not to take any of that personally. After all, we do the same thing when we buy a book or an album, right? It’s not personal…it’s just personal taste. Ha ha. In the end, the book came out and I am proud of the story I have created. People seem to like it and that means the world to me. I prefer to stay optimistic rather than focus on the negativity that comes along with writing.

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From seeing your assorted Facebook posts on my time line, I have you pegged as a woman who courts controversy, doesn’t have a social filter, and loves life to the fullest. How right am I and what did I totally miss the boat on?

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Wow, hmmm….well this is the first time I have been asked if I “court controversy” so now I wonder how many others think that as well. Honestly, I don’t consider myself to be someone who is controversial or invites a lot of controversy into her life. People have a lot of opinions and they like to express them on social media. I don’t. Oh, I will tell you about TV shows I am watching. I will comment about commercials and I will report tennis scores, etc…but I really try to keep my opinions on big subjects to myself. I often tell people “I talk a lot…but if you pay attention…I really haven’t anything.” Every once in a while I can’t help myself and I will spout off on some subject or another, but I have found that most of the time, it merely invites an argument.

Don’t get me wrong, disagreement is great but healthy discussions about differences of opinion are best when they are face to face and when you can see the person you are talking to, hear the inflection of their voice and really get a feel for their stance on a subject in a respectful way. Social media “conversations” can easily be misconstrued and I prefer to try and keep things fun online.

Side note: The most controversial things you will EVER see me write are on the Vincentism site and those are the off the cuff comments made by my mildly autistic son. Sometimes they warrant explanation, but usually they are just hilarious things he says that have double meanings and most of the time, he doesn’t know why they are funny. He’s a good sport about it and he loves to be “recognized” at my signings for being a modern day Socrates.

However, yes you are right…I live life to the fullest. I actually do not have a bucket list because I don’t know what I would put on it. I have had more amazing experiences in my few decades on this planet than some people have in their entire lifetimes! I saw Elvis’ last concert. I’ve met my favorite rock stars, tennis players. I made out with a very famous 80s hair band guy. I’ve been on Oprah and I get to do what I love. Life is not a dress rehearsal, you have to make the most of it!!

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Excellent Mantra.  Now, tell us about your work-in-progress and how much does the main female character resemble you?

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At the moment, my main WIP is a non-fiction book for the Complete Idiot’s Guide series as well as a collection of essays about my AS son (along with a few of his choice “thoughts”)…however, I do have about 25k written of something called “Confessions of a Baby Bump” and it is the story of the children of famous people and what it is like to live in a world where you are famous before you are born. The main female character probably has my attitude, but she’s based on someone else entirely…as for who that is, well, for now that’s my little secret.

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Okay, You get a chance for sideline passes and a locker room visit for a Pittsburgh Steelers game day event, or backstage passes and dinner with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. Which one would you take and how conflicted would you be about your choice?

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At first I thought this decision would be really tough…but when I really thought it out, no contest…Ann and Nancy. Here’s why: Seeing the Steelers on the sidelines would be awesome, but if there is a game going on, it’s not the best time to chat, you know? They have a job to do and they are not going to want to gab with me while plays are happening. Unless I had to interview someone, I doubt I would be comfortable in the locker room at all… and if they lost…it would be even worse. I also feel that I could converse with Ann and Nancy on music a little better than I could with the Steelers…I don’t know a lot of statistics and I have a feeling that I would look like a hopeless idiot. On the other hand…a couple of years ago I did get to hang out with Lamar Woodley for a bit and he was super fun…but it wasn’t game day, or in a locker room LOL. (I’ve met Ann and Nancy too…but that’s a story for another day.)

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Last Question. What makes your novels different from the efforts of other authors?

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Ha! I’m probably no different than anyone else, to be perfectly honest, but if I had to say something, it’s the fact that I write the way I talk. Professors and other teachers have told me that not everyone can do that, so perhaps that makes me unique? I am a firm believer that there are no new stories under the sun. Shakespeare pretty much covered it all and we are all telling these basic premises in new ways. The best thing any author can do is to be true to what they know as I have been with FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME. I wanted to write the rock and roll book I hadn’t read yet. All any writer can do is to write the story that motivates them and they will find the audience for whom their tale resonates.

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Thanks for taking the time for my interview, Julie. I wish you all the success you can handle and look forward to checking out Fifteen Minutes To Fame and seeing your next book released.

Read on to discover the deets about her newest novel, check out her links, and be sure to friend her on Facebook.

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SYNOPSIS —  She sold her soul to rock and roll.
It was the story that rocked the music world. After five years, four Grammy Award-winning albums, numerous number one singles, and outselling every other act in the music industry, entertainment icon MonAmi was a walking case of burnout. When her plans for rest and relaxation were derailed on the final night of what was supposed to be her Farewell Tour, the enigmatic singer took matters into her own hands, running away from her career, her manager, and the mysterious identity that made her into a superstar.

Now a rocker gone rogue, MonAmi returns to her hometown of Kentwood, Indiana where, as 15-year-old Megan Taylor, she was plucked from obscurity and molded into rock and roll royalty with a new name, a lucrative recording contract, and a carefully crafted Hanna Montana-like image. However, what started as a teenage dream quickly turned into a living nightmare as her label gradually controlled every aspect of her life.

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BUY LINK —  http://www.amazon.com/Fifteen-Minutes-Fame-Julie-Young-ebook/dp/B00JJ5ETY0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404151037&sr=1-1&keywords=fifteen+minutes+of+fame

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RANDOM REVIEW

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A fun and cautionary read June 18, 2014

By Sherri Emmons  Format:Paperback
What happens when everything you ever dreamed of comes true … and you’re only fifteen? For Megan Taylor, the dream come true becomes a waking nightmare. Every aspect of her carefully crafted life is in somebody else’s hands. Her record label owns her, body and soul. Until the day she has finally had enough.Young’s writing is brisk and invigorating. Megan (aka MonAmi) is a likeable, vulnerable, believable teenager caught in a world she cannot control. Watching her take back control of her life is scary at times, but ultimately wonderful.This is a fun and quick read. I highly recommend it!
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My Interview With Fellow Georgia Author – Shane Etter

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Today’s interview is with Shane Etter, author of the Dwellers Series and resident of Georgia by way of Jackson, Mississippi. While we’ve only talked a few times, he’s a man who enjoys life and lives it to the fullest — and has the start to a great series of novels.  Here’s what his Amazon Bio has to say about him~~~

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Shane Etter’s first novel, Bottom Dwellers, is an award winning supernatural thriller.

He’s a native son of Mississippi and is proud of the great literary heritage of his home state. Some of the finest 20th Century authors, like William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, John Grisham and others have called it home. Although Shane is primarily a self-taught writer he has taken a number of writing workshops and classes by such noted authors as two time Pulitzer Nominee Jedwin Smith, Mary Helen Stefaniak, and Kaylie Jones, daughter of the great James Jones.
Shane makes his home in north Georgia, where he is currently working on the next Patrick Dylan and Trudy Price adventure and where he lives with his standard poodle Pearl. He collects books and wine and enjoys working out in his spare time.

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Now that you know a little more about Shane, let’s really take a look into the man’s psyche. Yep, it’s interview time !!!!!

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Hello, Shane. Thanks for dropping by. Make yourself comfortable and relax. Here’s my first question for you – Your books seem to be a hybrid of Sci-Fi, Adventure, and the Preternatural. What made you start your writing career in those genres?

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Thanks for having me and that’s a good observation, John. To this point I have called my stories supernatural thrillers. My first influence was Stephen King. I’ve always liked how he played in different genres–sci-fi, paranormal, straight thrillers, etc. I figured if I were going to emulate someone why not emulate the best. Me laughing out loud. New faves now include F. Paul Wilson and John Connolly and they do the same thing. I learn so much from reading these wonderful writers.

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When buying a book, the cover catches your eye and the synopsis captures your imagination. What else determines the choices you make in purchasing / reading a novel?

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That’s it John, the cover and the synopsis. Jut like on a good bottle of wine, it has to pass the label test, a pretty label, then the description has to intrigue me.

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(After a short aside to sample some of the fine wines from my cellar, we continued with the conversation at hand) From your Facebook page, fine dining appears to be a delicious facet of your life. Tell us about your favorite meal and your go-to-restaurant?

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I love good food and fine wine. My favorite meal is anything my fiancee cooks. Dee, is Filipina and Filipina women are known worldwide for their cooking and she’s the best. If I had to pick a restaurant I’d say Kyma, a Greek restaurant on Piedmont in Buckhead.

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Do you have a WIP and, if so, what’s the theme and how far are you into the process?

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My 3rd book in the Dwellers series, Trail Dwellers, will be out on 7-31 and I’m 90% done with my WIP, my first standalone novel, called A Brain In Third Person, which is a psychological thriller about a serial killer in Atlanta and Savannah, GA.

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I would never write a scene that involves a _____________?

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I would never write anything about children being hurt or hurting animals, particularly dogs. Other than those, anything goes. In fact I’m pushing the envelope pretty well with my newest work.

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If you were gifted with $30,000 in spending money — where would you travel to and why?

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$30,000? Hmmm. Rome, Italy to see the coliseum. I love history. And since Dee and I are planning to retire to the Philippines, we’d probably go there as well.

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You’re from Mississippi, live in Georgia, and you’re a New York Jets football fan. Please tell us why?

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I’ve been a Jets fan for 47 of my 60 years and for a number of years went to 3 or 4 Jets games a year and was fortunate to meet and get to know many former Jets greats like Wayne Chrebet,Curtis Martin, Keyshawn Johnson and others.

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Last Question — You meet someone who’s about to write their first novel. What tip/s would you give them?

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Read, read, read. Like Stephen King said, “if you don’t have time to read you don’t have time to write and you certainly don’t have the tools.”

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Thank you for a great talk, Shane. I’m looking forward to your new novel and I wish you the best of successes with it.

Now, read on and take a gander at his first two books, check them out, and add one, or both, to your collection today.

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SYNOPSIS — After suffering a stroke, forty-eight year old, karate black belt Patrick Dylan is scuba diving in Lake Lanier for exercise and therapy.  He encounters green skinned mutant people with gills who have been living there for more than fifty years, since the lake was created. While diving, Patrick also meets beautiful Park Ranger Trudy Price who soon becomes his fiancée. Just as with all people, there are good and bad among the bottom dwellers of Lake Lanier. Patrick battles with the bad and is surprised by the good. Thinking that they have left subterranean life in the deep waters of the lake, Patrick and Trudy get married and head to New York City for their honeymoon. When they are visiting the Cloisters Museum, a curator is found murdered. They are thrust into the investigation and discover another subterranean culture: The Mole People of underground Manhattan, denizens of the abandoned subway and train tunnels. Patrick and Trudy are once again coping with good and evil among a different kind of bottom dweller.

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BUY LINK —  http://www.amazon.com/Bottom-Dwellers-Shane-Etter/dp/1612960235/ref=la_B004XCDY1I_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403978706&sr=1-1

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BOTTOM DWELLERS is an Imaginative murder-mystery with the focus on good and evil By J. Weaver on September 2, 2012

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An entire township is flooded and becomes the waterbed of the newly formed Lake Sidney Lanier. Running 200 feet deep the giant lake hides many secrets. Forty-eight-year-old stroke survivor, Patrick Dylan, makes regular scuba dives in the lake as a form of his exercise regime.It’s by the lakeside he meets Park Ranger, Trudy Price. Regular dives bring new shocking surprises as Patrick explores the depths of the lake reveal a hidden society. Is the green-scaled community, talking with him telepathically, real or a depth-induced hallucination? Then he encounters the Mole People, another subterranean society, this time existing beneath Manhattan Island. BOTTOM DWELLERS is an imaginative murder-mystery with the focus on good and evil. An excellent original page turner. Author Shane Etter shows us he can plot an interesting and thought provoking story and should be around for a long time! A MUST read!    John Weaver  Books-and-Authors.net.
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SYNOPSIS — Upon returning from their honeymoon in New York City, Trudy Dylan is loaned from her job as a park ranger with the U.S. Park Service at Lake Lanier to the state of Georgia Department of Natural Resources to work at the site of a nuclear laboratory ruins. Her husband, Patrick, begins his retirement as an adventurer. After battling the Bottom Dwellers of Lake Lanier, Trudy hopes for a more peaceful job in the forest. However, mutant tree people mess with her plans. Patrick and Trudy, with the help of Patrick’s cousin, bottom dweller Duncan Dylan, confront the evil tree people and encounter a worldwide conspiracy to take earth back from humans. Their struggles find them once again in the abandoned subway tunnels underneath Manhattan where their ultimate battle ensues…
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BUY LINK —  http://www.amazon.com/Mind-Dwellers-Shane-Etter/dp/1612961894/ref=la_B004XCDY1I_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403978706&sr=1-2
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Well thought out thriller! By Fulltime Reader on May 18, 2013

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Mind Dwellers is a well thought out, intelligent, supernatural thriller with likable heroes and evil creatures. Etter creates something that makes the unbelievable believable. The ending prepares you for the next one in the series and only makes you wonder where he will take us next.
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An Exclusive Interview with a Unique Poet — Cindy J. Smith

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Image  I’ve known Cindy for a long time and she still surprises me to this day with her unusual insights, off-the-collar-remarks, and general observations on life and love. Here’s her Amazon Bio. Check it out and you’ll see she’s not your stuffy, everyday type of poem-spinner.

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Cindy Smith was raised in upstate New York. She has worked a variety of jobs during her life–waitress, store associate, certified electronic technician. She is currently employed as an over-the-road truck driver. Cindy has lived is many states from Maine to Florida. She now resides in Indiana. Through all her experiences, she had voices in her head dictating poems. The voices would not relent until Cindy wrote the poems down. She invites you to eavesdrop.

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Now, prepare to eavesdrop on our casual conversation about her career, life, and viewpoints on the weird things I bring up. She’s also written a poem just for the curious souls reading this interview!!

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Hi Cindy. Thanks for climbing out of your 18-Wheeler and stopping by my office. My first question to you is – Why do you write poems rather than novels and is it true that most poets are solitary creatures?

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Thanks for having me here, John. To answer your query, as a youngster, my older sisters would read to me from Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss and sing me silly songs all the time. I began adding to their works because I felt they were too short. So writing poetry is something I’ve sort of always done. Novels writing I think would be rather hard. You have to come up with characters, name them and make them believable. Then you have to work out a scenario that could be followed and considered reasonable. I can’t keep a train of thought that long. I like being able to say what I want and then move on to another topic. Here’s ny humble effort to answer your question with a poem:

WHAT TO WRITE?

I would like to write a book

But first let me take a look

Guess I need some kind of plot

Characters I’d need a lot!

Names and faces I would need

Kind ones and ones filled with greed

Where will the action take place

Here on earth or outer space?

In present, future or past

And just how long will it last?

Too many issues I think

As a novelist I’d stink

For the second apart of your question, I do like talking to people and visiting but I need my alone time. I would probably be happier by myself if given a choice.

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Great job, Cindy!! Okay, tell us about your job and how do your peers react when you tell them you’re a published poet?

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I’ve done many jobs in my life and I’m presently an over-the-road truck driver with my husband. We now work a dedicated route. Several of the other drivers have purchased and read my books and were really surprised that they liked them. Most people are rather shocked to learn that I even write poetry.

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What kind of music do you listen to as you write, or do you prefer silence?

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I truly have no specific writing style. I really do have voices which tell me what they want me to say. They talk whenever they want: when I’m reading a book, listening to music, talking to someone, eating, or going to bed – basically any time is good for them. My musical tastes are flexible, except I don’t like country very much. I prefer hard rock/metal, but love oldies and classical music also. I have 4 mp3 players that I use constantly. The fact that music has been such a big part of my life has probably added to my tendency to write poetry.

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Do you ever stop what you’re doing and write an idea or stanzas on a piece of available paper?

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LOL. I used to do that all the time. Waitresses give you odd looks when you scribble on napkins. Now I use a voice recorder. It’s very handy as the voices have decided they like to talk while I am driving at night.

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Who’s your favorite poet and have they been your main influence as far as writing style?

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My favorite poet is in fact Dr. Seuss. I love how he was able to make a statement about anything without being argumentative. He told truths and let people figure them out themselves. His style has influenced me greatly. From him I learned that no topic is unusable and that you can teach without being bossy. I don’t usually make up words or creatures though.

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I’ve attempted poetry with mixed results. Do you feel poets get a cold shoulder from novelists and why?

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Poetry is not a very popular genre by any stretch of the imagination. A lot of authors have told me they won’t read my books because they don’t like poetry. Several people who have read my books say they are good then ask if I ever intend to write a “real” book. Almost everyone has written poetry at some time in their life, and novelists often imply that they “grew up” and now write books.

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Final Question – I know you’re not an extrovert. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

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I’m not an extrovert? Really??? I thought I was.  🙂  If I could change something about myself it would have to be getting a bit more confidence. I truly love the poems I write. They say exactly what I want them to say and how I want to say it. However, I really doubt anyone else likes them. Even when they say they are good, I wonder if it is because they know I am reading their response and not because it is true. Self-doubt can be debilitating at times.

I want to thank you so much for having me John. You are a fabulous author and I have enjoyed your books immensely. You need to finish Rask’s story because I want to know what happens!!! Hugs, Love and Great Karma always.

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Thank you for submitting youself to my thought provoking and mentally intrusive queries, Cindy. You’ve been a great guest. 😀

Read on to discover Cindy J. Smith’s books and please buy one or both to help support an Indie Author. IndieForever !!!

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SYNOPSIS — Ever want to get a second opinion on life? Well, Cindy has had voices giving her theirs all her life. With straight talk and sarcasm, they rhyme their views to her. In this first book, she offers you a glimpse of the path she has been traveling while seeking her way in this world.

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BUY LINK — http://www.amazon.com/Voices-My-Head-Cindy-Smith-ebook/dp/B00GZQBR8M/ref=la_B006WCESBM_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403813184&sr=1-1

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MY REVIEW 

This review is from: Voices In My Head (Kindle Edition)
Ms. Smith has created a work that has some of the most poignant poetry I’ve ever read. The lyrical verses talk about her family life, dreams, hopes, and even sports. My favorites are the love poems to her immediate family members – ‘Mom,’ ‘My Love,’ and ‘Anniversary.’  If you like poetry, check out a writer who had become one of my favorites. I give this Five Stars.
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THEY WON’T SHUT UP     ImageSYNOPSIS — In this second book of poetry, Cindy’s voices continue their relentless sharing of their opinions.
Touching on many of the emotions and life situations humans encounter, they offer their viewpoint in the hopes of finding the path to peace. At the end of the book, Cindy has shared a small section spotlighting the works of her angel daughter, to whom this book is lovingly dedicated for her Birthday.

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Beautiful and Thought Provoking July 30, 2013

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When I read poetry I expect the words to make think and provoke emotion….This book of poetry did much more than that! The author Cindy J. Smith has such a way to make the words jump off the page and draw you in and lose yourself. With each poem, I felt something while reading them and some I felt more than one emotion at a time.
Each poem took me to a world all of my own, were the words brought forth memories for me. I cried,laughed,and sighed with each poem I read. From the first poem to the last, each poem made me think about life and the surprises and disappointments that each of us come across day to day. Cindy J. Smith has a talent making the words come to life and mean something. I hope she keeps writing poems that make me feel the way this book did. I will recommend this book to everyone I know! Thank you Cindy J. Smith for listening to those voices in your head, you are one talented author~
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An Interview with Children’s Author – John Betts

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Today’s Interview is with John A Betts, who ‘s released four books aimed at the little ones in your family. He resides in the United Kingdom and has always been capable of an excellent conversation when we’ve talked on Facebook. His bio on Smashwords is short and to the point~~~~

Enjoyment is writing fantasy fiction. Pleasure is spending time with my long suffering and wonderful wife.

So, lets get to the interview with John. Be sure to peruse his books and see if your childfren would be interested in his fanciful tales.

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Hi John. Have a seat in my virtual office and get comfortable. Now, the first question I have for you is — Describe your latest novel to us?

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Thanks, John. Nice place you’ve got here. Well, I’ve just finished writing book 2 of the Dragon Queen Series, Death of the Queen, I hope to publish in August. I actually started writing another book first but my Dragons made me turn this into book 3, so watch this space.

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You live in the United Kingdom. What’s the best and worst part of living there, and do you have plans to visit the United States anytime soon?

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That is a hard one, the best has to be Organic food, nice beaches, good neighbour’s. The worst, high tax on fuel (fuel duty + VAT) unleaded is around £1.30 per Litre (£5.85 gal) and the rain, did I mention the rain, but it is a great place to live

I am disabled and at the moment have not renewed my passport so no plans at this time to visit the US although I have some great friends in Florida.

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What’s next in your literary career and when should it be available to the masses?

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Publish “Death of the Queen” (August I hope) then finish Book 3 “Return of the Riders” (working title) I hope to have this ready to publish by November.

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What’s the hardest thing about being an author and what do you do/use to get you through it?

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Trying to fit in a normal life. When I write, I’m “in the zone.” The coffee is always hot and the ashtray seems to empty itself but that is really due to a wonderful wife that knows I am a complete nutcase 🙂 ice cream and chocolate also help.

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What was the last Science-Fiction book / movie you read / saw and how would you rate it?

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Raising Steam by Sir Terry Pratchett is a 5 star novel, but I am a big fan of Star Trek, Star wars, Stephen king and WA Goult. I must mention the Harry Potter series too, shame it finished, I wanted more.

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Have you ever regretted killing off a character and why?

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Having just killed off Aria the Golden Dragon Queen, I found this surprisingly emotional, but never fear another Golden Dragon Queen is on the horizon.

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Do you have a fellow author who’s been like a mentor to you and, if so, tell us about them?

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Tolstoy, Dickens, King, no mentor as such – just a love of books. My sister has now moved from non fiction to fiction and we do discuss our writing, but that is just fun not mentoring.

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Thanks for a lovely interview, John. I wish you many successes in your life and writing.

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SYNOPSIS — A kingdom ruled by Aria, Queen of Dragons is attacked and defeated by Dark Wizards. After one thousand years the Dragons fight back.

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BUY LINK —- https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/296206

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SYNOPSIS — Millions of years ago Ra and his crew came to Earth. They were attacked by the military of their home world. Events were put in place so that when the world was stable a child would be born able to control the power of the Twin Rings and rediscover the technology left by Ra and guide the Earth into a new era.  

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BUY LINK — https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/327514

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AN ADVENTURE OF BUNNY BERTIE AND BLUEBERRY ELF

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Bunny Bertie finds a very sad Fairy – Honeygold – and must find a way to help her. On the way he asks Blueberry Elf to help. Follow their adventure to see if they succeed and make Fairy Honeygold happy again.

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BUY LINK — https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/407885

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SYNOPSIS — When a human colony spacecraft crash lands on a planet ruled by Dragons and populated by mythical creatures, they mistake the creatures rush to assist them as an attack, this mistake leads to years of war until a truce is forged by the Red Dragon, will it last, can they all survive.  (Editor’s Note — Curerently FREE on Smashwords.)

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BUY LINK —-  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/350393

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http://www.amazon.com/Adventure-Bunny-Bertie-Blueberry-Elf/dp/1784075965/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403633732&sr=1-4&keywords=Bunny+Bertie

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The Twin Rings of Ra, https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/327514

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A Special Interview With Erotica Author — Harper Jewel

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Harper Jewel has just released her Third book available on Amazon — Trent and Trey (Inked Heat Book 1) and she’s graciously agreed to be interviewed by me today.  I’ve known Harper since she Interviewed me not too long ago and I found her to be a pleasant, intelligent, and thoughtful woman — especially when it comes to her Indie peers. Here’s her Amazon Bio page ~~~~~~

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An avid reader of paranormal and erotic romances since my high school days, I have always dreamed of becoming an author. After accepting advice from a few friends, I sat and took the time to write my first short story and was thoroughly ecstatic when it was accepted, and I received my first contract from Horny Devil Publishing. Although the publisher has now gone out of business, I’m looking to get my previous publications back on distributor shelves as quickly as possible while I continue to write new stories.

Writing is in my blood it seems as I’ve been making up stories in my head ever since my grade school days. Now, those stories have grown, morphed, and expanded, and I’m bringing them to life via writing.

My reading interests include works by Kate Douglas, Shayla Black, Lauren Dane, Sylvia Day, Elizabeth Amber, J.R. Ward, and Christine Feehan, to name a few.

My TBR pile is quite large so when I’m not being a wife, mother, housekeeper, cook, launderer, or chauffeur, you’ll find me either writing or reading!

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Hi Harper. Make yourself comfortable, relax, and thanks for dropping by my office today. Okay, First Question — Describe the genre and theme of your latest book and what gave you the inspiration?

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I have just been able to re-release the three books that were previously published by my former publisher that closed their doors in January 2014. The first two installments of my A Seekers Story series, a bird-of-prey shifter series, Virgin Prey & Burning Prey were just recently returned to shelves as was Trent & Trey from my Inked Heat Series. That series will all be stand-alone books that center on a different tattoo parlor and its owners and will not involve recurring characters. I’ve also completed a manuscript that I based on a flash fiction piece of 1,000 words that I expanded into a book. His Dream Lover is currently with some beta readers and has yet to be submitted to a publisher.

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I think my favorite characters to date are the Buchanan brothers from Trent & Trey. No they do not resemble me (lol). But they do epitomize what I picture as two sexy cowboys that don’t hesitate to go after what they want.

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Wine, especially, Australian white wines. The drier, the better.

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When you started writing your first novel, what part of the process brought you the most agony?

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Deciding when it truly was ready for submitting to a publisher. I can’t tell you how many times I read over a manuscript before I officially write “The End.”

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You would never write a ________ (genre) and why?

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Young adult novel. I find my thoughts stray to subjects that are a bit risqué and too much for that genre.

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It appears you have some books in limbo due to your publisher failing. Do you think a law should be passed that gives an author control of their books if something like that happens? (Editor’s note — as you read above, they have been released back to Harper. 🙂  )

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Yes, with a capital “Y, E, S.” The red tape I had to go through to obtain rights to something that came from my imagination and my creativity really gave me a wake-up call. I have learned to read any future contracts very carefully.

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You’re invited to a lunch date with your favorite writer. Who is it and what do you drink?

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Without even a second thought, Kate Douglas! I have had the absolute pleasure of meeting her for drinks about two years ago in New York City. I truly wish we had more time, but alas she had to prepare for a book signing event. I had a glass of Chardonnay during that short, but unforgettable meeting. I would love to have another no-time-constraints sit down with her in the future.

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You write Romance and Erotica. What’s the usual reaction your have from family and strangers when you talk about your novels?

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My family members (cousins, most especially) were astonished to find that I write erotica. A few friends were also like, “No way…do you really write stuff like 50 Shades?” Of course, once I explain that, no, I don’t write stuff like 50 Shades, and then go on to explain what I do write, I’ve gotten some raised brows as well as knuckle bumps and “good for you, where can I get your stuff, because now I just have to read it?” My mother is a completely different story, however. She doesn’t understand why I can’t write a “nice” romance. She also is too embarrassed to tell her friends about my writing “pornographic” books, as she calls them. At fifty years of age, I have come to the conclusion that my mother’s approval is not something I necessarily need. My husband and my daughter both know what I write, and they just tell me to “go for it,” so that’s exactly what I plan to do!

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Thank you for an enjoyable interview, Harper. The mess you went through with your defunct publisher is a nightmare that every published writer must always consider — especially with a smaller business entity.  I’m super happy that situation is now resolved.  Now, read on to discover more about Harper’s three books and be sure to visit, join, and follow the links she provided at the end. Not only is she an author but she also helps out other indie writers as well.  

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Running from a dark past, Cassie St. Cloud vows to escape her worst nightmares. Remaining strong, the fiery redhead refuses to be a victim and, with help, manages to start over. Secrecy, the key to her survival, Cassie inadvertently finds herself squashed within a triangle of lust—one of her wildest dreams come true.

Trent and Trey Buchanan, two seriously sexy brothers according to many of the women in town, own the hottest tattoo parlor and a small ranch in Tyler, Texas. Talented artists as well as capable ranchers, comfortable in their Stetsons and their tattoos, both are pleasantly shocked to find that a certain tiny female could bring them to their knees.

When an unknown enemy takes advantage of an unexpected coincidence, Cassie’s life takes a plunge into a darkness she thought she’d left behind. Before long, this determined, evil adversary has all three of them running for their lives. Will they all survive to love another day?

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BUY LINK —-  http://www.amazon.com/Trent-Trey-Inked-Heat-Book-ebook/dp/B00KAPX7NW/ref=la_B00C5HW5GS_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403387223&sr=1-3

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!!!HOT COWBOYS!!! July 27, 2013

By Sue Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you love hot, hot, hot sex scenes with two tattooed cowboy tattoo artists this is the book for you. I happen to love pure raunchy sex every now and then. Between Cassie, Trent and Trey that is exactly what you get. This will definitely make you cream your jeans.
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Nestled within plain sight of humanity, a race of bird-of-prey shifters dwell. Deeply rooted in their species’ heritage and rituals, Aviana Byrde comes of age, and a mate is selected in the way dictated by those very traditions. Outshining the rest, Andor Malar craves to bond with Aviana. When that secret desire comes true, he cannot get enough of the little shifter.

After a night full of carnal abandon and newly awakened desires, Aviana is kidnapped and held prisoner in the cruelest of ways before the new mates had fully slaked their lust for one another. Will she meet her death before she is able to completely appreciate the depths of true love? Will Andor’s fevered search for his new life mate prevail?

Enter, Bertrand Lark, a kind-hearted falconer with a family history he knows nothing about. Will he be able to accept the seemingly far-fetched story he is told when the beautiful vision he’s only dreamed about suddenly comes to life? After a shocking twist of fate intervenes, will the unsuspecting trio be able to withstand the upheaval as their world is rocked on it axis or will the shifters and their species simply fade into extinction?

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Four Stars — A supernatural twist on your standard erotica, April 5, 2013

One thing the erotica genre suffers from, in my opinion, is that there are only so many ways you can describe “insert tab a into slot b”. To their credit, many erotica authors build a decent story around the eventual fitting, including this one.Avi is a woman who is of a race of birds of prey that can shift into human form. She meets her soulmate, then gets captured by a human and sold to another human whom she also bonds with. There is a little more to it than that, but I don’t want to ruin it with more details.

Aside from the erotic details, which are up to par, I was impressed that the joinings described in this book were more than just lust. I truly got the feeling that this was not casual sex at all, and it made the scenes more pleasurable to read. The only reason I don’t give it a full five stars is the story did seem skeletal in places, and moved a little too fast.

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Five Stars — Gifted book for honest review. juliesbookreview.blogspot.com June 3, 2014

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Aviana, Andor, and Bertrand return as they use their newfound Seeker abilities to match Evangeline DeMarco and Slate Warton. When the trio “arrange” for the two to meet, they just sit back and watch the sparks fly. But when a tragedy that befell Evie at the tender age of ten comes back to haunt the petite shifter, will the Seekers be able to help their newest raptor overcome her heartbreak and misfortune? Will Slate’s love for Evangeline be enough to overcome the direction fate has tossed them in? When the unthinkable happens and a psychotic evil threatens the new pair, will their love be able to overcome it or will they both be dragged into the fires of hell?

Review: I have never read a bird of prey shifter book but this was a darn good story. I had a great time reading about these characters. I love, love, love Slate and Evie and the Seekers helping to bring them together. Slate and Evie have such a sweet, HOT and steamy story to entertain us. I recommend this book to all

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My Exclusive Interview with Debut Novelist Brian Marggraf

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Brian Marggraf has just released his first novel – Dream Brother – and allowed me to ask him a few questions about his book and pick his brain about the challenges of writing, editing, and publishing. Here’s his Author Bio from Amazon ~~~

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Brian Marggraf has been writing fiction since the fourth grade. His first completed piece: a story about dragons, castles, and knights. Derivative, yes, but at age ten that’s ok. In 2002, he graduated from San Francisco State University’s creative writing program. His work has been published in Transfer Magazine and The Olive Tree Review. Dream Brother, his debut novel, was released in January 2014. He grew up in Ventura County, California, and now lives in New York City.

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Hi Brian. Damn glad to know you, and thanks for having this talk with me. First Question — Describe your book and which character is your favorite?

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Thank you, John. Your virtual office looks fantastic. Okay, my book. Dream Brother follows Jacob Gavel, a fledgling sculptor. He leaves a failed marriage, flees New York City, returning home to San Francisco, welcomed by his mentally ill mother, subordinate father, and successful sister. As he settles in, he discovers a family secret. He had a twin brother who died in the womb right next to him. When the shock wears off, his reality becomes clear. He’s alone, broke, and unemployed. In an attempt to rebuild his life, he takes a low-paying job as a mental health case manager, but with all the tech money flooding the city, his childhood friend, Paul, has a better idea. His fresh start spoils. Events trigger his dreams, and his dreams resurrect childhood memories, propelling him forward on a sleep-deprived, speed-fueled mission to find recognition, love, and revenge.

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Jacob is the main character and the one I feel closest to. His situation and journey are slightly borrowed from my own life. I am inherently invested in what happens to him.

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What made you want to become an author???

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At a very young age, I started loving books. I started writing stories during elementary school, didn’t get serious about it until my first year of college. From there, I took several creative writing classes, read a lot of the classics, and joined some writing groups. Soon after, I decided to pursue writing professionally, and a few years later, I graduated from San Francisco State University’s creative writing program.

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You live in the Bronx. Do you, or can you use a Bronx accent in your repertoire??

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I am originally from California, but I have lived in New York City for the better part of the last decade, so I guess my accent is a hybrid of the two. As far as my writing, at this point, I haven’t used, but probably will someday, a native Bronx accent in any of my work. It’s a great choice though if done right, so distinct and dramatic, would be a good way to layer a character or two.

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Your book ‘Dream Brother’ sounds like a Coming-of-Age novel. Are any of the characters inside it a reflection of yourself?

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It’s a delayed coming of age story, not the typical boy to man journey. In his mid-twenties, Jacob escaped a bad marriage and struggles to find a career, a way of supporting himself. He returns home to San Francisco, that’s when he’s really challenged, and things go very wrong. As I mentioned before, some of my experiences and difficulties show up in Jacob, rendered with major exaggeration of course.

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Who’s been your biggest mentor in the writing process?

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I’ve had a few great professors during my writing coursework, but I’d have to say the biggest influence comes from all the major writers I’ve read along the way.

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Do you prefer to write a book by the seat of your pants, or do you outline it, or both?

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Yes, both. The outline is attached to arcs, the rising action, climax, etc.  I’m very visual, so that helps me stay focused and on track. Each scene has a few points, goals to accomplish. The rest comes as I write the chapter. It’s great to have a plan, but there needs to be room to capture the things that come up during the writing process. Some of my best writing has come from the unplanned.

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In between promotion and marketing for my debut, I am working on my second novel. This one will draw from me a bit more, from almost ten years of special education teaching experience. The book explores bullying, high school, and follows young adults with and without disabilities. A typical teenager theme, presented in a new way. I hope to publish it sometime in 2015. So far, I’ve found the writing process much easier than with my first novel. During the many drafts of Dream Brother, I worked through all the problem points within my writing. This time around, I’m not repeating them, so the work, even as a first draft, is much stronger.

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San Francisco, California. Fifty hills surrounded by the cold waters of the ocean and the bay. City of rebellion and revolution. Smothered by fog daily.

This is the place where Jacob Gavel grew up, the place he ran away from at twenty, and the place he never thought he’d come back to.

The city’s in the middle of its second financial renaissance. A century and a half earlier, gold nuggets. In the year 2000, silicon microchips. The dot-com boom created hundreds of new companies, swollen with capital and potential, profitable only in theory, run by young professionals with a lot of disposable income.

After Jacob, a fledgling sculptor, leaves a failed marriage and flees New York City, he returns home, welcomed by his mentally ill mother, subordinate father, and successful sister. As he settles in, he discovers a family secret. He had a twin brother who died in the womb right next to him. When the shock wears off, his reality becomes clear. He’s alone, broke, and unemployed. In an attempt to rebuild his life, he takes a low-paying job as a mental health case manager, but with all the tech money flooding the city, his childhood friend, Paul, has a better idea.

His fresh start spoils. Events trigger his dreams, and his dreams resurrect childhood memories, propelling him forward on a sleep-deprived, speed-fueled mission to find recognition, love, and revenge.

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Five Stars — Extraordinary Work!, May 1, 2014

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This review is from: Dream Brother: A Novel (Kindle Edition)
I downloaded this book for my Kindle yesterday. I caught wind of it through the author’s blog and thought I’d give it a try. Once I started reading, it was very difficult to put down. This is the story of Jacob, a young man who returns to his home town of San Francisco in an attempt make his life better after leaving his wife. As he moves his belonging into his parent’s home, he discovers a startling family secret that had been concealed for almost twenty-five years. From that point on, Jacob’s decisions send him spiraling… to where, exactly, is difficult to say. One moment he seems to be headed toward success, and then suddenly seems to be on the path of self-destruction. I found myself simultaneously disgusted with and sympathetic toward the main character. Just when I thought I had Jacob and his story all figured out, the rug was pulled out from under me, causing me to rethink all I had presumed. The story-line, on its own, would make this a great book, but combine that with the artistry of Marggraf’s written word, and a great book becomes an unforgettable one! I’m looking forward to more from this author, and wouldn’t be surprised to someday see his work on a bestseller’s list.

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http://indieheroblog.wordpress.com

https://twitter.com/BrianMarggraf

https://www.facebook.com/BrianMarggrafAuthorPage

https://www.goodreads.com/BrianMarggraf

My Interview with First-Time Novelist – Khalid Muhammad – and a Featured Author of the Dreams, Fantasies, Nightmares, and Visions Event

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This is my first real chance to talk to Khalid about his book and some of the events in his native Pakistan that has impacted his life. We’ll also talk about his debut novel – Agency Rules –  and he’ll answer a few of my usual provocative and humorous questions. Here’s the Bio from his Amazon Author Page.

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Born in Pakistan’s troubled Swat Valley, educated and raised in the United States, Khalid returned to Pakistan almost 17 years ago and fell in love with his country. His debut novel, Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office, is a journey behind the headlines about Pakistan, the world’s most dangerous place, to deliver an intense story that will challenge the reader to question what they have been told.

Find out more about him at http://agencyrules.com, @AgencyRulesPK (http://twitter.com/AgencyRulesPK) or the Agency Rules Facebook page (http://facebook.com/AgencyRulesPK).

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He’s also going to participate in the upcoming Facebook Mega-Celebration – Dreams, Fantasies, Nightmares, and Visions Event on June 18th to the 22nd. Fun, Freebies, and Rafflecopter Prizes you won’t believe.

https://www.facebook.com/events/293612200816670/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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Hi Khalid, thanks for dropping by.  First Question — What’s your novel about, in three sentences?

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It’s the story of a young man that leaves family wealth behind to serve his country and fight the terrorists that threaten to take it over. Kamal Khan is a highly-trained sniper and commando in the Pakistan Army, but when he achieves his dream of joining the intelligence services, things change inside him. He becomes what he needs to be to survive in the dark dens of terrorist training camps and leaders.

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I love my heavy metal and hard rock. I spent the bulk of my youth growing up with Metallica’s Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets, Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime, Pantera’s Cowboys from Hell. The music became part of my psyche and a driver when I wanted to craft specific emotions. My tastes have grown with me, so there is an occasional Top 40 song in my playlist, but the bulk of what I write is done with the thundering drums of hard rock and heavy metal.

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Kamal Khan is the protagonist in my series. He, when I was crafting him, is the true Pakistani – patriotic, hardworking, honest, and looking to make his country better. He leaves the comfort of an upper-middle class landlord family to join the Army in the hope of finding his identity.

I didn’t base him on any particular person, but there are pieces of myself in him, pieces of people I have met and am honored to call friends, and the rest of him is imaginary.

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I don’t think there is anyone in Pakistan that can say that the war has not affected them personally. We see such horrific images on our evening news and in the papers that I am starting to fear that the nation may be becoming desensitized to the horror. It’s almost like we have mentally accepted that this is going to happen in Pakistan for the time being.

In terms of my personal life, yes we have been directly affected. When the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan invaded the Swat Valley in 2009, they set up suicide bomber and training camps on our family orchards. My uncle’s home was hit with a missile from a Pakistan Air Force F-16 on a bombing raid. One of my cousins was shot in the leg and their driver killed when their vehicle came under attack from the Taliban. When my cousin’s family left Swat for Islamabad, their home was looted and then burned to the ground, like many other families in the district.

What we saw, I should say the lesson we learned in Swat, was that when the public stood shoulder to shoulder with the Army, the Taliban didn’t have a chance. The Army is still stationed in Swat even though the new Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf government wants to remove them. Hopefully, that will never happen because the Taliban will move back in to fill the vacuum.

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If we add up all the research, movies, videos, shows, it was about four years of preparation. The book itself took me about one year to write. Granted, part of that time was spent writing a novella that was going to be the first book of the Agency Rules series. I didn’t like the final product so I tossed it and spent the next seven months writing Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office.

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I am going to stick with the espionage/spy/military thriller genre for a while I think. I personally enjoy reading this genre and would love to have my series included as respected reading. I do have plans to write some crime/mystery books as well, but I am focused on Agency Rules for the time being.

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My favorite American television show? I don’t think I can put my finger on one in particular. I am a huge fan of Aaron Sorkin’s writing for television. From Sports Night to The West Wing and Studio 60, he elevates the conversation to a different level, helping people understand that there is more to the story than what the nightly news tells us. I think one fantastic show of his, sadly this will be the last season, is The Newsroom. It really opens your eyes to what goes on behind the cameras and lights.

In terms of Pakistani shows, I could recommend a lot, but I’ll stick to two for now. There was a show that aired on state television back during General Zia’s martial law called 50/50. 50/50 was a sketch comedy show that was just amazing because they had to operate under the watchful eye of an extremely fundamental and restrictive Army General. The humor is dead on and makes fun of everyone with such subtlety that the military couldn’t shut it down. The other show is Humsafar, which took Pakistan by storm. It’s a love story of two people that just can’t seem to come together because of society and family beliefs. You’ll have to find the ones that are sub-titled because both shows are broadcast in Urdu, Pakistan’s national language.

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Thank you for an insightful interview, Khalid. I wish you success with your novel, and health, happiness, and safety for you an your loved ones.    Be sure to pick up a copy of Agency Rules very soon. Read on for a more in-depth look at it.

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Celebrated as a ragtag force that defeated and broke the Soviet Union, no one predicted the Mujahideen would bring with them a plague that would spread like wildfire through Pakistan in the years to follow. When the battle-worn fighters returned with no enemy or war to fight, they turned their sights on the country that had been their creator and benefactor.

From the same battlegrounds that birthed the Mujahideen, a young Kamal Khan emerges as a different breed of warrior. Discarding his wealthy family comforts, Kamal becomes a precision sniper, an invincible commando and a clandestine operative bringing intimidation, dominance and death with him to the battlefield. Ending the plague is his prime directive.

Shrouded in political expediency, hampered by internal power struggles, international espionage and doublespeak that makes Washington’s spin doctors proud, Kamal’s mission is a nightmare of rampant militant fundamentalism that threatens to choke and take Pakistan hostage. For him, the fight is not just for freedom, but the survival of a nation.

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Excellent thriller January 15, 2014

Format:Kindle Edition
“Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office” by Khalid Muhammad is a truly great spy thriller. Set in a modern day Pakistan it tells the chain of events set in motion by a terror attack in Karachi. Politicians, the army and the state secret service agency all have their own ideas as how to respond or retaliate for the offence. But it is our hero Khamal who goes in to do the work.

Pakistan is a perfect setting for this gripping thriller full of action and suspense. The country’s complex history and fractured political landscape provide an excellent ambience for the players of this novel. Gangs, Sheikhs, terrorists, politicians…    A comparison to works by LeCarre has been made by a fellow reader and while I would hate to imply that there are obvious similarities I will say that the two authors have certainly the same admirable competence in strong plotting, vivid characterisation and atmospheric style.
Pakistan and its people are often mis-represented in the Western world and I loved how the author managed to bring in a whole spectrum of characters, showing again a complex picture instead of resorting to simple stereotypes or clique; all the while also highlighting outside interests in the country and the internal struggles. While the story moves at a fast pace with compelling writing the author also raises many points about the country’s current state of affairs. It shows a writer with a sharp and thoughtful mind who knows also about diplomacy and international politics – just like any good spy thriller writer should in my opinion.
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