SO…I HAVE SOME BIG NEWS!!

So I entered a contest a few months back thinking, hey why the heck not? I have nothing to lose. All they can do is pass me over, no harm, no foul. Right? Right!

But something wonderful has happened.

I received an email this morning:

Congrats!

Please see the news release about this year’s Kobo Emerging Writer Prize shortlist here: http://news.kobo.com/press/releases/third-annual-kobo-emerging-writer-prize-shortlist-announced

We will be hosting a winners’ event in Toronto on June 27 – please let us know if you’ll be in the area that evening. We would love for you to attend.

Thanks and have a great rest of the day.

So if you think that I might be over the moon right now? Well, you might just be right on the money!!!E-book cover

Totally excited about my beautiful GREY standing up against some other amazing writers. Wish me luck folks!!!

Super Big hugs and Cheers from the Shadows,

Kade

 

 

The Heroine’s Journey of Kade Cook

Just wanted to share this wonderful interview I did with Peter de Kuster​.
Thank you for asking me to be a part, Big hugs.

The Heroine's Journey

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

Without any doubt it would be the freedom of it all. Being able to write exactly what is meant to be written is so freeing and most days completely exhilarating.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

My idea of perfect happiness is loving who I am, inside and out. Happiness begins within.

What is my greatest fear?

Of being cremated. No so much the cremation part but waking up just before they light the furnace. I scares me to pieces.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I would have to say second guessing myself and worrying about failing. I guess in one way my insecurities push me to continue on, when it would be easier to just quit. I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t try to do to the best of my…

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Writing: A Dance of Fear and Courage

My post as guest blogger on Desert Muse today. 🙂

The Desert Muses

by Kade Cook, guest blogger

Becoming a writer was not exactly on my to-do-list.

The only real daydream of something of the sort was in a creative burst long ago, an idea that came to me in my early twenties over a cup of Earl Grey, sitting in front of a fireplace after I had put my little one to bed for the night.

Somehow, after only a matter of minutes, I had managed to outline an entire novel from start to finish before my tea even got cold.

A few attempts at starting that first chapter, were fun exciting but unfortunately that is as far as my ‘writing life’ had gone. Even though I knew the story, the characters the plot, the entire world I had manifested, I was too afraid to go any further and I panicked—setting down the pencil for nearly twenty years because I didn’t know…

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Inside A Beautiful Mind – Christina Hoag

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Good Morning Everyone and happy Friday
Welcome to Inside A Beautiful Mind.
Go grab your coffee, tea or beverage of choice and come sit with me as we get comfy and have a chat with the marvelous Christina Hoag.
Good Morning Christina, thank you for agreeing to hang out with me and wanting to be a part of Inside A Beautiful Mind.
So let’s get right to it, can you tell me a little bit about yourself.
I won a prize for writing interesting stories when I was six years old and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since as a journalist and novelist. I’m the author of two novels Girl on the Brink, a YA romantic thriller (Fire and Ice YA/Melange Books, 2016) and Skin of 15555071_10211475936482132_1667084592_nTattoos, a gangland thriller (Martin Brown, 2016), and co-authored Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence (Turner Publishing, 2014), which is about gang intervention. I live in Los Angeles currently, but I’ve lived in numerous countries as a child and adult.
Can you tell us about your books?
One is a literary thriller called “Skin of Tattoos,” in which the main character, Mags, comes out of prison wanting to get out of gang life but finds himself trapped in it by various circumstances. It’s a story of revenge and rivalry, but there are also other layers: Mags’s quest for his father’s approval, the hardships faced by a poor immigrant family, and the larger picture of the factors that drive gangs in our society.
“Girl on the Brink is a YA romantic thriller about a 17-year-old girl who gets involved with the wrong guy. At first, she thinks Kieran’s the one. He sweeps her off her feet, to use an old cliché. Slowly, however, he reveals a dark side of his character – he’s manipulative, abusive, violent, possessive. Chloe wants to help him, but Kieran’s not that keen on being helped. He pulls a huge move to harm her, and Chloe must use all her smarts, strength and courage to defeat him.
What inspired you to write your first book “Skin of Tattoos”?
I was sent to El Salvador back in 2000 to do a magazine story on gang members deported from Los Angeles to San Salvador, which most of them really didn’t know because their families had emigrated when they were infants. It was a classic “fish out of water” story. They neither belonged in El Salvador or in the United States. Some barely spoke Spanish. It’s really a strange take on the immigrant experience. Their story resonated with me. I could relate to them because I had moved around the world as a child, so I also feel I 15608771_10211475939282202_462019073_odon’t really belong anywhere. Although my novel is not about deported gang members; it’s the tale of rival homeboys in L.A., the book was inspired by those interviews in El Salvador.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
“Skin of Tattoos” is basically from my imagination although I did a lot of research for it, including interviews with former gang members. “Girl on the Brink” was inspired by a personal experience and I felt strongly that I wanted to write about it to show girls the red flags of an abusive relationship. I’ve had very good feedback from it so I’m glad I wrote it.
What was your favorite parts to write and why?
In “Skin of Tattoos,” I really liked writing Mags’s resolution of his rocky relationship with his dad and of his betrayal of his homie, Blueboy. Those bits come near the end but I felt very satisfied that he had grown enough to confront those issues in his life. In “Girl on the Brink,” I liked writing Chloe and Kieran’s fun relationship, when Kieran was still quirky before turning abusive. The abusive bits were hard to write.
How did you come up with the titles?
Basically brainstorming. I needed strong edgy titles for both books. Tattoos were a big symbol in the gang novel—Mags is haunted by his tattoos, which signify his gang membership that he cannot get out from under, while books with “girl” in the title seem to do well so I decided the YA book needed a “girl.” I think both have worked well.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism I got was from agents who rejected “Girl on the Brink” because they said I didn’t have the teen voice right. It was tough because I didn’t quite know how to remedy it, although eventually I gave up trying and just wrote from my heart. It seemed to work. It’s interesting to note that no reader has mentioned any problem with “voice.” The best compliment is from readers who really like my lyrical, literary style of writing and from those who say my characters are well formed and deep.
Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?
I sit in this weird way with one leg folded to the side and the other leg crossed over it, angled to the other side so basically my legs are going in opposite directions. It looks odd and I’m sure an ergonomic specialist would have a heart attack but I find it very comfortable!
What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
Murder methods. I won’t give anything away about my forthcoming thriller, tentatively called “Jungle,” but I came up with a cool way to kill someone. Eek, that sounds so creepy!
Give us an interesting fun fact about your book.
“Skin of Tattoos” started life as a YA novel, but that genre proved too limiting for the character and story. I upped Mags’s age a couple years and voila, I had an adult book that granted me full rein over story without having to think of teenager-ish things like parental control, school, etc. It was far better.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
A bit of both. I like to know where I’m going so I have a loose outline. I’ve found knowing your ending from the getgo really helps to avoid writing yourself into corners, or into a wall. That said, I change stuff as I go all the time. Some of it works, some of it doesn’t. Sometimes I do detailed mini-outlines covering just the next chapter or two. It also helps to get you started when you sit down at the computer every day so you avoid wasting time wondering what comes next.
Can you tell us about your experiences in getting your first book published?
It was a long and rocky road to publication that took years, even after I finished writing the books, which took years in of itself. I eventually got an agent after sending out about 90 queries, but frankly, she was a lousy agent who gave up quickly. I did not. I rewrote and rewrote and got another agent, who was a real pro. She did not, however, succeed in selling my book (this was “Skin of Tattoos”). I kept at it. I knew it was good, and I knew “Girl on the Brink” was good, too. I kept rewriting, but I switched from seeking agents to 15556451_10211475940602235_574194989_oseeking publishers who took unagented subs. I kept searching the Internet for publishers and submitting. My persistence paid off in the end.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I won a prize for “writing interesting stories” when I was six years old so I think writing was something I was born with. I always wanted to write books. I discovered journalism in high school – a career that would pay me to write! I wrote short stories on and off until I really focused on my childhood goal of writing novels about a dozen years ago. I wrote an outline for ‘Skin of Tattoos” in 2006, started writing it in 2008, finished it in 2013.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
It really chose me. I naturally gravitated toward dark crime stuff, particularly thrillers. I’ve always liked reading about the seedy side of life and human nature, ever since I was a teenager.
Where do you get your ideas?
Really anywhere. Some have come from my own experience, some from people I’ve interviewed and things I’ve written about as a journalist, things I read about or that people just tell me about their own lives. It kind of all gets poured into a funnel in my brain and mashed up.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I have a list of must-read books, but I’ve always been partial to Graham Greene. Many of his books are about the concept of being a foreigner, an outsider, which I relate to since I’ve lived in many countries both as a child and as an adult. That influence comes through in my novel “Skin of Tattoos,” where the protagonist Mags was born in El Salvador but left with his family fleeing the civil war when he was a child so he doesn’t really feel Salvadoran, doesn’t remember anything about the place, yet that is his identity. He’s an outsider to El Salvador, yet as an immigrant an outsider to mainstream American society, as well. He finds his home in a gang with others from similar backgrounds. As a reader, I love immersing myself in foreign cultures and settings because you always learn something new. As a writer, Greene’s work made me see how key setting can be. It can almost become almost like another character with a personality all of its own.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Believe in yourself and that you have something to say. That’s the greatest gift you can give yourself. Just keep going no matter what anyone tells you, no matter how many rejections you get.
What is your favorite quote or saying?
Never, never, never give up—Winston Churchill. I think it underscores the fact that a lot of success in this game is simply perseverance. Plus, the more you write, the better you get at it.
Tea or coffee?
Two cups of Cuban café con leche in the morning and tea (PG Tips from Britain always!) thereafter if I need a pickmeup. Herbal tea at night.
Sweet or salty?
I definitely have a sweet tooth, but I don’t like things really sweet. I prefer European-style sweet, which is sort of medium on the sweetness scale.
Would you like to share with us a passage that will give us a glimpse into the world you built?
Here’s a passage from “Skin of Tattoos.”
“Ay yo, homes!” A familiar voice sliced through the bustle. “Mags!”
I twirled faster than a ballet dancer, my stomach clenching. It was him. Rico. Slashing across the street aiming the shopping bag in his hand at me. His baggy shorts slung so low the waistband of his boxers showed. Socks, white as fluorescent light, pulled neatly to his knees. Ink flowing out of the arms and neck of his plaid shirt. Exactly how he looked the last time I saw him.
The memory of that day bore down on me. We were kicking it at a street corner, and Rico was bragging about how he shot a trey-eight into the ceiling of a liquor store he was jacking, and the storeowner pissed his pants. As he was talking, he took the .38 out of his waistband in a live re-enactment, and I just had to take the piece, feeling its cold weight in my hand for just a second or two before handing it back to Rico. That second or two cost me twenty-six months of my freedom.
Would you mind sharing with us the best way to stay in touch with you and where to learn more about your books?
Alright folks, it is that time again but I would like to say a heart felt thank you to Christina Hoag for allowing us to see what she does and spend some time in her world today.
Also, I would like to say a big thank you to the lovely readers out there for joining in and taking a moment to support your Authors.
If you or any of you know of someone who would like to be a part of Inside A Beautiful Mind, please send me a message.
Enjoy your Friday folks, you are awesome and please remember to be kind to your Authors, leave a review. See you in a couple of weeks, Peace!!

 

Inside A Beautiful Mind – Paul J. Coggins

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Good Morning Everyone and happy Friday

Welcome to Inside A Beautiful Mind.

Go grab your coffee, tea or beverage of choice and come sit with me as we take a moment to chat with the talented Paul J. Coggins.

Good Morning Paul, thank you for agreeing to hang out with me and wanting to be a part of Inside A Beautiful Mind.

So let’s get right to it, can you tell me a little bit about yourself.

Hi, my name is Paul John Coggins, I write under the name Paul J Coggins. I live in Gloucester England, been here all my life. I’m a hydraulic engineer by day and an AuthorPCoggins1[8375].jpg by night.

Can you give us an interesting fun fact about your book?

This was more luck than intent, but my book is about a government agency hacking into the public’s electrical devices to spy on people. In the news at the moment there is a scandal where it is actually happening in real life. So it actually came true. I am not saying it is a good thing, it was just funny that it happened at the same time as my book coming out.

Would you mind telling us about your experiences in getting your first book published?

This is my debut novel coming out at the moment. I knew I wanted to go self-publishing for my first novel, as it is easier to get a book out there on the market. The whole thing has been a bigger challenge than I first thought. Most people think it ends when you have written the story, but that is only the beginning. I had to a lot of advertising, even website designing when I first set up pauljcoggins.com.
Once I chose my publisher, I had to format my files and choose the front cover and get a copyright to it. Create a US dollar trading account and set up my taxes and get an accountant. Its been more involving than I first thought.

When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?

It was at an early age, maybe 13 years old. I remember at school, writing stories as homework and finishing entire text books. The teacher even extended the time i had to hand it in to allow me to finish. That’s when I knew I wanted to write. To create adventures from my imagination.

Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?

I did try the plot everything out to the last detail on one of my projects, but once i started to write I got bored as i knew the story already. I prefer to see where the idea takes me. At the start of Vengeance i just had the simple idea, two people meeting on the internet and going on the run. The rest i made up as i went.

What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?

This is VERY important. It is the first thing people see when searching for a book. You must have something that stops someone walking or scrolling passed and thinks, wow i want to read that. Something simple yet eye catching.

Have you ever designed your own book cover?

Ever since i finished my first draft of Vengeance, I had an idea of what book cover i wanted. So i had to copyright an image of my own and passed it onto my publisher. Telling them what I wanted on the cover and spine. I think it does give it a more personal feel.

Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?

One word, advertisement. When I knew I had an intent to get published, I started to collect followers on social media as early as I could. You need to get your name out there before your book it out, not afterwards. Also use as many social media sites as you can. If you are going self-publishing, this is a must as you are the one that controls your media exposure. You could have the best story in the world, but no one would know it. Also do not be scared to ask other Authors and writers for help of advice.

Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?

I know people throw around the phrase action-packed a lot in films and other novels. I tried to make it as action orientated as I could, without losing the story to mindless violence. Keeping descriptions short so the reader can make the images themselves, rather than spend two pages on what a room looks like (as an example) rather than the story of what is going to happen in that room.

How much of yourself do you put into your books?

I do this a lot with my novels. For example, with Rylan Jones, one of the main Characters in Vengeance. I put that he has depression and social anxiety. Both of which I suffer from and could at least write from some experience. I also did study a little martial arts and Ninjutsu when I was younger and put that in for Rylan as well.

Is it true that anyone can be a writer?

I think anyone can be a writer as long as you work hard at it. I have had no training in writing and here I am about to release my published novel. The main thing is that the person has to believe in themselves and have a great passion to tell a story, whatever that might be.

Have you ever marketed your own books yourself?

I have been doing this ever since I finished the second or third chapter of my book, when I knew I wanted to go all the way and get it published. Back near the start though, it was more just my Authors name. As I never had a definitive book title. I think, no matter what route you go down, traditional or self published. Marketing is of huge importance and an Author/Writer has to take responsibility for this.

Have you ever taken any help from other writers?

I have reached out and asked other writers and Authors for help and advice. They have been in the business and know some of the things to avoid or can offer advice on many things. Everyone I have talked too have been kind and helpful. Some people think its a dog eat dog world in the publishing world. That maybe true for the publishing houses or the shops selling the books, but not for the Authors and writers, who are always happy to help each other.

Is writing book series more challenging?

For my style of writing it is very challenging. I write as I go with little to no forward planning. I did originally start with the idea to only write a single book, but as the story progressed and I developed as a writer it will become three. I think some planning is necessary when you write a series. That I will do in my next series of novels after the Dark Agents.

It is often said that in order to write something, you must believe in what you are writing. Do you agree with that?

I totally agree with that. Even if it is fiction or sci-fi, you still have to believe what you are writing. The world you create with words has to be so real to the reader that they can picture it. If you do not believe your own world you create, how can the reader?

Does it get frustrating if you are unable to recall an idea you had in your mind some time earlier?

This happens a lot to me, sometimes I am at my normal job or even out shopping, sometimes in bed as I am about to fall asleep and I get an idea for a great scene and as I get distracted or fall to sleep, its gone. Very frustrating indeed. Which leads to the question below.

Do you pen down revelations and ideas as you get them, right then and there?

I try to if I can, I do not always have a pen and paper handy when I am out. So I got an app on my phone that takes notes. Admittedly I do have notepads all around the house that I use and try to find one if an idea hits me.

Have you ever written a character based on the real you in some part?

I said before about Rylan Jones in Vengeance in some part as me with the depression and 60023185_High Resolution Front Cover_6889733such. But what I tried to do is not just make a few things the same. As he went through these action-packed scenes, I tried to think how would I react if it was me. So in a strange way, Rylan is very much how I perceive myself. Even though I do not know if I could be as brave in reality.

Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece?

I will do just that in the third instalment of the series of Dark Agents. I had a dream of me running in a field and a passenger plane flew close over my head as it got struck by a missile. Very odd dream, but true. So when I woke up I quickly wrote down the dream on paper and thought it was so massive that I wanted to write it in the Dark Agents series.

How active are you on social media? And how do you think it affects the way you write?

I try and use social media daily. I never used it much before becoming a writer, now I use it as a great publicity tool. I found other writers and sent bits of my work off to them and got feedback. As an example, another Writer had a great idea for a plot twist in Vengeance, can’t say what for obvious reasons. But it was good enough for me to alter bits to put that plot twist in.

Are you working on something new at the moment?

I have already written the second instalment of the Dark Agents series, it’s going to be called, Sovereignty. I am currently editing it at the moment and once that is done, I still have to write the third and final book. So its all go at the moment. Even after the Dark Agents series is completed I already have my next project in mind, one that will span more than three books.

Here is a little bit about Paul’s book:

Every day, computers increasingly control our personal and professional lives. But what if someone began using them against us?

This is precisely the Dark Agents’ plan. This shadowy organization is scheming to take control of humanity through advanced technology and artificial intelligence. Only one person can stop them.

Rylan would never believe he could take down a government conspiracy. He spends his days struggling with depression and mental trauma stemming from childhood abuse. To ward off his loneliness, he tries to connect with others over the Internet.

Then Rylan meets Sophie. Sophie is a hacker who tried to access government secrets from across the globe, prompting the Dark Agents and their AI to try and stop her. She needs his help to save her life. Rylan agrees, and suddenly, he finds himself an international fugitive on the run from the Agents. He and Sophie agree to meet up in Japan. When he arrives, Rylan discover that Sophie has a secret of her own.

In this fast-paced thriller about the dangers of modern technology, Rylan and Sophie team up to take down the conspiracy and reclaim their autonomy. pauljcoggins.com

Alright folks, it is that time again but I would like to say a heart felt thank you to Paul J. Coggins for letting us spend some time with him today and see inside his creative process. And a big thank you to all you readers out there for taking a moment to support your Authors.

If you or any of you know of someone who would like to be a part of Inside A Beautiful Mind, please send me a message.

Enjoy your Friday folks, you are awesome and please remember to be kind to your Authors, leave a review. See you in a couple of weeks, Peace!!

 

 

The Covenant of Shadows: CALICO is born.

New Book in First Draft mode… so exciting.

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ANNOUNCEMENT:

Just wanted to let all those who follow The Covenant of Shadows page that the First Draft of Book two is now done. CALICO has been born so it is off to the first round of clean up so that it can be made legible enough to send it off to the awesome editor, Kayla Krantz.
Hope you all are as excited as we are.
Big hugs and Cheers from the Shadows

Stay tuned, Cover Reveal coming soon.

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Inside A Beautiful Mind – Alison Morton

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Good Morning Everyone and happy Friday

Welcome to Inside A Beautiful Mind.

Go grab your coffee, tea or beverage of choice and come sit with me as we take a moment to chat with wonderful Alison Morton.

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So let’s get right to it, can you tell me a little bit about yourself.

First of all, thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog!
My name’s Alison Morton – my real name – and I’m a British writer living in France. I’ve written six thrillers set in an alternative reality in the imaginary country of Roma Nova.
All my life I’ve been fascinated by Rome, the civilization, and have clambered over many of its remnants! So, of course, I wanted to write a novel with a strong Roman flavour. But in my mind the protagonist was always going to be a woman. This was a problem; women in Ancient Rome didn’t live a public, military or political life. The solution? Bring it up to the 21st century, where a tiny piece of the Roman Empire has survived and its people live with Roman values and culture – Roma Nova. Oh, it’s governed by women.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

RETALIO will be out in Spring 2017. It’s the sixth in the overall series and concludes the second trilogy in the series (AURELIA, INSURRECTIO and RETALIO). Aurelia has fought Caius all her life. Even as children he bullied and attacked her. Now Aurelia is a Praetorian officer and (later) senior councillor to the ruler of Roma Nova while Caius pursues a criminal life with twin aims: to gain power and defeat Aurelia personally. RETALIO is the endgame. But I’ve written each book as a standalone – I can’t bear stories that don’t finish properly!

What inspired you to write your first book?

A bad movie! Although the cinematography was excellent, the dialogue was all chopped up and the story lacked any continuity. I whispered to my husband that I could do better. He replied, “Then why don’t you?”
I’d had the Roma Nova idea bubbling around in the back of my mind for some time but it had stayed there, hiding, until that trip to the movies.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Ah, yes. I served six years in the UK land forces in a special communications regiment, so I have the experience of the military life that my Roma Nova heroines lead.

What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?

Such a difficult question, if I take all six books into account. I love writing dialogue, especially when the characters are arguing or deducing something. Dialogue reveals aspects of the character, their thought process and attitudes. What they say to each other should drive the story forward as well as reveal motivation. And dialogue makes characters like real, relatable people.

How did you come up with the title?

Like the other titles in the series, RETALIO which means “retaliation” is a single Latin word that reflects the main theme of the book but that resonates with readers today. It’s not easy condensing over 100,000 words into one! But this is the “brand” for the whole series. INCEPTIO means “the beginning”, PERFIDITAS “betrayal”, SUCCESSIO means both “what happened next” and “the next generation”, AURELIA is the heroine’s name, INSURRECTIO means “rebellion”. Some titles have emerged naturally, others have involved hours spent poring over Latin dictionaries. Much more here: http://alison-morton.com/…/how-i-developed-the-roma-nova-t…/

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

My first manuscript assessor gave me “brutal love”, but she was right. The core problem was that I couldn’t decide whether INCEPTIO was going to be a romance or a thriller. I had to rework the whole book and I veered towards thriller. That’s what I market the books as today, but I always mention the love story running through all of them.
The best? Of course, the lovely endorsements from people like Conn Iggulden, Elizabeth Chadwick, Douglas Jackson, Sue Cook, Simon Scarrow, Helen Hollick, Ruth Downie are fantastic, but it’s readers who say the loveliest things: “Carried away by possibly the most dazzling story-telling this author has unleashed to date.” (INSURRECTIO)

Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?

Not that I’m aware of. Others may disagree… 😉

What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

My research ranges from late fourth century transport to modern sniper weapons and old telephone systems to central European field crops like spelt. And then there’s how to mount a coup d’état and cause a run on the silver and metal markets. It’s all strange! Goodness knows what intelligence monitoring agencies would make of my online searches!

Give us an interesting fun fact about your book.15785570_10154348532369007_1565302034_o

Well, for these books set in the past – AURELIA late 1960s, INSURRECTIO and RETALIO early 1980s – I had great fun learning about early technology like fax machines, video link (no Skype!) and early CCTV using tape, and of course, there were no cell phones!

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I draft an outline of 30 points with the inciting incident, the main turning points, usually three, the “black moment” when everything’s falling apart, the climax, then the resolution. Then I write! More here: http://alisonmortonauthor.com/…/how-to-write-a-novel-in-30…/

Can you tell us about your experiences in getting your first book published?

It took three years of learning; ¬going to conferences, courses, study weeks and classes to learn the ‘trade’ of writing novels and all the time I was writing.
I had many rejections and a good number of full reads. They all praised my writing, but couldn’t place my work in the market, they thought. In the end, I took the assisted publishing route using one of the best, most ethical services, SilverWood Books in the UK.

Now I have a top London agency representing my foreign and ancillary rights who have already sold my first four books to Audible UK (released December 2016). So I’m an independent author with an agent.

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

Although I’ve written and translated all my life, I started novel writing in September 2009 and finished the first draft of my first book 90 days later. It was 90,000 words and I didn’t have a clue what to do next!

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I wrote my first story because it was the story I wanted to write; I didn’t know what genre it was. It had a similar structure to Robert Harris’s Fatherland – a thriller set in an alternate reality – but I only discovered later there was a whole genre of it. Now we know all about such alternatives with The Man in the High Castle! However, Roma Nova stories are not dystopian. I place my books first as thrillers (I love action adventure stories, historical thrillers and spy stories), then as alternate history, but with a dash of romance.

Where do you get your ideas?

I wish I knew! I think about my characters and their personalities, then drop them in dreadful situations and watch how they struggle to get out of it. Then I throw them into something worse.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

I read so much as a child. Rosemary Sutcliffe’s The Eagle of the Ninth was the first Roman novel I read. I grew up on Jean Plaidy for historicals and Georgette Heyer for romance. Leslie Charteris and Rebecca West for crime and mysteries. Later, John Grisham and Tom Clancy fascinated me. But I veered more and more towards epic authors such as Robert Graves, Frank Yerby and Robert Mitchum.

Currently, I read anything Roman and still enjoy a good spy story.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Bash out your first draft and don’t stop – you can do all the editing later.

What is your favourite quote or saying?

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”

Tea or coffee?

8r% tea (good and strong), 15% coffee (Colombian or arabica)

Sweet or salty?

85% salty and 15 % sweet as long as it’s chocolate.

Would you like to share with us a passage that will give us a glimpse into the world you built?

Thank you! This is from INCEPTIO, the first book, when our heroine first sees her new home in Roma Nova:
“Travelling from the airport to the house, I was fascinated by the buildings – cream stone with terracotta roof tiles mixed in with tall, much grander blocks. Modern stood alongside older, but somehow it all fit together. I couldn’t tell what most roads signs meant; how 15822144_10154348531569007_1461997233_ncould they be so different? Cars looked more stylish and compact than in New York, and surrounded by clouds of bicycles. Shops with wide sidewalks in front, colourful awnings stretching over chairs and tables outside restaurants. People strolled along; some stood in groups talking animatedly; some were buying papers and small stuff from kiosks. They looked pretty much like people anywhere, but darker, neater, more self-contained.
In the centre of the city, we drove past one side of a huge open square, surrounded on the other three sides by a forest of stone columns and grand buildings. My grandmother told me this was the forum, the buildings containing various public offices, including the Senate. The smaller ones were mostly temples. My sense of unreality grew – it was like a movie set from Gladiator with extras going up and down the steps, but in normal twenty- first century clothes.
I shut my eyes for a few moments to attempt processing this.”

Would you mind sharing with us the best way to stay in touch with you and where to learn more about your books?

Roma Nova blogsite: http://alison-morton.com
Alison’s writing blog: http://alisonmortonauthor.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AlisonMortonAuthor/
Twitter: @alison_morton https://twitter.com/alison_morton
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5783095.Alison_Morton
Buying link for Alison’s books: (multiple retailers/formats): http://alison-morton.com/books-2/buying-links/
INCEPTIO (Roma Nova 1) book trailer : https://youtu.be/CxOZzf_DA7g

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Alright folks, it is that time again but I would like to say a heart felt thank you to Alison Morton for letting us spend some time with her today and see inside her creative process. And a big thank you to all you readers out there for taking a moment to support your Authors.

If you or any of you know of someone who would like a few minutes of limelight on Inside A Beautiful Mind with me, please send me a message.
Enjoy your Friday folks, you are awesome and please remember to be kind to your Authors, leave a review. See you in a couple of weeks, Peace!!

The Fallen Vampire – Book Review

Book Review – The Fallen Vampire by Beata Blitz

 

A spell binding tale of days caught between the old and the new. A young girl finds herself torn between the world that she is in and the world she truly belongs to. Does she follow her heart and let what she is show or stay tucked neatly beneath the cloak of what she has to be in order to fit in. A choice she has to make and suffer the consequences that come with it. 33413074

This wonderful novella is packed full of unexpected delights that accompany a fun, well written story. I love the way the author allows you the opportunity to see how the young girl, Chloe, begins her adventure with the tortures of the heart and rebellious defiance that some young people face as they begin their life’s journey into the person they will soon become. Chloe’s tale takes her far from her home into a place that it is hard to tell who is friend and who is foe. Wonderfully addictive.

Can’t wait to see how this story unfolds in the first novel, Flux and Firmament The cloud Lords.

For more on Beata Blitz or her books go to: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33413074-the-fallen-vampire

Inside A Beautiful Mind – K.A. Linde

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Good Morning Everyone and happy Friday

Welcome to Inside A Beautiful Mind.

Go grab your coffee, tea or beverage of choice and come sit with me as we look inside the wonderfully creative mind of K.A. Linde.

Good Morning K.A., thank you for taking time away from your busy schedule to hang out with me.

So let’s get right to it, can you tell me a little bit about yourself.kalinde-copy

I write under a pen name, K.A. Linde, but it’s just initials so not really that crazy. I just moved to Lubbock, TX all the way from Chapel Hill, NC. I’m the USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels in contemporary romance and new adult.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

My next release will be Silver, which is the 5th and final book in the All That Glitters series, which is about 3 Vegas gold diggers. Silver centers around Stacia, whose life goal is to marry an NFL quarterback and all of her crazy adventures as she discovers herself along the way. Not to mention…sexy football players.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I wrote my first book when I was a freshman in high school. It’s almost a hundred thousand words long and it reads like Gossip Girl comes to the west coast. I’d been writing short stories all my life, but I think the idea came actually when we were supposed to write a short story for my honors geography class. I wrote about a surfer in Australia, but I ended up moving it to Malibu and one of the two main girls is that surfer.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Every story always has something real in it. There’s too much of me and my crazy life experiences to not have some of me in it.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

I don’t know if I have a favorite chapter ever. But I think usually my favorite scenes to write are arguments. I love when the characters just tear into each other and don’t hold back. It usually leads to them fixing things. 

How did you come up with the title?

Most of the time, I have the title for a book before I even really know what it’s about. Titles have to come to me first before I can write the book. I like to do a lot of idioms for my books like Off the Record and On the Record or Take Me for Granted and Take Me with You. But they usually just come to me.

Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?

I think the only real quirky habit is that I always write at night. I do my best creative thinking from like 11pm-3am.

What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

Oh man, I don’t know. I’ve had to do a lot of weird research. Either stuff about crimes or figuring out how to get a minor out of the country without anyone looking at her passport.

Give us an interesting fun fact about your book.

When I first started writing the All That Glitters series, I knew it was about three girls, Bryna, Trihn, and Stacia, who would each get their own story. And I knew from the beginning that Stacia, who I’m writing now in Silver, changed her name when she turned 18 and went to college. So the whole time that all of her friends are calling her Stacia, through four books, they don’t know her real name yet.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

Both. I usually start with an outline of the story and then the story writes itself as I go. I deviate a lot from the outline and readjust as I go.

Can you tell us about your experiences in getting your first book published?

Avoiding Commitment was my first book published back in July 2012. I’d had it up online for free on FictionPress.com for almost two years. S.C. Stephens had been telling me to publish, but I randomly got an email from Colleen Hoover telling me to publish. And I was like, “Who the hell is Colleen Hoover?” She turned out to be pretty awesome and gave me the push to do it.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I don’t feel like the genre so much as it chose me. I just started writing and then people told me later it was romance and new adult and a love triangle. And I was like huh…really?

Where do you get your ideas?

Everywhere. Dreams. Travel. Randomly walking down the street. Conversations with people. My experiences.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Tons! But my favorite books are Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. They taught me to look at the world in a different way.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Write a good book. Worry about all the other headache-y marketing, branding, publishing side of things after you have a book you love. You only have one shot at a debut.

What is your favorite quote or saying?

For writing: Keep your head down and write.
Otherwise: Well behaved women rarely make history.

Tea or coffee?

Neither.

Sweet or salty?

Sweet

Would you mind sharing with us the best way to stay in touch with you and where to learn more about your books?

mailing list https://app.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/i1x5e2

facebook www.facebook.com/authorkalinde
facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/kalindebooks
ascension series group www.facebook.com/groups/theaffiliate
twitter www.twitter.com/authorkalinde
instagram www.instagram.com/authorkalinde
pinterest www.pinterest.com/authorkalinde
amazon http://www.amazon.com/K.A.-Linde/e/B008QWI2CM

Alright folks, it is that time again but I would like to say a heart felt thank you to K.A. Linde for letting us spend some time with her today and see inside her creative process. And a big thank you to all you readers out there for taking a moment to support your Authors.

If you or any of you know of someone who would like a few minutes of limelight on Inside A Beautiful Mind with me, please send me a message.

Enjoy your Friday folks, you are awesome and please remember to be kind to your Authors, leave a review. See you in a couple of weeks, Peace!!

Sunday Share…

Happy Sunday Everyone,

So I just happened to be going through my emails and even though I am not published on Smashwords, I do have a profile there. And with that I get the regular emails that they send out.

I found a really interesting youtube video that I thought others might benefit from watching about self publishing. Not sure if you all are interested or not but I wanted to share it anyways.

Big hugs,

Kade