Friday, October 25, 2019

Interview with Caldric Blackwell

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Today we are sharing one of our favorite interviews from the past. This is an interview with Caldric Blackwell, a children's book writer. Today we are interviewing him about his easy chapter book, The Enchanted River Race.

Thanks for doing another interview with us. Today we're talking about one of your earlier works called The Enchanted River Race. Tell us a bit about the book.
It's an early chapter book aimed at ages 7 to 11. The book follows three children who compete in their village's enchanted river race. The main characters must work as a team to defeat magical obstacles.

Who do you think would most enjoy this book?
This book is geared toward children, especially those who like action, adventure, and fantasy, who have graduated from picture books yet aren't quite ready to read novels yet. It has chapters and is easy-to-read, yet also has some illustrations to help beginning readers with the text.

What inspired you to write this book? 
I wanted to write a story that stimulates the imagination - a story that lets you escape from reality while reading.

Do you have a favorite character in The Enchanted River Race? 
Probably the ship's captain, Amy. She is intelligent and quick-witted yet unsure of herself. In a sense, she's forced to become a leader and realize what she's capable of.

Can you tell us a bit about your creative process for this book?
The story started with the idea of a race down a magical river where anything can happen. After I established that, I began toying with different outlines for the plot.
 
Do you think your writing style has changed since when you first started?
I think my writing has become more organic.

How do you feel about the increasing popularity of ebooks?
I like ebooks and physical books. I hope both experience an increase in popularity!

What are your goals as an author for the next ten years?
I'd like to experiment with different genres. I'm actually working on a young adult manuscript, which will be coming down the pipeline in the future.
 
Anything you'd like to add?
Thanks for having me! For anyone interested in my books, please check out my website: www.caldricblackwell.com.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Interview with Scott A. Lerner

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Today we are sharing one of our favorite interviews from the past.  This is an interview with Scott A. Lerner about his book, "The Fraternity of the Soul Eater - A Samuel Roberts Thriller - book 3."

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am an attorney and an author. I enjoy movies, good books and snacks. I have been told I am handsome by people who have consumed a great deal of alcohol. I also strive to be kind to pets and plants.

Describe the plot of your new book, “The Fraternity of the Soul Eater,” in a few sentences.
A fraternity on a large Midwestern campus is sacrificing co-eds to an Ancient Egyptian deity. Sam, a small town lawyer, and his friend Bob want to put an end to this evil practice. It turns out the sacrifices are just the start of a far more sinister plan.
 
Who do you think would most appreciate this book?
Anyone going to college for the first time would enjoy this book. It is certainly a must-read for anyone going to the University of Illinois. But any reader who loves a fun, fast-paced paranormal romp will like my book. My friends and relations might also like it. They will at least buy a copy due to social pressure.

For people who haven’t read the first two books, tell us a bit about the protagonist, Samuel Roberts.
Sam is sort of an average guy facing nightmarish situations. He is calm, smart, and willing to do what has to be done. Sam is extraordinarily in that he is willing to put his life on the line to save others, despite having no superpowers. 

Egyptian lore and genetic engineering are featured in the plot of this novel. Have you always been interested in these topics or is this an interest that developed recently?
Yes, I love both topics. What I enjoy even more is the juxtaposition of the ancient with modern scientific techniques. In my day job I sometimes have to cross-examine witnesses as to genetic identification evidence. I do find it fascinating. I am also a little concerned about genetic manipulation in humans going forward into the future. 

How do you think fans of the first two books will respond to this one?
I hope they will enjoy it. It should be a fun read.

Tell us a bit about your creative process, from initial idea to published manuscript.

It is just a matter of finding the time to write. I enjoy doing it when I have the time. Sometimes I have to wait for an idea to come but once I get started it gets easier.

Is there any aspect of writing you don't like?
It is hard to try and market a book.

What do you have in mind for your next project?
"The Wicca Witch of the Midwest" comes out around Halloween. Should be spooky fun.

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your book?
Yes, it is fast paced and fun and certainly worth a look. People can read my blog at http://scottlerner.camelpress.com/ they can find my books at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Camel Press web site or wherever fine books are sold. You can also like me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/scott.a.lerner.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Interview with Byron Neary

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Today we are sharing one of our favorite interviews from the past. This interview is with Byron Neary is the Managing Director of Yougottohaveit Group.

Tell us a bit about YOUGOTTOHAVEIT.
Yougottohaveit was started in 2005 by Byron Neary as a web development company in South Africa. Yougottohaveit expanded to other horizons in 2009 of which hosting was one. As of 2011 we expanded to the United States and Europe and currently have 4 operational data centers in operation.

What kind of dedicated servers does YOUGOTTOHAVEIT offer?
We offer 2 dedicated servers namely Black Core Dedicated and Blue Core Dedicated.

What are the fees per month?
Black Core Dedicated ($170) & Blue Core Dedicated ($280)

Can you tell us a bit about the specifications for each of the dedicated servers?
Black Core Specifications:
Intel Core i7-2600
16 GB DDR3 Memory
2 x 1 TB Hard Drive
1 Dedicated IP

Blue Core Specifications:
Intel Core i7-3770
32 GB DDR3 Memory
2x 2 TB Hard Drives
1 Dedicated IP

Both available with 100Mbit Uplink and 10 TB Bandwidth

How should someone determine whether they should get the black core dedicated or the blue core dedicated?
Black Core is ideal for web applications, email server, webmail, web api services and all general server purposes Windows and Linux based. The blue core is ideal for corporate applications with excess of 100000 Unique Hits per month.

Does YOUGOTTOHAVEIT offer additional IPs with its dedicated servers?
Yougottohaveit offers /29 Subnet for ($29) and /28 ($49) Subnet as well. We are proud to say that all subnets are instantly approved no questions asked.

How many locations are available?
Texas (USA), Cape Town( South Africa), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Dallas (USA), available.

Is support available?
Yes, we offer an always available (24/7) support service via a ticketing system and email.

Why should someone use YOUGOTTOHAVEIT for their dedicated server needs over other companies?
Yougottohaveit offers a quick setup time, excellent support and unbeaten prices, with latest hardware.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Interview with Author Brittney Mulliner

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Today we are sharing a classic interview from the past. This interview is with Brittney Mulliner is the author of the YA novel titled "Live Again."
 

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a major bookworm! My husband has asked me what I love more, him or my kindle and he didn’t believe me when I chose him first. I have my kindle with me at all times. My motivation to wake up and get to the gym before work is knowing that I’ll have thirty minutes to read while I do cardio. I love becoming so involved in a story that I’m falling in love with the characters, crying with them, rooting for their successes and cringing at their embarrassments.

Describe the plot of “Live Again” in a few sentences.
Live Again picks up where Begin Again left off. We finally know Aubrey’s story and now watch her overcome another huge mystery. She grows a lot and becomes her own person. It’s a coming of age book with the angsts of a teenager mixed with drama and suspense.

Who do you think would most appreciate this book?
It’s a YA book involving high school teens, but there is so much more to the story and I think adults enjoy it, too.

Tell us a bit about the protagonist, Aubrey Tate.
Aubrey may seem like she’s a typical spoiled teen, but as you get to know her you watch her overcome things so much bigger than the average girl her age has to face. She’s strong and independent rather than being a damsel in distress.

In the previous book, “Begin Again,” Aubrey was settling into her new life. Now she’s settled in until a note changes everything. Without giving too much away, what can you tell us about this note?

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This note changes everything in Aubrey’s life from that moment on. Live Again starts just after she gets it, and the drama picks up immediately.

In “Live Again,” does Aubrey experience the same problems with guys as she did in the first book?
She has a few experiences that help her mature. Boys in high school come and go so quickly and she has to deal with heartbreak, but she makes up her mind and follows her heart this time.



Who was your favorite character to write?
I love Gage. He started out as a character that was only supposed to make one appearance in Begin Again, but I couldn’t leave him behind. He was the friend and comedic relief that Aubrey needed.

What inspired you to write this YA series?
I had a dream about a stalker following me and my best friend around our hometown. When I woke up and actually remembered it (which rarely happens) I wrote it down and over the next few days I added more details and it evolved into the story really, really quickly and effortlessly.

 Are there any authors who have influenced your writing style?
The author that inspired me to start writing is CL Stone. I’m so addicted to her two series! Her descriptions of characters and setting are spot on. Her books made me want to contribute to the world of YA.

Tell us about your creative process, from initial idea to published manuscript.
The ideas come very naturally. I actually have the characters talking out scenes in my head like when I’m driving or exercising or grocery shopping, and they usually don’t go away until I write it out. I try to outline and storyboard early on in the process, but characters have a way of taking control and completely changing my plans. I don’t try to keep things going according to my outline because I’ve found it’s harder to force things to go one way than just letting things play out. Writing dialog is easier for me so I usually write out scenes of that then go back to add descriptions and details. My mom is my first reader and has become my sound board for ideas. When I’m stuck I’ll talk to her about the characters and what’s happening and she always tells me to trust my instincts which is usually just what I need.

How do you feel about the increasing popularity of ebooks?

I swore I would never give up paperbacks. I love the smell, the feel, and even the sound of turning a page…but I’m a big, fat traitor. Having all of my books with me all the time on my kindle is possibly the single best thing that has happened to me in the past two years.

What are your goals as a writer for the next ten years?
My goal is to publish three books a year and hopefully be in a position one day to make writing my fulltime job.

Is there any aspect of writing you don't like?

It can be very isolating. Luckily, I have amazing writing groups that I talk to regularly that help me feel connected to other people in the same situation.

What do you have in mind for your next project?

I’m currently writing book three in the series. It will be from Mckayla’s perspective and takes place a few years after Live Again. I’m really excited to tell her story as well as having the readers see what happens with Aubrey.


An excerpt from "Live Again":
“I need you.”

He closed his eyes for a moment, and when they opened he looked down at me. One step towards me was all I needed to throw my arms open and wrap them around him. I was openly crying now and made no moves to cover it up. I was broken, and he knew what to do to fix me.

Slowly his arms wrapped around me, holding me tight. “I need you too, but I can’t stand back and watch you with other guys. I don’t want to give you an ultimatum, but I need to know that you chose me. I don’t want to just be your friend anymore. I want you to be mine, just mine.”
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Interview with Kelly Cox

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Today we are sharing one of our favorite interviews from the past. This interview is with Kelly Cox, founder of Kelly Cox at Home, a blog about debt-free living, Christianity, and home life.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a Christ follower, blessed wife, and lover of all things HOME!  My heart is passionate about the Lord, our family, debt-free living and all things that make up and happen in our home.  Also, I’m completely crazy about my husband and thankful to do this journey called life with him.

Describe your blog for readers unfamiliar with it.
My blog covers tips, techniques and ideas on how to budget, save money, live below your means, and to be debt free.  Also, I share my passion for the Lord, scripture and how I enjoy to manage and maintain our home. 

What inspired you to start a blog on Christianity, debt-free living, and other aspects of your life at home?
My hope is to have a home business one day, and this blog is the first steps toward that goal.  I enjoy to write, journal and have even done some public speaking and training during my career.  I hope to inspire others to live debt free, give more, save money and manage their homes heartily unto the Lord.  Looking around me, I notice people restricted by debt and their financial decisions.  I believe with hard work, a budget and a willingness to change that people can move toward financial freedom which would be a blessing in their homes.  As a Christian, I love to study the Bible and what it says about money, family and the home. 

You have a section on your blog about attending college debt-free. Can you tell us a bit about your experience with attending college without debt?
When I was 18 years old, I had the desire to pay for college debt free.  My parents were not able to help me financially with my education so I worked hard to obtain every scholarship possible.  God blessed my efforts!  However, I had to attend community college and live at home so I wouldn’t have to take out any loans.  Thankfully, I chose to live at home and my scholarships paid for my first 2 years and then I transferred to a state university to complete my 4 year degree.  I worked full time, continued to utilize my scholarship money and paid for my education without taking out ANY loans!  I am so grateful that I heeded the warning of Proverbs 22:7 where it says the “borrower is servant to the lender.”  I chose a different path and have never regretted the decision. 

How do you decide what to blog about?
I have a long list of ideas that I want to write about and I’ve not run out yet!  Plus, I’m always adding to the list as I think of new topics.  My goal is to write about things that God has shown me and hope it will bless others.  Also, I’m learning new tips and techniques for our home all the time and enjoy to share them as I feel led. 

You sometimes feature guest posts on your blog. How does an interested person find out more about this?
Several of my site’s guest blog submittals are from a Christian Blogger Facebook group that I joined called The Peony Project.  I’ve added a page on my blog where people can get more information to submit a guest post for consideration.  Recently, I’ve enjoyed guest posting on sites like Money Saving Mom and Sarah Titus, both because it was an honor and increased my blog’s traffic.  YAY!

Is it difficult to balance blogging with family life?
Sometimes the balance is tough!  I’ve had to learn how to manage my time more wisely.  Time with God and our family is top priority in our home.  I keep a list of goals for the day, week and month and try to be sure to keep my blog work in line with what’s most important.  Since I began this site, I’ve changed my blog routine several times and have become more efficient.

How do you hope to impact your readers?
I hope to encourage, inspire and bless them.  I pray that God will guide my words, topics and thoughts and channel them to be a help at the right time for someone.  Hopefully, the blog will give ideas to people on how to manage their finances and home in a way that blesses them and brings the Lord glory.

Is there anything you'd like to add?
My blog journey has just begun and I look forward to building the site and readership.  Please feel free to follow my blog on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest!  Also, I welcome comments on my site and try to always write you back!  Email me any questions or topics that you’d like to hear more about.  Blessings!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Interesting Interview with Darlene Cannon

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Tell us about yourself.
I work with senior citizens in the long beach area and surrounding cities. This is my first time writing a book, and I have many more to come. 


Describe your new book series for us.
"Dollygal, Peacock and the serpent" are highly interactive mystical fantasy books. The trilogy series will challenge the reader of all ages, to be the best they can be...by simply being themselves.

Who do you think would most appreciate your books?
Young and mature people will appreciate the series.

Tell us a bit about the main characters in the series.
Dollygal is the main character of the story representing  Love, Hope and charity. Brother Peacock represents nobility and brother serpent represents the opposite of good and Godfrey is a character that is very universal.

What inspired you to incorporate themes of Love, Hope and Charity into your writing? 
It just came to me.

Are there any aspects (e.g. character building, world building) of your writing that you've been working on?
Every book adds new characters, because everyone is the victor in self realization.

How do you feel about the increasing popularity of ebooks?
I like them, but I still like the original feel of a book in hand.

What are your goals as a writer for the next ten years?
To bring forth more Love, Hope and charity.

An excerpt from "Dollygal, Peacock and the Serpent":

Dollygal says, "The rain is singing a song can you hear it?"
"I'm afraid not, honey," Peacock finally says.
"Sure you can, just like at the lake. Let's close our eyes, but no peeking, Brother Serpent,"  Dollygal replies.
"This is ridiculous. Rain does not sing tunes..." grumbled the serpent.
Suddenly, a big smile appears on Peacock's face, and he says, "Wait a minute, I can hear the raindrop song. So can you, serpent, admit it."
(Peacock slaps serpent on the back leaving him quite disturbed by the situation.)
"Ha, ha, ha, ha."   Peacock continues to laugh, as their carriage re-enters the castle gates.

His laughter is taken by the wind and carried out the back window...
down through the Garden, passing by the flowers and the weeds, tickling the water in the lake and finally swirling around the most magnificent tree in the Garden.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Interview with Lory La Sevla

We are sharing some of our favorite interviews from the past. This interview, from 2015, features Lory La Selva Paduano -- the author of the historical-fiction novel The High Priestess.

Book blurb

ln a narrative setting, 'The High Priestess' is a story retold time after time to all those of 'Khemithian' backgrounds. Khemit is a mystacism about ancient Egypt that many have yet to discover. From a lost Dynasty, to the conspiracies brought forth by the present, it envelopes your heart and ships it right back to the fascinating era. Khafa our High priestess, is sure not to disappoint our readers, as she takes on Egypts most dangerous misfits in our Fictional aspect of the story, and Elizabeth Hawann our second main character follows a life long path of discoveries that lead her to the full story, and closer than ever to her destiny and 'The High Priestess' .
 
Describe the plot of your new book.
The plot of this book was really to emphasize on two things, to bring forth the mysticism of Khemit and to implement it's teachings in an adventurous way! Educating many was the goal, but keeping it fun was essential to my creative side.
 
Who do you think would most appreciate your book?
Mostly people who love, "the truth in the lie." Yeah, it's that kind of Fiction! (as Stephen King once said) and of course all those who love History and conspiracies, some good ol' romance, twists and turns also.
 
What can you tell us about The Khemitians?
They were the people who we now call Hebrews, Tibetans, Russians, European and many of today's black African Tribes. Highly lntelligent people, who used all their senses, to be exact all three hundred and sixty natural human senses, capable of so much more than our civilization today. They were the people who built such fabulous and monsterous structures of our ancient times.
 
What inspired you to write a historical fiction set in Egypt?
I've always loved Egypt! From when I can remember that is. I love the mystery and intrigue it ignites in all of us, yet in so many ways she's so open to its past, but no one's listening or looking in the right direction, so I felt a need to expose that.
 
Who was your favorite character to write?
Khafa by far! The actual High Priestess herself,, and that's because she's everything I'm not!

How do you hope reading your book will impact readers?
I'd love for them to connect with the Historical parts and the Khemitology aspect, just because it's so cool and unexpected, it's a little different and unusual, it's educational but fun and entertaining.
 
Can you tell us a bit about the creative process of this book, from initial idea to finished book?
I was sitting in my living room one Sunday afternoon last summer, as I was flipping channels, I came across a documentary of Egypt, as I so often watch. The whole family was here, and as I soaked up it's story line, I began looking at it's purpose. I saw something that needed to be written! lt was an instant marriage between me and the pages not long after, and I remember everyone staring at me that day and shouting "Write about this, now!" lt was hilarious, as if we were all thinking the same thing.
 
What do you have in mind for your next project?
My next project is for my readers, they've asked me to write about Ancient Rome, and it'll be a wonderful story in Historical - Fiction no less. I want to write about my ancestral roots, and implementing Historical facts, with an epic Fictional side with twists and turns like never before will have everyone with their mouths open ! Book 5 is Entitled 'The Legacy of a Legend' and part of the proceeds will go to the charity of my choice.

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Interview with Howard Kaplan

damascus book, middle east spy book, Israeli Secret Service bookWe are sharing some of our interviews from the past! This is a classic interview with Howard Kaplan, author of the "The Damascus Cover," the first book in the Jerusalem Spy Series.

Tell us a bit about your novel, “The Damascus Cover.”
"The Damascus Cover" is a plot within a plot.  There’s a surface story about a rescue of children from Damascus.  Then there is an underlying story unknown to the protagonist as he races through Syria and everything starts to go wrong.  He slowly learns it is intended to go wrong and there’s a twist near the end of the story that actually didn’t come to me until I was a good deal into writing it.

 You have a unique background, having lived in the Middle East, as well as participated in covert missions in the USSR. Did your personal experiences influence your writing?
When I was 21 and 22, I made two forays into the Soviet Union to smuggle out manuscripts on microfilm.  At the time anyone leaving the USSR could not take unpublished writings with them as they were considered “property of the state.”  I was arrested and interrogated for four days though I had no incriminating documents on me.  I met some people in the espionage business along the way so I began to write about what I’d learned and seen in fiction form. I’m always surprised when how writing, personal experiences jump to mind and find their way into the novel.  So yes, all I’ve seen and experienced and I’ve been to the Middle East dozens of times seem into the works.

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Kaplan on-set for The Damascus Cover film.

Tell us a bit about the protagonist Ari Ben-Sion.
Ari is a man who has made a huge mistake that cost the life of a younger spy.  He’s plummeted from being at the top of his game and is desperate not to be put out to pasture, so he will accept about any mission.  He does not realize the head of the Israeli Secret Service uses Ari’s weakness to create a greater mission.

“The Damascus Cover” will soon be made into a major motion picture. What can you tell us about this upcoming film?
The film adaptation stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Goliath) as Kim and Ari.  There is great chemistry between them.  I was on set in Morocco for some of the shoot.  The head of the Israeli Secret Service is played by Sir John Hurt, who recently passed after an illustrious career.  We are beyond lucky to have had him with us.


Some authors have a very hands-off approach in the production of their book’s film adaptation while others are more involved. What was your role in the movie’s creation like?
Generally speaking production companies purchase motion picture and television rights to the novel, which means I still control the book and they have complete say in the screen versions.  I was fortunate to maintain and close relationship with the director so while I had little input into the script, I was invited on several occasions to view the film during the editing process and I made a number of suggestions which were taken.

The protagonist of “The Damascus Cover,” Ari, is played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the upcoming film. What about Meyers makes him a good fit for the character?
Jonny as he likes to be called is a fabulous actor and he brings passion to everything he does both in terms of action and romance.  He was a real coup to get him to play Ari. 

What, if any, were the difficulties of transitioning the story to the big screen?
Changes were made but there weren’t any real difficulties other than one scene where in the novel Ari jumps off a train and the producers decided it would be too expensive to shoot so they changed that transition to inside a movie theater in Damascus.  The director often says that when he was up against a wall he always returned to “the spine of the novel.”  So the film adaptation preserves the integrity of the book.  It’s real a marvelous movie.

“The Damascus Cover” is the first book in the Jerusalem Spy Series. Is there any talk of film adaptations for subsequent books in the series?
Not yet, but wouldn’t that be great.  I think those things depend on the success of the film.

Thank you for speaking with us about your book and upcoming movie!

An excerpt from the opening of "The Damascus Cover":

DOV ELON sat in the dirt in his cell leaning against the whitewashed wall. The cubicle, three feet by five feet, was windowless. The air stank of urine. A can, his washbasin, lay on its side in one corner. A thin blanket covered the mound of damp straw piled in the other.  
Dov’s eyes rested on the food trap in the door. Not long before he’d heard the banshee cry of the muezzin beckoning the Muslim inmates to prayer. He assumed a bowl of jasmine tea would soon be pushed through the food trap, but he wasn’t sure. The previous day he’d been transferred from Tadmor Prison, near the ancient Greek ruins of Palmyra in the north, to Sigin al-Mazza, on the outskirts of Damascus.  He didn’t know if his new guards would feed him regularly or at random intervals. So he waited, listening for approaching footsteps, not moving—for every shift in position arched pain through his bruised body. After a while he closed his eyes. The minutes fell away. There were no sounds. The silence hummed in his ears.
 
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