authors, books, children's literature, interviews, kids books

In the Words of an Author: An Interview With Elijah & Isaiah Smith

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

Our mom (LaDonna Smith- author of the award winning children’s book “The Money Tree”) is a children’s book author and she is our biggest influence. Our mom helped us publish our book Pick Me, Pick Me! through her publishing company, Follow Your Dreams Publishing.

 

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

Pick Me, Pick Me! is our first book. Cree is our favorite character because we used ourselves as the inspiration for his character.

 

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

The most rewarding part about being a kid author is being able to go to schools to read our book and talk to other kids. Kids are usually inspired to start their own businesses after they meet us and it makes us feel good that we are inspiring other kids to do something good for themselves.

 

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

I would tell other kid authors to follow their dreams and not give up. Once your book is finally done you will be proud of all of your hard work.

 

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

Sometimes we write a story together and other times we do what our mom calls tag team writing. With tag team writing, one of us will start writing the story and wherever we stop we tag the other in and he continues writing until our story is done.

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Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Yes. When our mom published her first book a few years ago we decided we wanted to follow in her footsteps and be authors too.

 

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

We would want to talk to our grandmother (our moms mother). She passed away when were only 1 and 2 years old so we never really got to know her.

 

To find out more about the Smith brothers, find them on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/ballingwiththesmithbrothers
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authors, books, New Release, young adult fiction

NewRelease From A.D. Johnson

Wonders: A Wanderer’s Journey (The Wonders Series, Book One)

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Author Bio:

AD Johnson specializes in young adult fantasy adventures. She has a long-standing love for series such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and The Maze Runner. Between aliens, gods, and denizens of the land of the dead, AD Johnson will give you characters and tales to keep readers of all ages fascinated for years to come!

Story Synopsis:

It has been 400 years since the Wonders established themselves here on Earth. Shortly after they arrived, the walls were erected, the protected Cities were established, and the first deadly wave of the Pox swept the world. Now, the Lord Proctor, Draven Lucere, rules what remains of the once-free nation. His lineage has sought to cripple the population in more ways than one; some apparent and some despicable and underhanded.

While humanity has atrophied in the Cities, the Wonders have evolved and adapted to their new home. They live among us and sometimes even combine forms with earthborn creatures.

In this world of Wonders, Maia and those who accompany her must learn to adapt and survive, as they take the fight for freedom to the ruling elite who have held it from the rest of the population for generations.

Facebook and Amazon Author Pages:

https://www.facebook.com/adjohnsonswonders/

https://www.amazon.com/AD-Johnson/e/B075MP8M71/ 

Twitter:

@AshleiDaylen

Instagram:

@AuthorAshlei
authors, books, horror

FanGirl Friday: Stephen King

This week’s author is one who oozes creativity out of every pore. It’s because of this creativity you will often see me mention him in interviews as an author I admire. In my opinion, there is no match for Stephen King- never has been; never will be. All contradictory opinions will be rejected.

I won’t deny there are others with talent equal to, or even greater than, Mr. King’s, but he has a way of making the unbelievable, believable.

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I’m still waiting for a psychically-powered typewriter (that doesn’t run off the energy of a poor, old dog), and I’d love to walk down the beach by Big Pink and hear the seashells whisper to me at night. It would be fascinating to stand in The Overlook hotel with just a touch of the shine and see what can’t be seen. Or, maybe, just step into MidWorld where Mr. King brought so many of his characters and concepts together. I’d definitely take a ride on Blaine and play a game of riddles.

Over and over again, Mr. King amazes me with his story-telling ability. I won’t claim to have read everything he’s ever written, but some day maybe I’ll get close to that goal.

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As with all authors, he didn’t start out at the front of the game. He struggled in the early years of his writing career, but he endured. He gives me hope that some day I won’t be the author who is struggling to put my work in front of readers.

While the term “idol” is one that makes me uncomfortable, Stephen King would be mine within the writing world. The man is a machine built to put incredible stories out for consumption. His fan base has extended passed those who read with many of his concepts turning to TV or film. He doesn’t need commercials threatening to kill off beloved characters; he just needs to finish that next book and watch them fly off the shelves. He is the King of Horror, plain and simple.

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In the Words of An Author: An Interview with faturoti Kayode Fattkay

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

Yes I do. Neil Patel.

 

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

Seeing people get results from your guide is the fulfilling part

 

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

I advise they keep at it. Building a writing career is a gradual process, continue doing it.

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

I have my own way of putting words together which seems quite different from the norm. I believe in making contents not too serious and inserting comic reliefs in my books.

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Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Not really. It just happens subconsciously.

 

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Neil Patel.

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

The book is all about making money online with social media marketing. it talks about hints, tips, tactics and best of techniques when it comes to marketing on social media. Not just that, it also talks about how you can leverage this social media skill to help clients online and get paid for it in the world of Fiverr freelancing or any other freelancing platform. This is in a view to help every young person out there looking for a way to make a living off freelancing on Fiverr, or any other platform, with no prior skill or specific knowledge.

Find out more here:


Links : http://fiverrsocial.hustle.ng, http://hustle.ng, and http://fattkay.me.

 

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FanGirl Friday: Ashlei Hawley

This week for Fan-girl Friday, I have picked an author who spans many genres. She has been published by both traditional methods and self-publishing, and today just happens to be the day that she will reveal a cover for her newest book.

Ashlei Hawley also writes under the name A.D. Johnson in order to keep her young adult books from meshing with those with more adult themes. In November, she will be releasing a new book Wonders: A Wanderer’s Journey. It’s a trilogy of which I have had the honor to read the first book in a beta form. I’m a huge fan of young adult, and it will not disappoint.

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This author is one that refuses to stick to genre labels, which is one reason I will always fan-girl over her, nor does she search out hot topics in hopes of using what’s in right now to push her sales. That is an admirable trait for a writer. Because she writes what speaks to her, regardless of genre or fad, the passion for her craft comes across in her writing.

I have watched Ms. Hawley grow as an author since before she was published originally. I have seen her fail and dust herself off, because her desire to make her mark with the written word is fierce. From starting a zombie apocalypse with a ton of free money to allowing a young woman diagnosed with cancer to find love in an unexpected place, Ms. Hawley always takes her own perspective on her stories.

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To date, my favorite of her work is All Purpose Exorcisms, the first book in the Cameron Connelly series. Cam is what is termed an exorcist in the post-apocalyptic tale. She fights against the darkness in a world ruled by vampires. It’s unique story, and though released quite awhile ago, I am highly anticipating the next book, and the next, and the next…

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If you’re interested in finding out more about Ashlei Hawley/A.D. Johnson look her up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Amazon!

author advice, authors, books, fiction, poems, poetry, writing tips

The Difference Between Poetry And Fiction

A couple weeks ago I had a discussion with a fan/friend. He asked an interesting question: “Which is harder to write, poetry or fiction?” My answer was automatic.

Poetry is easier (for me) to create. It’s only a matter of pulling what’s inside of me out. It’s searching the darkest parts of my soul, where fear and hope and pain dwell and exposing it to the light. The hard part of being a poet is releasing it to the world. When I allow a poem to be read, I’m allowing someone to see me completely exposed. And while I’ve known immense joy, it’s the darkness inside that needs to be purged. Each poem given out for public consumption is open to ridicule, to criticism, but it’s not just my words- it’s the scars inside. It. Is. Hard.

Trapped In Yesterday

Trapped now I’m locked in yesterday

Please don’t think it’s you why I turn a way

I can’t stand the way it makes me feel

To know that this could become real

You can’t expect me not to flee

When you hold such power over me

The last to get this close left me to learn

The searing pain of love forever burns

I don’t want to go though that again

And nothing you say can make this fear end

I wonder if you understand

Why I shiver when you touch my hand

Why I can’t go but neither can I stay

The answers you’ll find in my yesterday.

*Excerpted poem from About A Girl: A Poetry Compilation

https://www.amazon.com/About-Girl-Compilation-Sandra-Ely-ebook/dp/B01KS5AMKE

Fiction is harder to create. Characters have to be built from scratch, they have to be made real from pen and pad. Worlds have to be created. Supporting characters must have their place, feel like real people, and yet, remain on the side lines to allow the protagonist to complete their journey. It’s a lot of work. On the other hand, passing it off to be published might be scary, but it’s not the same soul-crushing fear. Readers can agree, or disagree, with the choices you characters make. They can love, or hate the content. At the end of the day, though, it’s not you under the piercing gaze of readers who will no doubt catch every mistake.

Excerpt from Kiss of Death, Immortal Hearts Book 2

“Time to feed the human,” Beau announced, carrying over two cups of coffee.

He handed me one of the heavy black mugs and I took a sip, testing the flavor. The robust flavor of the coffee hit me first, full-bodied and slightly bitter. Then, the sweet, creamy mix that was tailored to my taste buds. I was impressed he remembered I preferred brown sugar in my coffee. The gesture warmed my heart, as it never failed to do.

“So,” I said as I cut into my eggs. “What’s on the agenda for today?” The yolk spilled out, but the whites remained firm and intact. Cooking the perfect over-medium egg was not an easy feat, especially for one who didn’t eat. I’d been working at it for years and my success rate was spotty at best.

“Well, I have to be at the club today; somebody has to oversee business there. Valerie and Adam are going to be here in a little while to take you to your place and get some of your things.”

“I appreciate the offer, but I don’t need an escort, Beau.”

“Maybe not, but it’s already set up regardless.”

“You do realize I didn’t sign up for this just to be stuck with a babysitter, right?” I hid my annoyance by nibbling on a strip of crispy bacon.

“You’re one of mine, Leah. I won’t allow you to blindly walk into danger.”

My pulse quickened, but I wouldn’t let him charm me into abandoning my position. “And I won’t be able to do what you want me to do if I’m constantly being guarded by vampires. It’s counterproductive, really.”

“Let’s just agree to take this a day at a time. This is new for both of us.” His tone hinted at something left unsaid, but I decided to leave it be. Breakfast was my favorite meal and I had no intention of ruining another meal over this assignment.

www.amazon.com/Kiss-Death-Immortal-Hearts-Book-ebook/dp/B00SCQT3SO/

Both poetry and fiction are beautiful and terrifying in their own ways. I could no more give up one than the other. Each offers a reward of it’s own it’s own to my soul, but they are so vastly different from inception to publication.

Keep up-to-date on all my written works via facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/authorsandraely ) and twitter @AuthorSandraEly
authors, books, children's literature, christian fiction, christian literature, interviews, kids books, poetry

In the Words of an Author: An Interview with Sandi Smith

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

I have followed two wonderful authors – Maeve Binchy and Fannie Flagg.

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Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

Well, for my children’s books I would have to say A.R. Achnid is my favorite character. A.R. was the reason I started to write, and his character was so much fun. He thought he was human, and wanted to do everything with his human friend, Harold. Even though people thought of him as a scary spider, he didn’t let that get him down. He just went along with his life, enjoying all of his adventures.

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Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

I have been very lucky, and have not had any difficulties with any scenes I have written. My new novel that I am working on now, though, I am having a little bit of trouble getting past one particular scene. It is a little dark, and I am not sure in what direction I want to take the story.

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What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

I have found that finishing a story, especially a novel, is so rewarding. So much time and energy is invested in the writing of the story, and when it finally is finished and comes together to form the feelings you wanted to express, it is a tremendously gratifying experience.

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What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

Well, I am basically just starting out myself, but I would advise anyone who is starting out to believe in what you are writing. In the beginning, when I wrote something, I was always looking for approval from a family member or a friend. One day when someone told me they didn’t care for my book, my husband told me that there are going to be people who love the book and people who don’t care for it at all, but that doesn’t mean that it is a bad story. Believe in yourself is the advice my husband gave me, and continues to give me, so I would pass that on to anyone starting out.

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Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

I do not. The words come to me, and I sit down and start typing away. The whole process for me has been very simple. The only ritual I would say I have is making sure I have cookies available for when I am awake and typing at night. They are soothing to the soul.

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Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Not really. I used to write in high school, but never gave it too much thought after that. Actually, I always wanted to be an opera singer, but, occasionally, I always found myself writing poems or short stories.

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If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

My mother, who has been gone for quite a few years now. We didn’t have a great relationship, and I would really love to sit and chat with her, getting to know her as a person. I believe, because of our volatile relationship, that I may have missed out on a wonderful friendship with a wonderful person. That breaks my heart.

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

This is from one of my children’s books, Sarah Bella’s Gift of Gold:

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When Sarah Bella was a very young girl,

(let’s say, probably about six years old),

her parents gave her a small ball of yarn,

that they said was a “gift of gold”.

Sarah Bella was then told by her parents,

“A life of adventure is waiting ahead.

Wrap your favorite things in this ball of yarn,

and when you sleep, keep it close by your bed.”

They told Sarah Bella that when she grew old,

in her ball of yarn would be memories so dear.

There would be times and places to remember,

from all of her adventures throughout the years.

The following is from my first novel, Sitting at the Kitchen Table with God:

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Andrew was gone, and Marianne should have been buried with him. There were two deaths on that day, but only one soul was taken. The other was left to slowly decay in the shell of a lonely woman.

For more information on this author, please, visit:


http://www.authorsandismith.com

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