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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!

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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.

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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

http://amzn.to/2fdd1YJ


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In the Words of an Author: An Interview with Thomas Lowrie

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

Yes, Lee Child and Nelson DeMille.

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

All of the characters I write about are very real to me so I really have no favorite.

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

Scenes with death in them are difficult since I feel as though I was there as it happened.

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

The ability to expand someone’s imagination.

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

Don’t worry about what others think, just go for it.

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

Not that I know of.

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Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

No, I didn’t start writing until others asked me to do so. Now I very much enjoy it.

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

Anyone who has lost their mother knows the only answer to this question.

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

I looked across my crew. I was looking for John Wayne, he wasn’t there. I looked for Arnold, same thing. I also didn’t find Stalone, Clint nor Chuck Norris. The reality of it was none of my heroes were there, this was NOT the movies. I needed just one Badass and found none.What I found was a high school yearbook.I found fresh off the farm boys, children by most people’s standards. Some of these boys weren’t even getting to go to their senior prom. I feel safe in the notion that some of them have not even held a girls hand. That doesn’t sound like much unless you haven’t done it. Think about that for a minute. They haven’t lived yet and are prepared to die.

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For more information on the author, visit:

www.thomaslowrie.com

http://amzn.to/2wyUgS9

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/he-was-thomas-william-lowrie/1119687508?ean=9780990362616

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/He-Was-Ray-Lafayette-Novel/Thomas-William-Lowrie/9780990362616?id=6025076222321
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In the Words of An Author: An Interview With Lonna Enox

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Lonna Enox, cozy mystery author.

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

I grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries, and I love Jonathan Kellerman, Robert Dugoni, Faye Kellerman, and Sue Grafton.

 

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

I think I have the most fun with Chris Reed, the local sheriff’s detective. I enjoy the banter between Reed and Sorrel. It was only during my most recent book, Striking Blind, that I realized much of his personality—not all of course—may emulate my own dad…or the cowboys around whom I grew up.

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

Crime scenes as well as those building up to them are difficult. I do hours of research, talk to professionals, and then my husband and I walk the area where I have set it. We take photos, and I jot notes about how tiring it is, how hot or cold, the traffic, the effects of the area, etc. I want the scenes to give enough information to keep my readers “hungry” without giving too much away.

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

The most rewarding part of being an author is when someone says, “I read your book and I couldn’t put it down!” or “I think Reed is so hot!” or “When’s the next one? Could you hurry?”

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

I would tell authors to never think they must write when they are ‘in the mood’. I just start, and it soon flows. Write routinely when you can. Research, talk to other writers, and get an editor. With a Master of Arts in English, I still need an editor—someone with fresh eyes who will see the “gaps”.

 

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

I am an early riser, so I go to the computer in the upstairs small living room when I awake. I reread the last part I have written, look over my outline, and write. Sometimes it is great…sometimes not. But the characters speak to me best in the early morning quiet times. I seldom write on the book after lunch. That is when I handle the other ‘author stuff’—emails, requests, etc.

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Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

I think so, although I also wanted to be a teacher. My parents encouraged the second so I would “also eat regularly”.

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

I would love to talk to Dickens. He had such fascinating characters. I’ve always been curious whether or not he patterned them after real people. I would also like to tell my mama, “I am finally following the dream. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it happen before you left me.”

For more information on Lonna Enox, check out these websites:


Amazon – search for Lonna Enox in books. All books are available in both print and kindle formats.

Barnes and Noble – search for Lonna Enox – books are available for both printed and nook format.

Website – lonnaenox.org – order author signed copies or use the links to go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Facebook – www.facebook.com/lonnaenoxauthor

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In the Words of An Author: An Interview With K.J. Blocker

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

PL Travers . Whimsical, yet straightforward

A good mixture of fantasy, with a slight twist of reality .

Cs Lewis, bold but not over to top storyteller I love his children’s work Great fantasy with a moral compass .

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

 Wow ! there’s so many great stand out characters in this book, so hard to choose just one, but I love the somewhat addled mine manager, Dusty. He’s got this really cool old-school thinking chair he can’t figure nothing without it , And he  has a signature ball close by just in case The conversation gets boring, Dusty is loyal to Pappy, unless the right offer comes along, as he’s very easy to sway . Sometimes it’s hard for Dusty to make up his mind. As the last person’s opinion he hears is the one he is most likely to go with ..I just love his child like attitude. After all …there’s a little dust in all of us

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

For me it would be the scenes where Tom wants to believe so much that his father is dead, that he lies to both his wife and son as either wife or son have never met toms father I really do believe Tom wants his father to be alive but there’s so much pain and disappointment . He buried his father at age 18 .

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

To bring to life what was once only in your imagination .

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

If you’re an Indy writer, ideas don’t come cheap,or easy,. I’m not trying to scare you there’s just a ton of competition, and only so many buyers, for your genre .. So be different , be bold be creative, do something different to stand out, Be prepared to spend $$$ . You’re the producer . You call the shots .. But calling the shots costs ..You’ll get tired, at times feel abandon all alone . You’ll get to a point where characters make no sense, but you go on anyway, you will hear them say good luck you got a 1 million to one chance ,but if you keep going in due time ,it will become clear Cause if you feel down deep in your soul that you’re called to write . …No force, people or finances will be able to stop you . Only you. Will stop you, Because when it comes from your soul. . You won’t be able to let it go….

 

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

I block out time, usually at night I guess you’d call it block writing . But the truth of the matter is an idea can come at anytime… So always keep the pen and paper handy .

Was being an author something you always wanted to be?

No. I thought I was gonna be a DJ . When I was a kid, I love music, and I though  that way I could meet The artist I love to listen to .

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

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Superfan Pinocchio.. And the lesson it taught me as a child about honesty. Just want to thank him for that work . And the impact it had on my life .


If you would like to find out more about K.J. Blocker, check out these links:

www.kjblocker.com

http://amzn.to/2wyK1gx

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/treasure-of-the-magical-mine-moppets-kj-blocker/1126822686?ean=9780999150740