Q & A with Vonda Norwood

My latest “victim” is a dear indie buddy of mine who never ceases to put a smile on my face not matter how rough my day has been! Without further ado allow me to introduce Ms Vonda Norwood!

What would your bio say?
Vonda Norwood was born, she fantasized about stories that-which entertained her and then she wrote all about them.

When did you start writing and why?
I was in the 3rd grade. Wanted to see a different storyline of the Flinstones, so I recalled hearing someone once say, “If you don’t like what you see, hear or what is happening around you, write what you do want”. So I did. And have – ever since.

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?
LOLOLOL Well, I am a parent and a mother is – who I am and what I do. Everything comes last. So means, I don’t have a writing habit.. no order in which to tweet or anything else. I squeeze in the writing, tweeting, emailing and blogging, in between all the “mom, guess what.. mom, did you see this.. what’s for dinner.. where’s my missing sock.. I can’t find the remote..” and many more ETCs… That’s why I sound like I’m always rushed. CUZ I AM 😀

Who is your favorite author and why?
I honestly can’t say who is my favorite author.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
Man!.. That’s a good question for me right now!!! As far as writing goes, I had never thought to accomplish anything other than being able to share my writing. Whether it be a novel, short story and now – my first poem. But lately, I have acquired thoughts to accomplish. I have an erotica series that I am working on, my initial goal was to teach myself to be able to simply describe. Describing anything, action, a room, or even a lamp is difficult for me. Describing something to a reader, so that the reader can visualize it, stressed me out so much, it would take me hours to describe nearly anything. I didn’t have an action/adventure story in mind and I don’t want to attempt horror. I believed an erotica series would be the best way for me to put describing, not only nouns but actions, to work for me and improve. But… now that I have written the first book in the series (and made sure that my main character IS a noun over-stater) I am finding that I have a new goal with the series and that is – to explore different ideas of not only sex and sexuality, but sexual excitement and idea of what sexual satisfaction is and how all of that plays a roll in the development of our personalities. My 1st book focuses on the visual and interactions of the characters. My 2nd book – “A Girl’s Best Friend” – due out before mid’ October, will focus on voyeurism and sexual frustration. The fact that my goal has become to explore isn’t new to me. What is new, are the effects of what is explored and how the effects can create positive and or negative behavioral changes in my characters. So, now my goal with this erotica series is to be able to show how we all sexually influence each other’s ideas of sexual excitement and what we believe to be sexual satisfaction. I didn’t know this, when I started writing the series, but I do now!!! Thank you for asking!!! 😀

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?
I self publish.I know of nothing else.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing
I write stories, my eldest daughter told me that I could self-publish on amazon, so I did. Then she told me that I could advertise via Twitter and so I am.

Tell us about your book (s)
First, let me tell you about my poem. Days later, and I’m still surprised by the fact that I wrote a poem!!! I never thought I could write one. I’ve tried to write poems, but wasn’t able to. Never thought my mind would just create one, but it did! The title is “Talk To Me”. This is my first poem: http://ow.ly/dHhXg

“Facebook breaks up marriages.lol” Is a romantic comedy about a woman who is reminded that she still has romantic and sexual feelings. It’s basically a comedy about how she tries to communicate with the one man she believes she’s sexually obsessed with, via facebook. It’s a happy story of silliness and romance.

“Indie Authors Make Better Lovers” is a sexual comedy, but not erotica. It is my idea of sharing my own sexual fantasy. It’s the true story of me fantasizing and writing it out.

“The Door On The Left” is my first book of my erotica series. My favorite blurbs for this story are: “She just wants his body, he wants his question answered” and “Nobody gets BOUND, GAGGED, BEATEN or TORTURED but.. My characters still find a way to take turns – dominating the heck outta each other”. 😀

My latest short story, is what they call a ‘shorty’. The title is “It’s Igloo Time Baby” and it’s only a 5 page read. This short story is special to me, because my goal here was to pretend that I was a man who was being sexually teased too much by his co-worker. Due to a blizzard and traffic accident, they have to use an igloo for shelter – where they finally work out their differences. This is sexually explicit. I even use cuss words in this story. Probably too many :-/ LOLOLOL

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?
I love to imagine what-ever entertains my mind and I love to share those stories with anyone who wants to be entertained! “Facebook breaks up marriages.lol” Was written for the fun of it and so was “Indie Authors Make Better Lovers” When I was trying to promote my F.B. Book, there was a LOT of talk about how I was online to play “let’s chat Mister” with the men. The rumors were very disruptive and aggravating to me, so I got a few obnoxious thoughts and decided to write out a true sexual fantasy of mine. Not only to give people something real to talk about, but to see if I could do it. I had TOO MUCH FUN doing it too! With my erotica series – I planned that series to force myself to deal with my lack of experience as a writer and entertain myself while learning 😀 With “It’s igloo time baby”, I wanted to write a very short story. Decided to write a completely sexually gratuitous story and then, I decided to write it in first-person – as a man telling his story. Sometimes writing something just to see if ya can, is reason enough for me.

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?
“Facebook breaks up marriages.lol”, My main character is Liz Peebles. She’s easy to identify with, even when she gets a little nutsy. She has a big heart and is desperate to share it with her Kenny. “Indie Authors Make Better Lovers” I am my main character and the ridiculousness of that, alone, should lead ya to a love-hate kinda thing toward me 😀 LOLOLOLOL “The Door On The Left” I haven’t met anyone who says they hate Alison. She’s too curious and human to hate her. She’s a major noun – over-stater, but that gives a reader a way to get to know her as an individual. Most writers might cringe as she over-states, but it makes me laugh and in truth, I am writing – what is entertaining to me. I never start typing up a story trying to find words, actions, plots ETC… that might entertain someone else. I figure, if it entertains me, it might entertain someone else. I could be very wrong, but when all is said and done, I got to experience a story that-which I truly enjoyed. 😀 Ok now, with my shorty-story, “It’s Igloo Time Baby”, I’m gonna tell you how it developed: The idea of an Igloo, came from my good friend @sag4444 aka Stan Grimes. Months ago, he mentioned how he would only be able to escape the heat, by living in an igloo. He and I had a lot of fun joking about an igloo and I always turn everything into a salacious matter, so one thought led to the next.. Then while trying to find my erotica book via genre search on amazon and smashwords and not being able to, along with people talking about writing shorty-stories, I decided to use the igloo idea and create a totally, sexually-gratuitous story. I think the story is hysterically funny!!! I like it. 😀 Do you know how hard it was to find a reason to put 2 people in an igloo? Without making the story about how or why they are in that igloo? LOLOLOL It was tuff! Until I decided to just make it ridiculous. Funny, huh? Ridiculousness can make things easier on ya. LOLOLOL And I could see where someone might hate my main character, he puts up with too much, but gotta love the way he quickly learned to stop doing that. ;-D

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?
No.

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Thank a bunch for the insight into your world Vonda!

If you want to keep track of the wonderful Vonda you can catch her on her website.

You can find her writing by hopping on over to Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Smashwords!

 

Q & A with Anthony Sunderland

So after a brief hiatus doing interviews I have my next victim all lined up! Welcome Tony!

 What would your bio say?

That from an early age I wanted to step out of the stifling routine, I had big ambitions, but dogmatic teachers, totally lacking in vision, largely succeeded in suppressing my ambition and creativity. I did manage to run my own money making venture at school despite their petty shortsighted efforts to stop it.

Fortunately my Mum and Dad always insisted that the three of us should get a good trade or profession. I’m an electrician and have had some fairly successful short lived business ventures, and some failures, but have always had my trade to rely on for a decent income.

I love a challenge, and have done a solo parachute jump, bungee jump, fire-eating, public speaking, and am a qualified glider pilot. I’ve got many other things on my ‘Bucket List.’

 When did you start writing and why?

About twelve years ago. I was totally ‘blown away’ by the season one finale of Buffy TVS. In that moment I just new that I wanted to write something that incredible.

If you’d told me then how difficult it would be I’d have probably never started.

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

Got no children that I’m admitting to 😉

Who is your favorite author and why?

My favourite writer is Joss Whedon. He, through Buffy, inspired me to start writing.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

To have at least one story made into a Hollywood blockbuster.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

I think the ideal would be to get a major publishing or film deal and be able to concentrate on writing. I know there would be some promo to do, but at least with some backing and professional help.

As indie publishers we hope to emulate the success of  Jack Konrath and Amanda Hocking.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing

I started out wanting to write big budget Sci Fi screenplays. Spielberg was bound to snatch my hand off and give me a big cheque. Right?

When that awful truth sank in I decided to produce my stories as web comics. This was before they and graphic novels became all the rage, so I can claim to be a bit of a visionary if not a trend setter.

I’ve got some great design concepts done by Anna and Kelsey, two students at the local college (Calderdale).  Getting a team together to produce the story, and raise the funds, around $20,000, proved difficult.

All of this time I was attending conferences and workshops, and pitching stories to producers. Then along came the Kindle and I’ve spent a lot of time rewriting one of my screenplays as a series of ebooks and writing a different series from scratch.

Tell us about your book s

There are four on Kindle at the moment with two more due for Xmas. These are the first two parts of the epic Sci Fi series ’59, and the first two volumes of the “Destiny’s Daughter” alien mystery series.

In ’59, Captain Donald Lewis promises his daughter, Janine, that he will return from the first mission to the stars in time for her twenty first birthday. After the mission ends in disaster she vows that she will discover her father’s fate, no matter what it might cost her. I’ve mapped this story out to its conclusion.

In Destiny’s Daughter, 23 year old Dawn Dempsey is the newest recruit to the FBI’s Alien Visitation Investigation team. She’s hiding a dark secret from them. This can go on for as long as I can dream up new stories.

 What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

I’ve always been a big Sci Fi fan. In ’59 I ask “What if the 1st mission to the stars was a disaster?” would we give up, how long would we battle to fulfill our destiny? What if it was just one girl that urged us to carry on when everyone else wanted to quit?

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

Janine is a bolshie teen girl with a very bad attitude. Every parent’s nightmare. She’s pig-headed and won’t listen to anyone. I know I risk having people dislike her from the start, but as long as they want to follow some of the other characters and to discover her father’s fate that’s fine.

It is these very qualities that mean she will never give up her quest. When the search is finally abandoned she is the only one prepared to risk everything to carry on. A ‘goody two-shoes’ likeable, reasonable character wouldn’t be able to plough on smashing every obstacle and objection out of the way.

To be honest, she’s not the type of person I’d want to spend much time with in the beginning. I think part of me has created her like that because I have a bad habit of rushing to judge people, and this is a challenge to the readers to give her a chance. I promise that you’ll see her suffer for her sins.

I imagined Alyson Hannigan playing this part in the blockbuster. She plays so many sweet innocent roles yet she’s such an incredibly talented actress who could really fetch the nasty side to life, while making people feel for her.

Do your books have a soundtrack?

The first story in each series has been narrated and people can listen free on my website!

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Thank you so much for your time Tony! We have really enjoyed having you here with us today!

Follow Tony on his website!

Also be sure to pick up a copy of one of his books today!

Word On The Street ~ A Day In Review

Well a week and some later I am finally up to writing about this rather interesting day! Truth be told I’ve been extremely busy with all things in my world and have not had the time to devote to giving this post the time it deserves.

So what was it like being at the book festival?

Interesting. New. Exciting. Tiring.

First off it was cold. I mean down right cold. Shockingly cold for only being September, end of September but still should not have been cold enough for me to be wearing gloves most of the day. And it rained. Not the entire day, but it gave us two good soakings and by the time the second one was done having its way with us I was ready to pack up and go home.

Tired. Cold. Damp. Three things I dont like being.

HOWEVER.

On a bright note I sold a few books, met some other awesome authors and had the pleasure of sharing a booth with a nationally syndicated advise columnist. The first thing she and I found in common as we huddled around our coffee mugs after our husband and my kids left was that we were both immensely relieved to not have had to spend the day with a pompous arrogant fool. It only got better from there.

In the end. I was happy I made the leap of faith and went. Honestly it was the best experience, despite the cold and the rain, that I have had with my book. It all felt real. Not to mention my awesome hometown friends and family who popped by with warm coffee and words of encouragement for me throughout the day.

Thank you again everyone who made it out and even those who didn’t get the chance to but whose heart was with me!

Do You Like Fairy Tales?

I do! And I am extremely excited to be able to present to you an anthology some awesome Indie Author friends of mine have been putting together. So without further ado I turn my blog over to them!

Think you know your fairytales? Think again. These aren’t your normal happily-ever-after. Within these pages, a murderous Little Mermaid gets her revenge, the Cinderella doesn’t really want to wear the slipper, Snow White is up to her eyes in industrial experiments, and the Beauty is in fact the Beast.

This collection of four novellas will surprise you, make you gasp in horror, sigh with relief, and sit on the edge of your seat. And most of all…they will make you rethink everything you think you know about dark fairytales…

Song of the Abyss
Princess Nerissa had envisioned a perfect wedding to a handsome prince. Instead, she fell into a nightmare. When her new husband tries to murder her just hours after pledging his life to her, she must flee towards the sea. Caught in transition from woman to selkie, she is trapped by the dark waters she hoped would be her salvation. Now her destiny becomes that of luring young men to their death…until one comes along that reignites the spark of love inside her. However to ensure her future, she must first face her past. Revenge must be taken…for both her life, and the life of the young man she now loves.

Miss Cavendish and the Spark of Salvation
In a city toiling under the iron fist of the Spiegel Syndicate and its monopoly on coal, Miss Georgina “George” Cavendish is on the brink of a breakthrough that could change the world forever. There’s just one thing standing in her way, her aunt – Xenobia Cavendish. Threatened by her efforts, the Syndicate procures the services of a notorious assassin with a past tied to her own, known as The Huntsman, to dispatch the brilliant scientist. But once he gets a glimpse of the headstrong beauty, will he be able to do the job, or will Georgina sway him to The Cause? And will George find the breakthrough she needs in time, or is New London Town doomed to forever lie under the dark shadow of her aunt’s factories?

Hawke and the Beast
Some curses last forever, and some can be broken with the whisper of three little words. Isabella Rose Woodward fell in love with a witch’s son over a century ago. Her punishment for breaking the young man’s heart was a beastly one. Every month she turns into a different creature, aging on the full moon when her curse allows for a brief return to her human form. Her only salvation is to find a man that will love her as she is…be it adorned in feathers, fur or scales. Has she found this love with the handsome Jasper Hawke? Or will a mysteriously determined Hunter find her first, and snuff out the life she so desperately seeks? A life of normalcy, where she loves and is loved in return… just as she is.

Reborn City
Nyx has one mission in life; bring down the brainwashing of New Omsk’s citizens, and release them from their mundane lives of toil. The year is 2355, and the world is a new place. A Governor is in charge of every city in the world, and humanity is attempting to rebuild itself after recovering from a war that nearly killed it. But this Governor has set his eyes on the intrepid little hacker, Nyx, and he will stop at nothing to get her. But perhaps he needs her more than he ever dreamed he would…as do his citizens.

 

This is the official cover reveal for Moon Rose Publishing’s first published anthology! Once Upon A Twisted Time is an anthology of fairytales-each with a dark twist. Cinderella goes Sci-fi, Snow White has become Steampunk, The Little Mermaid has gone Gothic, and Beauty and the Beast has switched sides altogether!

It will be available from the Moon Rose Publishing site on its release on the 31st October, as well as from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and all other Amazon sites. Do not miss out on your chance to pick up this amazing book from the 31st October 2012!

Links

Website www.moonrosepublishing.com

Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/MoonRosePublishing

 

Author links

Miranda Stork https://www.facebook.com/authormirandastork

Tara S. Wood https://www.facebook.com/twoodwriter

Lindsay Avalon https://www.facebook.com/author.lindsay.avalon

Trish M. Dawson https://www.facebook.com/WriterTrishMarieDawson