BOOKS n BOOZE! Episode 9

Books n Booze Episode 9
Subs, Doms & Rock ‘n Roll
With Gina Whitney

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Q&A with Gerald Johnson

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Please welcome the handsome Gerald Johnson… and his alter ego Damien Drake to the blog this week!

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IMG_20140820_224705What were you like at school?

In school I wasn’t nearly as outgoing or as verbal as I am now. In truth, I was pretty much that loner kid that you see off to the side just watching the world behind a pair of sunglasses and talking to the few people who took a chance to stand around talking to me. I did a lot, and I do mean a LOT, of reading and because I was a loner I was always writing something. I used my stories to make up the friends that I didn’t always have. It wasn’t until I got into high school that I starting gaining my “confidence” and it was with the constant pushing on my English teachers that I began to really get into my writing. I was on the journalism team and my stories always got rave reviews and this really began to set me off

into the realm of wanting to really become an Author. At the age of 16, I wrote my very first full novel, but I never did anything with it because once I was finished I watch the movie Conan the Barbarian and realized that our stories were just too close. After that I became the biggest fan of Mr. Robert Howard, the author of the big Cimmerian.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

My ambitions… well I currently have not quite a dozen completed manuscripts right now(no my publisher hasn’t killed me yet, but she has made the threats). What I am looking forward to happening is becoming one of those authors who top the New York Bestsellers List … I am also preparing to teach myself Final Draft so that I can began doing screenplays of the books that I have… I am hoping to one day see some of these books on the big screen for the world to see. AND, one thing that I’d love to do is sit down with some of my favorite authors and just have lunch and discuss books and writing and seeing it all come together.

So, what have you written?

WOW!!!! Let’s start with what I’ve actually had published because that’s a shorter list LOL… Currently I have had 4 books published. My first was a book of poems that I wrote in the mindset of my alter ego, Damien Darke, and it was titled Pitch Darke: the Poetic Chronicles of Damien Darke. This was a series of poems all pretty much centering around a darker period of my life.

The next book was a series of erotic poems and short stories titled Liquid Eroticism. This was a steamy collection of stories and poems that I’d written most of them at the behest of friends. I wanted to see this collection together and Liquid Eroticism just seemed like the perfect name for them.

The next books published are a part of my very first set of novels. The Tainted series came along after complaining to my publisher about some of the urban/street literature stories I’d been reading while I was in the hospital dealing with my leukemia fight. I wanted to read something that didn’t sound like something else that I’d already read and my publisher’s words to me was,tainted_front1

“Gerald, if you’re not reading something that you like… then you need to write it.” That’s exactly what I did, and thus Tainted: the Book of Revelation and Tainted: the Book of Retribution was born. This series follows the life of a young lady who is given control of her husband’s multi-million dollar business after he discovers that his business partner and best friend has been poisoning him. Now she must deal with a group of men who are out to kill her and anyone trying to help her in order to take back the company they feel should own.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

In my Tainted series my main character’s name is Courtney Roulette. She was born in Missouri but she’s lived in Tampa, FL since college with her best friend Nina Carleton. I would consider her pretty naïve to begin, you find out quick that she’s been on the run with her drug dealing boyfriend because he’s being hunted by men who think he’s double crossed them. She winds up in California with him before they’re trapped in a hotel and he’s finally captured by the police. Once she gets back to Florida she works on getting her life back in order and she falls in love with businessman Sydney Roulette. It’s on the night of their honeymoon that she finds out the truth of her husband’s business dealings, and that his best friend has been poisoning him to take control of their company… he offers to train her so that she can take over the business. Courtney must come to terms with the fact that she’s now dealing with men who have no problems killing as a bull’s eye has been put on her back… she must now grow up in ways that she’d never dreamed up, she must become just as ruthless as the men she’s dealing with. Her growth is gradual but distinctive… it’s believable and doesn’t just happen over the course of One book. She has to learn to trust the people around her helping her through this process, as she fends for her life against the sharks that are out to kill her. She becomes my tribute to Urban Drama, and I love the response I’ve gotten about her and her growth.

What are you working on at the minute?

At this minute, I’m working on a one of three novels I began during the NaNoWriMo in November. The title is Driven Obsessions, and I am, I hope, about 2 to 3 chapters from being complete. The book is already around 60000 words.

What’s it about? 

This book centers around a national bestselling author named Ladarrious Cross and the women in his life. He quickly finds out that his ex-wife is stalking him and right the beginning she almost has him arrested because of a beating she’s taken and initially she blames him. As the story unfolds, Ladarrious finds out that women he’s been involved with since he’s separated from his wife are now being killed. There’s a series of twists and turns and the book has a lot of erotic scenes(definitely not for those under 18), it’s wrapping up to be a beautiful piece of work.

 

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

I am currently in the process of writing a book with a fellow author. I love her work and she wants to branch out from Romantic Erotica. Ms. E. G. Weeks and I are working on an Erotic Thriller. The book is about a deadly lovers’ triangle that I believe once we get it all put together people are going to be amazed that two people wrote this book.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I don’t think I ever decided to become a writer, I honestly believe that I was always meant to be a writer. I’ve been doing this for so long that I cannot say when I actually started, and until I can’t do this any longer I know I’ll always be writing something.

 

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

The overall attempt is to get something done every day. It may not be on any of the books, it may be a few poems, but I want to write something daily to keep the ideas running and flowing. My time with my ex-wife was the only time when I wasn’t able to write as I wanted to, and since I left that situation I’ve made it my BUSINESS to get my writing in on a daily basis.

tainted2_cover1Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

It can really depend on where my mind is that day on the words I’ll try to get in. Now, if I am working on my books I do have a word count that I aim for per chapter because I feel that it makes for a more complete chapter and that’s anywhere between 2500-3000 words. I try not to go any less than the 2500 words, but I have been known to blow that 3000 words with ease.

Where do the your ideas come from?

The ideas can come from where. I have a flash fiction piece I’ve been working on called A New Hulk and it’s based on a female hulk that’s more like the original Hulk in origins, and I got this idea after seeing this young lady walking down the side walk downtown wearing a hoodie over her head and a carrying a backpack. I immediately heard the old t.v. theme song for the Hulk playing in my head, and so I came home and there it was. The stories just happen, the voices begin talking and the words just flow. I have I don’t know how many notebooks on my laptop and tablet filled with story ideas that I’ll eventually get to.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I must say that I love my evolution as a writer. I got my start from comic books and story books in school. I love Edgar Allan Poe and I’ve written stories similar in style, and my first full novel was based on my character and adventures in playing Dungeons & Dragons in high school. Over the years I’ve learned and developed my own voice as a writer, two voices if you consider that my alter ego has his own style of word play. And, I think that we’re just at the summit of the mountain with so much more to learn and grow.

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Thanks for joining us this week Damien… I mean Gerald! Please be sure to follow him (them?) and check our his (their) work!

Website: http://grjwritesandmore.wix.com/grjj

Blog: http://darkeschemesinwriting.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gerald.r.johnsonjr2069

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GRJWrites_More

Instagram: http://instagram.com/grjohnsonjr2069

Lnkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grjohnsonjr2069/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mrdamiendarke/

wordpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/GeraldJohnsonJr

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MrDamienDarke

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00B1JM70U

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/8845563-gerald

Book Links:

Tainted: the Book of Revelations

ebook:

http://www.amazon.com/Tainted-Book-Revelations-Gerald-Johnson-ebook/dp/B00HGTRB5A/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 p

paperback:

http://www.amazon.com/Tainted-Revelations-Gerald-R-Johnson/dp/098839393X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Tainted: the Book of Retribution:

paperback:

http://www.amazon.com/Tainted-Book-Retribution-Gerald-Johnson/dp/1943159017/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Q&A with Mary Maddox

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Another friend this week on the blog… the lovely Mary Maddox joins us on the blog this week!

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marymaddox smogorWhat were you like at school?

I was shy and withdrawn and, in grade school, occasionally violent. Early growth made me the tallest kid in class, so I fought with boys and girls alike. As a young adult I met the father of a kindergarten classmate. “I remember you,” the father said. “You’re the one that scratched my little Billy in the face.” It was an embarrassing moment.

In junior high and high school I worked toward the goal of winning a college scholarship somewhere outside Utah. I liked my classmates, but as a non-Mormon, I often felt like an outsider among them. And I wanted to know more of the world. I worked hard in school and became a National Merit finalist. In the end I achieved my goal with a scholarship to Knox College, a small liberal arts college famous for its creative writing program.

Were you good at English?

I was good at most subjects. For a while I thought about a career in mathematics. At fifteen I participated in a National Science Foundation summer program for gifted students, taking college-level classes at San Diego University. It was a stressful experience and I became so depressed that my concentration and performance suffered. Years later I wrote a semi-autobiographical short story about the experience that was published in Huffington Post.

After that summer, my attention shifted to English, particularly creative writing. I was lucky enough to have a gifted teacher, Phyllis Gillins, who taught me the basics of writing and introduced me to some

wonderful books, including Flowers for Algernon, one of my favorites. The stories and plays I wrote under her guidance won national contests and resulted in my winning a scholarship to Knox College, a small liberal arts college famous for its creative writing program.

So, what have you written?

I’ve published Talion and Daemon Seer, the first two books of the Daemon World series. A third novel, not part of the series, is coming out this spring. I’ve written several other novels that are better left unpublished. In addition to “Mandarian Training School,” the short story at Huffington Post, I have stories at The Scream Online (“What Love Is”) and in the anthology Awesome Allshorts (“Smilin’ Mike”). Two other stories can be downloaded from my website. “Yubi: A Love Story” is free to all while “Catalyst” is a gift for whoever signs up for my newsletter.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Lu, the hero of the Daemon World series, is a daemon seer. She possesses the power to see daemons and anchor them to the physical world. Specifically, she anchors the daemon Talion and his companions. He forces her to swear obedience and bear a child for him — a child who will eventually replace her. The overarching story chronicles Talion’s efforts to control Lu as she comes to understand her power and struggles to break free.

What are you working on at the minute?DaemonSeer (1)

I’m writing the first draft of Daemon Blood, the next book in the series.

What genre are your books?

The daemon novels are horror/dark fantasy. The new novel, Darkroom, coming this spring, is psychological suspense. Though it lacks a supernatural element, Darkroom has some harrowing moments.

What draws you to this genre?

I enjoy reading scary and suspenseful books as much I enjoy writing them. While I was struggling with a tender sex scene in Daemon Seer, it occurred to me that writing love scenes is harder for me than writing violence. Love scenes are far more nuanced. You have to pay attention to who your characters truly are; otherwise the scene will devolve into clichés.

How much research do you do?

My research includes a fair amount of reading and sometimes visits to the places where my stories are set. It’s a great excuse to travel. No matter how much research I do, it never seems quite enough. I always need to do more while I’m writing. My latest online research for Darkroom focused on the art at the Denver airport. It’s an amazing collection, but not one that pleases everyone.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

There are periods when I write every day for a while and periods when I write three or four times a week. When I’m not writing at all, I feel aimless and become depressed.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I write notes and outlines in longhand. I’m a fan of notebooks that have notched paper inserted into discs that form the spine. Levenger’s Circes is the best known of these. The system lets me rearrange sheets of paper and move them from one notebook to another, so I can jot down various ideas in a small notebook then transfer them to the large notebook where I’m outlining the book.

I write first drafts on my iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard so that I can sit somewhere besides my desk. For word processing I use either Pages for iPad or Storyist. I bought Storyist recently because someone touted it as a substitute for Scrivener. So far I’m not that impressed. It offers some tools for organization, but the backup procedures aren’t as seamless as those for Pages.

MaryMaddox-Talion-Web-LargeFor subsequent drafts I move to my desktop and work use Scrivener, mainly for its organizational capabilities. It’s nice having flexible outlining, setting and characters notes, and research materials at hand. Most editors prefer to work with Word, so near the end of the writing process I export the manuscript to Word. Scrivener remains a valuable reference, though. Although Scrivener can produce an eBook or a layout for a physical book, I prefer InDesign. Ideally, I’d like to pay a professional to do all the production, but my budget usually won’t allow it.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I make an outline, if only in my head, but rarely stick to it completely.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

I did all the editing and proofreading for Talion. I’m a good line editor and I understand grammar, so I figured I could handle the job. The first edition was such an embarrassment that it literally kept me awake at night, squirming at how sloppy and incompetent it made me look. For the second edition I caught the worst typos but ignored larger issues — problems that developmental and copy editors would spot at once. In the third (current) edition, most of those issues have been resolved and very few typos remain. By the end I’d rewritten twice and combed through the manuscript about twenty times. The process was mentally and emotionally exhausting. For Daemon Seer I worked with a developmental editor, a copy editor, and a proofreader. It cost money but saved me work, time, and embarrassment.

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Thanks so much for joining us Mary! Please be sure to follow her and check out her work!

Website: http://www.marymaddox.com Blog: http://www.marymaddoxblog.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaryMaddoxAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dreambeast7

Lnkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-maddox-4760538

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dreambeast7/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Maddox/e/B003VSUF3U/

Book Links:

Talion:

http://www.amazon.com/Talion-Mary-Maddox-ebook/dp/B007Q4LNNG/

Daemon Seer:

http://www.amazon.com/Daemon-Seer-World-Mary-Maddox-ebook/dp/B00R3SF6SS/ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daemon-seer-mary-maddox/1121394862

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4124410.Mary_Maddox

NEW RELEASE: Only The Willing

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A young girl trying to turn her life around takes pity on a lonely looking man one night… the next morning, Homicide Detective Stan Brookshire is called to one of the most gruesome crime scenes of his career.

Unfortunately, the killer left behind no evidence, leaving Stan almost nothing go to on and under immense pressure from the Chief to solve the case quickly, or let it go cold. Meanwhile, the killer’s rage is spiraling out of control. He feels that he’s doing the world a favor and has no intention of stopping.

Will Stan’s instincts once again come through on this case? If he doesn’t catch a break – and soon – he’ll be forced to move on, letting the killer run free.

Grab your copy for only 99cents today! http://amzn.to/25aQBJZ

Q&A with Erin Everleigh

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Another of my Sexy in the City authors joins us this week! Please welcome the lovely Erin Everleigh!

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IMG_2464Were you good at English?

English was actually my weakest subject in school. I was more of a math/science student. My “real” job is in the medical sciences.

 

So, what have you written?

I released my first novel in January of 2015 – Absolute Love. It is a story about love, devotion and family. There is a mixture of sexiness and suspense, with twists and unexpected turns that will keep you on our toes. This book also uses dreams to help convey the raw and uncensored emotions of the main character. You will delve into her mind and follow her on journey of self-discovery. I did a lot of research for this aspect of the book and learned some pretty amazing things about how our minds dream. The forward of the book is written by Dream Expert Lauri Loewenberg.

I released the follow-up novella to Absolute Love, titled Love’s Sacrifice in December of 2015. This novella can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone. It is a story about what happens when the one you are meant to love isn’t the one you are meant to be with.

Where can we buy or see them?

Absolute Love is now only available on Amazon – it is part of kindle unlimited.

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1IghuP7

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1H1ke4e

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1Pp2XRr

Love’s Sacrifice can be found at the following links, and is only $1.49 –

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1HMPmpG

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1m3r1Sz

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1TKKgf1

Nook: http://bit.ly/1TKKKSa

iTunes: http://apple.co/1m3rFzw

What are you working on at the minute?

I have 3 young daughters ages 8, 8 and 10. They ask me daily to read the books I have published – and every time I have to explain that the books are not appropriate for them. So, we have decided to write a book together. It is very early in the works, but is something I am very excited about.

 

How much research do you do?Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00067]

I try to write about things I don’t need much research for, which is why you can find aspects of my own life in my books – I hardly have time to write as it is. In Absolute Love, Phoebe (heroine) shares the same profession as I do (my real job) and her husband, Justin, shares the same profession as my husband—see no research needed. But in aspects of my books where I do need to do research, I take my time, you want to make sure you know what you are talking about, and not say anything that is not correct.

 

When did you decide to become a writer?

I didn’t really sit down one day and decide to be a writer. My actual profession is on the opposite side of the spectrum. I had a story in my head that wouldn’t go away, so I started writing it down – in the notes section of my iPhone. It took me close to 2 years to write Absolute Love. I stopped many times – it was a scar undertaking for me. I’ve published 2 books now, but I still don’t consider myself “a writer”, more someone who writes.

Why do you write?

I write because I love it. It gives me a huge rush. I love escaping into the world I created. At this point, it’s not even a choice or a conscience decision, I just do it.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

Once the notes section of my iPhone began getting very crowded, I decided to open up my computer and take the plunge. I didn’t know where it was going to go, but I was curious to find out. BTW, I still have those original notes in my phone, I don’t think I’ll ever erase them.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Officially I write part-time, but the stories are constantly developing in my mind – even at times when they shouldn’t be ;).

 

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I started writing Absolute Love in the ‘Notes’ section of my iPhone, and then switched to my laptop. The other stories that I have written, or are writing, or even just ideas that pop into my mind I often start longhand, in a spiral notebook. When I get stuck on a scene, I will often pull out a paper and pen and start writing that way. I find that my brain works differently when I type on a computer than when I write longhand.

Where do your ideas come from?

They come from everywhere. Usually small random thoughts, or things that I see spark an idea. It takes some time for the idea to develop, but that is half the fun. It’s like watching a movie in my head – I have no idea where it is going to go. *Side note: I get my best thinking done in the shower and when I’m driving.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I didn’t outline my first book, I had all the ideas in my head and just ran with it. I have started outlining now though, it helps keep me organized, especially when I can go days without writing. I don’t always sick to the outline, but I have them. Currently, I have, I think, 3 or 4 stories outlined.

LS Final CoverFor your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I like having the paperbacks/hard covers. They are so pretty to look at, and touch and smell – now I’m sounding creepy. But I think, HOPE, most of you know what I mean. When I’m reading however, I like ebooks, I find my kindle easier to hold when reading in bed, or really anywhere. And my kindle is way more portable. You will always find it in my purse.

 

 

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

No, not really, I’ve tried many things! The hardest thing is getting your book into readers’ hands. Word of mouth is best. Blog tours. And for my newest release I approached those who reviewed Absolute Love. I have also given away free copies of my book in exchange for an honest review. I actually have something in the works now that I am hoping will benefit readers/reviewers and indie authors – stay tuned!!

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

I feel that all reviews are extremely useful and help me grow as an author. The good reviews obviously help boost my confidence that people like what I am writing. They also help me to know what I am doing right. There are two types of bad reviews, the constructive ones (which aren’t really bad at all), and the mean ones (which are cruel). At this point I haven’t received a mean one, when I do (because everyone will), I know it will hurt. As authors, we put our heart and soul into our stories. We know that not everyone will like it, but no one is immune to meanness and cruelty.

 

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?

I made a trailer for Absolute Love, but it also holds relevance to Love’s Sacrifice. The score is original music, written specifically for this book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf3cM5R7ba0

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Thanks so much for joining us Erin! Please be sure to follow Erin and check our her books!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorErinEverleigh

Twitter: @erineverleigh

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Erin-Everleigh/e/B00SDITTAI/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1451703481&sr=1-2-ent

Book Links

Absolute Love:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1IghuP7

Love’s Sacrifice:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1HMPmpG

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1m3r1Sz

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1TKKgf1

Nook: http://bit.ly/1TKKKSa iTunes: http://apple.co/1m3rFzw

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8281757.Erin_Everleigh

Sincerely Me…

sinsundaySo I thought since I have interviewed hundreds of authors over the years on this blog, that you would enjoy hearing me answer some of the questions I have posed to them over the years.

Each week I will answer one or two questions, if you want you can leave your own questions for me in the comments and I will try and answer them in a future blog post!

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Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

After the two year hiatus the only thing I could do was write little bits. By little bits I mean 50 words at a time if that. So I took what I could get. 50 here, 100 there. It started to add up. Then I threw myself into impossible deadlines (yes I totally threw myself under the bus) and forced myself to get moving again. While I still suffer some flow issues it is not nearly as bad as it has been in the past.

I think the biggest thing is to start small and keep plugging away. Even if the 50 words you get down are crap at least they are a start and something you can work with later on. Also dont get down on yourself. You put too much pressure on yourself (unless you are like me and live in a virtual pressure cooker) and you could stifle the muse. So let your brain work at the pace it needs to. A single word is way better than none.

Q&A with Jeremy Davies

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Please give a cold dead welcome to another friend from Satalyte Press… Jeremy Davies!

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at Notions bookshopWhat were you like at school?

I was pretty quiet and bookish early on and got bullied a bit in primary school—nothing special, just the normal boy-stuff when you’re at the lower end of the chain physically—so ended up getting pretty sporty going into high school, competitively involved in boxing, kickboxing, basketball and swimming; but I still read a lot, and played role playing games.

Were you good at English?

Yes, it was always my best subject, but I became obsessed with being a fighter pilot, so did mostly sciences and maths in later high school. I didn’t get in … my eyes let me down.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I would like to be able to earn a modest living from it. Just enough to scrape by would be fine.

So, what have you written?

Here’s the fiction: Rosemary and Julia: unblock me (Middle years novella in Third Space Series—Secular Philosophy) Published by Garratt Publishing, 2014; ‘Writing Bare’ (Literary/Erotic short story) published by Horror Sleaze Trash 2014; Missing, Presumed Undead (Fantasy/Humour/30’s Detective—Casablantasy) Published by Satalyte Publishing 2014; goliath.tmp: a memoir (Literary) Published by Naked Indifference Publishing 2013; ‘no such thing’ (narrative poetry) in AntiThesis, 2008; ‘Martian Colours’ (Speculative fiction) in Twisted Tails Two—volume 2: Out of Time by Double Dragon Publishing 2007; ‘antilochus.tmp’ (text message poetry) in Wet Ink #4 2006. ‘Reflex. Action’ (Literary) Published in Twisted Tails by Double Dragon Publishing 2006; ‘…In Distress’ (Fantasy/Humour) Published in Twisted Tails by Double Dragon Publishing 2006; ‘Poeticide’ (Literary/prosetry) Published in Verandah 20 2005; Missing, Presumed Undead (Fantasy/Humour/30’s Detective – Casablantasy) Published by Double Dragon Publishing

2005; ‘Ghost Story’ (Literary) published in Verandah 19 2004; ‘Grievous Bodily Litter’ (Fantasy/Humour) Published in ‘Sintrigue Dot Org’ #3 Oct-Dec 2003; ‘. . . In Distress’ (Fantasy/Humour) Published in Aurealis #30; ‘Bouncing Jude’(Adult fiction) Published in Picture magazine 1998; ‘Beneath the Shimmering Sky’ (Fantasy) Published in New Writers News. November 1997; ‘Pissed in Space’ (Adult fiction) Published in People magazine (Australia) April 1997.

What are you working on at the minute?

The sequel to Missing, Presumed Undead, currently called ‘Lore & Disorder (or the Fifth Elemental)’

What genre are your books?

The genre of these novels is something I call Casablantasy: a mixture of fantasy and noir 30s detective and humour.

Why do you write?MPU cover final

Because there are books that I would like to read that haven’t been written yet.

Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

Yes, reading is one of my chief pleasures. Writing is hard, reading is beautiful … even when it’s hard. If I stuck more to favourite writers who have influenced my current writing, just to keep such a list under control, it would be Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Terry Pratchett, China Mieville, Grant Naylor, Agatha Christie, Mickey Spillane, Elmore Leonard, Homer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle …

What book/s are you reading at present?

The Glass Bead Game by Heinrich Hesse

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.

Marieke Ormsby designed it, the #2 punch in Satalyte’s #1 #2 knoickout combination. And she used the Publisher, Stephen Ormsby, as the model for Frank. Stephen is a little less hairy. Just a little.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

We did a launch at a specialist Sci-fi/fantasy bookstore and a relaunch at Melbourne Supanova in the wrestling ring. I was put in a headlock by a buffy woman wrestler.

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

I am fascinated by languages and the processes involved in translating literature and poetry. I’m currently learning both French and German in an effort to read some of my heroes in their original

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Thanks so much for hanging out with us Jeremy! Please be sure to follow him and check out his work!

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Sincerely Me…

sinsundaySo I thought since I have interviewed hundreds of authors over the years on this blog, that you would enjoy hearing me answer some of the questions I have posed to them over the years.

Each week I will answer one or two questions, if you want you can leave your own questions for me in the comments and I will try and answer them in a future blog post!

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Do you ever get writer’s Block?

My standard answer for these sorts of questions is.. “Does the sun rise in the East and set in the West?” In other words oh hell yes I do! All the bloody time and it frustrates me to no end. I have all the words when I am out on the road driving to and from work, running errands, cleaning, doing other things and then I run to my screen to write them all down and they vanish like wisps of fog in the morning sun.

I also went through a two year period where my muse refused to speak with me at all. She claimed she was on hiatus but I believe that she was mad at me for pursuing other real world things rather than feeding into her. HA! It was frustrating as all get out. I cant tell you how many times I was crying to my editor that I was washed up after two books and how sad I was that I couldn’t talk to my characters anymore.

I am sincerely glad that we, that is the muse and I, got that all sorted out. It was not something I would like to revisit any time soon.

Q&A with K.S. Nikakis

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Please give a cold dead welcome to our next victim… (I mean guest!) on the blog this week… the lovely Karen Simpson Nikakis!

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TheEmeraldSerpentv1So, what have you written?

The Kira Chronicles trilogy (fantasy) was published by Allen and Unwin (2007-9) and I had the rights reverted to me in 2013. Oddly it seems to be still out there on the US Amazon site: http://www.Amazon.com I

am going to tweak it a bit and relaunch the trilogy as the six book Kira Chronicles Series on Amazon late 2016 to early 2017. The Kira Chronicles trilogy (as new and used)(pbooks) are on Amazon: Book 1: The Whisper of Leaves: http://amzn.com/1741755042; Book 2: The Song of the Silvercades: http://amzn.com/1741758939; Book 3: The Cry of the Marwing: http://amzn.com/1741759374 Various prices. These are also available in most libraries.

Dragon Tales (reference book) explores the purposes dragons serve in different types of narratives. It draws on my Masters thesis and was published by Heidelberg Press in 2010. Available from publishers: http://www.HeidelbergPress.com.au; Ph: +61 3 9459 8827

Ten Little Mushrooms (a children’s app) was launched by Zero Cut Entertainment in 2016 under the pen name of Chrys Andreas. Night Owls and Crabby the Crab are also contracted to Zero Cut Entertainment. Enquiries: zerocutentertainment@gmail.com

The Emerald Serpent (fantasy) is my first independently published novel and was launched on Amazon in October 2015. The Emerald Serpent (ebook) is on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B016GGTUXO for USD $2.99. Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRy7LF2m8sQ&feature=youtu.be

Walking the Writer’s Road, the Gifted Traveller and Campbell’s Hero Quest (reference book chapter) in: Giftedness Illuminated by Creativity (Nikakis, S. Ed.), Heidelberg Press, 2015. Enquiries: http://www.HeidelbergPress.com.au; Ph: +61 3 9459 8827 Also other book chapters and conference papers/academic publications mainly on Tolkien and Joseph Campbell.

I’ve had short stories published in Zahir and Aurealis, and poetry published in Centoria and Poetrix, and many reviews with Aurealis Xpress, but I’m time poor and now focus entirely on novels.

I blog reasonably regularly on Goodreads and Facebook.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?WhisperCoverSmall

The main character in The Emerald Serpent is Etaine, who is true Eadar. The Eadar are slighter than humans and have white skin, black hair and emerald-coloured eyes. They also carry their memory in their blood. When Adam’s folk (humans) arrived on their shores, the Eadar innocently interbred, so even true-Eadar have some human blood, and this disrupted the Eadar’s blood memories. A third group arrived, the Fada, religious zealots intent on violently replacing the Eadar’s gods with their own. When true Eadar join, they regain their memories of their gods and how to serve them. Etaine joins with her true-mate Cormac but he doesn’t Remember. As a result, Etaine is horribly injured by the Fada and is then intent on murdering as many of them as she can. To have any chance of defeating the Fada, she must have the courage to turn away from killing and trust Cormac again.

What are you working on at the minute?

I’m on the final edit of the first book of the Hunter duology: Heart Hunter. It will be launched in the next couple of months.

I am also working on an angel series that has been going for a while but was interrupted by NaNoWriMo in 2013 (which produced The Third Moon – contracted to Satalyte Publishing); and NaNoWriMo in 2014 which produced The Emerald Serpent (launched on Amazon, Oct 2015).

What’s it about? 

The Hunter duology is about a Sceadu female hunter called Fleet. She is skilled, strong and fast, and thinks she’s going to marry her agemate Ashin. But while Fleet is on hunt, Ashin marries Fleet’s ex-best friend and the Sceadu’s new wisewoman, Siah. Siah sets Fleet an impossible task: cross the impassable mountains and bring back something that will return water to the Sceadu’s, frigid, ice-locked lands. Fleet believes Siah is sending her to her death, to remove her as a rival for Ashin’s affections, and refuses to go. But in a fit of angry frustration, she breaks the hunter’s sacred code of Talabraith, and in atonement, sets out into the mountains expecting only death.

Fleet’s quest allows her to see with other eyes; to understand that words might mean many things; and that love is not what she thought. And of course, there is a twist in the end.

What genre are your books?

I’ve coined the term ‘deep fantasy’ to describe them as they don’t fit paranormal, dystopic, epic or high fantasy. I’m interested in deeper philosophical or metaphysical questions that underpin fantasy. I’m not much interested in gore; medieval castles; multi-layered political intrigues or miserable future worlds. I focus on just a few characters’ hero journeys in brilliantly drawn secondary worlds. And there is always romance and a positive ending.

SongCoverSmallWhat draws you to this genre?

Fantasy has the capacity to deal with really fundamental issues and the human yearning for a purposeful/meaningful life, in new and refreshing ways. It draws on the power of myth and movies like Fury Road, Avatar and Episodes 4, 5 and 6 of StarWars show just how potent and engaging these mythic elements are. Modern life is extremely cluttered and I would find it boring to write about characters who had to go to school or who got stuck in traffic jams.

How much research do you do?

I don’t draw on existing myths or stories, so I only research very specific things. In Hunter Book 1: Heart Hunter, Fleet and her fellow hunter Tor build a snow cave, so I Googled a couple of methods. The Emerald Serpent is set in the Caledonian Forest in northern Scotland as it was thousands of years ago, so I read up on the trees and animals. My Masters is in the purposes of dragons in selected narratives, so completing that meant I became familiar with a lot of mythic motifs. My Ph.D was on Campbell’s hero

quest applied to a female hero, so again I’m familiar with the full depth of the 17 part structure. Despite that, as a pantser, I don’t set up a novel structure before I begin. I don’t think about initiating incidents, or the final ordeal either. I let the story take me where it will. But in draft 2, I’m looking at what mythic elements have emerged from my unconscious and try to make them more powerful. As well, I started my working life as a secondary English and Geography teacher; I used to ride horses; and I’ve done a lot of walking. So I already know a lot about how landscapes and weather systems work; about horses; and about what it’s like to walk a very long way. This has proven very useful.

 When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always liked English and writing creative essays at school, but it never occurred to me to be an author. It never entered my head that books were written by people who did it for a living. It had no relationship to me at all. Actually I’m quite astounded to admit this now. When I was doing the Masters, I became interested in Carl Jung and went to a lecture series about him. It opened a door in my head and I spent the next six weeks on a high writing Book 2 of The Kira Chronicles. It was 22 years ago and I haven’t stopped since. I read somewhere that Sara Douglass started writing when she found a tiny toy battle axe on a seat in a waiting room. I envy people who started writing at 14 like Isobelle Carmody. They have had so many years to hone their craft.

Why do you write?

A rational question with no rational answer! Bits of dialogue come to me, or whole scenes. I have to find out the rest of the story. It’s like the ether has tossed me a glittering piece of jig-saw puzzle. I can’t rest till I have the whole picture. And I fall in love with my characters. I ache for them; I tut-tut about them. I can’t just abandon them. I have to know!

Do you write full-time or part-time?CryCoverSmall

I work full time and have a 3 hour commute (on a good day). I write at night and on weekends.

Where do your ideas come from?

Words, images and music are important triggers for me. I have scrapbooks full of pictures that have resonated and seeing a particular image can completely change a character. Music will give me whole scenes and the emotional tone. Individual words will have lovely shapes and sounds I want to explore. I’m also interested in human nature, such as the line between the human and the divine (which is explored in the Angel series).

The Hunter Duology started from a single word: sceadu, the archaic form of the word shadow. In Jungian terms the shadow is the part of the unconscious where we lock away things we don’t like about ourselves; and in geographic terms, a rain shadow is the landward-facing side of a mountain range which receives less rainfall than the ocean-facing side. So sceadu (shardoo or skee-ar-doo) was not only a word I liked, but one which gave me the elements of the story.

The Third Moon (contracted to Satalyte Publishing) came about because I’ve always been intrigued by Jung’s notion of the collective unconscious. There is mounting evidence that memories are encoded genetically and passed down through the generations. The Third Moon is set in the far future where a young man of indigenous Australian descent is haunted by memories of his ancestors’ dispossession.

The Emerald Serpent was a NaNoWriMo project, which being November, meant I was pretty tired. For the first time I decided to draw on an existing myth rather than concocting something from scratch. The Tuatha de Danaan interested me but I decided they would not have fled to the bleak dampness of underground, but to another dimension. I’ve always been interested in the story of St George slaying the dragon, which is an analogy for Christianity destroying pagan religions. So I put the two together. I am interested in the sometimes awful consequences of innocent actions too. The Eadar had no idea they would destroy so much of their culture when they intermarried with Adam’s folk, and it isn’t Cormac’s fault that he doesn’t Remember, but the consequences are catastrophic.

What are your thoughts on writing a book series.

My angel series will be 6 books. It started as a trilogy but I think series suit independent publishing on Amazon better. I’m also finding it less onerous to write 60,000 words than 110,000 which is what I usually write for each book in a trilogy. There is more cost in covers if you are independently publishing but you get a quicker sense of achievement and get parts of your story out there more quickly. This is important when you are working alone without the support and backing of a commercial publisher and their marketing team.

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Thanks so much for coming to join us this week Karen! Please be sure to follow her and check out her books!

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Book Links: The Emerald Serpent has a book trailer: this is the penultimate version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRy7LF2m8sQ&feature=youtu.be Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/KS_Nikakis

Sincerely Me…

sinsundaySo I thought since I have interviewed hundreds of authors over the years on this blog, that you would enjoy hearing me answer some of the questions I have posed to them over the years.

Each week I will answer one or two questions, if you want you can leave your own questions for me in the comments and I will try and answer them in a future blog post!

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How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Writing a book for me can take anywhere from 15 days (yes you read that right! The Widowmaker was written in 15 days) to a year. It all depends on the flow and how much time I can devote to writing. Lately its been an average of a couple months per book as I work full time and I have a bunch of other commitments as mother and wife that have to be attended to on a regular. It all eats into my energy, muse and time.