Friday, December 26, 2014

Guest spot by Jonathan L. Ferrara, author of The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin

A lot of people dont understand that being an author isnt just about writing a book. Thats actually only half of the battle. With millions of books out there, marketing is the key to any successful author. Nobody is just going to find your book, purchase it, and spend the long hours reading it. They want to know that they arent wasting their money and time on another so-so book. You have to be able to tell your story, not just by writing it, but by verbalizing your exciting tale. You need to turn heads without reading a single word of the manuscript.  

            I worked many years in retail, working as a manager for the Disney Store. I never saw myself as a salesman and I kind of just stumbled upon the job to pay my way through college. I learned some amazing strategies by working in retail. I even learned that Disney is a perfect example to how an author can market their book. Every day while I was at work it was up to me to sell the merchandise, not by handing the shopper a Disney shirt and saying something like buy this itll look great on you, but by bringing the characters on the shirt to life, by telling the character's story and making the shopper excited. The same goes for a book. As an author, its up to you to bring your own characters to life by sharing your story before a reader even gets the chance to read a single word from your book. Whats exciting about your novel? Why would a reader be interested in your characters? What makes your novel different from all the others? Start with a catchy hook line and then let the rest of your story unfold.   

            When it comes to my novel, The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin, I found that what made it most interesting was the unique way I portrayed the Seven Deadly Sins. I didnt just use Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride as the wicked words weve come to know, but gave them life by making characters out of them. I told a story about their origin and how they effect mankind today. Of course my book has much more going on than just the Seven Deadly Sins, but it would be impossible to explain a whole story in just a few short sentences. When I start to market I go straight to the sins because its interesting and unique and can capture attention.    

            "Somehow I can't believe there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C's. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy and the greatest of these is Confidence. When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably. - Walt Disney. Thats one of my favorite quotes, and I hold it dear to me. I believe in the story I wrote, and I market it so that I may share this belief with others. Every author should believe in their story and give it the chance it rightfully deserves. If you believe in your tale then be excited about it with all your heart and the rest of marketing is simple.  


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Jonathan L. Ferrara is the author of the debut, young adult urban fantasy, The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sinjust released by Dragonwell Publishing. He was born in San Pedro, California to an Italian fisherman and a mother from New York. Growing up with one older brother, Jonathan had several hobbies: finding the best hiding spots to jump out and scare his mother, discovering new fantasy book series, and imagining outrageous, whimsical worlds full of magic. He is now happily married, residing in California in the City of Angels. He has two wonderful children-his dog Koda and cat Merlin. Visit his WEBSITE.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Interview with Douglas Gardham, author of The Actor


Title: The Actor
Author: Douglas Gardham
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 352
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook
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It is 1991 when Ethan Jones finally wins the role of his dreams in an upcoming, big screen movie. With the envelope holding the script clutched in his hand, he arrives at his California apartment where he can hardly wait to tell his girlfriend the exciting news. But when he finds the door unexpectedly ajar, he has no idea that in just a few seconds, the life he has fought so hard to obtain will be shattered.
Eight years earlier, Ethan is attending university in Ottawa, Canada. One evening after seriously contemplating suicide, he finds his way into a club where he meets Mila Monahan, a beautiful acting student who saves him from himself. After he watches Mila rehearse a university play, Ethan catches the acting bug and decides to pursue his own creative passions, causing a collision with his more secure ideals. But when Mila suddenly disappears, Ethan vows he will never stop chasing the dream she inspired in him, believing in a world entirely different from the one he is living in.
The Actor is a gripping tale of a young man’s unforgettable journey of self-discovery in overcoming the trauma of a personal tragedy. It is a story of love, hardship, persistence and overwhelming joy where The Actor learns he can portray anything he can imagine.
Could you please tell us a little about your book?
The Actor: A Novel is the story of a young man’s journey of self-discovery in overcoming the trauma of a tragedy he goes through by chasing a dream—a dream that’s not quite what it seems. It’s a story of love, hardship, persistence and overwhelming joy. The Actor reads like a thriller—a psychological thriller—but it’s more than that with an unforgettable ending.
Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?
The inspiration for the novel came from seeing the movie Titanic when it first came out. I became fascinated by what someone would go through—the ups and downs—of getting up from what they were doing and chasing a dream.
What cause are you most passionate about and why?
Today, probably addiction—chemical and alcohol—because of how something that people know will destroy their lives and yet they can’t help themselves.
Do you have any rituals you follow when you finish a piece of work?
Not really. The feeling of completion is an unbelievable feeling of satisfaction. I’ll take my wife out for a nice dinner.
Who has influenced you throughout your writing career?
Two major writers who I’ve never met: Stephen King whose “constant reader” notes that accompany many of his novels made me feel I could actually write a novel and Robertson Davies whose quote “writing is more about discipline and diligence than anything else” helped me realize writing wasn’t just in the ability to write down a story. And Hemingway with his short sentences and ability to put into words, emotion and passion. I would be remiss in not including the band Rush—music creativity and craftsmanship.
What are some of your long term goals?
To get to write and create for the rest of my life. When you touch and get to do what you truly love, you can’t turn away.
Douglas Gardham is a writer who loves music, movies, and books. He lives near Toronto, Canada, with his wife and dog. This is his first published novel.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Dangerous Marriage by William W. Blunt Book Feature


Title: A Dangerous Marriage
Author: William Blunt
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 332
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook/Paperback
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 In A Dangerous Marriage, Julia Davenport’s social life has drifted into a backwater. Then she meets Peter Medea at a business reception in New York City. She is drawn by his aura of power and erotic magnetism and is lured into a hasty marriage. By indulging her compelling emotional and physical needs she finds immediate gratification, but at a devastating cost. Her romantic adventure turns out to be fraught with conflict and betrayal. And she becomes unwittingly involved in her husband’s shady business transactions, forcing her into unwanted intimacy with the sinister man who masterminds these schemes. She finds support in friendships with a victim of his fraudulent machinations, and others. She is nurtured and encouraged by a man who emerges from her past. But Julia alone must overcome the threats to her self-esteem, happiness, and well-being, which are the destructive consequences of her earlier surrender to passion.

Readers say this about A Dangerous Marriage –
Wow, what a page turner! Compelling and sexy, with the added intrigue of the nasty part of the financial world. Great story. —Constance Fulenwider A Dangerous Marriage is extremely well written. The characterization is great – the reader comes to know the characters really well. I didn’t want it to end. —Natalie Lee I loved A Dangerous Marriage. I really was glued to the plot and felt totally involved with the characters. It is written with great sensitivity and the story line moves along compellingly. This is a terrific novel! —Judy Bross In A Dangerous Marriage, twenty-six-year-old Julia Davenport’s social life has drifted into a backwater. Then she meets Peter Medea at a business reception in New York City that she’s attending as a favor for a friend. She is drawn by Peter Medea’s aura of power, apparent financial success, and erotic magnetism and is lured into a hasty marriage. By indulging her compelling emotional and physical needs she finds immediate gratification, but at a devastating cost. Her romantic adventure turns out to be fraught with conflict and betrayal. And she becomes unwittingly involved in her husband’s shady business transactions, forcing her into unwanted intimacy with Marco “Denny” DiNiro, the sinister man who masterminds these schemes. She finds support in friendships with a victim of DiNiro’s fraudulent machinations, and others. She is nurtured and encouraged by Danny Johnson, who has emerged from her past. But it is Julia alone who must overcome the threats to her self-esteem, happiness, and well-being, which are the destructive consequences of her earlier surrender to passion.

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  William W. Blunt graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School. He interrupted his corporate legal practice in New York City to serve in Washington, D.C., as Assistant Secretary of Commerce. Today he lives with his wife, Balirm in Irving, Texas. This is his first novel.

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Interview with Imam Omar Hazim, author of Islam in the Heartland of America

  Islam in the Heartland of America Title: Islam in the Heartland of America
  Genre: Religion/Spirituality
  Author: Imam Omar Hazim
  Publisher: Xlibris
  EBook: 279 pages
  Release Date: January 28, 2011
  ISBN: 978-1-45685-798-1

 "The purpose of this book is to inform and educate the general public of how Islam is taught in a mosque in the heartland of America. It includes the Friday khutbah (sermons) by Imam Omar Hazim and several other Imams (Spiritual Leaders). The hope is to help to clarify some of the misconceptions and distortions about the religion of Islam. In addition to the sermons, there will be articles from other publications, excerpts of sermons and photos. Included also is information about the diversity among the Muslim population in the Heartland of America. This book is very timely, as Islam has been reported as being the fasting growing religion in the World. For anyone who ever thought about or wondered what is taught in the Friday services at a Mosque, this book is a must read for them."  

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Question1- Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?  After the horrific events of 09/11/2001, I thought it would be important for me to make a contribution in writing to the world about Islam.
Question2- What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it? My biggest challenge was myself, my own procrastinations.
Question3- Do you plan subsequent books? I am always writing, I may write another book in the future.
Question4- When and why did you begin writing? I started writing this book in 2002. My first writing was a sermon in the late 70’s. The purpose of this book is to inform and educate the general public of how Islam is taught in a Mosque.
Question5- What is your greatest strength as an author? A strong desire to educate the general public.
Question6- Did writing this book teach you anything? Yes, when you teach you also learn.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Guest Post by Australian SF Author Greg Byrne

Sitting at the keyboard produces a certain way of thinking for me. The keys are there, my fingers are there, and my muscular desire is to make the two work together. When I’m at the keyboard, I think like a writer, a producer of words, sentences and stories. It’s almost like being in that chair at that desk in front of that screen starts that muscular memory of writing. It’s hard to escape.

However, one of my favourite parts of writing is the time spent away from the keyboard. The story is still in my head so I remember what characters are doing and what their particular goals and problems are at that particular point in the story. However, I’m not at the keyboard. I’m somewhere else: walking in the local park, doing the dishes, driving, running, showering, sitting on the train. In these situations, without the story in front of me, demanding me to think like a maker of words, the making machine drops down to Idle and all the thoughts bound up in time and logic and orderly sequence with it. In its place, another curious mental device spins up to speed. This is the what if engine. Freed of the need to create, it ponders, muses and hypothesizes instead. What if character A was a child instead of an adult? What if character C had the ability to fly? What if swords had memories? What if character G couldn’t remember anything without a picture or words to remind him?

At this time, at least for me, it’s really critical to do three things. Firstly, I need to get all these rather drifting, insubstantial what if thoughts onto paper as quickly and in as much detail as possible. They float away otherwise. Secondly, I must not look at the story until that first process is done or I get caught up in the real story and it overpowers the new thoughts and images. Thirdly, accept everything and reject nothing. Strangely, wonderfully and often serendipitously, these mental images and tastes and colours are often representations of what the book wants at some point in the future. Even though they may not mean anything or connect logically now, the chances are that they will in the future. Then, when all these ponderings are written down, they become real, which means they are not going to drift away, so I am then able to leave them to percolate, marinate and filter into the real story.

It sounds cliché, but the story often develops a will and direction of its own. It knows where it wants to go, and these what if thoughts are often unconscious expressions of the story planting its own seeds in my mind. Even if this doesn’t work, the freeing up of the what if engine is a liberating one and good for the writing and creative process.

Is all of this true, or is this just some metaphysical ramblings? For Nine Planets, my debut, I was astonished at how this above process produced some of the most surprising parts of the novel. For my other three (as yet unpublished) novels, I’ve been aware of the same process as well.


Central to everything is the idea of wild, extravagant untrammeled creativity. Be afraid of no idea. Think wide and free.

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ABOUT THE BOOK
In the world of despair, Father Nick’s Day is the only hope…
Peter Blackwell wakes from a coma into a world he doesn’t recognize. Without memory or identity, all he has are nine random images. Nine planets. Eight he can see, although he does not understand them, but the impenetrable ninth is the secret that two opposing and hidden brotherhoods have been seeking for nearly two millennia. Pursued, betrayed, Blackwell has twelve days to unlock his Ninth Planet and prevent terminal worldwide suicide. And his only ally is a manic assassin sent to extract the secret and kill him.
NINE PLANETS is a debut Christmas-themed science fiction thriller from an Australian author.
Find out more on AMAZON.
gregABOUT THE AUTHOR
Greg Byrne is an English teacher, grammar consultant, and lecturer. He enjoys exploring places, ideas, history, languages and science, dinners with friends, watching his family grow, and living life’s great adventure. His next projects are a young adult thriller with a twist, developing a grammar teaching system for schools, and writing a grammar text for ESL students. He lives in Perth, Western Australia, with his beloved wife and family and an overweight British Blue.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Interview with L. Nicole Murray, author of AUTUMN'S CHILD






L. Nicole Murray is a creative writer by passion, training, and profession. She is a Columbia College graduate with a degree in Fiction Writing and Marketing. Nicole’s dual Gemini personality helps her pursue creative writing as a personal profession. Nicole explores the creative landscape of the mind to craft fiction out of real emotion. She currently writes short stories, novels, poems, and screen plays. Autumn’s Child is her first novel.

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About the Book:

"I am hurting. Fractured in places stitches can't heal." Autumn’s Child tells the desperate story of Layla, as a young and naive twelve year-old girl. Over ten critical years, her life quickly changes like the colors of the trees in autumn. The accidental death of her parents forces her to abandon her religious, middle-class lifestyle. She moves to the inner city of Chicago with her grandmother and aunt, her only living relatives. Layla tries to approach her new life with optimism, but the perfections of her past life haunt her tormented journey. After coming to grips with the reality over the years that her only aunt despises her, Layla soon discovers that she may secretly hold the keys to helping her aunt’s diminishing health in her hands. Layla’s faith and sanity are continuously tested as she matures throughout each season of her life. She stumbles through her new found reality while learning how to play the distinct set of cards she’s been dealt. Layla’s neighbor and best friend, Shay, helps guide her from adolescence into adulthood. Autumn’s Child chronicles a life on the opposite side of the coin; where friendships grow out of tragedy, and the pressure of a marginalized life weighs heavily on pure souls. Layla must make many compromising decisions, all while perpetually asking the reader, What would you do?

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Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

A: Autumn’s Child started from a short story about the main character Layla. After writing the short I felt as if there was more to tell or more that wanted to know about her. How she felt, where her life was headed and I felt compelled to continue writing until I developed a personal connection and sense of discovery with Layla. Her life began to unfold for me as I wrote it, just as it unfolds for the reader as they read it. Actually, before I knew it I was a150 pages in and completely absorbed in Layla’s life. I actually felt a sense of accountability for her future.


Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

A: If you think about writing an entire novel you may be faced with a sense of anxiety or self-doubt. But if you begin by telling a story and enjoying the story that you discover on the journey of storytelling than you will find that it’s not actually difficult. 

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish? 

A: I self-published which has been an interesting journey but one that I appreciate.

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

A: The publishing industry in general has been a surprised. As a creative you create but when you self-publish you wear so many different hats that at times you can miss being just a creative. 


Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

A: I am working on another novel about a young lady that is on a quest to craft the perfect genealogy by any means necessary. I am also writing and focused on film and TV projects with my creative partner. I am currently writing the screen play for Autumn’s Child.

Q: What’s your favorite place to hang out online?

A: Anywhere with good content. I don’t have a favorite blog or website. The beauty of the digital space is that you are drawn to what inspires you. Some days I’m drawn to works of fiction, other inspirational works and some days I’m simply looking to learn more in my creative field.

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

A:That life will take you on various different directions and paths as you live. You can choose to deal with the cards you were dealt and take the lessons and grow from it or you can use your cards as an excuse for what you insecurely feel you can’t do. Either way your destiny is all your own. Circumstance is merely a condition that you can choose to dwell in or overcome, the choice is yours.
  

Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?

A: Autumn’s Child on Amazon or WWW.LNMcreative.com.  When Autumn sets in and the leaves on the trees have fallen to their end, there and only than is where you will find my sins. Autumn’s child will spring again… 

Autumn’s Child Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM1HsapHNDc






Saturday, December 13, 2014

BuzzFeed Announces 17 Best YA Book Covers 2014

I think over the years people have become enamored with YA book covers.  When the YA genre popped on the book scene a few years ago, it was the covers that attracted me to these books.  And the great covers are still coming in.  BuzzFeed has announced their top picks for best YA book covers for 2014.  Of the ones they chose, these are my favorites. 



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Interview with WJ Gunning, author of 'Redemption Towers'

W J Gunning lives on Australia's Gold Coast where as an artist and  survivor of three separate breast cancers she aspires to live sustainably.

Redemption Towers her second published novel was written on the  Gold Coast in the nineties as W J recovered from breast cancer.

The lust for life in the naughty, colorful and flawed characters of Redemption Towers empowered the author as she regained her own health.

At this time WJ  was a young school teacher recovering from breast cancer treatment and wondering if she would be given back my teaching position.

She found her characters lust for life and ability to adjust to the knocks life dealt them rejuvenating. With her own health and  economic future uncertain her tough, resilient characters redemption  gave her strength.

When it was finally confirmed she would not be given back her  teaching position she was able to bounce back in new directions with a resilience equal to that of her characters. 

You can visit her website at http://wjgunningbooks.blogspot.com.au/.

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

In the early nineties I lived on Australia's Gold Coast.  I was a young teacher, with a new mortgage recovering from breast cancer treatment and waiting to see if I could return to teaching. My life was in limbo.  Where I was living was Australia's flamboyant playground with a media dominated by the lives and actions of its top players. One day a small newspaper article about a  financial scam caught my focus and the seed for Redemption Towers was planted.

I sat down to create my story and the characters emerged.   

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

Writing this book was a total joy. I had a concept for a plot but my writing is character driven. Once I established my characters I loved my time with them till my work reached a satisfactory resolution. These characters were tough, resilient, very naughty and often funny. I loved each day at my computer writing  and working out a way to find their redemption. My tips for other writers would be write with characters you enjoy. You will be spending many days discovering these people and their actions and you will need to be somewhere that you and hopefully also the reader will both enjoy and find ultimately uplifting.

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

I self-published as it allows control of all aspects of the process. A learning curve but an exciting one.

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

I found the company with whom I self-published so helpful and was surprised what a great result was achieved using their software.

Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

I have published  Contrite Hearts another novel I wrote ten years before  Redemption Towers. My friends keep asking me to write about how I regained my  health after three separate breast cancers. I do aspire to live sustainably now and am looking at how I can share the transition to  a sustainable lifestyle.. 

Q: What’s your favorite place to hang out online?

I have been working on my manuscript for so long will have to find some new hang outs.

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

My message with this book is that we can all find redemption. The characters in Redemption Towers seem so irredeemable with their glossy veneers but underneath  all is not what it seems and the resolution of their inner pain creates the plot. These  characters were all survivors at a time I was feeling particularly vulnerable. Their strength became my own..
  
Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?
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Yes I encourage all to write. When I began putting pen to paper I never envisaged the insights or strengths it would bring.  Already several readers have opened up about closed parts of their life after reading the many valleys of my characters. Once a door is opened light comes in and healing starts. You never know when you begin to write who is meant to read your words.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Interview with T.W. Fendley, author of The Labyrinth of Time - Win a $25 Gift Card!

The Labyrinth of Time Title: The Labyrinth of Time
Author: T.W. Fendley
Publisher: Silent Partner Publishing
Pages: 226
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Can Jade restore the Firestone’s powers before the First Men return to judge humanity? 


 Spending spring break in Peru with her grandmother isn’t sixteen-year-old Jade’s idea of fun. She’d much rather be with her friends at Lake of the Ozarks. Then she meets Felix, a museum director’s son. Jade discovers only she and Felix can telepathically access messages left on engraved stones in the age of dinosaurs. Following the ancient stones’ guidance, they enter the Labyrinth of Time and–with a shapeshifting dog’s help–seek a red crystal called the Firestone. But time is running out before the First Men return on the night of the second blue moon.   

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TW Fendley T.W. Fendley is an award-winning author of historical fantasy and science fiction for adults and young adults. She began writing fiction full-time in 2007 after working twenty-five years in journalism and corporate communications. In October 2011, L&L Dreamspell LLC published her debut historical fantasy novel for adults, Zero Time. She fell in love with ancient American cultures while researching story ideas at the 1997 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Since then, she’s trekked to archeological sites in the Yucatan, Peru and American Southwest.

When she’s not writing, T.W. explores the boundaries of consciousness through remote viewing and shamanism. She currently lives near St. Louis with her artist husband and his pet fish. Her latest book is the young adult fantasy, The Labyrinth of Time.

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       Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, T.W. Fendley.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

A: Storytelling has always been a part of my life. I have fond memories of my sister and me jumping on our twin beds when we were supposed to be asleep, taking turns making up a story, one scene at a time. “Pretend I knew something, but you didn’t know I knew.” Sound familiar?
In middle school (we called it junior high then), I won a national youth essay contest about tuberculosis that featured my first imagined character, Timothy B. (T.B.) Mouse.
I started writing fiction for publication in the mid-1990s while living in New Orleans. In 1997, I fell in love with ancient American cultures while researching story ideas at the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Since then, I’ve trekked to archeological sites in the Yucatan, Peru and American Southwest. You’ll often find references to Inca, Aztec and Maya history, culture and mythology in my stories.
I began writing fiction full-time in 2007. My first sale was a short story, Solar Lullaby, in the 2010 Dreamspell Sci Fi Vol 1 ebook.

Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A: The Labyrinth of Time was inspired by my visit in 2008 to a tiny museum about two hundred miles south of Lima, Peru. The founder of the Library of Stone Books of Ica believed the engraved black river rocks he collected contained messages left for us by people who lived in the time of dinosaurs. Many consider the Stones of Ica to be a hoax, as you’ll quickly find if you do an online search. If that’s the case, kudos to the enterprising farmer who shared his fiction by engraving the story on more than eleven thousand stones.

Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

A: When you’re writing a fantasy that includes aliens with comet spaceships, you need to make it seem plausible to readers. The first step was making it real to myself, which wasn’t hard to do. For instance, a comet spaceship like the one the First Men use in the book became less of a fantasy on Nov. 12, 2014, when the European Space Agency made a historic soft-landing of its Philae probe on a comet. Similarly, emerging technology is focused using stones to store information. Already a DVD made out of stone can store data for up to ten thousand years. By 2015, Hitachi predicts it will be able to preserve information for hundreds of millions of years on laser-encoded slabs of quartz glass. 

Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it?  Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

A: Under the Media tab on my website--www.twfendley.com—I have pages with photos, several versions of my bio, links to media releases, and reviews. http://twfendley.com/media/


Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV?  What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

A: So far, public appearances to promote my book have included a talk at a book festival (Lit in the Lou), book signings and occasional podcasts with Write Pack Radio. My next event is a book signing at 11 a.m., Dec. 13, at 6 North Café in Ballwin, Mo. Young adult authors Cole Gibsen and Brad R. Cook, and children’s author/illustrator Jennifer Stolzer will join me there. We’re calling it “Steampunk, samurai and a mystical Peruvian dog.” After the holidays, I plan to schedule other events, particularly to promote the audiobook release.

Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A: I would love to find the right agent to represent my work to the Big Five publishers. While I’m seeking that person, I think it’s important to continue providing my readers stories in various formats—ebook, audiobook, and print.

Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?

A: While the ebook was available for preorder on Amazon and Smashwords in September and October, I sought reviews via Net Galley and offered giveaways on Goodreads and Library Thing. I also partnered with Pump Up Your Books for a blog tour scheduled soon after the Nov. 7 launch of The Labyrinth of Time, and with Books Go Social for social media marketing to a global audience. I placed ads in December book industry catalogs via PW Select and Ingram-Sparks’ Advance, as well as Author’s Den book ads, in hopes of sparking librarians’ interest.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A: I’m finishing the first draft of a science fiction novel called Moonblood--a retelling of the Adam and Eve story set in the near future.
  
Q: Thank you for your interview, T.W. Fendley.  Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?

A: Thanks so much for this opportunity! My author’s website is www.twfendley.com and my blog is The Writers’ Lens (www.thewriterslens.com). The Labyrinth of Time is available online from most major and indie booksellers, including:
Amazon  (print, ebook & audio Dec 2014)
Smashwords (ebook)
Apple iBooks (ebook)
Also, I love libraries, and many will order my books if they get patron requests.

T.W. is giving away two $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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  • This giveaway begins November 17 and ends on December 12.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, December 15.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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