Author Interview: Vikki Walton

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I’ve always been a teacher and a writer. I just decided to teach through books.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
I write nonfiction and fiction.

In nonfiction, I focus on my passions. My first book focused on working on multiple things that make you happy (Work Quilting) to provide myriad income streams. I’ve got a book on travel for women that’s in the works (editing stage) and a couple of others in the outline and research stage. I love teaching and this allows me to teach through the written word.

In fiction, I have my first cozy mystery (Chicken Culprit) coming out in March 2018. I’m a suburban homesteader and certified permaculture designer so I wanted to share this passion in my favorite genre. I’ve got a few more outlined and excited to see how the series progresses.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
I’ve written for many years but I’ve finally taken the steps to publish them.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I’m self-published. I used to work for a literary agency and I also tried the traditional route. It’s hard to break through and the return is a lot smaller than self-publishing if you’re not a well-known name or have a big following.
For those with a platform, traditional publishing may provide the best avenue. For those who simply want to write and get a book out there for people to read, self-publishing may be the way to pursue.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
1. Write, write, write. No editing.
2. Read a lot. Read in your genre and also books on writing.
3. Join a critique group.
4. Edit, edit. Hire an editor.
5. If self-publishing, map out the timeline (it will take longer than you think) and make a budget (it will cost more than you think).
6. If publishing traditionally, get an agent or someone to read over any contract before you sign on the dotted line.
7. Be excited and happy that you’ve fulfilled a dream and can call yourself an author!

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I try to write first thing in the morning but my schedule varies. I always say that I ‘write’ the first draft in my head. I’ve already outlined the next fiction book in my head so I will transfer that to post-its and use them to plot out the book. I’m a visual person so I like to see where things are going. I always know the beginning and often the ending, it’s that middle part that’s fun as you don’t know what the characters are going to show you or do.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I want the reader to gain knowledge that can be put to use. In my Work Quilting book, everyone can gain some insight into how to make their career or life work for them. In my backyard farming mystery series, each book will focus on a particular aspect of homesteading. For instance, you may learn a few things about chickens and eggs. For my upcoming travel book, women will gain insights into planning, transportation, lodging as well as activities for their trips.
Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
If you’re fed up with the way your life is heading and the job you have, Work Quilting will help you think outside the 9 to 5 box. (Available now)

If you love cozy mysteries and are interested in backyard farming, then pick up Chicken Culprit. (Available March 1, 2018)

If you love travel, then you’ll gain insights to help make every trip better and save you some frustration and money. The Smart Woman’s Guide To Travel is coming soon.

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Tame Your Anxiety

Tame Your Anxiety: 14 Habits to Reduce Worry, Boost Your Mood, and Take Control of Your Fear (Anti-Anxiety Habits) by [Leigh, Dan]by Dan Leigh (Author)

We all experience anxiety from time to time. But if anxiety becomes chronic, it can be a real drag on your life. You miss out on important opportunities, suffer health consequences, or just feel plain miserable a lot of the time.

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The Mercury Formula

The Mercury Formula: Three Steps to Self Transformation by [Sedivy, J.R.]by J.R. Sedivy (Author)

Through the ages, diverse spiritual and mystic traditions have developed pathways to wisdom and inner power based on universal spiritual laws. These esoteric truths were historically kept as closely guarded secrets, accessible only to a select few initiates through lifetimes of disciplined study.

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Books To Review For 02/16/2018

GENRE:
Nonfiction reference

The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages

The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages is the only comprehensive source of influential book reviewer profiles and book review guidance available to authors, small publishers, and publicists.

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GENRE:
Politics & Sports

TrumpMania

The bluster and bravado that Trump witnessed at several WrestleManias, whether from a front row seat or inside the ring, surely lent a hand to his memorable electoral debate oratories.

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GENRE:
Historical Fiction

Where The Rivers Meet

James Adams is a slave in Charleston, South Carolina in the Adams household. Although his master and mistress are benevolent people. James craves Freedom.

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GENRE:
Young adult historical thriller

Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair is the first in a thrilling historical trilogy that intertwines the past and the present. Historical mystery meets contemporary thriller. Are you going to Scarborough Fair?

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GENRE:
Supernatural/horror

Footsteps in the dark

Footsteps in the Dark is a collection of eight supernatural/horror short stories, with a Twight Zone flare, that demonstrate the eternal struggle between good and evil, brought on by the human condition and the lengths we go to satisfy our devious desires.

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GENRE:
Love & Romance

Divorce, Drinking and Dating

You know those perfect people who always have their shit together? Yeah. That’s not me. Hell, I married a con man who had lied to me for ten years, and I didn’t even know it until he landed himself in prison. True story.

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GENRE:
Detective Mystery

Game of Bones #18 Rafferty & Llewellyn Mystery Series

Sergeant Llewellyn’s remark that, perhaps, ‘Someone else’ had made them a gift of Professor Babbington as the murderer, was just sour grapes, in Detective Joe Rafferty’s opinion.

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GENRE:
Holiday/reference

365 Reasons to Celebrate!

Pollution. Crime. Natural disasters. War. Addiction. Terrorism. Political unrest. Despite the dire headlines we read every day, there are COUNTLESS reasons to celebrate life and everything that fills it.

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GENRE:
Dystopian

Broken Branches

All men are sterile. Fertility drugs are given only to couples whose genetic matches are approved. Those without a family history to prove their genetic heritage are outcast from society.

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GENRE:
Children’s/Nature/Fantasy

The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean

Popcorn and Jellybean had never ventured down the path beyond the big tree. But since they never really did anything exciting and even though it made them a little nervous at first, they decided it would be a fun adventure for a couple of days since.

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GENRE:
Paranormal Romance

Rare Blood

A young woman from the cornfields moves to LA to pursue a writing career. Unaware that it is part of a well-orchestrated plan by an ancient being called the Magus, she soon discovers why a Templar knight, Tarot Cards, a rare blood type, and an extremely seductive billionaire book publisher—Tristan Mordecai—all play important roles in her life.

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GENRE:
Thriller/Suspense

Mr. Sugar

Mr. Sugar loves pretty things. But he hates to share. When widowed, workaholic Drew Sugar meets young temptress Angel, sparks fly. But he’s not caving into her advances, and she’s running out of time.

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Friday’s $0.99 eBooks

Science Fiction & Fantasy

A Carter McBride Supernatural Thriller (The Demon Wars Series Book 1)
By: Richard Alanson
Whilst investigating the mysterious murder of an underground prizefighter, Detective Carter McBride discovers things are not as they seem. A local priest warns him that there is supernatural danger lurking, a satanic cult is threatening to cloak the world in darkness. Carter’s entire world is shaken as he witnesses inexplicable and unnatural phenomenon and is faced with a new path in life, one where he is not just a homicide detective but an earthly crusader against evil and darkness.

Self-Help

How To Empower Yourself As An Empathic Person
By: Henry Parker
This book and my own personal experiences helped me a lot in discovering who I am and how different I am from others. This is why I decided to write this ultimate guide for empathic people, being an empath with firsthand experience and knowledge myself. For every empath out there seeking to become enlightened about themselves and how different they are from the rest of the world, this book is a must-read.
overcoming concerns and pressure in your everyday life
By: harry parker
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Actionable tips on working & staying motivated
By: Chris Will
Learn the secret to living the very best life with tips and steps that help you take decisive steps towards achieving your goals. There is something in this book for everyone as such you will find a little trace of you as you read. Life Goals takes a swipe at the several facets of life and how you can maximize your experiences for joyful living. This Book is a definitive guide on how to live but more so on how to live well, it bridges the gap between what the reader already knows and what is desired.
A guide to start, improve, and even turbo-charge your speaking confidence now!
By: Cece Celestina
Speak with confidence is a guide to start, improve and even turbo charge speaking with confidence for anyone who feels the need to find their voice and freely and confidently express themselves to their target audience. This book will take you through a self introspective journey from where you are right now to speaking with power and conviction like Tony Robins!

Religion & Spirituality

By: Lady Blackwood

A Secret Bloodline to Steer the Course of Destiny
For fans of The Alchemist ”” An explosive true story which will stay with you forever.

603 AD: Who are the Secret Bloodline?
My story begins in Medieval Britain, in the year AD 603, with the Holy Sword Excalibur being returned to me as promised by my grandson, the good King Arthur. I am The Lady of the Lake, and I bring you this prophesy: your life will be changed forever once you find the truth hidden within these pages.

2010 AD: Where Are They Now?
I’m an engineer; I don’t believe in ghosts and spirits. Yet since that night in Spain, when Mum appeared to me in a vision, something has awakened inside me and I’m restless to find answers. So here I am in Scotland, in search of buried treasure with my beloved knight by my side.

I sense that Mum is still present, reminding me that her message is urgent. Yet despite everything that has happened, it still hasn’t occurred to me that I’ve been sent on a quest to find King Arthur’s Holy Grail. As the Seven Seals are opened and their secrets are slowly revealed, I discover that this life is not what I’ve been led to believe.

What is the Great Plan?
Chariots of the Gods, a ground breaking classic, provides irrefutable proof that Earth has been visited repeatedly by advanced beings from other worlds. Did the rhesus (RH) negative gene come from an evolved race? Is there a secret destiny for descendants of this rare bloodline?

Flames of Love: Truth of the Holy Grail is the first in a planned trilogy to unveil the ‘Great Plan’ for humanity, and discloses the roles played by the Holy Bloodline, King David and Solomon, Jesus and King Arthur, and the Roman Catholic Church.

Intertwines actual events with factual research in a quest for answers:

Who are the Secret Bloodline?
What is their relevance today?
Is there a great plan for our evolution?
Why does the Roman Church fear women?
Who are God and Elohim?
What does this mean to the world?
A conscious and literal work of alchemy to challenges the reader beyond man-made constraints, which limit further growth. This unique and thoroughly original manuscript is a tool to prepare humanity for the very imminent next stage in our evolution.

The reader will be empowered to:

Awaken untapped potential.
Expand the boundaries of conscious thought.
Experience enlightenment and mindfulness.
Explore the possibility of purpose and destiny.
Embody an advanced level of human-being.

Based on an explosive true story which will stay with you forever.

Finding Confidence in Your Ability to Hear God for Yourself
By: Faithaline Hippolyte

Have you ever had a longing to hear God’s voice but felt the privilege was only for a chosen few? The fact is that God has been speaking to you all along: you just didn’t recognize it!

Join Faith on this 21-day journey, as she shares in a devotional format, some of the things she has learned through hearing God’s voice.

However make no mistake: the intention is not for you to sit on the sidelines as a spectator and eavesdrop on her conversations with God. Instead, this is an invitation for you to participate in your own story, as you learn to listen to hear what God is saying to you!

And be sure to check out part two which complements this book: Would God Really Speak To Me? Part Two: Finding God in Your Bad Hair Days and other Events of Your Everyday Life.

By the end of this book, you will have gained confidence in your ability to hear God for yourself. So what are you waiting for? Jump into this exciting next chapter of your life!