Author Interview: Haley Belinda

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
Born in Bradford West Yorkshire UK. My Late Mother was from Bronte country and My Late Dad from Castleford area.
During my lifetime I have been a nurse, done fitness, been a beauty therapist until I was overcome by fibromyalgia. I always wanted to be an Author I love reading! The good old procrastination and direction just sent me in a different direction when I was younger…
I read to my children every night I could and when I couldn’t, I would take a turn at each of their bedsides and make up a quick story.
Whilst I ran my beauty business I wrote a memoir in verse but developed fibromyalgia and undergoing tests etc hindered the marketing, It got put on the back burner. I have accepted the ‘fibro’ now or I am more determined it is not gonna stop me, LOL. I, therefore, contemplated and thought I am going to turn those stories into books so here I am… I enjoy children’s story writing which I can do around my condition. I do still write poetry for my blog and will organise a book of poetry too at some point.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
I have answered, gosh I do yakker. Ha! Ha! Children’s genre and poetry. Picture and chapter books mainly. I haven’t done Young Adult fiction, mostly, because the fibro affects Memory at times.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
The truth is I have been writing books since 2005. I haven’t been marketing books until July This year. That’s when I launched my mini-series ‘Through the Window’ Amy Books.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I had a business that I started from scratch. It was a success, and I had to close it due to illness. I did move it and work from home before having to give up altogether. Hence, I have never been traditionally published. I went straight to the self-publishing option.
I have ambition and faith. I am waiting for the day of success…

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
I tend to race, fall and step back. Step back first. Keep writing, but gather your audience and support network. This is reviewers and proofreaders. Alway’s get your work edited. Be prepared, but the best achievements are the ones worked at for self-satisfaction.
Keep going…

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I write something every day. Whether prayer, poem or idea. I am slowly building a network and I am improving every day… writing wise and health wise. It is coming together nicely. The condition won’t go away but neither will the books.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
Hope, humour, vocabulary, morals and bonding.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
Children are like little sponges. They absorb so much at their young ages. They also, like to watch or read their favourites again and again.
The stories are pleasant with familiar situations children see every day. Weather, seasons, occasions, animals and more. I believe they help to look at the funny side of life, like in my first book where lots of items were flying off in the wind.
They will learn new words and help them develop a good vocabulary.
Most importantly will enjoy while learning.

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Romance

By: Tanita Rose
Noah was everything she ever wanted, everything she ever dreamed about, and yet he was the one she could never allow herself to have.
Sophie fought so hard to establish control over her life, to diminish the damage her messed-up childhood left behind. The scars that no one could see, and yet they held so much power, contained so much pain. She struggled for years to defeat the shadows choking her from the inside out. To distance herself from the dysfunctional life she was forced to live. And she promised herself she would never give anyone else control over her life. She would never allow anyone else the chance to break her.
And then he came back into her life.
Noah always saw her as too sweet, too innocent, too fragile for someone like him. Someone whose tastes ran on the darker side. Someone broken and cynical, steeped in shadows of his past. Someone who exuded control in every aspect of his life, craved and needed it more than he needed to breathe. She could never handle all he would demand of her.
Or so he thought.
Will these two broken hearts find a path to happiness or will dark secrets of the past tear them apart forever? Follow their journey and find out.
By: A.L. Long
Following the same routine, day in and day out, Charlie Winters was about to give up on getting the break she deserved. Things begin to look up when her brother Nick suggested she to come to New York to work at his landscaping company. Moving from the small town of Cedar Grove to the big Apple was everything Charlie dreamed of, until her brother witnessed a brutal murder, which put his life in danger. Charlie would do everything she could to protect him even if it meant contacting the boy she fell in love with as a teenager.
Leaving the only girl, he had ever loved, the last thing Ryan Hyatt expected was to run into her, especially in Manhattan. Regretting his decision to push her away after he had enlisted in the military, he tried to make it up to her by offering to protect her brother Nick. When tragedy stuck, he soon found that his brother Josh may have been involved. Ryan would stop at nothing to protect the woman he would never stopped loving.

Literature & Fiction

The Sacred Symbol
By: Mike Dickenson

A young outcast followed by crows finds a flower in the forest one night – it is the Dreamer’s Lotus, a powerful hallucinogen that opens the mind to the meanings of the symbols. This can be helpful, especially when you live in a world where everything is symbolic.

The crow is a dangerous sign that is helping Corvus to transform dreams into reality, though everyone knows that manifestation will get you banished. There is an old lunatic named Obiticus who lives in the forest. He wants to manifest a new world, and Corvus is the key to his plan. Obiticus speaks of things that are forbidden – he knows secrets that only the awakened will understand. Corvus is desperate to know the truth, but even enlightenment has its price.

The Dreamer’s Lotus, book one of the epic Lucidity Series, is a parable for our times. The Dreamer’s Lotus examines the concept of what it means to “awaken,” and reveals the perils of sharing a vision of a better world with those who think you are crazy. A book for lovers of adventure, wilderness, fantasy and philosophy, The Dreamer’s Lotus will make you question everything you believe.

A Very Short Story
By: Gary Paul Bryant
A grandmother’s tragic childhood comes roaring back to life with unexpected consequences while telling bedtime stories to her adopted granddaughter in this very short story by Gary Paul Bryant.

Self-Help

By: Matt Peplinski
Over 200 peer-reviewed studies on shamanic healing, reiki and therapeutic touch have been analyzed in this book to give you a scientifically sound system of energy healing.

Humor & Entertainment

By: David Kempf

The Horror Of It All is a collection of interviews spanning all facets of the horror genre, including novels, film, horror hosts, dark fiction, cover art, and special effects. With a forward by the incomparable Jonathan Maberry, this book is sure to engage, inform, and enlighten every true-blue, horror enthusiast.

100% of every book sold will be donated to benefit those suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

By: Jessamyn Violet

Junkfood Sexlife is a genre-stretching fun house featuring loosely-connected characters living in Venice Beach in the not-too-distant future, 2029. After a devastating, growth-crushing term with celebrity-turned-President George F*ckwad, the United States people voted to appoint a robot as Commander-in-Chief.

The book switches POV each chapter, rotating four times through the seven characters: A Moroccan drummer full of psychic and sexual mojo (Odessa Messa), a theremin-playing witch with a spell to get almost anything she wants (Stevia Wonder), an ex-military hippie-ish party bus driver (Auggie Breakmirrors), a singer who has befriended a canal creature (Cassandra Panda), a psychotherapist who needs therapy more than his patients (Dr. Philip K. Parker), an almost-famous actor with an almost-unquenchable sexual appetite (Gerard Vice), and the self-loathing host of the podcast “I Slept With Them First” (Matt Bogart).

By: Kevin Kelly

A middle-aged homebody. An exotic retreat. This trot around the globe won’t be pretty”¦

The Travel Diaries of John Dot: Thailand is the second humorous installment in the Mid Life Backpacker series of comedic travelogues. If you like witty journeys of self-discovery, self-deprecating British humor, and travel writing with a twist, then you’ll love Kevin Kelly’s dry Thai comedy.

Buy the book today to see if John Dot survives another unforgettable adventure!

A Very Short Story
By: Gary Paul Bryant
It’s hard to imagine what could have happened to the most protected man on the planet, but when White House staff discover that the President is missing, his closest ally is not surprised.

Science Fiction & Fantasy

By: Robin Lythgoe

I am Crow, the best thief in all the empire. Ask anyone. Ask Tanris, who’s hunted me all these years and never pinched so much as a tail feather. Ask Baron Duzayan, the scheming wizard who convinced me to steal a myth.

I always said you couldn’t trust a wizard”¦

Biographies & Memoirs

By: Millys Altman
Here is what one reviewer on Amazon wrote:
“This is a short non-fiction book. I’ve read a couple of books that incorporate the “Spanish Flu.” I never learned as much as in this book. The flu started in the US and not in Spain. I recommend it.”

The Year Heavy Hail Halted Christmas

The Year Heavy Hail Halted Christmas by [Belinda, Haley]by Haley Belinda (Author)

Enjoy Advent this year with a cute Christmas storybook for your Kid’s!
The Year Heavy Hail Halted Christmas. A funny Christmas story!
What will Santa and the Elves do when a freak storm interrupts the children visiting him?

Having modern methods, will it be the reindeer with their red boots? Who saves the day?

Join Ellie and Abby as the school closes, and they get ready for Christmas.

3000 words, an excellent read every bedtime up to and on Christmas Day!

The Year Heavy Hail Halted Christmas for your child this holiday season. A Wonderful Christmas Storybook!

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Junkfood Sexlife

Junkfood Sexlife by [Violet, Jessamyn]by Jessamyn Violet (Author)

Junkfood Sexlife is a genre-stretching fun house featuring loosely-connected characters living in Venice Beach in the not-too-distant future, 2029. After a devastating, growth-crushing term with celebrity-turned-President George F*ckwad, the United States people voted to appoint a robot as Commander-in-Chief.

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Haley Belinda Testimonial

“I am an author of Children’s books and a poet. I came across the Author Marketing Club when I heard about the reviewer tool. I browsed a couple of video’s a few times. Then, decided I would give it a go… It is a revolution in helping indie authors to market their books. There is so much more than the reviewer tool, it’s a cost effective way to target different aspects such as description making and cost effective promotional channels. There are also many tutorials to help you along the way to achieving your goals. I am glad I found it.”

Haley Belinda, author of The Year Heavy Hail Halted Christmas

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