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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Author Interview: Michael R D James

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
The reflective attitude required by writing appealed to me very early when I began writing poetry at 19. Relatives in my family have been writers

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
Philosophical/educational fiction: University lectures embedded in a narrative of human drama and tragedt
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Academic books
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College textbooks
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Philosophical /educational journals

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
Since 1987

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
Both. My latest fictional work is self-published because it is a hybrid and does not belong in a genre that publishers find economically viable. An incredible state of affairs considering the importance of making Philosophy more generally available to the reading public.
I am undecided as to whether my college text “An Introduction to Philosophy” is going to be submitted to traditional publishers since the profit margins on self-published books are higher.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Old and wise advice that I was given by my mother: Write 1000 words everyday and reflect critically on what you have written sometime in the evening

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I am lecturing during term time so the writing process is slower but during the holidays I can be writing for 6 -7 hours once the reflection process has been completed.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
A feeling for the importance of Philosophy and a memory of the narrative.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
Because I believe the challenge of literature is to know ourselves and hopefully the difficulty and importance of this process is communicated by my writings.

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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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Author Interview: Thomas L. Hay

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
Most of my life I have had an inspiration to write a novel, because I though being an author was ‘cool’. Unfortunately, I never found the time to fulfill that inspiration. After retiring, time was no longer an excuse. The subject became the obstacle. To get me motivated, my wife suggested I write my memoirs. “You have had an interesting and complicated life,” she commented. “It would make an intriguing story.”
The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. After all, I am the only person who knows all my memories. When I pass into the hereafter, those memories will be lost forever. Recording them would mean that I could live forever. An added bonus would be that my descendants would have a history book to learn where their idiocy originated. Behold, in Nov. 2011, I got ‘cool’ and published “The Comeback Kid, Memoirs of Thomas L. Hay”.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
After publishing my memoirs, it occurred to me that I might have had some mysterious phenomena buried within my subconscious. Shortly after our divorce, my first wife claimed that we had been abducted by ‘beings not of this world’ during our short marriage. She divorced me because her spirit had persuaded her to become a vegetarian, fast, and abstain from sexual activity. According to her, this ascetic lifestyle melted the memory blocks instilled by the ‘beings’ and exposed traumatic experiences that had been buried within her subconscious. I didn’t believe her. Like most people who claimed to be abductees, I assumed she had a fertile imagination or maybe had a few loose marbles.

However, after writing my memoirs, I became tormented to investigate the probability of her claim. Since I could stand to lose a few pounds and age had diminished by sex drive, I adopted her ascetic lifestyle for awhile. O-M-G… I had to rewrite my memoirs. Behold: “An Abduction Revelation: The Comeback Kid Returns” was published in October 2012.
Determining the book genre was a nightmare. Was it a memoir or a science fiction story? Can’t be both or can it? I don’t try to convince readers one way or the other. I let them decide whether it was reality, a dream, a hallucination, a fermentation of my imagination gone wild, or perhaps an insane reality. The story just popped out of my head like it had been there all along and I hadn’t been aware of it. Whether these memories are reality or my imagination is debatable. There is also the probability that something or someone could be jacking with my mind and memories.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
The answer to this question is answered in question one. But I can add that I started writing my memories in a big paper notebook. After fifty pages with arrows pointing every which way and notes scribbled everywhere, I had a complete genuine mess on my hands. Again, my wife came to the rescue. “Why don’t you get a computer?” Duh! Brilliant idea, honey! But then the computer and I had issues. Lots of issues! Until we finally came to an agreement that I take a class and learn a little more about it. We still had issues, but they can usually be resolved. It still took me two years to complete the memoir.

The process was both an invigorating whirlwind of self-enlightenment and an intense emotional trip. To jog my memory I used song titles. A song would remind me of a person, a place, or a time in my life events. Example: “Heartbreak Hotel,” when my first wife informed me that she wanted a divorce. When I looked at my life, I recognized that it was but a series of events, much like an assorted box of chocolates, never knowing what would come next. I chose the title ‘The Comeback Kid” because of the many peaks and valleys I had during my life’s journey. Somehow I had always found a way to comeback from the valleys.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I self published with CreateSpace twice and Balboa Press, A Div. of Hay House twice. I didn’t have the patience to wait to be discovered.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Marketing your story is much more difficult than writing it. With approx. 10,000 new books hitting the market every month, you might want to consider not quitting your day job.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
A wild and crazy dream waking me up at night. Got to get up immediately and write it down, because if I don’t, by morning it would be gone. My wife would say, “What the matter honey?” I’d respond, “Just a little gas or have a cramp honey.”
In the morning I’d take my notes down to my ‘Man Cave’ and start pecking away.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
Reading my memoir would let them know that one doesn’t have to be rich and famous to have an interesting and intriguing life.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
As for my supposedly sci-fi story, everyone likes solving a big mystery or discover deep dark secrets. Who are the Abductors and where are they hiding? But there is another reason, as they might want to check out if my story is just a figment of my wild imagination or am I living in an insane reality.

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Author Interview: Thomas L. Hay

Thomas L HayQuestion #1: What made you want to become an author?
Most of my life I felt it would be ‘cool’ to be an author. However, I never found the motivation or time. But after I retired and became a senior citizen, I couldn’t use those excuses any longer. The subject became my obstacle. Then one day my wife put a bug in my ear, “Why don’t you write your memoirs,” she suggested. “You have had an interesting and complicated life that would make for a intriguing story.”
The more I thought about it, the more it made since. After all, I am the only one who knows all my memories. Once I past into the here after, all those memories will evaporate with me. Recording them would mean I could live forever.
Behold, I published “The Comeback Kid, The Memoirs of Thomas L. Hay” in Nov. 2011.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
After my memoirs, it occurred to me that I had some mysterious phenomena in my life. Shortly after our divorce, my first wife claimed we had been abducted by aliens. I brushed off her claims because she was known to have had some mental issues. Thinking about her claims made my imagination go wild. That’s when I turned to writing sci-fi. At least I think it’s sci-fi. There is always that small doubt that if her claims are true, than maybe my imagination could be my reality.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
Since I published my memoirs in Nov. 2011.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
Self-published, because I didn’t have the patience to wait and wait to be discovered.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Don’t quite your day job. Always have your work edited and proofread.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
When I started writing my memoirs, I did it on a thick notepad. After several pages with arrows pointing every which direction and notes scribbled everywhere, I had a complete mess on my hands. Again, my wife can to the rescue, “Why don’t you get a computer?” But then, the computer and I didn’t become best of friends. Not until I finally agreed to take a computer class. Even now, we still have our issues.
I do most of my writing in my ‘Man Cave’. However, many times I will get inspired in my sleep and wake up with these brilliant scenes. If I don’t get up immediately and write them down, they get lost forever. So I keep a note pad by the bed. Sometimes it wakes my wife and she asks, “What’s wrong honey?” I say, “Nothing honey. Just had a cramp or some gas.”

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
After reading my books, most of my readers are scratching their heads wondering if I have a wild imagination or maybe there really are abductions by beings not of this world.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
I’ve been told there are no other books out there that are quite like mine. They are one of a kind. They are written in a rollicked conversational style, which has the reader sitting right beside me and interacting with me as I am telling them my story.

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