Author Interview: Jeff Knoblauch

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I have always wanted to write stories. I had started numerous times, but only recently had a burning story to tell that helped motivate me to see it all the way through.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
Science fiction. I have always enjoyed reading hard sci-fi. My science background has also contributed to writing hard sci-fi. I think that a believable backdrop that readers can relate makes it easier follow along. I aspire to be as good a writer as the sci-fi authors that I have read and admired.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
I have tried off and on for most of my adult life, but only in the last few years had a compelling story to tell and seen it all the way through. I intend to keep writing and entertain my readers. As of this writing, I am finished with a second book in the series and am into the editing phase.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I’m a self-published author. I had felt that traditional publishing would be expensive and be difficult to get a publisher to accept your manuscript. So, I looked into self-publishing. I was lucky to find a free publisher to distribute my book. Later, I learned how to publish through Amazon and Smashwords. So my journey was through research and keeping an ear out for new information.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
It is important to do as much research into the marketing of your book as you put into the book itself. You will hear over and over again about how that nobody will buy your book if they don’t know anything about it or where to get it. If an author falls over in the forest, does it make a sound or a profit?

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I suppose I should have a more regimented schedule with my writing, but I manage to squeak out pages here and there. Family life and my day job keep me pretty busy. I am a poster child for organization improvement webinars. I do all my writing at my desk with my computer tapping away and lost in thought. Not lost. Just lost in thought.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
Space is such a large place that it is difficult for most people to wrap their heads around. Do you know how big infinity is? Space is dangerous. Radiation, dangerous particles, and logistical obstacles abound. Why have we not left our solar system yet? Speed. I expose and try to address the difficulties involved in traveling in space and reaching for the stars. We will reach the stars, but it will require perseverance and determination that I enjoy writing about.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
‘The Journey of Atlantis’ is told from the perspective of what is required to save a planet’s species and how that might be possible. How do you get off the third rock from the sun and make your way to a new home? Don’t wait. Find out!

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Author Interview: Laura Eckert

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I enjoy sharing from my heart. Based on personal experiences, I write to share my insight and offer ways for others to find peace and happiness. When a reader tells me that my writing has inspired them or has given them a reason for hope, I am encouraged to keep on writing. For me, writing is a lot of things, but mostly it is a time of deep reflection. I appreciate that I can write whatever comes to my mind when my fingers hit a keyboard.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
I write non-fiction. My first book, Just Another Girl’s Story, A Memoir on Finding Redemption is an autobiography/memoir. I am currently working on a “how-to” book and co-writing another memoir with my husband about mission trip experiences.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
I am a new author, just over two years.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I self-published my first book. I choose this path because patience is not one of my strongest qualities. I did not want to wait for a publisher to make a decision about my writing. Nor did I want to relinquish control of the design (interior and exterior). When I was done writing my memoir, I wanted to get it in the hands of readers right away. It has been a lot of work; however, it has been rewarding in many ways. I appreciate having 100% control of my book.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Even if you work full-time, make writing an everyday habit. The more you write and edit, the better you will become. I also recommend reading the genre you write. I’ve read dozens of memoirs and many of them helped me formulate the structure of my first book.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I write best in the wee hours of the morning. On the weekends, I get up at 3:30’ish to write. My computer is next to a window and unless it is freezing cold outside (I live in Wisconsin), I typically have the window wide open. I like the outside noise of an occasional bicyclist or runner and the cool or warm breeze on my face.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I hope my readers take away a message of forgiveness and redemption. I hope they find that no matter what mistakes we make; we don’t have to be defined by them. We get to choose whether we let our past weigh us down, or if we learn from our bad experiences. The path to peace isn’t always easy; however, neither is living a self-destructive life.
Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
A reader should read my book because it is an honest story that most folks will relate to. Even if a reader didn’t make the same mistakes, I did in my teenage years; they certainly have made others. I offer the concept of moving on from a messed up past. It is possible and necessary to live a happier life. I did it, and I hope my story helps others reach a more peaceful life too.

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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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