Author Interview: Frank Chase Jr

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
Actually, as a young teen, I used to listen to radion show called mystery theatre. I like the show so much, it inspired me to write short stories to submit to the radio station. Later in life, pursued other ventures and left the writing behind for some year. It picked back up later in life based on some events in my life. After experiencing divorce, I discovered that there weren’t really that many books on divorce recovery for men. And so, I became inspired again to write a book to help other men emotionally by writing and publishing my first book titled, False Roads To Manhood; What Women Need To Know; What Men Need To Understand.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
I write non-fiction books. Writing Non-fiction books, especially of a religious nature allows me to go deepers into the who, what when, where and why. I like to challenge the status quo by presenting information about subjects that most people don’t study or have never thought about. I think people tend to believe what they are told without challenging the information. My writing often puts people on edge becuase I ask questions and present facts based on history and scholastic evidence. You know it was once believed that the earth was flat and it took a scientist to proove the that the earth was round. Now at the time this truth was considered sacrilege.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
Well, if you count my first book and my recent book, I would say sixteen years with all the writing and research involved. Not only that, I’ve written several published artticles along the way.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I started out wanting to be a traditional publisher. However, that world is dog eat dog. I spent a considerable amount of time trying to get my book out to book agents and got rejected numerous times. So after reading lots of articles about self-publishing, I went in that direction and never looked backed. I choose self-publishing for two reasons, one so I could learn about publishing and two, it was easier to self-publish.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Based on the many mistatkes I made publishing my first book, I would say finding a good editor is not as simple as it seems. There are a lot of people and self-publishing companies on the web that hang out shingles about their editing prowess, but you better be like an investigative reporter when looking for an editor. Nowadays, you don’t have to go broke trying to publishing a book, as long as you know that it will take a lot of time if you decide to do things yourself.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
My writing routine has always been up and down. I tend to write when I am pricked about something that’s happening in my life. I don’t write everyday becuase I don’t have tons of projects that I’m working on.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I guess I would say that I want readers to take away from my second book, Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway that my book is well researched and filled with empirical evidence. For Kleptomaniac, readers will walk away saying, wow, amazing, unbelievable, shocking. I suspect readers will come away feeling they have been well educated and informed in a way that was never done in another book of the same topic.
Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
If money is important, then readers will want to read Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway? Especially, religious readers who have a desire to want to know more about a biblical practice that’s been going on for centuries. My book uncovers the untwisted truth about the centuries old tithes and offering deception. Most readers should read this book because it is in their best financial interest to do so when it comes the practice of monetary tithing. The idea that ten percent of a person’s paycheck is a biblical mandate by God is what my book questions, and it also provides answers about the so-called tithe that many have never realized. My book is like a lamp that lights the way to truth about tithing. Readers will know all about the mis-information and properganda campaign that snows them into coughing up ten pecent when in reality the Bible never requires a tenth of income.

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Author Interview: Adam Dailey

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I wanted to share my story with other entrepreneurs, leaders and most importantly – leaders.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
My most recent book is about family travel and the idea of taking a one year long sabbatical. But typically I wrote more about business and leadership.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
I just finished my first book, but it took me longer than a year to actually get the thing done!
Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I chose a hybrid. I didn’t have an established name, so I couldn’t go with a traditional publisher. But I also wanted to ensure that I could write the book I wanted to.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
It’s probably sacrilegious to most writers, but when you’re thinking of your book, you should be considering your target market. You shouldn’t write a book, then figure out who might like your book. The idea is try to create something that is unique — and that can sell a lot of copies.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I have five small children, so I try to write whenever they’re not hounding me! I usually get a block in the mid morning and at times I can get a little creative late at night after I’ve had my last beer.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I hope that people are inspired to stop talking about things and start doing them. I also hope that families start to think of travel as something they can think about doing now (instead of in the future or in the past).

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
Everyone who reads my book says they’ve never actually experienced anything like it. It flows different from a typical book. It’s some storytelling. It’s some advice. But it’s taking you through a journey of self discovery. And I have a lot of people who tell me that while they know they won’t ever have the guts to do a trip around the world with their family, they felt like they had by reading my book (which is the next best thing). I have also had people start that last sentence and tell me they were convinced they should do it by the end of the book.

If you’ve dreamed about traveling, experiencing and sharing the world with your family, you should pick this book up.

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Author Interview: Tameka Mullins

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I have been fascinated with words and stories since childhood. I wanted to become an author to engage in the wonder of words on a daily basis. Writing is truly a magical profession.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
I write multicultural fiction that sometimes features romance and other literary elements. I like mixing writing genres together.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
I have been writing books and pursuing a career as an author for 5-10 years.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I am self-published and will soon be traditionally published as well in an anthology later this year. I love the idea of being a hybrid author so I can have the best of both worlds. Being an indie-writer allows one to flex their creative muscles and make a lot of decisions for your project that you wouldn’t be able to if you were published traditionally. There are also many advantages of being supported by a traditional publisher that will help you reach more readers and build your writer brand. I think doing both will only help emerging and experienced authors.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
New authors should focus more on the craft of writing than on trying to get published right away. I think we make a lot of mistakes when we rush to get our work out into the marketplace. Join writer’s groups, participate in writing workshops. Read, read and read. Write, write and write some more!

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
If you are writing for pleasure, you can plot out time to do that leisurely. If you’re writing to complete a writing goal, you should be writing every day. Create goal dates and stick to them. Doing this has helped me complete all of my writing projects on time.

I love writing in the early light hours when my schedule allows it. Know the best times that your brain creates. My time is in the morning.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I hope that they are entertained or educated depending on the writing project. I also would like them to come away knowing that I love and respect the craft of writing.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
My current book, 12 Hours of Daylight – A Jason Jules Novella is set in an erotically charged atmosphere and puts modern young fatherhood under the microscope. It delves into the interpersonal workings of interracial relationships, sex work, family dynamics between mother and son, father and child and other extended family. The challenge for the reader will be to allow themselves to go on the journey of learning more about the lead character Jason even if they may not be comfortable what he does for a living.

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Author Interview: Robin Storey

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I’ve written stories, ever since I learnt to write, but like many authors I came to novel writing by a circuitous route. I was a freelance writer for many years, writing articles for newspapers and magazines, having no ambitions to be an author. But one day, out of the blue, I had an idea for a novel and began to write it, which ultimately became my romantic comedy novel Perfect Sex.

‘Never again,’ I groaned after finishing it. But it was too late, I’d already become addicted. There is nothing to equal the feeling of satisfaction and achievement of finishing a novel and sending it out into the world – something that I have created purely out of my imagination which then takes on a life of its own. And when people read it and tell me they enjoyed it – that’s the ultimate high.

I enjoy everything about it – the process of coming up with an idea, developing the story, fleshing out the characters, then getting stuck into the writing. I often find the first draft difficult and enjoy much more the process of re-writing, moulding and polishing. I am about to invest in Dragon Naturally Speaking and am going to try dictating my next book in the hope it will make the process easier and quicker.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
I have written 6 books so far in a variety of genres. The reason for this is that it has taken me a while to find my author voice. The first few books I wrote had a large comedy element, but when a reviewer brought to my attention that my books also have a dark, macabre undercurrent, I realised, in one of those light bulb moments, that what I really enjoy writing is noir – and it’s what I love reading as well.

So novel number 5 is a noir suspense/romance called An Affair With Danger and my work in progress, A Time For Penance, to be published in May 2017, is crime-noir. This is the genre I intend to keep writing in, though within these novels there will still be the occasional spark of black humour, because I can’t help myself.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
I started writing Perfect Sex in 2002, so 15 years at the time of writing this. I can’t believe it’s been that long – I have learnt so much since that time, and my writing has improved out of sight, and will continue to improve with each book.

After writing Perfect Sex I shipped it around but got no takers for publication (this was before e-books). So it became my trunk manuscript and I went on to write more novels. After about 9 years, I hauled it out and did some drastic surgery on it. It ended up being a much better book as my writing had improved a lot over the years and the weaknesses were very clear. After I re-wrote it, it then became my second published book, after How Not To Commit Murder.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I am an indie author (I prefer that term to self-published). After I’d finished my comedy crime novel How Not To Commit Murder in 2012, I sent it to a number of traditional publishers, but was unable to get a publishing contract, so then had to decide whether to continue down that path or self-publish. I decided I had nothing to lose by self-publishing, (and being in my fifties, I didn’t want to wait years to begin my author career), so I published it on Amazon in 2013, and it was the best thing I ever did. The reviews I got from readers saying how much they enjoyed the book vindicated my decision, so I have self-published every book since then.

Being an indie author is hard work, as the marketing alone is a full time job and you have to fit it in with your writing, but I love that I am in control of my work and my success is purely up to me.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Read, write, study. I think reading well-written books in all sorts of genres has been the single thing that has contributed most to improving my writing. Learning is an ongoing process, and I am also a voracious reader of books on various aspects of the writing craft. There is always something to be learned from every book. Attending workshops, either online or face to face, is also a great way to improve your skills and make connections with other authors.

But then you actually have to write as well.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
Since I retired from my job about 18 months ago, I have had the luxury of being a full time writer, and I love it. But you have to treat it like a job, otherwise you get nothing done. I make sure I am at my desk by 9am at the latest, start writing and knock off between 3.30 and 4pm. I try to make sure I get up from my desk every hour and walk around. My writing is number one priority and I fit everything else around it – I try to make appointments in the afternoon where at all possible so that I can still get something done in the morning before my routine is interrupted.

Then at night after dinner, I do a couple more hours, which is usually admin, social media and other marketing. I write on Saturdays as well, then Sundays is my day off – my digital detox day. No computers, no writing. My partner and I get out into nature, either in the bush or on the beach, and recharge our batteries. I would go stir crazy if I didn’t do this.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I hope they take away a sense of enjoyment from having read a book that entertained them, and perhaps made them think. Ideally I’d like to think I’ve evoked some sort of emotion in the reader, as that’s the aim of writing it in the first place.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
It’s a short read at 46 000 words, so you can read it in a day, but it packs a powerful emotional punch, with a suspenseful story and engaging and believable characters. It’s had some excellent reviews, with the reviewers endorsing my comments – it has an average of 4.6 stars.

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Author Interview: William Rubin

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I love telling stories and entertaining people.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
Medical thrillers, medical fiction, mysteries.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
Three years

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
Self published. I enjoy having complete control over the process and getting my works to market quickly.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Keep writing!

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I write each morning before going to work and a lot on weekends.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I hope they felt they were on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and enjoyed the book’s ending.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
Because it is an entertaining, suspenseful, keeps you guessing medical thriller!

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