Author Interview: Robin Murphy

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I didn’t choose to be a writer, writing found me. In 2006, I found myself feeling the need to create a fantasy world of all the things that were rattling around in my head and put it to paper. My first book was a romance story and sold about five copies, mostly to family. After realizing I had the talent to tell a story, I needed to learn “how” to be sure it was written properly. So I took college writing courses and eventually wrote the first book in my paranormal mystery series, Sullivan’s Secret.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
Paranormal mystery, comedic romance/mystery/suspense, and a nonfiction “how to” guide for rookie writers.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
For 13 years.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I was originally published by a small press for the first book in my paranormal mystery series. Then I realized I was able to do more marketing on my own and self-published the first three books in that series. An indie publisher found me on Twitter and published and designed new professional covers, along with publishing the fourth book in the series, and my comedic romance/suspense story. Eventually, I again realized that I was doing better at marketing on my own, plus I like the control of doing my own publishing, that now all of my books are back with me and published through RWS Publishing.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
My motto…”Keep on writing!” Never give up. Write what you know and love, and mostly do it for yourself first. When your passion for writing comes from your heart and it brings you joy, everything else will fall into place. And finally, have patience. It takes a great deal of time to find your readers. We all have the dream of becoming a J.K. Rowling, and I believe we should never give up on that dream. But don’t write for that reason. Readers will know if your writing is forced. If writing makes you happy, then that’s all that matters.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I like to meditate first, do yoga stretches next, and then make my favorite cup of tea and sit and write in my favorite recliner during the colder seasons. When it’s warm outside, I love to write outside in the middle of nature. It’s my happy place. As for the amount of words I write, it’s all over the place. Life interrupts, so I don’t put any pressure on myself. I just let it happen. Plus, if I have a day where I’m unable to write, I lighten up on myself. It’s okay.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
Like any author, I want to be able to take my readers into the fantasy world I created and hope they enjoy the ride. I want them to feel the emotions of my characters and to get attached, just as I have.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
I believe readers will love my characters in my paranormal mystery series because they’re a group of ghost investigators trying to help others with paranormal issues. My protagonist’s psychic abilities come back to her after 18 years, and throughout the series she grows to accept her skills, and eventually uses them to help talk to the dead to solve murders along the way.
My book, Point and Shoot for Your Life, is the first book I wrote in first-person, and it was a hoot! I loved being able to speak through my character all the things that popped into her/my head. She’s funny, ambitious, relentless, loyal, and strong, and she can’t help herself from falling in love with a sexy Irishman.
I wrote A Complete How To Guide for Rookie Writers because of my total frustration of finding help during the early stages of my writing career. I had to learn it ALL on my own about how to get a website, self-publish, create my own book trailer. So, I decided to share my journey through screen shots of explanation for all the rookie writers out there.

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Author Interview Justin Bienvenue

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I didn’t initially set out to become an author as it happened on accident. I wrote down 5 goals I wanted to accomplish in 2010 and one was to write a book. After having completed or not having completed the first four of those goals I decided to write a book. I’ve always been told I could really tell good stories so I set out to publish a book. After realizing it was thrilling to write and I was good at it I decided that I wanted to become an author.
Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
Mainly horror and poetry. Although I have also written a western horror and crime thriller. I’ll test the waters and write in different genres if I enjoy reading the genre myself. So you likely won’t see any erotics or steamy romance novels from me.
Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
Since 2010 and 2011. I wrote my first book, The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore around that time. Since then I’ve been writing a publishing a book a year or within every two years. I currently have 5 soon to be 6 published books.
Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I’m a self-published author. I have a few reasons for this. First off, when I first set out to be published I went with a vanity press and a bad one at that. After years of struggling with them I manage to get out of my contract. Not wanting the run around again I decided to self-publish so I went with Createspace. After a while I decided that it would be best to just keep going down the self-publishing route rather than try to submit to traditional publishers and likely get rejected. Also I feel self-publishing gives me total control and freedom to do what I want.
Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Be yourself, write what you want and don’t be afraid of what critics may say. If you believe in your work and believe others will that’s all that matters. No one is a bigger critic of your work than you. Also don’t repons to trolls or critics of your work as it will only lead to bad things.
Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
When I do write I usually write a few poems or write a short story within a day or two. I don’t write everyday anymore but I definitely need to as it’s a better flow of a routine to be in. I don’t keep track of word count when I write as I write as much as I feel like. If I think I can see a whole story through then I do if I feel I need a break or another day than I take the break.
Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I hope they’ll be entertained, educated and filled with satisfaction and enjoyment. One thing I do with all my works is set out to create an enjoyable and entertaining adventure for them to read. If I can do that or leave them wanting more in the good way than I know I’m doing a good job.
Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
They’ll feel as though they are part of the very book they are reading. The Wax Factory takes readers on a journey inside an old building with twists and turns but also creepy and strange things no person could see coming. IF readers are into thrilling shock and eerie madness than chances are my book is for them.

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Author Interview: Mark Anthony Tierno

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
The more I think about just when it started, the further back I go. Even as a 13 year old kid I remember taking mental notes on what I liked about how an author wrote a given book. I always liked to read and I guess I was just born with a desire to tell a story. It came to a head through at about 14 when i got sick of all the movies where the bad guy kept stalling, telling his plans to the good guys instead of just shooting them, and wanting to see a REAL bad guy… even if I had to write it myself.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
I mixed it together a little. I’ve always loved to read Fantasy and Science-Fiction, so that’s what I write but with a little twist. One series of books is fantasy with Sci-Fi elements, while another is primarily Sci-Fi with heavy fantasy elements and a touch of horror. Let everyone else do the straight stuff, I’ll keep it different.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
Well… I finished my first Maldene book in 1996 after spending 9 months writing it; part of that time was essentially a bit of self-teaching how to write my novel (as time progressed that same 330,000 words would only take me 3 months). But that was after 15 years of putting together details of the world of Maldene and the plot in my head and in my notes… which in turn was after some odd years deciding HOW I wanted to write, what looked good, etc.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
Self-published currently, and the reason is simple: Traditional publishers won’t even look at you unless go through an agent, but agents won’t take you if you’re new, then if you also happen to be a fantasy or SciFi author, well that’s a specialty that “others” handle. Between the two of those the only “traditional” publisher that finally took me were a bunch of inept lazy crooks that later ran afoul of a class-action lawsuit. So, I went on my own and got a new cover custom-made from some friends (better than the one “that other” publisher got me).

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Don’t write the market like some supposed pros suggest, because the market is always changing and could very well change before your novel is done. Rather, write what makes you enthusiastic, write what you love, write your heart. If you write what you really enjoy doing then you’ll do 110% and keep on finding new limits to surpass.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
At the keyboard by 7:30 in the morning and write pretty much until 4-6 Pm, depending on the chapter. Then later that night I edit what I wrote that day. Day two of a chapter I finish up the chapter I began, edit later. Day three is my “Chapter Edit” day, when i go through the entire chapter, then spell-check, then outline my next chapter. Wash, rinse, repeat. As I write I always have music playing (think movie sound tracks, no lyrics, John Williams, etc.). Then at the end of a section of a book (my maldene books tend to have 3 sections per novel) I go through that section to make that all plot elements going from one chapter to the next are consistent and I didn’t miss anything. At the end of a book I give the whole thing one last go-through.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
Well, I not only know how to craft a good exciting story, but how to wring emotions out of the written word. So, if after reading one of my books the reader hasn’t gone through at least 4 different emotions, not jumped when a villain finally gets what’s coming, not teared up at least once or twice, and doesn’t feel like he’s just been energized… well then he’s probably not reading one of my books. 🙂
Another point is regards my plots: Chances are one of those innocent little throw-away scenes that you might wonder as to why it’s included is there to set something up sometimes as much as FIVE books ahead of time. I plot far enough advance that I’ll leave clues all over the place, making for some great re-readability.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
Do you want to FEEL like you’re actually on an alien world? Do you want to engage in a plot that spans entire worlds, that takes you through thousands of years of time? Do you like a villain that’s unforgiving, plans for centuries in advance, and doesn’t make stupid mistakes to drive the plot along? Do you like your hero truly heroic, but also well-written and realistic enough that they could BE actual people? Do you want a story that can draw out the enthusiastic child within you and let it run free? Then start reading into Maldene.

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Author Interview: JB Knox

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I have always had an active imagination and literally one day decided to just go for it and see if i could do it.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
mostly espionage and conspiracy with elements of supernatural in it

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
just over two years

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
Self-published. It seemed the best way to control my ideas.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
just start writing. then take classes on marketing

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
Since i recently had my first child most of my writing comes late at night where i try and build on ideas i had earlier that day

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I hope they are entertained.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
most of day dreamed as kids and alot of my ideas are things i day dreamed about turned into a story so who doesnt like to be brought back to those child hood dreams.

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Author Interview: Aloysius N. Ezeoba

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
My motivation to be an author of this book was the fact that the world hear little or nothing about the End Times in African traditional religion. But this traditional notion of eschatology has great influence in the life of Africans, both Christians and non-Christians, till date. Yet, there virtually no comprehensive research on this belief among African scholars. This lack of comprehensive and coherent view on African eschatology was what my work tries to fill-up.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
Non-Fiction – Philosophy and Religion

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
For more than ten years.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
Self-published

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Try to bring something new to the world with your writing and never let the motivation die.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I write non-fiction research works or essays.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I hope they will have more understanding about African tradition and why many Africans behave the way they do when it comes to life and death crises.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
It will give them inside about African world-view and help them understand the behaviour and attitudinal orientation of many Africans all over the world, especially during life threatening situations.

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