#AuthorInterview #Spotlight : Palmer Pickering, author of Moon Deeds #MoonDeeds @palmerpickerin1

Hello Readers! Today I’m pleased to welcome Palmer Pickering for an interview on Books Teacup and Review. Palmer Pickering is debut author of Moon Deed, first in Star Children Saga, an adult fantasy/science-fiction crossover. Before interview, check out this fascinating cover and synopsis.

Moon Deeds (Star Children Saga #1) by Palmer Pickering
Publication Date: March 7th 2019 
Publisher: Mythology Press
Genre: Fantasy / Science-Fiction / Space Opera

Synopsis:

It’s 2090: the last outpost of freedom is the moon, the best defense against technology is magic, and the only hope for humankind rests in the hands of the Star Children.

Twins Cassidy and Torr must save Earth from a ruthless enemy at a time when the only force more powerful than alien technology is magic. Moon Deeds launches the siblings’ journey across the galaxy, where they must learn their power as the Star Children, claim their shamanic heritage, and battle dark forces that threaten humankind.

The Star Children Saga follows Cassidy and Torr as they slowly awaken to their destiny as the twin Star Children, born every millennium to reconnect with the source of all life. They come to discover the sheer enormity of their task: to find our ancestors on a lost planet across the galaxy and save humanity from a spiraling descent into darkness. The powers they must wield to accomplish this task are truly frightening and put at risk everything they love.

Come along with 20-year-old twins Cassidy and Torr, who inherited deeds to land parcels on the moon. They want to use their moon deeds to get off Earth and escape a brutal dictatorship. But first they must unlock their shaman powers.

A rollicking yet poignant adventure in the not too distant future, when we have colonized the moon and nearly lost Earth to a dictatorship. Only the shamans remain free, plus the lucky ones who escaped to the moon.

Join the adventure! An addictive space opera, science-fantasy series.

Palmer has been writing fiction since she was eight. She received her BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University, with concentrations in Religion and Race Relations.

She currently works in Silicon Valley as an Innovation and Technology Manager for HP, Inc. In addition to her career in high tech, Palmer holds a certificate in Chinese Acupressure, is a certified solar panel installer, and studied Tibetan Buddhism with the 14th Dalai Lama.

She lives and writes in the magical redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, California, and travels back and forth to Nashville, Tennessee, where she dabbles in songwriting.

Can you tell readers little about your book Moon Deeds? What they can expect from the book?

Sure. Moon Deeds is the first book of a science-fiction/fantasy series, the Star Children Saga. The story is about twenty-year-old twins Cassidy and Torr. They are legendary twins, who are born every thousand years to reconnect with our ancestors across the galaxy and save humanity from a downward spiral into a permanent dark ages. However, this millennium, the path to our ancestors has been broken. It is up to Cassidy and Torr to find their way across the galaxy and find the lost ancestral planet. But to do that, they must unlock their shaman skills and stay alive.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

It started with a gag gift from my brother: a set of parchments which were deeds to land on the moon. I considered the possibility that the deeds were legit and would be of inestimable value to my descendants. I tried to imagine an extreme scenario, and that was the idea behind “Moon Deeds.” The series starts with the twins fleeing a global military dictatorship, and they hope to use their moon deeds to escape Earth and flee to the lunar colony, which is still free.

Moon Deed was set across the galaxy. What inspired you for setting?

As I mentioned, my brother’s gift of the moon deeds inspired the first book—the first trilogy, actually—which is mostly set on the moon. The larger series-arc is based on the premise that humans are descended from an alien species from another planet, inspired by myths from many cultures and religions of celestial visitors/angels/gods/giants, etc. descending on shafts of light to visit Earth. Again, I asked myself, “what if those myths are based in fact?” Then I figured that if that were the case, then surely our ancestors visited other planets as well, and that would mean we have cousins scattered across the galaxy.

What type of characters do you love and hate to write? Your favorite quality in protagonists, Cassidy and Torr. Does anyone in real life inspired you to write them?

I only write characters that I enjoy writing. I don’t like my villains very much, but I enjoy writing them. Some of the plant spirit medicine scenes were inspired by a dear friend of mine who is a plant spirit medicine woman. But the characters themselves are purely from my imagination.

What was the most interesting aspect of writing Moon Deeds, characters and their journey?

I most enjoy writing the scenes when Cassidy and Torr learn how to use their magic. It is a sort of metaphor for their journey towards self-awareness. I also enjoyed all the research of mythology, and of the moon.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

I have been working on this series for ten years. I have tried many times to find an agent or publisher, but with no luck. I have a background in publishing, so I decided to start my own indie press (Mythology Press) and self-publish. I’ve been enjoying the publishing process so far, although it is a lot of work!!

What are your most favorite and least favorite thing about being an author?

I love being in the almost dream-state of creating something new. The editing process can be a grind, and is not my favorite part. Also, the solitude of writing is nice, but it can get lonely. And the whole promotional aspect of being an author is a bit daunting. I think many writers are introverts. I certainly am. Writing is a very personal thing—putting my thoughts and imagination out for the world to judge is frankly terrifying. On the other hand, in my opinion art is meant to be shared. It’s a radical form of communication. And so, sharing it is also very exciting and satisfying.

Do you have any writing rituals?

For first drafts, I tend to stare into space a lot and imagine the scenes in a lot of detail before sitting down to write. At the editing stage, it’s more about discipline. I force myself to sit down to review and edit every day and strive to make progress, even if it’s only a little bit. I keep track of how many pages I get through every day, in order to encourage myself. I have found that slow, persistent effort yields results. For writing first drafts or new sections, I generally get through 3 pages a day, or 10 pages on a weekend day when I can devote several hours to writing. During the editing stages, the amount of material I get through can vary widely, but I write down daily goals for myself in order to provide some structure for myself—otherwise time can slip by without making any progress. I also sometimes set self-imposed deadlines, such as delivering drafts to editors or beta readers, in order to force myself to keep going.

What is the next project you’re working on?

The audiobook of Moon Deeds is about to be released, and will be available in October, 2019 through most audiobook services. Nina Price is the narrator. In terms of future books, I am in the rewriting stage of Light Fighters, which is Book Two of the Star Children Saga. Actually, it’s with some readers right now. In the meantime, I’m at the editing stage of another book set in a completely different world: “Heliotrope,” which is a Heroic Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery novel. (Check out images of both books below)

Light Fighters
Heliotrope

Can you describe Moon Deeds in five words?

We are descended from aliens.

And the last one, top 3 tips for aspiring authors.

1. If you love to write, write. Don’t listen to any internal or external voices telling you why you can’t or shouldn’t or aren’t good enough. You can do it.
2. If you want to write, the only way to do it, the only way to start, and the best way to learn is to simply write. Write a lot. Write every day. It’s a craft, and it takes practice.
3. You have time. You can find ten minutes a day to put pen to paper. You can think about your story while you’re driving, or on the train, or driving a cab, or mopping the floor, or nursing a baby, or whatever it is you do. Then find that ten minutes a day to jot it down. Try to devote a longer length of time once a week—a few solid hours if possible. But a little bit every day is better than an infrequent, long session, in my experience. That is because if you work on it every day, then the story stays alive in your head and takes shape in the background, and you can jump right into it when you have a few minutes.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: https://www.mythologypress.com/

Blog: I will be blogging at  https://www.palmerpickering.com/ once I update my website sometime this year (2019)

Facebook: @mythologypress

Twitter: @palmerpickerin1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18948616.Palmer_Pickering

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/redwoodforest/

Instagram: lioncutcat (Barbara Pickering)

Book Links: (Amazon): https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Deeds-Star-Children-Saga-ebook/dp/B07S9PDKTW/

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Fun Que- Like Mood Deeds if we are descended from aliens, what do you think from which planet your ancestor might have descended ?

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Author Interview : Tony Halker @tonyhalker

Hello Readers! Today, I’m happy to welcome Tony Halker, author of Displaced, for an interview. Also check out the book details in this post. I hope you enjoy the post.

Book Details:

Displaced by Tony Halker
Publication Date:
February 10th 2019
Genre: Literary Historical Fiction

Synopsis:

In a landscape of pre-history, a time of ancestor worship, young Druid priests Owayne and Nial, are tasked to travel and learn all they can of rite and rule in a world of competing tribes, unsettling technologies and priest power.

Displaced people wander the lands, forced there by conflict and hunger, where they are used to create chaos. Fertility is revered, children have value for work, in marriage, for worship and sacrifice. 
Superstition, religion and ancestor beliefs have power for good and or evil, inflicting pain or kindness and sometimes both. 
Amongst the chaos pass our two priests, seeking to learn from and influence events. A mysterious helper, Bron is with them. It is unclear whether he aids them or is simply to watch and report their actions. They love, make friends, struggle and fight to alter fate; meeting decent peoples whose belief and actions conflict with their own. They have to reconcile friendships and very different values.

These modern issues and events are played out in a landscape of our pre-history, one that we can see and touch today. 
A tribal lord resists the march of progress, fighting for values that no longer resonate with his family or clan. Battles of mind, values and technologies occur. Those who prevail ultimately determine the telling of history. 

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Tony Halker is an Indie author who has published two novels and collaborated in creating a book about deep space photography. His novels are literary fiction, concerned with modern themes, set in a landscape of our pre-history. He wants the emotion of landscape to form and influence the characters in his novels. Having worked as a geologist and in business management, he travelled extensively before making time to write. His second novel, “Displaced” was published in 2019. His first novel, “The Learn” was published by Clink Street in 2016.

1. What made you decide to become an author?

Writing found me. I realized about five years ago that I was periodically trying to write. I was creating chapters of novels that were formulating in my head. They were poorly thought out, but were going down on a keyboard and even being printed out. I kept them for a while to let them ferment or mature and then threw them away. It was re-reading and throwing some away that made me realize how much I enjoyed writing. I had a hope that I could do better and become a story teller who can engage readers while considering important issues for us all. Writing helps me rationalize my life and that of my family.

2. Can you tell readers little about your book? What they can expect from the book?

I hope “Displaced” is an enjoyable, intelligent, sometimes challenging novel that has us consider important issues for our world through the eyes and minds of characters we can like and identify with. It is set in all of our history, which gives me more freedom to be controversial. Though the book considers difficult issues for our time it has an uplifting and positive theme. I hope the front cover image projects that.

3. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I needed a canvas to tell a modern story of people like all of us. I enjoy walking where our ancestors walked and lived and were shaped by the kindness or harshness of the landscape in their time. I like writing about that landscape. A beautiful view is a set of emotions that make and influence us. I have tried to place people like us with modern issues of family, tribe, love, religion and abuse of power, in that place and to weave a tale around them.

4. What sort of research did you do to write this book?

I tried to understand the names and make up of ancient deities of natural things, streams, rivers, trees and mountains. I looked at folklore and festivals passed down to us that seem to remember those beliefs. I walked to and visited ancient monuments and artefacts. Those things stimulated in me a view of what the people may have been like; those who found time to create and enjoy beauty many years ago as they fought to survive and prosper for themselves and their families. I did some research as to how ancient artefacts were made.

5. Who are some authors that inspire you?

I read many different types of books and am inspired by so many of them for different reasons. While I like a well told story, I also want a book to make me think and pull at my emotions. I am reading a book called The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng. It is the second time I have read it, it travels well. I also recently read Warlight by Michael Ondaatje. Last year I read a wonderful book called, “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Trowles; this had wonderful characterization and optimism in difficult times.

6. What type of characters do you love and hate to write? Your favorite quality in protagonist.

I want a protagonist to be thoughtful, intelligent and self-aware. I am a little afraid of making my narrative voice that of a woman. I have read some books recently where someone has tried to put themselves in a head very different from their own and it does not always work. My favorite qualities are intelligence and empathy. I hate bluster and macho action without thought.

7. What was your favorite chapter (or part) of writing this book and why?

There is a chapter that is really about the landscape and its part in the novel. It is called, “Battles Between Land and Sea”. I am an ex geologist and I think of this chapter as my indulgence. I was able to write it quickly. The land and sea are imbued with personality and power and wish to defeat each other. My novel is not a fantasy in any way, though some may say that by giving, sea, rocks and land life I have let more than nature in.

8. What was the hardest part of writing the book? Was there anything that you deleted or altered?

The hardest things is working on voice to make a character consistent and someone whom a reader can engage with and want to hear more about and from. I continually change many things. Everything!

9. What are your most favorite and least favorite thing about being an author?

My favorite thing is being free to write and allowing my mind to create worlds and characters that are from my imagination. I can give myself a licence to make the world as I want it to be, though I rarely do so. My least favorite thing is that when I am on a roll and writing I often let my coffee go cold. It does not taste as good after I microwave it warm!

10. Do you have any writing rituals?

Coffee. I also often walk in the countryside before starting to write, especially if I am finding it hard to move a novel on. I often know something does not work, but not why or what the solution may be. Walking and talking can get me moving on. I also try to read every day when I am writing.

11. What is the next project you’re working on?

I have two novels on the go that are completely different from my previous novels. I am trying to write about the present time, that means my imagination has less licence. I tried this once before and went back to the freedom of the setting of “Displaced”.

12. And the last one, Top 3 tips for aspiring authors.
  • A novel is a marathon. Keep going and drink coffee.
  • Trust yourself; believe in yourself.
  • Edit, edit and edit and then ask someone else to edit.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: http://www.tonyhalker.com
Blog: http://www.tonyhalker.com/blog
Facebook: @tonyhalkerauthor @learnorfade
Twitter: @tonyhalker
Goodreads: Tony Halker
Instagram: tonyhalker2
Book Links: (Amazon): https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1794683453

Thank you Tony Halker for this interview, again!

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#promo #authorinterview : This Time by Azaaa Davis @azaaadavis

Hello Readers! Today I pleased to share author interview with Azaaa Davis, Author of This Time- a very interesting Urban Fantasy, paranormal novel. I hope you enjoy reading about book and author in this post.

Book Details:

This Time (Book 1)
Author: Azaaa Davis
Series: Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter
Published October 1st 2018 by Camp-Davis Productions
Genre: Urban fantasy / Paranormal

Synopsis:

Legendary demon hunter Nadira Holden paid the ultimate price to end the war between demons and hunters.

Resurrected in present-day New York, many years have passed, everyone moved on without her, and the demons she once battled have made peace with humans. Nadira no longer has a purpose here. Dying again might be her ticket back to that “next life” she experienced.

Except humans are disappearing, and Nadira’s father is one of the missing. Feeling a strong obligation to find him before sorting out her own fate, she begins investigating. 

She won’t rest in peace unless she can prove the demons are behind the disappearances. But Nadira is running out of time. The darkness within her is causing her to lose her humanity while the rest of mankind is on the verge of enslavement to the demons they now worship.

Fight with Nadira in a new urban fantasy series that combines monster-slaying action, family drama, and simmering romance. Experience why not even death can stop her. 

Book Link:

Goodreads / Amazon/ Universal Book Link / Smashwords

About Author:

Azaaa Davis is writer of urban fantasy novels. She fell in love with reading as a high school freshman and continues to read, write, and draw today.
Her background in social work helps her portray realistic characters in otherworldly—and sometimes terrifying—situations. A New York native, Azaaa currently lives in New Hampshire (USA) with her husband and daughter.
Azaaa debuts with This Time, A Nadira Holden Novel, about demon hunters, family ties and the magic of love. Azaaa is working diligently to finish writing more fantasy novels while raising her daughter. Her next book is expected to be released in early 2019.
You can know more about author and book on her website – https://www.azaaadavis.com

Interview:

Many thanks to author for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

1. What made you decide to become an author?

Reading a fantasy novel at age fourteen changed my life. It sparked my imagination and inspired me. I developed my love for reading, discovered my love for writing and remembered my love for drawing. Reading helped me dream big and create amazing opportunities for myself. I hope my stories encourage a love for reading in others.

2. Can you tell readers little about your book? What they can expect from the book?

This Time is book one in the Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter series. It’s a fresh urban fantasy novel is about a resurrected demon hunter and those who love her. Nadira is a strong woman of color facing many moral dilemmas. Some will love the action and monster slaying. Some with like the complicated relations filled with drama and angst. Others with like the simmering romance.

This Time will appeal to fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Underworld’s Death Dealer Selene, Succubus Georgina Kincaid and Vampire Executioner Anita Blake.

3. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I wondered, “what if the hero already made the ultimate sacrifice to defeat evil? Then, the hero is called upon to do it all over again when evil resurfaces.” I wanted to explore a hero’s motivations and limits.

4. Tell us about your journey to publication.

I’m an independent author meaning that I publish my own books. I hire professional cover artists and editors. I use software to help draft, edit and format my books. Then I implement my marketing strategy which includes paid advertising and cross promotions with other authors in my genre. There is a lot of up front cost and time that goes into publishing a book once it’s written. I appreciate being indie because I set my own pace and I have complete creative freedom. As a new mom, I need the flexibility of creating my own deadlines. It’s thrilling to know that the mistakes and accomplishments are my own.

5. Who are some authors that inspire you?

Juliet Marillier, author of Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters #1) and Jacqueline Carey, author of Kushiel’s Dart (Phèdre’s Trilogy #1). Two amazing fantasy writers in an league of their own.

6. What type of characters do you love and hate to write? Your favorite quality in protagonist.

As a female, I push myself to write authentic dialogue for my male characters. I often pause and ask myself, “would a guy really  say or do that?” I don’t hate it, but it can be hard.

I love to write tense scene be it from anger, suspicion, desire or conflict.

My favorite type of protagonist is a good person with flaws. I don’t like main characters that have no moral compass or ethical boundaries. I also don’t want to read about main characters that cannot lose.

7. What are your most favorite and least favorite thing about being an author?

I love the feeling of accomplishment when I write the last words of a story. I also love seeing positive reviews of my books. I want to know that people are enjoying the stories I’m telling.

I dislike not having more time to write. Some days I’m too tired to write when I finally have a spare moment after 9 o’clock at night.

8. Do you have any writing rituals?

I try to write often and so that means writing where every I am when I have a free moment. I’ve written on long car trips to see out of town family. I’ve written while my daughter is taking an afternoon nap. Mainly, I write at night in my PJ with classical music and a mug of lukewarm coffee.

9. What is the next project you’re working on?

I have an outline for book three in the Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter series and will working on this book for the remainder of the year. Other than that, I have an exclusive, original paranormal romance story I write for my patrons on Patreon.

10. And the last one, Top 3 tips for aspiring authors.

  • Read often and try branching out of your comfort zone. More and more aspiring writers are not reading. This is scary to me. Reading increases knowledge, sparks creativity, fuels motivation and guides the technical aspects of writing. Writers must read. And, I’m on the fence about whether listening to an audiobook counts as reading.
  • Try outlining your story. Write one sentence for each act. Then write one sentence for each scene. You may have twelve or fifty scenes.  Then go back and turn each sentence into a paragraph. Already, you word count is up and your story is taking form. Don’t be afraid to hope around. Then go back and turn each paragraph long scene into a page. And that is one way to grow your story without becoming frozen by a blank page. 
  • The more you write the easier it gets. So, write as often as you can until you are able to achieve the good habit of writing daily. Those that write three to five times a week even if its for small amounts of time might progress faster than someone who maybe writes one day a week for hours. Why? Because the story they are telling is fresh in their mind and their word count per writing session has gradually improved.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.azaaadavis.com

Blog:  https://www.azaaadavis.com/blog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/azaaadavis

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/azaaadavis

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40778146

Lnkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/azaa-a-davis-22387a177/

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Author Interview: Elizabeth Foster @e_foster3

Hello Book Lover! I’m really glad to share with you all an author interview with Elizabeth Foster- author of debut novel Esme’s Wish. I reviewed this book last month, it was really great read.


About book:

Esmes-Wish-Book-“A fresh new fantasy of an enchanting world.” – Wendy Orr,author of Nim’s Island and Dragonfly Song.

When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?

But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.

After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about her mother, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all. 

This fresh, inventive tale, the first in an MG-to-YA series, is an ideal read for 10-14 year olds.

You can check out my review here ⇒⇒ Esme’s Wish (Esme Series #1) by Elizabeth Foster


About author_edited

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I live in Sydney, Australia, and try to write every day. I had no idea I would end up being a writer, and I still can’t quite believe that I can make up stories. I really had no clue of it when I was younger. I did know that I wanted to do something creative but I had no idea what!

Q&A

This is your debut novel. How does it feel?

The launch period was an emotional rollercoaster but now that things have settled down I feel very accomplished! A high point was when Wendy Orr, a very well-known Australian writer (author of Nim’s Island) read my book and offered a commendation for the cover. I blubbered for about half an hour (she told me by email so fortunately no-one was watching!) That was when I really knew that I had written a book that people might find worth reading.

When and why did you begin writing?

I finished reading the Harry Potter series with my children many years ago and missed the world J.K. Rowling had created so much that I decided to try and write a story of my own.

How did you come up with the idea for your book and a new world in it?

I knew writing my first book would be a difficult task, and figured that it would be slightly easier If I wrote about things I was interested in (it was!) I love islands, the ocean, mythology and magic so I wrote about those. I chose to set the story in a parallel realm, instead of a totally separate universe, so that I could include elements of our own history and mythology in the story – making it easy for non-fantasy readers (and Esme) to immerse themselves in the world.

What sort of research did you do to write this book?

I bought tons of books! I bought so many books on the ocean, Venice, magic and myth that I still haven’t read them all. Homer’s Odyssey was a huge influence too – I read that quite early on in the process. I also went to Venice (twice!)

What was your favorite chapter (or part) of writing this book and why?

I like the chapter where Esme runs off to Spindrift, to the place her mother was last seen alive. I really enjoy writing description and had to cut it back in most chapters but I managed to keep a little more of it in that one. It’s also a favourite because it was one of the easiest chapters to write!

What was the hardest part of writing the book? Was there anything that you deleted or altered?

The hardest part was learning everything from scratch. I did lots of drafts, focusing on mastering different writing elements each time.

Getting the first chapter right was also quite difficult.

I also had to delete a couple of dragon-focused chapters that didn’t really move the story forward – I had such fun writing them though!

Your favorite quality in a protagonist. Which character was hardest to create/write and why?

I don’t find it hard to create characters – in fact I tend to create too many, and have to get rid of a few after the first draft.

I like characters who never give up. Esme was probably the hardest to get right as she was a little too passive in early drafts. Lillian and Daniel, the two main supporting characters, kept taking over! I focused on giving her a more active role and I am pleased with the result. She is an observant, smart and determined character and one I am proud of.

How many books are you planning to write in this series?

I have always planned three books for the series.

What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?

The value of friendship and the power of love.

Describe how your ideal writing space looks like or include photo.

I write in all sorts of places. I write best when I’m relaxed, and there is a lovely beach near where I live which is the perfect spot – I love writing to the sound of the sea.

Who are some authors that inspire you?

I like a mix of classics and contemporaries. I love Jane Austen, and I’ve read all of J.K. Rowling’s books for both children and adults. I also enjoy Maggie Stiefvater’s stories, and those of Australian author Melina Marchetta. 

Your favorite childhood book.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Do you read book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?

I do read my reviews. I’ve been fortunate to have had lots of positive ones so when a negative one comes along I cope okay. The vast majority of critiques I’ve gotten so far have been constructive, and I love getting feedback about what readers enjoyed the most (and what they want more of.) For example, lots of readers are obsessed with dragons and I really enjoy writing about them so I was pleased to find that out. There will be plenty more scenes involving dragons in book two. There might even be one on the cover!

What are your future project(s)? What’s it about? (*if relevant)

Book two in the series is entitled Esme’s Gift. In this instalment Esme turns sixteen and things get a little darker. She goes to school in Esperance and also goes on a quest outside the city. Book two will be a little longer than book one.  

Advice for aspiring authors.

Read plenty, write plenty, and try to keep things in balance – if you can. Don’t do what I did – spend every minute either writing or talking about writing. I think my family has forgiven me – almost! Writing fiction is a huge learning curve but it does get easier over time: even if you don’t feel like you are progressing you probably are.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?

Keep reading! And authors love it when you write reviews. Post them on Goodreads or Amazon – even a couple of lines will do. Authors rely on reviews to get their books noticed and into the hands of more readers.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: http://www.elizabethfoster.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethFosterAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/e_foster3

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33634667-esme-s-wish

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elizabethfoster_/

Book Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Esmes-Wish-Elizabeth-Foster/dp/1925652246/

https://www.bookdepository.com/Esmes-Wish-Elizabeth-Foster/9781925652246/

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#AuthorInterview: with Vinita Bakshi, author of #31Miles @vinisb4

Hello Book Lovers! Today I’m pleased to share with you author interview with Vinita Bakshi, author of  31 Miles. I’m glad I got a chance to read this wonderful book and even more happy for getting a chance to interview the author. If you missed my review on 31 miles or would like to know more about book click⇒ HERE

About author_edited

I am a simple person born and brought up in Delhi. It hurts to see unhappy people all around due to different reasons. Thus, I created She Speaks to voice women issues and a cultural festival Aambrotsave with Literature, Art & Craft, Instrumental & Performing arts and food as it’s components. We also run a center for EWS and provide them informal education and holistic development completely free of cost. We also skill train women to make them financially independent.

Q&A

Q. When and why did you begin writing?

31miles, I began writing in Nov 2012. There was this childhood birth story that had always haunted me. And I played with the concept of online relationship. Back then not many had started writing on digital relationships.

Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

As I said I had always felt he compulsive need to share this rebirth story.

Q. What draws you to this particular genre? Do you think writing will stay in the same genre?

Fiction intrigues me and will always be my first love. But I keep writing on a diverse range of topics in my blogs and for other publications.

Q. How did you break in publishing world? How many rejections did you go through before finding publisher? If so, what did you do to keep yourself hopeful?

I must must always be thankful to almighty and My publisher Rupa for this break. I was talking to Penguin too. But once Rupa said Welcome to Rupa authors club.  The wait was over.

Q. What was your favorite chapter (or part) of writing this book and why?

Developing online romance between Rajan and Mansa was interesting. I used Urdu, English and Hindi poetry and lot of quotes, shers to create Rajan. And it became my favorite chapter. 

Q. What was the hardest part of writing the book? Was there anything that you deleted or altered?

Developing online romance between Rajan and Mansa was the biggest challenge and the toughest part. Took me the longest to write that part. I never deleted or altered anything.

Q. What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?

Love is the greatest human emotion. Family is the greatest social institution.

Q. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

Discipline, hard work and commitment to reach the finishing line.

Q. Who are some authors in your genre that inspire you?

Many and across genres – Roald Dahl, Tagore, Chekhov, Kafka, Leo Tolstoy, Premchand, Jane Austen, Amitav Ghosh, Rumi and so many

Q. What types of books do you enjoy in your downtime?

Anything from Business to fiction… depends on my mood

Q. What types of books do you enjoy in your downtime?

Anything from Business to fiction… depends on my mood

Q. What are your future project(s)? What’s it about? (*if relevant)

Yes …certainly. Lots is happening. One Hindi short novel – Bindu Ka Dayraa is complete and under discussion with publishers. Hopefully Hindi translation of 31miles should happen this year. I am also working on sequel of 31miles. A project, comprising true stories of women with a London based editor is also under progress.

Q. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Every book has its own destiny. Work hard on your manuscript and then work harder to get it published.

Q. What is your favorite motivational phrase?

There are three principles to success – hard work, hard work and hard work.

Q. Currently reading

The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri

Q. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

It was one of the longest list of questions that I have answered 😊

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: www.vinitabakshi.com

Blog: http://vinitabakshi.blogspot.in/

Twitter: @vinisb4

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Many thanks to author for taking the time out of busy schedule to take part in this interview.

Thank you for reading!

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