Christy Day on her memoir ‘Walking from Here to There: Finding My Way On El Camino’

INTERVIEW

I love reading memoirs. But most of all I love well written memoirs. And Walking from Here to There: Finding My Way On El Camino by Christy Day is an exquisitely written travel memoir.

Walking from Here To There: Finding My Way On El Camino is equal parts reflection, factual account of the challenges and joys of the Pilgrimage, and practical advice for preparing for it and making it the best experience possible. It is a must read it if you are planning to walk El Camino de Santiago de Compostela. If that is not your plan but you like first-person accounts full of facts and reflection, you will like Walking from Here to There.

Today I am beyond happy to host on my blog Christy Day, author of Walking from Here to There: Finding My Way On El Camino. In this lovely interview Christy shares some exciting news with us, so read through it to find out.

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– How did you decide to pursue a writing career?

“I have always loved writing. I have always journaled and my mother taught me the fine art of letter-writing, just for starters. I taught college freshman English and enjoyed the challenge of bringing out students’ writing skills.”

-Was getting published hard?

“I decided to go the self-publishing route and it was an interesting challenge finding just the right publisher. I feel like I did.”

-Are your characters based on people you know?

“I write non-fiction at this time. I think every fictional character is based on real people as well as characteristics drawn from individuals known or encountered.”

-What genre is your book?

“My first, and at this time only, book is a memoir/travelogue.”

-Which of your books is your most favorite?

“I am delighted with how Walking from Here to There: Finding My Way on El Camino is being received. People appear to be eager to hear about a 500-mile pilgrimage and what it takes to accomplish it. It appears to be inspiring hope and aspiration in those who read it, and that makes me happy.”

-Do you have a specific writing routine?

“I write immediately after my 6 a.m. walk and breakfast. I tend to edit as I go along and make notes to do research. I write thoughts down as they occur and keep them in a notebook for use later.”

-What’s next for you?

“I have had such diverse experiences in my life and met so many people, it seems a shame not to make a story of it. My next book will be a novel.”

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Captain Nathan Riley on his book ‘Bahamas Bucket List for Divers: Bimini Edition’

INTERVIEW

I love aquatic wildlife photos. My Pinterest is full of pics with pristine coral walls, playful dolphins and dazzling shipwrecks. So, you can’t even imagine how excited I got when I found out that a book on underwater Bahamas is coming out soon. 

Bahamas Bucket List for Divers: Bimini Edition will be published in a few months (Nov. 2017) and author Nathan Riley was kind enough to tell me more about the upcoming release. 

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        Nathan, how did you decide to pursue a writing career?
“My Grandmother and mom never really considered being a Boat Captain a real job so I thought why not become an author. Just kidding… I decided to pursue writing because am passionate about marine life conservation and thought by giving divers and readers an avenue to read about the areas they are traveling diving that it would help them and all of us to become better stewards of our ecosystem.”

       Was getting published hard?
Getting published wasn’t that hard really it was going to happen one way or another either by way of self publishing which Amazon Market place is phenomenal for independent authors but, Luckily I got a publisher and thank god because I needed an editor!
 

       Are your characters based on people you know?
My book is a SCUBA divers bucket list guide. I’ve been diving all over the Bahamas for 15 years and other crew members and myself have discovered so for sure people I know are in it.
 

       What genre is your book?
My book fits in Bahamas History and Travel guides because I want people to understand the culture and soul of the area they are diving in.”  

       Which of your books is your most favorite?
This is my first book but, it’s the first in a series of Bahamas Bucket List For Divers books to come. I had an eye opening total blast putting it together.
 

       Do you have a specific writing routine?
I have an app on my phone because I spend nine months out of the year sailing on the high seas so a laptop or tablet doesn’t work for me. So I’ll jot down whatever is running through my mind. Then I when I get home early in the mornings while my wife is asleep I’ll start banging away at the keyboard. After I start her coffee of course.
 

       What are your current projects?
My current projects are promoting this book and the Dolphin Communication Project  of Bimini has been a great resource in the piecing together a lot of the information in the book. They have a wonderful set of education and outreach programs and 100% proceeds of the first 500 books go to their organization to help promote a healthy relationship with humans and dolphins… and the rest of the marine ecosystem so us passionate scuba divers have  wonderful diving for years to come.
 

       What’s next for you?
The research has already started for Bahamas Bucket List For Divers: Nassau edition but, it’s in the early stages so I don’t have an idea of a publishing date. You can bet I’m looking forward to it!
 

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Bahamas Bucket List for Divers: Bimini Edition 

It’s no secret that the Bahamas is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Consisting of over 700 islands, this Caribbean paradise is one of the most famous dive destinations in the world. Divers flock to this getaway to intimately experience the wide range of aquatic wildlife, pristine coral walls, and amazing shipwrecks.

From pirates to modern-day drug runners, expert scuba diver and long-time sailor Capt. Nathan Riley will take you on a journey dating back 300 years. During surface intervals, you will take a closer look at how the Bahamas and Bimini famously came to be. Expect to be immersed in the island’s history, culture, and soul.

Flip to the second half of the book to build your personal Bahamas Bucket List. Relive your dive memories time and time again while checking off sites from your dive log. Each dive site listed is accompanied by first-hand facts and experience from a Captain who has dived the area almost daily for 15 years.

Quench your thirst about the Bahamas’ past and get ready to dive into Bimini’s enchanting ocean splendor! 

Links

Buy Link  https://www.amazon.com/Bahamas-Bucket-List-Divers-Bimini/dp/162023422X/ 

Website  https://www.nathanrileyauthor.com 

The Dolphin Communication Project Website : www.dolphincommunicationproject.org 

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Bio 

Captain Nathan (Nate) Riley has been around boats since his early teens when he helped his stepfather prepare for a transatlantic crossing from California to Scotland. He began working on boats professionally in 2001 as a 26-year-old sailboat captain. He crossed the Gulf Stream weekly from Miami, FL to the Bahamas and participated in organized shark feeds. Since then, sailing has taken him all over the world – from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico to his current stop, the Bahamas and Virgin Islands.

Capt. Nate is an avid scuba diver who loves underwater photography. He spends about nine months out of the year at sea and loves to share his passion for the open water not only with fellow sailors, but also with new and seasoned divers alike. For him, it’s about sending his guests back home relaxed and smiling.

When he isn’t sailing on the high seas, Capt. Nate resides in Ocala, FL where he can be found running marathons or trail running through the Ocala National Forest. His favorite hobbies – aside from sailing – are writing, making dinner for his family, and babysitting his two grandchildren.

Check out Capt. Nate Riley’s photography and adventures on Facebook under Nate’s Captain’s Blog.

Izzy Church talks about ‘Dr. Pookie and The case of his Missing Though’, her new children’s book

INTERVIEW

A few months ago, I wrote about Izzy Church and her romantic comedy novel, Angry Movie Guy. Now Izzy is coming out with her first children’s book, Dr. Pookie and The case of his Missing Thought.

In this children’s mystery adventure, Dr. Pookie shares with his friends the exciting and curious tale of the time he lost his thought and the hilarious adventure that follows as he frantically searches for it. Along with all the furry creatures in the Little Royal Forest, they all search high and low for Dr. Pookie’s missing thought.

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Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Today I have the pleasure to host Izzy (Isabella) Church on my blog with a fun interview. And she has some interesting news to share with us.

–       How did you decide to pursue a writing career?

“ I love the art of storytelling because it allows me to go beyond any limiting beliefs I have and connect with something unseen. My passion to connect and communicate fueled me as I pursued a higher education in communication arts with a specialization in writing for film and television. In addition, to my time spent writing, I have pursued a career in the performing arts. I feel the two art forms motivate and feed one another and ultimately help me to be better in both fields.”

–       Was getting published hard?

“My first novel, Angry Movie Guy,, was also published by Square Monkey Publishing, so it seemed only natural to return to them for my second book. I was asked to make several changes to the book before it was approved for publication, but all in all, the process was pretty painless.”

–       Are your characters based on people you know?

“ My characters are completely fictional, but chances are you have experienced some of Dr. Pookie’s struggles.”

–       What genre is your book?

Dr. Pookie and The Case of his Missing Thought, is a children’s chapters book for kids ages 6-11. It’s a great read for advanced readers as well as, kids bridging the gap between picture books and chapter books.

–        Which of your books is your most favorite?

“My books are entirely different, so it would be difficult to choose a favorite. I love both books equally. I faced challenges writing them both, but I also experienced great joy. I love that I had the opportunity to express myself artistically in this book. It’s nice when you can actually see your characters come to life on the page.”

–       Do you have a specific writing routine?

“I write everyday especially when I’m trying to complete a book. I never try to force the process and I’m always ready when inspiration strikes.”

–       What are your current projects?

“Currently, my main focus is spreading the word about Dr. Pookie and The Case of his Missing Thought. However, I am also working on the script-to-screen adaptation of, Angry Movie Guy and another feature film I wrote titled, Letters to Ganesh.”

–       What’s next for you?

“Next steps are simple to promote the book and share it with as many people as possible. I have several interviews lined up and a virtual book tour. Be sure to check my website: DrPookie.com for up n’ coming book readings and book fair appearances. Also, check out angrymovie.com if you are interested in a LOL romantic comedy.”

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Dr. Pookie and The Case of his Missing Thought

What’s a bear to do when his friends and neighbors dare to attack his reputation? You see it is most hurtful not to be appreciated, especially when you’re a lovely, charming, gorgeous hunk of a bear. So when Dr. Pookie begins to receive unwanted attention in the local newspapers, he did what any intelligent, sophisticated, well-to-do bear would do.

Dr. Pookie invited all of his friends and neighbors up to the tippy top of Bear Mountain for a lovely dinner party. After all, there is nothing more delightful than to be entertained by the most famous bear in the Little Royal Forest.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Isabella “Izzy” Church is a self-empowered entrepreneur dedicated to creating entertaining and educational content for a wide audience. She has been recognized as an entertainer, author and artist. This is Izzy’s first children’s book, however she is the author of numerous works, including the LOL romantic comedy novel, Angry Movie Guy.

Kirkus Reviews calls Angry Movie Guy: “A fast paced, sometimes slapstick film-industry novel with a vibrant cast of characters.”

At the young age of sixteen, Izzy landed work as a fashion model and moved to New York to sign with Wilhelmina Modeling Agency where she resumed her multi-faceted career in the arts & entertainment industry. Izzy graduated Suma Cum Laude from Mary Mount Manhattan College with a degree in Communication Arts, specializing in writing for film and television. Furthermore, Izzy spent a year with Dream Works working with the head of the books to film department. Her time spent at Dream Works inspired her to work towards adapting her novel, Angry Movie Guy,  for the screen. Izzy is proud to announce that she is currently in preproduction for Angry Movie Guy.

At present, Izzy is caught up in the art world and is excited to be co-curating: Street to Tower, an elaborate art exhibition spanning the sixty-ninth floor of the World Trade Center, tower number four. For more information on the exhibition visit:http://www.3rdculturecreative.com

Izzy Church is the owner of Third Culture Creative, a boutique media development company where she develops film, television, and animation content. Be sure to follow her on twitter at @izzychurch222

Dr Pookie And The Case of His Missing Thought #givebearahug

REVIEW

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I was looking for a book that my niece could read and when I got notified that Izzy Church had a children’s book coming out I decided to give it a go. I’m a fan of Izzy’s work since I read her romantic comedy novel, Angry Movie Guy. Dr Pookie And The Case of His Missing Thought absolutely met my expectations.

This is what the book is about: Pookie misses his friends and he throws a party to spend some quality time with them. As they are all sitting around listening to uplifting music and enjoying the delicious food Pookie had cooked for them, Pookie started narrating what happened when he lost his thought.

What began with one missing thought turned into a trail of lost thoughts and Dr. Pookie became the Most Forgetful Bear In The Forest.

This is a fun read with wonderful pictures, likeable characters the kids will enjoy reading and moral messages that the parents will very much appreciate. This book talks about the value of friendship in our life and how important is that friends should care about each other. I was also happy to find out that at the end of the book there is a glossary that will help kids to enrich their vocabulary. Overall it’s a highly recommended children’s book. #givebearahug

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Dr. Pookie and The Case of his Missing Thought

What’s a bear to do when his friends and neighbors dare to attack his reputation? You see it is most hurtful not to be appreciated, especially when you’re a lovely, charming, gorgeous hunk of a bear. So when Dr. Pookie begins to receive unwanted attention in the local newspapers, he did what any intelligent, sophisticated, well-to-do bear would do.

Dr. Pookie invited all of his friends and neighbors up to the tippy top of Bear Mountain for a lovely dinner party. After all, there is nothing more delightful than to be entertained by the most famous bear in the Little Royal Forest.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Isabella “Izzy” Church is a self-empowered entrepreneur dedicated to creating entertaining and educational content for a wide audience. She has been recognized as an entertainer, author and artist. This is Izzy’s first children’s book, however she is the author of numerous works, including the LOL romantic comedy novel, Angry Movie Guy.

Kirkus Reviews calls Angry Movie Guy: “A fast paced, sometimes slapstick film-industry novel with a vibrant cast of characters.”

At the young age of sixteen, Izzy landed work as a fashion model and moved to New York to sign with Wilhelmina Modeling Agency where she resumed her multi-faceted career in the arts & entertainment industry. Izzy graduated Suma Cum Laude from Mary Mount Manhattan College with a degree in Communication Arts, specializing in writing for film and television. Furthermore, Izzy spent a year with Dream Works working with the head of the books to film department. Her time spent at Dream Works inspired her to work towards adapting her novel, Angry Movie Guy,  for the screen. Izzy is proud to announce that she is currently in preproduction for Angry Movie Guy.

At present, Izzy is caught up in the art world and is excited to be co-curating: Street to Tower, an elaborate art exhibition spanning the sixty-ninth floor of the World Trade Center, tower number four. For more information on the exhibition visit: http://www.3rdculturecreative.com

Izzy Church is the owner of Third Culture Creative, a boutique media development company where she develops film, television, and animation content. Be sure to follow her on twitter at @izzychurch222

THE UNDEAD MUST DIE, a young adult paranormal thriller

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Floriana is a seemingly ordinary art student, until an exciting opportunity to study ancient Greek relics introduces her to long-held secrets and shockingly dangerous truths.

Her life becomes altogether extraordinary when a seemingly benign morning excursion transforms into an agonizing race across Europe to save humanity. Soon, she must work against the clock to recreate an antidote to save mankind before nostalgic Nazi militias make good on their plan to create a legion of superhuman zombie-soldiers that will wreak havoc on mankind.

As the heir apparent to a family of masterminds, Floriana is the only one capable of thwarting their efforts, but first she’ll come face-to-face with black roses, presumptive killers, and mysterious sects.

With the fate of the world in her hands, can an inexperienced and clumsy art student create an antidote before it’s too late?

Find out in this adrenaline rushing, young adult thrill ride, chock full of espionage, conspiracy theories, spies, and zombies!

 

 

About the Book

The Undead Must Die, Episodes 1 & 2
by Penny BroJacquie

Series
The Order of the Black Rose #1

Genre
Young Adult
Paranormal
Thriller / Suspense

Publisher
Independent

Publication Date
December 26, 2016

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About Penny BroJacquie

Penny BroJacquie is a passionate writer, travel blogger, and life lover.

After a long career working as a sports reporter for some of the largest media outlets in Greece, she decided that life is more beautiful when you work freelance.

In 2014 Penny published her first book, a travel guide called City Break In Athens, and in 2015 her first novel, a mystery-adventure occult thriller called ‘The Undead Must Die’ was released. ‘The Undead Must Die’ is Book #1 in The Order Of The Black Rose book series.

When she doesn’t write, Penny pets her dogs, cooks new recipes, and takes photos. You’ll find her somewhere in Europe enjoying a cup of coffee or watching a movie.

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Floriana is a seemingly ordinary art student, until an exciting opportunity to study ancient Greek relics introduces her to long-held secrets and shockingly dangerous truths.

Her life becomes altogether extraordinary when a seemingly benign morning excursion transforms into an agonizing race across Europe to save humanity. Soon, she must work against the clock to recreate an antidote to save mankind before nostalgic Nazi militias make good on their plan to create a legion of superhuman zombie-soldiers that will wreak havoc on mankind.

As the heir apparent to a…

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Anette Christensen on her book ‘Mercedes Sosa – The Voice of Hope: My life-transforming discovery of the mother of Latin America’

INTERVIEW, REVIEW

I recently came across a book quite different than anything I’ve read before; an interesting as much an educating book.

Mercedes Sosa – The Voice of Hope: My life-transforming discovery of the mother of Latin America’ by Anette Christensen is a biography of the famous late Argentine singer, social activist in the first part followed by an essay on research into neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology in the second part.

 

I loved this book for many reasons. I love art. And I love artists. I’m always eager to know more about their career and their personal life. Not because I like gossiping but because I believe that our experiences define who we really are. I’m also a history enthusiast. And I’ve recently found an interest in neuroscience.

It’s a well written book, easy to read, perfectly paced from the first page to the very last. I loved the author’s writing style; narration flows naturally and effortlessly. The neuroscience is equally interesting to the Mercedes Sosa and all that make this book a great reading experience.

 

The book is richly illustrated with the author’s personal drawings of Mercedes Sosa, which she made as a part of her personal recovery process from emotional trauma during her time with Mercedes Sosa. Furthermore, the book contains multiple exquisite historical photos supporting the book’s descriptions of Mercedes Sosa and Argentine history more generally.

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After I read ‘Mercedes Sosa – The Voice of Hope’ I had the pleasure to have a little chat with author Anette Christensen and here is what we talked about…

 

–         Who exactly is Anette Christensen?

I was born and raised in Denmark but now live in Turkey with my Danish husband. I am the author of Mercedes Sosa – The Voice of Hope which is the first book ever written in English about the world famous Argentine singer, social activist and folk-heroine.”

 

–         How did you decide to pursue a writing career?

“I always liked to write and to express myself, especially if I found myself in a challenging situation. Then I would try to write my way out of it to see things more clearly. I never planned a writing career as such. I know some authors research the market and write a book in a short time to fill out a void in the market. I only write if there is something I am passionate about and I will not get it published fast because when I write it is a part of a personal process and I want to be sure that I live what I write about as much as possible.”

 

–         Where did you draw inspiration from?

“The inspiration came from my passion about Mercedes Sosa. My curiosity about her and the huge impact she made on me motivated me to know more. I decided only to share what I learned when I understood others could benefit from it too.”

 

–         Do you have a specific writing routine?

“I haven’t got a place where I can sit in peace and quiet so I put on my earmuffs to cut out the sounds from the surrounding mosques and the construction work that is continuously going on here in Turkey. It signals to my husband that I am concentrating but I made a decision not to ignore the people I love. If my relationships suffer because of a project it is not worth it. My concentration is best in the morning but I leave a notebook next to my bed to write down the ideas and phrases that often pops up in the middle of the night.”

 

–         What is next for you?

“I haven’t planned to write another book yet but I am very fascinated about people’s stories and will most probably stick with biographies and memoirs. I feel there is so much to learn from real life experiences, which offers the readers opportunity to either identify with someone or gain understanding of others different from themselves.”

 

–         How do you describe yourself?

“I am a gold-digger and a go-getter. What I mean by this is that I look for the gold in people and do my best to encourage it. I love to see others shine and live to their full potential. I am quite sensitive to the wellbeing of others and only feel truly happy when the people that life has placed next to me thrive and flourish. By being a go-getter, I mean a person who reaches out for their dreams and takes delight in seeing other people’s dreams come true as well. I am extremely persistent and a challenge only gives fuel to my determination like with this book. I wrote it without much access to English speaking sources and I wrote it in a language that isn’t my mother tongue.”

 

–         What is this book about?

“The book is about the Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa’s life and career and how my encounter with her my transformed my life.”

 

–         What is the message you want to send with this book?

“That positive encounters with others are essential for our development, healing and wellbeing as human beings. That the life of one person can touch the lives of many others.”

 

–         What is your readership?

“The book appeals to a broad group of interests and a wide-ranging age group as well. If the reader already knows Mercedes Sosa, they will get to know her even better. This is the first book about her in English and it gives insight into her personal life and offers a psychological profile which is not found in depth in English anywhere else.

People who never heard of Mercedes Sosa before will also benefit from getting to know her, since her story is incredibly inspirational.

Whether the reader knows Mercedes Sosa or not, it is an opportunity to dig into Latin American culture, music, history and politics. The continent has so much to offer but is often overlooked by the media in other countries, having a likewise effect on the people living in them. Consequently, countless individuals are unaware of this beautiful, dynamic and vibrant continent.

 

The psychological angle to the book will be a source of inspiration for everyone who takes interest in psychology and personal development. Readers who have known suffering in their own life will feel that they are not alone as they connect with Mercedes Sosa’s story, or my personal story, too.”

 

–         How will this book impact the audience?

“It will inspire the readers to live consciously and reach out for authenticity; to nurture their inner selves and experience a greater wellbeing in their lives.

 

Reading about Mercedes can have the same effect on the reader as Mercedes has had on people all over the world for decades. It can evoke a desire for a positive change in the world and it is likely that Mercedes will inspire some readers to live out their full potential to make this world a better place. Maybe the reader will dive into Mercedes Sosa’s songs or Latin American music in general.”

 

–         What will this book invoke to readers?

“Hope! Whether we face personal suffering from a painful past, financial struggles, or political oppression, it is possible to flourish in the midst of it all. Beautiful people doesn’t just happen, they are born through suffering and Mercedes is an extraordinary example of this. If Mercedes could bounce back from her afflictions as a more empathic, resilient and authentic person, so can each of us once we have learned to respond to life’s challenges in a constructive way.

 

The book can be used as a practical guide to self-help and self-understanding. Through the psychological profile I draw of Mercedes Sosa, and through my personal story of how my encounter with her transformed my life, I show the reader that it is possible to heal and recover by following their inner voice or inner wisdom.

 

The book is based on lives fully lived. It is not only the story of how Mercedes grew stronger through her exile, her divorce and her depression; it is also about how I was healed from childhood wounds by connecting with Mercedes as a mother figure; using music, imagination and mindful meditation in the process. I offer a practical and balanced approach to universal human and existential issues.”

 

–         Why did you write this book?

“Mercedes Sosa touched my life from the very beginning. I wanted to connect with her and get to know her; so I started to do research about her as a part of my own personal healing process. I watched her and listened to her on the internet. In the beginning, I did it solely for my own recovery but then realized there wasn’t any material about her in English. From this, I felt a need to spread the word about her outside the Spanish speaking world. I felt I had found a treasure which I had to share with the rest of the world.

 

When it became clear that connecting with Mercedes was actually healing me, I started to reason by looking for scientific explanations of how that could be possible. What I found was simply too amazing to keep for myself, but the idea of including my story of how my encounter with Mercedes affected my life, only occurred to me three years after when I knew that I had discovered a road to personal wholeness that really worked and that there was scientific evidence backing my experience.

 

So to put it short, I wrote out of my passion for Mercedes Sosa and out of a desire to facilitate hope to others because the avenue of healing I found can easily be accessed by anyone—whether it happens by connecting with Mercedes or another significant person.”

 

–         How did you get to know Mercedes Sosa as you describe her without ever meeting her?

“I got to know her almost in the same way as we get to know people in real life. I watched her and listened to her. I observed her actions and her way of life and paid attention to how she related to herself, to others and to society in general. I spent hours in her company daily for a couple of years. Mercedes was very expressive and you can read a lot from all the nuances in her expressions, gestures and intonation. It doesn’t matter whether she sings, speaks, or if she doesn’t say anything at all. She communicates from a place deep within herself. Our brain is geared to translate the signals it gets from others and is able to perceive or imagine the intentions of another person and discern whether a person is genuine or not; so I used a mindful and empathic approach to get an understanding of her personality and beliefs. In my research, I discovered that Mercedes had a huge impact on millions of her fans who perceived her in the same way as I did and talked about her as a “mystical presence”.”

 

–         How long did it take you to write the book?

“It took seven years because it was born out of my personal recovery process. I have lived out what I write about and life has tested me in the process. It takes time to heal and I have learned new things about myself in the process of writing this book. Just like it takes time for cheese to mature, I took time to learn my lessons. Every time I was forced by outside circumstances to slow down the writing process, I got new insight, which made the manuscript even more convincing. Not writing in my mother tongue also extended the length of the editing process.”

–         Tell me more about your personal journey in writing this book.

“Quite early in the process I had a strong desire to write about Mercedes and share my discovery with the rest of the world. I concluded that it wasn’t possible because I didn’t understand Spanish and that my energy was very low at the time. But after two years I started to write my experiences down in Danish for my benefit alone. One year after I had started to write, I moved to Turkey. There, one day, I ran into a wonderful lady who knew about Mercedes Sosa and shared my love and passion for her. This lady had been working in the book-industry in Turkey for years and got very excited about my project. At that time I had no idea if my writings were good or not but decided to translate what I had written into English so she could read it. It was her words that motivated and energized me to keep writing. One year later I contacted Mercedes Sosa’s family who approved of the book and found my psychological approach interesting. This was a huge encouragement too, of course.

 

Naturally, I needed an editor, but didn’t have the money to hire a good one. But a good friend turned up as an investor and so I decided to hire one of the most professional editors I could find. As a first time author, writing in a language that is not my native language, it was pretty scary to send my manuscript to an editor who had previously been an editor for Simon and Schuster, one of the biggest publishers in the United States. I took my beatings. I owed it to Mercedes Sosa, her family, my readers and to myself to do my very best to make the book stand out.

 

I spend months working through the comments and corrections and realized I needed a second round of editing. This time I chose another editor who was less expensive but who also fully understood and supported my intentions for writing this book.”

–         You were low in every way when you first heard about Mercedes Sosa. What exactly was your situation like?

“The financial crisis had forced my husband and I to close our two companies, a travel agency and a real-estate agency. We were compelled to sell our house, and around the same time I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, leaving me unable to work and pay off our debts. As a result, I was feeling psychologically distressed, and didn’t have any hopes left for a better future. I also struggled to recover from childhood traumas that had left my mother and I estranged for a while. I felt like a zombie, disconnected from myself and life. Not a very nice situation to be in at all. But as Leonard Cohen sings in the song Anthem, “There is a crack in everything; that is how the light gets in.” Mercedes Sosa became that beam of light that shone through my cracks.”

 

–         Can you explain how using a fictive relationship had such an impact on you?

“The fictive relationship that I developed with Mercedes Sosa can’t replace real-life relationships, but in the context of healing from the wounds of the past, a fictive relationship with Mercedes worked wonders because I saw her as a compassionate mother figure and the brain doesn’t differentiate between what is real and what is perceived. Our imagination can stimulate our brains and our bodies. Try to think about a lemon and it will create the same sensations and produce saliva as if we were eating a lemon. We tend to use our imagination to think about what can go wrong, like failing an exam for example. It can cause stomach ache and anxiety. The good news is that we can also use our imagination deliberately to picture something positive and take advantage of the fact that the brain can be triggered into believing that something is real. Imagining Mercedes Sosa as a compassionate mother created a positive response that soothed me and promoted my recovery, both physically and emotionally.”

 

–         Are you still connecting with Mercedes Sosa as a mother figure?

“I am not using Mercedes Sosa in the same meditative way as I did the first 3-4 years. But when I listen to her songs and hear her voice there is an immediate recognition of everything she represents to me. A nurturing mother. I still become peaceful, comforted, energized and happy when I listen to her music. I know I can always connect and continue the process if I feel the need to do so again, but recently; all my focus has been on finishing the practical details of the book.”

 

–         Has your healing process been completed?

“Yes, I feel free and whole in a way I never have before, but as it often is, the same theme runs through our lives and surfaces again and again as we are being pushed by circumstances in our lives. We gain a little more insight every time something triggers our old wounds to pop up. If anything aggravates my old wound in the future, I know what it is and how to take care of it.”

 

–         What is the neuro-scientific research?

“Drawing on research into interpersonal neurobiology, I reveal my findings about how connecting with another person can result in personal transformation and growth, and how it can happen even in an imaginary relation as I had experienced with Mercedes Sosa. Neuroscience stresses that what we focus on will shape our brain which in turn changes our experience of the world and how we perceive our past. My research has come from reading articles and listening to speeches by Daniel Siegel, a pioneer in the field of interpersonal neurobiology. Interpersonal neurobiology is about how our minds affect one another when we connect with each other. At its core, interpersonal neurobiology believes that we are who we are because of our relationships and that all relationships change the brain, especially the most intimate ones. It is a generally held belief in neuroscience that the adult brain will continue to grow new brain cells throughout its entire life and remain open to changes in response to experience.

 

During my writing process, I was also in touch with Insight Focused Therapy in New Zealand who examined my research.”

 

–         How did neuroscience affect your healing process?

“I have been interested in psychology for many years and have read many self-help books. The interesting thing about my healing process is that it happened spontaneously. I followed my intuition. It was like a path that was laid out before me. I listened to my inner voice and as I followed it, real change took place. It made me curious and I wanted to understand why it was so effective. The neuro-scientific findings didn’t affect my healing process as such; it only helped me to understand everything I experienced. The scientific research about how the brain works, how we can influence it and how it responds to connecting with others, pointed out to me that what I share with my readers is not just something I made up and which worked only for me. Science has proved that everyone can experience physical or emotional wellbeing or recovery in any positive connection with another person. I have only scratched the surface of what neuro-science has discovered, but in the book I share what I have learned about how we can influence our brain and change our present and our future by changing how we perceive our past. I hope the readers will find it useful and perhaps continue to absorb the subject afterwards, because the discoveries are revolutionary.”

 

–         How do people respond to your story?

Let me give you an example. In the summer of 2015 I was stuck with the manuscript because I didn’t have the money for an editor and was feeling somewhat low when on my way from Turkey to one of the Greek Islands, I met two wonderful American ladies in a ferry office. They asked about my life and I said I was writing a book about Mercedes Sosa. One of the ladies got so excited that she jumped and hugged me for a long time, before saying, “Are you really writing a book about Mercedes Sosa? She is out of this world. I love her, she is the best. I hardly know anything about her personal life. I really want to read your book.” The other lady hadn’t heard about Mercedes before so I started telling her about Mercedes’s life and the influence she’d had on me. As I talked, tears began to run down her face. Then she said, “What an amazing story. I want to get to know her too. Your personal story is touching me deeply. This is something others can benefit from hearing too. I am the director of member experiences in a social club for very influential people in New York. I want them to hear this. Maybe you can come and speak when the book gets out?”

 

–         What do you hope the book will achieve?

“If the book will change the life of just one person, I will be very happy. Maybe that person will help change someone else’s life who will one day impact the world for the better. If this occurred, I would never know that I was a part of it. But, that is not important to me—I just hope the book will contribute to healing the world, one person at a time. We can’t expect peace in the world if we are not at peace within ourselves. Like in an aircraft when we are told to put on our own oxygen masks before helping others—if the oxygen is low—so we all need to heal ourselves before we can reach out with love and compassion to others. When we have been loved and feel welcome in this world, it is not difficult to respect others, and we are not fearful of others either. Then we can think of the common good and not just about our own needs. As Mercedes said, solutions don’t come from politicians; it has to come from all of us. If my book brings hope and healing to individuals whether I know about it or not, I will be happy.”

 

–         You use the term “existential wound”. Can you explain what you mean by this?

“I believe a person is born with innate goodness, but none of us are perfect, and to become a whole person we need to be loved unconditionally. But, such love is hard to find because only a person who has been loved unconditionally can love someone in this way. It is our human nature to show our good sides and hide what we don’t like about ourselves. So even if someone loves us unconditionally, we will be unable to receive it and accept it because we know they are not seeing what we are hiding from them. In this case, we receive only the love we think we deserve and it leaves us with an existential wound.

An existential wound can be passed from one generation to another. Parents who have not been loved for who they are, by their caretakers, will find difficulty in loving their children unconditionally.”

 

–         What is the message you want to share via this book?

“Be authentic. That means to be true to ourselves and live our lives according to our core values and essence and not according to what we think others expect of us. Basically, if we are not authentic, we don’t live our own lives but hand it over to the likes and dislikes of others. Furthermore, if we are not authentic, we can’t make genuine connections with other people, which means we live our lives separated from the love, healing and mirroring that we need to heal and become more authentic. My message is: Look out for authenticity and when you find it, reach out and connect!!”

 

–         If you could talk to Mercedes Sosa today, what would you ask her?

“I would ask her how she feels about my book and what she believes is the secret behind the impact she had and still has on people.”

 

–         What are the most important lessons you have learned from Mercedes Sosa?

“The importance of being present with people and letting them know you see them and accept them as they are. To love others as unconditionally as you possibly can and to always look for the good in others while respecting our differences.”

What is your Mercedes Sosa favorite song?

“It is a hard question. I have hours of track-lists with my favorite songs. Should I mention two, they’d be Todo Cambia and Como la Cigarra. Todo Cambia is a reminder that we must not resist involuntary changes in our lives. Everything changes all the time and we never know if a certain change will be good or bad. When something bad happens it can lead to something good, which was what Mercedes experienced throughout her life. As Mercedes said about her time in exile, it matured her as an artist, opened new horizons and expanded her career. Como la Cigarra talks about being a survivor. Life can be hard on us, but every time we fall, we will rise again.”

 

–         How do you think the book will influence your life after it’s published?

“I am affected by chronic fatigue so I need to live a peaceful life without the stress that comes with too much attention. I prefer to stay underneath the radar and not change my way of living. But, I put seven years of time and energy into the book and invested quite a bit of money too, so naturally I hope it will be received well. I hope I can visit Argentina one day and meet some of Sosa’s relatives. I would also really like to attend the festival in Cosquin. It is the biggest folk-music festival in Latin America and spans over nine days at the end of January. It was at this festival Mercedes had her national  breakthrough in 1965. I have become very fond of some of the Latin American singers I discovered through Mercedes Sosa. I have added artists like Soledad Pastorutti, León Gieco, Víctor Heredia, Patricia Sosa, Jorge Drexler, Pablo Milanés, and Silvio Rodriguez to my list of favorite Latin American singers.”

 

–         Are you planning to get the book translated into other languages?

“Yes, it is being translated into Turkish already but I also plan to get it translated into Spanish, Portuguese and German in the near future. Other languages might follow later.”

 

–         You moved to Turkey while writing the book. Did that event influence your writing in any way?

“If I hadn’t moved to Turkey I might not have finished the book. It was my Turkish friend who encouraged me to get it published.”

 

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AUTHOR BIO

 

Anette Christensen, born and raised in Denmark, began her career by helping develop international charity programs. Later she became a language teacher for college students, and then, with her husband, ran a travel agency and a real estate agency. Now semi-retired and living in Turkey, she writes and focuses on personal growth.

 

For years Anette traveled in many parts of the world. Her experiences with various cultures have enabled her to engage with people with a different outlook on life than her own. She is eager to learn from others and finds joy in embracing the difference of others, spotting the uniqueness that she believes is within each individual.

 

It was only upon Mercedes Sosa’s death that Anette Christensen discovered this influential and important Argentine singer. Captivated by Sosa’s voice and presence, the author immersed herself in Sosa’s music and life. In doing so, Anette discovered an avenue to personal transformation and well-being that can easily be accessed by anyone. In her book on Sosa, Anette shares the singer’s story while exploring the scientific underpinnings of how connecting with another person leads to growth, something Anette discovered intuitively.

 

Being Danish writing in English when most sources are only available in Spanish bear witness to Anette’s “Viking mentality.” She never steps back for a challenge.

Mercedes Sosa – The Voice of Hope is the first book by Christensen and has been in the making for almost seven years. It is a product of a life fully lived and shows that Anette is a gifted storyteller.

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Tiffany N. Stallings, author and working mother of three, on her book “Mommy Works Too Much!”

INTERVIEW

One of my complaints as a child was that my mother worked too much. So I was utterly intrigued when I found out that there is a book coming out soon called Mommy Works Too Much!. And I can’t describe how happy I was when author Tiffany N. Stallings agreed to have a little chat with me.

Tiffany N. Stallings is a 39 year old mother of three from New Jersey. Tiffany has served as the founding partner of a New Jersey-based educational service firm that provides tutoring, test prep, enrichment programs, and a host of other summer camps and sports activities. She also has a broad range of educational experience working with children and families. Over the years, Tiffany taught in the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She also became an educator for adult learners. Her skills as a master teacher enabled her to teach an array of subjects.

Tiffany has worked as a lead teacher in Math, providing guidance and support for fellow teachers. In addition, she has served as a vice principal and principal of a public, K-8 charter school. During Tiffany’s tenure in this position, she personally devised and implemented a variety of professional development workshops for both teachers and paraprofessionals. She also created a “Surviving as a New Teacher Program” to acclimate novice teachers to the rigors of teaching.

Currently, Tiffany serves as a high school vice principal. Her education stems from a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Montclair State University and a Master of Arts Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Saint Peter’s College. Other accolades include membership in the National Association for Elementary School Principals and the Psi Chi National Honor Society.

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–          How did you decide to pursue a writing career?

“I am currently a high school vice principal. Prior to that, I was a full time entrepreneur that worked a ridiculous amount of hours. One night, my young daughter sent me an email complaining that I worked too much. This prompted me to write my first children’s book, Mommy Works Too Much!.”

–          Was getting published hard?

“I am self publishing on Amazon. Learning how to navigate the self publishing maze was certainly an adventure. I thought that it would take a few weeks to get a children’s book together. It has actually been a two year process. I want everything to be perfect for my readers. I have learned a lot and I am still learning.”

–          Are your characters based on people you know?

Mommy Works Too Much!” is actually based on my two daughters, Gigi and Mimi. They are the main characters in the book. The book is semi-autobiographical as it is also about a Mom that works all of the time and the children are unhappy about it.”

–          What genre is your book?

“My book is a fiction for young readers.”

–          Which of your books is your most favorite?

“My favorite book is my first book – Mommy Works Too Much!”

–          Do you have a specific writing routine?

“I do not have a specific routine. I write whenever I can. I am a single mom. I work full time and I am currently training for the 2017 Paris Marathon. I try to make some time to write each day – even if it is only ten minutes.”

–          What are your current projects?

“As I am waiting for final publication of Mommy Works Too Much!, I am preparing to also release a motivational eBook for women titled, “The Bounce Back Mindset” in December as well.”

–          What’s next for you?

“I am looking forward to the release of my books. I plan to write nine additional children’s books as a part of “The Adventures of Gigi and Mimi.” book series. I will be releasing “Gigi and Mimi” dolls. I am also in the process of planning a virtual race series called, Boss Lady Running”.”

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‘Fractured Angel’ author Ken Williams on books, screenplays and the world of marginalized

INTERVIEW

I’ve read many books but only a few had the raw emotion of Fractured Angel by Ken Williams. The characters weren’t the kind of heroes we find in most novels; they were original and true to life. I found that intriguing and I wondered what kind of a personal story author Ken Williams had to tell.

A few days ago I had the honor to have a little chat with Ken Williams and I got to know more about him. Honestly, I am in awe of his achievements.

Here is what we talked about… 

Who exactly is Ken Williams? 

“I am a man driven by my experiences and encounters.  The devastating impact of serving with the 9th Marines, THE WALKING DEAD in Vietnam shaped my life.  Recovering on the hospital ship, USS Repose I vowed to work with the poor and those impacted mentally with the stressors of life or simply genes gone haywire.

Following those vows I worked with the homeless in Santa Barbara for thirty years specializing in the mentally ill.  My one constant in my life has been my passion for writing.  As far back as I can remember I wrote.

I also think that the things I experienced in Vietnam and aboard that hospital ship has formed me to always want to serve the marginalized.  I am deeply connected to them including those suffering, not only from mental illness, but also poverty and people caught in the brutality of war.”

How did you decide to pursue a writing career? 

“I used to write guest opinion pieces for two different newspapers and an online news service about my work with the homeless.  Of course that was nonfiction.  I gave frequent speeches to different community groups about my work and the homeless.  At one speech a Hollywood screenwriter came up to me and told me my street stories would make a great film.

I wrote several screenplays till I found out how hard it was to move them.  I went back and rewrote them as novels.  Ever since I have been writing novels.

I have always loved writing.  I find it impossible not to write be it opinion pieces, screenplays, short story fiction and poems.  It’s what I do on a daily bases.”

Was getting published hard?

“Incredibly so.  I published three books with iUniverse.  Derek Vesconi, publisher of Sakuri Publishing was the first traditional publisher to take a chance with me.”           

Are your characters based on people you know?

“They are usually a compilation of people and events.  I’ve worked with thousands of mentally ill people, addicts, those impacted by alcohol, women beaten out of their homes, veterans maimed by war, hundreds of cops, nurses, shelter staff—so many people.  Each had a unique story to tell.  I try to include their stories, life experiences, tragedies and triumphs in my writings.”

What genre is your book(s)?

“FRACTURED ANGEL, CHINA WHITE and SHATTERED DREAMS, A STORY OF THE STREETS are all contemporary fictions.  The novel I have just completed: GAIA’S REVOLT is speculative, cli-fi.”           

Which of your books is your most favorite? 

“Each one has a unique and special place in my heart.  FRACTURED ANGEL in particular.  So many times I had to deal with parents looking for their runaway child who, having suffered a mental breakdown ran to the streets.  To this day I’ve kept a picture of a nineteen-year-old girl whose Silicon Valley executive father was referred to me.  The picture he gave me of her was torn in half.  It was taken at a family gathering in the park and the father wished to honor the privacy of the other family members.  I often look into the girl’s eyes for clues to her mental state.  Was she already suffering the first symptoms of mental illness?  Was she even then making plans to run to the streets in an attempt to outrun her disease?  Was her mother in the background fretting about her daughter and the stranger that had stolen into the night and taken her mind?

There is also a passage in the book about a mentally ill combat veteran who circumcises himself.  Like I said earlier, I try hard to convey the life experiences of those which society often has no time for, nor interest in.”

Do you have a specific writing routine?

“I try, and usually do write daily.  Be it my novels, short fiction pieces or poems.”

What are your current projects?

“I am working on a treatment for a Hollywood producer.  Having finished, GAIA’S REVOLT I am halfway through the first draft of its follow up: GAIA’S REVENGE.  I have rediscovered my love of short story fiction, and especially poetry.  Columbia University’s Columbia Journal has just published one of my stories. Leaves of Ink, Haggard and Halloo, Fear of Monkeys, Criterion eJournal and Cecile’s Writers are a few of the other publishers who have accepted my poems and fiction pieces.”

What’s next for you?

“Good question.  One thing life teaches you is to be prepared for the unexpected.  My sudden placements of my poetry was startling and unexpected.  So I would like to see where that journey takes me.  The ongoing tragedy in Aleppo, Syria has driven a lot of my writing lately.  I am waiting to see if the producer likes the treatment enough to engage me for the next step, which is to write a screenplay.  I am deeply committed in finding the right publisher or agent who respects the underlying story of GAIA’S REVOLT, which deals with the devastating impact of Global Warming in the near future.

I am convinced whatever comes next in my life has to do with being a writer.”

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Fractured Angel

How would you go about trying to help your daughter who, suffering her first psychotic break at fifteen, is chased by her wounded mind to the streets of Santa Barbara? That is the dilemma that Lynne Swanson faces. Out of her element, and definitely out of her comfort zone for this professional woman, she is forced to seek the help of Kerry Wilson, a social worker for the homeless. Unfortunately for her, Kerry is a rough-necked loner that has no inclination to hold the hand of a woman who he feels is out for a lark at the expense of his homeless clients. The harsh and deadly realities of the streets in one of the wealthiest cities in the world and an attempt to close a homeless shelter just as winter sets in produces a dramatic race against time with the life of Lynne’s daughter in the balance.

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AUTHOR BIO

For over thirty years Ken Williams worked for the homeless in one of the wealthiest cities in America: Santa Barbara.  His clients included the mentally ill, alcoholic/drug addicts, war veterans, the infirmed, people with AIDS, the neglected, survivors of sexual violence and the aged.  During that time he also battled the prejudices and fears directed against these new lepers.  He was instrumental in establishing homeless shelters, soup kitchens, halfway houses and other client centered services.  His most cherished project was Casa Rosa a recovery home and rescue for pregnant homeless women who were battling addiction or mental illness, and Maritza’s Cocina, a children’s soup kitchen. He won many awards for these efforts including being recognized as Public Citizen of the Year for California by the National Association of Social Workers.  He also won the 2010 Civil Rights Award by the Santa Barbara Chapter of the A.C.L.U.

He used these experiences to write novels, screenplays and columns for local media outlets. Two of the novels:  Shattered Dreams, a Story of the Streets and China White are in print.  There Must Be Honor; a collection of articles interwoven with his autobiography is also.

He served in combat with the 9th Marines—The Walking Dead in Vietnam.

Along with Paul Walker (from the Fast and Furious franchise) and Brandon Birtell he helped produce and starred in “Shelter,” a documentary about his work with the homeless.  He was also featured in Streets of Paradise another documentary filmed in Santa Barbara.

A list of his awards and distinctions include the following:

* Featured Poet, 100,000 Poets for Change, Santa Barbara, Sept. 28, 2013.

*Certificate of Appreciation, Housing Authority, City of Santa Barbara, 2012

*A.C.L.U. Civil Rights Hero Award, 2010

*National Association of Social Workers California, Public Citizen of the Year Award 2010

*Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, 2008

*Mental Health Association Award of Merit

* Community Service Honoree of the Year, 2005, NASW

*County of Santa Barbara Recognition Proclamation

*State Senate of California – Certificate of Recognition

*South Coast Coordinating Council Distinguished Service Award

*Service Employees International Union, 535 – Award of Merit

*National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Award of Merit

*Catholic Charities Individual Service – Award of Appreciation

*A.C.L.U. Distinguished Service Award

*California Legislative Assembly – Award of Merit

*The Independent’s Local Hero Award

*County of Santa Barbara Child Friendly Award

*Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics Healthcare Hero-1998

*Certificate of Appreciation, Salvation Army, September 2003

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‘Ashes Of The Shogun’ author Apollo Butler on self-publishing and his upcoming action thriller novels

INTERVIEW

If you’re looking for an out of the norm action packed thriller, then look no longer. Ashes Of The Shogun by Apollo Butler is nothing like you have read before and you should definitely add it to your TBR list.

Apollo Butler knows how to weave captivating stories, authentic and suspenseful, that will keep you engaged until the last page.

Today I’m beyond happy to host Apollo Butler on my blog and talk about his journey in self-publishing industry, Ashes Of The Shogun , his first novel The Mark of The Steward, and his upcoming novels Dune Raiders and Romans, Revenge Of Adam. 12764787_10156552807245023_7241934907660856539_o

 

How did you decide to pursue a writing career?

“Honestly I started in 2013, January to be exact, but it was by accident. I had this vision keep playing over and over in my head about this great battle and one day I said. “That would be a good book or a movie”. So I spent about one month actually looking for either the film or the book and realized they both doesn’t exist. And it was then that I realized that maybe I should create them!

So I started in 2013 but I didn’t know shit about writing a book and I didn’t have the money to go to school. So I did the next best thing. I copied and paste. Meaning for that year I read about twenty or thirty different thriller novels but took note of how the authors wrote their books.

I paid attention to the way they used punctuations, how they described characters, the pace of the book, how they structured the plot, when they added a twist to the plot, how long did the fight scenes last etc.

So after writing one book, five times in one year, I went and hired an editor and published my book. Only to find out that novels go through at least four editors before touching the shelves. So my first book only went through a development editor but never saw a copy or proof editor. So my first baby (book) was filled with errors and for sake of my brand I pulled it off of the market…. Until June of next year!!!!”

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Was getting published hard?

“At first it was because I didn’t know shit about the industry! Everything I know now I had to learn the hard way because I didn’t have any mentors here in the Bahamas and all of the writers, that I’ve contacted on Facebook/twitter, seem not to be interested in the people that buy their books!

But after four years in the game I sort off figured things out. My first book cost me about $1,700. Now after realizing that there is so much competition in the market place I now use freelancers to do all of my editing, book covers and other artwork. So I now make sure that all of my books go through four stages of editing.

Now my books only cost $650.00 to produce in English.

$1, 291.00, if I get the book translated into two different languages. But I also had a hard time with the major online retailers like Amazon.

As a Bahamian I am not allowed to have a US bank account and so I can’t use the direct deposit feature that Amazon offers. So I found a way around this.

All of my books are sold directly from my website, as a zip file containing a PDF, EPUB and a MOBI file, and to get them. Folks can use PayPal and boom. They have a great book in their hands.”app_images_resizable_0c833e2b-5d9d-453a-aa17-17b8e7915f93_ebook

 

Are your characters based on people you know?

“Yes they are but mainly after assholes that passed through my life. You could say it’s my way of getting back at them :-)”.

What genre are your books?

“I only write action thrillers.”

Which of your books is your most favorite?

“Ohhh my first book: The Mark of The Steward! That book shows the events that led to Satan’s exile out of heaven and explains the reason why a false God named Jesus went ahead and enslaved mankind with religion. Yes…. THIS BOOK EXISTS!”

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Do you have a specific writing routine?

“Actually I do. I like to just write a chapter or two first, leave alone, and then come back to it the next day. I’ve found that when I do this I always get new ideas that improve the story.”

What are your current projects?

“My current project is called Ashes of The Shogun. Did you know that America sailed into Japanese harbor, shoved their guns down the Japanese throats and pretty much had their way with them. A few years later Japan went started building its navy.

So in my book my antagonist, Kami Akira, intends to attack America, as a form of revenge, because in his mind. If America had just mind their damn business… There wouldn’t been a world war in the Pacific!

Trust me, this book is action packed!”app_images_resizable_c4be5f57-fce3-4704-89f6-59762ba0faa2_ebook

 

What’s next for you?

“I’m currently working on my third book titled Dune Raider. This is another action packed thrill and yes, you can see the book cover and the synopsis at http://www.apollobutler.com :-)”

Thank you for reading!”

AUTHOR BIO

Apollo Butlеr grew uр on thе white shores of New Providence іѕlаnd аnd continues tо enjoy a life оf аdvеnturе іn the lосаl tіmе forest and ѕwіmmіng in the ѕurrоundіng emerald blue wаtеrѕ оf the Bahamas.

The ѕоn оf аn Elесtrісіаn аnd a domestic wоrkеr, Aроllо hаd a natural love for fantasy novels and decided to commit his life to creating his own unique worlds on paper. He ѕеlf-еduсаtеd himself іn the fіеldѕ of fantasy and fiction writing and embarked on writing his first book: The Mark of The Steward. After аbоut a year оr two the novel was completed and published оn July 2, 2015.

But like most stories Apollo didn’t find success on his first try but found multiple issues within the self publishing industry that he was; not prepared to accept in this day and time.

He wouldn’t allow himself to be told how much his work would be sold for or the percentage of the sale he would receive. So before Apollo started work on his second book, he set out to change the “RULES” оf thе publishing іnduѕtrу.

Immediately, Apollo no longer saw hіmѕеlf аѕ a self-published author, but аѕ аn international brаnd! And in 2014, he launched his website and now offers his work exclusively from his own platform, as a download or a print on demand order, in English and three other languages.

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ASHES OF THE SHOGUN

In 1854 the United States Navy sailed in Japan’s capital port and forced the country into an unfair diplomatic agreement under the threat of war. The event embarrassed Japan and brought an end to the ruling Shogunate, as well as exposing the flaws in Japan’s national defenses. Now Almost two centuries later a direct descendant of Hayashi Akira, the Japanese diplomat that signed the agreement, intends to return honor to his family name by striking the American homeland with a weapon so great that it will literally shake the foundations of America and its people. But a traitor in his organization leaks some vital information that could ruin Akira’s plans and bring war back at Japan’s doorstep. Will Akira succeed in delivering his blow to America or end as a victim of his own ambitions.

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