Author Interview: Sandra Scholes

Today I am excited to introduce author Sandra Scholes to my blog.

sandraWhat genre(s) do you write in? Tell us about your books.

I have in the past written short stories for horror and fantasy newsletters, but have since got into the romance genre as I have enjoyed it the most (LGBT being one I really like). My vampire stories have been in The Chronicles, a newsletter for the London Vampyre Group, fantasy and fairy tail stories for Quail Bell Magazine and my reviews are for all genres including slipstream.

Tell us about your writing process. How do you fuel your writing?  

I tend to get an idea in my head of what I want to write about, flesh it out and build on it using a kind of chart of personality traits and put some humour in there as readers like to know their characters have a sense of humour. When my review material doesn’t get too much, I do like to write about relationships and how they work out, or don’t in many ways. I tend to base most of what I write on real life relationships as the realism helps readers get to know the characters as they could be any one of us.     Read more

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Author Interview: J.J. Anderson

Today I am happy to introduce author J.J. Anderson on my blog.

Julie_Anderson__051 (2)What genre(s) do you write in? Tell us about your books.

I don’t write in any particular genre. In fact I dislike being ‘categorised’ in that way ( although that’s the way Amazon and other on-line retail sites, and indeed, actual bookshops, are organised ).

My first book was a collection of short stories entitled ‘The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales’ published by The Story Bazaar (my own imprint) in April 2015 as a paperback and ‘e’ book. It chronicles the life of a modern English village over the course of one calendar year. The twelve, inter-linked stories portray a wide cast of disparate characters. At the centre of the book are four generations of the Marshall family, who negotiate the daily hazards of family life. Around them, babies are born, plots are hatched, matches are made and marriages founder and death, both anticipated and unlooked for, pays a call. As Thornton Wilder said, ‘The life of a village against the life of the stars

What book are you promoting right now? What is it about?

Since then I’ve been working on a novel for young adults entitled ‘Reconquista’, set in 13th century Spain that is out now. This is a is an adventure story set in 13th century Al Andalus ( Spain ). I began to write it, ten or more years ago, as a serial story for my nephew and god-son. We have a home in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain and it is a place full of history. My nephew was about to visit there for the first time. I wanted to engage him in the history and romance of the place, so I write an adventure story, delivering ‘episodes’ on a gradual basis. He’s twenty one now and the story which I wrote for him has changed out of all recognition. Read more

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Author Interview: Justin Bienvenue

Hello, I’m happy to welcome ecclectic author Justin Bienvenue on my blog today.
2013-08-28 13.45.36What genre(s) do you write in? Tell us about your books.
I write in many different genres. I’ve written a dozen short stories or so each in different genres such as horror, science fiction, crime, romance, mystery, etc. I’ve written in three different genres when it comes to my books. I’ve written poetry, western horror and a crime thriller.
My first book is called The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore. True to its title it is a book of 50 horror poems within 5 chapters each a different level or type of horror.
A Bloody Bloody Mess in the Wild Wild West is a post Civil War Western about the small fictional town of Toomswood. The town are trying is trying to recover from the war when a slick Mexican outlaw comes into town with a deal but is really out to cause trouble. It’s up to a young man by the name of Emerson Shaw to stop the outlaw with help from the town.
Like A Box of Chocolates is a book of poetry within several different genres. The book not only has many poems in different genres but also has many different rhyme schemes.
Opium Warfare is a Crime Thriller set in 1920’s Shanghai. It is about the rise of opium from underground obscurity to public prominence.

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Author Interview: Dan Salerno

I am happy to have short story author, Dan Salerno, on my blog today.

20ShortOnesHello Dan, it’s great to have you here. What genre do you write in? Tell us about your books.

My book, 20 Short Ones, is a collection of short stories that fits into the Christian Fiction – Romance genre. Having said that, I should mention that not all of the stories involve romance. But they are fun and faith-filled ways of looking at the mystery behind human friendships – what attracts people to each other, and what happens when you take a chance and become spontaneous.

What’s the best part of being a writer?

One of the best parts about being a writer is hearing how your work has impacted another person. It’s also fun to get another person’s take on what I’ve written.
Sometimes, I’ll read a review and be amazed at what a reader feels the main idea of a story might be, because it wasn’t what I had in mind at all. I love the fact that as soon as you publicly release something you’ve written, there’s a freedom of interpretation that comes simply by being part of the diversity of the human race. Read more

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